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Classic Black and Red Fall Plaza Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 11, 2014

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Kristena and Ryan were married outside on Grand Newport Plaza followed by a reception inside Celebrations in Costa Mesa, Calif. on November 2. Fun fact: The bride is also our very own Apple Blossom from Bridal Buds! “My husband and I fell in love with it as soon as we toured the grounds,” Kristena said. “I think the one thing about it was that it was unique, and we loved that we could have the ceremony and reception in one place without having our guests travel.” She wore a sweetheart ruffled ball gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and pair of black Badgley Mischka petal t-strap high heels, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a white tie. A favorite moment? “The first look!” she said. “When I came down the staircase and saw my husband standing there waiting for me, I was so excited. Seeing his expression was worth all the nerves and craziness up to that point.” Following the nuptials, guests were asked to fill out “We Say” advice cards, tables were decorated with black linens and red roses centerpieces, and a candy bar was filled with taffy, gummies, cake pops, and chocolates, which also doubled as favors. “It was the perfect item for them to take home with them after the night,” Kristena said.

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Photography: Sargeant Creative | Videography: Aqua Vivus Production | Event Planner: Eventfully Beautiful | Dress Designer: Mori Lee from Mary Me Bridal | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo and David’s Bridal | Jewelry: Emanuel Designs | Hair and Makeup Artist: Flawless Faces | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Friar Tux | Ceremony Venue: Grand Newport Plaza | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Floral Designer: Natalie Galasso Designs | Reception Venue: Celebrations | Caterer/Rentals: Turnip Rose | Cake: Creative Cakes | Candy Bar: Sweet Ladera | Transportation: Crystal Limousine and Ace Transportation | Photo Booth: Foto Cabina 

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 

Classic Silver Winter Hotel Wedding in Maryland

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 27, 2013

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Veronica and Doyin were married in downtown Annapolis, Md. with harbor views of the Chesapeake Bay on March 2. The bride wore a Cinderella ball gown, accessorized with a jeweled embellishments, a black faux fur stole, and a vibrant bouquet of ruby red ranunculuses and garden roses, while bridesmaids wore long luminescent silver taffeta dresses, accessorized with bouquets of white ranunculuses and blush garden roses. You won’t believe Doyin’s facial expression as Veronica walks down the aisle of the church! Priceless. The reception was decorated with hundreds of floating candles to create a romantic ambience with blue uplighting, and family and friends were surprised at the end of the night when the newlyweds changed into traditional Nigerian attire.

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Photography:  Natalie Franke Photography | Second Shooter: Krista A. Jones Photography | Videography: Jeremy Mitchell Cinema | Venue: Loews Annapolis Hotel | Event Planner: Charlotte Jarrett Events | Lighting: Event Dynamics | Floral Designer: Intrigue — Flowers & Lighting | DJ: Delray Gooch | Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters | Bridesmaid Dress Store: Annapolis Formal & Tuxedo | Makeup Artist: Lauren Gehrig 

Classic Teal Fall Waterfront Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 31, 2013

Morgan & Austin

October 19 

Norfolk, Virginia 

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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?

The minute I saw the venue I fell in love. I never actually looked at other venues. I knew I wanted something on the water and a unique location. When I first walked in, the floor to ceiling windows of the rotunda had me hooked! The beautiful views of the river along with the sunset make for an incomparable backdrop for any event.

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

1. The s’mores bar was my most favorite thing. I mentioned it to Shaina at Omar’s Carriage House and left the rest up to her. She came up with the layout, design, and details all on her own. She did a fantastic job, and everyone had so much fun making them.

2. I’m OBSESSED with my cake. I didn’t want to cut it.

3. I chose to sit my bridal party and their dates at a big table “family style.” You don’t see this done at too many weddings and this was something that was important to me. I’ve been in weddings before where my date has to be sat all alone because I’m at the bridal table. I wanted everyone to be included and wanted to enjoy eating and sitting with all of our close friends and family.

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

I can’t stop thinking about the wedding ceremony itself. Having all of our family and friends there watching us finally get married. It was so meaningful to have someone that is a personal family friend be able to marry Austin and I. I think about our vows. We wrote them together, and I think about how heartfelt the moment was when we stated those vows to each other

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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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