In my own hunt for the perfect wedding destination a few years ago, Charleston was definitely a contender. You can’t beat those charming streets full of old world beauty—see? Dana Cubbage Weddings‘ captures of this day planned by Boutique Planning are pure Southern pretty through and through. Take a gander at The Vault, I think you’ll agree.
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From Dana Cubbage Weddings… Georgia-Leigh + Brian’s downtown Charleston wedding was the quintessential Southern soiree. These two DC residents wanted an elegant affair focused on celebrating with their family + friends… and they sure got it! The day started with a sweet First Look in the French Quarter area of downtown Charleston, followed by a TON of portrait time before we headed back to the William Aiken House for group + family photos. Their ceremony took place at Grace Cathedral downtown and it was an absolutely STUNNING church! After they said “I do!”, everyone hopped on a trolley and headed back to the venue for their reception. Georgia-Leigh and Ashley with Boutique Planning did an amazing job creating a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere for their guests at the William Aiken House. Guests were treated to a variety of lowcountry favorites and the dance floor was packed all night thanks to Asheville, NC-based band, The Business. At the end of the night, Georgia-Leigh + Brian exited through a tunnel of sparklers. It was the perfect end to their fairy tale day.
Photography: Dana Cubbage Weddings | Wedding Planner: Boutique Planning | Floral Design: Sara York Grimshaw Designs | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Cake: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Stationery: Ooh La La | Ceremony: Grace Episcopal Church Charleston | Reception: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Bride's Shoes: Benjamin Adams | Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way | Catering: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Hair + Makeup: The Spa on Main | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Men's Attire: Vera Wang | Dress Boutique: Jean's Bridal | Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals
When Jenna and Rory decided to set their wedding just outside Portland, Oregon, they were undertaking quite the task. Currently living in Amsterdam, their planning journey meant countless emails, Skype sessions, and virtual tours. But to say it all paid off would be an understatement. Take one look at the photos from Maria Lamb and you’ll see how their perfect day went off without a hitch.
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From the Bride… A British boy meets American girl through the Swoosh – Nike. Our passion for sport, fitness, and helping all athletes (including ourselves) brought us together at the HQ in Beaverton. When Rory was relocated to the Beaverton office he found himself sitting 3 cubicles away. I could hear that British accent and loud voice instantly. He made his presence known.
The relationship was hush-hush at first to ensure that we could uphold our professional reputation and keep the beginning of our relationship for us to create and determine the future. We dated for 4 months when visa complications had him shipped away to the European office in the Netherlands. As a very career driven and independent person, it was very hard for me to ever consider following my heart for love. After 8 months of long distance, 9-hour time difference (which means you text only), I took the leap of faith and head out to the Netherlands. But, I’m very practical and ensured I had a job lined up.
Rory and I have been exploring Europe for 1 year together. Many people would have thought he would have proposed as we watched the sunset in Positano, or as we played in the snow in the Swiss Alps, or sail through the blue waters of Croatia. Instead, he found the most simple of moments on New Year’s Eve when we were in Vermont. He knew that celebrating with my family would mean the most to me and took advantage of the fact the next day I would be surrounded by many that matter to me. These occurrences are rare with some of my family in Portland, some in Boston, us in Amsterdam, and friends in NY and California. He bought the ring and called my father on the phone only 10 days before. He says he was thinking about it for a while but realized after I jumped on a plane, this was the best moment.
We (I’m being generous with we) have planned the entire wedding from Amsterdam. Many hours of late night emailing and mainly done digitally through Skype sessions with vendors or virtual tours. However, I managed to make a few trips back to Portland to finalize some details and seal the deal on certain items. We wanted a simple affair that celebrated the many people who traveled for the day and ensured the ‘agenda’ was to spend the most time with the guests as we could.
Photography: Maria Lamb | Wedding Coordination: The Blooming Bride | Floral Design: The Blooming Bride | Stationery : The City Hippy Studio | Catering: Devil's Food Catering | DJ: Stumptown DJ's | Officiant: Nike | Ceremony Music: John Wayland Harr | Transportation: Blue Star Bus | Venue: Vista Hills Vineyard | Tent Rental: Barclay Rentals | Dessert: Nineteen 27 S'mores | Dessert: Chefs Table Catering | Photobooth: Happymatic Photo Booth | Signs: Nike | Vintage Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals
When bride-to-be, Shirly came across a Dolce & Gabbana advertisement one day, she knew she’d just found her wedding inspiration. Featuring striking florals, rich black accessories, ghost chairs, lush greenery and brassy gold elements, it guided her fashion-forward approach to their wedding design…and the result is every modern bride’s dream. Mark and Shirley brought on an amazing vendor team with Esoteric Events, Kristina Adams, Amari Productions, Seniman Calligraphy, The Blushing Bird and La Tavola, to name a few. See it all this way!
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From the Bride… When we first started designing the look of our wedding, we struggled to unite vastly different aesthetics that we both loved. One day, I came across a Dolce & Gabbana advertisement and that became the focal point of our inspiration. We took the colors of the fashion forward florals and layered in rich black accessories and ghost chairs for a modern take, and then incorporated brassy gold elements and lush greenery and textures for some old-world romance. Thanks to our spectacular all-star vendor team, we are so happy with how everything came together!
We had only moved to Los Angeles from New York for two months before Mark proposed. So we thought it was very fitting to have our wedding in Southern California since we had many out of town family and friends traveling from Asia and the East Coast. We both wanted an outdoor celebration, and once we saw the venue with its sweeping vast views, we knew that was it. Our wedding day was truly the happiest days of our lives. It’s a remarkable feeling to be marrying your soul mate, surrounded by everyone you love. I couldn’t stop smiling all day, and no matter how hard I tried to stop it, I cried lots of happy tears!
Photography: Kristina Adams Photography | Cinematography: Amari Productions | Wedding Planning: Esoteric Events | Floral Design: Honey and Poppies | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Rachel Marvin Creative | Bride's Shoes: Sergio Rossi | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: RoomForty | Hair & Makeup: Chiali Meng | DJ: Vox DJs | Venue: Saddlerock Ranch | Bridal Accessories: The Blushing Bird | Bride's Crown: Mignonne Handmade | Cake & Desserts: Mr. & Mrs. Creamery | Cocktails: Pharmacie | Day of Calligraphy: Letters To You | Invitation Calligraphy: Seniman Calligraphy | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth Backdrop: Drop It MODERN | Specialty Rentals: Etablir Shop
Fair warning—if you are dying to get married in Paris, this slice of inspiration from Rebecca Yale and Vanessa & Caroline will send you over the edge. Or, maybe you’ll dive head first (we would). Because really, it’s just too difficult to resist bridal portraits in gilded rooms and equally charming dinner scenes like this, followed by macarons galore, of course—we get it. Go on, pin your heart out in The Vault destination dreamers.
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From Vanessa et Caroline… I loved the Pavillon de Musique de la Comtesse du Barry from the moment I stepped into the garden with the beautiful fountain and the view over this gorgeous historical building. Inside the architecture is fit for a princess and feels like you’ve stepped into a fairytale with beautiful paintings on the walls, gold mouldings and rich blue. The Pavillon de Musique is the perfect combination of a classic french venue and a magnificent garden, just outside of Paris. We were inspired by the contrast in the venue of the chequered floors, the deep blue curtains in one room and hard wood floors, and the white and gold mouldings in the dining room. We used that contrast in the design of our inspiration editorial by mixing gold and silver on the table, styling a glamorous and sexy bride in a gorgeous Inbal Dror gown with a soft princess-like hair and makeup with gold floral pins in her loose updo. The gown featured a delicate lace back, which was echoed in the delicate lace of the invitation envelope and the delicate beading of the blush pink bridal shoes. In addition to a beautiful gold and white cake decorated with white sugar flowers we created a dessert display in the dining room with the classic french dessert, macarons, the perfect way to end a lovely Parisian wedding!
Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Event Planning: Vanessa & Caroline - Creatrices de Mariages | Floral Design: Frederic Bertin | Dress: Inbal Dror | Wedding Cake: L'atelier des surceries | Stationery: La Belle Histoire | Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: Messika Joaillerie | Hair and Makeup: Honorine Makeup Studios | Cutlery and Glasses: Blanche Patine | Dress Shop: Metal Flaque Paris | Hair Accesories: Hushed Commotion | Photo Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Plates: Bernardaud | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Silk ribbons and runner: Orchidee De Soie