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Katie’s wedding vision was gathering all the people she and Mike love in one spot with the beach in the background. She achieved just that (and a whole lot of white roses!) at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island. With the help of planner Ooh! Events, the couple enhanced the scenic backdrop of their celebration with striking floral structures and greenery by Out of the Garden and elegant details at the white tent reception. Photographer Perry Vaile was on hand to capture all the retrained beauty of the day in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

From the bride: I had always wanted a beach wedding. I love the ocean. My vision was to have all of the people we love in one spot, with the beach/ocean in the background and have it feel like a special getaway weekend where we celebrated not only our love for each other, but all of our friends and family who had helped us get to that point in our lives. I also wanted it to feel simple yet elegant while not being too stuffy. I wanted mostly greens/creams with some blush.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Our light and airy color palette was very “us” and fit the venue and time of year beautifully. Because Charleston is so hot in the summer, we knew we could still go with a light palette even though it was technically fall. As I mentioned above, I always wanted a beach wedding. In searching for a venue I was shocked by how many hotels up and down the east coast didn’t have great venue space that incorporated the beach/ocean but weren’t actually “on” the beach. After visiting what felt like dozens of venues one of my very best friends (the gentleman that ended up walking me down the aisle) recommended I visit the Sanctuary. His cousin had been married there the year before. He sent me the link to the article/post done on her wedding and I immediately fell in love. It was exactly what I had envisioned in my mind for a venue. My mom and I traveled to The Sanctuary the following week for a day trip and decided on the spot it’s where we wanted to get married! The fact that The Sanctuary is outside Charleston was a huge bonus. Most of our guests would be coming from DC and there are tons of direct flights from CHS-DCA every day. Plus Mike and I LOVE low country food so the restaurant/food scene was perfect! The icing on the cake was The Sanctuary introducing us to Jerri at Ooh Events. I wouldn’t have wanted to plan my wedding with anyone else!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Being surrounded by some of our favorite people in the world and having our first dance as husband and wife. Also, seeing Mike’s face as he saw me for the first time. It was a moment I will never forget!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We were friends and colleagues for about a year and realized we kept working on things together and were almost always aligned on how we’d want to approach something and/or what outcome we thought was best for the organization. I think working together before we started dating was really nice because we already knew so much about each other.

Katie & Mike from byDesign Films on Vimeo.

Planning, Design, Coordination and Rentals: Jerri Heater of Ooh! Events // Photographer: Perry Vaile // Florist: Out of the Garden // Venue + Catering: The Sanctuary Hotel // Hair + Makeup: Paper Dolls // Tabletop Rentals: Polished Tabletop // Band: ATL Groove Factory // Ceremony + Cocktail Entertainment: Charleston Virtuosi // After party entertainment: DJ Illumination // Videographer: ByDesign Films // Tent: Snyder Event Rentals // Officiant: Doug Farmer

 

 

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Bright, natural, elegant and effortless—these are the words Carolina and Ethan gravitated to in early discussions of what they wanted their wedding to feel like. The couple enlisted Michel B. Events to create a day at Ojai Valley Inn filled with mixed wood textures, greens, linens and warm metals like copper and rose gold. The vibrant reception florals by Rockrose were inspired by the bride’s childhood home in Santiago, Chile and a fun, illustrated invitation suite by Nooney Art and La Happy Design set the joyful tone. Michelle Beller was behind the lens, all over the grounds of the venue, capturing the lovely couple and their fresh, romantic wedding day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

When we talked about what we wanted our wedding to feel like, we gravitated toward words like bright, natural, elegant and effortless. We wanted the wedding to feel like it represented us. And having been to many weddings as guests, we both knew what we didn’t like – anything opulent or stuffy was definitely out. That’s how we arrived at the mix of wood, greens, linens and warm metals like copper and rose gold. Lighting was also key. We wanted to achieve a warm and cozy glow for Friday’s event, and a brighter, though still soft and romantic feeling for Saturday.

The colors were inspired by the bride’s childhood home in Santiago, Chile. Nine months before the wedding, we walked through her father’s beautiful garden and picked flowers, trying different combinations. What became clear was that we preferred the vibrancy of a Spanish garden to the pastels that are widely used.

To have so many friends and family coming together, many from long distances, we wanted our guests to feel that each space was inviting and comfortable. We wanted people to be able to sit and talk and feel at home, hence the sofas on both Friday and Saturday nights.

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

My dress Saturday was Inbal Dror. I wore Saint Laurent shoes and a pair of vintage rose gold and diamond drop earrings.

Deciding on the flower girl dresses was actually one of the hardest decisions we had to make! We knew we wanted something classic and simple. After searching for months, we finally settled on these cute seersucker dresses.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

We wanted our ceremony to be as intimate, authentic and personal as possible. To that end, we wrote our own vows, chose meaningful readings, and invited our mothers to light a candle symbolizing the union of our families. The officiant was Ethan’s best friend, who also lives in Los Angeles.

Our favorite part of the day was the ceremony. Standing under the majestic oak tree, surrounded by friends and family, promising to love each other for the rest of our lives – that was truly magical. A close second would be our first dance. The band played a gorgeous version of Colin Hay’s “Waiting for My Real Life to Begin,” and all the practice we’d put in paid off. We nailed it!

Also, Marilyn Stillman, aka “Nanny,” the groom’s 93-year-old grandmother, flew across the country from Boston, and Ethan walked with her down the aisle. This was one of the most special moments of the whole weekend.

Tell us how you met and became engaged?

Both of us had been waiting for the right person to come into our lives, and when we met, we instantly knew that this was unlike anything we had experienced before. It was also the perfect moment; Carolina was consulting at a non-profit in downtown Los Angeles and Ethan was writing a pilot for ABC, which means we had the time and energy to prioritize and really get to know each other. Within a few weeks, we knew that this relationship could last the rest of our lives. And two happy years later, having fallen in love with each other and each other’s families, Ethan proposed under a gorgeous, red sunset in magical Sedona, Arizona.

Planning & Design: Michel B. Events // Photo: Michelle Beller // Floral: Rockrose // Stationery & Calligraphy: La Happy Design // Invitations: Nooney Art // Venue: Ojai Valley Inn // Video: Lovespun // Band: West Coast Music BH // Cocktail Musician: Anthony Ybarra // Ceremony Music: Angelica Strings // Linens: La Tavola Linens // Silks: Stella & Wolfe // Rentals: Elan Event Rentals / Casa de Perrin / The Ark / Found Rentals / Lounge Appeal // Hair: Sheila Raye Stone // Lighting & Drape: Spark Creative // Ice Bar: Ice Bulb // Favors: Staffords Chocolates // DJ: RedShoe LA // Rentals & Drape: Rrivre Works // Lighting: Images by Lightinghttp://imagesbylighting.com/ // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Molly and Bryan’s wedding at Millwick in downtown Los Angeles was super-personalized celebration with industrial-tropical flair. The venue provided and cool, relaxed visual foundation and the couple enlisted Tealight Weddings & Events to help them add in the rest of their details. Punchy red, white and green florals were by Wild Vase while special details like the chuppah made by the bride’s mother and the custom movie dance scene reel playing on the big screen behind the dance floor add Molly and Bryan’s own touch. Behind the lens, Jenny Smith & Co. was working he magic and we love how her images truly capture all the joy and rad details.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was my mother’s wish to create a chuppah that all 4 of her daughters would be married under and with each subsequent wedding she has embroidered the names and the date onto the cloth. My oldest sister married us, under the same chuppah she was married under. A nice bonus was that our wedding day was actually my parent’s 37th wedding anniversary, which made it even more special.

What were some of the touches added to make the wedding personal?

We have so many talented friends and family members that we turned to them to help us personalize our day. My oldest sister wrote and officiated the ceremony. One friend designed our invitation suite. Another did our flowers. Another drew little vignettes for our program, as well as the backdrop that we projected onto the screen during dinner. Traditionally, Jewish weddings have seven blessings – and instead of reciting them in Hebrew, we asked seven of our closest friends to offer a short blessing. It had the potential to be all over the place, but it was the perfect mix of humor, sincerity, and so much love. And to add the final personal touch, led by my mother, many of our family and friends baked a batch of their favorite cookies to make an incredible cookie table spread for dessert.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The dance party! Leading up to the wedding we spent hours combing through of all of our favorite dance scenes from movies and music videos, and we patched them together into a video that played up on the huge screen while everyone danced throughout the night.

Tell us how you met and became engaged

We met a restaurant where we both worked – I was the manager, Bryan was the bread baker. He continued to ask me out for months, and I continued to politely decline. Finally his charm won me over, and we went on our first date. I realized pretty quickly that I should had said yes a long time ago. He proposed while we were doing laundry, at home, in pajamas, on a Saturday night.

Photography: Jenny Smith & Co. // Planning: Tealight Weddings & Events // Florals: Wild Vase // Invitations: Francesca Greggs // Venue: Millwick // Dress: Jenny Yoo Collection // Programs/Menus: Lexie Smith // Hair: Spoke & Weal – Jennifer Potter // Makeup: Joelle Pitts // DJ: Dart DJ // Photo Booth: Jenny Smith & Co. // Rentals: A Rental Connection // Catering: Olive Wood Pizza // Bar: Mama’s Medicine

 

Lucia and Vincenzo wed at Villa Parravicino Sossnovsky located within the ancient medieval village of Parravicino, Italy. The couple let the grounds of the 16th century villa guide their design choices and enlisted vendors to assist them in creating the “delicate, elegant, slightly retro and decadent atmosphere” they desired. The romantic secret garden vibes are strong and we love the pop of fuchsia garden roses in the florals by Figli dei Fiori. English roses, brass and ground crystals decorated our imperial tables and all the rooms of the villa and Margherita Calati was behind the lens capturing it all.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I think it was the relaxed atmosphere, but elegant and refined in every little details, without ever being pretentious and flashy.

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

The dress was born from the precious collaboration with Silvia Valli, a seamstress who designs and makes dresses in silk and other precious fabrics, different and customized for each bride. Starting from my idea and some ideas taken from the world of haute couture, with her elegance and expert hands, Silvia designed my dress and we have seen it come to life a little at a time. Between an infusion of ginger and a drink, rolls of precious silk duchess, and meters of organza, chatting until late in the evening about books, music and travel, every detail has found its right definition and dress perfect materialized on my body.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We deliberately avoided themes of inspiration for our wedding, choosing instead a delicate, elegant, slightly retro and decadent atmosphere, that all the professionals have grasped, choosing objects, flowers and decorations that made it perfect. English roses, brass and ground crystals decorated our imperial tables and all the rooms of the sixteenth century villa.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The exchange of our vows! In front of the people that we really care about, we have laid bare our hearts, telling the best possible emotions and feelings guarded by so many years in our depths, and promising each other’s love for the future.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met 15 years ago, little more than kids, among the shelves of a bookshop where we worked as clerks. From there we grew up together, reaching and passing through the stages of life hand in hand, until on a very hot August afternoon in the beautiful garden hidden behind the Taj Mahal in India, he knelt in front of me and asked trembling to marry him, giving me the most particular and beautiful ring I’ve ever seen. A raw diamond to crown our story and especially our future together. I only remember the amazement and infinite joy that made my heart literally burst, and a “yes” whispered between tears of joy.

 Photographer: Margherita Calati // Second photographer: Carlo Vittorio // Flower design: Figli dei Fiori // Venue: Villa Parravicino Sossnovsky // Bridal gown: Silvia Valli // Bridal shoes: Armani // Groom attire and shoes: Raymondo // Rings and engagement ring: Benzoni Gioielli // Hair style: Yan Cataldo // Makeup: Paola Bianchera // Catering: La Casa dei Sapori // Cocktail: Fresco Cocktail Shopphotographer @margheritacalati_ph // second photographer @carlovittorio_ph // flower design @figlideifioricomo // venue @villa_parravicino_sossnovsky // bridal gown @silviavalli

 

Morgan and Jared are from Georgia and wanted to marry in their own state, but also wanted the joys of a destination affair—one where their guests could “unplug and be present with them” all weekend long. Savannah’s Ford Plantation offered the couple exactly what they were looking for and they enlisted Design Studio South to create the perfect day. Florist A to Zinnias dressed the day in blush-tone bouquets, greenery garland roping off the ceremony and delicate foliage dripping from chandeliers in the tented reception. We love all the timeless, feminine details and the icing on the cake is—literally—the spectacular, four-tier beauty by Vanilla and The Bean. Thankfully, Still 55 Photography was on hand, working their magic and capturing all the moments in these lovely images of Morgan and Jared’s big day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Both being from Georgia, we wanted something within the state we were raised in, but still wanted a destination wedding – one where our guests could completely unplug and be present with us all weekend long. We stumbled upon Ford Plantation and instantly fell in love with its charming yet grand property and knew nothing else would hold a candle to its beauty.

Cocktail hour was enjoyed by the property’s garden and pool, where our friends and family enjoyed the surroundings of Savannah’s Ogeechee River. I was inspired by an elevated and feminine design, and wanted to let the natural beauty of the Ford Plantation shine. Our incredible team led by Design Studio South made it possible; from the stunning reception tent where long tables welcomed everyone and Spanish moss and soft florals hung overhead, to the open-air dance floor where guests spent the evening mingling under the stars. We commissioned Petit Penguin Productions who illustrated a custom crest that incorporated the Ford Plantation’s iconic pillar facade, which we used throughout the wedding day details (invites, menus, signage, etc.), which was so special.

As an independent photographer, investing in a great wedding team (including photo) was a must, and working with Still 55 Photography was an absolute joy. When it came to Jared’s priorities, great music was a non-negotiable. A diehard Phish-head, Jared has attended more than 80 shows and certainly knows his way around the music world – The Maxx Band kept everyone on their feet the entire night.

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

My dress is from Amsale and I found it in New York with my girlfriends while Jared was away at a friend’s bachelor party. I wanted to have the “New York bridal experience,” since Jared had been a resident there for over 13 years. It was a dream to shop at Amsale New York– it sits a few stories up overlooking Madison Avenue, and as you arrive, you are greeted with champagne as you begin looking through dresses that have been worn by the models for NY Bridal Fashion Week. You feel so special and attended to while in the salon, and I instantly fell in love with the classic simplicity of the brand. The dress I wore was initially overlooked–I almost didn’t try it on at all, but decided to last minute and loved that it was both a classic style with a modern twist with boning in the bodice and floral lace. I had a piece of my Amsale dress sewn onto Jared’s pocket square, as well.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Our wedding was a true culmination of a long-time love affair. We first met while in high school, but spent apart until finally reconnecting one summer in Georgia. At that time, Jared wrote me a love letter in response to news I was seeing someone and was no longer ‘on the market.’ Jared said “if you and I were ever meant to be, then the laws of nature will see to it that it is so.” Two years later, I responded with my love letter, once I realized that he was the man that I was meant to spend my life with. On the morning of our wedding, Jared unwrapped a framed gift; I had the exact letters reproduced in a calligraphed version as a sweet keepsake. We had the inside of my engagement ring engraved to read “the laws of nature have made it so”.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

  • A vintage 1930 Model A Ford getaway car – Jared loves cars of all kinds, and I thought it was only fitting to find an old Ford to ride away in at the Ford Plantation. My wedding planner helped me track down the car and Jared’s parents helped to make it happen. We kept it a surprise from Jared until after the wedding ceremony.
  • The locket around Morgan’s bouquet is a pocket watch from the 1920’s – an heirloom on her father’s side that she wanted to incorporate as her “something old”
  • I had a first look with both my stepfather and biological father, both of whom walked me down the aisle to the ceremony

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Jared and I traveled to Nova Scotia last summer for a golf retreat that Jared participated in with Golf Rater, which is a part of Golfweek. I tagged along to take in the beautiful sites. We stayed in Cape Breton for the week, and Jared proposed on our first day there! I was not expecting the proposal during this trip, and especially not on our first night there. I ended up messing his proposal plans up because I took us off course and got us lost on the way to the hotel room. Instead of the sunset hike and dinner he had planned, Jared pulled off at sunset to a small pier and got down on one knee. We finished off the night with champagne and strawberries in our hotel room. It was perfect!

Photography: Still 55 Photography // Planner: Design Studio South // Florist: A to Zinnias // Invitations: Petit Penguin Productions // Venue: Ford Plantation // Bridal Gown: Amsale // Bakery: Vanilla and The Bean // HM: Amazing You Bridal // Rentals: Ooh! Events / Amazing Event Rentals // Videography: Savannah Wedding Films // Band: The Maxx Band // Grooms Tux: The Black Tux // PR: In Good Company PR