Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A Traditonal Church Wedding

We were so blessed to be a part of Jennifer and Nick's wedding on August 22. They selected St. Lawrence Catholic Church for the ceremony and the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa for the cocktail hour and reception. Their traditional color scheme of gold, merlot, and ivory, with touches of deep purple and light pink, created the perfect atmosphere for a romantic wedding! It did rain on the wedding day, but it did not dampen the couple's joy. It even cleared up, just in time for a perfect sunset.

The church decor was kept very simple with only white accents, such as calla lilies and white hydrangea. The cocktail hour and reception decor on the other hand, was deep and rich. The cocktail hour took place in History Hall and the centerpiece of the room was the table with eighty half bottles of wine, from which were the favors and escort cards for the guests. This favor was a perfect representation of the bride and groom, because of their love of wine. Each bottle had picture of them and their guests were blown away by this creative wedding favor.

The Four Springs Ballroom was accented with amber lighting all around the perimeter. Upon the start of the reception, the sun was still shining through the lattice ceiling, and as it became darker, the room just became more and more romantic. The tables had a crushed gold linen with a merlot napkin and menu at each place setting. A combination of tall and short centerpieces created visual interest around the room. The flowers combined all of the colors and truly created the ambiance. The couple opted out for table numbers and instead, used table names of locations that were important to them throughout their ten year relationship. The table names also changed with the centerpieces. On the taller tables, they hung from the centerpieces, and on the short tables, they sat in small gold easels. The sweetheart table had a candlescape with lush merlot-colored flowers, and gold chargers. The showcase of the room was the cake table on the stage behind them. We accented the cake with florals and a lit span of drape behind it. Suspended candles and rose petals were the perfect backdrop to frame off the cake, which was a traditional, ornate design of white and gold with an edidle "H" on top. We based the design of the cake, off the architectural details of the ballroom. Jennifer and Nick wanted their guests to truly enjoy themselves, so they incorporated a photobooth, as well as a Viennese station with numerous desserts and coffee for their guests to enjoy! The photobooth was a big hit and it was also personalized, with their monogram and wedding date on each print out. The bride and groom, as well as all the guests, had a great time! We were so humbled by the comments that we received from other vendors and the Safety Harbor staff saying, "this room has never looked so good!" What a great compliment! :)

Jennifer and Nick, best wishes for a long and happy life together! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your wedding day!

Wedding Coordinator: Us!
Ceremony Venue: St. Lawrence Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Safety Harbor Resort and Spa
Photography: Limelight Photography
Flowers: Northside Florist
Transporation: Embassy Limo
DJ: Grant Hemond, Rob Vollmar
Favors: Aspirations Winery
Stationery: Paper Presence
Linens: Connie Duglin
Lighting & Drape: Grand Events of Florida
Cake: Let Them Eat Cake
Photobooth: Shutterbooth

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