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The moment Lizzy and Mark set eyes on the forest at the Ritz Carlton, Lake Oconee, they knew it was the one. “The smell of the pine trees with glimmers of the lake sparkling” set the tone while incredible floral displays by Designs by Kent added romance and whimsey. The robust arbor, cascading floral chandelier and textural bouquets are amazing and you can check it all out in these images by Willett Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Our venue, the forest at the Ritz Carlton, Lake Oconee, really set the tone for the whole day!  From the first time we saw it, we knew we had to be married there.  The smell of the pine trees with glimmers of the lake sparkling in the background are just pure bliss!

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

I found it at Kelly’s Closet in Candler Park!  It was the first dress the truly felt myself in.  I knew I had to have it.  The gorgeous intricate but eclectic lace just sealed the deal.  I didn’t know if I was going to wear the off the shoulder straps for the wedding, but I’m so glad I did, I feel like they really help make the dress.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Our vendors really went above and beyond to make us feel special and comfortable the whole day.  Everything from the dreamy setting, to the beautiful lounge furniture and seating arrangement, the artist painting under the pine trees, along with some great music and the people we love the most in the world truly made it unforgettable.  Oh, and a late night snack was pretty amazing after dancing the night away!

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

Watching everyone enjoy themselves. Mother Nature really showed off and let everyone truly enjoy the gorgeous surroundings.

 

Photography: Willett Photography // Floral Design: Designs by Kent // Paper Goods: Paces Paper // Ceremony + Reception Venue + Catering: The Ritz Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee // Hair & Makeup: Scoobie West & Company // Wedding Gown Designer: Rue De Seine // Wedding Gown Boutique: Kelly’s Closet // Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Ring Box: Anthropologie // Groom’s Attire: Perry Ellis // Rentals: Crush Event Rentals

 

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No matter how you feel about snow, we think you’ll agree that Alex and Parker’s Telluride nuptials will inspire winter wedding goals. Our own GLW Collective member Jenna Elliott with One Eleven Photography was there to capture every perfect moment of this GORGEOUS snowy wedding. From the outdoor deck where they said their vows, Gorrono Ranch provided an amazing view of white-capped mountains as a backdrop. The simple elegance of white florals and greenery designed by Garden Store is the perfect pairing with this rustic mountain location, and planner Wendy Jacobs Hampton helped to bring all the pretty details together.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The location. My family has been vacationing in Telluride since my mom was a child. It’s a family tradition. Every year my entire family (cousins/aunt/grandmother) would rent a home there and spend a week skiing and just enjoying Telluride’s adventures and beauty. Parker started joining us on these trips several years into our relationship and loves it now too. It’s a truly magical place. We felt so blessed that we could get married there, and share such a meaningful and special place with the most important people in our  lives. Multiple guests already booked return trips for March of next year because they loved it so much!

  

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

I’ve always loved Monique Lhuillier. I think all of her bridal designs are perfection. I tried on about six of her dresses in total, and narrowed it down to two. I had my mom with me the first time, and then had my dad, best friend, brother and aunt with me the second time to help me decide. I never thought I would pick such a princess dress, but the embroidered beaded lace bodice, coupled with the textured organza skirt just felt perfect against a snowy winter backdrop. I also thought, “when else am I ever going to get to be this glam!?”

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Parker and I love our French Bulldog, Frankie, like a human child. We flew her with us and made her our flower girl. She walked down the aisle with a beautiful floral wreath around her neck. Everyone stood for her and ooh’d and ahhh’d like she was the bride! Another surprise for guests was the transportation they had to take to get to our venue. Gorrono Ranch  is located in the middle of a ski run on the mountain. It required guests to get into snowcats (fully tracked trucks with a sleigh attached designed to move on snow) to take them up to the venue. It was quite a sight! We had large faux fur throw blankets on the sleigh, and the ride was about ten minutes total through ski runs and lush tree area. On the way back at the end of the night people rode the snowcats down to giant stars and the town lit up in the distance. It was pretty unique.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Everything about it was memorable! But there are two parts about the day that still stand out to me. The first one was that Parker and his groomsmen skied/snowboarded into the wedding in their tuxes. It was such a shock to all of our guests and the coolest experience. The second still makes me tear up when I think about it. It was the most incredible feeling in the world to have all of our friends and family in the same room with us celebrating our love. I don’t know if there will ever be another occasion in life that brings the people most important to us together again all in one room like our wedding. I’ll cherish the love we felt and received from everyone else on that day forever.

   

 

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We’re high school sweethearts! We started dating junior year of high school and have been together ever since. Our engagement story is awesome. I love cats, and Parker is highly allergic to them. My running joke was always, “I’m going to have to pick you or my love for cats.” One Saturday I came home and opened our front door and saw a litter box sitting in our hallway. I instantly freaked out and starting screaming out of excitement, “oh my god is there a cat in this house!?” Parker came around the corner with a kitten (Theo) in his arms. I burst into tears. He handed me Theo, got down and one knee, and told me that he loved me and wanted to make me happy in life, so if that meant having severe allergies everyday so that I could have a cat he would do it. It was the kindest gesture, and talk about true love. He had the engagement ring on Theo’s collar. Poor Parker is still currently getting allergy shots on a weekly basis. Hopefully in another six months he’ll have built up an immunity and won’t need to do that anymore!

Parker & Alex – Highlight Film from Amor In Motion on Vimeo.

Photographer: Jenna Elliott One Eleven Photography // Wedding Planner: Wendy Jacobs Hampton // Florals: Garden Store // Stationery: Bella Figura // Venue & Rentals: Gorrono Ranch // Videographer: Amore In Motion // Dress and Shoe Designer: Monique Lhuillier (Beverly Hills) // Bride’s Makeup: Steven Mora // Bride’s Hair: YX Salon // Escort Cards and Paper Goods: The Pampered Paper // Cake: The Butcher & The Baker // Officiant: Jayne Atkinson // Bridemaids’ Gowns: Reformation / Joanna August / Azazie // Bridesmaids’ Faux Fur Shawl: Milanoo // Veil & Shoes: Monique Lhuillier // Jewelry: L J Marks Jeweler // Groom’s Attire: Custom Tux Brandon Williams // Groom’s Shoes: Del Toro, Barneys // Groomsmen Tuxes: Menguin // Engagement Ring: Custom by Philip Press // Wedding Bands: Both Custom XIV Karats LTD // String Quartet Ceremony Music: Telluride String Trio // Reception Music: DJ Soul Atomic // Catering: Allred’s // Lighting: Lighting Design and Production Telluride // Transportation: Telluride Express

Savannah and Nick chose the cozy, elegance of Mount Hope Farm for their wedding venue and it was the bride’s mother—a 20-year-wedding-industry-veteran—who handled the rest. The rich autumnal tones of the day are exquisite and highlighted by romantic blooms and decor by Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design. This one is perfectly inspiring for the season and we’re thrilled to share the stunning images by Erin McGinn.

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From the bride, Savannah: After dating for seven years Nick and I immediately knew we wanted our wedding day to reflect us as a couple, while allowing us to celebrate with those that are nearest and dearest to us. We’re from Rhode Island and Boston respectively, but currently live in Colorado, so planning from afar was not without its challenges. Thankfully my mom has worked in the wedding industry for over 20 years and put together an all star cast of vendors for us. Through the planning never once did we worry about the day being anything sort of spectacular.

From the moment we visited we knew Mount Hope Farm was the perfect setting for us. The property is intimate, cozy, and elegant at the same time, and we loved that our wedding party was able to stay on site, to maximize the time we all had together. We held the ceremony at the church I grew up in, a place which holds incredible significance to my family, and to Nick and I.

Nick and I are both huge “foodies,” but being pescatarian, we challenged ourselves to come up with a menu that would stay true to who we are, but also be delicious for our guests. Russell Morin Fine Catering absolutely delivered, from the incredible spread of passed hors d’oeuvres, to a family style meal of roasted salmon and butternut squash ravioli for dinner, complete with fresh mini donuts for the end of the night.

After dinner we had my grandparents open the dance floor, a great way to honor their 65+ years of marriage, and their tradition of always owning the dance floor!

What made the wedding special and unique?

Because my parents owned a catering business and my mom has worked in the industry for over 30 years, many of our vendors were family friends that they have worked with for decades. It made me so proud to see the reputation my parents had built in the industry, and how our wedding was a true labor of love for these vendors. So many of them went above and beyond to make sure our wedding was special not just for my husband and I, but our whole family.

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

I was very nervous about wedding dress shopping, because I had high expectations, but still wanted to stay within my budget. But, I was so lucky to have found Blue Bridal in Denver on the one day my mom and sister where in town visiting, and I couldn’t have been happier with the experience and my dress. Before shopping I swore I wouldn’t wear a ballgown, but after trying a few on I realized how beautiful I felt in that style. Your wedding is the only day in your life you can get away with a dress like that, and I wanted to take advantage of that! The wonderfully patient women at Blue Bridal helped me find “the dress” that made me feel like the bride I always dreamed I would be. Their suggestion of adding a bolero lace top for our church ceremony made me feel like I had two gorgeous dresses in one, and they were even able to make a custom bow that I added to the back of the dress for the reception. Wearing my mom’s veil that her sister had made on my parents’ wedding day completed the look and reminded me of all the years of loving marriages that came before us. Finding out how beautifully my skirt spun on the dance floor didn’t hurt either!

Photography: Erin McGinn // Florist: Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design // Invitations/Paper Design: M Rock Creative // Venue: Mount Hope Farm // Dress Designer: La Sposa // Dress Boutique: Blue Bridal Boutique, Denver // Hair and Makeup: Wavelengths Salon and Spa // Shoes: Sam Edelman // Earrings: J Crew // Lighting: Exquisite Events // Décor: Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design // Transportation: Viking Tours of Newport // Catering and Cake: Russell Morin Catering and Events // Rentals: Peak Event Services // Music: DJ Bells

 

Leigh and Nick knew they wanted to get married somewhere unique in Dripping Springs, Texas, and Prospect House checked all their boxes. They also included tons of personal details including having a close friend design all the paper goods, Leigh’s cousin giving a “toast and blessing,” and her stepsister officiating the ceremony. Getting married right after Thanksgiving, they didn’t necessarily want the wedding to be Christmasy but they decided to include a few touches, such as the mistletoe on the dinner plates. Wild Sky Events captured the spirit of this fun couple in the planning and design of their wedding, and these gorgeous pics snapped by Lisa Woods Photography are certain to inspire more brides to embrace the idea of a holiday wedding!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We knew wanted to get married in Dripping Springs. Ages before we got engaged I went to lunch with an old friend who let me know she had opened a wedding venue out in Dripping off Fitzhugh Rd. The next time we drove out to his parents’ house I asked if we could go see the venue. At the time it was under construction, and we weren’t even engaged yet. I immediately fell in love with Prospect House because it’s so beautiful and unique but also the personal connection we had that our friends owned it and it is just a couple miles down the road from his parents’ house. I cannot imagine getting married anywhere else.

 

Rebecca, one of my best friends, created the drawings and all the invitations, stationery, menus, programs, and a special map for the room drops. Everyone thought I paid gazillions of dollars to hire a calligrapher. She did such an amazing job.

At the rehearsal dinner we created a “how well do you know the bride and groom” word find that was a big hit and a lot of fun. It was super intimate and that’s where we had all the speeches. We didn’t do any speeches at the wedding but my dad gave a toast. I liked only doing speeches at the rehearsal, much more personal.

At the rehearsal dinner my father-in-law even performed “Going to the Chapel of Love” but they changed the words to “going to the prospect house.” Everyone had a copy of the lyrics and they surprised us! My father-in-law is also a BIG beer brewer and created an amazing beer for us, we still have the tap. We called it “Sam’s Very Special Beer for Very Special People”

My stepsister married us, and did such an amazing job creating a ceremony that represented us. It wasn’t corny but super personal, hilarious, and gave everyone a glimpse into who we are as a couple. It was one of the best moments of my year telling my stepmother that I was going to ask her daughter to marry us. She was so touched and it was such a special way to bring so many families together. I’ve had several people ask me, “who was the person who married you and can I have her information?” because they want her to marry them!

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

I bought it at Houston Bridal Gallery; it’s Essence of Australia. I wanted something to match the antique family heirloom veil I wore as my “something old.” I was determined to spend as little as possible on the dress, but I ended up splurging (a little). My best friend took me shopping with my mom and a couple other friends. She couldn’t be there on my wedding day (she had a baby the following day) so it was so special she was there to pick out the dress with me. After patiently letting me go to the discount places, I said I’d be okay with 5-6 of them. She insisted we go to one more place and try on just one more dress and that was the one!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

  • My cousin (who I’ve always been super close to) always said the blessing growing up. We’re not religious, but she wrote us a special “toast and blessings” for the wedding that was so special. She’s a great artist and wrote it down for us to frame. One of my favorite keepsakes from the wedding.
  • I loved our guest “poster.” Even though we didn’t get married outside where we wanted it was a great way to really remember and picture everyone being there.
  • We had a friend who is a great bartender make a special signature cocktail that was delicious!
  • We got married the week right after Thanksgiving. I didn’t want it to be “Christmas” but we added a few fun touches. My favorite was the mistletoe sprig on all the plates!
  • I loved the little wine decanters we used on the bottles, we gave them away as favors to a few special people.
  • Surprise First Look: I was devastated because it rained and that meant we had to do a “first look.” I had wanted it to be old-fashioned. But we had to, so instead we did a “surprise” first look. Nick didn’t know but I did. I came up behind him and poked him. I wanted him to have some awesome reaction for pictures, but I think he was just so stunned he didn’t know how to react. The pictures turned out so-so of the moment itself, but I’ll never forget how hard my heart was beating! It was even better to do it that way because I still got my “surprise” and it calmed our nerves to see each other beforehand. We got some great photos too!
  • My girlfriends and I rented an awesome house in Zilker Park to get ready, and had a bridal luncheon there that Friday. It was such a great way to get everyone together, almost like a second bachelorette party. It was the hub for the weekend and everyone stayed there. So much more personal than a hotel.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

When I went to put Nick’s ring on, and saw that he was wearing the watch I had bought him as a wedding gift. I wasn’t sure he had opened it, and I was terrified it wouldn’t fit. It was such a special surprise to see him wearing it in that moment.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We worked together at a software company. I was in sales and he was my account manager. I always thought he was handsome, and had so much respect for him and trusted him. Since we worked together I kind of just didn’t look at him that way. We started hanging out more and more, going to lunch and so on. Then one really rough day we went for drinks after work and he basically moved in the next day. He proposed on a trip to NYC to visit my sister for Thanksgiving. We had been walking all day and he insisted we walk all the way from SOHO to the Hudson River because “he felt claustrophobic.” I was honestly kind of annoyed because we had walked 13 miles that day, but I didn’t make a fuss. Thank God I didn’t! When we got to the water, he asked if we could sit, which didn’t even seem funny to me because we were so exhausted. Then he popped the question. He was so nervous he was holding the ring so tight and I had to pry it out of his hands!

 

Leigh & Nick from MoonLit Weddings on Vimeo.

Planning and Design: Wild Sky Events // Photography: Lisa Woods Photography // Invitations and Day of Stationery Rebecca Ewing //  Florals: Exquisite Petals // Venue: Prospect House // Gown: Essence of Australia // Salon: Houston Bridal Gallery // // Makeup: Lavish Beauty // Cake: Sweet Treats Bakery // Catering: Royal Fig Catering // Videography: Moonlit Weddings // Ceremony Music: Terra Vista Strings // DJ: DJ Gatsby

 

Emily and Greg’s charming wedding in Charleston was exactly what they wanted: small, intimate, simple, and meaningful. They included their late fathers in the event by way of a touching display of candles and making them a part of the ceremony. Their vision for the day was also reflected in the gorgeous floral design by Ooh Events and the elegant black and white paper goods by The Lettered Lilly. The venue,  Cannon Green offered the simplicity and beauty this lovely couple was looking for, and Cheyenne Schultz expertly captured every special moment.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?  

They honored both of their late fathers through a display of two candles on a pedestal and words from their officiant during the ceremony. Greg also carried his dad’s wedding ring that was engraved with he and his mom’s wedding date.

What made the wedding special and unique? 

Emily and Greg’s Charleston wedding at Cannon Green took place on the most beautiful 80 degree day in February! It was small and intimate with just close friends and family. The venue was beautiful as is, so there was no need to overdo it. Their wedding was all about Emily and Greg doing things just how they wanted to do them: simple and meaningful.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

As Emily approached the first look location to meet Greg on the character ridden streets of downtown Charleston, she excitedly said, “I see him!” Their first look was such a quiet, sweet and special moment for the two of them.

How did you meet/get engaged?

Emily and Greg met at The Boat and Ski Club in 2004. Emily was a waitress and Greg was having dinner with friends after a fun day on the lake. After they both went their separate ways after years of off and on dating they met again at a bar in their hometown of Salisbury. It was so out of the blue but when they reconnected they both knew they had found exactly what they wanted!

Greg had planned an awesome weekend away in Aiken, South Carolina. They were in the process of moving to South Carolina at the time and Emily was visiting him in different parts of the state every other weekend while he was on call for work. He booked the sweetest airbnb, a tiny house on a farm, complete with chickens, horses, homemade honey, and a slobbery blood hound. Greg proposed on Saturday morning in the tiny house as they were about to explore a tiny little town they had ever been to.  

Photography: Cheyenne Schultz // Florist: Ooh Events // Invitations and Paper Goods: The Lettered Lilly // Venue: Cannon Green // Calligraphy: Leen Machine Calligraphy // Hair: Justin, Swish Salon // Makeup: Charlotte Yeager // Dress Designer: Anna Maier Couture // Dress and Veil purchased at: Nitsas apparel Winston Salem // Greg’s Suit:  Bruce Julian Clothier // Ceremony Musicians: Classical Charleston // Officiant: Kristen Barner