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Relaxed, Bohemian Barn Wedding in Canada

Posted by Kim on Apr 17, 2013

Caitlin & Jeff

September 8

Ontario, Canada

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From the Photographer:

“I was very excited to shoot Caitlin and Jeff’s wedding knowing that it was going to be just a little different than the traditional. We eagerly arrived early afternoon at the family farm, and we knew immediately we were in for a treat from how calm everyone was, even the dogs, who greeted us. The ceremony was held on the front lawn – the location held a special place in the couple’s hearts. Caitlin and Jeff arrived at the outdoor reception in a candy red vintage ford. By then, the clouds had lifted, guests mingled amongst the hand-picked and crafted vintage decor and the tent was glowing with garden lights, colorful bunting,  hay bails, and eclectic seating at each table.

There was a certain magic in the air that evening that I can’t really describe, you could feel the love. It was  like we were attending a long overdue family reunion more than a wedding and thats the way Caitlin and Jeff wanted it. Guests were treated to a superb meal from a local catering company buffet with an build your own appetizer burrito station, to endless gourmet salads and corn on the cob to top it off. It seemed like the buffets went on forever.  A homemade pie station ended the perfect meal.

After dinner, everyone’s hearts filled up with touching speeches (I think the photographers even cried!), we saw people hugging, smiling, and lots of watery eyes.  A little fire pit outside kept people cozy while everyone danced without any hesitation. You could hear the laughter and guests singing out loud until it was time for us to wrap up and head home. We ended the night with one last shot – the bride and groom in a bohemian tent under the stars. Everything was perfect.” – Clint Russell of Renaissance Studios Photography

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Green and Purple Spring Wedding in Kentucky

Posted by Alexandra on Apr 04, 2013

Maggie & Jason

May 26

Union, Kentucky

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From the Photographer:Jason and Maggie’s wedding was a wedding that had me excited from the moment they booked. From the invitations to centerpieces and flowers to menu, every detail reflected the rustic classic wedding they had planned for and dreamed of.  Tucked away in the rolling hills of Union Kentucky, Meadowview Farm was host to Jason and Maggie’s elegant Southern reception.  Maggie worked closely with the staff at Meadowview Farm and her florist (Inspired Floral Design) planning the menu, designing centerpieces, and adding personal touches to reflect the couples personalities.   The grand tent and exquisite food made for an evening guests are sure to remember. The party started early and went well into the night.  I was able to sneak Jason and Maggie away for a few last minute sunset shots.  An upscale southern wedding was what the couple dreamed of…and they made it happen!” – Corrie Schaffeld of 1326 Studios

 

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Sweet Summer Ranch Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 20, 2013

Kaitlin & Victor

June 29

San Luis Obispo, California 

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

The fact that they had one of the original steam trains that used to run around Disneyland! We rented it for the afternoon, and guests got to ride it around the ranch. Having grown up in southern California and spending our youth (and adulthood) going to Disneyland, Victor and I were huge Disney fans. The deal was pretty much set once we found out about the train.

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

1. The train.
2. The home videos we had playing above us when we had our first dance, father/daughter dance and mother/son dance.
3. All of our DIY projects, especially our handmade photobooth made by a friend.

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

Don’t stress out! I did not like any aspect of the wedding planning process, and many a time I wanted to elope. Don’t do it! It’s totally worth it to stick it out. Try and enjoy the wedding planning with your fiancé, because (hopefully) it will be the only wedding you get to plan. Just remember that in the end it’s all about the love between you two.

4. Give us the one moment from your wedding you can’t stop thinking about. 

The non-first look my husband and I did. We did a first look, but we were blindfolded – this gave us the chance to meet up before the wedding to hug, hold hands, exchange cards and in my husbands case cry his eyes out, without actually seeing each other. Even though I expected the crying from him (he’s a big baby – in a good way), it was especially sweet since we would be getting married a few minutes later.

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Red and Yellow DIY Heart-Themed Maryland Wedding

Posted by Kim on Feb 14, 2013

Rachel & Brian

July 7

Woodbine, Maryland

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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?

Circle D had a beautiful outdoor space for our ceremony and a spacious ballroom that was a perfect size for our reception. What really sold us, however, was the staff. Everyone was incredibly friendly, professional and responsive.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

One of my favorite decorative details from our wedding was the a personalized hand carved vase which was given to us from a friend of my family. He carved the wooden vase out of a branch from a tree in my childhood neighbors backyard. It read “Rachel + Brian” surrounded by a heart and had two small birds perched on each side. Amazing!

My favorite detail from the ceremony was the “tying of the knot”. My brother officiated the wedding and he put together a beautiful ceremony in which Brian and I held hands as each person in the wedding party draped a braided cord over our hands. Each cord represented a vow. At the end, the cords were tied, thus binding Brian and I together in marriage. Now we have an awesome keepsake!

We gave the flower girl and ring bearer gifts at the reception after the wedding as a thank you for being a part of our day. Included in these bags of goodies were a super-hero cape and mask for Brady and butterfly wings and wand for Kimmy. The pictures which ensued after these two kids dressed up were priceless!

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

The last dance! At the end of a long day (which goes by incredibly fast), right before everyone scattered, we had our final dance of the evening. Everyone gathered around, Brian pulled me close, and we quickly proceeded to rock out to “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness. So much fun! Perfect ending!

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Creative and Chic New York City Wedding

Posted by Kim on Feb 11, 2013

Tana & Scott

November 11

New York, New York

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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?

During my time as an actress I booked a gig for a wedding photo shoot at Angel Orensanz Foundation. To be absolutely honest, I almost didn’t even walk through the front door when I arrived onset. I looked up at the old building with it’s paint peeled towering gates from the sidewalk where I was standing and I instantly had visions of being in a real life situation resembling the first two-minutes of every Law & Order: SVU episode. I took a deep breath, walked through the front doors and my heart stopped. The perfectly preserved Gothic interior majestically lit as if it were frozen in time, glow of the chandeliers above; it was the most magical hidden gem in the City and you would never suspect it from the outside. From that point on, I knew if I ever got married I couldn’t imagine a more perfect location.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites? 

My wedding planner, Maya Kalman of Swank Productions, and I had four months to plan everything. During our initial consultation I had mentioned the idea of maybe doing a few DIY projects myself to justify the typical costs of a Manhattan wedding. One of my suggestions was using paper flowers to create a really personal and romantic feel, but I cringed at the thought of tissue paper pom-poms or crepe paper flowers that didn’t look realistic. I wanted paper flowers that looked lush, organic, luxurious and had durability. After a few hours of fruitless online searching I just decided I was going to make my own. Had I made paper flowers before? No. Had I made anything out of paper or even picked up a glue gun since my days in Girl Scouts? Absolutely not. What stemmed from an idea of maybe creating five or ten flowers blossomed into a collection of over 700 uniquely handcrafted individual pieces of floral artwork from personalized escort cards, boutonnieres and corsages to a cascading bridal bouquet and five tier wedding cake dripping in vines.

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

 We hosted our cocktail hour and reception on the mezzanine level of Angel Orensanz which was curtained off from the main room below.  In lieu of the standard stadium announcement of the newlyweds followed by awkward transitional pauses, Scott and I opted for a subtle gesture to announce the end of cocktail hour, signal the start of dinner, and our arrival to the reception. As the lights began to rise in the main room, the music of “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine softly mixed in, and one by one each panel of curtain upstairs was pulled back to allow the guests to watch us during our first dance from above.

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