A Cozy Fall Wedding at an Undiscovered Washington, D.C. Venue

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Oct 172013
 

Freshman orientation can be a blur of new names and faces, but when Terri and Curt, now both 26, met during their first few days at Tufts University, they both knew that they had met someone they wouldn't soon forget. Within hours, Curt knew that Terri was The One, and that was that.

A few years later, Curt prepared a candlelit dinner for Terri as their weekly date night. The meal came to an end with a single star-dotted Baci, Terri's favorite chocolate. Calling upon a game Terri plays with her sister before opening fortune cookies, Curt suggested that Terri ask a question for the quote inside the Baci wrapper to answer. Referencing the meal Curt had just prepared, she asked, "How did I end up with such a wonderful guy?" as she opened the wrapper. Curt fell to one knee and presented Terri with a ring as she read the question concealed inside - "Will you marry me?" Says Terri, "I was in disbelief!"

On October 20, 2012, they invited 120 guests to join them at a celebration full of love, whimsy and the cozy comforts of fall.

"St. Francis Hall was the perfect venue with its exposed beams, wooden floors, and rustic charm," says the bride. "It was really the perfect venue, hidden within D.C. We would have never discovered the venue without our wedding planner's help. After stepping onto the grounds of St. Francis, it felt as though we were transported to an old town in Europe."

Terri paired her fluted Anna Maier ~ Ulla Maija wedding dress with sparkling gold pumps from Kelly & Katie, a gift from her sister. She knew that she wanted a fit-and-flare style with lace, and fell in love with the details of her gown—but only after trying on more than 20 styles in her quest for the perfect dress.

An organza belt and birdcage veil (made by a close family friend who also did her hair) put the finishing touches on Terri's wedding day look. To play off her gown's romantic vibe, she carried a loose bouquet of dahlias, cymbidium orchids and freesia. Scattered orange hypernicum berries added a subtle hint of fall.

Terri's bridesmaids wore floor-length Bari Jay dresses in a cheery coral hue. Their gold leaf earrings were a gift from the bride. The jewelry maker created a special pair of coordinating earrings for Terri, whose ears aren't pierced.

Curt and Terri said "I Do" at an outdoor ceremony on the lawn of St. Francis Hall. The aisle was lined with mason jars overflowing with soft pink and cream dinner plate dahlias.

The ceremony was a mix of religious and secular, designed to be reverent but also comfortable for the couple and their guests. Their readings were followed by a unity cup ceremony which, fitting with the season, featured warm apple cider. After their first kiss, the bride and groom headed back up the aisle to an instrumental version of First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes.

A teal runner, topped with orange napkins and white pumpkins, "evokes the richness and beauty of fall without being the basic orange, red, and yellow," says Terri. Long tables spanned the space to turn the reception into a great hall feast.

Table assignments were hand-written on cards shaped like leaves, which Terri pinned to lengths of twine.

The couple sought out a venue with warmth and character for their fall-inspired wedding. St. Francis Hall, with exposed beams and rustic charm hidden within D.C., fit the bill perfectly.

Terri and Curt took a spin on the dance floor to Etta James' At Last for their first dance. Curt worked closely with the DJ to compile a list of music choices, and his handiwork kept guests on the dance floor all night. Being surrounded by the love of their family and friends was a surreal experience. "After two years of planning and envisioning our wedding, having everything come together so well was a huge accomplishment for us."

Ceremony and Reception Venue: St. Francis Hall || Planner: Pavaune Pearson of Invited Special Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Anna Maier Ulla-Maija via Hitched Salon || Shoes: Kelly & Katie || Makeup: Dawn Newsome || Hair and Veil: Mairelis Sanchez || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bari Jay || Accessories: TheHoneyCup and SevenNin9 Shoppe || Invitations and Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas || Escort Cards: Jen Aitchison || Florist: Growing Wild Floral Company || Catering: Putting on the Ritz || Music: MyDeeJay || Favors: Baci || Transportation: UberBLACK || Photography: Michelle VanTine

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Romantic Fall Wedding at Renaissance-Inspired Washington, D.C. Venue

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Oct 172013
 

Freshman orientation can be a blur of new names and faces, but when Terri and Curt, now both 26, met during their first few days at Tufts University, they both knew that they had met someone they wouldn't soon forget. Within hours, Curt knew that Terri was The One, and that was that.

A few years later, Curt prepared a candlelit dinner for Terri as their weekly date night. The meal came to an end with a single star-dotted Baci, Terri's favorite chocolate. Calling upon a game Terri plays with her sister before opening fortune cookies, Curt suggested that Terri ask a question for the quote inside the Baci wrapper to answer. Referencing the meal Curt had just prepared, she asked, "How did I end up with such a wonderful guy?" as she opened the wrapper. Curt fell to one knee and presented Terri with a ring as she read the question concealed inside - "Will you marry me?" Says Terri, "I was in disbelief!"

On October 20, 2012, they invited 120 guests to join them at a celebration full of love, whimsy and the cozy comforts of fall.

"St. Francis Hall was the perfect venue with its exposed beams, wooden floors, and rustic charm," says the bride. "It was really the perfect venue, hidden within D.C. We would have never discovered the venue without our wedding planner's help. After stepping onto the grounds of St. Francis, it felt as though we were transported to an old town in Europe."

Terri paired her fluted Anna Maier ~ Ulla Maija wedding dress with sparkling gold pumps from Kelly & Katie, a gift from her sister. She knew that she wanted a fit-and-flare style with lace, and fell in love with the details of her gown—but only after trying on more than 20 styles in her quest for the perfect dress.

An organza belt and birdcage veil (made by a close family friend who also did her hair) put the finishing touches on Terri's wedding day look. To play off her gown's romantic vibe, she carried a loose bouquet of dahlias, cymbidium orchids and freesia. Scattered orange hypernicum berries added a subtle hint of fall.

Terri's bridesmaids wore floor-length Bari Jay dresses in a cheery coral hue. Their gold leaf earrings were a gift from the bride. The jewelry maker created a special pair of coordinating earrings for Terri, whose ears aren't pierced.

Curt and Terri said "I Do" at an outdoor ceremony on the lawn of St. Francis Hall. The aisle was lined with mason jars overflowing with soft pink and cream dinner plate dahlias.

The ceremony was a mix of religious and secular, designed to be reverent but also comfortable for the couple and their guests. Their readings were followed by a unity cup ceremony which, fitting with the season, featured warm apple cider. After their first kiss, the bride and groom headed back up the aisle to an instrumental version of First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes.

A teal runner, topped with orange napkins and white pumpkins, "evokes the richness and beauty of fall without being the basic orange, red, and yellow," says Terri. Long tables spanned the space to turn the reception into a great hall feast.

Table assignments were hand-written on cards shaped like leaves, which Terri pinned to lengths of twine.

The couple sought out a venue with warmth and character for their fall-inspired wedding. St. Francis Hall, with exposed beams and rustic charm hidden within D.C., fit the bill perfectly.

Terri and Curt took a spin on the dance floor to Etta James' At Last for their first dance. Curt worked closely with the DJ to compile a list of music choices, and his handiwork kept guests on the dance floor all night. Being surrounded by the love of their family and friends was a surreal experience. "After two years of planning and envisioning our wedding, having everything come together so well was a huge accomplishment for us."

Ceremony and Reception Venue: St. Francis Hall || Planner: Pavaune Pearson of Invited Special Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Anna Maier Ulla-Maija via Hitched Salon || Shoes: Kelly & Katie || Makeup: Dawn Newsome || Hair and Veil: Mairelis Sanchez || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bari Jay || Accessories: TheHoneyCup and SevenNin9 Shoppe || Invitations and Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas || Escort Cards: Jen Aitchison || Florist: Growing Wild Floral Company || Catering: Putting on the Ritz || Music: MyDeeJay || Favors: Baci || Transportation: UberBLACK || Photography: Michelle VanTine

—Jaimie Schoen

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Watch: Anna Maier ~ Ulla Maija’s Spring 2014 Runway Show

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Jul 152013
 
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With wedding dresses featuring crystal-encrusted bodices and all-over lace, the Anna Maier ~ Ulla Maija Spring 2014 collection embodied glamour and romance. Watch as silhouettes from sleek sheaths to structured trumpet gowns glide down the runway in our Anna Maier ~ Ulla Maija runway video. Then, explore all of the Spring 2014 wedding dress collections by visiting our Bridal Fashion Week page.

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A Romantic September Wedding with a Lavender, Pink and Gray Color Palette

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May 302013
 

Jonie and Brad met at University of Pennsylvania Law School—so it was only fitting that seven years later, Brad brought Jonie back to where it all began and asked her to marry him. "We walked around the school and Brad suddenly stopped and said, 'Hey, do you know where we are now?'" Jonie recalls. "I looked around and realized that it was the exact spot in the law school courtyard where we had first met seven years prior." When Brad dropped to one knee, Jonie said yes.

The San Francisco-based couple opted to take their 150 guests to Kenwood, California for their September wedding 10 months later, hosting an outdoor celebration at Kunde Family Estate. Because the couple fell for the estate's natural beauty, they chose "rustic but pretty decor" and a neutral color palette of lavender and gray to complement, rather than compete, with the space.

Brad popped the question with a round-cut solitaire diamond ring. The couple's wedding bands came from Tiffany & Co.

The bride's custom-made Chantilly lace Anna Maier Ulla-Maija wedding gown was the first dress the bride tried on. "I knew right away that I loved it. But I then proceeded to try on hundreds of other dresses to be absolutely sure," Jonie jokes, "only to ultimately come back to this one."

Buttons down the back of Jonie's dress led to a slight chapel-length train. Its sweetheart neckline was a selling point for the bride, as was the gown's delicate tulle construction.

Jonie attached live ivory lisianthus and garden roses to her softly-curled half-up-half-down big day hairstyle. The soft, natural accessories "complimented the natural, rustic setting," the bride says.

A bracelet on the bride's right wrist—an heirloom piece from the groom's great grandmother—served as Jonie's something old, borrowed and blue.

Jonie wore towering Christian Louboutin pumps beneath her gown, but slipped into Steve Madden wedges in time for the reception. "I highly recommend this for rustic weddings with unpaved surfaces," the bride says.

Bridesmaids donned lavender-hued dresses from J. Crew. "We wanted light and pretty colors—lavender, but with pink undertones rather than purple," the bride explains of their color palette. To keep their look light and natural from head-to-toe, Jonie asked her bridesmaids to wear nude-colored heels.

The bridesmaids' dresses also featured a slight sweetheart neckline, purposefully mimicking the bride's own style.

The mother of the bride purchased her champagne-colored gown from Talbots. In lieu of a corsage, she carried a single ivory rose.

Brad paired a gray Indochino suit with a purple tie from Theory.

Groomsmen showed a pop of color palette-appropriate color by wearing purple argyle socks from Express.

Florist Nancy Liu Chin combined cream-colored roses with white sweet peas and ivory lisianthus to create the bride's bouquet, which Jonie describes as "soft, romantic and loose."

In contrast with the bride's white and ivory bouquet, bridesmaids carried flowers in hues of blush, pink, lavender and mauve.

Bridesmaids bouquets were made from a variety of roses, lisianthus, sweet peas, scabiosa and fresh-cut foliage. Each arrangement was tied with ivory satin ribbon and pinned with pearls.

The couple opted for a first-look, sneaking in their pre-ceremony peek at Dunfillan Ruins, on the estate's property. "It was one of our favorite parts of the day to share those few intimate minutes before the ceremony in the quiet romantic ruins away from the rest of the world," Jonie recalls.

Jonie and Brad created their wedding ceremony programs, which included a lavender lace border designed to complement the bride's gown.

Guests carried parasols to the ceremony "to shield [themselves] from the hot sun," the bride says.

Jonie's father escorted her down a natural aisle, adorned only with a few scattered rose petals.

"We both love the outdoors and so we knew we wanted an outdoor wedding," Jonie says of the couple's decision to hold their ceremony beneath a large oak tree on the estate.

A friend officiated the couple's ceremony, keeping the service "short, sweet, sincere," the bride says. "Brad and I were together for more than seven years before we got married, so we already knew each other very well. But the commitment to each other that we made by getting married has even further strengthened our love and respect for each other."

As guests left the ceremony and entered the reception space, they were offered their choice of purple or gray flip flops. Attached to each plastic pair was a handmade tag created by the couple, with instructions to dance up a storm. "Brad is a tall guy and accordingly takes up a lot of room on the dance floor when he gets really into it," Jonie explains. "So we joke that he's 'dancing up a storm.'"

Tucked into purple napkins that held sprigs of dried lavender, menu cards announced a three-course meal complete with a late night snack: s'mores.

Guests could choose from tart lemonade, iced tea and cucumber water served from a wine barrel bar.

Cups that spelled love held an assortment of purple, lavender and ivory-hued blooms. Scattered among the cups, bud vases held lavender and white flowers and green foliage. The bride describes the tablescapes as "a beautiful and natural design."

"Brad's favorite kind of cake in the whole world, since he was a child, is yellow cake with chocolate frosting," Jonie says. "Accordingly, we had to serve it at the wedding." A friend of the bride baked their four-tier fondant confection, which was decorated with ivory ribbon and live flowers, and set atop a wine barrel.

The fathers of the bride and groom, maid of honor and best man offered up toasts to the couple that were "heartfelt and funny," the bride recalls. "We could not have imagined a more perfect day."

Having returned from a whirlwind honeymoon that included tours of Bora Bora; Auckland and Lake Taupo, New Zealand; and Cairns, Sydney and Hamilton Island, Australia, Jonie has a few pieces of advice for soon-to-be brides: "Have fun with it and don't sweat the small stuff," she says. "No matter how well you plan, on the actual day, some things—maybe many things—will not go exactly as you planned them. So remember that above any mishaps, stress or drama, this is ultimately about your love and commitment to each other. No matter what may happen on the day of, just go with it and enjoy every minute of what will surely be one of the most amazing days of your life."

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Daughter of Design || Ceremony Venue: Kunde Family Estate || Reception Venue: Kunde Family Estate || Bride's Wedding Dress: Anna Maier Ulla-Maija || Bride's Veil: Marina Morrison || Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin || Bride's Accessories: Nadri || Bride's Wedding Ring: Tiffany & Co. || Groom's Tux: Indochino || Groom's Wedding Ring: Tiffany & Co. || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew || Groomsmen Attire: Indochino || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Talbots || Florist: Nancy Liu Chin || Caterer: Preferred Sonoma Caterers || Stationery: Elum || Cake Baker: Kaibin Hu || Favors: Perspective Photo Booth || Rentals: Hartmann Studios, Wine Country Party & Events and JRB Event Services || Entertainment: Golden State Productions || Videography: Cinevent || Photography: Shelly Kroeger Photography

May 302013
 

Anna Maier Ulla Maija wedding dress


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This shiny satin wedding dress by Anna Maier ~ Ulla Maija is the perfect compromise for a bride who wants equal parts classic elegance and ethereal romance. While the billowing A-line skirt floats effortlessly down the runway, the embellished illusion neckline adds glamorous texture to the gown. We envision this dress stealing the spotlight at a formal summer celebration by the beach or in a candlelit urban loft.

View the entire Anna Maier ~ Ulla Maija Spring 2014 collection and other looks from Bridal Fashion Week.

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