Uniting a global guestbook for one fabulous multicultural affair, this Cleveland celebration is sure to be a new favorite. Especially when the uber talented Arielle Doneson Photography is behind the lens. It’s a gorgeous day graced with stunning shades of coral, La Tavola Linens, and festive traditions. See it all in the show-stopping gallery, right over here!
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From Gina of Shi Shi Events…Elif & Emeka’s wedding was some of the most fun we’ve ever had planning! Both the bride and groom come from loving, warm families and that energy was greatly felt throughout the planning process. The couple lives in Turkey, the bride’s native country, so while we planned with them remotely, much of our time was spent with the groom’s parents planning this fantastic Nigerian wedding celebration. The guest list was sizable and from all over the world, so we needed a reception venue that was not only large but also one that could accommodate all of our overnight international guests. The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel was the perfect fit combining the beauty and accommodations of a historic downtown hotel with their voluminous Grand Ballroom as our reception venue.
Elif & Emeka wanted a vibrant yet clean color palette. Coral was super appealing to them so we added white and silver to round it out and ground the ultra bold elements. We enlisted the floral design expertise of Heather Thomas at HeatherLily who created stunning traditionally glamorous centerpieces for the ballroom. Additionally for the ceremony , she adorned the altar of Church of the Gesu with large urns overflowing with roses & stock. White Flower Cake Shoppe created a stunning buttercream cake with cascading sugar flowers in shades of coral and we chose linens from La Tavola Linen. I especially loved La Tavola’s Chain linen cap in silver against the classic buttercream cake and their Rigel linen provided just the right amount of pattern and texture against the silver sponge chargers and floral tablescape. Guests danced the night away under a canopy of twinkling lights. The evening was made even more festive when Elif & Emeka changed into traditional Nigerian wedding attire & the bride was marched in by her new mother-in-law’s women of honor. It was such a celebration of love & the couple’s new life together as husband & wife!
Photography: Arielle Doneson Photography | Floral Design: HeatherLily Event And Floral Design | Stationery: Paper Trails | Church: Church Of The Gesu | Reception: Renaissance Cleveland | Band: Cleveland Music Group | Event Design & Coordination: Shi Shi Events | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Eventsource
There’s no question that we welcome a pretty wash of hues with wide open arms during the spring season, and today? We’re painting the blog with this color-infused Cleveland Botanical Gardens shoot from Lauren Gabrielle Photography, A Charming Fete, Borrow Rentals and Twig. See a few of our favorite details below and dive into the cheerful gallery for more!
Can you even handle that dreamy Sarah Janks dress?! It’s the perfect white canvas for that hot pink bouquet from Twig.
This artsy, ‘painted’ cake from Philomena Bake Shop might just be the coolest cake we’ve ever seen! The macarons are pretty darn cute too.
Smitten On Paper nailed it with these happy, floral watercolor invites.
Stunning jewel tone baubles from Ella Capri complement the bright, vibrant hues.
Donna Morgan always steals our hearts with her floral designs. Why not have your ‘maids be your ‘something blue’?
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From A Charming Fete…As we’re experiencing freezing cold negative temperatures in the Midwest we wanted to channel spring “through the Glasshouse” (at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens). We captured the natural beauty of our model in this warm rainforest-like environment with layers and layers of lush foliage and playful, bright colors all through the film lens of Lauren Gabrielle. The delicately beaded bridal gown by Sarah Janks is so soft and dreamy yet showcases the most intricate design details. A bright bouquet full of lavender, hot pink and white ranunculus and the most decadent dripping peachy/orange sweet pea pops against this gentle palette. We wanted the second gown to be all-out colorful and fun. This blue patterned and flowy Donna Morgan gown was such a perfect and unique counterpart to the bouquet. We styled the hand painted macarons and cake on vintage blue glass mosaic trivets. We set the table with botanical vintage china place settings complete with a tinted amethyst champagne glass. The rock ledges, climbing vines and waterfall provided a perfect backdrop, a botanical oasis.
Photography: Lauren Gabrielle Photography | Event Design & Styling: A Charming Fete | Floral Design: Twig | Jewelry: Ella Capri | Bridal Gown: Sarah Janks | Bridesmaid Dress: Donna Morgan | Cake & Macarons: Philomena Bake Shop | Invitation: Smitten On Paper | Location: Cleveland Botanical Gardens | Model: Cindy Murcia | Vintage Furniture & China: Borrow Rentals
When these high-school sweeties tied the knot, they knew they wanted something unique. The result? One modern industrial affair that’ll leave you breathless. With guests gathering at their favorite restaurant, organic touches of metallic and blush lend to the decor. Their love story came to life with the help of Greenhouse Florist and Lauren Gabrielle, and you can see the pretty-filled results right over here.
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From the beautiful Bride… Josh and I met in high school and began dating while we were off at separate colleges. We both moved back home to Cleveland after graduation, excited to finally be in the same place. When Josh proposed, we began the wedding planning quickly. I had been dreaming of a modern or industrial affair for awhile, but we couldn’t seem to find the right venue, so we changed tactics. Josh and I didn’t want something very traditional, so we began thinking of alternative venues. It was then we thought of Crop Bistro, one of our favorite restaurants which is located inside of an old bank (think marble floors, bank vault). They do other events, but we weren’t sure if they would host a wedding. As luck would have it, they were willing and available. Holding our wedding at Crop was one of the best decisions we made during the wedding planning. As Crop was already very detailed on its own, we kept the decor more organic with touches of metallics and blush. Being a restaurant, the food was incredible (good food was high on our list of must haves). Our wedding was everything we could have imagined and more. It was like a huge dinner party, complete with our favorite people and their dancing shoes!
While I know there are so many places to find wedding advice these days, I just have a few pieces to share. It is okay to be choosy about your wedding vendors. You only get to choose the right vendors once (and we chose the best!). The whole day goes by so quickly, be sure that you don’t miss it because you are worrying about your missing cake knife (I promise no one will notice!). This day is not just about you, it is also about all the people who have supported and loved you throughout your whole life. Celebrate them too.
Photography: Lauren Gabrielle Photography | Videography: Infocus Studios | Coordination: At Last Events | Floral Design: Greenhouse Florist | Wedding Dress: Anna Maeir/Ulla Maija | Invitations: Blue Envelope Boutique | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: MKleinman Artistry | Hair: Katie Papson | Lighting: Vincent Lighting | Band: Special Request | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Ceremony & Reception: Crop Bistro & Bar