Today’s real wedding was my first ever passed along to me by an stationery company, and one of my favorites too: Invitations by Ajalon! See our interview with them, as well as our studio tour in their lovely Northern California studio.
Even better than just photos, they’ve shared with us this wonderful interview with the couple, Michaela and Adam. I’m loving their style and color scheme of their wedding.
Can you share with us a bit about your wedding and your inspiration for your celebration?
Adam and I looked at a few wedding venues before deciding on the Ramsey Golf & Country Club, which is in the town we both grew up in. It was special to us because it felt like home, growing up in that neighborhood and spending so much time there over the years. We knew that the picturesque 19th century stone castle and grounds of the golf course would be a perfect backdrop for our wedding.
Our ultimate goal was to bring our two families and many friends together to have a wonderful and fun day celebrating our marriage.
Adam and I are fun, vibrant people and we wanted to reflect that in our wedding. In choosing a traditional country club as our venue, I decided that the style of the wedding would be classic – but I knew that I didn’t want it to be cookie cutter. We aimed to put our own twist and style on every decision.
In our attempt to mix tradition and to personalize our ceremony to reflect who we are, my aunt who is an episcopal priest, officiated the ceremony. That alone made it incredibly special to us to have her involved. Our traditional 1st reading, Corintheans 13, was read by my brother. Our 2nd reading was a modified excerpt from Dr. Suess’s “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” read by Adam’s brother. Our bridal party walked out to Vitamin String Quartet’s version of Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” and I walked out to the traditional Pachelbel’s “Cannon in D.” When the ceremony was over we exited to the Vitamin String Quartet’s version of the Beatles “All You Need is Love.”
Blue has always been my favorite color, particularly teal and aqua. I picked a bold peacock blue for the bridesmaids’ dresses and let that be the color inspiration for the rest of the wedding. I chose not to be timid about my color choices. We used contrasting coral pink, orange and vibrant greens as our accent colors in the flowers to contrast against the blue. Based on the colors inside the ballroom, I knew that I couldn’t go overboard with the blue especially since it was such a strong color. I chose to spread it out through the chair ties, the small ribbon of blue fondant on each layer of our wedding cake, the candy table, and a few flowers in each of our centerpieces. I let the rest of the room speak for itself.
What inspired your invitation design & ink colors?
I always knew that when I got married that I would design my own invitations. Being a graphic designer, I’m too picky and opinionated to have it any other way. The invitation design was inspired by our wedding venue. The outside of the building looks like an old stone castle, so I wanted the invitations to have a regal look with a touch of whimsy. The inspiration for my ink color came from the peacock blue color I chose for the bridesmaids’ dresses. The formal look of the invitations kept them classic but the vibrant blue made it fun and modern.
What was your favorite design element of your big day?
My favorite design element of the day was the combination of all the printed material at the wedding. I was proud that I designed almost everything. The dinner menu, drink menu, candy table sign, and thank you sign on the gift table all coordinated with the design elements carried through from the invitation design.
Another element that I really loved was my bouquet. I wanted to stay traditional with a classic white bouquet which contrasted against the bridesmaids’ bright coral colored flowers. Attached to my bouquet was my “something old,” a cameo of my mother’s that she wore to her senior prom. It was passed down to her by my great grandmother and has always been a piece that I have loved.
Do you have any favorite moments from your wedding?
One of my favorite moments of the day was our first dance. We danced to Ray LaMontagne’s, “You are the best thing,” a favorite song of mine for a long time. During most of the song, I was absorbed in the moment of enjoying our first dance. Then I took a minute to look around at everyone around us. My five bridesmaids were standing at the side of the dance floor, arms over each others’ shoulders, swaying and singing the words to the song. It made me smile thinking about how we had everyone we loved around us.
What’s next for the newlyweds?
While planning our wedding, Adam and I also bought our first home together. After a year long search, we ended up finding a perfect house in our hometown. Since buying a home is now out of the way, our next big adventure will be to fulfill Adam’s life long dream of owning a great dane, or perhaps several if he has his way.
Do you have any advice for couples in the process of planning their own weddings?
Even if your dream is a beautiful outdoor wedding, have a plan B. Most importantly, you should like the alternative indoor ceremony space almost as much as you like your outdoor spot. We were supposed to have an outdoor ceremony overlooking a lake and golf course. Even though I had my fingers and toes crossed for months, hoping for a beautiful summer day, it rained. At that point you just have to smile and be happy with the alternative. You’re still getting married – and your photographer might just get some really great pictures of the storm rolling in! (Like ours did!)
It’s never too early to get things done and book your vendors. The first three things we did was book our venue, photographer, and I bought my dress. Shortly after that we booked our florist and DJ. We figured that the more we got done in the beginning, the better. We could relax for awhile after that and not have to worry about anything. If you’re doing any DIY, get that done ahead of time while you have free time. I procrastinated a little too long with many of my projects and was unnecessarily stressed over things that should be fun.
Venue, Ceremony and Reception: The Ramsey Golf and Country Club
Florist: Schweinfurth Florist
DJ: Steven Bloom Entertainment
Invitations: Invitations by Ajalon
Dress: Stephan Jolie for Bijou Bridal