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Shelby and John’s wedding can be beautifully summed up by their photographer, Alicia White who said, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about getting married in the middle of the rain.” Today, we are all about the romance of weathering storms–both figuratively and literally. We absolutely adore this gorgeous couple and the incredible nature inspired wedding that featured, among other things, vows exchanged in the pouring rain.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

What made that day unique was the spontaneity of it all. You can spend months planning a wedding but when it looks like rain on your big day and you’re determined to get married outside; you have to make some very last minute adjustments. We both had to make decisions about the ceremony but we were dead set on not seeing or talking to each other before the ceremony. We trusted in our hearts that we knew what the other person would want. At one point my wife and I were ten feet apart, unknowingly making the same last minute decisions like we planned them for years. What made the wedding special was how much we love God, and how much we knew that He would guide us then and how much we know he will guide us forever.

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

The gown is Morilee by Madeline Gardner and the beaded sash is from Bhldn. I found it at New York Bride and Groom in Charlotte, NC. They were great about making sure I only tried on dresses I would be able to get in my short, three month time-frame. It was the only dress that fit perfectly from the moment I put it on. As soon as I turned around in the mirror I knew this was the dress. It was a perfect combination of everything I was looking for and I felt completely like myself in it.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

Shelby is a graphic designer so she wanted to design all of the printed materials for the wedding. In fact, the font for the invitations was the first purchase she made after the engagement. Shelby’s friend created a series of watercolor illustrations, which were then used on the invitations, rsvp cards, and advice cards at the reception. Another personal touch Shelby and John made was to cut out any traditional reception rituals that weren’t significant to them. They knew the night would fly by and this gave them more time to spend with their friends and family.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Shelby: As everyone was lining up to walk down the aisle I was waiting inside the Inn so that John wouldn’t see me. Someone pointed out that if I stood on my tiptoes I might be able to see John through the window. As soon as I caught a glimpse of him I lost it. It was a perfect moment being able to see how happy John was and soak in the fact that he was about to become my husband. It was a sense of overwhelming joy.

John: I know every groom probably says the moment he sees her for the first time is the most memorable moment. They probably say this because it is such an impacting moment for every groom. Seeing Shelby from such a far distance next to her father was the most amazing, life changing moment. The most memorable moment was when Alicia gave us a few minutes to ourselves after shooting photos on a deserted peninsula to just soak it all in. I will always remember those minutes that we spent together. We just stared, smiled, hugged, laughed and danced to nothing but the beautiful silence of nature.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

My good friend knew both of John’s roommates from having classes with them. After hearing so much about each other we were intrigued to finally meet. When we did, we talked about everything from black and white movies to cooking. After that night the four of us started a weekly tradition of taking turns making dinner, and dubbed it “family dinner night”. It wasn’t long until John and I were spending time together just the two of us. One night he asked if I wanted to start running with him, of course I said yes but if you know me then you know running is NOT my thing. Thankfully our runs quickly turned into walks. Walking and getting lost in conversation around the beautiful streets of Richmond are some of our favorite dating memories.

John surprised me on Valentines Day by driving the 8 hours to my house and showing up with flowers at ten o’clock at night. It was the best surprise! He had considered proposing that night but when he saw how shocked I was he decided it might be too much. Early the next morning he decided he couldn’t wait any longer. He woke me up and proposed just the two of us. It was a perfect, private moment that the two of us will always get to share together.

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Vendors: Photography: Alicia White Photography // Venue/Catering: High Hampton Inn, North Carolina // Floral Designer: Fiddlehead Designs // Hair/Makeup: Indigo Salon

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Keely and Ian decided on the ever-so-perfect San Ysidro Ranch as the backdrop for their wedding. Though they never imagined a rainy day, the weather ended up adding a romantic element that added to the intimacy of their gorgeous celebration. We absolutely can’t get enough of the florals by Ambient Event Design and beautiful details of the day, all perfectly captured by Megan Sorel Photography. We know you are going to love this one!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The rain! We live in the perpetually sunny Santa Barbara, California so when we planned our wedding to be outside in the gardens of San Ysidro Ranch we never imagined anything but blue skies and warm weather. Our wedding weekend ended up being the biggest storm of the decade- and we’re so happy it was! Once we embraced the rain we realized it added such romantic and cozy elements to the day. The shades of grey and misty sky ended up being the perfect backdrop for our intimate wedding.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

We wanted our wedding to feel more like a romantic dinner party rather than a big event. So all of our decisions stemmed from that vision- especially the tablescape. We chose to use two long tables with low centerpieces to promote conversation, and instead of lots of flowers we opted for succulents and candles throughout. My husband and I have been lucky enough to live all over the world together so we divided the tables by cities we’ve lived in. Each setting had a small succulent holding the name card- which most of our friends took home to plant in their own gardens.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

I had always wanted my wedding to be outside so when we got a short break in the rain we quickly decided to forgo the tent and have the ceremony outside in the gardens as planned. Since the grounds were too wet to hold up the chairs all of the guests stood around us through the ceremony. It was one of the most magical feelings in the world- to have everyone we love surround us in support during our vows.

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Vendors: Photography: Megan Sorel Photography // Location: San Ysidro Ranch // Design: Tara Bassi Party Design // Floral: Ambient Event Design // Music: Jim Eppolito of West Coast Music // Rentals: Town and Country Rentals // Hair and Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup // Airbus: Santa Barbara Airbus // Linens: La Tavola Linens // Dress: Monique Lhuillier

Patti and Christian planned an incredibly romantic wedding at The Prospect Park Boathouse in Brooklyn, NY (one of our all time favorite venues, by the way!). We are obsessed with the classic details and gorgeous colors that Patti chose! Heather Waraksa Photography is an incredible photographer on the top of our list of faves, so it’s no surprise that we’re obsessed with these gorgeous images! With details like that Jenny Packham gown and those florals by Violet and Verde we are seriously doing the happy dance over here!

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Ten years ago Christian sat on the back steps of the Prospect Park Boathouse with one of his 1st grade students during a school trip. He asked Christian if he had kids, if he was married and Christian replied saying no to both, but that maybe in the future that would change. Walking down the aisle and saying our vows to each other just steps away from that spot ten years ago was a reminder of our own individual life journeys, which ultimately led us to each other.

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

I was with my mom and sister, who were town for a girls wedding planning weekend, and Gabriella in SoHo was our 3rd stop. I knew I wanted a dress that gave a nod to the past while still being contemporary. Feminine, but not frilly. It had to have character and stand out, but more in the details than the dress overall. Jenny Packham’s ‘Nicole’ definitely fit the bill, I felt incredible in it, and when I saw my mom’s and sister’s expressions, I knew it was the one!

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What were some touches added to make it personal? 

We met in Brooklyn, fell in love here, and planned to start our lives together in Brooklyn. Half of our guests were from out of town, so it meant so much to us that our family and friends could come see where we live. Plus, you can’t beat Brooklyn in June. Prospect Park was in full bloom, and much to the surprise of our guests, they never imagined such a beautiful place could exist in a big bustling city.

Our wedding was a very intimate affair. Every single person on the guest list played a part in helping us become the people we are today, so as a thank you, we expressed our gratitude in writing on the back of our programs. It was also framed and placed at the entrance. We also made custom tote bags marking that day in Brooklyn for our guests to remember after the wedding.

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What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The ceremony was by far the most memorable part of the day for us. We felt an overwhelming sense of joy to share the ultimate expression of love and commitment with our family and friends. Seeing the faces of our family and friends as my brother walked me down the aisle to Christian’s father marrying us to cracking up at how nervous we both felt to the moment we kissed and faced the people we loved the most. We felt truly blessed, and it’s a moment we’ll never forget.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

A summertime bike ride from Greenport to Shelter Island by ferry led us to Sunset Beach, where we escaped an afternoon shower over rosé and nicoise salads. The rain stopped and we decided to take a walk on the beach and luckily for us the rain chased all the beach goers away. It was just us, the beach and a proposal waiting to happen. He stopped, got down on one knee, and asked the question I knew I was born to answer with a yes.

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Vendors: Photography: Heather Waraksa Photography // Venue: The Prospect Park Boathouse, Brooklyn, NY // Stationery: Annie Clark via Minted.com // Dress designer: Jenny Packham // Bridesmaid dresses: Monique Lhuillier // Florist: Violet and Verde // Musicians: DJ RT via Scratch Weddings // Bridesmaid gifts: Kate Spade // Hair and Makeup: VickyC5 // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Tote bag: Conventiontotes.com // Cake: Moveable Feast

Today we are bringing you some Portugal inspired designs in the form of patterns, color, and texture! Shot at Hacienda Sarria by Photographs by Caileigh we just can’t get enough of this fresh approach that Love by Lynzie Weddings + Events styled. We love the boho meets modern combo!

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Vendors: Photographer: Photographs by Caileigh // Venue: Hacienda Sarria // Planner and Stylist: Love by Lynzie Weddings + Events // Floral: Living Fresh // Stationery: Beet & Path Designs // Cake: The Wedding Cake Shoppe // Dresses: Sash & Bustle // Jewelry: The Loved One // Hair and Makeup: Ashley Readings // Grooms Attire: Harry Rosen // Dishware and Stemware: Plate Occasions // Flatware, Favours, Rentals and Props: Love by Lynzie Weddings + Events // Film Lab: Photovision Prints

You guys. Whenever we get the chance to feature a wedding designed by Amorology, it’s pretty much the best day ever. Their work is so darn gorgeous and crazy town creative, that we can’t get enough! Rachel and Roy’s wedding, shot by John Newsome, is no exception! With Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa in San Diego as the backdrop for the day, and incredible gorgeous florals by L&S Design Co. covering the entire space, we really can’t imagine a more beautiful wedding! Seriously.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

One of the best things we did was actually before the wedding. We spent four magical days and nights at a resort spa called Cal-a-Vie before the wedding, which was ideal because it allowed us to get away alone together, to primp head to toe, workout, eat healthily for the week, and to relax and prepare for our big day. I highly recommend taking a “pre-honeymoon”! Then, all of our family and friends, from all over the world and every stage of our lives, arrived at the same place. Having everyone in one place allowed all of our diverse friends to meet one another and become friends, which combined to make our wedding night both a great party and a magical, almost dreamlike evening that neither of us will ever forget.

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

I found the dress very early on when shopping at Ever After in Miami with my Mom. But, I wasn’t quite ready to be done dress shopping– I was having too much fun! However, I kept thinking about my Reem Acra Juliet dress, and, a few months later, I went back and got the dress. The Juliet dress was perfect for our garden, California wedding: unfussy, elegant, and more of an evening dress than a wedding dress, which I had wanted. However, I still felt that something didn’t quite look perfect about the dress on me. I asked the seamstress to add a little bit of volume to the skirt, but they only had an enormous underskirt available at the shop. We tried it, just to get sense of what it might look like, and the look of the dress instantly changed completely– and we got a shape that was perfect. We all knew that this was it. It was classic, but also unique, and I got to add something to the design of the dress. In the end, I embraced the poofy wedding dress!

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What were some touches added to make it personal? 

My mom and I spent months collecting rose petals from the gardens of family and friends to toss as we exited the ceremony. It was piece of our home that we could bring to the ceremony and share with our guests. We also had some live plants included in the decor so that we could plant them after the wedding to remember our wedding day as they grew. We personalized our ceremony by having close family perform readings that were meaningful to us. Roy speaks English, Spanish, and Hebrew, and had family visiting from Israel and Mexico. We chose a reading in each of the three languages to honor the long distances from which our guests had traveled.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Roy and I had never learned a choreographed dance before. But, we took on the challenge for our first dance. After 10 intense dance lessons with Eugenia Spotar from Dance Luv in Miami, we had learned the steps that she had choreographed to our favorite song, Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show. I was much more nervous about the dance than any other part of the wedding; I was so nervous just before, in fact, that I almost refused to go through with it. But, my husband encouraged me, and I’m so glad that he did, because we had a blast. It was the highlight of the evening for both of us. Everyone was so surprised when we started the dance and broke into line dancing, and were quickly up on their feet clapping with us and singing along. It got the night off to a fun and lighthearted start.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met playing softball in Miami. My husband was asked to join the league because he had played baseball in college; but I, on the other hand, was invited, despite being not having played since 4th grade PE class, because the team needed three female players and had only been able to sign up two. I hit a single, but, upon arriving at first base, I stopped directly on the bag without running through it. My husband, who was coaching first, informed me that I, in fact, did not have to stop directly on the bag, and should feel free to run through it. Unfortunately, my husband was not sufficiently specific with his advice. On the next pitch, the batter hit the ball into left field, at which point I ran as fast as I could towards, and then past, second base and into left field, where I was promptly tagged out—to everyone’s amusement. Seeing his chance, my husband ran over to me and delivered the line he had been waiting to land: “Don’t you have a boyfriend who can teach you how to play softball?” And the rest, as they say, is history….

We got engaged on a trip to Vieques Island in Puerto Rico. In the morning, we went horse back riding on the beach, then had a picnic on a secluded beach, where Roy presented me with the ring. We snorkeled and swam most of the day, and then, when night fell, we went kayaking on a bioluminescent bay.

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Highlight reel from Kavin Lindgren on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: John Newsome // Design + Planning: Amorology // Florals: L&S Design Co. // Videography: Kavin Lindgren // Location: Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa // Stationery: Peanut Press Creative // Cake: Michele Coulon Dessertier // Vintage Rentals: Folklore Vintage Rentals // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals // Linens: La Tavola // Rentals: Abbey Party Rentals // DJ: Hit It Music // Ceremony + Cocktail Music: The Get Down Boys // Transportation: SD Charter //