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Lavender and Silver, Laughter and Love | Odyssey Country Club | Ciara and Thomas

Now that I've finally started this blog, I get to share some of our amazing weddings.


Ciara first contacted us about planning her wedding in January 2018. The months we spent with her walking through the planning process were so much fun! In fact, some of our planning meetings turned into a watch party for The Voice because we were both fans of the show that season.


This May 2019 wedding was filled with a light & airy color palette, a beautiful & loving family, great friends, and a phenomenal DJ. Here's the visual story of Ciara & Thomas' wedding day!


The bride & all her ladies were stunning & happily glowing as they got ready at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Photo by Roland Andrade Photography

The ceremony took place at the gazebo at the Odyssey Country Club.

Photo by Roland Andrade Photography

The handsome groom & groomsmen looked sharp in their grey suits as they posed for pre-ceremony pics on the Odyssey balcony.

Photo by Roland Andrade Photography

Tears flowed all day, but Thomas managed to keep it together as his bride made her entrance.

Photo by Roland Andrade Photography
Photo by Roland Andrade Photography

The same can't be same can't be said for Ciara though. She was a bucket of tears as she walked toward the love of her life.

Photo by Roland Andrade Photography

The light & airy reception had pops of lavender, lilac & white hydrangea and roses in the centerpieces created by the florist, appropriately named Lavender Fields Flowers & Decor.

Photo by Roland Andrade Photography
Photo by Roland Andrade Photography
Photo by Roland Andrade Photography
Photo by Roland Andrade Photography

The brides bouquet was also a beauty in the same color palette.

Photo by Roland Andrade Photography

...as was the cake!

Photo by Roland Andrade Photography

The other wedding details were equally as lovely







One of the many joys of my role as their wedding planner was to help Thomas fulfill he desire to do something special for his wife during their wedding reception. We decided that we would surprise her with a live saxophone player during their first dance; the sax is her favorite instrument!! I was able to contact Gerald Holden, a local sax player, and work with him to customize the first dance track so that he would be featured.


Photo by Roland Andrade Photography

You see, Ciara had already picked out the perfect song for their dance & we had to let her have it. So we created a custom track with the vocalist singing the first verse & chorus (as she expected). Then for verse 2, rather than lyrics by the singer, it was sax player! Needless to say, the water works started again.....


Photo by Roland Andrade Photography

It was a beautiful moment!


After dinner, DJ D Jones got the party going & the dance floor stayed full!


Photo by Roland Andrade Photography
Photo by Roland Andrade Photography
Photo by Roland Andrade Photography

I have to say, this was a truly wonderful day celebrating the love of Ciara & Thomas. Their devotion to one another & their daughter was evident in every detail, every speech, every photograph.

Photo by Roland Andrade Photography
Photo by Roland Andrade Photography

Thank you Ciara & Thomas for allowing the SouthWind Events team to be a part of your special day. We were honored to serve you & walk this journey with you!


If you want to see more, check out the extended cut of Ciara & Thomas' highlight video by Allan Nino.

~~ Creative team for Ciara & Thomas' wedding ~~


Venue: Odyssey Country Club

Planner: SouthWind Events

Florist: Lavender Fields Flowers & Decor

Photography: Roland Andrade Photography

Videography: Allan Nino

DJ: DJ D Jones, Spark Entertainment Group

Officiant: Pastor Willie Weaver

Unplugged sign: Nikki Ferreria

1 Corinthians 13 aisle signs: Just Kraft It Designs

Decor: Satin Chair

Throne love seat: Chicago Lux Rentals

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn

Bridal gown: Diva Dresses

Men's suits: Men's Warehouse

Bridal hair: Hairby_Lani

Bridal makeup: Ashley Leach

Menu cards & seating chart: SouthWind Events

Photobooth: Magic Uplighting

Cake: Cakes by Karen

Invitations: Good Times Wedding Invitations




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