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Blooms by Breesa Lee and Nicole George Event Planning & Design came together to create this punchy editorial with a  focus on melding classic garden aesthetics with modern Southern California flair in a youthful and fresh way. Estancia La Jolla provided the quintessential California garden landscape while To Be Designed and Hostess Haven‘s delivered the modern tablescape and lounge. A cake by Hey There, Cupcake!, jewelry, attire, and stationery by Design by Laney culled youthful and romantic vibes while Petula Pea Photography was on hand to capture it all in these photos.

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Wedding Style Shoot at Estancia La Jolla from Thomas Wedding Cinema on Vimeo.

Wedding Planner: Nicole George Event Planning & Design // Photography: Petula Pea Photography // Floral Design: Blooms by Breesa Lee // Stationery: Design by Laney // Venue: Estancia La Jolla // Specialty Rentals: To Be Designed // Tabletop: Hostess Haven // Gown: Tony Serrato Bridal // Cake: Hey There, Cupcake! // Beauty: Juna Beauty // Suit: Friar Tux // Jewelry: Kendra Scott // Couple: Chelsea and Matt Allen // Cinematography: Thomas Wedding Cinema // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

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Molly and Bryan’s wedding at Millwick in downtown Los Angeles was super-personalized celebration with industrial-tropical flair. The venue provided and cool, relaxed visual foundation and the couple enlisted Tealight Weddings & Events to help them add in the rest of their details. Punchy red, white and green florals were by Wild Vase while special details like the chuppah made by the bride’s mother and the custom movie dance scene reel playing on the big screen behind the dance floor add Molly and Bryan’s own touch. Behind the lens, Jenny Smith & Co. was working he magic and we love how her images truly capture all the joy and rad details.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was my mother’s wish to create a chuppah that all 4 of her daughters would be married under and with each subsequent wedding she has embroidered the names and the date onto the cloth. My oldest sister married us, under the same chuppah she was married under. A nice bonus was that our wedding day was actually my parent’s 37th wedding anniversary, which made it even more special.

What were some of the touches added to make the wedding personal?

We have so many talented friends and family members that we turned to them to help us personalize our day. My oldest sister wrote and officiated the ceremony. One friend designed our invitation suite. Another did our flowers. Another drew little vignettes for our program, as well as the backdrop that we projected onto the screen during dinner. Traditionally, Jewish weddings have seven blessings – and instead of reciting them in Hebrew, we asked seven of our closest friends to offer a short blessing. It had the potential to be all over the place, but it was the perfect mix of humor, sincerity, and so much love. And to add the final personal touch, led by my mother, many of our family and friends baked a batch of their favorite cookies to make an incredible cookie table spread for dessert.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The dance party! Leading up to the wedding we spent hours combing through of all of our favorite dance scenes from movies and music videos, and we patched them together into a video that played up on the huge screen while everyone danced throughout the night.

Tell us how you met and became engaged

We met a restaurant where we both worked – I was the manager, Bryan was the bread baker. He continued to ask me out for months, and I continued to politely decline. Finally his charm won me over, and we went on our first date. I realized pretty quickly that I should had said yes a long time ago. He proposed while we were doing laundry, at home, in pajamas, on a Saturday night.

Photography: Jenny Smith & Co. // Planning: Tealight Weddings & Events // Florals: Wild Vase // Invitations: Francesca Greggs // Venue: Millwick // Dress: Jenny Yoo Collection // Programs/Menus: Lexie Smith // Hair: Spoke & Weal – Jennifer Potter // Makeup: Joelle Pitts // DJ: Dart DJ // Photo Booth: Jenny Smith & Co. // Rentals: A Rental Connection // Catering: Olive Wood Pizza // Bar: Mama’s Medicine

 

Lucia and Vincenzo wed at Villa Parravicino Sossnovsky located within the ancient medieval village of Parravicino, Italy. The couple let the grounds of the 16th century villa guide their design choices and enlisted vendors to assist them in creating the “delicate, elegant, slightly retro and decadent atmosphere” they desired. The romantic secret garden vibes are strong and we love the pop of fuchsia garden roses in the florals by Figli dei Fiori. English roses, brass and ground crystals decorated our imperial tables and all the rooms of the villa and Margherita Calati was behind the lens capturing it all.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I think it was the relaxed atmosphere, but elegant and refined in every little details, without ever being pretentious and flashy.

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

The dress was born from the precious collaboration with Silvia Valli, a seamstress who designs and makes dresses in silk and other precious fabrics, different and customized for each bride. Starting from my idea and some ideas taken from the world of haute couture, with her elegance and expert hands, Silvia designed my dress and we have seen it come to life a little at a time. Between an infusion of ginger and a drink, rolls of precious silk duchess, and meters of organza, chatting until late in the evening about books, music and travel, every detail has found its right definition and dress perfect materialized on my body.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We deliberately avoided themes of inspiration for our wedding, choosing instead a delicate, elegant, slightly retro and decadent atmosphere, that all the professionals have grasped, choosing objects, flowers and decorations that made it perfect. English roses, brass and ground crystals decorated our imperial tables and all the rooms of the sixteenth century villa.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The exchange of our vows! In front of the people that we really care about, we have laid bare our hearts, telling the best possible emotions and feelings guarded by so many years in our depths, and promising each other’s love for the future.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met 15 years ago, little more than kids, among the shelves of a bookshop where we worked as clerks. From there we grew up together, reaching and passing through the stages of life hand in hand, until on a very hot August afternoon in the beautiful garden hidden behind the Taj Mahal in India, he knelt in front of me and asked trembling to marry him, giving me the most particular and beautiful ring I’ve ever seen. A raw diamond to crown our story and especially our future together. I only remember the amazement and infinite joy that made my heart literally burst, and a “yes” whispered between tears of joy.

 Photographer: Margherita Calati // Second photographer: Carlo Vittorio // Flower design: Figli dei Fiori // Venue: Villa Parravicino Sossnovsky // Bridal gown: Silvia Valli // Bridal shoes: Armani // Groom attire and shoes: Raymondo // Rings and engagement ring: Benzoni Gioielli // Hair style: Yan Cataldo // Makeup: Paola Bianchera // Catering: La Casa dei Sapori // Cocktail: Fresco Cocktail Shopphotographer @margheritacalati_ph // second photographer @carlovittorio_ph // flower design @figlideifioricomo // venue @villa_parravicino_sossnovsky // bridal gown @silviavalli

 

Morgan and Jared are from Georgia and wanted to marry in their own state, but also wanted the joys of a destination affair—one where their guests could “unplug and be present with them” all weekend long. Savannah’s Ford Plantation offered the couple exactly what they were looking for and they enlisted Design Studio South to create the perfect day. Florist A to Zinnias dressed the day in blush-tone bouquets, greenery garland roping off the ceremony and delicate foliage dripping from chandeliers in the tented reception. We love all the timeless, feminine details and the icing on the cake is—literally—the spectacular, four-tier beauty by Vanilla and The Bean. Thankfully, Still 55 Photography was on hand, working their magic and capturing all the moments in these lovely images of Morgan and Jared’s big day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Both being from Georgia, we wanted something within the state we were raised in, but still wanted a destination wedding – one where our guests could completely unplug and be present with us all weekend long. We stumbled upon Ford Plantation and instantly fell in love with its charming yet grand property and knew nothing else would hold a candle to its beauty.

Cocktail hour was enjoyed by the property’s garden and pool, where our friends and family enjoyed the surroundings of Savannah’s Ogeechee River. I was inspired by an elevated and feminine design, and wanted to let the natural beauty of the Ford Plantation shine. Our incredible team led by Design Studio South made it possible; from the stunning reception tent where long tables welcomed everyone and Spanish moss and soft florals hung overhead, to the open-air dance floor where guests spent the evening mingling under the stars. We commissioned Petit Penguin Productions who illustrated a custom crest that incorporated the Ford Plantation’s iconic pillar facade, which we used throughout the wedding day details (invites, menus, signage, etc.), which was so special.

As an independent photographer, investing in a great wedding team (including photo) was a must, and working with Still 55 Photography was an absolute joy. When it came to Jared’s priorities, great music was a non-negotiable. A diehard Phish-head, Jared has attended more than 80 shows and certainly knows his way around the music world – The Maxx Band kept everyone on their feet the entire night.

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

My dress is from Amsale and I found it in New York with my girlfriends while Jared was away at a friend’s bachelor party. I wanted to have the “New York bridal experience,” since Jared had been a resident there for over 13 years. It was a dream to shop at Amsale New York– it sits a few stories up overlooking Madison Avenue, and as you arrive, you are greeted with champagne as you begin looking through dresses that have been worn by the models for NY Bridal Fashion Week. You feel so special and attended to while in the salon, and I instantly fell in love with the classic simplicity of the brand. The dress I wore was initially overlooked–I almost didn’t try it on at all, but decided to last minute and loved that it was both a classic style with a modern twist with boning in the bodice and floral lace. I had a piece of my Amsale dress sewn onto Jared’s pocket square, as well.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Our wedding was a true culmination of a long-time love affair. We first met while in high school, but spent apart until finally reconnecting one summer in Georgia. At that time, Jared wrote me a love letter in response to news I was seeing someone and was no longer ‘on the market.’ Jared said “if you and I were ever meant to be, then the laws of nature will see to it that it is so.” Two years later, I responded with my love letter, once I realized that he was the man that I was meant to spend my life with. On the morning of our wedding, Jared unwrapped a framed gift; I had the exact letters reproduced in a calligraphed version as a sweet keepsake. We had the inside of my engagement ring engraved to read “the laws of nature have made it so”.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

  • A vintage 1930 Model A Ford getaway car – Jared loves cars of all kinds, and I thought it was only fitting to find an old Ford to ride away in at the Ford Plantation. My wedding planner helped me track down the car and Jared’s parents helped to make it happen. We kept it a surprise from Jared until after the wedding ceremony.
  • The locket around Morgan’s bouquet is a pocket watch from the 1920’s – an heirloom on her father’s side that she wanted to incorporate as her “something old”
  • I had a first look with both my stepfather and biological father, both of whom walked me down the aisle to the ceremony

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Jared and I traveled to Nova Scotia last summer for a golf retreat that Jared participated in with Golf Rater, which is a part of Golfweek. I tagged along to take in the beautiful sites. We stayed in Cape Breton for the week, and Jared proposed on our first day there! I was not expecting the proposal during this trip, and especially not on our first night there. I ended up messing his proposal plans up because I took us off course and got us lost on the way to the hotel room. Instead of the sunset hike and dinner he had planned, Jared pulled off at sunset to a small pier and got down on one knee. We finished off the night with champagne and strawberries in our hotel room. It was perfect!

Photography: Still 55 Photography // Planner: Design Studio South // Florist: A to Zinnias // Invitations: Petit Penguin Productions // Venue: Ford Plantation // Bridal Gown: Amsale // Bakery: Vanilla and The Bean // HM: Amazing You Bridal // Rentals: Ooh! Events / Amazing Event Rentals // Videography: Savannah Wedding Films // Band: The Maxx Band // Grooms Tux: The Black Tux // PR: In Good Company PR

 

Amanda Blair by Design filled Bridgett and Dylan’s wedding at The Bradford with all the prevailing wedding trends we love so dearly. A soft, romantic and voluminous bridal bouquet by Plume Events is so dreamy. Cafe lights hang over an outdoor reception filled to the brim with casual elegance while gold calligraphy signage and a custom invitation suite add timeless appeal. Dusty blue accents like simple velvet napkin ties, raw silk floral ribbons and tiered cake add color and textural interest. It’s all gorgeous and lucky for us Ally and Bobby Fine Art Photography were on hand capturing it all in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I knew our wedding day would be the most special moment in my life whether we were married under an apple tree beside my parent’s home or if it was in a dreamy venue. Either way I was marrying my best friend of 6 years. Leading up to our wedding day when we were planning each and every detail, we knew we wanted to do what we felt was best for us instead of doing things just because they were traditional so a lot of our wedding consisted of personal and non-traditional touches that best represented us as a couple.

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

When I first imagined my wedding dress, I imagined it having intricate lace detail, a long train, and an off white or champagne color with either an open or illusion back and long sleeves. I scheduled appointments at four different wedding dress boutiques and never made it past the second one. When we entered into Maggi’s Bridal, I fell in love with so many dresses and had over 10 in my dressing room. I did realize that I was no longer set on the long sleeves but really wanted a dress with all of the other details. About halfway through, I put on a sheath gown with beautiful, delicate lace, an illusion back, and a train that I instantly fell in love with. I walked out of the dressing room and my bridesmaids all let out a gasp at how much they loved it, I stepped up onto the pedestal and looked in the mirror and fell head over heels in love with my wedding dress. It was everything I had dreamed of.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We added personal touches to every part of our wedding day. From the guests being greeted with champagne, to our first dance, to our dinner, we wanted it to be personal and feel like us. To go into further detail on some of the touches we added: It started by our vows being written in a little leather book that we gave one another to read while we were getting ready on our wedding day. I laughed, cried, and imagined our future while I read those sweet words written by my soon to be husband. We had guests greeted with mini muffins, pastries and champagne. Our families aren’t very big into dancing or drinking so we knew we wanted to add other details to make sure they enjoyed their time with us and ways to thank them for being a part of the most special day of our lives.

After guests had time to mingle, snack and sip on champagne, they were escorted to their seats for the ceremony. One of my songs to Dylan is “Thinking Out Loud”, the cover by Boyce Avenue. I absolutely melt at that song. We played it as I walked down the aisle and I cried every step of the way as I locked eyes with Dylan. He tried to fight the tears and looked up to the sky but quickly found that there was no way to hold back the tears of joy. I held my dad tight as I walked down the aisle to Dylan and then my mom stood up with my dad to give me away. Normally dad’s give their daughters away, but my mom has been by my side every step of my life and has been the biggest influence in my life so it only felt right that she be part of that moment. When they stepped away, I quickly grasped Dylan’s hands and we just looked into each other’s eyes the entire ceremony. We whispered to each other under our breath and talked about our life together, how much we loved one another; it was perfect. The scripture that our officiant shared were ones that we wrote. A good portion of the scripture was part of the traditional scripture but we added personal touches throughout that told our story, beginning with our first date 6 years ago from that very month. When he said “you may kiss the bride”, “Kiss Me” by Sixpence, None the Richer started playing, Dylan dipped me down and kissed me.

As we walked down the aisle as husband and wife, our family and friends tossed confetti over us. We went around to the front of the house while guests were departing and all of our guests immediately came to where we were instead of into the house for cocktail hour. Although it wasn’t planned and it isn’t generally part of tradition, it was one of my favorite parts of our wedding day. All of our family and friends celebrated us and we were able to hug every single one of them. Our amazing caterer realized what was happening and brought champagne to our guests on the front lawn while we mingled. Shortly after, everyone was escorted inside while we took our portraits. After that, we had our first dance on the balcony with just Dylan and I while our photographer and videographer got peeks through the doorway. Our guests were then escorted to their assigned seats during the reception. Instead of the traditional sweetheart table or small family table for immediate family, we did farm tables placed together that allowed us to laugh over dinner with our closest family. With our moms, dads, grandparents, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews surrounding us, it felt like home. It felt like a big thanksgiving dinner where we shared stories and laughed over delicious food. There were so many personal details that it was so hard to choose which one to share with you but those were some of our favorites!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

One of our absolute favorite moments was our first dance as husband and wife. We went against tradition and decided to do a private dance on the balcony of our venue, off of the groom’s suite and it was the best decision for us! We, of course, had most people respond as “you have to do your first dance in front of everyone,” and we get that is part of tradition but we knew we wouldn’t feel 100% in the moment and wanted to make it a moment we would remember forever and so we did. We whisked away after our ceremony and pictures to the balcony and danced to “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. I still relive that moment every time I hear that song played on the radio. I felt like those 4 minutes and 56 seconds lasted a lifetime; like time froze and it was just Dylan and I dancing under that crisp, cool fall night.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Dylan and I were introduced through a mutual friend my sophomore year of college. We went on our very first date to see the movie “Footloose” in theaters and we started spending a lot of time together. He was about to head off to boot camp so we decided to stay friends but a few months later, we found our way back to one another and realized it was just meant to be. We started dating, quickly fell in love, and he’s been my best friend ever since then. Four years later, we went on a cruise and when we were anchored a few miles off the coast of Haiti, after a perfect dinner, we were walking through central park on the ship, his parents were with us and wanted to get a picture of us under this gorgeous arbor and while we were posing for the picture, Dylan whispered to me – “you know that I love you more than anything in the world”… he turned around, got down on one knee, told me how much he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and asked me to marry him. I was so happy that all I could do is just cry, say I love you and kiss him over and over again. I was so happy that I hadn’t even looked at the ring or let him put it on me at this point. I cried SO many happy tears. I knew long before that moment that I wanted to spend my life with him. He was my best friend. The one that I want to share every moment with, the one I want to dream with, the one I want to have holding my hand when we’re 80. He’s my everything.

Bridgett & Dylan from Point200 on Vimeo.

Photography: Ally and Bobby Fine Art Photography // Florals: Plume Events // Styling and Coordination: Amanda Blair by Design // Calligraphy & Stationery: Bridgett Lynette Designs // Venue: The Bradford // Dress and Veil: Maggi Bridal // Cake: Sugar Euphoria // Hair and Makeup: Mary Davis Hair and Makeup // Catering: Rocky Top Catering // Vintage Rentals: Cottage Luxe // Vintage Lounge Sets: Greenhouse Picker Sisters // DJ: Raleigh Event DJ // Robes: The Knot // Videography: Point200