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Monday, January 23, 2012

Amanda & Josh

This past October As You Wish was honored to be a part of Amanda and Josh's backyard wedding. The setting was perfect! An open, outdoor ceremony followed by a tented reception overlooking the water. Amanda wanted to incorporate some fall elements into the wedding, and she did so beautifully! Take a look!

The floral pieces were provided by Daevid's and they were absolutely stunning! He placed roses in hanging glass orbs which hung from a tree, creating a beautiful backdrop to the ceremony.

The bride carried a bouquet of calla lilies, tulips, and freesia with accents of orange hypericum berries, lily grass, and green ivy

The centerpieces incorporated some of the same floral elements in tall cylinder vases, and the head table's arrangement was placed inside a hollowed out pumpkin. The centerpieces were complimented with dainty pumpkins and gourds which were hollowed out to hold votive candles, and complete the overall look. It was the perfect finishing piece! The tables were covered in ivory linens with a beautiful swirl overlay. Gold flatware, gold chargers, and gold chiavari chairs with ivory cushions completing the decor.

Guests enjoyed the station style reception with food by Sweetwater Cuisine. Everyone raved about the mashed potato bar, and the oversized clam shell ice sculpture that showcased jumbo cocktail shrimp alongside the sushi display.

For dessert guests enjoyed this whimsical fall cake by Patti Cakes in addition to her signature chocolate cake pops, which are incredibly delicious and highly addictive by the way!

Photography was provided by the amazingly talented Chelsea Lavere with Bit of Ivory Photography. The beautiful backdrop and natural lighting was provided by God, and Blue Steel provided the rest.

This was such a beautiful wedding, and we were so honored to be a part of it! We wish you all the best Amanda and Josh!

❤ As You Wish

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Abbey & James

Back in August we had the opportunity to play a part in the wedding of Abbey and James, whom we instantly fell in love with. Spending just five minutes with these two love birds would have you smiling and laughing along with them. Needless to say, after quite a few months of planning and prepping we were very excited when their wedding day had finally arrived!

Abbey took great pride in designing her dream wedding, and it was an honor for the As You Wish team to execute her vision for her. Abbey chose black and white with damask and hot pink accents. (We loved it!) The event took place at The Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Suffolk, Virginia and there were 220 guests in attendance.

The bridal party wore black and white with pink accents as well. The groomsmen wore white tuxedo jackets with pink rose boutonnieres while the groom had a pink callalily with miniature black feather accent.

Floral creations were provided by Palette of Petals and they did an amazing job!
The girls wore short black dresses with their choice of black shoe (love this!), and a white pearl strand secured with a hanging pink ribbon in the back. Another great touch, courtesy of our stylish bride, Abbey. Our bride carried a gorgeous hand tied bouquet of pink callalilies wrapped with a damask ribbon, while her bridesmaids carried bright pink clutches with a black floral accent. Our fabulous bride wore a stunning pair of pink heels.

While guests were enjoying hor dourves and the musical talents of saxophonist Jashaun Peele in the lobby of The Hilton Garden Inn Hotel during the cocktail hour the As You Wish team was transforming the ceremony space into the reception. The tables consisted of a mixture of damask linens with floral arrangements and damask table runners with candelabras.

This event was filled with as much love and detail as it was energy! The groomsmen, who were all fraternity brothers surprised the newlywed couple with an impromptu step show that was a big hit for the guests as well!

In addition to the step show, guests enjoyed a candy buffet and a gelato bar as the evening went on. The bride and groom had a few tricks up their sleeve as well, and surprised their guests with a nontraditional bouquet and garter toss!

There is a lengthy list of things we love about this couple and their wedding, but one of our absolute favorites is this custom piece of art they had created in their likeness:

And this little guy was a close second

Thank you to Van Gons for the photos

And this priceless photo of our beautiful bride Abbey seeing her honeymoon suite for the first time

Abbey and James, we absolutely adore you both and wish you all the best in your journey together! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day! ❤ all of us at As You Wish