01/10/2018  . Wedding Spotlight | Anna + Nate

Emma Loo Photography

Anna + Nate’s mid – August southern wedding was all graciousness and charm. From the high backed rocking chairs that were lined up like a string of pearls on the white porch to the floral watercolor invitations. Anna – owner of the parisian chic boutique, Clair de Lune – wanted flowers in every nook and cranny at Whitehead Manor. The historic southern manor home was the perfect place for her dreamy outdoor wedding. Smokey grays, slate blue, subtle silver and purple enhanced the gentle beauty of the grounds. Emma Loo Photography captured the day. 

Emma Loo Photography

Emma Loo Photography

Emma Loo Photography

How was your personal style reflected in your wedding day?

I’ve been really into watercolor prints in smokey grey’s and slate blue’s so I made sure to incorporate a lot of those into my color scheme and especially the bridesmaids dresses. I’m also very girly and loved flowers and greenery everywhere so nothing was spared. There were flowers in the bridesmaids hair, flowers on the chairs lining the isle way flowers on the posts for the cocktail tables, I just wanted the entire venue to be covered. Also our dog was there that was a must and something we asked about when touring venues.

Emma Loo Photography

Emma Loo Photography

How did you and Nate meet? What was your first impression of him? What was his first impression of you?

We met at a bar and not going to lie the actual meeting was a hazy smokey bar scene but I instantly loved his kind smile. He’s always reminded me of Dr. McDreamy from Grey’s Anatomy; and once we exchanged numbers that was that. We were texting like crazy and spent hours on our first date; a casual Mexican restaurant; and it was perfect.

Emma Loo Photography

Emma Loo Photography

For our second date we went ice skating uptown and it was so fun! We enjoyed spending time with each other so much that we both refused to let the date end. When our feet were so sore from ice skating that we could barely walk, we spent the rest of the day wandering through uptown just catching up. It was like I finally met my person and we had so much to catch up on; like I had to know everything that had happened in his life up until this point; and then I had to tell him everything about my life. We ended up having our first kiss after this date and I was so done. He could have married me that day and not a thing would have changed. It’s crazy to think we fell so in love this Christmas December 2012 then just got married this past year in 2017 time flies and it’s all been so much fun!

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Tell us about the proposal.

The proposal was beyond perfect, it’s funny I didn’t understand how hard it actually is for guys to propose until now; and I was talking to a friend about him planning his proposal to his girlfriend and it’s really hard. A lot of things have to fall into place all while keeping the girlfriend in the dark which is much easier said than done. Nate put so much work into our proposal and absolutely nailed it!

Every year my family has a big Memorial Day party on our family’s farm with all of our closest family and friends. I had always told him that my engagement has to be an event with all my closest family and friends present; so he decided to propose at the Memorial Day farm party! He made sure that his family was able to come as well and he drove my best friend and I all the way up from Charlotte for the party. I thought everyone was just really excited for memorial day. He even made sure his sister who has become such a good friend of mine was there; she flew all the way from Arizona for it!!

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A few hours into the party he was like lets go for a walk so we went for a walk which I didn’t know at the time but it was really just to take me behind the barn so I couldn’t hear my sister on the band speakers saying that “a very special moment is about to happen for my sister right here so pay attention”. After Mary (the best sister/maid of honor ever) got off the mic Nate and I walked up to that spot and I realized everyone was staring at us. Then I turned around and he’s on one knee!!!!! He goes “you’ve been my best friend for four years how does forever sound” and I LOST MY COOL I was like YAAASSS!!! Absolutely and there was lots of hugging and celebrating and an engagement photoshoot and along with the wedding day the best day of my life!!!

Emma Loo Photography

Emma Loo Photography

How did you decide on your venue? Why was it the perfect choice?

We loved Whitehead Manor because of the people, it was the only venue that seemed to have a professional system for hosting weddings that’s been proven to work. The venue alone in such a beautiful southern setting sells itself, and the team of dedicated professionals used to hosting all kinds weddings is what really sold us on the venue.

Also they are dog friendly! We have two dogs our crazy puppy Ophie was at the engagement but she had to much energy for the wedding. So our Pyrenees Cam who works at my boutique part time and loves weddings came instead of Ophie.

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What was your favorite detail? 

Bridesmaids dresses!!!!!! I had the girls pick them; we all went one afternoon last winter and narrowed it down to four different dresses. So I remember looking at four beautiful bridesmaids in four separate dresses and was like I would be alright with any of these so the girls all chose these beautiful watercolor printed Mori Lee dresses in different cuts. Which I loved but after thinking about it I did want to incorporate some subtle silvers into the wedding so we did separate Lula Kate sets for my three sisters and the result was beautiful. I somehow was able to perfectly match the silver in the sister dresses to the print in the bridesmaids dresses and the solids broke up the prints perfectly and I just loved the way it all turned out.

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Describe your wedding day. Is there a particular moment that remains in your memory most vividly?

So much fun!!!! It was crazy I stayed with one of my best friends the night before then we got Starbucks the morning of the wedding and we had them write bride and bridesmaid on our Starbucks cups because that was a must. We got to the venue at 10ish and started getting ready with Justin Bieber and mimosa’s it was such a nice morning, then we all got really hungry so we ordered like three large pizza’s and destroyed them all. The ceremony was beautiful but it was so hot outside; we kept it short and sweet and vowed to stick by each other in sickness and health till death do us part forever and ever. <3 Then it was time for dancing!!! And we love to dance; Nate and I were so happy to just be married to each other we danced the night away! Then my maid of honor gave the sweetest speech that made everyone cry!! She told me she started writing that speech when she met Nate and we’ve never felt more loved.

Emma Loo Photography

Emma Loo Photography

Tell us about finding your dress.

I went to a new bridal salon every day until I found my dress I was obsessed with trying on wedding dresses I absolutely loved it. When I walked into the bridal salon I saw my dress on a mannequin and bought it 30 minutes later. When you know you know! I did my research and decided my favorite style wedding dresses were blush by Hayley Paige so I found a bridal salon that sold those dresses. So as soon as I walked into Hayden Olivia the process was easy. And I was absolutely blown away by how nice everyone at the bridal salon was. I was there for several fittings throughout the year and even brought all 10 bridesmaids to one!! They were so kind so helpful and so accommodating for me and my crazy bride tribe.

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Also side note about my dress and some pre wedding drama that we can all laugh about now…when I went for my final fitting the dress was actually too small. I’m not sure how it happened but a gained just a little too much weight in the weeks leading up to the wedding and the dress didn’t zip! I had two weeks until the big day and a lot of determination so after lots and lots of water and veggies and daily Tone it Up Workouts my dress fit like a dream the day of! For any other brides who go through this nightmare of a situation don’t freak out and drink lots and lots of water! Honestly I think this little scare helped me realize the importance of sticking to my regular routines during really busy times in my life. My husband always says you work harder when you take care of yourself so with all the craziness of a wedding my best advice to brides is always remember to take care of yourself and put your personal health first.

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Did you read any wedding blogs before getting engaged or while you were planning? If so which ones and what do you like about them/ find them helpful?

Yes!! I really liked following bloggers who were getting married in the same area as me around the same time. I loved following madisadrinelson on Instagram and her blog was always so helpful. Her and her husband live in Texas but she grew up in Charlotte and had the same florist as me! I remember meeting with my florist and asking for the exact same thing Maddi did for her wedding so that was super helpful. She also posted a really good potato soup recipe the other day so she’s just an all around great blogger to follow for newly married couples in general; plus she’s pregnant now!! So we’re probably going to see lots of cute baby pictures and new mom advice in the near future.

Emma Loo Photography

Emma Loo Photography

Tell us a little about you and Nate.

Total dreamboat, i’m beyond obsessed. He’s just so good, I come home with so many issues all the time and all he wants to do is fix them. He’s a fixer and a problem solver and that’s what I love most about him. His latest project has been the early planning and ground work on building us a house for our dogs and future family. He’s also really musically talented; he’s good at the guitar and just got a keyboard for Christmas. Since then he’s been serenading me while I cook dinners and sometimes I just don’t understand how I got so lucky.

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Where did you honeymoon?

We went to the Cave’s resort in Jamaica and it was beyond amazing! I found the resort on Pinterest and feel in love with it. It’s built into the side of a cliff so the views are incredible and you get to eat candlelit dinners in the cave at night and it’s so cool. The food was amazing and the snorkeling was incredible. We saw an eagle ray, a moray eel, and a lion fish!!! It was amazing we went snorkeling everyday and read books it was the perfect honeymoon I didn’t want it to end.

 

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Thank you so much Anna + Nate for sharing your beautiful day with us!! We wish you both all the happiness in the world.

Anna’s Dress: Hayden Olivia Bridal | Flowers: Bookout Blooms | Wedding Planner: Chelsey Sanderson with Charlotte Fete | Cake and other Sweets: Publix | Venues: Whitehead Manor | Photography: Emma Loo Photography | Stationery : Poeme & Minted

Extra love to my wedding Planner Chelsea at Charlotte Fete!!!!
There was a torrential downpour 10 minutes into the reception and she kept the dance floor from flooding so lots of love for her and the Charlotte Fette team!

another charming southern wedding

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12/27/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Becca + Corey

1326 Studios

How perfectly fitting to wrap up a year of weddings with one that captures the unique and charming aspects of the Queen City! Becca and Corey’s welcome dinner at Via Vite and reception on the banks of the Ohio River at Anderson Pavilion allowed out of town guests to experience Smale Riverfront Park and downtown Cincinnati a its finest. They even incorporated the iconic Roebling Bridge motif into their invitation and table numbers. 1326 Studios photographed the day.

1326 Studios

1326 Studios

1326 Studios

How was your personal style reflected in your wedding day?

Throughout the planning process I wanted to focus on making the entire day and evening both fun and timeless. I wanted to create an environment where all guests felt relaxed, comfortable and most importantly were enjoying themselves as much as I knew Corey and I would. I believe this perfectly encompasses my personality. I’m typically told I am a pretty loud and outgoing, but I am always worried about making sure everyone around me is happy.

1326 Studios

1326 Studios

1326 Studios

How did you and Corey meet? What was your first impression of him? What was his first impression of you?

Corey and I met at an Indiana University basketball game – What’s more iconic than that for two IU students? Fun fact: My parents were in Bloomington that day and actually dropped me off at the game. Little did any of us know, I was about to meet my future husband! I actually did not remember meeting him at this time exactly until he told me later, so I guess I never really had that “first impression.” Though after the game Corey reached out to my friend to get my number and the rest is history.

1326 Studios

1326 Studios

Tell us about the proposal.

On a Friday evening in May I came home to a note from Corey left in our apartment to meet him on the roof top of our first apartment together in Chicago. The rooftop has an amazing view of both downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan. Corey arranged for the apartment complex to allow us onto the roof prior to it opening to all residents the next day. After the proposal we went to facetime our families and while we were doing so they all walked out on the roof and the celebrations were officially kicked off… but not over yet. The following evening Corey planned a surprise party and had arranged for all of our closest friends to fly/drive into Chicago to join us. After the wedding this was MOST definitely one of the best nights of my life.

1326 Studios

1326 Studios

How did you decide on your venue? Why was it the perfect choice?

Since Corey is originally from New Jersey we knew we were going to have a lot of out of town guests. I wanted to show off the city of Cincinnati and give them the best taste of a place I love so much. Therefore, I limited all my options to a place that had some sort of view. When touring Anderson Pavilion I loved the floor to ceiling windows that look out over the Roebling Bridge and the location in Smale Park which has become one of my favorite areas downtown.

1326 Studios

1326 Studios

What was your favorite detail?

My favorite detail was most definitely the flowers. Janet at Floral Verde is so incredibly talented. She made all my visions and dreams come true. Since I was having an all white wedding I heavily relied on flowers to bring in all color, and that they did. The flower color palette along with the Roebling Bridge became the main theme that we carried throughout all of our stationery for the weekend. Kristen’s incredible eye and talent helped bring this all to life in such a beautiful, classic, and fun way.

1326 Studios

1326 Studios

Describe your wedding day. Is there a particular moment that remains in your memory most vividly?

As everyone says it goes by so fast. I wish I could have played the whole day in slow motion. But, my favorite moment of the day was when our amazing planner, Laura, from Simply Events brought just Corey and me into the reception venue to see the room for the first time. I was so excited to see all my visions come to life. It was all I imagined and more. To say the least, I was ECSTATIC. Also, at this time it was so nice to have the time with just Corey and I. The cocktail hour music was playing in the room and we just enjoyed our time with one another dancing and celebrating.

1326 Studios

1326 Studios

Tell us about finding your dress.

My mom, sister, aunt, and cousin all came up to Chicago for a girl’s weekend. At the third and final appointment I pulled a dress off the rack and said “this is so plain, but it feels so me.” The bridal consultant I was working with immediately added a bolero and different belts to give me a ceremony look and a reception look. I loved this idea. Since our ceremony took place at St. Xavier I felt that the bolero matched the grand elegance of the church, and when removed the dress transformed into a modern classic to match the reception venue. Not being an emotional person I did not expect to have that “moment.” Although, when the bridal consultant asked me if I could imagine walking down the aisle towards Corey in the dress I immediately started crying (along with my mom, sister, aunt and cousin) and I said YES!

1326 Studios

1326 Studios

Did you read any wedding blogs before getting engaged or while you were planning? If so which ones and what do you like about them/ find them helpful?

When traveling I would pick up the latest issue of BRIDES, and that was the extent of my reading. I found the magazine much less overwhelming than anything I could find online. While many screen shots were just ideas, we did find our design for the napkins that were used on the head table and made by my very talented mother. Corey and I will now use these on our own dining table for many years to come.

1326 Studios

1326 Studios

1326 Studios

Which best describes you?

Casual or Formal – Casual
Vintage or Modern – Modern
Chocolate or Vanilla – Chocolate
Roses or Peonies – Peonies
Pie or Cake – Neither… Donuts!
Lipstick or Gloss – Lipstick
Diamonds or Pearls – Both!
Rustic or Urban – Urban

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Where did you honeymoon?

We haven’t actually gone yet. We will take off for Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Koh Samui) in March.

Thank you so much Becca + Corey for sharing your gorgeous downtown Cincinnati wedding with us! We are honored to have been a small part of your wedding day. All the best in the years to come!

Becca’s Dress: Dimitra’s Bridal Couture Amsale, Rowan Gown | Flowers: Floral Verde | Wedding Planner: Simply Events | Cake and other Sweets: A family friend. Graeters was served as the main dessert | Rehearsal Dinner & Welcome Party Venue: Via Vite | Ceremony Venue: St. Francis Xavier | Reception Venue: Anderson Pavilion | Photography: Corrie – 1326 StudiosVideographer: Lifetime Films | Band: Sly Band | Lighting: Cincy Entertainment Services | Rentals: All Occasions | Transportation: Savannah Nite and Petermann | Make up: Glossa | Hair: Anthony’s Salon (Becca) Simply Makeup & Hair (Bridesmaids) | Other Stationery: All watercolor designs and Save the Date was made by Peggy from WhoDrew

12/20/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Chelsea + Max

Audrey Snow Photography

Orchids, firetrucks and a New Year’s Eve proposal. Chelsea + Max share their absolutely gorgeous Naples, Florida wedding with us that was the perfect mix of classic, modern sensibilities brought to life with the couple’s unique sense of style. Chelsea’s cascading orchid bouquet was flawless and the texture complemented her beaded and lace gown perfectly. Bridesmaids were beautiful in powder blue with their white and green posy bouquets. Photography by Audrey Snow Photography.

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12/12/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Libby + Brendan

Nathan Peel Photography

Libby + Brendan’s summer wedding was all modern elegance. Libby and her bridesmaids carried hand tied bouquets of calla, also known as trumpet lilies, whose graceful white blossoms are natural wonders. Vows were exchanged in the Chapel at The Summit Country Day School and guests gathered at The Center for a modern reception with a minimal palette. White hydrangea and roses graced the tables in tall, smooth vases. Nathan Peel Photography captured the day. 

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12/03/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Caryn + Kenny

Leppert Photography

We would have loved to see the moment Caryn + Kenny broke out on the dance floor with some surprise moves for their guests. A sense of spontaneity, completeness and joy is evident in both of their faces throughout their mid summer wedding day. What began as a chance meeting in New Jersey led to these two beautiful people starting their lives together under an elegant chuppah at The Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. 

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11/12/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Molly + Ted

Ben Elsass Photography

We have been following this week’s bride and blogger extraordinaire, Molly Moran via See Molly Blog for some time and were thrilled when she chose Poeme to create her dream wedding stationery and paper details. Molly takes a candid and open approach to whatever she does and radiates absolute happiness on her wedding day. She tells us why a summer wedding reception at Pinecroft at Crosley Estate was the perfect choice and what she thought the first time she saw her future husband, “If love at first sight exists, I think that’s what I had with Ted”.

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10/23/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Erika + Scott

Veritas Studio

Erika + Scott’s wedding day was a summer dream of joy-filled hearts, dappled sundrops on orchard leaves and an abundance of white roses and peony. Erika’s love of all things romantic made Pinecroft at Crosley Estate the perfect venue with its stone walls, elegant grounds and old world charm. Floral walls, hanging lights and twinkling chandeliers added to the resplendent ambiance of the fairy-tale evening. Photography by Veritas Studio

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10/15/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Elise + Elijah

Amanda Donaho Photography

A summer wedding with all the coziness of a fall day. Rose gold, copper, bronze, blush and saffron made for an absolutely stunning palette. Shimmer and lace added glamour to this beautiful northern Kentucky celebration. Elise + Elijah exchanged vows in the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington and celebrated with family and friends at Newport Aquarium.

We love the symbolism Elijah incorporated into his proposal – standing on the bridge with the past, present and future all converging. Photos by Amanda Donaho Photography.

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10/08/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Nina + Stan

Kortnee Kate Photography

One of our favorite moments from Nina + Stan’s absolutely incredible wedding day was the look of complete love on Stan’s face when Nina walked down the aisle. There is nothing like that moment when your heart could not be fuller looking at your love. Nina’s English heritage and Stan’s tea time proposal formed the foundation of the couple’s English tea garden wedding motif. 

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08/27/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

Wedding Spotlight | Allison + Paul

Leppert Photography

A Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky blush and gold wedding highlighting two of the area’s most beautiful and historic treasures. Allison + Paul were married in The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington whose construction began in 1895 and was modeled after the magnificent Notre Dame with its stain glass windows and awe inspiring architecture.

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