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If there’s anything we know about southern women, it’s their flair for hospitality! This bridal shower is no exception! We love the idea of the bride herself inviting her attendants-to-be out for an intimate luncheon to celebrate friendship. Asking your bests to be in the bridal party is a perfect chance to toast them all (and how cute are those sweet gifts, with paper goods by Ink Nashville)! This fete at Riverwood Mansion, shot by Photographix and styled by Commerce Street Events is as summery as it gets, set in the garden and decorated with pops of red thanks to flowers by Brocade Designs. Bright ideas from Catering & Events by Suzette include a seasonal menu, and fresh strawberry popsicles served in champagne that make for a festive affair! We are absolutely in love with this idea! Anyone else think they would consider hosting a mini luncheon for your bridesmaids-to-be so you can ask them in style???

Wedding Blog Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon
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Wedding Blog Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon

Wedding Blog Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon

Wedding Blog Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon

Wedding Blog Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon

Wedding Blog Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon

Wedding Blog Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon

Wedding Blog Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon

Wedding Blog Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon

 

Vendors: Photography: Photographix // Event Styling and Production: Commerce Street Events // Venue: Riverwood Mansion Nashville, Tennessee // Florals: Brocade Designs // Catering: Catering & Events by Suzette // Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids of Nashville // Rentals: Music City Tents & Events // Vintage Rentals: Stockroom Vintage // Paper Goods: Ink Nashville // Runners: La Tavola Fine Linen

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Ali and Conrad were college sweethearts at Duke University, but careers pulled them apart graduation. Five years later, they reunited and eventually became engaged on campus where they first met! With Chapel Hill Country Club as the setting for the big day, we love that the pair insisted guests have a memorable and relaxing evening (think pre-ceremony cocktail hour with a jazz trio!). Ali’s gorgeous bridesmaids all chose their own gowns, and we’re pretty much OBSESSED with their glow! We also love how the wedding date–June 21st–was the Summer Solstice, set the theme for the wedding design, carried out by Erin McLean Events. The images by Graham Terhune are absolutely breathtaking and we know you’re going to love the details Ali shared with us!

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What made your wedding special and unique?

It was important to Conrad and I that the entire wedding weekend was memorable and enjoyable for our guests — great food, great wine and great entertainment were paramount! To start the night off on a lively note, we decided to switch up the typical order of events by hosting an all out cocktail hour before the ceremony. Instead of being ushered directly to a chair, guests were able to relax and mingle on the patio over drinks and passed hors d’ouvres – with a jazz trio playing in the background.

Wedding Blog Summer Solstice Chapel Hill Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Summer Solstice Chapel Hill Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Summer Solstice Chapel Hill Country Club Wedding

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

Dress shopping was one of my favorite parts of the entire wedding experience. There were SO many beautiful gowns, exquisite fabrics, amazing designers, subtle details and striking fits that it was nearly impossible to narrow my search to THE one. In the end, I chose an unconventional approach that allowed me to blend the best of all worlds – blending an incredible 19-layer tulle Monique Lhullier skirt with a strapless lace overlay cocktail dress, which was worn as a ‘corset’ initially – and later without the skirt as a short dress for our “getaway” (we actually just drove around the parking lot)! I loved the idea of mixing the aesthetic of a classically elegant gown with the fun surprise of an edgier party dress for the end of the night.

Wedding Blog Summer Solstice Chapel Hill Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Summer Solstice Chapel Hill Country Club Wedding

What were some touches added to make it personal?

I worked with a jewelry designer to create bracelets for the bridesmaids. They each picked their own dresses (which was a bit of a gamble but turned out PERFECTLY – the girls were stunning) and this detail provided an intimate note of unity. Another thing that was special and personal to us was the DATE: June 21st — The Summer Solstice — The 1st day of Summer — and also (not-entirely-coincidentally) my half-birthday! The Sun & Solstice theme was woven throughout the wedding – from the sunburst image on the invitations to the song choices to menu which featured fresh, local June fare. I’m already thinking about planning the 2nd Annual Summer Solstice party in 2015….

Wedding Blog Summer Solstice Chapel Hill Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Summer Solstice Chapel Hill Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Summer Solstice Chapel Hill Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Summer Solstice Chapel Hill Country Club Wedding

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The weather was ALMOST a disaster – the morning of the wedding forecast a 60% chance of tropical storms. Sure, we had a tented ‘rain plan’ but even that would have been pretty soggy…. The sky looked ominous all day but thankfully started to clear up just as our guests began to arrive for the cocktail hour. I walked down the aisle to the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” and – as though on cue – the clouds parted just as I stepped outside.

Wedding Blog Summer Solstice Chapel Hill Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Summer Solstice Chapel Hill Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Summer Solstice Chapel Hill Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Summer Solstice Chapel Hill Country Club Wedding

Tell us how you met and became engaged!

Conrad and I met and dated while we were undergrads at Duke University. After graduation, we parted ways (he for Vail and NYC, me for Washington DC) for about 5 years before finding one another again – and the rest is history! After a wonderful week with my family at the beach, we stopped through Durham for the night on the way home to DC. It was a beautiful evening and Conrad suggested a stroll around campus before our late dinner reservation. He proposed directly below the arch of a quad where we both lived Sophomore year. It was a beautiful moment and I could not be more grateful to the random passerby who had the foresight to capture this picture from afar!

Wedding Blog Summer Solstice Chapel Hill Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Summer Solstice Chapel Hill Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Summer Solstice Chapel Hill Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Summer Solstice Chapel Hill Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Summer Solstice Chapel Hill Country Club Wedding

Vendors: Photography: Graham Terhune // Ceremony and Reception Location: Chapel Hill Country Club // Wedding Planner: Erin McLean Events // Florist: Tre Bella // Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier {skirt} and self designed corset // Cupcakes: Gigi’s Cupcakes // Band: The Winn Brothers

Our bride from today, Marissa, is a wedding photographer, so you can only imagine how difficult it was for her to plan her own big day! Marissa and her beau, Bronson, were married at Pala Mesa Resort and made sure to incorporate their love of family into the gorgeous day. Not only did family pitch in their talents to make the day special, but they also incorporated many family heirlooms into the decor for an even more personal touch! This is most definitely a vintage meets modern wedding–with a classically modern black and white palette and a subtle touch of antique pieces to add a personal flair! Today’s images by Matt Edge are going to totally grab you!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

As a wedding photographer myself, I’ve seen so many different styles of weddings. There are so many gorgeous ideas out there, so it was difficult to decide on how I wanted MY own wedding to look! It was important to my fiancé that our wedding also reflected his style preferences (“nothing too whimsical or shabby chic”…ha!), so we decided on an elegant, classic look with some vintage touches. My husband and I are both Christians, as are our families, so it was important to us to incorporate our beliefs into our ceremony. We had our pastor share the gospel with our guests during the ceremony, and my husband and I also took communion. Our guests told us, “This wedding is so you guys!” which was wonderful to hear. We wanted the day to represent us and portray the love that we have for one another.

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

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

I had seen this particular dress online and the only store I could find it at was a bridal shop in Glendale, CA called Karoza Bridal. I wasn’t too sure if the store would be my style, but I really wanted to try on that dress. When we got to the store, they pulled that one dress I had my eye on, but we also looked around at some of the other dresses. My 13-year-old cousin found a dress for me and wanted me to try it on. It was the first dress I tried on, and it was absolutely stunning! Everyone was in awe! I tried on a few more dresses, including the one I came to the store for, but nothing compared to the first dress! The ivory lace and delicate beading were just so pretty, and the dress didn’t seem to overwhelm my petite frame.

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

What were some touches added to make it personal?

The majority of the decor was either handmade or from my parents’ home. (My mom is extremely talented in interior design!) The tablecloths on several of the tables were from my great grandmother’s dowry. My husband and I aren’t huge fans of cake, so we had just a tiny cake to cut, and then we had a giant dessert bar. My grandmother brought authentic Italian desserts to have as part of the dessert table (I’m 50% Italian, 25% Greek, and 25% Scottish!, so this was special). Each guest got a box to take home goodies in. There was not a single dessert left at the end of the night! On some of the tables, we had old pictures of our relatives, including my great-great grandmother’s wedding picture. My husband and I are both quite musical, so we wanted to incorporate our love of music into our wedding. We had a string quartet play during the ceremony and we had a family friend sing and play guitar during the cocktail hour.

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

What was the most memorable part of the day?

For me, the most memorable part of the day was when the DJ played YOU AND I by Ingrid Michaelson as the last song of the night. Our family and friends formed a circle around us as we danced. Everyone clapped along and sang, and I just remember having the goofiest, happiest smile on my face. For my husband, he says the most memorable part of the day for him was, “When you were getting nervous and I rubbed your hands and told you it was ok.” Super sweet!

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

How did you two meet?

Bronson and I met in Algebra II class during our sophomore year of high school – 9 years ago! We hit it off right away; however, we were both in silly high school relationships at the time. Bronson’s parents wondered why he would always talk to me on the phone instead of his girlfriend. And, my mom knew Bronson had a crush on me when he came over and played “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt over and over again. Within a few weeks, our other relationships fizzled (as high school relationships often do). And, within a few more weeks, Bronson and I were staying after school for “math tutoring.” We were really just hanging out and sneaking in a few kisses here and there. We fell for each other hard and fast. To this day, we still have that undeniable chemistry and will look for any excuse to take a break from our busy lives just to spend some time together (and sneak in some kisses).

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

Tell us how you became engaged!

In May of 2012, Bronson and I drove up to San Francisco to photograph my friend’s wedding. On Friday, the day before my friend’s wedding, Bronson and I ventured around the city and spent the day sightseeing. Near the end of the day, Bronson wanted to go “scope out” a place on the beach for the romantic evening we had planned for Sunday, the day after my friend’s evening. Bronson and I walked along the shore, just enjoying the beautiful view and each other’s company. We were the only ones on the beach. We came across this big log and sat down. To the left was the Golden Gate Bridge with the sun setting behind it. The view was just stunning! Bronson and I were just talking and laughing. Then, he said, “Babe, I have a question for you.” He then proceeded to get down on one knee. He pulled out a beautiful ring from his pocket and said, “Marissa Andronicos, will you marry me?” Of course, I said, “Yes!”

 

Wedding Blog Heirloom Inspired Black and White Wedding

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Vendors: Photography: Matt Edge // Venue: Pala Mesa Resort // Hair & Coordinator: Bianca Whaley // Makeup: Sierra Buchanan // Florist: Tanra Carr // DJ: Jeremy // Desserts & Cake: Alex Soto // Videographer: I Do Wedding Video | Kyle Laughlin // Photobooth: Pixster Photo Booth // Girls’ Robes: Silk and More // Groom’s suit: Calvin Klein

The lavender fields of Woodinville Lavender Farm in Seattle are just so beautiful, we’re pretty sure they are the stuff of dreams. When you add to that a wispy white tent, design details by Pink Blossom Events, blooms by Fena Flowers, a gown by LaineeMeg and plenty of farm to table details, it’s absolutely beyond! We are so excited to share these images with you shot by Katie Parra Photography.

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Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Vendors: Photographer/Art Director: Katie Parra Photography // Design/Coordination: Pink Blossom Events // Venue: Woodinville Lavender // Floral: Fena Flowers // Rentals: AA Party Rentals by Cort // Paper Goods: Sally of La Happy // Wedding Cake: Hey Sweets! // Rose Gold Wedding Rings, earrings, and necklace: Green Lake Jewelry Works // Models: Molly & Josh Jackson // Gown and Veil: LaineeMeg // Hair & Makeup: Salon Maison // Lavender Cocktail: Kaspars // Farm Tables: Seattle Farm Tables // Puppies names are Basil and Wilfred (The lab is Wilfred and the retriever is Basil)

Stephanie and Dave hail from New York City, but with family all over the country, they knew no matter what, there would be plenty of travel for their wedding, so they opted for a destination wedding in Palm Desert. The pair hosted a golf tournament, Fiesta welcome dinner, wedding, and brunch, all at La Quinta Resort! With plenty of time poolside too, I can’t imagine a more fun and festive weekend with those you love. This couple is so dang gorgeous, and all the more so thanks to images by Michael Radford. Are you ready for this? We are obsessed with the design by Artisan Events and know are you are going to love!

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Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

What made the wedding special and unique?

Although we both have worked and lived in New York City since college, Dave is originally from the East Coast and I’m from Los Angeles so, no matter what, a lot of our guests were going to have to travel. For this reason we decided to have a destination wedding. We chose La Quinta Resort and Spa in Palm Desert because my family had been vacationing there for years and we had both been together there before and enjoyed it. A large majority of guests made a long weekend out of it and we hosted a golf tournament, Mexican Fiesta welcome dinner/rehearsal (which Michael Radford took photos of as well) and a farewell brunch all at La Quinta Resort. The casitas at La Quinta Resort were great and we took over a whole section of the resort so everyone gathered all day at the pool. It was all about family, friends and spending quality time together.

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

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

Originally I was hoping to wear my grandmother’s dress as both Dave and I are very sentimental but after a dry cleaning snafu and major shrinkage, I set out to find something really special and unique. I knew I didn’t want to be a cupcake bride. A number of people kept recommending Elizabeth Fillmore to me and when I went with my sister, and maid of honor, to Saks Fifth Ave. in New York City I tried on a few of her designs and loved them. I tend to wait sometimes until the last minute with big decisions and after my sister returned to Los Angeles I dropped the ball. My sister followed up with me a few months later and I looked at Saks Fifth Ave. again and they were having an Elizabeth Fillmore trunk show two days later, I decided it was a sign! I got the last slot of the day and was lucky enough to get to spend quality with Elizabeth Fillmore who is absolutely wonderful and we narrowed my selection down to two of her dresses, but in the end ‘Jewel,’ my dress, was the one. I can’t tell you enough how lovely Elizabeth Fillmore was, we even FaceTimed my mother during the fitting so she could be a part of it!

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

What were some touches added to make it personal?

We wanted the wedding weekend to reflect how we are as a couple, and Dave and I both love to host get-togethers in NYC and we felt our wedding should demonstrate that hospitality. We wanted to make sure our guests would enjoy the weekend and just relax and enjoy all the great company and surroundings. My favorite color is orange and the wedding took place in an orange and citrus grove on the property and that lead us to using oranges as a detail in all the beautiful floral arrangements by Artisan Events. Artisan Events also served as wedding coordinators, and were responsible for all events during the whole wedding weekend affair. Also, we originally had planned for our one-year old German shepherd lab mix puppy to join in the wedding ceremony, but in the end had to leave him behind with his trainer. However, Dave surprised me with a life-size, cutout photo of the puppy so he was there in spirit and found a place on the stage at the reception. When everyone was dancing like crazy on the dance floor the band picked up the mock-up of our dog and was dancing with it, super fun!

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

What was the most memorable part of the day?

When I decided to have an outdoor ceremony in Palm Desert I was happy because I knew that weather was one thing we would not have to worry about… who would have guessed that the wind could pick up so dramatically! We had one of our closest friends from college, Adam, marry us and as part of the ceremony we had our two sets of parents lighting candles they would hand to us to light a new candle together. Unfortunately the wind picked up right then and despite many attempts by our parents and us to get the candles lighted we realized that it wasn’t going to happen! It actually ended up being a magical moment with some quick-witted commentary from Adam and both families coming together to block the wind and work together to at least try and get the main candle lit! Everyone was laughing and it was special how we all came together.

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Want to hear about how they became engaged? Check out their engagement feature on Grey Likes!

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Vendors: Photography: Michael Radford // Venue: La Quinta Resort // Event Design/Florals: Artisan Events // Make-Up: Samantha Salk // Hair: Helena Van Zandbergan // Dress: “Jewel” by Elizabeth Fillmore // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Letterpress Stationery: Black Ink of Pacific Palisades