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Dillingham Ranch in Oahu, Hawaii provides a tropical backdrop to this romantic styled shoot designed by Kristen Moux Events. Celebrating the natural foliage of the setting, the ceremony takes place in front of an avenue of royal palms and a reception awaits the couple beneath an old banyan tree. We love the whimsy of the hanging floral chandelier and the drama of the white blooms on the ceremony gate by Floral Inspirations. All the sophisticated, destination elegance is captured Absolutely Loved Photography for you to enjoy below!

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Photography: Absolutely Loved Photography // Event Planning and Design: Kristen Moux Events // Floral Design: Floral Inspirations // Menu Stationery: Emi Ink // Place Cards: Workshop28 // Venue: Dillingham Ranch // Linens: Les Saisons // Signature Cocktails & Beverage Service: Stir Beverage Catering // Wedding Dress: Love & Lace // Hair & Makeup: Blush Makeup & Hair // Engagement Ring: Jade by Nikolai // Cake: A Cake Life // Tableware: Maison De Ware

 

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Joanna and Dave were married in an elegant and traditional ceremony and celebration coordinated by My Dandelion Event at St. Vincent’s School for Boys in San Rafael, California. Joanna recruited long time friends and bridesmaids to design the florals and calligraphy. Alyssa with Ginger Rose created pink florals with Italian vibes to honor the groom’s heritage. The color palette is soft and romantic filed with blush, ivory, and green. Set against the amazing grounds of the venue, the effect is stunning. Courtney Stockton Photography worked her magic behind the lens to capture these gorgeous images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Dave and I envisioned an intimate, traditional Catholic wedding that reflected his Italian heritage. The Most Holy Rosary Chapel, and St. Vincent School for Boys where it is situated, are each imbued with a rich historical European ambiance that tied in perfectly with this vision.

It was very important to us that our families be a part of our special day. My cousin had been ordained as a Catholic priest just one month prior to our wedding, so ours was his very first wedding to officiate. Dave has two sisters – one of them sang the responsorial psalms and the other eloquently performed the liturgical readings. Two of my young cousins added very memorable charm to the occasion as they proceeded down the aisle as flower girls.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The whole day was so memorable for us, but there are two moments that really stand out.

The first was when the church doors opened and we saw each other for the first time. Neither one of us had seen each other’s attire before the wedding, so just seeing each other was breathtaking.  Then, different but just as memorable, being announced as husband and wife and walking out on the balcony – seeing all of the people our marriage has brought together – it was spectacular!

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

At the very outset of my engagement, as I was flipping through bridal magazines, I spotted the Lela Rose “Woodlands” gown, and I instantly knew it was the dress for me! Several months later my mom and I planned a weekend of dress hunting. I hadn’t yet told her about the Lela Rose gown because I wanted her to be completely unbiased in my selection. I had lined up an appointment at Jin Wang in San Francisco. I tried on many dresses and my mom loved each one. But I will never forget the moment when I walked out in the Lela Rose gown – her eyes instantly welled up and we both began to cry.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

The first time we met was at a Mexican restaurant in Berkeley, CA called Comal. We sat down and ordered drinks, then being a gentleman, Dave let me select the appetizer. He didn’t tell me that he hated shrimp, and of course, I ordered the shrimp ceviche. Because Dave didn’t eat much, I began to worry that maybe he wasn’t that into me – but all turned out well on our second date!

The story on how we became engaged is pretty special for us. Dave planned a picnic at one of our favorite spots in Tiburon. It was a gorgeous sunny day when we arrived – and, it was just the two of us. Dave laid down a quilt and began unpacking things. He suddenly got down on one knee. He told me that I was the love of his life and asked me to marry him.  Of course I said yes!! He followed that up with a bottle of our favorite champagne (that he’d hidden away in our picnic basket), put on some music, and we spent that afternoon gazing at the Bay. Next to getting married, this was by far the happiest day of my life!

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Photography: Courtney Stockton Photography // Coordinator: My Dandelion Event // Florist: Ginger Rose // Calligraphy: Kendall Cameron Calligraphy & Design // Venue: St. Vincent’s School for Boys // Caterer: Ray’s Catering // Baker: Mariposa Baking // Ceremony Music: Marin String Quartet & Ensembles // Hair & Makeup: Meaganne McCandess Hair & Makeup Artist // DJ: DJ Saint Patrick at Golden State Productions // Dress: Lela Rose via Jin Wang

 

Elegant, etherial, old-world elegance—these are some of the descriptors that come to mind when viewing this gorgeous editorial from Ashley Upchurch Photography.  A very talented team of vendors came together to express “Ardor,” meaning enthusiasm or passion, in this shoot. Maidenhair Floral created the lovely, fresh florals and Paper Birch Designs created the elegant, hand-scripted invitation suite. We love the porcelain menu and are the series of stunning Carlee Sizemore headpieces are a must-see for every bride desiring that dreamy accessory. Check out all the details in these beautiful images by Ashley Upchurch Photography.

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Designer and Photographer: Ashley Upchurch Photography // Studio & Rentals: Ardor Rental Boutique // Floral Design: Maidenhair Floral // Paper Goods: Paper Birch Designs // Gowns: Chaviano Couture // Off-the-Shoulder Gown: Sarah Seven from Ivory & White Boutique // Headpieces: Carlee Sizemore // Hair/Makeup: Mallorie Ory at Heritage Salon // Model: Mallory Abraham of JEA Model Management // Place Setting: Stella & Co // Cake: Home Bake and Candy Shoppe // Ribbon: Froufrou Chic

 

Audrey and Austin’s wedding day is filled with a vibrant palette ranging from lilac to blush to tomato red to magenta all set against the regal backdrop of The Castle at RockwallLizzie Bees Flower Shoppe executed stunning rose-filled florals throughout the event including stunning mantle garland, a lush bouquet and bold centerpieces. A modern cake by Say it with Sugar and the images by the wonderful Erica Mae Photography  capture all the details and the couple’s delight.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Definitely the venue! The Castle at Rockwall had so much to offer, it really was a no-brainer! And something that made it very special to me personally, was having one of my best friends and bridesmaids doing my makeup and another bridesmaid’s mother doing all of the coordinating. My bridesmaid, Gabrielle, made me feel like the prettiest girl in the world that day, and she killed it on my hairstyle! And Cindy, our wedding coordinator handled every detail perfectly. I would have been lost without these two on my wedding day!

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

I was not at all expecting to buy a dress that day, but we walked into Mockingbird Bridal in Dallas and it was right there in front of me on a mannequin and I said that’s it! I want to try that on first! And of course I loved it, but everyone else wanted me to keep trying things on, but I put that dress back on at the end of the appointment and told them to ring it up! That was my dress and I simply fell in love with it!

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

The personal touches were all over the place for me, I picked out everything and I made all of the decisions. But the flowers were pretty personal to me; my grandmother who passed away this year and her daughter (my aunt) loved flowers and bright colors. So when I looked at the flowers, it made me think of the ones I love. And Lizzie Bees did an amazing job making my requests come to life!

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What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The most memorable part of the day was probably right when Austin and I sat down to eat, and both looked at each other and said Phew! That went way better than we thought it would! We were both so stressed out trying to get everything done and it still amazes us how perfectly everything went! We loved every minute of seeing everyone we loved in the same room and we are so grateful for all of the amazing people in our lives.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Austin and I met while I was at Texas A&M getting my bachelors degree. He was up visiting with my bridesmaid Gabrielle’s now husband. We have been inseparable since then! My proposal was the biggest surprise ever, and I am a “surprise ruiner” so I do not know how he pulled this off. He proposed after the finale of the huge firework show my uncle and my cousins put on every 4th of July. He really did an amazing job, and my family can be a little intimidating sometimes so I was truly shocked! I, of course, said yes! And I have honestly never felt so special than I did that day, up until my wedding day!

Photographer: Erica Mae Photography // Florist: Lizzie Bees Flower Shoppe // Invitations: Minted // Venue: The Cast at Rockwall // Cake: Say it with Sugar // DJ: David Allen Events // Film Lab: Photovision

photographer @ericamaephotography // florist @lizziebeesflowershoppe // invitations @minted // venue @thecastleatrockwall //

cake @sayitwithsugar // film lab @photovisionprints

We LOVE this shoot. Moody with ocher hues and a modern sensibility that’s so fresh and romantic. Here’s what Landon Jacob, the fabulous photographer, had to say about it: “We were all craving some personal work- something with deeper hues, something atypical from most of our weddings. We live in the South, where most of the weddings are light filled, with soft hues and tons of lace which is all gorgeous, we just wanted to dabble in something we normally don’t see. Jessica Rourke brought the styling, and Fern Studios created some killer florals. It was a dream to photograph! The lighting was incredible!” Well, Landon, we’re sure glad you guys dabbled with something a littler different because we’re obsessed!

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Photography: Landon Jacob // Design: Jessica Rourke // Florals: Fern Studios // Dress: Shop Gossamer // Hair & Makeup: Mikel Rumsey