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Molly and Nathan hosted a bright and colorful wedding at Marquee from March Hare in Martinborough, New Zealand. We absolutely adore their chic and effortless style, and their love of color…which has such a great affect against the soft backdrop of the scenery and wardrobe. Very special thanks to Benjamin and Elise for sharing their gorgeous images with us!

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Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

What made the wedding special and unique?

Making our wedding unique was our main goal when we began planning our big day. We searched for a venue for months and were on the verge of giving up for a year or so when one of our best friends suggested we have a look at a property her parent’s owned in regional New Zealand. Luckily, it was perfect! Surrounded by rolling hills, and encased in vineyards, they owned a teeny tiny reconsecrated church perched on the top of a hill. We think the location of the wedding was what made it especially unique!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

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

I found my dress by absolute fate! I knew exactly what I wanted but couldn’t find it anywhere. One of my beautiful friends was studying design at university in Dunedin and was helping me find something. Perchance one of her fellow students designed and made the dress of my dreams for her own personal final collection at Fashion School. The dress was perfect and just what I was looking for!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

What were some touches added to make it personal?

Every single detail represented Nathan and I perfectly. That was the fun part; organizing a day that was all about us, as individuals as well as a couple. Styling and decorating our venue was one of our favourite parts of organizing our wedding. Nathan and I have very similar style and tastes so it was lots of fun putting our ideas together and making them a reality. We decided we would try our hardest to make every one of our ideas a reality, which meant a lot of planning as well as a number of logistical nightmares, but we did it! We bought most of our decorations while we were in South East Asia and had them shipped to NZ including the lightshades over the trestle tables, metres and metres of plain coloured bunting and 4 kilometres (2.5 miles!) of ribbon that we used to make the ribbon wall behind the head table. Nathan’s 94 year old grandmother sewed 250 metres of bunting from old material she had collected, the bunting is something that will stay in our family forever and means so much to us. She and Nathan’s mum also grew all of the flowers that lined the trestle tables and decorated the church. Before we moved from New Zealand we spent every weekend for months going to garage sales and op shops collecting old bottles, and we were lucky enough to find a couple who were selling their 500 piece collection of antique pharmaceutical and milk bottles. All of the love and work that was put into every aspect of the wedding made it personal!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

Wedding Blog New Zealand Colors!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Wow, there were so many memorable moments! Little memories are still popping into our heads as the days go by. We stayed at our wedding with some of our closest friends and family until just before the sun came up, and had to walk the 3 kilometres home (just under 2 miles), and during our walk reality hit us; we realized that we had just pulled off a wedding in a paddock that had no electricity, running water or toilets. That was a very special and rewarding moment.

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Tell us how you met/proposed!

We met through mutual friends while we were both studying at Victoria University, in Wellington, in 2008. Nathan proposed while we were sailing down the coast of Thailand with Molly’s parents. He proposed on a small beach on the island Ko Phayam. It was casual and sweet, we do don’t romantics very well!

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Vendors: Photography: Benjamin and Elise // Ceremony Venue: Private property in Martinborough // Reception Venue: Marquee from March Hare // Florist: Moonflower // Caterer: Nosh // Wedding Invitations: iDear // Bride’s Dress: Lydia Jane Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Jellybean Jellies // Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos // Groom’s Suit and Shoes: Hugo Boss // Groom’s Tie: Three Wise Men // Wedding Cake: Go Cake Yourself “>Wedding Rings: MDT Design // Band: The Dufraines // Makeup: Hannah Wile from Made Up // Hair: Erin Tijsen from Glory // Celebrant: Bill Logan

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This little styled anniversary session took place on a gorgeous Spring morning in the Presidio in San Francisco.  Photographer Rebecca Yale found a little Secret (wild!) Garden spot in the park that felt straight out of a fairy tale and photographed as the sun broke through the clouds and illuminated the morning.  The bride and groom, Deborah and Jake, had an intimate wedding where she wore orange, so for this shoot they decided to go all out with a gorgeous ball gown and a dashing tux to match.

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Wedding Blog Wild Garden Anniversary

Wedding Blog Wild Garden Anniversary

Wedding Blog Wild Garden Anniversary

“Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world,” he said wisely one day, “but people don’t know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen.” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Wedding Blog Wild Garden Anniversary

Wedding Blog Wild Garden Anniversary

Wedding Blog Wild Garden Anniversary

Wedding Blog Wild Garden Anniversary

Wedding Blog Wild Garden Anniversary

 Vendors: Photography: Rebecca Yale // Florals: Natalie Bowen Designs // Stationary: Rifle Paper Co. // Jeweled Headpiece: Monique Lhullier // Earrings: Chanel // Gown: Theia // Belt: Badgley Mischka // Tux: Dolce and Gabbana // Flower Crowns: Serenity Crystal // Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

Bea and Jeff were married at one of our all time favorite venues ever–Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. Le sigh. Everything is just so lovely. Their absolutely beautifuil day included family cultural traditions, unique DIY details, Brazilian jazz during cocktail hour, and a few more traditions you are bound to love, so be sure to read Bea’s story along with the gorg photos by Sera Petras.

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What made the wedding special and unique?
We spent a long time thinking about and visiting venues in our current city, Brooklyn, as well as in my home town of Charlottesville, VA; we even flirted with the idea of a tropical destination. However, once we visited Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in Charlottesville, we couldn’t settle on having the wedding anywhere else. The sweeping Blue Ridge mountain view, delicious food, and elegant reception area were perfect. Even though we ended up having the wedding in the semi destination of Charlottesville, we were thrilled to have so many friends and family travel from all over the world to celebrate with us, joining us from South America, the South West, and the North East.

One thing that was important to me was to make sure to incorporate my family’s cultural traditions from Brazil throughout the day. For example, we found an AMAZING local bossa nova band (Quatro na Bossa) who filled the summer air with classic Brazilian jazz during the cocktail and dinner. Our minister, my husband’s childhood pastor and who traveled from Connecticut to officiate the ceremony, was kind enough to learn a few Portuguese phrases so that my non-English speaking family could understand some of the ceremony. Additionally, rather than the American tradition of “his vs. hers” bridesmaids and groomsman, we used the Latin American tradition of Padrinhos as the bridal party. We chose 6 married couples, our friends and family members whose marriages we look up to, to stand with us and provide blessings. Lastly, my mom, aunt and grandmother meticulously baked 500 varied truffles (docinhos) made from chocolate, coconut, peanut, and walnut, a tradition no Brazilian celebration would go without.

Wedding Blog Bea and Jeffs Pippin Hill Wedding

Wedding Blog Bea and Jeffs Pippin Hill Wedding

Wedding Blog Bea and Jeffs Pippin Hill Wedding

Wedding Blog Bea and Jeffs Pippin Hill Wedding

Wedding Blog Bea and Jeffs Pippin Hill Wedding

Tell us about your gown and where/how you found it!
When I started on my gown hunt I was on a mission to find a cap-sleeve, fitted, lace dress. After a very long search, I was finally convinced by my dear friends to try on this beautiful Elizabeth Dye gown (Tempest) at Lovely Bridal in NYC. I fell in love with it’s romantic simplicity. It’s subtle two-tones (top is white while the skirt off-white) made me feel like it was just enough of a non-traditional look for me.

Wedding Blog Bea and Jeffs Pippin Hill Wedding

What were some touches added to make it personal?
We had many talented friends and family contribute to DIY details that made our wedding very personal and one of a kind. Our friend, and bridesmaid, made the bridesmaids clutches that we used in place of bouquets. We had a fun time shopping for the leather and hardware in NYC’s garment district a few months before the wedding. Since the girls wore their own choice of dress, the matching clutches helped to add some cohesion to their looks while still giving them the flexibility of being comfortable in their own choice of style. My 88 year old Great Aunt lovingly hand stitched my veil and also made the sweet flower girl headpiece. Though she couldn’t make the trip from Brazil, it was fun to share Sera Petra’s beautiful photos with her.

My husband, the architect, is definitely the more creative and crafty between the two of us and he played a much larger role in the details than most grooms do. He really stepped it up by making our gorgeous welcome sign, by pulling together the salvaged windows listing our guests’ table assignments which we surrounded with photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days, and by creating our awesome vintage-style post card table markers featuring places we visited or lived together as a couple.

Finally, though not a DIY project, I was so honored to have two meaningful “something borroweds:” I wore my paternal grandmother’s vintage earrings and my maternal grandmother’s antique necklace – the same one she wore on her wedding day 67 years earlier!

Wedding Blog Bea and Jeffs Pippin Hill Wedding

Wedding Blog Bea and Jeffs Pippin Hill Wedding

Wedding Blog Bea and Jeffs Pippin Hill Wedding


What was the most memorable part of the day?
By far the most memorable part of the wedding day was when the dark storm clouds starting rolling in, in the middle of our outdoor, un-tented ceremony. I think all our guests were anxious for the pastor to wrap things up when without a minute to spare, the rain came down just as we were pronounced and kissed! Our much rehearsed exit the day before went by the way side and everyone ran for cover. The clouds and rain made for some fun photos as well as heat and comic relief. And of course a little rain on your wedding day is always seen as good luck!

Wedding Blog Bea and Jeffs Pippin Hill Wedding

Wedding Blog Bea and Jeffs Pippin Hill Wedding

Wedding Blog Bea and Jeffs Pippin Hill Wedding


Tell us how you met/proposed!
We met on a blind date at a cozy Turkish Wine bar on a Tuesday evening in Union Square, NY where he very sweetly brought me back to 4 years later the day before Valentine’s day (again a Tuesday night) to propose.

Wedding Blog Bea and Jeffs Pippin Hill Wedding

Vendors: Photography Sera Petras // Hair + Makeup: Virginia Glenn // Flowers: Verde // Venue: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards // Dress: Elizabeth Dye via Lovely Bridal shop // Shoes: J.Crew // Grooms suit & shoes: Paul Smith // Bridesmaids clutches: Sofia Fima // Cake: Chandlers // Music: Quatro Na Bossa 

Katie and Patrick planned the quintessential Nantucket wedding and brought together all their family and friends for a getaway weekend full of music, sunsets, and plenty of sun and sand! We can’t get enough of Katie’s Monique Lhuillier gown, which is pretty much absolute perfection gliding along the beach! Very special thanks to photographer Brea McDonald for sharing her work with us!

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What made the wedding special and unique?
We felt blessed to be able to spend the entire weekend with our guests in such a special place. It was so important to us that our guests have a great weekend and we couldn’t think of a better place to bring together our friends and family. We knew some of our guests would be traveling far to come to our wedding and we wanted to bring them together in a place that was special to us. Nantucket was a place where we knew we could create great memories with our guests.
What were some touches added to make it personal?
We asked Sarah Swain if she would play at our wedding after hearing her play many times at one of our favorite places on the Cape, the Harvest Gallery Wine Bar. Music is important to us and we wanted to have a band that reflected that – we have enjoyed listening to Sarah many times and we loved having the opportunity to share that with our friends and family.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
When everyone ran out to watch the sunset we had a moment when we were able to look around and at each other and take in how beautiful everything looked. We felt so lucky to have everyone together that day. It was such a beautiful day to be on the beach and we had a perfect gorgeous sunset to take us into the evening.
Tell us how you met/proposed!

Pat proposed on a trip to LA taking me completely by surprise!

Wedding Blog Katie and Patricks Nantucket Wedding

Vendors: Photography: Brea McDonald Photoraphy // Wedding Coordinator: Unique Nantucket // Venue: Galley Beach // Band: Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys // Florist: Soiree Floral // Paper Products: Designed by Bride & Groom // Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Shoes: Gianvito Rossi // Bridesmaids: J.Crew // Grooms attire: Bonobos (Suit), Drake’s (Bow tie) // Groomsman’s attire: Bonobos (Suits), Barneys (Bow ties) // Favors: Baggu welcome bags designed by Bride & Groom // Hair and Makeup: Darya Salon // Rehearsal Dinner: Straight Wharf // Any other details: Wedding signs designed by Bride’s mother

We had SOOOO much fun last month partying with the Bash Please at the recent Cream Event in LA at the Book Bindery. So many talented vendors came together to show of their skills and throw a crazy fabulous party!!! Get ready, because there’s so much good stuff!!! To see more photos, check out Green Wedding Shoes, 100 Layer Cake, and Wedding Chicks!

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Wedding Blog The Cream Event

Wedding Blog The Cream Event

Wedding Blog The Cream Event

Wedding Blog The Cream Event

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Wedding Blog The Cream Event

Wedding Blog The Cream Event

Wedding Blog The Cream Event

Wedding Blog The Cream Event

Wedding Blog The Cream Event

Wedding Blog The Cream Event

Wedding Blog The Cream Event

Wedding Blog The Cream Event

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Wedding Blog The Cream Event

Wedding Blog The Cream Event

Wedding Blog The Cream Event

Wedding Blog The Cream Event

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Wedding Blog The Cream Event

Wedding Blog The Cream Event

Wedding Blog The Cream Event

Wedding Blog The Cream Event

Wedding Blog The Cream Event

Wedding Blog The Cream Event

event by: Bash Please // venue: Book Bindery Los Angeles, California // designers + planners: Sitting in A Tree DesignSweet Emilia JaneWINK! WeddingsA Charming OccasionPow Wow Shelter Co. // florists: Siren Floral Co.Sweet Marie DesignsEllamahBotany FlowersHoney and PoppiesBrown Paper DesignShotgun Floral StudioYasmine Floral Design // music: ÉLAN ARTISTS entertainmentThe Flashdance // photography: Max & FriendsAnnie McElwainTeam WoodnoteLauren Scottionelove photography // videography: Caravan Cinema Co.SharkpigEllay Films // bar/drinks: PharmacieLudlows Cocktail Co.ONEHOPE Wines // cakes + sweets: Sprinkles CupcakesSweet Lucie’s Organic Ice CreamBon PufCoolhausSweet and Saucy Shop // paper goods: Bliss & BoneUrbanic Paper BoutiqueAnne Robin Calligraphy // accessories + dress + beauty: Amanda Judge I Untamed PetalsLovely BrideOlive & JunebareMinerals // catering: Little NellyPaella ProjectHungry Bear CateringRoom FortyKogi BBQ Truck // photobooths: Flipbooth LAThe Magnolia Photo Booth Co.SmileboothInstaPartyBox // misc: The Nestdrop it MODERNBeach Cities Bag TossMr. & Mrs. SmithSquarespaceYeah! WeddingsDovetail LogisticsThe Venue ReportPacific Weddings // rentals: Dish WishYeah! RentalsFound Vintage RentalsClassic Party Rentals Borrowed BluLa Tavola Fine Linens // blogs: Grey Likes WeddingsGreen Wedding Shoes100 Layer CakeThe Wedding Chicks // lighting: The Lighter Side