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Miami couple, Giselle and Jordi, brought their big Cuban families to South Carolina to celebrate their nuptials. WED planned a stunning event at Brays Island Plantation including an outdoor ceremony highlighting cultural traditions against scenic backdrop. Following was a personalized reception dripping in greens by Ooh! Events—we’re talking greenery on the light fixtures, suspended greenery wreath chandeliers and modern planter arrangements everywhere. Green letterpress and calligraphy invitation are by the bride and A Fabulous Fete, and a triple tiered chocolate-on-chocolate fudge cake is by Brenna Chiaviello. Photographers-extraordinaire Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay were behind the lens capturing all the details in these striking images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We chose to get married at Brays Island Plantation in South Carolina. The location itself holds a lot of significance to us and our family. Over the course of our relationship, we traveled there many times to celebrate holidays and special occasions. We are from Miami, so bringing our big Cuban families to a remote island in South Carolina created a special, intimate ambiance where people really felt like they could relax and enjoy. We were heavily involved in the planning of the wedding – I am talking every single detail, so our unique style and personality was all over it – our personal favorite was the triple fudge chocolate cake.

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

On my first day bridal shopping, I fast forwarded through all the stops, and went straight to the mecca of Miami bridal, Ever After (EA).  I tried on a ton of dresses, and was starting to feel a little discouraged because nothing felt right. As I was finishing up, EA owner, Camille, brought in a dress from the “back room”  and it was love at first zip. With Isabel and I, it was a real “meet cute.” She was a modern take on classic vintage – unlike anything I had ever seen before. From the cap sleeve hand applique chantilly lace, to the double row buttons down the back…I was sold. People always say “you’ll know” when it’s the right dress for you, and that was exactly my experience. Vera Wang is the queen of bridal. It was an absolute dream come true to wear one of her gowns.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Does a donut after party count? Honestly, everything about it was personalized, but our “hora loca” (crazy hour), a common tradition among Hispanic weddings, takes the cake – speaking of cake, did I mention our triple fudge chocolate cake? Jordi and I are old souls, so we took a common Hispanic wedding tradition, and traded in the salsa for oldies jams. Seeing guests of all ages breaking it down jams like “Louis Louis” and “Brick House” was an epic, sweaty masterpiece. Oh, and did I mention there were hats. Really funky hats – like umbrella hats.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Do I have to pick just one? Our first dance to “This Magic Moment” by the Drifters was pretty magical. We dated for 10 years before we got married, and we knew for a long time that would be our song, so it was pretty awesome to finally live that moment. But honestly, the most memorable part of it took place on the dance floor. Our friends and family truly brought their A game. The love we felt from our people was overwhelming. Unlike anything we had ever felt before. Ending the night with powdered donuts in the piano room, singing Billy Joel just topped it off. We really just had the time of our lives.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met as highschoolers while on vacation with our families in the Dominican Republic. Despite constant adult supervision, we hit it off right away. We reconnected back in Miami and have been together ever since. Our relationship took us from Miami to Tallahassee, Florida where we both attended the Florida State University. Just after celebrating 10 years together, Jordi popped the question at a beautiful dock with one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. Our love for the outdoors has always played a huge part in our relationship, which is exactly why Brays was the perfect destination for our wedding.

Photography: Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay // Planner: WED // Florals: Ooh! Events // Paper Suite Design: Giselle Macias (the bride) // Calligraphy: A Fabulous Fete // Venue and Catering: Brays Island // Hair: Meg Workman // MUA: Dannon K Collard // Dress: Vera Wang // Paper Printing: IBA Paper Goods // Ceremony Music: Classical Charleston // Reception Music: Lucas the DJ // Rentals: Ooh! Events / EventHaus  / Amazing Rentals // Cake: Brenna Chiaviello

 

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Jocelyn and Tommy’s modern boho wedding at Bella Rose Estate was planned by Konsider It Done. Florist LUX Wedding Florist transformed the venue into a romantic, bohemian oasis with dreamy, soft installations and florals at every turn. Geometric, graphic paper goods are by Freed Hands, with tons of fun rentals from Tremaine Ranch and Dang! Fine Rentals. The peach, coral and blush palette is one for the books and Rachael Koscica Photography‘s photographs couldn’t be more inspiring. It’s all pure happiness and we know you’ll love it!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Everything! But we particularly loved our modern boho style. Our wedding backdrop was AMAZING. LUX took our ideas and turned them into something better than I could have imagined. The overall affect was romantic and unique. It was quite the showstopper!

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

I loved my dress! I never felt more beautiful. I found it at Schaffer’s Bridal Salon in Scottsdale, AZ. I knew I wanted something with lace but otherwise I had an open mind. It was the third dress I tried on and I knew right away that it was the one. I love that it was classic and sexy all at the same time!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We had a lasso ceremony (a Filipino tradition, Tommy is half Filipino) which symbolizes unity. We had our mothers place the lasso on us, which added another special element. We said our vows within the lasso, in the shape of a figure eight, which united the two of us as one. Also, the family photos of our loved ones on our welcome table–we have a strong tradition on both sides of our family of long marriages which we wanted to honor. Tommy’s custom cigar area was a huge hit and a very personal touch specifically for him since he’s quite the cigar collector.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The fireworks surprise from my parents!!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in pharmacy school in Arizona. We got engaged 3 years later at Yosemite National Park when we stopped for a picnic lunch on a hike in front of a waterfall!

Tommy + Jocelyn Trailer from The Story is Told on Vimeo.

Photography:  Rachael Koscica Photography // Planners/ Designers: Konsider It Done // Florist: LUX Wedding Florist // Paper Goods: Freed Hands // Venue: Bella Rose Estate // Bride’s Dress: Schaffer’s // Caterer: Fresh From the Kitchen // Cake: Lisa’s Rum Cake // Hair: Maggie Hancock // Make Up: Ashley Doran // Rentals: Tremaine Ranch / Dang! Fine Rentals // Videographer: The Story is Told // DJ: Push Play Entertainment // Menswear: Brother’s TailorsNick’s Menswear // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

The creative team behind this lovely styled shoot at was lead by Paper Doll Events and had  goal of creating intimate, charming and warm moments. They focused on including details such as trailing bouquets by Flower Artistry, intricate escort card arrangements by Emma Allen and an outdoor tablescape that would make a modern-day Scarlett O’Hara proud. Kristyn Harder Photography was on hand at The Norland Historic Estate to capture all the details is this rosey-hued garden shoot.

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Photography: Kristyn Harder Photography // Planning + Design: Paper Doll Events // Florals: Flower Artistry // Stationery: Emma Allen // Venue: The Norland Historic Estate // Hair + Make Up: Top Knot Brides // Rentals: Orange Trunk // Gown: Chantilly Bridal

 

Daniela and Chris were married in Vicenza, Italy—home to many generations of Daniela’s family. The bride’s family legacy is woven through the quaint cobblestone streets to the most central landmark of Basilica Palladiana; a renaissance structure with a striking copper roof that Daniela’s great great grandfather built. Family and friends travelled thousands of miles to celebrate the couple at their celebration planned by My Italian Wedding Planner. Romantic details were abundant at Villa Valmarana AI Nani like invitations by Cheree Berry Paper and florals by Il profumo dei fiori. Lucky for us, photographer Facibeni was behind the lens capturing it all in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Daniela and Chris – What made our wedding so special and unique was truly the location. The picturesque city of Vicenza, Italy was home to many generations of Daniela’s family. Their family legacy is woven through the quaint cobblestone streets to the most central landmark of Basilica Palladiana; a renaissance structure with a striking copper roof that Daniela’s great great grandfather built. Daniela cherished the memories of her childhood summers spent in Vicenza; it became a home away from home. To know our family and friends traveled thousands of miles to witness our marriage in the most special destination was a dream come true. The magic of Daniela’s families traditions and feeling the presence of their spirits that day was beyond special.

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

Daniela – At the time, I was working as a Buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City. So when I (along with my mother, sister and mother-in-law to be) walked into the Sak’s Bridal Salon for my first dress appointment, I recall feeling a bit overwhelmed. Here I was, having the opportunity to try on these incredible designer gowns with intricate beadwork, dramatic waistlines and what seemed like miles of draped silk. Each and every gown was simply stunning, but simply not meant for me. Before leaving, our bridal specialist Shelbie asked if I had a picture of a gown I loved. I knew it was a long shot but showed her a picture of an Oscar De La Renta gown that I had been dreaming over for years. It was seasoned old, but I truly couldn’t stop thinking about it. Her eyes lit up when she saw the picture, “I think I saw that gown in the back!” she said. Minutes later, Shelbie came running out carrying that very gown. Tears filled the room the moment I slipped into it. I remember swooning over the delicately placed floral appliqué perfectly finished with pearl accents. I fell in love with the gown’s simple yet romantic aesthetic. This was my dress.

 

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Daniela and Chris – For us (especially Daniela), the most fun part of the wedding planning process was in the details. Our wedding planner, My Italian Planner was incredible in executing our vision and incorporating these special components. Some of our favorite details from our wedding day – Daniela’s grey velvet oval monogrammed ring box (I keep it on my nightstand as a reminder of that day) – Our custom Wedding programs printed in 2 languages for our English or Italian only speaking guests – As an alternative to a traditional guest book we collected different postcards from all over Italy. Our wedding planner found the most perfect antique-inspired mailbox for our guests to “mail” us their notes – The gold script “Sposa” and “Sposo” signs that our florist so beautifully tied to our chairs with lush greens – The candle lit in honor of all those who were not able to join us that evening that shined bright as reminder of their love – The pasta alla Bolognese (Chris’s absolute favorite) that was served on the dance floor at midnight.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Daniela and Chris – The most memorial moment from our wedding was when we were announced as husband and wife for the very first time. We so vividly remember walking out to see 150 of our incredible family and friends standing in the most beautiful setting, and all of them cheering for us. We felt completely and utterly overcome with love, our hearts ready to explode with happiness and appreciation. This moment took our breath away.

Tell us how you met and became engaged. Daniela and Chris – We met over 12 years ago at Fairfield University. Funny enough, Daniela was Chris’s Italian tutor. At the time, Chris was in his Junior Year desperately trying to pass Italian class. Daniela was a Freshman, tutoring her peers in Italian to make a little extra weekend money. What started as tutoring sessions at the library turned into hours talking on the phone. Fast forward 10 years later – Chris proposed on a crisp autumn morning at a Bed and Breakfast in Connecticut. A day filled with a cozy fire, lots of champagne and apple picking. Love was in the air.

Daniela & Chris :: wedding highlights from Origami Videography on Vimeo.

Photography: Facibeni // Planning and Styling: My Italian Wedding Planner // Flowers: Il profumo dei fiori // Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper // Venue: Villa Valmarana AI Nani // Bride’s Dress: Oscar de la Renta // Videography: Origami // Catering: Cavour Ricevimenti // Rings: Weston Diamonds (designed by the Father of the Bride) // Bride shoes: Aquazurra // Makeup and Hair: Chana Moung and Noeun Moung // Groom attire: Ike Behar // Groom shoes: Gucci
// Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale

 

Set in the rolling hills of Kentucky at the historic Richwood on the River, stylist Leda Anderson led a team of creatives in producing inspiration that highlights casual elegance at it’s finest. Stunning florals by Evergreen Flower Co are gathered, unruly and organic, classic calligraphy in the dusty blue stationery by Plume Calligraphy is timeless and details like the delicate headpiece by Sheeta Design add vintage style. Lucky for us Deven Ashley Photography was on hand capturing all the detail in these breathtaking film images and providing us with perfectly timed summer inspiration.

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Photography: Deven Ashley Photography // Stylist: Leda Anderson // Workshop Host: Belle Lumiere Magazine // Florals: Evergreen Flower Co // Calligraphy + Paper Goods: Plume Calligraphy

 // Venue: Richwood on the River // Makeup: Gina Weathersby // Hair: Lexi Clifford // Ribbon & Silks: Stella Wolfe // Models: Trevor Long  + Whitney Manis // Veil + Hair Piece: Sheeta Design

 // Dress: B. Loved Bridal // Lab: Photovision // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box