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Maggie and Matt were married at the bride’s parent’s home in Waupaca, Wis. on June 23. The bride wore a v-neck a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of lace TOMS shoes, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, khaki pants, suspenders, accessorized with a checkered bow tie. Even their dog, Lunchbox, had a matching one! Bridesmaids wore handsewn vintage-inspired floral dresses from Etsy and carried organic daisy, billy ball, and greenery bouquets. Guests were greeted with wooden sign posts that directed them to either take a short walk or golf cart ride up the hill to the ceremony.  Maggie was escorted down the aisle with both her mother and father as a guitar was played and the best part? The newlyweds’ priceless reactions once they were announced husband and wife! The reception followed inside the barn decorated with bunting banners, blue mason jars, mix ‘n’ matched china, and vegetarian fare such as black bean and roasted pepper frittatas with warm mango vinaigrette. Bonus: the cake had M&M’s on it.

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Photography: Natural Intuition Photography

Rainy Day Brunch Backyard Summer Wedding in Colorado

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 16, 2014

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Laura and Stephen were married  in Denver, Col. on September 15. “Our original site was under water due to extreme flooding,” Laura said. So, they moved it to the bride’s mother’s backyard instead. The bride wore an ivory sweetheart wedding gown with a ruffled skirt, accessorized with a braid updo, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a patterned bow tie. Bridesmaids wore red strapless maxi dresses, accessorized with aqua belts, and groomsmen kept it casual with simply a white button-up, khakis, and suspenders. “The moment I stepped out from under the porch to walk down the aisle, the morning’s drizzle turned into serious rain,” she said. “I could’ve cried, but my father, our friends, and family we’re sticking it out. Stephen was beaming at me from the altar. What does a little rain matter, right?” Followed the colorful umbrella ceremony, guests enjoyed a tented reception with cucumber-infused water, mimosas, and bloody marys and brunch, including Belgian Liege waffles, bacon, yogurt, fruit, and pecan cinnamon rolls. Yum! Tables were decorated with burlap runners, chevron fabrics, and cactus centerpieces. The newlyweds left in style in an antique Volkswagen Beetle after guests sent them off in a sea of freshly-fallen leaves.

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Photography: Stephanie Whitehill of Elevate Photography | Dress Store: Little White Dress | Jewelry: Anne Sportun | Invitations: Evan Turk | Caterer: Waffle Up | Cake: Azucar Bakery

Sweet Mint and Cream Summer Farm Wedding in Washington

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 15, 2014

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Chantee and Mike were married at Hidden Meadows in Snohomish, Wash. on September 7. “I loved the inside option in case it rained,” Chantee said. “As well as the big barn doors that opened up to the outside patio.” The bride wore a sweetheart ruched wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and drop dangling earrings, while the groom wore a tan vest and pants, accessorized with argyle socks and converse tennis shoes. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look along the railroad tracks as the ‘maids in mint ruffled dresses and ‘men in matching attire watched patiently for their priceless facial reactions. Guests were greeted with a “happily ever after begins here” wooden post and a chalkboard sign that served as the ceremony programs. The ring bearer rode (yes, on a tricycle!) down the aisle, and following the nuptials, Mike did a fist pump during the first kiss! The reception was decorated with hydrangea and rose centerpieces in various vessels and vases, but the newlyweds’ favorite part of the day? Cutting the cake and taste testing all the other scrumptious sweets such as cake pops, cupcakes, cookies, and marshmallows. At the end of the night, the two posed with a “just married” burlap bunting banner wrapped around them in the fields and were sent-off with a sea of sparklers.

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Photography: Saleina Marie Photography | Venue: Hidden Meadows | Dress Store: Laineemeg | Hair Stylist: Stacy Merritt | Makeup Artist: Denis Linares | Shoes: Aldo | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Laineemeg | Bridesmaid Dresses: Laineemeg | Floral Designer: Loves Me Flowers | Invitations: AK Graphics | Caterer: Cabbage Patch | Officiant: Keil Johnson | Desserts: Jenny Cookies | DJ: Derrick Ferrell

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Natalie and Douglas were married at Holimont Ski Resort in Ellicottville, N.Y. on September 1. “Holimont is a private ski resort, near the area we got engaged,” Natalie said. “From having the entire space to getting married at the top of the mountain (ferrying guests to the ceremony via chairlifts) to the gorgeous woodwork and floor to ceiling windows inside, we absolutely adored the overall flow.” The bride wore a sweetheart beaded bodice wedding gown with a ruffled skirt, accessorized with a feather hair pin in her updo and a birdcage veil, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with an argyle tie. Bridesmaids and junior bridesmaids wore gray chiffon and cream lace dresses and carried dried flower arrangements. The vows took place in a traditional handfasting unity, but the processional and recessional music choices were super fun,  including The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The newlyweds’ favorite part of the reception? “The menu — British/American fusion — passed canapes, Pimm’s cocktail toast, five-course tasting, mini cupcakes in a variety of flavors, and s’mores bar,” she said. “Our favors were custom koozies, and a caricature artist too!”

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Photography: Becca Sutherland Photography | Videography: Jessi Kennis | Venue: Holimont Ski Resort | Dress Designer: Martina Liana | Shoes: Nina | Hair Stylist: Chelsea Meister Treichler of Bliss Salon and Day Spa and Kim Szabad | Groom and Groosmen Attire: Express and Calvin Klein | Bridesmaid Dresses: Impression Bridal | Junior Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Officiant: Rev. Sue Olson Greater Buffalo Weddings | Ceremony Music/DJ: Justin Carere of Saxman Slim | Rentals: The Arrangement Company | Cupcakes: Babycakes Cupcakery | Invitations: Michelle Godfrey | Caterer: Dina’s | Favors: Goofy Faces

Casual Chic Outdoor Summer Farm Wedding in Georgia

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 03, 2014

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Alexandria and Travis were married at Old Hill Farms in Rock, Ga. on September 14. “It was just breath-taking,” Alexandria said. “We loved how peaceful and quiet it was.” The bride wore a taffeta ball gown with a pick up skirt, accessorized with an ivory sash and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, gray vest, and brown suit pants, accessorized with a patterned tie. “My wedding day was more than I had ever dreamed of it being, so I always reflect back,” she said. “My favorite moment of the day was my soon-to-be husband’s reaction the first time he saw me in my wedding dress.” During the ceremony with 100 of their closest family and friends, the flower girls in tutus and floral headbands carried a “here comes the bride” sign down the aisle. The reception’s decorations were all handmade! From the burlap table runners, silverware holders, and yes, even the centerpieces.  The newlyweds’ best advice? “Make the day as special as you are as a couple,” Alexandria said.

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Photography: Jacquie Rives Photography | Venue: Oak Hill Farms | Event Planner: Jodie Marchman Weddings | Dress Designer: David’s Bridal | Cake: Cake Box 

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