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Multicultural Chicago Ballroom Wedding

Surrounded by gilded details and soft blush accents from Art of Imagination in a glam ballroom setting, this fun-loving couple said “I Do” in a traditional Jewish ceremony, followed by, as photographer Olivia Leigh said, a “celebration was international, interfaith and multicultural — truly a global celebration of their relationship!” Check out the gallery to see every last gorgeous detail.

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From Olivia Leigh Photographie… This wedding! Kadmiel and Whitney were THE MOST adorable couple to photograph. The joy and love they share just radiated from them, creating a beautifully emotional and incredibly fun, yet intimate celebration. After working in the wedding industry for several years, currently as a bridal stylist for Vera Wang, Whitney planned a beautiful spring wedding at the historic Blackstone Hotel in Chicago with Kadmiel. Their celebration was international, interfaith and multicultural — truly a global celebration of their relationship! A Jewish ceremony under an elegant and romantic chuppah was a beautiful start to the celebration and DJ Megan Taylor with Percussionist Chris Paquette kept the party going all night for this couple that loves music and dancing. They had one of the most packed and vibrant dance floors I’ve ever seen and all of their guests truly had a blast!

Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie | Videography: Vanilla Video | Floral Design: Juliet Tan | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bridesmaids' Dresses: MANGO | Catering: The Renaissance Blackstone Hotel | Hair And Makeup: Kate Johnson | DJ: DJ Megan Taylor | Groom's Attire: Armani | Groom's Shoes: Del Toro | Ceremony Music: Acoustic Guitar And Singer Abbi Rajasekhar | Venue: The Renaissance Blackstone Hotel | Bride's Earrings: Carolee | Desserts: Sugar Hills Bakery | Event Décor: Art Of Imagination | Photobooth: 312 Photobooth | Reception Music: Chris Paquette | Wedding Rings: Alan Rocca Fine Jewelry

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Traditional + Romantic Oklahoma Springtime Soiree

Here’s a tradition we think every bride can get behind: the bouquet presentation. Just before this gorgeous couple exchanged vows, the bride and groom met outside the church (she was hidden by a column!) where he handed her a beautiful bouquet from The Fleuriste, symbolizing the last gift before marriage. If that doesn’t have you saying, “Aw,” take a look at all the sweet moments captured by Candi Coffman Photography and PenWeddings in the gallery.

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From The FleuristeAbbey has such a sweet smile an undeniable sense of style, we knew from the moment we met her we were going to get along famously. We joined forces with the talented Wedding Belle and other amazing vendors to make Abbey’s vision come to life.

Florals in cream and blush hues accented by soft lighting set the tone for romance in the back yard of the bride’s childhood home. Did I mention she lived on a horse farm? With horses roaming the gorgeous landscape of the estate you couldn’t ask for a more enchanting venue.

The day started off with a chance of rain which teased light drizzles as we were setting up, but held off for a beautiful June evening! Bistro lights guided guests down to the lawn where vintage doors were suspended horizontally from the trees and created floating cocktail tables. The “floating tables” featured stunning florals including Phalaeneopis Orchids, Garden Roses and Peonies.

Mini potted succulents featuring guest’s name and table number doubled as escort cards and party favors. Sandblasted ghost wood adorned with flowers accented the escort card “succulent table”

The guests later moved inside a tent for dinner and dancing (and believe me when I say these folks danced the night away.) The ambiance was set with a huge crystal chandelier and bistro lighting. The beautiful floral centerpieces included Peonies, Roses, Hydrangeas, Lambs Ear, Dahlias, and Tulips.

The bride was all about the traditions for her wedding. One of the sweetest traditions the couple followed was the presentation of the brides bouquet. According to tradition, the groom would wait outside the church and hand the bride her bouquet when she’s arrived, this symbolizing the last gift from the groom as her boyfriend..With that in mind, Separated by a column to ensure they would not see each other, Abbey and Hunter met so Hunter could present the bride with her bouquet of Garden Roses, Ranunculus, Peonies in breathtaking white and blush tones. An heirloom bible was attached at the stems and accented with silk and lace ribbons.

When it came to tossing the bouquet, everyone was in for a surprise. The toss bouquet was created to burst into several petite bouquets once tossed into the air; this way all the single ladies would each go home with their own lucky bouquet.

Photography: Candi Coffman Photography | Coordination: The Wedding Belle | Floral Design: The Fleuriste | Wedding Dress: JJ Kelly Bridal Salon | Cake: Mishelle Handy Cakes | Invitations: Paper 'N More | Ceremony Venue: Faith Bible Church | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Prim | Catering: Cheever's Catering | Lighting : IES | DJ: Bring the party productions | Cineomatographers: PenWeddings | Rentals: Marianne's Rentals

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Whimsical Mackinac Island Destination Wedding

What comes to mind when you marry the genius of Clary Pfeiffer with the mastery of LoLo Event Design? Just one thing, utter perfection. A charming day awash with island-inspired whimsy, the gallery is chock-full of minty green wedding details galore. Beginning with the Bride’s jaw-dropping JLM Couture LWD gown and ending with a romance filled evening, you can see it all unfold here!

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From Clary PfeifferToday I’m submitting a wedding with a really fun bride and groom that wanted something different for their guests. They selected Mackinac Island where there are only horse drawn carriages for transportation and a landscape of quaint houses. My favorite is the ceremony where the guests sat in rocking chairs overlooking the river. Below is more for the couple.

Sara and Aaron’s love story crisscrossed multiple cities and countries so when they decided to say “I do” it was only fitting that they host a destination wedding. Sara, who grew up in Illinois, spent her childhood summers vacationing on Mackinac Island in Northern Michigan. The quaint island has held onto its charm by forbidding cars of any kind. All transportation is, very romantically, via horse-drawn carriage. Given Sara’s love of horses and the outdoors Mackinac was a dream destination to host their closest friends and family.

To unveil their wedding location LoLo Event Design partnered with stationary designer Lynn Graham Designs and Toile illustrator, Denise Spoenlein of Custom Illustrations to create a custom invitation suite. Denise created a custom toile pattern that told the story of how Sara and Aaron met, dated, came to be engaged and ultimately be married. Even their beloved dog True was featured in the design. The toile pattern was ultimately featured on the save the date, invitation, ceremony program, menu card and welcome gift.

As guests arrived to Mackinac Island they were welcomed with a canvas tote bag filled with local Michigan goodies and adorned with a luggage tag featuring the toile pattern. Family and friends explored the island before departing via horse –drawn carriage to the rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom’s parents at a restaurant deep in the woods.

Come wedding day Sara and Aaron enjoyed a private carriage ride around the island before walking down the aisle. The intimate ceremony took place on the infamous front porch of The Grand Hotel. Guests were seated in rocking chairs with views of Lake Huron. Sara walked down the aisle in a JLM Couture gown carrying a custom bouquet constructed by LoLo Event Design of a leather horse lead.

Following the ceremony Sara removed the long skirt of her JLM Couture gown to reveal a knee length look. Guests were invited to a private dinning groom within The Grand Hotel where they were welcomed by a jazz pianist. The kelly green and robin’s egg blue tabletop was designed to compliment the eccentric interior of the dinning room. Custom candelabras finished with gold tapper candles became the focal point of the table. The place settings featured a menu card designed around the couple’s toile pattern, which was wrapped with a personalized leather engraved belly band place card. Guests lingered over their choice of a vegetarian or meat tasting menu. Sara and Aaron shared a love seat at the head of the table. For dessert everyone was invited to the hotel’s ice cream parlor for their choice of sundae, Sara’s personal favorite.

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer | Event Design: LoLo Event Design | Floral Design: Margaret’s Floral Garden | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom's Attire: Black By Vera Wang | Wedding Venue: The Grand Hotel | Bridal Gown : JLM Couture LWD | Bridal Hair Piece : Richard Designs | Bridal Veil : Ellen Marie Design | Brides Leather Bouquet: LoLo Event Design | Ceremony And Dinner Music: The Grand Hotel | Custom Toile Design : Denise Spoenlein Of Custom Illustrations | Dessert: Sadie's Ice Cream | Linens : Table Toppers Of Newton | Paper Goods: Lynn Graham Designs | Place Cards: LoLo Event Design

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Elegant Tented Backyard Lake Forest Wedding

Personally, I think nothing is more romantic than intimate home spun “I Do’s”… And when your home’s grounds (well, in this case, the Groom’s parents’) looks like this? Swoon! Annie Parish Photography captured this stunning couple at their beautifully tented, all-white backyard bash in the gallery here, so take a peek and get inspired!

From the beautiful Bride… Our wedding day, September 13th, turned out to be a beautiful sunny day, although a bit cooler than we had anticipated! No worries; guests wore shawls and light wraps and were quite comfortable on the front lawn of the groom’s family home in Lake Forest, Il. After cocktails on the rear terraces overlooking the pool and grounds, dinner and dancing took place in warm tented venues on the back lawn. Our inspiration for the reception décor could be described a “twinkly, forest fairyland,” with slender ficus trees as centerpieces and beautiful ambient lighting, as well as gorgeous chandeliers.

The fact that it was the home that Bretton grew up in made everything so special and personal. Although our bridesmaids were limited to our sisters, there were 20 women – all of my best friends, plus moms – getting ready at the house that day, as well as about a dozen guys in separate quarters. It was fantastically fun and so memorable. Lots of champagne! Another special element was that our favorite band from Minnesota, who also played at my sister’s wedding, made the trip to Chicago for us. They played without stopping until midnight, and then we all moved into the “Apres” tent for the after-party with a DJ and pizza from Bretton’s favorite place. The last trolley rolled out at 3 am!

A dear family friend of the Pope’s presided over the ceremony, and my sister Tate —one of the bridesmaids—performed the vows, officially marrying us. Another fun feature of the ceremony was the men’s a cappella group from DePaul University making a surprise appearance, filing out of the house to sing Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me.” Bretton and I each read a poetry selection that we had chosen for each other; and through a blizzard of confetti we recessed to full volume Stevie Wonder singing “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”

Though the entire day was filled with memorable moments, our favorite part was walking out of the after-party tent, hand-in-hand, after the last guest had boarded the last trolley. I was carrying my shoes and Bretton had taken off his bowtie and jacket; we were both amazed that we were the last guests at the party! We took a moment to look back at the tents and talk about the day and night, and how we felt so lucky to have had the wedding day we did.

We met at Lehigh University on Halloween night, 2005. I was a freshman and Bretton was a sophomore, and we met on the steps of Sigma Chi where his fraternity Chi Phi was co-hosting a Halloween party. Bretton broke the ice by asking, “I think I was supposed to meet you!” Although it sounds like any other cheesy line, it’s actually true: Bretton’s dad had recently played golf with a friend of my dad, and they figured out that Bretton and I would both be at Lehigh that fall. Although we met in 2005, we didn’t start dating until September of 2008, after I got back from a semester abroad.

Bretton proposed on December 7th, 2013—about 18 months after I moved to NYC to live with him. He told me he had to go in to work on a Saturday, which wasn’t unusual. After he left, however, he asked me to check the bedroom for something he forgot, where I found a note instructing me to be in front of our building an hour later. A black car picked me up and whisked me over to the High Line, an old raised train track-turned-garden that I always admired but Bretton thought was over-hyped. Bretton was there waiting, ring in hand, surrounded by twinkle lights (I think he just got lucky, because Christmas was just around the corner!). After I said yes, we went down to the Standard Grill for oysters and champagne, and then uptown to our favorite sushi spot.

My dress was waiting for me, just as I imagined it, at Lovely in TriBeCa in New York City. My mother and sister came in for the weekend, and I had scheduled 5 appointments. The first two were disappointing, but I knew I would recognize my dress as soon as I saw it. It was a simple Theia sequined gown, elegant and sophisticated; and the fun surprise was a beautiful chiffon skirt with a seed pearl waistband that fastened over the gown, creating a lovely, floating bridal effect, which was perfect for the ceremony. When I took it off for the reception it seemed as though I had an entirely different dress on. I never expected to get so many remarks and compliments about my dress!

Photography: Annie Parish Photography | Event Design: Christine Janda Design And Events | Floral Design: Christine Janda Design And Events | Wedding Dress: Theia | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David Meister | Catering: Truffleberry Catering | Band: Trailer Trash | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Private Residence | Linens: BBJ | Planning: Christine Janda Design And Events | Rentals: Tablescapes | Tent: Blue Peak Tents