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Classic Black Tie Fall Waterfront Wedding in Florida

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 06, 2014

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Marielle and Ali set the date for their multicultural wedding in Jacksonville, Fla. on October 12. “Having grown up Catholic, it was very important to me that we had a Catholic ceremony,” Marielle said. “Ali is Persian, so it was important to him that we also had a Persian ceremony (Sofreh Aghd). For these reasons, we felt that it was best to have 2 ceremonies to incorporate both of our backgrounds.” Marielle wore a lace bodice a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of “something blue” Badgley Mischka peep-toe heels while Ali wore a classic black tuxedo with a bow tie. The bride’s favorite moment? “Standing in the back of the church feeling excited, happy, and also a little nervous,” she said. “It was crazy to think that after all the months of preparation and waiting, it was finally here.” The groom’s favorite moment? Of course, seeing Marielle walk down the aisle. The historic ballroom inside the Florida Yacht Club was filled with floral arrangements featuring pastel colored peonies, garden roses, white hydrangeas, baby’s breath, and dusty millers. Guests couldn’t resist the scenic views of the St. John River. After dinner and dancing, the newlyweds took off on a boat! Now, that’s a unique send off.

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Photography: Jen Shannon Photography | Ceremony Venue: Immaculate Conception Church | Reception Venue: Florida Yacht Club | Floral Designer: Shea Hopely | Makeup Artist: Makeup by Pauline Perez | Cake: Biscotti’s | Sasha Hashemipoor and Peter Cabrelli 

Elegant Periwinkle Summer Ballroom Wedding in Michigan

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 11, 2013

Bridget & Jordan

August 16 

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Q & A with the Bride & Groom:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

When we first started looking at reception venues, we began with a few of the most common in our area. Although they were all beautiful, we just couldn’t envision ourselves celebrating there on our wedding day. We then decided to go and look around the campus of the University of Michigan where we had met and began dating four years earlier. We walked into the Michigan League ballroom and knew instantly that it would be the perfect venue for our reception! We both had been in the Michigan League many times before for different undergraduate events and the thought of having our wedding take place on the very campus where it all began just seemed too perfect to pass up!

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Our wedding cake was something we looked forward to seeing from our very first meeting with G.M Paris Bakery. The sketch they drew was just what we had in mind, and the finished product was more beautiful than we ever could have dreamed of! It was a focal point for our cocktail hour and was delicious tasting as well!

2. Bridget grew up Irish dancing, so we planned for an Irish dancing surprise at our wedding for all of our guests. It was so much fun incorporating an important piece of her heritage in to our wedding day and to witness the excitement for all of our friends and family. We also made homemade Irish short bread with an Italian thank you message for our favors and had cannoli filling in the cake to incorporate Jordan’s Italian heritage!

3. When we began planning our wedding, we both really wanted to have live music. We were so excited to find the band Cancel Monday and to have them perform at our reception. They are amazingly talented, kept the dance floor full all night and people are still talking about how great they were!

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Bridget- The moment that I can’t stop thinking about is when Jordan and I were introduced as Mr. and Mrs. into our reception with the Michigan fight song! We hadn’t seen the ballroom yet so to finally see everything all come together with all of our friends and family cheering for us was a moment I will remember forever!

Jordan- The one moment I still frequently think about from our wedding day is the look on Bridget’s face when she was walking down the aisle. It was such a special moment and one I will never forget!

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Kelly & Aaron

November 3

Los Angeles, California 

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Q & A with the Bride: 

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

I had planned to see five sites that day and as soon as I walked into the room, I was overcome with emotion. I wanted a grand vintage feeling, and a room that could accommodate 300 guests and our family’s wallet – and it had that and more. The history of the station is so rich and the architecture and glamour really resonated with me. It was so gorgeous on it’s own that we didn’t need to spend as much time or money on transforming it and could focus on things like snagging our dream photographers.

 2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Our silverware! As odd as that sounds, our amazing caterer had bought all of the original silverware from the Stardust Hotel before it was closed and that’s what we used.

2. My husband’s aunt made mustaches and red lips out of felt and put them on sticks. Three hundred of them! We encouraged our guests to be silly!

3. For my ceremony, I wore my mother’s shoes from her wedding to my father. My parents are no longer together but something about wearing those shoes and honoring my parents in this small way was magnificent to me.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about. 

At one point during our ceremony, our officiant, my husband’s best friend’s father, pulled us back from the altar a good distance from the crowd and said, “Remember this moment right now. During all the days of your marriage, good and bad, always come back to this moment.” I was so grateful to have that few minutes to stand with my husband and just be with him in the midst of our big day. I will never, never forget that.

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Elegant Backyard Summer Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 01, 2013

Josephine & Erick

August 11

Belmont, California

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From the photographer:

“Josephine and Erick are a soft-spoken couple, who reside outside of San Francisco. They are the proud parents of Bodie; probably the cutest French bulldog/ring bearer ever. Their wedding was held at their own home overlooking the hills of Santa Cruz. With the help of their coordinator, Yelena Johnson, they transformed their home into the elegant venue that it became on their wedding day. Guests were seated at two 24 foot dinner tables, and during dinner, they were pleasantly entertained by a slideshow movie of the bride and groom while feasting on local cuisine and wines.

The bride and groom chose to host their wedding at their home because their wedding day wasn’t just about celebrating their own marriage but also about celebrating friends and family. And they couldn’t think of a better way to do that than to welcome them into their home. Not just welcoming physically but welcoming them into the union of their life. Of course, having the wedding at home meant their French bulldog Bodie and his sister Bella could join too!

Everyone dined underneath the stars, and they ran in and out in between courses, crowding the kitchen island bar for celebratory toasts. They danced the night away in the dining room while overlooking the bay from the terrace.” — Jaime Viera, Viera Photography

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