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Bride Debby knew exactly what she wanted for her wedding to Laurence, who knew that he should definitely just hand her the reigns (smart man!) The result, is a lovely garden celebration at Seattle’s Willows Lodge filled with deep, rich jewel tones and beautiful nature. We’re loving the florals by The London Plane—organic, wild and romantic and you guys have to check out the super-personal cat-cookie favors. Laurence in the owner of the FIRST cat cafe in Seattle so naturally, they ad to tie that one in See all the details and beautiful scenery captured in Miranda Hattie Photography‘s images below.

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From the bride: We wanted our wedding to be a big celebration and a destination for our friends and family around the globe to visit and create the memories they will cherish as much as we would. Laurence didn’t really have any preferences and since he knew I always love planning, he let me take the control and gladly, I am that type of girl who always knows what she wants. I have always wanted to have an elegant wedding with lots of flowers and nature. It would be perfect to have the wedding in a beautiful garden. The first venue we visited was the Willows Lodge and we immediately fell in love the beautiful garden and decided on the spot. It’s organic, and it has the greenery I was looking for and gorgeous flowers everywhere.

We did not only want to have our wedding to be full of life and rich in color but also possess the classy elements. I love the color of fall so right after we got engaged (on 10/1), we decided to have our wedding on the same date a year later. I was able to incorporate my favorite color, burgundy, in bridesmaid’s dresses and my flower arrangements. The wedding style was rustic yet elegant and romantic.

The whole day was magical and it really was the perfect wedding I had been dreaming of. I wasn’t nervous at all and I was happy to see our friends having fun too. I was also glad that before we exchanged our vows, Laurence and I read letters to our parents, who flew in from Taiwan to attend our wedding. Growing up, our parents have sacrificed a lot to give us the best. We have been living abroad for years and we don’t get to see our parents very often. Showing them our appreciation and our love for them is the least we could do. It’s a day about love and we made sure to celebrate it fully. It will be a memory we keep with us forever.

All my friends know I am crazy about flowers and before I got engaged I already set my mind on The London Plane; they would be the flower shop to design and arrange my flowers for my wedding day. My office is right next to The London Plane and every time I walk by, I am fascinated by the designs and the flowers in the shop. We settled on a jewel tone, creamy blush palette and using protea as the center flower for my bouquet. I wanted my bouquet to be unique and speaks my personality. The style was organic, wild and romantic at the same time.

Laurence is one of the owners of the first cat café in Seattle, Seattle Meowtropolitan, so our favors were the “meow-carons” from the café. They were designed by the Fuji bakery and I asked them to add a bow on the female cat. We also custom-made wooden coasters with the Seattle skyline that our guests can bring back with them. Most of our guests were from out of town so we wanted to give them a souvenir that they would find useful.

Advice for brides: Try to focus on what’s important and what you love the most and go with it during the planning process. Don’t stress out about it because nothing is more important than the love you have for each other. Friends and family gather together to celebrate your big day and they will have a great time while you are also having a fabulous time.

Debby & Laurence || Wedding Highlight Video from Shutter And Sound Films on Vimeo.

Photography: Miranda Hattie Photography // Florist: The London Plane // Invitations/Programs/Signage: Minted  // Venue: Willows Lodge // Wax Seal: Written Word Calligraphy // Bridal Gown & Accessories: Monique Lhuillier from Marcella’s // Accessories: Maria Elena, Marcella’s // Bridesmaid Attire: Amsale  from BHLDN // Cake/Desserts: Morfey’s Cake // Favors: Fuji Bakery // Groom’s Attire & Accessories: Tie: Saint Laurent; Groom’s suit: Awareness Kenneth Cole, Men’s Wearhouse // Groom’s shoes: Ecco // Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse, Ties: The Tie Bar // Hair & Makeup: Nicole Wang Makeup and Hair // Videographer: Shutter and Sound

 

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Liana and Adam decided to forgo a fussy black tie wedding, and chose an outdoor Sonoma venue with breathtaking views. The couple enlisted Grey Collective member Bustle Events to fill Kunde Family Winery with gorgeous bright and fun flowers in pinks, oranges and yellows by Nancy Liu Chin and cheerful details like pink watercolor paper goods by Tina Yang and a lounge area with relaxed vintage vibes. Photographer Meg Messina was on had to capture all the beautiful moments and we’re thrilled to be sharing them with you today!

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What made your wedding feel special and unique?

We wanted our wedding to be a great representation of us, so we ditched some of the typical wedding rules. Also, I’m used to fussy black tie weddings, and I didn’t want any of that. So we chose an outdoor venue with breathtaking views, gorgeous bright and fun flowers in pinks, oranges and yellows from the amazing Nancy Liu Chin, and California seasonal simple food served family style from one of the best restaurants in all of wine country – Glen Ellen Star. Another example of how we made our wedding our own was that we didn’t have a typical bridal party. We are both very close with our siblings, and wanted them in our wedding party. But in thinking about it, I realized I wanted my brothers standing up next to me, and my husband wanted his sister standing up next to him on his wedding day. So we decided that my brothers would be my “bridesmen” and my husband’s sister would be his “groomswoman.” Also, because our families are big, we have so many kids in the family that are special to us, and I know how fun it can be for a little girl to be a flower girl. So we ended up having five flower girls and three attendants, made up of our niece and nephews, my cousin’s three kids, and my husband’s cousin’s two kids. I loved having so many of our family members be a part of our special day.

Also, it might sound cliché but our wedding spot just felt magical. My husband is from Chicago and I’m from Montreal, so we chose Kunde in Sonoma as a way to share one of our favorite spots with everyone. Getting married up on a hill in the middle of a vineyard on a gorgeous summer day, and having a beautiful sunset and full moon that night, just made the night feel special. And being able to share such a special spot with all of our family and friends, and see them marvel at the magic of that spot, was so special.

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

I really had no idea what kind of gown I wanted when I started shopping. All I knew was that I didn’t want my dress to look like a standard wedding gown. I lost my mom in 2009, and not being able to share the experience of buying a wedding dress with her was tough. So I made sure to bring along some really special people with me, including my two cousins, my husband’s sister and one of my best friends. We only planned to go to two stores, and after the first one we had found some good options but didn’t have that wow moment. As we walked into our second store, Marina Morrison in San Francisco, my cousin spotted a Carolina Herrera dress that was displayed at the entrance. I tried that dress on, along with some other suggestions from my party. When I tried that dress on, I realized it could be my dress. Everyone in my party seemed blown away by the dress, and it made me feel amazing. But I wasn’t convinced. So I tried on another dress that I had thought was another contender, and as soon as I put on that other dress, I started to cry because I realized it was wrong and the Carolina Herrera dress was mine. So did everyone else. It was hard to explain why I knew that the original dress was mine, but I just knew. I totally had the bridal moment in the wrong dress!

I am still so in love with my dress. What makes it so special is the entire dress is covered in hand painted silk. It is all hand painted with a honeycomb pattern and flowers, that is sort of like an illusion because it looks like lace from afar. It is just so special and unique. And I love how the dress’ shape was fitted and not fussy, but still gave me a bit of pouf in the skirt and a gorgeous long train.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

One way I made my day extra personal was to incorporate meaningful items into what I wore that day. I wanted to have my mom with me that day, so I had her garter from her wedding sewn into the tulle in my dress and wore all of her jewelry. I had a locket with her picture and signature on it attached to my bouquet. Another special touch was that my mother’s best friend took me shopping for my wedding shoes and bought me my super fun bright blue Charlotte Olympia heels. She ended up not being able to attend the wedding due to her health (and has since passed away), so having those shoes to wear was extra meaningful. I also had some pictures of my mom displayed during cocktail hour, so I could have her there.

My husband loves old maps, so we worked with Cara from Underwood Letterpress to have her hand-design a map of all of our wedding weekend locations. It is so personal and she did such an amazing job! She even incorporated my love of hot pink into the invitations in a modern and non-girly way.

And since we love to cook, and my husband is a trained chef, we wanted the food to reflect us as a couple and for the dinner to just feel like a big dinner party. So we ended up choosing to serve the meal family style, with food from a local restaurant (through their catering branch) that is known for delicious simple seasonal California cuisine – it was so delicious! And since they are also known for their homemade ice creams, we decided to forego the traditional wedding cake and instead served ice cream and cobbler for dessert.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Our first dance was probably my favorite part of the wedding. My husband and I do not share a similar taste in music, so agreeing on a song took some serious work! After he shot down my country music suggestions, he seemed receptive to my suggestion of Jason Mraz’s I Won’t Give Up, but wanted to explore other options. We spent hours listening to songs, making lists, cutting down the lists, and then making new lists. And then 3 days before the wedding we realized that that Jason Mraz song had been the perfect song all along since it perfectly described how much we are each other’s rocks. Once our first dance started, I remember only focusing on my husband, and being absolutely caught up in that moment – it really felt like we were the only ones there. We both spent most of the dance singing to each other, crying and swaying, rather than really dancing, but it felt so intimate and romantic.

I also remember my husband pulling me away from the dance floor at one point later in the evening to share a moment. We stood there, staring at this amazing full moon, with all of our loved ones in the background and just soaked in the moment. I cannot remember a time where I have ever felt more at peace and more blissfully happy.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

My uncle and my husband’s sister actually set us up! My cousin (my uncle’s daughter) and my husband’s sister are actually really good friends from college. One night my sister-in-law was having some of her girlfriends over for a bridge night (including my cousin) and invited my uncle to help teach them bridge. My husband happened to be there, and offered to cook for everyone since he loves to cook. My uncle saw this cute guy who could cook and immediately started grilling him about his dating life. After learning my husband was single, my uncle asked my husband if he had any interest in meeting his niece in law school, and gave my husband my email. We both figured drinks couldn’t hurt, so we decided to meet for drinks one night in Palo Alto. We met totally blind, and ended up spending the whole night talking over just one glass of wine…and the rest is history!

My husband ended up proposing to me on a hike in the Presidio in San Francisco, one of our favorite spots in the city. I guess he had scouted out some good spots, and found a spot overlooking the beach with amazing views of the golden gate bridge (my favorite San Francisco icon). One Saturday morning he suggested we take our dog for a hike in the Presidio, so I put on my sweatpants and a baseball cap and we headed out. As soon as we got to the spot, I was standing to admire the views and he got down on one knee to propose. I don’t remember much except that as soon as he kneeled to propose I crouched down to be on his same level, and just kept repeating “are you serious?” We went back to that spot for our engagement photos, which was pretty special.

Liana Rabinovitch + Adam Johnson Overview Film from Well Spun Weddings on Vimeo.

Photography: Meg Messina // Planning and Design: Bustle Events // Florals: Nancy Liu Chin // Invitations/Menu: Underwood Letterpress  // Venue: Kunde Family Winery // Calligraphy: Tina Yang // Bride’s Dress: Caroline Herrera // Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu // Rentals: Bright Event Rentals // Hair and Makeup: The Glamourist // Catering: Stellar Catering // Videography: Well Spun Weddings // DJ: Boutique DJs

 

Channing and Jon wanted a “romantic and chic” wedding celebration in San Diego. Brick was the first venue they visited, and also the last—they LOVED it. Planners SoCal Wedding Consultant coordinated details that played of the space’s brick walls and a vintage vibe setting the perfect tone for the couple’s big day. San Diego Floral Design emphasized the palette of mostly whites and greens with pops of peach and gold while the couple (amazingly!) DIY-ed the large floral wreath installation. Photographer Christina with Hello Blue was a natural choice for the couple and these gorgeous images prove it was the perfect match.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Jon: For us, what made our wedding special and unique was that our guests ended up telling us that they felt as if they were invited to a dinner and a show. We added our own personality into our wedding by choreographing our first dance ourselves, making a short film with Channing’s brother and singing a Disney love song medley together that we arranged ourselves. Our parents even surprised us by singing a song for us. Moreover, all the speeches were captivating, heartwarming and tear-jerking for everyone. All the guests were telling us that they felt entertained and engaged the whole time. At the end of the night, Channing and I were still in disbelief on how smoothly the evening progressed, how fantastic all the decorations looked, and how much fun everyone ended up having.

Channing: For our wedding, we both wanted something romantic and chic. Jonathan and I wanted a rustic/industrial venue to have our wedding. When we saw BRICK, we both agreed that it was perfect. The brick walls and the market lights had a vintage vibe that we loved. The open space allowed us to be creative and fill the room with whatever we wanted. It was our first choice and the only venue we visited and we went with it! Jonathan and I wanted a photographer that we could trust. We wanted to know that we would love all of the shots captured and that no moment would be missed. Upon seeing Christina’s work, we loved the soft details of her photography and the way she captured beautiful moments. Once we met Christina and knew she was available, we booked her right away! Our engagement shoot was fun, natural, and effortless and we knew we were in good hands for our wedding day. Her aesthetic completely aligns with the vision we had for the wedding so it was a perfect match.

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

Channing: I stumbled across Julie Vino’s dresses on social media and instantly fell in love. I made an appointment with them when they had a trunk show in town and the dresses were just as beautiful in person as they were in photos. I had no idea what I wanted for my wedding dress until I saw the Dakota. I knew it was THE dress. So I said “yes” to the dress!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Channing: We wanted to make our wedding as “us” as possible with as many personal touches we could squeeze in. We used a track from our first date movie (back in 2010!) as the bride concessional. Jonathan used his 3D printer to print out each of the place cards for our guests. We DIYed our floral wreath chandelier and I hand-wrote most of the decorations, like our guest seating chart, the menu, and our guestbook globe. I have a minimalistic palette, so everything was mostly white with touches of our wedding colors, gold and peach. I found inspiration from blogs and Pinterest and built off of that with my own aesthetic. All of these projects took months of planning and hard work, but it was so worth it in the end to see our dream wedding come to life.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

It is hard to pick just one part of the day to be the most memorable since there were so many surprises and emotions throughout the entire day but if we had to, we would choose our parents surprising us with a singing performance to bless us. Little did we know, they had scheduled a few practices in secret before the wedding. They sang “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” arranged in a four-part harmony and it blew everyone away.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Jon: Channing and I met in 2008 at church. She had been attending that church all her life and I was a newcomer. We exchanged pleasantries but didn’t really get to know each other until 2010, when we started playing card games together every Sunday after church. After a college winter retreat in 2010, I told my best friends that I was interested in Channing and they gave me their approval. For our first date, I took Channing to see the movie How to Train Your Dragon. Five and a half years later I decided to propose to her.

Channing’s brother, Arthur, works in the film industry and we often helped him film personal projects for his demo reel. So around Christmas, I had Arthur message us, asking for our assistance in helping him get some romantic shots of a couple (us) looking at Christmas lights for his demo reel. This not only gave us an excuse to dress up, but also allowed Arthur to document the whole proposal without raising suspicion. The neighborhood I planned on taking Channing to is known for having spectacular Christmas lights set up and this year was no exception. I  planned the route we would walk and had our friends and family hiding at the very end. Once we got to that end point, we had someone take a picture of us on Channing’s phone in front of a Christmas light display. When we had our backs turned, our friends ran out, holding light up signs that I made with my 3D printer that spelled out “Channing Will You Marry Me?” After we took the picture, I had Channing check to see how the picture turned out. When she looked at the picture, she saw the lit up message in the background and turned around. By that time, I was already down on one knee and that’s when I gave my short, tear-filled speech and asked her to marry me.

Channing & Jonathan from byDesign Films on Vimeo.

Photographer: Hello Blue // Wedding Planner: SoCal Wedding Consultant // Florist: San Diego Floral Design // Ceremony and Reception Venue + Photobooth: Brick // Gown: Julie Vino / La Belle Salon Bridal // Bakery: Sweet as Bliss // Catering and Rentals: ArtQuest Catering // Band: New Sensations // Hair: Beach Bridal Beauty // Makeup: Bride // Videographer: By Design Films // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

We love Cannon Green—a Charleston venue with the perfect blend of the city’s historic charm and modern scene. Naturally, we were thrilled when photographers Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay sent over Leah and Reza’s lovey church wedding followed by a beautiful reception at none other than Cannon Green. Planned and designed by Megan Chandler of Ooh! Events, the details are both elegant and relaxed and punctuated by tons of gorgeous flowers by Out of the Garden. Lucky for us,Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay captured all the traditional yet modern style of the day in these beautiful images.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

When we started planning our wedding, the most important thing to us both was that it felt like us – traditional yet modern, elegant yet comfortable. All our guests were coming from out of town to celebrate with us in Charleston, and we really wanted to share with them what we love so much about Charleston – the historic charm, the vibrant downtown, and the great food! Hosting our reception at Cannon Green allowed us to do just that.

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

My dress was by Lela Rose, and it was the very first dress I tried on when shopping in Chicago with my mom and sisters. I had no idea what I wanted in a wedding dress, but I immediately felt comfortable when I put it on.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Reza and I had our hands in all aspects of the planning, making it feel very personal to us. We crafted our own ceremony and vows. Our welcome bags for our guests included treats from our respective home towns, from Chicago where we live now, and from Charleston. And our favorite part – our signature cocktail, the Grizz Fizz, was named after our precious pup.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

Our entire weekend was so memorable, but exchanging our vows was the best part of the weekend for us both.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Reza and I both work at a small investment firm in Chicago and took a particular interest in each other at the company holiday party. Because it is a small company, we decided to keep our relationship quiet (for over a year!). Our coworkers were supportive when they found out, many were at our wedding celebrating with us, and we still work together today.  We got engaged while walking our dog along the beautiful lakefront in Chicago. Rez then surprised me with my entire family in town from Ohio to celebrate with us. It was perfect.

Leah + Reza from LifeInRewind.com on Vimeo.

Photography: Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay // Planning/Design: Megan Chandler of Ooh! Events // Flowers: Out of the Garden // Printed Materials (menus, invites, seating chart, signage): Studio R // Ceremony Site: St. Luke’s Chapel // Reception Site: Cannon Green // Dress: Lela Rose // Bridal Shop: Belle Vie Bridal Couture // Hair: Meg Ann Workman // Makeup: Pamela Lesch // Band: Bobby and the Aristocrats, East Coast Entertainment // Ceremony Music: Bespoke Strings // Catering + Bar: Cannon Green // Rentals: Polished Tabletop and Ooh! Events // Transportation: Lowcountry Valet // Videography: Life in Rewind

 

 

Sara and Ramsey knew they wanted to get married in Estes Park as they met, fell in love, and made their home in Colorado. Plus, they already had a tradition of hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park followed by pie from the Colorado Cherry Company. So that’s what they did, got married overlooking the mountains at Twin Owls and celebrated with a lovely lodge reception and pie from CO Cherry Co.. Add in bold and beautiful peony-centric florals by Hana Style and the gorgeous photography of Alix Loosle and we’ve got a stunning wedding in the Rockies for your enjoyment!

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We knew we wanted to get married in Estes Park as we met, fell in love, and made our home in Colorado, plus we had a tradition of hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park followed by pie from the Colorado Cherry Company. For me, the most special part of our wedding was the involvement of our loved ones. From the pecan pies baked by my mother-in-law to the wreath made by my mom, and from the brother who acted as our officiant to the brother who performed our first dance song, the day felt like a reflection of us and the people we love.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was definitely the ceremony. Surrounded by our closest family and friends, looking out to the Rocky Mountains, and reciting our own personal vows of love and commitment to one another – it was the most beautiful and incredibly humbling experience. I will also always treasure the memory of dancing with my father, as well as the moment Ramsey and I stepped away for a few minutes to enjoy the sunset alone together. And, of course, the highlight of the night was dancing at the reception, complete with a spontaneous limbo made from groomsmen’s ties, army crawls, break dancing, and glow stick sunglasses. The day flew by, but it was everything and beyond what we had hoped for, and we are so grateful for the unbelievable amount of love and support we felt that day.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Ramsey and I met during our first year of law school at the University of Denver. We were next-door neighbors and classmates, so we easily found excuses to hang out – building a snowman, grabbing coffee, late-night studying, making dinner, or no reason at all. And while we immediately bonded over our similarities (being from neighboring hometowns, with geophysicist fathers, and having brothers named Zachary), ultimately our differences strengthened us most, as we challenged one another and grew together over the next four years.

Photography: Alix Loosle // Flowers: Hana Style // Venue: Twin Owls // Bride’s Ring: Shane Co. // Groom’s ring: Kay // DJ: Music Man // Pies: CO Cherry Co. // Bride’s Dress: D’Anelli Bridal // Hair: Tatiana Lickteig // Makeup: Canvas Beauty Bar // Groom + Groomsmen Suits: Jos. A. Banks