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Can you tell that it’s going to be a beautiful wedding!

 

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The bride, of course, was stunning…

 

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The groom’s 99-year-old grandmother, who lives is Florida, attended the wedding via Skype!

 

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The official paparazzi!

 

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Up to the bride’s room for a few moments alone before joining their guests at the reception.

 

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The ballroom was set cocktail-style for the reception, with high and low small tables for the guests and three food stations.

 

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Outside! Everyone was soooo happy to be able to be outside!

 

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Venue: Chase Court
Catering: Rouge Fine Catering
Ceremony Music: David Shriner
DJ: Dr. Spin Entertainment
Photography: D Bryant Photography (Images above by Chase Court.)
Videography: Desrocher’s Video Productions
Officiant: Vic Victoriano

—David

Successful weddings are all about the details, and this one got all of them right. In the middle of the day, in February, it was clean, crisp, and pretty. An elegant and bright winter wedding!

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Live music adds an element that simply can’t be had anyway else.

 

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Venue: Chase Court
Catering: Zeffert & Gold Catering and Event Planning
Photography: Eric Stocklin Photography (Images above by Chase Court.)
Officiant: Heather Saul
Flowers: Blooming Arts
Ceremony Music & Entertainment: Music by Anthem
Cake: Yia Yia’s Bakery
Lodging: Hotel Brexton
Rehearsal Dinner: City Cafe

—David

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The Kiss Kiss Players welcomed guests to Molly and Ryan’s wedding at Chase Court. The sound of strings in the ballroom was just magnificent!

 

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The trio touched depth, drama, and brought a deep sense of gravitas.

 

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There is a presence of emotion and energy that only live music can bring.

 

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Molly was a classic, traditional bride with red roses and a veil, on her father’s arm in a simple white dress trimmed and accessorized with pearls.

 

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The morning sun lit up the ballroom for their wedding ceremony!

 

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The wedding party carried the classic, traditional look with fur capes over red dresses for the ladies and more roses—white for her attendants and red for his.

 

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But that’s where tradition ended! Get ready for a color explosion!

 

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The ballroom turned into a kaleidoscope of color!

 

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Eight colors of napkins on every table, plus the favor boxes (which contained strips of paper and instructions on how to make paper stars), plus the incredible centerpieces.

 

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What’s most amazing is that the bride, with the help of family and friends, made all of these herself!

 

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And these…

 

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And this incredible backdrop for the gift table!

 

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Is this not the coolest card box! The bride’s very talented aunt made it as a gift for Molly and Ryan.

 

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Then the bride turned her attention to the ballroom window sills.

 

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The attention to detail was fabulous.

 

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Different colors all around the room.

 

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This one was my favorite!

 

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There were hundreds and hundreds of these, in the window sills and on the tables and scattered before the bride like rose pedals. Making everything took several months of work.

 

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The sweetheart table had a special, contrasting linen overlay.

 

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Then there was the cake…

 

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Cupcakes! With dinosaurs. The flavors included salted caramel and cookies and creme, among others.

 

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Yes, that’s bacon…

 

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The cutting cake, with truly unique cake toppers.

 

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Molly and Ryan’s wedding is an example of DIY design and fabrication done exceptionally well. The decor looked great throughout and the craftsmanship was superb.

Beside an excellent design sense, doing DIY decor design well calls for tremendous attention to detail and a high level of communication with the venue and the caterer in the planning process. Not only does that insure that everything will fall into place easily and effortlessly on wedding day, but the wedding professionals can contribute useful ideas.

Creative collaboration worked well for Molly and Ryan’s wedding. For example, one of the ideas we presented was choosing contrasting color linens overlays for service tables. They liked that idea, so the white linen that was on their guest tables was accented on the buffet, beverage, and gift tables with a blue overlay, on the cake table with blue and lime green, and on the sweetheart table with orange. The total effect was absolutely stunning.

Venue: Chase Court
Catering: Zeffert & Gold Catering and Event Planning
Photography: L. Hewitt Photography (Images above by Chase Court.)
DJ: Steve Pawlak
Officiant: Rosemary Asquino
Ceremony Music: Kiss Kiss Players (That’s the Chase Court garden on their home page!)
Cake and Cupcakes: Iced Gems
Lodging: Hotel Brexton

—David

  • Bernadette Blair - Beautiful and clever – a wonderful beginning for Molly and Ryan’s wonderful new life. Praying them continuing Blessings and Joy in their marriage. B.

  • Leah - So great to see these online, David! Seeing my friends’ wedding online is such a delight and I love your descriptions throughout the post. Great meeting you!

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Patti’s jubilant mother and father walked her into the ballroom and down the aisle.

 

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Stars were hung from the chandeliers for their New Year’s wedding!

 

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Thirteen ribbons were made fast around the bride and groom’s hands by thirteen of their friends and family. The color of each ribbon carried special significance.

 

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Pattis’ father wrapped the gray ribbon, symbolizing balance in their life together.

 

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The Reverend Jeff Maszal fashioned a knot to unite all of the ribbons and with it all of their desires, dreams, happiness, and love.

 

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Venue: Chase Court
Catering: Zeffert & Gold Catering and Event Planning
Flowers: Fleur de Lis Florist
Photography: Jason Putsché Photography (Images above by Chase Court.)
DJ: Ridiculous Entertainment
Officiant: Wedding Ceremonies by Jeff
Transportation: On the Town Limousines

—David

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Guests found hints of things to come as they came down the path through the entrance garden.

 

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It was a glorious late-October day and the ceremony garden looked magnificent! Crimson & Clover Floral Design hung sparkly candle lanterns from the trees all over the garden to add to the gloriousness.

 

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Cool sign, and a beautiful four-color program book!

 

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Patrick, about to walk down the aisle. Does he look a bit nervous?

 

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Alex is ready! If you can tear your eyes away from this spectacular bride, notice the lace-wrapped pumpkins on her right.

 

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Hallowedding escort card holders!

 

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Copper wire with a twist, nice card stock, and elegant lettering created an inviting, perfect-for-the-theme presentation!

 

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Speaking of perfect presentation, the table decor carried the theme in a most elegant manor, with gorgeous tall candle lanterns alternating tables with candle-bearing floral centerpieces.

 

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Monochromatic table lines have an elegance all their own, especially when they’re accentuated by table decor in rich, soft tones.

 

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The table numbers were personalized and lighted, fitting into the decor rather than being visually jarring.

 

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The candle lanterns hanging from the trees, our uplighting on the granite walls, and the soft downlighting from high above made the garden an inviting place for socializing after dark!
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Cocktails were served in the Library, which you can see through the windows on the right, so it was easy for guests to grab a drink and hang out in the garden. They weren’t far from the dancing, either. Look carefully through the open doors and you can just see one of the ballroom chandeliers.

 

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Venue: Chase Court
Catering: The Pantry Catering
Floral Design: Crimson & Clover Floral Design
Officiant: Phil Hiotis
DJ: Jim Stanton, Soundsations
Photography: Chris Bavaria Weddings (Images above by Chase Court.)
Cake: Dudley’s Desserts

There are more photographs from Alex and Patrick’s Hallowedding on the Chris Bavaria Weddings web site.

—David

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