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Erin & Christine

October 6

Chicago, Illinois

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Q & A with the Couple:

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

We immediately loved the view, of course, and how intimate it was. We had the ceremony in the same location, so the indoor and outdoor space was great too. It was perfect for a cocktail party of Champagne and hors d’oeuvres. 

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

We were really excited about our photographer and loved all the photos, she was amazing and we could not have done better. 

My sister made a wishing tree for us and we still keep everyone’s wishes for us in a jar on a shelf. A lovely reminder of all the love and support we have in our lives. 

Our wedding cake was made by Christine’s mom (Golden Goose Catering) and it was gorgeous and we loved the ceramic birds on tops. 

I loved my hair and I am so glad I chose to wear my hair up for the event. 

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

Our officiant handed out blessings for some of our guests to read during the ceremony and that really was beautiful to have our guests be a part of the ceremony too.  Our ceremony was personal and the officiant really took her time to tell our story and include our guests. We were so glad it was personal; it kept the ceremony intimate. 

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Modern Green and Blue Summer Hotel Wedding in DC

Posted by Kim on Feb 21, 2013

Rachel & Adam

July 14

Washington, DC

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Q & A with the Bride

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

We knew we wanted to have a city wedding but didn’t want a traditional, formal hotel.  The Hotel Monaco in downtown DC was exactly what we were looking for in a reception venue:  fun, colorful, and modern yet full of history as the former General Post Office of DC.  The hotel maintains so many original details like marble columns and stairways, and the ballroom is in the old  library.

We were lucky to find the historic Sixth & I synagogue right down the street for the ceremony.  More than 100 years old, it was absolutely stunning with a beautiful domed ceiling and an intimate atmosphere.  It was perfect.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Green Flowers: I wanted bright lime and green flowers to contrast with the teal bridesmaids’ dresses and teal ties for the groomsmen.  My florist used green roses, hydrangeas, orchids, berries, and more.  I loved how it all came together, and it matched my lime green peep-toe heels.

Our Cocktail: Adam and I love spicy cocktails, so we opted for a special drink to kick off the evening.  Chili and horseradish vodka, grapefruit, fresh basil, and seltzer.  Did everyone love it?  Probably not – but we did – and that’s all that matters!

Mom’s Toffee Favors: My mom’s homemade chocolate toffee candy is a favorite treat, and we wanted to share it as parting gift to all of our friends and family.  We gave Adam’s mom and aunt the recipe, and they starting baking and packaging it up weeks in advance.

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

Outsource!  Hire a planner and enjoy the ride.  The last thing you and your family want to do on wedding day is worry about details. 

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

Strolling through the streets of DC, our photographer in tow, following the big reveal.  Even though there were crowds of people around, it felt like we had the city to ourselves.  I couldn’t take my eyes off of Adam, and I couldn’t stop smiling.  

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If pretty-pink-princess-style weddings are so not your taste, you’ll love today’s styled shoot. We love the sleek, glamorous black-and-white vibe, and the venue – a hotel located in Colorado Springs’ turn-of-the-century commodities exchange building – has so much character. We love the modern ceremony backdrop, the centerpieces dripping with crystals, and the black-tie inspired place settings.

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Hilary & Kevin

February 24

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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From the Photographer: “Hilary and Kevin hail from Texas where they met while working at Neiman Marcus. Many people think that all destination weddings end up having a very similar tropical color scheme, but the reality is – your wedding should incorporate the colors that speak to you and that you love. Hilary created a really pretty yellow and gray color scheme and bucked that tropical trend. And it turned out gorgeous! 

The ceremony was in such a unique spot – a coconut grove. The couple said their “I do’s” under an arch that was handmade from driftwood and incorporated that lovely sunny yellow color in the sunflowers and gerberas. To quench their guests’ thirst, the couple offered Coco Locos, a drink of local coconuts and Costa Rican rum. Delish! All the decor pieces had a “found object-ness” about them – from hand-painted driftwood signs to recycled mason jars with candles that hung in the trees.

We adored the kids’ table – so much fun with crayons, glitter, paints, stickers, you name it! The kids were kept busy all night and had a grand time! They also had a babysitter who looked after them all so that the parents could really have a fun time, too.

The seating chart was such a unique idea. It was an old wooden ladder with jute rope – the place cards were held on by clothespins. It looked so divine. We really loved the bridesmaid dresses that brought in that fun yellow again and flowers too. Again the couple bucked the trend and told the bridesmaids that they could pick any dress they wanted that reflected their own personality, the only stipulation was that it was in the same color scheme – and the flower girls were beyond adorable in their Crewcuts by J.Crew dresses. Hilary stole the show in head-to-toe BHLDN – she looked amazing yet not fussy. She was able to enjoy walking on the beach and dancing the night away in her beautiful dress, perfect for a destination wedding.” – A Brit & A Blonde

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Modern Purple and Orange Museum Wedding in Florida

Posted by Caitlin on Feb 05, 2013

Karina & V.J.

October 20

St. Petersburg, Florida

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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?

We love downtown St. Petersburg, and we were looking for an outdoor waterfront venue. When the Dali Museum opened, we knew it was the prefect venue not only because we got engaged in the city, but because of my love of Dali art and my family being from Spain. We have eclectic taste, and the Dali’s unique space gave us beautiful architecture, an outdoor garden with waterfront views and great art!

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

1. The live flamenco band.
2. The candlelit reception in the garden, and the gorgeous centerpieces with beautiful, bright circus roses against the eggplant linens and copper and gold accents. We even had FIREWORKS, perfection!
3. Wedding stationary.

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

V.J. and I exchanged wedding arras, which are Spanish coins during our ceremony. The coins were from my Abulea’s (grandmother) hometown in Valencia, Spain. Each coin symbolizes the commitments we made to each other: love, trust, respect, joy, happiness, harmony, wisdom, wholeness, nurture, care, cooperation and peace. It was so meaningful for us to carry on this tradition for our family and have these coins as an heirloom.

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