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Jessica and Michael were married on the historic grounds of a family estate in upstate New York. In a setting that offered a traditional elegance, the couple, along with event planner Bridget Williams, infused their day with fresh, personalized details. From the bride’s blush gown, to the gorgeous, punchy colors of the interiors to the tent filled with incredible, soft and fluffy floral structures by Evergreen Floral, the details are bold, romantic and totally fun. High Five For Love was behind the lens to create these gorgeous images we know you’ll enjoy as much as we do!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Being at a family property was a dream of Michael and Jessica’s and was one of the main attributing factors to what made their day so special. From the time of pictures to the ceremony, their day was surrounded by their family.

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

The wedding gown was nothing of what I pictured I’d wear but when I tried it on, I just knew I wouldn’t find anything else like it. It was soft and feminine but a definite statement. The blush color was a shock to everyone, but added such a touch of my personality to the look. It ended up being more beautiful than I could have imagined.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

Favorite special details: Olive oil was shipped in from the family’s orchard in Italy for the wedding favors. All of the branding was custom. Impromptu photo session with a black and white umbrella which quickly became some of couple’s favorite photos. Late night local taco truck. String quartet who made their version of “Wild Heart” by the Bleachers for the song the bride walked down the aisle to. The clear top tent, beautifully decorated by a floating cloud of thousands of ivory and blush flowers and chandeliers.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Most memorable part of the day was the first look: When we first heard the idea of doing a first look, neither if us were into it at all. We felt like it was going steal all the excitement of the initial moments seeing each other from down the aisle but we were seriously wrong. The first look gave us solid time to connect and be alone as a couple before the whirlwind started. Seeing each other and spending those moments together ended up being some of the most special memories we had from our wedding. It gave us a chance to actually enjoy our day and be even more present and excited about every detail because the nerves were gone. Seeing each other in the ceremony did not lose its emotion one bit; it still was everything I dreamed it would be. We were so grateful we made the choice.

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Photography: High Five For Love // Wedding Planner/Designer: Bridget Williams // Florals: Evergreen Floral, Lynn Safarian // Invitations, Menus, Programs: Bridget Williams www.bdub-ny.com // Bride’s Dress Designer and Shop: Maggie Sottero // Bridal Chateau, Williamsville NY // Cake/Desserts: Butterwood Sweet & Savory //  Bride’s Shoes: Sam Edelman // Bride’s Earrings: Swarovski // Bride’s Veil/Headpiece: Maggie Sottero // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo // Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Asos // Groom + Groomsmen Attire/Suit/Tux: Bureau // Groom + Groomsmen Boutonniere: Evergreen Floral, Lynn Safarian // Makeup: Makeup Parlour, Stephanie Signorelli // Hair: Bride // Catering: Buffalo Chophouse // Midnight Taco Truck: Lloyd’s // Favors: Olive oil from Jessica’s family’s olive farm in Italy // Rentals: Hank Parker’s Rental / All Season Rental

 

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Ronni and Pete’s enlisted the help of Fête Weddings to craft a custom wedding day that—despite hurricane threats—was relaxed, delightful and totally unique to the couple. Some of our favorites details include the serendipitous discovery of the (super-cool-modern) venue, the deep draping back of Ronni’s Carol Hannah Bridal gown and the splashes of color in the florals by Amanda Burnette Flowers and velvet of the vintage rentals from Paisley & Jade. And, thankfully, Kacie Lynch Photography was a master of mixing it up in the rain to create some pretty magical images of Ronni and Pete’s lovey Richmond wedding day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

When the couple first moved to Richmond, Virginia they did some catering with a company in the city. They were both sent to work at an event at 1000 Old Locke Lane and as soon as they pulled up, they recognized the house. Having both studied Architecture they immediately identified the Richard Neutra house, but neither of them knew it existed in Richmond! The majority of his life’s work exists on the west coast, specifically California, so to have one of his projects hidden so well on the East Coast was an amazing discovery.

Gifted to the Science Museum of Virginia by Ambassador and Mrs. Walter Rice, the Rice House was designed by modernist architect Richard Neutra. Situated on Locke Island overlooking the James River, the Rice House is a hidden mid-century modern architectural landmark and is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.

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

I did A LOT of Pinterest searching to start. Sadly, most gowns you find on social media (at least gowns that were aligned with my taste) were either from past seasons and impossible to find or incredibly expensive! While browsing Feté Wedding’s Facebook page one afternoon, I came across a link to Carol Hannah’s 2015 collection: The Alchemist. The dresses all looked elegant and graceful, but with a sort of bohemian ease to all of them. I immediately fell in love with the Kyanite, always having wanted a simple, backless dress that would be comfortable to wear the entire evening. I visited Carol Hannah’s showroom in Manhattan and immediately fell in love! The dress was custom made for my body, and they even made slight alternations to lower the neckline and add more blousing in the front. I wore Jimmy Choo’s Alina flats in a pale pink velvet that were understated and ensured I wasn’t taller than the groom!

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

One of the most non-traditional aspects of the wedding would be our decision to have a private ceremony. The main level of the house has a balcony that runs the length of the house and overlooks a terrace below. We held the ceremony on the terrace below, inviting just immediate family and the bridal party down. Guests were invited to observe from the deck above and audio was transmitted to the interior of the house as well.

To complement the hard line minimalism of the house, vintage lounge furniture, warm lighting, and splashes of color were used. The mother-of-the-bride made throw pillows to use in the Japanese-style sunken living room area and scattered around various furniture in the house. The bride and groom also designed their own save-the-dates and invitation suite.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was probably seeing each other at the ceremony. We elected to not have a first look, so the first time we saw each other the day of the wedding was as Ronni walked down the aisle. We will certainly never forget the weather either! The east coast was facing threats of a hurricane the weekend of the wedding, with gale force winds and serious rain. Needless to say we were immensely stressed, but the ladies at Feté had every backup plan we needed. Unfortunately we had to use a couple tents, which did obstruct the river view to some degree, but with the right attitude and all our family and friends present, we hardly noticed. (We also got lucky and the Hurricane turned east and was less severe than expected

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in 2009 as coworkers in Blacksburg while both working to complete our Bachelor of Architecture degrees at Virginia Tech. Upon graduating, we made the move to Richmond where we have continued our education through creative fields at VCU. The engagement story is certainly memorable for us; it was the night before Pete started graduate school at VCU’s Brand center and Ronni had just gotten back in town from a bachelorette weekend celebrating another friend getting married. Pete already had the ring and was planning to propose that evening, but Ronni also had plans to surprise Pete for his last evening of summer. Ronni packed a picnic and loaded the car up with blankets and pillows, not telling Pete where they were headed. Pete brought the ring along with him, again not knowing where they were headed, but hoping a moment would present itself to pop the question. When they pulled in the drive-in movie theatre just outside of town to see a less-than-romantic movie (Guardians of the Galaxy) he knew that it might not be an ideal time. So for the duration of the move, he had this ring box awkwardly in his pocket as he tried to not let Ronni notice it!

When we got home from the movie, we went for a walk to our neighborhood park to check out one of the year’s supermoons (when a full moon coincides with the closest point in the moon’s orbit around the earth). Pete proposed on our favorite bench and we were married October 3rd, 2015.

The story behind the engagement ring is also sentimental to us. Pete’s sister, who also officiated the wedding, was the executrix of his aunt’s estate and when she passed away stumbled across the 100-year-old Edwardian ring in a desk drawer! The interesting thing about Pete’s aunt is as far as the family knew she was never engaged and certainly never married. His sister later found a number of love letters from a man she knew in her youth. After extensive research, Pete’s sister tracked the gentleman down in Canada and he later told her his biggest regret in life was never marrying her aunt.

When Pete told his sister he wanted to marry me, she gifted him the ring and I couldn’t have picked out anything more perfect.

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Wedding Planning & Event Design: Fête Weddings // Photography: Kacie Lynch Photography // Florals: Amanda Burnette Flowers // The Rice House (no longer a wedding venue) //  Cake: Sugar & Salt //Makeup BRIDEface //Bride’s Gown Carol Hannah Bridal //Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo //Catering and Lighting: Mosaic Catering // Rentals: Rent-E-Quip //Speciality Rentals: Paisley & Jade // DJ: In the Mix // Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Classical Guitar Ceremonies, Inc. //Transportation: James River Transportation

 

Tayler and Trevor enlisted our good friends at To La Lune Events to help them create “an evening of good cheer, food and dancing” in celebration of their marriage. The result is relaxed, beautiful and all-around joyful. We LOVE the troop of bridesmaids in their mix-and-match pastel gowns paired with gorgeous varied bouquets in vibrant hues from Bloem Hill. But, our favorite part of this lovely day at Lazy V Ranch is definitely the way photographer Suzi Jacobs captured all the smiles and delight of the bride, groom and their guests. Suzi captured some of our favorite wedding-day portraits of all time—hands down—and we know your going to love them too!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

What made our wedding so special and unique was that we were able to create a celebration for all of our family & friends who have played such an important role in both, Trevor’s and my life over the years, individually and together as a couple. We wanted our wedding to be a big celebration about our story, our faith, and our community … and lots of dancing! It was so very special to have everyone gathered together to share a meal, dance and get to know one another. Christy and her team were amazing at helping us create this vision and make everything run so smoothly. Also each of our vendors were amazing to work with and all of their hard work blessed us with a perfect wedding day! Trevor and I couldn’t have asked for a better day.

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

I love my dress & it was a such a bargain; that’s the best part! At first I had always thought I would go with more of the Bohemian style/look but little did I know, I ended up with an elegant, lacy number. After trying on multiple dresses at a boutique bridal shop which had amazingly beautiful dresses, we ended up at Here Comes The Bride in San Diego. They were having a huge sample sale and my mom was the first to pull my dress out of the racks. Once I tried it on, I knew it was the one. It has amazing lace detail with a more fitted look, and a little twirl factor with a longer train. With some alterations I lowered the back and added more of a sweetheart neck. I felt very feminine, classy and elegant!

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

We didn’t have a ton of design detail but with the help of Christy & her team we were able to create little personal touches that added to our special day. Trevor and I wanted our guests to experience an evening of good cheer, food and dancing. Our venue, Lazy V Ranch, was in an incredible setting with mountain silhouettes in the back drop, large hanging oak trees, and an open green landscape. We didn’t need to add much but to create a more intimate feeling, we added candles along our long wooden tables from Folklore Vintage Rentals, beautiful calligraphy signage, and gorgeously crafted florals. We did a fun Polaroid photo book and donuts from a local bakery instead of a traditional cake. Our food was done by a family friend’s catering company, and we chose our favorite family drink to serve – Margaritas! And to do something a little different for our wedding guest gifts, my stepfather personally roasted a wedding coffee blend with a customized label for our special day!

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Having Trevor’s dad, Kreig, marry us was really special, he led a beautiful ceremony. And reading our own vows to each other was the most memorable part of our day; something Trevor and I will never forget! A special moment during our reception was when Trevor and I got to take a moment to step back and look upon all of our most loved ones gathered together to celebrate and support our marriage! And then of course getting to dance the night away!

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Trevor loves to tell everyone we met at a bar dancing (which is true but all credit should be given to one of our good mutual friends)!. She had known Trevor and I both individually before we even knew each other and always had in the back of her mind that Trevor and I should meet. So that night out dancing at a bar with friends, Trevor and I first met. The next day we ran into each other at church and then from there our friendship began, it wasn’t until many months later did we actually start dating. We dated for a little over one year before Trevor proposed. I had just returned home from an adventure trip to Banff, Canada with a good friend, while Trevor had been finalizing plans for the proposal. He showed up at my house with an old vintage side car motorcycle, handed me a helmet and told me to get in. He drove me along the back roads of San Marcos arriving to a full blooming sunflower field!! At this point I had a good feeling what was about to happen :) He walked me out to the middle of the field and began reading me a letter he had wrote. Then he got down on one knee and pulled out a ring and asked me to marry him!! I jumped with joy saying YES, YES, YES! Trevor had our photographer friend hiding out in the sunflowers taking photos of us the whole time. Before heading back we took some time to be together in the field and then headed back to Trevor’s house where he surprised me with all of our friends there to celebrate the night away! It was one of the best days ever!!

 

Vendors:
Event Design & Coodination: To La Lune Events  // Photography: Suzi Jacobs // Floral Design: Bloem Hill // Rentals: Folklore Vintage Rentals // Paper Elements & Signage: Type & Title // Linens: La Tavola // Donuts: VG’s Bakery // DJ: Sam Kisaka Music // Venue: Lazy V Ranch

 

You guys have to check out this super cool editorial shoot from collective member Sheradee Hurst Photography and event designer Krissi Farrimond. Their vision was “organic with a bit of an early 70’s vibe” and it’s filled with unique details like the gold and water color-inspired, hand painted cake from Amy Cakes, an amazing oversized white bouquet by Trochta’s Flowers, big gold calligraphy and even a live dove release! Read on for more details and enjoy all the beautiful film photography by Sheradee Hurst Photography.

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From the designer: “Fly Away with Me” is an invitation to endless love.  The white doves, a central part of this wedding story, symbolize love, devotion, and promise, the promise of never ending love.  Doves mate for life which makes their intriguing story of a lifelong bond, unusual in the animal kingdom and relatable to two people in love. As husband and wife, each holds a dove in their hands and releases them together, knowing however far apart they fly, in whichever direction they choose, they will always end up at home together, choosing each day, to be with each other. Amazingly, these doves do the same thing.  Once White Wings of OKC gives the highly trained and conditioned Belgian Rock Doves to the bride and groom, they too find their way home and end up together again. The live dove release set the tone for the entire shoot.  Every detail and piece of planning centered around this beautiful release.

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Organic with a bit of an early 70’s vibe shaped the vision of “Fly Away with Me.” The table is set with vintage ceramic doves and Anchor Hocking Fire King plates, made in the early 70’s. Additionally, an empire-waisted, flowing gown, a beautifully updated Brigitte Bardot hairstyle and strong eyes for our bride told her story. The Phaedra gown by Claire Pettibone was chosen specifically for the gorgeous, low back, adorned with roses and the empire waist. It features flowing, silk chiffon over floral lace. It is elegant and effortless, a wedding gown possessing striking beauty and comfortable ease.

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We used the perfect 70’s-inspired settee from Ruby’s Vintage Rentals and an heirloom antique tea cart. The blues and greens in the bridal shoes, the cake and the settee, along with the wooded island, communicate the perfect color palette for organic and vintage 70’s. The beautiful, three-tiered, gold and water color-inspired, hand painted cake was designed and created by Amy Cakes. It features green water color painting, imperfect gold stripes and hand-made sugar flowers. We wanted the cake to represent nature and the water while looking glamorous at the same time.

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Freehand calligraphy stationery felt like the organic choice.  Christina Ketter, owner of Letter with a K, used stationery-textured paper and hand made the rsvp envelope. The stationery, too, has a very organic feel. The calligraphy of the hand written invitations, rsvp card, menu, and other stationery was inspired by the fly away with me theme as the calligrapher wanted to give it a feeling of floating on air. Christina hand embossed several pieces to add dimension and more texture, and she used a wax seal with a dove insignia as the final touch. Christina also hand painted the beautiful “Fly Away with Me” sign to invite guests to leave the constraints of their every day stress for a few hours, and fly away with the couple to this moment of love.

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The gorgeous flowers were intentionally loosely arranged, white and cream and the palest pink to give an organic feel. The various bouquets feature french tulips, peonies, anemones, garden roses and lots of seeded eucalyptus designed and created by Trochta’s Flowers.

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Photographer: Sheradee Hurst Photography // Event Designer: Krissi Farrimond Stylist // Floral Designer: Trochta’s Flowers // Venue: The Red Barn at Waldo’s Pond // Cake: Amy Cakes // Hairstylist: Andrea Lemonds // Bride’s Dress: Claire Pettibone // Bride’s Jewelry: De Bello Designs // Bridal Salon: JJ Kelly Bridal Salon // Calligrapher: Letter with a K // Makeup Artist: Marlo Haus // Rental Furniture: Ruby’s Vintage Rentals // Doves: White Wings of OKC

 

Quinn and Patrick set out to celebrate their “I Do’s” by throwing an elegant dinner part for family and friends at Magnolia Hotel in Omaha, Nebraska. They enlisted the major talent at Lovestruck Weddings + Events who created a modern celebration with details that were heavily inspired by Kelly Wearstler, the bride’s favorite designer (and one of ours too!) We love the layering of textures and natural elements—the effect is edgy and cool but still totally inviting. Megan King Photography was on had to capture all the details of the day with her lovely fine-art film photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

When planning our wedding we both wanted the evening to be reminiscent of an elegant dinner party. Since we were in our 30’s we were more interested in having a good time with our guests and less about monograms and slide shows. I loved the idea of having the whole evening in one location for its ease to our guests, so the Magnolia Hotel was perfect. The hotel setup made made it easy for the ceremony to flow right into cocktail hour then dinner and dancing. We still have people telling us how relaxed and fun our wedding was and that’s what matters to us!

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

I found my gown at a & be bridal in Minneapolis, MN. My sister-in-law lives in Minneapolis so my mother and I took a trip up there to shop with her. I knew I wanted something timeless, elegant and no fuss but I also wanted to try on a range of designers and styles since this dress was going to be something to remember! I ended up finding a Nicole Miller gown that I didn’t want to take off!  It was a stretch silk, cowl neck, form fitting style with pin-tuck and ruching detail and a train that flared out from the knee. It reminded me of Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s iconic wedding dress and with my husband’s Kennedy-like hair I knew it was the perfect fit.

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What were some touches added to make it personal? 

We had so much fun working with our wedding planners. The girls at Lovestruck were able to personalize our look better than I could have imagined. My favorite designer is Kelly Wearstler so when I mentioned playing with abstract patterns and bold metallic colors like hers they pulled out all the stops. Every detail flowed together even though every look was different. From the four diverse table linen designs to our custom geometric squared altar rug and our bold seating board it was unlike anything I’d ever seen at a wedding. It felt so unique and different but it was so us. AND we really like pug dogs so we used a kissing pug bride and groom salt & pepper shaker we’d gotten as an engagement gift for our cake topper.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

For me the most memorable part of the day was the ceremony lighting. The Magnolia Hotel has a beautiful open courtyard with Italian light bulbs draped throughout so we knew we were going to get the natural sunlight during the ceremony but I couldn’t have planned for how perfect that April day was. The ceremony began as the sun started to set making the lighting in the courtyard so warm and romantic. And it really reflected off the bridesmaids’ metallic dresses making for some great pictures!

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Patrick and I actually grew up together because our families are good friends. We shared many family vacations, I took dance classes with his sister and was not allowed in his “fort” many-a-time. It wasn’t until his sister’s wedding in 2013 that we took interest in each other. We had never lived in the same city and were at that time so we started dating. We kept it a secret from our families because we wanted to make sure it was “something” before letting them know. Our families even had Thanksgiving together that year.  We sat across the table from each other still secretly dating while my mom teased Patrick about the different dating sites he could join and my sister told me after dinner that she thought Patrick was interested in her. Needless to say, we were convincing. We ended up telling them at Christmas and enjoyed their shocked faces.

Patrick proposed to me after a girls trip to Las Vegas. He arranged it with my girlfriends and surprised me at the airport when we returned. I’m still a little upset with my friends that they didn’t make me shower before flying home that day, as my fun weekend is definitely visible in the photos snapped after he proposed.

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Quinn and Patrick from Alex Matczyszyn on Vimeo.

Event Design & Production: Lovestruck Weddings + Events, Candace Kalasky  // Photographer: Megan King Photography (currently not providing wedding photography) // Florals: Bouquet, Mark Griffin // Catering, Ceremony & Reception Venue: Magnolia Hotel, Ron Bradstreet // Videographer: Suit & Tie Films, Alex Matczyszyn  // Calligraphy: Melissa Kartler, Pretty Paperie // Dress: a & be bridal // Officiant: First Lutheran Omaha Pastor Judith Rainforth // Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Musicians: Harris Academy of the Arts Sydney // DJ/Band: Rik Minnick // Rentals: AAA Rentals, Kathy Coder // Beauty: Bungalow 8, Stephanie // Desserts: Happy Hollow, David Updike