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Jessica and Jay wed in the morning, overlooking a rugged Texas canyon. Their ceremony was simple, serenaded by an acoustic guitar while birds flew overhead. Following the ceremony—and a very scenic portrait session—the couple and their family retired to their airplane hanger where a stunning reception was underway! Jessica and Jay had renovated a metal hangar into a beautiful home which designer and florist Parie Designs transformed into a lush, modern garden party! We love the topiary backdrop, dripping greens and romantic touches like stationery by Etcetera Amarillo  and three-tiered marble cake by Scratch Made Bakery. Lucky for us, JoAnna Robertson Photography was on hand to capture it all in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I feel like the ease of the day and the loved shared between everyone made it so special.

Tell us about the gown and where you found it!

A and Be Bridal Shop in Dallas!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

I loved our floral wall with our names, and having it as a backdrop for our guests to have their photos taken was really fun. I also loved having all the kids at the ceremony – such a special time.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The most memorable part of the day was between the ceremony and the party – all of our friends and family gathered in our home for food and fun, spending time together – the calm before the (very fun) storm! Also, exchanging vows with my best friend in such a breathtaking place – priceless!!!!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

I don’t feel like the way we met was too glamorous – just work! We traveled to Maui, Hawaii for Christmas 2017 and he proposed on Christmas Eve there!

 

 

Photographer: JoAnna Robertson Photography // Wedding Designer and Floral Design: Parie Designs // Videography: 4500 Productions with Mel Davis // Stationery: Etcetera Amarillo // Wedding Dress: A and Be Bridal Shop // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Hair and Makeup: Sonia Gallegos from Salon Lola Paige // Catering: Two Knives Catering // Bakery: Scratch Made Bakery // Jewelry: Graham Brothers Jewelers // Band: Royal Dukes // Bar Service: Amarillo Parties and Events with Lyn Anderson

 

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At Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, in a pocket garden hidden amongst hedges, Jillian and Jonathan’s wedding stirred every feeling of wonder and magic of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Planned by Scarlet Begonias Customized Events, the day was elegant and ethereal, yet pastoral and organic. Jillian’s bouquet by Spring Ledge Farm included florals native to the nearby fields and forest, a nod to the New England charm that exuded from every moment of the day. Even the greenery seemed to grow and intertwine through the reception tent creating an extension of the surrounding landscape. Lucky for us, the couple enlisted the skills of Ashley Helen Photography to capture the beauty of their day in these stunning images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Because we had so many guests coming from out of town, we wanted to present the best of what rural New England has to offer. We chose outdoor venues with views of the mountains, at a sculpture garden and a private home designed by local artists Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Charles Platt, and held our rehearsal dinner at Simon Pearce, a local glass-blowing factory. My husband and I are United Methodists and we asked a pastor from a nearby church to perform the ceremony, so our faith was incorporated even though the wedding itself was held outside in a secular venue. In keeping with the theme of an evening wedding surrounded by forest, the motif was “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” with lots of trailing greenery, fairy lights, and long flowing bridesmaid gowns.

I wanted to bring the forest into the tent as much as possible, so for the centerpieces I chose tall branching greenery decorated with delicate fairy lights. Our outstanding wedding planner found more than a hundred dirty antique brass candlesticks for rent and polished them up to a soft gold that perfectly matched the flatware. They were all mismatched, which added a bit of whimsy.

All of our florals were grown and arranged by Spring Ledge Farm. I chose a cascading bridal bouquet with white flowers and smaller pink-blossomed bouquets for the bridesmaids. My father and fiancé wore white flowers in their boutonnieres, to match me, whereas my father-in-law and the groomsmen had pink rosebuds. One of my favorite decor items was the pre-planted decorative pots; Spring Ledge designed and grew the pots for us, then delivered them to rent out the weekend of the wedding. We used them to cover up the tent pegs. They were all different; my favorite was the one with a tiny Japanese maple growing in it.

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

I knew from the outset I wanted a gown with simple lines and fabric. When you walk into a bridal store and say you want no lace, tulle, rhinestones, or ruffles, that really narrows your choices down! However, I fell in love with the illusion back on my Justin Alexander gown, so I had to backtrack on my opinions about sparkly embroidery. Because the cathedral-length-plus train of the gown made such a statement, the rest of the dress’s simple lines didn’t seem too plain, and the deep v neckline and exposed back added an air of sophistication and subtle sexiness. Between the sparkly back and the length of the train, I didn’t want to overdo my accessories, so I wore only a pair of silver crystal drop earrings from BHLDN and a sapphire bracelet my sister had designed for me – four stones to represent the members of our family as my “something blue.” Badgley Mischka heels with a spangle of rhinestones on the back (and heel protectors to keep me from sinking in the grass) completed the look. We wanted to preserve the formality of the occasion despite the outdoor setting, which is why we chose a black tie dress code. My husband wore a tailored tuxedo from Jos A Bank and subtly textured shirt from Bonobos. He and all his groomsmen kept to the traditional black bow ties for the event.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Aside from having the wedding in my (the bride’s) hometown, my favorite and most personal touches were sleeping in my childhood bed and getting ready in the same house I grew up in. It made the moment when we all bundled into the shuttle to go to the wedding all the more poignant. We brought in my husband’s family tradition of using his grandfather’s Naval Academy saber to cut our wedding cake. It’s been used to cut three generations of Shonerd wedding cakes, and even though his grandfather passed away several years previously, I was glad to be part of his legacy in that way on the day I married into the family.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

My sister gave me the excellent idea of doing “first looks” with my bridesmaids and my dad before driving to the ceremony. She and my mom ushered the bridesmaids and Dad out of the house, got me into my dress, and then I walked around the house for the surprise. Only one of the bridesmaids had seen pictures of my final dress choice, and their reactions to the final effect made for great pictures! The reveal moment with my dad was very sweet. I pinned on his boutonniere and I’ve never seen him look so proud.

My husband and I agree on our favorite “wedding day hack” – after we were done with bride and groom portraits after the ceremony, when everyone else was at cocktail hour, we sneaked into the tent to share a drink and some appetizers together in a quiet moment as newlyweds. It gave us a chance to see all the decor in its pristine glory and try the delicious southwest egg rolls and coconut shrimp from chef Doug Langevin that we’d carefully picked out months before!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met via Match.com just after New Years in 2015. I immediately liked his smile and the fact that he’d visit his grandma after work to help fix her computer. He (apparently) liked the fact that my profile specified that any interested parties would have to know the difference between “their, they’re, and there.” We met for coffee and had so much to talk about that we stayed until the shop closed. Two and a half years later, Jon proposed while we were staying at Ballyseede Castle in Ireland. After a day of travel and last-minute sightseeing (I had insisted on an impromptu day trip to the Cliffs of Moher that threatened to ruin his plans!), he suggested we take a picture in the castle garden before going in to dinner. As soon as we reached the gazebo, he went down on one knee, and the photographers that he’d booked got every stage of my total shock on camera! My favorite line from his memorized proposal speech was “you are the one I’ve prayed for my whole life.” I couldn’t have designed a more personal, romantic proposal if I’d done it myself.

Photographer: Ashley Helen Photography // Wedding Planner: Scarlet Begonias Customized Events; Owner Meg Tenney // Florist: Spring Ledge Farm // Ceremony Venue: Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site // Reception Venue: Private Estate // Gown Designer: Justin Alexander // Bridal Shop: Vivid Bridal Boutique // Cake: MC Confections // Live Band: Wellfeet // Makeup Artist: Candace Kennedy // Hair Stylist: Vanessa’s Salon; Jaclyn Fortin // Tuxes: Jos. A Bank // Rentals: Special Events of New England

 

Sarah and Andrew’s spring-inspired color palette of dusty blue, peach, blush, and ivory, with accents of rose gold sets the light-and-lovely tone for the couple’s “elegant and playful” day. The venue, Foundation For The Carolinas, offered gorgeous views of Uptown Charlotte and was dressed up with striking arrangements by New Creations Flower Company including tall cascading centerpieces and low arrangements in rose gold vases. Preppy paper goods are by Elisabeth Rose Social Stationery and an artistic three-tiered floral-accented cake was by Wow Factor Cakes.  The day was captured by Josh Deaton Photography and you can check out all the details in the lovely images below.

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From the planner: When asked to reflect on her wedding day, Sarah says, “I actually debated on having a smaller wedding or having a bigger wedding because it is honestly a lot of money to spend on one day. However, after having the wedding I would never have a smaller wedding. There is truly something to be said about having all of your family and best friends in one room to celebrate you. The day did go by fast, but the memories we made we will have forever. Both of us look back and remember how much fun we had, and every time we run into someone that was there they always bring up how amazing our wedding was and it makes us so happy!”

Sarah chose a spring-inspired color palette of dusty blue, peach, blush, and ivory, with accents of rose gold. The colors reflect the bride and grooms personalities and style. Sarah says, “I also love gold/rose gold and both of our favorite color is blue so we wanted to make sure that was in our wedding as well.” She and Andrew chose the Foundation For The Carolinas as their venue because of the gorgeous views of Uptown Charlotte. Sarah says, “I wanted people to walk into the room and see both of our personalities in the design. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, so we wanted our wedding look to be elegant, yet kind of playful. We had tall cascading centerpieces on the table surrounded by colored taper candles on top of pale blue tablecloths, along with blush chargers and  gold flatware. I wanted my flowers to be abstract so they felt loose and not restricted.”

Family is very important to Sarah and Andrew. And while there were many thoughtful details throughout their wedding, one of Sarah’s favorite personal details involved her wedding day jewelry. “My mother has a Sapphire and Diamond ring that belonged to my grandmother,” she says. “I wore this as my something blue and something old. My best friend, and Maid of Honor, Kristi, also gave me a rose gold bracelet,” Sarah adds. “And she has the same one in gold that was my something new. We’ve been friends for over 10 years and every time I wear that bracelet I think of our special friendship and my wedding day.”

When asked, Sarah said that her favorite moment of the day was the first look. “We debated even doing a first look because we weren’t sure if it would take some of the magic away from seeing each other when I walked down the aisle,” she said. “But I am so, so glad we did this! Having the first look really calmed my nerves and grounded me for the day.” Sarah goes on to say that not rushing through portraits of the couple or with family, especially with her sister, was important. Sarah recalls another memory that stands out, saying “My husband and I walked in to the reception area before while cocktail hour was still going on and I will forever remember this moment.” She continues, “I had been planning this day for over a year and to see it all come to life was just spectacular. It was simply breathtaking.”

Sarah and Andrew placed a lot of emphasis on good entertainment, and booking The Dickens was one of the first vendors they booked. Sarah said, “I also found out later that my Dad and the lead singer of our band, Percy, met each other in the hallway before the ceremony. They became fast friends and the band decided to play the entire hour and a half through without taking a single break because the energy on the dance floor was so good. This seriously made my day! Everyone has talked non-stop about our band and having a packed dance floor was the #1 thing I wanted on our wedding day.”

Wedding Planner + Designer: The Graceful Host // Photography: Josh Deaton Photography // Floral Design: New Creations Flower Company // Paper Goods: Elisabeth Rose Social Stationery // Ceremony + Reception Venue: Foundation For The Carolinas // Hair & Make-up: Be Pretty (Lindsey Regan Thorne) // Wedding Dress Designer: Modern Trousseau // Wedding Dress Boutique: Hayden Olivia // Cake: Wow Factor Cakes // Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo from Brideside // Grooms Attire: The Black Tux // Catering: Best Impressions Catering // Rentals: Party Reflections
// Linens: La Tavola // Linens: ModMix Studio // Table Top Rentals: Emerson James // Furniture Rentals: Old South Vintage Rentals // Uplighting: Wink Lighting // Reception Entertainment: The Dickens

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Denver couple, Elizabeth and Rory, had a clear vision for the ambience and design of their Florence wedding day and with the help of destination wedding planner Nomad Republic, they were able to create their perfect day. The intimate affair was held at Villa La Vedetta and featured a garden ceremony filled with bohemian floral elements by Julie Guittard Fleuriste followed by a romantic family-style dinner al fresco overlooking the city. Anticipate Invitations set the tone with whimsical paper pieces while the couple highlighted their location with details like Italian ceremony music and Cassia Vetus‘ gelato cart. Aberrazioni Cromatiche Studio was on had to capture both the the lovely couple, their beautiful day and, of course, the breathtaking beauty of Florence.

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From the planner: From the very beginning, the couple had a clear idea of what they envisioned with regard to ambiance, design and style of their Florence intimate affair. They hired Nomad Republic, a duo of destination wedding specialists for Italy and France to help them plan and design their dream wedding.

Doing films for a living, picking the right photographer and videographer was a big decision for the bride. She chose Aberrazioni Cromatiche Studio for their classic, candid approach to photography but also because she loved the sense of place in their images, as well as the mix of close up and grand, wide photos that defines their style.

Incorporating a local accent into their wedding was another important element to them and so, they requested that traditional tunes would be played by their musicians during the ceremony. For desserts, they opted for a millefoglie cake in lieu of a wedding cake and decided to have Florentine gelati served from a vintage cart after dinner, which was definitely one of the wedding highlights.

Aside from incorporating a local accent into their food, Elizabeth & Rory wanted to make sure their passed loved ones would be remembered and had this idea of creating a photo area where they could display framed pictures of their family members.

Regarding Elizabeth & Rory’s design, there were so many elements for Nomad Republic to pull from the couple’s love story. For example, the fact that Rory is Elizabeth’s yelling alarm clock throughout the house since she has trouble getting out of bed in the morning. In reference to that, they purchased megaphones to be used as props for their photo booth as well as a custom-made sign that read: “there is no sound better than love”.

For their wedding color palette and florals, they pulled inspiration from the bride’s meteorites collection and created a classic/retro design with a touch of whimsy.

Julie Guittard, their florist, created a lush, organic floral decor in a palette of whites, greens, soft and darker pinks. She used Juliet roses — the bride’s favorite, dahlia, limonium, nigella and astrantia to give her arrangements a just-picked feel. Pampa grass, European smoke tree and crimson fountain grass were used for texture but also greeneries such as olive branches, eucalyptus and ruscus. Delphinium was added to give height to the whole.

Anticipate Invitations created the most perfect invitation suite and wedding day stationery for the couple, marrying both Elizabeth & Rory’s tastes in a whimsically romantic, Wes Anderson-style. The artist also pulled inspiration from the venue, using the trimmed hedges found from the villa’s garden on the detail card. The response card was designed as a postcard and featured a more detailed gouache painting of the villa, including the gelati cart that made an appearance on the wedding day. A frosted vellum band with their initials held everything together and vintage postage stamps in the suite’s color palette were placed on the kraft envelope.

Wedding Villa la Vedetta, Florence // Elizabeth & Rory from Aberrazioni Cromatiche studio on Vimeo.

Photography & Videography: Aberrazioni Cromatiche Studio // Planning & Design: Nomad Republic // Floral Design: Julie Guittard Fleuriste // Invitation Suite & Paper Elements: Anticipate Invitations // Venue: Villa La Vedetta // Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Makeup & Hair: Consuelo Cardella // Lighting, Sound & Live Music: Wedding Music and Lights // Custom-made Runner: Seidenband // Rentals (tables, flatware, benches): Preludio Noleggi // Ice cream cart: Cassia Vetus // Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo

 

Carlie and Mike were married in the bride’s hometown of Pittsburg. The bridal party got ready at the house the bride grew up in, the ceremony took place at St. Bede Parish where the bride’s grandfather sand in the choir throughout her youth and they danced the night away a The Pennsylvanian, an old train station with spectacular views of the city. A neutral palette of oyster, black and white was incorporated into all the details including florals by The Farmer’s Daughter and invitations by The Little Blue Chair. We’re loving Carlie’s high-neck and low back crepe Paloma Blanca gown and Lauren Renee Photography captures it beautifully—along with all the special moments of the day—in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We were married in my hometown church that I grew up in, which is where my grandfather used to sing in the choir and I received all of my sacraments. We chose the Pennsylvanian as our reception venue, which is an old train station with amazing architecture in downtown Pittsburgh, and had our cocktail hour under the rotunda lined with lights outside. I got ready with my bridesmaids in the house that I grew up in, and we spent the day surrounded by our closest family and friends!

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

My gown is a Mikaella by Paloma Blanca design, which I found at Bridal Beginnings–a bridal boutique outside of Pittsburgh. I initially thought that I wanted a ballgown, but my sister recommended I try on a crepe, more form-fitting dress and I immediately fell in love! I liked how the front of the dress was high to my neckline for a classy and timeless look, but the back of the dress felt dramatically feminine with an open back and large bow from the belt being tied. I also asked the designer to add fabric buttons down the back of the entire dress to add a traditional look that would contrast the trendy, open back. It was the perfect combination!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My husband and I wanted to make our wedding fun and did not include some parts of the reception that have traditionally been used. We had a customized bar personalized with decals from our wedding stationery and pictures of our engagement session that we placed right off of the dance floor so our guests would stay close to the dance floor all night. Instead of introducing the bridal party, we had our matron of honor and best man introduce us as a couple while all of our guests stood around the dance floor, making an extremely fun entrance for us and our guests. We then went right into our choreographed first dance, which consisted of a mix of 3 songs and ended with a hip-hop dance. My matron of honor, my sister, sang a rap as part of her speech, and our two best men put on a skit for a combined speech. Our guests loved that we created a fun atmosphere with dancing that lasted all night! We also had a traditional “Pittsburgh cookie table”, which consisted of homemade baked goods from family members and friends—one of my favorite parts of any Pittsburgh wedding!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Definitely the ceremony itself. We chose not to do a first look so seeing each other as I walked down the aisle for the first time was an incredible feeling, and saying our vows was so meaningful! We also loved spending time with our photographer after the ceremony for our portraits where it was just the two of us, and of course dancing the night away with our closest friends and family was a highlight as well!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in 2012 when we both attended the same graduate school. We were initially really good friends, and started studying together every day. Over the years, our friendship grew into a relationship and survived a year of long distance. After 5 years, he proposed at a restaurant on the Hudson River with the NYC skyline in the background. He surprised me with a new dress and encouraged me to wear it for what I thought was a birthday celebration for his brother. When I arrived at the restaurant, he had decorative lighted bottles guiding a path along the grass to the river where he was standing. He proposed, and to my surprise our families had traveled to New York to celebrate with us! He treated us all to an intimate dinner–it was the best surprise and proposal I could have ever asked for!

// Photography: Lauren Renee Photography // Flowers: The Farmer’s Daughter // Invitations: The Little Blue Chair // Venue: The Pennsylvanian // Church: St. Bede Parish // Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca from Bridal Beginning // Hair & Makeup: Beauty Justified // Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein // Reception Shoes: Kate Spade // Favors: The Pretzel Shop // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab // Catering: Rania’s Catering // Lighting: EF Lighting, LLC // Linens: Lendable Linens // Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals // Video: Otis Visual Media // DJ: Modern Era Weddings

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hair & makeup @beautyjustifiedbyjustine // wedding shoes @badgleymischka // groom’s attire @calvinklein // reception shoes @katespadeny // favors @thepretzelshop // ring box @the_mrs_box // film scans @richardphotolab // catering @raniascatering // lighting @eflighting // linens @lendablelinens // rentals @alloccasionspartyrental // dj @moderneraweddings