Bridey, you know that saying, "Have fun, but not too much fun!"? Well, it's rare that I would use that to describe a wedding (sorry, but, the truth hurts), but, Regan and Troy's wedding? Well, I'm pretty sure the guests had a pile of fun, if not too much. Aside from the choreographed dancing, complete with costumes (Regan is a dance instructor), and the tons and tons of decorative sequins, I love that the B+G trusted their florist to take their Gatsby theme and run with it. Like, they gave him NO other details. They literally had know idea what to expect as they walked into the venue. True fucking story! WHOA!! And the florist? Well, he did not disappoint!
Seriously, can you imagine? It was just as much of a surprise to Regan and Troy as it was to everyone else! I mean.... Applause to the B+G! Bridey, I'm certainly not saying that you shouldn't have any input, but it is absolutely imperative to trust the vendors you hire, and that is exactly what Regan and Troy did! And, OMFG, just wait until you see the décor! A MAZ ING!! Enjoy! And don't forget to soak in each and every detail of this FAB wedding!!
This photograph makes my eyes well with tears.
Regan, you are stunning! And, I love the dark purple calla lilies!!
There's my city again... Sweet home Chicago!
I mean... The dresses and the sign are so FAB!!
I have been pulled over more times that I should admit publicly, and looking at those GORGEOUS cars behind the signing book table, I feel my knees getting weak.
Check out the stacked cigar boxes in the middle of the escort card table! OMG!
Bridey, I don't usually share submissions that are posted on several sites, but this one? It's SO fucking good that I just couldn't help myself. Because you need to see what a little imagination and talented vendors can do for your wedding. And if you see it on Bitchless Bride or some other site, then you'll be a better bride for it! Seriously, it's that good! And, I'm that awesome for not caring about exclusivity or something close to it!
Anyway, why a big, fat, fake wedding? Well, according to the fabulous Andie Freeman, "The bride and groom were actually already married and would be renewing their vows at 7pm in front of a crowd that consisted of ladies that would soon be tying their own knot." How cool is that?!! And, based on the chemistry between the B+G, it's quite clear that they aren't models.
I want both of those dresses. Seriously, it's worth renewing my own vows just so I can wear these dresses!Those bouquets are so gorgeous! Right???Hi Amanda. Holy flawless makeup!Seriously! Holy fuck with the amazing flowers!!!See what I mean? That's the real thing, bridey! These two are clearly smitten!Andie Freeman: "Travis grinned as Amanda walked down the aisle for a second time to avow her love all over again. Travis and Amanda has written their own vows. As the first kiss came, the crowd let out a roar and they danced back up the aisle."Wow. Just, wow!I love the deep purple and gold! And the hot pink? AWESOME!!
That's cake. I know, right? A double-decker bus CAKE!!! OMG! It's seriously almost too fabulous to cut! Well... the guests will need to have dessert, right?! Anyway, I love that Nghi and Chris nixed the traditional wedding cake, and a traditional wedding for that matter, and choose to break out of the box a bit to celebrate their nuptials. Representing their strong ties to London (duh, the awesome cake!), a stunning ceremony at the Fairfield Amphitheater and a kickass reception at a the Mountain Goat Beer Brewery, they really mastered what it means to have a wedding represent who they are as a couple.
Bridey, there is so much inspiration encapsulated in these amazing photographs! Nghi's lovely Juliet cap veil and vintage wedding gown, Chris' bow tie and his bowtied men, cool centerpieces, stunning scenery, etc., etc., etc. Makes me wonder... What will your wedding say about you and groom??
Nghi chose a 1920s vintage gown and paired it with a Juliet cap veil.I love that bow ties are making a come back!Awwwwwww..... Sisterly love!Love the bridesmaids dresses, and how they're all just a touch different.Nghi's father is adorable! LOVE the hat!Probably one of my favorite bridal party pics ever!Can you feel this one???Oh yeah!!!
I love this picture of Dominique and Jhade. It's sexy and delicious all at the same time, and it truly encapsulates who Dominique and Jhade are as a couple. Not to mention that I am absolutely in love with the pink uplighting. I feel like I constantly preach to my clients about the importance of uplighting, and as you scroll down, bridey, you'll see why. Lighting has the power to change the entire atmosphere of your wedding. It truly dictates how you're supposed to feel while enhancing the decor you have spent hours on perfecting.
Anyway, if you ever want to test your patience and trust, then be the first to get married in a new space. That's exactly what Dominique and Jhade did. They had the very first wedding in Tre Bella's new room, Blu Cielo! And it is STUN NING! Soft and delicate with exposed brick and tremendous beauty. So, if blush and pink are your colors, bridey, then I would advise you to prepare to be inspired!
I love the embellishments on Dominique's wedding dress!The exposed brick, the beautiful bouquet, the blue garter... Oh my!!WOW! Here's to the first wedding in Tre Bella's new room, Blu Cielo... And holy shit is it beautiful!Love how Jhade is checking Dominique out!! I really can't get over how raw and beautiful the space is...This kiss was FAB, but the they way they're looking at each other here? Fucking priceless!I love the pink uplighting!!
Probably the best part of my job is learning how the bride and groom met. Take Julia and Ben for instance. They are both from the US and yet they met overseas while studying Japan! I mean... How cool is that? I guess that sometimes all you have to do is travel five thousand miles away from home to meet your soul mate! Right? And since the day they met, Julia and Ben have been joint at the hip, so it was no surprise when they began planning their wedding in Julia's home town in Minnesota.
When it came to the wedding plans, they chose Steampunk inspired elements and Victorian costumes from the Guthrie Theatre (1920’s attire to celebrate Julia's family Jazz history). Apparently, her grandfather opened the first integrated jazz club in Roseville, MN which played host to Percy Hughes and Prince Rogers (um, Prince’s Father)!! I'm sorry, but that that's like the coolest thing I have ever heard! I love how Julia and Ben were able to build everything that was important to them into one day; certainly a day they will never forget!
I must admit, the last thing I wanted to do is post anything winter related due to the ridiculously horrid we suffered on the East coast, but this wedding was too good to pass up!!! I mean, just look at those gold Uggs!I love Julia's spunk! Her sense of humor and grace show in every picture!Gorgeous. Just fucking fantastic! Talk about bold and beautiful?!!!!Fucking top hat. LOVE IT!!!!I almost didn't want to show this you this, bridey. Because I am so sick of the snow, but it's too cute to keep it a secret!They rode to the church (and the venue) with a bus driver Ben has worked with for years at the YMCA (Ben's a youth director there).I can't... Julia, I'm no softie, but I totally teared up when I saw this pic!
I'm kind of obsessed with photographer, Charlene Morton. A few weeks ago, I featured another one of her FAB weddings here on Bitchless Bride, and when I saw that she had submitted another wedding, I was absolutely overjoyed! Not only are the bride and groom, Laura and Andrew, super rad, but all of the intricate, well thought out details are such a fabulous treat. Not too mention the fucking awesome bridesmaids dress, adorable groomsmen, and delicious looking drinks! Seriously, I just couldn't stop when it came to the number of photographs I just HAD to share with you today...
Brideys, I'll let Charlene take it away... ENJOY:
The morning of the wedding began at Laura and Andrews Bristol home, where the bridal party preparations were well underway. Hair and make-up artists had set up camp in the kitchen with boxes of rollers, brushes pots and powders. As we arrived the bridesmaids had their hair set and were all in coloured hairnets that held their curled and pinned hair-dos in place. The bridesmaids dresses were all vintage, and had been painstakingly sourced by Laura. Four long laced, prom style dresses (some of which had been hand-dyed pastel tones) were all authentic vintage, absolutely beautiful and were as if they were made to suit each of the girls. The addition of handmade flower corsages tied the bridesmaids together seamlessly. Laura had also sourced matching coloured vintage costume jewelry for each of her bridesmaids that were presented as gifts in dainty handbags she had hand sewn!
Laura’s 1940’s vintage dress had been sourced from America, and was found in a dusty trunk that had not been opened since the wartime. A really incredible find! The dress had been shipped to the UK and altered to reduce the skirt size to a more A-line shape to modernise slightly, and fit Laura perfectly; the delicate long lace arms and a high-laced neck. Preparations were a wholly relaxed morning of fun, smiles and friends.
We headed off to Leigh Court ahead of the Bridal Party. Guests had arrived and convened on the entrance steps, framed against vast sandstone pillars, and soaked them selves in the sun awaiting the arrival of the bride.
The grooms party arrived, each with flashes of 1940’s inspiration, from the quiffed fringes, to contrast brogues and black braces. Even the guests had joined in on the fun, with 1950’s style prom dresses, red lipstick and feathered hats. This wedding really was vintage done well.
Vintage cars transported the bridal party to Leigh Court and they were whisked away to an upstairs room to prepare for the ceremony. (Elements of the day like this created a really traditional feel to the proceedings, and including a greeting line after the ceremony). The sun was well and truly shining and remained bright well into the evening, allowing guests the pleasure of sitting outside and enjoying their pimms – probably for the first time this year!
Completely in LOVE with this kick ass dresses!!! I especially love that they don't match!