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Whimsical + Elegant Charlotte Wedding

Darlings, I cannot wait to share today’s recipe for pretty. Take two Irish Catholic cuties, pair them up with the planning genius that is The Graceful Host, add a dash of whimsy and a dash of elegance and the result is one ridiculously beautiful, classic wedding day. Dressed in kelly green and a turquoise navy, the hues will make your eyes dance in every capture from Lauren Rosenau Photography. See more in here!

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From The Graceful HostHard to believe that just a few months ago this sweet couple, Katelyn and Phillip, were married in a beautiful ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’ll never forget my first phone call from Katelyn. This busy bride-to-be knew that she needed a planner, and she’d do whatever it would take to get one – even changing her wedding date so that she could book me! Honored and humbled just skims the surface of how I felt when this amazing bride said that she couldn’t imagine getting married without my help.Working with these two was such a blast! There was no shortage of laughter at each meeting. Katelyn came to me with a vision of a vintage romance meets artistic whimsy meets elegance wedding inspiration that had no shortage of personal touches and was big on family traditions. I mean, we’ve got two Irish Catholic families here! Katelyn had gotten her dream dress from Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City. It was a beautiful and timeless lace gown with a cathedral length lace trimmed veil and a jeweled champagne sash for a pop of sparkle. Her dress became a source of inspiration for a number of wedding details. I worked with Katelyn to create something unique and beautiful in a color palette of navy, cream and kelly green keeping accents of vintage charm and whimsical elegance throughout each detail. The centerpieces included unique flowers like green trick, kale, anemone, hostas and bells of Ireland for a bit of an artistic touch. Along the head table we had three tall candelabras with smilax, hanging amaranths, umbrella fern, white stock, and bells of Ireland wrapped and draped around for an ultra romantic look. As with most brides, Katelyn also wanted to create an intimate atmosphere using a lot of candle light. Personal touches were important to this couple, so we included as many as possible: the bagpiper that greeted guests upon arrival to the Catholic Church and lead the couple out of the ceremony was a nod to their Irish heritage, the fire helmet sitting on the front pew of the church with a family rosary was in honor of the brides late grandfather, & the lace detailing on the wedding cake which was inspired by the brides wedding dress – to name a few. The bride and groom danced the night away at the Mint Museum in Uptown Charlotte, NC, and left the reception to a ribbon wand exit on the front staircase. As they got into a pedicab, they waved good night to family and friends and headed off to start their honeymoon.

Photography: Lauren Rosenau Photography | Videography: Brian Bunn Films | Floral Design: New Creations Flower Company | Cake: Wow Factor Cakes | Ceremony Venue: St. Peter's Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Mint Museum Uptown | Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Something Classic Catering And Cafes | DJ: All The Right Grooves | Bagpipes: Carolina Bagpipes | Chair Rental: Chiavari Chairs Of North Carolina | Hair + Makeup: Who's The Fairest | Wedding Dress, Veil + Belt: Kleinfeld Bridal | Wedding Planner + Designer: The Graceful Host

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Engagement Session in the Streets of Ravello, Italy

You know what’s better than one proposal? Well, TWO of course! And that’s just what these two handsome sweeties did for each other, which completely melts my heart. So, it’s no surprise that they went engagementing in style (seriously good style, no less) in the streets of gorgeous Ravello, with the talented Alicia Swedenborg following closely behind. Take a stroll through the gallery, it’s a stunner!

From Alicia SwedenborgFrank and Tom met in San Francisco and started dating in 2003. They love to travel and always wanted to visit the Amalfi coast in Italy. After 10 years together last summer, Tom thought it was time to tie the knot. Tom proposed to Frank at the finish line of a triathlon and Frank surprised Tom and proposed to him when we traveled to Positano. It was on that trip that they traveled to Ravello and fell in love with the old streets and the amazing panorama view of the sea. They made a promise to return the following summer and that’s when New York based wedding photographer Alicia Swedenborg captured their love around the streets of Ravello and at the hotel Palazzo Avino. Tom & Frank wore Boss, Ferragamo, Teds shoes and Marc by Marc shirt.

Photography: Alicia Swedenborg | Groom's Attire: Ferragamo | Groom's Attire: Marc By Marc Jacobs | Hotel: Palazzo Avino

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Elegant Kansas City Wedding

There is a reason that elegance has long reigned popular in the wedding world; it never, ever fails. And this beautiful celebration overlooking Kansas City just reinforces that once more. Something Gold Photography captured every stunning detail of this soiree, from the blushing bride to the cutting of one chic cake. If you ever need a reminder that classic elegance is queen, this gallery is where it’s at.

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From The Bride…. Bryan and I met at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. While Oklahoma is very special to us, Kansas City is where we fell in love and began our journey together. Bryan surprised me and popped the question on October 20th, 2013 by decorating my apartment with dozens of candles, roses, and pictures of us together. When I walked in after dinner with friends, he was standing in the candle light waiting for me. He asked, and I said yes!

Once we got engaged, we could not wait to plan our wedding. As the planning began, we knew that we wanted a classy, elegant wedding, but with an urban twist. The Terrace on Grand was perfect. It had everything we wanted…exposed brick, hardwoods, beautiful lighting, and a rooftop view of the city where we fell in love. As soon as we walked in I could envision us celebrating with our family and friends.

After we found our venue, everything else slowly fell into place. We knew navy and gray would be our colors from the very beginning. The colors combined with the luscious floral arrangements and bouquets were absolutely gorgeous. The atmosphere of the venue, along with the fun music and dance party absolutely reflected Bryan and I as a couple. We wanted our night to be classic and elegant, but with a laid back feel. We had the time of our lives with all of our favorite people surrounding us.

Photography: Something Gold Photography | Florist: Good Earth Floral And Design | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff | DJ: Chris Taylor From DJ Kirby | Cake Designer: Icing On The Cake | Ceremony And Reception: The Terrace On Grand | Dress Designer: Allure Bridal | Hair And Make Up Artist: Tiffany Franklin | Ring Designer: Meierotto Jewelers | Shoe Designer: Nina

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