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One of Ali and Brad’s first dates was in the mountains, they got engaged in the mountains, and so it was only fitting that they marry and celebrate in the mountains as well. Mountain Top Inn & Resort set the scene for the rustic-elegance of the day introduced with stationery by August and White Designs, filled with florals by A Schoolhouse Garden and a stunning bride in Katie May CollectionChristina Bernales was on hand to capture the details and moments in these lovely images.

I think the wedding felt as special as it did because the people we love most in our life were there. It was overwhelming to look at the room and see everyone present and enjoying such an important moment in our life. These are the people that got us to where we are today, to have them there; supporting our commitment to one another meant so much. We fell in love with Mountain Top the second we arrived on the property. We looked at one another in the car and knew this was the place. Being in the mountains is where we feel the most comfortable. One of our first dates was hiking up north, we got engaged in the mountains; it was only fitting we celebrate our wedding in the mountains. We also loved that the majority of our guests could stay on the property and just enjoy. For so many, they shared this became a getaway weekend and mini vacation. We were glad our guests were a part of our wedding weekend but also able to relax and make time for themselves.

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I had looked a quite a few gowns in and around Boston. It was hard to pick one that I loved. They are right that shopping for a wedding dress is one of the best parts of planning a wedding! My cousins had wonderful experiences at Ceremony Boston in Beacon Hill so I knew I had too look there. They had so many unique gowns, once again it was hard to pick a favorite. Then I did a bit more looking online and found a designer I hadn’t seen in any of the stores, Katie May. Immediately I fell in love with her style and all the dramatic back options. I also loved the classic look of sleeves and really wanted my wedding dress to have them. The Verona gown had everything and I had been looking at it for days. Her closest store was in Connecticut so I had planned to take a trip down in the coming week. One afternoon I noticed Ceremony Boston was highlighting a new designer for one weekend only and it was Katie May. Immediately I emailed the store and set up an appointment for that Sunday. As I looked at myself in the mirror with my first Katie May dress on, I turned to my mom and said we are getting a dress today. I wasn’t sure which style just yet, but I knew I was leaving with a Katie May gown that day. The moment I put on the Verona gown it was everything I had hoped it would be and more. It had the sleeves, the back, and the fit. It was stunning. I felt amazing. And once they put the cathedral veil on, I knew this was it.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?My wedding cake topper was the same one my grandparents had on their wedding cake over 60 years ago. It was so special to have that memory of their day be a part of mine. The farm tables and natural, floral runners were something I had been envisioning from the beginning. Our florist was just incredible and turned my vision into something magical.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

I will never forget looking directly into Brad’s eyes as we said our vows. That was certainly the most impactful moment of the whole wedding. For that moment, you forgot all our guests were just feet away watching us.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Brad and I met in September 2011 on a blind, double date (he says he did not look me up but I certainly did!). We were set up by my cousin Courtney and her now husband, Andy. Courtney and I lived together in Brighton, MA at the time and Andy had played football at Tufts University with Brad. Courtney had said earlier in the year she had this great person for me to meet. I had said okay but it took a few months to put it together. That evening we went to dinner a restaurant around the corner from our place. We had a great time and then all came back to the apartment for another drink. By 3am Brad and I were still chatting away talking about everything and nothing at all. The rest, as they say, is history.

Photographer: Christina Bernales // Floral Design: A Schoolhouse Garden // Stationery: August and White Designs // Venue: Mountain Top Inn & Resort // Dress: Katie May Collection // Bridal Boutique: Ceremony Boston // Band: Ripcord Music // Shoes: Sam Edelman // Hair: Colleen Mac // MUA: Charlotte Phinney // Linens: Linen Shop VT // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

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The moment Lizzy and Mark set eyes on the forest at the Ritz Carlton, Lake Oconee, they knew it was the one. “The smell of the pine trees with glimmers of the lake sparkling” set the tone while incredible floral displays by Designs by Kent added romance and whimsey. The robust arbor, cascading floral chandelier and textural bouquets are amazing and you can check it all out in these images by Willett Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Our venue, the forest at the Ritz Carlton, Lake Oconee, really set the tone for the whole day!  From the first time we saw it, we knew we had to be married there.  The smell of the pine trees with glimmers of the lake sparkling in the background are just pure bliss!

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

I found it at Kelly’s Closet in Candler Park!  It was the first dress the truly felt myself in.  I knew I had to have it.  The gorgeous intricate but eclectic lace just sealed the deal.  I didn’t know if I was going to wear the off the shoulder straps for the wedding, but I’m so glad I did, I feel like they really help make the dress.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Our vendors really went above and beyond to make us feel special and comfortable the whole day.  Everything from the dreamy setting, to the beautiful lounge furniture and seating arrangement, the artist painting under the pine trees, along with some great music and the people we love the most in the world truly made it unforgettable.  Oh, and a late night snack was pretty amazing after dancing the night away!

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

Watching everyone enjoy themselves. Mother Nature really showed off and let everyone truly enjoy the gorgeous surroundings.

 

Photography: Willett Photography // Floral Design: Designs by Kent // Paper Goods: Paces Paper // Ceremony + Reception Venue + Catering: The Ritz Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee // Hair & Makeup: Scoobie West & Company // Wedding Gown Designer: Rue De Seine // Wedding Gown Boutique: Kelly’s Closet // Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Ring Box: Anthropologie // Groom’s Attire: Perry Ellis // Rentals: Crush Event Rentals

 

Stephanie and Mark’s rooftop reception at The Cape offered a 360-degree view of Cabo and a stunning sunset-inspired color palette for a beach-front celebration coordinated by About Love and captured by Ana and Jerome. We’re loving the colors of the tablescape accented by soft, feminine florals by Florenta. The overall look is the perfect blend for the bride who appreciates both the textural elegance of a European reception and all the scenery of a destination wedding.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It’s really hard to pinpoint what was so special about our wedding because everything felt special to us! The intimate rooftop with a 360 degree view of Cabo where our reception was held is a good start. The location and views from the The cape hotel in Cabo is just to die for. We didn’t want our wedding to be typical and we made a lot of choices based on making the experience enjoyable for our guests.

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

I found the Monique Lhuillier gown at Bridal Galleria in San Francisco. It’s definitely not what I had in mind but the second I put it on I fell in love with its ethereal feel and how comfortable it was.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We had an amazing violinist and guitarist duo for a few hours, but after that our very close friend DJ’ed the party.  So before the wedding we carefully curated the playlist to be a solid mix of dance music interspersed with classic vocals and eclectic tunes everyone could enjoy.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Most memorable part of the day was definitely saying I do. Our amazing friend Steve officiated the wedding for us and he did such a great job!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Mark and I met through friends but he knew about me for about a year before he got the chance to actually meet me. When we met we definitely had an instant connection. He proposed when we were in London for New Year’s Eve 4 years exactly after the day we met.

Photography: Ana and Jerome // Coordination: Adriana Dupinet, About Love // Floral Design: Florenta // Venue & Catering: The Cape, a Thompson Hotel // Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Violin: Cabo Violin

 

 

We’re kicking off the new year with a total stunner! Planned by Grey Collective member CES Weddings and Events, Annie and Patrick’s day at Canyon Oaks Country Club is white-tented-rustic-elegance at its finest. Details include plentiful florals in a subdued palette by Cambray Rose Florist, vintage-inspired rentals from WeDo Designs, a beautiful naked cake by Upper Crust Bakery and a bride that fit the part in her effortless gown and cathedral-length lace veil. Deer Lovers was on hand to capture it all (including the giant marquee ‘L-O-V-E’ lights that were the handiwork of the father-of-the-bride!) in thee lovely photos.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The attention to detail and the “wedding weekend” experience allowed us to blend so many important people in our lives, and show our friends and family why Chico is so special to us. Having so many guests see the bride’s hometown was so unique and made for an unforgettable celebration!

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

The gown was Nicole Miller. After 4 bridal boutiques and hundreds of dresses, I was on a casual Saturday shopping trip with 2 bridesmaids. We had intended on shopping for home decor and work out apparel, but ended up on a whim going into the boutique without an appointment. It wasn’t like anything I had tried on or envisioned but I felt the most at ease and natural in it!

What were some of the touches added to make the wedding personal?

My dad made 8 foot tall marquee letters to spell out “LOVE” after I had seen them posted on a blog. I inquired about renting them locally and after my dad heard the cost he said, “I can build those!” Lo and behold he has himself a side business now.

The dessert bar was unique and very popular, we had nachos (the bride’s guilty pleasure) as a late night snack. A close family friend put together the most amazing welcome boxes for our guests filled with tokens of Chico. Our welcome dinner on Friday included a cute photo booth in an old VW van, a band who played old classics, and jumbo marshmallows for s’mores – a summertime family tradition! Everything from the food and music, to the wooden round centerpieces on the tables which the bride’s stepfather had made out of cedar from Lake Almanor.

The ceremony was officiated by a dear mutual friend and included aunts and uncles that did readings that had significance from each side of the family.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Taking photos in this wide open field at Sunset – our photographers stole us away at the golden hour and we are so thrilled that they did!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at work! We both work for Target and at the time that we met we were working at the same store. We dated for 5 years and we got engaged right before Christmas in 2015. We are known for being the ultimate hosts and entertainers, so at our annual Christmas party in our downtown apartment Patrick waited until all of our friends arrived and proposed in front of about 40 people. We popped champagne and partied until last call that night.

Planning: CES Weddings and Events // Photography: Deer Lovers // Floral: Cambray Rose Florist // Calligraphy: The Printed Pearl // Venue, Catering and Bar: Canyon Oaks Country Club // Rentals: WeDo Designs // LOVE Letters: Steve Ferreria, Father of the Bride // Dessert: Upper Crust Bakery and Celestino’s (Canoli) // DJ: The Wedding DJ Company  // Hair/Make-Up: Lindsey at Mecca

 

Maggie and Aaron’s wedding day is a classic winter affair. We love the timelessness of the details planned by Cosmopolitan Events—from the restrained stationery by Abigail Christine Design, to the bride’s vintage fur stole, to the lush white florals by Flora By Nora, to the military grand exit from the church. It’s all fresh, elegant and with a nod to a royal wedding befits a couple whose friends and family claim their love story rivals a fairytale (see the bride’s version below). The talented Heather Roth Fine Art Photography was on site to capture all the seasonally-perfect details of the day in these images.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Our wedding date was December 17, the week before Christmas; a magical, beautiful, festive time, but also a very busy time for all. Our loving family and friends traveled from all over the world to be there with us. To add to the holiday and wedding excitement, of course there was an arctic storm throughout the weekend, making things even more crazy with delayed or cancelled flights, and long, long drives in the ice and snow. Even the rehearsal almost did not happen due to the treacherous conditions, until our wonderful priest and my remarkable wedding planner friend made it all happen. Our amazing, gifted seven-months pregnant photographer, Heather Roth, slipped around on the ice with our wedding party for our chilly and beautiful wedding photos. Our dedicated and talented band, the Patrick Lentz Band, slid along the highway for 9 hours (normally a 4 hour drive) from Kansas City, arriving 5 minutes before our reception began. Even some of our groomsmen had cancelled flights the day after the wedding and had to stay with Aaron and I in our hotel suite. With all the funny happenings out of our control, I just held on tight and smiled and laughed with my mom and dad and family and Aaron. All of this, plus our loved ones and friends making the effort and being there for us, made everything special, unique and perfect.

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

My gown was the “Diana” by the incredible Lea-Ann Belter. It was my absolute dream gown. I actually didn’t “meet” this gorgeous gown until I had already found and purchased another beautiful wedding dress I thought was meant to be mine! Even though I thought I was in love with the dress I had initially found, I decided to keep my already scheduled appointment for later that afternoon at another bridal boutique. My mom and I knew the very minute we saw my new dress this was the one. I just had to try it on. I felt like a princess. After a bit of drama of me changing my mind (quite a few tears, a sleepless night of me not knowing what to do, since we had already purchased the other dress) and the very understanding bridal shops, everything worked out and it was all perfect. Lea-Ann Belter custom designed my gown and was able to make it for me with my time constraints. I am so happy I changed my mind, and will love my dress forever.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My mom and my little sister (Maid of Honor) surprised Aaron and I with a beautiful, large framed collage of black and white photographs of Aaron and me as little childhood friends growing up in Egypt and more recent photos of our dating years. We used this collage as décor for our reception. This was a very personal touch that allowed the guests to see us as little friends so long ago and our love that grew from that time together.

My grandmother, “Nannie”, who passed away several years ago, had a beautiful mink stole given to her by my grandfather, “Papa”, and I wore the stole on my wedding day. I was very close to Nannie, and it was the most special feeling being wrapped in her warm stole on such a cold, snowy day, knowing she was there with me. It brought back special memories of playing dress-up with my siblings, cousins and Nannie, wearing this very stole. So many family and friends commented on how much I looked like her that day.

The toasts given by my Dad, my little sister Maid of Honor, and our Best Man, and the prayer given by my Godfather Uncle Jim, were especially heart-felt and meaningful, in part because they honored Aaron’s late father, who I knew as a little girl in Egypt.

What was the most memorable part of the day?  

Every single moment of the day was memorable and special to me. I am unable to choose just one. I will never forget the beauty and emotion of our entire Nuptial Mass at the breathtaking St. Francis Xavier College Church. Walking down the aisle with my father, seeing all our loved ones smiling at me, and looking into Aaron’s tear-filled eyes are moments I will never forget. Our farewell send off at the end of the night was exceptional. The band played a special last song as Aaron and I danced, with our guests surrounding us on the dance floor, all of them singing along with the song. As the song was ending, our guests lined the exit of our reception venue waving white ribbon streamers – – it was snowing, and we stepped out of the Missouri History Museum to see a horse drawn carriage waiting for us, a surprise from my parents because I love horses. We traveled to our wedding hotel, The Chase Park Plaza, in the magical carriage as the pretty snow was falling. It was the most beautiful, perfect, fairy tale ending to the most special day.

Tell us how you met and became engaged?

Some people have said our story is actually like a fairy tale.

Once upon a time (1991-1996), in a far away, exotic, extraordinary land (Alexandria, Egypt), there lived a beautiful little girl, and an adorable little boy who were very special, bestie friends. And now, they are getting married! (This little note is how our engagement was announced by our parents)

Aaron and I met when we were just two years old. Our families were both living in Alexandria, Egypt, where our fathers were working as engineers on the same project. We went to preschool together and were best friends during our five years living in Egypt. It was not until college, after years of living in different countries, that Aaron and I connected again by arranging to meet at one of his hockey games. We developed a long distance friendship throughout my college years and his years of playing Junior Hockey and Division One hockey at the Air Force Academy. We began dating long distance while he was still at the Academy and I was in graduate school in St. Louis. After Aaron graduated and was stationed in Montana, I moved there to be closer to him. We were finally living in the same city for the first time since childhood.

The day Aaron proposed, my mom and dad, and his mom, were visiting us in Montana. We took our parents to Glacier National Park for a special trip to show them our very favorite places. At an exceptionally gorgeous spot, Aaron and I were posing for the camera while our parents were taking a photo. The next thing I knew, Aaron was holding tightly to my hands and was down on one knee. We have priceless photos of this special moment, which capture my total surprise and excitement perfectly. It meant the world to me to have this momentous event happen with our parents there, and I will be forever grateful.

Event Planning:  Cosmopolitan Events // Photographer: Heather Roth Fine Art Photography // Florist: Flora By Nora // Stationery: Abigail Christine Design // Reception Venue: MO History Museum // Wedding Dress:  Lea-Ann Belter, Town & Country Bridal Boutique // Church Coordinator: Sandy Hauck and Jenna Neil // Hair and Makeup: Daniellestyle // Cake Designer: The Cakery // Reception Musician: Patrick Lentz Band // Rehearsal Dinner: Rigazzi’s on the Hill // Late Night Snack: Imos on Hampton // Rental Decor: Aries Company // Caterer: Butler’s Pantry // Transportation: Best Transportation // Guest Hotel: Chase Park Plaza // Valet Company: Clayton Valet