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Ellie and Steve’s wedding day  is a testament to “letting the venue shine” with edited details that showcase the white-washed black-and-white patina of  The Oxford Exchange. Greenery and florals are by La Vie en Rose and an adorable tiered cake is by Chocolate Pi while Everence Photography was behind the lens capturing all the moment from getting ready to the Rolls Royce get-away.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Honestly, our wedding was so special and unique because of the dancing!! One of the things I kept saying prior to the wedding was, “I really just want everyone to dance!” I have a family full of former competitive dancers (myself included), as well as a group of friends that are always down for a good dance party. I’m not lying when I tell you about 10 seconds into the first song of the night – we had a full dance floor. The floor stayed full until the very end! Dancing with all sides of the family as well as our closest friends truly was one of the best moments for me.

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

My gown was Stella York (style 6291) and I found it at Something Blue Bridal in my hometown, Bradenton FL! I have lots of amazing females in my family so I went with a crew consisting of my mom, two aunts, two grandmas, one sister, three cousins, and my best friend – between the eleven of us we were able to find the most beautiful gown in the store!! It was a nude-ish a-line (“moscato” was how it was described) with delicate beading. It had a tulle bottom and the waistline was so flattering. It truly felt like “classic glamour” meets “modern hipster,” which couldn’t have been more me. I loved it!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

One of my favorite personal touches was our exit! Growing up, my parents would often end the day with a night-time drive through the beautiful parts of our hometown. My siblings and I would jump in the car with our dogs, blankets, and hot cocoa, and by the end of the drive, we were calmed (and maybe sometimes asleep lol). This “night-time drive” is something I’ve shared with Steve and our dog and we love it. On the night of our wedding, we left in a vintage Rolls Royce and cruised through the most beautiful parts of Tampa – Bayshore Boulevard, downtown, etc. We sipped champagne and looked at all the views. It was such a peaceful and truly glamorous end to the night. I still think back to how beautiful that drive was!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was when my husband and I were officially announced as Mr. & Mrs. Thomas! This started off our reception. We were preceded by our bridesmaids and groomsmen, who are truly my favorite people in the world. The DJ played a song that Steve and I have loved since the day we met (Tongue Tied by Grouplove). He had known I liked the band and had used the song as an excuse to come talk to me and eventually, ask me on a date 5+ years ago! Listening to this fun and sentimental song with my husband as we were celebrated by friends and family truly brought tears to my eyes. It was surreal.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Steve and I are both from the same hometown. We were two years apart in school but had mutual friends. The summer before I started college, I met Steve at a mutual friend’s party. It was a Monday and we are from a small town so the list of things to do was rather short. We ended up at the bowling alley with our friends! Neither of us are avid bowlers, so we sat on a friend’s truck bed outside and talked and talked and talked (or maybe I did and he just listened). Once we left that night, I knew had a new great friend – little did I know, I had also found my husband.

We dated for five years after that – through undergrad, grad school, moving home, adopting our first pup, moving in together  – we did everything together. On Valentine’s Day 2016, we spent the day at Rosa Fiorelli (a local vineyard) eating meats and cheeses and tasting wine. When we returned home, he asked me to marry him in front of the beautiful Manatee River (with our pup alongside). The rest is history!


Elizabeth & Stephen // Wedding Highlight from A Peachy Life Productions on Vimeo.

Photographer: Everence Photography // Florist: La Vie en Rose // Venue: The Oxford Exchange // Videographer: A Peachy Life Productions // DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates, Inc. // Cake: Chocolate Pi // Cocktail Music: Strings Attached // Dress: Stella York 6291 from Something Blue Bridal // Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu


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Molly and Joe tied the knot with a classic celebration in Greenville, South Carolina. The ceremony at their local parish church was an especially meaningful location after the recent passing of the groom’s mother. Upstate I Do  planned a day was filled with traditional details—a black and white palette, soft and oversized white floral bouquets, and a ballroom reception filled to the brim with florals, greenery and live trees all by Katie Asire Flowers. The couple enlisted Olivia Griffin Photography to capture all the love and details of the day and we’re happy to share the images below.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Joe: We had our wedding at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville, SC, which is a special venue to us for all sorts of reasons, but perhaps, most powerfully, as our parish church it is where we had my Mom’s funeral three months before our wedding. It is a beautiful church that is noble, simple, and directs the gaze of all who enter to things that are most important and most lasting: love, justice, courage, faith, and hope.

Having our wedding there – a place we go every week – allows us to relive our wedding experience each week while keeping in mind the powerful sentiments and memories of our wedding day throughout all the changes and chances of this life. We are very lucky to have someplace so beautiful as a regular part of our lives and it is a great everyday reminder of the vows we made to each other on our wedding day. Having our wedding there also allowed my Mom’s memory to permeate the day – she was never far from us while we celebrated because so many of our guests had last been in the church for her funeral Mass.

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

Molly: My dress is the Erin gown by Modern Trousseau. I bought it at Hayden Olivia in Charlotte NC (Lauren, the best sales consultant ever!). I found it the first time I went shopping, although it is the opposite of what I thought I wanted. With my mom, sister, and best friend there to help, I tried on lots of options and knew right away that this was the one. I am a decisive (and often impulsive) shopper, so this was no exception.

My favorite thing about what I wore was actually my veil, which was a gift from my husband’s late mother.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Joe: The touches were mostly the people we had involved: the wedding was officiated by our pastor and friend, Fr. Jay Scott Newman; we had several other priests assist who have been a part of our lives, especially my childhood pastor, Msgr. Chet Moczydlowski. Molly’s uncle, who is a professional organist, played the prelude and Joe’s high school friend from the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and professional cellist Wade Davis also played. We are good friends with a group of nuns who serve the very poor in rural South Carolina and one of them, Sr. Susanne, read the readings. I selected the music and all of it had some special meaning for us (i.e. it had been performed at other important family events, etc). Of course, having Molly’s family from Wisconsin, and even as far away as Australia, and my family and friends from Greenville (including my 8th grade math teacher) with us on our wedding day was hugely special.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Molly: People aren’t kidding when they tell you that your wedding day is a blur — lots of happy tears. My favorite moment of the day was at the very end; we made our getaway on a golf cart that dropped us off at the back entrance of the hotel, so we walked back in, just the two of us on the way to the honeymoon suite. We stopped for a kiss in a back hallway of the hotel, and some random stranger passed by, commenting on how it was our wedding day and how in love we looked (especially to be kissing like that with no one around, not for a photo-op or anything). And I remember feeling like that was so true. I almost felt like I would burst with all the love and hope and happiness I felt.

“In a person’s lifetime there may be not more than half a dozen occasions that he can look back to in the certain knowledge that right then, at that moment, there was room for nothing but happiness in his heart.” – Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Molly: We met at Joe’s younger brother’s engagement party. Although Joe and I both attended Furman for undergrad, he was a couple years ahead of me, and we didn’t know each other during college. I did, however, know his brother Andy quite well. Fast forward a few years and Andy got engaged to my college roommate, Lindsey. All of our girlfriends from college threw the two of them an engagement party at Stellar in downtown Greenville, and of course Joe was there. All of the Waters men are extremely well-dressed, and Joe had on a sharp button down shirt with his monogram that night. In what I remember to be a very charming way, I commented on how he must be related to Andy because he is so handsome, and we ended up talking all night.

Joe knows that I love surprises more than anything, so he proposed in the most surprising and low-key way a couple of weeks after we took our first trip to Europe together (and visited London and Oxford and lots of romantic, picture-perfect type spots). We both took a Friday afternoon off work so we could duck out of town and head to Highlands, NC (Joe gave me a night at Old Edwards as a Christmas gift, but it took quite some time for us to coordinate our schedules) I was home at my apartment packing and getting ready to go, when Joe called to say he was going to stop by before running over to Jimmy John’s for a sandwich; as Jimmy John’s is across the street from me, this is a common occurrence. He came upstairs and asked me to grab lunch with him, and then said, “I just have one more question…” while reaching for his pocket and getting down on one knee. After he asked me to marry him (and after I recovered from my shock), I was overjoyed to say YES. And then we went to Jimmy John’s.

Photography: Olivia Griffin Photography // Planning, Design & Coordination: Upstate I Do // Florals: Katie Asire Flowers // Calligraphy: Katie Faikes Calligraphy // Reception Venue: The Westin Poinsett // Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church // Hair & Makeup: Belle-Maquillage // Cake: Sugar Magnolia Cake Boutique // Band: The Royal Suits // Live Painting: Meredith Piper Art // Rentals: Berbank Rentals / Professional Party Rentals / Industry Event Rentals // Transportation Southern Valet


Debbie and Phil relayed this overarching sentiment about their big day: “We had so much fun at our wedding.” And these images by You & Me definitely prove it. Set at Café Pinot in downtown L.A. and planned by CCL Weddings & Events, the event was filled with modern, graphic details in a pared-back palette. Stunning palm-infused centerpieces by Art with Nature are lifted high above guests giving the reception a modern, garden vibe in an urban setting. Huge smiles on the the bride and groom show up all over the images and we’re totally loving the abundance of animal appearances throughout the day. Check out all the happy moments in the photos below.

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From the bride and groom: Phil and I met in law school. We became friends during class, somewhere in the middle of ridiculously contentious battles over what constitutes a valid word in online Scrabble. The relationship evolved, and five-six-or-something-years later, we were engaged and starting to plan our wedding. We immediately agreed that we needed a planner. After meeting with Cat at CCL Weddings, however, we knew that we didn’t just need a planner, we needed CCL Weddings. We’re so thankful they were available to plan our wedding. We can’t imagine what would, and would not have happened, without them.

It has been almost two months since our wedding at Café Pinot in DTLA. When we think back on the four-day celebration, unsurprisingly, so many memories and related emotions come to mind that it’s difficult to pack them into coherent sentences. Most can only be delivered in a scattered, slipshod debut, but we managed to wrangle this overarching sentiment: We had so much fun at our wedding. Looking at pictures, I see my memory is pretty accurate as I am laughing with my mouth gaping open at maximum aperture in so many of them – not cute. (From the groom: yes cute.)

And now, the spew of some of our favorite memories from the wedding day, in staccato:

  • Our flower girl driving down the aisle in a white, toy convertible with tin cans in tow, wearing a minimalist flower crown, reflective sunglasses, an ivory tulle skirt, and the best look on her face;
  • Our two dogs waiting at the altar for the ceremony to begin;
  • Celebrating with all of our family and closest friends, together in one place;
  • A mob of eighteen exceptionally attractive and screaming bridesmaids and groomsmen demanding to change their grand entrance song to “Despacito,” while the other guests wondered what was going on;
  • Kidnapping a dwarf goat from our cocktail hour to take pictures walking across the street in DTLA;
  • Interrupting the construction workers who interrupted our vows and taking pictures with them while learning how to properly hold a shovel;
  • Inhaling fresh churros while changing into traditional Korean clothes for PaeBaek;
  • The saxophonist and percussionist playing alongside our DJ during sunset after a perfect, Southern California day;
  • The beautiful, everything-we-ever-wanted reception displayed before the façade of the LA Public Library;
  • The exquisite flowers and lush greenery;
  • Funfetti and pistachio cake (not in the same layer);
  • Collapsing on the ground in a mound of tulle, laughing hysterically, after running in circles with a wedding-crashing dog; and
  • Belting along to our last song, “We Are Young,” at the top of our lungs, in a giant huddle with our wedding party and guests.

From the groom: To me, the image that stands out the most is the moment my stunningly beautiful bride walked down the aisle. That moment cannot be described as anything other than pure perfection. The scenery was pristine, the weather was immaculate, and even our normally boisterous dog-children sat patiently at my feet. I’m fairly certain that for a brief moment, time stood still and everything was right in the world. Our wedding was an unforgettable day filled with love, laughs and countless memories that I will cherish forever.

Every detail and moment of the day, planned and unplanned, was just perfect to us. We’d do it all over, in exactly the same way.

Planning: CCL Weddings & Events // Photography: You & Me // Florist: Art with Nature // Stationery: Mari Chang // Venue/ Catering/ Cake/ Bar/ Valet: Café Pinot // Dress: Hayley Paige // Pae Baek: Cho Sun Myungju // Videography: The Cub Team // Hair & Makeup: Angie Lam // Photobooth: GC Photobooth // Desserts: Salinas Churros // Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals // Linens: La Tavola Linens // DJ/MC: Brandon Noel // Petting Zoo: Farm Friendz // Lighting: Amber Event Productions


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


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