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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.

 

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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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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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Moody Outdoor Romance Wedding with Gorgeous DIY Flowers

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.

 

 

 

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This 140 Year Old Resort in the Alps Just Got a Makeover

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.

Lodging

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.

Gastronomy

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.

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Colorful Florals at South Carolina Wedding

Sindy and Trey’s color palette has an array of shades and we totally love them for it! Not only did they dress their bridesmaids in the most radiant shade of blue, but the festive hues continued in WildFlowers Inc.’s bright creations.

Ava Moore Photography shared photos of peonies popping in pink, coral and orange garden roses cascading down the wedding cake, and succulents and mini pineapples dotted around adding a neutral softness to balance it all out.

With Sindy’s Honduran background, the duo wanted to make sure the colors reflected her heritage and it’s safe to say they went above and beyond! The whole wedding was sophisticated and elegant, but they really used the flowers to add eclectic dashes of color and everything came together beautifully in the end. Very cool!

From the bride, “Almost 10 years ago in August of 2007, all the freshmen at UNC were starting up classes and meeting classmates and future friends. We were each out and about one night with our friends… probably thinking that the last thing we would do was meet our future husband and wife!”

 

 

 

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tuscany destination wedding photographer

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!

 

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A Beautiful Downtown Detroit Wedding

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.