December 27th, 2012
With Christmas all wrapped up, our anticipation is building for all the beauty headed our way in the New Year! And we can’t think of a better way to close out 2012 than with a gorgeous winter wonderland wedding! The couple, Christina and Justin, have always favored this time of year, so deciding to host their wedding in winter was the perfect way to set the scene for saying “I do”. With beautiful images by A & A Photography, we can almost feel the chill in the air, but Christina, Justin and their adorable daughter Emma, had their love to keep them warm.
Special thanks to A & A Photography for proving once and for all that it really is a nice day for a winter-white wedding!
Who, What, Where ~ Photography: A&A Photography
. Reception: Red Circle Inn & Bistro
. Florals: E
ster. Cake: Extra Special Touch
. Favors: Indulgence Chocolate
. Ceremony Music: Elegant Gypsies
. DJ: DJ Smoov Music
From the Bride, Christina…
Our story began with our first New Year’s Eve. We started dating shortly after that first Eve, we fell in love. Two years later we had our daughter, Emma. For a few years we just focused on being great parents. Then New Years Eve came again, and just a few minutes before the New Year my husband got on one knee and proposed. Of course I said yes! The wedding planning started the next day.
My husband and I are very busy with work from April – November so the best time to have a wedding for us was winter. With January being so special to us we decided on the date of 1-15-11. The theme was classic / sophisticated winter wedding. My colors were Navy, white, and hints of silver.
We did so many great little projects for the wedding. My mother in law is amazing and had so many great ideas. We did the seating charts and place cards which I think were perfect. The name cards were placed in a little ornament covered in snowflakes (guess could take these home). All our vendors were Wonderful! The day went so smooth.
The only thing missing from my wedding was my Grandmother who had passed away. I wrapped a necklace she always wore around my bouquet along with wearing here pearl bracelet. This was special to have her close to me even though I knew she was watching me that day.
My favorite part of the day would sound like any mother. It was watching Emma (our 4yr old daughter) get ready. I loved seeing her in her little dress and watching her walk down the aisle and run into her daddy’s arms. The most special part was when my husband and I went to light the eternity candle. We had an extra candle there for our daughter and we help her light her candle with ours. The last thing we did to make the wedding our own was during the father daughter dance we asked that all fathers join us with their daughters on the dance floor. This way my husband got a special dance with our daughter. This was truly a magical day for us.
November 9th, 2012
William Shakespeare has long been credited as the greatest writer of all time. His work includes some of the most well known love stories ever told. So it was no surprise that Mariko and Dan’s wedding day was inspired by the late, great storyteller. Their love story, after all, began with the type of poetic justice most fairytales and dreams are made of. Every detail of their Shakespearean inspired day was beautifully captured by Cadence Cornelious Photographs and the result is nothing short of breathtaking. To look or no to look – there is no question! Sit back, relax and be part of this beautiful narrative.
Who, What, Where ~ Chapel- Our Lady of Victory, Photographer- Cadence Cornelios, Day of Coordinator-Urbane Montage Events, Bride’s Gown- Monique L’huillier, Bridesmaids Dress- Amsale, Tuxedos- Diamond Bridal and Formal.
From the Bride, Mariko…
There is no way Dan and I would have ever met if it wasn’t for fate. We grew up in different states, went to school across the country from each other and I am an actor and he is a doctor. But in one of those wonderful moments in life we magically collided. I was working at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland and Dan was in his second year of Medical Residency at a Hospital in Minneapolis. As fate would have it we both joined Catholic Match, but neither of us paid for an account. So, when Dan sent me a smile I couldn’t reply to him. His profile picture was of his whole family and his Mother was holding a plaque. She had won an award for her volunteer work back home in Fargo. For some reason I got the idea that I should download and zoom in on the plaque to see Dan’s last name. I did, and armed with his last name and Med School, I was able to find Dan on facebook.We were pen pals while I was on the coast and when I finally returned home to Minneapolis we spoke on the phone for the first time. Both of us called our mom’s the next day and told them we had found ‘the one’.Dan asked me to marry him on Christmas morning in front of my family and we spent the next year and a half planning from afar. I started my masters at Yale in New Haven and Dan went to Fargo, North Dakota for work. We spent our spring break together at Yale using the C & P letter press. We designed and letter pressed all of our own wedding paper. Including 2,000 coasters, 250 programs, menus, thank you cards and over 1750 pieces for our invitations. Dan was a real trooper, he didn’t complain once. Our theme was Shakespeare, so we used a Shakespeare quote on our invites, menus and our ring bearer brought our rings up the aisle on top of three of our favorite plays, tied together with a ribbon. The plays included the first one Dan saw me in and the first play we saw together.We wanted to honor our parents so we were married in the same chapel my folks tied the knot in 37 years ago, on his parent’s 39 wedding anniversary. We also wanted to honor all the friends and family members who had been role models for what a strong marriage looks like, so for our first dance we invited all the married couples to join us on the dance floor.My favorite memory of the wedding was designing all the flowers with my maid-of-honor (my little sister) and my God Mother (also my aunt). We invited my 8 bridesmaids and 8 of my closest girlfriends to help us make everything. We sat on the floor of our living room and made all the bouquets and flower arrangements together. My aunt made my bouquet and I carried it with my grandmother’s rosary. I also had three close girlfriends play the violin, piano and sing for the wedding. But my favorite personal touch was walking down the aisle to Ave Maria, which my Great Grandmother, Grandmother, Mother and Dan’s Grandma all used. Dan would say his favorite memory was going to buy a driver at the golf store with his best friend the morning of the wedding.
February 14th, 2012
Happy Valentines Day MOTM readers! I hope you are having a wonderful day filled with love, whether it’s celebrating with your sweetheart, friends, or family.
Winter is the time of year when wedding vendors get a chance to really spread their wings and be creative because it’s the off season for business. I’ve been getting so many incredible inspiration shoots lately, and today is no exception. It seems quite fitting because not only is it Valentines Day, we also just had our first real snowfall of the winter here in Kansas City. Today’s shoot was submitted by the talented Kate from Made With Love Photography, and features a fabulous group of Wisconsin vendors. From the styling to the adorable heart details, it definitely puts me in a romantic frame of mind. Hope you guys love it, and a big thank you to Kate for letting me share it!
Who, What, Where ~ Photography: Made with Love Photography, Styling and Vintage Rentals: Sunshine Daydream Weddings & Events, Location: Northwind Perennial Farm, Hair and Makeup: JennyFace, Invitations: Ink & Ivory, Veils: b.poetic. See additional photos of the shoot by the lovely Nashville photography duo Love is A Big Deal, who were the lead photographers and also played a large role in styling.
Even more gorgeousness…
From Kate the photographer:
This shoot was a collaboration involving several wedding vendors from all over the Midwest. We all worked together to create a warm, rustic feeling despite the chilly Wisconsin weather. Our goal was to create a vintage, yet chic and modern style that could work for any winter or even valentine’s day wedding. Several of the vintage items used are actually available for rental from Sunshine Daydream Weddings & Events, who played a large part in styling this shoot.
The palette of ivory, silver, and gold were meant to give it a snowy luster while the pops of red were there to bring out the warm, rustic element. By incorporating various hints of red, hearts, and sweet desserts (like warm, gooey cinnamon rolls) we also hoped to capture the idea of love, which is commonly associated with that color, shape, and sweet desserts. Additionally, we wanted to show that a bright warm color against all of the creamy whites can really make the setting pop and there are ways to incorporate color into the clothing as well, even for the bride and groom. A recent wedding trend increasing in popularity is colored wedding dresses, so we figured why not a red lace dress?! It’s something unexpected and unique that could easily work for any rustic style or especially valentine’s day wedding.
The only thing missing from our rustic winter landscape was actual snow. So, we had to get a bit creative and actually shot the snow scenes at a local ski resort. The most unexpected part was that near the end of our shoot in the snow, it actually started to snow! It shows you never quite know what kind of weather you’ll end-up with on your wedding day or even for a wedding shoot, especially in Wisconsin.
January 5th, 2012
We experienced quite the heat wave this summer in the midwest (hard to imagine now), and Lauren and Matt’s wedding was right in the midst of one of the hottest months of the year. But they didn’t let that put a damper on their big day. Two things really stood out to me about this wedding: One, the gorgeous flowers, and two, the space. I’ve never visited Salvage One in person being a Kansas City girl, but I’ve only heard good things about it. As their photographer Lizz put it, “The location lends itself to a more relaxed couple with a relaxed feel.” A big thank you to Lauren for sharing all the details of their day, and to Lizz at Studio Starling for her lovely images.
Who, What, Where ~ Reception, Ceremony, and Coordination: Salvage One. Photography: Studio Starling. Flowers: Gratitude Heart Gardens. Catering: Jordan’s Food of Distinction. Cake and Macarons: Fritz Pastry. Invites: Paper Source. Programs and escort cards: Write Impression. Officiant: Bruce Otto at Spirited Weddings.
From the bride…
Matt and I got married in July of 2011. Because we met and live here, and because it was equal distance between Matt’s family in Kansas City, and my family in Detroit and Cleveland, we decided to host our wedding in Chicago. Very soon after we got engaged, we started scoping out venues, and we immediately fell in love with Salvage One, an architectural salvage store and event space on the west side of town.
Our florist, Siddhanta at Roscoe Blooms / Gratitude Heart Garden helped narrow down our color and flower choices. Matt, the typical guy, wanted greens and white only, but I was able to talk him into a bright blueish-purple and yellow for the bouquets, and natural greens and whites for the tables.
As for entertainment and our general wedding timeline, we wanted to make sure the emphasis was on fun! We nixed a few formal wedding traditions and made every effort to get everyone on the dance floor for at least a couple of hours before the reception was over.
Matt and I both loved our photographers from Studio Starling and we really enjoyed our twilight photo shoot on the roof at Salvage One. It was nice to sneak away from everyone and have a quiet moment, not to mention the gorgeous pictures of the Chicago skyline. My other favorite moments were the reading by our close mutual friend during the ceremony, the few minutes after the ceremony when the bridal party shared a drink and shook off all the nervousness, and of course all the dancing. After the DJ played the last song, our friend stole her microphone and led approximately 40 of our closest friends in serenading us to “You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling.”
October 7th, 2011
I’m really excited to share today’s wedding. When I talked to Lindsey, she said that she picked her dress (only a week after the proposal) and it inspired the whole look and feel of her wedding; vintage, and romantic. They decided to keep things casual with an intimate backyard garden affair, with tons of DIY projects, and lots of little details. Thanks so much to Lindsey and Trebor for sharing all the details of their day, and to Heather Brulez Photography for the lovely images.
Who, What, Where ~ Ceremony/Reception: Bride’s families home. Photography: Heather Brulez Photography. Flowers: The Flower Shop. Catering: Mimi’s Catering. Cake: Annette Adelhardt. Invites and Paper: Taylor Printing.
From the Bride…
My husband and I started dating when we were in high school. He is two years older than me and his last year of high school he decided to do track, and we started to talk during the track meets. I looked forward to talking to him more than doing my events. We had a great summer then he went to K-State. We did the long distance thing for two years while I finished high school. Then I also attended K-State, and finally we were in the same town, and it was great. We went on a trip to Zion National Park with some of my family. On our last night in the park he wanted to go walk to the river, and I was really confused why no one wanted to go with us. It started raining, thunder and lightning, and he got down on one knee. He probably said all the romantic things a girl wants to hear but all I remember is that he was proposing. I started crying and saying yes. It was perfect.
Because I wanted our day to be personal, we paid a lot of attention to details. My mom was so much help, she made the flower girl dresses and the head bands for all the girls and women in the wedding. We also made all the table runners. One of our biggest projects was the tulle covered balls that hung down the aisle on the chairs. In my blog obsession I had found the saying Eat, Drink, and Be Married, so I painted it with a design to place on the buffet table. I also had seen fans as a really fun way to keep guests informed and cool (well cooler), so I painted a design with our names and the date on it. We had them printed with the names of our family and the wedding party on the back of the fans.
My favorite part of the wedding was walking up the aisle toward my husband. That was the only time I almost cried, I was so happy to be marrying him. Although I did love seeing everything come together. We had planned this for almost 10 months. For me I was so happy it was everything I wanted. The dance and the food was amazing. By the end of the night people where in the pool. Even my dad, in his wedding clothes!