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Catherine and Patricio’s intimate elopement at The Fairmont Empress is one for the books. The couple chose a quiet elopement in lieu of a traditional wedding including the upwards-of-four-hundred immmediate family members. This way, they could celebrate in a way that felt most natural to them and also get the look and vibe that they wanted. French Kiss Events helped the couple achieve their vision and—WOW—is it STUNNING. Overflowing, romantic florals everywhere by Verbena Floral Design, blush watercolor nd calligraphy stationery by Caribou Creative and, of course, the striking historic Empress Library location. It’s all just so beautiful and we’re thrilled to share all the details and moments as captured by Taylor Roades Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding was special in that it was so intimate and unique to us. We both come from incredibly large families that we are very close to. We knew that to include all of them would easily put our event at over 400 guests, and that just did not feel like it fit the two of us. Patricio and I are both somewhat quiet and reserved and do not love being the center of attention. Also, I’ve been a wedding blog follower and enthusiast for so long, I knew exactly the vibe and look I wanted to achieve. In order to maintain that feel and do it well, our best option was to keep it small and romantic. We only included our parents, siblings, nieces and nephews for a total of thirteen attending. Barb was able to knock my vision out of the park just via a few phone calls, emails, and a shared Pinterest board. It was as seamless and simple as I could imagine wedding planning being.

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

A few years ago, one of my sweet fellow teacher friends left her job at our school to pursue her dream of owning a bridal boutique. I admired her drive so much that I knew I’d buy my dress from her when the time came! It is called Blue Bridal Boutique on the well-known South Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas. The dress I chose was romantic, delicate lace that I thought was so sweet, but on top of that, it was so comfortable! I felt like I was wearing a nightgown.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Patricio and I are both Hispanic. His family actually being from Mexico, we included a bilingual book of love poems by Pablo Neruda at the table as our wedding favors. My dad and I are both music lovers, so he had a blast choosing the jazz trio and per his request, they learned a song called “Lucky” by Austin artist, Kat Edmonson, for our father/daughter dance. That dance was a very precious memory. My mom is a librarian, so having our wedding in the beautiful Empress library was a kind of nod to her. My mother-in-law gave me a gorgeous fur cape to wear while we were taking pictures outside because it was a little chilly for us Texans! I wore a diamond cross pin on my dress that has been worn by brides in my family for five generations, all the way back to Ireland. That gave me the feeling of having all the family with me.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Every detail about the night was memorable. Nothing felt rushed, stressful or forced. The flowers were BREATHTAKING. I loved walking across the street after the ceremony to take some photos in front of the Harbor. The food was amazing – I’m going to try to replicate the salmon and gnocchi dish for our anniversary! After dinner, we sat on the lounge furniture with our nieces and nephews, and impromptu read a couple books with them that we had put in their little goodie bags, which I know we would not have been able to do during a larger wedding. We, of course, are so excited as we continue the celebrations back in Texas with the rest of our friends and family, but the most special thing to us was bringing just our two immediate families together for a special trip to get to know each other better and witness our marriage, and that’s exactly what we did!

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Planning/Design: French Kiss Events // Photography: Taylor Roades Photography // Floral Design: Verbena Floral Design // Stationery: Caribou Creative // Venue: The Fairmont Empress // Videography: Paper Heart Films // Cake: Ruth and Dean // Ceremony Music: Opus String Trio // Dinner Music: Eryn Sharpe Trio // Decor Rentals: White Event Studio

 

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It’s always fun to see the wedding day that a wedding planner creates for herself. In this case, Grey Collective member Dana, of Field & Feather, put together a modern-boho celebration with a fresh, laid-back vibe. Show-stopping details include the foliage wall and details by Florist: The Farmers Daughter, the graphic, black-and-white stationery and paper by Field & Feather, hand-dipped linens, the naked cake by  The Butterwood Bake Consortium and a ballerina silhouette Leanne Marshall gown. Notably, though, when the couple encountered tough times during their planning process, even the focus of  a professional planner bride was challenged. See how Dana worked through it and the beautiful, intimate day that was the result in these stunning images by Palermo Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The year we spent planning our wedding was more trying than not, and brought on new challenges. In addition to being newly engaged and planning a wedding, my husband was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. As we rode the learning curve of what that meant, we were simultaneously designing and coordinating things like invites, budgets, and decor. Even as an event planner, it started to feel materialistic compared to what we were going through in “real life”. But we carried on and tried to stay focused on designing a day that would reflect who we are together. We are so happy we did, as the day was exactly what we wanted and needed–mostly thanks to our amazing vendors, friends, and family. We’ve never felt more love and support as we did on that day, knowing everyone traveled great lengths to be with us in Pittsburgh. We will forever be thankful to those that shared the weekend with us.

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

The wedding dress was Stella by Leanne Marshall. A ballerina style has always been a silhouette that works with my body type. I tried fighting it in the beginning of my search, wanting something “new” for my wedding style. But in the end I tried on this dress, and it just felt like mine. Each of Leanne’s designs are beautifully draped and layered, making you feel like you’re in a romantic dream. My husband still claims it to be “the most beautiful dress that’s ever existed”, and that’s all a bride wants to hear at the end of the day. I never wanted to take it off.

 

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We wanted our venue to feel cozy and fun and a little non-traditional. Bar Marco–which is a converted fire station–was really special in allowing our vision to happen. They allowed us the freedom to be creative with how we designed the space. On the patio garden, we felt like we were in someone’s backyard. And inside, we felt like we were hosting a party at home. Field & Feather hand-dipped all of the linens and set up very cozy lounges against my favorite detail: the fern wall installed by The Farmer’s Daughter. All of the signage, coasters and quotes throughout the space were handmade by Field & Feather and were special to us. But, hands down, the most personal touch was the furniture, which was designed and custom made by my dad and me. It was so special to see all our work as we walked down the aisle and enjoyed the night!

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was our first look. Up until that point, we had put so much effort into designing the wedding and making sure it looked good and was laid back and fun for our guests. We very much knew how the event was going to “look” but didn’t comprehend how emotional it was going to be. When we saw each other for the first time, we immediately realized that we were there for much more than fern walls and good food. It was very special and I’ll never forget Tim’s face when he turned around or how much we giggled between happy tears.

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Event Designer: Field & Feather // Photography: Palermo Photography // Florist: The Farmers Daughter // Venue: Bar Marco // Furniture: Custom made by the Bride and her Father // Hair/Makeup: BreAnn of Hannah Conrad // Cake: The Butterwood Bake Consortium // Cake Topper: The Roc Shop // Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall // Bride Shoes: Free People // Accessories: Aritzia / Accompany / Catbird // Groom Suit: J.Crew

We always love a twist on a wedding tradition and this one from Ooh Events is adorable. Bridal portraits are a longstanding Southern tradition and real bride Kate and her friends joined a team of fabulous professionals for “Brunch and Bridals.” Kate invited her wedding party out to Rockville Retreat to celebrate with her and enjoy the sea breeze at an al fresco brunch the morning before her photo shoot. The girls had a light brunch and enjoyed the serene views afterwards while Kate did her portraits. Stylist Candice Lorraine created a fresh, breezy look highlighting an organic vibe with watercolor invitations by Olive Juice Press and a delicious spread from Harvest Catering and ABCD Cakes. We love the mood and how perfectly Marni Rothschild Pictures captures it all!

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from Ooh Events: Here in the South, bridal portraits are kind of a big thing. Rather than post an engagement photo of the bride and groom together in a newspaper announcement, a formal bridal portrait is typically published the day after the wedding to announce the news. Shooting formal bridal portraits beforehand also offers a great opportunity for the bride to get comfortable in front of the camera and do a trial run with her hair and makeup team.

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Real bride Kate Francis chose to do her portraits in Rockville, just outside of her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. Rockville is a 45 minute drive from the city and is a charming, laid back, waterside village, boasting little more than a historic yacht club, grand live oaks and winding dirt roads.  Kate invited her wedding party out to celebrate with her and enjoy the sea breeze at an al fresco brunch the morning before her photo shoot. The girls had a light brunch and enjoyed the serene views afterwards while Kate did her portraits.

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Anna at Olive Juice Press printed a stationery suite and escort cards using colors that reflect the calm nature of the surroundings. Harvest Catering prepared a sumptuous brunch with seasonal produce that included a spring asparagus tart and local crabs served benedict style and topped with a quail egg. After Kate’s portraits were complete, the group previewed a taste of the cake Kate chose to serve her wedding guests…a lavender almond cake with whipped wild berry filling and a blackberry compote drizzle from Charleston cake artist Ashley Brown at ABCD Cakes.

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Event Planning: Lisa Thomas, Ooh Events // Photography: Marni Rothschild Pictures // Styling: Candice Lorraine // Paper Suite and Calligraphy: Olive Juice Press // Producer: Vail Duggan, Loulu Agency // Venue: Rockville Retreat // Rentals: Ooh Events // Hair: Michelle Atwood // Catering: Harvest Catering // Makeup: Charlotte Yeager // Cakes: ABCD Cakes // Engagement Ring: Croghan’s Jewel Box // Looks: Out of Hand and BHLDN // Wedding Gown: BHLDN // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Lab: Indie Film Lab // Bar: Batch Bar Service

 

 

 

Sarah and Matt wanted their wedding day at Woodend Sanctuary to feel elegant, formal, and warm and enlisted the team at Wit Weddings to make their mood come to life. An all white palette in the florals by Love Blooms and some adorable black-and-white stripe details are totally timeless. We’re especially loving the asymmetrical chuppah with dark wood and their grandparents’ talliot. Sarah absolutely stuns in her hi-low Monique Lhuillier gown and the couple radiant happiness and lovely details are are captured to perfection by the always-amazing Rachel Solomon.

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From the bride: Matt and I met in Washington, D.C. in 2009 when my then-roommate offered, unbeknownst to me, to let Matt stay at our apartment on the couch for a bit. Matt ended up staying for two months – and during that time, we didn’t get along so well. Finally, Matt got a job and moved out of the apartment. We remained friends, and two years later, I realized I couldn’t stop thinking about him. After that, we finally started dating.

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I had always wanted an Arizona wedding, as a southwestern-girl living on the East Coast, but Washington, D.C. was home and where Matt and I met, so we decided to get married in Washington, D.C. When we were looking for a venue, we wanted to find somewhere outside that had room to move around – a luxury that not a lot of venues in Washington D.C. afforded. And, we wanted to find somewhere that we could have red wine throughout the celebration – believe it or not, due of the historic nature of a lot of places in D.C., red wine is not allowed. My family is avid red wine drinkers, so that was a must. We finally found Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, Maryland and fell in love with it. As soon as we booked the venue, friends and family started coming out of the woodwork telling us about how they – or their parents – or their friends – were also married at Woodend – so we knew it would be a special place.

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Matt and I started planning by thinking about what kind of wedding we wanted – we wanted to create a wedding that felt warm, elegant and timeless. Our favorite weddings have been those where we feel like part of a community, and that’s exactly what Matt and I wanted to create. When it came time to really start planning, I had to pick and choose things to spend money on, and things to DIY. Even though all of our decor & paper was DIY (minus the floral), I didn’t want it to feel too DIY or rustic. Instead, I wanted it to feel really pulled together and classy.

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I focused my colors on ivory/cream, gold, greens, grays/black – keeping it really simple and elegant. My sister-in-law is a fantastic artist, and created us a program cover/crest that we used throughout the event. The artwork reflected us and the venue – it had a lighthouse and a cactus on the top (Matt is from Boston) and the flowers on both sides of the crest were modeled after the floral arrangements Emily Harmon from Love Blooms used for my bouquet. We used the complete piece of art as our program cover, and then used pieces of it for the table numbers and menus, printing everything on the weekends at home.

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Because D.C. can be hot in September, I created a fan that was a “Run of Show” – something that I create for every event I do at work, so I knew my friends and family would laugh about it. On every run of show, you have to write “for planning purposes only” — on the wedding run of show, it said “for party planning purposes only.” The fan was tied off with a black and white striped ribbon – as were the table numbers and the invitation envelope.

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I’m obsessed with anything marble, so I created marble slabs from cardboard and marble contact paper for the floral arrangements to sit on both at dinner and cocktail hour. I also used the marble contact paper to cover a large piece of foam board, which I used as the table seating chart – I printed table numbers onto square pieces of paper I purchased at Paper Source, framed it with black cardstock and added gold push pins and a small black and white striped ribbon as accents. I also knew that I wanted to seat everyone individually at the table with escort cards, so I went to Home Depot and purchased small marble tiles where I wrote everyone’s name in calligraphy using a gold pen.

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For rentals, I chose dark cream and ivory linens for dinner and cocktail hour. I knew I wanted the floral arrangements in gold vases, and there were gold chandeliers already in the tent at Woodend Sanctuary where the dinner would be, so I opted to have gold chiavari chairs. I wanted to do white on white place settings, so I chose a plain white dinner plate as the “charger” and had a salad plate that had leaf impressions on it for some texture. I also chose low etched wine and water goblets – since we were serving dinner family style, I didn’t want to have tall glasses that might get knocked over while guests were passing around food.

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I found Emily from Love Blooms through a friend of Matt’s – she was fantastic and worked within my budget, which wasn’t huge, so she is a miracle worker! All of the floral connected and was the same blush, cream and white floral, from the bouquets to the cocktail hour floral to the dinner centerpieces. Emily took my vision of an asymmetrical chuppah with dark wood and our grandparents’ talliot and brought it to life. There were two great mantels in the mansion at Woodend, and I knew those would need a bit of decor too. My friends and I saved gorgeous liquor bottles for a year and Emily put greenery and blooms in the bottles and placed them asymmetrically on the mantels.

Photography: Rachel Solomon // Event Coordinator: Wit Weddings // Florist: Love Blooms // Venue: Woodend Sanctuary // Makeup: Irina Gerasimova // Hair: Billy Maloy, Scissor & Comb // Catering: Spilled Milk Catering // Gown: Monique Lhuillier via The Bridal Salon at Saks Jandel // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom: J. Crew // Bridesmaids: Joanna August // Rentals: DC Rental // Guitar: Sean Holloran // Band: Jukeboxx Lite // Invitations: Paperless Post

 

 

We’re totally loving photographer Maria Doka‘s images from Michelle and Isaac’s intimate Brooklyn wedding at Maison May Dekalb. Maria captures the essence of the adorable couple, along with some spectacular light, on a sunny Brooklyn day. Michelle’s Mark Zunino gown is perfection—at once modern and incredibly romantic while her groom is timelessly dapper in his classic Burberry tux. The couple celebrated with a minimal ceremony and reception and went all-in on a local dessert bar including a macaron-decorated wedding cake and doughnuts from Doughnut Plant. It’s all the sweet details that are sure to make you smile!

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from the photographer: I seriously don’t even know where to start with these two! Michelle & Isaac were one of the most beautiful couples, inside and out, that I’ve had the honor of working with as well as capturing. Their love story was so genuine and their love just radiates. Being able to capture their kind of love is why I love what I do. I’m such a lover of intimate weddings! They are my favorite. This gorgeous couple got married and had an intimate wedding in Brooklyn at Maison May. Maison May Dekalb is the dreamiest of wedding locations. This venue is so charming and cozy, and basically everything an intimate wedding should consist of. And let me just say…the sun flares this day were out of control good. Non-stop swooning.

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My favorite moment of Michelle and Isaac’s day was their first look (actually I had a ton of favorite moments!) I set up their first look over at the Fort Greene park monument right in the center of Fort Greene Park. There was this amazing teal / vintage door that was perfect for the scene. Michelle’s gorgeous veil was flowing so perfectly for each shot during this portion of the day which made the first look even more amazing. GAH! The raw emotions and their genuine love is what made this first look so special. Michelle’s designer friend Isidoro Francisco, who actually went with Michelle to pick her wedding dress out, brought one of his designs (a gorgeous bomber) to take some shots in after the first look. Michelle naturally killed it. I mean, c’mon! Look at her! I loved the edgy vibe that the bomber added to Michelle’s gorgeous Mark Zunino dress as well as the significance of wearing one of her best friends’ designs on her wedding day.

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I can go on and on about this wedding and this amazing couple. But lastly, for all of you sweet lovers out there like myself, Michelle & Isaac had THE BEST dessert table at Maison May. Seriously, the best spread! Doughnuts from Doughnut Plant, cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar, cupcakes from Molly’s Cupcakes, the most stunning wedding cake with french macarons on top from Cannelle Patisserie… WHAT! YES. Oh, and the most darling L’occitane Perfumed Sachet’s as wedding favors. From start to finish, this wedding was one for the books! I seriously love Michelle & Isaac and I feel so beyond honored to have documented their beautiful love as well as their beautiful wedding day! Enjoy + Cheers!

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Photographer: Maria Doka // Florals: Stems Brooklyn // Venue: Maison May Dekalb // Wedding Dress: Mark Zunino at Kleinfelds NY // Bomber Jacket Designer: Isidoro Francisco // Earrings & Bracelet: Kenneth Jay Lane & Ben-Amun // Hair & MUA: Bobby and The Bride // Groom’s Tux: Burberry // Groom’s Shirt & Bow Tie: Knot Standard Custom // Groom’s Shoes: Duke & Dexter // Cufflinks: Tie Bar // Wedding Cake: Cannelle Patisserie, Creole // Cupcakes: Molly’s Cupcakes // Doughnuts: Doughnut Plant // Cookies: Momofuku Milk Bar // Wedding Favors: L’Occitane Perfumed Sachets