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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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Personalized, Outdoor Wedding Overlooking Lake Tahoe

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 12, 2012

Mandy & Adrian 

September 22

Tahoe City, California 

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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?

The fenced-in outdoor lawn and stately pine trees. It was also two blocks from Skylandia Park, which is a  Tahoe City Public Park with Lake Tahoe as a backdrop.

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

Our DIY bunting flags, our DIY programs and menu cards, courtesy of my sister & maid of honor, and our cupcakes and macarons instead of a traditional wedding cake.

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding day that you cannot stop thinking about.

Exchanging our vows with each other! We had each selected our own vows and waited to share them until our wedding ceremony. We were both very overwhelmed with emotion and tears of happiness came pouring out!

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Izetta & Jordan

June 10

Hanover, Pennsylvania

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Our Q&A with the Bride:

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

I loved growing up on a farm, and although I don’t consider myself ‘country’ I wanted to have my wedding in a place I felt cozy and comfortable.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

My favorite parts of the decorations would be the burlap wrapped mason jars, with twine and pearls. We hand made everything and it was so worth it! We also incorporated scrabble letters to show off my husband’s family’s favorite game, and froze our home-grown berries in the ice cubes to add some color!

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

Lists, lists, lists! One thing I wish I had done better is made lists of tasks that could be delegated. So many people offered to help, but even with my planning skills I couldn’t keep everything straight! Mega organization is KEY in the final weeks especially.

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

One of the highlights of the day was the mother and son dance! They danced to “Your Smiling Face” by James Taylor, didn’t plan anything but just rocked the floor! The whole crowd was laughing and clapping and it turned the wedding into a party instantly! It was a perfect segue from solemn to fun!

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