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Real Modern Wedding in NYC

This wedding has so many well thought out and adorable details that I could not resist posting this Style Me Pretty wedding this week. And as I said, I’m in a particularly girly mood this week and this wedding includes so many amazing feminine details. Amazing.

I love wedding photo shoots in everyday locations. Something about the fabulously decked out bridal party in a café or subway station seems so out of place, but the juxtaposition of the two contradictory elements makes the picture more interesting. Check number one for this wedding’s amazing details.

soft wedding details in the city

soft wedding details in the city

Also, the bride is wearing bright pink ballet flats. You know I have a thing against white wedding shoes and I also love that she resisted the traditional high heel for something a bit more comfortable. Those navy blue bridesmaids’ dresses are also cut so perfectly, they’re flattering on each of her ladies. So glad to see this bride is confident enough to allow her bridesmaids to show off their good looks too.

And the chandelier studded reception? Absolutely my favorite detail.

Modern Weddings – Jen & Brett’s Engagement

love her boots

love her boots

The Bride-to-Be: Jen

The Groom-to-Be: Brett

The Photo Shoot Location: Denver, CO

The Wedding Location: Mill City Museum, Minnesota

How They Met:
Brett and I met through work — I worked an agency that ran a press conference for his company.  It was illuminating for us both to see each other in a professional capacity.  He’s so smart!  After the work was done, Brett and I kept in touch and he flew me to Denver — I lived in Chicago at the time — so I could see his life and meet his world.  I met his friends, family, and pretty much the entire city of Denver that weekend and we decided someone had to move.  Brett decided to move to Chicago a few months later.

changing outfits made for a fun shoot

changing outfits made for a fun shoot

Inspiration for the Engagement Photo Shoot: Though we love to travel and considered a destination wedding, there’s something about a hometown wedding.  Because we were getting married in Minnesota but our life is in Denver (my job is promoting the city), we wanted to show our favorite places and our new life here in the Mile High.

mismatching plaids are so cute

mismatching plaids are so cute

Perks of Your Engagement Shoot: Troy, our photographer, just had a natural ease behind the camera.  He went above and beyond to accommodate the many locations we wanted to capture, and found ways to tell a different story at each venue.  He helped Brett and I feel comfortable in our own shoes while on camera, something we definitely wanted to make sure of before the big day.  And it was easy to tell he’s great with every audience — from cute, curious little kids to passersby that miiiight just stick around a little long.  He handled every situation well and delivered fabulous photos.

For more details about Jen & Brett’s engagement photos, check out their feature on Bellagala’s blog.

Modern Weddings – Kim & JD’s Culture Inspired Plantation Wedding

Lisa & JD, just married!

The Bride: Kim, 29, Online Advertising

The Groom: JD, 32, Marketing

The Location: Lowndes Grove Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina

Wedding Colors: Summer Pastels – pale blue, muted pink, white and gray

Budget: $30k

What made this wedding modern: JD and Lisa come from two very different backgrounds, so they created their own modern style by “marrying” their two cultures – Korean & southern.  Lisa and JD  incorporated traditional hand-made fans from South Korea as favors, which were perfect for the southern heat; served southern style and Korean style barbecue during the reception; and had a traditional Korean bowing ceremony during their welcome/rehearsal dinner.


During the bowing ceremony

Kim and JD during the Korean bowing ceremony

As Lisa puts it, “JD is a southern boy from Charlotte, NC who grew up with an American childhood and I am a Korean-American gal who was born and raised in NY, but with a traditional Korean upbringing raised by parents who came to the states in search of the American dream! So we were glad to share elements of our roots with our guests on our day.”

Lisa and her mother

Where they splurged: Lisa and JD’s big splurge was the venue. “It was beyond our budget even with the reduced costs that came with our off-season wedding date and smaller guest count, but I loved how the plantation evoked that old-school charm and grandeur of what the south had been. It was very “Gone With the Wind,” and every time we saw it I had the movie’s song singing in my head!”

The Lowndes Plantation.. I'm with Lisa, I hear the Gone With the Wind song!

The Lowndes Plantation.. I'm with Lisa, I can hear the Gone With the Wind theme song loud and clear!

The Bridesmaids in blue!

Where they saved: The photography (believe it or not)! “I searched Craigslist.com to find photographers – and found an amazing one in Joelle Maki, who offered a very low-cost “a la carte” option where we were able to select certain items versus a bigger package that included things I didn’t find necessary. Our videography was done by a friend, who is a documentary film maker, and he captured our day in that very cool cinematic fashion! “


Inside the Plantation

Postcards

Favorite Part of the Wedding: “My favorite part was the venue! I really, really, really loved being inside the plantation – a house, really – there were so many beautiful rooms and each had a different theme and color palette, with very traditional details from the crown moldings to the regal, sweeping drapes that you don’t really see in homes today. I couldn’t get enough of it! We spent our wedding night inside the plantation, too – which functions as an inn, as well.”

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The Bouquet!


Looking back, what you would change:

“I tried saving on everything – including very very small things such as sparklers for our getaway. Well, I didn’t know how much of a difference the size of the sparklers would
make so I ended up buying 100 of the small, 7” kind (thinking I was scoring a deal) – which burned out in 10 seconds! So I would probably spring for the longer ones 🙂 “

The Getaway!

Despite any regret on the sparklers, this bride and groom getaway still sparkled! I also *love* the dress change!

Her Advice:

“Everyone will have an opinion, go with your gut and at the end of the day remember that no matter what happens, no matter what does or doesn’t happen right, nothing will ever replace the feeling you will have on that day and you will never forget it!”

Korean fan favors

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Modern Weddings – Ileana and Evan’s Orange Dream Garden Wedding

The Bride and Groom with Flare, Literally :)

The Bride: Ileana, 25, IT and studying to be  a Nurse

The Groom: Evan, 32, IT

The Location: Sayen Gardens, New Jersey

Wedding Colors: Cream, Ivory, Peach, and Orange with a Garden Theme

Budget: $10 – $15k

What made this wedding modern: Ileana says “The modern touch really took shape in the wedding party. The girls had on Jim Hjelm A-Line Tea length Ivory dresses with an orange sash. The dresses were very simple yet had the splash of color that made them pop. The men’s dark chocolate brown tuxes really blended well with the bridesmaids and made the wedding party image very sleek – that is until at any given time one of the 8 wedding party members broke out into horrific party faces – then we were just us!”

Ileana and Evan - Just Married!

Bride and Groom in Sayen Gardens

Where they splurged: Ileana said hands down, PHOTOGRAPHY. “We felt that 60 years from now as our memories begin to fade it is pictures that will transport us back in time. We wanted to make sure we had a photographer who knew us and knew how to capture key moments. Michelle was amazing. We chose to do a Trash The Dress session with her prior to the big day (with a Forever 21 stand in dress!)* and it really helped build a great friendship with her. We are so pleased with every single picture that the hard part is picking our album shots.”

*We will be doing a post on Ileana’s Trash the Dress session in a few weeks – you can’t miss it, the session was amazing!

The Bride and Groom in the Gardens!

The classic waist down wedding shot!

Their first portrait as husband and wife :)Mirror Candid of the Bride and Groom

Where they saved: Decoration. “Since it was in a garden, we needed limited ceremony decoration and the reception garden house was so cute and antique-y that it need very little to spruce it up. We opted to recycle some decor from my sister’s wedding and replace the flowers with our colors. We also hit up Michael’s for various accents and ALWAYS had our 40% off coupons in hand. The only flowers that were real were the bouquets, lapels & the garden around us.”

*As mentioned in the bio – Ileana and Evan had a budget of only $10k, which to me is pretty unbelievable considering how beautiful everything was!  Recycling decorations from another wedding is a fabulous idea.  Also, making your theme fit the venue rather than vice verse helps too!  Thanks Ileana for your wonderful tips!

Ileana made her theme fit the decor of the Sayen house, rather than the other way around, in order to save on decorations.

Ileana made her theme fit the romantic vintage decor of the Sayen house, rather than the other way around, in order to save on decorations.

Recycling doesn't mean settling for second rate! These centerpieces were used in Ileana's sisters wedding, save them quite a bit of money on decorations, and looked gorgeous!

Recycling doesn't mean settling for second rate! These centerpieces were used in Ileana's sisters wedding, saved them quite a bit of money on decorations, and looked gorgeous!

How a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e! The gummy bears represented the personalities of the bride and groom - fun loving and silly!

How a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e! The gummy bears represented the personalities of the bride and groom - fun loving and silly!

Oranges and whites with hints of pink and yellow made this the perfect bouquet for their garden wedding.

Oranges and whites with hints of pink and yellow made this the perfect bouquet for their garden wedding.

Illeana and Evan wanted to incorporate their three beloved kitties into their wedding day.  Since they are housecats, they had to settle for miniature sugar replicas representing them in spirit!

Illeana and Evan wanted to incorporate their three beloved kitties into their wedding day. Since they are housecats, they had to settle for miniature sugar replicas representing them in spirit!

The best part of the wedding:

“The laughter. Everyone was in such a great mood and happy that everywhere you looked people were smiling. We felt so blessed to have such a perfect day with the people we loved. It’s an amazing thing being surrounded by people who are sending you well wishes every moment. When you are immersed in good vibes it is hard not to get on a natural high. We were married and so happy. And that is what it was all about.”

The Bride and Groom doing what they do best - laughing!

Ileana and Evan - The First Dance!

Cake Time!

Her Advice:

“Don’t splurge if you are going to feel guilty about it. ENJOY it. Smile and enjoy your man. The day is about the two of you – not just you.”

The party's over, but it's just the beginning...

All photographs are copyright of Michelle King Photography.

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