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Emily and Justin’s romance began with dates around the world. Literally. They dated long-distance after meeting at University of Oxford and travelled to the Serengeti, London, Paris, Colorado and NYC to see each other during that time. So it was fitting for the couple to hold their second celebration (the first was in California) at Hartford House, a gorgeous English style hotel in the middle of the South African midlands. The views are stunning, the design of the day is fresh and modern with posh details and bright citrus-hued details like the florals by Sweet Pb. flint photography captured the couple’s joy and beautiful day in his film photography style and it’s absolutely lovely.

What made the wedding special and unique?

Having one in South Africa after having one in California (we had two celebrations) was a perfect blend of both Justin and my worlds. We were able to have the wedding at Hartford House which is a gorgeous English style hotel in the middle of the South African midlands.  We were able to take over the who place so if felt very much life a fairy tale!  We had a gorgeous 5 course meal with tomatoes grown especially for the wedding, a craft gin and tonic bar but also had authentic Zulu dancers during the reception. For our ceremony, Justin and I wrote letters to each other that followed our vows and we had two best friends of 10 years take part in the ceremony. One was the MC and the other sang “How Can I Keep From Singing”. Justin’s surname is Murray so we had a bagpiper there to nod to the Scottish heritage.

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

The gown was one of a kind! It is a Hungarian designer called Daalarna. It was one of the first dresses I tried on at Spina Bride NYC in NYC. Once I tried it on, I just danced around. I knew it was mine. The dress is sleeveless with the bodice made of lace and invisible mesh. It had a plunging deep v and a invisible mesh back which made it look backless other than a line of vintage buttons. I loved it from the start!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Justin and I met at Oxford when we were both doing our MBAs and then dated long distance for 18 months. So our “dates” were always in great locations. So for our tables instead of numbers we labeled them all the places we met for our dates. The Serengetti, London, Paris, Colorado, NYC, etc. Out first date was the Serengeti so that was of course the main table. :)

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Ah, so many things! One was walking down the aisle which was a pergola covered in purple wisteria with my dad. Another was Justin and our first dance. He isn’t a big dancer and he made the effort to spin and dip me twice but I got a little too into it and he was afraid of dropping me! We laughed so hard right on the dance floor. Taking pictures with Brian Flint was so awesome too; he captured who we are as a couple perfectly and he did so much work scouting out the areas that we just followed and laughed our way through pictures.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Justin and I met at Oxford doing a 2-year MBA. We were just friends and then we left and he went back to South Africa and I, New York. A few months later Justin emailed me to ask me to come to his best friend’s wedding and then the Serengeti. I had just started a new job but I went anyway. It was magical, from the lions to the balloon ride over the Serengeti. After that we dated long distance for about 18 months at which point I moved from NYC to South Africa to see if it was the real deal. It was. About 5 months later, Justin proposed on a sunrise game drive in Kruger National Park (there was a rhino and her calf as witnesses but that was about all). My parents were there and his parents surprised us. After he proposed we saw a leopard which was a pretty amazing engagement gift!

Photographer: b. flint photography // Stylist / Planner / Venue / Cake: Hartford House // Floral Designer: Sweet P // Film Lab: Photovision Prints // Dress Designer: Daalarna // Accessories: Christian Louboutin // Groom’s Attire: Frank Bespoke // DJ: DJ Vivian

 

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Lisa and Shane celebrated their nuptials at Oklahoma City’s The Magnolia turning the industrial warehouse venue into a beautiful wedding terrarium of greenery, jewel tones, metallics and twinkling lights. We’re loving the couples rich palette for fall, especially the stunning florals by Emerson Events. All the stunning details by planner Aisle Be With You definitely showcase why the bride Lisa strongly recommends opting for a wedding planner. Everything is so beautiful and it’s all captured in these gorgeous photographs by Anna Lee Media.

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What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

Prior to planning my day was to have delicious food, good beats, and be surrounded by friends and family.  I would say it was success! We had our favorite food vendors cater, the best band, and all of closest loved ones there.

What was your color palette and your style vision?

My vison of the flowers and décor at my wedding were Jewel tones with gold and grey accents. The style I envisioned for my wedding was elegant, modern, and romantic.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include?

Our altar was outlined with large gold medal lanterns atop of clear acrylic boxes adorned with air plants and florals.  The backdrop was greenery hung from the ceiling and we purchased a jewel tones rug to tie it all together.  The rug is now in our home and has a special memory for us tied to our wedding day. My flowers were jewel-toned, big blooms with hints of greenery and air plants.

Another DIY detail that is one of my favorites was our hand cut menu cards.  Each guest had one placed on their napkin.  I hand cut the shape myself from my design I had printed from a local printer.

What was your favorite crafted detail?

My favorite crafted detail was our welcome sign.  I had a friend hand letter our welcome onto a gold mirror.

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be?

Hire a wedding planner.  I’m very detail oriented and she helped bring my vision to life.  My wedding planner was worth her weight in gold.  She also made it so that I could truly enjoy every minute of my wedding day spent with my family and friends.

Describe the Day!

The day began with me getting ready at a hotel suite located in downtown Oklahoma City just blocks away from my wedding venue.  I opted for no bridal party but instead had girlfriends come and get ready with me in the morning.  We listened to tunes, sipped on mimosas, and had got ready together.   I hired a brilliant makeup artist who is also a friend of mine to come make my look complete for the day.  I felt the most beautiful I have ever felt when I saw myself and in the mirror with my dress on.

My groom and I then shared a first look together. I’m so happy I decided to do this.  It was a moment just for us that I will cherish always.    We then made our way to our wedding venue.  We got to have the whole place to ourselves to take in all the details before our family started to arrive for pictures.

Shortly before our guests arrived my groom and our families gathered in a back room.  One of my favorite moments was getting to sit and watch the guests arrive through a window that overlooked the entry to the building. Guests were greeted by a welcome sign that I designed and had printed at a local printer.  Along with an “unplugged” wedding sign.  We wanted our guests to be fully in the moment and enjoy this time with us minus the cellphones and cameras.

Then the ceremony started.  Two of our nieces carried hand lettered signs down the aisle.  Then I proceeded and greeted my groom at the altar.  We were married by a family friend, honorable Philippa James.  After exchanging our vows, we said I do and danced down to the aisle to our favorite Neil Diamond song “Cherry Cherry.”

The ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour with specialty champagne cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  We hired our favorite live band to play music while guest sipped cocktails and found their seats.   The bar was decorated with air plants and a DIY sign that said “Eat Drink & May The Force Be with you.” We are both big Star Wars fans and wanted subtle hint at our favorite movies.

Shortly after the cocktail hour My husband and I had our first dance and got the party started! We danced to “Song for Zula” by Phosphorescent (Which our videographer included in our wedding video)!

As the band continued to play cover songs and hits us along with our guests enjoyed dinner catered by one of our favorite restaurants in town.  Shane’s favorite was one of the main courses – the meatloaf.  The recipe was the chef’s grandmothers handed down to her.

After enjoying our first meal as husband and wife we cut our petite Italian Cream cake and toasted each other.  I’m a cookie lover so naturally there were a lot of cookies on our dessert table! My favorite is the coconut corn flake cookies.

Then the real party started! The band played while friends and family got their groove on the dance floor.  We topped the night off with a last song “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges.  Once the event ended my husband looked at me and said “That is the most fun I have ever had.” To me that meant the night was a success. I could not have asked for a more perfect day!

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Photo: Anna Lee Media // Planner: Aisle Be With You // Florals: Emerson Events // Getting Ready Venue: The Colcord // Venue: The Magnolia // Video: Dewberry Cinema // Cake: Stacie’s Cake // MUA: Hayley DeVilbiss // Hair: Blo. // Gown Retailer: RL Bridal // Lighting + Rentals: Marianne’s Rentals // Catering + Bar + Deserts: Cafe 501

 

What’s more lovely than a wedding shoot in Paris? Not much as proven by this gorgeous editorial from our friends over at French Grey Events. Inspired by the idea of a madly-in-love-couple eloping in Paris, the team put together romantic, feminine inspiration including vintage gowns, couture heels, boudoir accessories and stunning florals in orange and yellow adding a modern twist of color. The location at the Maison des Polytechniciens offered both the impressive French interiors we know and love and a beautiful courtyard for portraits. Lucky for us Bonphotage Photography was on hand to capture all the inspiration.

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Photography: Bonphotage Photography // Planning & Florals: French Grey Events // Calligraphy: Atelier Prezsburger // Green Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Nude Shoes: Valentino // Strapless Bridal Gown: Pas De Deux Bridal // Spaghetti Strap Bridal Gown: Sibo Designs // Make Up And Hair: Rika Bitton // Blonde Model: Erin Zaleski // Brunette Model: Joelle Berckmans // Veils And Hair Piece: Sibo Designs // Clutch: Minza // Venue: Maison des Polytechniciens

The One & Only The Palm on The Palm, Dubai (yep—Dubai!) with its blush stained walls and Andalucian style courtyard provided the design team, led by The Pretty Pineapple, with a perfect setting to compliment the heirloom-blush inspiration of this styled shoot. Alexis Deaton created a textured cream and blush stained stationery set while Tulipano Deco wowed with her florals—an incredible selection of light blush tulips, garden and spray roses, lilac syringa and blush astilbe. Check out the soft, feminine and slightly moody vibes all captured by Lizelle Goussard Photography.

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Photographer: Lizelle Goussard Photography // Styling & Design: The Pretty Pineapple // Floral Design: Tulipano Decor // Stationery: Alexis Deaton // Venue: One & Only The Palm // Rentals: Innovative Hiring Dubai // Hair & Makeup: Angelique Turner // Tabletop rentals: MyList.ae // Bridal Dresses: The Bridal Showroom / White Dress – Madison James / Blush Dress – Beljour UK  // Model: Kimberley Denise // Ribbons & Table runner: Silk & Willow

 

Susan and Sunny’s wedding at Foxhall Resort was a day filled with Autumn scenery and a true celebration of love and family. Grey Collective photographer Eliza Morrill had this to say about the down-to-earth couple’s vows: “…exchanged overlooking the fields as the sun set, surrounded by friends and family, Sunny said to Susan the two words he most often hears her say: “thank you”—thank you for agreeing to be his wife and making him a better man. Susan spoke of how Sunny is the true reflection of his name—“Sunny like the weather,” and I don’t believe that there was a dry eye on that mountain.” Perfection, right? Lovely planning and coordination by Samantha Warren, colorful florals by Estorie Floral and a rustic cake display by Cecilia’s Cakes make this fall affair truly inspiring.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

The ceremony was our biggest focus of the whole day. My dream for our wedding was that our friends and family would feel seen, and known, and loved. We know this is God’s intent for every person, and that’s why marriage is the perfect picture of how He feels about us. My sincere hope is that people left the wedding feeling celebrated and so loved – because we sure love them.

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

My mom, Matron of Honor, and I went to The Sentimentalist in Atlanta, and I could not be happier that we did! It was actually the only store we went to. Their team is incredibly helpful and made the whole process so enjoyable and personal. They really figured out my style and what I was looking for, even before I did. I loved the very first dress that I tried on, and I kept comparing every other dress to that one. At the end of our session, I just knew the first one (by Rebecca Schoneveld) was “the one”, and we placed the order then and there.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

In addition to photography (shout out to the amazing Eliza!), there were two elements to the day that were most important to me: food and music. I wanted the food to be delicious and personal – like you’re sharing a table and great meal at someone’s home. Shauna Niequist, anyone? We wanted options that were healthy and delicious, and lots of them! Sun in My Belly did a phenomenal job executing this vision. We also ordered about 9 differently flavored satellite cakes from Cecilia’s so that people had tons of options. And s’mores. No one was going home hungry!

As for music, this started with the ceremony. My dear friend coordinated musicians, sound, etc., and it was the best and most personal wedding gift that anyone could ever give to us.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

From the bride: Sunny and I wrote our own vows, and I’ve never felt so honored or loved. I’ll never forget the commitment we made to one another in those sweet moments. Not long after our vows, we had the opportunity to take communion and pray together, overlooking the beautiful landscape at Foxhall. The beauty of God’s creation is one of those gifts in life that always hits me hard – really hard. I was overwhelmed as we stood together, and it’s like I was experiencing love in a brand new way. Just like the fields we were overlooking – it was so expansive.

I can’t believe I get to walk alongside Sunny for the rest of our lives. When it comes to a life-long partner-in-crime, I hit the jackpot.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We’ve actually worked together for the past four years – in the same department, but different teams! About three and a half years ago I actually set Sunny up on a blind date with a friend of a friend, because I thought very highly of him. Fast forward, and Sunny and I grabbed dinner with a mutual friend that he knew in college, and I’d known in elementary school. We had a great time! Sunny and I had ridden together from our office, and ended up chatting for a long time in the parking deck when we returned. We agreed to hang out a couple of days later, but just didn’t invite our mutual friend. It didn’t take long to realize how much we both enjoyed being together. Selfishly, I’m so thankful that blind date years before didn’t go too far!

We love to hike together, so it was only fitting that Sunny proposed on a hike. The moments leading up to the proposal were hilarious, which is fitting for us, and made the thing a huge surprise. I asked him if he wanted to sit down, and he told me he’d rather kneel. I thought he was kidding, but then he did. Cue my water works!

Photography: Eliza Morrill Photography www.elizamorrill.com // Planning + Coordination: Samantha Warren | Forever and Then Some // Floral Design: Estorie Floral // Venue: Foxhall Resort, Legacy Lookout // Bride’s Dress: The Sentimentalist // Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew // Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse //  Caterer: Sun in My Belly  // Cakes: Cecilia’s Cakes
// Hair + Makeup: Hope Ferguson // Band: Love, Peace & Happiness Band // Second Shooter: Maggie Armstrong