The day started with Russell and Joel getting ready at the Chamber Room and the super talented, Shang of Shang Chen Photography was there to capture the moments. I love working with Shang because she’s so gifted and just a genuine human being. Shang took R+J around the mansion for some one on one photos and the bridal party and families joined afterward. Turner Hill is one of my favorite venues to coordinate because the mansion has so much character. Also, Carol the Director of Sales & Event at Turner Hill and the staff are just superb to work with.
The ceremony took place in the Alabaster Room and the entire room was filled with love for these two people. Musician, Thomas Wible and his team provided the ceremony and cocktail hour music. My favorite part of the ceremony was when Russell’s sister, Katherine did a reading from the book, The Velveteen Rabbit. Joel and Russell chose this reading because it was one Russell’s father’s favorite book and sadly he's no longer with us.
After the ceremony, Russell and Joel were left alone for a private moment in the Chamber Room with just the two of them. No photographers, no family just R+J. Meanwhile, guests were invited to the library for cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres catered by Vinwood Caters. A photo booth provided by Shutter Booth was also available for guests to enjoy.
When it came time for the reception, guests were escorted into the Grand Ballroom. Flowers by Darlene provided the gorgeous winter red and white centerpieces and Jenny’s Wedding Cakes created the four layer wedding cake that was to die for. Customized bobble heads of Russell and Joel were used as the cake topper and I loved the idea. After dinner, guests danced the night away with music played by DJ Mike of MCO Productions.
For the guest favors, Russell and Joel hired me to create a custom candy station with some of their favorite childhood candies. Russell’s favorite candy was the Giant Lemon Heads while Joel preferred the Gummy Worms. Yuling Designs created the tags for the sweet table and they turned out perfect! Yuling really captured the old fashion candy vision I had for R + J.
Russell and Joel, it was such a pleasure to have met the both of you. I wish you nothing but happiness and you guys are truly amazing together. Also, a big thanks to my assistant, Allie.