Elegant Fall Wedding at the Morton Arboretum

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“Not even the rain rattled my spirits,” said bride Cristina about their wedding ceremony that was moved inside due to inclement weather. Aaron and Cristina had a gorgeous–almost ethereal–fall wedding. Cristina had this say about their “Fall in Love” theme, “I have been in love with the aura of autumn ever since I was a child. There is something so beautiful about the changing colors, the smell of pumpkin spice, and the crisp, cool breezes that surround the season. Thinking about fall instantly brings a smile to my face, and I knew I had to be married during this gorgeous season.” Continue on to read more from our beautiful bride about their day, their colors, things learned, advice given. and shouts of praise to all that helped to bring their “big day” to fruition! Enjoy!

Wedding Style: Elegant with a “Fall in Love” theme
Wedding Colors: Copper| Olive Green| Ivory
CeremonyThe Morton Arboretum
ReceptionPescatore Palace

Photographer: Open Iris Photo
Thank You Cards: MagnetStreet Weddings

Elegant wedding at the Morton Arboretum

Bride and Groom getting ready for their wedding

Wedding dress and white wedding shoes

The dress …
My dress was Maggie Sottero’s Ambrosia style. It was the only dress I put on and had the instant feeling of, “This dress is just beautiful.” My shoes were Benjamin Adams London, completely crystal-encrusted and FIVE INCHES tall. My veil was shoulder length and had beading to match the beading in my dress bodice, and my florist made me a hair piece with Mokara Orchids.

Pre-wedding gift from groom to the bride

The color scheme 
I fell in love with a Jordan Moments bridesmaid dress that came in the perfect copper color, so everything kind of evolved off of that. My junior bridemaid dresses were my accent olive green color, and then ivory was present throughout the day, too. My colors were in everything from the dresses, to the programs, to my party favors!

Rustic fall wedding with an olive and pumpkin color scheme!

Rustic fall wedding bouquet of calla lilies, roses and berries

Rainy wedding day photo at Morton Arboretum

Walking down the inside the Morton Arboretum

Wedding ceremony at the Morton Arboretum

Wedding ceremony at the Morton Arboretum

Wedding ceremony at the Morton Arboretum

Reading vows during wedding ceremony

Exchanging Vows
Another highlight is definitely when my husband and I exchanged our vows. We both wrote our own, and hearing the kind words my husband expressed to me is something I will cherish for always. On top of that, I will never forget how he was on the verge of tears while I recited mine to him … Seeing how emotional he became was so special to me because it just shows how deep the love between us is.

Unity sand ceremony at Morton Arboretum

Outdoor wedding photo at the Morton Arboretum

Bride and Groom cake topper

White wedding cake with bride and groom cake topper

Northern IL's Pescatore Palace: wedding reception tables with floral centerpieces

Wedding reception buffet at The Pescatore Palace in Northern IL.

Bride and Groom's first dance: Northern IL's Pescatore Palace

Our First Dance was of course memorable. Aaron was so nervous to dance, but it flowed effortlessly. We danced to “So Beautiful” by Darren Hayes.

Wedding reception and getaway car

Congrats Aaron and Cristina! We wish you every happiness… thanks so much for sharing your wedding with us!

Highlights From The Day

The Speeches
I have to say, my husband’s toast was also an exceptional highlight. I was so proud of him standing there and thanking all of our guests and expressing how excited and happy he was that friends and family came from all over the country to share in our day. And, of course, he did a great job of complimenting me (and saying that all my hard wedding planning work paid off! Of course a girl LOVES hearing that, haha).

My Maid of Honor’s speech was also a great highlight. We have been friends for 10 years, and there is no one else on this planet that resembles me as much as she does. Her speech was just perfect. Reflecting on how far we have come in our friendship gives me chills sometimes—I remember being in biology and journalism with her, and there we were on my wedding day. It’s like I knew that we would be there for each other’s wedding days, but you can’t actually really imagine it until the day is there. I felt that way about the entire wedding, actually. You have such a dream and vision for everything, and then when it finally happens, you almost can’t believe it.

Talking with all of our guests – so many people said so many wonderful things. I will not forget my uncle telling me it was the best wedding he had ever been too.

The flowers! My goodness, I have never seen such beautiful flowers in my whole life. If there is one vendor that deserves high praise, it is definitely my florist. She is above and beyond an artist!

Our husband and wife entrance was pretty cute—Aaron is a soccer player, so we thought the FIFA 2010 World Cup song would be appropriate (it was also significant to us because we started dating the summer of the World Cup, so the song was memorable). The song is called “Waving Flag,” so, naturally, we came in waving flags (me, an Italian one, him, an American one).

Advice you’re glad you took
Many married couples told me to make sure I eat on my wedding day because they never got to taste their dinner! I am glad Aaron and I got to enjoy most of our Italian feast, because we both love food so much, so we kind of made it a priority to get to take more than just one bite of each of our courses. Dessert was kind of another story, but we made the dinner count!

Advice you wished you’d taken
Often my MOH and co-workers would tell me to not worry about the several different opinions people would present about this or that, and many times, it was hard for me to ignore the opinions of others, despite the decisions I knew I wanted to make. In the end, I usually went with what I wanted to do, but if I had taken more stock in the “this is your wedding, you do it how you want” way of thinking, I would have eliminated a lot of back-and-forth conversations and stressful thinking.

Advice you’d like to give?
I want to preface this by saying that I am ecstatic with the way my wedding turned out and would not change a thing. All of the hard work in planning really paid off for me BUT do not be fooled by wedding-planning seeming fun. I think the best advice I can give is that most of the time, wedding planning is not fun. Most of the time, you are pulling your hair out over the tiniest details – you will start second guessing decisions, and yes, you will have a fight with your fiancé over something at some point. There were many times where I started asking myself, “Is this normal? Am I supposed to feel this stressed out about getting married? Isn’t it supposed to be fun to plan a wedding?” When you are working a full time job, wedding planning becomes another full-time job. I can promise though that everything will be work it in the end—and that is what a honeymoon is for afterward, right? ;)

Also, wear low-heeled shoes!

The best part of the whole wedding day …
Is it cheating to say the whole thing? I think the best part was all of the love expressed by not only me and Aaron, but by all the people around us. There was just a general happy, loving feeling about the entire day that I will never forget.



Open Iris Photo
My photographer was recommended by a co-worker of mine, and after seeing his beautiful portfolio, I could not find a photographer I liked better. It’s why I flew him out from California to Illinois. I think the best comment I received so far is that the photos “belong in magazines.” I think that comment stands on its own to show how impressed I am, and how impressed others are, with the photos.

The Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum was exceptional! Our photos came out so well partially thanks to them and their absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous scenery.

Pescatore Palace
The Pescatore Palace took extra special care of me and Aaron. I was able to have a traditional Italian banquet wedding just like my cousins, 2nd cousins, aunts, uncles, and parents because of Pescatore, and that meant so much. Thank you Frank!

All Flowers by Marisa
My florist made my dreams come true. The number one comment that was made about anything that day was the flowers. People were literally in awe. I am eternally grateful to Marisa for bringing my vision to life.

Eclipse Entertainment – DJ Elmo Arcari
Elmo is one of the kindest individuals I have ever worked with. I had a couple people express how they “never dance,” but at my wedding, they did. Elmo knows how to feel out a crowd and get everyone to have a great time.

MagnetStreet Weddings
MagnetStreet was the only company I could find that allowed me to personalize the photo card EXACTLY how I wanted it. The font, the color of the font, the layout of the card was exactly what I had pictured in my head, and they were the only company who could deliver that vision.

On choosing Life of Luxury Thank You Card design
I loved that design because it was simple, yet elegant. I didn’t want the words to block out the photo too much, but I wanted them to be there. The font was absolutely perfect, too. Again, it had the elegance I was looking for to pair perfectly with the photo.

How did it fit with your personality or wedding style?
When I think of fall, I think of it as an elegant season—this card helped portray that. There is sort of an ethereal nature behind it, and I feel like that is what made it fit so well with my theme.


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Winter Destination Wedding with Candlelit Ceremony

Categories Real Weddings

We have another intimate style winter destination wedding for you today–this time at the impressive Empire Canyon Lodge of Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. Elizabeth and Jordan had an exquisite evening wedding with a candlelit ceremony. Warm and romantic, their candle and flower-strewn aisle led to a rustic birch arbor in which to say “I Do”.  Elizabeth wore a raw silk, modified trumpet gown with a chapel train that featured hand-made flowers along the bottom edge. The guys were in black tuxedos and the ladies in floor length black gowns.

Such ambiance! From this beautiful place to the warm glows, hot toddy bar and a pup named “Bella”, we simply adore this elegant, romantic, destination wedding!  Enjoy…

Bride and Groom photo outside at their winter destination wedding at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah

Winter destination wedding at Deer valley Ski Resort in Park City, Utah

Bound with a brooch, Elizabeth carried a beautiful bouquet of ivory peonies, ranunculus, anemone, antique champagne garden roses, and ivory parrot tulips while her gals carried smaller versions with bronze accents.

Winter destination wedding bouquet

bridesmaid bouquets in winter wedding

Meet “Bella” Elizabeth and Jordan’s malte poo. Bella was one of 80 guests at this beautiful destination wedding.  Isn’t she cute!?

malte poo pup named, Bella at winter destination wedding

Groomsmen in black tuxes at winter destination wedding at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah

Groomsmen at Empire Canyon Lodge of Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah

candlelit aisle in destination winter wedding evening ceremony

Candlelit wedding ceremony in winter destination wedding in Park City, Utah

Walking down a candlelit aisle in winter destination wedding in Park City, Utah

Bride and Groom dancing outside at their winter destination wedding in Park City, Utah

bride in fur stole at winter destination wedding

Bridesmaids in green pashminas in winter destination wedding at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah

Winter destinaion wedding reception at Deer valley Resort in Park City, Utah

Winter destination wedding reception table setting. Park City, Utah

wedding bar sign

winter wedding signage

Wedding cake and Groom's cake tables

brides crystal and floral applique belt

The bridal cake was a three-tier Italian Cream Cake that featured fanciful birds for their topper and trailing floral rosettes {similar to  the appliques on Elizabeth’s dress}. The groom’s cake mimicked Jordan’s love of: Reese’s peanut butter cups, Auburn {his alma mater} and his white pick-up truck and trademark cowboy boots. So fun!

grooms cake and wedding cake

father daughter dance

band winter destination ski resort wedding reception

wedding rings hanging from a snowflake

Bride and Groom leaving their destination wedding reception

Wedding send-off at winter destination wedding at Deer Valley Ski Resort in Park City, Utah

Horse drawn sleigh in winter destination wedding at Deer Valley Ski Resort in Park City, Utah

Congratulations Jordan and Elizabeth! Thanks for sharing your sweet destination wedding with us!


Photographer:  Pepper Nix Photography
Event Planner: Soirée Productions LLC
Floral Designer: artisan bloom
Dress Designer: Badgley Mischka
Dress Store: Heidi Elnora
Musicians:Michael Lucarelli – Classical Guitarist
Cake Designer: Snow Park Bakery
Event Planner: Soiree Productions
Band:Soul Sensations
Band: Utah Live Bands
Reception Venue: Deer Valley Resort
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15 Winter Wedding Bouquets

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Winter wedding bouquets can be some of the most beautiful and glamorous to see. And with the many flower filler and embellishment possibilities, winter bouquets can be some of the most artful and sculpturally interesting too! The white on white is an elegant look–perfect for the season and the holidays. Adding in the wedding colors brings continuity and visual interest. Yes, a winter wedding bouquet that’s infused with the beauty of the season and the style of the wedding can be a sight to behold–from sophisticated, to festive to rustic to romantic … here’s a peek at 15 winter wedding bouquets.

Popular flowers: anemones, calla lilies, dahlia,  lilies of the valley, orchids, roses, tuberose
Popular fillers: succulents, lamb’s ear, dusty miller, hypericum and juniper berries, spruce sprigs, herbs {rosemary!}, winter greens, eucalyptus
Festive trimmings: holly berries, pine boughs, pinecones {dusted with gold!}, velvet stem wraps, pearls, crystals, ribbons
Alternatives to roses: ranunculus, carnations, lisianthus, peonies
Tip: choose in season + suitable substitutes in lieu of expensive/out of season flowers



Art Deco Style 
Sera carried a white rose bouquet–with beautifully embellished vintage brooches–in their Art Deco inspired wedding at the historic Loews Theater in New Jersey. Adding the vintage pins made this winter bouquet sparkle and really gave it that extra level of glam and sophistication. {Photos by Dawn Joseph Photography}

art deco white wedding bouquet


Quirky and Eclectic
With only family present, Renee and Justen had a small, intimate Texas winter wedding. Renee carried a loose and airy cascading bouquet of white lilies, roses and winter greenery–perfect for their sweet, small wedding. {Photo by Bethany Erin Photography}

white wedding bouquet of lilies and roses


Mixed Romance
This botanical beauty was carried in Seth and Ellie’s classic wedding. Filled with array of anemones, roses, snapdragons, juniper berries and arborvitae, this bouquet with its soft colors has winter romance blooming all over it! {Photo by AC Ellis Weddings}

Winter wedding bouquet of anemones, roses and juniper berries


Pretty in Purple
Brittany and Andrew’s snowy Estes Park Wedding was vibrant with color and whimsical details. Brittany’s large bouquet was a fashionable fusion of orchids, roses in various shades of purple, ivory and pink. The flowers took full command of center stage–no need for fillers or floral decor with this statement-making bouquet. {Photos by Dreamtime Images}

purple and pink wedding bouquet


Organic Lovely
Lauren and Kenny’s intimate New England wedding was a lovely affair with purple and gold accents. Lauren’s bouquet followed in stylish suit with white ranunculus, orchids, and lilies. Pops of color, along with a variety of petals and splashes of green gave this winter bouquet its organic, eclectic feel. {Photos by Binita Patel Photography}

eclectic winter wedding bouquet


Traditional Beauty
Cory and Melissa had a traditional military wedding. Melissa carried a bouquet of ivory roses, mini callas, peonies, and fringed tulips. Embellished with a lace stem wrap, small swarovski crystals, and dusty miller for greenery, this winter bouquet made for a gorgeous modern-traditional look. {Photos by Mark Eric Weddings}

white wedding bouquet of roses, lilies, tulips


Bold and Modern
In this Michigan winter wedding, Melissa opted for a winter bouquet that celebrated their bold color scheme. Her bouquet included orchids narcissis, anemones and winter greens. {Photos by Paul Retherford Wedding Photography}

purple winter wedding bouquets


White on White
This elegant Vancouver wedding wasn’t a winter wedding, but this monochromatic white bouquet of roses, stephanotis and ranunculus is perfect for a winter wedding. The stephanotis flower is such a graceful, delicate flower and we love that it was used for the boutonnieres–and that they embellished them with pearls. So elegant! {Photos by Sakura Photography}

white winter wedding bouquet with pearls


Simple Elegance
Krystal and Jesse’s had a gorgeous traditional wedding with rustic touches that complemented their champagne, gold, and ivory color scheme. Krystal carried two dozen ivory roses in her bouquet with a stem that was wrapped pearls and inserted with a gold Swarovski “K”. {Photos by Hot Metal Studio}

Ivory rose bouquet


Green and White
Danusia and Calvin’s wedding was a lovely blend of modern and traditional. Danusia’s bouquet was a sweet mix of white and green that complemented the other colors in their scheme. This invigorating combo is modern, fresh, and fun. {Photos by Dustin Leader Photography}

white and green wedding bouquet


Simple and Sweet
Surrounded by lights and lush greenery, Kate and RJ had their winter wedding in an indoor scenic park. Classy but simple, Kate opted for a small bouquet of calla lilies and greens. This sweet bouquet was in perfect harmony with their purple scheme and gorgeous surroundings. {Photos by Shelley Paulson Photography}

small white winter wedding bouquet


Romantic and Bold
Marie and Kelson’s Florida DIY wedding is a mix of bold and romantic. Their wedding colors were pink, dark purple and lavender. Marie’s bouquet was a bold, colorful contrast of dark purple and lavender calla lilies. Purple is so pretty for a winter wedding bouquet! Don’t you think? {Photos by Corinna Hoffman Photography}

purple calla lily wedding bouquet


Classic New Year’s Eve
Nick and Jessica rang in the New Year with style and grace. Jessica carried a bouquet a red roses while her maids carried white. Classic and beautiful–simply iconic for a festive holiday wedding. {Photos by Banks Photography}

red rose winter wedding bouquet


Vintage Romance
We love everything about Jamie and Brittany’s wedding with its vintage romantic touches. Jamie carried a bouquet of pink peonies, white roses and hydrangeas. Soft. Pretty. Romantic. {Photos by Imagen International}


Vibrant and Passionate
Susan and Emmanuell had a private yacht winter wedding. Susan’s bouquet consisted of red and ivory roses and burgundy calla lilies. A vibrant, bold combination that’s ideal for a winter wedding. {Photos by D. Park Photography}

winter wedding bouquet of roses and calla lilies


What does your favorite winter wedding bouquet consist of?

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Elegant Miami Resort and Spa Wedding

Categories Real Weddings

Surrounded by family and friends, Melissa and Grayson had a beautiful wedding at the Miami Beach Resort & Spa. With its Art Deco look and feel, this elegant hotel proved an exquisite setting for Studio One Six to capture all this loveliness. There’s a warm, intimate and cinematic glow to their photos and Melissa and Grayson look simply amazing. Working in tandem with the Art Deco ambiance is lots of sparkle–from Melissa’s bridal gown sash and her sparkly shoes to their swarovski-studded bands on the wedding cake. Melissa and Grayson had a Jewish wedding ceremony that included vows under a chuppah and breaking glass afterward. Congratulations to our happy couple!


Elegant Jewish wedding

sparkly wedding shoes

long wedding hair

white wedding bouquet

First look wedding photos

first look wedding photos

first look wedding photo

first look wedding photo

Here comes the bride wedding sign

Bride beginning to walk down aisle

groom waiting for bride

Bride walking down the aisle

Jewish wedding ceremony

Jewish wedding ceremony

Jewish wedding ceremony

And everybody said “Mazel Tov”!

breaking glass Jewish wedding tradition

just married wedding photo

bride and groom entering hotel wedding reception

Art Deco look to this bride and groom wedding photo

Florida hotel wedding reception

crystals-studded white wedding cake

white wedding cake and beach wedding favors

first dance

bride and groom

Jewish wedding reception

Bride and Groom



Photographer:  Studio One Six
Reception Venue: Miami Beach Resort & Spa
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