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Natural Eco-Friendly Summer Winery Wedding in New York

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 14, 2014

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Danielle and Rich were married at Brooklyn Winery in Brooklyn, N.Y. on August 18. “I had gone to Brooklyn Winery with a girlfriend one day, and they were hosting a wedding and thought, ‘Wow, what a different and interesting venue,’” Danielle said. “After we became engaged, we went to check it out more, and the place felt like it took our personalities and created an event space with it! The materials they use, their approach with food and wine, the decor — everything felt so natural to us!” Danielle walked down the aisle wearing a sweetheart lace wedding gown with an illusion neckline to a string trio playing an unchained melody, while Rich stood waiting patiently wearing a classic black tuxedo and gray tie. Fun fact: They were married by the bride’s sister! “I definitely didn’t think I would cry but just the feeling of so much love and support with our closest family and friends being there made me melt,” she said. Above, hung cafe lights and garland, and below on banquet tables, was vintage china and sprigs of rosemary at each place setting. “We chose to have a dessert bar featuring our favorite Brooklyn vendors,” Danielle said. “We picked mini doughnuts from Dough based in Clinton Hill and insanely delicious pies from Butter & Scotch. We served them out with kraft take out boxes stamped with our initials and wedding date.” Their first dance? Chris Cornell’s cover song to Led Zeppelin’s “Thank You.”

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Photography: Kelly Williams, Photographer | Venue: Brooklyn Winery | Dress Designer: Theia Couture from Lovely Bride | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair and Makeup Artist: Jackie Schneider Beauty | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Floral Designer: Miss Fancy Plants | Officiant: Lauren Compitello | Ceremony Musicians: Central Park Strings | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Doughnuts: Dough | Pies: Butter & Scotch | Invitations: Minted | Favors: Grady’s Cold Brew 

Natural and Unique Green Resort Wedding in Texas

Posted by Kim on May 23, 2013

Hannah & Brent

February 23

The Woodlands, Texas

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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?

It didn’t take long for either of us to decide that the Woodlands Resort and Conference Center would be the perfect place to get married when we walked outside on their forest deck to look at our ceremony location. The deck sits out over a lake with beautiful fountains and the scenery was so gorgeous we knew that the need for doing any decorating would be minimal. It was also a huge seller to us that the resort catered dinner, made our cakes, and much more included in our package to make our lives easier.

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

Our three favorite details were taking pictures with the sunset after the ceremony, listening to our loved ones give toasts, and the non-stop dancing.

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

Our one piece of advice for other couples would be, if possible, investing in professionals was way more worth it than we realized. We can’t get over how much of a lifesaver it was to have the help of people that knew what they were doing. Thanks to the resort and our other vendors, the wedding day itself felt effortless.

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

My favorite moment would be the exit. Brent carried me up a long flight of stairs out of the reception hall and everyone was screaming so enthusiastically waiting for us at our exit that we knew everyone had an excellent time.

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Spring Lake House Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 25, 2013

Raquel & Gerard

March 17

Charleston, South Carolina

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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?

My husband, then fiance, loved it!  We had looked at dozens of venues, but his face absolutely lit up as we pulled onto the property.  I know that the wedding day is supposed to be about the bride, but I wanted to be sure his voice was heard in some of the details as well.

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

1.  Before the guests arrived, I had the opportunity to see the ceremony space, and I was blown away.  The ceremony was outside on a small, wooded island.  While it was naturally beautiful, I wanted to soften the space.  My planner, Kala, not only met my expectations, she exceeded them!  White details, delicate floral accents, a wooden altar draped with sheer fabric – etheral, simple, elegant!  It was a beautiful and powerful reminder that although our wedding was not in a church, it was, no less, a spiritual occasion.

2.  The music!  Music can make or break any event, especially a wedding.  But, being an intercultural union (I’m from southern Virginia, and he’s from Trinidad and Tobago), we were both concerned that the music would not translate well between our two sides.  Fortunately, my husband called in a favor from a DJ friend and his knowledge of Caribbean and American music was mixed to perfection.  Everyone danced the evening away!

3.  The dinner tables were another one of those details where I had this vision in my head.  I wanted the linens and place settings to be formal since it was wedding, yet the flowers to have a more natural, deconstructed feel.  And while I wanted eveything to flow, I didn’t want identical floral reproductions, or overly matchy-matchy.  As a greeted my guests at their seats, I was delighted that each centerpiece was unique!

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

Walking down the aisle towards my husband was the BEST MOMENT of my life.  Knowing how much I loved and was loved.  Feeling so blessed that the most important decision of my life had also been the easiest.  Knowing this was only the beginning our journey.  I experienced so many strong emotions in such a short span, I am constantly reflecting upon them. 

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Nichole & JJ

February 13

Phoenix, Arizona

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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?

The stunning beauty of the botanical garden really speaks for itself. The Gardens truly bring a slice of the amazing Arizonan desert to the city.  We love the natural setting and knew the weather would be perfect at that time. And we felt better knowing our money would be used to support the Garden.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. Succulents that my family grew and we replanted after the wedding. My mom, two aunts and I created the entire reception décor.  My aunt even made a coordinated crackled wooden card box, Novia/Novio, Muchas Gracias and Amor signs.
  2. My sister in law put together two guest books, Polaroids and map with pins, which was cool since we had people visiting from all over the US and the world.  
  3. My husband wrote our ceremony music and with his brother-in-law recorded the music. For the recessional we had a surprise all women mariachi band.

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

The awesome fun we had. Everyone was dancing until the music stopped. And the beautiful vows we wrote for each other- there were many tears.

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Lindsay & Colin

July 28

Portland, Oregon

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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?

Colin and I met in Portland, Oregon, and even though we had moved away, we knew we wanted to get married in the city.  An outdoor wedding was also very important to both of us so we created a list of outdoor event spaces within Portland’s city limits and visited them all. As soon as we stepped out onto the DeSoto Rooftop, I knew it was the perfect place for our reception. It had a relaxed Pacific Northwest feel to it.  I loved the view of downtown buildings filling the skyline in one direction and the backdrop of trees from the neighboring park in the other direction. Our ceremony was held at Mt. Tabor, a city park where Colin and I spent many weekend afternoons.  The summit offers beautiful views of our favorite city and we knew we wanted to exchange vows at this special place with our family and friends.  I was also very fond of the juxtaposition of a wooded park for our ceremony and an urban outdoor scene for our reception. It was a perfect cross section of all that Portland has to offer.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. My Bouquet:  Flowers were the last thing on my mind as I was getting ready, but once the gorgeous bouquet’s were delivered I couldn’t take my eyes of them.

2.  Sparkling Wine Bottles: My step-dad makes wine and he served one of his sparkling varieties at our reception.  In lieu of labels, he hand wrote our names on each bottle.  It meant a lot to me that he spent time on this project and I loved the look of the bottles on the tables.

3. Chamomile toss:  I heard of a couple giving dried chamomile to their guests to toss as they left the reception because it looked like gold dust in photos taken with a flash. After I saw the pictures, I wanted to do the same at our wedding.  The chamomile in the air smelled fantastic and I adore the way our departure photos turned out.

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