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Rustic Blue Summer Ranch Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 13, 2013

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Melissa and Aaron were married on one of the hottest days of summer, but that didn’t keep this soiree from happening. The bride walked down the aisle wearing a sweetheart mermaid wedding gown and accessorized with a flower hair pin in her side updo whereas the groom wore a gray suit and pale blue tie, which also matched the bridesmaids’ chiffon dresses. Floral arrangements featured baby’s breath, roses, dahlias, succulents, and scabiosa pods. During the outdoor ceremony, Melissa and Aaron filled a mason jar of sand together to represent their unity. Each guest received a “to have and to hold and to keep your beer cold” koozie at each place setting, enjoyed a “love is sweet” candy bar filled with jolly ranchers, lollipops, reese’s pieces, and sour patch kids, and slipped on a pair of dancing shoes to keep comfy.

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Photography: Leif Brandt Photography | Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Event Coordinators: Anchored by Love Events | Floral Designer: Leaf it to Lexi | DJ: RedShoe

Samara & Jeremy 

July 11 

Lahaina, Hawaii 

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Q & A with the Bride & Groom: 

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

The big, beautiful exotic trees and the ceremony area right next to palm trees and the ocean.  It was such a perfect setting to walk down the aisle.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Our musicians – Shea Derrick and Full Flavor worked with us on which kind of music we wanted and played an eclectic selection of our choices and theirs, live!  They let us pick songs that they would learn and sing, and our guests were amazed since the covers sounded so awesome.  It was a mix between Shea singing, a guitarist, and a DJ, and they were fabulous!  

2. The food – Aloha Events catered and bartended.  We made a custom around the world menu with dishes from different countries we’ve traveled to.  The food was superb, and the staff was great!  

3. The cake – Maui Wedding Cakes designed a custom cake that looked like a mountain.  We ordered rock climbing figurines from MyWeddingDolls.com that were designed to look like us, which were placed on the cake as rock climbers.  Figurines of our two dogs were on top of the cake.  The designer used string for the climbing rope.  We gave her an extremely unique cake request, and she nailed it.

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

Bride – Walking down the aisle and seeing my soon-to-be husband waiting for me.  The look on his face filled my heart with so much joy and love, and I knew I was feeling the same thing he was – overwhelming happiness to spend the rest of our lives together.

Groom – We secretly took dance lessons once a week for like 5 months.  We wanted a dance with big lifts and choreography that would blow our guests away.  We couldn’t decide between her choice, Pearl Jam’s “Love Reign O’er Me” and my choice, O.A.R.’s “Hey Girl,” so we decided to do 2 dances.  Our first one was for our first dance “Love Reign O’er Me” was formal and dramatic.  Much later in the night, we surprised everyone with another dance.  “Hey Girl” was swing and playful, and I lifted Samara over my head a few times.  So much fun.  We undertook a huge challenge, but it was my favorite memory.  No one expected a dance like that, let alone two dances!

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Classic Ivory Historic Home Wedding in Georgia

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 22, 2013

Laura & Jason

October 13

Savannah, Georgia 

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From the photographer: “Laura and Jason wanted to marry somewhere central for their guests, though they would travel the furthest from Los Angeles, between Florida and North Carolina. They wanted a southern wedding and chose the Harper Fowlkes House, which is an outdoor courtyard in the Historic District of Savannah. Caroline Carter implemented a design and had them married under a fabric-swatched oak tree in the square, had their guests’ cocktail hour inside the Harper Fowlkes House then proceeded to the courtyard for a seated banquet dinner.” –Donna Van Breuning of Donna Van Breuning Photographers

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Christopher & Andrew

June 15

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Q & A with the Couple:

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

The natural setting. The park sits on the other side of the Oak Leaf bike trail. To get into the park, you have to walk through a tunnel—it’s like to shed the city and step into a wonderful natural setting. Also, the ceremony space sits right on the bank of the Milwaukee River with woods on the other side. It was just the perfect setting that we wanted.

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. The “make your own s’mores” bar—this was put together by our caterer, Potawatomi Bingo Casino. It was a HUGE hit with our guests.
  2. Our wedding party transportation, Cream City Rickshaw. Such an awesome way to tour the city of Milwaukee! The drivers were very nice and friendly, so was the owner in planning the route and payments! The wedding party loved it because they were carted around and got a lot of compliments from passers-by when we were  riding through the Third Ward. For Andrew and I, we loved the time to be able to spend together and just talk about what had happened, what was about to happen and how happy we were.
  3. Our DJ. A friend of ours was our DJ, and we told him “no traditional wedding music.” We wanted to have a nightclub feel with the music to keep the party going until the very end. Needless to say, the dance floor was packed the entire night, and the reception venue turned on the lights at the end of the night and said, “that’s it! You guys need to leave.”

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

Dancing down the center aisle to “Chasing the Sun” by The Wanted, holding hands, smiling ear to ear and knowing that we had just pledged ourselves to each other for the rest of our life. (And we are so thrilled that Brittany captured that moment in the photo!).

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Leslie & Matt

April 27

Cleveland, Ohio

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Q & A with the Couple:

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

It is truly a hidden gem in downtown Cleveland.  Not many people know about it and when you walk in, you are truly enamored by the grandeur and history of it.  It was beautifully charming and expressed both of our personalities.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. I wore the same train that my mom wore on her wedding day and my sister wore it on her wedding day as well.
  2. Matt and I met sailing and my Dad actually introduced us.  My Dad passed away about a year before our wedding and Matt took one of the sails from my Dad’s boat to make the ring bearer’s pillow.  He even sewed it himself.
  3. We bought two sailboats (actually, Christmas ornaments) for our wedding cake to represent the way we met.  We painted them in our wedding colors and now we can hang them on our Christmas tree every year.

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

Matt:  The first look. The first time I saw Leslie in her wedding dress, I was absolutely blown away by how beautiful she looked. 

Leslie:  Walking outside of my mom’s house and seeing Matt waiting for me for our first look.  He looked so excited and so emotional. I couldn’t wait to see him, kiss him, and marry him! It was the perfect day and I don’t think I ever stopped smiling.

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