Eric & Emily - an Elegant Hotel Julien Wedding in Dubuque, Iowa

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Eric & Emily - an Elegant Hotel Julien Wedding in Dubuque, Iowa

Eric and Emily have the kind of relationship that makes storybooks jealous. From childhood neighbors to high school sweethearts, these two share a love for each other that makes it impossible for anyone around them to not smile. 

They both are extremely fun loving, hard working sports fanatics who love being around their families. They do quite a bit together whether its biking, yoga, hiking, or furthering their passion for travelling. (They have adventured to Mexico, Japan, all through Europe, Hawaii, and many other places!)  When I asked Emily what she loved about Eric, she said, "I love that Eric loves to have a good time, he's a social butterfly, he is family oriented, he's diligent, smart, and so funny! He makes me laugh more than anyone. He is basically loved by everyone he meets." Eric said that Emily "has an amazing ability to love unconditionally and see the good in everyone. She loves her family and friends, has a great outlook on life and always brightens my day. She is the most beautiful person I know, inside and out." 

Eric has hand written Emily letters for years and years. So of course when he proposed to Emily in Galena, Illinois it involved giving her another love letter. After getting down on one knee, he surprised Emily again by having their family and friends there to celebrate. So it was only fitting that their wedding day start with a hand written letter. (as well as some beautiful diamond earrings)

Watch the video above for the story of their beautiful day. I'll also pulled a few stills from a few of my favorite moments in the video below. :) 


Emily and her bridal party got ready in the "Al Capone Suite" of the Hotel Julien. It was a beautiful, spacious suite with beautiful light streaming in from the big windows. Fun Fact: the suite is named after Al Capone from his days of staying at the Hotel Julien when things would get 'too hot' in Chicago and he needed to lay low. If you like history you can find out more about HERE. 


Emily's father Andy passed away shortly before the wedding, and Emily had special touches to honor her dad. There was a special rare flower in Emily's bouquet, she wore a necklace with his thumbprint while she was getting ready, and she had one of his t-shirts sown in a heart in her dress. 


The wedding ceremony was held at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, where Emily and Eric were surrounded by an outpouring of love and support from so many family and friends. It was beautiful. (And I adored how Eric could not take his eyes off of Emily the entire ceremony. Every time he looked at her his face would break into the biggest smile.) 


Can we all just take a minute to swoon over the Old Hollywood glamour we get when you add supermodels Eric & Emily in with a beautiful white vintage car!? Eric's grandfather Harley owns this beautiful car. 


So the photographers and I stole away the bride and groom for awhile, and it was just magic. For awhile Emily and Eric were in their own little world, so blissfully happy. No words were spoken between bride and groom, photographers, and me as we just sat back and captured their state of pure bliss.

Side note: Emily and Eric hired Maison and Caleb, a husband and wife team of photographers that make up Maison Meredith Photography. I can't say enough wonderful things about working alongside these talented people. To see Emily and Eric's beautiful wedding photos click here <3


The reception was held at the Hotel Julien Ballroom. It was so romantic with fresh flowers and candlelight everywhere. Eric is a great dancer, and really has it down when it comes to dipping Emily.  Something tells me based on his Mother-Son dance that his mother taught him well! 

For the Father-Daughter dance, Emily's brothers danced with her, followed by her five uncle while a slideshow played showing photos and videos of her father Andy. It as such a touching moment.


The awesome team that Eric & Emily chose for their special day:

Ceremony: St. Joseph the Worker
Reception: The Hotel Julien
Bride & Bridesmaid Dresses: Miss Ruby Boutique
Bride & Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Watters
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Menswear: Graham's Formal Wear
Wedding Rings: Doland Jewelers
Photographer: Maison Meredith Photography
Florist & Decorator: Cathy Breitbach
Cake: Candle Ready Cakes
Transportation: Dubuque Trolley
Reception Band: Tim Stop Band


To see more Wedding Films by Katherine Mendieta, click here.



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Leighton’s 1st Birthday Party – Botanical Baby {Lakeville, Minnesota} Videography

I cannot say enough wonderful things about how cute Baby Leighton’s 1st Birthday party was!! Her party was a floral/ botanical theme and I just loved all the details that made the celebration extra specialLeighton’s Mom Toni styled everything to flower perfection hand making her own flower crowns, giant paper flowers for the desert table backdrop, Hibiscus flowers for the Lemonade and Mimosa table, fresh flowers everywhere, and the flowers that were edible on the cupcakes! The incredible 'Hostess with the Mostess' blog loved the details too, and featured the video on their blog!

Yet, what really makes this video great isn’t the decorations and frills – it’s the tender moments Leighton shares with her family and friends that really warms my heart. Such as when Leighton is getting into her party dress laughing happily without a fuss. Or when she pulls Dad close and snuggles with him while opening her presents. This adorable #botanicalbaby (the social media hashtag used for the party!) was surrounded with love all day~




Memphis Wedding Highlight Video {Brooks Museum of Art} A Toast to Whitney & Brendon

I was so honored to travel down to Memphis, Tennessee to film Whitney & Brendon’s wedding highlight video! The location for both the ceremony and the reception was the stunning and glamorous MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART - seriously such a gorgeous Southern venue!

Whitney and her bridal party started off the day getting ready together (Whitney did her own hair and makeup!). The morning was so relaxed with the girls toasting to champagne and mimosas, while jamming out to old school N’SYNC, Britney, and most importantly Spice Girls. I just loved the comfy pink robes Whitney made for her bridal party, especially since she added each of their initial’s to them!  The couple exchanged gifts that morning as well – Brendon wrote Whitney a beautiful love letter, and Whitney gave Brendon a gorgeous print of the PERITO MORENO GLACIER from their trip to Argentina. I’m not gonna lie, I want that print hanging in my house too – just stunning!


After gifts were exchanged everyone headed to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art to get dressed. Then Whitney and Brendon had their ‘First Look’ and shared a few precious moments together before all their friends and family joined them for pictures prior to the guests arriving.  The intimate ceremony was held outside, with a stunning floral arrangement by the GARDEN DISTRICT serving as the swoon-worthy romantic backdrop complete with the tall white architecture of the Museum. All the while a talented string quartet further added to the romantic setting. The Garden District also did the floral arrangements for a wedding that Prince William and Prince Harry attended in Memphis recently, so it is no wonder the flowers at W+B’s wedding looked regal too  I also loved that Whitney’s Dad not only walked the beautiful bride down the aisle, but officiated as well, adding the most heartwarming touch the the ceremony.

After the ‘I Do’s’ were said and the first kiss was planted on Whitney’s perfectly colored red lips,(seriously Whitney’s lip color was PERFECT and all of the bridal party members wore the same color – so clearly it works well with all hair and skin tones! You can buy this perfect Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Pur Couture’ Glossy Stain in #20 ‘Rouge Enamel’ HERE, or a very similar yet cheaper and non glossy option by Nars HERE. )  …the guests headed to the cocktail hour while we stole the bride and groom away for some more images and video of the two of them. The string quartet played inside while the guests were served delicious hors d’oeuvre. I about died and went to heaven as I walked in and they were playing the theme song from DOWNTON ABBEY! Ahhhhhhhhh!! As if this day wasn’t already perfectly romantic already!

The couple ate their dinner together in a private room with no family, friends, photographers, or videographers present – which I thought was just SO special. I mean how many couple’s get a genuine moment to enjoy their wedding day together with just the two of them?  The cake was from FROST BAKE SHOP, and I was lucky to get to have a piece of the ever so delicious Strawberry Cake – OMG! YUM! No wonder it is their #1 selling cake! I really liked the special touch of having the couple’s parents and grandparent’s wedding photos on the cake table – especially the cake cutting ones!  The couple was introduced to the dancefloor for their first dance by GARY ESCOE’S ATOMIC DANCE MACHINE BAND – and oh my goodness were they one of the best bands I have ever seen at a wedding! They kept the dance floor packed all night long, and I really loved when they had Whitney and her Bridal Party get up and dance to ‘Proud Mary’ with the band!

I also loved the special moment when all of Whitney’s Chi Omega Sorority Sisters circled around the bride and groom, and sang ‘Shades’. Whitney works for Chi Omega Headquarters as the Director of Public Relations and Marketing, so there were tons of Chi Omega’s in attendance to serenade the couple! Fun side note: Whitney and Brendon were married on April 5th, which also happens to be the day Chi Omega was founded back in 1895

At the end of the reception, the couple’s family and friends headed outside to toss flower petals at the newly married couple as they happily exited the museum and got into their getaway car - so much fun was clearly had by all on this absolutely perfect day!

I also just have to say how wonderful it was to work alongside the talented Christen of Christen Jones Photography – as she was the amazing and talented photographer for the wedding! I cannot say enough about how well we worked together throughout the wedding day, and even though we had only met, I felt like I had know her for awhile by the day’s end and I hope we’ll get to both be apart of the same wedding again someday! You can check out her beautiful photos of Whitney and Brendon’s day HERE!

If you feel like you want to get to know this beautiful bride even more, you can check out Whitney’s witty blog ‘A Toast’ HERE where you can read all of her witty and hilarious posts about her entire wedding planning process. Since her blog is all about ‘toasting’ to the events in her life; whether everyday happenings or celebrity encounters, I thought it only fitting to open their highlight video with a few clips of champagne So cheers Whitney and Brendon to an absolutely perfect wedding day!