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Christina and Lee were married at the absolutely gorgeous Ocean House in Rhode Island. The venue, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, was an incredibly gorgeous setting for their big day. What we’re pretty much obsessing over, times a million, is Christina’s Elie by Elie Saab wedding gown. You are going to cry fashion tears when you see this one. Seriously, her dress is so pretty, it hurts! Plus, we are going to be dreaming about those flowers by Greenlion Weddings for the rest of the day. Okay, we’ve said enough. We’ll let you enjoy the gorg images by Meghan Sepe Photography.

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Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House

from the bride:

Lee and I (Christina) met at Duke University my freshman year and his junior year in Durham, NC. The first summer we were dating Lee invited me to his hometown in Westerly, Rhode Island. From the moment I was there I fell in love with the quaint town, beautiful seashore and amazing New England beach cottages along the Watch Hill coastline. Knowing how much I love being outdoors and laying in the sun, Lee took me to East Beach, a small beach in the heart of Watch Hill during my first visit . At the time, the Ocean House, a beautifully historic structure originally built in 1868 and sitting at the top of East Beach was closed and in the early stages of its complete preservation and reconstruction. While we enjoyed our sunny beach day I imagined how amazing the building must have been in its prime and wished I could’ve experienced it in its glory.

Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House

Some years later, Lee and I were enjoying a quiet Saturday morning in NYC, where we reside now. I had just returned home from the gym when Lee surprised me by spontaneously suggesting I pack a bag so we can go enjoy dessert at my favorite spot in Raleigh, North Carolina, where I grew up. Having lost some playful bets recently, I thought Lee was paying me back for lost wages, ha! After a quick plane ride we enjoyed a delicious dinner and the much anticipated dessert. On our way back to the hotel for the evening, Lee took a detour to Duke Campus where he proposed on the steps of Duke Chapel, a famous staple on campus and on the grounds where we fell in love.

Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House

When it came time to plan our wedding, we instantly thought of the now fully restored Ocean House, since throughout our years dating we continued to return to Lee’s hometown and enjoyed our time there. With so many incredible memories for us made there, we wanted to share it with all our family and friends who had never visited the area before.

Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House

Some of my favorite aspects of our wedding included our beautiful stationery which I did through Paperless Post with the help of my friend Ivy who works there with me, and our Welcome Bags which we filled with local and homemade goodies and had waiting in our guests’ hotel rooms upon arrival. Of course, with yummy cake having a special place in our hearts, our Vegan wedding cake and surprise groomsman cake were quite delicious and important too! Leading up to our wedding we were looking forward to the big day but we were both surprised by the sheer bliss we felt throughout the day. The beautiful venue along with the support of a strong team of vendors helped put our minds at ease and allowed us to enjoy each other and celebrate with our family and friends. Our wedding was far and away our best, most memorable day.

Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House
Wedding Blog Christina and Lees Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House

Vendors: Photography: Meghan Sepe Photography // Florist: Greenlion Weddings // Gown: Elie by Elie Saab // Cake: Artisan Bake Shop // Groom’s Tux: Sebastien Grey Clothiers // Videographer: Buzz Media Company // Hair + Makeup: Serai Beauty // Band: Band of New York // Wedding Rings: Little King Jewelry // Wedding Stationery: Paperless Post // Trolley: Rockstar Limo // Venue: Ocean House | Relais & Chateaux

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We are continuing with our new “international” series to share with you more weddings from around the world! Michelle and Jacques planned an incredibly beautiful and romantic wedding in South Africa, a location which traveled from all parts of the world to reach! The couple, both being architects, chose a modern classic look for the details of the day and chose to hire fine art photographer, Genevieve Fundaro Photography (who shoots not only in Africa, but internationally!) to capture the day in an elegant fashion. We just adore Jacques and Michelle’s style and know you classic brides will too!

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Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood
Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood
Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood
Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood

What made the wedding special and unique?

It was the most incredible, intimate weekend getaway, where we were able to spend quality time with our closest friends and family – a once in a lifetime experience. Certain guests traveled from around the world to meet us in one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa to share in our special day. It was a weekend filled with family and friendships both old and new, love and laughter, remembrance and new memories.

Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood

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

The gown is a St Patrick design from Delavida. I wanted something that suited who I was; nothing too flashy and big and bold, but something elegant and unique. I wanted something that that made me feel beautiful and something that I knew would light up Jacques’ eyes when he saw me in it. The moment I stepped into my dress, I didn’t want to take it off again!

Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood
Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood
Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood
Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood
Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood
Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood
Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood

What were some touches added to make it personal?

Everything about the weekend was designed around great food – the perfect opportunity for all our guests to chat and get to know each other. As architects, we wanted a wedding style of modern elegance, from the venue right down to the décor, details, food and program. We put great effort into planning our weekend to ensure it ran smoothly for everyone’s enjoyment.

Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood
Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood
Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood
Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood
Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood
Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood
Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The moment we saw each other in the chapel – it was like time stood still and everything else faded into the background, where the two of us were the only thing in focus. At that moment, all the stress and nerves leading up to that point disappeared and all that way left was pure joy, happiness, love and excitement at seeing each other.

Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood
Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood
Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood
Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood

Why did you choose your photographer, what about them/their images made you want them for your day?

We have always loved the idea of a photographer who can capture a moment with emotion as opposed taking a stiff and structured photo. Gen’s ability to capture the most intimate moments between a couple, a group of friends, or family members is an incredible gift and we simply couldn’t pass up the chance to have her document our wedding day. Her unique style characterised by subdued tones, soft light, and a diverse range of compositions spoke to us and our interests in both art and photography. Each and every photo she has taken in not only unique in character, but also captures a very special moment that we will remember forever.

Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood
Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood
Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood
Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood
Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

After years of friendship, our love for each other evolved into something much deeper and more meaningful than we could have ever imagined. At a moment of clarity our lives changed forever. All of a sudden, we could not imagine our futures without each other; everything we did and accomplished was with the other in mind. Our relationship has grown from strength to strength; true companionship, love, friendship, trust and support have led us to this special day. We cannot wait to see what life has in store for us in our future together.

Wedding Blog South Africa Wedding at Netherwood

Vendors: Photography: Genevieve Fundaro Photography // Venue: Netherwood // Decor and Flowers: Midlands Style Events // Hair & Makeup: Make up your mind // Videography: FJS // Dress: St Patricks // Accessories: delavida // GroomTiger  of Sweden & Kurt Geiger

If you know anything about Lady Grey, you know we love the idea of elopement. While we’re not ones to shy away from a party, we still can’t envision anything more romantic than sacred vows taken just between you and your love. Wouldn’t this even be great for a vow renewal? Either way, here’s a gorgeous scene set for us by Melissa Jill Photography with styling and floral design by Sarah’s Garden.

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Wedding Blog Rustic Elopement
Wedding Blog Rustic Elopement
Wedding Blog Rustic Elopement
Wedding Blog Rustic Elopement
Wedding Blog Rustic Elopement
Wedding Blog Rustic Elopement
Wedding Blog Rustic Elopement
Wedding Blog Rustic Elopement
Wedding Blog Rustic Elopement
Wedding Blog Rustic Elopement
Wedding Blog Rustic Elopement
Wedding Blog Rustic Elopement
Wedding Blog Rustic Elopement

Vendors: Photography: Melissa Jill Photography // Styling & Floral Design: Sarah’s Garden // Hair & Makeup: Jessica Fierro // Gown Designer: Rue de Siene // Gown provided by: The Dress Theory San Diego // Ribbon: FrouFrou Chic // Calligraphy: Graceline // Models: Arielle Van Wolvelaerd & Matt Harris

Ed and Picca’s wedding at Franciscan Gardens is full of fun details, gorgeous color, and a romantic setting that set the tone for an “epic” day! Photographer Jeremy Chou captured their incredibly beautiful images and we are so dang excited to share them with you! Get ready for detail overload!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

If Ed and I could describe August 23, 2014 in one word, it would be EPic. Sharing this day with our family and friends made it that much more special for us. We love the fact that we personalized our wedding from our vows, to our first dance, to the theme, the decor and desserts, to a mini-film which told our love-story involving our family and friends. We also loved that it was an intimate setting… “Big” but small wedding.

Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding

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

My bridesmaids are all from out of town. So last year during the Christmas holiday season, everyone was home visiting family. I scheduled a few trips for us in one day and it was our last stop; a trunk sale at Mariposa Boutique in Orange County. My only criteria was that I didn’t want lace and I didn’t want beading, otherwise, I tried to go in with an open mind. To be honest when I tried it on, it didn’t feel like it was IT. All of my bridesmaids loved it though! It wasn’t until I face-timed with my mom and saw her reaction. After that, I knew it was the one. An off-white lace overlay made of tulle and hints of beading by Pronovias. It was simply perfect, and funny how I walked out of there and fell in love with what I originally didn’t want. The best part about it!? The price tag–waaaaay under budget.

Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding

What were some touches added to make it personal?

We wanted to share our love-story with our guests from the get-go. From there, I “ran-away” with a love-story theme and DIY’d the decor: Escort library cards filed in card catalog boxes I purchased from Marshall’s, hand-made bookmark place cards, book centerpieces spray painted in gold, tables numbered by chapters, chalk board signs (with the help of another DIY bride, Alyssa) and a dessert library with all home-made treats/desserts (including our cake and cake topper) made by friends and family! We had one of Edward’s friend since 7th grade perform an acoustic version of one of our favorite songs of 2014, “Latch,” by Sam Smith and our cousins Ricky and Christine of The Yodsukars also produced a mini-film of our love-story of how we met. When I asked my little nieces and nephew what their favorite part of the wedding was, they said “When we watched the movie.” For the bridesmaids, I wanted each of them to be different to show their individuality but at the same time I wanted them to be comfortable in the dress that they were wearing. I gave them a color palette and allowed them to choose their own dresses. All different styles but complimentary in color.

Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Can I say ALL OF IT!?! Since then, we can’t stop thinking about our wedding day. We’ve watched the videos and looked through photos taken by guests over and over!! We miss it so so much!! But if we were to choose, it was our ceremony. For me particularly, it was the part where Edward said his vows.

Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at The Bonaventure Hotel in DTLA at a New Year’s Eve party through mutual friends. He was the first person I met shortly after the stroke of midnight. That evening, we sat in the hotel lobby in front of a water fountain away from the noise and had a great conversation. I got cold and Ed gave me his sweater which I ended up “stealing” that night in hopes that I would see him again. It was returned on our first date and the rest was history… On our 3rd-year anniversary, he took me back to the same exact spot where we met/talked on that one New Year’s night and that’s where he asked me to be his wife. He read a letter that he wrote prior to getting down on one knee, this letter was also featured in our mini love-story film.

Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding

Vendors: Photography: Jeremy Chou Photography // Associate Photographer & Assistant: Alyssa Marie & Michelle Lam // Wedding Venue: Franciscan Gardens // Portrait Venue: San Juan Capistrano Mission // Wedding Coordinator: Viv Milne, 221 By Viv // Catering: 24 Carrots Catering // Linen Rental: La Tavola // Furniture: Archive Rentals // Videographer: Boffo Video // Floral: Green Leaf Designs // Officiant: A Moment to Cherish, Daniel Deghi // DJ: A. Waller Entertainment // Hair & Makeup: Sharleen Carlos

 

Kathleen and Tony are crazy adorable, and threw, what looks to us, like the most fun wedding, pretty much ever. They incorporated a California chic vibe into their decor, and we honestly can’t seem to get enough of Kathleen’s Lazaro dress. Like, we are obsessed. Okay, are you ready for all this gorg, shot by Hailley Howard?

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What made the wedding special and unique?
K&T – When we started planning our wedding we knew right away that we didn’t want to get married in a church. Neither one of us are religious, but we are spiritual. We were honored to have our close friend John O’Connell be our officiant. We chose a location nearby which set the back drop for our Spanish/Italian wedding. We wanted it to be a celebration of friends, family, and love. Also, our dog, Phil, made an appearance as the ring bearer. He was a big hit.

Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding

Tell us about the dress and where/how you found it!
K – I had no idea what I wanted, but I knew I wanted something with lace. I tried on quite a few dresses the first outing, but didn’t quite find the one. It was on my second dress shopping day we decided to go to Panache in Pasadena. I walked in and was quite overwhelmed with so many beautiful gowns. At first I didn’t think I was going to find my dress, but there it was, peeking out from the window from which it stood on display. All I could really see was the ruffling train flowing over the edge of the stoop and the special details on the back bodice. I knew I had to try it on. It was the first dress I tried on at Panache that day and immediately I knew it was the dress. The dress is designed by Lazaro and has so many special details I couldn’t have dreamt for a more special dress.

Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding

What were some touches added to make it personal?
K – Tony and I are designers who love all things natural and slightly rustic. We wanted to do something that expressed our aesthetic and who we are. Tony, being a graphic designer, pretty much designed everything – from the invitations to a special wax seal which united both our initials. We kept it simple and the color palette minimal only using black, white, natural, the colors found in succulents and the softest peony pinks.

Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding

What was the most memorable part of the day?
K – It’s so hard to pick one thing!! To be honest for me it was hearing Tony say his vows to me. The whole day was just so fantastic. Having so many friends and family with us here in LA.
T – Seeing Kathleen walk down the aisle towards me, looking absolutely beautiful. The reception was a blast, too. It was great having all of our favorite people in one room, cutting loose. The whole day was memorable.

Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding

Tell us how you met and became engaged!
T – We met in Savannah, Georgia at Savannah College of Art and Design. Immediately there was a connection and we couldn’t stop talking about dreams, art, pets, friends. I proposed at sunset on a small beach on Catalina Island. It’s beautiful and only a boat ride from LA. A funny thing happened earlier in the day. We went para-sailing and Kathleen’s a little scared of heights. She wasn’t sure that she wanted to go up in the sky. The boat captain (who was joking with her up to that point) got super serious and fatherly. He reassured her that she was completely safe. Of course, once we got into the sky, she loved it and was beaming. When we came back down the captain announced that he was retiring and that it was his last day on the job. He shook my hand and very seriously said “Take care of her.” It was like he somehow knew I had the ring in my pocket.

Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding

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Vendors: Photography: Hailley Howard // Coordinator: Kelly Demaray // Venue: Occidental College // Lighting: Dashing Events // Photo Booth: Mobile Photo Booth // Flowers: Commerce Flowers