Sarah & John's Star Spangled Natural Wedding at The Lodge

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Planning, Design & Coordination by Valarie of Kirkbrides

Band, Pipe and Drape, Lighting: The Avenue, CLE Entertainment Group
Ceremony Location: St. Mary’s Church
Ceremony Music: St. Mary’s Church
Cake: A Cookie and a Cupcake
Floral: Blush Custom Weddings
Hair and Makeup: Alyssa
Linens: L’nique
Photobooth: Rock the House
Photography and Videography: Imagen Photography
Reception Location: Lodge at Geneva
Rentals (chargers and chairs): Eventsource
Rentals (farm and cake tables, bars and placemats): Borrow Rentals
Transportation – Limo for Bridal Party: A1 Mr. Limo

With the bride and groom being lovers of summer and patriotic to their core, they wanted to create a wedding with the nostalgic feel of the 4th of July. They wanted an equally fun and stylish atmosphere with lush florals and the latest in wedding rental trends and we definitely created (in the words of the venue folks) "the most beautiful wedding we've ever had here!".

Sarah's lush floral choices for summer floral bouquets to go along with the navy bridesmaid dresses and her own Maggie Sottero gown were stunning and reminiscent of a summer garden with the trailing greens! Our church was decorated with striped ribbons and floral pew pieces but the fun was only beginning.

As guests arrived the Lodge for cocktail hour on a perfect summer day, they were escorted out to the lakefront patio for cocktail hour. What better way to spend your 4th of July holiday than at the lake, right?

And why have 1 wedding cake when you can have 3?! Complementing patterns on 3 cakes on top of a vintage wooden table created a pretty as a peach cake display as well as Sarah and John's favorite saying used as the topper of "best day ever"!

One of my favorite aspects of this wedding was the custom stationery. Not only did our wonderful designer create a custom monogram with the bride and groom initials and stars that was used on the dance floor and menus but also throughout all of the stationery. Everything had a crisp and classic feel to it with navy blue ink and ivory paper. The seating board displayed at cocktail hour was a beautiful touch.

Our tables consisted of 4 farm tables pushed together to create a stunning king's table for the bridal party. We accented this with a ceiling height backdrop drapery, vintage doors and floral accent. Our stage was also accented with drapery but with twinkle lights between sheets of fabric reminiscent of fireworks.

The guest tables were alternated with navy stripe linens and coral linens. Our gold and silver Iriana charger plates with our star spangled menus made charming place settings!

For the guests favor and entertainment, we created a dessert table spilling with sweets including flag sugar cookies, patriotic tootsie rolls, red, white and blue rock candy, patriotic drizzled popcorn and more! Postitioned close to the dance floor were gold baskets filled with flag printed sunglasses to keep the party going, as well as a flag backdropped photobooth.

Last but not least, our wooden bars brought in also from Borrow Rentals were an inviting atmosphere for guests to walk up and order their favorite drink mixtures, beer, wine or specialty cocktails!

It was an absolutely perfect summer wedding day for Sarah and John, the #starspangledsmiths!

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