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Mandy and Allen were married at a private lakeside residence in Eagle Mountain Lake, Texas on May 18.  “The landscape was absolutely gorgeous with trees covering the entire front half of the property,” Mandy said. “We both wanted an outdoor spring wedding, so with such a stunning layout, we knew this was the perfect place for us.” Coming up with inspiration was the easy part! They both love the show Mad Men and aviation. So, a 1960s mod travel-theme it was. The bride wore a v-neck lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a statement necklace and shoulder-length veil, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, black pants, and suspenders, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore flamboyant red off-the-shoulder dress and white gloves. The cutest attendants were the flower girls and ring bearer, who played the part of stewardesses and a pilot, respectively! As guests arrived, they were greeted with multiple destination posters from Los Angeles to London and vintage suitcases. “We decided to exchange our vows privately before the ceremony,” Allen said. “The entire day leading up to that was chaotic and filled with last minute tasks. The moment I turned around and saw her standing there, all the stress was washed away and everything felt completely right.” Plus, the reception decor featured patterned table runners, wooden airplanes, and mint vases and vessels. Music was played on a turntable with lots of oldie tunes from records, postcards served as the guest book, and even vegan-friendly food was prepared. The dessert display included multiple cakes, but that one that stood out most was the one topped with a R2D2 and Ariel from The Little Mermaid. 

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Photography: Powell Pictures | Dress Store: LuLu’s Bridal Boutique | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Express | Bridesmaid Dresses: ModCloth | Floral Designer: Bumble Bee Occasions | Cake: Stir Crazy Baked Goods | Rentals: Swanky Couch | Caterer: Scampi’s Catering | DJ: Blake Barker | Hair Stylist: Diane Yull Horton of Lux Machine Hair Salon | Officiant: Pam Mills-Witt York

Handmade Neutral Summer Farm Wedding in North Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Feb 14, 2014

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Rachel and Marcus were married at Yesterday Spaces in Leicester, N.C. on July 13. The bride wore a off-white silk wedding dress with a v-neckline lined with ruffles draping over her shoulders, while the groom wore a gray suit, purple button-up, and sage green tie. “We were going for a neutral color scheme,” Rachel said. “We wanted the wildflowers, and the Blue Ridge Mountains to be the color!” After sharing their personal vows to each other, these two said, “I do” inside the dairy barn.  Notice the dried flowers hanging from the rafters? We sure did! A chalkboard sign escorted guests to their seats and brewed cider on the back porch. “The tables were handmade by a friend of the owners from local wood,” she said. “It’s a very environmentally-friendly venue.” And the non-traditional cake was actually apple stacks topped with burlap bunting.

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Photography: Beth Ely of Jen Yuson Photography | Venue: Yesterday Spaces | Floral Designer: Your Vase or Mine | Dress Designer: Ivy & Aster | Hair and Makeup Artist: Beauty Parade | Shoes: Chelsea Crew | Groom’s Attire: J.Crew | Officiant: Andrew Crosson | Band: Anita Pruett & Friends | Caterer: Luella’s BBQ 

Emma & Michael 

September 15

Asheville, North Carolina  

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Q & A with the Bride:

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

Michael and I met at Western Carolina University and lived in Asheville for a few years before moving to Greenville, S.C. Having our wedding outdoors in the mountains was extremely important to us. Hidden River offered the ceremony and reception site all in one property on a semi-functioning farm surrounded by mountains. The natural beauty of Hidden River stole our hearts from the first visit; it was the only venue we visited.

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

1. I loved and slaved over making all of the fabric bouquets. I am an interior designer; I used old fabric memos for the flower rosettes. Making those was a labor of love knowing all of my bridesmaids can keep their bouquet as a memento after the wedding.

2. I loved the antique books placed on the tables as small centerpieces. Michael and I got engaged in the library at Western (it is a long story that drove this underlying theme to our invitations, save-the-dates and use of antique books as centerpieces). He chose the library to propose because four years earlier I had spotted him in the library a week before we official met and started dating.

3. The corn hole boards were a surprise collaborative gift from one of my bridesmaids and one of Michael’s groomsmen. Chris my bridesmaid built them, Jimmy and his wife Kristen painted them one gold and purple for Western Carolina and purple and orange for Clemson University (Michael is a huge fan of Clemson football). This was a very sweet and personal gift that added additional entertainment to guests at the reception.

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

The moment I crossed the bridge to the ceremony site I felt like I was floating and needed to be caught by Michael when I reached the altar. It was such an overwhelming moment that I struggled to compose myself. It was a wonderful feeling to be so in the moment with love and happiness.

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Vintage Chic Fall Ranch Wedding in Canada

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 29, 2013

Zoe & Craig

September 2

Alberta, Canada

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Q & A with the Bride & Groom:

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

We were looking for a venue that would incorporate both the vintage feel we wanted our wedding to have and be near the Rocky Mountains where we met, fell in love, and still love to hike and rock climb.

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

I LOVED my flowers. I’ve always loved to make arrangements, so I loved the fact that I got to pick out the flowers I wanted and make the bouquets myself. They turned out better than I could have hoped! We loved the feel of our wedding. We wanted it to feel relaxed and flow together as if it was just a gathering of friends. We didn’t want a structured or unnatural day. We put out yard games and refreshments so the ceremony would just flow into the reception and the guests would feel comfortable to just mingle and enjoy themselves. We decided from the beginning of wedding planning that we wanted our wedding to feel handmade. We loved that when we looked around we saw our creativity expressed in every detail.

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

Zoe: I will never forget the moment when the ceremony was over, and we had finished our one-on-one time with our amazing photographers, Craig and I walked up to where our guests were playing yard games, enjoying refreshments, visiting with one another and laughing. The sun was setting behind them, and I remember stopping and just watching them. They all looked so happy and carefree. To have so many people I care dearly for all in one place, enjoying one another’s company was truly a mental snapshot that will stick with me.

Craig: My moment would be during the reception. Zoe and I watched and listened as her brother, whom we are both extremely close to, gave his speech and then followed it with himself, Zoe’s other brother, and her sister singing as a trio “Butterfly Kisses” in opera style. It was the funniest thing I have ever heard and remember laughing so hard with Zoe about while it was happening, on the ride to the airport, and still to this day. That moment of true joy together on our day along with her family was so memorable. 

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Lively and Creative Spring Texas Garden Wedding

Posted by Kim on Jul 19, 2013

Shae & Jon

May 4

Weatherford, Texas

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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 felt like a secret garden- so beautiful and intimate. It was important to me that our guests felt special (because each one of them is so special to us) and I knew they would feel that way in the garden.  

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. My dress!
  2. The yellow topiaries
  3. The record on the groom’s cake

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

Don’t just focus on the wedding. Focus on the marriage too. The wedding lasts for just a few hours and is only the beginning of forever.  Yes, the wedding details are important, but a lifetime of companionship is that much more important. Prepare emotionally, spiritually, financially, mentally and any other way to make sure everyday of forever is just as joyous and an equally exciting celebration of life as your wedding.

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

Only one? It was all such a magical dream that still seems like there is no way it was real. Putting on my dress, seeing Jon, walking down the aisle, taking millions of pictures, dancing in the garden, and talking to so many friends…I never want to forget a single detail of the most magical day when I promised to love my best friend forever.

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