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Maggie and Lars went against the grain and spent the morning of their wedding together at their bed and breakfast venue Sunset Cove, enjoying the lakefront views, enjoying pancakes and bacon and sharing letters penned for one another. It helped ease the nerves and kick off the lovely celebration filled with gorgeous bridal florals by Parsonage Events, elegant stationery by Carleigh Courey Design, and a beautiful white tent reception decked out in greenery-covered cafe lights. Jenna Nicole Photo was on hand to capture all the details and we know you’ll be totally inspired by her fine art photographs of Maggie and Lars’ big day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Part of what made our wedding day special and unique to us was spending the morning of our wedding together. Our wedding was held at a bed and breakfast, and as breakfast is one of our favorite meals to eat together we decided to spend the night there after our rehearsal dinner so we could enjoy that meal together on our wedding day. This made for a super relaxed morning filled with lots of pancakes, coffee, fresh fruit and bacon! We were able to spend those morning hours together sharing letters we wrote for each other, looking out at the lake, and enjoying mugs of coffee out on the porch. It definitely calmed our nerves to be able to spend that morning together and I wouldn’t have done it any other way!

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

I found my gown at Atlas Bridal in Toledo, Ohio. At the time, my mother-in-law was living in Shanghai (China) and it was really important to me to include her in finding my wedding dress. Since I knew we only had one day to really go dress shopping we headed to a bridal shop that was recommended to me by a friend who had recently gotten married. I had my mom, younger sister and mother-in-law with me and we all agreed that this dress looked like the perfect one for an outdoor August wedding.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We had so many personal touches on our wedding day thanks to our wonderful family members! One unique touch was that Lars wore mismatched cufflinks with his suit – one was my great grandfather’s and the other was his great grandfather’s. It was really special to have both family lines represented. We decided to skip spending money on a DJ and had my brother (a sound engineering student at University of Michigan) run our Spotify playlists for us with the help of a couple of friends when he had to walk down the aisle. My dad choreographed a fun dance for him and I to Bill Wither’s ‘Lovely Day’, and practicing dancing with him in our garage and at the hospital he works in are some of my favorite wedding-prep memories. In addition, both of our moms were total rock stars. My mother-in-law previously worked as a pastry chef downtown Ann Arbor and made all of our wonderful desserts for us. She’s so talented and did an entire dessert table for us (along with homemade marshmallows and graham crackers to have at the bonfire down by the lake!). I was floored with how everything turned out and everyone raved about the cake – seeing the dessert table for the first time when we went to go cut our cake was so special knowing how much time and love she put into it. My mom also put her heart into making our wedding day a dream come true. She is such a great organizer and helped plan our wedding while I spent our engagement year in Nashville for my grad school program. She was so great about emailing vendors and keeping track of all the details – she did such a wonderful job and really made our wedding day turn out perfect.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was reading our vows to each other. We decided to write our own and I’m so glad that we did. We hadn’t shared them before the ceremony and tears were shed in the ceremony! We also helped write our ceremony and our officiant did a great job of keeping the ceremony focused on the themes that are most meaningful to us and our relationship – having a base of true friendship, growing together, and always putting love and time into the marriage.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Lars and I took a trip to Europe together after graduating from undergrad. We were staying in Germany (Lars was born in Germany) and visiting his aunt and cousins. One of the days we decided to take a day trip to Luxembourg. We were walking around the gardens together and when I turned around he was on one knee! We had been dating for 7 years and had talked about marriage, so the proposal wasn’t a total surprise, but I still cried on the spot. One of the best parts was being able to spend those first 6 or so hours engaged as just the two of us, as we were waiting until it was a reasonable time in both the US and China to call each of our families with the news.

Photography: Jenna Nicole Photo // Flowers: Parsonage Events // Stationery: Carleigh Courey Design // Venue: Sunset Cove Bed & Breakfast // Dress: Atlas Bridal // Suit: Suit Supply // Engagement Ring: Brilliant Earth // Wedding Bands: Consider the Wldflwrs // Tent set up/lighting/wooden tables: Parsonage Events // Catering: Katherine’s Catering // Suit: Suit Supply

 

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You guys are going to love Lizzy and Andy’s wedding from designer and planner Shelly Fortune Event Design. It’s a  perfect blend of all the pretty things—a classic cathedral ceremony, scenic portraits on location in Louisville, feminine florals by Forage & Fleur, a white tent reception on the groom’s family farm and tablescapes with that relaxed elegance we can’t seem to get enough of. The Lizzy’s Inbal Dror gown is smashing and Andy is dapper in his white dinner jacket and together they exude joy and romance at every turn in these images by Nina & Wes Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was so special to both us to have the wedding reception on Andy’s family farm, at the same place he proposed. I’m from Buffalo, NY and we had been to several weddings recently there (including my sisters!) so it was fun to have a unique location for our wedding. His paternal grandfather, and maternal grandmother who are both 97 were able to attend, having them there meant the world to us.

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

I found the gown in Toronto, where my sister lives. I had looked all over London & New York and didn’t find anything I loved. I’m from Buffalo which is two hours from Toronto – my mom, sister, and even my dad were all there when I found it – a true family affair!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

I loved the copper mugs we had made as party favors for everyone.  They had the fleur de lis engraved on them (representative of Louisville & one of my mom’s favorite symbols). My mom also purchased straw fans from Etsy that were given out on the wedding day in case it was a hot day. They’re great looking fans and I still see them hanging in family and friend houses. My mom was battling cancer while I was planning the wedding so she wasn’t able to be involved as much as she had hoped, however it was these few touches she did help with that I will never forget.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The speeches given at the reception were incredible. Our maid of honor, best man, my father, and husband all gave hilarious and touching speeches that I will never forget (even though I’d like to forget my husband publicly thanking John Calipari for leading Kentucky to the 2012 NCAA Basketball National Championship). Our ceremony was also very memorable. The deacon was a long time friend of my husband’s family, we really enjoyed getting to know him better through our pre-cana work, he made the ceremony feel very personal & special.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in New York City at one of our favorite bars, we had both lived there for a few years and wondered how we hadn’t crossed paths before as we frequented a lot of the same places. My husband had just moved to London, but that didn’t stop us from seeing each other at least two times a month. A year after we met, I moved to London, a year later he proposed while we were home for the holidays. Afterwards, we were able to celebrate with both of our families, which was so special.

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Photographer: Nina & Wes Photography // Designer/Planner: Shelly Fortune Event Design // Florals: Forage & Fleur // Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of the Assumption (Louisville) // Reception Venue: Groom’s Family Farm // Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental // Photobooth: Magbooth // Cinematography: Lynnesy Catron // Beauty: Hali B & Co. & Sloan Winters // Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic // Guest Favors: Copper Mug Co. // Catering: Wilshire Pantry // Rentals: All Occasions Event Rental // Transportation: Royal Transportation of Louisville / Miller Transportation // Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Hog Operation Bluegrass Band // Reception Entertainment: The Time of Your Life Band // Hotel: The Seelbach

 

Jessica and Justin’s elegant DC wedding is filled with classic detail, historic architecture and a muted palette that works beautifully against the views of our capital city. The event took place at DAR Constitution Hall with an outdoor ceremony and a ballroom reception filled with florals by Wild Green Yonder. The couple decided to go against the grain with a pre-ceremony cocktail hour and jazz band to get the vibes going and it was so well received, they even extended it an extra half-hour! We love all the elegant details and it’s all captured beautifully on film by Audra Wrisley.

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

While visiting New York City for my birthday, I decided to book a few appointments to try on dresses with my mom, my future mother-in-law, and a few friends. I found the gown at the second place we went to, called Wedding Atelier. The gown was designed by Christos Yiannakou, who actually happened to be there! It was an off the shoulder long sleeve corded lace bridal gown.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Calligraphy is one of my mom’s hobbies, so she was able to design the invitation, the menu, and the placecards. She also addressed all of the envelopes! My husband’s cousin makes artisanal lip balm, so we also included two varieties of her lip balm, with custom labels, as wedding favors for all of our guests.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Well, I think the most memorable part for both of us was the first dance. We had worked with a choreographer and had been practicing the dance for months, but it was still pretty intense to have everyone watching. While I don’t think anyone would mistake us for professionals, we ended up hitting every step. The whole process of learning the choreography, practicing and then finally doing the dance together in front of all of our family and friends was really special. It was also a huge relief when it was over!

What made the wedding special and unique? 

One thing that was unique is that we had the cocktail hour before the ceremony. We wanted people to relax and not feel rushed. People were skeptical and it took a little extra coordination, but it ended up working out really well. We had a great jazz band led by local musician Mark Meadows and everyone really seemed to have a great time, so much so that we ended up extending it for another half-hour!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in college during our senior year at Syracuse University. The house we lived in had two apartments; my friends and I lived upstairs and Justin and his friends lived downstairs. We started hanging out and found out that we had a lot in common and had a lot of fun together, and our relationship evolved from there. We dated for seven years before getting engaged! We had talked about the engagement and picked out the ring together so the engagement wasn’t a big surprise, but we had a nice evening in and celebrated with a special bottle of champagne.

Photographer: Audra Wrisley // Coordination: Meg Pearson Events // Florals: Wild Green Yonder (Lori Tran) // Stationery Designer: Bride’s Mother // Getting Ready Venue: The Willard Intercontinental DC // Ceremony & Reception Venue: DAR Constitution Hall // Dress: Christos // Shoes: Lanvin // Hair & Make Up: Lori Nansi // Catering & Rentals: Occasions Caterers

 // DJ: DJ DMAC & Assoc // Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab

 

Alysa and Tyler celebrated their nuptials on a sunny day at Lowndes Grove Plantation. Planned by Pure Luxe Bride, the couple wed under a floral and wood arch designed by Petaloso with the gorgeous marsh as their backdrop, then dined under cafe lights and candles with their guests. Personal touches like the bride’s antique bracelet belonging to her great-grandmother and  the restored WWII getaway Jeep from the groom’s father make the event extra special and you can check out all the lovely details in these images by Catherine Ann Photography.
What were some touches to make the wedding unique and personal?
From Catherine Ann: Alysa always wears a bracelet that belonged to her great-great-grandmother. It’s engraved with her great-great-grandmother’s name and the year 1870! I was so excited to photograph this bracelet that is such a huge part of her family history.

Their getaway car, a WWII era army Jeep, was also a very special piece of family history. Tyler grew up in Papua New Guinea which is where Tyler’s dad salvaged the jeep from the jungle. He restored it when Tyler was a kid so we got to recreate a photo with Tyler, his brother, and his dad based on a photo they took when Tyler was younger!

Tell us how you met and became engaged!
Alysa & Tyler met when they both worked at a corporate real estate office in downtown Charlotte NC. On Alysa’s first day on the job, they hadn’t set up a desk or space for her yet so they had her sit at Tyler’s as he was in California on vacation. She sat there for a whole week, wondering who this guy was with his mini Master’s putter and Ghandi quote. After the week, the finally met in person and she thought he was really cute!
They were in Charleston for Alysa’s birthday weekend. They’d gone out on her actual birthday so she figured the night after would be laid back. Midday Tyler told her they had dinner reservations downtown. When she was starting to get ready, he asked her to go on a golf cart ride to some of their favorite spots in Mt. Pleasant. When Tyler took Alysa to the last stop, he got down on one knee. He had a photographer hiding who captured it and the moments after. Afterwards, he had a car pick them up and take them downtown where both of their families were waiting as an added surprise.
 

Photographer:  Catherine Ann Photography // Event Planner: Pure Luxe Bride // Floral Designer: Petaloso // Reception Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation // Dress Designer: Watters & Watters // Bridal Boutique J Majors in Charlotte NC // Makeup Artist: Canary Rock Salon // DJ: Darby Events // Musicians: Palmetto Strings // Caterer: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group // Cinema and Video: Siegel Films // Equipment Rentals: Snyder Events

 

Becky and Chris’s wedding at Big Spring Farm was what Kathryn Ivy Photography called “one of the most sentimental, detail driven, beautiful weddings” she’s ever been a part of. It also happens to be beautiful. Bare trees and rustic-barn vibes set the tone of the day planned by A Little Party Events and cozy, on-trend details like the retro food truck by The Cozy Caravan Club, donut wall by Blue Ridge Bagels and copper accents filled with florals University Florist added personalization to the event. To fully appreciate all the lovely moments of the day, we have the gorgeous images from  Kathryn Ivy Photography.

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form the photographer: Chris and Becky met at college (JMU) and they became friends – but nothing more. Becky was going through the life change of losing her dad and Chris became such a great support for her. He patiently pursued her for over a year before they finally had their first date. They dated for 2 years when Chris decided to ask Becky to marry him. He proposed to her on top of Skyline Drive, in the rain, surrounded by both of their closest friends.

Becky and Chris were surrounded by those same friends, plus a lot more, on their wedding day at Big Spring Farm. Becky was absolutely stunning in her Hayley Paige Londyn wedding gown. Her bridesmaids wore a variety of blush, cream, and gold dresses. Their bouquets by University Florist of Lexington were full of white roses and greenery. Becky & her sister Amanda had special ribbon made with their family quote printed, “Just think, all this and heaven too.” The bouquets were wrapped in white and blush silk ribbon and Becky’s had a locket with pictures of her and her daddy. Becky carried his handkerchief with her all day to catch the tears of joy (and there were a lot of those!)

The couple shared a first look where they read their personal, intimate vows to one another. At the ceremony, Amanda, Becky’s sister, played a recording of the prayer their daddy said at her wedding just weeks before he passed. Everyone was in tears, including me behind my camera. That was one of the most special moments I have ever witnessed at a wedding ceremony.

At the reception, drinks were served by the Cozy Caravan Club (the cutest thing in the world!!). In lieu of a father/daughter dance, Becky had her daddy’s friends play one of his favorite bluegrass songs while everyone danced in his honor. And her girlfriends sang an a cappella love song for them. They sounded like angels! This was one of the most sentimental, detail driven, beautiful weddings I have ever been a part of and I am so honored to have photographed it.

Photographer:  Kathryn Ivy Photography // Event Planner: A Little Party Events // Floral Designer: University Florist // Event Venue: Big Spring Farm // // Dress Designer: Hayley Paige // Bakery: Blue Ridge Bagels // Hair Stylist: BooBoo Shears // DJ: Music of the Times // Caterer: The Cozy Caravan Club