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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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Rustic Purple Summer Farm Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 30, 2013

Darla & Philip

August 17 

Bethany, Illinois  

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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?

We wanted our wedding to be fun, outdoorsy, and simple. We also did not want to be limited to a specific number of guests. Getting married on my parent’s farm was consistent with the type of wedding we wanted—it was an obvious choice for us!

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

1. We loved the “Here Comes the Bride” sign that my brother made from a walnut tree for my nephew to carry down the aisle. “Here Come the Zelenaks” was written on the back side of the sign. My nephew carried it up the aisle after the ceremony.

2. We loved the simple table design with the wood slab, antique blue and modern clear jars for the flower arrangements and the vibrantly colored napkins.

3. The ceremony setting with the large tree and beautiful view over the hillside.

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

Walking down the aisle and seeing the man that I was about to marry!

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Purple Destination Beach Wedding in Costa Rica

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 26, 2013

Michelle & Marcus 

October 26  

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica  

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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?

The details of the villa were absolutely breathtaking. Every detail from the architecture to the panoramic views.

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

1. The gorgeous rooftop reception. It was in the evening, and there where beautiful candle lights everywhere, floating orchids in cylinder vases, romantic crystal mirror chargers, and regal plum linens.

2. The surprise dancing Carnival and drummers. Our guests still talk about it today!

3. The beach ceremony. It was classic, romantic, and timeless.

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

Our first dance. My husband was insistent that we have our first dance to a classic romantic Latin love song called “Boliviana” by Ibrahim Ferrer. It’s about a man professing his love to a beautiful dark-haired woman in a white dress.

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Elegant Purple Ballroom Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 20, 2013

Brittany & Spencer

October 20

Chicago, Illinois

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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?

THE VIEW! The serenity and beauty of being steps away from Lake Michigan really spoke to us.  It was so peaceful and was also a way for us to expose a side of Chicago that many people don’t know exist.  

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

1.  The music – we were able to have all guests request their favorite song to be played at the reception, and Spencer even surprised me with a surprise piano serenade  at the reception of our favorite song “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds.

2. The flowers – I was absolutely blown away when I arrived at Loyola.  Our florist created pieces that were unique, beautiful, and ones that really made an impression on everyone in attendance.

3.  Pictures around Loyola’s campus, just the two of us – not only is Loyola’s campus absolutely gorgeous, but being able to sneak away for just a few minutes with just us and our photographer was priceless.  Some of the shots speak louder than what a video would ever capture.  Ben Elsass Photography truly captured our exact emotions and thoughts at that exact moment.

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

Married couples will say that the second the bride walks down the aisle, time stops.  THIS IS 100% TRUE.  All of the jitters, nervousness, anxiety, planning, coordination, and every other detail happening in life STOPS from that time on.  It was truly an unforgettable feeling, and a moment that we will both remember for a lifetime.  No words can describe what we felt during those moments, but it was pure bliss in its most truest form.

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Classic Purple Fall Wedding in New York

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 16, 2013

Johanna & Greg

November 11

Beacon, New York

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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?

Our venue was a former mill that was being converted into an event space.  When we first visited, it was just a shell of a building with a dirt floor, but we knew that it would be the perfect combination of industrial elegance that we were looking for.  I loved the original brick walls, metal work, and large floor to ceiling windows that overlooked a stream and waterfall.  I knew it would be a beautiful setting for our fall wedding.

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

1. Flowers – All I knew was that I wanted purple flowers and nothing too formal.  My florist was amazing and just ran with that very little information.  The bouquets and chuppah (wedding canopy) were beautiful and for the centerpieces we used a variety of vintage containers to make each table setting unique.

2. Ketubah – I was completely obsessed with our papercut Ketubah (wedding contract).  I thought that it was even very similar to the lace on my gown.  We now have it framed with spacers between each layer of the paper cut giving it a 3D effect.  It’s beautiful!

3. Programs – I found the programs on Etsy, and I loved the mix of rustic brown paper with a purple hand-stitched binding.  Our initials were stamped on the front.

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

It has always been a lofty dream of mine to have fireworks at my wedding, even though I knew it was fairly unrealistic.  Early on in the wedding planning process, I would joke with my fiancé and ask him if he was working on organizing the fireworks, getting the permits, etc.  I knew it was highly unlikely, especially since we were getting married in an urban area, but I liked to give him a hard time.  As the wedding approached though, I pretty much just forgot about it.

The wedding day was absolutely perfect.  We had planned an after party at a bar nearby so that we could continue to celebrate with our friends.  My husband and I lingered at the venue saying goodbye to all of our guests while the rest of our friends left to head over to the bar.  It was to my complete surprise that when we finally arrived at the after party, all of our closest friends were lining the sidewalk each holding beautiful sparklers and cheering us on! It was the most romantic surprise ever!  I couldn’t believe that Greg had actually pulled off having “fireworks” at my wedding and making my dream come true.

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