The roaring 20's

What a gorgeous wedding we had tonight. The bride came in with a 20's Great Gatsby theme in mind and it played out perfectly. Many guests even got into the mood and wore flapper dresses, headbands and feathers.

The place cards were attached to Freixenet champagne bottles which went perfectly with the theme.  The bride collected brass candlesticks from antique shops and used them in the centerpieces and the mantel.

We added some pearl draping, candles and uplighting to the chapel to add to the effect.

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!  

The Beauty and Balaz

There are some people you just love to be around, right? The ones that are happy, smiley, positive and just plain fun. Well, meet Stephanie and Andy. They are just that couple. Their wedding was done with a lot of style and class; golds, ivory and touches of burgundy. It was always a pleasure to meet with them whether we were creating their invitations, Andy was trying on different tux styles or we were putting the final pieces into place. Take a look at how lovely it all came together.

Sweet Emotions

I enjoy weddings. I really enjoy weddings that the emotions are flowing, whether they're shown in smiles and hugs or big tears of joy, and that's exactly what I got to witness with Mark & Christie. From our first planning meeting to our last, BOTH Mark & Christie were always smiling and enjoying the process of planning their wedding day. And although it was a chilly, fall garden wedding, it was enjoyed by the many that attended.

Come rain or shine... a wedding!

Although the couple had planned to have their wedding ceremony in the garden, the weather forcast seemed a little unpredicable so rather than chancing it, they "tied the knot" in the chapel. (One of the best reasons to choose Aberdeen Manor is we can provide you a beautiful indoor setting in the event of rain...or heat...or humidity...or just because you decide to change your mind the day of!) Just before guests started to arrive a rainbow appeared across the top of the chapel. It was a gorgeous site!--just like the bride.

Black, White & Silver Sparkle

Anna & Joe knew at our first planning meeting what they wanted the ballroom to look like-- classic black and white with silver sparkle, and I'd say they got want they dreamt. The guest tables had silver embroidered runners down the center, black napkins and beautiful crystal vase sets or crystal globes atop a pilsner vase on round mirrors to reflect the soft candlelight from the votive cups. There were touches of pink in the bouquets, the pink votive cups used in the centerpieces and lighting behind the head table. Their back drop consisted of black curtains gathered with rhinestone bracelets and crystals hung behind from ceiling to floor. Anna wore a white gown with a belt and neckline embellished in rhinestones while Joe wore all black--both looked perfect for the part.

Falling in Love

It sure felt like fall today with the cooler weather and even a little rain. Michele and Brad made a good choice on having their ceremony in the chapel because it started to rain right around 5pm.

Brad and Michele wrote their own vows and they were some of the sweetest words that I have heard in a wedding ceremony, very deep and truly heartfelt.

These two planned their wedding while living in California.  The first time we spoke, I had them get on the webcams and see the ballroom set up for that evening's wedding.  We have had many, many phone conferences, emails and meetings.  I love their mix of fall colors and decor.

Michele and Brad-

It was such a pleasure planning this day with you!  I have enjoyed all of our talks and hope that they helped make your planning easier.  I wish you both a lifetime of happiness!

Megan

 

A Classy Wonderland Affair!!

Ok so I have to admit that when Al and Sarah first told me, "We want to do an Alice in Wonderland themed wedding." I was a little skeptical, but we all agreed that "touches" of Alice could be a memorable and unique way to go. Flamingo table favors, clocks, teapots and cups for centerpieces, a bold color scheme, their invitation-which looked like an old locked tombe. Even their officiant, Louise Chickie-Wolfe got into the spirit with a ceremony that had many lighthearted references to Alice, including her running in at the beginning with a huge clock, saying "I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date!" which set the tone and got the evening off to a wonderful start.
I think my favorite "touch" of the whole evening was that Sarah's Grandma Mary was the flower girl! And an excellent job she did too! It was darling!
Here are some photos of some of the highlights:

Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Jon Gasior!

Sometimes you just know... In Melissa & Jon's case, it was for each other & then for Aberdeen Manor. Planning to be married in the fall of 2016, they visited Aberdeen in January of 2015 and knew almost immediately that they would be having their wedding here. And for all of us at Aberdeen Manor, we are so happy they did! They are just one of those couples that you look forward to seeing every time you had an appointment with either one of them. I remember when I gave them the initial tour that Melissa had chosen orange and gray as their colors. I was thrilled! Orange is such a pretty color, especially in the fall, and paired with gray is beautiful; just take a look for yourself....

Playing Catch Up

I have been very lucky to be the wedding consultant for several great couples over the last few weeks.  Here are some pictures from their weddings!  Congratulations to all of them and we wish you many, many happy years together!

Mr. and Mrs. Reed

Mr. and Mrs. Gutierrez

Mr. and Mrs. Pajak

Mr. & Mrs. Sean Guy

Katie (Lawson) Guy grew up playing on the grounds of the Aberdeen community.  Once upon a time, her grandparents owned all the land that the golf course, Aberdeen Manor & the housing community resides on.  The Inn at Aberdeen was the house her father grew up in.  Having her wedding at Aberdeen Manor was especially special for that reason.  After marrying at Valparaiso University's chapel, the couple took some pictures before arriving at the Manor set just as they imagined...lots of candlelight, beautiful floral arrangements, a few specialty linens in champagne color, napkins in navy and touches of rose gold throughout the room.  It was breathtaking. 

All You Need is Love!

What an absolutely gorgeous day for a gorgeous couple! Meet Mr. & Mrs. Tim Rominger.... Tim and Katie are sooo in love! It has been evident from the first time they walked through the doors of Aberdeen Manor. Watch them for just a few minutes and you'll see them smiling from ear to ear at each other. They have both completely respected the other ones ideas and opinions, and each had a "say" in how they wanted THEIR day to be. Well, I think they did a great job! The ballroom was beautifully set with light blue and ivory fresh flowers, touches of gold and pearls, and colonial blue chair sashes-- all to compliment the girls light blue dresses and the groom in his marine dress blues. It was beautifully put together.

Mr. & Mrs. Nykaza

Our brand new ceiling decor made its debut at Rhea and Garrett's wedding. As much as we'd love to take credit for it, we can't. This couple came in with a vision, and we helped bring it to life. So do YOU have a unique idea that has never been done before? If so, share it with us and we can help turn your dream into reality! 

Our brand new ceiling decor made its debut at Rhea and Garrett's wedding. As much as we'd love to take credit for it, we can't. This couple came in with a vision, and we helped bring it to life. So do YOU have a unique idea that has never been done before? If so, share it with us and we can help turn your dream into reality! 

I love the growing trend of having a sweets table and just a small cake to cut. This gives your guests some variety while keeping the cake cutting tradition going! 

Thank you for sharing your special day with us Mr. & Mrs. Nykaza!!!

Love and Laughter = Happily Ever After!

I have always believed that the couples who have fun together and laugh a lot are the couples that will make it in the marriage game.  Alexa and Justin, if that's true, will be together forever!  What a great couple!  We had such a good time at their planning meetings, and their wedding was such a reflection of their personalities and the fun they have together!
They met because of their mutual interest in music, and that element was used through their celebration from the guitar pics on the tables to the beautiful cake wrapped in music.  
Here are some photos of their evening:

Really cute little table numbers!!  With music backgrounds!

Beautiful floral centerpieces by House of Fabian on half of the tables.

A small head table for the bride and groom and their Maid of Honor and Best Man worked out beautifully!

Great looking cake from Chesterton Cake Shoppe!  The flowers were actually gum paste--so pretty!

Soooo cute!  A real guitar case for their "card box"  Lexa really got her crafty on for this wedding!!  :)

Love you guys!  Laugh your way through life--it's so much more fun that way!  All the best!

Mr. & Mrs. Klisurich

Here's a look at Kari and Blake's gorgeous day!

This has got to be one of my favorite "guest book" ideas! The custom made quilt was on display for all of the guests to sign, and later will be used to warm up on chilly nights, while our bride and groom take a walk down memory lane. 

This has got to be one of my favorite "guest book" ideas! The custom made quilt was on display for all of the guests to sign, and later will be used to warm up on chilly nights, while our bride and groom take a walk down memory lane. 

We love the custom signature drink sign and table numbers! This is a great way to add a little something extra for a low cost. 

Adam & Amanda Bruns!