Mark Maser and Paul Ledwon exchanged marriage vows on July 26, 2013 at the beautiful Brandeis Mansion, which Mark and his family own.
The couple invited 16 guests for a dinner following their vows. Dustin Moorehead of Creating Atmosphere, designed the masterpiece dining table spreads with a beautiful display of exotic flowers and baby’s breath.
Each guest was welcomed to his or her seat with a flower corsage or boutonniere as a favor. Disposable cameras were also at each place setting.
Nathan Newhouse and several staff from Attitude on Food prepared a six course meal of a tomato and smoked Gouda soup shooter, a salad of seasonal mixed greens, chilled cantaloupe and peach soup, Atlantic salmon, braised Cabernet beef short ribs and Pavlova, a light meringue-based dessert.
Mark and Paul then had a reception for 150 guests on September 15 with an elegant Edwardian garden party theme.
NOTE: The Brandeis Mansion, which expresses a beautiful Downton Abbey feel with crystal chandeliers, silver serving pieces, ornate china and period furniture, is available for private parties, small weddings and receptions and rehearsal dinners.
You wouldn’t typically think mixing traditional New England blues with rustic elements would work…but it did for this Oceanside wedding! The sheer amount of flowers that lined the tables of this tented reception were simply spectacular. The details were spot on, from “wishing stones”, to mason jars, to a mossy green place card table. The collision of customary and earthy elements somehow flawlessly came together to create this amazing wedding.
photos: Molly Lo Photography
I guess we have a rustic, country chic wedding theme going on this week so far! WE found these images of the Willow Creek Glass Chapel. My oh my do they have a spacious set-up! After recently doing some remodeling and updating, this might be a new venue option to check out. They of course have the Chapel, but then they also have a barn banquet hall to rent out (with gorgeous new hardwood floors from what we can see!).
Couples would have to apply for a marriage license in Iowa.
Also something to note, they are having an open house on September 15th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Photos: Willow Creek Glass Chapel
So maybe you’re thinking that you want to change up your look between the ceremony and the reception but you don’t want to spend the extra time and money looking for and buying a whole different dress. Well, here’s an idea for you.
What if a necklace or different earrings doesn’t fit your look? Try a dress that can be layered with lace or a tulle skirt like this dress from Blush Bridal Boutique.
River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs opens this weekend (starting off with a two-week event, Loessfest). If you’re looking for a modern, yet very green, natural look, this would make a great outdoor wedding venue. The park is spacious enough to hold any number of guests and provides perfect photo opportunities on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge and Omaha’s riverfront.
Bride and groom would need to apply for a marriage license in Iowa.
From Miss Deco: The guys had played golf, the girls had gotten their pedicures and the out of town guests were arriving … everything was set to kick off our wedding weekend celebration!
Since we were going a non-traditional route we didn’t need to hold a rehearsal in a church. Instead, we had a few members of the wedding party, my father and our ‘minister’ (a buddy living in NYC who got ordained online) check our the ceremony area at the Durham to get a feel of the venue and how things would be laid out.
After the Durham we headed to Lucile’s in the Old Market (where Mr. Deco’s parents hosted the rehearsal dinner) to help setup for the evening. Mr. Deco and I had several decoration ideas that we needed help with and really appreciated all the help from both families to make our eclectic and vintage visions come true.
For the table centerpieces we created Picture Wreathes made up of the wedding photos of our family members and wedding party. We collected the photos and Mr. Deco scanned and printed out tons of pictures and my mother and a family friend assembled them. They were the foundation of our centerpieces and they prompted several laughs and really opened up conversations for those that hadn’t met yet. Next, we had our thrift store love title books that Mr. Deco glued together. On top of those were votive candles, mini wine bottles with fresh flowers (which matched our large wine bottles for the reception centerpiece) along with the paper flowers I made and glittered white mini pumpkins his mother made. Mr Deco setup our ipod with their sound system so we had the music for the evening ready to go.
After everything was setup at Lucile’s, Mr. Deco and I snuck off for a quick drink at a nearby pub for our last moment alone before the festivities really started. I highly recommend to do this if given the chance.
Once the guests arrived at Lucile’s, passed canapes began and the bar was open. We gathered the wedding party for a quick run-through of what the ceremony was going to be. With no children and a small wedding party that were all married themselves, it was pretty self explanatory leaving more time to enjoy cocktail hour. Dinner was a plated steak with grilled vegetables, roasted rosemary potatoes and a candied walnut fresh salad with vinaigrette followed by creme brulee for dessert. The food was great, drinks were refreshing and the company even better! After dinner, we did toasts and handed out gifts to our wedding party.
The party continued in the courtyard, where the weather was perfect for cigars and drinks. Lucille’s courtyard is wonderfully landscaped and sets the perfect atmosphere to stretch your legs after a hearty dinner and laugh with family and friends. The night was perfect and really captured our vision of our wedding weekend celebration!
When it comes to hors d’oeuvres sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. With so many options, and ideas out there it can present itself as an almost impossible task. You have to begin by answering a simple question: What do you and your fiancé like? I know it may seem like you should be aiming to please your guests, but let’s be honest…it’s your day! If your favorite thing is grilled cheese, go with it! If you want pizza, serve it! There are no written rules on what you can and cannot serve on your wedding day. In fact, I have seen more and more classic, simple foods served this over this past wedding season. It’s refreshing, out with the fancy stuff and in with the real!
Looking for some inspiration? Here are some of the types of hors d’oeuvres I just loved seeing offered to wedding goers.
Grilled cheese and Tomato Soup
Fish and Chips and Deviled Eggs
Hamburger Sliders and Chicken and Grits
Will someone please pass out Runzas at their wedding?
photos by molly lo photography
You, our dear readers, know better than most of the population how much time and effort it takes to throw a huge event. So you feel me when I tell you I am sorry we have been slacking on the posts this week leading up to the Idea Show. Trust me when I say, we have been working our kiesters off to bring you an amazing show!
If you can’t make it to the show this Sunday, watch Facebook and Pinterest to see what we are doing and how we are doing it. All our displays are designed to inspire and, more importantly, point you to how you can get it yourself and get it checked off your to-do list!
Since we were already in CB setting up the show, we were able to sneak over to the ribbon cutting of Bella Terre. It was a rainy, miserable night and still the property was out-of-this-world GORGEOUS. Here is our quick review of the venue:
-Dramatic views of the Loess Hills, especially from the ceremony site where the valley provides the backdrop for your I Dos. So pretty.
-Great entrance experience, your guests will drive through the vineyard overlooking the rolling bluffs and enter through the ornate double doors
-Great for having both wedding and reception
-Wine fridge in the dressing rooms. Giant mirror for the ladies, big flatscreen for the gents.
-Great patio, and did we mention the views?
-Every inch of the interior has been thoughtfully decorated. (Even a closet has a chandelier!)
Cons-The interior has a bit of a cheese factor, but it’s a wedding, so do you really care?
-No easy shuttle route if guests enjoy too much of the house vino.
Note: This is an updated post