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Well, if Erin’s comments about her Air Force husband and their love don’t make you tear up, we don’t know what will. The couple fell in love fast and hard and Jack’s waterfall proposal soon-after was totally romantic. The couple has endured many long-term separations, including Jack’s deployment to Afghanistan, yet they remain strong and in love. Erin and Jack enlisting the talents of  Elyse Alexandria Photography  to mark their one-year anniversary of marriage with a gorgeous desert engagement session and we’re totally smitten.

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From the Bride: My husband, Jack, is the most genuine, straightforward, and generous man I have ever met. When we first met, we immediately became exclusive and every hour we were not at our jobs, we were together. We both fell fast and hard—I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. Almost 6 months to the day after we met, we were in his hometown in Northern California hiking to a waterfall. Jack asked a stranger to take a photo of us in front of the waterfall and after a few smiles, Jack turned to me. When he started telling me how much he loved me and cared for me I knew exactly what was going on. He then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes, of course! Not only did he propose with a beautiful ring, he had the ring custom made from a boutique jewelry shop in Washington. He even had our initials engraved on the ring. To this day, I still stare at it every day and smile.

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Twenty seven days after Jack proposed, he left for a six-month deployment to Afghanistan. From that time until now, we have gone through many short-term physical separations because of the Air Force. Enduring those separations is not always easy, but through the hard times Jack has stayed the same man I fell in love with only a few months after meeting him. He encourages me, he pushes me, and he supports me.  He makes me feel beautiful and loved with not only his words, but his actions as well. He is my dessert recipe guinea pig, my handyman, and my gardener.

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The months and days leading up to our wedding and our wedding day went by so fast. Even though we’ve only been married for a year, we’ve already moved from Northern California to a home in Las Vegas. And now that it’s been one year since our wedding and we have finally settled into our married life, we wanted to celebrate our marriage and our new home.

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Photography: Elyse Alexandria Photography // Florals: Layers of Lovely // Stationery/Calligraphy: EG Letters // Makeup: Makeup by Cassidy // Dress: Rent the Runway // Film Scans: The FindLab // Location: Mt. Charleston, Las Vegas, NV

 

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Mackenzie had always told her father that none of the guys she dated gave her butterflies, that is, until Craig came along. So appropriately themed, he proposed in the butterfly garden at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and their epic 400-guest wedding was filled to the brim with butterfly details. Grey Collective member and planner extraordinaire JPC Event Group gathered an incredible vendor team to turn Carrie Furnace, an old steel mill, into a visually stunning juxtaposition of glamour and grit. They brought in EVERY SINGLE DETAIL, from the chandeliers to the topiary walls. The result is spectacular and Eva Lin Photography captures it beautifully.

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From JPC Events: Mackenzie and Craig’s wedding was filled with butterfly stamps on the invitations, a bridal party of their nieces and nephews holding balloons with butterfly cutouts, butterfly flower crowns, and of course, Mackenzie’s stunning wing-tipped Sophia Webster shoes. Mackenzie’s sister-in-law also surprised her with LIVE butterflies while they were getting ready, making a wish with each one as they fluttered away!

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So many amazing details and custom made goods went into the framework of this wedding supporting local professionals from both the couple’s home in New York, as well as their heritage in Pittsburgh. From metal invitations to hand cut wooden name “placecards” for each guest, graffiti backdrop to hand crafted boxwood hedges and industrial pipe floral stands. And no opportunity to add a unique touch was missed—from the Jackson Pollock inspired engagement photos gracing the restroom trailer entrances, to the 2000 candles flickering around the perimeter of the interior steel beams. The bridal day fashion was also on point and beyond. Designer Christian Siriano of Project Runway fame customized a pearl emblazoned work of art for Mackenzie complete with a removable tulle high low skirt, and the drool-worthy Sophia Webster butterfly stilettos completed her ethereal look to perfection.

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Mackenzie carried a non-traditional bridal vine of magnolia leaves (to echo the “rusty” feel of the blast furnace) graced by white peonies, bi-color parrot tulips, white garden roses, white astilbe and white freesia in place of a traditional bouquet.

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With an industrial woodland décor palette, the Garnish team incorporated all things that flutter and glisten—sparkly linens, butterflies, industrial pipes, copious candlelight, moss, and mirrors everywhere throughout the interior reception and ceremony spaces. Elegant chandeliers, and trendy event lighting engineered by Luxe Creative, swathed the event space with a colorful, party vibe.

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Event Planning & Coordination: JPC Event Group // Photography: Eva Lin Photography // Floral Design: Garnish Event Design // Invitations: More Than Words Pittsburgh // Venue: Carrie Furnace // Paper Flowers: Flower Voyage Boutique // Catering: Savor by JPC Event Group // Lounge Furniture Rental: JPC Event Group // Tenting: Eventioneers // Mirrored Bars and Tenting: All Occasions Party Rental // Metal Elio Chairs: Event Source // Band: Bachelor Boys Band // Hair & Makeup: Hannah Conard Beauty // Bride’s Dress: Christian Siriano from Kleinfeld Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Sophia Webster // Bride’s Clutch: Kate Spade // Bride’s Bracelet: Cartier Love Bracelet // Groom: Custom from Trunk Club
// Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo // Lighting: LUXE Creative // Graffiti: Out After Dark // Power: ZeroFossil // Second Shooter: Jeannine Bonadio Photography – Pittsburgh Lifestyle + Wedding Photographer // Third Shooter/Assistant: Abbie Tyler Photography // Detail Shooter: Tara Antill

 

Okay, you guys! Grey Collective member and designer/planner Kaella Lynn Events blew us away with this stunning inspiration shoot. The romantic and Tuscan details of Casa di Baci, a private estate located in the heart of Sonoma County, provided the design inspiration and the result is magical. We are totally captivated by romantic color palette inspired by the evening light and filled with muted purples, barely there pinks and ashy coral. Florist Amanda Vidmar Designs use of the colors is amazing and feels so fresh. Incorporating terra cotta elements was a natural addition as the material is found throughout the property. The look is rounded out with classic calligraphy by Brown Fox Calligraphy, blue linens from La Tavola Fine Linen and a gorgeous lace Alexandra Grecco gown. And, we have Lynette Boyle Photography to thank for the breathtaking film images of all the details.

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Planner + Designer: Kaella Wilson of Kaella Lynn Events // Photographer: Lynette Boyle Photography // Florist: Amanda Vidmar Designs // Calligraphy: Brown Fox Calligraphy // Venue: Private Estate, Sonoma County // Tabletop Rentals: Frances Lane // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // Chairs: Encore Event Rentals // Votives: Glassy Baby // Hair and Makeup: Treja of Skyla Art Beauty // Dress Designer: Alexandra Grecco // Dress + Accessories from Lovely Bride SF // Model: Charlotte of Scout Model Agency // Photo Lab: Richard Photo Lab

 

Elisha and Elliot’s wedding day Philander Chase Knox Estate, a venue nestled into the historic valleys of Pennsylvania, mixes styles and personalized details for a rustic and elegant celebration. The muted pastels of the mix-and-match bridal party compliment the lovely greens of the landscape. We’re loving the floral designs by Risher Van Horn including the bride’s vintage-style cascading bouquet and the lovely white blooms incorporated into the rustic log chuppah. And, the couple definitely made the perfect choice by enlisted Ashley Errington Photography to capture their day in her dreamy film photography style—the images are gorgeous!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

There really wasn’t one part of our wedding that wasn’t unique. Everywhere you looked, you saw our personalities. From the cigar boxes for flower arrangements on the table, a completely thrifted outdoor living room area for our cigar lounge, the cake topper with the phrase “God Gave Me You”, the Hawk I got to surprise my Hubby with because he loves them. Everything represented who we are as people and a couple. It was so magical for us and we heard from everyone around us this was their favorite wedding.

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

I found the dress at Elizabeth Jon in Ardmore, PA. I am the type of bride who won’t make impulse decisions unless it feels perfect. I went to 4 other shops by this point and loved a lot of dresses but they all missed the mark. They didn’t make me feel like a bride, just pretty. I saw this dress on the sample rack (YES, A SALE!) and it was unlike any dress I tried on, but I thought why not. Once I put it on, I got really quiet because I felt so beautiful and enchanting. I walked out to my mother and mother-in-law and they gasped and said  “Well this is different!”. I was so quiet that they didn’t know how to react, did I love it or hate it? After a little talking back and forth on how it fell in all the right places I finally looked at them and said, “Where is the champagne? Let’s celebrate! I found the dress!”

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

    • We love cigars so I thrift-shopped for 6 months to put together the outdoor cigar lounge
    • We had cigar boxes for the flower arrangements on the tables
    • We loved the cake topper
    • The small cake next to the one from the catering company was a gifted geocake (what I wanted in the first place) from a friend of mine
    • How our first dance song was “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice, and then Elliot’s Mother/Son song was “I Hope You Dance”, not planned but hilarious
    • The chuppah was custom made from Elliot’s father, fabric from my mom, and the logs with the lanterns underneath. It came together perfectly and better than I could have imagined.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

So many parts. Seeing Elliot’s face when he first realized I surprised him with the hawk was the best. Other than that, I remember when Elliot and I stepped outside of the tent during the reception and looked in. Elliot said: “Isn’t it amazing that all the people we love are in one room. When will we ever have that again?” We were both so thankful, happy, and blessed to see everyone there. Looking in allowed us to soak in the entire moment. For us the wedding didn’t fly by because we stopped a couple times to take it all in. It was all just so perfect.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

From the bride: Oh man that’s a story! It all goes back to when we were 2 years old. Our parents are friends and I was invited to Elliot’s Barney themed second birthday. I was obsessed with Barney at the time, being 3 years old, and let’s just say he won me over.

From the groom: After elementary school, we had both gone in separate directions. I moved to Oklahoma for six years and she was still in Philly. We had met again at a friend’s birthday party and it was history in the making from there. After a couple surprise trips to Philly, her buying me a cocktail in Nova Scotia, from the comforts of her apartment in Philadelphia, and duck hunting in Oklahoma together, she convinced me to move back and I proposed on June 20th in front of what will be our first home.

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Photography: Ashley Errington Photography // Florals: Risher Van Horn // Venue: Philander Chase Knox Estate // Catering: Robert Ryan Catering // Hair + Makeup: Tundella & Co // Groom’s Suit: Stark Suits // Videographer: CinemaCake // Hawk: Elmwood Park Zoo // Bride’s Dress: Elizabeth Jon, Ardmore PA // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ASOS & LuLus

 

 

 

Cory and James fell in love in the desert, so it was a natural choice for their engagement session. Michael Radford Photography captured the couple at Joshua Tree, capitalizing on the different textures in landscape and the magnetic colors in the sunset as our backdrop. We’re loving the simple styling of the couple and their easy smiles. Of course it all came naturally as Cory and James chose their “happy place” for their session. It serves as a great reminder to all the engaged couples out there—work with your photographer to pick a favorite place to capture your most authentic selves.

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Photography: Michael Radford Photography // Dress: Stone Cold Fox // Shoes: Sam Edelman // Suit: Custom // Makeup and Hair: Anna Irving // Jewelry: RoamRumah