July 12, 2011

CTD Real Wedding: Andrew and Rosa

I was so excited to plan the wedding of my favorite new client, my brother and sister in law! They thought about how they wanted their wedding day to be and decided on the perfect wedding for them! Although the guest list was small it was beautiful, elegant and full of family infused details.

Their wedding colors were chocolate, gold and red. A beautiful rich combination and I love that even though most people think spring colors for a June wedding they chose what they loved. With that color pallette in mind we started planning! The couple had just bought a beautiful large home that would easily accommodate the 25 person guest list.

Guests were guided through the side gate and floating candles with cherries brought a splash of color to the path;

Andrew and Rosa are travel enthusiasts so I incorporated travel themed touches through out the wedding. Guests wrote a personalized not to the couple on travel postcards and put them into a smaller vintage piece of luggage which was stacked onto a larger piece of luggage;

With the guests comfort in mind, they were greeted by our Circle The Date bartender with a goblet of water with lemon wedge on the rim. The couple met my favorite vocalist, Oscar Chavez and loved him and his sister as much as I do. They really set the mood with romantic pre-ceremony music;

Although the wind was playing havic with my arch material the wedding aisle was beautiful;

As most of us who grew up in the 80's my brother and I loved the Karate Kid. So he walked down the aisle to a song from the Karate Kid, Joe Espisoto's Your'e the Best Around. Hilarious and fitting for my brother!
My sister in law looked amazing;

Even though this wedding was intimate, we included all the bells and whistles that you would find in larger events, so ofcourse that included passed appetizer trays. Staying true to what the couple liked, we served chicken strips, stuffed dates and pigs-n-a blanket. Although it was comfort food when in an atmosphere with elegant linens and centerpieces it gave the food a little pizazz;

Infusing the space with bold color the red linens were the perfect pop of color and the stripe on the linens added elegance;

We had a personalized bar sign created for the couple along with personalized napkins;

When I design a wedding I like for the cocktail and reception spaces to be seperate and a different design look. Guests were invited inside the house for the reception space and I really enjoyed hearing the gasps. The couple and I wanted a very formal but comfortable feel so we chose chocolate linens and used red stripped napkins, which matched the cocktail linens. I hung varying sizes of chocolate, red and gold chinese lanterns from the ceiling. It really turned the room into a formal space;

I uplighted the entire space in gold lighting, but uplighted the sweetheart table with red lighting, because they are...SPICEY!! 

I hung a wreath and crystals from a chadelier to create a personalized look in their sweetheart area;

Their wedding cake looked and tasted so good;

I am so happy that my brother came back from Afghanistan safe, bought a home, found a bride and included his family in his wedding day! It was my pleasure to plan his wedding. And they lived happily ever after!

A very special thank you to Julie Hamilton of Photography by Julie for the beautiful pictures. Check out Julie's work on facebook!

Until Next Time...Happy Planning

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