On the shores of Lake Erie, A Charming Fete created an elegant, organic wedding wish come true, with Borrow Rentals‘ pretty pieces and not one, but two, beautiful gowns. Inspired by the blue-hued beach pebbles, shells and sparkling water, Emily Millay captured a scene that I could get quite comfortable in – and that’s what I’m happy to do today in our VAULT – join me right here!
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From A Charming Fete… The rocky shell and pebble covered beach of Lake Erie was the inspiration and backdrop for this newlywed styled shoot. We wanted to capture the story during the cool blue and foggy gray light of the early morning. Beautiful flecks of light started to shine through as the sun rose. Waves rolled onto the shore where we created a water inspired sweetheart table with clear Lucite napoleon chairs, vintage whitewash table, slate colored napkins and tons of vintage sterling candlesticks. White clematis vine draped onto the simple yet elegant tablescape. Fresh floral and vines decorated a minimalist cake set atop a wood and marble cake platter. The blue moody calligraphed stationery pulled in the color tones of the shore. Our model dipped her toes into the shore and plunged a little deeper into the open water. She changed into a second dress, a mist blue/gray gown with sheer sleeves and high front slit, her long wavy hair blew with the breeze. Her airy neutral bouquet of garden roses, clematis, astilbe and lisianthus wrapped in draping hand-dyed silk ribbons washed ashore.
Photography: Emily Millay Photography | Event Design: A Charming Fete | Floral Design: Molly Taylor + Co. | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes | Stationery: Rose Gold Studio | Makeup: Beauty Therapy Inc. | Hair: Lather A Salon | Venue: Rocky River Beach | China + Chairs: Event Source | Second Blue Dress: Joanna August | Veil: The Mantilla Company | Vintage Table: Borrow Rentals
Wrapped up in whimsy, A Charming Fete just gets us. Because not only did they always craft seriously gorg weddings, but they’ve also attract the coolest clients. Take this Bride who donned the biggest grin and loveliest of lovely lace gowns. It’s the type of pretty made all the more memorable thanks to Borrow Rentals and Aster + Olive Photography snapping up every detail. See it all in THE VAULT!
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From A Charming Fete… Dominique and Michael were one of the most lovely, cultured and well-traveled couples we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. When we met them they were splitting their time between Myanmar (Southeast Asia) and New York City but decided to host their wedding at the groom’s father’s breathtaking lakefront property in Cleveland, Ohio.
They wanted their wedding to be a little less traditional and more of a huge celebration, a gathering of friends and family coming together from across the globe. In lieu of a guestbook, guests pinned a note onto their home country on a giant world map. There was no shortage of international representation with a DJ who flew in from London and the officiant (who actually introduced the couple) flew in from Bangkok to marry them. The heartfelt ceremony took place on the water’s edge with guests overlooking the scene from the upper level of the modern beach house deck. The gardens were pristine and the multi-level decks and stone pathways leading from the home to the shore held several resting spots and even a cocktail bar where guests could stop and refresh.
The vibe of the dinner tents was natural and organic with neutral blue toned florals and blue-stripe bistro napkins. The dessert table hosted an array of deliciousness made by a New York City pastry chef and dear friend of the bride and groom, who had come into town for the preparations. The dessert bar included an assortment of Momofuku Milkbar cakes, chocolate filled croquembouches and carrot halwa (a traditional South Asian wedding dessert). The groom’s mother, a local artist made sake cups for all of the guests and the bride and groom led in a sake toast, the champagne was served at the bar. At dusk the beach house lit up the night and the real party began. The perfect end to this evening was the massive fireworks display that filled the sky, exploding over the lake in celebration of the most magical and perfect day. It was an absolute honor to take part in their wedding celebration.
Photography: Aster + Olive Photography | Event Planning And Design: A Charming Fete | Floral Design: Molly Taylor And Co. | Wedding Dress: Rue De Seine | Cake: Robert Templer | Invitations: Etsy | Catering: Spice Of Life Catering Co. | Makeup: HER DAY Makeup | Hair: Lather A Salon | Lighting And Sound: Rock The House | DJ: Timur Nusratty | Venue: Lakefront Private Property | Jazz Musician: Aaron Ali Shaikh | Napkins, Flatware, Plates: Event Source | Rentals: Borrow Rentals | Tent Rentals: Aable Rents
What started as a senior prom date turned into forever when these high school sweethearts became husband and wife. Their perfect day included timeless touches like the Bride’s gorgeous lace gown, stunning flowers and the classic country club reception planned by Kirkbrides and featuring Borrow Rentals‘ vintage furniture. See it all from Emily Millay Photography in The Vault.
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From The Bride…Trent and I went to high school together, but didn’t start dating until he asked me to senior prom (seriously, the last possible moment to start dating during high school!) The timing ended up being perfect because we coincidentally had plans to attend the same college after high school graduation. After four years together in college, we had to move to different cities for our careers so we dated long-distance for a bit while I lived in Chicago and he moved back to Cleveland. I eventually made my way back to Cleveland because I missed him and we both prefer to be closer to our families anyway! He proposed on our 6-year dating anniversary in the Cayman Islands (quite an improvement from when he asked me to prom passing through the hallway!).
We couldn’t wait to start planning our Wedding! After selecting our church and venue together, I loved meeting with my fabulous team of vendors and planning the “little” details that made it personable! My main goal was to make sure our Wedding felt timeless because I didn’t want to look back at it in 20+ years and say, “what was I thinking!?” Our Wedding day truly was a dream! Since I tend to be an emotional person, the day started with many tears as my Bridesmaids and I got ready (I mean, I have been dreaming of this day since I was a little girl and it was suddenly here!). But, it quickly turned into smiles and pure joy all around as I made my way down the aisle towards my handsome groom at St. Paul Shrine! Following the ceremony, we took pictures at the gorgeous Cleveland Museum of Art (obsessed!) before heading to our reception at Westwood Country Club. It was the perfect scene starting with the gorgeous patio at cocktail hour complemented with vintage furniture from Borrow Vintage and Eclectic Rentals, an oyster bar and signature beverages! The reception was brought together by the stunning floral centerpieces by Molly Taylor and Co., an “almost too pretty to eat” cake by Wild Flour Bakery and a packed dance floor following dinner (who doesn’t love that?!) Trent and I couldn’t have been more happy with what we call our “best day ever!” To top it all off, it was a beautiful sunny day in Cleveland, Ohio.
Photography: Emily Millay Photography | Event Coordination: Kirkbrides | Floral Design: Molly Taylor Designs | Wedding Dress: The Dress Bridal Boutique | Cake: Wild Flour Bakery | Stationery: Baci Designer | Ceremony Venue: St. Paul's Shrine | Reception Venue: Westwood Country Club | Hair and Makeup: Beauty Therapy | Band + Lighting: Cleveland Music Group | Chair Rentals: All Occasions | Linen Rentals: L'Nique | Vintage Rentals: Borrow Rentals