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Shannon and Neelesh were married at Lanikuhonua in Kapolei, Hawaii on March 28. “Lanikuhonua is the perfect site for a a wedding,” Shannon said. “The setting is so picturesque like a postcard. The Ihilani [a resort] is right next door also, which was very convenient [for out-of-town guests]. Hawaiian royalty used to vacation here in the summers, so you can imagine how beautiful it is! I’m from Hawaii. We knew we wanted to do it here. We thought it would be fun to have our family and friends together on vacation for our big day.” The bride wore a strapless mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a low chignon bun and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, tweed vest, and khaki pants, accessorized with a checkered bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short pink satin dresses and carried bouquets of roses, carnations, gloriosa lilies, and hydrangeas. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look with portraits taken in stilt palm trees. They finally said, “I do” overlooking Ka’ula Bay underneath a fabric draped arbor. Notice there was a receiving line afterwards too? The reception took place in a frame tent. Tables were decorated with white linens, trailing vase and vessel centerpieces, starfish and seashells, bamboo charger plates, and favor boxes filled with shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate, which served as favors, at each place setting. “[Our theme] was tropical elegance,” she said. “White with pops of fuchsia and yellow.” Guests were encourage to put on their dancing shoes also known as flip flops on the black and white checkered floor glowing with string lights. Extra entertainment? Hula dancers!

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Photography: Rachel Robertson Photography | Videography: Sprout| Venue: Lanikuhonua | Event Planner: Divine Weddings and Events LLC | Dress Designer: Pronovias | Groom’s Attire: J.Crew | Floral Designer: Passion Roots | Officiant: Boyd “Luna” Lyons 

Charming Hill Country Summer Ranch Wedding in Texas

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 25, 2014

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Katy and Michael were married at Pecan Springs Ranch in Austin, Texas on August 16. The bride wore a v-neck satin a-line wedding gown with a cowl back, accessorized with a finger-tip length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of wedges, while the groom wore a light gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a bow tie and matching vest and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, dahlias, and ivy vines. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Guests were greeted with signature cocktails such as “Mikey’s Something Brewed” and “Katy’s Sangria.” It would not have been a grand entrance down the aisle without two do-it-yourself wooden doors. The altar was highlighted with a vintage dresses and crystal chandelier hanging from an old oak tree. The reception followed inside the main building. Tables were decorated with galvanized metal and milk jar centerepieces surrounded by fruitwood folding chairs. Notice the Mr. and Mrs. book signs for the newlyweds? In addition to the unfrosted naked cake topped with a glitter “Love You More” quote, there was also a cookie and milk bar complete with chocolate chip, M&M’s, double-stuffed Oreos, brownies, and let’s not forget Nesquik too.

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Photography: Jennifer Weems Photography | Venue: Pecan Springs Ranch | Event Planner: Rustic + Refined | Floral Designer: Anahuac Florist | Cake: CrazyCakes, Inc. | DJ: Look No Further Entertainment 

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Kelly and Will were married at Brightfield Farm in Woodlawn, Tenn. on June 15. “Will and I wanted our wedding day to be a reflection of both of us,” Kelly said. “We chose to have it near Hopkinsville because we both met and started our lives together here. We wanted the location to be unique to us and immediately thought of a barn venue with a garden — something simple, shabby chic, vintage, and with a Southern feel. Once we found Brightfield Farm, we knew we found our perfect match! I remember as we drove up the long dirt driveway, I squealed to Will that I had a good feeling and that this might be the one. And it was! I did not look at another location after that.” The bride wore a lace v-neck fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls and a pair of flats, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a bow tie and suspenders. Bridesmaids wore long pink dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and dusty millers. “We wanted to keep the traditional vows for our wedding but wanted a meaningful unity visual,” she said. “We didn’t want to do the candle or the sand pouring, so we researched and found ‘God’s Knot’ where three strands of rope are braided together to symbolize husband, wife, and God, who make up the marriage. I made it out of rope that I painted: one pink, one sage green, and one white.” The only blooper during the ceremony? “The rings were on the ring bearer’s pillow so tight, we couldn’t get them off,” Kelly said. “The best man ended up ripping the silk tie with his teeth. Everyone clapped.” Guests were then free to play lawn games such as corn hole. Bonus: Dippin’ Dots was served to beat the heat too! Cocktail hour ended, and the reception started inside the barn. Tables were decorated with white linens, tea kettle centerpieces, tea cups, and vintage plates. Instead of a DJ, a band called The Pranksters performed. Two days later, the newlyweds jetted off to their honeymoon in St. Lucia.

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Photography: Swanky Fine Art Weddings | Venue: Brightfield Farm | Event Planner: Visions by Debra Harris | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals | Hair Stylist: The Look | Makeup Artist: Sherry Bryan | Officiant: Andrew Self | Ceremony Musicians: The Pranksters | Floral Designer: West & Witherspoon | Caterer: 4 Seasons | Cake: The Cake Artist 

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Melissa and Gregg were married at Montfair Resort Farm in Crozet, Va. on October 12. “Gregg and I love to go camping, so we wanted an outdoor wedding in the woods that was just as laid-back as we were as a couple,” Melissa said. “Our venue, Montfair Resort Farm, reflected our personalities perfectly and allowed us to incorporate lots of personal touches too.” The bride wore a lace dropped-waist wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore dark gray suits, accessorized with striped ties. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses in jewel tones and carried bouquets of dahlias and dusy millers. Notice they are wearing pashmina shawls too? “On the day of the wedding, fall foliage was just starting to emerge and beautiful views of the rolling hills greeted our guests [along with umbrellas],” she said. “Of course, no one hopes for rain, but that is exactly what we got. Plan B was already in place when the rain rinally stopped just long enough for us to have an impromptu ceremony outside by the lake, which turned out to be incredibly romantic.” Arrows directed everyone to the lodge for the reception afterwards. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, charger plates topped with favor  boxes, mason jars centerpieces, and wooden slab numbers. “The rustic decor was very much do-it-yourself with inspiration and colors coming from nature,” Melissa said. “A lot of things did not according to plan, but we managed to go with the flow and enjoy every moment because we were surrounded by so much love.”

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Photography: April Bennett Photography | Venue: Montfair Resort Farm | Dress Store: Leie’s Dress Boutique | Hair Stylist: Brianna B. Adams | Officiant: Jessica Fuller | Ceremony Musicians: By & By | Floral Designer: Blue Heron Farms | Caterer: The Local Restaurant and Catering | Transportation: Wahooptie

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Tori and Wade were married at The Duncan House in Tavares, Fla. on March 2. “We were looking for a venue that would do most of the talking for us,” Tori said. “The Duncan House, a 1920’s home, situated on Lake Dora, with it’s towering old oaks, made us feel transported to a different time. We took a weekend trip to Tavares and stayed the night there 18 months before our wedding. We knew immediately that it was the kind of place we wnated to share with our family and friends. The kind of place we wanted preserved in our memories forever.” The bride wore a ruched fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her short hair down in loose curls and a floor-length veil, while the groom wore black tuxedo, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long satin coral dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, ferns, and seeded eucalyptus. “A cold front came through the weekend of our outdoor wedding, dropping the temperatures down to a record 30 degrees,” she said. “The entire bridal party walked a couple of blocks to this nearby train station for photos, but it was so cold and windy, we just huddled together on the tracks to keep warm! We were like, this isn’t what we planned at all, but it sure is fun.” Before the ceremony, there was a grand entrace. “My dad has a 1926 Model T, and he drove me right up to the aisle,” Tori said. “Rather than have the bridesmaids escorted by a groomsmen, we asked each of our attendants to be walked down by their families or significant other. Wade even walked in carrying our, then 7-month old daughter, Juliet.” The reception followed afterwards in the backyard. Tables were decorated with white linens, navy blue chevron runners, gold charger plates, and candelabras. If dinner wasn’t enough, dessert was for sure! “Wade and I are HUGE doughnut fans,” she said. “When we first visited, we stopped at a little place on Hwy. 27 called Donut King. We knew that we had to have a donut tower at the wedding. It was a big hit.” Dancing was performed on wooden checkered floor underneath string lights and for extra entertainment, they played the shoe game too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Get started early, prioritize, and hire a wedding planner, if you can budget it,” Tori said. “Being in the industry, myself for many years, I thought I could handle it all, but thank goodness for Kehrin at Jet Set Wed. There were so many details the day-of the wedding that I could not have possibly done myself or assigned a family member to do. Knowing that I had a professional doing it all for me allowed me to relax (a little).”

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Photography: Matt Steeves Photography | Venue: The Duncan House | Event Planner: Jet Set Wed | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals | Bridesmaid Dresses: For The Bride | Jewelry: Dunkin’s Diamonds | Hair and Makeup Artist: Kristy Alonzo | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Black Tie Tuxedos | Officiant: Kim Hart | Ceremony Musician: Richard Blasich | Invitations: Violet Vetter | Floral Designer: Patty’s Floral Shop | Rentals: Grand Central Station Party Plus | Vintage Furniture: Sweet Southern Charm | Caterer: Levan’s Catering | Cake: Incredible Edible Cakes | DJ: Sean Corey Entertainment, LLC | Transportation: Model T Chauffeur Services

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