Caroline & Zachary hired Antonia Christianson Events to do full service planning and design. We were able to do more than the wedding day – we were able to help with the tented, catered rehearsal dinner, the wedding day itself, as well as the day-after brunch. Caroline had a vision for a 20s-inspired event, really based around her gorgeous gown, that she let us take and run with. We wanted guests to really use the Hermitage Museum & Gardens in a way that we had never seen it used, so we started with hosting the ceremony in the sunken garden (a place that had never hosted a ceremony before). For me, it was really cool because we did a site visit in February, and they just trusted and had faith that it was going to be as gorgeous as it ended up being the day of their wedding. I really wanted it to feel like The Secret Garden.
We moved to cocktail hour on the front lawn by the rose garden, before moving to the reception which was held behind a handmade wooden door, made by Blue Steel Lighting especially for the event. Thankfully the weather was gorgeous, as we were able to have dinner under a tent, and dancing under the stars and a canopy of cafe lights. Because we always like to make unique details for each client, Jollity & Co made custom drink stirrers with the monogram that RSVP designed, that were in the champagne glasses that housed escort cards for people to have a glass of champagne as soon as they walked in, and easily find their tables. This was a special detail that the bride’s mother and I were able to collaborate on prior to the wedding as a special surprise. My favorite memory of the night was Caroline’s dance with her dad. It came complete with a choreographed dance and great music mix from DJ Danny Gray – the guests absolutely loved it, too!