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Nika and Emeka’s Woodland Fairy Tale Wedding

Tell us your story… I met my husband on a dating app called OK Cupid! I was in a season of my life where I felt very ready to be in a long-term relationship. Living in New York City, I found it very difficult to make a deep connection with someone I felt chemistry with (especially with similar faith and values). I decided to go online because several of my friends recommended it as a great way to meet people! I had been a member of the app for only one week when I met my future husband!

Where did you two tie the knot? Our wedding venue was Poetry Springs in Texas. We chose that venue because both of us have family that live in that area and we figured it would be easier for everyone to get together. Also having a wedding in Texas would be a lot less expensive than having it in New York.

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Spill the details about your wedding!  The theme was ‘Woodland Fairy Tale Wedding’. I was very inspired by the deep jewel tone color scheme of the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda runway show. There were plenty of flowers and greenery… So romantic!

What was your favorite moment?  Saying I do to the man of my dreams.

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Read more about Nika and Emeka’s beautiful wedding here:  “I WAS LOVED BEFORE I MET YOU”, “MY FINAL MOMENTS AS A SINGLE LADY”“BEYONCÉ SHOWED UP TO MY WEDDING”, “THE PARTY TO THE MAIN COURSE”“EVERYTHING ELSE I FORGOT ON MY WEDDING DAY”.

Vendors:

Photographer –  Brant Smith Photography
Dress –  Alvina Valenta
Bridal Jumpsuit- Alyson Nicole
Pearl Tiara & Flower Crown- Alyson Nicole
MUA & Hair Stylist – Rocelyn Citzman
Venue – Poetry Springs
Caterers – Cheryl Reyes Catering
DJ – Ugonna Onyekwe
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A Gatsby Wedding- Lucy & Pierce’s 1920’s Inspired Celebration

Tell us your story… Pierce and I met in high school French class in Michigan. We stayed friends for years before starting a serious relationship later when we ended up at neighboring colleges in Missouri. Seven years later, we decided to tie the knot!

Where did you two tie the knot? Our wedding was at the gorgeous Felt Mansion in Saugatuck, MI. We knew we wanted to centralize our wedding in Michigan, where our story began.

We both love historical places, and this venue also fit our 1920s/Great Gatsby Wedding theme.

It was the perfect location to relive the decadence of the era that we wanted to reflect in celebrating our wedding, with our own version of a Gatsby house party!

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Spill the details about your wedding! The wedding really did feel like a mansion house party in the roaring 20s! The mansion itself has been maintained perfectly with period furniture and required little additional decor. I chose glittery gold/black as the main theme colors, with blush and champagne tones complimenting throughout our decor. My girls wore sequined short dresses with a modern flapper feel, while the guys all wore black tuxes with blush vests/bow ties. Calla lilies completed my art deco look in our bouquets, the boutonierres, and the DIY centerpieces that I made for inside the mansion. My custom dress had so many gorgeous pearls on the back piece and sleeves that really completed the decadent feel that I was going for in the whole Gatsby Wedding theme. *I knew Alyson in college many years ago, and always admired her style and eye for design. I followed her growth and brand development on Facebook, and when I knew I was ready to shop for my wedding accesories, I reached out to her. I have always been drawn to unique style pieces, and I had a specific Gatsby bridal look that I was going for. Alyson created the most gorgeous 1920s headpiece and art deco veil for my ceremony and reception wear. I was absolutely thrilled with the results, and got SO many compliments on my accessories on my wedding day! 

What was your favorite moment? I can’t pick a favorite memory! The whole entire day was my favorite. People came from all over the country to witness and celebrate our marriage, and everything ended up going so exactly perfectly that the day was absolutely a dream come true. From walking down the aisle to a perfect white chapel to marry my best friend, to guests taking selfies with a polaroid for our guestbook, to our dog Gatsby wandering out on the dance floor during our first dance, to the sun setting over the back porch of a gorgeous mansion filled with food, family and friends – there are too many great memories to pick just one!

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Vendors:

Photographer – Heather Jowett
Dress –  Occasions Bridal
Bridal Veil & Headpiece- Alyson Nicole
MUA & Hair – Salon Cheveux
Venue – Felt Mansion
Band – Steve Wood Jazz Quartet
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From Elementary School to “I Do”- A Beautiful Outdoor Wedding

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Tell us your story… We met in 3rd grade at Gilbertsville Elementary School! We started dating in 2006 when we were seniors in high school and we went to prom together :). Then we both {decided} to go to Penn State for college.  Now, ten years later, we’re married!

Where did you two tie the knot? Our wedding was at the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. I loved how beautiful and natural the grounds were, and the ability to have an indoor and outdoor wedding.

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Spill the details about your wedding! The overall theme of the wedding was “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” meets “garden party”. Very summery, whimsical, light, and airy. The bridesmaids wore pale blush flowy floor-length dresses, and the groomsmen wore light gray tuxes. The flowers and decorations were all very natural/organic with lots of greens and pops of white. *I wore the most beautiful veil I’ve ever seen! I’ve been following Alyson’s work for years now, and I knew that I just had to have an original piece for my own wedding day!

What was your favorite moment? My favorite memory was probably having our ceremony outside in the apple orchard. It had been drizzling earlier in the day, but thankfully the rain had blown over come ceremony time! Our friend, Dan, was the officiant. He was able to make the ceremony very personal and warm. It was beautiful to share that with all of our closest friends and family!

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Vendors:

Photographer – The Bartlett Pair
Dress – Leanne Marshall (From Lovely Bride)
Bridal Veil- Alyson Nicole
Shoes- Bella Bell
Hair Stylist – Hair by Meghan
Venue & Caterer – Jeffrey Miller Catering
DJ & Photo Booth- DJ Lennox
Transportation- Rhoads Limousine Service
Accommodations/After Party- Valley Forge Casino Resort
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Let’s Get Weird- An Enjoyable & Wonderful Wedding at Fox Hollow

Tell us your story… We met each other at a pool party that was hosted by a mutual friend. After we were introduced to each other, I (Luke) decided to throw Stephanie into the pool. It was a risky move, but it worked.

Where did you two tie the knot? We had our wonderful wedding at The Fox Hollow. We picked it because it is truly an amazing venue. The grounds are so beautiful and filled with perfect photo-op locations. The Fox Hollow is a great all-inclusive venue. We had the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, and accommodations all within 50 feet of each other.

Not to mention the staff at The Fox Hollow was incredibly friendly and extremely helpful.
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Spill the details about your wedding! Stephanie picked the colors which consisted of coral pink and mint green. The bridesmaids wore a mix of both colors where the groomsmen wore black tuxs with mint green ties and coral boutonnieres. The flowers were a mix of hydrangeas and roses with pops of coral, green, and white. Since I am obsessed with Jurassic Park, we decided to give gold painted dinosaur figurines with potted succulents. They were a hit! *Stephanie bought her veil and bracelet from Alyson Nicole. She wanted a veil that was lightweight and thin so that the details of her wedding gown wouldn’t be hidden, and that is what she got. The pearl & rhinestone bracelet added just the right finishing touch.

What was your favorite moment? Honestly, the whole day was amazing. Our ceremony started at noon and even when the reception ended, the party kept going. The Fox Hollow has a great pool area where we had our afterparty. It was a full day filled with celebrations and we will never forget it!

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Vendors:

Photographer – Proline Studios
Dress – Kleinfeld’s
Bridal Veil & Bracelet – Alyson Nicole
Venue & Caterers – The Fox Hollow
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I’m engaged!

Friday April 8th is a day that I will never forget.

It just so happens that my whole week was atrocious. My 9-5 was a real pain-in-the-@$$ and I was just running on empty. 5:00pm Friday could not come soon enough.

When I got off the subway to walk back to my apartment I was so excited it was 5:50pm. (I usually don’t get home before 6.) Figured I’d go to the gym and get home at 6:45, order some take-out, and finish up a couple custom orders. Yay! As soon as I got service, I immediately called my mom to discuss her coming up on Sunday for a hockey game and a few other things.
After the four flights of stairs (still taking with my mother) I opened my door expecting to see my cat trying to make his escape but instead I was overwhelmingly shocked at the rose petals lining my hallway directing my gaze to a handsome man on his knee.

Immediate tears.

“Mom, I have to get off the phone.” In true mother form, she did not. She thought something was terribly wrong even when I told her he was on one knee. I tried to be polite but DAMN! I have to go!!!

 

My handsome, caring, selfless man was patiently waiting to ask me to be his wife. I couldn’t have been more surprised or happy in that very moment. We have talked about getting married but when that moment actually happens, it’s an superb feeling.

I was still so in shock after the proposal I actually said “I have to go to the gym.” He just looked at me, laughed, and said “Silly girl, you’re not going to the gym. We are going out!”

I got all dolled up and we headed to our favorite restaurant, The Pearl Room. Naturally I had to wear blue to match my ring 😉

I couldn’t stop telling everyone we just got engaged and I was even too excited to read the menu! Somehow I managed to pick something and we had an outstanding dinner filled with delicious food and a lot of celebrating. Throughout dinner, he kept looking at the time and saying “I really want to get to Windy by 9, because thats around the time we met.” [Windy= Windy City Ale House in Bay Ridge- a craft beer sports bar that is very fun and has really scrumptious bar food, especially their ta-chos (tater-tot nachos). Yes, thats right.] Anyways, I didn’t think anything of it other than it was sweet and that it was probably the time we met there.

Well, we were definitely overdressed and as I was saying that to him, I turn around to see a group of family and friends there cheering. It was another wonderful surprise to the evening. Drinks were drunk, champagne was popped, and the night was celebrated. It was perfect.

AHH! Just blogging about this is making me so EXCITED! I’M ENGAGED!

 

Since bridal is my life, I decided to share my wedding experience with the world to help all future brides!

 

By Monday night I already had The Knot’s wedding planning book and dove right in! You can get this lovely book on Amazon at an amazing price and if you are lucky (and a Prime member) you can receive same day shipping. Heres the link- The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer.  They also have a more recent one that you can buy here, but I went with the original. The revised version is an actual book, smaller in size, and it has a few more extra pages of info that the first doesn’t have. However, the extra pages do not take away from the binder.  It is a great tool and even though I’ve been using it for a week, it has helped tremendously. I’ll talk more about that in another post! 

 

Until then, I’ll be over here… daydreaming about my wedding. <3