Nicole & Mike ~ April 4, 2015

May 27th, 2015

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April 4, 2015 saw Nicole and Mike joined together by love. A purple and white color scheme marked the day.

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Nicole’s smiles shone throughout the day. For her wedding she wore a David’s Bridal wedding gown embroidered with a floral pattern, sequins and a satin belt with silver beading. The gown finished in a classic A-line skirt. Pearl earrings, a pearl bracelet and a simple pearl pendant were worn, as was a veil with edging. For an additional touch of sparkle, open-toed shoes shone with crystals. Embracing the spring theme, Nicole’s bridesmaids wore purple chiffon gowns, also from David’s Bridal, with rouching across the bust, a single strap and a ruffle down the front. Both the bride’s bouquet and the bridesmaid’s bouquets combined calla lilies, hydrangeas, snapdragons, orchids and freesia.

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A white runner led Nicole to her groom, Mike, who wore a grey tuxedo with piping, a white vest, white shirt and lavender tie. A deep purple calla lily adorned his lapel. His groomsmen were also in grey tuxedos but they wore purple vests, instead of white, along with a white shirt and purple tie.

To remember the friends and family that attended their wedding, a signature tree was set on a stand with pens nearby. Signs saying Love you more and you make me happy set the tone of the day.

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For the reception, tall standing floral arrangements boasted snapdragons, hydrangeas and roses. Silver glitter numbers guided guests to their assigned tables.

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For dessert, a three-tiered square cake was decorated with pearl polk-a-dots and mauve ribbon with fresh flowers and succulents on top. Favors were succulents potted in miniature pots. Congratulations Nicole and Mike. May your love be the basis for all the beautiful things that will come to you during your lives together. We wish you the best.

Photography by: Lasting Images Photography

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Sheila & Vinayak ~ January 17, 2015

May 26th, 2015

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Sheila and Vinayak grew up together and were best friends throughout the years. Although the ceremony took place January 17, 2015 the bride’s sari was reminiscent of a spring flower in yellow and green. Sheila’s hands and wrists were decorated with henna as well as green, gold and white bracelets. A gold necklace and headpiece were also worn. The groom wore a Sherwani in ivory with a red scarf. The bridal party all wore traditional Indian saris. After the ceremony Sheila changed into an ornate royal blue sari while Vinayak wore a black tuxedo with silver piping and royal blue bowtie.

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For guests, a program described each of the ceremonies:  from the Marriage Ceremony, which took place under the “mandap” or sacred altar, to Welcoming the Groom – Worshipping Lord Ganesh – Renouncing Worldly Pursuits – Honoring the Groom – Arrival of the Bride – Eight Auspicious Verses – Joyous exchange of Matrimonial Garlands, Rocking on the Swing – Offering the Bride’s Hand in Marriage – The Sacred Necklace – Circling the Fire – Sacred Seven Steps – Unbreakable Bond & Toe Ring Ceremony – Complete Offering Away of Oneself – Viewing the Arundhati Star and Blessing the Couple. The ceremonies represented multiple traditions and steps to marriage.

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After the ceremony traditional Indian cuisine was served along with homemade Indian desserts that were provided by guests. During speeches, the bride’s father told a story about how Sheila and Vinayak grew up together and how he gave Sheila a 16th birthday card saying “you make me think about things in a way that I wouldn’t have without you.” A video slideshow showcased the couple’s childhood, friendship and relationship. The groom’s father welcomed Sheila to the family by saying, “you are more a daughter than a daughter-in-law.”

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During the couple’s first dance to Sara Bareilles’ I Chose You the couple shared smiles, giggles and laughter. To add ambiance, the reception room was lit with royal blue up-lighting and an S & V in entwined hearts in white light.

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Favors were gold drawstring goodie bags. The night ended with a Villa Siena signature sparkler farewell. Congratulations Sheila and Vinayak. May your love be like a river that carves deeper with each passing year. We wish you the best!

Photography by: Sameer Soorma Photography

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Gilat & Seth’s Review of Villa Siena

May 25th, 2015

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“Kudos to Camille! She has the patience of a saint, the compassion of Mother Theresa, the savvy of event planning gurus like Preston Bailey, and a heart of gold. Thank you for everything! You were always helpful, knowledgeable, prompt, friendly and professional, and we are so glad you were our assigned coordinator. We have made a new friend!” – Gilat & Seth ~ January 18, 2015

Stephanie & Mark ~ April 3, 2015

May 22nd, 2015

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April 3, 2015 Mark and Stephanie were married. The couple celebrated with a Great Gatsby theme and a color scheme of pink, black and gold. The couple’s introduction was thanks to the woman Stephanie worked for. Brenda had a little “nudge” to “hook up” Stephanie, who was her nanny, and Mark, who was her trainer. The introduction sparked more than a little interest.

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With the Great Gatsby theme, there were quotes from F. Scott Fitzgerald throughout the Villa, including “I love her and that is the beginning and end of everything.” As guests arrived they were greeted by a graphic rendering of the couple. For fun, a tree stemming out of a floral arrangement of orchids, poppies and other flowers, awaited cards to be filled with a bucket list for the bride and groom. Guests were asked to leave a note, an idea, a plan, but most importantly an adventure and hang it on the tree. The couple then promised to complete those adventures in their lifetime.

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For the celebration, Stephanie’s bridesmaids rented black floor-length 1920’s inspired gowns from Rent-a-gown. Stephanie stood out in a strapless gown fitted to the waist with a sweetheart neckline. A full tulle skirt finished the look as did a diamond fascinator in the bride’s hair. Underneath the dress hid a pair of gold shoes. The bride’s bouquet of pink and white flowers was tied with a hanging pink ribbon. Mark wore a beige tuxedo with black accents, a pink shirt and black tie while his groomsmen wore black suits with black vests, white shirts and pink ties.

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During the ceremony a friend of the bride and groom played keyboard and sang. Another friend offered up a special prayer before the ceremony honoring Good Friday. Bags of popcorn were available to guests to snack on before the ceremony.

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As guests adjourned to the reception, they were reminded at the bar that “Prohibition ends here,” with the groom recommending a Manhattan and the bride recommending the Champagne Royale for specialty drinks. Dramatic pink up-lighting lit the room along with the couple’s initials and a 1920’s design in gold lighting. On tables, 1920’s slang was explained including words like applesauce, berries and bearcat. The tablecloths were black and white striped with pink napkins and pink flowers. For the newlywed’s table, a black tablecloth overlaid with sparkly pink felt festive. The couple’s last name in gold block letters sat atop the table.

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During speeches, the groom’s friend Adam noted that although there were 7 billion people in this world, Mark found his “one,” his “lobster.”

The three-tiered wedding cake was finished with rouched buttercream frosting, 24k gold foil and black and white stripes with a topper saying You’re my lobster. Cupcakes frosted to look like delicate flowers were served along with the cake. Congratulations Stephanie and Mark. May your love begin again each and every day. We wish you the best.

Photography by: Rachel Solomon Photography

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Mother of the Bride’s Review of Villa Siena

May 21st, 2015

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Allison & her mom couldn’t thank Melinda enough for all of her help with Allison’s wedding! – Allison & Jeff ~ March 1, 2015

Myriam & Hunter ~ March 13, 2015

May 20th, 2015

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Not many people are fortunate enough to have their father marry them. When Hunter and Myriam married March 13, 2015, Hunter’s father not only served as officiant, but also read a poem written by the groom when he was in first grade.

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For her wedding gown, Myriam chose a Pronovias gown. The lace dress was fitted through the hips finishing in a mermaid flair. With her hair down and curled and a veil attached in back, Myriam was a picturesque bride. Hunter wore his Navy uniform for the ceremony while his groomsmen were dressed in black tuxedos with black bowties. The bridesmaids wore pink champagne-colored gowns of satin with V-necks, empire waists and pleated skirts. Both the bride and her bridesmaids carried bouquets of white and dusty pink roses with eucalyptus leaves, jasmine, ivy and other greenery.

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As guests arrived, they were asked to write their names or words of wisdom on Jenga blocks.

During speeches and dinner, the newlyweds sat at a private couple’s table. Speeches began with the mother of the bride giving a special blessing to her daughter and new son-in-law. The bride and groom took to the dance floor to dance to a special French song. During speeches the best man talked about how he went through the Naval Academy and Marine Corps with Hunter and how Hunter was the one who always reminded him to have fun. The maid of honor gave a heartfelt thanks to the bride and groom’s families.

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After dinner and speeches, a three-tiered cake with brushed buttercream frosting and pink fondant flowers was served to guests. The night ended with well wishes for the bride and groom. Congratulations Myriam and Hunter. May your lives be filled with the endless riches love has to offer. We wish you the best.

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Photography by: Feather & Twine Photography

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