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Tayler and Alex were married at Desert Botanical Garden in Tempe, Az. on November 16. Surrounded by nature, the couple chose to do a first look before the ceremony. They both got teary-eyed as they opened their eyes to see each other — she wearing a lace wedding gown, accessorized with a DIY floral sash, and he wearing a gray tuxedo and patterned yellow tie. Surprisingly, they went went comfy shoes, TOMS and Converse! Guests were greeted with a sign that said, “Friends of the bride, friends of the groom, sit together, there is plenty of room,” and “No one is too old for fairytales, welcome to our happily ever after.” The reception pavilion was lit with hanging lantern stars overhead, tables were decorated with baby’s breath, hydrangea, and rose centerpieces in mason jars, and burlap runners, most which were handmade by the bride, mother, and sister.

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Photography: Anna Marisol Photography | Venue: Desert Botanical Garden | Event Planner: A Fair Affair | Floral Designer: Phoenix Flower Shops | Caterer: Atlasta Catering | Dress Designer: Demetrios | Hair Stylist: Cali & Co. Hair Design | Cake: All Caked Up | DJ: Push Play Entertainment 

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After a long distance relationship, Hannah and Chase were ready to marry June 15 at Tavern Meadow in Winston-Salem, N.C. “Our wedding was very friend- and family-oriented, which made it very special for us,” Hannah said. “We were able to bring all the people we love together.” The bride walked down the aisle wearing a J.Crew wedding gown and accessorized with a flower hair pin. Bridesmaids, dressed in sage green, carried matching blush peonies and baby’s breath bouquets. “During our ceremony, Chase and I planted a gardenia bush together in a pot,” she said. “Chase poured in the soil while I poured in the water. This symbolized the beginning of our marriage and how we need to tend to it, so it can grow just like the plant itself.” An ice cream cart from Blue Ridge Ice Cream kept guests cool during the reception, including the adorable flower girls. Her favorite moment? “Dancing with my husband for the first time as a married couple.”

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Photography: Live View Studios | Venue: Old Salem Museum and Gardens | Event Planner: The Perfect Pair Event Design | Floral Designer: Imagine Flowers | Musicians: Fruit Smoothie Trio | Hair Stylist: Lorin Van Zandt and Cheveux Salon | Dress Designer : J. Crew | Dress Store: Diva’s Bridal and Ella Bridal | Cake: Maxie B’s Bakery | Lighting: Audio & Light | Makeup Artist: Cheveux Salon | Groom’s and Groomsmen Attire: Macy’s | Ice Cream: Blue Ridge Ice Cream

Rustic Pastel Summer Garden Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 11, 2013

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Kayla and Jesse were married at the Dallidet Adobe and Gardens in San Luis Obispo, Calif. “The venue is absolutely beautiful,” Kayla said. “It went very well with our rustic theme.” Before the ceremony, Kayla’s leading ladies posed for the camera inspired by the movie Bridesmaids, and groomsmen received personalized mustache flasks. Her favorite moment? When the officiant announced we were man and wife officially. “My cheeks hurt because I was smiling so hard,” she said.” His favorite moment? Seeing his bride for the first time in her wedding gown. Escort cards hung from clothespins, centerpieces featured hydrangeas and dahlias, and the mini cake was topped with a pair of birds. “Don’t stress over the small details” Kayla said. “Once you’re in the moment and experiencing the day, you’re so happy; all those things that seemed like they mattered so much didn’t anymore. Just have fun!”

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Photography:  Town & Country Studios | Venue: The Dallidet Adobe and Gardens | Floral Designer: Fluidbloom Designs | Cake: Cake Cathedral | Officiant and DJ: At Your Service Weddings

Rustic Blush Summer Garden Wedding in Tennessee

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 24, 2013

Cara & Jeff 

July 12 

Franklin, Tennessee    

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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?

I found CJ’s Off the Square through WeddingWire and fell in love online but didn’t think in a million years I would be able to hold my wedding there.  My fiancé and I were both from Nashville but living out of state.  The cute historic charm, the beautiful garden, and perfect touch of Nashville made it impossible to pass up, so we moved our wedding from Florida to back home.

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

I don’t know if I could ever pick just three! I loved the moment that I walked in to see all of the details come together though!  The things that stood out the most were the amazing floral archway around the gazebo, the fun and fabulous photo prop section, and the girls beauty room to get ready in. 

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

Our Maid of Honor speech by my sister was a rap about us to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air song, which I can’t stop singing so that should probably be at the top of my list, but the moment of walking down the aisle with my father, seeing all of the guest looking back, and seeing my husband a nervous wreck was worth every ounce of sweat and time put into the planning process.

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Flirty Purple Summer Garden Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 03, 2013

Heidi & Shawn 

September 14  

Walnut Creek, 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?

That is a tough one. It was a balancing act between budget and location. I always knew that I wanted a garden wedding. The Gardens at Heather Farms just hit everything we were looking for including location (near both of our families), beautiful rose garden for the ceremony as well as an amazing backdrop for a wedding. I also grew up playing tennis across the street, so the site felt very comfortable.

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

1. All of our DIY projects, especially the centerpieces and the flowers. Most of the centerpieces were galvanized pots filled with succulents my mom, Shawn and I had been collecting over the last year. For the flowers, my mom and aunt made all of the bridal bouquets, which were so beautiful. The bridal bouquets did double duty for the wedding and as centerpieces for the bridal party tables. We put them in antique mason jars we had found. My mom, aunt and family also made all the floral arrangements for some of the guest tables and key tables at the reception.

2. The photo booth. This was a splurge for us as far as budget goes, and it was so worth it! Almost all the guests got involved and the pictures are classic! These pics also served as part of the guest book.

3. Mason jar wine glasses! Shawn and I hunted all of Oakland looking for different glass candlesticks to make what has become known as “white trash wine glasses.” Each candlestick had beads in our wedding colors (purple, green and silver) and was glued to a mason jar. We wanted something special for our parents, best woman, maid of honor, and matron of honor as they gave their toasts. They were all very excited to take them home as well. Such a conversation starter!

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

This is the hardest question of all! Especially since we were surrounded by our closest family and friends, which meant the world to me! If I have to choose only one out of a fabulous day, it was spending so much time with my now husband without having to worry about anything. All the stress was gone and Friday the 13th over (my wedding bag with my planning book, journal, joint check book, cash for tips, marriage license was stolen at the rehearsal the day before but did not realize it until Friday the 13th. We spent most of the day trying to amend what had been lost). I’m not usually big on PDA, but after all the wedding planning and the day finally arriving, we were just inseparable and really had the best time! I almost giggled as I remembered advice I had been give by several people to make sure to take moments away from the wedding for just Shawn and I that was definitely not a problem!

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