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Dallas couple, Mary Margaret and David, met and fell in love in New York City. They were within walking distance to Central Park and wanted to bring that same “beautiful place in the heart of a big city” vibe to their wedding day. Marie Gabrielle, a garden oasis in uptown Dallas, provided them that space. Maxwell & Gray planned the al fresco event’s details including lush florals by Celebrate Dallas and a classic tiered cake by Sugar Social DFW while Cottonwood Road Photography  was on hand to capture all the magic.

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From the bride: It’s true what everyone always says, your wedding day goes by in a flash. And in a flash it went. The twinkly lights wrapped around the trees, the poetic vows, all of our favorite people. The scene was set as the sun fell and the breeze began to cool down around those gathering in celebration of a lifetime love. Our wedding included hints of Italy (including a pasta bar & wine) in the heart of a downtown Dallas garden venue. It was a dream. My husband and I fell in love in NY where adventure and love were all around. While I pursued Broadway, he was leading worship at a church that I happened to attend. From that moment, I knew he would be mine. Our love for music brought us closer together having such a huge impact on our relationship and at our wedding David and I danced to a song that he had written for me. Queue the tears. Amidst the warmth of the sparklers we kissed and headed off to Cancun to relax and enjoy our first few days as husband and wife.

We wanted our guests to experience a beautiful place in the heart of a big city. Falling in love in NY where central park was within walking distance was our inspiration for this. Every guest was greeted at the entrance with a glass of champagne. Prosecco is my favorite.

I chose my Justin Alexander gown for the full skirt and plunging neckline. My experience at Bridal Boutique in Lewisville was unlike any other I had had. I was greeted with champagne (a theme I continued at my wedding!) and was waited on hand and foot. We had searched what felt like a dozen bridal boutiques but it was only at Bridal Boutique in Lewisville that I truly felt the love and excitement they had for me and my day. My shoes had to be comfortable so Vince Camuto nude block heels were bought. I incorporated my something blue into several things including the ribbon on my bouquet, the candles lining the bar, and our guest book.

We didn’t want traditional bridesmaids and groomsmen up at the front with us but my best girls wore shades of pink and his guys wore black. My sister & her husband photographed the wedding which was incredibly special to me. We exchanged traditional vows but wrote our own and shared them with each other earlier in the day.

Our guests ate the most delicious appetizers including tomato basil soup shooters and grilled cheese, cheese and crackers, a mini crab cake and more. The music was all big band songs. Dinner was set under the shade of the trees on a warm spring evening. Immediate family members sat at a long french country table with walnut chairs with the guests seated at round tables among the garden. White and green florals with hints of dusty pale pink in my parents’ own vintage vases combined with loads of candles were the perfect table centerpieces.

My dad, Jon Flaming, did all of the graphic design work which was extremely special to me and my sister (Cottonwood Road Photography) photographed the day and my sister-in-law baked the cake! It was a family affair from the start and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. My nephew was seriously the cutest ring bearer you ever saw.

We danced our first dance to The Way You Look Tonight and with our dad/mom to Unforgettable and of course we danced to the song that my sweet husband wrote for me that he began writing while we were dating. My wedding was everything I could have dreamed of and more.

And here is the proposal story written by the groom:

Originally, I had planned a proposal that involved surprising her during a photoshoot, but my wife is a little too inquisitive and astute to allow a surprise to just happen to her. With the help of my mother-in-law and sister-in-law, I made a new plan to surprise her with a sort of scavenger hunt that I was able to post online for her to follow.

The day started with a surprise lunch at Table 13. She thought we were going to eat together, but I ended up dropping her off with her mom, sister, and sister-in-law to enjoy a decorated table and a lunch with them. From there, I posted a photo of us online with a riddle for her: “You’ll want to change them again in a day or two, but I pinkie promise to always luxe you”, leading her to Pinkie Luxe to get her nails done. From there, I posted another photo with a riddle that read: “There isn’t a single thing you lack, I love you to the moon and MAC”, leading her to the MAC store to get her makeup done. Next, I posted one that said: “My love for you will never run dry, you’ve set the bar oh so high”, sending her to Drybar to get her hair done. Next, I posted one to guide her to meet me: “All day long you’ve waited for me, now I’m waiting for you beneath the tree”.  She was driven to a park where I was waiting with some favorite music playing and a ring in my pocket. As she walked down the path to meet me, her brother-in-law, brother, and father all handed her roses with special reasons I love her and want to marry her. She rounded the final corner to find me waiting under a tree. I proposed to her there and she said yes!

Photography: Cottonwood Road Photography // Event Planning: Maxwell & Gray // Florals: Celebrate Dallas // Invitations: Jon Flaming Design // Wedding Venue: Marie Gabrielle // Hair: Textured by Meg // Make Up: Wendy Zerrudo // Photography Assistance: Hauser Photography // Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander // Wedding Dress: Bridal Boutique Of Lewisville // Cake: Sugar Social DFW // Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab // Catering: Marie Gabrielle // DJ: Le Force Entertainment // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

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Presqu’ile Winery is nestled on a hilltop overlooks the intimate valley of Santa Maria, stretching from hillside all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The romantic vibes are built in to the backdrop of this Honeybee Inspired Editorial and we’re loving the cheerful palette of yellow, peach, blush and slate blue in the shoot designed by Embark Event Design. Details include stunning florals by  Wilder Floral Co., stationery and calligraphy by Paper Tree Studio, desserts by Pardon My French and a retro beauty from The Photo Bus.  A careful blend of playful and graceful makes the look the epitome of current wedding trends and it’s all captured to perfection by Amber Lynn Photography.

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Photographer: Amber Lynn Photography // Planning + Design: Embark Event Design // Floral Design: Wilder Floral Co. // Stationery + Calligraphy: Paper Tree Studio (Christy) // Venue, Wine + Appetizers: Presqu’ile Winery // Videography: Foxjump Cinematics // Desserts: Pardon My French // Flatware + Glassware: All About Events (Caitlin) // Wooden Letter-Board Sign: Bourbon Blue Cards // Photo Bus: The Photo Bus // Hair Stylist: Cassidy Pope // Makeup: Artist Jennifer Souza // Boxes: Box Fox // Gowns: BHLDN // Accessories: Untamed Petals // Linens: Blush Fine Linens // Hard Rentals: Embellish Vintage Rentals // Bar: Bottles and Ice // Model: (Bride) Danielle Davis // Model: (Bridesmaid): Madison Kay Whichello // Model: (Bridesmaid): Jamie Foxen // Tans: Ladylike Spray Tan

 

Jillian had this to say about her wedding to Tim at The Cleveland Museum of Art,”It was a place that I always went to as a little girl and being able to marry the man of my dreams there was inexplicably unique and special.” It was also exceptionally gorgeous! Planning, design and coordination was by Kirkbrides, with voluminous florals and greens by HeatherLily, stationery by Blue Envelope Boutique and cake by Luna Bakery. Jillian’s Monique Lhuillier could not have been more fitting for both the bride, and the event, but it’s her gigantic smile that’s the winning feature. Lauren Gabrielle‘s images perfectly capture the joyous day and we’re thrilled to share them!

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What made the wedding special and unique?  

Our wedding day was phenomenal – filled with so much joy and love. Being able to have our wedding at the Museum was a dream come true. Celebrating in a place that hosts some of the world’s most treasured pieces of art felt surreal. It was a place that I always went to as a little girl and being able to marry the man of my dreams there was inexplicably unique and special. For our guests, we wanted them to feel transported, like they were somewhere completely outside of Cleveland.

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

My gown! One of the great loves of my life! I had seen a very beautiful bride wear the gown with a tulle skirt overlay. I was in love with how ornate the beading was, but without too much glitter or sparkle. I hunted it down and identified it as the Gwyneth by Monique Lhuillier. We went to the boutique in New York City and tried on about 5 different gowns, the Gwyneth being the first. All of them were stunning, but nothing seemed to compare to the first one. I really and truly believe it was meant to be. I wanted a dress that was timeless and whimsical, but still modern and showed some curves (I knew my husband would appreciate that as well). I couldn’t have been more thrilled with how it came out. It was a dream.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?  

Tim and I wanted everyone to be connected during the ceremony (our Cantor kindly asked for everyone to put away their cell phones, nothing irritates me more!) and let loose during the reception. We knew from the start that we wanted black tie (the venue almost demands that given its imposing nature), but we wanted the opposite of a stuffy, formal affair. We brought in an amazing vendor to string the dance floor with bistro lights to create a truly romantic ambiance as the sun went down; outside, but inside was a common mantra. Plus, it was a perfect alternative to a stark dance floor. Instead of flowers during the cocktail hour our florist created huge, gorgeous urns of olive branches and eucalyptus to create a more modern, Tuscan feel. Those were centered on the charcuterie and cheese displays. I also brought in vintage compotes in a deep amber color and requested the Museum recreate our favorite bar nuts from a whisky and rye bar where we live in Washington, D.C. These were the centerpieces on the cocktail tables, a little something different than bud vases.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The ceremony, 100%. I will never forget the smell and sounds during our ceremony. I’m a firm believer in signs and serendipitous moments. While Tim was reading his vows he recited a poem by George Gershwin: “Birds love and bees love and whispering trees love/And that’s what we both should do”. A honey bee came into the Chuppah at the exact same moment that Tim said that line. Since a Chuppah symbolizes the four corners of our home that we will create together, I firmly believe the bee was coming to bring sweetness into our home, our marriage. I guess I’m a bit sappy like that.

Tell us how you met and became engaged. 

We met on Tinder! We went on our first date to a pizza place outside of Washington, D.C. in a quaint neighborhood called Old Town Alexandria. I ate nearly all of the pizza. I think Tim was too nervous. We fell in love about 5 months later. Tim proposed 3 years later at the same restaurant. He had a HUGE bouquet of my favorite flowers (lilies) on the same table where we sat during our first date. He got down on one knee and after regaining my composure, I realized that our parents were watching us from the steps up to the second level of the restaurant. I almost fainted…I was completely in shock, utter disbelief. It is one of the greatest days of my life to date.

Planning Design and Coordination: Kirkbrides // Photography: Lauren Gabrielle // Floral Décor: HeatherLily // Stationery: Blue Envelope Boutique // Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Cleveland Museum of Art // Bridal Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier // Hair/Makeup: Cleveland Makeup Artistry Karin Dodge // Cake: Luna Bakery // Lighting: Rock the House // Linens: L’Nique // Videography: Just Hitched Wedding Films // Band Cocktail Hour Music: TCB through Cleveland Music Group  // Transportation (guest shuttles): A1 Mr. Limo // Transportation (bridal party): LED Luxury Line

 

Hien and Eugene’s serendipitous meeting led to their romance and eventually the proposal in the South of France. For the travel loving couple, Maui was an easy decision. Eugene is Australian and Hien is Canadian and Hawaii was the exact middle ground for both sides of their friends and family. The always-beautiful Olowalu Plantation House offered breathtaking scenery and Couture Events helped the couple design an intimate day that combined cultural traditions and relaxed romance.From the Vietnamese tea ceremony, to the ocean view ceremony, to the garden reception under climbing banyan trees and dressed in florals by Mandy Grace Designs, the day oozes casual elegance and it’s all captured to perfection by photographer Trish Barker.

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Will you briefly share your love story (how you met, the proposal)?

We met by pure coincidence. Eugene was new to Toronto, having lived in Toronto for only about a few weeks when we first met. He moved from Shanghai, where he lived for 3 years for a job. He was invited to a party by a few people he had randomly met at a restaurant. It turns out the party was taking place in the common entertainment room of my friend’s apartment building. Funny enough, that night I received a text from my friend telling me to come to the party, and by pure coincidence I was passing by in front of her apartment and naturally,  joined the party. I don’t actually remember when we first met at the party, but I do remember at some point in the night he asked me a lot of questions and I was getting really tired of answering them! He then gave me his email at the end of the night. He was so new to Toronto that he didn’t have a cell phone yet.

We dated for about 3 years and lived together for about 2 years prior to the proposal. He completely swept me off my feet and surprised me. We love to travel and so for Thanksgiving we went to the South of France — we’ve been before and absolutely love it there. I actually didn’t know we were going to the South of France until we go to the airport. I usually take the lead in planning our trips, and this time I insisted Eugene plan it, which he agreed to do, but in return, I had to agree to not ask about the trip — even where we were going  It didn’t occur to me that he was going to propose, even when I knew of where we were going because we’ve been to the South of France before and said we’d go back when we had the chance. We stayed in a town called Eze which is located on a cliff between Monaco and Nice. Eugene proposed the first night we were in Eze, and completely caught me by surprise. We were sitting at the hotel terrace (common area for guests)  and he said he had to run back to the room to go to the washroom — he has a thing about public washrooms, so I didn’t think anything of it — and when he came back he got down on one knee with the ring and proposed. I initially thought he was joking and actually said — don’t, don’t, don’t do it. I then figured out he was being serious and of course said yes. We topped off the night by heading into Monaco to celebrate. The evening was so memorable and fun!

How did you select Hawaii as your destination? 

Picking Maui was an easy decision for us. Eugene is Australian and I am Canadian. Hawaii was the exact middle ground for both sides of our friends and family.

What was your vision for the day?

It was very important for us that the wedding be classy/elegant but not stuffy. We wanted to create an intimate feeling and let our guests know how appreciative we were that they all traveled so far to celebrate our wedding day (more like week!). Overall, we wanted the day to be fun, and stress free.

Please tell us about the style you were going for (flowers, outdoor setup, etc.).

I would use the following words to describe the style we were going for: classic, simple, elegant, vintage, natural, romantic. Colours we stuck with were primarily cream and green, with grey blue as our accent.

We’d love to know about your dress! Who was the designer?

I LOVE my dress — wish I can wear it again and again! The dress is by Lea-Ann Belter a local Toronto designer. The dress was actually two parts. The main dress is called Divine by Astrid & Mercedes. I then had a lace top made, but in the same lace fabric as the skirt of my main dress. I wore both pieces during the ceremony and for most of the photos, during the reception, I took off the lace top.

Any other special details you’d like to share.

We also had a Vietnamese tea ceremony before the Western tea ceremony. The ceremony starts off with the groom’s side of the family bringing gifts to the bride’s side of the family.  The groom’s father asks the bride’s father for permission for his son to marry the bride-to-be. Once gifts are exchanged the bride and groom then serve tea to the parents and in return, the parents provide advice for a happy marriage. Following that, the groom’s family puts on jewelry for the bride as a symbol of welcoming her into their family.

Coordination: Couture Events // Floral Designer: Mandy Grace Designs // Photographer: Trish Barker // Venue: Olowalu Plantation House // Bridal Gown & Lace Top: Lea-Ann Belter // Stylist: MeiLi Autumn Beauty // Cinematographer: Hawaii Video Memories // Ribbon: Adorn // Officiant: Pia Aluli // Caterer: Cater 2 U // Cocktail Service: Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering // Ceremony + Cocktail Musician: M. Tevaga // DJ: DJ Boomshot // Rentals: Signature Event Rentals /  Inspiration Event Rentals // Table Top Rentals: Set Maui // Guest Transportation: Speedi Shuttle

 

The Pigeon Letters and CK Event Design combined creative forces to bring to life a soft and elegant wedding design paired with green accents and modern touches. Oregan’s Bindery in McMinnville provided the perfect backdrop for the look with soft light pouring in through the endless windows and a subtle industrial feel, it let every element shine. A beautiful marriage of romantic and edgy shines in The Pigeon Letters‘s hand lettered invitations, the tablescape with black accents, a green geode cake by Dream Cakes and of course the lush, feminine florals at every turn by Metal + Moss. Lucky for us, Lauryn Kay Photography was on hand to capture all the details in these gorgeous photographs.

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Photography: Lauryn Kay Photography // Calligraphy and Event Design: Peggy Dean of The Pigeon Letters // Paper: Fabulous Fancy Pants // Coordination and Styling: Valerie Senff for CK Event Design // Floral Design: Metal + Moss // Cake: Dream Cakes // Wedding Gown: Elizabeth Dye // Makeup and Hair Stylist: Kelli Gasaway // Tableware: Vintage Mingle // Party Rentals: The Party Place // Jewelry: Little Sycamore // Model: Anandi Cade // Floral Ribbons: Silk and Willow