Michelle and Brad were a terrifically wonderful couple to work with and I had so much fun sharing with them in their special day! I met Brad & Michelle back in November and shortly thereafter they hired me to step in and assist them in the final planning stages for their January Wedding. I was impressed with Michelle’s confidence in knowing exactly what she wanted and her ability to line up such great vendors, a few of which I had worked with several times in the past (a few of my favs…)

Michelle and Brad selected St. Martin Catholic Church for their traditional and lovely ceremony. Connie, the church coordinator, impressed me from the beginning with her charisma and ability to handle a large bridal party, while at the same time not taking seriously two hours for a rehearsal (some church coordinators take that long)… The day of the wedding she also promptly started the ceremony, which was awesome too! I appreciate a vendor who respects timelines and other logistics. It would be a pleasure to assist in another wedding at St. Martins. The ceremony was led by Brad’s uncle, Bill Spies, whose warmth and gracious character made the ceremony smooth and perfect. And, on top of that you add the Brandenburg Consort violinists, and you had an absolutely wonderful wedding!

After the ceremony, guests headed over to the lovely Richard Nixon Library for cocktail hour and the reception. It happened to be one of the most beautiful days I have ever seen in January. The sun was out and the air was crisp. It was truly a perfect wedding day! As guests wined and dined on the always tasty and yummy cuisine by Jason’s Catered Events, Brad & Michelle were able to have a smaller cocktail party of their own downstairs in the Bridal Suite at the Nixon Library. Because they had taken pretty much all of their photos ahead of time, and because their photographer seriously ROCKED, thanks to Steve from Lifetime Images, it was a relaxing and lovely cocktail hour.

Guests selected their escort “cards,” and took them to their tables to “light their way” as the East Room doors opened for dinner and dancing. Music filled the air by Karl at Music Unlimited and the aura in the East Room was absolutely stunning, once again! Lighting by FBN Corp and floral design by Flower Allie assisted in creating the perfect wedding atmosphere. Great job you guys!

I also LOVED Michelle and Brad’s cake by Beverly’s Best. Very elegant and chic!

Reusing flowers is also so key! The mantels adorned candles and the aisle arrangements from the church…

And, the magnificent Kings Table, for Brad and Michelle to dine on cuisine with their entire Bridal Party, was absolutely stunning! Again, the large arrangements were the altar arrangements from the ceremony, and the other florals were all the girls bouquets in trimmed vases. Simply Divine!!!!

Thank you Brad & Michelle for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your special day. It was such a honor and I wish you two the very, very best! Many happy years to both of you!

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