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Sylvia and Rufus’s scenic British Columbia wedding took place at Sea to Sky Gondola on a platform in the mountains with epic scenic views of the ocean below. Planning a decor was by WeDo Weddings Etc. with pastel florals by Balconi Floral Design Studio. The look was a mixture of graphic and rustic with bits of romance and we love the way Beige Weddings  captured it all in these dreamy photographs.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Definitely the magical location! The mountain + ocean view is just simply breathtaking, not to mention having the opportunity to say our wedding vows with that backdrop behind us! We also got super lucky with the weather, our province of British Columbia was suffering from forest fire but we got lucky with a heavy rainfall right before our wedding day; it’s like the universe got us the best wedding gift ever!

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

You know how sometimes there are things in life that you encounter over and over again, but you never pay attention to it at all, until that day you finally notice it and it gives you the best surprise? That’s basically how I found my wedding gown! It’s a bridal store that I’ve driven by SO many times, and finally, I decided to go in one day, and that’s how I found my dream dress.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My husband is in love with snowboarding, and we have both been so in love with nature. So being able to host our wedding on top of the mountain here on the west coast is absolutely a dream come true!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Instead of walking “down the aisle”, I walked across the suspension bridge for my entrance, the bridge offers a backdrop that falls away thousands of feet below and it was absolutely spectacular. Also, my husband cried FIVE TIMES on our wedding day, his surprise speech was the most heart-felt speech ever that surprised everyone!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met when we were doing our undergrads at the University of British Columbia. We got engaged on the peak of Cypress Mountain.

Sea to Sky Gondola Wedding | Sylvia and Rufus from Beige Weddings on Vimeo.

Photo + Video: Beige Weddings // Planning + Decor: WeDo Weddings Etc. // Floral Design: Balconi Floral Design Studio // Stationery: Rintzy Lee Designs // Venue: Sea to Sky Gondola // Bride’s Gown: Pronovias // Makeup & Hair: Silvia Pro Makeup and Hair // Charter Plate: BOLD Creative // Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo

 

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Cara and Michael met while traveling to visit mutual friends. The connection was immediate and a long-distance relationship quickly ensued and a proposal soon after. The couple celebrated their love with friends an family traveling cross-country for their scenic wedding day at Peconic Bay Yacht Club. Blue letterpress designs by Ipanema Press introduced the day, romantic florals by Ava Flora dressed the event and Cappy Hotchkiss was behind the lens to capture all the details on the bright and sunny day.

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What feelings would you like to evoke with this ceremony-both to your family, friends, and, of course, each other?

We would like to embrace that we are outside on the water overlooking Shelter Island, the Peconic Bay and the gorgeous area of the North Fork surrounded by our nearest and dearest who traveled near and far to share in our wedding celebrations, from Seattle, Washington DC, Michigan, Illinois, Texas, Maryland,  Boston,  Eastern/Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Florida, Buffalo – and even locally Long Island to the North Fork for a fun and joyous occasion as we start our new beginning as husband and wife.

Please tell us in your own words how you met one another and fell in love?

How They Met: 
Cara and Michael met in the summer of 2015 in Long Beach, New York while Cara was visiting for a Delta Gamma girls weekend. While Cara, Marissa (Matron of Honor), Brooke (Bridesmaid) and Kelly (Bridesmaid) were hanging out by the pool, Marissa’s then-boyfriend, now-husband, Joey (Best Man)  and his friend “Goots” aka Michael visited, whose job it was to bring the mozzarella (mozz-balls). Michael helped Joey grill the steaks by the pool before the girls headed into the city.  
At that time, Cara was living in Chicago and Michael mentioned that he was heading to Chicago for a guy’s weekend the following month and they struck up a conversation about the famed “Windy City.”

The next month when Michael and crew arrived to their hotel they were greeted by a dozen of Chicago’s best donuts that were hand delivered earlier that morning by Cara. After the weekend was over, Michael extended his stay in Chicago and he and Cara had their first official date at RPM Steak (it was a hard decision as she had made 3 other reservations in anticipation) where they enjoyed an amazing meal filled with lots of laughs. After dinner Michael insisted on bringing a “doggy-bag” home filled with filet for Maddie. Michael instantly won Maddie’s heart, and Cara’s, too and as they say, the rest is history. 

The following months were spent with each of them flying between (a total of 18 flights between the two) New York and Chicago, where they fell in love with each other, sharing their favorite parts of their hometowns. From ballgames, the beach, boat tours, museums, amazing dinners and fun cocktails at wonderful restaurants, they enjoyed the best of both worlds discovering they make the perfect match.

The Proposal: Cara didn’t think she liked surprises, but little did she know this one would be the best one yet with the one she loved! When Cara’s birthday weekend arrived last year she thought the weekend would be nothing more than a fun Friday night dinner at Green River with her dear friend Sharon (Maid of Honor). Michael and Cara had just seen each other the weekend prior and had a trip planned the following weekend so Cara insisted on Michael to stay in New York for her birthday weekend. Little did Cara know that Michael, with Sharon’s help, had the best surprise in store for her birthday evening! Early that week, Michael sent Cara thirty-three tulips, one of her favorite flowers, for her thirty-third birthday. During the birthday dinner, a plate with a tulip on it was delivered tableside to Cara – and when Cara turned around to her surprise Michael was standing there and ready to celebrate the big birthday weekend! 

The next morning, Michael surprised Cara and Maddie with a gorgeous suite at her favorite hotel, The Langham Chicago, for a relaxing birthday staycation. Michael arranged for the suite, upon entrance, to be filled with roses, champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and the ring! To Cara’s surprise, Michael proposed right then and there in the suite, which was located above the Wabash Bridge where the two had shared their first kiss – and Cara said YES! The newly engaged couple spent the rest of the weekend celebrating and sharing the news with their friends and family! Shortly after in March 2016, Cara and Maddie bid farewell to the “Windy City” and joined Michael in the City of Long Beach, New York and the newly engaged couple began their next adventure together in the “City By The Sea.”

What was that defining moment when you realized each other was “The One?”

Michael realized Cara was the one when she and Maddie came to New York for Labor Day weekend 2015 and he was dropping her off at the airport and Cara begin tearing as they were saying goodbye before the next visit and, trying to console Cara, Mike told her “Don’t cry babe, you know I love you!”  and then quickly tried to cover it up and act like he didn’t say it and Cara didn’t hear it.

Cara realized Michael was the one when we had the most perfect afternoon walking around Chicago and we were at an outside wine bar. The sun was shining, weather was perfect and enjoying a great glass of wine, she knew she didn’t want this day or for Michael to leave but most of that Cara had met the most perfect, caring and loving guy that I wanted to spend forever with and have another 100 more perfect days together.

What do you feel makes you and your love special and the love you have for each other special? In other words, what do you like about each other AND what do each of you bring to the table that makes your relationship work?

We both have waited to find each other and we would never have found each other without our amazing friends and because of this we both completely committed to being together from the start.  We fell in love while living in separate cities and states and early on we realized we loved each other and would do whatever it would take to be together from long weekends traveling back and forth from New York and Chicago, career and city move for Cara and during all of this making more memories, falling more in love and cherishing every moment together until our next time together.

During this entire time, up to this moment and in years to go Michael has been my strength, support, patience, guiding light in both the good and the bad but most of all my home and forever love.

Cara is Michael’s true love and inspiration in life, his drive, his number 1 supporter and encouragement to excel, so thoughtful loving and caring, she completes him, she is his home.

 

What are your hopes and dreams for your future together?

That we’ll never forget how special our wedding day was surrounded by our friends and family and through all our adventures, the good and the bad and everything in-between that we’ll never forget how in love we are at this moment and that we’ll carry this love in our hearts from now until forever.

Photographer: Cappy Hotchkiss // Invites, paper stuff, signage, favor tags: Ipanema Press // Florals and Tableware: Ava Flora // Venue: Peconic Bay Yacht Club // Wedding Gown: Marchesa, Georgina Chapman // Bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutin // Groom’s Attire Shirt: Thomas Pink // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo // Groom’s cufflinks: Tiffany and Co. // Bride’s Earrings and Bridesmaids’ gift earrings and bracelets: Marchesa Jewelry // Veil and Hair Accessory: Wedding Salon of Manhasset // Hair: Metro Mode Salon // Make up: Cha Cha at Industry Makeup Studio
// Officiant: Denise Drapkin of I Wed All // Cake and homemade jam favors: Leanne’s Cakes // Caterer: Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs // Signs: Swell Anchor Studio // Guys’ Trolley: North Fork Trolley Co. // Bridesmaids’ Robes: Honeydew Intimates // Bride’s Robe and Cami: Nordstrom // Ring seashell holder and monogrammed card holder: BHLDN // DJ and musicians: Bravura Weddings // Party Rentals (chargers and table runners): Party Rental, Ltd

Natacha and Fábio were married privately in Cuba the year prior to their stunning wedding celebration in Portugal.  Their venue, Aqueduto Eventos, a one-stop-shop responsible for the stationery, cake, decoration, florals and catering; set the tone with moody lighting, and modern, textural romance. We’re loving the way the live trees look against the graphic, contemporary architecture. Gilded details add hints of glam while Natacha stuns in a Pronovias. Check out all the details of the couple’s big day in these photographs by João Almeida Fotografia.

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Natacha & Fábio | Elegant wedding in Porto from Vanessa & Ivo on Vimeo.

Video: Vanessa & Ivo // Photography: João Almeida Fotografia // Venue, Stationery, Cake, Decoration, Flowers and Catering: Aqueduto Eventos // Dress: Pronovias // Suit: Prassa // DJ: Nuno Rodrigues

 

Alice and Tom discovered La Selva Giardino del Belvedere through Instagram and booked it sight-unseen. When the couple travelled to Italy the year prior to the wedding and saw the villa venue, it was even more beautiful than they imagined. The day incorporated an elegant farmhouse vibe that perfectly compliments the Tuscan landscape including florals and a spectacular ceremony arch by Statti Fiori. We love the authentic, relaxed style of the day and beautiful images of a stunning couple celebrating their love through the lens of photographer Nastja Kovacec.

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From the bride and groom:

As Alice’s father’s family is Italian, once we were engaged in December 2016 we started the hunt for wedding venues. We knew we wanted a venue which could accommodate the bridal party and with a boho/farmhouse vibe. Tom happened to find La Selva Giardino del Belvedere on Instagram and we loved it straight away. Living in Hong Kong, we could not go to see the venue before we booked it! We went to Italy a year before our wedding and saw the venue which was even more beautiful than we thought.

From following La Selva on Instagram we also found our photographer Nastja Kovacec who had taken photos at previous weddings held at La Selva. This was the same for the florist, Statti Fiori. Francesco, whose family own La Selva, doubled up as our wedding planner. He helped us to organize a wedding website for our family and friends to book accommodations nearby and also provided us with a list of his usual suppliers. We ended up using all of Francesco’s usual suppliers (aside from hair and makeup) and he coordinated everything on the lead up to the wedding and the wedding day itself. He arranged welcome drinks at a nearby bar the evening before our wedding, and a pizza/pool party the day after. We were nervous initially planning a wedding in Italy from Hong Kong but everything went as smoothly as it could. The most stressful part of the wedding planning was getting the guests to RSVP and book their accommodation!

 

Photography: Nastja Kovacec // Florist: Statti Fiori // Invitations: Annie Clark through Minted // Venue: La Selva Giardino del Belvedere // Wedding dress: Pronovias // Hair and makeup: Tahlia Jayde // Wedding shoes: Aldo // Bridesmaids: Jumpsuits from Two Birds // Groom’s attire: Kilt from Janet Eagleton and Son, Perth Scotland. Kilt jacket and waistcoat: Yuen’s Tailor Hong Kong. Shirt and tartan trousers: Il Sarto, Hong Kong // Groom’s shoes: Marks & Spencer // Engagement and Wedding Rings: Hilary Schwartz Collection // Diamond eternity bracelet: Hilary Schwartz Collection // Sapphire and diamond earrings borrowed from bride’s mother (something borrowed and blue!), Ruby ring: family heirloom gifted by bride’s grandmother (something old!) // Catering: Organized by Wedding Venue // Music: String Quartet And DJ

 

Sylvia and Josh let The Grass Room, a neglected-industrial-property-turned-lush-hip-venue in downtown L.A., determine the overall feel of their event. The property was under construction when they put down their deposit, but they knew it was going to me the perfect spot for the couple to celebrate their marriage. They said their vows under the high greenhouse ceilings and dined at family-style tables surrounded by hand-painted wall murals. Our friends atCCL Weddings designed and planned the day, whimsical invitations were byRed Letter Day, white florals by Milieu Florals and wedding cake by Merely Sweets and Valentina Glidden was on hand to capture it all in beautiful images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I think our venue was really one-of-a-kind. We actually took a risk and reserved the date when the venue was still under construction. We knew of Marvimon and after hearing about the design plans from the designer himself, we knew we couldn’t go wrong with reserving the space. When we finally saw the finished venue, we were floored! The architecture and the design aesthetics were beautiful. Very hip and trendy. We especially loved the idea of the high ceiling greenhouse giving an outdoor vibe, allowing natural sunlight to enter. We loved that it was different.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

In regards to design, we wanted our wedding invitations to have a personal touch. Being an animal-loving vet student, I wanted to incorporate our dogs and the artwork turned out perfectly. We ended up using them for our backdrop for the reception as well.

The bar menu was also pretty reflective of us as a couple. We both enjoy a good whiskey and I’m a sucker for lavender and berries.

The ceremony was very personal for us, because Josh’s brother was the one to marry us. He was our officiant as well as one of Josh’s best men. It was so special to have a family member join us in marriage and we couldn’t have asked for anyone better.

 

What was the most memorable part of the day?

We both agree that the most memorable part of our day was during the ceremony. When we stood up there facing each other holding hands with huge smiles on our faces, it was a wonderfully pleasant and personal moment for us. We persevered through a lot of personal things leading up to the wedding and when we realized it was really happening, we just soaked it in together. That memory is still fresh in our minds.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We were babies when we met! Josh and I met 10 years ago in August 2009 during a joint church retreat. We kept in touch and gradually started dating and a long-distance relationship has always been our thing (he lived in San Diego, I was going to school in Davis). We began to share our dreams and hopes in life and we have always dreamed of traveling the world together. He knew that Greece was always number one on my list. So Josh planned a trip to “Florida” for us, sharing a detailed itinerary of our trip to throw me off. On our car ride to the airport, he handed me euros and said, “We’re actually going to Greece!” I was instantly in tears. He took me to my dream vacation and then asked me to marry him.

Photographer: Valentina Glidden // Planner and design: CCL Weddings // Florist: Milieu Florals // Paper Goods: Red Letter Day // Venue: The Grass Room // Cake: Merely Sweets // Wedding Gown: Atelier by Dawn // Bar: Bear and Stone // Catering: Hungry Bear // Valet: White Label Valet // Hair &Makeup: Jenn Wang // Rentals: La Pinata // DJ: VOX DJs Andy Rossi // Photobooth: VOX DJs Cinthya Garate // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box