If you’re just stopping by now then you missed some fab news this morning that we were featured on Style Me Pretty. I can hardly believe this feature marks the third time my work has been shown on SMP; I am completely honoured to have clients and incredible vendors who make it all happen! Below are a ton of my fave photos from the Carlson’s big day starting with lunch and their first look photos in Lakeview, Michigan at the groom’s family farm. Fran, the mother of the groom did an incredible job transforming the barn into an adorable little bistro type setting for the bridal party and family, and the vintage house on the property served as the perfect setting for Kelli to slip into her gorgeous dress and see her groom for the first time! A ginormous hug to Jen Lynne Photography for the dreamy images and for keeping me company that day. I totally heart her.
A bride and groom that hangs together, eats lunch together and eats key lime pops together prior to their first look? I love that!
After lunch the bridal party was off to get dressed and ready. And lemme tell you, Kelli’s dress was absolutely stunning. The rosette detailing on the left shoulder and along the bottom side of her gown was so unique and the perfect contrast to her cathedral length veil. The guys wore navy blue suits and magenta and navy ties. Pretty handsome, huh? Kelli really wanted the bright magenta pinks, pops of oranges and navy blues to tie in with the long hot days of August; I think it worked perfectly.
While I was setting up the venue in Grand Rapids, Jen was capturing this sweet first look…
Angus, the couples’ bulldog. Such a little cutie in his matching bow tie :)
My fave part of the day was hands down, surprising Kelli and Brandon with more than 30 ribbon and lace wands I had made in the weeks before her wedding. Since the church doesn’t allow rose petals on their property I knew ribbon wands to match her wedding colours, would be the perfect way to celebrate the new Mr and Mrs as they left the church together. Almost 150 guests congregated outside on the sidewalk in a circle facing the doors of the church, 30 of em bearing wands and when I led the bride and groom to their surprise, I think it’s safe to say from Kelli’s squeals and the look on her face, that it was a success :) As the bridal party headed downtown for photos I headed to St. Cecelias to make sure things were set for cocktail hour.
Kelli is a school teacher and Brandon’s family owns a bean farm. So we turned their seating chart into a display that perfectly meshed both of their individual lives. Inside each of the mason jars Kelli found at the farm we’re brown beans used to hold pencil flags. On each of the flags were guests names and then a bean name like Coffee or Jelly or Black, that told each person what table they were seated at (table names were written on mini chalkboards). A banner made by the bride’s mother reading Books + Beans = Love hung over top of a vintage map from Kelli’s classroom. Old textbooks from the bride’s school days, along with vintage yardsticks from City Antiques, crates from the farm and vintage globes completed the entire set up :)
In lieu of a traditional champagne toast guests were asked to help themselves to bottles of Sweetheart Cider, made in the cidery where Kelli and Brandon first said I love you. The bottles sat in paint tins that I covered in signs describing the reason for the cider and the story behind the newlyweds love. This was such a sweet touch and way to spruce up the traditional bubbly toast!
For favours, Kelli and Brandon packaged various kinds of beans from the farm, with labels for Italian Bean Soup. On the front was the couple’s monogram with the cutest “Love Is Soup-er” play-on-words. Half of the tables had apothecary jars with white pillar candles in them and atop the other tables were white washed wood boxes filled with garden roses, dahlias, spray roses and hydrangeas in hues to match the couple’s wedding palette. The rectangular head table was covered in a textured fuchsia linen and the bride and groom’s chairs were adorned with a fabric covered K and B that Kelli created for the occasion.
The four tier, multi-flavoured cake was made by a family friend complete with orange-hued sugar flowers to mimic the blooms in the bridesmaids bouquets. At the end of the night after hours of dancing, lots of photo booth fun and a late night snack bar comprised of Auntie Anne’s pretzels and dipping sauces, the bride and groom departed with a sparkler send off late into the August night, marking the end of a completely perfect day for two very special people. Kelli has the most infectious smile, no?
A huge thank you goes out to some incredible vendors who not only played a huge part in making this day a success, but were a ton of fun to work with; especially you Jen. For those vendors out there who stay from the beginning to the end of your client’s wedding day like I do, you know how long wedding days can really be (and you truly understand the whole wedding hangover thing :) Jen was there with her assistant from lunch time to after midnight with me and they kept me laughing, smiling and wide awake the entire time! Kelli and Brandon, congratulations and thanks for allowing me to be a part of your incredible wedding. I can’t wait to be neighbors soon and Andrew and I are both excited for board game nights :) xoxo
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Wedding Photography: Jen Lynne Photography / Styling, Planning + Coordination: Rhiannon of Hey Gorgeous Events / Reception Location: St. Cecelia’s Music Center / Ceremony Location: Fountain Street Church / Catering: The Gilmore Collection / Beverage Service: Martha’s Vineyard / Florist: Gail Vander Laan Florist / Wedding Cake: Family Friend / Photobooth: Shutterbooth / Entertainment: Moments in Time Disc Jockeys / Chair Covers: Special Occasions West / Stationery: A Pinch of Spice / Wedding Gown: Bridal Elegance / Limo Service: Dadds Limo / Veil: David’s Bridal