Tag: wedding details
This Technicolor Summer Wedding Will Make Your Day
Let me describe these summer wedding photos for you in three simple words – bright joyful color! We know that pretty pastels and neutrals will always be in style for weddings but every so often we crave a bright pop of color. This summer wedding has way more than a pop; it’s the perfect mixture of ALL of the happy summer colors we can imagine! With bright hues including teal blue, plum, purple, fuchsia, turquoise, orange and emerald green we know that this wedding is the perfect colorful send off for summer!
Getting ready in our suites is treat for our wedding clients who have a ceremony at Willowdale Estate. In the two hours before the ceremony the wedding party gathers to get ready, and relax, start documenting the day through photos, and sometimes even exchange gifts before the processional begins. We love these behind-the-scenes photos showing what happens before they walk down the aisle and I think you will too!
REAL WEDDING: Adrien & Victor
Adrien & Victor tied the knot early last month at the start of our mansion season. All the detailed elements of their day was captured by Dan Aguirre Photography. Adrien wore an off-white silk gown with a sweetheart neckline, a stunning necklace and a vintage headband while Victor sports a 3 piece suit with a pink vest and bowtie. Victor’s rustic boutonnière & Adrien’s bouquet consisting of of assorted flowers and succulents were designed by local florist, Karla Cassidy.
A “first look” took place before their ceremony outside in our butterfly garden courtyard.
A ketubah signing followed the “first look”. This is an essential part of a traditional Jewish marriage where the rights and responsibilities of the groom in relation to the bride are defined.
The ceremony was held in our Glass Conservatory underneath our birch pole chuppah which was adorned with a beautiful floral arrangement that matched the brides bouquet and was also designed by Karla Cassidy.
Upon conclusion of the traditional Jewish ceremony, cocktail hour started in the North Wing of the house while the Conservatory & Great Room were transformed into the reception space. Our bright, farm fresh stationed cheese and crudité table was displayed on our rustic credenza.
There were a variety of passed appetizers served to guests including these fall favorites: caramelized apple cider doughnuts with cheese fondue and pecan crusted chicken bits with maple dipping sauce.
Atop our ivory linen, the reception tables were embellished with the warm glow from pillar candles in an assortment of fleur-de- lis and Lacie lanterns.
Entrées included seared salmon and one of our most popular dishes, the New York Sirloin in au ju with crisp potatoes and asparagus, pictured below.
Ariel shots taken from the balcony orchestra in the Great Room allow for unique perspectives of dinner and dancing.
The night carried on with plenty of dancing & dessert featuring our “American Cookie Jar” station and an intricately detailed lemon wedding cake with raspberry cream filling!
Renee & Ben – A Colorful Summer Wedding
When a wedding design includes pink flamingos, huge paper flowers, and lots of bright colors you know it is going to be a FUN time. Renee and Ben got married on a beautiful summer day at Willowdale Estate. The vibrant colorful details that decorated every aspect of their ceremony and reception were so joyful and unique. We hope you are inspired by these photos and don’t forget to pin your favorite ideas and check out the amazing wedding professionals that helped to make this event happen at the bottom of this post!
GETTING READY & FIRST LOOK
Renee and Ben arrived at Willowdale Estate early so they would have plenty of time to eat, drink, and take photos before the ceremony. The bridesmaids each wore a different gold cocktail length dress with metallic or sequin details. Our favorite portraits of the couple show how happy this couple is together- and this is BEFORE they said “I Do”!
The ceremony was in the Garden Courtyard at Willowdale Estate. As guests arrived they saw large white balloons tied down with colorful ribbon, a cheerful sign greeted them along with our staff passing Cucumber Mint Water and Prosecco. In the entryway there was a paper flower sculpture that stood over 6 feet high. This whimsical entrance set the tone for all of the other details that were to come! The focal point of the ceremony was a custom arbor design with a flush of large handmade paper flowers, real flowers, and ribbons of green, fuchsia, pink and orange.
After the ceremony Willowdale Estate servers passed a Spicy Margarita cocktail made complete by a fun pink flamingo straw. In the Great Room, there was a truly unique escort card display. Green and glittery gold escort cards hung from the mantle from gold beads that were adorned by mini paper flowers and honeycomb balls. Guests enjoyed drinks and passed appetizers in the estate and even got a glimpse of the Wedding Cake displayed in the Dining Room at Willowdale Estate.
If you thought the first half of this wedding was fun wait until you see the tent! Our sperry tent was decorated by a huge custom paper honeycomb garland that hung across the entire length of the tent. The guest tables had a mixture of high and low centerpieces on both round and white farm tables. The courtyard was decorated with furniture and fun wedding pendants.
We love to see a great wedding theme that is truly unique, and the best part is- the vibrant personality and joy from the wedding certainly comes through in the photos! For even more photos check out the post from this couples fantastic photographer here!
Wedding Coordinator: Monique Jeffrey
Photography: Shannon Grant Photography
Custom Paper Details: Fleur + Stitch
Floral Design: Dogwood Floral Design
Farm Tables & Linens: Peterson Party Center
Tent Lighting & Dance Floor: Revelation Productions
A DOG ON YOUR DAY
Before ever getting married many couples raise their first ‘fur baby’ and we aren’t surprised when our clients invite their pups to play a role on the wedding day. If you are planning to have a “Dog of Honor”, “Best Dog”, or even have your pup as the flower dog or ring bearer- here are some photos and tips that will help keep you and your pet relaxed on the wedding day.
TIP 1 – Have a dedicated attendant or pet-sitter to help bring your pet to and from the ceremony. There are lots of sights, sounds, and smells that could distract your dog from the task at hand and a helper will ensure that you are not stressed about the safety of your pet while you are saying I DO!
TIP 2- Have a plan for where your pet will stay after the ceremony and pictures are over. Unless you are taking your dog on the honeymoon it is most likely a good idea to get your family dog back to a doggie day care, or kennel after you snap a few pictures.
TIP 3- Keep it simple! If your pet is anxious and unpredictable in strange settings it may be best to just include them in photos instead of parading your pet down the aisle. Even the most friendly and well behaved pets can get overwhelmed by large crowds.
Top: Geneve Rege
Bottom Left: Shannon Grant
Bottom Right: Grazier Photography