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Danielle and Dan wanted their wedding celebration to reflect their story. So, they enlisted creative genius Kaleb Norman James Design to incorporate details of their native Pacific Northwest into the big day. An amazing bespoke stationery suite by la Happy introduced the event at Kiana Lodge, and botanical, leafy greens reflected the couple’s love of the Olympic Peninsula and adventures they’d shared there throughout their relationship (Dan is a surfer so they’re constantly exploring the coast!). The couple enlisted O’Malley Photographers to capture all the candid, intimate moments in these photos reflecting a timeless film style.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Exchanging hand-written vows was the most meaningful element of our wedding. Leading up to the big day, we spent months of Saturday mornings sequestered in separate rooms writing words that were unique to our bond and relationship. Our short ceremony centered around our promises to each other and it was a deeply moving moment for both of us.

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

I found my gown at The Dress Theory, a boutique in Seattle that curates a unique and modern collection. It was my first time dress shopping and I was so excited to explore the gowns with my mother and maid of honor. After a few minutes running our hands through lace and beads and tulle, we chose a few flowy pieces to try. The moment I tried on the third dress (a backless, sheer long-sleeved gown with romantic detailing throughout), I knew it was the one!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We wanted our wedding to reflect our story and worked alongside Kaleb Norman James to incorporate details of our native Pacific Northwest into the big day. Our Sound-side venue and botanical, leafy greens reflected our love of the Olympic Peninsula and adventures we’d shared there throughout our relationship (Dan is a surfer so we’re constantly exploring the coast!). Capturing candid, intimate moments was also so important to us, and the O’Malley Photographers did it so timelessly.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

A memorable moment of the wedding was hearing toasts from our friends and family. There was laughter, there were tears, and we felt incredibly lucky to be surrounded by our closest loved ones. It was so refreshing to take a moment on a day we’d planned so carefully to enjoy such sincere and thoughtful words that we hadn’t had a part in planning at all.

Tell us how you met and became engaged. 

We met at work! On his first day, Dan was given the seat next to me and there was an instant connection. We spent the next six months sipping Moscow mules, divulging embarrassing moments, and bumping shoulders in my tiny studio kitchen before heading off on a whirlwind trip to Kona. Dan proposed on a volcanic rock beach and we celebrated with surfing and grocery store champagne.

Danielle + Dan from Amanda Muchmore on Vimeo.

Photography: O’Malley Photographers // Planning Florals Design: Kaleb Norman James Design // Stationery & Calligraphy: la Happy // Venue: Kiana Lodge // Hair & Make-up: Kendra Springer // Cake: Blackbird Bakery // Cinematographer: Amanda Muchmore // Wedding Gown: Hayley Paige, The Dress Theory // Groom’s Tux: The Black Tux // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

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“Remember to feel the love. Be in the moment. Getting married isn’t just the day of the event, it’s the entire process. If you don’t enjoy it, what is it all for anyway?” Kayla’s advice to other brides couldn’t more true and the joy that she and Nathan felt on their personalized wedding day couldn’t be more apparent in these beautiful images by Heather Selzer. Planned by CES Weddings & Events, the celebration was held Gale Vineyards and filled with bohemian and rustic details for the Redwood-loving couple. The florals by M Creations Floral Design were stunning and included an eclectic gathered bouquet, ceremony arch and greens dressing up the many reception focal points. We’re especially love the gift display of mugs that the couple hand-selected for all of their guests—a perfect representation of a couple that’s figured out how to find the joy in the journey.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We originally wanted to get married in the redwoods. We love hiking near our home in the Bay Area and our favorite places all have large dense redwood forests. We found some of that for our special day (the first look), but wanted to also incorporate nature into the invites. So, trees were the theme. Our engagement photos were taken in Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, which were used for the save the dates. For the invites, we took a photo from a log pile in our backyard, and used it as the background. We designed the ideas behind them and Kayla brought them to life using her own calligraphy skills.

We did a rehearsal brunch instead of a dinner to save money and give us the evening to chill with family, friends, and each other. That also meant Friday night was free for us, so we organized a yoga class with the entire bridal party and their partners. Two of our friends are yoga teachers and they lead the 1.5 hour class. It was awesome!

Additionally, many of the guests (and the couple themselves) do not drink alcohol. So we made sure to have tasty alternatives and NA beers.

The reception was held at Gale Vineyards in Durham, California just outside of Chico. We chose this location for both the natural beauty it offered as well as the functionality of having the ceremony and reception at the same venue. Gale Vineyards was filled with tall trees and great space to accommodate the guest count. Hidden off to the side was the bar and boho lounge space the couple designed – equipped with a vintage Italian leather couch, blue velvet lounge chairs, accent rug, and wooden table made by the our close friend. On the other end of the reception space was an open space that served as both the buffet space early in the evening, and the dance floor after dinner.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We were very close to my grandmother June who passed away a little over two years ago. She was the matriarch of the family. So I created a banner that was hung at the reception with one of June’s quotes to remind everyone that she was there with them on their very special day.

Often brides will create gift boxes for the bridesmaids, but I wanted to also do something for all the mamas in the family. I hand dyed organic cotton robes, shibori style. Included in their box were a custom robe, lip gloss, facial mask, bath salts, and a handwritten card. This made all the mothers and grandmothers feel loved and a special part of the big day.

The officiant was a close friend and the vows were said under a handmade copper altar which we designed and a close friend made for us. We wrote our own vows, and a close friend also came up and read a poem by Rainer Marie Rilke. All of the small, personal details made the reception extremely personal and special.

The takeaway gift was a coffee mug. We went around to various thrift stores, antique stores and shops, to find over 150 mugs that were unique. It’s something that we do in our own home and wanted to share some of that joy with our guests.

Tell us about the dress and how/where you found it.

Initially, I purchased a dress online by Grace Loves Lace. But, when it arrived it didn’t really meet the expectations I had about it. With only 2 months before the big day, I panicked. Luckily, living in the Bay Area, there are plenty of options for last-minute finds! My MOH & I went to San Francisco the next day to hit as many stores as possible. Luckily, we found the perfect dress at their first stop, Glamour Closet. It was much more simple and more of my style. It matched the vintage/bohemian style of the wedding. Love at first sight!

What was the most memorable part of your day?

At the end of the night, the DJ announced the last song. Kayla ran over to Nathan and hugged him. A friend saw this and came up to hug both of them. Then everyone from the wedding started to join in, surrounding the couple in a huge group hug in the middle of the dance floor. They all swayed back and forth laughing and smiling and enjoying the last moments of a beautiful day together. It was magical.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in college. Nathan was a roommate to one of Kayla’s close friends. She had a crush on him for a while and one day worked up the courage to ask him out over text – he said yes!

The first date was a cold December night in Chico. The plan was to get coffee at Naked Lounge, but Kayla was starving so upon Nathan’s arrival she asked if they could go eat. They walked around the corner to Upper Crust and sat down with some soup and chili. Between the corn bread and coffee, the school talk and the shared interest in standup comedy, the time flew by. Little did they know, this meal was the start of something special. They had found their partner, their person.

One of Kayla’s favorite places in Chico, where we met, is called Monkey Face. It’s a rock formation in Bidwell Park that looks like the face of a monkey. When you climb to the top you can see the entire canyon and the city of Chico stretched out before you. Nathan took her for a hike up there and popped the question in September 2016.

What advice do you have for brides planning their wedding?

Maintain collaboration with your partner throughout the entire planning process. It’s very important to discuss the details with your significant other to ensure that your ideas are both reflected on the day of your wedding. And, make sure you pick the best MOH and BM for the job. There will be times when you really need to lean on them to help you through it all.

Remember to feel the love. Be in the moment. Getting married isn’t just the day of the event, it’s the entire process. If you don’t enjoy it, what is it all for anyway?

Photographer: Heather Selzer // Planning: CES Weddings & Events // Florals: M Creations Floral Design //  // Calligraphy: Letter After Letter // Venue: Gale Vineyards // Dress: Sarah Seven // Wedding Dress Boutique: Glamour Closet // Shoes: Charlotte Stone // Brides Ring: Aura Jewelers // Hair Stylist: Lucy Keene // Makeup: Powder Room // Groom Attire: Baroni Suits / Formal Education // Grooms Shoes: Aldo // Handmade Details: The Creative Crow // Catering: Bacio // Desserts: Upper Crust // Linen Rentals: We Do Designs // Specialty Rental: Heirloom Fox // Music: Clearcut Entertainment // Film Lab: The Find Lab

Atva and Samir’s destination Morocco wedding is absolutely breathtaking. Set at Kasbah Bab Ourika just outside of Marrakech, the multi-day, multi-cultural event blended the couple’s traditions with celebrations and ceremonies staged against the stunning backdrop of the Atlas mountains. The couple enlisted multi-talented planner, Best Day Ever Events, for the planning, styling and florals—all with a subtle modern, bohemian flair. We’re loving the fresh invitation suite by Mark van Wijk and the floral-dressed naked cake by Amandine Marrakech. But it’s photographer Raisa Zwart‘s stunning images that truly make Atva and Samir’s day feel like an advertising campaign for Moroccan nuptials. 

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

I think what made it us was the fact that we were able to capture the best of both Western and European wedding traditions and it blended perfectly on both days. The Henna night did have a traditional Morrocan dress – although less dramatic and traditional wedding djelleba for Samir. Our entrance was accompanied with traditional Berber folk music and dance. We also served shared Tagines and desserts as you typically see in Moroccan weddings, and of course Henna but for everyone not only the bride. Which was a huge success. Our wedding day was more traditional western with my dad walking me to the aisle, a western ring ceremony, photo shoot and toast,  but with Milk and Dates for prosperity and fertility before the ceremony and of course sugar – or candy – throwing at the end of the ceremony topped off with traditional Moroccan (and from Samir’s childhood). Pulo Duro – 50cent ice cream cones for our guests.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

For Samir his moment was me walking down towards him on Jacob Banks Silver Lining. Slightly nervous and stressed but so beautiful. For me it was the brief moment we (finally) sat together before dinner when you realize this great man is now my husband!

Tell us how you became engaged.

Samir proposed to me when I didn’t expect him to do so anymore (to be honest I was hoping for it for quite some years). We just had a very romantic holiday in Mozambique, we just celebrated our 14 Year anniversary and nothing. So one random Saturday morning, when I was just desperate for coffee he asked me to sit down and he gave me a gift to unwrap. It was a traditional Moroccan sugar cone with a note that said will you marry me?

Samir + Atva / Wedding in Ourika, Morocco (4K) from The Dreamers on Vimeo.

Photography: Raisa Zwart // Event Planning, Styling & Floral Design: Best Day Ever Events // Floral Design: Le Kiosque a Fleurs & Theun & Bloemen // Stationery: Mark van Wijk // Venue: Kasbah Bab Ourika // Cake: Amandine Marrakech // Officiant: Marry van’t’ Zelfde // Videography: The Dreamers // Makeup Artist: Rob Peetoom // Wedding Dress: Pronovias // Henna Dress: Selma Benomar // Bridal Accessories: Jimmy Choo & Astley ClarkeIsabel Marant // Groom’s Apparel: Oger // Rings: Tiffany & Co

 

Cate and Nick’s romance began at the University of South Carolina, so planning their nuptials with lots of South Carolina flair was important to the couple. Meagan Warren Weddings perfectly tied together Nick’s love of the outdoors and hunting and Cate’s sweet southern style in the celebration at The Millstone at Adams Pond. Highlights included letterpress invitation suite with custom wax seal and wedding crest by By Farr Design Studio, grandiose garden floral arrangements and greenery garlands by Cote Designs, antler chandeliers, church pews, and—since the venue is a historic Gritsmill— favors were grits and included not only cooking instructions but also the history of the venue and the gritsmill. Lucky for us, Britt Croft Photography was on hand to capture all the details in these lovely images.

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Photography: Britt Croft Photography // Planning: Meagan Warren Weddings // Florist: Cote Designs // Paper Goods, Custom Grits Favors & Wooden Spoons, Koozies, Welcome Crates: By Farr Design Studio // Ceremony & Reception: The Millstone at Adams Pond // Bride’s Dress:  Leanne Marshall // Dress Boutique: London and Lace // Hair: Capelli Salon // Make Up: Eyebrow Junkie // Bridesmaids Dress: Joanna August // Bridesmaid Dress Boutique: Bella Bridesmaids // Grooms Attire: Men’s Warehouse // Officiant: Reverend Kevin Roberts // Cake: Bonnie Brunt Cakes // Catering: Southern Way // Videographer: Jeff Bradt Films // Ceremony Music: Simply Strings Quartet // Reception Music: Atlanta Rhythm and Groove // Transportation: Southern Valet // Linens: La Tavola // Rentals: Ooh Events / Party Reflections // Signage: Iris and Marie Press // Dance Floor Monogram: Signarama

 

 

Lindsay and Chris’s breathtaking Charleston destination wedding is filled with all that Southern romance we love. Mac & B Events planned the event at Legare Waring House where the like oak trees flanked a ceremony filled with vibrant florals by Out of the Garden. The tented reception on the plantation was fresh and elegant with pink florals and blue and gold accents. Everything was stunning—but the bride and groom’s favorite part was the music. They sourced multiple bands and a string trio to customize each and every special moment. Lucky for us, the incredible Mike Cassimatis Photography was on hand to capture in all in these beautiful images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The fact that 133 guests from all over the U.S. (none from South Carolina) all made the trip to Charleston for our special day. Charleston is literally breathtaking and being able to share our love for Charleston with the people who mean the most to us was truly an indescribable feeling. Also, definitely the MUSIC. We had a string trio from Charleston Virtuosi playing during the ceremony, but a surprise for our guests was the Plantation Singers who sneaked in behind the guests once the ceremony had already started. The Plantation Singers, an a cappella and percussion Southern gospel singing group, immediately started singing This Little Light of Mine right after Christopher and I were first introduced and walking down the aisle. Many of the guests were actually startled because their backs had been turned to the Plantation Singers and they had no idea that the group had sneaked in. The energy of the Plantation Singers was surreal and definitely started the celebratory momentum that lasted throughout the night. Once at cocktail hour, Peter Kiral of Charleston Virtuosi, played the electric violin and was one of the most talented musicians that I have ever seen. The real party then started (and ended) with the Voltage Brothers who performed top hits from literally every genre. Their repertoire consists of nine Super Bowls, guest artists at the President’s Dinner in Washington, D.C., several Presidential Inaugurations and also appearing with renowned artists including Frank Sinatra, The Temptations, The Commodores, Gladys Knight and the Pips and Earth, Wind, & Fire. The dance floor was literally full the entire night, with their short intermission consisting of a play list compiled with old-school Nelly hits, as requested, to make sure that we had a little bit of St. Louis in Charleston.

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

Funny (sadly) enough, I was actually all by myself.  I had previously tried on several dresses with my mom (who is from a town two hours away) and didn’t fall in love with any of the dresses that I tried on when I was with her. However, the designer that I seemed to really keep liking, Martina Liana, was having a trunk show the next weekend. I had described the exact type of dress that I was looking for and the stylist at the bridal boutique actually requested that a certain Martina Liana dress be brought down (which was not included in the trunk show). That next weekend, I went to the trunk show by myself with no intention of actually finding THE dress. The very first dress that I tried on (the one that the stylist had requested be brought down to St. Louis) was literally everything that I had imagined. I toasted myself with champagne and then Face-Timed my mom to get her approval. My mother-in-law (who lives in St. Louis) also raced to the boutique once I had told her that I had found the dress so that she could also see me in it. The designer was so accommodating that they even agreed for the dress to remain at the boutique until the following weekend so that my mother could see me try it on in person. The bodice is lace with illusion tulle which continues into the straps giving the illusion of a strapless neckline. The back is completely illusion tulle adorned with fabric-covered buttons which extend all the way down the skirt to the court train which leads to a scalloped-lace pattern. Overall, I would describe it as a statement dress with a touch of Southern charm.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My neighbor from Sikeston, Missouri, who has known me since I was a baby (and is also a Circuit Court Judge in Missouri) officiated our wedding.  It was really special to have  him be a part of our special day since he has literally known me since day one. We also used the wedding cake topper that my parents had used at their wedding. A picture of my parents cutting their wedding cake was on the table next to our wedding cake.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Reading aloud our vows that we had written to each other. It was something that I was at first hesitant about doing in front of all of our guests, but am so glad that we did.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

During law school, I became best friends with the girl who ended up being my Maid of Honor. She had actually grown up with Christopher and had introduced me to him at her birthday party during my first year of law school. It seemed that we were at the exact right place at the exact right time as it was perfect timing in both of our lives to have met. We ended up dating over the next 7.5 years and together, endured the rigors of law school, passing the Bar exam and starting our careers. Regarding our engagement, trying different restaurants for dinner each weekend in St. Louis (and simply eating in general) is one of our favorite things. So, it made perfect sense that a restaurant is where Christopher proposed to me. While we usually like to take our time at dinner, Christopher seemed to be in a hurry for me to figure out what I wanted to order and kept telling me to take a look at the menu (we had not even ordered cocktails yet). I obliged and before I could even completely open the menu, he was down on one knee. He had handwritten “Will you marry me?” and placed it inside the menu. It was the first time that I had ever instantly started crying happy tears in my life and also the first (and last time) that I have seen Christopher’s attempt at cursive handwriting! He had originally planned on proposing the next night (when my parents were supposed to be in town to celebrate with us) but he had just picked up my engagement ring from the jewelers hours before and literally could not wait for the next night to give it to me. The ring was absolutely perfect so I can’t really blame him for not being able to wait!

Chris & Lindsay from Paragon Filmworks on Vimeo.

Photography: Mike Cassimatis Photography // Planning: Mac & B Events // Florist: Out of the Garden // Venue: Legare Waring House, Charleston, SC // Cake: Ashley Bakery // MUAH: Ash & Co // Rentals: SnyderEventhausOoh Events // Video: Paragon Films // Cigar Bar: Cigar Row // Entertainment: Plantation SingersCharleston VirtuosiVoltage Brothers // Catering: Mosaic // Film Lab: Indie Film Lab // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box