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Lively Winter Loft Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 26, 2013

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Lauren and Michael were married in downtown Columbia, S.C. on December 29. After searching for the perfect urban vibe, they settled with 701 Whaley, a loft known for it’s high ceilings, concrete floors, and exposed brick walls. The bride wore a custom sweetheart a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a faux fur stole, rose gold drop diamond earrings, and Badgley Mischka peep-toe heels. Bridesmaids looked simple yet classic in their little black dresses, accessorized with emerald pashmina shawls. “My favorite moment of the day was when we had our first look,” Lauren said. “There was so much anticipation, and I was beginning to feel a little overwhelmed, but once I saw Michael, it was like none of that mattered. I was right where I wanted to be!” Following the traditional church ceremony, the reception began, and boy was it beautiful. Just look at those black and white striped linens, pomegranates at each place setting, chalkboard mural, and paper flower wall behind the cake!

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Photography and Stationery:  Landon Jacob Productions | Videography: Dust of the Ground | Ceremony Venue: Main Street United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: 701 Whaley | Event Planner: Jessica Parks Rourke of Parkside Wedding Studio | Floral Designer: Fern Studio Floral & Event Design | Caterer: Fancy That! Bistro and Catering | Dress Designer: Bella Vista Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Indochino | Hair Stylist: Ashley Wright of Cline’s Salon Vista | Makeup Artist: Chelsea Winford of The Painted Face | Signage: Gwyn Marie Pevonka | Cookie and Favor Bags: Lady Letterpress | Equipment Rentals: Palmetto Party Rentals | Cake: Publix Bakery

Contemporary Purple Fall Loft Wedding in Canada

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 25, 2013

Nicole & John 

September 26 

Toronto, Ontario, Canada 


From the photographer: “When I first met Nicole and John a few months before their wedding, I knew right away that we were the perfect match for each other. Their vision of an elegant and classy wedding, without any pomp and circumstance came together perfectly at 99 Sudbury, their venue of choice for the reception. Their day started off with Nicole getting ready at the Royal York hotel in downtown Toronto, followed by a Catholic ceremony at a Croatian church, and a great party at 99 Sudbury. A Croatian band, and a band from Nova Scotia played live music until well past midnight. Enjoy the photographs!” — Andreas of Photography by Andreas

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Modern Navy and Yellow Spring Wedding in Georgia

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 20, 2013

Maying & Bobby

March 9

Acworth, Georgia


Q & A with the Bride:

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

The wooden interior and rustic decoration are so unique. Their food and drink package is great and affordable. We do want our guests to have a good time so that’s when we knew we want to have our wedding there.

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

1. I loved the groom’s cake. My husband is a Georgia Tech fan, and I am University of Georgia fan. The cake is the Buzz on a spider web, which looks like a Georgia Tech cake but with a little twist.

2. I loved our DJ playing “Gangnam Style” and when everyone started dancing. It was so much fun!

3. My mom and groom’s mom were dancing together. My parents are from China and don’t know English at all. It was so sweet to see two moms communicating and dancing without language.

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

Walking down the aisle and looking at the groom is definitely the moment I can’t stop thinking about. I felt so much in those few minutes. 

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Wedding Venues 101

Posted by Kim on Jan 15, 2013

Looking for a wedding venue that fits your needs can be one of the trickiest (and unfortunately, stressful) parts of wedding planning. Happily, once you’ve booked your venue, the rest of the planning process will fall into place easily (we promise!). But how do you even start searching for a wedding site? First, you’ll need to pick what venue “style” most suits your personality. Here’s a mini-glossary of wedding venue types to help you get started. And don’t forget to check out our Vendor Reviews to find the perfect wedding locale near you.

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Ballroom: Want a wedding that’s grand, elegant, and formal? There’s nothing like a richly appointed ballroom. Ideal for black-tie weddings with a big guest list, ballrooms (either in hotels or other historic sites), often have in-house catering and rentals to make the planning process a snap. But it’s important to note: When choosing a color scheme for a ballroom wedding, you’ll have to take the room’s permanent fixtures into account – from the carpeting to the chandeliers to the wall color. You wouldn’t want your flowers and other decor to clash with what’s already there.

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Elegant, Purple & Gray Loft Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 14, 2012

Jesse & Ben

September 22

Chicago, Illinois


Q & A with the Bride:

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

The overall aesthetic just felt right. It was the first of 10 venues we visited. I remember we were walking out to the car, looking at each other and both said, “Yeah, that’s it.” We just knew. At our wedding, our friends and family kept telling us, “This place is so you guys.” The exposed brick, the timber beams and the natural light. It was like love at first sight.

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

1. The votives surrounding our venue: we purchased 500 votives and holders which took up a lot of space in our apartment for the months leading up to the wedding, but it was worth it. They gave the space a beautiful, warm glow.

2. The Jack Straw Band: we like to see them play at bars and festivals in Chicago, and they also played at our parents’ 25th anniversary party. One of the most memorable moments was when they started playing my favorite song, Blue Sky by the Allman Brothers Band as Ben and I walked into the cocktail hour.

3. The Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton: it’s a children’s story about two dinosaurs, who come to love each other despite their differences. I was a preschool teacher when I first came to Chicago (our flower girl was actually one of my students!) so the children’s story had even more meaning.

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you cannot stop thinking about.

The most memorable for me will always be when I watched Ben read his vows. All of my bridesmaids were crying because Ben was crying, and I was just so filled with love. It was beautiful. The most hilarious moment though had to be the end of the night. We had just found out that we needed $500 cash if we wanted the DJ to play for an extra half hour. It was about three minutes before she was scheduled to stop playing when our family and friends started chipping in money. That extra half hour on the dance floor was totally worth it.

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