Ok, here’s how this post is going to begin: yesterday, my Dad called me up to ask me a question, for he was writing an email to a friend and he needed to know something pronto:
Me: Hey Popsicle, wussup?
Dad: Is ‘WTF’ ‘what the f***?’
Dad: Ok. Thanks!
~ Fin ~
Sorry. I just had to share that little piece of my family with all of you, because it’s so incredibly exemplary of our interactions. Not in that we cuss like sailors and acronym it up, gangsta-style on a daily basis with our friends and relatives (in fact, my parents practically never curse; a truly amazing talent), but that… well, that we talk… like that. Which I think is why I am who I am today. Good thing? You be the judge. ;)
I’d like to get to the good stuff now. The really, really good stuff. That’s what I call whatever Amelia Lyon sends my way. And she’s given me some of that boom boom pow in this, the wedding of Melissa and Eddie.
Let me share with you a few of my favorite things about this affair… First off, this couple is so deeply, hopelessly in love. You can just sense it, through the images. It’s so evident, and I adore that when I see it in weddings (and I’ll add that I don’t always see it in weddings). Second, I am in lust with their escort cards, err, escort mini piñatas. They’ve got to be the cutest, most unique approach to escort cards I’ve seen in quite a long time, and they make me smile like a child at the front of the line, holding a thin stick.
Last, but CERTAINLY not least, the surprisingly aggressive vertical cake face plant. From behind, no less! A shameless but wholly fun-loving attack on her pretty lil punim… and wouldn’t you know, she took it IN STRIDE. Even more, she was all smiles! Seriously though, the cake smushing going on here is sooo wrong, that it goes all the way around to being right. And you’re listening to someone who’s seriously not a fan of unsolicited cake-to-face meetings. Kudos to Melissa, for being so chillaxed about the unexpected dessert service, and kudos to Eddie, for having serious balls and finding such a laid-back wonderful lady with whom to share the rest of his life. SO GLAD it worked out so well. And those images you guys are going to see of that moment at the end of this post? They are among my favorite of the bunch.
Let’s begin, shall we?
By the way, remember that long necklace trend we tackled about two weeks ago? Here it is again, more gorgeous than ever. Style WIN!
Brace yourself; you’re about to see some first look pics. (They always make me tear up a bit, because I’m emo like that, ya dig? Don’t hate, participate.)
Now, wipe away the happy tears, and listen up…
We’ve got the details on this amazing couple’s Big Day, from the perspective of their stellar event designer/planner, Jesi Haack:
Melissa and Eddie came to me with open hearts and minds. I was so excited! Nothing is more fun than clients who trust me with design for their wedding. The one idea they had was to incorporate their hispanic culture in their reception. I LOVED it. That meant lots of color, music and entertainment! So we started with a color scheme….or NO color scheme! We went with ALL colors. Here is a bit of a roadmap of all of our design decisions:
Bridesmaids styling: each bridesmaid was assigned a specific accent color. They all wore black dresses with their assigned color showing in a custom made hair flower and their bouquet they carried.
Groomsmen styling: each groomsman wore a different color tie that corresponded with their bridesmaid.
Escort card presentation: each guest received a mini piñata with their name and table assignment draped around it’s neck.
Guest book: To match all of the fun Papel Picado we used around the reception, we made mini “papel picado” papers for the guests to write on then they pinned their paper to a large frame that had string hanging throughout. We created their own personal Papel Picado that they can take and hang in their home to remember all of the sweet things their family and friends said to them.
Table decor: we used ivory linens with all different color votive candles, brightly colored flowers placed in a turqouise vase. The table number was a brightly colored piece of wood with a different colored number attached.
Party favor: at each place setting a cakeball lollipop wrapped in a brightly colored ribbon waited for the guests.
Shaved Ice Bar: The bride’s family’s business is Shaved Ice. They brought in their set up for the wedding. We strung a TON of Papel Picado around the gazebo to create a fun environment for the shaved ice booth. It was such a hot day and the guests were LOVING it!
Family Tree: Hanging from the huge tree in the middle of the venue we strung 40 brightly colored picture frames filled with family pictures of the bride and the groom.
Salsa Lesson: We hired professional dancers to kick off the dancing with a salsa lesson. SO FUN!
Check ‘em out! Escort mini piñatas in the hizzy!!!
I adore this dessert table on so many levels.
And now… the cake smush. I love the way Amelia puts it: “The first photo with Eddie’s expression while he ‘lovingly’ shoves cake into his bride’s face is priceless!” Sooo true!
My favorite shot…
Nope, not the end. That right there is the beginning.
Photography: Amelia Lyon Photography / Venue: Red Horse Barn / Event design & planning: Jesi Haack Weddings / Florist: devynn’s garden / DJ: D’Jay Company / Videographer: SML Productions / Hair & makeup: Nicole DeAnne / Caterer: Newport Rib Co. / Dessert display: Sweet and Saucy Shop / Shaved Ice: lil shavers Hawaiian shave ice
By the way… guess how Melissa and Eddie met? Salsa dancing. Isn’t that sort of the dreamiest way to meet your husband? And truly, there are few things sexier than a man who can dance.
More importantly, what do you guys think of Melissa and Eddie’s wedding? Are you digging the escort cards as much as I am? And what are your thoughts on cake smushing in zee face? I’m kind of dying to know.
xoxo! – Alison