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“It felt like a dream, it was that beautiful.” says bride, Brianna, of her wedding to Joseph atOlowalu Plantation Estate. We couldn’t agree more!  Planned and designed by Maui’s Angels, with stunning florals by Mandy Grace Designs , the details are abundant including whimsical stationery by Kate Paulson Designs and signage by  Miss B Calligraphy, an amazing dessert bar by Maui Wedding Cakes, a bold ceremony design, and romantic sunset-hued tablescapes. We LOVE everything about Brianna and Joe’s big day and you can see it all in these photographs captured by the amazing Wendy Laurel.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Other than saying “I Do”, it was walking into my own wedding. After getting hair and make-up done at the hotel (Honua Kai) the girls and I all got into a limo and headed to the Olowalu Plantation. I walked into the house (which is stunning itself) and out onto the porch that overlooks the grounds and saw the bar, lights, tables, chairs and arch for the ceremony, and everything else. The plantation grounds were filled with decorations in every area and flowers everywhere along with a huge chandelier hanging from a tree over-top of the bar. There were a good amount of people working their tails off right up until the ceremony to make everything perfect for us. When I saw how magical and perfect everything was all at that moment I become overwhelmed. I couldn’t believe that this was my wedding. It felt like a dream, it was that beautiful.

Also, Joe had surprises sent to me throughout the day. It started with breakfast, then a while after that he surprised me with a trip to Thailand in a note along with a diamond bracelet that I had my eye on for months, so I could wear it on my wedding day. But my favorite was a framed picture of my dogs (next to a little shot of Patron to calm my nerves) that he had set up and waiting at the Olowalu Plantion for me. I was really bummed when I wasn’t able to include them in on the big day, so having a little piece of them there was just the cherry on top. All in all our wedding was everything and more. People still talk about it to this day of how beautiful it was. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard how amazing our pictures are.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

After I got finished with college I moved into a duplex in St. Cloud with three of my girlfriends. For a very short time Joe and a couple of his friends lived on the other side of the duplex before they moved to a different house. We kept in touch after he had moved out and started dating after a couple of months. Five years later he decided to propose on top of Mt. Solaro in Capri, Italy.

 

 

 

Wedding Planner: Maui’s Angels Destination Weddings & Events // Photographer: Wendy Laurel // Florist: Mandy Grace Designs // Stationery: Kate Paulson Designs // Ceremony/Reception Site: Olowalu Plantation Estate // Signage: Miss B Calligraphy // Cake: Maui Wedding Cakes // Rentals: Signature Rentals Maui // Gown Designer: Watters // Grooms/Groomsmen Clothing Designer: Jos A. Bank // Bridesmaids Clothing Designer: Show Me Your Mumu // Hair & Make-up for Bride: MeiLi Autumn Beauty // Catering: Sugar Beach Events // Cocktails and Bar: Garnish Craft Cocktails // Live Music: Jasmine Rice // DJ Entertainment: Maui DJ Services // Linens: Adorn Company // Officiate: Ernest Puaa

 

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The ocean provided a “foundation of strength and positivity” in bride Ashley’s upbringing and she made it a strong point to incorporate it in the celebration of her wedding to Brandon. Casa Del Mar Hotel, in Santa Monica, offered a perfect setting for the couple and set the scene for an elegant day  planned by EDE By Jacqueline with nods to an ocean theme. Romantic ceremony design and florals by Chloe & Mint and a french-inspired macaron bar are the Parisian details we know brides will love and Sally Pinera captured it all beautifully.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

I wanted something in Santa Monica. I grew up in there and wanted it to be close to home and close to my heart. I envisioned my wedding to be near the ocean without actually being on the beach/water. Growing up, I found peace and comfort in looking at the vast ocean and hearing the waves crash. It was what I would turn to through life’s tougher moments and it never failed me. The ocean and home were pillars of strength for me, so I wanted that foundation of strength and positivity represented in my wedding as well.

My color palette was cream/champagne with touches of mint green/sage. I’m drawn to natural colors and wanted my wedding to be subtle with a touch of class and understated elegance. I chose the venue because I wanted to accentuate the colors of the ballroom itself and not cover it up with too much “stuff” going on. I wanted to enhance the beauty that was already there.

I loved the flower girl dresses. I wanted something extra poofy and had the dresses made of layers on layers of tulle by an Etsy seller. All the girls were so adorable in them! I also ordered the same dress for our daughter. Though she was too young to be a flower girl, I wanted her to match the other girls.

My flowers were organic and free flowing like those found in a garden. I wanted a soft color palate of cream and blush accented with eucalyptus and other greens and Chloe + Mint captured that well. Garden roses, black and white anemones, and peonies. My gown was by Martina Liana and made me feel comfortable in my new full-figure as a mother. The sweetheart top and delicate lace was subtle but still elegant. I wanted a more traditional look for the ceremony and added a lace bolero. Cake (by the Butter End) was a simple but delicious and adored with flowers that matched my bouquet.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

I really wanted to personalize my wedding details. A dear friend of mine is a designer and gifted us her time and creativity by working with me to design our invitation suite. We handpicked every detail of the suite, from the font, layout, cardstock, envelope color, foil press color, etc. I wanted to tie in the location of the wedding – by the beach –and elements of that so we selected different seashells and incorporated a different shell into the invite, RSVP, menu, and thank you card. It was felt really special to be able to work with her to create something from scratch instead of selecting a pre-made design. Although it took a lot more time than I had on my hands (with a then newborn), I have a fond memory of the whole process.

I also wanted my then-fiancé to have a part in planning the wedding, and I wanted him to feel proud of the celebration we were putting together for our friends and family. Being an avid fan of Chardonnay, his father has a hefty collection of wine corks. I wanted to somehow incorporate the wine corks into the wedding and asked Brandon if he could make the corks into escort card holders. Brandon was really on board and worked on his project with his brother. The escort card holders came out beautiful, and he was able to bond with his brother while working on them. I loved that this simple project not only personalized our wedding but also brought my husband and his brother closer.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

My favorite moment was the reaction of our wedding guests when we had our First Dance. Having had our daughter, Harper, a few months before the wedding, and being a working mom, I did not have much time to learn a choreographed dance (let alone plan a wedding!) It was a tradition of Brandon’s family though, and I so very much wanted to honor this tradition. We started dance practice late and as our wedding day got closer and closer, we realized we would not be able to get down the routine in time. On the day of, we decided we throw off our guests and start our dance swaying back and forth, like a middle school slow dance. When it was cue to start the choreographed part, I heard our guests gasp in surprise that we had something planned. It was so fun and exciting, and in the midst of the excitement from everyone’s cheering, we somehow pulled off the dance!

Take in every moment and enjoy the day! Really, just have fun. My wedding really did fly by – like every other bride had cautioned me – but I never realized just how quickly the day would be over!

Photographer: Sally Pinera // Wedding Planner: EDE By Jacqueline // Flowers: Chloe & Mint // Venue & Catering: Casa Del Mar Hotel // Wedding Dress: Martina Liana // Dress Salon: Lovella Bridal // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo // Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang Studio // Groom’s Tux: Men’s Warehouse // Cake: The Butterend // Videography: April Story Films // DJ: Vox DJ’s // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Lisa and Shane celebrated their nuptials at Oklahoma City’s The Magnolia turning the industrial warehouse venue into a beautiful wedding terrarium of greenery, jewel tones, metallics and twinkling lights. We’re loving the couples rich palette for fall, especially the stunning florals by Emerson Events. All the stunning details by planner Aisle Be With You definitely showcase why the bride Lisa strongly recommends opting for a wedding planner. Everything is so beautiful and it’s all captured in these gorgeous photographs by Anna Lee Media.

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What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

Prior to planning my day was to have delicious food, good beats, and be surrounded by friends and family.  I would say it was success! We had our favorite food vendors cater, the best band, and all of closest loved ones there.

What was your color palette and your style vision?

My vison of the flowers and décor at my wedding were Jewel tones with gold and grey accents. The style I envisioned for my wedding was elegant, modern, and romantic.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include?

Our altar was outlined with large gold medal lanterns atop of clear acrylic boxes adorned with air plants and florals.  The backdrop was greenery hung from the ceiling and we purchased a jewel tones rug to tie it all together.  The rug is now in our home and has a special memory for us tied to our wedding day. My flowers were jewel-toned, big blooms with hints of greenery and air plants.

Another DIY detail that is one of my favorites was our hand cut menu cards.  Each guest had one placed on their napkin.  I hand cut the shape myself from my design I had printed from a local printer.

What was your favorite crafted detail?

My favorite crafted detail was our welcome sign.  I had a friend hand letter our welcome onto a gold mirror.

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be?

Hire a wedding planner.  I’m very detail oriented and she helped bring my vision to life.  My wedding planner was worth her weight in gold.  She also made it so that I could truly enjoy every minute of my wedding day spent with my family and friends.

Describe the Day!

The day began with me getting ready at a hotel suite located in downtown Oklahoma City just blocks away from my wedding venue.  I opted for no bridal party but instead had girlfriends come and get ready with me in the morning.  We listened to tunes, sipped on mimosas, and had got ready together.   I hired a brilliant makeup artist who is also a friend of mine to come make my look complete for the day.  I felt the most beautiful I have ever felt when I saw myself and in the mirror with my dress on.

My groom and I then shared a first look together. I’m so happy I decided to do this.  It was a moment just for us that I will cherish always.    We then made our way to our wedding venue.  We got to have the whole place to ourselves to take in all the details before our family started to arrive for pictures.

Shortly before our guests arrived my groom and our families gathered in a back room.  One of my favorite moments was getting to sit and watch the guests arrive through a window that overlooked the entry to the building. Guests were greeted by a welcome sign that I designed and had printed at a local printer.  Along with an “unplugged” wedding sign.  We wanted our guests to be fully in the moment and enjoy this time with us minus the cellphones and cameras.

Then the ceremony started.  Two of our nieces carried hand lettered signs down the aisle.  Then I proceeded and greeted my groom at the altar.  We were married by a family friend, honorable Philippa James.  After exchanging our vows, we said I do and danced down to the aisle to our favorite Neil Diamond song “Cherry Cherry.”

The ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour with specialty champagne cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  We hired our favorite live band to play music while guest sipped cocktails and found their seats.   The bar was decorated with air plants and a DIY sign that said “Eat Drink & May The Force Be with you.” We are both big Star Wars fans and wanted subtle hint at our favorite movies.

Shortly after the cocktail hour My husband and I had our first dance and got the party started! We danced to “Song for Zula” by Phosphorescent (Which our videographer included in our wedding video)!

As the band continued to play cover songs and hits us along with our guests enjoyed dinner catered by one of our favorite restaurants in town.  Shane’s favorite was one of the main courses – the meatloaf.  The recipe was the chef’s grandmothers handed down to her.

After enjoying our first meal as husband and wife we cut our petite Italian Cream cake and toasted each other.  I’m a cookie lover so naturally there were a lot of cookies on our dessert table! My favorite is the coconut corn flake cookies.

Then the real party started! The band played while friends and family got their groove on the dance floor.  We topped the night off with a last song “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges.  Once the event ended my husband looked at me and said “That is the most fun I have ever had.” To me that meant the night was a success. I could not have asked for a more perfect day!

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Photo: Anna Lee Media // Planner: Aisle Be With You // Florals: Emerson Events // Getting Ready Venue: The Colcord // Venue: The Magnolia // Video: Dewberry Cinema // Cake: Stacie’s Cake // MUA: Hayley DeVilbiss // Hair: Blo. // Gown Retailer: RL Bridal // Lighting + Rentals: Marianne’s Rentals // Catering + Bar + Deserts: Cafe 501

 

Susan and Sunny’s wedding at Foxhall Resort was a day filled with Autumn scenery and a true celebration of love and family. Grey Collective photographer Eliza Morrill had this to say about the down-to-earth couple’s vows: “…exchanged overlooking the fields as the sun set, surrounded by friends and family, Sunny said to Susan the two words he most often hears her say: “thank you”—thank you for agreeing to be his wife and making him a better man. Susan spoke of how Sunny is the true reflection of his name—“Sunny like the weather,” and I don’t believe that there was a dry eye on that mountain.” Perfection, right? Lovely planning and coordination by Samantha Warren, colorful florals by Estorie Floral and a rustic cake display by Cecilia’s Cakes make this fall affair truly inspiring.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

The ceremony was our biggest focus of the whole day. My dream for our wedding was that our friends and family would feel seen, and known, and loved. We know this is God’s intent for every person, and that’s why marriage is the perfect picture of how He feels about us. My sincere hope is that people left the wedding feeling celebrated and so loved – because we sure love them.

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

My mom, Matron of Honor, and I went to The Sentimentalist in Atlanta, and I could not be happier that we did! It was actually the only store we went to. Their team is incredibly helpful and made the whole process so enjoyable and personal. They really figured out my style and what I was looking for, even before I did. I loved the very first dress that I tried on, and I kept comparing every other dress to that one. At the end of our session, I just knew the first one (by Rebecca Schoneveld) was “the one”, and we placed the order then and there.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

In addition to photography (shout out to the amazing Eliza!), there were two elements to the day that were most important to me: food and music. I wanted the food to be delicious and personal – like you’re sharing a table and great meal at someone’s home. Shauna Niequist, anyone? We wanted options that were healthy and delicious, and lots of them! Sun in My Belly did a phenomenal job executing this vision. We also ordered about 9 differently flavored satellite cakes from Cecilia’s so that people had tons of options. And s’mores. No one was going home hungry!

As for music, this started with the ceremony. My dear friend coordinated musicians, sound, etc., and it was the best and most personal wedding gift that anyone could ever give to us.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

From the bride: Sunny and I wrote our own vows, and I’ve never felt so honored or loved. I’ll never forget the commitment we made to one another in those sweet moments. Not long after our vows, we had the opportunity to take communion and pray together, overlooking the beautiful landscape at Foxhall. The beauty of God’s creation is one of those gifts in life that always hits me hard – really hard. I was overwhelmed as we stood together, and it’s like I was experiencing love in a brand new way. Just like the fields we were overlooking – it was so expansive.

I can’t believe I get to walk alongside Sunny for the rest of our lives. When it comes to a life-long partner-in-crime, I hit the jackpot.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We’ve actually worked together for the past four years – in the same department, but different teams! About three and a half years ago I actually set Sunny up on a blind date with a friend of a friend, because I thought very highly of him. Fast forward, and Sunny and I grabbed dinner with a mutual friend that he knew in college, and I’d known in elementary school. We had a great time! Sunny and I had ridden together from our office, and ended up chatting for a long time in the parking deck when we returned. We agreed to hang out a couple of days later, but just didn’t invite our mutual friend. It didn’t take long to realize how much we both enjoyed being together. Selfishly, I’m so thankful that blind date years before didn’t go too far!

We love to hike together, so it was only fitting that Sunny proposed on a hike. The moments leading up to the proposal were hilarious, which is fitting for us, and made the thing a huge surprise. I asked him if he wanted to sit down, and he told me he’d rather kneel. I thought he was kidding, but then he did. Cue my water works!

Photography: Eliza Morrill Photography www.elizamorrill.com // Planning + Coordination: Samantha Warren | Forever and Then Some // Floral Design: Estorie Floral // Venue: Foxhall Resort, Legacy Lookout // Bride’s Dress: The Sentimentalist // Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew // Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse //  Caterer: Sun in My Belly  // Cakes: Cecilia’s Cakes
// Hair + Makeup: Hope Ferguson // Band: Love, Peace & Happiness Band // Second Shooter: Maggie Armstrong

 

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