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A Backyard Wedding Themed “Upscale BBQ”

This wedding? It deserves a standing ovation. Designed in the hands of denae brennan weddings & events, it’s a celebration that makes “upscale BBQ” look completely elegant with too many pretty moments to count. Laura Ivanova snapped every second of the fun, cute babies and cute pups included.

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From denae brennan weddings & events… Courtney and Erik were married on what the weatherman called “the hottest day of the year” in Rochester, MN. Despite the sweltering heat, their day couldn’t have been more perfect as they celebrated on the bride’s family property surrounded by loved ones, including their beloved pup, Stella!

The ceremony took place in Courtney’s mother’s backyard, and when the couple read the heartfelt vows they had written for each other, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Guests then walked down the road to enjoy lawn games, cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres around the private pond on the property. Dinner followed under the tent strung with café lights, and the dance floor, adorned with the words “Everybody Dance Now,” was rocking well into the night courtesy of the Bluewater Kings.

The couple wanted the casual feel of a backyard wedding while keeping the aesthetic romantic and elegant. Farm tables were dressed in vintage lace runners and barnwood boxes filled with lush blooms and spotted with antlers (a nod to the groom’s avid love of hunting). An “upscale BBQ” was the theme of dinner, which was served family style and highlighted by pie à la mode for dessert.

The bride and groom (and the guests!) were treated to a few fun surprises throughout the day– a flyover with a banner showcasing their wedding hashtag, and a humorous song medley performed by the maid of honor and bridesmaids.

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Photography: Laura Ivanova Photography | Cinematography: John Hoel Of Vibrant Film | Event Planning: denae brennan weddings & events​ | Floral Design: Fox & Fern Floral | Wedding Dress: a&be bridal shop | Cake: Daube's Bakery | Stationery: Minted | Catering: Johnny Mango's Cabernet Catering | Makeup: Katie Kirckof Make-Up | Hair: Sola Salon Studios | Band: Bluewater Kings Band | Transportation: Rochester Trolley & Tour Co. | Venue: At Home | Rentals: Majestic Tents & Events | Signage: denae brennan weddings & events​

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These Mismatched Maids are the Prettiest You’ll Ever See

Think mismatched maids are on their way out? Think again, loves, because this is a trend that is here.to.stay. And when paired with a stunning Chicago affair that marries classic + industrial stylings? Ohhhh-so-chic.  From the breathtaking decor from Anna Held Floral Studio to the fab paper goods from Minted, see it all captured by Kate Weinstein right here in THE VAULT.

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From the Bride… When we started planning our wedding, we knew we wanted a venue that was equally edgy and cozy. We loved the aesthetic and simplicity of high ceilings and exposed brick, paired with greenery and neutral flowers. We immediately fell in love with Ravenswood Event Center, it had the perfect look & feel.

It was very important that the wedding felt distinctly “us,” and this really came through in the details. We brought in Andrew’s love of music, our appreciation for fantastic food, and a warm inviting environment. We also got creative in capturing the little moments by setting up a couple vintage Polaroid cameras. Guests took pictures of themselves and each other, and signed the film. These pictures are some of our most special memories from the wedding.

We kept the color palette neutral and romantic with cream linens, off-white + blush flowers, mercury glass, and lots of votives to bring in warm natural light. Andrew’s groomsmen wore classic tuxedos, and the bridesmaids wore an eclectic mix of neutral dresses.

We were so happy with the end result! The wedding truly felt like the best expression of our relationship.

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Photography: Kate Weinstein Photo | Cake: West Town Bakery | Ceremony Venue: St. Giles Parish | Reception Venue: Ravenswood Event Center | Bride's Shoes: Schutz | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair and Makeup: Elena Denning Hair And MakeUp | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Dress Boutique: Gown Gallery | Floral Design + Decor: Anna Held Florist | Invitation Suite, Menus, Programs: Minted | Table Numbers: Etsy | Wedding Dress Designer: Maggie Soterro

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A Classic New Year’s Eve Wedding that Defines Glamour

Beaded bridesmaids’ dresses, faux fur shrugs, golden hour lighting and a sparkler exit — does it get any more glam than that? Combine those elements with a New Year’s Eve wedding date, and you have all the makings of the most glamorous wedding possible. Fall in love with every moment of this gorgeous day, thanks to lovely photos from Carly McCray Photography, in The Vault!

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From Carly McCray PhotographyYou may remember Lindsay + Jake’s adorable Wisconsin engagement session (featured on SMP last summer!), when they visited my neck of the woods — the pine forests of Central Wisconsin — from where they call home in Chicago.

They welcomed the new year in style during a quiet evening ceremony at the Grand Geneva Resort on a snowy night, after years of a long-distance relationship between Minnesota and Chicago, and a secret bridge proposal with all of their friends watching.

All of their friends joined them in their NYE celebration, adorned in a soft palette of grays, blush BHLDN bridesmaids dresses, soft greens and gold tones. Sparks flew at a sparkler exit for the books, and the night wouldn’t be completely with, of course, a New Year’s countdown + celebrating late into the night!

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Photography: Carly McCray Photography | Floral Design: Frontier Flowers of Fontana | Wedding Dress:Jacinda Gown By Watters | Cake: Grand Geneva | Bride’s Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bridesmaids’ Dresses:BHLDN | Hair + Makeup: Clear Waters Salon And Day Spa | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang Black For Men’s Warehouse | Venue: Grand Geneva Resort + Spa Mountain Top Chalet | Bridal Boutique – Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN | Bride’s Fur: Vintage | Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds

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Former Miss Nebraska Shares Her Hometown Wedding

As former Miss Nebraska USA and self-declared fashion lover, it’s pretty safe to say this Bride knows a thing or two about style. She chose an impossibly chic Vera Wang gown for her hometown wedding and it set the stage for an elegant celebration photographed by Megan Pomeroy. Look back at their Chicago engagement sesh, and head this way for the full wedding gallery.

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From The Bride…As a follow up to our engagement session featured on Style Me Pretty, it makes me so excited and happy to share our wedding day! When preparing for our wedding, we knew we wanted the day to be elegant, timeless and bespoke. Jackie & JFK’s outdoor wedding reception was a huge inspiration for our day; we admired the simplicity and how timeless their photos looked.

We recently moved back to Nebraska from Chicago, and wanted to take our wedding day back to our small-town roots. We decided to have our wedding in a neighboring town where I grew up – Farwell, a town with a whopping population of 70 people! We both loved the idea of a countryside wedding and the fact that we could have the entire day in one place – the ceremony to the right of the bed and breakfast and white tents to the left for the reception. The B&B had a large wrap around porch, so we utilized that for cocktail hour, extra seating and the bar. The location was very charming and a destination we plan to visit over the years.

When it came to the look of the day, I’m a true lover of all things neutral. We used white, ivory, gold, flowers and greenery to set the stage for the day. There were aspects throughout the day that captured the essence of our relationship and upbringing. The meal at the reception was home cooked by the B&B, our cake was made by a family friend and we only served wine and beer, complementing what we enjoy drinking.

A dear friend, a former Miss Alabama USA whom I met at Miss USA, has a beautiful calligraphy business so I enlisted her help for our paper goods. She drew an illustration of the B&B that we used on our wedding invitations and programs. If I had to pick, our letterpress invitations were my favorite wedding detail! I now have the invitation framed and on display in our bedroom.

As a former Miss Nebraska USA and lover of fashion, choosing a gown was at the top of my list. I had always dreamed of wearing Vera Wang, and when I tried on the Lillian style, I instantly knew it was perfect for our outdoor wedding. I loved the simplicity and how it was made with a soft French lace. And to top it off, my veil and reception headpiece were custom designed by a dear friend and local designer. Walking down the isle to my now husband, on my mom’s arm and wearing my gown was a highlight of the day!

The reception was a blast. We had a dance tent and a dinner tent. During dinner, our videographer played our love story interviews and same day edit of our wedding day. I cried and laughed and was completely blown away. My groom even surprised me during the video and played our favorite Lord Huron song (a song we listened to on repeat during our engagement trip)! Watching our wedding day video together for the first time with all of our guests was so special. After that, we danced the night away and couldn’t stop smiling!

The Monday after the wedding we jetted off to the French Riviera, Cinque Terre and Lake Como for our honeymoon. It’s safe to say August 2015 was hands down my favorite month of all time.

We were so fortunate to work with amazing vendors. Not only did they bring together our vision for the day, but also they traveled hours to get to our remote location to make it happen. When I think about our wedding day, I think of laughing and smiling every second. I’m so glad our videographer and photographer captured these special moments that we’ll treasure forever.

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Photography: Megan Pomeroy Photography | Cinematography: Wedding Memories Of Omaha | Floral Design: Petals to Platinum | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang, Beverly Hills | Invitations: Huck And Pippa | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair: Fawnia at Serenity Salon & Spa | Groom’s Attire: Tip Top Tux | Ceremony Music: Harris Academy of the Arts | Venue: Farwell Bed & Breakfast | Accessories (sash, earrings, robe, clutch): BHLDN | Chalk Board Calligraphy: Cora Calligraphy | Invitation Letterpress:Porridge Papers | Rentals: Nostalgia Rentals | Rentals: AAA Rents | Ribbon: FrouFrou Chic | Veil & Headpiece : Felicia’s Couture Creation

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