by: Lauren

Having dated since high school, Alana and Mike had always dreamed of their wedding day taking place at Alana’s parents’ home. With the help of the wedding planning team at A Moment In Time, the high school sweethearts had a glamorous backyard wedding, and it was most certainly one for the books! Black and white stripes, infusions of themselves (like lottery tickets and dice at each table, perfect for Mike’s love of poker), and chic 1920s inspired decor created a gorgeous day. We can’t wait for you to take it all in, thanks to the images captured by Meg Darket Photography!

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

We are currently living in Chicago – which is where he proposed. After we got engaged I was a little hesitant about planning a wedding in a different state than where I was currently living but we go back and forth so much I knew it wouldn’t be too much of an issue. Once the craziness of the engagement had settled my mom and I knew we couldn’t do an at home wedding on our own and we contacted A Moment In Time to help us with our wedding planning. 

I cannot stress how helpful our wedding planners were, my mom and I are both very creative and love to throw parties and events, however we knew that this day was not one that we would want to have any concerns or worries about. These women made it so that we could enjoy every second of that day and not worry about a thing. And that is exactly what happened, I did not know of a single thing that happened that went wrong. It was seamless and I believe that is 100% because of our wedding planners.

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

Gatsby! I wanted champagne flowing and over the top everything — I wanted it to all just feel completely glamorous. I love all things 1920s and wanted to incorporate that into our day in a more modern way.

The whole time of planning I kept stressing how important it was for us to have a wedding in my parents backyard that wasn’t a “backyard wedding.” I wanted guests to feel glamorous and transported to another world. My aunt is a retired art teacher and she came up with the idea of stringing 1000 hand cut butterflies throughout the tent – it was truly an amazing sight. I wanted the wedding to feel like a Gatsby-esque, over the top affair, as well as personable only to us. Black and white stripes were a reoccurring theme for our showers as well as the wedding. My husband plays poker and I wanted that to be a part of the wedding too so we included scratch off lottery tickets in the envelopes as place cards at the tables and black and white dice and silver metallic playing cards as decoration along the greens that ran down the tables. 

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! Every second – even the stressful ones!! One of my best friends is currently planning her wedding and getting stressed out about the little things and I totally empathize with her, but it also made me a little bit sad that ours was over. The wedding planning process in your life is such a short blip and the time of being a “bride” and having a day that is so special to you is so short — it is totally 100% overwhelming but such an amazing feeling. The day of our wedding there was truly nothing but love surrounding us, between us and between all of our friends and family that were there. The feeling of so much love supporting our love is something I cannot describe and wish I could bottle up! Enjoy it and try to remember all these special moments that will be with you forever!

ALSO even though they can be incredibly pricey – get a videographer!! We did not and I knew we would regret it but at the time I just couldn’t justify it…Luckily we had such an amazing photographer to capture all of the days moments it would have been nice to have a few moments on video!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  Meg Darket Photography // Caterer: The Moveable Feast // Event Planner: A Moment In Time // Floral Designer: Jen House Design // Hair Stylist: Mi Amore Event Hair and Makeup // Dress Designer: Carolina Herrera //Jewelry: Baublebar // Dress Store: David’s Bridal // Shoes: Valentino



by: Carly

Lyndsey and David wanted to savor their Sacramento wedding day, so they carefully considered each and every wedding professional they hired. Lyndsey had long dreamed of getting married at The Cathedral in Sacramento before celebrating with David and all of their guests amongst the almond trees at her family’s farm… and that’s exactly what they did!

Lyndsey and her bridesmaids got ready in the prettiest hotel room (the striped wallpaper, y’all!) before taking photos together in a nearby park. The couple’s beautiful ceremony followed, and then they caught their first glimpse of their marvelous reception space. Chandeliers draped with soft pink florals and greenery hung from the trees, and I absolutely love the arbor and chandelier combo that highlighted the pair’s sweetheart table. A floral stationery suite invited guests to this sweet fete, TreCreative captured every moment through photos and video (a wonderful combination!), and it’s safe to say this garden-meets-vintage celebration is one we won’t soon forget. Make sure to take a peek at all of the photos and Lyndsey’s planning suggestions below!

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day? 

I was very fortunate to be raised in a small community where everyone is like family.  In all honesty, my family and many of the ladies in our community  helped make our wedding everything we had hoped for, and they deserve all the credit. They saw my vision and ran with it.  From brainstorming with me to putting together flower arrangements, to setting up on the wedding day, they really did it all!

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding? 

I think what was most important to my husband and I was choosing vendors that were highly recommended. We did a lot of research, and read a lot of reviews.  Because of this, we were able to completely trust all of our vendors on the day of the wedding and we had the most stress-free, perfect day of our lives. 

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?  

My vision was really to have a classy and elegant orchard wedding.  From day one of our engagement, I started day-dreaming about having chandeliers hanging in the trees at my childhood home. It was so sentimental for my husband and I to stand under that chandelier-lied orchard and see all of our loved ones in one of our favorite places. 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding? 

I think my favorite part of the wedding was when my husband and I were sitting down just before dinner, looking out at our family and friends, and seeing how every detail came together just as we had imagined. It felt like a dream!

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides? 

My biggest piece of advice is to trust that everything will work out the way its supposed to. Its hard not to focus all your energy on making sure that all the details match perfectly, but in the end, the day is going to turn out more beautiful than you imagined, and most importantly, you get to marry the love of your life, and that is what that day is really all about. 

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  TréCreative Film&Photo // Bridal Shop: Always Elegant // Caterer: New Hock Farms // Caterer: The Citizen Hotel // Cinema and Video: TréCreative //



by: Carly

Emily and John moved to Washington, D.C. during their engagement, and they wanted to welcome friends and family to their new city for their elegant D.C. wedding. However, they became slightly overwhelmed while trying to learn the area and research wedding professionals without previous recommendations to guide their ways. So they did what the ELD team recommends to every couple – hired a wedding planner!

Kim of Kim Newton Weddings became the pair’s most trusted source while planning because, like the best planners, she happily recommended her favorite and most experienced wedding pros. The best thing about planner recommendations is they already know you, your style, and your budget, so they can tailor their recommendations for you to remove all of the guesswork you would otherwise experience!

Emily and John’s vendor team pieced together one stunning wedding, y’all! Welcome bags greeted guests complete with a wedding timeline (my favorite detail!) designed by Caitlin Creative Works. The bridesmaids wore beautiful gowns to match Emily’s neutral, gold, and blush palette. The DBI Designs’ florals are effortlessly classic yet on trend (I love the mixed centerpieces!). And the setting – Army Navy Club – could not have been a more perfect fit for a timeless D.C. wedding.

In terms of the design, Emily didn’t want to look back on her wedding day and think “Why, Emily?”. Once you view the photos captured by Sam Stroud Photography, I think you will agree that thought will never cross her mind.

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

 Our wedding coordinator, Kim Newton!! We could not have pulled it off without her. From our first meeting, we instantly knew she was our girl; My husband’s and my personalities meshed perfectly with hers and by the end of this crazy experience we consider Kim a friend. We trusted her implicitly, both personally and artistically, which allowed us to truly enjoy our seemingly-perfect wedding while she was probably juggling 20 near-disasters in the background with such grace and ease that we were blissfully ignorant:) During the planning process I felt clueless in a new city; Kim had tons of recommendations for great vendors and held my hand through the whole process- the girl knows what she’s doing!

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

Reputation and quality. Having just moved to the area, I couldn’t turn to recently married friends for suggestions. Luckily, my husband and I fully trusted our wedding coordinator and were able to rely on her vendor recommendations because we knew she would only recommend the best. And they delivered!    

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

I didn’t want to look back at pictures years later and think, “WHY EMILY??!” so I definitely wanted the wedding to have a timeless, classic look but also make an impression. I love a neutral palette and LOVE gold so I wanted to incorporate those colors for an elegant, romantic feel but with some glam of course! We also wanted to incorporate a “DC vibe” so having the reception at the Army Navy Club perfectly captured the tradition and rich history of DC.   

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

The cigar bar! (Half kidding; I’m obsessed with our customized matchboxes.) My favorite thing about our wedding was definitely getting to throw a big party with all the people we care about the most. Our friends and family live all over the country so having them there to celebrate was SO much fun and meant so much to us. 

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Unless you’re incredibly organized and have a lot of free time on your hands to stress over tiny details (think: part time job), having a wedding planner/coordinator is completely worth it. Wanting to be mindful of a budget, I initially thought a wedding coordinator would be out of the question. Now I realize I could not have afforded NOT to have one! Having so many relationships in the industry, Kim made recommendations that ensured I was matched with the best vendors in my price range.

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Planner + Design: Kim Newton Weddings // Photographer: Sam Stroud Photography // Florist: DBI Designs // Reception: Army Navy Club // Ceremony: St. Pauls Lutheran Church // DJ: Chris Laich Music Services // Calligraphy: Ashley Bush Lettering and Design // Paper Goods: Caitlin Creative Works // Hair and Makeup: Alison Harper + Company // Bride’s Dress: Watters // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischa // Transportation: Limos Inc



by: Carly

When you think of weather you hope not to experience on your wedding day, it usually centers around rain. However, wind can sometimes be an even bigger problem. But it isn’t when you have a calm, laid back attitude and a group of loving family, friends, and wedding professionals surrounding you willing to pitch in.

The aforementioned wind is exactly what Erin and Justin faced on their wedding day. When the suggestion was made to perhaps move their Greensboro, North Carolina tented wedding into a nearby ballroom, the groom’s father offered a definitive no and quickly acted to solve the problem. A fleet of trucks drove onto the groom’s family farm – the site of the soon-to-be stunning reception – and lined up to block the wind…and save the day.

The newly blocked from the wind tent was draped with marvelous ivory fabric, and the chandelier complete with greenery is definitely one of the stars of the show! Tables were filled with arrangements designed by Flowers for You that featured orchids used in rustic wood containers (I combo I haven’t seen before, and it’s brilliant!). A live band kept the dance floor filled before the bride and groom made their exit at the end of the night through a sea of bubbles (but not before thanking their wedding professional team in a group hug).

Y’all, this is what coming together for the sake of a beautiful union and celebration is all about, and we love Caroline Lima so much for sending these wonderful photos from E+J’s day our way!

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Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Caroline Lima Photography // Florist: Flowers for You // Cake Artist: Margo Smith’s Cake Creations // Reception music: Band Finesse // Wedding Dress and veil: David’s Bridal // Bridesmaids dresses: Coralie Beatrix // Reception venue: Private farm // Ceremony venue: Saint Mary Catholic Parish