Jesse & Nicole were so excited to get engaged that they started planning their “dream wedding” the very next day – even booking their venue and photographer! Just a few weeks later however, Nicole’s Mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer. So they put planning the wedding on hold and decided to get married in Nicole’s parent’s backyard in San Diego, just 2 weeks later.
Nicole explains…. “To keep things simple, we decided to keep the guest list just to just a few relatives and a couple of my family’s closest friends. Even though many friends and family couldn’t be there, the evening was magical and couldn’t have been more meaningful. I’m grateful that my mom got to be there to see me marry the man of my dreams.”
Sadly Nicole’s mom passed away a couple of months later, and when a few months after that Nicole discovered she was pregnant she and Jesse felt that they wanted to involve all of their friends and family in a special celebration, so they got back to planning calling it “Wedding 2.0”.
“We spent a lot of time discussing what 3 things were most important to us about the wedding and that really helped us decide where we spent our money and put the most attention. It was essential for us that we have all of our friends and family there to celebrate, that we have gorgeous photos to help remember the day, and that we have tasty local food. Since we were already technically married, it was incredible to be free of all formality and pressure to do something just because it is part of a traditional wedding. We just did what felt comfortable and meaningful.”
“From the moment we got engaged, I knew that we wanted Rifle Paper Co. to do our invitations. We sent them pictures from our first wedding and had them customize an invitation to include a picture of the barn where we had the celebration and the train up to Bear Mountain.”
“We really wanted to take as many aspects from our first wedding and integrate them into Wedding 2.0 as possible, and the invitations showcased that connection. We also had a guitarist play the same songs when we were walking down the aisle “I Will Always Love You” from the Cure, did the same first dance song “Falling Slowly” from Once, integrated succulents into our flowers, and read the same (but slightly updated) vows.”
“Both of us are foodies and wanted to focus on showcasing the amazing produce and food that Santa Cruz and the greater Bay Area has to offer. Everything our guests were served, was as local as possible and in season. Also, we fell in love over many important food memories and experiences surrounding food. We included some of those memories (french macarons, pies from Gizdich Ranch, and horchata) into our drink and dessert table.”
“We decided to have our ceremony out in nature among a circle of huge redwood trees. One of the aspects that we love about the city of Santa Cruz, where we live, is the focus on being outdoors and enjoying the beautiful surroundings. We love walking and running around the town and spending time outdoors. Between beaches and redwood forests, Santa Cruz has natural beauty everywhere you look and our wedding venue really showcased that. The florist we chose also took our color palate, and love of nature and beautifully integrated that wherever possible. “
“I am kind of obsessed with confetti and wanted to have a very summery outdoor game vibe to our cocktail reception, so I bought a cornhole game on etsy, and decorated it with tons of confetti I had been collecting over the years. It was super fun to make and it was great seeing everyone playing with it.”
“Jesse and I loved my mom dearly and since she was such a huge part of my life and wasn’t able to be at “Wedding 2.0”, we wanted to find a tangible way to integrate her and her vivacious spirit into the day. We made a memory table full of pictures and remembrances of my mom’s life so that people could get to know her and understand how much of an influence she had on me. It was incredible to look through all of my old family photos and to see how much my parents were in love and how beautiful and full of life my mom was. We also wanted to share the experience of the first wedding with our guests, so we had a photo album out on display with pictures.”
“Simon (The Best Man) speech was one of the definite highlights. He had everyone rolling on the floor laughing and told a hilarious anecdote about he and Jesse getting lost on the way to a Spice Girls concert. The best.”
The design inspiration for today’s styled shoot was pulled from the snow covered fields of Scandinavia. Against a chic farmhouse setting a color story of greys reflects the overcast Winter skies, whilst a touch of sultry navy berry and lashings of lush pine greenery adds to the wintery feel and romance of the neutral pallet of this enchanting editorial…..
From photographer Hope Helmuth…. “Our bride and groom where inspired by old Hollywood glamour. We fell in love with the sleek traditional design by Kelly Faetanini. We paired this silver screen gown with a delicate lace ballerina top. We knew we would find exactly what we where looking for at Ashe B. & Co.‘s unique bridal boutique. The cathedral veil was truly brought to life as it danced through the wind, on this early winter day. Our handsome groom sported a vintage suit paired with stylish suspenders. Our bride and groom said their “I do’s” under an opulent jewel toned sky.
Allium Floral Design wanted to do something a little more unique than the typical winter arrangement. She played with the shapes and textures to create a bold and deeply romantic bouquet. And a rustic archway sat in a field tucked against the moody dark woods. Whilst our vintage farm table was draped in greenery with touches of flirty blush.
The Sugary crafted a heavenly white cake with a grey whimsical swirl. The elegant two-tier design was paired with a sweet floral detail.
House of Olga hand knitted the woven grey blanket in this shoot. We were excited to incorporate a handmade accessory that would bring a cozy intimate vibe to the scene. White Willow Home Decor provided the perfect finishing touch – custom winter signage that hung on the back of the couple’s vintage chairs.“
Isn’t it stunning?? The color palette is just perfection! A huge thankyou to everyone involved, but especially to Hope Helmuth who captured it all so beautifully. If you would like to see more of Hope’s work do pop and take a peek at her website hopehelmuthphotography.com, and of course be sure to find and follow her on Instagram!
It’s so easy to think Winter weddings always mean fir trees, roaring fires and a snowy backdrop, but today’s inspiration shoot is a beautiful reminder that not everywhere experiences the same plunging temperatures, and in certain places it is perfectly possible to plan a romantic outdoor celebration – even in some of the coolest months!
Renee of Poshitively Perfect Events shared….. “Most of the time, Winter in Southern California is absolutely beautiful. Cooler daytime temperatures give way to crisp evenings. Combine that with a warm candlelit ceremony, and it almost becomes the icing on the jaw-dropping blue marble cake!!!
To help set the wintery mood, we chose a color palette of cool icy blues and marbled alabaster tones. The warm pops of creamy delicate florals and copper balanced out this elegant backyard affair perfectly! Copper candlesticks supporting cream silk spun candles draw your eye to the beautiful tablescape. Tall, slender french blue tapers brought an unexpected richness to the look.
Flourish-shaped marble chargers, vintage china and glassware, as well as splendid hand-tied floral arrangements would entice any guest to sit, sip, and enjoy the beauty around them. Or perhaps you would delight in sitting under a dramatically rustic tin roof structure, which provided the organic backdrop for an exceptional scene. As you gaze at the rich blue velvet chair, it seems to invite cherished conversations.
The custom designed invitation suite and escort cards adorned with delicate calligraphy were just a few of the thoughtful details that put this collaboration over the top! Our amazing photographers and videographer perfectly captured the beauty of the day. So get ready to grab a glass of mulled wine (or coffee, or whatever else is your favorite!) and bask in this beautiful wedding inspiration.”
To see more of this beautiful editorial head to the gallery, or watch the equally lovely video by Akros Media – it is only just over a minute long and most definitely worth a watch!
A huge thankyou to everyone who lent their talents to create this vision of a So Cal Winter wedding, but especially to Dennis Roy Coronel who captured it all so perfectly and allowed me to share it with you here. If you love Dennis’s fine art style of photography and would like to see more of his work do pop and take a peek at his website www.dennisroycoronel.com, and of course be sure to find and follow him on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest!
Bri & Tim’s romantic wedding takes place in the beautiful grounds of The Cottages on Mill Creek, Texas – a newly-renovated B&B eight miles from Round Top. With 35 acres of ponds, woodlands and open fields it was the perfect spot for their laid back outdoor affair…..
Allowing the venue’s natural beauty to shine, Bri & Tim kept decor simple, and largely DIYable! A palette of white and natural wood was chosen, with a rich layer of color added with lush, just picked florals. Whilst locally sourced treasures adds just the right amount of vintage to this gorgeous garden wedding.
“I could not choose colors. So most textiles were white or grey and lots of natural woods, and I made sure the florals had all the colors! I wanted the florals to stand out the most! I was also going for a vintage/garden style, so I made sure to incorporate a lot of lace and antiques, for local antique stores.”
If you’re planning a boho vintage wedding you will find plenty of inspiration in their lovely celebration…..
“I wanted a vintage look for my dress, so lots of lace, and definitely had to have an open back. My dress was handmade in Bulgaria by a lady name Polina Ivanova. I found her through Etsy after a lot of research and browsing. I didn’t even have to get it altered it was the perfect fit! I accessorized with a white pearl bracelet and vintage style earrings.”
“I honestly don’t know what flowers I had. I only had my bouquet professionally made from a florist and I trusted her to make me what I wanted based on pictures. My bouquet came out amazing of course! As for the rest of the florals we got ourselves at mostly grocery stores nearby and from a couple florist. I just grabbed everything pretty and colourful basically. All the greenery we cut from my parents property and from the venue property, it worked out perfectly!”
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
Do as much DIY as you can! You’ll be surprised what you can pull off for a very small fraction of what professionals charge. Save the money for things you absolutely can’t do during the wedding. And less is more! Even looking back at my own wedding there are a lot of things I would have skipped on if I could go back!
What did you do for favors?
We gave away brass vintage skeleton key bottle openers, it fit the vintage theme, and also worked out well because had a lot of craft beer on hand for guest. We also had a sign behind them saying “We gave each other the keys to our hearts, so we give you the key to open a beer.” I came up with that, and I was pretty proud of it.
Describe your cake….
Just like everything else I wanted our cake to be white with colourful flowers. It was a three tier cake and it looked so chic and beautiful. It was definitely hard to cut it up!
Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?
“We actually skipped a lot, We didn’t do any of the cheesy traditions like the bouquet toss or the garter toss, we also did our first dance privately which we both enjoyed more anyway, it allowed us to get away for a few minutes. I think the most important this to us was to have beautiful pictures to always remember it by, so we knew we had to find the perfect photographer! And we did!”
And last, but not least, tell us a little about your photographer…..
I found Kerlyn by networking through other people who referred me to her based on the style I was looking for. I fell in love with her style from the minute I saw it! She was great before, during and after the wedding! She was so helpful in so many areas and so knowledgeable about wedding in general. During the wedding she was so peaceful, she knew how to make a moment, find a moment, and then capture it.
Such a beautiful day, I am swooning over those gorgeous florals – what a clever bunch of bridesmaids! And how delicious did the dessert and donut table look??? Huge congratulations to the happy couple, Bri & Tim, and a heartfelt thankyou to them and their photographer Kerlyn Van Gelder for allowing me to share their day with you! If you love Kerlyn’s rich and beautiful photography and would like to see more of her work, do pop across to her website at www.kerlynvangelder.com and be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
For those of you in the midst of winter, I have the perfect pick me up! Today’s inspiration shoot is like a blossom scented breath of fresh air, filled with pretty Spring pastels, delicate blooms (as well as a splash of greenery!) and the loveliest, most pin-worthy details – so be sure to have that pinning finger ready!
A few words from photographer Catherine Smeader….. “I loved photographing this romantic Texas garden wedding inspiration shoot! It was the first of Heather Benge Events‘ Styled Shoots Across American series, and it was so much fun to partner with such a talented vendor team. The look that was dreamt up for Houston Oaks featured a soft color palette of pinks, beiges blues and neutrals; eclectic mix-matched vintage rentals; the most amazing blooms and a stunning + sweet real couple (Fashion Blogger Jessica Crum and her husband).
Not much is needed for Houston Oaks – it’s that pretty! From the moment you step foot on the property, you fall in love! The chapel at Houston Oaks came from the Luberon region of France and was rebuilt stone by stone in Houston as if it was meant to be there forever. The grounds also feature 200-year-old oak trees and impeccably landscaped gardens that created a very whimsical and gorgeous backdrop for this shoot. With such a beautiful location and details (can we just talk about that beautiful laurel cake by Who Made The Cake! with those sugar flowers?), I knew I wanted to photograph the shoot in both medium format film and digital to capture all the beauty. Every little detail was perfectly thought out! But if I had to choose, my favorite detail was a framed vase of florals at the escort card table that the talented florist, F. Dellit Designs, created. A close second was the beautiful get away car!”
Have you ever seen anything so pretty?? That cake is just perfection! A huge thankyou to every member of the creative team (listed below) behind this dreamy editorial, but especially to Catherine Smeader Photography who captured it all so beautifully. If you would like to see more of Catherine’s work do pop and take a peek at her website catherinesmeader.com, and of course be sure to find and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!
Today I am proud to be unveiling the exquisite new collection of bridal jewelry and hair adornments from Edera Jewelry. ‘Tesora’ is a range of intricately hand created and embellished designs inspired by the architecture, history, and natural beauty of Italy. Each design has an nod to the old world, but has been created for today’s modern brides…..
If you’re only just discovering Edera Jewelry, their beautiful designs have been carried by BHLDN and can be seen on the hit television series Reign. Designer and founder Ivy Long started her business in 2006 with a vision of providing heirloom-quality bridal jewelry and accessories created using traditional lacemaking techniques. Weaving rich treads wrapped in silver and gold by hand into intricate lace patterns, Ivy then embroiders and embellishes them with vintage glass beads and crystals (all dating over 50 years old), instantly adding an old world charm – and the traditional “something old”!
Ivy tells me… “The collection takes its name from the Italian word tesora, a term of endearment that means “treasure.” I also chose the name because of its similarity to the word tessera which is a small piece of tile used in mosaic work. Many of the designs were inspired by the mosaics found in the cathedrals and Roman ruins throughout Italy. The Ravenna earrings and bracelet, which incorporate hundreds of tiny glass, were inspired by the Byzantine splendor of Ravenna’s famed mosaics. I wanted to translate the concept of mosaics into jewelry, by weaving and embroidering tiny seed beads into intricate patterns, juxtaposed with my signature handcrafted lace.”
Each design has also been thoughtfully named after a place in Italy — from the Fiorenza earrings, whose intricate golden lace motifs were inspired by Florence’s Ponte Vecchio and the city’s fleur de lis emblem, to the Venezia earrings, inspired by the gothic architecture of the Doge’s Palace in Venice, to the Toscana sash, overflowing with wildflowers inspired by the Tuscan countryside.
A floral motif also runs throughout the collection, with many of the designs embellished with delicate wired sprigs and beaded leaves. Silk threads used in the embroidery introduce delicate touches of color (including a pale blue for the perfect something blue!) and texture; while freshwater pearls and vintage crystals add an old world opulence to the designs.
I am utterly besotted with the intricate designs in this new collection, and the whole beautiful shoot! The styling for the shoot drew on a range of inspiration, from ancient Rome to the Middle Ages and Renaissance. British designer (and one of my favourites) Joanne Fleming created the stunning gowns: a beaded gown of French lace over silk satin, adorned with a low cowl back and floating silk tulle streamers, and a heavily beaded lace tulle bridal coat paired with a simple bias cut slip dress.
Edera is a much loved Chic Vintage Brides Sponsor but has not paid for this post, these words of admiration for Ivy’s designs, and love for this new collection, are all my own. Thank-you for supporting CVB’s Sponsors!
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When Scottish bride Imogen got engaged she envisioned a Celtic ceremony to reflect her roots. Living in Paris with her South African fiancé Matt, the beautiful region of Brittany known for its lush green fields, rocky coastline and Celtic heritage was a natural choice. With the help of Fete in France, the couple found a picturesque 16th century manor house as the setting for their wedding weekend.
“A celtic handfasting ceremony should be outdoors, within nature, so having a beautiful ceremony spot was high in the criteria for our venue. We fell in love with Chateau de la Motte Beaumanoir, a beautiful mini castle with five guestrooms before a serene lake ringed by trees, which we were able to enjoy to ourselves for 4 days. ”
Imogen wore a custom Eliza Jane Howell 1930’s-inspired wedding dress and the groom wore the traditional Celtic formal-wear of a kilt in a tartan to match the deep sapphire blue that ran throughout the wedding décor. Sourcing local vendors and producers was important to the couple so the florals and table decor contained only locally-grown plants and seasonal fruits.
“I’m a wordsmith by nature, so I was always going to be fussy about all things stationery. I found Elisa from Designed with Amore on Etsy and she had the most perfect ready-made design for us with wild bohemian foliage that picked up the greens and blues of our colour scheme, printed on beautiful linen paper. She was a delight to work with, so generous with her time and so fast.”
“Matt proposed with a beautiful 1920’s/30’s gold and diamond ring, and he’d convinced the skeptical jeweller to swap out the original opal for a deep blue lapis lazuli – my favourite stone. That lapis blue then inspired the touches of deep blue velvet that were peppered throughout.”
“I had never imagined getting married, so had absolutely no idea where to start looking for my dress. Originally I didn’t want a white dress, but I couldn’t find anything that looked ceremonial enough. In the end of months of searching, I came back to the Jayne in antique silver by Eliza Jane Howell – the first dress I had seen and loved online. I loved the bias-cut and the asymmetrical beauty of the beaded pattern, which made me think of sun, moon and stars.”
“My bouquet included giant protea – national flower of South Africa – and Scottish thistles, as a nod to our respective countries.”
“Matt wore the Robertson tartan kilt, representing the clan heritage of one side of my family, and a Fraser of Lovett crest plaid brooch as a nod to the other half.”
“We had a fabulous Breton piper who had a full Scots repertoire!”
“I was thrilled that my bridesmaids picked out the tones the Robertson tartan perfectly in their Ghost London dresses!”
“It was always going to be Highland Cathedral on the bagpipes that would accompany me into the ceremony. I deliberately gave myself a marathon of a walk so I could try and compose myself before arriving in the ceremony circle.”
What were your favorite parts of the day?
“Without a doubt, our ceremony was our favourite part of the whole day. It was really important to us that the ceremony reflected us, and we chose to have a Celtic hand fasting in the Scottish tradition that acknowledged us making a non-religious commitment to each other as equal partners before a circle of our family and friends.” “There were a couple of beautiful and spontaneous moments that we’ll always remember; Immediately after the ceremony, we were standing at the centre of the circle, hands fasted together, bathed in light, in love. And being at the centre of the circle just drew everyone in towards us. Everyone wanted to come forward and embrace us, so we ended up with a thirty-minute circular receiving line of sorts, but it was so moving.”
“One of our favourite wedding finds was our guestbook by Spellbinderie. FounderKaren lives in Lyon and rebinds battered but beautiful French books from the 19th and early 20th century into guestbooks. Ours was a 1923 edition of the Swiss Family Robertson and had a gold heart on the front cover.”
“We wanted the dining tables to resemble fine art still life paintings, with wild flowers, antique brass candlesticks and fruits and vegetables. Clementine of Bloomette incorporated some wild looking purple and yellow carrots into our arch – someone fed them to us on the dance floor along to chanting about fertility offerings…they were delicious!”
What did you do for favors?
“We wanted to create as little waste as possible, hence the edible fruit table decorations, so buying loads of decorating stuff for us just wasn’t an option. All of our guests looked so elegant! Our people were the decoration. We were really disciplined about not getting carried away with Pinterest-y inclinations. If it wasn’t going to either feed our guests or make them feel fuzzy inside, we didn’t do it. Instead, we poured our energy into writing 7000 words of handwritten thank you notes as favours for each guest, telling them what they meant to us in our lives. These were under the napkins at dinner and went down a treat. Some people were crying – again – at their seats.”
Tell us about your wedding cake….
“Our beautiful little wedding cake was blue velvet on the inside, decorated with gold leaf and wild plants. It was created by Beatriz Belliard Cake Design.”
And last, but not least, tell us a little bit about your photographers…
“We couldn’t recommend our photographer Yann Audic of Lifestories enough. He photographed our engagement pictures and our small legal ceremony in Paris, so by the time the big day came round he knew us really well. His pictures speak volumes about his skill at seeing what’s the most important at a wedding. He’s a pro at putting people at ease and capturing the magic in front of his lens without needing to resort to overly stylised images.”
Such a beautiful day, I am completely smitten with every detail – especially their stunning venue. Huge congratulations to the happy couple, Imogen & Matt, and a heartfelt thankyou to them and their photographers Lifestories Wedding, for not only capturing every detail so perfectly, but also for allowing me to share it with you here. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of their work, take a peek at their website lifestorieswedding.com and be sure to follow them on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
Now you’re engaged your head must be spinning! And thoughts will have already turned to wedding planning, but before you jump into choosing color palettes or planning seating arrangements, take a moment to tick off one very important task. For when it isn’t sparkling away on your finger, you will definitely be wanting somewhere befittingly beautiful to keep your engagement ring safe. And I am firmly of the belief that ring boxes shouldn’t be boring (and most definitely not cheap plastic!), in fact they should be almost as lovely as the precious cargo they carry. And I think one of these 22 unique, unusual and utterly lovely ring boxes could be just the thing!
Or if you haven’t popped the question yet, but you’ve found the perfect sparkler, and are looking for the perfect box to present it in, I have you covered! In fact some of these ring boxes will even ask the question for you 🙂
Today’s inspiration shoot abounds with all the elegance of a vintage celebration, yet manages to remain still utterly contemporary. In an exquisitely muted color palette of cool neutrals splashed with greenery, a visual feast was created that is just perfect for a modern Art Deco loving couple and a truly timeless wedding…..
Photographer Angela Elise, the lady with the vision, shares…. “The uniqueness of this editorial definitely speaks for itself and with Kelsey Ann Events I was eager to bring a fresh perspective to the nineteen twenties classy era. This vintage yet modernized outlook was such a dream at The Historic Post Office in Hampton, VA. The Historic Post Office was once a fully functioning post office during the twenties and the architecture and seamless layout took us right back to that beautiful period.
Red lips, diamonds, “The Charleston” over the phonograph and authentic love with a subtle hit of Great Gatsby was the quintessence of this day. We received a gorgeous long beaded gown from A. Cherie Couture that really added a luxurious feel that brides are so often looking for when shopping for their dream wedding gown. The clean and cohesive modern feel breathed life into the grand beauty of this roaring twenties inspiration and the beautiful images and videography allows future brides to be a part of this gorgeous day.”
To see more of this beautiful editorial head to the gallery, or take a few minutes to watch the equally lovely video by Wild Heart Films…..
Don’t you just love it?? The palette is simply heavenly! A huge thankyou to everyone involved in bringing this stunning editorial to life, but especially to Angela Elise who captured every detail so exquisitely. If you would like to see more of Angela’s beautiful photography do pop and take a peek at her website angelaelisephotography.com, and of course be sure to find and follow her on Facebook and Instagram!
Alex and Amanda planned an intimate wedding filled with meaning; and to say their day was perfect would be an understatement. From the palette of berry pink and charcoal grey, to the succulent filled florals and elegant mismatched bridesmaids, the couple considered every detail, whilst not forgetting what was really important – becoming husband and wife! The weather was crisp but welcoming, and love and laughter surrounded them throughout the day.
Amanda always envisioned a mountain wedding with amazing views and cozy vibes, and Western North Carolina was the perfect place, being somewhere that Amanda visited often growing up. The vision was lush, romantic, dripping in greenery and candles, but finding the perfect venue was key, as Amanda explains… “The location and venue were the number choice. We took a long time and considered many options before discovering Hawkesdene. It was the perfect fit and became an instant yes. “
Amanda looked absolutely beautiful wearing a long sleeve, lace, mermaid style gown with a long train, completing her look with a cathedral length veil adorned with crystals and pearls. Whilst Alex looked suitably dapper in a charcoal tuxedo with a vintage vest and velvet bowtie.
Tell us about your wedding flowers….
“I wanted a whimsical, unique bouquet. I had NO idea how many flowers exist. I remember going back and forth with the florist often. Also, fun fact in November it’s hard to get most flowers–a ton are out of season. The end result was perfect! Succulents for the groom was a no-brainer–they are his favorite and fill our home.”
What were your favorite parts of the day?
“The whole day was so perfect! I loved getting ready with my girls, our first look and walking down the aisle. Seeing the ceremony site set up, just as I had imagined, put a huge smile on my face. Sharing our intimate vows in front of our family and friends was beyond intimating but as I saw them all in tears and heard their comments afterwards–it was evident that they really got why we loved each other. BUT, my favorite part of the day was right after the ceremony, as husband and wife we snuck away to the top of the mountain to take in the sunset and just breathe. It was priceless. I get chills just thinking about it. All the worries and anxiety of the day were washed away. The most important moment of becoming husband and wife just happened. The rest of the night was just gravy.”
Tell us about any DIY, handmade, or personal details….
“The best personal detail for me was incorporating my mother’s wedding dress. Her 80’s dress was something I was never going to wear but she did the honors of cutting it up in pieces to use and shipping to my grandmother (the expert seamstress) to get creative. All the bouquets were wrapped in my mother’s lace with pearl pins. The other incredibly special part was the ring bearers’ pillow. My Nana (father’s mother who I was very close to and passed away many years ago) made my parent’s pillow for their wedding. We used the same pillow. My grandmother jazzed up the lace and changed the look of it with pieces of my Mom’s wedding dress. My Nana sewed her initials into in 1984 and my “G” added her initials in 2017. I plan to pass down the pillow to my future children. For Alex, his father passed away six years ago. He kept his father’s monogrammed handkerchief in his tuxedo pocket; a piece of his dad was close to his heart.”
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
“Best thing we did was create a list of all the items/vendors for a wedding, then we prioritized them from most to least important (for us as a couple). What are we willing to splurge on? What is something we have no care in the world on? This REALLY helped put things into perspective. Another thing Alex constantly reminded me was to focus on what WE wanted, not anyone else. This is our special day that should reflect us and have the people there that mean something to us. Of course, this wasn’t always easy but it helped at many times throughout to focus on important things and put the drama or the guilt aside.”
What did you do for favors?
“My fondest memory in North Carolina is APPLE BUTTER. I loved stopping at farmstands and picking up this delicious spread. This was an easy pick for our favors! We used a local shop near where my grandmother and aunt live.”
Tell us about your wedding cake….
“Our wedding cake was covered in succulents and had a pretty simply exterior. The party was in the inside. Each tier had different flavors. We had Chocolate with White Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate with Peanut Butter Mousse and Lemon with a berry and lemon compote. We couldn’t decide at our cake tasting, so we took our top three. As the bride and groom we didn’t get to eat much at our reception but don’t you worry…back in our cabin at midnight after we changed, I broke out the extra cake our baker made for us. We thoroughly enjoyed it!”
And last, but not least, tell us a little bit about your photographers…
“The Ganeys are phenomenal! They think of every detail, they make everything so easy, are so accommodating and the results are teary-filled perfection. I am the first to say, I have crazy high standards not only of myself but on expensive, important things (like our wedding photos!). Never for a half a second were we disappointed in anything. They delight and continue to delight. We had the best time with them and can’t wait for them to come back to Chicago to visit!
The day after our wedding (yes the DAY after) we got our preview photos and I posted a statement on Instagram (@hotterincleveland)that I think sums up our experience with them best. “Your wedding day is this great rush, you stay in the moment the best you can and get way behind your perfectly planned schedule …but you don’t really know what you look like, you don’t see every detail of your vision come to life until you’re amazing photographers send you a sneak peek of your photos (less than 24 hours after!). We had just touched down in Chicago last night and I got the email. Emily and Thomas you should have seen Alex and I. We had no care in the world that everyone was listening to us. We were grinning ear to ear—I had goosebumps. Thank you for showing us our day through your lens. I couldn’t be beaming with more happiness! We love you guys and your amazing talent!””
Such a beautiful day, I am completely smitten with every detail – especially their super sweet flower girl and ring bearer! And what a stunning venue. To get a full sense of just how beautiful it, and this whole day was, please do take a few minutes to watch the video below by Maiography, it is well worth it!