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Hannah and Sam’s vision for their wedding day was clear—”dinner in a vineyard with all of their friends and family in the summer.” And, that’s exactly what they had but with the gorg-factor amped up quite a bit. Sea Cider orchard added a beautiful backdrop to a day filled with stunning late-summer florals by Verbena Floral Design. Dusty lavender-hued roses , blush dinner plate dahlias and deep eggplant foliage fill the bouquets, ceremony arrangements and vintage-inspired low-centerpieces that take centerstage in the family-style reception in the orchard. Photographer Kelly Brown, was on had to capture the lovely Canadian couple and all the moments of their sun-streaked big day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We had a pretty clear vision of what we wanted for our wedding – dinner in a vineyard with all of our friends and family in the summer. We found the perfect venue not too far out from the city and so many people that meant a lot to us were able to make it out. Our favorite moment was sitting in the vineyard listening to Van Morrison with a cocktail laughing with our friends and family.

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

I was really lucky with my dress! I planned a shopping day in Victoria with my girlfriends, my mom, my birth mom who visited from out of town and my mother in law. At the second store, White Peony, on our day I found the dress of my dreams – it was pretty memorable because I tried it on once and decided I’d try it on again without telling anyone. Everyone (including myself!) was surprised that the “one with the feathers” was the one! I loved it though and hope to turn it into a cocktail dress one day!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We had pictures from our childhood and our families in frames all around the cider house that meant a lot to us. As well, we had every guest at the wedding sign a big parchment that had a commitment to our marriage and our community. My husband wore his late grandfather’s watch and our rings were in my late grandparents’ silver wedding box from their wedding.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Probably dancing – my husband and I love to dance and we had so much fun with our friends and family. I am adopted and one of our favorite moments was watching birth family, adoptive family and my husband’s family all out on the dance floor together!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We had been dating for two years or so, and on our anniversary we always go down to Willows Beach in Victoria for a picnic. Sam had a box with a rock in it and a little poem he had typed on our typewriter. It spoke about how penguins place a rock on their partners feet to promise their commitment. I definitely looked confused at the rock in the box! Then Sam pulled out a ring box and we both cried/laughed and celebrated on the beach. The beach is really close to our house now and we love to go back to walk our dog and remember that special moment.

// Photographer: Kelly Brown // Florals + Design: Verbena Floral Design // Stationery: Beebeebisous // Venue: Sea Cider // Dress: The White Peony // Food: The London Chef // Rentals: White Event Studio // Furniture Rentals: Bash Specialty // Hair + Makeup: Heartwood and Co. // Suit: J Crew // Officiant: Amanda Tarling

 

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Brittany, a California girl, makeup artist and all-around glamazon and her fiance Travis, a country singer/songwriter from Georgia weren’t interested in the standard wedding traditions. They preferred a casual, down-home feel with a touch of glam and elegance and to make it all happen they hired the planning and deign gurus at RO & Co. Events. The team transformed San Ysidro Ranch with color palette of warm neutrals with pops of deep and moody oxblood and rich purple tones and glammed up the dinner space with beautiful antique silver flatware, vintage glassware and sophisticated floral arrangements by Moon Canyon Design. The merging of contrasting styles is totally inspiring and we’re so lucky that Max & Friends Photography was on hand to capture all the details for us.

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What made you wedding day unique?

Travis: A rocking bluegrass band, a non-minister minister, and hay bales.

Brittany: We did a love lock only 3 months into dating and it was always a really special thing for us. We used vintage locks for the escort cards. The music was really cool. Travis put together a bluegrass band with world class players / friends. It was really unique and fit our vibe as a couple perfectly. Also, we had a cow. A plastic life sized cow. My family is in dairy and I grew up on a dairy farm so it felt like a really fun / quirky cool thing to have rather than a typical photo booth backdrop.

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

I tried on probably 25 dresses on several different occasions and had no idea what I really wanted. All of the ladies in my family were coming to L.A. to do a big dress shopping trip and I was starting to get worried that I was never going to have my magic dress moment. The day before everyone arrived I decided to pop into Les Habitudes just to have a quick peek with my mom. I saw a stunning white gown on a mannequin that they happened to have in a blush tone! It had all of the elements that I liked – beading, illusion neckline, not strapless, magic!! The next day I pretended to try on dresses at one or two appointments before I spilled the beans that my wedding dress and already been found! It was made by a Spanish designer, YolanCris.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

The couple’s special song title “Maybe It Will”  (a song that Travis wrote for Brittany)  made an appearance a few times, first on the beanbag game for the guests at cocktail hour and later at dinner where we stamped muslin bags that carried a thumb drive with a digital book of the couple’s favorite recipes and a collection of Travis’s songs. He assembled a group of his talented musician friends to form a bluegrass band to play throughout the evening of celebration. To add a personal touch, Brittany’s talented sister hand calligraphed some of the event day signage and the beautiful name tags that we added to the wedding party’s bouquets and boutonnieres.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Travis: My favorite memory was dancing with my mother. It was the first time I’d ever seen her dance. Better late than never I guess. Also EVERYTHING else.

Brittany: There’s too many to choose one. Stealing away for 15 minutes of alone time before the ceremony was definitely one of the best moments. We could really sit down and soak up the excitement of the day before it started rolling.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Travis: It was a dark night. A dark and hopeful night. A friend and I wandered into a downtown Nashville bar after a long day’s work. My friend noticed a table of beautiful girls celebrating a birthday. He desperately wanted to “Hello Ladies” them.  So I wing-manned. I was so good at being nice to Brittany’s other friend (rule #1 in hello ladiesing) that Brittany almost immediately gave her number…to him.

Nine months later I got a friend request from what I was certain was a questionable website. People that beautiful don’t just naturally occur in the wild. Turns out it was in fact Brittany. I messaged her and she assured me that we had met in real life. So…confirm! Two months after that, I worked up the nerve to go back to Nashville and ask her to coffee. From that day to this, my heart has not been my own.

Brittany: We got engaged a little over 2 1/2 years of dating. Travis took me on a quick getaway to Big Sur with the idea of proposing at sunset with a beautiful view of the ocean. It ended up raining nearly the whole trip which killed that plan! We went out for a quick hike when the rain stopped. He started taking a selfie video and saying all of these really sweet things then pulled out the ring. I was stunned and of course said yes! I’m so happy that he recorded the proposal to have that memory and to share it with our friends and family. We got married on the fourth anniversary of the day we met.

Brittany & Travis lock it up from travis howard on Vimeo.

This version of John Mayer’s “Wildflower” that appears in the video was performed by the bride and groom!

Event Design and Planning: RO & Co. Events // Photography: Max & Friends Photography // Florals: Moon Canyon Design // Stationery and Signage: Prim & Pixie // Venue: San Ysidro Ranch // Dessert: Vanilla Bake Shop // Furniture Rentals: Circa Vintage Rentals // Tabletop Rentals: borrowed BLU // Linens: La Tavola Linens // Videography: SharkPig // Photobooth: Insta Party Box // Bluegrass Band: Erik Kertes, David Steele, Jimmy Stewart, & Brian Simpson // Hair: Alexandra Ellis / Carissa Mestaz // Makeup: Angela Rae Beauty / Joanna Wood / Michelle Sfarzo // Transportation: Gold Coast Limousines // Officiant: Friend of the bride and groom, Tate // Wedding Gown: YolanCris / Les Habitudes // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bride’s Accessories/Jewelry // Vintage Diamond Earrings & Diamond Cuff: Family // Groom’s Attire: John Varvatos / Pants / Jacket Ted Baker // Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell for Nordstrom // Hay Bales: Ventura Hay Company // Cow: Dapper Cadaver

 

Tori is from Saint Louis and Jeremy hails from Minneapolis, but Texas is where their love story began after meeting in college. The couple settled in Saint Louis after graduating and Top of the Rock at Table Rock Lake, a place in the Ozarks where the couple spends much of their time, was a natural choice for their nuptials. The couple followed their romantic ceremony with a rustic reception at The Stables at Integrity Hills. A pared-down palette of neutrals feels fresh and simple, white florals are elegant and compliment the natural textures of the venue. Tori and Jeremy enlisted The Rowlands to capture all the romance and details of their day and we’re excited to share all the images with you today.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

The location – Table Rock Lake. Jeremy and I met in Texas when we were attending college. I’m from St. Louis, he is from Minneapolis and we both lived abroad in college. So a big portion of our dating life was spent navigating long distance. When the time came to pick a location, we really wanted somewhere that felt special to both of us. We spent a lot of time at Table Rock Lake throughout college and it felt like the perfect place to start our marriage.

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

A couple weeks after getting engaged I went to Simply Elegant Bridal, a boutique in downtown St. Louis, with my older sister and mom. I had never tried on wedding dresses before and didn’t really know where to begin. All I knew was I wanted something timeless and romantic. I ultimately chose an ivory crepe gown with a boat neckline and cap sleeves. My favorite part of the dress is the deep-v back and chapel train.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The whole day was incredible. We felt so blessed by all the family and friends who traveled to Table Rock Lake and celebrated with us. Something that made our ceremony very special was that my dad, a pastor in St. Louis, married us. But the most intimate moment of our wedding was when everyone came forward and prayed over us. Jeremy and I were quite literally surrounded by community. It was the one moment throughout our wedding day where I felt like time slowed down.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Jeremy and I both attended Baylor University in Waco, TX. One of Baylor’s special traditions is their welcome week where students come into town a few days before classes start. It’s a week full of events and parties. It was during welcome week, freshman year, where Jeremy and I met. After that first meeting we started hanging out together and eventually became best friends. By the end of freshman year we were dating and the rest is history.

After graduation we both ended up landing in St. Louis. One of our favorite things to do together is to go on adventures and take photos. That Saturday we spent the afternoon downtown photographing the graffiti walls that face the Mississippi River. Afterwards we went to dinner at our favorite place, Olio, and ended the night in Forest Park. The St. Louis Art Museum has a beautiful view overlooking the park. That night we sat on a bench drinking coffee and trying to stay warm under our blanket. Jeremy began to reminisce about all the memories we had shared together in this park, next thing I knew he was down on one knee. On March 5, 2016, he proposed to me with the most beautiful engagement ring that he had designed around a family heirloom diamond. Afterwards we called our parents and spent the evening drinking champagne and celebrating with our family.

Photography and Videography: The Rowlands // Florals: DIY // Ceremony Venue: Top of the Rock // Reception Venue: The Stables at Integrity Hills // Wedding Dress: Simply Elegant Bridal // Groom’s Tux: The Black Tux // Bridal Shoes: Nina // Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal // Groomsmen Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse // Wedding Cake: Pastries by Carla // Grooms Cake: Solvang Bakery // Catering: Big Cedar Lodge

 

The stunning views, canopies of trees, and surrounding gardens of Beltane Ranch were the perfect fit for Karla and Peter’s romantic wedding weekend in wine country. The couple hired A Savvy Event to plan their day and execute all the personalized details like the guests’ garden walk, with placards narrating the couple’s love story leading them to the ceremony site. Florals by Loop Event Arts are a highlight of the ceremony and reception and a relaxed farm-to-table menu was perfect for the reception under the expansive old, oak trees. Check out all the details and sweet moments of the day in these images by Larissa Cleveland Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We created a special “garden walk” for when guests arrived for the wedding. Before reaching the ceremony site, guests received refreshments then proceeded down a winding path through a beautiful garden. Throughout the garden, we’d placed signs that told the story of our love. How we met, what we love about each other, happy memories we have, trips we’ve taken together, etc. It set the stage and mood for them to arrive at our ceremony site.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

One of my favorite memories from my wedding day was actually the morning yoga session with friends. It really set the tone of the splendid, and relaxed day ahead.

After the ceremony Peter and I took 15 minutes of alone time. It was such a special and intimate moment. We couldn’t stop calling each other “husband!” and “ wife!” From up on the second floor of the Ranch House, it also allowed us to look down from the balcony at ours guests enjoying cocktail hour and cherish the moment – really take it all in!

Beltane Ranch Wedding: Karla and Peter from Dax Victorino Films on Vimeo.

Photographer: Larissa Cleveland Photography // Planner: A Savvy Event // Florals: Loop Event Arts // Stationery: Aerialist Press // Venue: Beltane Ranch // Gown: Vera Wang // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August // Video: Dax Victorino Films // Catering: Park Avenue Catering // Rentals: La Tavola / Bright Event Rentals // Music: Boutique DJ’s

 

Camille and Dennis were married at Megunticook Golf Club in Rockport, Maine and the day is absolutely STUNNING. The elegant couple (think modern-day John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Jeanne Bessette-Kennedy) filled their day with dear family and friends, a lovely rustic outdoor ceremony and tented reception and beautiful wild blooms by One and Supp and Ragged Mt Flowers. Their favorite moment? When they looked up the hill and saw all their loved ones under the twinkly lights and realized they were married and all was as it should be. We couldn’t love this one more and are so glad that mega-talented Emily Delamater Photography was on hand to capture all the beautiful moments.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

One of my sisters had an insanely gorgeous August wedding the summer before at the same club, so Dennis and I had actually put a lot of thought into trying to make sure we didn’t take their ideas! We thought a lot about trying to make our wedding a reflection of us, just as theirs was perfectly theirs. After all that (as cheesy as it sounds), it was the people there to celebrate with us that really made our day feel unique. It was the most incredibly special feeling to look around and see so many important people from all different parts of our lives in the same place to watch us say “I do”!

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

I went looking in Boston with my mom and one of my best friends. The first gown at the first boutique we stopped at was the dress to beat all day long. Our very last stop was Ceremony Boston where Alexandra Grecco was having a trunk show that day. The first dress of hers that I tried on I did not want to take off. I loved that it felt simple and modern but also elegant and timeless. Choosing that dress was one of the easiest decisions of the whole wedding!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Despite our idea of an “effortlessly elegant” event, there was a lot of teamwork involved in making the wedding look and feel like we envisioned. Knowing that a lot of our friends and family had helped with making and hanging decorations, arranging flowers, and cooking blueberry jam (thanks, mom!) gave the celebration the feel that it was made with a lot of love!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Besides the burrata and cake? There was a moment during cocktail hour when Dennis and I were away from the party, taking pictures. We both looked up the hill and saw everyone under the twinkly lights. We heard laughter and the saxophone and clinking glasses, and it was this wonderful moment of realization that we were married and that it all was happening just as we had been dreaming and planning for so long!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

I don’t know how I didn’t notice Dennis pull a ring box out of his pocket to put in the bin at airport security, but lucky for both of us, he was able to keep the whole proposal a surprise until the lovely moment in St Barth. We were down in the Caribbean for a sailing regatta, and after dinner on our first night there we decided to take a beach walk before turning in for the night. I was completely surprised when he popped the question, and so excited to say yes! It was pitch black when he got down on one knee, so it was a very pleasant surprise to see my sparkly ring in the sun the next morning!

Photography: Emily Delamater Photography // Flowers (bouquets and ceremony urns) : One and Supp // Loose Blooms: Ragged Mt Flowers // Paper Goods: ByBrydon and the Bride // Venue: Megunticook Golf Club, Rockport Maine // Bride’s Dress: Alexandra Grecco from Ceremony Boston // Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom: JCrew // Makeup: Beauty Mark Salon // Hair: Green with Envy // Catering: Trillium