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As soon as she saw it, Becky knew she wanted to have her wedding at  Historic Cedarwood in Nashville. This all-inclusive venue, a GLW Collective Member, is truly magical in every picture-perfect detail from the rustic vintage barn, acres of rolling green spaces, and team of incredibly talented designers to help complete the inspiration for the most discerning of brides. Becky in her dreamy lace gown with its champagne underlay from Essence of Australia surely turned the heads of all. The collaborative design of this team came together beautifully, including the stationery by Designs in Paper, the gorgeous blooms by Cedarwood, and Julie Paisley who effortlessly captured every stunning moment.

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I have wanted to have my wedding at Cedarwood as long as I’ve know about it – almost 5 years ago. To be able to have my wedding there was a dream come true and truly special. The venue was intimate, elegant, country, and organic which encompassed everything that I had envisioned. One of the most unique things about that day was that everyone in the wedding party has known each other for 8+ years. We have dated for over 8 years so it was fun to have everyone anxiously awaiting this day almost as much as we were!

My gown was Essence of Australia. It was a beautiful, soft, all-lace gown that had a champagne-colored underlay with a deep V in the back and scalloped bordering along the train. I had imagined myself wearing a dress like this the entire time but happened to find another dress initially that I was happy with only for a short time. I ended up revisiting LVD, a designer off the rack bridal boutique, because I knew I would find my dress there. LVD has a boho, non-traditional, effortless, romantic style that I was interested in. I wanted something non-traditional and felt like “me”. The soft lace and different color underlay drew me in! When I put on the dress, I knew it was the one and couldn’t wait to show Alex. He ended up loving it and that’s all that I could ask for!

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

I wore my mother’s garter from my parents’ wedding. We made a guest book full of pictures of us two over the last 8 years together. Alex and I wrote each other letters/vows to each other and read them privately. Our beloved dog, Brock, was our ring bearer.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?It poured all day up until we had our first look and we got the chance to take pictures outside while the rain let up. That was such a blessing since the only thing I cared about was having pictures outside. Having a first look with Alex was precious so we could have a few moments together during the busy day. The ceremony was amazing; having both of our dads being involved with his dad marrying us. We had the most fun that day with all of the people that we loved and we couldn’t ask for anything better.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Freshman year of college, my best friend and I were invited to go to a friend’s house for a party. I met Alex that night at the party and I could not stop laughing. He is such a witty person and of course I thought he was hot! We had an immediate attraction and were inseparable all night. We were beer pong partners and played each other in Wii bowling and I kicked his butt! After that night, I could not stop thinking about him. We started talking and shortly after started dating and the rest is history!

My parents came in town one weekend in the spring and Alex, his parents, and me took them to the Pollock family farm to show them the house we fixed up and to hang out on the farm. We took my parents down to the creek to show them around and started skipping rocks. My parents decided to head back up the house and Alex and I stayed for a minute. We started kissing and then he got down on one knee and asked me to be his forever. It was more perfect than I could’ve imagined; being with family at the farm was intimate, personal, and everything to me.

Venue, Planning, Floral & Design: Historic Cedarwood & Cedarwood Weddings // Photographer: Julie Paisley // Paper Goods: Designs in Paper // Cake: Patty Cakes // Bridal Store: LVD // Bridal Designer: Essence of Australia // Hair & Makeup: One10 Beauty // Rentals: Liberty Party Rental // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

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Melissa and Evan’s wedding at Triunfo Creek Vineyard and Ranch House, a sprawling property in Malibu, CA, abundant with rolling green lawns and mature oak and sycamore trees, was destined to be amazing by the venue alone. But when you add a beautiful bride and groom, multiple adorable flower girls, elegant white and pink florals by Unique Floral Designs, over-the-top gorgeous are the only words that are adequate to describe. The creative genius behind the design and planning is our own GLW Collective Member Callista & Company and we think you’ll agree they knocked it out of the park. The perfect day was captured in these stunning photos by JennaBeth Photography. Enjoy!

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Summary from Callista and Company:

Melissa and Evan are a quintessential Californian couple with classic taste and the most genuine love for one another. Their guest book was one of my favorites, drawing inspiration from the vineyard setting and using an assortment of wine bottles labeled with milestone anniversaries. On each anniversary, Melissa and Evan will break open a bottle to reveal the notes inside.

Not many things could steal your attention from the gorgeous bride and groom, but Melissa and Evan’s seven adorable flower girls definitely managed to share in the spotlight on the wedding day. I truly felt part of their large and loving family when planning the wedding, and my gratitude to JennaBeth Photography for capturing it all so beautifully!

Design & Planning: Callista & Company // Photography: JennaBeth Photography // Floral Design: Unique Floral Designs // Stationery:  Franny Bee Designs // Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards // Dress:  Mon Amie Bridal Salon // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Cake: Doan’s Bakery // Catering: Command Performance // Hair & Make Up: Shannon-Ashlea Joyce (Bride’s Hair) / Natalie Darling (Bride’s Make Up) / Delia Smith /Corinne Viruet // Music: Vox DJs // Rentals: A Rental Connection // Videography: Burkart Studios // Bartending: Liquid Catering

 

Leah and Alex wanted to create an entire weekend experience for the guests at their wedding at Hidden Pond in Maine, and many of them stayed in cabins alongside the couple. Watershed Floral paired white florals with eucalyptus and other greenery to create classically simple elegance in the bouquets and tablescapes. Grey Collective Member SHE Luxe Weddings and Design coordinated all the lovely details, and Rachel Buckley Weddings was on hand to capture every perfect element of Leah and Alex’s New England celebration.

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This early spring, a picture perfect wedding was held at one of Maine’s hidden gems, suitably named, Hidden Pond. Leah and Alex designed their day around amazing locally sourced food, cool cocktails, and natural greenery and their surroundings. They chose to create a long weekend experience for their closest family and friends with many guests staying right at the resort in fully appointed cabins alongside the couple. Leah opted for classic simplicity when choosing her all white and green floral bouquet and her romantic BHLDN gown. The ladies and gents added that right pop of color for the day adorning themselves in various shades of blue.

As with many intimate style gatherings, incredible food takes precedence and Earth at Hidden Pond’s farm to fork menu items did not disappoint. Guests were seated at long farm-style tables, and family style plates were passed while guests watched the sunset through their gently lit clear frame tent. Each table paid homage to all the travel adventures Leah and Alex had been on together, including Tanzania where Alex proposed while Leah was getting her PhD. As the night unfolded guests gathered in the whitewashed barn to dance under the lights and hanging eucalyptus.

The evening was a success ending with a huge dance party and a s’mores “to-go” bag to continue the celebration at the outdoor fire pit. At the end of the night, they could both agree that the most important thing to them on their wedding day was planning an intimate affair, being surrounded by their closest friends and family and planning a celebration that was very personal to who they are.

Photography: Rachel Buckley Weddings // Wedding Planner: SHE Luxe Weddings and Design // Florist: Watershed Floral // Venue: Hidden Pond // Hair: Aphrodite Salon // Makeup: Beauty Couture // Dress: BHLDN // Catering: Earth at Hidden Pond // Music: Speechless // Tent: Exeter Events // Rentals: Maine Prop House // Men’s Fashion: Men’s Wearhouse

 

Rebekah’s wish was to have her wedding at a private estate, and her planner was able to secure a gorgeous venue in Bonny Doon, CA. She and Adam were working full-time jobs so they gave Naseem with Naseem Events full artistic freedom to create their dream wedding. They did, however, have a pretty tight budget (13k), but together with the other incredibly gifted vendors they achieved exactly that. Bonny Doon Garden Co. designed the loosely flowing greenery of the tablescapes, the bride’s sweet bouquet of anemones, and the pop of color on the arch which brought a simple but elegant vibe to this lovely wedding. And Amanda.Az was there to photograph all the special moments of Rebekah and Adam’s big day!

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From Naseem at Naseem Events: Planning Rebekah and Adam’s wedding will forever stand out to me as one of the most special moments of my career so far. Rebekah hired me back in November 2016 to plan her wedding, taking place in June 2017. Rebekah and Adam both work full time jobs and had no desire for the nitty-gritty planning, so they brought me on as both their planner and creative director for all the design elements of their wedding. This is obviously a planner’s dream!

Rebekah’s only desire was to have the wedding at a particular private residence she loved in Santa Cruz. After a lot of digging and persistence, I was able to secure her dream venue at a private estate in Bonny Doon. And boy am I glad it did. It turned out as beautiful as ever. The venue was swimming in gorgeous detail from the minute you step onto the property.

Some highlights of the venue that really gave it a unique and personal touch included a taxidermy-clad “man-cave” for the groom and groomsmen to get ready, along with a gorgeous pool surrounded by a wood-fire oven for a truly Palm Springs-esque cocktail hour.

Teresa from Bonny Doon Garden Co. took care of all the florals and created a stunning bouquet of anemones for Rebekah. I had a vision for a romantic arch backdrop and she made my dreams come alive with her romantic drapery and floral work on the arch we got.

One of the hard tasks for me as a planner was to remain cognizant of Rebekah and Adam’s budget. This was quite the challenge as you come to learn that nice weddings are never inexpensive. I was beaming when I showed them our final budget checklist, coming in right at their mark.  My hope is for all new brides who see this stunning wedding is that they can remain hopeful in knowing that you don’t have to break the bank for the wedding of your dreams. Hiring a planner who has connections is key — and knowing where to spend and what to splurge on, vs. what to forego.

We opted for a buffet dinner for guests, but were able to splurge a bit on gorgeous chargers to adorn the tables, along with thank you tags I personally designed, attached to a greenery sprig. I wanted to include simple yet special elements to the wedding details, which included personalized honey pots and succulents for guests to take home as favors. Huge shout out to Andrea of Wilde Script for making my other vision come to life in her design of some gorgeous signage to accent the entire venue. I think one of my favorite touches were the seaglass blush escort cards!

The most memorable part of the wedding for the couple and myself personally was Rebekah’s father’s toast. They don’t get to see each other often since they live in different countries, but you could feel the love this father had for his daughter; and how happy he was to hand her off to Adam to protect her in their future. All of us vendors were holding back tears during this moment!

The best part of all was getting to work with my best friend, Amanda of Amanda.Az Photography to capture these dreamy photos. It was truly a magical day that ended with Rebekah and Adam dancing in the sunset, smiling from ear to ear.

Creative Direction, Planner, and Stylist: Naseem Events // Photography: Amanda.Az // Floral Design: Bonny Doon Garden Co. // Invitation/ Escort cards: Wilde Script // Venue: Private Estate in Bonny Doon, CA // Calligraphy/ Signage: Wilde Script // Wedding Dress: Watters // Makeup and Hair: Chau Nguyen // Cake: JustBakeCause // Cake Topper: alphabet canvas // Honey Favors: SouthernJamsandJelly // Groom’s Attire (Bowtie): Lam Fine Designs // Groom’s Attire: J.Crew // Catering: Barbara and Co. // Photography – Assistance: Kristin Lin // Live Music: Asher Stern // Rentals: Alexis Party Rentals

 

Lauren and Adam wanted to incorporate both romance and her Hispanic heritage into their big day, and we think they nailed it by choosing Rancho Las Lomas as their venue. Paradise Florista turned eucalyptus, ranunculus, roses and peonies into gorgeous texture everywhere, continuing the romanticism under the twinkle lights. To add some personal touches, Lauren asked her brother to officiate, and walked down the aisle to a song her late father had been practicing just before he passed away. Martina Liana designed the gorgeous gown that brought tears to Lauren’s eyes when she tried it on, sealing the deal for her. We are loving the colors, texture, and beauty of this wedding, expertly photographed by  Mallory Dawn Photography, and we think you will too.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I wanted everything to have a very romantic feel while also incorporating my Hispanic heritage. So, I hired a flamenco guitarist to play the ceremony music and cocktail hour! I think the venue itself was super unique too. Who can say they had zebras and a white tiger at their wedding?! 

  

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

I found my gown at Blush Bridal Couture in Tustin, CA. It was the third dress I tried on at my very first time gown shopping. I tried on another 7 dresses before putting mine back on. I decided to take it off and go to my other shopping appointments, but when they were unclipping me I started to cry. I never cry so that’s how I knew it was meant to be!

    

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My brother was my officiant! My husband and I aren’t very religious and we wanted our ceremony to be led by someone who knew us, so we asked my brother. Also, the recessional song I chose was the last song my dad was learning how to play on the guitar before he passed away. It was really important to me that pieces of him were displayed throughout the wedding even if I was the only one who knew about them! I think setting thank you notes at each place setting was super special too. I, unfortunately, wasn’t able to see every single guest, but sought comfort knowing they read the note that I wrote for them.

 

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The beginning of the ceremony. For Adam, it was watching me walk down the aisle and seeing me in my dress for the first time. For me, it was the sudden realization of “holy cow, I’m marrying my best friend right now”.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met through a mutual friend right as high school was ending. We didn’t actually starting talking until Thanksgiving that year and then were official 2 weeks later. Adam proposed the day he graduated from the Los Angeles Police Department Academy. After the graduation ceremony we walked, with our families, to a spot to take pictures. Adam kept looking at me and saying, “how should I pose?” I, not understanding what was happening, just told him to act normal. All the while his mom was slipping him the ring box behind his back. That’s when he grabbed me by the shoulders to face him, said, “I love you” and dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him. I was so shocked he had to ask twice!

Lauren + Adam from The Hubs Films on Vimeo.

Photography: Mallory Dawn Photography // Coordinator: All in the Detail Design // Florist: Paradise Florista // Invitations: Minted // Venue: Rancho Las Lomas // Bridal Gown: Martina Liana // Bridal Boutique: Blush Bridal Couture // Hair + Makeup: Design Visage // Cake: Rooney Girl Bakeshop // Cinematography: The Hubs Films // Flamenco Guitarist: Brandt Jacobus // Specialty Furniture: Sweet Salvage Rentals // Grooms Suit: Men’s Warehouse // Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo + Adrianna Papell // Photobooth: On the Go DJ Pro // Catering: 24 Carrots Catering // DJ + Lighting: Elevated Pulse // Gelato Cart: Mangiamo Gelato