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Classic Black-Tie Summer Ballroom Wedding in Minnesota

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 17, 2014

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Megan and Dan were married at the Saint Paul Hotel in Saint Paul, Minn. on June 29. “We knew we wanted a hotel, so we could do everything in one place,” Megan said. “The Saint Paul Hotel was classic and beautiful and didn’t require much additional decoration. It was perfect!” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart satin fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorised with her hair half-up/half-down in braided loose curls, a lace capelet, and a pair of Badgley Mischka rhinestone peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a polka dot tie. Bridesmaids wore long black chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of garden roses, ranunculuses, hydrangeas, and astilbes. Before the ceremony, the coupe opted for a first look and decided to take portraits in front of a mural with music celebrity stars like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Edward Sharpe & The Magnet Zeros, The Ramones, and Tracy Chapman. “I think about Dan and I sitting at the reception and looking around the room,” she said. “We were so overwhelmed and overjoyed that all these people had come from near and far to celebrate us. It was a very surreal moment.” Tables were decorated with striped linens, tall hurricane vase centerpieces dripping with crystals, and votive candles. Dinner and dessert was one of the most important aspects. After all, it was at a private cooking class where Dan proposed. “Food is one thing that really brought us together and cemented our relationship,” Megan said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Getting a planner for the day-of if you can,” she said. “Our planner from Premier Planning was fantastic and she really eased our stress and was beyond helpful in helping us plan and execute our day.”

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Photography: Erin Johnson Photography | Venue: Saint Paul Hotel | Event Planner: Jennifer Orton | Dress Store: Venus | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Jewelry: Treasures Unlimited | Hair and Makeup Artist: Creative Beaute Agency | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss | Officiant: Joey Alvarez | Invitations: Mimosa Digital | Floral Designer: A Day in Provence | Rentals: Avant Decor | Cake:: Buttercream Cakes & Desserts | DJ: Nat Morse 

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Caitlin and Zach were married at The Oxford Hotel in Denver, Colo. on May 17. “It’s hard to limit to just one thing!” Caitlin said. “We just loved the feel of The Oxford Hotel, and it’s one of the oldest hotels in Denver, surrounded by a lot of new buildings, in a fun and high-energy location.” The bride wore a strapless satin ball gown with a pleated bodice and beading at empire waistline, accessorized with a pair of mint green leather high heels, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short coral dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, peonies, hydrangeas, and lilacs. “We worked around a palette of lavender, mint, light blue, and orange, but didn’t limit ourselves to only that palette,” she said. “We wanted to bring in lots of cheerful colors for our spring wedding.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. “Zach and I were both super nervous leading up to the ceremony, but we felt so much better after we saw each other for the first time,” Caitlin said. “It just took a lot of pressure off, so we could just feel happy, excited, and ready to get married.” How cool to do it in the city’s new Union Station terminal? The reception took place in the same room they said their vows! Tables were decorated with vintage vases and vessels, mercury glass votive candles, and scalloped numbers. In addition to a mini cake, there was also cupcakes — maple bacon- and mai tai fruit-flavored. The newlyweds’ best advice? Try not to procrastinate,” she said. “Your life will be so much easier if you take care of tasks early on rather than putting them off until the last minute.”

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Photography: Urban Safari Photography | Venue: The Oxford Hotel | Dress Designer: Paloma Blanca from Bea’s Bridal Nook | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Shoes: Ted Baker from Nordstrom | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Jewelry: Shane Co. | Hair and Makeup Artist: Oxford Club Salon & Spa | Officiant: Robin A. Miller | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Floral Designer: Bella Calla | Caterer: McCormick’s Catering | Cake: Sugar Bean Bakery | DJ: Jammin’ DJs

Glamorous Candlelit Spring Ballroom Wedding in Georgia

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 03, 2014

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Maria and Mark were married at The Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta, Ga. on April 26. “The grand staircase at the entrance – that’s what initially caught our eyes, but the overall service, ambiance, and reputation it had is what made it a clear choice for us,” Maria said. The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with feathers, accessorized with a ballerina bun and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Notice those two-toned pink strappy platform pumps? Hello, sexiness! “My mom gifted me small pendants to pin inside my dress,” she said. “They were my dad’s. I pinned them close to my heart, so he could be there to walk with me down the aisle.” Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, ranunculuses, and astilbes. “The ceremony as a whole, especially our vows, was by far my favorite moment,” she said. “I was so incredibly happy, and still am.” Reception tables were surrounded by chiavari chairs, decorated with tall centerpieces, and love salts at each place setting, which served double duty as favors. “Absolutely ALL of the floral arrangements, especially the real cherry blossoms that we were so lucky to have!” Maria said. “Thank you for blooming at just the right time.” Guests were encouraged to guess the locations of the honeymoon. Eventually, they were told it was Paris, France, and Spain. The newlyweds’ best advice? “If anything or anyone gets you stressed, anxious, or nervous on your wedding day (or during the planning process), just remember what your wedding day is really about – you and your fiance’s love for one another,” she said.

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Photography: Villetto Photography | Venue/Caterer: The Four Seasons Atlanta | Event Planner: Watermark Weddings | Dress Designer: Pronovias from A Formal Affair Bridal and Special Occasions Salon | Shoes: Fendi | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff from Bacio Bacio Bridal Salon | Hair & Makeup Artist: Van Michael | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss and Men’s Wearhouse | Floral Designer: A Legendary Event | Officiant: Charles Qualls | Ceremony Musicians: Amadeus String Ensemble | Stationery: Paces Paper by Jackie, Inc. | Cake: Classic Cheesecakes & Cakes | Band: Cotton Orchestra of Event Performance Entertainment

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Stephanie and Brandon were married in a traditional church ceremony at Memorial Presbyterian followed by a reception at The White House in Saint Augustine, Fla. on April 13. “It matched our theme, provided us with everything we wanted, and the location and inside of the venue was perfect,” Stephanie said. The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. Bridesmaids wore short pale blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, billy balls, daisies, and baby’s breath. “We both agreed that my trip down the aisle was the most memorable to both of us,” she said. “I enjoyed watching his reaction with tears in his eyes, and he enjoyed watching me being handed over by my father.” How did they symbolize their unity? With a cord tying! “I have them displayed in a box in the living room as a constant reminder of the vows we took that day,” Stephanie said. The reception followed with tables decorated with mason jar centerpieces, chalkboard numbers, “stop by” and “say hi!” chair decor signs, and an I Spy card at each place setting. “I loved the yellow chevron theme,” she said. “To this day, I am still obsessed with it and every time I see chevron, I think of our big day.” Following their first dance, the newlyweds played the shoe game. Plus, there was a photo booth complete with props too.

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Photography: Pure Sugar Studios | Videography: Jax Video | Venue: The White House | Event Planner: Flaire Weddings and Events | Dress Store: David’s Bridal | Hair Stylist: Once Upon a Stylist | Makeup Artist: Carrie Wilson | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Floral Designer: Publix | Cake: Small Town Cake Shop | DJ: McGee Entertainment | Photo Booth: ID’s Fabulous Photo Booth

Gorgeous Gold Winter Ballroom Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 06, 2014

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Katie and Kevin were married in a traditional church ceremony at the Chapel of our Lady followed by a reception at the Golden Gate Club in San Francisco, Calif. on March 21. “It was actually the first (and only) place that Kevin and I looked at,” Katie said. “We walked into the Chapel of our Lady and immediately fell in love with the gorgeous beams above us and the stunning glass window behind the altar. It was where we wanted to get married without a doubt. After we toured the Golden Gate Club, with the amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, we were completely sold.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with off-the-shoulder capped sleeves, accessorized with a finger-tip length veil in her loose half-up/half-down curls, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a white tie. “The way the chapel looked when the doors opened for me to walk down the aisle, seeing it packed with our loved ones, the bridal party all lined up in the front, and the smile on Kevin’s face made for an absolutely perfect moment,” she said. Following the intimate nuptials, guests traveled to the reception complete with buffet dinner stations like a Cheese and Nacho bar, tables decorated with chevron runners, and glass centerpieces filled with hydrangeas, greenery, and fiddle heads. The newlyweds’ favorite moment? “The speeches!” Katie said. “They were the perfect combination of touching memories, hilarious anecdotes, and well wishes. My dad’s in particular was supremely heartwarming.”

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Photography: Michelle Damas Photography | Ceremony Venue: The Chapel of our Lady | Reception Venue: The Golden Gate Club | Dress Designer: Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Caterer: Toast Catering | DJ: Elite Entertainment | Videography: Jon Aaseng | Cake: Creative International | Event Planner:Ashley Stanfield | Shoes: Kate Spade | Hair and Makeup Artist: Katie Hoxter | Floral Designer: Sue Wood | Officiants: Fathers Jim MacDonald and Tom Martin | Ceremony Musician: Dan Zemelman

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