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We can definitely confirm two things today at GLW: 1) pink walls take our breath away 2) we’re kinda bonkers over this super chic, editorial-inspired engagement shoot. Captured by the fabulous photographers at The Love Studio, this session is a glimpse into the totally cool (not to mention aesthetically pleasing) lives of Nicki and Paul. See more about the inspiration for the shoot below and enjoy!

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From the photographer: Taking our cue from intimate captures of 60’s iconic couples like Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, we styled this shoot to reflect Nicki and Paul’s love, playfulness, contradictions and discerning aesthetic. Nicki worked with hair and makeup artist Misty Fox who specializes in the entertainment industry to create her elegant yet tousled look.

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Photography: The Love Studio  // Hair & Makeup: Misty Fox // Restaurant: Harbord Room

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Nathelie and Michael’s wedding is striking. We’re obsessing over all the graphic details like the white-on-white-on-white reception decor and the bride’s uber-editorial Inbal Dror gown. Our favorite part, though, are the super glam reception florals. Crazy-talented Green Lion separated the all-white arrangements by bloom for a graphic and totally luxe feel. Amaze!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The wedding was special and unique for us because we were able to have all of our family and friends to see us married in a town where we loved spending time as a couple. My family is from the NY area as well as most of our friends. Bringing them to Newport to share in the seafood and amazing sunsets was really special. Since for most this was their first time in Newport, we wanted to make it a true wedding weekend and not just a wedding day, by having welcome drinks Friday night and a farewell brunch on Sunday. As a couple we are really fun and love to have a good time and we really wanted our guests to feel our personalities in every aspect. We both come from large Italian families and frequent Miami a lot as I am half Cuban. We really wanted to incorporate our cultures as well.

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

The gown was made by Israeli designer Inbal Dror. I bought it at Mark Ingram Atelier in NYC. It was the last appointment on my first (and only) day dress shopping. I didn’t know what style I wanted and was trying on everything. The incredible sales woman, Ayana, suggested this dress that she had from the back. I immediately fell in love with the dress, it was so different from a traditional wedding dress but so romantic with the lace and pearl details. It took about a week to think it over and after a quick second try-on I was sold.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

We tried to make lots of special details part of our day. The food was where we focused on personalization the most. Our cocktail hour included lots of Cuban passed hors d’oeuvre to honor my heritage and foods that we enjoy together when we are in Miami (mini cuban sandwiches, croquetas de jamon, beef empanadas, plantain chips) as well as lots of seafood to really highlight all that Newport and New England have to offer, especially local oysters. Our dinner menu featured 3 courses to include a risotto course which is the way we like to treat ourselves on date nights, by sharing a pasta course. The assorted Italian pastries to finish were inspired by the dessert plate served at our favorite restaurant in Miami. Mike absolutely loves Del’s Lemonade, so I surprised him at the end of the night with a stand at the reception. Other little details included custom match books for guests to take since we both love to collect match books from restaurants we visit. Lastly, the personalized light-up foam sticks was true to our party side and allowed our guests to keep the party going with our amazing band.

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We’re suckers for a good Pride and Prejudice reference and Kaileigh nailed it with this one: “I looked down, laughed, and said, ‘I really am Elizabeth Bennet!’ I walked down the aisle to the Pride and Prejudice theme song, and along the way my dress and train dragged in the mud … I absolutely love that my dress is covered in mud!” And we absolutely loved everything about Kaileigh and Logan’s romantic wedding day captured so beautifully by Sarah McKenzie Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

My family helped out with so many details! My younger brothers made an 8-foot wooden cross for the ceremony site, my Aunt Gwen did all the flowers, my Aunt Shelia made all the cakes and cupcakes, and my mom made her own mother of the bride dress, my garter, and my veil. I have such a talented and helpful family! We also had a TON of our guests out on the dance floor, and that was really special for us.

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

My gown is part of the Allure Romance collection. It was about the 20th gown I tried on, and I tried on about 10 more after that. I found it in Fort Worth, Texas at Bliss Bridal Salon. I have always known I wanted a ball gown, and the floral details, sweetheart top, and low back just made this gown perfect! Apparently not a lot of people wear ball gowns for outdoor weddings because the woman helping me at the salon was surprised the wedding was outdoors!

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

Logan and I both love the outdoors so a lot of the decor focused on wood and fresh flowers with a classy touch. Someone called our wedding “Elegant Environmental” which is fitting because I have a degree in Environmental Science. There were wood pieces and tree bark scattered in the decor along with tall floral centerpieces and candles. We had a donut bar with milk because Logan and I love sour cream donuts. I also wore simple pearl earrings that Logan gave to me as a birthday gift sophomore year in college. My something old was a silver heart necklace wrapped around my bouquet. It was the first gift Logan gave to me in high school. My favorite personal touch, though, was the wooden cross at the ceremony site. It looked really rough and gnarled because my brothers made it from a tree they cut down near our house. When my Aunt Gwen placed the beautiful array of pink and white flowers on it, it was absolutely gorgeous. It really set the tone for the ceremony of how thankful we are for God’s love.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

After the most perfect ceremony, my maid of honor pointed out that the hem of my dress was covered in mud. I looked down, laughed, and said, “I really am Elizabeth Bennet!” I walked down the aisle to the Pride and Prejudice theme song, and along the way my dress and train dragged in the mud. It was the most memorable part of the day because I remember thinking, “We are finally married, we are so in love, God is so good, and I absolutely love that my dress is covered in mud!”

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Logan and I met in high school and starting dating at the end of sophomore year. We sat at the same lunch table. We went to two different colleges in Texas, and stayed together the entire long-distance relationship. In March of our senior year of college, right before spring break, I filmed for a journalism class at a construction site all day. I went back to my dorm, showered, and got ready for a friend’s dinner party. It was a little chilly so I had on jeans and a cute sweater. When my friends arrived at my door they convinced me to put on something cuter (for pictures they said), and totally changed my outfit into a dress and heels. We got lost on the road, and turned into an outdoor theatre that a couple of us like to go to, but it was closed for the winter. As I kept questioning, my friend kept driving. We pulled up to Logan standing under an archway of lights, flowers in hand, and candles along the path. I started crying immediately because I couldn’t believe what was happening. I walked down the path, he got down on one knee, and asked me in the sweetest words to be his wife. After I said yes, a good friend of mine took beautiful photos, and then we all celebrated after with a surprise party with our high school and college friends! They even had us dance and cut the cake in front of them! It was a blast. I love that I got to marry my high school sweetheart!

 

Photography: Sarah McKenzie Photography  // Florals: Garden Gate Designs // Cake: A Piece of Cake // Hair and Makeup: Janelle Christine // Bride’s Dress: Bliss Bridal Salon, Allure Bridal // Shoes: Chelsea Crew // Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN // Tuxes: Michael Kors // Invites: Lily Wu and Bride // Cross builders: Chase and Dillan Kurtin (bride’s brothers) // Venue: Olde Dobbin Station

We were so excited when one of our faves, photographer Ashley Largesse, sent us this cool copper + blush inspiration shoot. It’s the perfect lead-in to the fall season. As Kate Dawson Events says, the goal was to create a fresh, new approach to rustic by “…leaving burlap and mason jars behind and playing instead with copper, twine and terracotta!” We’re also crazy about the gorgeous pops of pink florals by Valley Flower Company and the copper accents in the super-pretty paper pieces by Christa Alexandra Designs.

 

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From Kate Dawson: I was on a quest to find ways for the brides I work with to bring their “rustic” visions to life in creative new ways. So, from that, this shoot was born! I took the look and feel that so many brides are craving and turned it upside down – leaving burlap and mason jars behind and playing instead with copper, twine and terracotta!

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I worked closely with the folks at Cedar Circle Farm (who offer an awesome “pick your own flower package” for brides in the area) to not only use some of their potted herbs and succulents tablescapes, but also to invade their property and take advantage of the beautiful landscapes, views and gardens. To our surprise (and to the surprise of our model!) we picked the freshly racked dirt field as our backdrop!

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We set up the dining table in the middle of a field – embracing the unexpected vibe of the setting. The copper chargers popped agains the naked farm tables and the touches of light pink and twine made the look more feminine and rustic. To top off the table we added terracotta plates, copper calligraphy place cards, pillar candles, potted herbs and used some unique clay pots as vessels for the centerpieces. I love that by upgrading a few basic elements (tables, chairs, vases) and playing with some things that you most likely have easy – and free! – access to (herbs, twine, pots) you can create something unexpected and beautiful.

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The same concept was true of our beautiful model. Her relaxed look started with the stunning off the shoulder blush gown by Jenny Yoo. With her long auburn locks blown straight and a smokey copper eye thanks to Jennifer Perellie Makeup she looked relaxed and elegant all at the same time. Her look was completed with some layered jewels by Starling (if you don’t know about this awesome new company yet, you must learn now!) and a ridiculously fabulous bouquet tied with hand dyed silk ribbons by the always fabulous Morgan at Valley Flower Company.

The stunning bride is also a talented chef, who brought some of her yummy and beautiful creations for us to taste! And they were too pretty not to photograph! We also put a welcome bag together of local Vermont treats. Welcome bags are often my favorite part of weddings and are too often overlooked!

The calligraphy was by the super talented Judith Browne Hand Lettering and the invitation suite by Christa Alexandra Designs. I was in love with how the colors and textures came together and looked so effortlessly stunning!

Vendors:
Photography – Ashley Largesse // Styling + Design – Kate Dawson Events // Florals – Valley Flower Company // Linens – Occasions // Invitations – Christa Alexandra Designs // Rentals – Rain or Shine // Makeup – Jennifer Perellie // Calligraphy – Judith Browne // Jewelry – Starling // Venue – Cedar Circle Farm

A glass-enclosed, botanical garden—there’s no better way to ensure an lush, exotic reception without an ounce of worry about the potential Michigan weather woes. We love the all of the gorgeous floral and rich pink hues of the Jean and Jeremy’s big day at Planterra Conservatory styled to perfection by VLD Events and captured beautifully by First Comes Love.

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Jeremy and I started planning our wedding almost three years prior, soon after the engagement. We originally thought we’d have a destination wedding somewhere exotic and decided on Guam. Unfortunately, the only option was to get a package deal, where all the decisions would be made for us without really choosing the vendors based on merit. We decided that a destination ceremony wouldn’t let us express ourselves and truly make the day “our own.”

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Our search led us to Planterra, a glass enclosed botanical garden that was the perfect spot to tie the knot! A venue that has all the natural beauty of an exotic locale but is close to home and also indoors, keeping us from continually worrying about Michigan’s weather. The next puzzle piece was finding a planner who would help make this inspiration a reality. Upon meeting Alison and Bryan from VLD, I knew we had a great fit. They were our best friend and therapist throughout the process, kept our sanity by keeping us on a schedule and made the day of look like the most perfectly planned event while appearing effortless. I tried to describe my vision with key words, some of which were outdoor feeling, organic, whimsical, texture, watercolor, and nontraditional. While sometimes Jeremy would look at me strangely as I made up words to try and express myself, Alison understood me perfectly!

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We couldn’t be happier with our photographer, Alison Bank. We connected with her immediately, which kept us relaxed and looking natural while being filmed. Another amazing decision was having Two Penny as part of the team. Watching the movie for the first time and seeing all the memories come alive was a really heart-melting moment for both of us. We loved and received so many compliments on our DJ, Nicholas Hardy, who’s actually a super musician/DJ/dancer all in one person and provided everyone with an awesome dance party! What worked well for us was to meet each vendor in person because it was obvious who we connected with after one sit down. We really had an amazing crew of exceptionally talented vendors who helped us pull the whole day off!

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So many of our friends and family traveled very far to be at our wedding in Michigan. We had so much involvement from everyone – having Jeremy’s aunt/our dear friend marry us, the DIY favor boxes (Michigan cherry cookies and Taiwanese tea) that my sister and Jeremy slaved over, hashtag writing from Jeremy’s sister, and our family and friends’ love and support throughout the whole experience – everyone left their own imprint on our day. Oh, and one of the best decisions was to have our dog be in the ceremony as the ring bearer as Max was a crowd pleaser and meant so much to both of us! Overall, the memories we have of creating things we worked on together, like writing poems for our pretty print materials and researching for lyrics with numbers as table numbers, made our wedding truly our own creation and one of a kind!

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Planner: VLD Events  // Photography: First Comes Love // Videography: Two Penny Productions // DJ and Musicians: The Elysium Experience // Hair and Makeup: Imagine Three // Invitations, Arts and Other Print Materials: Pigment and Parchment  // Save the Dates: Mospens Studio // Cakes and Sweets: Sweet Heather Anne // Lighting: The Lighting Guy // Car: Classic Auto Rentals // Rentals: Event Source // Gown: Custom made // Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale // Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Tuxedo: Martin Greenfield // Bow Tie and Cummerbund: Drake’s  // Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo // Venue: Planterra Conservatory