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Jocelyn and Tommy’s modern boho wedding at Bella Rose Estate was planned by Konsider It Done. Florist LUX Wedding Florist transformed the venue into a romantic, bohemian oasis with dreamy, soft installations and florals at every turn. Geometric, graphic paper goods are by Freed Hands, with tons of fun rentals from Tremaine Ranch and Dang! Fine Rentals. The peach, coral and blush palette is one for the books and Rachael Koscica Photography‘s photographs couldn’t be more inspiring. It’s all pure happiness and we know you’ll love it!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Everything! But we particularly loved our modern boho style. Our wedding backdrop was AMAZING. LUX took our ideas and turned them into something better than I could have imagined. The overall affect was romantic and unique. It was quite the showstopper!

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

I loved my dress! I never felt more beautiful. I found it at Schaffer’s Bridal Salon in Scottsdale, AZ. I knew I wanted something with lace but otherwise I had an open mind. It was the third dress I tried on and I knew right away that it was the one. I love that it was classic and sexy all at the same time!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We had a lasso ceremony (a Filipino tradition, Tommy is half Filipino) which symbolizes unity. We had our mothers place the lasso on us, which added another special element. We said our vows within the lasso, in the shape of a figure eight, which united the two of us as one. Also, the family photos of our loved ones on our welcome table–we have a strong tradition on both sides of our family of long marriages which we wanted to honor. Tommy’s custom cigar area was a huge hit and a very personal touch specifically for him since he’s quite the cigar collector.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The fireworks surprise from my parents!!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in pharmacy school in Arizona. We got engaged 3 years later at Yosemite National Park when we stopped for a picnic lunch on a hike in front of a waterfall!

Tommy + Jocelyn Trailer from The Story is Told on Vimeo.

Photography:  Rachael Koscica Photography // Planners/ Designers: Konsider It Done // Florist: LUX Wedding Florist // Paper Goods: Freed Hands // Venue: Bella Rose Estate // Bride’s Dress: Schaffer’s // Caterer: Fresh From the Kitchen // Cake: Lisa’s Rum Cake // Hair: Maggie Hancock // Make Up: Ashley Doran // Rentals: Tremaine Ranch / Dang! Fine Rentals // Videographer: The Story is Told // DJ: Push Play Entertainment // Menswear: Brother’s TailorsNick’s Menswear // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

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Paige and Ben have the amazing recreational sport of dodgeball to thank for their romance. When they got engaged, the couple, who are both from Northern California originally, immediately knew they wanted to get married in the wine country. The bride’s vision for the wedding was around a theme of “natural elegance with urban edge.” They let Chateau St. Jean “do most of the talking” and personalized their day with modern yet timeless touches like gathered florals by Charlotte &Daughters and a show-stopping four-tiered cake by Michele’s Corner Wedding Cakes. Planning was by Alicia K Designs and all the lovely details are captured in these photos Kreate Photography.

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How did you meet? 

We met in San Francisco in 2011 when we both joined the same dodge ball team while trying to meet new people. I asked him out a few months later and knew almost immediately that he was the one. In the past 6+ years, we’ve moved to New York and back to California again and traveled a ton.

Did you have a specific theme/vision in mind for your wedding day? How did you come to pick your color palette?

I work at Instagram doing Communications/Public Relations so have done a fair amount of event planning in my career and I had a pretty clear picture in my head of what I wanted. Ben works in finance, but has a very strong sense of style so his input made a huge impact on the final aesthetic of the wedding.

My vision for the wedding was around a theme of “natural elegance with urban edge.” We wanted it to feel modern yet timeless at the same time, and we wanted the venue to do a lot of the work for us.

I’m a big fan of cool colors such as gray, blue, and green, which played nicely into the “natural” theme. We were able to keep the colors soft, cool, with pops of warmth and color here and there. I did a lot of research on Pinterest looking at different color combinations, and basically combined a bunch to come up with our own. The final palette combined those blues and greens in the form of silver/olive/sage, with blush and crème and a pop of marsala.

What is your proposal story?

Ben proposed when we were traveling in Iceland. On the 3rd day of our trip, we were exploring some of the natural sites, and while I was standing on top of a crevice in the earth where the Northern and European tectonic plates meet, Ben got down on one knee. It was completely surreal. We immediately found a gas station that would sell us a bottle of champagne to begin celebrating. That night, we stayed at a beautiful hotel in the middle of nowhere and watched the Northern Lights dance and move across the sky. It was magical. The rest of the trip we spent exploring while brainstorming our dream wedding. We ended the trip in Copenhagen where we did more exploring and celebrating. It was perfect.

Photography: Kreate Photography // Wedding Coordinator: Alicia K Designs // Florist: Charlotte &Daughters // Save the Dates & Name Cards: PS Paper // Invitations: Bella Figura // Calligraphy: Southern Calligraphy (via Etsy) // Venue: Chateau St. Jean // Dress + Suit Designer: Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Suit: Beckett & Rob // Shoes + Jewelry: Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Jewelry: rings inherited, earrings Overstock.com // Hair And Makeup Artist: Eliza Dougherty (friend) // Cake/Desserts: Michele’s Corner Wedding Cakes // Guest Gifts: DIY // Catering: Park Avenue Catering / The Tomales Bay Oyster Girls // Wedding Rings: Genevieve Lau Jewelry // Ring box: The Mrs. Box

 

The Eisenhower House stood out as the perfect venue for Alysa and Tim’s Rhode Island wedding—beautiful, but not over the top, with a fun history (formally Dwight Eisenhower’s summer house) for the history buff groom. The couple worked with Infinite Events to plan the day that incorporated a palette of blues and a whole lot of inspiration from their love of shellfish. Whimsical watercolor stationery was by El’s Cards and  The Local Bouquet filled the lovely white tent reception to the brim with white and yellow floral arrangements and greenery chandeliers and table garland. And, of course, we can’t get enough of the blue and white striped tablecloths. Lucky for us, our friend  Erin McGinn was behind the lens capturing these lovely photos of the day.

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from the bride: I grew up in Rhode Island, and Tim and I have always loved going back to visit my home in Little Compton. While we haven’t spent much time as a couple in Newport, I spent most of my childhood on Aquidneck Island, going to school in Portsmouth. When we started looking at reception venues, RI was at the top of our list for location. We ended up looking at just two venues and the Eisenhower House stood out. It’s very much our style – it’s beautiful, but not over the top, and it also has a fun history (formally Dwight Eisenhower’s summer house) and Tim’s a bit of a history buff. We also liked the idea of bringing in our choice of vendors which gave us plenty of opportunities to make it our own. In addition, we knew our out-of-town guests would have plenty to do in Newport and we loved that just about everyone would be in one place for the entire weekend.

One inspiration for much of the day came from our mutual love of oysters (well, really all shellfish/seafood). We included oyster details throughout our invitation suite and day-of papers, and a raw bar was a must-have from the very beginning. We worked with our caterer (Blackstone) to bring a few other personal touches to the menu. Tim grew up in Western Mass, home of the best corn in the world (according to his family). To pay homage, we had a sweet corn salad as a passed hors d’oeuvre. For a late night snack, we were inspired by the (now closed) late-night Boston restaurant, Pompeii. When we first started dating, we used to wait in line (often down the block) at all hours of the night for pizza slices and & arancini after a night out. When we first spoke with the caterer, pizza and rice balls were the only things on the menu that I was sure of aside from the raw bar.

Oh, and I guess also kind of fun, I made our wedding cake! Since before I can remember, I’ve been baking with my Aunt for holidays and family events. She inspired my love for baking, and I was super excited to bring that love to our wedding day.

Photography: Erin McGinn // Event Planning: Infinite Events // Floral Design: The Local Bouquet // Paper: El’s Cards // Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Of Mercy Chapel // Wedding Venue: Eisenhower House // Wedding Dress Boutique: Madeline’s Daughter // Wedding Dress Designer: Hayley Paige // Bridesmaids’ Dresses Designer: Amsale and Joanna August // Bridesmaids’ Dresses Boutique: Bella Bridesmaid // Makeup: Charlotte Phinney // Hair: Divine Tranquility // Groom’s Attire: Indochino // Rehearsal dinner: Midtown Oyster Bar // Lighting: Ryan Designs, LLC // Tent: Newport Tent Company // Catering: Blackstone Catering // Music: Stardust Band

 

San Francisco couple Emily and Matt brought all the people they love together in wine country to share in the joy of their wedding day. Their goal to “enjoy the scenery, food and wine of beautiful California wine country” was achieved with the help of Rue 29 Napa Valley and a simple aesthetic highlighting the stunning backdrop at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch. Florals are by EV Floral, the groom designed the invitations and event paper and Catie Coyle Photography was on hand to capture all the love.

 

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What made the wedding special and unique?

When asked what we wanted our wedding to be, we really wanted people we loved to join us in wine country to celebrate a wedding weekend in one of our favorite locations. Wine country is where we go to relax and we wanted to share that with all of our guests. The goal was to enjoy the scenery, food and wine of beautiful California wine country. We got married in late October on a warm Friday evening, following the Napa Valley fires. Until the week before our wedding date, we weren’t sure if we would be able to stay in Calistoga or get married in St. Helena. We were so lucky and thankful that our venue and accommodations (for the most part) were still standing. We were blessed to be able to have our guests come to wine country following such devastation, hopefully bringing life back to the area.

 

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

Every girl dreams of the day they find their wedding dress, I was no different. Though I had a harder time making a decision. I knew I wanted something “me.” My three words I used to describe the dress I wanted were romantic, classic and structured. I found my grown at Amy Kuschel in San Francisco. I was hoping to find a dress by a San Francisco designer and was glad when I fell in love with the simple elegance of “Sugar.” I was with my mom and two bridesmaids when I first tried it on, but later came back by myself to make the final decision. Being shorter (5 feet 1 inch) it is hard to visualize yourself in dresses that you try on and are way too long and sometimes the wrong size. Once I made the decision on the dress I added buttons down the back.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We wanted our wedding to be intimate and personal, with things that represented us as a couple. Matt designed our wedding invitations and the menus that were on each person’s plate as they sat down. The most personal part of our wedding was that we wrote our own ceremony, and Matt’s father married us, which was very special.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Don’t know if I could pick just one. Having everyone you love in one place is very humbling. After 7 years together being able to say our vows in front of our family and friends was the best gift anyone could ever ask for. The backdrop and stage for our first dance is an image we both remember. Getting time together dancing and laughing was pretty memorable.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Matt and I met in college. He transferred to University of Colorado his sophomore year and was high school friends with two of my sorority sisters’ boyfriends. We hung out in the same circles and saw each other often. After graduation Matt moved to Chicago and I moved to San Francisco, it wasn’t until years later when he moved to San Francisco that we reconnected. We started dating and 7 years later we got engaged. We went up to wine country for a weekend away and had a relaxing time. While sitting by the pool waiting for our massages we were sipping champagne and he pulled out a jewelry box. Matt has a great sense of humor and he asked if I wanted to see what was inside. I was so excited to finally get to marry my best friend. Within 8 months we were married; why wait any longer?

Photographer: Catie Coyle Photography // Wedding Planner: Rue 29 Napa Valley // Floral Design: EV Floral // Stationery: Designed by the groom // Getting Ready Venue: Indian Springs Resort & Spa, Calistoga // Wedding Reception Venue: Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, St. Helena // Music/Entertainment: Ivy Hill Entertainment // Hair & Make Up: Sherrie Long // Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation

 

Bride Annicka had a vision of a gorgeous southern-inspired affair. She and finace Jake simply adored the idea of a wedding full of elegant southern charm, so when they discovered Nashville’s charming garden venue, CJ’s off the Square, it was the perfect fit! The soft blues of the bridal party were complimented with reception florals by The Enchanted Florist showcasing pops of pinks and corals for a lovely end-of-summer celebration. The couple enlisted Amy Nicole Photography to work her magic behind the lens to capture all the southern details and joyful moments of their big day.

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Photography: Amy Nicole Photography // Flowers: The Enchanted Florist // Stationery: Minted // Venue: CJ’s off the Square // Dress: Dimitra’s Bridal Couture // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Cake: Wolfe Gourmet Cakes // Catering: Red Pony Catering // Bridesmaid Dresses: Glitz Nashville // Hair & Makeup: MHD Beauty // Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // DJ: Premier, The Entertainment Company