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Katie’s wedding vision was gathering all the people she and Mike love in one spot with the beach in the background. She achieved just that (and a whole lot of white roses!) at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island. With the help of planner Ooh! Events, the couple enhanced the scenic backdrop of their celebration with striking floral structures and greenery by Out of the Garden and elegant details at the white tent reception. Photographer Perry Vaile was on hand to capture all the retrained beauty of the day in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

From the bride: I had always wanted a beach wedding. I love the ocean. My vision was to have all of the people we love in one spot, with the beach/ocean in the background and have it feel like a special getaway weekend where we celebrated not only our love for each other, but all of our friends and family who had helped us get to that point in our lives. I also wanted it to feel simple yet elegant while not being too stuffy. I wanted mostly greens/creams with some blush.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Our light and airy color palette was very “us” and fit the venue and time of year beautifully. Because Charleston is so hot in the summer, we knew we could still go with a light palette even though it was technically fall. As I mentioned above, I always wanted a beach wedding. In searching for a venue I was shocked by how many hotels up and down the east coast didn’t have great venue space that incorporated the beach/ocean but weren’t actually “on” the beach. After visiting what felt like dozens of venues one of my very best friends (the gentleman that ended up walking me down the aisle) recommended I visit the Sanctuary. His cousin had been married there the year before. He sent me the link to the article/post done on her wedding and I immediately fell in love. It was exactly what I had envisioned in my mind for a venue. My mom and I traveled to The Sanctuary the following week for a day trip and decided on the spot it’s where we wanted to get married! The fact that The Sanctuary is outside Charleston was a huge bonus. Most of our guests would be coming from DC and there are tons of direct flights from CHS-DCA every day. Plus Mike and I LOVE low country food so the restaurant/food scene was perfect! The icing on the cake was The Sanctuary introducing us to Jerri at Ooh Events. I wouldn’t have wanted to plan my wedding with anyone else!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Being surrounded by some of our favorite people in the world and having our first dance as husband and wife. Also, seeing Mike’s face as he saw me for the first time. It was a moment I will never forget!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We were friends and colleagues for about a year and realized we kept working on things together and were almost always aligned on how we’d want to approach something and/or what outcome we thought was best for the organization. I think working together before we started dating was really nice because we already knew so much about each other.

Katie & Mike from byDesign Films on Vimeo.

Planning, Design, Coordination and Rentals: Jerri Heater of Ooh! Events // Photographer: Perry Vaile // Florist: Out of the Garden // Venue + Catering: The Sanctuary Hotel // Hair + Makeup: Paper Dolls // Tabletop Rentals: Polished Tabletop // Band: ATL Groove Factory // Ceremony + Cocktail Entertainment: Charleston Virtuosi // After party entertainment: DJ Illumination // Videographer: ByDesign Films // Tent: Snyder Event Rentals // Officiant: Doug Farmer

 

 

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Aimee wanted her wedding to Ted be a “love letter to our relationship.” The couple, both Filipino with a love of food and travel, personalized every last detail of the menu and experience for their guests at Early Mountain Vineyards. Hosting a fall wedding was a priority for the couple and they selected a venue overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains playing up the lush foliage and color palette it offered. Florals were by The Posey Detail and floral invitations by Citrus Co. and the beauty of the day is beautifully captured in these images by Elizabeth Fogarty.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

I wanted our wedding to be a “love letter to our relationship”. At our core, Ted and I are consummate hosts, foodies and world travelers. We saw our wedding as the opportunity to share our personality and the experiences that shaped us as a couple with our guests. Every decision was purposefully made to craft a thoughtfully curated experience. Hosting a fall wedding was at the top of our list. It is our favorite season and I knew the lush, saturated tones of the fall foliage would be the perfect backdrop for our wedding. I was also remarkably picky about our venue because it would set the tone for our day. It was important to me that our guests experienced different moments of our day in different spaces. We selected Early Mountain Vineyards for that exact reason. We hosted cocktail hour in the beautifully decorated Tasting Room and the reception and ceremony in the Event Hall. Our wedding was held in the evening so the venue took on a lovely romantic glow that made our fall wedding dreams come true.

The food was also a top priority for us. Ted and I are both Filipino and food is a defining aspect of our culture. We also plan our trips around food! We worked with a local caterer to create a completely custom menu and curated cocktail selection. I worked for months and months researching recipes to pinpoint exactly what we wanted. We selected a menu that was elevated, yet comfortable. One of my favorite moments was seeing our guests take to our cocktail selection and enjoy the Aperol Spritz. We love turning people on to new foods and experiences.

With delicious food and the haze of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background, our wedding was the most perfectly, imperfect day.

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

I wore the Watters Alice gown in ivory. It was actually one of the first dresses I tried on. I tried it first at a boutique in Georgetown, DC and then again at Love Couture Bridal in Potomac, MD. I am notoriously a more conservative dresser so I was surprised when I fell in love with the form fitting silhouette of the Alice gown. It made me feel beautiful, elegant and just a little bit sexy. The modern, graphic lace detail was my favorite feature.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Our wedding was all about the special touches. My favorites were:

Our wedding cake topper was handmade by my mother. Baking and fondant work have been become a great hobby of hers. She recreated the magnolia flowers from our invitation suite.

Matchbox favor: As a designer, I’m a huge proponent of function over form. I wanted to give something to our guests that would be both useful and remind them of our special day. Ted and I love to collect matchboxes from restaurants. We designed two matchboxes to give a nod to the wedding and our love of Washington, DC.

Playing New Orleans jazz during cocktail hour: New Orleans is a city the holds a special place in both of our hearts. We visit every year. During cocktail hour, we played New Orleans jazz to pay homage to our favorite foodie paradise.

Bridesmaid dresses: I am a huge fan of the mismatched bridesmaid dress trend. I think it elevates the concept of matching dresses to look more purposeful and gives each bridesmaid the opportunity to share their personality. At the time, it was really difficult to find what I wanted in bridal salons. I had selected a dusty, slate blue color and no one had that color let alone varieties of that blue. In addition to wanting shades of this hard-to-find blue, I wanted each girl to wear different textures. A lot of conditions, I know! But I had a vision. I scoured the sale section of Nordstrom.com and purchased a variety of dusty, slate blue dresses that fit the bill. I set up a bridal salon in my own apartment and treated my bridesmaid to a homemade brunch. They selected their exact dresses for our wedding and my vision came to life. Each girl is wearing a different fabric/texture and I love the look of them together.

My veil: My veil was a nod to my favorite design era: Art Deco. I selected a custom-made Juliet Cap style veil to blend together the modern look of my dress and soft, romantic design of our wedding.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The outpouring of love and support we felt throughout the entire day. Given that our wedding was a destination for all of our guests, we were so grateful for those who traveled near and far to celebrate with us. It truly was the best day of our lives.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Ted and I met right after college in April 2011 but our stories differ. I will say we met through a mutual friend while Ted says we met at a local bar.

One of the first things Ted learned about me was my love for food and design. The Kennedy Center is my favorite building in DC and they host a Sunday brunch in their Roof Terrace restaurant. I took Ted years ago to share one of my favorite DC experiences. Fast forward to 2017, Ted had slyly suggested that we go again in May. The day he proposed was a miserable, rainy day. I wasn’t sure I wanted to go anymore but Ted was adamant. We arrived at the top of the Kennedy Center and Ted asked me to go out on the roof terrace (in the rain) which I found so odd. (He had hired a college friend turned photographer to capture our proposal.) To my surprise, he got down on one knee and popped the question! It was a beautiful, special moment between the two of us that I’ll remember forever. Afterwards, we had brunch with our families who met for the first time.

Aimee & Ted // November 4th, 2017 from Altamira Film Co. on Vimeo.

Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty // Month of Coordinator: Dream Defined Events // Flowers: The Posey Detail // Invitations: Citrus Co // Venue: Early Mountain Vineyards // Dress: Love Couture Bridal (Watters- Alice gown) // Makeup and hair: First Look Artistry // Tux: The Black Tux // Catering: C&O catering // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Bright, natural, elegant and effortless—these are the words Carolina and Ethan gravitated to in early discussions of what they wanted their wedding to feel like. The couple enlisted Michel B. Events to create a day at Ojai Valley Inn filled with mixed wood textures, greens, linens and warm metals like copper and rose gold. The vibrant reception florals by Rockrose were inspired by the bride’s childhood home in Santiago, Chile and a fun, illustrated invitation suite by Nooney Art and La Happy Design set the joyful tone. Michelle Beller was behind the lens, all over the grounds of the venue, capturing the lovely couple and their fresh, romantic wedding day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

When we talked about what we wanted our wedding to feel like, we gravitated toward words like bright, natural, elegant and effortless. We wanted the wedding to feel like it represented us. And having been to many weddings as guests, we both knew what we didn’t like – anything opulent or stuffy was definitely out. That’s how we arrived at the mix of wood, greens, linens and warm metals like copper and rose gold. Lighting was also key. We wanted to achieve a warm and cozy glow for Friday’s event, and a brighter, though still soft and romantic feeling for Saturday.

The colors were inspired by the bride’s childhood home in Santiago, Chile. Nine months before the wedding, we walked through her father’s beautiful garden and picked flowers, trying different combinations. What became clear was that we preferred the vibrancy of a Spanish garden to the pastels that are widely used.

To have so many friends and family coming together, many from long distances, we wanted our guests to feel that each space was inviting and comfortable. We wanted people to be able to sit and talk and feel at home, hence the sofas on both Friday and Saturday nights.

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

My dress Saturday was Inbal Dror. I wore Saint Laurent shoes and a pair of vintage rose gold and diamond drop earrings.

Deciding on the flower girl dresses was actually one of the hardest decisions we had to make! We knew we wanted something classic and simple. After searching for months, we finally settled on these cute seersucker dresses.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

We wanted our ceremony to be as intimate, authentic and personal as possible. To that end, we wrote our own vows, chose meaningful readings, and invited our mothers to light a candle symbolizing the union of our families. The officiant was Ethan’s best friend, who also lives in Los Angeles.

Our favorite part of the day was the ceremony. Standing under the majestic oak tree, surrounded by friends and family, promising to love each other for the rest of our lives – that was truly magical. A close second would be our first dance. The band played a gorgeous version of Colin Hay’s “Waiting for My Real Life to Begin,” and all the practice we’d put in paid off. We nailed it!

Also, Marilyn Stillman, aka “Nanny,” the groom’s 93-year-old grandmother, flew across the country from Boston, and Ethan walked with her down the aisle. This was one of the most special moments of the whole weekend.

Tell us how you met and became engaged?

Both of us had been waiting for the right person to come into our lives, and when we met, we instantly knew that this was unlike anything we had experienced before. It was also the perfect moment; Carolina was consulting at a non-profit in downtown Los Angeles and Ethan was writing a pilot for ABC, which means we had the time and energy to prioritize and really get to know each other. Within a few weeks, we knew that this relationship could last the rest of our lives. And two happy years later, having fallen in love with each other and each other’s families, Ethan proposed under a gorgeous, red sunset in magical Sedona, Arizona.

Planning & Design: Michel B. Events // Photo: Michelle Beller // Floral: Rockrose // Stationery & Calligraphy: La Happy Design // Invitations: Nooney Art // Venue: Ojai Valley Inn // Video: Lovespun // Band: West Coast Music BH // Cocktail Musician: Anthony Ybarra // Ceremony Music: Angelica Strings // Linens: La Tavola Linens // Silks: Stella & Wolfe // Rentals: Elan Event Rentals / Casa de Perrin / The Ark / Found Rentals / Lounge Appeal // Hair: Sheila Raye Stone // Lighting & Drape: Spark Creative // Ice Bar: Ice Bulb // Favors: Staffords Chocolates // DJ: RedShoe LA // Rentals & Drape: Rrivre Works // Lighting: Images by Lightinghttp://imagesbylighting.com/ // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Bride Katherine—who works in landscape architecture and formerly at flower magazine—knew florals would play a major role in her hometown Birmingham wedding to Howard. The couple enlisted Holly Carlisle of ROSEGOLDEN whose artistic work “glorifies the wild beauty and unpredictability of plants and never tries to fight it.” They also brought on Mariee Ami to help plan the rest of the cool-weather celebration in rich blues and greens, with golden accents and velvet ribbons setting that back drop for arching branches, shades of white blooms, lots of greenery, and pine cones from Katherine’s dad’s farm.  Davy Whitener Photography was on hand working his magic and capturing all the lovely details in his signature fine art style.

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From the bride: When Howard and I started planning our wedding, we really didn’t have a vision for what the day would look like. We just knew that we wanted to be surrounded by family and friends, and we wanted everyone to have a great time. We feel so lucky to have found each other and were excited to celebrate in a big way!

So with no real direction, the first thing we did was bring on Mariee Ami to plan the event – Neillie Butler, owner of Mariee Ami, is a longtime family friend and was actually my boss one summer in college. It was extra special to have Neillie and her team work their magic for us.

Our next move was to line up a florist. I work for a landscape architecture firm and formerly worked for flower magazine. The one thing I did know going into the planning process, is that I wanted the flowers to be special. I’ve been Instagram stalking Holly Carlisle of Rosegolden’s work for some time and was thrilled when we were able to bring her on board. Her work glorifies the wild beauty and unpredictability of plants and never tries to fight it—she’s an artist.

We decided to get married in my hometown, Birmingham, Alabama, and settled on a date in January. We both love being outdoors and would have enjoyed having at least part of the festivities outside—but we didn’t want to wait for spring, and January in Alabama can be balmy one day and frigid the next. We huddled with the team and ultimately decided to bring the outdoors in with a kind of enchanted forest aesthetic. Rich blues and greens, with golden accents and velvet ribbons set that back drop for arching branches, shades of white blooms, lots of greenery, and pine cones from my dad’s farm. It was magical.

Overall, the weekend was just perfect. We felt surrounded by love and we had so much fun. It is a testament to the team we worked with, that we truly got to enjoy each other and our friends and family, and didn’t have a care in the world on wedding day. So many thoughtful and special details were expertly woven into this event; it was more wonderful than we could have hoped for. And thank goodness for these gorgeous photos by Davy Whitener, lest we ever forget what a blessed day (and epic party) we had.

Photography: Davy Whitener Photography // Planner & Paper Goods: Mariee Ami // Floral Design: ROSEGOLDEN by Holly Carlisle // Ceremony: Canterbury United Methodist Church // Reception: Mountain Brook Club (Birmingham, AL) // Wedding Dress: Lian Carlo // Wedding Dress Shop: Carriage House Weddings // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo // Cake: Barb’s Cakes // Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic // Band: Atlanta Showstoppers // Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental // Catering: Mountain Brook Club

 

Molly and Bryan’s wedding at Millwick in downtown Los Angeles was super-personalized celebration with industrial-tropical flair. The venue provided and cool, relaxed visual foundation and the couple enlisted Tealight Weddings & Events to help them add in the rest of their details. Punchy red, white and green florals were by Wild Vase while special details like the chuppah made by the bride’s mother and the custom movie dance scene reel playing on the big screen behind the dance floor add Molly and Bryan’s own touch. Behind the lens, Jenny Smith & Co. was working he magic and we love how her images truly capture all the joy and rad details.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was my mother’s wish to create a chuppah that all 4 of her daughters would be married under and with each subsequent wedding she has embroidered the names and the date onto the cloth. My oldest sister married us, under the same chuppah she was married under. A nice bonus was that our wedding day was actually my parent’s 37th wedding anniversary, which made it even more special.

What were some of the touches added to make the wedding personal?

We have so many talented friends and family members that we turned to them to help us personalize our day. My oldest sister wrote and officiated the ceremony. One friend designed our invitation suite. Another did our flowers. Another drew little vignettes for our program, as well as the backdrop that we projected onto the screen during dinner. Traditionally, Jewish weddings have seven blessings – and instead of reciting them in Hebrew, we asked seven of our closest friends to offer a short blessing. It had the potential to be all over the place, but it was the perfect mix of humor, sincerity, and so much love. And to add the final personal touch, led by my mother, many of our family and friends baked a batch of their favorite cookies to make an incredible cookie table spread for dessert.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The dance party! Leading up to the wedding we spent hours combing through of all of our favorite dance scenes from movies and music videos, and we patched them together into a video that played up on the huge screen while everyone danced throughout the night.

Tell us how you met and became engaged

We met a restaurant where we both worked – I was the manager, Bryan was the bread baker. He continued to ask me out for months, and I continued to politely decline. Finally his charm won me over, and we went on our first date. I realized pretty quickly that I should had said yes a long time ago. He proposed while we were doing laundry, at home, in pajamas, on a Saturday night.

Photography: Jenny Smith & Co. // Planning: Tealight Weddings & Events // Florals: Wild Vase // Invitations: Francesca Greggs // Venue: Millwick // Dress: Jenny Yoo Collection // Programs/Menus: Lexie Smith // Hair: Spoke & Weal – Jennifer Potter // Makeup: Joelle Pitts // DJ: Dart DJ // Photo Booth: Jenny Smith & Co. // Rentals: A Rental Connection // Catering: Olive Wood Pizza // Bar: Mama’s Medicine