If a small, intimate wedding is what you are after, you’re sure to find inspiration within the folds of this shoot crafted by All Together Now , with florals by Rose Bredl and imagery by Lily Glass Photography. The details are simple yet driven by whimsy. And if we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times – A day that ends with Moscow Mules and donuts is certainly a winner in our book. See it all right here.
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From Lily Glass Photography
…I teamed up with the fabulous event coordinators of All Together Now to provide inspiration for the couple that values style and good friends but also intimacy and simplicity. Our bride and groom were “married” at the courthouse with a banner parade and the city’s best represented at the reception to follow. A visual “how-to” of keeping things just the “two of us” and a small party with your dearest friends without sacrificing attention to detail.
Photography: Lily Glass Photography | Event Planning: All Together Now | Floral Design: Rose Bredl | Dress: Anthropologie | Jewelry: Pluma Jewelry | Catering: Mouton | Chalk Art: Lalese Stamps | Hair+Makeup: Virtue Vegan Salon | Location: Mouton | Paper Goods Design: Thea Bergstedt | Suit: H&M
I’ve been following Rhi of Hey Gorgeous Events ever since I landed in the wedding industry, but it’s not without good reason. She’s one of the best and brightest in the biz, and when Rhi sent us her latest wedding work of art – a pink and gold New Year’s Eve celebration - I pored over every image from Jen and Jonah longer than I care to admit. Take a peek back at this sweet couple’s engagement, and don’t miss the gallery + Studio 213 Films’ amazing video for a whole lot more.
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From Hey Gorgeous Events
…Katie and Bryan were married on New Year’s Eve at the Contemporary Art’s Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio (their beautiful engagement session was actually featured on Style Me Pretty that same day about an hour before Katie walked down the aisle!) Dear friends and family travelled from near and far not only to ring in a new year but to love on the sweet couple as they started a new chapter in their love story. Aside from the gorgeous bride and the handsome groom, the event had so many details tied in with the bride’s love for blush, peach, mint and gold. The big overhead ceremony aisle canopy made completely out of ribbon, lush blush, peach and white florals in gold vessels, sequin linens that sparkled when the light hit at the right time, a massive dance floor ceiling treatment that set the tone for the reception party; this wedding really had it all and more.
Yet right before I sent up the signal to the bridal party to let them know the processional was about to start, we got some bad news. Katie had lost her engagement ring. As the string quartet played, the guests eagerly anticipated the bride’s big reveal, and poor Bryan stood at the alter confused and wondering what was going on (sorry Bryan!), Katie and her girls were scrambling around trying to find her ring at what probably was the worst time to be doing so. I met her halfway up to the bridal suite to get things back on track and told her all that mattered in that moment was the kind groom waiting for her at the alter. And that we would find the ring no matter what. Her Dad held her hand, she shook her head, wiped away a few tears and together they trekked down the thirty plus stairs to the 250 awaiting guests. The ceremony began at long last and the show went on.
Immediately after I sent Katie off down the aisle, we got the news that the ring had been found; by a very gracious janitorial employee who had discovered the ring sitting in the corner of the venue restroom! From there the ring went from the hands of the employee to my husband, to a guest, to the videographer, to the photographer, to the best man, to the groom and finally back into the hands of our sweet bride. Katie was reunited with her most special piece of jewelry at the exact moment when it came time to exchange the rings. Bryan was a little confused as to we he was handed three rings instead of the two he was expecting but Katie burst into happy tears at the sight of thought to be long lost possession. There would continue to be many more moments of happy tears and sheer joy that day, all of which shined brighter than any diamond ring.
When it came close to midnight everyone stood on the dance floor and counted down to the start of 2014 via the large screen which was live streaming the Times Square coverage. At midnight a confetti canon erupted sprinkling colored bits over all of the happy guests embracing their loved ones as Auld Lang Syne began to softly play. It was beyond a pleasure being a small sliver of the Sapp’s happily ever after, and an honor to work with such a talented team who made it all possible.
Photography: Jen And Jonah | Videography: Studio 213 Films | Cake: Maribelle Cakery | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: Funkys Catering | Bride's Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Contemporary Arts Center: Contemporary Arts Center | Planning, Design, Florals & Coordination: Hey Gorgeous Events | Rentals: All Occasions Event Rentals | Stationery : Smitten On Paper | Tassels And Noise Horns: Stephanie Shives Studio
Intimate weddings have always and will always be my favorite type of wedding. And when a wedding is intimate and styled to perfection by the seriously talented Bride and Groom (they designed all the stationery!), that’s when I turn into a big pile of wedding-loving mush. Genevieve Nisly Photography was on hand to make sure each moment was captured beautifully, and you can see them all here.
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From The Bride…We both wanted to create a timeless, handmade wedding that made use of our eclectic tastes and detail oriented aesthetic. We decided to keep our wedding very small and intimate. Since we are both artists by nature and profession, we approached our wedding as a graphic design challenge and created a custom logo and “branding” for the event.We created all of the signage and stationery ourselves.
We created custom gift baskets as gifts for the bridal party and parents. With the help of my mom, we created custom handkerchief favors for our guests that were hand stamped with the wedding logo we designed. We found and printed custom sepia tinted vintage family photos to be displayed at our reception in order to honor our family members that could not be with us that day. We created a framed logo sign for the welcome table that made use of a mercury glass technique, that I learned on the internet, and a hand cut stencil.
Our day was more amazing and made us happier than I ever imagined. It was just like everyone said, after months and months of hard work, the day was over in what felt like a few moments. I’m so glad that we did everything exactly the way we wanted. We tried not to worry too much about classic wedding traditions and instead do things our own way. Neither one of us was very comfortable with the idea of dancing, so we hired a jazz pianist for our dinner reception and just hung out at the bar at the club after dinner. We all ended up playing the board game version of The Newlywed Game at the bar, which was so much fun and hilarious. I am so glad we decided to keep our wedding small and intimate. It created such a warm, inviting, and comfortable energy during the ceremony and after. It provided us with a great opportunity to bond more closely with our families and closest friends. I expected to be nervous during the ceremony, but I felt completely comfortable and elated to be surrounded by such a sweet group of our favorite people. We also decided to choose someone we both love and respect dearly to perform our wedding ceremony, which made it so special. Our friend Dennis was kind enough to go through the ordainment process in order to legally marry the two of us. He did such a fabulous job that most of our guests told him he should consider it as a career.
If I were to offer advice to any future brides, I would tell them to do things their way. Michael and I were together 9 years before we decided to get married. We spent many years of our relationship fielding the “so when are you guys getting married” question. I’m so glad we waited until we were ready and knew exactly what we wanted from our wedding. It felt like a true reflection of the both of us because we waited until the time was right.
Photography: Genevieve Nisly Photography | Floral Designer: Lynn Roseman | Wedding Dress: Trumpington Bridal | Cake: Sugar Me Desserterie | Wedding Shoes: J. Renee From Nordstrom | Bridesmaids Dresses: Trumpington Bridal | Hair Stylist: Nesreen At Light Salon | Groom's Attire: Joseph Abboud From Nordstrom | Beauty: Kelly At The Powder Room | Headpiece: Jenny Packham | Letterpress Printing: Czar Press | Musician: Jerry Bruno Productions | Private Club: The Club At Hillbrook