After their first date, Danielle Edwards and Corey Walter hit it off immediately. When it was time to take the next step in their relationship, Corey tried his best to catch Danielle by surprise – and he did! She thought they were going to a family dinner at a restaurant; however, once they arrived, she saw their friends and family waiting for them and knew something special was about to unfold. Corey proposed, and she said yes.
As the Pennsylvania-based couple began planning their wedding, they chose to say “I do” in Vermont for the fall weather and impeccable views. Since they were planning from another state, Danielle and Corey made sure to hire a local wedding planner, Jaclyn Watson Events, to organize the details of their autumn soirée. From the beginning, Danielle knew she wanted a unique wedding with a moody, luxurious feel in a romantic palette of blush, red, burgundy, and gold.
Friends and family were invited to the celebration by way of an elegant invitation suite featuring burgundy stationery with golden script to introduce the color palette from the start. When the day arrived, Danielle and Corey got ready with their bridesmaids, groomsmen, and family, as loved ones gathered at the venue. To ensure they had a chance to take everything in as a couple before the celebration, the pair decided to have a “first look” prior to the ceremony.
Once guests were seated, the bride walked down a petal-strewn aisle in a stunning strapless ball gown to meet her groom in front of a gorgeous floral arch comprised of deep pink and red blossoms accented with greenery. After the new Mr. and Mrs. said “I do,” they took portraits with their photographer while guests enjoyed cocktail hour and discovered their table assignments attached to flutes of Champagne.
“A lot of planning goes into these things and most have done everything they can to control what they can… So enjoy the day! Everything else will fall into place.”
The reception continued the sophistication first introduced in the wedding ceremony, with a pathway of lush floral arches leading to tables covered with luxurious linens and decorated with dramatic candle lighting. Round and rectangular tables were topped with arrangements of dark red roses, burgundy pillar candles atop gold stands, and place settings showcasing oxblood napkins, acrylic menus detailing the fare in gilt script, and bullion-toned flatware.
Following the sit-down dinner service, friends and family enjoyed slices of the pair’s four-layer “naked” red velvet wedding cake adorned with fresh red blooms and gold leaf accents. The bride and groom shared their first dance to “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, and loved ones enjoyed celebrating throughout the night before being sent home with personal-sized maple syrup favors.
The bride’s advice for other couples getting married is to “just relax when the ‘big day’ comes,” Danielle smiles. “A lot of planning goes into these things and most have done everything they can to control what they can… So enjoy the day! Everything else will fall into place.”
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