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Relaxed Eco-Friendly Fall Beach Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 08, 2014

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Leslie and Irfan were married at Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, Calif. on September 28. “Other than the fact that it’s a beautiful and fun location, Crystal Cove was a significant part of my childhood,” Leslie said. “My family and I spent a lot of weekends fishing and exploring the tide pools of this beach. We even loved that the area was preserved as a state park and not bought out for condos too. We wanted to give back since choosing the venue also provided some funds to the upcoming projects.” The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with drapped chiffon on the front and back, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Her do-it-yourself bouquet featured all seeded eucalyptus wrapped in twine. “Finally typing the knot was my favorite moment,” she said. “The applause from our guests and the public standing around was really amazing as we were introduced as husband and wife.” Fun fact: They both were barefoot! The reception was held outside on the deck. Tables were decorated with seashell-filled centerpieces, engraved wood slice numbers, and Coca Cola at each place setting. “We wanted to keep it low maintanence and simplistic,” Leslie said. In addition to cake, there was also an assortment of cupcakes! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Prioritize what will matter to you on the wedding day,” she said, “Don’t spend so much time on the details that you won’t be paying attention to anyways. Your guests are there to see you, not to judge or fuss about your centerpieces. What will be more memorable to them is how happy you both are.”

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Photography: Anna Delores Photography | Videography: Etch FIlms | Venue: Crystal Cove | Day-of Coordinator: Laura Lee Designs | Dress Designer: Selma Starfinger | Hair and Makeup Artist: Melody Vere | Groom’s Attire: Indochino | Officiant: Walter Morales | Ceremony Musician: Matt Akiona | Caterer: The Beachcomber Cafe | Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery | DJ: Just Dance Events

Handmade Vintage Gray Spring Barn Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 07, 2014

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Hannah and Jonathan were married at Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Va. on May 24. “The venue reminded me of where I grew up. When we saw the barn it just fit. It had originally resided on a working dairy farm that was the next town over from ours. They dismantled the barn piece-by-piece and put it back together once it got to the museum. It was incredibly unique in that it was octagonal shaped.” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with an ivory sash, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a matching solid tie. Bridesmaids wore long gray and mint chiffon dresses and carried do-it-yourself bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, sweet peas, and baby’s breath. “I am a huge family person,” she said. “I really wanted to have them be a part of the wedding as much as I could. Rather than having the traditional setup of girls on one side and guys on the other, we alternated it so that our siblings stood next to us. Not only that, but my brother carried our late grandma’s Bible with our rings down the aisle. It was very special. We loved her dearly, and it was heartbreaking not to have her there.” After they were announced husband and wife, it was official. Guests were asked write well wishes on pieces of fabric for a quest quilt. “A sweet lady from our church put it together, and we didn’t see the front of it until the day of,” Hannah said. “We will cherish it forever!” Reception tables were decorated with lace doily runners, mason jar centerpieces atop wood slices, and picture frame chalkboard numbers. “Finding all the vintage china was definitely one of my favorite details,” she said. “They were all so very pretty in their own right, and we had such a great time together looking for them.” In lieu of favors, red maple and dogwood trees were given out to watch their love grow from afar. “Since the beginning of our relationship, we’ve been blown away by how much we were made for each other and how much we were meant to be together . . . we put together a slideshow of us from infancy to where we are today. It played while we dance to ‘The Story’ by Brandi Carlisle.”

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Photography: Bethany Snyder Photography | Venue: Frontier Culture Museum | Event Planner: Sheila Pleskonko | Dress Designer: Justin Alexander from Diva Bridal Boutique | Shoes: Coconuts | Bridesmaid Dresses: Allure Bridals from Patina’s Bridal and Formal Wear | Hair Stylist: Holly Thornton | Makeup Artist: Salon DC | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Jan Engler | Ceremony Musician: Julie Kiracofe | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Caterer: BBQ Connection | DJ: Party Masters

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Janice and Adam were married at Callawassie Island Club in Callawassie Island, S.C. on October 12. “Our venue went above and beyond to make our day special,” Janice said. “They had never hosted a tented wedding on the lawn next to the big oak tree before, but they were willing to try anything we presented them with. We knew that between the venue’s willingness and gorgeous Southern setting, we had found the perfect place.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and pair of peep-toe strappy platform pumps, while the groom wore a custom-made dark gray suit, accessorized with a solid sage green tie. Bridesmaids wore long champagne chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, freesias, dahlias, lamb’s ears, and silver brunia balls. “The one moment that has been on my mind is the first look between Adam and I,” she said. “We had this moment out on the dock. Our bridal party joined us shortly after, but it was really nice to have it to ourselves.” Following the riverside ceremony at sunset, cocktail hour and reception began. Guests enjoyed lounging around on couches, sipping on refreshing bottles of water to beat the heat, and smoking personalized cigars. Tables were decorated with tall floral centerpieces, mercury glass candelabras with pillar candles, and wooden freestanding numbers.”The food was amazing,” Janice said. “The chef knew we didn’t want a ‘typical’ menu, so he created something that was more unique. It was all delicious. Plus, the music really set the tone, and the band kept everyone on the dance floor the entire night.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Work with a team of professionals that you trust and feel comfortable with,” she said. “These are the people that will make your day go flawlessly. I was at ease the morning of the wedding knowing everything would be taken care of. Never once did we have to worry that something would go wrong.”

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Photography: Hopkins Studios | Venue/Caterer: Callawassie Island Club | Event Planner: Embellished Events | Dress Designer: Jim Hjelm from Bridal Reflections | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Hair Stylist: Karisma Salon Wedding Team | Makeup Artist: Skinzin | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Indochino | Officiant: Christian O’Connor | Ceremony Musician: Phyllis Mauney | Stationery: Reaves Engraving | Floral Designer: A Floral Affair | Cake: Cakes by Lou | Band: Momentum Party Band

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Lindsay and Matthew were married at Silver Fork Winery in Morganton, N.C. on June 21. “The view of the mountains, the rolling hills, and the grape vines, the big oak tree — it was all amazing!” Lindsay said. The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with an illusion neckline, accessorized with a pair of comfy flats, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, thistles, dusty millers, and berries. “We weren’t going to have our dog, Sophie, at the wedding because she can be a little party shy sometimes,” she said. “But she came to the rehearsal on Friday evening and behaved so well, everyone convinced us to let her come, so we caved. During the ceremony, while we were exchanging our rings, I think she finally realized it was me in that long, white wedding gown, and she came over and started jumping on me. I tried to ignore her. Then, she started jumping on Matt too. Apparently, she was giving us two paws up!” The reception was held underneath a pole tent. Tables were decorated with wooden box centerpieces, vintage plates, lavender sprig-wrapped napkins, and of course, bottles of wine. “We had song requests from our RSVP cards for the homemade playlist,” Lindsay said. “It was fun to see what everyone picked, and we truly got a little bit of everything. I think it made everyone more enthusiastic about participating in dancing because our dance floor was full almost all night.” The dessert? Carrot cake and cupcakes. Yum! “It was my mother’s recipe, and I always made them make it for my birthdays growing up. It was special to have it at another celebration in my life.”

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Photography: Beth Ely of Jen Yuson Photography | Venue: Silver Fork Winery | Event Planner: Stacey Ripley | Dress Designer: Justin Alexander from Maggi Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff| Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Ceremony Musician: Paul Bowman | Caterer: HomeGrown and Blue Ridge Event Staffing

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Allison and Justin were married on Sunset Cliffs followed by a reception at BO-Beau Kitchen and Bar in San Diego, Calif. on July 15. Fun fact: It was a Tuesday! “Justin and I wanted to keep everything local to our town of Ocean Beach,” Allison said. “We knew the cliffs were romantic and beautiful without having to add much. We wanted to take our family and friends out for delicious food too.” The bride wore an empire-waisted wedding gown with lace capped sleeves, accessorized with a pair of jeweled neutral flats, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Her bouquet featured roses, dahlias, and succulents. “The most important and beautiful part of the day was when we read our vows to each other,” she said. A French-inspired dinner was served on the private patio, decorated minimally. Wooden tables included matching folding chairs, napkin-wrapped silverware, and a chalkboard sign hung above the fireplace. Plus, lots of #selfies were taken! The newlyweds’ best advice? “We had a lot of people, who wanted to help with the wedding, and we let them,” Allison said. “It was the day so much more special to have everyone involved. My mom made the dress Justin’s niece wore, Justin’s nephew played the ukelele for music, and my brother made the cake.”

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Photography: Brit Jaye Photography | Ceremony Venue: Sunset Cliffs | Reception Venue: BO-Beau Kitchen and Bar | Dress Designer: DB Studio from David’s Bridal | Hair and Makeup Artist: A Style Concierge | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Floral Designer: Camellia Wedding Flowers

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