The Bride Wore Black and Completely Pulled It Off

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I’m always on board for a wedding day that breaks the mold, and this elopement photographed by Sylvie Gil does just that. Beginning with the bride’s Carolina Herrera black wedding gown, to an intimate exchange of vows at the Legion of Honor, Jessica and Ben proved that stylish weddings come in all forms and we can’t get enough.

Jessica & Ben are soulmates and childhood sweethearts – the picture of spontaneity and true love! The pair had been in love but never dated, for 22 years before they finally decided to elope at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Jessica crafted her own bouquet from her garden, did her own make and hair. The couple wore matching Louboutin shoes, and the only guests in attendance were the bride and groom’s siblings.

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Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Shoes: Louboutin | Venue: Legion of Honor | Grooom’s Suit : Yves Saint Laurent

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Top Wedding Entertainment Trends of 2017

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It’s 2017. In this neoteric age of Instagram and Pinterest, brides have vision boards, pins, and “MUST-haves” before even stepping foot into their first potential vendor’s door. Every bride-to-be wants her wedding to be perfect, magical, but most importantly, one of a kind. Couples are coming up with more and more ways to make their wedding stand out, reevaluating the expectation to include what is considered the “norm” and giving more creative input than ever before in every area, including music and entertainment. Here at On the Move Entertainment, we believe every wedding is bespoke, we strive to make celebration dreams come true, and we are constantly acclimating to the times, so we’ve rounded up the eight most popular trends in wedding entertainment for 2017 to help inspire your big day.

Euro Flip

If you’re having a traditional sit down dinner, consider saving the dancing until after all the dining is complete (European style!) rather than dancing in-between courses.

 

Walk to Your Own Beat

Swap the classic strings ensemble at your ceremony for something a bit more unique to you. One of our biggest requests this year was to implement a beat to the ceremony music, so we decided to curate a brand-new group called “Pop Classical,” which features three live string pieces and a beatboxer. It has quickly become one of our most popular groups for wedding ceremonies.

Speech Don’t Kill My Vibe

More than ever, couples are asking their best man, MOH, parents, and whomever else is making a toast at the reception to keep their words to a minimum length as to not use up too much time in the reception or lose the energy of the party. Don’t be afraid to request your loved ones keep it “short and sweet.”

And All That Jazz… Or Not

For years, the music at a typical wedding cocktail hour consisted of a small ensemble, usually jazz or a classical genre. Often it was the reception band broken down into an acoustic duo or jazz trio. However, we’ve received so many requests this year to curate something unique for the couple’s cocktail hours, we created a small ensemble, “Hip Hop Jazz,” consisting of typical jazz instruments covering current hip-hop tunes for a modern, edgy vibe. It’s the perfect change up before heading into the reception. Don’t be afraid to pick an ensemble whose music represents you as a couple.

Formality Shmormality

Consider nixing mid-reception traditional formalities, such as the bouquet and garter toss, cake cutting, or formal introductions if they’re not your style and replacing them with some not-so-traditional formalities. Or just more dancing.

“I Do” It for the ‘Gram

Try out a new take on the always fun photo booth! Super popular this year have been the animated GIF booth, flip-book booth, Snapchat booth, 360 degree booth, anything involving Boomerang, and last but not least, the coveted multi-cam. Couples are even curating their own Instagram worthy setups by placing decor and backdrops in a specific area, knowing most guests have their own professional camera right in their pockets – an iPhone! Custom geo-filters for Snapchat and custom geo-tags for Instagram are also a must in 2017. How else will all the people who couldn’t make it see all of your amazing wedding details!?

I Did It My Way

In the past, a first dance was usually a meaningful ballad that the bride and groom would dance to slowly while gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes. In 2017, first dances are more innovative than ever – choreographed dances by the bride and groom, all-out performances involving the bridal party, and fully immersive, guest-involved pieces are frequent and often. Don’t believe us? One word: Youtube.

Cirque-Us

There’s a place for specialty talent at weddings now more than ever before. In the past few years, same-sex weddings have influenced this by not being so stuck on the traditional wedding components and embracing the idea of infusing more fun and entertainment into the day. Cirque performers, champagne serving aerialists, celebrity impersonators, and beautifully costumed performers to complete a specific theme are all finding their way out of the corporate industry and into the wedding industry. We recently had a stunning wedding at The Foundry in Long Island City where the entertainment was truly customized to the groom and groom’s vision. It started off with an intimate and sultry, live ensemble with a chanteuse vocalist performing interpretations of the couple’s favorite songs for the ceremony, then featured dancers dressed as peacocks during the cocktail hour, and finally, a flashmob-style performance choreographed for the couple’s first dance. To top it off, they coordinated a surprise, drag queen performance during the late night dance party!

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Intimate Fall Wedding with a Family-Style Dinner

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Fall brides, take note because this wedding is one day that’s guaranteed to inspire. With a decidedly autumn color palette and a picturesque natural setting, the bride and groom were able to wed in style with the amazing Rebecca Rose Events by their side. Ally and Bobby photographed the entire day, and these pretty captures are only the beginning. More this way!

From Rebecca Rose Event… Though they now live in Los Angeles, the bride and groom selected their venue, The Southeastern Center, for Contemporary Art, not only for it’s significance to them (the bride is an artist herself and used to teach at SECCA!), but also for the opportunity to exchange vows in front of the beautiful sprawling kudzu that they love! She grew up in Winston-Salem, NC so returning to the Southeast during the beauty of the fall season was a no-brainer.

The bride’s maternal family is from Colombia and the couple thoughtfully incorporated some beautiful touches of cultural tradition to their celebration. Guests dined on a family-style menu designed to feature tapas and paella that was served with wine and then danced into the wee hours to a variety of musical genres, including lots of salsa!

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Photography: Ally and Bobby | Event Planning: Rebecca Rose Events | Floral Design: Rebecca Rose Events | Wedding Dress: Rebecca Schoneveld | Stationery: Rebecca Rose Creative | Catering: Holly Tate Fine Catering | Hair : Aeracura Salon | Groom’s Suit: Brooks Brothers | Ceremony Music: Allegro Music | Venue: Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art | Envelope Calligraphy: Carole Murray | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Linens: Nuage Designs | Reception Entertainment: Bunn DJ Company | Rentals: Hauser Rental Service

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We Found the Ultimate New York City Wedding

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Every now and then a wedding comes across your desk that stops you dead in your tracks. I call them the weddings with the trifecta of pretty – beautiful photography, fresh design moments, and a bride and groom whose love practically leaps off the page. The incredible Heather Waraksa and ever swoon joined forces for this Manhattan affair and the result is ALL of the above. Scroll on for taxi cab place cards, cronut favors, and don’t miss the sweet words written by the groom.

From the Groom… Arielle and I got engaged at the Plaza Hotel under the guise of a very over the top staycation. Having grown up in New York, I felt like it was only appropriate for our engagement and later our wedding to touch upon iconic New York if possible. I had the hotel set up our room to include champagne and originally had asked the concierge to just throw a few flowers about the room (nothing spelled out or anything) as I continued to think that the proposal part would be a surprise for Arielle (I should have realized that how do you sell the woman you are dating that a staycation at The Plaza hotel after dating for years wouldn’t have something more to it!) We walk into the room and spelled out on the bed is “I ❤️ u” in rose petals…well if I thought there was any surprise left, I immediately got down on one knee and asked her to marry me!

When we started to look for our wedding venue, that same New York sentiment kept playing in our heads. We looked at quite a few venues that definitely had that New York vibe but once we saw the rooftop where we would hold the ceremony at TriBeCa Rooftop, we knew it was the spot for us. Now as you can imagine, the rooftop is located in TriBeCa, and it has the most amazing view of New York in both directions. To the south, there is a backdrop of One World Trade Center and to the north the Empire State Building. The idea of getting married while surrounded by the entire New York skyline at sunset was all we needed.

From there, we put everything else together with a similar theme – from our invitations, which was a custom watercolor drawing of the street we live on in Greenwich Village, to the taxi cab place card holders. We decided that as our last piece to the wedding, we had to have Dominique Ansel Cronuts (a cross between a croissant and a donut, for which people usually wait on line for hours to get!) at our wedding as we love Dominique Ansel and thought that it would be a super fun NYC gift to all of our guests who most likely would never be able to get one otherwise. Arielle was so intent on making this happen, that while at his store in the West Village she wrote him a note on the back of a receipt begging to find a way to have 250 fresh cronuts at TriBeCa Rooftop on the day of our wedding. To our amazement, the store manager came over and told us that it would be their honor and the rest was history!

Arielle wanted to add a serious fall vibe to our fall wedding and with the help of Amy Febinger of Bourgeon picked out an entire scheme to decorate the wedding. The evening started with cream and peach hued flowers that made up the chuppah at the ceremony. Beautiful hand-made copper silks tied all of the bouquets together matching the copper lanterns lining the aisle. As we got ready to hold the ceremony, the skyline was set afire by the light from the setting sun over the Hudson River to our west. Simon and Garfunkel started playing and we were ready to take our stroll down the aisle.

As most people who have been a bride or groom will tell you, the wedding goes by incredibly fast. Like lightning fast. A week or two before the wedding, we had both been told this numerous times and given advice like “make sure you don’t miss it while caught up in everything”. After hearing this enough times, we made sure in the middle of the wedding while everyone was out on the dance floor to sneak away for just two minutes and to have it all by ourselves. We snuck up the stairs to the balcony overlooking the entire venue and sat just the two of us watching. I remember soaking in the music and watching all of our friends dancing, noticing where all of our family members were scattered about the room. It was the first moment all night that we felt like we really had to ourselves to hold hands, to actually take a moment and to see everyone who was there even if it was from a distance. I am so glad I actually listened as its the clearest memory of the entire whirlwind of a night.

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Photography: Heather Waraksa | Event Planning: ever swoon | Floral Design: Bourgeon | Cake: Tribeca Rooftop | Brides Shoes: Tabitha Simmons | Rings: Heirloom | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ralph Lauren | Makeup: Kimara Ahnert | Hair Stylist: Styles On B | Favors: Dominique Ansel | Grooms attire: Tom Ford | Groomsmen Suits: Suitsupply | Officiant: Jill A Kreitman | Venue: Tribeca Rooftop | BM Dress: Novis | Bridesmaid dress: Adrianna Papell | Decals: A Sign of Sucess | Grooms and Groomsmen Shoes: Nike | Grooms and Groomsmen Tie : Salvatore Ferragamo | Musicians: Eturnity Band | Photo Booth: The Bosco | Stationery and Paper goods: Lion in the Sun | Wedding Dress and Veil: Mira Zwillinger

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A Southern Wedding Inspired by Jane Austen

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When the bride’s loves include lace, pearls, and Jane Austen, there’s a pretty good chance a classic wedding will follow. And thanks to her planner, Erin McLean Events, the bride was able to bring that sense of English charm to North Carolina…even amidst the chaos of Hurricane Matthew. In the gallery by Callie of Nancy Ray Photography you’ll find handwritten love notes alongside a dreamy floral wall. And the clip by Heart Stone Films below? Believe me when I say, you’ll want to grab a tissue.

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From Erin McLean EventsAlexandria was a classic beauty who was inspired by her travels to England and her love of classic pearls and lace. One of her favorite memory of her travels was visiting Jane Austen’s home and her hidden love quotes throughout the home. We used all of these elements as inspiration for the couple’s classic design.

Alexandria and Michael had been planning their wedding for 18 months when news came in that Hurricane Matthew would be making landfall on October 8th, the day of their wedding. The couple wasn’t phased by having to move the ceremony indoors. We ordered a custom aisle runner, added pearls and lighting to soften the space. Allie + Michael’s photographer, Callie, wanted them to have all the photos they dreamed of. She came back the next morning to shoot all their couple photos under the post-hurricane sunshine.

We wanted to create a magical moment down the long entrance to the Fearrington Barn. The floral team created a whole floral wall, hand written love quotes, and a tunnel of twinkle lights. Guests entered the reception space while a big band played. The bride and groom danced their first dance on a seamless duogrammed dance floor.

After dinner a DJ took over and kept the dance floor packed until the couple exited through a sea of sparklers.

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Photography: Nancy Ray Photography | Videography: Heart Stone Films | Event Design: Erin McLean Events | Event Planning: Erin McLean Events | Floral Design: The Fearrington House | Cake: The Fearrington House | Hair + Makeup: Onloktion Makeup Artistry | Lighting: Get Lit Special Event Lighting | DJ: Bunn DJ Company | Officiant: Rev. Barbara Lodge | Venue: The Fearrington House | Ceremony Musicians: Arioso Strings | Reception Band: Sam Hill Entertainment | Rentals: CE Rental | Specialty Rentals: Themeworks Creative | Tenting + Dance Floor: Party Reflections

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A Whimsy-Filled Watercolor Ranch Wedding

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When it got right down to it, Jessica and Jeffrey wanted to treat their favorite people to an amazing celebration. They opted to keep the guest list small and make sure there was never a dull moment throughout their whimsical, fairytale-inspired outdoor wedding. With CCL Weddings by their side, they accomplished just that with every watercolor kissed moment captured by The Great Romance Photo.

From the Bride… Jeff and I met through a good mutual friend of ours back in 2012 at Backstage Bar in Culver City. It was an immediate attraction at first sight – I liked to talk, and he liked to listen! We both sat at a table chatting and getting to know one another. I must have been very excited because during one of my stories I accidentally spilled my drink on him…Jeffrey got up, without one word, and walked away. I thought 1) how embarrassing and 2) how rude! After a short while, he came back with another glass of ginger vodka .. and the rest was history.

I have always dreamed of having an outdoor whimsical fairytale style wedding. I knew from the get-go that if there was one thing I wanted, it was for everyone to be comfortable and entertained at all times. Over the years, you hear so many stories about how a ceremony would drag on for hours, or guests would sit next to complete strangers, or not having the chance to even say hi to the bride and groom – we knew we wanted to avoid all of that at all costs. Having this in mind inspired us to keep the guest list relatively small. We included comfy upholstered couches in the ceremony and reception. We also wanted to make sure there was something going on throughout the whole day so there was never a dull moment.

My favorite part of the day was seeing Jeffrey cry when he read his vows to me. He is a man who doesn’t show his soft side very often, so seeing him breakdown as he recited his vows was a very touching moment.

Our best advice to other couples is to HIRE A PLANNER. Wedding planning is already a very stressful ordeal, having a planner really helps guide you through the process. They will keep you on track and help put pen to paper your dream wedding. Also remember, pick your battles – compromise is a big part of planning. You are likely spending a large amount of money on your wedding – think about what matters to you the most and what you can go without. Either way, remember it will turn out beautiful!

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Photography: The Great Romance Photo | Videography: Komotion | Event Coordination: CCL Weddings & Events | Event Planning + Design: CCL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Art With Nature | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake : M Cakes Sweets | Stationery : Mari Chang | Catering: Hungry Bear | Hair + Makeup: Studio MM&B | Venue: Saddlerock Ranch | Venue: Saddlerock Ranch | Alcohol: Sunseri’s | Hand Lettering: Skye Cho | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

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A Beach Wedding Inspired By Downton Abbey

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Take an English-inspired wedding design to Rosemary Beach, Florida and this is what you get. A day anchored in classic design with regal touches for that Downton Abbey vibe the bride sought to capture. Of course, her vendor crew including, Myrtie Blue and Shelby Peaden Events worked their magic behind the scenes and Lauren Kinsey didn’t miss a single moment.

When your bride describes her vision for her wedding as “‘Downton Abbey’ meets Rosemary Beach”, you know it’s going to be lovely. And when your bride and groom are as wonderful as Sara Kell and James, it’s even more lovely.

Sara Kell and James came to Rosemary Beach seeking a paired down version of what they imagined as a classic, English inspired wedding. From the creeping vines and other greenery foraged by Myrtie Blue to the classic Rolls Royce getaway car, every element of the day was thoughtfully planned and executed to perfection!

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Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Event Planning: Shelby Peaden Events | Floral Design: Myrtie Blue | Cake: Sweet For Sirten | Ceremony Venue: Rosemary Beach Town Hall | Catering: Townsend Catering | Beauty: Deana Kale

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A Unique Chinese Tea Ceremony For Two

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Cultural traditions are what make weddings so incredibly meaningful. They tie the past to the present, and the traditional Chinese tea ceremony is the perfect example. Looking to put a new spin on that cultural sentiment, Jen Huang designed and photographed a morning scene of a bride and groom partaking in a quiet tea ceremony for two. And quite frankly, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend the beginning of your Big Day.

From Jen Huang… This is a shoot that features a more modern take on the Chinese tea ceremony. In essence, the Chinese tea ceremony is a way of showing respect, between family members. However, in this case it is between bride and groom rather than parents or siblings. It is more of a meditation the morning of their wedding rather than a public show, and it incorporates different aspects of making tea together and enjoying tea together.

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Photography: Jen Huang Photography | Hair and Makeup: Chiali Meng Artistry | Kitchen Boards: Make & Stow | Kitchen Scene: Jen Huang Photography | Styling + Concept: Jen Huang Photography

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A Feminine “Game of Thrones” Inspired Wedding

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I’ll be honest – Game of Thrones isn’t necessarily where I’d imagine most couples find their wedding inspiration. But for this bride and groom, incorporating their favorite show on the big day was a no-brainer. With very soft, subtle Game of Thrones nods, they personalized the pretty and Myrtle et Olive designed florals so worthy of your Pinterest boards. Dive into the gallery by Vasia Photography right over here.

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This wedding was a very unique combination of themes with lots of colourful feminine garden inspired elements paired with the couple’s love of Game of Thrones! The couple got married outdoors with a backdrop of Deer Lake and an incredible floral arch created by Myrtle et Olive. A hawk was set to deliver their vows but he had other ideas, distracted by a group of birds in a nearby tree, although the bride and groom had an opportunity to pose with him later! The reception was tented with lots of romantic details, lush florals and subtle Game of Thrones hints in the seating chart and table names, hand lettered by Written Word Calligraphy.

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Photography: Vasia Photography | Wedding Coordination: Kiri Mcleod – Dreamgroup | Floral Design: Myrtle et Olive | Cupcakes: Le Gateau Bakeshop | Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Venue: Hart House | Cocktail Music: Ladybird Quartet | Decor: Art of the Party | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Hawk: Radical Raptors Falconry Centre

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Why Shades of Gray will Never Go Out of Style

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Will we ever tire of gray? Probably not. This winery wedding makes a strong case for a gray palette being one of the most romantic ever. And that little ring bearers grand entrance? The cutest ever. Designed by Taylor’d Events + Kaleb Norman James Design, this day starts with a dreamy rose petal aisle and ends with a table full of cake. See all the pretty in between captured by O’Malley Photographers right here.

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From O’Malley Photographers… Jason and Grace, the bride and groom, split time between Seattle and China, so they worked closely with Alex Chalk of Taylor’d Events to plan their dream wedding. Close friends and family flew in from all over the world for the intimate affair styled by the incredible Kaleb Norman James Design. Guests enjoyed a private ceremony in the winery garden with a chic family-style, farm-to-table dinner afterward as the sun set.

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Photography: O’Malley Photographers | Event Planning: Taylor’d Events | Styling: Kaleb Norman James Design | Floral Design: Kaleb Norman James Design | Wedding Gown: Monique Lhullier | Cake: The Cakewalk Shop | Stationery: La Happy | Ceremony: JM Cellars | Reception: JM Cellars | Shoes: Christian Dior | Catering: Lisa Dupar Catering | Make-up: Megan Bingham – Off White | Hair: Megan Bingham – Off White | Calligraphy: La Happy | Music: The Side Project | Rentals: ABC Rentals | Veil: Monique Lhullier

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