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California couple, Julie and Chris, wanted to host a wedding that celebrated their love in the great outdoors of their home state. Clos LaChance Winery offered the perfect backdrop to the couple’s big day—golden California mountains, soft lighting around sunset and a warm evening for the patio reception. The wedding palette is neutral with hints of a lovely french blue and punchy coral in the florals by FVJ Luxuries. Julie’s WTOO gown is a scene stealer and her delicate hairpiece makes a romantic statement. The details and the glowing light of the afternoon California sun are all captured here by Retrospect Images.

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What made your wedding special and unique? 

I think our wedding was the perfect combination of everything that Chris and I love. We both grew up in California and loved the great outdoors. While we were planning our wedding, we both knew we wanted to host an outdoor wedding. We had the golden California mountains as the backdrop to our ceremony and enjoyed the warm summer night out on the patio with friends and family for our reception. The soft lighting around sunset and warm night with loved ones was exactly what we wanted.

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

I live in Northern California but my mom and Maid of Honor live in Southern California, so I made a trip down there to shop with them. I tried on a lot of white/ivory dresses but they didn’t really fit my personality. I ended up trying a WTOO by Watters blush skirt not really expecting much because I thought I didn’t want a two-piece dress or a blush dress (because it didn’t feel very traditional). But once I tried it on, I loved it, and tried on a few variations of corset tops to create a complete look. I ended up loving the final combination. It made me feel youthful and romantic which was what I was going for. I ended up purchasing the skirt at Trudy’s Bridal because it was easier for me to pick up, and happened to find a matching WTOO corset top at BHLDN and on sale!

What were some touches added to make your wedding personal? 

We asked Chris’s niece and nephew, our flower girl and ring boy to do a reading from Dr. Seuss’s O The Places You’ll Go. What made it extra special to us was that Chris and I met at the University of California, San Diego, where the main library is named Geisel Library after Theodore Seuss Geisel aka “Dr. Seuss”. It brought back a lot of memories of first meeting Chris, and the time spent there as college kids. It was also just really fun to hear them trying to pronounce words that they don’t know. I think our guests had a good laugh too.

Also since I’m a designer by trade, I designed all the signage and printed materials for our wedding. I’ve never actually planned events so it was really nice to see the vision in my head come to life. All those hours stressing over typography and color choices were well worth it in the end to see everything come together.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The whole day was extremely memorable. Everything flowed from one event to the next and before I knew it, it was over! I remember looking out during the reception feeling thankful to all these people who have shaped us one way or another. One of the more memorable parts of our day was when we asked our DJ to play 98 Degrees’ “I Do” as the last song. We had originally asked guests to give us suggestions on songs they wanted to hear and this was one of them. We ended the day doing a slow dance with our close friends creating a circle around us and serenading us.

Tell us how you met and became engaged. 

Chris and I met in college during the summer of our junior year. I was at our mutual friend’s house cooking dinner and we had extra food. Our mutual friend called Chris over to eat and we just clicked! We got to know each other that summer since a lot of our friends either went home or were traveling. After graduating we both took up jobs in San Diego and moved in together and eventually moved up to Silicon Valley where we could both pursue our careers in tech. Chris finally proposed 9 years after we had first met. I kept telling Chris to tell me to wear makeup and dress nice, and have a photographer hiding in the bushes to document the event. But he ended up proposing on a hiking trail the second day of our camping trip in Big Basin Redwoods State Park after having not showered and in dusty hiking clothes. It was still the perfect proposal because it was the perfect place to do it, in nature among the redwood trees, just us two.

Julie and Chris from fritzyfied2 on Vimeo.

Photography: Retrospect Images // Wedding Coordinator: Kristin Murphy Clos LaChance Winery // Florist: Fredrick James FVJ Luxuries // Stationery: Minted // Venue: Clos LaChance Winery  // Dress Designer: WTOO // Hair & Makeup Artist: Quyen Nguyen Quyen Artistry // Jewelry Designer: Ben Amun // DJ: David Gomes Sound Wave Mobile DJ // Caterer: Clos LaChance Winery

 

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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

 

You guys are going to love Lizzy and Andy’s wedding from designer and planner Shelly Fortune Event Design. It’s a  perfect blend of all the pretty things—a classic cathedral ceremony, scenic portraits on location in Louisville, feminine florals by Forage & Fleur, a white tent reception on the groom’s family farm and tablescapes with that relaxed elegance we can’t seem to get enough of. The Lizzy’s Inbal Dror gown is smashing and Andy is dapper in his white dinner jacket and together they exude joy and romance at every turn in these images by Nina & Wes Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was so special to both us to have the wedding reception on Andy’s family farm, at the same place he proposed. I’m from Buffalo, NY and we had been to several weddings recently there (including my sisters!) so it was fun to have a unique location for our wedding. His paternal grandfather, and maternal grandmother who are both 97 were able to attend, having them there meant the world to us.

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

I found the gown in Toronto, where my sister lives. I had looked all over London & New York and didn’t find anything I loved. I’m from Buffalo which is two hours from Toronto – my mom, sister, and even my dad were all there when I found it – a true family affair!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

I loved the copper mugs we had made as party favors for everyone.  They had the fleur de lis engraved on them (representative of Louisville & one of my mom’s favorite symbols). My mom also purchased straw fans from Etsy that were given out on the wedding day in case it was a hot day. They’re great looking fans and I still see them hanging in family and friend houses. My mom was battling cancer while I was planning the wedding so she wasn’t able to be involved as much as she had hoped, however it was these few touches she did help with that I will never forget.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The speeches given at the reception were incredible. Our maid of honor, best man, my father, and husband all gave hilarious and touching speeches that I will never forget (even though I’d like to forget my husband publicly thanking John Calipari for leading Kentucky to the 2012 NCAA Basketball National Championship). Our ceremony was also very memorable. The deacon was a long time friend of my husband’s family, we really enjoyed getting to know him better through our pre-cana work, he made the ceremony feel very personal & special.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in New York City at one of our favorite bars, we had both lived there for a few years and wondered how we hadn’t crossed paths before as we frequented a lot of the same places. My husband had just moved to London, but that didn’t stop us from seeing each other at least two times a month. A year after we met, I moved to London, a year later he proposed while we were home for the holidays. Afterwards, we were able to celebrate with both of our families, which was so special.

Lizzy & Andy, Long Super 8mm from lynnesy catron on Vimeo.

Photographer: Nina & Wes Photography // Designer/Planner: Shelly Fortune Event Design // Florals: Forage & Fleur // Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of the Assumption (Louisville) // Reception Venue: Groom’s Family Farm // Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental // Photobooth: Magbooth // Cinematography: Lynnesy Catron // Beauty: Hali B & Co. & Sloan Winters // Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic // Guest Favors: Copper Mug Co. // Catering: Wilshire Pantry // Rentals: All Occasions Event Rental // Transportation: Royal Transportation of Louisville / Miller Transportation // Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Hog Operation Bluegrass Band // Reception Entertainment: The Time of Your Life Band // Hotel: The Seelbach

 

A sunshine-soaked chapel set in the rustic, mountainous backdrop of Tamarack Resort was a fitting location for the nuptials of a couple who met fighting forest fires.  The vibe of Ellie and Arthur’s day, planned by McCall Weddings, celebrates the autumnal palette of the setting with stunning florals by Wildflower Boise in a smattering of sunset hues and dusty pastels. Ellie shines in her Vera Wang gown and her maids are lovely in a collection of mix-and-match- nude gowns and vintage-inspired fur stoles. If you’re looking for the perfect blend of rustic and feminine—these images from Jenny Losee Fine Art Wedding Photography  are sure to inspire.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Ellie: My family and friends and I created almost every piece of the wedding. We have a very creative, hands-on family and knew this would be an opportunity to make things just as we like (hopefully saving some money along the way!) and creating an overall wedding vibe that truly felt like us. So much love and attention was given to every detail, I could feel the spirit of my friends and family in all of it.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Ellie: Unexpected moments were my favorite – the sunshine washed inside of the chapel right as the ceremony began and it created such an ethereal atmosphere, specifically paired with the moment we said our vows. I felt like I was in a cloud of light and all I could see and hear was the man in front of me who I was about to marry. It brought such a surreal feeling to not just me, but I think everyone in the room. Other details like the aspen leaves and tamarack branches turning orange and yellow (we thought they would be dead and on the ground)! It brought a rich energy to the place.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

The couple met fighting forest fires together so it was fitting that they tied the knot in the mountains.

 

Photography: Jenny Losee Fine Art Wedding Photography // Planner: McCall Weddings // Florals: Wildflower Boise // Venue: Tamarack Resort // Gown: Vera Wang Collection, David’s Bridal

 

Denver Botanic Gardens set the perfect backdrop for Jessa and Cody’s vibrant floral-themed wedding planned by We Tie The Knots. Sweet details like plants and flowers as table numbers and and seed packet favors were on theme while the peony-filled florals by The Perfect Petal were scene stealing. Check out all the details in these striking images by Kerinsa Marie Photography .

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We loved that it was it at the Botanic Gardens. It is one of our favorite places in Denver and we even went on a couple of our first dates there. It made for the most beautiful setting and we liked utilizing three different areas of the gardens for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.

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

I tried on a lot of different dresses before realizing that I wanted to keep it simple and flattering. I finally found the perfect dress at A & Be Bridal in Denver. It didn’t have a single bead, sparkle or piece of lace but I loved the fit and silhouette.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Out of town guests staying at the hotels received welcome boxes full of Colorado items and brands. We love live music and bluegrass so we had a bluegrass band, RapidGrass, play during the ceremony, cocktail hour and part of the reception. We included some photos of our dog, Angus, in the instructions at the Polaroid photo guestbook station. We took dance lessons for our first dance and surprised guests with some unexpected moves. The table “numbers” were different plants and flowers and the guests’ favors were seed packets of various plants and flowers to go with the garden theme.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Our First Look that we did with the photographers prior to the ceremony. It was the first time we saw each other on our wedding day and one of few times that we were able to spend alone with the just two of us. We were so happy and excited to see each other and for everything that was about to come.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met through mutual friends. We were engaged in Santa Fe, NM on New Year’s Day 2015. Cody asked Jessa to look through a telescope and when she turned back around he was on one knee!

Wedding Coordinator: We Tie The Knots // Photographer: Kerinsa Marie Photography // Florist: The Perfect Petal // Wedding Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens // Dress Designer: Nicole Miller // Hair: Moji A Bang Salon // Makeup: Tangled and Teased // Shoe Designer: Blue by Betsey Johnson // Earrings: Haute Bride // Bracelet: Sara Gabriel // Groomswear: Suit HUGO, Nordstrom / Shoes Cole Haan / Belt Tanner Goods // Ring Designer: Jay Feder Jewelers // Veil: Sara Gabriel // Clutch: BHLDN // Caterer + Bar Service: Three Tomatoes // Specialty Linen: La Tavola Linen // Basic Linens: Event Rents // Draping Rentals: Butler Rents // Specialty Lighting: Lighting and Design by Scott // DJ/Band: A Music Plus // Ceremony, Cocktail, Dinner Music: Rapid Grass Quintet