Wedding Aces Bridal Buds

Ashley & Scott

April 6

Andrews, North Carolina 

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Q & A with the Bride & Groom:

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

It offered a unique, weekend-long destination for our friends and family where we could relax in a beautiful mountainside location and celebrate our big day.  It allowed us to devote cherished time with each guest and that was the most important thing we wanted to accomplish.

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

1. The lovely bunting my sister made for us.  My sister, Olivia, lives abroad and spent hours sewing lace and burlap together for yards and yards of gorgeous bunting.  It was so beautiful around our reception site!

2. The homemade cookies our mothers baked, including personalized stamps.  My mother made shortbread dough at home and transported it all the way to North Carolina.  She and my little sister then baked, stamped and packaged all of the delicious cookies in their cabin on-site.  They were stamped with one of my husband’s favorite things, a robot, as well as our names and our wedding date.  Michelle and Carl with Keepsake Memories Photography took one of my favorite pictures with our rings on the cookies.  Scott’s mom is also known among friends and family for her chocolate chip cookies.  Sharon was nice enough to take the time to bake these delectable treats for our dessert table.

3. The wedding ceremony was officiated by Scott’s father, who worked closely with us to personalize every aspect of the service.  As someone who knew us and our guests so well, he made an otherwise intimate moment between a bride and groom much more meaningful for all of our attendees.

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

Scott: Seeing Ashley walking down the long path toward me with her father as the ceremony began.  It had been a whirlwind of a day working out last minute details and making sure everything was perfect for her, but to see her in her wedding dress for the first time with such a gorgeous smile on her face was a moment I’ll remember forever.   Either that or the food.

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Regal and Glamorous Wedding in California

Posted by Kim on Jul 30, 2013

Jennifer & Ronnie

April 13

Fullerton, California

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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 knew we wanted to have a tented reception where we could build out the space from the ground up. Muckenthaler offered a versatility, with a beautiful ceremony space and a large lawn area where a tent was possible!

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. The white tent with beautiful lining and three crystal chandeliers
  2. The hanging terraniums that we created as escort cards for all the guests
  3. The crown centerpieces

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

Determine the three things that are most important to you in terms of the wedding details as the items that cannot be compromised. Then for everything else, be willing to be flexible and open-minded about alternative methods and options in means of keeping within your budget.

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

Every moment was so precious, however, one that really sticks out for me is the Father/Daughter dance. My father and I are typically not very emotional or affectionate towards one another, so that moment we shared together was very special.

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Lindsay & TJ

June 8

Old Lyme, Connecticut

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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?

Its location.  We wanted our wedding to have a traditional New England summertime feel to it.  We chose a picturesque church for our ceremony and a beautiful beach area in which to do our portraits, and the country club is in close proximity to both.  Our venue is also representative of us as a couple – we love to play sports and spend time outside, and the country club is set on a golf course and has an indoor and outdoor component.

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

1. Flowers — simply gorgeous.

2. Cupcakes — adorable and tasty.

3. Stationary — the Green Kangaroo’s invitations, programs, place cards, and table numbers were flawless.

4. Bridesmaids and Groomsmen Attire — our sisters and brothers comprised our bridal party, and they looked perfect. Each bridesmaid wore something reflective of her style yet in keeping with our theme and color. 

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

Invest in an amazing photographer.  Although you are always told that a wedding goes by quickly, you don’t fully understand how true that statement is until you experience your own wedding. By investing in an amazing photographer, as we did with Candace Jeffery, you are instilled with confidence that your beautiful memories will be captured in photos, and you are given something tangible to forever cherish.

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

Our sunset photos, which took place on the golf course about halfway through out reception.  This was the first moment that my husband and I got to be alone with one another, yet we could still hear the excitement of our family and friends in the background.  It was also a moment in which we got to reflect on the beauty of our day, which as cliché as it sounds, truly was the best day of our lives.

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Bright Pink and Orange Spring Wedding in Connecticut

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 10, 2013

Sarah & Steven

May 31

Waterbury, Connecticut

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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?

Quality of food and service were very important to us. Steve and I really wanted our guests to enjoy themselves and have a good meal and celebrate our day with us. When we met with La Bella Vista, we were impressed with their desire to accommodate our needs and wants in a party.

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

We really wanted our wedding to represent us as a couple. We love nothing more than hanging out at our home entertaining our friends and family, so we wanted to incorporate that into our wedding. Our first favorite detail includes our high-fiving cake toppers with our dog Bella (she was hand made by our cake baker out of icing!). High fiving simply began as a playful joke and soon after become a staple in our relationship as a sign of any accomplishment. Our second favorite detail was our wedding flowers. Agnew Florist beautifully interpreted our desire for color, especially in my bouquet. We wanted our vibrant wedding colors to pop in our photos, and our photographer Candace was able to capture our day beautifully! Our last favorite detail was our modern wedding invitations. Stacie from By Invitation Only helped us choose our all-in-one invitations from PaperSnaps and designed them to incorporate photos from our engagement session. They were the first impression for our guests, and we were thrilled with how they came out.

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

The one moment Steve and I vividly remember is when we sat at our sweetheart table after dinner was served and our cake was cut. We sat together holding hands as our guests cut loose out on the dance floor. It was amazing to watch all of our friends and family really enjoy the party we had spent the last 18 months planning. We both agree that our day was flawless from start to finish. We both wouldn’t change a thing about our wedding day, and we couldn’t be happier with each and every vendor we worked with!

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Romantic Spring Winery Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Kim on Jul 08, 2013

Rachel & James

Belleville, Illinois

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Q & A with the Couple:

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

What sold us on our venue was the beauty of the ceremony site itself, as well as the fact that we could have an outdoor reception a short distance away on the same property. (The facility also had an indoor option as a bad weather back-up, which is something that put our minds at ease while planning our event). The ceremony site at the Weingarten is at the bottom of a large but shallow depression in the ground, so it provides privacy and serenity in a setting of natural beauty. The several large trees that stand around the wedding arch itself provide not only some structure to what is otherwise an open space, but also filter the sun to create patterns of light and shadow that fill the area with a gentle summer ambiance.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Our hand-made, Quaker-style marriage certificate that our guests signed as witnesses to the wedding (and that was produced by Sharon and Steven Schwartz of Calligraphica.com); the traditional Scottish cup (known as a quaich) that we used as a centerpiece in our ceremony (and that we purchased from http://quaichshop.co.uk/); and the powerful and yet subtle way that our themes and colors worked together to create a beautiful and memorable experience for us and for all of our guests. Until we saw it all together, we didn’t know how much our hard work was going to pay off.

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

The moment that most stands out in our minds is Rachel coming down the long, unpaved path to the ceremony site on foot. Everyone was expecting her to be driven down in a golf cart, but suddenly there she was—one hand holding her bouquet and the other holding up the bottom of her dress—marching confidently (and quickly!) down the path. She met her father partway down the hill and they walked together. Waiting for her to come closer and more fully into view created a bit of suspense for everyone, and it also put a personal stamp on the ceremony before it even began.

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