I want to become a society lady Rockin' a new rock?!

Hannah and Sam’s vision for their wedding day was clear—”dinner in a vineyard with all of their friends and family in the summer.” And, that’s exactly what they had but with the gorg-factor amped up quite a bit. Sea Cider orchard added a beautiful backdrop to a day filled with stunning late-summer florals by Verbena Floral Design. Dusty lavender-hued roses , blush dinner plate dahlias and deep eggplant foliage fill the bouquets, ceremony arrangements and vintage-inspired low-centerpieces that take centerstage in the family-style reception in the orchard. Photographer Kelly Brown, was on had to capture the lovely Canadian couple and all the moments of their sun-streaked big day.

Click to expand for more

What made the wedding special and unique?

We had a pretty clear vision of what we wanted for our wedding – dinner in a vineyard with all of our friends and family in the summer. We found the perfect venue not too far out from the city and so many people that meant a lot to us were able to make it out. Our favorite moment was sitting in the vineyard listening to Van Morrison with a cocktail laughing with our friends and family.

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

I was really lucky with my dress! I planned a shopping day in Victoria with my girlfriends, my mom, my birth mom who visited from out of town and my mother in law. At the second store, White Peony, on our day I found the dress of my dreams – it was pretty memorable because I tried it on once and decided I’d try it on again without telling anyone. Everyone (including myself!) was surprised that the “one with the feathers” was the one! I loved it though and hope to turn it into a cocktail dress one day!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We had pictures from our childhood and our families in frames all around the cider house that meant a lot to us. As well, we had every guest at the wedding sign a big parchment that had a commitment to our marriage and our community. My husband wore his late grandfather’s watch and our rings were in my late grandparents’ silver wedding box from their wedding.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Probably dancing – my husband and I love to dance and we had so much fun with our friends and family. I am adopted and one of our favorite moments was watching birth family, adoptive family and my husband’s family all out on the dance floor together!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We had been dating for two years or so, and on our anniversary we always go down to Willows Beach in Victoria for a picnic. Sam had a box with a rock in it and a little poem he had typed on our typewriter. It spoke about how penguins place a rock on their partners feet to promise their commitment. I definitely looked confused at the rock in the box! Then Sam pulled out a ring box and we both cried/laughed and celebrated on the beach. The beach is really close to our house now and we love to go back to walk our dog and remember that special moment.

// Photographer: Kelly Brown // Florals + Design: Verbena Floral Design // Stationery: Beebeebisous // Venue: Sea Cider // Dress: The White Peony // Food: The London Chef // Rentals: White Event Studio // Furniture Rentals: Bash Specialty // Hair + Makeup: Heartwood and Co. // Suit: J Crew // Officiant: Amanda Tarling

 

We like
our sponsors

We think you will too.

Brittany, a California girl, makeup artist and all-around glamazon and her fiance Travis, a country singer/songwriter from Georgia weren’t interested in the standard wedding traditions. They preferred a casual, down-home feel with a touch of glam and elegance and to make it all happen they hired the planning and deign gurus at RO & Co. Events. The team transformed San Ysidro Ranch with color palette of warm neutrals with pops of deep and moody oxblood and rich purple tones and glammed up the dinner space with beautiful antique silver flatware, vintage glassware and sophisticated floral arrangements by Moon Canyon Design. The merging of contrasting styles is totally inspiring and we’re so lucky that Max & Friends Photography was on hand to capture all the details for us.

Click to expand for more

What made you wedding day unique?

Travis: A rocking bluegrass band, a non-minister minister, and hay bales.

Brittany: We did a love lock only 3 months into dating and it was always a really special thing for us. We used vintage locks for the escort cards. The music was really cool. Travis put together a bluegrass band with world class players / friends. It was really unique and fit our vibe as a couple perfectly. Also, we had a cow. A plastic life sized cow. My family is in dairy and I grew up on a dairy farm so it felt like a really fun / quirky cool thing to have rather than a typical photo booth backdrop.

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

I tried on probably 25 dresses on several different occasions and had no idea what I really wanted. All of the ladies in my family were coming to L.A. to do a big dress shopping trip and I was starting to get worried that I was never going to have my magic dress moment. The day before everyone arrived I decided to pop into Les Habitudes just to have a quick peek with my mom. I saw a stunning white gown on a mannequin that they happened to have in a blush tone! It had all of the elements that I liked – beading, illusion neckline, not strapless, magic!! The next day I pretended to try on dresses at one or two appointments before I spilled the beans that my wedding dress and already been found! It was made by a Spanish designer, YolanCris.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

The couple’s special song title “Maybe It Will”  (a song that Travis wrote for Brittany)  made an appearance a few times, first on the beanbag game for the guests at cocktail hour and later at dinner where we stamped muslin bags that carried a thumb drive with a digital book of the couple’s favorite recipes and a collection of Travis’s songs. He assembled a group of his talented musician friends to form a bluegrass band to play throughout the evening of celebration. To add a personal touch, Brittany’s talented sister hand calligraphed some of the event day signage and the beautiful name tags that we added to the wedding party’s bouquets and boutonnieres.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Travis: My favorite memory was dancing with my mother. It was the first time I’d ever seen her dance. Better late than never I guess. Also EVERYTHING else.

Brittany: There’s too many to choose one. Stealing away for 15 minutes of alone time before the ceremony was definitely one of the best moments. We could really sit down and soak up the excitement of the day before it started rolling.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Travis: It was a dark night. A dark and hopeful night. A friend and I wandered into a downtown Nashville bar after a long day’s work. My friend noticed a table of beautiful girls celebrating a birthday. He desperately wanted to “Hello Ladies” them.  So I wing-manned. I was so good at being nice to Brittany’s other friend (rule #1 in hello ladiesing) that Brittany almost immediately gave her number…to him.

Nine months later I got a friend request from what I was certain was a questionable website. People that beautiful don’t just naturally occur in the wild. Turns out it was in fact Brittany. I messaged her and she assured me that we had met in real life. So…confirm! Two months after that, I worked up the nerve to go back to Nashville and ask her to coffee. From that day to this, my heart has not been my own.

Brittany: We got engaged a little over 2 1/2 years of dating. Travis took me on a quick getaway to Big Sur with the idea of proposing at sunset with a beautiful view of the ocean. It ended up raining nearly the whole trip which killed that plan! We went out for a quick hike when the rain stopped. He started taking a selfie video and saying all of these really sweet things then pulled out the ring. I was stunned and of course said yes! I’m so happy that he recorded the proposal to have that memory and to share it with our friends and family. We got married on the fourth anniversary of the day we met.

Brittany & Travis lock it up from travis howard on Vimeo.

This version of John Mayer’s “Wildflower” that appears in the video was performed by the bride and groom!

Event Design and Planning: RO & Co. Events // Photography: Max & Friends Photography // Florals: Moon Canyon Design // Stationery and Signage: Prim & Pixie // Venue: San Ysidro Ranch // Dessert: Vanilla Bake Shop // Furniture Rentals: Circa Vintage Rentals // Tabletop Rentals: borrowed BLU // Linens: La Tavola Linens // Videography: SharkPig // Photobooth: Insta Party Box // Bluegrass Band: Erik Kertes, David Steele, Jimmy Stewart, & Brian Simpson // Hair: Alexandra Ellis / Carissa Mestaz // Makeup: Angela Rae Beauty / Joanna Wood / Michelle Sfarzo // Transportation: Gold Coast Limousines // Officiant: Friend of the bride and groom, Tate // Wedding Gown: YolanCris / Les Habitudes // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bride’s Accessories/Jewelry // Vintage Diamond Earrings & Diamond Cuff: Family // Groom’s Attire: John Varvatos / Pants / Jacket Ted Baker // Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell for Nordstrom // Hay Bales: Ventura Hay Company // Cow: Dapper Cadaver

 

Amanda and Luke met in a game of capture the flag when they were 15. They were friends first and know that’s “what has maintained their relationship over the course of 15 years.” The best friends and engaged couple decided to incorporate their whirlwind Italy honeymoon theme into their wedding celebration. After their traditional ceremony at St. Peter Catholic Church, they held the reception at City Cottage on Chouteau and filled their guest with tasty Italian appetizers, espresso cake with gelato and late-night woodfired pizza. We’re loving the cozy mood and bright fall palette with gorgeous florals by Bozzay Florist. Lucky for us Mike Cassimatis Photography was on had to capture it all.

Click to expand for more

What made the wedding special and unique? 

Our wedding ceremony took place at Luke’s childhood parish, St. Peter Catholic Church. We chose all of the music – from Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Andrea Bocelli – arranged and performed by musicians & family friends. Our reception venue was specifically chosen for its vintage European charm. We were headed to Italy the next day for a whirlwind honeymoon, and we wanted to bring Italy to our guests through an informal cocktail-style celebration.

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

I always dreamed of wearing a lace gown, and I found the perfect vintage-modern sheath Kenneth Winston at Signature Bridal in Chesterfield, MO. I knew the moment I put it on, that it was the one. And the tears that welled up in mom’s eyes said it all. I paired the gown with green velvet shoes, just a little pop of my favorite color.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We are total foodies and wanted to share our favorite flavors with our guests. Guests enjoyed gourmet breads and cheeses, specialty sandwiches, stuffed peppers and homemade toasted ravioli (a St. Louis favorite). Wood-fired pizza was a late night patio snack, topped off with vanilla and chocolate-espresso cake from The Cakery and gelato from a local gelateria on The Hill. Guests parted with individual bottles of Limoncello, made & bottled by us.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Narrowing the day down to one most memorable part would be tough – the entire day was special and was full of family and friends. From getting ready with family and the wedding party; to the long-awaited ceremony, photo session, and reception, we were able to celebrate the day just the way we hoped.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at 15, playing capture the flag at a mutual friend’s house. He went to Kirkwood High School and I went to Nerinx Hall, an all-girls Catholic school. We were friends for a long time before dating, and know that is what has maintained our relationship over the course of 15 years. Luke popped the question (finally!) at Trattoria Marcella, our favorite restaurant, on Thanksgiving Eve, 2015.

Photography: Mike Cassimatis Photography // Flowers: Bozzay Florist // Invitation Designer: Monica Illig // Ceremony: St. Peter Catholic Church, Kirkwood // Reception: City Cottage on Chouteau, Catering St. Louis // Invitation Printer: AlphaGraphics // Rings: Vinciguerra Jewelers // Bride’s Dress: Kenneth Winston, Signature Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: J.Crew // Groom’s Suit: Jos A. Bank // Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan // Veil/Hair Accessory/Boutonnieres: Etsy Shop Pomp & Plumage // Bridesmaids Dresses + Accessories: J.Crew // Groomsmen Suits: Jos A. Bank // Cake: The Cakery // Gelato: Gelato di Riso

 

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.

Click to expand for more

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.

Click to expand for more

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