Since we are still shivering during this relentless winter, we might as well enjoy a lovely winter wedding! Captured by Jill Tiongco Photography, Laura and Bill were married in the iconic St. Vincent Ferrer church on the day after Thanksgiving in chilly Chicago. A rich, purple color palette was used throughout the attire and decor and Laura and her bridesmaids wore gorgeous fur shawls to keep them warm. The reception included tall vases with lush arrangements, hand painted table numbers and custom cookie favors. I especially love the images of Laura getting ready, so stunning!
A few words from the bride:
We met at “Mother’s” aka “Mom’s” which is a bar at Eastern Illinois University; the college we both went to. We found out we had some mutual friends which led to us hanging out more and officially started dating a couple months later. Fast forward 7 years later, Bill took me to dinner at our favorite restaurant in the city (Mastro’s) and completely surprised me when he popped the question.
Our inspiration/vision was elegant and romantic– with a hollywood glam feel. With the help of our wonderful family, friends and fabulous vendors we pulled off the exact look and feel we were going for and everyone seemed to have a great time! Bill and I never left the dance floor and we truly did enjoy every minute of our wedding day–which was the constant “word of advice” everyone seemed to share with us before our big day!
I hope you are all ready for the holidays! Today, I am excited to share a stunning modern, purple wedding. Captured by Chris Kruger Photography, Adria and Joel were married on a sunny May day in a beautiful botanical garden in Miami Beach, Florida. This event is bursting with personal details and chic decor. Be sure to read about how the couple met and their inspiration for their wedding day below!
A few words from the groom:
Adria and I met at the University of Florida through our mutual friend who was also our best man at the wedding. While we didn’t start dating immediately you definitely couldn’t deny that we had strong chemistry. I’m a writer and photographer and she is a doctor. You would think people involved in those professions wouldn’t be the “best match” but when you see us together you can’t deny it. You can read more of our story on our blog .
Our wedding was inspired by our venue, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Finding a venue is not easy, but we knew the Botanical Garden was the right one because my wife cried of it’s beauty the first time we visited. The Garden speaks a lot to our relationship and the way we live our life especially Idan Zareski’s “Bigfoot” sculpture. The artist of the sculpture says it best : “Bigfoot’s huge feet are like the roots of our past, our anchor to this small fragile Earth; reminding us that we are all from the same small planet. His relaxed attitude and the appearance of contemplation that emanate from Bigfoot is a testimony that no matter our race or color, where we live and who we are, we are all an intrinsic element of the planet.”
Your wedding day is one of the most beautiful days you will have in your life. However, it is never exactly how you dreamed it and often far from perfect, but the most important thing is the you are surrounded by loved ones and you’re in front of the person you can’t be without. Chris Kruger really reminded us of that with his photographs of our wedding. All the small little things that went wrong evaporated from our minds the moment we saw his photographs. He showed us the bigger picture that the best thing about our wedding was the love that was shared that day. He captured that love beautifully.
This is a beautiful wedding filled with DIY details! Captured by Viera Photographics, Lan and Alvin were married on a gorgeous October day at a private residence near San Francisco, California. The couple spent much time bonding during bike rides, so they used bicycles as theme throughout their event. The bicycles made an appearance on the DIY programs and escort cards, as well as on custom water bottles that were given to guests as party favors. After the couple sliced their wedding cake with a giant samurai sword, the reception continued with tons of dancing. Such a fun event!
A few words from the bride:
Alvin and I got engaged at the end of May, and decided to have the wedding in October because it’s the most beautiful month in the bay area, and autumn happens to be my favorite season.
We wanted to have an intimate venue so we chose to have our ceremony and reception at a private residence in Hillsborough, in the hills about 20 miles south of San Francisco where we live. We chose this location because we loved the California Mission design of the house inspired by Spanish architecture. There was an outdoor balcony that perfectly seated our 120 guests, and the rooms in the house were perfect for the bridal party to get ready in. Going up the stairs outside there was a patio where we chose to set up our cocktail hour, so our guests could enjoy the view of the bay. The grassy lawn also held 12 tables and the dance floor. We made a lot of the decorations ourselves, including the centerpieces, seating card holder, the wooden arch behind us for the ceremony, menus, and programs. We knew we had to add more lighting since it was an outdoor reception, so we bought tiny LED lights to put into the call lily bulbs. Votive candles also added some ambient lighting and lovely scents (vanilla and lavender). Our friends wrote mad libs which we printed for our guests to fill out during the reception. We also bought some Fujifilm Instax Cameras and film for our guests to take mini polaroid shots during cocktail hour. Those turned out to be very popular! We wanted to have an intimate and romantic environment for the evening where we could spend this special event with our closest family and friends, and we were delighted to be able to achieve that in this setting.