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Welcoming, sensual, minimal, organic, and artisanal are the words Alexandra McNamara found inspiration in for this modern, blush editorial. Sourcing maker quality items from the likes of Notary CeramicsLeanne Marshall and  Silk and Willow was key to the overall mood. Hunt and Gather  created florals with a unique mix of warm and neutral tones and foraged foliage, in line with the organic and natural story of the shoot. While warm candlelight and stationery on handmade cotton paper by Paula Lee Calligraphy provided the finishing touches and Christine Lim was behind the lens capturing all the details in these lovely film images.

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Photography: Christine Lim // Design and creative direction: Alexandra McNamara // Flowers: Hunt and Gather // Stationery: Paula Lee Calligraphy // Dress: Sash and Bustle // Dress 1: Saja Wedding // Dress 2 Skirt: Theia Couture / Top: Leanne Marshall // Hair and Makeup: Amy Beth // Chargers: Plate Occasions // Ceramics: Notary Ceramics // Table linen: Linen Closet // Napkins: Silk and Willow // Chairs: Contemporary Furniture Rentals // Earrings: The Loved One // Ring: On The Other Hand // Model: Anya from Ciotti Models

 

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Sheela and Joe wanted their wedding “to feel like a giant dinner party with our closest family and friends.” Sheela also happens to be a food writer, so cooking and food experiences are a favorite pastime of the couple. Needless to say, the bar was set high and Piccolo delivered the dinner party of their dreams at Portland’s The Barn on Walnut Hill. The event is filled with garden party details and farm-inspired florals by Broadturn Farm. Emily Delamater was behind the lens and she captured it all in these stunning images.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Sheela: I lived in Italy for awhile and quickly fell in love with the food and the relaxed style of dining there. Since I also happen to be a food writer and cooking and sharing food experiences are two of our favorite hobbies together, we really wanted our wedding to feel like a giant dinner party with our closest family and friends. It was exactly that and then some. We can’t tell you how many times people told us that wedding food is always an afterthought and it will never be as good as we actually wanted it to be, but it was that and more. We loved that people were as excited about the food and drink and company surrounding it as we were — and that we ate more at our own wedding than we have at any other wedding! Piccolo blew us always with their ability to deliver the dinner party of our dreams and we will always be so thankful for that.

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

Sheela: The gown is Truvelle, a boutique designer based in Vancouver, Canada. I stumbled upon them on Pinterest and immediately fell in love with their modern yet classic design that’s feminine and whimsical. There are only a handful of shops in the U.S. that carry their gowns and luckily there was one near my apartment in Brooklyn. The dress I chose felt like it could have been made for me — it was so airy and effortless, with really thoughtful touches. Plus, it was the most comfortable gown ever — I didn’t want to take it off at the end of the night!

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

Sheela: There are too many to count! Though I’d have to say the ceremony itself stands out the most. We asked my aunt and uncle to marry us — I am incredibly close to both of them and they’ve been married for almost 60 years. They’re as in love now as they were the day they got married and having them bless us and start us on our journey as husband and wife together couldn’t have been more special. We also wrote our own vows, and while there was so much trembling and tears, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Joe: We hate to say we met at a bar but, well, we met at a bar, as wing-people for our two friends who were on a sort of casual first date after meeting randomly a few nights earlier. Sheela’s friend dragged her with her because she had met the guy late at night at a bar and wanted to ensure he wasn’t completely crazy upon meeting him the second time. She came as her back up plan in case he actually was, in which case she could casually say they needed to go, ha! I came a little later. One, to let my friend spend more time with Sheela’s friend without her, and we quickly hit it off and spent the rest of the night talking and getting to know each other. We exchanged phone numbers and went on our first date a couple of weeks later.

I proposed 4 years later. Sheela had been away for the weekend and I told her I’d take care of dinner the night she got back. As we were just finishing our meal out on our balcony, I reached into my pocket and immediately she thought it was an engagement ring, which was exactly what I hoped she would do. What she didn’t know was that I had a special pair of earrings custom made for her, and this was what was in the box. I said that “I just missed you this weekend and wanted to give you something special.” What she didn’t know was that I still had a little bag in my pocket that contained the ring. In order to not seem obvious, I told her I had to use the bathroom, which would allow me the opportunity to take the ring out of the bag.

Once I got back outside to the balcony and sat down, I started telling her the story of how the earrings were made. I told her that the earrings were actually made using her mom’s engagement ring band, and then proceeded to pull out the remainder of the ring (the diamond) on a newly mounted setting and asked her to marry me.

Photographer: Emily Delamater // Event Planning & Design: A Family Affair Maine // Floral Design: Broadturn Farm // Invitation Design: Gus & Ruby Letterpress // Venue: The Barn on Walnut Hill // Wedding Dress Shop: Schone Bride // Wedding Dress Designer: Truvelle // Bridal Shoe Designer: Stuart Weitzman // Bridal Veil/Headpiece: Truvelle (Veil), Davie & Chiyo (Hair Pins) // Grooms & Groomsmens’ Suits: J.Crew  // Grooms Shoes: Cole Haan // Wedding Rings: Clay Pot and Bario-Neal // Engagement Ring: Clay Pot // Bridesmaid Dresses: Various // Event Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals // Band: FreeStyle from Wilson Stevens Agency // Hair/Makeup Stylist: Brigette Bonenfant // Caterer/Cake/Desserts: Piccolo // Wedding Favors: Donated to Cancer Research Institute in Sheela’s mom’s name in lieu of favors // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Bride Cori is a buyer for Neiman Marcus, so it’s no surprise her wedding to Daniel is impeccably styled—not to mention incredibly romantic. The couple worked with Eighteenth Avenue Events to plan the day and enlisted stationer Where’s The Party and florist The Heirloom Table to deck out The Addison Grove in blush and white roses. The floral wrapping the trees flanking the ceremony and the stunning centerpieces brought the bride to tears, but the smile on Daniel’s face as she walked down the isle in her stunning Romona Keveza gown still gives Cori butterflies. Lucky for us, Brittany Jean Photography captured that moment and all the others in the this stunning celebration.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

My mom had a big hand in the planning/design from the start and I loved how our visions came together. The floral from Mercedez at the Heirloom Table was beyond my expectations…I still think about the floral wrapped trees at the ceremony, the incredible table arrangements and the carefully placed floral on the cake! It was so refreshing to trust our florist to execute the vision and we knew that her passion would come through in every way. Her taste and talent is insane! All of the small details were magical from the perfect shade of blush ribbon on the fold of the dinner napkins to the beautiful calligraphy that my friend tastefully did on the deckled edge Italian paper place cards to the unique vintage stamps individually placed on each invitation. We hired a month-of planner, Ashley Ramirez from Eighteenth Avenue Events, to help pull it all together in the end. Every little detail was perfect and just how I imagined.

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

I am a buyer for Neiman Marcus so it was an obvious choice for me to choose my wedding dress in the iconic bridal salon! My mom flew in town and although we didn’t find the dress that weekend, I continued to visit the salon every day to see what was new. Finally I found my dress a few weeks later and I was obsessed! The Romona Keveza dress was the perfect mix of edgy and vintage for me! After a rain soaked week in Austin, I made a last minute change to flat shoes so I wore both the Aquazurra gold bow heels and the jeweled flats from Giuseppe Zanotti.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

One thing that we added was a small bouquet on an empty chair at the ceremony in memory of my dad who passed away 16 years ago. It was a gentle reminder when I looked over that he was watching over me that day. Also, Daniel & I wanted the wedding to feel very romantic and intimate. We accomplished that by keeping the guest list tight & having long farm tables so everyone could get to know each other & feel at home. We meticulously chose vintage stamps one by one to place on the wedding invitations…no 2 invitations were the same.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

There are several standout moments from that special day that will forever be engraved in my mind. The florist truly blew my mind and brought me to tears. People still comment on how exquisite the floral was. It was also so special to see our friends and family come together! This was actually the first time our families had met since we are both originally from different states. It was slightly unconventional for them to meet on this big day but we knew they would get along so incredibly well & it was perfect! And how could I forget the look on his face as I walked down the aisle. Wow – I still get butterflies thinking of his smile as he waited for me. The day goes by so incredibly fast but we are able to relive all of the big moments through the beautiful work of our photographer Brittany. We felt such a connection with her and for someone as shy as myself in pictures, I felt comfortable. We love looking back at our album!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Daniel & I met by swiping right on Bumble in 2015! I knew after our first date that I had met my person. Our relationship took us on tons of adventures in our first year and shortly after our 1 year anniversary Daniel planned the biggest adventure of all. He whisked me away for a surprise birthday getaway to New York City, complete with tickets to a New York Giants football game – I’m a huge fan! As if the game wasn’t enough, he had one more surprise up his sleeve. On the final morning in the city that never sleeps, we made our way to Central Park’s Bow Bridge where he asked me to be his wife. Talk about being swept off of your feet. I was floored, thrilled and excited for a life full of adventures to come!

Photographer: Brittany Jean Photography // Wedding Planner: Eighteenth Avenue Events // Florist: The Heirloom Table // Paper Goods: Where’s The Party // Venue: The Addison Grove // Dress: Romona Keveza, purchased at Neiman Marcus // Signage + Guest Book: Little Carabao Studio // Cake: Baked By Amys // Photo Booth: My Event is the Bomb // Reception DJ: Greenbelt DJ // Ceremony Music: Terra Vista Strings // Hair + Makeup: Lola Beauty // Ribbon: Silk and Willow // Catering: Austin Catering // Late Night Snack: Steel City Pops // Linens: La Tavola // Rentals: 10th Collection // Rentals: Marquee Rentals

 

Gabrielle and Benjamin’s Miami wedding at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is DRAMA—in the best possible way. The bride’s vision of “Secret-Garden-meets-Miami, edgy-meets-romantic, and art-deco-meets-old-world-elegance” was achieved with the help of Elite Planning Firm and a slew of fabulous vendors. Gabrielle runs her own design biz, Cazadora Creative Co., and set the tone with the custom stationery suite. The rest of the details followed suite, highlighted by florals in a moody, dusty palette by Anthology Co. The couple enlisted Lauren Apel Photo to capture their day and the result is pretty spectacular!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I think the fact that it was a destination wedding already made it a little more special. We really wanted to give our guests the Miami experience! But other than that, the wedding was just so us. I was very involved in every single decision throughout the process & at the end of the day I think our personalities really came through. Also, getting married at the famous Vizcaya Museum & Gardens didn’t hurt. We even had a tiny bit of rain after the ceremony and luckily were able to move the reception inside the mansion. It’s the first time Vizcaya has ever had a dance floor on the marble overlooking the east terrace!

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

I love this story! I spent all day with my mom and best friends trying on gowns. BUT I spent all day trying on over-the-top, lace, beaded gowns and they were ALL beautiful. On my way to my last appointment we got stuck in traffic and nearly missed the entire appointment. When I arrived they told me I had only 15 minutes and that I could try on one dress. I quickly ran thru the showroom and I grabbed this long sleeve crepe gown, not a bead or lace in sight. Sure enough she zipped it up and I knew instantly it was the one. But I wanted to see my mom and friends’ reaction before I truly decided. The moment I walked out it was tears all around! The dress was purchased at Patsy’s Bridal Boutique in Dallas, Texas.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My vision was Secret Garden meets Miami, edgy meets romantic, and art deco meets old world elegance. We used a lot of mauvey colors and matte black accents. I also designed all of the wedding stationery. I own my own stationery design business (Cazadora Creative Co.), so I knew that was one way that my guests would feel the personal touches.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Hardest most impossible question. There are so many sacred moments for me! I loved when we were pronounced Husband & Wife and we walked out together to Say A Little Prayer by Aretha Franklin, all of our guests were singing along. Or maybe dancing the night away with all of our family and friends. Every single guest was on the dance floor and that was really special!

Tell us how you met and became engaged?

Benj & I met while both watching Game 7 of the NBA finals with mutual friends. Ironically, the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs that night and it was the first time Miami would come into our lives. Ben proposed 3 years later at the San Fernando Cathedral surrounded by our friends and family – AND mariachi bands. We stayed up until 5am celebrating our engagement with our friends!

Photographer: Lauren Apel Photo // Planner: Elite Planning Firm // Florals: Anthology Co. // Stationery Designer: Cazadora Creative Co. // Venue: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens // Videographer: Mcduff Productions // Dress: Martina Liana Bridal // Bridal Salon: Patsy’s A Bridal Boutique // Hair & Makeup: Sydney Ann Lopez // Shoes: Gucci // Veil: Kathryn’s Custom Veils // Jewelry: Family Heirlooms // Rings: Custom // Catering & Event Services: Thierry Isambert Culinary & Event Design // Cake: Earth & Sugar // Officiant: Rev. Eddie Rodriguez // DJ & Lighting: The Event Factor // Car Rental: Florian’s Classics // Hotel Block: East Miami // Groom’s Shoes: Stubbs & Wootton // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

A traditional Hindu ceremony normally takes place in a ballroom with many family and friends, but today’s featured couple decided to throw a less traditional wedding reception—on a farm! Filled with all the vibrant visuals we love so much about Indian weddings, this one captured by Grey Collective member D. Park Photography and planned by So Eventful LLC  shows the unique pairing of cultural traditions and the rustic barn setting of Olympia’s Valley Estate.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

A traditional Hindu ceremony normally takes place in a ballroom with many family and friends. This couple decided to throw a less traditional wedding reception and show their closest friends and family something they have probably never seen before by taking them to an outdoor farm venue filled with livestock and a beautiful barn for dinner.

 

What was the most memorable part of the day?

During the Hindu ceremony, a pack of cows came to watch over. In the Hindu culture, cows are very sacred and deeply respected so this was fun to see! All of the guests were so excited to see the cows watching over, it was almost like the cows were blessing the couple.

Photo/film:  D. Park Photography // Planner: Kristen Miller of So Eventful LLC // Florist: Angella Floral Arts // Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // Getting Ready: Four Points by Sheraton, San Rafael // Venue/Draping: Olympia’s Valley Estate // Site Coordinator: Lydia Tresch // Dress: Sushma Creations Bombay // Hair/Makeup Lilys Beauty World // Jewelry: Sirini Bombay // Rings: Mon Ami Jewelry Chicago // Rentals: Encore Events Rentals // Caterer: Park Ave Catering // Horse: Hackney Horse + Carriage // Photobooth: Giggle and Riot // DJ: Wicked Entertainment // Officiant: Shastriji Shiv Kumar Bhatt // Transportation: Luxbus Charters