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Megan + John

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Megan and John were married here on June 17th!  They saw the ballroom for the first time just a couple of days before the wedding.  I asked Megan to share some insight on planning a wedding from out-of-state.  

How did you find Aberdeen Manor and decide to book your wedding site onseen?

I found Aberdeen Manor through two friends and my aunt and uncle are related to the head chef.  They were all able to tell me how great everything is and how easy it was planning a wedding here.

What was the hardest part of the planning process?

The hardest part about the planning process was how stressful everything is at first.  Like where to have it, how much can we afford, who should we invite?  Once you get a game plan and figure things out, it will all fall into place.

Very true!  You have to bite off small pieces at a time in order to not get overwhelmed!

What was your favorite part about planning?

My favorite part of planning was how easy it was that Megan was there to answer and help with any questions I had, no matter how small or how big of a problem I had.  The biggest issue was the day before the wedding we had to move our wedding from outdoors to indoors because the heat was so bad and Megan said it would be so easy.  We even got to have our dog still included in our ceremony!

Aww, thanks Megan!  Our goal is to make planning as stress-free as possible, so I'm glad that I was able to help!  

What was the best part of the wedding day?

Pretty much everything!  I haven't been to a lot of weddings but this by far was my favorite only because our dog got to be in our wedding and she is a huge part of our lives.

She was such a good girl too!

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What is the biggest takeaway from the planning process?

Everything will work out no matter what happens just let it happen.  The week of my wedding everything went so smoothly just because I wasn't stressing.  I knew no one could control the weather or anything and I just rolled with the punches.  Also, always include your future spouse, I would pick out a handful of samples or ideas and then ask him for his input.  He and I would finalize everything together and it made it a whole lot easier.  I had no family around except him and it really meant a lot that he was there to help.  

What would you recommend to other brides planning from a distance?

I am a planner, and I had the knot app to help and it helped me plan everything out that I needed.  I even had everything planned way in advance.  The month of our wedding I made sure that I had enough time to deal with any last minute details and it worked out perfectly!

Such a great tip!  The Knot and Weddingwire both have great checklists to help with the planning and keep you on track.  

Thanks for sharing, Megan!  Here are a few more photos from their beautiful day!

Sensational Summer Weddings

Wow! I don't know about the rest of you but this summer was very fast paced for me. I had the honor of doing a number of gorgeous weddings (have I mentioned I love my job?!) and am now able to let YOU see them. Take a look at what we did around here...

Congratulations to all of these new Mr. & Mrs.!!

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.

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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

 

The newlyweds!

Amanda and Danny had their reception with us tonight and it was gorgeous!

The colors were pink and silver and I love how the purple in the flowers really brought everything together.  But check out this cake:

OMBRE FLOWERS!  Lake Effect Floral did the flowers and they were amazing!

These coasters are cute and practical!  The guests could put them on top of their drinks to let the staff know that they weren't finished.  They also had little match books that said, "Our love sparked on Match.com."  

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs!

Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Harnew

Congratulations Mark & Meghan! Thank you for letting Aberdeen Manor be a part of your special day!

Mr. and Mrs. Barriga!

Taylor and Bill had the most BEAUTIFUL day for their wedding! The weather was perfect and not a cloud was in the sky.

The ballroom was set with ivory and lace with touches of navy blue and purple.  

Blue is one of my favorite colors in this room.  It just looks so vibrant and pretty.

Their ceremony was performed by Dr. Louise Chickie-Wolfe.  Her ceremonies are so well done, personal, serious with a touch of humor and very, very heartfelt.  She puts a lot of effort into each ceremony and it definitely shows.  

Before the unity candle was lit, the bride and groom had their mothers each light four candles representing their life as a baby, child, teen and adult.  Louise added in anecdotes that the mothers had provided and it was really sweet and sentimental.  We did learn that the last two candles need to be tapers and NOT pillars.  It was comical when they tried to light the unity candle with the two pillars!  They improvised and used a taper candle together.  

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Barriga!  We wish you a life of love and happiness.