Erin and Mike gave every piece of decor for their wedding a great deal of thought. The ultimate goal was to create something chic, elegant, and stunning. With Erin Johnson Photography capturing every detail, mission accomplished indeed!
The mix and match bridesmaid dress trend that has become popular was something that really appealed to Erin. With this in mind, she had her girls buy a cocktail length dress in any shade of coral. They bought what they liked, what flattered their body, and what was in their budget, and they will hopefully really wear them again.With the girls wearing mix and match dresses, Erin and Mike decided each groomsman would wear their own black suit, which everyone already owned. The couple purchased a nice button-down shirt for each groomsman, as well as a tie that was a different style and shade of coral. The end result, a stylish looking bridal party with little to zero expense for them and a delighted bride and groom!
What made you chose your venue?
We knew that we didn’t want our reception at a country club or hotel ballroom. It was important to us to have it at a venue that was unexpected, unique and ” us.” It was about a week after our engagement when I started looking for venues. I came across an online ad for this new, under-construction venue called A’BULAE. Immediately it caught my attention because it was new, innovative, fresh, state-of-the-art interior and technology, the options of many services, options for indoor/outdoor rooftop. The space also was built specially with weddings in mind and so everything was as ideal as it possibility could be. Finally, the staff was exceptional, unbelievably experienced and made us feel like our wedding was the only one they had on their plates – which was so far from the truth!
What inspired your wedding day outfits?
It was important to me to not ask our wedding party to spend a lot of money on what they’d wear after agreeing to be in our wedding. I have been in 10 weddings and spent way too much money on all that goes into being a bridesmaid. Now that I was the one getting married, I kept this in mind as we thought about what we wanted for the wedding day outfits.
We tackled everything with the thought of how we could make it easiest and cost-efficient for our wedding party, as well as staying true to the mix & match, non-identical look that we loved. And we think it turned out fantastic!
What inspired your wedding decor?
Our wedding colors were different shades of coral, cream, and gray. My dress color was Light Gold, so it was important to me to have creams vs. white/ivory that is so often seen at weddings.
I knew right away that I wanted chalkboard art created for our special day. I worked with a fantastically talented artist, and she created two pieces for us.
I also found mercury-gold candle/votive holders with initials on them from Pottery Barn and immediately knew that was something I wanted to incorporate into our decor. We searched high and low for an “M” (for Mike), and an “E” (for Erin) and then I found a candle that had an “&” sticker on it. We used those candles on the welcome table when guests first entered our venue, in addition to a vase of beautiful flowers and an 8×10 engagement pictures of Mike and I. We also found initial candle/votive holders that spelled out LOVE, except the “O” was a heart. We placed these on a buffet in the cocktail space.
Floor-length linens were extremely important to me – both for the dinner and cocktail tables. I think floor-length elevates the look quite a bit. Our floral was amazing. We had three different but spectacular centerpieces on the dinner tables, and the head table was divine, too. The head table incorporated a leaf garland throughout the entire length, with fresh blooms and bouquets of flowers placed throughout.
What was your favorite part of the day?
My favorite part of the day was our First Look. Since the venue was the same for the ceremony and reception, it was important to us not to have our guests wait while we took pictures after the ceremony. So we decided on a First Look beforehand. This took place up on A’BULAE’s rooftop, and it was an amazingly perfect May day. It was so special and a time that I had waited for and thought about for so long. I couldn’t wait for Mike to see my dress, my hair, my accessories … everything that I had kept secret from him for so long. The reaction I got from him was amazing – he started crying – and I was emotional, too. He looked so handsome, and we both couldn’t believe that this was it. Our wedding day was here and we were having our First Look. It was all I ever dreamed about and more.
Do you have advice for engaged couples still in the planning process?
Try as hard as you can not to get too stressed out, especially as it gets closer to the big day. Weddings take a ton of time, energy and money to plan and can get you in a mood. It truly does all work out and in the end it’s wonderful, but in the moments of trying to figure seating charts out, dealing with family or friend dynamics leading up to the big day, budgeting, etc. it is hard to see the big picture and realize that it all will be perfect once it finally gets here.
Don’t let others sway you in their recommendations for vendors to use. Do your research and you will find vendors that you click with and are perfect for your vision.
Do what you want to do! It is your day, and it will be impossible to make everyone (friends, family) happy. Don’t worry about that. Do what is important to you as a couple and stay true to that – which will make for a wedding that truly does speak to you as a couple.
Did you have any DIY projects?
I am not a very DIY kind of person – would much rather pay to have someone do it right and it makes it easiest for me. Early in the wedding planning process, I was thinking of having custom napkins made. I loved the personalization and the extra detail and attention that was put into the day. This was important to me. Once I found out how many napkins we would need throughout the night and the cost that came with it, it just wasn’t in the budget. My mom suggested buying a stamp and doing it ourselves. So we found a “Now and Forever” stamp in a coral color and cream cocktail napkins. We made 400 stamped napkins and that little extra attention to detail made me so happy as I knew it’d be seen during the cocktail hour with appetizers, drinks and then later for our dessert table and late-night snack.
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Photographer: Erin Johnson Photography // Floral Designer: A Day in Provence // Event Venue: A’BULAE // DJ: Bellagala // Dress Designer: Blu by Mori Lee // Event Designer: Dayna Johnson // Jewelry: Kate Spade New York // Hair Stylist: Lexi Singleton // Linens and Coverings: Linen Effects, Inc. // Caterer: Mintahoe Catering & Events // Makeup Artist: Nan Fletcher // Cake Designer:Nothing Bundt Cakes // Other: paper rock scissor // Submitted via Two Bright Lights