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Travel-Themed Vintage Wedding at the Piedmont Club

These lovebirds don’t hold back when it comes to adventure. Already married after a surprise elopement the year prior, they decided it was time to celebrate with friends and family, and threw a travel-themed soiree in honor of their worldwide treks. With Michael and Carina capturing every detail, I’ll be spending some quality time in this gallery hoping some of their adorable charm rubs off.

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From Michael And Carina… We are super excited to share our favorite wedding of the season with you. Pilar and Jarad’s vintage and travel themed winter wedding stood out to us because of all of the details which were carefully and lovingly prepared by the bride and groom. These two are just so in love and so stylish! Their personality really shines through in the pictures. We shot this wedding mainly on medium format film (Contax 645), developed by Film Box Lab. 

Pilar and Jarad have been inseparable for 8 years.They love adventures, having fun with friends and they travel all over the world.They are also full of surprises. Almost exactly one year ago they contacted us with a special request: to shoot their surprise elopement in Williamsburg. It was a very intimate and sweet elopement. They surprised their family with the photos afterwards.

This year, after being married for one year, Pilar and Jarad wanted to include all their friends and family in the celebration at a vow renewal on their first anniversary. They picked the beautiful Piedmont Club in Northern Virginia as their wedding venue. Their late-afternoon indoor ceremony was accompanied by a guitar player.

There were world globes, maps and old photographs everywhere – it was perfect. They put so much thought and love into it. There was a lot of DIY which we love. The bride made the invitations herself – by cutting out travel brochures. She wrote us that “The props and decor were mostly me, a lot of chalkboard ink, handwriting, gluing, flea markets, Craigslist and Pinterest stalking. Jarad’s mother made the signpost and I painted on the city names. The programs I made myself (the night before!) because the ones we had ordered came through a mess and we ran out of time to find new ones.”

Plus, the two are just incredibly stylish. Pilar’s gloves are vintage from the groom’s family. They have been unable to fit anyone in the family for generations…until Pilar. I got goosebumps hearing this story. The fur shawl is also a vintage piece, great for this winter wedding. The bride’s second/reception dress was also purchased at La Reve Bridal; however “it was actually a prom dress they had in the shop purchased just days before the big day!” 

The couple loves travelling and had friends there which they had made during their travels around the world. Their “guestbook” was a globe and by the entrance stood a big map with small flags on it indicating where the couple had traveled. The table decorations had city themes (London, Rome, Paris, Tokyo…). Keepsakes from those cities were laid out on the tables. And every table had a fitting viewfinder with pictures from the couple’s trip to that city.

What we love most about Pilar and Jarad is how they combine their love with their love for adventure. They have so much fun together, they keep it fresh. After being together for almost a decade, these two are just crazy about each other. And that is what makes us so excited.

Photography: Michael And Carina | Floral Design: J. Morris Flowers | Wedding Dress: La Reve Bridal | Cake: Cupcakes Actually | Invitations: DIY | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Nordstrom Rack | Hair And Makeup: My Mobile Salon Inc. | DJ: DJ Alkimist | Mens Attire: Vera Wang | Accessories: Heirloom | Decorations: DIY | Photobooth: The Majestic Photobooth Company | Transportation: Abe's Limo | Wedding Venue: Piedmont Club

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Elegant Summer Wedding at Mendenhall Inn

I’m officially declaring long-sleeved lace gowns my new obsession (thank you Kate for kicking that off). Add in an open back and we have an absolute stunner. This sweet summer celebration had me smiling from picture to picture, from hair and makeup to cake cutting, all captured by Tina Jay, and I doubt you’ll be able to resist grinning from this gallery as well.

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From Tina Jay Photography… Anna & Joe had the most lovely summer wedding! I adored the pale pink color scheme, from the bridesmaids dresses, to the florals, to the cake. Their cake topper was delightful as well! But my favorite part of the wedding? Anna’s dress. One of the most gorgeous I have ever seen, and she wore it perfectly! One of the most stunning brides I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Photos were taken at an amazing spot called Longwood Gardens – it was a dream to photograph there! Enjoy the details and the wedding!

Photography: Tina Jay Photography | Floral Design: Beautiful Blooms | Wedding Dress: Ellis Bridals | Cake: The Master's Baker | Invitations: William Arthur | Ceremony Venue: St. Cornelius Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Mendenhall Inn | Hair & Makeup: Your Day Your Way | DJ: Cutting Edge Entertainment

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Romantic Eastern Shore Estate Wedding

You know those love stories that are so sweet they could basically be a novel? Like, for instance, growing up alongside your Groom and marrying him years later in the backyard of your childhood home - which is exactly what Kari Rider Events helped this duo do. Krista A. Jones captured the day filled with love and blooms by Monteray Farms. Not a detail was spared and you can see even more romance here.

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From The Bride…I always knew that I wanted to get married at my childhood home! Family is a HUGE part our relationship. Our grandparents grew up with each other, our parents grew up with each other, and we even grew up with each other. It’s true — the save-the-date even featured a picture of us when I was 18-months-old and Brian was 3-years-old. The day of the wedding the weather was sunny and breezy! After a year of planning we had prayed for perfect weather and God certainly answered.

The ceremony took place in front of Fishing Creek as its backdrop, cocktail hour was around the infinity pool with signature rum punch and our reception was underneath the pole tent hung with lanterns. Probably the most memorable part of the night was my father-daughter dance. The song was a surprise. Just before my father gave a speech, recalling that his choice was made long before I was born. It was “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle; however, he had my little sister sing and record it.

Halfway through, my little brother came onto the dance floor with me. Being surrounded by everyone was exactly what we wanted at the end of the night when we lit wish lanterns off into the sky. The perfect ending to a perfect day.

Photography: Krista A. Jones | Videography: Birdhouse Productions | Wedding Planner: Kari Rider Events | Floral Designer: Monteray Farms | Cake: Bay Country Bakery | Invitations: Christa Ursini | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Rings: Mervis Diamond Importers | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Gourmet By The Bay | Hair & Makeup: Behind The Veil Beauty | DJ: Josh Rhett Of MyDeeJay | Officiant: Rev. Dr. William Brown Of Wesley Freedom Methodist Church | Ceremony Musicians: Hill Chamber Music | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals | Dress Shop: Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Photo Booth Backdrop: Handpainted By Cheryl Bubier And Michaela Bubier | Private Home: Bride's Parents Home | Rentals: Eastern Shore Tents & Events | Save-the-dates/Ceremony Programs/Escort Cards/Table Numbers: Sara Metzger | Ties & Bow Tie: Clip A Bow Tie | Vintage Rentals : 2Hands Studios

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Elegant Summer Wedding at Pittsburgh Golf Course

Some weddings make my heart beat a bit faster and this elegant-meets-vintage affair is one of them. From the beautiful florals to more perfect personal touches than I can count, I’m in love with this couple and every inch of their celebration. Palermo Photo captured it all and I dare you to soak up this gallery and not find a smile spreading across your face.

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From Palermo Photo… I am so thrilled to share with you this beautiful wedding from this beautiful couple. Kate and Danny were married on August 16, 2014. This Brooklyn-based couple decided to swap the Big Apple for the ‘Burgh to exchange vows in the Bride’s hometown. It was truly a family affair, with sentiment and family ties woven throughout the wedding day. The bride wore two necklaces tucked beneath the intricate lace of her gown – an heirloom necklace from the bride’s grandmother and the groom’s grandmother. The bride also held a lace handkerchief with her bouquet, a Puerto Rican tradition from the groom’s family. Speaking of the groom, he was a beacon of style and class, yet still sentimental and family-focused, donning a vintage YSL tuxedo that belonged to his father.

The sun shone bright on the happy couple as they entered the Pittsburgh Golf Club to share drinks and dances with friends and family, after saying “I do” at the Epiphany Church in downtown Pittsburgh. Fun was had by all, between the tears and hugs of course.

A quick trip back to the beginning: these two smitten kittens met freshman year in college at Fordham University in New York. As these things often go, they were great friends but star-crossed, one was always taken when the other was single, and visa versa, until one fateful moment arrived senior year at Fordham that brought these two lovebirds together. Danny and Kate have been together ever since, and now are happily married!

From The Bride… Danny and I live in New York, but we decided to get married in Pittsburgh, where I grew up and where my parents live. We’re so glad we did! It was so special showing our friends and families a city that we both love. I’m not the kind of bride who relished the idea of spending tons and tons of time planning a wedding, so doing so from another city also allowed us to take a pretty laid back approach to everything. (My mom helped tremendously as well!) I wanted our wedding to have a garden party feel to it, so the Pittsburgh Golf Club, which sits on a golf course in the largest park in the city, was the perfect setting for our reception. The Golf Club and the Church of the Epiphany, where we were married, are both Pittsburgh historic landmarks, so we wanted to the wedding to have a simple, timeless feel. We incorporated a lot of items and traditions from both of our families – I wore necklaces from his grandmother and my grandmother, and my wedding band was my other grandmother’s. I also carried a white lace handkerchief with my bouquet, a tradition from Danny’s family. Aesthetically, I wanted our wedding to have an romantic, floral, classic, sort-of vintage vibe to it. Loose bouquets, white hydrangeas and Queen Anne’s lace with some light pink wax flowers and pops of bright green. Very garden-y, and an (understated) flower crown on me! We just wanted our wedding to be a really fun party, with great music (anything from Beyonce to Al Green to the Talking Heads) and LOTS of dancing because our friends and family are big on dancing. And special thanks goes to our vendors, most especially Maria Palermo, who is not only an amazing photographer but also hilarious and patient and fun.

Photography: Palermo Photo | Floral Design: Crossroad Florist | Wedding Dress: Collette Dinnigan | Ceremony Venue: Epiphany Church | Reception Venue: Pittsburgh Golf Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | DJ: Entertainment Unlimited | Harpist: Suzanne Hershey | Accommodations/getting Ready: Omni William Penn Hotel | Hair Styling: Salon & Spa At SouthPointe | Makeup: Red Lips And Roses

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