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Rustic Winery Wedding

Besides being one of the prettiest days I have ever laid my eyes upon, this wedding looks like sooo much fun.  The kind of day that you just LOVE being a part of, whether it’s as the gorgeous bride and groom or one of the lucky friends and family sharing in all of the joy.  From the amazing ceremony to the beautiful Posy blooms to the breathtaking images from Kelly Maughan Photography.  See them here

And a beautiful film from CBJB Productions?  Yes, please. 


From the Bride… I met Joe through a mutual friend and immediately liked him. I know it sounds cliche’ when people say this, but I actually felt like I had already known him. We have a lot in common in that we don’t take anything too seriously. I think that was most reflected in our cake cutting – neither of us cared or even thought about how we were going to do it or if it would ruin my makeup or our clothes. We just had fun with it and that’s what I love about being with Joe, he makes everything fun. The most important thing to us on our wedding day was that it reflected who we are and what is important to us.

The first thing we chose was Via Vecchia as the venue, an Italian Winery in the brewery district. We wanted a space that was rustic, comfortable and unique. Via Vecchia was a perfect fit for us because my family is Italian and we both love wine. Many of the sayings, food and traditions at our wedding were Italian and wine themed and we decorated the space with olive branches, lanterns, chalkboards and old photos. Dinner was served family style and our families made cannoli’s and Italian cookies for dessert. We really wanted our guests to feel like they were having dinner at our home. We wanted the tone to be comfortable and laid-back, and I think the family style dining and the homemade desserts really set the tone. For our favors, Joe made 250 half bottles of homemade wine. We personalized each bottle with twine and our signature tag that we’d used on our save the date and invitations.

Our favorite thing about our wedding was the ceremony. In Italy, many events, including marriages happen outside in the town square with people gathered around. There’s something so beautiful and intimate about the simplicity of those gatherings. Even though it was a chilly November night and the only light we had was from a few string lights, we decided to get married on an alleyway stoop with our family and friends gathered around. It was perfect. Joe’s older brother married us, and Joe and I exchanged our own vows which added to the intimacy and comfort of our wedding ceremony.

Joe and I don’t regret a single thing about our wedding day. We didn’t do a lot of the traditions that many people do, but instead started our own that were more memorable and significant to us – and that’s what we wanted our wedding day to be about!

Photography: Kelly Maughan Photography | Videographer: CBJB Productions | Flowers: Posy | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Macy's | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Macy's | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang | Makeup: Joy Macke: State Of Face | Venue: Via Vecchia

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Anatomy of a Bridal Bouquet + WIUP

It’s no secret we’re total suckers for a good bridal bouquet. Big, small, we love ‘em all and Marti’s Floral Designs is here to break down the pretty. She’s sharing her recipe for the ultimate bundle of blooms and thanks to Lexi Vornberg Photography you can see the snaps right here. Pssst: winners, reminders and a few fun discounts are just a scroll away. Happy weekend!

Italian Ruscus
Uhle Curls
Garden Roses

Tip: Any flower is beautiful in itself. Putting a stunning white anemone against the dark texture of the burgundy agonis makes it more noticeable. The greens give this bouquet the dramatic look that make it pop. Plenty of times the greenery gets a bad rap. Insert mental photo of leather leaf from the grocery store with red roses and baby’s breath. It is all in the application of the flowers and how they are placed together. A good trick is to start with each individual flower and rotating them in placement until the bouquet is full. 

From Marti’s Floral Designs… Many flowers go into the making of a bridal bouquet. Every flower is chosen for an exact reason. To represent a color, a texture, a style. A flower can be taken and made to look modern, romantic, traditional or rustic. It is all in the look that the Bride is trying to achieve for her wedding. I am a huge advocate to selling brides on the style and not a particular flower. Mother Nature never provides the same product every week and every bride is not the same either! All the flowers apart are striking on their own, but when you see the product pulled together the final piece is just as stunning. I wanted to provide a look behind the making of a bouquet.

Bringing in special talents from all across the nation made this possible with hand dyed and frayed silk ribbon from Froufrou Chic, organic lettering from Signora a Mare, and captured by Lexi Vornberg Photography.

Photography: Lexi Vornberg Photography | Calligraphy: Signora E Mare | Flowers : Marti's Floral Designs | Ribbon : FrouFrou Chic


$1500 gift card to Ann Taylor Weddings
A tulle skirt from Alexandra Grecco
$500 gift certificate from Mariposa
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For our California brides… Discounts from Evangeline Photography.

For our Midwest brides… Enter to win an evening engagement session from Cristina G Photography.

For our New England brides… A special offer from Hyatt Regency Cambridge.


Big Congratulations to Brittany, Krista, and Shannon for winning $250 from Wedding Paper Divas.

Congrats, congrats to Katie who won an engagement session from Julian Ribinik Photography.

Finally, congratulations to the multiple winners of the a free print sample from Whimsical Prints!

Cleveland Museum of Art Engagement

The very best engagement sessions don’t necessarily need all the “fluff”…the balloons and confetti and props galore. The only special sauce needed is a madly-in-love couple who couldn’t be cuter if they tried. Couples just like this Cleveland duo who cozied up in front of Lauren Gabrielle’s camera for sweet little e-sesh that’s sure to make you smile. See it all right here.

From the couple… We travel. That’s what we do as a couple. First, it was just to see each other because when we first started dating in college, we went to different schools. I was at Miami University and Josh was at Ohio University. Our trips have ranged from a road trip to Charleston, SC to Luxembourg and Italy while I was studying abroad. We were able to travel twice to Thailand, which holds a special place in my hearts as it is where my Dad is from and where I lived for eight years of my life.

It has become a tradition that we plan at least one trip a year. This year, it was Israel. Josh’s sister lives there and I had never been. As it turned out, Josh had done a little extra planning that I was not aware of. We had just finished his birthday dinner at a fabulous restaurant in Jerusalem and I was out on the balcony of our apartment overlooking the city. Josh turned me around, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Getting engaged to the man I love, in a beautiful city, doing something we both love. It was perfect. Of course I said yes! We are so excited for what the future holds and can’t wait for our wedding in 2014!

Photography: Lauren Gabrielle Photography

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