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Craft Beer Inspired Wedding

This wedding had me at craft beer.  Well, actually it had me at craft beer, candlelit reception and two high school sweethearts saying I do, but you get the point… it’s an awesome celebration.  From the breathtaking setting known as the Brooklyn Arts Center At St. Andrew’s to the tables lined with beautiful blooms from Kickstand Events to the awe-inspiring images from Theo Milo.  See them all here.

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From Theo Milo Photography… This is a great candlelit wedding with a craft beer and food pairing twist. Dinner was served family style. A wedding planer herself, the bride had great input on the behind the scenes!

From The Bride… Planning our wedding was one of the most fun, challenging, and rewarding things that I’ve ever experienced. As one of the owners and designers of Kickstand Events, I have the privilege of seeing so many beautiful weddings every weekend; however, this was my chance to really reflect on what I wanted to evoke through my own special day! Over the course of my career, I’ve realized that although every wedding has similar elements, each one is so different because of the couple’s story, personalities, and supporters.
 
After eight years of dating through high school, college, and as young adults, Oscar and I knew that we wanted our wedding to reflect our unique journey as a couple and highlight the many things that have made our relationship so much fun over the years. Naturally for us, craft beer became our inspiration.
 
My vendors were relatively easy to select based on my experience as a wedding professional, and it was such a blessing to have them a part of my wedding (as friends and as colleagues). The Brooklyn Arts Center served as the perfect “host” to have our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, all in one beautiful space, which was very important to us. We knew that we wanted a venue that would allow us the option to bring in our own beer, food, and rental items—so this was the perfect “canvas” to make our inspiration come to life! Lighthouse Beer & Wine and Culinary Creations worked with us to create a food and beer pairing throughout cocktail hour and dinner service; while CE Rentals, RentATent, and Party Suppliers encouraged our “beer garden” atmosphere to really shine throughout the decor. My business partners were absolutely amazing in their contribution to my floral design, paper design and signage creation, and overall event production; I couldn’t have done any of this without their support and shared excitement!
 
The little details were the elements that I was most excited about when bringing our vision to life. The gold hops in the boutonnières, the tasting glass escort cards, the “Brewery Tour” inspired table assignments, the homebrewed beer (Hoppily Ever After and I Do Brew) that we served during the ceremony… it was all so much fun to create! However, as a designer, the décor was also equally important. Although Oscar and I are self-proclaimed “foodies” and craft beer enthusiasts, I still splurged on our beautiful chinaware, gold taper candles, lush garlands and draping, and floating candle display that framed our favorite quote from the Avett Brothers song, “Murder in the City”: “Always remember there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name.”
 
There was enough opportunity to carry our inspiration throughout the event without losing sight of the classic design that I wanted to achieve.
 
Looking back, it’s amazing to have such fantastic memories from the best day of our lives, especially when the celebration was shared over a nice, cold beer with the people who matter most to us.

Photography: Theo Milo Photography | Floral Design: Kickstand Events | Cake: Imaginary Cakes | Catering: Culinary Creations | Make Up: Maari Wohlhueter | Hair: Hannah Lynne - Beauty Bar Boutique | Lighting: High Performance Lighting | DJ: DJ Brian Hood | Tuxes: Jos. A. Bank | Ceremony And Reception: Brooklyn Arts Center At St. Andrew's | China And Linnens : CE Rentals | Coordination: Kickstand Events | Farm Tables: Rent A Tent | Get Away Car: British Taxi | Wedding Dress Boutique: Gorgeous Gowns | Wedding Dress Designer: Enzoani | Wine And Beer: Lighthouse Beer And Wine

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Alice in Wonderland Inspiration at The Balcony On Dock

Add a dash of Alice in Wonderland inspired goodness to any event and, mark my words, you’re in for some serious pretty.  But combine those gorgeous details with a fabulous team of vendors like Mint 102Fiore Fine Flowers and Social Butterfly Events and that event becomes so much more than pretty… it’s downright amazing.  See every last ounce of awesome captured by Theo Milo in the full gallery.

And a beautiful film from Green Hope Productions

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From Social Butterfly Events… The exciting element of Courtyards and Cobblestones is that I am able to tap into my own imagination and design an entire room based on my loves. I started with my love for “Alice in Wonderland” but I didn’t want it to be so literal. I described the entire design as taking multiple eclectic elements and making them work cohesively together in one space. I wanted the attendees to walk into the space and be surprised with all of the elements that were used together, yet love it for the final product all working so well together.

Some inspiration pieces that I incorporated were:

– Gold owls, I just find them to be adorable so we used them as accent pieces on tables, on the back of the invitation suite and of course as cake toppers.

– I used a lot of different textured fabrics to showcase how they could all work together. We had faux burlap linen mixed with a sequin table runner. We used gold brickhouse for chair covers that provided movement for the ceremony chairs. I chose a table linen called tulle amazing flowers which was delicate and feminine and paired it with a ghost chair. The feminine feel with the modern chair was a perfect fit!

– I love the texture and look of moss in table centerpieces. I covered floral containers with moss to have another element of texture on the tables as well as incorporating moss covered balls in various sizes. I also had a structure made and covered it with moss to suspend birdcages from it as well. I wanted to have floral centerpieces as well as another décor element that wasn’t floral inspired.

– The backdrop for the ceremony was a way to provide a personalized touch to the space but it was dramatic enough to stand on its own without large floral components. I worked with Melissa from The Pretty Paperie who ran with my inspiration and make it a reality.

– The flowers needed to be rich in color but have a hand-picked loose arrangement feel. The deep colors reminded of “Alice in Wonderland “and the specific flowers that Fiore chose worked so well to make such a gorgeous bouquet and table arrangement.

-Lighting was going to be a huge element for the show so I wanted to make sure we had something custom made that fit the whimsical feel we were going for. Each paper lantern had around 300 cupcake liners attached to it. When we hung these in the space they provided a soft glow that complimented the candle elements on the table.

Bringing all of these elements together along with a gorgeous dress, a well-dressed man and all the little details made for a gorgeous day and a breathtaking photo shoot.

Photography: Theo Milo Photography | Videography: Green Hope Productions | Design: Social Butterfly Events | Flowers: Fiore Fine Flowers | Wedding Dress: Fountain Bridal | Catering: The Balcony On Dock | Lighting: High Performance Lighting | Tux: Mens Wearhouse | Chair Rentals: Eventful Furniture | Hair And Make-Up: Bangz Salon-Ken And Monica | Lounge Furniture: Pomp | Paper Products: Mint 102 | Rentals: Party Supplier And Rentals | Rentals: CE Rental | Transportation: The British Taxi | Venue: The Balcony On Dock

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Vintage Chic Wilmington Wedding

My favorite image from a wedding usually lies in the details. The dress, a bouquet, one killer cake…but this time around my favorite snap from Millie Holloman Photography happens to be the last. The sparkler exit filled with so much joy and emotion, it’s enough to get you welled up in tears. But don’t take my word for it – have a peek at the gallery of these high school sweeties and decide for yourself!

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From the Bride… Jerry & I met in our high school chemistry class, and well, our chemistry flourished from there! His interests were soccer & science, mine were show choir & photography, and we both had a huge knack for traveling, none of which has changed as we’ve grown together! He grew up in the small eastern North Carolina town of Goldsboro in southern elegance and I grew up as a hispanic Air Force brat. When we went away to college, he went for science while I went for photography, and I’m pretty sure he concocted some sort of love potion that kept us together! With this said, our cultures, our love for science & photography, and our love for traveling was what we channeled into our wedding.

The inspiration for our wedding was a southern vintage elegance with my Hispanic flair thrown in, something I’m pretty sure none of North Carolina has ever seen. We searched for a venue that fit our personality and ended up traveling to Wilmington, N.C. and falling in love with Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews. This beautiful historic venue with rustic restored architecture had an air about it that we just couldn’t pass up. From this, we combined antique glass jars and apothecary bottles, knick knacks, vintage cameras, and lots of personal touches from our families to create our perfect day.

The ceremony was our most favorite part of the night, with family and beloved friends performing our ceremony music, which was a combination of Fleetwood Mac, Andrea Bocelli, and traditional Mexican wedding folk music. This was serenaded in both Spanish & English in memoriam of my grandfather would, who passed away about a month before the wedding. In his spot, we left his ranching whip, his class ring, and boutonniere. As we choked through our personal vows and our pastor led us through our unity ceremony, literally, “tying the knot”, we were magically married after almost six years of dreaming about it!

I chose not to view the reception space until we entered as a married couple, but I remember standing in awe as the amazing team from Salt Harbor Designs took my little girl dreams and turned them into an unforgettable night. And with photography being as important in my life as it is, we asked the astounding team of Amanda & Brent from Millie Holloman Photography to create our family heirlooms on our wedding night! Mexican glass star lanterns hung from the balcony, as papel picado and Edison lights draped across the reception space. Tables were decorated with cameras, film, and apothecary jars filled with the daintiest of white flowers. Our heirloom table held newspaper clips from our parents, our mothers’ veils, and our most beloved wedding photos of our grandparents. My mom, mother-in-law and sister-in-law worked on a ton of DIY details from the invitations, to the escort cards and the frames they hung in, to the rose petal cones, and my jewelry and garter. My amazing aunts made our beautiful bird cake topper to match Jerry and I to a tee and heirloom family bibles were wrapped together to be our little ring bearer’s pillow.

As our guests entered, they filled in mad libs for our guest book, and as they left, they grabbed a midnight snack of our favorite key lime pie ice cream sandwiches and bottled cokes. They danced the night away & wished us good luck as we started our new life together. They ate good ol’ southern cookin’ indulged themselves on the tastiest wedding cake and Mexican pan dulce, or sweet bread, throughout the night, and washed it all down with hand-mixed lemonade, beer, wine, & coffee . They have made us who we are as much as our family and cultures have, so we wanted to treat them right!

Jerry & I wanted our wedding to tell the story of us, our families, and our culture, which has made us who we’ve become as a married couple. We are truly blessed to have been able to treat our guests to an amazing night, forever hold each other’s hand in marriage & be best friends for life!

Dress: Watters & Watters | Cake: Nicki's Cakes | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: A Southern Thyme | Lighting: High Performance Lighting | DJ: Shag Daddy | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Ceremony Music: Las Flores del Valle | Ceremony + Reception: Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrew's | Event, Floral, Paper Goods + Wedding Coordination: Salt Harbor Designs | Pan Dulce: Panaderia La Imperial | Rentals: Party Suppliers | Sash: Lazaro | Wedding Photography: Brent + Amanda of Millie Holloman Photography | Wedding Rings: Blue Nile

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