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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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Melissa & Nick

April 28

Asbury Park Grove, Charlotte, North Carolina

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

It was as all inclusive as we could find.  They had a beautiful outdoor ceremony space and a huge room for the reception.  The guests could walk into the reception straight from the ceremony space, which made everything so much easier.  The food was unbelievable and we are still getting compliments from people on how awesome it was.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Our photobooth (and the guestbook that went with it).  Our guests had a blast with it, and it’s awesome to have a slide of pictures of them, as well as a message to keep forever.  The food was incredible, as I mentioned.  Last, but not least, my mom made all the decorations…down to the handmade flowers on each table.  The time and love she put into everything was so incredible and everyone was in shock when they found out that she was the one that did it all, not a professional.

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

Remember what the day is all about.  You are getting married to the love of your life and get to celebrate with all of your family and friends.  Don’t forget that it is not just about you and your husband.  It’s also about the people in your lives who love you and came to celebrate with you.

Tell us about the one moment from your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

As clichéd as it sounds, the love that I felt from everyone for Nick and I.  Just walking into that reception and seeing everyone truly happy for us, which led us into our first dance as husband and wife.  I don’t remember anyone else at the point, and it was just us, in that moment, dancing to the first song that we had ever slow danced to. 

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Lauren & Shawn

May 5

Private Home, Merritt Island, Florida

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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?

We got married at my mom and step-dad’s historic house.  It was the perfect location because it is home.  The house is absolutely beautiful and perfect for a wedding.  It was also special because my mom and step-dad were married there too.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

I worked really hard to make our wedding special, personal, and also budget friendly. During the planning for the wedding I found out that I was a lot craftier than I ever knew.  One of my favorite things ended up being my bouquet.  I made it myself out of antique brooches and earrings, a lot of which originally belonged to family members and friends. It made it that much more special knowing that people who loved us contributed to it.  I also made about 300 pinwheels, some for favors, some for centerpieces and some for cupcakes and they were precious.  I made all of our centerpieces also, I used mismatched vases, candle sticks,  and votives that I collected from antique stores, yard sales and thrift stores.  I also painted some myself and even layered some mason jars with fabric.  We had pictures of Shawn and I as children on each table as well.  My step-mom made all my table number pennants and everything came together beautifully, I loved our table arrangements!

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

As complicated and stressful as planning a wedding can be I really tried to not let any of it get to me. I knew that things weren’t going to be perfect and that was okay.  Also, make the wedding personal.  More than anything, I wanted our family and friends to leave our wedding and say “Wow! That was definitely Lauren & Shawn’s wedding!” We had so many personal details that it made it so much more fun and unique!

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DIY Spring Wedding at Krippendorf Lodge, Ohio

Posted by Jeffra on Jun 12, 2012

Rachael & Brian

May 11

Krippendorf Lodge, Rowe Woods, Milford, OH

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

Bride: The wrap around porch, stone patio, and surrounding woods made the lodge the perfect location for our outdoor wedding. It felt very secluded and magical.

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What three (3) details from your wedding were your favorites?

Bride: Our three favorite details would probably be: The invites that I designed, each one was assembled by hand,  the twinkle lights hanging above the patio during the reception, the twig and lace wrapped flower vases on each table that I made.

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