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Artistic Spring Cafe Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 26, 2013

Brantly & Kent 

April 6

Easley, South 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? 

It’s the shared history: Kent and I grew up in this church together, so there was really never a question. It made for an amazing day—walking down the aisle on which we had chased each other around at various youth group functions and seeing so many familiar sights from our past. The fact that the church itself is absolutely lovely didn’t hurt either!

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

1. Colors: My inspiration came from a Vincent van Gogh poster I purchased in Amsterdam that has graced my bedroom walls for years, creating a very content and calm atmosphere. I wanted the same for the wedding and carried the theme throughout—from the invitations to the bridesmaid dresses to the flowers.

2. Holly Graciano, our photographer: I first heard of Holly as an Art History undergrad when my professor mentioned that his wife was doing wedding photography. When I looked her up after our time had come, I immediately fell for her eye for design and composition. For someone like me, who could spend hours looking at paintings and drawings, was extremely important to me that we have mementos that were both meaningful and beautiful.

3. Handmade and handpicked bits and pieces: I loved that my mom and I were able to work together to create a really thoughtful day. We made signs, lanterns, the ring bearer’s “pillow,” which turned out to be a shell from the beach where Kent and I were engaged, and the heirloom cake recipe that my Memaw used to make. She passed away years ago, but I didn’t feel like she was so far away when Kent and I shared that first bite of Italian cream cake.

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

Aside from replaying my few “last words” with my father before we walked out of the bridal room, it’s the getaway and the feeling that all was well with the world at that moment. Our friends and family, many of whom had never met before and would likely never meet again, surrounded us as we walked out of a perfect reception into a perfect evening with beautiful sparklers and wish lanterns lighting the night sky. Holding Kent’s hand, I knew that I was blessed, undeservedly, beyond measure and that this moment would be one to never forget.

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Jane & Dean

February 25

Phoenix, Arizona

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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 love the Duce, we would go there for weekend brunch often and our photographers suggested we look into it for our wedding. Since several of our guests would be traveling to our wedding we liked that we could share one of our little downtown Phoenix jewels! It was so us and my husband-to-be was so incredibly excited, I loved that he was invested in the decision. The appeal of it being different than your standard hotel ballroom was a big part of it too.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

My dress that my talented friend, Tara Ballantyne, Interior and Food Stylist out of Toronto, Ontario created rosettes out of my great grandmother’s hairpin lace that was over 100 years old, it added such a personal touch to my new dress, and was such an heirloom, my mother had also used the lace at her wedding.

The spin we took on the Duce’s bus Old School with the wedding party after the ceremony and before the reception, it was so fun riding around downtown, just relaxing, and celebrating any stress just melted away! Studio Moirae go amazing location shots with the sun going down!

The ceremony decorations, we didn’t need much since the Duce is amazing all by itself, but my mom and maid of honor dried and arranged hydrangeas from my mom’s garden in Minnesota where I grew up, they looked amazing and it was a little bit of Minnesota in my Arizona wedding, also the flags added so much, they were favors, a send off, table numbers and several of my friends still have them.

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

Take the time to make it you! it doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, if you love it everyone will. Let your wedding be a reflection of your life and love with your future husband/ wife and share that with your friends and family!

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

When we came around the corner after the ceremony to be announced as husband and wife, to see all of our family and friends waving the flags I had made and realizing it had turned out just as I had hoped and how incredibly perfect the day was…and the party hadn’t even started yet!

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Leli & Tom

August 11

Boston, Massachusetts

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Q & A with the Bride:

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

The flowers, for sure – especially the tall floral arrangements on the stage. We loved how the decorations at the ceremony came out, especially seeing my florist adding her arrangements and pew flowers that I could only try and picture in my head during the planning process. They complimented the background decorations of the paper flowers so well. It was even better than what I imaged. Seeing all the time spent and decision-making come together for the first time as I was walking down the aisle just made it feel that more special.

Also, the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets – they were so much more than what I expected and were the perfect arrangement and feel of what I wanted.  

Our paper suite designed by our graphic designer, especially the programs.  We had a lot of information to fit and going through a number of revisions to get it to what it became was time well spent.

The hanging purple, lilac, and white paper flowers we got from Luna Bazaar.  They were one of my favorite decorating pieces that were placed on the background of the stage and the wall behind our welcoming table.  They were the unique piece I was looking for and matched my colors to my wedding perfectly!

It’s also a tie with our candy table.  It’s one of the fun things we really wanted to have at our wedding – candy and snacks that my husband and I love and wanted to share with our guests.

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

For me, it’s really hard to pick one.  One of the moments I can’t stop thinking about would have to be the morning when I was getting ready and one of my bridesmaids gave me a card from Tom.  I was so surprised since we agreed we weren’t going to do bride/groom gifts.  What he said to me in that card was so moving it brought me to tears and even though I had already did my make-up, was in my dress, it didn’t matter. I was so moved by it I couldn’t hold back the tears from coming.

The other was the moment the doors opened and I turned to walk down the aisle. Seeing the sanctuary filled with family and friends, all the decorations, seeing “the light” at the end of the aisle of my husband looking down at me, it was hard not to feel the overwhelming emotions that filled me at that sight and the moment I had been waiting for – walking down the aisle on my wedding day to marry the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.

I actually asked my husband what his moment was as well.  He had two:

One is when they opened the door and I first saw Leli.  The other is when I went to greet people before the wedding started and I saw how many people were there and them coming up and congratulating me.  That’s when it hit me that everyone there were there for us, to celebrate with us because of the love they had for us.  There were people I haven’t seen in a couple of years due to the fact that they lived so far away and they took the time out of their schedules and money to travel just to witness us getting married.

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Eclectic Winter Wedding in New Jersey

Posted by Kim on Mar 25, 2013

Natalie & Adam

January 18

Jersey City, New Jersey

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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?

It was just special. We knew Liberty House was our place from just looking at the photos. The view of downtown Manhattan as a backdrop was stunning along with the high open beamed ceilings and surrounding candlelight made it so romantic and intimate.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. Table Numbers & Escort Cards. Our table numbers were handmade by my artistic dad. He burned all of the details by hand for every single table and handmade the escort cardholder which took weeks of hard work.  All of this time and dedication in making these details perfect for us made these details even more special.
  2. Taxi Cab Limo. Our transportation for the wedding party was an old school taxi cab limo that spiced up your typical wedding transportation. It brought the city feel to life and gave such a fun, lighthearted feeling to the wedding party during our trips to the photos, ceremony and venue.
  3. The Music. Our band was amazing. My dad is a musician, so music was number was on his list. We had weekly calls with the band to make sure they knew our song list and style. There was not one person that didn’t tell us how fantastic the music was at the reception. They made it a party to remember! We also had slipper socks (since it was winter, we didn’t go with flip flops) for our guests to keep on dancing even when their feet were tired!

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

The moment we heard our wedding song – “Soul Sister” by Train. We picked the song so long ago because we loved the story it told. We had listened to it over and over again. When it finally came on at the wedding, it all became so real and our story came full circle. Also,  while there was a room full of people staring at us, it felt like it was just the two of us in the room at the moment.

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Intimate Summer Restaurant Wedding in Vermont

Posted by Kim on Aug 14, 2012

Helen & Bob

July 21

New Haven, Vermont

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Q&A with the Bride:

Which three details of your wedding were your favorites?

  1. The exact location of the ceremony, which was next to the pond.  We went back and forth several times about the exact location, and the final location was picked the morning of the wedding with the bride’s hair in curlers.
  2. The table settings with the flowers that Christine Snell made for the tables and cake. I also loved the cookie favors I had made with embroidery icing.
  3. The little rocks we used as place cards. Bob and I had picked them up from the shore of the 100 year old family vacation cottage, on Thompson’s Point, the year before.  We asked guests to say a prayer or wish for us on their rock and return them to the shore. That way our wedding would be part of the family cottage forever.

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

After planning, and helping to plan, two weddings, two years in a row [Helen’s daughter got married last year] we learned to go with what you love. Don’t second guess yourself. It always comes together in the end.

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

The moment we saw each other just before the wedding. When Bob turned around, he just let out this big “ohh” with a big smile on his face. It was a really sweet moment.

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