Anastasia and Nick's were married in chic fall wedding in Chicago, surrounded by romantic and timeless details. Erin Dobosiewicz, of Cinder and Vin Photography didn't miss a single moment capturing it all from the delicate beading of Anastasia's accessories to the gleam in her new wedding bands and we just knew we had to catch up with the happy couple to learn more about their special day.



Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day? During the planning process we tried to  pick  decor, florals, attire etc.  that were timeless and classic.  Bridesmaids wore a biscotti full length gown with gold thread throughout the top.  The groomsmen wore navy tuxedos and the groom matched with the exception of black lapels.


Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY? Our church was quite grand and required no Decor.  Cocktail hour  are used a number of mirrored and acrylic frames to display our engagement photos and our parents wedding photos. The look was tied  together with small floral arrangements through out. A massive mirror displayed our handwritten seating chart and crystal  tea light candles hinted toward the  reception Decour still to come. Centerpieces at the reception included four foot  crystal candelabras and a number of white flowers in  Glass vases that varied in height.


What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding? Again, trying to stay classic, we chose a number of white flowers. Bouquets included  Garden roses, pennies, and  Italian Ruscus and boutonnieres where is simple single ranculant.  The centerpieces also included these flowers and we’re very simple and elegant.


Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding? Staying true to both of our nationalities we included a bagpiper outside of the church (bride is Irish) and our first dance was sung partially in Italian ( Groom is Italian) it was nice to honor our nationalities and families in these ways.


Let's talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail. I wore a David Tutera full lace gown with a sweetheart neckline and drop waist silhouette. I paired it with a cathedral veil and simple water pearl earrings/bracelet. Nick is certainly the more fashion forward of the couple and opted for a navy Tuxedo With black lapels and stripe down the pants. He wore the Tuxedo with velvet shoes and  Black bowtie.


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal. Nick and I met on a dating app called bumble. Although we were both skeptical to give it a shot, we are so glad we did! Before heading out to dinner with friends Nick walked me through downtown Naperville and  when we reached a bridge he stopped me and proposed. After we  went to Empire (where we had our first date) where our friends and family were waiting to celebrate the news!


What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day? Besides the “I Do’s”, of course.. Nick and I decided to take dance lessons leading up to the wedding and did not tell anyone about it. Our first dance was choreographed and very extravagant... it was a lot of fun to put on a show for our friends and family  and dance class as a date night is something we still choose to do even after the wedding!


Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day? Stop and enjoy the day! After the  ceremony and photos we slipped away to our reception hall where we shared appetizers, champagne, and our first dance privately. I think it was the only time all day that we were alone. One of the most memorable part of our wedding day


MEET THE TEAM:

Photography: Cinder and Vin Photography by Erin Dobosiewicz

Venue & Accomodations: Elements at Water Street

Floral Design: Floral Events

Wedding Dress: Bri'Zan Couture

Paper goods: Invitations Etc.

DJ: Sounds Abound Entertainment

Transportation: Naperville Trolley & Tours Ltd




Pamela and Mitchell’s love story began in their sophomore year at Fresno State, where they both ran for the college's cross-country team. Starting out as friends they found themselves arriving earlier and earlier to practice just to see each other. Then one afternoon after watching a bad comedy movie, Mitchell kissed Pamela and the rest they tell us is history. Bringing us to this adorable proposal session captured by, Three16 Photography, in Orange County at the stunning Cerritos Sculpture Garden. We caught up with Pamela and Mitchell to hear more about their story and here is what they had to say.



What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. (example: pushing each other to new limits, love to travel, huge comic book fans, foodies, etc.) What makes your relationship unique?

Pamela and Mitchell’s relationship is special because of their individual backgrounds. Pamela grew up in Quito, Ecuador and Mitchell grew up in the Santa Cruz Mountains. They both enjoy exploring each other’s cultures and have learned a lot about each other while doing so. Also, they are both great fans of video games, and although Mitchell is not very fond of Pamela’s fascination with scary video games, they still enjoy playing with each other. In addition, what makes their relationship so special is their willingness to try new things whether it is salsa dancing, visiting new dog parks, trying new exotic foods, or exploring a whole new country.


How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship? (these may often be the same moment, but aren’t always)

While driving back to college on the 152 Freeway through the Pacheco Pass, Mitchell suddenly held Pamela’s hand, breathed in deeply and told her that he loved her very much, and that he wanted to marry her someday. Pamela was surprised and started to blush. They have only been dating for about a year then, but in her heart, she knew that she could not find a better match for her than Mitchell. Since then, Pamela and Mitchell have always supported each other’s dreams.


Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?

On the sands of Dog Beach, Mitchell took Pamela to her favorite spot in Orange County with their two pups. Mitchell and Pamela sat on the sandy beach under the California sun and faced the ocean. Mitchell asked Pamela to closed her eye, which she did. When Pamela opened her eyes, both of her dogs were wearing new dog collars with new name tags. She held the dog tags and read, “Will you marry Mitchell.” With shock in her eyes, Mitchell revealed an engagement ring from his pocket. Pamela, without hesitation and not letting Mitchell speak, wrapped her arms around Mitchell and said, “Yes!”



We’re all about the bling… Tell us all about that ring!

For starters, Pamela is a forensic toxicologist, meaning she loves science and her ring reflects that. The diamond is a lab-grown diamond and was made with cutting-edge technology. The ring itself is made of gold, the perfect color to match Pamela’s natural cinnamon colored skin. The diamond is set in a custom order mold to resemble a double helix, like a DNA strand. On the side of the diamond, on the interweaving parts of the ring are smaller diamonds and blue sapphires.


Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Do you have any ideas in mind yet?

Mitchell and Pamela are both very excited to start planning the wedding. Since Pamela was born and raised in Ecuador and Mitchell was raised Northern California, most of the family will be doing a fair amount of traveling. Because of this, they have decided to have a traveling themed wedding. The wedding will combine both our cultures to show the new unity.


MEET THE TEAM:

Photographer: Three16 Photography

Location: Cerritos Sculpture Garden




Today on the blog we catch up with Kayla and Josh and chat to them about their rustic barn wedding in Corning, NY captured by Lenses and Laughter and here is what they told us!




Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?

Our wedding was at a barn so I definitely tried to incorporate the rustic feel in our decor. We went with a burgundy, ivory, and blush color pallet. We didn't really incorporate any major religious traditions, however we did include a short ring blessing during our ceremony.


Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?

Most of our decor had a rustic feel. We decorated with a lot of mason jars and chalk boards. Our center pieces consisted of a real round wood slab and various mason jar vases and votives which we put together ourselves. The biggest DIY part of our wedding were the wedding favors. I ordered a custom stencil that said "eat, drink and be married" with our names and the date of our wedding that I used to etch over 100 mason jars mugs by hand. They turned out lovely!


What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

We used roses for everything in the blush, Burgundy and ivory colors to match the dresses and other decor. I also made sure to incorporate a lot of greenery through out the bouquets as I loved how the greens looked with the other colors.


Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

My father in law owned all of the DJ equipment we used so we were able to not only include music that we knew most people would enjoy, but we also were able to include our own favorite songs. We also picked a his and hers drink for the bar with his favorite drink and my favorite drink for our guests to enjoy.


Let's talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

For my dress I knew I wanted something with lace and nothing too flashy but other than that I wasn't sure of exactly what I wanted until I began trying on dresses. The dress I found ended up being ivory and champagne. For the guys we knew we didn't want to go with traditional black tuxes, and were torn between navy blue and charcoal gray because both looked really nice with burgundy and ivory, but after looking through pinterest at photos of weddings with similar colors we decided to go with the gray tuxes for the guys.


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

Josh and I met while we both worked at a call center. We were friends for awhile and then began hanging out outside of work which led to eventually dating. We moved in with each other and after a couple years of being together we had our son, Odin. When Odin was just two months old I had come home from work one night and Odin was sleeping in the living room and Josh had asked me to go lay him in his bassinet in our bedroom and when I did that Josh had hidden the ring box under a clean diaper in Odin's bassinet so when I moved it to lay Odin down I saw the box and Josh then asked me to marry him. It wasn't the cliche proposal you typically see, but was perfect for us and our life at the time! I'll never forget it.


What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

The most special moment of the wedding for me was that my grandfather, who I'm very close to, was able to walk me down the aisle. I also loved having our son Odin as our ring bearer and it was so fun to be able to spend time with him at the reception. He loved dancing around in his tux!


Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day?

I think the main piece of advice that I would give would be to not stress over the small stuff. Your wedding day goes by so quick, and at the end of the day it will still be your special day no matter what! I also think it's important to let other people help you to relieve some of the planning pressure as well.


MEET THE TEAM:

Photographer: Lenses and Laughter

Ceremony Location: Homestead Blessings Barn

Floral Designer: Zeigler Florist

Officiant: Jen Valkenburgh

Cake Designer: Baked by Beans Wedding Cakes

Hair Stylist: AJ's Hair Makeup

Bridesmaid Dresses: Davids Bridal



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