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 Timeless Seaside Wedding in Southampton, New York

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Dec 262013
 

A trip to office hours may not sound like an important occasion, but for Christina, now 28, her decision to chat with a friend on her way was. As the two women talked, a handsome man named Rashid (a friend of Christina's friend) stopped to join them. "I tried to play it cool and not stare at him too much–he had the nicest smile," says Christina. After ten minutes, Rashid, now 29, got up to leave. "It was only supposed to be a five minute break!" he says. Christina felt awful for keeping him, but his response melted her heart–and ours. "He said 'It was worth it, I got to meet you!'" Christina gushes. A few days later, they met for dinner, and that's when it all began.

For Christina's 26th birthday, Rashid planned a trip for the two of them to New York City. He booked a room at her favorite hotel, Ink48, and, after they were settled in, asked Christina if she wanted to go up to the roof to take some pictures. The rooftop was deserted, leaving Rashid and Christina alone with the panoramic city views. It was at that moment that he got down on one knee and asked her to spend the rest of her life with him.

The classically romantic couple headed to the New York town of Southampton on May 18, 2013, for their vineyard ceremony, then moved to a restaurant in nearby Hampton Bays for their 100-person reception. The seaside ambiance inspired their loosely nautical and perfectly timeless celebration.

"We wanted our wedding to be elegant," says Christina. Their beautiful wedding bands–hers pavéed in diamonds, his in a brushed finish–are as classic as they come.

Though the color scheme was mostly white with touches of blue, Christina added a few colorful flowers to the mix as a nod to their May wedding date. Both her bouquet and Rashid's boutonniere were made of light purple roses.

Christina fell in love with the Ali gown by Augusta Jones because of the beautiful lace. "The high-neck style was classic but form-fitting," she says. Covered buttons ran up the back of the bodice.

"Rashid and I love wine, and were so happy to share Duckwalk vineyard with our guests," says Christina. The outdoor ceremony took place overlooking the rows of vines. Small nosegays of hydrangeas and roses decorated the aisle. Christina was escorted down the aisle to "What a Wonderful World."

During the ceremony, the couple planted seeds together, symbolizing their union and how they will grow together as one. As they made their way back up the aisle, guests tossed red rose petals in celebration.

Christina accessorized her gown with a simple pearl bracelet. Blue pearl earrings served as her "something blue." Rashid wore engraved cufflinks and collar stays that Christina bought him as a wedding present.

"Having our reception at a restaurant saved us a lot of time and money," says Christina. "All the tables and chairs were included!"

The tables were topped with light blue linens and decorated with low white and green centerpieces. A printed menu marked each place. "Food and drink were a priority for us. The restaurant is delicious, and gave us lots of options," says the bride.

Instead of a traditional wedding cake, the couple served their favorite flavors, like classic red velvet and salted caramel, from Georgetown Cupcake. The cupcakes were personalized with anchors and the couple's monogram.

Rashid and Christina honeymooned along the French and Italian Riviera. "The hardest adjustment was coming back to work after such a fantastic trip!" says Christina.

Her advice is to know what you're capable of, as well as what your family is willing to help with. "We didn't have a day of coordinator, which was fine for us as we had a lot of family members volunteer to help with whatever we needed day-of," Christina says. "But if event planning is not your favorite thing and you just want to be able to coast through your big day, it might be worth the extra money to get a day-of coordinator or a planner!"

Ceremony Venue: Duckwalk Vineyard || Reception Venue: Oakland's Restaurant || Bride's Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones || Shoes: Adrianna Papell || Jewelry & Wedding Rings: David S. Diamonds || Hair: Martha Ellen Van Gemert of Headchop || Makeup: Shannon Park || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom's Tuxedo: Hugo Boss || Florist: Cathy of Roses & Rice || Invitations: Constance Sepulveda || Music: Art Strings Ensembles, DJ Will Buck || Cupcakes: Georgetown Cupcake || Favors: Tate's Bakeshop || Photography: Petruzzo Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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One Couple’s Elegant, Natural Wedding at Cherokee Plantation in South Carolina

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Dec 242013
 

What do you get when you mix natural Southern beauty with the glitz and glam of the Gatsby era? You get the September 29, 2012 wedding of Gillian, 31, and John, 32, an airy, sophisticated celebration that brings North and South together in perfect harmony.

Gillian and John met through a mutual friend on Nantucket during the summer of 2009. Their romance eventually brought them to New York City, where John got down on one knee on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A year later, the couple invited 70 of their nearest and dearest to spend three days with them at Cherokee Plantation in Yemessee, South Carolina. "My family has been going there to celebrate holidays for over a decade, and we were so happy to be able to share it with everyone," says Gillian. The couple and their guests spent the weekend playing golf, shooting sporting clays, riding horses, being pampered with massages–and celebrating at a beautifully timeless wedding that balanced elegance with Southern charm.

Gillian wore a classic fitted Ines DiSanto gown with a delicate lace overlay. "The back was open with tiny pearl buttons. I felt amazing in it!" she says. John wore a super formal white tuxedo jacket, which he paired with a classic black bow tie.

The formal invitation was written in a lovely blue ink, a twist on the traditional.

Gillian chose pewter Manolo Blahnik peep-toe pumps, complete with crystal brooches, to wear under her gown. John paired his tux with customized needlepoint cufflinks that commemorated their wedding date.

The bride carried a bouquet of white and cream roses, ranunculus, sweet peas and lilacs. John's cream rose boutonniere was tied with a navy blue ribbon.

The couple wed in a traditional outdoor ceremony. Urns full of hydrangeas, roses and greenery flanked the aisle and marked the altar.

The skies opened up just after the ceremony, sending guests running for the tent. "My favorite photo from the day was the most unexpected, taken as we giddily hurried to the tent under an oversized umbrella," says Gillian. Thankfully, the rain stopped 30 minutes later and the rest of the evening was beautiful and clear.

Soft draping transformed the tented reception into an elegant affair, while chandeliers strung from the ceiling cast a glow over the tables. Guests were seated at a variety of round, square, and rectangular tables. Some of the wooden tables were left uncovered, a nod to Cherokee Plantation's history.

A mix of high and low arrangements featured tulips, hydrangeas, peonies, and roses in shades of white, cream, pink, and lavender. Low mercury vases added a touch of shine to the otherwise simple tables. Textured tablecloths were used for another layer of visual interest.

Each place was set with a classic gold-rimmed charger. The menu was printed on pale green paper and cut to fit the plate. "It featured an image of one of Cherokee's oak trees, draped in Spanish moss," says Gillian. "I've loved that tree forever, and was thrilled to have it on my wedding menu!"

The simple two-tiered cake featured a floral applique pattern reminiscent of the bride's dress. "It was delicious!" she gushes.

Lounge seating areas beckoned guests (when they weren't on the dance floor, of course!). As dusk fell, the couple surprised their family and friends with a firework display to mark the happy occasion.

The couple departed through a wave of sparklers. "You set the tone for your wedding," says Gillian. "They feed off your energy. So don't stress! Remember: everyone there loves you and is there to see you have a good time."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cherokee Plantation || Wedding Planner: Ellen Robinson of WED || Bride's Wedding Dress: Ines DiSanto || Shoes: Manolo Blahnik || Hair & Makeup: Stuart Laurence Salon || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo Collection || Groom's Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren Black Label || Florist: Sara York Grimshaw Designs || Invitations: Studio R || Music: Big Ray and the Kool Kats || Catering: Cru Catering || Cake: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal || Rentals: Snyder Rentals || Lighting: Technical Event Company || Videography: Siegel FIlms || Photography: Marni Rothschild Pictures

&mdash:Jaimie Schoen

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A Charming Country Wedding at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri

 Classic, Elegant, Fall, JLM Couture, Missouri, Monique Lhuillier, Preppy, Real Weddings, Rustic, Winter  Comments Off on A Charming Country Wedding at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri
Dec 042013
 

When a wedding has this much rustic, country charm, you know the bride and groom must have a strong connection to cowboys and moonshine. For Luke, 30, and Jen, 34, there was no question that their wedding would feature feathers, antlers, and plenty of cowboy hats. In 2009, Jen and Luke were both in Nashville for a Professional Bull Riding event. She was there to watch from the stands, while he was center-stage on the back of a bull. Jen quickly became familiar with the Professional Bull Riding world, falling in love with the sport as she fell in love with Luke.

In December of 2011, Luke got down on one knee in front of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City. The couple got to work planning their dream wedding in Missouri's Ozark Mountains, heading to a place they've loved and returned to for years - Big Cedar Lodge. They let the resort inspire their wedding, turning to nature and cowboy style, dressing it up for their rustically elegant celebration.

Just six days after competing in the World Finals, Luke donned his cowboy hat and Jen put on a gorgeous gown for a memorable night full of love and laughter.

The forest-themed invitation suite let guests know they were in for a woodland escape.

A Lazaro wedding ball gown with an embellished bodice and full skirt.

Jen wore a voluminous Lazaro ball gown with an embellished bodice. She topped her dress with a fur stole in honor of her late grandmother. She wasn't able to find her grandmother's, but purchased a beautiful stole at a vintage store. The stole has a hand-embroidered silk patch inside with a mysterious set of initials. "I'd like to think it belonged to someone else's beloved grandmother," says Jen.

Jen's simple bouquet featured white roses, scabiosa pods, dusty miller leaves, and ranunculuses.

The bride and groom at a rustic wedding at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri.

Bridesmaids in Monique Lhuillier chiffon dresses.

Luke paired his tuxedo with a black cowboy hat. His boutonniere featured two pheasant feathers.

Jen's bridesmaids wore strapless chiffon dresses and carried bouquets that matched the bride's. The groomsmen, like Luke, wore tuxedos and cowboy hats. Three of the groomsmen were also professional bull riders.

Bride being escorted down the aisle by her fathers.

Jen had both of her fathers escort her down the aisle to the outdoor wedding ceremony. Big Cedar Lodge's terrace and sweeping Ozark views provided a gorgeous backdrop for Luke and Jen's vows.

A sign for the bride and groom at a wedding at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri.

Jen's sister was responsible for the majority of the wedding's décor. Clusters of candles, logs, antlers, and feathers helped create the feeling of a gentleman's hunting lodge.

Western-inspired dcor at a wedding in the Ozarks.

Vignettes of saddles and rope, books, feathers and comfy, worn leather furniture kept the wedding as far as possible from a traditional ballroom feel. Cozy seating (and buckets of ice-cold beer) encouraged guests to wander and mingle throughout the evening.

A board covered in moss and edged with horseshoes served as the place card display. Guests' names were written on simple tags and hung with horseshoe nails.

Wedding centerpieces with antlers, roses, and hydrangeas in log troughs.

The simple, elegant tables were topped with troughs that appeared to be carved from tree trunks. Antlers punctuated overflowing arrangements of white roses, hydrangeas and fresh herbs.

The three-tiered wedding cake featured freshly-ground almond cake with layers of strawberry jam. The cake topper was a nod to the hunting lodge motif, as well as the bride and groom's love of the outdoors.

Later in the evening, guests headed outdoors to make s'mores over the fire.

The bride and groom's getaway car was a vintage pickup truck, complete with strings of cans.

Jen and Luke's advice is to stick with what you know and love. "We spent a weekend at Big Cedar Lodge a few months after we started dating. We both remember that weekend as the one when we first fell in love. It only seemed fitting to return for our wedding," says Jen.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Big Cedar Lodge || Event Design: Julie Manna, Sister of the Bride || Bride's Wedding Dress: Lazaro || Hair: Jared Cluck of Studio 417 || Makeup: Melissa Britt || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier || Groom's Suit: Black by Vera Wang || Groomsmen's Boots: Ariat || Wedding Bands: The Jewelers of Las Vegas || Florist: Ron Johnson, The Thicket || Invitations: Tupy Boutique || Catering & Cake: Big Cedar Lodge || Favors: Moonshine from Big Cedar Lodge || Photography: Love Is a Big Deal

—Jaimie Schoen

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

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

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

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

Diamond engagement ring.

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

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

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

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

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

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

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

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

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

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

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

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

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

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

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

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

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

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

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

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

Black and white funfetti wedding cake with pink peonies.

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

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

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

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

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

—Jaimie Schoen

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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 Remote Mountain Wedding in Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado

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Nov 112013
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Rustic Pennsylvania Wedding at The Yellow House of Willowdale

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Nov 042013
 

When Tracey and Jake first met, their friends thought they were "as ideally matched as a pit bull and a kitten," says Tracey. She was a city girl from New York and Jake was a recent Kentucky transplant, but after a few months of friendship, Jake finally kissed Tracey at his birthday party, and they were inseparable from then on.

Horses played a significant role in the couple's relationship—they met on a horse-breeding farm, and share a mutual love of horses and racing. When, after seven years of dating and the birth of their daughter Isabella Grace, Jake decided it was time to propose, he dreamed up an incredible plan that involved sponsoring a polo match and proposing as they gave the trophy to the winning team. Tracey, however, was getting impatient. So, with her favorite song playing as they sat on the deck under the stars, Jake got down on one knee.

After such a long courtship, none of their 115 guests were surprised when it took three years for the couple to walk down the aisle. But their patience was rewarded on September 14, 2013, at a comfortable wedding with a day-at-the-races vibe that focused on, in the bride's words, "dancing, drinking, and noshing."

A single horseshoe, as well as a venue that is part of the Steeplechase Circuit, were a nod to the thing that brought the couple together.

Tracey always thought she wanted a romantic lace dress--so much so that she tried on, and fell in love with, one during her dress-shopping trip. Her mother talked her out of pulling out her credit card in order to attend their final appointment at another shop. There, she found a timeless Romona Keveza gown that put the lace dress quickly out of her mind.

The bride faced another bout of indecision with her shoes. She ended up buying four pairs! The shoes she wore down the aisle, a pair of Christian Louboutin wedges swathed in silver glitter, were a gift from her mother.

Jake and Tracey's daughter wore a dress with similar details to her mother's gown. The simple shape featured a delicate overlay and an oversized bow at the back.

All of the bouquets featured roses and hydrangeas. Tracey's bouquet, all-white with a few tiny hints of purple, was finished with a tiny photo locket featuring a picture of her late aunt, who'd been a second mother to her during her childhood in Long Island.

The bridesmaids and flower girls wore knee-length chiffon dresses in a warm gray hue. "Our wedding was so close to fall but it still very much felt like summer, so fall colors were out. The gray was lovely against the flowers!" says Tracey.

Jake and his groomsmen wore linen, with Jake in a suit, his best man in a vest and the rest in linen pants and a white shirt. Instead of flowers, Jake's boutonniere was made of wheat and rosemary, tied with twine to a horseshoeing nail.

The simple ceremony took place beneath the branches of a 200-year-old tree. Guests sat on fabric-covered bales of hay, with mismatched chairs reserved for the guests of honor.

A chalkboard took the place of ceremony programs, listing everything from the officiant to wedding party.

On both sides of the aisle, special seats were reserved for family members who had passed, including Tracey's aunt and Jake's brother.

Food and drink were incredibly important to the couple, who wanted to make sure their guests were taken care of. Sweet tea and strawberry basil lemonade were offered as non-alcoholic choices during the ceremony, then spiked with vodka during the reception.

Tracey was escorted down the aisle by her daughter and Dane, a dear family friend. Jake lost his brother when he was 14, and Dane has taken on that role. At the beginning of Tracey and Jake's relationship, they joked that Dane would walk her down the aisle. Says Tracey, "when the day finally came, I asked Dane and he was there for me."

As a symbol of Tracey, Jake and Isabella Grace officially joining as a family, the bride and groom gifted their daughter with a small diamond solitaire necklace. Tracey won the necklace at a silent auction a few months before the wedding. Just as the auction was closing, Tracey intercepted a woman who was about to place a bid. She told the woman why she and Jake wanted the necklace so badly, and the woman let them win! Tracey hopes that Isabella Grace will pass the necklace on to her own child one day.

Though the bride's gown came with a modern, crystal-embellished belt, she was hoping for something a little more romantic so she purchased a belt made of satin ribbon embellished with a lace flower and feathers. The belt matched her delicate hair comb.

A chiffon layer added a soft, romantic feel to Tracey's simply elegant wedding dress.

Fabric-covered letters decorated a tree leading from the ceremony to the reception. The fall-inspired floral patterns tied beautifully into the location.

Tracey's florist, Ali Smith of Burlap and Blooms, also served as the couple's event planner. They gave her free reign, allowing her to transform the venue into an elegant country celebration.

Wedding centerpiece of purple and white hydrangeas.
Arrangement of pink and white roses and hydrangeas.

Little vignettes were set up around the property, encouraging guests to wander and explore. Here, hay bales covered with blankets and pillows provided a place for guests to gather and take in the view.

Old ladders were covered with loose arrangements of flowers and vintage books. Tracey and Jake displayed photographs from their childhood, as well as moments from throughout their relationship.

A country wedding wouldn't be complete without s'mores! Chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows were available for guests to enjoy later in the evening.

Instead of dancing with her own father, Tracey chose to have the father-daughter dance be between Jake and the couple's daughter, Isabella Grace.

Like many brides, Tracey saw her dream wedding cake on Pinterest. "It looked like it was covered in burlap and overlayed with lace and small white flowers," says Tracey. Her baker was able to recreate the cake, filling it with layers of sweet potato cake and raspberry pound cake.

With five flower girls, it was no surprise that the s'mores bar was a huge success! And the weeks and months since the wedding have been, in Tracey's words, "a dream." Jake and Tracey's daughter recently began kindergarten, so the couple has yet to take their honeymoon. In fact, they're looking for suggestions! They've narrowed it down to either Greece and Croatia or Bora Bora and Tahiti.

Tracey's advice for brides is to find vendors that are also your friends. "If you can find people you trust," she says, "you won't have a single worry." Isn't that the wedding-planning dream?

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Yellow House of Willowdale || Planner & Floral Designer: Ali Smith of Burlap & Blooms || Bride's Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza Couture, via The Wedding Shoppe || Shoes: Christian Louboutin || Makeup & Hair: Sherif Zaki, Courtney Turner, Julie Cochran, Clayton Stacey and Sheri Stafford of Sherif Zaki Haute Coiffure || Bridesmaids' and Flower Girls' Dresses: Watters, via Van Cleve Collection || Jewelry: Family Heirlooms/Vintage || Invitations: Apropos || Catering: Sovana Bistro || Cake: Sweet Jazmine's || Music: Silver Sounds Disc Jockeys || Favors: A Donation to LaMancha Animal Rescue || Photography: Beth Erisman Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Rustic Pennsylvania Wedding at The Yellow House of Willowdale

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Nov 042013
 

When Tracey and Jake first met, their friends thought they were "as ideally matched as a pit bull and a kitten," says Tracey. She was a city girl from New York and Jake was a recent Kentucky transplant, but after a few months of friendship, Jake finally kissed Tracey at his birthday party, and they were inseparable from then on.

Horses played a significant role in the couple's relationship—they met on a horse-breeding farm, and share a mutual love of horses and racing. When, after seven years of dating and the birth of their daughter Isabella Grace, Jake decided it was time to propose, he dreamed up an incredible plan that involved sponsoring a polo match and proposing as they gave the trophy to the winning team. Tracey, however, was getting impatient. So, with her favorite song playing as they sat on the deck under the stars, Jake got down on one knee.

After such a long courtship, none of their 115 guests were surprised when it took three years for the couple to walk down the aisle. But their patience was rewarded on September 14, 2013, at a comfortable wedding with a day-at-the-races vibe that focused on, in the bride's words, "dancing, drinking, and noshing."

A single horseshoe, as well as a venue that is part of the Steeplechase Circuit, were a nod to the thing that brought the couple together.

Tracey always thought she wanted a romantic lace dress--so much so that she tried on, and fell in love with, one during her dress-shopping trip. Her mother talked her out of pulling out her credit card in order to attend their final appointment at another shop. There, she found a timeless Romona Keveza gown that put the lace dress quickly out of her mind.

The bride faced another bout of indecision with her shoes. She ended up buying four pairs! The shoes she wore down the aisle, a pair of Christian Louboutin wedges swathed in silver glitter, were a gift from her mother.

Jake and Tracey's daughter wore a dress with similar details to her mother's gown. The simple shape featured a delicate overlay and an oversized bow at the back.

All of the bouquets featured roses and hydrangeas. Tracey's bouquet, all-white with a few tiny hints of purple, was finished with a tiny photo locket featuring a picture of her late aunt, who'd been a second mother to her during her childhood in Long Island.

The bridesmaids and flower girls wore knee-length chiffon dresses in a warm gray hue. "Our wedding was so close to fall but it still very much felt like summer, so fall colors were out. The gray was lovely against the flowers!" says Tracey.

Jake and his groomsmen wore linen, with Jake in a suit, his best man in a vest and the rest in linen pants and a white shirt. Instead of flowers, Jake's boutonniere was made of wheat and rosemary, tied with twine to a horseshoeing nail.

The simple ceremony took place beneath the branches of a 200-year-old tree. Guests sat on fabric-covered bales of hay, with mismatched chairs reserved for the guests of honor.

A chalkboard took the place of ceremony programs, listing everything from the officiant to wedding party.

On both sides of the aisle, special seats were reserved for family members who had passed, including Tracey's aunt and Jake's brother.

Food and drink were incredibly important to the couple, who wanted to make sure their guests were taken care of. Sweet tea and strawberry basil lemonade were offered as non-alcoholic choices during the ceremony, then spiked with vodka during the reception.

Tracey was escorted down the aisle by her daughter and Dane, a dear family friend. Jake lost his brother when he was 14, and Dane has taken on that role. At the beginning of Tracey and Jake's relationship, they joked that Dane would walk her down the aisle. Says Tracey, "when the day finally came, I asked Dane and he was there for me."

As a symbol of Tracey, Jake and Isabella Grace officially joining as a family, the bride and groom gifted their daughter with a small diamond solitaire necklace. Tracey won the necklace at a silent auction a few months before the wedding. Just as the auction was closing, Tracey intercepted a woman who was about to place a bid. She told the woman why she and Jake wanted the necklace so badly, and the woman let them win! Tracey hopes that Isabella Grace will pass the necklace on to her own child one day.

Though the bride's gown came with a modern, crystal-embellished belt, she was hoping for something a little more romantic so she purchased a belt made of satin ribbon embellished with a lace flower and feathers. The belt matched her delicate hair comb.

A chiffon layer added a soft, romantic feel to Tracey's simply elegant wedding dress.

Fabric-covered letters decorated a tree leading from the ceremony to the reception. The fall-inspired floral patterns tied beautifully into the location.

Tracey's florist, Ali Smith of Burlap and Blooms, also served as the couple's event planner. They gave her free reign, allowing her to transform the venue into an elegant country celebration.

Wedding centerpiece of purple and white hydrangeas.
Arrangement of pink and white roses and hydrangeas.

Little vignettes were set up around the property, encouraging guests to wander and explore. Here, hay bales covered with blankets and pillows provided a place for guests to gather and take in the view.

Old ladders were covered with loose arrangements of flowers and vintage books. Tracey and Jake displayed photographs from their childhood, as well as moments from throughout their relationship.

A country wedding wouldn't be complete without s'mores! Chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows were available for guests to enjoy later in the evening.

Instead of dancing with her own father, Tracey chose to have the father-daughter dance be between Jake and the couple's daughter, Isabella Grace.

Like many brides, Tracey saw her dream wedding cake on Pinterest. "It looked like it was covered in burlap and overlayed with lace and small white flowers," says Tracey. Her baker was able to recreate the cake, filling it with layers of sweet potato cake and raspberry pound cake.

With five flower girls, it was no surprise that the s'mores bar was a huge success! And the weeks and months since the wedding have been, in Tracey's words, "a dream." Jake and Tracey's daughter recently began kindergarten, so the couple has yet to take their honeymoon. In fact, they're looking for suggestions! They've narrowed it down to either Greece and Croatia or Bora Bora and Tahiti.

Tracey's advice for brides is to find vendors that are also your friends. "If you can find people you trust," she says, "you won't have a single worry." Isn't that the wedding-planning dream?

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Yellow House of Willowdale || Planner & Floral Designer: Ali Smith of Burlap & Blooms || Bride's Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza Couture, via The Wedding Shoppe || Shoes: Christian Louboutin || Makeup & Hair: Sherif Zaki, Courtney Turner, Julie Cochran, Clayton Stacey and Sheri Stafford of Sherif Zaki Haute Coiffure || Bridesmaids' and Flower Girls' Dresses: Watters, via Van Cleve Collection || Jewelry: Family Heirlooms/Vintage || Invitations: Apropos || Catering: Sovana Bistro || Cake: Sweet Jazmine's || Music: Silver Sounds Disc Jockeys || Favors: A Donation to LaMancha Animal Rescue || Photography: Beth Erisman Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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Oct 072013
 
nantucket wedding kate headley photography

Photo: Kate Headley

For Tricia, a 35-year-old director of a lifestyle concierge company, and Brendan, 38, director of a top group of D.C. summer camps, nothing matched the beauty of a Nantucket sunset. The couple (and their family and friends) vacationed on the preppy, nautical Massachusetts island before, and Tricia and Brendon couldn't think of a more perfect place to celebrate their 10 years together. (After three years as friends, they dated for seven years before Brendan proposed at Rock Creek Park in their native D.C.) On September 21, 2012, the couple wed in front of 200 guests at a quaint local church, followed by a Saturday evening white-tented reception at the Westmoor Club, nestled high in a hill with ocean views. The space was filled with lush flowers and vintage-inspired décor in soft, dusky shades, a nod to Nantucket's laid-back vibe. The next night, guests stuck around for a high-spirited beach party—think bright Mexican blankets, sangria, and lobster quesadillas—at Millie's, a local restaurant owned by a friend of Tricia and Brendan's.

nantucket wedding outdoor ceremonynantucket wedding invitations Cheree Berry

Photo: Kate Headley

Celebrity stationer Cheree Berry designed Tricia and Brendon's invitation suite, which featured an ivory and slate grey letterpressed card. Their invitations reflected the couple's color palette: apricot, smoky lavender, slate, sand and sea-mist blue, inspired by colors painted in the unforgettable sunsets the couple remembers from their summers on the island.

preppy wedding dress nantucket weddingrainy day wedding nantucket

Photo: Kate Headley

Tricia's sleek chignon held up despite the rain. A fingertip veil and drop pearl earrings fit right in with her classic white ride as she arrived at the ceremony.

nantucket wedding ceremony programnantucket wedding arrival

Photo: Kate Headley

Tricia and Brendan were married in a traditional Friday night Catholic ceremony at St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church. Along with the church's deacon, a longtime reverend friend and former teacher of Brendan's officiated the service. Having a friendly face marry them, Tricia says, "added a wonderful personal touch" to their traditional ceremony.

nantucket wedding traditional church ceremonynantucket wedding ceremony

Photo: Kate Headley

The church's driftwood-grey façade and whitewashed interior gelled perfectly with the couple's natural, elegant aesthetic. The chapel looked even more soft and sophisticated when swirls of grapevine, woven through with smilax greenery and trailing blush roses, were tied into each pew with cream-colored ribbon.

nantucket wedding bride

Photo: Kate Headley

The bride wore two dresses. For the ceremony, she chose a Junko Yoshioka organza dress because it felt, she says, "light, breezy, comfortable, and church-appropriate". The dress featured a V-neck, spaghetti straps, a satin belt detail, and a full, feminine skirt. Tricia carried a simple, textural bouquet of grey lavender amnesia roses, tied with accents of Queen Anne's lace. For the reception, she changed into an Elizabeth Fillmore bias-cut satin slip dress, with floral applique detailing on the straps—the better to dance in, of course!

nantucket wedding bride's shoes

Photo: Kate Headley

Tricia's ultra-feminine, gilded pumps—the perfect complement to her traditional ball gown—were designed by Valentino.

Nantucket wedding family

Photo: Kate Headley

Tricia and Brendan's families loved the island as much as they did, after summer getaways to the beachy hideaway. Tricia's brother and Brendan's brother and sister served as attendants—Tricia's brother on her side; Brendon's siblings on his. The bride carried a bouquet of grey lavender amnesia roses and Queen Anne's lace, while a purple eggplant calla lily boutonniere added a pop of color to Brendon's blue suit.

nantucket wedding venue

Photo: Kate Headley

When rain dampened the couple's plan to host the cocktail hour on the Westmoor Club's garden terrace, the couple moved the party inside, filling the club's indoor space with hundreds of pillar and votive candles. "No one knew it was a backup plan!" Tricia says.

nantucket wedding arrival tent

Photo: Kate Headley

Tricia and Brendon's reception was held in two weatherproof sailcloth tents (perfect for the rainy night). Guests used one tent for dinner and dancing, and the other for cocktails and hors d'ouvres.

nantucket wedding menu

Photo: Kate Headley

During the cocktail hour, the couple serve a delicious raw bar with Nantucket classics, like Duxbury oysters, Blue Point clams, and Madaket clams.

nantucket wedding raw bar

Photo: Kate Headley

Tricia and Brendan's raw bar was served out of a wooden boat—could any idea be more island-appropriate? "We placed nautical lanterns, netting, grasses and shells around the boat for a creative display," Tricia says.

nantucket wedding signature cocktail

Photo: Kate Headley

Guests could choose from two signature cocktails: a Dark and Stormy—Brendan's favorite—and a Bellini—Tricia's mom's favorite.

nantucket wedding favors

Photo: Kate Headley

At the cocktail hour, guests could also grab cashmere pashminas in a range of sunset hues to stay warm.

nantucket wedding escort cards

Photo: Kate Headley

The couple hosted 200 guests, a big party for an island destination wedding. Luckily, Tricia says, every detail was made easy with the help of planner Allison Jackson and her team.

nantucket wedding escort table

Photo: Kate Headley

Flowers at the reception ranged from shades of cream to champagne, blush to dusky lavender, with accents of apricot and deeper plum. "We used a mixture of soft, large bloom flowers such as hydrangea, roses, dahlia, lisianthus and stock," Tricia explains.

nantucket wedding table numbers

Photo: Kate Headley

Flowers were placed in mercury glass containers, Nantucket baskets, grey weathered stone pots, painted wooden boxes and rustic garden urns—a nod to Nantucket style without any added nautical kitsch.

nantucket wedding centerpiece lantern

Photo: Kate Headley

Tin lanterns punched with star shapes and filled with votive candles heightened the laid-back, romantic vibe.

nantucket wedding arrival reception tables

Photo: Kate Headley

"One of my favorite details from the reception were the wooden trellises suspended in the dinner tent," Tricia says. "Climbing roses indigenous to the area were woven through trellis panels and suspended from the ceiling." Vines and hanging mercury votives completed the romantic enchanted-garden look.

nantucket wedding reception

Photo: Kate Headley

The ivory-and-slate striped tablecloths were laden with a delicious meal that incorporated local produce from Bartlett's Farm, Nantucket's oldest and largest family-owned farm. Guests nibbled on heirloom tomatoes served with locally made burrata, and then chose from an entrée of grilled filet or grilled shrimp. Tricia and Brendon eschewed a traditional wedding cake in favor of a make-your-own-shortbread station, where guests piled shortbread biscuits with fruit and whipped cream. Cookie jars and pedestal plates held a variety of homemade cookies, which revelers could take home at the end of the night. To top it all off, French fries and reubens were passed around, to everyone's delight, during the after-party.

nantucket wedding centerpiece

Photo: Kate Headley

The next night, the couple hosted a "Day After the Wedding" bash at Millie's, a restaurant on surfing hotspot Madaket Beach. At the waterfront fiesta, Tricia and Brendan went for a casual, colorful vibe with lively flower arrangements of zinnias, roses, coxcomb and small citrus fruits. Bright Mexican blankets, jars filled with beach sand, a signature sangria recipe, and a make-your-own-taco station rounded out the vibrant affair.

nantucket wedding kiss

Photo: Kate Headley

For their first dance, Tricia and Brendan swayed to an acoustic version of "You and Me" by the Dave Matthews Band, played by the Red Hook Orchestra. Later, Tricia, says, she danced with her brother Trip to "You Are Always On My Mind" by Willie Nelson as a sweet and subtle tribute to their late father. All in all, it was a magical weekend: looking back, Tricia says, "our indelible memories come from an amazing three days on an island we love with the family and friends most special to us."

Ceremony Venue: St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church || Reception Venue: The Westmoor Club || Planner: Allison Jackson, Pineapple Productions || Bride's Wedding Dress: Junko Yoshioka and Elizabeth Fillmore via Carine's Bridal Atelier || Makeup: Lora Kelley || Hair: Ismael Tekin || Invitations and Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper || Calligraphy: Arney Walker Calligraphy || Florist: Marcy and Thom Green, Dragonfly || Tents: Nantucket Tents || Rentals: New England Country Rentals || Catering: The Westmoor Club || Music: Red Hook Orchestra || Transportation: Cranberry Transportation || Photography: Kate Headley

—Amanda First

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