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You’re Going to Want to Watch This Flash Mob Marriage Proposal (Hula Hoops and Dancing and Gardens, Oh My!)

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Oct 252013
 

A flash mob of dancing hula hoopers might not be your idea of a romantic marriage proposal, but for Jo Mondy, the surprise performance (choreographed and led by her gold Spandex-wearing boyfriend Andy Broughton) was perfect.

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Mondy, who runs a hula hooping school in England (don't worry, we didn't know this was a thing, either—but sign us up!) thought she was just going on a picnic with friends when she visited Brighton's Pavilion Gardens on Oct. 6. Even when dozens of her students came out of a nearby building dressed in color-coordinated outfits, an elaborate, viral video-worthy proposal never crossed her mind. "Most of the people in the flash mob were my friends and students that I teach," Mondy told The Argus, "At first I thought they'd put something together for me as their teacher, but I was getting really confused as to why Andy was leading it all."

The three-minute performance ended with Broughton running through a tunnel of hula hoopers and getting on one knee to propose to Mondy, whose shock is obvious. As far as unexpected proposals go, this one is pretty darn adorable—not only did her fiancé incorporate things she loves and people that are important to her, he pulled it off without her ever having an inkling of what was going on! "He's an art director and really creative but I didn't predict that," says Mondy.

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So what will the Broughton-Mondy wedding look like? The dancers performed in royal purple and gold getups, so it seems there are already some strong contenders for purple bridesmaid dresses, perhaps. What we're sure every guest at the wedding will be waiting for is their first dance. Will they shimmy with hula hoops? What about another group dance number with friends and family? Either way, it seems like there's a pretty good chance for a second viral wedding video in this couple's future.

—Caitlin Van Horn

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A Cozy Fall Wedding at an Undiscovered Washington, D.C. Venue

 Anna Maier Ulla-Maija, Classic, Fall, Purple, Real Weddings, Red, Romantic, Traditional, Washington D.C.  Comments Off on A Cozy Fall Wedding at an Undiscovered Washington, D.C. Venue
Oct 172013
 

Freshman orientation can be a blur of new names and faces, but when Terri and Curt, now both 26, met during their first few days at Tufts University, they both knew that they had met someone they wouldn't soon forget. Within hours, Curt knew that Terri was The One, and that was that.

A few years later, Curt prepared a candlelit dinner for Terri as their weekly date night. The meal came to an end with a single star-dotted Baci, Terri's favorite chocolate. Calling upon a game Terri plays with her sister before opening fortune cookies, Curt suggested that Terri ask a question for the quote inside the Baci wrapper to answer. Referencing the meal Curt had just prepared, she asked, "How did I end up with such a wonderful guy?" as she opened the wrapper. Curt fell to one knee and presented Terri with a ring as she read the question concealed inside - "Will you marry me?" Says Terri, "I was in disbelief!"

On October 20, 2012, they invited 120 guests to join them at a celebration full of love, whimsy and the cozy comforts of fall.

"St. Francis Hall was the perfect venue with its exposed beams, wooden floors, and rustic charm," says the bride. "It was really the perfect venue, hidden within D.C. We would have never discovered the venue without our wedding planner's help. After stepping onto the grounds of St. Francis, it felt as though we were transported to an old town in Europe."

Terri paired her fluted Anna Maier ~ Ulla Maija wedding dress with sparkling gold pumps from Kelly & Katie, a gift from her sister. She knew that she wanted a fit-and-flare style with lace, and fell in love with the details of her gown—but only after trying on more than 20 styles in her quest for the perfect dress.

An organza belt and birdcage veil (made by a close family friend who also did her hair) put the finishing touches on Terri's wedding day look. To play off her gown's romantic vibe, she carried a loose bouquet of dahlias, cymbidium orchids and freesia. Scattered orange hypernicum berries added a subtle hint of fall.

Terri's bridesmaids wore floor-length Bari Jay dresses in a cheery coral hue. Their gold leaf earrings were a gift from the bride. The jewelry maker created a special pair of coordinating earrings for Terri, whose ears aren't pierced.

Curt and Terri said "I Do" at an outdoor ceremony on the lawn of St. Francis Hall. The aisle was lined with mason jars overflowing with soft pink and cream dinner plate dahlias.

The ceremony was a mix of religious and secular, designed to be reverent but also comfortable for the couple and their guests. Their readings were followed by a unity cup ceremony which, fitting with the season, featured warm apple cider. After their first kiss, the bride and groom headed back up the aisle to an instrumental version of First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes.

A teal runner, topped with orange napkins and white pumpkins, "evokes the richness and beauty of fall without being the basic orange, red, and yellow," says Terri. Long tables spanned the space to turn the reception into a great hall feast.

Table assignments were hand-written on cards shaped like leaves, which Terri pinned to lengths of twine.

The couple sought out a venue with warmth and character for their fall-inspired wedding. St. Francis Hall, with exposed beams and rustic charm hidden within D.C., fit the bill perfectly.

Terri and Curt took a spin on the dance floor to Etta James' At Last for their first dance. Curt worked closely with the DJ to compile a list of music choices, and his handiwork kept guests on the dance floor all night. Being surrounded by the love of their family and friends was a surreal experience. "After two years of planning and envisioning our wedding, having everything come together so well was a huge accomplishment for us."

Ceremony and Reception Venue: St. Francis Hall || Planner: Pavaune Pearson of Invited Special Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Anna Maier Ulla-Maija via Hitched Salon || Shoes: Kelly & Katie || Makeup: Dawn Newsome || Hair and Veil: Mairelis Sanchez || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bari Jay || Accessories: TheHoneyCup and SevenNin9 Shoppe || Invitations and Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas || Escort Cards: Jen Aitchison || Florist: Growing Wild Floral Company || Catering: Putting on the Ritz || Music: MyDeeJay || Favors: Baci || Transportation: UberBLACK || Photography: Michelle VanTine

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Romantic Fall Wedding at Renaissance-Inspired Washington, D.C. Venue

 Anna Maier Ulla-Maija, Classic, Fall, Purple, Real Weddings, Red, Romantic, Traditional, Washington D.C.  Comments Off on A Romantic Fall Wedding at Renaissance-Inspired Washington, D.C. Venue
Oct 172013
 

Freshman orientation can be a blur of new names and faces, but when Terri and Curt, now both 26, met during their first few days at Tufts University, they both knew that they had met someone they wouldn't soon forget. Within hours, Curt knew that Terri was The One, and that was that.

A few years later, Curt prepared a candlelit dinner for Terri as their weekly date night. The meal came to an end with a single star-dotted Baci, Terri's favorite chocolate. Calling upon a game Terri plays with her sister before opening fortune cookies, Curt suggested that Terri ask a question for the quote inside the Baci wrapper to answer. Referencing the meal Curt had just prepared, she asked, "How did I end up with such a wonderful guy?" as she opened the wrapper. Curt fell to one knee and presented Terri with a ring as she read the question concealed inside - "Will you marry me?" Says Terri, "I was in disbelief!"

On October 20, 2012, they invited 120 guests to join them at a celebration full of love, whimsy and the cozy comforts of fall.

"St. Francis Hall was the perfect venue with its exposed beams, wooden floors, and rustic charm," says the bride. "It was really the perfect venue, hidden within D.C. We would have never discovered the venue without our wedding planner's help. After stepping onto the grounds of St. Francis, it felt as though we were transported to an old town in Europe."

Terri paired her fluted Anna Maier ~ Ulla Maija wedding dress with sparkling gold pumps from Kelly & Katie, a gift from her sister. She knew that she wanted a fit-and-flare style with lace, and fell in love with the details of her gown—but only after trying on more than 20 styles in her quest for the perfect dress.

An organza belt and birdcage veil (made by a close family friend who also did her hair) put the finishing touches on Terri's wedding day look. To play off her gown's romantic vibe, she carried a loose bouquet of dahlias, cymbidium orchids and freesia. Scattered orange hypernicum berries added a subtle hint of fall.

Terri's bridesmaids wore floor-length Bari Jay dresses in a cheery coral hue. Their gold leaf earrings were a gift from the bride. The jewelry maker created a special pair of coordinating earrings for Terri, whose ears aren't pierced.

Curt and Terri said "I Do" at an outdoor ceremony on the lawn of St. Francis Hall. The aisle was lined with mason jars overflowing with soft pink and cream dinner plate dahlias.

The ceremony was a mix of religious and secular, designed to be reverent but also comfortable for the couple and their guests. Their readings were followed by a unity cup ceremony which, fitting with the season, featured warm apple cider. After their first kiss, the bride and groom headed back up the aisle to an instrumental version of First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes.

A teal runner, topped with orange napkins and white pumpkins, "evokes the richness and beauty of fall without being the basic orange, red, and yellow," says Terri. Long tables spanned the space to turn the reception into a great hall feast.

Table assignments were hand-written on cards shaped like leaves, which Terri pinned to lengths of twine.

The couple sought out a venue with warmth and character for their fall-inspired wedding. St. Francis Hall, with exposed beams and rustic charm hidden within D.C., fit the bill perfectly.

Terri and Curt took a spin on the dance floor to Etta James' At Last for their first dance. Curt worked closely with the DJ to compile a list of music choices, and his handiwork kept guests on the dance floor all night. Being surrounded by the love of their family and friends was a surreal experience. "After two years of planning and envisioning our wedding, having everything come together so well was a huge accomplishment for us."

Ceremony and Reception Venue: St. Francis Hall || Planner: Pavaune Pearson of Invited Special Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Anna Maier Ulla-Maija via Hitched Salon || Shoes: Kelly & Katie || Makeup: Dawn Newsome || Hair and Veil: Mairelis Sanchez || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bari Jay || Accessories: TheHoneyCup and SevenNin9 Shoppe || Invitations and Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas || Escort Cards: Jen Aitchison || Florist: Growing Wild Floral Company || Catering: Putting on the Ritz || Music: MyDeeJay || Favors: Baci || Transportation: UberBLACK || Photography: Michelle VanTine

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Traditional Fall Wedding at New York City’s University Club

 Classic, Jenny Yoo, New York, Purple, Real Weddings, Reem Acra, Romantic, Traditional, White/Ivory  Comments Off on A Traditional Fall Wedding at New York City’s University Club
Sep 112013
 
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Photo: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios

Sarah and Scott met in 2004 while studying abroad in London. But when their stint overseas was over, their relationship was not. "We maintained a long distance relationship through college," said Sarah, "and then I moved to New York and he moved to Washington, D.C."

Nearly six years later, inside the library room of Washington, D.C.'s Jefferson Hotel, the couple became engaged. "A couple of minutes after we sat down, a waiter came in with a bottle of champagne and a note that read 'will you marry me?'" Sarah recalled. She turned to Scott and found him on one knee, holding a cushion-cut diamond ring. "Fifteen minutes later, our mothers walked in—they had flown to D.C. without me knowing."

Wedding planning began immediately. In just six short months, Sarah and Scott had planned the quintessential New York City wedding. The couple picked Manhattan's

Just after sun down on November 12, 2011, the pair said "I do" in a traditional Jewish ceremony. Sarah's parents walked her down the aisle, which was scattered with white rose petals. She met her groom to "Legends of the Fall" by Dodi Li.

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The bride wore a delicately beaded The King and I. And it had me at the title," Sarah said. "The King and I was one of my favorite movies growing up."

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The bride worked with Manhattan florist Eric Landgraf to design a bouquet of white orchids, roses, ivy and looping palm leaves.

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Sarah's six bridesmaids wore purple floor-length grooms boutonnieres purple hydrangea

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Scott wore a white calla lily flanked by green orchids and eucalyptus seeds. It was pinned to his classic bow-tie tuxedo. Each groomsmen's boutonniere was made from a single purple hydrangea.

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The couple's cocktail hour hor d'oeuvres—an assortment of Peking duck, bruschetta, smoked salmon and sushi—were "to die for," Sarah said. "Food was a very big priority for us."

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Guests found their seats inside the ballroom by using the couple's ivory tented escort cards.

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While Sarah and Scott shunned any official theme or color scheme, they gave a nod to where they met by naming their tables after London landmarks—Tate Modern, Mayfair, Selfridges and Abbey Road were all included in the table names. "We had a friend who lived in London bring back miniature double-decker buses, telephone booths and cabs," which were scattered among the tables' name cards, Sarah said.

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Photo: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios

Alternating high and low centerpieces of orchids, roses, cymbidium, hydrangea and ivy added drama to the already-breathtaking ballroom.

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Photo: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios

Sarah wanted a "warm, romantic and classic reception," she said. Taper candles and luxurious brocade table cloths evoked romance that radiated throughout the ballroom.

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Photo: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios

Sarah and Scott shared their first dance to Diana Ross' "I Love You More Today Than Yesterday," played by the Pete Saunders Band.

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Photo: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios

The band's music mix of Motown, 80s hits and top 40 tunes kept guests dancing all night long. "They danced like crazy," Sarah said, recalling that the invigorating classic "Shout" drew the largest crowd to the floor. "Now six months later, people still talk about the music at the wedding."

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Sarah's sister-in-law captured the bride's bouquet from a swarm of single women who gathered for the traditional toss. "The look on her face was just amazing," Sarah said.

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A white fondant cake, layered with raspberry filling, was encircled by orchids and tea light candles. The couple also served French apple gallette and a chocolate trio.

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For favors, guests filled bags with Haribo gummies—the groom's favorite childhood candy.

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The bride counts the cake cutting and "the hora, especially seeing my father with this incredible grin on his face being lifted up on the chair," as some of the most memorable moments from their reception. And of all the advice the couple's day-of coordinator, Brian Bennett of the University Club, gave, the couple clung to these as their cherished favorites: "Don't sweat the small stuff, smile, have fun and enjoy."

Venue: University Club || Florist: Eric C. Landgraf Florist || Rentals: Eric C. Landgraf Florist || Caterer: University Club || Cake designer: University Club || Music: Pete Saunders Band through Hank Lane Music || Transportation: Warren Arrington || Photography: Jason Walker and Shannen Norman of Ira Lippke Studios || Gown: Reem Acra || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo || Groom's Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna || Couple's Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co.

—Jillian Kramer

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An Elegant Outdoor Wedding at an Iconic New York Venue

 Casual, Elegant, Jenny Yoo, Modern, New York, Purple, Real Weddings, Romantic, Traditional  Comments Off on An Elegant Outdoor Wedding at an Iconic New York Venue
Sep 112013
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

—Jillian Kramer

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

Aug 282013
 

Kim and Emil's love of sports shown almost as brightly as their love for each other when they wed on June 29, exchanging heartfelt vows then partying with 240 guests inside Washington Nationals Ballpark in Washington, D.C. "We are avid sports fans and love to celebrate life," says Kim. "We wanted our guests to have a completely unique experience and feel what it would be like to be in a Major League dugout and batting cage."

But the couple is quick to stress that baseball was merely the backdrop to their big day. "While we wanted to tie in the baseball theme, we did not want it to overwhelm our wedding," Kim says. Incorporating a rich color palette of eggplant and pewter lent formality to the event, while the couple's event planner struck the perfect balance between traditional decor and "baseball design elements," Kim says.

Kim and Emil also had "an overarching, guiding principle that truly directed our planning process," Kim says. "We said we were going to do two things that day: marry each other and have a big, fun party."

Kim knew exactly the kind of dress she wanted—until she fell for a Watters gown that was the complete opposite of everything she had envisioned. "There is something about the dress that is so me," she says. "While it has a lot of intricate detail in terms of the stitching, the detail and pearls, it's very understated. It's not flashy, yet it's tremendously elegant."

Kim's six bridesmaids helped her narrow down their attire to two options: A lavender gown with a purple sash, and an eggplant dress with pockets. In the end, the eggplant-hued Alfred Angelo prevailed. "We think it was the pockets!" Kim jokes.

Kim's hand-tied round bouquet was arranged with lavender roses, violet stock, and mini calla lilies and agapanthus in shades of purple. Dusty miller accented the vibrant blooms.

"The ceremony was absolutely special, beautiful and sacred," Kim says of the couple's traditional service at historic Asbury United Methodist Church, where the bride attended services as a child. A florist accented the church's altar area with two towering arrangements of purple-hued agapanthus, roses, stock and larkspur.

Though Kim's mother passed away years ago, "it was very important for her to be included throughout the wedding," the bride says. "In the lighting of the unity candle, I had three special participants: My mother's best friends come down the aisle together and lit the candle in my mother's honor."

Kim and Emil asked bridesmaids and groomsmen to recite readings at the ceremony, including Wilfred Arlan Peterson's The Art of Marriage and an anonymous version of The Blessing of the Hands.

"Emil literally swept me off my feet when the pastor pronounced 'you may now kiss your bride,'" Kim recalls. "He picked me up about two feet off the ground and kissed me."

Held in the field, where guests could explore the dugout and batting cages, the couple's cocktail hour featured "typical all-American baseball classic favorites presented in a modern way," Kim says. Guests nibbled on popcorn sprinkled with rosemary and Parmesan, ballpark peanuts and warm, soft pretzels at cabaret tables draped in eggplant-colored satin linens.

Minor League players pitched to guests and the bride and groom in between bites at the cocktail hour. "Guests had a blast and got in a workout!" Kim says.

Dinner was served inside the ballpark's PNC Diamond Club, "a hotel-like banquet hall with one glass wall that overlooks the field," Kim describes. Here, guests could nosh on chef-carved grilled sirloin, pan-seared wild salmon and white truffle and Parmesan risotto at tables topped with deep purple linens and pewter-colored napkins. "Selecting the food was very important to us," Kim says.

Submerged dendrobium orchids and calla lilies filled cylindrical vases topped with white floating candles that dotted the round tables at the reception. A custom-designed pennant, bearing the table's name, adorned each tabletop. Table names included Pitcher, Catcher, and Home Run. And favors? "Each guest received a miniature baseball gumball machine that said, 'We hit it off.'" Kim says.

The couple's square, ivory wedding cake was accented with purple-swirled piping. Its layers of almond and red velvet cake and cream cheese filling were "delicious," the bride says.

A DJ "had all 240 guests up and dancing all night," Kim says. "At the end of the wedding, our planner said, "Wow, I've never seen an entire wedding dance all night," Kim says. "This totally fulfilled our goals—we got married and had a big, fun party!"

Kim and Emil walked onto the dance floor to Phil Collins' In The Air Tonight, "right at the point where there's the big breakdown," Kim explains. "So we walked out calmly and then broke out into drumming motions."

When it was time to slow things down, the couple swayed to Let's Stay Together by Al Green.

The DJ also spun tunes "from Washington, DC's native go-go music, to line dances like the Cupid Shuffle," Kim says. "The guests were up and having fun."

"Throughout the evening, we would find some guests outside on the balcony looking into the ballpark," Kim says. "When we asked why they were outside, they would say they were taking it all in and enjoying having a major league baseball stadium all to themselves."

In the weeks since their wedding, Kim and Emil are "still both on Cloud 9," Kim says. "On some days, we will just look at each other and say, 'hi husband,' and 'hi wife.' Other times, we have the weird realization that we're actually married, the wedding has happened and now we're in the next phase of our journey. All in all it's just a wonderful time."

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Sparkling Events & Designs || Ceremony Venue: Asbury United Methodist Church || Reception Venue: Washington Nationals Park || Bride's Wedding Dress: Watters || Bride's Veil: Love Couture Bridal || Bride's Shoes: David's Bridal || Groom's Tux: Black by Vera Wang || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Angelo || Florist: Maryam Flowers || Caterer: Levy Restaurants || Cake Baker: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes || Favors: Wedding Star || Entertainment: DJ Oz || Photography: Connor Studios

A Formal Spring Wedding at The University Club of Chicago

 Blue, Classic, Formal, Jenny Yoo, Monique Lhuillier, Purple, Real Weddings, Spring, Traditional  Comments Off on A Formal Spring Wedding at The University Club of Chicago
Aug 262013
 

Danielle and Michael, hip thirty-somethings who call Chicago home, wanted a "classic but comfortable" wedding. They also loved the idea of incorporating a wine and cheese tasting into their reception, as the duo met while at an event dubbed "Pinot Days." The University Club of Chicago provided the ideal venue, and on April 13, 2010 the couple celebrated with 250 of their friends and family.

Inspired by the venue's regal atmosphere, the couple selected navy blue and plum as their wedding colors. Danielle's four bridesmaids wore long Jenny Yoo gowns in navy.

Bridesmaids carried mostly-white peony and anemone bouquets accented with a touch of lavender.

Danielle and Michael live just five blocks from St. Clement Church, making the bride's childhood chapel an easy choice for their ceremony space. The traditional Catholic ceremony was "brought to life" by the priest, the bride says, who "made the ceremony accessible for all guests, Catholic or not."

The priest "read aloud from letters that we had written to him about our relationship," Danielle says. "We didn't know they would be made public, and they got quite a few laughs."

The bride wore a strapless silk Monique Lhuillier wedding dress paired with a two-tier cathedral length veil.

A formal reception followed the couple's traditional wedding ceremony. "We went to the reception room to see the space about 10 minutes before our guests arrived," says the bride. "When we walked in, you could smell the beautiful flowers and the sun was still streaming into the room showing off the stained glass. By the end of the night, you could see the lights of the city."

Two types of floral centerpieces, each in keeping with the couple's blue and purple color palette, were used throughout the reception space. One centerpiece mixed fluffy white hydrangea and peonies with lush pink and purple buds.

Cut-glass vases filled with small-but-vibrant blooms in hues of ivory, purple and blue were also used as centerpieces.

Custom calligraphy by Stacey Shapiro Calligraphy tied the couple's cocktail hour offerings, including an enviable cheese table, together.

Danielle DIY-ed the couple's escort cards: Ivory tags tied to miniature compasses with velvet blue ribbon.

Purple menu cards were tucked into linen napkins and accented with sprigs of lavender.

"Our absolute favorite part of the planning process was the cake tasting," the bride says of the couple's three-tier chocolate fudge cake with crème brûlée and salted caramel filling.

Apothecary jars filled with moss and white tulip blooms decorated the bar area.

Danielle and Mike selected Otis Redding's "That's How Strong My Love Is" as their first dance song.

"Mike got on his knee and proposed, and the whole restaurant joined us in celebrating, opening up the case of champagne that Mike had sneakily dropped off earlier in the day," Danielle recalls of the night her groom proposed.

Danielle and Michael stole away for 10 minutes during their reception, sneaking off to a balcony with a view for a few couple-only photos. "But those 10 minutes away from the reception with just the two of us was a very fun, private moment to take a time-out and realize what an amazing night we were having," Danielle says.

"One piece of advice that we were given and would pass on was to try to spend as much time together during the reception as possible," Danielle advises. "We wanted to be together in our first hours as a married couple and wanted to have shared memories of our reception, so for nearly the entire reception we held hands and stuck together, whether it was on the dance floor or walking around talking to family and friends."

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Anne Book Signature Style || Ceremony Venue: St. Clement Church || Reception Venue: The University Club of Chicago || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Bride's Veil: Ultimate Bride || Bride's Shoes: James Ciccotti || Bride's Accessories: Gabrielle Sanchez || Bride's Wedding Ring: Harold Burland & Son || Groom's Tux: Hugo Boss || Groom's Wedding Ring: Harold Burland & Son || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Neiman Marcus || Florist: Hello Darling || Caterer: The University Club of Chicago || Stationery: Magnificent Milestones || Favors: LH Calligraphy || Rentals: Tablescapes || Entertainment: Colby Beserra and the Party Faithful || Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie

A Plum White by Vera Wang Bridesmaid Dress

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Aug 212013
 
White by Vera Wang plum bridesmaid dress

Photo: Courtesy of White by Vera Wang

Throwing a fall wedding? This plum, crinkle chiffon White by Vera Wang bridesmaid dress is perfect for an autumn affair. The pin-tucked silhouette is flattering on all body types—this dress' shape hugs your body while hiding any problem areas and romantic flutter sleeves offer extra coverage. Classically feminine yet fashionable, this gown is a surefire favorite for your best gal pals.

Style VW360131, crinkle chiffon flutter-sleeve dress, $188, White by Vera Wang available at David's Bridal

—Lauren Frankfort

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A Romantic September Wedding with a Lavender, Pink and Gray Color Palette

 Anna Maier Ulla-Maija, Classic, Fall, J.Crew, Purple, Real Weddings, Romantic, Rustic, Summer  Comments Off on A Romantic September Wedding with a Lavender, Pink and Gray Color Palette
May 302013
 

Jonie and Brad met at University of Pennsylvania Law School—so it was only fitting that seven years later, Brad brought Jonie back to where it all began and asked her to marry him. "We walked around the school and Brad suddenly stopped and said, 'Hey, do you know where we are now?'" Jonie recalls. "I looked around and realized that it was the exact spot in the law school courtyard where we had first met seven years prior." When Brad dropped to one knee, Jonie said yes.

The San Francisco-based couple opted to take their 150 guests to Kenwood, California for their September wedding 10 months later, hosting an outdoor celebration at Kunde Family Estate. Because the couple fell for the estate's natural beauty, they chose "rustic but pretty decor" and a neutral color palette of lavender and gray to complement, rather than compete, with the space.

Brad popped the question with a round-cut solitaire diamond ring. The couple's wedding bands came from Tiffany & Co.

The bride's custom-made Chantilly lace Anna Maier Ulla-Maija wedding gown was the first dress the bride tried on. "I knew right away that I loved it. But I then proceeded to try on hundreds of other dresses to be absolutely sure," Jonie jokes, "only to ultimately come back to this one."

Buttons down the back of Jonie's dress led to a slight chapel-length train. Its sweetheart neckline was a selling point for the bride, as was the gown's delicate tulle construction.

Jonie attached live ivory lisianthus and garden roses to her softly-curled half-up-half-down big day hairstyle. The soft, natural accessories "complimented the natural, rustic setting," the bride says.

A bracelet on the bride's right wrist—an heirloom piece from the groom's great grandmother—served as Jonie's something old, borrowed and blue.

Jonie wore towering Christian Louboutin pumps beneath her gown, but slipped into Steve Madden wedges in time for the reception. "I highly recommend this for rustic weddings with unpaved surfaces," the bride says.

Bridesmaids donned lavender-hued dresses from J. Crew. "We wanted light and pretty colors—lavender, but with pink undertones rather than purple," the bride explains of their color palette. To keep their look light and natural from head-to-toe, Jonie asked her bridesmaids to wear nude-colored heels.

The bridesmaids' dresses also featured a slight sweetheart neckline, purposefully mimicking the bride's own style.

The mother of the bride purchased her champagne-colored gown from Talbots. In lieu of a corsage, she carried a single ivory rose.

Brad paired a gray Indochino suit with a purple tie from Theory.

Groomsmen showed a pop of color palette-appropriate color by wearing purple argyle socks from Express.

Florist Nancy Liu Chin combined cream-colored roses with white sweet peas and ivory lisianthus to create the bride's bouquet, which Jonie describes as "soft, romantic and loose."

In contrast with the bride's white and ivory bouquet, bridesmaids carried flowers in hues of blush, pink, lavender and mauve.

Bridesmaids bouquets were made from a variety of roses, lisianthus, sweet peas, scabiosa and fresh-cut foliage. Each arrangement was tied with ivory satin ribbon and pinned with pearls.

The couple opted for a first-look, sneaking in their pre-ceremony peek at Dunfillan Ruins, on the estate's property. "It was one of our favorite parts of the day to share those few intimate minutes before the ceremony in the quiet romantic ruins away from the rest of the world," Jonie recalls.

Jonie and Brad created their wedding ceremony programs, which included a lavender lace border designed to complement the bride's gown.

Guests carried parasols to the ceremony "to shield [themselves] from the hot sun," the bride says.

Jonie's father escorted her down a natural aisle, adorned only with a few scattered rose petals.

"We both love the outdoors and so we knew we wanted an outdoor wedding," Jonie says of the couple's decision to hold their ceremony beneath a large oak tree on the estate.

A friend officiated the couple's ceremony, keeping the service "short, sweet, sincere," the bride says. "Brad and I were together for more than seven years before we got married, so we already knew each other very well. But the commitment to each other that we made by getting married has even further strengthened our love and respect for each other."

As guests left the ceremony and entered the reception space, they were offered their choice of purple or gray flip flops. Attached to each plastic pair was a handmade tag created by the couple, with instructions to dance up a storm. "Brad is a tall guy and accordingly takes up a lot of room on the dance floor when he gets really into it," Jonie explains. "So we joke that he's 'dancing up a storm.'"

Tucked into purple napkins that held sprigs of dried lavender, menu cards announced a three-course meal complete with a late night snack: s'mores.

Guests could choose from tart lemonade, iced tea and cucumber water served from a wine barrel bar.

Cups that spelled love held an assortment of purple, lavender and ivory-hued blooms. Scattered among the cups, bud vases held lavender and white flowers and green foliage. The bride describes the tablescapes as "a beautiful and natural design."

"Brad's favorite kind of cake in the whole world, since he was a child, is yellow cake with chocolate frosting," Jonie says. "Accordingly, we had to serve it at the wedding." A friend of the bride baked their four-tier fondant confection, which was decorated with ivory ribbon and live flowers, and set atop a wine barrel.

The fathers of the bride and groom, maid of honor and best man offered up toasts to the couple that were "heartfelt and funny," the bride recalls. "We could not have imagined a more perfect day."

Having returned from a whirlwind honeymoon that included tours of Bora Bora; Auckland and Lake Taupo, New Zealand; and Cairns, Sydney and Hamilton Island, Australia, Jonie has a few pieces of advice for soon-to-be brides: "Have fun with it and don't sweat the small stuff," she says. "No matter how well you plan, on the actual day, some things—maybe many things—will not go exactly as you planned them. So remember that above any mishaps, stress or drama, this is ultimately about your love and commitment to each other. No matter what may happen on the day of, just go with it and enjoy every minute of what will surely be one of the most amazing days of your life."

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Daughter of Design || Ceremony Venue: Kunde Family Estate || Reception Venue: Kunde Family Estate || Bride's Wedding Dress: Anna Maier Ulla-Maija || Bride's Veil: Marina Morrison || Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin || Bride's Accessories: Nadri || Bride's Wedding Ring: Tiffany & Co. || Groom's Tux: Indochino || Groom's Wedding Ring: Tiffany & Co. || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew || Groomsmen Attire: Indochino || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Talbots || Florist: Nancy Liu Chin || Caterer: Preferred Sonoma Caterers || Stationery: Elum || Cake Baker: Kaibin Hu || Favors: Perspective Photo Booth || Rentals: Hartmann Studios, Wine Country Party & Events and JRB Event Services || Entertainment: Golden State Productions || Videography: Cinevent || Photography: Shelly Kroeger Photography

An Anemone, Tuberose, and Fern Bouquet

 Flowers & Decor, Pink, Purple, Romantic, Summer, Wedding Flowers  Comments Off on An Anemone, Tuberose, and Fern Bouquet
May 272013
 
Jewel tone bouquet by Loretta Flower

Photo: Paige Newton

"Jewel tones are very popular right now among brides who want their bouquet to photograph beautifully against their dress," says Mary Kathryn Paynter of Loretta Flower, based in Austin, Texas. This little jewel box of an arrangement is wild, bright, and sweet—ideal for a relaxed bride who still wants an interesting and upscale posy. "I designed this for a small backyard wedding. The bouquet added a hint of formality to an otherwise casual affair," says Paynter. Purple anemones, garden roses, maidenhair fern, ranunculus, tuberose, and leptospermum were used to create this look. (Approximate cost, $175)

—Denise Penny Shepard

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