Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Real Wedding: Sarah and David's Ceremony

I have to admit how biased I am about this entry/welcome vignette. I think it might be my all time fave! Such a mix of elegant and fun with the velvet stripe linen and the blush hashtag banner and then add in some pretty blooms and a few gold frames - FABULOUS!

Guests were greeted on the bottom level of the 3-story venue and were guided to the top level for the ceremony. Gold chiavari chairs and 100 hanging glass orbs with candles were waiting for them along with the most sentimental and sweet nuptials! 

I love the parts of my job that give me a behind the scenes sneak peek and delivering the personal notes to and from Sarah and David was one of the highlights of my day. How precious they both were about giving and receiving them! 

Did you choose to do any memorable events or traditions within your wedding?
David and I chose to write letters to each other and exchange them before the wedding ceremony and before we saw each other. It was emotional but wonderful because we wrote down our innermost feelings and love for one another. We plan to reread our letters on our fifth wedding anniversary to remind ourselves how much we mean to each other.

We did break from tradition and chose to see each other after we wrote our letters and just before the ceremony. We were so nervous but the moment we saw each other, the nervousness just melted away as we hugged and laughed. We will always remember that special intimate time we were able to spend together before we became husband and wife. 

What was the most sentimental part of your ceremony?
We both agree there was a moment when the music started and I began to walk down the aisle with my father’s arm entwined with mine, our eyes locked and the love we felt for each other was magical. It honestly seemed as if time just stopped and there we stood surrounded by our families and friends who were there to witness our vows and promises to each other – our marriage. That is a moment we will never forget.

Did you choose to do any memorable events or traditions within your ceremony?
David and I wanted a simple but memorable way to symbolize our union but didn’t want to combine sand or light a unity candle. Instead we chose to take communion together during the ceremony. It was a lovely way to honor God and thank him for the blessings he has shown us in the past and will in the future.

Why did you choose the ceremony space that you did?
We wanted to have the ceremony and reception at the same place and it needed to be a large space because we expected around 200 people to attend. We looked at a lot of beautiful venues but we were unsure of exactly what we wanted. The last venue we toured was Rogers and Baldwin Historic Venue. We loved it! The original hardwood floors and exposed brick are beautiful and the third floor was perfect for the ceremony and reception. I could, for the first time, envision what our wedding and reception would look like – the vintage feel we were wanting with just a dash of glam. Plus there is an amazing bridal suite for getting ready as well as a dedicated space for the men to get dressed. 

Bridal Gown: Gracie's Bridal
Caterer: Simply Delicious
Chairs, Chargers and Napkin Rings: SB Bon
Linens: Eventful Rental
Harvest Tables: Swept Away Rentals
DJ: Ryan from Complete
Hair Stylist: 417 Salon
Paper Products: Abby Mitchell Events
Photographer: Aaron Clark Photography
Photo Booth: Complete
Videographer: Complete
Wedding Planning and Design: Abby Mitchell Events

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