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Intimate Echo Park Elopement

I love this elopement story. First off, two artists tying the knot under the entwined branches and lemon trees at Echo Park is pure romance in my book. And when they serendipitously bumped into the lovely and talented Betsi Ewing on the way to their wedding dinner? Well that’s a fabulous story, I’d say, and makes for a one-of-a-kind gallery.

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From the beautiful Bride…About two weeks before we departed for Los Angeles, we booked the trip thinking it would be a great opportunity to soak up inspiration from California to be used towards our separate creative projects—Ryan creates instrumental hip-hop and I (Mandy) work with leather, primarily children’s moccasins from the pattern handed down by my grandmother. A few days before we left Canada, we had the discussion with one another and decided that this would be trip that we come home married from.

We locked down an officiant to do his duty a few days after we arrived but only brought the ceremony clothes for Ryan, as I hoped to find a vintage dress in Echo Park or Silver Lake. The day before we eloped, I finally found a beautiful vintage Indian cotton dress with lace across the chest from a truck called Selvedge Dry Goods who was parked on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park. As for a location, we were lucky enough to stumble on a charming and hidden path in the hills of Echo Park that featured a small stream of running water, a beautiful view, and a wide selection of vegetation (lemon trees, overgrown cacti, black bamboo and palm trees) which surrounded tiny artist cottages. In addition to my dress, we bought wedding bands from downtown and a bridal bouquet from Silver Lake, that included sage, which is a sacred plant from my culture.

During our private and intimate wedding ceremony, we exchanged rings and we pledged to honour and tenderly care for each other, to cherish, and to encourage each other’s growth and fulfilment through all the changes of our lives.

After the ceremony, we ordered a taxi via email (since we were without cell service to call) to drive us to our dinner reservation to a French restaurant in the neighbourhood, but it didn’t show. Since we were already cutting it close, we decided to walk. Thankfully we did because as we headed in what seemed to be the right direction, we were lucky enough to run into Besti and her cute dog, Stella, on the street. She asked us if we had just gotten married and mentioned that she could spot a bride from a mile away because she was a wedding photographer and she very generously offered to snap some photos of us! It was very serendipitous and the photos that Betsi took captured the moment perfectly! Instead of calling us a cab, she and her friend were kind enough to offer us a ride to our wedding dinner. We arrived ten minutes late, and thankfully the restaurant offered free wifi, which is how we shared our elopement and all of the events that occurred afterwards on Instagram and Twitter under #elopedincali so that friends back home could enjoy the evening with us despite the distance.

We couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out for us and highly recommend eloping!

Photography: Betsi Ewing Studio | Floral Design: Clementine Floral Works | Wedding Dress: Selvedge Dry Goods | Dinner: Taix | Venue: Echo Park

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Romantic Fearrington Village Barn Wedding

A lakeside dock proposal on Christmas Eve? Yes, please! That sweet, sweet moment (that I’m totally swooning over) led to this cozy-as-ever Southern soiree at The Barn At Fearrington Village. The merriment that ensued included a bluegrass band, treasured family heirlooms passed down as gifts, a quiet moment alone, a perfectly glowing party and so much more captured at the talented hands of Perry Vaile. See it all here!

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From the beautiful Bride…At midnight, just as Christmas Eve turned into Christmas Day, Jeff asked me to marry him in the woods behind my parents’ house in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, standing on a lakeside dock that he helped my Dad and my brother build a few years ago. Just as we were surrounded by family at our engagement, we wanted our wedding day to be personal, intimate, heartfelt, and full of meaningful ways to incorporate our family and friends into our celebration.

The day started off with my sister, my soon-to-be sister-in-law, and me and my family getting ready at my parents’ house. We took bridal portraits in the woods where Jeff had proposed to me, using a vintage 1800s chair and trunk that belonged to my great-great-grandparents. Our ceremony took place at the hometown church where Jeff and I both grew up, and our reception was at the gardens and barn at Fearrington Village.

Before the wedding, my family gave me some incredibly special gifts with deep family connections, which I will treasure forever. My mom made me a custom handkerchief with a swatch of lace from her own wedding gown sewn into it. My family gave me two sixpence for luck, one from 1820, which is the year the Black-Cole House was built, where my grandmother and her six siblings grew up, representing the Cole side of my family. The other coin was from 1920, which is the year that my grandmother “Mama Gee” was born, representing the Didow side of my family. Another special gift was the loan of a blue butterfly pin (for my “something blue”) that was worn by my cousin at her wedding.

Right before the wedding, Jeff and I took a moment back to back (so he couldn’t see my gown) to read each other letters that we had written about getting married. It was an incredibly special moment, just for the two of us. I also gave Jeff custom cufflinks, engraved with the longitude and latitude of the location where we would shortly become husband and wife.

At the service, our siblings were our attendants, and cousins and an uncle were greeters and readers. We had a whole group of flower children, including cousins and a niece and nephew. Other friends played violin and sang. Our dads (both Marines) jointly read the Blessing of the Hands, to which they added their own impromptu last line, “Semper Fi! Oorah!” Jeff and I exchanged custom wedding rings engraved with imprints of each others’ fingerprints on the inside of each band.

Jeff and I love the outdoors, the South, and bluegrass music, so we had a bluegrass band – including a mandolin and fiddle – play at our cocktail hour, which was outside in the gardens. At the reception, guests found their seats in the barn using table assignments posted on a fun vintage door that my Dad found at an antique store. We named each table after our favorite spots in North Carolina (our home, where we both grew up) and in Washington, DC (where we currently live). Most of these spots were favorite hiking and camping destinations, including Max Patch Mountain, a bald (mountain top pasture) with 360-degree views at the North Carolina and Tennessee border, where our amazing photographer Perry Vaile took our engagement pictures. Other tables were named after our favorite spots to get biscuits and chips con queso when we’re in North Carolina!

The recipe for our wedding cake was based on an old family recipe. My very dear cousin Susan used to make me strawberry cake for my birthdays, and legend has it that one year, she went through five “practice cakes” before making one that met her standards! It brought back special memories of her to taste her recipe at our wedding.

One of my favorite parts of preparing for the reception was combing through old family pictures. At the reception, we displayed framed pictures of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days, as well as a picture of my maternal grandmother in her Navy nurse uniform. We handmade our favors, which gave guests a choice of chocolate (Jeff’s favorite), lemon drops (my Dad’s favorite), or honey from our neighbor’s farm. In light of our love for the mountains, I surprised Jeff with a groom’s cake modeled on one of our favorite weekend hiking spots, the Shenandoah Mountains, and one of my wonderful friends painted a mountain scene that served as our guestbook.

We are so excited to share these pictures by Perry Vaile Photography – after a long search, we had just about given up on a finding a photographer that felt just right, and the second we found Perry’s work, we just knew! We’re simply thrilled to have these images and these memories of our wedding day.

Photography: Perry Vaile | Invitations: South | Ceremony Venue: University United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: The Barn At Fearrington Village | Shoes: Paris Xox | Engagement Ring: Charleston Alexander | Wedding Bands: Brent & Jess | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair And Makeup: Bella Trio | Calligraphy: Calligraphy By Carrie | DJ: DJ Bunn Company | Bluegrass Band: The Guilty Pleasures | Bow Ties And Suspenders: Dapper Gent | Bride's Dress: Judd Waddell | Clutch: Hoganfe | Cufflinks: Tracy Tayan Designs | Earrings: Erin Cole | Florist (ceremony): Tre Bella | Florist (reception): Fearrington Village | Flower Girl Dresses: David's Bridal | Food And Cake: Fearrington Village | Programs: Ply | Tuxedos: Allure

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Dreamy ‘Something Blue’ Wedding Inspiration

This one’s for all you bold, but dreamy brides. It’s a ‘something blue’ in the form of one seriously pretty Jenny Yoo dress—flowy and flirty and paired with frolicsome florals and a wildly beautiful crown from Alicia Jayne Florals. With Reverie Supply behind the ethereal loveliness of this gallery, we’ll surely be dreaming for days.

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From Reverie SupplyReverie Supply was inspired to create something effortless, dramatic yet altogether beautiful. Most brides these days, plunge and take a non traditional approach to their wedding day and wedding dress. When we saw the Annanbelle from the Jenny Yoo Collection we were more then swooned! A dress that you can convert into so many looks? Count us in! The dress was made of tulle that was so soft to touch and in a vintage blue color that was perfect for a bride’s something blue.

A little bit undone. A little bit on the edge. A little bit of elegance, vintage and ethereal.

Photography: Reverie Supply | Floral Design: Alicia Jayne Florals | Wedding Gown: Jenny Yoo | National Park: Manassas Battlefield Park

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