The Couple: Grace & Jesse
Wedding Date: November 8, 2014
Photography by Kurtis Ostrom Photography
Tell us a little about you and your beloved (like how you met, the proposal, the planning of the wedding, etc.): We met line dancing and enjoyed line dancing at our wedding reception as well. We were only engaged for 4 months, it was much quicker to plan since the bride is a wedding planner with Graceful Gatherings!
What was the most amazing part of your day? Our first look…it was really the only time we had ALONE together the entire day! It was so special to spend that time together before the craziness of being around all the family and friends in the chaos of the day.
What else would you like to share about your big day? Instead of a bouquet toss we did a “Finnish Crown Dance” where all the single ladies danced in a circle around the blindfolded bride. The bride places a crown on someones head and she’s the next to get married. Graceful Gatherings planned and coordinated this lucky ladies’ wedding this past December….she really was the next to get married!
Ceremony Site: St. Canice Church
Ceremony Musicians: Z Cabernet Strings
Officiant: Fr. Michael Carol, St. Theresa of Avila Church
Reception Venue: St. Canice Center
Photographer: Kurtis Ostrom Photography
Videographer: Bunny Bee Films
Wedding Planner and Flowers: Graceful Gatherings
Caterer: A Taste To Dine For
Cake/Desserts: Niara Cakes (sweetheart and grooms cake) & Divine Desserts (mini pies)
Favors: Graceful Gatherings grew the plants and Partee of Four made the custom thank you tags to go in them.
Bridal Attire: Salt Mine Thrift Store, beautifully restored by Melodie’s Alterations.
Bridal Jewelry: Style Avenue Studios
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Various, they selected their own!
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Hair and Make-up: Roxie Aranello
Invitations: BLXVA Designs
Signage: BLXVA Designs/Graceful Gatherings
DJ/Entertainment/Band and Lighting: Gavin Wicke
Photo Booth: Flash A Smile
Décor and Linen Rentals: Graceful Gatherings
Furniture and Lounge Rentals: Graceful Gatherings & America’s Party Rental
Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out that we missed in the above questions? Bride Brooch Bouquet by Unique Floral (made from my both my grandmother’s pieces).
First Dance Song: “Without You” by Keith Urban.
Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? Hire someone to coordinate on the day of your wedding. Even this wedding planner handed over the reigns to someone else to run the day and take care of last minute details and unexpected occurrences.
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? Eaten more cake.
Photos courtesy of Kurtis Ostrom Photography.
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