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Category Archives: Weddings

Kern 10 Year Wedding Anniversary

We would like to celebrate the 10 Year Wedding Anniversary of Valerie and Jake Kern who held their reception here at Patrician. Ten years of marriage is a significant milestone and we thought they might have some thoughts to share on what makes a successful marriage and wedding planning.

PC: How did you both meet?

Val and Jake: We met sixteen years ago, during our sophomore year of college, through a mutual friend we didn’t know we shared.

PC:  After ten years of marriage, what advice would you offer to newlyweds?

Val and Jake: Communication, communication, communication. Find things you enjoy doing together, and also separate. Don’t go to bed angry (sounds cliche, but seriously… don’t do it).

PC:  Do you have any special memories from your wedding day or reception that stand out?

Val: We got to the Patrician (first ones there) and Lisa took us aside and said, “I’d like you to see the space before everyone gets here.” She opened the doors, and everything was so perfect – the cake, everything together, and the colors. Speaking of the cake, we forgot to bring a cake server, and Lisa brought out her Lenox cake server… that was our “something borrowed,” and it really meant a lot to us.

Jake: The early morning of our wedding, around 3:00 AM, Valerie called me in tears because it was raining and the forecast showed rain. She was so worried about the whole day with pictures and everything. I calmed her down and said to get some sleep and we’ll see what happens. When I woke up, she called me and sounded like a different person – the clouds went away and the weather was sunny and perfect the rest of the day.

PC: Since there are so many couples that visit our site because they are planning their wedding, do you both have any advice to keep in when in regard to this?

Val: It’s easy to get caught up in the small details. Zoom out and look at the big picture… ask yourself: is it really worth stressing over?

Jake: Make sure to take the time to enjoy your day. It will fly by, and people will want to spend time with you and expect you to do certain things… but remember, this is your day.

PC:  What do you both think are the most important elements to keep in mind for a wedding reception?

Val and Jake: Music (said in unison)! We still have people telling us our wedding was the best they’d been to, because of the music. Get all the tradition and formalities done early so there’s more time to dance.

We would like to sincerely thank Val and Jake Kern for taking the time to share their memories and thoughts with us about their wedding! Here’s to many more years of joy!

Blended Family Wedding Celebration Ideas

When two people marry and create a new family with their children, the ceremony isn’t just about the couple–it is about bringing the whole family together. There are many ways to celebrate the unity of a new family. Here are some ideas for your celebration:

The Sand Ceremony–This is a ceremony where every member of a new family picks a different color of sand or sand from places that hold a special meaning for the couple and combines them in a clear jar to create a layered effect. You can write a blessing or a prayer, or share a song while the ceremony takes place to add to the symbolism.

Family Vows–Have siblings share in the ceremony by writing a blessing and creating family vows that express what it means to be a family

Family Cake Cutting–Have the family take part in the cake cutting (this could be a great photo opportunity!)

Family Sign–The family can create a sign that celebrates the new unity and display it at the reception.

Centerpiece Ideas for Your Special Day


orchid on white

With Valentines Day around the corner, we all have romance on our minds! And with romance comes weddings and flowers! Finding unique flowers for your tablescapes can be a challenge. Here are five suggestions for beautiful and unique centerpieces that will liven up any reception table:

Live orchid plants as centerpieces— These plants are lovely and exotic and make a wonderful take home gift that will last for seasons. Since they are tall and stunning they do not need anything extra to make a statement.

Different flowers arranged in a single color—This look can create a simple and elegant impression and add interesting texture to the tablescape.

Small flower arrangements gathered together in groups—This centerpiece can make a very dramatic statement if unusual combinations of flowers are used such as black roses or sterling roses and various white flowers in different shapes. Contrast is always good.

Rose Gold vases—Rose gold is a trend that has found its way into jewelry, clothing and accessories, hair color and home decor in the past few years. Why not include the trend in your centerpieces? Vases can be painted with craft paint or dipped in rose gold glitter for a striking effect.

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Wedding reception with floral arrangement of white orchids

Centerpiece Ideas for Your Special Day

With Valentines Day around the corner, we all have romance on our minds! And with romance comes weddings and flowers! Finding unique flowers for your tablescapes can be a challenge. Here are five suggestions for beautiful and unique centerpieces that will liven up any reception table:

Live orchid plants as centerpieces— These plants are lovely and exotic and make a wonderful take home gift that will last for seasons. Since they are tall and stunning they do not need anything extra to make a statement.

Different flowers arranged in a single color—This look can create a simple and elegant impression and add interesting texture to the tablescape.

Small flower arrangements gathered together in groups—This centerpiece can make a very dramatic statement if unusual combinations of flowers are used such as black roses or sterling roses and various white flowers in different shapes. Contrast is always good.

Rose Gold vases—Rose gold is a trend that has found its way into jewelry, clothing and accessories, hair color and home decor in the past few years. Why not include the trend in your centerpieces? Vases can be painted with craft paint or dipped in rose gold glitter for a striking effect.

Five Interesting and Doable Wedding Trends for 2019

Coral themed bridesmaid dresses

2019 color of the year - living coralThe Pantone Color of the Year: Living Coral

Pantone chose “Living Coral” as its 2019 Color of the Year. Living Coral is “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge,” according to Pantone. Look for Living Coral everywhere – from wall paint to garden flowers and of course, wedding themes.

Simple. Classic Couture

Thanks to Meghan Markle, a return to timeless styles. Think Audrey Hepburn, the 1950s… less is more. For a fun trip back in time, sally over to Miranda’s Vintage Bridal in Tremont.

Bridesmen and Groomsgirls

“By the time I was asked to be a groomsman, I had never even been a bridesmaid. Growing up, my best friends were boys. It’s not that I didn’t have any female friends – I did then and I do now, and I love them all. So I shouldn’t have been surprised when I was asked to be a groomsgirl at my brother’s wedding,” says Lindsay Pietroluongo on Wedding Wire. Check out this article, “What it’s REALLY Like to Be a Groomsgirl.”

Eco-Conscious Weddings

The Royals pushed the frontier of 2019’s trends not only in fashion but this focus: environmentally friendly decor and local foods. Check out these plantable wedding invitations by Botanical Paperworks.

Bring Nature Inside

Look for greenery to replace flower centerpieces and bouquets. The Knot has pulled together this article full of bouquet ideas!