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Glamorous Gold Elopement Shoot

Elopements built for a little more than two make my heart happy.  Think you and yours, a handful of your nearest and dearest and a wonderful celebration filled with amazing details.  Now add in a talented team of vendors for an inspiration shoot that takes all of the aforementioned and kicks it up a notch with pretty paper goods from Five Dot Design, the fab stylings of Milk + Honey Event Styling And Rentals, golden hues and ghost chairs.  See it all captured by Fyrefly Photography right here.

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Summer
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Warehouse
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Elegant

From Five Dot Design… There’s something wildly romantic about living in the moment and going with the flow… especially when you only have a few hours to get ready for the happiest day of your life. We instructed the bride-to-be to visit Carrie at Carrie Karibo Boutique, choose whichever dress she wanted and then head down to brideFace for hair and makeup. While the bride was having her moment of pampering, Milk + Honey Event Styling and Rentals, Two Little Buds and Five Dot Design prepped the ceremony site. The juxtaposition of full, romantic florals and a full skirt ballgown with broken windows and concrete pillars lends itself to the perfect venue to not only transform on short notice, but enhance the intimate setting. Nathan Peel Photography and his team were on-hand to capture each moment.

Photography: Fyrefly Photography | Event Design: Milk + Honey Event Styling And Rentals | Floral Design: Two Little Buds | Wedding Dress: Carrie Karibo Boutique | Cake: Tres Belle Cakes | Invitations: Five Dot Design | Venue: Private Warehouse | Hair + Makeup: BrideFace | Rentals: All Occasions Event Rental

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Colorful Spring Botanical Gardens Wedding Inspiration

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 PhotographyA Charming FeteBorrow 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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Summer
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Elegant

From A Charming FeteAs 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 | Floral Design: Twig | Jewelry: Ella Capri | Bridal Gown: Sarah Janks | Bridesmaid Dress: Donna Morgan | Cake & Macarons: Philomena Bake Shop | Event Design & Styling: A Charming Fete | Invitation: Smitten On Paper | Location: Cleveland Botanical Gardens | Model: Cindy Murcia | Vintage Furniture & China: Borrow Rentals

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Classic Spring Wedding

This wedding right here?  It’s all kinds of awesome.  Imagine sweet, classic stylings, peony-filled bouquets and just enough bling to make your heart happy and you are sooo on the right track. Now add to the fabulous mix a twosome who could.not.be cuter and the uber-talented Henry Photography to capture every moment and it’s what I call the world’s most gorgeous gallery.  Join me there for more

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Spring
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Hotel

From Henry Photography… Chris and Megan married May 3rd in Columbus, Ohio. They met their junior year at Ohio University. Megan worked at a bar attached to his apartment. He invited her to a Christmas party and they have been together ever since. After school they both moved back home to Columbus for Chris’ family business. They dated for over five years before getting engaged. Chris had been designing a personalized ring for months. Chris proposed to Megan by closing a private park and then surprised her with all of her family and friends to celebrate.

They had a gorgeous spring day. They wanted their wedding to be a reflection of all the happiness they have shared over the years. It was a classic wedding styled with peonies, a grand ball room and live band for guests to dance the night away. They incorporated personalized details into their whole wedding theme. Chris’ Bow Tie was to honor his Uncle Steve who had recently passed. He loved to get dressed up and always looked sharp. Chris became Catholic and was baptized two weeks before the wedding. Megan had a blue rosary engraved with their wedding date and carried it at the baptism and wedding. The wedding cake was designed with the lace pattern of Megan’s dress. It was a perfect day with our closet family and friends.

Photography: Henry Photography | Florist: Flowers On Orchard Lane | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Band: The Conspiracy Band | Hotel: The Westin Columbus | Baker: The End Dessert Company | Bridal Boutique: La Jeune Mariee | Bridal Gown: Romona Keveza | Tuxedo: Men's Wearhouse | Video: TrueVideo

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Rustic Blush + Gray Farm Wedding

Farm weddings rock, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. They are fantastically fun, yet also surprisingly chic, taking an everyday, American image and turning it into something extra special with some “I do’s” and sparkle. This celebration at the Conrad Botzum Farmstead is my new go-to example for such farm soiree style and Studio Elle Photography captured it all. Join me in the farm fan club right here.

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From Studio Elle PhotographyThe Conrad Botzum Farmstead had been on my wedding bucket-list for quite a while, so I was thrilled when Beth & Dan chose me to photograph their big day at the farm!

They chose a wonderfully talented list of vendors to bring their ideas to life. The flowers and decor from the Budding Tree were nothing short of spectacular! Erin really went above and beyond putting all of the small touches together, including the hand-lettered seating assignment on old windows. The catering from The Good Fork was not only delicious, it was visually amazing! I love the rustic elements they incorporated into the spread to compliment the rest of the wedding decor. Aside from their gorgeous wedding day vision, these two were absolutely wonderful to work with. They have such fabulous style, laid back personalities, and a great sense of humor!

From the Bride… Dan and I wanted a wedding that felt like us (we are not fancy, formal people!), but also felt special. I think we ended up accomplishing that; the location was rustic but beautiful, and the decorations were a little vintage, but still put together (I give most of the credit to our florist!). One of my favorite details were the tissue paper flowers my mother-in-law and sister-in-law made; I am not very crafty, so I really appreciated the effort they put into them, and I thought they looked beautiful. I also loved the table numbers. For each number we had side-by-side pictures of me and Dan at the corresponding age. Choosing all the photos with my mom and my mother-in-law was so fun (and I totally would have had a crush on Dan if we had met at any time in our lives!). A couple of my favorite memories of the day itself were Dan getting frosting all over his tux from leaning in our cupcake tower when we cut the cake; getting heckled by some of the groomsmen when we were taking pictures after dinner; and getting back to the hotel and realizing Dan had been so flustered that he had forgotten to take his gym shorts off before putting on his tux – he had been wearing them underneath the whole time! 

Photography: Studio Elle Photography | Floral Design: The Budding Tree | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo | Cake: KB Confections | Invitations: Splash Of Silver | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: The Good Fork | Make Up: Shelly Theilling | Hair: Georgie Salon & Spa | DJ: Beach Boyz Entertainment | Grooms Attire: The Black Tux | Officiant: Tim Greathouse | Wedding Venue: Conrad Botzum Farmstead | Bridal Robes: Silk & More

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Pink & Gray Downtown Cincinnati Wedding

In my color palette book, pink + gray reign king. It’s the perfect combination of soft and sweet, and this Cincinnati bride brought that very vision to life. With the talents of Viva Bella Events by her side, she achieved a day that’s got “SMP” written all over it, and Clary Pfeiffer captured each and every bit. Head to the gallery and watch the entire shebang from Epic Motion below.

From Clary Pfeiffer… From day one, Kristen described her wedding vision as simple and elegant. A pearl among gemstones, she wanted a day inspired by classic beauty, foregoing flashy gimmicks for subtle, luxurious details. Kristen chose elements to compliment the nature of the day. Her love for Andrew, both sweet and mature in nature became a muse for the design of the wedding. Every detail exuded simple romance and fashionable sophistication.

The reception was held at The Center, in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. The room displayed large floor-to-ceiling windows at either end, giving the guests a taste of the city. Using the cityscape as a backdrop, Kristen’s vision took life in the matter of a few hours. The room was dressed in square tables with stone linens and large wooden farm tables with matching stone runners. The chairs put a twist on the traditional as gold chivari chairs sat before the square tables and ghost chairs sat at the wooden farm tables.

Emphasizing the warm tones in the grey linens and mimicking the gold chivari chairs, gold utensils and lined chargers sat at each place setting. Kristen chose a palette of pale pinks and champagnes tones to accent the stone neutrals. The flower arrangements, napkins, crystal votives, and the rose champagne poured in every guest’s glass gave the room a light and polished feel. Paired with the flickering of the votives, the ambiance created was truly romantic and undeniably lovely.

Kristen and Andrew’s first reaction to their reception was nothing but dazzling smiles. In awe of all their decisions coming together into one fantastic vision, the two were amazed and giddy in their post-ceremony excitement. This feeling spread through the room, as guests were welcomed in to the sounds of the Dan Rafferty band, brought in all the way from Detroit. As guests entered, they were greeted by the splendor of the overall décor, the simple three-tiered cake with charming pink flowers decorating the exterior, and of course the newly weds beaming with wedding pride.

It was definitely an infectious happiness that followed through each course of dinner and guests danced and celebrated with Andrew and Kristen as the sun set behind the city.

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer | Videography: Epic Motion | Event Design: Viva Bella Events | Event Planning: Viva Bella Events | Wedding Dress: JCrew | Cake: Maribelle Cakery | Invitations: Poeme | Reception Venue: The Center | Catering: Funky's Catering | Lighting: Goodwin Lighting Services | Band: Dan Rafferty | Wedding Venue: St. Ursula Chapel | Linens: Wildflower Linens | Photography - Assistance: Jen And Jonah | Rentals: Camargo Events | Rentals: All Occasions Event Rentals

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Romantic Bistro Wedding

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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Summer
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Bistro
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Romantic

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

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