Just Married: Martha + Matthew

With fall wedding season in high gear, it's been a while since I've posted a real wedding! So, we're going to get back into the blogging spirit with Martha and Matthew's colorful and fun wedding! This bride is about as sweet as can be in every way. And the groom is totally goofy and fun-loving. I loved working with these two!! As we started to dive into planning, Martha - like so many brides - had a lot of trouble defining her style. She knew what she liked and didn't liked, but didn't know how to put her style into words. As a wedding planner and designer, thats my job! I'm here to help my brides and grooms sort through their Pintrest photos and magazine clippings, and define a cohesive style that will be carried out from start to finish. And, so that's exactly what we did together! Our end result was perfectly them in every way. We incorporated bits of sparkle and glitter, bright and vibrant colors, and unique hand-made elements into the design. Even their reception menu was a reflection of Martha and Matthew - the two have a love of Chinese and Asian food, so we incorporated a number of the couples' favorite dishes into their menu. It was important to incorporate unique and untraditional aspects into the wedding day. So this couple opted against tradition and didn't have a bridal party! With family and friends traveling in from all over the world to celebrate their marriage, Martha and Matthew went for an adorable chalk globe so that guests could "leave their mark". I loved how one of their guests - who are from Germany - surprised this sweet couple with one of the German wedding traditions, which is to do a project together after the wedding ceremony. So, Martha and Matthew cut out a gigantic heart from a sheet and then hopped through the center together into their future as Mr. and Mrs. Hogge!

The entire wedding day was absolutely perfect and so much fun! And thanks to an incredible team of vendors, Martha and Matthew had an amazing day celebrating with family and friends.

Wedding Planning and Event Design: The Graceful Host
Photography: Beauty for Ashes Photography
Videography: Iron Kite Films
Flowers: New Creations Flower Company
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Separk Mansion
Catering: Something Classic
Cake: Wow Factor Cakes
Paper Goods: Elisabeth Rose
Photo Booth: ShutterBooth
DJ:All The Right Grooves
Wedding Dress: JLM Couture from Hayden Olivia Bridal
Bride's shoes: Kate Spade
Grooms Suit: Custom
Hair and Makeup: Dollface Skin & Makeup Lounge
Popsicles: King of Pops Charlotte

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One of my favorite portraits to date - how adorable are these oversized confetti-filled balloons?!

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I created 64' worth of wooden block runners for the tables and painted them shades of gold, pink, and ivory. Yup - cut (with the help of my handy husband!), sanded, and painted every single inch of these. I absolutely LOVED seeing this vision come to life! I'm so glad our sweet bride trusted me to bring this unique detail to life!

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Glitter in the vases - does it get any better than this?! Love this sparkly touch!

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I love the highlight film from Iron Kite Films!

Don't you just love the details of this wedding?! Those extra large confetti balloons were such a hit - especially with our adorable flower girl! Huge thanks to Martha and Matthew for allowing The Graceful Host to be a part of your amazing day! Cheers to a lifetime of happiness, you two!

XO,
A.