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Megan and Alex were married at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, Md. on August 30. “We could hold both the ceremony and reception there,” Megan said. “The garden was beautiful, hotel rooms were attached, and a bar for the after-party. Having everything in one spot was important to us.” The bride wore a v-neck ball gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Kate Spade bow pumps, while the groom wore a three-piece tan suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore long green chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, calla lilies, and stock. Before guests arrived, the couple opted for a first look. The vows werre sealed with a kiss underenath the structured pergola. Programs also served double-duty as fans to beat the heat. Dinner and dancing followed in the ballroom. Tables were decorated with white linens, ivory napkins, lantern centerpieces surrounded by wreaths, laser-cut wooden numbers, and homemade heart-shaped cookies at each place setting. “During the last song of the night, all of our family and friends lifted Alex and I into the air while singing together,” she said. “It was a really fun and surreal moment.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t wrap yourself up in all the little details,” Megan said. “They are important, but focus on the big items that will will affect everyone’s overall experience. And don’t forget to take five minutes to step back and truly appreciate having all those you love in one room at the same time. It goes by so fast!” Honeymooning took place on Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands.

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Photography: Kirsten Smith Photography | Venue/Caterer: Turf Valley | Event Planner: Dream Day Planners | Dress Designer: Paloma Blanca from Elegant Touch Bridal & Tuxedo | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Hair and Makeup Artist: Chop Shop | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Amy Sarah Lewis-Rill | Ceremony Musicians/DJ: Crater Brothers DJ | Invitations: Minted | Floral Designer: Floral Legacies | Cake: Debi’s Cake Studio

Preppy Yellow Summer Hotel Wedding in New Jersey

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 29, 2014

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Jessica and Charles were married in a traditional ceremony at United Methodist Chruch at New Brunswick followed by an indoor reception at The Heldrich in New Brunswick, N.J. on August 17. The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with floral cutouts, accessorized with an ivory sash and pair of sparkly-studded Benjamin Adams peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessoried with a Vineyard Vines crab tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, mums, berries, and dusty miller. Even the three little flower girls held pomanders! Guests were welcomed to their hotel rooms with a bag full of hometown treats. Notice it’s Mr. and Mrs. Natty Boh on the front? Cocktail hour began shortly thereafter the nuptials with dinner and dancing following in the 14-foot ceiling ballroom lit with chandliers. Tables were decorated with white linens, yellow napkins, tall floral centerpieces in hurricane vases, and a note that said, “in lieu of favors, we have made donations to two causes that hold a speacial place in our hearts: restore the shore and push america.” Food stations such as a carving meats, pastas, and potatoes were offered along with a slice of cake for dessert. A “travel bucket list” was created for the newlyweds too. The National Geographic’s “Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips” book was used for sharing stories, pieces of advice, or simply just signing names.

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Photography: Jenifer Rutherford Photography | Ceremony Venue: United Methodist Church at New Brunswick | Reception Venue: The Heldrich 

Preppy Green Lakeside Summer Wedding in Minnesota

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 10, 2014

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Lisa and Chuck were married at the bride’s parents backyard in Lake Minnetonka, Minn. on June 29. “We got married lakeside in the yard of my childhood home,” Lisa said. “My parents moved into the house a few months before I was born, and I lived there all my life. Chuck, too, fell for the charms of Lake Minnetonka over years of visits, and the one thing that we knew when we got engaged was that there was no other place we would rather start our next chapter together.” The bride wore a custom-made and -designed wedding gown with a hi-lo hemline in the front and a cowl back, accessorized with a her hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore white blouses with striped skirts and carried bouquets of almost all greenery. “Chuck and I wrote our entire wedding ceremony ourselves,” she said. “We chose two very special readings: an excerpt from our favorite book ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ as well as the E.E. Cummings poem ‘I Carry Your Heart With Me.'” Even their five-year-old English labrador retriever, Tucker, was the ring bearer! Following the sincere nuptials, the newlyweds grabbed a glass of champagne, hopped on a boat, and cruised away from the crowd to celebrate with smooches for a bit. Guests were escorted into the reception tent draped in fabric with compasses, which directed them to “island” tables. In addition to the three-tiered buttercream cake, pecan pie was also served. For entertainment? A band and abstract painter! Plus, homemade truffles were wrapped up in boxes to take home as “bon voyage” favors.

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Photography: Melissa Oholendt Photography | Event Planner: Lasting Impressions Weddings | Dress Designer: Kathryn Conover NYC | Shoes: Milk & Honey | Bridesmaid Dresses: Kathryn Conover NYC (tops); Anne M. Cramer (skirts) | Groom’s Attire: Saint Laurie Merchant Tailors | Bow ties and Neckties: Collared Greens | Floral Designer: Weber’s Westdale | Ceremony Musicians: Lake String Quartet | Stationery: Letter Perfect | Rentals: Apres Party and Tent Rental | Caterer: D’Amico Catering | Cake: Buttercream Wedding Cakes | Band: Belladiva | Officiant: Adam Quinones and Preston Davis

Preppy Navy Blue and Coral Summer Wedding in Canada

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 23, 2013

Cheryl & Dave

August 23  

Milton, Ontario, Canada 


Q & A with the Bride:

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

Our venue had an intimate feel for celebrating with our family and friends.  We loved the rustic yet elegant décor, and that they use their on-site garden and local foods to create the most delicious meals!

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

1. We each wrote our own vows, then followed them with joint vows that we created together.  This made our ceremony feel so personal and special to us.  

2. We cut up a fallen tree trunk near our home and used the cross sections of wood as the base for our centerpieces and décor.  

3. I had custom cufflinks made for my groom with pictures of our beloved dog Gus, so that he could be with us on our wedding day!

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

Our crazy and amazing family planned a surprise flash mob before the best man’s speech!

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Lindsay & TJ

June 8

Old Lyme, Connecticut


Q & A with the Bride:

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

Its location.  We wanted our wedding to have a traditional New England summertime feel to it.  We chose a picturesque church for our ceremony and a beautiful beach area in which to do our portraits, and the country club is in close proximity to both.  Our venue is also representative of us as a couple – we love to play sports and spend time outside, and the country club is set on a golf course and has an indoor and outdoor component.

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

1. Flowers — simply gorgeous.

2. Cupcakes — adorable and tasty.

3. Stationary — the Green Kangaroo’s invitations, programs, place cards, and table numbers were flawless.

4. Bridesmaids and Groomsmen Attire — our sisters and brothers comprised our bridal party, and they looked perfect. Each bridesmaid wore something reflective of her style yet in keeping with our theme and color. 

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

Invest in an amazing photographer.  Although you are always told that a wedding goes by quickly, you don’t fully understand how true that statement is until you experience your own wedding. By investing in an amazing photographer, as we did with Candace Jeffery, you are instilled with confidence that your beautiful memories will be captured in photos, and you are given something tangible to forever cherish.

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

Our sunset photos, which took place on the golf course about halfway through out reception.  This was the first moment that my husband and I got to be alone with one another, yet we could still hear the excitement of our family and friends in the background.  It was also a moment in which we got to reflect on the beauty of our day, which as cliché as it sounds, truly was the best day of our lives.

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