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Lanikuhonua was a natural choice for Jamie and Trey’s destination wedding for a bride who grew up in the Hawaiian islands. The tropical affair, designed by Grey Collective member Moana Events is one for the books. We can not peel our eyes away from the tablescapes at the tented reception—runners consisting purely of roses! Passion Roots florist continued to create magic at every turn with the pink and deep coral palette included a stunning floral arbor and centerpieces. June Cochran Photography was on had to capture all the rose-colored happiness of Jamie and Trey’s big day—your’e going to love it!

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From the Wedding Planner:  This stylish and fun wedding took place at Lanikuhonua with a beautiful beachfront backdrop surrounded by Hawaii’s most elegant foliage. Jamie and Trey’s inspiration came from the bright pinks, oranges, and corals of a sunset. Jamie wanted to incorporate her love of flowers into her wedding day and worked with her wedding planners to drape the tables and altar with ferns, peonies, dahlias, and roses. Trey, along with Moana Events continued the wow-factor and surprised his new bride with signage displaying sweet sentiments as she entered the property. The couple also chose Laurenish Designs to create custom hand painted watercolor stationery that matched their invitations to display items such as the dinner menu and cocktail selection for the evening. During the reception, accents of gold complimented the customized place setting of ferns and fuchsia pink place card napkin wraps.

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The bride grew up in the Hawaiian islands and wanted to share some of her favorite things with her destination guests, so the reception also featured local elements; a poké bar for dinner, malasadas – a Portuguese doughnut for dessert, and a live Hawaiian band.

Photographer: June Cochran Photography // Event Coordination & Design: Moana Events // Flowers: Passion Roots // Invitation & Stationery: Laurenish Designs // Custom Wedding Signage: Hawaii Calligraphy // Cake: Cake Hawaii // Ceremony Entertainment: Ikaika Rawlins, Hawaiian Trio // Cocktail & Reception Entertainment: Jeremy Cheng / Francis Delfino (DJ) // Catering: Chef Elmer Guzman’s Island Cuisine // Officiant: Matthew R. Weiss (Friend of the Couple) // Tent & Rentals: Accel Rentals // Rentals: Pacific Party Rentals // Rentals: Event Accents // Hair & Makeup: Blush Hawaii

 

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Helen and Dustin’s wedding day at Planterra Conservatory is absolutely breathtaking. Designed by VLD Events, the day is filled with pastel-hued florals and gorgeous greens and subtle vintage details like the bride’s stunning Jenny Packham gown. It’s photographer Blaine Siesser that has us mesmerized with his collection of graceful, natural moments from the day. We know you guys are going to love this one!
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 What was most exciting part about the wedding day?
The most exciting part was definitely seeing all our friends/family/loved ones from all over the country gather in one place for our big day…would not have been a wedding without all those special people!
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What was your favorite wedding memory?

My favorite wedding memory is our first look- we are always so happy to reunite with each other and this coming together was the most special of all to us.

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What design element were you most worried about?

We were most worried about how the tablescape would turn out since we made several changes long-distance after seeing our original mock up in person, but it came out just the way we imagined.

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I loved the way the space was set up and the beautiful candles/lighting that gave it the perfect transition from day to night– I think the space Alison and Bryan created flowed seamlessly and looked so different but amazing at different parts of the wedding day.
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Photographer:  Blaine Siesser Photographer // Event Designer:  VLD Events // Invitation Designer:  Hello Tenfold // Event Venue: Planterra Conservatory // Jewelry: Adriana Orsini // DJ: DJ Mary Ann Ross // Equipment Rentals: Event Source // Cinema and Video: Hwu Studios // Dress Designer:  Jenny Packham // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Linens and Coverings: La Tavola Fine Linen // Beauty: Posh Studio // Photo Booth Equipment:  Rock the Booth // Bakery:  Sweet Heather Anne // Lighting:  The Lighting Guy // Transportation: Trinity Transportation

 

 

Katie and Matt’s garden wedding is the second part of our back-to-back Biltmore Estate real wedding features. The gorgeous, historic venue offers an incredibly scenic location as well as awesome photographic opportunities and we love the way it acts as a beautiful platform for a variety of event styles. Katie and Matt’s wedding is a colorful outdoor garden party design by wedding planner Weddings with TaraTwo Buds and a Blossom created the lovely florals and beautiful table garland for the intimate family-style reception tablescape. We’re loving the punchy, bright blue suit for the groom and the vintage-inspired BHLDN gown for the bride. Really though, it’s the way Rachael McIntosh Photography captured their smiles and the details of the day that have us swooning.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Having our wedding at the Biltmore was absolutely amazing. Everything about the Biltmore is so classic and timeless. We thought everything about our day was perfect!

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

My wedding dress was from the BHLDN website. Since our wedding and reception were both outside, I wanted to choose a dress that would look appropriate for a garden wedding. I also wanted something that was simple and had a vintage look to it—but I wanted to look like myself and feel comfortable. Most people are shocked that I ordered my dress from a website, but I had a great experience ordering from BHLDN. I am crazy about their wedding dress designs and styles. I love how beautiful and effortless looking they are.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We only had around 30 people attend our wedding—all family! Having a small wedding with just our families made everything feel so personal and intimate. Also, the diamond in my engagement ring was the diamond in my mom’s engagement ring. My parents have been married for 30 years and have been such an amazing example to me of what a loving, respectful, and happy marriage is. My grandmother gave my dad that diamond for my mom’s engagement ring, but before that the diamond had belonged to several other members of our family.  It has a lot of history!

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

There are so many memorable parts of the day! It’s hard to choose. I would say the most memorable part was seeing Matt for the first time. When I saw him, I knew marrying him was going to be the best decision I could ever make. Another memorable part of the evening was when my dad made his speech after our reception dinner. He is the first love of my life and my best friend. We have a very special relationship. We were both a mess during that speech!

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Matt and I were neighbors—he lived in the apartment across from mine. Four years after we met, we got engaged during a early morning walk on the beach in Florida. Neither of us can really remember what exactly happened or what was said, because it was such a blur of excitement and happiness for both of us. We still laugh about how we’re still not really sure about what Matt said when asked me to marry him and what I said back!

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Photographer: Rachael McIntosh Photography // Planner: Weddings with Tara // Floral Design: Two Buds and a Blossom // Venue + Catering: Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC // Gown: BHLDN // Rolls: Elite Limousine // Hair + Makeup: Lola Salon & Gallery // Film Processing: Photovision

 

Brittany and Mark’s wedding day at Keswick Vineyards is lovely, easygoing and romantic, which is exactly what the couple wanted. “If we were to plan our perfect date, we’d go to a local vineyard, enjoy a bottle of wine, and sample as much food as we could from whichever food truck was parked out at the vineyard that day — so that’s exactly what we arranged for our wedding,” says bride Brittany. We’re especially loving the  the bride’s dreamy Leanne Marshall gown which she customized with a local seamstress—GORG. The day was accented with lavender-hues bridal party and lovely florals by The Proper PetalAster and Olive Photography worked their magic behind the lens to capture a day filled with sunshine and big, beautiful smiles. Enjoy!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding day was romantic and easygoing. We were given a budget from our parents and it was entirely up to us to manage it wisely. We planned and designed every detail ourselves, with our priority always being to make sure our wedding day was an authentic reflection of us. If we were to plan our perfect date, we’d go to a local vineyard, enjoy a bottle of wine, and sample as much food as we could from whichever food truck was parked out at the vineyard that day — so that’s exactly what we arranged for our wedding. The result was truly a representation of the beauty and blissful simplicity of Virginia, as well as the romantic and fun loving nature of our relationship.

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

After trying on what seemed like hundreds of dresses, I fell in love with this dreamy Leanne Marshall gown. I made it my own by requesting to purchase it without the straps and worked with a local seamstress to add the slit and belt. My look was finished with an airy cathedral veil that my grandmother made.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

It was a day full of unique details including the special roles we gave our family members (our sisters were our “flower girls”), the heirlooms sprinkled throughout the day (our cake knife was used to cut both my parents’ and grandparents’ wedding cakes), the equestrian touches (Mark is an avid equestrian so I wanted to give him something on our wedding day that tied into this passion — I found antique horse cuff links from the 1920’s that he loved!), and the sweetheart mirror (the calligraphy on the mirror matches the engraving inside Mark’s wedding band, “All the world to me” — a phrase in our first dance song, “Sugar Tree” by Simplified).

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Without a doubt the first look. I was surprised by how emotional it was and from that moment I had what felt like first date butterflies all over again and the biggest smile on my face. Another one of our most cherished memories was when my grandfather stood up at the beginning of the ceremony to lead us in prayer. Since I was a little girl, he has begun every family gathering with a blessing, so it meant the world to me to have him begin our wedding day the same way.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Mark and I met in Los Angeles when a mutual friend, Greg introduced us. Greg and I went to high school together in Virginia and he and Mark attended Georgia Tech and also studied abroad together in France. As fate would have it, we all ended up on the West Coast and when I invited Greg to my birthday party one year, he asked if he could bring along a college buddy. The spark was instant between Mark and me and that night we made a marriage pact — a promise we’d get married if we were both still single at 30. We were engaged two years later and Greg was the best man in our wedding.

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Photographer: Aster and Olive Photography // Event Planning: The Bride // Day-Of Coordination: Kaitlyn Hoy of KEH Design, Anna Troutman // Flowers: The Proper Petal // Invitations and Programs: The Bride // Calligraphy: A Fabulous Fete // Venue: Keswick Vineyards // Bridal Suite and First Look Venue: Keswick Hall // Hair and Makeup: Avenue 42 // Dress: Leanne Marshall via Lovely Bride DC // Rentals: Paisley & Jade // Linens: A Festive Fare // Catering: Blue Ridge Pizza Co., Spiked, Carpe Donut // Cake: Sweethaus // Cake Toppers: Goose Grease // Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse // Bridesmaids and Flower Girls Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Joanna August, J. Crew, Siri, Keepsake the Label, Rent the Runway // Officiant: Melody Porter // DJ: Greg Tutwiler // Tent and Tent Lighting: Skyline Rentals // Tree Lighting: The AV Company // Bridal Shoes: Schutz via Anthropologie // Bridal Earrings: Stella and Dot via Styled by Charlotte // Bridal Party Rompers: Daughters of SimonePiyama

 

Viktor grew up in Sweden helping out on his family’s farm, while Anna was raised between and Christmas tree farm and a cornfield in Pennsylvania. So, when it came time, The Inn at Barley Sheaf, an estate with rustic views in Anna’a hometown, was a natural one. We’re loving all the seasonal details like the autumnal-hued, and dahlia-heavy florals and climbing vines by Love N’ Fresh Flowers and copper letterpress invitations by Haute Papier Letterpress. Add in some gorgeous fall foliage and Grey Collective member Asya Photography behind the lens and we have ourselves an adorable seasonal celebration.

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How did you meet? 

We met at a mutual friend’s birthday dinner at the Four Season’s Bourbon Steak in D.C. The dinner consisted only of our friend Ashleigh, Viktor, myself, and another friend of the birthday girl. The evening was a blur and the connection was like fireworks. Ashleigh likes to say that it was like sitting in on the most perfect first date she could imagine. We were both casually seeing someone else at the time, but we could not shake that chemistry, and so in just one week, we sorted out our other situations and then went on our first date the following week. Three months later we went on our first trip to the Luberon in the South of France where I met his family, et voila, the rest is history! We felt that Ashleigh was the most appropriate officiant for our wedding considering the story, so she married us.

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Tell us about the venue.

Viktor grew up in Stockholm with much of his family running a farm near Hedemora, Sweden. He spent all of his holidays and countless family occasions at the farm and in the forest land of this area. I grew up in Doylestown Pennsylvania between a Christmas tree farm and a corn field, and have always held the charm of Bucks County farmland close to my heart. Considering Sweden would be a difficult destination for many of our friends and family, Viktor suggested that we find a farm in my hometown to honor our upbringings. The Inn at Barley Sheaf was a perfect location for us. Working in hotels, I have seen many beautiful weddings planned to include multiple locations and venues for the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, after party, etc. We wanted to create an environment that made our guests feel welcome and comfortable, for an entire day of celebration, without having to travel anywhere. BSF has done a beautiful renovation on their barn space which served both as our ceremony space, and as our after party venue later in the evening. The Manor House hosted a lovely cocktail hour on the patio facing the gazebo, and there is plenty of space for our tent to have the reception. The fall foliage, horses, apple trees and space for croquet and lawn games was an added bonus. Not to mention, the entire wedding party (bridesmaids and groomsmen) were able to stay in the sixteen rooms on site, so it really made for an all inclusive sentiment; like a home away from home for the entire weekend.

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What was the theme of the wedding, and how would you describe the day?  What personal touches did you add? 

Halloween is a very special holiday for us. Anna has hosted an annual charity event called Violence is Scary in Washington D.C. to support local domestic violence charities in the city because of her passion for the holiday and the cause. The bride and groom bought a home on October 31, 2014, exactly one year before the wedding date. We wanted to incorporate the holiday without overdoing it, so we had a roaring 20’s/Gatsby rehearsal dinner at the Michener Art Museum the night before, and then decorated the barn for the after party with Halloween themed inspirations and a fog machine (all DIY projects from the Paper Source). The photo-booth had all handmade Halloween themed props designed for the wedding by Manic Moose on Etsy. And the dessert table was a Trick-or-Treat theme, with a variety of delicious bite sized options made by Debbie Croll, Anna’s mom. The band learned Monster Mash as the encore song for the evening.

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The rest of the wedding was very seasonally inspired with light apricot, marsala and sage at the heart of the theme throughout. There were touches of Anna’s favorite, rose gold, wherever metallic appeared. It was a black tie wedding because Viktor thought it would be a fun contrast to have a black tie dress code with a farm background. We had several DIY projects with tissue tassel garland and the bridesmaids carried oversized balloons with peach confetti. The table escort cards were secured to mini Chandon bottles with a sign reading “It’s not a VJ party without bottle service” as an inside joke/tribute to Viktor’s affinity to bottle service at night clubs and bars. We had cornhole boards made each displaying the skyline of Stockholm or Philadelphia, with the bean bags embroidered with our self-made monogram AV symbol that appeared throughout the event.

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Another contrast that was very important to us was to make sure that both the American and Swedish influences shined through. We had readings at the ceremony in both English and Swedish, the table numbers were displayed with hand cut wooden horses called Dala horses, that represent the region in Sweden where Viktor’s family is from. There were luminaries with the skyline of Stockholm, and we carved pumpkins to spell out the Josefsson for the evening to light the way for guests leaving after the event. There was a trick-or-treat cauldron with candy bags to take away: Swedish fish imported from Malmo in Sweden for the guests. We rented a large marquee light of the LOVE statue from Philadelphia which is one of Anna’s favorite places in the city. We finished the evening late at night with the Say Cheese food truck from Philadelphia because of Anna’s cheese obsession, featuring classic Philadelphia cheesesteaks. This was one of the biggest hits of the evening. The processional music for the wedding party was an instrumental piano version of Wake Me Up by Swedish DJ Avicii; the bride walked down the aisle to the Glasgow Love Theme from Love Actually, and the recessional music was a famous Swedish love song.

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What will you remember most about your wedding day?  

Viktor and I both discussed how there were several times throughout the evening where we just stopped and looked around to take in being surrounded by so many friends and family. Especially for Viktor, given that 40 family members traveled all the way from Sweden to attend the wedding. I will personally never forget my father/daughter dance when we waltzed to Sunrise Sunset, and then pretended to walk off at the end, but returned with a pompadour, Elvis glasses and a huge foam bob wig to perform The Twist. Another hysterical moment was mid-ceremony when Viktor and I looked at each other, and then over at Ashleigh as she was reading. We both noticed a small spider dropping out of the floral archway directly in front of her forehead but she didn’t see it. We tried to keep our composure, but when we made eye contact again, we burst into laughter mid-ceremony. Lastly, I learned part of my vows in Swedish to surprise Viktor, which certainly worked!

Photographer: Asya Photography // Planner/Coordinator: Bride // Florist: Love N’ Fresh Flowers, Jennie Love // Stationery: Haute Papier Letterpress Sarah Walsh, Washington D.C. / Laura Hooper Calligrapher, Alexandria VA // Wedding Dress and Veil Designer: Mira Zwillinger (Rubi Dress and Veil) // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August // Makeup Artist:  Beke Beau // Men’s Attire: Trunk Club custom tuxedo, Salvatore Ferragamo, patent leather shoes // Jewelry (including rings): www.tinyjewelbox.com // Cake/Dessert: All homemade by the bride’s mother, Deborah Croll (retired Pastry Chef of Hamilton’s Grill Room) // Catering: The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm // Music: The Heather Hayes Experience, Atlanta Georgia (Issac Hayes’ daughter) // Transportation: Sterling Limo // Rentals: Lighting Eventions // Apple Products (pre-ceremony greeting and gift bags): Solebury Orchards