First, a little background: Mandi and Dan are two young actors living in LA pursuing their dreams of making it in the entertainment industry. Mandi is beautiful, bright, fun loving, wacky at times, with an iron will that can overcome all obstacles. Dan is handsome, smart, caring, the straight man to Mandi, so focused and supportive of their goals. Their love beautifully glows radiating out into the universe. Mandi and Dan met while attending Boston University with one of their special memories of their early romance attending the BU Ball at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. Having their wedding in the Grand Ballroom at the Fairmont Copley Plaza was meant to be!
The Fairmont Copley Plaza is the grand dame of hotels in Boston. Just over one hundred years old this elegant stately hotel is a breath taking jewel sparkling with a birthday renovation that while updating the rooms and public space preserved the 1912 ambiance. The gold and ivory gilded grand ballroom shimmers with the original Waterford Chrystal chandeliers reminiscent of the era the hotel was build. Think Edith Wharton's the Age of Innocence! I can see Newland Archer and Ellen Olenska waltzing across the dance floor.
I knew from the beginning that the venue would be the focal point of the wedding theme. The hotel and grand ballroom dictated that the wedding be classic, elegant, stately but not over the top. There is a fine line between just the right touches and taking to the point of being too much. That was my job to walk that fine line with all the details coming together to create the theme of the wedding, classic, elegant, glamorous infused with lively personality of the bride and groom! I was in my element.
We started the process by working with Heidi Jimenez of Zenadia Designs. Heidi is the creative genius behind this custom one of a kind invitation company. She designed a gorgeous save the date that set the classic elegant theme for the wedding along with a with a glamorous invitation invitation that invoked old style Hollywood elegance.(Fitting for two young actors!)
Since Mandi and Dan lived in LA and the wedding was in Boston timing was crucial to facilitate all the pieces coming together just at the right time! Next on our list Mandi's wedding dress. Her dress had to convey the theme of classic, elegant, timeless, with as I like to call it the Mandi touch! Who else could we turn to but Vera Wang! Mandi found the perfect dress on our second stop, a simply elegant mermaid style dress Vera Wang dress of tulle, french Chantilly lace, just absolutly perfect!
Mandi knew she wanted her bridesmaids to wear long elegant gold dresses that were glamorous, elegant, classic fitting in to her formal wedding. We found the perfect dresses at Bella Bridesmaids on Newbury Street in Boston. At note here all the girls had the dresses tailored to fit perfectly! Let's face it bridesmaid dresses regardless of the price need to be alter to fit all different shapes, heights and sizes. One of the bridesmaids was eight months pregnant with the right alterations her dress looked like a custom maid maternity dress.
Most important to any wedding once you set your feel, carry it through in all aspects of the wedding. That feel is what set your wedding apart! Gives it an individual personality that is your wedding alone. Go with it, embrace it, feel it! Make it your own!
Next I start working on all the details for the wedding, flowers, program, place cards, favors, gift bags and more. Anything to do with paper I go directly to the Paper Source. Not only is their paper, supplies the best quality, their staff is the best, creative, helpful, knowledgeable and just down right nice! I used their shimmer gold, naturally, which I hand stamped and embossed with gold, accenting everything with crystals.
Using a tri-fold template which was really simple allowing me to three sides for printing all the information to be shared with the guest.
Just purchased these place cards at the Paper Source. The staff sent me the template that they made to use with these place cards and it was so easy to print from my home computer! Again I stamped, embossed in gold finishing off the look with crystals. Easy, simple, elegant!
Menus made with the same shimmery gold paper from the Paper Source, so easy and fun to make. I purchased all the stamps and embossing materials there and printed on my home computer. I am not a big tchotchke lover so I wanted simple, elegant favors reflecting the feel of the wedding. And I wanted something for the groom cause face it sometimes the groom is lost in the big picture. Dan the groom loves old fashion retro candy, bull's eyes, gummy candies, jellies. So we filled elegant gold boxes with an assortment of his favorites, put a sticker inside indicating that this was his favorite candy and sealed the box with a simple gold ribbon. So perfect!
Weddings are so stress less when you pick a theme that fits the couple and venue, carry it throughout, letting you just relax enjoying one of life's beautiful celebrations.
So easy to order this birdcage, spray it to color coordinate to your theme, in our case gold, then decorate with hand stamped and embossed label. A beautiful accent to any wedding.
The day of the wedding was fun, stress-less, a wonderful celebration of two wonderful people.
Did I mention the cake!
Happily Ever After......