Ali recounts her and her Prince Charming’s fairy-tale wedding and offers some beautifully sound advice to brides-to-be.
Location: Old Stone Church in beautiful downtown Cleveland
The Venue & Theme: We (I) chose this church because of its rich history, and also because I had finally found my Prince Charming and this is a fairytale church!
This was the second wedding for both of us, and we asked our best friends to stand by our sides as Matron of Honor and Best Man. I chose orchids as my theme because they symbolize love and affection and are just beautiful! The flowers were on our invitations and in the bouquets, and I designed my cake to have stems made of icing and fresh orchids placed at the tips.
Special Moments: I had many special moments, but one that stands out is being photographed under the gorgeous crystal chandelier in Playhouse Square. We are Cleveland born and raised, and we were so honored to be a part of our city! We chose Red Tail Golf Club for our reception because it’s a beautiful venue and has a great layout and amazing food.
The Dress: I had originally chosen another dress, but upon watching a “certain show” about wedding dresses, I realized I didn’t have my WOW dress. I decided to go to Nordstrom at Beachwood Place to see if I could find one that would make my heart go pitter-patter. I was greeted very warmly by Dana and as soon as she started to show me different styles of dresses, THERE IT WAS!! I knew then and there I found “The Other One.” My first “The One” is my husband!! ; )~ Sooooo, I tried it on and felt like a princess. When the tears started to flow, I knew this was it! Dana called Natasha to discuss alterations, since we had to put a rush on the dress to get it in a few short months. As soon as I met her, my fears of getting the dress on time and fitting correctly were obliterated. When the dress came in, Natasha had to work a few miracles to get it to fit exactly the way she wanted, but the final results were amazing!
Advice for Brides-to-Be: Just enjoy the engagement period and wedding planning, and realize it’s not a show but a love story: a story you want to share with family and friends to celebrate your wedding!
The Honeymoon: We got engaged at the Prayers from Maria Wine Fest in Rocky River last year, so we wanted to carry on the tradition and end up in wine country for our honeymoon. We went to California and drove the Pacific Coast Highway, making stops in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Napa and Yountville. We had such a fabulous time biking the Golden Gate Bridge, walking the beautiful beaches and tasting spectacular wines!
Photography by Bouncing Light Photography
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