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Classic and Lush Washington Vineyard Wedding

Posted by Kim on Mar 11, 2013

Melissa & Chad

September 7

Redmond, Washington

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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 had a clear vision for our day – romantic elegance, and I knew that I wanted very soft neutral colors.  DeLille Cellars in Redmond, Washington was perfect for our vision and it was just the right size for our small guest count of 58. 

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

Driftwood Arbor – In March, Chad and I drove out to Oak Harbor, WA and we spent the day collecting driftwood on the beach.  We constructed our wedding arbor out of the driftwood that we collected and we had our florist decorate it with flowers on our wedding day.  As an added personal touch, we carved our initials and our wedding date in a heart onto our arbor.

Moss Letters – I love the look of Moss Letters and so I created my own for our wedding day and we hung them on the barn on our wedding day.

Bride and groom signs – I created signs for the back of our chairs that said Bride and Groom.

Welcome boxes for our out of town guests – We have quite a few guests coming in from out of town.  I wanted to do something for them to welcome them when they arrived so I created welcome boxes and arranged to have them placed in each guests hotel room before they arrived.  In each welcome box there was a map and some information of the city, along with some goodies and a mini first aid kit just in case.

Chalkboard Sign – I bought a frame from the craft store and spray painted it ivory and then glued in a chalkboard I found at the hardware store.  I then created a sign outlining the day’s events for our guests.  It also acted as a directional sign, so that our guests could find their way around.

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Creative and Chic New York City Wedding

Posted by Kim on Feb 11, 2013

Tana & Scott

November 11

New York, New York

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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?

During my time as an actress I booked a gig for a wedding photo shoot at Angel Orensanz Foundation. To be absolutely honest, I almost didn’t even walk through the front door when I arrived onset. I looked up at the old building with it’s paint peeled towering gates from the sidewalk where I was standing and I instantly had visions of being in a real life situation resembling the first two-minutes of every Law & Order: SVU episode. I took a deep breath, walked through the front doors and my heart stopped. The perfectly preserved Gothic interior majestically lit as if it were frozen in time, glow of the chandeliers above; it was the most magical hidden gem in the City and you would never suspect it from the outside. From that point on, I knew if I ever got married I couldn’t imagine a more perfect location.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites? 

My wedding planner, Maya Kalman of Swank Productions, and I had four months to plan everything. During our initial consultation I had mentioned the idea of maybe doing a few DIY projects myself to justify the typical costs of a Manhattan wedding. One of my suggestions was using paper flowers to create a really personal and romantic feel, but I cringed at the thought of tissue paper pom-poms or crepe paper flowers that didn’t look realistic. I wanted paper flowers that looked lush, organic, luxurious and had durability. After a few hours of fruitless online searching I just decided I was going to make my own. Had I made paper flowers before? No. Had I made anything out of paper or even picked up a glue gun since my days in Girl Scouts? Absolutely not. What stemmed from an idea of maybe creating five or ten flowers blossomed into a collection of over 700 uniquely handcrafted individual pieces of floral artwork from personalized escort cards, boutonnieres and corsages to a cascading bridal bouquet and five tier wedding cake dripping in vines.

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

 We hosted our cocktail hour and reception on the mezzanine level of Angel Orensanz which was curtained off from the main room below.  In lieu of the standard stadium announcement of the newlyweds followed by awkward transitional pauses, Scott and I opted for a subtle gesture to announce the end of cocktail hour, signal the start of dinner, and our arrival to the reception. As the lights began to rise in the main room, the music of “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine softly mixed in, and one by one each panel of curtain upstairs was pulled back to allow the guests to watch us during our first dance from above.

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Black & White Halloween Inspiration

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 29, 2012

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Photos (clockwise from top left): Kristen Marie Photography, Jen Fariello Photography, Rebecca Hansen Weddings and Art & Appetite 

Would you get married on the scariest day of the year? Here’s how you can incorporate a Halloween theme into your wedding:

1. Dress: Wear a black or gold dress. It doesn’t have to be white!

2. Ambiance: Have candles as your centerpieces to set the mood.

3. Escort Cards: Spray paint leaves black and write your guests names on each one.

4. Dessert: Have pumpkin pie, candy corn and popcorn as late night snacks.

 

Glamorous White Wedding in Palm Beach, Florida

Posted by Kim on Aug 09, 2012

Carla & Aaron

November 5

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

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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?

Our venue is beautiful from the second you pulled onto the grounds.  Their landscaping was perfect and the club house was gorgeous.  We wanted a destination wedding and our venue made you feel like you were at a resort.

 Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. Having all-white decor made everything very elegant
  2. I loved the overload of candles -so romantic.
  3. No cake!  I had an ice cream machine and dessert bar instead.

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

Be different!  I stayed away from a traditional wedding and made it my own.  You can keep some traditions that are important to you, but add something different that your guest will always remember.

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

The dancing!  From our first dance to shaking it all night.

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Cheerful Spring Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Kim on Aug 07, 2012

Caroline & Ryan

May 26

Charleston, South Carolina

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Q&A with the Bride:

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

The first detail that was one of my favorites was my dress!  Ever since I first tried it on I never wanted to take it off.  When I put it on for our wedding, I just couldn’t believe that I was lucky enough to be wearing such a gorgeous dress.  The second detail would be that we were able to have our fur babies in the wedding.  We had thought of the idea a long time ago, but we just didn’t know how everything would work out.  In the end we were so happy we put the dogs in the wedding.  Our two Siberian Huskies, Samson and Mya, were perfect, and they looked so cute with Samson wearing his light blue bow tie and Mya wearing her light blue and brown tutu.  The last detail, which I am so grateful for is that all of our closest family and friends were able to attend.  We weren’t sure how that would work out with us choosing a destination wedding, but when they all showed up to celebrate with us it just made our day even more special.

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

The moment that I can’t stop thinking about is the moment where my dad and I first turned the corner to walk down the aisle.  I will never forget this moment for two reasons: the first is seeing Ryan’s face at the end of the aisle.   Words cannot describe the emotions that were pouring from his face at that point.  When I saw his face, I saw all of the genuine and pure love that he has for me, and at that point I knew how wonderful of a man I was about to marry.  The second reason I love this moment is because I had the first man I would ever love, my dad, walking me down the aisle to meet the man who would take his place, and he never faltered one step.  My dad was there for me at that pivotal moment, fully supporting me and my decision to get married, which just showed how deep his love for me is.  So to be in that moment with the two men who love me the most was just breathtaking.

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