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For bride Janie, it was the reception venue—her family’s restored 1920’s German farm that made her wedding to Christian most memrable. The Gathering on Post Oak was lovingly transformed into a B&B that offered all it’s charm for their big day. Mayhar Design was behind the planning and design including a preppy pink and green palette and working with Sprout Floral & Event Design to create stunning rose florals all over the place! We’re loving the mix of sweet romance and farm charm in this one and Loft Photography was on hand to capture it all in these adorable images.

What made the wedding special and unique? 

Our wedding was special because it was a culmination of our relationship; one that started when we were very young and had matured into something wonderful. We had the reception at my family property, a place where we and many of our guests had spent a lot of time. My house was located one mile from where Christian and I went to school, so you can imagine that our home became the main gathering place for our friends. People were constantly coming in and out. It was a lively and social place to grow up and have our relationship blossom. Our reception felt like an extension of this. It felt so right to have not only all of our old friends back in our old haunt, but also have our new friends discover the place where Christian and I had become ‘us’. Despite the size of our guest list, our reception still felt so intimate just because of the history we had there.

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

Before we got engaged, the ladies in my family had a trip planned to NYC for my 21st birthday. So after Christian popped the question, the first thing my mom and I did was look at each other and be like “We could go to Kleinfeld’s!!” My mom and I had watched ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ about every Friday when I was in middle school and high school so this was a huge dream come true.

Fast forward to the morning of my appointment, I was so nervous because I had built up this idea of what the experience would be like — what if they weren’t nice or I fell for a dress that was way out of my budget?? However, from the moment I stepped into the store, Kleinfeld was everything I imagined and more. The consultant they paired me with was so kind and personable, I immediately felt comfortable with her. The designer of my dress was onsite that day and she actually helped me pick my dress out! It was a column gown with a champagne satin slip and a lace appliqué overlay with a boatneck neckline, very light and comfortable. The sample size fit like a glove. When I stepped out into the show room and they placed the veil on my head, I felt like a bride and I knew it was the one. The people in the store were so kind and even did a setup for us where we videoed the designer and the consultant asking me if I was ‘saying yes to the dress’ like in the show; a video clip and a memory I will always have. I could never recommend Kleinfeld enough.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Really the main personal touch of the wedding was the location of the ceremony, as well as opening up my family home as the reception venue.  The church where we held the ceremony was actually the place where Christian and I first met.  Having it there really felt like the end as well as the beginning of chapters in our lives. My family property originally was a working farm, with a German farmhouse from the 1920s and a few other unique buildings.  When we moved there, only the farmhouse had been updated with the outbuildings remaining as they had been built. Over the years our family updated and transformed them into beautiful B&Bs that marry modern style with the original charm instilled in the property. The flow of the reception was designed to have a meandering feel where guests were encouraged to walk and explore the B&Bs, with many places available to sit and gather. Our home was also open for guests to enjoy. To me, this is the most personal touch I could have added to the wedding: to share open-hearted the place I loved the most.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

As the bride, the most memorable part of the day was the moment right before I started walking down the aisle. I felt so nervous!  Not because I was nervous to get married, but because I had to walk in front of so many people (so much pressure not to fall!).  My dad and I waited together in the front of the lobby as the rest of my bridesmaids each took their turn down the aisle. As the bridal march began to play and we stepped up into the doorway of the sanctuary, I thought my heart would explode — I had imagined this moment all of my life. The first people I saw were a line of Christian’s fraternity brothers, a group of guys I had become good friends with for many years. They all stood, smiled at me and I even got a few thumbs up. I felt a surge of courage as I realized all of these people were people I loved and I had no reason to be afraid. As it turns out, Christian had the same moment as I did before he walked down the aisle. We will both never forget our friends’ smiling faces on our wedding day.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Christian and I met in the sixth grade after a fated seating assignment during my visit to Heritage School, a small Christian private school in Fredericksburg. I was placed at the empty desk next to Christian and the we proceeded to share a copy of “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare. It was not coincidence that over the next few years we would often be paired together by teachers for group projects and assignments, as Christian was the passionate outspoken boy and I was the shy quiet girl.

When high school rolled around, we found our friendship turning into something more. We dated through high school and into college. When we started college, there was a shift in our relationship because we both realized that this really was working. In order to protect our relationship, we tried to delay things getting serious before the right time. We chose to go to different schools but found that our relationship naturally fit into our lives and our new friends. Christian says that during that first semester was when he knew he wanted to marry me, getting outside of our small world did nothing to change his feelings.

He held onto to these feelings for several years, until he decided to propose at the end of our junior year of college; he says, “as soon as I possibly could so we could be married when I graduated.” Christian proposed where we had our first date, at the county fairgrounds. Christian picked me up from my house under the guise of us having dinner with his family. But when I got in the car with him he told me, “So we are actually not going to dinner until later, I wanted to take you somewhere.” Because of where the fairgrounds are, it was pretty obvious where he was taking me and I started getting excited. He had a whole set up when we arrived with flowers, a picture of us, and a banner that read “Boyfriend and Girlfriend for 2,052 days, Husband and Wife forever.” It was right under it that he got down on one knee. After he proposed, it turned out that dinner was a surprise small engagement party with our families and a few close friends. Christian and our families had been planning for a over month without me finding out about any of it!  Although I knew Christian was going to propose pretty soon, I really was surprised by the whole thing.

Creative Direction & Planning: Mayhar Design // Photography: Loft Photography // Floral Design: Sprout Floral & Event Design // Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Whitney Farnsworth // Reception Venue: The Gathering on Post Oak // Ceremony Venue: Hill Country Church // Dress Designer: Michelle Roth // Hair Stylist: Tammy Smith // Cake: Sophie’s Bakery // Ceremony Music: Carol Bell // Reception Music: Local Bluegrass Band // DJ: Mixer Rogers // Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen, Marquee Event Rentals // Tent Rental: Whim Event Rentals // Antique Rentals: Carol Hicks Bolton // Chair Rentals: Sweet Sunday Events // Caterer: Cartewheels Catering // Liquor: Gabriels Liquor // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

 

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Rustic surely isn’t a new wedding aesthetic, in fact quite the opposite, however Melissa Oholendt and her team wanted to show a rustic in a new light – with a sophisticated twist. Taking the old standard and turning it into something fresh and altogether elegant; showing that you can have the barn wedding without the mason jars & hay bales bringing style and whimsy to any location, but especially a rustic one. Shot on location at Gathered Oaks with colorful florals by Thistle & Blooms and acrylic invitations and menus by Printerette Press, the result is cheery and fresh and captured beautifully by Melissa herself.

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from the photographer: We started with a palette of neutral grey and french blue which allowed the colorful blooms of the various garlands to play off the stark white of the barn. We also brought a modern playfulness to the decor with beeswax candlesticks and geometric & brass holders, while making subtle nods to the rustic heritage with touches of reclaimed wood tones. To add a bit of whimsy, we brought in acrylic invitations and menus, accented with escort cards made from leaves graced with white calligraphy to coordinate with the greenery of the florals. To add to the sophisticated take on rustic, we capped the decor off with a vignette of a simple stacked cheese wheel cake, floral infused ice cubes and a greenery & floral garland.

For the girl who sees rustic a bit differently, we thought she might also see traditional wedding attire a bit differently as well. We sourced a colorful dress that is a bit out of the ordinary but toned it down with a simple ponytail, classic nude shoes and neutral earrings. With a bridal look so vibrant, we kept the groom’s attire classic and a touch preppy, using his tie to bring in the deep burgundy colors of her dress and the florals.

Shoot Location: Gathered Oaks // Photography & Styling: Melissa Oholendt // Florals: Thistle & Blooms // Invitations, Menus & Escort Cards: Printerette Press // Rentals: Apres Party & Tent // Makeup: Skin Mpls // Hair: 139 Hair by Heidi

 

Andrea and Carl’s wedding is filled with colorful cuteness at every turn. From the gorgeous peony-centric florals by Thistle & Honey to the swan-topped blush ikat cake from Ettore’s European Bakery, Hailey Silver of  Grey Collective member Two Roads Event Co. infused flirty personality into every, last detail. We’re especially loving the punchy blue hue  wovven throughout the day in the bride’s Manolos, the ribbons on the bridal party bouquets and the custom calligraphy invitations. Lucky for us, the ultimate in wedding photography—Coco Tran—was behind the lens to capture Andrea and Carl’s big day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

What made our wedding special to us was all the friends and family we got to share it with. After getting engaged we struggled with a vision and plan for what we wanted for our day. Then, on a whim we called the cathedral and they happened to have a cancellation (literally the only one all year) on the day and month and we wanted to get married and everything started to fall into place from there. The priest that we both grew up with was able to travel over 100 miles to officiate our wedding. Our reception venue was in walking distance of the cathedral and had all the things we were looking for: the mix of wood + metal chairs and tables, fire pit, many seating areas, casual comfort food and an overall visually interesting outdoor space. Once the date was booked, we took less than 4 months to plan everything.

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

I was so in love with my dress! The moment I saw it, I knew it was the one! It’s the Vera Wang Ethel dress. It’s an elegant silk mermaid style dress with the perfect amount of chiffon at the bottom. I wanted to stay true to my personal style, which is more traditional, so I knew that I wanted something timeless and classic. I loved that the Ethel dress was almost a blank canvas for me to change throughout the day.  For our traditional Catholic Cathedral ceremony I wore a custom couture lace bolero and a cathedral length veil. Then for the reception I took off the bolero and wore a silk bow belt by J.Crew, a birdcage and my beloved South Sea pearl earrings. Carl surprised me with my dream wedding shoes: blue bow d’Orsay pumps by Manolo Blahnik.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We hired a calligrapher that designed a custom wedding invitation suite; complete with a custom map and monogram. The chalkboards throughout the reception had a navy background (instead of black) to match our wedding colors.

During a fun mimosa-filled afternoon with my bridesmaids we DIY’ed my cathedral length veil and the burlap runners we used on some of the tables.

We love all-American food, so we served mini gourmet pizzas, sliders, tacos, macaroni n cheese, and 3 types of French fries (which were a total hit!). Our late night snack was chicken and waffles. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and we wanted that to show.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Marrying the love of my life and seeing him tear up during our vows will be something I never forget. There was also a moment out on the dance floor when my grandpa was twirling me around and I looked out at the room full of people we loved, all together in one place, for perhaps the only time ever, so happy and filled with joy for us, and I just felt like the luckiest girl ever.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in Calculus class my freshman year, his sophomore year of college. We started studying together and our first date was on Valentine’s Day. Carl proposed on September 2, which also happened to be my grandparent’s 58th wedding anniversary, on the beach in Maui during the sunset. We later celebrated with dinner at our favorite restaurant, Mama’s Fish House.

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Photography: Coco Tran//Event Styling: Hailey Silver of Two Roads Event Co. // Floral Design: Thistle & Honey // Venue: Cafeteria 15L // Bride: Andrea of Tickled Pink  // Cake Design: Ettore’s European Bakery // Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang // Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Bridesmaid Gowns: Badgley Mischka  // Film: Alison Ryncarz // Photobooth: Giggle & Riot // Signage: Wedding Chalk Art // Linens: La Tavola

 

It’s a rainbow of fall foliage in this gorgeous shoot from Schon Photography. Filled with amazing earthy tones with pops of color, Fresh Designs Florist gives us some incredible inspiration with a cascading bouquet and bold centerpieces setting the foundations of the gemtones in the tablescape. We’re loving the classic bridal styling and the timeless calligraphy by The Lovely Scribe. The result is a beautiful elopement that doesn’t forget there’s a chill in the air, but is filled with a warm palette that evoking hot apple cider and pumpkin pie and it’s all captured beautifully by Schon Photography.

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Photographer: Schon Photography // Floral Design: Fresh Designs Florist // Calligraphy: The Lovely Scribe // Paper: Hudson Paperie // Venue: The Lake House Inn // Models: Taylor McKelvie + Joe Krajewski // Wedding Dress: Sweet Caroline Styles // Table: Holmespun Tables // Cake: Love Bites by Erika // Rentals: Modern Relics // Rings: Lauren Priori Jewelry // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Hairpiece: Stephanie Browne Australia // Veil: Erica Koesler // Hair and Makeup: Trina Sullivan // Ribbon: Silk & Willow // Candles: Creative Candles // Linens: Ashley Wren, hello, bird. // Menswear: Commonwealth Proper // Dress Boutique: Nicole Bridal // Color Film Processing: The Find Lab // Black and White Processing: Boutique Film Lab // Color  Film: Fuji 400H // Black and White Film: Ilford Delta 3200

 

 

We love when a couple picks a specific hue and does it to perfection. In the case of Amanda and Caleb’s fall wedding in Lake Geneva, red was the color and it’s done to perfection in both the stunning florals by Frontier Fowers of Fontana and in the bridal party’s red taffeta dress. The autumn landscape at the Lake Geneva Country Club is crisp and bright and we love the way the punchy palette stands out. Don’t miss all the depth in tones in the floral centerpieces—and THAT bridal bouquet!  The bride and groom chose Kristina Lorraine Photography to capture their celebration and have these beautiful images to show for it.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Ever since I was a little girl, my father and I had dreamed of having my wedding reception at the Lake Geneva Country Club. We loved the view of the water, and the understated beauty of the club. Our wedding cake was red velvet because I thought the deep red color was perfect for autumn, and also mirrored the bridesmaids’ dresses. The topper was two romantic figures dancing, who we liked to think resembled us!

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

It was challenging to pick a bridal shop for the dress! I had to fly in from Boston, and could only stay a weekend because of graduate studies. We decided on a small boutique in Chicago called Palazzo Bridal. Jane White had personally designed all the wedding dresses, and each one was delicate and beautiful. Her expertise and the feminine and intimate atmosphere she created led to the quintessential bridal experience. The gown I chose was covered in lace; this was surprising, since I had never imagined myself in lace! As many brides have wisely spoken, however,  “you know the one when you put it on.” It was slim-fitting with a high neckline, and the veil was sheer and simple.