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Kirsty and Santiago’s wedding in the English countryside is a vision of romance in a barely-there neutral palette of grey and white and hint of peach. The grounds of the Brinsop Court  provided a lovely garden ceremony followed by a reception in the courtyard of the rose garden. Planner One Stylish Day assisted the bride in crafting perfectly personalized details included feminine florals by Wild Bunch Flowers, signage in Spanish honoring Santiago’s heritage, a customized gin bar, s’mores at the fire pit and a few nods to their pet bunny like the rabbit cake topper on cake by SK Cakes. The couple enlisted photographer Naomi Kenton  to capture all the moments of the big day and the images are absolutely dreamy!

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from the bride: Santiago and I met in London eight years ago and six years later he proposed whilst we were on holiday in Bali. Since then I loved every minute of planning our wedding, I always knew exactly how I wanted my wedding to look. Despite this I still trawled through hundreds of wedding venues across the UK. My mum and I drove for hours to so many venues but every venue we went to had so many rules, from which wine you had to serve to what time the party had to finish. We once drove five hours to one place and they didn’t even offer us a cup of tea! We never wanted a traditional wedding venue, we knew that we preferred to hire a big house for the the May Bank Holiday weekend and have our friends and family feel like they had a great weekend away – which is how we came across Brinsop Court. No crazy rules and restrictions, just one stunning house surrounded by a moat and plenty of tastefully decorated rooms for our closest friends and family to stay.

We hired the whole house from Friday to Monday and once the venue was sorted everything else followed. I’m detail obsessed and adored having so much to organize. Santiago was working in the US during the months building up to our wedding day so my parents were my biggest support in my preparations.  My Mum learnt how to make soy candles and hand poured each one of our wedding favors, she also made our seating plan out of wine corks while my Dad made sloe-gin and refurbished old barrels for the gin bar.

On the day I didn’t want to have to worry about anything nor did I want my mum running around sorting things out so we sought out the help of Louise from One Stylish Day in the lead up to the big day and the day itself. Louise’s vision was completely aligned with mine, we wanted something timeless, effortless and pared-back. Louise kept everything running smoothly and me calm (particularly when the caterers starting serving prosecco at our champagne reception!)

My second priority was a wedding video, at first Santiago didn’t want one but I can honestly say it was the best decision we made for our wedding. I searched through so many cinematographers and came across HD Moments. Months after the wedding I still watch our wedding video and advise any brides-to-be to seriously consider incorporating video into your big day if you can. So much of the day goes by without you realizing and after the vows are said it’s incredible to relive those special moments so vividly.

For our stationery we had everything hand-written in calligraphy. Our “Save the Weekend” was a leather luggage tag as we wanted our guests to pack their bags and enjoy the weekend with us. Judy Broad was an easy choice for our stationary as I had long been an admirer of her work after my bridesmaid asked her to do my hen party invitations. Our entire invitation suite was made from Khadi paper and Judy worked so hard to ensure that every letter was smooth across what is actually a very difficult paper to write on (little did I know!)

I also felt the same about Naomi our photographer, I knew that I didn’t want overly posed images and loved that Naomi shot in both digital and film. Once the main vendors were booked I started to focus on my dress. I went to several boutiques in London but nothing stood out to me until I bumped into my old friend Sanyukta Shrestha. I have known Sanyukta for years and worked on one of her very first campaigns which made the process of perfecting the dress even more special. I described how I wanted the dress to look and was blown away by the sketch that Sanyukta produced. I loved that we could make changes until it was totally perfect and more importantly all of the hand-loomed materials Sanyukta uses are ethically made and support women in Nepal.

Details were the most important thing to me. I worked endlessly to ensure the aesthetic was cohesive and that everything had been thoughtfully curated. We used a neutral color palette of grey and white with a hint of peach. I loved following wedding blogs but tried to incorporate our own way of living into our big day. Santiago’s heritage was very important to us. We had some of the signage written in Spanish, played salsa music and served Colombian Espresso Martinis after dinner. Our house bunny Bonnie is my fur baby so we had lots of rabbit accents throughout the big day including our cake toppers, ‘Bon Bon’s Bar” and our ring holder.

On the morning of our wedding my grandparents gave me half an English Crown from their own wedding day while my mum presented me with an engraved box containing my something old – the necklace that my late grandad had given to her on her wedding day. I had breakfast with my mum in the bridal suite and exchanged wedding day gifts while the boys had a barber come to their room to do wet shaves.

I had always wanted to get married outside so was really grateful that it wasn’t raining on our wedding day. But as my dad was walking me down the aisle a big gust of wind blew my veil around his leg – thankfully he managed to untangle himself and I was actually thrilled with how Justina and Greg from HD Moments managed to stylize the mishap on our video. It was a really special moment to walk down the aisle and see Santiago as I hadn’t seen his suit before and we both wrote our own vows and kept them as a surprise from each other. I was so overwhelmed by Santiago’s words I cried during my own vows!

Our reception was held in the old rose garden in the courtyard of Brinsop Court underneath a stretch tent. During the reception guests enjoyed making s’mores on the fire-pits, a gin bar and my parents surprised us with a firework display in the evening. We also took dance lessons for our first dance before the wedding day and I highly recommend this if you have two-left feet like we do!

On the Sunday we had lawn games and a big BBQ to finish what was the most perfect weekend.

Kirsty & Santiago | Brinsop Court wedding video | Fine art wedding film from hdmoments.co.uk on Vimeo.

Photographer: Naomi Kenton // Wedding Planner: One Stylish Day // Florist: Wild Bunch Flowers // Stationery: Judy Broad Calligraphy // Venue: Brinsop Court // Videographer: HD Moments // Dress: Bespoke at Sanyukta Shrestha // Bridesmaid Dresses: Needle & Thread // Flower Girl Dresses: Bespoke at Milly Wedding Shop // Hair and Makeup: Evie Smith // Catering: Clever Chefs // String Quartet: Cantabile Strings // Linens and Ribbons: Kate Cullen // Furniture & Crockery Rental: Options Hire // Handmade Bar: Made By Wood & Wood // DJ: Stylish Entertainment // Brides Shoes: Chloe // Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith // Groomsmen Suits: Charles Tyrwhitt // Cake & Cake Swing: SK Cakes // Photo Booth: Vintage Booth // Signage: Thistle Paper Company // Men’s Barber: The Groom’s Day Barber Shop

 

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Molli and Justin’s wedding at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art on the Auburn University campus was full of sentimental details and unique touches. There’s no doubt, though, that the stand out feature of the day was the way Molli’s primary color, bordeaux, was brought to life by florist Thorne and Thistle. The florals are abundant and stunning, transitioning beautifully from the romantic courtyard ceremony to the modern interior of the gallery reception. With planning and coordination by Invision Events, stationery from By Invitation, and a Cakeitecture cake decked out in MORE flowers, this one is sure to inspire and we’re thrilled to share all the beautiful moments captured by Eliza Morrill.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

From the bride:  I choose to have our wedding at Auburn because I was an art major at Auburn University and had classes and attended events at the museum and always thought it was the most beautiful venue. I’m a third generation Auburn alumna so naturally it’s one of my favorite places!

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

I wanted to keep a family tradition and have sleeves on my gown so I started looking while I was living in Nashville. I found the perfect dress at a boutique in Nashville.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

From the bride: I wore my late grandfathers Allstate “good hands” pin he was given after 40  years of service. I also wore it on my graduation from Auburn. The first dance was the same song as my parents used and they just celebrated 25 years of marriage. I added tulle from my grandmothers dress to add my “something old”.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

From the bride: I would have to say Justin’s reaction on our first look and when I walked down the aisle. The raw emotion we felt at that moment was better than we ever anticipated.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

From the bride: I met Justin on July 17, 2016 in Birmingham, AL at the World Deer Expo. I was traveling through Birmingham with my friend, Taylor Bassham, on the way home to Columbus, GA for the weekend. She had a friend, Matthew Howell, who was in Birmingham for the World Deer Expo running a booth for his company, Freak Outdoors. She reached out to Matthew and he asked us to stop by the booth on our way back to Nashville that Sunday. When we went to the Freak Outdoors booth, I immediately noticed Justin – it was hard not to with how big of a guy he is! I secretly pointed at him and whispered to Taylor, “I want him!” I was immediately interested in him when we began talking about his travels and his hobbies. I will admit that I was flirting with him really hard! I was disappointed that he didn’t ask for my number because I really thought we had hit it off. So, right before I left the booth, I took it upon myself to hand him my business card with my cell phone number circled on it and told him to call me sometime! Taylor and I left the booth and went to dinner and about 5 minutes later, I had a text message from Justin asking me where we went to dinner and if he could meet us before his flight! He almost missed his flight because we could not stop talking. Two weeks after that he flew to Nashville to see me, and the rest is history!

Justin and I had a whirlwind romance from the beginning and we knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together very early on. I mean he told some of his closest friends at work the day after he met me, “I’m going to marry that girl.” We even said “I love you” only weeks after meeting each other for the first time. People thought we were crazy but when we met each other’s families it was clear to them and us that something was very special about what we have. So, on December 9th we traveled to Bryson City, NC for a mountain weekend get-a-way. Justin had rented us the most incredible cabin I had ever seen and he planned this whole trip for us to celebrate Christmas early together. The next day, Saturday, December 10th, he told me to get ready we were going out to hike and adventure around the city! I of course spent way too long doing my hair and makeup (like I always do) and he was getting very impatient with me and I had no clue why he was getting so flustered! So we set out later that afternoon to go hike part of the Appalachian Trail and we made it about 3.5 miles up the trail when we stopped at New Found Gap. It was sunset and the view was breathtaking. Justin and I were standing on the edge of this lookout when he came up behind me, put his arms around my shoulders, and whispered to me, “I need to ask you something, I heard something and I want to make sure its 100% true.” My initial instinct was worry and panic so I whipped around and found him down on one knee. He asked me “Will you spend the rest of your life with me? Will you start a family with me? Will you marry me?” I was in shock and I could not say yes fast enough!! We were both so emotional in that moment, it was perfect, it was everything I had ever dreamed it would be and more. It still gives me goosebumps just writing about it!

Photography: Eliza Morrill // Planning + Coordination: Invision Events // Floral Design: Thorne and Thistle // Invitations: By Invitation // Venue: Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art // Dress: Morilee by Madeline Gardner // Bridesmaid Dresses: Kennedy Blue // Hair: Stephanie Lee of Swank Salon // Makeup: Carrie Reap // Second shooter: Jennifer Corcoran // Men’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse // Floral Ribbon: Silk and Willow // Cake: Cakeitecture // Rentals: The Event Group // Draping: Unique Element Events

 

Caroline and Will’s wedding at Vinewood Plantation is the epitome of barn-wedding charm filled with rustic views, gathered florals and hay bale lounge sofas! Planning and coordination was by J. Elliott Events & Weddings, dahlia-centric florals created by Virtu Floral and lovely images of all the details captured by Amy Arrington Photography.

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

I knew that I wanted to wear a dress that was both natural and ethereal. I pictured a dress with sleeves that blended with the bodice and a soft tulle skirt. The ladies at Kelly’s Closet helped me find just that combination – the gown is by Ivy & Aster and combined a top and a bottom from two different dresses to fit my vision. Appliqués from the dress were used to create a matching hair piece.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We had a lot of family members participate in our ceremony, which was special for us. Caroline’s brother-in-law played classical guitar as guests arrived. Will’s aunt and cousins played strings during the ceremony, and Will’s uncle officiated the service. Rather than have traditional bridesmaids and groomsmen, we only had our siblings stand with us, and our young cousins acted as flower girls and the ring bearer. Caroline’s bouquet was held together by lace from Will’s grandmother’s wedding dress, and we were married on what would have been the birthday of Caroline’s late grandfather, who died from ALS several years earlier. We are both fairly laid back, and we wanted our wedding to reflect that. We had a fire pit with s’more ingredients and corn hole set up outside to mirror a party we might host in our own backyard. We opted for a jazz band over a DJ or dance band for a calming vibe that allowed for either dancing or just hanging out, and we served beer that Will home-brewed for the occasion out of customized pint glasses with our initials, which guests took home as wedding favors.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The part where we married each other in front of our family and closest friends.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

They met in 2013 when Will and Caroline’s sister ran together on a Ragnar, a long distance relay race. Caroline’s sister, whom she lived with at the time, had the team over for pasta dinner before the race. While at the race, Caroline’s sister invited Will over to the house to “hang out with her husband,” who had similar interests as Will, but she had an ulterior motive of setting up Will and Caroline. She proved herself an excellent matchmaker, and they started dating a couple months after initially meeting. About a year and a half later, Will asked Caroline to marry him while walking home from breakfast one morning. He proposed at a sidewalk square where they had previously carved “W+C” into wet cement.

Photography: Amy Arrington Photography // Planning & Coordination: J. Elliott Events & Weddings // Floral: Virtu Floral // Venue: Vinewood Plantation // Dress: Ivy & Aster // Dress Salon: Kelly’s Closet // Makeup/Hair: Beauty Asylum // Food: Dennis Dean Catering // Cake: Blooming Flour Bakery // Reception Music: Kayla Taylor Jazz

 

Cincinnati couple, Bailey and Landon, invited their family and friends to travel with them to Rancho Santa Fe, California to celebrate their nuptials at the bride’s family’s estate. Planned by White Lace Events, the details paid homage to the property— from Bailey’s modern take on a Spanish lace on her Hayley Page gown, to the hand-painted escort tiles, to the orange blossoms incorporated into the stunning florals by Compass Floral. With its coral palette and customized details at every turn, this wedding offers unending inspiration and it’s all captured beautifully by Shane and Lauren Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Landon: The aspect of our wedding that we appreciated most was the intimate setting in which we brought our families together for the first time. Having the wedding at the bride’s family’s property allowed us to create a beautiful, unique and personal atmosphere for everyone to meet, celebrate and enjoy the time together. White Lace immediately understood this vision and worked tirelessly to bring it to fruition and it was executed perfectly. We could not have been happier to bring our families together for the first time on that beautiful day.

Bailey: Like Landon mentioned, the most special part of the wedding for me was that it was a great chance for our families to meet each other and spend time together in a location that is obviously very special to me/my family in particular. Growing up we spent many vacations at the house in Rancho Sante Fe and some of my best memories were made in that backyard. When we were deciding where to have the wedding, it wasn’t even a question in my mind. All I could think of was the house and how I wanted both our families to enjoy it as much as I had growing up.

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

After a decent amount of searching, I found my dress at Hyde Park Bridal in Cincinnati. When I tried it on I just kind of knew it was the dress. The lace was really unique to me–both romantic and kind of simple at the same time. It almost reminded me of a modern Spanish lace–which sort of fit the style of the house. I also loved the form fitting cut of the dress and the low back. The dress was everything I was looking for–simple, but unique, and fit the laid-back outdoor theme of our wedding. About a week before we flew out to San Diego for the wedding I decided to add the beaded sash to give the dress a little more definition and a touch of sparkle.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Landon: White Lace was exceptional in working with us to capture Bailey’s vision and assist in bringing all the pieces together. There were countless details put in place to capture that vision such as: the escort tiles which were chosen to emulate the style of the house, the flowers which were brilliant from Compass Floral and a perfect execution of what Bailey had in mind, even details such as the food choices of tacos added a personal touch for us. It is very difficult to point to specific details because we truly feel like every aspect of the day came together exactly as we would have hoped from the furniture, to the ceremony seating, to the dance floor. We also were incredibly impressed with DJ Thomas Giglio’s dinner playlist; he nailed it.

Bailey: There are a couple things that stick out in my mind as far as personal touches. First, we used to have an orange grove at the edge of the backyard. We used to love picking the oranges as kids and making fresh orange juice every day. The grove burned down in one of the big fires a few years ago, but the house and most of the rest of the property survived. Taya, our amazing florist, incorporated orange blossoms into Landon’s boutonniere, which I thought was really cool and brought back some great memories of the orange grove. Second, there are a lot of really cool Mexican tiles in various areas of the house, and we wanted to try to bring that detail into our wedding somehow. We ended up deciding to use some beautiful tiles as escort cards, which was a really unique detail to me. Lastly, Landon and I got engaged at our favorite taco shop in Cincinnati, so having tacos as part of the main course was a really special detail for us!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Bailey: I think the most memorable part of the day for us was sitting in my old bedroom in the house right after the ceremony with some carne asada fries (which were AMAZING and very memorable in themselves!) and a margarita and letting it sink in that we were actually married. It’s so easy to get caught up in the pre-wedding planning and family time and hair and makeup and photos and everything else going on but having a few minutes to just sit down together–just the two of us–was really amazing.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Landon: Bailey and I met in college at Hillsdale College in Michigan. We started dating after graduation and got engaged after a year. We have been on and off long distance through dating and the engagement, so being married and getting settled into Cincinnati has been wonderful and we are very happy!

Bailey: Like Landon mentioned, we met in college at Hillsdale and started dated after graduation and dated long distance for 75% of our time together. We got engaged at our favorite taco spot in Cincinnati (Mazunte). It was a complete surprise to me. It was a Saturday and I was in my busiest time at work. I was really tired and hungry (and definitely not dressed for the occasion) when Landon picked me up from work around 3:00 and we headed to Mazunte for a late lunch/early dinner. When we first walked in I didn’t even notice that there was anything written on the giant blackboard in the back of the restaurant. When I noticed Landon had written “Bailey, will you marry me?” on it I was SO surprised–he got down on one knee in the restaurant and of course I said yes! Afterwards we had tacos and margaritas on the house. I love that Landon knew I wouldn’t want to be the center of attention in some fancy restaurant or crowded place and that he chose our favorite taco spot to propose.

Photography: Shane and Lauren Photography // Wedding Planner: White Lace Events // Florist: Compass Floral // Invitations: Smitten on Paper // Signage and Calligraphy: Twinkle & Toast // Venue: Private Residence // Bride’s Gown: Hailey Paige from Hyde Park Bridal // Hair Artist: Audra Rene // Make-up Artist: Beauty by Stacey // Cake/Desserts: Sweet Cheeks // Catering: MIHO // Officiant: Brian Tome – Cincinnati, OH // Ceremony Music: Angelica Strings // DJ/Band: Thomas Giglio // Rentals: Adore Folklore // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

 

California couple, Julie and Chris, wanted to host a wedding that celebrated their love in the great outdoors of their home state. Clos LaChance Winery offered the perfect backdrop to the couple’s big day—golden California mountains, soft lighting around sunset and a warm evening for the patio reception. The wedding palette is neutral with hints of a lovely french blue and punchy coral in the florals by FVJ Luxuries. Julie’s WTOO gown is a scene stealer and her delicate hairpiece makes a romantic statement. The details and the glowing light of the afternoon California sun are all captured here by Retrospect Images.

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What made your wedding special and unique? 

I think our wedding was the perfect combination of everything that Chris and I love. We both grew up in California and loved the great outdoors. While we were planning our wedding, we both knew we wanted to host an outdoor wedding. We had the golden California mountains as the backdrop to our ceremony and enjoyed the warm summer night out on the patio with friends and family for our reception. The soft lighting around sunset and warm night with loved ones was exactly what we wanted.

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

I live in Northern California but my mom and Maid of Honor live in Southern California, so I made a trip down there to shop with them. I tried on a lot of white/ivory dresses but they didn’t really fit my personality. I ended up trying a WTOO by Watters blush skirt not really expecting much because I thought I didn’t want a two-piece dress or a blush dress (because it didn’t feel very traditional). But once I tried it on, I loved it, and tried on a few variations of corset tops to create a complete look. I ended up loving the final combination. It made me feel youthful and romantic which was what I was going for. I ended up purchasing the skirt at Trudy’s Bridal because it was easier for me to pick up, and happened to find a matching WTOO corset top at BHLDN and on sale!

What were some touches added to make your wedding personal? 

We asked Chris’s niece and nephew, our flower girl and ring boy to do a reading from Dr. Seuss’s O The Places You’ll Go. What made it extra special to us was that Chris and I met at the University of California, San Diego, where the main library is named Geisel Library after Theodore Seuss Geisel aka “Dr. Seuss”. It brought back a lot of memories of first meeting Chris, and the time spent there as college kids. It was also just really fun to hear them trying to pronounce words that they don’t know. I think our guests had a good laugh too.

Also since I’m a designer by trade, I designed all the signage and printed materials for our wedding. I’ve never actually planned events so it was really nice to see the vision in my head come to life. All those hours stressing over typography and color choices were well worth it in the end to see everything come together.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The whole day was extremely memorable. Everything flowed from one event to the next and before I knew it, it was over! I remember looking out during the reception feeling thankful to all these people who have shaped us one way or another. One of the more memorable parts of our day was when we asked our DJ to play 98 Degrees’ “I Do” as the last song. We had originally asked guests to give us suggestions on songs they wanted to hear and this was one of them. We ended the day doing a slow dance with our close friends creating a circle around us and serenading us.

Tell us how you met and became engaged. 

Chris and I met in college during the summer of our junior year. I was at our mutual friend’s house cooking dinner and we had extra food. Our mutual friend called Chris over to eat and we just clicked! We got to know each other that summer since a lot of our friends either went home or were traveling. After graduating we both took up jobs in San Diego and moved in together and eventually moved up to Silicon Valley where we could both pursue our careers in tech. Chris finally proposed 9 years after we had first met. I kept telling Chris to tell me to wear makeup and dress nice, and have a photographer hiding in the bushes to document the event. But he ended up proposing on a hiking trail the second day of our camping trip in Big Basin Redwoods State Park after having not showered and in dusty hiking clothes. It was still the perfect proposal because it was the perfect place to do it, in nature among the redwood trees, just us two.

Julie and Chris from fritzyfied2 on Vimeo.

Photography: Retrospect Images // Wedding Coordinator: Kristin Murphy Clos LaChance Winery // Florist: Fredrick James FVJ Luxuries // Stationery: Minted // Venue: Clos LaChance Winery  // Dress Designer: WTOO // Hair & Makeup Artist: Quyen Nguyen Quyen Artistry // Jewelry Designer: Ben Amun // DJ: David Gomes Sound Wave Mobile DJ // Caterer: Clos LaChance Winery