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The First Place this Bride Looked for Her Color Scheme? Her Closet!

When it comes to planning your wedding, deciding on a color palette can be daunting, so you’ll want to steal this Bride’s ingenious idea. “To choose a color palette for our wedding I started in my closet…. I took a step back, squinted my eyes and noticed the color I saw the most was fuchsia.” From there, the rest of her fairytale vision came to life in this beautiful day captured by Stepan Vrzala. See it all in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Every girl grows up dreaming about her fairytale wedding day. I was no different. I wanted a beautiful castle with a sweeping grand staircase, the perfect sunny warm day, bright colorful flowers and let’s not forget… Prince Charming! My Prince Charming, otherwise known as Jeremy, and I, LOVE to travel, so deciding to have a destination wedding was easy. Picking a location was a bit more challenging. We knew it needed to be a castle (obviously), but wanted our guests to travel to a place they had never been before. We decided on Prague, the beautiful Czech countryside and Chateau Mcely. That’s when the dream of my fairytale wedding started to take shape.

To choose a color palette for our wedding I started in my closet. Isn’t that where all color palettes start? I took a step back, squinted my eyes and noticed the color I saw the most was fuchsia (and black, but we’re going to forget about that part). It’s true, bright vibrant pink is my favorite color. I just never realized it until that day in my closet. Now, what to put with fuchsia? I came out of the closet and flipped through bridal magazines, searched Google and scoured the pages of Style Me Pretty until I found a picture of a bouquet I fell in love with. It featured fuchsia roses and various lighter shades of pink peonies with a touch of green. Right click, save as, color palette complete!

Having a two year engagement is both a blessing and a curse. It gave me lots of time to plan and even more time to DIY. Our Save the Date is probably my favorite part of our invitation suite. Jeremy and I sat down together at the dining room table one Saturday and we painted a picture of Chateau Mcely. We scanned the picture and had it turned into glossy postcards to send our guests. Our guests loved finding out we were the artists. It added a personal touch right from the very beginning.

Before we knew it, the plane was landing in Prague and the wedding celebrations had begun!

On Day one, we asked guests to meet us under the Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square at 1pm. As the trumpeters finished their arrangement and crowds began to dissipate we started to find one another. Together we walked the cobblestone streets to an old pub where we spent the rest of the afternoon chatting and drinking.

Day two, guests had a leisurely day as they checked into their rooms at Chateau Mcely. We had a lazy afternoon in the sun as we lounged around the natural pool and tossed beach balls. That evening we took a bus to a neighboring town for a chateau and brewery tour. The highlight of the evening was a medieval dinner complete with sword fights and fire breathers!

Day three was about team building and bragging rights. Guests were given colored t-shirts in their welcome bags. They were asked to wear their team t-shirt and meet on the lawn of the Chateau for a Geocaching event. Each team was given a GPS tracking device and raced to be the first to each secret cache. It was exhilarating and competitive. Yellow team went home with gold medals engraved with our wedding logo and the date. After guests cooled down they joined us for our rehearsal dinner on the Chateau Patio. Guests were offered homemade lavender lemonade and Chateau Mcely’s own Nine Flowers Herbal iced tea to sip from mason jars.

The wedding took place on day four. By this time our guests were like family, laughing and joking as if they had known each other all their lives. As the string trio played familiar tunes guests began to gather once again on the Chateau patio. Bright pink hydrangeas, peonies and roses lined the white carpeted aisle. I never felt more beautiful than the moment I walked down the aisle in my Badgley Mischka gown. It was my princess moment. Our florist, Marketa, tied my Grandmother’s ring, given to me by my father, to the base of my bouquet, so that she was there with me on my special day. The ceremony was sweet and made personal with readings from two family members and a unity candle lighting with our parents. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and Champaign on the lawn before moving into the Chateau dining room for dinner. Guests dined on grilled Chilean sea bass, beef sirloin and roasted duck prepared from an old Czech recipe. Mini jars of Chateau Mcely’s wild thyme hand balm were placed at each guests’ place setting as a token of our appreciation. Guests were invited onto the dance floor after dinner. Shortly after, our 4-tier wedding cake adorned with cascading fresh roses and peonies was rolled out by the pastry chef. The cake was the sugar rush our guests needed to keep them fueled for a night full of dancing.

The next morning, the fifth and final day, guests enjoyed a delicious chateau brunch while recounting memorable moments from the previous days. Old and new friends eventually said farewell to each other before departing Chateau Mcely, many continuing their travels to new destinations before heading home.

Looking back on this experience, my advice to future brides would be to enjoy your engagement and be realistic with giving yourself enough time for planning your dream day. There were several couples engaged after us and married before us and I have no idea how they did it without being stressed. It took a full year and a half of planning to put our wedding together. With a full time job and a busy schedule I can’t imagine doing it in less time and enjoying it as much as I did. We met some amazing people in the process who helped make everything come together seamlessly. Katka, Stepan, Marketa, Milli and the staff at Chateau Mcely, thank you!

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Photography: Stepan Vrzala Photography | Floral Design: Inspirito | Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka | Invitations: William Arthur Fine Stationery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfed Sung | Hair + Makeup: Mili Dvorakova | DJ: Radim Keith | Ceremony Music: Musica Festiva | Venue: Chateau Mcely | Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson

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Whimsical Summer Prague Wedding

It’s been over a year since I visited Prague but my daydreams still drift back there on a daily basis, so coming upon this destination wedding was an extra special treat for me. With Stepan Vrzala behind the lens and Profimovie capturing all the live action, we’re transported to a whimsical wonderland thanks to Exclusive Weddings in Prague. Welcome that wanderlust with our VAULT right this way!

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From the Bride… When Benni proposed we were enveloped in a delicate snowfall under the stars on the highline park in New York City. I had flown to NY to surprise my mom for her 60th birthday and he had flown to NY to surprise me! I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect and romantic setting…. until our wedding day! Benni was born and raised in Germany, and I have a huge family in Israel. We knew that no matter what, some of our wedding guests would have to fly to our wedding, so we decided to have a destination wedding! We knew that Prague would be the perfect backdrop to our perfect day. My father was born and raised in Prague before moving to Israel, and while there is very little family left there, I knew it would be a great way to honor that side of my family, particularly my grandmother, Lucienne, whom I’ve always looked up to. Prague is also one of the most gorgeous cities in Europe and has such a rich Jewish, intellectual, and musical history. The decision was easy, especially because our friends and family from all over the world were willing and eager to travel to celebrate our special day with us.

I reached out to, Andrea Hanusova, an event planner in Prague, and she helped me pull all my lifelong wedding dreams together. Because we decided to have a destination wedding we wanted to treat our guests to more than just one day with us. Andrea helped us plan an incredible three day event. We kicked off the weekend with a get together at one of the oldest beer halls in Prague where our families could get to know one another. The following evening we held a rehearsal dinner for all of our guests at Villa Richter, a villa on one of the oldest vineyards in CZ that truly has one of the most gorgeous panorama views of Prague. Our guests sipped on local wines and beers while feasting on traditional Czech cuisine and enjoying the views.

I’d always envisioned an outdoor ceremony with a classy yet whimsical feel. Andrea helped me find the perfect venue at a chateau on a small island on a river in the center of Prague. It doesn’t get more whimsical than that! The ceremony took place in the garden in front of the chateau and the reception took place in a gorgeous tent beside the chateau. Guests could freely walk in and out of the chateau and tent to explore the island which really gave the whole day a really varied ambiance that everyone could enjoy! Walking down the aisle with my parents and seeing Benni anxiously waiting, while the harpist played Edith Piaf’s ‘La Vie En Rose’ made all my nerves simultaneously melt away and also give me an overwhelming sense of joy. Under the chuppah from Israel, we exchanged vows and shared our first kiss as newlyweds! We were enveloped in fresh rose petals thrown at us as we descended down the aisle as husband and wife and straight into the celebratory cocktail hour.

I wanted the cocktail hour to feel like a chic yet lively garden party with music, dancing in the sun, antique couches, whimsical props, and garden games. Andrea made all of that happen! We even had a lovely flower-adorned swing hanging from a tree that really wowed the guests! Because Benni and I met in New Orleans, we had a jazz band that played all the NOLA favorites and had everyone dancing (some even barefoot)! We had champagne flowing as well as a signature cocktail with Monin rose, St. Germaine elderflower, fresh lemons, and fresh rose petals that was called ‘Benni & Shirley-La Vie en rose’. The hors d’oeuvres were absolutely delicious. Guests snacked on steak tartare, foie gras with fresh figs, duck confit scented with lavender, and tuna tartar with a passion fruit soup. Guests were then invited into the tent which was adorned with hanging floral wreaths, New Orleans style lanterns, a string light filled gazebo, and tables adorned with Czech crystal flutes, homemade lace tambourines, gorgeous meadow style floral centerpieces, travel inspired giveaways, and fresh apricots to give a really fresh, bountiful, and garden feel. The reception was kicked off by our first dance which began as a traditional Viennese waltz that transitioned into a Peabody swing dance to our favorite song by Parov Stelar who mixes 1920s jazz to electronic beats.

Since both of us love food and culinary adventures, a three course dream menu crafted by Zatisi catering was offered to our guests. Some of the highlights included appetizers of smoked veal tartar with truffle aioli, burned strawberry salad with goat cheese Gervais & gingerbread crumbles, and carpaccio of halibut with caviar dressing. Second courses offered were roasted quail, black tiger prawns with coriander, avocado, & mango sauce, and salmon sashimi with watermelon radish, edible soil, and cucumber dressing. The entrées included French duck breast with apricot sauce, Seabass with vanilla potato Purée, and Veal Filet Mignon. Everything was absolutely perfect from the presentation to the French service to the delicate yet intensely delicious flavors.

Our family gave speeches between each course, each of which filled us with so much happiness, love, and sincere gratitude for our amazing families. The Groom’s sister surprised us by singing Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’ that even had some of our guests in tears! The Charles Bridge Band, continued playing through dinner, with some musically inclined guests even joining the band. We and our guests continued celebrating by dancing on a sparkling dance floor!

When it was time to cut the cake the DJ played Brigitte Bardot’s 1960s pop song ‘Ma je Joie’ and we all gorged ourselves on the brandied pear chocolate cake and the rest of the dessert table treats which included rose-scented macarons, parfait filled jars, apricot shaped marzipan, white chocolate covered cherries, golden donuts, earl grey cookies, strawberry cake-pops, and more. Guests were then invited to the cobblestone area overlooking the river for a ‘surprise’. The surprise was Frank Sinatra music playing to a backdrop of a magical fireworks show cascading over the Prague skyline. The fireworks enveloped the night with such excitement and awe. It was one of the highlights of the evening for me to cuddle up with my new husband and watch the incredible skyline light up for us. Guests then danced the night away until 3:30 in the morning and were treated to midnight snacks (German bratwursts & Israeli falafel sandwiches), a photo-booth, and flowing cocktails. There were really so many special moments, that I can’t choose one but it was so special was to leave the reception with my husband and remember each and every amazing moment we shared with each other and all of our loved ones. Stepan Vrzala captured every moment so beautifully, I get a sense of renewed excitement at each picture I look at! All of our wedding day expectations were surpassed thanks to our family, guests, and amazing team of planners and vendors!

Photography: Stepan Vrzala Photography | Cinematography: Profimovie.com | Event Planning And Design: Exclusive Weddings In Prague | Floral Design: Inspirito | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Ceremony Venue: Zofin Palace | Reception Venue: Zofin Garden | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Jewelry: Bloomingdales | Catering: Zatisi Catering | Hair And Makeup: Bara K. | Band: Charles Bridge Band | Harpist: Hedvika Mousa Bacha | Accomodations: Pachtuv Palac | Brass Plane Bottle Opener Give-aways: Kate Aspen | Bride's Ring: Roman Feld | Bridesmaids' Hair And Makeup: Andrea Krpejsova | Cake And Dessert: Punk Rock Cakes | Fireworks And Fireshow: Arabeska Fire | Get-together Venue: U Fleku Brewery | Groom's Ring: Dimalta Gioielli | Guestbook Map: HereandThereShop | Minivan: Sebatour | Photo Booth: Fotonaut | Photography For Pre-wedding Dinner: Tomas Vrzala | Reharsal Dinner Shoes: Alejandro Ingelmo | Rehearsal Dinner Dress: Saks Fifth Avenue | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Villa Richter | Rolls Royce: Jaroslav Sebek | Wedding Fans: Kate Aspen | Ïnvitations: Poshest Papers: Custom Handmade Wedding Invitations

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Festive Christmas Inspired Prague Wedding

Get ready for some serious wow moments in this fabulous Prague winter wedding by White Agency! With a festive reception at the Sacre Coeur Chapel decorated with pine cones and berries followed by a palace reception at the Prague castle with Czech sweets and cranberry spice champagne, it’s a dreamy winter wonderland from start to finish, and Inspired by Love captured it all in the full gallery right here!

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From White AgencyBabsi and Luke’s dream was to find the perfect wedding venues that were supposed to absolutely “wow” their wedding guests. It was a difficult choice as Prague, where the couple got hitched, is magical everywhere you look, especially in late November with Advent spirit in the air.

Apart from showing the guests the breathtaking beauty and history of Prague, this lovely couple wanted everyone to feel like they are in a winter wonderland the entire day.

The cozy Christmas atmosphere shined through the day. There were lots of natural elements like cones (traditional for Czech Christmas), wooden branches, gold details and red berries. The ceremony chapel was full of candle lights.

After the ceremony the guests were brought to a palace at the Prague Castle to be welcomed with cranberry spiced champagne and the sounds of a live harp. There was a Czech version of a Viennese cake party ready for them – a sweets bar with traditional Czech Christmas sweets and a gorgeous wedding naked cake with fresh berries. It was meant to be, as the Bride said, “A Czech tea and cake party – with a bit of alcohol ;)”. Mulled wine and hot chocolate bars were located outside on the Palace’s terrace so the guests could enjoy the wonderful views of Prague with something yummy and warm in their hands while listening to live Spanish guitar.

To help the guests mingle and have fun together, there was also a superb micro-magician that was loved by everyone including the kids.

In the evening all 30 wedding guests dined in an upscale restaurant located by the feet of the Charles Bridge. Christmas and love was all around.

Photography: Inspired By Love | Event Coordination: White - Prague Wedding Agency | Floral Design: La Florista | Ceremony Venue: Sacre Coeur | Reception Venue: Lobkowicz Palace | Hair And Makeup: Eliska Matejkova | Cake And Desserts: Punk Rock Cakes | Getting Ready Venue: The Alchymist Grand Hotel And Spa

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