South Jersey Florist: Alyssa & Michael at Scotland Run Golf Club - Featuring Bride Diaries
We loooove how this bouquet has just the right amount of texture, and silver ribbon helps complete the flow of the flowers
Great smiles! We think the green hydrangeas bring an incredibly fresh look to the bridesmaids bouquets, and are the give a nice pop against the neutral hues of their dresses
The gold candle holders and bud vases, along with the detail of the tablecloth, were a great choice to add some contrast against the white arrangements.
These slender silver vases are just AMAZING and make it easy to see everyone at your table! They are actually Scotland Run's vases that we placed our arrangement on top, easy peasy.
1. What was your all time favorite moment of your special day?
Although the morning-of with my bridesmaids holds a special place in my heart, my absolute favorite moment of our day was at the very end: the final song, our friends and family circling us, as we belted out Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer." It was a pinnacle moment. Mike and I are so lucky to have so many loving people in our lives, and that moment just epitomized it.
2. We know things don't always go as planned...Were there any entertaining wedding bloopers?
I almost feel as though I'm jinxing myself by saying this, but our day was flawless. There wasn't a hiccup or blooper throughout the entire day and night. I'm a planner - exceedingly so, according my bridesmaids, who loved to joke about me being prepared for everything 2 months ahead of schedule. But I really feel as though that extra preparedness led to a flawless day. I had amazing bridesmaids, a great group of vendors, and a rockstar coordinator at Scotland Run. We were extremely blessed.
3. Any wedding toasts that made you laugh, cry, or gasp?
Oh, my God. Our Best Man speech may have been the best speech ever. Unbeknownst to us, before the ceremony, Eddie (the Best Man) passed out house keys to all the women attending the wedding. When he began his speech, he told the crowd that it was only fair to the bride if all the other women in the room returned the keys to Mike's apartment. Half the guests stood up and proceeded to hand keys over Mike! To say that we couldn't stop laughing was an understatement. It was a moment our family and friends love to talk about.
4. It's okay to admit it - did you have any Bridezilla moments?
Oh, absolutely. I can distinctly remember two breakdowns. My poor husband took the brunt of it, unfortunately. But with all the stress involved with wedding planning - money, guests, appointments, ect - its hard to imagine not having at least one lapse in sanity.
5. Did you have a wedding planner? If so, did it make your day run smoother? Was it worth it?
I didn't, due to budget constraints, but after planning (and surviving) my event, I'd highly recommend a planner. It would've been nice to have someone to call during the 11th hour, who could wave a magic wand and tie up loose ends. If its in your budget, hire one. You won't regret it.
6. Cake or cupcakes? What was the flavor?
We had a cake! Ours was made by the incredible Stella! Bakery in Sewell, New Jersey. My guests could not stop raving about the cake. As for favors, Mike and I are huge Chicago Bears fans and when we visited Chicago the December before our wedding, we fell in love with a Chicago food icon: Garrett's Popcorn. We decided to stretch our budget a bit and we had about 9 gallons of the popcorn shipped to our home 2 days before the wedding. Needless to say, it was a hit! Our guests loved the popcorn favors!
7. We always try to bring your floral dreams to life...did we succeed? In what ways? Is there any room for improvement?
When I walked into my reception room for the first time, I nearly cried. My flowers were incredible. It was exactly the vision I had for my wedding. I had three rules: no roses, no orchids, and no calla lilies. I wanted a completely organic feel to my wedding. I told Mary and Dawn that my ideal floral design was one that looked as though someone walked through a wild flower field, scooped up all the flowers, and put them in a vase. And that's exactly what happened. I learned something very important during wedding planning: trust your vendors. The more free reign, the more creative expression these artists will employ. Everything was perfect. And my bouquet was the best part: I couldn't get enough of it. It was stunning.
8. What song really got the party started?
"Forever" by Chris Brown. This song has very special meaning for Mike and I - and most of my friends know it. Our DJ kicked off the night with this song, and it was a dance party from that point on!
9. Who were your vendors?
Catering : Scotland Run Golf Club
Bakery: Stella! Bakery in Sewell, New Jersey
Dress: The Bridal Garden, Marlton, New Jersey
Hair and Makeup: Kristie at The Little Touches, Haddonfield, New Jersey
Entertainment: Steve Kempton, DiNardo Brothers.
Photography: Marc Anthony Photography
Videography: Home Team Video Production.
10. I'm sure your day was amazing, but if you could change one thing about your wedding what would it be? Or would you not change anything at all?
I wouldn't change a thing, at all. We had an amazing day. But I would say this: the little details mean a lot, people notice the personal touches. I received such wonderful compliments about my invites, my hotel "welcome bags," and my decor. Take pride in your wedding and share your excitement with your guests (they'll notice!), and you won't regret a single thing.