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Julianna and Darren’s English wedding was set against a backdrop of bucolic meadow on the grounds of Coworth Park, a romantic Berkshire hotel and resort. Planner and stylist The Bijou Bride, assisted the lovely couple in creating a day filled with sunshine, joy and a visual spectacle of wildflower floral arrangements by Blue Sky Flowers. Personalized details include the clever table names like “Deuce & Advantage”—a nod to the groom’s professional tennis career—and custom cocktails like “Pete’s Punch” and “Horny Goat” after their pets. Classic stationery was by EG Lettering with cake and desserts by Gaya’s Cakes, and lucky for us, Roberta Facchini Photography was on hand to capture all the delightful details in these bright and cheery images.

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Photography: Roberta Facchini Photography // Planner & Stylist: The Bijou Bride // Florals: Blue Sky Flowers // Stationery & Invitations: EG Lettering // Venue: Coworth Park // Bride’s Gown: Rue De Seine // Hair: Victoria Ralph // Make Up: Tori Harris // Cake & Choux buns: Gaya’s Cakes // Tableware & Furniture: Couvert // String Trio: Chiswell Strings // DJ: That Event DJ // Pianist: Johnny Allegue

 

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Karen and Kevin’s friends and family traveled from around the country—and world!—to their Cleveland, Ohio wedding at The Club at Hillbrook. The historic Tudor mansion was the perfect venue to showcase the area with its scenic grounds and lush gardens. Planned by Kirkbrides, the wedding happened to fall on the same weekend as Karen and Kevin’s medical school graduation and the celebratory spirit was reflected in all of the fun details including voluminous florals by Molly Taylor and Co., lawn games, a photo booth and and ice cream bar. Lucky for us, Lauren Gabrielle was on hand to capture all the details and beauty in these lovely images.

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Photography: Lauren Gabrielle // Planning: Kirkbrides // Floral Décor: Molly Taylor and Co. // Stationery: Ting Stationery // Ceremony and Reception Location: The Club at Hillbrook // Bride’s Dress Designer: Provonias // Hair: Suzanne Davis Urbane Society // Makeup: Lindsay London // Cake: Luna Bakery // Desserts (Ice Cream): Piccadilly // Linens/Rentals: Event Source // DJ (ceremony/cocktails/reception/lighting/photobooth): DJ London Bridges through Cleveland Music Group // Lawn Games: Rock the House

 

Jessica and Jay wed in the morning, overlooking a rugged Texas canyon. Their ceremony was simple, serenaded by an acoustic guitar while birds flew overhead. Following the ceremony—and a very scenic portrait session—the couple and their family retired to their airplane hanger where a stunning reception was underway! Jessica and Jay had renovated a metal hangar into a beautiful home which designer and florist Parie Designs transformed into a lush, modern garden party! We love the topiary backdrop, dripping greens and romantic touches like stationery by Etcetera Amarillo  and three-tiered marble cake by Scratch Made Bakery. Lucky for us, JoAnna Robertson Photography was on hand to capture it all in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I feel like the ease of the day and the loved shared between everyone made it so special.

Tell us about the gown and where you found it!

A and Be Bridal Shop in Dallas!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

I loved our floral wall with our names, and having it as a backdrop for our guests to have their photos taken was really fun. I also loved having all the kids at the ceremony – such a special time.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The most memorable part of the day was between the ceremony and the party – all of our friends and family gathered in our home for food and fun, spending time together – the calm before the (very fun) storm! Also, exchanging vows with my best friend in such a breathtaking place – priceless!!!!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

I don’t feel like the way we met was too glamorous – just work! We traveled to Maui, Hawaii for Christmas 2017 and he proposed on Christmas Eve there!

 

 

Photographer: JoAnna Robertson Photography // Wedding Designer and Floral Design: Parie Designs // Videography: 4500 Productions with Mel Davis // Stationery: Etcetera Amarillo // Wedding Dress: A and Be Bridal Shop // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Hair and Makeup: Sonia Gallegos from Salon Lola Paige // Catering: Two Knives Catering // Bakery: Scratch Made Bakery // Jewelry: Graham Brothers Jewelers // Band: Royal Dukes // Bar Service: Amarillo Parties and Events with Lyn Anderson

 

Jill and Ryan’s Georgia wedding celebration took place at Villa Ospo at Jekyll Island. The bride is a NYC resident, but Southern-at-heart and imagined her reception as a ” big, intimate, garden dinner party.” With the help of Straton Hall Events, Jill got perfectly Southern wedding she hoped for —a historic setting, Spanish moss, subtle vintage details and a laid back island feel. The bride even designed all the whimsical paper pieces including the custom-illustrated playing cards. Lucky for us, The Happy Bloom was on hand to capture all the many gorgeous details in these lovely photographs.

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How was your wedding perfectly “Southern”?

Even though I live in New York, I’m from North Florida and truly Southern at heart. From the intimate, welcoming u-shaped seating arrangement and southern food to the Spanish moss, handcrafted favors and laid back feel of the island…our wedding was perfectly Southern and I wouldn’t change a thing!

What was your vision for your wedding day? What made you choose certain colors or decor?

I wanted a wedding that was going to feel like a big intimate garden dinner party. Nothing too stuffy or overly designed, but also classic and a little vintage at the same time to fit in with the historic surroundings. I don’t like it when things feel too “matchy matchy” so I decided to use a combination of Fall jewel tones as opposed to sticking to one or two colors.

You are so talented! Talk to us about your vision with the paper goods and playing cards!

Thank you! I wanted to incorporate the flora/fauna of the area and all the other unique elements that make up Jekyll Island including some of our venues, croquet and of course, Georgia peaches. I’m very sentimental so I wanted it to be truly unique to us and where we got married. I used gold foil accents and gold calligraphy as a nod to the “Golden Isles” and the millionaires that originally founded the Jekyll Club. The playing cards were a true labor of love. I was aiming for a truly stand out wedding favor that was personal to us as a couple but that everyone would remember and also hopefully use! There are 14 illustrations in total.

What is the moment you remember most about your wedding day?

I remember a lot of moments very clearly but probably the First Look. I’m so glad we were able to do that because it took a lot of the anxiety out of the rest of the day.

What’s next for you and your husband?

We eventually plan on starting a family, buying a house and I would love to be able to grow my illustration and stationery business into my full time job.

Photography: The Happy Bloom // Reception Planning + Florals + Catering: Straton Hall Events // Day of Coordination: Island Weddings // Invitation + All Paper Goods: Jill Delavan (the bride!) // Venue: Villa Ospo at Jekyll Island, GA // Hair + Makeup: Fantasy Hair + Makeup // Bride’s Dress: Watters // Shoes: Sole Society // DJ: Island Sound DJs // Rentals: Beachview Event Rentals // Suits: Charley Tyrhitt // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Summery, bohemian vibes grace every moment of Kate and Kevin’s delightful South Carolina wedding at Cypress Trees Plantation. The adorable, love-at-first-sight couple filled their big day with personalized details, special contributions from talented friends, a curated playlist and DIY cocktails by the groom himself. Event design and planning was by AlmostWed with florals by Coming Up Roses. We especially love the tie dye dinner napkins, retro party bus, delicate arbor and—of course—gorgeous film images captured by Stephen Atohi.

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What unique elements or DIY details did you include?

We gifted each guest a bottle of our homemade limoncello. It takes about 3 months to make, so it was truly a labor of love. Many chose to enjoy at the reception and others took it home to enjoy on a special occasion.

What was your favorite moment? Your favorite crafted detail?

Moment: our vows. We wrote them ourselves and didn’t share with each other before the ceremony. It was a moment we both knew we wanted to be a surprise and looking back it was 100% the right decision for us. Favorite crafted detail: personalized notes for our guests. Rather than a standard name card, we wrote a personalized note to each person. So often at weddings, the bride and groom don’t have an opportunity to visit with all of their guests. The personalized notes ensured we were able to express our gratitude and love for each person. They were a huge hit! Lots of hugs and tears.

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc.

I envisioned myself wearing a flower crown, but didn’t want to risk the flowers wilting in the South Carolina humidity. I found an amazing faux-flower crown designer in Utah (via Etsy). I sent her a Pinterest board of the flowers that would be in my bouquet and she made a crown to match. It was beyond perfect. Our florist was local to Edisto and had done many weddings at the venue before. She offered fantastic advice on how to let the natural elements of the land do the talking and the flowers/decor to simply be a complement.

Instead of a traditional cake, we had banana pudding shipped from our favorite bakery in NYC. I tried on a LOT of dresses. The dress I chose was the one I felt most myself in. It was head to toe lace with long sleeves and had an old-school feel to it.

On the back of our wedding program, we each wrote a list of people and things we wanted to give a ‘special thanks’ to. It included anything and everything from our parents to our childhood sleep-away camp to our favorite guilty pleasure fast food restaurant. We think it was a fun thing for the guests to read before the ceremony began. To kick-off the evening, Bob Marley’s ‘Could You Be Loved’ began playing as we kissed. It was a perfect way to conclude the ceremony and started off our playlist (which we curated over the course of our engagement; LOTS of time browsing on Spotify). We love music and wanted to play songs we envisioned hearing on our wedding day. We created 3 different playlists for pre-ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception – each with its own vibe. Rather than having the dinner catered, a chef friend of ours (who we met in NYC because he was wearing an Edisto hat!) cooked for our 75 guests and roasted a pig for 12 hours on site before. Shawn cooked an amazing meal and even gave a short speech at the reception. The grits he served were from corn grown on the property and the pig was raised with love on an island next to Edisto.

And finally, maybe just a little bit about you as a couple and how you met.

We met in NYC and were introduced by a mutual friend. Kevin was visiting a friend and was living in San Antonio at the time. It was truly love at first sight – we spoke on the phone every day that summer and Kevin took a leap and moved to NYC 4 months later. We love to travel, ski, cook (well, Kate enjoys Kevin’s cooking), binge watch the ‘it’ TV show of the moment, and spending time with friends. We’re currently renovating our first home together. And just like our wedding, the finished product will be a reflection of us!

Photography: Stephen Atohi // Event Design & Planning: AlmostWed // Florals: Coming Up Roses // Invitations: Designed by Bride // Venue: Cypress Trees Plantation // Wedding Dress: Lela Rose // Hair & Makeup: Pampered & Pretty // Floral Crown: Stevi Marie Flower Crown // Bride’s Shoes: Aldo // Bride’s Ring: Caitlin Mociun // Groom Attire: Bonobos // Groom’s Ring: Sabri Guven // Videography: His + Her Creative // Catering: Shawn Burnette // Furniture Rentals: Ruth’s // Specialty Rentals: EventHaus // Music: Danny Rizzo // Officiant: Kelly Halazyn // Transportation: Lowcountry Valet // Pitmaster: Tank Johnson