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Self-proclaimed goofballs, Jess and Adam, wanted their big day to be as light-hearted as possible. Planner, and Grey Collective member, Molly McKinley Designs, made it happen with a balloon hat artist, a waffle bar, and instant film cameras, but she also created an incredibly gorgeous day to boot. Summerour Studio in Atlanta offered a textured, warm vibe and the details are all fresh and modern right down to the incredibly gorgeous (and fun!) bouquets by Tulip. Black, white and gold details keep the looks grounded while organic greens and muted, lavender-hued florals add tons of interest. We know you’re going to love the images captured by the always-wonderful Julie Cate Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

There was relentless downpour and flooding on the day of our wedding. This was a bummer, but it led to three wonderful moments. First, the clouds parted just long enough for us to have our somewhat sunny first look on the terrace. Second, there was a double rainbow over the Atlanta skyline, which felt particularly significant to me as I associate rainbows with my late grandparents. And third, we’d chosen a verse from Song of Solomon that featured the line “many waters cannot quench love” to be read during our ceremony. It seemed to rain even harder during this reading, and somehow it just felt like a good omen. If rain on your wedding day is good luck, we must be the luckiest!

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

My gown is by Daalarna, and I found it at Serendipity Bridal in Austin. I loved this gown from the moment I tried it on, but it was more fitted and revealing than anything I’d ever envisioned, so I second-guessed myself. I ended up buying another dress, but a few months before my wedding I woke up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night and realized I’d picked wrong. I called Serendipity that morning, and they rushed with Daalarna to get the dress ready in time. My heroes! To me this dress felt fun and special without being too fussy or ornate.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We rock-paper-scissors for all of our minor decisions (who takes the dog out, what to eat for dinner, etc.) so it only seemed natural to incorporate the game into our vows. In general, I wanted the whole day to feel as lighthearted as possible–because Adam and I are true goofballs. For our reception, we threw in a balloon hat artist, a waffle bar, and instant film cameras. We also paid tribute to the story of how we met by referencing our camp nicknames, Steak (his) and Honey (mine) everywhere from our invitation card to our hashtag to our signature drinks. If you look carefully, you’ll even see honeycomb patterns on our table linens and escort cards!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Instead of renting a car or hiring a driver, we left the wedding in my parents’ black Cadillac–with my dad driving and my mom riding shotgun! After a whirlwind day, it was wonderful to spend a few tender moments with them at the end of the evening.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Adam and I met while traveling for a conference for our favorite nonprofit, Camp Kesem. We kept in touch from 1,000 miles apart, then serendipitously reconnected when I visited Missouri for a football game. He was so smitten with me that he drove down to Georgia to see me (and meet my entire family!) less than 10 days later. It’s crazy, but we’ve been together ever since!

Photography: Julie Cate Photography // Planning and Design: Molly McKinley Designs // Florals: Tulip // Invitations: Ashley Buzzy // Venue: Summerour Studio // Calligraphy: Rachel Anne // Linens: I Do Linens // Cake: Lush Cakery // Bride’s gown: Daalarna via Serendipity Bridal in Austin, TX // Hair and Makeup: Jennifer C Nieman // Groom & Groomsmen: The Black Tux // Catering: Bold American Events // DJ: One Sound and Entertainment // Bridesmaids: ASOS, Joanna August // Placesettings: Classic Party Rental // Hairpiece: Davie and Chiyo // Photobooth: Smilebooth // Videographers: Remedy Films // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

 

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Jen and Tommy’s wedding day at Olowalu Plantation House was a vibrant destination celebration. Having been in the wedding industry for more than 15 year, it’s assumed that bride-to-be Jen would have had her whole day mapped out. But as it turns out, she leaned heavily on friends, family and trusted vendors like La Fleur Weddings & Events to help influence her big day. The result is a bright and colorful beach wedding punctuated by amazing arrangements by Teresa Sena FloralMichael & Anna Costa captured it all and we could’t love the happy images any more Enjoy!

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From the bride: Tommy and I met about 10 years ago through mutual friends while camping in the desert. At the time we were both in other relationships but maintained our friendship through time. About 5 years ago we met up again on another camping trip and had both found ourselves single again and interested in each other. It took 9 months for us to have a real first date but we were both hooked from that point on.

Tommy and I are both fairly old fashioned and both of us are pretty stubborn.  He told me he would marry me any time I asked him to and I would retort that I would marry him as soon as he asked. I’m pretty sure I win the stubborn award because I held out until one night when we closed down a restaurant on the beach and he got down on one knee to ask me to be his wife with the ring of my dreams in hand.

After the engagement we both agreed that a small, intimate wedding was the way we both wanted to go.  The island of Maui was a natural choice for us, having vacationed there we fell in love with the island and all that it offers.

Having been in the wedding and special events business for upwards of 15 years you would think this bride had her ideal day mapped out and “pinned” to the most minute detail. Nope. I was a lost little bird who had to be bullied to pin things and ended up leaning on close friends in the wedding industry to pick linens, figure out my florals and other touches that added to the day. The only things I knew that I needed and wasn’t willing to compromise on were having a coordinator and photographer that I knew and loved since these are the folks that make the day happen and document all of the details.
Dress shopping was interesting for me as I am not, and never have been, a tiny girl. With most dress shops topping out at a size 6 for samples it was almost comical trying to find “my style” at the first few shops. Fortunately I found Sara, the “dress whisperer”, at Della Curva in the San Fernando Valley who pulled out one dress after a quick chat and “get to know you” session and I was done. The strapless sweetheart bodice was a deep cream colored Chantilly lace and the skirt was layers and layers of ivory chiffon. The dress was finished off with a simple dusky rose ribbon. I was able to design earrings to match with another close friend who is a jewelry designer; she found pink freshwater pearls the size of grapes and paired them with rose gold and Herkimer diamonds.

Given our busy work and life schedules we knew we weren’t going to be able to make it to the island for any site planning, tastings or any of the other “normal” pre-wedding meetings that typically happen when you plan a year in advance. Fortunately we had access to a wedding and event planner that was not only intimately involved with weddings all over the island, but also happened to be a close trusted friend who “got” us. Jill LaFleur of LaFleur weddings was instrumental in matching us with the right vendors and orchestrating the wedding day so that I didn’t ever feel like I had to lift a finger.

One of my revelations in regard to the design and look of our wedding was that there was no one color scheme or design in anything I chose. I love color, and lots of it and was thrilled with the whimsical and colorful bouquet, ceremony decor and centerpieces that my florist, Theresa Sena, created. They paired perfectly with the fun linens from La Tavola as well as with the venue that was set on an old plantation on the beach in Olowalu. Dark wicker couches and white ottomans were placed around the dance floor and bar area for our guests to lounge and watch the festivities throughout the night. Theresa also provided the most adorable vintage mailbox for our guestbook table. Instead of a traditional guest book we opted for vintage postcards from the Hawaiian islands for our friends and family to write notes on.

Food and beverage were at the top of my list and our food caterer and beverage caterer both knocked it out of the park. Small bites and casual stations were our choice as neither of us wanted a stuffy sit down dinner. The signature cocktails were absolutely glorious, garnished with tropical flowers and made with fresh squeezed juices and local Hawaiian rum and vodka.

 

One of my very favorite moments from the wedding was the end of the night where the DJ played “Don’t Stop Believing”, the entire crowd was on the dance floor minus my sweet husband who then proceeded to rip off his wedding shirt and join the crowd. I look at the photos that Michael and Anna Costa captured of this moment and all the rest through the night and am so happy that this incredibly silly, sweet man chose me to spend his life with!

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa // Wedding Planner: Jill La Fleur La Fleur Weddings & Events // Florist: Teresa Sena Floral // Venue: Olowalu Plantation House // Music: DJ Boomshot // Catering: Mill House // Hair & Makeup: Hair & Makeup by Heather // Transportation: Akina Aloha Tours // Rentals & Lighting: Island Rents // Craft Cocktails: Garnish // Linen Rental: La Tavola Linen

 

 

Audrey and Austin’s wedding day is filled with a vibrant palette ranging from lilac to blush to tomato red to magenta all set against the regal backdrop of The Castle at RockwallLizzie Bees Flower Shoppe executed stunning rose-filled florals throughout the event including stunning mantle garland, a lush bouquet and bold centerpieces. A modern cake by Say it with Sugar and the images by the wonderful Erica Mae Photography  capture all the details and the couple’s delight.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Definitely the venue! The Castle at Rockwall had so much to offer, it really was a no-brainer! And something that made it very special to me personally, was having one of my best friends and bridesmaids doing my makeup and another bridesmaid’s mother doing all of the coordinating. My bridesmaid, Gabrielle, made me feel like the prettiest girl in the world that day, and she killed it on my hairstyle! And Cindy, our wedding coordinator handled every detail perfectly. I would have been lost without these two on my wedding day!

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

I was not at all expecting to buy a dress that day, but we walked into Mockingbird Bridal in Dallas and it was right there in front of me on a mannequin and I said that’s it! I want to try that on first! And of course I loved it, but everyone else wanted me to keep trying things on, but I put that dress back on at the end of the appointment and told them to ring it up! That was my dress and I simply fell in love with it!

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

The personal touches were all over the place for me, I picked out everything and I made all of the decisions. But the flowers were pretty personal to me; my grandmother who passed away this year and her daughter (my aunt) loved flowers and bright colors. So when I looked at the flowers, it made me think of the ones I love. And Lizzie Bees did an amazing job making my requests come to life!

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What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The most memorable part of the day was probably right when Austin and I sat down to eat, and both looked at each other and said Phew! That went way better than we thought it would! We were both so stressed out trying to get everything done and it still amazes us how perfectly everything went! We loved every minute of seeing everyone we loved in the same room and we are so grateful for all of the amazing people in our lives.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Austin and I met while I was at Texas A&M getting my bachelors degree. He was up visiting with my bridesmaid Gabrielle’s now husband. We have been inseparable since then! My proposal was the biggest surprise ever, and I am a “surprise ruiner” so I do not know how he pulled this off. He proposed after the finale of the huge firework show my uncle and my cousins put on every 4th of July. He really did an amazing job, and my family can be a little intimidating sometimes so I was truly shocked! I, of course, said yes! And I have honestly never felt so special than I did that day, up until my wedding day!

Photographer: Erica Mae Photography // Florist: Lizzie Bees Flower Shoppe // Invitations: Minted // Venue: The Cast at Rockwall // Cake: Say it with Sugar // DJ: David Allen Events // Film Lab: Photovision

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You guys! This destination wedding in Tuscany is STUN-ing. Set at La Foce, the scenery is absolutely spectacular—the couple even made sure to capture all the ariel shots with a drone! The details, planned by Italian Style Weddings, are classic, filled with pastel roses and let the gardens and architecture of the villa and estate shine. With photography by Lilli Kad Photography and film by Alessandro Bordoni Films, this one is sure to delight!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Having all our closest family and friends together in a spectacular venue like La Foce, surrounded by the beautiful Tuscan scenery made the wedding a truly memorable and special day for us. We were very fortunate and thankful that all our guests were flying in from around the world to celebrate with us. It wouldn’t have been the same without the people we love there. We are also obsessed with the venue so having a drone there to capture the aerial shots was the best decision we ever made!

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

I must have tried on over 30 dresses but finally found my dress in a bridal boutique in Wimbledon. It is a La Sposa gown and I fell in love with the long scalloped lace train and the sweetheart neckline. The dress has two layers – the underneath layer is fitted in a mermaid silhouette with delicate lace and crystal details. The outer layer is a transparent delicate tulle surrounded by scalloped lace. I am extremely indecisive and specific about what I like and don’t like so I found the whole process quite hard. However, it’s true when they say you just know when you’ve found the right dress because as soon as I tried it on I knew it was the one!

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We wanted our families to be involved and feel like they were a part of the wedding ceremony. During the ceremony our mothers were invited to light a unity candle together to symbolize the union of our families. This was a special moment for us especially since our families only met for the first time the day before the wedding!

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

For me, walking down the aisle was the most memorable part of the day. I couldn’t wait to see Robin and all the guests, and I had a massive smile on my face the entire time. The weather was perfect, the location, the music and the setup of the ceremony was exactly how I wanted it, so seeing it all for the first time was very exciting.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Robin proposed in London at The Shard. It was a total surprise and a private moment together as he organised for us to have the entire bar to ourselves. I thought we were just going for a nice lunch and did think it was slightly odd we were going to a bar at midday but I didn’t suspect anything. I was so shocked and speechless that before I even said yes the ring was already on my finger! I’m glad he chose to propose in London because this is our home, where we met, where we fell in love and where we share so many memories together.

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Wedding film in Tuscany – La Foce || Louise & Robin from Alessandro Bordoni on Vimeo.

Videographer: Alessandro Bordoni Films // Photography: Lilli Kad Photography // Wedding Planner: Italian Style Weddings // Venue: La Foce, Tuscany // Officiant: Diane Rossi

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