Sunday, September 18, 2011

Vintage Look for Andrew and Sheila's Wedding

Andrew and Sheila were atop the world on Saturday!
Style - Sheila and Andrew certainly have it.  They value family and friends, wanted everyone to feel comfortable and to have fun, and looked for ways to express themselves.

So, here are the basic choices they made:
*  Ceremony and Reception Site - Court in the Square 
    Menu:  Taco bar, popcorn and cotton candy stations
*  Rehearsal Site - Central Cinema to view "Dirty Dancing" (Sheila swoons over Patrick Swayze -  she once created a Christmas tree decorated entirely with his photos) where we savored pigs in a blanket and munched popcorn, doughnuts and classic candies
*  Cake: Morfey's Cakes
*  Cupcakes: Vegan - Bouteloua Bakery
*  DJ:  DJ Tecumseh (Isaac Dyckhoff) and JoJo Dyckhoff of Bamboo Beats
*  Florist:  Teressa Johnson, Cashmere Designs
*  Photographer:  Ben and Whitney Harms, Brighten Photography (professional photos to follow)
*  Super 8 Cinematographer:  Rebecca Bolte

Ok!  Here's some pics of the experience.

Let's begin with the invites.  They were Harlequin romance novels with new covers featuring "Sheila and Andrew -- living in sin ... no longer. There were an ill-sorted pair ..."

They purchased a bunch of them, a friend redesigned the cover, a library pocket was glued to the front cover and a library check-out slip was the invite.  How creative is that!

Guests were greeted by this amazing display.

The dresser was covered with wedding photos of parents and grandparents, a guest book which featured Andrew and Sheila, schoolhouse signs and books, plus a bowl of all-time favorite chewing gums: Clove, Beemans and Black Jack.

The ceremony took place on the inside stairs:  the guys in tailored grey suits, the lades in navy blue dresses of their choice.  Three sets of couples framed the bride and groom.  (Thanks, Sheena, for the photo.)
Sheila's bouquet had a locket containing the wedding photos of her mother and her grandmother. 
What a view!
After the ceremony, family photos were taken in front of the Court in the Square and then, the couple went to the rooftop for their pictures. The Sounders were playing (they won!!!) so there were celebratory explosions for dual reasons.

(Jackie was the the couple's main contact at Court in the Square that evening -- you couldn't have asked for a more wonderful person.)
And, don't forget the shoes ... Sheila loved that the bottoms of her shoes were red! She said she bought them because of the color.
 Then, the grand entrance of Mr. and Mrs! 

Aren't these classic?

Sheila collected 100 vintage handkerchiefs -- they decorated all the tables.

Cake and vegan cupcakes were available so everyone could satisfy their sweet tooth (along with cotton candy and sugar sticks).

(I ate one of the vegan cupcakes before I realized it was vegan.  Very, very yummy!)

My Harlequin romance novel ends with the following words:
"Marti, you're some kind of wonderful creature. ... The next thing I want to hear you say is that you love me.  She closed her eyes.  She felt her heart hammering again.  "I love you, Stephen, I love you. I love you."  Happy ending.

Sheila and Andrew -- a happy ending to you too.  Many, many kisses, so much happiness, a love everlasting!

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Matt and Leticia -- You're Off to Great Places

A "dreams and castles" wedding.
What an amazing wedding all around!

Matt and Leticia are living in Germany but decided to wed at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood.  We planned their ceremony and completed premarital preparation via Skype (woo hoo technology!).

So when we actually met (a week before the ceremony), it felt like we already knew each other and we were greeting long-lost friends.

The ceremony was a combination of traditional, funny, and poignant.  Traditional words, Dr. Seuss vows, sci-fi playfulness.  It was so them.

Both heartwarming and lighthearted.
Matt is full of surprises.  He wrote a love letter to Leticia and had is best man, Bobak, delivered it just before the ceremony.  A very sweet moment.

The day was perfect -- a little overcast so it was great for photographs -- yet warm enough for comfort.

Since it was a destination wedding, most of the guests travels from the East Coast and beyond to be there.  One of the friendliest and most fun gathering of people we have met.

Leather bound  and a true treasure.

A very special addition to the ceremony was the Krutar family bible.  VERY OLD and so amazing.

Another unforgetable moment was the song performed by Katie and Beatrice, both opera singers.


After the ceremony, everyone was jumping for joy!

Isn't this a great group of people?  

It is the time machine.  I think these two will go far.

Then it was time for cake!  Yes, they are Doctor Who fans!

Wishing Mr. and Mrs. a marvelous life together!!!

Hats off to all the wedding professionals who helped make the day special:
Deanna Robinson and the staff at Thornewood Castle
Sounds Unlimited with Travis as the MC

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