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Multicultural Teal Summer Ranch Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 14, 2013

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Elva and Bobby were married on July 20 at Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula, Calif. “My husband and I knew we wanted an outdoor, rustic venue that would capture our vision of having a whimsical, festive Mexican and Persian multicultural wedding,” Elva said. “Everything about the site was picture-perfect: its rich history, the lemon orchards, the bocce ball courts, the old buildings, the green hills, the windmills, the views, the list is endless! Being able to have a hot air balloon on site for our guests didn’t hurt either.” The traditional Persian ceremony was, for many of their guests, a first introduction to the other family’s customs, since it consisted of items that symbolized a happy marriage to them — sweets, pastries, mirrors, flowers, honey and Holy Quran. The Mexican reception decor was “bright, bold, and full of fun colors,” she said. “We incorporated papel picado, maracas, Mexican sweet bread, mini pinatas, and of course, lots of tequila in our signature drinks.”

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Vendors:

Photography: Yair Haim Photography | Venue: Limoneira Ranch | Event Coordinator: Events by Ashley W | Floral Designer: Yamaguchi’s Flowers | Caterer: Plated Events by Chef Jason Collis | Stationery: JP Stationery and Vintage Baby Doll Shop | Equipment Rentals: Ventura Rentals | DJ: Dashing Events | Hair and Makeup Artist: Elite Makeup Designs | Sofreh Aghd: Afsaneh Sargordian | Cupcakes: I Would Rather Be Baking Co. | Cake Topper: BetterOffWed | Hot Air Balloon: Fantasy Balloon Flights | Personalized Dress Hanger: Handcrafted Affairs | Mexican Sweet Bread: La Monarca Bakery 

Anne Marie & Kevin

May 11

Tinton Falls, New Jersey

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We loved so many things about the DoubleTree! The size of the dance floor really sealed the deal for us though. Having two large families who love to boogie, we knew that size was important. The accommodating staff and sheer convenience of the hotel aspect of the venue were huge factors in our decision as well.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Our theme was part “life is sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two,” and part seaglass as Kevin proposed while we were hunting for seaglass. Our absolute favorite detail was an old bicycle built for two that we fully restored for the wedding so we could make our entrance ‘riding in style’. Aside from the bike, we loved incorporating DIY aspects such as banners, pinwheels, and wreaths with Z’s on them.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

By far the best part of the day for us was reading our vows to each other. We each wrote our own vows and kept them a secret until we were up on that alter. Kevin went first which completely shattered any hope of me holding it together. It was a very special moment for us and for our family and friends.

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Whimsical Carnival-Themed Summer Wedding in Canada

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 25, 2013

Miquela & Jason 

July 2

Alberta, Canada

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one? 

We knew the second we saw the Blatchford Hanger that it was perfect. We wanted something different, sort of a blank slate we could work with. The setting of the historical park and the nostalgic feeling around the entire area worked for us. We also loved that we could open the space up to the outdoors for dancing!

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Jason had given me a card before the wedding. Inside was a little pin with a piece of toast and jam. It was so cute, and the perfect color, so I pinned it to the bottom of my bouquet. When I walked down the aisle and saw Jason, he had pinned the matching toast and peanut butter pin to his boutonniere. It was the best moment when we saw each other and realized we both had the pins– just a little reminder how well we go together.

2. We had so much fun going around the city taking photos with the wedding party! We stopped in antique shops, candy stores, clothing boutiques, the old midway– whatever we saw that looked fun. Everyone was so wonderful, allowing us to take over their businesses for a few minutes to get some good shots. While we walked from place to place, strangers were cheering, people were clapping, cars were honking – it was so nice!  

3. We had set up a blank canvas at the reception and asked all of our friends and family to paint a little something on it throughout the evening. Not knowing what the end result might be, we were left with a really amazing piece of art that now hangs proudly in our home. It’s the best reminder of our day; full of love from the ones we love.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about. 

Our first dance! I didn’t know, but Jason had organized each place setting to have a candle with a note saying “ Please help me surprise Miquela during our first dance by lighting this candle. Each candle represents a special moment we have shared with each one of you, and I am hoping we can create ONE moment together we will never forget….” Needless to say, when we started our first dance, and I saw candle after candle light up around me, I was totally surprised and overwhelmed with emotion. It was a very surreal moment, and a memory that I will never forget.  

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Whimsical Summer Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 17, 2013

Rachel & Chris

June 8

Beaufort, South Carolina

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

Chris and I live in Beaufort, and we wanted to show our guests why we love the area. Having the reception space overlook the historic downtown accomplished that goal — plus, it gave guests easy access to places to go after the reception. The ceremony and reception were within a block of each other, which meant we could all just walk over. It worked out great!

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

This is kind of cheating on this question, but I loved the way all our DIY decor worked together so well. When we were working on the individual items — or I discussed them with my mom and grandma — it was kind of hard to imagine just how the bunting, the hand painted wall hanging, the photo booth area, the flags and ribbon streamers, etc. would all come together with the curtains, table runners and centerpieces Southern Graces created. But in the end it was perfect — when we walked into the reception, I was so amazed with how it looked and could barely believe it was our own wedding!

Our stationery, which I designed myself, was a labor of love. From the save-the-dates to the invitations, the Quaker marriage certificate all the way to the table numbers and our guide and map in our welcome bags, it was more work than I thought it would be, but it turned out great. Designing it myself cut costs, gave us something truly unique, and let us really create the vibe we wanted for our wedding from the beginning. Plus, it gave me a chance to discover that I really enjoy expressing my creativity through paper goods. I’m trying to figure out how to keep that outlet now that I’m not planning our wedding!

The barbecue sauces! We loved our food in general (we keep talking about how we want to eat it every week forever), but the “his” mustard sauce, “hers” KC style sauce, and “theirs” Cheerwine sauce was such a fun way to nod toward both our backgrounds and our combined present, and let our guests customize their meal. I even had a few Midwest friends say the KC sauce tasted like Gates’. If you know Kansas City barbecue, you know that means it was amazing.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about. 

Eating ice cream between the ceremony and the reception. It was a spur of the moment decision. We walked past one of our favorite ice cream shops while taking some photos, and Chris — somewhat jokingly — asked if I wanted some. I said (a very emphatic) yes, and Paige was on board, so we did it. The whole day had been so crazy; this was one nice bit of normal for us. Sharing a scoop at a place we went during one of the first days we spent together when we started dating was also very sweet. Plus, you can’t beat ice cream when it’s 90 degrees outside!

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Whimsical Rustic Spring Wedding in Florida

Posted by Alexandra on May 31, 2013

Allie & Matt

May 18

Tallahassee, Florida

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We knew about this place first, and loved it but wanted to find something more wild. After searching all over Tallahassee we were just drawn back to Lichgate and its sweet cabin and huge live oak. It just looked like a fairytale.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

We loved the handmade bananagrams tiles laser cut by Matt’s brother and my best friend, Michael Taylor; the individually bought tea sets that we turned into candles (which were our favors), and the white lights strung over the reception, particularly over the dance floor and under the big tree.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

People say it all of the time, but seriously, get someone to run the wedding the day of. My best friend/MOH planned the entire wedding, but her and her boyfriend tag-teamed running the actual wedding that night. She had a schedule for everyone and everything. If she wasn’t there that day nothing would have run nearly as smoothly as it did. 

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

We keep randomly bursting out with, “It was so perfect, It was so beautiful!.” But the funniest part is, after all of the planning, we forgot to rent cups! So everyone drank out of champagne flutes!

 

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