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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.

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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

 

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High school sweethearts, Hannah and Garrett, tied the knot at the beautiful Firefly Gardens outside of Dallas, Texas in a celebration filled with joyful details. Fresh Flowers and Gatherings created some of the happiest florals we’ve ever set eyes on in a palette of yellows and peaches. Paired with dusty blue accents in the tablescape and bridal party the effect was like a crisp spring day filled with sunshine and smiles. The bride stunned in a Stella York dress with intricate floral appliqué and the groom added floral flair with a patterned tie. Lucille Photo was behind the lens capturing all the details in these images that are sure to make you crave that perfect spring day.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

We had fun incorporating a traditional Czech Grand March in the reception. The dance was always a highlight of mine from family weddings I attended as a little girl. It was easily one of our favorite moments of the day! We also had a red balloon in our wedding decor which always meant “I love you” when we texted the red balloon emoji to each other. I didn’t know someone was bringing the balloon and I was so emotional seeing it in the reception.

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

My dress is designed by Stella York and I immediately fell in love with the delicate, floral lace. We custom tailored the bust to add lace trailing up the shoulders from the sweetheart neckline. As soon as I put it on I started crying. It’s from Joann’s Bridal in West, TX which is actually where my mom found her wedding dress years ago! That was not planned at all, but funny how life works that way. I also found it on my birthday! Best. Birthday. Ever.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My family really made our wedding so special. My mother in law made delicious blue mint favors and my sister in law wrote everyone’s name on them in calligraphy. My brother in law is a pastor and married us and it made the ceremony that much more personal! We really had a wonderful team that wanted to help us and love us on our day.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The entire day was so wonderful it’s hard to choose, but Garrett and I both agree our final dance together was absolutely our favorite moment. We picked our second favorite “first dance” song (Make You Feel My Love by Adele), the room was empty and still, and we got to soak in the last moments of our perfect day. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

The groom and I are high school sweethearts and we’ve been together for almost 9 years! We started dating as a senior and junior in high school, but he had a crush on me for two years before we actually started dating. We dated through college and finally got engaged on a cruise to Mexico. We were both so happy to finally tie the knot!

Photography: Lucille Photo // Florals: Fresh Flowers and Gatherings // Invitations: Kismet Print Co. // Venue: Firefly Gardens // Dress Designer: Stella York // Dress Boutique: Joann’s Bridal // Hair: Corenne Hess with Revel Workshop // Makeup: Katy Moore with Luxe Salon // Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulus / Asos / Azazie / Weddington Way / Show Me Your Mumu // Men’s Attire: The Black Tux // DJ: Leforce Entertainment // Catering: Mama Cuca’s // Film Scans: Photovision

 

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

 

Gretchen and Brett’s adorable Forth Worth wedding is filled to the brim with personalized touches designed and executed beautifully by Chancey Charm Dallas. The bright, industrial backdrop of BRIK Venue set the stage for all the cool details including scene-stealing white floral structures by Moss Floral Design, a candlelit dinner followed by a desert table and showpiece cake by Amuse Bake Shop and late-night sliders from retro food truck Easy Slider. The couple enlisted Charla Storey to capture their big day and RAVE about their keepsake photos—and we can all see why!

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

After a few strikeouts, I found the gown at Lovely Bride in Uptown Dallas. It was hanging in the window on display and I knew immediately that I wanted to try it on! Turns out, they had gotten it in that day and I was the first bride to try it on. It was destined to be mine!

I had every intention of wearing the gown all night, but I decided last minute (week of!) to change into a white jumpsuit that had a special meaning. A couple of summers before, I had worn the same jumpsuit (but in pink) to a friend’s wedding, which Brett says I looked so good that it made him realize he wanted to marry me! I bought it in white for the rehearsal, but decided it was the ultimate party outfit and had to break it out on our big day.

A few other touches that made our wedding personal/unique:

  • The welcome reception (before the ceremony) was definitely a big hit. It made people excited to be there, even for the ceremony, and really set the tone for the rest of the night!
  • We had a string quartet play some of our favorite, non-traditional tunes for the ceremony: the processional was Edelweiss from the Sound of Music (my all time favorite movie and a song my dad used to sing to me growing up), the wedding party entered to Sweet Child of Mine by Guns & Roses, I walked down to Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles, and we recessed to Bitter Sweet Symphony by the Verve!
  • Brett boogied down with both his mom AND his 85 year old grandmother during the mother/son dance.
  • We used a Wes Anderson coffee table book as our guest book. His movies are some of our all time faves and now we have the book on our coffee table and it’s so fun to flip back through and see everyone’s notes along with the movie photography!
  • We spent a lot of time crafting our program, especially our thank you/shout outs to everyone who helped make our day extra special. I’ve included a copy of it here because we loved it so much!
  • Those Easy Slider burgers are so freaking good!! It was the ultimate late night snack :)

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Looking around and seeing every person I care about in one room, having the absolute time of their lives! Brett and I set out to throw the most epic party ever, and I say we met and far surpassed that goal. Also, running through the sparklers into the Easy Sliders truck was pretty awesome…the looks and laugh-out-loud smiles on peoples’ faces were priceless!!

Tell us your story.

Brett and I met in Fayetteville, AR where I moved after college without knowing a single soul! We hung out as friends in group settings, which progressed into date nights, which ultimately led to him calling me his girlfriend at the horse races in Hot Springs, AR. From there, we enjoyed a year together in Arkansas getting to know each other while hiking, biking, floating, boating, camping, and all the other Natural State activities you can think of. We eventually followed each other to Dallas (the debate is still ongoing on who followed who exactly) to advance our careers and we continued to grow closer as we and our relationship matured. Then on Christmas Eve Eve 2016, with both of our families present, Brett got down one one knee and asked me to marry him!

We don’t have a video, but have LOTS of awesome photos from the lovely Charla Storey!

Also, shout out to Liz for being the MOST awesome planner I could have ever dreamed of!!!! I could NOT have done it without her. She was so incredibly thorough, thoughtful, and detail oriented, but had a relaxed demeanor about her that always put me at ease. 12/10 for sure.

Planning/Design: Liz Ise, Chancey Charm Dallas // Photographer: Charla Storey // Florals: Moss Floral Design // Venue: BRIK Venue // Gown: Kate McDonald // Bridal Salon: Lovely Bride Dallas // Beauty: Lip Service Makeup // Catering: Reata Restaurant // Entertainment: Royal Dukes Band // Bar: HD Liquid Catering // Dessert: Amuse Bake Shop // Photo Booth: The Photo Bus // Wedding PR: Something New for I Do // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Ali married Drew and his beautiful son Jack in an intimate ceremony at a vintage South Carolina inn, along the ocean. According to 3E8 Photography there wasn’t a dry eye at Pawleys Pelican Inn when the couple professed their vows. Ali, a design graduate, had a specific vision for the couple’s day and enlisted the help of planner Smells Like Peonies Events to execute her vision. The details include dusty-hued florals by Willow Event Designs that are a total embodiment of the wedding aesthetic—relaxed romance with subtle vintage boho vibes. Illustration and stationery design were by the bride and a show-piece cake was by Incredible Edible Cakes. The rainy day was punctuated by a break in the clouds for a spectacular sunset and 3E8 Photography captured it along with all the moments of the day in these images.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

From the photographer-  All of the details were designed and styled by Ali, executed by a WONDERFUL wedding coordinator, and came together like a fine art masterpiece. She married Drew and his beautiful son Jack in an intimate ceremony at a vintage South Carolina Inn, along the ocean. They wrote their own vows and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. It rained for most of the day, but the sun broke in the evening to reveal one of the most intense sunsets I have ever seen! The venue was a personal favorite of mine. It was a vintage inn on Pawley’s Island South Carolina. The venue featured original, beautifully worn-in wooden floors and a wrap around porch that was so quintessentially southern. Everything about the wedding exuded charm and intimacy, providing the perfect platform for the showcasing of love and celebrating with the closest of friends and family.

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

From the bride- The dress I got from Tie The Knot Bridal Couture Collections in Naples, FL. As a designer I was very hesitant to go into a bridal store and have to work with someone who pulls gowns for you. However, I was also nervous to purchase anything online for fear of return policies, etc. Time was ticking and I made an appointment last minute when visiting my mom in Naples. She wasn’t able to be with my sister when she picked her wedding dress so I knew it would make her happy to have an appointment she could be at. The girl that ran the shop understood my style from the few pictures I showed her and I ended up falling in love with the 3rd dress I tried on. I actually picked it more for my fiance than I did for me. It showed more curves than I am used to showing but I knew it was flattering and he would like it on me. I loved the back of the dress and felt very romantic in it. My mom loved it as well which sealed the deal.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

From the bride – Every detail was crucial in helping us achieve the aesthetic and vibe that we were striving for. Brian was on board from the start and super supportive of our vision. He understood that we not only wanted him to come and take photos of us and our family, we wanted him to capture the entire feeling of ‘our day’. Brian not only delivered what we had wanted, he went above and beyond my highest expectations. I was up the night before the wedding working on the set-up details, things that I thought of last minute that I didn’t get a chance to tell Brian about beforehand. However, when we received our pictures after the wedding I saw that Brian could see it all without me having to point anything out. His eye for detail is excellent. Brian captured the mood, the details, the emotion, our friends, and our family perfectly.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

From the photographer – The most memorable parts of the day, for me, occurred at the very beginning and very end of the wedding. I walked into a venue that I had never before photographed, with a bride that I had only had the chance to speak to on the phone. What I was greeted with was something so beautiful, so quaint, and so vintage charming that I can only hope to return to that venue again and work with more brides whose lives are entrenched in the arts. Being trusted to capture something that was so personal to someone was a wonderful privilege for me. Well, I lied. I have another favorite part of the day – the vows. The vows were handwritten and just beautiful to witness. I teared up behind camera and was overcome with the emotion, practically spilling from the tiny room in which the ceremony took place. It was beautiful. Lastly, the sunset. It was cloudy and rainy all day, but the sun peaked through the clouds right toward the end of toasts, basking the venue in this intense, golden glow. I quickly stole the couple out for some sunset portraits and they became my favorite shots of the day.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

From the Bride – I met Drew when my sister, Katie, began dating his brother, Anthony (they are now married). Katie and I lived together in NYC and Anthony was living abroad in London at the time. Whenever Anthony made it to NYC, Drew would take the opportunity to see his brother and visit as well. We got to spend some time together and quickly our relationship turned romantic. After two years of long distance, I moved to Pittsburgh to be with Drew and his son Jack. Drew proposed a little less than a year later. He got down on one knee at the same time as The Bachelor in the final episode. I thought he was mocking the show, as he often does, and didn’t take him seriously until I saw the ring!

Photography: 3E8 Photography // Event Planning: Smells Like Peonies Events // Florals: Willow Event Designs // Invitations: Bride // Venue: Pawleys Pelican Inn // Dress Boutique: Tie the Knot Bridal // Dress: Willowby by Watters // Cake: Incredible Edible Cakes // DJ: Bunn DJ Company // Catering: Care Free Catering // Rentals: Event Haus Rentals