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Preppy Wedding at Drayton Hall

When Adrienne Page sent me these photos, I could not wait to share them with you!
Not only did Sallie Gray and Jason’s September wedding take place in a gorgeous location, but it was designed by Tara Guerard of Soiree. It was a day full of Southern tradition and special details – many of them inspired by the bride’s eyelet dress – and Adrienne captured them all beautifully.

Guests received pails of goodies, including bottled water and cookies, in their hotel rooms. The guests favors, delicate hand-blown drinking glasses, were also packaged in these personalized pails.

Sallie Gray wore an eyelet dress by Carolina Herrera, her bouquet was wrapped in eyelet, and even her shoes echoed the eyelet motif.

For the ceremony, Sallie Gray wore her sister’s veil – something borrowed. Umbrellas were made available for guests in case of rain – or shine!

In lieu of a guest book, guests could write on notecards that matched the rest of the wedding stationery, and pin them onto a white bulletin board. Each tier of the cake was a different flavor: butter cake with raspberry filling, lemon cake with lemon curd, orange cake with triple sec, and butter cake with pistachio.



Modern Interfaith Wedding at The Bowery

We’re so excited to share this beautiful wedding with you today, in conjunction with our longtime friends at Maharani Weddings! Gabrielle & Samir tied the knot in a modern celebration that combined the best of both Indian and Italian cultures, that should inspire all brides-to-be.

Just wait until you see the fireplace where they said their vows – glittering with candlelight, it is dripping in wild florals that look like they’re growing right out of the walls!

Says bride Gabrielle, “we felt surrounded by family and friends who were really happy for us, in a beautiful, intimate setting with lots of flowers and candles.”

Our pastor who married us helped. He is a family friend, and wanted to make both families feel included and involved, so his warm and inviting presence was perfect.

We wanted an intimate, romantic, warm environment for celebrating with family and friends.

The bride and groom took their first spin on the dance floor to Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud.



Sonoma Wedding at Annadel Estate Winery

Today’s bride describes her elegant and family-focused Sonoma wedding as a “resplendent gathering of family and friends on a magical summer day in the Valley of the Moon.” With families coming from all over the world, the couple beautifully blended their two cultures, Greek and Swedish, to create a stunning, musical and magical Midsummer night wedding.

In the Greek tradition, on the day of the wedding, it is customary to give the bride a gold lira (coin) for prosperity and this was given to me by my father before I left for the church. Another special moment was when we (the bridal party) danced a traditional Greek dance before entering the limousine for the church. In the limousine, traditional wedding songs, both Swedish and Greek, were sung by my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law and by my stepmother and sister.

“My religious background is Greek Orthodox and my husband’s is Lutheran but we decided to marry in the Orthodox church. In the Orthodox faith, the marriage ceremony must be performed in a church. I loved the location of the Nativity of Christ Church in Novato because it is up on a hill with rolling views of Sonoma county in the distance. It has beautiful tall Mediterranean cypress trees as you enter and this reminded me of the Orthodox churches seen in Greece. It also has an impressive bell tower that is built in the tradition of the Catholic mission churches in California so the church represents a unique blend of architecture in the California wine country.”

There was not much planning involved because the marriage ceremony in the Greek Orthodox Church has remained more or less unchanged through the centuries. It was important for us to have a small wedding party comprised of our siblings, our “koumbaroi”, and our flower girls, to have live music being played while guests waited for the ceremony to start, and to make an exit to greet our guests before heading to the reception.

While the guests mingled in the courtyard of the church and later as they entered the church from the courtyard, we had a string quartet playing classical compositions. With the help of our landlord in NYC, who had trained as a violinist at the Juilliard School, we selected songs that we enjoyed and that had meaning for us as a couple. These included a quartet by Dvořák called “Cypresses” which was a reflection of the Mediterranean Cypress trees in front of the church, a piece by Edvard Grieg, a Scandinavian composer, called “Wedding Day at Troldhaugen”, and a classical rendition of The Beatles “In My Life”, which is one my favorite songs from childhood.

We did not have improvisational vows because the Orthodox rite presupposes the couple’s commitment. The exchange of rings at the beginning of the ceremony is a silent representation of this commitment. I really liked that the vows were implicit to the act of marriage; it felt more profound that way.

We had two signature cocktails: a cucumber & basil gimlet that was inspired by a summer cocktail recipe from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson who is Swedish, and the Stockholm 75, which is a cocktail recipe from the Absinthe Brasserie & Bar in San Francisco—one of our favorite cocktail bars.

Try to plan for multiple days for time with family and friends because it is the only time in your life when so many special people will gather together to celebrate with you. It is a fleeting moment. Because we had so many guests from out of town (national and international), we planned for events leading up to and after the wedding and deferred our mini-moon to a few days later. It was the best thing we did because one or two days to soak it all in is not enough.

Our favorite part of the reception was the dinner—it was the culmination of all of our planning and was one of the most intimate moments we will ever feel in our lives. As we sat outdoors at Annadel surrounded by our family and friends, in the golden hour of sunset, amidst the glowing flower arrangements, with the lightest breeze warming our skin, enjoying the unparalleled wine and food of the wine country, we knew that we were experiencing something unforgettably magical.



Romantic Vintage Inspired Wedding in Texas

Since Sam and Lexie first bonded over their mutual love of the Lone Star State while working in Washington, D.C., it only made sense for this sweet couple to celebrate the start of their marriage with an elegant affair in Dallas, Texas. From glowing tea lights to gorgeous, flowy, long-sleeved bridesmaid gowns, their day was filled with the most romantic, ethereal details. And in a true show of selflessness, Lexie has some amazing tips for making your wedding just as much about your guests as it is about you as a couple.

We chose to get married in the Dallas Texas LDS Temple because of our faith. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe that marriages performed in temples are sacred and bind a husband and wife for eternity. Throughout our lives, we dreamed of going one day to a temple with the one we love to make promises with God and each other. We specifically chose the Dallas Temple because Sam’s uncle could officiate the wedding. It made our day even more special to have the ceremony performed by a beloved family member. To top it off, we two native Texans couldn’t imagine a better place than the Lone Star State to tie the knot.

The LDS temple marriage follows a standard pattern. Our ceremony began with words from the officiator, Sam’s uncle. We then made simple vows to one another and to God, and ended things by kissing one another, exchanging rings, and hugging all those present.

Though Lexie and Sam went for a classic and timeless look, they included elements that brought a bit of whimsical, vintage-inspired flair to everything. Lexie completed her bridal look with a beautiful jeweled crown, and her bridesmaids wore romantic long-sleeved gowns in a dusty shade of blue.

We loved all of the details of the wedding! We really wanted our wedding to be natural, classic, and a real party for all of our guests.

The biggest advice I have for brides-to-be is to let go and enjoy your day! To make this possible, think through as many details as possible before the day of. Luckily, I had a superstar of a mom and a seasoned wedding planner who thought through everything well in advance. Because those details were taken care of, I was really able to enjoy every minute of the wedding we had taken months and months to plan. Along with that, make sure to take in all of the wonderful details of your wedding. Spare a moment to really look at the florals, table settings, and design elements. Eat the food and drink the drinks. It was really special for me to experience every detail we had worked so hard to plan.

Says bride Lexie, “While we did have a large cake (that was nearly entirely fake!), we also put smaller one-layer cakes on each of the tables that guests could eat from. Since we anticipated left over cake, we also provided cake boxes for guests to take home extra cake.”

Once the dancing began, it became quite the party. We even had my 85-year-old grandma can-can kicking on the dance floor! We got tons of compliments from both old and young guests. Some people even wanted the link to our playlist! Working with Jim was a breeze. His online system allowed us to easily handpick all of the songs we wanted and create the dance party of our dreams.






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!)


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.


Rustic Wedding at Hereford Ranch in Jackson Hole

This sentimental wedding in Jackson Hole is full of so many hilarious and sweet behind-the-scenes details from the bride, from the meaning behind their magical ceremony venue and the arch hand-carved by the bride’s father to everyone’s antics on the dance floor during the reception.

With my mother’s help, I and my grandmother introduced me and rob. My grandmother told Violet that her daughter Patti was visiting Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Violet said she had a grandson in Jackson Hole.

She asked, “is he single? He is tall? Does he have a dog? “Obviously, this is my highest standard in a partner… Anyway, all three purple answers yes. Then my mother handed violet a note with my name and number on it and told her to ask her grandson to call me. His grandmother (violet) pestered rob to call me, and three weeks later he finally gave in. Less than a week later we went on our first date…

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?

We (bride) in my family’s cattle ranches – Jackson Hole (Jackson Hole) Jackson Hole (Jackson Hole) farm – in my great grandfather built in the 1930 s a cottage held before the wedding. The cabin and the property it owns provide a backdrop for the memory of four generations of my family. The greatest memory of my childhood was in the cottage by the cottage, in the brook beside it, in the woods around it.

When rob and he started dating, it became the place we ran away on the weekend. There, we spent hours fishing, walking dogs, looking for antlers and mushrooms, snowshoes, and this list. If you ask me, the cabin is a magical place, one of Jackson’s most romantic places. Deciding to hold our wedding is not something we want or talk about, it’s just a hypothesis

Our ceremony was supposed to be outdoors with no tent. However, the day we got married was one of the rainiest days of the entire summer. At the last minute we decided to have a tent brought in for the ceremony.

And instead of placing it in front of the arch (which would ruin the ambiance and photos) we decided to have it set up next to the ceremony site, just in case there was a chance the weather would clear.

This also meant that we might not get married underneath the log arch. All of the benches and chairs were also put under the tent in preparation for the ceremony.

We wanted every aspect to feel as personal as possible. We used the cabin itself, the Jackson Hole Hereford Ranch Ranch, and our favorite elements of Jackson Hole to provide us with inspiration. I’m a 5th generation Jackson native so it was important to me and to Rob to pay tribute to my family’s roots in Jackson. We did this in small, subtle ways such as when we used a photo of one of my grandfather’s paintings (by one of our more famous local artists, Archie Teater) on our invitations and place cards.

In addition, we wanted our wedding to be a celebration not just of us, but also a celebration of our friends and family. We wanted to celebrate all those that have been there for us and provided us with so much love and support throughout our lives. Our reception was filled with so much joy, love, and fun that at times it was overwhelming. The whole night was so surreal and humbling.






How To Use The Naturally Untamed Beauty Of Your Wedding In Idaho ?

In photos of the Rocky Mountains, it’s hard to make an epic wedding photo of every wedding photo you have.

The air quality of the couple’s wedding photos was partly due to wildfire smoke, and the talented megan Robinson captured the day with her camera lens.

From the Bride: I always wanted a gold dress, and I only tried on three or four dresses before I found the one I wanted.

My bridesmaids all got their dresses from different places! I just gave them a color to look for, because I wanted them to get dresses that they felt good in and would wear again.

We want everyone to see the beauty and experience of Idaho. We just want the landscape to talk to ourselves. We also hope it will be fun for all of our guests. Our goal is to create a complete weekend experience for them so they can relax and let go as much as possible.

We don’t want to disturb the scenery too much, so we try to minimize the decorations. We also very much hope that our friends and family to feel our attention, because they played such an important role in our life, and give us so much support, so their comfort and happiness is our priority.

Precious things are very few in this world. That is the reason there is just one you.



Glamorous Miami Beach Wedding

Jennifer and Jonathan met at a dive bar in the East Village of Manhattan. They were two complete strangers who met eyes. He approached Jennifer, and an unbreakable bond was formed. They talked and laughed all night long, almost as if they were catching up with an old friend.

Jon proposed to me on our fourth anniversary. He had already given me my gift so I really did not expect anything else. He took me to where we had our first date, and then said we were going somewhere after for dinner.

we waited at the bar. As I talked his ear off about my day of auditions and frivolous subway banter, the staff was setting up in the kitchen for the surprise of the evening. We were seated at a table in the back of the restaurant, when suddenly the waitress handed me a bouquet of long white-stemmed roses with greenery perfectly folded between each stem. I gasped seeing my favorite arrangement and said, “I didn’t know they give that out here!”

I was oblivious. Jonathan stood up and came to my side of the table, kissed me and said “I love you so much.” Before I knew it, he was down on one knee followed by the staff running out from behind the kitchen with cameras and champagne. It was so perfectly choreographed! Everyone in the restaurant gasped and stared with ‘ooh-s’ and ‘ahh-s.’ I giggled with nervous laughter, so naturally he called me out, “I’m down on one knee and you’re laughing at me.”

In that moment of truth, it was he and I at our finest. Honest, nerdy, soul mates. He asked, “Will you spend the rest of your life with me?” And I quickly squealed, “Of course I will!” We eventually called our parents then proceeded to pop champagne bottles on the rooftop of the nearby hotel, Americano. We overlooked Manhattan, held each other, and had everything we needed.

My wedding day was a magical expression of emotions. I had all of the people I love and respect under one roof and watching my husband and my family become one is an experience I’ll cherish forever.



Boho Romance at Avalon Legacy

Delicate lace on the Beau dress, composed of deep nude liner, corset and to slee sleeves.

The rustic ranch environment is converted into a bohemian style with pastel colors, exquisite flowers and attractive table design. An elegant affair in a rustic setting brings with it a unique opportunity to play. A blend of wine, modern and European elements makes the tabletop attractive. Bohemian style calls for characters and antiques and vintage inspired pieces to lend bohemian bride’s unique desire.

Even though it was a cold winter day, Elle Boone Photography felt the welcome of the tabletop, the clever cake color, and the pale bridal gown implied that the spring revival would soon win. Elle wants to capture the relaxed nature of the bride as she moves through each scene. Although the leaves have long been degraded, through this celebration there is life, emotion and thoughtfulness, which are required to be captured and their stories told.

Lush flowing, fluttering ribbons were added to the bridal bouquet to bring out a romantic, exquisite, light-as-air feel and when accompanied with a swing, how can one not be swept away.