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FAL-WIN 2015

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1 8 Fa l l | Wi n t e r B R I D E 2 0 1 5 Celia Callarman & Ryan Arnett Dream Day DIY October 25, 2014 The Wedding of Right after Ryan proposed to Celia at a winery in Sonoma, California in 2013, the DIY projects began. "My dad's a general contractor and as soon as we got engaged, he decided that he was going to build a pergola for us to get married under," says Celia. "It was this gorgeous, natural-wood, thousand-pound beast that he hauled over here from Colorado." Celia had already been part of a lot of weddings as a wedding coordinator. For her own, she chose Louisville Executive Aviation's hangar because she saw the huge, bare-bones space as a blank canvas where she could showcase her creativity. The big challenge of making the place feel elegant was the lighting. The fuorescent lighting already in the space didn't exactly scream romance, so Celia and her family spent the day before hanging strings of market lights. Celia also incorporated groupings of candles in hurricane vases throughout the venue. She added a romantic touch to her decor by scattering rose petals on the tables. Figurines on the cake that looked like the couples' dogs — a dachshund, an Akita and a Great Pyrenees-mix — were another personal touch. "I wanted them to be at the wedding, but then I realized that was a terrible idea," she says. The best moment of the day for Celia was walking up the aisle and seeing all the work come together. She says the ceremony was timed just perfectly so that the fall sunset cast an orange glow into the open door of the hangar. Celia's advice for brides-to-be: "See if the venue is yours for the weekend or if you only have it from 12 to 2 to set up. Having a big window to set everything up is key if you're doing DIY." "The best money I spent was probably on videography. I love pictures too, I love fowers and all the decor, but we've got a 10-minute video of highlights from the entire day that we can watch whenever we want. There are things that you forget and you're like, 'Oh yeah, that happened that day.'"

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