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Galyn and Martin were married at The Grand Concourse in Pittsburg, Pa. on May 10. “The Grand Concourse has an absolutely stunning interior, incredible food, and convenience of the area to accommodate traveling guests,” Galyn said. “We went with a color scheme of shades of white with a splash of dove gray and silver accents — think lots of mirrors and mercury glass!” The bride wore an embroidered a-line wedding gown with an capped sleeves and an illusion back, accessorized with a jeweled sash, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short gray chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of daisies, tulips, and mums. “My amazing husband designed ALL of the paper goods (and website) for the event,” she said. “From the 28 page invitation booklet that arrived in a custom printed linen bag to the equally beautiful programs and ‘doggie bags’ featuring a photo of our dog, Kosta, that could be filled with goodies at the dessert table to take home with them.” Following the ceremony, which took place inside the restored Lake Erie Railroad Station, a finger snapping, foot tapping, jazz band began performing ‘The Charleston,’ complete with professional swing dancers. “We emerged onto one of the balconies overlooking the dining room, and everyone roared with delight dressed to the nines in their black-tie garb, fun fedoras, feathered headbands, and long gloves,” Galyn said. “The glamour of it all looked PERFECT, It was truly a vision that we will hold dear to us for the rest of our lives.”

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Photography: Kristen Wynn Photography | Venue: The Grand Concourse | Event Planner: Katy Simovski | Dress Designer: Reem Acra from Kleinfeld Bridal | Shoes: Sophia Webster | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo from BHLDN | Hair Stylist: MCN Salon | Makeup Artist: Kiss and Makeup | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss | Floral Designer: Lilli-Maeg Floral Specialties | Cake: Bethel Bakery | Band: Boilermaker Jazz Band | Ceremony Musician: Steven Vance Strolling Violin & DJ Package

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Anna and Eric were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. Thomas Preservation Hall followed by a reception at 128 South in downtown Wilmington, N.C. on May 17. “I loved the charm of the building and the stunning water views of Cape Fear River” Anna said. The bride wore a sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a solid tie and embroidered heart patch that said, “I will always love you.” Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, peonies, hydrangeas, and dusty millers. Guests were greeted inside the renovated brick-walled church with a vintage window panel displayed with the itinerary. “Even after nine years of dating, Anna still gets giddy when Eric kisses her and gives her the sweetest looks of adoration,” according to Aaron, the photographer. The reception followed on an outdoor deck covered with a tent. Farm tables were decorated with gold charger plates, sequin runners, mint napkins, and personalized floral place cards. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Work together as you can really have fun,” she said. Somehow, after dinner, drinks, and dancing, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and rose off on a pedicab.

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Photography: Aaron Nicholas Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. Thomas Preservation Hall | Reception Venue: 128 South | Event Planner: Kickstand Events | Dress Designer: Marisa from Victorian Rose | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids Dresses: Donna Morgan from Nordstrom | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Macy’s | Floral Designer: Bella Florals by Theresa | Hair Stylist: Salon Fringe | Makeup Artist: Makeup by Amy Kennsion | Jewelry: James Allen | DJ: Absolute Best DJ | Stationery: Minted | Cake: Simply the Best Cakes

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Ana and Cliff were married in a traditional church ceremony at Kentwood Community followed by an outdoor reception in the bride’s parent’s backyard on April 26 in Wayland, Mich. “It was my grandfather’s house,” Ana said. “He bought 30 acres and built a house when my mom and her siblings were growing up. After my grandfather passed, my parents bought the house to keep it in the family. I called ‘dibs’ on being able to have my wedding there for a LONG time.” The bride wore a v-neck lace wedding gown with capped sleeves and keyhole back, accessorized with an ivory sash, while the groom wore a light brown three-piece wool suit, accessorized with a denim button-up and striped bow tie. “All their suits were thrift store finds with some flare and added personal style,” she said. “We basically gave them the color scheme and told them to do their thing.” Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses and carried do-it-yourself bouquets. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. “But when we said our vows, I was astounded that we got through them without crying,” Ana said. “That moment, when time stood still, and I looked into Cliff’s eyes to profess my love to him — it’s engraved in my heart forever.” Reception tables were decorated with antique vases and vessels centerpieces, picture frames, handkerchief runners, and kraft paper bag thank-you notes at each place setting. “My mom crafted nearly every single decoration,” she said. “Everything was that much more amazing because of the extra love put forth.” In addition to a mini cake that the newlyweds cut, there was also a popcorn bar with all the toppings like M&M’s, peanuts, and cinnamon sugar and Krispy Kreme doughnuts for guests to snack on. Yum!

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Photography: Brandon Shafer Photography | Ceremony Venue: Kentwood Community Church | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals from Bridal Gallery | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff from Bridal Gallery | Shoes: David’s Bridal | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Ebay | Caterer/Rentals: Adeline Leigh Catering | DJ: Celebration Entertainment | Hair Stylist: Cody Fugate | Makeup Artist: Brandias Baughman | Floral Designer: Greta Gonzales | Doughnuts: Krispy Kreme | Officiant: Ian Nacey | Ceremony Musician: Amanda Smith

Vintage Neutral Spring Barn Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 18, 2014

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 Meaghan and Matt were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. John the Evangelist Catholic in Frederick, Md. followed by an indoor barn reception at Riverside on the Potomac in Leesburg, Va. on April 24.”Riverside on the Potomac is a working farm, and when we were greeted by roaming dogs, tons of horses, and the charming owner, Suzi, riding her golf cart, I fell in love with it’s authenticity,” Meaghan said. “I wanted our wedding to have a very natural and organic vibe to it, and this venue totally delivered.” The bride wore a strapless sheath wedding gown with satin corset bodice and a ruffled skirt, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a blue tie. “Our bridal party all picked their own ensembles, which we didn’t see until the day-of,” she said. “Of course, we gave them some parameters, but it was still so amazing to see it all come together so seamlessly. We wanted to be sensitive to both their budgets and personal styles, and the result was a mismatched group that still somehow looked totally cohesive. They carried bouquets of baby’s breath too! The couple even opted to do a first look. “It was a game changer in terms of my anxiety levels,” Meaghan said. “I couldn’t sleep, eat, talk, etc., and I was nervous to my stomach about my walk down the aisle. As soon as I saw Matt, it all vanished, and I felt confident, serene, and ready for game time.” How did they celebrate post-recessional? Playing lawn games! Reception tables were decorated with antique brown vases and vessels, wooden block numbers, and gold votive candles. “Our band was amazing, and the dance floor was packed from the first to the last song,” she said. “I loved that it was filled with guests of every generation, singing along to songs that everyone knew. In fact, people got so in to it that Matt and I even wound up crowd surfing at one point — a truly unforgettable moment.”

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Photography: Luke Eshleman Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Riverside on the Potomac | Event Planner: JEM Events | Dress Designer: BHLDN | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Ted Baker | Hair & Makeup Artist: Structures Salon | Floral Designer: Meghan Barnes | Stationery: The Dandelion Patch | Rentals: Maryland Event Rentals | Caterer: Gourmet with Paula Catering | Band: The Winn Brothers Band | Officiant: Jason Worley | Ceremony Musician: Astrid Walschot-Stapp

Pretty Pastel Spring Museum Wedding in Colorado

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 13, 2014

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Megan and Patrick were married at the History Colorado Center in Denver, Colo. on April 5. “I’m a history teacher, and I knew that having my wedding at a museum would make it memorable and personable,” Megan said. The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with a ruffled skirt, accessorized with a jeweled sash, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a silver tie. Bridesmaids wore long blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of pink roses, peonies, and ranunculuses. “Seeing my soon-to-be husband for the first time — it was so wonderful having time separate from everyone,” she said. “It was very intimate, and I’m so glad we decided to do it. ” Plus, not to mention, it was on a spiraling stairwell! “A close family friend, who has known me since I was born, officiated and did a fantastic job incorporating special details from our lives together,” Megan said. In particular, their two dogs. Fun fact: The signature cocktails were “Comisky Whiskey” and “Flirtie Birdie.” Guests were escorted to their seats with Rifle Paper Co.’s floral patterned cards, tables were decorated with mercury glass box centerpieces, and the cake featured not one but four tiers. The newlyweds’ favorite part of the reception? “The photo booth,” she said. “It might be cliche at this point, but every guest loved it.”

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Photography: Elevate Photography | Venue: History Colorado Center | Dress Store: Bridal Collection | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo from Nordstrom | Hair Stylist: Bang Salon | Makeup Artist: Nicole Toledo | Stationery: Minted | Floral Designer: Flowers Forever Design | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Officiant: Susan Nystuen | Ceremony Musician: Alix Corboy | Cake: Robin’s Bakehouse

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