24 Sep

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Before you look at DeepEnd Imagery’s photos, there are few things to know about M + R: First, coming up with a wedding theme was natural for Mylene – she’s always dreamed of a 1920s wedding and has an inspiration book to prove it (!!) Second, her grandmother hand made her wedding dress. Which is gorgeous. Lastly, they wanted their wedding to reflect not only them, but their fam + friends too, so they could give a big thank you for all their love and support over the years. Mylene says, Balancing those two was difficult at times but usually I found seeing those we loved happy in the end made us happy.

She’s so right, isn’t she? Now onto the pictures…

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Mylene’s grandmother crocheted this dress + her headpiece… How amazing is that?! The boutonnieres, corsages, invites, centerpiece, favor bags, thank you notes, gift bags, signage, and ceremony backdrop (and more!) were all DIY too.

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Romeo loves dressing up and sporting bow ties, so his style totally went with the Gatsby theme too.

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Mylene’s friend Sasha Kiesel created her gorgeous fabric bouquet, so she could keep it forever and pass it down to her children one day.

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

They met at their home church, which proved to be a great space for their ceremony with over 250 guests. As for the banquet hall, Mylene was apprehensive about it first: I opted to visit the venue to please my father and once I entered the space and saw the vintage elements they carried I was in love. Once I spoke with the staff, I imminently knew it was the venue. They were so friendly and helpful, different from staff from other venues. Not to mention the floor to ceiling windows the surrounded 3 out of four of the walls!

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

The aforementioned “big thank you”. Love!

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

Great Gatsby themed wedding | Photo by  DeepEnd Imagery | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79055

A sweet video from DeepEnd Imagery

Ah, just beautiful! Congrats Mylene and Romeo!

Photographer & Videographer: DeepEnd Imagery / Ceremony Venue: Belmont Assembly of God in Chicago / Reception: Victoria Beau Jolie / Planner: Bride & Family / Hair: Vanessa Quintana & Kathy Krolikowska / Makeup: Kathy Krolikowska / Invitations & Menu Cards: Best Man, Joshua Torres / Cake & Catering: Victoria Beau Jolie / Pastelillos de Guava (Puerto Rican Dessert): Latin American Bakery / Turon (Filipino Dessert): GG Oriental Store / Hot Dogs: Gene & Jude’s / Rentals: Victoria Beau Jolie / Favors: KaBloomz / Feather Pen: Maid of Honor, Yolanda Torres / Band: Suena Latin Jazz / Transportation: Flying Lady / Bride’s Dress: Designed by Bride, Crocheted by Bride’s Grandmother, Lola Colon / Veil: Lola / Slip/Beading: Marlene Abdalah / Shoes: ModCloth / Wedding Rings: Jared / Groom’s Suit: Bar III / Groom’s Watch: Heirloom / Groomsmen Suits: Calvin Klein / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: AQUA / Feather Girls’ Dresses: Kona Mali Creations

 
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24 Sep

Sailboat engagement shoot | Photo by Ryan Flynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79035

You guys, this Seattle sailboat engagement shoot is just too good. Not only because it’s totally unique, but Ian + Krischel began sailing as a couple a few years ago, and it’s always been their time to learn something new together. So you could say it’s kinda their thing. They found Ryan Flynn Photography through a wedding blog, and were thrilled that he was up for the challenge of capturing them out on the Puget Sound, where they love to experience the beautiful PNW.

Sailboat engagement shoot | Photo by Ryan Flynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79035

Sailboat engagement shoot | Photo by Ryan Flynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79035

Our groom-to-be explains how they ended up on a boat…

When Krischel not-so-gently insisted that we do engagement pictures, I casually shot back “Only if we can take them on a boat.” Thinking there was no way she’d go for that, I was thrilled with my assumed victory and convinced we’d be at an impasse. Knowing how much Krischel dislikes any condition other than perfect Seattle summer weather, imagine my surprise when she not only agreed to my plan but seemed genuinely excited about it. The impasse was over before it had even begun!

Sailboat engagement shoot | Photo by Ryan Flynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79035

This skirt!!

Sailboat engagement shoot | Photo by Ryan Flynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79035

Sailboat engagement shoot | Photo by Ryan Flynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79035

Glassy waves and a sunset backdrop… Can you ask for a better setting?!

Sailboat engagement shoot | Photo by Ryan Flynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79035

Sailboat engagement shoot | Photo by Ryan Flynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79035

Sailboat engagement shoot | Photo by Ryan Flynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79035

Photog Ryan totally embraced the whole experience, despite the unconventional location. Ian says, Any concerns we’d had prior to the shoot completely dissolved once we were out on the water. What had threatened to be an afternoon of tedium for me suddenly became a fun & relaxing experience with a new friend.

Sailboat engagement shoot | Photo by Ryan Flynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79035

Sailboat engagement shoot | Photo by Ryan Flynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79035

Sailboat engagement shoot | Photo by Ryan Flynn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79035

Oh, and the boat from Seattle Sailing Club is aptly named “Life is Good”.

Soo great. Cheers you two!

Photographer: Ryan Flynn Photography / Location: Shishole Bay Marina & Discovery Lighthouse / Hair Makeup: Off White Makeup & Beauty / Boat: Life is Good from Seattle Sailing Club / Sweater: Zara / Skirt: similar style at Anthropologie / Sweater & Pants: J. Crew / Engagement Ring: Gordon James Fine Diamonds

 
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23 Sep

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Has it been that long since we posted a feature all about grooms? (This rustic groom’s shoot comes to mind.) Well, it ends now because we’ve got the deets on a cool new feature at The Fig House, a fabulous LA venue we’ve had the chance to explore a couple times (first during our ModCloth bridesmaid dress shoot). They recently unveiled an awesome new groom’s room just for the men of your event, complete with space to hang, get ready, and have a drink or two. Take a peek at the suite and its unveiling in these snaps by Ryan Haack:

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Cool, right? TFH itself accommodates up to 450 people standing, or 250 seated guests, and smaller parties. Besides the groom’s room, they’ve got a bridal suite, an outdoor space, and a bunch of other rad features perfect for weddings + events of all sizes.

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Grooms and cocktails | 100 Layer Cake

Grooms and cocktails | 100 Layer Cake

Anyone else starting to see all the photo-worthy details here?

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Grooms and cocktails | 100 Layer Cake

Grooms and cocktails | 100 Layer Cake

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Grooms and cocktails | 100 Layer Cake

For the room’s inaugural celebration, cocktail experts Pharmacie mixed up some pretty amazing drinks, including The Lindbergh + The Old Fashioned. Try ‘em out for yourself with the recipes below.

Lindberg cocktail recipe | 100 Layer Cake

Grooms and cocktails | 100 Layer Cake

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Grooms and cocktails | 100 Layer Cake

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Grooms and cocktails | 100 Layer Cake

Grooms and cocktails | 100 Layer Cake

Gotta hand it to Twig & Twine for those florals. Can’t think of a better arrangement for an event like this!

Old Fashioned recipe | 100 Layer Cake

Grooms and cocktails | 100 Layer Cake

Grooms and cocktails | 100 Layer Cake

Grooms and cocktails | 100 Layer Cake

Grooms and cocktails | 100 Layer Cake

Naturally, RoomForty took care of catering, as The Fig House was founded by RoomForty’s own Steve Fortunato.

Grooms and cocktails | 100 Layer Cake

Grooms and cocktails | 100 Layer Cake

Grooms and cocktails | 100 Layer Cake

Grooms and cocktails | 100 Layer Cake

Thanks to the team below for such a great party! We have a sneaking suspicion that more & more Fig House events are headed our way…

Photography: Ryan Haack | Florals: Twig & Twine | Venue: The Fort at The Fig House | Cocktails: Pharmacie | Catering: Room Forty | Attire: The Black Tux

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