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A truly international celebration; Sarah who is Australian-Chinese and Piers from the UK, decided to get married on a beautiful winery estate in Tuscany called Conti San Bonifacio. The celebration embraced a fusion of cultures starting with the traditional Chinese tea ceremony followed by an outdoor ceremony overlooking the beautiful rolling Tuscan hills. Vendor Funkbird Firenze stole the show with playful and punchy coral, pink and magenta florals all over the place—a lovely ceremony arbor, chair florals, and gorgeous centerpieces on the family-style tables. We’re loving the light-hearted spirit of the couple the shines in the mustache and pink lip place cards and their coordinating magenta accessories—Manolo Blahniks for her and bowtie for him. Check out these beyond-stunning images by Kylee Yee Photography!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was intimate, carefree and a celebration of love and friendship. The day was perfect (my husband did so well planning it all!) and was full of fun and laughter for my nearest and dearest!

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

This was the most difficult choice for me for the whole wedding; I had been indecisive and liked most wedding dresses I tried on. Having decided that I wanted a backless dress, I was looking everywhere around London, but came across Zahavit’s dresses in the shop just next to my office (Les Trois Soeurs in Canary Wharf) and I was in love! I was lucky enough to sign up for her trunk show at the store and met Zahavit in person! She listened to the styles I like, the venue and destination and in the end she chose this dress for me. When I tried it on, I knew I had to get it!

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My father-in-law acted as the celebrant to the ceremony (as we had registered the marriage at our local registry in the UK a few days before) and it was quite special for us; we are pleased to have him play such a key role on our big day! Also, we decided a wedding cake was not needed as the venue already provided plenty of delicious Italian desserts (and sponge cake isn’t very Italian!).

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Every moment of it, but particularly special moments include: our vows in front of friends, speeches from my dad and sister (both live in Australia!), drinking wine in the vineyard with friends while doing our photo shoots, jumping on the bed with my bridesmaids, and dancing the night away to the best music!

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at work in Autumn 2010 and got on very well! We started going out a couple of months later and everything else just fell into place. He proposed when we were on a trip to New York 3 1/2 years later; it was on top of the Rockefeller Center and very much unexpected! I said “Yes!” when he pulled out the box (before he even had the chance to ask!).

Photography: Kylee Yee Photography // Florals: Funkbird Firenze // Invitations: Peach and White Wedding // Venue: Conti San Bonifacio // Assistant Photographer: Tanja Kibogo // Videographer: Gattotigre Video // Dress: Zahavi Ttshuba // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters wtoo // Groom’s suit: Jaeger // Groom’s details: Austin Reed // Hair & Makeup: Giulia Makeup // Band: Audiodress

 

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Erin & Marc’s wedding planning may have been short—just three months—but Tala Events proved to create beauty under pressure with this couple’s lovely Orange County nuptials.  Their planner recalls how “their eyes lit up once they toured Serra Plaza with visions of how to transform this outdoor venue into a wedding that reflected their own personalities and love story.” Beautiful, dusty lavender and deep red florals by Floral Fete establish the romantic palette while cafe lights and understated rustic tablescapes keep the outdoor casually elegant. Photographer Meiwen Wang captures all the details in her stunning film style. We’re especially loving the portraits at the Mission San Juan Capistrano.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

All of the friends who helped make our big day happen. The only people we didn’t know personally were a few of our caterers, and by the end, we felt like we personally knew everyone and had made incredible friends! We’re so grateful to have developed such sweet friendships that have continued on past our wedding day, and now our marriage is forever blessed with these long lasting friendships!

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

The gown was everything I’ve ever dreamed of and more! The funny thing was I thought I knew what I would like going into the fitting; however, I ended up falling in love with the total opposite! I scheduled 5 different fittings with 5 different bridal salons; however, I was one of those who found her dress on the first day and it was perfect! I was told that Love and Lace Bridal had every kind of gown a girl could dream of, but I didn’t realize how true that was until I stepped into the store! The women who work there are the kindest and most encouraging women you’ll ever come across. Sara helped me find and try on various types until we came across “the one” and it was a dream come true! A laced corset on the top that flowed down into layers that curved and laid on top of one another perfectly – I felt like a princess. It was the perfect dress.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Some touches we added were our decor and elements within our ceremony! The words Marc and I came up with to describe our wedding’s aesthetic was “manly, elegant, and vintage.” So with that, we added touches of copper and brass amidst our florals and candles. We had vintage couches and old tables. Then within our ceremony, we had our dear friend officiate the wedding and our best friends prayed over us while our other friends played our music – everyone we loved had a role on our big day, and that’s what made it personal, along with the decor.

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What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The most memorable part of the day was our ceremony! I would relive those precious 45 minutes over and over again. The blessings spoken over us and having everyone we loved be a part of it – it was a heaven-on-earth kind of moment.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

It was 7PM on Thursday, January 15th, 2015 at Mariners Church’s College Group. Everyone was mingling with their friends they hadn’t seen since before Christmas break, while Marc and his guys were shooting hoops on the basketball court waiting for College Group to begin. Erin hobbled in (purposefully late to avoid small talk) on two crutches, with Katie and Paige at her side, muttering under her breath, “I hate these stupid crutches, my armpits hurt, stupid sprained ankle (almost falling)!”.

Moments later a loud and booming voice (Conrad) welcomed everyone into the gym for College Group “DOOODGEBAAALLLLL!” Little did Marc and Erin know, this Dodgeball Night would be the event that changed the rest of their lives. 45 minutes rolled by – Erin was laughing and enjoying watching people get pegged by flying balls, while Marc was running around, dodging balls left and right. Both were having a fun time with their friends!

Then, in the middle of the millionth game, Erin noticed this crazy guy dancing around on the Dodgeball court and thought, “Oh my gosh, this guy is the extroverted, male version of me – I need to meet him!” So she called over her friend, Lizzy, who knew this guy, to introduce them. Seconds later, the hippest Filipino Erin had ever seen walked over and introduced himself saying, “Hi! I’m Marc!” Little did Erin know, Marc had noticed her the moment she hobbled in, and had been searching for ways to introduce himself all night. So Erin and Marc owe Lizzy Paulos a HUGE thank you! Two days later, Marc asked Erin out on their first adventure, and they’ve been dating, falling in love, and serving the Lord together ever since.

Then, on May 1st, Marc proposed to me. I thought I would be hanging out with some of my girlfriends that day; however, I was tricked. When my friend and I were dropping off tea to her husband, she ushered me into St. Andrews Presbyterian Church’s chapel. I thought she wanted me to see the beautiful decor they had set up for that night’s Worship Night (which didn’t end up happening because it was never planned). Nevertheless, I said, “Wow, this looks beautiful!” And then, I saw it. My chair that I loved, and had used for many years, waiting for me in the middle of the chapel. Then, I knew. I squealed, “Are you serious?!” as my friend nudged me inside to experience the most beautiful proposal in the world. After watching videos of my best friends speak affirmations and prayers over us, and then my family as well, Marc popped out. While our dear friend played our love song, Marc got down on one knee and asked me to do life with him until the end of time. And I said “YES” as quickly as the word could come out. Then, I was surprised by the “Yay!!!” that took place behind us as a few of my best friends popped out after witnessing the whole thing! It was the most perfect proposal in the whole world.

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Marc + Erin || Wedding Film from David Orgill on Vimeo.

Photography: Meiwen Wang // Wedding Planning & Design: Tala Events // Florals: Floral Fete // Venue: Serra Plaza // First Look & Portraits Venue: Mission San Juan Capistrano // Videography: David & Katie Orgill, Story By Image // Dress: Mikaella Bridal // Hair/Makeup: Pure Beauty By Danielle // Cake: Paper Street Cake // Groom’s Attire: Grooms Grotto // Espresso Bar: Urban Espresso // Catering: Sundried Tomato Bistro // Dress & Veil: Love And Lace Bridal Salon // Rentals: Archive Rentals // Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints

 

 

Annie and Dave celebrated their big day at Kiana Lodge, a quintessential Pacific Northwest setting, with a goal of sharing all the things they love about life with family and friends. Planners and designers, Gather Events, seamlessly wove together a variety of lighthearted details including sand dollar escort cards and surf-themed photo booth as a nod to their love of the beach, lion dancers because of Annie’s Chinese heritage, a ping pong table at happy hour with monogrammed ping pong balls and an adorable vintage VW Bus Ice Cream Truck, Seattle Cookie Counter, for late night. Althauser Design created the lovely florals and Lora Grady was the artist behind the lens capturing it all.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding day was about sharing our love and all the things we love about life with our family and friends. From the quintessential Pacific Northwest setting (Kiana Lodge) to ping pong during cocktail hour, lion dancers, and the ice cream truck. These were all special and unique things we wanted to share.

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

I tried on the Rue De Seine Fox gown at my first bridal appointment at Lovely Bride in New York. I absolutely loved the dress the first time I tried it on but was worried it was not traditional enough. In the end, I couldn’t get this dress out of my mind because the lace pattern was so unique, and after going back two more times to try it on, I finally purchased it the third time.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

There were so many personal touches at our wedding. Sand dollar escort cards and surf-themed photo booth as a nod to our love of the beach. Lion Dancers because of my Chinese heritage. Ping pong table at happy hour with monogrammed ping pong balls because we both love ping pong. To top if off we had a vintage VW Bus Ice Cream Truck (Seattle Cookie Counter) come for late night.  On our first vacation we rented a vintage VW bus and drove it down the California coast so the bus was to remember our first road trip together.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

During the ceremony looking onto the lawn at Kiana Lodge and seeing all our family and friends from all over the world in one place. It was magic.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at a bar in New York and got engaged on our three year anniversary on the High Line park in NYC.

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Photography: Lora Grady // Planning and Design: Gather Events // Florals: Althauser Design // Calligraphy: Krisanna Reiff // Venue and Catering: Kiana Lodge // Bride’s Gown: The Fox Gown by Rue De Seine // Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bride, New York // Officiant: Annmarie Juhlian // Cake: Blackbird Bakery // Beauty: Erin Skipley // Lion Dancers: Mak Fai // Videography: Peak Digital Cinema // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Music: Puget Sound Strings // Sound: Sound EFX // Cookie Van: Seattle Cookie Counter // Linens: BBJ Linens // Rentals: CORT Party Rental  / Vintage Ambiance // Accommodation and Transportation: Clearwater Casino

 

Mackenzie had always told her father that none of the guys she dated gave her butterflies, that is, until Craig came along. So appropriately themed, he proposed in the butterfly garden at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and their epic 400-guest wedding was filled to the brim with butterfly details. Grey Collective member and planner extraordinaire JPC Event Group gathered an incredible vendor team to turn Carrie Furnace, an old steel mill, into a visually stunning juxtaposition of glamour and grit. They brought in EVERY SINGLE DETAIL, from the chandeliers to the topiary walls. The result is spectacular and Eva Lin Photography captures it beautifully.

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From JPC Events: Mackenzie and Craig’s wedding was filled with butterfly stamps on the invitations, a bridal party of their nieces and nephews holding balloons with butterfly cutouts, butterfly flower crowns, and of course, Mackenzie’s stunning wing-tipped Sophia Webster shoes. Mackenzie’s sister-in-law also surprised her with LIVE butterflies while they were getting ready, making a wish with each one as they fluttered away!

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So many amazing details and custom made goods went into the framework of this wedding supporting local professionals from both the couple’s home in New York, as well as their heritage in Pittsburgh. From metal invitations to hand cut wooden name “placecards” for each guest, graffiti backdrop to hand crafted boxwood hedges and industrial pipe floral stands. And no opportunity to add a unique touch was missed—from the Jackson Pollock inspired engagement photos gracing the restroom trailer entrances, to the 2000 candles flickering around the perimeter of the interior steel beams. The bridal day fashion was also on point and beyond. Designer Christian Siriano of Project Runway fame customized a pearl emblazoned work of art for Mackenzie complete with a removable tulle high low skirt, and the drool-worthy Sophia Webster butterfly stilettos completed her ethereal look to perfection.

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Mackenzie carried a non-traditional bridal vine of magnolia leaves (to echo the “rusty” feel of the blast furnace) graced by white peonies, bi-color parrot tulips, white garden roses, white astilbe and white freesia in place of a traditional bouquet.

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With an industrial woodland décor palette, the Garnish team incorporated all things that flutter and glisten—sparkly linens, butterflies, industrial pipes, copious candlelight, moss, and mirrors everywhere throughout the interior reception and ceremony spaces. Elegant chandeliers, and trendy event lighting engineered by Luxe Creative, swathed the event space with a colorful, party vibe.

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Event Planning & Coordination: JPC Event Group // Photography: Eva Lin Photography // Floral Design: Garnish Event Design // Invitations: More Than Words Pittsburgh // Venue: Carrie Furnace // Paper Flowers: Flower Voyage Boutique // Catering: Savor by JPC Event Group // Lounge Furniture Rental: JPC Event Group // Tenting: Eventioneers // Mirrored Bars and Tenting: All Occasions Party Rental // Metal Elio Chairs: Event Source // Band: Bachelor Boys Band // Hair & Makeup: Hannah Conard Beauty // Bride’s Dress: Christian Siriano from Kleinfeld Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Sophia Webster // Bride’s Clutch: Kate Spade // Bride’s Bracelet: Cartier Love Bracelet // Groom: Custom from Trunk Club
// Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo // Lighting: LUXE Creative // Graffiti: Out After Dark // Power: ZeroFossil // Second Shooter: Jeannine Bonadio Photography – Pittsburgh Lifestyle + Wedding Photographer // Third Shooter/Assistant: Abbie Tyler Photography // Detail Shooter: Tara Antill

 

Elisha and Elliot’s wedding day Philander Chase Knox Estate, a venue nestled into the historic valleys of Pennsylvania, mixes styles and personalized details for a rustic and elegant celebration. The muted pastels of the mix-and-match bridal party compliment the lovely greens of the landscape. We’re loving the floral designs by Risher Van Horn including the bride’s vintage-style cascading bouquet and the lovely white blooms incorporated into the rustic log chuppah. And, the couple definitely made the perfect choice by enlisted Ashley Errington Photography to capture their day in her dreamy film photography style—the images are gorgeous!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

There really wasn’t one part of our wedding that wasn’t unique. Everywhere you looked, you saw our personalities. From the cigar boxes for flower arrangements on the table, a completely thrifted outdoor living room area for our cigar lounge, the cake topper with the phrase “God Gave Me You”, the Hawk I got to surprise my Hubby with because he loves them. Everything represented who we are as people and a couple. It was so magical for us and we heard from everyone around us this was their favorite wedding.

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

I found the dress at Elizabeth Jon in Ardmore, PA. I am the type of bride who won’t make impulse decisions unless it feels perfect. I went to 4 other shops by this point and loved a lot of dresses but they all missed the mark. They didn’t make me feel like a bride, just pretty. I saw this dress on the sample rack (YES, A SALE!) and it was unlike any dress I tried on, but I thought why not. Once I put it on, I got really quiet because I felt so beautiful and enchanting. I walked out to my mother and mother-in-law and they gasped and said  “Well this is different!”. I was so quiet that they didn’t know how to react, did I love it or hate it? After a little talking back and forth on how it fell in all the right places I finally looked at them and said, “Where is the champagne? Let’s celebrate! I found the dress!”

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

    • We love cigars so I thrift-shopped for 6 months to put together the outdoor cigar lounge
    • We had cigar boxes for the flower arrangements on the tables
    • We loved the cake topper
    • The small cake next to the one from the catering company was a gifted geocake (what I wanted in the first place) from a friend of mine
    • How our first dance song was “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice, and then Elliot’s Mother/Son song was “I Hope You Dance”, not planned but hilarious
    • The chuppah was custom made from Elliot’s father, fabric from my mom, and the logs with the lanterns underneath. It came together perfectly and better than I could have imagined.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

So many parts. Seeing Elliot’s face when he first realized I surprised him with the hawk was the best. Other than that, I remember when Elliot and I stepped outside of the tent during the reception and looked in. Elliot said: “Isn’t it amazing that all the people we love are in one room. When will we ever have that again?” We were both so thankful, happy, and blessed to see everyone there. Looking in allowed us to soak in the entire moment. For us the wedding didn’t fly by because we stopped a couple times to take it all in. It was all just so perfect.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

From the bride: Oh man that’s a story! It all goes back to when we were 2 years old. Our parents are friends and I was invited to Elliot’s Barney themed second birthday. I was obsessed with Barney at the time, being 3 years old, and let’s just say he won me over.

From the groom: After elementary school, we had both gone in separate directions. I moved to Oklahoma for six years and she was still in Philly. We had met again at a friend’s birthday party and it was history in the making from there. After a couple surprise trips to Philly, her buying me a cocktail in Nova Scotia, from the comforts of her apartment in Philadelphia, and duck hunting in Oklahoma together, she convinced me to move back and I proposed on June 20th in front of what will be our first home.

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Photography: Ashley Errington Photography // Florals: Risher Van Horn // Venue: Philander Chase Knox Estate // Catering: Robert Ryan Catering // Hair + Makeup: Tundella & Co // Groom’s Suit: Stark Suits // Videographer: CinemaCake // Hawk: Elmwood Park Zoo // Bride’s Dress: Elizabeth Jon, Ardmore PA // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ASOS & LuLus