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We’re totally loving photographer Maria Doka‘s images from Michelle and Isaac’s intimate Brooklyn wedding at Maison May Dekalb. Maria captures the essence of the adorable couple, along with some spectacular light, on a sunny Brooklyn day. Michelle’s Mark Zunino gown is perfection—at once modern and incredibly romantic while her groom is timelessly dapper in his classic Burberry tux. The couple celebrated with a minimal ceremony and reception and went all-in on a local dessert bar including a macaron-decorated wedding cake and doughnuts from Doughnut Plant. It’s all the sweet details that are sure to make you smile!

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from the photographer: I seriously don’t even know where to start with these two! Michelle & Isaac were one of the most beautiful couples, inside and out, that I’ve had the honor of working with as well as capturing. Their love story was so genuine and their love just radiates. Being able to capture their kind of love is why I love what I do. I’m such a lover of intimate weddings! They are my favorite. This gorgeous couple got married and had an intimate wedding in Brooklyn at Maison May. Maison May Dekalb is the dreamiest of wedding locations. This venue is so charming and cozy, and basically everything an intimate wedding should consist of. And let me just say…the sun flares this day were out of control good. Non-stop swooning.

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My favorite moment of Michelle and Isaac’s day was their first look (actually I had a ton of favorite moments!) I set up their first look over at the Fort Greene park monument right in the center of Fort Greene Park. There was this amazing teal / vintage door that was perfect for the scene. Michelle’s gorgeous veil was flowing so perfectly for each shot during this portion of the day which made the first look even more amazing. GAH! The raw emotions and their genuine love is what made this first look so special. Michelle’s designer friend Isidoro Francisco, who actually went with Michelle to pick her wedding dress out, brought one of his designs (a gorgeous bomber) to take some shots in after the first look. Michelle naturally killed it. I mean, c’mon! Look at her! I loved the edgy vibe that the bomber added to Michelle’s gorgeous Mark Zunino dress as well as the significance of wearing one of her best friends’ designs on her wedding day.

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I can go on and on about this wedding and this amazing couple. But lastly, for all of you sweet lovers out there like myself, Michelle & Isaac had THE BEST dessert table at Maison May. Seriously, the best spread! Doughnuts from Doughnut Plant, cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar, cupcakes from Molly’s Cupcakes, the most stunning wedding cake with french macarons on top from Cannelle Patisserie… WHAT! YES. Oh, and the most darling L’occitane Perfumed Sachet’s as wedding favors. From start to finish, this wedding was one for the books! I seriously love Michelle & Isaac and I feel so beyond honored to have documented their beautiful love as well as their beautiful wedding day! Enjoy + Cheers!

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Photographer: Maria Doka // Florals: Stems Brooklyn // Venue: Maison May Dekalb // Wedding Dress: Mark Zunino at Kleinfelds NY // Bomber Jacket Designer: Isidoro Francisco // Earrings & Bracelet: Kenneth Jay Lane & Ben-Amun // Hair & MUA: Bobby and The Bride // Groom’s Tux: Burberry // Groom’s Shirt & Bow Tie: Knot Standard Custom // Groom’s Shoes: Duke & Dexter // Cufflinks: Tie Bar // Wedding Cake: Cannelle Patisserie, Creole // Cupcakes: Molly’s Cupcakes // Doughnuts: Doughnut Plant // Cookies: Momofuku Milk Bar // Wedding Favors: L’Occitane Perfumed Sachets

 

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We never cease to be amazed by the ways in which wedding creatives find new inspiration. In the case of this lush editorial, the talented team looked outside the wedding world and into the contemporary art world for inspiration in the form of a light installation by Victoria Janssen’ called “Into the Mist” featuring interactive orange, pink and yellow fog (seriously, check it out!). The result is a sherbert-hued mix of modern and organic details set in the blooming trees of Maui and featuring styling by Unveiled Hawaii, and super fun paper by Kate Paulson. Photographer Wendy Laurel was behind the lens capturing all the colorful moments utilizing double exposures and the sun flare to echo the feel of the art inspiration. We’re loving the result, especially perfect for brightening up anyone’s wintery day!

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Photography: Wendy Laurel // Styling: Unveiled Hawaii // Florals: Wendy Laurel + Unveiled Hawaii // Invites/Paper: Kate Paulson // Dress: Claire Pettibone // Table Settings: Set Maui

Olivia and Zach’s bright an preppy southern wedding is sure to delight. With an aubergene color palette that nods to the bride’s Mississpi routes and a subtle pineapple them (it stemmed from the mother-of-the-groom’s love of the fruit but eventually became the family seal) the details are thoughtfull and sweet. We’re loving the tented ceremony with modern suspended lighting and the golden tablescapes are gorgeous with a peppering of aubergene and purple and florals by Steven Ford Interiors. The details are all captured by Carrie Coleman Photography and sure to delight!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

When we were thinking about details for our wedding, we really wanted to emphasize on our two families coming together. Zach’s mom is obsessed with pineapples and has a ton of pineapples in their house, including the kitchen knobs. We wanted there to be a small pineapple theme throughout the wedding to honor her. But the biggest joke of it all is that I’ve become obsessed with pineapples in the process, we now say it’s our family crest. :)

In order to honor my family, who is from Mississippi and loves all things cajun, our colors were aubergine and gold, and we used lots of greenery as a nod to Mardi Gras.

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

I found my gown super early in the planning process and actually bought it on August 13, 2015! A year from the wedding! I bought it in Evelyn’s in Lugoff, SC, about 20 miles from Columbia, SC where I was living at the time. Evelyn’s had been recommended to me by five or six different people. I went there just to look with a couple friends, but ended up trying on six or seven dresses. The dress was not what I had initially envisioned… since I’m big-chested I had originally thought I wanted something a little more conservative. But I fell in love with it, my aunt called it my Jessica Rabbit dress.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Different family pieces were used continuously throughout our wedding. My husband’s ring was my grandfather’s. My earrings where my grandmother’s. My necklace was my mom’s. My veil was my aunt’s, and had been used by two of my cousins. Our wedding cake topper was my maternal grandparents’, and had been used for other weddings (including my parents), christenings, and my grandparents’ golden anniversary. Something we found out after we had chosen our date that it was the same date that an aunt and uncle on one side of the family had married, so they celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary by celebrating us. It was also the wedding anniversary of my maternal grandparents. Two wonderful, strong couples that I would love to emulate in my marriage. My cousin Allison who owns High Cotton Papery designed and created all of the paper goods. She also designed our logo! My best friend from high school made all of the cupcakes and cake. I’ve known our planner for 9 years and she has been like a big sister to me since her days of being my YoungLife leader. She had a baby two weeks before my wedding and I was amazed at their strength throughout the day. Couldn’t have done it without her.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

For me, it was walking down the aisle toward Zach. The whole day had been a wonderful whirlwind, and I loved every moment. Zach and I didn’t do a first look, it was something he was adamant about. He wanted to wait until I walked down the aisle to see me. Some people had told us it helped with the nerves of the day to see each other, that there is so much anxiety and stress that being with your person helps calm the nerves. I didn’t get antsy until 30 minutes before the wedding. At that point I was ready to see him. All my nerves disappeared when I saw him, instead I was incredibly joyful. Also I was surprised that I cried, but I couldn’t help it when I saw him crying.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged?

Zach and I met in 2012 through mutual friends while we were studying at the University of South Carolina. He was quiet, and so was I, and he wasn’t necessarily my “type” (I roll my eyes at this now) so nothing came of it.  We became friends when we had a class together and wanted a friend to sit with in a huge lecture class. But we realized what good friends we could be when we started studying together for a media law class, the following semester. Zach’s story for how he started thinking of me as more than a friend is a total fluke, and we have opposite beliefs about it to this day. We were studying in a group at my house for a media law exam. Zach was sitting diagonally from me at the table. Unbeknownst to me, he had his feet propped up in the chair next to him. The seat was directly in front of me, so I propped my feet up. I was also antsy from sitting for such a long time, so I was moving them a little. Zach took this as me flirting with him by playing footsie. I wasn’t.

Either way, it worked out for the better. But I wasn’t playing footsie.

We got engaged over the Fourth of July, in 2015. I love to spend the Fourth of July with my family in Gulfport, MS. But that year we wanted to spend it together. So his parents came to town and we went to my family’s church. It’s across from the beach and the city puts on a huge fireworks display every year. Zach proposed during the firework show, underneath an oak tree. It was wonderful getting engaged in front of our family, at a church where my family had been going for several generations.

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Photographer: Carrie Coleman Photography // Florals: table arrangements by Steven Ford Interiors  / bouquets by Wildflower Inc // Planning + Styling: Taylor Batt of Alyson Taylor Events // Paper Goods: High Cotton Paperie // Venue: Historic Rice Mill // Rentals: Snyder Events / Ooh Events / Eventhaus // Hair + Makeup: Stefanie Simpson Bridal // DJ: Ben Felton, East Coast Entertainment

 

Photographer Josh Deaton has definitely captured all the romanticism of this Amanda Watsom Workshop editorial and it’s GORGEOUS. Designed by Lindsey Zamora, the European inspired venue, the soft jewel tones and the subtle decor set the mood for an elegant story. We love the rich florals by Poppy Lane Design including a stunning bouquet tied together with raw silk ribbons by The Poetry Of Silk in the same blue hue as the gorgeous calligraphy invitation suite by Fig & Flourish. And we’d be amiss not to mention the gorgeous, airy Carol Hannah gown and how perfectly it fits with the organic elegance of the shoot. This one is sure to inspire!

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Photography: Josh Deaton // Design: Lindsey Zamora // Florals: Poppy Lane Design // Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Fig & Flourish // Venue: Aristide // Ribbon: The Poetry Of Silk // Tabletop: Posh Couture Rentals // Vow Books: Wedding Story Writer // Bride’s Attire: Carol Hannah // Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux // Hair & MU: Beauty & The Blush // Cake: Layered Bake Shop  // Macarons: We The Birds Macarons // Rings: Amulette Jewelry

 

 

Lanikuhonua was a natural choice for Jamie and Trey’s destination wedding for a bride who grew up in the Hawaiian islands. The tropical affair, designed by Grey Collective member Moana Events is one for the books. We can not peel our eyes away from the tablescapes at the tented reception—runners consisting purely of roses! Passion Roots florist continued to create magic at every turn with the pink and deep coral palette included a stunning floral arbor and centerpieces. June Cochran Photography was on had to capture all the rose-colored happiness of Jamie and Trey’s big day—your’e going to love it!

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From the Wedding Planner:  This stylish and fun wedding took place at Lanikuhonua with a beautiful beachfront backdrop surrounded by Hawaii’s most elegant foliage. Jamie and Trey’s inspiration came from the bright pinks, oranges, and corals of a sunset. Jamie wanted to incorporate her love of flowers into her wedding day and worked with her wedding planners to drape the tables and altar with ferns, peonies, dahlias, and roses. Trey, along with Moana Events continued the wow-factor and surprised his new bride with signage displaying sweet sentiments as she entered the property. The couple also chose Laurenish Designs to create custom hand painted watercolor stationery that matched their invitations to display items such as the dinner menu and cocktail selection for the evening. During the reception, accents of gold complimented the customized place setting of ferns and fuchsia pink place card napkin wraps.

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The bride grew up in the Hawaiian islands and wanted to share some of her favorite things with her destination guests, so the reception also featured local elements; a poké bar for dinner, malasadas – a Portuguese doughnut for dessert, and a live Hawaiian band.

Photographer: June Cochran Photography // Event Coordination & Design: Moana Events // Flowers: Passion Roots // Invitation & Stationery: Laurenish Designs // Custom Wedding Signage: Hawaii Calligraphy // Cake: Cake Hawaii // Ceremony Entertainment: Ikaika Rawlins, Hawaiian Trio // Cocktail & Reception Entertainment: Jeremy Cheng / Francis Delfino (DJ) // Catering: Chef Elmer Guzman’s Island Cuisine // Officiant: Matthew R. Weiss (Friend of the Couple) // Tent & Rentals: Accel Rentals // Rentals: Pacific Party Rentals // Rentals: Event Accents // Hair & Makeup: Blush Hawaii