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This Bride Had The Perfect Pinterest Board To Bring Her Wedding Day Ideas To Life!

When it came time to plan their wedding day, Leah along with L’Relyea Events took a look at her Pinterest board (as every bride creates,) and through that, the wedding came to life! Full of long farm-style tables and earthy greens with modern touches, the bride’s original vision was exactly what was created on her wedding day, at The Barn at Tyge Cellars! With a beautiful bridesmaid’s dress color palette and the most adorable flower girls, the day was full of love, laughs, and stories, all captured by Mike Larson Photography. Add in Valley Flora’s lush centerpieces and bouquets and you have a real-life Pinterest board brought to life! Take a peek below to see it all!

From L’Relyea EventsEarly in the design discussions, Leah said, “I like the idea of long natural wood.” Keeping this in mind, we collectively decided on an earthy, yet modern feel for their wedding. It was also decided early on we wanted to incorporate a pop of deep green throughout the design.

Leah’s original Pinterest board included images of long farm wood tables with luscious long green garland, a beautiful wood arbor, bistro chairs, and a fabulous gold monogram display. We LOVED her ideas and couldn’t wait to bring it all to life!

Guests flew in from all over the country to celebrate this sweet couple in Sonoma on their wedding day. The ceremony took place outdoors with sweeping views of the beautiful vineyards surrounding them. As Leah had envisioned, a wooden arbor covered in leafy greenery and lush florals framed their vows which was officiated by the couple’s mutual friend. After a few humorous stories, some vows, and a kiss, Leah and Mike were married!

After the ceremony guests enjoyed tray passed champagne and canapés. Dinner was served on the lawn at long farm tables paired with elegant black chairs. Long flowing garland filled the center of the tabletops and place settings featured gold flatware and beautiful grey stoneware.

After dinner, guests made their way into the barn for dessert and dancing. The room was dressed with two beautiful green couches, candles and behind the bar, and gold monogram letters, “L + M” just like Leah’s original vision.

Photography: Mike Larson | Florist: Valley Flora | Stationery: Love Notes Paper | Catering: Ramekins Sonoma | Hair & Makeup: Allie Beauty | Transportation: Pure Luxury | Ceremony/Reception Music: Golden State Productions | Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Barn at Tyge Cellars | Cinema: Lovespun Films | Donuts: Harvey's Gourmet Mini Donuts | Planner/Designer: L'Relyea Events | Rentals & Lighting: Encore Events Rentals

Feeling Stumped on Ways to Personalize Your Wedding? Allow This Wedding to Inspire!

Endless personalized details, an iconic ballroom reception, the sweetest couple and a late-night pretzel bar… this my friends is what we call a dream wedding. Kirkbrides Wedding Planning and Design left no detail left unturned, making sure the couple’s unique personalities and background were well represented throughout the wedding day decor. Head on over to the full gallery captured by Lauren Gabrielle Photography to see all the magic unfold!

From the Bride… Stephen and I have been together for eight amazing years. We were set up by my older sister and her now husband, who lived with Stephen in college at Ohio State. They forced Stephen and me to sit next to each other at a group movie outing, even though we had never met. I was a freshman and Stephen was a junior, and I never thought an older guy could be interested in me! We hit it off right away. I knew Stephen was special as soon as I met him—he was kind, smart, generous, and warm. We spent almost every day together while we were both in college at the same time. Stephen then moved back to Cleveland to start medical school at Case Western Reserve, but we visited each other on the weekends. I eventually joined him and our families in Cleveland and started at Case’s dental school two years later. Then, Stephen moved to Chicago for residency at Northwestern, so we were long-distance again. Once I graduated from dental school, I was able to move to Chicago as well. 

We always joke that we never got out of the “honeymoon phase” of people who are newly dating—every day with him feels like the best day ever. I feel so lucky to be with him and for the beautiful life we have shared. And our engagement and wedding both felt like something out of a dream! For my spring break in March 2018, we decided to visit some college friends who had moved to London. I am Irish, so we decided to visit Ireland too. We stayed in an old castle that is now a hotel for our first night in Dublin. Stephen had given his camera to the hostess at the hotel’s restaurant while I was getting ready for dinner. While I was perusing the menu, Stephen got down on one knee. It was so romantic for an Irish girl who was born on St. Patrick’s day to get engaged at a former castle in Ireland! I still can’t believe it was real. My favorite thing about our wedding was the personal details. Allison Miller from Kirkbrides helped Stephen and me choose details that represented our heritages, likes, and family traditions. I love that we stayed true to ourselves throughout the wedding planning; we wanted our wedding to feel not just classic and timeless, but uniquely ours—and not a wedding where the bride and groom could have been anyone. 

Stephen is Jewish, so we had a Jewish ceremony performed by a rabbi from Stephen’s family temple. I am Catholic, so we had a priest, who is a friend of my grandmother, join us at our rehearsal dinner for a blessing. We included an old Irish prayer on the wedding programs, which also explained the Jewish traditions such as the breaking of the glass. My aunt is a florist in Philadelphia, and it was amazing to have personal bouquets and boutonnieres be from her. A friend from college has her own calligraphy/stationery company, and it was so great to work with her for all of our stationery. 

In addition to our wedding cake from Luna Bakery, which is walking distance from my parents’ house in Cleveland Heights, it was so special to include my grandmother’s famous orange cookies and my grandfather’s beloved Swiss rolls into our dessert trio. Other personal touches included having the most adorable pretzel bar (Stephen’s favorite food) as our midnight snack, having toothbrushes and Advil in our favors since we are a dentist and a doctor, having Irish Jameson cocktails for our signature drink, and having one of Stephen’s and my favorite foods, sushi, at our cocktail hour. Our love for our hometown also shined through greatly at our wedding. We only looked at one venue, the Old Courthouse, as we both knew it is a stunning Cleveland landmark and piece of history. Our guests constantly tell us that it’s the prettiest wedding venue they’ve ever seen! Stephen is an avid Cleveland sports fan, and since it was both Browns and Indians season, we were sure to incorporate our love for these teams. The groomsmen got ready in the Hilton suite overlooking First Energy Stadium, and they wore Cleveland Browns cufflinks and socks. The Cleveland Indians mascots, who are three hotdogs, were also special guests at our wedding! Dancing the night away with three giant hotdogs was definitely a memory we will never forget! Between sobbing through my twin sister’s maid of honor speech and laughing at Stephen’s face when he saw the hotdogs run in, I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding. I am still in awe of how stunning our already amazing venue looked, decked out by our extremely talented florist, gorgeous linens and lighting, and antique rentals. Our wedding was truly the best day of my life and I am forever grateful to everyone involved!

Photography: Lauren Gabrielle Photography | Cinematography: Toast Wedding Films | Wedding Planner: Kirkbrides Wedding Planning & Design | Floral Design: The Budding Tree | Cake: Luna Bakery & Cafe | Stationery: BB Letters | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: A Taste Of Excellence | Hair and Makeup: Lindsay London Bridal Beauty | Entertainment: Tribe Hot Dogs | Band: Cleveland Music Group | Ceremony Music: Athena Strings | Wedding Venue: The Old Courthouse | Bride's Dress: Martina Liana | Dress Boutique: Brandi's Bridal Galleria | Personal Flowers: Jenny Greenwald | Personal Flowers : Jenny Greenwald | Rentals: Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals | Rentals: Event Source Party Rental

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See How This Interior Designer Bride, Along With Her Wedding Planner Created a Midsummer Night’s Dream Wedding!

WOW – was the first word that came to mind when I first saw the images from this California wedding at The Monarch Beach Resort! From elaborate florals by Shawna Yamamoto Event Design to stunning table decor, all planned by the interior design bride and her wedding planner, Details Details you can certainly see why sometimes it is ALL in the details. Walker Studios captured the most magical images for a lifetime and Elysium Studios was there for the perfect cinematography to highlight the day! Take a look below and be sure to check out the full gallery for all of the magic!

From Details DetailsWorking with the Bride Olivia was a dream. We aligned immediately on taste and style. The collaboration process was challenging in the best of ways and a joy to see the end result. There are Wedding Planning companies that are strictly task list based. We are a Wedding Planning Company that is task AND design-based. We pride ourselves on our contributions to the design process. I can’t say that we are 100% the originators of every item selected but I can see we definitely dive in, and deep to understand our Client’s likes and dislikes. Sometimes they don’t even know and may have never thought about colors or flowers. Our approach is to understand them from a non-wedding style, and then come up with options from a broad scale and then refine to get to the small touches, hence Details Details.

An interview with the bride…

Describe your vision/inspiration for your wedding day. Did you have a specific theme?

As an interior designer, I usually start with one concept/keywords or piece of inspiration and build an entire design from it. For the wedding, the keywords were movement and textural and the inspiration was Ruth’s (from Seniman Calligraphy) watercolor illustration she created for our save the date envelope liner. Nailing down the rentals was huge. Jeannie from Details Details and I probably visited every event rental company in Southern California to find the perfect tables, chairs, chargers, and linens. Probably the most insane thing I did (but I don’t regret) was working with a downtown LA fabric store to get the perfect shade of gray chiffon for the tent. If I gave the wedding a “theme” I would say …. “a black (tie) midsummer night’s dream”

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

The weekend was spectacular and unforgettable in so many ways but it’s really all about family and friends. Having all your closest people in one place is surreal. When else does that really happen in your life!

What was your color scheme?

Mid green, cream, charcoal, dove gray, touches of black and silver

Were there any new trends that you incorporated, or did you decide to go more traditional?

I consider myself up with the latest trends and then thought more of that would come into play. Originally, we had much more avant-garde floral arrangements with king protea and pampas grass. After I thought on it for a while I realized I might not like that look five years down the line.

Whenever I questioned a design choice, I came back to the inspiration (Ruth’s watercolor) and made a conscious decision whether or not it was going to mesh.

I would say the final product was a modern take on a classic look.

How would you describe your personal style and fashion (wedding dress/tux)?

My first dress for the ceremony and the first half of the reception was extremely romantic and ethereal- not what I thought I was going to choose. I thought about how I wanted to feel walking down the aisle and that was what I based my decision on. There are so many beautiful dresses out there that I loved but the Berta made me feel exactly how I imagined. The second dress was a completely different silhouette and feel. Sleek, modern but classic and SO comfortable. I hope if we have a daughter one day she will wear it.

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Photographer: Walker Studios | Videographer: Elysium Productions | Planner: Details Details | Floral Designer: Shawna Yamamoto Event Design | Wedding Gown: Lovella Bridal | Cake: Sweet Lady Jane | Invitations: Seniman Calligraphy | Church: Laguna Presbyterian Church | Reception Venue: St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort | Makeup: Beauty By Melina | Hair: Sarah Ramirez From Holiday Salon | Bars and Chargers: Town And Country Rentals | Ceremony and Dinner Music: West Coast Music | Chairs: Chameleon Chairs | Chandeliers and Lighting: Amber Event Production | Dance Floor: Chiavari Chair Rentals | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Painter: Laura Jane Fine Art | Photo Booth: Halogen Pictures | Photo Booth: Mir Mir | Tables: Blue Print Studios, Pleasanton | Tent and Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

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A Masterpiece Wedding Cake Inspired by the Cake Served at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding

I’m pretty sure we can all agree that when it comes to destination weddings, no place does it quite like Tuscany – and today’s wedding is proof! After getting engaged in Italy, the beautiful bride and groom decided it was the perfect place to come back for their organic-chic themed wedding. The Tuscan Wedding planned every thoughtful detail of their weekend, from the pizza party welcome dinner to the jaw-dropping fireworks show to end the wedding night. Our favorite moment? It had to be the ceremony, featuring breathtaking views of the medieval village of Il Borro – I mean, does it get any better than that?? Don’t miss the full gallery captured by PureWhite Photography for a glimpse into this heavenly day.

From The Tuscan WeddingFor this lovely couple from US, Italy was their dream destination for their wedding. They had gotten engaged after three years in the beautiful city of Venice, and decided that coming back to one of their favorite countries to tie the knot was a must. They love to explore new places trying new and native foods and immersing themselves in the culture. It was also important to incorporate nature, history, and art into their location while also being mindful of their organic, romantic, chic theme. What better place than Tuscany to accomplish all of those things? Yolanda and Ronald called on The Tuscan Wedding to help turn their dream into a reality. The couple chose Il Borro as their ideal location, a wonderful property in the Tuscan countryside, a place where you are transported back to medieval times. 

They wanted a beautiful romantic ceremony to share with fifty of their closest friends and families. Before the wedding day, they welcomed their guests with an Italian style Pizza party arranged at the Bistrot at Il Borro. It was the perfect way to begin integrating Italian culture into their big day, with good friends, great food, and fine wine. The pizza party was an exciting way to get the festivities of the weekend started. They enjoyed the customary Italian treat while listening to live music and swapping fun stories about the bride and groom to be, surrounded by the lemons’ scent of the flowers decorations arranged by Flowers Living. On the day of the wedding, the guests shared a drink and eagerly awaited the groom’s arrival for the start of the ceremony on the terrace overlooking the Italian garden, already set up for the symbolic ceremony. The view on the medieval village of Il Borro was absolutely breathtaking. 

The bride got dressed in her elegant satin gown and took her beautiful bouquet created by Flowers Living made of ivory peonies and light pink astilbe, the perfect mix to create the romantic and organic theme. The groom put on his handsome white jacket, hopped in a Mercedes Benz 190 sl, and drove down to meet his future wife under a beautiful round flowers arch, that symbolized their endless love. The ceremony space had this kind of timeless elegance. The groom stood at the altar as the bridal party came flowing down the grand staircase. As the bride revealed herself, you could see the pure happiness in Ronald’s eyes. The couple stood in front of a beautiful fountain, under an arch of endless flowers. They exchanged heartwarming vows and sealed their love with a kiss in front of their friends and families. After the ceremony came to an end, The Tuscan Wedding guided all guests to join the newlyweds on the terrace for a cocktails and aperitif arranged by Galateo Ricevimenti

For the wedding reception, they sat under the trees with magical lighting by Wedding Music and Lights. It was a fairytale. They shared a menu packed full of Italian cuisine. After a sunset photoshoot perfectly captured by Purewhite Photography, where Yolanda & Ronald shared some of their first moments as Mr. And Mrs. Walking across the Italian countryside, for the newlyweds it was time for the cake cutting. We cannot forget about the masterpiece wedding cake created by Tuscan Wedding Cakes and inspired by the cake served at the Royal wedding of Megan Markle and Prince Harry. 

As the reception came to an end, Yolanda & Ronald wanted to leave their guests with one last bit of entertainment… And what better way to do this than a dazzling fireworks show? What an electric way to end the perfect evening. The photographer, Purewhite, and videographer, Vertigo Wedding, had an amazing landscape to capture the most precious moments of this beautiful reception orchestrated by the Tuscan Wedding. Yolanda & Ronald, together with their guests, danced into the late hours of the night not wanting their day to end. The day had been nothing short of a dream that ended under the Tuscan stars. Yolanda & Ronald are truly soulmates and made for each other, this day really represented the intimate bond they share. Our team was so appreciative to have met this lovely couple and we wish them a life full of happiness and love together.

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Photography: Purewhite Photography | Videographer: Vertigo Wedding | Event Planning: The Tuscan Wedding | Floral Design: Flowers Living | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: TUSCAN WEDDING CAKES | Invitations: Emily Mayne Studio | Ceremony Venue: Il Borro | Reception Venue: Il Borro | Shoes: Bella Belle | Catering: Galateo Ricevimenti | Hair and Makeup: Angelo Nenna Pintor | DJ: Leonardo Martera | Car: Drive In Style | Fireworks: Pirotenica Soldi | Ice cream: Divinamente Eventi | Lights designer: Wedding Music And Lights | Tableau: The wedding letters

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Blogger Bride Hilary Shares How She Picked Out Her *Perfect* Platinum Wedding Band

Blogger Bride, Hilary from By, Hilary Rose, shares her wedding band shopping journey below…

As the big day approaches, things are becoming more and more real! I just went to my Bachelorette party last week, our invitations go out this month, and we picked out our wedding bands!!! Choosing the perfect wedding band has been something I’ve been dreaming about ever since Brent gave me my beautiful engagement ring. I wanted a wedding band that would shine alongside my engagement ring without making my diamond appear any less beautiful. (Insider tip: as a naturally white metal, platinum will not cast any color into a stone, unlike yellow or rose gold.) I had a lot of ideas in my head, but nothing could compare to actually seeing the gorgeous rings in person and trying them on myself.

We decided to shop for our rings at the place where Brent found my engagement ring, Polly’s Fine Jewelry in Mount Pleasant. He was so impressed with the wonderful experience he had while shopping for my diamond that we agreed there was no better place for us to go for our bands.

While we weren’t sure of the exact designs we wanted, I knew I definitely wanted to choose a platinum wedding band. (Insider tip: Platinum as a metal is long-lasting and is known for having an extra white and brilliant finish. Even better, it’s hypoallergenic!) Considering I wanted something high-quality that would be durable and stay beautiful for years and years, it was a no-brainer!

Polly’s Fine Jewelry is the largest locally-owned jeweler in Charleston and has three locations in the area. The team in the Mount Pleasant location helped Brent before, so of course, that’s where we returned. We stopped into Polly’s on Brent’s lunch break, and we were so excited to find that Polly herself was there to greet us and help us choose our perfect bands! You can tell how passionate she is about helping couples find exactly what they’re looking for, and also gave us a huge selection to choose from. (Insider tip: I was given pavé, four-prong, and channel set bands to choose from — the variety of platinum bands to choose from is truly outstanding!)

I’m pretty picky and am always looking for something a little different when it comes to jewelry, but Polly showed me tons of platinum rings that fit my style exactly. (Insider tip: Platinum is 30 times rarer than gold, so I knew I was choosing the crème de la crème of a selection!) It’s so funny though, she brought out about 10 rings to start with and the first one I picked up was the one I ending up choosing. I immediately fell in love with the beautiful, intricate design of the diamonds, and when I tried it on with my engagement ring, I knew it was a match made in heaven. I actually teared up when I put them on together!

We left Polly’s Fine Jewelry with our perfect wedding bands! Honestly, I just want to wear mine now, but I guess I’ll be patient and wait until after the wedding. We are so excited to be married!! 

A Ceremony Entrance on Horseback, a Pottery Decorated Boxwood Garden, and a Miniature Pony Processional – Yup, This Is a Real Wedding.

Listen up, folks. We’ve seen a lot of weddings here at SMP – it’s been over a decade so you’d think we could safely say “we’ve seen it all”. Well, today’s wedding hit us with a big fat “nope!” as every inch of this day is truly unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. There are so many words we could use to explain this wedding planned by Kate Phillips Events with blooms by Photosynthesis – whimsical, enchanted, ethereal, floral-filled, animal obsessed… completely and utterly unique, but we figured it’d be best to see for yourself at the full gallery – taken by Shannon Moffit Photography!

From Shannon Moffit PhotographyEmy and Jaime are an adventurous couple currently living in Los Angeles. The two share a love for travel, art, and hiking, so it was only fitting that they got engaged on the top of an Aspen Art Museum and planned to travel across the country for their wedding. Emy’s family owns a beautiful property in Virginia on the James River, a well-known wedding venue, Upper Shirley Vineyards. When it came time for Emy and Jamie to plan their own wedding, there was no question that the pair would host a destination wedding on the water in front of Emy’s childhood home.

Some of the most memorable moments of the day include the bride’s ceremony entrance on horseback, a quaint cocktail hour in a ceramic pottery decorated boxwood garden, and a miniature pony processional to the reception. Many guests gasped as they walked into the reception space that was transformed into an indoor garden. There were black and white plates and flatware set on green velvet tablecloths. In the center of each table were unique floral arrangements situated in large beds of moss. Also, a custom hanging installation of greenery drew eyes to the ceiling. Other unique details… Custom horse opener gifts, family style charcuterie boards, a hand painted cake that looked like a living Monet painting, and homemade donuts covered in edible flowers. There was definitely no shortage of flowers at this whimsical garden wedding.

From Kate Phillips EventsWhen I first spoke to Emy and Jamie, it became a priority to put together a wedding day design that would compliment their artistic and whimsical style. One of the first elements of inspiration came from a Dutch Master’s floral painting that hung in their home. We incorporated similar types of colorful, loose, and wild floral arrangements with contrasting black and white chargers and candles. Once it all came together, it felt very true to their whimsical garden vision with subtle glam accents. The invitation suite featured a custom illustration of the bride’s childhood home (also the location of the ceremony) and a custom watercolor crest by Empress Stationery. One of the highlights of the day was the couple’s waterfront ceremony, framed by a birch chuppah covered in colorful blooms by Photosynthesis Floral Design

From the beginning, Emy wanted to incorporate her love of horses into her wedding, so we arranged for her to make a grand entrance on horseback. After the ceremony, guests were invited to enjoy cocktails in the boxwood garden, featuring the family’s heirloom blue and white vases. We added a touch of glam the the decor by incorporating beautiful embroidered linens from La Tavola Fine Linen. The garden theme was woven into every facet of the day, including the custom menu–Chef de Cuisine Ernie LaBrecque incorporated edible flowers into spring rolls and house-made rosé donuts. Mini horses led guests through the hidden garden to Upper Shirley Vineyards, and were greeted by the couple in a carriage pulled by a team of white horses. 

For the reception, we wanted to transform the space into a wildflower garden. Greenery hung the length of the room, with accent candles to draw guest’s eyes up. Moss green velvet linens set the base of the table tops and textural moss and blooms ran down the center of the tables. We wanted it to feel as if the blooms were growing naturally. Gathering around the table, sharing a meal, and drinking wine evokes such a sense of togetherness, so for the first course we wanted to hone in on that feeling by offering a shared first course. Charcuterie boards were nestled into the centerpiece design, paired with the vineyard’s award winning wine. The cake, by Kadi Bakes, was an artistic site to behold. The custom flavor and design was inspired by the bride’s favorite wine and love of art. Infused with Upper Shirley Vineyards Sparkling Rosé, this was truly a one-of-a-kind wedding cake.

Photographer: Shannon Moffit Photography | Wedding Planner: Kate Phillips Events | Floral Design: Photosynthesis | Cake: Kadi Bakes | Invitations: Empress Stationery | Reception Venue: Upper Shirley Vineyards | Catering: Upper Shirley Vineyards | Linen: BBJ La Tavola | Makeup/Hair: Avenue 42

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Childhood Friends Turned Adult Sweethearts Make For The Perfect Fairytale Wedding Day!

For childhood friends turned sweethearts, a mix of soft draping, blush tones and greenery set the tone for their Annadel Estate Winery wedding! L’Relyea Events put together the perfect day filled with a ceremony under a massive, beautiful tree and a golden retriever escort card display, where guests were instructed to “fetch” their seats! With a giant bridal party and elegant floral details by Julie Stevens Designs, not a detail was missed, like the intricate wedding cake by Moustache Baked Goods. Go ahead and scroll below to see this fairytale wedding, captured by The de Jaureguis!

From L’Relyea EventsChristy and Alex grew up playing together as children and it wasn’t until after college years that they decided they couldn’t live without each other. With this in mind, we could not wait to plan their beautiful wedding day that would solidify their fairytale love story and also begin their new journey together as husband and wife!

Christy and Alex’s inspiration boards were filled with elements such as soft draping, pale blush accents, and beautiful leafy greens. Annadel Estate Winery proved to be the perfect wine country venue for their wedding with its historic ruins and bountiful foliage that would help create the ambiance they desired.

Rather than a traditional ceremony arch, Christy and Alex exchanged vows beneath a beautiful tree with a floral installation cascading down the trunk. The vibrant greenery and pale blush florals flowing down the tree was such a unique backdrop for the ceremony, which was sweet and romantic in every way.

Wanting to find a way to incorporate the couple’s beloved golden retriever in their day, the escort card table featured a beautiful dog topiary instructing guests to “fetch” their seats! A miniature figurine of a golden rested on each place card and gave guests something sweet and memorable to take home with them.

An intimate reception awaited the newlyweds and their guests in the courtyard of the Annadel ruins which provided a lush enclosed setting for the celebration. The walls of the ruins are covered in greens and create the feeling of a secret garden within the expansive property. With some romantic draping added to the two entrances of the courtyard and lighting strung overhead, the ambiance was undeniably magical! Loose textured floral centerpieces by Julie Stevens Design were paired with settings of white china and gold flatware with black handles.

Following dinner and toasts, the celebration continued at Annadel’s beautifully preserved barn where the newlyweds and their guests danced the night away, and even went home with customized hats in bright neon colors. At the end of the evening, Christy and Alex were sent off by their loved ones with a sea of streamers cascading over them as they walked by.

From the Bride and Groom…

Personal anecdotes about your gown: It was a Monique Lhuillier gown and I knew it was the one for me. It had what I would call an “inappropriately long train” and I loved it. It was classic and modern with cut-outs the back was incredible. We topped it off with a simple and long vail to finish off the look.

-How you and your spouse met: Christy had transferred to public school Freshman year of high school after going to private school for years. After the first day of class, Alex’s mom asked him if he had met any cute girls and he said that there was this girl Christy in his class that he liked. She said, “Christy… Christy Young? She lives three doors down from you”. From there we eventually went to homecoming and other dances and were very close, but we never dated officially in high school. Then Alex tried to date her in college and beyond, but the distance made it never work out. It wasn’t until she moved back from her time abroad that we finally connected. After about six months of randomly coming over and sending her flowers every day for weeks to work, she finally said yes to date me. It’s been history ever since.

-What inspired your wedding style: Alex and I are two very different people. I like the 40’s and champagne and fancy things and he likes tacos, vintage concert t-shirts, and craft beer. So we had to search pretty hard to find a city and a venue that fit both of us. We looked at Hawaii, Austin, Colorado, NYC, LA, Napa, and Tahoe. With our great wedding planner’s help, we finally landed on a vineyard in Napa, Annadel Estate Winery. It was a dream. The ruins and big tree and barn felt very akin to Alex’s style and the charm of the open field, vineyard and the touches that we put on through the styling made all the loveliness Christy could hope for. What made it even more special were the personal touches, like her Mom’s old dress being wrapped around her bouquet, Alex had the wedding date sewn into the collar of his tux, the bookshelves of photos of both of our parent’s weddings and pictures of when we were little, the golden retriever topiary to give a nod to their dog Sam, the cake with nods to Harry Potter and their pets, and the spray paint hats at the reception.

How you planned your wedding: We had weekly calls with Lindsey and would review new ideas to personalize the day, style choices and budgetary considerations. There are ups and downs as most people know going through weddings, but it was worth every minute for the best day of our lives so far. We really wanted everything to have touches of us in every decision we made.

Special touches: We ended up doing a 3-day event where everyone was invited to all events, from the Welcome Party to the Rehearsal Dinner to the Wedding. It made it so great because the whole crew knew each other so well by the time we hit the dance floor. We added blankets “to have and to hold in case you get cold” and a sign that said, “choose a seat, not a side, we’re all one once the knot is tied.” We also had a signature drink and whiskey flight tasting called “Drunk on love.” We didn’t play by any typical rules for the wedding party either. We had two best ladies and two best men and then Christy had three sisters of Honor and Alex had two brothers of Honor. We complemented that with 4 bridesmaids, 1 bridesman and 9 groomsmen. It ended up with a pretty stellar vanity fair style photo. We also had Welcome bags with the fun nods to our personalities below. Each one of Alex’s groomsmen received a pair of Stance socks that fit their personalities so they were all different and Christy gave her crew bathrobes and etched champagne flutes with their names for mimosas that morning. Christy and Bill also had a choreographed first dance with all the epic songs throughout their lives.

Photography: The de Jaureguis | Florist: Julie Stevens Designs | Wedding Cake: Moustache Baked Goods | Catering: Elaine Bell Catering | Transportation: Pure Luxury | Brides Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony/Reception: Annadel Estate Winery | Ceremony/Reception Music: Boutique DJs | Cinema: Lovespun Films | Groomsmen Socks: Stance | Planner/Designer: L'Relyea Events | Rentals & Lighting: Encore Events Rentals

Every Question You Need To Ask Your Wedding Videographer

If you’re anything like us, you have a serious weakness for beautiful wedding films. (And like us, you may even low-key weep over your laptop every time you watch one). Nothing captures the emotion of a wedding day quite like a fine art film, and you will love reliving yours—and sharing it with your family– for years to come. But when it comes time to inquire with a videographer, how do you even know which questions to ask? We’ve got you covered, with every question you need to ask your videographer, and insights from some of the industry’s finest filmmakers! Start imagining the slow-motion video intro of your dreams NOW…

Photography: Sandra Fazzino

1.  “Why is video so important?”

We can’t emphasize it enough: as time passes, your wedding video will become more and more meaningful. Little keepsakes can bring back wedding memories, but there is nothing quite as emotional—quite as transporting—as video. When you meet with your videographer, ask them to explain why their art form is so important, and why you will treasure your video for years to come. Hopefully, you will receive an explanation as beautiful and compelling as this from Lindsay of NST Pictures:

“Prioritize video, rather than adding it on as an afterthought. Why? Photos, your video, your dress and a copy of your invites to frame are usually the only tangible items left after your wedding. A video is the only item that will bring back the feeling and atmosphere of your wedding day because it immerses your senses with the moving imagery, the sounds and the spoken words of the day. Videography is an investment in your family’s history, so make sure you budget for it and book it early in your planning process.”

Photography: Oliver Fly Photography

2.  “What should I budget for videography?”

 Before you meet with your videographer, pricing may be the biggest unknown. As with any fine art wedding service, it takes a little education to fully understand pricing for videography, so don’t be too shy to ask your vendor about their approach. According to Lindsay of NST Pictures, “Your video budget should be roughly the same as your photo budget. We often see couples with half the budget or less left for video because they feel it’s less important than photos. We understand that, but it does take the same amount of work as photography: coordination of details before the wedding, two experienced videographers running around for 8-10 hours, top-of-the-line equipment and hours of editing your final films and footage.”

 What’s absolutely essential to keep in mind, explains Lindsay, is that “video is a long-term investment” and pricing should reflect this. “When you’re looking at the prices,” she continues, “remind yourself that you will be keeping this forever: longer than your car, longer than that expensive leather couch and maybe even longer than the house you buy with your spouse. A few thousand dollars might seem like a lot right now, but with every year that passes, your film will be worth more than gold.” Above all, understand that your vendor has taken great care to create perfectly precise packages. “Package prices aren’t arbitrary numbers,” reiterates Lindsay; “The cost is directly related to experience, equipment, time and what you take home when you’re wedding is over. You get what you pay for.”

Photography: Koman Photography

3.    “What sets your work apart?”

According to Julie of Elysium Productions, the number one question she wishes brides and grooms would ask is “what makes you stand out from other studios?” This question is so great because it gives your videographer the space to articulate her process and style, to speak with freedom and discuss her philosophy. In a sea of beautiful options, you want to know what makes your videographer unique—and if her work has that intangible ‘something’ you’re looking for. Look for any electricity—any spark, any connection you feel to your videographer’s words and work. While “couples should look for quality of picture and sound,”says Chris of Zen Film Works, the most important thing is “if the films wow them or move them emotionally.”  If you feel that indescribable, magnetic pull, then you’ll know you are “onto a winner.”

Photography: Emm and Clau

4.    “I’d love to hear more about your career path! Can you tell me more about your wedding experience?”

When meeting with any videographer, you’ll want to assess whether they have the ability to create the wedding film of your dreams. Ask questions about how long the videographer has been in the industry and how many weddings they’ve done. Pay attention to whether they respond to your questions with tangible examples from their portfolio. This kind of deep experience and skill set will make all the difference, and will give you complete confidence in your investment. “Experience is key,” agrees Lindsay of NST Pictures. “You will keep your wedding video for the rest of your life so you want to look for a company that has a great track record. Read reviews, look for awards and see if they have any notable past clients.” Be mindful also that with this rich experience comes a (justifiably) higher price tag. 

Photography: Anya Kernes Photography

5.    “Do you have any experience with companies outside of the wedding space?”

Lindsay of NST Pictures has some fascinating thoughts on how experience outside of the wedding space can enliven and enhance wedding work. “Artists need to keep themselves inspired and inspiration can come from many places,” explains Lindsay. “Consider a videographer or company that also does work outside of weddings because they will have a well-rounded perspective on filming and can bring those creative experiences from their other projects into your wedding video.” This kind of experience has given the artist’s wedding work an entirely new layer, a refreshing perspective. “For example,” explains Lindsay, “a videographer who has worked for National Geographic may be more likely to notice and capture a butterfly landing on a flower before your ceremony begins, which can add a beautiful element to the start of your wedding film.”

Photography: Simply Sarah Photography

6.    “Can you describe your aesthetic?”

It’s so important to approach your videographer for what they are—an artist—and be curious and engaged about their aesthetic and artistic approach. You may notice that your favorite fashion designers have a totally distinct aesthetic—you can spot a Dolce & Gabbana floral print, or a Chanel tweed jacket on first glance—and you will want to sense something distinct and exciting about your videographer’s work as well. Allow them the freedom to explain their approach, to talk about what lights them up, and see if you resonate with their words. We asked our experts to define their aesthetic—and we hope you get an equally compelling answer when you ask your videographer the same question!

From Lindsay of NST Pictures: “We make classic, cinematic-style films that incorporate the natural audio of the day and added music for atmosphere and emotion. For us that means no filters or overtly stylistic editing, which keeps the focus on the couple and the physical and emotional beauty of the day. We believe the focus of your film should be your wedding and you two–not us.”

From Chris of Zen Film Works: “I stand out amongst the rest because I don’t copy other filmmakers. I stand by my style. My approach to a wedding film is to create a timeless film that focuses on delivering emotion and the energy of the day. This is delivered in a very cinematic way with inspiration from the great directors of the cinema world.”

And from Julie of Elysium Productions: “Our style is very authentic yet cinematic. We shoot in a photojournalistic style and it’s more about complementing the client’s photos by focusing on the action of the day (not the posed stuff). Our clients want to see the event as they remember it: an AMAZING party with some incredible romantic moments. Most of all, they want to see themselves—and their event– represented accurately. Our couples are typically down-to-earth and want the attention focused more on their family and friends (and the fun) than themselves. In the edit, we focus on the in-between moments as much as the scheduled ‘events’ while editing to the beat of the music and weaving in amazing personal soundbites. But that’s OUR client… every studio’s clientele, and thus, their style, is different!”

Photography: Greg Finck Photography

7.   “Why should I hire two videographers vs. one?”

When meeting with clients for the first time, Lindsay of NST Pictures lists this as one of the questions she wishes her couples would ask. She emphasizes how absolutely vital it is to hire two videographers and describes how this translates into an interesting, multi-layered story.  “During a wedding, there are many little events that sometimes happen simultaneously,” states Lindsay. “For instance, most couples are not getting ready in the same location. You photo session might take place during your cocktail hour. With only one videographer, you will have to choose what is more important to cover. Two videographers can also capture simultaneous reactions, like when the bride walks down the aisle and the groom is tearing up on the other end when he sees her for the first time. During speeches, we can capture the speaker and the couple laughing.” Hiring two photographers will ensure that every little nuance—every loving glance, every tender moment—is captured, and that words spoken in vows and toasts are met with a beautiful, complementary image. This way, you will get such a full, dynamic narrative— the story of your wedding day, only a little more artful.

Photography: Sally Pinera

8.    “What do videographers do during photo session? We have the photographer then, so can the videographers take a break?”

Lindsay also formulated this question, and has a great explanation for curious brides and grooms. “We cover photo session right alongside your photographer to get the most beautiful shots of the day. We capture the moving moments, between photos, and sprinkle them throughout your wedding film to add beauty throughout. We need this footage to weave the story so that when your sister talks about how well your spouse takes care of you during her speech, we can cut from her speaking to a shot of your spouse putting his or her arm around you while the two of you walk down the sun-soaked beach.” Again, it’s all about creating as much beautiful content as possible, so that your story can be told in a number of ways—each fascinating, nuanced, and considered.

Photography: The Cablook Fotolab

9.   “Can I pick any song I want?”

This was one of our burning questions—and thanks to Lindsay of NST Pictures, we’ve finally got the low- down on wedding video music!

“Legally, all videographers are required to use licensed music–even for personal wedding films. Sorry, John Mayer fans!” explains Lindsay. She goes on to explain the necessity of using licensed music, adding, “Some videographers don’t [use licensed music], which leaves their businesses and their couples at risk of being fined and even sued! Fortunately, the library of licensed music is vast, with hundreds of thousands of songs in many different genres. You can even license mainstream music from Lady Gaga and Bob Dylan. Protect yourself and ask your videographer if they purchase licensed music.” 

It can be so helpful to allow the editor to make music selections, as they’ll be mindful of the overall narrative you’re creating. “We love it when couples allow the editor to choose the music because the editor can set the tone for the film based on the couple’s personality and style, while keeping their music genre preferences in mind,” says Lindsay; “For example, a slow, romantic, cinematic song could be perfect for a snowy, castle wedding, while a couple getting married outside a barn with a boho lace dress might be better paired with an upbeat folky jam.”

Photography: Sandra Fazzino

10.  “As the couple, what can we do to make our video great?”

Also suggested by Lindsay, this question is incredible, because it will help you understand your role in helping your videographer create gorgeous content. Lindsay emphasizes how important couples are to the overall process, explaining, “It takes planning, great shooting, precise editing and an artistic eye to craft the perfect wedding video, but not even the most skilled videographer can inject emotion into the footage like you can. Gush your heart out in a letter! Be present when you tell your spouse that you will love him or her as long as you both shall live! Get wild on the dance floor with your friends! The more you enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime celebration of love, the more you’ll cherish reliving it through your wedding video.”

Photography: Tatyana Chaiko and Vicky Lamburn

11.  “Is it important to capture prep?”

In a word, YES! “Footage of getting ready in the morning will be some of your favorite moments to watch later,” muses Lindsay of NST Pictures. “You might think the ceremony and dance floor are the main attractions, but how often do you get to have all of your best friends in one place relaxing and hanging out? You’re young, beautiful and getting ready for the event of a lifetime! You’ll be sharing stories and laughing hysterically. Plus, there’s usually at least one emotional moment as your mom helps you into your dress or your dad sees you as a bride for the first time.”

Photography: The Cablook Fotolab

12.  “What does a typical wedding day look like for you?”

When it comes to the wedding day timeline, “I am asked mostly about how intrusive I will be on the day,” states Chris of Zen Film Works. “And my answer is always, blending in is my forte and you will never feel like you are on a film shoot. It’s a wedding first, not a film or photo shoot.” Because her studio focuses more on action over posed events, says Julie of Elysium Productions, the actual timeline isn’t a huge concern. The main thing couples should keep in mind, notes Julie, is “the time it takes to set up and break down gear. A photographer can have everything on their body and move quickly,” she explains, but videographers often need to “be set up ahead of time in order to capture events properly. Not to mention, it takes time to break the equipment down and move it!”

Lindsay of NST Pictures, meanwhile, stresses that time is one of the greatest gifts you can give your videographer. “Time is a luxury. The more you have, the more beautiful moments and tangible details we can capture and sprinkle throughout your film. Allowing us to capture prep helps us build anticipation. Glasses are clinking, girls are giggling and the champagne is flowing. Everyone is excited! During photo session, carve out a little time for your videographers. With more time, we can film you walking into the sunset from afar, but we also have time to get some close up emotional details, like the way she squeezes your hand or the way your ring sparkles in the sunlight.” 

Just remember that those magical, serendipitous moments—and especially that glowing, golden hour light—requires some prior planning and cooperation with your videographer. “Hazy golden rays and pink sunsets have to be planned for so talk to us about your wedding day timeline,” encourages Lindsay. “That way, you’ll be outside during the best hours of the day to create the most magical scenes.” Schedule everything in advance so you are prepared to catch the magic.

Photography: Rebecca Yale

13.  “How can I plan my day to help you capture the best content?”

It’s so important to let your videographers know that you respect their artistry, and that you want to position them to capture the best footage. “I think my couples need to understand the amount of time it takes to make a beautiful film, from pre- production and post- production to the extra time needed on the day,” states Chris of Zen Film Works. “It’s something that needs to be considered when planning the timing of the day.” Collaborate on the timeline, and ask what your videographer needs on event day to create and capture the most beautiful content possible. 

Photography: Imaj Gallery

14.  “What is your turnaround time like?”

It’s so essential to ask about delivery time upfront, so that you don’t place undue pressure—or feel unnecessary anxiety—as your videographer creates your stunning, personalized film. Chris of Zen Film Works underscores how important time is to the creative process, saying, “I usually explain this in my first call with [clients].  I tell them that to create something beautiful and with intent, it can’t be rushed. A rushed piece will drop in quality and emotional quotient.” Lindsay of NST Pictures agrees: “Creating a work of art takes time,” she stresses. “We want to give your film our undivided attention so please be patient with us. We know you’re excited so we are doing our best to get it to you ASAP without compromising quality. You’re going to love it–we promise!” If you want your video quickly, be prepared to spend a little extra to compensate your videographer for the quick turnaround time. “We also offer the option to expedite your film delivery for an additional fee that can be added to any package,” says Lindsay. “The fee covers the editor’s overtime to get your film to you ASAP!”

If you want to give your guests an incredible, interactive experience and “you’re dying to see your video ASAP, consider a same-day edit,” encourages Lindsay. “Your videographer will film everything up to your cocktail hour and deliver the footage to an on-site editor who will edit your film in time to show it off to guests at your reception!”

And for a little extra celebrity inspiration, check out the gorgeous, same-day edit by Le Rêve Films for Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon, and the couple’s tearful reaction here!

Photography: Rebecca Yale

15.  “Do we have chemistry?”

This is a question you should ask yourself. For some clients, it’s ok to have a purely professional admiration for a vendor, but for others, it’s all about chemistry. Chris of Zen Film Works insists that chemistry is “ incredibly important. Great energy creates great films.”

16.  “I’m not sure if I’ve asked all the ‘best’ questions… what am I missing?” 

When it comes time to meet with a wedding videographer–or any new vendor– it’s so natural to feel overwhelmed. Whether it’s stationery, florals, or videography, this may be the first time you’re encountering this medium, and everything is new. Hopefully, after reading this article, you’ll feel much more confident and prepared, but don’t worry if you still have some lingering uncertainty! Julie of Elysium Productions insists that it’s totally normal for clients to feel this way; most of the time, she says, “clients don’t know what to ask because they’ve never done this before. It’s only through education that they truly ingest what we do and questions come from there.” Once you’ve had some one-on-one time with your videographer, we promise, the floodgates will open. Julie marvels at how quickly her clients catch on, adding that “once our clients hear more about our process, they inevitably ask some GREAT questions like how music is chosen, delivery time, how many people are there on the [wedding] day, etc.” In meetings and initial inquiry stages, let your videographer take the lead; they are there to guide you and illuminate their process.

Photography: Simply Sarah Photography

17.  “Tell me again—what are some of the exciting things I have to look forward to? Why am I going to love this video forever?”

We can’t help ending the article the way we began—by emphasizing how completely grateful you will be to have your wedding video, your own deeply personal work of art. We hope by the end of your meeting, all of your questions will be answered, and you’ll feel thrilled for creative process that awaits you. Allow yourself to be totally excited about the videography process.  “Having a wedding video is NEVER a regret for couples. I wish they realized this before the wedding!” enthuses Julie of Elysium Productions—and we couldn’t agree more.

Photography: Andrew Bayda

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The Office Fans (And Literally Everyone) Must See This Groom’s Surprise Dance Routine! #HusbandGoals

From being incredibly involved in the ins and outs of the wedding planning process to surprising his beautiful bride on their wedding day with a dance routine that will have you belly laughing – this man officially wins Groom of The Year in our books! Keep on reading for tons of gorgeous pictures from Winsome and Wright, the dance routine video captured by East West and a few words from the bride and groom. We couldn’t agree more with the groom’s advice when it comes to hiring a wedding planner as amazing as Sarah Park Events – scroll to see what he had to say.


From the Groom (Eric)… We wanted simple, clean, modern and elegant. Our preference was for an outdoor wedding. We looked at one wedding venue, fell in love with it and said we didn’t need to look at any more. The London West Hollywood has two beautiful rooftop spaces, one for the ceremony and one for the reception, and perfectly matched our black and white color scheme for our black-tie affair. We booked it sight once seen.

We wholeheartedly believe that having a talented, creative, dedicated and reliable wedding planner can make all the difference in the world. Sarah Park really helped us realize our vision and then meticulously brought that vision to life. We will forever be grateful for her guidance and expertise. 

We soon came to learn that the wedding day itself can be a bit of a blur. One piece of advice we graciously received and would like to pay forward is to dedicate some time on the day of, even if only for a few minutes, to step back and just be with each other, embrace the beauty of what you created, and simply enjoy the moment together. Before you know it, it’ll be over. Capturing the memories via photos and video proved invaluable in cementing the fruits of our labor of love. We cannot thank Faith of Winsome and Wright and Caleb Jordan Lee of East West Productions enough for doing what they do best in helping us remember this ever-special day for the rest of our lives.

Wedding planning is not for the faint of heart (!!). The entire process from start to finish truly helps you recognize and more fully appreciate all of the details and intricacies involved. At the end of the day, we were just so happy to be able to eat, drink and be married with all of our beloved guests.

From the Bride (Veronica)… With Eric, I consider myself blessed in so many ways, but he went above and beyond and exceeded all expectations in his intimate involvement in every aspect of our wedding planning.  

And as if that wasn’t enough, Eric and a few of his closest friends surprised me with the sweetest most unforgettable choreographed dance that paid homage to my favorite television show of all time, “The Office,” pieced together a medley of some of my favorite songs and even included cameos from both our moms and sisters in a “Girls Like You” rendition. It was an incredibly heartfelt and heartwarming feel-good expression of love.

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Photography: Winsome And Wright | Videographer: East West | Event Planning + Design: Sarah Park Events | Floral Design: Plenty Of Petals | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Cake: The Butter End Cakery | Makeup Artist: Makeup Artist Liz Wegrzyn | Hair : Kelly Zhang | Lighting: The Lighter Side | DJ: Premiere Events Group | Wedding Venue: The London Hotel | 360 Photo Booth: OrcaVue | Ceremony Musicians: Soo Sings | Custom Builds: Iron Grace Rentals | Invitations + Stationery : Julie Ha | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals : Above The Top Party Rentals | Rentals : Premiere Party Rents

A Mandatory Evacuation Didn’t Stop This Couple From Tying the Knot!

A week before Emmie & Matt were set to tie the knot, a hurricane struck South Carolina causing a mandatory evacuation! Thankfully, just days later they were able to say I Do with the help of Pure Luxe Bride bringing their garden-style decor to life with moody florals by Flora Wedding and Event Flowers in the gorgeous Cedar Room in Charleston! Catherine Ann Photography was there to capture all of the love and even the couple’s furry friend! Go ahead and take a peek!

From Pure Luxe BrideWith a mandatory evacuation put into play just a week before their wedding, this did not stop Emmie + Matt from tying the knot. Just days after Hurricane Dorian hit Charleston the bride and groom’s lush, garden-style wedding came to life at The Cedar Room.

The venue was filled with burgundy, blush, and white flowers including peonies, dahlias, ranunculus, and many more to give it that garden feel. A hanging flower arrangement over the sweetheart table made the garden-style feel more enchanting by adding tons of greenery that surrounded the area.

Their three-tier cake was white and was accented with painted burgundy and blush flowers. Each bar was monogrammed with a custom crest that went with their vision and had a sign in remembrance of Emmie’s father, making the day even more special.

As the night came to a close the guests danced the night away to the band Right to Party until the newlywed’s made a shimmering departed after a night of memories!

Photography: Catherine Ann Photography | Cinematography: Dock House Digital | Event Planning: Pure Luxe Bride | Floral Design: FLORA | Cake: Indigo Road Group | Ceremony: The Citadel Summerall Chapel | Reception: The Cedar Room | Catering: Indigo Road Group | Calligraphy: J.Lily Design | Lighting: Melodic Entertainment | Entertainment: Men of Distinction | Beauty: Pampered and Pretty | Cigar Bar: Cigar Row | Dress Designer: Sareh Nouri | Rentals: Eventworks | Rentals: 428 Main Vintage Rentals

Real Brides Share How They Coped with Wedding Day Stage Fright

Everybody knows a wedding is really all about the bride. Which is why it’s totally normal to feel extra butterflies around the idea of walking down the aisle, reciting your vows, center stage, in front of so many people (especially ones you know and love)! We get it. That’s why we asked real brides to weigh in on how they handled those all-too-common pre-ceremony jitters, their advice just may come in handy on your big day!

Peace and Quiet

“On my wedding day, I gave myself the gift of a few minutes alone first thing in the morning to really embrace the day. I imagined how I wanted to feel and let that energy guide my excitement level. I think it gave me an opportunity to center myself before the nerves could sink in!” Sarah, NYC

A Walk in the Park

“I had a destination wedding on the beach, and my bridesmaids planned a sunrise ‘hike’ that ended with parfaits and mimosas back at the beach house we were staying in. By the time the time we got back, I was no longer nervous. I think I have the endorphins to thank for that!” Lindsey, Palm Beach

Morning Yoga

“One of my bridesmaids is a yoga instructor, and she led a private class in my parents’ backyard. We did a lot of breathing exercises that helped me (and my mom!) relax.” Lara, Newport Beach

Inner (Prayer) Circle

“Before the ceremony, all my bridesmaids, my mom, my mother-in-law, and my grandma gathered around and prayed for me and my (future) husband. It was such a sweet moment, I think we all cried! But I felt such a peace hearing their blessings before I walked down the aisle.” Grace, Nashville

Fiancé’s Last Words

“My fiancé and I exchanged letters to read while we were getting ready. I honestly felt like I was going to pass out – until I saw his handwriting and read how much he loved me and how excited his was for this moment. Just knowing that he was waiting for me at the end of the aisle made me that much more excited to walk down it!” Bonnie – Dallas

Liquid Courage

“We had just graduated college, so I might have relied a little bit on liquid courage! Honestly, I’m not sure if I was more nervous or excited, but we were all ready to celebrate. I think approaching the ceremony like a piece of the celebration made it a little less scary for me.” Natalie, Memphis

Bridal Brunch

“My sweet grandmother hosted a bridal brunch for my bridesmaids at her country club the morning of my wedding. I gave each girl a little gift and talked about how thankful I was that she was part of my big day. The more grateful I felt for my bridal party, the more I appreciated what it meant to be marrying the love of my life. I was so surrounded by love, that I didn’t even think about the nerves!” Sloan, Memphis

Talk to Mom

“My mom is my best friend, so when I started to feel anxious, she was the only person who could calm me down! She took both my hands and asked me if I could picture my future without him in it. Of course I couldn’t! Then she asked me what I loved most about Clark. She told me she knew I was making the right decision, and that’s all I really needed to hear. At the end of the day, it’s so normal to be nervous!” Paige, Fort Worth

This is normal!

“I kid you not, I looked in the mirror and said to myself, ‘This is normal!’ Don’t let nerves steal your joy on YOUR day! You just have to remind yourself that you’re human and then get out of the way and let the makeup artist do her job!” Mo, Los Angeles

Put on the Dress

“I was so nervous on my wedding day! But the second I put on my wedding dress and looked in the mirror, I felt like a real bride. I felt so beautiful! I was so excited, I didn’t feel nervous at all after that.” Sayeda, Dallas

At the end of the day, you’re marrying the love of your life. And that’s the only thing that truly matters.

Here’s Proof That a Modern Color Palette and a Classic Setting Are a Match Made in Heaven

Although your venue typically sets the tone for your wedding day, don’t let your venue define your entire wedding style – specifically your wedding color palette!  Who says a classic venue means endless blush and green?  This gorgeous editorial from Sarah Kazemburg Events + Styling will be all the proof you need to let your personality shine through your wedding hues – no matter your venue. The bold contrast of the modern colors against the classic walls of The Anderson House couldn’t be more beautiful, head on over to the full gallery captured by Emily Blumberg Photography to get inspired!

From Sarah Kazemburg Events + Styling… For this inspiration shoot, we pulled together a classic, historic setting in Washington DC with a modern color palette and a fashionable design that could easily be translated to a spring, summer or a fall wedding. The Larz Anderson house set the scene, a historic mansion which was completed in 1905 and described as a “Florentine villa in the midst of American independence.” We stuck with an overall classic and romantic design concept, but brought in a fresh palette of golden, honey and butterscotch tones which popped beautifully against the mansion grounds.

Our bride wore an ethereal, elegant Alexandra Grecco gown with tulle skirt and floral appliques. The plunging neckline gave it the perfect balance of chic and formal with a sleek low bun and soft, natural makeup. Our groom wore a classic black Tuxedo with a textured bout in the wedding colors. Two lush, free-standing asymmetrical floral towers set the altar for the couple (a favorite spin on traditional pergolas and ceremony arches)!

The Garden Facade at Anderson House is easily one of the most magical locations for an al fresco reception in DC. Soft gray velvet linens and Brentwood chairs gave an effortlessly elegant vibe topped with Darling & Daughters‘ stunning florals full of texture in butterscotch and honey tones. Modern menus with yellow shimmer calligraphy completed the place settings.

The wedding cake by Fleur & Flour had a soft, textured design inspired by the floral appliques on our bride’s wedding dress, along with gorgeous climbing sugar flowers – the exact same varieties used in the bouquet and across the wedding design. A bold golden velvet runner added fresh color and texture to the cake vignette. Our sweet flower pup Rue joined the newlyweds for family photo ops, which included some favorite moments from this stunning and inspiring day!

Photography: Emily Blumberg Photography | Floral Design: Darling & Daughters | Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Cake: Fleur and Flour | Stationery: Fig. 2 Design | Ceremony Venue: Anderson House | Reception Venue: Anderson House | Makeup Artist: Makeup By Kevan | Hair Stylist: Denise Burkle | Calligraphy: Jessica McSweeney | Groom's Attire: SuitShop | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Model: Hannah Harrelson | Model: Quentin Tinsley | Planning & Event Design: Sarah Kazemburg Events + Styling | Rentals: White Glove Rentals

A Stunning Palace Wedding in Portugal That Highlights the Beauty of Traditional Portuguese Culture

Today’s stunning wedding is nothing short of a dream. From the floral adorned palace staircase to the charming indoor reception complete with the original palace china, every inch of this special day was fit for a royal. Splendida Weddings brought the couple’s intimate, destination wedding dreams to life while Passionate Photography was there to capture every can’t miss moment. Don’t miss the full gallery to see all the wedding magic unfold.

From the couple… What makes our wedding special: Our love is like a dream. It’s so easy, and simple, but for a same-sex couple, our dream wedding hasn’t always felt possible. We needed to honor this with a ceremony that celebrated what we love about each other, which we achieved by writing our own vows and having a special friend officiate. 

We also wanted to thank our wedding guests for traveling all the way to Europe by pampering them in an elegant venue. We wanted the classic charm of the palace to speak for itself, but we also wanted to highlight the elements of Portuguese culture that we love so much. 

The small details like using the original palace furniture for the ceremony, Portuguese china and crystal, traditional Portuguese cuisine, and utilizing different rooms/areas of the palace for the ceremony, cocktail, dinner, and dancing really set the experience over the top for us and our guests. We, and they, felt like royalty! 

We both come from families that value hard work, but sometimes forget to reward themselves. We wanted our guests to treat themselves to a hard-earned vacation and fall as in love with Europe and some of the finer things as we are. They literally can’t stop thanking us. It was a dream come true for all of us.

Photography: Passionate | Event Design: Splendida Weddings | Event Planning: Splendida Weddings | Floral Design: Alice Florals | Stationery: In love| unique moments | Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Wedding Bands: Cartier | Suits: Ted Baker London | Wedding Venue: Tivoli Palacio De Seteais | Accessories: Tiffany & Co. | Makeup & Hairstyle: Vanessa Marinho Makeup And Hair | Rentals: Aqueduto | Rentals: The Rental Factory

Not Your Everyday Wedding Color Palette With The Amalfi Coast As The Backdrop!

It is no shocker that getting married in Italy is absolutely breathtaking! Add in your not so typical color palette of shades of purple and pinks from florals to furniture and you have a stunning, one-of-a-kind wedding day! This happy couple decided on a small, intimate event at The Belmond Hotel Caruso in Ravello known for its spectacular views which Brenda Babcock Celebrations played upon in designing and planning their big day! Elias Krodelakos photographed the beauty of it all, including blooms by Armando Malafronte, who we have to say outdid themselves! Take a peek below!

From Elias KordelakosThe Belmond Hotel Caruso is one of the most sought after wedding venues in Ravello. It is well known for its infinity pool and for the amazing garden with the captivating view of the Amalfi. Carmela and Derek are living in the States but the bride has roots from Italy, so they decided to tie the knot there. Brenda Babcock created an amazing styling with the most impressive florals by Armand Malafronte. Elias Kordelakos captured all the beauty with his camera. The couple also enjoyed having an engagement session in the picturesque Ravello. Do you need more excuses to have your wedding in Italy?

From Brenda BabcockCarmela and Derek contacted me in April for their early August wedding. Just four months of planning time. They wanted to have an intimate celebration with only their families and a handful of dear friends and escaping to Ravello on the Amalfi Coast was the perfect place for the celebration. Upon hearing what they were looking for I immediately suggested The Belmond Hotel Caruso which has the ideal garden and infinity pool for an intimate gathering. Amazing views and lush gardens that had the “wow” appeal that everyone wants but in an atmosphere that would not feel overwhelming. The bride and groom had just moved to Denver and didn’t have time to fly over to choose the location in person but ample photos and videos both on my site and on the internet soon convinced them that the Caruso was what they had been looking for.

The bride wanted something elegant and charming but with a strong sense of their personal style. Flowers that were organic and flowing combined with clean and modern table setups. It can be an advantage working with a small group, in this case, 23 persons, as it allows for some unexpected or lavish details without having to spread them across 150 guests which can be laminating or at least have huge budget implications. The couple had already sent out their save the dates in multiple shades of purples with a hint of blush and ivory and we used that to choose the flowers and table set-ups and sofas for the cocktail hour. I loved the unusual mix of colors that I was able to rent for the lounges and the bride wanted a few pops of yellow somewhere which I was able to accommodate in a smattering of marigold velvet armchairs which added the perfect touch.

I gave the couple a selection of photographers to choose from representing a variety of different photographic styles and they immediately fell in love with the dreamy and romantic work of Elias Kordelakos and he captured every detail of the day just perfectly.

The couple wrote their own ceremony together with their officiant, a dear friend of the groom and it was celebrated in the Caruso garden with the Mediterranean Sea and Amalfi Coast shoreline and cliffs as the perfect postcard of a backdrop. The cocktail hour was in a different part of the same garden and the dinner was set on one long table under a canopy of olive trees. When the dinner finished they took their guests to the stunning infinity pool for the cake cutting and after-dinner drinks and dancing. The entire celebration was exquisitely intimate in every way possible.

Photography: Elias Kordelakos | Floral Design: Armando Malafronte | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Groom's attire: Indochino | Wedding Venue: Belmond Hotel Caruso | Bridal shoes: Badgley Mischka | HMUA: Orazio Image Consultant | Planning & Design: Brenda Babcock Celebrations

A 19th Century NYC Treasure That’s the Perfect Mix of Industrial Chic and Garden Dreams

If you ask us, a truly unique and personalized wedding starts with the color palette. It’s so important for your wedding hues to represent your personality as a couple. Are you moody and romantic? Fun and playful? Or classic and traditional? Allow today’s stunning wedding planned by Ashley Chamblin Events to inspire! This darling couple brought so much joy and color to the industrial walls of The Foundry and the end result is breathtaking. Take a look at the full gallery captured by Brklyn View Photography for all the sweet details!

From Brklyn View PhotographyWhen you find your dream venue, that is already pretty perfect on it’s own, how do you make it even better? You use a lot of dreamy colors to bring the iconic Foundry to life and that’s just what Katie & Harry did! 

The couple worked closely with Ashley Chamblin Events to create this inspiring color palette to create a one of a kind wedding. They incorporated fresh fruit in their centerpieces, bright yellow and pink flowers in their floral arrangements, and even different colored coral and pink bridesmaid dresses for their intimate bridal party. It all worked seamlessly to create a cohesive and totally unique wedding for the couple. 

On a near-perfect day in July, Katie and Harry stud under the bright floral Chuppah in front of their closest family and friends and became husband and wife. Katie wore an elegant dress from Rebecca Schoneveld with a hairpin and veil from Hushed Commotion. The groom’s blue suit played off on the couple’s color palette down to matching the blue in their invitation suite which I dried oranges for the night before. It was the perfect touch to tell their story. The open-air cocktail hour led to a seated reception inside the stunning wedding venue. Guest dined on three levels before heading into the greenhouse for dancing and cake. It was an incredible day for a wonderful couple and I’m so honored I could be there with them on their special day!

Photography: Jainé Kershner Photography | Planner: Ashley Chamblin Events | Floral Design: Mimosa Floral Design Studio | Wedding Invitations: My Darlin' | Reception Venue: The Foundry | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Azazie | Hair and Makeup: Beautini | Band: Mod Society | Men's Attire: Indochino | Brides Dress: Rebecca Schoneveld | Brides Earrings: Hushed Commotion | Hair Pin: Hushed Commotion | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals

A Huge Floral Chuppah, the Cutest Flower Girl Ever and a French Fry Bar… Yup, This Wedding Wins.

We’re pretty sure we’re developing an unhealthy obsession with this wedding – it. is. PERFECTION. I mean, a french fry bar? We’re just bummed our invite got lost in the mail ;) In all seriousness, today’s wedding planned by Vanessa Michelle Co. and designed by Stacey Elaine Photography will leave you wanting more. From the towering floral chuppah by Wilder Floral Co. to the enchanting reception at Greystone Mansion to the personalized accents at every turn – the details in this gallery captured by Tenth & Grace are truly beyond words.

From the Bride… In 2006, I was having my sweet sixteen birthday party at my neighborhood clubhouse. I asked a mutual friend what I should do to make sure my party wasn’t boring. He suggested having Sean’s brother’s band come and perform. I loved the idea and told him to ask them to come. The band agreed and Sean came along to help the band. We met briefly that night, but remained connected over the years through our mutual friend. 

Fast forward to 2015, destiny aligned and we both were finally single at the same time! We reconnected and began dating right away. As the years went by, we grew more and more in love with one another. Sean proposed on our roadtrip from Los Angeles to San Francisco during a photo shoot at Big Sur. We both love California and visit often. We knew we wanted to get married there. So, we began planning our intimate destination wedding in California. 

When it came to planning our wedding, we wanted to make sure our friends and family saw details that represented us as a couple and as individuals. For me, we had a French fry bar because everyone knows about my love of French fries. We had tiny butterflies fluttering throughout the details because I connect with them in memoriam for my grandma. For Sean, we tied in his lifetime love of the movie Toy Story. I referenced the movie in my vows and we exited the ceremony to the song “You’ve Got a Friend In Me.” We also always say, “I love you to infinity and beyond,” as our words of affection (another nod to his love for Toy Story), so we included that on our favors and cake topper. Our wedding was “us” from start to finish. It was the most magical day of our lives, and our vision came together exactly like we imagined! 

Our ceremony was my favorite memory of the day. I remember feeling so relaxed and excited right before I walked down the aisle. When we were standing under our gorgeous flower-adorned chuppah, holding hands and looking into each other’s eyes, I became so giddy happy, with a big, cheesy smile glued to my face. It was so hard to not jump up and down and do my happy dance. 

Then, as I read my vows, I saw Sean holding back his emotions. He never cries and he still didn’t, but I could see the emotions in his eyes and his lips as he held them back. Both of us were so present in that moment, it was beautiful.

Photography: Tanya Menoni | Videography: Good Time Productions | Wedding Coordination: Vanessa Michelle Co. | Florals: Wilder Floral Co. | Wedding Gown: Amsale | Shoes: Bella Belle | Catering: Huntington Catering | Hair & makeup: Chiali Meng | Calligraphy: Seniman Calligraphy | DJ: Vox DJs | Wedding Venue: Greystone Mansion | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: Sparkles And Vintage | Rentals: MTB Event Rentals | Rentals: Town And Country Rentals | Wedding Design: Stacey Elaine Photography

A Chicago Wedding With Family Ties and Thoughtful Details Around Every Corner

When a couple focuses on the meaning behind every detail of their wedding day, you know it’s going to be good! From The Saddle & Cycle Club as the venue (and where the bride’s parents were married) to the engagement ring being the grooms, grandmothers, to even saying their ‘I Do’s’ in the church where the bride grew up singing in, not a detail was missed! The ever so wonderful, Elizabeth Nord Photography captured every heartfelt moment and Olive Fine Weddings & Events planned all of the bride and groom’s wishes! With classic decor and florals by Edward’s Florist, these nuptials were absolute perfection! Take a look and get lost in the details :)

From Elizabeth Nord PhotographyCaroline + Charles are quite possibly the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. They love their family and friends with their whole hearts, and it’s so evident by how they live their lives and how they planned their wedding day. They made sure that things were handicap accessible, that the food was something everyone could enjoy, and so much more. The wedding ring that Charles gave to Caroline when he proposed was his grandmother’s. The reception venue (Saddle & Cycle Club) was also where Caroline’s parents were married! SO sweet. It was truly wonderful to be a part of Caroline and Charles’ wedding planning from the very beginning. They were always so loving, thoughtful, and trusted me wholeheartedly.

They had a beautiful summer wedding reception at the Saddle & Cycle Club in Chicago and an indoor ceremony at a church in Winnetka. The church was particularly special to the couple because the bride grew up in this church. She and her mother sang in its choir for many years. The choir even joined the wedding celebration and sang at the ceremony which was very emotional and beautiful to witness. It meant a lot to Caroline that they were there! The bridesmaids wore light blue dresses while the men wore navy tuxes, and they all looked amazing. The Saddle & Cycle Club featured a lot of green space and twinkle lights for the reception. It was adorned with lots of white and green floral as well. The dinner and speeches were held inside while the cocktail hour and dancing were held outside. During the reception, the groom and his groomsmen surprised Caroline on stage by singing “Sweet Caroline” alongside the band. Velocity kept the dance floor hopping all night long! Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. McLendon!

From the Bride…Growing up I always knew that I wanted to get married at our church. I was an active member of the church choir and music was a big part of my childhood so it was important for that to be a big part of our wedding. We had a string quartet, trumpet, and full choir during the ceremony and our choir director commissioned a hymn for us, which was really special. I walked down the aisle to the Prince of Denmark March, which was a nod to my Danish heritage.

The reception was held at the same place my parents had their wedding reception in 1985. I grew up spending so much time at the Saddle & Cycle Club with my family and grandparents. It was really wonderful to make another memory to last a lifetime with the people we love most at a location that has been essential to the memories we cherish in my family. I have always been drawn to white and green flowers so that was an easy decision for me. I knew that green and white would subtly enhance the sleek and timeless elegance I hoped to convey in our wedding. We both value the timeless and the classic, so we wanted these senses to resonate throughout the day.

The suits were designed by me and custom made for us by Surmesur and each of the groomsmen got to choose their linings. The color of the suits with the Amsale bridesmaids dresses turned out better than I could have ever imagined, and against the greenery at the Saddle, our incredible photographer, all of the colors popped and just went so perfectly together.

My husband grew up in New York City and I grew up outside of Chicago and met while we were at Trinity College. We dated for over four years (3 of which were distance) before we got engaged and then I moved out of the country for two years for school. So we had over two years to plan the wedding, which was wonderful but also allowed me to switch my mind many times about certain details! It was challenging at times to plan the wedding from overseas but I had so much fun with all of the planning that I just made it work. It was truly incredible to see my vision come to life and am so grateful for all of our vendors who helped make it all happen. I also wanted to contribute something creative to our wedding (even though I am not artsy at all). I designed the menus myself and did my own wax seals. It was super time consuming but really rewarding to see it all come together in the end.

My dress: timeless, classic, elevated with a fashion-forward structural spin. I’ve always loved interesting structural, architectural design in clothes so this dress really spoke to me. It was the last dress I tried on and I easily tried on over 80 dresses. It was so hard to find one that I loved but also felt really special in. Extending the train and the structural details on the dress really made the dress feel special to me. I loved that I wasn’t too old fashioned or plain looking, but I also knew that I would be able to look back in 50 years and still love the style of it.

Photography: Elizabeth Nord Photography | Floral Design: Edward's Florist | Wedding Dress: Bella Bianca | Cake: Three Tarts Bakery | Invitations: Yellow Bird | Ceremony Venue: Christ Church Winnetka | Reception Venue: Saddle & Cycle Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Makeup Artist: Yolanda Moran | Band: Velocity | Groom's Attire: Surmesur | Transportation: Pontarelli | Envelope calligraphy + Signature cocktail sign: The Chicago Calligrapher | Planning: Olive Fine Weddings & Events

Have Your Heart Set on an Elopement but Worried What People May Think? Read This.

Today’s gorgeous couple will inspire you to do your wedding – your way, no matter what! They decided to tie the knot in a Palm Springs elopement that turned out to be exactly what they dreamed of – a weekend of just them, for them. And we couldn’t think of anything more romantic. If you’re on the fence about eloping, allow this stunning gallery from Winsome and Wright and words from the bride to inspire you to ditch tradition and do what’s best for you as a couple! Trust us, you won’t regret it.

From the Bride… Parker and I have never done anything the “normal way.” And when it came to getting married, it was no different. We met at Burning Man in 2016, of all the places to meet, it’s safe to say, neither of us were expecting it. We followed our adventurous week together with perhaps a more conventional first date in Lake Tahoe … only it lasted a week. It comes as no surprise we’ve been inseparable ever since.

Parker is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. His lightheartedness is magnetic, even contagious. When he enters a room, his presence alone has the power to make people smile bigger and laugh harder. After getting engaged in May 2018 we started entertaining the idea of what our wedding could be. An intimate destination wedding? An audacious, albeit tasteful, party of Gatsby proportion? Or … go against expectations and do something truly us? And for us.

One of our favorite places for a weekend getaway is Palm Springs. The desert air, the grand sweeping mountains, the mid-century modern architecture – the scene was already set all we had to do was go. And so, for our wedding, we did, just us. Faith of Winsome and Wright took engagement photos for my good friend from college and her now husband, and they were instantly striking to me! I love her aesthetic. Her use of cool tones evokes a light yet romantic feeling. And it couldn’t have been more pleasant working with her.

 It was truly a magical weekend for us. We rented a suite, disconnected poolside, did yoga before our rad photo shoot, oh, and got hitched at a courthouse! We enjoyed a celebratory dinner at our favorite restaurant Le Vallauris where Suzanne Somers sent a bottle of champagne to our table but that’s another story …

I am so happy Parker and I made the whole experience our own, creating memories we’ll always cherish. What’s more, shortly after returning, we found out we were expecting and now have our beautiful, blue-eyed son Houston. It has been a whirlwind of milestones and there’s no one else I’d rather have by my side.

Photography: Winsome And Wright | Floral Design: Siren Floral Co. | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Hair + Makeup: Caitlin Eve | Wedding Venue: Korakia Pensione | Custom Rings: Zameer Kassam

25 Perfect for Thanksgiving Cocktails

Your table is set, the turkey is perfectly roasted, your guests are about to arrive … and a cocktail is definitely in order! This collection of pretty drinks is perfect for the holiday. From pre-dinner delights to dessert-like sips, you’ll find just the right bevy to wet your whistle this coming Thanksgiving. It’s time to eat, drink and be merry…

Cheers to Thanksgiving
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In case you missed our other Thanksgiving round ups: Unique Thanksgiving Sides | Best Thanksgiving DIYS | Thanksgiving Place Settings | Creative Pie Toppers

This Iconic Black and White Wedding Will Have You Saying YES To Classic Details!

I love a good first look…but what I love even more is when the Groom cries when he sees his bride for the first time, giving me ALL the feels! There is something so sweet and intimate about it and this Groom had me shedding a tear or two of my own! The lovely couple decided on classic black and white details with touches of gold to highlight their ever so beautiful venue, The Park Chateau Estate & Garden with a jaw-dropping chandelier and elegant florals by Wedded Events. The glamour and iconic theme rang true throughout every aspect of the wedding day and Brkyln View Photography, captured it all…including that heartwarming first look! Go ahead and have a look of your own!

From Brkyln View PhotographyElyisha’s & Nadeem’s wedding at the luxurious Park Chateau is what dreams are made of! From the breathtaking getting ready location, on-site adorable white chapel, a stunning ballroom, and beautifully manicured gardens, you can see why the couple chose this venue to celebrate their wedding day.

The couple exchanged an emotional first look in the gardens before we moved around the property for their bridal portraits. Tears were shed, words of love exchanged, and intimate images taken before the day really got started! 

The bride and groom decided to keep their bridal party in classic black bridesmaid dresses and suits which gave an iconic and classic look to their wedding. The Bride wore a stunning beaded wedding gown from Jahee Bridal.

For their wedding ceremony, their family pastor was the officiant and married the couple. Lots of happy tears were shed during their vows. The couple walked out of the chapel and were showered with rose petals as they walked down the steps as husband and wife.

Inside the reception space, the couple had the dance floor wrapped in white with their new monogrammed emblem underneath the grand chandelier. The couple had lots of white, gold, and pops of green in their wedding decor that brought the elegant ballroom to life.