Boston Wedding and Harvard Club Reception

Categories Real Weddings + Wedding Stationery

So sweetly captured by Deborah Zoe Wedding Photography, we’re excited to share Jamie and Christy’s beautiful Boston wedding. Married at St. Mary’s Church in Charlestown, MA, Jamie and Christy then had their reception at the Harvard Club of Boston. Christy looked a-mazing in her Casablanca lace wedding gown while her girls donned a lively shade of green. Their overarching color scheme was a preppy navy and green–a perfect combo for these two Bostonians. In fact, Jamie and Christy set a fun tone by depicting their beloved city through their “Boston city skyline” wedding stationery from MagnetStreet. We just love the cute ring shots that photographer, Deborah Zoe, got around their wedding invitation and enclosures. So cute!

Ceremony: Saint Mary’s Church
Reception: Harvard Club of Boston
Photographer: Deborah Zoe Wedding Photography
Wedding Stationery: MagnetStreet Weddings

 

wedding ring shot {on Boston skyline wedding invitation}

Harvard Club Boston Wedding- photos by Deborah Zoe Photography

wedding invitation & program depicting Boston city skyline--from MagnetStreet

{Left and Right} Boston Romantic Skyline Wedding Invitation Suite
{Middle} Forever Yours Half-fold Wedding Program

Boston city skyline--photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

unique wedding ring shot- photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

Casablanca lace wedding gown-photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

Casablanca lace wedding gown--photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

green wedding shoes and wedding bouquet--photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

Casablanca lace wedding gown and calla lily wedding bouquet--photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

Casablanca lace wedding gown--photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

green bridesmaid dresses--photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

St. Mary's-St. Catherine church in Charleston, MA--photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

 St. Marys-St. Catherine church in Charleston, MA--photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

St. Marys--St. Catherine church--Boston--photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

Boston wedding--photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

Harvard Club Boston Wedding- photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

Harvard Club Boston Wedding- photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

Boston real wedding- photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

Harvard Club Boston Wedding- photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

Harvard Club Boston Wedding- photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

Harvard Club Boston Wedding- photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

Harvard Club Boston Wedding- photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

Harvard Club of Boston Wedding- photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

first dance at the Harvard Club Boston Wedding- photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

first dance at the Harvard Club of Boston - photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

wedding toasts at the Harvard Club of Boston - photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

father daughter dance at the Harvard Club of Boston - photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

wedding band at the Harvard Club of Boston - photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

wedding reception at the Harvard Club of Boston - photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

wedding reception at the Harvard Club of Boston Wedding- photo by Deborah Zoe Photography

Congratulations Jamie and Christy! We wish you all the best.

xo

 

 

 

 

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Classic Wedding with Contemporary Flair

Categories Real Weddings + Wedding Stationery

With all of its colorful and personalized touches, we’re excited to feature Alex and Danielle’s classic East Coast wedding. And we’re also excited because Alex and Danielle chose MagnetStreet for their wedding stationery suite! We simply love all the clever ways they carried their cobalt blue and royal purple color scheme + damask pattern throughout their wedding look. Danielle is a lovely, thoughtful, and talented bride who had a very specific vision for their wedding and who did an amazing of job of communicating and following through with their many vendors. Some of those thoughtful details included feather-trimmed bouquets, classic cars, wedding cakes that delineated their French and Italian heritages, and a music-themed ice sculpture! Danielle was sweet enough to share a few special details from their big day! Enjoy.

Wedding Style: Classic with flair
Wedding Colors: Cobalt Blue and Royal Purple
CeremonyTrinity United Methodist Church, Providence, RI
ReceptionThe Century House Inc., Acushnet, MA
Photographer: Manny Carvalho of Studio One Photography
Wedding StationeryMagnetStreet Weddings

Classic East Coast Wedding by Studio One Photography

Starting their big day with a big bang!
There was a chance of rain … It was beautiful as I got dressed and took photos with my family and bridesmaids before the ceremony. But as we drove to the church, it began to look gloomy and ominous. It began to softly rain just moments after we entered the church. As I stood in the back waiting to enter, a huge thunder crack erupted and the lights went out in the church. The rain came down in sheets and our limo driver ran inside, insisting that lightning had just struck the steeple. Our accompanist was playing on an electric keyboard so we lost the music, and naturally I started bawling my eyes out. Seconds later, the power came back on and everything kept going as if nothing had happened. The rain stopped just as we were ready to leave the church, and it was beautiful and sunny the rest of the day! Our guests pointed out that we started this new chapter of our lives together with a bang!

Save the Date and Invitation Suite
Alex and Danielle chose Flower Enchantment Save the Date Card and Damask Dream Wedding Invitation Suite
Damask Dream was pretty much the driving force behind our wedding style. From this design, I hand painted a number of decorations with a similar swirl pattern, our cake decorator made something similar on our cake, and it gave us that really classic feel that we ended up going with.

Save the Date and Invitation Suite from MagnetStreet

Classic East Coast Wedding by Studio One Photography

Purple boutonniere by Studio One Photography

Classic East Coast Wedding by Studio One Photography

Classic East Coast Wedding by Studio One Photography

Classic East Coast Wedding by Studio One Photography

Advice you wished you took 
Everyone kept telling me not to worry about the rain, that it was good luck if it rained on your wedding, and that almost everyone in my extended family had some sort of rain on their wedding day (not joking). It really did work out quite nicely in the end, I just wish I hadn’t gotten so worked up over it. I was literally glued to my weather app for DAYS before the wedding, watching the chance of rain change from 10% to 60% and getting very stressed out about it.

Classic East Coast Wedding by Studio One Photography

Classic East Coast Wedding by Studio One Photography

Classic East Coast Wedding by Studio One Photography

vintage wedding car by Studio One Photography

The Classic Cars
Both of our fathers are huge antique car fans. My father has a 1965 Oldsmobile Delta 88 and a 1976 Pontiac Grand Prix. We used both of these as part of the car procession. One car was for my parents and my husband’s mother. My father drove. The second car was for our two ring bearers and flower girl. My uncle, the ring bearer’s father, drove. Alex’s father passed away a little less than a year ago. He owned a 1959 Cadillac. In honor of his father, we rode in that car and Alex drove.

Classic wedding car by Studio One Photography

classic cars

Purple wedding colors- by Studio One Photography

 

On choosing Damask Dream Invitation Suite
I found the design that we chose when I was setting up our wedding website through Wedding Wire. We chose it because it was a blue and purple design (even though the blue was a lighter blue rather than the cobalt). We really liked the classic feel that it had. I fell even more in love when I visited the MagnetStreet website and found all the coordinating invitations and programs. We just had to have it.

Damask Dream wedding invitation suite from MagnetStreet Weddings

Classic East Coast Wedding by Studio One Photography

Best part of the day
The best part for me was walking in and seeing the room looking exactly as I had imagined it. I had spent countless hours making centerpieces and other decorations for the room and spent many more hours making color coded floor plans and sketches of the ceiling decorations. It was great to walk in and see it all set up perfectly! It was also amazing how well everything matched. We had rented so many items from different places (no one place had everything I wanted) and I had made so much more that it was great to see that everything matched and looked like it all belonged. The girls’ dresses and mens’ vests and ties even matched the napkins and tablecloths perfectly.

The wedding cake
I brought our baker color swatches and our invitation, and she managed to replicate it onto the cake beautifully. And it was so good! Alex loves chocolate cake with all sorts of chocolate fillings and I love white cakes with fruit fillings. He and a number of other family members are allergic to strawberries, so I picked raspberry. She managed to do a cake that had 2 layers in each slice. The bottom half of the slice was chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and the top half was white cake with raspberry filling. It was amazing. All of our guests got to have both of our favorite cakes!

purple and blue wedding cakes- by Studio One Photography

 

The French and Italian Cakes
Since I am French Canadian, and Alex is Italian, we decided to include our cultural wedding cakes as well. The Croquembouche is the French cake. It was made of hundreds of small cream filled pastry puffs that were stacked over 2 and a half feet high! It was so delicious and everyone raved about it. The Italian Cookie Cake was a large pile of over 500 cookies that my aunt made.

Classic East Coast Wedding by Studio One Photography

Custom-designed Ice Sculpture
This was an impressive, custom designed sculpture featuring a tuba (my husband’s instrument) and a Treble clef and some notes floating on a staff (I’m a vocalist).

Classic East Coast Wedding by Studio One Photography

chocolate fountain- by Studio One Photography

Classic East Coast Wedding by Studio One Photography

Classic East Coast Wedding by Studio One Photography

Congratulations Alex and Danielle! We wish you all the best!! Thanks so much for sharing your wedding day with all of us.
xo

Wedding Pro Praises!

Studio One Photography
Manny has been taking my photos since I was a baby. I couldn’t have imagined going anywhere else for my photos! Even with little time between ceremony and reception, he was able to move quickly and get some amazing shots of our families, wedding party and our father’s antique cars.

MagnetStreet Weddings
I actually participated in the user study that tested the personalization tool before it was released on the website. I had already been creating my invitations and ordered my save the dates, but I found the personalization tool very user friendly, and it made it very easy for me to change the colors on my invitation. When I was originally creating them, I was using a custom purple, not one of your pre-saved colors, and I needed to input CMYK numbers every time I wanted something purple. The “my colors” tool made personalization SO much easier! I remember being so excited when I saw in the user study that the site was now going to remember my purple for me. It was also great that, whenever I couldn’t format something exactly how I wanted it, I could put the request in the notes and someone on the MagnetStreet team took care of it for me. Everything came out perfect! Our guests loved the magnets. We used a save the date magnet as an invitation insert and put our wedding website on it. People loved that it held all our wedding info on their fridge and directed them to the online site.

Acushnet Flower Shoppe
I walked in with some print outs of flowers my Maid of Honor had found on Pinterest. I had no idea what these flowers were, but they were blue and purple and perfect, and I had to have them. She knew exactly what they were and got them for me. She even made a demo bouquet of my flowers and my Maid of Honor’s flowers. I hand made some beaded flowers to be added in as accents and she found a way to work them into every bouquet perfectly. Every bouquet was also trimmed in feathers. She also made four huge feather plumes. We ordered custom dyed ostrich feathers that were almost 2 feet long, and she assembled them into these beautiful arrangements that accented both our ceremony and reception wonderfully. Everyone wanted to take a feather home as a souvenir at the end of the night.

The Cakes: The French Croquembouche Cake {Mairy Chessa (friend of the family) and the Italian Cookie Cake, Lisa Carrier-Titti (Aunt)

The Century House Inc.,
I worked at The Century House for 7 years (first job in high school, and my steady job all through college). It was the only place I have ever wanted to have my wedding. It is a family run business with a staff that has been together since I worked there. The food is to die for! I had served as wait staff and other capacities … As a hostess, it was my job to orchestrate the evening for brides–make sure the room is set up as they envisioned, make sure the guests are happy, make sure the bride, groom and their families are happy, and that everything runs smoothly and on time. It was great to know exactly how my night was going to go. They were very accommodating with my requests as well. The staff did a ton of set up for me! We were even allowed to have a tent out on the front lawn. They set up tables outside and served our cocktail hour under the tent. They customized the buffet for me as well. I made many changes so that we served all of my favorite foods. They made our night so perfect. Everyone was very impressed and thoroughly enjoyed themselves!

Something Different Cake Couture, North Providence, RI
Two words: delicious and beautiful. I had my heart set on having a cake with a fountain. Many cake places told me they would not or could not do the fountain. She said she would. All I had to do was order the fountain materials from Wilton.

Cupcaked by Kevin, New York, NY
I have a cousin who has some pretty severe peanut allergies so I had to make sure there were no nuts in the room anywhere. I also had a couple of other guests with nut allergies, too. I needed something small that would accommodate my cousins dietary needs. Kevin makes all of his goodies completely from scratch. All I needed to do was give him a list of all of the soy/nut products that he could not eat and Kevin made the cake! He even made it chocolate with chocolate mousse and white with raspberry so it would be just like our wedding cake only safe! My cousin loved that there was a dessert that he could actually eat.

Candid Photo Booth 
I only had one opportunity to use the photo booth, but our guests absolutely loved it. We got a beautiful photo album and video montage of pictures and videos our guests made for us at the end of the night. There was a line of people waiting to get in almost the entire night. We went with a mobster theme. I made some props (perhaps I went a bit overboard) and they came prepared with a number of other signs and props for our guests to use. It was great!

Music
Miss Wensday. My husband has played with her group before. Since we are both musicians, music was very important to us. She is known for her jazz style music, which fit our personalities and “classic” theme.

Gene Daniels. It was also great to have a DJ that could switch off with the band as they only played 45 minutes at a time. Gene played music for our cocktail hour under the tent, soft dinner music, and then switched off with Miss Wensday for the dance music the remainder of the night. Gene is another person I have known a while. He would be contracted to play at the Century House nearly every weekend so I knew his style, personality and music from hearing him so frequently for 7 years. He was a great choice and his price is right!

Chocolate Fountain, Dorothy Cox Chocolate, Fairhaven, MA.
We supplied all of the items that were dipped in the chocolate, but the chocolate itself was delicious. Again, our guests loved it, and it was a beautiful, flowing decoration next to our ice sculpture.

{Ice sculpture} Art in Ice 
When we first met with the sculptor, he sketched out this design based on what we told him about our music careers. There was nothing like this in their sample book, so he just designed one custom for us. It also featured a heart with our names in it. It was quite impressive!

Delightful Designs
I’m a slight control freak. I had sketched out floor plans, made colorized table descriptions, and even had drawn the way I wanted the drapery hung around the chandeliers and the lanterns hung in the tent. Their staff worked all day and made inside and outside look exactly as I had drawn it and imagined it. It all looked amazing.

{Uplighting} Joe Lima Entertainment
Joe set up alternating blue and purple lights around the entire ballroom and made sure the light gels matched our linens. The whole room was glowing!

{Tent and Napkin Rentals} ABC Tent.
Our tent and purple napkins came from ABC Tent. I was very grateful to them for the purple napkins because I could not find the correct color anywhere else. The napkins were the real reason we decided on them for our tent!

{Limos} Christopher Limo and A Formal Affair
We ended up needing to book limos with two different companies to have enough seats for our bridal party. A Formal Affair had one antique that seated 6. Christopher Limo had 2 antiques that each seated 6 as well. The antique cars were a very important part of our day.

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Marta and Greg’s Rustic New England Wedding

Categories Real Weddings + Wedding Stationery

We have an oh-so-lovely wedding for you today! Marta and Greg were married in a beautiful, historic church and the weather could not have cooperated more for their May wedding. Their sweet setting included a clear blue sky, blossoming cherry trees and tulips in full bloom. Adding to the pretty was Marta–who looked absolutely exquisite in her Maggie Sottero “Quinlynn” wedding gown. Surrounded by supportive family and friends, their big day was lovely indeed. Enjoy as Marta shares highlights and savvy wedding day advice.

Wedding Style: Rustic, Nature-inspired
Wedding Colors: Navy, Green & White
Ceremony: SS. Cyril and Methodius Church, Hartford, CT
Reception: The Pavilion on Crystal Lake, Middletown, CT

Photographer: HK Photography
Save the Date & Thank You Card: MagnetStreet Weddings

East Coast wedding photo

{Enchanting Encounter Save the Date Magnet & Photo of Thanks Thank You Card designs from MagnetStreet}
“We wanted to show off the stunning picture we used in our thank you card so we went with a simple but classic design.”

Wedding Save the Date & Wedding Thank You Card

Pre-ceremony wedding photos

What were a few highlights from your big day?
Oh my gosh I really can’t pick just a few… the whole day was perfect (I know it sounds cliche).

  • We got so lucky with the weather, it being the beginning of May, it ended up being perfect.
  • Our ceremony was pretty important and the party after was great.
  • It was amazing to be surrounded by everyone we love… and know that they were all there because of us!

Pre-ceremony getting ready

Pre-ceremony wedding photos

Pre-ceremony wedding photos

Saint Cyril and Methodius Church

Maggie Sottero wedding gown

Wedding party in blue and gray.

Bride in Maggie Sottero wedding gown

Calla lilly bride and bridesmaid bouquets

Saint Cyril and Methodius Church, Hartford, CT

St. Cyril and Methodius Church, Hartford, CT

What advice are you glad you took?
“Don’t stress about the little things because in the end they don’t matter and people won’t notice” I was also told that I would be the only one looking at everything really closely (I made our invitations and cake topper… I knew they weren’t 100% perfect but others probably didn’t notice.)

What advice would you like to give?
Remember that it’s your day–stay true to what you and your fiance want. Many people will give you advice on everything … listen and smile but in the end, do what’s right for you (but at the same time, be open to what others say, as you might actually like their ideas/perspective.)

dad giving away bride

St. Cyril and Methodius Church, Hartford, CT

St. Cyril and Methodius Church, Hartford, CT

What was the best part of the whole wedding day?
Getting to say “I have a husband” and “I’m a wife”.

unique wedding ring photo

Dress Swoon
I absolutely looooooove my Maggie Sottero “Quinlynn”dress! I actually first saw it online and fell in love with it. I had to call a number of stores around CT to locate it and try it on. I was afraid I wouldn’t like it once I put it on, but I loved it! I didn’t want to take it off (which I took as a sign that it was the one).

Wedding reception at The Pavillion on Crystal Lake

Love Bird wedding cake

Wedding Reception at The Pavillion

First wedding dance

Wedding photo with blooming tulips

Thanks so much Marta and Greg for sharing your beautiful wedding photos and advice with us! Many blessings to you both. xo

 

Wedding Pro “Shouts of Praise

HK Photography
They were absolutely amazing! They definitely made sure we were happy and got all the shots we wanted.

Just For You Floral Design
Jane did phenomenal job with the flowers, the staff at the reception venue were great (very helpful and attentive all night),

Hair & Makeup: Lisa Bifolck
Lisa and her girls did such a great job with our hair and make up! I kept getting compliments all night!

MagnetStreet Weddings
We loved the design tool! I did my research when it came to ordering our save the dates and thank you cards and MagnetStreet was by far the easiest and most customizable option.

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Seth and Ellie’s Stylishly Classic Winter Wedding

Categories Real Weddings + Wedding Stationery

Joy! Joy! Joy! It’s written all over Seth and Ellie’s faces and threaded throughout their lovely winter wedding. From Ellie’s beautiful, Art Nouveau-esque wedding look, to their impeccable florals, sparkly shoes and argyle socks, to all the meaningful details–this wedding makes us smile! Grab a cup of tea and enjoy this sweet wedding that includes some pretty sound wisdom from the bride.

Enjoy!

Vintage Banner Wedding Thank You Card from MagnetStreet

Wedding Colors: Navy Blue, Sage Green, Blush Pink, & Silver
Ceremony: Risen Savior Catholic Church, Brandon, SD
Reception: Holiday Inn City Centre, Sioux Falls, SD

Photographer: AC Ellis Weddings
Wedding Stationery: MagnetStreet Weddings

love note from groom

pre ceremony wedding photo

What was the best part of the whole wedding day?
The best part of the day was right after the ceremony, when we drove ourselves to the reception hall (with a stop at the local Juice Stop and Falls Park!). It was wonderful to spend some alone time with each other as husband and wife and get to take in the huge life event that we had just taken part in.

winter wedding

pre-ceremony wedding photo

winter wedding bouquet and glittery shoes

Dress Swoon
My dress was by Mori Lee, Style 1822. It felt so elegant with the beading and buttons, and the satin and ruching made the dress really comfortable to wear all day. I wore Fergalicious Utopia shoes in Pewter Glitter. Who can say no to glitter? (I certainly couldn’t!) Something that I loved–is that I got to wear the earrings and necklace that my mother wore at her wedding, along with my grandmother’s pearls.

pre-ceremony bride photo

First Look!

first look wedding photo

traditional church wedding

What advice are you glad you took?
We felt especially blessed by how much our families and friends wanted to help. We got the advice to let people help, because even though it may not be “picture perfect”, what they do will be full of love, and that makes it perfect. We cannot agree more. If you let control go of things, the people who love you will take and run with it, and you will be so surprised with what they do!

What advice do you wish you had taken?
I wish that I had broken in my shoes like I was told! I had a different pair, but the glitter shoes called my name–two days before we got married! But in the grand scheme of things, we wish that we would have enjoyed our engagement more, instead of stressing about the wedding.

Bridesmaid bouquet and purple bouquet wrap boutonniere

wedding party in blue and silver

royal blue bridesmaid dresses and white bridesmaid bouquets

A few details that we loved …
The boys had bright argyle socks and got a kick out of showing them off! We had a Jenga guestbook for our love of games. At our reception, we had a spot for photos of our grandparents who were unable to be with us. Lastly, my mother made our wedding cake and did a phenomenal job.

groomsmen in argyle socks

Brides glitter shoes and groom's argyle socks

bride and groom

Favorite Highlights
One of the highlights was when our priest, Father Terry, read what we had written about each other. We had no idea that he was going to read them verbatim and it was very touching to hear what the other person had written. We had decided to exchange notes with each other instead of getting each other gifts and Seth and I both referenced How I Met Your Mother in how our marriage was going to be “Legen-wait for it…Dary!”

baby's breath aisle flowers

bride walking down the aisle with her father

bridesmaid bouquets

What advice would you like to give?
What you will remember from your wedding day will not be how the tables looked, or how you had to use reindeer stamps, or any of the other material things. You are going to remember how your loved one squeezed your hands as you were reciting your vows … or how it was so wonderful to meet your cousin George after 20 years … or how much joy there was in dancing to Gangnam Style about a bazillion times … or going to the bar down the street afterwards and just hanging out with your brand-spanking-new spouse and friends and family and just feeling the love from everyone all day long.

So, don’t stress about the details. Plan things out as best as you can, but it’s okay if something falls through the cracks. Odds are, six months down the line, you’re not going to remember that detail, but all the memories that you and your loved ones made that day.

Catholic church wedding ceremony

winter wedding

Ellie and Seth's winter wedding

Jenga game

Navy blue and silver wedding reception

guest table and Jenga game pieces

hotel wedding reception

wedding cake and name cake topper

homemade wedding cake

wedding reception speeches

bride and groom feeding each other wedding cake

first wedding dance

Congratulations Ellie & Seth! Thank you for sharing your lovely wedding with us!

 

Shout Outs

Florist
Flower Mill We absolutely loved working with our florist, Stacy Schaap. Our florals were absolutely gorgeous and Stacy did such an amazing job of bringing our vision to life!

DJ
Sieff Style Adam jumped right in and helped get our party going. Once the dance started, we were on our feet until the very end! He really personalized the music to us and our family and friends.

Dress Consultant
Elegant Expressions Boutique Missy and the other ladies at Elegant Expressions were so helpful when I was choosing a wedding gown. I felt like I was with friends helping me choose a gown, rather than sales people. They were all so sweet!

Photographer
AC Ellis Weddings Thank you for capturing the fun and excitement of our day! It was like you were a member of our wedding party with how seamlessly you joined us and we LOVED our photos!

Reception Venue
Holiday Inn City Centre Chris Polkinghorn and the staff at the Holiday Inn City Centre did an amazing job of pulling off our reception. The food was delicious and the whole day was stress free working with them.

Father Terry and the staff at Risen Savior Church
Father Terry and the rest of the staff at Risen Savior Church helped us celebrate our union in a very special way. We appreciated how inclusive they were and how comfortable they made us feel.

Wedding Thank You Cards
MagnetStreet Weddings We had actually done save the dates and our invites elsewhere and I wish that we had found MagnetStreet earlier. The quality and presentation is gorgeous and there are so many designs to choose from. We had been searching for the perfect Thank You cards and hadn’t had much luck finding something that fit our wedding as well as let us use a photo and personalize. It was extremely easy to use the words that we wanted and we even could adjust elements of the thank you card on our own which was really cool.

About Vintage Banner, Thank You Card design
We chose the Vintage Banner design because it was classy, had photos and fit with our soft feel to our wedding. It was very well designed and we both appreciate something that pays attention to the little details. It allowed us to showcase one of our favorite photos from the wedding and not look cheesy.

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