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!
So you're planning your wedding and immediately you are transported back to your childhood of when you wore your mom's high heels, a long flowing veil and you married...you're brother. Or maybe not. Maybe you have no idea what "theme" or "color scheme" you want for your wedding. Either way, pulling your wedding together is a daunting task that can leave you feeling lost and confused. That's why you hire us...I mean, here are some tips that may help you figure this all out!
#1. Reflect on yourselves to find a theme.
What's in a theme? My favorite types of themes are those that represent the bride &/or groom. Are you an avid reader? Do you love a certain flower, perhaps a sunflower? Are you going for a BBQ theme and you have a secret family BBQ rub recipe you can share with your guests? Do you love beer, I mean do you live in an area that makes a certain type of beer and maybe you like drinking it too? Are you enamored with a foreign destination (that's for you Desiree) or maybe you are getting married in front of your coy pond and you are super talented and design your own invitations... I love them all!!!!
#2. Stay focused, and try not to stray.
This is one of the hardest parts of pulling your wedding together. And I'm going to go ahead and say what we're all thinking, Pinterest is making this very difficult. If you're like me, you would like 5 different weddings, so you can use five different themes, colors and even venues. Unfortunately, what we end up seeing is what we like to call, a Pinterest mosh posh, basically a mix of cool ideas, that don't have any relation. The key is to find your inspiration picture. Stay focused and continually keep going back to make sure it matches!
#3. Less is more or maybe more is more.
So you have your theme, it's simple and being simple is a complete representation of you as a couple. So, in that case keep it simple. However, if you're going to go with a theme, then go big! The details are what can bring a theme or color scheme to life.
#4. Fall in love.
With your theme that is. Make sure you love the colors you are using, make sure you love what your venue looks like and most of all make sure the man or woman you are marrying loves them too! When a couple can create a masterpiece of a wedding, they can usually create a masterpiece of a marriage. And let's face it, a wedding lasts a day, a marriage lasts a lifetime!
#5. Invite your wedding pro's to work together.
This is the key to maintaining a constant theme or color scheme for your wedding. When your wedding planner and your florist, your venue coordinator, caterer and your DJ are all on the same page, so is your wedding. If your DJ does not know your wedding theme of vintage and old world, he/she may in fact show up with a light show that doesn't work with the feel of your wedding. Or, when working with a fantastic catering company he/she will make your food, serving plates and display decor match that of your wedding. And your florist is key! Make sure he/she gets your theme, understands your vision and can make your vision come to life!
In the end your wedding should be about you, your commitment and the bringing of two families together to celebrate the love between two beautiful people!
Good luck planning!!!!
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