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During a layover in San Francisco, en route to Greece, Nicole and Chris decided to tie the knot at City Hall. So already, you should know you are in for a big dose of romance in today’s post. Combine that with photos by Tyler Rye Photography and we’re just taking things to the next level. After their vows, the pair munched on pizza as their first meal, and then trekked down to the redwoods and the rocky beaches below for even more gorgeous photos. Afterward, they hopped on a plane for their honeymoon in Greece. Talk about absolute perfection.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We eloped! — I spend a lot of time planning beautiful events for work, so when the time came to plan my own wedding, I wasn’t as excited as I thought I would be. As time passed, and little headway was being made in the planning process, we decided to turn an upcoming vacation into the perfect way to say “I do.” During a layover in San Francisco, en route to Greece, we decided to tie the knot at city hall. Seven years to the day we met, it was unforgettably romantic.

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Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I fell in love with a dress I could not find anywhere, so I was desperate to recreate it. Luckily, I happened upon Shin Bu Bridal in Los Angeles. Mr. and Mrs. Seo were as excited to create the dress as I was to have it made, which is evident in the overall design and detail they put into the final product. It was fascinating to see the dress come together little by little and also fun to get to know such a lovely and talented couple in the process.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

When we determined we were going to elope, despite our best efforts to keep it a secret, there were some people that caught on. In my case it was my coworkers and a few close friends. Knowing that they wouldn’t be there in person, everyone wanted to contribute somehow and before I knew it I had people lending me jewelry, hairpieces and accessories galore. It was incredible to look in the mirror and see little reminders of all the love and support we had that day.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

At the end of the day, when all was said and done, we were starving. So before going back to the hotel, I threw a sweatshirt on over my dress and we walked to Zero Zero, a local pizza place. We grabbed some seats at the bar and quietly enjoyed our first meal as a married couple. No one had any idea we had just tied the knot and it was so nice to just sit there and be in the moment together.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Even now, as a married couple, I consider Chris to be one of my best friends. I believe we are drawn to people who are reminiscent of those we hold most dear in our lives, so it makes perfect sense to me that we met at our mutual friends engagement party. After meeting that night, everything else just fell into place.

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Vendor: Photography: Tyler Rye Photography // Location: San Francisco City Hall

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Kate and Adam’s wedding is a particularly special because Kate is a wedding photographer in her own right. When a wedding photographer plans a wedding, you know it is going to be unique and special, and this one absolutely takes the cake! Set on the water’s edge of Lake Chelan, the pair invited friends and family for an alfresco dinner under the stars. We absolute adore all of the elegant yet homespun details that they included in the big day (including those KILLER florals by Stacy Anderson Design) and are absolutely enamored with these gorgeous images shot by Ryan Flynn Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Being a wedding photographer, I’ve experienced every kind of wedding imaginable. I wanted to have a more intimate, less conventional wedding so that it remained unique and memorable to Adam and I. We invited 70 of our closest friends and family, and held a back yard wedding at a family friends house in Lake Chelan. Chelan was special to me, as much of my childhood was spent vacationing there. Being in the wedding industry, I already knew which vendors I wanted to use. Fortunately they were all available on our date, and we got to work with some extremely talented people!

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Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I wore a Sarah Seven gown that I absolutely loved! I found it at The Dress Theory.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

Adam and his dad built all of the tables and benches from cedar milled off of their property. For dessert, my mom made everyone a personal blackberry pie (our favorite treat) and she also sewed cloth napkins out of a dip dyed ombre fabric I really loved. My cousin played “That’s Amore” on the accordion as we exited the ceremony, and we served pizza at the reception (our favorite food).

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Adam and I loved the speeches and toasts. It was really special hearing our closest friends and family share how much they loved us and affirmed our marriage. I also loved when we stepped out for a minute onto the deck that overlooked our party to soak it all in.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Adam and I met in 2006 while serving at a Young Life camp in Canada. He proposed when I was on a photo shoot with some fellow photographers in the Columbia River Gorge. See the full story here.

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Adam + Kate from Alec Cattarin on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Ryan Flynn Photography // Florals & Design: Stacy Anderson Design // Invitations, Paper Goods, Calligraphy, Seating Chart, & Menu: La Happy // Tables: Gather Tables // Dress: Sara Seven from The Dress Theory // Suit: Hugo Boss from Nordstrom // Pizza: Local Myth // Earrings: Kathryn Elyse // Lanterns: Anthropologie

For those of you that go for a moody vibe for your wedding decor, we are kinda crushing on the idea to do a villian inspired wedding. Okay, we can leave out all the evil plots and poisonous apples, but we’re all about embracing the dark tones! How much fun would it be to surprise your guests with this elegant vibe at a wedding hosted with Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons. We’ve been sharing with your a little weekly dose of their modern inspired decor, and that, plus their customized, full service, one stop shop wedding services have us excited about all the possibilities.

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Visit Disney Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons to learn more about all of the possibilities.

Today, I am finally having the chance to share my very own wedding with you! If you haven’t caught up, you can see our first two posts shot by Jen Huang, here and here. We left off with the conclusion of our ceremony! Afterward, we offered guests “Swan Mimosas” which was frozen juice in the shape of swans, served alongside OneHope sparkling wine.

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We also set up a “guest book” station where guests were asked to fill in a “mad libs” style postcard with questions like, “Mr. and Mrs. Ball be ______________ in 10 years.” 

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While guests sipped on mimosas and filled out our guestbook, they waited in line for our receiving station. On the other side was a bevy of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Our parents (pictured below) along with our siblings stood with us to welcome family and friends. This was such a personal way to greet each of our guests and we preferred this over the alternative of greeting tables during dinner. Plus, it meant we actually had a chance to enjoy dinner!

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While guests waited for their chance to greet us, they found their escort cards, calligraphed by Victoria Hoke Lane.

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One of our dear friends helped us create a custom cocktail menu, and even helped us make all the ingredients in advance! The drinks were so delish and our guests RAVED about them. A few have even become signatures in our home when friends visit.

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We had a gorgeous seating area thanks to Found Vintage Rentals.

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Our designer, Cortnie, had the idea to create an oversized chandelier from vintage paper bells. We intermingled lights in the bells for a glowing effect as the sun set. 

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One of the fun details we included in our stationery was the menu option. Guests chose from a vegetarian or chicken option using the discs included in their invitation suite.

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Our wedding feast was beautifully presented by who we think is the world’s most exquisite and creative catering company, Roomforty. We think of them as a restaurant that comes to you, and I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful our food was. Guests dined on Bibb lettuce salad, Jidori chicken confit with vegetables, ravioli, and ratatouille. To this day, we still receive compliments! Take me back! 

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Our menus were letter pressed by Gus & Ruby Letterpress and designed by MaeMae & Co. The napkins were a mix of fabrics (some of which were custom designed by MaeMae & Co.) which we had sewn by Borrowed Blu

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Our tables were beyond beautiful! Vintage glassware and plates were provided by Borrowed Blu. The lovely swan planters were filled to the brim with flowers by Lauryl Lane.

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Our custom wedding crest was printed by Wedding Chicks onto fabric and transformed into napkins for the bridal party.

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After our introduction as husband and wife, Bryan got to saber the first bottle of sparkling wine!

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It was a special moment dancing with my dad, who had just finished chemo in time for our wedding.

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Seriously. I love our swans. You need to see another.

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For our favors, we had a “Ladies and Gents” favor station. For the ladies, we provided tea and allowed them to create their own custom tea blend. For the gents, we provided tobacco pipes and tobacco from Kentucky. It was fun seeing everyone enjoying their gifts from us as we progressed into the evening festivities!

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Our crests were printed onto fabric thanks to Wedding Chicks, and then turned into pillows for guests to lounge on.

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A few days before the wedding, our cake vendor pulled out last minute. I was so disappointed, but once we let the idea go, donuts became the next best better thing. We had our FAVORITE donuts brought up from our local spot, and we ran out as soon as we offered them to guests! No surprise!

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Of course, one of our favorite parts of the entire celebration was the party! Our DJ, Bobbito The Chef, brought the house down! The only time guests left the dance floor was to snap a photo with Mobile Photobooth.

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The memories of our wedding day are so incredible, especially thanks to our dear friends, family, and wedding team! The sheer coordination it took LVL Weddings & Events to make the wedding day happen so smoothly is the reason I will forever insist that all brides hire a coordinator! We are seriously so thankful to our crew and hope you loved reliving the day with us as much as we did! Be sure to check out all of our vendors and resources below!

Vendors:

Photography: Jen Huang // Location: Sunstone Vineyards & Winery // Event Design: Cortnie Purdy Fausner // Event Coordination: LVL Weddings & Events // Flowers: Lauryl Lane //  Stationery: MaeMae & Co. [design]; Gus & Ruby Letterpress [letterpress printing] // Calligraphy: Victoria Hoke Lane // Videography: Elysium Productions // Catering: Roomforty [food]; Straight Up Cocktail Service [cocktail service] // Tabletop Rentals: Borrowed Blu // Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals // Linens: Napa Valley Linens // Photobooth: Mobile Photobooth // Event Rentals: Signature Party Rentals // Music: Bobbito The Chef // Hair: Beauty-Full by Molly; Lady Dianna // Makeup: Amy ClarkeBeauty by Melina // Donuts: The Donuttery (714-847-7000) // Honeymoon: Ever After Honeymoons

Fashion and Resources:

Gown and veil: Kirstie Kelly // Groom’s Accessories: Hugo Boss [suit]; David Donahue [tie]; AllSaints [shoes] // Groomsmen bow ties: The Tie Bar // Flower girls’ Dresses: Le Petit Tom; Stella McCartney; Nordstrom // Custom Monogram Napkins: Wedding Chicks // Paper parasols: Luna Bazaar // Crest Boutonnieres: Little Pink Studio // Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar // Swan Planters: Terry’s Village // Paper Bells: Party Pro // Striped Donut Favor Bags: Amazon // Striped cocktail trays: RSF Designs // Striped Bow Bags (bridesmaid gifts): Rectory Crafts

We’re picking back up with our wedding story today, shot by Jen Huang! If you missed our first post, you can catch up here! Our ever so sweet flower girls were one of my favorite details! With lots of florals and sweet details, these little ones stole the show!

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My planner, Cortnie Purdy Fausner, called me up one day while we were planning and had me racing to the computer! She had spied a vintage swan pull toy on Pinterest and as luck would have it, the antique beauty was available for purchase! Without another thought, we nabbed the swan, and coordinated to have it shipped from the seller–in FRANCE! In our email correspondence, the seller told me that they were delighted to send their sweet swan to America, where it would go on new adventures! (The same sweet swan is now sitting in our nursery, waiting for the delivery of our daughter, who is set to arrive at the end of May! The swan is indeed ready for all sorts of new experiences!).

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A poster presented all of the groomsmen’s color-coordinated bow ties from The Tie Bar on faux crests. The ties were theirs to keep; they also received copper mugs since as a group they’re known for their fondness for Irish Mules.

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For Bryan and his groomsmen, we opted to let the guys pick out their own black suits. With minimal instructions, the gents looked fabulous (and much better than they would have if we had opted for ill fitting rental suits!).

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I wanted their boutonnieres to be more unique than the floral standard, and was lucky enough to find these embroidered crests which were the perfect (and low key/affordable!) touch!

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My gift to Bryan on our wedding day was a handmade pipe, picked out by our friend who lives in Kentucky! It went perfectly with our favor station that you’ll see later on in today’s feature!

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Our bridal party was quite the party, and SO MUCH FUN!

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Our ceremony took place in the front of the villa. We decided to start fairly early so we had plenty of time to enjoy our reception. Because we had to bus in our guests over the course of two trips, we provided an heirloom olive bar for snacking, and some fun activities, such as a “Celebration Station” containing a buffet of noisemakers. The wedding programs asked guests to choose their favorite to hoot and holler when we were pronounced husband and wife.

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We chose a very hot day in July to get married, and were lucky enough to have nabbed paper parasols from Luna Bazaar. They saved the day!

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My aunt and uncle from Georgia were there for the celebration, and we asked my uncle to officiate our formal ceremony. His southern accent was the perfect touch.

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To go with the theme of celebration and music, our ring bearers preceded us down the aisle with drums that they played, while our flower girls rang bells down the aisle! My brother-in-law surprised me with a song that he wrote and arranged for the walk down the aisle (my sister walked down to the same song!).

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Preceding the vows, our wedding rings were passed along a few yards of green-striped ribbon so that everyone assembled could touch and bless them before they reached the bride and groom. This was a sort of ring warming ceremony, and it worked beautifully! It meant so much to us to have our guests play a small role in the day, and to have the importance of their presence acknowledged.

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For our ceremony, we chose the Old English declarations for our vows, and added this Bible verse, which we spoke in unison: “Entreat me not to leave you, or to return from following after you, for where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. And where you die, I will die and there I will be buried. May the Lord do so with me and more if anything but death parts you from me.”

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Check back in later today for even more from the big day!

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Vendors:

Photography: Jen Huang // Location: Sunstone Vineyards & Winery // Event Design: Cortnie Purdy Fausner // Event Coordination: LVL Weddings & Events // Flowers: Lauryl Lane //  Stationery: MaeMae & Co. [design]; Gus & Ruby Letterpress [letterpress printing] // Calligraphy: Victoria Hoke Lane // Videography: Elysium Productions // Catering: Roomforty [food]; Straight Up Cocktail Service [cocktail service] // Tabletop Rentals: Borrowed Blu // Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals // Linens: Napa Valley Linens // Photobooth: Mobile Photobooth // Event Rentals: Signature Party Rentals // Music: Bobbito The Chef // Hair: Beauty-Full by Molly; Lady Dianna // Makeup: Amy ClarkeBeauty by Melina // Donuts: The Donuttery (714-847-7000) // Honeymoon: Ever After Honeymoons

Fashion and Resources:

Gown and veil: Kirstie Kelly // Groom’s Accessories: David Donahue [tie]; AllSaints [shoes] // Groomsmen bow ties: The Tie Bar // Flower girls’ Dresses: Le Petit Tom; Stella McCartney; Nordstrom // Custom Monogram Napkins: Wedding Chicks // Paper parasols: Luna Bazaar // Crest Boutonnieres: Little Pink Studio // Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar // Swan Planters: Terry’s Village // Paper Bells: Party Pro // Striped Donut Favor Bags: Amazon // Striped cocktail trays: RSF Designs // Striped Bow Bags (bridesmaid gifts): Rectory Crafts