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Katie and Dante were married in a traditional courthouse ceremony followed by a reception at the University Club of Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, Calif. on August 9. “It was beautiful and low-key,” Katie said. “We love that combination.” The bride wore a BHLDN strapless a-line wedding dress with a tiered tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo and a pair of wedges, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a navy blue checkered button-up and tie. She carried a bouquet of carnations, calla lilies, proteas, succulents, scabiosa pods, and ferns. Guests were greeted inside the courthouse’s mural room with floor-to-ceiling hand-painted walls and two wrought-iron chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Fun fact: It dates back to 1850. “Walking down the aisle [with both parents was my favorite moment],” she said. Almost 80 sat in pews to witness the exchanging of vows. Once it was sealed with a kiss, it was official! The reception took place next door inside the historic mansion. Tables were decorated with white linens, mason jar centerpieces,  wooden numbers, and favor bags,”wishing riches for the new Mr. and Mrs.,” filled with lottery tickets at each place setting, surrounded by upholstered chairs. After dinner, a mini cake was cut and served for dessert. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Relax and enjoy,” Katie said. “As long as you have the people that are important to you in your life with you, you are all set.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers.

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Photography: Antonio and Paula Crutchley Photography | Venue/Caterer: University Club of Santa Barbara | Event Planner: Breanna Quam | Dress Designer: BHLDN | Hair and Makeup Artist: Shanna Spencer Style | Officiant: Julia Hamilton | Ceremony Musician: Jason Sulkin | Floral Designer: Padaro Floral | Cake: Crushcakes

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Alison and Kit were married at Moloa’a Shangri-La in Kauai, Hawaii on March 16. The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a braided sideswept ponytail, jeweled sash, and henna tattoos on her feet, while the groom wore a light grey suit, accessorized with a tie, Dooney & Bourke suspenders, and a leis around his neck. Bridesmaids wore long purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, orchids, seeded eucalyptus, and succlents. Even their dog was included too! Guests were greeted to the bali-themed architectural estate overlooking scenic views of Moloa’a Bay and a chalkboard sign that said, “The best things in life are meant to be shared. #durdererwedding.” The ceremony took place in the backyard promptly at 2 p.m. The chuppah was underneath a giant oak tree draped with fabric and hung with crystals. Alison was escorted down the aisle with both of her parents and then, circled Kit 7 times also called the hakafot. Once the ketubah was signed, the glass was broken. Fun fact: It was all live streamed for those family and friends that could not attend. Notice the fist pump during the recessional? The reception took place underneath a pole tent, hung with paper lanterns, a few hours later. Tables were decorated with textured linens, floating cylinder vase centerpieces, and votive candles, surrounded by folding padded chairs. The dance floor wasn’t complete without the hava nagila song being played with the newlyweds’ cast up on chairs. In lieu of a traditional guest book, everyone was asked to share a message written on postcards and hung on clothespins from vintage suitcases. The three-tiered cake was cut and served after dinner for dessert. At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to their honeymoon in New Zealand.

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Photography: Keith Ketchum Photography | Venue: Moloa’a Shangri-La | Event Planner: Alohana Weddings | Dress Store: Bridals by Lori| Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridals by Lori | Jewelry: Whitehouse Brothers | Hair and Makeup Artist: Erica Adams | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Toomy Hilfiger | Officiant: Kenneth Cohen | Floral Designer: Davine Blooms | Rentals: Kauai Tent & Party Rental | Caterer: Leonardo Medina | Cake: Cakes by Kristin | Band: Love Life Music

Cheerful Gray and Yellow Summer Garden Wedding in Utah

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 23, 2015

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Lindsey and Jordan were married at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 22. “There wasn’t actually one thing,” Lindsey said. “Everything was so beautiful. We loved the view from where we got married to the amazing gardens.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, structured bow sash, and a pair of mint Mary Jane high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short yellow satin dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, craspedia balls, scabiosa pods, and succulents. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “Welcome to the best day ever . . . tag your photos on Instagram with #JandLrock.” The ceremony took place in the Fragrance Garden underneath a wisteria arbor with scenic views of the Wasatch Range. Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official with almost 225 witnessing. The reception took place inside the Rose House featuring floor-to-ceiling windows. Tables were decorated with white linens, yellow runners, and vintage vases and vessels, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “Our DJ was able to get everyone out on the dance floor to celebrate, even people we would have never thought,” she said. “Our food was fantastic and different from anything else I’ve seen at a wedding. Just the support we felt from all of family and friends throughout the whole day was more than memorable.” A three-tiered buttercream frosted cake atop a wooden tree slice was cut for dessert. Even the cake topper matched their attire! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Be calm and start early,” Lindsey said. “Yes, this is the most important day of your life, but focus on the man or woman you are marrying more than stressing over simple little details. Remember that you are getting married and that is the most important part of the day. Start early and have people helping you other than family too. I was so grateful our families got to enjoy the day instead of having to set up chairs or worry if all the vendors were arriving on time.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of ribbon wands, and jetted off on their honeymoon to Florida.

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Photography: Dezember Photography | Videography: Lumineux Films | Venue: Red Butte Garden | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals from The Perfect Dress | Shoes: Mojo Moxy | Bridesmaid Dresses: Lily and Iris | Jewelry: Shane Co. | Hair Stylist: Kristi Baker | Makeup Artist: Tiffany Olsen of Highlight Beauty |  Groom’s Attire: Utah Woolen Mills |  Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Officiant: George Garff | Ceremony Musician/DJ: DJ Paul Helms | Invitations: Beautiful Wedding Announcements | Floral Designer: Petal Perfect Floral | Caterer: Le Croissant Catering | Cake: One Sweet Slice 

Scenic Mountaintop Spring Winery Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 22, 2015

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Erica and Michael were married at Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside, Calif. on May 3.  “It’s spectacular views had particular significance for us because we could see Stanford’s campus, where we first met,” Erica said. The bride wore a v-neck lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, ivory sash, and a pair of Jimmy Choo peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, peonies, Queen Anne’s lace, freesias, and green trick dianthus. “My grandmother wore a lucky dime in her shoe on her wedding day in 1948,” she said. “I kept this dime in a tiny box with the inscription, ‘something borrowed, something blue, and a piece of silver in your shoe.’  In keeping with the tradition, my mom wore this same dime in her shoe when she was married. She kept this dime in a vintage box for years, hoping that one day, I would be able to wear it as well.” Guests were greeted with cucumber ginger sprtizers to beat the spring heat. “Our ceremony was held at a hilltop overlooking the Bay Area, and we were fortunate to have amazing weather with a clear scene stretching from San Francisco to Palo Alto,” Erica said. “Walking down the aisle, seeing our family and friends, and listening to a very personal processional recorded and arranged by Michael, was a moment we will never forget.” Once the vows were sealed with a kiss underneath an arch, it was official! Cocktail hour began with none other than hors d’ouevres such as cheese. The reception took place underneath the pavilion. Tables were decorated with white linens, sage green napkins, mercury glass centerpieces, and votive candles. Bonus: freshly-baked loaves of bread and olive oils. “Even my dad toasted about how he never thought anyone could love his daughter as much as he did, until Michael came along,” she said. “And watching a tear form in many of the other dad’s eyes in the audience.” After dinner, a mini cake was cut, but not served because there was an assortment of cupcakes instead. The dance floor was packed until the end of the night. “We wavede goodbye to everyone with Tony Bennett’s, ‘I Left My Heart in San Francscio,’ playing in the background,” Erica said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Get a great wedding planner!” she said.

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Photography: Megan Clouse Photography | Venue: Thomas Fogarty Winery | Event Planner: Every Elegant Detail | Dress Designer: Amy Kuschel | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Hair and Makeup Artist: The Style Projects | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Nordstrom | Invitations: Soiree | Floral Designer: Amy Burke Designs | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Caterer: Culinary Eye Catering | Cake: Sweet Pistachio | DJ: Big Fun Disc Jockeys

Snowy Mint Winter Golf Course Wedding in Minnesota

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 21, 2015

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Rachel and Quentin were married in a traditional church ceremony at Edinbrook Baptist followed by a reception at Edinburgh USA in Brooklyn Park, Minn. on January 4. “It is only a few blocks away from each of our family’s homes, and a few minutes drive from the church,” Rachel said. “When I was young, my family would go to Easter brunch here every year, and I always loved it. I thought there would be no way I could afford to get married at a golf course, but our modest food menu put it right our price range.” The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, jeweled headband and sash, and a pair of t-strap high heels, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a matching vest and tie. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and dusty millers. Guests were greeted with a non-tradtional card box and guest book — a birdcage and globe! Everyone was asked to sign on destination spots for the “future world travelers.” Fun fact: the ceremony was officiated by Quentin’s uncle. Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official with almost 250 witnessing. Pine cones served doublt-duty as escort cards. Tables were decorated white linens, gold runners, mason jar centerpieces, animal numbers, and votive candles. “We printed off sketched pictures of animals so each table was a different one,” she said. “They looked really cute on the tables. We are so into animals, we already have three pets together and are planning our future pet family! The best part was that we announced that for any clinking of glasses, we weren’t going to kiss unless that table made their animal sound. When we first announced this, people started practicing their animal sounds. It was hilarious! It was so much fun hearing the animal sounds all night whenever anyone wanted us to kiss.” Breakfast was served for dinner and chocolate chip cookies instead of cake. “These are our favorite things, and we knew we had to have them,” Rachel said. The dance floor playlist was handpicked too. “I didn’t want to do anything except dance because it was all of my songs,” she said. “It’s cheesy! But in the middle of the party, the floor magically cleared and my husband and I danced to the Selena Gomez version of ‘Let It Go.’ We had just seen Frozen a few days earlier, and I was obsessed (even more than everyone else because, hello, I was a winter bride!). I love the snow and couldn’t believe there was a movie that celebrated it in such a great way. It was the best celebrating our beautiful new marriage in the -30 degree weather.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t get caught up in the things that the industry says you need,” Rachel said. “Make your wedding all about you and have it whatever way you want it. We had a ton of personal details and that’s what made the day so fun. We weren’t worrying about our wedding being perfect or ideal for anyone but us.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to Oregon for their mini-moon!

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Photography: {Ri & He} Photography | Videography: Coolpics Productions | Ceremony Venue: Edinbrook Church | Reception Venue/Caterer/Cake: Edinburgh USA | Dress Store: Wedding Shoppe, Inc. | Shoes: DSW | Bridesmaid Dresses: Allure Bridesmaids | Jewelry: Charming Charlie | Hair and Makeup Artist: Taj Salon & Spa | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Savvi Formalwear | Officiant: Kim Gustafson | Ceremony Musician: Chelsea Kimball of Powderhorn Brass Quintet | Floral Designer: Cathi Tristani 

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