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Sara and Ramsey knew they wanted to get married in Estes Park as they met, fell in love, and made their home in Colorado. Plus, they already had a tradition of hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park followed by pie from the Colorado Cherry Company. So that’s what they did, got married overlooking the mountains at Twin Owls and celebrated with a lovely lodge reception and pie from CO Cherry Co.. Add in bold and beautiful peony-centric florals by Hana Style and the gorgeous photography of Alix Loosle and we’ve got a stunning wedding in the Rockies for your enjoyment!

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We knew we wanted to get married in Estes Park as we met, fell in love, and made our home in Colorado, plus we had a tradition of hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park followed by pie from the Colorado Cherry Company. For me, the most special part of our wedding was the involvement of our loved ones. From the pecan pies baked by my mother-in-law to the wreath made by my mom, and from the brother who acted as our officiant to the brother who performed our first dance song, the day felt like a reflection of us and the people we love.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was definitely the ceremony. Surrounded by our closest family and friends, looking out to the Rocky Mountains, and reciting our own personal vows of love and commitment to one another – it was the most beautiful and incredibly humbling experience. I will also always treasure the memory of dancing with my father, as well as the moment Ramsey and I stepped away for a few minutes to enjoy the sunset alone together. And, of course, the highlight of the night was dancing at the reception, complete with a spontaneous limbo made from groomsmen’s ties, army crawls, break dancing, and glow stick sunglasses. The day flew by, but it was everything and beyond what we had hoped for, and we are so grateful for the unbelievable amount of love and support we felt that day.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Ramsey and I met during our first year of law school at the University of Denver. We were next-door neighbors and classmates, so we easily found excuses to hang out – building a snowman, grabbing coffee, late-night studying, making dinner, or no reason at all. And while we immediately bonded over our similarities (being from neighboring hometowns, with geophysicist fathers, and having brothers named Zachary), ultimately our differences strengthened us most, as we challenged one another and grew together over the next four years.

Photography: Alix Loosle // Flowers: Hana Style // Venue: Twin Owls // Bride’s Ring: Shane Co. // Groom’s ring: Kay // DJ: Music Man // Pies: CO Cherry Co. // Bride’s Dress: D’Anelli Bridal // Hair: Tatiana Lickteig // Makeup: Canvas Beauty Bar // Groom + Groomsmen Suits: Jos. A. Banks

 

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Marianne and Raymond were married at Castello di Spaltenna, a picturesque hotel situated in Gaiole in Chianti, where “time seems to have stopped.” Guests travelled great distances to celebrate with the couple and Marianna and Raymond focused on touches that would make the wedding special for everyone like bespoke welcome bags, plentiful Italian fare, spectacular florals by La Rosa Canina and a stunning day  in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. We love the relaxed charm and elegance of the details and it’s all captured beautifully by Stefano Santucci Studio.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Having all of the most special people in our lives there celebrating alongside us. I hope that all of the little touches made it unique and of course the incredible setting. There aren’t many places in the world that offer such a stunning backdrop.

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

My dress was Rosa Clara. I realized early on that Spanish designers suited me, so focused on stores that stocked the very best that Spain had to offer. The dress that I first tried on and the version of it that I wore on the day differed greatly. With the help of a fantastic dressmaker we made quite a few changes that made it feel very unique.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

As all of our guests were traveling a great distance to join us we wanted to make them feel special when they arrived in Italy. We had bespoke tote bags made which were filled with mine and my husband’s favorite Italian treats, from taralli and baci to little bottles of prosecco. We also threw in a few practical items like mosquito bands and a guide to the area, which we wrote based on our own experiences.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

It’s so hard to pick one specific moment. If I had to choose it would probably be the moment just before I stepped down the aisle. Standing at the top of the terrace with my Dad on my arm, looking down at my gorgeous husband-to-be and all of our incredible friends and family. I realized at that moment how incredibly blessed I am.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Ray and I met at university. We were friends for many years before we realized we had a connection that was stronger than just friendship.

Ray popped the question 11 months before our big day at our favorite restaurant in all the world. It’s a small family run osteria set in the Umbrian hills. We basically planned our week long holiday around our meal there. I had not a clue in the world that under a big metal cloche was a diamond ring instead of my dessert! It really was the most perfect setting for such a memorable moment. I was in such shock I didn’t even finish my actual dessert!

Photographer: Stefano Santucci Studio // Flower Design: La Rosa Canina // Invitations & Wedding Stationery: An Italian Adventure // Venue: Castello di Spaltenna // Bridal Gown: Rosa Clara // Bridal Salon: Fairytale in Fulham // Suit: Ralph Lauren // Bride’s shoes: Sergio Rossi  // Music: Diamond Boys

photographer @photosantucci // flower design @ larosacaninafirenze

 

When nature-lovers, Yushan and Womo, were scouting for the perfect Bay Area location for their wedding venue, they witnessed deer crossing their path at Wedgewood Crystal Springs and decided that it was the right place for their big day. Their outdoor ceremony capitalized on the breathtaking views of the location and their reception was highlighted by nature-driven details like and adorable animal-centric naked cake. Pink accents in the bridal party and the florals by Rosedale Floral Design and a stunning landscape are all captured to perfection in these lovely images by Kristine Herman Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I would say the friends and families who came to our wedding made our wedding special. My family live far away (Taiwan) and they flew 16 hours to be here for us. Three of my best high school friends flew from NY, and Womo’s big family are mostly from Minneapolis & Alabama and they also flew to San Francisco. It was really nice to have them around us on this special day! I’m very thankful. Of course I’m also pretty proud of myself that did all the design and planning myself; all those handmade projects made the wedding unique.

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

I started doing my gown shopping three months before the wedding date which is very late! At the time I was pretty stressed out because I’ve gone to many places but still couldn’t find my perfect dress. My sweet co-worker Emily saw that and asked if I wouldn’t mind trying on her wedding dress. The dress was just beautiful!! I fell in love with the dress as soon as I put it on! Emily was so sweet to give her dress to me, and she was really happy that her dress could have a second life! My sister has already asked me to pass the dress down to her. I believe a beautiful dress like this deserves to be worn more than once. Thank you so much Emily!!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We saw deer at our wedding venue the first time we were there! With that beautiful view, we immediately decided this is where we want to get married. So, from the beautiful antlers on the gazebo, to the centerpiece and wedding cake; all around things that we love— nature and animals.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Every moment of that day was memorable…it was magical.

Engagement Story from the photographer:

It was one of those at the right place, at the right time type of meetings. Fate as some people would call it. There was a get together for students, and Womo decided to go, even though he wasn’t technically a student, and that’s where he met Yushan. He knew he wanted to make their engagement special and came up with an idea that described the two of them perfectly. As described by Womo, Yushan might forget where she placed a thing or two and he decided to play with that. He had given her a promise ring before and asked her why she never wears it anymore. So Yushan went on a hunt for the ring and when she found it in the bathroom, Womo had switched it with an engagement ring! He then proposed right then and there and she said yes!

Photography: Kristine Herman Photography // Florals: Rosedale Floral Design // Invitations/Paper Goods: The Bride // Venue: Wedgewood Crystal Springs  // Dress: Marisa Bridals // Videography: Enke Films // Hair and Makeup: Tiff Chou Makeup // Bride’s Shoes: Sam Edelman // Bridesmaid Dresses: Atom Attire // Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss // Film Lab: Prophoto Irvine

 

Rani and Tim’s vineyard wedding in North East Maryland, was a lovely blend of a modern farm aesthetic and the bride’s rich cultural background. Rani’s mother is from New Delhi and the traditions of her heritage were woven into the day like the elephant motif symbolizing prosperity and good luck, and the bride’s henna as well as her grandmother’s bright ruby jewelry. Amanda’s Florist created relaxed, white florals that tied into the beautiful landscape and Ashley Relvas Photography was on hand to capture all the details and moments of the day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I had never dreamed of what this day would be like having grown up with two older brothers – it just wasn’t something that was brought up very often. Yet, when it came time for my husband and I to make decisions on what we envisioned, things clicked very nicely. Trusting our gut instincts on what we loved the most, we, along with friends and family created an unforgettable day.

After attending weddings into the double digits year after year, we knew the core elements of what we enjoyed the most at a great party – delicious food, flowing booze and music that got every single person out of their seats – everything else was just a bonus. We saw four venues – the last being the one. We fell in love all over again at Elk Manor and were ecstatic to have an amazing all-in-one venue with an established caterer to boot.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

With my mom being from New Delhi and my dad having been born and raised on the east coast and of Irish descent (similar to that of my husband), I wanted to weave both cultures into the celebration to reflect our union.

Any bright colors typically work for Indian weddings while red is typically reserved for the bride. I wore my grandmother’s ruby earrings and necklace to reflect that bright, vibrant color while maintaining a neutral/peach and gold color scheme throughout the bridal party outfits and decorations. The rubies were such a special piece to the day – my grandmother wore them at her wedding and my mother at hers – it was amazing to have three generations of love represented in the jewelry set. Mehndi (Henna) is an Indian tradition when it comes to weddings and I was so happy to have ornate designs on my hands which are known to symbolize joy and happiness.

Elephants symbolize prosperity and good luck, so it was easy for us to make this beautiful animal a cornerstone of our wedding. The gold elephants helped tie together white flowers and other rustic touches to create simple centerpieces that stood out.

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

I went with traditional western clothing for the big day, aiming for embellished and detailed looks. I lucked out at a BHLDN sample sale and came home with two incredible dresses – one for the ceremony and one for the party. For the ladies, I had been loving some Adrianna Papell and decided on full length, neutral embellished gowns. The guys wore navy with peach ties helping to give a balanced and attractive color scheme to our outdoor, by-the-water wedding.

We could not have been happier with our wedding and are so thankful to have such an amazing group of family and friends that surround us and were there to help us celebrate the best day of our lives.

Photography: Ashley Relvas Photography // Florist: Amanda’s Florist // Invitations: Direct from India // Venue: The Winery at Elk Manor // Wedding Dresses: BHLDN // Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell // Cake: Sugar Bakers Cakes // Hair: Kristina Wolfe // Makeup: Blush Makeup LLC // Catering: Rogue Fine Catering // Band: Rich Posmontier Ensemble  // Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

 

Kristen and Ken’s spring Scottsdale wedding at Four Seasons Scottsdale was truly out of a fairy tale. This gorgeous couple believes that there are few things that are more beautiful than bright, delicate and feminine pops of color against a dusty desert panorama. Designed by Outstanding Occasions, rich magenta florals by Petal Pusher and geometric candle holders were the perfect accessories to the dainty and chic outdoor ceremony. The brilliantly creative Elyse Hall captured all of the intimate moments that this picture perfect celebration had to offer. We’re obsessed and know you will be too!

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

With 100% of the guests traveling from out-of-state, the choice of destination was very special and unique to us, as many of our guests haven’t visited Arizona. This was a place that I grew up visiting with my parents as they have a second home here. We were excited to have our dearest friends and family celebrate the weekend with us, so we truly made it a three day affair!

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

I found my gown during a shopping trip with my mom in Atlanta. The hand-beading and detailing was exquisite.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Making the wedding day personal and unique was very important to me. From the welcome bag with our favorite hand-picked items, and a play on the southwest Arizona aesthetic, to the custom made dream catcher escort cards; we truly wanted our guests to feel appreciated, taken care of and feel the southwest vibe throughout. The entire design played off my favorite color of pink, while keeping our location in mind. From fuchsia and gold foiled stationery with a blind embossed aztec print, to our bougainvillea adorned ceremony arch; we added my favorite color in chic ways throughout.

Ken and I are also aren’t huge dancers, so we brought in more of a classic rock band to play our favorite music. Additionally, Ken is from Canada, so we ended the night with a Poutin Bar to play off  his hometown.

Photography: Elyse Hall // Planning: Outstanding Occasions // Flowers / Furniture / Bars: Petal Pusher // Paper Products / Welcome Bags/ Custom Napkins: idieh design // Venue / Cake / Food / Beverage: Four Seasons Scottsdale // Bride’s Dress: Rivini // Veil: Toni Federici // Bridal Shop: Bridals by Lori,  Atlanta, GA // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Hayley Paige from Nordstrom // Suits: Mens Wearhouse // Escort Card Dream Catchers: Bearlanders Trading