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Savannah and Nick chose the cozy, elegance of Mount Hope Farm for their wedding venue and it was the bride’s mother—a 20-year-wedding-industry-veteran—who handled the rest. The rich autumnal tones of the day are exquisite and highlighted by romantic blooms and decor by Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design. This one is perfectly inspiring for the season and we’re thrilled to share the stunning images by Erin McGinn.

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From the bride, Savannah: After dating for seven years Nick and I immediately knew we wanted our wedding day to reflect us as a couple, while allowing us to celebrate with those that are nearest and dearest to us. We’re from Rhode Island and Boston respectively, but currently live in Colorado, so planning from afar was not without its challenges. Thankfully my mom has worked in the wedding industry for over 20 years and put together an all star cast of vendors for us. Through the planning never once did we worry about the day being anything sort of spectacular.

From the moment we visited we knew Mount Hope Farm was the perfect setting for us. The property is intimate, cozy, and elegant at the same time, and we loved that our wedding party was able to stay on site, to maximize the time we all had together. We held the ceremony at the church I grew up in, a place which holds incredible significance to my family, and to Nick and I.

Nick and I are both huge “foodies,” but being pescatarian, we challenged ourselves to come up with a menu that would stay true to who we are, but also be delicious for our guests. Russell Morin Fine Catering absolutely delivered, from the incredible spread of passed hors d’oeuvres, to a family style meal of roasted salmon and butternut squash ravioli for dinner, complete with fresh mini donuts for the end of the night.

After dinner we had my grandparents open the dance floor, a great way to honor their 65+ years of marriage, and their tradition of always owning the dance floor!

What made the wedding special and unique?

Because my parents owned a catering business and my mom has worked in the industry for over 30 years, many of our vendors were family friends that they have worked with for decades. It made me so proud to see the reputation my parents had built in the industry, and how our wedding was a true labor of love for these vendors. So many of them went above and beyond to make sure our wedding was special not just for my husband and I, but our whole family.

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

I was very nervous about wedding dress shopping, because I had high expectations, but still wanted to stay within my budget. But, I was so lucky to have found Blue Bridal in Denver on the one day my mom and sister where in town visiting, and I couldn’t have been happier with the experience and my dress. Before shopping I swore I wouldn’t wear a ballgown, but after trying a few on I realized how beautiful I felt in that style. Your wedding is the only day in your life you can get away with a dress like that, and I wanted to take advantage of that! The wonderfully patient women at Blue Bridal helped me find “the dress” that made me feel like the bride I always dreamed I would be. Their suggestion of adding a bolero lace top for our church ceremony made me feel like I had two gorgeous dresses in one, and they were even able to make a custom bow that I added to the back of the dress for the reception. Wearing my mom’s veil that her sister had made on my parents’ wedding day completed the look and reminded me of all the years of loving marriages that came before us. Finding out how beautifully my skirt spun on the dance floor didn’t hurt either!

Photography: Erin McGinn // Florist: Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design // Invitations/Paper Design: M Rock Creative // Venue: Mount Hope Farm // Dress Designer: La Sposa // Dress Boutique: Blue Bridal Boutique, Denver // Hair and Makeup: Wavelengths Salon and Spa // Shoes: Sam Edelman // Earrings: J Crew // Lighting: Exquisite Events // Décor: Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design // Transportation: Viking Tours of Newport // Catering and Cake: Russell Morin Catering and Events // Rentals: Peak Event Services // Music: DJ Bells

 

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We LOVE this elegant Glasgow wedding, shared with us by Alyssa at Adorn Invitations. Christina and Paul didn’t have a big agenda regarding a theme for their big day, other than knowing they wanted a traditional Scottish wedding. In these stunning images by photographer Carley Buick you will see they achieved that and more with groom and groomsmen looking incredibly smart in their kilts, and everyone dancing to a traditional Scottish song at the end of the evening. As she should, the bride stole the show in her dreamy Pronovias gown, and coming in a close second were the unique and dramatic floral arrangements by Flowers 4 Hours. Christina’s advice for brides: “Don’t get too stressed over the minor details. Remind yourself that your wedding guests aren’t going to notice the tiny details which haven’t gone to plan. All that really matters is that everyone is having a good time!”

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How did you and your partner meet?

We met in November 2010 at the birthday party of two mutual friends.

How did he propose?

We got engaged in Barcelona in July 2015 in front of the Fountains of Montjuic. Paul got down on one knee with my great granny’s engagement ring which I had always loved. It was very romantic and a very special but surreal moment which we’ll never forget.

How did you choose your wedding gown?

I found it relatively easy to choose my dream dress as I knew I wanted a fitted dress with lace. I wanted a dress which was modern but elegant. I found my dress in a shop called Anne Priscilla Bridal in Glasgow. They had the most amazing selection of dresses and the staff there completely understood what style of dress I was looking for. I felt that the Pronovias dress which I chose was elegant and suited to the classic venue. The fabric was amazing quality and it was such an easy dress to wear all day.

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?

We never started out with a particular theme/style in mind for our big day. We thought the interior of our venue was so beautiful that it wasn’t so necessary to have a bold style. We wanted a traditional Scottish wedding that was elegant and natural.

What was your favorite moment from the day?

Dancing with our nearest and dearest to Loch Lomond (a traditional Scottish song) at the end of the night!

Any DIY décor elements?

We took inspiration from various things we’d seen at other weddings, blogs, Pinterest and Instagram. I had made a few chalk boards.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?

I would love to do it all over again as it really was the best day ever but I wouldn’t change a thing.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?

Don’t get too stressed over the minor details. Nobody really cares! I threw a bridezilla fit the day before the wedding when we were setting up the venue as I thought the speakers looked huge. In hindsight…it really didn’t matter! The whole venue looked great even with the speakers. Remind yourself that your wedding guests aren’t going to notice the tiny details which haven’t gone to plan. All that really matters is that everyone is having a good time!

Stationery: Adorn Invitations  // Photographer: Carley Buick // Flowers: Flowers 4 Hours  // Ceremony & Reception Venue: St Andrews in the Square, Glasgow, UK // Dress: Vicenta dress by Atelier / Pronovias // Makeup: Louise Ballantine // Hair: The Hair Boutique Renfrew // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters // Groom’s Suit: Geoffrey Kiltmakers // Cake: A-Cakes // Food: Café Source @ St Andrews in the Square // Music: Little Red Wedding Band // String Quartet: Capella String Quartet

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Margo and Jonathan were incredibly fortunate to be able to hold their wedding at their family-owned property in Austin, TX. Brodie Homestead, an elegant and rustic estate, allowed the couple to welcome people into an intimate setting that truly was, and felt like, home. Some of the personal touches included favors of gold dusted chocolate truffles shaped like a cameo pin that was inspired by an antique cameo pin belonging to the bride’s grandmother. They also included family members into the ceremony; from Margo: “I’ll never forget hearing my cousin Laura sing during our ceremony. Also my dad’s father of the bride toast at the beginning of the reception, which lasted 20 minutes and ended in a standing ovation from all the guests!” Sarah Doliver Weddings‘ stunning photos of the ceremony, venue, and gorgeous florals by Gypsy Floral + Events will surely be a treasured reminder for the bride and groom of this beautiful wedding. And let’s not forget to mention the gold accents throughout; simple gold and white elegance of the stationery by Paper Place, and the decadently adorned cake by Word of Mouth Bakery. We’re so grateful Margo and Jonathan shared their day with us.

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From the bride and bride’s sister:

What made the wedding special and unique?

Margo and Jonathan’s wedding was a labor of love. Being able to host their ceremony and reception at our family-owned property was certainly a highlight, and inspired the underlying theme of the day, which was to make all of the guests feel like they were being welcomed into our home to take part in something very special. We tried to include as many meaningful touches as possible throughout the day, and I really think guests left the party feeling like they had attended something special.

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

My mother and I flew to New York from Austin for a weekend of wedding dress shopping with the bride. After our first 3 bridal shop appointments, we hadn’t found a thing we liked! The moment we walked into Wedding Salon of Manhasset for our fourth (and final) appointment, I think we all knew we would find Margo’s dress there! She tried on several stunners, but none compared to the Carolina Herrera she ended up choosing. She was looking for a mermaid silhouette and absolutely loved the idea of exposed boning on the bodice, so this dress hit all her marks! Not to mention, it looked amazing on her. Luckily, they were having a Carolina Herrera trunk show that weekend, so we were able to see this dress, and others, from their Spring 2016 collection!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We tried to bring in as many personal touches as possible throughout the day. Since we had a pretty solid vision for the design elements and overall flow of the day from the start of planning, we used a good portion of our planning and brainstorming time to come up with unique and thoughtful ideas for the day. Guests staying at hotels received welcome boxes in their rooms with some unique items. They each had a few bottles of Topo Chico (an Austin staple) with gold bottle openers, cookies shaped like Texas and New York, the bride and groom’s home states, and a few other items. My favorite was a gold dusted chocolate truffle shaped like an antique cameo pin. This probably went over the heads of most guests, but the cameo was inspired by an antique cameo pin belonging to the bride’s grandmother. Margo had the pin affixed to her bouquet for the wedding. Guests were greeted at the entrance with a sign in table covered in a dense candlescape and flowing greenery covering a large iron scales of justice statue, a nod at the couples professions – they are both attorneys – as well as the balancing act of marriage. My favorite DIY element was the table numbers, which were custom made for the wedding using slices of white marble and stands made out of wood from the original barn structure. We also used wooden planks from the original barn structure to suspend greenery and candles over the aisle and the head table during the reception.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

There were so many memorable moments! The dance party was pretty epic. I’ll never forget hearing my cousin Laura sing during our ceremony, though. She arranged a version of the Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody” that was absolutely stunning. Also my dad’s father of the bride toast at the beginning of the reception, which lasted 20 minutes and ended in a standing ovation from all the guests!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Margo and Jonathan were introduced by a mutual friend when they were in law school. Four years later, Jon proposed to Margo in their apartment in New York, surrounded by a sea of candles, and then took her to dinner at her favorite restaurant in Manhattan, where they had their first date!

Margo & Jonathan from The Bird & The Bear on Vimeo.

Photographer: Sarah Doliver Weddings  // Coordination: Pearl Events Austin  // Floral: Gypsy Floral + Events  // Paper Goods: Paper Place // Venue: Brodie Homestead // Vintage Lounge Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals // Catering: Word of Mouth Catering // Videographer: The Bird and The Bear Videography // Cake + Desserts: Word of Mouth Bakery // Linen Rentals: La Tavola  // Lighting: Intelligent Lighting Design // DJ: Greenbelt DJ // Ceremony Quartet: Terra Vista Strings // China/Glassware Rentals: Marquee Rents // Shuttle Service: Uptown Valet & Transportation // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Alex and Sarkis wanted a relaxed, casual, but elegant backyard feel to their wedding. What better way to accomplish that than with a brunch, complete with all the comfort food? Coordinator and Stylist Hailey Yeager with Two Roads Event Co.  orchestrated a perfect brunch setting in the beautifully rustic Millwick – Marvimon. Megan Gray with Honey and Poppies carried the rustic feel of the venue with the gorgeous and deeply colorful florals. And how genius to have a bar for the guests to create something at the end of the day so the flowers wouldn’t go to waste? We think you’re going to love all the images captured by Alexa Miller of Bright Bird Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We wanted our wedding to be really fun, comfortable, casually elegant and relaxed – as if you were opening up the doors to your backyard, if your backyard was a lush secret oasis, and feasting on the most delicious food and drink, while bumping the perfect playlist. With that in mind we ended up having a Sunday brunch wedding, because who doesn’t love brunch?! We had chicken and waffles, mini egg mc-muffin-style sliders, and avocado toast to name a few that was all washed down with champagne cocktails and a build your own Bloody Mary bar. Keeping with the brunch theme we had donut holes and mini pop-tarts along with cake for dessert. I also didn’t want our flowers to go to waste at the end of the day, so our venue coordinator, month of coordinator, and I came up with the idea of having a flower bar. At the end of the wedding our guests could make their own bouquets out of the arrangements and take them home to enjoy. It ended up being a big hit!

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

My gown was the Rue de Seine Florence gown that I found at Lovely Bride in TriBeCa. I had gone around to a few different dress shops with my mom, aunt, Matron of Honor and a friend and ended up with a handful of dresses that I liked but wasn’t quite sure was the one. I decided to go back and retry on the favorites by myself. When I was back at Lovely, I did a quick look through the racks and spotted Florence which wasn’t in the shop on my first visit. They had just had a Rue de Seine trunk show and had some new dresses in stock. Florence ended up being a top contender and it came down to her and one other dress which had a very different vibe. I knew it was important to my mom to be there for this moment so I made a follow up appointment, which also gave me some time to debate my two options. What a problem to have two gorgeous but totally different dresses to chose from! Ultimately Florence was the dress I kept coming back to in my mind when I envisioned myself on my wedding day. I just felt very much like myself in the dress. I also studied abroad in Florence, Italy (which is where I met my Matron of Honor) and I took the dress being named Florence as a bit of a sign that she was the one for me.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

It was important to us that our wedding was a reflection of us and therefore we wanted to include some personal touches throughout the day. Our dear friend Rachel officiated our wedding which felt extremely fitting as we met through her. Sarkis’ dad built our chuppah and his late grandmother had made the beautiful table cloth which we used as the covering. The chuppah symbolizes a home and it was so meaningful that Sarkis’ dad built our new home for us. I used my grandmother’s ring to be married in which was also used by my great aunt and my cousin, all women who had/have long loving marriages. As my something old and blue I wore my mom’s engagement ring which is a Tiffany’s band of diamonds and sapphires. It felt very special to have all these touches of family with us on our wedding day as we came together to create a new family.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

My goodness it’s so hard to choose just one. It was such a beautiful and magical blur, truly the best day. One moment that stands out is actually after the wedding ended. We were back at The Line Hotel hanging out when some friends had Dominos pizza delivered. We all feasted in a little corner of the hotel patio wrapped in Mexican blankets, as it had gotten chilly. It felt like the perfect way to close out the best day; eating generic/let’s be honest tasty pizza, with people from all aspects of our lives that we love, because no one was ready for the day to end.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

As I had mentioned earlier Sarkis and I met through our mutual friend Rachel. We had seen each other through the years at various gatherings Rachel had hosted (although Sarkis claims he doesn’t remember me) but we finally had a conversation at Rachel’s birthday in December of 2010. After that night we became Facebook friends and exchanged phone numbers, but what really got us to hang out was a friendly nudge from OkCupid. We were “quick matched” with each other and I texted Sarkis, because I thought it was funny since we already knew each other. It was the only OKCupid date either of us had ever been on and needless to say our last.

We got engaged on March 21, 2015 in Paris. I had no clue that it was going to happen, although in retrospect there were some clues that I was totally oblivious to. We had just finished a delicious meal of steak frites when Sarkis suggested we walk back to our Airbnb. I kept asking Sarkis if he was sure he knew where we were going because I felt like we were going in circles; he said he did. As we continued our stroll being silly and making up songs we entered the Marais, our favorite neighborhood in Paris and the one where we were staying, when Sarkis pulled me into a little courtyard. I was about to exit when he told me to take a seat. I said ok, but that I really had to use the bathroom, all that wine at dinner (clearly I still had no clue), and then he got down on one knee. We then went back to our Airbnb and drank champagne and called our families. Sarkis chose March 21 to propose because the numbers break down to, 3-2-1 here we go!

Alex + Sarkis from Daniella Hovsepian on Vimeo.

Wedding Coordinator + Stylist: Two Roads Event Co., Hailey Yeager // Bride + Planner: Alex Leitner // Photographer: Alexa Miller of Bright Bird Photography // Videographer: Daniella Hovsepian Wedding Videography // Venue: Millwick – Marvimon // Florist: Honey and Poppies, Megan Gray // Catering: Schaffer’s Genuine Foods // Alcohol: Liquid Catering // DJ: Dart DJ // Dessert: Portos / Semi Sweet Bakery

 // Hairstylist + Makeup Artist: Nicole Chew // Rentals / Decor: La Pinata // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals // Transportation: Jeffrey Valet

 

Lisa and Shane celebrated their nuptials at Oklahoma City’s The Magnolia turning the industrial warehouse venue into a beautiful wedding terrarium of greenery, jewel tones, metallics and twinkling lights. We’re loving the couples rich palette for fall, especially the stunning florals by Emerson Events. All the stunning details by planner Aisle Be With You definitely showcase why the bride Lisa strongly recommends opting for a wedding planner. Everything is so beautiful and it’s all captured in these gorgeous photographs by Anna Lee Media.

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What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

Prior to planning my day was to have delicious food, good beats, and be surrounded by friends and family.  I would say it was success! We had our favorite food vendors cater, the best band, and all of closest loved ones there.

What was your color palette and your style vision?

My vison of the flowers and décor at my wedding were Jewel tones with gold and grey accents. The style I envisioned for my wedding was elegant, modern, and romantic.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include?

Our altar was outlined with large gold medal lanterns atop of clear acrylic boxes adorned with air plants and florals.  The backdrop was greenery hung from the ceiling and we purchased a jewel tones rug to tie it all together.  The rug is now in our home and has a special memory for us tied to our wedding day. My flowers were jewel-toned, big blooms with hints of greenery and air plants.

Another DIY detail that is one of my favorites was our hand cut menu cards.  Each guest had one placed on their napkin.  I hand cut the shape myself from my design I had printed from a local printer.

What was your favorite crafted detail?

My favorite crafted detail was our welcome sign.  I had a friend hand letter our welcome onto a gold mirror.

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be?

Hire a wedding planner.  I’m very detail oriented and she helped bring my vision to life.  My wedding planner was worth her weight in gold.  She also made it so that I could truly enjoy every minute of my wedding day spent with my family and friends.

Describe the Day!

The day began with me getting ready at a hotel suite located in downtown Oklahoma City just blocks away from my wedding venue.  I opted for no bridal party but instead had girlfriends come and get ready with me in the morning.  We listened to tunes, sipped on mimosas, and had got ready together.   I hired a brilliant makeup artist who is also a friend of mine to come make my look complete for the day.  I felt the most beautiful I have ever felt when I saw myself and in the mirror with my dress on.

My groom and I then shared a first look together. I’m so happy I decided to do this.  It was a moment just for us that I will cherish always.    We then made our way to our wedding venue.  We got to have the whole place to ourselves to take in all the details before our family started to arrive for pictures.

Shortly before our guests arrived my groom and our families gathered in a back room.  One of my favorite moments was getting to sit and watch the guests arrive through a window that overlooked the entry to the building. Guests were greeted by a welcome sign that I designed and had printed at a local printer.  Along with an “unplugged” wedding sign.  We wanted our guests to be fully in the moment and enjoy this time with us minus the cellphones and cameras.

Then the ceremony started.  Two of our nieces carried hand lettered signs down the aisle.  Then I proceeded and greeted my groom at the altar.  We were married by a family friend, honorable Philippa James.  After exchanging our vows, we said I do and danced down to the aisle to our favorite Neil Diamond song “Cherry Cherry.”

The ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour with specialty champagne cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  We hired our favorite live band to play music while guest sipped cocktails and found their seats.   The bar was decorated with air plants and a DIY sign that said “Eat Drink & May The Force Be with you.” We are both big Star Wars fans and wanted subtle hint at our favorite movies.

Shortly after the cocktail hour My husband and I had our first dance and got the party started! We danced to “Song for Zula” by Phosphorescent (Which our videographer included in our wedding video)!

As the band continued to play cover songs and hits us along with our guests enjoyed dinner catered by one of our favorite restaurants in town.  Shane’s favorite was one of the main courses – the meatloaf.  The recipe was the chef’s grandmothers handed down to her.

After enjoying our first meal as husband and wife we cut our petite Italian Cream cake and toasted each other.  I’m a cookie lover so naturally there were a lot of cookies on our dessert table! My favorite is the coconut corn flake cookies.

Then the real party started! The band played while friends and family got their groove on the dance floor.  We topped the night off with a last song “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges.  Once the event ended my husband looked at me and said “That is the most fun I have ever had.” To me that meant the night was a success. I could not have asked for a more perfect day!

Shane + Lisa from Dewberry Cinema on Vimeo.

Photo: Anna Lee Media // Planner: Aisle Be With You // Florals: Emerson Events // Getting Ready Venue: The Colcord // Venue: The Magnolia // Video: Dewberry Cinema // Cake: Stacie’s Cake // MUA: Hayley DeVilbiss // Hair: Blo. // Gown Retailer: RL Bridal // Lighting + Rentals: Marianne’s Rentals // Catering + Bar + Deserts: Cafe 501