Real wedding: Angela + Jason

wedding dress for pregnant bride

Stunningly beautiful (and pregnant!) bride Angela and her husband got married at the Ace Hotel here in NYC, in a simple ceremony with friends and family.  Isn’t she positively glowing?

bouquet

purple & green centerpiece

polkadot tie and yellow boutonniere

beautiful pregnant bride

pregnant bride and groom

bridal party

flowers by sprout floral

wedding rings

bride & groom

ace hotel wedding

cutting the momofuku cake

momofuku cookie favors

VENDORS

Dress: Schone Bridal

Florals: Sprout Florals

Venue: Ace Hotel, NYC

Cake & favors: Momofuku Milk Bar

[images from Corey Torpie Photography]

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Real wedding: Summer + Adam

bright pink and yellow bouquet and ceremony decor

Its hard to not love this wedding, with its ultra bright colors and rainbow bridesmaids…every bit is perfection!

ace hotel palm springs modern wedding

blue bow shoes

bride and groom at the ace

bride and groom at the ace

colorful bridesmaids

pink bridesmaids and groomsmen

rainbow bridesmaids dresses

bright and colorful bouquets

ace hotel wedding

rainbow bridesmaids dresses

colorful pompom and streamer ceremony backdrop

colorful bridesmaids dresses

ace hotel wedding

colorful pompom and streamer ceremony backdrop

ace hotel wedding

peeking through the streamers

modern colorful centerpieces

modern colorful centerpieces

modern colorful centerpieces

rainbow party

ace hotel wedding

 From the bride:

It’s safe to say I am not the kind of girl who has been dreaming about her wedding since she was six.  So when we started planning, we didn’t really come into it with a vision, except that we wanted our wedding to be a great party.  I wanted it to be bright, beautiful, and full of color, music, love, and joy.  And we wanted to get to enjoy our friends and family for longer than just the 8 hours of the wedding.  We were so fortunate to come across the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, which made all of that possible, and also just happens to be the coolest hotel on the planet.  And every single one of our vendors was unbelievable.  “Vendor” doesn’t seem like the right word at all; Wonderful-People-Who-Made-Our-Wedding-Amazing is probably better.

I like to think of myself as non-traditional, but I came to see that the process of planning a wedding shows you which traditions do matter to you, and which don’t.  We didn’t do a cake or a bouquet toss, but the ceremony was really important to us.  We asked a dear friend to marry us, which was the best idea ever, and the three of us basically wrote the ceremony together, which made it feel completely ours.  By far the most important and memorable moment of the wedding was when we read the vows that we had written for each other.  In the end I felt like we had taken this ritual and made it a very personal expression of who we are as individuals and as a couple, and it could not have been more perfect.

My number one piece of advice is to get a coordinator.  We hired Courtney as a month-of coordinator, but she was available to answer our questions via email from the moment we hired her and there is NO question that we could not have done it without her.  She was 100% on top of everything, and it just gave me complete peace of mind and let me actually enjoy the day.  Although there were definitely moments of stress throughout the planning process, I ended up being completely relaxed once it all began.  I really had no idea how incredibly joyful an experience it would be, and having someone there to handle all of the logistics left us free to enjoy the moment.  My other advice is not to scrimp on your photographers.  As you can see from these pictures, ours were INCREDIBLE, and looking at their pictures is like reliving the whole experience all over again.  You honestly can’t put a price on that, so whatever you pay for a great photographer will be a bargain in the long run.  And finally (and everyone will tell you this but it’s worth repeating), just enjoy!  Focus on what matters, which is the two of you.  Stick together, enjoy every second, and it will be perfect in all the ways that matter.

VENDORS
Photographer: Jesse, Whitney, & Jenn from Our Labor of Love
DJ: Smiles Davis via The Flashdance
Planner: Courtney Tibbets, After the Engagement
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Palm Springs, CA
Florist: Primary Petals
Wedding Cake or Dessert Baker: Desserts by Ace Hotel (King’s Highway
Restaurant
)
Caterer: Ace Hotel (King’s Highway Restaurant)
Linens: Provided by the Ace Hotel
Lighting: Classic Party Rentals
Paper Products:
• Invitations & menus: Wedding Paper Divas
• Place cards & table numbers: e.m. papers
• Programs: Wide Eyes Design
Bride’s Gown: Garbo by Elizabeth Fillmore (via Kleinfeld Bridal)
Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil/Jewelry:
• Hair accessory: LoBoheme
• Earrings: BHLDN
Hair Stylist: Christine Choi
Makeup Artist: Flor Hunt (bridesmaid J)
Bride’s Shoes: Miss Albright (from Anthropologie)
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth and BHLDN
Groom’s Attire: Suit: Jones New York; Tie: Nordstrom; Custom cufflinks
(his wedding gift – they were both maps, one of the spot where we met, and
one of the spot where we were getting married): Uncommon Goods
Groomsmen Attire: Suits: their own; Ties: Nordstrom

[images from Our Labor of Love]

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Bella Figura contest winner

I’m so glad you guys are as psyched about Bella Figura as I am!  Without further ado, the winner of $100 towards any Bella Figura order is #36 Chrissy, who said:

I absolutely love the Mimosa style invitations! It would be so perfect in a deep orange color! The floral motif used on those invitations would coordinate perfectly with the look of our wedding!

Chrissy, drop me an email so I can pass your info along to Bella Figura.  And with that, I’m signing off for the weekend…Chad and I are staying at the new Ace Hotel NYC for an early anniversary weekend (can you believe its almost been a year?) so I’m excited to check it out.  I hope to take a bunch of pictures, but since its a soft opening, I’m not getting my hopes up.  Have a great weekend everyone!

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