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Kristina and Will were married at the White Orchid Beach House in Wailea-Makena, Hawaii on October 14 — all the way from Australia. The bride wore a sweetheart ruched a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a headband in her loose curls, while the groom wore a gray vest and pants, accessorized with argyle socks. Bridesmaids looked oh-so lovely in navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of all-white roses, orchids, and calla lilies. As intimate as the ceremony was overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the reception was even more so lit with a crystal chandelier, paper lanterns, and candles. Not to mention the palm trees! Each place setting featured a “thank you” tin for guests to take home with them. Can you guess what was inside? Well, it’s a secret.

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Photography: Joanna Tano Photography | Venue: White Orchid Beach House | Event Coordinator: A White Orchid Wedding, Inc. | Floral Designer: Teresa Sena Designs | Caterer: Maui Catering Services

Abby & Ian

March 29

Lakewood, Washington

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Q & A with the Bride:

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

All of the bouquets (plus table centerpieces) were fresh-cut tulips from Pike Place Market in Seattle. The tulips were in season and were a special order from a local farm.  The table numbers at the reception were also a favorite detail. The numbers pasted on a printed silver and yellow paper, then framed, were a last-minute project the night before the wedding. And to match the gray, white and yellow theme, the bridesmaids gifts were gray crocheted Toms shoes. They came in handy for the bridesmaids who wore them as “dancing shoes” throughout the reception. 

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

Everything will work out! It can be stressful and seem nearly impossible to keep track of all of the details (big and small), but even if something is overlooked, you will likely be the only one who cares. We forgot to purchase cake plates and silverware and did not realize until right before we cut the cake. Ian announced to our guests that they would all have to eat cake with their hands, and it became a funny moment from our wedding (luckily our wonderful venue had backup plates and utensils stashed away that we were able to use). Relax and try to be “in the moment” throughout your big day. Moments are what you will remember, not the details.

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

Our favorite moment from our wedding is when we said our vows. It was a beautiful ceremony and reception, but the vows were the reason we were there- to commit ourselves to each other and start a life together. Out of all of the special moments from that day, that is one we cherish the most.

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Jessica & Sean 

April 19

Pasadena, California 

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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 were looking for a venue at a hotel and came across The Westin. Once we  toured the hotel and surroundings, we fell in love with the location. It had a beautiful courtyard, it was located  across the street from the beautiful Pasadena City Hall, and it was within walking distance to a restaurant for our rehearsal dinner.

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

1. Photo booth

2. Treat buffet

3. Overall setup of our ballroom. It was gorgeous!

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

 Saying, “I do” and sharing our first kiss as husband and wife!

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Beth & Craig

July 14

Charlottesville, Virginia

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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 already loved Farmington, having visited over the years, but the Jefferson Room sealed the deal! It’s a gorgeous two-story room with amazing light, which is perfect for bridal portraits and the bouquet toss. 

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Tall centerpieces from Pat’s Florals, heirloom lace veil from groom’s family, and amazing custom invitation suite from Fannon Fine Printing.

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

Have fun! If you throw a great party and you’re having fun, your guests will too!

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

Driving off in the groom’s antique car to the reception. The groom’s brother (and best man!) worked hard to get the MG running and looking good before the big day. It was nice to have that time alone before heading into the craziness of the cocktail hour.

 

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Gillian & Tom

March 9

Charleston, South Carolina

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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?

Historic charm – we both have southern roots with grandparents from the south.  Unfortunately, they weren’t able to attend the wedding.  Having our wedding at a historic southern venue was somewhat of a way to honor our heritage and to embrace our appreciation for history.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. The garden ceremony setting – it was a special sunny day.  A fountain with peaceful running water served as our “altar” and our guests had a great view of the house at our historic venue.
  2. Bow ties for the groom and groomsmen– fun Charleston tradition and style.
  3. Chandeliers hung in our tent for the reception – they were a small detail that really added romance and charm.      

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

Don’t leave the details for the last minute.  We were so happy to have all of our planning done in advance so that the week before the wedding we really weren’t stressed at all.  We had time to spend and enjoy with family in the last few days leading up to the wedding.

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

Seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony.  We didn’t do first look photos and it made it so much more exciting to see each other at that big moment.  We couldn’t stop smiling! 

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