Natalie slipped into a long sleeve, lace wedding dress and met her bridesmaids upstairs at The Estate on Second for a first look. Each bridesmaid was dressed in a different style grey dress and had their backs facing the stairs when Natalie arrived. On the count of three, all the girls turned around to see the beautiful bride. Screams, gasps, and everything in between filled the room as soon as the girls saw Natalie and tons of compliments were exchanged. Meanwhile, Grant and his groomsmen were outside of The Estate posing for group photos. The guys were dressed in navy suits with grey ties to match the bridesmaids and shortly after pictures, the two groups met and lined up for ceremony.
A cross decorated with eucalyptus and white flowers stood tall at the head of the aisle as guests took their seats. Once everyone had arrived, the music cued up and the wedding party made their entrances. Grant tried his best to hold his composure while Natalie walked down the aisle over to him. This was the first time they were seeing each other since they opted out of a pre-ceremony first look. In front of family and friends, Grant and Natalie recited vows, exchanged rings, and shared a sweet kiss when they were pronounced husband and wife. Everyone stood and cheered as the newlyweds exited the ceremony into cocktail hour.
Beer and wine were poured while Filet and Wild Mushroom Wellingtons and Fig, Goat Cheese and Mascarpone Tarts made their way around the room to hungry guests. Everyone mixed and mingled while Natalie and Grant were out with their photographer for golden hour romantics. Upon the newlywed’s return, guests made their way back into the Crystal Ballroom for dinner.
Tables were draped in grey and candle centerpieces were decorated with a halo of white flowers and greenery. Flutes were filled with champagne by the time everyone had taken their seats. Grant and Natalie made their grand entrance as guests cheered, then took a seat at their sweetheart table. Toasts were made and glasses clinked in the air as friends and family shared loving stories. After, the newlyweds shared their first dance, then dinner was served. A buffet of Santorini Chicken, Vegetarian Rotolo Bolzano, Red Roasted Garlic Potatoes, Grilled Marinated Vegetables, and Tangerine and Pecan Salad was unveiled as each table was excused to fill their plates. The menu was selected by the bride and groom during their planning process with our Event Specialist, Brianna. Guests enjoyed the food so much that some even went back for seconds! After dinner everyone hit the dance floor and showed off their best moves while celebrating the bride and groom, and just as the night was ending, Grant and Natalie shared one last dance alone.
Venue: The Estate on Second // Catering; Jay’s Catering // Photography: ARC Film Photography // Planning: CC Marie Events // Florist: Rebecca Shaneck // HMU: OC Beauty By Elizabeth