Nov. 15 2014
Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Glass
Eric and Vanessa's opulent Wedding Day took place on Saturday October 4th, 2014. Vanessa was absolutely luminous in her custom tailored Brides by Demetrios gown.
Her shoes were full of sparkles, much like Vanessa's personality... and her choice of scent to wear on her wedding day was Dior J'adore Eau de Parfum.
Eric looked oh so handsomely dapper in his custom fitted tux by Celebrity Tux and Tails.
The bride (and her dancer legs, umm wow) had carefully planned out every part of her day. Upon entering the Bridal suite at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix, I saw that Vanessa had thought of every little "comfort" item to make sure that all of her bridesmaids and family members felt welcome. She had created a sparkly welcome sign with all the girls names, had music playing, the room was filled with scented candles, trays of delicious food and of course mimosas for all.
Eric was cool, calm, and collected. He was excited to spend time with family, friends, and didn't even mind having to dress in his tux rather early in the day, to ensure the photography timeline wasn't rushed. (thank you again for trusting your Planner on this suggestion ;)
Vanessa was all a glow...and ready to marry her love.
The Bridesmaid's were all strikingly stunning. It amazed me how they barely needed any instructions on posing from the photographer....they just did it, effortlessly.
And the Groomsmen....definitely kept the day fun and lively.
Oh my, no words. Vanessa had asked her best friends daughters to be her flower girls. They each held a letter as they walked down the aisle, stealing everyone's hearts.
Vanessa took her walk down the aisle at the glorious St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
Eric's smile lighted up the room when he first set eyes on his Bride.
And together hand and hand they walked back down the aisle for the first time as Husband & Wife.
The reception took place among three different areas at the ultra modern yet classic Arizona Science Center.
Cocktail Hour took place in the "My Digital World Gallery".
A very high tech fun filled area...complete with innovations and digitized walls and screens that augment reality.
Dinner took place up on the Solar Terrace.
Guests were seated in a cross shaped feasting table. The table was covered in candlelight and low floral centerpieces atop a sparkling metallic table runner.
The cake was classically glamorous, complete with hand sculpted flowers.
One of the most breathtaking design elements of their day was the candle staircase. As guests entered the private entrance for the Wedding they were greeted by a stair cased filled with gold dipped candleholders and a glow of enchanting lit candles. This was completely Vanessa's vision....and wow it was incredible.
Vanessa is a former Phoenix Suns Dancer, a former Phoenix Mercury Hip Hop Squad, and a former dancer for the Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dance Team. And now, Vanessa owns and operates a dance program for kids of all ages in Phoenix called Lime Lite Dance. So, it only made sense that their Glass Wedding Reception was full of amazing dancers!
Vanessa and Eric surprised their guests with a special dance performance by one of their friends, Natacha Bachour. Natacha just wrapped up the show "VEGAS" at Planet Hollywood and is now rehearsing for a brand new show taking place at The Wynn.
Eric and Vanessa were mesmerized by each other as they danced to their first song "By Your Side" by Sade.
At the end of the night, guests lined the exit and tossed sparkling gold sequins at the dashing couple. Just before loading into the Mercedes getaway car, Vanessa hugged me with tears in her eyes and said "Jennifer, it's all over"... and my response to the beautiful bride was ..."It's only just begun!"
Vanessa and Eric later honeymooned at the lovely The Regents Palms Resort in Turks and Caicos.
WEDDING PLANNER: J.Starr Stylized Weddings
VENUES: Sheraton Downtown Phoenix, St. Xavier Catholic Church, Arizona Science Center
PHOTOGRAPHY: Brie Bandura
DJ SERVICES: BJ the DJ
FLORIST: Lori Elliot
CATERING: Santa Barbara Catering
RENTALS: Event Rents
CAKE: Custom Cakes
VIDEOGRAPHER: Apollo Poetry
RINGS: Shane Co
MEN'S TUXS: Celebrity Tux and Tails
BRIDE'S GOWN: Brides By Demetrios
BRIDE'S SHOES: Nordstrom Rack
BRIDE'S JEWELRY: Dillards
HAIR: Lauren Simpson & Kaylon Brunot
MAKE UP: Katie Theulen, Janice Bulger, Kayla Oberg