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Ashley and Kevin were married in a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Mary’s Church in Alexandria, Va. followed by a reception at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. on September 28. “We chose an early 1960s vintage theme,” Ashley said. “The era reminded us of our grandparents, whom we love dearly, and it’s the time period of one of our favorite TV shows Mad Men.” The bride walked down the aisle wearing a lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a chunky statement necklace, while the groom stood waiting in his classic black tuxedo and bow tie. “The look on my husband’s face when I said my vows” was Ashley’s favorite moment. “Bridesmaids received vintage handbags, long white gloves, and pink Ray Ban sunglasses,” she said. “Groomsmen had polka dot socks, fedoras, pale pink pocket squares, and white Ray Ban sunglasses.” The reception followed in the the renovated ballroom that featured stunning views of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. Tables were decorated with tall floral centerpieces in mercury vases and vessels, and named after pop culture icons or trends like Woodstock. The newlyweds’ first dance? “All of Me” by John Legend.

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Photography: Holland Photo Arts | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church | Reception Venue/Caterer: Army Navy Country Club | Ceremony Dress Designer: Martina Liana from Hannelore’s Bridal Boutique |  Reception Dress Designer: BHLDN |  Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Jewelry: PARIS by Debra Moreland | Hair and Makeup Artist: Andre Chreky | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Reeds Custom Tailors | Officiant: Father Kleinman | Invitations: Dandelion Patch | Floral Designer: Vert Tige | Rentals: Perfect Settings and Party Mosiac | Cake: Pastry Xpo | DJ: Chris Laich | Favors: My Wedding Favors, Etc. | Transportation: Camelot Classics  

Rustic Peach Fall Ranch Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 03, 2014

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Jacquelyn and Sean were married at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley, Calif. on October 19. “We knew it was the one because of it’s effortless, natural beauty,” Jacquelyn said. “It felt like we were at an Italian villa.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with an illusion neckline and back, accessorized with a pair of sparkly peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a peach bow tie and pocket square to match the ‘maids in their dresses. She walked down the rose-petal aisle with her parents by each side to meet Sean. They recited their own vows that got them both teary-eyed! Guests enjoyed signature “Whisk-ie Love” and “Yu Sweet Cute-Cumber” cocktails from mason jars. Rustic farm tables were decorated with vintage books, vases and vessels filled with roses and hydrangeas and coffee bean favor bags at each place setting. “The one moment I can’t stop thinking about is when all our friends and family flooded onto the dance floor to surround us for the last song,” she said. “There was big bear hugs, high-fives, and cheers while everyone sang along to Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ at the top of our lungs.”

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Photography: Hazelwood Photo | Venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch | Event Planner: Joyce Kim Weddings | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals from Beautiful Day Bridal Salon | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Wedding Time | Hair Stylist: Touch of Beauty | Makeup Artist: Leslie Chan | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Friar Tux | Ceremony and Reception Music: Elegant Entertainment | Invitations: Leslie Kim | Floral Designer: Butterfly Floral | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Cake: Skiff’s Cakes | Caterer: Command Performance | Videography: Avec Lumiere Productions

Vibrant Emerald Fall Loft Wedding in Washington

Posted by Caitlin on Feb 10, 2014

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Meghan and Christopher were married in a traditional mass ceremony at the Blessed Sacrament Parish followed by a reception at the Loft at Russell’s in Seattle, Wash. on October 13. “The church itself is breathtaking and made us feel very connected,” Meghan said. “We loved how high the ceilings were and how much natural light flowed through. There were beautiful stained glass windows, and a lovely old Catholic church feel with brick interior. The immediate warmth made us feel right at home.” She walked down the aisle wearing a lace wedding gown with capped sleeves, accessorized with a sapphire cross necklace, while her groom stood waiting at the altar wearing a gray suit, accessorized with an emerald tie to match the bridesmaid dresses. “It was the most memorable part of the day,” she said. “I really took time to look at everyone who was there, especially mine and Chris’ family.” Following the ceremony, the newlyweds exited the church with a bubble send-off and were off to the reception. Tables were decorated with different colored vases, from green to blue and purple to white, filled with lush white blooms and greenery. Our favorite detail? The two little birds on the wedding cake!

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Photography: Courtney Bowlden Photography | Ceremony Venue: Blessed Sacrament Parish | Reception Venue: The Loft at Russell’s | Event Planner: Jesson Mata | Floral Designer: QFC Flowers | Hair Stylist: Malissa Martin | Makeup Artist: Amber Lui | DJ: Steve Stephens | Cake: Madalyn Wilkins

Foodie Fall Restaurant Wedding in Canada

Posted by Caitlin on Feb 06, 2014

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Lisa and Shawn were married at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on October 15.  (Fun fact: it has an open-concept kitchen!) Prior to the ceremony, the couple decided to have a first look to calm those nervous jitters. The bride wore a sweetheart lace wedding gown, accessorized with a crystal rhinestone belt and floral hairpin in her loose curls, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with fun striped socks. Cocktail hour featured a delectable cheese buffet, including Guinness cheddar, bleu benedictine, and Pierre Robert just to name a few. The reception was lit with floor-to-ceiling windows and decorated with white hydrangea and red dahlia centerpieces wrapped in burlap. Guests enjoyed dinner and dancing until their tummies were full and feet were ill. To their surprise, late-night snacks were served — mini hamburger sliders and poutine aka french fries topped with a gravy-like sauce and cheese curds.

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Photography: Ten·2·Ten Photography | Venue: Mildred’s Temple Kitchen | Floral Designer: Bloor Kennedy Flowers | Hair Stylist: Red Label Hair Co. | Makeup Artist: Nancy Costa | Officiant: Todd Kauffman | DJ: Impact DJ

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Megan and David were married at Rocky River Vineyards in Charlotte, N.C. on September 28. “[It's] such a beautiful, tranquil place that makes you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere,” Megan said. “We were so happy to find a place with this atmosphere that wasn’t too far outside the city. We wanted to have our ceremony and reception at the same location and this venue offered that opportunity as well as a place for the bridal party to get ready.” On the day of the wedding, the weather was perfect, no rain. Every bride’s dream right? Megan walked down the aisle wearing a lace wedding gown with an illusion neckline and keyhole back, carrying a do-it-yourself bouquet. “I loved all the pops of red,” she said. “Red is both of our favorite color, so I was excited to use lots of [it] in our wedding — my shoes, David’s tie, bridesmaid dresses, etc.” Her favorite moment? The first look. “I was so nervous all day up until the moment we saw each other,” Megan said. “It was such a special part of the day to have some time with just the two of us.”

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Photography: Grace Hill Photography | Videography: Whitewash Films | Venue: Rocky River Vineyards | Bridal Portraits: Nia Capril Photography | Caterer/Bakery: Southern Style Events & Catering | Makeup Artist: Makeupwithme | Dress Store: New York Bride and Groom | Bridesmaid Dresses: Modcloth | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Macy’s | Engagement/Wedding Bands: Perry’s Fine, Antique & Estate Jewelry 

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