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A Destination Wedding in Grand Rapids, OH

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Shelly & Paul in Grand Rapids, OH
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Shelly told her florist that she wanted a “wild” look to her bouquet. The result: a cheerful collection of gerbera daisies, solidago, seeded eucalyptus, alstroemeria, and waxflower.
Emery’s Flowers & Co., Maumee
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Paul’s boutonniere was designed with the same “wild” look that went into Shelly’s bouquet with white alstroemeria and greenery.
Emery’s Flowers & Co., Maumee
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David's Bridal
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Shelly had four flower girls (three nieces and one “pseudo-niece”) in her ceremony. They each wore a high-waisted ivory sleeveless dress with brown, orange and light blue flowers.
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One of Shelly’s bridesmaids designed all the wedding stationery, incorporating an abstract flower pattern on each element. Blue, orange, and brown set the tone for the rest of the wedding.
Lindy Design, Denver, CO
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Though they had planned for an outdoor evening ceremony, Paul and Shelly booked the chapel of Nazareth Hall as a backup. The decision turned out to be fortuitous when their wedding weekend turned out cold and wet.
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Shelly picked the Nazareth Hall for her wedding after attending a few other weddings in the same space and because she knew the venue would showcase the fall foliage beautifully.
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Instead of a traditional card box, Paul created this birdhouse to hold all of the couple’s cards. The couple planned to hang the birdhouse in their garden in Colorado after the wedding.
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Each of the four menu selections had a corresponding color on the escort cards so waiters knew who had ordered what.
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To keep the centerpieces simple, Shelly and Paul set up three floating candles in glass pillars of varying heights on each table, and their florist arranged greens and flowers around them.
Emery’s Flowers & Co., Maumee
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The brown polka dot wedding cake had three different flavors: pina colada with pineapple filling, chocolate raspberry with raspberry filling, and lemon cake with blueberry filling. The top of the cake was decorated with yellow, orange, and red fresh flowers.
Memorable Creations, greater Toledo area
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Shelly and Paul gave their guests small bags of rosemary (with the tag, “Shelly and Paul rose-MARRIED 10/24/09”) and a card with Shelly’s favorite recipe -- Roasted Butternut Squash, Rosemary and Garlic Lasagna -- in light blue Asian take-out boxes.
Savory Spice Shop, Denver, CO

Shelly & Paul in Grand Rapids, OH

Though she used to tell her parents that they met through friends, Shelly really met Paul on Match.com. At the time, they were both living in different parts of Colorado, so when their first date (in Idaho Springs, the midpoint between their two cities) went well, the two started dating long distance. After a year-and-a-half, Paul moved to Denver where Shelly lived. The Bride Shelly Vendemo, 40, a corporate revenue integrity officer The Groom Jean Paul McDonagh, 41, a software sales engineer The Date October 24 On their three-year anniversary, Shelly and Paul continued their tradition of returning to Idaho Springs for dinner at the restaurant where they met. Later that night, they stumbled across a catchy band and stayed to listen through the last set. Paul had been searching for the right moment to propose, and despite the late hour and unexpected setting, he finally popped the question on the streets of Idaho Springs. The two spent the next five months planning a destination wedding in Ohio near Shelly’s family.
- Justine Lorelle Blanchard
Their Ingredients
  • Jennifer Mott Photography, Grand Rapids
  • Nazareth Hall
  • Emery’s Flowers & Co., Maumee
  • David's Bridal
  • Lindy Design, Denver, CO
  • Memorable Creations, greater Toledo area
  • Savory Spice Shop, Denver, CO

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