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Beth and Wyatt were married in a traditional church ceremony at Saint and Christ Luke’s Episcopal followed by an indoor reception at Town Point Club in Norfolk, Va. on March 22. “With a three-month engagement and a hectic professional life, I didn’t have much time to plan and Town Point Club handled all the coordination with the vendors for the reception, and it was centrally located for all of our out-of-town guests,” Beth said. “It had amazing views too!” The bride wore a lace v-neck fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with flats and a flower in her updo, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a patterned bow tie and Virginia Tech socks. “My bouquet featured items from both my grandmothers, who are deceased,” she said. Did you notice that the engagement ring is a sapphire too! Following the nuptials, the newlyweds went to Hague Bride where they placed a padlock on the railing and threw the keys into the water. The reception was decorated with paper pinwheel centerpieces, koozie favors at each place setting, and dancing shoes for guests to wear on the dance floor. Plus, a fun crossword puzzle to solve as alternative entertainment.

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Photography: Audrey Rose Photography | Ceremony Venue: Saint and Christ Luke’s Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Town Point Club | Hair & Makeup Artist: Salon Fringe | Cake: Shockley’s Sweet Shoppe | DJ: Astro Entertainment

Modern Multicultural Spring Barn Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 08, 2014

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Sandra and Brian were married at Barndiva in Healdsburg, Calif. on May 18. “Everything was in one place — the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception,” Sandra said. “The chef used to work at The French Laundry (3 star Michelin restaurant), and we’re BIG into food.” The bride wore an a-line wedding gown with a tiered skirt, accessorized with a gray sash and wedges, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. “When we saw each other for the first time, we both cried hysterically,” she said. Following the Jewish and Taiwanese American nuptials, guests were served pass hors d’oueures, 5-course meal, dessert bar, and late night snacks. Wow, that’s a lot! Reception tables were decorated with all handmade items. “I loved that everyone chipped in,” Sandra said. “Our aunt sewed all of the table runners, the ‘maids made their bouquets from flowers we bought at the SF Flower Mart, my sister made the seating chart. Super special.” The table numbers were chalkboard wine bottles attached with a tag that said, “Draw on me,” and each place setting included a kitchen utensil or cutting board as a favor. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Pick the three things that are most important to you and forget about the rest,” she said. “Spend your money and your time on those three things and you won’t go crazy.”

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Photography: Viera Photographics | Videography: Motionscope | Venue/Caterer/Rentals: Barndiva | Dress Designer: Vera Wang | Groom’s Attire: Indochino | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Jewelry: Niel Dahl Jewelers | Shoes: Via Spiga | Hair Stylist: Jade Tu | Makeup Artist: Lena Chavez | Officiant: Rabbi Gordon Gellar | Ceremony Musician: Paul Binkley | Band: Le Jazz Hot | Favors: Totally Bamboo | Cake: Fox & Fawn Bakery 

Rustic Sage Green Spring Ranch Wedding in Texas

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 21, 2014

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Liz and Kyle were married at Lone Oaks Ranch & Retreat in Gainesville, Texas on May 10. The bride looked oh-so chic in a strapless lace form-fitting wedding gown. She accessorized with a simple pendant necklace and wore her hair in a wavy partial updo. Her bridesmaids wore sage green v-neck knee-length dresses and everyone including the bride carried a bouquet of white and light pink roses sprinkled with hydrangeas. The groom and his ‘men wore tan suits and matching sage green neck ties. The groom opted for a jacket, while the groomsmen donned tan vests. The two were married under a wooden arch outside. After the ceremony, guests moved inside, where each table was decorated with a floral centerpiece made of pink roses and baby’s breath. There were two cakes for guests to enjoy, one was a round multi-layer cake adorned with brown flowers and lacy ribbon. The other cake was in the shape of a blue star, a symbol of the Lone Star State. At the end of the night, guests were given personalized koozies as favors.

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Photography: Michele Shore Photography | Venue: Lone Oaks Ranch & Retreat 

20 Amazing Garden Wedding Venues

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 17, 2014

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Photo of CJ’s off the Square by Amy Nicole Photography

In search of a gorgeous wedding venue that’s perfect for spring’s fabulous weather and beautiful colors? Look no further than WeddingWire’s SpringBook 2014:

For more inspiration, be sure to read the reviews!

Rustic Pastel Spring Ranch Wedding in Colorado

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 10, 2014

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Kati and Christopher were married at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Col. on May 31. “Christopher has been visiting Winter Park with his family since he was a child,” Kati said. “As we approached the main lodge on the dirt road to Devil’s Thumb Ranch, we both started laughing right then and there. With a beautiful surrounding meadow and the continental divide as its backdrop, we both knew it was the perfect place for our wedding.” She wore an ivory cotton lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a statement necklace and scallop-edged platform pumps, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a tie and sneakers. Bridesmaids posed arm-in-arm in their pastel dresses in different styles in the woods before the ceremony! “The moment we remember so well is reciting our vows to each other in front of our closet family and friends with the breathtaking backdrop behind us,” she said. “It was in this moment that the entire wedding came together for us.” Notice the “Best Day Ever” letters that hung over the altar? Inside the barn, tables were decorated with burlap runners, centerpieces filled with garden roses, astilbes, and larkspurs and glitter numbers. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Breathe. Make sure that it’s your day. You only get it once, and it happens in a blink, so enjoy every second of it.”

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Photography: Laura Murray Photography | Videography: Velare Imaginarium | Venue/Caterer: Devil’s Thumb Ranch | Event Planner/Floral Designer: Love This Day Events | Dress Designer: Claire Pettibone from Little White Dress Bridal Shop | Shoes: Joan and David | Hair Stylist: Phillip Michael Studio | Makeup Artist: Cassandra Garza | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew | Officiant: Daniel Banks | Ceremony Musician: Galen Hartenberger | DJ: Tip Top DJ | Dance Instructor: TG Danzport

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