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Kelly and Chris were married at Sugarman Estate in Wailea-Makena, Hawaii on October 11. The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with a lace bodice and ruffled tulle skirt, accessorized with shoulder-length veil in her half-up/half-down ‘do, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a skull-themed bow tie. The maid of honor wore a short navy blue chiffon dress and carried a bouquet of roses, berries, dusty millers, and ferns. The ceremony took place at sunset with the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop stretching from the shores of Honua Kai Lani to the islands of Kahoolawe, Molokini, and beyond. The couple decided to write their own vows. “There are no words I could ever relay about how I feel about you . . . I could only think of a movie — Jerry McGuire — you literally complete me, you make me want to be a better man, you make me a better man, and even though it’s taken 17 long years, it was worth the wait,” Chris said. Fun fact: They dated in high school and went to Arizona State University together! That’s why “I always knew you were the one,” Kelly said. After wiping away the tears and sealing their commitment with a kiss, it was official! The reception followed underneath a framed tent decorated with hanging lanterns, overflowing centerpieces atop moss-covered wooden boxes, and “mahalo” (thank you) notes at each place setting.

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Photography: Joanna Tano Photography | Videography: Fisheye Studio | Venue: Sugarman Estate | Event Planner: A White Orchid Wedding, Inc. | Floral Designer: Teresa Sena Designs 

Classic Black-Tie Fall Park Wedding in Florida

Posted by Caitlin on May 05, 2014

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Merri and Peter traveled all the way from New York City for their destination wedding at Phillippi Estate Park in Sarasota, Fla. on October 26.  The bride wore a sweetheart drop-waisted wedding gown accented with crystal beading, while the groom wore a black suit and bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short and long dresses in various shades from blush to beige and champagne to gold. Guests were greeted at the Edson Keith Mansion’s property with a Brooklyn Brewery biergarten welcome area, complete with local brews, lagers, ales, and IPA’s, but were soon thereafter advised to take a seat underneath the moss-draped oak tree as it got closer to sunset. Notice the newlyweds’ reaction once they were announced husband and wife? Priceless. The reception followed inside the sunroom decorated with silver vase centerpieces and wine bottle table numbers and lit with chandeliers. The dessert display featured six Momofuko Milk Bar wedding cakes that were flown in! Yes, that’s right. No one could resist those unique flavors of banana, pretzel, pineapple upside down, and chocolate chip.

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Photography: Black & Hue Photography | Venue: Phillippi Estate | Event Planner: SRQtees Events, LLC| Dress Designer: Kenneth Pool | Shoes: Chanel | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label | Rentals: US Tent Rentals and The Perfect Settings | Lighting: Affairs in the Air | Caterer: Clayton’s Siesta Grille | Band: Bay Kings Band | Transportation: Siesta Trolley | Hair Stylist: Tangerine Salon | Kelly McGraw | Ice Cream Truck: B’s Cool Treats

Madeleine & Erin 

July 14 

New Hope, Pennsylvania   

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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?

HollyHedge Estate was the first and only wedding venue we visited. New Hope, Pa. is one of our favorite areas, so we were instantly intrigued. The second we arrived at HollyHedge, we knew.  It was the most beautiful, ethereal, rustic, fairytale place we had ever seen; too perfect.

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

1. Flowers – Mark Bryan and his team of experts did the most amazing job of translating what we asked for into the most amazingly beautiful floral arrangements!  They could not have been more perfect.

2. Table cards – Erin actually handmade our table cards himself.  They could not have been more darling and personal.  Just the right touch.  Our amazing wedding photographer, Rachel Pearlman took some amazing detail shots of the cards.

3. Toasts – Our families made such beautiful toasts to us during the reception.  In particular my mother, brothers and our bridal party.  So touching and sweet!

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

The first look.  I was led out to the fountain area in the front courtyard of HollyHedge Estate.  Erin was standing there with a pink ribbon tied as a blindfold across his eyes.  I was so excited and nervous at the same time as I walked towards him.  When I reached Erin, I took his hand in mine, and we told each other how much we loved one another.  He told me how he could not wait to spend the rest of his life with me, and I told him how lucky I felt to have such an amazing person in my life.  We turned to face each other,and I began to untie the ribbon.  As it fell away, I could see it in his eyes that were truly meant to be together.  We both felt so connected in that moment.  It was so special; like a real spark between two people.

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Ashley & Scott

April 6

Andrews, North Carolina 

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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?

It offered a unique, weekend-long destination for our friends and family where we could relax in a beautiful mountainside location and celebrate our big day.  It allowed us to devote cherished time with each guest and that was the most important thing we wanted to accomplish.

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

1. The lovely bunting my sister made for us.  My sister, Olivia, lives abroad and spent hours sewing lace and burlap together for yards and yards of gorgeous bunting.  It was so beautiful around our reception site!

2. The homemade cookies our mothers baked, including personalized stamps.  My mother made shortbread dough at home and transported it all the way to North Carolina.  She and my little sister then baked, stamped and packaged all of the delicious cookies in their cabin on-site.  They were stamped with one of my husband’s favorite things, a robot, as well as our names and our wedding date.  Michelle and Carl with Keepsake Memories Photography took one of my favorite pictures with our rings on the cookies.  Scott’s mom is also known among friends and family for her chocolate chip cookies.  Sharon was nice enough to take the time to bake these delectable treats for our dessert table.

3. The wedding ceremony was officiated by Scott’s father, who worked closely with us to personalize every aspect of the service.  As someone who knew us and our guests so well, he made an otherwise intimate moment between a bride and groom much more meaningful for all of our attendees.

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

Scott: Seeing Ashley walking down the long path toward me with her father as the ceremony began.  It had been a whirlwind of a day working out last minute details and making sure everything was perfect for her, but to see her in her wedding dress for the first time with such a gorgeous smile on her face was a moment I’ll remember forever.   Either that or the food.

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Classic and Charming Estate Wedding in North Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 30, 2012

Marsha & Christopher

June 17

Asheville, North Carolina

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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?

We definitely wanted a destination wedding, but we were finding that many of our friends and family wouldn’t be able to attend if we chose a venue that was out of the country. So we decided to still go the destination route, but in the U.S. One of my bridesmaids suggested the Biltmore Estate as a possible location. It was perfect because it was a central location for my friends and family, who are mostly in Florida, and my husband’s friends and family in New Jersey. And the grounds were incredible and there are lots of activities for people both on and off the estate.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

We knew from the beginning that we wanted a vintage, rustic feel to our wedding. So to accomplish that, we had a black and white checkered dance floor, which added so much to the décor. We also added crystal chandeliers, which provided such a beautiful contrast with the barn venue. Finally, the fact that we opted for two long feasting tables instead of round tables gave our wedding an intimate feel. 

Give us one moment in your wedding day that you can’t stop thinking about?

Chris and I both agree that it was our first look. Neither one of us knew what the other would be wearing, which is typical with respect to the bride’s attire. But we decided that Chris’ attire would also be a surprise for me so it added to the anticipation for me as well. Seeing each other before the wedding meant that we got to spend pretty much the whole day together because even after the first look our wedding party and parents accompanied us to the Biltmore Estate for more photos and then to the ceremony where we had time to freshen up and have a cocktail.

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