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Lindsey + Joey

2021

January 13, 2022

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A Sunday Brunch Reception

When you work in the wedding industry, you tend to form a lot of friendships with fellow wedding vendors and business owners. This means that a lot of your friends work on Saturdays and won’t be able to attend a Saturday wedding. As owner of Soiree Signatures, Lindsey knew she wanted to have an intimate wedding ceremony. She wanted the day to feel laid back so that she could enjoy it. She also wanted Joey’s four children to enjoy the day and knew that big ceremony combined with a big reception would likely not give her the low-key day she dreamed of. So she came up with an idea that gave her the best of both worlds!

Lindsey and Joey had an intimate ceremony attended by family and close friends on Saturday, followed by a grand brunch reception on Sunday. I don’t typically book weddings on back-to-back days because one wedding day is long enough, but I loved Lindsey’s idea of following up Saturday’s plated dinner reception with a big dance party on Sunday. Basically, she had me at brunch. Who doesn’t love mimosas, right?!

When I arrived at Crown Hall on Sunday morning, the thing that struck me first was the way the space had been transformed from the evening dinner! A large bar replaced the dinner tables from the night before and in the center was the most amazing floral arrangement by Revelry Bloom. It was such a beautiful focal point! As I started to look around, I noticed that the colors of the specialty cocktails perfectly echoed the colors of the flowers. Canvases painted by Kimberly Zukley, which hinted at the invitation design, were hanging on the walls. An amazing cake display, featuring five different cakes, was at the other end of the bar. It was amazing!

Fascinators + Dancing

Once guests arrived and the mimosas were flowing, Lindsey and Joey made their grand entrance to the reception. One of my favorite moments from the whole weekend was Joey dancing with his two daughters while Lindsey danced with her dad. It was such a sweet moment! After all the ceremonial events had concluded, Lindsey made a quick change into a party dress and donned a fascinator. Can I just say that I’m still a little sad that I didn’t buy a fascinator to wear to this event?! I love the ones that Lindsey had made for her bridesmaids. They were so fabulous and in such fun colors!

Another highlight of the reception was when some of Lindsey’s family, including her dad and brother, took to the stage to play a set while the James Martin Band was on break! The family jam session had everyone cheering and dancing. A photo of Lindsey’s late uncle was displayed by the stage in honor of his memory. I’m sure he was playing with the rest of the family in spirit!

As with the wedding day, Melissa Munger was there live painting a scene from the wedding ceremony. It was so fun to see her working on finishing the painting she began the day prior. Guests were amazed at watching the scene unfold, and so was I!

Lindsey truly pulled together a dream-team of vendors for her wedding weekend and it was an honor to be part of the team! I want to give a HUGE shoutout to my good friend, Toni Goodie, who second shot the ceremony day with me and to my right had girl, Regina, who assisted and third shot on Saturday in addition to second shooting with me on Sunday. These ladies helped me ensure both days flowed smoothly and helped me capture all the pretty details.

VENDORS

Photography by Elizabeth Gelineau

Second Photographer | Regina Gomez-Guillen

Planning | Events Detailed

Reception | Crown Hall

Catering | Bay Gourmet

Cake | Underground Custom Cakes

Florist | Revelry Bloom

Hair Stylist | Katherine Grant, Salon West 5400

Makeup Artist | Courtney Matthews

Bride’s Gown | Bliss Bridal 

Groom + Groomsmen Attire | Metzgers

Invitations, Calligraphy, Programs, Napkins, Cups, Favors | Soiree Signatures

Cookies | EllenJay

Artwork | Kimberly Zukley – Kimberly Z. Artwork

Reception Rentals | Port City Rentals

Entertainment | James Martin Band

Live Painting | Melissa Munger

 

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