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Botanical Wedding at Cheekwood Gardens & Museum of Art

every part of their wedding day deeply personal, from the stationery suite’s hand drawn botanical details designed by one of the bride’s best friends, to the palette of white, green and gold – and wow, greenery has never looked so glamorous as at their reception! What a great fit against the backdrop of their beautiful venue, Cheekwood – and even that choice was quietly personal (its red brick is a nod to the red brick university campus were they met).

Despite their careful planning, they could still roll with the punches – when it started pouring rain and their dream outdoor reception fast became an indoor one, they say it “made the night even better than we planned!”

Before we got engaged, we loved going to Cheekwood each season (they always have something fun going on!) so we had a lot of personal memories there. It honestly had the perfect mix of everything we wanted – formal without being stuffy, beautiful without trying too hard, unique but not too off the wall.

Sarah’s grandfather passed away a few months before our wedding so she had a piece from one of his blue handkerchiefs sewn into her dress. Colin wore his father’s gold cufflinks and had his grandfather’s gold bracelet in his pocket.

Don’t Sarah’s bridesmaids look pretty in dreamy, flowing pastels? Keeping their dresses within a similar palette and having them all wear simple crowns of greenery keeps it cohesive, and suits the garden venue beautifully.

No one other than us and our officiant stood during the ceremony – that way all guests could easily see, hear and not be distracted by a fidgeting bridal party. We served popsicles and made our programs thick so people could discreetly use them as a fan since it was so hot out.

I could feel everyone’s smiles and tears, waiting for Colin and I’s big moment to start, and when I took hold of his hands there was a wash of calm. How happy and present and full I felt in that precise moment is something I will keep with me forever.

Elements that looked or felt DIY weren’t really part of the look we were after, but we used one of my best friend’s calligraphy for our invitations, ceremony programs and dinner menus – she created an original of each and then we had them printed.

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Romantic Fall Wedding in Colorado

I have to be totally honest – I am a little bit in love with this wedding, and especially with the bride and groom themselves. The Colorado mountain backdrop, the perfect blue sky, the fantastic chandeliers of candles and greenery at the reception? All the details are seriously beautiful, but none of them outshine sweet, fun Katie & Matt.

As something old, I wore a handkerchief that has been in Matt’s family for generations. In fact I was the twelfth Gordon woman to get to wear it! Unfortunately, it got lost between the ceremony and reception. I’m so sad about that, but also so grateful I got to be part of Matt’s family custom.

The deep red of Katie’s bridesmaids dresses is such an elegant option for fall and really stands out against the greens and browns of the stunning mountain scenery. Plus, they work beautifully with Katie’s stunning blush Monique Lhuillier tulle gown with floral appliqué, and the colors in the bouquets tie it all together!

Start out budgeting by deciding what you’d be willing to compromise on and what you wouldn’t. For example, I wasn’t willing to compromise on photography or videography because those are two things that last a lifetime, so I allowed a larger portion of the budget to be allocated towards that and made the rest work within amount that remained. Also, don’t be scared to DIY some things!

Remember to have fun, even when things get stressful, and remember why you’re planning your wedding. Sometimes in the midst of it all you can lose sight of the whole purpose, and it’s good to stay focused on that and to keep your sense of fun and positivity when things get hectic.

Fun and funky. As much as we cared about the decor and what we were wearing, we just as equally wanted to make sure our reception would be a kick a** party with funky music all night long, and a great bar to keep the party going!

The driving factor in every decision was to give a personal touch to every piece of the day. We wanted everyone to feel the love and celebration in every detail.

We had a three-tiered red velvet cake as well as an assorted dessert bar with fresh fruit tartlets, classic creme brulee with housemade biscotti and New York cheesecake.

 

 

 

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Best Real Weddings of 2017 : Dramatic Forest Wedding in Oregon

Next up in Our Best Weddings of 2017 is this dramatic forest wedding in Oregon photographed by Christy Cassano-Meyer…

I have never seen anything like this wedding – it’s part fashion editorial, part glamorously dark fairytale – one with a happy ending, of course! Louise & Cameron had their hearts set on marrying in the Pacific Northwest, where Cameron is from, but didn’t let the practicalities of a forest setting sway them from the romantic, elegant day they envisaged. This is no exaggeration – who could not only dream of a black tie forest wedding but pull it off with such style.

We knew right away that we wanted to have our wedding in Oregon. No question. Not only because it is where Cameron was born and raised but also because we love the Pacific Northwest. Being born in the Philippines and growing up in Florida, I have always been around tropical places all my life, so when Cameron first took me to Oregon I just fell in love with the place. The tall trees, mountains and all the greenery! It’s just a totally different scenery from what I’ve always been around. Horning’s Hideout provided all that without being too far removed from the city of Portland where most of our guests were staying.

I’ve always imagined having a small intimate ceremony within tall trees. Birds chirping, a babbling brook – a very organic yet elegant feel. I wanted to stick to a classic and elegant look that was in a somewhat unconventional environment.

One day, about six years ago, Clair de Lune by Debussy came on. I’ve heard this piece before but never the solo piano version. It was very unlikely of me, however, I started envisioning it as the song to walk down the aisle to! Yes, I have been dating Cameron already for some time by then, and yes, I may or may not have turned into ‘that girlfriend’ that also envisioned him at the end of said aisle. Haha!

We went for the traditional vows. We feel these vows encompass all the things one should say when committing themselves to one another. Also, for us, nothing is more meaningful than reciting the same words that have been used by our parents and even other couples from history’s past to bond their marriage for years and years.

We chose this spot overall because of the tall trees, greenery and landscape. It was just all breathtaking. We also wanted to give our guests who have not been to the Pacific Northwest a chance to enjoy what we love so much, however this time, in black tie style, of course!

Everything will turn out amazingly regardless of any imperfections that may happen that only you would be able to see. But really… you won’t notice it on the actual day. Also, think of a rain plan from the start for outdoor weddings (including the ceremony portion!) Your plan B should be just as aesthetically pleasing to you as your original plan. It will help prevent from feeling you had to settle on something you didn’t absolutely love just because of the rain.

Don’t stress over things you can’t control. Thoroughly enjoy the couple of days leading up to the wedding with family and friends. Especially the ones you don’t see often!

It truly was a magical day that we want to relive at least a few more times! (Thank goodness for our amazing photographer and videography team; because of them, we will be able to!)

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Cozy Winter Wedding in San Francisco

It’s no surprise that many of you loved Kelly & David’s cozy winter wedding so much—especially with their Modern Take on a Traditional Ceremony Script! Congratulations on being on of our best weddings of 2017!

It’s no secret around here that we have a soft spot for winter weddings… especially in San Francisco, like our founder Kathryn’s beautiful day. Kelly & David’s wedding included so many parts that make wintertime celebrations some of my absolute favorites: from a seasonal (green and ivory) color palette, to the bride’s long sleeved gown, to a fireside ceremony and a candlelit reception complete with a handmade wreath and garlands of fir tree branches!

Kelly managed to get peonies in wintertime – what a lucky girl! She tells us “my bouquet was wrapped in vintage silks, which I am keeping as a gorgeous memento from the day.”

When Kelly told us how she met her groom, we just had to share it with you! “While researching an electronics store on Yelp, Dave came across one review he found to be particularly helpful and witty. He reached out to the author (me!) and we began exchanging notes. After 8 months, we decided to meet in person and the rest, as they say, is history!”

Sweet moments between a bride and her dad get me every time – emotions like these really are what weddings are all about. I’m sure Kelly and her dad will always treasure these pictures!

Kelly told us about walking down the aisle: “I shed a ton of tears during our first look, so I thought I’d be composed coming down the aisle. As soon as I saw Dave, the waterworks started flowing again. I can’t even describe the wonderful emotions of that moment!”

We chose one of our closest friends, Tyler Clark, to officiate our ceremony, which added to the personal, intimate feel of the day.

Tyler interviewed both of us separately over coffee about our relationship, special milestones and moments, and what we both dreamed for our marriage. It was incredibly special and allowed him to plan and craft a really personal and meaningful ceremony for us. While Dave and I knew a bit about the outline, the actual content of the ceremony was a surprise for us that day.

We wanted to bring some elegance to the rustic look of the Log Cabin based on a palette anchored in green and ivory and lots of twinkling lights. The idea of lush garlands and flowers in the cabin setting was really appealing to me. I used a ton of wedding blogs and Pinterest to look for lodge-style inspiration, and I created a crazy wedding binder full of ideas. All of our vendors were wonderful and helped me expand on the vision for the day!

We served a traditional three tier wedding cake from SusieCakes bakery. The layers were red velvet with cream cheese buttercream, chocolate with coffee buttercream, and (my all-time favorite) confetti cake with vanilla buttercream!

We had been so nervous about the weather and how the rain could potentially change our cocktail hour and photos. Even with the stormiest day, the rain actually ended up being one of the most beautiful memories. It was so romantic and almost felt like a movie. It also made being inside the Log Cabin by the fireplace feel even cozier. And it rained on my parents’ wedding day forty-five years ago and they’ve always told me it was lucky, so we’ll take it!

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Classic Summer Wedding at Cherry Hills Country Club

We may be barely out of winter, but just looking at this wedding is like taking a sip from an icy Mint Julep on an August day… which just happens to be exactly what these newlyweds and their 160 guests did! With beautiful photos from Snippet & Ink Select vendor Danielle DeFiore, this is a classic country club wedding that feels so fresh!

My former figure skating coach, William Schneider, officiated. I grew up as a competitive figure skater, so my coach was a very big part of my life both on and off the ice. When Sam and I got engaged, it was Sam who asked Billy to officiate!

Bride Emily told us “it’s always a good idea to sleep on a big decision. Or a little decision! You don’t want to have to undo something later if you change your mind.” I can only guess she took her own advice, because it’s definitely hard to imagine she and Mad Men-esque groom Sam wanted to undo even a tiny part of this utterly gorgeous day!

 

 

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A Modern At Home Wedding in Michigan

Trust me when I tell you this is the ultimate modern take on the traditional dream wedding in your parents’ backyard. The bride’s parents’ Michigan property really did come with everything – including a gorgeous getting ready space in her parents’ light-filled home, a lush green backyard for their Jewish ceremony (officiated by the same rabbi who married her parents!), and a front yard with enough space for their stylish green and white reception… oh, and did I mention the lake, oh-so-right for sunset shots? Plus, it was the ideal backdrop for the bride’s chic look, in a Pronovias short sleeved gown with keyhole back and a tiny, elegant train. And it has to be said, we like a bride who knows good shoes (you had us at ‘white and spiked’, Mr Louboutin!)

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We signed a traditional Jewish wedding contract, a ketubah, before the ceremony. I also did something old (my grandmother’s diamond bracelet), new (my wedding dress), borrowed (a ring borrowed from my mother-in-law), and blue (my best friend gave me a handkerchief with a sweet message and our wedding date.)

Bride Alyssa tells us “we served prosecco and meat and cheese appetizers before our ceremony. We wanted everyone to be happy waiting for the ceremony and there’s not better way to do than with food and booze!”

My husband and I knew we wanted to write our own vows; I also knew I wanted to be married by my childhood rabbi. Since my husband didn’t grow up Jewish we discussed what we both wanted in a ceremony and what we were comfortable with and then met with the rabbi to discuss what readings made sense.

We didn’t have a wedding cake – we had mini Dairy Queen blizzards! Matt and I had a love affair with Dairy Queen in college and many of our friends and family know it’s a personal favorite. We also had some baked goods for people if they didn’t want the blizzards.

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Best Weddings of 2017 :Classic New England Wedding at Menauhant Yacht Club

A classic New England wedding at it’s best and there’s no wonder why this charming coastal wedding made our Best Weddings of 2017!

There is something so charming about this wedding. It’s hard to go wrong when you stick to classic New England style (right down to serving mini lobster rolls at cocktail hour!), but Ashley and Ryan also injected their fun, laid back personalities into their day. So there are plenty of lovely traditional details, including a church ceremony down the road from where the groom grew up, gorgeous soft florals, and vintage pastel linens. Then they made it their own with lots of personal touches, including a literal boat-full of beer, neon sunglasses for everyone on the dance floor and a fun, sporty version of a sparkler exit!

Grace Memorial Chapel is a beautiful and charming chapel located just 400 feet from Ryan’s family’s cape house – so the location was a given!

The ceremony was very intimate, largely because the chapel is best suited for about 150 guests. We crammed everyone in, even adding a few folding chairs. It really felt as though our wedding party and parents in the front pews were all up there getting married with us. That feeling was very special.

Menauhant, Ryan’s family neighborhood in Falmouth, is where he has spent his summers since childhood and has always been a huge part of our love story. For our wedding we wanted to strike a balance between formal and laidback elements, and the cape is the perfect place for that. We always knew we would get married there.

Ashley says, The only tiny issue was that the cape can get chilly at night. It was important to us that people stay cozy, so we had beautiful monogrammed blankets by Faribault draped over some of the chairs at the reception.

We were so glad our younger guests were part of our wedding because they provided plenty of free entertainment rocking out on the dance floor during dinner!
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Momofuku Milk Bar chocolate chip wedding cake with a white chocolate dipped strawberry. Our late night menu included mini ice cream cones and chipwiches.

Guests were greeted with lemonade, vodka, soda, and thyme cocktails in mason jars at the reception. Also, two days before the wedding, Ryan decided he just had to have Clase Azul tequila and Ashley agreed, especially because it comes in a pretty blue and white bottle. Several bottles were overnighted and a bartender commented he had never seen tequila disappear so fast at a wedding!

 

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Colorful California Wedding at Dawn Ranch

Color was second only to love on Megan and Evan’s wedding day! As the bride says, for her, color “exudes happiness” so there was plenty of it at their celebration. Bold colors, playful details (like paper airplane ceremony programs!), and a darling couple with mile-wide smiles make this charming wedding one you won’t want to miss.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding? I wore my great grandmother’s diamond and sapphire bracelet – for something old and something blue. I also had small pieces of lace from my mom’s and mother-in-law’s wedding dresses sewn into the train of my gown as a silent tribute to both sets of parents.

Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Dawn Ranch Lodge was the perfect venue to celebrate our love for one another while sharing the weekend with our family and friends in wine country. All wedding guest stayed in charming cabins on site throughout the weekend and were invited to attend the Friday night rehearsal dinner “I Do BBQ” – an evening topped off with burgers and s’mores around the fire pit for dessert. The bright rustic flowers, handmade bow ties and vibrant bridesmaid dresses were a tribute to our playful and authentic love for one another and my passion for color.

Neither of us are very religious, and felt that it wouldn’t be appropriate to ask an unfamiliar minister to officiate. Instead, we chose a very close family friend, for a non-religious ceremony. We chose Eric because he grew up with Megan, and their families shared many celebrations together throughout the years. It felt like a perfect fit. In addition, we felt his genuine personality and light heartedness was a perfect tribute to our relationship.

The feeling that we were sharing the most intimate day of our lives with family and friends who have supported us both individually and as a couple throughout many stages in life. It was amazing to have the love and support from the most important people in our lives from all over the country together in one spot.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? When each guest took their seat, they found a single river rock on their chair. We asked each guest to make a wish for our future together on the rock, and then collected the rocks at the end of the ceremony. They will eventually be used in the garden of our first home.

 

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Romantic Winter Wedding in Texas : Emily & Derek

We find it so refreshing to see a few winter weddings making our best weddings of 2017, and this moody Texas affair is no exception!

I honestly cannot get over how excited today’s sweet groom Derek is in this picture, and believe me, you’ll want to see the rest of the of this very special moment, so be sure to read on.) This couple’s oh-so-visible love for each other helped them to create a day that was warm, meaningful and personal, both for them and for every one of their five hundred guests!

And it was also pretty darn gorgeous – Emily & Derek took full advantage of the romance of wintertime and included dark green ferns, soft blush and lilac florals, plenty of candlelight and one seriously incredible oversized Christmas tree!

Some woman desire a fairy tale wedding, and I am definitely one of them! But if you’re not careful and get swept up in the details and logistics, you’ll find yourself unprepared on your wedding day for what it’s all about – you marrying your person. With that being said, enjoy it all, be creative, drink lots of champagne, have fun at the events leading up to the wedding, and don’t forget to cherish the one you’ll be standing with at the altar.

 

our wedding party was insanely large, we enjoyed every moment with the ones closest to us and have loved seeing them all together in our beautiful photos.” (And we just have to add that if you’re planning a winter wedding, don’t feel like you have to be restricted to deep, moody hues.

I had a very specific vision when it came down to planning the flow of the ceremony. It was important to Derek and I both that our wedding ceremony paint a clear picture of Jesus Christ and His Church as clearly as we could! We wanted our pastor, Tyler Hardy, to reference this as often as he saw fit and for our first act as a married couple to be taking the Lord’s Supper together. We wanted the worship to be life-giving and to refresh the heart and soul of every listener!

The entire cake was covered in deep marbled buttercream (a mixture of light grey and light peach) with flecks of gold.

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Relaxed Beach Wedding in Malibu

We have such a relaxed, fun wedding to share with you today! With bridesmaids in stunning icy blue Amsale gowns and a fresh, all white floral palette featuring lush hydrangeas, the only other element Jennifer & Bart needed for the ideal summer beach wedding was perfect weather – and funnily enough, being in Malibu, they got just that!

Don’t Jennifer and her bridesmaids just look beautiful? Her white gown against the blue of theirs looks so fresh and clean, and ideal for a beach wedding. She told us really wanted a dress that was backless, but still strapless, and it was the perfect option. I loved it because it was simple and romantic.”

 

I grew up in Point Dume, and spent many years going to Westward Beach and The Sunset growing up, so this location has a special place in my heart. My husband and I live in Tennessee now, so he was ecstatic about the idea of having a wedding on the beach (which we both love), and especially one that has such significance to me.

We went with the traditional vows, partly because my husband is deathly afraid of public speaking! After those, we each said the following: “N, I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and with all that I am, and with all that I have, I honor you, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

The reception was decorated simply and romantically. It was a celebration – lots of dancing, laughter, and celebratory cocktails!

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I was inspired by the beautiful location, which didn’t require a whole lot of decorations. I wanted the wedding to have a rustic beach vibe, and to be a representation of us.