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Cleveland City Hall Rotunda Wedding

Truth be told, it’s the rich, ultra romantic hues that’ll always reign supreme in my book. Hues like the berries and purples that take center stage in this lush, fall affair from Lauren Gabrielle Photography. It’s stunning in every way, but don’t just take my word for it. Have a full-on swoon for yourself right over here.


From A Charming Fete… The design for Danielle and Austin’s wedding was Tuscan-inspired with a rich, romantic color palette of deep aubergine, shades of plum, cream and dusty rose with touches of antique metallics. We wanted to achieve that warm, plentiful Tuscan vibe in a more refined, modern setting. Vintage style urns and vessels lined the king’s tables with an abundance of lush flowers and ripe fruit (plums, pears and grapes) overflowing onto the tabletop.

The place settings were anchored with beautiful ivory and gold china and custom menus. We wanted friends and family to feel like they were being seated at a rich and elegant feast. The chocolate linens gave the tables a dark, earthy feel. The ceremony and reception space boasts tons of marble, massive arched ceilings and elaborate columns which gave the perfect balance to our Tuscan tablescape. We incorporated some fun details like mini olive oil bottle seating cards and a decadent dessert bar with handmade backdrop. The wedding cake was beautiful in its own simplicity which we adorned with a few fresh blooms.

A gorgeous, lush backdrop was constructed for the ceremony which including tons of dripping vines and foliage mixed with florals. This served as a focal point throughout the reception and a backdrop to the couple’s sweetheart table. The bride paired some chic vintage-inspired jewels and accessories with her gown, including a gorgeous faux fur chubby. The end result was breathtaking and timeless.

Photographer: Lauren Gabrielle Photography | Event Design: A Charming Fete | Floral Design: Blooms by Plantscaping | Invitations: Jen Simpson Design | Jewelry: Haute Bride | Catering: A Taste of Excellence | Makeup: Elizabeth Cook | Band: Jerry Bruno Orchestra | Bridal Gown: Amy Kuschel | Bridal Salon: Something White | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dress: Eliza J | Cake & Desserts: Michael Angelo's Bakery | Ceremony & Reception: Cleveland City Hall Rotunda | Chairs & Linen Rentals: Let's Entertain | String Trio: Arion Strings

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Handcrafted Mosaic Inspiration Shoot from Lauren Gabrielle Photography + A Charming Fête

When Lauren Gabrielle Photography and A Charming Fête set out to make inspiration that exudes artsy, vibrant details they hit that nail RIGHT on the head. This shoot takes eclectic to a whole new level of pretty. And it has details that can be pulled apart and folded into your day one by one or, if you’re anything like me, you can take the whole lot and plop them right into your affair; color explosion included. Click here for the FULL gallery of goodness.


From A Charming Fête… We were inspired by the idea of a mosaic in bright and vibrant colors -but in a much less traditional sense. We captured this essence through the use of texture and shapes in nearly all elements –from the bright flowers (garden roses, cockscomb, protea and dahlias) to the colored vintage glassware, tons of DIY yarn details, wooden floral lattice backdrop and brightly colored macaroon tower- all nods to the mosaic inspiration. We stumbled across this cosmic-graphic print fabric and it really captured our idea of an amped-up, contemporary mosaic- and served as our color palette. It juxtaposed perfectly with vintage details in a natural setting to create a unique, old-meets-new vibe. We really wanted to play on the bright pops color (oranges, corals, pinks and blues) through our detail elements which were balanced so nicely by bronze and neutral undertones. We did not want the design and color palette to be definitive of one particular season… but we decided to style the bride in a chic, fall-ready look.

Tablescape, Flowers and Backdrop–A cultural garden with a triple-arch architectural detail was the perfect setting for the shoot. We used a reclaimed wood table with bentwood farm chairs to create natural, organic base. We made a runner using a bit of the graphic fabric described above. We topped the table with eclectic, colored vintage glassware and created lush floral arrangements in white vintage milk glass. We used a combination of fresh-picked wild flowers and higher-end stems (such as David Austin garden roses) to create visual interest and varying texture. We also incorporated tons of DIY details made from brightly colored yarn, from the heart-shaped pompom chair swags (with a pseudo “mosaic” effect), coffee-stained hang tag seating cards and wooden candlestick holders. We wanted some unexpected color in our place setting and accomplished this through tumblers and wine glasses in shades of amber, peach and turquoise (some vintage and some Anthropologie) and blue lattice, milk glass salad bowls. The menus were also DIY and created in the same color palette as the seating cards. We made a colorful backdrop using a basic wooden garden lattice and tons of wild flower stems, which were easily popped right into the accordion creases.

Dessert–We went the less traditional route and used a bright macaroon tower and shapely petit fours in lieu of a cake. We worked with Coquette, a local French patisserie to achieve the perfect sweets combination and color palette. We created the “SUGAR” yarn art using a vintage white door, a box of nails and some colored yarn. We added some colored vintage glassware and displayed some of the dessert items on a tall, tiered, weathered wood stand. We also incorporated a small, ornate table that was up-cycled using some turquoise paint.

Fashion–We added a skinny leather belt to the bride’s vintage-inspired lace gown (designed by Laura Smith of A Bride’s Design). We also added a cropped leather jacket in a camel shade, gray suede mary janes, and a one-of-a-kind necklace created from hand-painted vintage lace. The bride also wore a third generation, gold heirloom watch. We kept the groom’s look equally cool with a tailored European gray suit, linen bowtie and a pair of brown leather Ferragamos. The bride’s bouquet had the same vibe as the centerpieces and was created using a mix of wild flowers and garden roses. We wrapped the bouquet in vintage cream lace and tied it off with a bit of brightly colored yarn and a peach ornament accent.

Other Details–We also incorporated a giant gold-gilded mirror and a hand carved wooden king’s chair as decorative accents. And we couldn’t resist using the vintage red Mercedes convertible. It was the perfect get-away car for this uber-cool couple. We created a simple “ever after” garland, some yarn pompoms and wrapped tin cans in bright yarn to attach to the back of the car.

Photography: Lauren Gabrielle Photography / Location: Syrian Cultural Garden in Cleveland, Ohio / Event + Floral Design, Styling, Stationery, Vintage Glassware: A Charming Fête / Macaroons + Pastries: Coquette Patisserie / Farm Chairs, Chargers, Flatware, Napkin: EventSource / Dining table, Tiered Stand, Mirror, King’s Chair: Arhaus / Blue Tumblers: Anthropologie / Runner Fabric: Whimzwhirled via Spoonflower / Wedding Dress: Laura Smith of A Bride’s Design / Bride’s Necklace: JEWELS / Bride’s Shoes: Mark & James by Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Sunglasses: Vintage Louis Vuitton / Bride’s Belt, Jacket, Watch: Stylist’s own / Hair + Makeup: Rania’s Hair Salon & Spa / Groom’s Suit: Adesso / Groom’s Bowtie: Bagzétoile / Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo

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Backyard Cleveland Wedding by Shi Shi Events

This wedding is all about the style. The gorgeous bib necklace, the show stopping Amsale gown, a cake inspired by that very gown by Wendy Kromer Confections, the breathtaking florals by HeatherLily Inc. – it all comes together thanks to the talented hands of Shi Shi Events, and we couldn’t be more thrilled they sent it our way. It’s all sitting pretty in the full gallery so be sure to stop on by for your daily dose of style!

From Shi Shi EventsThandi and Adam were married at Adam’s family home on June 25, 2011.  Because Thandi works as an executive at Tory Burch, it was of the utmost importance that the wedding reflected her sense of style perfectly. Thandi wanted a wedding that was modern and elegant without being fussy. Part of how we achieved that aesthetic was through mixing very glamorous gold-rimmed glass tabletop pieces and stately china with burlap linens and exposed wood tabletops. We used a vibrant pink flower mix to cap off the tables — it was truly stunning! The wedding ceremony was held outdoors on the family’s terrace under the most beautiful chuppah we’ve ever seen, and guests were seated in bamboo chairs. A steel band played as guests arrived to the pool area for cocktail hour. Cocktails were held around the pool, the bar under the canopy of the pool house, and a lounge was created outside “the barn.” When cocktail hour was over, wedding guests typed notes to Thandi and Adam on a vintage typewriter and placed them in a vintage hatbox on their way to the dinner and dancing tent. The century tent’s center poles were adorned with branches and greens to mimic trees featuring hanging votives with two brass and crystal chandeliers hung between them. HeatherLily provided a custom bar and lounge area under the tent as well for guests to enjoy. The menu was also very important to Thandi and Adam and included items such as passed hors d’oeuvres of chorizo corn dogs, southern style crab cakes and a mini slider station. As an intermezzo, guests were delighted to receive sorbet served inside an orange — it was an absolutely lovely presentation! For the main course, guests enjoyed Marigold Catering’s signature short ribs or a chicken breast served with Ohio sweet corn polenta. The wedding cake was created by Wendy Kromer of Wendy Kromer Confections and was modeled after Thandi’s dress — it had just the slightest hint of blush pink in the handmade gum paste flower details. It was truly a magical evening.

Wedding Photography: Chris + Julie First of Z Media / Wedding Venue: The Groom’s Family Home in Cleveland, Ohio / Wedding Planning + Design: Shi Shi Events / Floral Design + Paper Goods: HeatherLily Inc. / Catering: Marigold Catering / Wedding Cake: Wendy Kromer Confections / Harpist: Xiao Lei Salovara / Steel Drums: Panorama Steel Drums / DJ: TKO / Rentals: Event Source / Linens: La Tavola / Tent: Advanced Tent Solutions / Restroom Trailer: Portable Restroom Trailers, Inc. / Wedding Dress: Amsale / Makeup: Ramona Dauksa

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Cleveland Wedding by Mandy & Me Studio

We have Mandy & Me Studio to thank for this next little number, and it couldn’t be more personality-filled. This couple has style for miles, from the converses to the cardigans (on the groomsmen! love that!), so it shouldn’t be a surprise we fell head over heels for this adorable duo the minute we laid eyes on their fab fête. It’s actually impossible not to fall in love with every single image, and you can see for yourself in the full gallery of images!

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From Mandy of Mandy & Me StudioErin and Tim are some of the nicest people we have ever meet, and we enjoyed every second of their wedding. It’s a great honor to be the chosen photographer for someone’s wedding, and it’s even a greater honor when that someone is over a thousand miles away from you. There is also a little pressure that comes with that — after all, Erin and Tim chose us over other photographers in their town. Based on the continuous communication we had with Erin, we headed to Cleveland knowing that we were in for a treat. The wedding was simply spectacular, from the rad venue (The Luxe) and the tasty food to the custom converse shoes, the sweet details and everything else in between. But perhaps the most memorable thing to us was how welcome everyone made us feel, to the point where shedding a little tear was inevitable.

Wedding Photography: Mandy & Me Studio / Wedding Venue: Luxe Kitchen & Lounge in Cleveland, Ohio / Floral Design, Catering + Decor: Luxe Kitchen & Lounge / Band: Ashes / Cake Pops: The Mixer Sisters

Real Wedding: Stephanie and Chris, X

A HUGE thank you to Genevieve Nisly for sending us today’s gorgeous featured wedding!!! The photographs were stunning and such an inspiration to all of us. And to Stephanie and Chris, congratulations on designing a wedding that completely reflected a fun loving, modern but wonderfully classic couple.

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If you are dying for a little more Genevieve, just check out their fabulous, eye-candy-filled blog and website!

Real Wedding: Stephanie and Chris, IX

From Genevieve…Stephanie and Chris live in LA, though they miss the old historic and industrial feel that Cleveland has. So while they decided to have both ceremony and reception at a country club for convenience, they want wanted their wedding to have more of an edgy urban and vintage feel to it.

After several conversations, we chose an older part of Cleveland to capture their fun photos with the bridal party. Those colorful bridges and textured walls were the perfect balance to their top hats, fake mustaches and laid-back group.

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I love the contrast of these photos with the sweet details from earlier. It’s the perfect contradiction! More on the way!