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Leslie & Matt

April 27

Cleveland, Ohio

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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?

It is truly a hidden gem in downtown Cleveland.  Not many people know about it and when you walk in, you are truly enamored by the grandeur and history of it.  It was beautifully charming and expressed both of our personalities.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. I wore the same train that my mom wore on her wedding day and my sister wore it on her wedding day as well.
  2. Matt and I met sailing and my Dad actually introduced us.  My Dad passed away about a year before our wedding and Matt took one of the sails from my Dad’s boat to make the ring bearer’s pillow.  He even sewed it himself.
  3. We bought two sailboats (actually, Christmas ornaments) for our wedding cake to represent the way we met.  We painted them in our wedding colors and now we can hang them on our Christmas tree every year.

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

Matt:  The first look. The first time I saw Leslie in her wedding dress, I was absolutely blown away by how beautiful she looked. 

Leslie:  Walking outside of my mom’s house and seeing Matt waiting for me for our first look.  He looked so excited and so emotional. I couldn’t wait to see him, kiss him, and marry him! It was the perfect day and I don’t think I ever stopped smiling.

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Preppy Pink and Blue Beach Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on May 03, 2013

Sara & Nick

September 28

Isle of Palms, 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?

I searched and searched for a wedding venue. My family and I drove past the Citadel Beach House and we said, “Let’s just go look.” The house was locked so we walked around back. As soon as I turned the corner around the beach house, I saw the green lawn, the tall beach grass and the bright blue ocean. I turned around to my family and said, “This is it, no question.”

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

1. Gorgeous flowers

2. Delicious food

3. Super fun photo booth

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

Walking out of the Citadel Beach House doors and seeing all of our friends and family supporting us and passing them down the aisle and making eye contact with my very soon-to-be husband. Seeing him for the first time on our wedding day surrounded with all of the people we love.

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Preppy and Nautical Spring Wedding in Maryland

Posted by Kim on Feb 18, 2013

Molly & Jamie

May 19

Annapolis, Maryland

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Q&A with the Bride

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. The little touches  at our reception: Oyster shells used as name cards at each place setting (the Annapolis Maritime Museum used to be McNasby’s Oyster Factory), handmade sailboats out of scrap sail material and driftwood that were named for favorite places of the couple, and guests signed oars as the guestbook (that now hang in the couple’s apartment in Manhattan)
  2. Photobooth: Our family and friends had a ball snapping pics with our props, which included a Vanderbilt lacrosse helmet (the groom’s), sailor hats and life jackets
  3. The Band: Nick Carver and his group traveled through the night from Nashville, TN to present their country-esque musical stylings and covered popular dance tunes!

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

Keep constant communication between you, your families and your vendors. It is crucial to keeping your big day problem-free! We made sure everyone was equipped with a vendor list, contact information on site at the church and reception venue, which included a timeline of events so everyone knew where to be and when – a bit OCD, but it kept everything on schedule!

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

At the end of the four-hour reception, guests lit sparklers and lined the dock to the bride’s parent’s boat donning a “Just Married” sign. Looking back at everyone waving as we left by boat thinking “Did that just happen?” definitely stands out as one highlight of the night! The Naval Academy happened to shoot off fireworks that night which lit up the sky on our cruise into Ego Alley. Friends hopped on local water taxis that followed us to Pusser’s for a night cap and a late night dance party – we didn’t want the party to end!

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Preppy Blue and Pink Farm Wedding in Massachusetts

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 26, 2012

Amy & Brett

September 10

Lenox, Massachusetts

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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?

Growing up, I spent summers in Lenox at camp and have always loved the Berkshires. My husband and I enjoyed a number of weekend getaways in Lenox and celebrated a joint family Thanksgiving there in 2009 not long before we got engaged. I had read about Stonover Farm in a few magazines and wanted to stay there. In January 2010, we were on our way up to Deerfield and decided to spend a night at Stonover Farm. Even though it was the middle of winter, we fell in love with it. When we got engaged, we didn’t consider any other venues. We knew that Stonover Farm would be absolutely perfect. It offered everything that we were looking for – a beautiful setting that was relaxed and sophisticated at that same time. We loved the idea of having multiple and distinct events (ceremony on the lawn, cocktails by the pond, dinner under a tent and dancing/dessert in the barn) at the same venue. Not to mention the fact that the blue trim of the buildings perfectly matched our colors of navy, light blue and pink!

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

1. The locket pin on my bouquet – my grandmother died of cancer about a year before we got engaged. Attending our wedding would have meant so much to her, and it broke my heart that she was not able to live to be there in person. I found an antique fleur de lys locket on Etsy, put her photo inside of it and attached it to the ribbon on my bouquet. It meant a lot to me to have her with me while walking down the aisle and throughout the day. After the wedding, I gave the locket to my grandfather.

2. The food – my husband and I love good food and having a caterer that could deliver delicious food for a large number of people was really important to us. Our florist recommended Savory Harvest and Michael was incredible. He really listened to our guidance and came up with menus for both the rehearsal dinner and the wedding that were delicious and reflected our tastes. Lastly, my friend from childhood, Katzie Guy-Hamilton, who is a pastry chef in NYC (and a former contestant on Top Chef Just Desserts), made homemade pies (neither my husband nor I like cake that much) that added a personal touch and were incredible.

3. Drawings – My husband’s dad is a talented artist, so we added his handiwork to the day in the form of the design on the welcome bags, a hand drawn map of Lenox, and cards (included in the welcome bags) featuring his pen and ink drawings of the barn at Stonover Farm and other local landmarks.

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

Our ceremony! Although it was over in record time (less than 20 minutes!), when Amanda asked me and Brett to pick our favorite photo from our wedding for a blog post, we each picked a photo from the ceremony. A friend of ours, Jim, was able to officiate our wedding thanks to Massachusetts’ “one day pass” system. Having a friend perform our ceremony made it so much more personal and special. There were touching moments and quite a bit of laughter. Standing up there with Brett, Jim and our closest friends and looking out at everyone, who came to celebrate with us, is one of my favorite memories of the day.

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Preppy Pink and Navy Mountainside Wedding in Vermont

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 03, 2012

Jessica & Jack

July 16

East Fairfield, Vermont 

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Q & A with the Bride: 

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

I loved them all! The sailcloth tents, the lighting, the flowers, the stationary, the photobooth Jack made, my dress and shoes, the sky lanterns, the fireworks–everything just came together so perfectly. I couldn’t have asked for more.

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

As a floral designer, I always tell brides to pick one theme and stick with it. Once you’ve settled on an idea, you shouldn’t look at or tag anything that doesn’t fit with your vision. Also, offer your guests something to do in addition to dancing, so they don’t leave early. We had tables set up in the lounge tent with a box of board games and cards so that guests, who didn’t want to dance, would have something fun to do instead. 

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

When Jack and I talk about our wedding, two things we always mention are how truly happy and in love we both were that day and still are, and how amazing it was to watch 40 sky lanterns (lit by our guests) float away into a sky of fireworks after the sun had set.

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