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Mandy and Matt were married at The Hamilton Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. on October 18. The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a birdcage veil, faux fur coat, and jeweled sash, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a pinstriped button-up shirt and pink bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short silk taffeta navy blue dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and eucalyptus. Even though the rain threatened to challenge the couple’s first look plans, they still managed to surprise each other downtown overlooking the city skyline. The venue served double-duty for the ceremony and reception. Imagine an old cream-colored brick building featuring vaulted ceilings and crystal chandeliers! Fun fact: It used to be a “hotel” for cars. Notice the ribbon backdrop? Totally handmade. Tables were decorated with lace runners, vintage vases and vessels centerpieces, glitter numbers, and family heirloom plates and tea cups at each place setting too. Guests were given favor bags filled with personalized M & M’S and tied with a handwritten thank-you note. For dessert, a mini two-tiered cake and cupcakes. Yum!

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Photography: Aliza Rae Photography | Venue: The Hamilton | Floral Designer: Mandy Munsch | Cake: Eat Cake

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Allison and Brycen were married at Rivermill Event Centre in Columbus, Ga. on March 22. The historic renovated cotton mill had such a rustic feel and beautiful views of the Chattahoochee, according to the bride. She wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with Converse tennis shoes. Before the ceremony, the couple opted to do a first look with handwritten letters that they read out loud to one another. Fun fact: Allison carried a Bible that was over 100-years-old in lieu of a bouquet. It’s been passed down in her family for generations. How unique! The reception tables was decorated with blue linens and rose, daisy, and anemone centerpieces accented with greenery. A romantic flare was added with lots of candles surrounding too. Guests enjoyed posing with props in the photo booth and received the strips as favors. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t over think and never let anyone make you second guess your decisions,” Allison said. “It’s YOUR wedding day.”

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Photography: Amanda Berube Photography | Venue: Rivermill Event Centre | Event Planner: Beth Milner | Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero from J. Andrews Bridal | Shoes: Nina | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Cake: Fresh Market | Hair & Makeup Artist: Jessica Kennedy | Floral Designer: Brooke Anderson | Invitations: Shelby Kellin | Caterer: J.K. Culinary | DJ: Joe Russo | Photo Booth: Grins & Giggles

Purple Heart-Themed Summer Loft Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Feb 11, 2014

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Meghan and Maarten were married at Studio 1342 in Los Angeles, Calif. on August 3. “We loved the quirkiness and uniqueness,” Meghan said. “We really wanted a place that reflected our style and that would allow us the freedom to bring in our own vendors and personal touches.” Almost all the decorations were handmade! From the outdoor ceremony paper heart backdrop to the button flower centerpieces in chalkboard recycled wine bottles. They even wrote the script together. “We kept some of the structure the same as a traditional ceremony, but we incorporated fun elements, such as a last unmarried kiss before we exchanged vows and rings.” Guests loved the intimate vibe of the reception — a disco ball and bunting banners hung from the loft’s ceiling, well wishes decorated a tree, and a delectable dessert display featured multiple cakes, cake pops, pies, and M & M’s. The newlywed’s best advice? “It is a day that’s meant for you to create together and share with those closest to you,” she said. 

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Photography: Ryon:Lockhart Photography | Venue: Studio 1342 | Caterer: Room Forty Catering | Cake: Shannon Evans | Bakery: Quite Dainty | DJ: DJ Matt Cornwall | Event Planner: TACT Management

Vibrant Emerald Fall Loft Wedding in Washington

Posted by Caitlin on Feb 10, 2014

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Meghan and Christopher were married in a traditional mass ceremony at the Blessed Sacrament Parish followed by a reception at the Loft at Russell’s in Seattle, Wash. on October 13. “The church itself is breathtaking and made us feel very connected,” Meghan said. “We loved how high the ceilings were and how much natural light flowed through. There were beautiful stained glass windows, and a lovely old Catholic church feel with brick interior. The immediate warmth made us feel right at home.” She walked down the aisle wearing a lace wedding gown with capped sleeves, accessorized with a sapphire cross necklace, while her groom stood waiting at the altar wearing a gray suit, accessorized with an emerald tie to match the bridesmaid dresses. “It was the most memorable part of the day,” she said. “I really took time to look at everyone who was there, especially mine and Chris’ family.” Following the ceremony, the newlyweds exited the church with a bubble send-off and were off to the reception. Tables were decorated with different colored vases, from green to blue and purple to white, filled with lush white blooms and greenery. Our favorite detail? The two little birds on the wedding cake!

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Photography: Courtney Bowlden Photography | Ceremony Venue: Blessed Sacrament Parish | Reception Venue: The Loft at Russell’s | Event Planner: Jesson Mata | Floral Designer: QFC Flowers | Hair Stylist: Malissa Martin | Makeup Artist: Amber Lui | DJ: Steve Stephens | Cake: Madalyn Wilkins

Eclectic Fall Art Center Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 28, 2014

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Katie and Chris were married in a traditional mass ceremony at Assumption Catholic Church followed by a reception at Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, Ill. on November 2. “We were limited to the number of venues that could fit our guest count,” Katie said. “We fell in love with the huge space our venue offered, and it’s rustic charm. It had beautiful city skyline view and gave us the exposed brick and wood look that fit our theme perfectly.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace wedding gown, accessorized a beaded bolero, while her bridesmaids wore gray long dresses. (Fun fact: Her maid of honor stood out in blush!) The groom looked oh-so dapper in his black three-piece tuxedo and bow tie. “Have all of our family and friends together in one room to support us was the most important detail of the day,” she said. The loft was twinkling with crystal chandeliers and window panels with candles overhead. Long banquet tables were decorated with baby’s breath centerpieces and framed book pages served as table numbers. “The band we picked was another detail that made the night unforgettable,” Katie said. “They chose the perfect music to keep our guests dancing all night long.”

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Photography: Ben Elsass Photography | Ceremony Venue: Assumption Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Bridgeport Art Center | Event Designer: Revel Decor| Floral Designer: The Revel Group | Caterer: Paramount Events | Hair Stylist: Salon Buzz – Gold Coast | Dress Store: I Do, I Do Bridal Consignment | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Joseph A. Banks | Cake: Molly’s Cupcakes 

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