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Description: Earthy Colonial Bridal Inspiration

Planner and stylist The Purple Chair adores the changing seasons and set out to bring the beauty of an autumn wedding to Jumeirah Golf Estate in Dubai. Drawing upon an earthy palette of terracotta, burnt orange and deep red florist Tulipano created a graphic bouquet and a striking suspended installation creating a dramatic explosion of color. Calligraphy and illustrations in the stationery suite from Hello It’s Matilda add a timeless appeal while a vintage-inspired dress adds romance. Lucky for us, Lizelle Goussard was on hand to capture all the details of the timely autumn vibes.

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Photography: Lizelle Goussard // Styling: The Purple Chair // Flowers: Tulipano // Stationery: Hello It’s Matilda // Venue: Jumeirah Golf Estate // Paper goods: Papier Handmade // Dress: Bridal Showroom // Makeup: Diana Mauer // Model: Nadya Alawiny // Cake: Whisk Bakery // Furniture Rental Chairs: Red Velvet // Lingerie: Lasya Intimates // Model: Nadya Alawiny

 

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Stephanie and Andrew’s misty Portland wedding day is filled with lovely details and stunning florals in a perfectly dusty, blush-centric palette. The couple married and celebrated at Bluehour, an urban restaurant that they transformed into the venue of Stephanie’s dreams. They achieved the look with Anna Mara Flowers‘ dreamy blush-hued bouquets and tablescapes accented by greenery and mauve, peach and blush blooms. Bridal party fashion and reception details are from Anthropologie and BHLDN and paper printing is by Anders Printing Company. The couple chose Alixann Loosle Photography to capture their big day and we’re happy to share the lovely images with you today!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We used a wedding venue that is not typically used for weddings. It is a restaurant that I transformed into the venue of my dreams. Most of the wedding guests were from out of town, so they had no idea what to expect. When it was raining outside, we had the most wonderful time eating dinner with candles and lights to show the beauty of the flowers and hurricanes draped across the tables.

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

My gown was from Ania bridal and I found it on my first time looking for a dress. I knew exactly what type of dress I wanted and when I described it the bridal consultant she went running to the back of the room because she knew she had something that would be perfect. When she brought it back to the dressing room, my eyes lit up because I knew it was perfect. I had not considered wearing a blush dress, but when I tried it on I saw how the blush helped add a little color back to my skin and added a bit of fun to the look overall. I absolutely loved the detailed scalloped work on the lace of the dress. I purchased the dress after a week of thinking and I could not have been happier with how I looked on my wedding day.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

One of my husband’s hobbies is to DJ so he put together all the music for our wedding in advance. At one point in the night, we both went to the DJ booth and played the music for while and had some fun! Music always brings us together and we thought it would be perfect to have it also bring all of our guests together on the dance floor. Another way we added a personal touch was by including our dogs. They were in the hotel room while we were getting ready and they walked down the aisle during the ceremony. Our wedding wouldn’t have felt right without our dogs being there.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was the first look. Taking a moment to see each other one last time before we exchanged vows and got married was a moment full of excitement and love. Our family and friends were watching nearby and holding back tears and I felt so loved and lucky to be loved. After we had spent some time on our own, everyone came running in for a group hug and I felt so lucky to have so much support on my wedding day.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in Arizona through mutual friends right before we began college. We dated all through college and we then moved to Portland, Oregon where he went on to finish medical school. One day, when he was halfway through medical school, we went to one of our favorite parks that overlooked the entire city and Mt. Hood with our dogs. We sat on a bench enjoying the view and he dropped down on one knee and proposed. When I said yes, my friends from home came running out from behind all the trees and gave us a giant group hug. We all went to a music festival in the gorge to continue the celebration. I was so shocked how he could have planned all that without me finding out. He knew how much it would mean to me to have my friends there for such an important moment in my life.

Photography: Alixann Loosle Photography // Florist: Anna Mara Flowers // Printing (invitations, name cards, welcome sign, seating chart): Anders Printing Company // First Look Venue: American Bank Building (Pioneer Square)  // Ceremony: L’Heure Bleue // Reception & Cake: Bluehour // Wedding Gown: Ania Bridal // Table Numbers, Vases & Hurricanes: Anthropologie/BHLDN // Videographer: Moving Pictures // Bridesmaid Dresses, Bridal Accessories: Anthropologie/BHLDN (veil/bracelet/earrings/halo) // Bridal Heels: Nordstrom // Bridal Slippers: Anthropologie // Bridesmaid Getting Ready Moo Moos: Etsy Shikoco // Bridesmaid Champagne Glasses: Anthropologie // Groom Suit: Duchess Clothier // Groom Watch: MVMT
// Groomsmen Suits: Banana Republic // Groom/Groomsmen Ties & Pocket Squares: BHLDN // MOB & MOG Dresses: BHLDN // Hair/Makeup Artist: Jessica // Cake: Bluehour with flowers by AnnaMara Flowers // DJ: Anthony Nguyen (Friend of Andy. Andy made the set himself)

 

 

Jenni and Jason wanted a wedding day “classic enough that we’d look back and love every detail year after year.” So the couple enlisted the help of planner True North Events Co. to help them achieve the “simple, modern and romantic vibe” they dreamed of for their San Francisco nuptials. A crisp, fall day help set the tone  and made for beautiful portraits of the wedding party decked out in navy gowns and tuxes. Florals and ceremony arrangements by Meredith Farrar Designs are voluminous and slightly unruly for a modern feel. Classic touches like Pollet Paper Co. letterpress invitations and a calligraphy monogram by Kelsey Malie Calligraphy add a timeless quality while Jenni makes a modern statement with her rad black leather jacket over her white Theia gown. Lucky for us, the couple selected the signature style of Anna Marks Photography to capture all the details in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We got married on November 17, 2017 at a restaurant (Foreign Cinema) in San Francisco. It was a perfect crisp fall day and we had an incredible time just relaxing with our bridal party, getting ready, popping some bubbly. We did our first look in the charming Pacific Heights neighborhood and took pictures in a gorgeous park nearby. The sun was just setting and it was so romantic and beautiful. Our wedding took place at Foreign Cinema restaurant in San Francisco’s hip Mission district. We were going for a simple, modern and romantic vibe. Something that would be classic enough that we’d look back and love every detail year after year. But fun and different enough to show off our personalities.

It was totally dark by the time the ceremony started, which we were a little nervous about, but it ended up being so great!! We had white twinkle lights and candles (Glassybaby) everywhere to create a really moody, romantic vibe in the outdoor courtyard. We had guests sit in a U shape around us and had a sitting/standing ceremony to keep it feeling intimate and casual. It was a Friday night, so we made sure guests could get the party started right when they arrived— upon arrival, they were greeted with coupes of champagne and little bowls of popcorn.

Our close friend officiated our “loosely Jewish” ceremony, under a chuppah we borrowed from friends who we met in Israel that was covered in lace from my late grandmother (a really nice way to incorporate some of my family heirlooms). The ceremony was sweet and hilarious at the same time (we had been dating already for 10+ years and had traveled extensively around the globe with our officiant, so there were some really fun stories sprinkled in).

After the ceremony, the party started! Instead of a formal sit down dinner, our whole reception was cocktail style and guests were free to move around the three open spaces of the restaurant. We worked with Foreign Cinema to create a “tapas” style menu, with small plates roving around the room for a few hours. When it was time for dancing, everyone joined us in the modern industrial looking gallery where our DJ was spinning amazing beats all night. We also had a projector playing black and white 90s music videos on the back wall (everything from Madonna to Backstreet Boys). It was a huge blast and created such a fun dance vibe.

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

I had a pretty clear idea in my head about what I wanted – something really classic, timeless and simple but with a bit of a modern feel. I tried on a ton of dresses in all different styles but kept coming back to this one. After bringing my mom, sister and a few other friends to see it, we were all sold! It was a pretty easy, painless process. I love that it had a really simple silhouette, with a few fun details (like the sleek crepe fabric, a deep back and enough of a train to make it feel slightly formal). It was also really fun to pair accessories – I did gold mirrored shoes to add a little bit of pizazz, a classic two-layer veil to add a bit of a traditional romantic vibe and then for the party, a leather jacket!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

– My late grandmother’s lace covering the chuppah and rose pin for my bouquet

– Earrings borrowed from my mother-in-law (that belonged to her late mother), bracelet borrowed from my best friend Alex (that she and our other friend both wore in their weddings!), veil borrowed from my friend Hannah (that she wore in her wedding)

– Sunday Candy for wedding cake song (Jason loves Chance The Rapper)

– Guest book was a “cookbook” I made for Jason with pictures and recipes from our travels

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Definitely the ceremony and those few moments before the ceremony. We were up on a balcony and could watch everyone coming in, it was really cool to see the look on their faces as they entered the space and it just felt like there was so much excitement in the air. The ceremony was for sure the most memorable part – it just felt so intimate and having our good friend officiate struck the perfect tone for us, our families and our friends.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Jason and I met in Fall 2006 as freshman at UCLA and started dating shortly after. 10 years later, after a move to San Francisco, lots of adventures and international travel, a shared apartment and many other landmark moments, he woke me up to go watch the sunrise (one of my favorite activities). That morning, he proposed while we were watching the sunrise over San Francisco from Marin’s Hawk Hill (Google it— it’s gorgeous!). It was a Friday morning, so we spent the day together then celebrated with family and friends later that night.

Photography: Anna Marks Photography // Planner: True North Events Co. // Florist: Meredith Farrar Designs // Invitations: Pollet Paper Co. // Venue & Catering: Foreign Cinema //  Wallflower Design // Calligraphy: Brown Fox Calligraphy (envelopes) / Kelsey Malie Calligraphy (monogram) // Make Up & Hair: Dreamcatcher Artistry // Wedding Dress: Theia, from Lovely Bride // Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith // Entertainment: Stephan Kane (guitarist)  and Chris Fox with Fox Sounds (DJ)  // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Haley and Jerry both hold Wisconsin dear to their hearts, so when it came time to choose a venue, Door County’s The American Club proved to be a natural one. Haley’s stunning Naeem Khan gown provided inspiration for the design of the day in its intricate floral applique and glam vibes. The celebration included a garden ceremony and candlelit ballroom reception filled to the brim with white florals in all shapes and sizes. Classic details shine throughout the day and Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay capture it all in their signature photography style.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Jerry and I are both from Kansas City and have lived there most of our lives, so one would think it would make sense to get married in our hometown. However, from the very beginning of our wedding planning we knew we wanted to do something different. We had tossed around many different ideas– Southern California, somewhere in the Caribbean, and Napa to name a few, and were pretty undecided about it until my dad actually suggested The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin. Once he suggested it we knew it would be the perfect place for our big day. Wisconsin holds a special place in both of our hearts— my family has had a second home in Door County, Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Michigan for over 20 years, where my parents currently reside half the year. Having spent every summer of my life up there, Wisconsin is truly my second home. Born and raised a Green Bay Packers fan, it was pure fate that Jerry and his family were also diehard Packer’s fans. A match made in “cheesehead” heaven! We spent many weekends of our courtship up in Green Bay and Door County, making Wisconsin a special place for us, and a perfect wedding destination.

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

Having gotten engaged on Christmas Eve surrounded by family and friends, my mom and I knew we had to begin the dress search quickly so that everything would be ready in 8 months time. Little did we know how incredibly easy my dress search would be! She and I went to Nolte’s Bridal in Leawood, Kansas just a few weeks after Jerry and I got engaged. At our appointment the owner, Michael Nolte, had pulled out several dresses from various designers. Not having any idea what kind of dress I wanted, I let him surprise me with some selections, and surprise me he did! When he brought out the stunning long-sleeved Naeem Khan “Palma” ball gown dress that was nothing short of a masterpiece, I was instantly intrigued. I was excited to try it on, but was unsure of the sleeves and all of the intricate florals sewn throughout, not knowing if it was what I had envisioned for my wedding day. Once I had it on, my mom and I were both speechless. We had never seen anything more beautiful or unique. Nolte said that one of the signs he notices when a bride has found her dress is that she won’t stop touching it and moving in it, and I could not keep my hands off it! After twirling around and looking at every possible angle in this dress, I went ahead and tried on four more gorgeous gowns, each very different from the other but each having elements that I loved. After going over some pros and cons of each dress, I tried on the Palma gown once more, and we knew— this was THE dress. By the time I had the veil on I think all three of us were in tears. I could not have been more happy with my decision, and I still think about my wedding dress all the time. Who knew I would choose the very first dress I ever tried on!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

The most personal “touch” of the wedding was the fact that it took place in Wisconsin, a special place to both Jerry and me. From the rehearsal dinner and welcome party at the Irish Barn at Whistling Straights Golf Course overlooking fairway and dunes atop cliffs over Lake Michigan, we knew our guests would be in a location like many of them had never seen before. Immediate family and wedding party spent the weekend in the historic and pristine Riverbend club, right down the road from all of our guests at The American Club, where from check-in to check-out guests are treated with first-class service by a staff who goes above and beyond. Having been a guest at The American Club several times previously, I wanted our friends and family to be able to experience the old fashioned charm that you feel from the moment you pull up the large circle driveway. My favorite part of being at The American Club is that it makes you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time, and we hoped that would create a unique and different experience for our guests.

When guests arrived we had gift bags waiting in their rooms containing some mementos from the weekend, all with Wisconsin-themed touches. For the rooms, we created our own version of “Do Not Disturb” signs for guests to hang on their doors that we designed in Kansas City at stationery store RSVP in Prairie Village, where we had all of our printed materials for the wedding made. Throughout the weekend we encouraged our guests to “Drink Wisconsinably”!

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

There was hardly a part of the day that was not memorable. We had the most beautiful weather all day long, making for amazing pictures and the perfect temperature for the outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour. From start to finish the day went on without a hitch, and there was such a great calm, excited, happy energy the entire time. One of my favorite parts of the day, aside from saying our vows at the altar, was finally revealing my wedding dress to my sisters, brother, and my dad. My mom and I had been the only ones to see it, a tradition that my younger sister is now carrying on for her upcoming wedding, and we had been waiting anxiously to finally show them all the dress of my dreams. When I walked down the stairs and had a private “first look” with my immediate family, before seeing my bridesmaids, friends, and even my groom, we were all in tears. I will never forget the looks on all of their faces, especially my dad’s. It was such a sweet, special, and private moment before the whirlwind of the wedding day festivities began. Another moment we enjoyed so much was the ‘first look’ between Jerry and I, and taking all of our pictures on the grounds of Riverbend. You can see in the photos how beautiful the scenery was, how happy we were, and how comfortable our amazing photographers made us feel.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Jerry and I have known each other for over ten years now, having met in Kansas City during high school, however we never spent much time together during those years. After graduating, I went to Miami of Ohio for college, while Jerry went to St. Louis University to play baseball. Following college, I moved to Chicago with many of my friends, and Jerry moved back to Kansas City. At the time, we had many mutual friends living in Chicago, most being from Kansas City, and Jerry would occasionally come in town to visit those friends. We crossed paths a couple of times and were able to reconnect as friends before we decided to start dating long distance in the fall of 2014. While I was finishing grad school at Northwestern, and Jerry was working in Kansas City, we dated almost one year, racking up many airline miles and road trips to see each other. Many of our weekends were spent driving from Chicago to Green Bay to catch Packer games, one of our favorite activities in the fall. When grad school finally ended, I decided it was time to move back home to KC. It was the best decision I ever made, and five months later we were engaged!

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Photography: Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay // Floral/Catering/Rentals: Provided by Venue The American Club // Printed materials: RSVP (store in Prairie Village, KS) // Venue: The American Club // Dress: Designer: Naeem Khan // Store: Nolte’s Bridal in Leawood, Kansas // Hair & MUA: Ashley Renee Tribble // Band: Michael Walters Orchestra // Videographer: One Fine Day Productions

 

There’s just something we love about the depth of the pink in La Tavola Fine Linen‘s Rose Velvet textile. The richness of the pink pairs beautifully with a variety of color palettes and styles like this tropical look created by Nichole Weddings & Events for a styled shoot at Four Seasons Resort O’ahu at Ko Olina. Soft florals in blush hues by Flowergirls Hawaii adorn the table and the suspended floral chandelier lending romance to the entire look. Adored by Jenna Lee & Joseph Esser were on hand to capture the details and they’re ours to enjoy in these lovely images.

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Photography: Adored by Jenna Lee & Joseph Esser // Planning & Design: Nichole Weddings & Events // Floral: Flowergirls Hawaii // Stationery: Bradley & Lily Fine Stationery // Venue: Four Seasons Resort O’ahu at Ko Olina // Bridal Boutique: Love & Lace A Bridal Boutique // Hair & Makeup: Dorys Foltin/Maleana Cosmetics // Cake: A Cake Life // Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen // Rentals: Les Saisons // Canopy: Mood Event // Ribbon/Gauze Runner/Ring Bearer Pillow: Adorn Company // Gift Box: The Papaya Exchange