All Is Fair In Love & War

{This stylized shoot and article was written by TheWeddingMag and inspired by the Netflix show Bridgerton.}

Dearest Readers, 

The town is abuzz with the latest gossip that Lady Anastasia and Duke Matthew wed at the legendary Palais Royale in South Bend this spring!  

Lady Anastasia looked ravishing in her ball gown provided by Simply Yours Bridal and Formal Wear, with exquisite silver beading covering the bodice. The skirt of the gown features layers of glitter tulle under the lace fabric. The perfect gown for a duchess-in-waiting! Duke Matthew looked rather dapper in his all black tux and bow tie, provided by Louie’s Tux Shop, ready to greet his lady down the aisle. This magnificent pair is showing what true royalty looks like! 

The Lady’s side-swept cascading hair was created by Hair by Kayse. The headpiece was designed by Burns Special Events floral department adding in pops of color and fashioning a dramatic flair. The bride’s makeup looked stunning with a neutral eye and bold berry lip color done by Ashley Urban Artistry.  

The bride and groom held their grand nuptials at no other than the imperial Palais Royale Ballroom. This venue speaks volumes the moment you walk in, from the detailed 35-foot ceilings and architectural design, to the velvet drapery accentuating the almost floor to ceiling windows! The sophisticated crystal chandelier with gold-leaf will take your breath away! 

Burns Special Events helped make this magical day come to life creating a one-of-a-kind dance floor truly fit for the Duke and Duchess. The hedge bushes surrounding the dance floor and sweetheart table provided the perfect amount of privacy for the bride and groom and their guests.  

The rose wall behind the tablescape was an absolute treasure and highlighted the floral centerpieces, also created by Burns. A few of the flowers used, and to note, were Peach Stock, Sweet Escimo Roses, Candle Light Roses, Pink Lisianthus, Peach & White Ranunculus, Soul Roses, White Anthuriums, Baby Blue & Parvifolia Eucalyptus, Pampas Grass, Plumosas, and Clematis. 

When the guests were tired from dancing the night away, Burns fashioned a beautiful lounge to rest their feet and enjoy the company of the other invitees. 

The scrumptious dinner menu provided by Palais Royale looked like a masterpiece! They started with a stunning standing greens salad with summer vegetables, bacon, heirloom tomatoes and balsamic reduction.  Appetizers included: Smoked Salmon Canape on Pumpernickel, Endive Spoon with Honey Goat Cheese and Brunoised Beets, Charred Sirloin Canape with Horseradish Mousse, BLT tomatoes with Herb Aioli, bacon and spring lettuce, Grilled Crostini with watermelon radish, mascarpone smear and heirloom tomato.  The entrees were exquisite! Two plates were served: a grilled filet mignon with duchess potatoes, asparagus and a cabernet demi glace, as well as, Salmon wellington with a sauté of summer vegetables, carrot puree and micro kale. 

After eating a rather fulfilling dinner, guests were lavished with an assortment of sweets and desserts. Sweet-Em’s Cake Shoppe baked individual mini red velvet cakes for each guest along with miniature custard pies, fruit tarts, eclairs and a stunning four-tier white cake decorated with gold trimmings. The guests’ sweet tooth cravings were instantly fixed! 

The images that were captured throughout the evening were shot by the one and only Monica Z Photography. Her camerawork skills are exceptional and her attention to fine details are something that this Duke and Duchess will cherish for years to come! 

Yours Truly, 
Lady WeddingMag 

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