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Karen and Kevin’s friends and family traveled from around the country—and world!—to their Cleveland, Ohio wedding at The Club at Hillbrook. The historic Tudor mansion was the perfect venue to showcase the area with its scenic grounds and lush gardens. Planned by Kirkbrides, the wedding happened to fall on the same weekend as Karen and Kevin’s medical school graduation and the celebratory spirit was reflected in all of the fun details including voluminous florals by Molly Taylor and Co., lawn games, a photo booth and and ice cream bar. Lucky for us, Lauren Gabrielle was on hand to capture all the details and beauty in these lovely images.

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Photography: Lauren Gabrielle // Planning: Kirkbrides // Floral Décor: Molly Taylor and Co. // Stationery: Ting Stationery // Ceremony and Reception Location: The Club at Hillbrook // Bride’s Dress Designer: Provonias // Hair: Suzanne Davis Urbane Society // Makeup: Lindsay London // Cake: Luna Bakery // Desserts (Ice Cream): Piccadilly // Linens/Rentals: Event Source // DJ (ceremony/cocktails/reception/lighting/photobooth): DJ London Bridges through Cleveland Music Group // Lawn Games: Rock the House

 

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Summery, bohemian vibes grace every moment of Kate and Kevin’s delightful South Carolina wedding at Cypress Trees Plantation. The adorable, love-at-first-sight couple filled their big day with personalized details, special contributions from talented friends, a curated playlist and DIY cocktails by the groom himself. Event design and planning was by AlmostWed with florals by Coming Up Roses. We especially love the tie dye dinner napkins, retro party bus, delicate arbor and—of course—gorgeous film images captured by Stephen Atohi.

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What unique elements or DIY details did you include?

We gifted each guest a bottle of our homemade limoncello. It takes about 3 months to make, so it was truly a labor of love. Many chose to enjoy at the reception and others took it home to enjoy on a special occasion.

What was your favorite moment? Your favorite crafted detail?

Moment: our vows. We wrote them ourselves and didn’t share with each other before the ceremony. It was a moment we both knew we wanted to be a surprise and looking back it was 100% the right decision for us. Favorite crafted detail: personalized notes for our guests. Rather than a standard name card, we wrote a personalized note to each person. So often at weddings, the bride and groom don’t have an opportunity to visit with all of their guests. The personalized notes ensured we were able to express our gratitude and love for each person. They were a huge hit! Lots of hugs and tears.

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc.

I envisioned myself wearing a flower crown, but didn’t want to risk the flowers wilting in the South Carolina humidity. I found an amazing faux-flower crown designer in Utah (via Etsy). I sent her a Pinterest board of the flowers that would be in my bouquet and she made a crown to match. It was beyond perfect. Our florist was local to Edisto and had done many weddings at the venue before. She offered fantastic advice on how to let the natural elements of the land do the talking and the flowers/decor to simply be a complement.

Instead of a traditional cake, we had banana pudding shipped from our favorite bakery in NYC. I tried on a LOT of dresses. The dress I chose was the one I felt most myself in. It was head to toe lace with long sleeves and had an old-school feel to it.

On the back of our wedding program, we each wrote a list of people and things we wanted to give a ‘special thanks’ to. It included anything and everything from our parents to our childhood sleep-away camp to our favorite guilty pleasure fast food restaurant. We think it was a fun thing for the guests to read before the ceremony began. To kick-off the evening, Bob Marley’s ‘Could You Be Loved’ began playing as we kissed. It was a perfect way to conclude the ceremony and started off our playlist (which we curated over the course of our engagement; LOTS of time browsing on Spotify). We love music and wanted to play songs we envisioned hearing on our wedding day. We created 3 different playlists for pre-ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception – each with its own vibe. Rather than having the dinner catered, a chef friend of ours (who we met in NYC because he was wearing an Edisto hat!) cooked for our 75 guests and roasted a pig for 12 hours on site before. Shawn cooked an amazing meal and even gave a short speech at the reception. The grits he served were from corn grown on the property and the pig was raised with love on an island next to Edisto.

And finally, maybe just a little bit about you as a couple and how you met.

We met in NYC and were introduced by a mutual friend. Kevin was visiting a friend and was living in San Antonio at the time. It was truly love at first sight – we spoke on the phone every day that summer and Kevin took a leap and moved to NYC 4 months later. We love to travel, ski, cook (well, Kate enjoys Kevin’s cooking), binge watch the ‘it’ TV show of the moment, and spending time with friends. We’re currently renovating our first home together. And just like our wedding, the finished product will be a reflection of us!

Photography: Stephen Atohi // Event Design & Planning: AlmostWed // Florals: Coming Up Roses // Invitations: Designed by Bride // Venue: Cypress Trees Plantation // Wedding Dress: Lela Rose // Hair & Makeup: Pampered & Pretty // Floral Crown: Stevi Marie Flower Crown // Bride’s Shoes: Aldo // Bride’s Ring: Caitlin Mociun // Groom Attire: Bonobos // Groom’s Ring: Sabri Guven // Videography: His + Her Creative // Catering: Shawn Burnette // Furniture Rentals: Ruth’s // Specialty Rentals: EventHaus // Music: Danny Rizzo // Officiant: Kelly Halazyn // Transportation: Lowcountry Valet // Pitmaster: Tank Johnson

 

With a love for European travels and soft elements, Shannon and Matthew wanted their wedding day to reflect something close to Shannon’s heart while also incorporating Matthew’s love for clean, modern touches. Nestled in the foothills of the Colorado mountains, Crooked Willow Farms provided a beautiful backdrop for the day. NuBlu Events and BellaLu Floral Design carefully curated their soft, muted color palette with neutral hues and the slightest hint of blush. Their sweet King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Oliver, has brought so much joy to their lives and having him join them on their wedding day meant the world. Check out all the beautiful details in these fine art film images captured by photographer,  Katherine Ridgely.

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What made your wedding special and unique? 

We had a beautiful wedding venue, Crooked Willow Farms. With my love of horses and Matthew’s love of the mountains, the location couldn’t have been more perfect. BellaLu Floral created the most gorgeous arrangements that were both natural to the venue and modern.

Tell us about your gown.

I had always imagined having a gown that was classic yet a little less traditional. My wedding gown was partially customized as I was able to modify certain elements to make it truly my own. I absolutely loved the lace detailing on the train!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

To make our wedding day uniquely ours, we added a few personal touches like handwritten seating cards, custom made card holders, wax-stamps, and gold foil touches on our invitation suites.

What was the most memorable part of your wedding day?

The most memorable part of our wedding day was our first look. I was so excited to see Matthew! Just having that quiet moment to ourselves was so special before we shared our vows with our friends and family.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Matthew and I met via a dating app called Bumble. Our first date was at a coffee shop here in Denver, Colorado and it was at that time Matthew asked me out on a second date to watch the Banff Film Festival screening later that evening.

I absolutely love horses and thought Matthew was going to propose over the Christmas holiday when were were visiting his family in Ohio. It would have been the perfect setting. Well, on December 10th 2017, Matthew had suggested having a “date day” – this certainly wasn’t uncommon for Matthew! We began our day with church, followed by visiting my favorite coffee shop and park. Soon after, Matthew had mentioned wanting to visit a friend and that this friend of his was more than happy to let us visit with his horses. We absolutely had to go! We pulled up to the beautiful property and walked around the back of the barn where I was greeted by a warm fire, cozy blankets, flowers, and twinkle lights beautifully arranged. Matthew dropped to one knee for the sweetest proposal and moments later, my sweet dog, Oliver, came running out of the barn. The barn door continued opening and I immediately noticed that inside were our closest friends and family members. The day couldn’t have been more perfect!

Photography: Katherine Ridgely // Event Planning and Design: NuBlu Events // Floral Design: BellaLu Floral Design // Venue: Crooked Willow Farms // Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints // Bridal Boutique: Emma and Grace Bridal Studio // Makeup: Makeup By Heather // Hair: Phia Alchemy Salon and Spa // Grooms Attire: Suit Supply // Bow Ties: Huckle Berry Bow Co // Rentals: Event Rents // Dessert Table: Cocoa Bites // Bridesmaids Gowns: Adrianna Papell / Revolve / LuLus / Bridesmaids Social // Cake: Sweet Ride Bakeshop // Catering: Footers Catering and Events // DJ: Skyline Productions

Colorado couple, Sasha and Alex, gathered all the closest friends and family for their tropical destination wedding in beautiful Sayulita, Mexico. Villa Valentin, a breathtaking beach estate, had all the charm and character one could desire for a modern Mexico affair and the couple played up the vibes with colorful, joyful details. Adorable, hot pink custom paper goods and invitations were by Della Torre Designs while delightful florals were created by Flor Mimo. Sasha’s Leanne Marshall gown was the epitome of chic, simple beach vibes while fun accents like rainbow pom-pom garland, super adorable gift bags added touches of lightheartedness. Check out all the details in these lovely images by Leila Brewster Cross.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was such an incredible experience to have all our closest friends and family in a tropical destination! That was our vision and it really came to life once everyone arrived and we not only had the wedding day but a few days leading up to the wedding to enjoy Sayulita.

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

I have been obsessed with Leanne Marshall for years and I knew I wanted some lightweight for the heat in Mexico so silk seemed like a great option. It was actually the first gown I tried on and ended up going back to it after trying on many other gowns. I loved the gold detail that made it feel a little less traditional and gave it some flare.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We did a lot ourselves once we arrived to Mexico; I think the gift bags were super fun and we put those together ourselves with the help of some Etsy finds and local goodies. The ceremony was officiated by the bride’s father which made that so special.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

We both agree that the ceremony was our favorite part of the day, such a surreal emotional moment. The first look was also really fun!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We got engaged at the top of the gondola in Telluride, under a shooting star Alex dropped to one knee, it was a total surprise. We had an amazing few days celebrating in Telluride after that.

SASHA + ALEX MARRIED! VILLA VALENTIN SAYULITA, MEXICO WEDDING TEASER from Betsi Ewing Studio on Vimeo.

Photography: Leila Brewster Cross // Florals: Flor Mimo // Planning: Carly, Milk Glass Productions // Invites + paper goods: Della Torre Designs // Venue: Villa Valentin // Gown: Leanne Marshall // Hair: Riley Fidel // Makeup: Hannah Thorndike // Catering: Sofia Sanchez // Rentals Group: Trendy Eventful Furniture // Video: Daneil Orren Betsy Ewing Studio // DJ Nick Challed  // Music: Tetewari Music / Esau Galvan Saltos / Alberto Perez Ramirez / Daniel Marquez Ortega / Sonny Davis

 

Sarah and Andrew’s spring-inspired color palette of dusty blue, peach, blush, and ivory, with accents of rose gold sets the light-and-lovely tone for the couple’s “elegant and playful” day. The venue, Foundation For The Carolinas, offered gorgeous views of Uptown Charlotte and was dressed up with striking arrangements by New Creations Flower Company including tall cascading centerpieces and low arrangements in rose gold vases. Preppy paper goods are by Elisabeth Rose Social Stationery and an artistic three-tiered floral-accented cake was by Wow Factor Cakes.  The day was captured by Josh Deaton Photography and you can check out all the details in the lovely images below.

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From the planner: When asked to reflect on her wedding day, Sarah says, “I actually debated on having a smaller wedding or having a bigger wedding because it is honestly a lot of money to spend on one day. However, after having the wedding I would never have a smaller wedding. There is truly something to be said about having all of your family and best friends in one room to celebrate you. The day did go by fast, but the memories we made we will have forever. Both of us look back and remember how much fun we had, and every time we run into someone that was there they always bring up how amazing our wedding was and it makes us so happy!”

Sarah chose a spring-inspired color palette of dusty blue, peach, blush, and ivory, with accents of rose gold. The colors reflect the bride and grooms personalities and style. Sarah says, “I also love gold/rose gold and both of our favorite color is blue so we wanted to make sure that was in our wedding as well.” She and Andrew chose the Foundation For The Carolinas as their venue because of the gorgeous views of Uptown Charlotte. Sarah says, “I wanted people to walk into the room and see both of our personalities in the design. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, so we wanted our wedding look to be elegant, yet kind of playful. We had tall cascading centerpieces on the table surrounded by colored taper candles on top of pale blue tablecloths, along with blush chargers and  gold flatware. I wanted my flowers to be abstract so they felt loose and not restricted.”

Family is very important to Sarah and Andrew. And while there were many thoughtful details throughout their wedding, one of Sarah’s favorite personal details involved her wedding day jewelry. “My mother has a Sapphire and Diamond ring that belonged to my grandmother,” she says. “I wore this as my something blue and something old. My best friend, and Maid of Honor, Kristi, also gave me a rose gold bracelet,” Sarah adds. “And she has the same one in gold that was my something new. We’ve been friends for over 10 years and every time I wear that bracelet I think of our special friendship and my wedding day.”

When asked, Sarah said that her favorite moment of the day was the first look. “We debated even doing a first look because we weren’t sure if it would take some of the magic away from seeing each other when I walked down the aisle,” she said. “But I am so, so glad we did this! Having the first look really calmed my nerves and grounded me for the day.” Sarah goes on to say that not rushing through portraits of the couple or with family, especially with her sister, was important. Sarah recalls another memory that stands out, saying “My husband and I walked in to the reception area before while cocktail hour was still going on and I will forever remember this moment.” She continues, “I had been planning this day for over a year and to see it all come to life was just spectacular. It was simply breathtaking.”

Sarah and Andrew placed a lot of emphasis on good entertainment, and booking The Dickens was one of the first vendors they booked. Sarah said, “I also found out later that my Dad and the lead singer of our band, Percy, met each other in the hallway before the ceremony. They became fast friends and the band decided to play the entire hour and a half through without taking a single break because the energy on the dance floor was so good. This seriously made my day! Everyone has talked non-stop about our band and having a packed dance floor was the #1 thing I wanted on our wedding day.”

Wedding Planner + Designer: The Graceful Host // Photography: Josh Deaton Photography // Floral Design: New Creations Flower Company // Paper Goods: Elisabeth Rose Social Stationery // Ceremony + Reception Venue: Foundation For The Carolinas // Hair & Make-up: Be Pretty (Lindsey Regan Thorne) // Wedding Dress Designer: Modern Trousseau // Wedding Dress Boutique: Hayden Olivia // Cake: Wow Factor Cakes // Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo from Brideside // Grooms Attire: The Black Tux // Catering: Best Impressions Catering // Rentals: Party Reflections
// Linens: La Tavola // Linens: ModMix Studio // Table Top Rentals: Emerson James // Furniture Rentals: Old South Vintage Rentals // Uplighting: Wink Lighting // Reception Entertainment: The Dickens

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