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Purple Winter Wedding in North Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 10, 2013

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Kelly and Andrew were married during a cold, winter day in Swansboro, N.C. on January 5. To keep warm, the bride accessorized with a fur stole on top of her fit ‘n’ flare ruffled wedding gown. Bridesmaids wore purple dresses whereas groomsmen wore gray suits with polka dot bow ties. Bouquets featured an array of blooms such as garden roses, hydrangeas, and calla lilies. Following the traditional church ceremony, the reception was held at the town’s civic center, which was decorated with lace, lanterns, and wine bottles. “When we walked into the room, we were completely blown away,” Kelly said. “The room looked magical! Even though we had picked out the details, we were still shocked when we saw how beautifully it came together.” Even the ceiling was draped with fabric and chandelier! Their favorite moment? The father of the bride’s speech. “We still laugh at the things he said,” she said. Instead of a sparkler send off, guests held handwritten signs that said, “Faith,” “Bliss,” “Fun,” “Love,” and “Hope.” A cute do-it-yourself touch.

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Photography: Keepsake Memories Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. Mildred’s Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Swansboro Rotary Club | Decor: Crystal Coast Tents & Event Rentals | Floral Designer: Coastal Petals | Caterer: Kathryn’s Bistro and Martini Bar | Band: Snack Bar Jones

Elegant Black and White Wedding in Atlanta

Posted by Alexandra on Apr 24, 2013

Ashley & Ty

February 2

Atlanta, Georgia

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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?

I am an interior designer and architecture played a large role in finding the right church and reception venues.  I knew The Cathedral of Christ the King was the one because of the gothic-revival inspired interior with its vaulted arches, stone columns, stained glass windows and marble accents.  It is one of the most stunning churches I’ve ever been in.  I was lucky enough to not have to add any extra decorations to the Cathedral, which took one less thing off of my to-do list before the wedding!  I knew the Trolley Barn was perfect for the reception venue because of its beautiful exposed wooden beams and high ceilings.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

I am fortunate to have an amazing family that helped me execute all of the design elements I wanted to have at the reception.  Some details that were my favorite included all of the signage elements we made, the delicious s’mores bar, and my wedding accessories.

We made signs that included our sign-in canvas, photo booth, gifts table, bar drinks, and time frame specifics.  My dad framed each sign and also made amazing easels to display them on by using reclaimed wood from an old fence.

The s’mores bar was a huge hit as it was a dessert everyone could access whenever they wanted during the night.  My dad made the s’mores trough from the same reclaimed wood and lava rocks. 

I did not want to spend a fortune on bridal accessories.  Luckily, I was able to borrow Ty’s grandmother’s diamond necklace; it was the same one I also wore for my high school homecoming court so it meant a lot to me to be able to wear it again.  My amazing mom made my veil, hairpiece and diamond sash—she actually hand-sewed all of it! 

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

There are two things that keep sticking out in my mind from that night.  During the ceremony when Ty and I were reciting our vows, I forgot a word and had to ask the priest to repeat it; all I could do was laugh about it.  I knew I was going to mess something up because that was what I was most nervous about.  I had actually asked the priest right before the ceremony to help me not mess up.  But during the reception, I just remember everyone dancing the night away—even our 4 wedding crashers! (Yes, we had wedding crashers).

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Gillian & Tom

March 9

Charleston, South Carolina

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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?

Historic charm – we both have southern roots with grandparents from the south.  Unfortunately, they weren’t able to attend the wedding.  Having our wedding at a historic southern venue was somewhat of a way to honor our heritage and to embrace our appreciation for history.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. The garden ceremony setting – it was a special sunny day.  A fountain with peaceful running water served as our “altar” and our guests had a great view of the house at our historic venue.
  2. Bow ties for the groom and groomsmen– fun Charleston tradition and style.
  3. Chandeliers hung in our tent for the reception – they were a small detail that really added romance and charm.      

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

Don’t leave the details for the last minute.  We were so happy to have all of our planning done in advance so that the week before the wedding we really weren’t stressed at all.  We had time to spend and enjoy with family in the last few days leading up to the wedding.

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

Seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony.  We didn’t do first look photos and it made it so much more exciting to see each other at that big moment.  We couldn’t stop smiling! 

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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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Old Hollywood Winter Wedding in Maine

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 22, 2013

Monica & Carl

December 29

Rockland, 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?

The best quality our venue had was all-inclusiveness! We were able to have our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all in one location. Having it all in different rooms of the same hotel allowed one style to permeate throughout the entire event, the wedding to proceed from event to event seamlessly, and there was a place for everyone to stay after the celebrations, which we were thankful for because we had a blizzard that night!

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

1. Our very personal ceremony. Our closest friend (he introduced us to one another) was the officiant and family and friends wrote the readings for us.
2. The very emotional father/daughter dance that I shared with my father.
3. The dinner. It was long enough that we were able to visit with the family and friends, who were there, and still have time to eat!

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

Get married off season and shorten your wedding date! We had the best service from all of our vendors because they had nothing else planned. We recieved discounts and also had a faster turnaround for what we ordered. Also shortening my wedding date allowed me to make a decision and drop it. If I had had a full year to plan it would have made me crazy trying to pack more in!

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

Finally putting on my wedding dress! My mother and I had made it together from a vintage vogue pattern. It was my dream dress, and my mother had put countless hours into it. The moment she zipped it up, I let out a big sigh because I have never felt better!

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