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Love x Melbourne: A Faux Wedding Experience

Love x Melbourne: A Faux Wedding Experience

Love x Melbourne: A Faux Wedding Experience

A Wedding Expo like you’ve never seen! Love x Melbourne: A Faux Wedding Experience was one for the books. Hosted in Baltimore at the Lovely 1840s Plaza, this event gave engaged couples a well deserved break from planning their own wedding and treat themselves to a wedding event that was fun, unique and filled with tons of wedding Inspo. Instead of the sales environment of a traditional bridal show, couples were able to experience the work of Charm City’s best wedding pros first-hand. Take a look below as we recap the highlights from the day.

The Venue

1840s Plaza, Baltimore

1840s Plaza, Baltimore

When I first walked into the 1840z Plaza, I fell in love. The brick, the old time feeling, everything about it had character. This photo was taken in the Fava Courtyard, which can easily fit 200 seated guests for an outdoor ceremony. Inside, they have three floors, affectionately named “Cabaret, City Lights, and the Grand Ballroom”. For the Love x Melbourne event, we used City Lights for the faux ceremony and Cabaret for the reception.

The Cake

The Cake Studio Baltimore

The Cake Studio Baltimore

The Cake Studio Baltimore provided the delicious sweets and treats for the event. A preferred vendor of ours, the cake studio specializes in artistic cake designs and flavor. Rather using real florals, this bakery chooses to create succulents from sugar, making everything on your cake edible! The florals pictured above are handmade.

Guest Samples of The Cake Studio Baltimore Cakes

Guest Samples of The Cake Studio Baltimore Cakes

The Florals

Bridesmaids Bouquet by Lissa McManus

Bridesmaids Bouquet by Lissa McManus

If these weren’t the moodiest most gorgeous most romantic bouquets EVER. Lissa McManus, a DC-based freelancing florist really out did herself. What’s important for couples to remember is to hire a professional who’s knowledgeable about their trade. By telling Lissa the color scheme for the event, she was able to suggest the best stems that would fit the mood. The ingredients for the bouquets and boutonnieres were deep red garden roses, champagne/blush roses, majolica spray roses, Scabiosa and amaranthus. There were also some green and burgundy foliage included as well. Absolutely GORGEOUS.

Groomsmen Boutonniere

Groomsmen Boutonniere

Brides Bouquet

Brides Bouquet

The Decor

Sweet Heart Table- Nelaj Designs 712

Sweet Heart Table- Nelaj Designs 712

Sweet Heart Table Details - Nelaj Designs 712

Sweet Heart Table Details - Nelaj Designs 712

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Choosing a venue that fits your theme and is already aesthetically pleasing helps in cutting down the cost of additional wedding decor. Luckily for us, 1840s fit the Love x Melbourne mood perfectly and so we didn’t have to do as much to build the concept.

The Wedding Gown

Designer: Pronovias  Elite Secrets Bridal Baltimore

Designer: Pronovias

Elite Secrets Bridal Baltimore

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Everything about this gown screamed fall wedding fashion. It’s elaborate lace embroidery is signature for the Pronovias collection. We especially loved the sexy plunging neckline and sleek fit, perfect for the bride who wants to be comfortable yet stylish.

All About the Grooms(men)

Menswear: Tom James Collection, Taylor Wood the Clothier

Menswear: Tom James Collection, Taylor Wood the Clothier

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The Vows

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Although the ceremony was mock, the emotion was most certainly real. Our model Bride and Groom were in fact a REAL couple who shared over 13 years of companionship. As a celebration of their relationship, they agreed to serve as our Bride and Groom for the evening. Turns out it was great practice! Our “Groom” proposed to his “Bride” just days after the event!

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The Entertainment

It was very important to our team to  have live music for the ceremony to play into our moody theme. Our Cellist, Audrey, really added a nice touch to the ambiance.

It was very important to our team to have live music for the ceremony to play into our moody theme. Our Cellist, Audrey, really added a nice touch to the ambiance.

Bride Tribe

Bridesmaid Dress: Bella Bridesmaids Baltimore

Bridesmaid Dress: Bella Bridesmaids Baltimore

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The Food

Putting On the Ritz Catering

Putting On the Ritz Catering

Putting On The Ritz Catering

Putting On The Ritz Catering

The Party

Photo Booth Fun: Spixebooth

Photo Booth Fun: Spixebooth

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Vendor List:

Wedding Planner: Audrey Luxe Weddings & Events

Event Design: Nelaj Designs 712

Cake: The Cake Studio Baltimore

Florist: Lissa McManus

Wedding Brand Specialist/Graphic Design: Asaadi Graphics

Live Entertainment (Cellist): Audrey Williams

Bridal Boutique: Elite Secrets Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids

Mens Fashion: Taylor Wood Clothier

Caterer: Putting On The Ritz Catering

Photographers/Videographers: Madiworx Media/ Megapixels Media

Photo Booth: Spixe Booth

DJ: Madiworx Media

Publicist: Mahogany Blue PR

Sponsors:

The Knot

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Shoppe Luxe New Arrivals! Bridal Tees and Swarovski Champagne Flutes

New Bridal Crop Top Tanks In Store Now!

It's almost summer time, which means it's time to bring out those cute graphic tanks and tees we all love. Don't have one? Well you, my luxe bride, are in luck! We recently released our Wife,.(which reads Wife, Period) crop top tanks and they are available in white and black (shown below) for purchase in the Shoppe

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You can also pre-order your "Brains, Beauty, BRIDE" tank (shown below) by emailing letsplan@audreyluxe.com, with the subject "Graphic Tee Pre-Order", and your size and color choice. Once we receive your email, we will send an invoice for your purchase. Take advantage of the pre-order option before they sell out!

Available in Grey, Black and White. Sizes XS-XL. $22.50

Available in Grey, Black and White. Sizes XS-XL. $22.50

Swarovski Crystal Champagne Flutes

This month we are featuring our Gold Champagne flutes with Swarovski crystals.  

Available for purchase at the Shoppe

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Capture The Moment, Cherish The Story: Mansour Vow Renewal 2018

        Capture The Moment, Cherish The Story: Mansour Vow Renewal 2018

When Two Become One, Again!

Mansour 2018 Sneak Peek!

Traditional Indian Wedding Decor

Here's an iPhone photo Sneak Peek of the Mansour 2018 Vow Renewal Ceremony and Reception! We can't wait to share with you all the great fun we had with this very multi-cultural and colorful couple! 

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Wrapping Up DC Wedding Week!

What I enjoyed most was the willingness of everyone to share what they knew on how to brand yourself in what's become a saturated market and of course the networking!

Quick Tip: Great Ways to Ask for Cash Gifts

Requesting for cash gifts versus the normal gift registry can be a little daunting, but it can be done with class! First, you want to make sure you set up an account with an online cash registry service. Some of our favorites are Tendr [they add a nice touch by allowing your guests to select a pretty card with a nice message along with the amount they would like to give] and My Registry, which actually allows you to virtually combine all of your traditional store registries in one place, adding the choice to gift cash. This is great because it still leaves the option available for those guests who want to purchase something a little more personal. Once you create your account, add the url to your wedding website and VOILA! You have successfully made your request known without appearing tacky!

A 'Quick Tip Don't': Do not request a minimum amount. Allow your guest to give what they feel compelled to. You don't want to come off pushy... or like a beggar.