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Eco-Friendly Outdoor Fall Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 16, 2013

Lindsey & John

September 22

Petaluma, California

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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 loved the meandering paths through the beautiful terraced gardens. It was very romantic, and we could envision all of our guests having the chance to explore the grounds.

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

The bridal party Mendhi (henna party) was definitely a highlight. We sat around drinking chai and chatting. The henna was so beautiful and unique, and it was a lasting reminder of our awesome weekend of wedding fun! Another highlight was the bridal party dance that we performed to set off the dance party. I choreographed a super fun booty-shaking dance to a medley of three songs. Every time all the bridesmaids were together leading up to the wedding, we would practice, laughing the whole time. It was so much fun to perform, and the crowd loved it! We designed our wedding altar and had it built by our friends at Heritage Salvage with all salvaged materials. It was gorgeous, rustic and tied in my Chinese heritage. The design was inspired by Chinese arches, and we hung a gong in the center that we used ceremonially.

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you cannot stop thinking about.

It’s hard to choose just one, but it would probably be when we were eating dinner. I just kept looking around at all our friends and family enjoying each other’s company and felt so incredibly happy to be in that moment surrounded by so much love.

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Pretty in Purple Barn Wedding in Arkansas

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 27, 2012

Michelle & Chad

September 22

Dardanelle, Arkansas

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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?

I knew this wedding venue was the one because of its close proximity to our hometown.  Also, the openness and barn was absolutely beautiful and perfect to have a wedding with our close friends and family.

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

1. Flowers

2. Reception Tables

3. Cake 

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

The ceremony is the one thing I will never forget! It was so beautiful and so sweet. I will always remember the day I married my best friend!

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Bright Yellow, Fall Wedding in Michigan

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 28, 2012

Laura & Kevin

October 6

Traverse City, Michigan 

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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?

The view for the on-site ceremony was breathtaking.  It encompassed everything I wanted people to LOVE about Northern Michigan–the water, the changing colors of the leaves and everything surrounding us.  It also uses all local food along with its own spirits, wine and beer.  Its outdoor space was perfect for our outdoor games, fireplace and cocktail hour.  It felt perfectly casual.

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

1. The place settings: I had a good friend of mine help me design each person’s place seating with their name and plated dinner they were getting (tying in the invitation graphics).  These were accented with two billy balls that pulled the entire theme together.

2. The blankets and pillows by the fireplace for folks to stay warm:  The blankets were knitted by Kevin’s 90-year-old grandmother, and the pillows were decorated by Laura’s mom and sewn by a close friend. Each were made with so much love.

3. The leaves on the aisle leading up to the altar:  I love the fall, and I love walking on leaves when they fall from the trees. It has always made me so happy, and to have those on the aisle walking towards my groom with my dad next to me made the most perfect moment!

4. The centerpiece boxes: They were made by my father from an old farm in Michigan where we used to visit and play in when we were kids. The florist filled those with flowers, and they looked wonderful.

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

When our best man was finishing his speech he said, “There was a great philosopher who once said, ‘Whoop, whoop whoop.’” And 30+ of our closest friends and cousins busted out with a flash mob to a choreographed Gangnam Style dance.  I had not cried all day because I was just so excited and overly happy to marry my best friend, but this display of how many great people we had in our lives put me over the edge, and it’s something we will NEVER forget.  I still watch the video whenever I need a pick me up!  People approach me telling me how amazing it was.

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Luminous, Outdoor Ranch Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 27, 2012

Audrey & David

October 12

Malibu, California 

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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 knew we wanted to get married in a beautiful outdoor location with plenty of trees, lush surroundings and booming with personality. As soon as we saw the gigantic tree with the twinkle lights in the middle of the reception deck, we both fell in love and couldn’t think of any other place to get married. Also, the location was quite intimate and private; it was perfect for our guest size and wedding theme.

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

I loved our grand entrance as I approached the reception area, I breathed in the looks of the dessert table, the centerpieces, the flowers, the twinkle lights hanging from the tree and most importantly, I looked at our beautiful family and friends and felt the overwhelming and contagious excitement and happiness all around. I also loved our first look because it gave us some private time to loosen some nerves before the big ceremony. And even though I didn’t think I could get through my vows (I was so choked up and crying as soon as he started saying his), it was still a very memorable moment of the day seeing him look at me with so much love in his eyes and hear him speak with so much love in his voice.

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

I remember loving the dancing part, especially when the DJ played “Gangnam style” and Bryce, one of the groomsmen, just busted out doing the dance moves in the middle of the dance floor. Everybody got so into it, copying every move he made. People warned me that most people don’t dance at weddings, but it seemed like everyone at that point was on the dance floor. It was so much fun!

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Vintage Chic, Vineyard Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 20, 2012

Ineca & Bobbie

July 7

Sebastopol, California 

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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?

The vineyard view. The moment we stepped onto the property and caught a glimpse of the breathtaking view of the surrounding vineyards, we fell in love with it. We automatically pictured our guests during dinner – laughing and enjoying themselves, while overlooking the sun setting in the vineyards, sipping a glass of wine and chowing down on some comfort food in wine country.

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

1. Our guestbook: We asked guests to write down their advice, notes and wishes on a hanging tag. The tags were then hung in a rustic keepsake box that we now have displayed in our home.
2. Our DIY favors:We filled small kraft paper bags with caramel popcorn and stamped the front with a personalized ink stamp that read “Thanks for sharing in our sweet beginning.” What we loved most about this detail was the fun we had making them – an assembly line of three family generations, including Grandma!
3. Our cakes: We wanted something simple that looked like a real cake you wanted to take a bite out of (and they were delicious!). We displayed three small buttercream frosting cakes with a few fresh dahlias on various cake stands we found at a vintage shop.

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

Our first dance to Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing.” It was a really fun and relaxed moment in the day. Every time I hear the song, it brings me right back.

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