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Karla, originally from Chile, met Peter in Granada, Spain while traveling abroad. So, it was very important to the couple to incorporate as much of Latin American culture into their wedding day in Columbia, Indiana. The vibrant, outdoor celebration was planned by Christina Burton Events and held at Peter’s grandparent’s private estate. The day was filled with tailored details like a Brazilian music band during cocktail hour, a first dance to a salsa song,  Alfajores and sandwiches as midnight snacks, Chilean wine flowing all night and a large neon signs that read Los Laskey (The Laskeys in Spanish) above the DJ stand. Florals by Woven Blooms added bold color at every turn and we’re loving ALL of it in these images by Sharin Shank Photography + Becca Novak.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Because I am from Chile, it was very important for us to incorporate as much of Latin American culture into our wedding as possible. That’s why we choose to have a Bossa Nova (Brazilian Jazz) band play, a tequila shot toast instead of a champagne toast (with handmade traditional Mexican Talavera glasses for each guest), a Spanish tasting meal with lots of saffron, Chilean wine served throughout the festivities and even had my mother bake and decorate Alfajores, Chile’s national dessert biscuit. Since the wedding was outdoors in Peter’s grandparents’ home, we tried to incorporate the woods and nature into our celebration, encouraging guests to enjoy the lake and views during the cocktail hour and having our dance be under the stars.

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

It look me about a year to gather each piece of my look. I first purchased my Louvienne gown from a boutique store called Lovely Bride in Chicago. The gown is very simple and classic, it has a silk bustier top and a matte stretchy bottom with a long tail and silk buttons down the spine. From the beginning I knew that was the look I wanted for the party but wanted to accessorize with a topper for the church ceremony. A few months later I found Anna Campbell and her amazing hand-beaded toppers and gowns and I immediately fell in love with her work. I ended up purchasing the Anna topper, a very delicate hand-beaded top modeled after the designers´ own wedding dress. Each topper is made at request in Australia and shipped months after placing the order. At Alice in Ivory in Chicago I got my beautiful cathedral length veil made by Sara Gabriel, a Colorado based designer. One of the hardest things for me to settle on were my shoes. I knew I wanted something comfortable but I also love high heels, so after purchasing and returning some 5 different pairs of shoes I decided to go with a very bold blue velvet block heel from Sam Edelman. It ended up being the perfect choice as I was super comfy and they also allowed to express more of my style, which is less traditional.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Every single part of the wedding was personalized. All stationery from the invitations to the menus and escort chart were hand written with guest’s names as appropriate. Our processional song was a live piano cover of Yellow by Coldplay. We mixed English and Spanish throughout the wedding ceremony and had family members from both sides do readings or speeches in our native languages. We had a Brazilian music band play during cocktail hour, a large cheese and bread table to bring out my family’s French background, a large American flag waving above the bar, we carefully tailored the music that our DJ played for it to combine Latin American and American songs, had our first dance to a salsa song, had Alfajores and sandwiches as midnight snacks, Chilean wine flowing all night and a large neon signs that read Los Laskey (The Laskeys in Spanish) above the DJ stand.

 

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The actual ceremony, when we made our vows, was the most beautiful and special moment. We did not expect to feel so deep in love and emotion at that moment but it was truly a magical experience of overwhelming peace. Saying our vows in front of our loved ones and God was the reason we were all there that day and that intention of love and commitment was palpable throughout the rest of the day and night.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Peter and I met in Granada, Spain while we were both studying there in 2012. When we returned to the US later that year we were living in different cities and and did long distance for over a year. Peter ended up moving to Chicago where I was finishing school and we lived together for one year before he proposed. We were on a trip back home to Chile where my entire family lives, when in a remote town in the south of the country Peter asked me to marry him. It was perfect.

Photographer: Sharin Shank Photography + Becca Novak // Event Planner: Christina Burton Events // Florals: Woven Blooms // Invitation Designer + Calligraphy: A Fabulous Fete // Getting Ready Venue: Hotel Indigo Columbus, Indiana // Ceremony: First Baptist Church // Reception Venue: Private Lake House // Brides Gown: Louvienne from Lovely Bride in Chicago // Beaded Top: Anna Topper by Anna Campbell // Catering and Cake: Kahns Catering // Shoes: Sam Edelman// Veil: Alice in Ivory Chicago // Hair & Makeup: Lesley White // Groom + Groomsmen Suites: The Black Tux // Equipment Rentals: Violet Vintage Rentals // DJ: Looby Music and Event Service // Videographer: Toast Films // Live Music: Rio Bamba Band // Tables, Chairs and Tents: A Classic Party Rental

 

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Liz and Steven wanted an intimate wedding with their closest family and friends. Their hometown of Vancouver doesn’t offer very nice weather in the month of March so the couple took their affair abroad and celebrated at Olowalu Plantation House in Hawaii. The couple totally planned their destination event remotely with the help of Opihi Love Wedding and Events—and Pinterest and Instagram of course. Feminine, pink florals by Bella Bloom  dressed the ceremony and reception and personalized details like the traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony,  Hula show during sunset and a late-night fire dancer added to the outdoor event. Lucky for the couple, their photographer Melia Lucida Photography had just moved from Vancouver to Maui and was able to capture them beautifully in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We wanted an intimate wedding with our closest friends and family but many of our guests were from out of town and Vancouver is not the nicest during the month of March. Consequently, we decided on having a destination wedding in Maui, a much more tropical location that would be relatively convenient for our guests in Asia and the East Coast. The first time that either of us have been to Hawaii was literally four days before our wedding, so this was a huge adventure for us and made the experience extra unique. Thanks to Pinterest and Instagram, we were able to plan our dream wedding entirely remotely and with the exception of our amazing photographer, we didn’t meet any of our other vendors until days before the wedding if at all. We lucked out with our photographer because she used to be based out of Vancouver so we were able to meet her in person and get our engagement photos done locally prior to her moving to Maui.

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

I love watching the various wedding dress shows on TV and thought I had a really good idea of what my dream gown would be like. However, even though I only went to a couple of places, once I started trying them on, the options seemed endless and it was difficult to remember which was which. Thankfully, I had my mom with me and there was this one dress that both of us kept referring back to so that ended up being the dress I selected. The best part of the dress was that it came with pockets. We got the dress from a very small boutique that carried the particular brand but that was when the nightmare began. The owner ordered the dress one size too small and there was not enough time to order a new one by the time we found out. We had to take the sample dress and went through multiple rounds of cleaning. It was not ideal but luckily our dry cleaner pulled through and then came our next obstacles – having to pass customs, hand-carrying the gown onto the plane and finding adequate overhead compartment space. At the end of the day though, all of the stress and extra effort was worthwhile as I love my dress and wouldn’t have picked any other one. Furthermore, I was able to wear it again for the day-after shoot and although the dress came home the worse for wear with some torn tulle and mud/grass stains here and there, I’m ecstatic that I was able to make the most out of it.

 

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Since our wedding in Maui was relatively small, we were able to give our guests very personalized wedding favors. We ordered leather luggage tags for our guests that had their names embossed on it. Furthermore, each tag was unique as the color of the tag and the strap were different for each guest depending on their favorite colors.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The entire day was very memorable. There was something special during each part of the day – the mad rush from the writing of my personal vows on the morning of to the Hula Show during sunset to the fire dancer in the pitch-dark night. However, if I were to pick a moment, it would be when we performed the traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony outside by the gorgeous tree at Olowalu.

Mauve, blush and dusty pink make up the dreamiest palette in Emma and Brad’s wedding day at Camp Lucy. The couple enlisted the help of event designer Stefanie Miles who collected a group of all-star vendors to execute the beautiful day. Florist Bows and Arrows brought the beauty of the pink palette to life with arrangements overflowing with dahlias, roses and peonies and a receptions dripping in greenery. Literally you guys—spectacular greens are dripping from the rafters of the nineteenth century French Colonial chapel. There’s romance and joy all over this Texas wedding and we’re thrilled to share it with you in these stunning images by Krystle Akin.

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from the bride: Despite being in the same freshman orientation class, dorm and even several business classes, Brad and I didn’t meet until the summer before our junior year on a study abroad trip to London. Three years later, Brad proposed in Cabo San Lucas at our favorite restaurant that’s carved into a series of cliffs overlooking the ocean.

As Brad and I started planning our wedding, we knew that we wanted it to be personal and unique to us as a couple. Our family has always been extremely important to us so we wanted to include them in as many ways as possible. During the ceremony, my uncle played guitar while my cousin sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as I walked down the aisle with my mom and dad. My aunt read a verse from Corinthians 1 and my 90-year old grandmother attached a pin that has been worn by every woman in the family at their wedding onto my dress. We even asked all the family members who have been married to send us a photo from their cake cutting for us to place around the cake.

Our wedding weekend was not perfect but it was absolutely perfect for us! We allowed ourselves to go with the flow and accept that things wouldn’t go exactly as planned. We decided to spend time with each other and the entire wedding party before the ceremony even started to calm our nerves and even sneaked in a kiss after getting caught up in the emotions of reading our vows to one another. It was not only an amazing day but also an amazing weekend spent with life-long friends and family.

 

Emma and Brad’s Sneak Peek | Austin, TX from The McKellars on Vimeo.

Photography: Krystle Akin // Planner: Stefanie Miles // Floral: Bows and Arrows // Invites: Inkling Calligraphy // Venue: Camp Lucy // Videography: The McKellars // Dress: Willowby by Waters // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Rentals: Whim Hospitality

 

Marissa and Mason’s wedding day at The Pavilion at Mixon Farms is overflowing with vibrant, happy details. The bride and groom— self-described as “very bubbly and happy people”—wanted the wedding to be a reflection of their personalities. Planner Swanky Soiree Events helped the couple infuse joyous vibes throughout celebration at the orange grove—from the big, bold florals by Oh Darling Events to fresh orange favors and the result is delightful. Lucky for us, the couple enlisted the skills of Everence Photography to capture all the moments of their big day in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

There were so many things that felt so special and unique during our big day. The little details were very important to us. We wanted our personalities and favorite things to be incorporated to our special day. Since we were getting married at an orange grove out of season, it only felt fitting to incorporate the oranges in our décor! They were the perfect addition and we even used them as our party favors with customized thank you tags pinned to them at each table setting. Not to mention – they smelled amazing.

The florals were a huge part of the day. The groom and I are very bubbly and happy people. We wanted the flowers to be bright and vibrant, just like our personalities. Plus, once I got my eyes on coral peonies and hot pink ranunculus, I fell in love and wanted them everywhere on the big day! Our florist then took creative control to create all the florals that were at the wedding. It was better than I could have ever imagined. I wanted to ensure all the little details came together. Every piece of décor was though out. Down to our pink glasses we had for the bridal party and the fun unique ones for our guests, to our bar sign that was on a copper tray! I made our signature drink match our theme with a pink margarita on the rocks with a copper straw. We had colored sugar and salts that matched our colors that our guests could choose from and it was such a fun detail! The groom also loves Corona, so the groom and all the groomsman wore Corona socks on our big day.

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

We found my gown at Something Blue Bridal, a beautiful boutique in our town. I tried on about 15 dresses, which were all gorgeous, but I just did not feel like I had found “the one.” We almost gave up thinking today was not the day I would find my dress. I decided to skim the rack one more time, and one dress caught my eye. It was not anything I envisioned myself in, but I figured there was no harm in trying just one more. The moment I put it on and saw myself in the dressing room, I started to tear up and could not stop smiling. I walked out to my bridesmaids, mom and grandma, and instantly everyone cried and loved it. We knew in that moment I had found the dress!

 

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Both of our fathers passed away before our big day, so incorporating the most important men in our life into our wedding was at the top of the list. My maid of honor gifted me a charm that could be tied to my bouquet with my father’s photo and the quote “With you every step of the way”. It was one of my favorite details of the entire wedding. To incorporate the groom’s father, I found the last birthday card he had given to the groom, and had the message transferred to a handkerchief that the groom could carry with him the entire day. To incorporate our copper theme, and as a nod to our special day, I picked out a copper wedding band, so every time I look at it, it takes me back to all the details, and the day I married the most amazing man. We had custom signage made by a local calligraphist who incorporated our copper theme into the lettering, and we painted our easels copper. It was so subtle but so perfect. We also had custom napkins made that were handed out during cocktail hour and throughout the night. We also line danced at our wedding as a cute nod to how we met!

 

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day for the groom and I was our last dance. As all our guests were lining up for our sparkler send off, we had one last slow dance with no one around. We were able to talk about our big day, all our favorite moments, and really soak in everything we just experienced. It was the sweetest thing full of love and we cherish that moment so much. We recommend every bride and groom to do it!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We grew up in the same town with mutual friends and saw each other around for a few years but never really spoke until one special Saturday night. We both loved to line dance, and we were at our local country bar line dancing one night! That’s the first night the groom approached me and asked me to dance – from that moment on we were smitten and inseparable. Now here we are 4 years later, married!

Photography: Everence Photography // Planner: Swanky Soiree Events // Florals: Oh Darling Events // Venue: The Pavilion at Mixon Farms // Hair & Makeup: Krystal Hall // Makeup: Amy Shaw Makeup Artist // Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero // Tuxes: Something Blue Bridal Boutique // Videography: Brandon Paul Photography & Films // Cake: Cakes by Ron // DJ: TLS Entertainment // Goblets/Rentals: The Copper Acorn // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Erica and Jimmy tied the knot in the bride’s home state of South Carolina at Pawleys Island’s Litchfield Plantation. Erica’s family has been vacationing in Pawleys Island going back 100 years and the the couple felt the beach location was the perfect celebration of their love for each other and Southern Lowcountry. With the help of Meagan Warren Weddings they packed the weekend with events that showcased the best of the destination beach town and a wedding day filled to the brim with Southern elegance. Florals are by Fern Studio with stationery by Albertine Press and Brandon Lata Photography was on hand to capture all the lovely moments in these beautiful images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We chose to get married in my home state of South Carolina, at a very special place to both of us, Pawleys Island. It holds a special place in my heart, as it is my “happy place” and where I have vacationed every summer with my family since I was a kid. In fact, my mother’s side of the family has been going there for almost 100 years! Time here always means relaxing on the beach, spending time with family, soaking up the sunshine, eating delicious food, drinking wine on the deck, catching crabs in the creek, and watching the sunset over the marsh. It wasn’t hard for Jimmy to also fall in love with this special place after his first visit! We decided there was no better location to tie the knot. Since our guests would be traveling from near and far to be with us on our wedding day, we wanted to make sure the entire weekend was filled with fun and that everyone got to see the special place that Pawleys is. We kicked off the celebrations with family during a Lowcountry Boil, continued with a bridal luncheon at the charming Sea View Inn on the ocean, and welcomed all of our guests with a party at Wachesaw Plantation Club, where they got their first taste of the understated elegance of the South Carolina Lowcountry. During our wedding, we served a menu of traditional Southern Lowcountry cuisine at the historic Litchfield Plantation, surrounded by moss-covered oaks and a rice plantation, and finished the night with an after party at the locally infamous Pawleys Island Tavern. We concluded the weekend with a brunch overlooking the beach on a beautiful day, and we are so grateful that we were able to share so many new memories in our favorite place with all of our loved ones.

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

I hadn’t done any wedding dress shopping yet, but I had my eye on the style of Pronovias dresses. I ended up having to take a business trip to Milan, Italy just over a year out from our wedding, and was exploring the city when I realized that Pronovias had a flagship store there. I walked in, figuring it was a long shot for me to get an appointment, but as it turned out, they were having a special preview event for their new collection two days later and had just one available appointment left! I returned for the appointment by myself, not sure what to expect, and fell in love with the fifth dress I tried on- it was exactly what I had imagined! I FaceTimed my mom (it was 5:00am on the East Coast- she’s a trooper!), and was able to share the moment with her virtually. We even toasted to it – me with champagne and her with coffee!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

It was very important to us to make our wedding personal to our relationship and our families, so we infused many details to make it our own. On my side of the family, we always think it’s best to decide on a dessert (or three) first, and then plan the meal around that. So it was only fitting to have the best bakers I know (my mother, grandmothers, and aunt) whip up our favorite family recipes to serve! To go along with the cake, our guests were able to enjoy some very special sweet treats at our family dessert table, all served on my grandmother’s and mother’s silver. We are also very partial to our preferred beverages, and wanted to make sure we shared all of our favorite craft beers from our favorite places with everyone- some that we even had to bring down in our suitcases with us from Nantucket! We rounded out the bar with our favorite wines and three signature cocktails, while also inviting guests to a specialty station to enjoy my personal favorite, oysters and rosé. Aside from the edible details, we had a custom watercolor crest designed with our new monogram, accompanied by watercolor artwork of the iconic “Pawleys Island shell” that we used on everything from our stationery, signage, and welcome bags to custom pillows, koozies, and cocktail napkins. Finally, we chose to honor my late grandfather and his art through a special guest book. Poppop spent over 70 years of his life documenting scenes from all over the beautiful state of South Carolina and turning them into postcards, with his favorite of those places being Pawleys Island. We chose a selection of his postcards and asked our guests to pick their favorites to sign in lieu of a traditional guest book, which has resulted in such a special keepsake that we will forever treasure. I also attached his Navy anchor pin with lace from my mother’s wedding dress to my bouquet, adding a special touch to carry with me down the aisle.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

There are so many fun memories that stick out from this perfect day, thanks to all of our loved ones who were there to celebrate with us! If we have to pick, there are two that stick out most. One of these is the first look that we shared with each other. On a day that’s filled with so many emotions, anxiety, and people, we both agree that the moment we first saw each other when I walked out from behind the moss-covered oak trees was so incredibly special and calming and will stick in our minds forever. The moments that followed during which we were able to be alone and share our excitement for the day were our favorites, and they truly helped us relax and enjoy the festivities. Our other favorite memory comes later in the night, when my talented sister and maid of honor surprised everyone onstage with Mark Bryan from Hootie and the Blowfish to perform “Hold My Hand,” one of our favorite songs! This was such a shock, and we could not have had more fun singing and dancing along with our friends during such a special performance.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

I moved to Boston for my first job after finishing graduate school at Clemson in South Carolina, not knowing anyone. In order to meet people, I joined the New England Clemson Alumni Club, and met Jimmy at one of the first football game watch parties of the season, just two months after moving! Although from Boston, he went to Clemson for school so we immediately had a common bond and it was somewhat a taste of home. He was there to help me through my first Boston winter and learn the ropes in Boston, and we quickly fostered a special relationship. Two years later, Jimmy planned a trip for the two of us to get out of the city and spend Labor Day Weekend enjoying Nantucket, one of our favorite places to go together. Before dinner on the first night, we decided to go grab a bottle of champagne and watch the sun go down at Steps Beach. Once there, Jimmy suggested that we set up a phone to take a time lapse of the sunset, as we had done on previous trips together. He then proceeded to lead me out towards the water so that this time we would appear in the time lapse video, champagne in hand. Next thing I knew, Jimmy had dropped down to one knee, and all I remember is saying “Yes!” before spending the rest of the night and weekend together in a whirlwind of excitement!

 

Planning and Design: Meagan Warren Weddings // Photography: Brandon Lata Photography // Florals: Fern Studio // Stationery: Albertine Press // Venue: Litchfield Plantation // Video: Reel Weddings // Gown: Pronovias // Wedding Crest & Custom Illustrations: Kearsley Lloyd // Calligraphy: Delighted Calligraphy // Bridesmaids: Hayley Paige Occasions // Groomsmen: Calvin Klein // Cake: Incredible Edibles Bakery // Hair & Makeup: Ash & Co. // Rentals: Ooh Events // Linens: Party Reflections / La Tavola // Lighting: MCSound & Light // Entertainment: Strand Strings / The Midnight City Band // Trolleys: Lowcountry Loop