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Stunning Purple Fall Wedding in St. Louis

Get ready for a gorgeous fall wedding! Captured by Lisa Dolan Photography, Jessica and Shannon were married this past November in a lovely ceremony in St. Louis, Missouri. The ceremony was held at Jessica’s childhood church, followed by a reception at a nearby hotel ballroom. Between the ceremony and reception, the couple and their photographer headed to the Moonrise Hotel for a few images on their colored staircase. Jessica chose a beautiful color palette of deep purples to carry throughout the wedding attire and decor. The gorgeous oranges and reds of the fall leaves are a wonderful backdrop for this beautiful wedding!

A few word on how the couple met:

Jessica and Shannon met in the summer of 2006. They were both working in St. Louis on a summer job at Waterway Car Wash. Shannon typically worked at a different location but volunteered to work at another store one day. Some might call it chance; they like to think of it as fate. While washing a car together the flirting ensued. They worked together the rest of their shift which is atypical for the work environment. After the shift ended Jessica put her phone number on a sticky note and left it under Shannon’s windshield wiper. Her phone did not leave her side for the rest of the day! Shannon finally called later that night and they met for a casual dinner and drinks. As their friends will attest, they have been and will always be inseparable and infatuated with one another!

Photographer: Lisa Dolan Photography
Ceremony Venue: Bonhomme Presbyterian Church
Reception Venue, Catering: Zurich Ballroom at the Sheraton Westport Hotel
Rentals: Sitting Pretty/Party Arts
Bridal Gown Designer: Pronovias
Bridal Gown + Veil Store: Amore Bridal Shop
Jewelry Designer: Family Heirlooms
Wedding Bands: Jared’s Jewelry
Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Bill Levkoff
Bridesmaid Dress Store: Amore Bridal Shop
Tuxedo + Mens Attire: Savvi Formalwear Shop
Floral Designer: Michele Kitrel of Schnucks
Makeup Artist: Leslie Sumner and Bonnie Boze Salon Stylists
Hair Stylist: Bonnie Boze Salon
Invitation Designer: Carlson Invitations, By Alice Boutique
Wedding Planner: Mother of the bride, Jan Sumner
Other: Moonrise Hotel
DJ: Quain Tull of Rockstar DJs
Photobooth Rental: Fun Photo Events
Officiant: Dr. Thomas C. Pfizenmaier; Senior Pastor of Bonhomme Presbyterian Church

All images by Lisa Dolan Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Light Blue + Purple Aquarium Wedding in Camden, NJ

This wedding was held it such a unique venue; an aquarium! Captured by Cassi Claire, Candy and Casey were married this past August in a super unique aquarium ceremony in Camden, New Jersey. The couple incorporated a “fish and feathers” theme into their decor with understated touches. Lovely watercolor invitations, the guests first impression of the event, hinted of the watery theme. A “Sharkbite Martini” served as a fitting signature drink, hand-drawn sea creatures adorned the tables, and gummy sharks and Swedish fish made perfect favors. Candy wore a little hummingbird on her garter and feathers in her bouquet as a nod to the “feathers” portion of the wedding theme. Candy and Casey had a truly unique and fun wedding bursting with personal touches!

A few words from the bride:

Having dated for almost five years, Casey and I began to plan our wedding just weeks after getting engaged. Having been to so many other weddings together, we knew we wanted to something fun and unique to celebrate our own special day. Casey grew up spending the summers with his family at the beach and my father, a New England lobsterman, also had a vested interest in the ocean. With both of our families being connected to the sea, our theme seemed obvious. As teachers, we knew the best wedding date for us would have to be in the summer, but I did not want the often-overdone, sometimes clichéd beach-front wedding seen at so many other summertime weddings. Searching for a unique, ocean-type venue, Casey found Adventure Aquarium. After touring the ballroom at the aquarium, we booked our wedding date without looking at any other venues. The ambiance and beauty the aquarium space offered was exactly what we were looking for. Plus, how many other wedding venues contain sharks as guests?

After booking the aquarium, all the other details of the wedding seemed to fall into place themselves. Casey and I compromised on our color scheme, incorporating both of our favorite colors, blue and purple. The aquarium made the planning process easier by recommending vendors for our cake, flowers, and lighting. By simply giving our vendors our theme and color-scheme, they were able to create the most beautiful pieces for our special day which definitely enhanced the already beautiful aquarium space. Not wanting to have a completely over-done vendor style wedding, Casey, my bridesmaids, and I tried to incorporate homemade touches wherever we could. We hand-bagged our favors: Swedish fish and gummy sharks. I spent several months hand-drawing and coloring various sea creatures for our table numbers. My sisters and mother created photo-collages for the cocktail-hour space and we had a miniature wooden lobster trap built to hold cards from our guests. The florist added beautiful touches with vivid blooms in unexpected spaces and incorporated one of my favorite wedding day touches: feathers.

I wish I could live over and over again the actual day of our wedding! Getting ready was just as special as the ceremony and reception were. My mother did my hair and my bridesmaids and I bonded while doing our makeup together in my hotel room. My aunt (whom I am very close to) came to give me a necklace belonging to my grandmother whose silver-shape matched the ruffles of my dress perfectly. It was a very special moment and I almost ruined my makeup! Several other moments stood out over the course of the evening: seeing each other at our first look was so exciting and again, I almost ruined my make-up. The opening of the doors at the ceremony right before I walked down the aisle was breath-taking. Even though we had already seen each other, we knew the moment we had waited so long for had finally come, and being surrounded by our family and friends made the moment that much more special. Our first dance was especially memorable because Casey’s father chose our song and sang and played the guitar as we danced together for the first time as husband and wife.

The rest of the night was a blur spent celebrating with family and friends who had traveled to New Jersey from all over the east coast. Our band, Stereo Junkies, played music so good the dance floor was full all night. Our very close family friend fueled the merriment by playing tambourine with the band. Our families and friends really mingled together and it was awesome to see important people from our lives who had never previously met dancing and celebrating with one another. We had such a fantastic time that the end of the night crept right up on us. Our beautiful pictures, though, allow us to relive the special day over and over again!

Photographer: Cassi Claire
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Adventure Aquarium
Bridal Gown Designer: La Sposa
Bridal Gown Store: Helen Bohn Bridal
Bridal Shoes: Touch Ups via Bliss Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dress Designer: B2
Bridesmaid Dress Store: Helen Bohn Bridal
Feather Headpieces: The Headband Shoppe, Gilded Shadows, Wildspirits
Bridal Garter: GarterLady
Bridesmaids Necklaces: JBMDesigns
Tuxedo + Mens Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Florist: Michael Bruce Florist
Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas
Band: Stereo Junkies
Table Numbers + Place Cards: DIY
Favor Bags: Beau-Coup
Candy: Candy WarehouseMetro Candy
Cake Designer: DiBartolo Bakery
Cake Topper: Garden 4 Arts

All images by Cassi Claire

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Modern Lime Green Wedding in Seattle

I adore the simple, modern details in today’s feature wedding! Captured by Jenny GG Photography, Tara and Jeff were married last May in a beautiful ceremony in a unique, industrial venue in Seattle, Washington. The couple wanted a wedding with a fresh, modern style. They accomplished this through their use of simple decor and a bold, lime green color palette. The flowing white curtains flanking the ceremony space were the perfect compliment to the rustic wood and windows lining the room. Also, you must check out Tara’s shoes; stunning glittery silver heels!

A few words from the bride:

If I were to describe my wedding style in a few words it would be: modern, simple, Seattle, and fun. Not only did I achieve this style with my dress, hair, and makeup, but each one of my wedding vendors and venue fit into this style as well. I gathered my inspiration for the “look and feel” of my wedding through,, the Seattle Wedding Expo, and browsing through my photographer, Jenny GG’s, website of past weddings. From the wonderful earthy Seattle-like catering of Herban Feast to the purple and lime green wedding colors my bridal party rocked, I am thrilled to say I accomplished my style and inspiration flawlessly!

Jeff and I met the summer before our last year of college in Seattle. Oddly enough, at that party we started talking because I had met him 3 years prior and he didn’t recognize me at all. I asked him “Don’t I know you?” and he stared at me blindly and responded with “Uh, no?” After that funny introduction, we spent the entire summer together. We tried new restaurants, went boating, and simply enjoyed one another’s company. In the fall, when Jeff had to go back to school in Atlanta, and I in Seattle, we decided we would give “long distance” a go. While it was tough, we grew closer from our distance, and after graduation we were back together living in Seattle. It’s been more than 5 years since we first met and we’re best friends because we share similar passions such as humor, staying active, food, and video games.

Photographer: Jenny GG Photography
Ceremony + Reception Venue, Catering: Sodo Park by Herban Feast
Bridal Gown Designer: Mikaella Bridal
Bridal Gown Store: Calla Bridal
Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade
Bridal Veil/Headpiece: Jennifer Leigh
Jewelry Designer: Nadri
Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Andrew Adela
Bridesmaid Dress Store: I Do Bridal
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Groom’s Shoes: Men’s Wearhouse
Makeup Artist + Hair Stylist: Sonda Steinaway
Floral Designer: Contemporary Floral
Cake Designer: Honey Crumb Cake Studio
Invitation Designer: Costco Wholesale
Paper Products: Sweet Whimsy Designs
Wedding Planner: Bride, Tara Burton
DJ: Bamboo Beats
Photobooth Rental: Jenny GG Photography
Officiant: Julie Cooper
Day of Coordinator: Barbara McBride

All images by Jenny GG Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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