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Kirsty and Santiago’s wedding in the English countryside is a vision of romance in a barely-there neutral palette of grey and white and hint of peach. The grounds of the Brinsop Court  provided a lovely garden ceremony followed by a reception in the courtyard of the rose garden. Planner One Stylish Day assisted the bride in crafting perfectly personalized details included feminine florals by Wild Bunch Flowers, signage in Spanish honoring Santiago’s heritage, a customized gin bar, s’mores at the fire pit and a few nods to their pet bunny like the rabbit cake topper on cake by SK Cakes. The couple enlisted photographer Naomi Kenton  to capture all the moments of the big day and the images are absolutely dreamy!

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from the bride: Santiago and I met in London eight years ago and six years later he proposed whilst we were on holiday in Bali. Since then I loved every minute of planning our wedding, I always knew exactly how I wanted my wedding to look. Despite this I still trawled through hundreds of wedding venues across the UK. My mum and I drove for hours to so many venues but every venue we went to had so many rules, from which wine you had to serve to what time the party had to finish. We once drove five hours to one place and they didn’t even offer us a cup of tea! We never wanted a traditional wedding venue, we knew that we preferred to hire a big house for the the May Bank Holiday weekend and have our friends and family feel like they had a great weekend away – which is how we came across Brinsop Court. No crazy rules and restrictions, just one stunning house surrounded by a moat and plenty of tastefully decorated rooms for our closest friends and family to stay.

We hired the whole house from Friday to Monday and once the venue was sorted everything else followed. I’m detail obsessed and adored having so much to organize. Santiago was working in the US during the months building up to our wedding day so my parents were my biggest support in my preparations.  My Mum learnt how to make soy candles and hand poured each one of our wedding favors, she also made our seating plan out of wine corks while my Dad made sloe-gin and refurbished old barrels for the gin bar.

On the day I didn’t want to have to worry about anything nor did I want my mum running around sorting things out so we sought out the help of Louise from One Stylish Day in the lead up to the big day and the day itself. Louise’s vision was completely aligned with mine, we wanted something timeless, effortless and pared-back. Louise kept everything running smoothly and me calm (particularly when the caterers starting serving prosecco at our champagne reception!)

My second priority was a wedding video, at first Santiago didn’t want one but I can honestly say it was the best decision we made for our wedding. I searched through so many cinematographers and came across HD Moments. Months after the wedding I still watch our wedding video and advise any brides-to-be to seriously consider incorporating video into your big day if you can. So much of the day goes by without you realizing and after the vows are said it’s incredible to relive those special moments so vividly.

For our stationery we had everything hand-written in calligraphy. Our “Save the Weekend” was a leather luggage tag as we wanted our guests to pack their bags and enjoy the weekend with us. Judy Broad was an easy choice for our stationary as I had long been an admirer of her work after my bridesmaid asked her to do my hen party invitations. Our entire invitation suite was made from Khadi paper and Judy worked so hard to ensure that every letter was smooth across what is actually a very difficult paper to write on (little did I know!)

I also felt the same about Naomi our photographer, I knew that I didn’t want overly posed images and loved that Naomi shot in both digital and film. Once the main vendors were booked I started to focus on my dress. I went to several boutiques in London but nothing stood out to me until I bumped into my old friend Sanyukta Shrestha. I have known Sanyukta for years and worked on one of her very first campaigns which made the process of perfecting the dress even more special. I described how I wanted the dress to look and was blown away by the sketch that Sanyukta produced. I loved that we could make changes until it was totally perfect and more importantly all of the hand-loomed materials Sanyukta uses are ethically made and support women in Nepal.

Details were the most important thing to me. I worked endlessly to ensure the aesthetic was cohesive and that everything had been thoughtfully curated. We used a neutral color palette of grey and white with a hint of peach. I loved following wedding blogs but tried to incorporate our own way of living into our big day. Santiago’s heritage was very important to us. We had some of the signage written in Spanish, played salsa music and served Colombian Espresso Martinis after dinner. Our house bunny Bonnie is my fur baby so we had lots of rabbit accents throughout the big day including our cake toppers, ‘Bon Bon’s Bar” and our ring holder.

On the morning of our wedding my grandparents gave me half an English Crown from their own wedding day while my mum presented me with an engraved box containing my something old – the necklace that my late grandad had given to her on her wedding day. I had breakfast with my mum in the bridal suite and exchanged wedding day gifts while the boys had a barber come to their room to do wet shaves.

I had always wanted to get married outside so was really grateful that it wasn’t raining on our wedding day. But as my dad was walking me down the aisle a big gust of wind blew my veil around his leg – thankfully he managed to untangle himself and I was actually thrilled with how Justina and Greg from HD Moments managed to stylize the mishap on our video. It was a really special moment to walk down the aisle and see Santiago as I hadn’t seen his suit before and we both wrote our own vows and kept them as a surprise from each other. I was so overwhelmed by Santiago’s words I cried during my own vows!

Our reception was held in the old rose garden in the courtyard of Brinsop Court underneath a stretch tent. During the reception guests enjoyed making s’mores on the fire-pits, a gin bar and my parents surprised us with a firework display in the evening. We also took dance lessons for our first dance before the wedding day and I highly recommend this if you have two-left feet like we do!

On the Sunday we had lawn games and a big BBQ to finish what was the most perfect weekend.

Kirsty & Santiago | Brinsop Court wedding video | Fine art wedding film from hdmoments.co.uk on Vimeo.

Photographer: Naomi Kenton // Wedding Planner: One Stylish Day // Florist: Wild Bunch Flowers // Stationery: Judy Broad Calligraphy // Venue: Brinsop Court // Videographer: HD Moments // Dress: Bespoke at Sanyukta Shrestha // Bridesmaid Dresses: Needle & Thread // Flower Girl Dresses: Bespoke at Milly Wedding Shop // Hair and Makeup: Evie Smith // Catering: Clever Chefs // String Quartet: Cantabile Strings // Linens and Ribbons: Kate Cullen // Furniture & Crockery Rental: Options Hire // Handmade Bar: Made By Wood & Wood // DJ: Stylish Entertainment // Brides Shoes: Chloe // Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith // Groomsmen Suits: Charles Tyrwhitt // Cake & Cake Swing: SK Cakes // Photo Booth: Vintage Booth // Signage: Thistle Paper Company // Men’s Barber: The Groom’s Day Barber Shop

 

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Annie and Aaron hosted their Bay Area wedding at The Pearl —a lofty, artistic space that they secured for their big day before the venue was even complete! The couple enlisted the talent of Olea & Fig Studio to design their perfect day by incorporating the bride’s modern taste and the groom’s quirky vibe. The result was a beautiful, minimal modern wedding, organic but not rustic, with several personal details designed by both Aaron & Annie. Amazing greens and florals everywhere were created by The Bloomery Co., stationery by Minted & Olea & Fig, a cake by Jasmine Rae Cakes was the epitome of the couple’s vibe and lucky for us they enlisted the genius of ART IS FOR LOVERS to capture it all!

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From the Bride: We wanted something minimal but modern, organic but not rustic. After scouring through all the venues we could possibly find in San Francisco Bay Area, we fell in love with the Pearl right away even before the venue was completed and furnished. All decor, furniture and stationery were chosen and created based on the same aesthetic concept, and so are our attire and even cake design. We also picked herb names as table names ensuring that herbs were a cohesive theme through out our drink and dinner menu, along with the greenery focus floral design to echo the overall organic feel. And as we are both Taiwanese who have been studying and living in the States for almost 20 years now, we incorporated our Taiwanese roots in our desserts and late-night snacks with a new American dinner reception.

Wedding planning can be one of the most fun and rewarding projects you’ve ever done, especially when this is for you as a couple to tell YOUR story creatively! Do not be limited by the resources available to you or the categorized trends you see on publications.

We had SO MUCH FUN, every moment of it! Having a wonderful vendor team certainly gave my OCD self a completely stress-free wedding day, and one of the best days in my life!

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

Annie’s everyday style is trendy, modern and minimal, which makes the dress searching process not so easy. She basically went to all the bridal shops she knew in San Francisco, and was not able to find a simple and elegant dress which also gives that wow factor, much needed for the grand and design-y venue. BoLee Bridal Couture was her very last stop in the Bay, and as desperate as she was, as soon as she put on Atelier Pronovias’ Emmett, she knew it was the one. The silk crepe created the perfect draping and contour while the detailed design of the back emphasized the bridal modern glamour.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

(The bride was the planner & calligrapher herself). Given that the bride and groom are both originally from Taiwan, the reception was new American – Asian fusion inspired cuisine followed by Taiwanese desserts and late-night snacks featuring their favorite snacks from their childhood. All the place cards, calligraphy menus, thank you bag, table names and mirror signage were hand written by the bride & the Olea & Fig Team the for that beautiful natural vibe. Given that the bride is an ex-fashion blogger and stylist, the seating chart was scripted and printed on pieces of muslin cloths to integrate that garment component. As the groom is a coffee enthusiast, for guest favor, he hand picked the coffee beans and experimented with different cheesecloth for filtering cold brew.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The couple surprised everyone with their first dance. They started first with How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding, then with the main song being Watch Me by Silento.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Annie met Aaron during her freshman year in collage when Aaron was a senior. They were introduced by a good friend at Aaron’s house party. Aaron asked Annie to be his girlfriend the following New Year’s Eve under the fireworks in Taipei, Taiwan. They were in three years of long distance relationship after college, and were finally both in the Bay Area in 2012.

On 12/19/15, Aaron took Annie on a day trip to Point Reyes supposedly to celebrate their 9-year anniversary together. As usual, Annie always brings her video camera along to record all the trips they took together, which perfectly captured Aaron’s surprise proposal at the intimate Cypress Tree Tunnel. They then spent the rest of the day enjoying their alone time and amazing seafood by the bay before heading back to family and friends to share the wonderful news and the hilarious video that captured the perfect surprise proposal moment.

Photography: ART IS FOR LOVERS // Event Designer & Planner: Olea & Fig Studio // Coordinator: Spreading Lovely // Flowers: The Bloomery Co. // Stationery: Minted & Olea & Fig // Venue: The Pearl // Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Quis // Dress Designer: Pronovias // Wedding Dress Boutique: BoLee Bridal Couture // Cake: Jasmine Rae Cakes // Caterer: LRE Catering // Videography: Cinematt Videography // Groom’s Attire: Indochino // Bridesmaids Dresses Designer Amsale // Shoe Designer Badgley Mischka // Rings: Cartier / Brilliant Earth // Rentals: Bright Event Rentals / Rion Design

 

Polly and Michael celebrated their wedding in the French countryside at Chateau de Varennes. The couple let the breathtaking scenery of the historic estate take center stage and hired Wedding Factory to take care of the details. The result is a stunning day filled to the brim with classic romance and gorgeous florals by Un Ete a La Campagne. To reduce stress, Polly and Michael trusted the professionals they hired and “turned up and enjoyed a wonderful celebration.” And what a spectacular celebration it was and we’re thrilled to share the beautiful images captured by Kylee Yee Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Having spent much of my childhood in France and also both being fascinated by the beauty of Chateaux across France, we loved the idea of being married at a French Chateau. So many locations in England are picturesque but due to numbers you tend to just be in the grounds of beautiful stately homes rather than enjoying the property itself. There was no comparison when we realized we could take over the stunning Chateau de Varennes for a weekend and have a reception in the stunning orangery. It really was very French and romantic. We followed the wedding with a pool party the next day which meant a second chance to celebrate with your guests.

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

My dress was Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner. Two weeks before the wedding I bought a second dress to wear in the evening by Madison James. The best thing I did was have two dresses as I enjoyed dancing the night away in a lighter dress for the party.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

To be honest, we are both very time-poor and we wanted someone to do as much as possible for us. Thankfully we had a wedding planner and we are fairly relaxed. We also trusted those around us to do a really good job as they are specialists in what they do.  Much of the day was put together by someone else and we turned up and enjoyed a wonderful celebration. I chose a color scheme, approved some details via Skype and that was it!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

We had our first dance outside under fairy lights surrounds by our guests who all had sparklers. It honestly was magical; who knew the simplest of detail would be the most romantic!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

I bought the house behind the pub Michael owned and one night went in for a drink with a girlfriend. Many wines later he asked me out and of course I said no! 6 weeks later we went on our first date. Michael planned to propose on a beach in Thailand but he didn’t get that far. He proposed at home after a romantic meal a month earlier. Thankfully so as I’m not sure he would have managed the flight keeping the ring a secret!

Photography: Kylee Yee Photography // Wedding Planning: Wedding Factory // Florist: Un Ete a La Campagne // Day of Stationery: Lilac and White // Venue: Chateau de Varennes // Dresses: Morilee & Justin Alexander // Groom Suit & Groomsmen attire: Suit Supply // Bridesmaid Dresses: TFNC London // Hairstylist: Bulle D’Hair // Make-up: Annette Thornton

 

Molli and Justin’s wedding at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art on the Auburn University campus was full of sentimental details and unique touches. There’s no doubt, though, that the stand out feature of the day was the way Molli’s primary color, bordeaux, was brought to life by florist Thorne and Thistle. The florals are abundant and stunning, transitioning beautifully from the romantic courtyard ceremony to the modern interior of the gallery reception. With planning and coordination by Invision Events, stationery from By Invitation, and a Cakeitecture cake decked out in MORE flowers, this one is sure to inspire and we’re thrilled to share all the beautiful moments captured by Eliza Morrill.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

From the bride:  I choose to have our wedding at Auburn because I was an art major at Auburn University and had classes and attended events at the museum and always thought it was the most beautiful venue. I’m a third generation Auburn alumna so naturally it’s one of my favorite places!

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

I wanted to keep a family tradition and have sleeves on my gown so I started looking while I was living in Nashville. I found the perfect dress at a boutique in Nashville.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

From the bride: I wore my late grandfathers Allstate “good hands” pin he was given after 40  years of service. I also wore it on my graduation from Auburn. The first dance was the same song as my parents used and they just celebrated 25 years of marriage. I added tulle from my grandmothers dress to add my “something old”.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

From the bride: I would have to say Justin’s reaction on our first look and when I walked down the aisle. The raw emotion we felt at that moment was better than we ever anticipated.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

From the bride: I met Justin on July 17, 2016 in Birmingham, AL at the World Deer Expo. I was traveling through Birmingham with my friend, Taylor Bassham, on the way home to Columbus, GA for the weekend. She had a friend, Matthew Howell, who was in Birmingham for the World Deer Expo running a booth for his company, Freak Outdoors. She reached out to Matthew and he asked us to stop by the booth on our way back to Nashville that Sunday. When we went to the Freak Outdoors booth, I immediately noticed Justin – it was hard not to with how big of a guy he is! I secretly pointed at him and whispered to Taylor, “I want him!” I was immediately interested in him when we began talking about his travels and his hobbies. I will admit that I was flirting with him really hard! I was disappointed that he didn’t ask for my number because I really thought we had hit it off. So, right before I left the booth, I took it upon myself to hand him my business card with my cell phone number circled on it and told him to call me sometime! Taylor and I left the booth and went to dinner and about 5 minutes later, I had a text message from Justin asking me where we went to dinner and if he could meet us before his flight! He almost missed his flight because we could not stop talking. Two weeks after that he flew to Nashville to see me, and the rest is history!

Justin and I had a whirlwind romance from the beginning and we knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together very early on. I mean he told some of his closest friends at work the day after he met me, “I’m going to marry that girl.” We even said “I love you” only weeks after meeting each other for the first time. People thought we were crazy but when we met each other’s families it was clear to them and us that something was very special about what we have. So, on December 9th we traveled to Bryson City, NC for a mountain weekend get-a-way. Justin had rented us the most incredible cabin I had ever seen and he planned this whole trip for us to celebrate Christmas early together. The next day, Saturday, December 10th, he told me to get ready we were going out to hike and adventure around the city! I of course spent way too long doing my hair and makeup (like I always do) and he was getting very impatient with me and I had no clue why he was getting so flustered! So we set out later that afternoon to go hike part of the Appalachian Trail and we made it about 3.5 miles up the trail when we stopped at New Found Gap. It was sunset and the view was breathtaking. Justin and I were standing on the edge of this lookout when he came up behind me, put his arms around my shoulders, and whispered to me, “I need to ask you something, I heard something and I want to make sure its 100% true.” My initial instinct was worry and panic so I whipped around and found him down on one knee. He asked me “Will you spend the rest of your life with me? Will you start a family with me? Will you marry me?” I was in shock and I could not say yes fast enough!! We were both so emotional in that moment, it was perfect, it was everything I had ever dreamed it would be and more. It still gives me goosebumps just writing about it!

Photography: Eliza Morrill // Planning + Coordination: Invision Events // Floral Design: Thorne and Thistle // Invitations: By Invitation // Venue: Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art // Dress: Morilee by Madeline Gardner // Bridesmaid Dresses: Kennedy Blue // Hair: Stephanie Lee of Swank Salon // Makeup: Carrie Reap // Second shooter: Jennifer Corcoran // Men’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse // Floral Ribbon: Silk and Willow // Cake: Cakeitecture // Rentals: The Event Group // Draping: Unique Element Events

 

Melissa and Gus’s wedding at Avila Beach Golf Resort is a vision of green and white against the breathtaking coastal California backdrop. MIRA Events + Design combined glam and modern and romantic wedding trends in a palette of neutrals. Especially impressive was the abundance of florals by Adornments Flowers & Finery including a voluminous rose and greenery ceremony arch set in front of bold, green topiary walls. Relaxed farm tables and romantic white arrangements perfected the calual elegance on the reception and lucky for us Ginny Silver Retrospect Images was on hand to capture it all!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We felt our wedding was special and unique mostly because of all of our amazing family and friends who came all that way to celebrate our day. We also had our dog there as a groomsmen and it made the day feel complete having him be a part of everything.

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

I had been obsessed with the wedding dress designer, Hayley Paige, for a long time so I was looking through her designs before I went dress shopping and found a dress that was exactly what I had been looking for. I decided to look for dresses at Haute Bride in Los Gatos because I had always admired the shop. I showed them the few Hayley Paige dresses I was looking for and tried on the one I had seen online first and completely fell in love. It felt meant to be that I was in love with the first dress I tried and it ended up being more perfect than I could imagine.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

One of the most special things at the wedding was having my close family friend, Denise Del Piano, be our officiant. My mom passed away 8 years ago and Denise was her best friend, but Denise and I have also worked together for 10 years so our relationship means a lot to me. Not only was she an amazing officiant, but it meant so much to have her be a part of our day and it made it feel like my mom was being represented at the wedding. Another one of my favorite personal touches was our guest book. Gus and I love playing corn hole so we had a custom corn hole board made with our funny nicknames for each other, “moose” and “goose”, and had guests sign the board. Gus’s family in Hollister has grown apricots for many years and they also make homemade organic olive oil. We love both of these things and use them at home all the time so we really wanted to incorporate them into our day. Heather at Splash Cafe was amazing and helped us by using the olive oil in our salad dressing and the dried apricots on our charcuterie board.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day for both Gus and I was the ceremony. I felt like so much planning went into the reception portion of the day so I wasn’t expecting it to be my favorite part, but the ceremony is really what it’s all about. I loved everything about our ceremony from Denise’s great stories as our officiant, both of our Aunts doing special readings, our nephew running up to greet me as I walked down the aisle to hug me before I got to the front, our dog deciding he needed to roll around to scratch his back mid ceremony, and especially the vows we each wrote.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Gus and I met in high school when I was a freshman and he was a sophomore. We knew of each other before then because our younger brothers were good friends and played sports together. Throughout high school we became close friends through our families’ shared love of going to the beach and our brothers playing baseball on the same team. We started talking on AIM all the time and eventually started dating just after Gus graduated in 2005. We had known for a long time that we wanted to get married but Gus hadn’t pulled the trigger yet. He finally did after we had just closed on our house that we bought together. We had just got the keys to the house and hadn’t moved in yet but decided to get take out and bring our dog there and have a picnic in the backyard. Gus was taking longer than I expected to arrive with the food and I was getting grumpy and hungry. He finally arrived and just as I was about to dig in, he popped the question. We celebrated our 12 year anniversary one week before our wedding day.

MELISSA + GUS // Avila Beach, Ca from Steelhead Cinema on Vimeo.

Photographer: Ginny Silver Retrospect Images // Wedding Coordinator: Miranda Meisenbach MIRA Events + Design // Florist: Adornments Flowers & Finery // Stationery Designer: Sleepy Hedgehog Press // Venue: Avila Beach Golf Resort // Dress Designer: Hayley Paige // Jewelry Designer: Deja and Co // Hairstylist: Nicole Wasserman Hair by Nicole Wasserman // Makeup Artist: Danielle Roberts // Bakery & Catering: Splash Cafe // DJ: Caliber DJs