Many couples really want to find a way to make their wedding different and unique so decide to select a theme to build everything around. The couple will need to decide which type of wedding theme best suits their personalities and lifestyle. Once they’ve picked their theme, it’s a lot easier to coordinate the invitation, styling, favors, flowers, dresses, menu, music and all the other items required when it revolves around a specific theme.
I recently married Valerie Konopka and Eric Schmidt at the New Orleans Party Center at St. Josephy Church in Brecksville. Valerie and Eric built their entire wedding and reception around a 20's, 30's and 40's movie theme. The room used to hold the ceremony had red ropes, red carpet, lamp posts and a bling backdrop. It was very glamorous.
Valerie chose not to be escorted down the aisle, rather she walked part way on the red carpet alone and then Eric joined her to escort her back to the spot where the ceremony would take place.
Valerie was stunning and looked a great deal like Marilyn Monroe. Eric complete their look by wearing a black tuxedo with tails. Valerie also wore red heels in honor or Judy Garland and the movie, The Wizard of Oz. The bridesmaid all wore a red dress of their choice.
My favorite part of the ceremony was a reading shared by two of their friends. When we weren't able to find something already written that went with their theme, Eric decided to create it himself. I have iit included here for you to read.
The movies have shown us many versions of love. Often, special moments in our favorite characters lives are immortalized, frozen in time, and engraved in our memories.
Many people have told us that movies are unrealistic. They say, “That’s only in the movies.” Or, “Not in real life.”
The fact of the matter is, true love is something that is picturesque, and is often hard to believe exists. It is something that deserves to be portrayed again and again, with all of its grandiose, romantic trimmings.
So today – Instead of focusing on all the advisory warnings our real life counterparts have instilled in us about love, let’s revisit the advice we got from our Hollywood friends:
It was Audrey Hepburn that said, “The best thing to hold onto is each other.
Humphrey Bogart said that he was born when she kissed him and lived when she loved him.
Marilyn Monroe prescribed that appearances really do matter, and the best thing to wear to bed was Chanel No. 5, of course.
Judy Garland told us that we can live without money, but we can’t live without love. Maybe Marilyn was right when she said, that if she was really being honest, diamonds are not a girl’s best friend.
These icons have been on the stage in front of thousands, widely recognized and loved. But, many would likely tell you that they cherish the silence of the night parted by only a few soft words of their true love - far more than the riotous applause of thousands.
So today – we are all witness to the premiere, the first scene, of one of the greatest love stories that they’ll ever tell. Enjoy your seat, and don’t blink, because love is the most precious gift one human can give to another.
After making a grand entrance, the couple drove away in a historic Rolls Royce! (They weren't gone too long because there were pictures to be taken and dinner to be served). It truly was a magical wedding!