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Kendall and Luis were married at Eden Gardens in Moorpark, CA in a celebration that blended both their Mexican and American heritage. CMG Weddings & Events led the design incorporating beautiful and romantic white florals by Florals by Isabelle and we’re obsessed with the pineapple theme—a reference to the groom’s last name: Piña. SO adorable. Check out all the pretty details in these gorgeous images by Lucas Rossi Photography

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We were getting married, that alone made the entire thing special and unique to us! Being that my husband’s family is Mexican and mine is primarily American, we had to accommodate for both cultures. While it seemed a bit stressful at first, it’s one of the reasons the wedding was so special. Our ceremony was in English, but incorporated some parts in Spanish. Like a poem by the popular Mexican Poet, Pablo Neruda. We had our DJ play a mixed variety of music including Latin songs, which everyone enjoyed dancing too, even those who claimed, “I don’t know how to dance to this”. The entire thing made it easy for both our families come together and celebrate our wedding.

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

I found it the first day at the second store. I had tried on a lot and somewhat liked a couple of them, but the second I put this one on I knew. The girl helping me knew and she asked me before I left what I thought about this dress, I told her “this is the one” before anyone else saw it. Best part, I didn’t even know what I was looking for, it was nothing like what I thought I’d be wearing, but I couldn’t have dreamed up a better one. The dress is Pronovias from The White Dress in Corona Del Mar.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My husband’s last name is Piña, which means Pineapple. We decided to add pineapple details throughout the wedding decor. We didn’t want to go overboard with the pineapple touches. For example we used real baby pineapples with tags for our escort cards, pineapples on our signage and napkins! Guests loved the miniature pineapples!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The entire day was memorable. Our immediate family and most of the wedding party arrived two days before the wedding day, for the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. The following day the men went off to golf, while the ladies went wine tasting. So, our wedding felt more like a three day event, with the actual wedding being the final hurrah. With that said, for the two of us one of the most memorable parts was when we sneaked away, during dinner, to take our sunset photos. Our photographer, Lucas Rossi, really made us feel comfortable and it felt more like a time for us to have fun together, than an actual photo shoot.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met on a Friday night, at a bar, while celebrating the birthday of my husband’s cousin. Neither one of us wanted to go out that night, but destiny forced us out of our homes and made us cross paths. One year seven months later, we got engaged. Our engagement happened on a Friday evening, at one of our favorite restaurant’s (Beachcombers in Corona Del Mar). We had a long conversation that night, where we discussed our plans for our future and what we each wanted out of life. This was followed by a nice walk along the beach, where my husband popped the question!

Planning/Coordination: CMG Weddings & Events // Photographer: Lucas Rossi Photography // Florist: Florals by Isabelle // Invitation Suite: Paper and Press // Venue: Eden Gardens, Moorpark, CA // Dress Designer: Pronovias // Bridal Salon: The White Dress, Corona Del Mar // Hair and Makeup: Hairstyles by Tasia // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Cake: Cinderella Cakes // Catering: Command Performance Catering // DJ: VIVE // Videography: Rucci Films

 

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Savannah and Nick chose the cozy, elegance of Mount Hope Farm for their wedding venue and it was the bride’s mother—a 20-year-wedding-industry-veteran—who handled the rest. The rich autumnal tones of the day are exquisite and highlighted by romantic blooms and decor by Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design. This one is perfectly inspiring for the season and we’re thrilled to share the stunning images by Erin McGinn.

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From the bride, Savannah: After dating for seven years Nick and I immediately knew we wanted our wedding day to reflect us as a couple, while allowing us to celebrate with those that are nearest and dearest to us. We’re from Rhode Island and Boston respectively, but currently live in Colorado, so planning from afar was not without its challenges. Thankfully my mom has worked in the wedding industry for over 20 years and put together an all star cast of vendors for us. Through the planning never once did we worry about the day being anything sort of spectacular.

From the moment we visited we knew Mount Hope Farm was the perfect setting for us. The property is intimate, cozy, and elegant at the same time, and we loved that our wedding party was able to stay on site, to maximize the time we all had together. We held the ceremony at the church I grew up in, a place which holds incredible significance to my family, and to Nick and I.

Nick and I are both huge “foodies,” but being pescatarian, we challenged ourselves to come up with a menu that would stay true to who we are, but also be delicious for our guests. Russell Morin Fine Catering absolutely delivered, from the incredible spread of passed hors d’oeuvres, to a family style meal of roasted salmon and butternut squash ravioli for dinner, complete with fresh mini donuts for the end of the night.

After dinner we had my grandparents open the dance floor, a great way to honor their 65+ years of marriage, and their tradition of always owning the dance floor!

What made the wedding special and unique?

Because my parents owned a catering business and my mom has worked in the industry for over 30 years, many of our vendors were family friends that they have worked with for decades. It made me so proud to see the reputation my parents had built in the industry, and how our wedding was a true labor of love for these vendors. So many of them went above and beyond to make sure our wedding was special not just for my husband and I, but our whole family.

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

I was very nervous about wedding dress shopping, because I had high expectations, but still wanted to stay within my budget. But, I was so lucky to have found Blue Bridal in Denver on the one day my mom and sister where in town visiting, and I couldn’t have been happier with the experience and my dress. Before shopping I swore I wouldn’t wear a ballgown, but after trying a few on I realized how beautiful I felt in that style. Your wedding is the only day in your life you can get away with a dress like that, and I wanted to take advantage of that! The wonderfully patient women at Blue Bridal helped me find “the dress” that made me feel like the bride I always dreamed I would be. Their suggestion of adding a bolero lace top for our church ceremony made me feel like I had two gorgeous dresses in one, and they were even able to make a custom bow that I added to the back of the dress for the reception. Wearing my mom’s veil that her sister had made on my parents’ wedding day completed the look and reminded me of all the years of loving marriages that came before us. Finding out how beautifully my skirt spun on the dance floor didn’t hurt either!

Photography: Erin McGinn // Florist: Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design // Invitations/Paper Design: M Rock Creative // Venue: Mount Hope Farm // Dress Designer: La Sposa // Dress Boutique: Blue Bridal Boutique, Denver // Hair and Makeup: Wavelengths Salon and Spa // Shoes: Sam Edelman // Earrings: J Crew // Lighting: Exquisite Events // Décor: Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design // Transportation: Viking Tours of Newport // Catering and Cake: Russell Morin Catering and Events // Rentals: Peak Event Services // Music: DJ Bells

 

Margo and Jonathan were incredibly fortunate to be able to hold their wedding at their family-owned property in Austin, TX. Brodie Homestead, an elegant and rustic estate, allowed the couple to welcome people into an intimate setting that truly was, and felt like, home. Some of the personal touches included favors of gold dusted chocolate truffles shaped like a cameo pin that was inspired by an antique cameo pin belonging to the bride’s grandmother. They also included family members into the ceremony; from Margo: “I’ll never forget hearing my cousin Laura sing during our ceremony. Also my dad’s father of the bride toast at the beginning of the reception, which lasted 20 minutes and ended in a standing ovation from all the guests!” Sarah Doliver Weddings‘ stunning photos of the ceremony, venue, and gorgeous florals by Gypsy Floral + Events will surely be a treasured reminder for the bride and groom of this beautiful wedding. And let’s not forget to mention the gold accents throughout; simple gold and white elegance of the stationery by Paper Place, and the decadently adorned cake by Word of Mouth Bakery. We’re so grateful Margo and Jonathan shared their day with us.

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From the bride and bride’s sister:

What made the wedding special and unique?

Margo and Jonathan’s wedding was a labor of love. Being able to host their ceremony and reception at our family-owned property was certainly a highlight, and inspired the underlying theme of the day, which was to make all of the guests feel like they were being welcomed into our home to take part in something very special. We tried to include as many meaningful touches as possible throughout the day, and I really think guests left the party feeling like they had attended something special.

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

My mother and I flew to New York from Austin for a weekend of wedding dress shopping with the bride. After our first 3 bridal shop appointments, we hadn’t found a thing we liked! The moment we walked into Wedding Salon of Manhasset for our fourth (and final) appointment, I think we all knew we would find Margo’s dress there! She tried on several stunners, but none compared to the Carolina Herrera she ended up choosing. She was looking for a mermaid silhouette and absolutely loved the idea of exposed boning on the bodice, so this dress hit all her marks! Not to mention, it looked amazing on her. Luckily, they were having a Carolina Herrera trunk show that weekend, so we were able to see this dress, and others, from their Spring 2016 collection!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We tried to bring in as many personal touches as possible throughout the day. Since we had a pretty solid vision for the design elements and overall flow of the day from the start of planning, we used a good portion of our planning and brainstorming time to come up with unique and thoughtful ideas for the day. Guests staying at hotels received welcome boxes in their rooms with some unique items. They each had a few bottles of Topo Chico (an Austin staple) with gold bottle openers, cookies shaped like Texas and New York, the bride and groom’s home states, and a few other items. My favorite was a gold dusted chocolate truffle shaped like an antique cameo pin. This probably went over the heads of most guests, but the cameo was inspired by an antique cameo pin belonging to the bride’s grandmother. Margo had the pin affixed to her bouquet for the wedding. Guests were greeted at the entrance with a sign in table covered in a dense candlescape and flowing greenery covering a large iron scales of justice statue, a nod at the couples professions – they are both attorneys – as well as the balancing act of marriage. My favorite DIY element was the table numbers, which were custom made for the wedding using slices of white marble and stands made out of wood from the original barn structure. We also used wooden planks from the original barn structure to suspend greenery and candles over the aisle and the head table during the reception.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

There were so many memorable moments! The dance party was pretty epic. I’ll never forget hearing my cousin Laura sing during our ceremony, though. She arranged a version of the Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody” that was absolutely stunning. Also my dad’s father of the bride toast at the beginning of the reception, which lasted 20 minutes and ended in a standing ovation from all the guests!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Margo and Jonathan were introduced by a mutual friend when they were in law school. Four years later, Jon proposed to Margo in their apartment in New York, surrounded by a sea of candles, and then took her to dinner at her favorite restaurant in Manhattan, where they had their first date!

Margo & Jonathan from The Bird & The Bear on Vimeo.

Photographer: Sarah Doliver Weddings  // Coordination: Pearl Events Austin  // Floral: Gypsy Floral + Events  // Paper Goods: Paper Place // Venue: Brodie Homestead // Vintage Lounge Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals // Catering: Word of Mouth Catering // Videographer: The Bird and The Bear Videography // Cake + Desserts: Word of Mouth Bakery // Linen Rentals: La Tavola  // Lighting: Intelligent Lighting Design // DJ: Greenbelt DJ // Ceremony Quartet: Terra Vista Strings // China/Glassware Rentals: Marquee Rents // Shuttle Service: Uptown Valet & Transportation // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Emily and Greg’s charming wedding in Charleston was exactly what they wanted: small, intimate, simple, and meaningful. They included their late fathers in the event by way of a touching display of candles and making them a part of the ceremony. Their vision for the day was also reflected in the gorgeous floral design by Ooh Events and the elegant black and white paper goods by The Lettered Lilly. The venue,  Cannon Green offered the simplicity and beauty this lovely couple was looking for, and Cheyenne Schultz expertly captured every special moment.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?  

They honored both of their late fathers through a display of two candles on a pedestal and words from their officiant during the ceremony. Greg also carried his dad’s wedding ring that was engraved with he and his mom’s wedding date.

What made the wedding special and unique? 

Emily and Greg’s Charleston wedding at Cannon Green took place on the most beautiful 80 degree day in February! It was small and intimate with just close friends and family. The venue was beautiful as is, so there was no need to overdo it. Their wedding was all about Emily and Greg doing things just how they wanted to do them: simple and meaningful.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

As Emily approached the first look location to meet Greg on the character ridden streets of downtown Charleston, she excitedly said, “I see him!” Their first look was such a quiet, sweet and special moment for the two of them.

How did you meet/get engaged?

Emily and Greg met at The Boat and Ski Club in 2004. Emily was a waitress and Greg was having dinner with friends after a fun day on the lake. After they both went their separate ways after years of off and on dating they met again at a bar in their hometown of Salisbury. It was so out of the blue but when they reconnected they both knew they had found exactly what they wanted!

Greg had planned an awesome weekend away in Aiken, South Carolina. They were in the process of moving to South Carolina at the time and Emily was visiting him in different parts of the state every other weekend while he was on call for work. He booked the sweetest airbnb, a tiny house on a farm, complete with chickens, horses, homemade honey, and a slobbery blood hound. Greg proposed on Saturday morning in the tiny house as they were about to explore a tiny little town they had ever been to.  

Photography: Cheyenne Schultz // Florist: Ooh Events // Invitations and Paper Goods: The Lettered Lilly // Venue: Cannon Green // Calligraphy: Leen Machine Calligraphy // Hair: Justin, Swish Salon // Makeup: Charlotte Yeager // Dress Designer: Anna Maier Couture // Dress and Veil purchased at: Nitsas apparel Winston Salem // Greg’s Suit:  Bruce Julian Clothier // Ceremony Musicians: Classical Charleston // Officiant: Kristen Barner

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!

Shane + Lisa from Dewberry Cinema on Vimeo.

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