Love Birds: An Aviary Wedding

Sean and Jenna were a wedding planner's dream couple: laid-back, fun, and excited to celebrate their new life together.  They were married at the National Aviary this past June and I had to share a few photos and some of the simple touches they added to their big day.  This was my second event that I helped to coordinate at the Aviary and I can't say enough good things about the venue!  Their staff is wonderful to work with, Atria's food is delicious, and it's sure to be a party when a parrot, owl, and penguin show up to the bash!  Though it rained (momentarily) on their wedding day, I see only wonderful things in store for these two!  I wish them all the happiness in the world as they begin this exciting journey.  

A few of the details....

  • Jenna opted for a gorgeous pale pink gown from Bridal Beginnings and the bridesmaids wore gold sequin dresses perfect for any party.  
  • Pink and gold reverberated throughout the decor and could be seen in the linens, napkins, flowers, and lanterns, 
  • Since there were live bird interactions throughout the evening, we continued the bird theme with "love birds" signs for the sweetheart table, a Penguin cake topper, and gold birdcage centerpieces.
  • Whenever you are planning a summer wedding, you have to take into consideration the heat and how to make your guests comfortable.  Jenna and Sean got super creative and printed the ceremony program on paper fans and kept guests happy with decorative tubs filled with mini water bottles.
  • When it comes to escort cards, many times it is easier to use some sort of large board or frame to list out the tables rather than doing individual escort cards for each guest.  Jenna and Sean opted for large bird cage frames with each table assignment clothes-pinned to the frame.  When doing your escort cards, be sure to keep in mind the type of dinner you are serving.  If it's a sit-down dinner, individual cards make it easier for servers to know who ordered what meal.  However, boards are a great way to go for buffet and family-style dinners.
  • Instead of one large wedding cake, the couple opted for a cupcake tower filled with the most delicious gourmet cupcakes.  I love this idea because, in my opinion, so much cake is wasted at weddings.  By the time the cake arrives, everyone is ready to drink and dance and no one eats the cake...and if they do, they don't remember it (unless it's really good cake).  I don't think wedding cake is a bad me I am one of the people that refuses to get up until the cake comes around...but I think having a variety of desserts for guests to munch on throughout the night is a great alternative!  
  • For the guest book, Sean and Jenna brought in five wine bottles - one for each of their first five anniversaries.  Guests used gold markers to write their congratulations and well wishes on the bottles.

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Special thank you to Tara Petro Photography for sharing the beautiful photos below! 



Event Planning - Hello Productions                                                                                                                       Photography (and most of the photos featured in this post) - Tara Petro Photography                                                       Venue - National Aviary / Caterer - Atria's / Hair & Make-Up - Salon Ivy                                                                Flowers - Mt. Lebabon Floral / Cupcakes - Vanilla Pastry Studio / DJ - DJ Underdog