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Scenic Mountainside Summer Park Wedding in Colorado

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 01, 2014

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Lindsey and Patrick were married at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colo. on June 26. “The Garden of the Gods was a special place for us because that was where we had our first real date,” Lindsey said. “We felt a deep connection there and knew that we were going to be together forever.” The bride wore a strapless satin trumpet wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a braid and a pair of Doc Martens boots, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with solid tie. Her bouquet featured roses, ranunculuses, succulents, and ivy vines. “We also love the the mountains, so the view was just perfect during the ceremony,” she said. “We had each written our vows the night before. Hearing them with no one but each other to look at was so romantic.” And teary-eyed! In lieu of a reception, they had a picnic. “The picnic I made for the two of us was also a favorite of ours,” Lindsey said. “I made the sandwiches and fruit salad myself. It was nice to sit on the quilt my grandmother and mother made for us and just take in the moment while having a meal together. The dessert? Donuts. “I also loved that even though we were eloping, we still dressed like it was a formal event,” she said. “My dress made me feel like a beautiful bride, which is how you are supposed to feel on your big day!” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Make it all about you,” Lindsey said. “People get so swept up in the planning and all the little details that they forget what it is all really about, expressing your love for one another.”

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Vendors:

Photography: Ashley Durham Studios | Videography: JungeBug Productions | Venue: Garden of the Gods | Bride and Groom’s Attire: Danelle’s Bridal Boutique | Shoes: Doc Martens | Jewelry: Kay Jewelers | Hair and Makeup Artist: MUAH by J | Officiant: Lyssabeth’s Wedding Officiants | Floral Designer: VIE Boutique and Floral Studio | Cake: Amy’s Donuts

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Pascale and Maurice were married at Adobe Mission Church followed by a reception at The Clayton on the Park in Scottsdale, Ariz. on May 3. “It was a blank slate — a contemporary white space that we could dress any which way to make our own,” Pascale said. “A lover of color, I really didn’t want to limit ourselves to a simple color scheme, so I didn’t. We drew from vibrant ones (orange, yellow, pink, and turquoise) of the festive Mexican culture as well as the sunset shades of the Southwest.” The bride wore a sweetheart peplum ballgown with a silk ruched bodice, accessorized with a mantilla chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a striped tie. “Maurice surprised me with a message on the bottom of my shoes, ‘I fell in love with your feet, now I get to marry them. I love you!’” she said. “There were so many handcrafted elements like the the mini rosary beads that my mom and aunt strung, so that each guest would receive one during the ceremony.” Even an “Amor” sign above the church! Following the nuptials, the newlyweds drove off in a vintage Chevrolet El Camino with “Novio” and “Novia” written in hearts on the back. Cocktail hour included signature margaritas and a street taco and hot sauce bar. Yum! A favorite moment? “Our reception entrance!” Pascale said. “Before everyone could head upstairs for dinner, Maurice and his sombrero-wearing, maraca-shaking groomsmen walked in with the mariachi band as they played a song called ‘El Rey.’ The boys then picked up ‘derbakes’ (Arabic hand drums), surprising the crowd with a Middle Eastern acoustic jam session as the bridesmaids entered wearing belly dancing skirts, shaking their hips to the oriental beats. I finally made my way in with my dad, as Maurice free-styled along to a Latin trumpet tune.” Rustic wooden farm tables were decorated with black and white sequin chevron runners, native desert plants, and playful pops of tulips. “We were having so much fun that we almost forgot to cut our cake,” she said. “Our dessert spread featured churros and dipping sauces, petite s’mores, cookies, milk shooters, popsicles, and candies complete with stuff-your-own pinata bags.”

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Vendors:

Photography/Videography: Jeff + Amber | Day-Of Coordinator/Floral Designer: J. Barry Design | Ceremony Venue: Old Adobe Mission Church | Reception Venue/Caterer: The Clayton on the Park | Dress Designer: Reem Acra from Schaffer’s Bridal | Jewelry: BCBG | Hair and Makeup Artist: Patrick Ta | Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier and Dalia MacPhee | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss and Jos. A. Bank | Stationery: Idieh Design | Ceremony Musicians: Mariachi Pasion | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake | Other: Paletas Betty and Haul ‘N’ Ass Productions | DJ: Anthony Raad | Entertainment: Ameera Paone (belly dancer)

Classic Black-Tie Fall Park Wedding in Florida

Posted by Caitlin on May 05, 2014

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Merri and Peter traveled all the way from New York City for their destination wedding at Phillippi Estate Park in Sarasota, Fla. on October 26.  The bride wore a sweetheart drop-waisted wedding gown accented with crystal beading, while the groom wore a black suit and bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short and long dresses in various shades from blush to beige and champagne to gold. Guests were greeted at the Edson Keith Mansion’s property with a Brooklyn Brewery biergarten welcome area, complete with local brews, lagers, ales, and IPA’s, but were soon thereafter advised to take a seat underneath the moss-draped oak tree as it got closer to sunset. Notice the newlyweds’ reaction once they were announced husband and wife? Priceless. The reception followed inside the sunroom decorated with silver vase centerpieces and wine bottle table numbers and lit with chandeliers. The dessert display featured six Momofuko Milk Bar wedding cakes that were flown in! Yes, that’s right. No one could resist those unique flavors of banana, pretzel, pineapple upside down, and chocolate chip.

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Vendors:

Photography: Black & Hue Photography | Venue: Phillippi Estate | Event Planner: SRQtees Events, LLC| Dress Designer: Kenneth Pool | Shoes: Chanel | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label | Rentals: US Tent Rentals and The Perfect Settings | Lighting: Affairs in the Air | Caterer: Clayton’s Siesta Grille | Band: Bay Kings Band | Transportation: Siesta Trolley | Hair Stylist: Tangerine Salon | Kelly McGraw | Ice Cream Truck: B’s Cool Treats

Whimsical Carnival-Themed Summer Wedding in Canada

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 25, 2013

Miquela & Jason 

July 2

Alberta, Canada

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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 the second we saw the Blatchford Hanger that it was perfect. We wanted something different, sort of a blank slate we could work with. The setting of the historical park and the nostalgic feeling around the entire area worked for us. We also loved that we could open the space up to the outdoors for dancing!

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

1. Jason had given me a card before the wedding. Inside was a little pin with a piece of toast and jam. It was so cute, and the perfect color, so I pinned it to the bottom of my bouquet. When I walked down the aisle and saw Jason, he had pinned the matching toast and peanut butter pin to his boutonniere. It was the best moment when we saw each other and realized we both had the pins– just a little reminder how well we go together.

2. We had so much fun going around the city taking photos with the wedding party! We stopped in antique shops, candy stores, clothing boutiques, the old midway– whatever we saw that looked fun. Everyone was so wonderful, allowing us to take over their businesses for a few minutes to get some good shots. While we walked from place to place, strangers were cheering, people were clapping, cars were honking – it was so nice!  

3. We had set up a blank canvas at the reception and asked all of our friends and family to paint a little something on it throughout the evening. Not knowing what the end result might be, we were left with a really amazing piece of art that now hangs proudly in our home. It’s the best reminder of our day; full of love from the ones we love.

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

Our first dance! I didn’t know, but Jason had organized each place setting to have a candle with a note saying “ Please help me surprise Miquela during our first dance by lighting this candle. Each candle represents a special moment we have shared with each one of you, and I am hoping we can create ONE moment together we will never forget….” Needless to say, when we started our first dance, and I saw candle after candle light up around me, I was totally surprised and overwhelmed with emotion. It was a very surreal moment, and a memory that I will never forget.  

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Personalized, Outdoor Wedding Overlooking Lake Tahoe

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 12, 2012

Mandy & Adrian 

September 22

Tahoe City, 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 fenced-in outdoor lawn and stately pine trees. It was also two blocks from Skylandia Park, which is a  Tahoe City Public Park with Lake Tahoe as a backdrop.

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

Our DIY bunting flags, our DIY programs and menu cards, courtesy of my sister & maid of honor, and our cupcakes and macarons instead of a traditional wedding cake.

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

Exchanging our vows with each other! We had each selected our own vows and waited to share them until our wedding ceremony. We were both very overwhelmed with emotion and tears of happiness came pouring out!

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