Sarah and Jeff’s was the first of my 2012 wedding season…and my first after Baby Five Grain! I was so excited that this super chic event, with the most wonderful couple, would mark my re-entry into the working world. I met Sarah in January of 2011 at the Indie Wed event. I could tell she was a stylish girl from the start and it was a joy seeing all of her fun details come to fruition on wedding day.
The ladies did their prep in a stunning suite at Hotel Sax. Rachel Reiman and Erin Graham took care of hair and makeup for Sarah and her lovely bridesmaids. I absolutely adored Sarah’s look for the day: long sexy waves in her hair and a fit-and-flare gown. Elegance with an edge!
Sarah and Jeff’s first look took place at the Riverwalk just across the bridge from Hotel Sax. It was a chilly day, but they braved the weather for some great photos by Michael Rastall of the bridal party. The bridesmaids showed off their mix and match navy dresses. Their Ashland Addison bouquets added a pop of magenta to round out the look.
Though we were all crossing our fingers (and legs, arms, toes…) for an unseasonably warm day, in the week leading up to Sarah and Jeff’s wedding we began to realize that the forecast was not cooperating: 50 degrees and rainy! One of the perks of having a planner? Someone to pull some strings and get you an alternate photo venue. We were so lucky that Venue Six10 had a room available. All the benefits of natural light and city views in a more comfortable climate. The results speak for themselves!
Soon it was time to head to Fulton’s on the River (now known as River Roast) for the start of the ceremony. Deborah and her team from Art of Imagination swathed the room in ivory and hung the ribbon backdrop that Sarah and her mom had created. Ashland Addison Florist added the clouds of baby’s breath to Fulton’s beautiful dark wood chairs. Sarah and Jeff asked Jeff’s brother, Jason, to officiate the personalized ceremony.
Sarah and her mom worked so hard on all the details to make the wedding truly reflective of Sarah and Jeff. From family photos placed in painted blue frames, to a feather boa backdrop for the cake table, to an “Oh Happy Day” sign directing guests to the ceremony, this mother-daughter team thought of everything!
At the reception, guests dined on Fulton’s famous cuisine while taking in the fabulous decor. Sarah chose to include some round and some square tables each with a navy linen in one of three textures. The centerpieces included a mix of dramatic tall arrangements of babies breath, a collection of glass vases including varying white florals, and glowy candle groupings. As a nod to their accent color, each napkin featured a magenta rose petal. Ashland Addison executed the bride’s vision perfectly!
The couple had saved a special surprise for the dinner hour. They had the ever-talented Nathan of Delack Media Group capturing their day. Instead of waiting several weeks for the film, they chose to have editors on hand so that they could present a “same day edit” for all of their guests at dinner. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house when they played this for their family and friends:
Once dinner and some wonderful speeches were complete, the group flooded the dance floor to the beats of Toast and Jam’s DJs Kate and Rachel. Sarah chose to bring in a white dance floor from M&M Special Event Rentals to really solidify her design scheme and while it looked beautiful, it functioned even better!
Sarah and Jeff, thank you for welcoming me back into the wedding world with such a wonderful day. I hope you continue to have a blast together as you go forward as husband and wife!