Wedding Aces Bridal Buds

Abby & Ian

March 29

Lakewood, Washington

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Q & A with the Bride:

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

All of the bouquets (plus table centerpieces) were fresh-cut tulips from Pike Place Market in Seattle. The tulips were in season and were a special order from a local farm.  The table numbers at the reception were also a favorite detail. The numbers pasted on a printed silver and yellow paper, then framed, were a last-minute project the night before the wedding. And to match the gray, white and yellow theme, the bridesmaids gifts were gray crocheted Toms shoes. They came in handy for the bridesmaids who wore them as “dancing shoes” throughout the reception. 

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Everything will work out! It can be stressful and seem nearly impossible to keep track of all of the details (big and small), but even if something is overlooked, you will likely be the only one who cares. We forgot to purchase cake plates and silverware and did not realize until right before we cut the cake. Ian announced to our guests that they would all have to eat cake with their hands, and it became a funny moment from our wedding (luckily our wonderful venue had backup plates and utensils stashed away that we were able to use). Relax and try to be “in the moment” throughout your big day. Moments are what you will remember, not the details.

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

Our favorite moment from our wedding is when we said our vows. It was a beautiful ceremony and reception, but the vows were the reason we were there- to commit ourselves to each other and start a life together. Out of all of the special moments from that day, that is one we cherish the most.

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Jackie & JJ

March 16

Charleston, South Carolina

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Q & A with the Bride:

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

It’s hard to pick just one! It was the perfect size and feel for the small family wedding we wanted, and the location in Charleston allowed all our guests to explore during the weekend. Also, everyone who worked there was so helpful and friendly.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Cake pulls in cupcakes  for the single girls, my grandfather’s pocket watch on my bouquet, and the surprise magnum of champagne engraved with our names and the date.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Plan what makes you happy, but don’t worry if things don’t go exactly the way you planned.  The “problems” make the best stories!

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

The one thing we can’t stop thinking about is the beautiful song one of our family friends played for us at the reception. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room!

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Blue and White Nautical Summer Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Alexandra on Mar 28, 2013

Beth & Craig

July 14

Charlottesville, Virginia

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Q & A with the Bride:

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

We already loved Farmington, having visited over the years, but the Jefferson Room sealed the deal! It’s a gorgeous two-story room with amazing light, which is perfect for bridal portraits and the bouquet toss. 

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Tall centerpieces from Pat’s Florals, heirloom lace veil from groom’s family, and amazing custom invitation suite from Fannon Fine Printing.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Have fun! If you throw a great party and you’re having fun, your guests will too!

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

Driving off in the groom’s antique car to the reception. The groom’s brother (and best man!) worked hard to get the MG running and looking good before the big day. It was nice to have that time alone before heading into the craziness of the cocktail hour.

 

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Gillian & Tom

March 9

Charleston, South Carolina

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Q & A with the Bride:

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

Historic charm – we both have southern roots with grandparents from the south.  Unfortunately, they weren’t able to attend the wedding.  Having our wedding at a historic southern venue was somewhat of a way to honor our heritage and to embrace our appreciation for history.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. The garden ceremony setting – it was a special sunny day.  A fountain with peaceful running water served as our “altar” and our guests had a great view of the house at our historic venue.
  2. Bow ties for the groom and groomsmen– fun Charleston tradition and style.
  3. Chandeliers hung in our tent for the reception – they were a small detail that really added romance and charm.      

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Don’t leave the details for the last minute.  We were so happy to have all of our planning done in advance so that the week before the wedding we really weren’t stressed at all.  We had time to spend and enjoy with family in the last few days leading up to the wedding.

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

Seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony.  We didn’t do first look photos and it made it so much more exciting to see each other at that big moment.  We couldn’t stop smiling! 

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Classic and Lush Washington Vineyard Wedding

Posted by Kim on Mar 11, 2013

Melissa & Chad

September 7

Redmond, Washington

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Q & A with the Bride

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

We had a clear vision for our day – romantic elegance, and I knew that I wanted very soft neutral colors.  DeLille Cellars in Redmond, Washington was perfect for our vision and it was just the right size for our small guest count of 58. 

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

Driftwood Arbor – In March, Chad and I drove out to Oak Harbor, WA and we spent the day collecting driftwood on the beach.  We constructed our wedding arbor out of the driftwood that we collected and we had our florist decorate it with flowers on our wedding day.  As an added personal touch, we carved our initials and our wedding date in a heart onto our arbor.

Moss Letters – I love the look of Moss Letters and so I created my own for our wedding day and we hung them on the barn on our wedding day.

Bride and groom signs – I created signs for the back of our chairs that said Bride and Groom.

Welcome boxes for our out of town guests – We have quite a few guests coming in from out of town.  I wanted to do something for them to welcome them when they arrived so I created welcome boxes and arranged to have them placed in each guests hotel room before they arrived.  In each welcome box there was a map and some information of the city, along with some goodies and a mini first aid kit just in case.

Chalkboard Sign – I bought a frame from the craft store and spray painted it ivory and then glued in a chalkboard I found at the hardware store.  I then created a sign outlining the day’s events for our guests.  It also acted as a directional sign, so that our guests could find their way around.

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