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Stress levers were a little high on the morning-of for winemaker bride Niki who was throwing her wedding at her childhood home, and the family’s stunning property on their Wente Vineyards estate. “There is nothing quite like throwing a wedding in your own home,” says the bride, but during the first look when she saw her “husband’s face and all the stress melted away.”  The relaxed elegance of the details and florals can be credited to the mastermind, planner Blue Daphne Events and the day was introduced by lovely invitations by Blanche Paperie. The stunning property played a major role in the day and photographer Blue Note Weddings captured Niki and Nick in super special locations like  the olive lane that was there before Niki’s family bought the land in the late 1800’s. The day was breathtaking and the images are stunning and you can check it all out below!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I am a huge fan of dessert, specifically cake! One of the most unique things to our wedding was that we had cake as the first and last course during the reception! A strawberry and champagne petite four paired with the Wente Vineyards Sparkling Brut was the first course and our wedding cake was the final course. Four layers and every one of them was delicious! Cookie crumble cake on the base and top, port and figs cake in the 3rd layer and devils food with raspberry on the 2nd layer. YUM! We also did the cake cutting at the very beginning of the reception, right after we were introduced.

Our wedding was incredibly special to me because it took place at my childhood home. My great grandfather built the house in 1928 and my father moved into the house in the 1980’s per his grandfather’s wishes. I was born and raised in this house and it has been a huge part of my family for many years which makes this a very special location for me!

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

I found my gown at Kinsley James Bridal Boutique in Walnut Creek, CA. I actually had thought that I already found my dream dress in San Francisco at a different bridal shop and just wanted to check out a couple other stores because you only get to do the whole bridal fitting thing once in your life! I went in to the day totally thinking I was just doing this for fun with my sister, my mom and a friend. It was a trunk show for Rita Vinieris that day which ended up really working in my favor! As soon as we got to Kinsley James my mom spotted my dress and suggested I try it on. It was definitely the style I was going for, I loved the lace detailing so I agreed with her it was a good choice! We chose a few others and I began my fitting. As soon as I put this dress on and walked out of the fitting room my sister started to tear up and was just saying “that’s the one! that’s the one!” It helped that the dress fit me perfectly without having any clipping so we could actually get the feel for how it would look on the big day. It was a little out of our budget, but thanks to the trunk show if we bought that day we would get a discount so that pretty much sealed the deal!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

I am a vineyard manger and wine maker by trade, so we included a couple of the wines I have made throughout the day. We offered a welcome wine called “Niki’s Pinot Noir Rose” for our quests upon arrival to the ceremony, and during cocktail hour and dinner we have the 4 + 5 Sauvignon Blanc that my father and I made together. As part of my job I also grow and maintain olives as well. We send the olives off yearly to be milled and processed into olive oil. Our attendee gift was a small bottle of this handcrafted estate olive oil, set at every attendee’s seat. Nick and I both chose a signature cocktail that you can find us drinking whenever we are not drinking wine, old fashioned for him and tequila highball for me. And did I mention all the cake?!

We also were able to get a lot of photos around super special areas; Nick and the guys at my cousin’s house, me and the gals at my aunt and uncle’s house, our first look at an olive lane that was there before my family bought the land in the late 1800’s, and finally sunset photos in the hills above my father’s house. It sounds like this is a lot of personal touches that are special to me – but this is where Nick and I really got to know one another, where he got to know my family, and where he became a part of my family and I became a part of his. He loves this land as much as I do, which makes it all the more special to me.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of my day was the first look hands down! I am not going to lie, I was a little stressed in the morning. There is nothing quite like throwing a wedding in your own home and I was projecting my mom and dad’s stress right up until I saw my husband’s face and all the stress melted away. Seeing him was the breath of fresh air I needed to remember why we were doing this, what makes it such a big deal and why we wanted all our friends and family there to witness us promising forever. After I saw him I was so calm, happy and excited for the rest of the day and frankly for the rest of my life! The entire wedding was a dream, from the spectacular speeches, to the incredible band and dance party and even our sunset picture escape with the most amazing photo and video duo – every part was so special and such a good time. But I always just go back to the feeling I felt when I saw Nick, and nothing will ever compare to that!

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‘Tis the season of PINK PEONIES EVERYWHERE!!! Obviously, we are pretty pumped about it and Kristin and Michael’s classic Saint Louis wedding celebration is the perfect way to share our love of the giant, pink romantic blooms. Alred Weddings designed the traditional celebration with a stunning ceremony at St. Francis Xavier College Church followed by a dinner and dancing at the historic St. Louis Union StationOn Three Designs set the tone with gorgeous invitations and Artistry Florist and Event Design stole the show with the explosion of peonies throughout the day. Lucky for us, the always-amazing Mike Cassimatis Photography was on hand to capture all the beautiful moments of the day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Michael and I met when we were in college at Saint Louis University. Neither of us grew up in St. Louis, but it is where our story started and is special to both of us. As soon as we were engaged, the first and most obvious decision was that we would be married at the church on our college campus. Since we would have a lot of out of town guests, we both knew we wanted to hold our reception in a unique, historic location. When we walked into the Grand Hall at St. Louis Union Station we knew we had found the perfect place. It spoke for itself.

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

Since our wedding was taking place in St. Louis, it was only fitting that I went shopping for my dress in the town that I grew up in – Carmel, Indiana.  I ended up finding the most beautiful gown at a bridal boutique just down the road from my parents’ house. I loved its simplicity, illusion details, and the way I felt when I put it on…confident, comfortable, and beautiful. It was perfect.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

It was so much fun incorporating little details that made our wedding reflect us and our relationship. One of the most exciting and memorable parts of our day was the Beatles light show that was shown on the ceiling of the Grand Hall. The Beatles were a big part of Michael’s life growing up, so this was a perfect way to incorporate something that was meaningful to him. It was a surprise to our guests and they loved it… there were even a handful of people laying in the middle of the dance floor to ensure the best view possible! Another special touch was the band that we chose. We both had so many memories of them playing at a bar near campus and knew that our friends would love that blast from the past! Finally, we had two of our favorite local spots bring pizza and ice cream for a late night snack. Who doesn’t love pizza and ice cream?!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Besides getting to marry Michael, my favorite moment of the day was sitting on the altar watching all of our friends and family come up to receive Communion. I had a smile on my face the whole time. It was such a great opportunity to take everything in. I was really able to appreciate the moment and all of the people who had come together to celebrate our marriage. Another element that was a favorite of mine was the same-day edit video that was shown at our reception. It was so special to be able to relive our whole day, from getting ready to our first dance, with everyone there celebrating with us. I don’t know how they did it, but we will forever cherish that video.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

After a couple years of navigating a long distance relationship, Michael proposed to me at a intimate restaurant in St. Louis where we went on our first date. Our waitress came to the table with a cake surrounded by rose petals that read “Will you Marry me?” and a bottle of champagne as Michael got down on one knee. I was completely surprised and completely overwhelmed with happiness. Michael had secretly arranged that our families and close friends be in town for the occasion, and after dinner we met everyone at a nearby hotel to celebrate. Being surrounded by all of that love and support was the perfect ending to our night!


Kristin + Michael [Same Day Edit] from ParkLife on Vimeo.

Photography: Mike Cassimatis Photography // Planning: Alred Weddings // Floral Design: Artistry Florist and Event Design // Paper Goods & Calligraphy: On Three Designs // Ceremony Venue: St. Francis Xavier College Church // Reception Venue: St. Louis Union Station // Videography: Park Life Films // MUAH: Danielle Style // Dress: The Wedding Studio // Cake: Made by Lia // Shoes: Stuart Weitzman // Groom’s Attire: The Brass Horn // Ice Cream: Clementine’s Creamery // Pizza: Pi Pizza // Film Lab: Indie Film Lab // Band: Griffin and the Gargoyles


You guys! We’re SO excited to be collaborating with the always-amazing Smitten Magazine to bring you Carly and Kevin’s incredible Southern California wedding! The bride enlisted panning guru, and Grey Collective memberEver After Events to coordinate a day filled with lush and vibrant details. We’re officially obsessed with the bridal party colors—this one’s taking mix-and-math to a whole new amazing level. The rustic-elegant tablescapes sprinkles with citrus are stunning and the florals and abundant and bonkers-beautiful. Inviting Occasion, the florist and rental coordinator, created magic with lush greenery everywhere, including on the pergolas and incredible reclaimed wood chandeliers. Seriously, ladies, this one is spectaular and we know you are going to love every image captured by ART IS FOR LOVERS. You can also read more in the current issue of  Smitten Magazine Vol. 15 available today! Enjoy!!

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We really wanted to showcase Southern California because we had so many guests from out of town. We wanted an elegant outdoor setting, but we wanted to make sure it felt like part of the outdoor space. Larrissa at Inviting Occasion and I came up with the idea of doing the pergola overhangs with a citrus theme. I think this design really made our wedding unique. I was so delighted with the way it turned out – it was everything I had dreamed of!


Surprisingly, my gown was the first gown I saved on my computer that I wanted to try on. After visiting a few salons and boutiques and trying on numerous styles, I always went back to my original pick: Vera Wang’s “Diana”. The gown’s skirt full of layered silk organza was the detail that I was looking for, and the overall classic design made it timeless. It was obvious by the smile on my face every time I tried it on, it was the one!


We tried to incorporate small family details to make the day more personal. I had my mom’s bow from her wedding veil sewn under the skirt of my gown and pinned Kevin’s grandmother’s sapphire cross under the skirt as well. We displayed family wedding photos of our parents and grandparents too. Our citrus theme throughout the wedding was a nod to our engagement and love of Ojai, California.


The most memorable part of the day was the wedding ceremony. It had begun to rain as soon as my bridesmaids started walking down the aisle. As I waited nervously with my dad, he was peeking around the corner checking out the rainy situation. As soon as the wedding march started, my dad looked up at the sky and said “it’s stopping!” The rain stopped as soon as I walked out and didn’t start again through the entire ceremony. As I walked down the aisle, I just remember Kevin’s smiling face as well as all of our wonderful guests. It was magical!


Kevin and I met our Junior year at Purdue University. We didn’t start dating seriously until after graduation. We fell in love while both living in Chicago and decided to make the move to California in 2012. Kevin gave me the surprise of my life when he proposed in our favorite southern California town, Ojai. He surprised me with a walk in my favorite herb garden and proposed at our favorite spot in the garden — where I said YES! He then surprised me by arranging a celebration with my family along with his family who flew in from Chicago! We spent the rest of the trip celebrating with loved ones, it was such a memorable weekend!


Planning + Coordination: Ever After Events // Photography: ART IS FOR LOVERS // Florist & Rentals: Inviting Occasion, Larrissa // Cake: Crimson Cake & Desserts // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals & Found Rentals // Music: Time of Your Life, Joe Hecht // Linens: La Tavola Linen // Transportation: Goldfield Stage & Skye Limo


Katie and James’ wedding at Stonover Farm is the absolute epitome of rustic elegance adn planned to perfection by the incredible Mstarr Design. The historic location is relaxed but stately, the barn reception feels cozy and inviting, the Patina Rentals + New England Country Rentals are beautifully curated with a french countryside vibe, and the florals…oh my the florals. Petal Floral Design knocked this one out of the park with breathtaking details like giant greenery draped chandeliers, a smattering of roses on the arbor and textured, peony-filled bouquets that screamed spring. If a romantic rustic celebration is what you’re looking for than your going to love Judy Pak Photography’s beautiful fine art images of this gorgeous event.

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from the bride: Once we decided that we would be getting married in the Berkshires at Stonover Farm, we knew the type of wedding we wanted to have (elegant but still rustic and comfortable for our guests), but I also knew we would need help making sure the design came together since the venue came empty (and we were also designing from scratch at our welcome dinner at my parents’ house).


I ended up finding most of our vendors online by scouring wedding blogs and seeing whose work we liked best. I became obsessed with all of the weddings that Emily and MStarr had done. Lucky for us, she was available! I found Judy the same way. James and I met with her in New York and I knew she would be great to work with in addition to creating the most beautiful photographs. We weren’t having a videographer, so the photos were really important to us. The end product is beyond what we could have imagined.


I truly enjoyed the planning process (or at least most of it!). Emily took my vision and made it 100% better! Everything came together perfectly in the end — it didn’t rain (there was a very stressful forecast of rain that kept changing), our ceremony went off without a hitch, the band was great and kept everyone dancing the whole night, and we ended the evening with my favorite food, s’mores, and a bonfire (and some pretty amazing fried chicken sandwiches that were a big hit with our guests). Both James and I had the best time and were overwhelmed in the best way possible by the love and happiness of our family and friends.


from event planner: Katie and James’ June wedding in the Berkshires was one of those special occasions where everything just comes together perfectly. One of our favorite couples, favorite venues, favorite vendors and overall favorite vision and design. They wanted to stick to a clean, romantic, elegant feel for their wedding, with a tiny dose of whimsy mixed in! From Petal’s lush florals that screamed spring, custom calligraphy and artwork from Jenny Sanders that adorned various paper goods to the unique rental items provided by Patina Rentals in New York, it was a perfect storm of beauty. Thank goodness we had the mastermind known as Judy Pak there to capture every last detail flawlessly.


And it certainly didn’t hurt that we had the most beautiful weather that day! It only made the grounds at Stonover stand out even more, providing the most perfect backdrop for the day’s events.


Event Design + Styling: Mstarr Design // Photography: Judy Pak Photography // Floral Design: Petal Floral Design // Venue: Stonover Farm // Invitations and Calligraphy: Graceline Art // Catering: Mezze Catering // Lighting: Seitel Lighting // Rentals: Patina Rentals + New England Country Rentals // Tent: Classical Tents // Bridal Gown: Marchesa // Bridal Shoes: Chanel // Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew // Groom: Custom // Groomsmen: Their Own Suits With Thomas Pink Ties  // Bridal Jewelry: Bride’s Own // Hair + Makeup: Facetime Beauty // Cake: Southfield Store // Band + Ceremony Musicians: Sound House By Elan Artists


Lianne and Nick’s urban engagement shoot all over the streets of Hoboken has us super inspired. First—we obviously need to discuss THAT SKIRT! It’s got our vote as the single best wardrobe choice in the history of engagement sessions. Seriously though, the adorable couple’s fab style choices paired with Emily Delamater Photography‘s varied and architecturally-inspired location selections, the shoot is basically flawless. You’re going to love it!

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We wanted what we wore for our engagement session to not only reflect our personal style but also compliment the Hoboken/NYC backdrop. I knew right off the bat that I didn’t want to wear a white dress. I’ll wear one of those for the wedding. About a month before the session I found this fabulous bright red midi skirt at Zara. It was a fun pop of color in a classic silhouette and would photograph really well. We didn’t want to look too formal or stuffy (not our style) so I paired the skirt with a simple black and white striped tee (H&M). The shell pink heels (Banana Republic) were an impulse addition to my outfit. I loved the soft feminine contrast to the bright red. And everyone’s legs look better in a stiletto.

Nick kindly went classic neutral. Nothing was going to compete with that red skirt. His pants and navy suit jacket are J Crew. His shoes are Cole Haan. His white button down is Banana Republic.


Although you can’t beat Manhattan as a photoshoot backdrop, we really wanted to do our engagement session in Hoboken. Just across the Hudson, Hoboken has been our home for the past 5 years. It’s where we met, fell in love, moved in together and got engaged. Our whole life is here. So it was really special to run all over town taking photos. We started down by the river, had fun in the train station and uptown in front of all the beautiful brownstones.


We ended the day going back to the bar where we first met to take the last few photos.The bar has recently been renovated into a much more polished version of its former dive bar self. But we took a picture at a table where we were standing when we first met. Super cheesy, but we’re really cheesy.


We were introduced through a mutual friend in January 2012. Nick reached out under the guise of being new to town and looking to meet people in Hoboken. I thought he was really cute and didn’t look like a serial killer so we made plans to meet up at a local dive bar on Mardi Gras. We both brought friends, of course, in case it didn’t work out. There was a fish bowl (or two), crawfish, and a great 80’s cover band. We hit it off and he asked me on a real first date for later that week. We went ice skating in Rockefeller Center; something neither of us had ever done before, or since actually. It was super cheesy and magical. We’ve been together ever since.


Fast forward three years…We’d talked seriously about getting engaged. Nick made a big deal about planning a special surprise to celebrate our dating anniversary, something we’d never made a big deal about. I thought I smelled a proposal, but didn’t want to bet on anything. As a complete Type-A, Nick thought of everything. Two friends of mine asked if I wanted to have a girls night Friday, which very specifically included manicures. I woke up Saturday to a delicious breakfast in bed. We went to the Met, my favorite museum, where Nick had arranged a private tour. (All of the pieces on the tour were even themed, around love and marriage of course). At that point I thought if this day wasn’t leading to a proposal he was an idiot. When we got back to our apartment, there were flowers and candles. And then there was a beautiful ring. I don’t remember exactly what he said other than the really important question, but it was a moment I’ll never forget.

There was hugging and lots of crying on my end. I called my parents in NH and my sister in LA to tell them the news. Then Nick dragged me out the door to make the dinner reservations he’d made at a restaurant in Hoboken. The final surprise was when we walked into the restaurant I was shocked to see that my parents weren’t actually in NH and my sister wasn’t home in LA, they were all there with Nick’s family and our best friends who’d all come to celebrate with us. More crying on my end. It was so special to share that day with the people who love us most. We’ll never forget it!

We’re planning a Labor Day Weekend wedding in my hometown of Bedford, NH.

Photography: Emily Delamater Photography // Red Skirt: Zara // Striped T shirt – H&M // Shell Pink Heels: Banana Rebublic // Nick’s Pants and Suit Jacket: J Crew // Nick’s Shoes: Cole Haan