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Romantic Courtyard Wedding in New Orleans

Posted by Alexandra on May 22, 2013

Tyler & Ryan

November 17

New Orleans, Louisiana

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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 really wanted to get married outside and have an outdoor reception.  The Elms Mansion gave us both, as well as an elegant atmosphere.  Everything about the venue is picturesque, starting with its location on the oak lined St. Charles Avenue.

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

  • One of our best friends married us.  He got ordained online and conducted a very personal and memorable ceremony.  He had everyone crying. 
  • My dad and stepdad walked me down the aisle together.  They both mean a lot to me, so I felt privileged to be given away by them both.  
  • The band, TABOO [now The Phunky Monkeys]. Everyone danced all night.  The band played everything from classic rock to rap, got out into the crowd, and got to know a few of our livelier guests! 
  • Our first dance was to a Joe Cocker song, which was the concert we went to on our first “date” (along with our best friend that married us)!

 

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

Stay true to your vision for the event.  We wanted a small, intimate ceremony and reception with only close friends and family.  We had around 160 guests and knew every face.  We truly enjoyed ourselves visiting and catching up with our loved ones.  We spent the night doing exactly what we wanted….dancing and laughing! 

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

At the end of the night, the band led a New Orleans second line around the courtyard and over to our getaway car.  Most of the guests were still there singing and dancing in the second line and waiving their handkerchiefs in the air.

 

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“Fete Des Fleurs” Styled Shoot

Posted by Kim on May 16, 2013

Today’s Florida-based styled shoot was inspired by a pink-and-green swatch of striped fabric, which was used throughout the décor. The theme? “Fete Des Fleurs,” which means “Feast of Flowers” in French. Says the photographer, “The reasoning behind the feast of flowers was to create an atmosphere of feasting in a French garden, with a combination of florals, succulents, vegetables, and fruits as the main courses.” We’re obsessed with the lush and gorgeous floral arrangements, the regal gold and pink paper suite, and the incredible striped Hayley Paige gown that so perfectly matches the theme!

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Romantic Pink Fall Wedding in Maine

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 26, 2013

Samantha & Brian

September 12

York Harbor, Maine 

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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 really wanted a location that had two things: a view of the ocean, and a venue with a lot of character.  We wanted it to be an older building with dark wood, unique charm and a feeling like it could be someone’s home.  We wanted our guests traveling from outside of New England to have a true feeling of what it might be like to spend an evening along the Maine coastline.  The York Harbor Reading Room had everything we were looking for and a wonderful team that is known for putting on a wonderful wedding.

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

One of my favorite details of our wedding was our cake topper.  It was special to me, and a great addition to our vintage-inspired, romantic wedding.  Our cake topper was first used at my grandparents wedding back in 1956.  It’s just a simple bride and groom figurine, but it holds sentimental value that is priceless.  Another detail from my wedding that I really loved was our flowers.  We chose an excellent florist, who did an incredible job with all things floral:  bouquets, centerpieces, ceremony decor.   We wanted clean, romantic, beach-washed floral details for our wedding, and the flowers were an excellent way to decorate and help create the vintage feeling.  Lastly.  I really had fun creating all of our wedding stationary.  Again, we wanted a vintage feel for every piece: the save-the-date, invitation and thank you card.   We were able to tie our wedding theme into each piece, and we were really happy how they turned out.

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

On the days leading up to our wedding, everyone kept telling us to just take five minutes out of the reception and enjoy the day. I was prepared for the day to move quickly and was so nervous about the weather, about being on time, about making sure everyone was enjoying themselves.  My bridesmaid and best friend Jen kept reminding me to enjoy! It was my wedding day!  There were a few minutes where my new husband and I took some time to walk on the beach between the ceremony and reception.  It was just us, and we really were able to spend some time together before the dinner and reception.  We’ll always have those memories, and I am so happy that we took the time out of our day for that.

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Spring Lake House Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 25, 2013

Raquel & Gerard

March 17

Charleston, 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?

My husband, then fiance, loved it!  We had looked at dozens of venues, but his face absolutely lit up as we pulled onto the property.  I know that the wedding day is supposed to be about the bride, but I wanted to be sure his voice was heard in some of the details as well.

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

1.  Before the guests arrived, I had the opportunity to see the ceremony space, and I was blown away.  The ceremony was outside on a small, wooded island.  While it was naturally beautiful, I wanted to soften the space.  My planner, Kala, not only met my expectations, she exceeded them!  White details, delicate floral accents, a wooden altar draped with sheer fabric – etheral, simple, elegant!  It was a beautiful and powerful reminder that although our wedding was not in a church, it was, no less, a spiritual occasion.

2.  The music!  Music can make or break any event, especially a wedding.  But, being an intercultural union (I’m from southern Virginia, and he’s from Trinidad and Tobago), we were both concerned that the music would not translate well between our two sides.  Fortunately, my husband called in a favor from a DJ friend and his knowledge of Caribbean and American music was mixed to perfection.  Everyone danced the evening away!

3.  The dinner tables were another one of those details where I had this vision in my head.  I wanted the linens and place settings to be formal since it was wedding, yet the flowers to have a more natural, deconstructed feel.  And while I wanted eveything to flow, I didn’t want identical floral reproductions, or overly matchy-matchy.  As a greeted my guests at their seats, I was delighted that each centerpiece was unique!

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

Walking down the aisle towards my husband was the BEST MOMENT of my life.  Knowing how much I loved and was loved.  Feeling so blessed that the most important decision of my life had also been the easiest.  Knowing this was only the beginning our journey.  I experienced so many strong emotions in such a short span, I am constantly reflecting upon them. 

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Romantic Pink Beach Wedding in Hawaii

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 15, 2013

Holly & Travis 

September 29

Kapolei, Hawaii

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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 was the lush green landscape along the ocean that resembles all of Hawaii has to offer.

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

1. The ceremony.

2. The décor that was arranged in love by friends and family, who took my visions and brought them to life.

3. The groom and groomsmen surprise performance to Justin Bieber’s Baby!

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

The ceremony, was amazingly perfect.  So many unscripted moments that make you laugh and cry that make the moment unforgettable for us.  We give praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for perfectly designing marriage and teaching us how to love and be loved.  The Holy Spirit was truly present in that moment bringing together our friends and family to witness what God had designed for our lives.

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