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A Wine Country-Inspired Wedding at Vine Hill House in Sebastopol, California

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Dec 172013
 

Is there anything more gorgeous than the rolling hills of a vineyard in California's wine country? If there is, we can't think of it, and Jonathan and Renee agree. The couple took to Sebastopol, CA, for their August 17, 2012, wedding, where the venue's natural beauty was allowed to speak for itself.

Renee and Jonathan are proof that it never hurts to seek out the single bridesmaid or groomsman at a friend's wedding. That's just how they met—serving as members of the wedding party when their dear friends got married in 2010. They'd never met before, but began dating soon after their friends tied the knot. And the same friends that brought them together played a key role in Renee and Jonathan's engagement, too. "It was very unassuming," says Renee. "We were getting dinner with the friends who'd introduced us and, when dinner was over, Jonathan got down on one knee and proposed."

For their wedding, the couple sought out California's beautiful weather and endless rows of vines. With most of their guests flying in from the East Coast, this quasi-destination wedding embraced family traditions (as well as the couple's love of the kitchen) and let Vine Hill House's scenery shine through.

White and Orange Wedding Invitation Suite

Oversized calligraphy in a bright, punchy hue gives Renee and Jonathan's fairly traditional invitation suite a playful touch. The eye-catching orange envelope seals the deal.

Renee's vintage-style engagement ring is surrounded by an intricate hexagon setting.

Blush by Hayley Paige Wedding Dress

"I wanted something that didn't scream 'I'm a bride!' and was a little more unique than most bridal gowns," says Renee of her scoop-neck ball gown from Blush by Hayley Paige. The box-pleated skirt adds an extra touch of crisp volume. Bejeweled Badgley Mischka pumps peeked out from beneath the ivory silk.

Bride in Blush by Hayley Paige

A fabric flower accentuated the neckline of Renee's gown. She and her bridesmaids carried hand-tied bouquets in soft, sweet colors. Garden roses, dahlias, parrot tulips, hydrangeas, and pops of yellow from billy balls were ideal for the late-summer celebration.

The flower girl and junior bridesmaid are the couple's nieces, daughters of Jonathan's late brother. "We used diamonds from their father's wedding band to have earrings made for the girls, then used the remaining stones to make a necklace for Jonathan's mom," says Renee. The flower girl carried a flower wand decorated with billy balls, ribbon and tulle.

Groom with Custom Map Cufflinks

Jonathan's map cufflinks featured the locations of where the couple met, and where they were getting married.

The wedding party wore gray, a light sage green, and soft purple, tying into the natural, pastel hues of the wedding's décor. "Their suits were dressed up, but not stuffy or uncomfortable," Renee explains.

Vintage Frames with Escort Cards

Antique frames hanging from the property's oak tree displayed the guests' escort cards. Tiny clothespins held the cards to stretches of tulle ribbon. A chalkboard featured the evening's menu.

Pastel-hued mason jars and milk bottles appeared throughout the reception. Colorful paper straws were on-hand for the couple's signature white sangria, which was made using Jonathan's recipe.

Homemade Jam Wedding Favors
Homemade Wine Jam Wedding Favors

A vintage suitcase was the ideal receptacle for cards. "We both love being in the kitchen," says Renee, "so we decided to create something edible and homemade to share with our guests. We made Hot Pepper and Berry Wine Jellies, tying in to the vineyard venue." The guestbook was a unique take on the wine bottle guest book. Guests wrote notes to the couple and slipped them into empty bottles, which Renee and Jonathan will crack open so they can read the notes inside.

Outdoor California Wedding Reception

The simple, muted color scheme let Vine Hill House's landscape really shine. Neutral tables were arranged under large umbrellas, while heat-lamps were at the ready for when the sun set. Garden roses, dahlias, tulips, and hydrangeas in ivory, pink, peach, and yellow were used for the low centerpieces.

White Wedding Cake with Fresh Flowers

The three-tiered cake was decorated with fresh roses, dusty miller leaves, and hydrangeas to match the reception décor. In honor of the couple's grandmothers, who were "avid and wonderful pie makers," Renee and Jonathan served a selection of pies along with the cake.

Lights, strung from the branches, cast a whimsical glow over the reception.

Jonathan and Renee honeymooned in Maui three months after their wedding. "It was nice to have something to look forward to once the wedding was over," says Renee. But before the wedding has come and gone? "Don't procrastinate!" says the bride. "And don't be afraid to stay on top of your vendors. More than anything, though, enjoy every minute. Don't get caught up in the snafus that may happen. None of your guests will remember!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Vine Hill House || Day-Of Coordinator: Elsa Vera || Bride's Wedding Dress: Blush by Hayley Paige || Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Jewelry: Janene's Bridal Boutique || Hair & Makeup: It's a Date at the Powder Room || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew || Groom and Groomsmen's Suits: Perry Ellis from Men's Wearhouse || Wedding Bands: Seelenbacher Jewelers || Florist: PoppyStone Floral Design || Invitations & Paper Goods: New England Invitations || Music: Ceremony - Golden Gate Strings, Reception - Denon & Doyle || Catering: Park Avenue Catering || Cake: Fleur de Lisa || Photography: Janae Shields Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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Dec 062013
 
Bride and Groom in Philadelphia, PA

Photo: Marie Labbancz of Art of Love

When Elizabeth began throwing her annual Christmas cocktail party for her friends in New York, she had no idea that the event would become so popular, or that one day, three years later, her future husband would walk through her front door.

Ryan arrived at Elizabeth's apartment as a guest of their mutual friend, and immediately knew that he needed to ask her out on a date. With Elizabeth busy cooking, entertaining, and making sure they didn't bother the neighbors, there was barely a moment for them to speak, but she couldn't help but be distracted by the man who kept trying to talk to her. As the party came to an end, Ryan was too nervous to get Elizabeth's number, but instead gave her his email address as he headed out the door. She waited the appropriate two days before writing to him, and their plans to meet for a bike ride began what would become a whirlwind six-month romance.

In June of 2011, after a morning spent in Central Park and an afternoon with Ryan's family, the couple headed off alone to meet friends for a drink. As they rounded 86th street and 2nd avenue, the location of their first kiss, Ryan got down on one knee and asked Elizabeth to be his wife. 14 months later, on August 25th, 2012, the couple tied the knot at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

Monique Lhuillier Ball Gown and Green Badgley Mischka Peep-Toe Shoes

Wedding Bands and Bride's Hand-Embroidered Slip

Photo: Marie Labbancz of Art of Love

"Once we'd chosen a venue, I let my wedding dress dictate the formality of the wedding," says Elizabeth of her two-piece Monique Lhuillier ball gown. The top was covered in Alencon lace and had elegant cap sleeves. The silk gazar skirt had gorgeous pick-ups, and was finished with a satin ribbon sash. Beneath the gown, Elizabeth wore a pair of green Badgley Mischka pumps embellished with crystal brooches. Her mother hand-stitched and embroidered a slip for her to wear beneath her skirt.

Monogrammed Formal Wedding Invitation

Photo: Marie Labbancz of Art of Love

The couple's ornate monogram made many appearances throughout the wedding, from the invitations to the programs.

Groom's Dog Wearing a Floral Collar

Bride and Groom Outside the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia

Photo: Marie Labbancz of Art of Love

The couple's dog was dressed up in a floral collar for the occasion. Ryan wore a classic black tuxedo with a cumberbund and bow tie to complement Elizabeth's formal gown.

Bride in Monique Lhuillier with Yellow Balloons

Bouquets of Roses, Freesia, Hydrangeas and Lily of the Valley

Photo: Marie Labbancz of Art of Love

As her something blue, Elizabeth wore a pair of sapphire and diamond earrings that her groom gave her as a wedding present.

She and her bridesmaids carried hand-tied bouquets. Elizabeth's featured garden roses, freesia, Lily of the Valley and dusty miller leaves. Her bridesmaids' bouquets were yellow freesia, blue hydrangeas, garden roses and lamb's ear.

Rooftop Wedding Ceremony at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia

Blue and Yellow Floral Wedding Ceremony Decor

Rooftop Wedding Ceremony in Philadelphia

Photo: Marie Labbancz of Art of Love

The couple chose the Franklin Institute because it enabled them to have an outdoor ceremony with sweeping views of Philadelphia. The aisle was decorated with arrangements of light blue hydrangeas and yellow roses.

Reception in the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial in Philadelphia

Cream, Yellow and Blue Floral Centerpieces

Father-Daughter Dance at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia

Photo: Marie Labbancz of Art of Love

After guests wandered the Franklin Institute's exhibits during cocktail hour, they gathered in the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial for a formal reception under the watchful eye of Ben Franklin himself. Vintage inspired silver vessels overflowed with cream and yellow garden roses, lisianthus, and hydrangeas. The Memorial provided a memorable location for Elizabeth's dance with her father during dinner.

Three-Tier Wedding Cake with a Lace Pattern and Fresh Flowers

Photo: Marie Labbancz of Art of Love

The couple's three-tier wedding cake was a red velvet cake with chocolate ganache filling and white chocolate icing. It was piped with a lace deign and featured the monogram that was used on all of the wedding's printed materials. Fresh roses and hydrangeas provided an elegant finishing touch.

Sparkler Wedding Exit at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

Photo: Marie Labbancz of Art of Love

Ryan and Elizabeth exited the Franklin Institute in a shower of sparklers. Shortly thereafter, the duo found themselves dancing in the fountain out front with their friends!

Bride and Groom at a Wedding in Philadelphia

Photo: Marie Labbancz of Art of Love

Elizabeth and Ryan honeymooned in Spain, spending five days on the beach, then heading to the Pyrenees Mountains to spend a few days road biking - a nod to the bike ride that started it all.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Franklin Institute || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier, via The Bridal Garden || Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Hair & Makeup: Mackenzie Hughes of Mack Stylist || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung || Groom & Groomsmen's Tuxedos: Black Tie Formal Attire || Wedding Bands: Sackowitz Jewelers || Florist: Nancy Saam || Invitations & Paper Goods: Matthewy Kelsey, Printer || Music: Imagine, EBE Entertainment || Catering & Cake: Frog Commissary || Photography: Marie Labbancz of Art of Love

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Vibrant Golf Course Wedding at PGA West in La Quinta, California

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Nov 142013
 
Bride and groom on the PGA West Golf Course in La Quinta, CA.

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

It seems that fate has been trying to bring Annie, 28, and Jeff, 30, together for 20 years now. They grew up in the same town, their parents were classmates in high school, and the couple even met for the first time in 1993, when Jeff's older sister was Annie's softball coach. In high school, they were in the same group of friends. Annie was a cheerleader and Jeff was on the soccer team, so it was only natural that she developed a crush on him over the years.

Through the powers of social media and annual Thanksgiving gatherings in their hometown, Jeff and Annie stayed in touch through college. But it wasn't until her brother's wedding that Jeff made a move and asked her out (with her brother's permission, of course). The two became inseparable, with Annie visiting Jeff in Lake Tahoe almost every weekend. In August of 2012, he got down on one knee, and Annie moved to Lake Tahoe permanently. The couple kept their wedding local, heading to a gorgeous golf club for a modern-meets-classic Cali celebration.

Diamond engagement ring.

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Jeff proposed to Annie during one of her regular weekend visits to Lake Tahoe. He set her up with 'the perfect day': coffee, lunch, a massage, and happy hour with wine and cheese. Why didn't Annie catch on to the impending question? "This was just another day in the life of dating Jeff," she says. Jeff orchestrated a ruse that resulted in the couple taking Jeff's client's boat out on the lake. He led Annie to the bow and got down on one knee. The entire marina cheered as Annie said "yes!"

Bride's Badgley Mischka pumps and bridesmaids' colorful shoes.

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Annie went classic white with her peep toe Badgley Mischka pumps. Her bridesmaids, on the other hand, paired their little black dresses with shoes in bright, fun colors.

Backless Katie May lace mermaid wedding dress.
Bride in a lace Katie May mermaid wedding dress with a hot pink bouquet.

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

When Annie began her wedding dress search, she knew she wanted something simple that wouldn't look dated when she looked back at the pictures. The one thing she did want? "A dramatic back!" says the bride. Her lace dress by Katie May was the first–and only–dress she tried on. The simple mermaid shape and scalloped neckline were perfect for the couple's California wedding.

Hot pink peony, hydrangea and rose wedding bouquets.
Bride with bridesmaids in little black dresses in La Quinta, California.

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Annie and her bridesmaids all carried bouquets of bright pink hydrangeas, roses, and peonies.

Because her bridesmaids all live in Southern California but Annie and Jeff live in the northern part of the state, it was much easier to ask them to each pick a flattering Little Black Dress, creating a unified but personalized look.

Groom in a gray Hugo Boss suit at PGA West Golf Course.
Groom and groomsmen in gray suits on a golf cart in La Quinta, CA.

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Jeff wore a Hugo Boss suit and a polka-dotted tie for his trip down the aisle.

The groom and groomsmen all wore colorful socks from Hook + Albert and Ralph Lauren ties. The socks and ties were a gift from the groom.

Outdoor wedding ceremony with pink flowers at PGA West Golf Course.
Outdoor wedding ceremony with ring bearers in a wagon.
Bride and groom's outdoor wedding ceremony in La Quinta, CA.

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The ceremony was held outdoors at the PGA West golf course. Pomanders and hot pink flower petals edged the aisle, while the altar gave way to a dramatic mountain view.

Jeff's nephews served as the ring bearers. The youngest, only 6 months old at the time of the wedding, was pushed down the aisle in a wagon by his older brother and cousin. The ceremony was officiated by Jeff's cousin. The couple spent months prior to the wedding doing marriage counseling with him and personalizing their ceremony. Jeff and Annie wrote their own vows, and now have them framed in their home.

Bride and groom at the PGA West Golf Course in La Quinta, CA.

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

La Quinta, CA, was the ideal location for the couple's wedding. "We wanted a location that would guarantee good weather," says Annie. Additionally, they've been vacationing in the area their entire lives, giving the day an added layer of personal significance.

Black and pink wedding reception dcor.
Pink wedding menu with cherry blossoms.

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The couple came up with their black and pink color scheme together. Says Annie, "I always went to Jeff with 3 ideas and had him choose the one he liked best. This way, he would always be a part of the wedding planning."

Black and pink dessert bar at a wedding reception in La Quinta, CA.

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Jeff and Annie paid for most of the wedding themselves, so the bride took on a number of DIY projects to help keep costs down. The dessert bar, however, was a labor of love that Jeff's sister tackled. It featured some of the couple's favorite treats, from gummies and chocolates to donuts.

Black and white funfetti wedding cake with pink peonies.

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The couple sliced into a simple black and white cake with a surprise inside: Instead of plain vanilla, the cake was Funfetti flavored!

Sparkler wedding exit at the PGA West Golf Course in La Quinta, California.

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

After a night of dancing with their friends and family, a sparkler send-off was a fitting end. The couple chose a far-flung honeymoon destination, spending two weeks in Tahiti and Bora Bora.

Annie hopes couples planning their weddings will "remember why they're getting married in the first place." Even with all the stress, that's what will get you through. Her other tip is to "choose one thing you don't want to miss out on–whether it's dancing, eating dinner, drinking, talking to a certain guest, etc.–and make sure that happens! That way, you'll always have that memory."

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Club at PGA West || Day-Of Coordinator: Alex Hillier of Carter & Cook Co. || Bride's Wedding Dress: Katie May || Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Makeup: Erin Perencevic || Hair: Nadia Draper of Panache Hair Studio || Jewelry: The Bride's Mother || Wedding Bands: Pepi Fine Jewelry || Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss || Florist: Laura Kilts of Magnolia's Floral || Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas || Cake: The Pastry Swan Bakery || Music: Luke Manthe of Vox DJs || Photography: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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Former Smash Star Megan Hilty Married Brian Gallagher This Past Weekend

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Nov 042013
 
Megan Hilty and Brian Gallagher wedding photo

Photo: Megan Hilty via Twitter

We're sure former Smash star Megan Hilty is singing a love song or two right about now! The actress wed longtime love and fellow actor Brian Gallagher this past Saturday at the Venetian chapel in Las Vegas. The two lovebirds met at a fitness class while both were performing on Broadway.

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Hilty wore an ultra-glam beaded cap-sleeve Badgley Mischka gown to the intimate wedding ceremony, People reports, while Gallagher looked extra dapper in a J. Lindberg tuxedo. The actress must have snagged her wedding dress straight off of the runway—the beaded fit-and-flare stunner was shown in the Badgley Mischka Fall 2014 collection just a few weeks ago!

We love how Hilty also rocked retro Marilyn Monroe-esque curls. Although she now stars on NBC's Sean Saves the World, it seems that Smash, a show centered around the production of a Broadway show dedicated to the '50s bombshell, left an impression on its former leading lady!

The couple were so excited to wed, that they skipped the engagement all together!

"We shared a perfect weekend with our family," the actress told Us Weekly. "To us it's more about the marriage than the actual wedding, which is why we decided to skip the whole engagement thing. We couldn't be happier!"

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Their happiness is pretty contagious. Right after vows were exchanged, the two couldn't wait to take to Twitter and Instagram to announce their nuptials.

Megan Hilty immediately changed her Twitter profile picture to one of the two flashing their brand-new wedding rings (see above) and tweeted:

Brian then responded to his brand-new bride "I love you!" and posted an adorable photo, below, with the caption "WE DID IT!!! #justmarried."

Megan Hilty Married Brian Gallagher

Photo: Brian Gallagher via Instagram

Congrats to the two, who are not only embarking on a lifelong marriage together, but will also join together in a performance later this month in Los Angeles. How sweet!

—Lauren Frankfort

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The Wedding Event on GILT.com Starts Today, and Brides Has Put a Few Things Aside Just For You

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Oct 262013
 
The Wedding Event on Gilt.com

Photo: Courtesy of Gilt

You wait for it every year, and on Saturday, October 26th at Noon EST, GILT will be kicking off its bi-annual Wedding Event, this time with a selection of handpicked bridal gowns, jewelry and accessories curated by the editors of Brides. I mean, can your Saturday afternoon get any better?

Included in the sale are luxe looks from our favorite bridal designersReem Acra, Badgley Mischka, Theia, Monique Lhuillier, BHLDN, Marchesa, Valentino, and more—at up to 60% off.

Here's a sneak peek of what you'll find at Gilt's Wedding Event, starting promptly at noon on Saturday.

Valentino silk long-sleeve wedding dress gilt

Photo: Courtesy of Gilt

Valentino
Silk Embroidered Long Sleeve Dress
GILT: $1,499 (Original Retail: $4,980)

Piranes Round Sapphire Diamond Platinum Ring

Photo: Courtesy of Gilt

Piranesi
Round Sapphire, Diamond, & Platinum Ring
GILT: $6,799 (Original Retail: $19,500)

So what else is on our must-have list this wedding season? Editor-in-Chief Keija Minor says the trend towards less traditional dresses is gaining momentum—"Gowns with just a hint of tint, like blush, cream, and cafe au lait, are growing more popular. And a ton of ready-to-wear looks are also making the transition into bridal, with designers incorporating jumpsuits and two-piece looks—even midriff-baring tops with skirts!—into their collections."

So make sure you're poised and ready tomorrow afternoon to point, click and save your way to a dream wedding. Deals like this don't come along very often, but when they do, they're guaranteed to go fast. (In fact, some of these amazing steals will be gone within seconds.) Happy shopping, and tell Gilt that Brides sent you!

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Badgley Mischka Bride Fall 2014 Wedding Dress Collection: First Look

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Oct 112013
 
Badgley Mischka Fall 2014 First Look

Photo: Brides

Showing elegant wedding dresses season after season, Badgley Mischka Bride's Fall 2014 bridal collection didn't disappoint. With opal embellishments and blush tones, the designs were full of forward-thinking details that seemed to draw inspiration from the era of Marie Antoinette. Old Hollywood glamour also reined on the runway—a satin sheath with bejeweled cutout back featured a twinkling tassel reminiscent of the most fabulous flappers.

See some snaps of the stunning gowns below, and don't forget to check back soon for the full collection!

Badgley Mischka Fall 2014 First Look Badgley Mischka Fall 2014 Wedding Dresses First Look Badgley Mischka Fall 2014 Wedding Dresses First Look

Photos: Brides

For more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week, follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google +.

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Aug 072013
 
Elbow Length White Veil

Photo: Kate Headley

A hard hat might not be every girl's best look—but the bright yellow helmet certainly worked for Elizabeth when she met Louis for the first time in a construction zone. "Louis was working as a contractor for a sustainable school project I was managing," explains Elizabeth, a financial manager at the World Wildlife Fund, Inc. "Even though we were both wearing hard hats, there was an instant connection at the coordination meeting."

For their June nuptials, the couple enlisted the help of Ritzy Bee Events to orchestrate a pale pink and green event that was at once "soft, romantic and simply sophisticated," the bride says. "Ritzy Bee Events took our scattered, disconnected thoughts and preferences and turned them into an absolutely perfect wedding."

Matching Robes For Bridesmaids

Photo: Kate Headley

Elizabeth and her four bridesmaids shed matching floral-print robes to slip into their formal attire.

Crystal and Organza Wedding Jewelry

Photo: Kate Headley

"Jewelry was a long struggle for me," the bride laments. "Much more involved than finding the dress." In the end, Elizabeth fell for sparkling baubles by Erin Cole "to complement my simple dress."

White Rose and Peony Bouquet

Photo: Kate Headley

The bride's simple sheath was made by Amsale. The A-line gown included the "perfect pop of interest," as Elizabeth says: A vertical bow down its back.

Pale Pink Bridesmaids Dresses

Photo: Kate Headley

Elizabeth carried a winter white bouquet of roses and hydrangeas tied with pink satin ribbon. Bridesmaids wore duponi dresses by Lula Kate, which each attendant chose herself. "I liked the look of short dresses for a summer wedding," the bride explains. "They are a little less formal, which worked for our overall look."

White and Pink Hydrangea Bouquet

Photo: Kate Headley

Bouquets of white hydrangeas and pink peonies popped against the bridesmaids' pale pink dresses.

Polka Dot Bow Tie

Photo: Kate Headley

The pale pink ribbon wrapped around Louis' white rose boutonniere matched his pink polka dot bow tie.

Pink Rose Boutonnieres

Photo: Kate Headley

The groomsmen's boutonnieres "mirrored my bouquet," the bride says, because they were made from soft white and pink roses and wrapped in pink satin ribbon.

Flower Girl Hair Wreath

Photo: Kate Headley

The couple's 3-year-old niece and goddaughter, Lily Kate, served as their flower girl. The child also played a special role in Louis' proposal; it was Lily Kate who delivered Elizabeth's engagement ring. On a walk through a park, Elizabeth recalls, "I turned around to see 2-year-old Lily Kate streaking toward us wielding a juice box in one hand and a very recognizable red box in the other. She came straight over, handed me the box and showed me her shirt, which read, 'Will you marry my Nouno,'" the Greek word for godfather.

White Flower Girl Dress With Bow

Photo: Kate Headley

Wearing a hair wreath and delicate white dress from Us Angels, Lily Kate "was the highlight of the wedding," the bride admits. "She couldn't have been more perfect and adorable and well-behaved."

Pink and White Wedding Invitation

Photo: Kate Headley

Guests received custom wedding ceremony programs, tied with a pink ribbon, by Simplesong Fine Letterpress Goods.

Traditional Church Wedding Vows

Photo: Kate Headley

During the couple's traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Elizabeth and Louis didn't exchange vows. "In fact, the bride and groom don't speak at all," Elizabeth explains. Instead, the service includes a crowning, in which connected ribbon wreaths are placed atop the bride and groom's heads to symbolize their union. "To help our non-Greek guests understand, we turned our wedding program into a 12-page guide to the service," the bride says.

Clear Top Wedding Reception Tent

Photo: Kate Headley

Decatur House on Lafayette Square, where Elizabeth and Louis held their evening wedding reception, was "a joyously lucky find," the bride says. The couple fell for its garden terrace and location minutes from the White House, describing it as the "best of all possible worlds."

Pin Cushion Escort Card Display

Photo: Kate Headley

At the entrance of a clear-topped reception tent, guests found a pin-cushion escort card display that revealed their seat assignments on pale pink, petal-shaped cards.

Pink Reception Bar Pink Cocktail Napkins

Photos: Kate Headley

Bartenders served custom libations from white bars outfitted with striped pink panels. Cocktail napkins and even the lampshades matched the couple's color palette.

Tall Round White Centerpiece

Photo: Kate Headley

Amaryllis, Inc. Floral + Event Design topped distressed candelabras with winter white hydrangeas and pink roses for striking centerpieces that towered above smaller arrangements.

Small White Wedding Centerpieces

Photo: Kate Headley

Each smaller arrangement of white and pink blooms was held in a glass vase tied with pink ribbon.

Silver Calligraphy Table Numbers

Photo: Kate Headley

Simplesong Fine Letterpress Goods also created the couple's custom table numbers—oval-shaped cards that featured silver script and a thin pink border.

Wedding Reception Salad

Photo: Kate Headley

Elizabeth says "an absolutely adorable watermelon and blue cheese salad that included a heart-shaped sesame seed cracker" was the highlight of the couple's wedding menu. "The guests loved it—perfect for a wedding and so delicious!"

White Round Wedding Cake With Beading

Photo: Kate Headley

Created by caterer Design Cuisine, the couple's round white wedding cake included layers of chocolate ganache and white butter cream filling.

Candy Wedding Favors

Photo: Kate Headley

But the couple's cake was hardly their only sweet after-dinner snack. Elizabeth and Louis also offered guests an ice cream bar, where they could scoop up their favorite flavor and top it with an assortment of nuts and sprinkles.

Pink Wedding Reception

Photo: Kate Headley

Elizabeth and Louis didn't want a big band crowding their limited outdoor tent space, so they hired five musicians to keep guests on the dance floor all night long. "They learned our first dance song, Grow Old With Me by the Postal Service, and they nailed it," Elizabeth says.

Props For Dancing

Photo: Kate Headley

The bride and her dad choreographed their father-daughter dance to Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye, "which was extremely fun," Elizabeth exclaims.

Chandeliers In Wedding Reception Tent

Photo: Kate Headley

The couple credits Ritzy Bee Events for pulling off their flawless fete. "Ritzy Bee Events took our ideas and weaved their magic and perfected every tiny detail of the day," Elizabeth says. "I am sure it sounds cliche, but I just can't imagine a more perfect, amazing, beautiful and blissfully happy day. Louis and I were smiling from ear to ear non-stop from the moment we woke up until we fell asleep."

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Ritzy Bee Events || Ceremony Venue: Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral || Reception Venue: Decatur House on Lafayette Square || Bride's Wedding Dress: Amsale || Bride's Veil: Erin Cole || Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Bride's Accessories: Erin Cole || Bride's Wedding Ring: Lambros Goldsmiths || Groom's Tux: Brooks Brothers || Groom's Wedding Ring: Lambros Goldsmiths || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lula Kate || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Teri Jon || Flower Girl Dress: Us Angels || Florist: Amaryllis, Inc. Floral + Event Design || Caterer: Design Cuisine || Stationery: Simplesong Fine Letterpress Goods || Cake Baker: Design Cuisine || Favors: Simplesong Fine Letterpress Goods || Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental || Photography: Kate Headley

A Summer Wedding Inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 Alfred Angel, Badgley MIschka, Casual, Georgia, Real Weddings, Romantic, Rustic, Summer, Whimsical  Comments Off on A Summer Wedding Inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Jun 072013
 
Outdoor Georgia Wedding

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

For Macy and William, it was "love at first sight," the bride confesses. After their first date at the Georgia State Fair, the pair was inseparable. Yet William still managed to surprise Macy when he dropped to one knee inside an intimate cafe and asked her to be his wife.

Fifteen months of planning—"way too long," Macy laments—led to the couple's June wedding in Fort Valley, Georgia. A self-proclaimed "literature buff," the bride envisioned Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream when it came to planning the couple's big day. "I wanted natural wild flowers, lights every where that would look like fairies flying around, and just a dreamy feel all over," Macy says.

Rustic Lodge Wedding

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Pineola Farms "is literally the most beautiful outdoor venue I have ever seen," the bride gushes about 140-year-old farmland that stretches more than 12 acres in middle Georgia. "My dream was to get married outside in God's beautiful creation."

Traditional A-Line Bridal Gown

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Macy loved her lace a Da Vinci gown because "I truly felt like a Princess in it," she says, "and it was classic, classy and sassy."

Bridesmaids In Cowgirl Boots

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Bridesmaids wore lavender and kiwi-colored dresses by Alfred Angelo, pairing their choice of cowboy boots with the one-shoulder sheaths.

Lavender and Green Bouquet

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

A florist created Macy's green, purple and white bouquet using hydrangea and wild flowers. For her something blue, Macy donned a a sapphire and diamond bracelet.

Dried Lavender Bouquet

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Bridesmaids' bouquets were made from dried lavender and tied with white lace from the mother-of-the-bride's bridal gown.

Lavender Boutonniere

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

William wore a dried lavender boutonniere adorned with bright green blooms and tied with twine.

Ceremony Beneath Trees

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Held in Pineola Farms' pecan orchard, the couple's afternoon wedding ceremony was traditional, the bride says.

Mason Jar Flowers On Shepherds Hooks

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Wild flowers held in mason jars and hung from shepherd's hooks decorated the aisle.

Moss-Covered Flower Girl Basket

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

The couple's flower girl "stole the show with her sassy self," Macy recalls.

Flower Girl Ribbon Hair Wreath

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

The young girl tossed dried lavender as she descended the grass aisle.

Sand Ceremony Ideas

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

The couple combined black and white sand—granules scooped from the beaches of El Salvador and Mexico—during a ceremony sand service. "It was a symbolic mixture of our works together for Christ, and our also our pleasures together," Macy says.

Afternoon Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Macy's cousins belted out Brandon Heath's ballad Love Never Fails, while a childhood best friend read from Wilfred Peterson's The Art of Marriage.

Cross Ceremony Decor

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Macy's 2-year-old godson, William, served as the couple's ring bearer. As the officiant pronounced the couple man and wife and guests clapped with joy, the boy ran to Macy and William and shouted "yay!" the bride recalls.

Frame and Burlap Display

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Beneath a framed display of photos of the couple, guests could press their inked finger onto a picture of a tree. The artwork served as Macy and William's guestbook.

Rustic Barn Wedding Reception

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

To satisfy the bride's vision of A Midsummer Night's Dream, staff from Pineola Farms hung mason jars containing solar-powered tea lights from the reception venue's rafters. "When the sun went down, it looked as if fairies were flying around the trees," Macy says.

Bark Wedding Cake

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Lisa Mae Cakes designed the couple's wedding cake to look like a birch tree, "with the most realistic knot holes in it," Macy says. In the center of the four-tier confection, the baker carved the couple's initials.

Sparkler Exit At Night

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Macy and William left their reception through a tunnel of glittering sparklers.

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Elegant Event by Carolann || Ceremony Venue: Pineola Farms || Reception Venue: Pineola Farms || Bride's Wedding Dress: Da Vinci || Bride's Veil: Twigs & Honey || Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Bride's Accessories: Bashinski Fine Gems & Jewelry, Inc. || Bride's Wedding Ring: Bashinski Fine Gems & Jewelry, Inc. || Groom's Tux: Men's Wearhouse || Groom's Wedding Ring: Bashinski Fine Gems & Jewelry, Inc. || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Angelo || Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Dillard's || Flower Girl Dress: Etsy || Florist: Cindy Saul || Caterer: Celebrations by Alexa || Stationery: Set Apart Designs || Cake Baker: Lisa Mae Cakes || Favors: Totally Wedding Koozies || Entertainment: DJ Surname Helms || Photography: Jenny Evelyn

A Summer Wedding Inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 Badgley MIschka, Casual, Georgia, Real Weddings, Romantic, Rustic, Summer, Whimsical  Comments Off on A Summer Wedding Inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Jun 072013
 
Outdoor Georgia Wedding

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

For Macy and William, it was "love at first sight," the bride confesses. After their first date at the Georgia State Fair, the pair was inseparable. Yet William still managed to surprise Macy when he dropped to one knee inside an intimate cafe and asked her to be his wife.

Fifteen months of planning—"way too long," Macy laments—led to the couple's June wedding in Fort Valley, Georgia. A self-proclaimed "literature buff," the bride envisioned Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream when it came to planning the couple's big day. "I wanted natural wild flowers, lights every where that would look like fairies flying around, and just a dreamy feel all over," Macy says.

Rustic Lodge Wedding

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Pineola Farms "is literally the most beautiful outdoor venue I have ever seen," the bride gushes about 140-year-old farmland that stretches more than 12 acres in middle Georgia. "My dream was to get married outside in God's beautiful creation."

Traditional A-Line Bridal Gown

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Macy loved her lace a Da Vinci gown because "I truly felt like a Princess in it," she says, "and it was classic, classy and sassy."

Bridesmaids In Cowgirl Boots

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Bridesmaids wore lavender and kiwi-colored dresses by Alfred Angelo, pairing their choice of cowboy boots with the one-shoulder sheaths.

Lavender and Green Bouquet

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

A florist created Macy's green, purple and white bouquet using hydrangea and wild flowers. For her something blue, Macy donned a a sapphire and diamond bracelet.

Dried Lavender Bouquet

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Bridesmaids' bouquets were made from dried lavender and tied with white lace from the mother-of-the-bride's bridal gown.

Lavender Boutonniere

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

William wore a dried lavender boutonniere adorned with bright green blooms and tied with twine.

Ceremony Beneath Trees

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Held in Pineola Farms' pecan orchard, the couple's afternoon wedding ceremony was traditional, the bride says.

Mason Jar Flowers On Shepherds Hooks

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Wild flowers held in mason jars and hung from shepherd's hooks decorated the aisle.

Moss-Covered Flower Girl Basket

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

The couple's flower girl "stole the show with her sassy self," Macy recalls.

Flower Girl Ribbon Hair Wreath

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

The young girl tossed dried lavender as she descended the grass aisle.

Sand Ceremony Ideas

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

The couple combined black and white sand—granules scooped from the beaches of El Salvador and Mexico—during a ceremony sand service. "It was a symbolic mixture of our works together for Christ, and our also our pleasures together," Macy says.

Afternoon Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Macy's cousins belted out Brandon Heath's ballad Love Never Fails, while a childhood best friend read from Wilfred Peterson's The Art of Marriage.

Cross Ceremony Decor

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Macy's 2-year-old godson, William, served as the couple's ring bearer. As the officiant pronounced the couple man and wife and guests clapped with joy, the boy ran to Macy and William and shouted "yay!" the bride recalls.

Frame and Burlap Display

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Beneath a framed display of photos of the couple, guests could press their inked finger onto a picture of a tree. The artwork served as Macy and William's guestbook.

Rustic Barn Wedding Reception

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

To satisfy the bride's vision of A Midsummer Night's Dream, staff from Pineola Farms hung mason jars containing solar-powered tea lights from the reception venue's rafters. "When the sun went down, it looked as if fairies were flying around the trees," Macy says.

Bark Wedding Cake

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Lisa Mae Cakes designed the couple's wedding cake to look like a birch tree, "with the most realistic knot holes in it," Macy says. In the center of the four-tier confection, the baker carved the couple's initials.

Sparkler Exit At Night

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Macy and William left their reception through a tunnel of glittering sparklers.

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Elegant Event by Carolann || Ceremony Venue: Pineola Farms || Reception Venue: Pineola Farms || Bride's Wedding Dress: Da Vinci || Bride's Veil: Twigs & Honey || Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Bride's Accessories: Bashinski Fine Gems & Jewelry, Inc. || Bride's Wedding Ring: Bashinski Fine Gems & Jewelry, Inc. || Groom's Tux: Men's Wearhouse || Groom's Wedding Ring: Bashinski Fine Gems & Jewelry, Inc. || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Angelo || Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Dillard's || Flower Girl Dress: Etsy || Florist: Cindy Saul || Caterer: Celebrations by Alexa || Stationery: Set Apart Designs || Cake Baker: Lisa Mae Cakes || Favors: Totally Wedding Koozies || Entertainment: DJ Surname Helms || Photography: Jenny Evelyn

May 062013
 

Stony Brook University sweethearts Tara and Frank settled into an 11th floor apartment with views of the ocean after graduation. Tara doesn't offer this tidbit to induce jealousy—it's important to the couple's engagement story.

"It was an early, cold Saturday morning in February," she recalls, and Frank beckoned the soon-to-be bride to come outside "because he had something to show me. When I stepped out, written in huge letters in the sand below us was, 'Will you marry me?' I turned around and there was Frank, on one knee."

"We wanted to get married with our feet in the sand," Tara explains, "because that is how Frank proposed." Fourteen months after Frank popped the question, Jamaican resort Half Moon accommodated the couple's 80 guests and offered a sandy respite with "panoramic views of the ocean," Tara says.

Sea shells played a large part in the couple's wedding decor and complemented their chosen color palette of soft hues and bright whites. "We brought our own vases and candles from New York," Tara says.

Tara's nails were painted a pale pink for the big day. Her square-cut engagement ring was set in white gold.

Bride Getting Ready

Photos: M&A Photography

The bride bought her Badgley Mischka bridal gown at Kleinfeld, home of the popular reality TV series Say Yes To The Dress. The strapless dress featured a sweetheart neckline and ruffled bodice.

Tara chose gold open-toed Jimmy Choo strappy sandals to go with her gown.

Yellow and aqua accents throughout the couple's wedding—even in the bride's garter—brought out "the color of the beautiful water," Tara says.

Eight bridesmaids wore pale yellow dresses by Jim Hjelm that featured neckline ruffles and empire waists

Groomsmen wore yellow pocket squares tucked into their soft gray vests, and sported casual aqua-hued boating shoes.

The couple's nieces and nephew served as their flower girls and ring bearer. The girls' white dresses, from David's Bridal, mimicked the bride's own ruffled assemble.

White Calla Lily Bouquet All White Calla Lily Bouquet

Photos: M&A Photography

Tara carried an all-white, long-stemmed Calla lily bouquet.

The traditional bouquet came with a twist: It was tied with raffia and pinned with pearls.

Frank's white Calla lily boutonniere was also tied with raffia.

Tara and Frank exchanged vows beneath a bamboo arbor dripping with white flowers and nestled into the soft sand.

Palm leaves and ferns added a pop of color to the otherwise all-white arbor, which was draped in shear fabric.

The ring bearer descended the aisle just before the bride, carrying a soft burlap pillow and a heart-shaped wood sign that read Here Comes The Bride.

As Frank spotted his bride walk down the sand, a boyish grin stretched across his face.

With 60 years of marriage under their belts, the bride's grandparents offered wisdom for the newlyweds during the ceremony.

A steel drum band welcomed guests as they left the beach and headed to the resort's terrace for the couple's cocktail hour.

The couple "wanted a weathered, beachy, nautical feel" to their reception, Tara says. Escort cards were nestled in sand between tiny sea shells.

Atop each white and blue menu card sat a starfish, a perfect complement to the couple's surf-and-turf dinner.

"The entire week was so special, with many memories," the bride recalls. "That was one of the reasons we wanted a destination wedding. Close family and friends together for a week—what more could you ask for?"

—Jillian Kramer

Ceremony Venue: Half Moon || Reception Venue: Half Moon || Bride's Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka || Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Groom's Tux: J. Crew || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jim Hjelm || Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Nordstrom || Flower Girl Dress: David's Bridal || Caterer: Half Moon || Stationery: Purple Ink Press || Photography: M&A Photography

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