From A Distance – Dettorre Wedding – 06.30.13

With her fiance in another state and a job that required constant travel, Gina needed some help planning her wedding. She hired Ansley Event Design for our ‘Right By Your Side’ package and got a dedicated amount of hours per month for help.

AED helped Gina & Jay find several of their vendors, we designed their wedding collateral (invitations, place cards, table numbers, etc.), we worked with them on decor and helped keep the couple on track with the planning of their big day.

The wedding took place at The Manor House on a beautiful day in June. We weren’t there that day to coordinate, but Jess Robertson Photography shared the beautiful pictures with us so we could still ‘experience’ it. And, from the smiles on their faces, the way they looked at each other and the laughter they shared, I could tell that Gina & Jay’s wedding day was everything they hoped for and more.

With Gina’s busy schedule and Jay being out of town, we had several phone meetings and I quickly learned that Jay & Gina had a unique, unconditional love for each other and for life. I could always tell by the light in their voices that this couple was not only ready for their dream wedding, but for their dream marriage.

Congratulations Jay & Gina on your happily ever after!

A huge thank you to Jess Robertson Photography for sharing these beautiful pictures with us! Through your pictures, I feel like I was able to enjoy the day alongside this wonderful couple. To see more pictures from this wedding, click here.

Dettorre_Ceremony0020The adorable Flower Girl & Ring Bearer prepared for the bride.

Dettorre_Ceremony0076Dettorre_BrideGroom0038View More: bride’s beautiful bouquet by Abloom.

View More: More: couple shared their first dance in the tent at The Manor House.

View More: table numbers were designed with love by AED to match the invitations, programs and other wedding collateral we put together.

View More: Bundt Shoppe prepared a beautiful bundt cake for cutting and mini bundts for guests to enjoy.

View More: View More: they’re off to enjoy their life together.

Words from our client: “Ansley Event Design was an absolute pleasure to work with! As a professional with a busy travel schedule, I needed some assistance in maximizing my time with all the wedding planning. Sarah was able to provide me with just the right amount of guidance and help I needed, ensuring I pulled off a great wedding in four months. I would definitely trust her with any type of detail or event!” ~Gina (Bride)

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The team that helped make the day so beautiful:
Wedding Planning : Ansley Event Design
Venue & Caterer : The Manor House
Cake & Mini Bundts : The Bundt Shoppe
Photographer : Jess Robertson Photography
Florist : Abloom

Adoring Guests – Petersen Wedding – 06.16.12

After all of the details were exchanged between AED, the bride – Kelly, and her mother – Paula at the initial day-of coordination meeting, a sigh of relief escaped both of their mouths as huge hugs were exchanged.

And, on their wedding day, Kelly was ready to go with the flow, Leif was cool and calm, and all of their guests (a lot of whom traveled to Colorado from Wyoming) couldn’t wait to see 2 people they all loved exchange vows on their perfect wedding day at Boettcher Mansion.

Once the ceremony concluded, the reception began – and the celebration truly unfolded. As I stood among Kelly and Leif’s friends, all gathered around to watch them dance their first dance, I knew that the love Kelly and Leif shared was not the only love in the room, but that their guests absolutely adored them.

Congratulations Leif and Kelly on your happily ever after!

A huge thank you to This Modern Life Photographers for these stunning pictures. Click here to see more pictures.

Their first look

Happy Mother

Cocktail Hour

Guests signed a variety of beer coasters as the guest book

The new bride & groom started their first dance with Falling For You by Colbie Caillat, then switched up 1/2 way through to finish their dance to Smoke A Little Smoke by Eric Church

Words from our client : “The only reason I had fun was because of you!!  I cannot thank you enough for your services and everything you did to help the day go so smoothly, whew! I will recommend you to everyone I know and meet.” ~Kelly (Bride)

“My daughter thought I was wasting money on an event planner until she met Sarah. After that initial meeting, she not only gave Sarah a big hug, but told me it was the smartest thing I had done. Sarah made us realize all of the details that allow the wedding to run smoothly and we did not have to worry – she would do it all, and she did. We all ended up relaxing and enjoying the wedding. Well worth it!” ~Paula (Mother-of-the-Bride)

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The team pulled off an amazing wedding!
Day-Of Coordination : Ansley Event Design
Ceremony & Reception Venue : Boettcher Mansion
Photographer : This Modern Life Photographers
DJ : Quality Mobile Sound
Cake : Das Meyer
Caterer : Footers Catering
Officiant : Judge Jeff English
Florist : Nature’s Palate

To ‘First Look’ Or Not

Deciding when to see your bride/groom for the first time on your wedding day is a BIG deal! It’s a decision that you need to make together and that you need to really think about.

There are 2 options :
>See each other before the ceremony (‘first look’), or
>See each other for the first time when she is walking down the aisle to him.

Here, let me help. Ask each other these questions to help make your decision :
>Do you want everything to be very traditional?
>Do you want to share in a moment together that no one else will be around for (besides a photographer who will hopefully be far enough away that it will still feel intimate)?
>Do you want the groom to be just as surprised as the rest of the guests when the bride walks down the aisle?
>Do you want to take the majority of your pictures before the ceremony so that you aren’t gone as long taking pictures between the ceremony and reception?
>Is it important that your wedding guests get to see the groom’s face and reaction when he gets to see the bride for the first time on your wedding day?

Let’s imagine :
Close your eyes, pretend it’s your wedding day. Imagine being all dressed up and looking your best. Now, imagine that your fiance walks up to you, you spin around and there he/she is. Nobody else is around, just you and him/her. You get to take your time and really look at each other, taking in the way he/she looks. You get to tell each other exactly how you feel. And, all of this is captured by your photographer from a distance.

Close your eyes again, pretend it’s your wedding day. Imagine being all dressed up and looking your best. Think of the excitement you feel of waiting to see what your fiance looks like, the suspense, the adrenaline. Now, imagine locking eyes across the aisle from each other. It’s just you and him/her, surrounded by everybody you love, allowing your family and friends to share in this intimate moment with you. Seeing the sparkle in his eyes while she works her way toward him for the first time in her wedding dress. And, all of this is captured by your photographer.

What feels better? What gets you more excited? What will mean more to you? Once you know this, your decision is made.

Regardless of if a couple does a ‘first look’ or not, one of my absolute favorite parts of every wedding is the grooms’ face when he sees his bride walk down the aisle to him. Awwww……love!

Thanks to Shillawna Ruffner Photography once again for your amazing photos! Click here to check out more of where these came from.