My Wedding, Post Three: The Vendors

This is the third post in a series about my wedding. Click on the following to catch up: Post Two: What we Wore and Post One: The Invitations

We shall begin with the cake, because I can’t get over the loveliness of these photos. Ah, the cake. Or cakes, I should say. Funny story. I didn’t want a wedding cake. I almost never reach for cake for dessert if I have other options, and (as you’ll see later in this post), Lee and I already had other plans for dessert. My wedding planner, whom I shall rave about shortly, talked me into having cake, seeing as guests expect it, and it is a very typical part of the reception experience. So, I went and visited with Virginia at Mert’s Cakes and in the end, let her come up with most of the details. I just knew I liked the idea of multiple different cakes, and I was fairly particular about some flavors I’d like. We ended up with a coconut cake, a chocolate cake with raspberry filling, a chocolate truffle cake, a butter yellow cake with chocolate buttercream (for my dad- its his favorite combo), and a fresh lemon cake with raspberry filling. Five cakes, five flavors. I was too busy to eat any at the wedding, but I had some for breakfast the next morning..and let me tell you, delicious! Our wedding planner had packed to- go boxes for us, so Lee had steak for breakfast and I had cake, lol! Ughhh… aren’t they gorgeous? I’m so glad I had cake and that they were so beautiful!

Secondly, I must mention the Scotty Perry who was our photographer. He documented all my girly details for me very well 🙂 All photos in this post are courtesy of him. I had a super hard time deciding on my photographer. I first thought I would get some hot shot photographer from SoCal or something, but was so glad that I went with somebody local and that I found Scotty!

Wedding Coordinator + Florist: Lauren Chitwood Events

Okay, let me just say, if you can swing it, you NEED to work with Lauren and her team. One of my favorite moments of the day was walking in to see this:

We had pink peonies everywhere we could. Below is a sweet arrangement on one of the cocktail tables outside the tent. And check out that gorgeous tablecloth that was used on accent tables throughout the event.

For the tallest arrangements, we used an Amy Butler fabric to wrap the vases. You know I heart Amy Butler!

Lauren and her team created these “fantasy trees” with pretty glowing votives in them to hide the tent poles. Also– lighting was important to me, so I had the centerpieces lit, as well as the ceiling of the tent. Lighting makes a HUGE difference in the ambiance of the room, as well as a huge difference in your photographs.

The center picture above is a close up of part of the gorgeous arbor that was the backdrop for our outdoor ceremony.

Below, you can see my adorable polka dotted linens that Lauren found.

My bouquet! Loved it! And one of the best surprises was that it was waiting in my refrigerator for me when I got back from the honeymoon. I was so sad I only got to enjoy the flowers that night, so it was such a treat that it was there to greet me when I got home. Some of the huge “little”  bonuses of working with Lauren? They took all of our presents back to the house for us, tore down the whole reception, made the whole night run so smoothly, packed us up food to take with us, and even came to the hotel after we left in the morning to retrieve my dress and bring it home! Talk about service! I could go on and on… but I will just say this, if you want your family and bridal party to just be able to enjoy your big day and not stress about all the details: hire Lauren! (and me! 😉

Catering: Wiltshire Pantry

The food that these people are capable of producing is out of this world. Seriously. We began with a couple signature drinks passed during cocktail hour that were things I love and that matched our colors: raspberry margaritas and mojitos!

Below: I’m still not sure the story on this, but Wiltshire provided us with brie and berries that I knew nothing about beforehand. What a lovely bonus!

The passed appetizers were amazing: BBQ shrimp with bacon, Mini Angus Burgers with Cheddar, Tomato Chutney and Cornichon, and Watermelon and Feta Skewers. All were sooo good.

Our menu included a Mixed greens salad with heirloom tomatoes, fresh marinated mozzerella and garlic croute. The plated meal was grilled flank steak with chimichurri, seared barramundi with citrus compound butter, a smoked tomato polenta cake, asparagus vegetable medley, and a homemade foccacia and crispy flatbread basket. Yummmm.

The adorable little pink cans were our champagne! They were quite the hit, because they come with bendy straws! Lauren found these, and we thought they were so cute!

For dessert we had to have a hot fudge ice cream sundae bar. My father-in-law runs Lagomarcinos, an 100 year old confectionary and soda shoppe, and so we brought down hot fudge, put some Graeter’s ice cream into our amazing ice sculpture, and people LOVED it. In fact, a lot of people missed me dancing with my dad because they were too entranced with the ice cream bar, lol.  By the way, Lagomarcinos sells these amazing chocolate Easter eggs, filled with an assortment of Lago chocolates. They are a seriously amazing Easter gift that you can order on the web! Order soon!

Last but not least, our DJ was Ryan Cox with Coxx Events. We enjoyed Frank Sinatra and other big band music during the cocktail hour. My dad and I danced to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw (sob!) and Lee and his mom danced to “What a Wonderful World.”

The party started to warm up, and my flower girls were ready to get on the floor. I love this series with my father in law and sister in law dancing with them.

And then things got a little crazy. Everybody remembers Grant (below) and his crazy dance moves. I’m just thankful he kept his shirt on.

My cousin Michael (below) refused to get on the floor unless the DJ played “Who let the dogs out.” So, we did.  And Chris Harper, best man, (bottom left) broke out some sweet Footloose moves I did NOT know he had!

A couple of other vendors that I must mention– my hair and makeup, as well as my moms’, sisters’, and a few others were done by the talented Ana Crane-Simpson. Her business is called Applied Cosmetic Services and she is really fantastic!

Last, but not least: One piece of advice I received over and over before our wedding was that if I had the budget for it, I should really consider hiring a videographer. We had a friend recommend Shaughn Tillman of Passion Films, and we are SO glad we used him. Shaughn produced a short “trailer” first as a teaser, then this 4 minute long highlight video, and then a longer 20 some minute video that is edited together with music of the whole day. We could not be more thrilled with what we got! Here’s the highlight video if you’ve not seen it!

Jessica + Lee Highlights from Passion films on Vimeo.

Thanks for enjoying some of my wedding photos with me! I can’t recommend the vendors I worked with any more highly! My day was incredible, and I could not have done even half of it without Lauren and her team! Stay tuned for more wedding posts coming up on some of my wedding details, especially the handmade paper goods I created, as well as a post recounting some of my favorite memories for the day.



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