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Elegant Backyard Summer Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 01, 2013

Josephine & Erick

August 11

Belmont, California


From the photographer:

“Josephine and Erick are a soft-spoken couple, who reside outside of San Francisco. They are the proud parents of Bodie; probably the cutest French bulldog/ring bearer ever. Their wedding was held at their own home overlooking the hills of Santa Cruz. With the help of their coordinator, Yelena Johnson, they transformed their home into the elegant venue that it became on their wedding day. Guests were seated at two 24 foot dinner tables, and during dinner, they were pleasantly entertained by a slideshow movie of the bride and groom while feasting on local cuisine and wines.

The bride and groom chose to host their wedding at their home because their wedding day wasn’t just about celebrating their own marriage but also about celebrating friends and family. And they couldn’t think of a better way to do that than to welcome them into their home. Not just welcoming physically but welcoming them into the union of their life. Of course, having the wedding at home meant their French bulldog Bodie and his sister Bella could join too!

Everyone dined underneath the stars, and they ran in and out in between courses, crowding the kitchen island bar for celebratory toasts. They danced the night away in the dining room while overlooking the bay from the terrace.” — Jaime Viera, Viera Photography

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Wedding Venues 101

Posted by Kim on Jan 15, 2013

Looking for a wedding venue that fits your needs can be one of the trickiest (and unfortunately, stressful) parts of wedding planning. Happily, once you’ve booked your venue, the rest of the planning process will fall into place easily (we promise!). But how do you even start searching for a wedding site? First, you’ll need to pick what venue “style” most suits your personality. Here’s a mini-glossary of wedding venue types to help you get started. And don’t forget to check out our Vendor Reviews to find the perfect wedding locale near you.

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Ballroom: Want a wedding that’s grand, elegant, and formal? There’s nothing like a richly appointed ballroom. Ideal for black-tie weddings with a big guest list, ballrooms (either in hotels or other historic sites), often have in-house catering and rentals to make the planning process a snap. But it’s important to note: When choosing a color scheme for a ballroom wedding, you’ll have to take the room’s permanent fixtures into account – from the carpeting to the chandeliers to the wall color. You wouldn’t want your flowers and other decor to clash with what’s already there.

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Wedding Dresses For A Garden Style Wedding

Posted by Carly on Oct 17, 2012

Our first garden wedding thoughts are always about bouquets featuring the freshest of flowers, such as garden roses and peonies, set in multiple smaller bouquets lining the table. It’s all about bright colors too, which is why teal, coral, and even gold may be a palette to consider. Of course, a garden wedding wouldn’t be complete without a backyard game or two (croquet anyone?).

Below are some of the gowns that we can picture you wearing as you spend the day with your closest family and friends as you’re celebrating in a garden party themed soiree.

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Veronica Sheaffer’s collection featured a number of gowns perfect for an outdoor setting, including the Camellia – a tea length Swiss dotted chiffon design. The gown wouldn’t be complete without the flower detail at the waist and a keyhole back.

It’s not tea length, but we couldn’t resist including this Angel Rivera floor length gown because his Spring 2013 collection was inspired by gardens. The stunning floral beaded train caused heads to turn when it walked down the runway, and we think the same will happen when you walk down the aisle. The gown would look fantastic in a tent under the stars.

Josephone by Janet Nelson Kumar continues the floral waist trend. The large flower is offset by a full satin-pleated skirt and spaghetti straps.

**All Images in the Blog Post are Copyrighted by Robert Mitra and cannot be used without permission**

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Lush Purple Spring Backyard Wedding in Tennessee

Posted by Kim on Aug 06, 2012

Ashlie & Mark

May 19

Lebanon, Tennessee


Our Q&A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

 We chose to have our wedding and reception at my parents’ home because of the beautiful backdrop and landscape that was already present. We wanted an intimate setting with all our close family and friends , so it was absolutely perfect. 

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

The arbor that was built for our ceremony , it was breathtaking. My wedding dress, I felt like a princess from the moment I put it on. The decor for our reception, our tent had an array of table linens , flower arrangements , twine balls hanging from the ceiling, and our monogram on the dance floor.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

When I walked down the aisle and saw Mark for the first time. I was so excited and nervous all at the same time. It will be a memory that I will cherish forever.

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Chelsea & Hunter

April 14

Awendaw, South Carolina


Our Q&A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We looked at so many gorgeous venues in Charleston but Hunter’s parents house was set on the perfect backdrop so it just made sense.  We had the OK to have the wedding our way, and we were also able to pick any date (which can be very tricky with Charleston being a top wedding destination).

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

I have and will continue telling new bride-to-bes that it’s YOUR day so stand up and say it! Don’t over-invite because you “have to”.  A wedding is for you and your closest family and friends to enjoy and have those memories forever.  Keep the guest list small, it makes every other number grow.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

My favorite moment was walking down the aisle. I was so nervous and excited waiting to walk, but my dad helped make light of that and joked and teased with me. My brother-in-law was singing and playing guitar to Edwin McCain’s “I’ll Be” which I had picked out long before getting engaged. I had not told or shown Hunter anything about my dress so I couldn’t wait to see him. Once I saw him I really don’t remember the rest of the walk down. The nerves calmed and I couldn’t wait for that KISS! And to get our party started!

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