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Michigan couple Kristi and Andy capitalized on the best of the midwest with a celebration on the sprawling, scenic property of The Centennial Barn. We’re smitten with the distinctive dusty rose and deep pink palette of the the floral arrangements by Events By The Day’s Design and waterfall of blooms on the cake by The Cakabakery. The couple make the best of the estate with a ceremony in the forest followed by a barn receptions and beautiful portraits all over the grounds of the farm. Lucky for us Hetler Photography was on hand to capture al the beauty in the crisp autumn air.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Andy and I both decided even before we were engaged that we wanted an autumn wedding. We love the beautiful mix of colors, crisp air, and fun activities that the Midwest offers. So we decided to add little autumn touches throughout our wedding as a beautiful way to celebrate a season we love so much. We chose to have a barn wedding, and get ready at an adorable white farmhouse on the property. We also had a wagon to deliver guests to our outdoor ceremony site hidden in the trees, and during the reception we served slices of cake, cinnamon sugar doughnuts, and hot apple cider from our favorite local apple orchard, Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery.

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

I found my gown at Becker’s Bridal, which is tucked away in a little town and been helping brides find their dresses since 1934! So many of the past brides Kellie and I have photographed shared with us that they had chosen their gown there, and had a really great experience, so I new it was a shop I needed to visit when it was my turn to find a wedding dress.

My wedding gown is “Kinley” by Morilee and it was the perfect dress for Andy’s and my Fall wedding. It had everything I was looking for! Romantic lace, princess sleeves, ivory undertones and an ever-flattering fit and flare silhouette. I absolutely loved it and received so many compliments from family and friends when I wore it on my wedding day.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

There were so many memorable moments throughout the day, such as getting ready with my sisters and girlfriends (many of whom flew across the country to be there that day!), having such amazing friends like Kellie and Joe there to photograph our day, and having a private first look together where we each read our handwritten vows to each other. However, one of the most memorable moments actually happened during the ceremony itself.

Our young ring bearer, Silas, took his ring-bearing duties very seriously that day. He decided that instead of sitting down right after our pastor started his welcome speech to the guests, like we had practiced during the rehearsal the day before, he would quietly ignore his older sister Chloe’s urging and stand up front with all the groomsmen, Andy, and our pastor during the entire thirty minute ceremony — all the while still holding his ring box right in front of himself and standing up straight like a soldier.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Andy and I actually met online, through a dating app! I was teaching in Grand Rapids at the time, and he was working as a chemical engineer and living in South Haven. We “matched”, chatted through the app for weeks, and then had our first dinner date a local restaurant in Grand Rapids on October 5, 2016. After having such a great time at dinner and meeting each other in person, we exchanged phone numbers and started officially “dating” a couple months later. Andy proposed in November of 2017 — by setting up a “Fall photo session” with Kellie and surprising me at the end with a ring!

Kristi + Andy Wedding Film Teaser from Couture Creative Media on Vimeo.

Photography: Hetler Photography // Florals: Events By The Day’s Design // Stationery: DIY by bride // Venue: The Centennial Barn // Bride’s Gown: Morilee / Becker’s Bridal // Maid of Honor’s Dress: Rent the Runway // Hair: Helena DeYoung’s Hair Outreach // Makeup: Hanna Wagner Design // Catering: Hog Wild BBQ // Video: Couture Creative Media // Bar: Distinctive Catering // Cake: The Cakabakery // Donuts: Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery

 

 

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Colorado couple, Sasha and Alex, gathered all the closest friends and family for their tropical destination wedding in beautiful Sayulita, Mexico. Villa Valentin, a breathtaking beach estate, had all the charm and character one could desire for a modern Mexico affair and the couple played up the vibes with colorful, joyful details. Adorable, hot pink custom paper goods and invitations were by Della Torre Designs while delightful florals were created by Flor Mimo. Sasha’s Leanne Marshall gown was the epitome of chic, simple beach vibes while fun accents like rainbow pom-pom garland, super adorable gift bags added touches of lightheartedness. Check out all the details in these lovely images by Leila Brewster Cross.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was such an incredible experience to have all our closest friends and family in a tropical destination! That was our vision and it really came to life once everyone arrived and we not only had the wedding day but a few days leading up to the wedding to enjoy Sayulita.

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

I have been obsessed with Leanne Marshall for years and I knew I wanted some lightweight for the heat in Mexico so silk seemed like a great option. It was actually the first gown I tried on and ended up going back to it after trying on many other gowns. I loved the gold detail that made it feel a little less traditional and gave it some flare.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We did a lot ourselves once we arrived to Mexico; I think the gift bags were super fun and we put those together ourselves with the help of some Etsy finds and local goodies. The ceremony was officiated by the bride’s father which made that so special.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

We both agree that the ceremony was our favorite part of the day, such a surreal emotional moment. The first look was also really fun!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We got engaged at the top of the gondola in Telluride, under a shooting star Alex dropped to one knee, it was a total surprise. We had an amazing few days celebrating in Telluride after that.

SASHA + ALEX MARRIED! VILLA VALENTIN SAYULITA, MEXICO WEDDING TEASER from Betsi Ewing Studio on Vimeo.

Photography: Leila Brewster Cross // Florals: Flor Mimo // Planning: Carly, Milk Glass Productions // Invites + paper goods: Della Torre Designs // Venue: Villa Valentin // Gown: Leanne Marshall // Hair: Riley Fidel // Makeup: Hannah Thorndike // Catering: Sofia Sanchez // Rentals Group: Trendy Eventful Furniture // Video: Daneil Orren Betsy Ewing Studio // DJ Nick Challed  // Music: Tetewari Music / Esau Galvan Saltos / Alberto Perez Ramirez / Daniel Marquez Ortega / Sonny Davis

 

Alex and Rob were married at one of our favorite scenic destinations—Malibu Rocky Oaks. The couple enlisted the skills of planner Berlanti Azhak to design their day which included a merlot-centric color palette and romantic vibes. Florist Poppy Design Co brought her A-game and created an incredible ceremony arch and stunning centerpieces filled with deep red and pops of dusty pink. Calligraphy was by Ruth Jahja-Daro and dusty lavender florals climbed the cake by Susie Cakes. Check out all the details and sunny moments captured in these photos by Gina & Ryan.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The wedding was a perfect combination of our styles.  Rob is obsessed with hand drawn movie posters, and instead of a welcome book we had guests sign a custom poster we had that symbolized important parts of us and our relationship. Our two grandmothers passed away years before the wedding, but we found a way to incorporate them into the night by naming signature cocktails after them (as well as our cats names).

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

My gown was by Maggie Sottero – I’ve been watching Say Yes To the Dress on TLC for over 10 years.  I wasn’t the type of person who fantasized about my wedding dress from a young age, but I’ve always thought that the store looked and seemed so glamorous! When we got engaged, my mom said she would fly out with my sister and niece and we would go to Kleinfeld (where the show is filmed).  I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for, but when I put my dress on it was love at first sight. Overall it was an amazing experience at Kleinfeld and would highly recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity to go and experience finding a dress there.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We had lavender sachets on each chair (along with a fan because it was hot) that guests threw on us as we were walking out after officially becoming husband and wife. Along with our signature cocktails, I did a choreographed dance with my dad which was a surprise to everyone.  My husband has been enamored with movies his whole life, instead of table numbers we did our favorite movies as table names.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was seeing Rob at the end of the aisle when I first walked down. We didn’t do first looks, so it was a completely overwhelming experience seeing him waiting for me at the end of the aisle surrounded by all of our friends and family.

Tell us how you met and how you became engaged?

Rob and I met at work.  We both were working for Robert Downey Jr’s production company.

I love Disneyland – we scheduled a trip to spend the night at the hotel with my parents. He proposed before the evening show started. I was totally surprised and embarrassed it was in front of so many people!!

Photography: Gina & Ryan // Planner: Berlanti Azhak // Florals: Poppy Design Co // Calligraphy: Ruth Jahja-Daro // Venue: Malibu Rocky Oaks // Videography: Juice Media Video // Gown: Maggie Sottero from Kleinfeld NYC // Beauty: Page Beauty // Cake: Susie Cakes // Rentals: Premiere Party Rents // Catering: Little Nelly // Linens: La Tavola // DJ: VOX // Shuttles: Mars Valet

 

Karla, originally from Chile, met Peter in Granada, Spain while traveling abroad. So, it was very important to the couple to incorporate as much of Latin American culture into their wedding day in Columbia, Indiana. The vibrant, outdoor celebration was planned by Christina Burton Events and held at Peter’s grandparent’s private estate. The day was filled with tailored details like a Brazilian music band during cocktail hour, a first dance to a salsa song,  Alfajores and sandwiches as midnight snacks, Chilean wine flowing all night and a large neon signs that read Los Laskey (The Laskeys in Spanish) above the DJ stand. Florals by Woven Blooms added bold color at every turn and we’re loving ALL of it in these images by Sharin Shank Photography + Becca Novak.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Because I am from Chile, it was very important for us to incorporate as much of Latin American culture into our wedding as possible. That’s why we choose to have a Bossa Nova (Brazilian Jazz) band play, a tequila shot toast instead of a champagne toast (with handmade traditional Mexican Talavera glasses for each guest), a Spanish tasting meal with lots of saffron, Chilean wine served throughout the festivities and even had my mother bake and decorate Alfajores, Chile’s national dessert biscuit. Since the wedding was outdoors in Peter’s grandparents’ home, we tried to incorporate the woods and nature into our celebration, encouraging guests to enjoy the lake and views during the cocktail hour and having our dance be under the stars.

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

It look me about a year to gather each piece of my look. I first purchased my Louvienne gown from a boutique store called Lovely Bride in Chicago. The gown is very simple and classic, it has a silk bustier top and a matte stretchy bottom with a long tail and silk buttons down the spine. From the beginning I knew that was the look I wanted for the party but wanted to accessorize with a topper for the church ceremony. A few months later I found Anna Campbell and her amazing hand-beaded toppers and gowns and I immediately fell in love with her work. I ended up purchasing the Anna topper, a very delicate hand-beaded top modeled after the designers´ own wedding dress. Each topper is made at request in Australia and shipped months after placing the order. At Alice in Ivory in Chicago I got my beautiful cathedral length veil made by Sara Gabriel, a Colorado based designer. One of the hardest things for me to settle on were my shoes. I knew I wanted something comfortable but I also love high heels, so after purchasing and returning some 5 different pairs of shoes I decided to go with a very bold blue velvet block heel from Sam Edelman. It ended up being the perfect choice as I was super comfy and they also allowed to express more of my style, which is less traditional.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Every single part of the wedding was personalized. All stationery from the invitations to the menus and escort chart were hand written with guest’s names as appropriate. Our processional song was a live piano cover of Yellow by Coldplay. We mixed English and Spanish throughout the wedding ceremony and had family members from both sides do readings or speeches in our native languages. We had a Brazilian music band play during cocktail hour, a large cheese and bread table to bring out my family’s French background, a large American flag waving above the bar, we carefully tailored the music that our DJ played for it to combine Latin American and American songs, had our first dance to a salsa song, had Alfajores and sandwiches as midnight snacks, Chilean wine flowing all night and a large neon signs that read Los Laskey (The Laskeys in Spanish) above the DJ stand.

 

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The actual ceremony, when we made our vows, was the most beautiful and special moment. We did not expect to feel so deep in love and emotion at that moment but it was truly a magical experience of overwhelming peace. Saying our vows in front of our loved ones and God was the reason we were all there that day and that intention of love and commitment was palpable throughout the rest of the day and night.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Peter and I met in Granada, Spain while we were both studying there in 2012. When we returned to the US later that year we were living in different cities and and did long distance for over a year. Peter ended up moving to Chicago where I was finishing school and we lived together for one year before he proposed. We were on a trip back home to Chile where my entire family lives, when in a remote town in the south of the country Peter asked me to marry him. It was perfect.

Photographer: Sharin Shank Photography + Becca Novak // Event Planner: Christina Burton Events // Florals: Woven Blooms // Invitation Designer + Calligraphy: A Fabulous Fete // Getting Ready Venue: Hotel Indigo Columbus, Indiana // Ceremony: First Baptist Church // Reception Venue: Private Lake House // Brides Gown: Louvienne from Lovely Bride in Chicago // Beaded Top: Anna Topper by Anna Campbell // Catering and Cake: Kahns Catering // Shoes: Sam Edelman// Veil: Alice in Ivory Chicago // Hair & Makeup: Lesley White // Groom + Groomsmen Suites: The Black Tux // Equipment Rentals: Violet Vintage Rentals // DJ: Looby Music and Event Service // Videographer: Toast Films // Live Music: Rio Bamba Band // Tables, Chairs and Tents: A Classic Party Rental

 

We are completely holi-dazzled by Caroline and Ben’s Auburn, Alabama wedding. Invision Events planned the day with help from florist The Flower Store and stationer Linen & Leaf. The deep maroon palette is the perfect twist on traditional holiday colors and keeps things totally timeless with a multi-seasonal appeal. The details are stunning—a lush ceremony arch, letterpress calligraphy, wood-mounted custom signage, embroidered cocktail napkins, suspended greenery structures and flowers everywhere—and the best part is that it was all set against the backdrop of the bride’s family cabin at Parker Hill. The family property is also a venue and Carline and Ben’s wedding was the first to be celebrated there. Lucky for us, the couple enlisted the skills of our friend Davy Whitener Photography to capture their day and the images are stunning.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

The wedding was unique to me because it was freezing and raining most of the day! We had to do a last minute rain tent for ceremony, but it ended up all working out and was beautiful. We were all close together and huddled up! And our pictures turned out beautiful!

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

My mom and I found the Rivini gown in Atlanta at Lori’s Bridals where “Say Yes to the Dress” is filmed. I had looked at several other places, but when I tried this one on it was that feeling of “THIS IS IT!” It fit me like a glove so I didn’t need to do many alterations and the veil really sold me on the dress as well.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We did a lot of personalization like most people do from the napkins to the cups, but I think the biggest thing was having the wedding at our family cabin. My dad renovated it for the wedding so none of our guests had ever been there! It was our own style from the actual venue down to the décor!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The vows were the most memorable part of the day for me! Our longtime family friend married us and my aunt read a poem that my grandmother – who had passed the year before – had written years ago about getting married on a rainy day. It was so surreal that it was actually raining on our wedding day! I felt like my grandmother was with us at the ceremony.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in Destin when I was on a girls trip in 2015. I vacationed in Destin a lot and had a friend that was living there. We ran into him and he introduced us! Ben deployed to South America a week later for six months. We kept in touch and when he got back to the states we immediately started dating. The engagement was very low key! We were living in Destin and on the way to dinner he said needed to get something from my parents beach condo that he had left there. We went out on the balcony and there were flowers and he got on one knee and asked! It was just us – very personal and sweet! And overlooking the ocean which is a big part of our life!

Photography: Davy Whitener Photography // Planner/Designer: Invision Events // Floral Decor: The Flower Store // Stationery: Linen & Leaf // Venue: Parker Hill // Videography: A Bryan Photo // Beauty: Irrelephant // Attire: Bridals By Lori / Rivini // Cake: Just A Little Frosting // Rentals: Collection Event Furnishings / Event Rentals Unlimited Birmingham / The 12th Table // Decor: Party Tables / Unique Event Elements / Sassy Biscuit // Music: Auburn Quartet / The Main Attraction Band // Catering: Jennie Weller // Bride: Caroline Parker // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box