When I first heard that Steven Moore (a wedding planner/florist/baker/dress designer powerhouse!) was getting married to his lovely bride Jamie, I immediately began wondering just what they would come up with. I've been a fan of his work for a long time, and quite frankly, pretty much love everything he does. But when you produce spectacular weddings on a regular basis, how do you narrow down the choices, choose a color palette, cull through all your great ideas to find the very best for your own celebration? Somehow, he and bride Jamie did just that, and created a magical, luminous event filled with incredible details...a bespoke dress Steven created for his bride; the most lush flowers arranged in textural, artful arrangements; the prettiest calligraphy; French macarons...this is just the beginning. And the color palette they settled on? It almost isn't a color palette, but is more like romance and whimsy, elegance and warmth, draped all over everything. The stunning photos by Michèle Waite capture all the details and sweet, meaningful moments, and we have a GORGEOUS video from Junebug member Cabfare Productions at the end of the post! Enjoy every bit of it!
The Goals: From Groom, Steven - When we first got engaged
and began planning our wedding together, we put together a brief wedding
mission statement. We knew that we wanted our wedding to be beautiful.
We wanted our wedding to be warm, welcoming and inclusive to our closest
friends and family. We wanted every detail of our wedding to be
thoughtfully executed from the invitation to the final send off. We
wanted our wedding to remind our guests why they fell in love with their
spouse, and even encourage them to fall deeper in love. We hoped our
wedding day could be a celebration of love and the unity that God
designed with marriage.
The Vision: Although our style is classic, we also like to
be distinctive and memorable. We love beautiful things, elegant decor,
yet simple and understated sophistication. We wanted our wedding to
encompass all of this. We used shades of neutral colors to keep things
timeless, we added elements of silver and crystal to add elegance, and
then we contrasted the formality of the design with craft paper to keep
things simple. We are a bit obsessed with Ladurée,
a Parisian patisserie that first created macarons. We used their logo
as inspiration for our monogram, and then used their classic macaron as a
base for our design and even gave a dozen to each guest to take home
with them as our gift to them. We kept our floral simple, using mainly
babies breath, hydrangea, garden roses and anemones. We had multiple
cakes...some were iced with fluffy frosting and some were very detailed
with our monogram. Everything came together to be the perfect mix of
simple, timeless, classic elegance.
Jamie’s original wedding dress arrived to the local dress shop, and was
about 5 inches too short. With only a few weeks before the wedding, I
flew to New York, purchased fabric and started from scratch with a new
dress. Together, Jamie and I designed and created the dress she wore.
We were inspired by timeless classic brides like Grace Kelly and Jackie
Kennedy. It was a simple and classic dress, but using a unique color
for the skirt made it very distinctive. I constructed the bodice with
vintage lace from the 1950’s. Jamie’s mother and aunt came to the
rescue the day before the wedding and sewed the lace trim on the edge
of her veil.
The bridesmaids each wore a different dress showcasing the different
hues of our color palette.
The entire day was incredible for us, and we had so much fun. Our
favorite part was probably the ceremony. Making promises to each other
and to God in front of all of the people that mean the most to us in our
life. The music, our pastor, the vows, communion... all of it helped to
ground us and center what the whole day was really about.
We also loved Jamie’s sisters toast/ poem that she wrote for us. It was
definitely the funniest moment of the day and we will always remember
it. One of our groomsmen also did a back flip during the reception to
celebrate our marriage.
All in all it was a nearly perfect day for us, and our biggest wedding
planning success was that we accomplished everything we set out with the
missions statement we created.
The Pros: For more information on the talent behind Steven and Jamie's wedding, pease visit their page in our Real Wedding Library.
And...Cabfare's beautiful, sweet film of Jaime and Steven's day!
Pretty beyond amazing! And the follow-up? They had such a great time planning together (and they're obviously a hugely talented team) so Jamie has joined her new husband as his partner at Steven Moore Designs. They've been sharing their wedding planning story - the process, challenges, and details - on their blog Classic Loves Quirky. Check it out!