If you are planning a wedding, you will most likely have a ceremony rehearsal. This typically happens 1-2 days before the wedding. Your bridal party, parents, and anyone involved in the ceremony will get together at your ceremony location and practice for the big day. But more times than not, this get-together turns into a time waster. Follow these ten simple rules to ensure you get the most out of your rehearsal!
Rule # 1: Involve some of your vendors.
Your vendors should play a part in your rehearsal. The following vendors should attend: your officiant, your venue coordinator or someone from the venue, and your wedding planner. Make sure all of those people can attend before you schedule, as one of them should be in charge of the rehearsal. Sometimes couples will invite their ceremony musicians to practice at the rehearsal, although it is not totally necessary.
If you do not know your officiant very well (or at all), schedule a time to meet with them before your rehearsal. An officiant can help craft the ceremony for you, or at least give you some guidance.
Rule #2: Make this a formal affair.
Everyone who is invited should receive an invitation. By sending a formal invitation, you set the mood for the event. Guests will take this a little more seriously if they get an invitation in the mail. Make sure your guests know their expected arrival time. One person running late holds everyone else up. You should also invite everyone to dinner (or a meal) afterwards as a "thank you" for being a part of your special day. Traditionally, the groom's family pays for the rehearsal dinner, although every situation is different.
Rule #3: Make the most of your time.
If you're going to be at your reception venue, use this opportunity to do a quick walk-through, or plan a meeting with your venue coordinator to finalize details. If your wedding is in the next day or so, ask ahead of time if you can bring all of your decor to the rehearsal so you don't have to make an extra trip.
Rule #4: Prepare your items ahead of time.
Print out readings for your readers, and have the readers stand up and read during the rehearsal so they can practice. Planning on doing a sand ceremony? Bring the vases with you and practice that part of the ceremony! Having a aisle runner? Who will be in charge of this? Those people should practice rolling it out. Plan these items ahead of time to make sure there is no confusion on your big day.
Rule #5: Have little ones practice.
If you are having a flower girl or ring bearer in your wedding, make sure they have time to practice, and don't rush them. Little ones tend to get very nervous or shy right before they walk down the aisle. Give them plenty of time to practice walking so they get used to what they will be doing. If they will be holding a sign or a basket, bring that to the rehearsal and let them carry it.
Rule #6: Make sure you are inviting the right people.
Here is who you need to invite to your rehearsal: parents, grandparents, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearers, and readers. (and your vendors mentioned in Rule #1). If someone is not playing a part in your ceremony they don't need to be invited, unless they are the guest of someone who is, or they are a parent of a little one who is involved (like a ring bearer). You can invite more people to dinner afterwards, but they do not necessarily need to be invited to the rehearsal.
Rule #7: Practice standing and walking.
Sounds silly, right? But this is what a rehearsal is for! Your bridal party should practice entering the ceremony (known as the processional) and exiting (know as the recessional). There is correct order to follow, and a correct way to stand at the altar. There is a "bride's side" and a "groom's side". For Catholic and Christian ceremonies, the bride's side is to the left and the groom's side is to the right. During the ceremony the bride should always stand to the left and the groom to the right. The opposite happens during a Jewish ceremony. This is where your officiant or wedding planner can help.
*Wedding Planner Tip: If you are having an outdoor ceremony, wear the shoes you will be wearing on your wedding day. This will give you a chance to break them in, while practicing walking in those heels!
Rule #8: Make sure parents and grandparents are in the know.
Traditionally, grandparents and parents will walk down the aisle and there is a correct order for this. Grandparents of the groom will go first, followed by grandparents of the bride. Then the parents of the groom will walk, followed by the mother of the bride and her escort. The grooms family should be seated in the first pew to the right (groom's side) and the bride's family should be seated in the first pew to the left (bride's side). Jewish ceremonies follow a different order. Step-parents and step-grandparents should be included in the processional, although we realize every family situation is different. That decision is ultimately made by the engaged couple. Whatever you decide, make sure all parents and grandparents practice this order during your rehearsal.
Rule #9: Have your ceremony finalized before your rehearsal.
The rehearsal should just be practice for what you have already planned. You should not be making any major decisions during your rehearsal. Readings, passages, and scriptures should all be decided on ahead of time. Escorts should be decided on ahead of time. The order of your bridesmaids and groomsmen should be finalized before hand. If your ceremony lasts longer than 40 minutes, something has gone wrong. Even a rehearsal for a traditional Jewish ceremony or a full Catholic mass should not take longer than 30-40 minutes to practice. Most rehearsals take 20 minutes, once everyone has arrived. The better you plan ahead of time, the smoother your rehearsal, and ultimately your ceremony will go.
Rule #10: Make sure the Bridal Party knows they have some duties.
Your bridal party will play a small part in your ceremony. Make sure your Maid of Honor or Matron of Honor knows she will have to hold your bouquet, and fix your dress and veil during the ceremony. The Best Man should be in charge of the rings, which the officiant will ask for at one point during the ceremony. These are not huge responsibilities, but these people should know what their job is either before or during the rehearsal.
Most of all (and this isn't a "rule"), have fun and enjoy this time. At this point in the wedding planning process things seem crazy and stressful, but you will look back on this day with fond memories. I still have the dress I wore to my ceremony rehearsal over six years ago. It doesn't fit me anymore (it probably will never fit again after 2 kids!) but I still keep it around for sentimental reasons. It was a day, other than my wedding day, where my friends and family came together to celebrate my husband and I.
If you do get overwhelmed, reach out to your wedding planner, officiant, or venue coordinator. These people should be able to guide you on how to plan your ceremony.
Recently engaged? Congratulations! One of the first steps in the wedding planning process is to select a venue for your ceremony and reception. Once you nail this down, you can start choosing your team of vendors and all of the fun details that follow. But how are you supposed to choose a reception venue? There are literally hundreds of places to hold your reception in the Philadelphia area. Are you supposed to go tour every place? Gosh no! Thanks to the internet, and some wedding planning websites, selecting a venue has gotten a lot easier over the last few years. Here are some tips for choosing a venue that is right for you!
OK, so before you even start thinking about where you and 120 of your friends are going to party, you need to nail down a few things. First and foremost, you need to establish a budget for your wedding. This isn't as simple as throwing a random number out there. You need to talk to anyone who you think might be contributing to your wedding (parents? future in-laws?) and see how much they are contributing. Once you establish an overall budget for your wedding, allot 40% of that number for your venue and food/catering.
Once you are done budgeting, you should figure out where you are having your ceremony. Are you getting married in your parents church? Your fiance's synagogue? Or did you want to have your ceremony and reception in the same place? The reason for figuring this out first is simple. If you are getting married in your church, you should not hold your reception an hour away from your church, especially on a Friday or Sunday. Most of your guests will not attend your ceremony if the reception is far away from the ceremony location. Also, places of worship can only accommodate one wedding at a time, so you need to book them first.
After you have established your ceremony location, you should think about what type of wedding reception you want. Do you want a formal wedding? If words like "classic", "glam", or "modern" describe the type of wedding you want, you are leaning towards a more formal wedding. Ballrooms, country clubs, hotels, museums, and estates are perfect settings for a formal wedding. Most of these type of venues come staffed with catering, bartenders, and servers.
If words like "vintage", "rustic", or "boho" describe your dream wedding, you probably want a more informal wedding. Informal wedding venues include barns, wineries, art galleries, and historic landmarks, just to name a few. A lot of informal wedding venues do not include catering at their venue, so be prepared to look for a caterer.
Next, come up with a rough number of guests. There is a huge difference between a 70 person wedding and a 270 person wedding. The higher the number of guests you need to invite, the harder it is to find a venue. If you need a space for 300 guests, your options on venues will be limited.
I recommend to look at a few different types of venues if you are unsure of what you want. Go look at an estate, a barn, and a country club, just to have some comparison. The internet is a great place to look for venues. I recommend using TheKnot.com, WeddingWire.com, and Partyspace.com. Wedding planners and photographers are also a great resource for finding venues. Select a few that are appealing to you, and email the venue for information on pricing. Also, ask if your date is available, and how many people the venue can hold. If you have specific requests, like you need a wheelchair ramp, ask before you go see the venue. Finding important items out before you go look will save you time in the long run. To keep your sanity, limit the number of venues you look at to no more than five.
Your reception venue and food will cost the most money from your wedding budget, so it is important to take your time making this important decision.
Schedule a tour with the Venue Coordinator. These are usually done on weekdays or early in the morning on weekends (venues are busy holding events on the weekends!). Bring a list of questions with you, take pictures, and take notes! If you're going to see a few venues, you might start getting confused about the different venues. If you plan on getting married at your reception venue, look at the exact location of where you would be getting married. If it's outside, ask what the back up plan is for rain. Can you imagine yourself getting married there if it rains? If you are undecided between two venues, ask to do a food tasting. Sometimes this will help determine your venue! And always look for online reviews or ask the venue to provide you with references. If you know someone who recently had their wedding at the venue, reach out to them and ask them about their experience.
If the venue has a "preferred vendors" list, ask if you have to use these vendors. Most venues will let you bring in your own insured vendors, but some venues do not allow this. Always ask before you sign!
Once you have selected your venue, you will have to sign a contract, and be prepared to put down a deposit. This secures your date. Make sure to read the contract! Your contract will state everything you need to know- payment deadlines, rules of what you can and can not bring in, and what is included. At this point you will most likely be working with the owner, Catering Sales Manager, or Venue Coordinator. Now the fun can begin!
Recently, I was working with a client and we were deciding whether she and her fiancé should do a receiving line. We came up with a list of pros and cons, and in the end, she opted not to. However, some of my couples do chose to do a receiving line after their ceremony. Six years ago at my own wedding, my husband and I chose to do a receiving line and it worked to our advantage, but it's not for every couple. I'll take you through some pros and cons of a receiving line to help you decide if it's right for you.
A receiving line is done immediately following your ceremony. Basically, the couple walks down the aisle for the first time as a married couple. They only walk to the back of the church or the back of their ceremony location. They stand there and wait for their guests to walk down the aisle to greet them. Guests will form a line to offer their congratulations to the new couple.
One of the benefits of doing a receiving line is that you get to formally say "hello" to all of your guests before your reception starts. This can eliminate the need to go around to all of your tables during the reception-- although proper etiquette would tell you to still do both.
One downside of doing a receiving line is that it eats up a lot of time- especially if you have a large wedding. Some guests will want to talk to you for several minutes, holding up the line. If you are pressed for time you need to take this into consideration.
Here's where I see a lot of couple opt to do a receiving line: You are getting married in a church at 2pm, then cocktail starts at 5pm somewhere else. This leaves you with a lot of time to get pictures taken, and time to say hello to all of your guests.
Here's when I suggest you don't do a receiving line: Your ceremony and reception are at the same venue, and you only have the venue for a total of 5 or 6 hours. You are pressed for time and your only option for bridal portraits is between your ceremony and reception...and you actually want to be at your cocktail hour.
Also, if you are having a super small wedding there really isn't a need for a receiving line. You can easily greet all of your guests during your reception.
Receiving lines are considered a traditional part of a wedding, however with so many couples now opting for non traditional weddings, receiving lines seem to be a thing of the past. If you decide to for-go a receiving line, you need to carve out time to say hello to each of your guests during cocktail hour or your reception. Nothing makes a wedding guest more upset than not getting to talk to the newlyweds.
Sammy and Bernard were married on October 29th (Halloween weekend!) at World Cafe Live at the Queen, which is a music venue in Wilmington, Delaware. When I met this couple, I knew immediately that they wanted a unique and fun wedding. They had a music-themed wedding, sprinkled with a mix of Halloween. This couple worked very hard to make sure their wedding was anything but cookie-cutter!
The venue totally fit the Sammy and Bernard's style and could easily be transformed into an event space.
The couple used their favorite CD albums instead of traditional table numbers. Each table had a picture of an album cover so that guests could find their seats.
One of my favorite moments of the wedding was the ceremony. Sammy had kept all of the flower petals that Bernard has ever given her (swoon!) and the flower girls used these petals when they walked down the aisle. This was such a beautiful event to see.
Bernard has three nephews who are triplets and served as the ring bearers. Once of the triplets was not able to walk down the aisle, so Bernard, with the help of his family, built a remote controlled car to help him. Read more about that here.
Sammy and Bernard made a painting during their wedding ceremony, as a symbol of their love and commitment to each other.
During cocktail hour the couple took bridal party portraits, however these were anything but boring! Sammy and Bernard rented the "Ghostbusters" car to take pictures in front of. They were such a fun couple to work with!
The picture below is one of my favorites!
Sammy's bridesmaids each wore different fall-colored dress, which perfectly fit in with the season.
The groomsmen added some flair to their attire by wearing fun socks!
The Bachelor Boys Band played throughout the reception as guests danced the night away.
Instead of a traditional guestbook, guests signed records! This was perfect for the music-themed event.
Sammy & Bernard's team of wedding professionals:
Ceremony & Reception location: World Café Live at the Queen
Day of Coordinator: Table 1 Events
Photographer: JFS Photography Design
Music: Bachelor Boys Band
Florist: Jill's Flowers and Frills
Cake: Sweet Somethings Desserts
Transportation: Dave's Limousine
Heather and Mark were married on October 14th at the Aldie Mansion in Doylestown. This was such a fun wedding to be a part of--- everyone involved was so happy and excited! The couple met at a Physical Therapy conference in California, even though they were in the same PT program at Temple University. It was definitely fate that these two got together!
The pictures from Daniel Moyer Photography are amazing because they perfectly captured all of the emotions from the day. It's clear to see that this couple is head over heals in love with each other!
Heather's "something borrowed/something old" was her grandfather's purple heart from WW1 and her great grandmother’s handkerchief which she had wrapped around her bouquet.
Heather's mom also had her grandmother’s handkerchief tied around her bouquet from when she and Heather's dad got married.
The ceremony took place outside of the Aldie Mansion and was absolutely beautiful. Heather, escorted by her father, had a very long walk down the aisle. But I think it added a dramatic effect to the day!
I love looking at the groom's reaction when he sees his bride coming down the aisle. This couple did a 'first look' prior to the ceremony, but poor Mark couldn't contain himself when he saw Heather. She was one of the most beautiful brides so I don't blame him for getting a little choked up!
Look at their smiles! :)
The couple danced to a song called 'Never Stop' (wedding version) by SafetySuit for their first dance as Mr. & Mrs.
Another thing I loved about this wedding were the speeches. Both father's spoke and there was not a dry eye in the house. It's so nice to see a young couple have the love and support of their families as they enter this new chapter of their life.
The groom's family is Jewish so the couple incorporated some Jewish traditions into their wedding. One of the best moments was the couple being raised up on chairs, known as the "horah". The expression on their face says it all!
The couple's parents even got in on the fun!
Total Entertainment DJ is a close family friend of Heather, so they pulled out all the stops to make sure everyone was up and dancing!
Heather and Mark had guest sign pieces of fabric, that will be made into a quilt. They did this in lieu of a traditional guestbook. They also donated money to a charity in their guests name. These are just a few of the reasons I loved working with this couple!
Another favorite moment of mine was the couple's grand sparkler exit.
Heather & Mark's Team of Wedding Professionals:
Venue: Aldie Mansion
Caterer: Jeffrey Miller Catering
Day of Coordinator: Table 1 Events
Photographer: Daniel Moyer Photography
DJ: Total Entertainment DJ
Florist: Posey Hill Flowers
Video: Above & Beyond Wedding Studio
Dress and Formalwear: Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo Shop
Hair: RIAH Hair Studio
Makeup: All Dolled Up
Officiant: Justin Zadnik (groom's cousin)
I had been working with Jess and Jordan for over 18 months to plan their perfect "barn chic" wedding. This was a fun wedding to plan, and I lovingly referred to Jess and Jordan as "My Havertown Couple". I was always happy to meet with them since they lived just a few blocks away.
On October 7th the high school sweethearts said their vows at St. Denis Church in Havertown. They had a traditional Catholic ceremony and had 14 members in their bridal party. Once they said their 'I Do's' we made the hour and 15 minute trek into Lancaster where the couple would party the night away with 160 friends and family members.
The reception took place at the Barn at Silverstone in Lancaster. I absolutely love this venue. It's a renovated, upscale barn. It has a rustic feeling but with 21st century amenities. Jess and Jordan wanted something different from the standard ballroom wedding and the Barn at Silverstone was an obvious choice for them.
When it came to picking a theme, this couple wanted a very classic wedding. Jess said she wanted her pictures to still look modern twenty years from now. She opted for a black, white, and gold color scheme.
When it came to proposing, Jordan planned a huge "proposal party" after he got down on one knee at Jess's parents house. Once he popped the question, about sixty friends and family members came over to celebrate!
One of my favorite moments of this wedding came later in the evening. The couple surprised the bride's parents by having all of their guests sing "American Pie", which was played at Jess's parents wedding.
The couple also had a late night popcorn bar, provided by Rettew's Catering. It seemed to go over well with all of their guests!
Jess + Jordan's Team of Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony Location: St Denis Church in Havertown
Reception Location: The Barn at Silverstone
Wedding Planner: Table 1 Events
Catering: Rettew’s Catering
Photography & Videography: The Artist Group
Florist: Theresa’s Floral Design
DJ: Schaffer Sounds - Dave Schaffer
Stationary and Invitations: Minute Man Press
Cake made by: The Master’s Baker
Transportation: King Limo
Wedding Dress Designer: Allure Bridals- Allure Couture Collection
Bridal Shoppe: Lizelle's
Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Clarise
Bridesmaid dresses from: Accents Boutique
Groom's Attire Designer: Michael Kors
Groom's Formalwear from: Sagets
Bride's shoe designer: Betsey Johnson
Jewler: Bucci Jewelers
Hair: Salon Bellissima
Makeup: Jessica Brindisi - Jessica B. Beauty
Lighting and Drapery: Shumaker PDT
Alcohol: Frank’s Wine
Jess and Dennis were married on September 30th at Old Saint Mary's church in Philadelphia. The reception took place at the Ballroom at the Ben. This was one of the more upscale weddings I did this year and it did not dissapoint! This couple spared no expense to make their dream wedding come to life.
The bridal party stayed at the Hotel Monaco to prepare for the big day. One of my favorite parts of my job is seeing the excitement on everyone's faces the morning of a wedding. Everyone was very excited for the day to start. The bride and groom both seemed very calm even though they were in for one of the most exciting days of their lives.
This couple met on a blind date! They were set up by Dennis' brother-in-law Steve. Steve met Jessica at a work dinner. He later called Dennis and told him "I met your wife!"
The bridal party took trolleys to the church and the couple said their vows in front of 170 guests. One of my favorite parts of this ceremony was seeing the four ring bearers (yes--- four!) walk down the aisle. They looked super cute in their mini tuxedos.
I also love to see how the groom looks as the bride is walking down the aisle. Dennis looked very excited to see his soon-to-be-bride!
Once the ceremony ended, guests waited outside and did a big bubble exit for the newlyweds!
The bridal party then got in the trolley and made their way through the city, making stops at some of historic Philadelphia landmarks. Uusually I head over to the reception venue during this time, however the couple asked me to stay with them while they were getting photos. I made sure everyone stayed on track, and even held an umbrella for the bride, since there was a little bit of rain during this time. These are some of my favorite pictures!
Once pictures ended, it was time to party! Everyone headed over to the Ballroom at the Ben to dance the night away! The band "Paris" got everyone up and on the dancefloor! One of the fun surprises happened at the reception when Jess surprised Dennis with a Groom's Cake. However this was not an ordinary cake. This cake was made with twinkies, which was a nod to Denni's love of twinkies.
Jess + Dennis' team of Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony Venue: Old Saint Mary's Church
Reception Venue: Ballroom at the Ben
Catering: Finley Catering
Day of Coordinator: Table 1 Events
Photographer: Philip Gabriel Photography
Florist: Gina Conshetti
Invitations: Becca Hadley
Band: Paris (EBE Entertainment)
Lodging: Hotel Monaco
Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works
Wedding Dress: Bijou Bridal
Hair: Roxy Brennan
Makeup: C.E. Facial Artistry
Bridesmaid dresses: Bijou Bridal
Tuxedos: Jos A. Banks
If you follow me on social media, you know that I have been recapping all of Table 1 Events' weddings this past year. Up next is one of my favorite couples--Meghan and Jimmy! I have known the groom since I was little. We went to elementary school togther. We kind of lost touch, but I was thrilled when he contacted me asking if I was available to be his Wedding Planner for his September wedding! I always consider it such an honor when someone you know asks you to be a part of one of the biggest days of their life.
Through the planning process I got to know Meghan, and she compliments Jim so nicely. This couple was so sweet and fun to work with. Their wedding was a ton of fun-- here are the highlights! (P.S.-- These pictures are by FAR my favorite. So forgive me in advance for posting so many. I couldn't choose which ones I liked the best! Kudos to Olivia Rae Photography!)
Meghan and Jimmy were married on September 10 at the Philander Chase Knox Estate in Malvern. This was the hottest wedding day of the year-- however no one seemed to mind! Everyone was just happy to be there and celebrating the love of this couple.
One of my favorite things about this wedding was all of the personalized details. From the personalized jenga and baggo games, to the choreographed first dance, this couple thought of it all! As a wedding planner, I love when a couple puts in the effort to make their wedding unique and represents them as a couple.
Meghan and Jimmy did a First Look, as shown below. It was a beautiful, emotional moment for the soon to be newlyweds!
The entire bridal party looked gorgeous. The bridesmaids wore blush colored dresses which complimented the pastel floral arrangements.
During their ceremony, Meghan + Jim released butterflies. This was beautiful way to exit their ceremony as Mr. + Mrs.!
Over 200 guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the patio and in the estate, then moved back outside under a tent for the reception.
The crowd danced the night away to the sounds of Dels Groove!
Meghan + Jimmy's team of Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Philander Chase Knox Estate
Catering: Robert Ryan Catering
Wedding Planner: Table 1 Events
Photographer: Olivia Rae Photography
Band: Dels Groove
Photobooth: DAZ Entertainment
Officiant: Cindi Babiak
Florist: Sommerfield Designs + Jami Coppock
Cake: Master Baker
Videographer: Noah Petrie
Transportation: Krapf Coaches
Invitations & Stationary: Paper and Posh
Hair: Alaina DiRocco + Alyssa Gallen from Avante Salon
Makeup: Nadia Grier + Breanna Berk
Chalkboard signs: Stacie Lee Designs
Savannah and Jim were married on September 3rd and it was such a fun wedding to be a part of. I loved this wedding because it took place at Savannah's parents house in Chester Springs, PA. I have done outdoor weddings in the past, but this was my first wedding where the bride got married at her family house. However this was not a typical backyard wedding. The house was beautifully decorated, and was the perfect setting for this love story.
Savannah and Jim had a small, intimate wedding of around 80 guests. Their color scheme was white, pink, burgundy, and gold. Savannah's two sisters and best friend served as bridesmaids.
This wedding was a mix of upscale elegance and DIY. The bride, with the help of her mom and sisters, made her cake and all of her flowers!
My favorite memory of this day was the ceremony. The weather was perfect, and Savannah and Jim said their vows outside on Savannah's parents lawn. However the yard was transformed into an upscale ceremony area. Chivari style chairs were brought in, and the couple had a chuppah made that was adorned with florals. I helped scatter flower petals into a design for Savannah to walk down. They had an unplugged ceremony (which I love), and as they were announced as 'Mr. and Mrs.', guests popped confetti poppers.
After the ceremony guests walked over to another area for cocktail hour and the reception. This area is typically used as the driveway, but again, was transformed into a beautiful wedding venue. Savannah's parents had a large tent brought in, and rented tables, chairs, linens, and table wear.
Another great memory from this wedding was the two pinata's that Savannah and Jim had at their wedding. The first pinata was for the kids, and was filled with candy. The second was an 'adults only' pinata, filled with mini bottles of alcohol! Everyone had a ton of fun trying to burst open the pinatas!
The rest of the night was filled with dancing and laughter!
Savannah and Jim's Wedding Professionals:
Venue: Private Estate
Wedding Planner: Table 1 Events
Photography: Candid Moments Photography
Florals: DIY from Fifty Flowers
Officiant: Hollis Payer
DJ: Marty Smith from Silver Sounds DJ's
Hair and Makeup: Daneene Jensen & Associates Hair & MakeUp Artists
Rentals: Preferred Party Place
Kayla and Keith were married on July 30th at The Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, NJ. I had been to the Mansion a few times, but never to work a wedding. So I was very excited when I booked this wedding. The Mansion is known for it's opulence and upscale ballrooms.
Kayla and Keith live in North Jersey but have a lot of family in the Philadelphia area, so they wanted a venue that was halfway between the two locations. The Mansion offered everything they were looking for. I loved this couple's choice of colors- blush and gold, which was speckled throughout their wedding.
Kayla's dress was breathtaking. I love when a bride wears a dress that makes you say "Wow!" This dress had over 20 hooks to bustle!
Their ceremony was held onsite and about 70 guests attended. Their ceremony was filled with love and a lot of laughter!
I love all of the little details of this wedding. You can tell when a bride and groom take extra steps to ensure their wedding is unique and represents them!
Kayla wore her mother's brooch on her dress in honor of her late mother. Just another beautiful element of this wedding.
Kayla and Keith had a Signature Drink called "As Good As Gold", which perfectly complimented the theme of the evening. The drink contained vodka, lemon juice, honey simple syrup, with a splash of champagne. Yum!
Carl Alan Florist did an amazing job with all of the florals for this wedding.
I am a huge cake snob and always look at the cake at weddings. This cake was hands down one of my favorites!
This was one of my favorite group pictures of all the weddings I have done. We got every single guest to go to the stairway for this shot. Kudos to Ambar Moreno Photography!