As part of our Valentine’s Day week of inspiration, we thought this peach and gray rooftop styled shoot would spark some romance. Elegant yet modern, it’s filled with pops of color, details such as “tears of joy” tissue packets and not to mention, a lounge complete with cigars and martinis. The venue not only offers beautiful backdrops for photographs but a feel of intimacy midst the bustling city landscape. Fall in love with one look:
It’s been an exciting year here at WeddingWire – for more reasons than one! Several of our talented team members got married in 2012, and we shared some of their weddings right here on the blog! Check out a recap of the year in weddings at WeddingWire:
And a happy 1st anniversary to our COO Lee Wang, who married Lynn last September in Washington, DC.
Photo: Steve Canning Photography
And we can’t forget the other staffers who got married in 2012 – congratulations are in order for Eileen, Persephone, Victoria, Jeanette, Stephanie, and Kate. We’ve also had a bunch of engagements, so watch this space for more WeddingWire weddings in 2013 and beyond!
Categories: Ideas + Trends, Real Weddings
Tags: 2012 favorites, CINEMATICbyDavidM, Jordan Marsh Photography, Maryland Weddings, massachusetts weddings, Person + Killian Photography, Steve Canning Photography, The Feds Studio, Washington DC Weddings
This year, we published over 200 real weddings on this blog – from glamorous affairs to laid-back celebrations, we’ve truly seen it all. But some weddings and details really stood out, and we wanted to share them with you.
Modern and Cheeky Wedding Stationery
The wedding of two graphic designers in Palm Springs, California featured some of the coolest details we’ve ever seen. In particular, we loved the paper goods – from the aisle markers to the menus, the contemporary design and informal language really sets the tone for a totally relaxed affair and showcases the couple’s sense of humor. See more of Tiffany and Mark’s completely creative wedding here.
Photo: Mike Arick Photography
Categories: Ideas + Trends, Real Weddings
Tags: 2012 favorites, Ars Magna Studio, California Weddings, Erin J Photo, Florida Weddings, Glamorous Weddings, Kaylee Eylander Photography, Maryland Weddings, massachusetts weddings, Mike Arick Photography, Modern Weddings, Nautical Weddings, Palm Beach Photography, Romantic Weddings, seattle weddings, Washington Weddings
Amy & Brett
Q & A with the Bride:
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
Growing up, I spent summers in Lenox at camp and have always loved the Berkshires. My husband and I enjoyed a number of weekend getaways in Lenox and celebrated a joint family Thanksgiving there in 2009 not long before we got engaged. I had read about Stonover Farm in a few magazines and wanted to stay there. In January 2010, we were on our way up to Deerfield and decided to spend a night at Stonover Farm. Even though it was the middle of winter, we fell in love with it. When we got engaged, we didn’t consider any other venues. We knew that Stonover Farm would be absolutely perfect. It offered everything that we were looking for – a beautiful setting that was relaxed and sophisticated at that same time. We loved the idea of having multiple and distinct events (ceremony on the lawn, cocktails by the pond, dinner under a tent and dancing/dessert in the barn) at the same venue. Not to mention the fact that the blue trim of the buildings perfectly matched our colors of navy, light blue and pink!
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. The locket pin on my bouquet – my grandmother died of cancer about a year before we got engaged. Attending our wedding would have meant so much to her, and it broke my heart that she was not able to live to be there in person. I found an antique fleur de lys locket on Etsy, put her photo inside of it and attached it to the ribbon on my bouquet. It meant a lot to me to have her with me while walking down the aisle and throughout the day. After the wedding, I gave the locket to my grandfather.
2. The food – my husband and I love good food and having a caterer that could deliver delicious food for a large number of people was really important to us. Our florist recommended Savory Harvest and Michael was incredible. He really listened to our guidance and came up with menus for both the rehearsal dinner and the wedding that were delicious and reflected our tastes. Lastly, my friend from childhood, Katzie Guy-Hamilton, who is a pastry chef in NYC (and a former contestant on Top Chef Just Desserts), made homemade pies (neither my husband nor I like cake that much) that added a personal touch and were incredible.
3. Drawings – My husband’s dad is a talented artist, so we added his handiwork to the day in the form of the design on the welcome bags, a hand drawn map of Lenox, and cards (included in the welcome bags) featuring his pen and ink drawings of the barn at Stonover Farm and other local landmarks.
3. Give us the one moment from your wedding day that you can’t stop thinking about.
Our ceremony! Although it was over in record time (less than 20 minutes!), when Amanda asked me and Brett to pick our favorite photo from our wedding for a blog post, we each picked a photo from the ceremony. A friend of ours, Jim, was able to officiate our wedding thanks to Massachusetts’ “one day pass” system. Having a friend perform our ceremony made it so much more personal and special. There were touching moments and quite a bit of laughter. Standing up there with Brett, Jim and our closest friends and looking out at everyone, who came to celebrate with us, is one of my favorite memories of the day.
Jillian & Ryan
Our Q&A with the Bride:
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We were immediately swept away by the breathtaking garden at the Willowdale Estate. We always knew we wanted an outdoor wedding, and the concept of getting married in a lush garden surrounded by tall pines, butterflies, and hummingbirds took our breath away. The estate’s interior was also perfectly renovated. Despite being a historic venue, it is very polished and sophisticated with carved wood details, gorgeous dressing suites, and a full service kitchen. The staff of the Willowdale was top notch from the moment we first toured the grounds through the day of our wedding.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
Hand painted cake toppers (done by myself!) in the likeness of my husband and I were a perfect touch to our cake. My husband and I are musicians, so we loved our sheet music guest book that we purchased through Etsy. Also, I became obsessed with my floral/feather/crystal fascinator; also purchased through Etsy.
If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
Focus your efforts on three key things that matter most to you on the big day. For us, it was a great music, gorgeous flowers, and an open bar. The other elements will fall into place – so have fun with them, be flexible, don’t sweat the small stuff, and enjoy the planning process!
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
I’ll never forget the moment that Ryan saw me for the first time during our first look. The Willowdale has a dreamy boardwalk that wraps around a small lake, and that’s where he was waiting for me facing the water. The walk down the hill to where he was standing was so tranquil and romantic – all I could hear were the birds singing and the rustling of the trees. When he finally turned to me, the look on his face was so touching – the kind of look that only comes once in a lifetime. We’re so happy to have found one another, and lucky to have the wonderful family and friends that shared in our magical day.