Katie + Nick

Katie and Nick had known each other going all the way back to junior high. Katie had always had a crush on him. Her and her best friend (who is still her best friend and was her MOH), used to have a notebook that they passed back and forth between classes and they would write notes to each other. Katie still has one of the notebooks and her best friend has another. Katie’s notebook has pages in it where she doodles Nick’s last name with her first name and writes “Mrs. Katie Cahill” all over it… it is super sweet, and now that is her name!!! They used that same notebook to write their wedding vows in and her brother (who married them) held the notebook and used it to perform the ceremony with. During the MOH’s toast she read aloud a note Katie had written about the groom from junior high, and it was filled with the sweetest things, the MOH even had one of the pages framed and gifted it to them during the toast. Such sweet and personal moments from this beautiful wedding!

Venue: Park Winters | Photography: Capture Photography | Florals: Dixon Florist | Dessert: Freeport Bakery | Video: Reel Eyes Media | DJ: Function 45 | Beauty: Maple + Moss | Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals

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Stephani + Jaxon

Stephani + Jaxon’s blissfully romantic wedding was held at the immaculate Park Winters. It was a gorgeous spring day and everything was so perfect. From the weather, to the set up and all throughout the event. Everything flowed seamlessly while guests enjoyed the sights of the property, sipped on refreshing cocktails and danced into the wee hours of the night. From the moment I talked to Stephani on the phone I was so excited to work with her, she had such a fun positive energy. Seeing she and Jaxon together, you could tell how in love they were and they truly just wanted to marry one another and celebrate with their family and closest friends. They expressed to me how they wanted good food, great drinks, and an awesome dance party…and that’s exactly what they got! I’ve seen a lot of dance parties, but theirs was truly one of the BEST! All of their guests were so sweet and looked like they were having so much fun. Stephani + Jaxon, we wish you nothing but the best…keep the party going!

Venue: Park Winters | Flowers: Bloomers Floral Design | DJ: SJ’s Disc Jockey | Beauty: Maple + Moss | Photography: Carmen Salazar Photography | Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals | Transportation: Universal Limo


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Wedding Websites

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Fairly new, wedding websites are combining practicality with style to make us question how couples ever got married without one?! According to the website creating platform SquareSpace, the primary function of a wedding website is to be informative. Style is a bonus and helps set the tone for your wedding, but there is no need to go all out. It is nice to keep the theme consistent, but it is most important that your website is well formatted, simple, and easy to navigate. While the main focus is to inform, including a brief history about your story as a couple is a great way to give guests (especially those who only know half of the couple or plus-ones who haven’t spent much time with the bride and groom) a way to feel more involved and included on the wedding day. This section does not need to be novel-like or pages long, but concise and from the heart will do the trick!

A wedding website is the place to answer questions that guests do not necessarily want to ask. It is appropriate to go over attire, without sounding too strict. Letting guests know that casual attire is acceptable or that ground conditions may not be ideal for sharp heels is a good idea. Just make sure you are coming off as considerate and not just imposing restrictions or instructions on dress code.

In the past, it was frowned upon to talk wedding registries. Now, with the emergence of wedding websites, data trackers are finding that the main reason guests visit the couples’ website is to gain insight into the registry. That being said, it is totally acceptable to list your wedding registry on your website, or a link or guide to your registry! Whether it be cash, a no-gift policy, or something different altogether, including your gift preferences is not snooty, but actually considerate and helpful so long as you are tasteful with wording and listings.

Lastly, many experts suggest password protecting your website, or at least making sure you do not include any information that could allow a wedding crasher to find your location. As silly as it sounds, there are people out there who make it their mission to crash weddings and check things off their bucket list. A good story for the crasher could become your worst nightmare, and with a day as special as your wedding it is better to be more safe than sorry.

Happy wedding website making!

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