Maggie Sottero, you’ve just bowled me over. The search can end here. It’s just too lovely. But then, of course, there’s the veil. Which has gone and made matters much worse. But it doesn’t stop there because the getaway car is altogether perfection. With all the little details that add up in between, this wedding is an absolute favorite of my mine for this spring. Which brings me to the killer photographer behind it all: Justin DeMutiis. He’s really making it all look as editorial as possible. Jessica and Derek are such a gorgeous couple…so I think they might have made it just a bit easier on Justin.
It wouldn’t be just if we didn’t tip our hats (in a rather generous sway) to the creative talent that is responsible for all of today’s eye candy: Burkle Events. Many more lovely vendors to check out below.
Lacy and Mark were married in an intimate early evening ceremony held at the Chouse in Norman, Oklahoma. The Chouse is now a privately owned home, but was originally the St. Thomas More University Parish attended by the groom as a boy. The highlight of the ceremony was the giving of rings, when the groom surprised the bride by presenting her with a beautiful and unexpected pear shaped diamond ring in addition to her channel set engagement band that she had intended to wear as her wedding ring. Not a dry eye in the house and an audible gasp from the bride!
Lindsay, of Gibson Events and the bride Lacy worked together to design the reception in a working greenhouse. Guests were welcomed down a lantern lit path into the greenhouse. A labyrinth like space that was filled to the brim with nooks and crannies of fountains, Koi ponds and romantic seating areas where guests could almost slip away unnoticed. Of the approximately 5,000 square feet of indoor space only about 40% was usable for guest seating, food/bar service and dancing. With a little ingenuity Lindsay and the vendor team made use of every available space! “The magical feeling was palpable,” said their photographer, Aaron Snow.
I had been introduced to Lindsay Gibson previously and knew I wanted her to be the director guiding our vision. Before meeting with her I looked on her blog and fell for a small scale promotional photo shoot she had done at an awesome old Greenhouse in Oklahoma City. Our meeting was simple, I showed her the pictures and said, “please make this happen for us.” We quickly began brainstorming over venues that would serve as our inspiration. After a trip to the Greenhouse in Norman, Lindsay’s wheels began spinning and soon she had us convinced. Lindsay pulled together vendors and resources from previous associations.
What was your most memorable part of the day?
Mark arranged a breakfast for all the women in both families on the morning of the wedding. It was the perfect calming and peaceful experience I needed before the busyness of the day set in.
Lindsay and our photographer, Aaron, arranged for us to do our first look at the Greenhouse so that we could see it before the guests arrived and because it was an amazing backdrop for photos with not an ugly view in sight! I was so nervous and second guessing the idea of slipping into my gown in the back room of a garden center, but the moment Mark turned around and I saw his reaction I thought, “Yes, this is right, this is awesome, this is exactly what we wanted, now let’s have a party!”.
What are some personal details you added to make the wedding unique?
Tons of heirlooms, including: The flower girl basket — same basket used at my parent’s wedding, handkerchief I carried–my grandmother’s “something old”, I wore my Grandmother’s wedding ring for “something borrowed”, and the earrings my parent’s gave me were my “something new”.
How did you meet and become engaged?
Our story starts in 2007 when I was an intern at the company that Mark worked for. As we reflect on our history together he shares how he was really impressed with my passion, enthusiasm, commitment, and drive to the job. Immediately after my internship I went abroad and studied in Italy. Due to the connection we made I frequently contacted Mark while overseas to share my experiences. When I came back to the United States I started working for the same company that Mark worked for in 2009. Within a year Mark decided to take a chance and ask me out on a date. I refused at first. However that did not diffuse Mark’s feelings he had developed for me. After a month of persistent romantic gestures I agreed to go on a date with him. We went to Othello’s in Norman and what I thought would be a quick dinner turned into a three hour intimate conversation. After that dinner Mark and I were inseparable. Before knew it the first chapter of our love story lasted 3 years. Mark proposed to me on the anniversary of our first date on a surprise trip to New York City. It wasn’t long before we settled on a wedding date and began the planning.
We love love love a blush wedding gown, and Anneliese’s Maggie Sottero gown is no exception. The light color is a perfect match for Anneliese and Cory’s sandy sunset vows–all the soft hues are total pastel perfection. Very special thanks to Red Fly Studio for sending us such dreamy images.
Kendel and Ben’s wedding, shot by Jenn Stark Photographers has really got me in the mood for fall! Their rustic diy wedding was completely handmade, from top to bottom, and you can really the see the love they poured into their special day. I really can’t get over those bouquets though…STUNNING!
Vendor Details:Photographers: Jenn & Dave Stark of JENN STARK PHOTOGRAPHERS | Flowers: Bella’s Floral Boutique | Reception Venue: Ball’s Falls Conservation Area, near Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada | Kendel’s Dress: Maggie Sottero, Camden StyleKendel’s accessories: Handmade by the bride | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Handmade by a friend | Cake: Made by a friend | All paper goods (invitations, save the dates, escort cards, etc.): Designed and handmade by the bride
There is so much to love about Merinda and Ben’s wedding…the flowers, the relaxed Martha’s Vineyard setting, the bride’s big poofy veil (I LOVE short poofy veils…I mean…let me prove it to you!). But what’s absolutely the most amazing thing is that the bride’s dress–that total stunner of a gown–was made by her mother! You can read all about the story below! Very special thanks to Fat Orange Cat Studio for sending over this East Coast knock out.
We were so happy that we chose to have our wedding on Martha’s Vineyard. Ben and I spent a lot of time in Martha’s Vineyard since we met and we kept throwing the idea in the mix, but it would get tossed aside because of logistics. One day we decided that we were just going to take weekend trip there, meet with vendors and see where it brought us. As with every other trip there, as soon as we stepped off the ferry, we just felt so relaxed and knew that is how we wanted to feel on our wedding day. Most of our family came down the week before the wedding so it was just really great to get to spend extra time with all the people closest to us before the actual wedding day. None of it would have been possible without their help and we can’t thank everyone enough for being there with us! We really wanted something different and non-traditional. We couldn’t have been happier that we chose to get married in Edgartown!
My favorite moment of the day was our “first look”. My dad and I went out on his boat for a spin around the harbor and Ben met us at the dock. My dad and I got to have a nice talk and the boat ride totally relaxed me. Then, seeing Ben standing at the end of the dock just made my day!
A lot of our elements were DIY, I hand letter pressed our save the dates, my brother and grandmother made our cake toppers, and we enlisted our friends to help with our favors, but the biggest and most memorable was my dress. My mom made my dress! When we started dress shopping, I was looking at pretty simple dresses and my mom would joke “I could make that”. So one day as I was looking through blogs I saw a dress that I loved and sent it to my mom (completely as a joke, because it looked way too hard to make) and said “think you could make this?” and she said, “sure, why not?” I laughed, but she wasn’t kidding! She had to make a few mock ups with different fabrics until I found one I liked, but throughout the whole process my mom remained relaxed and calm (even when I decided to move 3000 miles away from her before the dress was complete) and that’s how I ended up with the best dress ever!!