Nubia and Ryan were such a special couple to me. They were so fun to work with, cared deeply about the important details, and Ryan was involved every step of the way, and you know I have a soft spot for an involved groom. They weren’t always on the same page, but Ryan was there to support and give his opinion. AND a boy’s opinion always matters, even if it just helps the bride realize that his opinion is what she doesn’t want..it’s still extremely helpful.
The invitations were made by Ladyfingers Letterpress and they were GORGEOUS! Letterpressed in the prettiest shade of lavender- the lace detail was taken from one of Nubia’s dresses.
Nubia found herself in the situation that a lot of brides do, she fell in love with two dresses. Instead of agonizing over the decision, she decided to just embrace it and wear both. This softer lace one for her first look and then a more dramatic ruffled strapless dress for the ceremony and reception. Then she changed back into the lace number for the grand exit and off to the after party.
The wedding took place at The Bell Tower on 34th and it is a really lovely space, they have several courtyards and they are all so beautiful.
First looks are my favorite- this leaves SO much time for amazing photos. Plus the emotions captured at these just make my heart melt each and every time.
Without Wax Katy did the florals and she blew it out of the water as usual, little did I know that she would RETIRE shortly after this wedding and our lovely little history of working together would end. She is just SO talented and she will forever be such an inspiration for me in the floral work that I do.
We used Brideside to select the bridesmaid dresses online- this was a really great option for Nubia since she had bridesmaids who lived all over and there was never a chance to all go shopping together. They sent us dress swatches and Nubia and I were able to choose the colors while the girls picked between a variety of styles. I love the purple shades and different mix of styles we ended up with.
The ceremony took place indoors in the Candela Ballroom. We did a purple draping in the center arch, a candle filled cross, and huge gorgeous arrangements created by Katy and her team. We filled the aisle with candles and petals.
The cocktail hour took place outside in the Candela Fountain courtyard. We did a mix of tall cocktails with bar stools and some with no chairs. We also mixed the linens- the above being one of my favorite patterns from La Tavola and then the purpley rosette pattern below.
Inside for the reception we did a mix of tall and low centerpieces- with these gorgeous lace chair covers. They tied in nicely with the lace details of the invitation and Nubia’s dress.
The meal started with plaintain chips and a variety of salsas at each guest’s table and this was a touch I just loved because my obsession with chips and salsa is NO secret.
Katy worked some magic and transformed this fireplace into a daydream.
We kept the place settings super simple with just the napkins, menus, and a sprig of greenery (smilax if you were curious).
Cakes by Gina created Nubia’s cake and modeled a lot of the details after Nubia’s second dress, then Katy added her magic of course.
During the reception we passed out hats for a special Colombian dance. Then all the guests did a farewell toss of lavender.
Nubia and Ryan- you guys are the best and I know you are just going to have such an amazing life together! Much love, and if you want to see more, you can head over to the feature over on Wedding Chicks! ps. also watch the video- it’s AMAZING!
Vendors | Planning and Coordination: Jennifer Laura Design, Photographer: Korie Lynn Photography, Venue: The Bell Tower on 34th, Hair and Makeup: Kristin Daniell & Sunkissed and Made Up, Florals: Without Wax Katy, Rentals: Swift and Company, Draping: AJ’s Urban Petals, Ceremony Music: Detric Arts, Wedding Film: Cakewalk Films, DJ: Johnny Black Productions, Cake: Cakes by Gina, Linens: La Tavola