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McKenna and Joseph were married at Silverleaf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. on May 3. “It was gorgeous!” McKenna said. “It reminded us of a Tuscan villa.” The bride wore a strapless satin mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls with a chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long black chiffon dresses with halter necklines and carried bouquets of peonies, hydrangeas, and orchids. The ceremony was held outside overlooking the canyons of the McDowell Mountains. “Holding Joseph’s hands when I met him at the altar [was the moment in my wedding I can’t stop thinking about],” she said. “I was so happy and excited to call him my husband.” Guests were greeted into the courtyard with a fountain originially from the borders of France and Spain! “It was most likely used as a functional source of drinking water for villagers,” according to The Silverleaf Club’s website. Tables were decorated with white linens, floating vase centerpieces, and a wine bottle, which served double-duty as a favor, at each place setting, surrounded by chiavari chairs. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Patience,” McKenna said. “Try to get as much done early on. It makes it much easier plus a lot of vendors tend to book up quickly.” Bonus: Be sure to check out The Bubbly Blonde

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Photography: Renee Clancy Photography | Videography: Images by Reed | Venue: Silverleaf Club | Event Planner: Amy Mancuso Events | Dress Designer: Vera Wang from Nordstrom | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair Stylist: Ray Issa | Makeup Artist: Erica Smith | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Debbi Brown | Ceremony Musicians: Sweetwater Strings | Invitations: Write On’s | Floral Designer: Teonna’s Floral Design | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake, Inc. | Band: Snake Eyes 

Bright Pink Summer Garden Wedding in Florida

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 07, 2014

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Amber and Austin were married at JJ Talboot Law Office in Pensacola, Fla. on June 7. The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with straps, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a matching black tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long blush satin dresses with various necklines, including one-shoulder and halter and carried bouquets of peonies, ranunculuses, anemones, lilies, and veronicas. Fun fact: All the accessories came from Dubai! Even the peep-toe high heels. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “Welcome! We are so excited you are here to celebrate with us!” The outdoor ceremony took place in the garden, but more importantly, the childhood military couple sealed their vows with a kiss underneath a wooden pergola hung with a single crystal chandelier. Cocktail hour began with lots of chilled signature beverages — Southern Magnolia and Orange Bourbon Mojito — complete with mason jars and polka dot and striped straws. Pictures were also taken and uploaded to Instagram with the hashtag #duronthewedding. In lieu of a traditional guestbook, words of wisdom were written on keys. Better yet, they also played the newlyweds’ shoe game. Questions such as “Who is the better driver?” and “Whis is louder of the two?” were asked. Dinner was served on long banquet tables decorated with doily runners, trailing centerpieces, lanterns, and votive candles, a candy buffet was filled to the brim with sweets, and at the end of the night, a sea of sparklers were lit.

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Photography: Alena Bakutis Photography | Venue: JJ Talbott Law Office | Event Planner: Carrie Talbott | Dress Designer: Pronovias | Bridesmaid Dresses: Coralie Beatrix | Floral Designer: Celebrations Florist | Officiant: Roger McGraw | Caterer: Classic City Catering | Cake: Creative Confection by Betty Weber | Groom’s Cake: Sweet Creations 

Navy Blue Modern Museum Spring Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 24, 2014

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Kathleen and Mike were married at St. Clement’s Church, followed by a reception at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago, Ill. on May 24. The bride stunned in a strapless ball gown with a ruched bodice and tiered skirt. She wore her hair in a delicate updo and carried a bouquet filled with peonies, garden roses, white dawn roses, and silver brunia. Her ‘maids donned short, navy blue a-line dresses with a v-neckline. They carried bouquets of trick dianthus, viburnums, hydrangeas, and roses. The groom wore a navy blue three-piece suit with a striped necktie, while his groomsmen wore gray suits with blue and white striped neckties. Kathleen and Mike were married in a traditional ceremony in front of friends and family. A reception followed at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. Guests sat at round tables with navy blue linens and floral centerpieces with candles in the middle. Each table had a graphic-designed quote and table number. The couple offered local beer such as Half Acre and Goose Island. After dinner, guests enjoyed a three-tiered, chevron-patterned square cake adorned with flowers. This beautiful city wedding was surely a night to remember.

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Photography: Ben Elsass Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. Clement’s Church | Reception Venue: The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Event Planner: LK Events, LLC | Dress Designer: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung | Makeup: Sonia Roselli Weddings | Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew | Flowers: Stems | Catering: Limelight Catering | Cake: Alliance Bakery | Invitations: Spilled Ink Press | DJ: Toast & Jam, Inc | Videography: XO Pictures | Photobooth: ShutterBooth Photobooth | Transportation: The Trolley Car & Bus Company | Hairstylist: Salon Soca

Bright Coral and Yellow Spring Farm Wedding Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 10, 2014

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Taylor and Paul were married at Royal Oaks Farm in Harvard Ill. on June 14. “We visited our wedding site in the middle of a huge snowfall and knew through all the snow that it was going to be beautiful,” Taylor said. “It was perfect for us.” The bride wore a v-neck a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls with a fingertip-length veil and gold leaf earrings, while the groom wore a gray suits, accessorized with plaid ties. Bridesmaids wore short coral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of dahlias, scabiosa pods, pincushions, and craspedia balls. “I had all my best friends in my wedding with me,” she said. “God gave us the most beautiful day too.” The ceremony took place outside overlooking 120-acres of apple orchards. Aisles were lined with wood slices etched with the words of 1 Corinthians 13 on them such as: it’s faithful, patient, and love never fails. “I loved all the wood pieces that my father-in-law cut and my father and I sanded down and wrote on for the aisles,” Taylor said. Fun fact: After the “I dos,’ portraits were taken on the carousel. Guests were asked to write their advice and well wishes on pieces of Jenga blocks. “My sister gave the best maid of honor speech,” she said. “I barely teared up all day, but I definitely cried during her speech.” Tables were decorated with burlap runners, mason jar centerpieces, and votive candles. Plus, the cake was only two-tiers of ruffled, buttercream frosting goodness. Yum! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Remember that no matter what details get messed up or can’t happen, you are marrying your best friend and that is all that really matters about the whole entire day,” Taylor said.

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Photography: Rachael Osborn Photography | Venue: Royal Oaks Orchard | Event Planner: Terri Penner | Dress Designer: Vera Wang from David’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Officiant: Greg Bradshaw | Floral Designer: Flowers by Janet

Rustic Neutral Spring Ranch Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 08, 2014

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Alexandria and Steve were married at Tiber Canyon Ranch in San Luis Obispo, Calif. on May 24. “The rustic, open surroundings,” Alexandria said. “I love nature, and this venue is very woodsy and simple, but so beautiful. The owners pend a lot of time making the property unique and very well maintained too.” The bride wore a satin a-line wedding gown with capped sleeves and a keyhole back, accessorized with a sideswept updo, long lashes, and bold, red lips, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short mix ‘n’ matched white dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, peonies, calla lilies, and baby’s breath.”Walking down the aisle and seeing everyone I know looking at me with huge smiles on their faces and me waving to everyone in excitement that they were there,” she said. “I am such a dork, and it really shined through at this moment.” Believe it or not, but most of the decor was handmade by the couple! “The altar, head farm table, reclaimed wooden signs, wood block table numbers,” Alexandria said. “We had our hands on all of the details, it makes it more personal. I wanted to keep it pretty neutral and let the natural beauty around the venue be the source of color.” Following the string quartet recessional, guests found their seats for dinner via a chalkboard. Tables were decorated minimally. “I loved the romanic glow of the candles that lined the center,” she said. “We did family style fare.” Fun fact: the first dance “California Stars” was sung! In lieu of a traditional guest book, a photo booth was provided for extra entertainment as well as a custom Instagram hashtag #sandeckiwedding. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Keep it simple!” Alexandria said. “The wedding is about sharing your love with someone in front of your family and friends. It is easy to get caught up in all the details. If you have a lot, remember what you are doing and why you are doing it.”

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Photography: Town & Country Studios | Venue: Tiber Canyon Ranch | Dress Designer: Pronovias from Panache Bridal | Jewelry: Baxter Moreman | Hair and Makeup Artist: Rhyan Townsend | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Matthew Clough | Ceremony Musicians: Tolosa Strings | Floral Designer: Skyline Flowers | Rentals: Got You Cover’d | Caterer: McGees Catering | Band: Dave Miller Band

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