Friday, August 12, 2011

Samantha and Jonathan's Glamorous Vinoy Wedding

Yes! I am WAY behind on has been a very busy summer at Flawless Occasions...but I promise, this one was worth the wait!

In May, Samantha and Jonathan tied the knot at one of my favorite hotels, The Vinoy. Everything was amazing but there was one little thing we were not able to control....the weather. Due to an afternoon storm, we had to move the ceremony from the tea garden to the conference hall lobby. Typically, it would have been moved to a ballroom - but Samantha's family loved this tucked away lobby area so much and it truly ended up being a perfect ceremony location full of natural light despite the weather outside.

Samantha and Jonathan are such a beautiful couple. They are so sweet and so obviously in love. Samantha looked like she walked off the page of a bridal magazine. She was truly stunning! She was so calm and easy going the entire day. Jonathan, who looked quite handsome, never stopped smiling and joking while he waited for the most important moment in his life to happen. When you see them together, you just know they are meant to be together.

Stephanie and the rest of the Fishhawk Florist team really stepped up to the plate when the ceremony location changed and quickly helped create a beautiful indoor backdrop. They also customized and created all of the beautiful flowers for both the ceremony and reception. Thanks to Tammy and the rest of the Vinoy staff, we were able to quickly set everything up and alert the guests to the location change.

The bride's brother-in-law performed the actual ceremony which was such a nice personal touch. He did a really nice job and had the guests both laughing and crying.

The cocktail hour and reception were both held in the Sunset Ballroom. A fabulous team of vendors turned this beautiful room into a glamorous room. From the stunning centerpieces by Fishhawk Florist, to the chiavari chairs and the little pop of color (one flower) at each place setting - every detail fit perfectly. The cake (created by the Vinoy) draped with calla lilies looked (and yes, tasted) amazing!

Samantha and Jonathan have two of the nicest families I have ever worked with! They were so much fun and treated me like part of the family throughout the entire planning process. They really know how to have fun too! When asked to do a toast, Samantha's dad came up with a master plan to fake that he was not feeling well , hold his chest, and walk out of the room for a minute. Only a few of us vendors knew this was going to happen and he pulled it off well. So well, that he almost had family members in hysterics! It turned out fine though and everyone ended up having a really good laugh!

There was some serious dancing going on too! From the youngest to the oldest, every guest was on the dance floor the entire night. Of course, with DJ Ben from Grant Hemond - you can not help but dance all night! He really knows how to rock a crowd and get even the shy people on the dance floor. This was a REALLY fun group.

Guests also really enjoyed the props and fun photos in the Shutterbooth! I know many guests visited the booth several times and they always came out laughing and smiling ear to ear. Photobooths are a big hit at weddings and the guests love taking home a fun momento.

With so many fun things , thank goodness Samantha and Jonathan hired CC Video and David from Basia Mille Photography to capture all the great moments! In fact, Basia Mille Photography was kind enough to share all of the awesome pictures in this blog post. A big thank you to David for sharing his work with us! We had so much fun working with him and LOVE the pictures!!

All in all, this was one amazing wedding! I can not say enough wonderful things about this couple, their families, and all the great vendors we had the opportunity to work with. Samantha and Jonathan - It was an honor being part of your very special day. Thank you for treating me like part of your family. I wish you both the best of everything in your life together!! Congratulations!!

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