If you’re looking for the sweetest meet cute in the whole wide world, then I’d like to introduce you to the dynamic duo that is Steven and Fiona. For their love story? It started in an elevator, and the aftermath? It’s nothing short of stu-hun-ing. From the perfectly pink florals to the shockingly beautiful ceremony, Bethany Erin and Brad & Monica have snapped it all to share in The Vault!
“They got on the same elevator. On the ride up,
Steve overcame his nervousness and
talked to the prettiest girl in the world”
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From the Groom…It was December 2011, Fiona was assisting with an audit and Steve was working hard on the 10th floor. They both wanted the free lunch offered by the building management to get in the mood for Christmas. They both got on the same elevator going down and up. On the ride up, Steve overcame his nervousness and talked to the prettiest girl in the world. They kept in touch after that fateful free lunch, and at one point they lived one block away from each other in Addison. After Steve and Fiona both worked their hardest to get the timing right, they finally started dating in 2014. It started with Steve overcoming his nervousness once again and bought Fiona a dozen roses from the only florist open on a Sunday afternoon. Life has been very easy for both Fiona and Steve since then.
From the Bride…Steve and I started to plan for our wedding since the beginning of 2016. We picked May 15, 2016 which is a Chinese lucky date for our marriage. With our busy schedule at work we managed to pick the perfect venue at Marty Leonard Chapel and Fort Worth Club in early February. Planning was slow before I met Bethany; she’s a talented photographer and super nice person. I liked her immediately after the first meeting. She gave me so many vendor recommendations and style suggestions, which helped my wedding planning go much more smoothly. I booked our florist and wedding coordinator shortly after I booked Bethany. With the help of Katie, my wedding coordinator, Steve and I got a really good deal for DJ service. During the whole planning process I enjoyed looking at Pinterest and found my inspiration there. The venues we picked were beautiful even without wedding decorations so I thought that would be less stressful. However, two days before the wedding I was so stressed out because I realized I forgot to count some flower decorations. I reached out to my florist, Lauren of The Backyard Bouquet, and asked her if she could do more flower decorations and a garland for the wedding car. Despite it being a last minute request Lauren finished everything perfectly! Katie and Bethany worked very closely to ensure that Steve and I would have an executable timeline for the wedding day. Thanks to their hard work everything went smoothly on the day of. I didn’t need to worry about a single thing, and just got to be happy and pretty. Our wedding day was filled with best wishes, happiness and laughter, but I remembered that when I was waiting outside of the Chapel to go down the aisle with my dad, I suddenly felt nervous but once the door opened and I saw Steve’s grinning face the nervousness went away. Another moment I remembered was when Steve and I were standing at the altar and listening to our minister announce us as couple, I was so touched by the meaning of marriage. I know that life will have ups and downs, but together we will conquer everything and live a wonderful life.
Photography: Bethany Erin Photography | Cinematography: Brad & Monica Wedding Films | Event Planning: Katie Frost Weddings | Floral Design: The Backyard Bouquet | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Ceremony Venue: Marty Leonard Chapel | Reception Venue: The Fort Worth Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mengmilan | Hair + Makeup: Ewald Wang | DJ: Le Force Entertainment | Officiant: Rev. Brian | Ceremony Music: Jenny Glass
When a few of the biggest names in the industry – looking at you, Jose Villa, Joy Proctor Design, Kelly Kaufman, and TEAM – come together for a wedding really, REALLY good things happen. Just take a peek at this gallery and you’ll see exactly what I mean. Sunset shades with a hint of light sky blue made for an unexpected fall color palette that you’ll 100% want to steal for yourself.
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From Joy Proctor Design…It was a pleasure to help Paola and Jon plan and design their beautiful Sunstone Wedding. Paola was inspired by the natural beauty of the Sunstone Villa and chose a color palette of warm sunset tones of peach and light blue to compliment it. Guests were greeted with refreshing herbed water as they sat for the ceremony officiated by the couple’s longtime friend. After the vows, guests made their way to the Villa courtyard for cocktails and appetizers. A large wooden board with light blue seating charts greeted guests as they made their way into the reception on the lawn. Guests sat at wooden tables covered in lush floral arrangements with beautiful hand dyed sea foam runners. The couple thanked their guests for coming as the sun set, and danced into the night.
Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Event Planning: Joy Proctor Design | Floral Design: Kelly Kaufman | Invitations: Written Word Calligraphy | Catering: Duo Catering & Events | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | DJ: Gavin Roy | Venue: Sunstone Winery & Villa | Rentals: The Tent Merchant
If you’re looking to inject a bit of modern romance into your upcoming celebration, here you go. The ultimate wedding inspiration dreamed up by CCL Weddings And Events that you’ll want to share with your vendors pronto. From the lucite invitation, to the skyline ceremony, Ruth Eileen Photography has captured it all to share and we’ve got it waiting for you in The Vault!
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From CCL Weddings And Events…With a view of a skyline like this, the W Loft in Brooklyn is a minimalist space that naturally captures the beauty of New York amidst the hustle and bustle. For this styled shoot we featured elements such as marble, plexiglass and gold accents to represent the classic, modern bride who loves timeless styling and contemporary elements.
We wanted the reception table to be more than a table with a linen so we teamed up with Taylor Creative for their glass tabletop. Their leather benches and plexiglass armchairs were stunning with the table! Marble accents and gold dinnerware graced the furniture from Taylor Creative, while Wild Floral Designs brought life to the shoot by incorporating loosely gathered palm leaves into the florals. They also created an impeccable arch that was intentionally not connected to truly accent and frame the skyline behind the ceremony altar. Along with the leather benches used for seating and plexiglass boxes filled with fauna, the ceremony space was designed to have a clean look because the couple and the cityscape would be the signature touch to the overall look of the wedding. The model wore a jaw dropping gown from Sarah Seven, embodying nothing short of elegance. Sugar Couture designed and created a stylish marble cake to match the theme of the shoot. Small Paper Co designed a stunning invitation suite produced by Aether Workshop with an acrylic invitation and a gold mirrored backing. Any wedding event wouldn’t be complete without “his” and “hers” cocktails with custom cocktail stirrers designed and created by Letters to You that read “bottoms up” and “l’chaim.” Our team could not have created such a spectacular shoot without the help of all the talented vendors who made it all possible!
Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Event Design: CCL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Wild Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Sugar Couture | Invitations: Small Paper Co. | Hair + Makeup: Face the Day NY: Makeup and Hair Services | Venue: W Loft | Calligraphy (bar menu): Skye Cho | Calligraphy (cake topper and cocktail stirrers): Letters To You | Film Processing: Aether Paper Co | Model: @lizandlavender | Rentals: Taylor Creative
This wedding officially debunks the myth that “beach weddings” and “total glamour” can’t go hand-in-hand. Opting for a white-on-white color palette that embraces monochromatic elegance, I’m pretty sure this is the wedding Cinderella would have if she married in Jamaica. Plus that Galia Lahav gown? Don’t even get me started. Bravo, Ether & Smith for the photos our entire team can’t stop talking about.
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From the Bride… Our wedding was inspired by the beauty and simplicity of all things white. Our guests were greeted upon their arrival with a wonderful welcome bag with a few of our favorite things (Sugarfina Champagne Bubbles anyone?)- the most raved about was the “Adam + Kara Sippy Cup”. There wasn’t one thirsty guest on the island! Inspired by the monochromatic colors similar to our home, we wanted our wedding to exude timeless sophistication. From the all-white rose and peony bouquets to the blush-pink bridesmaids we fell in love all over again. Our sunset ceremony was truly heaven and our steel-drum band cocktail party got the party started as we danced the night away as husband and wife.
Our advice to planning couples is to remind yourselves along the way the reason for getting married. Be sure to have moments and days (yes a whole day!) where there are absolutely no wedding-related conversations with each other. Try not to stress (easier said than done), be sure to prep. Yourselves mentally and physically with exercise, yoga or a regular work-out routine and most importantly clean eating. Not only will you not fatigue or get sick prior to, during or after your wedding, but you will have the energy to do it all- literally!
Photography: Ether & Smith | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Stationery: Pinkpolka Wedding Design | Shoes: Louboutin | Jewelry: Elsa Corsi | Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Bridal Boutique | Calligraphy: Justine Ma: Design + Hand Lettering | Tuxedo: suits by curtis eliot | Planning/Styling: Bride | Resort: Sandals Royal Bahamian | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar