The Park Savoy Estate Wedding – Florham Park, New Jersey – Gabrielle & Joseph

“I met my husband our freshman year of college. My roommate went to high school with him. He also happened to be in my major. We had the same physics class. I had asked him to be my physics partner. The rest is history.”

When it came to Gabrielle and Joseph’s proposal, she said, “Joey knew I wanted to be proposed to on vacation. We had first told each other we loved each other on a beach. I loved to travel. After about 6 years of dating, we went on our first vacation together alone to the Caribbean. We flew into Puerto Rico and spent a few days there prior to boarding the boat. The first day I was so excited for my husband to see the ship as it was his first cruise. I also couldn’t wait to show him the sunset as I love seeing the sunset on the ocean. Originally he was planning on proposing the second day on the cruise because it was the “fancy night” but my mention of the sunset changed his mind. Also, this would allow me to tell my family before we left port. He had the idea of having someone videotape the entire proposal. The problem was once we went to see the sunset, everyone he asked to “take a picture” didn’t speak English so he couldn’t explain what he actually wanted. After many failed attempts, I told him to stop asking and just enjoy the moment (I was clueless). However, he persisted and did find someone that spoke English. At this time the sun had set however the whole city of San Juan was lit up when he got down on one knee. We spent the remainder of our engagement cruise enjoying every moment.”

“I always wanted a December wedding. Christmas is my favorite holiday and wanted a nod to Christmas without being over the top. I loved the idea of red and gray as my colors. My bridesmaids wore red and my junior bridesmaids were in gray. The guys were in a dark gray tux. My decor was minimal as the venue we got married in spoke for itself. It was an estate and they decorated for Christmas with trees and wreaths throughout. My tables had poinsettias in red and white with cream linens. We were also very lucky with beautiful real Christmas trees that a bride set up the day before. We invited 260 guests to the wedding. 230 guests attended on the big day. We had about a $30,000 budget. We did have DIY projects that we completed. My one aunt made a stocking that served as my wedding card holder. Another aunt made my kissing balls that my junior bridesmaids carried. My cousin made myself and my bridesmaids muffs to carry down the aisle as well as my Belle cape.”

“The wedding day was everything I dreamed of. I always wanted snow on my wedding day. I hoped for pictures in the snow and it was also a week before Christmas. When I awoke on the wedding day, I was blessed with snow. I thank my late grandpa and my husband’s late father for that because they knew how much that meant to me. All my vendors showed up on time despite the weather. The only hiccup was that the limo was an hour late picking up myself and my parents due to the road conditions. Our priest was amazing and kept our guests entertained. I got my dream pictures in the snow which came out beautifully. The food and the music were amazing. We both got so many compliments. This day was everything we dreamed of and more.”

VENDORS

Photographer: George Street Photo & Video // Venue: The Park Savoy Estate // Dress: Justin Alexander Signature Collection // Hair & Makeup: Amazing Face Hair and Makeup // Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo // Music: Colorblind Productions // Cake: Palmeros Bakery // Catering: The Park Savoy Estate // Flowers: Flowers by Susan Marie // Rings: Forever Ideal // Tuxes: Vera Wang // Shoes: I.N.C

Dec 13, 2017

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Red Cedar Farm Wedding – Poulsbo, Washington – Dayna & Drew

Dayna and Drew met each other in winter of 2014, and when the time came to decide when to celebrate their eternal love for each other and tie the knot, they both agreed – it had to be in winter, December of 2016.

As Dayna and Drew knew they wanted a rustic wedding with a unique twist, choosing Red Cedar Farm was a no-brainer. In addition to a big barn, farm animals, beautiful and elegant scenery, and a fire pit, this hidden gem in a little northwest town of Poulsbo, had something that one may not find often: antique yet fully functional arcade room, a unique wall made out of original Coke bottles, a counter stand lined with license plates, and number of antique tools and signs.

To make her big day extra special, for months before the wedding Dayna was designing amazing handmade decorations, centerpieces, favour bags, guest-board, and even Bride and Groom drinking glasses by hand. Dayna and Drew’s daughters officially became sisters forever on this day, but long before that, they were already friends. Having girls take an active part during the wedding was extremely important to this happy couple. During the ceremony, no dry eye was left when Dayna and Drew gave their vows one at a time to each one of the girls.

The ceremony was concluded by sand unity by all four of them which was an absolutely beautiful moment in their new family. And during the reception, their first dance was followed by a dance with their girls when all four circled together holding hands.

Everyone, big or small enjoyed the newlyweds special day: craft table for little ones, arcade for teens, cigars by the fire pit for guys, and plenty of food and dancing for all. To add to all of the fun, a night session under holiday lights outside served a perfect ending to a great beginning of Dayna and Drew’s Happily-Ever-After!!! 

VENDORS

Photographer: Lazzat Photography, LLC // Venue: Red Cedar Farm // Event Planner: JDH Events Premier Design and Planning LLC // Hair Stylist: Dolled up at Red Cedar Farm // Dress Store: Something Blue Bridal Boutique // DJ: Gordon Sound

Dec 12, 2017

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Inspiration – Desserts for Hanukkah parties

Feast your eyes on these custom desserts made for Hanukkah parties. These are PannaCotta Shooters with Fresh Berry Coulis, and then snowflake sugar cookies that can be placed together to form a double-decker of deliciousness!

We saw these and thought they’d be perfect for a Jewish winter wedding!

Thank you to Casey Hendrickson Photography for capturing these scrumptious treats on camera and sharing them with us.

Dec 12, 2017

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Styled Shoot – Winter Elegance at the Parkside Mansion – Denver, Colorado

This winter wedding styled shoot featured a 1940’s theme including a 1940’s Rolls Royce antique car with a gorgeous floral swag. The styled shoot team included a red, white and green color theme with pearl accents and gold to go with the venue decor and provide a touch of elegance for the holidays. The ladies wore beautiful bridal gowns with lace and a fur jacket for the cold weather. The groom wore a black tux to the “wedding”.

The Parkside Mansion just finished complete renovations and is a beautiful, classic venue. The venue just had snow the day before so a nice dusting of snow covered the ground. Candlelight Ambiance provided a golden candlestick centerpiece which was also filled with matching florals, and the table setting provided by Event Rents. Trenda Blatner designed two different table settings – one with a red tablecloth and gold leaf accents and the other was a cream tablecloth with a gold place setting, both with crystal goblets – very elegant!  The floral centerpieces were beautiful with bright colors and small pearl accents.

VENDORS

Photographer: Linda Murri Photography // Venue: Parkside Mansion // Event Planner: Unique Moments Event Planning // Cake Designer: Kelley Kakes // Event Rentals: Event Rents // Makeup Artist: Bronze and Beautiful // Design & Decor: Candlelight Ambiance // Floral Designer: Enchanted Floral Design // Invitation Designer: Sweet Zion Paperie // Transportation: Excursions Limousine Service // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Warehouse // Dress Store: Compleat Couture

Dec 11, 2017

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Atlas Country Club Wedding – Grand Blanc, Michigan – Hrabec & Meiste

Matt (a Chiropractor) and Allison (a Secondary Math Teacher) met on a Carnival Cruise to the islands of Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Honduras, and Belize. Little did they know that a conversation over dinner on the very first night of the cruise would lead to the discovery that they were both attending the same school in Michigan; Grand Valley State University! After an incredible week together they reconnected stateside, with a whimsical fairytale wedding this past February for a perfect storybook ending!

VENDORS

Photographer: JDHowell Photography // Venue: Atlas Country Club // Cake Designer: Lisa’s Confection Connection // Floral Designer: Vogts Florist and Gifts // Hair Stylist: Beau Nash // Design and Decor: The Whole Nine Yards // Band: Great Scott // Hair Stylist: The Lodge Men’s Grooming

Dec 11, 2017

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Venue 62 Wedding – Grove City, Ohio – Mollie & Mac

Mollie and Mac’s wedding day was one magical way to end the year 2016. Walking into the rustic, industrial looking venue, the couple’s reception and ceremony were dripping in white lights and touches of Christmas filled every table and wall.

As a request of the parents, each guest was to bring a Christmas ornament to help the couple decorate their first Christmas tree as husband and wife. That tree, as well as the entire venue, was filled with so much warmth and love. Mac was granted a short leave away from serving our country so that he could marry Mollie. The entire scene of a military man coming home for the holidays to marry his wife is exactly what Christmas wishes are made of. 

VENDORS

Photographer: ENV Photography USA // Venue: Venue 62

Dec 10, 2017

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Balmorhea Events Wedding – Magnolia, Texas – Carly & Blake

The wedding is a little bit of a unique situation, the bride and groom had planned to get married in June but the bride’s mom was very ill so they moved things up so she could partake in the wedding (the bride’s mother has since passed). They didn’t have a wedding party because of that but the wedding was so fabulous never the less.

Carly and Blake’s wedding took place on December 23rd and it was nothing short of magical. Rachel with Wed & Prosper did an incredible job planning and designing along with F. Dellit Designs. The wedding was in the perfect setting at Balmorhea Events in Magnolia, Texas. Blake and Carly opted for an outdoor ceremony, a cocktail hour on the back porch with hot chocolate and a warm fireplace, and an indoor reception. They rented furniture from Love Birds Vintage Rentals for awesome sitting areas inside and out.

Their wedding day started out rainy but the rain stopped and the sun peaked through the clouds just in time for their first look and ceremony!

VENDORS

Photographer: JW Baugh Photography // Venue: Balmorhea Events // Event Designer: Wed and Prosper // Furniture Rental: Love Birds Vintage Rentals & Styling // Linens: Artistique Events // Makeup Artist: Hayley and Company // DJ: J. Kelly Productions // Floral Designer: F. Dellit Designs // Cake Designer: Cakes by Gina // Calligraphy: The Sensibly Type // Videographer: Thirteen Media

 
 

Dec 10, 2017

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Cross Creek Ranch Wedding – Dover, Florida – Megan & Cary

Megan and Cary had a perfect wedding day at Cross Creek Ranch, in the brand new open-air chapel the venue recently debuted. Megan’s dress and cathedral veil were accented with lace, and we loved how the soft layers of her train flowed as she moved. Cary surprised Megan by sporting a bolo tie with his suit, which put the first of many giant smiles on her face when they saw each for the first time at their ceremony. And speaking of their ceremony, the two of them put together the most adorable (and funny) personalised vows for each other that had everyone in the chapel laughing and tearing up at the same time.

The palette of the day was kept light and airy, including light blushes and lavenders while still throwing in some burgundy accents to match the tone of the season. The reception was filled with s’mores and outdoor games, although by the end of the night none of that mattered because everyone was on the dance floor celebrating the newlyweds with their best moves. And at the end of the celebration everyone grabbed a sparkler and sent the two of them off through a tunnel of fire and love!

VENDORS

Photographer: Sarah & Ben // Venue: Cross Creek Ranch, Inc // Invitation Designer: Minted // DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates, Inc. // Cake Designer: Alessi Bakery // Floral Designer: Alta Fleura, LLC // Cinema and Video: Movie Magic Productions // Caterer: Catered By Vesh // Dress Designer: Jim Hjelm // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Dress Store: The White Magnolia Bridal Collection // Dress Designer: Tara Keely // Makeup Artist: Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Dec 9, 2017

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Foglar Furlan Wedding – Windsor, Ontario – Rachel & Matt

Matt grew up loving Christmas, it’s always been his favourite holiday. It’s when he first met Rachel and when he proposed, so what better theme to choose for their wedding day as well?!

The décor was the perfect combination of classic and fun, from beautiful gold and red décor around their ceremony to the Elf on the Shelf centrepieces on every table. Rachel looked like a Disney princess and the wedding was everything she dreamed it would be!

VENDORS

Photographer: Life is Beautiful Photography // Ceremony Venue: Willistead Manor // Reception Venue: Foglar Furlan // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Moores Clothing for Men // Hair Stylist: Youssef Hair Boutique // Makeup Artist: Makeup by Natalie Lazzarin // Dress Store: Sophie’s Gown Shoppe // Floral Designer: I and F Design // Design and Decor: Designs by Diane // DJ: Perfect Little Weddings // Transportation: A Universal Limousine

Dec 9, 2017

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