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Dear Coolest Wedding Vendors and Brides We Know,

We’re writing to tell you that we have decided to throw a party for WPPI this year because we want to have a blast with all of our friends (and that isn’t always easy in Las Vegas).  So, instead of waiting in a crazy line at Pure to hear techno and drink $30 cocktails we just rented our own place.  We pulled together some of our friends and we want to include you and your friends (to quote Diddy “tell your friends to get with my friends and we can be friends”).  This way it will really be the only party you will need to attend. 

We have confirmed a super secret venue that we are very excited about for Sunday, March 7th, and it holds around 350 people so when compared with the 12,000 plus attendees expected this year it is going to be a very handpicked group.  We are going to have Michael (the Flashdance DJ) playing records along with a couple very special guests that he handpicked, we’re going to have the Smilebooth there so you can get photos with all of your friends (new and old) and we are going to have airhorns and lasers aplenty!

There won’t be any vendor booths, gift bags, or cupcakes, nobody is going to try to sell you anything, and it won’t be drenched in fluorescent lighting!  There will be a dance floor and 350 of the industry’s most well known vendors, bloggers, and tastemakers getting down under one (relatively small) roof.  You will hang with your favorite people (or at least our favorite people), talk, dance, get sweaty, and be very happy you came!

So, in sum, make sure to snap up your tickets ASAP (ALREADY CLOSE TO SOLD OUT!) as y’all will want to be at what is sure to be the best dance party of the year****.

If you would like information on sponsoring, please email Ashley at Our Labor of Love or just get your tickets at www.airhornsandlasers.eventbrite.com.  More details here!

See y’all in Vegas!

Love and lasers,

Lara + the SW ladies, the OLOL/Smilebooth crew, Jose Villa, the Flashdance, and friends

****Unless, of course, we throw another party this year.

P.S. Since we tweeted the party announcement late last night, over HALF of the tickets are already gone.  Get ’em while you still can!  OK, who’s coming?

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
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  1. avatar nicole reply

    can’t wait! see you there!

  2. avatar Kia Gregory reply

    I BOUGHT MY TICKET! CANNOT WAIT TO BE THERE!

  3. avatar Vania- SimplyBloom Photography, LLC reply

    what a great thing this will be–s o excited to meet you all!!!

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I just love when wedding receptions turn into all-out parties, and that seems to be exactly what happened at Allie + Jonathan’s celebration at the Duck Woods Country Club!  Did you see the blue and green pinwheels (all 120 of which were handmade by the bride’s family!) decorating the banquet tables, or the couple’s crisp blue-and-white square cake from Just Desserts?  Adorable!  Thank you again to Eleise Theuer for capturing this sweetly Southern wedding.

Describe your wedding flowers: I think I’ll quote my florist here: “The flowers were modern with a whimsical edge and a dash of preppy and a pinch of etsy!”
Describe your wedding cake:
Our cake was square with three layers. It had navy ribbon around each layer with a monogram of my new initial, “R.”  There were orchids on top of the cake that overflowed down the side of each layer. It was beautiful, but the best thing about the cake was how delicious it was! Two of the layers were tiramisu and the other layer was cocoa chocolate mousse.
Were there any wedding traditions or new ideas you included in the wedding?
We incorporated a lot of the traditional aspects into our wedding but we also broke tradition in some ways. Instead of having a father/daughter dance, for instance, my Dad and I sang my favorite childhood song, “Sweet Baby James,” backed by a classical guitarist (Jon’s cousin). Another twist to our night was when Jon’s brother delivered his best man toast in the form of a very entertaining, and surprising, rap.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day?
Actually, it was a week full of memories. Our families, the bridal party and many of the guests had rented cottages for the week leading up to our wedding day. We had cocktail parties and other social events throughout the week. By our wedding, everyone on both sides of our families, as well as our friends, knew each other very well. That made for a particularly friendly and joyful wedding experience.
What’s next for you as a couple?
What are you looking forward to in the future? I’m going to finish school in a few years and, afterwards, we hope to move back to Virginia to be closer to our families.

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  1. avatar Lyssabeth’s Wedding Officiants reply

    What a colorful, fun and festive wedding this looks like! (Would love to know the story behind the dance with the glasses!)

  2. avatar Father of the Bride reply

    The glasses were a big hit at the reception. After the bridal party was introduced the bridesmaids and groomsmen had a surprise "dance off." They had been practicing in secret all week. Each group did several short choregraphed dances, and the men won the overall audience response. The glasses were one of several props – including umbrellas for It’s Raining Men. This got things off to a festive start, and the dancing part of the evening was terrific. The wedding guests ended up trading off wearing the glasses on the dance floor as the night progressed.

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Wedding colors don’t come more Southern – or cute! – than navy blue and lime green, and we’re glad Eleise Theuer was there to capture Allie + Jonathan’s classic but playful North Carolina wedding.  The fellow University of Virginia alums and college sweethearts tied the knot in a traditional ceremony at the Duck United Methodist Church.  The bride’s found her traditional A-line gown at the Virginia-based All the Rage and chose navy JCrew dresses for her eight attendants.  Personally, I think it’s the green-inspired florals — aptly described as modern with a whimsical edge + a dash of preppy + a pinch of Etsy — from Renee Landry Style that really completed this Southern soiree!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met just before our fourth year of college at the University of Virginia. I had just moved into a new apartment complex and one of my best friends was friends with the guys that were living in the apartment above mine. She took me upstairs to introduce me to Jon and we hit it off. We officially started dating a couple weeks later.
Describe the proposal.
In the summer of 2008 we planned a trip with Jon’s parents to my family’s cottage in Duck on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I have been going to the Outer Banks with my family since I was born, and it is a very special place for me. I’ve always wanted to get married in Duck and Jon decided this would be the perfect place to propose. He also made arrangements for my parents to join us for the celebration.  After spending a great day at the beach, we returned to our cottage to hang out and get ready for cocktail hour. Jon asked me to take a walk with him back down to the beach while everyone else was getting cleaned up. As we walked down the boardwalk and onto the beach, I noticed some writing in the sand. As I read “Will You Marry Me?” he dropped down to one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. And I said, “Yes!” After Jon proposed, we walked back up to our cottage where our parents were waiting with roses and champagne. We capped off the evening with a great meal at our favorite restaurant, The Rundown Cafe. It was such a blessing to have our families with us in one of our favorite places. It was a very special moment.
Three adjectives that describe the day are:
Perfect, relaxing and joyful.
What was the design inspiration for your wedding?
Classic, but playful.
What was your favorite design element of your big day?
There were several fun elements that went into our wedding décor. We had pinwheels (all 120 of them were made by my family on the deck of our cottage) along with grass trays for centerpieces. There was also a wish tree where guests could hang their wishes for Jon and me.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress:
My mom, sister and I went on an eight-hour wedding dress hunt while I was home for Christmas last winter. We knew that would be one of our only opportunities to look for dresses together, so we were on a mission. We visited about six different stores and I probably tried on over 50 dresses! Finally, I found the perfect dress at the very last store.

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  1. avatar Leigh Ellen reply

    AAH! I was in Allie’s sorority at UVA and died when I saw this post! Congrats Allie and Jon–what a beautiful wedding!

  2. avatar Gan reply

    I adore these flowers. So sweet.

  3. avatar Micah reply

    What an incredible wedding. I love how classy it is with fun little surprises!

  4. avatar Beth Kwiatkowski reply

    How exciting to be published in a magazine. Your wedding was truly beautiful and very special. We are so blessed to have such a great family and will make every attempt to stay close from now on. Love you guys!!Cousin Beth :)

  5. avatar Southern Etiquette: Tuxedos with navy dresses? « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] photo by Eleise Theuer (see the rest of this wedding here and here), middle photo by Jenna Cole (see more of this wedding here, here, here, here, and here), […]

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