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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A Colorful, Rustic Wedding at the Carneros Inn in Napa Valley

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Nov 132013
 

You never know when putting away your headphones and chatting with the person seated next to you on an airplane might change your life. That is exactly what happened to Mark and Bridget in 2009 on a flight from Burbank to Oakland. The duo talked for the entire flight and exchanged contact information just before landing. They became e-mail pen pals, developing a friendship that became something more when, six months later, Mark was in San Francisco for a business meeting and invited Bridget to dinner.

After three years of flying back and forth to visit one another, the couple took a last-minute trip to Orange County. Mark was antsy all day, but his nerves subsided when he finally took Bridget's hand and asked her to be his wife. On August 3rd, 2013, Mark and Bridget wed in Napa, California, proving that love may really be waiting for you anywhere–even on the other side of your airplane armrest.

Bridget's wedding-day accessories held a special place in the bride's heart. Her mother passed away a mere month before the wedding, so Bridget reached for her mother's emerald and diamond bracelet in order to keep a piece of her mom with her on such a special day. Though bittersweet, Bridget says that "wearing her bracelet made me feel connected to her, and I knew she was with me that entire day."

The bride's bracelet and engagement ring complemented her dress's pearl and crystal-embellished belt. She kept her accessories minimal to really let the dress shine.

While she was getting ready with her bridesmaids, Bridget received a sweet surprise from her husband-to-be in the form of a decadent chocolate cake.

Bride with purple makeup and a bouquet.

Bridget paired a simple, elegant up-do with a subtle purple smoky eye, adding a touch of glamour to her bridal look. Her bouquet featured white and off-white roses, peonies and dusty miller. A sparkling floral brooch was a playful finishing touch.

Bridget's wedding dress was "not at all what I had envisioned for myself," says the bride. The combination of lace and tulle in her a-line Blue by Enzoani dress was the fourth dress Bridget tried on, and she bought it on the spot.

Mark wore a gray suit and a blue polka-dotted tie. The single white rose and dusty miller leaves in his boutonniere complemented Bridget's bouquet.

Bridesmaids in blush chiffon dresses.

Bridget's four bridesmaids wore blush-hued strapless dresses. They carried soft bouquets of pink and white peonies and dusty green leaves.

The groomsmen matched Mark in gray suits and blue ties. Their soft pink shirts complemented the bridesmaids' chiffon dresses.

The bride's father escorts her down the aisle.

Bridget went traditional for her procession down the aisle. Her father escorted her as a string trio played Pachelbel's Canon in D.

Judge Guy Reece, a longtime friend of the groom, performed the ceremony. The couple kept it traditional, short and sweet. As the ceremony came to an end, Judge Reece read an Irish Blessing in honor of Bridget's mother, who truly loved her Irish heritage.

After a recessional to The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun," Mark and Bridget snuck away for portraits. The rolling hills of Napa provided a beautiful, natural backdrop.

Instead of tchotchkes that would get left in a drawer, Mark and Bridget chose to thank their guests for joining them with individual potted succulents. The plants were included in much of the reception's rustic-chic décor

Burlap runners and twine-wrapped votive holders were the finishing touch to the pretty, rustic reception. "Simplicity was key," says Bridget. "We wanted our guests to feel comfortable and not overwhelmed by decorations."

Wooden boxes overflowed with flowers in soft pink, white and green hues. Candles and mason jars surrounded arrangements of hydrangeas, roses, and succulents.

The four-tier wedding cake was topped with fresh pink peonies and a cascade of white fondant flower petals. The cake featured alternating layers of salted caramel chocolate cake and lemon-raspberry.

Mark and Bridget's one request to their DJ? Lots of dance-worthy songs–
particularly Michael Jackson!

After the wedding, the couple spent their relaxing honeymoon in Maui. Bridget's favorite thing about being married is never being lonely. "The first three years of our relationship were long-distance," she says, "and it is so nice to not have to fly home every weekend and leave Mark."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Carneros Inn || Planner: Brooke Baglietto of the Carneros Inn || Bride's Wedding Dress: Blue by Enzoani, from Bridal Project || Hair & Makeup: Carrie Aldous || Shoes: Sam Edelman || Jewelry: The Bride's Mother || Wedding Bands: Symbols Myrtle Beach || Groom and Groomsmen's Suits: Hugo Boss || Bridesmaids' Dresses: JLM Couture || Invitations: Minted || Florist: Themes and Flowers || Catering and Cake: The Carneros Inn || Music: Lawrence String Trio, Randy Kort of Extravaganza Productions || Photographer: Angie Silvy Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Rustic, Elegant Wedding at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum

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Nov 122013
 

High school carpools may not immediately conjure notions of love and romance, but Danielle and Jonathon would argue otherwise. The couple met as they started high school, carpooling from rural Washington to Portland, OR every day for school. They drove back and forth together for nearly three years before their friendship evolved into something more after their junior prom. College put buses, planes, and trains between them, but the distance was no match for their love.

In 2012, the couple (now expert travelers) headed to Paris after a conference in Belgium. Jonathon surprised Danielle with a romantic dinner on the Champs-Élysées that ended with dessert on the hotel's roof–and Jonathon down on one knee as the lights of Paris twinkled in the background. Danielle said "oui!" and the couple began to plan an elegant, rustic and romantic wedding in San Francisco on May 17th, 2013.

A feeling of warmth and comfort was incredibly important to Danielle and Jonathon as they planned their wedding. They shared that message with their guests from the first moment, choosing luxurious letterpress invitations with a delicate lace pattern.

Modern Trousseau lace wedding dress and lace Stuart Weitzman shoes.

Danielle's lace Modern Trousseau gown had a decidedly vintage feel. Subtle ruching at the waist highlighted the bride's waist, while re-embroidered lace at the bodice and hem "gave the dress a stunning three-dimensional look," says Danielle. The lace theme was carried into Danielle's accessories. Her champagne-hued peep-toe pumps sparkled sweetly under her dress.

Danielle kept her jewelry simple to really let the dress shine. She echoed her beaded belt with a custom crystal bracelet.

Jonathon paired his tuxedo with a silver-blue bowtie and a white pocket square. His boutonniere featured three pearl-accented stephanotis blossoms and a soft dusty miller leaf.

Danielle carried a slightly loose bouquet in pink, peach and white. Overblown peonies, spray roses, sweet peas and lisianthus gave her bouquet a soft and voluminous feel.

Bride with bridesmaids in blush chiffon dresses by Jenny Yoo.

The bridesmaids wore blush chiffon dresses in a convertible design, allowing each girl to customize her look. They all carried smaller bouquets that echoed the flowers in Danielle's.

Jonathon's groomsmen all wore tuxedos and bow ties.

The ceremony took place at the Mission Dolores in San Francisco. Danielle and Jonathon sought out an historic Catholic church, and were thrilled to be able to exchange vows a mere block away from where the bride's grandparents first met, giving the location even more personal significance.

The flower girl, who "was excellent," says Danielle, carried a basket overflowing with roses, peonies, lisianthus and hydrangeas.

The church's ornate altar was a dramatic, humbling backdrop for the couple's vows. It added another layer of elegance and formality to Jonathon and Danielle's wedding day.

Rustic wedding reception tables at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
Wedding reception table with pink runners, peonies and candles.

San Francisco's Asian Art Museum was the ideal combination of unique architecture, warmth, and refined grandeur. The couple rented antique furniture and topped the tables with lush flowers and candles to create a rustic, homey feeling in such a beautiful space. Soft pink runners, bold pink peonies and scattered candles transformed the museum's Samsung Hall into the wedding reception of Danielle and Jonathon's dreams.

Vignettes of vintage furniture created three separate sitting areas throughout the reception, encouraging guests to mingle and make themselves at home in the museum.

The surf-and-turf menu featured butter-poached filet mignon, Maine lobster, Dungeness crab chowder and (a crowd favorite) cornmeal-bacon madeleines.

The couple swapped out the standard guest book for a more playful art piece featuring a whale and three-dimensional balloons. Guests were encouraged to wish the couple luck "from here to the moon," says Jonathon.

White lace wedding cake with pink sugar peonies.

The four-tiered wedding cake, topped with fondant peonies and roses, was decorated with lace details to match Danielle's dress and the invitation suite. The cake inside was a combination of vanilla, strawberry, and red velvet layers.

Later in the evening, guests got to indulge in a Nitro Ice Cream Brownie Sundae station. Ice cream was made-to-order using liquid nitrogen, with flavors ranging from malted chocolate with caramelized Rice Krispies to vanilla bean with bourbon caramel. The favors were a nod to Danielle and Jonathon's Paris engagement: A box of pastel-hued macarons.

So what has life been like for these high school sweethearts since they said "I Do"? Married life began with a honeymoon in Bora Bora, where they stayed in an "epic over-water bungalow," says Danielle. After the months of wedding planning, the couple felt that they had a void to fill, so they took on a new project. They've embarked on a culinary adventure, cooking unique dishes (and making good use of their wedding gifts in the process).

Their advice? "Plan early, plan often, be open minded, and have fun! We planned our wedding together with little advice or direction from our family, which made it a unique experience shared between just the two of us," says Danielle.

Ceremony Venue: Mission Dolores || Reception Venue: Asian Art Museum || Planner: Jubilee Lau Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau || Veil and Jewelry: Sara Gabriel || Shoes: Stuart Weitzman || Hair & Makeup: Mimi & Taylor || Wedding Bands: Mark Hadley of The Diamond Reserve || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo || Groom and Groomsmen's Tuxedos: Black by Vera Wang || Florist: Nancy Liu Chin || Invitations & Paper Goods: Lucky Luxe || Catering: Componere Fine Catering || Cake: Inticing Creations || Entertainment: Jason Mitchell || Guest Book: SuzyShoppe || Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals, Classic Party Rentals, La Tavola Linen || Photography: Sarah Peet Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Sleek and Contemporary California Wedding at the Andaz San Diego

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Nov 092013
 

What could be better than a romantic trip to the historic mansions of Newport, RI? How about a trip that ends with a surprise proposal on one of the mansions' sprawling lawn? This was just the moment that awaited Faye when she and Rich took a trip to visit his family in June of 2012. The couple spent the next 15 months planning a downtown San Diego wedding that brought friends and family from near and far to celebrate in contemporary style. With a muted but playful palette of yellow and gray, Rich and Faye's wedding on September 7, 2013, was fresh, fun, and everything they'd dreamed of.

Bride getting her makeup done at the Andaz San Diego.
Bride in an empire-waist ball gown from White by Vera Wang.

Says Faye of her empire-waisted ball gown from White by Vera Wang, "I fell in love with how the dress felt light yet it had the fullness that I was looking for." A bonus? The dress had pockets and an oversized bow at the waist.

A self-described minimalist, Faye paired her gown with a simple tulle veil. She wore her mother's earrings as her something borrowed, and Rich gifted her a bracelet for the perfect finishing touch.

Shimmering Enzo Angiolini pumps peeked out from beneath Faye's gown, adding a touch of shimmer to her classic bridal look.

Rich and his groomsmen all wore charcoal gray 3-piece tuxedos. Rich paired his with a light gray tie and gray argyle socks, while his groomsmen wore soft yellow ties and sunny socks to match.

Bride and groom at the Andaz San Diego.

Rich's gray tuxedo was the perfect match for Faye's beautiful ball gown. The Andaz San Diego was the ideal venue, allowing Faye and Rich to say I Do in modern San Diego style.

Faye's bridesmaids wore floor-length chiffon gowns in platinum from the Dessy Group. She had each woman pick out a style she loved, and tied their look together with bouquets of yellow peonies and roses.

The ceremony was held on the rooftop of the hotel. Simple white dcor was accented with oversized arrangements of white and yellow hydrangeas. The rooftop location gave the couple's guests, 80% of whom were from out of town, a great view of the city. Each guest received a packet of confetti to toss after Rich and Faye had said "I Do."

The ring bearer, wearing a gray suit and yellow tie to match the groomsmen, was escorted down the aisle by Faye's daughter Mailynn. Faye's goddaughter was their flower girl. During her walk down the aisle, she took her responsibilities a playful step further, tossing petals at the guests instead of on the aisle.

Bride, groom and bride's daughter braid a unity rope during the wedding ceremony.

As a symbol of their new family, Faye, Rich, and Mailynn braided a unity rope. The bride and groom wrote their own vows, allowing them to speak directly to one another as they became husband and wife.

Escort cards featured Faye and Rich's simple monogram and a pop of yellow.

Gray, white and yellow modern wedding cake.

The pièce de résistance was a gray square cake with white and yellow stripes, topped with white flowers. The flavor was a crowd-pleasing carrot cake with cream cheese buttercream. A candy bar, featuring gray, white, and yellow favorites like marshmallows and chocolate drops, served as both a sweet treat and favors for the guests.

For the first dance, Rich and Faye danced to Ingrid Michaelson's version of "Can't Help Falling In Love". Faye and her father shared their father-daughter dance with Rich and his new stepdaughter. They danced to "My Girl" by The Temptations, an upbeat way to celebrate the new family. Finally, Rich danced with his mom to Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World"–the two of them danced to the same song when his mother married Rich's stepfather.

So what's next for the happy couple? Rich and Faye are planning their honeymoon for the spring of 2014. In the mean time, they're getting used to calling one another "husband" and "wife".

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Andaz San Diego || Coordinator: Mel Montoya of Something Blue Wedding Coordination || Bride's Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang || Veil: David's Bridal || Shoes: Enzo Angiolini || Hair: Florence Pacho of Pikku Salon || Makeup: Lindsay Lloyd || Wedding Bands: Robbins Brothers || Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Dessy Group || Groom's Tuxedo: Black by Vera Wang || Invitations: MagnetStreet || Florist: Bloomeria Floral Design || Catering: Andaz San Diego || Cake: Crumb Fairy Bakery || Music: Eddie Palma || Photographer: Renee Clancy Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Modern New York City Wedding with Urban Charm at The Foundry

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Nov 012013
 

Sometimes, a little Facebook stalking can be a good thing. Take Marsha, 34, and Kevin, 32, for example. The couple met working a summer job in college. They dated briefly, but lost contact when Marsha moved to London for a few years. Upon her return, the pair reconnected via social media, and they picked up their romance where it had left off.

With a love that started–and restarted–in New York, there was no question that Marsha and Kevin would take the plunge in the city that brought them together. They married beneath the stained glass windows of Riverside Church, then headed to Long Island City to celebrate surrounded by the exposed brick of The Foundry. Marsha used glowing candles and hundreds of flowers to create a theme that combined New York City's urban charm with delicate intimacy and romance.

Kevin and Marsha's wedding was an elegant combination of traditional and modern, with a ceremony at an historic New York City cathedral followed by a Long Island City reception in a raw, urban space.

The couple dated for four years before Kevin proposed. After a meal in downtown Brooklyn, Kevin suggested a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Halfway between Manhattan and Brooklyn, Kevin pointed out the dorm where Marsha had lived when they first met. He got down on one knee, saying that "not a lot of people get a second chance at love, and this time I want our love to last forever."

5" Jimmy Choo peep toe pumps sparkled beneath Marsha's lace wedding gown.

A crystal and pearl sash accentuated the bride's waist and gave her dress an elegant, edgy feel.

Marsha chose a wedding gown that was a combination of modern and traditional. The fit-and-flair shape showed off her curves, while the asymmetric lace overlay showed off an organza skirt.

The bride carried a blush and peach bouquet of Calla lilies, Juliet garden roses and spray roses. The bouquet carried extra sentimental meaning for Marsha: Kevin buys her different colors and types of roses every week.

Kevin and his groomsmen wore boutonnieres of Osiana roses, ivy leaves and lily grass.

The groom sported a sleek gray tuxedo with a silver tie, tying in to the traditional-meets-urban theme.

Kevin's custom cuff links resemble a car's gear stick.

Riverside Church's ornate doors provide a stunning backdrop for portraits. Says Marsha, "We knew right away that this was where we would be exchanging vows."

Marsha's three bridesmaids, carrying bouquets of Osiana roses, wore strapless chiffon dresses from J. Crew. They accessorized the coral-hued dresses with rhinestone belts.

She's incredibly close with her 91-year-old grandmother, so Marsha had her grandmother walk her halfway down the aisle. There, she met her father, who escorted her to her waiting groom.

They say rain on your wedding day is good luck, and Marsha and Kevin didn't let it stop them from sneaking a kiss as they made their way to the reception.

Two long main tables were topped with light gray linens, allowing the colored centerpieces to pop and perfectly accenting The Foundry's exposed brick walls. Tall candelabras added a touch of glam.

The lush fuchsia centerpieces featured garden roses, hydrangeas, nerines, Calla lilies and ivy greens.

Chandeliers hung above the tables, catching the light that filtered through the venue's skylight.

The guest book was a graphic print of a tree with blush and lavender leaves.

Marsha wanted the wedding cake to be simple, yet elegant. They chose a red velvet cake topped with white fondant. White and blush petals and an embossed lace trim tied the design into the wedding's theme.

Marsha and Kevin's first dance was to "By Your Side" by Sade, a favorite of theirs from when they dated in college. Music was a priority for the couple, who had two DJs at their reception playing reggae and soca music.

The couple honeymooned in Punta Cana and, says Marsha, "married life is amazing!" Her advice for couples is to keep the day about them. "Many people may offer an opinion," says Marsha, "but it is important to stay true to your overall vision and not to be too influenced by those around you."

Ceremony Venue: The Riverside Church || Reception Venue: The Foundry || Bride's Wedding Dress: Marisa || Hair: Kisa Alexander of Neal Farinah Salon || Makeup: Face The Day NY || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Jewelry: Nadri || Wedding Bands: Blue Nile || Groom and Groomsmen's Tuxedos: Black by Vera Wang || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew || Invitations: Bella Figura || Paper Products: Village Invites || Florist: Verde Flowers || Catering: Real Food Catering || Cake: Made in Heaven Cakes || Music: Violinist from The Juilliard School, DJs from Music Mixed Intelligently || Rentals: Broadway Party Rental || Lighting: Universal Lighting & Sound || Photographer: Carmen Santorelli Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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A California Wedding at the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point With Old-World Charm

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Oct 312013
 

Though their families had known each other for years - Fitz's parents were guests at Kilian's parents' wedding in 1967 - Kilian, 34, and Fitz, 38, didn't meet in person until the summer of 2009, when a family barbecue brought them both to Chicago, and to one another. In August of 2012, a 24-hour trip to Ft. Worth was kicked off with a proposal, marking the beginning of Kilian and Fitz's six-month engagement.

As Kilian puts it, "Our vision was...a very intimate party with touches of our favorite things. Our goal was to make our wedding really fun and a big celebration of love." Shades of orange and pink gave the day a romantic West Coast feel that was a true reflection of the couple and their relationship. Wed on March 16, 2013, their ceremony at the Serra Chapel at the Mission San Juan Capistrano and reception at the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point were pure California love.

Simple, elegant invitations by Crane & Co. were accented with scrolled calligraphy.

Fitz proposed with an emerald-cut diamond ring. His big plan, to propose to Kilian with a bowl of ring pops after dinner in Dallas, was scrapped when Kilian's flight was delayed. Upon her arrival in Ft. Worth, she dropped her bags at the hotel and made a beeline for the elevator down to the restaurant. Only when she realized that Fitz hadn't followed her down the hallway did Kilian return to their hotel room to discover him down on one knee.

Kilian "had a vision" of her dream wedding dress. She knew she wanted lace, as well as a design that coordinated with the style of the church's Spanish architecture. Monique Lhuillier's talent with lace made the dress selection an easy decision.

Glitter-covered Christian Louboutin pumps added a playful twist to the classic lace wedding dress.

A cathedral-length mantilla veil was the finishing touch on Kilian's bridal ensemble. The veil has been in her family for over 50 years, and was worn by her mother, aunts, cousins, and sisters. "It was very special to wear it on our wedding day."

Kilian's classic all-white bouquet featured peonies, roses, ranunculuses and sweet peas. The mix of petals created soft, delicate texture.

The towering Spanish architecture of the Mission San Juan Capistrano provided a striking backdrop for portraits of the wedding party.

Killian's bridesmaids were outfitted in coral-hued frocks from J.Crew's bridesmaid collection. Kilian had her six bridesmaids pick their favorite style in this cheery hue, which they accessorized with nude pumps and statement necklaces. Pink peony bouquets played off of the bright dress color.

The groom and groomsmen were outfitted in classic black tuxedos.

The traditional architecture and Old-World details of the Serra Chapel provided a beautiful background for Kilian and Fitz's first look.

"We are a very Catholic couple, so getting married in the Catholic Church was important to us," says Kilian. "The Serra Chapel is intimate and beautiful, so we were lucky to have our ceremony in such a holy place."

Fitz's sharp tuxedo, accented with a white peony boutonniere, is by Tom Ford. He stuck with tradition, pairing the notched lapels with a classic bow tie.

Fitz and Kilian love to travel, so they had a sign made with all of the places they'd visited together. Destinations ranged from Los Cabos to Cape Town.

Salt-rimmed margaritas awaited guests at the cocktail hour, setting the mood for the celebration to come.

Kilian gave a nod to her native Orange County by featuring sliced oranges in the flower arrangements. Here, an oversized arrangement of sweet peas, hydrangeas and peonies decorate the table of escort cards, which were created by Jen Simpson Design.

A mariachi band greeted Kilian and Fitz's 145 guests as they arrived at the Ritz-Carlton. Says a guest, "They definitely set the tone for a fun fiesta celebrating you both!"

The bride and groom went on an African safari for their honeymoon shortly after the wedding, so they named each table after an animal they hoped to see on their upcoming trip. The table names were printed in a peachy-coral hue, matching the tablecloths and arrangement of peonies, orchids and sweet peas.

Raspberry-colored tables were topped with branches of white phalaenopsis orchids and hanging tea lights.

Though the main focus was the dessert and candy bar, Fitz and Kilian also cut into a coconut cake with cream cheese filling. Pink peonies and gold bands gave the simple cake some festive flair.

"Fitz loves candy, so instead of serving a traditional wedding cake, we had a dessert bar with sweets and a separate candy bar with the groom's favorite candy selections," says Kilian.

The bride and groom shared their first dance to Ben Folds' The Luckiest. Kilian's tips for couples currently planning their weddings? "Make lots of lists, get recommendations from a friend, and hire Brooke Keegan as your wedding planner! You'll be so glad you did!"

The couple left the reception through a wave of sparklers, heading toward a safari honeymoon - and happily ever after. Kilian say that married life has been pure bliss, and that her wedding day was "the best day I've ever had!"

Ceremony Venue: Serra Chapel at Mission San Juan Capistrano || Reception Venue: Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel || Planner: Brooke Keegan || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Hair: Alissa Smith of Meche Salon Los Angeles || Makeup: Berit of Makeup by Berit || Veil: Family Heirloom || Shoes: Christian Louboutin || Jewelry: Van Cleef & Arpels || Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew || Groom's Tuxedo: Tom Ford || Invitations: Crane & Co. || Paper Goods: Jen Simpson Design || Florist: Karla Flores of Elegant by Design || Catering and Cake: Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel || Music: West Coast Music || Rentals: La Tavola Linen, Chiavari Chair Rentals || Lighting: Lighten Up Inc. || Favors: Pacific Photobooths || Transportation: VIP Limo || Photographer: Lane Dittoe Fine Art Wedding Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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"Once in a while...Right in the middle of an ordinary life...Love comes along and brings you a fairytale." From the proposal to the planning, ceremony to reception, Jennifer and Rob's Memphis, Tennessee wedding on April 27, 2013 was a fairytale, full of romantic and personal moments. Jennifer was completely surprised when Rob got down on one knee during a dinner celebrating her new job. The couple was surrounded by their friends and family as she said "yes!" and it was only natural that they said "I Do" in the same fashion.

Elegant romance was the vision, which Jennifer put together with help from her mother, her planner, and Pinterest. Blush, ivory, champagne, and a hint of pint created a dreamlike feel ideal for the evening celebration. And when the day finally came, Jennifer and Rob danced, ate and celebrated with the people they love most—especially one another.

For her 30th birthday, Rob took Jennifer to New York City and surprised her with a personal shopper for the day. She headed to Vera Wang, where she fell in love with a sleek strapless design with an intricate tulle skirt—a far cry from the embellished gown she'd pictured herself in.

Two lace garters, complete with pearl and crystal details, gave Jennifer's bridal ensemble a hidden touch of shine.

As Rob concluded his toast congratulating Jennifer on her new job, he looked at her and said "...and I want to take care of her for the rest of my life" and got down on one knee.

Crystal-embellished pumps shimmered beneath Jennifer's simple, elegant wedding gown.

For the formal church ceremony and elegant evening reception, Rob skipped the rental shop and purchased a suave custom tuxedo.

The silk ribbon on Jennifer's bouquet was fixed with a pearl brooch that belongs to her 100-year-old grandmother, as well as a tie bar from her late grandfather. Her grandmother wasn't able to attend, but the ceremony was streamed on Skype so that she could still be a part of the day.

White hydrangeas and peonies and blush garden roses matched the soft color scheme, while pink peonies added a pop of playful color.

The bridesmaids' bouquets featured blush garden roses and white hydrangeas, ranunculus and roses.

Jennifer's ten bridesmaids chose between strapless or one-shoulder chiffon gowns in blush. The simple shape flattered the clean, elegant design of Jennifer's gown.

The groomsmen wore tuxedos with bow ties, while Rob and the ring bearer wore straight ties for a slightly different look.

The couple's niece and goddaughter served as flower girls, while the bride's cousin's son was the ring bearer. The three were "so excited," performing beautifully even with such a long aisle in the church.

The fit-and-flare design of Jennifer's wedding dress beautifully flattered her curves. Waves of tulle on the skirt added visual interest and unique texture.

The ceremony took place at St. Peter Catholic Church in Memphis, but had both a Catholic priest and Methodist pastor perform the ceremony instead of having a full Catholic mass.

The church's ornate décor perfectly fit Jennifer and Rob's vision for a romantic fairytale wedding day.

Soft pink tulips and silver votive candles topped the tables, casting a warm glow over the room.

Tall silver candelabras, topped with tulips and peonies, were draped with crystals.

The wedding party's table was decorated with tall vases featuring submerged tulips and floating candles. Instead of favors, the couple offered their guests mint green cake pops and made a donation to the Humane Society in honor of their guests.

The ceiling was draped with soft tan fabric to create a romantic, intimate feel. Iron chandeliers covered in greenery were hung from the ceiling.

Each tier of Rob and Jennifer's wedding cake featured a different flavor, including raspberry, chocolate and strawberry. A delicate ivory lace pattern was piped on blush fondant, and the cake was topped with fresh pink peonies.

Guests were invited to leave notes and advice for the couple in an antique trunk.

The bride and groom left the ceremony in a shower of sparklers. Jennifer's advice for brides? "Just remember that, no matter what happens, this day is about you two. Make it special and don't worry about what everyone else thinks!"

Ceremony Venue: St. Peter Catholic Church, Memphis, TN || Reception Venue: National Ornamental Metal Museum || Planner: Amy Miller Weddings || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Hair: Tanzi Rene || Makeup: Seven Moore || Veil: Romona Keveza || Garter: Bridal By Vanessa || Shoes: Benjamin Adams || Jewelry: Attic of Treasures 2007 || Wedding Bands: Doron Jewelers, Cartier || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters || Groom's Tuxedo: Oak Hall || Invitations & Paper Goods: RSVP Stationers || Florist: Holliday Flowers || Catering and Cake: Ms. Muff'n || Ceremony Music: Jane Smedley and Mary Jo Hoffsommer || Reception Music: Barley Legal, Dingo Entertainment || Favors: Patti Cakes || Transportation: Tennessee Limousine Service || Photographer: Erica Beckman of Clean Plate Pictures

—Jaimie Schoen

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"Once in a while...Right in the middle of an ordinary life...Love comes along and brings you a fairytale." From the proposal to the planning, ceremony to reception, Jennifer and Rob's Memphis, Tennessee wedding on April 27, 2013 was a fairytale, full of romantic and personal moments. Jennifer was completely surprised when Rob got down on one knee during a dinner celebrating her new job. The couple was surrounded by their friends and family as she said "yes!" and it was only natural that they said "I Do" in the same fashion.

Elegant romance was the vision, which Jennifer put together with help from her mother, her planner, and Pinterest. Blush, ivory, champagne, and a hint of pint created a dreamlike feel ideal for the evening celebration. And when the day finally came, Jennifer and Rob danced, ate and celebrated with the people they love most—especially one another.

For her 30th birthday, Rob took Jennifer to New York City and surprised her with a personal shopper for the day. She headed to Vera Wang, where she fell in love with a sleek strapless design with an intricate tulle skirt—a far cry from the embellished gown she'd pictured herself in.

Two lace garters, complete with pearl and crystal details, gave Jennifer's bridal ensemble a hidden touch of shine.

As Rob concluded his toast congratulating Jennifer on her new job, he looked at her and said "...and I want to take care of her for the rest of my life" and got down on one knee.

Crystal-embellished pumps shimmered beneath Jennifer's simple, elegant wedding gown.

For the formal church ceremony and elegant evening reception, Rob skipped the rental shop and purchased a suave custom tuxedo.

The silk ribbon on Jennifer's bouquet was fixed with a pearl brooch that belongs to her 100-year-old grandmother, as well as a tie bar from her late grandfather. Her grandmother wasn't able to attend, but the ceremony was streamed on Skype so that she could still be a part of the day.

White hydrangeas and peonies and blush garden roses matched the soft color scheme, while pink peonies added a pop of playful color.

The bridesmaids' bouquets featured blush garden roses and white hydrangeas, ranunculus and roses.

Jennifer's ten bridesmaids chose between strapless or one-shoulder chiffon gowns in blush. The simple shape flattered the clean, elegant design of Jennifer's gown.

The groomsmen wore tuxedos with bow ties, while Rob and the ring bearer wore straight ties for a slightly different look.

The couple's niece and goddaughter served as flower girls, while the bride's cousin's son was the ring bearer. The three were "so excited," performing beautifully even with such a long aisle in the church.

The fit-and-flare design of Jennifer's wedding dress beautifully flattered her curves. Waves of tulle on the skirt added visual interest and unique texture.

The ceremony took place at St. Peter Catholic Church in Memphis, but had both a Catholic priest and Methodist pastor perform the ceremony instead of having a full Catholic mass.

The church's ornate décor perfectly fit Jennifer and Rob's vision for a romantic fairytale wedding day.

Soft pink tulips and silver votive candles topped the tables, casting a warm glow over the room.

Tall silver candelabras, topped with tulips and peonies, were draped with crystals.

The wedding party's table was decorated with tall vases featuring submerged tulips and floating candles. Instead of favors, the couple offered their guests mint green cake pops and made a donation to the Humane Society in honor of their guests.

The ceiling was draped with soft tan fabric to create a romantic, intimate feel. Iron chandeliers covered in greenery were hung from the ceiling.

Each tier of Rob and Jennifer's wedding cake featured a different flavor, including raspberry, chocolate and strawberry. A delicate ivory lace pattern was piped on blush fondant, and the cake was topped with fresh pink peonies.

Guests were invited to leave notes and advice for the couple in an antique trunk.

The bride and groom left the ceremony in a shower of sparklers. Jennifer's advice for brides? "Just remember that, no matter what happens, this day is about you two. Make it special and don't worry about what everyone else thinks!"

Ceremony Venue: St. Peter Catholic Church, Memphis, TN || Reception Venue: National Ornamental Metal Museum || Planner: Amy Miller Weddings || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Hair: Tanzi Rene || Makeup: Seven Moore || Veil: Romona Keveza || Garter: Bridal By Vanessa || Shoes: Benjamin Adams || Jewelry: Attic of Treasures 2007 || Wedding Bands: Doron Jewelers, Cartier || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters || Groom's Tuxedo: Oak Hall || Invitations & Paper Goods: RSVP Stationers || Florist: Holliday Flowers || Catering and Cake: Ms. Muff'n || Ceremony Music: Jane Smedley and Mary Jo Hoffsommer || Reception Music: Barley Legal, Dingo Entertainment || Favors: Patti Cakes || Transportation: Tennessee Limousine Service || Photographer: Erica Beckman of Clean Plate Pictures

—Jaimie Schoen

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"Once in a while...Right in the middle of an ordinary life...Love comes along and brings you a fairytale." From the proposal to the planning, ceremony to reception, Jennifer and Rob's Memphis, Tennessee wedding on April 27, 2013 was a fairytale, full of romantic and personal moments. Jennifer was completely surprised when Rob got down on one knee during a dinner celebrating her new job. The couple was surrounded by their friends and family as she said "yes!" and it was only natural that they said "I Do" in the same fashion.

Elegant romance was the vision, which Jennifer put together with help from her mother, her planner, and Pinterest. Blush, ivory, champagne, and a hint of pink created a dreamlike feel ideal for the evening celebration. And when the day finally came, Jennifer and Rob danced, ate and celebrated with the people they love most—especially one another.

For her 30th birthday, Rob took Jennifer to New York City and surprised her with a personal shopper for the day. She headed to Vera Wang, where she fell in love with a sleek strapless design with an intricate tulle skirt—a far cry from the embellished gown she'd pictured herself in.

Two lace garters, complete with pearl and crystal details, gave Jennifer's bridal ensemble a hidden touch of shine.

As Rob concluded his toast congratulating Jennifer on her new job, he looked at her and said "...and I want to take care of her for the rest of my life" and got down on one knee.

Crystal-embellished pumps shimmered beneath Jennifer's simple, elegant wedding gown.

For the formal church ceremony and elegant evening reception, Rob skipped the rental shop and purchased a suave custom tuxedo.

The silk ribbon on Jennifer's bouquet was fixed with a pearl brooch that belongs to her 100-year-old grandmother, as well as a tie bar from her late grandfather. Her grandmother wasn't able to attend, but the ceremony was streamed on Skype so that she could still be a part of the day.

White hydrangeas and peonies and blush garden roses matched the soft color scheme, while pink peonies added a pop of playful color.

The bridesmaids' bouquets featured blush garden roses and white hydrangeas, ranunculus and roses.

Jennifer's ten bridesmaids chose between strapless or one-shoulder chiffon gowns in blush. The simple shape flattered the clean, elegant design of Jennifer's gown.

The groomsmen wore tuxedos with bow ties, while Rob and the ring bearer wore straight ties for a slightly different look.

The couple's niece and goddaughter served as flower girls, while the bride's cousin's son was the ring bearer. The three were "so excited," performing beautifully even with such a long aisle in the church.

The fit-and-flare design of Jennifer's wedding dress beautifully flattered her curves. Waves of tulle on the skirt added visual interest and unique texture.

The ceremony took place at St. Peter Catholic Church in Memphis, but had both a Catholic priest and Methodist pastor perform the ceremony instead of having a full Catholic mass.

The church's ornate décor perfectly fit Jennifer and Rob's vision for a romantic fairytale wedding day.

Soft pink tulips and silver votive candles topped the tables, casting a warm glow over the room.

Tall silver candelabras, topped with tulips and peonies, were draped with crystals.

The wedding party's table was decorated with tall vases featuring submerged tulips and floating candles. Instead of favors, the couple offered their guests mint green cake pops and made a donation to the Humane Society in honor of their guests.

The ceiling was draped with soft tan fabric to create a romantic, intimate feel. Iron chandeliers covered in greenery were hung from the ceiling.

Each tier of Rob and Jennifer's wedding cake featured a different flavor, including raspberry, chocolate and strawberry. A delicate ivory lace pattern was piped on blush fondant, and the cake was topped with fresh pink peonies.

Guests were invited to leave notes and advice for the couple in an antique trunk.

The bride and groom left the ceremony in a shower of sparklers. Jennifer's advice for brides? "Just remember that, no matter what happens, this day is about you two. Make it special and don't worry about what everyone else thinks!"

Ceremony Venue: St. Peter Catholic Church, Memphis, TN || Reception Venue: National Ornamental Metal Museum || Planner: Amy Miller Weddings || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Hair: Tanzi Rene || Makeup: Seven Moore || Veil: Romona Keveza || Garter: Bridal By Vanessa || Shoes: Benjamin Adams || Jewelry: Attic of Treasures 2007 || Wedding Bands: Doron Jewelers, Cartier || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters || Groom's Tuxedo: Oak Hall || Invitations & Paper Goods: RSVP Stationers || Florist: Holliday Flowers || Catering and Cake: Ms. Muff'n || Ceremony Music: Jane Smedley and Mary Jo Hoffsommer || Reception Music: Barley Legal, Dingo Entertainment || Favors: Patti Cakes || Transportation: Tennessee Limousine Service || Photographer: Erica Beckman of Clean Plate Pictures

—Jaimie Schoen

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"Once in a while...Right in the middle of an ordinary life...Love comes along and brings you a fairytale." From the proposal to the planning, ceremony to reception, Jennifer and Rob's Memphis, Tennessee wedding on April 27, 2013 was a fairytale, full of romantic and personal moments. Jennifer was completely surprised when Rob got down on one knee during a dinner celebrating her new job. The couple was surrounded by their friends and family as she said "yes!" and it was only natural that they said "I Do" in the same fashion.

Elegant romance was the vision, which Jennifer put together with help from her mother, her planner, and Pinterest. Blush, ivory, champagne, and a hint of pint created a dreamlike feel ideal for the evening celebration. And when the day finally came, Jennifer and Rob danced, ate and celebrated with the people they love most—especially one another.

For her 30th birthday, Rob took Jennifer to New York City and surprised her with a personal shopper for the day. She headed to Vera Wang, where she fell in love with a sleek strapless design with an intricate tulle skirt—a far cry from the embellished gown she'd pictured herself in.

Two lace garters, complete with pearl and crystal details, gave Jennifer's bridal ensemble a hidden touch of shine.

As Rob concluded his toast congratulating Jennifer on her new job, he looked at her and said "...and I want to take care of her for the rest of my life" and got down on one knee.

Crystal-embellished pumps shimmered beneath Jennifer's simple, elegant wedding gown.

For the formal church ceremony and elegant evening reception, Rob skipped the rental shop and purchased a suave custom tuxedo.

The silk ribbon on Jennifer's bouquet was fixed with a pearl brooch that belongs to her 100-year-old grandmother, as well as a tie bar from her late grandfather. Her grandmother wasn't able to attend, but the ceremony was streamed on Skype so that she could still be a part of the day.

White hydrangeas and peonies and blush garden roses matched the soft color scheme, while pink peonies added a pop of playful color.

The bridesmaids' bouquets featured blush garden roses and white hydrangeas, ranunculus and roses.

Jennifer's ten bridesmaids chose between strapless or one-shoulder chiffon gowns in blush. The simple shape flattered the clean, elegant design of Jennifer's gown.

The groomsmen wore tuxedos with bow ties, while Rob and the ring bearer wore straight ties for a slightly different look.

The couple's niece and goddaughter served as flower girls, while the bride's cousin's son was the ring bearer. The three were "so excited," performing beautifully even with such a long aisle in the church.

The fit-and-flare design of Jennifer's wedding dress beautifully flattered her curves. Waves of tulle on the skirt added visual interest and unique texture.

The ceremony took place at St. Peter Catholic Church in Memphis, but had both a Catholic priest and Methodist pastor perform the ceremony instead of having a full Catholic mass.

The church's ornate décor perfectly fit Jennifer and Rob's vision for a romantic fairytale wedding day.

Soft pink tulips and silver votive candles topped the tables, casting a warm glow over the room.

Tall silver candelabras, topped with tulips and peonies, were draped with crystals.

The wedding party's table was decorated with tall vases featuring submerged tulips and floating candles. Instead of favors, the couple offered their guests mint green cake pops and made a donation to the Humane Society in honor of their guests.

The ceiling was draped with soft tan fabric to create a romantic, intimate feel. Iron chandeliers covered in greenery were hung from the ceiling.

Each tier of Rob and Jennifer's wedding cake featured a different flavor, including raspberry, chocolate and strawberry. A delicate ivory lace pattern was piped on blush fondant, and the cake was topped with fresh pink peonies.

Guests were invited to leave notes and advice for the couple in an antique trunk.

The bride and groom left the ceremony in a shower of sparklers. Jennifer's advice for brides? "Just remember that, no matter what happens, this day is about you two. Make it special and don't worry about what everyone else thinks!"

Ceremony Venue: St. Peter Catholic Church, Memphis, TN || Reception Venue: National Ornamental Metal Museum || Planner: Amy Miller Weddings || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Hair: Tanzi Rene || Makeup: Seven Moore || Veil: Romona Keveza || Garter: Bridal By Vanessa || Shoes: Benjamin Adams || Jewelry: Attic of Treasures 2007 || Wedding Bands: Doron Jewelers, Cartier || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters || Groom's Tuxedo: Oak Hall || Invitations & Paper Goods: RSVP Stationers || Florist: Holliday Flowers || Catering and Cake: Ms. Muff'n || Ceremony Music: Jane Smedley and Mary Jo Hoffsommer || Reception Music: Barley Legal, Dingo Entertainment || Favors: Patti Cakes || Transportation: Tennessee Limousine Service || Photographer: Erica Beckman of Clean Plate Pictures

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