Thursday, November 8, 2012
Christina and Phillips Classy Wedding of Lavender Elegance
Bride Christina envisioned her wedding to be pure romance and elegance with a bit of family tradition sprinkled throughout. We began with her beautiful wedding gown by Ivory and White bridal salon in Crestline Alabama
Christina's bridal bouquet was compiled of whites, creams and hues of purples and lavenders
Taking her walk to see her groom for the first time as a bride
Taking in a sweet moment with her groom
Bridesmaids dressed in gorgeous lavender carry bouquets of creams, Ivory and purples with a touch of greenery to compliment the bride's color scheme
Christina and Phillip enjoy a moment alone in the beautiful landscape of Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa
Surrounded in prayer by her bridesmaids and flower girls. One of my most favorite moments of a wedding day
Beautiful pew markers of antique roses and pops of purple
Tightly packed wreaths of roses and hydrangea bring more color to the church as guests arrive
Guest book table awaits at the reception site
Over 40 tables of both rounds and squares were dressed in luxurious linens of Champagne toned twist and Ivory Cream Damask. Surrounding each table were mahogany chiavari chairs with ivory cushioned seats. Several different heights and textures made up each centerpiece creating colors of interest throughout this elegant reception ballroom with candlelight on each of the guest tables.
One of the many varieties of centerpieces
Abstract lighting designs of purples and lavenders reflect on the walls adding ambiance and color to the elegant ballroom
This was the absolute show stopper of the night..... Bride Christina envisioned a display for her cake that has never been done before....... at least has never been done that I have seen or accomplished... and the result was more spectacular than even I could have ever imagined. We set this six layer cake a top a silver cake stand, sitting on a glass base surrounded by gorgeous florals and suspended 12 feet from a large iron pergola. This cake of fondant appliques weighed well over 100 lbs and we actually added another chain to make sure the cake was secure. It was definitely a swing that this cake is sitting on and it did have movement. One of the many obstacles, as a wedding planner, I had to make sure came through without fail. This beautiful display was made possible by many design team members led by Andy Hopper of KG Designs with Kathy G & Company and this gorgeous wedding cake was created by Jan O'Donnell of Cakes By Jan in Birmingham Alabama
Another look at this beautiful cake display
Usually a North East tradition, Christina and Phillip entered their reception under a tunnel of "love" from their bridal party joining hands above them.
Beautiful bridesmaids look on as Christina and Phillip share their first dance together
Couldn't resist one more peak at this magnificent ballroom and cake display
A first dance for this brand new married couple
A heartfelt toast from Father of the Bride as Christina and Phillip look on with emotion
An emotional moment with Dad
A full view of the dance floor where our lighting design team led by Andy Tolar of Design Productions LLC created a canopy of soft white draping soaring 20 feet high outlining the dance floor
The bride and groom having an absolute fabulous time at their wedding..... exactly what I love to see as their wedding planner!!
Bride Christina having a blast with her girls and a fabulous band Complete Desire!
Another exciting element to this wedding was a surprise from the bride to her groom of what we call a "same day edit". This was accomplished by our fabulous videography team John and Angela Deaver of Main Street Productions and took many many weeks/months of planning the time line to allow enough time to capture key moments during the day and also allow enough time for the team to edit as they shoot the footage, put it all together with music and have it shown to the groom and all the guests shortly after the cutting of the cake. This was another huge task but was pulled off without a hitch and so exciting, not only for Christina and Phillip and all of their guests, but also for our team of wedding professionals who worked together beautifully to make it all happen on time and on cue. It was absolutely magical!!
Our fabulous photographer Frank Carnaggio takes advantage of some beautiful moon light outside Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa in front of the fountain with our beautiful bride and groom
Excited to throw her bouquet to the next bride to be!!
.......And bride Christina's sister Stephanie caught the bouquet! Stephanie was married the very next month!
A fantastic send off for this beautiful couple on their most spectacular wedding day!
An ending to a very happy day for Christina and Phillip!
So many thanks goes out to this team of wedding professionals. This wedding took the choreography and cooperation of the entire team working together for the same goal of making Christina and Phillip's wedding day the very best day in their entire lives. I had the very best team I could have possibly asked for and I knew every single one of them would work hard and use their talents in unison to accomplish and produce this extraordinary event. As a wedding planner of 14 years, this was one of the many I have produced that took many hours of meetings, planning, coordinating, choreographing and on site working with the vendors to pull this all together. I can't thank this team enough and I am so blessed to call you all my friends and to work with all of you. Thank you to Andy Hopper of KG Designs and also Kathy Mezrano of Kathy G & Company for putting together a team of designers creating the decor for the ballroom, beautiful linens, fabulous cake display and all the florals and bouquets. Thank you also to Jan O'Donnell for this fabulous and delicious cake, Event Rentals Unlimited for all the rental items including the chiavari chairs and square oversized tables, Lisa Davis with Perfect Events Music for the beautiful ceremony music, Lamar Mayton with Jamm Entertainment for your M/C work leading this fabulous party and keeping the party going strong during band breaks, Complete Desire was our fabulous band, a wonderful wonderful videography team John and Angela Deaver of Main Street Productions who made this "same day edit" possible and so successful which was a key element to this wedding; I am so grateful to you both; Thank you so much to Andy Tolar of Design Productions LLC for all the lighting design seen throughout the ballroom, spot lights on each and every (over 40) guest tables, spot lights on all the food display tables and of course lighting up our gorgeous wedding cake display and for working throughout the night to put up the draping on the dance floor on all the truss with the lifts rising over 20 feet in the air, setting up screens to show our same day edit feature and all the additional draping behind the band. Christina's beautiful wedding gown was purchased by our friends at Ivory and White in Crestline Village Alabama and all of Christina's accessories and shoes were purchased from my dear friends Cathy and Carolyn Kelly at The White Room and Melissa Moore of Joyce's Formals for all the hair and make up. Thank you to Birmingham Bridal Carriages for driving our bride and groom in the beautiful Rolls Royce named "Helen" and thank you to Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa for providing a fabulous backdrop for our elegant and beautiful wedding reception, wonderful food for our guests and to Chef for recreating a family recipe for groom Phillip's Blueberry Cobbler and Ice Cream. And of course, I thank our fabulous photographers Frank Carnaggio and Nicole Muro with Frank Carnaggio Photography for all of these gorgeous images of Christina and Phillip, many hours of meetings and strategic planning working with our videography team to produce such magnificent results.
I could not have done any of this without any of you!! Fabulous, top notch team and you all have my most sincere appreciation and thank you! Here's to many more events!!!!
Blessing to all!