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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

 

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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

 

 

 

Jesica and Alex’s wedding was a dream come true. Coordinated by Amy Abbott Events and set in the idyllic beachfront of Cabo, the wedding celebration lasted 3 days with different events exploring the natural beauty and food of the area. The ceremony was held on the beach front of the Cabo Surf hotel, married by one of their best friends while their family and closest friends witnessed their personal vows. The reception was held in garden of the hotel and filled with elegant, romantic details and covered in pale pinks, neutrals, and natural green colors of the florals by Pina. The gorgeous images of the event by Ana & Jeromeare sure to delight all you destination brides.

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how they met: Jes and Alex met at work when they were working on a project together for major release. Alex was still new to the city, and Jes started inviting him to local bars and nights out with her friends where they started to hang out more and more. One magical night, Alex, Jes, and their friends stayed up all night and watched Lilo and Stitch, Aladdin, and Lion King; that’s when sparks started to fly. A few weeks later, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, and in the midst of celebrating in champagne showers in the street, they had their first kiss. And they have been inseparable ever since!

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Photography: Ana & Jerome // Coordination: Martha Lomeli with Amy Abbott Events // Flowers: Pina // DJ: Teeven // Venue: Cabo Surf // Makeup and Hair: Enrique Meza // Wedding Dress: Marisa // Suit: Samuel Sohn // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August

photography @anaandjerome // coordination @amyabbottevents // flowers @pinacate0202 // venue @cabosurfhotel

makeup and hair @enriquemezaro // groom’s suit @samuelsohn // bridesmaids’ dresses @joannaaugust/

Lauren and Alex’s day was filled with love, modern details, a killer color palette and gorgeous HUGE smiles. The romantic Dallas celebration at The Room on Main touches on modern details like geode shapes, succulent centerpieces by Accent Florals Design and the bride’s understated lace BHLDN gown. Lucky for us, Britt Latz Photography was on hand to capture all the joy, details and some really awesome portraits on the rooftop. Enjoy!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

There was so much love in the venue that night. It was absolutely incredible. At one point towards the end of the night, we took a step back together while everyone was dancing and just looked at how many of our loved ones were there with us, laughing and dancing the night away.

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

I saw the dress online at BHLDN and decided to order it, not really thinking it would work. I tried it on in my New York apartment when I was home alone. Once I had it on, I knew how much I loved it so I FaceTimed my mom & dad who live in Texas and it was our version of dress shopping!

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We wanted our wedding to reflect us and who we are throughout it all. So we intentionally had several subtle details that meant a lot to us. One of the special details was a lace garter made from a piece of my mom’s wedding dress. Another was that we asked my cousin to read an excerpt from a poem by Rosemonde Gérard that Alex and I had fallen in love with which was special to my grandparents. We also included a Manhattan Mocktail since we’ve both been living in New York for a few years now.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

I laughed when I read this question because all of it is such a vivid memory to me which I hope to never forget. There are so many special moments that stand out to me that day, but one of my favorites is walking out for the ceremony with my dad, and the moment I locked eyes with Alex and how he was looking at me.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in college. So after 6 years—the majority of those being long distance, 3 cities, 7 apartments and a french bulldog later he proposed to me at my parents’ house one night when we were taking a walk. We were laughing and talking about when we first stated dating and we paused for a minute because our dog, who was a puppy then, was being a little too curious with something that was on the ground. When I realized it was just a leaf I turned back to Alex and he was down on his knee smiling one of the biggest smiles I’d ever seen from him!

Alex + Lauren: Short Film from Jonathan Roark on Vimeo.

Photographer: Britt Latz Photography // Design & Planning: Bride, Mother-of-the-Bride, and Sisters-in-Law // Day of Coordinator: Baylie Hill and Vicki Adams // Paper Goods: Designed by Bride & Groom // Signage & Calligraphy: Hand-lettered by Bride // Florals: Accent Florals Design // Venue: The Room on Main // Videographer: Jonathan Roark // Cake/Dessert Bar: Cretia’s Bishop Arts // Dress: BHLDN // Shoes: Vince Camuto // Catering: CN Catering // Makeup: Melissa Berry, l.a.r.c salon // Hair: Nina Briese, l.a.r.c. salon // DJ/Entertainment: DJ Connection // Lighting: The Room on Main // Officiant: Reverend Ron Bellomy, FUMC Waxahaxhie // Groom’s and Groomsmen Tuxes: The Black Tux // Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo