It seems like lately we can’t resist a wedding at Prospect House, and for good reasons — just take a look at this one from Lisa Woods Photography, Wild Sky Events, and Petals Ink to know why. Flannery and Nick had a New Year’s Eve wedding at the Texas venue, providing their guests with love and laughter, good eats, and a party to celebrate the holiday in style.
If ever there’s a time for an abundance of gold and glitter, it’s New Year’s Eve. A team of all-star vendors in Portland including Hazelwood Photo, J29 Events, and Swoon Floral Design recently styled a shoot that’s sure to inspire and lead us into the new year with plenty of excitement.
From the planner, Nicole of J29 Events: When I think about New Years Eve, I think about the excitement, and the romance in the air. We say goodbye to what last year held, and excitedly look forward to the surprises of what lie ahead in the new year. The ambiance is very reminiscent of the eve of a wedding. While day-dreaming about that “feeling” I envisioned a bride and a groom… and the bride wore a black wedding dress.
With the help of a classic New Years Eve color palette of gold and black, we designed an exquisite black tie affair for the couple ready to start out the New Year committed to one another. Our goal, to inspire non-traditional couples by presenting a wedding that is both classic and elegant, while straying from the beaten path. Nothing shines as bright as a couple in-love, who is ready to marry their soul mate.
Shoot Location: Portland, OR / Photographer: Hazelwood Photo / Event Design and Styling: J29 Events / Floral Design: Swoon Floral Design / Venue: Brasserie Montmartre / Wedding Dress: Grace Mariee / Hair: Anthony Dallas of Gigi Aveda Salon / Makeup: Whitney Stassi / Men’s Attire: J.Crew / Wedding Cake: Rosycakes / Signature Cocktail: Mint and Mirth / Rentals: Barclay Event Rentals / Stationery: The City Hippy Studio / Videographer: Moving Pictures / Models Provided by: Ryan Artists
New Year’s might be a few months off, but we feel it’s never too soon to start poring over beautiful inspiration images full of sequins, glitter, and pizazz. So when we saw this shoot from the team of Lisa Mallory Photography, Lindsey Marie Events, and Flowers by Kim, we knew it would be worth sharing early. Do you love the sparkly bridesmaid dresses as much as we do?
From the designer, Lindsey of Lindsey Marie Events: Hello 2015! I don’t know what could be better than to ring in the New Year with a wedding. For this New Year’s Eve inspiration shoot, I wanted to shy away from the traditional black and gold to show that metallics with a pop of emerald green and orchid can be just as fancy! I definitely did not want to break the tradition of sequins, confetti, and champs, as New Year’s just wouldn’t be the same without some sparkle and bubbles! So romantic to see confetti falling from the sky as the bride and groom toast to new beginnings. So in Love!
Living in wine country, I thought it was only appropriate to host our shoot at Broken Earth Winery since New Year’s is all about the bubbly and some delicious wine! I was so lucky to have the ever so talented Lisa Mallory Photography to bring my vision to life. I had so much fun at Unlimited Events creating the most dreamy table scape. Rosey Calligraphy added to that by creating some astounding paper goods. The invitations were so fun and definitely got the party started. Cake Cathedral continued our sparkle theme with a 3 tiered sequin cake. Flowers by Kim made over the top cascading bouquets, which showed that even in winter Pantone orchid with a pale pink can be in style.
How gorgeous do the bride and bridesmaids look! Their glamourous looks could not have been done without the amazingly talented makeup artist Carrie Marie Artistry and stylish updos from Amy Castaniero. Top that off with a rhinestone bridal gown and mismatched sequin bridesmaid dresses make them truly steal the show! I had such an amazing time with this shoot and a BIG thank you to everyone that participated! Cheers to a New Year and New Beginnings. Happy 2015!
Shoot Location: Paso Robles, CA / Photographer: Lisa Mallory Photography / Event Design: Lindsey Marie Events / Floral Design: Flowers by Kim / Venue: Broken Earth Winery / Hair: Amy Castaniero / Makeup: Carrie Marie Artistry / Wedding Cake: Cake Cathedral / DJ: Epic Entertainment / Equipment Rentals: Unlimited Events Inc. / Calligraphy: ROSEY CALLIGRAPHY
Where do I even begin with this wedding? Rachel and Jeff wanted their wedding to be “vintage with a modern twist,” and brought in just the right amount of gold and Art Deco influence to carry out their dream. They found the absolute ideal location for their vision in Cleveland’s The Arcade, which is so beyond gorgeous and steeped in history that it has its own place on the National Register of Historic Places. With Suzuran Photography behind the camera and Lisa Daniel Floral Design in control of the stunning flowers, this is a wedding Daisy Buchanan would surely envy.
From the bride, Rachel: We envisioned a wedding that was vintage with a modern twist. The venue alone is spectacular so I made sure not to take away from that. The Arcade is a classic since 1890 and was one of the first large-scale indoor mercantile center in the United States. It was the first building in Cleveland and the 9th in the country to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its elegant grandeur was the reason for choosing a New Year’s Eve wedding. So after picking a venue with such beautiful architectural details full of history and securing our New Year’s Eve date, I envisioned a party rich in glitz, glam and all things that sparkle. I went to school for merchandising and have a love for all things vintage so there was a ton of fun had when stylizing the details. I chose items/decorations I knew I could use as accessories in my house after the wedding. There were even a few unsuccessful times when Jeff tried to talk me out of taking pieces from our home to use as stylized items for the wedding.
Bouquet recipe: Light pink/peach/white tulips, brunia berries, pink proteas, seeded eucalyptus, dusty miller, sage, white ranunculus, champagne roses, garden roses (light pinks and peaches), spray roses, air plants, succulents, white stock, peach, light pink peonies, waxflower, anemones.
As for a color scheme, I’ve also been pretty obsessed with anything gold for the past few years so I knew that was an absolute must. Other than that, I told my bridesmaids that I wanted them to wear all different dresses and to envision a glitzed out New Year’s Eve, over-the-top kind of party full of texture, sequins and glitter. I gave them a few inspirational photos to run with along with my pinterest board but of course had the final say. Oh, did I forget to mention that I planned everything from sunny South Florida? Since I couldn’t be home in Ohio to go dress shopping with my girls, I figured this would be easier to let them pick out a dress they’d actually wear again. Thank goodness for technology! When it came down to seeing them all together in their dresses the day of the wedding, I couldn’t have envisioned it better.
I bought all of my bridesmaids vintage hankies and stitched “no ugly crying” on them. My mother and grandmas got “I love you” ones. Mom helped with a lot. She found the large alarm clock neon and removed the old diner looking photo with an engagement photo of Jeff and I done by Sondra Kelly at NE Meadow Studio (not sure if you need any of these photos or not) and then proceeded to slathered it in gold paint. I gave her inspiration photos and ideas and she ran with it. She made the “Pop, Fizz, Clink” sign along with the “Happy New Year” sign. Then lastly the fun glittery gold arrows that pointed guests in the right direction. My mom enlisted my brother-in-law’s artsy brother to make the Arcade/Rachel and Jeff’s New Year’s Eve Wedding sign as well. He did it by hand after looking at our wedding invitation.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Stay true to who you are. One of the greatest compliments I received was about how the wedding was so “Jeff and Rachel”. Having said that, as you are planning the wedding of your dreams, flash forward 30 plus years and ask yourself the tough question, am I going to like that aspect or look back and think what was I thinking? Also, don’t be afraid to use everyday, household items to help stylize your big day. It should be an inviting environment that spews “Jeff and Rachel” or “Mary and Joseph” or whomever you may be!
Processional: “Arrival of Birds and Transformation,” Cinematic Orchestra
Recessional: “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” The Beach Boys
Bride/Groom Entrance: “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” Wham
First Dance: “Oceans,” Hillsong United
Cake Cutting: “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve,” Ella Fitzgerald
Garter Toss: “Addicted to Love,” Robert Palmer
Bouquet Toss: “Settle Down,” No Doubt
Wedding Location: Cleveland, OH / Photographer: Suzuran Photography / Flowers: Lisa Daniel Floral Design / Wedding Venue: The Arcade / Wedding Dress: Anna Maier via Chic Parisien, Coral Gables, FL / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Earrings: Kate Spade / Cocktail Ring and Hair Brooch: Henri Bendel / Reception Dress: A 1950s dress I found at a high end vintage consignment store in Boca Raton, FL. I never anticipated changing out of my beautiful wedding dress, however I went to the store looking for a shower/rehearsal dinner dress and the owner wouldn’t let me leave without trying it on after explaining to her that I was getting married on New Year’s Eve. It fit me like a glove and the rest was history. / Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse, Black by Vera Wang / DJ: DJ Larry / Wedding Invitations and Save the Dates: DIY and then sent off to a local printer
If there’s anything New Year’s Eve has become synonymous with over the years, it’s one heck of a party. This shoot, photographed by Nancy Ebert and dressed to the nines by OhSoPretty Party Boutique, is just that – a clean and modern wedding inspiration session with heaps of glitter, confetti, and balloons. 2014 here we come!
From the photographer, Nancy Ebert: I teamed up with some of my favorite wedding vendors from Germany to create a “black & gold” themed styled shoot. The idea behind it was to create a clean and elegant look for a modern couple in a more industrial-like setting. The shooting was in late November with New Year’s Eve 2014 just around the corner, so we included a little celebration in it and just had tons of fun.
From the idea to the actual photoshoot it took us no more than two weeks – including our search for models. We were looking for a non-professional but deeply-in-love-couple. So we called for all followers of my facebook page to send in applications. The only requirement for applicants was to have a total crush on each other and some spare time on the date of the planned shoot. Within the same day we had about 50 applications from so many wonderful people. We actually received so many beautiful applications that it was hard to pick just one couple. But I believe with Corinna and Dennis we chose the perfect couple. They were on fire and did an awesome job without any modeling experience whatsoever. So in the end we had just a blast and let the good times roll.
Minted recently launched this NYE party decor collection, with coordinating invites, and everything you need for a party! We love the mix of metallics of gold and silver, which what this party set is all about, with a custom photobooth backdrop to boot!
Ah, New Year’s Eve — the one day a year we get to dress up in our sparkliest sequins, party hats, and dance around without anyone blinking an eye! Lottie Fowler of Grit + Gold embraced this spirit and styled a shoot that showcased heaps of color and an abundance of fun, all photographed by Matt & Julie Weddings.
Shoot Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: Matt & Julie Weddings / Event Design and Styling: Couture Events / Shoot Venue: Grit + Gold / DIY: Cafe Con Leche of Grit + Gold / Wedding Flowers: Stems of Dallas / Hair and Makeup: Beauty and the Blush / Desserts: Tart / Airstream: Lulu’s / Stationery: Lilco Letterpress
Every once in a while we hear a love story that appears to be straight out of a movie screenplay — Christina and Brandon’s story is definitely that, and it’s guaranteed to start your weekend off on a sweet note! The newlyweds planned this gorgeous wedding in a whopping two weeks, recruiting the help of Brooke from Blush Photography to capture the stunning day. You’ll want to take a few minutes to soak in this precious story:
From the bride, Christina: So I have a rash romantic love story. We grew up in the same neighborhood. Our families were lifetime friends. His mom tricked him into asking me out and we had the best date of our lives – we laughed the entire time. He lived in Las Vegas, I lived in Salt Lake so, we just texted and talked every chance we got. A few weeks after our first date, I got this crazy idea to drive to Vegas at 11 o’clock at night and surprise him. While I was on the phone, driving (with my headset on) I crashed after hitting black ice, spinning off the road and into a ditch 30 feet below, my car completely totaled. As soon as he found out what had happened, he jumped in his car and drove 7 plus hours through the snow and ice to get to me. We he finally arrived, he told me me how crazy in love he was and that my near death experience made him realize that I couldn’t live without me. Without this lucid moment he never would have been able to tell me that he loved me. We both knew we we were meant to be.
Two weeks later he proposed and though we thought initially we would get married in 5 or 6 months, we soon realized that was an absolutely ridiculous idea and instead decided to get married in a few weeks. We were so in love, there wasn’t any point in starting the new year without each other.
Everything fell perfectly into place. We really didn’t have to do much planning because whenever there was a need, there was someone there to help. Like magic. We called La Caille and asked about New Years Eve. They had had a couple cancel for that date just an hour before we called. I found my dress in a half hour. Brandon found his suit just as quickly and it fit him perfectly- also the very last one in the store! Our photographer was available, the florist and the videographer. All were available on such short notice. I was really blown away by the beauty of it all. We were so blessed.
From our first date to our wedding date was only 50 days. We planned every detail of our beautiful day in 2 weeks. We were and continue to be truly blessed in our love. We are so incredibly happy and so thankful for everyone that helped us on our special day. The florist, the photographer, the videographer and his team, etc were so amazing. All such wonderful people! We all have our “dream wedding” in mind, but mine surpassed everything I ever imagined.
Wedding Vendors (Salt Lake City, UT):
Wedding Venue and Caterer: La Caille / Wedding Photographer: Blush Photography / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal, “8923” / Groom’s Suit: Alexander McQueen / Wedding Flowers: Karin Holt of The Perfect Petal / Videographer: Digital Memorys