Saturday, December 12, 2015

Kelly + Brandynn: Inside Their Engagement

Don't we all wish for a love story that lasts a lifetime? Well, if you meet your forever love at 13, like Kelly and Brandynn, then that is exactly what happens. 

Kelly and Brandynn first met on the soccer fields of Las Vegas, NV when they were just 13 years old.  They reconnected in the spring of 2010 (while watching a soccer game) and have been inseparable ever since.

Fast forward four years to the spring of 2014, Brandynn had secretly been designing an engagement ring with his jeweler and was devising a plan to propose to Kelly later that year on their favorite California Beach in front of their closest friends.  Or so he thought…

It was the morning of May 23, 2014 when Brandynn received a call from his jeweler letting him know the ring was finally finished. He was ecstatic; he finally had the one thing that would turn Kelly from girlfriend to fiancée. 

Later that evening, Kelly and Brandynn were headed to dinner with Kelly’s entire family to celebrate the birthdays of her two brothers and the recent marriage of her eldest brother, John and his new wife, Lisa. It also happened to be Kelly and Brandynn’s four-year anniversary.

They showed up to the dinner and greeted the entire family. Kelly’s Aunt ran right up to Brandynn to give him a kiss and whispered in his ear “Did you bring it?!” Brandynn had no intention of proposing that night so casually replied “No, no Auntie”. Kelly’s Aunt was very adamant that Brandynn propose that night because most of Kelly’s family was together and she felt it was the perfect setting. After much deliberating, he sent Kelly’s brother on an errand to fetch the engagement ring. 

Meanwhile, Kelly had no idea what was going on. Her brother fed her the typical “My girlfriend’s dogs got out of the house” excuse and well, she believed it. She claims it happened the weekend before so that’s why it was so believable. On top of that, she completely overlooked the next 3 hours of Brandynn in silence, not eating, downing beers, disappearing throughout dinner, and his mild nervous breakdown that was happening just 4 inches to her right. 

As dinner, dessert and drinks were coming to a close, somebody had mentioned they were all going around the table to say something nice about the two Newlyweds. While Kelly had no intention of making any speech, Brandynn stood up to say a few words!  Kelly realized that this was really out of Brandynn’s norm and immediately began to get uncomfortable - although still completely clueless of what was to come - and was grabbing Brandynn to sit down. Brandynn ignored Kelly’s request and continued speaking. It wasn’t until about 7 seconds into the speech and a stealthy reach into his pocket, that Kelly, FINALLY, realized what was going on and began to feel the same pre-proposal nervousness Brandynn felt moments before. She blacked out and couldn’t remember anything he said, or if he even got on one knee. Once the sweetest speech of their lives came to an end and he popped the question, Kelly without a doubt said YES! 

Luckily, the entire moment was caught on video and Kelly was able to relive the moment and see that Brandynn did indeed get down on one knee to put a ring on it!

Although the California beach played no role in Brandynn’s proposal to Kelly, it did indeed turn out to be the perfect setting surrounded by the people they love the most!

We're so excited to play a small role in Kelly & Brandynn's Big day which is quickly approaching mid-January!

Thank you to Britt Hanson of BLR Life Photography for their beautiful engagement photos!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Olivia + Jace: Inside Their Engagement

Who doesn't love a good old fashion love at first sight story? A story where all of the stars align the moment two sets of eyes meet... 

Well, it was the definition of love at first sight when Jace caught a glimpse of Olivia in the hotel lobby at Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa. (Fast forward a few years... who knew this adorable couple would choose GVR as the location for their wedding reception!)  

Jace was experiencing an unusually slow day at work until he spotted a beautiful blonde girl from across the lobby. She walked directly up to him at the front desk and asked to speak with his manager. This could mean only one thing... this knockout was there for an interview! As Jace's instincts were correct, Olivia was there for an interview, and he immediately sprung into action by emailing his manager explaining that she better hire this babe or else he's quitting! 

If you've ever had an opportunity to meet Olivia, you know that she completely killed the interview because of her warm, welcoming and bubbly personality! Luckily for Jace, she was hired on the spot! Jace was practically doing cartwheels behind the front desk, until he learned they would have opposite shifts.  After weeks of planning and great anticipation, Jace finally found the right moment (and courage) to ask Olivia on a date.
Jace and Olivia's first date was a glorious morning hike in Red Rock Canyon followed by hours of talking at a nearby coffee shop. That night, Jace called his buddy and said, "I know this is going to sound crazy, but I'm for sure going to marry this girl!" 

After about a year and a half of dating, Jace knew he didn't want to wait any longer. He started saving a little money each month and then finally he and his parents went on a shopping expedition for the perfect engagement ring.   

It was Fourth of July weekend and Olivia & Jace decided to take a trip to visit Olivia's cousins in Huntington Beach, California. After a fun day in the sun, the couple selected a primo position on the beach to watch fireworks.  Right before they were about to kick off, Jace got down on one knee and asked Olivia to be his wife. It took her a few minutes to fight back all of the tears and excitement, until she finally said, "YES!" 

I get a little choked up thinking of Jace & Olivia's wedding, because I happen to call these love birds my best friends. Jace & Olivia are the power couple you want in your life to give you the best relationship advice, to guide you through life struggles and to love you unconditionally. They take everyone in with loving arms and make them feel like family. It is hard for me to express in words how incredibly honored I am to plan their BIG day in April. 

Thank you Jodi from J. Anne Photography for their stunning engagement photos! 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Irene + Cameron: Romantic Garden Party

The morning of her big day, Irene was calm yet excited as she enjoyed being pampered by the team at Makeup in the 702. Soon after Irene's lipstick was applied, and Cameron's cufflinks were in place, they were ready for their intimate First Look at the stunning JW Marriott Resort & Spa. Irene & Cameron's love is so fun and easily captured...we hope you enjoy their photos as much as we do!

As the ceremony processional music began, we sent the wedding party down the aisle at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church. The ring bearers held a sign that read "Here Comes the Bride" while they looked adorable in their matching mint colored bowties.  Irene walked down the aisle, escorted by her parents, and clutching a bouquet wrapped in vintage lace created by the ever-so-talented team at Layers of LovelyAfter a traditional Greek ceremony, Irene and Cameron were pronounced husband and wife! 

While Ella Gagiano captured a few beautiful portraits of the Bride & Groom, guests enjoyed cocktail hour inside the lobby of Panos Hall. In between passed hors d’oeuvres and refreshing drinks, guests visited the guest book table to leave their well wishes and to find their escort card displayed on a layer of lush moss. Of course, friends and family jumped into the photo booth for that perfect photo op by DJ Harry O Productions

We invited guests into Irene & Cameron's reception where they were greeted with a mixture of long and round tables filled with lavish pastel floral, luxurious linen, gold accents, and tons of lit pillar candles. The overhead bistro lighting created the perfect romantic atmosphere for this garden party-inspired wedding reception. 

The delectable dinner was prepared onsite by the talented Vintner Grill  catering team and was served family style. The menu included crispy calamari with lemon and curry aioli, white bean hummus with olive relish and spicy pita chips, traditional Greek salad, pan roasted chicken breasts, bistro streak medallions with a peppercorn reduction, wild mushroom pepper tagliatelle with a portabella cream reduction and house made truffle ricotta. Yum!  

We very much miss our lunchtime wedding planning meetings with Irene & the MOB Bernadette, but we can't wait to catch up with both of them in the very near future. 

Thank you Irene & Cameron for letting us be a part of your special day! We wish you a lifetime full of love and happiness!

Wedding Planners: Open Invitation | Ceremony & Reception Venue: St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church | Photography & Videography: Ella Gagiano | Hair & Makeup: Makeup in the 702 | Catering: Vintner Grill | Linen: La Tavola | Floral: Layers of Lovely | Drape: Quest Drape | Chiavari Chairs: RSVP Party Rentals | Charger Plates: Rebel Party Rentals | Cake: Peridot Sweets | DJ & Photobooth: DJ Harry O | Lighting: Bliss Entertainment | Transportation: Bell Transportation 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Client Love Notes

Our hearts are full as we read the amazing reviews, or shall we say "love notes" from our previously featured couples! Words cannot express how honored we feel to have been a part of these couples' most memorable life moments.

To all of our couples, we are forever grateful to have played a role in your BIG day.  Thank you for placing your trust in us...we truly enjoyed sharing the journey with you.  

Best wishes for a lifetime of love and happiness!

Your Team at Open Invitation

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

With one of our favorite holidays right around the corner, the Open Invitation team wanted to take a quick moment to wish our clients, vendors and friends a safe and happy 4th of July! We hope the day is filled with stars, stripes, fireworks and so much more! 

Looking for a little inspiration to brighten your weekend? We tracked down a few of our favorite red, white and blue wedding photos to show you just how fun it is to put a patriotic spin on even the most classic wedding details. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Kelley + Dave: Modern Purple Glam

Kelley & Dave were pronounced husband and wife at St. Viator Church in Las Vegas, Nevada on a beautiful mid-May evening. 

Immediately following the ceremony, guests made their way to Keep Memory Alive Event Center where they were greeted with tray-passed light bites, champagne and cocktails. There was even a signature cocktail named "Patty Cake" in honor of the MOB, Pat! Luxurious white lounge groupings provided a chic setting while guests mixed and mingled under the breezeway's unique architectural canopy. 

The iconic Frank Gehry designed Keep Memory Alive Event Center was the perfect setting for Kelley + Dave's wedding reception. With an eclectic mix of modern and classic décor, the space was brought to life with lush lavender and violet florals, white textured linens, silver mercury glass and pewter accents. 

Guests were in awe as the sparkling crystal chandeliers and tall floral centerpieces caught their eye upon walking into the gorgeous dinner & dancing reception. After a delectable dinner by Gustav Mauler heartfelt toasts and special moment dances, the glossy white dance floor was filled with Kelley & Dave's friends and family! As some danced the night away to the tunes of The Lucky Devil's Band, others were taking memorable photos in the photo booth. Just when you thought the night had come to an end, Slidin' Thru pulled their truck right into the breezeway for guests to grab late night burgers and fries! 

In leu of guest favors, Kelley & Dave chose a meaningful way to say thank you for sharing their celebration. They made a special donation to the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society in honor of their beloved pup, Shea, and to help other animals find their forever homes. Gimme Some Sugar created the most adorable "dog bone" sugar cookies (for human consumption) for guests to take home. 

Kelley + Dave's BIG day was just what they had was a perfect way to celebrate their love for one another with all their family and friends. 

We wish them a lifetime of happiness!

Thank you to KMH Photography for capturing their special moments. 

Wedding Planner: Open Invitation | Ceremony Venue: St. Viator Church |  Reception Venue: Keep Memory Alive Center | Catering: Gustav Mauler | Entertainment: Lucky Devils Band | Photographer: KMH Photography | Videographer: Memory Lane Video | Decor & Floral: Naakiti Floral Design | Cake & Cookie Favors: Gimme Some Sugar | Photo Booth: Shutterbooth | Food Truck: Slidin' ThruTransportation: ODS