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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

 

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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

 

Jacqueline and Michael’s wedding at Tribeca Rooftop is a celebration of love and NYC. The views are breathtaking and the design and florals by Rachel Cho Flowers are a vision in jewel tones. Jaqueline’s Berta sets the urban glam vibe that Hailley Howard captures beautiful in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Mike and I wanted an urban setting for our wedding, that was classy but still modern and fun. Tribeca Rooftop provided the perfect city skyline views for our ceremony and cocktail hour. To contrast the industrial feel of the city, we focused on jewel tones, agate stones and gold finishes. We wanted to encompass the feeling of a true “urban jungle.”

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

After perusing wedding gowns online, I knew I wanted a Berta gown for my wedding. I was immediately attracted to the unique and modern designs from the Israel-based designer. L’fay Bridal was the only NYC boutique showing them at the time, so I visited one of their Berta trunk shows. My dress was the second one I tried on and I knew right away it was the one. I fell in love with the beading, sheer paneling and open-back design. I knew I wasn’t the type of bride to wear a veil, so I loved that the dress had a cathedral-length detachable cape that could be worn during the ceremony instead.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

With our jewel-tone and gold theme, we incorporated lots of little touches to warm up the industrial finishes at Tribeca rooftop. Our place cards were slices of agate, to compliment our invitations. We had gold decals of our names added to the front doors of the venue. I had 4-foot gold cat statues made for our ceremony and reception, as an homage to our two Persian cats. We were also lucky enough to work with some of our amazing friends and family during the wedding. My stepdad actually built the boxwood wall that we used for our ceremony backdrop and my mom did all the ivy and florals on it. My cousin, Valerie McHale did our makeup, my uncle was our officiant and Mike’s fraternity brother, DJ Teddy Brown provided our music. It made the day feel very intimate and relaxed.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Everything!! But seriously, our first look was perfect (thanks Hailley!) I was nervous because we were running late for our pictures but seeing Mike’s face and knowing we were about to walk down the aisle, was just an unforgettable feeling.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Mike and I met through a mutual friend when we rented a house down the Jersey Shore for a summer together in 2012. We maintained a friendship and the following summer we reconnected at one of our favorite local DJ’s shows in Brooklyn. We’ve been together ever since! Mike proposed the night before our trip to California in May 2016. We were sitting in our apartment and he brought over our cat, Jean Claude and a cookie cake (my favorite) and then got on one knee to pop the question!

Photography: Hailley Howard // Florals and Design: Rachel Cho Flowers // Invitations: Minted // Venue & Catering: Tribeca Rooftop // Dress Boutique: L’Fay Bridal // Dress Designer: Berta // Video: Le Image Inc. // Music and Lighting: DJ Teddy Brown // Groom Outfit: The Black Tux // Door Decal: I Do Wedding Decals // Makeup: Valerie McHale // Hair: Bobby and the Bride // Hotel: Duane Street Hotel // ‘Best Day Ever’ Sign: NgoCreations

 

Caroline and Will’s wedding at Vinewood Plantation is the epitome of barn-wedding charm filled with rustic views, gathered florals and hay bale lounge sofas! Planning and coordination was by J. Elliott Events & Weddings, dahlia-centric florals created by Virtu Floral and lovely images of all the details captured by Amy Arrington Photography.

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

I knew that I wanted to wear a dress that was both natural and ethereal. I pictured a dress with sleeves that blended with the bodice and a soft tulle skirt. The ladies at Kelly’s Closet helped me find just that combination – the gown is by Ivy & Aster and combined a top and a bottom from two different dresses to fit my vision. Appliqués from the dress were used to create a matching hair piece.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We had a lot of family members participate in our ceremony, which was special for us. Caroline’s brother-in-law played classical guitar as guests arrived. Will’s aunt and cousins played strings during the ceremony, and Will’s uncle officiated the service. Rather than have traditional bridesmaids and groomsmen, we only had our siblings stand with us, and our young cousins acted as flower girls and the ring bearer. Caroline’s bouquet was held together by lace from Will’s grandmother’s wedding dress, and we were married on what would have been the birthday of Caroline’s late grandfather, who died from ALS several years earlier. We are both fairly laid back, and we wanted our wedding to reflect that. We had a fire pit with s’more ingredients and corn hole set up outside to mirror a party we might host in our own backyard. We opted for a jazz band over a DJ or dance band for a calming vibe that allowed for either dancing or just hanging out, and we served beer that Will home-brewed for the occasion out of customized pint glasses with our initials, which guests took home as wedding favors.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The part where we married each other in front of our family and closest friends.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

They met in 2013 when Will and Caroline’s sister ran together on a Ragnar, a long distance relay race. Caroline’s sister, whom she lived with at the time, had the team over for pasta dinner before the race. While at the race, Caroline’s sister invited Will over to the house to “hang out with her husband,” who had similar interests as Will, but she had an ulterior motive of setting up Will and Caroline. She proved herself an excellent matchmaker, and they started dating a couple months after initially meeting. About a year and a half later, Will asked Caroline to marry him while walking home from breakfast one morning. He proposed at a sidewalk square where they had previously carved “W+C” into wet cement.

Photography: Amy Arrington Photography // Planning & Coordination: J. Elliott Events & Weddings // Floral: Virtu Floral // Venue: Vinewood Plantation // Dress: Ivy & Aster // Dress Salon: Kelly’s Closet // Makeup/Hair: Beauty Asylum // Food: Dennis Dean Catering // Cake: Blooming Flour Bakery // Reception Music: Kayla Taylor Jazz

 

Kelly and Zac’s wine country barn wedding is an absolutely vision of beauty in the hue of lavender. Grey Collective member Kaella Lynn Events designed a masterpiece of casual elegance with florals by Amanda Vidmar Designs stealing the show at every turn. Invitations were created by the couple’s friend, designer Tim Praetzel, fabulous signage from Brown Fox Calligraphy adorned every attraction and Honeycomb Designs cake was definitely the icing on the gorgeous reception. Lynette Boyle Photography was on hand to capture it all in these lovely fine art photographs.

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What made the wedding special and unique​?

Coffee and milkshake bar + see question about personal touches-our venue, (which turned out to be the best thing that could have happened!!) was the perfect combination of my tastes (rustic/barn) and Zac’s (modern/airplane hanger)

We love swing dancing and practiced for 6 months to surprise our guests with a choreographed dance to start the party

Cake represented Zac’s photography

Stayed in one big house with our bridal party and got to spend the entire weekend with our closest friends/family

Guest book was a photo book of Zac’s pictures

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

Christina’s Bridal in Andover Massachusetts. I had a trip planned to visit my sister so my mom flew out so we could all go shopping together. On the flight over I was scrolling through Instagram and stumbled across a picture of this Hayley Paige gown. My sister and sent it to each other at the exact same time but didn’t have time to talk because my flight took off. By the time I landed my sister had snagged the last appointment at the only salon in Boston that sold her gowns. AND she was having a trunk sale. Meant to be!

I knew I wanted a short dress for the reception but once I found this dress I didn’t want to take it off!! So I purchased a short tulle skirt (from Bliss Tulle) and had a tailor cut my dress in half, add the short skirt and create a removable skirt out of the Hayley Paige gown.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

​-We wanted as many of our friends and family to be involved as possible in our big day.

-Our friend designed our invitation suite

-Our friend Adam Friedman sang processional songs

-Our best friend was our officiant

-My dad sang our first dance song

What was the most memorable part of the day?

-We didn’t do a first look so seeing each other’s reactions as I waked down the aisle and being able to share that moment & experience with all our guests

-Close second: jumping in the pool in our wedding clothes with our bridal party

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in high school and dated for 8 years (3 long distance). Zac proposed by making a movie and filling the movie theater with 45 of our closest friends and family.

 

Photography: Lynette Boyle Photography // Planning + Design: Kaella Lynn Events // Floral: Amanda Vidmar Designs // Invitations: Friend of couple Tim Praetzel // Venue: K Venues // Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige // Bridesmaids’ Gowns: by Bill Levkoff from Bella Bridesmaids // Groom’s Suit: custom by J. Hilburn // Ties: Love Lilly Lane // Cake: Honeycomb Designs // Signage: Brown Fox Calligraphy // Table # Holders: Esselle // Tables and Tabletop Rentals: Theoni Collection // Chairs and Rentals: Encore Event Rentals // Water Glass: Glassybaby // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // Lounge: Pieces by Violet // Ceremony Guitarist: Adam Friedman // DJ: Truthlive // Catering: Culinary Eye Catering // Coffee Cart: SOMOS Coffee