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Maggie and Aaron’s wedding day is a classic winter affair. We love the timelessness of the details planned by Cosmopolitan Events—from the restrained stationery by Abigail Christine Design, to the bride’s vintage fur stole, to the lush white florals by Flora By Nora, to the military grand exit from the church. It’s all fresh, elegant and with a nod to a royal wedding befits a couple whose friends and family claim their love story rivals a fairytale (see the bride’s version below). The talented Heather Roth Fine Art Photography was on site to capture all the seasonally-perfect details of the day in these images.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Our wedding date was December 17, the week before Christmas; a magical, beautiful, festive time, but also a very busy time for all. Our loving family and friends traveled from all over the world to be there with us. To add to the holiday and wedding excitement, of course there was an arctic storm throughout the weekend, making things even more crazy with delayed or cancelled flights, and long, long drives in the ice and snow. Even the rehearsal almost did not happen due to the treacherous conditions, until our wonderful priest and my remarkable wedding planner friend made it all happen. Our amazing, gifted seven-months pregnant photographer, Heather Roth, slipped around on the ice with our wedding party for our chilly and beautiful wedding photos. Our dedicated and talented band, the Patrick Lentz Band, slid along the highway for 9 hours (normally a 4 hour drive) from Kansas City, arriving 5 minutes before our reception began. Even some of our groomsmen had cancelled flights the day after the wedding and had to stay with Aaron and I in our hotel suite. With all the funny happenings out of our control, I just held on tight and smiled and laughed with my mom and dad and family and Aaron. All of this, plus our loved ones and friends making the effort and being there for us, made everything special, unique and perfect.

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

My gown was the “Diana” by the incredible Lea-Ann Belter. It was my absolute dream gown. I actually didn’t “meet” this gorgeous gown until I had already found and purchased another beautiful wedding dress I thought was meant to be mine! Even though I thought I was in love with the dress I had initially found, I decided to keep my already scheduled appointment for later that afternoon at another bridal boutique. My mom and I knew the very minute we saw my new dress this was the one. I just had to try it on. I felt like a princess. After a bit of drama of me changing my mind (quite a few tears, a sleepless night of me not knowing what to do, since we had already purchased the other dress) and the very understanding bridal shops, everything worked out and it was all perfect. Lea-Ann Belter custom designed my gown and was able to make it for me with my time constraints. I am so happy I changed my mind, and will love my dress forever.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My mom and my little sister (Maid of Honor) surprised Aaron and I with a beautiful, large framed collage of black and white photographs of Aaron and me as little childhood friends growing up in Egypt and more recent photos of our dating years. We used this collage as décor for our reception. This was a very personal touch that allowed the guests to see us as little friends so long ago and our love that grew from that time together.

My grandmother, “Nannie”, who passed away several years ago, had a beautiful mink stole given to her by my grandfather, “Papa”, and I wore the stole on my wedding day. I was very close to Nannie, and it was the most special feeling being wrapped in her warm stole on such a cold, snowy day, knowing she was there with me. It brought back special memories of playing dress-up with my siblings, cousins and Nannie, wearing this very stole. So many family and friends commented on how much I looked like her that day.

The toasts given by my Dad, my little sister Maid of Honor, and our Best Man, and the prayer given by my Godfather Uncle Jim, were especially heart-felt and meaningful, in part because they honored Aaron’s late father, who I knew as a little girl in Egypt.

What was the most memorable part of the day?  

Every single moment of the day was memorable and special to me. I am unable to choose just one. I will never forget the beauty and emotion of our entire Nuptial Mass at the breathtaking St. Francis Xavier College Church. Walking down the aisle with my father, seeing all our loved ones smiling at me, and looking into Aaron’s tear-filled eyes are moments I will never forget. Our farewell send off at the end of the night was exceptional. The band played a special last song as Aaron and I danced, with our guests surrounding us on the dance floor, all of them singing along with the song. As the song was ending, our guests lined the exit of our reception venue waving white ribbon streamers – – it was snowing, and we stepped out of the Missouri History Museum to see a horse drawn carriage waiting for us, a surprise from my parents because I love horses. We traveled to our wedding hotel, The Chase Park Plaza, in the magical carriage as the pretty snow was falling. It was the most beautiful, perfect, fairy tale ending to the most special day.

Tell us how you met and became engaged?

Some people have said our story is actually like a fairy tale.

Once upon a time (1991-1996), in a far away, exotic, extraordinary land (Alexandria, Egypt), there lived a beautiful little girl, and an adorable little boy who were very special, bestie friends. And now, they are getting married! (This little note is how our engagement was announced by our parents)

Aaron and I met when we were just two years old. Our families were both living in Alexandria, Egypt, where our fathers were working as engineers on the same project. We went to preschool together and were best friends during our five years living in Egypt. It was not until college, after years of living in different countries, that Aaron and I connected again by arranging to meet at one of his hockey games. We developed a long distance friendship throughout my college years and his years of playing Junior Hockey and Division One hockey at the Air Force Academy. We began dating long distance while he was still at the Academy and I was in graduate school in St. Louis. After Aaron graduated and was stationed in Montana, I moved there to be closer to him. We were finally living in the same city for the first time since childhood.

The day Aaron proposed, my mom and dad, and his mom, were visiting us in Montana. We took our parents to Glacier National Park for a special trip to show them our very favorite places. At an exceptionally gorgeous spot, Aaron and I were posing for the camera while our parents were taking a photo. The next thing I knew, Aaron was holding tightly to my hands and was down on one knee. We have priceless photos of this special moment, which capture my total surprise and excitement perfectly. It meant the world to me to have this momentous event happen with our parents there, and I will be forever grateful.

Event Planning:  Cosmopolitan Events // Photographer: Heather Roth Fine Art Photography // Florist: Flora By Nora // Stationery: Abigail Christine Design // Reception Venue: MO History Museum // Wedding Dress:  Lea-Ann Belter, Town & Country Bridal Boutique // Church Coordinator: Sandy Hauck and Jenna Neil // Hair and Makeup: Daniellestyle // Cake Designer: The Cakery // Reception Musician: Patrick Lentz Band // Rehearsal Dinner: Rigazzi’s on the Hill // Late Night Snack: Imos on Hampton // Rental Decor: Aries Company // Caterer: Butler’s Pantry // Transportation: Best Transportation // Guest Hotel: Chase Park Plaza // Valet Company: Clayton Valet

 

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Desiree and Carlos chose Palihouse West Hollywood for their wedding because the space aligned so well with their personal taste and vision. They wanted everything about the day to reflect themselves, so they incorporated favorite readings, wrote their own vows and designed the favors around their proposal story. The tablescapes by Earthbaby Flowers set on rustic tables created a casual yet elegant atmosphere that welcomed their guests. We love the photography style of Greg Ross and the unique simplicity of the details including Desiree’s stunning Nicole Miller dress.

 

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What was the most memorable part of the day? 

Reciting our vows and the moment we first saw all of our closest friends and family in the same place.

What made the wedding special and unique? 

It was important that our wedding felt like an extension of ourselves. We chose Palihouse because of its residential-style and decor aesthetic, which happened to align with our personal taste. This allowed us to let the space speak for itself and we loved that it provided a cozier feel to the day.

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

I found my dress at Nicole Miller on Sunset Blvd. I wanted something I could feel like myself in – something timeless, little bit modern and clean, and nothing too busy. They didn’t have anything in-store that fit my description, but there was one dress in the upcoming season’s collection they felt I might like. I was shown pictures from the look book and they called a sample in for me to try the following week. I knew it was my dress the moment I put it on. It was true to my style and I loved the simple and elegant lines throughout.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We completely personalized our ceremony. We chose readings we really resonated with, wrote our vows together, and I surprised Carlos with part of the ceremony modeled around an old email he sent back when we dated where he drew parallels between our relationship and those of famous couples. It was both sweet and funny to revisit and served as a really beautiful moment.

We also incorporated our proposal story into quirky wedding favors. Everyone received a cookie shaped like an iPhone with the picture Carlos posted on Instagram from that day on the front. The caption read, “I asked her mid French fry.”

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We shared mutual friends, but never actually spoke to one another for years until one night a hat I wore to a party served as a conversation piece. We found we had so much in common all along and became fast friends.

Five years later, on our annual visit to New York, he proposed over a Shake Shack lunch in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The views of lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge served as the perfect backdrop. Passersby snapped photos of the moment where I can be found in complete shock, still holding a French fry.

Photography: Greg Ross // Day of Coordination: Jessica Carrillo, Art & Soul Events // Florals: Earthbaby Flowers // Invitations: Minted // Venue: Palihouse West Hollywood // Dress: Abigail from Nicole Miller // Bride’s Makeup: Erika Reno Artistry // Bride’s Hair: Miss Rockabilly Ruby // Cake: Vanilla Bakeshop // Wedding Favors: Cake and Art // Groom’s suit: Lubiam // Officiant: Chris Robinson

 

Emily and Greg’s charming wedding in Charleston was exactly what they wanted: small, intimate, simple, and meaningful. They included their late fathers in the event by way of a touching display of candles and making them a part of the ceremony. Their vision for the day was also reflected in the gorgeous floral design by Ooh Events and the elegant black and white paper goods by The Lettered Lilly. The venue,  Cannon Green offered the simplicity and beauty this lovely couple was looking for, and Cheyenne Schultz expertly captured every special moment.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?  

They honored both of their late fathers through a display of two candles on a pedestal and words from their officiant during the ceremony. Greg also carried his dad’s wedding ring that was engraved with he and his mom’s wedding date.

What made the wedding special and unique? 

Emily and Greg’s Charleston wedding at Cannon Green took place on the most beautiful 80 degree day in February! It was small and intimate with just close friends and family. The venue was beautiful as is, so there was no need to overdo it. Their wedding was all about Emily and Greg doing things just how they wanted to do them: simple and meaningful.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

As Emily approached the first look location to meet Greg on the character ridden streets of downtown Charleston, she excitedly said, “I see him!” Their first look was such a quiet, sweet and special moment for the two of them.

How did you meet/get engaged?

Emily and Greg met at The Boat and Ski Club in 2004. Emily was a waitress and Greg was having dinner with friends after a fun day on the lake. After they both went their separate ways after years of off and on dating they met again at a bar in their hometown of Salisbury. It was so out of the blue but when they reconnected they both knew they had found exactly what they wanted!

Greg had planned an awesome weekend away in Aiken, South Carolina. They were in the process of moving to South Carolina at the time and Emily was visiting him in different parts of the state every other weekend while he was on call for work. He booked the sweetest airbnb, a tiny house on a farm, complete with chickens, horses, homemade honey, and a slobbery blood hound. Greg proposed on Saturday morning in the tiny house as they were about to explore a tiny little town they had ever been to.  

Photography: Cheyenne Schultz // Florist: Ooh Events // Invitations and Paper Goods: The Lettered Lilly // Venue: Cannon Green // Calligraphy: Leen Machine Calligraphy // Hair: Justin, Swish Salon // Makeup: Charlotte Yeager // Dress Designer: Anna Maier Couture // Dress and Veil purchased at: Nitsas apparel Winston Salem // Greg’s Suit:  Bruce Julian Clothier // Ceremony Musicians: Classical Charleston // Officiant: Kristen Barner

Hannah and Sam’s vision for their wedding day was clear—”dinner in a vineyard with all of their friends and family in the summer.” And, that’s exactly what they had but with the gorg-factor amped up quite a bit. Sea Cider orchard added a beautiful backdrop to a day filled with stunning late-summer florals by Verbena Floral Design. Dusty lavender-hued roses , blush dinner plate dahlias and deep eggplant foliage fill the bouquets, ceremony arrangements and vintage-inspired low-centerpieces that take centerstage in the family-style reception in the orchard. Photographer Kelly Brown, was on had to capture the lovely Canadian couple and all the moments of their sun-streaked big day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We had a pretty clear vision of what we wanted for our wedding – dinner in a vineyard with all of our friends and family in the summer. We found the perfect venue not too far out from the city and so many people that meant a lot to us were able to make it out. Our favorite moment was sitting in the vineyard listening to Van Morrison with a cocktail laughing with our friends and family.

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

I was really lucky with my dress! I planned a shopping day in Victoria with my girlfriends, my mom, my birth mom who visited from out of town and my mother in law. At the second store, White Peony, on our day I found the dress of my dreams – it was pretty memorable because I tried it on once and decided I’d try it on again without telling anyone. Everyone (including myself!) was surprised that the “one with the feathers” was the one! I loved it though and hope to turn it into a cocktail dress one day!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We had pictures from our childhood and our families in frames all around the cider house that meant a lot to us. As well, we had every guest at the wedding sign a big parchment that had a commitment to our marriage and our community. My husband wore his late grandfather’s watch and our rings were in my late grandparents’ silver wedding box from their wedding.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Probably dancing – my husband and I love to dance and we had so much fun with our friends and family. I am adopted and one of our favorite moments was watching birth family, adoptive family and my husband’s family all out on the dance floor together!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We had been dating for two years or so, and on our anniversary we always go down to Willows Beach in Victoria for a picnic. Sam had a box with a rock in it and a little poem he had typed on our typewriter. It spoke about how penguins place a rock on their partners feet to promise their commitment. I definitely looked confused at the rock in the box! Then Sam pulled out a ring box and we both cried/laughed and celebrated on the beach. The beach is really close to our house now and we love to go back to walk our dog and remember that special moment.

// Photographer: Kelly Brown // Florals + Design: Verbena Floral Design // Stationery: Beebeebisous // Venue: Sea Cider // Dress: The White Peony // Food: The London Chef // Rentals: White Event Studio // Furniture Rentals: Bash Specialty // Hair + Makeup: Heartwood and Co. // Suit: J Crew // Officiant: Amanda Tarling

 

Michelle and Nick are creative types who wanted an Old New York vibe for their wedding day—think classic, timeless, refined, traditional yet modern with 1950’s flair. The ceremony and reception were help at Bryant Park Grill with florals by Greenpoint Floral. We’re loving the authentic retro styling of the bride and groom—those red lips! Sarina and Quyn of Khaki Bedford Photography were the perfect vendor choice for the couple capturing all the moments of the day their signature photojournalism style.

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From Sarina + Quyn, Khaki Bedford Photo: Michelle + Nick were such a fun couple to work with! We always love working with creative types (Nick is into painting, music and fashion design; Michelle video installation, fashion and projection) and these two were no exception. For their wedding though, they decided to go for a more traditional/old school NY vibe and they just nailed it! Think Old New York (classic, timeless, refined); traditional yet modern. Michelle’s style was that of a 1950’s movie star with her Bettie Page bangs, vintage inspired long-sleeved lace dress and red lips; ready and eager to flash a smile. And then Nick with his white tux! It was all very old school and just perfect! And also just so fitting that the wedding took place at the plaza, an homage to Old New York and classic style. The guests were also dressed to the nines in timeless black tie attire. The bridesmaids wore full length vintage-inspired gowns and one in a pantsuit – again, perfectly classic and modern!

During portraits, there was such a palpable energy walking the streets of New York with Michelle and Nick. The city moving past and the two of them just so, so happy and everyone cheering and offering congratulatory words. We used the steps of the NY Public Library for the first look and the columns were such a perfect backdrop!

The ceremony took place on the rooftop of the Bryant Park Grill long after sunset so it was very dark and moody, basically lit by the surrounding City lights! Dark venues can sometimes be challenging to photograph, but we love the feel of intimate and moody light.

Lastly, the reception really was just like one huge party. You could just feel the energy from all of the guests! A lot of weddings have a lull when dinner is served and this wedding seemed to dance right over that into the evening. Everyone was truly there to have a good time!

Photography: Khaki Bedford Photography (Sarina + Quyn) // Florist: Greenpoint Floral // Getting Ready Venue: Bryant Park Hotel // Ceremony + Reception Venue: Bryant Park Grill // Hair + make up: Adrian Alvarado // Dress: Custom Design by Shareen // Bride’s Shoes: Rochas // Groom’s Suit: Jacket – John Varvatos / Everything Else –  Baldwins Formals // Rings: Custom design (engagement ring using diamonds from groom’s grandmother’s ring)