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Jillian had this to say about her wedding to Tim at The Cleveland Museum of Art,”It was a place that I always went to as a little girl and being able to marry the man of my dreams there was inexplicably unique and special.” It was also exceptionally gorgeous! Planning, design and coordination was by Kirkbrides, with voluminous florals and greens by HeatherLily, stationery by Blue Envelope Boutique and cake by Luna Bakery. Jillian’s Monique Lhuillier could not have been more fitting for both the bride, and the event, but it’s her gigantic smile that’s the winning feature. Lauren Gabrielle‘s images perfectly capture the joyous day and we’re thrilled to share them!

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What made the wedding special and unique?  

Our wedding day was phenomenal – filled with so much joy and love. Being able to have our wedding at the Museum was a dream come true. Celebrating in a place that hosts some of the world’s most treasured pieces of art felt surreal. It was a place that I always went to as a little girl and being able to marry the man of my dreams there was inexplicably unique and special. For our guests, we wanted them to feel transported, like they were somewhere completely outside of Cleveland.

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

My gown! One of the great loves of my life! I had seen a very beautiful bride wear the gown with a tulle skirt overlay. I was in love with how ornate the beading was, but without too much glitter or sparkle. I hunted it down and identified it as the Gwyneth by Monique Lhuillier. We went to the boutique in New York City and tried on about 5 different gowns, the Gwyneth being the first. All of them were stunning, but nothing seemed to compare to the first one. I really and truly believe it was meant to be. I wanted a dress that was timeless and whimsical, but still modern and showed some curves (I knew my husband would appreciate that as well). I couldn’t have been more thrilled with how it came out. It was a dream.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?  

Tim and I wanted everyone to be connected during the ceremony (our Cantor kindly asked for everyone to put away their cell phones, nothing irritates me more!) and let loose during the reception. We knew from the start that we wanted black tie (the venue almost demands that given its imposing nature), but we wanted the opposite of a stuffy, formal affair. We brought in an amazing vendor to string the dance floor with bistro lights to create a truly romantic ambiance as the sun went down; outside, but inside was a common mantra. Plus, it was a perfect alternative to a stark dance floor. Instead of flowers during the cocktail hour our florist created huge, gorgeous urns of olive branches and eucalyptus to create a more modern, Tuscan feel. Those were centered on the charcuterie and cheese displays. I also brought in vintage compotes in a deep amber color and requested the Museum recreate our favorite bar nuts from a whisky and rye bar where we live in Washington, D.C. These were the centerpieces on the cocktail tables, a little something different than bud vases.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The ceremony, 100%. I will never forget the smell and sounds during our ceremony. I’m a firm believer in signs and serendipitous moments. While Tim was reading his vows he recited a poem by George Gershwin: “Birds love and bees love and whispering trees love/And that’s what we both should do”. A honey bee came into the Chuppah at the exact same moment that Tim said that line. Since a Chuppah symbolizes the four corners of our home that we will create together, I firmly believe the bee was coming to bring sweetness into our home, our marriage. I guess I’m a bit sappy like that.

Tell us how you met and became engaged. 

We met on Tinder! We went on our first date to a pizza place outside of Washington, D.C. in a quaint neighborhood called Old Town Alexandria. I ate nearly all of the pizza. I think Tim was too nervous. We fell in love about 5 months later. Tim proposed 3 years later at the same restaurant. He had a HUGE bouquet of my favorite flowers (lilies) on the same table where we sat during our first date. He got down on one knee and after regaining my composure, I realized that our parents were watching us from the steps up to the second level of the restaurant. I almost fainted…I was completely in shock, utter disbelief. It is one of the greatest days of my life to date.

Planning Design and Coordination: Kirkbrides // Photography: Lauren Gabrielle // Floral Décor: HeatherLily // Stationery: Blue Envelope Boutique // Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Cleveland Museum of Art // Bridal Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier // Hair/Makeup: Cleveland Makeup Artistry Karin Dodge // Cake: Luna Bakery // Lighting: Rock the House // Linens: L’Nique // Videography: Just Hitched Wedding Films // Band Cocktail Hour Music: TCB through Cleveland Music Group  // Transportation (guest shuttles): A1 Mr. Limo // Transportation (bridal party): LED Luxury Line

 

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Bride Sarah fell in love with Georgia’s Cumberland Island years before her engagement to Bryan, and knew it was the perfect place to invite their friends and family from around the world to celebrate their wedding. The couple hosted the weekend  at Greyfield Inn, a romantic historic property with breathtakingly beautiful grounds. Their personalized events included special details nodding to the bride’s Scottish heritage and a muted white color palette that let the beauty of the surroundings shine. Amy Arrington was on hand to capture it all and we’re excited to share the lovely images with you today!

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

The picturesque, protected Cumberland Island provided the most amazing environment for our wedding, I fell in love with the island the first time I stepped foot on it to go camping years back.  The wild horses, untouched beaches, and no one else around for miles made it the perfect place to share with the people most important to us. The atmosphere of Cumberland Island and Greyfield Inn feels like a step backwards in time, isolated from life’s usual distractions. It was a weekend to focus on being together with our favorite people from all over the globe. The Greyfield Inn, built by the Carnegie family in 1900 and converted to an inn in 1962, hosted our guests in addition to our rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception. We had the entire inn to ourselves, and the charm and romance of Greyfield paired with the hospitality of the staff was unforgettable. Chef Whitney Otawka and beverage director Christopher Becerra worked with us to create amazing tasting experiences all weekend long. The whole experience had so many personal touches, we couldn’t have been happier with how the whole weekend went.

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

I had no preconceptions when it came to wedding dresses; I had not dreamed of a specific wedding dress so I went into wedding dress shopping with an open mind. Not being the biggest shopping fan I was a little overwhelmed by the choices at first. However, I do love to dress up and love classic lines and a touch of vintage. I tried a number of classic ballgowns on and they looked beautiful but they didn’t seem in fitting with the outside wedding we had planned. I headed to Bridals by Lori in Atlanta as they have such a wide selection and pulled tons of gowns with nothing seeming to be quite right. Then I described our wedding setting and one of the assistants went to grab a couple more dresses. Once I put on the dress I knew it was the perfect one for the day and venue. The beautiful embroidered pattern running down the skirt reminded me of the Spanish moss hanging from the trees on Cumberland Island. I remember Skyping my mum back in the UK to tell her I had found the dress and tearing up a little.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

The rehearsal dinner menu had a British twist through out (I moved from Scotland to the USA in 2009), we had posh fish and chips and then sticky toffee pudding for dessert. We were able to customize all the food and wine selections, and our favorite cocktails were handcrafted for our guests. The ceremony was performed by a dear friend of the groom and we worked with him to plan the entire ceremony and wrote our own vows. The weekend definitely felt like it was designed for us. It was great that we had the entire Inn to ourselves and our wedding party. There were so many small wedding details too that were personal from my family’s tartan on my dad’s tie to the horseshoe that I carried for good luck – a tradition from back in the UK.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

It’s almost impossible to narrow down; we had a whole weekend of memories with the most incredible people, some we hadn’t seen in years. Almost all of our guests were from out of state or out of the country – we were honored to have so many guests make the journey to Cumberland Island. But the most memorable part of the weekend has to be standing in front of all of our family and friends watching the love of my life starring right back with a big grin promising to spend the rest of his life with me.

Tell us how you met and became engaged?

Both of us had been encouraged by friends to try this new dating app that neither of us had heard of, but I think everyone has heard of Tinder by now! But when our friends introduced us to the app it hadn’t been out that long and everyone was just learning how entertaining it was to swipe left or right. Bryan was a day trader and I was a research scientist and I can’t imagine how our lives would have crossed path without this app. When we went on our first date he was certainly more interesting and animated than any other guy I’d met.

With our engagement I think Bryan had a challenge trying to catch me off guard, I’m not great with surprises. He knew I was maybe on to him and we had a trip coming up to Rome which I thought was an obvious choice. So he caught me off guard one night as I returned home from work. I hadn’t a clue what he had planned, all I knew was he kept calling to see why I was running so late that day. When I opened the door I saw rose petals leading throughout the house and I just stopped everything to register what was happening. As I walked in I saw photos strung through the house, chronologically displaying so many fantastic moments of our times together, then balloons, more petals and roses, and at the end my boyfriend all dressed up and smiling from ear to ear!

Photographer: Amy Arrington // Flowers: Island Flowers and Garden // Stationery: Minted // Venue: Greyfield Inn // Hair and Make-up: Kristen Waiting, Helmet Atlanta // Dress Designer: Eve of Milady / Bridals by Lori // Bridemaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Bella Bridemaids // Cake: Tamatha Cain Choux Cake Studio // Groom: Ralph Lauren Purple Label Saks Fifth Avenue // Music: Music by Pegge, Pegge Ealum // Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Vintage Setting: I. Switt Fine Antique Silver & Jewelry Philadelphia PA

 

Julianna and Darren’s English wedding was set against a backdrop of bucolic meadow on the grounds of Coworth Park, a romantic Berkshire hotel and resort. Planner and stylist The Bijou Bride, assisted the lovely couple in creating a day filled with sunshine, joy and a visual spectacle of wildflower floral arrangements by Blue Sky Flowers. Personalized details include the clever table names like “Deuce & Advantage”—a nod to the groom’s professional tennis career—and custom cocktails like “Pete’s Punch” and “Horny Goat” after their pets. Classic stationery was by EG Lettering with cake and desserts by Gaya’s Cakes, and lucky for us, Roberta Facchini Photography was on hand to capture all the delightful details in these bright and cheery images.

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Photography: Roberta Facchini Photography // Planner & Stylist: The Bijou Bride // Florals: Blue Sky Flowers // Stationery & Invitations: EG Lettering // Venue: Coworth Park // Bride’s Gown: Rue De Seine // Hair: Victoria Ralph // Make Up: Tori Harris // Cake & Choux buns: Gaya’s Cakes // Tableware & Furniture: Couvert // String Trio: Chiswell Strings // DJ: That Event DJ // Pianist: Johnny Allegue

 

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

 

Jessica and Jay wed in the morning, overlooking a rugged Texas canyon. Their ceremony was simple, serenaded by an acoustic guitar while birds flew overhead. Following the ceremony—and a very scenic portrait session—the couple and their family retired to their airplane hanger where a stunning reception was underway! Jessica and Jay had renovated a metal hangar into a beautiful home which designer and florist Parie Designs transformed into a lush, modern garden party! We love the topiary backdrop, dripping greens and romantic touches like stationery by Etcetera Amarillo  and three-tiered marble cake by Scratch Made Bakery. Lucky for us, JoAnna Robertson Photography was on hand to capture it all in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I feel like the ease of the day and the loved shared between everyone made it so special.

Tell us about the gown and where you found it!

A and Be Bridal Shop in Dallas!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

I loved our floral wall with our names, and having it as a backdrop for our guests to have their photos taken was really fun. I also loved having all the kids at the ceremony – such a special time.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The most memorable part of the day was between the ceremony and the party – all of our friends and family gathered in our home for food and fun, spending time together – the calm before the (very fun) storm! Also, exchanging vows with my best friend in such a breathtaking place – priceless!!!!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

I don’t feel like the way we met was too glamorous – just work! We traveled to Maui, Hawaii for Christmas 2017 and he proposed on Christmas Eve there!

 

 

Photographer: JoAnna Robertson Photography // Wedding Designer and Floral Design: Parie Designs // Videography: 4500 Productions with Mel Davis // Stationery: Etcetera Amarillo // Wedding Dress: A and Be Bridal Shop // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Hair and Makeup: Sonia Gallegos from Salon Lola Paige // Catering: Two Knives Catering // Bakery: Scratch Made Bakery // Jewelry: Graham Brothers Jewelers // Band: Royal Dukes // Bar Service: Amarillo Parties and Events with Lyn Anderson