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We love when a couple picks a specific hue and does it to perfection. In the case of Amanda and Caleb’s fall wedding in Lake Geneva, red was the color and it’s done to perfection in both the stunning florals by Frontier Fowers of Fontana and in the bridal party’s red taffeta dress. The autumn landscape at the Lake Geneva Country Club is crisp and bright and we love the way the punchy palette stands out. Don’t miss all the depth in tones in the floral centerpieces—and THAT bridal bouquet!  The bride and groom chose Kristina Lorraine Photography to capture their celebration and have these beautiful images to show for it.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Ever since I was a little girl, my father and I had dreamed of having my wedding reception at the Lake Geneva Country Club. We loved the view of the water, and the understated beauty of the club. Our wedding cake was red velvet because I thought the deep red color was perfect for autumn, and also mirrored the bridesmaids’ dresses. The topper was two romantic figures dancing, who we liked to think resembled us!

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

It was challenging to pick a bridal shop for the dress! I had to fly in from Boston, and could only stay a weekend because of graduate studies. We decided on a small boutique in Chicago called Palazzo Bridal. Jane White had personally designed all the wedding dresses, and each one was delicate and beautiful. Her expertise and the feminine and intimate atmosphere she created led to the quintessential bridal experience. The gown I chose was covered in lace; this was surprising, since I had never imagined myself in lace! As many brides have wisely spoken, however,  “you know the one when you put it on.” It was slim-fitting with a high neckline, and the veil was sheer and simple.

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Hannah and Sam’s vision for their wedding day was clear—”dinner in a vineyard with all of their friends and family in the summer.” And, that’s exactly what they had but with the gorg-factor amped up quite a bit. Sea Cider orchard added a beautiful backdrop to a day filled with stunning late-summer florals by Verbena Floral Design. Dusty lavender-hued roses , blush dinner plate dahlias and deep eggplant foliage fill the bouquets, ceremony arrangements and vintage-inspired low-centerpieces that take centerstage in the family-style reception in the orchard. Photographer Kelly Brown, was on had to capture the lovely Canadian couple and all the moments of their sun-streaked big day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We had a pretty clear vision of what we wanted for our wedding – dinner in a vineyard with all of our friends and family in the summer. We found the perfect venue not too far out from the city and so many people that meant a lot to us were able to make it out. Our favorite moment was sitting in the vineyard listening to Van Morrison with a cocktail laughing with our friends and family.

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

I was really lucky with my dress! I planned a shopping day in Victoria with my girlfriends, my mom, my birth mom who visited from out of town and my mother in law. At the second store, White Peony, on our day I found the dress of my dreams – it was pretty memorable because I tried it on once and decided I’d try it on again without telling anyone. Everyone (including myself!) was surprised that the “one with the feathers” was the one! I loved it though and hope to turn it into a cocktail dress one day!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We had pictures from our childhood and our families in frames all around the cider house that meant a lot to us. As well, we had every guest at the wedding sign a big parchment that had a commitment to our marriage and our community. My husband wore his late grandfather’s watch and our rings were in my late grandparents’ silver wedding box from their wedding.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Probably dancing – my husband and I love to dance and we had so much fun with our friends and family. I am adopted and one of our favorite moments was watching birth family, adoptive family and my husband’s family all out on the dance floor together!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We had been dating for two years or so, and on our anniversary we always go down to Willows Beach in Victoria for a picnic. Sam had a box with a rock in it and a little poem he had typed on our typewriter. It spoke about how penguins place a rock on their partners feet to promise their commitment. I definitely looked confused at the rock in the box! Then Sam pulled out a ring box and we both cried/laughed and celebrated on the beach. The beach is really close to our house now and we love to go back to walk our dog and remember that special moment.

// Photographer: Kelly Brown // Florals + Design: Verbena Floral Design // Stationery: Beebeebisous // Venue: Sea Cider // Dress: The White Peony // Food: The London Chef // Rentals: White Event Studio // Furniture Rentals: Bash Specialty // Hair + Makeup: Heartwood and Co. // Suit: J Crew // Officiant: Amanda Tarling

 

Brittany, a California girl, makeup artist and all-around glamazon and her fiance Travis, a country singer/songwriter from Georgia weren’t interested in the standard wedding traditions. They preferred a casual, down-home feel with a touch of glam and elegance and to make it all happen they hired the planning and deign gurus at RO & Co. Events. The team transformed San Ysidro Ranch with color palette of warm neutrals with pops of deep and moody oxblood and rich purple tones and glammed up the dinner space with beautiful antique silver flatware, vintage glassware and sophisticated floral arrangements by Moon Canyon Design. The merging of contrasting styles is totally inspiring and we’re so lucky that Max & Friends Photography was on hand to capture all the details for us.

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What made you wedding day unique?

Travis: A rocking bluegrass band, a non-minister minister, and hay bales.

Brittany: We did a love lock only 3 months into dating and it was always a really special thing for us. We used vintage locks for the escort cards. The music was really cool. Travis put together a bluegrass band with world class players / friends. It was really unique and fit our vibe as a couple perfectly. Also, we had a cow. A plastic life sized cow. My family is in dairy and I grew up on a dairy farm so it felt like a really fun / quirky cool thing to have rather than a typical photo booth backdrop.

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

I tried on probably 25 dresses on several different occasions and had no idea what I really wanted. All of the ladies in my family were coming to L.A. to do a big dress shopping trip and I was starting to get worried that I was never going to have my magic dress moment. The day before everyone arrived I decided to pop into Les Habitudes just to have a quick peek with my mom. I saw a stunning white gown on a mannequin that they happened to have in a blush tone! It had all of the elements that I liked – beading, illusion neckline, not strapless, magic!! The next day I pretended to try on dresses at one or two appointments before I spilled the beans that my wedding dress and already been found! It was made by a Spanish designer, YolanCris.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

The couple’s special song title “Maybe It Will”  (a song that Travis wrote for Brittany)  made an appearance a few times, first on the beanbag game for the guests at cocktail hour and later at dinner where we stamped muslin bags that carried a thumb drive with a digital book of the couple’s favorite recipes and a collection of Travis’s songs. He assembled a group of his talented musician friends to form a bluegrass band to play throughout the evening of celebration. To add a personal touch, Brittany’s talented sister hand calligraphed some of the event day signage and the beautiful name tags that we added to the wedding party’s bouquets and boutonnieres.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Travis: My favorite memory was dancing with my mother. It was the first time I’d ever seen her dance. Better late than never I guess. Also EVERYTHING else.

Brittany: There’s too many to choose one. Stealing away for 15 minutes of alone time before the ceremony was definitely one of the best moments. We could really sit down and soak up the excitement of the day before it started rolling.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Travis: It was a dark night. A dark and hopeful night. A friend and I wandered into a downtown Nashville bar after a long day’s work. My friend noticed a table of beautiful girls celebrating a birthday. He desperately wanted to “Hello Ladies” them.  So I wing-manned. I was so good at being nice to Brittany’s other friend (rule #1 in hello ladiesing) that Brittany almost immediately gave her number…to him.

Nine months later I got a friend request from what I was certain was a questionable website. People that beautiful don’t just naturally occur in the wild. Turns out it was in fact Brittany. I messaged her and she assured me that we had met in real life. So…confirm! Two months after that, I worked up the nerve to go back to Nashville and ask her to coffee. From that day to this, my heart has not been my own.

Brittany: We got engaged a little over 2 1/2 years of dating. Travis took me on a quick getaway to Big Sur with the idea of proposing at sunset with a beautiful view of the ocean. It ended up raining nearly the whole trip which killed that plan! We went out for a quick hike when the rain stopped. He started taking a selfie video and saying all of these really sweet things then pulled out the ring. I was stunned and of course said yes! I’m so happy that he recorded the proposal to have that memory and to share it with our friends and family. We got married on the fourth anniversary of the day we met.

Brittany & Travis lock it up from travis howard on Vimeo.

This version of John Mayer’s “Wildflower” that appears in the video was performed by the bride and groom!

Event Design and Planning: RO & Co. Events // Photography: Max & Friends Photography // Florals: Moon Canyon Design // Stationery and Signage: Prim & Pixie // Venue: San Ysidro Ranch // Dessert: Vanilla Bake Shop // Furniture Rentals: Circa Vintage Rentals // Tabletop Rentals: borrowed BLU // Linens: La Tavola Linens // Videography: SharkPig // Photobooth: Insta Party Box // Bluegrass Band: Erik Kertes, David Steele, Jimmy Stewart, & Brian Simpson // Hair: Alexandra Ellis / Carissa Mestaz // Makeup: Angela Rae Beauty / Joanna Wood / Michelle Sfarzo // Transportation: Gold Coast Limousines // Officiant: Friend of the bride and groom, Tate // Wedding Gown: YolanCris / Les Habitudes // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bride’s Accessories/Jewelry // Vintage Diamond Earrings & Diamond Cuff: Family // Groom’s Attire: John Varvatos / Pants / Jacket Ted Baker // Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell for Nordstrom // Hay Bales: Ventura Hay Company // Cow: Dapper Cadaver

 

Amanda and Luke met in a game of capture the flag when they were 15. They were friends first and know that’s “what has maintained their relationship over the course of 15 years.” The best friends and engaged couple decided to incorporate their whirlwind Italy honeymoon theme into their wedding celebration. After their traditional ceremony at St. Peter Catholic Church, they held the reception at City Cottage on Chouteau and filled their guest with tasty Italian appetizers, espresso cake with gelato and late-night woodfired pizza. We’re loving the cozy mood and bright fall palette with gorgeous florals by Bozzay Florist. Lucky for us Mike Cassimatis Photography was on had to capture it all.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Our wedding ceremony took place at Luke’s childhood parish, St. Peter Catholic Church. We chose all of the music – from Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Andrea Bocelli – arranged and performed by musicians & family friends. Our reception venue was specifically chosen for its vintage European charm. We were headed to Italy the next day for a whirlwind honeymoon, and we wanted to bring Italy to our guests through an informal cocktail-style celebration.

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

I always dreamed of wearing a lace gown, and I found the perfect vintage-modern sheath Kenneth Winston at Signature Bridal in Chesterfield, MO. I knew the moment I put it on, that it was the one. And the tears that welled up in mom’s eyes said it all. I paired the gown with green velvet shoes, just a little pop of my favorite color.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We are total foodies and wanted to share our favorite flavors with our guests. Guests enjoyed gourmet breads and cheeses, specialty sandwiches, stuffed peppers and homemade toasted ravioli (a St. Louis favorite). Wood-fired pizza was a late night patio snack, topped off with vanilla and chocolate-espresso cake from The Cakery and gelato from a local gelateria on The Hill. Guests parted with individual bottles of Limoncello, made & bottled by us.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Narrowing the day down to one most memorable part would be tough – the entire day was special and was full of family and friends. From getting ready with family and the wedding party; to the long-awaited ceremony, photo session, and reception, we were able to celebrate the day just the way we hoped.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at 15, playing capture the flag at a mutual friend’s house. He went to Kirkwood High School and I went to Nerinx Hall, an all-girls Catholic school. We were friends for a long time before dating, and know that is what has maintained our relationship over the course of 15 years. Luke popped the question (finally!) at Trattoria Marcella, our favorite restaurant, on Thanksgiving Eve, 2015.

Photography: Mike Cassimatis Photography // Flowers: Bozzay Florist // Invitation Designer: Monica Illig // Ceremony: St. Peter Catholic Church, Kirkwood // Reception: City Cottage on Chouteau, Catering St. Louis // Invitation Printer: AlphaGraphics // Rings: Vinciguerra Jewelers // Bride’s Dress: Kenneth Winston, Signature Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: J.Crew // Groom’s Suit: Jos A. Bank // Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan // Veil/Hair Accessory/Boutonnieres: Etsy Shop Pomp & Plumage // Bridesmaids Dresses + Accessories: J.Crew // Groomsmen Suits: Jos A. Bank // Cake: The Cakery // Gelato: Gelato di Riso

 

Michelle and Nick are creative types who wanted an Old New York vibe for their wedding day—think classic, timeless, refined, traditional yet modern with 1950’s flair. The ceremony and reception were help at Bryant Park Grill with florals by Greenpoint Floral. We’re loving the authentic retro styling of the bride and groom—those red lips! Sarina and Quyn of Khaki Bedford Photography were the perfect vendor choice for the couple capturing all the moments of the day their signature photojournalism style.

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From Sarina + Quyn, Khaki Bedford Photo: Michelle + Nick were such a fun couple to work with! We always love working with creative types (Nick is into painting, music and fashion design; Michelle video installation, fashion and projection) and these two were no exception. For their wedding though, they decided to go for a more traditional/old school NY vibe and they just nailed it! Think Old New York (classic, timeless, refined); traditional yet modern. Michelle’s style was that of a 1950’s movie star with her Bettie Page bangs, vintage inspired long-sleeved lace dress and red lips; ready and eager to flash a smile. And then Nick with his white tux! It was all very old school and just perfect! And also just so fitting that the wedding took place at the plaza, an homage to Old New York and classic style. The guests were also dressed to the nines in timeless black tie attire. The bridesmaids wore full length vintage-inspired gowns and one in a pantsuit – again, perfectly classic and modern!

During portraits, there was such a palpable energy walking the streets of New York with Michelle and Nick. The city moving past and the two of them just so, so happy and everyone cheering and offering congratulatory words. We used the steps of the NY Public Library for the first look and the columns were such a perfect backdrop!

The ceremony took place on the rooftop of the Bryant Park Grill long after sunset so it was very dark and moody, basically lit by the surrounding City lights! Dark venues can sometimes be challenging to photograph, but we love the feel of intimate and moody light.

Lastly, the reception really was just like one huge party. You could just feel the energy from all of the guests! A lot of weddings have a lull when dinner is served and this wedding seemed to dance right over that into the evening. Everyone was truly there to have a good time!

Photography: Khaki Bedford Photography (Sarina + Quyn) // Florist: Greenpoint Floral // Getting Ready Venue: Bryant Park Hotel // Ceremony + Reception Venue: Bryant Park Grill // Hair + make up: Adrian Alvarado // Dress: Custom Design by Shareen // Bride’s Shoes: Rochas // Groom’s Suit: Jacket – John Varvatos / Everything Else –  Baldwins Formals // Rings: Custom design (engagement ring using diamonds from groom’s grandmother’s ring)