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5 of Our Fave Fairy Tale Ball Gowns… With a Twist

We all want to look like a princess on THE big day, but channeling your inner Cinderella doesn’t have to mean saying “goodbye” to that sassy side your special someone fell in love with. Take it from Morilee Madeline Gardner – you can definitely have both. Think fabulous ball gowns that are one part traditional, one part modern and all parts romantic. Check out five of our faves (with a twist!) below.

THE MATILDA WEDDING DRESS

There’s a reason that Madeline Gardner is known as the “Queen of the Ball Gown” and it’s because of pretty little numbers like the Matilda. From the crystal beaded floral embroidery to the illusion bodice to the tulle skirt, this one’s an absolute stunner.

THE MARCIA WEDDING DRESS

We’re true believers that a little touch of lace can make any moment that much more romantic and the Marcia gown from Morilee Madeline Gardner is proving that theory… and then some. Think crystal beaded Alencon Lace, a horsehair trimmed flounced skirt and covered buttons. It’s the definition of fairy tale… with a contemporary flair.

THE MARIGOLD WEDDING DRESS

Hello, dreamy, dreamy ball gown. This gorgeous stunner from Morilee Madeline Gardner (also known as the Marigold) is basically straight from a Disney movie. It’s beaded embroidered appliquŽés meets tulle over sparkle net meets a Diamanté waistband that will show off those curves beautifully. We love.

THE MARISSA WEDDING DRESS

Pairing an ultra-flattering top with a flounced skirt is the sure fire way to leave all of your guests talking and when it comes to the Marissa gown from Morilee Madeline Gardner, it’s also one of the prettiest ways ever to say “I do”. Think a little bit classic with a whole lot of romantic layers and you are sooo on the right track.

THE MARILYN WEDDING DRESS

The Marilyn is the sort of gown that doesn’t need an explanation. From the frosted, embroidered lace bodice to the crystal beaded straps to the beautiful layered skirt to that back, it all comes together to make one serious stunning statement. Oh, and that belt? It’s Morilee Madeline Gardner perfection.

Ready to find that ball gown of your dreams? Head to Morilee Madeline Gardner today to check out their stunning #DressComeTrue collection with gowns that are the definition of luxurious with a modern twist. You’re going to look amazing. We promise.

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Big Sur Engagement After a Long Distance Love Affair

This is my kind of e-sesh… bare feet in the sand, unreal views that will take your breath away and the sweetest hand-holding. Not to mention, this gorgeous Bride-to-be is on our west coast team. A little extra excuse to pop the bubbly and sit with this gallery from Christine Donee for a while longer. Also, don’t miss her charming story below of how they met!

From the Bride-to-be… Meeting in remote destinations, red-eye flights, and a sense of adventure was how Nick and I started our relationship five years ago. We dated for three years long distance between New York City (where I was an entertainment editor) and Hawaii (where Nick worked at Pearl Harbor), and somewhere between all the distance between us we just kept getting closer.

It only seemed fitting when Nick proposed in one of my favorite places in New York City’s Central Park, that we take engagement photos in one of our favorite destinations together — Big Sur, California. The rugged coastline, sweeping views of the Pacific, lush green bluffs, and the wild open of the California air were definitely calling. Thankfully, our incredible photographer Christine Donee was up for the adventure!

The early part of the day was rainy and blustery and as Nick and I drove the 5 hours up California’s Highway 1 in order to meet Christine in a remote section near Julia Pfeiffer State Park “just in time for magic hour” the hour was looking less than magical with storm clouds rolling in. And then in a twist of pure west coast magic, the storm clouds scattered away and we were lucky enough to get 1 hour of beautiful Big Sur weather for shots along the beaches and bluffs.

And then just like that we were off again, with me jetting off on a red-eye to Nashville to be on the red carpet at the CMA Awards the next morning and Nick headed to Los Angeles.

We’re so grateful to Christine for being able to capture this magic moment, where for a little while, time and distance seemed to stand still. We’re getting hitched in spring in 2017 in the equally gorgeous destination of Santa Ynez, California.

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Photography: Christine Doneé Photography | Dress: Vow To Be Chic | Makeup: Glamsquad | Hair: Drybar | California coastline : Big Sur

Vintage Meets Modern in this ’20s Inspired Wedding

Designed around the idea of “vintage nostalgia with a modern spin”, Emily and Patrick’s wedding day deserves a style category all its own. Think Southern elegance with a touch of roaring ’20s glam, and bold black and white stripes for a modern punch. Graham Terhune worked his magic behind the camera and we have the entire affair right at your fingertips.

From the Bride & Groom… Emily and Patrick met on Labor Day weekend of 2014; ten days after Patrick had moved to Raleigh for a job in the tech industry. A mutual friend was in town, and so over cheerwine and brownies in Emily’s sister’s kitchen, sparks began to fly. Emily, an illustrator and owner of Emily Brooks Designs, accepted Patrick’s request for a tour of Raleigh after he had seen a recent map she had drawn for a local magazine. Two days later, they went on their first date at Poole’s Diner, which they would recreate a year and a half later for their engagement photos. Patrick popped the question the day before Thanksgiving before they were to drive up to Virginia to celebrate the holiday with his family.

When planning for the wedding, they knew they wanted to incorporate their loves for their home states in the details. The Save the Date was the first nod to this – a watercolor of Virginia and North Carolina, with the star over both the groom’s hometown of Salem and the bride’s hometown of Raleigh. The color palette for the wedding was pulled from a textile project Emily had created while in New York based on a Vermeer painting. The rich hunter green was paired with a light blush pink, along with the accents of black, white, and gold. Both the ceremony, held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, and the reception, held at the North Carolina Museum of Art were blank canvases, as both are mostly a brilliant white; both inside and out. Patrick and Emily loved both traditional and modern spaces, so these two venues were a perfect melding of worlds. Their love for vintage nostalgia with a modern spin was expressed through the bride’s Jenny Packham dress, which fit Emily’s desire to have a 1920’s era feeling gown.

She had always loved her great grandmother’s look on her wedding day; especially her grand bouquet with tiny flowers tied into rich cream colored streamers flowing to the ground. Her florist was able to recreate a vintage airy garden bouquet with roses, hypericum berries, lisianthus, tuberoses, chocolate Queen Ann’s lace, and trailing vines of jasmine and passion flower. Patrick wore a peak lapel tuxedo and Res Ipsa black suede formal loafers. The nod to a vintage feel also extended into the traditional silhouette portraits of the two of them; the original print was matted and signed by guests, and was also seen on some of their wedding weekend paper goods.

Emily’s calligraphy was seen throughout the details; from the invitation suite to the ceremony programs, to the reception signage. She also created a map of Raleigh that was put in boxes for guests, that were filled with sweet and savory snacks from North Carolina and Virginia. The map was also put into use through the mobile app that Patrick created for guests, with a wedding weekend schedule and places to check out in Raleigh. To bring in more of a cabana feel to the reception, monstera leaves, palms, black and white striped runners, and white paper lanterns were used throughout the indoor and outdoor spaces.

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Photography: Graham Terhune Photography | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: Cinda's Creative Cakes | Invitations: Emily Brooks Designs | Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Anglican Church | Reception Venue: North Carolina Museum Of Art | Catering: North Carolina Museum Of Art | Makeup: Onloktion Makeup Artistry | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Ceremony Flowers: Artfully Arranged | Photography - Assistance: Sarah Der Photography | Reception Flowers: Watered Garden Florist

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Rustic Montana Wedding Infused With “California Cool”

Lindee and Todd’s wedding day wasn’t just about celebrating their love, but about bringing two families together in a meaningful way. Goldfinch Events & Design helped blend their California style with the rustic Montana setting, and even the couple’s children got in on the fun. “We made sure that each of our kids’ personalities were especially incorporated somewhere within the wedding,” added Lindee. Watch how the day unfolded in the gallery captured by Jeremiah and Rachel Photography.

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From Jeremiah and Rachel Photography… Lindee and Todd are some of the kindest people we’ve ever met, and spending just one minute with them you’d understand why these two are so perfect together. Lindee and Todd live in California, but chose the beautiful state of Montana for the joining of their families to honor Lindee’s family and upbringing. Cara from Goldfinch Events did an amazing job at blending their cool California vibe with the rustic side of Montana. One of our favorite parts of this wedding was the obvious love they have for their children. Everyone was so involved and caring, and it’s not often that I cry at weddings, but I definitely cried at this wedding. Todd’s three stunning daughters and Lindee’s handsome son all seem as if they have been siblings all their lives and it was so touching to see how happy everyone was that this day had finally arrived!

From the Bride… Our inspiration came from the blending of our families. Every decision, every detail was all about everyone being comfortable and having a good time. We made sure that each of our kids personalities were especially incorporated somewhere within the wedding. From my teenage boy wanting to wear his first bowtie, Todd’s oldest daughter using her wedding coordinator work experience for our ceremony, Todd’s middle daughter loving 50’s music, to Todd’s youngest begging to wear Converse at the reception…we made it all happen! It makes our photo album that much more special when we see those little details, and the huge smiles that accompany the details!

It was also very important to Todd and I to incorporate my rustic Montana farm girl upbringing with his casual California surfer style. Thank goodness for Cara Finch at GoldFinch Events for helping us to bring our ideas and visions to life! It was such a joy to share all of this with friends and family who came from near and far to be with us on this very special day.

Our wedding day was most certainly a celebration of us…”us” as in Todd and I, but it was also so much more… It’s now “us” as a family of 6, and for that we are forever blessed. A special thanks to Jeremiah and Rachel for capturing our big day and big love on 8/8/16 with your beautiful photography!

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Photography: Jeremiah and Rachel Photography | Event Design: Goldfinch Events & Design | Floral Design: Mums Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Cake: Cakes By Debi | Ceremony Location: West Kootenai Community Church | Reception Venue: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | DJ: Sidecar Audio | Favors: Huckleberry Haven | Groom's Suit: Nordstrom | Dress Shop: Kingsley James | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: The Party Store | Table Top Rentals: The Top Collection

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