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Katie and Dante were married in a traditional courthouse ceremony followed by a reception at the University Club of Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, Calif. on August 9. “It was beautiful and low-key,” Katie said. “We love that combination.” The bride wore a BHLDN strapless a-line wedding dress with a tiered tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo and a pair of wedges, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a navy blue checkered button-up and tie. She carried a bouquet of carnations, calla lilies, proteas, succulents, scabiosa pods, and ferns. Guests were greeted inside the courthouse’s mural room with floor-to-ceiling hand-painted walls and two wrought-iron chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Fun fact: It dates back to 1850. “Walking down the aisle [with both parents was my favorite moment],” she said. Almost 80 sat in pews to witness the exchanging of vows. Once it was sealed with a kiss, it was official! The reception took place next door inside the historic mansion. Tables were decorated with white linens, mason jar centerpieces,  wooden numbers, and favor bags,”wishing riches for the new Mr. and Mrs.,” filled with lottery tickets at each place setting, surrounded by upholstered chairs. After dinner, a mini cake was cut and served for dessert. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Relax and enjoy,” Katie said. “As long as you have the people that are important to you in your life with you, you are all set.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers.

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Photography: Antonio and Paula Crutchley Photography | Venue/Caterer: University Club of Santa Barbara | Event Planner: Breanna Quam | Dress Designer: BHLDN | Hair and Makeup Artist: Shanna Spencer Style | Officiant: Julia Hamilton | Ceremony Musician: Jason Sulkin | Floral Designer: Padaro Floral | Cake: Crushcakes

Intimate Rooftop Summer Hotel Wedding in Puerto Rico

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 13, 2015

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Angelica and Nicolas were married at the Olive Boutique Hotel in Condado, Puerto Rico on July 13.  “From the moment that we found it, we knew it was the perfect place because it is private and rustic,” Nicolas said. The bride wore a v-neck lace fit ‘n’flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with her hair in an updo and a pair of peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a navy blue suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and baby’s breath. Guests (all thirty of them) were greeted with a picture frame that said, “Thanks for your love and support” as well as sunglasses to beat the summer heat on top of the roof terrace. The ceremony took place right at 5 o’clock just before sunset with scenic views of the lagoon. “It was a beautiful day that had many details, but the best was the sunset the God gave us,” he said. Fun fact: it was even officiated by Nicolas’ father. The reception took place shortly after. Restored wooden tables were decorated with log centerpieces, votive candles, and coffee bean bags, which also served double-duty as favors, at each place setting, surrounded by upholstered chairs. The food was one of the main highlights of the night. Why? Because it was inspired by the Mediterranean cuisine. Plus, not to mention the three-tiered naked cake. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Our wedding was made 85 percent by ourselves because it was very clear what we wanted and could do, so we suggest that on everything is the dream of the couple that will be reflected, whether made by you or a wedding planner,” Nicolas said. “Further, if you like our wedding, the best option is a renowened restaurant!”

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Photography: Jose Ruiz Photography | Venue: Olive Boutique Hotel | Dress Designer: Pronovias from Royal Bride | Shoes: Vera Wang | Bridesmaid Dresses: Hernan Zajar | Hair and Makeup Artist: Roberto Gomez | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss | Officiant: Jaime Camareno and Henry Castellanos | Ceremony Musician: Vanessa Burgos | Floral Designer: Black Flowers and Event Design by Hiram Colon | Caterer: Oliva Restaurant | Cake: Vanessa Caro      

Intimate Retro Summer Loft Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 30, 2014

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Allie and Bryan were married at Kitchen Chicago in Chicago, Ill. on August 2. “It was the only place we actually saw in person,” Allie said. “It had the vibe we wanted and a price that fit! And all the vendors were who we wanted, which helps when on a budget.” The bride wore a strapless chiffon a-line wedding gown with a notch neckline, accessorized with a jeweled sash and a pair of comfy TOMS slip-ons, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses and carried bouquets of roses, stock, craspedia balls, and succulents. “We chose neutrals with a touch of teal blue,” she said. “So, the venue could stand on it’s own.” The ceremony took place inside the shared-use space with exposed brick walls as the backdrop. “The music playing, watching my bridesmaids walk down the aisle to my favorite ‘Sleeping at Last’ song, and seeing my smiling future husband,” Allie said referring to the moment she can’t stop thinking about. After the vows were sealed with a kiss (or two), cocktail hour began with an assortment of local beers and wines from Trader Joe’s. Guests found their seats via escort cards hanging from clothespins. “There were lots of do-it-yourself projects,” she said. “Hand-pressing all the save-the-dates and invitations, and our polaroid guest book was a huge success.” Even the Instagram hashtag #fleminweddin too. Farm tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, vintage vases, vessels, mason jars, and wine bottles, and votive candles. Dinner was catered by Chipotle! Imagine eating all the burritos, chips, guacamole, and pico de gallo you wanted. Ole! Dancing began with the choreographed first dance and ended with a sparkler send-off. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Plan every detail with meaning,” Allie said. “If it’s for the sake of tradition, and has no meaning to you and your future spouse, it’s not needed. Be wise with your spending, it adds up so quickly.”

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Photography: Studio Starling | Venue: Kitchen Chicago | Event Planner: Brittany Cheves of Midwestern Bride | Dress Designer: J.Crew | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Indochino | Floral Designer: The Flower Studio | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Caterer: Chipotle | DJ: Katie Anderson of Go2Guys DJ Service, LLC

Multicultural Intimate Inn Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 02, 2014

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Lindsay and Edward were married in a traditional ceremony at the University of Virginia Chapel, followed by a reception and Korean tea ceremony at The Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Va., on March 15. The bride looked lovely in a strapless a-line gown and a detailed updo. She carried a bright bouquet of ranunculuses, sweet peas, and amaryllis.  Her ‘maids donned long gray v-neck dresses with white shawls. The groom and his men looked dapper in traditional black tuxedos.  After tying the knot in front of 100 close friends and family in the U.Va Chapel, guests made their way to The Clifton Inn to celebrate. “We immediately fell in love with The Clifton Inn for its intimacy and warmth,” Lindsay said. “We wanted our wedding to be an intimate occasion with family and friends, where everyone would feel elegant yet comfortable.” Guests were escorted to long banquet tables covered with white linens and were greeted by toy bicycle place card holders with their names. Each table featured a bright floral centerpiece similar to the bride’s bouquet. Family and friends enjoyed passed appetizers and had a choice of three entrees for dinner. Following their first dance, Lindsay and Edward changed into a different set of clothes for the tea ceremony, a Korean wedding tradition. Lindsay’s favorite moment of the day was when they had a moment alone beforehand. “We had few minutes to celebrate and reflect our day for the first time as husband and wife,” she said. “It was a precious moment.” Guests ended the night enjoying a four-tier white cake. Overall Lindsay and Edward had a memorable evening that was a perfect blend of both their cultures.

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Photography: April Bennett Photography | Ceremony Venue: University of Virginia Chapel | Reception Venue & Catering: The Clifton Inn | Bride’s Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Hair & Makeup: Alison Harper & Comapny, LLC | Flowers: Pat’s Floral Design | Rentals: Skyline Tent Company | Cake: Albemarle Baking Company | Reception Music: Adrian Duke Band | Invitations: Minted | Transportation: Albemarle Limousine & Easy Riders Bus | Ceremony Musicians: Afton Event Ensembles

Intimate Romantic Summer Wedding in Greece

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 18, 2014

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Claire and Robin were married at the Spetses Amphitheatre followed by a reception at the Poseidonion Grand Hotel in Spetses, Greece on June 8. The decision to wed at this particular location was an easy one for the couple. “We had visited the  Poseidonion Grand Hotel on Spetses several times over the two years before,” Claire explained.” We adore the beauty of the island and the hotel is so classically beautiful, when Robin proposed we both instantly knew where to spend our magical day.” The bride looked beautiful in a flowy gown with a plunging v-neck. The dress featured a sheer lace back and short sleeves, as well as jeweled detailing at the waistline. She wore her hair in a tightly-curled updo and carried a bouquet of white roses. The groom looked dapper in a gray suit and ditched the tie for a more casual look. 85 guests looked on as Claire and Robin exchanged vows in the amphitheatre. After they became husband and wife, everyone moved to the outdoor patio at the hotel. The reception featured round tables with white linens and glass vase centerpieces filled with greenery. Friends and family enjoyed an 8-course classic Greek meal. While Claire and Robin were the guests of honor they certainly made their guests feel special. “We wrote personal letters to all our guests sharing why they mean so much to us.” How thoughtful! As for their fairytale ending? The couple enjoyed a horse-pulled carriage ride along the water, and that wasn’t even Claire’s favorite part. “Seeing my husband’s face as i walked down the aisle and seeing how happy he was,” Claire said. “Knowing my best friend and soulmate was to become my husband.”

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Photography: Anna Roussos Photography & Video Creations | Dress Designer: Jenny Packham | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss | Hair Stylist: Suzie Whitfield | Venue: Spetses Amphitheatre | DJ: DJ Panos | Jeweler: Steltman Jewelers  | Reception Venue/Catering/Rentals: Poseidonion Grand Hotel

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