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Purple Winter Wedding in North Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 10, 2013

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Kelly and Andrew were married during a cold, winter day in Swansboro, N.C. on January 5. To keep warm, the bride accessorized with a fur stole on top of her fit ‘n’ flare ruffled wedding gown. Bridesmaids wore purple dresses whereas groomsmen wore gray suits with polka dot bow ties. Bouquets featured an array of blooms such as garden roses, hydrangeas, and calla lilies. Following the traditional church ceremony, the reception was held at the town’s civic center, which was decorated with lace, lanterns, and wine bottles. “When we walked into the room, we were completely blown away,” Kelly said. “The room looked magical! Even though we had picked out the details, we were still shocked when we saw how beautifully it came together.” Even the ceiling was draped with fabric and chandelier! Their favorite moment? The father of the bride’s speech. “We still laugh at the things he said,” she said. Instead of a sparkler send off, guests held handwritten signs that said, “Faith,” “Bliss,” “Fun,” “Love,” and “Hope.” A cute do-it-yourself touch.

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Photography: Keepsake Memories Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. Mildred’s Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Swansboro Rotary Club | Decor: Crystal Coast Tents & Event Rentals | Floral Designer: Coastal Petals | Caterer: Kathryn’s Bistro and Martini Bar | Band: Snack Bar Jones

Purple and Orange Fall Lodge Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 09, 2013

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Angela and Carlino were married at The Lodge at Sonoma on September 28. “The outdoor lawn has an amazing rock wall around it that we knew would make a great background for the wedding ceremony,” Angela said. “And the stone building, where we had the reception, had incredible exposed ceiling beams hung with lanterns.” Besides the bride’s Maggie Sottero lace wedding gown with an illusion neckline, two of her favorite details were the flowers and entertainment! Bouquets were filled with orange and purple roses, dahlias, and orchids, and many guests raved about the mixture of music that was played. “We loved the entire day,” she said. “Having all of our family and friends there, the toasts, the food, and the music. It was a living dream. I want to go back and do it again!”

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Photography: Cathy Stancil Photography | Venue: The Lodge at Sonoma | Floral Designer: Wine Country Flowers | Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero | Hair Stylist: Nicole Hitchcock of NH2 Salon | DJ: Planet Entertainment  

Contemporary Purple Fall Loft Wedding in Canada

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 25, 2013

Nicole & John 

September 26 

Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

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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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Emma & Michael 

September 15

Asheville, North Carolina  

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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? 

Michael and I met at Western Carolina University and lived in Asheville for a few years before moving to Greenville, S.C. Having our wedding outdoors in the mountains was extremely important to us. Hidden River offered the ceremony and reception site all in one property on a semi-functioning farm surrounded by mountains. The natural beauty of Hidden River stole our hearts from the first visit; it was the only venue we visited.

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

1. I loved and slaved over making all of the fabric bouquets. I am an interior designer; I used old fabric memos for the flower rosettes. Making those was a labor of love knowing all of my bridesmaids can keep their bouquet as a memento after the wedding.

2. I loved the antique books placed on the tables as small centerpieces. Michael and I got engaged in the library at Western (it is a long story that drove this underlying theme to our invitations, save-the-dates and use of antique books as centerpieces). He chose the library to propose because four years earlier I had spotted him in the library a week before we official met and started dating.

3. The corn hole boards were a surprise collaborative gift from one of my bridesmaids and one of Michael’s groomsmen. Chris my bridesmaid built them, Jimmy and his wife Kristen painted them one gold and purple for Western Carolina and purple and orange for Clemson University (Michael is a huge fan of Clemson football). This was a very sweet and personal gift that added additional entertainment to guests at the reception.

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

The moment I crossed the bridge to the ceremony site I felt like I was floating and needed to be caught by Michael when I reached the altar. It was such an overwhelming moment that I struggled to compose myself. It was a wonderful feeling to be so in the moment with love and happiness.

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Flirty Purple Summer Garden Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 03, 2013

Heidi & Shawn 

September 14  

Walnut Creek, California  

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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?

That is a tough one. It was a balancing act between budget and location. I always knew that I wanted a garden wedding. The Gardens at Heather Farms just hit everything we were looking for including location (near both of our families), beautiful rose garden for the ceremony as well as an amazing backdrop for a wedding. I also grew up playing tennis across the street, so the site felt very comfortable.

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

1. All of our DIY projects, especially the centerpieces and the flowers. Most of the centerpieces were galvanized pots filled with succulents my mom, Shawn and I had been collecting over the last year. For the flowers, my mom and aunt made all of the bridal bouquets, which were so beautiful. The bridal bouquets did double duty for the wedding and as centerpieces for the bridal party tables. We put them in antique mason jars we had found. My mom, aunt and family also made all the floral arrangements for some of the guest tables and key tables at the reception.

2. The photo booth. This was a splurge for us as far as budget goes, and it was so worth it! Almost all the guests got involved and the pictures are classic! These pics also served as part of the guest book.

3. Mason jar wine glasses! Shawn and I hunted all of Oakland looking for different glass candlesticks to make what has become known as “white trash wine glasses.” Each candlestick had beads in our wedding colors (purple, green and silver) and was glued to a mason jar. We wanted something special for our parents, best woman, maid of honor, and matron of honor as they gave their toasts. They were all very excited to take them home as well. Such a conversation starter!

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

This is the hardest question of all! Especially since we were surrounded by our closest family and friends, which meant the world to me! If I have to choose only one out of a fabulous day, it was spending so much time with my now husband without having to worry about anything. All the stress was gone and Friday the 13th over (my wedding bag with my planning book, journal, joint check book, cash for tips, marriage license was stolen at the rehearsal the day before but did not realize it until Friday the 13th. We spent most of the day trying to amend what had been lost). I’m not usually big on PDA, but after all the wedding planning and the day finally arriving, we were just inseparable and really had the best time! I almost giggled as I remembered advice I had been give by several people to make sure to take moments away from the wedding for just Shawn and I that was definitely not a problem!

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