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Caroline and Will’s wedding at Vinewood Plantation is the epitome of barn-wedding charm filled with rustic views, gathered florals and hay bale lounge sofas! Planning and coordination was by J. Elliott Events & Weddings, dahlia-centric florals created by Virtu Floral and lovely images of all the details captured by Amy Arrington Photography.

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

I knew that I wanted to wear a dress that was both natural and ethereal. I pictured a dress with sleeves that blended with the bodice and a soft tulle skirt. The ladies at Kelly’s Closet helped me find just that combination – the gown is by Ivy & Aster and combined a top and a bottom from two different dresses to fit my vision. Appliqués from the dress were used to create a matching hair piece.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We had a lot of family members participate in our ceremony, which was special for us. Caroline’s brother-in-law played classical guitar as guests arrived. Will’s aunt and cousins played strings during the ceremony, and Will’s uncle officiated the service. Rather than have traditional bridesmaids and groomsmen, we only had our siblings stand with us, and our young cousins acted as flower girls and the ring bearer. Caroline’s bouquet was held together by lace from Will’s grandmother’s wedding dress, and we were married on what would have been the birthday of Caroline’s late grandfather, who died from ALS several years earlier. We are both fairly laid back, and we wanted our wedding to reflect that. We had a fire pit with s’more ingredients and corn hole set up outside to mirror a party we might host in our own backyard. We opted for a jazz band over a DJ or dance band for a calming vibe that allowed for either dancing or just hanging out, and we served beer that Will home-brewed for the occasion out of customized pint glasses with our initials, which guests took home as wedding favors.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The part where we married each other in front of our family and closest friends.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

They met in 2013 when Will and Caroline’s sister ran together on a Ragnar, a long distance relay race. Caroline’s sister, whom she lived with at the time, had the team over for pasta dinner before the race. While at the race, Caroline’s sister invited Will over to the house to “hang out with her husband,” who had similar interests as Will, but she had an ulterior motive of setting up Will and Caroline. She proved herself an excellent matchmaker, and they started dating a couple months after initially meeting. About a year and a half later, Will asked Caroline to marry him while walking home from breakfast one morning. He proposed at a sidewalk square where they had previously carved “W+C” into wet cement.

Photography: Amy Arrington Photography // Planning & Coordination: J. Elliott Events & Weddings // Floral: Virtu Floral // Venue: Vinewood Plantation // Dress: Ivy & Aster // Dress Salon: Kelly’s Closet // Makeup/Hair: Beauty Asylum // Food: Dennis Dean Catering // Cake: Blooming Flour Bakery // Reception Music: Kayla Taylor Jazz

 

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‘Tis the season of PINK PEONIES EVERYWHERE!!! Obviously, we are pretty pumped about it and Kristin and Michael’s classic Saint Louis wedding celebration is the perfect way to share our love of the giant, pink romantic blooms. Alred Weddings designed the traditional celebration with a stunning ceremony at St. Francis Xavier College Church followed by a dinner and dancing at the historic St. Louis Union StationOn Three Designs set the tone with gorgeous invitations and Artistry Florist and Event Design stole the show with the explosion of peonies throughout the day. Lucky for us, the always-amazing Mike Cassimatis Photography was on hand to capture all the beautiful moments of the day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Michael and I met when we were in college at Saint Louis University. Neither of us grew up in St. Louis, but it is where our story started and is special to both of us. As soon as we were engaged, the first and most obvious decision was that we would be married at the church on our college campus. Since we would have a lot of out of town guests, we both knew we wanted to hold our reception in a unique, historic location. When we walked into the Grand Hall at St. Louis Union Station we knew we had found the perfect place. It spoke for itself.

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

Since our wedding was taking place in St. Louis, it was only fitting that I went shopping for my dress in the town that I grew up in – Carmel, Indiana.  I ended up finding the most beautiful gown at a bridal boutique just down the road from my parents’ house. I loved its simplicity, illusion details, and the way I felt when I put it on…confident, comfortable, and beautiful. It was perfect.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

It was so much fun incorporating little details that made our wedding reflect us and our relationship. One of the most exciting and memorable parts of our day was the Beatles light show that was shown on the ceiling of the Grand Hall. The Beatles were a big part of Michael’s life growing up, so this was a perfect way to incorporate something that was meaningful to him. It was a surprise to our guests and they loved it… there were even a handful of people laying in the middle of the dance floor to ensure the best view possible! Another special touch was the band that we chose. We both had so many memories of them playing at a bar near campus and knew that our friends would love that blast from the past! Finally, we had two of our favorite local spots bring pizza and ice cream for a late night snack. Who doesn’t love pizza and ice cream?!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Besides getting to marry Michael, my favorite moment of the day was sitting on the altar watching all of our friends and family come up to receive Communion. I had a smile on my face the whole time. It was such a great opportunity to take everything in. I was really able to appreciate the moment and all of the people who had come together to celebrate our marriage. Another element that was a favorite of mine was the same-day edit video that was shown at our reception. It was so special to be able to relive our whole day, from getting ready to our first dance, with everyone there celebrating with us. I don’t know how they did it, but we will forever cherish that video.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

After a couple years of navigating a long distance relationship, Michael proposed to me at a intimate restaurant in St. Louis where we went on our first date. Our waitress came to the table with a cake surrounded by rose petals that read “Will you Marry me?” and a bottle of champagne as Michael got down on one knee. I was completely surprised and completely overwhelmed with happiness. Michael had secretly arranged that our families and close friends be in town for the occasion, and after dinner we met everyone at a nearby hotel to celebrate. Being surrounded by all of that love and support was the perfect ending to our night!

 

Kristin + Michael [Same Day Edit] from ParkLife on Vimeo.

Photography: Mike Cassimatis Photography // Planning: Alred Weddings // Floral Design: Artistry Florist and Event Design // Paper Goods & Calligraphy: On Three Designs // Ceremony Venue: St. Francis Xavier College Church // Reception Venue: St. Louis Union Station // Videography: Park Life Films // MUAH: Danielle Style // Dress: The Wedding Studio // Cake: Made by Lia // Shoes: Stuart Weitzman // Groom’s Attire: The Brass Horn // Ice Cream: Clementine’s Creamery // Pizza: Pi Pizza // Film Lab: Indie Film Lab // Band: Griffin and the Gargoyles

 

The romantic, elegant and delicate atmosphere of Château Ernest provided planners Oui Cocotte with all the inspiration for this shoot. Floral design was by La Lettre à Elise Events with stationery by Callyane and cakes by La boite à douceurs par Laura. We love the old world elegance accented with a bright and cheery color palette all captured by Jonathan Udot Photography.

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Shooting Chateau Ernest from OneDay Wedding Clip on Vimeo.

Photographer: Jonathan Udot Photography // Wedding Planner and Design: Oui Cocotte // Floral design: La Lettre à Elise Events // Stationery: Callyane // Venue: Château Ernest // Videographer: One Day Wedding Clip // Wedding Dress: Christina Sfez // Hair accessories: Ziz & Clo // Groom suit and accessories: Blandin & Delloye // Wedding Rings: Pérouse Paris // Makeup: Salon Jolie Môme // Hairdresser: le 83 // Furniture: Maison Options // Table Linen and Crockery: Bleu jasmin // Ceramic Plates: Melina Céramique // Crystal Glasses: Cristallerie Saint Louis // Cake Designer: La boite à douceurs par Laura // Models: Lise et Mathieu

 

We are LOVING pampas grass as a floral design element right now so of course we were smitten with it’s bold presence in Katherine and Matthew’s Santorini wedding celebration. The unconventional couple enlisted the help of Santorini Glam Weddings to plan their intimate beach ceremony and reception. Betty Flowers incorporated tall wheat-colored tufted pampas grass into the ceremony backdrop creating an incredibly dreamy setting that perfectly matched the nude grays and beiges of the volcanic surroundings. Eco-chic details complimented the setup and minimalism worked like a charm while Sandy and Odysseas captured all the smiles and style of this laid-back Greek wedding.

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from the bride: Like every bride and groom, we wanted our day to be a true reflection of us. We both love the beach, so for us, there was no better place to get married! We had an amazing private venue, hidden away, on the beach. It was very intimate & perfect day with our friends and family. Since we got married in Santorini, there is no better back drop than this, what else do you need?! Given this, we went for a casual event with neutral colors.

The venue was stunning with views across the water. We had limited décor given the amazing view. Given we are all about simplicity, our wedding planner created a statement piece on the beach on which we were married. It was so perfect! My bouquet had only one special requirement: portiere. The reason being it was my grandmother’s favorite flower and was a must to include on our special day.

As we traveled all the way from Australia, we were so lucky to have our friends and family in Santorini for the week! We shared so many special memories during this time. So our questions were: what can we give our guests to remember this day? We included little favor bracelets with an evil eye on each. Everyone loved them & are still wearing them!

About my wedding look – we are not your typical bride and groom! I was fortunate to find an off the rack Thurley dress – it was me to a T!! Not your standard wedding dress, however, I did go a little crazy on the shoes!! For the groom, it was all about comfort while looking good. No suits here!!

The proposal – OMG!! One of the best days of my life. We were in Dubai, and for as long as I could remember I wanted to swim with dolphins. Matt kindly organized a private swim with the dolphins at the Atlantis The Palm. An hour full of amazing experiences, I was smiling from ear to ear, a great experience. At the end of our session, I was asked if I would like to teach the dolphin a trick. YES! YES! YES! I was so excited, me? Teach the dolphin a trick – omg!! I was handed a round ring, with a weight/canister on the bottom of it, and told to throw it out & Black (the dolphin) would bring it back. Not too far, not too close, it needs to be just right. So much pressure! I throw the ring – a success!! The dolphin places the ring around its neck & successfully brings it back in. Woohoo!! I took the ring off, and the trainer says, “Black (the dolphin) has a special gift for you, open the weight/canister on the ring.” I thought it would be a fish (to reward black) or a key ring. So I tried to open the weight/canister. I couldn’t; I kept trying and trying and then all of a sudden I managed to open it!! WHAT? A complete surprise, a beautiful diamond ring, I had no idea! But my day wasn’t over just yet, the surprises kept coming. Matt had organized a wonderful dinner at Nobu & covered our hotel room in roses. He is the best, I’m so lucky!

We decided to take our photos before the wedding so we could enjoy every minute with our friends & family. So the most anticipated / special moment was our first look. We were so excited to see each other for the first time in our outfits. His smile said it all.

Everyone said, “take it all in, your day goes so quickly”. It does!! Hang on to it & enjoy it. Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you’re planning a wedding in Santorini, I would highly recommend everyone who made our day so special.

Photographer: Sandy and Odysseas // Wedding Planner: Santorini Glam Weddings // Flowers: Betty Flowers // Wedding Dress: Thurley // Bridal Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Jewelry and Wedding Rings: Cara Jewelers // Groom suit: George and King // Catering: Spicy Bites

 

Perfect The Event‘s inspiration behind this shoot was to celebrate the beauty of Rancho Las Lomas and the freshness of summer. Soft butter yellow hues embrace the delicate rays of the summer sunlight, while the blue tones resemble the clear crisp skies. The palette pops against the terra cotta of the Spanish architecture and, of course, the stunning blue tile work we all love so much at this venue. Florals are by Flowers By Cina, calligraphy and stationery are by Design By Laney , the scene-stealing cake is by Intri Cakes and all the moments are captured by Heather Anderson Photography.

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Photography: Heather Anderson Photography // Planner & Designer: Perfect The Event // Workshop Host: Alicia Mink Photography // Florist: Flowers By Cina // Calligraphy & Stationery: Design By Laney // Venue: Rancho Las Lomas // Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Silk Ribbon: Tono & Co. // Dress: Tara Lauren // Groom’s Attire: Stitch & Tie And Michael Kors // Hair & Makeup: The Face Of Beauty Us // Linens: La Tavola Linen // Cake: Intri Cakes // Chairs: Sweet Salvage Rentals // Table Top & Vintage Lighting: Sun Drop Vintage // Models: Shea And Sierra from Willow Model Management // Styling Boards: Heirloom Bindery