Posts Tagged ‘candlelight’

Part Two: Love Poetry Photoshoot with Erich McVey Photography + Petalos
Posted by Kate. Filed under Photography, Reception, Wedding Inspiration

With a ceremony as gorgeous as that, it’s only reasonable that a dream-come-true ‘reception’ followed.  Never have the classic pair of roses and candlelight looked so fresh and contemporary while fully emanating romance at its absolute best.  

{The luxe, love-filled invitation: Designed by Paper Bloom and Adorned with a rich accent of Midori ribbon.} 

When Erich and Amy McVey happened upon the beautiful grounds and incredible, light-filled solarium at the Historic Deepwood Estate in their hometown of Salem, Oregon, they instantly knew it was the perfect setting for the romantic vision.  (That checkered floor?  So. amazing).  Our stylist and floral designer extraordinaire, Stephanie Major of Petalos, knew just what to do.  She paired a vintage farm table with sophisticated gold chiavari chairs from West Coast Event Production, and created a table design that perfectly captured a ‘luxe romance meets contemporary beauty’ feel.

‘It was important to me that the floral

didn’t over power the design of the table settings–napkins, antique

champagne flutes, rustic farm table, etc.  I elevated the primary

centerpiece element in order to do this.  To continue with the organic

textural quality from the bouquet, I incorporates deflexus to bring in

a draped feel to the arrangement.  I used a variety of roses,

reflexing a few, to bring in another textural quality.  I used

white roses petals to create a runner and nestled a collection of

brass candlesticks and gold votives to illuminate the table. ‘ ~Petalos

Laying eyes on the floating centerpiece was like falling in love.  The rest of the tabletop was equally exquisite, including crimson-scripted escort cards and calligraphy-printed napkins by Neither Snow.

Nicole, looking ravishing in a Lazaro gown and crimson lip was the picture of utter bridal beauty against a backdrop of romantic bliss.

{Makeup and Hair Styling by Christine Shields}

Naturally, the story wasn’t complete without paying homage to one of the greatest loves of all: puppy love!  Callie, a Newfoundland pup, sat so pretty for pictures in her custom floral collar.  

Out amongst the lush landscape of the Deepwood Estate, this little forest nook begged to be photographed. A perfect place for cake!  Erin Fale of Sugarhouse Cake embellished the poetry theme with subtle ivory script and garden rose accents on a stunning three tiered cake.  This regal marble table from Peter Corvallis fit beautifully with the luxe feel of the afternoon.

With no detail overlooked, nothing other than a timeless favor would do for an intimate setting like this.  We sourced leather bound journals from Hinged Strung Stitched to complete the vision.

{See the Full Gallery Here}

I can’t thank this amazing team enough.


Photos by Erich McVey Photography

Design and Florals by Petalos

Bridal Gown by Lazaro

Hair and Make-Up Styling by Christine Shields

Escort Card, Napkin, Vow and Favor Band Calligraphy by Neither Snow

Invitations and Paper Good Printing by Paper Bloom;  Ribbon by Midori

 Venue: Historic Deepwood Estate

Groom’s Attire by Este’s Mens

Gold Chiavari Chair, Votives, & Place Setting Rental by West Coast Event Production

Brass Candlestick Rental by Something Borrowed

Cake by Sugarhouse Cake

Marble Table for Cake by Peter Corvallis

Leather Bound Journals by Hinged Strung Stitched

Models: Nicole and Kamyar from Option Models & Media

Creative Direction by Katelin Gallagher


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Supernita + Vivek: A Savannah Destination Wedding by Nadia D. Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings, Reception

Savannah, Georgia, with its historic charm and picturesque setting has always been one of Supernita and Vivek’s favorite weekend getaways. After they got engaged there, they couldn’t wait to share the experience with loved ones – making it an obvious choice for their wedding destination. Recognizing that this meant that some of their guests would have to travel long distances to celebrate, the couple wanted to show their appreciation by making the experience as intimate and personable as possible.   I’m just glued to these dramatic images by Nadia D. Photography.

Supernita and Vivek’s wedding spanned an entire weekend, and incorporated traditional Indian ceremonies, alongside newer traditions of their own interpretation.  The celebratory weekend culminated in an absolutely ravishing reception in The Grand Ballroom at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort.   A palette of deep blue, gold and ivory sparkled in the candlelight and there were elegant details everywhere!  Each guest was greeted at the dinner table with a crystal-embellished ivory rose and a personalized thank you note.  I so admire their careful and heartfelt planning…

The final evening concluded with not one, but two special treats.  First, that cake by Minette Rushing?!  Divine.  And of course, a radiant display of fireworks was shot into the night sky to cap of the party!

A special thanks to Shasha Vasilyuk at I Do PR for sending this over!

Photography by Nadia D. Photo

Day of Event Coordination by Fusion Event Planning

Bridal Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses by Nova Krisnan

Bridal Shoes by Badgley Mischka

Florals & Rentals by Weddings in Style

Hair and Make Up by Beyond Beautiful by Heather

Venue: Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort

Catering by Delhi Palace

DJ by DJ Daz

Cake by Minette Rushing

Transportation by Nottingham Carriage

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Architecture-Inspired in Austin by Q Weddings
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

I’ve got a massive dose of romantic candlelight and architecture-inspired décor for you today, and I just couldn’t be more happy to be sharing Amanda and John’s Austin wedding with you!  Our fabulous photographer friend Suzy, of Q Weddings, captured this stylish soirée and all the glittering, glistening, and metallic details that made the look and feel of the day truly special.  Amanda and John’s approach was to remember that the marriage was the most important part of the day.  The couple made sure to take the day at a leisurely pace; for them, it was a day of reflection.  Finding inspiration in architecture and antique shops, the couple loved the old Austin atmosphere of The Driskill Hotel.  We just love those chic chair covers used for the ceremony! After saying their vows in front of a mantle filled with dozens of candles in glass hurricane holders,  it was time for an evening celebration filled with even more amazing candlelight.  A glittering party lounge was set up with sequence pillows and metallic accents. 

At the end of the evening there was a power outage due to an electrical fire in the city.  The guests thought the power loss was planned to add to the mood and it ended up being  a memorable end to the evening.

See more from Amanda and John’s gorgeous day {here}.

Photographs by Q Weddings

Month-Of Coordination by Caplan Miller Events

Venue: The Driskill Hotel

Bridal Gown by Melissa Sweet via Serendipity Bridal

Bridal Shoes by Badgley Mischka

Bridal Hair by Mandy Silver; Makeup by Leslie Ross

Ceremony Musicians: Barton Strings

Officiant: Sarah de la Fuente

Florals by Petal Pushers

Invitations by The Pink Tulip; Calligraphy by Glenna Garcia

Reception Entertainment by The Atlantics and Texas Pro DJ

Rentals Provided by Marquee Events, Unique Design & Events, and Townsley Designs

Lighting by First In Last Out Designs


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DIY Wednesday: Simple Candle Holders
Posted by Kate. Filed under DIY Wednesday, Do It Yourself

By: Victoria Hudgins

This project is really very simple…but picture the wood stained to a rich dark color… the nighttime… and the candlelight, and it’s a very inexpensive way to create instant ambiance at your reception! Five or so candles of varying heights will make a romantic centerpiece at a circular table. A huge set would look amazing interspersed with gorgeous flowers centering a long banquet table. They add that perfect natural and organic feel; here’s the simple how-to!

You’ll need 4 x 4 x 8 pieces of wood, purchased at your local hardware store. While you are in the store you can ask them to cut down the pieces (many stores will do it for free). Cut your pieces in varying sizes from 4-7 inches long. You’ll also need a very large drill bit to center out the candles (purchase one for about $10 at the hardware store). As an added bonus, you will get a great bicep workout making these candles!Start by drilling four separate holes next to each other at the center of one end of the wood. Then drill down the middle to center out the wood. You only need to drill about an inch or so into the wood- just enough for the candle to twist in. Make sure all the tapers fit into the holes. If needed, trim the ends in, using a sharp kitchen knife.

The candles should fit snugly and securely into the wood to ensure they stay upright and safe.  At this point you can remove the candles and stain or paint the wood to get the desired coloring.

Tip* If you have any concern that the candles might tip- simply dab a bit of hot glue to the bottoms for added stability, before placing inside the holder.

Light and enjoy!

Photos and Project Styling by Victoria Hudgins

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