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A Wedding at American’s First Organic Farm

When Andrew and Lina got engaged, there was no question where they’d tie the knot. The Rodale Organic Family Farm, Andrew’s family estate, was the ultimate backdrop for their summer wedding and they knew just how to dress up the details, giving their rustic celebration a modern spin. With incredible vendors like Cobblestone CateringJackie Schneider Beauty and Rebecca Yale Photography in the mix, every aspect of their big day was something special. More to see this way!

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Andrew and Lina met at an advertising agency in 2011 where they both worked. They both still work in the advertising industry, Andrew on the technology side, and Lina on the planning and buying side.

They were married on Andrew’s family estate, The Rodale Organic Family Farm, a truly picturesque spot that has been the venue for many of Andrew’s family members nuptials. The Rodale family were pioneers in organic farming, and the family farm was the first organic farm in America, which is not far from the Rodale Institute, which continues to be at the forefront of organic farming practices. Guests were welcomed to the farm with gift bags featuring organic snacks and beverages along with copies of Women’s and Men’s Health Magazine, publications produced by the Rodale family. In keeping with the spirit of the farm, guests were each given a succulent to take home as a wedding favor.

Mark Kintzel, whose known the groom since he was a baby, designed the day with bright summer florals to compliment the beautiful farm setting with pops of pink, red, yellow and orange, which also carried through to the bridesmaids’ dresses and the bride’s shoes. Instead of a traditional photo booth, Mark decked out the groom’s great grandfather’s VW convertible with flowers and vintage suitcases, making for a fun and personal backdrop. Guests were given a copy of their photos to keep and another strip to paste in the guestbook. The bride and groom had a custom snapchat geo tag made for their guests to use during the wedding and collected all the snaps as a digital guestbook as well.

The farm is still a working farm, but the greenhouse was decommissioned and the glass removed to prevent snow cave-ins during the winter, which made for the perfect spot for cocktail hour. Cocktail hour took place in both the greenhouse and the sculpture garden next door and guests enjoyed 3 signature cocktails and oysters while Andrew’s uncle played the accordion. Andrew and Lina share a love of travel and food- he proposed on a hilltop in Greece- and come from diverse backgrounds, which they wanted to showcase throughout. The reception took place in a sailcloth tent and the dinner was a blend of cuisines from all of their travels (Italian, Spanish, Greek, Dominican and Lebanese) and was served family style to bring everyone together for the special occasion.

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Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Event Planning : Mark Kintzel Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Katherine Sprules Cakes | Invitations: Fourteen-Forty | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Rings: Cartier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Cobblestone Catering | Hair + Makeup: JACKIE SCHNEIDER BEAUTY | Groom's Attire: Michael Andrews Bespoke | Groomsmen Suits: Bonobos | Photo Booth: Big Laughs Photo Booth

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Summer Sun + Pretty Pastels for this Seaside Wedding

Perfect weather and a beautiful Bride and Groom make for a Vault gallery that we can’t wait to get our hands on. Add in the stunning sights of the sea and Michael and Carina’s gorgeous images, and our Monday just got magical. See every pretty pic right this way!

From Michael and Carina… Bettina and John-Paul’s wedding is the dream of every bride who loves outdoor weddings. The weather was absolutely perfect and they said their “I’do’s” right next to the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

A private boat tour took the bridal party out for a ride. Fresh oysters were prepared at the outdoor cocktail hour.

Sara Reynolds Events created an elegant, yet simple reception area for the couple with gold accents and plenty of greenery.

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Photography: Michael and Carina Photography | Cinematography: Shutter And Sound | Event Design: Sara Reynolds Events | Floral Design: Seaberry Farm | Wedding Dress: Christos | Cake: Graul’s Market | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Gourmet By The Bay | Makeup Artist: The Makeup Chic | Hair Stylist: PSC Hair Artistry | Band: Attraction | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Wedding Venue: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Getting Ready Location: Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond | Paper Goods: Minted | Rentals: Eastern Shore Tents And Events

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Proof a Garden Party Wedding Doesn’t Have to Be Outdoors

Leave it to Erin McLean Events to plan and design a garden party-style wedding…and to do it all in just 8 weeks. With the use of cascading greenery and metallic accents, she transformed a classic ballroom into a reception any guest would die to attend. Laura Gordon photographed and you can dive right into the gallery this way.

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From Erin McLean EventsCelia had her heart set on an outdoor wedding, but planning for an August wedding day made that dream seem a little out of reach. Not only that, but because of Adrian’s medical school schedule, we needed to plan this wedding in a little less than 8 weeks! Never fear, why don’t we create an enchanted garden party in the iconic Hill Ballroom at Carolina Inn? Celia and Adrian were sold, so after being married in the newly reopened Duke Chapel in all its restored glory, they would dance the night away among flowing florals, glowing tablescapes, and the incomparable sounds of The Sleeping Booty Band.

Introducing blush tones ranging from the palest pink to soft ivories, paired with cascading greenery and metallic accents, the ballroom transformed into a lovely look never before created. With the addition of boxwood bars, barely golden chiffon runners, and a cake oozing with lush blooms, Celia and Adrian’s vision for an outdoor wedding day came alive indoors.

We brought in a crisp white dance floor and staging to bring the look together and of course provide ample room for celebration once Sleeping Booty Band kicked off the night!

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Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Cinematography: Jeff Brewer Films | Event Design: Erin McLean Events | Event Planning: Erin McLean Events | Floral Design: Lily Greenthumb's Wedding & Event Design | Cake: Ashley Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Duke Chapel | Reception Venue: Carolina Inn | Hair + Makeup: Makeupforyourday | Calligraphy: Well Addressed Calligraphy | Entertainment: Sleeping Booty Band | Rentals: I Do Linens | Rentals: Themeworks Creative | Rentals: CE Rental | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Fairytale-Style Whimsy For a Fall Ranch Wedding

There are so many details to love about this whimsical ranch wedding, it’s tough to know exactly where to begin. From the bride’s gown and Emma Katzka headpiece, to the sprawling natural scenery, to the family style reception set aglow by hundreds of candles…it’s a fairytale day if I ever saw one and we’re only just getting started. More this way from the lens of Shannon Moffit.

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From Shannon Moffit Photography… Justine and Zach are the kind of couple you can’t help but love! Their wedding was a perfect reflection of them, simple with an elegant flair. The two were married on a private ranch in Virginia, against a view of woodland mountains that seem to be painted on the horizon. The layers of Justine’s Sarah Seven gown danced in the wind as they said their vows, and her organic bouquet with shades of purple, made for a lovely color pop against the dark greens around us. The reception was one of the most unique I have experienced. Guests sat “family style” and dined solely by the glow of hundreds of candles; it was perfectly intimate!

From the Bride… Zach and I were first introduced by a mutual friend while attending Southern Illinois University. I was a bit of an introvert and highly focused on obtaining a suitable enough GPA to grant me admission into graduate school, while Zach was busy making the most of his college experience (wink, wink). Unsure at first, Zach soon won me over with his silly sense of humor and his easy-going nature, and I slowly converted him to a guy who preferred “Netflix & Nap” over that night’s college rager.

Five years, six moves and three cats later… Zach proposed to me while we were alone on the beautiful beach of Fort De Soto. After the initial shock wore off, the reality of planning a large wedding sunk in. While we lived down in Florida, most of our family lived in Illinois, so the first task was deciding where we would tie the knot. Travel would be required for at least half of our family no matter the state, so when one of Zach’s relatives’ offered up her retired horse ranch in the gorgeous rolling hills of Northern Virginia we jumped at the opportunity!

Zach and I are both pretty laid-back, with a style that I would describe as organic and minimalistic. Northern Virginia is stunningly beautiful, so we didn’t want loud colors or unnecessary bells and whistles taking away from the beauty of the countryside! Dove grey and gold were the perfect colors for our neutral affair, and we welcomed the soft yellow, orange, and red tones that came with the changing leaves of fall (our favorite season).

The bridesmaids wore a variety of convertible Jenny Yoo dresses, which perfectly accented the gold embroidered appliqué flowers in my Sarah Seven gown. We added pops of eggplant and lavender to the floral arrangements to honor my grandmother, who has always loved the color purple. The ceremony took place overlooking the horse pastures under a simple, but elegant structure lined with greenery and a beautiful banner. The wind was strong that day, but it made for the most beautiful movement with our chiffon dresses! The same mutual friend that introduced us, officiated our wedding, which made the ceremony so much more intimate for Zach and I. After the ceremony, the guests were moved inside a tent to enjoy a cocktail hour with hot apple cider – the perfect fall treat!

For the reception, tapered candles and loose greenery were used to decorate the beautiful farm tables that lined the barn from front to back – helping us set a comfortable, “family style” tone. Injectable donut holes made for the perfect dessert, and after dinner was served, the guests moved into the tent for dancing! The top and side panels of the tent were translucent, allowing guests to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors without having to endure the frigid cold temperatures that evening!

In retrospect, our wedding was perfectly us – simple yet elegant. We could not have pulled it off without the help of our amazing event designer and stylist, Luxe and Luna Couture Events, and our fabulous photographer, Shannon Moffit Photography! These “friendors” helped us take our fragmented visions and make them cohesive and practical. While they took care of the heavy lifting, Zach and I were able to enjoy our day and the precious time with our beloved friends and family. We are so thankful!

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Photography: Shannon Moffit Photography | Event Planning: Luxe and Luna Couture Events | Floral Design: Petals and Hedges | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven, Practically Perfect | Cake: Sweetz Bakery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Tri-Spring Farm Catering | Makeup Artist: Makeup by Alexis Janney | Hair: Kirsten Marie Design | Calligraphy: Letterlyn Studio | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang | Venue: Family Horse Ranch | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Headpiece: Emma Katzka Bridal | Rentals: Something Vintage Rentals

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