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A Classic Summer Wedding at New Jersey’s Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club

 BHLDN, Classic, Formal, Glamorous, J.Crew, New Jersey, Pnina Tornai, Real Weddings, Retro, Traditional  Comments Off on A Classic Summer Wedding at New Jersey’s Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club
Nov 262013
Bride and groom at a wedding in New Jersey.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Though Lindsey, 28, and Matt, 32, met in 2003, when she was a freshman and he was a senior at Bucknell, it wasn't until a Homecoming weekend after she'd graduated that their friendship (and her self-described "huge crush") turned into something more.

When Matt knew it was time to propose, he'd planned to pop the question on top of Table Mountain during the couple's trip to South Africa. However, concerns about bringing the ring through airport security (and thereby blowing the surprise) prompted him to propose before they left. So, after a broken-down car pushed his plan back yet another day, Matt got down on one knee in the couple's dining room and asked Lindsey to be his wife.

The couple, who'd originally wanted a backyard BBQ before Lindsey's father talked them into a country club reception, combined shades of white and green, burlap runners and lots of candlelight to bring the outdoors in. With help from family and friends–and a few DIY projects–on July 27th, 2012, they had the simple, sweet wedding they'd dreamed of, with an elegant twist.

Pnina Tornai lace wedding gown and corc Via Spiga pumps. Engagement ring and wedding bands with the couple's initials.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

A college friend of Lindsey's works at Kleinfeld's in New York City, so choosing a place to go dress shopping was a no-brainer. Lindsey's friend knew exactly what the bride wanted, entering the fitting room with a backless lace gown by Pnina Tornai. Cork peep-toe pumps gave her bridal ensemble a natural flair.

Bridal bouquet of baby's breath wrapped in lace.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Lindsey carried a simple bouquet of soft baby's breath. She wrapped the stems with a piece of fabric from her dress.

Groom and groomsmen wearing Vans sneakers.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Matt and his groomsmen all wore Vans sneakers. His were plain white, while his groomsmen were in the classic checkered pattern.

Bridesmaid in a taupe J.Crew dress with a bouquet of hydrangeas.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Lindsey's bridesmaids wore J.Crew dresses in a soft taupe hue. They carried bouquets of white and green hydrangeas, wrapped in twine.

Groom in a Black by Vera Wang tuxedo, bride in Pnina Tornai. Bride in a lace Pnina Tornai wedding dress with an open back.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

The simple silhouette of Lindsey's lace gown was accentuated by the dramatic keyhole back. Her loose up-do let the dress's details speak for themselves. Matt's Black by Vera Wang tuxedo was a classic, timeless choice, while his white Vans gave his outfit a dose of personality.

Wedding ceremony programs with unique typography. Two of the bride's friends served as

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Printed programs outlined all of the details for Lindsey and Matt's ceremony. Instead of flower girls, Lindsey's two best guy friends served as "flower boys." At 6'5" and 6', they were hard to miss as they tossed petals on their way down the aisle!

A classic Catholic wedding ceremony at Church of Christ the King in New Jersey. Classic Catholic wedding ceremony in New Jersey.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

The church's soft blue walls, vaulted ceiling and checkered tile floor created a light, airy backdrop for the couple's traditional Catholic ceremony. Buckets overflowing with baby's breath were the only things Matt and Lindsey added to the church's décor.

A vintage Rolls Royce getaway car with a

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

A vintage Rolls Royce with a burlap "just married" sign brought the bride and groom from the ceremony to the reception. Says Lindsey, "People beeped at us and waved our entire drive to the reception and I can whole heartedly say that that was our favorite moment of the night." She also loved that their private ride gave her a few minutes alone with her new husband.

Place cards in grass.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

In keeping with the fresh, vibrant color scheme, place cards were displayed in burlap-wrapped trays of fresh grass.

Burlap runners with baby's breath centerpieces at country club wedding.

1Wooden table numbers with white and green hydrangeas. Wedding reception decorated with burlap, daisies, hydrangeas, and candles.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Burlap runners, arrangements of baby's breath, votive candles and mason jars full of hydrangeas and daisies transformed the reception space, bringing touches of the outdoors in.

Bride and groom releasing a wish lantern.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

At the end of the evening, Lindsey and Matt released a wish lantern. "It was the best day of our lives. Words cannot describe how amazing that day was," says Lindsey. "It meant so much to be with my mom and mother-in-law, and to dance with my dad. It made Matt and me both realize that weddings are just as important to the family as they are to the couple."

Ceremony Venue: Church of Christ the King || Reception Venue: Fiddler's Elbow Country Club || Bride's Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai from Kleinfeld Bridal || Veil: Kleinfeld Bridal || Shoes: Via Spiga || Jewelry: BHLDN || Hair: Gail Ortuso || Makeup: House of Luciano || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew || Groom and Groomsmen's Tuxedos: Black by Vera Wang || Wedding Bands: Jared || Florist: Fiddler's Elbow Country Club || Invitations & Paper Goods: Papyrus, BHLDN || Music: Sounds to Go DJs || Catering: Fiddler's Elbow Country Club || Favors: Donation to Team for Kids || Photography: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Remote Mountain Wedding in Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado

 BHLDN, Classic, Colorado, DIY, Glamorous, Green, J.Crew, Outdoor, Preppy, Real Weddings, Romantic, Rustic  Comments Off on A Remote Mountain Wedding in Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado
Nov 112013

With family coming from across the country and around the world, this couple had a hard time deciding where to say "I Do." But once they picked the Dunton Hot Springs in Colorado, they had merely two months to plan a wedding to celebrate all of the people who got them to this point in their lives.

Karine, 27, a sales analyst, and Carl, 29, a product distribution manager, met through friends in 2010. The pair bonded as they trained for an upcoming half marathon–their evening runs were a perfect opportunity to chat and get to know one another. "I have never run so fast in my life," says Karine, "which Carl picked up on when he finished the half marathon an hour before me. The things you do to impress a man!" Well, whatever she did worked. Two years later, after a romantic dinner at their favorite Houston restaurant, Carl proposed on the couple's walk home to their new house. They had a whirlwind six-month engagement, but didn't choose a venue until four months in. In only two months, Karine and Carl planned an adventure for 43 friends and family members in the remote Colorado town of Dunton for their wedding on May 5, 2013.

"We booked the venue sight unseen," says Karine. Dunton is a restored ghost town-turned-resort nestled in the mountains an hour from Telluride.

Because everyone was from out of town, Karine and Carl gave each guest a welcome box complete with water, traditional Scottish treats, and an illustrated map of Dunton.

With a rustic mountain venue, Karine chose to go simple with her wedding dress. She got her cream-colored dress with a lace overlay from BHLDN. Says Karine of her gown, "While not very traditional, I couldn't have been more comfortable."

Weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, and temperatures dropped into the 30s on Karine and Carl's wedding day–even though it was the first week of May. The bride borrowed a fur stole from a friend of her mother's to fight off the chill.

Karine's all-white bouquet featured roses and scabiosas. The loose, natural feel of the bouquet was completed with twine wrapped around the stems.

Bridesmaids wore the J.Crew dresses of their choice in cream. When the temperature began to drop the week before the wedding, Karine ordered peach pashminas to keep her sisters, sisters-in-law and maid of honor warm.

One of the few things Karine was adamant about was the inclusion of her Scottish heritage in the wedding. Carl obliged, wearing a kilt of his family's tartan, with all of the traditional accoutrements. The groomsmen rented kilts for the weekend and, says Karine, "we were a bit concerned they would be wearing them home!"

The intimate ceremony was performed outdoors, with Karine's mom doing a reading in honor of all she did during the wedding planning process. Thick wool blankets were provided to keep guests warm as the bride and groom exchanged their personalized vows.

"Because Dunton is so remote, we were limited in what we could bring in without large costs," says the bride. This allowed the couple to simplify the planning process and focus on enhancing the inherent beauty of their location.

Having the wedding at Dunton allowed the couple to spend the entire weekend with their family and friends, sharing communal meals and playing lawn games. "We were incredibly lucky that we had so many of our family and friends join us on such short notice. They made the weekend so special," says Karine.

The barn reception was cozy and casual. The couple served a gluten-free meal that included prime rib and ruby trout.

With only 43 guests, Karine and Carl seated everyone at a U-shaped table, perfect for conversations and lots of laughter! Their signature cocktails were a Manhattan for the groom and a French 75 for the bride. As she says, "I don't think I drank anything but champagne all weekend!"

Flowers were kept loose and natural, playing off the forest green and gold color scheme. White hydrangeas and ranunculus were beautifully accented by the aspen bark vases.

The décor was simple and clean, giving the wedding a luxury camping vibe. Gold flatware and gold-rimmed plates elevated the natural wood tables.

Karine's mother made the couple's wedding cake, as Carl is gluten-intolerant. Cutting the cake was a memorable moment, but for an unexpected reason. "Mum still doesn't quite know what went wrong with the icing," says Karine, "but we couldn't cut through it–it was rock solid." It was an unexpected test of teamwork only hours into Karine and Carl's marriage.

After dinner, guests joined the couple outside for a fireworks display against the pitch black sky, a dramatic ending to a beautifully simple celebration. With the added challenge of planning a wedding at such a remote venue, Karine's advice is for couples to "learn early on how each person handles communication and work with that when planning; most people don't pick their partner based on how well they work together in these types of situations." What's up next for the duo? A Thanksgiving honeymoon road trip from DC to Charlottesville, then on to Nashville and Louisville. Says Karine, "It's going to be an amazing trip of local food, drinks, and exploring." Bon voyage!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Dunton Hot Springs || Planner: Jessica McTaggart of Pink Champagne Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: BHLDN || Hair & Makeup: Angie of Sahaira's Salon || Wedding Bands: Jannie Bean Designs || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew || Groom's Kilt: Tailor-made in Scotland || Florist: Tess Jordan of Jordan Design Consulting || Invitations: Paperless Post || Paper Goods: Rocket Ink || Catering: Dunton Hot Springs || Cake: Made by the Bride's Mother || Photography: Laura Murray Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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Aug 232013
eric christian olsen wedding photo

Photo: Katy Gray

They met on the set of The Loop nearly seven years ago—and it was clear to everyone that actor Eric Christian Olsen was smitten with Sarah Wright from the start. "We had been together for four years, and everyone knew that it was coming," Eric said. But the NCIS: Los Angeles star couldn't stand the thought of Sarah sniffing out his proposal and so, he threw her off his scent. "I spent the three months kind of talking about how I didn't know if I wanted to get married," he said. Finally, after a perfect day in Punta Mita, Mexico, Eric got down on both knees and proposed. And Sarah was completely surprised.

Nearly two years later, the couple wed in front of 75 guests at their property just outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The couple wanted a "simple, classic style that would not take away from the beauty of the Teton Mountains that was already the backdrop for our wedding," Sarah said.

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Photos: Katy Gray

Sarah described their wedding as "rustic, classic, homegrown and vintage." The couple used mason jar and antiqued crates throughout their decor.

rustic wedding decor reception ideas

Photo: Katy Gray

Reception tables were draped in white linens and accented with burlap table runners. Mason jars filled with candles and wildflowers—including rosemary, lavender, daisies and Billy balls—dotted the table tops.

rustic wedding wooden escort card ideas

Photo: Katy Gray

The bride used scraps of wood stamped with mason jars as the canvas for the couple's escort cards, pressing each guest's name and table number onto the wood with her own typewriter-style stamps.

rustic wedding decor reception sign

Photo: Katy Gray

A country-inspired sign led guests past the couple's barn and toward the cocktail hour and reception tent.

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Photo: Katy Gray

The bride's bouquet was a mixture of white and blush blooms—including lysimachia, tweedia, chamomile, asclepias and Queen Anne's lace—with just a hint of green foliage. "I wanted to use local flowers that were in season and wildflowers," she said.

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Photo: Katy Gray

Paul Olsen, the groom's father, married the couple. The pair exchanged their own unique vows, which included the laughter-inducing "I vow to be nicer when I am hungry."

outdoor wedding ceremony ideas guest seating

Photo: Katy Gray

Guests sat on hay bales covered with fabric and tied in place with twine. Jugs of wildflowers marked the beginning and end of the aisle. Shepherd's hooks hung beside each row, suspending floating candles in the air.

eric christian olsen wedding photo brides

Photo: Katy Gray

The couple's 8-year-old Akita carried the rings down the aisle beside the ring bearer, 2-year-old Ever Rogel. He wore a J. Crew seersucker vest and pants paired with TOMS shoes.

Sarah wore J. Crew's tulipe bustier dress. 'I loved the light, airy feel," she said. 'It was timeless and had a beautiful sweetheart neckline." Around her forehead, the bride wore a crystal headpiece by Cecile Boccara, which she bought at BHLDN. Her soon-to-be husband also donned J. Crew—but he also added TOMS' loafers to his attire.

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Photo: Katy Gray

The couple chose their country property as the site for their wedding because "we wanted to be married in a place that means something to us," the bride said. The site also gave Sarah the perfect excuse to know her new family better. "Eric, his mom, dad, brother and I turned the barn into a livable space. I had the chance to get to know his family while working side by side on this project."

The couple kept things casual—their eight groomsmen wore white slacks and blue collared shirts rolled up to their elbows.

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Photo: Katy Gray

Six bridesmaids wore knee-length Monique Lhuillier and Ivy & Aster gowns, each their own shade of soft white or pale pink. They carried nosegays of white and blush blooms that popped with clematis—the perfect flower to match their magenta shoes.

wedding bands

Photo: Katy Gray

Eric worked with jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer to craft a custom engagement ring of yellow gold and diamonds for Sarah. The designer also made Eric's ring, a shiny rose gold band.

rustic wedding ideas for cocktails

Photo: Katy Gray

Guests found spicy margaritas, lemonade spiked with vodka, and Leffe and Stella Artois beers at cocktail hour. The couple also served a smorgasbord of barbeque from Big Hole BBQ in Victor, Idaho. The restaurant "set up their smoker behind the tent and made their amazing BBQ served hot on a buffet for our guests," the bride said.

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Photo: Katy Gray

A white tent covered guests from the cloudless mountain sky. Just beyond its edges, the couple set up games for guests to play—bean bag toss, horse shoe toss and Frisbee.

The couple asked local blue grass band Steam Powered Airplane to play Ray Lamontagne's "Hold You In My Arms" for their first dance. Guests especially enjoyed dancing to "I'm Going to Jackson" and "Sweet Home Alabama."

wedding ideas ice cream

Photo: Katy Gray

After guests indulged on a buffet of beef brisket, fish tacos and pulled pork, they were treated to the couple's favorite ice cream—Whitney's Ice Cream, which had to be shipped in especially for the event. The couple also served gluten-free macaroons and s'mores by the fire pit.

Venue: The couple's property outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming || Event planning: Jackson Hole Event Company || Stationery: Minted || Flowers: Lily and Co. || Rentals: Canvas Unlimited || Catering: Big Hole BBQ || Ice Cream: Whitney's Ice Cream || Macaroons: Persephone Bakery || Band: Steam Powered Airplane || Transportation: Grand Targhee || Photography: Katy Gray Photography || Videography: Jenny Tunberg || Gown: J. Crew || Headpiece: BHLDN || Shoes: J. Crew || Bridesmaids: Monique Lhuillier and Ivy & Aster || Men's Formalwear: J. Crew || Ring Bearer Attire: J. Crew

—Jillian Kramer

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A Classic Americana Summer Wedding

Jun 102013

Vanessa and Ariel got engaged on a family vacation in Long Beach, California. As Vanessa waited with family members to board a gondola at the city's quaint canals, Ariel "appeared out of nowhere with a bouquet of flowers and a ring," Vanessa recalls. "Everyone was in on the surprise except for me."

The couple whisked 40 guests away to a different beach for their October wedding more than a year later. "We decided early on that we wanted a destination wedding," Vanessa says of the couple's decision to host their fall fete in Vieques, Puerto Rico, at the posh and popular W Retreat & Spa.

Vanessa and Ariel left their reception through a tunnel of smoke and sparklers. "We felt so lucky and grateful to have our closest family and friends present for such a wonderful occasion," Vanessa says. "It went by so quickly, but it was the most fun we have ever had."

For more photos of Vanessa and Ariel's destination wedding in Puerto Rico, view the entire slideshow.

—Jillian Kramer

Venue: W Retreat & Spa || Reception Venue: W Retreat & Spa || Bride's Wedding Dress: Legends by Romona Keveza || Bride's Veil: BHLDN || Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Groom's Tux: Banana Republic || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Odylyne || Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic || Mother of the Bride's Dress: BHLDN || Florist: Puerto Rico Wedding Flowers || Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas || Cake Baker: W Retreat & Spa || Entertainment: DJs of the Islands || Photography: Kimberly Chau Photography

One-Shoulder Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress by BHLDN

 Beach, BHLDN, Bridesmaid Dresses, Bridesmaids, Mint, Romantic, Spring, Summer, Whimiscal  Comments Off on One-Shoulder Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress by BHLDN
Jun 062013
BHLDN Thalia Maxi Dress

Photo: Courtesy of BHLDN

As far as stunning, beach-ready bridesmaid dresses go, this BLHDN frock might just be our favorite. The gathered empire waist, billowing skirt, and one-shoulder neckline make it fashionable and flattering. And there is no way your girls won't feel like goddesses thanks to the on-trend mint color. We can easily envision this breezy gown at a formal seaside celebration.

"Thalia" maxi silk chiffon, one-shoulder dress with ruched waist and a cascading tie at the shoulder, $320, BHLDN

—Lauren Frankfort

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A White Tulle and Taffeta Flower Girl Dress Perfect for a Summer Wedding

 BHLDN, Bohemian, Flower Girls, Summer, White  Comments Off on A White Tulle and Taffeta Flower Girl Dress Perfect for a Summer Wedding
May 312013
white BHLDN flower girl dress with long sleeves

Photo: Courtesy of BHLDN

When it comes to outfitting your littlest ladies for a summer wedding, we can't get enough frilly flower girl dresses. This white tulle and taffeta frock from BHLDN is one of the sweetest we've seen—we love the sheer sleeves and empire waistline. And while this adorable flower girl is perfectly styled for a bohemian bash, this dress would be just as lovely at any outdoor wedding where the setting is relaxed and romantic.

"Alice by LOVE" white tulle and taffeta flower girl dress, $145-$154, BHLDN

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