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Beth and Drew were married at Hotel Ella in Austin, Texas on October 25. “Hotel Ella is a beautiful, old Southern mansion,” Beth said. “I loved the vintage, romantic look and feel to the structure with their new modern touches. It was the perfect mix of old meets new!” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with capped sleeves and an illusion back, accessorized with her hair in an updo, jeweled headpiece, and a pair of platform peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short and long dresses in various hues and carried bouquets of roses, seeded eucalyptus, and succulents. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look on the front porch. “The moment when the double doors opened to the ceremony with my father by my side was my favorite,” she said. “. . . and Drew waiting for me at the end of the aisle. It was magical, and I will never forget it.” The reception took place inside the ballroom hung with crystal chandeliers and draped with fabric. Tables were decorated with white linens, tall mercury glass candelabra centerpieces, and chalkboard-inspired numbers. Dinner was traditional fare, including jalapeno corn bisque and butter lettuce salad. The three-tiered cake was cut and served following the father-daughter and mother-son dances. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Enjoy the planning process,” Beth said. “The actual wedding day definitely flies by so try to enjoy that time with your family, friends, and husband-to-be while you are all working together to create your dream event.” At the end of the night, they jetted off on their honeymoon to Big Sur, Calif.

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Photography: Camera Talk Photography | Venue/Caterer: Hotel Ella | Event Planner: Kat Kinney | Dress Designer: Lillian West of Blue Bridal Boutique | Jewelry: Megan Thorne of Eliza Page Jewelry | Hair and Makeup Artist: Mandy Granado | Officiant: Linda Johnson | Floral Designer: Arthouse Austin | Cake: Coco Paloma Desserts 

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Meg and Brandon were married at Vinewood Plantation in Newnane, Ga. on November 16. “The stables and grounds at Vinewood Plantation had that perfect relaxed charm we were looking for,” Meg said. “I knew the day would be beautiful, even if I had no money left to spend on the decor!” The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, sash, and a pair of flats, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with striped tie. “I wore my great aunt Margaret’s earrings for my ‘something blue,'” she said. “She was my mom’s favorite aunt, and I was named for her. My mom gave me the earrings years ago — they were special then, but it meant so much to include them in my wedding.” Bridesmaids wore short patterened dresses they picked out themselves and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, anemones, scabiosa pods, and succulents. “Our guests were greeted with hot apple cider upon arrival,” Meg said. “My mom made 150 felt coffee koozies and 150 of her famous caramels for cider stirrers. The handmade touches from our family and friends made us feel so loved and supported.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Of course, tears were shed! “I will never forget the look on Brandon’s face when we first saw each other,” she said. “It was such an emotional moment, even with our small audience standing 50 feet away. Planning a wedding is such a long and laborious process, but in that moment it was so clear why we were here. I was so full of joy (and relief) that the day had finally come.” The ceremony took place underneath a giant oak tree with everyone sitting in mix ‘n’ matched chairs. Afterwards, the reception was held inside the barn. Tables were decorated with burlap runners, vintage plates and goblets, and votive candles. Dinner was a traditional Southern fare, BBQ! “I loved having individual cakes on each table,” Meg said. “They served two purposes: table numbers and desserts. They were rum cakes, made using grandma Guynelle’s famous recipe. I made the bunting toppers and my mom scoured flea markets and goodwill stores for a year buying up cake stands.” For late-night snacks, s’mores could be roasted over an open fire too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Plan every last detail,” she said. “We loved Google docs to track everything. Then, turn it over to someone you trust and let it go.”

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Photography: LibbyPhoto | Videography: Chris Walker | Venue: Vinewood Plantation | Dress Designer: Vera Wang from David’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Dorothy Perkins | Jewelry: Tacori | Hair and Makeup Artist: Jaime Marsau | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Officiant: Sarah Erickson | Ceremony Musician: Danny Smith | Invitations: Studio Four Three | Floral Designer: Southern Stems | Rentals: Southern Vintage | Caterer: Fox Bros BBQ | Cake: A Taste For Homemade | Favors: Janet Lange | DJ: Amp’d Entertainment 

Multicultural Fall Mansion Wedding in Massachusetts

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 15, 2014

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Rosie and Sam were married at the Commander’s Mansion followed by a reception at China Pearl Restaurant in Boston, Mass. on November 9. “We fell in love with how intimate and beautiful it was,” Rosie said. “Every room had romantic details and perfect for pictures.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart satin mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, statement necklace, and a pair of Prada high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short and long netural chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, balsa wood, and silver brunia balls. “While walking down the aisle, all I could see was my husband and tears just started to well up,” she said. “Plus, reading our vows in front of our close family and friends too.” During the recessional, bubbles were even blown! “My maid of honor and husband both got me a plate of food to eat in between taking impromptu portraits in the city and greeting guests at the reception,” Rosie said. Not only was there a Chinese dragon dance but also a choreographed first dance performed by the duo. Tables were decorated with white linens, red napkins, wooden yarn numbers, and ladybugs, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting. They symbolize good luck. In lieu of a traditional guest book, everyone was encouraged to take a heart and leave a note for them to remember their special day by. A mini cake, topped with an exact figurine replicas, was served as well as bite-sized macarons. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Soak in all the love and joy and embrace the unexpected,” she said.

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Photography: Joanne Leung Photography | Ceremony Venue: Commander’s Mansion | Reception Venue: China Pearl Restaurant | Dress Designer: Nicole Miller from Betsy Jenny Ltd. | Shoes: Prada | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo Collection | Hair Stylist: Mary Chheng | Makeup Artist: Lisa Chy, Airbrush Makeup Artist | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Brooks Brothers | Floral Designer: Flora Organica Designs | Caterer: Crimson Catering of Harvard University Dining Services | Cake: May’s Cake House | DJs: Jenny and Gordon Wan | Transportation: Expo/Rollo Limo 

Eclectic Bohemian Spring Lodge Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 12, 2014

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Martha and Dane were married at Costanoa Lodge and Resort in Pescadero, Calif. on May 31. The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with an art deco-inspired jeweled neckline and illusion capped sleeves, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, baby’s breath wreath, and a pair of peep-toe flats, while the groom wore a three-piece navy blue suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon brown dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of garden roses, peonies, stock, and dusty millers wrapped in satin ribbon. Groomsmen wore button-up shirts, pants, and caps, accessorized with bow ties and suspenders. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look in one of the hiking trails. Guests were greeted at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains with scenic views overlooking the Pacific Ocean bluffs. “Our parents built the chuppah we stood under at the ceremony,” Martha said. The reception took place on the terrace. Thankfully, it was heated! Wooden tables were decorated with white linens, netural napkins, vintage plates and tea cups, pedestal terrarium centerpieces, and scrabble letter sayings such as “love by the moon,” and “live by the sun” surrouned by folding chairs. Dinner was served from locally-grown meat, produce, and seafood as well as sustainable wines too. But it was the mini cake that was kept between the newlyweds only after the first dance, father-daugher dance, and mother-son dance underneath string lights. Dane was certainly not shy when it came time to cut and smash a slice into Martha’s face! Other assorted desserts were up for grabs instead like cookies and lemon bars. “We even had a bonfire every night that our friend’s played jam sessions at,” she said. Fun fact: Out-of-towners had the option of staying the night in resort rooms or even better — Douglas Fir cabins and tent bungalows.

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Photography: Kreate Photograph & Design | Venue: Costanoa Lodge and Resort | Event Planners: Tessa Rosichan and Asia Carpenter | Dress Designer: Martina Liana | Floral Designer: La Fleuriste and Blue Heron Farms 

Glamorous Pastel Spring Garden Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 11, 2014

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Karisa and James were married at Serendipity Garden in Oak Glen, Calif. on May 25. ” It was a wedding fairytale venue,” Karisa said. “It had every WOW factor I was looking for with beautiful views from every angle, brand new barn that gave my pictures the cutest rustic touch, and it was all inclusive, which sold it for me. They took care of everything and that helped me be very organized!” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a low back, accessorized with her short hair down in loose curls, branch wreath, and a pair of nude Christian Louboutin platform pumps, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a matching tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, berries, and dusty millers. “My flowers were to die for,” she said. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. James’ reaction — pricesless! Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “As two families become one, we ask that you choose a seat not a side.” The ceremony took place outside overlooking the mountains. They even rode off on a horse-drawn carriage aftwerwards! “It took everyone’s breath away,” Karisa said. The reception kicked off with dancing, obviously. “Honestly, I think about how many people danced their butts off all night,” she said. “The dance floor was packed with all of my loved ones celebrating and having the time of their lives. That made all our hard work worth it.” Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, lantern centerpieces, and gold glitter numbers in picture frames. “My cake was not only the most beautiful cake I imagined, but it was also by far the most delicious I have ever had,” Karisa said. There was also a candy bar too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Do not sweat the small stuff,” she said. “There are so many details in wedding planning. If you worry about every single detail, you will not only become a bridezilla but also take the focus off the beauty in every fun aspect of it. This happens once, so enjoy every small and large thing that this experience has to offer! Let others help you.”

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Photography: Matthew Nigel Photography | Venue: Serendipity Garden Weddings | Dress Designer: Bellasposa | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Hair Stylist: Kristi Marshall | Makeup Artist: Bryanna Rodriguez | Officiant: David Sill | Ceremony Musician: Joel Ceballos | Floral Designer: Flowers, Etc. | Cake: Michelle’s Bakery

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