Kyle Michelle Weddings Blog
We often fall in love with our couples, it's true. And Carolyn and Francis were no exception.
From the moment we met them at their family's home in Cherry Hill, NJ we knew that Francis and Carolyn were a perfect fit for Kyle Michelle Weddings. With her beaming face and infectious laugh Carolyn told us that she wanted a lively backyard wedding for her big day and we were more than eager to make her dream a reality. Believe it or not, it all started with a Pinterest board and the rest is history!
Flowers and cocktails and tacos, oh my! While we loved the process of planning the entire wedding, we were ecstatic to watch the entire day unfold in front of our eyes. The backyard tent provided a perfectly romantic setting for Carolyn and Francis to recite their vows in front of their friends and family and the invitations even doubled as fans - although, the last-minute fans we ordered helped a lot with the heat as well!
After the charming ceremony commenced with kisses and clapping, the guests were lead to the front yard for a fun cocktail hour to enjoy each other's company and, of course, munch on some tacos. Totally cool and totally tasty!
Carolyn was blessed with a big family - just look at that taco line!
We couldn't have been more excited to reveal the reception decorations to Carolyn, Francis, and their guests. While everyone else was busy enjoying the spirits and tacos, the Kyle Michelle team was hard at work in the backyard transforming the ceremony site into a proper place to dine and party.
In the weeks leading up to her wedding, Carolyn was hard at work completing numerous DYI wedding projects that worked perfectly with our plan for the reception's set-up. Check out the colorful banner pictured below as well as the table numbers!
And of course no wedding is complete without a ... donut? Yes, a donut! Instead of taking the traditional route in their choice of wedding dessert, Carolyn and Francis opted for a fun pastry that would compliment the backyard theme of their wedding. If you look long enough, you'll be able to spot the infamous bacon donut - don't knock it till you try it!
While the wedding guests were on their way back for their second (or third) helpings of donuts, Little Baby's Ice showed up and pretty much knocked all of us off our feet with their flavors. With chocolate salt malt, bourbon bourbon vanilla, and cherry hibiscus, our only problem was picking which one to try first.
Once the party started there was no stopping it! After dinner, the pattern for many of the guests became dance, donut, ice cream, dance, drink, donut, ice cream, and repeat. Carolyn's father put a number of hours into stringing lights throughout the tent and once the sun began to go down the lights allowed the party to keep going!
We are so grateful to have been able to spend such a glorious night with a truly amazing couple - we love you Carolyn and Francis and we wish you a lifetime of happiness!
When you think of Cape May, NJ (in the wedding world) there are some staple venues you think of; Congress Hall, The Chalfonte, Hotel Alcott and The Southern Mansion. Cape May is a city saturated with 19th century, Victorian Architecture that drips with romance.
I happen to be a tiny bit obsessed (ok, a lotta bit) with history, especially the Victorian Era, so Cape May is my shangri-la!
Meredith and John had their ceremony at the beloved Cape May Bed & Breakfast, The Southern Mansion with the reception at the Hotel Alcott. It was a flawless day with fantastical skies, matchless weather (for July) and an abundance of southern hospitality.
The Southern Mansion
Meredith & John at the Hotel Alcott before they saw each other.
John's family are Tennessee natives and brought the south to us yankees. It's been a long time since I have experienced that many altruistic people in one space.
I just love this picture of the bridal party!
We can not get enough of this fever for food trucks at weddings! Meredith and John had Kona Ice, a snow cone truck!
Thank you Meredith and John for letting us be a part of your gorgeous wedding!
This wedding is one of those weddings where every single element had a personal touch from the bride and groom. Emily and Mark really threw themselves into making sure every detail was perfect. Our first phone call with Emily and Mark we realized how cool this couple was and how magnetic their day was going to be.
As we started planning ideas out with Emily through Pinterest we saw all of the awesome ideas that Emily had and we had our fingers crossed that she would be up to under taking it all. Oh boy, was she ever!
From the insanely awesome Popcorn Bar to the self-made photo booth, kids table and eco-friendly bamboo tableware, Emily nailed it! And if you’re more interested in the dress, don’t worry, she slayed it in that area too!
The most amazing escort cards ever!
"And you thought that high school math would never come in handy"
The super amazing popcorn bar garnished with an assortment of toppings to make your bag all your own.
We just died over this kids table! And how amazing are favors that are homemade BBQ rubs?!?
Emily and Mark, you rocked our socks off! We had such a brilliant time getting to know you two and your families! We are thankful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of your special day and your planning process! We wish you the best!
Venue: Croft Farms
Photographer: Lauren Schwarz Photography
DJ: Lovesick, Inc.
Caterer: Rodes Catering
Flowers: Heirloom Weddings
Kristin and I fell in love with Ingrid and Sean-as everyone does when they meet them. We also fell in love with their families. We started working with Ingrid a year before she and Sean married. In that year’s time, we couldn’t get enough of them. Throughout the year we met several times at Ingrid’s grandparents house on Harvey Cedars -Long Beach Island, New Jersey. It was where the ceremony was to be held and it was breath taking. A view that only pictures do justice. It was a blank slate and we were so excited to get our hands on it.
Ingrid wanted a French/English vintage feel, while still keeping it relevant to the space-the beach. Their reception was booked at the Brant Beach Yacht Club on LBI, NJ-another space we could dive into.
This was one of those weddings where you just can’t wait for it to arrive, yet you really don’t want it to be over because then you have to say goodbye. On their day everything was perfection: the weather, the views, the details, the bridal party, their families and especially the bride and groom.
As guests arrived to the ceremony, they entered a pre-ceremony cocktail party-this was a must! With the views and the gorgeous ambience there was no way we were going to just have Ingrid and Sean’s guest get straight to the ceremony. It was a necessity that they got the chance to take it all in.
The pre-ceremony cocktail hour was furnished with an old dresser without drawers. Inset in the drawer openings were mason jars, adorned with stripped straws, for the guests to get a drink-a choice of tea or flavored water. In an old Sunfish Sailboat was a galvanized bucket flush with beer and bottled water. A driftwood sign pointed guests in the right direction and twine balls pinned with pictures of family and friends hung from a tree.
Incase guests didn’t want to trek through the stone in heels-flip flips were offered
As it was time for the ceremony to start the guests made their way towards the back of the house where the ceremony was being held
It doesn’t get more gorgeous than this.
People always ask you the question of whether you look at the Bride as she is walking down the aisle to see her face or if you look at the expecting groom to see his reaction…my favorite is watching the groom. As Sean saw Ingrid step around the side of the house with her father his reaction was the best we have seen so far.
He didn't cry, he couldn't do anything-he was completely in awe!
We truly enjoy when the wedding parties are just as much fun as the bride and groom. We are pretty sure Ingrid and Sean do not have any family or friends who aren’t stunning!
When we saw Ingrid and Sean’s pictures, everyone in the office almost fell out of their seats. We knew Ingrid and Sean were a beautiful couple but in these pictures they brought it!
The yacht club was gorgeous with the fall sun setting during cocktail hour. The tables were perfect with centerpieces of assorted mercury glass vases, candles and dahlias. The food, catered by Fleur de Lys, was delicious and picturesque. Each table was given monkey bread-a favorite of the groom (also his groom cake-made by his Mother-In-Law). And the party was lead by the most incredible band from EBE-Amsterdam!
To Ingrid and Sean, we can not thank you enough for allowing us to be part of your lives and your big day! We wish you the best and hope our paths cross again (that means you Katy!)! To your family and friends, thank you for making this day so special for Ingrid and Sean-we loved getting to know all of you too.
Venue: Brant Beach Yacht Club
Photographer: LindseyK Photography
Caterer: Fleur de Lys
Band: EBE's Amsterdam
Decorators/Coordinators: Kyle Michelle Weddings
Our first conversation with Tiana was in the very first days of June of this year. She really wanted to get married in October of this year but wasn’t sure she could pull off planning a Jersey Shore wedding from Washington, DC with out any assistance and/or in that time frame. She asked, “Can we do this in 4 months?” Yes, yep, of course, absolutely, definitely, it can and will happen!
Prior to Tiana calling us, she had found the venue where she and her soon-to-be husband, Brian wanted to get married but hadn’t secured anything or even knew if it was a possibility. They wanted a beach ceremony and a tented reception right off the beach at The Women’s Civic Center of Stone Harbor. Tricky thing with the Jersey Shore, they don’t always allow beach ceremonies. You have to find the perfect spot, get a permit and you’re technically not even allowed to put chairs on the beach (Whoops…some how chairs ended up out there.?.?).
All of our conversations with Tiana and Brian were through emails, phone conversations and one Skype meeting. We had never met them in person. But through the many, many emails of sending pictures back and forth and phone conversations to explain the pictures further-we knew exactly what they wanted: beach (nothing too over the top), with touches of fall (it was October).
Tiana and Brian’s beach ceremony was sumptuous. The natural wood chairs set against the Atlantic Ocean, the sand and the perfectly blue sky were sublime.
At the opening of the aisle, baskets were stocked with blankets for guests to bundle up with to fight against a crisp october breeze. Globe vases garnished with burnt orange calla lillies hung from the arbor.
Tiana was stunning in her ivory, organza, gown perfectly adorned with a champagne sash.
Bridesmaids wore navy dresses, choosing their own style, with pearls to match the brides.
(We love this!)
The Groom and Groomsmen wore light gray suits-the Groom with a white tie, the Groomsmen with navy to harmonize with the girls.
Mr. & Mrs. Brian Walters
We love when couples think outside of the box and do things that are less traditional and more unique to them. Tiana and Brian had perfect little touches at every turn.
When we saw these tops, we were immediately obsessed!
Signature Cocktails: Apple, fresh ginger, and cranberry martini's!
(We heard they were amazing!)
Who needs a 3 tier wedding cake when you can have copious amounts of cake AND pie?
If you're not a fan of cake or pie? There is always s'mores!
What else goes with party, beer, and dancing?
Who remembers mad libs? I'm pretty sure as children, everyone played a few.
A great way to get some good reads on your honeymoon? Mad Libs for your wedding guest book-yep, pretty awesome.
The day couldn't have been more beautiful; blue skies and cool weather (okay, maybe a little crisp). Tiana and Brian were gorgeous and are a perfect pair. We loved working (quick as it was) with these two. We wish them all of the happiness in the world!
Venue: Women's Civic Center of Stone Harbor
Design: Kyle Michelle Weddings
Caterer: Fleur De Lys Catering
Photographer: Spark Photography
Flowers & Centerpieces: Kyle Michelle Weddings
DJ: Time of Your Life Entertainment
Rentals: Rental City
Lighting: Light My Event
It’s summer time and we have been booking, what else, outdoor and beach weddings! Part of our excitement with outdoor and beach ceremonies comes from the ability to design the seating arrangement as big, as small, as traditional, as unique, as simple, as ornate, in a circle, in a square, on a boat with a goat, in a house with a mouse…wait what?? But really, it’s the imagination you get to use in designing outdoors.
It’s a blank slate…or sand.
Here are a few of our favorites and some that we have stumbled across and ones, which we hope we get to emulate soon enough with our own brides!
If your ceremony were outside or on the beach…how would it be designed?