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Romantic Spring Winery Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Kim on Jul 08, 2013

Rachel & James

Belleville, Illinois


Q & A with the Couple:

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

What sold us on our venue was the beauty of the ceremony site itself, as well as the fact that we could have an outdoor reception a short distance away on the same property. (The facility also had an indoor option as a bad weather back-up, which is something that put our minds at ease while planning our event). The ceremony site at the Weingarten is at the bottom of a large but shallow depression in the ground, so it provides privacy and serenity in a setting of natural beauty. The several large trees that stand around the wedding arch itself provide not only some structure to what is otherwise an open space, but also filter the sun to create patterns of light and shadow that fill the area with a gentle summer ambiance.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Our hand-made, Quaker-style marriage certificate that our guests signed as witnesses to the wedding (and that was produced by Sharon and Steven Schwartz of; the traditional Scottish cup (known as a quaich) that we used as a centerpiece in our ceremony (and that we purchased from; and the powerful and yet subtle way that our themes and colors worked together to create a beautiful and memorable experience for us and for all of our guests. Until we saw it all together, we didn’t know how much our hard work was going to pay off.

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

The moment that most stands out in our minds is Rachel coming down the long, unpaved path to the ceremony site on foot. Everyone was expecting her to be driven down in a golf cart, but suddenly there she was—one hand holding her bouquet and the other holding up the bottom of her dress—marching confidently (and quickly!) down the path. She met her father partway down the hill and they walked together. Waiting for her to come closer and more fully into view created a bit of suspense for everyone, and it also put a personal stamp on the ceremony before it even began.

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Elegant Green Garden Wedding in New Hampshire

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 19, 2013

Chelsea & Chadwick

May 31

Bedford, New Hampshire


Q & A with the Bride:

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

The silos! I loved that the venue used to be a  farm, and the inn still had so much character left over from 1810.

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

1. The place cards on the lattice with mini clothes pins – I borrowed a co-workers old typewriter to help create the cards.

 2. The floral arrangements in the old milk jug, and the old watering can that I got from antique stores up the road from my house.

 3. The old suitcase that I turned into a card box with pictures of Chad and I as kids pinned to the inside.

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

No matter how crazy it gets, take 10 minutes out of the night where the two of you can sneak away and have a moment alone together. It was one of my favorite parts of the day! 

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

Getting to kiss my husband for the first time.

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Top Color Picks for Spring Bridesmaid Dresses

Posted by Kim on Mar 21, 2013

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When you’re shopping for bridesmaid dresses, it’s important to not only consider styles that will look great on your gals, but also dresses that will fit your wedding season. And since springtime is about blooming blossoms and (we hope!) blue skies, heavy fabrics and dark colors simply don’t look right at spring weddings. Check out our top hues for spring bridesmaids:

Pale Coral: Coral is absolutely the hot color for bridesmaids this year. While we typically think of it as a summer, beachy hue, we think a paler coral would look just right at a spring garden wedding.

Mint: We know, we know – isn’t emerald the hot green of the moment? Well, yes, but it’s a little too deep and dark for springtime. Featuring a pale mint is a great way to include green in your wedding palette.

Floral: We’re aware that technically floral is not a color, but this pattern is never more appropriate than in in the springtime.

Sky Blue: This color looks great on most skin tones and looks beautiful at both formal and casual occasions.

What color are your bridesmaids wearing?

Romantic, Map-Themed Summer Tennessee Wedding

Posted by Kim on Mar 13, 2013

Emmie & Dave

August 31

Nashville, Tennessee


Q & A with the Bride:

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

Our favorite detail was probably the wine box ceremony. We had a custom dark wood wine box made for us engraved with our names and wedding date in a special symbol that was designed for our wedding. Inside the box, we had a bottle of La Crema Pinot Noir 9 Barrel (our favorite wine) and love letters we had written to each other. During the ceremony we nailed the box shut, and we will open it on our fifth wedding anniversary.

Our ceremony itself was completely us. We decided to have Dave’s dad marry us. He was nervous because he had never performed a wedding ceremony and this was the marriage of his first-born child. But, it was so touching and personal and meant so much more than having someone who barely knew us perform such an important ceremony. Together with Dave’s dad we wrote every word in our ceremony to be completely and uniquely us. We are really into wine, so we had 2 ceremonies within our wedding ceremony that showed that passion. We did a wine ceremony where we combined a white and a red wine to make a rose and drank from the same cup as a symbol of our unity, and a wine box ceremony. We wrote our own vows and read them to each other while we fought back tears. My dog is really one of my best friends, so he was a “bridesdog” in the wedding. Our guests were all standing around us in the barn during the whole ceremony making it super intimate and personal. And, at the end of the ceremony, Dave’s little sis and her boyfriend (who proposed to her a few days later) performed a song called “I Do” that they had written just for us. Everything about the ceremony was so personal and special.

 The rest of our wedding also had so many personal touches. Here are a few that we love: 1. Dave and I spent the 4 years leading up to our marriage on the road as part of our work in the sales training industry. We literally lived in 12 different cities in four years. Our wedding invitation was a map that showed this journey around the country with us ending in Nashville, our new home. On a card that sat on each table we had written one of our favorite stories from our time together in one of those cities. We had maps that traced this journey and vintage suitcases to complete the theme. 2. Our wedding happened to be on the night of a blue moon with the next blue moon happening 3 years later. So to celebrate this, we served moon pies and had an image of a giant blue moon on the ceiling.

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Intimate Gray and Yellow Garden Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 08, 2013

Anna & Michael 

September 9

Richmond, Virginia 


Q & A with the Bride: 

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

The feeling we had when we walked into the gardens; it felt perfect. One specific detail was the fact that we didnt have to use any decorations. We loved the way it was as is.

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

1. My bouquet, which I made myself out of fabric flowers. I love that I have it displayed in our home, and it is just as beautiful as it was on my wedding day. 

2. The lanterns that my bridesmaids carried. They were part of their bridesmaid gifts and suited the evening garden wedding vibe.

3.  The boys’ outfits. The gray and yellow color scheme with the suspenders and converse my husband wore. It was so different and cool. He still wears his wedding day shoes often. I’ve seen our color scheme done a lot since our wedding, but I still love the details. 

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

Our first look. It was so intimate and special. I definitely recommend that couples look into it. It’s really amazing to be able to spend those moments just the two of you and your photographer, of course. The kisses have never been sweeter than in that moment.

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