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When it came to her own wedding, planner Ashlee with Treasured Heart Events “felt so much pressure to have the most ‘perfect’ wedding, even though I know there is no such thing!” What she did do, though, was plan a day that reflected her and Brett as a couple and that is what made it perfect for them. Add in some beautiful details in a palette of blues and you have a beautiful day at Dove Ridge Vineyard filled with love and personalizations. Invitations and watercolor paper goods are by Treasured Heart Events, florals by Blushington Blooms and a cake by Hopeful Hearth Baking Co. Lucky for us, Avery Earl Photography was behind the lens capturing it all in the lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We really just wanted to have a wedding that reflected us as a couple. As a wedding planner myself, I see a LOT, and I also felt so much pressure to have the most “perfect” wedding, even though I know there is no such thing! For us, our day was special because we got to spend it with our family and friends. I never realized how important it was to take mental snapshots of the day until I went through as a bride! We also shared personal vows at the ceremony.

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

When I went dress shopping for the first time, I had no idea what I was looking for. I went to Circle Park Bridal in Addison, Texas because my sister had gotten her wedding dress there, and the second gown I put on was the one! I was in the middle of telling the lady helping me how Brett and I met, and I just stopped mid-sentence and started crying! I knew it was the one for me! The dress was by Essence of Australia. It had a high neck, delicate lace detailing, subtle sparkle, a faux back and a long, dreamy train!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

90% of the clothes I own are in the blue color family! Choosing a monochromatic color scheme in muted blues was an easy choice for me! I wanted my bridesmaids to feel comfortable in their dresses, so I gave them a color, and let them choose their own dress! I also carried Brett’s grandmother’s wedding ring on my bouquet. It was a special way to include her in our wedding when we knew she was looking down on us from heaven with a big smile on her face! I also elected to hand dip dye and calligraph all of our guests seating cards. Since we were getting married at a vineyard, we had to incorporate lots of wine into our wedding! Instead of a traditional guest book, we had guests sign wine bottles that we would open at different stages of life (first Christmas together, first anniversary, etc.). We also had personalized wine corks as our wedding favors, and had a personalized bottle of wine that we had received at our engagement party! One of our favorite summertime drinks is sangria, so guests were greeted with pre-ceremony bourbon sangria. My sister and I shared our famous “sister dance” with all of our guests during the Matron of Honor speech, and we surprised our guests with a sparkler send off that lead to fireworks choreographed to “Don’t Stop Believing”!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was our private first look. I had been a mix of nervous and excited all morning, but the second I got to see him, all of my nerves washed away! I loved that we were able to experience that private moment before the craziness of the wedding began! When I asked Brett how he felt during our first look, he said, “I felt clarity. Everything made sense and I knew I was with the person I was meant to be with”. Now…please try to tell me I didn’t marry the sweetest man!!!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Brett and I met on my very first day of college at TCU. I had landed a job at the Rec Center, and I was going in for my shadow shift–little did I know that the cute guy who was scheduled to train me was going to be the man I would spend forever with! Over the next three years, Brett and I remained great friends. When I began my wedding planning business in my Junior year of college, Brett, an accounting major, offered to help keep track of my finances, and very soon after knew that we would get married one day. Brett proposed on our one year anniversary, surrounded by our family, while recreating our very first date!! Needless to say, this wedding planner turned fiancee was elated to start planning!

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Planner, Designer + Invitations: Treasured Heart Events // Photographer: Avery Earl Photography // Florals: Blushington Blooms // Venue: Dove Ridge Vineyard // Videographer: Lynn Films // Cake: Hopeful Hearth Baking Co. // Hair + Makeup: Beauty From Brushes // Dress Boutique: Circle Park Bridal Boutique // Suits: The Black Tux // Fireworks: PrestoTechnics // Rentals: Coral Lane Rentals // Circle Arch: Gold Dust Vintage Rentals // Catering: TCP Catering // Bartenders: Professional Bartending of Greater DFW // Linens: 5 Star Rentals // DJ: Le Force Entertainment

 

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High school sweethearts, Hannah and Garrett, tied the knot at the beautiful Firefly Gardens outside of Dallas, Texas in a celebration filled with joyful details. Fresh Flowers and Gatherings created some of the happiest florals we’ve ever set eyes on in a palette of yellows and peaches. Paired with dusty blue accents in the tablescape and bridal party the effect was like a crisp spring day filled with sunshine and smiles. The bride stunned in a Stella York dress with intricate floral appliqué and the groom added floral flair with a patterned tie. Lucille Photo was behind the lens capturing all the details in these images that are sure to make you crave that perfect spring day.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

We had fun incorporating a traditional Czech Grand March in the reception. The dance was always a highlight of mine from family weddings I attended as a little girl. It was easily one of our favorite moments of the day! We also had a red balloon in our wedding decor which always meant “I love you” when we texted the red balloon emoji to each other. I didn’t know someone was bringing the balloon and I was so emotional seeing it in the reception.

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

My dress is designed by Stella York and I immediately fell in love with the delicate, floral lace. We custom tailored the bust to add lace trailing up the shoulders from the sweetheart neckline. As soon as I put it on I started crying. It’s from Joann’s Bridal in West, TX which is actually where my mom found her wedding dress years ago! That was not planned at all, but funny how life works that way. I also found it on my birthday! Best. Birthday. Ever.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My family really made our wedding so special. My mother in law made delicious blue mint favors and my sister in law wrote everyone’s name on them in calligraphy. My brother in law is a pastor and married us and it made the ceremony that much more personal! We really had a wonderful team that wanted to help us and love us on our day.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The entire day was so wonderful it’s hard to choose, but Garrett and I both agree our final dance together was absolutely our favorite moment. We picked our second favorite “first dance” song (Make You Feel My Love by Adele), the room was empty and still, and we got to soak in the last moments of our perfect day. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

The groom and I are high school sweethearts and we’ve been together for almost 9 years! We started dating as a senior and junior in high school, but he had a crush on me for two years before we actually started dating. We dated through college and finally got engaged on a cruise to Mexico. We were both so happy to finally tie the knot!

Photography: Lucille Photo // Florals: Fresh Flowers and Gatherings // Invitations: Kismet Print Co. // Venue: Firefly Gardens // Dress Designer: Stella York // Dress Boutique: Joann’s Bridal // Hair: Corenne Hess with Revel Workshop // Makeup: Katy Moore with Luxe Salon // Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulus / Asos / Azazie / Weddington Way / Show Me Your Mumu // Men’s Attire: The Black Tux // DJ: Leforce Entertainment // Catering: Mama Cuca’s // Film Scans: Photovision

 

Karla, originally from Chile, met Peter in Granada, Spain while traveling abroad. So, it was very important to the couple to incorporate as much of Latin American culture into their wedding day in Columbia, Indiana. The vibrant, outdoor celebration was planned by Christina Burton Events and held at Peter’s grandparent’s private estate. The day was filled with tailored details like a Brazilian music band during cocktail hour, a first dance to a salsa song,  Alfajores and sandwiches as midnight snacks, Chilean wine flowing all night and a large neon signs that read Los Laskey (The Laskeys in Spanish) above the DJ stand. Florals by Woven Blooms added bold color at every turn and we’re loving ALL of it in these images by Sharin Shank Photography + Becca Novak.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Because I am from Chile, it was very important for us to incorporate as much of Latin American culture into our wedding as possible. That’s why we choose to have a Bossa Nova (Brazilian Jazz) band play, a tequila shot toast instead of a champagne toast (with handmade traditional Mexican Talavera glasses for each guest), a Spanish tasting meal with lots of saffron, Chilean wine served throughout the festivities and even had my mother bake and decorate Alfajores, Chile’s national dessert biscuit. Since the wedding was outdoors in Peter’s grandparents’ home, we tried to incorporate the woods and nature into our celebration, encouraging guests to enjoy the lake and views during the cocktail hour and having our dance be under the stars.

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

It look me about a year to gather each piece of my look. I first purchased my Louvienne gown from a boutique store called Lovely Bride in Chicago. The gown is very simple and classic, it has a silk bustier top and a matte stretchy bottom with a long tail and silk buttons down the spine. From the beginning I knew that was the look I wanted for the party but wanted to accessorize with a topper for the church ceremony. A few months later I found Anna Campbell and her amazing hand-beaded toppers and gowns and I immediately fell in love with her work. I ended up purchasing the Anna topper, a very delicate hand-beaded top modeled after the designers´ own wedding dress. Each topper is made at request in Australia and shipped months after placing the order. At Alice in Ivory in Chicago I got my beautiful cathedral length veil made by Sara Gabriel, a Colorado based designer. One of the hardest things for me to settle on were my shoes. I knew I wanted something comfortable but I also love high heels, so after purchasing and returning some 5 different pairs of shoes I decided to go with a very bold blue velvet block heel from Sam Edelman. It ended up being the perfect choice as I was super comfy and they also allowed to express more of my style, which is less traditional.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Every single part of the wedding was personalized. All stationery from the invitations to the menus and escort chart were hand written with guest’s names as appropriate. Our processional song was a live piano cover of Yellow by Coldplay. We mixed English and Spanish throughout the wedding ceremony and had family members from both sides do readings or speeches in our native languages. We had a Brazilian music band play during cocktail hour, a large cheese and bread table to bring out my family’s French background, a large American flag waving above the bar, we carefully tailored the music that our DJ played for it to combine Latin American and American songs, had our first dance to a salsa song, had Alfajores and sandwiches as midnight snacks, Chilean wine flowing all night and a large neon signs that read Los Laskey (The Laskeys in Spanish) above the DJ stand.

 

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The actual ceremony, when we made our vows, was the most beautiful and special moment. We did not expect to feel so deep in love and emotion at that moment but it was truly a magical experience of overwhelming peace. Saying our vows in front of our loved ones and God was the reason we were all there that day and that intention of love and commitment was palpable throughout the rest of the day and night.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Peter and I met in Granada, Spain while we were both studying there in 2012. When we returned to the US later that year we were living in different cities and and did long distance for over a year. Peter ended up moving to Chicago where I was finishing school and we lived together for one year before he proposed. We were on a trip back home to Chile where my entire family lives, when in a remote town in the south of the country Peter asked me to marry him. It was perfect.

Photographer: Sharin Shank Photography + Becca Novak // Event Planner: Christina Burton Events // Florals: Woven Blooms // Invitation Designer + Calligraphy: A Fabulous Fete // Getting Ready Venue: Hotel Indigo Columbus, Indiana // Ceremony: First Baptist Church // Reception Venue: Private Lake House // Brides Gown: Louvienne from Lovely Bride in Chicago // Beaded Top: Anna Topper by Anna Campbell // Catering and Cake: Kahns Catering // Shoes: Sam Edelman// Veil: Alice in Ivory Chicago // Hair & Makeup: Lesley White // Groom + Groomsmen Suites: The Black Tux // Equipment Rentals: Violet Vintage Rentals // DJ: Looby Music and Event Service // Videographer: Toast Films // Live Music: Rio Bamba Band // Tables, Chairs and Tents: A Classic Party Rental

 

Renee and Robert wanted would absolutely marry in the spring, but this meant a short engagement. To plan their perfect New Orleans wedding—quickly—the couple enlisted the help of Grey Collective member Blue Gardenia Weddings and Events who worked overtime to produce the wedding of Renee’s dreams. The celebration included a ceremony at Rogers Chapel Tulane Campus followed by a luxe reception at the historic Hotel NopsiBee’s Wedding and Event Designs filled the day with lush florals and greens at every turn—arrangements, suspended installations, climbing vines—you name it, they did it and the result is spectacular. Classic stationery and paper design by Scriptura with cakes by Pure Cake and it’s all captured to perfect by Grey Collective member Arte De Vie.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Renee: Belinda, my wedding planner, made it special. She planned absolutely everything and it turned out perfectly. First, the whole wedding was planned in about four months!! We knew we wanted to get married in the spring and did not want to wait another year for all of the celebrations to take place. Belinda and the Blue Gardenia team worked overtime to find the perfect location and creative team to make it all happen – even in this short planning timeframe! Also, the ceremony was in an out-of-the-way, unexpected location – a small 1970s style chapel on Tulane University campus, which just happened to be where the bride’s parents were married! The reception was at the historic NOPSI Hotel – the staff at the NOPSI worked closely with us to create a menu that truly reflected our tastes and featured items that were special to us – including recreating our favorite after dinner drink – Carajillo, a coffee & liquor cocktail – which they passed around to all guests in time for toasts!

 

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

Renee: Truthfully, the entire day was perfection and I would recommend every girl to hire a planner like Belinda to do everything for them so they can just sit back and enjoy the day! Belinda made sure my whole day was perfectly managed from start to finish —without me even feeling like I was being managed! She’s a wedding fairy godmother. Not only that: My wedding was FUN. Something I wasn’t really thinking it could be. (Weddings always seems like they were going to be stressful for the bride!) Seriously, I just had fun the whole day – and somewhere along the way got to marry the love of my life!!

There were so many special details throughout the day from the champagne upon guest arrival at the reception to an incredible four course meal beautifully prepared by the NOPSI Hotel…but, probably the most special was walking down the aisle in the small chapel where my parents were married long ago (it definitely was a design challenge, but Bee’s Wedding and Event Floral Designs absolutely transformed it with a stunning garden wall of trailing vines and florals – it was my complete vision come to life! Also, my brother performed our ceremony and having him be such a large part of the wedding ceremony was beyond special and emotional!!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Renee: Rob and I met through mutual friends, actually while we were both in Miami on vacations! After the trip ended, he picked my name off of the weekend’s Miami group-text, and messaged me saying that he was “down in Houston for business and could he take me to dinner?” The rest is history!

Photography: Arte De Vie // Event Design/Coordination: Blue Gardenia Weddings and Events // Florist: Bee’s Wedding and Event Designs // Wedding invitations, Wedding Day Paper Goods: Scriptura // Ceremony Venue: Rogers Chapel Tulane Campus // Reception Venue & Catering: Hotel Nopsi // Hair/Makeup: Tina with Verde Beauty // Videographer: Studio Vieux Carre // Lighting, candle décor, lounge furniture: Firefly Ambiance // Cakes: Monique with Pure Cake // Tables and Chairs: True Value Rental // Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen // Wedding Rings: Zadok // Gown: BHLDN // Brides Jewelry: her something borrowed! // Bridesmaids: BHLDN // DJ/Band: Nola Dukes // 2nd Line Band: Kinfolk Brass Band // Ceremony musicians: New Orleans Finest Musicians // Photo Booth: Muse Photo Booth

 

Meghan and Sid wanted to keep things low-key and intimate for their spring nuptials at the picturesque Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond in St. Michaels, Maryland. So, Kari Rider Events got to work creating a scene that blended the waterfront setting with the bride’s vision for a modern-meets-botanical vibe. Enter Sophie Felts Floral Designs‘ greenery chandeliers, graphic black and white calligraphy signage and table numbers by Stephanie B Design, cool blue velvet linens, black flatware, wooden cross-back chairs, and a well-equipped cigar bar—all beneath a gorgeous sailcloth tent. Nowhere was the weaving of setting and theme more evident than in the cake display—a stunning two-tier cake by Chef Steven Anthony adorned with a blue wave pattern accented by focal roses that sat on a marble and wood stand atop a black and white striped linen. Perfection! And it’s all captured inthese stuning images by Eric Kelley.

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Photography: Eric Kelley // Planning & Design: Kari Rider Events // Florals: Sophie Felts Floral Designs // Invitation & Paper Goods: Stephanie B Design // Venue: Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond // Cake: Chef Steven Anthony // Hair & Makeup: Ariel Lewis // Tent & Rentals: Eastern Shore Tents & Events // Rentals: White Glove Rentals // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // Band: Sound Nation // Ceremony Musicians: Bay Strings // Transportation: Extroardinar Limousine