Castle Green Wedding from Gabriel Ryan + Kristeen LaBrot Events
October 10, 2011
United States
Classic WeddingsVintage
We might have just stumbled across a new type of wedding and I'm in love. The beautiful bride who takes center stage, with her handsome groom of course, wanted a "Modern Vintage" feel to her wedding. Cue classic colors and styles, with a modern edge - traditional black bridesmaid dresses, matched with coral bouquets, a gorgeous lace gown, paired brilliantly with a fun floral hair fascinator, silver teapots, center of each table, holding those modern bridesmaid bouquets. Kristeen LaBrot Events was the lady behind the planning of this fabulous affair and she got together a dream team of pros (including one of our favorites - Vanilla Bake Shop) - which definitely pushed it to a 10. Gabriel Ryan Photography loaded the gallery with so many fantastic images, so the fun continues over there!

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My husband and I tried to make our wedding day a mix of both of our styles - vintage and modern.  I fell in love with Castle Green when we first visited, though I had to convince my husband a bit.  I loved that it was an old historical hotel and landmark.  I also liked that the grounds and rooms were so beautiful on their own that it wouldn't need a whole lot of additional decoration.  It was the perfect spot because we could have the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all in one location, and there was plenty of room for guests to roam.  I loved the gorgeous staircase, the old elevators, the elegant ballroom...each room was loaded with character.

For colors and theme, we went with a fairly monochrome theme - blacks, whites and grays.  Then we added pops of color with a mix of coral, orange and creme flowers.  In the end, instead of bringing in truly modern elements, we ended up going for an updated, modern version of a vintage look.  That meant the men wore slim-fit, modern suits with a throwback style cut and decor (pocket squares, tie clips, etc.).  And we used vintage silver pieces as table settings combined with updated white dishware, silver napkins and black linens.  Our florist used dusty miller, succulents, and gray ribbon to achieve that "modern vintage" theme.  The bridal party's floral arrangements doubled as centerpieces, finding their way after the ceremony to the silver teapots, vases and buckets located on the reception tables.  Somewhere along the way, I became obsessed with vintage brooches and used those on the bridesmaids' belts, the cake topper and the wraps for the flowers.

While the vintage theme was definitely reflective of my tastes and personality, we wanted to find a way to incorporate my husband's wishes and style too.  He's a big fan of "Mad Men", which inspired the groomsmen suit choices.  And one of his favorite hobbies is photography, so he was really active in choosing our photographer, Gabriel Ryan.  In addition, we found a Groupon discount for Magnolia Photo Booth - which ended up being one of the big hits of the evening!  He also designed the table naming cards and menus, using photographs he'd taken of different cities we've both lived in and/or visited.

The day was amazing from start to finish, so it's hard to pick a single most meaningful moment.  Instead, what was most meaningful to me is the love and support of family and friends throughout the day.  I paused several times to take it all in and enjoy the fact that all the people I love were there celebrating with us.

Wedding Planner: Kristeen LaBrot Events / Photography: Gabriel Ryan Photography / Cinematography: DP Weddings / Flowers: Fujiko's Flowers / Venue: Castle Green / Invitations: Friend of the couple / Dress: Enzoani / Hair and Makeup: Design Visage / Desserts: Vanilla Bake Shop / Officiant: Friend of the couple / Caterer: Simply Elegant Catering / Photobooth: Magnolia Photobooth / Silver Rentals: Found