Jessica and Josh's wedding day vendors:
Photographer // Alyssa Leicht | Ceremony, Reception Venue and Caterer // Embassy Club Downtown | Glass ceremony // Fiamma D’Amore Unity Glass | Cake // Creme Cupcake + Dessert | Floral // Johnston Hy-Vee – Brooke Bunce | Hair & Makeup for Bride // Salon W | Tanning for the Bride // Bronze515 | Wedding Dress // PreownedWeddingDresses.com, Lazaro style 3610 | Bridesmaids // Bridal Elegance, MoriLee | Men’s suites // The Backroom Clothing | Stationery & Calligraphy // Flyover Design Co. | Ceremony & Reception Music // A Special Event DJ | Décor Design & Event Planning // Anthony Marinaro, Out of Box Productions | Men's grooming // Jay Wendt, Loyal Sons Barbershop | Hotel for Bridal Party // Des Lux Hotel
When Josh started to think about proposing to Jessica, he went back to their first date at Centro in downtown Des Moines. With the sculpture park close by, he knew this would be a great location to propose. And to make it even more special, he arranged for their families to secretly witness it all, along with a photographer. After they finished dinner, Josh held Jessica’s hand as they walked across the grass to the park, where he proposed. She was completely surprised, and as their families came up to congratulate them, it truly made it one of their most special memories together.
As the couple started planning their big day, they knew they wanted it to be classic and simple. They wanted to incorporate black but didn’t want it to be overpowering. Jessica had an idea to have all white bridesmaids dresses to break up the black. She researched and researched, was she crazy for wanting white bridesmaids dresses with her white gown?!? We’re so glad she said “YES”! While color is back in fashion so is NO color. Going completely white, black, or somewhere in between, has been trending over the past year. And it really is classic in any season.
As they started to work with their photographer Alyssa Leicht and planner, Anthony Marinaro of Out of Box Productions, both were able to help them find their wedding day vendors. “The Embassy Club was amazing in every way,” Jessica told us. “The staff was so uniform and very professional. Imra, the GM, made sure that everything was perfect, told us not to worry. They made us feel so special.” And the two weeks before the wedding went super smooth because of Jessica’s other wedding planner … JOSH! “He was so organized it was weird!” Jessica laughed. “He told all the vendors to contact only him and
not to talk to me. I was so relaxed.”
But in all seriousness, one of the biggest things Jessica told us is to hire that wedding planner! She has no regrets and Anthony helped them through so much of the process. “The added help Anthony provided was top notch. He worked directly with vendors on our behalf and it was comforting to know that everyone was on the same page.” Jessica told us.
Vendor Spotlight: Fiamma D’Amore Unity Glass
The Fiamma D’Amore unity glass wedding ceremony is a one of a kind addition to your wedding and marriage!
Jessica and Josh mixed Enamel White and Opal Black to create a simple, elegant, timeless and classic work of art. Together they created a vase that can be displayed all year round, frequently filled with fresh flowers and romance.
Every anniversary they plan to fill their vase with the same flowers that decorated their wedding. Refreshing their hearts and bringing them back to that breathtaking moment in time using all of the key senses: sight, touch, and scent.
The stunning view of the inside draws you into the heart of their art’s unique beauty. Their choice embraces their love for supporting local and small businesses by choosing vendors from the Heartland.
“We absolutely love the vase! The style goes so well in our home. I love that I have something that we can touch, pick up and remember the day. It really brings back good memories." Jessica tells us.
Remarkably affordable. a design and price range for every budget! Fiamma D'Amore provides everything you need. All the supplies, all the shipping, everything in one simple price! Perfect for blended families, destination weddings and unity ceremony art that you can cherish forever.
Unique, yes … handmade with love and one of a kind! Your colors. Your mix. Your Unity. Your love. Your Forever!