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Molly and Joe tied the knot with a classic celebration in Greenville, South Carolina. The ceremony at their local parish church was an especially meaningful location after the recent passing of the groom’s mother. Upstate I Do  planned a day was filled with traditional details—a black and white palette, soft and oversized white floral bouquets, and a ballroom reception filled to the brim with florals, greenery and live trees all by Katie Asire Flowers. The couple enlisted Olivia Griffin Photography to capture all the love and details of the day and we’re happy to share the images below.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Joe: We had our wedding at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville, SC, which is a special venue to us for all sorts of reasons, but perhaps, most powerfully, as our parish church it is where we had my Mom’s funeral three months before our wedding. It is a beautiful church that is noble, simple, and directs the gaze of all who enter to things that are most important and most lasting: love, justice, courage, faith, and hope.

Having our wedding there – a place we go every week – allows us to relive our wedding experience each week while keeping in mind the powerful sentiments and memories of our wedding day throughout all the changes and chances of this life. We are very lucky to have someplace so beautiful as a regular part of our lives and it is a great everyday reminder of the vows we made to each other on our wedding day. Having our wedding there also allowed my Mom’s memory to permeate the day – she was never far from us while we celebrated because so many of our guests had last been in the church for her funeral Mass.

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

Molly: My dress is the Erin gown by Modern Trousseau. I bought it at Hayden Olivia in Charlotte NC (Lauren, the best sales consultant ever!). I found it the first time I went shopping, although it is the opposite of what I thought I wanted. With my mom, sister, and best friend there to help, I tried on lots of options and knew right away that this was the one. I am a decisive (and often impulsive) shopper, so this was no exception.

My favorite thing about what I wore was actually my veil, which was a gift from my husband’s late mother.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Joe: The touches were mostly the people we had involved: the wedding was officiated by our pastor and friend, Fr. Jay Scott Newman; we had several other priests assist who have been a part of our lives, especially my childhood pastor, Msgr. Chet Moczydlowski. Molly’s uncle, who is a professional organist, played the prelude and Joe’s high school friend from the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and professional cellist Wade Davis also played. We are good friends with a group of nuns who serve the very poor in rural South Carolina and one of them, Sr. Susanne, read the readings. I selected the music and all of it had some special meaning for us (i.e. it had been performed at other important family events, etc). Of course, having Molly’s family from Wisconsin, and even as far away as Australia, and my family and friends from Greenville (including my 8th grade math teacher) with us on our wedding day was hugely special.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Molly: People aren’t kidding when they tell you that your wedding day is a blur — lots of happy tears. My favorite moment of the day was at the very end; we made our getaway on a golf cart that dropped us off at the back entrance of the hotel, so we walked back in, just the two of us on the way to the honeymoon suite. We stopped for a kiss in a back hallway of the hotel, and some random stranger passed by, commenting on how it was our wedding day and how in love we looked (especially to be kissing like that with no one around, not for a photo-op or anything). And I remember feeling like that was so true. I almost felt like I would burst with all the love and hope and happiness I felt.

“In a person’s lifetime there may be not more than half a dozen occasions that he can look back to in the certain knowledge that right then, at that moment, there was room for nothing but happiness in his heart.” – Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Molly: We met at Joe’s younger brother’s engagement party. Although Joe and I both attended Furman for undergrad, he was a couple years ahead of me, and we didn’t know each other during college. I did, however, know his brother Andy quite well. Fast forward a few years and Andy got engaged to my college roommate, Lindsey. All of our girlfriends from college threw the two of them an engagement party at Stellar in downtown Greenville, and of course Joe was there. All of the Waters men are extremely well-dressed, and Joe had on a sharp button down shirt with his monogram that night. In what I remember to be a very charming way, I commented on how he must be related to Andy because he is so handsome, and we ended up talking all night.

Joe knows that I love surprises more than anything, so he proposed in the most surprising and low-key way a couple of weeks after we took our first trip to Europe together (and visited London and Oxford and lots of romantic, picture-perfect type spots). We both took a Friday afternoon off work so we could duck out of town and head to Highlands, NC (Joe gave me a night at Old Edwards as a Christmas gift, but it took quite some time for us to coordinate our schedules) I was home at my apartment packing and getting ready to go, when Joe called to say he was going to stop by before running over to Jimmy John’s for a sandwich; as Jimmy John’s is across the street from me, this is a common occurrence. He came upstairs and asked me to grab lunch with him, and then said, “I just have one more question…” while reaching for his pocket and getting down on one knee. After he asked me to marry him (and after I recovered from my shock), I was overjoyed to say YES. And then we went to Jimmy John’s.

Photography: Olivia Griffin Photography // Planning, Design & Coordination: Upstate I Do // Florals: Katie Asire Flowers // Calligraphy: Katie Faikes Calligraphy // Reception Venue: The Westin Poinsett // Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church // Hair & Makeup: Belle-Maquillage // Cake: Sugar Magnolia Cake Boutique // Band: The Royal Suits // Live Painting: Meredith Piper Art // Rentals: Berbank Rentals / Professional Party Rentals / Industry Event Rentals // Transportation Southern Valet

 

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Brigit and TJ worked with Grey Collective member and planner-extraordinaire Callista & Company to personalize every detail for their modern yet whimsical Calistoga Ranch wedding. Studio Mondine‘s dreamy rose-filled florals stunned while guests took home custom labeled wine bottles placed in personalized bags, and the bride designed and printed each component of the wedding stationery. Brigit’s Monique Lhuillier dress was a dream against the rustic elegance of the redwood forests. Lucky for us, Lauren and Abby Photography was on hand to capture it all in these gorgeous film photographs.

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From the bride: We ultimately envisioned our wedding as a stylish yet relaxed affair, paying homage to our Chinese heritage, but with our own minimal and modern aesthetic. We poured our hearts into caring for our guests and the details that made our wedding personal.

We chose beautiful Calistoga Ranch in Napa as the venue for our wedding celebration and the evening began on the ranch’s meadow, nestled between pristine trees and a creek and with an autumn sunset making us feel like part of some serene painting. TJ and I love to spend weekends hiking in the majestic California redwood forests, so starting our evening on the meadow was our way of sharing this aspect of ourselves.

Lush flowers by Studio Mondine complemented the venue’s natural beauty and our signature drink added a splash of pink romance to the table. The invitation suites and other event details were also designed to be cohesive with our modern yet romantic theme. I used the classic Bodoni as the guiding elements and subtle smoke texture to add the whimsical feel across all design.

Planning & Design: Callista & Company // Event Design: Brigit.KH.Studio // Photography: Lauren and Abby Photography // Floral Design: Studio Mondine // Venue & Catering: Calistoga Ranch // Design: Brigit.KH.Studio // Cake: Branching Out Cakes // Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Shuttles: Napa Valley Tours and Transportation // Rentals: Encore Events Rentals // Entertainment: Entire Productions // Hair & Make Up: Kenny Duy / Fellini Salon

 

 

Nesa and Michael’s Venice destination wedding in the city that hundreds of writers, poets and artists have celebrated through the ages, was held in the open terrace of the gorgeous The Westin Europa & Regina. Planned by Ema Giangreco, their reception was all about lavish details that brought forth the crisp elegance of the timeless city. As with all European weddings, the backdrop is absolutely breathtaking and makes for the best portraits and lucky for us Sandy and Odysseas Photography was on hand to capture them.

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from the bride: We chose Venice because we thought it was a beautiful and magical place, like no other. Mike had been there before (he went with his family shortly after we met) and I had lived in Italy for 6 months after college, and just fell in love with it (I studied the language in school).  While I was there, I never did make it to Venice though, so the wedding was my first time there. Also, Michael is half Italian and I took an Italian last name, so what better place to kick that new beginning off as Mrs. Neglia?

The best moment was seeing each other for the first time (first look) and then also just being on the Grand Terrace after saying our vows, and looking out at the view with family and friends by our side. It was an amazing setting that I had pictured in my mind from the beginning, but truly came to be by the BEST team of Ema, Sandy and Odysseas, the florist, the Westin Europa & Regina, etc.  We were so lucky to have our dream come true with the help of these amazing people and team!

 

Photographer: Sandy and Odysseas Photography // Stylist / Planner / Floral design: Ema Giangreco // Stationery: Atelier Invitations // Venue: The Westin Europa & Regina // Dress Designer: Jovani // Hair & Make-up Artist: Lisa Semenzato // Bridal Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Earrings: Stephen Dweck // Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss // Groom’s Shoes: Magnanni // Film Lab: Carmencita

 

When Amy and Jeff imagined their wedding they, they “We envisioned a place where we could bond the families, where we felt on top of the world and at peace all at the same time.” Holman Ranch was the perfect venue situated atop rolling hills with view that rival Tuscany.  Planned by Engaged & Inspired , the color palette was kept to minimal with standout details adding interest, like robust white bouquets by Gavita Flora, and a gigantic white rose wreath by Blair Dugan Floral Design, striped table napkins with custom silk and calligraphy bands, and metallic calligraphy on geodes for table numbers. We’re loving all the perfectly executed details and Carlie Statsky was behind the lens to capture all the beautiful images of the day.

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Since Jeff and I are both the last in our families to get married, we wanted to throw a timeless event for the memory books. Weddings traditionally are a union of two families, and we knew that. We envisioned a place where we could bond the families, where we felt on top of the world and at peace all at the same time. We wanted an over all experience from driving in to the town, staying all together, to an amazing party. We searched high and low for venues that would accomplish this. We thought we had found it until we drove into Holman Ranch; we were immediately speechless. It was quiet, stunning and represented both sides of our family so well. A Tuscan winery, sitting on top of rolling hills with a horse ranch onsite. Perfect.

We tried talking ourselves out of it, we even toured other sites to convince ourselves others would do. If you have been to Holman, you are one of the lucky few that know no site compares. Photos simply don’t do it justice.

After booking our wedding, the planning began. I have never been one of those girls who had all their wedding details planned out. I didn’t have to be for this venue; it would have stolen the show anyway, we just needed to accentuate it. We envisioned an affair that brought the family together, honored our Italian heritage and was simple yet took your breath away. That is exactly what our wedding turned out to be. The tables were something out of my Italian grandmother’s garden, the bar and band kept people dancing all night long, and the views of “Tuscany” kept everyone in a fantasy land. We loved every moment.

We took every opportunity to honor our families. Jeff wore his grandfathers’ pin, I wore my mother’s broaches (brought by my Grandpa in Italy) and a handkerchief my sister made on my bouquet, Jeff’s uncle officiated our union, and my grandfather stole the show with a beautiful speech. I am so thankful we had the opportunity to bring our families together on our special day.

When people ask me some of my highlights I obviously struggle since there were so many. I have noticed the ones that really stand out to me are the moments where things seemed to stand still for just a second. When I was sitting in the makeup chair watching the vendors pull the day together, imagining what Jeff was feeling, our private toast directly after the ceremony, when my sister helped me with my dress and gave me a big hug before I went to my first look, when BOTH my parents walked me down the isle and we shared a laugh, and when my grandfather delivered an amazing speech.

However, my absolute favorite moment was when we were introduced at dinner, the solid wood doors swung open, and we saw all of our friends and family in this beautiful courtyard. This moment literally took my breath away. This was the moment I realized that our family were all here bonding and celebrating, and we are now husband and wife. This is happening here and now, at this crazy beautiful event on a hilltop overlooking rolling vineyards below.

Photography: Carlie Statsky // Planning & Design: Engaged & Inspired // Floral Design: Gavita Flora // Giant Floral Wreath: Blair Dugan Floral Design // Paper Goods: Minted // Venue: Holman Ranch // Bride’s Shoes: Louboutin // Wedding Dress: Lihi Hod // Catering: Paradise Catering

 

Elegant, edited, classic—Sam and Bajro tied the knot in style with a ceremony and celebration at Monroe Golf Club planned by Black Label Events. The bride has this piece of advice for all you to-be’s: “find a moment to take it all in. Find a moment to feel what you are feeling. It’s the oldest piece of advice in the book, but the truest.” We couldn’t agree more. A beautiful booming historic country club backdrop, a stunning train on Sam’s lace Pronovias gown, a bridal party in pink and romantic florals by In Bloom add to the lovely moments of the day and it’s all captured by Alexandra Elise in these beautiful film images.

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What was the most memorable part of the day? 

His:  The first look, I couldn’t wait to see her! I had an idea of what I thought she would look like – her dress, her hair, but she looked even more beautiful. I loved the dress she chose, she was stunning.

Hers:  Our first look. Seeing him standing there, waiting for me, that was when it really hit me. The emotion of it completely sneaked up on me. I went back and forth about doing a first look, but I am so happy we did. It was a moment of pure happiness that we got to share privately, I will never forget that moment. Also, our first dance. He chose the song, so it was really special to me.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Bajro and I met at Winfield’s, on St. Patrick’s Day (2013). We both intended on just stopping by quickly to say hello to friends, but ended up spending the entire day and night talking and laughing – just the two of us. We had our first date the next night, but since he was moving to Nantucket the following morning, I didn’t expect to see him again. I woke up to a text from him that morning, and every morning after that.

The first trip Bajro and I took together was to Providence. He was living in Nantucket at the time, and I had a work conference in Boston, so we met there and drove to Providence for the weekend. We instantly fell in love with the area, and the following year decided to go back. On the first night of our trip, he drove me to this beautiful park right on the ocean. It was such a perfect night, but somehow we were the only two there. We watched the sun go down, and it was then that he proposed. Looking back, there were so many little clues that it was coming (I even took a picture of him in the car, where if you look closely, you can see the ring in his pocket!). But I was so surprised. I don’t think there is any feeling in the world like seeing the man you love down on one knee. It was perfect.

Words of Wisdom from the Bride:

Always circle back to what the day is about. It is so easy to get caught up in trying to make the day perfect. Things will happen, disappointments will happen, but remembering what this day is about will make everything else seem insignificant. Surround yourself with the people who want the best for you, who love you and support you. And lastly, find a moment to take it all in. Find a moment to feel what you are feeling. It’s the oldest piece of advice in the book, but the truest.

Photography:  Alexandra Elise // Event Planning: Black Label Events // Florist: In Bloom // Invitations: Etsy, La Bohemme Paper Co. // Venue: Monroe Golf Club // Dress: Pronovias // Bridal Boutique: Silk Bridal // Bridesmaid Dresses: Two Birds // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Rings: Cornell’s Jewelers // Videography: Jacquelyn Daley Cinematography // Hair & Makeup: Bellezza Salon & Spa // Tux Rentals: Incognito Menswear // Bakery: Gourmet Goodies // Rentals: McCarthy Tents & Events // DJ: Encore Events // Entertainment: Svet Music (Svet Radoslavof) // Transportation: S&S Limousine