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Carly and Dave’s first date was a bust—Dave got sick and his car was towed—but it was meant to be and, for better or worse, they’ve been together ever since! The couple tied the knot in a modern celebration at La Quinta Country Club in Palm Springs. HoneyFitz Events planned the day filled with tropical and luscious greens by Little Hill Floral Design that reminded the couple of their favorite vacation spots. An understated color palette highlights all the stand-out details like the graphic acrylic seating chart affixed to a topiary wall and white blooms dancing around the custom neon signage. We love the bold, happy vibes and lucky for us Michelle Kyle Photography  was on hand to capture it all!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Having all of  their closest family and friends together to celebrate with them!

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

Carly’s Wedding Gown is Pronovias and was purchased at The White Dress in Newport Beach. She was immediately drawn to the unique lace and illusion panels on the side.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Touches of tropical and luscious greens reminded them of their favorite vacation spots — including Palm Springs. The Chuppah Canopy was hand-sewn by the groom’s mom. Carly’s wedding gown had lace from her mom’s wedding gown sewn on the inside.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Stomping on the glass and making it official!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Carly and Dave met at a bar — Palihouse in West Hollywood, CA. After having one of the worst first dinner dates — Dave got sick and his car was towed — they have been together ever since!

Planner: HoneyFitz Events // Photographer: Michelle Kyle Photography // Florist: Little Hill Floral Design // Signage & Paper Goods: Simply Stated Stationery // Ceremony & Reception Venue:  La Quinta Country Club // Wedding Gown: Pronovias from The White Dress in Newport Beach // First Look/Hotel Block: La Quinta Resort and Spa // Entertainment: Dart Collective // Rentals: Signature Party Rentals // Makeup: Make-up by Hailey // Videography: Viken Photography

 

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Sheela and Joe wanted their wedding “to feel like a giant dinner party with our closest family and friends.” Sheela also happens to be a food writer, so cooking and food experiences are a favorite pastime of the couple. Needless to say, the bar was set high and Piccolo delivered the dinner party of their dreams at Portland’s The Barn on Walnut Hill. The event is filled with garden party details and farm-inspired florals by Broadturn Farm. Emily Delamater was behind the lens and she captured it all in these stunning images.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Sheela: I lived in Italy for awhile and quickly fell in love with the food and the relaxed style of dining there. Since I also happen to be a food writer and cooking and sharing food experiences are two of our favorite hobbies together, we really wanted our wedding to feel like a giant dinner party with our closest family and friends. It was exactly that and then some. We can’t tell you how many times people told us that wedding food is always an afterthought and it will never be as good as we actually wanted it to be, but it was that and more. We loved that people were as excited about the food and drink and company surrounding it as we were — and that we ate more at our own wedding than we have at any other wedding! Piccolo blew us always with their ability to deliver the dinner party of our dreams and we will always be so thankful for that.

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

Sheela: The gown is Truvelle, a boutique designer based in Vancouver, Canada. I stumbled upon them on Pinterest and immediately fell in love with their modern yet classic design that’s feminine and whimsical. There are only a handful of shops in the U.S. that carry their gowns and luckily there was one near my apartment in Brooklyn. The dress I chose felt like it could have been made for me — it was so airy and effortless, with really thoughtful touches. Plus, it was the most comfortable gown ever — I didn’t want to take it off at the end of the night!

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

Sheela: There are too many to count! Though I’d have to say the ceremony itself stands out the most. We asked my aunt and uncle to marry us — I am incredibly close to both of them and they’ve been married for almost 60 years. They’re as in love now as they were the day they got married and having them bless us and start us on our journey as husband and wife together couldn’t have been more special. We also wrote our own vows, and while there was so much trembling and tears, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Joe: We hate to say we met at a bar but, well, we met at a bar, as wing-people for our two friends who were on a sort of casual first date after meeting randomly a few nights earlier. Sheela’s friend dragged her with her because she had met the guy late at night at a bar and wanted to ensure he wasn’t completely crazy upon meeting him the second time. She came as her back up plan in case he actually was, in which case she could casually say they needed to go, ha! I came a little later. One, to let my friend spend more time with Sheela’s friend without her, and we quickly hit it off and spent the rest of the night talking and getting to know each other. We exchanged phone numbers and went on our first date a couple of weeks later.

I proposed 4 years later. Sheela had been away for the weekend and I told her I’d take care of dinner the night she got back. As we were just finishing our meal out on our balcony, I reached into my pocket and immediately she thought it was an engagement ring, which was exactly what I hoped she would do. What she didn’t know was that I had a special pair of earrings custom made for her, and this was what was in the box. I said that “I just missed you this weekend and wanted to give you something special.” What she didn’t know was that I still had a little bag in my pocket that contained the ring. In order to not seem obvious, I told her I had to use the bathroom, which would allow me the opportunity to take the ring out of the bag.

Once I got back outside to the balcony and sat down, I started telling her the story of how the earrings were made. I told her that the earrings were actually made using her mom’s engagement ring band, and then proceeded to pull out the remainder of the ring (the diamond) on a newly mounted setting and asked her to marry me.

Photographer: Emily Delamater // Event Planning & Design: A Family Affair Maine // Floral Design: Broadturn Farm // Invitation Design: Gus & Ruby Letterpress // Venue: The Barn on Walnut Hill // Wedding Dress Shop: Schone Bride // Wedding Dress Designer: Truvelle // Bridal Shoe Designer: Stuart Weitzman // Bridal Veil/Headpiece: Truvelle (Veil), Davie & Chiyo (Hair Pins) // Grooms & Groomsmens’ Suits: J.Crew  // Grooms Shoes: Cole Haan // Wedding Rings: Clay Pot and Bario-Neal // Engagement Ring: Clay Pot // Bridesmaid Dresses: Various // Event Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals // Band: FreeStyle from Wilson Stevens Agency // Hair/Makeup Stylist: Brigette Bonenfant // Caterer/Cake/Desserts: Piccolo // Wedding Favors: Donated to Cancer Research Institute in Sheela’s mom’s name in lieu of favors // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Tasha and Jim wanted “to mesh a very traditional Serbian Orthodox wedding ceremony at a more relaxed, beachy, outdoor location” and enlisted Details Event Planning to help implement their vision at Montage Laguna Beach. A casual elegance underlies the design of the garden ceremony reception while spectacular greenery and florals by Mark’s Garden grace every detail. Stationery and custom crest is by Papel Paper and Press, cake by Fantasy Frostings and it’s all captured by Birds of a Feather Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our venue! We wanted to mesh a very traditional Serbian Orthodox wedding ceremony at a more relaxed, beachy, outdoor location. We also wanted it to feel formal enough for the occasion and the Montage in Laguna Beach was absolutely perfect.  Dancing under the canopy of fairy lights and flowing ribbons while the waves crashed on the beach below is something we and our guests will never forget!

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

My gown was Carolina Herrera and I found it at her boutique in Beverly Hills. I wanted something simple, classic, and elegant – my only stipulation (or so I thought) was no strapless, but as soon as I tried on my gown I knew it was the one! I especially loved the tuxedo bow detail in the back!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We had an artist create a Perry family crest for our big day, we used this in our invitation suite and throughout all the paper goods for the wedding. It was such a special way to commemorate this amazing day that started our life together, we even put the crest up in our bedroom to remind us of our beginning as husband and wife.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

As the sun was setting, my new husband and I took a few minutes to step away and take some photos with this gorgeous backdrop of a Laguna Beach sunset. We finally had some time to take in the meaning of the day and be thankful for celebrating this momentous occasion with all of our family and friends. It is a moment that neither of us will ever forget.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met on the tried and true Tinder App, which we will laugh about forever! He proposed to me on his birthday, knowing that was the only way he could truly surprise me! I had planned a big birthday dinner out for him with some surprise birthday gifts so was completely caught off guard when he popped the question that night!

Montage, Laguna Beach Wedding // Tasha and Jim from Robert Michael Films on Vimeo.

Photographer: Birds of a Feather // Event Planning: Details Event Planning // Florals: Mark’s Garden // Paper Goods: Papel Paper and Press // Venue: Montage Laguna Beach // Bride’s Dress: Carolina Herrera // Videographer: Robert Michael Films // Cake: Fantasy Frostings // Hair: Sheila Raye Stone // Makeup: Thierry Pourtoy Makeup // Reception Band: The Lowdown | West Coast Music // Lighting: Images by Lighting // Rentals: Signature Party Rentals / Archive Rentals

 

Alison and John’s St. Patrick’s day wedding is a perfect example of how to have a classy—not kitschy—holiday wedding. Once Alison picked her floral dress, she and her event planner sister ran with a floral, garden party theme for the event at Daniel Island Club. The floral Jenny Yoo bridesmaids dresses, patterned linens, bouquets and arrangements by Suzanne’s Floral Studio delicate flowers on the cake, and the white iron lounge furniture played up the garden vibes. Since the wedding fell on St. Patrick’s day, they subtly included green ties with the groomsmen, green beer, Irish coffee and green sendoff bubbles. Alison and John certainly had the “luck of the Irish” for their wedding day…despite rain showers all morning, the rain stopped just in time for their first look and Wild Cotton Photography was on hand to capture all the sun-filled beauty that ensued.

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

From the Bride: Shortly after we got engaged and before I even started looking at dresses, my mother in law, Betty Lou told me she heard the bridal shop in town, The White Room in Lebanon Tennessee, was having a sample sale the upcoming weekend. She suggested we go but thought it would be a good idea to get a lay of the land beforehand so made an appointment for us the Tuesday before the sale. As we walked in the front lobby my dress was on a mannequin and was the very first dress we saw that day! Betty Lou actually convinced me to try it on and there was no question after that. And to top it off The White Room gave me the sample sale price that day!

 

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

A truly personal part of the entire wedding process was the fact that my sister, Erin, was the event coordinator. It could not have been more fun to have our nightly chats about how the wedding plans were coming along. Our mother passed away twelve years ago so I feel like planning this wedding with my sister we almost planned it with our mother in spirit as well. We honored my mother with a picture pendant on my bouquet and honored my husband’s family and grandmother by wearing her mink shawl later that night. It was important to us to remember all of our family and friends and celebrate our love with everyone, even if they could not be there.

 

What was the most memorable part of the day?

It is hard to choose just one part of the day but John and I both really love the time we had together just after the ceremony. We signed the marriage license and then had about ten minutes alone in the bridal suite before getting introduced. I have never felt so happy. Any and all pressure was gone, we were married and ahead was just a fun night with our family and friends. Plus we had a whole platter of appetizers to ourselves!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in Chapel Hill, North Carolina when we both moved there to attend a residency in general dentistry. As co-residents we quickly fell for each other and as the residency neared an end we decided to make the move back to John’s hometown in Lebanon, Tennessee. We bought a home that we love with our miniature dachshund, Lola and started a life there. In March of 2016, John expressed an interest in getting away for a weekend trip and we came up with Gatlinburg and hiking in the Smoky Mountains. We went hiking early that next Saturday morning when we reached a peak and John took a detour to an even higher spot. I followed to see the view and turned around to find him on his knees! I truly thought I may fall off that mountain! Super glad I didn’t obviously but it was such a perfect moment because it was just us and beautiful.

Photography: Wild Cotton Photography // Event Design/Planning: Erin Dudley at Daniel Island Club // Florals: Suzanne’s Floral Studio // Paper Goods: Minted // Venue: Daniel Island Club // Dress: Pronovias from The White Room // Hair and Makeup: Lashes and Lace // Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids // Groomsmen: Mens Wearhouse // Cake: Daniel Island Club // Rentals: Snyder // Linens: BBJ Linen // Band: Midnight City // Harpist: Lisa McKeachie // Lighting: A/V Connections // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Jessica and Kelsey met online, both traveled to Seattle for their first date where dinner turned into four days and the rest is history! Just over a year later the lovebirds were engaged and enlisted Aranza Grant of White Event Studio to plan and design their wedding at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse. Recognizing that their big day could be the only opportunity they might ever have to bring together all their loved ones, the couple worked with their vendors to craft a wedding that was centered around their guests, reflecting everything they love about each other and the wonderful city that they were asking everyone to visit. Garden florals by Thorn and Thistle are stunning in peachy, dusty hues. Wax seal details and calligraphy by Plume Calligraphy are timeless. An outdoor ceremony showcased the best of the orchard venue, while tented reception was both romantic and relaxed with a subtle French undertone. We’re loving all the gorgeous details on Jessica and Kelsey’s big day captured so beautifully in these images by Kelly Brown.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Jessica: With family and friends scattered all over the world, one of the things that we felt very acutely was not only that this would be a rare chance to spend time with our loved ones, but also that it might be the only time that all of these incredibly important people were able to come together. With this in mind, we worked with our vendors to craft a wedding that was centered around our guests, and reflected everything that we love about each other and this wonderful city that we were asking all of them to visit. We brought our bridesmaids to the Empress to get ready with us, in an effort to share one of our favorite local landmarks, and our ceremony was held at the farm where we had one of our first dates. Our officiant created an intimate, emotional ceremony that had our guests reading letters, issuing vows of their own, and holding hands. Our caterer worked with us for over a year to pull together a menu that featured local, seasonal, sustainable food, such as Fanny Bay oysters and cedar plank salmon, as well as dishes that were special to us, like a replication of the whiskey sauced steak that Jess cooked for Kelsey on an early date, and individual tiramisu. A local jazz band provided the music for our ceremony and reception, as well as a nod to my absent great grandfather. Our photographer helped us to schedule our photos in a way that allowed us to maximize our time with our guests, and our wedding planner kindly arranged for us to share a loveseat at our reception, so that we could hold hands under the table while talking to friends and family.

Tell us about the gown/suit and how/where you found them?

Jessica: When I was in college, my winter and summer breaks consisted of evenings spent with my mother, whipping up batches of brie fondue, sipping sparkling wine, and watching TLC wedding programming – high quality “girl time”. It was during one such evening that a Claire Pettibone dress was featured, and I fell in love. The vintage-inspired lace was elegant, refined, and timeless, the detailed back was architectural and dramatic, and the silhouette was both feminine and modest. My mother watched as I pinned nearly every Claire Pettibone dress on that “secret wedding” board that we all have, and when the time came to shop for my dress, she reminded me to make sure that I found a shop that carried her designs.

The Dress Theory was our first stop, and my dress (Eden, from the Couture collection, inspired by Gothic cathedral stained glass), was the second dress that I tried on. Everything about it felt perfect, from the hint of blue from the underlay, to the beautifully framed keyhole style back, to the “champagne” floral vine embroidery that shimmered alternating silver and gold in the light. I loved the lace so much that I asked The Dress Theory to order a little more, to make sleeves for me, and their seamstress did a lovely job with them.

Kelsey: The suit is from Indochino, a Vancouver company that makes made-to-measure suits. I appreciated the custom details on the inside lapel and embroidery on the shirt cuffs. Final tailoring was done in Victoria by The Russian Tailor. Of all the elements that were pulled together, I was most excited about the shoes. It is nearly impossible to find quality masculine shoes in small sizes, and I spent months searching before finding Tomboy Toes. I ended up with the perfect size 35 oxfords, and the local men’s store was able to source a matching belt and tie. My favorite elements were touches that Jess gifted the day we got married – vintage Tiffany cufflinks, and a cologne just for our wedding.

What were some touches added to make the wedding more personal.

Jessica: Everything about the day, from the food to the music, and even our flowers (one rose was a cultivar of a variety my parents had at their own wedding), was exceptionally personal. However, the ceremony really set the tone for the entire experience. Barb was wonderful, sharing snippets of things we had told her, like the fact that I had kept a list of 29 traits a potential partner would be required to have, and our mutual disdain for bananas. She even made room in the ceremony for my grandma to read a letter of blessing and advice from my great grandpa, whose marriage to my great grandmother was the model I had sought to emulate. Finally, our officiant also asked our immediate and then extended family to take vows in support of our marriage, and before we knew it, everyone was holding hands and had surrounded us. That was an incredibly powerful, spine-tingling moment.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Jessica: I have three very sharp, very happy memories:

I woke up to a letter that Kelsey had slipped under my door the night before, detailing her excitement about the day ahead. She couldn’t have known, but I had arranged for her sister to deliver a gift while we were all getting ready – her “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”. Included in her gift were a bottle of cologne I knew she liked, my ugly doll from college, a journal that chronicled the last 100 days of our engagement, and some vintage Tiffany cufflinks for her to wear during the ceremony. I couldn’t be there to watch her open her gift, but the photos of her smiling are the next best thing, and all that I had wanted.

We had agreed to do a first look before heading up to the farm, and our photographer arranged for us to do so on the rooftop chef’s garden at the Empress. We hadn’t even known that garden existed, and it was the most perfect hidden Eden in the middle of the city, secluded but boasting an impressive view of Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour. Having a couple of moments to ourselves, and being able to soak in that this was it, this was us, and we were actually getting married was so important. By the time our ceremony rolled around, I was so emotional that I don’t even remember hearing our jazz band playing – I had to ask Kelsey about it afterwards! I would highly recommend a first look, both for the privacy and for the chance to be together before everything really starts to happen.

And lastly, Kelsey tried to kiss me when my dad brought me up the aisle – I had to tell her “not yet!” By the time our officiant told us to kiss, she was REALLY ready for it, and she dipped me in her enthusiasm.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Jessica: The events leading up to and during our first date would be the perfect set up for a romantic comedy. I had been having a very bitter evening at home, and was curled up with my computer, my roommate Christina, and a bottle of wine. I read OK Cupid profiles out loud to Chris, criticizing them the way someone who has had a bad day and three glasses of Syrah might, but I stopped short when I saw Kelsey’s. It was verbose, and littered with words I hadn’t usually seen outside a GRE exam guide. I found myself giggling at some of the things she had written, and perusing her photos more than a couple of times. With Chris teasing me gently, I sent a message. I didn’t think anything would come of it – and if it did, I reassured myself, she was far away (in Victoria, BC, while I lived in Seattle). The distance would keep us from developing anything too serious.

Much to my surprise, Kelsey responded. Two weeks later, we were meeting up for what was supposed to be “just dinner” at a tequila bar in Seattle…but dinner took three hours, and involved more talking than eating. Then we found ourselves singing karaoke at a gay bar, and staying the night…for three days. That distance that I had foolishly thought would keep us apart didn’t even give us pause – and we’ve been commuting internationally to see each other ever since.

Kelsey proposed a little over a year later, while we were exploring Hatley Castle and the nearby trails. A few weeks later, I proposed on my own, with a watch. The morning after my proposal, we awoke to marriage equality, and Justice Kennedy’s words: “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.  It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves.  Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.”

Photographer: Kelly Brown // Wedding Planner, furniture, and decor: Aranza Grant of White Event Studio // Flowers: Thorn and Thistle // Calligraphy: Plume Calligraphy // Venue: Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse // “Getting ready” location: The Empress // Dress designer: Claire Pettibone // Dress shop: The Dress Theory (Seattle) // Suit: Indochino // Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo // Caterer: Toque Catering // Macarons: Bon Macaron // Cake: Ruth and Dean // Officiant: Barbara Densmore // Band: Mildly Wild // Rings: James Allen // Handfasting ribbons: Silk and Willow // Hair: Katie Maclean and Lauren Dejong from Copper and Ash Collective // Makeup: Melanie Baird // Cufflinks: Tiffany // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box