There are a lot of wedding videography companies all around St. Louis who are selling wedding films, wedding highlights, wedding videos: a lot of different names for the same thing. Usually the package is some sort of 4 - 6 minute compilation of clips taken throughout the day, set to music. Sometimes you'll hear vows, toasts, or other audio from the day, sometimes not.
So with all the choices available in our area, how do you pick just the right person to film your wedding? How do you know that Applause is the right wedding videographer for you?
We think we are the right choice for wedding videography because we have done a lot of background work to ensure our reliability and deliverability. But does that really matter to you as the Bride or Groom? Regardless of the gear, the experience, or the price tag, the final product is what you want to fall in love with before you hire a wedding videographer.
In this post, I'm going to share a few films that showcase the style of wedding video we produce. The care taken to edit your film into a beautiful love story is what really makes the difference. Editing to the music, engaging the viewer, weaving the story from beginning to end with slow builds, dramatic reveals, joyous endings, all with seamless editing that is pleasure to watch, this is what makes a wedding film edited by Applause Weddings stand out from the crowd.
Here at Applause, we edit each film with help from the same team who shot the footage. This is how we ensure that each film is handcrafted to be unique, and to tell YOUR story.
The best part (in our opinion) is that we don't stop with just the Highlights! Our Applause packages include your Full-Length Ceremony as well as a long version of your Reception (we shoot until the Last Dance!) and all of this is NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE.
If you watch all of these wedding films, I think you'll be able to see that there is a range of feelings showcased in each one, because each couple's wedding day had it's own vibe! Sometimes its easy to view weddings as all being the same....there's prep, vows, photos, and dancing. And that's true, those elements exist in each wedding day schedule, but won't each of these elements be planned by you, and match your personality? Won't each of these wedding traditions have your own special spin put on them, to reflect the utter uniqueness of your love? This is what we aim to reveal when we edit your wedding video.
The follow videos are just a few of the wonderful 2018 weddings we filmed. For more including lots of one minute Sneak-Peeks (also included in your Applause Package), visit our YouTube channel.
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Talk about elegant simplicity! Felix and Dariyan had it all! There was lots of red, navy and sparkle just in the right places to make this day as special as this couple is!
For their September 2, 2017 wedding, Dariyan chose a beautiful white wedding gown with simply beautiful sheer elements, along with just a touch of sparkle. Pair that with the red jewels and the tiara she wore, wow! What a knockout! Her bridal bouquet was a lovely combination of calla lilies and roses in white, red and black, along with decorative sparkles for that extra added touch.
Felix wore a super sharp red tuxedo with black accents and a black bow tie, and at one point, he also wore a red jeweled crown! He certainly looked like royalty!
Their ceremony and reception took place at STL Banquet Center in St. Louis, Missouri where Applause Weddings supplied their Round of Applause package that includes DJ Services, Videography, Photobooth and Uplighting/Monogram. Felix and Dariyan had an awesome monogram that was projected onto a large red curtain, which made a great centerpiece for the whole reception area. Lots of dancing and celebrating ensued after the ceremony, and all appeared to have a great time! It was great to share your wedding day with you and your family, Felix and Dariyan! We wish you a life of love together!
For the couple who had it all, they also booked it all! Our Round of Applause package includes it all! Check it out on our website!
On November 11, 2017, Jenna and David were joined in Holy Matrimony by Father Bill Kempf during beautiful ceremony St. Ambrose Catholic Church in St. Louis, Missouri. The church pews were full of friends and family as they witnessed the love of this couple as their lives became one.
Jenna wore a gorgeous strappy, sequined wedding gown with a mermaid silhouette and a chapel length train. She chose to have a First Look with her Dad and it was obvious that he was stunned by his little girl all dressed up like a princess, ready to be married.
David sported a black tux, a crisp white shirt and black bow tie and was handsome as can be for his bride.
After the ceremony, Jenna and David took a stroll through Lafayette Park in St. Louis, which made for a great background of their fall wedding. As they walked through the park, our videographers at Applause Weddings caught some great shots of our couple walking through the fallen leaves. What an awesome way to be able to revisit that day forever on video! You could almost smell the crisp fall air and hear the leaves rustling by just watching their finished Wedding Film!
At Rose of the Hill in St. Louis, the Newlyweds and their loved ones celebrated together as Applause Weddings provided DJ services. Lots of dancing, and some singing by friends and family!
Applause Weddings offers more than just Videography and DJ Services. We also can do Ceremony Sound, Uplighting and a Custom Monogram!
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Wouldn't it be nice if everything you wanted to choose for your wedding could be lined up side by side so you could simply compare? Making the right choices can be daunting especially with the pressure of the budget and the "once in a lifetime" chance to make the most of your wedding day.
I don't know if it's because we are "old school" having been in the videography business over 20 years and counting, or if it's because we are "old fashioned" and believe that hard earned money should be spent on real value, but for us, a wedding video package just isn't complete without a Full Length Ceremony. Sure, you may not watch it more than a handful of times, but those time that you do will be SO important.
The first time you see your wedding video will be when we first deliver it to you. You'll sit down together, probably after a long day at work, or on a lazy Saturday morning. There might be snacks. There WILL BE cuddling. You'll press play and suddenly it's like the whole day comes rushing back. The best part is, you'll see moments you remember, and ones you don't! You'll see details you were a part of, and the ones you missed. You'll watch everyone walk down the aisle, and then you'll see your vows as they happened, in their entirety. And finally you'll see the moment you are introduced to the world as newlyweds.
The next time you'll watch will be with your immediate family. Your parents and grandparents and this time you will all get to experience the joy over again, TOGETHER, and in the comfort of home. You'll laugh and cry at all the special moments you shared. It's just another unforgettable piece of the puzzle when two families are united.
Still another time you'll watch your full wedding video is with your children. Whether they were a part of the ceremony, or not even born yet, they WILL want to see the moment their parents became united as one and started their new family journey.
Now, it's possible these may be the only times you watch this version of your wedding film. Or, it's possible you'll get it out every anniversary, or maybe just the milestone ones. Maybe at your 25th you'll show a few clips at your anniversary party. Or at your 50th, your grandkids will be amazed at how fashion has changed (or come back around!).
We believe you deserve the best possible version of your full length wedding ceremony video. That's why we shoot with multiple cameras and multiple videographers. We want your view to be as good as the view from the guest's seats. We also want to ensure that we don't miss anything, so those extra cameras are a great backup plan for most anything that can happen.
Please don't assume that all wedding videographers approach the full length ceremony is the same way. Ask them how many cameras and how many videographers there are, and where the cameras are placed. Ask how many full-length ceremonies they've done, and Ask to SEE THEM. Make sure you see continuous footage and great audio. These are the things that we provide in our Applause packages at no additional cost.
You can check out a few of our Full Length Ceremonies below.
There is nothing like The Jewel Box in Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri. This art deco style building that was built in 1936 and has changed some over recent years to serve as a wedding venue. It is a beautiful place to be married, which is exactly what Mitchell and Amanda did on September 3rd, 2017.
With plenty of natural light streaming through all of the glass walls, this made for a picture-perfect setting for these two love-birds to be joined as husband and wife. Mitch waited amongst the lush greenery inside The Jewel Box for his dazzling bride to walk down the aisle. He wore a sharp gray Allure suit with an ivory vest, navy tie and light brown shoes he found at Savvi Formalwear. His face lit up when he set eyes on his bride for the first time as Amanda was walked down the aisle by her dad.
Amanda looked stunning in her sleeveless mermaid-style wedding gown, sparkling with sequins and beads. What was so unique about Amanda’s wedding dress was the ornate lace in somewhat of a “butterfly-esque” detail that made up the back of the bodice. She found her dress at Bridals by Jodi in Charlston, South Carolina. Amanda chose for her traditional “Something Old” her mother-in-law’s handkerchief she used on her wedding day, her “Something New” was her wedding dress, shoes, and jewelry, her “Something Borrowed” was her wedding veil. Her “Something Blue” was her undergarments. You know I love this tradition, right? They are always different and unique!
Mexico Road Florist created spectacular arrangements for Amanda and her Attendants. The Bride’s Bouquet consisted of a hand tied modified cascade of cream hydrangeas, peach roses, orange spray roses, white roses, burgundy cremones, and seeded eucalyptus. Amanda’s beautiful Bridesmaids wore long marine blue dresses they found at David’s Bridal. The girls picked varying styles of dresses: some were strapless, had cap sleeves or one shoulder sleeve detail. Their bouquets were also hand tied style with cream hydrangeas, peach spray roses, orange spray roses, orange dahlias and gunny eucalyptus. All of the bright colors played beautifully against their dark blue dresses!
Officiant Jim Peich performed a touching wedding ceremony, joining Our Couple in marriage. Applause Weddings provided audio for the ceremony. While wedding vows were exchanged with friends and family surrounding Mitch and Amanda, the love that our Bride and Groom have for each other radiated from each of them! During their wedding ring ceremony, they exchanged rings that they found at Arcobosso Jewelers. Amanda’s exquisite engagement ring has a round diamond solitaire centered on a diamond band with two sparkling wedding bands on each side. Mitch’s ring is a very masculine black tungsten and titanium creation with silver tapered edges.
Once Mitch kissed his stunning bride, it was time to move on to the Heart of St. Charles Ballrooms to celebrate!
The Ballroom was decked out with white tablecloths and white chair covers with navy sashes. Three different types of centerpieces adorned the tables: one was floral rings with cream hydrangeas, burgundy cremons, peach spray roses and orange roses. Another was Eiffel Tower vases with white hydrangeas, burgundy cremons, peach roses, orange roses and gunny eucalyptus. The third centerpiece was hurricane vases with candles surrounded by orange rose petals. It looked magnificent!
After toasts were made to Our Newlyweds, it was time for our Applause Wedding’s DJ to crank it up! The couple and their loved ones had a great time celebrating the union of these two special people!
Mitch and Amanda chose Stephanie Bannon Photography for their still photos, and of course, Applause Weddings for their videography! Credit to Stephanie Bannon Photography for the photos displayed in this blog post. They are great photos, don’t you think?
Amanda used The Knot for inspiration and wedding planning, and she did a superb job! She put together a beautiful wedding and reception! Amanda shared some great advice! She told us, “Never sweat the small stuff! Try to plan with plenty of time so you can enjoy the planning process. Always listen to other for advice and opinions, but remember that it’s your day and to do what you want! Take a step back from ceremony and reception take a mental screen shot to look at all the friends and family that are surrounding your with their love!”
Congrats to Amanda and Mitch! Thanks for having us be part of your special day!
HOW WE DO WHAT WE DO
Creating a wedding video is a building process. Each scene you see in one of our highlight videos is made from individual building blocks. Sometimes it takes several blocks to create one scene. Therefore, some shots we will take as they occur, and others we will give you directions of what to do in order to get enough blocks to make the scenes complete.
We help you make a schedule of your whole day so we can get all of the footage we need for a spectacular finished product…YOUR Wedding Video! Scheduling all of the shots helps make your day run smoothly. But remember, videography takes longer than photos. Let your schedule breathe. Don’t expect to fit everything in too tightly, it will only cause you stress.
Here is a great example of our Videography!
We tag along with your photographer until we have the amount of footage we need. Some shots are staged, some are shot with our awesome drone…but know we may not film every photoshoot location since those are static…we go for the action shots! We will take some shots as the photographer poses you and your wedding party. We will occasionally ask you and your wedding party to perform some actions to help us build great video scenes, but we will do our best not to interrupt the time your photographer needs for photos. Oh, and always notify your photographer that you have hired us to video your wedding!
If you choose, we can use audio of you and your fiancé reading letters you have written to each other in your video to use as a voiceover! What a special touch this can be to the video of your Special Day!
We love First Looks! It allows you to have much more photo and video time without making guests wait around at the reception. We have a unique method for filming these using our drones and other cameras, and it turns out to be a very special moment that we get to document between the two of you before the wedding! Sometimes, the Bride chooses to have a First Look with their father…imagine what a tear jerker that can be!
We use several cameras set up to achieve shots from various angles and allow us to edit together the best possible presentation of your ceremony as it occurred. We promise not be a nuisance during the ceremony with constant movement, and we will respect all church rules as communicated to us.
One camera will be positioned at the end of the aisle until the final entrance of the processional. It will then move to the center aisle. Your photographer usually shoots next to this camera, but we will accommodate one movement for them to get a full length aisle shot. Grooms and Officiants will be asked to wear a lapel mic. It is very discreet. This allows us to get great audio of all of the vows and other exchanges!
We will film full length scenes of Grand Entry, Toasts, Cake Cutting, Specialty Dances, and the Bouquet & Garter toss. These longer scenes will be shown your Long Version of your Reception, while shorter cuts will be in your Highlights video.
During the rest of the party, we will film various scenes of your guests dancing and enjoying the party. The more that the newlyweds are on the dance floor themselves, the more footage will be included, so don't be shy, get out there and shake it!
Applause Weddings is constantly striving to put out the best product, YOUR Wedding Video. With twenty-plus years of experience and using only the most high-tech equipment, we are able to film and edit these special moments of your life into something that is memorable and can be revisited forever!
It seems we have all have been to a wedding where we have witnessed some (ahem) unsavory behavior from people that were hired to DJ their once-in-a-lifetime event. I know I have been to many! From just basic unprofessional behavior, like showing up late, showing up with a boombox as their “set-up” (I am not kidding!), wearing clothes that looked like they slept in, and having an “I am just here to play music…” attitude, not lifting a finger to keep the event organized and running smoothly. These are all reasons why everyone at Applause is committed to providing service that exceeds your expectations!
In order to achieve your utmost satisfaction, we take time coordinating much of the event in advance, so you can have that stress-free day you have been dreaming about! From keeping your timeline running along to keeping your guests on the dance floor and having a blast, we will be at your side from start to finish!
Every DJ package includes a professional, awesome sound system in amazing condition, fun and exciting dance floor lighting, a separate wireless microphone for those toasting or speaking so the DJ can MC and keep the flow by announcing what is next, and of course, an Applause DJ who has gone through extensive training to ensure they know just what it takes to play the right music, at the right times, to make your party a smashing success! We choose the best folks for our growing staff and they represent Applause with integrity!
What is the best playlist for your party? Honestly, there is no "One-Size-Fits-All" answer. Every party is as unique as the guests in attendance. A DJ can always use a few suggested songs from you as a guide, and from there, our DJ's "secret weapons" are talent and experience when it comes to getting a dance floor popping. Even parties that end up having similar playlists won’t have the songs played in the same order or at the same times because each crowd has a different ebb and flow to their energy. Starting off with classic crowd favorites can mean getting the older generation on the dance floor early on, since they are typically the first to go home from the event. Transitioning through a few different genres can really give a DJ the feel for what the crowd is into the most. You might hear Disco, 80s, 90s, Country, Classic Rock, or Hip Hop until our DJ hits what brings up the energy of your guests. Of course, a good dose of new hits is always needed, as well as a sprinkling of romantic slow dances. Of course, the easiest way to know what will really bring your guests out on the dance floor is by taking requests! Finding out directly from the crowd what song they're dying to "bust a move" to is a sure fire way to get them up on their feet.
As with all of our clients, we will have you fill out a survey in our client portal prior to your event. This gives us information to create a DJ agenda and a script to use for your event. We want your day to be perfect, and this information ensures that the execution of your timeline will be as seamless as possible. Some of the information we ask for are what your song choices are for all of the ceremonial aspects of your reception, like the Grand Entry and Specialty Dances. We also like to have a list of songs you would like us to play as well as those songs you just couldn’t bear to hear on your special day! We don’t ask you to make a list of every song for the entire party…that is what you hired us and trust us to do! Our DJs know how to read the crowd and adjust the playlist according to their response and energy.
We know you have choices when planning your Special Day. You have meticulously planned every detail for months, and possibly years! You have already bought that stunning wedding gown, the tux has been found, the venue has been procured, each flower for the bridal bouquet has been chosen, the wedding cake style and flavors picked, and all of the things that will make your day shine like no other. Allow Applause Weddings to do what we do best so you can celebrate with your loved ones…stress-free!
And don’t forget, we have awesome DJ and Videography Packages!
Alex and Chris were joined together in marriage on March 11th, 2017 at Our Lady of the Pillar in St. Louis, Missouri. What a beautiful backdrop this church made with all of the stunning marble appointments. Even more stunning was our Bride, Alex. She graced the aisle on the arm of her father, wearing a lovely Morilee by Madeline Gardner wedding dress in ivory and light gold with a ball gown silhouette and a v-neckline and back and sheer lace straps that she found at The Bridal Shoppe. She met her Groom at the altar, who was smashing in his black tux with a champagne vest and bowtie that he acquired from Men’s Wearhouse. Surrounding them were bridesmaids who were dressed in coordinating colors in wine and petal pink by designer Bill Levkoff, all found at The Bridal Shoppe, and groomsmen who sported black tuxedos with wine colored vests and bowties, all found at Men’s Wearhouse. What a great looking group!
The Bridal Bouquet was a glorious arrangement of marsala, ivory, and blush toned flowers provided by Roses and Mint.
Father Bob Jones performed a touching wedding ceremony, uniting this special couple with the promise and vows of marriage. Wedding rings were exchanged, which were bought at Shane Co., and the Bride was kissed! We had Newlyweds! You know what that means! It is time to celebrate!
The party moved to a beautiful chateau in the middle of France…not really! But it was in the middle of Pacific, Missouri right off of Historic Route 66 at an impressive venue, Silver Oaks Chateau. What made this venue more striking than it already is was the snow that had fallen that day, dusting the tree branches and ground with a glistening white beauty. It made for spectacular videography, of course by our company, Applause Weddings, and photography by Jason Winkeler Photography. The drone camera footage we videographed is spectacular, as you can see in the highlight video posted here.
Our Newlyweds danced into the venue, and then Alex’s dad, Thomas gave a wonderful toast to Alex and Chris, and it sounded like he has had plenty of practice being that he has five daughters! Maid of Honor, Casey and Best Man, David, followed with their toasts to Our Couple and then the festivities began!
Alex and Chris chose wine, blush, champagne and gold for the décor of the venue. The tables sparkled with centerpieces in gold mercury glass, fresh flowers, candles and lanterns.
A delightfully decorated four tier wedding cake had it all! Under its white frosting and fresh flower décor was a delicious almond cake with raspberry jam filling and chocolate cake with salted caramel filling, magnificently done by Kaked by Katie. The Groom’s Cake was strawberry cake with chocolate and vanilla filling. A bit of cake smashing happened to the faces of Our Newlyweds during the cake cutting, but who wouldn’t want this delectable goodness smeared on their face?
A scrumptious dinner was provided by Ces & Judy's. After bellies were full, the dancing began! Chris and Alex danced to "Say You Won't Let Go" by James Arthur", the Father and Bride Dance was to “My Wish" by Rascal Flatts, and the Mother and Groom Dance was to "A Mother's Song" by T. Carter Music. These dances create such special memories!
Queue music for the Bouquet and Garter Toss for more memories!
Everybody on the dance floor and boogie your heart out and have a great time celebrating! More memories!
It really is about the memories. That is why having a wedding and reception professionally videographed and edited is so very important. After months of planning, the stress, and the hard earned money spent for this one extraordinary day, it only makes sense to have the events documented to cherish forever! I am sure Alex and Chris are so glad they chose to do so!
Mr. and Mrs. Friedman, thank you for making Applause Weddings part of your memories!
June thirtieth, 2017 was not just an ordinary, sunny summer day. It was a day when an extraordinary couple, AJ and Caitlin, were joined in marriage in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at The Vineyard at Riverbend Chapel, overlooking the Missouri River in Washington, Missouri.
Caitlyn was stunning in her strapless two-piece Watters Daisy corset with added satin ivory buttons to the back and Watters Almira court length skirt, both in ivory. She found this gorgeous ensemble of a wedding dress at Mia Grace Bridal. Caitlin adorned her feet with Jewel Badgely Mischka Block Heels in Champagne (and brought a cool pair of Keds X Kate Spade Champion shoes in Rose Gold Glitter for dancing for later!) A sparkling band of rhinestones graced Caitlin’s waist and was just the perfect touch for her flowy dress. The Bride’s bouquet she carried was a mix white hydrangeas, light pink peonies, blush pink rose, ivory spray roses and assorted greens beautifully put together by Hillerman's Nursery and Florist. For Caitlin’s “Something Old”, she used garter that was handmade by her great aunt. Her “Something New and Something Blue” was a breathtaking sapphire and diamond tennis bracelet that her father gave her as a gift and “Something Borrowed” was earrings and a bracelet from two friends. This is one tradition that I particularly love because it is always such a personal touch that never can be duplicated from one bride to the next.
Caitlin’s Bridesmaids looked charming in their short, y-neck, crinkle chiffon dresses with a ruched bodice in a blush color that they purchased from David’s Bridal.
AJ looked so very handsome in the slim fit navy blue suit, white shirt and navy blue tie he bought from Suits 4 Men, and his Groomsmen were the perfect match for the groom in their navy blue suits, white shirts and ivory ties. Prior to the wedding, Caitlin’s dad shared a toast with the groom and groomsmen with a rare bottle of Scotch whiskey.
Our Bride chose to have two First Looks, the first with her father, who during the toasts said that when Caitlin was born, it was love at first sight. It was a beautiful moment between the two of them as her dad saw his little girl in her gorgeous wedding gown for the first time. The second First Look was special, as well. AJ took one look at his soon-to-be-wife and the look on his face is priceless…I believe her beauty took his breath away!
The wedding ceremony was performed by a friend of our Bride and Groom, Brian Webb. There didn’t seem to be a dry eye during the sweet vows that were exchanged by Caitlin and AJ. Caitlin described their first kiss together as being a kiss that changed her whole life. AJ promised Caitlin that he would always choose her. An exchange of rings that were purchased from Moritz Reusch Jewelry Inc. included a vintage look, white gold wedding band to compliment Caitlin’s sparkling white gold and diamond halo engagement ring. AJ’s ring was a traditional tungsten wedding band.
AJ kissed his new wife and it was time for the celebration to start! The venue was elegantly decorated with gold glitter tablecloth on the cake table, gold baleri mercury glass vase centerpieces with white hydrangeas, blush pink roses, ivory spray roses and assorted greens and gold Chiavari chairs at the main tables, a cute swag on the fireplace at The Vineyard at Riverbend Chapel with Our Couple’s initials and wedding date, and a sign on the fireplace mantle that said, “How Sweet it is to be Loved By You”.
Did someone say CAKE??? This pretty three tier, vanilla and chocolate cake, iced with white and adorned with pink carnations was made by the Emerald Baldwin, who was a bridesmaid and is AJ’s sister-in-law.
Food for the reception was provided by the caterers at The Vineyard at Riverbend Chapel.
AJ and Caitlin chose Chelsea Mueller Photography for all of their pics, and of course, used Applause Weddings for their videography!
When we asked Caitlin for some words to share with future Brides-to-be, she shared this with us, “The day of your wedding will fly by so quickly and everything will be one giant amazing blur in your mind. I strongly advise all couples to consider hiring a videographer along with their photographer! I'm so happy we did and we now have such an amazing video to look back on!”
Congrats, AJ and Caitlin Baldwin! May your lives be always filled with love and happiness!
Have you ever heard of a “Surprise Wedding”? Well, I can tell you that it was one of the most wonderful events and experiences that I have ever been a part of! My gorgeous sister, Julie, and my awesome new brother-in-law, Ali, were married on June 18th, 2017 on a perfect, sunny but not-too-hot-for-summer day at Haue Valley in Pacific, Missouri.
This whole wedding was a different take on, well, everything! You see, Ali planned the wedding…in a matter of six weeks! Yes! The GROOM planned it! Granted, he had a little help from me, Mandy and a handful of others, but his love for my sister meant that he wanted her to be stress-free on her wedding day and the weeks leading up to it.
It all started when Ali proposed to Julie in the beginning of May, 2017. Once Julie shared her wonderful news of becoming engaged to marry Ali, the wheels started turning! All of the sudden, within a couple of days, a wedding was being planned!
You see, Julie has never been one of those gals who have spent their entire life dreaming of her perfect wedding. Jokingly, when she was in her late teens, I recall her saying she wanted a renaissance themed wedding…with women wearing corsets and men having sword fights. In my head, all I could think of is sitting in a Medieval Times arena, having wenches bring me my food while the smell of horses wafted in my direction. Once she met Ali and they became a couple, I am sure she thought about marriage, but never really the wedding.
Once Ali presented Julie with the idea of him planning their wedding, she saw the absolute gift that she was being offered and said she was okay with not having full reign in the planning process. She mentioned the color scheme that she liked, and with that, Ali and his helpers went to town and the Best Day Ever was born!
It helps when you “know” people in the biz. Obviously, with our company being in the wedding DJ and videography business, we had that covered, but we also know many awesome vendors in the field. So many vendors wanted to be part of this “Surprise Wedding” that we had no problem making this day very special.
When I say surprise wedding, the plan was not to wake her up that morning, cart her to the venue, slap a dress on her and shove her down the aisle…I mean all that was planned was to be revealed to Julie that day. Ali told her what day they were to be wed, ordered invitations, and left no stone unturned when planning. Julie picked out her own wedding dress, but other than that, she had no idea what the venue was like, the décor, her bouquet…heck, she had no idea what I was going to wear, and I was her Matron of Honor! Throughout the day, from the time she arrived at Haue Valley, the reveals were scheduled for her…and it was awesome!
As Julie and Ali were preparing for the ceremony in their separate dressing rooms at Haue Valley, some of the fantastic reveals started taking place. First to be revealed was my bridesmaid dress, and the flower girl’s dress. I wore a vintage 50s style lace dress in red, and Emma, Julie’s niece and flower girl, wore a jewel embellished coral dress. She was starting to see how her vibrant color scheme was being incorporated, especially when she was presented with her bridal bouquet. As she opened her eyes after it was handed to her, Julie saw that this gorgeous bouquet was completely made from handcrafted paper flowers! Katherine Elizabeth Events is a paper florist who made every single stem of Julie’s bouquet, my bouquet, corsages and boutonnieres plus all of the flowers for the tables and the flowers that graced the wedding arbor. These look-alikes were exquisite in their peach, coral and red colors and were the ideal unique touch for such an extraordinary and special bride!
Once Julie and Ali had donned their wedding best, they were separately escorted to the entrance of Haue Valley for their First Look. Ali looked sharp in his gray tuxedo, ivory vest, and aqua tie as he stood by the large gate awaiting his Bride. His tuxedo was provided by Savvi Formalwear, as well as his groomsman’s tux. When it was time, Julie walked to Ali and placed her hand on his shoulder as he faced away from her. Upon his turning around, his gaze was on Julie, who was absolutely stunning in her ivory, ball gown style wedding dress she bought online from Dresslily.com. Her dress had a “vintage” appeal, with its three-quarter length sleeves and chapel length train, along with lace appliques and well placed buttons in the front and the back of this beauty. Of course, I was privy to the dress before she bought it and one look at the pictures of it online and I knew it was the dress for Julie! In lieu of a veil, Julie chose to adorn her up-do with pretty floral barrettes.
VSM Event Creations took great care with the final touches to ensure all was perfect in the venue and at the ceremony site, which made the day more enjoyable and stress free for family and friends who would usually be in charge of these things.
Next to be revealed was the venue. Julie was led into the reception area and saw the most beautiful wedding reception décor she has ever seen! The tears flowed as she was introduced to all of the intricate details that Ali planned for her from the Monogram and Uplighting that Applause Weddings provided, the movie themed seating charts and the popcorn cart provided by BAM Party Rentals, our family’s wedding pictures on the huge wooden mantle, the striking glassware and paper flower décor on the tables, and so much more! As Ali took her from detail to detail, she commented on how beautiful the venue was and even remarked, “It’s ME!”
Next to be revealed was the wedding ceremony area, which produced more tears for Julie. This venue is stunning on its own and with the décor that was used and in the colors that were chosen, the place was breathtaking. I told her after she saw how beautiful everything was, “This is the wedding you never knew you wanted!”
Applause Weddings provided ceremony music, videography and DJ services for this special day, of course!
Officiant Reverend Doug Robison performed the wedding, which included a Handfasting Ceremony. Julie and Ali recited vows, exchanged rings and were pronounced Husband and Wife! The Bride was kissed and the celebration began!
Photography was by Chameleon Imagery and Be Lovely Photography, and with a beautiful couple and the pretty scenery that surrounds Haue Valley, Julie and Ali’s wedding photos turned out spectacular!
A delicious meal was provided by Graze, toasts to our Newlyweds were made and everyone danced in merriment until this glorious day had to come to an end, but not before Julie sang “Faithfully” to Ali in her remarkable voice.
I must say, this day will forever be one of my absolute favorites and it could not have been pulled off without all of the wonderful vendors who participated. Hats off to you all…you helped make “The Wedding Julie Didn’t Know She Wanted” the most beautiful, stress free, incredibly special day for two very important people in my life!
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