Talk about a blushing bride...Colleen certainly was! I just got these awesome shots from David Humphrey, a local photographer serving the tri state area. FYI to my budgeting brides out there, he has maney different packages and prices listed on his website, thanks Dave! Anyway, back to Colleen and Stephen. Their wedding took place at Paris Caterers at the Palace in Blackwood NJ, which is a great local venue that a lot of brides don't know about! It is nicely updated with beautiful decor, the ballrooms are very clean, the managers are organized and friendly and they also have space for indoor or outdoor ceremonies of any size. Since Colleen and Steve got married on Novemeber 14th, they had their ceremony inside the Paris Room, with the reception immediately following in the Garden Room. Her aunts crafted these beautiful fall wreaths and hurricane candle centerpieces and Colleen chose to use many of the existing flower arrangements at The Palace to decorate her ceremony, so we just focused on the bouquets, personal flowers, unity candle and the cake.
Colleen wanted to capture the colors of the season with her wedding flowers and bridal party, so her maids wore a rich chocolate brown (one of my favs, it is the perfect neutral!). For her bridal party flowers, we used saturated fall tones like red, purple, yellow and orange, which looked great against the warm dresses! Their hand-tied bouquets of red mini gerbers, purple lisianthus, yellow roses, peach ranunculus and hypericum berries were finished with some of our favorite accents - peacock feathers and brown beaded wire!
Colleen's bouquet was designed to be a bit more traditional with mostly ivory flowers with a touch of color, it was so elegant! She loves calla lilies and stephanotis, so those flowers were the stars of her bouquet. Ivory roses, a soft peachy orange ranunculus (OBSESSED), hypericum berries and of course some peacock feathers and pearls (sassy and simple!) completed the bouquet.
Her mother's corsage coordinated with the bridal party flowers and showcased peach roses on a beaded wristlet (we NEVER use those tacky elastic scratchy wristlets) and I just had to include this picture, because now you know where Colleen got that beautiful smile from! Great shot Dave!
For their unity candle, we just did a simple arrangement of these HUGE orange roses that really said it all. After the ceremony, the arrangement was moved to their sweetheart table to serve as the centerpiece there. Great way to save some money!
The couple's cake was a traditional design with a topper. We accented the layers with coordinating flowers in bright colors, which stand out best on any wedding cake.
So thanks again to Colleen, you were a total pleasure to work with and we were happy to be a part of your wedding day. May the seasons of your new life together be full of many many smiles....
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