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Julianna and Darren’s English wedding was set against a backdrop of bucolic meadow on the grounds of Coworth Park, a romantic Berkshire hotel and resort. Planner and stylist The Bijou Bride, assisted the lovely couple in creating a day filled with sunshine, joy and a visual spectacle of wildflower floral arrangements by Blue Sky Flowers. Personalized details include the clever table names like “Deuce & Advantage”—a nod to the groom’s professional tennis career—and custom cocktails like “Pete’s Punch” and “Horny Goat” after their pets. Classic stationery was by EG Lettering with cake and desserts by Gaya’s Cakes, and lucky for us, Roberta Facchini Photography was on hand to capture all the delightful details in these bright and cheery images.

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Photography: Roberta Facchini Photography // Planner & Stylist: The Bijou Bride // Florals: Blue Sky Flowers // Stationery & Invitations: EG Lettering // Venue: Coworth Park // Bride’s Gown: Rue De Seine // Hair: Victoria Ralph // Make Up: Tori Harris // Cake & Choux buns: Gaya’s Cakes // Tableware & Furniture: Couvert // String Trio: Chiswell Strings // DJ: That Event DJ // Pianist: Johnny Allegue

 

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Karen and Kevin’s friends and family traveled from around the country—and world!—to their Cleveland, Ohio wedding at The Club at Hillbrook. The historic Tudor mansion was the perfect venue to showcase the area with its scenic grounds and lush gardens. Planned by Kirkbrides, the wedding happened to fall on the same weekend as Karen and Kevin’s medical school graduation and the celebratory spirit was reflected in all of the fun details including voluminous florals by Molly Taylor and Co., lawn games, a photo booth and and ice cream bar. Lucky for us, Lauren Gabrielle was on hand to capture all the details and beauty in these lovely images.

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Photography: Lauren Gabrielle // Planning: Kirkbrides // Floral Décor: Molly Taylor and Co. // Stationery: Ting Stationery // Ceremony and Reception Location: The Club at Hillbrook // Bride’s Dress Designer: Provonias // Hair: Suzanne Davis Urbane Society // Makeup: Lindsay London // Cake: Luna Bakery // Desserts (Ice Cream): Piccadilly // Linens/Rentals: Event Source // DJ (ceremony/cocktails/reception/lighting/photobooth): DJ London Bridges through Cleveland Music Group // Lawn Games: Rock the House

 

Two comedians meet at an open mic at the Silverlake Lounge. They both remember the mic, remember noticing each other but didn’t start dating until three years later. Seven years after that open mic, Christian proposed to Emily and they were married at  the Annenberg Community Beach House. The venue boasts an ocean view and offered a ceremony on the sand. DIY details and a retro 60’s vibe dressed the event which concluded with a smashing floral-topped cake by Lark Cake Shop. But, the most important part of the day were their children. Luke and Milla, 12-year-old twins that Emily was lucky enough to inherit when they were eight, were their maid-of-honor and best man. Mandee Johnson was on hand to capture the family’s love and all the delightful moments in her signature journalistic style.

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From the photographer: They starting dating in August so it only seemed right to tie the knot in the same month. It’s also the same month Emily was born so it’s just a good month all around. Being close to the water was high on the list and the Annenberg Beach House allowed them an ocean view with a ceremony on the sand. But, the most important part of the day were their kids. Luke and Milla, 12-year-old twins that Emily was lucky enough to inherit when they were eight, were their maid-of-honor and best man. It was so fun to have them by their sides and they couldn’t have pictured it any other way.

The wedding itself was a DIY affair. Pulling the color palette of beach shells and metallic for the bridemaid dresses accented by brighter 60’s and sunset pops in the floral. The florals were done by a dear friend and comedian Susan Burke. Emily and Susan got all the ladies together the day before the wedding to assemble the table arrangements and bouquets, making each one a labor of love with a special memory. They filled the room with childhood pictures and created a guest book out of an old typewriter and some loose paper. Emily also turned an old mirror into the escort board for table assignments.

Most Memorable Moment: The most memorable part of our wedding for both of us was when we realized we had forgotten to exchange rings as the ceremony concluded, and the band started to play our march off music and how hard we laughed. Christian realized first but it took a while for his voice to travel over the beach to the band so it was one of those slow, “Bampf, bermf, bawwwmpch…” stops where the singer’s still singing. Nobody knew if the tears were from crying or laughing – that feeling is probably what we’ll remember most.

Advice: Go with your gut. No matter how chill you are, there are a lot of decisions to be made and it’s a new emotion. Especially the guest list. That process is impossible. Just enjoy each other and breathe. Have all the fun, savor everything you can, it’s the greatest day and it goes by so fast.

MusicProcessional: Please Please Please, Let Me Get What I Want (by the Smiths but The Dream Academy arrangment) performed live. Recessional: The Battle of Evermore by Led Zepplin performed live. First dance: Baby by Donny & Joe Emerson then we danced with the kids to Home Again by Michael Kiwanuka. Our reception music was mostly 60s soul until after the dances, then it progressed through the decades and ramped up to super danceable hip hop to close it out.

Photo: Mandee Johnson // Wedding Planner: Day of Gal // Floral: Susan Burke // Venue: Annenberg Community Beach House // Decor/Styling: Mary Kenny // Makeup: Golden Shyne // Hair: Sheyenne Humphries // Bridal Shop: Lovely // Bride’s Shoes: Betsy Johnson // Suits + Shoes: Ted Baker // Catering + Bar: Thyme Cafe and Market // Cake: Lark Cake Shop // DJ: Clifton Weaver // Rentals: Pico Party Rentals

 

Kate and Jeff’s wedding at Boulder’s St. Julien Hotel was the destination wedding the couple dreamed of—a stunning, scenic location with travel accessibility to their dearest family and friends. Self-proclaimed “professional wedding guests,” the couple knew exactly what they wanted in a reception—an ideal seating layout where each guest had a great view. With the help of their planner Banks & Leaf , there was no bad seat in the house—a house decked out in elegant details and stunning florals by Statice Floral Design. Lucky for us, Callie Hobbs Photography captured the day with her signature style in the beautiful images below.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was special to us to have destination wedding that was in an accessible location. Boulder was a perfect choice, especially since we had a lot of friends that were pregnant at the time. A destination wedding also has a different vibe since everyone was treating it like a vacation.

Our wedding was on the smaller side, with 80 people, so it was imperative to Jeff and I that all of our guests felt included in every aspect of the weekend, especially at the reception! We’re basically professional wedding guests, and have experienced a few weddings where all the friends were sat at a large round table in the very back of the room, where it was hard to see or hear what was going on. When we had our final head count confirmed, we went back to the St Julien layout to rearrange everything a few weeks before the wedding. Jeff and I scoured Pinterest, along with every wedding magazine and website, to look at layout options. We fell in love with a U-shaped layout from an outdoor wedding, the only thing was we had to make it fit in the room at the St Julien. During our final walk through we worked with Gabby and multiple staff members at the St Julien, walking through different options and taping off measurements, making sure no one would have a bad view and while also trying to optimize the layout for the servers. It was so stressful at the time, but on our wedding day it paid off in spades. Looking around the room during the toasts, speeches and dances, everyone was engaged and best of all, we could see every person’s face! Looking back, it was one of the best decisions Jeff and I made!

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

I went into the dress searching thinking I wanted an ethereal, bohemian wedding dress. I tried on a bunch that I really liked but wasn’t necessarily in love with. I was in Denver for Thanksgiving and decided to make an appointment at LWD. It was one of the first ones I tried on. I remember thinking my mom wouldn’t like it for some crazy reason. Then when I came out of the dressing room she started crying! Since my family is just a bunch of group criers my sister and I both started crying and it turned into one of those cheesy but touching moments that I look back on.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Jeff’s mom’s side of the family comes from Guatemala, so it was important to us to incorporate his heritage into the ceremony. His grandmother did the second reading, doing it first in Spanish then followed by English. It was beautiful. We also incorporated arras (wedding coins), which is a Spanish tradition where the groom gives the coins to the bride followed by the bride giving the coins to the groom as a symbol of marriage and commitment to each other. We also incorporated El lazo which was essentially a large rosary in a figure 8 that was placed on our shoulders during the ceremony, symbolizing everlasting love and unity. Multiple guests came up to us at the reception and the brunch afterwards, commenting how much they loved how we personalized the wedding.

We weren’t able to bring our dog out to Boulder so my step-dad surprised us with a life-size cut out of our dog, Mowgi! Jeff was so surprised and absolutely loved it since they are best friends. He also made an appearance in wedding guests’ photos.

For our guest book we worked with Simon Pearce since we wanted a unique guest book. They helped us pick a large vase that could be engraved. My stepmom decorated the paper for guests to sign. All of the guests wrote well wishes on the paper that was then sent to Simon Pearce to be engraved.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

I could never choose just one memorable part of the day! One of my absolute favorites was at the ceremony, when the doors opened and I walked down the aisle looking at Jeff. I was experiencing so many emotions, I could not stop smiling.

Just being surrounded by so many people you love is a surreal experience. I still remember that feeling. I will remember that for the rest of my life!

In the car on the way over, Jeff’s sister led us in yoga breathing ending with OM before we walked out of the car. The calmness carried through the entire ceremony.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

My stepmom actually introduced us! I had just moved back to Chicago from the east coast after a break up and was living with my sister when my stepmom texted me saying, “don’t kill me but I told one of executives we work with about you. He’s TALL!!!” He then messaged me on LinkedIn. We finally met up at brunch a few months later and were inseparable since then.

I was in no rush to get married, I actually didn’t want to get married. One Friday after a friend’s birthday party, he told me he had a surprise. Jeff is a very carefree person, so I assumed it was something small, like a piece of jewelry or my favorite type of wine. When he called me in the other room, I walked over and there were flowers EVERYWHERE and he was waiting there on one knee. I instantly started crying and made him walk me through all of the details of how he got here before saying yes. Blame my OCD.

However, he had thought of everything! Our close friends were waiting outside for us afterwards, and he had the whole weekend of celebrating planned with friends, siblings and family. It truly was an experience I will never forget!

Planner: Banks & Leaf // Photographer: Callie Hobbs Photography // Florist: Statice Floral Design // Stationery: Minted // Venue: St. Julien Hotel // Gown: Justin Alexander / LWD Bridal // Hair: Some Claudia Girl // Rentals: Amora Group // Band: #Rockslide with Give 5 Productions // Linens: Nuage Designs // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

With a love for European travels and soft elements, Shannon and Matthew wanted their wedding day to reflect something close to Shannon’s heart while also incorporating Matthew’s love for clean, modern touches. Nestled in the foothills of the Colorado mountains, Crooked Willow Farms provided a beautiful backdrop for the day. NuBlu Events and BellaLu Floral Design carefully curated their soft, muted color palette with neutral hues and the slightest hint of blush. Their sweet King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Oliver, has brought so much joy to their lives and having him join them on their wedding day meant the world. Check out all the beautiful details in these fine art film images captured by photographer,  Katherine Ridgely.

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What made your wedding special and unique? 

We had a beautiful wedding venue, Crooked Willow Farms. With my love of horses and Matthew’s love of the mountains, the location couldn’t have been more perfect. BellaLu Floral created the most gorgeous arrangements that were both natural to the venue and modern.

Tell us about your gown.

I had always imagined having a gown that was classic yet a little less traditional. My wedding gown was partially customized as I was able to modify certain elements to make it truly my own. I absolutely loved the lace detailing on the train!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

To make our wedding day uniquely ours, we added a few personal touches like handwritten seating cards, custom made card holders, wax-stamps, and gold foil touches on our invitation suites.

What was the most memorable part of your wedding day?

The most memorable part of our wedding day was our first look. I was so excited to see Matthew! Just having that quiet moment to ourselves was so special before we shared our vows with our friends and family.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Matthew and I met via a dating app called Bumble. Our first date was at a coffee shop here in Denver, Colorado and it was at that time Matthew asked me out on a second date to watch the Banff Film Festival screening later that evening.

I absolutely love horses and thought Matthew was going to propose over the Christmas holiday when were were visiting his family in Ohio. It would have been the perfect setting. Well, on December 10th 2017, Matthew had suggested having a “date day” – this certainly wasn’t uncommon for Matthew! We began our day with church, followed by visiting my favorite coffee shop and park. Soon after, Matthew had mentioned wanting to visit a friend and that this friend of his was more than happy to let us visit with his horses. We absolutely had to go! We pulled up to the beautiful property and walked around the back of the barn where I was greeted by a warm fire, cozy blankets, flowers, and twinkle lights beautifully arranged. Matthew dropped to one knee for the sweetest proposal and moments later, my sweet dog, Oliver, came running out of the barn. The barn door continued opening and I immediately noticed that inside were our closest friends and family members. The day couldn’t have been more perfect!

Photography: Katherine Ridgely // Event Planning and Design: NuBlu Events // Floral Design: BellaLu Floral Design // Venue: Crooked Willow Farms // Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints // Bridal Boutique: Emma and Grace Bridal Studio // Makeup: Makeup By Heather // Hair: Phia Alchemy Salon and Spa // Grooms Attire: Suit Supply // Bow Ties: Huckle Berry Bow Co // Rentals: Event Rents // Dessert Table: Cocoa Bites // Bridesmaids Gowns: Adrianna Papell / Revolve / LuLus / Bridesmaids Social // Cake: Sweet Ride Bakeshop // Catering: Footers Catering and Events // DJ: Skyline Productions