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Maggie and Eli live in North Carolina, but celebrated their nuptials at at Eli’s family lake house in Michigan. 1928 Planning Co. designed the event which included details in a palette inspired by the scenery—berry-hues reflective of the vineyards and light blues that mirrored the serene colors of Lake Michigan. Invitations are by Sable and Gray, florals by Fresh Flowers by Anna and a cake by Sweet Mandy B. The couple loves the Danish concept of hygge (or coziness) and set out to incorporate the feeling into their day and we love that Kati Mallory Photo & Design captures it all so beautifully.

What made the wedding special and unique? 

Eli and I live in North Carolina but had our wedding in Michigan, which was very stressful at times. Even though our wedding had almost 200 people, I wanted everyone to feel like it was an intimate party, so that’s where the planning began. I was really inspired by the lush greenery in southwestern Michigan and my color palette closely mirrored the surroundings: the vineyard (berry, burgundy) and Lake Michigan (light blues). There is something so peaceful in this region of the country – slightly chilly in September but surrounded by farms, vineyards, and the clear blue water.

We said our vows at Eli’s family lake house – a place that is always open to friends and family and is very special to us. Eli’s dad and aunt made the chuppah themselves. The covering was made from a piece of fabric from both families – a hand-quilted blanket made my my great-grandmother and Eli’s tallit (prayer shawl), which was a gift his late grandfather brought Eli from Israel. It represented the two families joining as one, and also as a reminder of the love and presence of the special people who are no longer with us. We exchanged our handwritten vows while overlooking Lake Michigan, and to look out during our ceremony and see all of our favorite people sitting on our front lawn was very special and emotional for us.

My dog Humphrey, whom I rescued 7 years ago and has moved across the county several times with us, was our ring bearer and walked down the aisle in his tux. He was also featured on the invitations, menus, signature cocktail, and on goodie bags – he was like our own wedding crest!

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

I wore a dress by Vera Wang. I tried on what felt like a million gowns and nothing felt quite right! I came across a gown on Instagram and knew immediately it was meant for me!  I had already been to Vera Wang but went back to try it on and the staff was so helpful. I wanted to customize the dress to my exact vision, and their seamstress executed it perfectly.  The dress was classic, yet modern, and the beading and ornate belt gave it an extra “wow” factor.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

For the reception, I wanted it to be lit mostly by candlelight and filled with florals to give the night a cozy feel. We love the Danish concept of hygge (or coziness), and wanted to incorporate that feeling for our guests. I sourced almost every detail from incredible designers on Etsy and really enjoyed customizing several items.  One of my absolute favorite items were our place cards – each hand painted by Newly Scripted, and embedded in moss. Because I absolutely LOVE dessert, and I knew I wanted an entire dessert table with a non-traditional cake from my favorite bakery in Chicago, Sweet Mandy B’s. Eli & I lived in, met, and fell in love in Chicago, our pre-military home, and the dessert table was the perfect nod to our time there. Our cake was a banana cake with chocolate buttercream filling and vanilla buttercream frosting, and we also served cookies, cupcakes, and Sweet Mandy B’s famous rice crispy treats. They were to-die for! Another favorite unique touch for the reception were our koozies. Each side gave a nod to where we come from, with Eli’s side showing Illinois with “Congrats You Guys” and my side representing Arkansas (my home state) with “Congrats Y’all”.

Eli is an Army JAG Officer and we have many friends serving our country. Though we were sad some very close friends were deployed at the time, we were honored to have every branch of the military represented at our wedding.  Eli’s and my first dance was to “I Just Called to Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder, a song he sang to me when he joined the military and we lived apart.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

It’s impossible to pick a favorite moment from the wedding day, but walking into the reception tent and seeing all of the details I had worked hard on come together was so special. Not just because of the design elements with plenty of warm candlelight, tons of flowers, and heat lamps keeping it warm, but because it was a room full of all our favorite people filling it.  Best feeling ever!

Photography: Kati Mallory Photo & Design // Event Planning: 1928 Planning Co. // Invitations: Sable and Gray // Floral Design: Fresh Flowers by Anna // Wedding Dress: Vera Wang // Hair & Makeup: Reva Salon & Spa // Bride’s Shoes: Louboutin // Cake: Sweet Mandy B // Bridesmaid Dresses: Shona Joy // Groomsmen Attire: Generation Tux // Custom Signature Cocktail Signs: Rubi And Lib // Engraved Wine Barrel Head (Guest Book): Midwest Barrel Company // Calligraphy: Newly Scripted // Custom Signage: Rich Design Co. // Vow Books: The Ambrosia Rabbit // Catering: CK Catering // Band: String Theory // DJ: Style Matters DJs

 

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Courtney Pino of Loblolly Farm designed this editorial to highlight how couples can incorporate their cultural heritage into their event design. To celebrate a Mexican/American heritage, Courtney styled with bright colors and let her floral design take the lead. Seasonal, early summer blooms of dahlia, garden rose, peony, cosmos and zinnia, steal the show in their stunning bold, summer palette. Traditional patterns, prints and bold colors brought out the essence of the American Southwest and its Mexican influence. The vibrance of the terra-cotta orange with pops of rich blues stuns in the invitations byWith Wild and Grace and on the tabletop. Photographer Kim Branagan capture all the details (including some pretty fab bridal accessories) in these fun, film images.

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Kristin and Clement’s rural Maine wedding at Beech Hill Barn is filled with love, a lilac color palette and gorgeous details all under a white tent and surrounded by gorgeous summer scenery. It was important to the couple to celebrate Clement’s French heritage with nods to French wedding traditions like the croquembouche cake by Bear Brook Bakery. Other details designed by planner A Family Affair of Maine include wild flower florals by Snell Family Farm and industrial dining chairs for a pop of color. Lucky for us,  Jessie Felix Photography was on hand to capture it all in these super fun images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

One of the things that made the wedding unique was the blending of cultures. My husband is French and it was very important to him and his mother that we incorporate many of the customs of a traditional French wedding. It was very much a learning experience for all parties involved but it brought us all closer together and made the day truly special.

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

The Eloise dress by Sarah Seven was one of the first dresses that I tried on. It was at a boutique shop called Ceremony on Charles St in Boston. I loved the simplicity yet elegance of this dress. It was comfortable and lightweight – something that I could move in. Although I went with my bridesmaids to try on several more, I knew in the back of my mind that this dress could not be beaten!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My husband and I had photographs and stories from different places we have lived and traveled to. We wanted to add this special touch because a wedding is not an isolated event but represents a culmination of experiences that bring a couple to that day. Our guests enjoyed learning more about us and found these to be good ice breakers with other guests.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

There were so many memorable parts of the wedding day. The food was brilliant and the flowers were more perfect than anything I ever imagined. The one moment that will always stick with me, however, happened right after the ceremony. My husband and I escaped from the wedding to spend a few moments alone as a newly married couple. We went to a patio overlooking the beautiful Maine countryside. The weather was perfect. We were both so happy and without a care. All of the hard days planning for the wedding were behind us and now we could just enjoy, surrounded by close family and friends.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

My husband and I were introduced by mutual friends in our senior year at NYU. After graduating, we spent a year doing long distance. We finally made a decision to move to Oregon together when Clem got into a Ph.D. program at Oregon State University. Five years, one Ph.D., one Masters, and one cat later, Clem proposed at close to 7,000 ft elevation while we were on our way back from a hike at Mt. Shasta in California. Maybe it was the altitude or maybe it was love, but I said yes! The rest is history.

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Photography: Jessie Felix Photography // Planner & Design: A Family Affair of Maine // Florals: Snell Family Farm // Invitations: Clement Bommier Original // Venue: Beech Hill Barn // Dress: Sarah Seven // Shoes: Bella Belle // Rings: Tiffany & Co & Ravens Refuge // Cake + Desserts: Bear Brook Bakery // Beauty: Lux Salon // Tent: One Stop Event Rentals // Band: Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection // Officiant: Clair Winston-Wade // Bar: Maine Mixologist // Caterer: French Picnic Catering // DJ: Hicks Productions // Lighting: Griffin & Griffin // Menswear: The Tie Bar

 

This Georgian Blue editorial was set in the beautiful historic city of Bath, England. Georgian blue and silver tones complimented The Royal Crescent Hotel’s lavish and unique interiors and there was an emphasis on subtle opulence and contemporary detailing throughout the styling by Lily & Sage. Romantic white florals were by The Rose Shed, incandescent silver leaf hand-dyed silk ribbons were created for the shoot byLancaster & Cornish, calligraphy invitations designed by Victoria Krav, a textured ribbon-wrapped cake by Edible Essence and the bride wore a stunning gown Lee Petra Grebenau. The details are timeless it’s befitting that it’s all captured so beautifully on film by fine art photographer Alexander J Collins.

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Styling & Planning: Lily & Sage // Photography: Alexander J Collins // Flowers: The Rose Shed // Stationery: Victoria Krav // Location: The Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath // Dress Boutique: Morgan Davies Bridal // Dress Designer: Lee Petra Grebenau // Hair & Make Up: Marie Kelly of Lips & Locks // Table Linens & Napkins: Table To Dine For // Cake: Edible Essence // Ribbons: Lancaster & Cornish // Bridal Lingerie: Designed & Created by Nancy of Lily & Sage // Groom Attire: Mason & Sons // Rings: Grey-Harris & Co

 

Catie and Chris searched all over the state of Florida for a venue and ultimately chose the stunning Epping Forest Yacht Club for its elegant feel, old Florida charm, and sprawling English garden on the St. John’s River. The intimate celebration included an emotional ceremony in the estate’s lower gardens and a family-style dinner on the lawn overlooking the river. The decor was romantic with vintage elements including invitations by August and Osceola, calligraphy by Sydney Beth Designs and stunning florals by Tula Rose. The couple enlisted photographer Lisa Silva Photography to capture their day and she surely did in these stunning fine art film images.

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Photographer: Lisa Silva Photography // Second Photographer: Sarah Cebulski // Floral Design: Tula Rose // Invitations: August and Osceola // Venue: Epping Forest Yacht Club // Calligraphy: Sydney Beth Designs // Film Lab: The Goodman Film Lab // Wedding Gown: Pronovias // Dress Boutique: The White Magnolia Tampa // Makeup and Hair: Beyond a Salon // Suit: The Black Tux // Lighting and Rentals: Luxe Party Rentals // Music: Deron Baker, The Mix Duo // Officiant:  William Gillespie // Linens: Linen Lark