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Eco-Friendly Green Summer Forest Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 15, 2013

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Nina and Sergery were engaged on Valentine’s Day and married six months later at Pema Osel Ling Retreat Center in a secluded redwood grove. The bride’s favorite detail from the day? “I loved my dress,” she said. “I wanted to have something simple but unique, and that dress was it.” During the ceremony, they was surprised with a speech from their officiant about them being secret agents from other planets. “It was hilarious,” she said. In order to make their day personal and a reflection of them as a couple, they also wrote each other letters and sealed them in a box along with a bottle of wine to open on their 10th anniversary. Guests enjoyed a semi-vegetarian meal and went home with a “tie the knot” kit, since Nina and Sergery are both into backpacking and hiking.

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Photography: Choco Studio Photography | Venue: Pema Osel Ling Retreat Center

Intimate Summer Courtyard Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 06, 2013

Kristin & Markus

July 13 

Los Angeles, 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?

Markus and I wanted a quiet, secluded, private venue for our wedding ceremony and reception. We also wanted our venue to serve as a hub where our families could meet, mingle, relax, bliss out, and get to know one another (they had not met before our wedding!) A private residence seemed to be the best fit for our needs, so we looked up homes on VRBO.com. After visiting several in Malibu, we settled on our original venue because of the exceptional attention to detail that the owners paid to the building of their home, which had just been completed, and because it was completely off the grid (solar and wind powered, and had its own septic system). And the VIEW. The view was 180 degrees of pure coastal beauty. It was everything we wanted and everything we never anticipated we would want. 

After the fire, Markus and I scrambled to find a venue that would match in every way (we had built our wedding’s visual theme around that house’s unique Moroccan flair, and we had settled on a functional theme of green/eco-concious in regards to our vendors and decorations). But sadly, due to budgetary constraints, and the timing (a mere two months before our wedding date and at the peak of wedding season), we couldn’t find anything that came even close. We had a few kind offers from family and friends to have the wedding at their homes, but Markus and I said, “Why not just have it at ours? We love our apartment.” We love it so much we LIVE THERE. 
So we settled on having the ceremony in our little courtyard, and the reception at a favorite restaurant (Off Vine in Hollywood – a venue which, coincidentally, had also burned down – in 2008 – and was rebuilt and reopened a few years later). 

Looking back at our choice, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. We feel at peace and in our element at our home. We felt pride being able to host our own wedding in such a beautiful space with our closest family and friends. 

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

1. I love that after everything we went through to plan and re-plan a wedding, we both agree that we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. We grew together in the process and are still hearing how beautiful and intimate it was from our family and friends. 

2. Having my father be able to walk me down the aisle. My father has no cartilage in his ankles, and at several points over the last year and a half I was afraid that he wouldn’t be able to walk with me, but this past year has been exceptionally kind to him, health-wise – his mobility and energy have improved immensely – so he was able to be right there with me (and my mom!) walking with me towards my future. 

3. When I got the pictures back from Yair, we came across one of the groomsmen during the ceremony (as we were saying our vows) and not one…not two…but THREE were clearly emotional. Knowing that our family and friends were right there with us, feeling the gravity of the occasion  is such a beautiful gift and definitely reflects how we felt that day. 

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

My husband’s vows. They were awesome. They inspired laughter and tears, and they were completely organic to our relationship. 

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Eco-Friendly Spring Rooftop Wedding in Florida

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 01, 2013

Amber & Steven

May 4

St. Augustine, Florida  

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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 rooftop, which was open and airy for the wedding ceremony and dancing portion of the reception, sold us on The White Room. It was absolutely the most ideal location for a wedding party of 80.  Everyone stayed and danced even past the 11 p.m. deadline.

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

1. Photographer

2. Wedding dress

3. Dance party reception

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

Our wedding ceremony exit is something we will all always remember.  Once our officiant officially announced us as husband and wife, we danced to “The Good Life,” by Kanye West on our exit down the aisle.  It was totally unexpected by our audience, since our ceremony was so sentimental and sweet. However, it fit our personalities and following the exit, everyone switched gears and was ready for the dance reception to begin.

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Natural and Unique Green Resort Wedding in Texas

Posted by Kim on May 23, 2013

Hannah & Brent

February 23

The Woodlands, 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 didn’t take long for either of us to decide that the Woodlands Resort and Conference Center would be the perfect place to get married when we walked outside on their forest deck to look at our ceremony location. The deck sits out over a lake with beautiful fountains and the scenery was so gorgeous we knew that the need for doing any decorating would be minimal. It was also a huge seller to us that the resort catered dinner, made our cakes, and much more included in our package to make our lives easier.

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

Our three favorite details were taking pictures with the sunset after the ceremony, listening to our loved ones give toasts, and the non-stop dancing.

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

Our one piece of advice for other couples would be, if possible, investing in professionals was way more worth it than we realized. We can’t get over how much of a lifesaver it was to have the help of people that knew what they were doing. Thanks to the resort and our other vendors, the wedding day itself felt effortless.

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

My favorite moment would be the exit. Brent carried me up a long flight of stairs out of the reception hall and everyone was screaming so enthusiastically waiting for us at our exit that we knew everyone had an excellent time.

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5 Eco-Friendly Wedding Ideas for Earth Day

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 19, 2013

In honor of Earth Day on Monday, we’re sharing our ideas to help you plan a green wedding. If you didn’t know, a green wedding is when a couple opts out for environmentally friendly alternatives from the dress to the cake. Here are 4 ways to shrink your carbon footprint–in other words, reduce, reuse and recycle:

1. Invitations

Save trees by choosing invitations that are plantable or nix invitations altogether and send Evites through your personalized wedding website.

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Photo: Christa Elyce Photography

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