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Real Wedding: Anne and John, VII

Thank you so very much to Anne and John for sharing their wedding with us. I can tell by all of the kudos that it was a HUGE hit with our readers. Here is a last look at the stunning couple…

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all photos by Maggie Conley Photography

And can I just toot our own horn for a minute…I love that so many brides are putting our Little Black Book to good use. Many of the vendors that helped to craft this gorgeous affair are in our Little Black Book…just goes to show that we’ve built a great resource that we are so, so proud of!

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Real Wedding: Anne and John, V

Without sounding too cliche, Anne and John really hit the details out of the park.From the sweet stationery to the stunning flowers by Hana Floral…every element was so thoughtfully designed, so beautifully executed.

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From Anne…

We purchased green linen napkins to match the green on the invite at a discounted price. The centerpieces which were beautiful, were designed to reflect the hydrangea on the invite and the girls bouquets. The willow sticks definately added some great texture.

The cupcakes, from J-cakes.com, were a hit. Each guest was given the option of a vanilla cake with white chocolate filling or devils food cake with chocolate mousse filling. The carrot cake, made by a Thyme to Cook, was also delicious and gorgeous with the hydrangea between each.

Here is a list of venors we used…photography by Maggie Conley, catering by A Thyme to Cook, Flowers by Hana Floral, Bridemaid dresses by Bella Bridesmaid, Wedding Gown by The White Dress by the Shore and Stationery by me, The Giving Type Event Stationery.

Everyone did a wonderful job. As a wedding stationery designer (The Giving Type), I wanted my wedding to be cohesive and well planned. Weddings are a daunting task, but with each vendor, the whole process was both creative and manageable.

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Real Wedding: Anne and John, IV

Now on to the simple, traditional ceremony. I know that so many of you are having church ceremonies in the chapel that you grew up in, and this one is just that. I think that they key to hosting something like this is to remember that the beauty of the ceremony…the words, the love, the everything…is what you should focus on. If you want to bring in decor elements, keep them simple and modest.

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From Anne…

We saved a lot of money on church decorations by placing my bouquet and my two maid of honor’s bouquets on the alter. We also placed preserved topiary balls at the end of the pews. After the ceremony, we transported the them to Eolio Mansion and placed them on the staircase rails. They were the best purchase because they last forever and they look great in our home and our parents’ homes.


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Real Wedding: Anne and John, III

This is the perfect example of why I am so in love with stationery and all things paper. The right paper suite can bring that element of chic and charm to every detail.

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all photos by Maggie Conley Photography

From Anne, the gorgeous bride…

I designed and produced everything. This was a long process since designing for yourself allows you way too much freedom which enables you to constantly change your mind. The following are the stationery details of the wedding:

Church Programs: I designed and printed on my offset printer and had John’s grandmother sew the inside pages since I didn’t have a sewing machine.

Escort Cards: I used a love letter instead of a number. I also loved the illustration of the humming birds and how that coexisted with the garden theme. Thus, I decided to use them as love birds humming around love letters:) I used the hydrangea illustration from my invite as the background of each escort card and printed them off my offset printer. I also used price tags from staples and stamped the table letter on it and then attached it to the card with rafia.

Escort Board: This was created by my crafty husband. (I wouldn’t have been able to do everything without his help). We went to Michael’s art store and picked up a Frame and foam core. He went to town with the silver spray paint and painted the frame and then roughed it up a bit to create a distressed older look. Then he attached green canvas fabric that we had to the foam core with spray mount. Lastly, he mounted it to the back of the frame.

Polaroid for Guests: This was awesome. Guests came in and picked up their escort card and then took a candid shot of themselves with the help of another guest and then slipped it in an envelope and signed it.

Table Numbers: These were wrapped around two chairs at each table. I printed the table letter off of my printer and then used double sided tape to attach it to the green paper. Then I placed a grommet through the top and the bottom of the circle and finally I placed the ribbon through it.

**We’ll have more pics of the stationery pieces coming throughout the day!

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Real Wedding: Anne and John, II

I am IN LOVE with the flowers from today’s affair. They are pure gorgeousness. The greens are so vibrant, so timeless and yet have that pop of modern loveliness that makes this affair really stand out.

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all photos by Maggie Conley Photography

From the bride…

Three of the bridesmaids had one single flower (spider mum, hypericum berries, or green hydrangeas) for their bouquet. The two maid of honors bouquet’s consisted of green spider mums, green hypericum berries, green hydrangeas, and green roses. Greens/foliage were also used in each and wrap in a natural element such as a tropical leaf and raffia to create a more natural, organic look. All flowers were designed by the FABULOUS Hana Floral.

A friend’s 1955 Desoto was going to be the prize ride to the reception. We first had engine difficulties, but that was eventually fixed right in time. Then the rain came. Unfortunately we did not know that there was a leak in the roof so the seats were soaking wet. Therefore, we ended up squeezing in the limo with the bridal party.

So much more to come!


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Real Wedding: Anne and John

I love today’s wedding. It’s one of those weddings where the bride really paid attention to detail, to crafting a wedding that reflected her own loves and those of her now husband’s. It’s perfectly approachable, perfectly doable and perfectly lovely.

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all photos by Maggie Conley Photography

From Anne…

Ok…. where do I begin.  As of September 27, 2008, my name is Anne McAndrew Callahan and my husband’s name is John Callahan. Very Irish names but I am more Sweden and Scottish and John is part Irish so we didn’t do the kilt thing:) Our ceremony was held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Essex, Connecticut followed by our reception at the Eolia Mansion in Waterford, Connecticut. Unfortunately it was a very foggy, wet day but we made the most of it, except for my hair LOL!

So much more to come!

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