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Stephanie and Mark were married at the Historic Fifth Street School in Las Vegas, Nev. on September 21. “I had my heart set on another venue,” Stephanie said. “We threw this one in mostly because my mom had gone to school there when it was the only elementary school in town, and we wanted to check out the renovation. When we walked in I teared up, feeling like this was absolutely the place. But I had been so obsessed with my first choice, I felt like we couldn’t commit to the school yet. When we walked back into the other place, neither of us felt anything. It was just a place. We looked at each other and said, ‘Historic Fifth Street School it is.’” The bride wore an a-line tulle wedding gown with a satin halter bodice, while the groom wore a dark gray vest, white button-up shirt, and khaki pants. Before the evening ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. “I remember there were happy tears and mostly laughter,” she said. “The ceremony involved all of our family and friends, allowing people to get up and give advice or tell stories to show their support of our union. It was important to us to have them be a part of our wedding.” Following, a “this way to more food and cool breezes” sign directed guests to the reception decorated with wooden tables, turquoise runners, and floating candle centerpieces with yellow pincushion proteas. “Bistro lights were the only detail I insisted on,” Stephanie said. “The space practically demanded it.” Dinner and dancing continued throughout the night, even a photo booth provided some entertainment too! The favors? A deck of playing cards. How fun is that?

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Photography: The Amberlight Collective | Venue: Historic Fifth Street School | Event Planner: Scheme Events | Dress Store: A Bride’s Design | Hair and Makeup Artist: Your Beauty Call | Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers | Floral Designer: Layers of Lovely | Rentals: RSVP Party Rentals and The Wooden Trunk | Caterer: Masterpiece Cuisine Catering | DJ: Harry “O” Productions | Officiant: Hon. Timothy P. Magee

12 Popular Wedding Flowers That Are Always In Season

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 15, 2014

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Photos (from left to right): Jessica Schmitt Photography and Silvana Di Franco Photography

Afraid you won’t get that beautiful bouquet of your dreams because of seasonality? Wrong. There’s over a dozen flowers that are in bloom all year long, including chrysanthemums, calla lilies, roses, snapdragons, gardenias, baby’s breath, and lisianthuses. See more of our Flowers Editor’s fresh picks here.

Natural Outdoor Spring Restaurant Wedding in Tennessee

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 14, 2014

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Jessica and Ryan were married at High Point Restaurant in Monteagle, Tenn. on May 17. “Ryan’s surprise proposal took place on the very step I stood and married him on,” Jessica said. “High Point Restaurant sits on top of a mountain . . . The mansion, built in 1929, presumably financed by Al Capone, was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. Escape hatches on the roof and underground tunnels in the basement are what Capone used to transfer liquor in the ’20s and ’30s. When you see it, you can’t help but wonder all the secrets it holds.” The bride wore a handmade lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with a faux fur coat, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. “I drew Mrs. Shirley pictures of what I imagined, and she started the dress seven weeks before our wedding day,” she said. “It is made from one piece of lace, and we picked flowers out of it and placed them on my chest and back.” During the ceremony, passages were read from a Bible the two purchased together. “Instead of asking our 26 guests to sign a traditional guest book, we asked them to underline a verse of encouragement for us or one that was meaningful to them and sign their family name beside it,” Jessica said. Reception tables were decorated with sequin runners, tall centerpieces, and candelabras. “We wanted soft, natural colors,” she said. “Gold, ivory, and chocolate brown were the main ones, which we felt complimented the overgrown greenery, wood, and rocks surrounding the area.” The two-tiered cake featured a chevron pattern, and the newlyweds even had a pair of forks that said, “I do” and “Me too.” Bonus: a full candy buffet!

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Photography: Cortney Smith Photography | Venue: High Point Restaurant | Dress Designer: Shirley Ferrell | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Jewelry: Giles Dunn Diamond Company | Hair Stylist: Beauty Chalet | Groom’s Attire: Express | Officiant: Rev. Tim McGehee | Ceremony/Reception Musicians: Kelly Prince, Sarah Hill, and Cal Burks | Stationery: North and Country | Floral Designer: The Flower Shoppe | Rentals: Stewart’s Rentals and The Embroidery Company | Cake: Sandy’s Cakes

31 Fabulous Summer Wedding Favors

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 14, 2014

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Photos (from left to right): onelove photography

With summer wedding season in official full swing, it’s hard not to come across a million and one fun ideas on a daily basis. It’s true — we do this for a living, remember? So, we thought there was no better time than to share our absolute must-haves. Hot, hot, hot stuff sauce, pickled vegetables in mason jars, sunglasses, and personalized koozies — give your guests these cool favors at your warm-weathered celebration that they’ll sure not be able to seriously resist (or dispense).

Elegant Emerald Spring Garden Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 11, 2014

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Adrienne and Brian were married in an outdoor ceremony at Shakespeare’s Garden, followed by an indoor reception at The Hamon Observation Tower in San Francisco, Calif. on May 31. “My wife wanted a beautiful outdoor garden, and I wanted something architecturally modern,” Brian said. “Shakespeare’s Garden for our ceremony and the de Young Museum tower for our reception, it turns out they were only 100 feet from each other.” The bride wore a sweetheart fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with lots of texture, accessorized with a sideswept ponytail and feathered birdcage veil, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with matching solid tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of white hydrangeas and green tricks. “The book, which my husband and I made,” Adrienne said. “We spent countless hours gluing each page down and then Brian cut a space in the center for our rings.” Following the reception, guests were given a penny to make a wish with at the fountain. Fun fact: It was also in memory of those loved ones who couldn’t celebrate from above. The museum’s floor-to-ceiling windows provided scenic views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Tables were decorated with white linens and floating candle centerpieces. “Having all of your family and friends all in one room supporting you was such an amazing experience,” he said. In lieu of a traditional guest book, Jenga pieces were signed to build memories. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Elope, but if you aren’t eloping, then make sure you choose a photographer and videographer that you are comfortable with as they’ll be sharing your most intimate moments with you and your future spouse,” she said.

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Photography: Kate Wenzel Photography | Ceremony Venue: Shakespeare’s Garden/span> | Reception Venue: The Hamon Observation Tower | Dress Designer: Romona Keveza/span> | Hair and Makeup Artist: Cetana Salon and Spa | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Selix | Officiant: Nick Christiansen | Ceremony Musicians: Innocenti Strings | Stationery: Chain O’Lakes | Floral Designer: Urban Flowers | Catering: Grace Street Catering | DJ: DJ Blest | Videography: John Von Seeburg  

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