Wedding Aces Bridal Buds

Katie & Nick 

August 4

Long Beach, California 


Q & A with the Bride:

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

I knew my venue was the one because it was the perfect combination of everything we were looking for. The Long Beach Museum of Art was the only venue we looked at, and we instantly fell in love with it. We wanted a unique outdoor location, and the museum offered a beautiful ocean view, cool modern sculptures and a hint of a vintage feel from the brick buildings.

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

1. The gorgeous flowers! I loved the texture, colors and the lemons that were incorporated into our centerpieces. They just felt so fun and whimsical.

2. We had a hand-painted wedding cake that featured words that were meaningful to our relationship. The cake was beautiful, but it was even more special to us because of the personal touches we got to put on it.

3. I liked the paper goods and DIY decorations because I was able to be creative with them, plus my family helped me out a lot in creating everything. It was great to work as a team with them.

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you cannot stop thinking about.

I think walking down the aisle was the most memorable moment of my wedding day. It was so surreal to step out and see all of our family and friends there as well as the decor and details that I had been obsessing over for months. I was happy to be able to walk down the aisle with my dad, and it was emotional to see my husband crying when he saw me. 

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Whimsical, Warmhearted Wedding in Seattle

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 17, 2012

Chris & Glen

May 26

Seattle, Washington


Q & A with the Groom:

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

Let your wedding planner do the planning! We found the more we gave Daniella and her team creative freedom, along with what we wanted as far as venue and theme, she was able to create something beyond our expectations. Belle Signature Design made it easy and fun.

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

We LOVED our pictures–Chris and I loved our photographer, Clane Gessel.  He worked closely with us not only with WHERE are pictures were taken but HOW they were taken. This created that personal touch to all of our photos. Both our personalities came through in every photo, which is what we wanted. The last thing we wanted were those “tacky” or “staged” wedding photos that you see all too often. If you want photos that are amazing and capture who you are as a couple, then Clane is the perfect photographer. 

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Britney & Ben

June 23

Lafayette, Indiana


Q&A with the Bride:

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

There were so many things we loved about our wedding but three things that stood out the most to me were our Unity Painting, the Mad Lib games I created for the guests, and the guest book tree that my husband drew. (I also loved my dress and his bowtie!)

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

Be sure to choose a color palette that is readily available! We had difficulty finding things in grays and yellows throughout the planning process. This was our biggest “obstacle.”

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

We decided to do a “first look”  and have all our photos taken prior to the ceremony. The time that we got to spend alone, in front of the camera, is the part of the day I cherish most.

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Board Game-Themed Summer Wedding in Toronto

Posted by Kim on Aug 20, 2012

Michelle & James

August 11

Toronto, Canada


Q&A with the Bride:

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

There were a lot of details we were very proud of, but for me, the top three would be:

  1. Our rings – We chose to present each other with identical wedding bands. This was important to us because we truly see ourselves as equals and teammates in our relationship and this marriage, and wanted matching rings that would remind us of that forever. We joked about engraving them with “World Series Champions 2012” or something of the sort to reinforce that we’re on the same team, but decided that the rings themselves would be sufficient for us!
  2.  Our place cards – For our save-the-date cards, we presented a board game theme by featuring Scrabble tiles in the card design. We decided to continue this theme with our place cards by using Jenga blocks to mark each guest’s spot. My sister attached stickers to the blocks with our guests’ names so that they would be able to find their places at our very long table, and we also supplied Sharpie pens so that guests could write a message to us on their blocks after sitting down. Towards the end of the meal my mother collected all of the Jenga blocks into a basket, leaving us with a very personalized and memory-filled game that we can play for years to come!
  3. Our table – From the outset, we agreed that we wanted to sit with all of our guests at a single long table. I took a trip with my family to Tuscany seven years ago, and we lunched in a vineyard, huddled around one gorgeous table with wine and conversation flowing freely. It remains one of my favourite memories, and I wanted to recreate it on my wedding day. We didn’t want to be on display at a head table, but part of the group, with our families and friends, sitting elbow to elbow. We likewise didn’t want to organize our guests into a traditional wedding hierarchy of who’s known who the longest, or who likes who more. In the end, the table was breathtaking and turned out even better than we’d imagined it, and Graydon Hall Manor was the absolute perfect place for it. We kept our guest list small so that all 59 of us would fit comfortably at the 64 foot-long table, decorated with candles and lemons and floral centerpieces I had put together the day before with my mother and sister. The seating chart was definitely a little intimidating to tackle and arrange, but we made it work!

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