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Maggie and James were married at the picturesque Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards and the celebration is absolutely breathtaking. The Girls From MSW planned a day filled details that are every bit as elegant as they are rustic—like ladders dripping with florals and suspended over dining tables and an amazing floral arbor—all beautifully created by the Tourterelle Floral Design. Thankfully, Katelyn James Photography was behind the lens to capture the adorable bride and groom on their gorgeous day set against the spectacular scenery of Virginia’s wine country!

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How did you meet and become engaged? 

From the Bride: We actually met online! Our first date was at a Spanish tapas restaurant in Arlington, and we talked for 7 hours straight until the last bar in Arlington finally closed. We’re both huge foodies and I’m pretty sure that half of that first date was spent talking about restaurants, cooking, and food!

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James and I recently moved from Arlington, Virginia up to Delaware for work. We both miss Virginia a TON, so when James suggested we spend a weekend touring some wineries in Loudon County I had my suspicions that he’d propose, but also thought it could just be because we were homesick. We spent the afternoon wine tasting, and at every single winery we went to there was a rowdy bachelorette party that appeared every time we were alone, spoiling James’ proposal “plan A”. After hitting a few wineries we headed back to our hotel in Arlington and grabbed a cab into DC for dinner. James asked the driver to drop us off at the National Mall. He brought me to the Botanical Gardens where we’d spent time together before, and asked me to marry him there! I had to make him repeat his whole speech because I was so excited and crying so much that I missed about half of it!

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What made the wedding special/unique? Memorable? Special touches?

From Katelyn: One of my favorite moments of the entire day was watching Maggie read her letter from James just moments before the first look. James reminded her of all the ways that she has made him a better man and how much he adores her. She fought back the tears but it was a tough battle. She was about to see him for the first time and their wedding day was beginning!! They’ve been looking forward to this day for years and it was finally here! Their family and friends arrived at Pippin Hill right as the sun was beginning to dip behind the mountain. The ceremony ended at dusk and the party began!

 

I absolutely LOVED their decor and details! They had antique ladders suspended from the ceiling that were draped in florals. Pippin Hill is gorgeous on its own but after Maggie and her mom added their touch, it was just STUNNING!

James & Maggie Highlight Wedding Film from The Herrintons on Vimeo.

Photographer:  Katelyn James Photography // Event Planner: The Girls From MSW // Floral Designer: Tourterelle Floral Design // Invitation Designer: Thinking Paper LLC // Reception Venue: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards // Cake Designer: Albemarle Baking Company // Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor Weddings // Hair Stylist: Brianna B. Adams // Makeup Artist: Charlottesville Makeup Artist // Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero // Dress Store: Nicole’s boutique // Caterer: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: The Black Tux // Cinema and Video: The Herrintons // Band: The Significant Other

 

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In case it’s not totally apparent, we CAN’T resist a gorg wedding at The O’Donnell House. The Palm Springs venue provides a breathtaking backdrop—the bougainvillea, alone, are enough eye candy for next-level wedding photos and we love the way Lindsay and Brett played off of the lush magenta blooms in the design of their day. The florals by Siren Floral Co. are a vision of pink—especially that giant-bloom-filled bridal bouquet! And the tiered floral cake by Exquisite Desserts is delightful. We’re also loving the invitation designed by the groom himself! Check out these detail and more in these absolutely stunning images by Shane Cox Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Our wedding was exactly how we hoped it would be. The most special part about our wedding was having all of our closest friends and family there. A lot of our guests live out of state, so having everyone together from both sides of our family for the very first time to celebrate our marriage was unforgettable.  With a venue like the O’Donnell House, you really can’t go wrong, it is so beautiful and very intimate.  Palm Springs is one of our favorite places to visit if we’re feeling like we need a getaway, so inviting all of our friends and family to join us there and experience it as well, was really nice.

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

I loved my dress!  I knew I wanted something romantic and simple, and I love lace gowns. Comfort was a big factor for me because I wanted to be able to dance and move around without feeling restricted.  I found my dress at Karoza Bridal in Glendale, CA.

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What were some touches added to make it personal? 

There were a lot of touches that were personal! Brett made our save the dates and invitations, and the photos we used on them we had taken during previous trips to Palm Springs.  Brett also designed our signs, and we have a good friend who owns Prink Tech and he custom made the signs for the wedding. We are obsessed with these chai toffee blondies that we originally fell in love with at the Altadena Farmer’s Market, so we reached out to Max at Morning Glory Confections to see if we could special order a bunch for the wedding to give our guests as favors.  Our close friend Sara officiated the wedding and she put so many personal touches and so much heart into the script, most of which was a surprise, so that was amazing.  Also, my grandma wrote a really special blessing that she shared prior to our dinner.

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What was the most memorable part of the day? 

There were so many special and memorable moments, that it’s hard to chose just one! But one that stands out in my mind was the time that we had alone right after the ceremony.  Brett and I had written our own vows and exchanged them in private.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met on Match.com!  After two and a half years of dating Brett took me on a trip to Big Sur to our favorite little hotel.  We spent a few days adventuring and relaxing, and he proposed to me at sunset on a beautiful secluded beach.  There was a whale in the ocean at that exact moment and it was absolutely perfect!

Photography: Shane Cox Photography // Venue Management and Event Coordination: The Events Department // Floral: Siren Floral Co. // Venue: The O’Donnell House // Catering: Catering by Westwood // Cake: Exquisite Desserts // Hair: Rooted Hair Studio // Make-Up: Nancy Z Beauty // DJ:  DJ Zephyr // Photography Assistant: Ben Christensen // Signs: Prink Tech // Favors: Max, Morning Glory Confections

 

 

There are some super sweet details and personal touches Kaci and Nick’s wedding day planned by Grey Collective member Beauty & the Details. Succulents planted in teacups for the place cards and donuts and s’mores for dessert. But our favorite part is that the couple chose to write their own vows and recite them at their first look versus in front of all their guests. It kept the moment super private and intimate. See photos from their special moment and the rest of their day in these lovely images by Uplift Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We really wanted to center the day around our families, and the fact that our wedding day marked the start of our own family. Our families are spread out all over the country, so we knew that this was probably the only time in our lives that everyone would be in one room! We kept the day pretty intimate and wanted to make sure we didn’t spend the night introducing each other to new people. The night felt so warm and cozy (literally, we had fireplaces and fire pits!), and we could not have felt more loved.

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

I found my gown at Kleinfeld Bridal, in New York City. I prepared for my appointment by making a Pinterest board with my favorite dress in every style, just in case one fit didn’t flatter me. I’m so glad I did! I thought I would end up with a fitted dress, but when I tried one on, I didn’t love how it made me feel. I tried on more of a flowy ball gown option next, and it was perfect! I ended up trying on a few more dresses but chose the second dress I ever tried on. It was Legends by Romona Keveza.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

This was so much fun for me! During cocktail hour, we served a drink that we used to make in the bar we met working in. We also served donuts and s’mores for dessert, which are two of our favorite treats! We displayed pictures from our family members’ weddings, and baby pictures of my husband and myself. We spent months collecting tea cups to plant succulents (my husband’s favorite) in for our place cards/favors and I printed our table numbers on pages from one of my favorite childhood books, Anne of Green Gables. I was lucky enough to have a groom who cared just enough about the details and it was truly a collaboration. We were so happy with how everything turned out and really felt like the day was a perfect representation of us.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

We really wanted to write something to read to each other, but felt a little shy about reading personal vows during our traditional ceremony. To compromise, we wrote our vows and read them to each other after our first look. It allowed us to laugh, cry and get our nerves out before the ceremony. Your wedding day can be so hectic and stressful, and it was the perfect way to remind us what the day was all about.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in early 2012 while working at TAO in New York City. Nick wouldn’t take no for an answer and showed incredible perseverance by asking me out for months until I finally said yes. Our first date was spent walking through Ft. Tryon Park and talking for hours at the New Leaf Cafe. On that date, I was telling Nick about how my parents had been married for almost 30 years and he said “That’s going to be us!” I thought he was crazy, but 3 years later here we go!!

After countless hours of sitting around watching World Cup coverage, I became stir crazy and told Nick that I was going to take the dog on a walk. Nick told me that he was going to come along, but to take Jameson outside and he would meet us there. I went outside, immediately started sweating in the July heat and called my dad to complain about Nick’s soccer addiction. My dad, knowing that Nick would propose soon (Nick had asked my parents for permission the weekend before), told me that I needed to get myself a hobby and stay out of the heat because it made me cranky. When Nick came downstairs (with the ring in his pocket), we walked to Astoria Park. When we got to an open area, we started throwing the ball to Jameson. Nick handed me the ball and said “Jameson, Mommy’s got something for you.” As I threw the ball, I heard Nick say “and I’ve got something for you.” When I turned around, he was on one knee. We both blacked out, and aside from a few select cuss words from me, that is basically all we remember.

When we got home, we called our families to share the news and dined on cheeseburgers and champagne.

Kaci + Nick – Highlight Film // Highlands Country Club from Preston Films on Vimeo.

Photographer/Videographer: Uplift Photography, Jade O’Connell // Wedding Planner: Beauty & the Details, Renae // Florist: Gotham Florist, Ji Crowley // Videographer: Preston Films, Michael Torpey //  Venue: Highlands Country Club // DJ: Party For a Lifetime, Ryan McLaughlin // Hair Stylist: Brittany DiGiacomo // Ceremony Musicians: Bernstein Bard Trio, Steve Bernstein  // Officiant: Dr. Joseph Lynch //  Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal

 

Amal and Hamed’s San Fransisco wedding at the, always-breathtaking, Legion of Honor is one for the books. The details of the event designed by Kaella Lynn Events  are elegant and timeless—like the abundant ceremony florals and greens by Mandy Scott Flowers. Something we really love, though, is the way the couple wove their Persian heritage throughout their day like the bridesmaids carrying Sofreh items in place of bouquets. The family even shipped in a traditional Persian rug for the ceremony isle! Check out all these details and more in these lovely images from the talented Jake and Necia Photography team.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Asal and Hamed’s wedding was stylish, romantic, soulful even, and full of personal details that make it truly unique. To honor the couple’s Persian heritage, the bridesmaids carried traditional Sofreh items down the aisle instead of bouquets. The family shipped out their traditional Persian runner to line the ceremony. The groom, Hamed, played his bride down the aisle on the Grand Piano and guests were serenaded by a surprise Gospel Choir during dinner.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

They first met the 18th of May, 2013. Hamed was a hopeful, but uninvited guest, at Asal’s birthday party. Hamed persevered and after 3 months and multiple attempts, Asal finally agreed to join him for a cup of tea. Hamed took Asal to Maison Bertaux, the oldest and most romantic cafe in London, where they shared tea and chatted for hours. Dinner time came and they continued at a nearby Italian Restaurant. This was the start of something wonderful. Hamed won Asal’s heart very quickly. She even told her dad she had found “the one” after that first date.

The following year on the 18th of May, Hamed got down on one knee at London’s Heathrow Airport and presented Asal the most delicious bag of artisan marshmallows… and, of course, a ring too.

Hamed had promised Asal’s parents they would wait to be married until she finished writing her PhD. And while he waited, he wrote a very special piece of music to play as his bride walked down the aisle at their wedding.

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Photographer: Jake and Necia Photography // Wedding Planner and Designer: Kaella of Kaella Lynn Events // Florist: Mandy Scott Flowers // Invitations and signage: Brown Fox Calligraphy // Venue: Legion of Honor // Caterer: Betty Zlatchin Catering // Makeup and Hair: Melissa Hoffman Beauty // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and Designer 8 // Lighting: Got Light // Specialty Glassware: Frances Lane // DJ: Denon & Doyle Entertainment // Piano and Gospel Signers: Entire Productions // Videographer: JMarc Media

 

 

Today we’re inviting you to join us on the Amalfi Coast! Ok, so not really but these gorgeous images of Rhianedr & Maxwell’s Italian elopement are about as close as we’re going to get. We’re enamored with the incredible scenery in Grey Collective member Bianco Photography‘s images—especially the way she captures the beautiful bride weaving through the cobblestone roads to meet her groom for their hilltop ceremony. The VIEWS!!! We know you’ll love them as much as we do!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Having a small wedding with just our closest friends and family with us. We were able to spend quality time with all who attended. The setting was also incredible.

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

I visited my bridesmaid in Australia and found the perfect gown there (one like nothing I ever imagined I’d go for and would never had tried it on had my bridesmaid not forced me to!) but couldn’t purchase it as it required 5 fittings in Melbourne. I was gutted I couldn’t get it. By pure luck I found a very similar gown by Pronovias when I went shopping with my mum.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

We made name place holders with funny photos of the guests in a Polaroid style. It was a talking point for guests on tables who didn’t know each other (an icebreaker I suppose to explain the background to the photo) and many guests then kept them.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Seeing all the guests after the ceremony enjoying the moment and the view at Villa Eva.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

The long and short of it is that he proposed to me in a hotel room in Paris one evening in October after we’d visited our friends who live there. I thought it was a joke as the temporary ring was in the box of the jeweler for the jewelry that I was going to wear that evening for dinner. Then he got on one knee and fumbled with the box!

Photography: Bianco Photography // Wedding Planner: Italian Style Weddings // Florals: Florist Amalfi Coast // Venue: Villa Eva // Hair: Piero Mansi www.pieromansi.com // Makeup: Nicole Storey