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Susan and Sunny’s wedding at Foxhall Resort was a day filled with Autumn scenery and a true celebration of love and family. Grey Collective photographer Eliza Morrill had this to say about the down-to-earth couple’s vows: “…exchanged overlooking the fields as the sun set, surrounded by friends and family, Sunny said to Susan the two words he most often hears her say: “thank you”—thank you for agreeing to be his wife and making him a better man. Susan spoke of how Sunny is the true reflection of his name—“Sunny like the weather,” and I don’t believe that there was a dry eye on that mountain.” Perfection, right? Lovely planning and coordination by Samantha Warren, colorful florals by Estorie Floral and a rustic cake display by Cecilia’s Cakes make this fall affair truly inspiring.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

The ceremony was our biggest focus of the whole day. My dream for our wedding was that our friends and family would feel seen, and known, and loved. We know this is God’s intent for every person, and that’s why marriage is the perfect picture of how He feels about us. My sincere hope is that people left the wedding feeling celebrated and so loved – because we sure love them.

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

My mom, Matron of Honor, and I went to The Sentimentalist in Atlanta, and I could not be happier that we did! It was actually the only store we went to. Their team is incredibly helpful and made the whole process so enjoyable and personal. They really figured out my style and what I was looking for, even before I did. I loved the very first dress that I tried on, and I kept comparing every other dress to that one. At the end of our session, I just knew the first one (by Rebecca Schoneveld) was “the one”, and we placed the order then and there.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

In addition to photography (shout out to the amazing Eliza!), there were two elements to the day that were most important to me: food and music. I wanted the food to be delicious and personal – like you’re sharing a table and great meal at someone’s home. Shauna Niequist, anyone? We wanted options that were healthy and delicious, and lots of them! Sun in My Belly did a phenomenal job executing this vision. We also ordered about 9 differently flavored satellite cakes from Cecilia’s so that people had tons of options. And s’mores. No one was going home hungry!

As for music, this started with the ceremony. My dear friend coordinated musicians, sound, etc., and it was the best and most personal wedding gift that anyone could ever give to us.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

From the bride: Sunny and I wrote our own vows, and I’ve never felt so honored or loved. I’ll never forget the commitment we made to one another in those sweet moments. Not long after our vows, we had the opportunity to take communion and pray together, overlooking the beautiful landscape at Foxhall. The beauty of God’s creation is one of those gifts in life that always hits me hard – really hard. I was overwhelmed as we stood together, and it’s like I was experiencing love in a brand new way. Just like the fields we were overlooking – it was so expansive.

I can’t believe I get to walk alongside Sunny for the rest of our lives. When it comes to a life-long partner-in-crime, I hit the jackpot.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We’ve actually worked together for the past four years – in the same department, but different teams! About three and a half years ago I actually set Sunny up on a blind date with a friend of a friend, because I thought very highly of him. Fast forward, and Sunny and I grabbed dinner with a mutual friend that he knew in college, and I’d known in elementary school. We had a great time! Sunny and I had ridden together from our office, and ended up chatting for a long time in the parking deck when we returned. We agreed to hang out a couple of days later, but just didn’t invite our mutual friend. It didn’t take long to realize how much we both enjoyed being together. Selfishly, I’m so thankful that blind date years before didn’t go too far!

We love to hike together, so it was only fitting that Sunny proposed on a hike. The moments leading up to the proposal were hilarious, which is fitting for us, and made the thing a huge surprise. I asked him if he wanted to sit down, and he told me he’d rather kneel. I thought he was kidding, but then he did. Cue my water works!

Photography: Eliza Morrill Photography www.elizamorrill.com // Planning + Coordination: Samantha Warren | Forever and Then Some // Floral Design: Estorie Floral // Venue: Foxhall Resort, Legacy Lookout // Bride’s Dress: The Sentimentalist // Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew // Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse //  Caterer: Sun in My Belly  // Cakes: Cecilia’s Cakes
// Hair + Makeup: Hope Ferguson // Band: Love, Peace & Happiness Band // Second Shooter: Maggie Armstrong

 

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Vicky and Will met for the first time while living abroad, and they bonded over their shared love of reading. As their relationship grew, they continued to make their love of books and travel central components of their life together. So, for their wedding day at Cavallo Point Lodge, designer and planner Linen and Lilac used the couple’s love of reading and travel travel, along with their modern and vibrant, yet unfussy style as the jumping off point for a minimalist aesthetic, acrylic accents, and a colorful peach and ochre color palette. With punchy florals and stationery by Bowerbird Atelier and amazing photography by Sorella Muse, this wedding is such a treat for the eyes and we’re thrilled to share it with you today!

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From the planners: Cavallo Point, located in Sausalito near the Golden Gate Bridge, provided the perfect backdrop for this New York-based couple who wanted a wedding with a classic Bay Area feel. We sought to weave the couple’s love story and personal style throughout the wedding in a way that was consistent with the aesthetic of the venue.

 

We conceptualized with floral + stationery vendor, Bowerbird Atelier, a minimalist ceremony design of asymmetrically placed potted plants and branches that served to welcome guests, set the tone of the wedding design, and were later reused to highlight the sweetheart table in the reception space. Vibrant centerpieces with votives were layered on top of neutral linens for the guest tables while the Harper linen from La Tavola added visual interest to accent tables.

Playing off the couple’s love of books, we designed modern acrylic bookmarks that served triple duty as escort cards, guest favors, and adorned with a colorful pom indicating the guests’ meal selection. In lieu of a traditional guest book, we incorporated their love of travel by having guests write notes on cards designed to look like airmail envelopes in their color scheme. Cards were bound together with thick acrylic covers and simple silver rounds, making it easy to store and read through the notes from their loved ones. Vicky and Will’s wedding came together perfectly as a colorful, elegant San Francisco affair. Even though it was March, the sun shone brightly enough for the iconic Golden Gate Bridge not to be shrouded in fog and peek out in the background of their couple portraits!

Photography: Sorella Muse // Design + Planning: Linen and Lilac // Flowers + Stationery: Bowerbird Atelier // Venue: Cavallo Point Lodge // Hair + Makeup: Beauty by Chau // Ceremony Music: Amethyst Trio // DJ: Four Leaf Entertainment // Linens: La Tavola Linen // Dress: Reem Acra // Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo // Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

 

Valerie and Ryan’s Palm Beach wedding planned by Simply Couture Weddings, is filled with bright florals, grandiose architecture and style at every turn. The bride’s citrus-hued bouquet by Port + Palm Co. is a show-stopper and we can’t get enough of the groom’s rad, white dinner jacket. Lucky for us, Shea Christine Photography was on hand at the Flagler Museum to capture all the details in this palm-tree lined affair.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I wanted to do something different from a sand ceremony or unity candle so I found a Celtic Handfasting tradition. My husband and I literally “tied the knot” and it was meaningful because we both have a Celtic background. We also lived in Miami for 2 1/2 years and I have Cuban heritage so I wanted to incorporate an “Hora Loca” into our reception to bring the party! We got foam light sticks, glow sticks, and party beads and our planner passed them out towards the end of the night to keep the party going!

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

The gown is from Spanish designer Pronovias (another nod to my heritage.) I knew the elements I wanted in a dress – lace, off the shoulder with sleeves, defined waist, back detail –  and I spent hours looking in magazines and on websites for the perfect one. I tried on over 50 dresses! But when I saw that dress on a website one night I knew it was the one. I had to hunt for a salon that carried it because it was part of the 2017 collection which was just being released, but I finally found it at Couture Bridal in Miami Beach. When I tried it on, I pictured myself standing next to my husband and I couldn’t help but cry – that was it!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We’re big Disney fans so I definitely wanted to incorporate that in a subtle way – we got a Disney-themed cake topper and had some Disney props in the photobooth. Also I’m a huge Lilly Pulitzer fan and with the events being held in Palm Beach, it wasn’t hard to work that into the wedding theme. We had Lilly print patio furniture and menus at the rehearsal dinner, and our wedding florals were Lilly’s jungle inspired.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

For me – taking portraits after the first look. He had seen me in my dress so the emotion and the nerves had passed. I felt I could relax and have fun. It was all about us and I felt so special and beautiful but we didn’t have a hundred pairs of eyes staring at us yet. For him – just before she walked down the aisle. Even though we did a first look, seeing her walk down the aisle toward me was what I had been waiting for all day. It was emotional when they opened the doors to the pavilion and I saw her again with her dad.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We both work in retail and met working at J.Crew. Fast forward 5 years, Ryan had always wanted the engagement to be a surprise. So he enlisted the help of his mom to get the ring from a jewelry store in his home town and picked the last proposal spot I would ever guess. While on vacation with his family that summer at his favorite lake, he waited until our last night by the campfire when we were making s’mores. He refused to toast my marshmallow for me, which I thought was strange (because he didn’t want the ring to fall out of his pocket in the dark.) Everyone had been waiting for him to ask the whole trip and I had no idea! Finally his parents were going to bed when he asked them to take a picture of the two of us. That was when he got down on one knee and said he couldn’t live without me and asked me to marry him! How could a girl say no to that??

Planning: Simply Couture Weddings // Photo: Shea Christine Photography // Floral: Port + Palm Co. // Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas // Venue: Flagler Museum // Bridal Gown Designer: Pronovias // Bridal Salon: Couture Bridal // Cake: Earth and Sugar // DJ/Photobooth: Vision DJs // Caterer: Chez Gourmet // Hair/Makeup: Emmy Sinanan // Transportation: Millenium Limo // Tux Rental: The Tux Shop

 

There was never a questions about where Anna and Zack would marry. Kennebunkport, in Southern Maine, had become the couple’s happy place, an escape from NYC and somewhere they shared a lot of special memories with family and friends. They enlisted Emily Elizabeth Events to design and plan their ceremony at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church and reception at Breakwater Inn and the details are absolutely stunning. Rainy day vibes and a striking, rich palette make this one stand out with florals by Watershed Floral and invitations and paper by Parrott Design Studio. See all the beautiful inspiration in these images by Emily Delamater.

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From the bride: For Zack and I there was never a question we would get married anywhere else other than Maine. Over the 8 years of our relationship, Southern Maine had become our happy place, an escape from NYC and somewhere we shared a lot of special memories with family and friends over the years. It’s also where we got engaged!

We selected our reception and ceremony venues for their breathtaking beauty, views and for the intimacy they both provided. After visiting only two other venues, it was not a difficult decision.

We both have small families and a close knit group of friends, each of whom we value dearly, and wanted the day to feel very personal and filled with love. We just could not wait to share our special place with all of them!

Between the amazing band, flowers, and all of the personal details (especially the pie); there is not a single thing we would change. Even a little rain while walking down the aisle provided us with some of the most moving moments we will surely never forget.

Photography: Emily Delamater // Event Planning and Design: Emily Elizabeth Events // Florals: Watershed Floral // Invitation and Paper Goods: Parrott Design Studio // Wedding Reception Venue, Catering, and Pie: Breakwater Inn // Ceremony: St. Ann’s Episcopal Church // Hair and Makeup: Ariel Johnson // Bride’s Gown: Rosa Clara // Bride’s Shoes: L.K. Bennett // Groom’s Tux: Alton Lane // Groomsmen Suits: Owned by Groomsmen // Groomsmen Ties: J. Crew // Bridesmaids’ Gowns: Adrianna Papell // Rehearsal Dinner: Hattie’s // Caterer for Rehearsal Dinner: Blue Elephant // Tent and Lighting Design: Sperry Tents Seacoast // Rentals: Exeter Events, One Stop Event Rentals, Emily Elizabeth Events, and Parrott Design Studio // Band: Bob Charest Band // Transportation for Rehearsal Dinner: Bo-Mar Transportation // Transportation for Wedding: Intown Trolley

 

YOU GUYS! We are so excited to share this fabulous Italian wedding designed by Grey Collective member Chic Weddings in Italy with you. From the Frida Kahlo-inspired reception under the cafe lights on the couple’s recently restored B&B in Ceglie Messapica, to the bride’s rad style accentuated with the larger-than-life-amazing floral crown, this wedding is oozing with style. We’re loving the romance of the family-style reception and the florals by Flower Addicted are the perfect amount of artsy. Studio AQ was on hand to work their fabulous photo magic and we’re so happy to be sharing the gorgeous photographs of Luisa and Francesco’s wedding with you.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We were lucky enough to get to celebrate our wedding in a special venue: our home! We have recently renovated an old trullo property in Ceglie Messapica, in the heart of Itria Valley and transformed it into “Fikus” a small boutique B & B so it was the perfect occasion to gather our very big Italian families and friends from all over Italy and Europe to be with us on our special day. It was so emotional we got to celebrate our wedding in our very own nest we have created with so much passion and heart. Plus the work that the CW team and the florist have done was amazing – we were all in awe!

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

I had something completely different in my mind and wanted something more ” Gatsby – like ” but eventually in the last atelier I went, the dress was just there awaiting for me! The atelier manager opened these huge wardrobes with amazing floating dresses and the only thing I was attracted to was this tiny impalpable lace long sleeve – so I asked “What about this one?” and so I was actually choosing my own dress. It’s the Villaroel dress from Yolancris, and honestly I never thought this kind of dress would do for my body type but I felt so comfortable in it and started giggling when I had it on. Of course I added my special styling and twist: I wore it with no under-gown, I added the golden belt and the D&G like vintage crown for the party , and I just felt it was so much my style.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

I have always been passionate about Frida Kahlo and her art but in the recent years I got to see this amazing exhibition in Rome all by myself – so I spent three hours wandering around her pieces and her life and it really got into me. Also Francesco and I share this idea of love that goes beyond formality and cliches and we really wanted to express it . So it was inevitable somehow to get her style as major inspiration for our big day.

The floral crown was the killer – Francesco and all the guests went nuts about the bold flowers and everyone kept asking about it. Channeling Frida all day was our way to make the wedding so very deeply personal.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

I am a control freak and although everything was perfect and everyone had great time, I was stressed out the majority of the time!

It had been a crazy day and I had been spinning around a lot. But the most memorable moment of the day was driving back from the castle where the ceremony was held to our B & B. We were in the car with Marta from Studio A+Q and the driver and it was like any other day – it was perfection. Francesco and I chatting and giggling and really feeling the love. The light was perfect, the warm summer wind, the anticipation of what we were about to see, it was those perfect 15 minutes we will never forget.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Francesco and I are both originally from Puglia but had never met until we were both living as expat in Brussels. Oh, yes life is funny! We got together in 2012 and by then Francesco had decided to move back to Puglia for its own start up, I basically quit my job and went back to live with him, leaving everyone in shock! But love wins it all! The idea of Fikus came a little bit later and it has been the center of our life for the past years, so the perfect ending to our project was to celebrate our love there.

Francesco proposed on the rooftop of our house on a sunny September Sunday morning with my favorite Juste un clou ring by Cartier – surrounded by ancient olive trees and a construction site work in progress for the renovation. One of those (im)perfect moments that are unforgettable!

Event Design and Production: Chicweddingsinitaly // Photography: Studio AQ // Florals: Flower Addicted // Invitations: Otto piu’ otto // Venue: FIKUS The Apulian B&B // Second Shooter: Paolo Manzi // Catering: Chez vous // Bridal Gown: Yolan Cris // Bridesmaids Dress: Vila