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Katie and Christopher were married in a ceremony at Dimnent Memorial Chapel followed by a reception at Baker Events by Gilmore in Holland, Mich. on August 1. “Dimnent Memorial Chapel is breathtakingly beautiful,” Katie said. “We loved the detailed architecture of the building, and the elegant stained glass windows that surround the chapel from every side.” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, and a pair of wedges, while the groom wore a three-piece dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short orange silk taffeta dresses and carried bouquets of roses, gerber daises, succulents, and silver brunia balls. The couple opted for a first look beforehand to calm any nervous jitters. “We wrote our own vows to each other, and it was the most heartfelt, intimate, and tender moment that we shared with each other,” she said. “A lot of tears were shed during the exchanging of vows, and it was the best part of our wedding day.” Once it was sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 135 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception inside the renovated warehouse. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, mason jar centerpieces, and mercury glass votive candles, surrounded by chiavari chairs. “We incorporated a lot of small details into the day that meant a lot to us,” Katie said. “I carried my grandmother’s handkerchief in her memory, and the picnic basket that collected cards at the reception had belonged to Christopher’s grandparents. The party favors of chocolate-covered cherries was a nod to the groom’s hometown of Traverse City.” For extra entertainment, the newlywed shoe game was played. A three-tiered fondant-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. “The food at our reception was AMAZING!” she said. “We followed our taste buds and went with some non-traditional food selections. We do not regret it.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Do what feels like you and your fiance,” Katie said. “Get inspired by wedding magazines, blogs, and the internet but do not get hung up on trying to replicate someone else’s wedding day. You’ll rob yourself of so much joy on your special day if you spend too much time and energy comparing your wedding to what you’ve been elsewhere.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Hawaii.

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Photography: Dan and Melissa Wedding Photographers | Videography: Steven Soles of Lonely C | Ceremony Venue: Dimnent Memorial Chapel | Reception Venue: Baker Events By Gilmore | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals from Bridal Gallery | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Jewelry: Paul Medawar Fine Jewelers | Hair and Makeup Artist: Panopoulos Salon | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Craig Adams | Ceremony Musicians: Linda Strouf (organist) and Gregory Law (guitarist) | Invitations: Noted Occasions on Etsy | Floral Designer: Eastern Floral | Caterer: Gilmore Catering | Cake: Second Floor Bakery | DJ: Mitten Entertainment 

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Lynman and Jonathan were married at The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, Conn on August 30. “We met in New Hampshire and are both from the East Coast, and we initially wanted to have our wedding in Vermont,” Lynman said. “But once we started looking at venues there, we realized we wanted something more accessible (since we were traveling from Singapore and having friends coming in from around the country). Hence why, we started looking at places around the tri-state area. Once I saw pictures of the carousel all lit up inside the vintage wooden building right on the beach, we were sold.” The bride wore a custom-made sheath wedding gown with an illusion neckline, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, jeweled sash, and a pair of sandals, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. “The floral crown was a crowd favorite,” she said. “I couldn’t decided between a veil or a floral crown, so I decided to do both. Our florist, Jennifer, did such a good job. Everyone complimented me on it, and it kind of set the tone for the whole day that it was going to just be a fun party on the beach. It was perfect for the wedding–laid-back, bohemian and whimsical, a little different with just a touch of unexpected flare.” Bridesmaids wore short pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, astilbe, dahlias, berries, and succulents. “We really wanted to incorporate my culture into the ceremony with tea, especially since most of my family is in Hong Kong and couldn’t make it,” Lynman said. “It was great to be able to share that part of my heritage with Jon’s side. My cousin hosted it and Jon’s brother translated, which made it even more memorable.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. “It’s hard to pin down one moment, but while planning the day, we slotted in a 15-minute period after the hoopla–after the ceremony and pictures–and before our entrance where we got to hang out, just the two of us, as a married couple for the first time,” she said. “We just had some whiskey and took it all in, watching everyone from a distance. It was a nice, if temporary, moment of peace and quiet during a crazy but hectic day.” Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, vintage vase and vessel centerpieces, postcard names, and mercury glass votive candles, surrounded by upholstered chairs. In lieu of a traditional guest book, a globe was signed. The newlyweds’ best advice? “We wanted 10 years from now to look back and say that we had a blast with everyone we loved,” Lynman said. “Our officiant quoted Rihanna, we had corn hole on the beach, an open bar, and we had dance offs and ice cream sandwiches and people laughing and crying. All the details that you can obsess over, and the things you feel like you HAVE to do don’t matter because no one will remember that. Focus on what makes you happy as a couple.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Amsterdam.

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Photography: Donna Cheung Photography | Venue: The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park | Event Planner: Nightingale Events | Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters | Hair Stylist: Danielle Poitras of Naomi’s Studio & Salon | Makeup Artist: Candice Manacchio of Naomi’s Studio & Salon | Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Officiant: Andrew Gates | Invitations: Remember November, Inc. | Floral Designer: Brandford Flower Shop, LLC | Caterer: Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering | Ceremony Musician/DJ: After Hours DJ Entertainment 

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Jennifer and Caroline were married at The Vintager Inn in New Kent, Va. on September 20. “We were looking for a rustic venue somewhere in between Northern Virginia and Raleigh, North Carolina where most of our guests were coming from,” Jennifer said. “Our awesome wedding planner, Allison Barnes, found The Vintager Inn. It was not only in the perfect location, about halfway, but also it had everything and more that we were looking for. The landscape and scenery were amazing, and we knew this was something that our family and friends would love. We also knew with good weather that this would be an unforgettable place. The main barn opened up to this picture-perfect view at sunset. Our guests are still raving about it.” One bride wore a sweetheart mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the other bride wore a halter v-neck wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a braided updo. Both wore matching orange Converse tennis shoes! Bridesmaids wore short chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of baby’s breath. Groomsmen wore white button-up shirts and dark gray pants, accessorized with a tie and suspenders. All 150 guests were greeted with a tandem bicycle directing the way. “Our ceremony was extremely unique to us,” she said. “We wrote the ceremony and had one of our best friends marry us (she did an amazing job for someone that had never done this before). The script was filled with love and laughter. We took turns sharing some of the things that made us fall in love with each other (all things sweet and hilarious) followed by the hand unity, our vows, and a kiss.” Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. “We did a fiesta theme for cocktail hour, including a mariachi band, taco bar with tequila shots, and passed taquitos and mini tacos.” Tables were decorated with gray linens, orange napkins, mason jar centerpieces, vintage bottles filled with paper hearts, and pictures from throughout their relationship, surrounded by black chiavari chairs. “There are so many but the moments that stuck out the most were our first look, our guests arriving as we secretly looked on, and realizing later that evening that we were actually married,” Jennifer said. In lieu of a cake, there was cake pops and cupcakes served concluding dinner. Fun fact: they were also favors. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t worry about making other people happy that day,” she said. “The day is about you and to celebrate the love between you and your partner. As long as you two are happy and everyone sees that, everyone will be happy that day too.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of glow sticks, and jetted off to their honeymoon in Aruba.

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Photography: eKate Photography | Venue: The Vintager Inn | Event Planner: Allison Barnes Events | Shoes: Converse | Hair Stylist: Layers | Makeup Artist: Photo Ready Faces | Officiant: Rose Fox | Ceremony Musician: Danny Wiedermann | Invitations: Flora Poste Studio | Floral Designer: Flowers by Zole | Caterer: Wild Green’s Catering | Cake: Frosted & Co. | Favors: Liquid Courage on Etsy 

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Natalie and Tommy were married in a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Teresa of Avila in Bodega, Calif. followed by a rehearsal dinner at Barndiva in Healdsburg, Calif. on August 22. Then, they were married at Chalk Hill Winery in Healdsburg, Calif. on August 23. A two-day event! The bride wore a short off-the-shoulder silk dress, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie on Friday, whereas the bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with a lace bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, floor-length veil, and a jeweled sash, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short one-shoulder fuchsia silk dresses and carried bouquets of roses, peonies, and orchids. Guests arrived at half past three o’clock. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss overlooking the Mayacamas Mountain Range, it was official. Cocktail hour began with signature drinks and reception shortly thereafter inside the estate. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, trophy vase centerpieces, and floating votive candles, surrounded by lacquer chairs. A four-tiered fondant-frosted cake was cut and served concluding an organically-farmed dinner, but it was the ’80’s cover band, Tainted Love, that kept everyone dancing. The favors? Heart-shaped cookies in addition to the candy bar. At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited in a vintage Packard convertible car, and jetted off to their honeymoon.

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Photography: Megan Clouse Photography | Ceremony Venue (Friday): St. Teresa of Avila | Rehearsal Dinner: Barndiva | Ceremony/Reception Venue (Saturday): Chalk Hill Estate Winery | Event Planner: Covenant Coordinating | Hair Stylist: The Bungalow Salon | Makeup Artist: Katie Nash Beauty | Ceremony Musicians: Quartet Rouge | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Floral Designer: Kathleen Deery Design | Lighting: ATL Events | Caterer: Stark & Co. Catering | Cake: Fleur de Lisa Cakes | Pianist: Steve Rubardt | DJ: Oye Productions | Band: Tainted Love | Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation 

Glamorous Hilltop Summer Estate Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 13, 2015

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Laura and Omar were married at Bella Montagna in San Jose, Calif. on July 12.”There were beautiful views from every angle,” Laura said. The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with a ruched bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Steve Madden strappy high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin pink dresses with capped sleeves and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, Queen Anne’s lace, and dusty miller. Guests were greeted with a citrus-infused water station to beat the heat. Aisles were lined with petals and altar was draped with fabric and lit with a crystal chandelier. “It gave such a romantic feel,” she said. “It was exactly what I wanted. To be honest, it was when our officiant dropped my wedding band during the ceremony, and we were looking for it. People got out of their seats to help. We didn’t find it until after the ceremony, but it makes for a great story and something neither us or our guests will forget.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 75 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with sequin linens, white napkins, gold charger plates, mercury glass centerpieces, and pillar candles, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “There was a mix of American and Afghan music,” Laura said. “The cultural blend brought our family and friends together.” In lieu of a traditional guest book, signatures were inscribed onto a picture frame. A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Do what you want and not worry about traditions or what people might think,” she said. At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon.

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Photography: Retrospect Images | Venue: Bella Montagna | Event Planner: A Joyous Occasion | Dress Store: BoLee Bridal Couture | Hair and Makeup Artist: Nora Artistry | Floral Designer: Bloomsters | DJ: DJ David Kim and Kamran Joya 

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