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Natacha and Fábio were married privately in Cuba the year prior to their stunning wedding celebration in Portugal.  Their venue, Aqueduto Eventos, a one-stop-shop responsible for the stationery, cake, decoration, florals and catering; set the tone with moody lighting, and modern, textural romance. We’re loving the way the live trees look against the graphic, contemporary architecture. Gilded details add hints of glam while Natacha stuns in a Pronovias. Check out all the details of the couple’s big day in these photographs by João Almeida Fotografia.

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Natacha & Fábio | Elegant wedding in Porto from Vanessa & Ivo on Vimeo.

Video: Vanessa & Ivo // Photography: João Almeida Fotografia // Venue, Stationery, Cake, Decoration, Flowers and Catering: Aqueduto Eventos // Dress: Pronovias // Suit: Prassa // DJ: Nuno Rodrigues

 

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Sylvia and Josh let The Grass Room, a neglected-industrial-property-turned-lush-hip-venue in downtown L.A., determine the overall feel of their event. The property was under construction when they put down their deposit, but they knew it was going to me the perfect spot for the couple to celebrate their marriage. They said their vows under the high greenhouse ceilings and dined at family-style tables surrounded by hand-painted wall murals. Our friends atCCL Weddings designed and planned the day, whimsical invitations were byRed Letter Day, white florals by Milieu Florals and wedding cake by Merely Sweets and Valentina Glidden was on hand to capture it all in beautiful images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I think our venue was really one-of-a-kind. We actually took a risk and reserved the date when the venue was still under construction. We knew of Marvimon and after hearing about the design plans from the designer himself, we knew we couldn’t go wrong with reserving the space. When we finally saw the finished venue, we were floored! The architecture and the design aesthetics were beautiful. Very hip and trendy. We especially loved the idea of the high ceiling greenhouse giving an outdoor vibe, allowing natural sunlight to enter. We loved that it was different.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

In regards to design, we wanted our wedding invitations to have a personal touch. Being an animal-loving vet student, I wanted to incorporate our dogs and the artwork turned out perfectly. We ended up using them for our backdrop for the reception as well.

The bar menu was also pretty reflective of us as a couple. We both enjoy a good whiskey and I’m a sucker for lavender and berries.

The ceremony was very personal for us, because Josh’s brother was the one to marry us. He was our officiant as well as one of Josh’s best men. It was so special to have a family member join us in marriage and we couldn’t have asked for anyone better.

 

What was the most memorable part of the day?

We both agree that the most memorable part of our day was during the ceremony. When we stood up there facing each other holding hands with huge smiles on our faces, it was a wonderfully pleasant and personal moment for us. We persevered through a lot of personal things leading up to the wedding and when we realized it was really happening, we just soaked it in together. That memory is still fresh in our minds.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We were babies when we met! Josh and I met 10 years ago in August 2009 during a joint church retreat. We kept in touch and gradually started dating and a long-distance relationship has always been our thing (he lived in San Diego, I was going to school in Davis). We began to share our dreams and hopes in life and we have always dreamed of traveling the world together. He knew that Greece was always number one on my list. So Josh planned a trip to “Florida” for us, sharing a detailed itinerary of our trip to throw me off. On our car ride to the airport, he handed me euros and said, “We’re actually going to Greece!” I was instantly in tears. He took me to my dream vacation and then asked me to marry him.

Photographer: Valentina Glidden // Planner and design: CCL Weddings // Florist: Milieu Florals // Paper Goods: Red Letter Day // Venue: The Grass Room // Cake: Merely Sweets // Wedding Gown: Atelier by Dawn // Bar: Bear and Stone // Catering: Hungry Bear // Valet: White Label Valet // Hair &Makeup: Jenn Wang // Rentals: La Pinata // DJ: VOX DJs Andy Rossi // Photobooth: VOX DJs Cinthya Garate // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Megan and Nick, both financial advisors, met her first day on the job and Megan knew instantly that she’d marry Nick someday. “It only took eight months of sitting next to each other and some begging for Nick to agree to date me,” for destiny to take it’s course! The couple celebrated their nuptials int he Malawi Event Center at Toledo Zoo with especially memorable appearances by safari animals including the giraffe that snacked on 70 pounds of lettuce fed to him by the guests. Classic details complimented the avante garde reception location including stunning white florals  by Bartz Viviano Bartz, stationery by Fiddle Stix and a gorgeous Yolan Cris gown. Jenna Nicole Photography  was on hand to capture all the details (and giraffes!) in these lovely photographs.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

There were a few things that made the wedding special, and ironically, most of them happened by no planning of our own. When we got engaged in April, Nick and I agreed we wanted a fall wedding and did not want to wait until the following year to get married. With this quick timeline, our options were very limited. Luckily, as we searched for reception venues, the Toledo Zoo was building a brand new reception hall in the middle of their African Safari exhibit. Because it did not exist yet, very few people knew about it or looked to reserve it so we easily booked it! The Zoo really made the night memorable with the true stars making their debut during the cocktail hour. Every guest was able to feed the giraffes (70 lbs of lettuce total!) which was a huge hit with everyone. There are more pictures of them than there are of us!

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

The process of finding the dress did not go how I was hoping. I really wanted an A line dress, long sleeves and no beading but when I tried those on, I looked more like a flower girl than a bride. I also had a lot of people with me who all had a different vision of what they imagined I would look like on my wedding day. I was very overwhelmed and no closer to finding “the one”. A few weeks later, I was going to Columbus for a work conference. I knew I was behind on finding a dress, so I called B Loved Bridal (found on my friend’s blog, Bray’s Way) and the owner, Lesley, immediately made an appointment for me. I felt horrible not having my mom or sisters with me but even with the last minute decision, one of my best friends, Mady, joined me. Lesley was AMAZING and locked the doors of the boutique so we could go to town trying on a bunch of gowns. I tried on the Yolan Cris Olivia dress but made customized adjustments so that it could have long sleeves and be in the color I loved. I was nervous because it felt like I was reinventing the wheel, but Lesley was confident that it would work out perfectly and it did! Oh, and I never made it to the work conference…oops.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Our presider, Father Allen Zobler, made everyone of all faiths feel comfortable. The joy he brought to our ceremony made me never want it to end. The music at the ceremony, done by friends of my family, Nick and Elena De La Torre from the band, Of the Tower, were outstanding. Their talent brings me to tears! Other personal touches were two surprises that Nick and I had for each other at the reception. Nick surprised me with a wine fountain full of Riesling…. I love Riesling! And I surprised him with a smore’s bar.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The ceremony was by far the most memorable part of the day. I put much more time and attention on the ceremony than the reception. I didn’t even attend the cake tastings — thanks Nick and my mom! My dad’s welcome speech was also something I will never forget. Let’s just say he crushed it. Ultimately, having our family and friends gathered in one place celebrating our marriage was our biggest takeaway.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Nick and I met at work. We are both financial advisors and run our practices at the same firm, Savage & Associates. The day I started at Savage, June 1, 2015, I knew we would get married. It only took eight months of sitting next to each other and some begging for Nick to agree to date me. But hey, it all worked out!

Photography: Jenna Nicole Photography // Florist: Bartz Viviano Bartz // Stationery: Fiddle Stix // Reception Venue & Caterer: Toledo Zoo, Malawi Event Center // Ceremony Venue: St. Joan of Arc Church // Wedding Gown Boutique: B.Loved Bridal Boutique // Wedding Gown Designer: Yolan Cris // Makeup: Makeup by Amy Lewis & Co. // Hair: Emily Myers // Wedding Cake: Jane’s Cakes and Confections // Ring Boxes: The Mrs. Box // Ceremony Musicians: Nick and Elena De La Torre // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Rental Company: Meredith Party Rental // Band: Bluewater Kings Band

 

Susie and Sam had us at custom-neon-light-floral-ceremony-structure. Their celebration at Accelerator Space in Baltimore fit their “personalities to a ‘T’.” Both collect taxidermy and the details planned by Eventi Floral & Events reflected the couple’s “more macabre sense of style.” The encased paper butterflies and ’til death’ neon sign were a way to incorporate those organic, yet modern, elements while still being beautiful and chic. A bold invitation suite by Ruby the Fox introduced the style perfectly and the florals are colorful and abundant and we are all so lucky that Marie Violet Photography was on hand to capture it all in these gorgeous images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Every little detail was well thought out, from the music to the table settings and it fit our personalities to a” T”.

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

The dress is by Made With Love. I visited my friends in St. Louis and this was probably the 5th store I had gone to. I just tried it on and knew that was the one and didn’t look any further.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We both collect taxidermy and have a more macabre sense of style. The encased paper butterflies and til death neon sign were a way to incorporate those organic yet modern elements while still being beautiful and chic.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

Probably the speeches from my Dad and the groomsmen. They were heartfelt and so funny. All our guests were laughing so hard there were tears.  It was so wonderful to have our favorite people to toast to us on our day that traveled near and far to witness and be with us for our wedding day.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met when we were 21 while attending CU Boulder. I was friends with his upstairs neighbor and we met, started dating a few months later and we’ve been together ever since. Sam proposed to me at our friends house in the LA hills.

Susie & Sam || Accelerator Space Wedding from Shutter And Sound Films on Vimeo

Photography: Marie Violet Photography // Wedding Planning & Florals: Eventi Floral & Events // Paper & Invitation Suite: Ruby the Fox // Venue: Accelerator Space, Baltimore Maryland // Dress: Frankie with pockets by Made With Love Bridal / White Dresses in Nashville, TN // Cake & Caterer: Chef’s Expressions // Videography: Shutter & Sound // Hair & Makeup: Behind the Veil Beauty // Photo Assistant: Dami Or Photography // Groom’s ring and Engagement ring: Julio Banez at Artisan LA Jewelry // Bride’s band: Mother in law’s ring // Linens: BBJ Linen // Equipment: Go Events Pro // Equipment Rentals: Select Events Rentals // DJ: DJ Sean

 

Marilyn and Victor wanted a personal celebration—one that was true to who they are as a couple—so they threw a cocktail party for 150 in Paris! With the help of planner and creative director Xenia Motif they celebrated their love with a town hall ceremony followed by a reception at La Cartonnerie, Paris. Light shone down through the glasshouse ceiling of the organic setting and decor included garden roses and lots of greenery by Studio Ohlala. Our favorite details are—hand down—the bride’s Hermione de Paula gown, the traditional French croquemboucheat wedding cake and the views of Paris in the stunning portraits by Sandra Aberg Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

prom the planner: I was really excited to be on board of this project, as everything about this wedding seemed unique to me. I’ve done many classic destination weddings before, but Marilyn and Victor wanted theirs to be very personal and very true to who they are as a couple, what they like, and their connections in life. So throwing a cocktail party for 150 people in Paris sounded like it!

Everything — from the choice of venue, food decision to the bridal gown, — everything was dictated by what the couple liked, not by wedding conventions.

Growing up in 7eme arrondissement, Victor knew that they have to get married in the townhall of that district, especially with it being so close to the Eiffel Tower — Marilyn’s favourite place in the city. And it worked out perfectly!

Following that, the cocktail party was hosted at an old cardboard factory loft in the center of Paris. Decorated with garden roses and lots of greenery, the setting was organic, reminiscent of autumn garden blooms, at the same time giving way to the venue itself to shine properly with its vintage props, glasshouse ceiling and incredible wood.

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

The story of Marilyn’s gown is truly one of a destiny. We were looking at a few different options, and Marilyn wanted an unconventional gown, not white (as white was planned to be worn for their second religious wedding in Swiss Alps). We were looking for something playful, elegant, and a little sexy, and then one day we came upon Hermione de Paula creation. We knew it was THE DRESS right away just by looking at Marilyn — she was radiant! Subtle hand-made floral embroidery, golden accents, playful sheer inclusions — it was just perfect both for morning civil ceremony and for a party at night!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

First of all, it was hosted in Paris — the city of Victor’s birth, and Marilyn’s favourite city to visit.

French and American references were here and there in food and entertainment. Starting with an Oyster bar, the dinner then transitioned into a multi-cultural pass-around menu, with delicious things like southern waffles with corn and avocado, pulled pork buns, Asian dim-sums, and so much more.

Entertainment of choice for the night was an incredible lounge live band, followed by a Vinyl Bar, where guests could select their favourite tune, new or old.

A surprise for the bride was an old French tradition of ‘brioche dance’, where the bride and groom are to sit on the delicious French pastry and all guests shall dance around them.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

I think I will get it right if I say that the whole day was memorable! But one great highlight was the brioche dance mentioned earlier — bride and all guests were utterly amused and had an amazing time dancing around the high bread, before turning to the underground ‘dance cave’ for the actual party!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Marilyn and Victor met one serendipitous night at a pub in Central London and never parted since!

The proposal happened at a small resort town in Swiss Alps (where the couple later hosted their second wedding), when Victor arranged a morning hike in winter with their St. Bernard dog (who Marilyn loves!). Everything was going according to the plan, and Victor knelt down proposing. Marilyn happily says yes and takes the ring, when the dog pulls on her, and the ring gets dropped into the snow!

Planning and creative direction: Xenia Motif // Photography: Sandra Aberg Photography // Flowers: Studio Ohlala // MUAH: Onorina Jomir Beauty // Venue: La Cartonnerie, Paris // Bridal dress (Paris): Hermione de Paula // Catering: Charlotte Puckette // Live Music: Reyko // DJ: Dance Police