Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of couples planning surprises for each other and I am here for it!
We need to make that a permanent part of weddings because it’s always so fun to capture the first look at the surprise.
For my bride, Hayley, that meant a secret addition to her wedding dress.
Since she and Ethan were observing their religious traditions before the ceremony, she knew they were going to see each other all made up prior, but she didn’t want to totally lose the magic of that first look.
When she turned the corner for her wedding march, Hayley knew she wanted to make the moment she met Ethan’s eyes just a bit more breathtaking, so she picked out a gorgeous gauzy skirt overlay filled with butterflies as a magnificent train. Stunning.
As a whole, the day was a class act.
Hunting Hill Mansion, the location of their wedding has “old mansion deep in the woods” vibes and her vision for their day totally meshed with that. The couple envisioned a wedding focused on nature, with Hayley telling me it would incorporate ivy and lamb’s ear, small-leafed tree branches, timeless formal celebrations and accents like long candlesticks, pocket watches, gold touches, and a 1920’s ballroom vibe.
Sounds lavish, right? Like a romantic secret garden.
Well, it was all that and more. Hayley’s surprise was amazing, there was laughter and tears, and some total fairytale moments. Hayley’s mom even hand folded the origami butterflies hanging from the centerpieces. So much care and effort put into the celebration. At the end of the day my two lovebirds looked ready to start the next chapter of their lives.
Congratulations Hayley and Ethan, thanks for taking me along!
Dress: I Do I Do
Florist: TWIG Garden
Entertainment: CTO Music Artists
Make-up and Hair Stylist: True Beauty Marks
Groom’s Attire: Alan David
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