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Classic Summer Country Club Wedding

This summer stunner from Hunter Photographic epitomizes classic style in every way possible. From the Bride arriving at the same church and in the same Rolls Royce as her mother in 1977, to the lace Pronivias dress, the pearls, the tux and everything in between. Ending with a serious bang of beautiful fireworks (a surprise for the Bride & Groom!) this gallery is hard to beat!

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Summer
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Country Club
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Elegance

From Hunter Photographic… Weeks away from the start of this classic summer wedding, I knew it would be something truly special. The mother-of-the-bride had shared much of the secret plan with me. The wedding would be classic, packed with rich details, and capped with an epic surprise for the bride and groom.

The amazing details all start with the gorgeous wedding stationery, printed by William Arthur. The invitation suite included cards for all occasions – bachelorette party, wedding shower, wedding invitation, ceremony program and reception menus.

The real opulence of event can best be seen in the fashions. The bride wore a stunning Pronovias dress with finely detailed lace covering her shoulders. The groom wore a custom Kilgore & Trout tuxedo with the groomsmen in matching Calvin Klein’s. Pulling the color palette together perfectly were rich navy blue bridesmaids dresses from Jim Hjelm.

Completing the color palette were the flowers by Charles Phillips, which were filled with rich white and pink roses and just a touch of blue. The bouquets perfectly accented the shoes worn by each bridesmaid.

More than the details, the story of the wedding is equally as endearing. Meredith’s mother is Russian Orthodox and was married in much the same fashion years ago. Growing up, the stories Meredith heard of her mother’s wedding became the template for her own. Meredith chose the same church, known for being extensively featured in an old Robert DeNiro & Christopher Walken film. As is tradition in Russian Orthodox ceremonies, an icon has been handed down through the generations, finally given to Meredith and Hunter by Meredith’s mother on their wedding day. Similar to her mother, Meredith was escorted to the ceremony in a 1977 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II.

The whole wedding day, I had to bite my tongue regarding the big surprise, while also being ready to capture the moment. To celebrate Meredith & Hunter’s wedding with a bang, the family had organized a full fireworks show to cap off the wedding day. Shot off from the beautiful golf course at The County Club in Pepper Pike, the show rivaled what most cities do for Fourth of July.

Also worth noting was the impeccable wedding planning by Susie Cargile, a seasoned professional well know among the well-to-do in Cleveland. Furthermore, the five-layer cake from Luna Bakery and perfumed with white roses made the perfect centerpiece for the cocktail hour held on the large patio.

When I reminisced with Meredith about her wedding day, one thing came up again and again – how happy she was that Nestle, the couples chocolate lab, could have at least a small part in the wedding. While he could not be part of the wedding ceremony, Meredith was thrilled to have Nestle with her in the morning.

Photography: Hunter Photographic | Wedding Planner: Susie Cargile Weddings | Floral Design: Charles Phillips Florist | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Luna Bakery & Cafe | Invitations: William Arthur | Reception: The Country Club, Pepper Pike, Ohio | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Hjelm | Band: Park Place | Groom's Attire: Kilgore & Trout | Church: St. Theodosius | Fireworks Display: American Fireworks | Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein | Wedding Stationary: William Arthur

Hayley Paige and Jim Hjelm Occasions are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Flour Girl/Luna Bakery & Cafe, JLM Couture, Inc and Hunter Photographic are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Bliss Weddings & Events + A Discount

As a former Windy City resident, I’ve been following (and swooning over) stunning events and weddings crafted by Bliss Weddings & Events since forever. With over 20 years of experience in luxury event planning, floral design + interior design, the creative geniuses behind Bliss will make sure your big day is totally unique and perfectly planned from start to finish!

Made up of a group of uber-talented planners and designers, the Bliss Weddings & Events team is as stylish as they are creative and fun! And that, my dears, comes shining through in each and every one of the high-end events they design and orchestrate. With a focus on personalizing every event with impeccable style, clever touches and creativity, not a detail is left behind. Guiding couples through the sometimes overwhelming process, Bliss will design every last detail of your event, from florals to lighting to paper goods. Chock full of inventive ideas and contemporary charm, a cookie-cutter event is simply not an option when working with Bliss.

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New Year’s Eve Wedding Celebration

We all know weddings are a cause for celebration, so what better date to throw a party than New Year’s Eve? Especially when you have the keen eye of Adrianne Elizabeth Events helping you out. Everything from the Bella Figura invites to the freshly minted Hilton ballroom, oozed sophistication. The photos from Red Gallery Photography and video from Studio Z  speak for themselves. Find the full gallery here.

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Winter
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Church
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Glamorous

From the Bride… Dan and I met on a biking trip in the California wine country. My family and I arrived in California excited to bike, eat, and drink wine! We met up with my uncle and cousin who accompanied us and 20 other strangers on this organized trip. I met Dan that first morning when he introduced himself as one of three trip leaders and handed me my bike for the week. I thought nothing of it. As the week progressed, the leaders biked and ate with the group, guiding us on our tour of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. There was some flirtation going on, but I was not interested or looking at the time. I had just moved out to Seattle, WA from Columbus, OH days earlier hoping to jump start my career. Besides, growing up it was always my sister who attracted all the attention. I figured that would be the case here as well.

My sister and mom are quite perceptive however, and they mentioned early on that they felt Dan was clearly more interested in me. We began spending more time talking, but Dan was busy entertaining 20 other guests as well. On the last day of the trip, my sister was biking way too fast approaching a sharp hairpin turn and she crashed. Torn up, shook up, and bruised, she headed off to the hospital in a van with Dan. On their drive she inquired, “what’s up with you and my sister?” She proceeded to give him the in’s and out’s of how to go about pursuing me, and he did just that! This was the start of our relationship filled with romance and adventure!

Dan continued to work for Backroads for the next few years, and his last trip with the company took him to New Zealand and Vietnam for the Winter season. His parents and I headed out for a visit to meet him in Vietnam. On the Vietnamese New Year we were in Dan’s favorite town Hoi An. That night he gave me my belated Christmas present (since we weren’t together for the holiday). It was a homemade scrap book of our relationship with an engagement ring on the last page! We couldn’t wait to start planning our special day!

I knew I wanted to be married in my home town of Columbus, OH. My mom jumped on booking venues right away. Things seemed to be booked for weekends in 2012 already being that our engagement was in January of that year. It was booked every weekend but Thanksgiving and a few in December. We threw out the date of New Year’s Eve and it was available so we went with it! It seemed like the perfect date because I never have New Year’s plans, it’s a great time for a celebration, and our theme was automatically decided for us! A brand new Hilton was being built and set to open just before our wedding date – we jumped on the chance to be the first wedding at the new beautiful property. It was a pretty special experience to go from hard hat tours of a shell of a building to seeing our lovely wedding come to life in their exquisite ballroom.

The first chance I had to try on wedding dresses was at La Jeune Marie on a trip home to Columbus. As most brides say, I had something totally different in mind than what I chose! I only tried on about five dresses before “the one”. I absolutely fell in love with my Anna Maier gown – it was perfect for the season. There were certainly challenges planning a Columbus wedding while I was living in Seattle, so I could not have been more happy for my mom when she paired up with Adrianne from Adrianne Elizabeth Events for planning. Adrianne was the best support for both my mom and I and we could not have pulled it off without her!

We had a blast personalizing the wedding and making it fun and festive for the new year. Clay from Red Gallery Photography even flew out to do our engagement shoot in Seattle at all the locations we went on our first date, we used these pictures throughout the wedding decor. We served my favorite, Jeni’s Ice Cream, at the reception to celebrate my love of Jeni’s and the fact that used to bike race on the team in Columbus sponsored by Jeni’s.

We had a photo booth for guests to enjoy and now have a great keepsake in place of a guest book. It even snowed light fluffy white snow the day of the wedding for some gorgeous moments captured by our photographer and videographer. The highlight was at 5 minutes before midnight when we popped tiny cans of Sofia champagne and watched our “Same Day Edit” Video from Studio Z Films. The video captured the entire day from start to finish and ended with a countdown to the new year which culminated with a perfectly timed confetti drop. It was a day I will never forget! Plus, being that it was the New Year holiday, I never have to worry about my husband forgetting our anniversary, either!

Planner Note…The DiCello Family and Alicia and Dan were truly special clients. Alicia and her mom, Anita, have exquisite taste. The wedding was soft, beautiful, warm, and inviting and perfectly fitting for an elegant New Year’s Eve affair. From the very start, the DiCello’s set out to be gracious hosts to their guests. From a delicious New Year’s Eve meal paired with the families favorite wines, Silver Oak, Churchill Cellars and Twomey to Uncle Mike’s extraordinarily beautiful and delicious cookie table to the framed photos of the couple’s parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents on their wedding day, every detail was personal. It was truly a New Year’s Eve Celebration to remember.

Photography: Red Gallery | Videography: Studio Z Films | Floral Design: Marti's Floral Designs | Wedding Cake: Jan Kish La Petite Fleur | Invitations: Bella Figura | Wedding Stationery: Peabody Papers | Reception: Hilton Columbus Downtown | Shoes: Gucci | Hair: Maggie Simcic | Band: The Conspiracy Band | Barber: Old Familiar Barber Shop | Bridal Jewelry: Haute Bride | Bridesmaids\' Dresses: BHLDN | Ceremony : St. John The Baptist | Event Rentals & Linens: Event Source | Groom Attire: Vera Wang | Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang | Ice Cream Bar: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams | Italian Cookie Table: Bride's Uncle Mike | Makeup: Jade at Max the Salon | Photo Booth: ShutterBooth | Rehearsal Dinner Cake: Jan Kish La Petite Fleur | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Lindey's | Wedding Coordination & Design: Adrianne Elizabeth Events | Wedding Dress Designer: Anna Maier Couture | Wedding Dress Shop: La Jeune Mariee

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