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Intimate Surprise Spring Backyard Wedding in Florida

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 15, 2014

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Maria and Jason were married at their own home in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. on June 14. “Our engagement party was actually a surprise wedding to all of our guests,” Jason said. “For the first hour and a half of the event, we were dressed casual. We made an announcement over the microphone thanking everyone for coming to share in our special day. We then dropped the bomb that no one was supposed to leave because the party was really our ‘surprise wedding!’ We said were going upstairs to change, and we were to be married in 30 minutes. And that is exactly what happened. People’s faces were in complete shock, and one person even yelled out, ‘Are they for real?’ Once reality settled in, everyone started clapping and congratulating us.” The bride wore a strapless lace wedding gown, accessorized with a her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls with a jeweled headband, while the groom wore a khaki vest and pants, accessorized with a pale blue tie and pair of Vans slip-ons. Her bouquet featured cymbidium orchids. The very important extra was Piglet, the flower pup. Following the outdoor ceremony, dinner and dancing began underneath a tent. To beat the heat, refreshing drinks in beverage dispensers, such as pink lemonande, were served. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Not everything is going to come out perfect,” he said. “Just roll with the punches and enjoy your day.” Almost everything was handmade! Tables included burlap runners, mason jar centerpieces, lanterns, and lots of candles. “They were full throttle on making something beautiful from scratch,” Stephanie Rawcliffe, the photographer, said. “What an amazing job she did!”

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Vendors:

Photography: Stephanie Rawcliffe Photography | Dress Designer: David’s Bridal | Jewelry: Beverly’s Jewelers | Hair Stylist: Desire Roeser | Makeup Artist: Fernanda Vingren | Groom’s Attire: JC Penney | Officiant: Kristin Semple | Floral Designer: Hearts and Flowers Florist | Rentals: Kolors Party Rentals

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Reagan and Dan were married in a traditional church ceremony at Hamilton College followed by a reception at Harding Farm in Clinton, N.Y. on June 28. “There’s always something special about stepping back into the place where you first fell in love,” Christopher Szulwach, the photographer, said. “That’s exactly why these two traveled back to their alma mater from Washington, D.C. The beautiful chapel (the oldest of its style in the United States), and the Hamilton College’s campus was the perfect place to gather family and friends for the ceremony because of its rich history.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of pointe shoes, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a heart patterened tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of sunflowers wrapped in twine. Once the glass was broken, shouts of “mazel tov”  could be heard, near and far. “Everyone then made the short, mile and half, trip to Harding Farm for the tented reception,” he said. A chalkboard sign directed them to “find a photo to find your table.” Tables were decoated with checkered linens, mason jar centerpieces, and origami folded napkins at each place setting. “The big day was full of personal touches: sunflowers everywhere in memory of Reagan’s father and her special memories planting them with him each year as a child, Dan’s tie tack, which was passed down to him from his father, who is also no longer with us, Reagan’s bouquet was wrapped in one of her father’s old ties, the custom embroidery in Dan’s suit, and the fun selection of pies instead of cake,” Christopher Szulwach, the photographer, said. “Now, this is a wedding I would call classicly trendy!”

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Photography: The Story Photography | Ceremony Venue: Hamilton College | Reception Venue: Harding Farm | Event Planner: MLH Events | Dress Designer: Marisa Bridals from Julie Allen Bridals | Shoes: Chloe | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Knot Standard | Hair Stylist: Gianni Lauryn Hair Salon | Makeup Artist: Makeup Artistry by Monica Caplan | Floral Designer: The Clinton Florist | Caterer: A Moveable Feast by O’Connors | Cake: The Dessert Booth | DJ: Select Receptions by CNY Select DJs

Relaxed Eco-Friendly Fall Beach Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 08, 2014

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Leslie and Irfan were married at Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, Calif. on September 28. “Other than the fact that it’s a beautiful and fun location, Crystal Cove was a significant part of my childhood,” Leslie said. “My family and I spent a lot of weekends fishing and exploring the tide pools of this beach. We even loved that the area was preserved as a state park and not bought out for condos too. We wanted to give back since choosing the venue also provided some funds to the upcoming projects.” The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with drapped chiffon on the front and back, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Her do-it-yourself bouquet featured all seeded eucalyptus wrapped in twine. “Finally typing the knot was my favorite moment,” she said. “The applause from our guests and the public standing around was really amazing as we were introduced as husband and wife.” Fun fact: They both were barefoot! The reception was held outside on the deck. Tables were decorated with seashell-filled centerpieces, engraved wood slice numbers, and Coca Cola at each place setting. “We wanted to keep it low maintanence and simplistic,” Leslie said. In addition to cake, there was also an assortment of cupcakes! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Prioritize what will matter to you on the wedding day,” she said, “Don’t spend so much time on the details that you won’t be paying attention to anyways. Your guests are there to see you, not to judge or fuss about your centerpieces. What will be more memorable to them is how happy you both are.”

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Photography: Anna Delores Photography | Videography: Etch FIlms | Venue: Crystal Cove | Day-of Coordinator: Laura Lee Designs | Dress Designer: Selma Starfinger | Hair and Makeup Artist: Melody Vere | Groom’s Attire: Indochino | Officiant: Walter Morales | Ceremony Musician: Matt Akiona | Caterer: The Beachcomber Cafe | Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery | DJ: Just Dance Events

Handmade Vintage Gray Spring Barn Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 07, 2014

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Hannah and Jonathan were married at Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Va. on May 24. “The venue reminded me of where I grew up. When we saw the barn it just fit. It had originally resided on a working dairy farm that was the next town over from ours. They dismantled the barn piece-by-piece and put it back together once it got to the museum. It was incredibly unique in that it was octagonal shaped.” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with an ivory sash, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a matching solid tie. Bridesmaids wore long gray and mint chiffon dresses and carried do-it-yourself bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, sweet peas, and baby’s breath. “I am a huge family person,” she said. “I really wanted to have them be a part of the wedding as much as I could. Rather than having the traditional setup of girls on one side and guys on the other, we alternated it so that our siblings stood next to us. Not only that, but my brother carried our late grandma’s Bible with our rings down the aisle. It was very special. We loved her dearly, and it was heartbreaking not to have her there.” After they were announced husband and wife, it was official. Guests were asked write well wishes on pieces of fabric for a quest quilt. “A sweet lady from our church put it together, and we didn’t see the front of it until the day of,” Hannah said. “We will cherish it forever!” Reception tables were decorated with lace doily runners, mason jar centerpieces atop wood slices, and picture frame chalkboard numbers. “Finding all the vintage china was definitely one of my favorite details,” she said. “They were all so very pretty in their own right, and we had such a great time together looking for them.” In lieu of favors, red maple and dogwood trees were given out to watch their love grow from afar. “Since the beginning of our relationship, we’ve been blown away by how much we were made for each other and how much we were meant to be together . . . we put together a slideshow of us from infancy to where we are today. It played while we dance to ‘The Story’ by Brandi Carlisle.”

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Photography: Bethany Snyder Photography | Venue: Frontier Culture Museum | Event Planner: Sheila Pleskonko | Dress Designer: Justin Alexander from Diva Bridal Boutique | Shoes: Coconuts | Bridesmaid Dresses: Allure Bridals from Patina’s Bridal and Formal Wear | Hair Stylist: Holly Thornton | Makeup Artist: Salon DC | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Jan Engler | Ceremony Musician: Julie Kiracofe | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Caterer: BBQ Connection | DJ: Party Masters

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Lindsay and Matthew were married at Silver Fork Winery in Morganton, N.C. on June 21. “The view of the mountains, the rolling hills, and the grape vines, the big oak tree — it was all amazing!” Lindsay said. The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with an illusion neckline, accessorized with a pair of comfy flats, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, thistles, dusty millers, and berries. “We weren’t going to have our dog, Sophie, at the wedding because she can be a little party shy sometimes,” she said. “But she came to the rehearsal on Friday evening and behaved so well, everyone convinced us to let her come, so we caved. During the ceremony, while we were exchanging our rings, I think she finally realized it was me in that long, white wedding gown, and she came over and started jumping on me. I tried to ignore her. Then, she started jumping on Matt too. Apparently, she was giving us two paws up!” The reception was held underneath a pole tent. Tables were decorated with wooden box centerpieces, vintage plates, lavender sprig-wrapped napkins, and of course, bottles of wine. “We had song requests from our RSVP cards for the homemade playlist,” Lindsay said. “It was fun to see what everyone picked, and we truly got a little bit of everything. I think it made everyone more enthusiastic about participating in dancing because our dance floor was full almost all night.” The dessert? Carrot cake and cupcakes. Yum! “It was my mother’s recipe, and I always made them make it for my birthdays growing up. It was special to have it at another celebration in my life.”

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Photography: Beth Ely of Jen Yuson Photography | Venue: Silver Fork Winery | Event Planner: Stacey Ripley | Dress Designer: Justin Alexander from Maggi Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff| Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Ceremony Musician: Paul Bowman | Caterer: HomeGrown and Blue Ridge Event Staffing

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