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Jennie and Zach celebrated their marriage with a gorgeous wedding day at the historic Bingham House in Texas. The couple sought the help of close friends, and fabulous stylists, at Blooming House Collective, for all their event styling—and, wow, was it ever beautiful! The florals are beyond spectacular, from the signage wreath, to the head pieces to the striking bouquet. And we love the underlying romance in every stunning image captured by Cassie Loree, who happens to be another friend of the couple. How talented are Jennie and Zach’s friends?!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our October wedding celebration was special to us because it was actually a follow up to a more intimate ceremony we had in April. We were able to use our close friends at Blooming House Collective for all our styling, the title theme “I Love You, I Do” came from a song written by a close friend of the brides, Maggie Koerner, photography by another close friend, Cassie Loree Photography. Having it in the evening at the Bingham House set the perfect backdrop for the atmosphere we were trying to accomplish. This really was a celebration for all our friends and family!

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

I first became aware of Berta Bridal through searches on Pinterest, but quickly realized how hard it would be to actually get a dress, let alone just see one in person. The nearest store to try one on was NYC or Boston and that wasn’t happening. In perfect timing, I found out they were doing trunk shows in Texas and I was able to talk myself into an already booked show at Bridal Boutique Lewisville. The dream dress fit in one try. No alterations needed – so I knew for sure it was the one. So they sent off the order to be hand made and I would get it just a few weeks before the actual wedding date – cutting it super close.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

We tried to keep the whole ceremony very personal. First of all it was super low key – less than 100 guests – very close friends and family. Everything from start to finish was done through the same company (BHC) who did our invitations and also our event styling and all calligraphy (pics) . We were married by our friend and church pastor. In one of the sitting areas we were able to use some of my parents old radios that my dad had restored and scattered family photos around. Our 18 month daughter was a flower girl and also made her way up the stairs to join us for the sand pour. And finally for our sand pouring and first dance we had our close friends sing and play rather than a DJ. We also made sure every guest had a personalized name tag (BHC) to go home with.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The entire day was a happy blur (even more than I thought it would be) but there were a few points where we were finally able to slow down for a moment. The first time was our first dance. We had our friend Taylor Phelan sing “All Of Me” by John Legend and that was when Zach and I were finally able to relax and feel everything happening around us. What an incredible day it had been so far! The next time was at the very end. We were picked up by a horse and carriage in front of Bingham house and I think we both had the biggest smiles and tears in our eyes as we were driven off and were able to look back at all of our friends and family who made all of this so special.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in Shreveport while I was recording an album at Blade Studios but it wasn’t until a few weeks later on the back of Dave Matthews tour bus driving to SXSW that we actually talked. Soon after that we moved back to Dallas and had a daughter named Stella. We had talked about getting married, but didn’t get serious about it until he proposed at our Valentine’s Day dinner the next year.

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Jennie and Zach from Flour Mill Media on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Cassie Loree Photography // Styling: Blooming House Collective // Accessory Florals: R Love Floral Designs // Decor Florals: Blooming House Collective // Makeup: Cher Hukill // Hair: Dianne Gomez // Dress: Berta Bridal // Wedding Venue: Bingham House // Cake: Dianne Rodriguez // Entertainment: Taylor Phelan from Season 7 of The Voice

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You guys! This workshop is breathtaking. We are loving the crazy-gorgeous palette of blues that Kruse & Viera Events put together for Natalie Franke & Krista Jone’s Bayside Workshop. That french blue making it’s way trough all of the styling elements is a ticket straight to our hearts. Not to mention the English Garden setting—SO. BEAUTIFUL. Make sure to check out the escort card display—it’s painterly and perfect. In case it’s not obvious yet, we’re smitten with this one and thrilled to be sharing Natalie Franke’s lovely images with you.

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Vendors: Photography: Natalie Franke // Styling: Kruse & Vieira Events // Florals: Intrigue Designs // Invite Suite & Paper Goods & lettering for table: Design House Of Moira // Calligraphy: Poppy & Scooter // Linens: BBJ Linens // Rentals: Select Event Group // Cake: Wildflour Fine Baking Co.// Welcome Basket: Marigold & Grey // Hair & Makeup: Behind The Veil // Gown: Kate McDonald Bridal // Tux: The Black Tux

You know that effortlessly cool girl? She’s both laid-back and elegant at the same time? Yep—that’s definitely Britta, whose wedding to Ty is a total extension of her relaxed, gorgeous vibe. Britta and Ty became engaged in the south of France. So amazing, right?! Naturally, they went with a “french antique” theme which they incorporated into a day filled with meaningful touches. From the head table candlesticks, to the bride’s veil, each wedding detail has a story and Alexandra Steele captured it all.  We love how Alexandra’s film photography adds to that effortless, antique elegance of Britta and Ty’s big day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We wanted to get married in a place that was meaningful and true to us. We couldn’t think of a more perfect place than Ty’s best friend’s parents’ house that he pretty much grew up in. Their Iowa estate was so charming and surrounded by the most beautiful trees and even a pond! We also made sure our wedding was full of personal touches to make it our own. Our “head table” was Ty’s parents’ first dining table after they got married, our head table candlesticks were Ty’s grandmother’s and my veil was Ty’s mother’s – just to name a few. I’m an antique dealer, so it was important to me that we incorporated antique pieces that were a part of our family’s personal collection. I was also lucky that Ty let me pretty much take the reins and plan the entire wedding. It was a labor of love, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. We not only designed our own wedding invitations, but printed and cut every single one! We got great joy from knowing that every touch was hand done and curated by us. Most importantly, we wanted every guest to get a sense of “us” through all the special personal touches.

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

It’s a funny story about the hunt for my wedding dress, actually. I initially wanted a black wedding dress because I didn’t want to look like every other bride. I’d scoured every bridal magazine and wedding dress show, and I just didn’t think a traditional dress it was for me. After telling Ty my vision was for the dress, he politely suggested I get a “fitted ivory” dress. I then realized that you should probably look like the bride on your wedding day. I luckily found Le Soie Bridal and found the perfect dress for our vintage theme.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part was probably me having a Freudian slip during our vows and saying, I promise to “control” you, instead of “console”. That was a good laugh. And of course, the best man speech. Ty has twin older brothers and their speech was priceless. They started by rolling up to the dance floor in a four-wheeler while Thin Lizzy’s song “Jail Break” played. Then they proceeded to “apologize” for all the things they did to Ty growing up. One of them being, tying him to a pole in his underwear and then leaving him. Everyone was falling off their chairs laughing, including us. They then ended their speech with a role play of how Ty and I met (acting as Ty and myself) that was unforgettable. We’ve watched their speech many times since the wedding and it still makes us laugh until it hurts.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Ty and I met while I was managing the vintage furniture store in Santa Monica in 2009. He had Yelped furniture stores and accidentally wandered in not knowing it was a girlie furniture store. He then feigned interest in a bookshelf we had for about two weeks, as it gave him an excuse to come in and see me. When I finally told him I couldn’t hold the shelf anymore, he came in and asked me out. He later admitted buying a bookshelf the evening we met from an office store for $40. We now own that special vintage bookshelf, as it was too meaningful to let go.

We got engaged in the south of France (Aix-en-Provence) after being there for a film festival that Ty was featured in. I had no idea he was planning to propose while we were away, which is strange, because I had even picked out my 1920’s engagement ring about eight months before. After leaving the film festival, (and he won!) we made a plan to spend a few days in a beautiful chateau in Aix. Just before we arrived, we were stopped at a light and two guys on scooter drove up to our car and quickly jumped off and tried to open our back door in an attempt to take our luggage. Thankfully, our doors were locked so nothing was taken – most importantly the ring in Ty’s backpack! Once we got to the Chateau we wandered through the gardens and came across this lavender field and that’s where he proposed. It was absolutely perfect and unexpected. We then decided on a “French Antique” wedding theme to incorporate our engagement into the wedding.

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Ty & Britta from Cashew Productions on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Alexandra Steele Photography // Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events // Ceremony + Reception: Private Residence // Catering: Braise Catering // DJ: Kory Basset (friend of the couple) // Ceremony Musician: Evan Schneider (brother of the bride) // Cake: Jules Bakery // Hotel: Hilton Doubletree // Videography: Cashew Productions // Florist: Julie’s Fountain of Flowers // Hair: Nadia’s Salon & Spa // Officiant: Walker Fletcher (friend of the couple) // Vintage Furniture Rental: Covington & Co. // Rehearsal Dinner: Private Residence // Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss // Groom’s Tie: Burberry // Bride’s Dress: Le Soie Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Alexander Wang // Bride’s Jewelry: Vintage // Invitation Calligraphy: Alexa Lane Arranaga

Leanne and Matt invited their friends and families from all across the country to celebrate their marriage at Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada Ranch. And, as the bride says, it was the “perfect setting to showcase our love and new state.” Booth Photographics captured both California and Leanne and Matt’s big day beautifully. Full of rich colors and rustic elegance, you’re sure to love this one!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding was special, because almost all of our guests were from out of town. My family is from Chicago and for many of them it was their first time to LA and the same goes for Matt’s family who is from New York. This was not only a special time for them to celebrate our marriage, but it was a great opportunity to show them our new home and how beautiful California is. I can’t think of a more perfect setting to showcase our love and new state than the Walnut Grove. The setting was absolutely perfect with the rows of Walnut Trees and the rolling hills in the background, our guests could not stop gushing about how incredible the backdrop was.

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

This is a funny story… my wedding dress was actually the first bridal gown I ever tried on. I knew that I had loved it right away but immediately got nervous. I had never tried on a wedding dress before there’s no way the first one could be the ONE, right? So I spent the entire rest of the day with my closest friends, my mom & Matt’s mom looking for something that I already found. The next day I went back to see the dress (which I knew would be my dress), tried in on and bam came the waterworks. It was too beautiful and too perfect for me to pass up twice.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

Matt and I put a LOT of DIY work into our wedding. Everything from the table numbers to the seating chart and the coffee bean favors had hours of work poured into it. We wanted our guests to feel like we really took the time to make our day feel unique and special. We also created the entire playlist that was played during cocktail hour. When we first met with DART DJ and decided to move forward with them, we had sent them a playlist as a guide for what type of music we want played during our cocktail hour. I had no idea they were going to use the entire playlist and it made me so incredibly happy to hear so many of the songs that mean so much to us as we mingled through the crowd as husband and wife.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

There are two moments that stand out in my mind with a picture perfect memory. Walking down the aisle with Matt as soon as we were pronounced husband and wife, hearing John Mayer’s version of XO in the background, was my first clear memory. Everything else at that moment faded away with the exception of me & my new husband and John Mayer serenading us in the background. Secondly, was right after we got to the end of the aisle our fabulous wedding planner Marisa asked if we wanted to take a minute before the madness. I am so glad that she suggested we take a moment to ourselves because it was such a powerful few minutes together alone. Matt immediately started crying and laughing (and kind of looked like me when we got engaged hah) and all we could do is hug each other and say I’m so happy we just did that.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Matt & I met through a common friend in college. We had known about each other for a while, but it wasn’t until my graduation weekend that we were finally able to meet. We hung out all weekend with our friends and by the end of the weekend, I had told my cousin (and later to be Matron of Honor) that I felt different about Matt and that I had a feeling something amazing was going to happen. She said she could see it too. Although we lived in different states at the time, me in Illinois & Matt in New York, it was only a matter of time before Matt moved to Chicago for school and the rest is history. We got engaged in October of 2013. Matt had just picked me up from a rather stressful day of work (& I mean really stressful) and I could tell that my nerves from the day were starting to get on his nerves, he was definitely acting a little strange when he picked me up. When we got home, I walked into my apartment to a dozen red roses the cutest video montage of our whole relationship and a boyfriend (soon to be fiancé) down on one knee. It was the most simple proposal, but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way, because it was intimate and perfect for us.

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MATT + LEANNE from Andrew James Abajian on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Booth Photographics // Planning and Design: Marisa Nicole Events // Venue: Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada Ranch // Caterer and Rentals: Command Performance Catering // Videographer: Andrew Abajian Creative // DJ: Dart DJ’s // Vintage China: The Vintage Table Co. // Hair and Makeup: Be.NYLA // Doughnuts: The Donut Snob // Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop // Floral Designer: Little Branch // Officiant: Scott Mehl // Transportation: Jump On The School Bus

We are onto day two of sharing my own personal wedding experience. Before we jump into the big day tomorrow, I wanted to share with you my incredibly gorgeous bridal shower thrown by my three amazing sisters, and my bestie Megan Gonzalez of MaeMae & Co. Megan designed TONS of fun paper details for the big day, starting with a custom invite suite:

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The theme that my sisters, Megan, and planner Jocelyn of 1703 Event Studios came up with was “Kissing the single life goodbye!” Appropriately, everything was kiss themed and so much fun!

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Found Vintage Rentals provided a blush pink settee that was the perfect spot for me to open gifts, and Morgie Porgie Puddn Pie made incredibly cute lip shaped cake pops that were such a thoughtful touch!

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My dear friend, Lauryl Lane, did the flowers for the wedding AND our shower! She is such a talent and I was between crying and beaming at how much I loved the flowers! 

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Guests were greeted with peanut butter cup favors with wrapping that read, “Pucker up, Buttercup” on the outside.

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Megan also created a huge seating chart, photo back drop, and a mad libs style card for guests to fill in. This was one of my favorite details!! Guests were asked fill-in-the-blank questions like, “If you want to spice up your evening, I suggest ______________.” It was fun to read the variety of answers, from G to R rated! Guests also included a polaroid snap of themselves in front of the backdrop to go alongside the card. I absolutely LOVE going back over these and reading them. It is such a sweet and personal memento from the day! 

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My sisters got together with my brother-in-law to plan an incredibly thoughtful luncheon full of all my favorite treats. Each element of the food was labeled as salty, sweet, tart, etc… I think my favorite treats were the Lemon Tartlettes with crystallized lavender sprinkled on top. Whoa. 

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ONEHOPE Wine who also provided the sparkling wine for our wedding toast, brought in some bottles of their delish Brut that we used for toasting! 

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 The specialty drinks were dressed up with striped paper straws topped with paper cutouts of hot pink lips made by Bake Me a Party.

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Above, a shot of Megan, and below, my three sisters. These four gals were my Matrons of Honor on the big day!

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Above is the custom backdrop Megan designed, and below is a sweet shot of the table linens from La Tavola Linens. I’m such a sucker for black and white stripes! 

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Below is a shot of my sweet flower girl, Brooklyn! 

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Our darling friends at Fiore Beauty came and created a lip and lash bar for guests! It was so much fun!

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My mom gave an incredibly embarrassing, funny and sentimental speech! I loved it!

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I’m not sure how it happened, but I promise you there was no dress code yet somehow my entire bridal party showed up in hues that matched the theme of the day. 

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Photographer Emily Blake was on hand to capture the day! It was so much fun and I’m so thankful for such an incredibly beautiful and thoughtful day to hold in the memory of my heart!

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You can see more of the details where these images were originally feature on Martha Stewart Weddings!

Stationery and Design: MaeMae & Co. // Event Planning: 1703 Event Studios // Flowers: Lauryl Lane // Photography: Emily Blake // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // Cake Pops: Morgie Porgie Puddn Pie // Sparkling Wine: OneHope // Lip and Lash Bar: Fiore Beauty // Rentals: Chiavari Chairs for Rent; Found Vintage Rentals; Signature Party Rentals // Paper Straws: Bake Me a Party