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French Inspired Country Club Wedding

Love at first site isn’t reserved for just soul mates. No, as this wedding from Kortnee Kate Photogrpahy plainly proves, love at first site can most definitely refer to a wedding. It was the macarons which did me in on this one. Then the preppy, french, chic design kept me in the gallery for hours! See you there?


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From the beautiful bride… I’ve loved Laduree {the Parisian patisserie} and macarons for years. The beautiful Laduree packaging is something I’ve collected in my travels to every Laduree I’ve ever visited – and taken Richard along with me throughout our 5+ years together. His sweet tooth sure never minds! I adore their feminine colors {light pink & mint green} and delicious macarons. This is where our wedding inspiration began. My mom’s friend, graphic designer Kim Jackson of MiTags, designed our wedding logo. We wanted it to be classic and preppy with a twist of French “chic.” We went to France for our honeymoon {and multiple Laduree locations!) so it all came full circle.

We used the laurel logo on all of our wedding paper goods: save the dates, wedding invitations, banner at the ceremony, wedding programs, menu cards, macaron favor boxes, sweets table bags, napkins, thank yous, etc. Our wedding favors were pistachio macarons – the boxes were put together by my sister, mom and I on one of our many DIY evenings. The banner that we used at our ceremony was transported to be used above the mantel on the dance floor – a perfect way to use the homemade banner twice!

Richard and I love cocktail hour so we wanted to make sure everyone had room to relax & enjoy themselves! That is where the white outdoor couches with pink and white striped pillows with “Madame” and “Monsieur” and our wedding date came into play. We are also primarily beer drinkers so instead of a signature drink we made sure there were enough pink monogrammed koozies to go around.

If we aren’t drinking beer then we are most likely drinking Veuve {for special occasions, of course!} We celebrated with our bridal party with Veuve after the ceremony {and after the wedding petal toss!} That being said, we decided to have our guests sign Veuve jackets instead of a guest book. The sign said: “To have and to hold and to keep their Veuve cold. Please sign the Veuve jackets for Ash & Rich”

The sweets table displayed a heirloom silver trophy centerpiece that has been used at every Fehr family wedding. It has been a tradition to use this silver trophy and we were lucky enough to be able to use it at the cocktail hour and on the pink and white sweets table. The sweets take away bags had our logo imprinted with “l’amour est doux” meaning love is sweet in French.

We wanted to incorporate all of the important women in our lives, especially since neither of us have any living grandmothers. We had photos hanging in the girls bathroom {from French pink and white striped wire ribbon} of our mothers and grandmothers on their wedding day. This was one of the most special parts of the planning process, looking through old wedding albums of our grandparents. We know our grandmothers were with us on our wedding day. We know they were the ones who turned the rainy morning into the most gorgeous evening – 75 at the end of July in Cincinnati is not normal. I also wore my grandmothers wedding dress {shortened} at our after party!

We worked with Kevin Ford at Ford Ellington Design who helped create the most magical design. I knew I wanted pink flower balls but only in my dreams could I imagine hanging flower balls intertwined with crystal elements to create this chandelier. Kevin took a simple brass chandelier and transformed it into something out of a fairytale. It was more beautiful than anything I could have ever imagined. Kevin was more than a florist, he helped us in every detail, everything from the gorgeous table cloths to the light pink chair cushions (a small detail that I absolutely loved) to the lighting at HPCC, he covered it all. His flowers were over the top and each time I look back at the photos I am more and more in love! I told him I wish I could just live under that chandelier forever.

The bridesmaids wore Lela Rose mint green dresses and the groomsmen wore white dinner jackets. We wanted the look to feel classic and simple. Richard and I both had grandfathers who wore white dinner jackets at their weddings so we knew it was meant to be when we were deciding their look.

My dress was Justina McCaffrey from Amanda’s Hyde Park Bridal – I loved being in that gown from the moment I put it on! It was actually the very first dress I tried on, EVER… if you can believe it! The Badgley Mischka belt was an addition to the dress – it’s tiny floral, rhinestone, lace and beaded detail made it an absolute must.

The night ended with a send off with tambourines and maracas, we then returned for an after party themed with our college {where we met!} late night food joint, Marvin’s. The food was garlic cheeseburgers, fries and beer – Marvin’s staples. We continued to dance the night away outdoors with a balloon drop and glow necklaces under a tent with a DJ!

From start to finish our wedding was everything we dreamed it would be. It was the best day of our lives and we couldn’t have done it without our amazing vendor team!

Photography: Kortnee Kate Photography | Wedding Planner: Elisa MacKenzie at Elegant Events | Florist: Kevin Ford of Ford-Ellington Wedding Design | Ceremony Venue: Saint Ursula Academy | Reception Venue: Hyde Park Golf and Country Club | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids Dresses: Lela Rose LX117 - found on Wedding Shoppe Inc. website (they are discontinued unfortunately) | Lighting: Goodwin Lighting | Band: Shout | After Party: Hyde Park Golf and Country Club Pool Deck | Assorted Cookies: Inspiring Kind | Assorted Pink Candy: Candy Warehouse | Candy Table Sweets Bags: Glerup Packaging | Circle Top Wood Stir Sticks : Stationary Studio | Cupcakes, Cakepops and White Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sticks: Cupcake Crazy | Event Coordinator at Reception: Angie Neises | Groomsmen Tuxs: Romualdo | Hair : Salon LA | Imprinted Tambourines: For Your Party | Macaron Favor Boxes: Favors and Flowers | Macaron Favors: Taste of Belgium | Makeup : brideface | Monogrammed Koozies: Discount Mugs | Mr and Mrs Cookies: Cake Creations | Napkins, Invitations, Table Cards, Favor Box stickers, Banner, P: Kim Jackson of MiTags (family friend) | Pink and White Ribbon (girls bathroom): Ribbon Bazaar | Tablecloths: All Occasions Event Rental | Wedding Cake and Macaron Towers: The Bonbonerie | Wedding Dress Vendor: Amanda's Hyde Park Bridal

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New Year’s Engagement Session

When Hey Gorgeous Events + Jen and Jonah team up for an engagement, pretty things are bound to follow. But this time around, we’re talking about an e-sesh that’s an extra kind of special. You see, these Cincinnati sweethearts are off tying the knot As. We. Speak. And while a visit to the gallery is an absolute must, you can also watch their wedding day unfold on Instagram with #sappynewyear Congrats, lovers!

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Casual

From Rhi of Hey Gorgeous Events… Katie and Bryan are just two incredibly sweet people eagerly awaiting the day they will at long last become husband and wife. Their wedding celebration is set to unfold this December 31 on the ever-fabulous New Years Eve at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati and the couple’s entire team of vendors is so exited! Guests will be treated to not only a one of a kind party leading into 2014, but a special experience infused with personality, detail and lots of love. Their session was shot by the amazing Jen and Jonah this past spring in and around Cincinnati, and included a few nods to their wedding like oversized gold helium balloons and a healthy doze of confetti (details that will surely be seen on the big day). Also making an appearance in the photos is the couple’s adorable dog, Doc. He too is counting down the days until the celebration!

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I’m a little obsessed with Indian weddings. I think they are so beautiful – bright, vibrant, happy, and they usually include a few dress changes, and that’s never a bad thing. But this one, from Lang Thomas Photography, might just take the elephant-topped cake. Marti’s Floral Designs worked alongside the bride and planner extraordinaire Viva Bella Events to create a wedding that is going to haunt my dreams, in the very best way possible!


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Summer
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Tented

From the photographer… My husband and I just shot an incredible wedding and it was too good to not send your way. It was unlike any wedding we’ve seen before—not only was the wedding treated as a joining of two families, but two cultures as well. The bride (from India) and the groom (from Cincinnati) put forth a great effort to stylistically marry their two backgrounds. It played out as an elaborate, colorful wedding, full of amazing food, lots of elephants, beautiful dress, and a memorable ping-pong match.

Some of the special touches of the day – sari’s worn by bride and several bridesmaids, hand drawn elephant guest book (by the bride), clay elephant cake toppers (by the bride), the henna tattoos on all the bridesmaids, the historic castle and grounds that hosted the ceremony and reception, the literal “tying the knot” Indian custom, unique rings, table settings + floral, and the ping pong match that introduced the bride and groom (they met playing ping pong during their study breaks in med school).

Photography: Lang Thomas Photography | Wedding Cake: Bonbonerie | Stationery: Five Dot Design | Bride's Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Rings: Alex Sepkus | Catering: La Petite Pierre | Bride's Saree: Seasons (in Bombay) | Bridesmaidsa Sarees: kala niketan | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Green Acres | Ceremony/Cocktail Music: Comet Bluegrass | Floral: Marti's Floral Designs | Getting Ready + First Look: 21C Hotel | Groom's Tux: Brooks Brothers | Hair + Makeup Stylist: Ana Crane | Henna Artist: Ila Shah | Reception Band: The Naked Karate Girls | Tent, Tables, chairs rental: Carmago Events | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Viva Bella Events

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