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Never has black, white and red all over looked as good as on Simone and Jeff’s Pebble Beach wedding day. With it’s stunning backdrop, Monterey Peninsula Country Club set the scene and wedding planner and designer Coastside Couture surely delivered with details perfectly balancing glam and effortless. The work of florist Fionna Floral incorporated a palette of rich reds and autumn fruits and flowed from the bridal party bouquets, to the ceremony arch, to the topiary escort card display to the lush tablescapes. Invitations were by Feel Good Wedding Invites with day-of paper by Heart Paper Soul and a killer cake from Edith Meyer and you can see it all in BrittRenePhoto‘s beautiful images below.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We were blessed with summer weather in November. The Central Coast is typically chilly and overcast, but our entire wedding week was in the 80’s! It was the one thing we couldn’t plan, and the sunshine made the overall mood feel even more celebratory. We had the most gorgeous autumn sunset on our wedding night, a true cotton candy sky!

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

Right when I got home from Hawaii, my mom and sister came to visit me in LA. My sister surprised me with a few dress appointments she’d made for fun, but I had no intention of actually finding my wedding dress that day! Of course it wound up being at the first place we went to. I’ve always loved Oscar de la Renta because of his Spanish flair and I instantly fell in love with the beading and silk faille train on mine. It was definitely a bit impulsive considering we didn’t have a date set or a venue, but it all worked out perfectly!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Jeff and I have different religious backgrounds, but we still wanted to keep the wedding tradition of doing something together to unite us at the end of the ceremony. We decided to do a “Unity Drive” since our ceremony was on a driving range in Pebble Beach. It was a fun surprise for our guests and something that will always be unique to us. We still can’t believe we both managed to hit our drives wearing a tuxedo and a wedding gown!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Sharing our vows! Jeff’s were so funny and thoughtful, hearing his was my favorite part!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Jeff and I met on a dance floor at a will.i.am concert! There was chemistry the night we met, but we didn’t start dating until 6 years later. He proposed last December at one of our favorite places in Hawaii!

Photographer: BrittRenePhoto // Wedding Planner & Designer: Coastside Couture // Florist: Fionna Floral // Invitations: Feel Good Wedding Invites // Day of Paper Goods: Heart Paper Soul // Venue: Monterey Peninsula Country Club // Dress: Oscar De La Renta // Hair and Makeup: The Hair and Makeup Company // Wedding Cakes: Edith Meyer // Ceremony Musicians: Monterey Strings // Bagpiper: Elise MacGregor Farrell // Band: Chris Clouse // Linen: La Tavola Linen // Transportation: Main Event

 

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Sylvia and Rufus’s scenic British Columbia wedding took place at Sea to Sky Gondola on a platform in the mountains with epic scenic views of the ocean below. Planning a decor was by WeDo Weddings Etc. with pastel florals by Balconi Floral Design Studio. The look was a mixture of graphic and rustic with bits of romance and we love the way Beige Weddings  captured it all in these dreamy photographs.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Definitely the magical location! The mountain + ocean view is just simply breathtaking, not to mention having the opportunity to say our wedding vows with that backdrop behind us! We also got super lucky with the weather, our province of British Columbia was suffering from forest fire but we got lucky with a heavy rainfall right before our wedding day; it’s like the universe got us the best wedding gift ever!

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

You know how sometimes there are things in life that you encounter over and over again, but you never pay attention to it at all, until that day you finally notice it and it gives you the best surprise? That’s basically how I found my wedding gown! It’s a bridal store that I’ve driven by SO many times, and finally, I decided to go in one day, and that’s how I found my dream dress.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My husband is in love with snowboarding, and we have both been so in love with nature. So being able to host our wedding on top of the mountain here on the west coast is absolutely a dream come true!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Instead of walking “down the aisle”, I walked across the suspension bridge for my entrance, the bridge offers a backdrop that falls away thousands of feet below and it was absolutely spectacular. Also, my husband cried FIVE TIMES on our wedding day, his surprise speech was the most heart-felt speech ever that surprised everyone!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met when we were doing our undergrads at the University of British Columbia. We got engaged on the peak of Cypress Mountain.

Sea to Sky Gondola Wedding | Sylvia and Rufus from Beige Weddings on Vimeo.

Photo + Video: Beige Weddings // Planning + Decor: WeDo Weddings Etc. // Floral Design: Balconi Floral Design Studio // Stationery: Rintzy Lee Designs // Venue: Sea to Sky Gondola // Bride’s Gown: Pronovias // Makeup & Hair: Silvia Pro Makeup and Hair // Charter Plate: BOLD Creative // Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo

 

Cara and Michael met while traveling to visit mutual friends. The connection was immediate and a long-distance relationship quickly ensued and a proposal soon after. The couple celebrated their love with friends an family traveling cross-country for their scenic wedding day at Peconic Bay Yacht Club. Blue letterpress designs by Ipanema Press introduced the day, romantic florals by Ava Flora dressed the event and Cappy Hotchkiss was behind the lens to capture all the details on the bright and sunny day.

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What feelings would you like to evoke with this ceremony-both to your family, friends, and, of course, each other?

We would like to embrace that we are outside on the water overlooking Shelter Island, the Peconic Bay and the gorgeous area of the North Fork surrounded by our nearest and dearest who traveled near and far to share in our wedding celebrations, from Seattle, Washington DC, Michigan, Illinois, Texas, Maryland,  Boston,  Eastern/Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Florida, Buffalo – and even locally Long Island to the North Fork for a fun and joyous occasion as we start our new beginning as husband and wife.

Please tell us in your own words how you met one another and fell in love?

How They Met: 
Cara and Michael met in the summer of 2015 in Long Beach, New York while Cara was visiting for a Delta Gamma girls weekend. While Cara, Marissa (Matron of Honor), Brooke (Bridesmaid) and Kelly (Bridesmaid) were hanging out by the pool, Marissa’s then-boyfriend, now-husband, Joey (Best Man)  and his friend “Goots” aka Michael visited, whose job it was to bring the mozzarella (mozz-balls). Michael helped Joey grill the steaks by the pool before the girls headed into the city.  
At that time, Cara was living in Chicago and Michael mentioned that he was heading to Chicago for a guy’s weekend the following month and they struck up a conversation about the famed “Windy City.”

The next month when Michael and crew arrived to their hotel they were greeted by a dozen of Chicago’s best donuts that were hand delivered earlier that morning by Cara. After the weekend was over, Michael extended his stay in Chicago and he and Cara had their first official date at RPM Steak (it was a hard decision as she had made 3 other reservations in anticipation) where they enjoyed an amazing meal filled with lots of laughs. After dinner Michael insisted on bringing a “doggy-bag” home filled with filet for Maddie. Michael instantly won Maddie’s heart, and Cara’s, too and as they say, the rest is history. 

The following months were spent with each of them flying between (a total of 18 flights between the two) New York and Chicago, where they fell in love with each other, sharing their favorite parts of their hometowns. From ballgames, the beach, boat tours, museums, amazing dinners and fun cocktails at wonderful restaurants, they enjoyed the best of both worlds discovering they make the perfect match.

The Proposal: Cara didn’t think she liked surprises, but little did she know this one would be the best one yet with the one she loved! When Cara’s birthday weekend arrived last year she thought the weekend would be nothing more than a fun Friday night dinner at Green River with her dear friend Sharon (Maid of Honor). Michael and Cara had just seen each other the weekend prior and had a trip planned the following weekend so Cara insisted on Michael to stay in New York for her birthday weekend. Little did Cara know that Michael, with Sharon’s help, had the best surprise in store for her birthday evening! Early that week, Michael sent Cara thirty-three tulips, one of her favorite flowers, for her thirty-third birthday. During the birthday dinner, a plate with a tulip on it was delivered tableside to Cara – and when Cara turned around to her surprise Michael was standing there and ready to celebrate the big birthday weekend! 

The next morning, Michael surprised Cara and Maddie with a gorgeous suite at her favorite hotel, The Langham Chicago, for a relaxing birthday staycation. Michael arranged for the suite, upon entrance, to be filled with roses, champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and the ring! To Cara’s surprise, Michael proposed right then and there in the suite, which was located above the Wabash Bridge where the two had shared their first kiss – and Cara said YES! The newly engaged couple spent the rest of the weekend celebrating and sharing the news with their friends and family! Shortly after in March 2016, Cara and Maddie bid farewell to the “Windy City” and joined Michael in the City of Long Beach, New York and the newly engaged couple began their next adventure together in the “City By The Sea.”

What was that defining moment when you realized each other was “The One?”

Michael realized Cara was the one when she and Maddie came to New York for Labor Day weekend 2015 and he was dropping her off at the airport and Cara begin tearing as they were saying goodbye before the next visit and, trying to console Cara, Mike told her “Don’t cry babe, you know I love you!”  and then quickly tried to cover it up and act like he didn’t say it and Cara didn’t hear it.

Cara realized Michael was the one when we had the most perfect afternoon walking around Chicago and we were at an outside wine bar. The sun was shining, weather was perfect and enjoying a great glass of wine, she knew she didn’t want this day or for Michael to leave but most of that Cara had met the most perfect, caring and loving guy that I wanted to spend forever with and have another 100 more perfect days together.

What do you feel makes you and your love special and the love you have for each other special? In other words, what do you like about each other AND what do each of you bring to the table that makes your relationship work?

We both have waited to find each other and we would never have found each other without our amazing friends and because of this we both completely committed to being together from the start.  We fell in love while living in separate cities and states and early on we realized we loved each other and would do whatever it would take to be together from long weekends traveling back and forth from New York and Chicago, career and city move for Cara and during all of this making more memories, falling more in love and cherishing every moment together until our next time together.

During this entire time, up to this moment and in years to go Michael has been my strength, support, patience, guiding light in both the good and the bad but most of all my home and forever love.

Cara is Michael’s true love and inspiration in life, his drive, his number 1 supporter and encouragement to excel, so thoughtful loving and caring, she completes him, she is his home.

 

What are your hopes and dreams for your future together?

That we’ll never forget how special our wedding day was surrounded by our friends and family and through all our adventures, the good and the bad and everything in-between that we’ll never forget how in love we are at this moment and that we’ll carry this love in our hearts from now until forever.

Photographer: Cappy Hotchkiss // Invites, paper stuff, signage, favor tags: Ipanema Press // Florals and Tableware: Ava Flora // Venue: Peconic Bay Yacht Club // Wedding Gown: Marchesa, Georgina Chapman // Bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutin // Groom’s Attire Shirt: Thomas Pink // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo // Groom’s cufflinks: Tiffany and Co. // Bride’s Earrings and Bridesmaids’ gift earrings and bracelets: Marchesa Jewelry // Veil and Hair Accessory: Wedding Salon of Manhasset // Hair: Metro Mode Salon // Make up: Cha Cha at Industry Makeup Studio
// Officiant: Denise Drapkin of I Wed All // Cake and homemade jam favors: Leanne’s Cakes // Caterer: Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs // Signs: Swell Anchor Studio // Guys’ Trolley: North Fork Trolley Co. // Bridesmaids’ Robes: Honeydew Intimates // Bride’s Robe and Cami: Nordstrom // Ring seashell holder and monogrammed card holder: BHLDN // DJ and musicians: Bravura Weddings // Party Rentals (chargers and table runners): Party Rental, Ltd

Natacha and Fábio were married privately in Cuba the year prior to their stunning wedding celebration in Portugal.  Their venue, Aqueduto Eventos, a one-stop-shop responsible for the stationery, cake, decoration, florals and catering; set the tone with moody lighting, and modern, textural romance. We’re loving the way the live trees look against the graphic, contemporary architecture. Gilded details add hints of glam while Natacha stuns in a Pronovias. Check out all the details of the couple’s big day in these photographs by João Almeida Fotografia.

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Natacha & Fábio | Elegant wedding in Porto from Vanessa & Ivo on Vimeo.

Video: Vanessa & Ivo // Photography: João Almeida Fotografia // Venue, Stationery, Cake, Decoration, Flowers and Catering: Aqueduto Eventos // Dress: Pronovias // Suit: Prassa // DJ: Nuno Rodrigues

 

Michael and Edita had a venue booked in Chicago, but on a trip to Escondido, California the couple visited Cordiano Winery and completely changed their wedding plans. Their midwest family and friends loved the destination wedding that was almost completely created by Sisti&Co—their planner who was responsible for designing, styling and creating the florals that made the day so memorable. A palette of warm neutrals punctuated by blush dahlias sets a gorgeous scene and it’s all captured beautifully by Dana Richards.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The venue! Michael and I visited Cordiano Winery with friends who live in the area and instantly fell in love with it. We had a venue booked back in Chicago, but upon experiencing the breathtaking views of Cordiano, we quickly made some huge changes to those plans! The majority of our guests were from the Midwest, so they all loved this designation wedding. Also, one of our close friends married us and put together a touching, humorous, and genuine ceremony.

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

I was meeting a business partner at a Starbucks that happened to be next door to the Crystal Bride in Geneva, IL. I saw their Maggie Sottero sign and popped in out of curiosity. The rest was history. I did end up going back to the salon with Mom and girls to try it on again, but it was the only dress I was interested in even trying on!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

From Kim, the designer:

We wanted to add a bit of the Bride’s Bosnian culture into the wedding, so we decided on infusing something traditional from home – a candy bowl at each setting. The bowls have a handmade saucer and a lid, and hold Turkish delight or chocolates. They are most commonly seen in Turkey at cafes, and are filled with tasty little sweets to nibble on while sipping coffee.

Edita’s bouquet was also very special. As the florist, I was tending to a bunch of cafe au lait dahlias. They are drop dead gorgeous blooms, and I knew that I wanted them to be the focus of her bouquet. I found the prettiest one of the bunch that was slightly nude, and had a little mauve coloring on the edges to take it over the top. It complemented her style perfectly. Feminine, and playful, with just a hint of violaceous drama.

 

First Cut-HD 1080p from Dana Richards on Vimeo.

Design and Styling, Coordination & Florals: Kimberly Sisti/Sisti&Co  // Photography & Videography: Dana Richards // Paper goods: Minted-weddings // Venue: Cordiano Winery // Gown: Maggie Sottero // Bridal Salon: Crystal Bride // Bridesmaids: Lulu’s // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // His Wedding Band: Brilliant Earth // Her Wedding Band: CatBird NYC // Hair: Michelle Finch // Cake: Kimberly Sisti/Sisti&Co // DJ: Christian Palugod Just 4 Fun Entertainment // Linens: La Tavola Linen Luxe Linens // Rentals: Concepts Event Design // Tabletop: Cheri’s Vintage Table // Lighting: Brilliant Event Lighting // Jewelry: Sara Gabriel // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

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