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‘She Is A Wonderful Woman, I Remain Focused’- P-Square’s Peter Okoye Speaks On Spectacular N150m Traditional Wedding

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According to Encomium Magazine about N150 million went into the Sunday, November 17, 2013 Peter and Lola Okoye traditional/engagement ceremony, an inside source has revealed. The lovebirds got engaged in style with high profile entertainers and businessmen in attendance. It was a ceremony that redefined high society shindig.

The couple deployed all within their means, and contracted the best wedding vendors for their big day.

The wedding, described as one of the most lavish in recent times, had Perfect Coordinators operated by the duo of Ngozi Akinrujoye and Omorinsola Arogundade in charge of affairs.

The planners, armed with the huge budget which included their professional fee, recruited vendors for the event. The venue alone took over N2.5 million from the N150 million, another fee of N1 million refundable fee was paid for damages. The venue, The Ark, at Lekki second roundabout, is a dome shaped marquee built within a well appointed vicinity. The place, fully air conditioned and highly insulated, has capacity for 1,650 guests for banquet and 2,200 guests for theatre setting. About N10 million went into food alone. Six catering companies were on duty. They provided all the variety of dishes. On stand were Kemabom Catering, Demo Ultimate Small Cohps, Elshaddai Catering Services, Aluoma Kitchens, Fingerlicks Catering Services, Hampton Catering Services and 12 Baskets Foods Limited.

The exotic champagnes and other drinks cost the couple N15 million, as provided by Bonix Drinks. Most of the drinks were imported from Europe specifically for the wedding.

The decoration didn’t come cheap. This was put together by Christine Itegbe-Ogbe’s The Wedding Guru. She came all the way from Abuja. Her company brought in crystals which shone brilliantly with silver and white and a little touch of purple. A lot of money also went into the couple’s attires. Peter and Lola Okoye dazzled in beautiful clothes. And for Lola’s make-up, Banke Meshida-Lawal’s BM Pro was called to duty. She got scores of thousands for her services. She was also responsible for the beautiful looks of some of Lola’s friends at the nuptials including their neck pieces which is from her Coral Reefs Collection.

Read excerpt from their interview with Encomium Magazine

Congratulations on your wedding to the mother of your children, Lola.

Thank you very much.

How does it feel now that you finally married her?

It feels great. I wouldn’t have felt better. To God be the glory.

How would you describe the joy of the day?

It was awesome, great, spectacular.

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How would you describe your wife?

Honestly, she is a wonderful woman. She has virtually all the qualities that every man would want in his ideal woman. She’s caring, loving, God-fearing, hard working – just name it, that’s my wife for you.

What are the sterling qualities that endeared her to your heart?

I just said that now. No man will not want to spend the rest of his life with a woman that possesses the qualities I mentioned.

Why was the wedding delayed till now despite having all it takes to be a husband?

The truth is that we have always known that the wedding will come up. We just didn’t want to rush things unnecessarily. We waited for the right time.

Entertainers are not used to keeping one woman, how is your own case going to be different?

Entertainers don’t keep one woman? I don’t think so.

Is there any iota of truth in the tale that your family didn’t support the wedding?

That is very far from being the truth. I saw some of those reports and was full of laughter. Everybody is just laughing because the reports are like comedy to us. Honestly, there is no iota of truth in the rumour. But it’s one of the prices you pay as a celebrity, so I remain focused.

LOLA GUSHES – ‘I’ve always been fulfilled with Peter’

How does it feel settling down with the man that means the world to you?

It’s a good feeling. I’m happy about it.

How would you describe him?

Peter is a very loving, caring and romantic guy. He’s somebody who likes to see smiles on the faces of everybody around him, and most important, he’s a go-getter. He has the spirit and drive of a winner in everything he does.

How are you prepared to cope with the challenges of marrying an entertainer of his calibre?

We have been together for many years, so, that’s nothing to worry about really. He definitely knows how to strike a balance between his celebrity life and family.

Your relationship with Peter has been blessed with two kids already, how many more do you intend to have?

Only God knows.

Would you say you are fulfilled now that you’re married to Peter?

I have always been fulfilled with him because we have always known that a time like this will come. We only needed to take our time and we thank God for bringing us this far.

What was your reaction the day he proposed to you?

I reacted the way any other lady in my shoes would react. I was full of excitement.

Congrats again Peter & Lola.

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I’m heading out the door myself, so I thought I would give you a head’s up:

Pretty Party Pub Informal Wedding with an Oh My Honey Dress …

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Following on from part 1 of Emily and Mark’s wedding this morning, I have their fun party wedding reception to share with you. They chose the The Three Tuns pub with a beautiful marquee for the backdrop of their wedding day.

Emily and Mark crafted so many of the pretty touches, from the bunting, to the fabric table plan and decorated wedding cake.

Emily looked so very beautiful in a polka dot creation by Oh My Honey, which she teamed with a pink petticoat from Petticoats A Plenty and veil from Lily Bella. Mark chose a grey tweed suit from Next which he wore with quirky scrabble cuff links to fit with the details in their décor. Oh so gorgeous.

Thanks so much to Emma Lucy for the wonderful photographs today.

 

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The Flowers… Sunflowers! It’s a bit of an in-joke from a family holiday years ago, but I love them, they’re so cheerful. My bouquet also had gerbera to get some pink in, and rosemary, tied with leopard-print ribbon – I think I knew that Mel from The Flower Smith was the one for me when she got excited about having leopard print in there too . The bridesmaids had sunflower wrist corsages on pink ribbon, with a posy of gerbera for the flower girl. Mark took a firm stance on not wanting sunflower buttonholes for fear of looking ‘clowny’, so chose craspedia instead, with some rosemary too. They looked brilliant, we had so many comments about how unusual they were. In the marquee we chose big enamel jugs of sunflowers for the tables – really simple but the colour looked amazing against the white marquee and pastel tablecloths.

 

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The Cake… From good old M&S with a little staff discount thanks to the lovely Sharon, one of the bridemaid’s mums. We ordered just plain ivory sponge, which was totally delicious, and I made and added the sugar paste bunting and polka dot ribbon. I also made the lobster topper (it’s a Friends reference!) – it’s made of Fimo, so hopefully we can keep it forever – some of the children were quite disappointed they couldn’t eat it though!

 

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The Details + Decor… The ceremony room really didn’t need anything else, it was so lovely with its high windows and wood panelling. A special mention must go to our beautiful car, which was loaned to us by my step-uncle from his collection – transport wasn’t really a priority for us, but he and my dad arranged for us to travel to the reception in his stunning 1930s Buick which looked beautiful.

For the marquee, a whole 200m of bunting was made by me – a real labour of love! It looked amazing, I was rather proud of me and my little sewing machine, which was a very welcome gift from my bridesmaid Leah. Each table had a different fabric tablecloth which matched some of the bunting, and I used a swatch from each on the table plan too, which was a plain canvas from Hobbycraft covered in brown paper. I’ve since had the tablecloth fabrics made into a patchwork quilt (a bit beyond my own sewing skills sadly) which is a gorgeous memory of the day. We also had table numbers which were made by my mum’s clever partner Martyn (who was also one of our witnesses), that I then painted in bright colours. I handmade the name tags using brown paper luggage labels and Scrabble tiles which we bought on eBay – we (sadly) get pretty competitive over Scrabble and it was a fun touch to use the tiles here and there. I think a lot of people took them home which was nice! In the barn we had lots of tissue pompoms and letter bunting with Fleetwood Mac lyrics, that I printed from a downloadable online template. We had a vintage suitcase for cards which I lined with some posh wrapping paper – a bit of a cliché maybe but it looked fab and made carrying all the bits home much easier! Then just lots of jam jars with tea lights that I decorated with some fabric tape.

 

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The Dress + Accessories… My beautiful dress was made for me by the very talented Louise at Oh My Honey, with the pink-edged petticoat from Petticoats A Plenty. I wore a headband from good old Accessorize with a birdcage veil from Lily Bella and my Nana’s pearl necklace. The little heart earrings were Accessorize too, I had a silver bangle engraved with some song lyrics that are special to us made by Posh Totty via notonthehighstreet, and Mark bought me a little silver watch to complete it all.

And the shoes! I think I bought about five pairs in my quest – I knew I wanted pink all along but went through a few options! I adored my Vivienne Westwood (via eBay!) pair, and then had personalised pink and leopard Converse for dancing later on. I did also have some gorgeous Joules wellies with me (pink too with big bows!) in case of rain, but the sun was kind – the last day of summer I think!

 

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Finding the Dress… I know I’ve already written about this one in a previous post, but dress shopping for me was a bit of a rubbish experience – everything strapless and horribly sparkly and in ridiculously tiny sample sizes. Our photographer Emma recommended Louise and Oh My Honey, and I worked with Louise to alter one of her standard designs, adding the sleeves and v-neck, and some pockets! I loved my dress, I cried when I boxed it up to put it away!

 

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Your Photographer… Emma Lucy – just brilliant! She’s a friend of a friend and had done their wedding which we’d attended a couple of years before, and with that and our fab engagement shoot we knew she’d do an amazing job. You barely noticed she was there yet she got some amazing shots. She also whisked us away for portraits to another location up the road – I wasn’t sure about leaving the party initially but it was lovely to have that little break from everyone just for a few minutes, and it resulted in some beautiful images full of dramatic skies and New Forest ponies.

 

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The Honeymoon… A wonderful week in Morocco – five nights in Marrakech in a quirky little riad in the old city, followed by two nights of luxury at Richard Branson’s place in the Atlas Mountains. It was bliss.

 

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Groom’s Attire… Almost as big a mission as finding the dress! Mark and his best man Ian ended up in lovely grey tweed suits from Next, with blue shirts from TM Lewin and ties from Marks and Spencer. They also had Scrabble tile cuff links made by an eBay store, to tie in with one of the décor themes.

 

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Memorable Moments… I was so nervous the day before – kept randomly bursting into tears! – but was just so calm and happy on the day. I loved getting ready in the morning, but the ceremony was the real highlight of the day for me – it just seemed to mean so much. Though the atmosphere was lightened by a) me nearly tripping over on a misplaced bag on the way in, and b) our niece Amelia (who is only two) piping up when they asked for any reasons we couldn’t get married!

 

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Advice for Other Couples… Have a plan – I was calm as I knew that everything possible had been taken care of! Try and spend a little bit of time just the two of you – our couple portraits were great for this.

 

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Credit Where Credit is Due

Venues – Bournemouth Town Hall and The Three Tuns

Dress – Oh My Honey and Petticoats A Plenty

Brides Accessories – Accessorize, Lily Bella, notonthehighstreet, Converse and eBay!

Groom’s Attire – Next, TM Lewin, Marks & Spencer

Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Debenhams

Photographer – Emma Lucy

Reception Stuff – Brock Ice and Disco Wed

Cake – Marks & Spencer

Flowers – The Flower Smith

 

Amazing! Thanks so much to Emily and Mark for sharing their beautiful wedding with us today. And a huge thank you to Emily for blogging all about her wedding planning journey on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings XOXO Lou

Leslie & Daniel's Make-A-Wish Wedding! | David Tutera

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Last week I had the privilege of creating a beautiful wedding for the most amazing and inspiring bride I’ve met in all my years of event planning. Leslie is a lovely young woman from Murietta, CA who met the love of her life, Daniel, just over a year ago while working together for an anti-racism group at their high school.

In April, at the young age of 17, Leslie was diagnosed with Leukemia. She was able to graduate from high school in May, but spent the summer in and out of hospitals battling her disease. Daniel stuck by her the whole time, loyally supporting her throughout her struggles, pain, and tears!

When Leslie was referred to Make-A-Wish this Fall, she immediately knew what her wish would be: to marry her best friend, Daniel, in an event personally designed by me! It was an honor for her to ask me to be involved in this, and of course I said yes!

With the dire state of Leslie’s health, my team and I dove right in to put together this amazing event. Leslie dreamed of a natural wedding inspired by the one featured in Twilight, full of cream and blush florals with accents of wood and moss but, of course, with some signature David Tutera bling mixed in! With the help of some amazing vendors and friends, we pulled off the wedding of the year in just two weeks time! There were so many great elements of the night that it’s hard for me to pin point just a few!

Seeing the joy on Leslie’s face, the appreciation from her fiancé and parents, and the love from her over 100 friends and family in attendance was a humbling and moving experience. I couldn’t have done it without the help of great vendors from around the country, and I would like to personally thank each and every one of them for their contribution!

This is the time of year (and, more particularly, the week) to give thanks. I would like to thank Leslie and her family for entrusting me with the biggest day of her life. I would like to thank Make-A-Wish for inviting me to be a part of such an amazing experience, and for giving this experience to Leslie. I would like to thank all of my wonderful vendors for pulling together to create this beautiful event. And I would like to thank my team for working so hard to make this happen.

Here is a list of the amazing vendors who helped to make Leslie’s wedding perfect. Scroll down to see a couple of special moments from the night.

 

Bridal and Bridesmaids Jewels

Embellish by David Tutera

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Bridal Gown

David Tutera for Mon Cheri

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Bridal Shoes

David Tutera Shoe Collection

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Bridal Shopping Experience, Alterations, & Veil

Panache Bridal

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Bridesmaids Gowns

TwoBirds Bridesmaids

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Butterfly Release

International Butterfly Breeders Association

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Catering & Chocolate Covered Strawberries

24 Carrots

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Ceremony Music

The Society Band

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Custom Mocktails

Paradise Bar

http://www.paradisebar.net

 

Custom Sign-In Board

Freshline Illustrations

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Custom Wedding Cake

Cake Cathedral

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Custom Wedding Lasso & Letter Banner

Angela’s Fantasy Creations

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Custom Wig

Hair Couture Designs

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Custom Wig Styling

Studio 6 @ The Balboa Bay Club

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Décor Rentals

Jake Duke

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DJ

VOX DJs

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Event Rentals

Town & Country

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Floral Décor Design

Studio Fiore

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Flowers

Passion Growers

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Glam Team

Gloss Makeup & Beauty Boutique

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Groom and Groomsmen Attire

Brooks Brothers

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Lighting Design

Amber Event Productions

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Linen Rentals

Cloth connection

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On-Site Alterations

Focus on the Bride

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Personal Florals

Fantasy Floral Designs

http://www.fantasyfloraldesigns.com

 

Photo Booth

Photo Booth Pro

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Photography

Ben Aguirre Photography

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Platinum Wedding Bands

Platinum Guild

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Printed Materials

Danielle Behar Designs

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Reception Dress

Prevue

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Venue

Rancho Las Lomas

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Videography

Kroh Media

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Wedding Arch

OC Gazebos

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Wedding Officiant

Pastor Norman Alexander

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This Beautiful Wedding Band Is Actually Made Of Dinosaur Bone …

Ladies may well get sparkly diamonds, but now gents have a little something similarly remarkable to flaunt: dinosaur bone marriage ceremony bands.

Reddit user Atari1337 posted this unique wedding ceremony band photo on Monday and it immediately caught our interest for the reason that of the ring’s uncommon materials: dinosaur leg bone, meteorite and gold.

It turns out, each ring is individually handcrafted by Jewellery by Johan. According to the jeweler’s site, the bone will come from the Morrison Development in Utah and dates back at least sixty five million decades to the Jurassic period. Price ranges vary from $450 to nearly $1800 based on layout and rings can be bought on Etsy as well.

Diamonds may be permanently, but dinosaur bones are just basic magnificent.

Test out some extra exceptional engagement rings in the slideshow below.

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  • &quotMy ring is aquamarine and chocolate diamonds. Aquamarine also happens to be my fiance’s birthstone, so both of those of us are in appreciate with my ring.&quot – Carla Vestal

  • &quotThe center stone of my wedding ring is a white sapphire and I really like it!&quot – Jennifer Bates

  • @chi_eats: &quotI received a sapphire yesterday!&quot

  • &quotMy morganite engagement ring. Could not really like it a lot more!&quot – Myra Mishler

  • @sociallizm: &quotMy wonderful peach champagne sapphire engagement ring.&quot

  • @schnepptastic: &quotMine is aquamarine &amp diamonds — she even sparkles in the dim!&quot

  • &quotThis is my moissanite engagement ring.&quot – Elisha MacInnis

  • &quotI have a 4-carat green amythest engagement ring in a white gold setting that I’m absolutely in like with!&quot – Kayla Harvey

  • &quotMy moissanite engagement ring.&quot – Lacy Langbecker

  • &quotThe most important stone is tanzanite, with diamonds surrounding it.&quot – Tina Kuga

  • &quotMy now-husband, Charles, gave me this tanzanite promise ring even though we were being relationship and our to start with getaway alongside one another in the Caribbean.&quot – Juliet Miles

  • &quotMy pearl ring with diamonds about and sapphires on the aspect.&quot – Claudy Ashlee Francois

  • &quotMy ring is a 3-carat sapphire ring on a band with two rows of channel-set diamonds. Would not have it any other way!&quot – Cary Queen

  • &quotGreen sapphire — a stronger approximation of peridot (his beginning stone) in a vintage location that belonged to his grandmother and the matching marriage band.&quot – Beth-Ann Wilson

  • @ShellySpithoff: &quotMine is a dim sapphire in a vintage location.&quot

  • @KBecciaPhoto: &quotIt’s a ruby center stone!&quot

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  • @KCecilian: &quotCeylon sapphire and diamond&quot

  • @kasidieCOcouple: &quotThis is my tanzanite stone with diamonds in platinum from @TiffanyAndCo&quot

  • @aliceinframes: &quotMine’s a colour-modify sapphire, grandma’s stone! :) #grownupmoodring&quot

  • @santanapoptarts: &quotA ruby with diamonds next&quot

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a winter wedding » Jeanie Micheel

Elegant, timeless, beautiful. These three words pretty much describe the first collaboration of Frieda Therés & Jeanie Micheel. We partnered up, to show you the latest wedding trend: a winter wedding in copper & rosé gold. It goes perfect with a hint of pink & a tat of black makes everything timeless. Ellen Kapalka, the woman behind the wonderful wedding blog Frieda Therés, did an outstanding job creating this concept! A beautiful couple, readers of Frieda Therés, were choosen to not only be our bridal couple but also our engagement couple. Two shoots, one concept. Just perfect. What I loved most about this wedding styled shoot? The knitted dresses by my friend & wonderful designer Sabrina Weigt of The Knit Kid. They are just absolutely fabulous for a winter wedding. Enjoy this shoot with lots of glitter, glam & love.

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Thank you all! photos: Jeanie Micheel concept: Ellen Kapalka for Frieda Therés engagement & wedding dress: The Knit Kid hair & make-up: Angelique Waltenberg Papeterie: Series “Glück” by Andrea Stähr & Frieda Therés. Obtainable by papeterie@friedatheres.com copper stars/garlands/tassels/wedding wands: DIY Frieda Therés, available upon request candybar & wedding cake: Nicole Ehlers for Krümelfee Zuckersüßes Catering cakeplate & ball glasses: Blueboxtree cups: Frieda Therés stars (black): Dein Lieblingsladen rings: Sarah Mia cushion: Frieda Therés DIY (available upon request) shoe clips: Perelle Papenfoth flowers: Blumen Marsano Berlin Location: Wirtshaus Schildhorn Behind The Scenes Photographer: Foto Kretzschmar Videographer: Feel and Film Assistant: Paul Micheel

BWW Reviews: BLOOD WEDDING Is Eerily Beautiful But Could Use …

It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. That adage often runs through my head, both in my personal life and in my work as a theater critic. It also runs through my head when viewing productions, especially ones like Blood Wedding. With plays not originally in English, attention must be paid to the translation. Blood Wedding, originally written in Spanish by Frederico Garcia Lorca, offers an additional challenge in Lorca’s poetic style. It’s not what he says but how he says it that makes Lorca’s Blood Wedding an interesting and engaging piece of theatre. While the current production at St. Edwards University manages to visually capture Lorca’s poetry, the translation by James Graham Lujan and Richard O’Connell is less successful.

Lorca’s play is an amalgamation of surrealistic and Brechtian theatrical styles which gives an imaginative and lyrical tone to his simple story about a groom, his bride, and her jealous former lover. Sadly, Lujan and O’Connell often ignore Lorca’s poetry in an attempt to turn Blood Wedding into a contemporary drama, and their decision to ignore Lorca’s brilliant and unique tone is troubling.

Director Robert Tolaro tries to add Lorca’s voice back into the production through some brilliant staging. His use of a flamenco dancer (the stunning and intense Hannah Marie Fonder) who pushes the characters towards their inevitably violent end is a smart choice which would surely get Lorca’s stamp of approval. Tolaro’s methodical pacing, especially the scene changes performed by the cast with slow precision, adds to the idea that these characters are gradually moving towards their inescapable fate. And the climax, where Lujan and O’Connell retain most of Lorca’s poetry and symbolism, is beautifully brought to life by Tolaro. It’s a moment where lighting designer Matthew Webb and costume designer Lucie Cunningham showcase their best work. Cunningham’s take on the anthropomorphic Moon-dressed in a white, full body, face-covering catsuit-looks like it’s straight out of Pan’s Labyrinth, another staple of Spanish art. The costume is both beautiful and frightening.

The cast, for the mostpart, manages to bring Tolaro and Lorca’s vision to life. The ensemble, especially the trio of onstage musicians, is fantastic, and most of the leads are spectacular as well. Guest artists Babs George and J. Ben Wolfe are wonderful as the Groom’s Mother and the Bride’s Father, as should be expected from these two extraordinary performers. George is particularly captivating as the protective, strong-willed mother. Brittany Allyson gives a solid performance as the Bride’s motherly maid, and Alec Esteban Cudmore is effective as the Groom, though the material doesn’t give him much to do. Anna Schultz and Jose Antonio Rodriguez are less effective as the Bride and her former lover, Leonardo. Schultz is constantly angst-ridden, fearful, and cold, and Rodriguez is always angry, even when declaring his love towards the bride. Granted, both play the emotions their characters feel the most, but they could do even more with the roles.

Still, the couple of average performances and the unremarkable translation don’t completely drag Blood Wedding down. Tolaro’s direction is fantastic, the design work is impressive, and the cast is largely more than up to the task. Given the bloodshed, it may not be the most pleasant wedding you’ll ever attend, but it’s certainly a memorable one.

Running time: Approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, no intermission.

BLOOD WEDDING plays the Mary Moody Northen Theatre at St. Edwards University, located at 3001 S. Congress Ave, Austin, 78704. Performances are Saturday, November 23 at 7:30pm and Sunday, November 24 at 2pm. Tickets are $17-$22. For tickets and information, visit http://think.stedwards.edu/theatre/.

Photo: Babs George as The Mother and Alec Esteban Cudmore as The Bridegroom. Photo by Bret Brookshire.

Beautiful Jewish Wedding at the Ritz! Sloane + Aaron! – Nakai …

Chicago Wedding Photography at the Ritz Carlton Chicago

Sloane + Aaron had their gorgeous Jewish wedding ceremony and reception at the luxurious Chicago Ritz Carlton! Jan Ehrenberg from Parties, Events & More did a phenomenal job coordinating everything! Sloane had the words, Vintage Elegance to help guide her thoughts throughout. Great job on the wedding florals, decor and Chuppah, Richard Remiard Designs! It was great to see Caroline Shaw, The Wedding Dresser helping Sloane throughout the day. And another great job by Cynde from Cynde Cosmetics.

We took most of their creative portraits at the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MCA) as their tress were just the perfect fall colors! Here’s one of my favorites with the fall foliage!


Sloane’s beautiful wedding dress from Israeli gown designer, Galia Lahav. I was able to use a reflection off of a table to create this wedding dress photo! You have got to see more of this wedding dress, the details from Galia Lahav are amazing! Be sure to scroll down for more photos!


Her wedding shoes with her Galia Lahav wedding gown in the reflection-


A photo of their wedding rings with some Ritz Carlton Bride and Groom stationary


Cynde applying Sloane’s makeup


Mom and Caroline, The Wedding Dresser, helping with the finishing touches!


We had some sun reflecting off of the John Hancock, so I wanted to incorporate some sun flare into her wedding portrait


Love this picture of Sloane with her birdcage veil. This photo has such an editorial feel- so timeless!


I wanted to reuse that reflection in her Ritz Carlton suite-


Another picture with the birdcage and those lashes!


Sloane opted to have a vintage brooch instead of a wedding bouquet-


Her bridesmaids had bouquets filled with roses and vintage brooches


Thanks to Tom for second shooting, he documented Aaron getting ready-



Richard Remiard Designs boutonniere


A relaxed groom- love this classic portrait of Aaron!


I don’t normally post ‘first look’ wedding photos on the blog, but I really wanted to share these two photos- We did their first look in the Ritz Carlton lobby


Aaron’s emotional response to seeing his beautiful bride- this moment lasted a fraction of a second…and they have this wedding photo to remember it forever!


And Sloane’s face…she is glowing! They can’t wait to get married!


One last photo in the Ritz Carlton lobby before we headed out for some creative portraits!


Chicago Museum of Contemporary Arts Fall Wedding Photos (MCA)

We headed across the street to the MCA for their wedding photos. I saw the reflecting sun on the walls of the MCA and thought it looked surreal…almost like reflections of water- I also love the juxtaposition of the cold, sterile concrete with their warm embrace. I also love the strong lines and geometric shapes…circles, triangles & rectangles


The Museum of Contemporary Arts has a courtyard that had the most PERFECT FALL COLORS! There was this large yellow Ginko tree that we had to take pictures with! I love all the leading lines of the tree branches that point to the bride and groom!


The large bridal party for a photo on the stairs of the MCA


Sloane & Aaron in front of another tree with gorgeous fall colors!


Love their smiles & laugh surrounded by the fall colors!


Since we are in the city of Chicago, I wanted to incorporate a little of our famous Chicago skyline by getting the John Hancock into this wedding picture!


One of my favorites from the day – They look stunning! I love their look and the fall reds and yellows behind them!


We took some bridal party photos inside of a Chicago fire station! They even turned on the siren lights! It’s my first time shooting inside of a fire station – Thanks to the Chicago Fire Dept!


Groomsmen photo with the fire truck-



One more huge bridal party with some Ritz Carlton signage! Freestyle!


Since the sun was beginning to set, I wanted to take a couple photos at night- I love the editorial feel of this photo-


This photo makes me smile just looking at it =)


Jewish Wedding Ceremony – Ketubah Signing

Back in side the Ritz, the family had gathered for the Ketubah signing, a prewedding Jewish tradition.


Their rabbi signing the Ketubah with the happy & excited mothers looking on! There were some fun moments with the breaking of the plate, but I’m saving those for their wedding slideshow that will be here on the blog in a few weeks!


Richard Remiard Designs knocked their Chuppah out of the park by transforming the Ritz Carlton ballroom into this gorgeous wedding ceremony room!



Love this photo of Sloane as she walks into the room- and I love the detail on the back of her wedding gown!


An emotional moment with her father-


Sharing a laugh during the exchange of rings!



I caught this reflection in a mirrored table for this picture


Aaron snuck this kiss in during their wedding ceremony.


A Jewish tradition is the “breaking of the glass” – Mazel Tov!


Ritz Carlton Wedding Reception Wedding Pictures

Jan from Parties, Events & More did a wonderful job with the ‘card table’ – a board with handwritten name tags, attached to a vintage skeleton key! And not to mention the large skeleton key on top of the vintage frame!



Wonderful centerpieces from Richard Remiard Designs


I love the details on the menu card-


A photo of the two large centerpieces for the wedding


Sweet heart table


First dance photo!


Having fun during their choreographed first dance!



A funny cake cutting photo – somehow there is cake on Sloanes fork AND in Aaron’s mouth – caught in the act!


It’s a Jewish tradition to honor the parents when the last of their children are married – congrats to Sloane’s parents!


Traditional Jewish dancing, the Horah, is so much fun to photograph!



Captured this photo the moment before Aaron went flying off! After this Aaron made sure to get a couple more guys to help balance out the chair!


Aaron and his brother-


A picture of the women in the bride’s family dancing on the stage!


Cupcakes to take home! There were so many different flavors to choose from!


The after party room in the Ritz Carlton! Jan and her team had set up these snacks!


Thanks again to Sloane + Aaron for having me as your wedding photographer! So many great moments and wonderful Jewish traditions! We couldn’t have asked for better fall colors or a better venue than the Ritz Carlton Chicago! Fantastic job to Jan & her team for making everything flow smoothly!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny

Friday Fresh Squeeze #115 | Floridian Weddings

Truth moment: I’ve been dreading this weekend for a while now. That is, until yesterday when Laura picked me up for an afternoon of mani/pedi’s and a little happy hour treatment. You see, this is the last weekend of my twenties. On Monday I turn the big 3-0. After our day together, I’m feeling pretty proud, self-assured, and not gonna lie…my bold blue nails totally rock. Bring on a new decade!


WHAT WE’RE LOVING THIS WEEK


tuxes at a beach wedding / photo: lesliehollingsworth.com

As a wedding blog editor, it seems almost unheard of that there are venues nearby that I never knew of, let alone ones this gorgeous! The Mansion at Tuckahoe is nestled on the intracoastal in Martin County and has Mediterranean architecture and rolling green lawns. When I was browsing our Faves’ sites, I came across Leslie’s recent trip to South Florida where she captured Andrew and Ashley’s beautiful wedding at the mansion. You see? This is why we love Florida. Tuxes and palm trees. So awesome.



Loving the two looks Becca’s bride-to-be chose for her e-sesh: fancy sparkles & casual chambray.

The shades of green, ivory and gold that Shea selected to compose these stunning garden florals take my breath away. Beautiful.

Hannah kicked-off our Floridian Social series with a little stroll and coffee around Lake Worth.

When so many of our Faves collaborate, gorgeousness happens by way of this violet vegan wedding. Awesome work Miranda, Unearthed Vintage, Earth & Sugar, and Anthology Co.!

Denise’s pink and yellow invitation suite looks like candy wrappers! So sweet!




This Keys groom loved sweets so much his caterer provided a candy bar, cookies with milk in flutes, and wedding cake!


We’re not just bloggers ’round here. We can throw a pretty rad party, too.


Seems like everyone is getting a shiny new look lately! Did you see the new Everygirl and Le Magnifique?


Okay, so I was happy with the 10 degree drop in temperature here until I saw this absolutely jaw-dropping Colorado Fall wedding. Those golden colors are radiant!


By now, you all know we’re suckers for bold color palettes and artistic photography. Enter, Australia’s Hitched Magazine with all of its fashion forward, colorful indie perfection now joining us in the States. Want!




HAPPENINGS & EVENTS

Sunday, Dec. 8th: Meet Shea and create a fabulous Holiday Floral Wreath or Arrangement at her class in Jacksonville.

Saturday, Nov. 23rd: FIU welcomes the South Florida BrewFest and over 75 craft breweries to its campus.

Starting Thursday, Dec. 5th: Miami’s Art Basel takes over the beach for three days of visual arts bliss.


WELCOME TO OUR NEW VENDOR GUIDE MEMBERS / SPONSORS!


We can’t say enough good things about the guys in the Chillula band. We’re such fans and know that they’ll add spice to any party whether you want a solo singer/guitarist or full six piece band.


Chrissy and Nicki of Vitalic Photo are truly one of the greatest photography teams to work with. We’ve collaborated on three occasions now! They creatively capture the true emotion and beauty of your wedding day and are experts in the natural light department.


One of my all-time favorite spots in downtown West Palm, The Blind Monk is a friendly and sophisticated joint serving wine, craft beer, artisanal cheese, and small plates. It’s perfect for an intimate bridal shower or welcome reception and, of course, a great Happy Hour location.


Not only is working with Eynat and Jen a dream, AFR’s exquisite furniture rental options are the answer to so many cozy seating questions, too. Personally, I love their modern and industrial options.


We hope you all have a wonderful weekend filled with good times and amazing friends. If you’re doing something super fun, tell us about it! Use #floridiansocial and follow us @floridianwed! xo



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The Bride Diaries: Mel's Rustic Patterns & Pastels Wedding Part 1 …

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WWW real bride Melissa married Rob back in August and I am too excited to share their beautiful wedding day in 2 parts today :-)

Mel and Rob planned their Ireland wedding set at Coolbawn Quay from abroad and had a 4 day holiday before the wedding to allow their families to bond. With a vision of a pastel, rustic and patterned wedding day they selected the most stylish attire.

Mel looked incredible in her Claire Pettibone dress, with Whichgoose flower crown and natural hair. Rob wore chinos, a Paul Smith jacket, home made bow tie and quirky buttonhole with his grooms men in coordinating outfits. The bridesmaids looked super pretty in mismatched pastel dresses too.

Wow wee!

Thanks so much to Campbell Photography for sharing their amazing images with us today.

 

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The Proposal… Rob proposed on New Year’s Eve 2011. We had gone to Primrose Hill (one of my favourite places in London) to watch the fireworks over the Thames and he got down on one knee as the clock struck midnight. Cue hysterical crying from me! The ring was a beautiful antique sapphire and diamond cluster that dates from approximately 1900. Once I’d gotten over the shock (although in truth I didn’t recover for months!) we took a taxi to meet our friends at a bar in Shoreditch where we partied for a few hours, before hopping on Boris Bikes to cycle home at 5am in the morning. Good times!

 

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The Vision for the Day… We’re a pretty relaxed pair so we just wanted a day that felt quite chilled out, but would be lots of fun for all our friends and family. With Rob’s family flying over from New Zealand, we decided to turn our wedding into a bit of a holiday and 16 of us arrived in Tipperary four days before the wedding so that both sides could bond before the big day itself. This was a huge success, I’m pretty sure we nearly drank the local village pub dry! But it was the perfect build up to the day and some wonderful new friendships were formed.

When it came to style, I think our both our tastes leaned towards a vintage/rustic aesthetic. Although there was no distinctive colour palette, pastels and patterns – such as gingham, stripes and florals – started to emerge early on and in the end we just went with whatever we liked the look of. Pretty much none of the décor and outfits were seen together until the day so it could have been a disaster. But everything just seemed to click together perfectly, phew!

 

 

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Groom’s Attire… Rob’s jacket was by Paul Smith and was purchased from Terminal 5 at Heathrow, which was pretty typical of our way of picking up things on the fly. He is a keen bow tie wearer but was a bit disappointed by the dearth of bow ties available in the UK and unimpressed by the quality of those imported from the U.S. So he proceeded to make his own, kitting out the entire bridal party and numerous family members in his own distinctive neckties.

The groomsmen’s shoes were from ASOS, trousers from H&M and the jackets were from Austin Reed. As a little thank you present Rob bought the groomsmen old-school shaving kits made in Ireland that smelt amazing. I gave my bridesmaids pretty teacups with cute little tins of tea from Fortnum & Mason.

 

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The Planning Process… We were engaged for about eight months before we started booking suppliers. In the meantime, I had been devouring wedding blogs on a daily basis (thank you Whimsical Wonderland Weddings!) so I had started to form an idea of what I liked and what I didn’t, which I kept track of using Pinterest. Luckily Rob was on the same page and we forged ahead. Planning from abroad meant we were unable to see lots of our suppliers face-to-face until the day itself, so although it sounds a bit risky, if I had a good gut feeling about them, I just booked them and moved on to the next thing! We had most of the major things sorted by about six months in advance and from then we worked on the décor and details, which was a lot of fun. Generally I really loved planning it all, it was so much fun to be so creative every day and I’m still reading wedding blogs!

 

 

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Budget…  My parents contributed the largest share of our wedding costs, about half, while me and Rob and Rob’s dad took care of the rest.

 

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The Readings + Music… Because we had a Catholic ceremony, all our readings were religious. We chose A faithful friend is the elixir of life from the Old Testament and If I am without love, it will do me no good whatever from the New Testament.

During the signing of the register, the band sung Pokarekare Ana, which was much appreciated by the kiwis!

For our first dance we chose Fresh Feeling by Eels. We didn’t have a specific song that we felt represented us so during our engagement we listened out for songs that we liked and put them into a Spotify playlist. This one emerged as our favourite; we loved the melody and lyrics and it now brings back wonderful memories of lazy weekends wedding planning with my husband, as well as the dance itself!

 

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The Dress + Accessories… My dress was Queen Anne’s Lace by Claire Pettibone. I also wore a soft silk tulle veil from Faulkner & Carter and a flower crown from Whichgoose on Etsy, which was made from dried gypsophila. I had originally intended to wear my mom’s veil, but unfortunately it was too white against the ivory of my dress. I had given up on finding the right kind of veil until I saw this one online a week before. Katie at Faulkner & Carter was amazing and somehow managed to make sure it was delivered just before we left for Ireland! My shoes were sparkly heels from Carvela and as I don’t wear jewellery very often I just stuck with my engagement ring.

 

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Finding the Dress… I knew quite early on that I’d like my dress to feature some lace and when I came across Claire Pettibone, I instantly loved the dreamy romanticism of her designs. I made an appointment at Blackburn Bridal Couture to check them out and Queen Anne’s Lace quickly became a front runner. Even though I tried on some others that looked amazing (I was a big fan of Belle & Bunty and a Cymbeline number too), this was the one I felt most like me in. I spent a couple of months mulling it over and tried on some more show stopper dresses at some shops in my home town of Solihull with my mom and my brother (having a boy around was very enlightening!). But it was quite an easy decision in the end.

 

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Credit Where Credit is Due…

Venue – Coolbawn Quay www.coolbawnquay.com

Photographer – Campbell Photography http://campbellphotography.co.uk

Florist – The Wild Bunch www.thewildbunch.ie

Cakes – Emma Topsom (friend!)

Makeup – Lucienne Meehan www.makeupbylucienne.com

Hair – Joanne Kelly www.facebook.com/JoanneKellyHairStylist

Videographer – Peter Clyne http://vimeo.com/user6079776

Transport – Heritage Wedding Cars www.heritageweddingcars.com

Evening Band – Firestar http://firestar.ie

Church Band – Encore

Dress – Blackburn Bridal Couture www.blackburnbridal.co.uk

Veil – Faulkner & Carter www.faulknerandcarter.co.uk

Flower Crown – Whichgoose www.etsy.com/shop/whichgoose

Ekkk! I bet you cannot wait to see part 2 of their day now :-) Pop back at 2pm for Mel and Rob’s gorgeous reception XOXO Lou