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San Francisco couple Annie and Jake were married just six short post-proposal, two-thousand miles away in the city where they first met—Cincinnati. The couple dubbed their wedding theme “relaxed romantic” and enlisted the help of very talented friends to implement their vision at Carnegie​ ​Center​ ​of​ ​Columbia​ ​Tusculum​. Literally, from the photographer, to the band—and every vendor in between—was a personal friend of the couple. Depp, moody florals are by Katie’s​ ​Blooms​, and the bride wore BHLDN​ gown and shoes while her best friend Folchi​ ​Photography​ captured all her joy on her big day.

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From the bride: Jake​ ​and​ ​I​ ​got​ ​married​ ​in​ ​May,​ ​just​ ​six​ ​months​ ​after​ ​he​ ​proposed.​ ​We​ ​simply​ ​couldn’t​ ​wait​ ​to​ ​to​ ​start our​ ​life​ ​together!​ ​Because​ ​of​ ​our​ ​short​ ​engagement,​ ​I​ ​think​ ​our​ ​wedding​ ​ended​ ​up​ ​really​ ​reflecting​ ​the two​ ​of​ ​us.​ ​We​ ​didn’t​ ​have​ ​the​ ​time​ ​or​ ​funds​ ​to​ ​go​ ​too​ ​crazy.​ ​Ha!

If​ ​there​ ​was​ ​a​ ​theme,​ ​I’d​ ​call​ ​it​ ​”relaxed​ ​romantic.”​ ​We​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​things​ ​as​ ​simple​ ​and​ ​fun​ ​as possible​ ​for​ ​our​ ​guests​ ​–​ ​that’s​ ​where​ ​things​ ​like​ ​the​ ​food​ ​stations,​ ​cocktail​ ​tables​ ​and​ ​sparse​ ​seating, open​ ​bar​ ​featuring​ ​our​ ​favorite​ ​drinks,​ ​lawn​ ​games,​ ​and​ ​donut​ ​bar​ ​came​ ​into​ ​play​ ​–​ ​while​ ​still​ ​feeling beautiful​ ​and​ ​meaningful​ ​to​ ​us.

Jake​ ​and​ ​I​ ​are​ ​extremely​ ​lucky​ ​to​ ​be​ ​surrounded​ ​by​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​talented​ ​people​ ​in​ ​our​ ​life.​ ​They​ ​all contributed​ ​their​ ​talents​ ​to​ ​our​ ​special​ ​day.​ ​My​ ​little​ ​sister​ ​did​ ​all​ ​of​ ​our​ ​stationery,​ ​my​ ​best​ ​friend​ ​took our​ ​photos,​ ​another​ ​best​ ​friend​ ​made​ ​our​ ​video,​ ​our​ ​band​ ​are​ ​actually​ ​close​ ​college​ ​friends​ ​of​ ​my husband’s,​ ​my​ ​cousin​ ​cantored,​ ​my​ ​sisters​ ​and​ ​soon-to-be​ ​sisters​ ​decorated​ ​the​ ​reception​ ​space​ ​(with the​ ​blooms​ ​by​ ​the​ ​box​ ​flowers!)​ ​and​ ​made​ ​our​ ​boutonnieres,​ ​the​ ​cake​ ​was​ ​a​ ​creation​ ​of​ ​a​ ​local​ ​baker who​ ​I​ ​met​ ​years​ ​ago,​ ​when​ ​she​ ​was​ ​just​ ​getting​ ​started.​ ​Countless​ numbers ​of​ ​our​ ​friends​ ​had​ ​”jobs”​ ​and “responsibilities”​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​our​ ​day​ ​moving​ ​along;​ ​even​ ​our​ ​priest​ ​was​ ​the​ ​man​ ​who​ ​baptized​ ​me​ ​26​ ​years ago​ ​(and​ ​was​ ​also​ ​my​ ​dad’s​ ​former​ ​principal​ ​40​ ​years​ ​ago)!
I​ ​was​ ​a​ ​little​ ​worried​ ​about​ ​planning​ ​the​ ​wedding​ ​from​ ​2000​ ​miles​ ​away​ ​(we​ ​live​ ​in​ ​San​ ​Francisco,​ ​and got​ ​married​ ​in​ ​the​ ​neighborhood​ ​where​ ​we​ ​met​ ​in​ ​Cincinnati),​ ​but​ ​having​ ​so​ ​many​ ​amazing​ ​friends​ ​and family​ ​made​ ​it​ ​easy.

I​ ​think​ ​it​ ​was​ ​the​ ​personal​ ​relationships​ ​that​ ​made​ ​our​ ​day​ ​even​ ​more​ ​unforgettable.​ ​In​ ​fact,​ ​when​ ​the doors​ ​to​ ​the​ ​church​ ​opened,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​started​ ​walking​ ​down​ ​the​ ​aisle​ ​with​ ​my​ ​dad,​ ​I​ ​spotted​ ​all​ ​the​ ​most important​ ​people​ ​of​ ​our​ ​life,​ ​gathered​ ​together​ ​to​ ​support​ ​Jake​ ​and​ ​me​ ​in​ ​the​ ​pews​ ​–​ ​and​ ​I​ ​just​ ​started crying. They​ ​were​ ​the​ ​happiest​ ​of​ ​tears.

Other​ ​interesting​ ​things​ ​about​ ​our​ ​wedding:
Lavender​ ​has​ ​always​ ​helped​ ​relax​ ​me,​ ​that’s​ ​why​ ​we​ ​incorporated​ ​it​ ​in​ ​all​ ​the​ ​decor. Our​ ​band​ ​learned​ ​”Blue​ ​Moon”​ ​for​ ​our​ ​first​ ​dance,​ ​because​ ​it’s​ ​only​ ​once​ ​in​ ​a​ ​blue​ ​moon​ ​that people​ ​get​ ​so​ ​lucky​ ​as​ ​we​ ​did​. My​ ​dad​ ​and​ ​I​ ​danced​ ​to​ ​”The​ ​Way​ ​you​ ​Look​ ​Tonight”​ ​by​ ​Frank​ ​Sinatra; we’ve​ ​been​ ​planning that​ ​dance​ ​since​ ​I​ ​was​ ​in​ ​high​ ​school. I​ ​had​ ​five​ ​bridesmaids,​ ​my​ ​three​ ​sisters​ ​and​ ​two​ ​sister-in-laws.​ ​Jake​ ​asked​ ​my​ ​brother​ ​and​ ​his brother​ ​to​ ​be​ ​groomsman,​ ​so​ ​all​ ​of​ ​our​ ​siblings​ ​were​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​wedding​ ​party​ ​which​ ​was really​ ​special. It​ ​was​ ​so​ ​HOT​ ​the​ ​day​ ​we​ ​got​ ​married!​ ​After​ ​all​ ​the​ ​photos​ ​and​ ​before​ ​the​ ​ceremony,​ ​our wedding​ ​party​ ​had​ ​to​ ​stop​ ​by​ ​the​ ​local​ ​bar​ ​to​ ​cool​ ​off​ ​with​ ​a​ ​beer​! The​ ​wedding,​ ​photos​ ​and​ ​reception​ ​were​ ​all​ ​in​ ​the​ ​neighborhood​ ​of​ ​Columbia​ ​Tusculum, where​ ​I​ ​lived​ ​for​ ​two​ ​years​ ​after​ ​college,​ ​and​ ​Jake​ ​and​ ​I​ ​met​ ​four​ ​years​ ​before​ ​our​ ​big​ ​day.

Photographer: Folchi​ ​Photography​ // Floral​ ​Styling: Katie’s​ ​Blooms​ // Flowers: Blooms By The Box​ ​​// Paper​ ​Products: MOO​ ​​// Ceremony​ ​Venue: St.​ ​Stephen’s​ ​Catholic​ ​Church​ // Reception​ ​Venue: Carnegie​ ​Center​ ​of​ ​Columbia​ ​Tusculum​ // Bridal​ ​Shoot​ ​Venue: Queen​ ​City​ ​Vignette​ // Wedding​ ​Dress​ ​+​ ​Shoes Designer:​ ​BHLDN​ // Bridesmaid​ ​Attire: Azazie​ ​// Graphic​ ​Design: Colleen​ ​Butler​ ​Design​ // Cake​ ​Topper Hickory​ ​Twine // Hair: Hannah​ ​Quirk // Makeup: Chelsea​ ​Skurow // Food​ ​+​ ​Beverage: Jeff​ ​Thomas​ ​Catering // Bakery: Canteen​ ​Bakery​ // Videographer: Shane​ ​Harrison​ ​and​ ​Jenna​ ​Heaton // Ceremony​ ​Entertainment: DJ​ ​CEO // Reception​ ​Entertainment: Suede​ ​Jackets​ ​(band) // Grooms​ ​Suit Designer:​ ​Tommy​ ​Hilfiger​ // Tent: The​ ​Alleen​ ​Co​ ​​ ​​

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Photographer Ulviyya Mammadova attended Tamara Gigola‘s workshop in Kazbegi, Georgia—a breathtaking locale known for its natural beauty and mind-blowing mountain view—and the result is this stunning “Intertwined Hearts” inspiration shoot.  Minimalistic, organic details is the design by Peony Studio Events including gathered wild flowers by Katerina Kazakova & Nastasya Panina, woven macrame and headpiece. Black color in the stationery and the cake brought in an even more dramatic and aristocratic mood that’s sure to ignite inspiration in all our bohemian brides. 

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Photographer: Ulviyya Mammadova // Workshop: Tamara Gigola // Organization/Concept/Decor: Peony Studio Events // Florists: Katerina Kazakova & Nastasya Panina // Cake: Katya Nabirkina // Video: Studio Moments // Dress: Cathytelle // MUAH: Yana Bendeliani // Accessories: Olga Delice // Model agency: Look Models Management // Models: Max Macharashvili  / Qeto Qushashvili // Macrame: Svetlana Shchepkina // Dishes: Re Table

 

Ellie and Steve’s wedding day  is a testament to “letting the venue shine” with edited details that showcase the white-washed black-and-white patina of  The Oxford Exchange. Greenery and florals are by La Vie en Rose and an adorable tiered cake is by Chocolate Pi while Everence Photography was behind the lens capturing all the moment from getting ready to the Rolls Royce get-away.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Honestly, our wedding was so special and unique because of the dancing!! One of the things I kept saying prior to the wedding was, “I really just want everyone to dance!” I have a family full of former competitive dancers (myself included), as well as a group of friends that are always down for a good dance party. I’m not lying when I tell you about 10 seconds into the first song of the night – we had a full dance floor. The floor stayed full until the very end! Dancing with all sides of the family as well as our closest friends truly was one of the best moments for me.

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

My gown was Stella York (style 6291) and I found it at Something Blue Bridal in my hometown, Bradenton FL! I have lots of amazing females in my family so I went with a crew consisting of my mom, two aunts, two grandmas, one sister, three cousins, and my best friend – between the eleven of us we were able to find the most beautiful gown in the store!! It was a nude-ish a-line (“moscato” was how it was described) with delicate beading. It had a tulle bottom and the waistline was so flattering. It truly felt like “classic glamour” meets “modern hipster,” which couldn’t have been more me. I loved it!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

One of my favorite personal touches was our exit! Growing up, my parents would often end the day with a night-time drive through the beautiful parts of our hometown. My siblings and I would jump in the car with our dogs, blankets, and hot cocoa, and by the end of the drive, we were calmed (and maybe sometimes asleep lol). This “night-time drive” is something I’ve shared with Steve and our dog and we love it. On the night of our wedding, we left in a vintage Rolls Royce and cruised through the most beautiful parts of Tampa – Bayshore Boulevard, downtown, etc. We sipped champagne and looked at all the views. It was such a peaceful and truly glamorous end to the night. I still think back to how beautiful that drive was!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was when my husband and I were officially announced as Mr. & Mrs. Thomas! This started off our reception. We were preceded by our bridesmaids and groomsmen, who are truly my favorite people in the world. The DJ played a song that Steve and I have loved since the day we met (Tongue Tied by Grouplove). He had known I liked the band and had used the song as an excuse to come talk to me and eventually, ask me on a date 5+ years ago! Listening to this fun and sentimental song with my husband as we were celebrated by friends and family truly brought tears to my eyes. It was surreal.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Steve and I are both from the same hometown. We were two years apart in school but had mutual friends. The summer before I started college, I met Steve at a mutual friend’s party. It was a Monday and we are from a small town so the list of things to do was rather short. We ended up at the bowling alley with our friends! Neither of us are avid bowlers, so we sat on a friend’s truck bed outside and talked and talked and talked (or maybe I did and he just listened). Once we left that night, I knew had a new great friend – little did I know, I had also found my husband.

We dated for five years after that – through undergrad, grad school, moving home, adopting our first pup, moving in together  – we did everything together. On Valentine’s Day 2016, we spent the day at Rosa Fiorelli (a local vineyard) eating meats and cheeses and tasting wine. When we returned home, he asked me to marry him in front of the beautiful Manatee River (with our pup alongside). The rest is history!

 

Elizabeth & Stephen // Wedding Highlight from A Peachy Life Productions on Vimeo.

Photographer: Everence Photography // Florist: La Vie en Rose // Venue: The Oxford Exchange // Videographer: A Peachy Life Productions // DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates, Inc. // Cake: Chocolate Pi // Cocktail Music: Strings Attached // Dress: Stella York 6291 from Something Blue Bridal // Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu

 

The Stone Barn, a historic setting with amazing textures and tones gracing the interior and idyllic, pastoral atmosphere outdoors, inspired Justina Bilodeau‘s Provincial Romance editorial. Her goal was to design a slightly understated yet romantic ambiance that would compliment the setting and evoke a Provincial vibe choosing soft pastel tones, dainty vintage accents and organic textures. Of course we love the underlying floral theme—wowing in both in the stunning applique on the Joanne Fleming Design gown and the soft and overflowing florals by Marigold Floral Studio. The finishing touched are in the details like the hand-bound vows book , hand dyed silk ribbons and runner and the gold trimmed hand-thrown ceramics. The result is an approachable elegance that’s both airy and substantial and we know you’ll be totally inspired.

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Styling/Cake/Photography: Justina Bilodeau // Florals: Marigold Floral Studio // Paperie: Bijou Creative // Venue: The Stone Barn // Hand-Dyed Silk Ribbon & Runner: Tan Weddings // Handmade Gold-Rimmed Plates: Happiest Days Designs // Gown: Joanne Fleming Design // Shoes: Bella Belle // Hair & Makeup: Bei Capelli // Vow Book: Claire Magnolia // Furniture Rentals: A Plus Party Rentals // Model: Grace at Maggie Inc // Filmscans: Photovision

 

Today we’re sharing Cristin and Jonathan’s flower-filled fete from planners Basic Bash Events to cheer up all those suffering through the recent Spring snowstorm. Bright peaches, pinks and blues excite in the abundant florals by Creating Atmosphere and we love the mix of greenery throughout the ceremony and reception. Ashley Crawford Photography was on hand at NOAH’s of Omaha to capture all the details in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We decided not to see each other until the ceremony began.  It was very important for us to see each other for the first time accompanied by all of our family and friends just moments before we exchanged our vows.  There was so much anticipation and excitement for us leading up to that moment, and it felt so special.  We also wrote our own vows to exchange with each other during the ceremony.  The vows felt very personal and genuine, and even got some laughs from our family and friends.

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

I found my dress at Rhylan Lang.  I had been following them on Facebook prior to my engagement, and I knew 100% that I wanted to get a gown from their store.  They were so helpful in helping me choose different dresses to try on and made the process very easy and enjoyable.  Going in to looking at dresses, I thought I knew what I wanted in a wedding dress: sleeves, lace, and form-fitting.  Needless to say, my dress was strapless, loose, and didn’t have an ounce of lace.  I knew I had found my dress, and so did all those that I brought along, the moment I put on the dress;  My face just lit up, and I couldn’t stop smiling.  Hayley Paige is truly an amazing designer!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Writing our own wedding vows, as well as writing the majority of the script for the wedding ceremony were really personal for us.  We also had Jonathan’s cousin as our wedding officiant, which was very special for us.  And we can’t forget to mention that we had our own craft beer that we brewed with my (Cristin’s) family on tap for all of our wedding guests to enjoy.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

It’s hard to choose just one most memorable part of the day because the entire day was more than we could have ever hoped for in a wedding day.  It was amazing to be surrounded with love and support from all of our closest family and friends as we made our life-long commitment to each other.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at a party our freshman year of college in 2009, through mutual friends.  After a couple months, we began dating.  Jonathan proposed on November 6, 2015.  We had plans to meet my parents in downtown Omahafor supper.  When we arrived downtown, my sister told us that two of my nieces had come along and they were playing at the park.  As we walked to go meet them, I noticed not just two of my nieces, but all five of them and my two nephews.  They were all holding a sign, and as we inched closer, I was able to make out what the sign said, “Aunt Cristin, will you marry Jon?”  Jonathan got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

 

Photography: Ashley Crawford Photography // Coordination: Basic Bash Events // Florals and Design: Creating Atmosphere // Invitations: DesignedWithAmore on Etsy // Ceremony and Reception Venue: NOAH’s of Omaha // Wedding Dress: Rhylan Lang / Hayley Paige // Men’s Attire: Jos A Bank // Hair/Makeup: JB’s Salon and Day Spa // Transportation: Nebraska Party Bus