Catherine + Brad: 12.31.13

{We’re showing off our gorgeous weddings from the last two years in anticipation of our 10th anniversary tomorrow and we’re doubling up today!  Too many weddings to recap before our anniversary!!!}

Catherine and Brad came to me with plans for an intimate, candlelit New Year’s Eve wedding at the Hilton Downtown and their ideas translated beautifully!

They wanted people to have a great time mingling and enjoying a pre-ceremony cocktail hour – since this was New Year’s Eve and the party was going to go later than normal for obvious reasons, the ceremony started later than normal as well.  We had all the trappings of a traditional cocktail hour, we just did it prior to the ceremony.  My favorite part was the jaw dropping photo booth backdrop of giant paper flowers all hand made by the bride, her mom and friends.  Just stunning!

Catherine told me that the ceremony space was very important – as she said, it was only going to be 20 to 30 minutes but it was 20 to 30 of the most important and special minutes of her life!  They wanted the ceremony space to be soft, serene, calm, and cocoon-like with soft lighting, lots of candles and a beautiful focal point.  We did low lighting, a crystal and flower backdrop with a fabric runner on the ceiling.  Candles and flower petals created the aisle.  It was everything they had hoped it would be and I loved that Catherine didn’t want to see it until the moment the doors opened for her walk down the aisle – she trusted we would get it right!

Right after the ceremony guests went across the hall into the beautiful reception space.  Purple up lighting gave the room a gorgeous glow.  Each table had a picture from different couples from Catherine and Brad’s families.  The table numbers were in the form of clocks that were stopped at the corresponding times – 1 o’clock was Table 1.  Flowers on Orchard Lane did multiple vases of flowers and candles on each of the tables and Jan Kish’s cake sparkled in the room.

Catherine and Brad did their first dance to “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve and then Catherine changed into a short cocktail dress for the rest of the party.  We welcomed 2014 with gold streamers and champagne and then the guests headed to the High Street bridge overpass for the after party.

It was a wonderful way to end 2013 and start 2014 – we were honored to have been a part of this and all our weddings!

Thanks to Adam Cairns and Lyndsey Braun for the photos!

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Wedding Planner: Emilie Duncan Event Planning
Photography: Adam Cairns and Lyndsey Braun
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hilton Downtown Columbus
Reception Music: Buckeye DJ
Flowers: Flowers on Orchard Lane
Cake: Jan Kish
Invitations: Igloo Letterpress
Rentals: Event Source

That’s it!  That’s 2 years of weddings in less than a month!  A HUGE thanks to all the gorgeous couples and families we’ve worked with over the last 2 years and the 8 before that.

 

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