Sarah Jane & Paul – Winter wedding at The Lionsgate Center – Gatehouse

Sarah Jane & Paul got married on a snowy, December day. Unlike many people, they had 2 receptions with us here at The Lionsgate Center. Only people as sweet as SJ & Paul could know 600 people to celebrate with, therefore they had to separate the fun into two nights. But let me tell you, it was two nights to remember!

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The ceremony started at a place near and dear to the couple – their church. The girls got final touches done in a cozy room while the boys put on jackets on the opposite side.

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The “you may kiss the bride” just happened to be the cutest I’ve ever seen. 5′ 2″ Sarah Jane had a special stool to stand on to kiss 6′ 4″ Paul.

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After they made it official, they had a classic ride waiting for them to take them to their reception at The Lionsgate Center – Gatehouse.

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The Gatehouse was dressed up with warm and inviting linens with details that felt wintery.

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The favors were honey from Paul’s very own bee farm.

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Let day two begin!

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A fairy tale ending with a horse drawn carriage to end their spectacular day.

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Congratulations to Sarah Jane & Paul! We are happy to have celebrated this special day with you.

Sarah Jane and Paul’s Vendors:

Reception Venue – Lionsgate Event Center: Gatehouse

Photography – Revert Imaging

Catering and Cake Heart’s Desire

Entertainment – DJ Maestro

Cake – Nancy Best Cakes


Wedding Vows, Wedding Vows

I’m not even engaged yet and I get nervous at the thought of “performing” wedding vows in front of so many people! Does that happen to you, or is it just me? Well anyway…

I’ve been around a few weddings, ya know, just one or two. 😉 So I’ve picked up some options for wedding vows and thought I would share them with you!


The classic

I, (name), take you, (name), to be my [opt: lawfully wedded] (husband/wife), my constant friend, my faithful partner and my love from this day forward. In the presence of God, our family and friends, I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to love you unconditionally, to support you in your goals, to honor and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.



The Personal

Brian, because I love you, I promise to treat you the way you want to be treated, and give you the respect you deserve. I promise to maintain your trust with my words and actions. I promise to always be your partner in crime and adventure, your lover, your sounding board, your co-pilot, your sous-chef, your copyeditor, and your friend. I will tell you when you are wrong and help you to find a righter way, without making excuses or rescuing you. I will respect your boundaries. I will pack light. I will help you figure out how you feel. I will pay attention and give you time. I will listen, both to what you say, and to what you don’t say. I promise to always share what’s in my heart, even if I am afraid. I will strive to be my best self for you.


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The hilarious

“Jamie Marie, from this day forward I promise to be worth it. Worth the time. Worth the trip. Worth the energy. Worth the embarrassment. Worth your love. I promise that you will always count. You will always come first, and of course, if you don’t for whatever reason, I will buy you some shoes.

From the moment you entered my world, you have filled it with life, color, and energy like never before…like kool-aid in a mud puddle…or a cupcake in a salad…or a rose garden in a junk yard. You are my rose, Jamie Marie, and I promise to devote my life to being your dirt.”


Did you know that Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston vowed to always split the difference on the thermostat? I love that. Just what my boyfriend and I need to vow! 

Well, I hope this helps you figure out just what you want to say on YOUR big day! Have fun planning!!



At Lionsgate, we are not “just the facility,” we are a group of women (and a few guys) that really know weddings inside and out.
We’re full of ideas, suggestions and methods to take the stress out of planning a wedding, and most importantly – make it fun!


Planning Your Green Wedding – Environmentally Friendly Wedding Ideas

Check out this interesting fact from the Green Bride Guide: “There are almost 2.5 million weddings each year in the United States, with an average of 150 guests each. When you add up all of the food, flowers, favors, etc., … Continue reading

Take a comfortable walk down the aisle in TOMS – a lovely wedding shoe.

When Toms shoes first came to my attention I thought they seemed to be a style reserved for earth-loving hipsters, but once I slipped on my first pair I was hooked. Toms are not only comfortable (if arch support is not on the top of your footwear priority list), but for every pair of Toms bought, a pair of shoes is donated to a child somewhere around the world.

Check out the website here: Toms Website

To make outfit coordination a breeze, Toms come in just about every color and pattern you can imagine. At first Toms offerings were  restricted to a standard slipper style shoe, but they’ve now expanded to wedges, boots, and more!

When I dress up to go out one of two things happens regarding my shoe choice. ONE: I prance around in my cute high heels while getting ready, but by the time I’m heading out the door I’ve already made the executive decision to ditch the heels for flats. Or, TWO: I leave the house in heels because I am DETERMINED to show the puppies off for a night, but end up barefoot or walking like a crippled giraffe by midnight. Moral of the story – I don’t do well in heels.

Now, because heels aren’t my thing in “regular life” I’m not so sure if I see myself wearing this genre of shoe on my wedding day. Many brides who cherish the notion of comfortable feet on their wedding day are forgoing heels for cute flats like Toms. The perfect wedding day shoe! While some may cringe at the thought of a sneaker-like-shoe hiding under an elegant dress this trend is actually super cute and tasteful.

Here is the picture evidence.

TIP: It’s important for your “wedding Toms” to be straight-out-the-box so they look crisp and not like you’ve lived a whole summer in them.

Oh, and one last thing: a video we found that should tickle your fancy.

Chalk one up to “wonderful wedding ideas”!

Some of our favorite wedding chalkboard ideas.

The chalkboard was first introduced to the US in 1801, and I can only imagine that the this great new communication tool was  a thrill to school teachers. Well, today the chalkboard is a thrill to many wedding planners – vintage is making a comeback – in weddings! Mason jars, touches of lace, wooden crates, teacups, yellow roses – all friends to our chalkboard in the vintage theme! And, if you’ve visited Pinterest at all you know that vintage wedding is splattered all over the site!  Today these dusty relics (or more often than not – brand new re-makes) can form a beautiful union to create a whimsical theme that will delight your guests and make your grandmother feel right at home.

When it comes to chalkboards in your wedding  we are on board (no pun intended) with the trend!

DIY is a gem of an abbreviation today – there’s a whole DIY network on television and far too many blogs and social media sites devoted to the “do it yourself” cause. While DIY can be a wonderful money saving option some things should be left to the professionals. I’m going to dare to say now though that chalkboards for your wedding is one thing you should be able to DIY with a lovely outcome. So long as someone in your regime of wedding helpers has decent penmanship (chalkmanship?) and/or artistic abilities you should be fine. Switching up the frame, selecting different shapes of chalkboard, choosing a unique font to write in, embellishing with bows or whatever fits your theme – all great ways to customize the prop to fit your style .

As you can glean from our photo collage above, your boards can be used as props in photos, purely for decor, or they can give guests information that will be useful to them (the chalkboards true purpose!).

Pinterest is bursting at the seams with ideas like this. Check out our new board, “Wedding Trends” for more ideas we’re gushing over!

-The Ladies of Lionsgate