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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

Eclectic Art Deco Summer Hotel Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on May 16, 2014

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Nicole and John were married in a traditional church ceremony at Sacred Heart followed by a reception at The Parker Palm Springs hotel in Palm Springs, Calif. on September 13. “It reminded me of my mother with it’s high style yet approachable and comfortable with great outdoor and interior intimate spaces,” Nicole said. The bride wore a v-neck lace wedding gown, accessorized with a cathedral length veil, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched navy blue dresses and carried bouquets of coral dahlias. Following the nuptials, guests enjoyed signature “Mr.” and “Mrs.” cocktails and were asked to follow their “animal instinct” to their seats with handmade paper turtles, rabbits, snakes, etc. Tables were decorated with geometric patterned runners, pinwheel centerpieces, and “for richer and poorer” lottery tickets at each place setting. The newlyweds’ best piece of advice? “Use Excel and Pinterest to help organize your event, but be open to letting go of perfection and try to have most everything done one month prior,” she said. Besides the irony of it being Friday the 13th, everything went off without a hitch! “There was an overwhelming amount of fun spent with family and friends escaping and eating together for the weekend,” Nicole said.

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Photography: Viera Photographics | Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Church | Reception Venue/Caterer/Rentals: The Parker Palm Springs | Dress Designer: Theresa LaQuay Couture from Decades of Fashion | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Brooks Brothers | Shoes: Macy’s | Event Planner/Floral Designer: Vivacious Design & Event Planning | Stationery: Leigh Okies | Hair Stylist: Light Fantastic | Officiant: Rev. Howard Lincoln | DJ: TitanUps and DJ Brent Fellows

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Lauren and Patrick were married in a traditional church ceremony at Historic St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church followed by an indoor reception at the Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, Penn. on November 30. “When we saw the photos online, we felt immediately drawn to the warmth (literally, there is a working fireplace) and coziness of the ballroom,” Lauren said. “We loved all of the intricate details like the hanging chandeliers and exposed beams and bricks.” The bride wore a v-neck lace wedding gown, accessorized with an ivory sash and her mom’s chapel-length wedding veil from 1979, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a navy blue tie to match the bridesmaids long satin dresses. “To wear something old, beautiful, and borrowed meant the world to me,” she said. “Hopefully, it will bring us good luck since my parents have been married for 34 years.” Before the ceremony, the couple chose to have a first look. “The significance of that moment felt like we were the only two people in the world,” Lauren said. Following the nuptials, the bridal party was escorted to the reception on a trolley. “Pat and I bonded early on in our relationship over our love of literature,” she said. “Though our [tastes] of course differ greatly, we wanted to incorporate that theme in our decor.” Centerpieces included old books stacked atop each other, pictures of authors, and favorite quotes.

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Photography: Double H Photography | Ceremony Venue: Historic St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church | Reception Venue:  Cork Factory Hotel | Event Coordinator: Lindsey Howe | Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero from Irini’s Originals | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff from Irini’s Originals | Hair & Makeup Artist: Plum Salon and Spa | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse | Floral Designer: Petals With Style | DJ: Mixed-Up Productions | Officiant: Father Leo Goodman | Invitations: Smitten on Paper 

Modern Spring Hotel Rooftop Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Feb 04, 2014

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Tanya and Adam were married at Hotel Vitale in San Francisco, Calif. on May 18. “Not only do we love the city, we were lucky enough that the bay lights were up in time for our wedding creating the perfect backdrop,” Tanya said. She wore a sweetheart fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a Juicy Couture statement necklace, bracelet, and earrings, while bridesmaids wore blush dresses with cute bows at their waists. Notice how their bouquets feature succulents? We’re suckers for them! Following the rooftop ceremony, the newlyweds danced down the aisle and escaped to a room to spend a few minutes alone. Meanwhile, guests enjoyed hand-picked wines and heavy appetizers instead of a sit-down dinner. The cake even featured their pup!

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Photography:  Hazy Lane Studios | Venue: Hotel Vitale | Floral Designer: Lee’s Florist & Nursery | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals | Dress Store: Joanna’s Bridal and Tailoring | Hair and Makeup Artist: Bellezza Cristali | Jewelry: Juicy Couture 

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