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A Florist’s Wine Country Wedding at a Picturesque California Vineyard

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Jul 142016
 

"From the moment I first met Josh, I knew there was something different about him," says Sarah, who met her now-husband through mutual friends during a trip to Lake Tahoe for New Year's Eve in 2011. "We were inseparable the whole weekend, and immediately made plans to visit one another, even though we lived six hours apart at the time." The long distance couldn't stop them from falling in love. Three years later, during a Memorial Day trip to San Diego with Sarah's family, Josh proposed in grand fashion: On the beach as a plane flew overhead, towing a sign that read "Sarah, Will You Marry Me?"! "I was in complete shock!" she says, as their family (and the house full of college grads next door!) cheered.

They wed a year to the date later, choosing to celebrate at MacMurray Ranch, Josh's family's home and ranch in Healdsburg, California. "It's set in the vineyards and surrounded by redwood trees — totally breathtaking," Sarah describes. They envisioned a warm, sunny celebration with homemade wine, local produce, and a blue grass band, and that's exactly what they got! The bride, a floral designer and owner of Little Farm Flowers, didn't have to look far for inspiration, though she wisely chose to call in some of her favorite vendors instead of taking on a DIY project. "Flowers are so important to me, so I hired our dream florist, Tulipina, to work her magic," explains the bride. With colorful blooms, two different bands, and wine made on the groom's parents' vineyard, this was a wine country bash anyone would be thrilled to get an invitation to. Take a peek at the photos by Teale Photography and see for yourself!

After trying on nearly 40 dresses, Sarah finally got lucky when she slipped on this Moonlight Bridal gown. The tiered lace and delicate embroidery was decidedly romantic, a perfect fit alongside the bride's classic engagement ring and strappy Badgley Mischka wedges.

For a formal look that was still right at home in the vineyard, Josh and his groomsmen all wore navy blue tuxedos with black lapels.

The Catholic ceremony took place at St. Vincent de Paul in nearby Petaluma. Sara and Josh had two flower girls (in full-length tulle dresses!) and a ring bearer as part of their entourage. "Josh and I both got such a good vibe when we visited the church," says Sarah.

For a personalized touch, the couple added a Blessing of the Hands to their traditional ceremony. The altar was flanked by oversized arrangements of garden roses, peonies, and sprawling greenery in blush, ivory, and coral hues.

"At times, planning a wedding felt like a second full-time job," says Sarah. "We learned a lot about ourselves through the process! Josh and I also lived two hours apart during the planning process, which made it hard to want to talk about the wedding when we had time together." Thankfully, Josh trusted his bride with most of the decisions, and designing a wedding around such a beautiful venue was easy!

Sarah's lush bouquet was so stunning, you'd never guess there had been a snafu. "My bridesmaids and I were rushed as we left, and had a 30 minute drive to the church. Once we got there, we realized we'd left my bouquet at the house!" she remembers. With no time to go back, the girls improvised, combining two of their bouquets for her to carry down the aisle. They were able to retrieve the peony, rose, jasmine, and ranunculus bouquet in time for the reception, which the florist wrapped in delicate lace and ribbons.

Aiming for an array of neutral colors in complementary styles, Sarah's bridesmaids wore one of five Amsale designs in Fawn, Vanilla, and Champagne, all of which paired nicely with the groomsmen's modern tuxedos.

At MacMurray Ranch, long tables were set on the lawn and topped with oatmeal-hued linens. "Josh's family has been in the wine-making business for five generations, so it was important to serve their wines with dinner," says Sarah.

Tulipina created sprawling centerpieces in stoneware vessels, combining dahlias and garden roses with vibrant greenery and fruits.

For dinner, guests were treated to a family-style meal of grilled New York steak, roasted wild salmon, Sonoma succotash, and risotto cakes.

As favors for their 265 guests, Sarah poured local olive oil into glass bottles, then tied each with a tag that read "Olive me loves Olive you." "I had help from Josh and a friend, of course!" Guests also left with bottles of wine from the groom's family's vineyard.

Guests found their table assignments tucked into planters full of local lavender. After dinner, Josh and Sarah cut into a four-tiered cake featuring layers of red velvet, chocolate-raspberry, and lemon-poppy cake. The ruffled fondant was decorated with fresh peonies.

When guests weren't on the dance floor, they could be found around two fire pits: One for s'mores, and the other with a selection of cigars.

Before the Lucky Devils Band took to the stage, Sarah and Josh had their first dance to "Lovely Day" by Bill Withers. "Josh surprised me with some new dance moves, and I laughed through most of our first dance," says Sarah. "I'll never forget how fun it was!" She then took a spin with her father to "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra, and Josh danced with his mom to "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong.

"Having people from all stages of our lives in one place was such an incredible feeling. We could really feel the love in the air," says the bride. "Enjoy this special time, as it only happens once — and remember that it's never too early to start checking things off your list!"

Ceremony Venue: St. Vincent de Paul Church || Reception Venue: MacMurray Ranch || Wedding Coordinator: Lovely Day Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Moonlight Bridal || Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Jewelry: Meraki Design || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Ike Behar || Engagement Ring: A. Jaffe || Wedding Bands: Michael C. Fina; Memoire || Floral Design: Tulipina || Invitations: Signora e Mare || Music: Steep Ravine; Lucky Devils Band || Catering: John Ash & Co. || Cake: Fleur de Lisa || Rentals: Archive Rentals || Favors: Little Vineyards Family Winery || Videographer: OneDay Pictures || Photographer: Teale Photography

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Dec 312013
 
Modern Couple Blue Shoes Chicago Wedding

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

When they were freshmen at the University of Indiana, hanging around the dorm with some other students, Jon, now 31 and an IT consultant, told a joke about sausages in a frying pan. Most of his friends dismissed it immediately as another one of his silly wisecracks—to this day, no one can remember exactly how it went—but one person laughed. Jamie, a 31-year-old communications consultant, remembers finding her future husband instantly entertaining—and, luckily, she still does.

When planning their April 2013 nuptials, Jamie and Jon knew they wanted to honor both their shared love of their home city, Chicago, and their wacky sense of humor. They chose the Chicago History Museum for their modern, sophisticated reception because it perfectly represented their city life together: the couple said "I do" surrounded by artifacts and memorabilia from their hometown, and just steps away from the path where they coach a team of runners each weekend.

By adding personal touches like custom notes, a quirky, self-written ceremony, and a visit from their favorite hot-dog truck, Jamie and Jon crafted a party that went way beyond any affair we've ever seen and became a day so completely their own, they'll never forget a second.

Couple Chicago History Museum Wedding Engagement Ring on Modern Stripe Background

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

"Jon believes that the perfect proposal contains three elements," Jamie says. "It should be a complete surprise until the moment it happens, it should be at a location I can go to when I'm having a sad day, and it should include an experience I've never had before." Ever the consultant, he put together a spreadsheet weighing every possible proposal scenario. The winner? A jaw-dropping underwater "will you marry me?" in the whale tank at Shedd Aquarium (he signed them up for a whale-training session), complete with bubble-wrapped ring box. Yes, it really does get that romantic.

Black and White Wedding Portrait Chicago History Museum Wedding Portrait Chicago History Museum Monique Lhuillier Manolo Blahnik Blue Jeweled Pumps Wedding

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

Jamie wore a trumpet-style Monique Lhuillier gown with a Chantilly lace and French tulle overlay, three-quarter sleeves and a train. Paired with a cathedral-length veil embellished with Swarovski crystals, the gown was equal parts sophisticated and modern. Her blue Manolo Blahnik pumps coordinated with Jon's orange socks as a nod to their shared alma mater, the University of Illinois.

White Wedding Bouquet Tulips Roses Peonies Groom Boutonniere White Ranunculus

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

Jamie carried a pale bouquet of French tulips, white peonies and roses tied with an ivory silk ribbon. The groom wore a boutonniere of white ranunculus.

Bride Ceremony Chicago History Museum Monique Lhuillier Ceremony Program Custom Monogram Chicago History Museum Wedding Ceremony Chicago History Museum Topiary Modern Wedding Ceremony

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

In fitting with the French-garden feel of their wedding, Jamie and Jon lined the aisle with boxwood topiaries for their informal, self-written ceremony, which was officiated by a close friend. Jamie walked down the aisle to "Henry the Eighth" by Herman's Hermits, her late father's favorite song. The two vowed to "eat all the chocolate chip cookies you want to bake for me," and "always run at your pace."

Chicago History Museum French Tulips Chandelier Chicago History Museum Main Room Wedding Escort Cards Chicago History Museum Wedding

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

In the museum's quirky main room, surrounded by reminders of the industrial history of Chicago, Jamie and Jon created a modern organic paradise, lighting the room in soft green tones. As guests walked into the reception, they found their seat assignments under a giant arrangement of French tulips under a crystal chandelier—talk about a grand entrance!

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Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

"In lieu of a guest book we had a "Wishing Tree" where guests wrote their wishes, wisdom and wit for us and placed them on the tree. Our families read their wishes as part of the ceremony," Jamie says.

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Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

The couple swapped out round dinner tables for long ones and covered them with grey silk tablecloths, white linen napkins, white china, and green and black glassware. Boxwood-wrapped planters of white tulips, roses and ranunculus served as centerpieces, and freestanding topiaries around the room added to the mod-garden vibe.

Personalized Monogrammed Family Style Wedding Menu Square Tiered Wedding Cheesecake Dessert Lounge Wedding Chicago History Museum

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

Jon, the foodie half of the newlywed couple, took care of the menu. He included a note on each guest's custom-monogrammed card explaining his selections, and letting everyone know that he made a donation to the Kidney Cancer Association in their honor. The spread was way beyond your standard filet mignon and seasonal vegetables. Each dish was Italian-inspired, family style, and absolutely mouthwatering: think individual cheese plates for each guest, rust artisan pizzas, and baskets of warm garlic bread. "We loved to hear that guests felt pampered when they sat down to our tables," Jamie says.

The biggest surprise of the evening? Everyone got to munch on hot dogs straight from the Chubby Weiner truck, a Chicago institution, during the reception.

As for dessert, Jamie and Jon ordered their three-tier cheesecake from a local, family-run vendor to show support to their city. And that's not all: After getting down on the dance floor in flip-flops the couple provided, guests were treated to a sweet session in Jamie and Jon's dessert lounge, complete with Lucite chairs, embroidered pillows and tables with warm chocolate chip cookies, whipped chocolate souffle, and s'mores supplies.



Bride Groom Chicago History Museum Wedding


Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio


What everyone loved most about the wedding, Jamie says, is the wit they took care to weave throughout the fun-filled evening. Jon and Jamie's shared sense of humor was everywhere: in their vows, in little notes they left guests everywhere, in their whimsical song choices, and in their quirky, playful venue. They met because Jon made Jamie laugh, and—she says—years later, they're still laughing together.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Chicago History Museum || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Veil: Nancy Shefts || Shoes: Manolo Blahnik || Jewelry & Wedding Rings: Family heirlooms || Hair: Roger Gumm of Colette Salon and Spa || Makeup: Nicole Jacob || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Of their own choosing || Groom's Tuxedo: Nicholas Joseph || Florist: Beth Tarrant of Anna Held Floral Design Studio || Catering: Jewel Events Catering| |Invitations: Pioneer Announcements || Music: Amaryllis Strings, Michael Walters Orchestra || Cake: Swedish Bakery || Favors: Donations to The Kidney Cancer Association || Wedding Planner: Frank J. Andonoplas || Photography: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studios

—Amanda First

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A Glamorous Winter Wedding at the San Francisco Design Center

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Dec 202013
 

The holiday season has brought lots of good luck and good fortune to Angela, 28, and Kevin, 29, over the years. Though the pair met when they were in high school, it wasn't until a New Year's Eve party in 2008 that they reconnected and their romance was kindled. Three years later, on Christmas morning in 2011, Kevin hid Angela's engagement ring in her stocking. As she pulled out the box, he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.

A few days shy of a year later, the couple wed at St. Ignatius Church, a location full of significance. The bride and groom both went to St. Ignatius College Prep, as did their fathers. During the planning process, they were looking at Angela's grandfather's football program from his days at the University of San Francisco, which St. Ignatius Church is affiliated with, in the 1930's. Seated directly in front of him in the team photo was Kevin's grandfather! There was no question that the church was the perfect place for the couple to tie the knot.

On December 22, 2012, Angela and Kevin wed in a wintry-themed wedding full of holiday joy. They ended 2012–and began their lives together–with a black-tie affair inspired by Frank Sinatra and a love of snow.

"My sister was married at the same time of year, but on a vineyard in wine country," says Angela. "We chose a more formal holiday celebration so that each of our weddings would be different and special."

Angela wore a two-piece gown by Oscar de la Renta. The duchess satin princess skirt had a retro, 40s feel. The lace bustier was studded with taffeta flowers and crystals. To fight the chill, she topped her gown with a faux-fur wrap.

The bride carried a soft bouquet of white peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, sweet peas, and lisianthus. The bow echoed the detail on the back of her dress.

Kevin and Angela got lucky when it came to their ceremony décor. "The church was already decorated for Christmas, so we didn't have to do anything! The trees, lights, pinecones, and ribbons were breathtaking," Angela says.

They had a traditional Catholic ceremony, including two cantors. Says Angela, "You could hear a pin drop when they sang 'The Prayer'."

Escort cards were displayed on gray and silver ribbons hung from birch branches. The same wintry theme was carried though to the reception, where votive candles hung from silver branches nestled in piles of snow.

White and soft green floral arrangements of roses, hydrangeas, and dusty miller topped the tables. Angela and Kevin's chairs were marked with wooden Mr. and Mrs. signs.

Layer upon layer of sparkle, textured chargers, sequined tablecloths, and crisp gray and white hues transformed the tables into snow-covered vignettes. Angela set favors for her guests–winter-themed candles tied with pewter ribbon to look like Christmas presents–at each place.

The five-tiered cake was frosted with buttercream. Two tiers were piped with a lace pattern to match Angela's dress.

"Make sure you take a moment together, just the two of you, to absorb it all in," says Angela. "The day goes by so fast." The couple has yet to take their honeymoon, but they're looking forward to a trip to Europe in 2014.

Ceremony Venue: St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco || Reception Venue: The Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center || Day-Of Coordinator: Celia Barbaccia || Bride's Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta, from Marina Morrison || Veil: Peter Langner, from Marina Morrison || Shoes: Kate Spade || Hair: Antonio Venegas || Makeup: Raina Rombeiro || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Siri || Groom and Groomsmen's Suits: Jos. A. Bank || Wedding Bands: Giraux || Florist: Michael Daigian Design || Invitations & Paper Goods: Hyegraph || Music: The Fundamentals || Catering: Christopher's Fine Catering || Cake: Branching Out Cakes || Rentals, Lighting, & Linens: Hartmann Studios, Got Light, La Tavola || Videography: Thomas Hughes Films || Photography: Tia & Claire Studio

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Retro Engagement Session at Los Angeles Union Station

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Nov 192013
 

Before Lockell and Chris chose the Huron Substation as the venue for their wedding, they knew very little about the space. However, by the time the deposit had been paid and the papers signed, they'd learned a little more about the site's former use as a place where energy was converted for Los Angeles's old light-rail system. That tidbit inspired them to incorporate the "rail" reference into their wedding, as well as into the engagement shoot they'd planned with photographer Molly of Luminaire Images.

They decided to take engagement photos at Los Angeles Union Station, a train station that still holds on to a classic Americana vibe. New outfits, some vintage-inspired hair and makeup, and access to the station's old ticketing area brought Chris and Lockell's rail-inspired engagement session to life.

A couple in retro-inspired outfits for their engagement session.

Chris proposed to Lockell at the end of a romantic dinner date. As he was preparing to pay the check, he 'accidentally' dropped his pen under the table. He told Lockell he saw it roll under her chair, so she volunteered to pick it up. When she sat back up, her gorgeous engagement ring was sparkling from the center of the table!

Engagement session outside of Los Angeles Union Station.
Engaged couple with vintage-inspired accessories for their engagement shoot.

As the couple began to work with their photographer to plan the engagement shoot, she mentioned Union Station's vintage architectural design, suggesting that the couple dress in a retro style to complement the location. Says Lockell, "It was an amazing idea and we loved the results!"

Bride's retro-inspired makeup.

The highlight of the day was when, as they explored Union Station, the couple's photographer noticed an area that was closed to public access. She was able to get permission for Lockell and Chris to briefly go inside the old ticketing area to take advantage of the towering windows and vaulted ceiling of the beautiful, empty space.

Lockell and Chris incorporated a more modern take on the rail theme into their wedding. The table names were designed to look like Metro stop pillars, and escort cards looked like LA Metro Transit Access Passes. Lockell even gifted Chris with Metro token cuff links to wear on their wedding day. They took their wedding party portraits at the Travel Town Museum, incorporating a few of the museum's trains into the backdrops of their wedding photos.

Location: Los Angeles Union Station || Hair: Ursula Campbell of Eclectic Hair Designs || Makeup: Jen Castelo || Bride's Attire: Stop Staring Clothing || Groom's Attire: Banana Republic || Photographer: Molly of Luminaire Images

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Retro Engagement Session at Los Angeles Union Station

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Nov 192013
 

Before Lockell and Chris chose the Huron Substation as the venue for their wedding, they knew very little about the space. However, by the time the deposit had been paid and the papers signed, they'd learned a little more about the site's former use as a place where energy was converted for Los Angeles's old light-rail system. That tidbit inspired them to incorporate the "rail" reference into their wedding, as well as into the engagement shoot they'd planned with photographer Molly of Luminaire Images.

They decided to take engagement photos at Los Angeles Union Station, a train station that still holds on to a classic Americana vibe. New outfits, some vintage-inspired hair and makeup, and access to the station's old ticketing area brought Chris and Lockell's rail-inspired engagement session to life.

A couple in retro-inspired outfits for their engagement session.

Chris proposed to Lockell at the end of a romantic dinner date. As he was preparing to pay the check, he 'accidentally' dropped his pen under the table. He told Lockell he saw it roll under her chair, so she volunteered to pick it up. When she sat back up, her gorgeous engagement ring was sparkling from the center of the table!

Engagement session outside of Los Angeles Union Station.
Engaged couple with vintage-inspired accessories for their engagement shoot.

As the couple began to work with their photographer to plan the engagement shoot, she mentioned Union Station's vintage architectural design, suggesting that the couple dress in a retro style to complement the location. Says Lockell, "It was an amazing idea and we loved the results!"

Bride's retro-inspired makeup.

The highlight of the day was when, as they explored Union Station, the couple's photographer noticed an area that was closed to public access. She was able to get permission for Lockell and Chris to briefly go inside the old ticketing area to take advantage of the towering windows and vaulted ceiling of the beautiful, empty space.

Lockell and Chris incorporated a more modern take on the rail theme into their wedding. The table names were designed to look like Metro stop pillars, and escort cards looked like LA Metro Transit Access Passes. Lockell even gifted Chris with Metro token cuff links to wear on their wedding day. They took their wedding party portraits at the Travel Town Museum, incorporating a few of the museum's trains into the backdrops of their wedding photos.

Location: Los Angeles Union Station || Hair: Ursula Campbell of Eclectic Hair Designs || Makeup: Jen Castelo || Bride's Attire: Stop Staring Clothing || Groom's Attire: Banana Republic || Photographer: Molly of Luminaire Images

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Whimsical Wedding at Maravilla Gardens in Southern California

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Nov 182013
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

—Amanda First


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

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Oct 312013
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The groom and groomsmen were outfitted in classic black tuxedos.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

—Jaimie Schoen

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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

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