From Amanda and Leslie, Brides:
Inspiration behind the day/planning
Femininity was our theme from the word go. We're both so girly and really wanted our personalities to shine through - we wanted our family and friends to come to our wedding and say "this is so them!" The direction of the theme kind of fluctuated over time as we worked to find details, but much of our inspiration (largely from Pinterest, magazines, and google, of course) came from French rococo style design and decor. Our "theme" was really a sort of French Victorian tea party. We had a dusty rose, blush, champagne, gold, and ivory color palette and were very insistent on everything being true to our vision of the palette! We loved everything lace, gold, and antique china. Our vendors could not have been more perfect - every single one of them really got our vision and how to make it come to life! We had four-hour meetings every few months for almost a year with our planner - we really could not have done this wedding without him!! He recommended to us almost every vendor we used, and we are forever indebted to him for giving us our dream wedding day. We truly believe we found the perfect florist, the perfect photographer, the perfect DJ, the perfect catering, the perfect stationer, string players, hair and makeup artist - everything! They all put up with us so wonderfully through our endless phone calls, emails, long meetings, and redirections, even as we tried to plan everything from Texas! We truly felt like everyone wanted everything to be exactly right for us - and it really truly was.
Special touches that made the wedding extra lovely:
All of the small details! The unique pieces of china, our beautiful champagne flutes and little tea light holders, our antique getaway car, and just how everything was carefully mismatched but true to the theme. It really helped with the overall delicate, intricate look we were going for!
We also really loved our gifts from our mothers. Amanda's mother gave her a lace baby bonnet that she kept secretly since Amanda was born, and Leslie's mother gave her a piece of lace that was handmade by her late Great Aunt, whom Leslie was very close with. We both wrapped our bouquets in these gifts, and it felt very special to have them with us all day.
One other thing that was important to us was keeping EVERYTHING in the theme - and in the right colors! Things like having pink champagne, soft pink up lighting throughout the building, gold flatware, pink and gold sparklers, and perfect flowers in every color that really pulled our color scheme together.
Sources where some of the great details were found:
We found the dinner china at violet vintage; our flutes and gold tea light holders were a gift from our wonderful planner! The rest of the china we found over several years at various antique shops. We had so much fun searching for it together and we loved every piece we selected! The piece that was on top of the cake was one of our favorites.
Any DIY projects that were done:
We tried to keep these to a minimum. The only thing that we really worked on was to add pink ribbon and flowers to our guest book, flower girl basket, and ring bearer pillow. We wanted them to have that touch of color! We used the same ribbon that we had the bakery tie around our guest favors. The only other thing we made was Amanda's garter set; using lace headbands and that same ribbon we used for everything else!
Moment that was most special:
There were a lot of really special moments for us: among them were saying our vows, sitting at our sweat heart table and soaking it all up, and our first dances - but when we look back, we think it was probably our first look. Seeing each other for the very first time all day was so overwhelming and emotional.
From Eric Houghtalen, Wedding Planner:
I first encountered the newly engaged couple during our first meeting in March 2014. This was the first opportunity to discuss all the details, hopes and dreams for their special day. They brought with them a huge perfectly organized binder already full of ideas and inspirational photos. Witnessing Amanda and Leslie interact was like watching a fairytale storybook romance unfurl before my eyes. The room filled with the true love they had for one another. Ideas were discussed and the sheer volume of excitement took over the quietness of my office. I'll never forget how amazingly the three of us instantly clicked. The moment the meeting ended and they left my office, I said to my manager- without doubt or hesitation, “Whatever it takes, I AM going to do this wedding and do it right!"
Installation and Setup at Laurel Hall took two full days. I know everyone involved was taken back and overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the transformation of the venue. Specifically, the beautiful florals provided by autumn brought some to tears and personally gave me goosebumps. The weather forecast was a slight concern but alas, all we had was high humidity, 88 degrees and a perfectly sunny sky. The romantic ceremony was set in the garden. The cocktail hour in the solarium was filled with the sounds of joy as the talented string duo continued playing custom arranged music.
Guests gathered in the grand foyer for the announcing of the bridal party. As guests applauded and cheered, Amanda and Leslie made their entrance down the elaborate grand staircase. Guests were ushered into dinner and engulfed by the feminine and regal decor. Shades of pink linens and lighting including dusty rose, ballet slipper and blush instantly gave the room a romantic elegance. The table settings included vintage china, gold flatware and napkins rolled into a rose. Guests dined on the fine cuisine from Hoaglin Catering. Dinner was followed by the cake cutting, dessert boutique, many heartfelt toasts, dancing and a late night food station. Upon conclusion, the brides were treated to one last surprise - a pink sparkler send off and a 1938 Cadillac to wisp them away into the night.