Rachel and Jeremy met and fell in love while both working in NYC for Martha Stewart. They planned a destination wedding at King Family Vineyards, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Charlottesville, VA! Rachel’s vision was for a classic and elegant affair, filled with beauty and joy, and their celebration was exactly that! The neutral colors of the bridesmaids, set against the lush florals, and the classic black suits of the men were elegant were the perfect compliment to the Blue Ridge Mountains backdrop. Their ceremony was a mix of both Christian and Jewish traditions, and the joy and excitement was palpable as they exchanged their vows under the handmade chuppah. Their gorgeous florals and table arrangements were designed by their friend from Martha Stewart; the reception being the epitome elegant with white linens, custom gold vases, and candles everywhere. Guests had a wonderful time as dinner was served ‘family style’, with pie for dessert. The band encouraged an incredible dance party, and a shaved ice truck surprised guests for a late evening treat – much welcomed for August in Virginia. There was also a firepit outdoors, complete with s’mores makeing and a surprise performance from Rachel’s college acapella group. This wedding was classic, beautiful and fun, everything that Rachel and Jeremy had envisioned, the perfect celebration their love. The images are a mix of both digital and medium format film shot by Kristin Moore Photo.
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Sara and William’s wedding is full of personal touches, which took place this summer at The Aqua Turf Club in Connecticut. Their muted palette pairs well with the playful bow details that Sara made sure were everywhere! Read their sweet story along with these beautiful images by Michelle Lange.Click to expand for more
What made the wedding special and unique?
The wedding was just the most special day of our lives! We were surrounded by friends and family from near and far on the most perfect summer day. What made the wedding so special was honestly all of the help, love, and support from both the venue (Aqua Turf) and bridesmaids/moms. Two days before the wedding, I had a house full of women helping to finalize my dinner menus and ceremony programs with sparkly and pink bows, and put cookies into favor bags. Additionally, my bridesmaids and moms spend the morning before the wedding putting our own bouquets and boutonnieres together. Each bridesmaid had a hand in creating my bouquet, it was just so wonderful to me. I was one lucky bride, and am so blessed to have such a wonderful family.
What were some touches added to make it personal?
Bows! Most gifts included some type of ‘bow-ish’ touch, and it was so great to incorporate them into the wedding. Bows could be found on ceremony programs during our vows, toothpicks during cocktail hour, dinner menus during the reception, and on my dress (2 different ones!) throughout the night. The term ‘bows on bows on bows’ was used frequently.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
Hands down, seeing my soon-to-be-husband was the highlight of my day. My maid of honor, Lynn, helped me walk about half way down the long cobblestone driveway to meet Will. She turned around and left me as I approached, to keep the moment private with the photographer. As soon as she left me, all the emotions came over me, and poured out of my eyes. It was finally time to see my groom, and I was just so happy it was overwhelming. It is a feeling I hope I never forget. A close second to the ‘first look’ was enjoying our ‘first dance’ together! We had a great time practicing our dance, and using our ‘Let’s Stay Together’ song made it oh-so memorable.
Tell us how you met/proposed!
Will and I met in high school as young sophomores growing up in Connecticut. We starting dating when we were 16, and stayed together through college, graduation, and moving to the big city of Manhattan together. A few days before Christmas in 2011, Will had lined up a series of dinners and outings with his company, as I did the same. It was a busy time wrapping up the year, presents, plans and so on. In the midst of the holiday cheer, Will called me to ‘grab some dinner’ quickly on a Wednesday before we left for the holiday break. I was cranky, tired, and in desperate need to finish some shopping, but Will promised to be dressed and ready to go for a quick night out. This, not being very ‘out-of-character’, didn’t surprise me as our favorite dinner spot was part of the plan. I couldn’t say no! The wine gets me every time! On our walk out of the building, I carried on and on about all the plans and items left unfinished, the stressful day at work, the impending snow ruining our plans home, and so on. But, as we walked up the stairs of the High Line in Chelsea, my thoughts came to a standstill as Will yanked me in close for a kiss atop our neighborhood, and dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him. I gasped, answered and it was official! We enjoyed the dinner and more champagne afterwards, followed by a wonderful holiday season to share the great news.
One of our favorite features of real weddings is when we get a chance to hear about the story and love behind the images. So today, we’re especially excited to pair up absolutely gorgeous images by our fave Clary Photo, alongside an exquisitely elegant bride, named Whitney, and her dapper husband, Andrew. Lady Grey approves of it all, particularly that top hat. Are you ready for pretty + sweet? Read on, darlings!
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Andrew and I met at work (oops!) when we were both in a management training program for the same financial institution. We were always friendly, but really got to know each other when Andrew moved just down the street from me in Chicago (he still denies that it was on purpose). We kept seeing each other on the highway as we both commuted to the office each day, which made us decide to start carpooling. Let me tell you, when you spend 3 hours a day trapped in a car with someone, you really get to know them fast! I remember thinking, wow, this is a great man. I guess he felt I was pretty special too, because we soon started dating and I remember so clearly knowing that this was completely different and more special than anything I’d ever felt.
We got engaged about 2 years after we began dating. Andrew asked me to marry him in the same spot where we first said, “I love you.” We had always kept that place in our hearts, so it was really the perfect place to commit to our future. It was private and magical and so amazing!
The most personal element of our wedding, for me, was my bridal look. I’ve always loved getting dressed and have had a huge appreciation for style from an early age. Selecting the most significant gown I’d ever wear was a very big deal! I had the most wonderful experience at Vera Wang Chicago. When I put on the gown I would eventually buy, my mother told me I looked like my grandmother in it, and the decision was made! I was also lucky to wear a pair of my maternal grandmother’s earrings, and my paternal grandmother’s garter that she wore on her wedding day. I felt like I was carrying the most important women in my life, past & present, with me the entire day. It made everything feel more special.
When planning our wedding, I made sure the overall vision was cohesive in every aspect of the day – the church, the reception venue, decor, florals, transportation, and of course, the fashion! We went for a very classic look with vintage elements and it was present in every part of our day. My love for vintage started with my late maternal grandmother, was passed on to my mother, and finally to me. Hosting our reception in a space that is essentially a massive antique store felt perfect. Architectural Artifacts is such a unique place – our guests really enjoyed exploring the space!
My husband and I infused little bits of our personalities into various elements of the day. We served a signature cocktail that combined a drink we love with a bit of the bubbly – the champagne old fashioned! It was a hit.
I’m not sure how to make this sound classy but, we love to party! Therefore, we selected a venue that had a massive dance floor in the middle of the room – you literally had to go onto it to get anywhere else! We wanted everyone to celebrate our special moment, and then really cut loose. It was quite effective!
It’s hard to choose just one memorable moment from our day. I was very anxious waiting to walk down the aisle, but seeing Andrew when the doors opened calmed me immediately. I kept my eyes only on him and it truly felt like walking toward my future.
We surprised our parents during the wedding by presenting them with flowers and taking a moment to tell them how much they meant to us. That was so special and quite emotional, as you would expect!
Exiting the church and seeing all of the people we love the most supporting us and our love for each other was almost overwhelming. I will never forget how blissfully happy and fortunate I felt, and Andrew felt the same way too.
Finally, spending a good three hours tearing up the dance floor was perhaps the most fun I’ve ever had in my life!
Vendors: Photography: Clary Photo // Save the Dates: DIY // Invitations and Programs: The Aerialist Press // Calligraphy: Krystle Ansari // Musicians: Quartet Parapluie // Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang Chicago // Bride’s Jewelry: Vintage // Bride’s shoes: Fendi // Bridesmaid Jewelry: Vintage // Hair: Brian Kalz, Frankie // Make-up: Jean Ramos, Agnes Buda // Groom and Groomsmen tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse // Transportation: The Trolley Car & Bus Co. // Church: Bethany United Church of Christ Chicago // Flowers: StemLine, Creative // Venue: Architectural Artifacts // Catering: Catered Productions // Rentals: Hall’s Rental // Cake: Lovin Oven Cakery // DJ: Cage and Aquarium // Day of Coordination: Camille Victoria Weddings
Kari and Nick’s sweet outdoor wedding features tons of soft details with a few vintage touches that all add up to an incredibly romantic wedding. A Vintage Affair Events and Rentals planned and designed their Colorado affair! Kari is a nurse and Nick is a physician and a few weeks after the wedding they uprooted and moved to New Zealand! What a fun adventure to start off their life as newlyweds! Very special thanks to photographer Sarah Joelle for sending us such gorgeous images! Click to expand for more
Photography – Sarah Joelle Photography // Event Design & Vintage Rentals – A Vintage Affair Events and Rentals // Bridal Shop – Felice Bridal // Dress Designer – Anna Campbell // Floral Design – Sweet Pea Flowers // Makeup – Sameera Ahmed // Hair – Allison Tauchen // Ceremony Location: Red Rocks, Morrison, CO // Reception Location: The Studio Loft, Denver, CO
This is our first wedding ever featuring charming carved pumpkins as decor–which means it’s a perfect fit in celebration of Halloween! Nick and Amanda planned a romantic wedding full of candlelight and autumn details. Their photographer, Meredith Perdue told us more about shooting the gorg couple:
Amanda & Nick’s wedding day was amazing. Photos, especially portraits of the two of them, were of great importrance to Amanda and Nick, so they allowed plenty of time in their wedding day schedule for photos with each other. After our time on NC State’s campus, everyone gathered at the charming All Saint’s Chapel in Raleigh for their candlelit evening ceremony. The fun then continued at The Stockroom at 230 downtown, where Amanda & Nick’s guests ate delicious southern cuisine from Babymoon Cafe and spent the rest of the evening dancing to the tunes of The Dickens Band, Amanda & Nick’s favorite band.
Photography: Meredith Perdue // Ceremony location: All Saints Chapel – Raleigh, North Carolina // Reception venue: The Stockroom at 230 // Catering: Babymoon Cafe // Flowers: Aldena Frye // Cinematography: Simile Productions // Gown: Amsale // Hair: Marigold Parlour // Makeup: Luxe Beauty Boutique // Wedding Cake: Cinda’s Creative Cakes // Band: The Dickens Band