Shelly and Jeff were married in a traditional church ceremony at United Methodist followed by a reception at Lincoln Hills Golf Club in Ludington, Mich. on October 25. “We were comfortable in the space; it was elegant but not too snooty,” Shelly said. “We loved that they were okay with our dogs making an appearance. Not a lot of places were flexible on pets, and our boys were a big part of the day.” The bride wore a strapless ball gown with a black bodice and silk skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo and a pair of strappy high heels, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched long chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses. “Archie, our 2-year-old yellow labrador retriever walked with the ring bearer and Bear, our 7-year-old black labrador retriever walked me down the aisle with my father,” she said. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 150 witnessing. The ballroom was “spookified” for the upcoming Halloween holiday. Tables were decorated with white linens, feather centerpieces, black cobwebs, and candelabras, surrounded by upholstered chairs. Even paper bats hung from the ceiling! “My maid of honor’s speech,” Shelly said. “She has been my best friend for many years, and we are total opposites. She is very shy, and I was expecting her to be nervous and quick. It was so moving and hilarious. People who had never met her were crying and saying what a beautiful job she did. Leslie really nailed it.” A two-tiered fondant-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. In addition, there was also cake pops, cupcakes, fruit tarts, and popcorn. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t get caught up in every little tiny detail,” she said. “Everyone kept telling us this, and it’s such hard advice to take. No one remembers all of the tiny details, they remember how happy you looked together. If you get too stressed out, it will be harder to relax and enjoy yourself.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Thailand.
Adding Halloween-y details to an autumn wedding without getting cheesy is a daunting task. Everyone loves the child-treasured holiday of All Hallows Eve, but how do brides incorporate the beloved themes of the day into their wedding without falling into cheap haunted house territory?
The key is to stick to simplicity and avoid the severed hand section of your local party supply store. Remember, you’re adding details to a wedding, not trying to creep out trick-or-treaters. Here are a few tips to make your Halloween nuptials elegant:
1. Skip the Costumes
This one always sounds good on paper. You can picture it now – hundreds of friends and family in tasteful and elegant costumes, adding a unique and funky vibe to your big day. The truth is, most of your guests will not observe the “Costumes Optional/Required” note on your invitation, and you’re going to be stuck with half or more of your guests in stark contrast to the rest; it will often look disjointed and strange. Plus, someone will show up dressed in a diaper or as a recently deceased celebrity. Skip it.
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The theme of Juliana and Tony’s e-session and Wedding is Tim Burton inspired (Alice in Wonderland). The wedding is scheduled for Halloween weekend; sSet to the vibrant colors and dark themes from Tim Burton’s movie Alice in Wonderland, Juliana and Tony wanted to create a wedding unlike anyone else’s.
photography: D. Park Photography | make-up: M-A-C Cosmetics | red dress: Guess by Marciano | necklace with the face: Gasoline Glamour | clustered necklace: Betsey Johnson | shoes: Steve Madden | headband veil: H&M | red umbrella: Umbrella Heaven on Etsy | grey top: Guess by Marciano | purple skirt: Forever 21 | b&w dress: Nordstrom | necklace: Vintage | bat hairpiece: handmade from an antenna ball