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.
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.
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!”
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 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!
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!
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.
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.
When it comes to labor of love, we are really touched by their beauty. You can DIY your flowers, the bride from the box flowers, with the help of family and friends, they will see you will see each bouquet of flowers and central decorations are gathered together.
On this russet day, the bride wore a Spanish dress, especially next to the blue bridesmaid dresses.
We have a common love for the outdoors, so we get married outside, we just don’t know where. We designed for wedding design reflects our love of outdoor, also blended in a dark and moody colors, when we started looking for inspiration, I prefer outdoor woodland theme, and moody’s design. I also like the dark color, so I know I want our wedding, from all the flowers and flax, to the color of my nails and lips.
The flowers were our biggest DIY. My amazing bridesmaids, my mom, and a close family friend created the centerpieces, bouquets and everything else the flowers (from Blooms By The Box) went into.
We got married on Friday and had a rest at my parents’ house. The next day, most of the guests came back to eat, enjoying the happiness of the wedding weekend without any pressure. It’s good for my family and for us. It gives us time to spend with all of us, and let our excitement last for a day.
I fully understand that many couples can’t enjoy a full honeymoon after a wedding, but even after a few days in what I think is a super healthy place, both of you have experienced it. Like me, most brides (and perhaps the groom) spend most of their time planning the day.
This 140 year old Swiss hotel just got a makeover. And by makeover we mean everything from a destination spa to a wood-heated grotto to 142 rooms with bubble lamps and Swiss modern art. Waldhaus Films Hotel and Spa has aimed to reclaim a property that began in 1869 as a spa and later became a hotel in 1877. The end product is a luxurious destination that is both grand in scale and in hospitality.
Just ninety minutes out of Zurich, this resort in the Alps is commanding attention. Some of its features include a stylish library, a ballroom, a prosecco bar and five in-house restaurants. Indulge in Alpine luxury and breathe in the mountain air at Waldaus Films Hotel and Spa.
Waldhaus Films Hotel and Spa has three lodging options for the modern traveler. Take your pick from the Grand Hotel, Villa Silvana and Chalet Belmont. The Grand Hotel is for the classy and the elegant, Villa Silvana is perfect for those looking for an idyllic ambiance and last but not least, Chalet Belmont is for the rustic and tranquil lover.
Not only as a hotel accommodation, but also as a wedding hall.
There are five culinary destinations for you to choose from during your stay at Waldhaus Films Hotel and Spa. The Grand provides cuisine from around the world, Epoca specializes in traditional recipes, Pomodoro is the Italian restaurant on property, Il Tschaler focuses solely on cheese and La Tavolata is located at their Belle Epoque museum and wine cellar.
While Waldaus Films Hotel and Spa provides culinary enthusiasts mouth-watering options, they also have two in-house bars, Chadafo Bar and Summit Bar, to help you master the après ski cocktail.
We can all agree that getting married in Tuscany is a dream come true. Whether you’re looking for seascapes along the Mediterranean or gorgeous vistas near Florence as a backdrop to your nuptials, Tuscany will never go out of style.
Booking a wedding photographer in Tuscany, a true Italian, will give your wedding day memories that little extra flair. With a knack for the moments, the real things, he infuses his imagery with Italian sunshine and romance all while preserving your wedding with a contemporary style.
Duccio Argentini’s passion for photography began early at age eleven and he hasn’t stopped since. Two hundred and fifty Tuscan weddings later, this Florentine native knows how to shoot the good stuff and puts everyone in your wedding party at ease, allowing you to enjoy your day and the memories that he captures ever after!
Today we’re bringing you their recent downtown Detroit wedding.
The ceremony took place at the gorgeous Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Their wedding was captured among some of the city’s coolest backdrops like Detroit’s baseball stadium – Comerica Park, the Michigan Central Station, local street art, Monroe Street in Greektown, and a rooftop overlooking the skyline.