Marine Corps Danada House Wedding
March 20, 2014
Classic WeddingsWeddings in Historical VenuesSummer Weddings
A Stem Above really nailed classic minimalism with this wedding. Keeping the floral count low but the impact high is not easy, but holy cow, you're about to see it done so, so right. Misty Winter captured this beautiful military wedding and it's the kind that will leave you wishing for more. And when that happens, click here.
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From the beautiful bride…  As a fun, spirited couple, our journey as a couple becoming husband and wife involved new adventures from desert hikes in Arizona, to snowboarding down the Rockies, to cycling centuries around Ohio, to permanent cross country moves. So, it was our inspiration to include the outdoors in our wedding plans with a classic, romantic feel. It was essential to us that our personalities were reflected throughout the day in all the little details: vintage style Chantilly lace of my wedding gown, ceremonial Marine Corps Arch of Swords, cocktail napkins with fun anecdote, beer & wine tastings during cocktail hour, East Coast Swing dance lessons, outdoor dancing with twinkle lights. We wanted to create a unique, warm, inviting and fun day for our guests.

For the ceremony, we wanted to be surrounded by beautiful gardens and the outdoors as our dear families and closest friends witnessed the exchange of our vows. We chose the Danada House because it provided the perfect back drop for an outdoor wedding with the ability to create a personal home feel. For cocktail hour, the veranda was flooded with custom wine barrels displaying our wine, cheese, and beer stations featuring our favorite selections. Guests could meander between food stations including bites inspired by our roots in Chicago and new home in California. The bites included mini pizza pops, mini chicago style hot dogs, mini fish tacos, and mini empanadas. Guests were also treated to the chance to take a group East Coast Swing Dance Lesson to prepare for keeping the dance floor hot throughout the night.

The modern addition of the Danada House was warmed by arrange a combination of wooden farm tables within a sea of Federal Blue Shantung linen with arrangements and décor by A Stem Above. Each table included a custom rod iron lanterns, mercury glass candles, and textural floral in a sophisticated palette of monochromatic green to match the bridesmaid's floral. The wall-to-wall windows of the space in combination with the rustic floral and farm tables created a perfect ambiance for guests. The entire Entertaining Company staff was a pleasure to work with, offering each and every guest personal attention. The meal concluded with a phenomenal three-tiered, double chocolate cake prepared by Bent Fork Bakery that we ceremoniously by sword.

Our celebration continued outside on the patio deck with dancing under Italian twinkling lights. Our first dance was serenaded by the smooth voice of Amanda Wolff from the Flat Cats and guests continued to dance the night away with lively music putting their dance lessons to use.

Upon meeting with our photographer, Misty Winter from Misty Winter Photography, we knew she was a perfect match. Her fun, fresh, and photo journalistic style perfectly captured our day. Equally as important, we genuinely enjoyed the company of Misty. It was as if a dear, close friend was documenting our day instead of a professional stranger. Our wedding planner, Joede Berman created a seamless parade of moments throughout the day that allowed us to enjoy our wedding. It really was THAT easy thanks to all our amazing vendors. We are so thankful for the creativity, professionalism, and quality which created a truly memorable day for us, our families, and friends.