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Tina and Ray connected on a dating website—it was Ray’s straight-forward message a yoga pose photo that made him stand out. The couple had a fabulous first date and the rest is history. For their Friendly Hills Country Club wedding celebration, the couple wanted a blend of traditional and modern. All white everything was a must for the bride and the florals by Flowers by Dana definitely nailed it. Ultimately, Tina decided the event needed a little contrast and added the gorgeous navy bridesmaids gowns. We’re loving them! Lucky for us Anya Kernes was on hand to capture the rainy day portraits and lovely style of Tina and Ray’s big day.

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From the bride: Ray and I met on match.com. I was very overwhelmed with how many messages were coming through and Ray was straight to the point and his photos drew me in – I think it was the one where he was doing a yoga pose. Our first date was in Venice at Whalers bar and we hit it off immediately. We stepped outside to take a walk along the boardwalk and decided to tandem bike to Santa Monica. We had such a great time we decided to grab dinner, watch the sunset and the rest is history. We wanted to include this part of our story into the wedding, so as cliche it may be, it was perfect for us to have match boxes as our escort cards – ‘The Perfect Match’.

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For bride Janie, it was the reception venue—her family’s restored 1920’s German farm that made her wedding to Christian most memrable. The Gathering on Post Oak was lovingly transformed into a B&B that offered all it’s charm for their big day. Mayhar Design was behind the planning and design including a preppy pink and green palette and working with Sprout Floral & Event Design to create stunning rose florals all over the place! We’re loving the mix of sweet romance and farm charm in this one and Loft Photography was on hand to capture it all in these adorable images.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Our wedding was special because it was a culmination of our relationship; one that started when we were very young and had matured into something wonderful. We had the reception at my family property, a place where we and many of our guests had spent a lot of time. My house was located one mile from where Christian and I went to school, so you can imagine that our home became the main gathering place for our friends. People were constantly coming in and out. It was a lively and social place to grow up and have our relationship blossom. Our reception felt like an extension of this. It felt so right to have not only all of our old friends back in our old haunt, but also have our new friends discover the place where Christian and I had become ‘us’. Despite the size of our guest list, our reception still felt so intimate just because of the history we had there.

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

Before we got engaged, the ladies in my family had a trip planned to NYC for my 21st birthday. So after Christian popped the question, the first thing my mom and I did was look at each other and be like “We could go to Kleinfeld’s!!” My mom and I had watched ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ about every Friday when I was in middle school and high school so this was a huge dream come true.

Fast forward to the morning of my appointment, I was so nervous because I had built up this idea of what the experience would be like — what if they weren’t nice or I fell for a dress that was way out of my budget?? However, from the moment I stepped into the store, Kleinfeld was everything I imagined and more. The consultant they paired me with was so kind and personable, I immediately felt comfortable with her. The designer of my dress was onsite that day and she actually helped me pick my dress out! It was a column gown with a champagne satin slip and a lace appliqué overlay with a boatneck neckline, very light and comfortable. The sample size fit like a glove. When I stepped out into the show room and they placed the veil on my head, I felt like a bride and I knew it was the one. The people in the store were so kind and even did a setup for us where we videoed the designer and the consultant asking me if I was ‘saying yes to the dress’ like in the show; a video clip and a memory I will always have. I could never recommend Kleinfeld enough.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Really the main personal touch of the wedding was the location of the ceremony, as well as opening up my family home as the reception venue.  The church where we held the ceremony was actually the place where Christian and I first met.  Having it there really felt like the end as well as the beginning of chapters in our lives. My family property originally was a working farm, with a German farmhouse from the 1920s and a few other unique buildings.  When we moved there, only the farmhouse had been updated with the outbuildings remaining as they had been built. Over the years our family updated and transformed them into beautiful B&Bs that marry modern style with the original charm instilled in the property. The flow of the reception was designed to have a meandering feel where guests were encouraged to walk and explore the B&Bs, with many places available to sit and gather. Our home was also open for guests to enjoy. To me, this is the most personal touch I could have added to the wedding: to share open-hearted the place I loved the most.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

As the bride, the most memorable part of the day was the moment right before I started walking down the aisle. I felt so nervous!  Not because I was nervous to get married, but because I had to walk in front of so many people (so much pressure not to fall!).  My dad and I waited together in the front of the lobby as the rest of my bridesmaids each took their turn down the aisle. As the bridal march began to play and we stepped up into the doorway of the sanctuary, I thought my heart would explode — I had imagined this moment all of my life. The first people I saw were a line of Christian’s fraternity brothers, a group of guys I had become good friends with for many years. They all stood, smiled at me and I even got a few thumbs up. I felt a surge of courage as I realized all of these people were people I loved and I had no reason to be afraid. As it turns out, Christian had the same moment as I did before he walked down the aisle. We will both never forget our friends’ smiling faces on our wedding day.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Christian and I met in the sixth grade after a fated seating assignment during my visit to Heritage School, a small Christian private school in Fredericksburg. I was placed at the empty desk next to Christian and the we proceeded to share a copy of “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare. It was not coincidence that over the next few years we would often be paired together by teachers for group projects and assignments, as Christian was the passionate outspoken boy and I was the shy quiet girl.

When high school rolled around, we found our friendship turning into something more. We dated through high school and into college. When we started college, there was a shift in our relationship because we both realized that this really was working. In order to protect our relationship, we tried to delay things getting serious before the right time. We chose to go to different schools but found that our relationship naturally fit into our lives and our new friends. Christian says that during that first semester was when he knew he wanted to marry me, getting outside of our small world did nothing to change his feelings.

He held onto to these feelings for several years, until he decided to propose at the end of our junior year of college; he says, “as soon as I possibly could so we could be married when I graduated.” Christian proposed where we had our first date, at the county fairgrounds. Christian picked me up from my house under the guise of us having dinner with his family. But when I got in the car with him he told me, “So we are actually not going to dinner until later, I wanted to take you somewhere.” Because of where the fairgrounds are, it was pretty obvious where he was taking me and I started getting excited. He had a whole set up when we arrived with flowers, a picture of us, and a banner that read “Boyfriend and Girlfriend for 2,052 days, Husband and Wife forever.” It was right under it that he got down on one knee. After he proposed, it turned out that dinner was a surprise small engagement party with our families and a few close friends. Christian and our families had been planning for a over month without me finding out about any of it!  Although I knew Christian was going to propose pretty soon, I really was surprised by the whole thing.

Creative Direction & Planning: Mayhar Design // Photography: Loft Photography // Floral Design: Sprout Floral & Event Design // Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Whitney Farnsworth // Reception Venue: The Gathering on Post Oak // Ceremony Venue: Hill Country Church // Dress Designer: Michelle Roth // Hair Stylist: Tammy Smith // Cake: Sophie’s Bakery // Ceremony Music: Carol Bell // Reception Music: Local Bluegrass Band // DJ: Mixer Rogers // Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen, Marquee Event Rentals // Tent Rental: Whim Event Rentals // Antique Rentals: Carol Hicks Bolton // Chair Rentals: Sweet Sunday Events // Caterer: Cartewheels Catering // Liquor: Gabriels Liquor // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

 

Andrea and Carl’s wedding is filled with colorful cuteness at every turn. From the gorgeous peony-centric florals by Thistle & Honey to the swan-topped blush ikat cake from Ettore’s European Bakery, Hailey Silver of  Grey Collective member Two Roads Event Co. infused flirty personality into every, last detail. We’re especially loving the punchy blue hue  wovven throughout the day in the bride’s Manolos, the ribbons on the bridal party bouquets and the custom calligraphy invitations. Lucky for us, the ultimate in wedding photography—Coco Tran—was behind the lens to capture Andrea and Carl’s big day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

What made our wedding special to us was all the friends and family we got to share it with. After getting engaged we struggled with a vision and plan for what we wanted for our day. Then, on a whim we called the cathedral and they happened to have a cancellation (literally the only one all year) on the day and month and we wanted to get married and everything started to fall into place from there. The priest that we both grew up with was able to travel over 100 miles to officiate our wedding. Our reception venue was in walking distance of the cathedral and had all the things we were looking for: the mix of wood + metal chairs and tables, fire pit, many seating areas, casual comfort food and an overall visually interesting outdoor space. Once the date was booked, we took less than 4 months to plan everything.

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

I was so in love with my dress! The moment I saw it, I knew it was the one! It’s the Vera Wang Ethel dress. It’s an elegant silk mermaid style dress with the perfect amount of chiffon at the bottom. I wanted to stay true to my personal style, which is more traditional, so I knew that I wanted something timeless and classic. I loved that the Ethel dress was almost a blank canvas for me to change throughout the day.  For our traditional Catholic Cathedral ceremony I wore a custom couture lace bolero and a cathedral length veil. Then for the reception I took off the bolero and wore a silk bow belt by J.Crew, a birdcage and my beloved South Sea pearl earrings. Carl surprised me with my dream wedding shoes: blue bow d’Orsay pumps by Manolo Blahnik.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We hired a calligrapher that designed a custom wedding invitation suite; complete with a custom map and monogram. The chalkboards throughout the reception had a navy background (instead of black) to match our wedding colors.

During a fun mimosa-filled afternoon with my bridesmaids we DIY’ed my cathedral length veil and the burlap runners we used on some of the tables.

We love all-American food, so we served mini gourmet pizzas, sliders, tacos, macaroni n cheese, and 3 types of French fries (which were a total hit!). Our late night snack was chicken and waffles. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and we wanted that to show.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Marrying the love of my life and seeing him tear up during our vows will be something I never forget. There was also a moment out on the dance floor when my grandpa was twirling me around and I looked out at the room full of people we loved, all together in one place, for perhaps the only time ever, so happy and filled with joy for us, and I just felt like the luckiest girl ever.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in Calculus class my freshman year, his sophomore year of college. We started studying together and our first date was on Valentine’s Day. Carl proposed on September 2, which also happened to be my grandparent’s 58th wedding anniversary, on the beach in Maui during the sunset. We later celebrated with dinner at our favorite restaurant, Mama’s Fish House.

Andrea + Carl // Sacramento 6.14.14 from Hailey Erin Silver on Vimeo.

Photography: Coco Tran//Event Styling: Hailey Silver of Two Roads Event Co. // Floral Design: Thistle & Honey // Venue: Cafeteria 15L // Bride: Andrea of Tickled Pink  // Cake Design: Ettore’s European Bakery // Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang // Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Bridesmaid Gowns: Badgley Mischka  // Film: Alison Ryncarz // Photobooth: Giggle & Riot // Signage: Wedding Chalk Art // Linens: La Tavola

 

Steffy and Sly’s destination wedding has all the making of a Portuguese fairytale. Seriously you guys—this one is breathtakingPalácio Marquês da Fronteira provided the stunning backdrop including the garden ceremony and an outdoor reception surrounded by beautiful 18th century tiles. My Fancy Wedding nailed all of the design and planning details and we’re so glad Adriana Morais Fotografia was on hand to capture all the magic with her dreamy film photography. 

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from the planners: When two German and Afghan families get together for a wedding in an 18th century Portuguese Palace, we already know we have all the ingredients for something big coming up. With a bride and groom like Steffy and Sly, we are then certain that the promise of something magical and one of a kind will stay with us way beyond the day in question. And that was what happened for long weeks after the wedding of these two: we just couldn’t stop smiling and sighting every time the memory of their day flashed again in our minds.

But let’s start at the beginning. Ever since the beginning of this adventure, Steffy and Sly were looking for a venue that was so just “them”, and we immediately rolled up our sleeves and took their desire as our own. And so began a long journey throughout forts, castles, palaces and mansions; as if we were in search of a long lost Portuguese treasure. It was on their last day in Portugal that we set sight on that treasure. And as they explored every little detail of this palace with a newfound spark in their eyes, they let go a relieved sigh: “This is it. This is the home were we marry.”

Since the first day of their arrival, it was impossible not to notice the guests of this wedding. Already in “party mode”, the White they wore to the day-before beach party contrasted with everything around them, as if the difference between color of skin and hair suddenly got lost to give place to a one voiced “war shout”: We’re here! We’ve arrived!

And then comes the big day. Even the statues of the Marquês da Fronteira Palace were open-mouthed in awe, amazed by the boho chic mood that took their home by storm. Surpassing all the explosive pranks that the nervousness jabbed at the groom, it all went absolutely perfect; not even we managed to contain our tears as the delicate bride entered the ceremony, and as she locked eyes with the groom at the end of the hallway she broke down her composure, emotional and happy. It was an image that remained with us, and that even today still makes our heart beat faster.

One of the most gratifying parts for us was seeing such fun, and the guests that were talking lose their words and being only able to let go a smiling “Wow!” as they set foot in each new area of the wedding and saw all the carefully constructed ambiences and the details in the décor; it was that kind of immediate response that fills our hearts and gives us a warm feeling of mission accomplished.

After an outdoor dinner surrounded by beautiful 18th century tiles, and filled by caring friends and relatives, came the time to put that said war shout to the test on the dance floor! When the music began not even the bride’s grandmother, always with a hilarious comment by the tip of her tongue, could keep still as she shook and stretched in her chair, delighted, trying  to see the “young ones leaving it all” on the dance floor way beyond the sunrise. No one wanted to finish that day, and surrendered only at 8 AM! Legends tell that even the tiles woke up happier the day after (those who managed to get some sleep, at least)!

Steffy + Sly | Highlights | Wedding at Palácio Marquês da Fronteira in Lisbon, Portugal from Happy Together on Vimeo.

Wedding Planning & Design: My Fancy Wedding // Decor & Styling: Sofia Nascimento for My Fancy Wedding // Photography: Adriana Morais Fotografia // Venue: Palácio Marquês da Fronteira // Assistant Photographer: Filipa Couto // Wedding Film: Happy Together / Wedding Dress: PRONOVIAS // Hair & Make-Up: Carla d’Oliveira by MUA // Catering: RGN Eventos // Sound & Lightning: Groove Box // Lightning: Tecnisons // Dance Floor: Floor Sensation

 

You know we can’t help ourselves when it comes to a fabulous color palette and Brittany and Brady’s St. Louis wedding celebration definitely delivers one. Katie Saeger Events designed all the makings of a classic wedding—a grand church ceremony at Washington University, fabulous custom paper throughout by On Three Designs and beautiful garden rose florals by The Special Event Florist. We’re loving the bridal party in dusty teal Jenny Yoo gowns and the coordinating silk table runners from Fleuropean. The peaches, blues, teal and blush give just enough color to add interest but are subdued enough to keep things timeless and Clary Pfeiffer captured it all in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We loved getting married at Graham Chapel at Washington University, where I am a Physician Assistant. We wanted an intimate setting for our reception, and the visitor center provided the perfect setting for a lovely evening.

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

I was referred to Fleur de Lis by my wedding planner Katie Saeger. It was such a special experience, because they close the entire store down for your appointment so it is just you, your friends and family. That made it such a special and memorable experience. I had a certain dress in mind and after I tried on numerous styles of that dress, I was almost in tears as I thought I would never find “the one.” Finally, after I tried on the gorgeous dress by Modern Trousseau we all cried and I knew then it was the one.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Our step-brother married us. I had two garters; one was something old and blue which was my grandmother’s, and the second one had batman themes as my husband is a big batman fan. My father and uncle made all of the signs that were used at our wedding prior to Alicia designing them. All of our out of town guests received welcome boxes which included a map designed by Brady. The handkerchief was also the same one my grandma carried on her wedding day.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

It is hard to pick out just one moment. Brady wanted to exchange our own vows. I am a total wreck when it comes to public speaking but I finally agreed to do so. I was so happy to finally exchange our own vows after years and years of being together.  I also will never forget how I felt when I walked into the venue where we were having our reception and saw it all come together. It brought tears to my eyes seeing all of my visions come to life!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Brady and I met as freshmen in high school. We quickly became friends and started dating our junior year. After a a year apart when we left for college, we reconnected after we both transferred to the same college and have been together ever since! On July 4th, my family came into town and we went to a St. Louis Cardinals game. We went out for drinks after the game and he proposed to me there in front of my family.

Planner and Designer: Katie Saeger Events // Photography: Clary Pfeiffer // Florals: The Special Event Florist // Stationery and Calligraphy: On Three Designs // Ceremony Venue: Graham Chapel // Reception Venue: Visitor’s Center // Videography: Kinetic Visuals // Bride’s Gown: Salon Fleur De Lis // Dress Modern Trousseau // Bridesmaids:  Bella Bridesmaid / Jenny Yoo // Earrings Nordstrom // Shoes: Vince Camuto // Groom: Matthew Mason Clothing // Linens: La Tavola // Cake: Made. By Lia // Caterer: Catering St. Louis // DJ + Lighting: CJ’s Disc Jockey Service // Silk Runners: Fleuropean