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Allison and Ben were married at Black Point Inn in Maine, surrounded by both the forest and the beach. The venue is stunning on it’s own, but the couple wanted to bring more vintage romance to their big day with an explosion of lush florals, unique linens, and gorgeous surroundings. Their planner, Heidi, of SHE Luxe Weddings & Design paired them with Pretty Flowers Maine and the result is SPECTACULAR. Voluminous blooms in rich pinks, deep burgundy and dusty peach fill arrangements-galore and—most memorably—wrap the gorgeous birch Chuppah while a pastel sunset creates a magical ceremony backdrop. This wedding is one for the books and we’re thrilled to share these beautiful images by Jaimee Morse Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Ben and I are both products of divorce, remarriage and a blending of families. Bringing our families together in a place where we wanted to establish roots as a couple is the main reason we chose to marry in Maine. We were lucky enough to be able to do a complete buyout of the Black Point Inn in Scarborough, Maine, which is about 20 minutes from downtown Portland. In true Markus-Poirier fashion, this meant both sides of the family had to blend. It was incredible to walk around the inn all weekend long and physically experience our families become one. It was also so special to have all of our friends from Los Angeles fly across the country to physically experience how special Maine is.

The building, which is surrounded by both the forest and the beach, is stunning on its own, but we wanted to bring more vintage romance to our wedding with an explosion of lush florals, unique linens, and gorgeous surroundings. Our planner, Heidi, of SHE Luxe Events paired us with Amy of Pretty Flowers Maine and she did not disappoint. We had California weather on the beautiful fall day we were married on, which sealed the deal for the most perfect and memorable day of our lives.

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

My dress is made by Pronovias. My mom, my MOH and I set out to try on dresses at a few stores and happened to stumble across Panache in Pasadena, CA. We walked in without an appointment just to look around and they had a no-show and fit me in that day. Funny enough, one of Ben’s childhood friends wore the same dress on her wedding day a year before and when I saw it on her, I was bummed because I knew that was the dress I was supposed to wear on my wedding day. I actually never thought I would wear it because I could not have the same dress as one of our friends, but when I saw it in the store, I decided to try it on for fun. When I walked out of the fitting room, my mom and MOH gasped and simultaneously said, “that’s it!” I tried to rationalize away from it, but no matter how many dresses I put on, we always came back to this one. I added a vintage crystal belt I found in a store in Downtown LA, which made it different enough from our friend’s dress and she actually was excited and flattered when she saw me in it.

 

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We used the same tapestry my mom and step-dad used in their Chuppah on their wedding day to line our Chuppah. The floral beading matched my dress and our theme perfectly. It was so special to have a piece of my parents’ love over us as we vowed to love each other forever. Having so many flowers at our wedding also made it special. I grew up with my grandmother throwing parties that revolved around the floral arrangements. I wanted to channel our shared love for that aspect of a party and make the florals a focal point. Ben and I also decided to read letters to one another during our ceremony that we had not shared with anyone except the Rabbi before that moment. It was important to bring a personal touch to our ceremony since our Rabbi had only met us a few months prior.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The most memorable parts of the day were our first look and reading our letters to one another during the wedding ceremony. It was those moments that made our wedding feel real because they were just about us and nothing else mattered.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Ben and I met on a typical Saturday night out in Los Angeles. He was the only guy dancing in the bar and I went up behind him to make fun of him. He actually never gave me the chance to make fun of him because before I could move away without him noticing me, he turned around, grabbed my hand and said, “not so fast.” Needless to say, I was mortified and not interested. It wasn’t until much later in the night that I decided to give Ben a chance.

As a Los Angeles native, I had never met anyone from Maine before. When we first met, I (embarrassingly) admitted I did not even know where Maine was on the map! Over the past 6 years, I have grown to consider the state to be a second home. On one of our annual trips home to Maine, Ben woke me up early in the morning to go on a walk. Each time we are in Maine, we take the mile walk through Ben’s childhood neighborhood to Fort Williams, which is the home of Portland Headlight. We like to walk through the neighborhood and talk about everything Ben used to do in certain spots growing up. When we got into the park, the headlight was unusually crowded for that time of day.  Rather than walking towards it, we ended up walking towards a house on a cliff and stopped to take a picture in front of it. At that point, Ben got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was completely shocked! Shortly thereafter, his mom, brother, and step-dad jumped out of the bushes yelling, “congratulations.” I called my parents to share the news, a little sad that they were not there to share the moment with us. Later that morning, we joined forces with Ben’s dad, step-mom and sister for breakfast. As we were walking into the restaurant, I heard someone yell at me from across the street. I looked up and my dad and his girlfriend were there! Ben had arranged for them to surprise me for the weekend. I immediately burst into tears and could not believe he had pulled this off. After breakfast, Ben and I planned to spend the rest of the morning in the Old Port together. We went into a bar to have a celebratory cocktail and I asked him why he was acting weird. Two minutes later, I turned around to see my mom and step-dad in the same bar, cue more tears. We spent the day showing my parents around downtown Portland before heading home to change for dinner with Ben’s dad. As we walked into the house, I was surprised for the fourth time that day by Ben’s extended family and closest friends  at an engagement party his family had planned for us. Needless to say, the day of our engagement was one of the most exciting days of my life.

Photographer: Jaimee Morse Photography // Planning and Event Design: SHE Luxe Weddings & Design // Floral Design: Pretty Flowers Maine // Invitation designer: Rebecca Lieberman // Venue: Black Point Inn // Beauty: Uptown Curl // Film: ARA Films // Dress designer: Pronovias // Suit/Tux: Suit Supply // Shoes: Imagine by Vince Camuto // Band: KB3 // Lighting: Event Lighting Concepts // Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals // Linens: BBJ Linens Nuage Designs

 

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Lindsay and Chris’s breathtaking Charleston destination wedding is filled with all that Southern romance we love. Mac & B Events planned the event at Legare Waring House where the like oak trees flanked a ceremony filled with vibrant florals by Out of the Garden. The tented reception on the plantation was fresh and elegant with pink florals and blue and gold accents. Everything was stunning—but the bride and groom’s favorite part was the music. They sourced multiple bands and a string trio to customize each and every special moment. Lucky for us, the incredible Mike Cassimatis Photography was on hand to capture in all in these beautiful images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The fact that 133 guests from all over the U.S. (none from South Carolina) all made the trip to Charleston for our special day. Charleston is literally breathtaking and being able to share our love for Charleston with the people who mean the most to us was truly an indescribable feeling. Also, definitely the MUSIC. We had a string trio from Charleston Virtuosi playing during the ceremony, but a surprise for our guests was the Plantation Singers who sneaked in behind the guests once the ceremony had already started. The Plantation Singers, an a cappella and percussion Southern gospel singing group, immediately started singing This Little Light of Mine right after Christopher and I were first introduced and walking down the aisle. Many of the guests were actually startled because their backs had been turned to the Plantation Singers and they had no idea that the group had sneaked in. The energy of the Plantation Singers was surreal and definitely started the celebratory momentum that lasted throughout the night. Once at cocktail hour, Peter Kiral of Charleston Virtuosi, played the electric violin and was one of the most talented musicians that I have ever seen. The real party then started (and ended) with the Voltage Brothers who performed top hits from literally every genre. Their repertoire consists of nine Super Bowls, guest artists at the President’s Dinner in Washington, D.C., several Presidential Inaugurations and also appearing with renowned artists including Frank Sinatra, The Temptations, The Commodores, Gladys Knight and the Pips and Earth, Wind, & Fire. The dance floor was literally full the entire night, with their short intermission consisting of a play list compiled with old-school Nelly hits, as requested, to make sure that we had a little bit of St. Louis in Charleston.

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

Funny (sadly) enough, I was actually all by myself.  I had previously tried on several dresses with my mom (who is from a town two hours away) and didn’t fall in love with any of the dresses that I tried on when I was with her. However, the designer that I seemed to really keep liking, Martina Liana, was having a trunk show the next weekend. I had described the exact type of dress that I was looking for and the stylist at the bridal boutique actually requested that a certain Martina Liana dress be brought down (which was not included in the trunk show). That next weekend, I went to the trunk show by myself with no intention of actually finding THE dress. The very first dress that I tried on (the one that the stylist had requested be brought down to St. Louis) was literally everything that I had imagined. I toasted myself with champagne and then Face-Timed my mom to get her approval. My mother-in-law (who lives in St. Louis) also raced to the boutique once I had told her that I had found the dress so that she could also see me in it. The designer was so accommodating that they even agreed for the dress to remain at the boutique until the following weekend so that my mother could see me try it on in person. The bodice is lace with illusion tulle which continues into the straps giving the illusion of a strapless neckline. The back is completely illusion tulle adorned with fabric-covered buttons which extend all the way down the skirt to the court train which leads to a scalloped-lace pattern. Overall, I would describe it as a statement dress with a touch of Southern charm.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My neighbor from Sikeston, Missouri, who has known me since I was a baby (and is also a Circuit Court Judge in Missouri) officiated our wedding.  It was really special to have  him be a part of our special day since he has literally known me since day one. We also used the wedding cake topper that my parents had used at their wedding. A picture of my parents cutting their wedding cake was on the table next to our wedding cake.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Reading aloud our vows that we had written to each other. It was something that I was at first hesitant about doing in front of all of our guests, but am so glad that we did.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

During law school, I became best friends with the girl who ended up being my Maid of Honor. She had actually grown up with Christopher and had introduced me to him at her birthday party during my first year of law school. It seemed that we were at the exact right place at the exact right time as it was perfect timing in both of our lives to have met. We ended up dating over the next 7.5 years and together, endured the rigors of law school, passing the Bar exam and starting our careers. Regarding our engagement, trying different restaurants for dinner each weekend in St. Louis (and simply eating in general) is one of our favorite things. So, it made perfect sense that a restaurant is where Christopher proposed to me. While we usually like to take our time at dinner, Christopher seemed to be in a hurry for me to figure out what I wanted to order and kept telling me to take a look at the menu (we had not even ordered cocktails yet). I obliged and before I could even completely open the menu, he was down on one knee. He had handwritten “Will you marry me?” and placed it inside the menu. It was the first time that I had ever instantly started crying happy tears in my life and also the first (and last time) that I have seen Christopher’s attempt at cursive handwriting! He had originally planned on proposing the next night (when my parents were supposed to be in town to celebrate with us) but he had just picked up my engagement ring from the jewelers hours before and literally could not wait for the next night to give it to me. The ring was absolutely perfect so I can’t really blame him for not being able to wait!

Chris & Lindsay from Paragon Filmworks on Vimeo.

Photography: Mike Cassimatis Photography // Planning: Mac & B Events // Florist: Out of the Garden // Venue: Legare Waring House, Charleston, SC // Cake: Ashley Bakery // MUAH: Ash & Co // Rentals: SnyderEventhausOoh Events // Video: Paragon Films // Cigar Bar: Cigar Row // Entertainment: Plantation SingersCharleston VirtuosiVoltage Brothers // Catering: Mosaic // Film Lab: Indie Film Lab // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

 

Amy and Josh both work at the local dairy co-op, so as the mother-of-the-bride says “milk brought them together!” The couple wed on the bride’s family farm in an event planned by Wild One Events filled with meaningful nods to family heritage and the dairy business. Dutch blue accents paid homage to the father of the bride’s upbringing in Holland, antique painted cow bells acted as table numbers and milk + cookie take-aways were totally adorable. The white tent reception too place under perfectly blue skies and of course we’re completely smitten with the super-colorful and amazing florals by Posies Floral and lucky for us Melissa Jill Photography was on hand to capture every last detail and we’re happy to be sharing all the joyful images with you today.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

From the mother of the bride, Jody, “Amy and Josh both work out of our dairy co-op so you could say that milk brought them together! That’s one of the reasons it was so meaningful that the wedding was held on the dairy farm where Amy was born and raised. There were special nods to the dairy business in the decor, including painted antique cow bells as table numbers, and linen bags of chocolate chip cookies with a message to “add milk” as favors.

“The bride’s father, Pieter, grew up in Holland on a dairy farm and we were blessed that so many of our Dutch family members were able to travel to Arizona to attend the wedding. Everyday touches of the bride’s Dutch heritage, like the wooden shoes at the door of the home, were joined by wedding details, like Dutch blue accents and a Delftware cake topper.

“Another special touch was the horse-drawn carriage that brought the bride to and from the ceremony. And at cocktail hour, a baby grand piano was installed in the field where the guests had gathered. A talented cousin of bride played the piano as the guests enjoyed cocktails and lawn games.”

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

Mother of the bride Jody says, “Before dress shopping, Amy wasn’t sure what her wedding gown would look like, but she knew it WOULDN’T be strapless or have a train. When she fell in love with Enzoani’s strapless, lace “Khloe” gown (with the longest train in the boutique), she proved herself wrong. Amy found her dream dress at Uptown Bridal boutique, where we were blessed with a private session with the most personal and loving service. The consultants (who are now our friends) went above and beyond for Amy and we are so grateful.”

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Wedding planner Jackie with Wild One Events says, “There were little details and nods throughout the day to the couple’s relationship and background. Simple elements such as vintage cow bells used as numbers, chocolate chip cookies for the favors, and cow hide rugs in each of the lounges were all simple ways to recognize the dairy farming background without taking the farming concept too far. Other details that touched upon the bride’s Dutch heritage and family were incorporating various shades of blue in the design and bringing in a piano so that her cousin could play during cocktail hour.”

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was the private time with future husband and wife during the intimate ” first look” moments. Josh & Amy felt so connected to one another in that time together, and it reaffirmed their love and commitment.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Amy & Josh both work for the United Dairymen of Arizona, and they both come from dairy families. For a long time, Amy only really knew Josh as the cute guy she sometimes saw at work. Eventually they were introduced by mutual friends, and they became friends themselves before falling in love.

On their first date, Josh & Amy learned how truly compatible they were. They went to Blue Wasabi, but it wouldn’t be truthful to say they went out for sushi. You see, they got SO caught up in talking that they forgot to eat … all the way until the restaurant closed for the night. They had to be asked to leave; hungry but happy, and still talking.

Their joy in spending time together never faded, and Josh knew that he wanted to spend his life with Amy. When their families gathered together for a birthday dinner, Josh saw the perfect opportunity. Surrounded by their closest family, he got to one knee just before dessert was served and asked Amy to marry him. Her “Yes!” was sweeter than the cake!

Photographer: Melissa Jill Photography // Wedding Planner: Wild One Events // Florist/Decor: Posies Floral // Stationery: Roots and Rain Creative // Venue: Van Rijn Family Dairy // Dress: Enzoani // Bride/Bridesmaid Dress Shop: Uptown Bridal // Hair & Makeup: Amanda Victoria Beauty // Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Bridal Bouquet Ribbon: Silk & Willow // DJ: Welter Entertainment // Officiant: Shane Sanchez // Rentals & Tenting: Event Rents // Specialty Rentals: Glamour & Woods // Specialty Rentals: Prim Rentals // Piano Rental: Safe & Sound Piano // Linens: La Tavola // Catering: Robert’s Catering // Videographer: Simply Cinema // Photo Booth: Rendezbooth // Ceremony Detail Ribbon: Tono + Co. // Carriage: Walking M Farms

 

WHITE EDEN WEDDINGS capitalized on the history of the stunning Chateau Saint Georges venue and it’s location in Grasse, the world capital of perfume, to create this romantic wedding inspiration. A plum-centric palette of purples, dusty pink and grey accentuates the details of the venue and stuns in the textured and gorgeous florals by Julie Guittard. The style (and fabulous arrangements)  translate beautifully to a classic tablescape with touch of ballroom glam. The team enlisted Tatyana Chaiko to capture all the details in these lovely images we’re thrilled to share with you all today!

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From the planners: Our inspiration for this styled shoot came out of a surprising but meaningful trio.

The historic side of the venue, linked to the Queen Victoria of England (who we should thank for making the white wedding dress a thing by the way!) the strong and unique plum color; and finally the desire of romanticism expressed by the roses as the shoot took place in Grasse, the world capital of perfume.

The color palette -plum, dusty pink & grey- we worked on was a delicate match which highlights the soft interiors of the Chateau, and accentuates the substance and energy we wanted to infuse to the session through the numerous details, each one more meaningful than the other ones. The plum color provides depth to the dusty pink and feels like a perfect match with the two shades of grey revealed by the main room.

Consistency is to us the main idea of an inspiration shoot. In order to maintain the quintessential British charm, we used with sensitivity vintage accessories along our session. The delicate and refined florals created by the talented Julie Guittard were the key link with our romantic theme infused by the perfume history in Grasse.

Planning & styling: WHITE EDEN WEDDINGS // Photography: Tatyana Chaiko // Flowers: Julie Guittard // Venue: Chateau Saint Georges // Dress: Cathy Telle // Hair & Make up: Amandine Baron // Hair Extensions: Dream Extension // Jewels: Alice Magnin // Ring box: Amonie // Macarons: Ladurée // Rentals: Maison Options // Linen: Mademoiselle Coton // Vintage accessories: Les Dépareillées

 

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