Real Weddings :: Melissa & Tim’s Three Oaks Celebration

This is a wedding day that I was secretly hoping would never come.  Not that Melissa and Tim don’t deserve each other or that I could ever image sending anything other than well wishes their way, but rather because I knew that once this wedding was over, I would miss Melissa and I’s monthly, and then weekly phone calls.  I would miss scheming behind Tim’s back to line up a several surprises and I would simply miss planning this wedding.

Melissa and Tim have a contagious joy. Everything they do puts their other half at the forefront of their mind. This wedding day was filled with sparkling details, industrial romance and champagne. But it’s Melissa’s thoughtfulness, and the meticulous care that was placed in the little details that will have the most lasting impression on my mind. Champagne is Melissa’s signature drink, it welcomed guests before the ceremony and flowed the entire evening through. The table numbers doubled as notebooks for guests to share their best marriage advice, which will then be read on the corresponding year of marriage. Melissa DIYed drink stirrers, as a surprise for Tim, who collects them.  The list of incredibly thoughtful ideas runs on.

We wanted the entire day to feel very romantic and soft against the contrasting backdrop of Journeyman’s industrial space.  We incorporated layered tones of blush, champagne and ivory textures and accented it in rich greens to pop against the warm neutrals.  The venue is a very large room and can accommodate both a ceremony and reception setup simultaneously, which was our plan.  However, we did not want the wow of being ushered into a glittering room after cocktail hour to be diminished by guests’ wondering eyes curiously intrigued during the wedding ceremony, so we hired The Rental Company to create a draping wall, which would serve not only as the ceremony’s backdrop, but also as a room divider.

After the ceremony concluded, we quickly moved the chairs over to the guest’s tables, clearing the space and making way for cocktails and mingling.  Upon the conclusion of cocktail hour, the draping was pulled back, revealing long harvest tables mixed with round seating, a expansive space for dancing and an 8 piece band.

The best surprise though came at the end of the night, Melissa took a cue from one of Tim’s favorite pastimes, and surprised him with live karaoke—which blew Tim and all the guests away. The bride joined the band on stage, serenading Tim in song and the mic was then opening to others wanting to participate.

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Photography: Katie Grace Photography & Videography | Wedding Planning & Floral Design: The Day’s Design | Venue: Journeyman’s Distillery | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Band: Bluewater Kings Band | Draping: The Rental Company | Cake: Lovely, Too | Calligraphy: Lief Design

This wedding is also soon to be featured on Wedding Day Magazine, so stay tuned for that.  Melissa and Tim, I’m sending all the best wishes you’re way and hope you have a lifetime full of happiness.

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