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Glamorous Hilltop Summer Estate Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 13, 2015

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Laura and Omar were married at Bella Montagna in San Jose, Calif. on July 12.”There were beautiful views from every angle,” Laura said. The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with a ruched bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Steve Madden strappy high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin pink dresses with capped sleeves and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, Queen Anne’s lace, and dusty miller. Guests were greeted with a citrus-infused water station to beat the heat. Aisles were lined with petals and altar was draped with fabric and lit with a crystal chandelier. “It gave such a romantic feel,” she said. “It was exactly what I wanted. To be honest, it was when our officiant dropped my wedding band during the ceremony, and we were looking for it. People got out of their seats to help. We didn’t find it until after the ceremony, but it makes for a great story and something neither us or our guests will forget.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 75 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with sequin linens, white napkins, gold charger plates, mercury glass centerpieces, and pillar candles, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “There was a mix of American and Afghan music,” Laura said. “The cultural blend brought our family and friends together.” In lieu of a traditional guest book, signatures were inscribed onto a picture frame. A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Do what you want and not worry about traditions or what people might think,” she said. At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon.

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Photography: Retrospect Images | Venue: Bella Montagna | Event Planner: A Joyous Occasion | Dress Store: BoLee Bridal Couture | Hair and Makeup Artist: Nora Artistry | Floral Designer: Bloomsters | DJ: DJ David Kim and Kamran Joya 

Lakeside Gray and Yellow Spring Loft Wedding in Texas

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 12, 2015

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Heather and Kristy were married at The Flicker Building in Dallas, Texas on April 12. “There was an outdoor space available for the ceremony, weather permitting, and it was on White Rock Lake that held special meaning to us,” Heather said. One bride wore a strapless tulle tea-length wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, pearl necklace, sash, and a pair of bow peep-toe high heels, while the other bride wore a blazer and pants, accessorized with a pair of sneakers. The bouquet featured roses, hydrangeas, lisianthus, and dusty miller wrapped with lace around the stems. “Each of us walked down the initial portion of the aisle with our chosen family members, and then walked down the remainder of the aisle together,” she said. “We incorporated the Hawaiian tradition of exchanging leis during the ceremony because we lived in Hawaii just prior to the wedding. We also had a blessing of the stones by our guests, and then leaving the stones in a bowl for us to keep.” Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 75 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter inside the loft. Fun fact: There were distinct exposed brick walls, iron trusses, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking sweeping views. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, glass compote centerpieces, lemons, jars of mints, which served double-duty as favors, and votive candles, surrounded by white folding padded chairs. Each one was named after a city. For example, Honolulu, the place of shelter, and O’ahu, the gathering place. A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “The vendors we have listed are phenomenal,” Heather said. “I did extensive research on WeddingWire, and felt the vendors did an exceptional job and made our day perfect. Use these vendors!” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon.

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Photography: K & S Photography | Venue: The Filter Building | Hair and Makeup Artist: Kelly Espinoza of Haute Facade | Officiant: Ari Gray at Alternative Wedding Services | Invitations: Kleinfeld Paper | Floral Designer: Bridal Blooms | Caterer: Pappas Catering | Cake: Panini Bakery & Cakes | DJ: Kelly Hooper of Astounding Sounds and Lighting 

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Evelyn and Neil were married at Maui Dragon Fruit Farm in Lahaina, Hawaii on May 24. “When we knew we wanted to get married in Maui, we wanted to make sure our wedding captured the atmosphere on the island,” Evelyn said. “The Maui Dragon Fruit Farm was the perfect marriage (no pun intended) between the beauty of the ocean and the majestic landscape of the island.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, drop dangling earrings, and a pair of sandals, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a white button-up shirt, no tie or bow tie, and a pair of black loafers. Bridesmaids wore short floral patterned dresses and carried bouquets of peonies and dahlias in conch shells. Guests were greeted at the ceremony with lei necklaces and encouraged to soak in the views, past the fabric-draped altar, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 45 witnessing. Cocktail hour began with lawn games and Ululani’s flavored shaved ice. “My husband and I love ping pong, so we had a ping pong table,” she said. “We decided to play for who wins the first argument. Naturally, I won.” The reception followed shortly thereafter underneath the tent lit with paper lanterns. Tables were decorated with white linens, gold charger plates, pillar candle centerpieces surrounded by branches, and mercury glass votive candles. “For many of our guests, our wedding was the first trip to Hawaii,” Evelyn said. “Manutea Nui E provided entertainment and made our wedding feel like an intimate luau.” A three-tiered fondant-covered cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. “Although we didn’t have cake toppers on the top of our cake, we had them customized for our personalities, and it added a personal touch to the decor.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “As hard as it sounds, don’t worry about all the tiny details,” she said. “Being surrounded by your closest family and friends will make the entire day so memorable. If you fret about the small stuff, you’ll miss one of the best days of your lives.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon.

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Photography: Joanna Tano Photography | Videography: Hawaii Video Memories | Venue: Maui Dragon Fruit Farm | Event Planner: Hawaii Weddings by Tori Rogers, LLC | Officiant: Dennis DeRego | Ceremony Musicians: Manutea Nui E | Floral Designer: Dellables | Rentals: Pacific Isle Rentals | Vintage Furniture: Billy Goat Vintage | Caterer: Aloha Events Catering | DJ: DJ Liam Grist

Cozy Orange and Yellow Fall Winery Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 10, 2015

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Sarah and Matthew were married in a ceremony at Emmanuel Episcopal Church followed by a reception at Cobbler Mountain Cellars Winery in Delaplane, Va. on October 24. “They told us if we had it Friday evening, they would close the winery to the public for us,” Sarah said. The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with lace capped sleeves, keyhole back, and silk skirt, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept updo, sash, and a pair of jeweled high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long orange chiffon dresses with illusion halter necklines and carried bouquets of calla lilies and lily grass. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 16 witnessing. The couple exited amongst a sea of lavender. Fun fact: it symbolizes devotion. “Ellie Goulding’s ‘How Long Will I Love You’ was our first dance song,” she said. “Matthew took voice lessons and spent a weekend in New York recording his own version of it at his best man’s recording studio. His best man, Barry, brought in a full band and spent hours editing. The final product was played at the reception. Barry took the wave form of Matthew’s voice singing the last line of the song and made that the cover of the CD. He also had the same image printed and framed for us too.” Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, silver charger plates atop burlap runners, tall, overflowing, centerpieces filled with string lights, assorted pumpkins and gourds, wine cork place cards, and boxed macarons, which served double-duty as favors. A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. The newlywed’s best advice? “Invite the people you really want to spend time with,” Sarah said. “Having a small reception and being able to sit at one table and have conversations with everyone was really special.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon.

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Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty | Ceremony Venue: Emmanuel Episcopal Church | Reception Venue/Caterer: Cobbler Mountain Cellars Winery | Dress Store: David’s Bridal | Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Jewelry: Tacori | Hair and Makeup Artist: Ashley Zanatta | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Officiant: Kyle Pavel | Ceremony Musician: Billy Cramer | Invitations: Lauren Lainez (designer) and 123 Print (printer) | Floral Designer: Pauline and Bill Morrison | Cake: Confections | Favors: Andrea Carmona French Macaron

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Sarah and Stephanie were married at Regale! at DC Ranch in Scottsdale, Ariz. on October 24. “I wanted an outdoor desert wedding, and Stephanie wanted an indoor contemprary wedding — Regale! at DC Ranch had the perfect combination.” One bride wore a strapless silk fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a ruched bodice and skirt, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept updo, while the other bride wore a strapless silk fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a ruched bodice and skirt, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls. The only difference between the two: beaded bling. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, calla lilies, succulents, and lisianthus. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. “We realized that we had very similar wedding dresses,” she said. “Neither of us had seen the other’s dress before that day.” They even surprised each other with gifts! (i.e. a locket necklace) “We decided to walk down the aisle together as neither of us wanted to be at the altar first,” Sarah said. “That moment when we met up before was truly unforgettable.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 55 witnessing. “Our entire bridal party danced to Chris Brown’s song ‘Forever’ as they were announced,” she said. “It was fun to be surrounded by family and friends to start the reception right.” Tables were decorated with gray linens, purple napkins, and pillar candle centerpieces atop mirrors, surrounded by chiavari chairs. “I spent most of the year making paper stars by hand for the ceiling,” Sarah said. “They turned out beautiful.” There was even an entire display of family photos. A two-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Try and enjoy the planning process as opposed to stressing about it,” she said. “A wedding is a celebration.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers, and jetted off to their honeymoon in Hawaii.

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Photography: Robert Godridge Photography | Videography: Vince Robinson | Venue: Regale! at DC Ranch | Event Planner: Tony and Linda Laub | Officiant: William Erickson | Floral Designer: Artistic Surroundings | Caterer/Cake: Put a Fork in It Catering 

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