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Caroline and Will’s wedding at Vinewood Plantation is the epitome of barn-wedding charm filled with rustic views, gathered florals and hay bale lounge sofas! Planning and coordination was by J. Elliott Events & Weddings, dahlia-centric florals created by Virtu Floral and lovely images of all the details captured by Amy Arrington Photography.

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

I knew that I wanted to wear a dress that was both natural and ethereal. I pictured a dress with sleeves that blended with the bodice and a soft tulle skirt. The ladies at Kelly’s Closet helped me find just that combination – the gown is by Ivy & Aster and combined a top and a bottom from two different dresses to fit my vision. Appliqués from the dress were used to create a matching hair piece.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We had a lot of family members participate in our ceremony, which was special for us. Caroline’s brother-in-law played classical guitar as guests arrived. Will’s aunt and cousins played strings during the ceremony, and Will’s uncle officiated the service. Rather than have traditional bridesmaids and groomsmen, we only had our siblings stand with us, and our young cousins acted as flower girls and the ring bearer. Caroline’s bouquet was held together by lace from Will’s grandmother’s wedding dress, and we were married on what would have been the birthday of Caroline’s late grandfather, who died from ALS several years earlier. We are both fairly laid back, and we wanted our wedding to reflect that. We had a fire pit with s’more ingredients and corn hole set up outside to mirror a party we might host in our own backyard. We opted for a jazz band over a DJ or dance band for a calming vibe that allowed for either dancing or just hanging out, and we served beer that Will home-brewed for the occasion out of customized pint glasses with our initials, which guests took home as wedding favors.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The part where we married each other in front of our family and closest friends.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

They met in 2013 when Will and Caroline’s sister ran together on a Ragnar, a long distance relay race. Caroline’s sister, whom she lived with at the time, had the team over for pasta dinner before the race. While at the race, Caroline’s sister invited Will over to the house to “hang out with her husband,” who had similar interests as Will, but she had an ulterior motive of setting up Will and Caroline. She proved herself an excellent matchmaker, and they started dating a couple months after initially meeting. About a year and a half later, Will asked Caroline to marry him while walking home from breakfast one morning. He proposed at a sidewalk square where they had previously carved “W+C” into wet cement.

Photography: Amy Arrington Photography // Planning & Coordination: J. Elliott Events & Weddings // Floral: Virtu Floral // Venue: Vinewood Plantation // Dress: Ivy & Aster // Dress Salon: Kelly’s Closet // Makeup/Hair: Beauty Asylum // Food: Dennis Dean Catering // Cake: Blooming Flour Bakery // Reception Music: Kayla Taylor Jazz

 

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We are LOVING pampas grass as a floral design element right now so of course we were smitten with it’s bold presence in Katherine and Matthew’s Santorini wedding celebration. The unconventional couple enlisted the help of Santorini Glam Weddings to plan their intimate beach ceremony and reception. Betty Flowers incorporated tall wheat-colored tufted pampas grass into the ceremony backdrop creating an incredibly dreamy setting that perfectly matched the nude grays and beiges of the volcanic surroundings. Eco-chic details complimented the setup and minimalism worked like a charm while Sandy and Odysseas captured all the smiles and style of this laid-back Greek wedding.

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from the bride: Like every bride and groom, we wanted our day to be a true reflection of us. We both love the beach, so for us, there was no better place to get married! We had an amazing private venue, hidden away, on the beach. It was very intimate & perfect day with our friends and family. Since we got married in Santorini, there is no better back drop than this, what else do you need?! Given this, we went for a casual event with neutral colors.

The venue was stunning with views across the water. We had limited décor given the amazing view. Given we are all about simplicity, our wedding planner created a statement piece on the beach on which we were married. It was so perfect! My bouquet had only one special requirement: portiere. The reason being it was my grandmother’s favorite flower and was a must to include on our special day.

As we traveled all the way from Australia, we were so lucky to have our friends and family in Santorini for the week! We shared so many special memories during this time. So our questions were: what can we give our guests to remember this day? We included little favor bracelets with an evil eye on each. Everyone loved them & are still wearing them!

About my wedding look – we are not your typical bride and groom! I was fortunate to find an off the rack Thurley dress – it was me to a T!! Not your standard wedding dress, however, I did go a little crazy on the shoes!! For the groom, it was all about comfort while looking good. No suits here!!

The proposal – OMG!! One of the best days of my life. We were in Dubai, and for as long as I could remember I wanted to swim with dolphins. Matt kindly organized a private swim with the dolphins at the Atlantis The Palm. An hour full of amazing experiences, I was smiling from ear to ear, a great experience. At the end of our session, I was asked if I would like to teach the dolphin a trick. YES! YES! YES! I was so excited, me? Teach the dolphin a trick – omg!! I was handed a round ring, with a weight/canister on the bottom of it, and told to throw it out & Black (the dolphin) would bring it back. Not too far, not too close, it needs to be just right. So much pressure! I throw the ring – a success!! The dolphin places the ring around its neck & successfully brings it back in. Woohoo!! I took the ring off, and the trainer says, “Black (the dolphin) has a special gift for you, open the weight/canister on the ring.” I thought it would be a fish (to reward black) or a key ring. So I tried to open the weight/canister. I couldn’t; I kept trying and trying and then all of a sudden I managed to open it!! WHAT? A complete surprise, a beautiful diamond ring, I had no idea! But my day wasn’t over just yet, the surprises kept coming. Matt had organized a wonderful dinner at Nobu & covered our hotel room in roses. He is the best, I’m so lucky!

We decided to take our photos before the wedding so we could enjoy every minute with our friends & family. So the most anticipated / special moment was our first look. We were so excited to see each other for the first time in our outfits. His smile said it all.

Everyone said, “take it all in, your day goes so quickly”. It does!! Hang on to it & enjoy it. Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you’re planning a wedding in Santorini, I would highly recommend everyone who made our day so special.

Photographer: Sandy and Odysseas // Wedding Planner: Santorini Glam Weddings // Flowers: Betty Flowers // Wedding Dress: Thurley // Bridal Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Jewelry and Wedding Rings: Cara Jewelers // Groom suit: George and King // Catering: Spicy Bites

 

Bride Coline attributes the uniqueness of her wedding day to Matthieu as stemming from “the marriage of two families from two very different cultures.” She’s from Guadeloupe, a French island in the Caribbean. He’s from Corsica, a French island in the Mediterranean and the couple’s intimate island nuptials are totally fitting. Coline wears a stunning two piece gown by Rime Arodaky and a chapel on the hills of Murato provides a breathtaking ceremony location. A relaxed, organic reception features florals by L’Orchidée Bastia and a traditional French cake by Maison Salge.  Magdalena Kernan was behind the lens capturing all the beautiful moments (including rehearsal portraits and the morning after beach brunch) and we guarantee you’ll be plotting your next world adventure after viewing them!

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What made your wedding special and unique?

What made our wedding unique was the marriage of two families from two very different cultures; that, mixed with all of our travels from different parts of the world. Whether it be through the food, decorations, cocktails or music we brought to our wedding a piece of our respective cultures and of each of our travels.

 

Also, we wanted to stick to our traditional cultures but also include our family in our wedding preparation and ceremony. Matthieu’s dad sang the traditional Corsican songs during our ceremony, and that was one of the most touching moments for us.

 

Apart from that, my favorite part of the wedding would have to be the brunch because it was a really fun day with zero stress. And I was able to really spend time with friends and family I hadn’t seen in a long time.

How did you meet?

We met on my home-island, Guadeloupe, while I was back for holidays and Matthieu was doing an internship. We were at a beach party, I had some friends from France over and Matthieu was with his colleagues. Guadeloupe is such a small island that I had already noticed their group because I didn’t know who they were and Matthieu was wearing his glasses, with sunglass clipons flipped on his forehead! A party was taking place the next weekend on another island and my friends and I were looking for a ride (on a boat). They came over and talked to us and invited us on their boat for the next weekend and that’s how it all started.

Photographer/Videographer: Magdalena Kernan // Wedding Planner/Stylist: the Couple // Flowers: L’Orchidée Bastia // Paper Goods: the Couple // Venue & Catering: Ferme Auberge Campo di Monte, Murato, Haute-Corse, France // Dress: Caplan and Pennington Separates by Rime Arodaky // Hair and Makeup: YK Coiffeur Créateur // Cake: Maison Salge // Shoes: Custom by Alix de la Forest // Earrings: So Hélo // Hair Accessory: DavieandChiyo // Ring box: LovelyPenelopeParis // Suit and Shirt: custom made suit by Maison Faubourg Saint Sulpice // Bow tie: J Crew // Groom’s Shoes: Bobbies // Rings: Gemmyo / Paulette à Bicylette // Groomsmen Suits: The Kooples // Papel Picado Decoration: Papel Picado ARTEMEX // Table Numbers: Funky Laser Ltd

 

Anh and Jeff have a special relationship with France—they became engaged at Versailles—and the decision to invite their dearest family and friends to share in the celebration of their wedding in France was a natural one. The event was planned by Label Emotion Provence  and held at Château de Tourreau which the couple rented out for a full week for family and friends to enjoy the French countryside. Florals are by Canopea Design, Anh wears a stunning Berta gown and the day and it’s stunning backdrop was captured beautifully by Gert Huygaerts.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was special because I studied abroad in Paris and we got engaged in Versailles so I have a lot of happy memories in France. We knew we wanted to do a destination wedding so it made sense to do it there and add another special memory! Most of our guests had never been to Europe so we wanted to do something special for them too. We rented out the Chateau de Tourreau for about a week so that our closest friends and family could relax and enjoy what the french countryside had to offer. Being able to celebrate our special day in a country that we love and sharing it with the ones we love is what made it special and unique.

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

I knew I wanted something unique and intricate but with a simple silhouette and Berta was the perfect designer for that! The gown is from the Fall 2016 Berta Bridal Collection. I found this designer through a bridal dress blog on Instagram. Unfortunately, the only store in New York that carried Berta did not have this style but after having tried on her other designs, I knew the fit would be on point. That was the biggest purchase I had ever made sight unseen but it worked out perfectly!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Our entire wedding team made the wedding personal for us. We were able have our two dogs walk down the aisle with us so that very special!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The entire day was memorable! We hired a harpist and violinist who played everything from beautiful classical music to Sublime and Queen! Honestly, everything happened so fast that we may have forgotten a thing or two but just having our friends and family there (including our two dogs) in a beautiful chateau was more than we could ever have asked for.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met on a dating website when I first moved to New York. For our first date, we met for drinks at a bar that turned out to be a disaster in the most adorable and endearing way; he was sweating profusely and I had a bad case of the hiccups! I had a girlfriend call me during the date in case things didn’t go well but despite everything, I liked him. So we got in a cab to meet my friends but was then told that it was a girls night out so he had to find another cab home alone. We became engaged during a trip to France where we drove around the beautiful countryside after enjoying an entire day at Versailles. The day was perfect for the weather so we skipped the line and went biking around the park behind the chateau. After a long ride and finding a quiet place to rest, he proposed and I said yes.

Photography: Gert Huygaerts // Planning and Design: Label Emotion Provence // Florals: Canopea Design // Venue: Château de Tourreau // Gown: Berta // Makeup: Smahane Maquilleuse // Traiteur: Helen Traiteur // Video: Groovy Baby // Officiant: Peter Madan Weddings // DJ:  DJ MS-Evenement // Band: Botticelli’s // Rentals: Options // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Placeholders: Nice Plume

 

Justyna and Jason, both avid travelers, settled on the quaint Tuscan town of Cortona for their wedding. The event celebrates their love and the best of the location including vineyard views at Villa Baroncino, a ceremony in a stunning  900-year-old church and foraged greenery and olive branch installations by Passion Flower at the reception. The personalized details are what you’d expect of a wedding planner’s own nuptials (yep—Justyna’s a planner with Ines and Marie ) and her friend Amanda Dumouchelle  was on hand to captured it all!

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

There are few places in the world more special and unique to be married than Italy! Justyna and Jason chose the quaint Tuscan town of Cortona, near Lake Trasimeno and nestled between Tuscany and Umbria. Though Italy may sound like an unusual destination, it makes sense when you look at how they’ve lived their lives. Jason born in the United States, Justyna born in Poland, both living in countries such as Ecuador and England, both avid travelers, and with friends and family coming from as far away as China and Australia. Italy just seemed like the most romantic venue for these two lovebirds. Justyna and Jason’s wedding was made even more special considering that they, along with their closest friends and family, spent an entire week together at the same winery and estate; laughing, drinking, singing, eating amazing food, and traveling the Italian countryside together. This made their wedding feel like a week-long celebration of love and family!

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

The dress is the Garbo by Amy Kuschel. Justyna found it at The Gown Shop in Ann Arbor!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Literally every single detail of their wedding had a personal touch to it. Being a professional wedding planner, Justyna had a hand in almost every aspect of the wedding aesthetic, with the guest experience being a primary focus. To add to the personal touches, Justyna and Jason chose to bring their photographer and friend (Amanda Dumouchelle) and their florist (Susan McCleary) all the way from the US, knowing that they each would be able capture the vision they had for their special day. Susan from Passion Flower sourced the flowers for the wedding locally in Italy, and even foraged most of the incredible greenery from the grounds of estate where the reception took place. To add to the personal touch, Justyna herself even handcrafted all of the paper goods that adorned the reception space. To help tie his roots back to Michigan, Jason had his custom tuxedo made by a Detroit-based bespoke clothier, with his and Justyna’s initials stitched under the breast pocket, and cuff links bearing his Alma Mater that were presents from his soon-to-be brother and sister-in-law. These touches all helped their wedding feel more like a personal expression of their love for one another!

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

Jason and Justyna had a difficult time deciding on one part of their day that was most memorable, as for them it was one long, continuous happy memory. From their first look, which reduced them both to tears of happiness, to the ride up the mountainside to the small 900 year old church in Cortona, their ever so slightly intoxicated but funny and wonderful Roman-Catholic priest from India, to the tearful and heartfelt speeches by their bridal party, the day was amazing from start to finish. That being said, they both agree that perhaps the most memorable part of the day was after the reception, as they sat around the pool with their friends and loved ones, drinking wine and singing songs and laughing until the wee hours of the morning…and just soaking in the splendor that was their wedding day! That moment will live on in their hearts for a lifetime.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Jason and Justyna were born 4,500 miles apart, and spent most of their lives traversing the globe and living in other countries. And yet, their unique paths led them back to Michigan, where they spent much of their childhoods. When their paths finally crossed, it was as if they had known each other their entire lives. They were introduced by one of Justyna’s friends, whom she spent time in England with and also moved back to Michigan around the same time. Justyna’s friend Jacki began working at a company where Jason worked, and immediately thought that Jason would be perfect for Justyna. So, using her cunning matchmaking skills, Jacki secretly arranged for Jason and Justyna to meet, and the rest is history!

Jason had originally planned on proposing to Justyna during a trip to Costa Rica, but Mother Nature had other plans and spoiled his helicopter ride to a hidden lake atop an extinct volcano. Having already informed Justyna’s family prior to the trip of his intentions, they all waited anxiously and not so subtly for the good news, which had to wait for the next perfect moment. A couple weeks later, back home in Michigan, Jason took Justyna to a very special conservatory on Detroit’s Belle Isle (a place his beloved grandmother would take him as a child) and amidst a sea of wild flowers and trees from around the globe he asked her to marry him, on their one year dating anniversary!

Knowing how much Justyna cherished the time she lived in England, as well as her being a hopeless romantic, an “old soul”, and lover of British culture, Jason saw it only fitting that her engagement ring come from a jeweler in London which specializes in antique jewelry. Her antique ring was made in the 1930’s, and belonged to a man who had it made for love of his life yet for circumstances unknown was never able to give it to. His dream now lives on in the love that Justyna and Jason have for each other.

Photo: Amanda Dumouchelle // Designers/Planners: Ines and Marie // Floral Designer: Susan Mcleary, Passion Flower // Paper: Paper and Honey // Venue: Villa Baroncino // Wedding Dress: The Gown Shop // Dress Designer: Amy Kuschel // Flower Farm: Puscina Flowers // Hair: Meraki Room Chicago // Groom Attire: 1701 Bespoke // Linens: La Tavola Linen