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When it came to her own wedding, planner Ashlee with Treasured Heart Events “felt so much pressure to have the most ‘perfect’ wedding, even though I know there is no such thing!” What she did do, though, was plan a day that reflected her and Brett as a couple and that is what made it perfect for them. Add in some beautiful details in a palette of blues and you have a beautiful day at Dove Ridge Vineyard filled with love and personalizations. Invitations and watercolor paper goods are by Treasured Heart Events, florals by Blushington Blooms and a cake by Hopeful Hearth Baking Co. Lucky for us, Avery Earl Photography was behind the lens capturing it all in the lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We really just wanted to have a wedding that reflected us as a couple. As a wedding planner myself, I see a LOT, and I also felt so much pressure to have the most “perfect” wedding, even though I know there is no such thing! For us, our day was special because we got to spend it with our family and friends. I never realized how important it was to take mental snapshots of the day until I went through as a bride! We also shared personal vows at the ceremony.

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

When I went dress shopping for the first time, I had no idea what I was looking for. I went to Circle Park Bridal in Addison, Texas because my sister had gotten her wedding dress there, and the second gown I put on was the one! I was in the middle of telling the lady helping me how Brett and I met, and I just stopped mid-sentence and started crying! I knew it was the one for me! The dress was by Essence of Australia. It had a high neck, delicate lace detailing, subtle sparkle, a faux back and a long, dreamy train!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

90% of the clothes I own are in the blue color family! Choosing a monochromatic color scheme in muted blues was an easy choice for me! I wanted my bridesmaids to feel comfortable in their dresses, so I gave them a color, and let them choose their own dress! I also carried Brett’s grandmother’s wedding ring on my bouquet. It was a special way to include her in our wedding when we knew she was looking down on us from heaven with a big smile on her face! I also elected to hand dip dye and calligraph all of our guests seating cards. Since we were getting married at a vineyard, we had to incorporate lots of wine into our wedding! Instead of a traditional guest book, we had guests sign wine bottles that we would open at different stages of life (first Christmas together, first anniversary, etc.). We also had personalized wine corks as our wedding favors, and had a personalized bottle of wine that we had received at our engagement party! One of our favorite summertime drinks is sangria, so guests were greeted with pre-ceremony bourbon sangria. My sister and I shared our famous “sister dance” with all of our guests during the Matron of Honor speech, and we surprised our guests with a sparkler send off that lead to fireworks choreographed to “Don’t Stop Believing”!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was our private first look. I had been a mix of nervous and excited all morning, but the second I got to see him, all of my nerves washed away! I loved that we were able to experience that private moment before the craziness of the wedding began! When I asked Brett how he felt during our first look, he said, “I felt clarity. Everything made sense and I knew I was with the person I was meant to be with”. Now…please try to tell me I didn’t marry the sweetest man!!!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Brett and I met on my very first day of college at TCU. I had landed a job at the Rec Center, and I was going in for my shadow shift–little did I know that the cute guy who was scheduled to train me was going to be the man I would spend forever with! Over the next three years, Brett and I remained great friends. When I began my wedding planning business in my Junior year of college, Brett, an accounting major, offered to help keep track of my finances, and very soon after knew that we would get married one day. Brett proposed on our one year anniversary, surrounded by our family, while recreating our very first date!! Needless to say, this wedding planner turned fiancee was elated to start planning!

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Planner, Designer + Invitations: Treasured Heart Events // Photographer: Avery Earl Photography // Florals: Blushington Blooms // Venue: Dove Ridge Vineyard // Videographer: Lynn Films // Cake: Hopeful Hearth Baking Co. // Hair + Makeup: Beauty From Brushes // Dress Boutique: Circle Park Bridal Boutique // Suits: The Black Tux // Fireworks: PrestoTechnics // Rentals: Coral Lane Rentals // Circle Arch: Gold Dust Vintage Rentals // Catering: TCP Catering // Bartenders: Professional Bartending of Greater DFW // Linens: 5 Star Rentals // DJ: Le Force Entertainment

 

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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

 

Renee and Robert wanted would absolutely marry in the spring, but this meant a short engagement. To plan their perfect New Orleans wedding—quickly—the couple enlisted the help of Grey Collective member Blue Gardenia Weddings and Events who worked overtime to produce the wedding of Renee’s dreams. The celebration included a ceremony at Rogers Chapel Tulane Campus followed by a luxe reception at the historic Hotel NopsiBee’s Wedding and Event Designs filled the day with lush florals and greens at every turn—arrangements, suspended installations, climbing vines—you name it, they did it and the result is spectacular. Classic stationery and paper design by Scriptura with cakes by Pure Cake and it’s all captured to perfect by Grey Collective member Arte De Vie.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Renee: Belinda, my wedding planner, made it special. She planned absolutely everything and it turned out perfectly. First, the whole wedding was planned in about four months!! We knew we wanted to get married in the spring and did not want to wait another year for all of the celebrations to take place. Belinda and the Blue Gardenia team worked overtime to find the perfect location and creative team to make it all happen – even in this short planning timeframe! Also, the ceremony was in an out-of-the-way, unexpected location – a small 1970s style chapel on Tulane University campus, which just happened to be where the bride’s parents were married! The reception was at the historic NOPSI Hotel – the staff at the NOPSI worked closely with us to create a menu that truly reflected our tastes and featured items that were special to us – including recreating our favorite after dinner drink – Carajillo, a coffee & liquor cocktail – which they passed around to all guests in time for toasts!

 

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

Renee: Truthfully, the entire day was perfection and I would recommend every girl to hire a planner like Belinda to do everything for them so they can just sit back and enjoy the day! Belinda made sure my whole day was perfectly managed from start to finish —without me even feeling like I was being managed! She’s a wedding fairy godmother. Not only that: My wedding was FUN. Something I wasn’t really thinking it could be. (Weddings always seems like they were going to be stressful for the bride!) Seriously, I just had fun the whole day – and somewhere along the way got to marry the love of my life!!

There were so many special details throughout the day from the champagne upon guest arrival at the reception to an incredible four course meal beautifully prepared by the NOPSI Hotel…but, probably the most special was walking down the aisle in the small chapel where my parents were married long ago (it definitely was a design challenge, but Bee’s Wedding and Event Floral Designs absolutely transformed it with a stunning garden wall of trailing vines and florals – it was my complete vision come to life! Also, my brother performed our ceremony and having him be such a large part of the wedding ceremony was beyond special and emotional!!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Renee: Rob and I met through mutual friends, actually while we were both in Miami on vacations! After the trip ended, he picked my name off of the weekend’s Miami group-text, and messaged me saying that he was “down in Houston for business and could he take me to dinner?” The rest is history!

Photography: Arte De Vie // Event Design/Coordination: Blue Gardenia Weddings and Events // Florist: Bee’s Wedding and Event Designs // Wedding invitations, Wedding Day Paper Goods: Scriptura // Ceremony Venue: Rogers Chapel Tulane Campus // Reception Venue & Catering: Hotel Nopsi // Hair/Makeup: Tina with Verde Beauty // Videographer: Studio Vieux Carre // Lighting, candle décor, lounge furniture: Firefly Ambiance // Cakes: Monique with Pure Cake // Tables and Chairs: True Value Rental // Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen // Wedding Rings: Zadok // Gown: BHLDN // Brides Jewelry: her something borrowed! // Bridesmaids: BHLDN // DJ/Band: Nola Dukes // 2nd Line Band: Kinfolk Brass Band // Ceremony musicians: New Orleans Finest Musicians // Photo Booth: Muse Photo Booth

 

Mauve, blush and dusty pink make up the dreamiest palette in Emma and Brad’s wedding day at Camp Lucy. The couple enlisted the help of event designer Stefanie Miles who collected a group of all-star vendors to execute the beautiful day. Florist Bows and Arrows brought the beauty of the pink palette to life with arrangements overflowing with dahlias, roses and peonies and a receptions dripping in greenery. Literally you guys—spectacular greens are dripping from the rafters of the nineteenth century French Colonial chapel. There’s romance and joy all over this Texas wedding and we’re thrilled to share it with you in these stunning images by Krystle Akin.

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from the bride: Despite being in the same freshman orientation class, dorm and even several business classes, Brad and I didn’t meet until the summer before our junior year on a study abroad trip to London. Three years later, Brad proposed in Cabo San Lucas at our favorite restaurant that’s carved into a series of cliffs overlooking the ocean.

As Brad and I started planning our wedding, we knew that we wanted it to be personal and unique to us as a couple. Our family has always been extremely important to us so we wanted to include them in as many ways as possible. During the ceremony, my uncle played guitar while my cousin sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as I walked down the aisle with my mom and dad. My aunt read a verse from Corinthians 1 and my 90-year old grandmother attached a pin that has been worn by every woman in the family at their wedding onto my dress. We even asked all the family members who have been married to send us a photo from their cake cutting for us to place around the cake.

Our wedding weekend was not perfect but it was absolutely perfect for us! We allowed ourselves to go with the flow and accept that things wouldn’t go exactly as planned. We decided to spend time with each other and the entire wedding party before the ceremony even started to calm our nerves and even sneaked in a kiss after getting caught up in the emotions of reading our vows to one another. It was not only an amazing day but also an amazing weekend spent with life-long friends and family.

 

Emma and Brad’s Sneak Peek | Austin, TX from The McKellars on Vimeo.

Photography: Krystle Akin // Planner: Stefanie Miles // Floral: Bows and Arrows // Invites: Inkling Calligraphy // Venue: Camp Lucy // Videography: The McKellars // Dress: Willowby by Waters // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Rentals: Whim Hospitality

 

Jessie and Adam let The Harper—a BRAND new venue—steer the design direction of their lovely Costa Mesa wedding. The couple wanted to emulate their laid-back style but maintain a modern and sophisticated feel and The Harper‘s design elevated the look perfectly. The sunny, courtyard ceremony framed by olive trees was followed by a lovely reception where guests sat family style under large retro brass chandeliers. Understated, modern elegance was at every turn including soft, white florals by French Buckets, Jessie’s streamlined gown by Made With Love from Love & Lace, and type-driven paper design by Kayla Adams. The couple enlisted the eye of Hannah Beth Photography to capture all the details in her signature journalistic style and we’re totally loving every bit of it!

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

We were so honored to be the FIRST wedding at the new venue in Costa Mesa, The Harper. It was exactly what we wanted – something modern and sophisticated but not overly fancy. Our style is laid-back, but we really wanted our guests to feel like they were coming to something special. The ceremony was outdoors, where the altar was framed by two big olive trees. The reception was literally in this completely renovated room with brass chandeliers, refurbished antique wood bars, and modern decor. It came with long wood farm tables so our guests could sit family style. The chairs were metal and wood and felt so much more sophisticated then a typical folding chair. There is a huge sky light over the dance floor that created a really nice focal point in the reception. I loved that everything at the venue was close together, but there were plenty of little spaces for guests to hang out; modern lounge furniture, outdoor space, and a garden. I wanted to keep the color palette really neutral and timeless, but since it was an October wedding, we decided to incorporate some dried florals with the live florals. It was a perfect way to create a Fall look without using orange and red.

The venue uses a caterer called roomforty. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever loved wedding food like I loved ours. They did a modern tostada bar with a gorgeous presentation. And the appetizer highlight was the “Nachos in a Gutter”, where delicious nachos were served straight from an 8 ft rain gutter!

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

I knew I wanted something minimalist, but it was surprisingly hard to find! So many people told me not too stress about the dress since you “only wear it for one day.” As I thought more about it, your photos are the only thing from the day that last, so if I didn’t like my dress, I probably wouldn’t like the photos either! So I did a TON of research and found a brand called Made With Love Bridal. It’s an Australian brand with an amazing mix of modern and timeless dresses that are so flattering! And they all have cute names – mine is called Georgie. Oh, and I bought it at an amazing little shop in Irvine, CA called Love & Lace Bridal. The whole team was lovely.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

– A friend of ours is a musician and played live music (that he wrote for us!!) as the bridal party walked down the aisle. It was perfect.

– During the ceremony, my brother came up and told the story of how we met in a sweet but funny way. It had the whole audience cracking up, and instantly made the environment feel light-hearted and relaxed. It helped slow everything down and we really got to take it all in. We had time to actually look around, laugh, and remember our journey.

– For the guestbook, we pre-attached photo corners to note cards so guests could take a Polaroid photo, attach it to the card, and write a note. Then we had them put the cards in a customized wood box from Artifact Uprising with our names and wedding date printed on the lid.

– We had signage at the Bars & Dessert Bar highlighting each of our favorite desserts and drinks.

– We had pouches of flower petals on the aisle seats to be tossed as we came back up the aisle.

– Our biggest highlight – we had an epic balloon drop during Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

Adam and I wrote each other letters that our bridal party exchanged for us in the morning. Before all the photos and festivities started, I read his letter and it set the tone for the whole day. The week of your wedding is busy and hectic, but pausing for a moment to read a letter about how he felt about me made me forget the crazy past week and look forward to the day in front of me!

I never wanted to do a first look, but I also didn’t want to leave in the middle of our wedding to go take photos, so we decided to do it. Honestly, it was perfect. It felt so special and intimate. It allowed us to get our nerves out of the way and just be able to enjoy the day. I’ll never forget his teary eyes when he turned around and his shaky hands that grabbed mine, and our nervous laughter as we awkwardly looked each other up and down with complete joy!  Of course the day still flies by, but we tried to incorporate little things throughout the day to slow time down.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

It was Summer 2014. Jessie walked in her front door, and a foxy blue-eyed, red-bearded man in a Carhartt t-shirt was sitting on her couch. Our roommates were hanging out and Adam happened to tag along. There was an instant friendship but things stayed casual. We spent the rest of summer BBQing with friends.

Then, it happened.

One night while they were hanging out with friends, the new Tim McGraw song came on and when Adam sang every word verbatim, Jessie knew this wasn’t your typical Orange County boy. The flirting quickly became more obvious, followed by our first hang out at SideCar donuts, a trip to the OC Fair, and our first official date at Side Door. And two days later Adam met Jessie’s entire family, so it’s safe to say he was all in.

The next 4 years were a roller coaster of lots of travel, a couple moves, and some career highlights and challenges. But in the midst of it all, we became best friends, fell in love, and scored the most amazing community of people.

Alexander Wedding from Abbey Pickett on Vimeo.

Venue: The Harper // Photographer: Hannah Beth Photography // Catering: Room Forty // Florals: French Buckets // Invitations: Kayla Adams // Wedding Dress Designer: Made With Love from Love & Lace in Irvine, CA // Groom’s Suit: Hudson’s Custom Suits // Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu // Groomsmen Suits: The Black Tux // DJ: Ahsohn The DJ // Wood Box for Guest Book: Artifact Uprising //  Ring Box: The Mrs. Box