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A Sophisticated Late Summer Wedding In the Mountains of Jackson Hole

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Jan 102014
 
Bride and Groom in Jackson Hole

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

Though this New York-based couple met as teenagers in boarding school and were friends for years, it wasn't until they reconnected in 2009 that their friendship evolved into the romance of a lifetime.

When it came time to plan their wedding, Catherine and Brian knew that her family's home in Jackson Hole would be the perfect place to celebrate their union. "It's not only a special place for my family, but also a retreat that Brian and I have loved throughout our relationship," says Cate. "The grand scale of Jackson Hole, combined with the intimacy of our family's 'Elk Camp', really demonstrated why this place is so special to us."

Brian and Catherine's goal? "To create the best dinner party we'd ever thrown," says the bride. For their wedding on August 25th, 2012, the couple juxtaposed the casual beauty of Jackson Hole with the modern sophistication of an event planned by self-proclaimed die-hard entertainers. But with only six months to plan, the bride and groom turned to Carrie Sartor of Lyndsey Hamilton Events to bring all the details together. "She kept our perspective focused on the right place: each other," says Catherine.

Modern Invitations and Welcome Bags

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

The couple's invitations were playful and modern, with an elegant twist. They used an elk's silhouette to decorate their guests' welcome bags, and carried the playful script throughout the printed materials.

Bride's Cameo and Blue Earrings

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

Catherine's something old was her great-grandmother's cameo. Her something blue? "Brian gave me a gorgeous pair of aquamarine and diamond earrings as my wedding gift," she says.

Soft Bridal Bouquet

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

The bride's bouquet was left in the hands of florist Matthew Robinson, who created something soft and unique for the mountain-top ceremony. Roses, flowering basil, scabiosa pods, and begonias gave the bouquet lush texture.

Bride in a Lace Vera Wang Gown

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

Catherine chose her Vera Wang gown for the fabric. "There are five different types of lace and fabric used for the gown, and it's so incredible to look at. I fell in love with the texture," she says. A beaded belt added another layer of ornate detail.

Wedding Party in Blush Gowns and Tuxedos

Car in Jackson Hole


Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio


The bridesmaids wore blush gowns from Amsale, and the groom and groomsmen were outfitted in classic tuxedos. Before the ceremony, the wedding party drove out to the top of a butte for photos that took advantage of the incredible views.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony in Jackson Hole

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony in Jackson Hole

Rose Petals at a Wedding Ceremony


Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio


The outdoor ceremony was incredibly simple, with two oversized arrangement of roses, hydrangeas, and greenery to anchor the altar. Guests were given soft pink rose petals to throw after the couple said "I Do."

Bride and Groom at an Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

"Brian and I have loved E.E. Cummings since boarding school, so we had to use 'i carry your heart' in the ceremony," says Catherine. They also included readings from the Dalai Lama and Rogers and Hart.

Escort Card Display with Fresh Herbs

Unique Escort Card Display


Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio


Catherine and Brian's florist used copper trays overflowing with fresh herbs as a unique, textural display for the escort cards.

Tented Wedding Reception in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Floral Wedding Centerpieces and Textured Linens


Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio


The reception took place on the property's front lawn. "We tried to give guests a tour of the property throughout the day, moving from the ceremony's mountain views to riverside cocktails to the reception by the creek and woods," says Catherine. Textured linens contrasted elegantly with assorted vintage silver vases, lush blooms, and gray taper candles.

Floral Wedding Centerpieces and Textured Linens

Personalized Wedding Menu


Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio


Dahlias, roses, hydrangeas, Andromeda, and fresh herbs like basil and oregano gave the centerpieces lots of visual interest and unique pops of color. Each guest's place featured a printed menu and sprigs of lavender.

White Wedding Cake with Sugar Flowers

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

The couple's wedding cake was "perfect for both of us," says Catherine. Layers of Tahitian vanilla cake, chocolate ganache, and raspberry jam were enrobed in Tahitian vanilla buttercream and topped with sugar flowers.

Tented Wedding Reception in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

"One of my favorite parts of the evening was just before the reception," says Catherine. "We snuck away and watched as our guests excitedly filed into the tent. It was so touching to see them all come together for us." An evening full of laughter, delicious food, and lots of dancing was the ideal way for Catherine and Brian to begin their life together.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Bride's Family Home in Jackson Hole, WY || Wedding Planner: Carrie Sartor of Lyndsey Hamilton Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti, Vera Wang || Hair & Makeup: Edvina Sarukhanyan of Fekkai Soho || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom's Tuxedo: Paul Stuart || Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. || Florist: Matthew Robbins Design || Invitations & Paper Goods: Mr. Boddington's Studio || Music: Cracked Ice || Catering: Bistro Catering || Cake: Jackson Cake Company || Rentals: Sperry Tents Seacoast, rEvolve, || Photography: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Summer Wedding with DIY Details at Local Roots Farm in Washington

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Dec 102013
 

Etiquette advises against dating your boss so, even though Jesse was merely an older student working at Peri's college's calling center, it took the couple six years, two graduations and many ski trips to move from coworkers to friends to something more.

In July of 2011, Jesse was in Europe for work, so Peri hopped on a plane to visit him for a vacation in Provence. They rented a VW bus and drove around the region, tasting wine and enjoying the scenery. On their last day, they had a picnic lunch in a lavender field, where Jesse proposed. Unbeknownst to Peri, a few weeks earlier he had flown from Washington to San Diego and back (all in one day!) to pick up the engagement ring.

This Northwest couple took the farm theme a step further, planning a wedding on a real working farm near Seattle that belongs to Peri's sister. Their authentic, natural wedding on August 11th, 2012, featured local vendors, a late-night bonfire, and lots of help from family and friends.

The invitations featured hand-drawn plants and leaves found around the farm.

Peri dressed up her lace Pronovias gown with her diamond engagement ring and a sparkling floral necklace from J.Crew "to add some glamour to our rustic-chic wedding," she says.

Bridesmaids in Mismatched Coral Dresses

Both the bridesmaids and groomsmen were mismatched. The girls chose their own coral dresses, while the guys wore gray suits. "It looked more organic than having everyone in the exact same color," says Peri.

Peri and one of her bridesmaids hand-made the bouquets using white, pink and coral flowers like hydrangeas and cabbage roses. She wrapped them in pieces of tulle from her wedding gown. The groom and groomsmen's boutonnieres featured flowers and berries from around the farm. "Making the bouquets was fun, but in retrospect I'd rather have spent the day before the wedding at the spa!" Peri says. "I'd recommend doing as little as possible the day before your wedding so you can really kick back and enjoy the ride, rather than worrying about last-minute projects."

The ceremony took place beneath an old maple tree in the center of the farm. The couple had an open bar before the ceremony and were out greeting guests as they arrived. A few minutes before the ceremony, the coordinator had guests take a seat while the wedding party hid in Peri's sister's house. The entire group walked down the aisle together.

Peri and Jesse exchanged vows that they'd written together. "We started each line with 'Let's...', listing things like living in France and having a family," she says.

Blue Window Place Card Display

Jesse assembled a free-standing window and shutters, which were painted blue like the ones they'd seen in Provence when they got engaged. They used the shutters to display their guests' place cards. Strands of light and streamers decorated the open-air reception area.

White and Coral Reception Table

Vegetable Table Names at a Farm Wedding

The focus was really on the food, so table decorations were kept very simple. White linens were topped with brightly-hued bouquets of daisies. Table names were hand-made signs that the couple found laying around the farm. The menu incorporated one of the drawings used on Jesse and Peri's invitations.

Forgoing a traditional guest book, Jesse made a wooden jigsaw puzzle that Peri's mother painted. Guests were asked to leave messages for the bride and groom on the puzzle pieces, then put them in a box handmade by Jesse's father. On their first anniversary, the couple assembled the puzzle and read all of the messages their guests had left.

Almond and Stone Fruit Wedding Cake

The wedding cake was made by a friend of Peri's. Almond cake was layered with fresh stone fruits and créme fraîche. "Unfortunately I didn't take the time to stop and eat much of the cake that night, so I had Abby make us another one a month later for my husband's birthday," says Peri.

Strings of lighting hung from the barn roof, lighting the reception as the sun set.

Peri was so glad that she and Jesse were able to marry on her sister's farm. "We had full access to the venue for months leading up to the wedding. The whole family pitched in to help get the farm ready," she says. "And we could stay up partying as late as we wanted! Several of our friends camped out under the stars after it was all over."

The couple's advice is to really identify what is important to you, and stick with that. She also recommends hiring someone to help. "I think hiring a professional to assist with planning and logistics, as well as day-of coordination, is a good idea and would have been worth the money. But we did alright without one!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Local Roots Farm || Day-Of Coordinator: A Friend of the Family || Bride's Wedding Dress: Pronovias, from A Princess Bride || Jewelry: J.Crew, and Kate Spade || Hair: Tonic Salon || Groom's Suit: Indochino || Engagement Ring: Custom Design by Robbins Brothers || Wedding Bands: Bride: Beverley K., Groom: His Grandfather || Florist: Flowers from Marigold and Mint || Invitations & Paper Goods: DIY || Music: The Rolling Retreads || Catering: Foraged & Found || Cake: Abby's Hot Buns Bakery || Rentals: AA Party Rentals || Photography: O'Malley Photographers

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Rustic, Elegant Mountain Wedding in Telluride, Colorado

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Dec 022013
 
Bride

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

On June 8th, 2013, with the breathtaking view of Wilson Peak in the background, Lacey and Kevin wed at gorgeous mountaintop wedding that brought the lush beauty of an English garden to the peaks of Telluride. 14 months earlier, Kevin had proposed to Lacey with the same mountain view in the background, so it was only fitting that they choose a similar location to say "I Do."

The couple, who met while they were students at the University of Kansas, unexpectedly reconnected in 2009 when they both moved to Telluride. The beautiful mountain town was the perfect place to gather 350 family and friends for a comfortable, but incredibly elegant, celebration. Says Lacey, "The spectacular views took my breath away." The outdoor ceremony took place in the glow of the afternoon sun, and a huge tent was transformed into an enchanted venue with the help of candelabras, chandeliers, and incredible décor. A touch of rustic charm, vintage-style furniture, and lots and lots of flowers brought this couple's wedding vision to life.

An elegant mountaintop wedding ceremony in Telluride, CO.

Floral aisle dcor at a mountain wedding in Colorado.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

With a sweeping view of Wilson peak, it didn't take much to create an incredible ceremony venue for Lacey and Kevin's wedding. Urns overflowing with hydrangeas created an English garden vibe, while an altar draped in vines (and completed with a crystal chandelier) perfectly framed the view.

A bride in a Monique Lhuillier wedding dress and veil.

Bridal bouquet of orchids, stephanotis, gardenias, and roses. Groom's boutonniere of purple thistles.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

Lacey paired her lace Monique Lhuillier gown with a dramatic 14-foot train and soft curls. She carried a cascading bouquet of white orchids, stephanotis, gardenias, and roses. Kevin's thistle boutonniere was a rustic, colorful nod to the wedding's mountain location.

A mountaintop wedding ceremony in Telluride, Colorado.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

The traditional ceremony was full of sweet, poignant moments. One such moment occurred when the couple's flower girl stopped to hand a flower petal to each guest instead of tossing them as she made her way down the aisle. Though the aisle was bare, the memory makes up for it!

A bride in a lace trumpet Monique Lhuillier wedding gown and a groom in a classic tuxedo.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

The bride's lace trumpet Monique Lhuillier gown and the groom's classic tuxedo were perfect for their formal celebration on a mountaintop.

An elegant tented wedding reception lit with hanging chandeliers.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

A huge tent was built to accommodate the couple's 350 guests. Draped fabric and wrought iron chandeliers were hung above the tables, featuring three different designs. Candelabras and topiaries, mixed with votive candles and lower arrangements, transformed the tent into an exquisite wedding venue.

An elegant wedding reception with silver candelabras.

Wedding reception decorated with white orchids and fresh pears.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

Tables topped with white linens featured tall silver candelabras. Delicate greenery created the feel of a lush, overgrown garden. Square tables with darker linens were topped with topiaries of white orchids. Fresh green pears surrounded the base, adding a touch of color to the table.

Rustic wedding reception table decorated with fresh pears.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

Uncovered wooden tables added rustic charm to the room. Roses, gardenias, and pears, interspersed with votive candles, provided sweet and simple décor.

The bride and groom's chairs decorated with vines and flowers.

Wedding centerpiece of white hydrangeas and orchids.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

The bride and groom's chairs were decorated with wreaths of greenery. Centerpieces of hydrangeas and orchids topped a mirrored table runner, giving the head table an extra dose of drama.

Simple white wedding cake covered in fresh vines.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

The couple's simple, 7-tiered wedding lemon cake, topped with vanilla frosting, was wrapped with fresh greenery and flowers. "We wanted an organic but formal look," says Lacey.

The bride's advice for couples planning their weddings is to take their time. "I was thrilled we had a longer engagement," says Lacey. "That way, we could prepare and have the wedding we had always dreamed of!" And though the couple had a large guest list, they made it work and were thrilled with the results.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Gray Head Properties & Ranch || Wedding Planner: Wendy Jacobs Hampton of Soirée Telluride || Bride's Wedding Dress and Veil: Monique Lhuillier || Shoes: Grace Footwear and Toms || Jewelry: Kathy Logan Jewelry || Hair: YX Salon || Makeup: Carmen Wolcott || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom & Groomsmen's Tuxedos: http://www.menswearhouse.com/ || Wedding Bands: Bride: Markham Fine Jewelers, Groom: Tivol Jewelers || Florist: New Leaf Design || Invitations & Paper Goods: Preston Paper || Music: Atlanta Rhythm & Groove Band, from East Coast Entertainment || Catering & Cake: The Butcher & Baker Cafe || Rentals: Town & Country Rentals, Viking Rentals || Favors: Telluride Truffle || Photography: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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Nov 272013
 
Bride

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

On June 8th, 2013, with the breathtaking view of Wilson Peak in the background, Lacey and Kevin wed at gorgeous mountaintop wedding that brought the lush beauty of an English garden to the peaks of Telluride. 14 months earlier, Kevin had proposed to Lacey with the same mountain view in the background, so it was only fitting that they choose a similar location to say "I Do."

The couple, who met while they were students at the University of Kansas, unexpectedly reconnected in 2009 when they both moved to Telluride. The beautiful mountain town was the perfect place to gather 350 family and friends for a comfortable, but incredibly elegant, celebration. Says Lacey, "The spectacular views took my breath away." The outdoor ceremony took place in the glow of the afternoon sun, and a huge tent was transformed into an enchanted venue with the help of candelabras, chandeliers, and incredible décor. A touch of rustic charm, vintage-style furniture, and lots and lots of flowers brought this couple's wedding vision to life.

An elegant mountaintop wedding ceremony in Telluride, CO.

Floral aisle dcor at a mountain wedding in Colorado.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

With a sweeping view of Wilson peak, it didn't take much to create an incredible ceremony venue for Lacey and Kevin's wedding. Urns overflowing with hydrangeas created an English garden vibe, while an altar draped in vines (and completed with a crystal chandelier) perfectly framed the view.

A bride in a Monique Lhuillier wedding dress and veil.

Bridal bouquet of orchids, stephanotis, gardenias, and roses. Groom's boutonniere of purple thistles.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

Lacey paired her lace Monique Lhuillier gown with a dramatic 14-foot train and soft curls. She carried a cascading bouquet of white orchids, stephanotis, gardenias, and roses. Kevin's thistle boutonniere was a rustic, colorful nod to the wedding's mountain location.

A mountaintop wedding ceremony in Telluride, Colorado.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

The traditional ceremony was full of sweet, poignant moments. One such moment occurred when the couple's flower girl stopped to hand a flower petal to each guest instead of tossing them as she made her way down the aisle. Though the aisle was bare, the memory makes up for it!

A bride in a lace trumpet Monique Lhuillier wedding gown and a groom in a classic tuxedo.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

The bride's lace trumpet Monique Lhuillier gown and the groom's classic tuxedo were perfect for their formal celebration on a mountaintop.

An elegant tented wedding reception lit with hanging chandeliers.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

A huge tent was built to accommodate the couple's 350 guests. Draped fabric and wrought iron chandeliers were hung above the tables, featuring three different designs. Candelabras and topiaries, mixed with votive candles and lower arrangements, transformed the tent into an exquisite wedding venue.

An elegant wedding reception with silver candelabras.

Wedding reception decorated with white orchids and fresh pears.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

Tables topped with white linens featured tall silver candelabras. Delicate greenery created the feel of a lush, overgrown garden. Square tables with darker linens were topped with topiaries of white delphinium orchids. Fresh green pears surrounded the base, adding a touch of color to the table.

Rustic wedding reception table decorated with fresh pears.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

Uncovered wooden tables added rustic charm to the room. Roses, gardenias, and pears, interspersed with votive candles, provided sweet and simple décor.

The bride and groom's chairs decorated with vines and flowers.

Wedding centerpiece of white hydrangeas and orchids.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

The bride and groom's chairs were decorated with wreaths of greenery. Centerpieces of hydrangeas and orchids topped a mirrored table runner, giving the head table an extra dose of drama.

Simple white wedding cake covered in fresh vines.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

The couple's simple, 7-tiered wedding lemon cake, topped with vanilla frosting, was wrapped with fresh greenery and flowers. "We wanted an organic but formal look," says Lacey.

The bride's advice for couples planning their weddings is to take their time. "I was thrilled we had a longer engagement," says Lacey. "That way, we could prepare and have the wedding we had always dreamed of!" And though the couple had a large guest list, they made it work and were thrilled with the results.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Gray Head Properties & Ranch || Wedding Planner: Wendy Jacobs Hampton of Soirée Telluride || Bride's Wedding Dress and Veil: Monique Lhuillier || Shoes: Grace Footwear and Toms || Jewelry: Kathy Logan Jewelry || Hair: YX Salon || Makeup: Carmen Wolcott || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom & Groomsmen's Tuxedos: http://www.menswearhouse.com/ || Wedding Bands: Bride: Markham Fine Jewelers, Groom: Tivol Jewelers || Florist: New Leaf Design || Invitations & Paper Goods: Preston Paper || Music: Atlanta Rhythm & Groove Band, from East Coast Entertainment || Catering & Cake: The Butcher & Baker Cafe || Rentals: Town & Country Rentals || Favors: Telluride Truffle || Photography: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Whimsical Wedding at Maravilla Gardens in Southern California

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Nov 182013
 

When Dipak, 27, a director of sales at a software company, first laid eyes on Alisha, also 27, a marketing assistant, he knew he'd marry her. It's an ultra-romantic way for anyone to meet, but for these two it's positively adorable—Alisha and Dipak were just junior-high tweens at the time. They started dating in high school (their first date was a three hour walk—aw!), and the rest is history.

To celebrate their love and history together, the couple threw a sunny, whimsical garden bash with a palette of yellow and green. After a personalized ceremony, guests moved to outdoor tables at California's lush Maravilla Gardens for dinner, mohitos, and lots and lots of dancing. The reception was filled with sunflowers to give the party an extra-playful, vibe. Add DIY details like homemade escort cards, a wooden bench made by a friend to replace a guestbook (guests wrote well-wishes right on the wood!) and a bouquet made of jeweled brooches, and you've got a completely unique—and beautiful—affair.

Dipak proposed at the Santa Barbara Zoo, one of Alisha's favorite places to visit during their college years at UCSB. He set up a "fishing" game, a nod to Go Fish, which Alisha loved as a child. Each box Alicia "fished" contained a love note from Dipak, and when she read the last one, she turned around and found him on one knee.

Alisha wore a strapless Chantilly lace dress by Augusta Jones with lace accents peeking out at the top and on the train. Her sleeves were added on from leftover lace cut during alterations! Antique earrings borrowed from her mother, and a silver Tiffany & Co. necklace gifted from Dipak moments before the ceremony, completed the look.

Alisha's flower girl was just two years old. "Her mom was so worried she wouldn't make it down the aisle," she says. "But as soon as she saw dad at the front of the aisle, she ran to him. Guests loved it!"

Each bridesmaid wore a sunny, knee-length yellow dress by Ralph Lauren. The 'maids picked their own shoes in shades of gray.

The groom wore a boutonniere made of a white dahlia in fitting with the couple's sunny yellow and green palette.

The couple chose Maravilla Gardens in Camarillo CA, because it offered a secluded spot for the ceremony. "It felt like Tuscany with its rolling hills, but still a quaint and hidden gem to both of us!" Alisha says.

Alisha and Dipak decorated their ceremony and reception primarily with sunflowers, to set a sunny mood and signify the cheerfulness of the day. Ceremony aisles were decorated with mini-bouquets in glass vases.

Alisha and Dipak chose to go non-traditional for their interfaith ceremony. Their officiant told the story of how they met, their first date, and their courtship. "Guests raved about the ceremony," Alisha says. "It was all about celebrating our love and giving everyone a piece into our history, so they'd want to celebrate it with us even more."

The couple also observed a unique unity ceremony—each wrote their vows and the values they hoped to uphold during marriage on a wooden plank meant to hold wine glasses. "We didn't want to put our vows in a box and to bring out during hard times," Alisha says. "We wanted our vows to sit on our kitchen countertop every day as a reminder of the commitment we made."

Alisha carried a bouquet of jeweled brooches, assembled by her mother. "When people heard we were collecting brooches, everyone started giving whatever they had," Alisha says. The bouquet included lace from Alisha's dress, and was strung with her grandmothers' lace locket. Talk about a family heirloom!

As they entered the reception, guests signed a wooden bench instead of a book, for a keepsake Alisha and Dipak can look at every day. The bench was hand-made by a friend of the family, and Alisha's mom decorated it with painted flowers.

The sunflower centerpieces were grouped with mason jars collected from friends and family and wrapped in lace. Each bridesmaid was responsible for wrapping over 50 jars!

The centerpieces themselves were held in giant cracker jars, the perfect complement to the variety of jars surrounding them.

During cocktail hour, guests munched on Thai chicken skewers, meatballs, sweet potato fries, and Alisha and Dipak's signature mojitos. Dinner was herb-roasted chicken breast in a tomato and fig sauce, served with green beans and potatoes.

"The dance floor was always full!" Alisha says. After the couple's first dance to Jason Mraz's "I Won't Give Up", the Best Man twirled the pregnant MOH to Justin Bieber's "Baby."

In the center of Alisha and Dipak's three-tier buttercream cake, a mini chalkboard spelled out their initials. "It was a creative (and less expensive) alternative to a cake topper," Alicia explains.

The two hardly got a chance to sit down all night. "Everyone was either at the bar, on the dance floor, or mugging for the photo booth," Alisha says.

After a fun-packed night, female guests took home pashmina scarves, and the under-12 set walked away with bags of candy.

A week after their American wedding, Alisha and Dipak threw a traditional Indian wedding with both their families. Next, it was off to Kawaii for the honeymoon! Alisha's most important advice? "Make your wedding your own."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Maravilla Gardens || Planner: None || Bride's Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones || Hair: Katie Lee || Makeup: Cynthia Lauran || Veil: None || Shoes: Nine West || Jewelry: Vintage; Tiffany and Co. || Wedding Band: Tungsten || Groom's Suit: Black by Vera Wang || Invitations: Paper Source || Florist: The English Garden || Catering: Command Performance Catering || Cake: Janna's Creative Cakes || Officiant: Dean Merrill || Music: DJ Michael McNeil of Ovation Entertainment || Photographer: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

—Amanda First


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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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An Elegant Outdoor Wedding at an Iconic New York Venue

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Sep 112013
 

Cupid's arrow struck Anna and Akshay on their first date—a date arranged through the online cherub OkCupid.com. "We felt incredibly lucky," the bride says. Nearly three years later, as the couple lounged in New York City's Fort Greene Park, Akshay popped the question. "The funny part was that we had tickets to see King Lear at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a couple of hours—so we had to go, and that is the least celebratory play ever!" Anna exclaims. "We got to go out for champagne afterward, though."

The couple wed at the Bronx Zoo. They strove to make their wedding "feel elegant and special but still relaxed and comfortable—kind of like the zoo itself," Anna says.

While the bride fell for the do-it-yourself craze, she also "wanted to make sure that any of those personal touches still felt authentic to me," she explains. "I was very wary of cutesy wedding cliches."

"The zoo is crawling with peacocks that roam free, and I absolutely love the colors of their feathers. The peacock also happens to be the national bird of India, and we had sort of a half-Indian wedding," the bride says. With the peacocks as their inspiration, the couple's color palette came easily: Rich jewel hues of blue, purple, green, and gold. "I liked not being super strict with the color scheme—it felt more authentic than trying to carefully make everything one of two specific colors," Anna explains. "Sometimes I feel like that can get a little stiff or cheesy if you're not careful."

The bride sought a simple and elegant gown to counter the elaborate and vibrant Indian sari she donned during the ceremony. "I tried this dress on early in the process and just couldn't get it out of my head," Anna says of her Jenny Yoo dress. "I didn't have that amazing aha moment, but even as I tried on several other gorgeous options at other stores I just kept thinking about it. So I finally went for it!"

"The most important accessory for the dress itself was the purple and gold sash," the bride says. She searched "high and low" and across the Internet until she found the perfect strip of fabric for sale by an Indian eBay vendor. "I had my seamstress attach it to the dress. It definitely helped make for a nice transition from the sari," Anna says.

The bride describes her sari, which was purchased by her in-laws in India, as "purple and green silk with tons of gold embellishments and beading."

Days before the wedding, Anna hosted a Mehndi party for herself and her six bridesmaids "so I had henna on my hands for the big day," she says. Bridesmaids also wore the decorative ink.

Bridesmaids wore mismatched jewel-toned dresses the bride discovered on Polyvore. "We organized via Pinterest," she says. Because the dresses were purchased online, sight-unseen until the wedding day, the experience was a little "nerve-wracking," Anna says. "But it worked out perfectly. Everyone looked great, and they all looked awesome together."

The bride's bouquet was a luscious mix of 10 types of flowers, including pink and white peonies, lisianthus, garden roses, and clematis.

With their backs to the sea lion pool, 160 guests watched the couple exchange hand-written vows. "I was reluctant to do it—being a writer and editor, it just feels extra nerve-wracking writing about myself—but Akshay really wanted to, and I'm so glad we did," Anna says.

The ceremony space—just beyond the zoo center, where the rhinos roam—was "so beautiful that we really kept everything else simple," the bride says. The couple wed beneath a classic Indian mandap that was decorated with birch, foliage, ribbons, and flowers.

Purchased on Minted, the couple's invitation suite was called Royal Plumage, the perfect complement to their peacock feather-inspired color palette.

Escort cards were tied to tiny plastic animals the bride bought online and spray-painted gold. "Pretty much my only DIY," she admits. The type of animal corresponded to a table name—guests whose names were attached to a zebra were seated at the zebra table, and so on with the other members of the small animal kingdom.

But the small animals presented a conundrum for the children at the wedding. "I'd originally been a little worried that some of them wouldn't get the animal they really wanted and would be upset," Anna says. "What happened is a few of the little rascals ran around to all the tables and tried to steal everyone's animals when they weren't looking! Obviously no one really minded, but it was pretty silly."

At each table sat a gold picture frame, which held a printed image of the animal for which the table was named. "I used PowerPoint to lay them out along with the actual number for the table and had them printed out at Walgreens," the bride says as she describes perhaps her only other do-it-yourself project.

A mixture of textured purple, cream, and orange blooms made up the centerpieces, which were held in mercury glass vases. Vintage books and votive candles also decorated the table tops.

Uber-hits Call Me Maybe and Gangnam Style drove people to the to dance floor in droves, the bride recalls. "Those are two of the best wedding-dancing songs out there," she says.

"One of my favorite dancing moments was when the DJ played Shout," Anna says. "I'm not generally the biggest fan of those kind of cheesy wedding songs, but people got so into it. There's literally a photo of someone lying down on the floor during the 'a little bit softer now' part. Amazing."

Momofuku Milk Bar designed a four-tier wedding cake made with layers of chocolate pretzel and birthday cake. "They don't really frost the outsides of the cakes," the bride explains. "They just look kind of unfinished and super cool."

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Erganic Design || Ceremony Venue: Bronx Zoo || Reception Venue: Bronx Zoo || Bride's Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo || Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade || Bride's Wedding Ring: Soho Gem || Groom's Tux: Theory || Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Name || Bridesmaids' Accessories: Name || Henna Artist: Akiyo Ogura || Florist: Sweet & Flower || Caterer: Bronx Zoo || Stationery: Minted || Cake Baker: Momofuku Milk Bar || Favors: TheBigZoo.com || Linen Rentals: Name || Entertainment: Carlos Rey Sebastian || Transportation: DeCamp Bus Lines || Photography: Oh, Darling! Photography

A Relaxed Summer Wedding at Brooklyn’s reBar Restaurant

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Sep 052013
 

Neither Kim nor Justin—both born and bred in Brooklyn, New York—ever considered getting hitched anywhere but the place they call home. But equally important was having a stress-free big day. "So we kept it really simple," Kim says of the couple's June 24, 2012 wedding at Brooklyn's reBar.

The venue offered a one-stop-shop type set up for the easy-going pair, with space for both ceremony and reception and a Sunday package that included everything from liquor to music and flowers. "It was a no brainer," Kim says.

The couple announced their summer wedding with bunting-inspired invitations from Brides own line, Brides Fine Wedding Papers. But despite a splash of pink on the invitations, "we didn't really love any color enough to use it as our wedding color," Kim explains, "so we just went with classic black and white."

"No beading, no lace, no bling," Kim says when she describes her Jim Hjelm Occasions dress, a bridesmaid's dress in a shade of ivory. "I fell in love with the portrait neckline and open back. I tried it on in fuchsia and still knew immediately it was the one. I didn't think it would happen like they say it does, but I remember putting it on and immediately locking eyes with my bridal consultant in the mirror and we both knew this was it."

The bride neglected a veil, but spun her brown locks into a classic braided bun accented with a single white orchid. Her teardrop earrings were purchased online for a song, she says. "They look expensive but were from Overstock!" Kim reveals.

Even though Kim's mother paid for the dress, the bride remained budget conscious. "I just didn't see the point in paying thousands of dollars for something I was going to wear for a few hours," she explains.

Kim was also conscious of her sister and maid of honor's expenses. "I wanted her to be able to wear her dress again so I told her to get any dress she wanted in black," she says. The maid chose a tea-length strapless ensemble.

A florist combined the bride's favorite flowers, pink peonies, with ivory roses to make Kim's fluffy bouquet.

"My husband didn't want boutonnieres, and I didn't feel like it was necessary either," Kim says. "It was just him and his brother up there." The best man donned a boutonniere that read BM in place of a bloom.

Kim and Justin were impressed with their officiant, who weaved stories of the couple into the wedding ceremony. "The whole ceremony felt very personal," Kim says. "She told the story of how we met, and met again, and it was so humorous and heartfelt."

The couple exchanged traditional vows "we tweaked ... to be a little more modern," Kim says.

"reBar is in a great spot in Dumbo with views of the Brooklyn Bridge." the bride says. "We wanted a venue that felt homey and rustic, not ornate or formal. reBar is full of dark wood and wrought iron, funky art, and antique furniture. We loved that we didn't have to do much to decorate the space because it looked great on it's own."

"I'm not a DIY girl," Kim admits, "but there was one thing I couldn't find—a nice card box." The bride nearly gave up on having one at all, until she "was at another wedding where I saw guests going crazy looking for one." She realized she needed a spot for guests to deposit their cards, so she purchased a white-washed box and asked her mom to paint the word cards across its front.

"We're not really big dancers," the bride says, "so our wedding was more about mingling, drinking, and eating. It was super casual and more of a cocktail party." Guests could place their cocktails on custom coasters made for the big day.

"We didn't want a wedding cake that looked nice but no one really eats," Kim says. So the couple asked their favorite local bakery to make not one but several cakes for the reception. "Little Cupcake Bakeshop made us a tiered vanilla butter cream for us to cut into, and three smaller cakes in our favorite flavors, including chocolate peanut butter, red velvet and chocolate cloud. Our guests went crazy for our cakes! There were no leftovers!"

The couple's cake topper was a custom purchase from Etsy—two wooden hearts etched with the couple's initals and wedding date.

"We also had banana cream cheese, lemon vanilla, and honey cinnamon cupcakes, and these amazing little dessert shooters," the bride says. "I feel like every dessert in creation was represented at our wedding!"

Even though Kim and Justin aren't big dancers, they still spun across the dance floor to their song, Can't Help Falling In Love. "But the Elvis version can get a little hokey so we chose a slower, more romantic version by Ingrid Michaelson," the bride says.

"Keep it simple," Kim advises other brides as she reflects on their wedding day. "We saved a ton of money by forgoing things like favors, boutonnieres, expensive limos, etc. Our family members were used to cookie-cutter formal weddings, so our wedding seemed odd to them, but everyone ended up loving it. And I know everyone says this, but really try to enjoy the day. It goes by so fast."

—Jillian Kramer

Ceremony Venue: reBar || Reception Venue: reBar || Bride's Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm Occasions || Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade || Bride's Wedding Ring: Diamonds by Janet Ltd. || Groom's Tux: Hugo Boss || Groom's Wedding Ring: Diamonds by Janet Ltd. || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jim Hjelm Occasions || Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse || Florist: reBar || Caterer: reBar || Stationery: Brides Fine Wedding Papers || Cake Baker: Little Cupcake Bakeshop || Entertainment: reBar || Photography: Kristi Drago-Price Photography

A Summer Wedding with a “Fresh and Crisp” Aesthetic

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Aug 092013
 

Love bloomed between Leah and Chris during a college Bible study, but when the couple moved to different cities after graduation, they were forced to date long-distance. "It was hard," Leah recalls, until Chris proposed on a weekend visit as the couple dined at the Crown Center Plaza. "I was so excited I shrieked 'yes' before he could get the whole question out. Apparently he had a whole quote rehearsed. Whoops!"

Just three months later, the couple—a marketing coordinator and an NFL player, respectively—wed in a backyard celebration, taking advantage of Stilwell, Kansas' picture-perfect July weather.

With fewer than 60 guests in attendance, a family member's lake house was the perfect venue for Leah and Chris' intimate celebration. "Their house is so beautiful," the bride gushes, listing the home's lush landscaping as a major boon to her simple decor scheme.

Moments before the bride was ready to walk down the aisle, her young nephew snuck into the room, "walked up to me and said, 'Aunt Leah, you look beautiful,'" the bride recalls.

The bride's Emily Hart Bridal gown featured a rhinestone detail that wrapped around her waist. Leah describes its short train as a "tail." Her Emily Hart Bridal veil was embellished with a beaded floral detail.

Her shoes—by designer Antonio Melani—were bold, with a circular beaded pattern covering the tops of her feet.

Leah envisioned a white wedding, where everything looked "fresh and crisp," she says, with just the slightest hint of green. Her bouquet reflected that aesthetic, with its white roses and peonies and green mums.

Chris wore an Astor & Black suit, which he paired with a sage green tie and white rose boutonniere.

A winding stone path, landscaped with wispy greens and manicured shrubs, led the ring bearer down to the deck where the couple would host their outdoor ceremony.

A flower girl dropped red rose petals on the path, just moments before the bride walked down it to meet her groom. Of the home and its outdoor space, the bride says, "it's the most perfect place for a small, intimate wedding."

A pastor read passages from 1 Corinthians and Ecclesiastes during the couple's wedding ceremony, which took place overlooking the lake.

The bride made each of the centerpieces for her long, white reception tables herself, filling cylinder vases with white and green blooms and tying each arrangement with a crystal "H," the couple's married-name monogram.

Guests noshed on Chilean sea bass and champagne chicken served alongside a candied-pecan mixed greens salad, dumpling potatoes and roasted vegetables.

With a diamond pattern and pearl detailing, the couple's four-tier wedding cake was simple and classic—the perfect addition to Leah and Chris' "crisp" wedding theme. Each lemon cake layer was filled with raspberry preserves.

White lanterns strung above the dance floor created a "wonderful ambiance during the night," Leah says. Chris' only wedding assignment? Picking the DJ, the bride says.

—Jillian Kramer

Ceremony Venue: Family residence || Reception Venue: Family residence || Bride's Wedding Dress: Emily Hart Bridal || Bride's Veil: Emily Hart Bridal || Bride's Shoes: Antonio Melani || Bride's Accessories: Dillard's || Bride's Wedding Ring: Shane Co. || Groom's Tux: Astor & Black || Groom's Wedding Ring: Shane Co. || Groomsmen Attire: Astor & Black || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Steinmart || Flower Girl Dress: Nordstrom || Florist: Sidelines Custom Floral Designs, Inc. || Caterer: Nick and Jake's || Rentals: All Seasons Event Rental || Photography: Sharayamauck Photography

A Summer Wedding with a “Fresh and Crisp” Aesthetic

 Casual, Classic, Garden, Kansas, Outdoor, Real Weddings, Romantic, Summer, Traditional  Comments Off on A Summer Wedding with a “Fresh and Crisp” Aesthetic
Aug 092013
 

Love bloomed between Leah and Chris during a college Bible study, but when the couple moved to different cities after graduation, they were forced to date long-distance. "It was hard," Leah recalls, until Chris proposed on a weekend visit as the couple dined at the Crown Center Plaza. "I was so excited I shrieked 'yes' before he could get the whole question out. Apparently he had a whole quote rehearsed. Whoops!"

Just three months later, the couple—a marketing coordinator and an NFL player, respectively—wed in a backyard celebration, taking advantage of Stilwell, Kansas' picture-perfect July weather.

With fewer than 60 guests in attendance, a family member's lake house was the perfect venue for Leah and Chris' intimate celebration. "Their house is so beautiful," the bride gushes, listing the home's lush landscaping as a major boon to her simple decor scheme.

Moments before the bride was ready to walk down the aisle, her young nephew snuck into the room, "walked up to me and said, 'Aunt Leah, you look beautiful,'" the bride recalls.

The bride's Emily Hart Bridal gown featured a rhinestone detail that wrapped around her waist. Leah describes its short train as a "tail." Her Emily Hart Bridal veil was embellished with a beaded floral detail.

Her shoes—by designer Antonio Melani—were bold, with a circular beaded pattern covering the tops of her feet.

Leah envisioned a white wedding, where everything looked "fresh and crisp," she says, with just the slightest hint of green. Her bouquet reflected that aesthetic, with its white roses and peonies and green mums.

Chris wore an Astor & Black suit, which he paired with a sage green tie and white rose boutonniere.

A winding stone path, landscaped with wispy greens and manicured shrubs, led the ring bearer down to the deck where the couple would host their outdoor ceremony.

A flower girl dropped red rose petals on the path, just moments before the bride walked down it to meet her groom. Of the home and its outdoor space, the bride says, "it's the most perfect place for a small, intimate wedding."

A pastor read passages from 1 Corinthians and Ecclesiastes during the couple's wedding ceremony, which took place overlooking the lake.

The bride made each of the centerpieces for her long, white reception tables herself, filling cylinder vases with white and green blooms and tying each arrangement with a crystal "H," the couple's married-name monogram.

Guests noshed on Chilean sea bass and champagne chicken served alongside a candied-pecan mixed greens salad, dumpling potatoes and roasted vegetables.

With a diamond pattern and pearl detailing, the couple's four-tier wedding cake was simple and classic—the perfect addition to Leah and Chris' "crisp" wedding theme. Each lemon cake layer was filled with raspberry preserves.

White lanterns strung above the dance floor created a "wonderful ambiance during the night," Leah says. Chris' only wedding assignment? Picking the DJ, the bride says.

—Jillian Kramer

Ceremony Venue: Family residence || Reception Venue: Family residence || Bride's Wedding Dress: Emily Hart Bridal || Bride's Veil: Emily Hart Bridal || Bride's Shoes: Antonio Melani || Bride's Accessories: Dillard's || Bride's Wedding Ring: Shane Co. || Groom's Tux: Astor & Black || Groom's Wedding Ring: Shane Co. || Groomsmen Attire: Astor & Black || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Steinmart || Flower Girl Dress: Nordstrom || Florist: Sidelines Custom Floral Designs, Inc. || Caterer: Nick and Jake's || Rentals: All Seasons Event Rental || Photography: Sharayamauck Photography

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