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Andrea and Carl’s wedding is filled with colorful cuteness at every turn. From the gorgeous peony-centric florals by Thistle & Honey to the swan-topped blush ikat cake from Ettore’s European Bakery, Hailey Silver of  Grey Collective member Two Roads Event Co. infused flirty personality into every, last detail. We’re especially loving the punchy blue hue  wovven throughout the day in the bride’s Manolos, the ribbons on the bridal party bouquets and the custom calligraphy invitations. Lucky for us, the ultimate in wedding photography—Coco Tran—was behind the lens to capture Andrea and Carl’s big day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

What made our wedding special to us was all the friends and family we got to share it with. After getting engaged we struggled with a vision and plan for what we wanted for our day. Then, on a whim we called the cathedral and they happened to have a cancellation (literally the only one all year) on the day and month and we wanted to get married and everything started to fall into place from there. The priest that we both grew up with was able to travel over 100 miles to officiate our wedding. Our reception venue was in walking distance of the cathedral and had all the things we were looking for: the mix of wood + metal chairs and tables, fire pit, many seating areas, casual comfort food and an overall visually interesting outdoor space. Once the date was booked, we took less than 4 months to plan everything.

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

I was so in love with my dress! The moment I saw it, I knew it was the one! It’s the Vera Wang Ethel dress. It’s an elegant silk mermaid style dress with the perfect amount of chiffon at the bottom. I wanted to stay true to my personal style, which is more traditional, so I knew that I wanted something timeless and classic. I loved that the Ethel dress was almost a blank canvas for me to change throughout the day.  For our traditional Catholic Cathedral ceremony I wore a custom couture lace bolero and a cathedral length veil. Then for the reception I took off the bolero and wore a silk bow belt by J.Crew, a birdcage and my beloved South Sea pearl earrings. Carl surprised me with my dream wedding shoes: blue bow d’Orsay pumps by Manolo Blahnik.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We hired a calligrapher that designed a custom wedding invitation suite; complete with a custom map and monogram. The chalkboards throughout the reception had a navy background (instead of black) to match our wedding colors.

During a fun mimosa-filled afternoon with my bridesmaids we DIY’ed my cathedral length veil and the burlap runners we used on some of the tables.

We love all-American food, so we served mini gourmet pizzas, sliders, tacos, macaroni n cheese, and 3 types of French fries (which were a total hit!). Our late night snack was chicken and waffles. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and we wanted that to show.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Marrying the love of my life and seeing him tear up during our vows will be something I never forget. There was also a moment out on the dance floor when my grandpa was twirling me around and I looked out at the room full of people we loved, all together in one place, for perhaps the only time ever, so happy and filled with joy for us, and I just felt like the luckiest girl ever.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in Calculus class my freshman year, his sophomore year of college. We started studying together and our first date was on Valentine’s Day. Carl proposed on September 2, which also happened to be my grandparent’s 58th wedding anniversary, on the beach in Maui during the sunset. We later celebrated with dinner at our favorite restaurant, Mama’s Fish House.

Andrea + Carl // Sacramento 6.14.14 from Hailey Erin Silver on Vimeo.

Photography: Coco Tran//Event Styling: Hailey Silver of Two Roads Event Co. // Floral Design: Thistle & Honey // Venue: Cafeteria 15L // Bride: Andrea of Tickled Pink  // Cake Design: Ettore’s European Bakery // Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang // Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Bridesmaid Gowns: Badgley Mischka  // Film: Alison Ryncarz // Photobooth: Giggle & Riot // Signage: Wedding Chalk Art // Linens: La Tavola

 

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Steffy and Sly’s destination wedding has all the making of a Portuguese fairytale. Seriously you guys—this one is breathtakingPalácio Marquês da Fronteira provided the stunning backdrop including the garden ceremony and an outdoor reception surrounded by beautiful 18th century tiles. My Fancy Wedding nailed all of the design and planning details and we’re so glad Adriana Morais Fotografia was on hand to capture all the magic with her dreamy film photography. 

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from the planners: When two German and Afghan families get together for a wedding in an 18th century Portuguese Palace, we already know we have all the ingredients for something big coming up. With a bride and groom like Steffy and Sly, we are then certain that the promise of something magical and one of a kind will stay with us way beyond the day in question. And that was what happened for long weeks after the wedding of these two: we just couldn’t stop smiling and sighting every time the memory of their day flashed again in our minds.

But let’s start at the beginning. Ever since the beginning of this adventure, Steffy and Sly were looking for a venue that was so just “them”, and we immediately rolled up our sleeves and took their desire as our own. And so began a long journey throughout forts, castles, palaces and mansions; as if we were in search of a long lost Portuguese treasure. It was on their last day in Portugal that we set sight on that treasure. And as they explored every little detail of this palace with a newfound spark in their eyes, they let go a relieved sigh: “This is it. This is the home were we marry.”

Since the first day of their arrival, it was impossible not to notice the guests of this wedding. Already in “party mode”, the White they wore to the day-before beach party contrasted with everything around them, as if the difference between color of skin and hair suddenly got lost to give place to a one voiced “war shout”: We’re here! We’ve arrived!

And then comes the big day. Even the statues of the Marquês da Fronteira Palace were open-mouthed in awe, amazed by the boho chic mood that took their home by storm. Surpassing all the explosive pranks that the nervousness jabbed at the groom, it all went absolutely perfect; not even we managed to contain our tears as the delicate bride entered the ceremony, and as she locked eyes with the groom at the end of the hallway she broke down her composure, emotional and happy. It was an image that remained with us, and that even today still makes our heart beat faster.

One of the most gratifying parts for us was seeing such fun, and the guests that were talking lose their words and being only able to let go a smiling “Wow!” as they set foot in each new area of the wedding and saw all the carefully constructed ambiences and the details in the décor; it was that kind of immediate response that fills our hearts and gives us a warm feeling of mission accomplished.

After an outdoor dinner surrounded by beautiful 18th century tiles, and filled by caring friends and relatives, came the time to put that said war shout to the test on the dance floor! When the music began not even the bride’s grandmother, always with a hilarious comment by the tip of her tongue, could keep still as she shook and stretched in her chair, delighted, trying  to see the “young ones leaving it all” on the dance floor way beyond the sunrise. No one wanted to finish that day, and surrendered only at 8 AM! Legends tell that even the tiles woke up happier the day after (those who managed to get some sleep, at least)!

Steffy + Sly | Highlights | Wedding at Palácio Marquês da Fronteira in Lisbon, Portugal from Happy Together on Vimeo.

Wedding Planning & Design: My Fancy Wedding // Decor & Styling: Sofia Nascimento for My Fancy Wedding // Photography: Adriana Morais Fotografia // Venue: Palácio Marquês da Fronteira // Assistant Photographer: Filipa Couto // Wedding Film: Happy Together / Wedding Dress: PRONOVIAS // Hair & Make-Up: Carla d’Oliveira by MUA // Catering: RGN Eventos // Sound & Lightning: Groove Box // Lightning: Tecnisons // Dance Floor: Floor Sensation

 

You know we can’t help ourselves when it comes to a fabulous color palette and Brittany and Brady’s St. Louis wedding celebration definitely delivers one. Katie Saeger Events designed all the makings of a classic wedding—a grand church ceremony at Washington University, fabulous custom paper throughout by On Three Designs and beautiful garden rose florals by The Special Event Florist. We’re loving the bridal party in dusty teal Jenny Yoo gowns and the coordinating silk table runners from Fleuropean. The peaches, blues, teal and blush give just enough color to add interest but are subdued enough to keep things timeless and Clary Pfeiffer captured it all in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We loved getting married at Graham Chapel at Washington University, where I am a Physician Assistant. We wanted an intimate setting for our reception, and the visitor center provided the perfect setting for a lovely evening.

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

I was referred to Fleur de Lis by my wedding planner Katie Saeger. It was such a special experience, because they close the entire store down for your appointment so it is just you, your friends and family. That made it such a special and memorable experience. I had a certain dress in mind and after I tried on numerous styles of that dress, I was almost in tears as I thought I would never find “the one.” Finally, after I tried on the gorgeous dress by Modern Trousseau we all cried and I knew then it was the one.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Our step-brother married us. I had two garters; one was something old and blue which was my grandmother’s, and the second one had batman themes as my husband is a big batman fan. My father and uncle made all of the signs that were used at our wedding prior to Alicia designing them. All of our out of town guests received welcome boxes which included a map designed by Brady. The handkerchief was also the same one my grandma carried on her wedding day.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

It is hard to pick out just one moment. Brady wanted to exchange our own vows. I am a total wreck when it comes to public speaking but I finally agreed to do so. I was so happy to finally exchange our own vows after years and years of being together.  I also will never forget how I felt when I walked into the venue where we were having our reception and saw it all come together. It brought tears to my eyes seeing all of my visions come to life!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Brady and I met as freshmen in high school. We quickly became friends and started dating our junior year. After a a year apart when we left for college, we reconnected after we both transferred to the same college and have been together ever since! On July 4th, my family came into town and we went to a St. Louis Cardinals game. We went out for drinks after the game and he proposed to me there in front of my family.

Planner and Designer: Katie Saeger Events // Photography: Clary Pfeiffer // Florals: The Special Event Florist // Stationery and Calligraphy: On Three Designs // Ceremony Venue: Graham Chapel // Reception Venue: Visitor’s Center // Videography: Kinetic Visuals // Bride’s Gown: Salon Fleur De Lis // Dress Modern Trousseau // Bridesmaids:  Bella Bridesmaid / Jenny Yoo // Earrings Nordstrom // Shoes: Vince Camuto // Groom: Matthew Mason Clothing // Linens: La Tavola // Cake: Made. By Lia // Caterer: Catering St. Louis // DJ + Lighting: CJ’s Disc Jockey Service // Silk Runners: Fleuropean

 

 

Amanda and Luke met in a game of capture the flag when they were 15. They were friends first and know that’s “what has maintained their relationship over the course of 15 years.” The best friends and engaged couple decided to incorporate their whirlwind Italy honeymoon theme into their wedding celebration. After their traditional ceremony at St. Peter Catholic Church, they held the reception at City Cottage on Chouteau and filled their guest with tasty Italian appetizers, espresso cake with gelato and late-night woodfired pizza. We’re loving the cozy mood and bright fall palette with gorgeous florals by Bozzay Florist. Lucky for us Mike Cassimatis Photography was on had to capture it all.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Our wedding ceremony took place at Luke’s childhood parish, St. Peter Catholic Church. We chose all of the music – from Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Andrea Bocelli – arranged and performed by musicians & family friends. Our reception venue was specifically chosen for its vintage European charm. We were headed to Italy the next day for a whirlwind honeymoon, and we wanted to bring Italy to our guests through an informal cocktail-style celebration.

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

I always dreamed of wearing a lace gown, and I found the perfect vintage-modern sheath Kenneth Winston at Signature Bridal in Chesterfield, MO. I knew the moment I put it on, that it was the one. And the tears that welled up in mom’s eyes said it all. I paired the gown with green velvet shoes, just a little pop of my favorite color.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We are total foodies and wanted to share our favorite flavors with our guests. Guests enjoyed gourmet breads and cheeses, specialty sandwiches, stuffed peppers and homemade toasted ravioli (a St. Louis favorite). Wood-fired pizza was a late night patio snack, topped off with vanilla and chocolate-espresso cake from The Cakery and gelato from a local gelateria on The Hill. Guests parted with individual bottles of Limoncello, made & bottled by us.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Narrowing the day down to one most memorable part would be tough – the entire day was special and was full of family and friends. From getting ready with family and the wedding party; to the long-awaited ceremony, photo session, and reception, we were able to celebrate the day just the way we hoped.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at 15, playing capture the flag at a mutual friend’s house. He went to Kirkwood High School and I went to Nerinx Hall, an all-girls Catholic school. We were friends for a long time before dating, and know that is what has maintained our relationship over the course of 15 years. Luke popped the question (finally!) at Trattoria Marcella, our favorite restaurant, on Thanksgiving Eve, 2015.

Photography: Mike Cassimatis Photography // Flowers: Bozzay Florist // Invitation Designer: Monica Illig // Ceremony: St. Peter Catholic Church, Kirkwood // Reception: City Cottage on Chouteau, Catering St. Louis // Invitation Printer: AlphaGraphics // Rings: Vinciguerra Jewelers // Bride’s Dress: Kenneth Winston, Signature Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: J.Crew // Groom’s Suit: Jos A. Bank // Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan // Veil/Hair Accessory/Boutonnieres: Etsy Shop Pomp & Plumage // Bridesmaids Dresses + Accessories: J.Crew // Groomsmen Suits: Jos A. Bank // Cake: The Cakery // Gelato: Gelato di Riso

 

YOU GUYS! We are so excited to share this fabulous Italian wedding designed by Grey Collective member Chic Weddings in Italy with you. From the Frida Kahlo-inspired reception under the cafe lights on the couple’s recently restored B&B in Ceglie Messapica, to the bride’s rad style accentuated with the larger-than-life-amazing floral crown, this wedding is oozing with style. We’re loving the romance of the family-style reception and the florals by Flower Addicted are the perfect amount of artsy. Studio AQ was on hand to work their fabulous photo magic and we’re so happy to be sharing the gorgeous photographs of Luisa and Francesco’s wedding with you.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We were lucky enough to get to celebrate our wedding in a special venue: our home! We have recently renovated an old trullo property in Ceglie Messapica, in the heart of Itria Valley and transformed it into “Fikus” a small boutique B & B so it was the perfect occasion to gather our very big Italian families and friends from all over Italy and Europe to be with us on our special day. It was so emotional we got to celebrate our wedding in our very own nest we have created with so much passion and heart. Plus the work that the CW team and the florist have done was amazing – we were all in awe!

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

I had something completely different in my mind and wanted something more ” Gatsby – like ” but eventually in the last atelier I went, the dress was just there awaiting for me! The atelier manager opened these huge wardrobes with amazing floating dresses and the only thing I was attracted to was this tiny impalpable lace long sleeve – so I asked “What about this one?” and so I was actually choosing my own dress. It’s the Villaroel dress from Yolancris, and honestly I never thought this kind of dress would do for my body type but I felt so comfortable in it and started giggling when I had it on. Of course I added my special styling and twist: I wore it with no under-gown, I added the golden belt and the D&G like vintage crown for the party , and I just felt it was so much my style.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

I have always been passionate about Frida Kahlo and her art but in the recent years I got to see this amazing exhibition in Rome all by myself – so I spent three hours wandering around her pieces and her life and it really got into me. Also Francesco and I share this idea of love that goes beyond formality and cliches and we really wanted to express it . So it was inevitable somehow to get her style as major inspiration for our big day.

The floral crown was the killer – Francesco and all the guests went nuts about the bold flowers and everyone kept asking about it. Channeling Frida all day was our way to make the wedding so very deeply personal.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

I am a control freak and although everything was perfect and everyone had great time, I was stressed out the majority of the time!

It had been a crazy day and I had been spinning around a lot. But the most memorable moment of the day was driving back from the castle where the ceremony was held to our B & B. We were in the car with Marta from Studio A+Q and the driver and it was like any other day – it was perfection. Francesco and I chatting and giggling and really feeling the love. The light was perfect, the warm summer wind, the anticipation of what we were about to see, it was those perfect 15 minutes we will never forget.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Francesco and I are both originally from Puglia but had never met until we were both living as expat in Brussels. Oh, yes life is funny! We got together in 2012 and by then Francesco had decided to move back to Puglia for its own start up, I basically quit my job and went back to live with him, leaving everyone in shock! But love wins it all! The idea of Fikus came a little bit later and it has been the center of our life for the past years, so the perfect ending to our project was to celebrate our love there.

Francesco proposed on the rooftop of our house on a sunny September Sunday morning with my favorite Juste un clou ring by Cartier – surrounded by ancient olive trees and a construction site work in progress for the renovation. One of those (im)perfect moments that are unforgettable!

Event Design and Production: Chicweddingsinitaly // Photography: Studio AQ // Florals: Flower Addicted // Invitations: Otto piu’ otto // Venue: FIKUS The Apulian B&B // Second Shooter: Paolo Manzi // Catering: Chez vous // Bridal Gown: Yolan Cris // Bridesmaids Dress: Vila