Sandlewood Manor Hosts Its First Event

Sandlewood Manor Hosts Its First Event

Ceremony rehearsal on the back lawn of Sandlewood Manor.


We had the pleasure of hosting our first event at Sandlewood Manor last Friday night; a beautiful rehearsal dinner for Jonathan Palis & Catherine Hu!

While Sandlewood's 10,000 sq. ft. ballroom will be available for events starting Fall 2018, Sandlewood Manor's main estate house is the perfect venue for intimate events like rehearsal dinners, renewal of vow ceremonies & small-scale wedding ceremonies/receptions. 

 The lovely couple: Jonathan Palis & Catherine Hu.

The lovely couple: Jonathan Palis & Catherine Hu.

 A beatuiful, handcrafted sign welcomes guests at the front door of the Sandlewood Estate Home.

A beatuiful, handcrafted sign welcomes guests at the front door of the Sandlewood Estate Home.

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Next, the wedding party and guests headed out to the back lawn of Sandlewood's Estate Home to run a quick rehearsal for the next day's ceremony.


The night began with big hugs, smiles, laughter and reconnection of international relatives - some of who traveled thousands of miles to celebrate the big day with the couple. Then a cocktail hour, complete with delicious appetizers and an accompanying wine & beer selection. 

 A rehearsal of the wedding ceremony.

A rehearsal of the wedding ceremony.


Romantic handcrafted decorations adorned the inside of the Manor home. Framed engagement pictures lined a candlelit table near the lounge for viewing. 

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 The Groom's father prays a blessing over the couple before dismissing tables for dinner.

The Groom's father prays a blessing over the couple before dismissing tables for dinner.


 Friends and family take a moment after dinner to capture the memories of a wonderful night.

Friends and family take a moment after dinner to capture the memories of a wonderful night.

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 Bride-to-be Catherine shares a laugh with long-distance relatives.

Bride-to-be Catherine shares a laugh with long-distance relatives.

 Catherine's best friends and bridesmaids open their gifts.

Catherine's best friends and bridesmaids open their gifts.

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 The groomsmen...

The groomsmen...

 And the bridesmaids.

And the bridesmaids.

 Before the night's end, guests grab photos with the couple.

Before the night's end, guests grab photos with the couple.

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 The most adorable guest of the evening stops to get the last photo of the night.

The most adorable guest of the evening stops to get the last photo of the night.

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We were honored to host Jonathan & Catherine's rehearsal dinner at Sandlewood Manor and pray immeasurable blessing, unending joy and unforgettable memories over their marriage. And most importantly, love - a love that lasts a lifetime!

The Hottest Wedding Trends on Pinterest Right Now, But IRL

The Hottest Wedding Trends on Pinterest Right Now, But IRL

Written by Samantha Iacia • See Full Blog on WeddingWire

If you've ever browsed Pinterest for wedding inspo, you know how it feels to come across those photos that capture exactly what you've been dreaming of for your big day, and the thrill of saving them to your board for later. But then, you might get those all-too-familiar feelings: How could I ever pull this off? Do I have the budget for any this? Is this photo even from a real person's wedding? That's where we step in! While it's important to know the difference between Pinterest and reality, we're here to show you that yes, you can totally pull off those trends. To prove it, we took seven trending wedding ideas from Pinterest and searched our real weddingsto see how couples made them work IRL.


See how these real couples used Pinterest wedding trends to create their big days:

Drip Cakes

First it was naked cakes, then came geode cakes, and now we have drip cakes. This sweet trend is a whimsical addition to your dessert table and honestly, it just looks cool. This particular cake was finished with fresh flowers and a gold "Best Day Ever" topper, but even without any added decorations, drip cakes make a major statement.

See more details from this romantic Michigan wedding »

Proteas

These spiky South African blooms are suddenly everywhere. We love them because they really pack a punch—even just one or two will add an instant dose of boho to your wedding flowers. There are dozens of different protea varieties, but for weddings, the most popular types are king/queen proteas, pink ice proteas, blushing bride proteas, and pincushion proteas.

See more details from this bohemian Los Angeles wedding »

Acrylic

From ghost chairs to place cards and even invitation suites, acrylic wedding decor is the next big thing. This clear material makes a great backdrop for calligraphy and can be incorporated into almost any wedding style, from minimal and modern to glamorous and romantic.

See more details from this glamorous Florida wedding »

Geometric Centerpieces

Geometric centerpiece vessels are trending thanks to their versatility. Their angular shapes give a modern spin to traditional flower arrangements, but you can also fill them with succulents or air plants for a terrarium look, or simply use them to display tea lights or votives.

See more details from this urban Utah restaurant »

Industrial Spaces

Move over, rustic barn weddings—industrial weddings are the new trend. From historical warehouses to chic urban lofts, couples are loving the sleek and modern vibe that these "blank slate" venues provide. Brick walls, exposed ceiling rafters and large paned windows are just some of the characteristics of these spaces.

See more details from this modern North Carolina wedding »

 Photo:  JOPHOTO

Photo: JOPHOTO

Long Sleeve Dresses

If you haven't already heard, strapless wedding dresses are out and sleeves are in. The great thing about this trend is that anyone can make it work, and designers of all price ranges have made it easy to find a style that fits both you and your budget. We love this gorgeous look from David's Bridal!

See more details from this wintry Tennessee wedding »

Bridesmaids In Blue

Blush bridesmaid dresses have been the trend for the last few years, but brides are now dressing their 'maids in blue. Not just any shade of blue, either—it's specifically "dusty blue", a soft, pale hue with grayish undertones that looks pretty on just about everyone. We really love this look if you're having a garden wedding. Swoon!

See more details from this waterfront Massachusetts wedding »