Last weekend we were honored to be a part of the Found Wedding Market bridal show at Congress Hall. Working at Congress Hall has always been such a fun and enjoyable experience for us, and we are so excited to dive into our crazy wedding season knowing how many events we have at this wonderful venue! So of course, today we decided to feature our blog on one of our Congress Hall couples - meet Laura and John!
Laura wanted to incorporate nature into her blush pink arrangements, and was very enthusiastic about using pops of yellow for a fun, spring feel. We fell in love with these images from Doyle Dowdell Photography that show the cheery vibe of this wedding, and hope you will, too!
Laura and John chose to do a First Look, and got to have a special moment to themselves before all of the chaos began.
Laura's bridesmaids carried bouquets of yellow stock, tulips, daffodils and pink peonies. The black dresses make the yellow blooms pop even brighter than normal - we love how their gowns are all different styles!
Branches of forsynthia with ferns were tied to chairs to be used as aisle arrangements.
Clusters of mercury bud vases were used as Laura's centerpieces. We filled them with a variety of forsythia, peonies, anemone, tulips, ranunculus, daffodils, hyacinth to go along with her color scheme, which just so happened to coordinate with the lemon slices in the guests' water glasses! Perfection!
Those table numbers are so much fun!
This beautiful cake was a masterpiece created by Congress Hall's own bakery. We dressed it up a bit with ranunculus and pink peonies - now we just wish we could have a slice.
Congratulations, Laura and John! XOXO
Laura's Bride Diaries
What was the most standout, "Wow!" moment of your wedding day? Hands down, our “wow” moment was the wave of love and support that we felt from all our family and friends who made it down to Cape May for our wedding. Everything at our venue, all the vendors, etc. were absolutely perfect, but nothing could compare with overwhelming show of affection we received from our guests.
We know things don't always go as planned...Were there any entertaining wedding bloopers? John and I bought these adorable little paper cones made of old book pages (we met working at a bookstore, so we thought it was appropriate!) in which we put a mixture of dried lavender, rose buds and rosemary for our confetti toss. We had a sign out next to the cones indicating what the confetti-cones were for, but come our walk down the aisle as husband and wife, no one threw the confetti! Apparently our guests were confused that our ceremony was indoors and they didn’t want to get scolded for throwing the confetti in the ballroom! We didn’t even notice the “mishap” until cocktail hour when our guests walked up to us with their cones in hand. In terms of “bloopers”, it really wasn’t a bad one, and it was funny to see some of our guests put their flower-filled cones in their jacket pocket for the duration of the evening because it smelled so nice!
Any wedding toasts that made you laugh til you cried? Cry your eyes out? Gasp in shock? Our MOH and Best Man did PHENOMENAL jobs in their wedding toasts! The MOH even had props! She created a “How to Survive As Laura’s Husband” kit filled with useful diversionary tactics to use on me should I ever be sad, angry, slaphappy, nervous, etc. It was great. She had a CD of my favorite songs that would “instantly soothe me”, a roll of bubble-wrap to distract me (I was known in our college years for saving every scrap piece of bubble wrap to pop), a list of translated French swear-words in the event I forget myself in anger and curse up a French storm (my first language) etc. The “kit” was even decorated with tons of our most embarrassing pictures my MOH saved of us from college. She had the whole room in stitches!
We don't judge! Did you have any Bridezilla moments of weakness? I may be biased, but I think I remained a fairly calm bride, externally, throughout the wedding planning process. I’m of the freak-out-internally-until-my-insides-writhe-in-pain-and-I-break-out-in-hives school of doing things J (This actually did happen and I broke out in this weird rash on my chest a couple weeks before the big day….not pretty!)
Did you have a wedding planner? If so, what did he/she do to make your day run smoother? Did they fulfill your expectations? Congress Hall assigned us a day-of coordinator who also helped us with any questions, freak-outs, etc. in the months leading up to the wedding. We were assigned Colleen O’Sullivan. Colleen was AMAZING. Extraordinarily helpful, always cheerful, prompt in responding to my emails and frequently checking in with me come the wedding weekend to make sure that (1) I was calm and had everything I needed prior to the ceremony and (2) I was happy with everything at the cocktail hour/reception. She frequently let me know what was coming up next in the evening, which was also nice, because it kept everything moving and there were no uncomfortable surprises. Couldn’t ask for a better wedding coordinator!
Cake or cupcakes? What was the flavor and theme? Cake! We had a really yummy vanilla cake with layers of chocolate ganache and raspberry, covered in a vanilla butter cream (no fondant – we wanted to focus more on flavor!). A lot of people that said they didn’t usually like wedding cake raved about ours. The cake was beautifully decorated with flowers from A Garden Party that matched the blooms used in our bouquets. The overall affect was simple and pretty, with a touch of nature and whimsy.
We always try to bring your floral dreams to life...did we succeed? In what ways? Is there any room for improvement? A Garden Party beyond succeeded in bringing our floral dreams to life. The moment I saw our bouquets and the way the ceremony and reception spaces were decorated, I knew that Dawn had very thoughtfully taken notes from the info I provided her with at our initial meeting and turned it into something truly spectacular. With very little direction, A Garden Party creates true masterpieces. The colors popped beautifully against my bridesmaids’ dresses and the unique wall color of the Congress Hall Ballroom. The floral arrangements perfectly met my initial request to Dawn for slightly wild, nature-inspired arrangements that managed to remain soft and pretty. A+++
What song really got the party started? Have to admit, it was the Spice Girls’ “Spice Up Your Life”. Men and women alike!
Who were your vendors?
Catering- Congress HallBakery- Congress Hall’s preferred baker. Dress- Leanne Marshall, “Samantha” Dress Hair and Makeup- Makeup by Kacey Rosenberger and Hair by Emery ZentmeyerEntertainment- Center Stage Entertainment (DJ: Sean McCaffrey - Sean was GREAT! He frequently checked in with both John and I throughout the evening to make sure we were happy with everything and to keep us in the loop on what was coming up next. My husband particularly appreciated this as often the groom gets looked over compared to the bride!)
Any other vendors you would like to credit?
Our amazing photographer, Doyle Dowdell Photography!
I hope your wedding was exactly as you imagined it would be, but are there any details that went above and beyond your expectations? Anything you wish you would've done differently?
My husband and I have absolutely no regrets about our wedding weekend and would not change a thing! Everything was beautiful, the music and dancing infectious, the food delicious, our photographs gorgeous and the flowers magical. Every vendor involved was so sweet and helpful. We only wish we could do it again! We had a blast!