Real Wedding: Chris & Lindsey’s Springtime Wedding at the ACE Conference Center

Flowering Spring trees, rolling green hills and tempestuous weather provided a stunning backdrop for Chris and Lindsey’s May wedding at the ACE Conference Center.  {Photos courtesy of Barnyard Photography}

Earlier in the day, before the wedding ceremony, the bridal party ventured out onto the sun-filled golf course for formal photographs.  Below, the bride and groom share a moment on the stone bridge located just below the ACE Golf Clubhouse.  The bride’s gorgeous bridal bouquet was featured beautifully in the photo as well, showcasing the Picasso mini calla lilies that Lindsey loved!

Boys will be boys!  Chris and his groomsmen chose a less “formal” style for their group photograph.

For the wedding ceremony, the bridal couple chose to exchange their vows in an open-air fashion on our helipad.  The views from this location are breathtaking, with or without the dramatic weather that hovered off in the distance!  It was as if the storm waited for Lindsey and Chris’ wedding to take place before it crashed through the area!

For the ceremony, we created a theater-style setting using white wood folding chairs, weathered gray urns filled with purple and green flowers and a plum damask-clad ceremonial table.  All 130 wedding guests enjoyed the scenic views as they listened to the sentimental sounds of a classical string duo.  Chris and Lindsey personalized their ceremony by including the Irish tradition of hand fasting, or “tying the knot,” as well as a unity candle ceremony.

The five bridesmaids wore short and sassy deep purple halter dresses with lime green ribbon sashes.  Each bridesmaid carried a mixed bridal bouquet of purple lisianthus, magenta stock, plum mini calla lilies, jade green hypericum berries, green hydrangea and kermit green button mums.

After the wedding ceremony, guests were invited into the Marquis Foyer for cocktails and butlered hors d’oeuvres that included mini crab cakes, chicken satay and mini meatballs. The bride and groom designed their own place cards which we placed on a round table centrally located in the hotel lobby.  On the table we placed multiple glass cylinder vases filled with water and floating candles.

Instead of a guest book, wedding guests were invited to sign a large photograph of the bride and groom which would later be hung in their new home as a keepsake of the day.

The reception took place in the Marquis Ballroom on the second floor of the hotel, the main party location for the rest of the wedding.  The existing round dinner tables were set with ivory damask linens, vibrant apple green satin runners, purple satin napkins and pine wood chairs.  In the center of each dinner table was an amethyst glass vase filled with purple lisianthus, green hydrangea, magenta stock, jade green hypericum berries, purple static and lavender astromeria.  The bride provided her own dinner menus, table numbers and purple favor boxes.

The wedding cake is traditionally one of the most dramatic elements in a wedding reception.  Ordinarily placed where it can be admired by all the wedding guests, the cutting of the cake is a highlight for every bride and groom.  Lindsey and Chris’ green and purple wedding cake from Bredenbeck’s Bakery in Chestnut Hill was the showstopper they had hoped it would be!  Having never seen a bright green wedding cake, the guests photographed the cake over and over again even before the actual cake cutting took place!  Always a favorite, the wedding cake was served on decorative “chef-painted” plates with alternating scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream.

Chris and Lindsey sneak out of the reception for a quick photography after a thunderstorm rumbles through and leaves a perfectly shaped rainbow in its wake.  Clearly a sign of happy years to come for the happy couple!

Flowers: An Enchanted Florist; Cake: Bredenbeck’s; Photography: Barnyard Photography; Music: The Pros


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