I have to admit it. I am a complete sucker for The Bachelor. I wouldn't go so far as to call myself part of "The Bachelor Nation", but every year, I try to tell myself that I don't need to watch the show, (much voiced by my husband, who is definitely not a fan), but then, every year I get totally tangled back up into the unrealistic beautiful fairytale that is The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. (and I think that Sean and Catherine may be my favorite couple from that show yet.)
I could blame it on my job, which I'm sure is a huge part of it, but more than anything else, I blame it on the fact that in my opinion, everyone and everything happens for a reason. And true love may happen on shows like these - yes, there is a very small chance, and The Bachelor may not have the best track record, but when you really think about it, if it's meant to be, it's meant to be, and I truly think that this particular couple has that magic. For now, I had to use photos posted on the internet, but I can't wait to see what the professional photographers John and Joseph captured.
I love that even though their wedding was LIVE (whoa.), they still had eyes only for each other, and they didn't let the chaos of the day get to them. I love that they still had their own personalities infused into their wedding, and that Catherine created a new term that is "grown sexy". Though I'm not sure that anyone truly knows the meaning other than her, it was beautiful. Celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss, as usual, did an absolutely incredible, breathtakingly beautiful job working with vendors to create the wedding that Sean and Catherine wanted. Their ceremony was at The Four Seasons Resort Biltmore in Santa Barbara, California, and it was absolutely beautiful. I loved the mismatched chairs, benches, and couches that were at the wedding ceremony, and the thousands upon thousands of flowers put together by Mark's Garden for it. And then, when they started walking down the aisle after the ceremony, to have the petals confetti-style showering down behind them? Just beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
One of my favorite ceremony details was that Sean's dad married them. My husband's dad married us, and it brings in such a beautiful personal touch. And then, when they wrote their vows to each other, I can't believe first of all that they memorized them, but also, how truly happy they were to be getting married, celebrating that they knew they were getting married - to grow old and gray together, to be happy together for the rest of their lives. Catherine was giggly and happy, Sean was emotional and you could see how much they truly loved each other.
I thought Catherine's dress by Monique Lhuillier, was absolutely beautiful as well. If you watched the show, when Catherine had a chance to sit down with Monique, she was open minded but wanted to stay with the "grown sexy" theme, and then proceeded to try on gown after gown that was stunning, each one beautiful in it's own way. I am so glad that she decided on this one. Her bridesmaids, although in the same color palette, had a few different styles, which I loved seeing too. I love that Sean and his groomsmen wore classic black tuxes as well.
After the ceremony, people headed to the reception, where Catherine took her hair down and veil off (for the ceremony, it was simply pin-curled under her veil to quickly and easily take down for the reception), which in my opinion, was definitely more Catherine's style. There was a mix of long and round tables, where garland-style tables were covered in flowers by Marks Garden (did you notice that there weren't any red roses?) along with stunningly gorgeous linens.
One of my favorite fun details were their invitations and the cake. Yes, it was a formal wedding, but they still had some fun with their invitations. Designed by Smitten on Paper, they used my favorite font of all time (Carolyna Pro, for those of you wondering...and yes, it is the same font as my logo!) and I love that they had fun with them! From "The LOWEdown" to using wording on the invitations that is definitely not traditional, all the way to the RSVP card where instead of using "regretfully declines", went to a different level saying "has something more important to attend than celebrating the union of Sean and Catherine". That made me laugh ... and who can say no, when you have to check that box!
Of course, they were right on trend with the Naked Cake (see my recent post on this trend here) which was a blueberry filled naked cake by Charming Cakes. I love the toppers too!
I am so happy that it seems that Sean and Catherine have truly found their one true love in each other. I hope that they have years of happiness together, and always remember the way the strong love they felt for each other on their wedding day, and that their journey continues to be one filled with love and joy.
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Lowe!!