Prepare yourself for what could be the longest post ever made <<< not to mention one of the most lovely >>>. Chip and Gigi threw an INCREDIBLE celebration that not one of their guests are soon to forget… not just because they were in attendance, but because their entire day is featured in this months issue of Inside Weddings Magazine!!!
We are THRILLED for this honor to be bestowed upon one of the most caring couples we have had the honor of working with… not to mention the list of incredibly talented people who made this event a total knockout !
But for now, lets start from the top!Gigi was surrounded by 9 of her biggest cheerleaders in life! Her sweet babe, Rush, was obviously just as excited with his black and white chevron tie…
When you know you look gooooooood…….Gigi looked stunning in her FIRST Vera Wang dress of the day! Oh, how I love lace….Gigi, seriously. Such a stunning and classic beauty!!Nothing like a man in uniform! Chip was all decked out in his Army studs!
Their first meet…..
These two are so fun with each other! Chip is perfect at keeping Gigi laughing and boy, that’s a fabulous trait for a husband to have!Oh, ruffles and lace…….. LOVE!Hello, beautiful family!All the different neck lines on the bridesmaids dresses is such a great way to makes sure all of your lovely ladies feel comfortable throughout the entire day. It was also so fun to watch Gigi help each one of them determine which neckline to go with!
The men in their pin-stripped suits had nothing but love for the man of the hour! Needless to say, I did not have to spur these guys on when it came to having a good time!I love how Chip + Gigi found ways to make each and every part of their day memorable… right down to the custom lined jackets, different for each one with multiple fabrics and even their name embroidered on the inside!The guests were greeted by these little land mines of cute as they entered the church!With every guest in white, as Gigi came down the aisle, it felt a little like being in a dream. What a perfect moment!It’s honestly hard to find words for the reception decor and how it felt to walk into such a breathtaking display of pretty! Not to mention, it was such a representation of Chip + Gigi’s style and how much love they have for their family and friends to create such a beautiful experience. The head table had a floral runner of red roses that literally stopped you in your tracks! What a perfect pairing with the floating floral vases above and the surrounding ghost chairs. I MUST give a shout out to the Viva Bella Event team for not only creating such an amazing event but also for coordinating it in such a way to make the day run absolutely seamless. You never cease to amaze!
Marti’s Floral Designs is responsible for not only this incredible floral runner, but every last beautiful bloom at the event!The custom dance floor!!! And yes, that is a woman, riding a “wine bike.” More on her soon…..
The subtle sparkle in the black linens was a perfect touch to create the pop needed for this black and white soiree!
The cake was gorgeous with each and every detail a handmade masterpiece… Ileana with Sugar Realm is the grand master of this beauty!A last minute rain shower brought cocktail hour indoors. So, all of those detail shots you just scrolled through, were accomplished in a total of 5 minutes. We were SO thankful that we stationed Ted (my husband and lead photog as well) at the reception site while I photographed the ceremony so he was able to grab the shots before guests began to arrive! WHEW!I was amazed by this adorable contraption gliding through the guests during cocktail hour! Who has ever heard of a wine bike? Yeah, me neither! But IT.WAS.AWESOME! She grabbed a glass from the top, pulled the lever, and voila, a glass of wine with a twist!Have you ever wandered a cocktail hour looking for a napkin to hold under your drink? These ladies had a dress FULL of cocktail napkins and guests would walk by and pull one off as needed!Floating trays of hors d’oeuvres , wow! What a perfect way to make an entrance with a full wardrobe change! Gigi, once again, was just gorgeous in her second Vera Wang gown!Chip’s father surprised Gigi with a “father-in-law/daughter dance” to the song, “Gigi.” So sweet!As the sun went down, the lighting in the tent created such an elegant mood…If you’re going to have a custom dance floor, you must always match it to the bar.Our Live Click Photobooth was on the scene! Not only were we shooting photos but we had our video booth there capturing well wishes for the new bride and groom! The bride walking around in her dress with a turkey on her head…. LOVE!And it always takes the party up a notch when the gorilla costume makes it’s way onto the dance floor!When dinner was over and the dancing was about to begin, the band leader made his way to the mic and said, “Light up the night!” and immediately, fireworks began spraying from each floral centerpiece! What a way to kick off a party!I remember peeking outside to see these two ladies making their way towards the tent! They walked around the party and at a guests request for wine, she would press a button on her watch and the bottle would pour!And last but not least, the confetti canon firing skeletons! WHAT?!? It was awesome! They would randomly run into the tent, make their way to the dance floor and fire these canons over the crowd, COVERING them in confetti! They were so sneaky about it! They came in several times and it took us assigning one of our photogs to be a lookout until we got the shot!
What can I say? At the end of the day we had put in nearly 12 hours of work and when my head hit the pillow at 2am, I was barely able to sleep! What an incredible day with incredible people. Congrats to Chip + Gigi as well as the entire group of amazing vendors who made the day a one of kind event featured in a national wedding magazine! This one is for the record books!
To Chip, Gigi, and baby Rush…..thank you for making us a small part of such a huge day in your lives!
The vendors who made this day a HUGE success:
Event Planner/Design: Viva Bella Events
Ceremony location: Summit Country Day
Reception location: Private Residence
Caterer: Jeff Thomas
Cake: Sugar Realm
Florist: Marti’s Floral Design
Photobooth + Video Booth: Live Click Photobooth
Videographer: Studio Z
Cocktail Hour music – Gospel Choir – Adrian Cunningham
Cocktail hour & Reception Entertainment: Redmoon
Band: Endless Summer Band
DJ Cell: DJ Toad
Hair Stylist: High Five Salon
Make-up Stylist: Brideface
Stationery: Giddy Ink
Favors & Escort cards – Honey jars from the groom’s family’s onsite bee farm
Bridal Gown: Vera Wang
Bridesmaid Gowns: Twobirds