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Classic Al Fresco Summer Loft Wedding in Georgia

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 24, 2014

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Courtney and Cody were married in a traditional church ceremony at Cathedral of Christ the King followed by a reception at Summerour Studio in Atlanta, Ga. on August 31. “The one thing about our venue that told us it was the one was that it felt like stepping into a different world,” Courtney said. “The Summerour architecture firm transformed the studio from a printing company into a breathtaking space with an al fresco courtyard reminscent of a Tuscan villa all in the heart of industrial West Midtown.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of Kate Spade peep toe high heels with bows, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a matching tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, hydrangeas, and greenery. “There were so many elements of my family that accompanied me as I walked down the aisle,” she said. “From my grandmother’s wedding gown lace wrapped around my bouquet to charm-sized photos of my father and grandfather that had passed away two years before. And, of course, having my brother give me away made the moment all the more special too.” Flower girls even handed out stemmed white roses to guests during the processional and recessional. Following cocktail hour, dinner and dancing began. “After grappling between two songs,  [our first dance] was a Jason Mraz song, but later in the evening, an Adele song played, and we were able to share another more intimate, private dance,” Courntey said. Farm tables were decorated with pink runners, tall centerpieces along with trailing antique vases and vessels, wine bottle numbers, and peach cake pops, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Things will not go wrong on your wedding day,” she said. “They will go differently. This helped put changes into details into perspective and allowed me to not be able to deeply invested in one planning element.”

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Photography: Blume Photography | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of Christ the King | Reception Venue: Summerour Studio | Event Planner: Kate and Campbell Creative Weddings and Events | Dress Designer: Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija from Joan Pillow Bridal | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jasmine Bridal from Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique | Hair Stylist: Van Michael’s Highlands | Makeup Artist: The Moore Agency | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Officiant: Frank McNamee | Ceremony Musicians: Tim Wissler and Wanda Yang Temko | Invitations: Bella Figura from Paces Paper by Jackie, Inc. | Floral Designer: Unique Floral Expressions | Caterer: Bold American Catering | Cake: For Goodness Cakes | DJ: EEP Events 

Vibrant Pink and Orange Summer Beach Wedding in Hawaii

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 23, 2014

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Caitlin and Nicholas were married at Olowalu Plantation House in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii on July 13. “I researched a lot of different venues on Maui,” Caitlin said. “We saw stunning pictures of Olowalu and felt that it was an absolute gem but wanted to make sure the heavenly pictures weren’t deceiving. We live almost 5,000 miles away in Pennsylvania, so we were hoping it wasn’t too good to be true. Our phenomenal wedding planner told us it was her favorite on the entire island! I just loved all the options for backdrops.” The bride wore a strapless drop-waisted wedding gown with a beaded bodice, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and headband, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, orchids, and lilies. “The moment that I can’t stop thinking about is right after my mom helped me get into my dress,” she said. “I walked towards Nick for our first look. He had his back towards me, and when I tapped him on the shoulder, he turned around, his eyes welled up, and he just stood there and stared at me. He told me I looked awesome so many times, and it was so sweet.” The ceremony took place overlooking the ocean with 23 close family and friends in attendance, who had traveled from Charolette, Philadelphia, and even Tampa too. After the vows were sealed with a kiss, the newlyweds recessed down the aisle with petals being thrown at them. Cocktails were served via beverage dispensers next to a pineapple ice sculpture. Reception tables were decorated with white linens, orange runners, bamboo chargers, and palm tree place card holders at each setting. There was also a hula and fire dancer performing for extra entertainment. Plus, sparklers during the cake cutting! The newlyweds’ best advice? “I would encourage couples to plan their wedding as a team,” Caitlin said.

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Photography: MeewMeew Studios | Videography: Hi Focused | Venue: Olowalu Plantation House | Event Planner: Cherise Vonae Shulman of The Perfect Wedding Maui | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals from Ashley’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dessy Group from Page Six | Hair and Makeup Artist: Bridal Hair on Maui | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Country Bride and Gent | Officiant: Laki Kaahumanu | Ceremony Musician: Joshua Kahula | Invitations: Mospens Studio | Floral Designer: Sunya Flowers & Plants | Caterer: Food for the Soul | Cake: Cake Fanatics in Maui | DJ: Maui Wedding DJ 

Handmade Rustic Yellow Fall Barn Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 22, 2014

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Callie and Aaron were married at the Midway Village Museum Center in Rockford, Ill. on September 29. “We loved the rustic, wooden barn, and the garden area next to it,” Callie said. “It was a gorgeous, relaxed setting for a gathering with our family and friends.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with braided, sideswept updo, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, khaki pants, and a brown herringbone tweed vest, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short yellow dresses and carried bouquets of sunflowers, craspedia balls, berries, wheat, and greenery. “The moment we were giving our vows,” she said. “Although, it went quickly, we wrote them ourselves and that made them genuine.” The couple also incorporated a traditional Korean tea into the ceremony, which represented the uniting of two families. They previously lived in South Korea at one point in time. The reception was filled to the brim with homemade touches. Tables were decorated with white lienens, burlap-wrapped centerpieces, and galvanized metal buckets. “We had guests bring pies for dessert and held a ‘Cutie Pie’ contest complete with prizes. We snuck away for a bit during dinner and tried all 18 of them and then gave awards in various categories following. These details made the day feel uniquely ours,” she said. Aaron brewed beer too — “Happy Trails EPA” and “Speckled Heifer Farmhouse Ale.” A bluegrass band kept guests on the dance floor all night long. “Having live music really brought the party and got the mother-of-the-bride playing washboard,” Callie said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “It is the one time you have everyone you love in one place,” she said. “Bask in the love and soak up the joy as much as you can. It truly is sharing your wedding with the ones you love most in the world that makes it special.”

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Photography: SweetCheeks Photography | Venue: Midway Village Museum Center | Dress Store: Great Hang-Ups Consigment Shop | Groom’s Attire: J.Crew | Floral Designer: Enders Flowers | Caterer: ABC Catering | Band: The Oak Street Ramblers 

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Jamie and Kevin were married at Ernest Hemingway House and Museum in Key West, Fla. on April 5. “They had the pleasure of getting married in the beautiful home of the author and journalist Ernest Hemingway, famous novelist and nobel prize and pulitzer prize winner of ‘The Old Man and the Sea’,” Claudia Cebrian of Clau Photography Fine Art said. “The location gifted the couple with history and converted their union into a very special moment for all.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with capped sleeves, accessorized with a single bloom in her curly updo, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short and long green chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, calla lilies, stephanotis. “The bouquets were in pastel tones of white, cream, baby pink, and fuchsia added a touch of color,” she said. The ceremony took place outside in the garden underneath a pergola. Dinner and dancing began after the vows. Guests were welcomed with none other than a display with a vintage typewriter, books, and cigar boxes. Plus, a palm tree picture frame with the quote, “Palm trees and summer air, your love will always take me there,” that served double-duty as the book of well wishes and advice. Tables were decorated with white linens, lace runners, mercury glass centerpieces and candles, and thank-you favor boxes attached with a key at each place setting. At the end of the night, the reception was lit with paper lanterns, the three-tiered cake was cut, served, and devoured, and smiles, tears, and laughter could be seen and heard all around.

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Photography: Clau Photography Fine Art | Venue: Ernest Hemingway House and Museum | Event Planner: Anna Morawski | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals | Officiant: Kenna Ryman | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Floral Designer: Mama Flowers, Inc. | Caterer: Catered Affairs of Key West | Cake: Key West Cakes | Rentals: Eventfully Yours | DJ: Soundwave 

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McKenna and Joseph were married at Silverleaf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. on May 3. “It was gorgeous!” McKenna said. “It reminded us of a Tuscan villa.” The bride wore a strapless satin mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls with a chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long black chiffon dresses with halter necklines and carried bouquets of peonies, hydrangeas, and orchids. The ceremony was held outside overlooking the canyons of the McDowell Mountains. “Holding Joseph’s hands when I met him at the altar [was the moment in my wedding I can't stop thinking about],” she said. “I was so happy and excited to call him my husband.” Guests were greeted into the courtyard with a fountain originially from the borders of France and Spain! “It was most likely used as a functional source of drinking water for villagers,” according to The Silverleaf Club’s website. Tables were decorated with white linens, floating vase centerpieces, and a wine bottle, which served double-duty as a favor, at each place setting, surrounded by chiavari chairs. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Patience,” McKenna said. “Try to get as much done early on. It makes it much easier plus a lot of vendors tend to book up quickly.” Bonus: Be sure to check out The Bubbly Blonde

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Photography: Renee Clancy Photography | Videography: Images by Reed | Venue: Silverleaf Club | Event Planner: Amy Mancuso Events | Dress Designer: Vera Wang from Nordstrom | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair Stylist: Ray Issa | Makeup Artist: Erica Smith | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Debbi Brown | Ceremony Musicians: Sweetwater Strings | Invitations: Write On’s | Floral Designer: Teonna’s Floral Design | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake, Inc. | Band: Snake Eyes 

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