Monica & Ricky Tie The Knot

by sublimeevents

Working with Monica and Ricky on their wedding was every wedding planner’s dream.  A gorgeous couple with impeccable style, maturity and true love, they made getting married look as romantic and glamourous as it should be.

The ceremony took place at the Magnolia United Church of Christ – a stunning gem of a chapel in the heart of Magnolia.

The architectural beauty of the wood beam ceiling, and the intimacy of the church reminds me of a faraway place in ancient Europe.

The color palette was very subtle and eloquent, yet stunning in it’s own lucidity.  Champagne gold, pale pink and ivory.  Miki’s Flowers provided the floral bouquets and centerpieces consisting of orchids, dahlias, hydrangeas, roses and lilies.

The scrumptious cake was provided by one of my favorites – Macrina Bakery.  Monica was drawn to a “bird” theme, keeping it subtle with the idea of “nesting” in mind.

The reception took place at the Palace Ballroom and the mouth-watering food of Tom Douglas.  Before the reception began, a Sake Barrel Ceremony or “Kigami-Biraki Ceremony” took place.  Kagami-biraki is a ceremony performed at celebratory events in which the lid of the sake barrel is broken open by a wooden mallet and the sake is served to everyone present. Kagami refers to the lid of the sake barrel and biraki means “to open” so kagami-biraki literally means “opening the lid.” Because of the lid’s round shape, the kagami is a symbol of harmony. The kagami-biraki, therefore, represents an opening to harmony and good fortune.

Finally, the amazing talent behind the camera capturing these unforgettable moments was Photo Elan.  Husband and wife team, Brian and Jennifer Hartman are wonderful and easy to work with, are truly amazing at blending in seamlessly with the day, and have an exquisite eye for photography and style.

“Dear Shannon,

It has been a pleasure working with you.  BEST WEDDING DECISION EVER!  We’ve enjoyed getting to know you and appreciate all that you’ve done for us.  Love, Monica & Ricky”

Be Sublime,