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Alison and John’s St. Patrick’s day wedding is a perfect example of how to have a classy—not kitschy—holiday wedding. Once Alison picked her floral dress, she and her event planner sister ran with a floral, garden party theme for the event at Daniel Island Club. The floral Jenny Yoo bridesmaids dresses, patterned linens, bouquets and arrangements by Suzanne’s Floral Studio delicate flowers on the cake, and the white iron lounge furniture played up the garden vibes. Since the wedding fell on St. Patrick’s day, they subtly included green ties with the groomsmen, green beer, Irish coffee and green sendoff bubbles. Alison and John certainly had the “luck of the Irish” for their wedding day…despite rain showers all morning, the rain stopped just in time for their first look and Wild Cotton Photography was on hand to capture all the sun-filled beauty that ensued.

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

From the Bride: Shortly after we got engaged and before I even started looking at dresses, my mother in law, Betty Lou told me she heard the bridal shop in town, The White Room in Lebanon Tennessee, was having a sample sale the upcoming weekend. She suggested we go but thought it would be a good idea to get a lay of the land beforehand so made an appointment for us the Tuesday before the sale. As we walked in the front lobby my dress was on a mannequin and was the very first dress we saw that day! Betty Lou actually convinced me to try it on and there was no question after that. And to top it off The White Room gave me the sample sale price that day!

 

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

A truly personal part of the entire wedding process was the fact that my sister, Erin, was the event coordinator. It could not have been more fun to have our nightly chats about how the wedding plans were coming along. Our mother passed away twelve years ago so I feel like planning this wedding with my sister we almost planned it with our mother in spirit as well. We honored my mother with a picture pendant on my bouquet and honored my husband’s family and grandmother by wearing her mink shawl later that night. It was important to us to remember all of our family and friends and celebrate our love with everyone, even if they could not be there.

 

What was the most memorable part of the day?

It is hard to choose just one part of the day but John and I both really love the time we had together just after the ceremony. We signed the marriage license and then had about ten minutes alone in the bridal suite before getting introduced. I have never felt so happy. Any and all pressure was gone, we were married and ahead was just a fun night with our family and friends. Plus we had a whole platter of appetizers to ourselves!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in Chapel Hill, North Carolina when we both moved there to attend a residency in general dentistry. As co-residents we quickly fell for each other and as the residency neared an end we decided to make the move back to John’s hometown in Lebanon, Tennessee. We bought a home that we love with our miniature dachshund, Lola and started a life there. In March of 2016, John expressed an interest in getting away for a weekend trip and we came up with Gatlinburg and hiking in the Smoky Mountains. We went hiking early that next Saturday morning when we reached a peak and John took a detour to an even higher spot. I followed to see the view and turned around to find him on his knees! I truly thought I may fall off that mountain! Super glad I didn’t obviously but it was such a perfect moment because it was just us and beautiful.

Photography: Wild Cotton Photography // Event Design/Planning: Erin Dudley at Daniel Island Club // Florals: Suzanne’s Floral Studio // Paper Goods: Minted // Venue: Daniel Island Club // Dress: Pronovias from The White Room // Hair and Makeup: Lashes and Lace // Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids // Groomsmen: Mens Wearhouse // Cake: Daniel Island Club // Rentals: Snyder // Linens: BBJ Linen // Band: Midnight City // Harpist: Lisa McKeachie // Lighting: A/V Connections // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

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Hidden in the heart of London lies a piece of historical romance—Home House, an elegant venue where celebrations and intimate moments have been captured since 1773. This gorgeous editorial planned and styled by Elmo Paper Stories and captured by Julie Michaelsen Photography celebrates the opulent, the intensity and the romance of the renaissance era seen here through the eyes of a 2018 bride and groom. The team, including florist Jo Flowers, cake designer Mimolo Designs, and atelier Morgan Davies Bridal were inspired by the contradictions of an old love in a young couple, the ancient venue in a modern city, and most of all by a piece of history where time stands still in a world of fast paced modernity.

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Photographer: Julie Michaelsen Photography // Stylist / Planner/Stationery: Elmo Paper Stories // Floral Designer: Jo Flowers // Venue: Home House // Film Lab: The Find Lab // Dresses: Inbal Dror / Ersa Atelier from Morgan Davies Bridal // Rentals: Furniture and Styling Assistant: Wedhead // Accessories: Crown by Afshan Shamas // Cake Designer: Mimolo Designs // Hair & Make-up Artist: Jo Adams Hair & Make Up Atelier // Photography Assistance: Jay Andersen Photography // Crown: Afshan Shamas // Pottery, Tableware: Kana London // Tablecloth & backdrops: Yorkshire Fabric Shop // Shoes/Clutch Bag: Emmy London // Videography: Irene Piera Films // Veils: Ann-Marie Faulkner // Groom’s Suits: Clements & Church // Female Model: Viktorija // Male Model: Mot Models, Lewis //

 

Caroline had always joked that she didn’t want to get engaged until she was 25, so on her twenty-fifth birthday—after dating for ten years—Mike proposed on their camping trip in Yosemite. The couple celebrated their nuptials at Triunfo Creek Vineyards—a bright and happy event planned by Wish Wonder Dream. Lush and colorful floral by Enchanted Garden Floral Design in coral, pink, red and purple are pure happiness in the simple ceremony on the grounds and courtyard reception under cafe lights. Photographer Jenny Smith & Co. was behind the lens capturing the high school sweethearts as they joyfully embarked on their next adventure in love.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

My grandmother is a retired federal judge, so it’s always been a dream of mine for her to officiate our wedding. Between my grandmother officiating the ceremony and special readings that both of our best friends recited, the ceremony was so personal. We also used our music selections throughout the day to help tell our own story. Music for the ceremony, first dance and reception intros all reflected songs that are special to us and represent different points in our relationship. I also think that our drop dead gorgeous wedding venue made the day hugely special. The grounds are truly magical.

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

It was actually equal parts fate and fire drill! I’d previously purchased another dress early on in the planning process and ended up regretting the purchase as the wedding came together and evolved stylistically. At the last minute, I ended up reselling the other dress and starting over. I went to a bridal salon to shop the available samples since timing was so tight and was feeling discouraged because nothing was calling my name. As we were about to leave, the stylist mentioned that they were having a RIVINI trunk sale and that the designer was on site. All of the Rivini dresses were exactly the classic, simple, timeless style I was looking for and once I tried on my dress, that was it! The Rivini team was amazing in helping me to rush and get the dress in time. Fate!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

One of our favorite parts of the wedding was the thank you gift for guests. Mike’s mom is a very talented artist and potter and made custom mugs for everyone to take home with them. She has made a special piece of pottery for each of her kids’ weddings and I love knowing that our guests have a homemade gift that will remind them of our day whenever they use it. We also wrote our own vows, which was an incredible moment. Mike’s vows floored me, they were SO good. We both unknowingly mentioned adopting a dog within our vows, and did so within days of getting home from our honeymoon!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

This is truly impossible! The day was perfect from start to finish. But for both of us, the first few moments immediately following the ceremony where it sank in that we were finally married was one of the most joyful feelings of all time.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met senior year of high school and weathered the storm of going to separate colleges. After graduation we settled in Los Angeles and have been together for ten years. I used to joke that I didn’t want to get engaged until we were 25, so Mike took this to heart and proposed on my 25th birthday on a camping trip in Yosemite. It was a total surprise and I accidentally & unknowingly almost foiled his plan at numerous points, but he pulled it off in the end. A perfect engagement to precurse a perfect wedding.

 

Photography: Jenny Smith & Co. // Planner: Wish Wonder Dream // Florals: Enchanted Garden Floral Design // Paper Goods: Minted // Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards // Dress: Rivini by Rita Vinieris // Paper Goods: Minted // Makeup & Hair: Be.NYLA // Cake: Sheila Mae // Band: Downbeat LA // Rentals & Lighting: A Rental Connection // Catering: LA Roots // Bar: Liquid Catering

 

 

“Today is the day I marry you, my best friend” read the banner—in lovely brush lettering— behind Hannah and Isaac as they said their vows in front of 72 of their closest family and friends at Crabtree’s Kittle House. The bed and breakfast and it’s lovely gardens are set just 30 miles outside of New York city and created the perfect venue for the couple’s intimate wedding celebration. Rainstorms only accentuated the beauty of the grounds and the details of the day planned by Fitting Fêtes. The soft color palette and incredibly romantic florals by Heart and Soil Flowers are beyond photogenic and thankfully, Grey Collective member Katherine Ridgely was on hand to capture the details and lovely couple in her signature film style.

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What made your wedding special and unique?

What made the wedding special and unique is that we were surrounded by a small group of people who truly loved us. We were determined from the start to only abide to traditions that had special meaning to us as a couple, and because of this we were able to keep our guest list small and intimate.

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

I found my gown while working at Lovely Bride – I actually put it on a client and in that very moment knew it was for me!

Tell us about your venue and why it was memorable?

Answer: We only visited a few other venues before our visit to Crabtree’s Kittle House. We loved the beautiful space and how fitting it would be for our intimate gathering, but what really sealed the deal was talking to the team there. Unlike many other venues, they were flexible and open to customizing the experience for us and we really loved that.

What was the most memorable part of your wedding day?

There’s a part in that day that I’ll always remember – Isaac was walking around, talking to guests, and I was sitting at my seat. I took a moment to look around and everyone was happy, smiling, and there because they genuinely loved us and were happy for us. It was just maybe fifteen seconds or so, but I’m so glad I remembered to soak in that moment because it’s a memory I cherish every day. The other special moment was our first look! We hadn’t seen each other all day and right as I was walking up to Isaac, I felt so nervous! When he turned around I couldn’t help but shed a few tears – there were so many emotions running through me!

 

Photography: Katherine Ridgely // Coordinator: Justina Michaels of Fitting Fêtes // Floral Design: Heart and Soil Flowers // Paper Goods and Calligraphy: Song and Pen // Venue: Crabtree’s Kittle House // Film Lab: PhotoVision // Textiles: Bayith // Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bride // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

 

Jessica and Kelsey met online, both traveled to Seattle for their first date where dinner turned into four days and the rest is history! Just over a year later the lovebirds were engaged and enlisted Aranza Grant of White Event Studio to plan and design their wedding at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse. Recognizing that their big day could be the only opportunity they might ever have to bring together all their loved ones, the couple worked with their vendors to craft a wedding that was centered around their guests, reflecting everything they love about each other and the wonderful city that they were asking everyone to visit. Garden florals by Thorn and Thistle are stunning in peachy, dusty hues. Wax seal details and calligraphy by Plume Calligraphy are timeless. An outdoor ceremony showcased the best of the orchard venue, while tented reception was both romantic and relaxed with a subtle French undertone. We’re loving all the gorgeous details on Jessica and Kelsey’s big day captured so beautifully in these images by Kelly Brown.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Jessica: With family and friends scattered all over the world, one of the things that we felt very acutely was not only that this would be a rare chance to spend time with our loved ones, but also that it might be the only time that all of these incredibly important people were able to come together. With this in mind, we worked with our vendors to craft a wedding that was centered around our guests, and reflected everything that we love about each other and this wonderful city that we were asking all of them to visit. We brought our bridesmaids to the Empress to get ready with us, in an effort to share one of our favorite local landmarks, and our ceremony was held at the farm where we had one of our first dates. Our officiant created an intimate, emotional ceremony that had our guests reading letters, issuing vows of their own, and holding hands. Our caterer worked with us for over a year to pull together a menu that featured local, seasonal, sustainable food, such as Fanny Bay oysters and cedar plank salmon, as well as dishes that were special to us, like a replication of the whiskey sauced steak that Jess cooked for Kelsey on an early date, and individual tiramisu. A local jazz band provided the music for our ceremony and reception, as well as a nod to my absent great grandfather. Our photographer helped us to schedule our photos in a way that allowed us to maximize our time with our guests, and our wedding planner kindly arranged for us to share a loveseat at our reception, so that we could hold hands under the table while talking to friends and family.

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

Jessica: When I was in college, my winter and summer breaks consisted of evenings spent with my mother, whipping up batches of brie fondue, sipping sparkling wine, and watching TLC wedding programming – high quality “girl time”. It was during one such evening that a Claire Pettibone dress was featured, and I fell in love. The vintage-inspired lace was elegant, refined, and timeless, the detailed back was architectural and dramatic, and the silhouette was both feminine and modest. My mother watched as I pinned nearly every Claire Pettibone dress on that “secret wedding” board that we all have, and when the time came to shop for my dress, she reminded me to make sure that I found a shop that carried her designs.

The Dress Theory was our first stop, and my dress (Eden, from the Couture collection, inspired by Gothic cathedral stained glass), was the second dress that I tried on. Everything about it felt perfect, from the hint of blue from the underlay, to the beautifully framed keyhole style back, to the “champagne” floral vine embroidery that shimmered alternating silver and gold in the light. I loved the lace so much that I asked The Dress Theory to order a little more, to make sleeves for me, and their seamstress did a lovely job with them.

Kelsey: The suit is from Indochino, a Vancouver company that makes made-to-measure suits. I appreciated the custom details on the inside lapel and embroidery on the shirt cuffs. Final tailoring was done in Victoria by The Russian Tailor. Of all the elements that were pulled together, I was most excited about the shoes. It is nearly impossible to find quality masculine shoes in small sizes, and I spent months searching before finding Tomboy Toes. I ended up with the perfect size 35 oxfords, and the local men’s store was able to source a matching belt and tie. My favorite elements were touches that Jess gifted the day we got married – vintage Tiffany cufflinks, and a cologne just for our wedding.

What were some touches added to make the wedding more personal.

Jessica: Everything about the day, from the food to the music, and even our flowers (one rose was a cultivar of a variety my parents had at their own wedding), was exceptionally personal. However, the ceremony really set the tone for the entire experience. Barb was wonderful, sharing snippets of things we had told her, like the fact that I had kept a list of 29 traits a potential partner would be required to have, and our mutual disdain for bananas. She even made room in the ceremony for my grandma to read a letter of blessing and advice from my great grandpa, whose marriage to my great grandmother was the model I had sought to emulate. Finally, our officiant also asked our immediate and then extended family to take vows in support of our marriage, and before we knew it, everyone was holding hands and had surrounded us. That was an incredibly powerful, spine-tingling moment.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Jessica: I have three very sharp, very happy memories:

I woke up to a letter that Kelsey had slipped under my door the night before, detailing her excitement about the day ahead. She couldn’t have known, but I had arranged for her sister to deliver a gift while we were all getting ready – her “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”. Included in her gift were a bottle of cologne I knew she liked, my ugly doll from college, a journal that chronicled the last 100 days of our engagement, and some vintage Tiffany cufflinks for her to wear during the ceremony. I couldn’t be there to watch her open her gift, but the photos of her smiling are the next best thing, and all that I had wanted.

We had agreed to do a first look before heading up to the farm, and our photographer arranged for us to do so on the rooftop chef’s garden at the Empress. We hadn’t even known that garden existed, and it was the most perfect hidden Eden in the middle of the city, secluded but boasting an impressive view of Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour. Having a couple of moments to ourselves, and being able to soak in that this was it, this was us, and we were actually getting married was so important. By the time our ceremony rolled around, I was so emotional that I don’t even remember hearing our jazz band playing – I had to ask Kelsey about it afterwards! I would highly recommend a first look, both for the privacy and for the chance to be together before everything really starts to happen.

And lastly, Kelsey tried to kiss me when my dad brought me up the aisle – I had to tell her “not yet!” By the time our officiant told us to kiss, she was REALLY ready for it, and she dipped me in her enthusiasm.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Jessica: The events leading up to and during our first date would be the perfect set up for a romantic comedy. I had been having a very bitter evening at home, and was curled up with my computer, my roommate Christina, and a bottle of wine. I read OK Cupid profiles out loud to Chris, criticizing them the way someone who has had a bad day and three glasses of Syrah might, but I stopped short when I saw Kelsey’s. It was verbose, and littered with words I hadn’t usually seen outside a GRE exam guide. I found myself giggling at some of the things she had written, and perusing her photos more than a couple of times. With Chris teasing me gently, I sent a message. I didn’t think anything would come of it – and if it did, I reassured myself, she was far away (in Victoria, BC, while I lived in Seattle). The distance would keep us from developing anything too serious.

Much to my surprise, Kelsey responded. Two weeks later, we were meeting up for what was supposed to be “just dinner” at a tequila bar in Seattle…but dinner took three hours, and involved more talking than eating. Then we found ourselves singing karaoke at a gay bar, and staying the night…for three days. That distance that I had foolishly thought would keep us apart didn’t even give us pause – and we’ve been commuting internationally to see each other ever since.

Kelsey proposed a little over a year later, while we were exploring Hatley Castle and the nearby trails. A few weeks later, I proposed on my own, with a watch. The morning after my proposal, we awoke to marriage equality, and Justice Kennedy’s words: “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.  It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves.  Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.”

Photographer: Kelly Brown // Wedding Planner, furniture, and decor: Aranza Grant of White Event Studio // Flowers: Thorn and Thistle // Calligraphy: Plume Calligraphy // Venue: Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse // “Getting ready” location: The Empress // Dress designer: Claire Pettibone // Dress shop: The Dress Theory (Seattle) // Suit: Indochino // Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo // Caterer: Toque Catering // Macarons: Bon Macaron // Cake: Ruth and Dean // Officiant: Barbara Densmore // Band: Mildly Wild // Rings: James Allen // Handfasting ribbons: Silk and Willow // Hair: Katie Maclean and Lauren Dejong from Copper and Ash Collective // Makeup: Melanie Baird // Cufflinks: Tiffany // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box