WOW– that is what sums up this wedding and reception!!  Working with this couple and their families was a perfect experience as a wedding planner!!!  They are all so loving and caring and we worked together to create an event for their friends and family that is unforgettable!

I know I am bias but they picked one of my absolute favorite venues 🙂 when they chose Historic 701 Whaley Building.  This space is breath-taking and you just have to let your imagination run wild.  Ashli and Jioni wanted a modern chic feel in this historic venue.  Bright colors paired with a more ‘fall feeling’ went hand in hand for this evening reception.

Catering was provided by the wonderful Capital City Catering– the couple wanted some of Capital City Catering’s signature items like the fresh squeezed lemonade station and their beautiful fruit tree.  During a meeting, I made a fun suggestion of having a ‘late night snack’ – later in the evening, after guests had been dancing the night away, Capital City Catering set up a new food station of fresh made grill cheese sandwiches (which were beyond amazing) and individual servings of their home-made tomato soup!!!  It was a MONSTER success!!!!

Ruth Rackley photographed this lovely event- it was just wonderful working with her again!!!  She had the opportunity to take the couple upstairs to the gallery and take some of the most amazing shots- I can not wait to share a few!!!

The yummy wedding cake was by Vintage Bakery!

We had some really fun elements incorporated into their reception- B.I.O. created a custom ‘photo booth’ for the couples’ guest to have a blast with!  Along with fun props- this was a hot item ALL night.  We also created two separate lounge areas and covered the dance floor with lanterns that perfectly matched the flowers.

…and speaking of flowers – Southern Stems did THE MOST amazing job creating a romantic feeling with a great ‘wow’ factor.  These flowers were so awesome- photos do not do them justice!!!!!!!!!

One other fabulous treat that we incorporated was a cigar bar- Jionni loves cigars so we set up a great bar outside with some wonderful varieties and of course a rich bottle of Brandy.

I want to send a BIG thank you to Ashley Brokop – she was working in 701 Whaley that day and was so very kind to come take a few set up shots for us- they  are included below along with our very CANDID shots…..

Photo by Ashley Brokop





Photo by Ashley Brokop


One shot of one of the lounge areas


Fresh  squeezed lemonade station


Food display


Photo by Ashley Brokop – one of the table center pieces.



Photo by Ashley Brokop– the other center pieces.


Candid shot of the ‘photo booth’


Props for the ‘photo booth’


Cake by Vintage Bakery


Photo by Ashley Brokop – candy bar


Of course- Children’s table….



Owner of Capital City Catering, LeeAnne, working hard on the ‘midnight snack station’ of grill cheese and tomato soup.


The cigar bar – B.I.O. had the brandy snifter already so we used it to float orchids and candles on this bar, it was a great touch 🙂