Behind the Design of a Fall-themed Wedding Program

Categories Wedding Stationery
Rachel, graphic designer for MagnetStreet

Rachel, graphic designer for MagnetStreet

Welcome to “Behind the Design” our blog series that showcases a new design, the designer, and the inspiration behind it. Here’s Rachel to tell us about Falling in Love, a rustic fall design that will leave you pining for an autumn wedding.

“I wanted to create a stationery suite that showcased the beautiful colors of fall, but in a very elegant way. Tell the world you fell in love! To be the focal point of the design, I chose a background photo that was rich in autumn colors. Through that, everything else seemed to fall into place! I imagined a beautiful outdoor wedding in the crisp fall air. The best part about this design is that you can swap out the background image to one of your own choosing. Do you have a favorite image in mind?”

  

 

Fall wedding colors, inspiration and wedding program from MagnetStreet

Falling in Love Rectangle Wedding Program | See the entire Falling in Love Design Suite

Credits
For permission to use their photography, much thanks to …

Couple and Groom by Phil Chester | Pumpkin by Allyson Baker | Sign by Eternal Reflections Photography {via Weddingbells} | Throwing Leaves by Lara Hotz Photographer {via Swooned}Wagon by The Bunting Tree

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Elegant Fall Wedding at the Morton Arboretum

Categories Real Weddings + Wedding Stationery

“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!
xo

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.

 

WEDDING PRO SHOUT OUT

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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Intimate, Ottawa City Hall Wedding

Categories Real Weddings

We have a super sweet city hall wedding from Nicole Amanda Photography for you today! Our Canadian couple, Shermica and Dwight, were married at Ottawa City Hall and their fall nuptials also included their portraiture at nearby Confederation Park. Looking mighty handsome, Dwight wore a purple vest and tie to complement his gray suit. And carrying a small bouquet of lavender roses and baby’s breath, Shermica looked incredibly lovely in her floral hairpiece, darling short lace dress, and purple pumps. After pictures in the park, Shermica and Dwight gathered with family and friends for a small lunch at Courtyard Restaurant.

Getting married at city hall? Be inspired! Enjoy!

Bride and Groom in Confederation Park after Ottawa City Hall wedding

Bride and Groom at Confederation Park after Ottawa City Hall wedding

Bride and Groom at their Ottawa City Hall wedding

wedding ring exchange at City Hall wedding

Ottawa City Hall wedding

Groom, Groomsmen lifting up Bride at Ottawa City Hall wedding

Bride and Groom in Confederation Park after Ottawa City Hall wedding

Bride and Groom after Ottawa City Hall wedding

small bouquet of lavender roses and baby's breath

Bride and Groom sitting on a bench in Confederation Park after Ottawa City Hall Wedding

Bride and Groom in Ottawa's Confederation Park

Bride and Groom at Courtyard Restaurant after their City Hall Wedding

Bride and Groom at Courtyard Restaurant after their city hall wedding

 

If a small and local wedding is more your thing, check out this resource article and download the printable pdf of wedding venue ideas–from city hall to a botanical gardens.

 

Credits

Photographer:  Nicole Amanda Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Super-Sweet, Urban-Casual Engagement Session!

Categories Real Weddings

We just love Kim and James’ simple, casual Denver engagement session from  Brinton Studios! No props. No poses. Just a super cute couple having fun with each other in a setting they’re totally comfortable in: home. With smiles so contagious and their pup so adorable, they probably had a very hard time choosing a photo for their Save the Date–of which any would be perfect for this eye-catching photo Save the Date trend.

Congrats Kim and James! #Adorbs.

Cute & casual Denver engagement session

Denver engagement session with their cute dog

Denver engagement session

Casual, at home, Denver engagement session

On the front steps of this cute, Denver engagement session

Casual, at home, Denver engagement session with dog

Casual, Denver engagement session

 

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Credits

Photographer:  Brinton Studios
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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