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Romantic Country Getaway Wedding Inspiration

As spring ever so slowly makes it’s entrance, we’ve been relying on bits of seasonal inspiration from some of our favorite vendors to boost our cravings—and this bucolic getaway from Wai Reyes is just the ticket. Soft flowing curls adorned with baby’s breath, sweet pink blooms and berries, a picnic for two and a darling little brown and white horse that will melt your heart—join us right here in the gallery.

From Wai Reyes“What we find in a soulmate is not something wild to tame but something wild to run with” –Robert Brault

What could be better than a brief escape from reality and a quick getaway to the country with your sweetheart? Round up your horse in the trailer and let her go wild in the fields; grab a blanket and have a mini picnic in a lace-covered tent made pretty by some hydrangeas and spray roses you picked from the woods; enjoy the company, relax and bask in nature.

Photography: Wai Reyes | Makeup Artist: Clara Kim | Venue: Private Residence | Floral Design And Prop Setup: Rebecca Salimpour Of Natural Charms | Hair Artist: Athena Chen | Makeup & Hair: Theresa Huang Makeup & Hair Design Studio

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Colorful Multi-Cultural Wedding at Red Maple Vineyard

With two ceremonies in one gorgeous upstate New York town, this multi-cultural celebration infused two distinct family backgrounds into one amazing soiree. With the help of Tinsel & Twine, this couple took on the challenge and with bright blooms and invitations by Printerette, they created a whimsical, romantic style all their own. Closer to Love captured every sparkling second; see it all right here.

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From Closer To Love Photography… Joanne and Manan are one of those couples that leave such a lasting impression that when we look back on the time we spent together, it’s a surreal feeling of endless gratitude. We are so thankful for these two! Their intentional love for each other and for those around them… and their genuine thoughtfulness and generosity since the very beginning, has been a pure treat for us. They invited us along for their beautifully modern and cultural New York wedding day and, although a hurricane almost uninvitedly showed up for the weekend, the sun shined through and a shower of blessings prevailed. Below Joanne, the stunning bride, gives us a glimpse of all the awesomeness that took place on the wedding day of their dreams. It was one we will never forget! 

From The Bride… When Manan and I set off to plan our wedding, we knew we had a herculean task in front of us. Due to our different backgrounds, we needed to have both an Indian and Filipino Catholic wedding in one day, which meant blending cultural traditions with our own desire for a romantic, whimsical, and relaxed outdoors affair. Indian weddings tend to be these large, colorful, and festive gatherings with strong traditions, so by nature it can automatically dictate many visual elements of the wedding. But we were up for the challenge and determined to take that foundation and make it our own.

With this vision in mind, finding the perfect outdoor venue that provided the level of customization and flexibility we needed was tricky. We focused on the Hudson Valley, a little north of Manhattan, as we have always loved its charm and rustic beauty. Although Manan and I were both raised in New York City and met there, the idea of having our wedding surrounded by nature felt special and a departure from our frenzied day-to-day city life.

After weeks of searching and almost giving up hope, we found Red Maple Vineyard and knew it was the perfect fit. The vineyard/farm had everything we were looking for: breathtaking views, an elegant but relaxed atmosphere, lots of space for our 250 guests, and most importantly, phenomenal food (the number one priority for us!). One of our favorite features of the venue is their farm-to-table approach – many of the ingredients from our dishes were sourced right from the venue grounds. Furthermore, the vineyard was only a few minutes away from the loveliest quaint stone chapel where our Catholic ceremony would take place.

Once we locked in the venue, everything fell into place based on the feel we had in mind. Our decor was inspired by the outdoors with an elegant take on the vibrancy of Indian weddings. This led us to a palette of sage greens, summery peach/orange tones, and gold. All of our florals, beautifully crafted by the Tinsel and Twine team, were loose, lush, and incorporated my favorite flowers – garden roses and dahlias.

Every detail was carefully thought out with a decidedly personal and playful touch. We wanted each element to represent us as individuals and even more so as a couple. Our invitations had whimsical, hand-drawn illustrations of us, the NYC skyline, and the vineyard. We worked with the Red Maple Vineyard team, as well as a separate Indian caterer (Moti Mahal), to create an amazing and diverse menu featuring local, seasonal food and ethnic dishes – they were even able to incorporate a family recipe for my favorite Filipino dessert! A dear friend’s beautiful calligraphy graced our invitations and escort cards, and the centerpiece of the wine room was a marquee LOVE sign my husband made. Throughout the reception, there was a flipbook booth and a s’mores firepit, and we capped off the night with sparklers. Overall, we wanted a meaningful and fun experience for our guests, as not only were they sitting through two ceremonies, but they’ve supported us all 12 years of our journey together.

Ultimately, we got the wedding of our dreams, and it came to life in a way that we couldn’t even have imagined. Two days before the wedding, a hurricane was looming and seemed to threaten the weekend, but the skies cleared up and the storm actually cooled the air so that we were blessed with a gorgeous sunny summer day with no stifling heat and humidity. As a cool breeze wafted through the tent in the evening and guests danced under the stars, I remember feeling blessed to be surrounded by all my favorite people under one roof celebrating the next chapter of our lives. We are so grateful to our family, friends, and incredible team of vendors who were up for the challenge. Their creativity, passion, and collaboration really allowed us to pull off the perfect mix of traditional, whimsical, and romantic. It was a day we will cherish forever and we couldn’t have asked for anything better.

Photography: Closer To Love Photography | Videographer: MPW Media Group | Invitations: Printerette Via Lion In The Sun | Calligrapher: Persimmon Studio | Lighting: Vivid Lighting | DJ: DJ Amrit | Bride And Groom’s Indian Ceremony Outfits: Various Shops In Iselin, NJ | Bride’s Shoes: Prada | Day Of Paper Goods: Erin Braun Design | Flipbook Booth: Ovation | Floral Design And Event Planning: Tinsel And Twine | Flower Girl Outfits: Oliva Kate Couture Etsy Shop | Groom’s Suit (Western): Vera Wang | Indian Caterer: Moti Mahal | Makeup/Hair: JAC Beauty | Vineyard: Red Maple Vineyard | Wedding Dress (Western): Pronovias

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Raspberry + Gold Wedding at The Villa

I’m really not sure where to start with this stunning couple and their utterly beautiful New England wedding captured by Kelly Dillon and executed perfectly by Mstarr Event Design. Their story made me blush nearly a dozen times, along with those bursting blooms from Petal Floral Design, but the icing on the cake? This unbelievably sweet Groom made his Bride their dream farm table for her wedding gift. It doesn’t get any sweet than that folks.

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Rustic

From the beautiful Bride…Jared and I met working as neuroscience lab partners at Boston College. Despite our initial first impressions of each other based solely on our geographical locations—I was from New Jersey and assumed everyone in Wisconsin owned at least one cow; Jared’s impression of my home state was limited to MTV’s “The Jersey Shore”—we immediately clicked. By the end of our first week of work, I had already told my roommates that I would be marrying my lab partner, and sharing my future name with a designer. Fast forward to five years later, I was right!

After graduation, Jared and I began to build a life together in Boston, and subsequently developed a love of the New England outdoors. We talked about our future while watching the sunrise in Acadia, Maine and a few months later, Jared proposed during a hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It wasn’t a difficult decision for us to ask both of our families to travel to Massachusetts on October 10 so we could get married during the New England autumn that we absolutely adored. Choosing a venue proved more difficult as we both wanted an original space—one that was warm, cozy, and inviting. We wanted something that felt entirely like the setting of our love story. However, we were managing a long distance relationship and graduate school at the time, and my dreams of converting old estates or barns or industrial warehouses into this story’s setting were a bit out of reach. We settled on a country club that didn’t fit our initial vision of off-the-beaten-path originality, but boasted gleaming wood floors, arched ceilings and beams, dual fireplaces, and on-site catering that received rave reviews.

Next we turned the page to photography, which was the highest priority from the very beginning. I had heard other brides lament at how fast the day had gone, and I vowed to find someone very special to capture not only the day, but also the feelings and emotions that were such an integral part of it. I had been studying (aka stalking) Style Me Pretty even prior to getting engaged and found myself completely in love with Kelly Dillon’s work. Her images were so warm and genuine that I could feel the emotions of the day radiating from my computer screen. She has a way with lighting that I can’t begin to describe, and when I found myself tearing up at complete strangers’ wedding days, I knew we had found our dream photographer.

I then realized I had too many ideas and not enough time, and began to research the concept of a wedding planner. That search led eventually to wedding designers, and ended immediately once I found Emily of mStarr event design. Coincidentally, Kelly Dillon had photographed her wedding two Octobers before our very own, and I knew the stars (no pun intended) had aligned in finding the two women who would execute and capture our day. Working with Emily was a dream: she took my jumbled, unorganized notes and my all-over-the-place Pinterest boards and immediately cultivated a theme and more importantly, the feeling I knew Kelly would be able to capture: New England organic, rustic elegance, by bringing our beloved outdoors inside. We envisioned moss covered escort cards, greenery draped chandeliers, and lots of romantic candlelight. Taupe and gold and elegant neutrals set the stage for bold pops of berry, inspiration taken directly from the New England autumn colors and light. Emily’s impressive professional network probably surpasses my entire social one and we were immediately smitten with her recommendations for everything from paper (Gus & Ruby letterpress), to rentals (New England Country Rentals), from naked cake (Mayflour Confections) to luscious blooms (Petal Floral). Without her vision and expertise and endless patience, we couldn’t have pulled off the day of our dreams. Without Kelly, we would be left without the picture perfect proof of the beautiful memories.

In retrospect, our day went flawlessly because we promised ourselves from the very beginning to stay true to who we were as a couple. The Boston College neuroscience professor who introduced us five years ago officiated our ceremony. We wrote our own vows and planted a tree with dirt from our childhood homes as a part of the unity ceremony. Our guitarist specifically learned “Angel” by Jack Johnson, one of our favorite songs, so I could walk down the aisle to it. Our cupcake flavors were custom designed for us, and were named after our five favorite locations—including Boston College, Acadia National Park, and the White Mountains. We aimed to honor and recognize important people from our past who shaped us and guided us and led us to each other. The “A” pin in my bouquet belonged to my grandmother, from whom I received my middle name. My wedding gift to Jared was a hand embroidered handkerchief with his late father’s handwriting on it. It came from a note his dad wrote Jared before he left for Boston College reminding him of all the new and exciting people he would meet. Jared channeled his great-grandfather’s carpentry skills and built me my dream dining room farm table, recording the whole process and gifting me with the video on the morning of our wedding. We conquered long distance wedding planning, and emerged as even better partners and friends. The whole thing was a major success because of all of the people involved, and we remain so grateful to each and every one of them.

Photography: Kelly Dillon Photography | Event Design: Mstarr Event Design | Florist: Petal Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Allure | Cake: Mayflour Confections | Cupcakes: Cupcake Mojo | Invitations: Gus & Ruby Letterpress | Wedding Shoes: Dolce Vita | Bridesmaids: Joanna August | Hair & Makeup: B Boutique | Calligraphy: Charlie Whiskey | Groom's Attire: Joseph Abboud | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Country Club: The Villa | Getting Ready Location: Caleb Beal House | Rentals: New England Country Rentals

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Elegant Saint Helena Vineyard Wedding

After an intimate at-home proposal, this darling duo set out to craft an eclectically styled wedding day with 70 of their nearest and dearest. The result is one part elegance, one part rustic, a dash of magical goodness and shaken up with a whole lotta love. onelove photography trailed these sweeties and every bit of their day, and you can soak it all in right here in the full gallery.

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From the beautiful Bride…My husband surprised me with a simple and heartfelt proposal while we were both cooking dinner in our home in Chicago, Illinois. It was just the two of us and our pet dogs; I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect proposal.

Prior to our engagement, I wasn’t the type of girl who dreamed of her wedding day so I surprised myself by how easily I transformed into the planning bride. I spent the first few months after our engagement scouring the Internet for the perfect venue. Thanks to Style Me Pretty and Pinterest, I immediately started piecing together our special day. I knew from the start of our planning process that I wanted to style our wedding myself. I pulled inspiration from many weddings but I made sure to incorporate our own spin on everything we did.

We both knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony, nature, romance, elegance, and 70 of our closest family and friends. My husband grew up in the Midwest but I grew up in Northern California so we didn’t rule out the idea of a destination wedding. After narrowing down our list of venues, my husband and I ventured out west to Napa Valley.

From the moment we arrived at V. Sattui Winery we both knew that’s where we would exchange our “I Do’s”. I immediately fell in love with the old world style, the brick courtyard surrounded by vines and gorgeous hydrangeas, the colorful rose gardens on the property, and the old oak tree that overlooked the winery. As a matter of fact, the old oak tree ended up being our inspiration for the “Louis de Bernieres, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” reading during our ceremony.

After securing our venue, I focused my search on finding the vendors who I felt the most compatible with. I can’t stress enough how important it was that I placed just as much importance on interviewing our vendors as I did all the other details; it allowed our day to flow perfectly and for all the pieces to fit together. My vendors were all patient and so very helpful. They served as my sounding board to bounce ideas off of as I planned our wedding day.

Now onto the details… I wanted to make sure the entire day felt romantic and magical. We found the perfect “getting ready” property that had the earthy and nature feel we wanted a few miles north from our venue in the city of Calistoga. We ended up staying at this same property for our honeymoon which worked out perfect. I browsed Etsy and local shops to find all the little details like my garter belt, the bridal gown hanger, antique plates to serve our wedding cake, green antique goblets for our sweetheart table, my embroidered handkerchief, rustic keys for our seating chart, and so forth. Instead of traditional flower girl baskets, I found two rustic copper watering cans that our florist filled with roses and hydrangeas. We also had a custom calligraphed welcome sign that greeted our guests as they arrived in lieu of paper ceremony programs.

In hopes of getting our guests excited about what was to come, our calligrapher and invitation designer composed a personalized hand drawn map of our venue. We included the map with our invitations and it added that special touch we wanted for our guests.

After finding my wedding gown at Dimitra’s Bridal Couture in Chicago, I had the shop ask the designer to create a matching bolero that fit the old world romantic feel I envisioned. We added long sleeves with hand sewn lace designs in ivory and gold that matched the same design found throughout my Francesca Miranda wedding gown.

With our ceremony taking place at sun set, my husband and I decided to take “First Look” photos earlier in the day to not lose the light with our bridal party photos. While we aren’t traditional and didn’t have a problem with seeing each other before the ceremony, I still wanted something special to surprise him with as I walked down the aisle. I found a gorgeous cathedral length veil by Ines Di Santo that had stunning details all along the edges. I put it on right before the ceremony started – it was perfect!

After watching Kate Middletown walk down the aisle with a bouquet of lily of the valley, I knew that I wanted one of my own! Unfortunately the flower was not in season in Fall. To keep the costs down but still partially achieve the look I wanted, I had our florist scatter lily of the valley in my bouquet of white roses. I was really happy with how it turned out.

With my bridesmaids residing a four-hour flight away in California, we had lots stressful moments trying to complete our DIY projects with just my husband and I but we somehow managed to get it all done. We were able to print our escort cards on our home printer and hand tied them with twine to antique keys. We also spray painted wheat stalks in gold and hand tied them with ivory ribbon to place on our guests menus, an inspiration I pulled from Jessica Simpson’s wedding. My calligrapher did an amazing job at carrying our wheat theme onto pieces she did for us which really helped to pull everything together.

For the ceremony, my groom and our bridal party walked down to the instrumental version of “Turning Page – Sleeping at Last” played by our string trio. I walked down the aisle with both my parents to the instrumental version of “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. I fell in love with both songs when I first heard them and together they evoked the emotion and tone we wanted for the ceremony. For our grand exit as husband and wife, we wanted a song that was less traditional but no less beautiful or striking; we chose “Great Expectations 1998 Score (Estrelle’s Theme)” played by our string trio. I still get a smile on my face and goose bumps whenever I hear it! It’s such a powerful and remarkable piece.

We cut our wedding cake to “Come to Me” by the Goo Goo Dolls and my husband picked our first dance song, “Shot Gun Rider” by Tim McGraw. As a tribute to our friends and family who flew in from Illinois and our life back in Chicago, we ended the night with “Sweet Home Chicago”.

Our wedding day was completely magical. After being together for five years, I surprised myself when I cried as I walked down aisle. Every moment of stress during our planning process was absolutely worth it and our day could not have been more perfect. It was by far the happiest day of both our lives. We are still in awe of how beautifully our day was captured and are so thankful to have experience it and shared it with our closest family and friends.

Photography: onelove photography | Videographer: Frontside Films | Florist: Valley Flora | Cake: Fleur De Lisa Cakes | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Dessy | Caterer: Alex's Catering | Calligrapher: The Left Handed Calligrapher | DJ: Verducci Entertainment | Officiant: Your Ceremony Matters | Bridal Gown: Francesca Miranda | Bride's Hair & Makeup: Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Bridesmaid's Makeup: Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Car Rental: Classic Convertible Wine Tours | Day Of Wedding Coordinator: Sugar Rush Events | Flower Girl Dresses: David's Bridal | Getting Ready Property: Calistoga Vineyard Estate | Groom & Groomen's Tuxedos: Vera Wang | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events | String Trio: Wine Country Entertainment | Veil: Ines Di Santo | Welcome Sign: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Winery: V. Sattui Winery

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Elegant Summer Estate Wedding

I have a soft spot for the color blue. And while I’ve yet to meet a shade I dislike, French blue in particular is special; it’ll be showing up at my own upcoming nuptials. So when I see it in other weddings, I take note, and this wedding by Sixpence For Your Shoe and Hana Floral Design didn’t disappoint. Filled to the brim with beauty, Michelle Gardella and DMO Films got it all on camera for us to enjoy in this gallery here.

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From Sixpence For Your Shoe… Linnea and Joey have an amazing presence together. Head over heels in love, beautiful inside and out, being around them makes everyone feel welcomed and happy. We sought to design a wedding that captured their warm hearts and welcoming spirit, as well as both backgrounds and all the places they had lived both apart and together. They dreamed of a wedding that was sophisticated but accessible, polished yet whimsical, and we worked to translate this vision through garden style florals, fanciful linen and witty details. The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate could not have been a more ideal venue to host their event, from the dinner party ambiance of the ballrooms inside, to dancing away the night under bistro bulb lighting outside. It was just like hosting a gathering at their own home.

The ceremony was breathtaking. Yumiko from Hana Floral Design truly outdid herself with the magnificent florals that framed the couple and they read personalized vows to one another. After the ceremony, guests were able to enjoy cocktail hour throughout the estate as they munched on creative bites such as grilled pizzas and toasted the couple with their signature drink, “The Sydney Crush.” When the guests were invited indoors for dinner, we revealed an incredibly romantic setting. The palette of French Blue, chartreuse, blush and taupe created a lovely balance against the ballroom grandeur. My favorite detail was the lush garland on the head table with soft peony and flickering candles. It was a showstopper! Guests danced the night away to two minute beats under the Sperry Pagoda tent and refreshed with ice cream sundaes. Chocolate favors with a cheeky saying from Charles M. Schulz bid guests a sweet farewell. The end result was one of our favorite events of all time and we were so lucky to have Michelle Gardella and DMO Films to capture it flawlessly.

From The Bride… When my fiance and I were envisioning our wedding, we wanted there to be an air of elegance and sophistication. As we were bringing together guests from both the Rockies and the East Coast, we wanted to create an atmosphere that was intimate, warm and inviting. We described the theme of our wedding to be “accessibly elegant.” The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate captured the exact feeling that we wanted to evoke. We wanted there to be an element of the outdoors but knowing the weather in Connecticut can be unpredictable, needed to have a back up plan…the “Pagoda” tent from Sperry was the perfect option!

Lindsay, our wedding planner extraordinaire from Sixpence For Your Shoe, helped to turn our vision into reality. With an all-star cast of vendors the day was simply magical! We could not have asked for a better group of people to work with for our wedding.

We wanted our wedding to be as personal to our eight year long relationship as possible. A few of the ways that we tried to accomplish this was to incorporate Joey’s Colorado roots with my Connecticut upbringing. Our beers were all from Colorado, the welcome bags contained only products made in Connecticut and we had delicious Bridgewater Chocolate’s serve as our wedding favors! Our signature drink was called “The Sydney Crush” as a nod to our meeting in Sydney, Australia. Having my high-school history teacher serve as our officiant only felt natural! And at the end of the evening luminary were placed around the mansion as a non to the childhood Christmas tradition in my hometown.

Our favorite part of the day was the toasts (and part roasts) given to us by our siblings and parents! The biggest compliment we got from numerous guests was that they all felt like they were part of our family… we could not have asked for anything more. It was the most amazing day of our lives!

Photography: Michelle Gardella | Videography: DMO Films | Event Planning: Sixpence For Your Shoe | Wedding Gown: Oscar De La Renta From Saks | Catering: Coastal Gourmet Caterers | Makeup: Jennie Fresa Beauty Library | Hair: Naomi’s Studio And Salon | DJ: Elegant Occasions DJ | Favors: Bridgewater Chocolates | Venue: Wadsworth Mansion At Long Hill Estate | Ceremony Musicians: Harmonia Strings | Florals: Hana Floral Design | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | Stationery And Calligraphy: Lettres Stationery Of Distinction | Tent: Sperry Tents | Veil And Bridal Accessories: The White Dress By The Shore

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