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Kristine & Kyle

May 31

Ipswich, Massachusetts

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Q&A with the Bride

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

I grew up in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and I knew that I wanted to have my wedding in my hometown. There was no better place than the Crane Estate, simply because of its aesthetics and breathtaking views. We wanted to bring our family and friends to one of the most beautiful locations in the Northeast to celebrate our big day!

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. Wedding Favors: My dad is a professional candy maker and he made saltwater taffy especially for our wedding day. It meant a lot to me to be able to share a part of my family with our guests.
  2. Outside Ceremony/Reception: We were lucky to have beautiful weather and held both our ceremony and reception outside on the Grand Allee and back patio of the Estate. It was an amazing backdrop to exchange our vows and to celebrate with family and friends.
  3. Floral Arrangements/Reception Decor: Since the Crane Estate had so much to offer when it came to natural beauty, we decided on simple, clean, elegant decor and floral arrangements. I couldn’t have been happier with how everything from my bouquet to the wedding favors, menu cards, floral arrangements, and even the table settings looked. The decor did not distract from the Crane Estate’s elegance, rather, it enhanced it.

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

There are so many to choose from, but if I were to pick just one it would be our last dance of the evening.  Everything leading up to that moment was perfect; our ceremony, the vows, first dance, toasts, dinner, dancing, cake cutting…everything! We had pre-selected the song “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake as our last dance of the night but never imaged the reaction we would receive from our guests. We were still outside dancing under the stars and instinctively all of our family and friends formed a perfect circle around us and within a few seconds everyone started singing and clapping to the song as just the two of us danced in the middle. You could feel the excitement and love that everyone had for us and it was a great confirmation that all of our guests enjoyed their time at our wedding!

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Joyful, Sunny Wine Country Wedding in California

Posted by Alexandra on Jun 04, 2013

Marcia & Avram

February 27

Kenwood, California

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Q & A with the Bride:

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

The romantic rolling vineyards, and the light in wine country. It always looks like you’re in a movie.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

I really loved my flowers. Jamie did an incredible job with the colors and textures. We also loved the car. It was a really fun ride and we felt so regal. Finally, the fact that our wedding was an entire weekend to spend with friends. We could relax, drink wine, eat great food, lie around in our robes by the pool — like having our own private resort.

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

If there’s one thing I’ve learned is that patience pays off.  Sometimes you need to trust in the universe that everything will turn out fine, and it always does. 

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

Seeing Avi’s eyes when he first saw me on our wedding day.

 

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Abby & Ian

March 29

Lakewood, Washington

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Q & A with the Bride:

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

All of the bouquets (plus table centerpieces) were fresh-cut tulips from Pike Place Market in Seattle. The tulips were in season and were a special order from a local farm.  The table numbers at the reception were also a favorite detail. The numbers pasted on a printed silver and yellow paper, then framed, were a last-minute project the night before the wedding. And to match the gray, white and yellow theme, the bridesmaids gifts were gray crocheted Toms shoes. They came in handy for the bridesmaids who wore them as “dancing shoes” throughout the reception. 

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

Everything will work out! It can be stressful and seem nearly impossible to keep track of all of the details (big and small), but even if something is overlooked, you will likely be the only one who cares. We forgot to purchase cake plates and silverware and did not realize until right before we cut the cake. Ian announced to our guests that they would all have to eat cake with their hands, and it became a funny moment from our wedding (luckily our wonderful venue had backup plates and utensils stashed away that we were able to use). Relax and try to be “in the moment” throughout your big day. Moments are what you will remember, not the details.

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

Our favorite moment from our wedding is when we said our vows. It was a beautiful ceremony and reception, but the vows were the reason we were there- to commit ourselves to each other and start a life together. Out of all of the special moments from that day, that is one we cherish the most.

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Jackie & JJ

March 16

Charleston, South Carolina

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Q & A with the Bride:

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

It’s hard to pick just one! It was the perfect size and feel for the small family wedding we wanted, and the location in Charleston allowed all our guests to explore during the weekend. Also, everyone who worked there was so helpful and friendly.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Cake pulls in cupcakes  for the single girls, my grandfather’s pocket watch on my bouquet, and the surprise magnum of champagne engraved with our names and the date.

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

Plan what makes you happy, but don’t worry if things don’t go exactly the way you planned.  The “problems” make the best stories!

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

The one thing we can’t stop thinking about is the beautiful song one of our family friends played for us at the reception. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room!

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Blue and White Nautical Summer Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Alexandra on Mar 28, 2013

Beth & Craig

July 14

Charlottesville, Virginia

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Q & A with the Bride:

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

We already loved Farmington, having visited over the years, but the Jefferson Room sealed the deal! It’s a gorgeous two-story room with amazing light, which is perfect for bridal portraits and the bouquet toss. 

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Tall centerpieces from Pat’s Florals, heirloom lace veil from groom’s family, and amazing custom invitation suite from Fannon Fine Printing.

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

Have fun! If you throw a great party and you’re having fun, your guests will too!

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

Driving off in the groom’s antique car to the reception. The groom’s brother (and best man!) worked hard to get the MG running and looking good before the big day. It was nice to have that time alone before heading into the craziness of the cocktail hour.

 

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