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Grace and Scott’s wedding day was held at The Club, a venue known for it’s iconic views of downtown Birmingham, Alabama. The couple, who met on a local kickball team, recited their vows in front of a stunning floral arch by Edna K Design on a terrace that overlooked the exact location of Scott’s proposal to Grace. Invision Events planned the day filled with classic details like letterpress by Empress Stationery, calligraphy by The Refined Pen and romantic florals in blush, peach and deep pinks. We especially love the very southern monogrammed linens from Sassy Biscuit—adorable! No details was left un-personalized and lucky for us Kelli + Daniel Taylor Photography was on hand to capture it all.

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What made the wedding special or unique?

Scott and I chose to have our ceremony and reception at The Club in Birmingham, Alabama. We knew early on in our engagement we wanted to get married outside. The Club is iconic for its views of the city, so we had our ceremony on the terrace. What made the terrace extra special is that you can see the overlook where Scott proposed from where we said our vows. In addition to the beautiful views, we wanted to have a focal point to help make the space feel intimate, so our florist created a beautiful arch with flowers and greenery. It was the perfect nod to our love of the outdoors, and helped make the terrace feel personal.

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

I searched and searched for the perfect gown and found elements I liked in a lot of dresses, but not everything all in one. When I went to Carriage House Weddings, my consultant explained how customizable Augusta Jones dresses were. I found two separate dress styles I loved: the shape of the Jessie, a fitted A-line, and the bodice of the Skyler. When combined, both dresses checked all the boxes. Even more, I was also able to select a lace pattern. At the end of the process, I had my own custom gown that was everything I had envisioned.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?  

In memory of my father, and as my “something blue”, my seamstress sewed a patch of his favorite blue shirt into a layer of my dress. A boutonniere was also placed in his chair during the ceremony. After a year of dating, Scott and I adopted a puppy  from the local humane society. Needless to say, he’s the center of both of our worlds, so we knew we wanted him to be a part of our day. While although he wasn’t present at the ceremony, a great friend of ours brought him to take photos with us and the wedding party beforehand. He was the only one with an outfit change that day – a floral collar and a bow tie!​

Scott loves to cook, so we wanted to be intentional about our menu. While neither one of us is Greek, we both love Greek food and went to a local Greek restaurant for our first date. We knew we had to have gyros as a menu item, and the chef at The Club was excited to prepare something atypical of the standard southern menu.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

I loved the moments Scott and I shared right after the ceremony. The ceremony was incredibly special, but it was such a fantastic feeling to be married and have some time just the two of us to take it all in. While we were excited to celebrate with our family and friends, we were able to sneak away and our photographers snapped some of our favorite wedding photos as the sun was setting.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.  

A mutual friend asked Scott and I to play on an adult kickball team. I’m not athletic in the slightest, but was new to the city and thought it would be a fun way to meet other post grads. Growing up, instead of sports, I took dance lessons, so the emphasis has always been to run pretty, more so than fast. Scott however, played team sports his entire childhood and is very competitive. Fortunately, he put my pointed toe kicks and graceful running aside. I never scored a run that season, but we became more than teammates by the end of summer. Then, on a Sunday in the middle of October, Scott asked me if I wanted to take our dog on a hike. I absolutely love the peak of the fall season, when all of the leaves are bright red, orange and gold. The fall foliage in Birmingham was at this point, so I was especially excited to get outside. We headed to Ruffner Mountain, a meaningful place to both of us, and hiked to the overlook that oversees downtown. I was checking out the cityscape, and when I turned back around, Scott was on bended knee. Extra special note: you can see the overlook where Scott proposed from the very spot we said our vows on the terrace of The Club.

Photography: Kelli + Daniel Taylor Photography // Planning: Invision Events // Florals: Edna K Design // Stationery + Custom Monogram: Empress Stationery // Venue + Catering: The Club // Getting Ready Venue: The Tutwiler // Dress Designer: Augusta Jones // Dress Boutique: Carriage House Weddings // Calligraphy: The Refined Pen // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental // Groom’s Tux: Mr. Burch Formalwear // Hair & Makeup: The Hair & Makeup Collective // Bride’s Cake: Barb’s Cakes // Groom’s Cake: Pastry Art // Monogrammed Details: Sassy Biscuit // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Entertainment: Creativity! via Music Garden Bands // Group Transportation: Rare Transportation // Newlywed Transportation: Coats Classic Cars

 

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“Remember to feel the love. Be in the moment. Getting married isn’t just the day of the event, it’s the entire process. If you don’t enjoy it, what is it all for anyway?” Kayla’s advice to other brides couldn’t more true and the joy that she and Nathan felt on their personalized wedding day couldn’t be more apparent in these beautiful images by Heather Selzer. Planned by CES Weddings & Events, the celebration was held Gale Vineyards and filled with bohemian and rustic details for the Redwood-loving couple. The florals by M Creations Floral Design were stunning and included an eclectic gathered bouquet, ceremony arch and greens dressing up the many reception focal points. We’re especially love the gift display of mugs that the couple hand-selected for all of their guests—a perfect representation of a couple that’s figured out how to find the joy in the journey.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We originally wanted to get married in the redwoods. We love hiking near our home in the Bay Area and our favorite places all have large dense redwood forests. We found some of that for our special day (the first look), but wanted to also incorporate nature into the invites. So, trees were the theme. Our engagement photos were taken in Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, which were used for the save the dates. For the invites, we took a photo from a log pile in our backyard, and used it as the background. We designed the ideas behind them and Kayla brought them to life using her own calligraphy skills.

We did a rehearsal brunch instead of a dinner to save money and give us the evening to chill with family, friends, and each other. That also meant Friday night was free for us, so we organized a yoga class with the entire bridal party and their partners. Two of our friends are yoga teachers and they lead the 1.5 hour class. It was awesome!

Additionally, many of the guests (and the couple themselves) do not drink alcohol. So we made sure to have tasty alternatives and NA beers.

The reception was held at Gale Vineyards in Durham, California just outside of Chico. We chose this location for both the natural beauty it offered as well as the functionality of having the ceremony and reception at the same venue. Gale Vineyards was filled with tall trees and great space to accommodate the guest count. Hidden off to the side was the bar and boho lounge space the couple designed – equipped with a vintage Italian leather couch, blue velvet lounge chairs, accent rug, and wooden table made by the our close friend. On the other end of the reception space was an open space that served as both the buffet space early in the evening, and the dance floor after dinner.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We were very close to my grandmother June who passed away a little over two years ago. She was the matriarch of the family. So I created a banner that was hung at the reception with one of June’s quotes to remind everyone that she was there with them on their very special day.

Often brides will create gift boxes for the bridesmaids, but I wanted to also do something for all the mamas in the family. I hand dyed organic cotton robes, shibori style. Included in their box were a custom robe, lip gloss, facial mask, bath salts, and a handwritten card. This made all the mothers and grandmothers feel loved and a special part of the big day.

The officiant was a close friend and the vows were said under a handmade copper altar which we designed and a close friend made for us. We wrote our own vows, and a close friend also came up and read a poem by Rainer Marie Rilke. All of the small, personal details made the reception extremely personal and special.

The takeaway gift was a coffee mug. We went around to various thrift stores, antique stores and shops, to find over 150 mugs that were unique. It’s something that we do in our own home and wanted to share some of that joy with our guests.

Tell us about the dress and how/where you found it.

Initially, I purchased a dress online by Grace Loves Lace. But, when it arrived it didn’t really meet the expectations I had about it. With only 2 months before the big day, I panicked. Luckily, living in the Bay Area, there are plenty of options for last-minute finds! My MOH & I went to San Francisco the next day to hit as many stores as possible. Luckily, we found the perfect dress at their first stop, Glamour Closet. It was much more simple and more of my style. It matched the vintage/bohemian style of the wedding. Love at first sight!

What was the most memorable part of your day?

At the end of the night, the DJ announced the last song. Kayla ran over to Nathan and hugged him. A friend saw this and came up to hug both of them. Then everyone from the wedding started to join in, surrounding the couple in a huge group hug in the middle of the dance floor. They all swayed back and forth laughing and smiling and enjoying the last moments of a beautiful day together. It was magical.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in college. Nathan was a roommate to one of Kayla’s close friends. She had a crush on him for a while and one day worked up the courage to ask him out over text – he said yes!

The first date was a cold December night in Chico. The plan was to get coffee at Naked Lounge, but Kayla was starving so upon Nathan’s arrival she asked if they could go eat. They walked around the corner to Upper Crust and sat down with some soup and chili. Between the corn bread and coffee, the school talk and the shared interest in standup comedy, the time flew by. Little did they know, this meal was the start of something special. They had found their partner, their person.

One of Kayla’s favorite places in Chico, where we met, is called Monkey Face. It’s a rock formation in Bidwell Park that looks like the face of a monkey. When you climb to the top you can see the entire canyon and the city of Chico stretched out before you. Nathan took her for a hike up there and popped the question in September 2016.

What advice do you have for brides planning their wedding?

Maintain collaboration with your partner throughout the entire planning process. It’s very important to discuss the details with your significant other to ensure that your ideas are both reflected on the day of your wedding. And, make sure you pick the best MOH and BM for the job. There will be times when you really need to lean on them to help you through it all.

Remember to feel the love. Be in the moment. Getting married isn’t just the day of the event, it’s the entire process. If you don’t enjoy it, what is it all for anyway?

Photographer: Heather Selzer // Planning: CES Weddings & Events // Florals: M Creations Floral Design //  // Calligraphy: Letter After Letter // Venue: Gale Vineyards // Dress: Sarah Seven // Wedding Dress Boutique: Glamour Closet // Shoes: Charlotte Stone // Brides Ring: Aura Jewelers // Hair Stylist: Lucy Keene // Makeup: Powder Room // Groom Attire: Baroni Suits / Formal Education // Grooms Shoes: Aldo // Handmade Details: The Creative Crow // Catering: Bacio // Desserts: Upper Crust // Linen Rentals: We Do Designs // Specialty Rental: Heirloom Fox // Music: Clearcut Entertainment // Film Lab: The Find Lab

Monica and Mack’s wedding at Elliston Vineyards is a lovely wine country wedding with a rich pink, red and purple palette. The look is introduced by an painterly invitation suite by Mich Design Studio while florals by Kimmie’s Floral Design add romance and color at every turn. We’re loving the way the wind catches the beautiful raw silk ribbon by Tono and Co and how  Kristine Herman Photography captures it and every beautiful moment in these lovely film images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It is hard to pinpoint exactly what made our wedding feel special, because the entire day felt so special with our closest family and friends. Choosing a wedding venue that was tucked away in the hills and within 20 mins from our home made it very special for us. It will always be a place where we pass by every once in a while and can visit easily.

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

My mom and I decided to make a last minute appointment at BHLDN in Beverly Hills while we were visiting LA just to check out the dresses, not really thinking of actually purchasing yet. At first both my mom and I thought a dress with sleeves or wider straps would be more flattering on me, but after a couple dresses the stylist could tell I still wasn’t really loving any of them. The stylist gave me a separate top and skirt and I absolutely fell in love even though they only had tiny thin straps. Goes to show that you never know until you try it on, and props to the stylist I had to figure out what I liked!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Mack got me a monkey from Build-A-Bear a month into dating and we decided to have our ring bearer use the monkey to walk our rings down the aisle instead of a traditional pillow.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Trying to read our vows through our tears of happiness during our ceremony was the most memorable and I will never forget that.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Mack and I met back in college in Fall 2009 in a philosophy class. After class ended one day, he decided to walk up to me and introduce himself before I left. We realized that we actually went to the same high school and had a lot of mutual friends, but we just missed each other in high school since he graduated the year I started.

Mack proposed on my birthday trip to Vegas with a couple of our close friends in November 2015. We really wanted to go to the High Roller Observation Wheel and check out the view of the strip at night. The lights were so pretty on the way up, I remember telling Mack to just enjoy it and take it all in. I was oblivious to the fact that he was about to propose. Once we reached the top with our friends, he pulled me to the center of the pod and got on one knee and proposed! To be honest, I have no idea what he said to me and I had to ask him later to tell me again!

Photographer: Kristine Herman Photography // Florals: Kimmie’s Floral Design // Invitations: Mich Design Studio // Venue: Elliston Vineyards // Dress: BHLDN // Ribbon: Tono and Co // Bridesmaid dresses: Adelyn Rae // Bridal shoes: Marc Fisher // HAMU: Urban Beauty Loft // Film Lab: Photovision Prints

 

 

Amy and Josh both work at the local dairy co-op, so as the mother-of-the-bride says “milk brought them together!” The couple wed on the bride’s family farm in an event planned by Wild One Events filled with meaningful nods to family heritage and the dairy business. Dutch blue accents paid homage to the father of the bride’s upbringing in Holland, antique painted cow bells acted as table numbers and milk + cookie take-aways were totally adorable. The white tent reception too place under perfectly blue skies and of course we’re completely smitten with the super-colorful and amazing florals by Posies Floral and lucky for us Melissa Jill Photography was on hand to capture every last detail and we’re happy to be sharing all the joyful images with you today.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

From the mother of the bride, Jody, “Amy and Josh both work out of our dairy co-op so you could say that milk brought them together! That’s one of the reasons it was so meaningful that the wedding was held on the dairy farm where Amy was born and raised. There were special nods to the dairy business in the decor, including painted antique cow bells as table numbers, and linen bags of chocolate chip cookies with a message to “add milk” as favors.

“The bride’s father, Pieter, grew up in Holland on a dairy farm and we were blessed that so many of our Dutch family members were able to travel to Arizona to attend the wedding. Everyday touches of the bride’s Dutch heritage, like the wooden shoes at the door of the home, were joined by wedding details, like Dutch blue accents and a Delftware cake topper.

“Another special touch was the horse-drawn carriage that brought the bride to and from the ceremony. And at cocktail hour, a baby grand piano was installed in the field where the guests had gathered. A talented cousin of bride played the piano as the guests enjoyed cocktails and lawn games.”

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

Mother of the bride Jody says, “Before dress shopping, Amy wasn’t sure what her wedding gown would look like, but she knew it WOULDN’T be strapless or have a train. When she fell in love with Enzoani’s strapless, lace “Khloe” gown (with the longest train in the boutique), she proved herself wrong. Amy found her dream dress at Uptown Bridal boutique, where we were blessed with a private session with the most personal and loving service. The consultants (who are now our friends) went above and beyond for Amy and we are so grateful.”

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Wedding planner Jackie with Wild One Events says, “There were little details and nods throughout the day to the couple’s relationship and background. Simple elements such as vintage cow bells used as numbers, chocolate chip cookies for the favors, and cow hide rugs in each of the lounges were all simple ways to recognize the dairy farming background without taking the farming concept too far. Other details that touched upon the bride’s Dutch heritage and family were incorporating various shades of blue in the design and bringing in a piano so that her cousin could play during cocktail hour.”

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was the private time with future husband and wife during the intimate ” first look” moments. Josh & Amy felt so connected to one another in that time together, and it reaffirmed their love and commitment.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Amy & Josh both work for the United Dairymen of Arizona, and they both come from dairy families. For a long time, Amy only really knew Josh as the cute guy she sometimes saw at work. Eventually they were introduced by mutual friends, and they became friends themselves before falling in love.

On their first date, Josh & Amy learned how truly compatible they were. They went to Blue Wasabi, but it wouldn’t be truthful to say they went out for sushi. You see, they got SO caught up in talking that they forgot to eat … all the way until the restaurant closed for the night. They had to be asked to leave; hungry but happy, and still talking.

Their joy in spending time together never faded, and Josh knew that he wanted to spend his life with Amy. When their families gathered together for a birthday dinner, Josh saw the perfect opportunity. Surrounded by their closest family, he got to one knee just before dessert was served and asked Amy to marry him. Her “Yes!” was sweeter than the cake!

Photographer: Melissa Jill Photography // Wedding Planner: Wild One Events // Florist/Decor: Posies Floral // Stationery: Roots and Rain Creative // Venue: Van Rijn Family Dairy // Dress: Enzoani // Bride/Bridesmaid Dress Shop: Uptown Bridal // Hair & Makeup: Amanda Victoria Beauty // Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Bridal Bouquet Ribbon: Silk & Willow // DJ: Welter Entertainment // Officiant: Shane Sanchez // Rentals & Tenting: Event Rents // Specialty Rentals: Glamour & Woods // Specialty Rentals: Prim Rentals // Piano Rental: Safe & Sound Piano // Linens: La Tavola // Catering: Robert’s Catering // Videographer: Simply Cinema // Photo Booth: Rendezbooth // Ceremony Detail Ribbon: Tono + Co. // Carriage: Walking M Farms

 

Leanne and Nick’s big day is a backyard wedding with a twang. Married in the backyard of their historic 1910 home known as “The Farmhouse” in downtown Santa Barbara, they wanted to keep with the theme of their favorite sentiment “Home is With You” and maintain the “backyard” welcome feeling throughout their celebration. Planned and designed by Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events, everything from the curated craft cocktails, locally sourced ingredients, vendors all dressed in denim, the local entertainment and custom details all created an atmosphere of family, friends, and a truly beautiful love story. Florals are by Riley’s Flowers, event calligraphy and signage by Ranchera Letters, and metal signage by J. Woeste are stunning and all the details are captured beautifully by Rachel Solomon Photography.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged!

From the bride: “Boy next door meets girl next door; after being neighbors for over two years on the Mesa in Santa Barbara, and multiple near misses with mailboxes while checking each other out while driving down our street, we were finally formally introduced by our dear friend Suzie Clark. She was convinced we would be the perfect pair. Following our first date (where we closed down the Boathouse restaurant), we both had the feeling that we might have just met “the one” (especially when Nick showed up in cowboy boots). Beyond just our general outlook on life we shared many similar interests including our love for Montana, running our own companies, country music, and best of all…fly fishing. Our instant connection was deep, natural, and real. Being around each other – even right from the start – felt like home. 6 months after we met we were engaged! Nick proposed in Montana on Whitefish Lake where we now have a little cabin together. Leave it to Nick to propose on his birthday, because he is the most giving and selfless man I know. He said ‘Marrying you was the greatest gift of all. That’s why I proposed on my birthday. And I knew I’d never forget the date!'”

Leanne and Nick spend a lot of time at their home in Montana where they love to fish, hike, bike and explore the great outdoors. But their true home is Santa Barbara and it is here where Leanne and Nick both run their businesses. Leanne has owned and operated a boutique, luxury, vacation rental company since 2005 and Nick owns and operates a Water Well drilling business in town – hence the handsome muddy cowboy boots! Leanne is very active in local philanthropy. Nick is an avid surfer, outdoorsman, successful business man, and is becoming a pilot.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Guests arrived to craft cocktails from the Good Lion Bar featuring honey from Montana (Leanne & Nick’s favorite summer getaway) and fresh herbs and citrus from their own garden. All served out of Leanne’s daughter Lila’s actual Lemonade Stand and the back of a vintage truck featuring their theme, “Home is with You.”

At the ceremony, the large 100+ year old oak tree served as a remembrance of Leanne’s father who has passed, complete with photos, prayer beads and his favorite fishing hat.

The Groom’s boutonniere featured “flies” from his favorite pastime, and made as a child fly fishing in Montana, the bridal bouquet featured a locket photo of her father. The Groom’s ring is vintage and belonged to Leanne’s father.

Leanne & Nick wrote personal vows to exchange under the eaves of their front porch.

 

The cocktail hour and reception were filled with twinkly lights and the warm glow of torches as guests sipped cocktails and dined on cuisine from the Catering Connection featuring locally sourced greens, pistachios, strawberries, locally baked artisanal breads, Watkins Ranch grass fed beef and cage free chicken, and McGrath Farms butternut squash.

“I Only Have Pies for You” Pie Station featured organic local ingredients in each homemade pie by the Bakery Farmstand in Los Olivos. The guests feasted on multiple slices insisting on trying every traditional flavor!

The invitations featured a hand illustration and watercolor by Moment Maps and were hand calligraphed by Ranchera Letters.  Ranchera Letters also created all of the custom paper and chalkboard signage including the bar menus, “Soulmates” runner and the beautiful dinner menus at each setting.

Leanne worked with Ranch Gear to create custom embroidered denim jackets for herself, Nick and Lila featuring the “Girl and Boy Next Door” sayings since they met as neighbors while living on the Mesa in Santa Barbara.

The Bryan Titus Trio and DJ Jon Harris kept the guests dancing all night under the stars and even planned a special bouquet toss where during the countdown, all of the ladies melted away so Leanne’s (single) grandmother could catch it!

The night ended with take away cold-pressed hangover-cure green juices from Leanne and Nick’s favorite juice guru, The Juicy Life.

Lila’s dress was created from Leanne’s old wedding dress from her wedding to Lila’s father.

Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography // Planning Coordination & Design: Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events // Flowers: Riley’s Flowers // Invitation Design: Type A Creative // Letterpress: Folio Press & Paperie // Calligraphy & Calligraphed Signage: Ranchera Letters // Custom Watercolor Images & Map: Moment Maps // Dress Designer: Olvi’s // Wedding Dress Boutique: Panache Bridal // Hair & Makeup: Brianna Stewart // Lighting: Spark Creative Events // Vintage Truck: Vintage Truck Rental // Bar cocktails: The Good Lion Bar // Catering: The Catering Connection // Pies & Cobbler: The Bakery Farmstand // Custom Denim Jacket Embroidery: Ranch Gear // Custom Metal Signage: J. Woeste // Band: The Bryan Titus Band // DJ: JSH Music // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals // Vintage Rentals: Otis & Pearl Vintage Rentals // Guest gifts “Hangover Cold Pressed Green Juice”: The Juicy Life  // Shuttles: SB Limos // Officiant: Randall Day // Rehearsal Dinner: Cold Spring Tavern