Our wedding was a dream- we couldn't have asked for anything more...a very stress-free, fun, magical day!
My husband to be gave me this beautiful card with an amazing diamond necklace that looked perfect with my wedding gown...
The photographer captured the intricate details of my dress
I changed my bouquet at the last minute from white orchids to red roses and I am so happy that I changed my mind-- the bouquet was breathtaking and photographed very well (although it was very heavy!!)
at the church...
The church was truly amazing
Walking down the aisle...so happy that I held myself together and didn't burst into tears!!
Tears of Joy Packets and Programs (did them myself...hours of my life were wasted finishing these!)
Our Bridal Party looked amazing!! I was a little stressed about choosing red for a May wedding, but I am so happy that I did! The girls looked stunning and everyone loved that they all chose different and SEXY red heels...(check out the photo in the details pics...)
Our first kiss at the church, and the other pics were taken at the Tremont Grand, where are reception took place. They have so many amazing rooms and hallways there, we could have taken photos for hours!
Our grand entrance and first dance...
These were not pro pics but still favorites of mine...
Bridesmaids and Gorgeous Cousins Kayla and Karlee...
My Vegas Girls...
Welcome Boxes: inside - home-made tomato juice and mini vodka for bloody Marys, pretzels made in my hometown, Webers mustard (Buffalo favorite), monogrammed chocolates from my Aunt's amazing chocolate store, bottled water, tylenol, and a Welcome Pamphlet with the weekend's schedule of events.
Our Wedding Ceremony Programs and Tomato Juice Label for Welcome Box:
My Final Dress Fitting:
Up-Do Hair Trial and Make-up Trial:
Picking up my wedding dress at Kleinfeld:
Some of our engagement pictures:
How We Met...
Kyle's friend Dana told him that she wanted to set him up with her friend (me). Before that could be arranged, however, he and I met on Halloween night in a bar in Baltimore (yes, we met in a bar...). I was dressed as a cop (yes, I was dressed like a cop...) and he was not dressed in costume. There was instant attraction but the timing wasn't right for either of us: he didn't ask me out and we didn't exchange phone numbers. I told Dana I was interested but we were both busy with the holidays, etc. Three months later Dana called me and said that they were meeting for drinks and she asked me to meet them out. I accepted the invitation, stopped by for a couple drinks, and he asked me out later that night. The rest is history...
Kyle proposed to me on the platform pictured below, overlooking the ocean on Paradise Island. He told family and friends that he would propose at sunset but his anticipation got the best of him and he proposed an hour after we arrived at the hotel. I was completely surprised and it was an amazing moment. Afterwards he had champagne waiting at our hotel room and then more champagne at dinner-- it was perfect because we got to celebrate together for 4 whole days! It was such a fabulous trip!
We chose to get married in Baltimore, the city where we both have lived for the past 5 years. We wanted a wedding that would be easy for us to plan but also new and exciting for our guests to attend. It was very important for me to have the ceremony, reception, and rehearsal located near each other so that travel time was minimal and therefore maximizing the time that our families could spend together. Most of the locations we chose are within walking distance so our guests don't have to drive once they arrive at the hotel.
Our ceremony is at Saint Ignatius Church:
Our reception is at the Tremont Grand:
The ballroom below was the main reason I chose the colors of ivory and red. I am probably going to use tiffany blue as an accent color. I just think that those colors will look so gorgeous in that room. All of my linens will be ivory and all of my flowers will be a creamy white. I am renting chiavari chairs (if I work enough overtime this winter!) I will post pictures of centerpieces soon. I am trying to incorporate a little bit of red, so I may put red rose petals on the tables.
All of the tulips will be ivory and the centerpieces will either be in a tall cylindrical vase or in a 10 inch bowl like the other picture. The bottom of the vases will be filled with deep red marbles, not rocks. The centerpieces will be surrounded by candles.
Front Entrance of Tremont Grand:
Cocktail Hour will be held in Roman Strada Room:
This is my favorite room! It will be furnished with beautiful rugs, vintage couches, some bistro tables, and a grand piano.
Tremont's Bathroom got 2nd Place in "America's Best Restroom" contest:
I have 1 maid of honor, 7 bridesmaids, 1 junior bridesmaid, and 1 flower girl
Bridesmaid/ Junior Bridesmaid dress:
Alfred Angelo, in color Claret-- which is a deep red but looks more like magenta in this photo...
Aqua will be incorporated by wrapping the bridesmaid bouquets in an aqua colored ribbon
My lovely maid of honor is on the right trying on the dress...
Possible bouquets, but the green orchids will be substituted with white orchids:
Flower Girl Dress-- The sash will be red, not white...
She will wear cute little ivory ballet slippers with her dress and a white pomander with an aqua/red ribbon
It was my future mother-in-law's idea to go to Kleinfeld. I was a huge fan of Say Yes to the Dress and I was so excited when she suggested it. My mother agreed to come along for fun, and we asked my brother's girlfriend (and my close friend and bridesmaid) Chessa to come too. Then my mom asked her 2 sisters to join us, then her 2 sister-in-laws, and then her best friend. I couldn't believe that they all wanted to come, I was ecstatic. We all met in Philly and then took the train to NYC Saturday morning. With so many women, I thought the trip would be total chaos but it was very relaxed. We dropped our stuff off at the hotel and then went to an Irish Pub for a couple drinks. Yes, I did have a beer before trying on dresses at Kleinfeld! Once we got there I was very nervous, but also determined to find the dress. I loved the first one I tried on (Kenneth Pool's Pheobe) but I could tell my mom didn't like it. After that I tried on a ton of A-line "ball gown" dresses but didn't like any of them. In retrospect I think I was trying to make my mom happy with a more traditional dress. My future mother-in-law even pulled a $6,000 (way over my budget) gown off of a mannequin so I could try it on because we were getting desperate. I kept going back to Pheobe because it was my favorite, so I decided to look at more Kenneth Pool...and that's when I saw Sophisticate....I grabbed it and took it back to the fitting room and quickly put it on. It was the runway dress so it was really small, but they zipped me in with a little force and I instantly loved it. Sophisticate had everything I wanted...a little ruching, a little beading, sweetheart neckline, fitted mermaid shape, and a gorgeous train with more fabulous beading. I modeled it for the family and they loved it as well, even my mother. So I narrowed it down to two dresses, Pheobe and Sophisticate, and who was going to help me choose?....Randy, of course! So I put Pheobe on first, and Randy loved it. Then I put on Sophisticate, and he loved it too. BUT, he thought that Pheobe made his eyes look down at all the beautiful beading around the skirt of the dress, whereas Sophisticate had beading below the bust, and it drew his eyes up towards my face. In other words, in Sophisticate, I was wearing the dress, whereas in Pheobe, the dress was wearing me. He suggested a really intricate sparkly beaded headband, which helped give me a little more "bling" to draw more attention to my face and not to the dress. It was perfect and just what I needed....so I said "Yes" to Sophisticate and then we all cried and cheered and then eventually went back to the Irish Pub to celebrate! Truly unforgettable...
So here is a picture of Pheobe, and I still think it is an absolutely gorgeous dress (even more fabulous in person). I showed my FI this dress and he wasn't a huge fan, so I know I made the right choice : ) Although, the pictures do it no justice, I still think he would have loved it if he saw it himself in person.
My FI would really like me to wear my hair down so I am going to do my best...
Or half down.....
Some updo's I like...
Thank you CLD606 for this fabulous up-do!
Colors: Deep red, ivory, and tiffany blue
--Welcome Boxes: Welcome note, Baltimore maps, weekend agenda, ceremony transportation info, koozies, tylenol, water, snacks, Ertter tomato juice, mini vodkas (for bloody marys) and old bay seasoning
--Welcome Party: possible slide show
Red for Groomsmen, aqua for groom:
Wedding Dress Hanger: From Kleinfeld
iron-ons from etsy and buy a hoodie
Bride Flip-Flops/comfy shoes:
Pew decorations- florist to do
Programs: Start working on these soon!
--Front of Program:
To the world you may be one person,
but to one person you may be the world.
--Back of Program:
Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog by Taylor Mali
A Tribute to Kappa
First of all, it’s a big responsibility,
especially in a city like New York. ----------------------------Will probably change to Baltimore : )
So think long and hard before deciding on love.
On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security:
when you’re walking down the street late at night
and you have a leash on love
ain’t no one going to mess with you.
Love doesn’t like being left alone for long.
But come home and love is always happy to see you.
It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life,
but you can never be mad at love for long.
Is love good all the time?
No! No! Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.
Sometimes love just wants to go for a nice long walk.
It runs you around the block and leaves you panting.
It pulls you in several different directions at once,
or winds around and around you
until you’re all wound up and can’t move.
But love makes you meet people wherever you go.
People who have nothing in common but love
stop and talk to each other on the street.
Throw things away and love will bring them back,
again, and again, and again.
But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.
And in return, love loves you and never stops.
Ring Pillow: Looking for an alternative prop for ringbearer to walk down the aisle
Unity Candle: Give Gigi inspiration and she will make!
Grand Piano Player: Kyle's cousin?
Cocktail hour centerpieces-- gold vintage frames- find out how many needed
Placecards: cards will be white with red writing and red design similar to invitation design, would like to bling them up with tiffany blue crystals. The table will have white and red orchid bouquets in aqua colored vases
Menu on stationary:
Cake Topper: Just flowers...florist to do
Cake Stand: Hopefully our venue will supply this since they are doing our cake
Monogrammed Napkins: from For Your Party
Card Box: Use Jenna's
Thank You Parasol:
Bride/Groom Chair Decorations:
Flip-Flop Basket: $1.00 flip flop sale at Old Navy on May 22nd!
Bathroom Basket: needed? Ask venue- kleenex box with picture on it
Memory Table: table of photos of bride/groom and their families
Guest Book- blurb photo book
MUST HAVE PICS
(courtesy of my photographer: Arthur Remanjon Photographers)
After our ceremony we will be taking pictures in Mount Vernon Square, here are some of my favorites:
If time permits, I am hoping to take the limo a couple miles south to Federal Hill Park, which overlooks the city:
Love this one, courtesy of Tovaqt (www.linajarmond.com)
Seating of Parents- Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Processional- Canon: Pachelbel
Bride entrance-Vitamin String Quartet: Yellow (Coldplay)
Recessional- Trumpet Voluntary: Clarke
Water Music Air: Handel
Sleepers Awake: Bach
Sheep May Safely Graze: Bach
Clair De Lune
7:00-8:00pm Cocktail Hour Music in Marble Room (15-20 songs):
Nat King Cole- Unforgettable, When I Fall in Love
Sinatra- The Way You Look Tonight, Best it Yet to Come
Al Green- Let's Stay Together
Louis Armstrong- What a Wonderful World
Big Band Favorites- In the Mood
Isreal- Somewhere Over the Rainbow
The Temptations- I Wish It Would Rain
Billy Joel- For the Longest Time
Blood, Sweat and Tears: You've Made Me So Very Happy
Beach Boys- God Only Knows
John Lennon- Imagine
Andy Williams- Moon River*
Mamas and Papas- Monday Monday
Shirells- Will You Love Me Tomorrow
Everly Brothers- All I Have to do is Dream
Bobby Darin- Dream Lover
Diana Ross- Can't Hurry Love
Smokey Robinson- Tracks of My Tears
Ben E King- Stand By Me
Bride's Parents: Maxine and Daniel Rackovan
Song: Boogie Shoes
Song: Black Eyed Peas: I Gotta Feeling
Bride and Groom
Song: Kevin Rudolf- I Made It
First Dance Song:
Ray Lamontagne- You Are the Best Thing
8:20pm Welcome Speech by David Swarts
8:20pm Blessing by Father Nash
Toasts by MOH Jenna Persio and Best Man Gaeton Camillo
8:25pm Meal Starts
Dinner Music (15-20 songs):
Josh Kelley- Amazing
David Gray- Please Forgive Me
Death Cab- I Will Follow You Into the Dark*
Coldplay- Viva La Vida, Clocks
Snow Patrol- Open Your Eyes
Matt Nathanson- Come on Get Higher
Sara Bareilles- One Sweet Love
Tracy Chapman- Talkin About a Revolution
Norah Jones- Come Away With Me
Dave Matthews- #41, One Sweet World
John Mayer- Stop this Train
10,000 Maniacs- These Are Days
Ben Harper- By My Side, Forever
Counting Crows- Angels of the Silences Acoustic
Keane- Somewhere Only We Know
Peter Gabriel- In Your Eyes
Howie Day- Collide
Plain White T's- Hey There Deliliah
Kenny Chesney w/ Dave Matthews- I'm Alive
Band of Horses- No One's Gonna Love You
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
Train- Hey Soul Sister
9:25pm Father - Daugter Dance - Bono/The Corrs- Stars Go Blue (May change this...)
Mother - Son Dance- Barbra Streisand- If I Could
Everyone Join Bride and Groom- Train- Hey Soul Sister or Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
9:30pm First Set of Dance Music~ 45 minutes
Neil Diamond- Sweet Caroline
Earth, Wind and Fire- September
Sister Sledge-We Are Family
Kool and the Gang- Celebrate Good Times
Stevie Wonder- Signed Sealed Delivered
Jackson 5- A B C, I Want You Back
Elvis- A Little Less Conversation
Lipps, Inc- Funkytown
Blondie- Heart of Glass
Dion- Runaround Sue
Commodores- Brick House
Rob Base- Joy and Pain
Michael Jackson- PYT, Billy Jean
Madonna- Like a Prayer
10:15pm Generations Dance
Song: Etta James- At Last and/or Blood Sweat and Tears- You've Made Me So Very Happy
10:20pm Cake Cutting
Song: Snow Patrol- Just Say Yes
Get Back on the Dancefloor Song: John Denver-Country Roads
Alabama- Dixieland Delight
Zac Brown Band- Chicken Fried
Kings of Leon- Sex on Fire
Journey- Don't Stop Believing
Metro Station- Shake It
REM- It's the End of the World
Beck- Where it's At
Franz Ferdinand- Take Me Out
Lady Gaga- Poker Face
Rihanna- Disturbia, Please Don't Stop the Music
Chris Brown- Forever
Timbaland- The Way I Are*
Beyonce- Single Ladies
Flo Rida -Apple Bottom Jeans
Jay-z- Empire State of Mind
Bil Biv Devoe- Poison
Salt n Pepa- Shoop
Estelle- American Boy
TI- Live Your Life
Lady Gaga- Bad Romance*
David Guetta- Sexy Chick*
Kanye West-Gold Digger, Flashing Lights
Lupe Fiasco- Superstar
Taio Cruz- Break Your Heart
Jay Z- Young Forever
It Takes Two- DJ Easy Rock and Rob Base
Regulate- Nate Dog and Warren G
Missy Elliot- Get ur Freak On
Kesha- Tic Toc
Chelley- I took the Night
Bob Sinclair- World, Hold On
House of Pain- Jump Around
Justin Timberlake- Sexy Back
Timbaland- Carry out
Pit Bull- I Know You Want Me
11:55pm Last Dance: Coldplay- Yellow
Bonus Song: John Denver-Country Roads
*-- must play
My new favs...
Rihanna- Only Girl in the World
Kesha- We Are Who We Are
Katy Perry- Firework
Drake, TI and Swizz Beatz- Fancy
Far East Movement- G6
Tiao Cruz- Dynamite
Kanye West- Flashing Lights
This is my dress...Sophisticate by Kenneth Pool...I love love love it but every once in a while I have my doubts about it (I am told this is normal!). When I tried it on it was 2 sizes too small (it was a sample sale and it was the runway dress)-- so I was able to be zipped into it but, since I am not a size 0, I didn't get to see the dress fit like it is supposed to fit. I have pics of me in it but I HATE the pictures because the dress is too tight. The dress had everything I was looking for...I wanted a dress that wasn't too heavy, with a sweetheart neckline, some ruching, a beaded belt or something similar (a little bit of bling), mermaid fit, and a short train-- and that's the dress I found! So why do I have occasional panic attacks about my dress?
All of these taken from http://liza0828.googlepages.com/redandaquaweddings
Wild field greens wrapped in a carrot ribbon with diced red and yellow peppers, red onions, parmesan cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette
Three Cheese Tortellini, Penne, and Fusilli Pasta sauteed with your selection of Alfredo, Pesto and Sund-dried Tomato sauces with Spicy Chorizo, Chicken, Medley of Mushrooms, Proscuitto, Artichoke Hearts, Asparagus, Roasted Red and Yellow Peppers, Parmesan, Romano and Fresh Mozarella Cheese.
Herb Roasted Sirloin of Beef served with Peppercorn and Red Wine demi glace accompanied by Petite French Rolls
Roasted Loin of Pork served with a Thyme demi glace accompanied by sliced breads
Viennese Dessert and Coffee Station to be served in the Roman Strada Room following dinner