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Intimate Surprise Spring Backyard Wedding in Florida

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 15, 2014

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Maria and Jason were married at their own home in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. on June 14. “Our engagement party was actually a surprise wedding to all of our guests,” Jason said. “For the first hour and a half of the event, we were dressed casual. We made an announcement over the microphone thanking everyone for coming to share in our special day. We then dropped the bomb that no one was supposed to leave because the party was really our ‘surprise wedding!’ We said were going upstairs to change, and we were to be married in 30 minutes. And that is exactly what happened. People’s faces were in complete shock, and one person even yelled out, ‘Are they for real?’ Once reality settled in, everyone started clapping and congratulating us.” The bride wore a strapless lace wedding gown, accessorized with a her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls with a jeweled headband, while the groom wore a khaki vest and pants, accessorized with a pale blue tie and pair of Vans slip-ons. Her bouquet featured cymbidium orchids. The very important extra was Piglet, the flower pup. Following the outdoor ceremony, dinner and dancing began underneath a tent. To beat the heat, refreshing drinks in beverage dispensers, such as pink lemonande, were served. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Not everything is going to come out perfect,” he said. “Just roll with the punches and enjoy your day.” Almost everything was handmade! Tables included burlap runners, mason jar centerpieces, lanterns, and lots of candles. “They were full throttle on making something beautiful from scratch,” Stephanie Rawcliffe, the photographer, said. “What an amazing job she did!”

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Photography: Stephanie Rawcliffe Photography | Dress Designer: David’s Bridal | Jewelry: Beverly’s Jewelers | Hair Stylist: Desire Roeser | Makeup Artist: Fernanda Vingren | Groom’s Attire: JC Penney | Officiant: Kristin Semple | Floral Designer: Hearts and Flowers Florist | Rentals: Kolors Party Rentals

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Candace and Iain were married in a traditional church ceremony at The Old Brick Church followed by a reception at Limestone Bay Trading Co. in Moorseville, Ala. on June 28. “The vintage detail of it all,” Candace said. “Dee was wonderful and provided us with all of our decorations. Think: mason jars and lace tablecloths, and the beautiful mismatched china plates we ate dinner on. It all fit our personality perfectly from the tent outback decked out with strng lights to the detailed organic flower arrangements.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and a pair of “something blue” strappy high heels, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a striped yellow bow tie. Fun fact: “I put my old and new monograms on the soles of my shoes, so I could start off my new life on the right foot and remember what I left behind,” she said. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look and exchanging of gifts. “My husband’s vows, I cried, of course, but they were tailored to our relationship,” Candace said. “He even promised we could have pizza every night if I wanted to. (It is my all-time favorite food.) Also after finishing up, he tried putting the ring on the wrong finger, which definitely lightened the tears and made it an unforgettable moment.” The reception went off without a hitch underneath the summer sky. “Food came in a close second knowing it was for us,” she said. “BBQ pork on corn cakes with mac ‘n’ cheese, green beans, baked beans, broccoli salad, and fruit skewers! Topped off with our delicious red velvet cake! We’re getting hungry just thinking about it.” After a few dances, dips, and twirls, the newlyweds were worn out. Plus, it was almost time for their honeymoon roadtrip across California.

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Photography: Caught You on Camera | Ceremony Venue: The Old Brick Church | Reception Venue/Caterer: Limestone Bay Trading Co. | Dress Designer: Mori Lee from Patina | Shoes: Alex Marie | Bridesmaid Dresses: Tevolio from Target | Hair and Makeup Artist: Ulta | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Officiant: Scott Peterson | Ceremony Musician: Lois Graff | DJ: Tyler King

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Ashlyn and Brandon were married at Cathedral Oaks Event Center in Belton, Texas on April 19. “They met a few years ago while working in the nursing department at Scott and White,”  Jennifer Lucia, the photographer, said. “The two have been inseparable ever since. I had the pleasure of photographing their engagement session a year ago and that’s where I got to witness firsthand the pure love these two have for one another. The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with off-the-shoulder capped sleeves, accessorized with a birdcage veil, while the groom wore a tan three-piece suit, accessorized with a solid tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long mix ‘n’ matched muted pastel chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and baby’s breath. Guests were greeted with a “Choose a seat, not a side . . .we’re all family once the knot is tied” chalkboard sign and given programs that doubled as fans to beat the heat. The ceremony took place nestled in between six-acres of oak trees. Notice the hanging crystal chandeliers and picture frames? Plus, the aisle markers boasted verses from 1 Corinthians 13. “This wedding was a mixture of fun and elegance,” she said. “Ashlyn put the decor together herself. She loved the country vintage theme.” Inside the great hall, tables were decorated with mason jar centerpieces and candles atop burlap runners and lace overlays atop chiavari chairs. The newlyweds sat at their own designated sweetheart spot. “The dance floor was active the entire evening, with both families cheering loudly in joy and joining together to celebrate this couple’s unity,” Jennifer Lucia, the photographer, said. The yummiest part? The candy bar! Complete with all-you-can-eat treats.

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Photography: Jenna Leigh Photography | Venue: Cathedral Oaks Event Center | Floral Designer: HEB | DJ: Make it Kount

Vintage Peach and Mint Spring Farm Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 12, 2014

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Ashley and Matthew were married at Mount Valley Farm in Orange, Va. on June 7. “It was convenient and even in the winer time it was beautiful,” Ashley said. The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with beaded lace appliques, accessorized with a birdcage veil, while the groom wore a white jacket, silver vest, and black pants, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder mint chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, gerbera daisies, succulents, and olive branches. Guests were greeted with a metal bicycle with balloons, milk glass jar crates, vintage trunks and suitcases, and washboards. Notice the transportation was a tractor and hayride trailer? “Our vows were very traditional,” she said. “But for some reason as Matt was saying his, I became very emotional, and I didn’t expect that kind of reaction from myself.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t stress over the details,” she said. “In the end, the important thing is that you have married the person you love.” Dinner and dancing followed inside the tented reception with Southern BBQ fare such as prime rib, grilled chicken, and cheesy potatoes. Yum! Tables were decorated with peach linens, mason jar and wine bottle centerpieces, and antique oil lamps. “Old family pieces were used everywhere,” Ashley said. The super-sweet dessert display not only had a cake but lots and lots of cupcakes topper with raspberries. And ice cream too!

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Photography: Bethany Snyder Photography | Venue: Mount Valley Farm | Event Planner: Kaci Daniel | Dress Designer: Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal | Jewelry: Kay’s Jewelers | Hair Stylist: Illusions by Teresa | Makeup Artist: Sarah Hayes | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Bell’s Fine Clothing | Officiant: Steve Melester | Stationery: Erin Gallahan | Floral Designer: Robin McCall | Rentals: Gibson’s Rental | Caterer: Mill Valley BBQ | Cake: Stacie Sanford | DJ: DJ Shaggi

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Reagan and Dan were married in a traditional church ceremony at Hamilton College followed by a reception at Harding Farm in Clinton, N.Y. on June 28. “There’s always something special about stepping back into the place where you first fell in love,” Christopher Szulwach, the photographer, said. “That’s exactly why these two traveled back to their alma mater from Washington, D.C. The beautiful chapel (the oldest of its style in the United States), and the Hamilton College’s campus was the perfect place to gather family and friends for the ceremony because of its rich history.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of pointe shoes, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a heart patterened tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of sunflowers wrapped in twine. Once the glass was broken, shouts of “mazel tov”  could be heard, near and far. “Everyone then made the short, mile and half, trip to Harding Farm for the tented reception,” he said. A chalkboard sign directed them to “find a photo to find your table.” Tables were decoated with checkered linens, mason jar centerpieces, and origami folded napkins at each place setting. “The big day was full of personal touches: sunflowers everywhere in memory of Reagan’s father and her special memories planting them with him each year as a child, Dan’s tie tack, which was passed down to him from his father, who is also no longer with us, Reagan’s bouquet was wrapped in one of her father’s old ties, the custom embroidery in Dan’s suit, and the fun selection of pies instead of cake,” Christopher Szulwach, the photographer, said. “Now, this is a wedding I would call classicly trendy!”

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Photography: The Story Photography | Ceremony Venue: Hamilton College | Reception Venue: Harding Farm | Event Planner: MLH Events | Dress Designer: Marisa Bridals from Julie Allen Bridals | Shoes: Chloe | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Knot Standard | Hair Stylist: Gianni Lauryn Hair Salon | Makeup Artist: Makeup Artistry by Monica Caplan | Floral Designer: The Clinton Florist | Caterer: A Moveable Feast by O’Connors | Cake: The Dessert Booth | DJ: Select Receptions by CNY Select DJs

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