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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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Polly and Michael celebrated their wedding in the French countryside at Chateau de Varennes. The couple let the breathtaking scenery of the historic estate take center stage and hired Wedding Factory to take care of the details. The result is a stunning day filled to the brim with classic romance and gorgeous florals by Un Ete a La Campagne. To reduce stress, Polly and Michael trusted the professionals they hired and “turned up and enjoyed a wonderful celebration.” And what a spectacular celebration it was and we’re thrilled to share the beautiful images captured by Kylee Yee Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Having spent much of my childhood in France and also both being fascinated by the beauty of Chateaux across France, we loved the idea of being married at a French Chateau. So many locations in England are picturesque but due to numbers you tend to just be in the grounds of beautiful stately homes rather than enjoying the property itself. There was no comparison when we realized we could take over the stunning Chateau de Varennes for a weekend and have a reception in the stunning orangery. It really was very French and romantic. We followed the wedding with a pool party the next day which meant a second chance to celebrate with your guests.

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

My dress was Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner. Two weeks before the wedding I bought a second dress to wear in the evening by Madison James. The best thing I did was have two dresses as I enjoyed dancing the night away in a lighter dress for the party.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

To be honest, we are both very time-poor and we wanted someone to do as much as possible for us. Thankfully we had a wedding planner and we are fairly relaxed. We also trusted those around us to do a really good job as they are specialists in what they do.  Much of the day was put together by someone else and we turned up and enjoyed a wonderful celebration. I chose a color scheme, approved some details via Skype and that was it!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

We had our first dance outside under fairy lights surrounds by our guests who all had sparklers. It honestly was magical; who knew the simplest of detail would be the most romantic!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

I bought the house behind the pub Michael owned and one night went in for a drink with a girlfriend. Many wines later he asked me out and of course I said no! 6 weeks later we went on our first date. Michael planned to propose on a beach in Thailand but he didn’t get that far. He proposed at home after a romantic meal a month earlier. Thankfully so as I’m not sure he would have managed the flight keeping the ring a secret!

Photography: Kylee Yee Photography // Wedding Planning: Wedding Factory // Florist: Un Ete a La Campagne // Day of Stationery: Lilac and White // Venue: Chateau de Varennes // Dresses: Morilee & Justin Alexander // Groom Suit & Groomsmen attire: Suit Supply // Bridesmaid Dresses: TFNC London // Hairstylist: Bulle D’Hair // Make-up: Annette Thornton

 

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

 

Melissa and Gus’s wedding at Avila Beach Golf Resort is a vision of green and white against the breathtaking coastal California backdrop. MIRA Events + Design combined glam and modern and romantic wedding trends in a palette of neutrals. Especially impressive was the abundance of florals by Adornments Flowers & Finery including a voluminous rose and greenery ceremony arch set in front of bold, green topiary walls. Relaxed farm tables and romantic white arrangements perfected the calual elegance on the reception and lucky for us Ginny Silver Retrospect Images was on hand to capture it all!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We felt our wedding was special and unique mostly because of all of our amazing family and friends who came all that way to celebrate our day. We also had our dog there as a groomsmen and it made the day feel complete having him be a part of everything.

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

I had been obsessed with the wedding dress designer, Hayley Paige, for a long time so I was looking through her designs before I went dress shopping and found a dress that was exactly what I had been looking for. I decided to look for dresses at Haute Bride in Los Gatos because I had always admired the shop. I showed them the few Hayley Paige dresses I was looking for and tried on the one I had seen online first and completely fell in love. It felt meant to be that I was in love with the first dress I tried and it ended up being more perfect than I could imagine.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

One of the most special things at the wedding was having my close family friend, Denise Del Piano, be our officiant. My mom passed away 8 years ago and Denise was her best friend, but Denise and I have also worked together for 10 years so our relationship means a lot to me. Not only was she an amazing officiant, but it meant so much to have her be a part of our day and it made it feel like my mom was being represented at the wedding. Another one of my favorite personal touches was our guest book. Gus and I love playing corn hole so we had a custom corn hole board made with our funny nicknames for each other, “moose” and “goose”, and had guests sign the board. Gus’s family in Hollister has grown apricots for many years and they also make homemade organic olive oil. We love both of these things and use them at home all the time so we really wanted to incorporate them into our day. Heather at Splash Cafe was amazing and helped us by using the olive oil in our salad dressing and the dried apricots on our charcuterie board.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day for both Gus and I was the ceremony. I felt like so much planning went into the reception portion of the day so I wasn’t expecting it to be my favorite part, but the ceremony is really what it’s all about. I loved everything about our ceremony from Denise’s great stories as our officiant, both of our Aunts doing special readings, our nephew running up to greet me as I walked down the aisle to hug me before I got to the front, our dog deciding he needed to roll around to scratch his back mid ceremony, and especially the vows we each wrote.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Gus and I met in high school when I was a freshman and he was a sophomore. We knew of each other before then because our younger brothers were good friends and played sports together. Throughout high school we became close friends through our families’ shared love of going to the beach and our brothers playing baseball on the same team. We started talking on AIM all the time and eventually started dating just after Gus graduated in 2005. We had known for a long time that we wanted to get married but Gus hadn’t pulled the trigger yet. He finally did after we had just closed on our house that we bought together. We had just got the keys to the house and hadn’t moved in yet but decided to get take out and bring our dog there and have a picnic in the backyard. Gus was taking longer than I expected to arrive with the food and I was getting grumpy and hungry. He finally arrived and just as I was about to dig in, he popped the question. We celebrated our 12 year anniversary one week before our wedding day.

MELISSA + GUS // Avila Beach, Ca from Steelhead Cinema on Vimeo.

Photographer: Ginny Silver Retrospect Images // Wedding Coordinator: Miranda Meisenbach MIRA Events + Design // Florist: Adornments Flowers & Finery // Stationery Designer: Sleepy Hedgehog Press // Venue: Avila Beach Golf Resort // Dress Designer: Hayley Paige // Jewelry Designer: Deja and Co // Hairstylist: Nicole Wasserman Hair by Nicole Wasserman // Makeup Artist: Danielle Roberts // Bakery & Catering: Splash Cafe // DJ: Caliber DJs

Deborah and Ben’s wedding at Long Meadow Ranch is a lovely blend of modern vineyard vibes and nods to cultural heritage and tradition. The bride is French Korean, immigrating to America from Paris when she was young, and acknowledged her mom’s culture with a modern take on a hanbok—the traditional Korean wedding dress. The ceremony chuppah had a white tablecloth over the top—a family heirloom belonging to the groom’s grandmother. DGN Events and Designs assisted in the planning, letting the colors and scenery of the vineyard take center stage with stationery by Shine Wedding Invitations and relaxed florals were DIY by the brides mother. The couple enlisted Ditto Dianto to capture all the moments of the day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding took place at Long Meadow Ranch Winery in St. Helena California. Deborah is French Korean, she immigrated to America from Paris when she was young but still wanted to acknowledge her mom’s culture with a modern take on a hanbok. Both Ben and Deborah share a Jewish heritage so the wedding took place under a chuppah, with wine and of course a great hora. Deborah works in television news, Ben in financial tech, the two met in New York City and moved across the country together to San Francisco which they now call home.

Both Ben and I have been members of the winery for a long time and love the food at Farmstead, the winery’s restaurant which is arguably more well known than the winery itself as it is consistently rewarded with Bib Gourmands every year. The food was all seasonal since they are sustainable and everything is organic. 80% of everything served to our guests was grown or raised by the winery, including the beef for the beef ragu. About a week prior to our wedding, we woke up to a smoke filled apartment in San Francisco and from there on every single day was a bit of a mad dash, we lost our transportation, guests cancelled, accommodations had to be moved around with almost everyone at our wedding booked to stay in Calistoga initially. We switched our rehearsal lunch to Gott’s Roadside at the Ferry building instead of the original Gott’s in St. Helena. The things we remember most are all the people who helped us, our community up in St. Helena who we’ve now known for years and made the day and week bearable even though everyone in the area was already facing so much. The Charlie Palmer Harvest Inn saw all their rooms being cancelled within a few days and gave our guests discounted rooms, they took care of all our friends and family that made the trip as well as local first responders. We honestly can’t decide who we were most thankful to by the end of the week. As the week started I kept calling it a disaster wedding but by the end we were calling it a miracle wedding.

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

I knew I wanted to wear a hanbok which is a traditional Korean dress. With Korea being so far away, we decided to go to Los Angeles instead because there are so many great dress shops in Korea town. My parents met Ben and I in L.A. for the weekend and my mom and I dress shopped while they went to an extensive amount of coffee shops in order to keep the dress a surprise. Even though we looked at several shops, Kim Mehee’s was the first place we tried and we ended up going right back there within two hours and purchasing the first dress I tried on. Her shop is a bit of a modern take on hanboks and all of them are unique and beautiful. I went in there expecting to find one dress and walked out with two we loved them so much.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

There were a few things that made the wedding personal and special to us. Our chuppah had a white tablecloth over the top, it’s a family heirloom and belonged to Ben’s grandmother. Both Ben’s family and my dad’s side of the family are Jewish so it was a really nice way to incorporate something that meant something to us in the ceremony. I customized my shoes through Shoes of Prey which let me pick the fabrics and colors; something that threw Ben off because he didn’t know what colors my dresses would be. My Korean aunt’s gift to us for the wedding were my wedding dresses. She and my uncle and cousins weren’t able to make it but I’m very close to them so it was really special having her there in spirit. The last special touch was the silver head piece I wore in my hair. My parents picked it up for me in Kuala Lumpur on recent travels and though it was a last minute addition, it ended up being one of my favorite day-of changes.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

There were so many great memories from that day. Our guests will say the vows, everyone was very emotional but for us it was the mishaps that made the day both hilarious and memorable. About five minutes before walking down the aisle, I realized that I was missing the petticoat (a hoop skirt like insert for the bottom of my dress) which made my dress entirely see through from the waist down. My mom cut the white garment bag the dress came in in half and jumped into action with the help of my maid of honor, Kait. They used clothespins and medical tape (my sister is a nurse) to adhere it to my body. When I finally made it up to say my vows, Ben kept looking at me quizzically because I would only give him one of my hands (the other hand was holding up the dress). A close second was Ben’s best man’s very long (very, very long) speech. The highlight was a book that Mike wrote about Ben when they were 7 and the book, illustrated and all was about how Ben was his best friend. Mike saved the book for our wedding day and at the end of the speech gifted it to me.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Ben and I met in real life at our friend’s MBA graduation party at his house in Long Island. Ben was in the same fraternity as Paul who happened to be one of my co-workers. We didn’t quite start dating then. After that chance meeting we were both recruited for a corn hole league in NYC a few months later. We played through the season and about a week or two after it ended, we finally went out on a date.

The rest from there was history. We dated for a few years, first in NYC, then in San Francisco where we moved together. Ben’s parents had gotten us a gift certificate one year for the Tickle Pink Inn in Carmel, CA. The inn is a beautiful bed and breakfast with cliffside ocean views. A few years later Ben had planned a trip back up for the weekend where we were supposed to meet up with our friends Paul (yes the same Paul) and his girlfriend Monica. When we arrived we were greeted by the front desk receptionist who informed us that there was a fire blazing about two miles south, the Sobreanes fire and she wasn’t sure if we should stay at all.

Ben, nervous (and grumpy) asked if we could just put our things down in the room while we waited for our friends. The room was beautiful, floor to ceiling windows of just an ocean view with a wrap around balcony. I saw some photos taped on the windows but since they were backlit I assumed they were promotional material and beelined instead for a hot tub in the middle of our room (not in the bathroom).

“Take a picture of me!” I said, fully clothed, sitting in the tub. “Can we have a drink first on the balcony?” Ben responded nervously. “Right now?” I quipped back, my last words before we got engaged. As I got closer to the window I realized Ben had shipped the hotels photos of us that we’d taken all over the world and by the time I turned around he was already on one knee.

Photographer: Ditto Dianto // Wedding Coordinators: DGN Events and Designs // Florals: DIY, Bride’s mother. Flower Market, San Francisco // Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations  // Venue: Long Meadow Ranch // Makeup Artist: Meagan Major, Major Makeup // Dress Designer: Kim Mehee Hanbok // Band: Pure Ecstasy