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You guys—Will and Jen’s destination wedding is SO FUN! The Australian couple chose a private villa in Phang Nga for their Thai wedding celebration with guests flying in from all over the world. The weekend was filled with festivities and a day-after pool party, and a joyously colorful seaside ceremony and reception planned and designed by  The Wedding Bliss Thailand. The florals by IAMFLOWER are bright and cheeky and perfectly compliment the adorable styling of the lively blue-on-blue-on-blue bridal party. We’re also loving the way that Blush Photography captured all the beautiful moment sof the day in her dreamy film photographs.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding venue was in a private villa in Phang Nga (just north of Phuket in Thailand). It was such a perfect location because you get the sun, sand and sea with the added bonus of a luxurious villa to stay in. Having our family and friends fly in from around the world to celebrate with us in Thailand really meant a lot to us. We had guests attending from Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, London, New York, Portland, Hong Kong, Japan and Vietnam. As it was a destination wedding we made it a weekend of festivities, including welcome drinks and a pool party the day after.

What made it special was our amazing wedding entourage. Our very helpful family and friends.

Then there’s our superstar vendors like Blush Photography and Joncu. They were so professional and snapped away tirelessly (even though Kristy was 7 months pregnant) trying to keep up with a very animated wedding party.

Our wedding planners, The Wedding Bliss team, turned our vision into a reality. Everything from styling, sourcing props, managing suppliers, printing, setting up an outdoor beachfront photobooth, creating our donut cake dreams. They were like magicians and seamlessly turned our venue from ceremony into a beautiful dinner reception in less than an hour. It really went so smoothly that we struggle to think how we could have done it without them!!

We had our ceremony on the grass lawn overlooking the sea, followed by sunset drinks and canapés on the beachfront and then an outdoor reception complete with fairy lights. It felt like a magical dream. We really had the best day ever!!

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

My wedding dress is from Pallas Couture, one of the best Australian couture wedding dress designers. I found it on the secondhand website Still White. I trusted my instincts on picking the dress. I wanted a dress that accentuates my figure but is also relaxed and flowy enough for me to spin, dance and run along the beach.

A little unconventional (and probably breaking all bride-to-be rule books out there) but I bought the dress while I was living overseas in Amsterdam. I got my sister try it on, take photos, got measurements and bought it without trying it on. When I moved back home to Sydney I got it custom fitted by a family friend. I knew what I wanted and I also knew I didn’t want to build so much hype about finding that dress that is ‘the one’. The wedding is definitely more than just a dress for me. It’s crazy when I think back about it but it all worked out perfectly. I felt beautiful, the dress fit like a glove and my groom said I looked perfect.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

In lieu of a traditional wedding guest book, we designed and printed a wedding cookbook which we got our guests to sign and stick in Polaroid stickers. The book contained favorite recipes sent in from each and every one of our wedding guests (even the ones that couldn’t make it). And it included our family and friends message on love and marriage for us. In place of engagement photos, we included our favorite travel photos instead which completes the 190 page book! This book became very personal and special to us and we are both so proud of the outcome. Our guests also loved the idea too. Now that we’re married, we plan to cook the recipes and continue to celebrate, cooking and sharing a meal with our family and friends beyond just the wedding day.

Every aspect of our wedding day felt personal because we had our close family and friends invoked and helping out a lot. From making turtle magnets as place card holders, ring pillows and program fans. They stepped in and went above and beyond to make our day special, always calm and fun for us. As cheesy as it sounds, we never felt more loved.

Our wedding ceremony was officiated by our really good friend. She did such a great job in making it super personal and uniquely us. We wrote our own vows, exchanged wedding rings that we made, had readings from our loved ones. We even ‘Thai-d the knot’ as our unity ritual to keep in theme.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

I was reluctant but our first look was one of the most memorable parts of the wedding day. We exchanged a letter we wrote to each other while we were back to back. We hadn’t seen each other at that time but before we could even finish reading the letter, both of us were already tearing up. When we were done, we took 3 steps forward and turned around to see each other for the first time. It’s not something you can explain but it was just special, intimate and real. It was just us. It was definitely a lot more emotional and heartfelt than we had anticipated! Lots of ugly crying involved.

The wedding day from start to finish had so many memorable parts. I’m so thankful we got to start the morning right with a yoga session on the beachfront.

I loved the getting ready part of the day because it was such a girly family affair. My sisters did my hair and makeup and my cousins helped too. My bridesmaids and I all got ready with my mom, sisters-in-law and cousins in the room.

Other memorable parts of the day includes having drinks and canapés on the beach with a live acoustic band playing, a photobooth that looks into the ocean waves, sunset and feet in the sand. That moment was so perfect and I wish it could have gone on longer.

The reception was so much fun. We had bride and groom games, whiskey bottle chugging with a GoPro camera strapped to it, great speeches and amazing Thai food. We finished off with a soul train dance off which prompted our groomsmen, bridesmaids, parents and siblings to all dance in. It was such a great way to get everyone dancing and everyone did!

Last but not least, a very memorable way to end the night – all that dancing made us so hot so we ended up having an impromptu pool party once the formalities were done. All the guests, including the groom started jumping in the pool. Once I saw the bridesmaids jump in, I knew what I had to do – I jumped into the pool, in my sequined wedding dress!!

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at a night club/bar in Sydney. Little did he know, I was only there as a wing-woman for my girlfriend who liked one of his friends. I didn’t know any of his friends but seemed to blend in so he thought I was one of the group when he approached me. He was friendly and one of the most genuine guys I’ve ever met. There was something very honest, endearing and special about him, so when the night ended and he asked for my number, I gave it to him (Note: I NEVER give out numbers to a guy I meet at a bar!!). After that he pursued me for over a year while I was studying overseas in USA. This was back in 2006 (I think)!

When it came to the proposal, I thought it was going to be in Oxford, UK as he very suspiciously booked a weekend trip for us there. He tried to disguise it as a visit to his friend’s place but he’s not a good liar so I told him, I know something’s up.

He completely threw me off as it happened on our Lisbon trip (Portugal) a few weeks before while we were traveling with friends. We were visiting Sintra, (a castle) and he made me go up a tower which overlooks Lisbon to ‘take photos’. I hesitated at first but went up with him. We took photos together. He said “let’s take a selfie” which is so unlike him, so I should have known at that point but was too happy snapping away to realize. When I took one last photo of the scenery overlooking the city, I turned around and there he was on his knees, asking me to marry him. It was so cute seeing how nervous he was (which he never is!) I said YES and we celebrated our engagement in a romantic weekend in Oxford after. It was all very luxurious and special!!

Planning and Styling: The Wedding Bliss Thailand // Photography: Blush Photography // Flowers: IAMFLOWER // Venue: Private Villa // Wedding Gown: Pallas Couture // Wedding Bands: Larsen Jewellery // Engagement Ring: Verragio // Invitation Suite, Calligraphy and Wedding Favors: Handmade by the Bride // Brides Dress & Veil: Pallas Couture // Bride’s Shoes: Kurt Geiger // Hair and Makeup: Jessica Ngu (Bride’s sister) // Bride’s Earrings: by Elsa Corsi // Bridal Clutch Bag: The Daily Edited // Ring box: Mrs Box // Bridesmaids’ Gowns: Twist Wrap Etsy Shop // Groom’s Suit / Groomsmen’s Outfits: Country Road // Suspenders: Scotch & Soda

 

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If Bella and Tom’s Oxfordshire private estate wedding is the quintessential English wedding, then we’re encouraging all you garden party brides to take note of the way the Brittish do nuptials. As photographer Inspired By Love notes, their location was “just picture perfect and not unlike a setting from a Jane Austen novel with its expansive lawns, a folly and white bridge over a gently flowing river.” Um—YES. And, of course, we love the floral-driven details pulled together by wedding stylist & coordinator London Bride. The illustrated stationery by Fin Fellowes is delightful and the florals by Foxgloves & Glory are prefect in a pastel palette. Lucy for us, Inspired By Love was behind the lense to capture all the dreamy, garden moments of Bella and Tom’s big day!

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from Inspired By Love: This couple wanted a quintessentially English wedding and were lucky enough to be able to hold their day on a private estate in Oxfordshire which was just picture perfect and not unlike a setting from a Jane Austen novel with its expansive lawns, a folly and white bridge over a gently flowing river. The setting echoed the couple’s style perfectly with the groom and groomsmen in traditional ’tails’ suits and the bride in an elegant, feminine gown with the most beautiful bouquet! There was definitely a gentle floral theme with the bridesmaids in delicate floral printed dresses and floral garlands.

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The couple held their ceremony at a local church that was just a few moments away from the where the reception was held. The quaint church was decorated simply and elegantly with foliage and candles. The couple exited the church to a walkway of cheers and confetti!

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After the ceremony guests mingled on the immaculate lawns while they drank local ales and sipped on Champagne. For the ladies we arranged with the talented florists Fox Glove & Glory a floral crown station so that guests could have a go (with a helping hand!) at making their own garland to enjoy for the rest of the celebrations. So many girls did and they were wearing them long into the night!

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Making the most of the beautiful scenery, the couple even hopped into a rowing boat with friends for a little ride down the river, a brave bride in her wedding dress but she managed to do so unscathed!

The delicious wedding breakfast by Eat Five Star and reception were held in a stunning and airy Sperry Tent; inside was styled elegantly and in keeping with the English setting.  The florists set the long tables with grey linen and pretty pastel floral arrangements with dahlias, roses, scented stocks and foxgloves and fern with seasonal fruits and scattered candles. The pretty stationery with bespoke monogram and crest complimented the color scheme with its hand illustration by Fin Fellows, and each guest found their seat from a hanging escort card arrangement with calligraphy by Judy Broad from the steps leading to the tent. As guests took their seats along the edges of the tent, as British tradition encourages, ladies hung up their hats and fascinators from pegs as guests wrapped up in blankets to escape the slight chill in the air.

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The couple had a close friend make the three tier cake which was again topped with fresh flowers to tie in with the scheme. The other side of a grand central bar was the dancing area with large light up letters from Doris Loves and casual seating for weary dancing feet! The bride slipped into a Self Portrait dress for the evening and guests continued to dance late into the night (the benefit of being in the middle of nowhere!) to a DJ with live saxophone duo.

Photography: Inspired By Love // Wedding Stylist & Coordinator: Charley at London Bride // Florist: Foxgloves & Glory // Stationery & Illustration: Fin Fellowes // Reception: Private Venue // Escort Cards: Calligraphy by Judy Broad // Sperry Tent: Papakata // Catering: Eat5Star // Cake: Friend of Bride // Light up Letters: Doris Loves

 

 

Megan and Andrew both industry professionals—Andrew works in special event production and Megan is a co-founder of Wild Roots floral design—so and the bride says “we kind of had the perfect set of skills to make our wedding beautiful and unique!” We could not agree more and are having a hard time peeling ourselves away from these magical images by Hannah Beth Photo of a day filled with spectacular tropical florals and more monstera leaves than a girl could dream of! The Santa Barbara Historical Museum provided a lush backdrop and the rainy weather made it all the more magical. We know you’re going to love it!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Everything! Andrew works in special event production and I work in the wedding industry as a photographer, florist, and designer, so we kind of had the perfect set of skills to make our wedding beautiful and unique! More importantly, we had am amazing team of friends, family and professionals who were committed to helping bring our vision to life. The support and connectedness of everyone throughout our planning process is truly what made our wedding feel so right and special! Also, our wedding was entirely outdoors and a few days before the big day, the forecast said “RAIN.” We scrambled to get a tent in place for the reception, order ponchos for our guests for the ceremony, get more blankets and heaters, but everything came together! Andrew and I felt so loved, cared for and believed in throughout our entire wedding process, and for that we are so thankful!

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

I wanted a dress that was really elegant, but felt totally relaxed. I tried on about a million but the moment I slipped into my Johannah Johnson gown at Dress Theory, I knew it was the one. I felt completely like myself in it, and didn’t want to take it off! I paired it with a matching tulle skirt that I ditched just before the reception for an evening look. I also LOVED my veil by Sara Gabriel; it was a tulle cathedral veil that trailed behind me as I walked down the aisle. It also made for the most amazing intimate portrait shots!

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Our vision for our wedding was to create an event that really brought our people together and made them feel at home and totally able to enjoy the day. We incorporated our home states, FL & CA, in our guest book set-up by designing state-shaped cutouts for our guests to sign. We love food (who doesn’t?!) so we chose a lot of our favorites from our hometowns, like pulled pork sandwiches (for Florida) and a fresh guacamole bar (for Southern CA). Since I (Megan) am a florist, we really cared about our florals and wanted them to reflect our love for tropical, beachy culture and places. We chose tons of leafy, lush greens and exotic blooms to make our venue feel like a tropical garden, or maybe a jungle.

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 What was the most memorable part of the day?

Our first look is one of them: As I was walking over to surprise Andrew, I glanced down at my dress and noticed blood on the front of it.  Yeah, you’d better believe I panicked. I had cut my finger and not even noticed because it was so cold out! SO, our first look started out with me crying and Andrew spitting on my dress to get the crimson disaster off. Thankfully, it worked!
And then we laughed/cried it off and recreated the moment so that amazingly romantic first look pictures could still be a thing. This moment has stuck with me as such a sweet reminder that real life is actually really messy. Sometimes you get blood and spit on your Australian silk dress before you even get to walk down the aisle in it. And sometimes you fight when you’re *supposed* to be “honeymooning” still. But there is so much grace! Let’s allow ourselves and each other to be in the middle of it, working through the messy and learning how to receive extravagant help and radically big Love. It’s gonna all be worth it.

All of the little moments are especially memorable for us – taking a moment during the ceremony to just look at all of our guests, our family, best friends, all gathered to support us and love on us. Cocktail hour was amazing – we finished photos before the ceremony so we got to be with our guests during dusk. Some of our best friends gave toasts during this time and we will never forget the sense of togetherness, love and magic we felt in those moments!

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

I (Megan) am from Southern California. Andrew is from the east coast of Florida. I moved from the east side to the west side of Los Angeles on November 3, 2013. Andrew arrived in Redondo Beach from Florida one month later, on December 1, 2013. While Andrew surfed and began working for IMG, I worked at a coffee shop, took photographs, and worked on building my business, Wild Roots. On Easter Sunday, 2014, a mutual friend introduced us at our church, and I knew that this guy was special. Sounds crazy, but I knew the first time we spoke that I would marry him! We went on our first “date” the following Friday morning, before work. Our second date was later that same Friday, after work.

Over the next months, our love for each grew like crazy. Our friends became each others’ friends and so many new ones joined the crew, as well. We are so amazed at the kindness of Jesus towards us. He gives the best gifts and has been so faithful to place us in a community that loves each other intentionally and deeply. Andrew’s work caused him to be on the road for 100 days the first summer we were dating (and the second), but we believe that God nurtured our relationship immensely in that time, giving us courage, endurance, patience, and community to support us.

Our love grew as we spent time with our families together and learned about where one another came from. And it just kept growing as we played, camped, laughed, cried, fought, forgave and listened to Jesus together.

On May 26, 2015, Andrew was still supposed to be in New Orleans for work. Instead, he flew home a day early and surprised me by knocking on my front door! I was shocked and couldn’t stop smiling and laughing. We went to our favorite, regular happy hour spot on Santa Monica pier, played some air hockey in the arcade next door, then walked toward the ocean to watch the sunset over the water. About a minute after sitting down on a bench, Andrew turned toward me and I knew something serious was happening. He fought through the tears, got down on a knee, and asked me to marry him.

I couldn’t believe what was happening. I wasn’t expecting a proposal until much later this year and was caught completely off-guard! In the same moment, I felt so much peace and excitement, but also so much fear and confusion. The reality of what it means to say “yes” to one man for the rest of my life was so heavy and real in that moment of choosing for me. I was delighted to say yes to Andrew, but felt the grief that comes with major transitions and with saying no to many other potentials and pasts.

I scribbled this down in a blog post soon after we became engaged, and we both think it is so expressive of the way Andrew and I understand this amazing, exciting decision:

“Our choices are so powerful. On May 26, 2015, we chose to say yes. Yes to commitment, yes to teamwork, yes to partnership, yes to brave and honest love, and yes to sacrifice. This is going to be wild.”

Credits: Photography: Hannah Beth Photo // Coordination: SB Weddings by Holly // Floral Design: Wild Roots // Cinematography: Stillwater Cinematography // Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum // Makeup: Kasey Russell // Hair: Katie Lee // Catering: Woody’s BBQ // Officiant: Jason Lomelino // Dress: Johanna Johnson // Veil: Sara Gabriel // Cake: Beka Breneman // Cupcakes: Crushcakes // Production Assistant: Brittany Bagwell // Day-of Styling: Samantha Miller // Vintage Rentals: Circa Vintage // Rentals: Discount Party Rentals // Lighting: Bella Vista Designs // Chalkboard Art: Bre Young

 

Cozette and Chad, two Los Angeles creatives, celebrated their marriage with a chill, DIY ceremony and reception on a family ranch in Oklahoma—a beloved escape from their bus city life in LA. We’re using “DIY” loosely, because while, yes, the couple executed much of their own wedding details, the bride is an interior designer and the groom a custom woodworker and what they “did-themselves” is pretty, darn professional. The vibe was super chill, and Cozette designed the graphic-rustic florals and enlisted help in the form of family and friends to create string together an ombré of carnations for the ceremony backdrop. Chad made several serving boards from various wood species that were stamped with our custom C+C brand. We’re definitely loving the way Grey Collective member Anna Lee Media captured the relaxed summer mood of this wonderful backyard bash!

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

We wanted our wedding celebration to be intimate and simple. Our goal was to throw a great party for our family and friends with the added bonus that it was also our wedding ceremony.

We were very fortunate to be able use a family property for our venue that was both very private and personally significant; it’s a welcome respite we enjoy during every trip to Oklahoma and an escape from our city life in Los Angeles. The end result wasn’t overly extravagant, but it was beautiful, and personal, and everything we wanted. All was made even more special by the effort and great lengths that our friends and family went to helping us pull off our DIY soirée that we spent only four months planning.

We were also blessed with a brightly fantastic Super Moon.

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

For many years my wedding gown vision was inspired by a Dolce & Gabbana runway show that was endless flowing ruffle tulle skirts and chambray denim tops.

After a bit of searching, I fell in love with a tulle skirt from BHLDN’s separates collection, however it was from a past season and no longer in stores. I was lucky to find both the skirt and coordinating corset top available on the resale site Oncewed.. The discounted price fit our budget and I was able to have it let out to fit! In a nod to the D&G inspiration, I paired the skirt with a denim top during our pre-ceremony cocktail hour so that the whole outfit was revealed later.

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What were some touches added to make it personal? 

I love making floral arrangements and always knew I would style my own wedding. I enlisted my mother and a few friends to string together an ombré of carnations for our ceremony backdrop while I made my bridal bouquet. The colors I settled on were whites, pale peach and pinks, and subtle Aqua blue accents. Long Ruscus garlands were used as table runners and my favorite flower used was the peach Juliette Garden Roses; I wore one in my hair and put one atop our cake. Chad made several serving boards from various wood species that were stamped with our custom C+C brand. The contrast of those boards and the rustic farm tables against the vintage stemware and mercury glass votives was the perfect marriage of our two aesthetics.

We also brought a bit of coastal California to Oklahoma by serving freshly baked Olallieberry pies for dessert. A nostalgic nod to my (Cozette’s) hometown.

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What was the most memorable part of the day? 

It’s impossible to pick one moment or part of the day that stands out above the rest. Our ceremony was perfectly special and sentimental, but also the part of the day we planned for the least. Going in with no expectations or rehearsal made it fun and authentic. We had a Bride & Groom processional, walking together to Van Morrison’s Into the Mystic. The song was longer that we expected and we all had a good laugh, lightening the mood as we waited for the end of the song. We each wrote personal vows and our officiant was our dear friend John, who quoted lines from Prince’s Let’s Go Crazy, which was a perfect addition to our not-so-conventional approach.

By the end of the evening we had four generations dancing together to a playlist that we left entirely up to our DJ, Dakota, who is our close friend and also Chad’s business partner. He played songs that were forgotten favorites that brought back great memories of our seven years as a couple. We were the last two people left under the disco ball hanging in the trees at the end of the night.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We both work in the interior design industry in Los Angeles and met at a networking function for design professionals. (Cozette is an interior designer, Chad is a custom fabricator, woodworker, cabinetmaker). Our third date was a weekend trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea to ring in the New Year with Chad’s close friends. We returned home as an official couple.

Six years later we were looking for a bit of an escape and decide to return to Carmel for a “Carmel-iversary”.  We stopped for a supposed impromptu hike in Big Sur on our drive north and while relaxing on the trail, Chad surprised me by proposing in our camping hammock. The ring was disguised inside a handmade walnut box with messages stamped all over the outside, similar to a special wood cube he had made me for a past birthday.  This new box opened up with the words, “marry me” stamped inside. A teary red wine toast in paper cups followed and we got married the following fall.

Photographer: Anna Lee Media // Event Styling & Floral arrangements: Bride // Invitations: elli // Venue: Private Ranch, Mustang, Oklahoma // Bride’s Dress: BHLDN from OnceWed.com // Groom’s Clothing: Bonobos  // Hair & Makeup: Blo. // Farm Tables & Benches: Kahoy Studios // Vintage Stemware: Grassroots Vintage Event Rentals // Catering: Running Wild // Natural Light Labeled / Branded Fruit: CITRUSMARK // Olallieberry Pie Filling: Linns of Cambria, CA.

 

Dare we say it—summer’s end is in sight (sniffle) but it’s beautiful shoots like this one, planned and photographed by Anna Kardos Photography, that remind us to savor all the fleeting final days of the season. Filled to the brim with sunny elegance, the details shine at the manicured grounds of the Tuckahoe Plantation. Floral Designer,Love Blooms DC created the most elegant overgrown bouquet to fit the color scheme of clean and white with highlights of dusty blue and lavender and Jenn Heller Design Co. created timeless calligraphy and stationery pieces. Happily Ever Designed Event Planning & Rental styled the details to perfection and the resulting images are sure to delight!

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Photography & Planning: Anna Kardos Photography // Styling: Happily Ever Designed Event Planning & Rental // Floral Design: Love Blooms DC // Invitations/Menus/Calligraphy: Jenn Heller Design Co. // Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation // Second Shooter: Molly Lichten Photography // Cake: The Buttercream Bee // Bridal Boutique: Sealed with a Kiss Bridal, Richmond // Dress Designer: Casablanca Bridal // Model: Shasta Dooms // Hair/Makeup Artist: Transformations Artistry LLC // Ring & Earrings: Susie Saltzman // Ring Box: The Mrs Box // Shoes: Aldo // Event Rentals: Nathaniel’s Unique Events