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Alison & Josh

September 18

Lake Chelan, Washington


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

The view from the venue is breathtaking!  I will go out on a limb and say its the best in the Lake Chelan area! I knew right away when I started planning our wedding, that I wanted a place that had amazing natural beauty, ambiance and a romantic feeling. I looked at indoor venues, and some outdoor before finding Benson Vineyards, but, none could compare to the feeling I got when we were there. It felt like ‘us’.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

I put a lot of thought into my guest tables and centerpieces. I figured that while I didn’t want huge, expensive centerpieces, I wanted them to be memorable. I had seen an idea online to cut the bottoms off of wine bottles, and put candles in them. My dad cut all the bottles for me and we learned pretty early in that real candles were not going to work, so, flameless ones were used.  I love the way candlelight, even outdoors, creates such a romantic ambiance.  Each place setting was saved with a menu and a wine charm attached that I had hand beaded, with the guest’s name on it.

Another detail very special to me was our wine box.  We wanted to do something unique and personal during our ceremony. Our officiant, pastor Craig, suggested a wonderful idea. A box that would hold a bottle of wine, two glasses, and two letters written each by the bride and groom to each other. We would lock the box together during the ceremony, and open it together on our 5th anniversary. How perfect for a winery wedding! Our moms held the letters we had written to each other, and gave them to us, along with a hug, and we locked the box together.

One of the most important parts of the day for me, was the memory of my friend, Heidi.  She was one of my best friends since college, and had tragically passed away a few years ago. I wanted her to be part of my day though.  I had saved a bridesmaid spot for her, which made our numbers uneven, but, I couldn’t fill it with anyone else.

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All this week, we’ve been inspired by the Fourth of July holiday. We shared red, white, and blue wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses, as well as a super-patriotic real wedding. To kick off the weekend, we thought we’d share one more piece of red, white, and blue wedding inspiration in the form of this style shoot which took place on the shores of Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan. We love the preppy, whimsical details – particularly the striped table runners, the “sign-in oar,” and the message in a bottle decor.

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Ashleigh & Daniel

July 2

Harmonie Church, Innsbrook, Missouri & Cedar Lake Farms, Wright City, Missouri


Our Q&A with the Bride:

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

Before I even met my prince charming, I always knew I wanted a wedding at a white country church and a red barn. It took one look at the barn and I knew it was the venue. It is the perfect venue for your dream country wedding. 

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

It’s hard to narrow them down to just three. My three favorite details from my wedding would be our best man (my husband’s brother and a Marine) wearing his dress blues while walking down the aisle to “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” the firework show at the end of the night and seeing all of my maid of honor and my work come together to make the perfect day! We worked so hard the year leading up to the wedding. Little details were the most important thing to me. It was definitely a DIY, Americana and country themed wedding.

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

I can’t stop thinking about the whole day. Everything was perfect and it was the happiest day of my life, marrying my best friend surrounded by everyone we love. It was a very hot day for an outside wedding and our guests were glowing with sweat, but the heat didn’t bother this bride!

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Old Hollywood, Vintage Themed Wedding

Posted by Jeffra on Apr 09, 2012

Andrea & Phillip

January 21

Fayettville, Arkansas

Elvis, Sinatra, Marilyn, 50′s inspired, Big Band, many personal touches, red 54 cadilac, gorgeous full ball gown, Kris Allen performance (yes, as in the American Idol winner), Les Lankhorst – The Rat Pack is Back performance, special menu items, many old hollywood vintage touches – this wedding had it all!

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Photographer:  Photo Love | Hair Stylist:  Erin Box | Caterer:  The Event Group Catering and Event Planning | Floral Designer:  Jules Design | Musicians:  Les LankhorstKris Allen | Invitation Designer:  So Inviting | Cinema and Video:  Cinder Films | Dress Store:  The Bridal Cottage | Dress Designer:  Alexia Gavela – Bridesmaids | Cake Designer:  Shelby Lynn’s Cake Shoppe | Band:  Jack Mitchell Big Band | DJ:  Brock Entertainment | Equipment Rentals:  Eventures Party Rentals | Jewelry:  Romance Diamond | Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Mr. Tux Fayetteville | Restaurant:  Scarpino’s

Red & Plum Winter Wedding Style Shoot

Posted by Jeffra on Feb 23, 2012

About this shoot: “In the spirit of this beautiful season, swoon over this wintery wedding shoot with old world glam and even a rustic twist. So I will admit to daydreaming of every wedding shoot we have the opportunity to do, but this wintery wedding display at a farm north of Toronto holds a special spot in my heart! The remains of an old barn, is the perfect backdrop for a fabulous wintery display loaded with colour! Since I am from the beautiful and rugged northern Ontario, where winter means snow covered roads from Dec til at least March, its easy to see why this wedding shoot is reflective of who I am and what I love. Think beyond typical winter wedding decor with white branches and hanging snowflakes.   Let the richness of red berries and snow covered cherries inspire you and remind you of the beauty of the season! A Faux fur shade and artistic arrangement of orchids, roses, berries and even purple kale create a glamorous centerpiece.” ~Rachel, Rachel A. Clingen Wedding Design

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