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Ali married Drew and his beautiful son Jack in an intimate ceremony at a vintage South Carolina inn, along the ocean. According to 3E8 Photography there wasn’t a dry eye at Pawleys Pelican Inn when the couple professed their vows. Ali, a design graduate, had a specific vision for the couple’s day and enlisted the help of planner Smells Like Peonies Events to execute her vision. The details include dusty-hued florals by Willow Event Designs that are a total embodiment of the wedding aesthetic—relaxed romance with subtle vintage boho vibes. Illustration and stationery design were by the bride and a show-piece cake was by Incredible Edible Cakes. The reainy day was punctuated by a break in the clouds for a spectacular sunset and 3E8 Photography captured it along with all the moments of the day in these images.

What made the wedding special and unique? 

From the photographer-  All of the details were designed and styled by Ali, executed by a WONDERFUL wedding coordinator, and came together like a fine art masterpiece. She married Drew and his beautiful son Jack in an intimate ceremony at a vintage South Carolina Inn, along the ocean. They wrote their own vows and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. It rained for most of the day, but the sun broke in the evening to reveal one of the most intense sunsets I have ever seen! The venue was a personal favorite of mine. It was a vintage inn on Pawley’s Island South Carolina. The venue featured original, beautifully worn-in wooden floors and a wrap around porch that was so quintessentially southern. Everything about the wedding exuded charm and intimacy, providing the perfect platform for the showcasing of love and celebrating with the closest of friends and family.

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

From the bride- The dress I got from Tie The Knot Bridal Couture Collections in Naples, FL. As a designer I was very hesitant to go into a bridal store and have to work with someone who pulls gowns for you. However, I was also nervous to purchase anything online for fear of return policies, etc. Time was ticking and I made an appointment last minute when visiting my mom in Naples. She wasn’t able to be with my sister when she picked her wedding dress so I knew it would make her happy to have an appointment she could be at. The girl that ran the shop understood my style from the few pictures I showed her and I ended up falling in love with the 3rd dress I tried on. I actually picked it more for my fiance than I did for me. It showed more curves than I am used to showing but I knew it was flattering and he would like it on me. I loved the back of the dress and felt very romantic in it. My mom loved it as well which sealed the deal.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

From the bride – Every detail was crucial in helping us achieve the aesthetic and vibe that we were striving for. Brian was on board from the start and super supportive of our vision. He understood that we not only wanted him to come and take photos of us and our family, we wanted him to capture the entire feeling of ‘our day’. Brian not only delivered what we had wanted, he went above and beyond my highest expectations. I was up the night before the wedding working on the set-up details, things that I thought of last minute that I didn’t get a chance to tell Brian about beforehand. However, when we received our pictures after the wedding I saw that Brian could see it all without me having to point anything out. His eye for detail is excellent. Brian captured the mood, the details, the emotion, our friends, and our family perfectly.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

From the photographer – The most memorable parts of the day, for me, occurred at the very beginning and very end of the wedding. I walked into a venue that I had never before photographed, with a bride that I had only had the chance to speak to on the phone. What I was greeted with was something so beautiful, so quaint, and so vintage charming that I can only hope to return to that venue again and work with more brides whose lives are entrenched in the arts. Being trusted to capture something that was so personal to someone was a wonderful privilege for me. Well, I lied. I have another favorite part of the day – the vows. The vows were handwritten and just beautiful to witness. I teared up behind camera and was overcome with the emotion, practically spilling from the tiny room in which the ceremony took place. It was beautiful. Lastly, the sunset. It was cloudy and rainy all day, but the sun peaked through the clouds right toward the end of toasts, basking the venue in this intense, golden glow. I quickly stole the couple out for some sunset portraits and they became my favorite shots of the day.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

From the Bride – I met Drew when my sister, Katie, began dating his brother, Anthony (they are now married). Katie and I lived together in NYC and Anthony was living abroad in London at the time. Whenever Anthony made it to NYC, Drew would take the opportunity to see his brother and visit as well. We got to spend some time together and quickly our relationship turned romantic. After two years of long distance, I moved to Pittsburgh to be with Drew and his son Jack. Drew proposed a little less than a year later. He got down on one knee at the same time as The Bachelor in the final episode. I thought he was mocking the show, as he often does, and didn’t take him seriously until I saw the ring!

Photography: 3E8 Photography // Event Planning: Smells Like Peonies Events // Florals: Willow Event Designs // Invitations: Bride // Venue: Pawleys Pelican Inn // Dress Boutique: Tie the Knot Bridal // Dress: Willowby by Watters // Cake: Incredible Edible Cakes // DJ: Bunn DJ Company // Catering: Care Free Catering // Rentals: Event Haus Rentals

 

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Robyn Skinner Photography led the team in creating this editorial styled shoot at Harvest Hollow Venue and Farm to inspire the modern bride with a touch of Southern charm. The creatives curated mid-century modern elements with fine art details to create a tangible, timeless, and relatable romance. The color palette was selected from an old renaissance painting: maroon, eucalyptus, and antique ivory hues was brought to life by Old Frond Floral Co. in the stunning winter-perfection bouquet and large, organic arrangements. Soft, relaxed textures and natural elements like the barn wood table and velvet sofa added to the elegant scene in a cozy, farm-style venue and the entire look fell so on-point in this winter season.

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Photo: Robyn Skinner Photography // Florals: Old Frond Floral Co. // Stationery: Sealed Shop // Venue: Harvest Hollow Venue and Farm // Dress/Veil: White Dresses Boutique // Dress Designer: Lea-Ann Belter // Veil Designer: Toni Federici // Makeup + Hair: Makeup by HJ // Jewelry: Loletta’s // Jewelry Designer: Sorrelli // Cake: Smallcakes // Large Rentals: Props and Palettes // Small Rentals: Decorous Dishes

 

San Francisco couple, Jenny and Brendan, chose to get married in Roscommon, Ireland at Carrowroe House, the bride’s family’s home in the town where her father grew up. With over 220 guests–more than half traveling from the US–the couple’s goal was to make every moment feel like a special experience. They enlisted House of Hannah to make it happen with the help of florist The Garden and the stunning grounds of the 200-year old estate. The day even included a rainbow—a good luck charm of the Irish—how perfect?! Check out all the details in these beautiful images by Christina Brosnan.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Brendan and I chose to get married in Roscommon, Ireland at Carrowroe House, my family’s home in the town where my dad grew up. Carrowroe House is a 200-year old Georgian estate that has been beautifully restored to its original glory over the past 10 years. We held the ceremony in the property’s walled garden, then welcomed our guests into our home for the cocktail hour, followed by the dinner reception in a clear marquee.

Growing up, I spent many summers in Roscommon and am very close to my Irish relatives. Brendan and I had visited Ireland a few times together and we just knew that choosing to get married there was the right place for us as it held a special place in our hearts. Planning the wedding was a family affair – led by our talented wedding planner and stylist, Lindsay King at House of Hannah Events, Jenny and Brendan were hands on from afar, while also leaning on my sister, aunts, uncles, cousins for help on the ground in Ireland!

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

As soon as we got engaged and decided (quickly) on our venue, I began thinking about my wedding dress. The first place I visited was Loho Bride in San Francisco, a boutique bridal studio owned by my friend Christy Baird. With our wedding setting in mind – garden style yet with unpredictable weather – I initially was looking for a long sleeve gown. However, as soon as I tried on Lihi Hod’s silk crepe skirt with delicate and embellished cap sleeve top, I feel in love with its silhouette and level of detail. I not only felt confident, comfortable yet sexy and totally like myself, but it felt timeless, chic and a design that complemented the style and vision for our wedding.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

As a couple, our favorite thing to do is to entertain and host friends in our home – so our wedding in Ireland wasn’t any different – just on a much bigger scale! We had over 220 guests attend the wedding – more than half traveling from the US – so our goal was to make every moment feel like a special experience for our guests. We held a number of events the week of our wedding – from Welcome Drinks Reception to a Day After BBQ.

-Though we had a large wedding, we opted to have small wedding parties – my sister, Julie as Maid of Honor and Brendan’s brother, Dustin as Best Man.

-For wedding favors, we surprised guests with scratch off lottery tickets at each table setting as well as made in-kind donations to a local charity.

-The cocktail hour featured two signature His & Her Cocktails.

-In lieu of a wedding cake, we had an Irish Coffee Bar with Petit Fours.

-Guests wrote well-wishes for us on hanging tags that were placed on a “Wishing Tree” that was then planted in the garden where we wed.

-Van Morrison’s Crazy Love was our first dance – and on our first wedding anniversary Brendan bought us tickets to see him play next month!

-The dance floor was full of Irish jigs – one of my favorite pastimes!

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

For me, walking down the aisle with my dad was one of the most memorable parts of the day.  It was such an overwhelming feeling – a culmination of so many things – the support of my dad and how proud I am to be his daughter, how grateful I am for all the wonderful people in our life, the beauty of our surroundings and of course the commitment I was about to make to the love of my life!

There was a large downpour of rain halfway through our ceremony (thankfully, we opted for a ceremony marquee!) which later led to the most beautiful rainbow – a good luck charm in the Irish tradition and a feeling I will take away with me for the rest of my life.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Brendan and I met through mutual friends in San Francisco and were friends for a few years before going on our first date. After about 3 years of dating, Brendan proposed in September 2016 on the cliffs overlooking Laguna Beach, one of our favorite spots, a place we frequented often when visiting Brendan’s family in Orange County. We were married less than a year later in September 2017.

Photographer: Christina Brosnan // Styling/Planning/Invitations: House of Hannah // Flowers: The Garden // Venue: Carrowroe House // Videographer: Cinematic Tide // Dress: Lihi Hod // Dress Shop:  Loho Bride // Catering: Eunice Power // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Albert Court Ranch is  dotted with a splendor of horses, white picket fences and magnificent architecture. Bliss Events aimed to accentuate the ranch’s rustic flair, while adding contemporary and romantic tones into the design of this romantic inspiration shoot. Modern twists on old trends keep things fresh and include vibrant berry-hued florals by Isari Flower Studio, an eclectic stationery suite by Brightly Designed and a trio of gorgeous cakes by Sweet CheeksJessica Jaccarino Photography was on hand to capture all the details and we’re thrilled to share he fine art images with you today!

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Photographer: Jessica Jaccarino Photography // Coordinator: Bliss Events // Floral Design: Isari Flower Studio // Paper Goods: Brightly Designed // Venue: Albert Court Ranch // Videographer: Anthology Films // Cakes: Sweet Cheeks // Hair Stylist: Clairestyle // Makeup Artist: Beauty Bespoken // Bridal Dresses: HKLES Bridal // Guys Attire: Jos A Bank / The Black Tux // Bar Company: Please & Thank You Liquor Bar // Rentals: Archive Rentals // Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

 

Grandeur in Melbourne is what today’s real wedding is all about. Bride Emily Simms (yep—of The Bachelor fame!) enlisted the help of some fabulous vendors to pour all the drama into the details of her glam wedding to groom Pierre. Graphic, rose-centric floral arrangements by Foxy Evergreen flanked the ceremony at Melbourne Town Hall followed by all the antique glitz of their reception at The George Ballroom. Laser-cut invitations by Bwedding Invitations introduced the glam that flowed through all the details including the bridal party in all white and a show-stopping Nikos Cakes creation. Lucky for us, Ateia was on hand to capture all the details and the special moments of the day in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

As we only got engaged in February, and our wedding was August, we decided on things very quickly. The style I went with, was glamorous and a sort of antique feel. Our ceremony was on the balcony of the Melbourne Town Hall. I loved the columns, and I found it in keeping with the style of The George Ballroom. I really wanted everything to flow nicely.

I suppose the only thing considered unusual was that our wedding was very bittersweet for us. My beautiful older brother had taken his own life only 3 weeks prior to our wedding, so it was incredibly difficult, and when it first happened, I couldn’t even comprehend the thought of a wedding. But I like to think he was there, shining down on us. It was also the only day that week of really beautiful weather (for the middle of August!), and I like to think that was Michael’s doing.

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

My gown was designed and made by Tanya Didenko Bridal Couture. I have dealt with Tanya for 3 years now. She has made me some stunning dresses to wear to various events over the past few years, so it was a no-brainer that I would go to her for my wedding dress. I never tried on any wedding dress at all. I went to her with photos of different designs that I liked, and took inspiration from each of them. She knows me quite well now, knows my body shape and knows my style, so it all worked really well.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We chose the 3-tier cake, mostly because Nikos suggested that because both Pierre and I are quite tall. I wasn’t sure what difference it made, but it did look great! We had a white rendered cake, with gold foil on the bottom and top tier.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The highlight of the day was definitely when we first saw each other down the aisle, and walking down the aisle with my dear old dad. It was a beautiful moment, and one I will never forget.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Pierre and I first met at Pontoon, a trendy bar on St Kilda beach (the old Riva). I went there with my friend Anna (one of my bridesmaids), and as soon as we walked in, she said, “oh there’s my friend Pierre at the bar!” Turns out she used to be very good friends with a girl that dated Pierre for 2 years, about 9 years ago.

Pierre’s birthday is the 14th of February, Valentine’s Day, and I had arranged to take him out for dinner at The George on Collins. He suggested we get a nice photo out the front before we go in. So, we asked a nice passerby if they could please take a photo for us. He then turned to me and proposed. The lady taking our photo switched it to video mode, so we have both photos and videos of the gorgeous moment.

Photography: Ateia // Styling: Giant Invitations // Wedding Invitations: Bwedding Invitations // Florist: Foxy Evergreen // Wedding Ceremony: Melbourne Town Hall // Reception: The George Ballroom // Emily’s Dress and Veil: Tanya Didenko // Videography: C2 Films // Welcome Sign/Event Printing: Inktank Printing // Cake: Nikos Cakes // Graphic Design: Catsy Creative // On the Day Stationery: Adorn Invitations // Emily’s Robe: Home Bodii // Hair: Rachel Vitullo // Makeup: Bec and Anna Amelia Webb // Emily Makeup: Emily // Lashes: (Emily) Melb Lashes // Skin Prep: (Emily) Clinicalase // Tan: (Emily) Le Tan // Bridesmaid Dresses: Love Honor // Shoes & Headpiece: Jeanette Maree // Earrings: Shannakian Fine Jewellery // Cutlery: Gold Cutlery Hire // Napkins: Di Simmons // Suits: Remy // Bride: Emily Simms // Singer/Entertainment: Main Entertainment // Cars: Triple R