November 25, 2013 : Weddings

Eden and Gabe :: Shattuck St. Mary’s wedding! :)

HOLY MOLY was it an amazing weekend of wedding celebration with Eden and Gabe! Their smiles and their warm heart…..I felt as though I had spent and celebrated with a few close friends all weekend! :)

Eden’s vision started out with lush texture and amazing details in her dress. She had a vision of what she wanted her dress style to be and couldn’t find it, so she took it into her own hands, but cutting 2 dresses in 1/2 to form a custom gown by both Melissa Sweet and Priscilla of Boston! :) I mean, amazing, eh?! :) Her day started out with her closest girlfriends as they got ready and beautified themselves at the bed-and-breakfast of a few of her childhood birthday parties! :) After a short Trolly ride, everyone was greeted to the GORGEOUS scape of Shattuck St. Mary’s school (where her Mom attended) and chapel in the woods! :) It was STUNNING! :)

Guests were greeted with incredible greenery outside the chapel from Sadie’s floral (Melissa is a genius with flowers) and the smiles of some of Eden’s closest girl friends as they played the part of usherette (a great way for her to incorporate all of her college girlfriends)! :) An emotional entrance from Eden had Gabe, the military man, in tears as her smile beamed SO BRIGHT walking towards him! After a meaningful ceremony and some intimate vows, the couple greeted guests in the courtyard outside with drinks and appetizers! :)

And the reception site…..oh man! Melissa did it again! Mismatched chairs, ceiling high drapery, custom chandeliers, beautiful garland, barn wood harvest tables and candelabras galore….it was STUNNING! I think each guest (including me) gasped as we entered the gym space of Shattuck School (and nobody could tell it was a school gym, that’s for sure)! :) The rest of the night was full of dancing, hugs, smiles and super amazing desserts! :)

A perfect way to end the night was with a sparkler exit (YAYYYYY, I just LOVE sparkler exits)! :) They hugged their parents, waved their hands and were off on their honeymoon vacation as Husband and Wife! :) I mean, a wonderful and beautiful and perfect way to begin their marriage together! :)

And a DOUBLE HUGE thank you to Style Me Pretty for featuring this wedding in their latest Fashion and Beauty magazine that came out a few weeks ago! If you haven’t already seen it, be sure to check it out…it’s amazing and chalk full of fashion and beauty tips for brides-to-be and wedding guests! :) (Eden and Gabe are on pages 54-63! :)



Ceremony and Recption: Shattuck School
Rentals: On Solid Ground Vintage Rentals
Videographer: Pinstripe Weddings
Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet and Priscilla of Boston – top from one, bottom from other (cut 2 dresses in 1/2)
Flowers: Sadies Floral
Cake: The Confectionary Shop
Invitations: The Print Shop
Bridesmaids Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe
Coordinator: Melissa of Sadies Floral
Hair and Makeup: Brow Chic
Bridal Accessories:Anthropologie

November 17, 2013 : Weddings

Jess + Michael :: the cutest newlyweds! :)

An afternoon full of happy, “WE’RE MARRIED” photos with the newlyweds, Jess and Michael! :) I mean…aren’t they just the cutest?! :) And her veil, YUP! One of my favorite accessories at a wedding….the veil! And she NAILED it! :)

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Dress : Brides of France
Suit : Induchino
Flowers (GORGEOUS) : Studio Emme
Hair and Makeup : Charity Carlson from Onsite Beautiful

November 14, 2013 : Weddings

John and Ashley :: Door County Wedding!

A wedding full of fall-colors, great textures and the BEAUTIFUL scenery of the Horseshoe Bay beach club in Door County, WI! :) All inspired by old black-and-white Carry Grant movies…..tall candelabras, a lush wedding dress and a dapper groom in a black bow-tie! :) The vision that Ashley dreamed up was amazing! :)

The guests were greeted by the crashing waves of Lake Michigan and were wined and dined with amazing food, delicious macaroons and heart-felt toasts to the bride and groom! :) It was quite great that everyone around the over-sized square table-arrangement got a chance to toast the newlyweds! :)

Ashley and John ended the night with a BIG hand and surprised guests with a Trolly-ride through scenic parts of door county and ended with a stop at the famous WILSONS for a late-night ice cream snack (John’s fave family ice cream parlor)! :)

YAY! What a night of celebration and fun! :) Congrats you two! :)

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