Bride & Groom: Deb & Wally
Groom’s Getting Ready Location: Blue Heron hotel
Ceremony/Reception Location: Paradise Cove
DJ: Our DJ Rocks
Coordinator: Allen Event Planners
Florist: Union Blooms floral
Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies
Cake: Anna Cakes
Dress: Essence of Australia at Modern Bridal
Grooms Wear: Jos A. Bank
Catering: Plus Catering
Second Photographer: Leila Mullen
Here are some highlights from Deb and Wally’s beautiful wedding!
Preparations began with a celebratory toast by the ladies to the bride-to-be. Deb looked stellar in her wedding gown – a shapely sweetheart neckline top that transitioned to a stunning mermaid skirt, ending in a mass of ruffled tulle. The bridesmaids wore a gorgeous array of tea rose ensembles, a very flattering color. In accordance to the theme, Wally matched his classic tuxedo with an old rose silk tie.
Leila Mullen acted as a second photographer, and assisted in capturing extra angles, so I think we managed to accomplish Deb’s request of having plenty of pre-ceremony shots. Their first look was absolutely adorable! The couple brought along their dogs – my ultimate weakness! The two precious pooches were just as photogenic as their mom and dad!
While the girls walked the aisle, the gentlemen arrived in innovative fashion via jetboat. The lake was a nice backdrop to a beautiful ceremony. The sun was out, but it was a rather windy day, making it perfect for an outdoor wedding. The reception area had a rustic aesthetic to it, especially emphasized by the fairy lights overhead.
When the night came to an end, the guests brought out the glow sticks to illuminate the couple’s exit. The thing with glow sticks, however, is that the area has to be almost pitch black in order for the camera to pick up movement. Too much light source can alter the end result completely. I’ve witnessed a handful of creative exit strategies, and this is definitely one of them. So, on that note, here are a few I can suggest for your own wedding!
- Sparklers. Lengthy ones are best since they burn the longest. For shorter ones, have the guests take two, only lighting the second one just as the first one starts to burn out.
- Bubbles. They look amazing at night if matched with some ambient lighting. Bubble guns or tubes with really long wands work the better than the ones in tiny containers.
- Petals. Common, yet never fail to add a flair of elegance to an exit.
- Streamers. Another common strategy, but streamer cannons are always fun!
- Metallic confetti. I’m still waiting for someone to use this. They’re perfect for both day and night!