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Andrea and Carl’s wedding is filled with colorful cuteness at every turn. From the gorgeous peony-centric florals by Thistle & Honey to the swan-topped blush ikat cake from Ettore’s European Bakery, Hailey Silver of  Grey Collective member Two Roads Event Co. infused flirty personality into every, last detail. We’re especially loving the punchy blue hue  wovven throughout the day in the bride’s Manolos, the ribbons on the bridal party bouquets and the custom calligraphy invitations. Lucky for us, the ultimate in wedding photography—Coco Tran—was behind the lens to capture Andrea and Carl’s big day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

What made our wedding special to us was all the friends and family we got to share it with. After getting engaged we struggled with a vision and plan for what we wanted for our day. Then, on a whim we called the cathedral and they happened to have a cancellation (literally the only one all year) on the day and month and we wanted to get married and everything started to fall into place from there. The priest that we both grew up with was able to travel over 100 miles to officiate our wedding. Our reception venue was in walking distance of the cathedral and had all the things we were looking for: the mix of wood + metal chairs and tables, fire pit, many seating areas, casual comfort food and an overall visually interesting outdoor space. Once the date was booked, we took less than 4 months to plan everything.

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

I was so in love with my dress! The moment I saw it, I knew it was the one! It’s the Vera Wang Ethel dress. It’s an elegant silk mermaid style dress with the perfect amount of chiffon at the bottom. I wanted to stay true to my personal style, which is more traditional, so I knew that I wanted something timeless and classic. I loved that the Ethel dress was almost a blank canvas for me to change throughout the day.  For our traditional Catholic Cathedral ceremony I wore a custom couture lace bolero and a cathedral length veil. Then for the reception I took off the bolero and wore a silk bow belt by J.Crew, a birdcage and my beloved South Sea pearl earrings. Carl surprised me with my dream wedding shoes: blue bow d’Orsay pumps by Manolo Blahnik.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We hired a calligrapher that designed a custom wedding invitation suite; complete with a custom map and monogram. The chalkboards throughout the reception had a navy background (instead of black) to match our wedding colors.

During a fun mimosa-filled afternoon with my bridesmaids we DIY’ed my cathedral length veil and the burlap runners we used on some of the tables.

We love all-American food, so we served mini gourmet pizzas, sliders, tacos, macaroni n cheese, and 3 types of French fries (which were a total hit!). Our late night snack was chicken and waffles. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and we wanted that to show.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Marrying the love of my life and seeing him tear up during our vows will be something I never forget. There was also a moment out on the dance floor when my grandpa was twirling me around and I looked out at the room full of people we loved, all together in one place, for perhaps the only time ever, so happy and filled with joy for us, and I just felt like the luckiest girl ever.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in Calculus class my freshman year, his sophomore year of college. We started studying together and our first date was on Valentine’s Day. Carl proposed on September 2, which also happened to be my grandparent’s 58th wedding anniversary, on the beach in Maui during the sunset. We later celebrated with dinner at our favorite restaurant, Mama’s Fish House.

Andrea + Carl // Sacramento 6.14.14 from Hailey Erin Silver on Vimeo.

Photography: Coco Tran//Event Styling: Hailey Silver of Two Roads Event Co. // Floral Design: Thistle & Honey // Venue: Cafeteria 15L // Bride: Andrea of Tickled Pink  // Cake Design: Ettore’s European Bakery // Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang // Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Bridesmaid Gowns: Badgley Mischka  // Film: Alison Ryncarz // Photobooth: Giggle & Riot // Signage: Wedding Chalk Art // Linens: La Tavola

 

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We love when a couple picks a specific hue and does it to perfection. In the case of Amanda and Caleb’s fall wedding in Lake Geneva, red was the color and it’s done to perfection in both the stunning florals by Frontier Fowers of Fontana and in the bridal party’s red taffeta dress. The autumn landscape at the Lake Geneva Country Club is crisp and bright and we love the way the punchy palette stands out. Don’t miss all the depth in tones in the floral centerpieces—and THAT bridal bouquet!  The bride and groom chose Kristina Lorraine Photography to capture their celebration and have these beautiful images to show for it.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Ever since I was a little girl, my father and I had dreamed of having my wedding reception at the Lake Geneva Country Club. We loved the view of the water, and the understated beauty of the club. Our wedding cake was red velvet because I thought the deep red color was perfect for autumn, and also mirrored the bridesmaids’ dresses. The topper was two romantic figures dancing, who we liked to think resembled us!

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

It was challenging to pick a bridal shop for the dress! I had to fly in from Boston, and could only stay a weekend because of graduate studies. We decided on a small boutique in Chicago called Palazzo Bridal. Jane White had personally designed all the wedding dresses, and each one was delicate and beautiful. Her expertise and the feminine and intimate atmosphere she created led to the quintessential bridal experience. The gown I chose was covered in lace; this was surprising, since I had never imagined myself in lace! As many brides have wisely spoken, however,  “you know the one when you put it on.” It was slim-fitting with a high neckline, and the veil was sheer and simple.

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

 

Steffy and Sly’s destination wedding has all the making of a Portuguese fairytale. Seriously you guys—this one is breathtakingPalácio Marquês da Fronteira provided the stunning backdrop including the garden ceremony and an outdoor reception surrounded by beautiful 18th century tiles. My Fancy Wedding nailed all of the design and planning details and we’re so glad Adriana Morais Fotografia was on hand to capture all the magic with her dreamy film photography. 

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from the planners: When two German and Afghan families get together for a wedding in an 18th century Portuguese Palace, we already know we have all the ingredients for something big coming up. With a bride and groom like Steffy and Sly, we are then certain that the promise of something magical and one of a kind will stay with us way beyond the day in question. And that was what happened for long weeks after the wedding of these two: we just couldn’t stop smiling and sighting every time the memory of their day flashed again in our minds.

But let’s start at the beginning. Ever since the beginning of this adventure, Steffy and Sly were looking for a venue that was so just “them”, and we immediately rolled up our sleeves and took their desire as our own. And so began a long journey throughout forts, castles, palaces and mansions; as if we were in search of a long lost Portuguese treasure. It was on their last day in Portugal that we set sight on that treasure. And as they explored every little detail of this palace with a newfound spark in their eyes, they let go a relieved sigh: “This is it. This is the home were we marry.”

Since the first day of their arrival, it was impossible not to notice the guests of this wedding. Already in “party mode”, the White they wore to the day-before beach party contrasted with everything around them, as if the difference between color of skin and hair suddenly got lost to give place to a one voiced “war shout”: We’re here! We’ve arrived!

And then comes the big day. Even the statues of the Marquês da Fronteira Palace were open-mouthed in awe, amazed by the boho chic mood that took their home by storm. Surpassing all the explosive pranks that the nervousness jabbed at the groom, it all went absolutely perfect; not even we managed to contain our tears as the delicate bride entered the ceremony, and as she locked eyes with the groom at the end of the hallway she broke down her composure, emotional and happy. It was an image that remained with us, and that even today still makes our heart beat faster.

One of the most gratifying parts for us was seeing such fun, and the guests that were talking lose their words and being only able to let go a smiling “Wow!” as they set foot in each new area of the wedding and saw all the carefully constructed ambiences and the details in the décor; it was that kind of immediate response that fills our hearts and gives us a warm feeling of mission accomplished.

After an outdoor dinner surrounded by beautiful 18th century tiles, and filled by caring friends and relatives, came the time to put that said war shout to the test on the dance floor! When the music began not even the bride’s grandmother, always with a hilarious comment by the tip of her tongue, could keep still as she shook and stretched in her chair, delighted, trying  to see the “young ones leaving it all” on the dance floor way beyond the sunrise. No one wanted to finish that day, and surrendered only at 8 AM! Legends tell that even the tiles woke up happier the day after (those who managed to get some sleep, at least)!

Steffy + Sly | Highlights | Wedding at Palácio Marquês da Fronteira in Lisbon, Portugal from Happy Together on Vimeo.

Wedding Planning & Design: My Fancy Wedding // Decor & Styling: Sofia Nascimento for My Fancy Wedding // Photography: Adriana Morais Fotografia // Venue: Palácio Marquês da Fronteira // Assistant Photographer: Filipa Couto // Wedding Film: Happy Together / Wedding Dress: PRONOVIAS // Hair & Make-Up: Carla d’Oliveira by MUA // Catering: RGN Eventos // Sound & Lightning: Groove Box // Lightning: Tecnisons // Dance Floor: Floor Sensation

 

You know we can’t help ourselves when it comes to a fabulous color palette and Brittany and Brady’s St. Louis wedding celebration definitely delivers one. Katie Saeger Events designed all the makings of a classic wedding—a grand church ceremony at Washington University, fabulous custom paper throughout by On Three Designs and beautiful garden rose florals by The Special Event Florist. We’re loving the bridal party in dusty teal Jenny Yoo gowns and the coordinating silk table runners from Fleuropean. The peaches, blues, teal and blush give just enough color to add interest but are subdued enough to keep things timeless and Clary Pfeiffer captured it all in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We loved getting married at Graham Chapel at Washington University, where I am a Physician Assistant. We wanted an intimate setting for our reception, and the visitor center provided the perfect setting for a lovely evening.

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

I was referred to Fleur de Lis by my wedding planner Katie Saeger. It was such a special experience, because they close the entire store down for your appointment so it is just you, your friends and family. That made it such a special and memorable experience. I had a certain dress in mind and after I tried on numerous styles of that dress, I was almost in tears as I thought I would never find “the one.” Finally, after I tried on the gorgeous dress by Modern Trousseau we all cried and I knew then it was the one.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Our step-brother married us. I had two garters; one was something old and blue which was my grandmother’s, and the second one had batman themes as my husband is a big batman fan. My father and uncle made all of the signs that were used at our wedding prior to Alicia designing them. All of our out of town guests received welcome boxes which included a map designed by Brady. The handkerchief was also the same one my grandma carried on her wedding day.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

It is hard to pick out just one moment. Brady wanted to exchange our own vows. I am a total wreck when it comes to public speaking but I finally agreed to do so. I was so happy to finally exchange our own vows after years and years of being together.  I also will never forget how I felt when I walked into the venue where we were having our reception and saw it all come together. It brought tears to my eyes seeing all of my visions come to life!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Brady and I met as freshmen in high school. We quickly became friends and started dating our junior year. After a a year apart when we left for college, we reconnected after we both transferred to the same college and have been together ever since! On July 4th, my family came into town and we went to a St. Louis Cardinals game. We went out for drinks after the game and he proposed to me there in front of my family.

Planner and Designer: Katie Saeger Events // Photography: Clary Pfeiffer // Florals: The Special Event Florist // Stationery and Calligraphy: On Three Designs // Ceremony Venue: Graham Chapel // Reception Venue: Visitor’s Center // Videography: Kinetic Visuals // Bride’s Gown: Salon Fleur De Lis // Dress Modern Trousseau // Bridesmaids:  Bella Bridesmaid / Jenny Yoo // Earrings Nordstrom // Shoes: Vince Camuto // Groom: Matthew Mason Clothing // Linens: La Tavola // Cake: Made. By Lia // Caterer: Catering St. Louis // DJ + Lighting: CJ’s Disc Jockey Service // Silk Runners: Fleuropean