Monthly Archives: June 2012

Real Wedding: Elissa + Jeff in New Jersey

This wedding is filled with small personal touches and vintage-modern influences. Photographed by Photomuse, Elissa and Jeff were married last June in Aberdeen, New Jersey in a lovely, religious indoor ceremony. A soft, romantic color palette of blush pink, lavender and seafoam green was carried throughout the floral arrangements, wedding party’s attire, and the ballroom decor. I love Elissa’s lace and applique wedding gown and her stunning cage veil; she definitely combined vintage influences with modern sophistication! Be sure to read these words from the bride to learn about the umbrella inspiration and other details about this gorgeous wedding:

“The vision I had for our June wedding was modern-meets-vintage, garden, light, romantic, ethereal, lace, with a hint of Great Gatsby. And birdcages….I love birdcages. My florist Rebecca Shepherd and I perfectly ‘clicked.’ Not only did she understand my vision, but she expanded on it and brought it true to form. I felt like I was in my very own Secret Garden. I tried to incorporate baby pink, lavender, cream, and light shades of green – from the invitations my friend designed, to the color of the flowers. As much as I love to think out-of-the-box, I am also very sentimental and love symbolism. So while the lace around the handle of my bouquet was from my mother’s wedding gown (that my two grandmothers had made for her years ago), my shoes were a pair of seafoam-color peep-toes. Our venue had a modern edge, but I also brought in a hint of vintage by having framed wedding photos of our parents and grandparents displayed on a mantle. We wanted to have a religious ceremony but one that was meaningful to us — so together Jeff and I created our ceremony by choosing all the poems, readings, and prayers. Not only did it rain whenever Jeff and I travel on vacation, but it also completely down poured when he proposed to me in Central Park. So to us, we welcome rain! We like to think “It’s harder to untie a wet knot.” So we were elated with the torrential down pour AND thunder on our wedding day — feeling that the earth was rolling out ‘the red carpet’ for us. My photographers Kristin Reimer and Steven Fontas were there the day we got engaged, hiding out in the rain, taking beautiful photos of Jeff and me under our purple umbrella. So Kristin and Steven ingeniously thought of using all the umbrellas we brought for our guests to take a photo of us surrounded by a sea of umbrellas inside the foyer of the venue. It was stunning!”

Photographer: Photomuse
Event Planner: Juliet Events
Floral Designer: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design
Musicians: Hank Lane Music
Reception Venue: Addison Park
Invitation Designer: Hills Design
Cinema and Video: Endless Wave Studios
Dress Designer: Dolce and Gabbana, Watters and Watters
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Other: Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie
Makeup Artist: Misha Shahzada
Jewelry: Cartier Jewelers
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm
Veils and headpieces: Bride’s Head Revisted
Etsy Designer: MyAmberColouredWorld, The BackPorchShoppe

All images by Photomuse
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Real Wedding: Bethany + John in Chicago

This beautiful wedding is bursting with personality and style! Captured by T & S Hughes Photography, Bethany and John were married last June at the eclectic Salvage One in Chicago, Illinois. The couple fused modern and vintage elements to create a uniquely personal style. Being such talented musicians, both the bride and the groom graced the guests with performances. The bride wore two stunning gowns (one of which she designed herself) and each bridesmaid wore a different pink or neutral-toned dress. I love the feather touches that are carried throughout the decor, as well as the stunning five-tier ombre cake! All of the dramatic details of this wedding really come together to create an editorial-chic event.

Photographer: T & S Hughes Photography
Ceremony Venue: Immanuel Lutheran Church
Reception Venue: Salvage One
Catering: Kim Olnoy of Biagio Events
Rentals: Biagio Events
Bridal Gown Designer: Ysa Makino
Bridal Gown Store: VIP Occasions
Bridal Shoes: Ann Marino
Reception dress: Designed by the bride, made by VIP Occasions
Veil and Jewelry Designer: Alisa Marie Veils and Jewelry
Bridesmaid’s Dress Designers: Jim Hjelm Occasions, Watters and Watters, B2, Belsoie, Priscilla of Boston, Bari Jay
Bridesmaid’s Dress Store: VIP Occasions
Groom’s Suit: Versace
Groom’s Shirt and Bow Tie: Nordstrom
Groomsmen’s Pants: Tailored in India from studiosuits.com
Groomsmen’s Shirts: White shirts from H&M dyed with black tea
Groomsmen’s Vests: Handmade by seamstresses at VIP Occasions and Sarafina Norman
Cake Designer: Rolf’s Patisserie
Floral Designer: Amlings Flowers
Makeup Artist: Megan O’ Connor
Hair Salon: Effigy Salon
Invitation and Save-the-date Designs: By the bride and groom
Music: Several pieces were composed/arranged by the groom
DJ: Vincent Naples of Stitely Entertainment
Band: The Elmhurst College Jazz Band
Photobooth: Designed and built by David Bredehoft
Items created by the Bride: Boutonnieres, cake topper, bridesmaid’s headpieces, centerpieces, bridesmaid’s clutches and flower girl dresses

All images by T & S Hughes Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Real Engagement: Jenny + Mike in San Francisco

There is such beautiful lighting and scenery in this San Francisco engagement session. Captured by Ariane Moshayedi Photography, Jenny and Mike spent the day wandering around Presidio Park amongst thick woods and open fields in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge. This adventurous couple got engaged in Tahiti after completing a one year trip around the world! They currently live in San Francisco where Jenny is a teacher and Mike works for a sports column. I love all the dreamy light filtering through the trees!

All images by Ariane Moshayedi Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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