Today's featured Little Black Book Photographer is Amanda Kraft, an amazing talent in Pennsylvania. But as you all know, amazing photographers almost ALWAYS have the itch to travel ... pretty much anywhere! Seriously, always keep that in the back of your mind. If you see a photographer's work (or a cinematographer or pretty much any other wedding professional mentioned here on SMP and the LBBB), more than likely, they would LOVE to talk to you! That's why we always encourage you to take a look at their websites and blogs, no matter where you are having your wedding. Sorry, off my soapbox ... and back to today's wedding!
A lonnnnng time ago, Amanda sent us one of her favorite weddings and as luck would have it, one of those pesky little SMP elves came around and buried the images deep within our overflowing SMP gallery. Eeeeeeee--gads! Should I even admit that? But all is well now at SMP, and Caitie and Mike's wedding was re-discovered ... it's simply charming.
During the ceremony one of Caitie's bridesmaids sang a song entitled "Favorite Day," bringing tears to everyone's eyes. Guests enjoyed cocktails on the grounds at Appleford, with a tented dinner and dancing following.
Fun Wedding Story From Caitie ... "For the rehearsal dinner I had one of my bridesmaids alter my mothers floral polyester wedding dress to something halter and shorter. It looked great and my mother loved it! We had a picture of her in it next to the placecards. We didn't realize it until later, but her dress was the exact colors I had already picked for my wedding! Spooky!"
Amanda asked Caitie, "If there is one thing that you want to express about your wedding day, what would it be?" Her reply, "It was the most fun I have ever had at a wedding! The energy was amazing, and I didn't want the evening to end!"
How they met? Caitie and Mike first met while Caitie was waiting tables on a Sunday afternoon in December. Mike came in because it was cold out and she decided to give him whatever he wanted free, just to get him to stay. They've been together since Dec. 2001.
Caitie's proposal story ... "During a trip to Rome, Mike proposed. He ended up having to go with his "plan C" because plan A, the Spanish Steps, was a bust (drunk teenagers everwhere) and then I ruined plan B, the Opera. I had been up for 36 hours from the flight and was tired. He proposed in our cute little hotel room in the morning after a good night sleep, starting his proposal with "Do you wouloooooolike this room?"
A few more of the details from Caitie and Mike's wedding ...
Wedding Gown Designer and Description: Atelier Aimee. Strapless, empire waist, pearl beading on the top and silk charmeuse on the bottom.
Tux Designers: Demetrios, Destiny Sand, Two Button Notch Suit.
Something Blue, Something New, Something Borrowed? Blue was the garter from her mother, old & borrowed was her great grandmother's handkerchief and something new was the dress.
Cake: Instead of a traditional wedding cake, Caitie opted for 5 flavors of cupcakes from Doughmain Baked Goods (cute name for a baker!).
Floral Design from Offshoots: The centerpieces were made of red & green grapes and green apples, roses, daisies, fiddle head ferns and hydrangeas.
Event Coordinator- Merissa Kilbrith, Perfect Weddings
Caterer- Feastivities (LBB Member)
Officiate- Elizabeth Frumin
A huge thanks to Amanda Kraft Photography for sharing Caitie & Mike's absolutely charming wedding with us on The Little Black Book Blog!
AND NOW ... by popular demand, is a photo that Caitie just sent in of her REHEARSAL DINNER dress (read the story above for the particulars!).
SO PRETTY! (photo on right provided by the lovely Caitie)
Thanks again to Amanda Kraft Photography, a terrific photographer listed in Style Me Pretty's Little Black Book of Wedding Professionals.