I’m sure the biggest fear for both a bride or groom when planning their wedding (besides cold feet) is that something goes wrong: your dress doesn’t fit, somebody gets the flu, or your caterer goes out of business less than a week before your reception. #nightmare! Luckily with some quick thinking and some good connections, this lovely couple were able to pull off an elegant romantic wedding day.
The overall theme for the ceremony and reception
“We wanted to create this feeling of ‘vintage romance with a touch of fun.’ Starting with the invitations, we worked with Blue Envelope Boutique to create invitations that had the look and feel of a book; we included ‘The Story of Us.’ These were romantic in that they had pages dedicated to how Ben and I met and began our story, but also had a touch of fun – like our favorite Winnie the Pooh quote we included on the back.”
The Venue and Décor
Bride: “For our ceremony and reception, we immediately fell in love with Manakiki as a venue. I loved the location of the outdoor ceremony area, the grand staircase indoors, and the beautiful ballroom with its old wood floors for the reception. The whole feel of Manakiki was very vintage and I really wanted to incorporate that into the other aspects of our day. We went with a color palette of blush and cream with a touch of soft grey, and an abundance of flowers throughout the ceremony and reception space. We had a beautiful floral arch for the ceremony, with pink rose petals spread down the aisle and mason jars with peonies and roses lining it. There were also 3 beautiful chandeliers hanging from the archway in the ceremony location. Throughout the wedding, we had small touches of ‘lovebirds,’ such as atop our cake, in our ceremony program and printed on the ‘Thank You’ place settings each guest received. The lighting for the ballroom was a beautiful floral wash on the ceiling along twinkle lights and tulle, and the tables had a mix of high and low floral centerpieces.”
What type of flowers did you use in bouquets, centerpieces, etc?
Bride: “We used peonies, roses, hydrangea, sweetheart roses, and English Garden Roses.”
The Small Touches
Bride: “While we wanted the day to feel very romantic, I also wanted to add some fun and whimsical touches that people would remember. We served sangria and pink lemonade in mason jars before the ceremony, and had the string quartet play ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ as the bridal party walked down the aisle. We had flags that said ‘Yay’ for guests to wave as we walked back down the aisle after the ceremony along with rose petals for them to toss.”
“Heading into cocktail hour and reception, we wanted to continue to add personal touches while keeping it romantic and fun. We set up ‘Papa’s Card Table’ in the greeting room for my grandpa who loves to play cards (and even included soft pink poker chips!). We also had a table filled with wedding pictures from our parents and grandparents. We set up a fun and sweet candy station, all in shades of pink, with vintage looking candy bags for guests to take home.”
“After dinner, we had the groomsmen hand out bright sunglasses to every guest and played the song ‘I Wear My Sunglasses at Night’ to get everyone up and having a great time. The biggest surprise of the night, however, came during our first dance. My husband Ben has always been a huge Cavs fan and loves their mascot Moondog, so I had arranged for Moondog to surprise us during our first dance. He came in with a huge grand entrance, confetti, and the Cavs’ announcer. everyone danced and took pictures with guests for over an hour. The mascot was a huge hit, and the story of him being at the wedding wound up on Yahoo! Sports, ESPN, and many other sites!”
Any stories that come to mind that made the day unique?
“It seemed like such a disaster when the restaurant closed, but it was actually a blessing! So many friends and family reached out to us and offered to cook dinner, bartender, or bring tables and chairs … anything we could imagine. This was truly touching and something we’ll always remember.
“We also had two different news crews come to the wedding and interview us during the reception about what Executive Caterers did for us, so that was a really neat experience as well! It was so fun to hear so many of our guests say that they had seen us on TV later that night or the next day.
“Finally, having Moondog at our wedding and having the story go viral at the wedding was so cool! We were on our honeymoon and receiving links and tweets from our friends all over the place saying they saw us on ESPN or in an article.
Photographer: Kristen Nicole Photography
DJ: Cleveland Music & Entertainment Group
Caterer: Executive Caterers
Floral Designer: Lynda Loren Floral and Event Design
Reception Venue: Manakiki Golf Course
Cake Designer: The White Flower Cake Shoppe