Monday, September 10, 2012

Featured Wedding: Stephanie + Darren at Greystone Mansion and The SLS Hotel

A year ago today Stephanie and Darren said I do at the ever so gorgeous Greystone Mansion!  After the vows, we transported guests back to the chic SLS Hotel where they ate, drank and were merry in celebration to the wee hours of the morning.  I don't know where the time has gone but this wedding was filled with fun, incredible details and warm fall colors. 

Stephanie had a true vision and we were so grateful to have the opportunity to work with her and Darren and plan their big day. I've actually known Stephanie and her family for years, as we went to the same high school for a brief time and her brother Ryan was in my class.  I always love working with clients that are connected to us somehow and this wedding was clearly no exception to that as we went back almost 15 years! 

Together Stephanie and Darren are fun, playful, uber cool, stylish and just the right amount of silly.  They have stellar taste, amazing parents and love to a last a lifetime.  This wedding was challenging for me to blog because I seriously love every photo more than the next, Ryan Phillips you killed it!

So... without further adieu!    

 I absolutely adore their rings!  Darren's ring was so masculine but so intricate and Stephanie's have a timeless appeal that just fits perfectly!

 And of course the sparkly shoes that I did a shoe shot post on the very weekend they got hitched! 

I absolutely loved all of the ladies hairs, but especially Stephanie's hair!  It was so sweet, romantic with just the right amount of whimsy!  Denise and her team at Nine|Zero|One Salon exceeded expectations! As did the amazing beauty team at Fiore Beauty do like always with everyone's makeup!


 Steph and I share a love for amazing energy drinks too, so of course I had to put this fun shot in! =)

Shawna Yamamoto Event Design did such a killer job with each detail of the floral design and more but these bouts and bouquets were some of my all time faves!  So much texture and pops of color.  They just burst out at you...  

How cute are these cuff links too.  Details were seamlessly spread with love throughout the entire wedding and many were purchased straight from Etsy.  

I loved their first look.  It was so sweet and so picturesque and well... so fun!  Check out the same day edit below via Imagique Weddings to see what I mean!

These maids bouquet are a texture lovers heaven.  Everything from the callas and cymbidum orchids down to the pin cushions and monkey's tail.  Shawna even incorporated a couple succulents!  So swoon worthy!  And you can't forget the fun parasols below either! 

One of my all time favorite details were the topiary monogram letters below!  They reached a total of 7-feet tall and we managed to use them for the ceremony and then repurpose them later for the reception by the candy station too!  So fun!  Details truly were every where for their wedding not just with the big items like the topiary letters but also some of the smaller things like napkins, lemonade and programs! 


Their ceremony site  was gorgeous!  I love the romance of Greystone Mansion and while they only opted to do their ceremony here it was fantastic to have access to the whole site for photos. 

This design was incorporated in their invitations by Urbanic and subtly throughout the night, so we have course had to play it up at their cocktail hour as well. 

From a special 9-10-11 beer to a custom liquid nitro cart making delicious cocktails and avocado cotton candy!  Cocktail hour was the happenin' place to be!

This wideshot of the room is one of my all time favorites.  It perfectly details the ballroom too!  Modern yet a bit enchanted and filled with warmth!   

The Happy Couple had their own stage setup to hang at during various parts of the reception too, this was so fun and came out so well!  I love the burnt orange stage cover as well as the patterns on the backdrop.  This is always a fun addition as there are so many moments your caught on camera throughout the night why not make your backdrop a chic setting to sit at and truly relish your surroundings as you listen to speeches and more!

We also had little lounge pockets by the dance floor and the bar, this was so fun for those that wanted to sit back and engage or just take a dancing breather. 

Here's another room shot with a different set of lighting to modify the ambiance a bit... It's amazing what a simple modification of the settings can do right?


I loved the Mahler Carmel Apple favors and the little Etsy charm affixed with the custom ribbon.  So special and of course delish!


All night are bride + groom, bridal party and families were having a blast!  I love this photo because it truly captures that!  

Stephanie and Darren love candy but not just any candy, specifically gummy's!  So we created a candy bar filled with gummy bears, gummy worms, gummy lobsters, gummy penguins, gummy dino's and more!  It was amazing and guests just ate it up, literally!

S + D also had years and years of incredible history together, it was highlighted by fun facts about them, what they like to do and more.  We randomly scattered them throughout the reception and these were so fun for guests to enjoy and learn about throughout the night.  And of course eat custom chocolates as they did...

This is one of my favorite signs of all time.  I suggested making a cake menu but Steph took it to a whole new level and had her fun flair to it!  So sweet!


Vanilla Bake Shop made a super modern and fun play off of the different colored and sized dots from their invitation! 

After the cake was cut guests gathered round for a same day edit by Imagique Weddings.  This was an extra special one because it documented not only the big day but also, the rehearsal from the night before which was also super magical!

Here's a sneak peek from that!

And last but not least... a shared kiss post viewing!  

Such a special day and so nice to go back in time 1 year to the date and highlight all of the special details from it!  Of course it could not go off without the amazing team of vendors!

Wedding Production Team Love 
Accommodations: SLS Hotel
Cake:  Vanilla Bake Shop
Ceremony Music:  Espi Music
Ceremony Venue:  Greystone Mansion
DJ:  DJ Nahchey of Dash Entertainment 
Event Design and Production:  Sterling Engagements
Favors:  Mahler Carmel Apples
Floral Design:  Shawna Yamamoto Event Design
Hair:  Denise Bolanowski for Nine|Zero|One Salon
Lighting: Rick Barton for Kinetic Lighting
Limo Transportation:  Crown Limo
Linens:  Designer Specialty Linens
Makeup Team:  Fiore Beauty
Officiant:  Rabbi Steven Jacobs
Photography:  Ryan Phillips Photography
Photo Booth:  DG Event
Reception Venue:  SLS Hotel
Videographer:  Imagique Weddings
Wedding Invitations:  Urbanic

Happy Anniversary Stephanie and Darren, miss you guys!

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