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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An Elegant California Wedding at The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

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Oct 282013
 
Bride and groom on bicycles in Ojai, California

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin, 32, an attorney and account, and Billy, 32, an attorney, had known each other since childhood, but didn't get together until their eyes met at a bar—while Karin was on a date with someone else! After an ultra-romantic surprise proposal in Karin's favorite garden, the couple searched for a secluded, naturally beautiful venue for their traditional wedding. The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, with its sweeping grounds and stunning Mediterranean architecture, captured the quiet elegance they were searching for.

With simple décor and an understated ivory and champagne palette, Karin and Billy let the beauty of their surroundings—and a tight-knit, hilarious family—speak up at the 170-person bash. In the couple's own words, "We wanted to combine Karin's dream of creating a Jane Austen ball at Netherfield Park with Billy's laid-back beach volleyball style. Ojai was an easy choice because it is relaxed yet elegant, at once comfortable and beautifully manicured, and it feels like it's worlds away from the city."

Wedding rings in Ojai, California

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Billy proposed on Karin's birthday in one of their favorite spots, the garden of the Getty Museum. As he dropped to one knee, he pointed across the garden, where Karin's friends and family waited with cameras and well-wishes. "It was a magical beginning to a fabulous engagement," Karin says.

Ojai, California wedding invitation

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The couple searched for a location close to Los Angeles that felt tucked away, and Ojai, California fit the bill. "When we found the Ojai Presbyterian Church, Karin felt chills," Billy said. "We had to get married in this quaint town."

Ojai, California wedding stationery suite

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

A friend designed Karin and Billy's invitations, welcome packages, menus, table numbers, escort cards, and all other paper goods, which included a customized monogram and black-and-gold detailing.

All-white wedding bouquets

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin and her bridesmaids carried all-white bouquets of peonies, roses and tulips, which matched their color palette of ivory, cream, and champagne.

Silk kimonos for bridesmaids

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin toasted the day with her bridesmaids in silk kimonos. Her 'maids later changed into short Monique Lhuillier dresses, chosen for their simple elegance.

Romona Keveza wedding dress

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin chose a Romona Keveza dress that made her feel like Cinderella. "It looked different from all angles," she says. "It was timeless and classic."

Royal blue Manolo Blahnik wedding shoes

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Royal blue, jeweled Manolo Blahnik pumps were the perfect "something blue". "They popped in every picture," Karin says.

Bride and groom first look

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The couple exchanged vows in the Ojai Presbyterian Church, in a traditional ceremony officiated by Billy's longtime family reverend.

Bridal party in Ojai, California

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

After the ceremony, guests moved to the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, a Mediterranean-style resort where Lake Bell tied the knot this year, for cocktails, dinner, and dancing. "We knew our guests would feel the palpable calm that comes over you as you enter the gate," Karin says.

Twin flower girls in Ojai, California

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin's twin flower girls were children of a friend, and reveled in their "princess moment" as they twirled down the aisle in matching tulle dresses.

Champagne-colored Monique Lhuillier bridesmaid dresses

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

One of Karin's bridesmaids helped her pick the knee-length, universally flattering champagne shifts.

White peony and ranunculus wedding bouquet

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin's romantic white peony and ranunculus bouquet complemented her sweeping, dramatic gown.

Green succulent wedding boutonniere

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Pale green succulents and foliage—a classic California combination—popped against Billy's neutral suit.

Tall white hydrangea wedding centerpieces

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The couple alternated long tables with round ones in the inn's Anascapa Ballroom, to avoid a corporate-event vibe. Long tables were scattered with tall arrangements of classic white hydrangeas.

Wedding menu with sage

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The menu included an avocado salad with lemon truffle vinaigrette, a prime rib roast, truffle mac and cheese, salmon, and vegetarian risotto.

Wedding sweetheart table in Ojai, California

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The newlyweds were regaled with toasts from Karin's dad, Billy's brother, and Karin's maid-of-honor. No one let Billy forget his reign as Cosmopolitan's California Bachelor of the Year in 2009!

Five white wedding cakes

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin and Billy served not just one wedding cake, but five, baked on-site at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. Flavors included vanilla with fresh fruit and vanilla cream, strawberry violet cake with cream cheese, and chocolate cake with fudge and mousse.

Bride and groom in Mr. and Mrs. chairs

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The couple spent the night cutting up the dance floor with guests before departing on a getaway to Hawaii. Karin's advice for brides-to-be? "Start early! It makes the day and the time leading up to it much more enjoyable."

Ceremony Venue: Ojai Presbyterian Church || Reception Venue: Ojai Valley Inn and Spa || Planner: All You Need Is Love Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza || Hair: Gayle Collings of Salon Farouk || Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy || Veil: The Bride's Mother || Shoes: Manolo Blahnik || Jewelry & Wedding Bands: Grady Taylor || Groom's Tuxedo: Jos. A. Bank || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier || Bridesmaids' Gifts: Comfy Clothing || Invitations & Paper Products: Alissa Bell Press || Florist: Rock Rose Floral Design || Catering and Cake: Ojai Valley Inn and Spa || Music: Bentley Foy || Rentals: Ventura Rental Center || Lighting: Bella Vista Designs || Linens: La Tavola || Photographer: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

—Amanda First

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An Elegant California Wedding at The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

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Oct 282013
 
Bride and groom on bicycles in Ojai, California

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin, 32, an attorney and account, and Billy, 32, an attorney, had known each other since childhood, but didn't get together until their eyes met at a bar—while Karin was on a date with someone else! After an ultra-romantic surprise proposal in Karin's favorite garden, the couple searched for a secluded, naturally beautiful venue for their traditional wedding. The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, with its sweeping grounds and stunning Mediterranean architecture, captured the quiet elegance they were searching for.

With simple décor and an understated ivory and champagne palette, Karin and Billy let the beauty of their surroundings—and a tight-knit, hilarious family—speak up at the 170-person bash. In the couple's own words, "We wanted to combine Karin's dream of creating a Jane Austen ball at Netherfield Park with Billy's laid-back beach volleyball style. Ojai was an easy choice because it is relaxed yet elegant, at once comfortable and beautifully manicured, and it feels like it's worlds away from the city."

Wedding rings in Ojai, California

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Billy proposed on Karin's birthday in one of their favorite spots, the garden of the Getty Museum. As he dropped to one knee, he pointed across the garden, where Karin's friends and family waited with cameras and well-wishes. "It was a magical beginning to a fabulous engagement," Karin says.

Ojai, California wedding invitation

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The couple searched for a location close to Los Angeles that felt tucked away, and Ojai, California fit the bill. "When we found the Ojai Presbyterian Church, Karin felt chills," Billy said. "We had to get married in this quaint town."

Ojai, California wedding stationery suite

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

A friend designed Karin and Billy's invitations, welcome packages, menus, table numbers, escort cards, and all other paper goods, which included a customized monogram and black-and-gold detailing.

All-white wedding bouquets

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin and her bridesmaids carried all-white bouquets of peonies, roses and tulips, which matched their color palette of ivory, cream, and champagne.

Silk kimonos for bridesmaids

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin toasted the day with her bridesmaids in silk kimonos. Her 'maids later changed into short Monique Lhuillier dresses, chosen for their simple elegance.

Romona Keveza wedding dress

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin chose a Romona Keveza dress that made her feel like Cinderella. "It looked different from all angles," she says. "It was timeless and classic."

Royal blue Manolo Blahnik wedding shoes

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Royal blue, jeweled Manolo Blahnik pumps were the perfect "something blue". "They popped in every picture," Karin says.

Bride and groom first look

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The couple exchanged vows in the Ojai Presbyterian Church, in a traditional ceremony officiated by Billy's longtime family reverend.

Bridal party in Ojai, California

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

After the ceremony, guests moved to the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, a Mediterranean-style resort where Lake Bell tied the knot this year, for cocktails, dinner, and dancing. "We knew our guests would feel the palpable calm that comes over you as you enter the gate," Karin says.

Twin flower girls in Ojai, California

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin's twin flower girls were children of a friend, and reveled in their "princess moment" as they twirled down the aisle in matching tulle dresses.

Champagne-colored Monique Lhuillier bridesmaid dresses

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

One of Karin's bridesmaids helped her pick the knee-length, universally flattering champagne shifts.

White peony and ranunculus wedding bouquet

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin's romantic white peony and ranunculus bouquet complemented her sweeping, dramatic gown.

Green succulent wedding boutonniere

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Pale green succulents and foliage—a classic California combination—popped against Billy's neutral suit.

Tall white hydrangea wedding centerpieces

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The couple alternated long tables with round ones in the inn's Anascapa Ballroom, to avoid a corporate-event vibe. Long tables were scattered with tall arrangements of classic white hydrangeas.

Wedding menu with sage

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The menu included an avocado salad with lemon truffle vinaigrette, a prime rib roast, truffle mac and cheese, salmon, and vegetarian risotto.

Wedding sweetheart table in Ojai, California

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The newlyweds were regaled with toasts from Karin's dad, Billy's brother, and Karin's maid-of-honor. No one let Billy forget his reign as Cosmopolitan's California Bachelor of the Year in 2009!

Five white wedding cakes

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin and Billy served not just one wedding cake, but five, baked on-site at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. Flavors included vanilla with fresh fruit and vanilla cream, strawberry violet cake with cream cheese, and chocolate cake with fudge and mousse.

Bride and groom in Mr. and Mrs. chairs

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The couple spent the night cutting up the dance floor with guests before departing on a getaway to Hawaii. Karin's advice for brides-to-be? "Start early! It makes the day and the time leading up to it much more enjoyable."

Ceremony Venue: Ojai Presbyterian Church || Reception Venue: Ojai Valley Inn and Spa || Planner: All You Need Is Love Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza || Hair: Gayle Collings of Salon Farouk || Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy || Veil: The Bride's Mother || Shoes: Manolo Blahnik || Jewelry & Wedding Bands: Grady Taylor || Groom's Tuxedo: Jos. A. Bank || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier || Bridesmaids' Gifts: Comfy Clothing || Invitations & Paper Products: Alissa Bell Press || Florist: Rock Rose Floral Design || Catering and Cake: Ojai Valley Inn and Spa || Music: Bentley Foy || Rentals: Ventura Rental Center || Lighting: Bella Vista Designs || Linens: La Tavola || Photographer: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

—Amanda First

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Emily Deschanel Rocks a Romona Keveza Wedding Dress in Last Night’s Bones Wedding Episode

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Oct 222013
 
Emily Deschanel David Boreanaz Bones wedding

Photo: Via Twitter

If you've been watching Bones since the first season, you've waited eight long years for Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Seely Booth (David Boreanaz) to get married. Even for casual viewers, the romantic tension between the supposedly strictly-professional detectives was overwhelming—until they slept together and Brennan got pregnant. Even after Brennan proposes to Booth with a gorgeous engagement ring, he is blackmailed into turning her down. Needless to say, some of us never thought a wedding would come, but last night's wedding episode definitely didn't disappoint, especially on the wedding dress front.

The teaser photos Boreanaz previously posted to his Whosay account showed viewers Emily Deschanel in a cap-sleeved, lace wedding dress. According to TV Guide, it was one of five dresses Deschanel had to choose from, with twenty minutes to decide which was the most flattering! Talk about a high-pressure choice.

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Deschanel ended up selecting one of the prettiest gowns to ever hit prime-time, a Legends by Romona Keveza dress from the designer's Spring 2013 collection. Featuring an off-the-shoulder neckline, "the gown is made of re-embroidered lace and features a flowing circle skirt with a chapel train made of French net," the designer told Brides, and "more of a ball gown shape than it is A-line, but it is not a true, full ball gown skirt." The gown's embellished sash paired with Deschanel's swept-back hair made her jewelry-free décolletage look supremely sophisticated.

Bones's Emily Deschanel's Legends by Romona Keveza wedding dress

Photo: Courtesy of Romona Keveza

The skirt and cathedral-length train may have been unexpected for the no-nonsense, unsentimental Brennan; it seems a little too traditional for a forensic anthropologist who threw herself into a cold case to distract her from wedding planning stress (while most of us would settle for a glass of wine or maybe a massage). However, as Deschanel explained to

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Brides, take a note from Brennan: Making your eight-year-old self proud on your wedding day, even if that means reading Mad Lib wedding vows.

—Caitlin Van Horn

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Watch: Romona Keveza’s Spring 2014 Runway Show

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Jun 172013
 
Romona Keveza Spring 2014.jpg

Photo: Brides

Fashion through the eras inspired Romona Keveza's Spring 2014 collection with high volume ball gowns and detailed embroidery dominating the runway. Watch the designs go down the aisle in our Spring 2014 Romona Keveza runway video. And don't forget to check out our complete bridal fashion week coverage here.

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Jun 102013
 

Vanessa and Ariel got engaged on a family vacation in Long Beach, California. As Vanessa waited with family members to board a gondola at the city's quaint canals, Ariel "appeared out of nowhere with a bouquet of flowers and a ring," Vanessa recalls. "Everyone was in on the surprise except for me."

The couple whisked 40 guests away to a different beach for their October wedding more than a year later. "We decided early on that we wanted a destination wedding," Vanessa says of the couple's decision to host their fall fete in Vieques, Puerto Rico, at the posh and popular W Retreat & Spa.

Vanessa and Ariel left their reception through a tunnel of smoke and sparklers. "We felt so lucky and grateful to have our closest family and friends present for such a wonderful occasion," Vanessa says. "It went by so quickly, but it was the most fun we have ever had."

For more photos of Vanessa and Ariel's destination wedding in Puerto Rico, view the entire slideshow.

—Jillian Kramer

Venue: W Retreat & Spa || Reception Venue: W Retreat & Spa || Bride's Wedding Dress: Legends by Romona Keveza || Bride's Veil: BHLDN || Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Groom's Tux: Banana Republic || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Odylyne || Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic || Mother of the Bride's Dress: BHLDN || Florist: Puerto Rico Wedding Flowers || Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas || Cake Baker: W Retreat & Spa || Entertainment: DJs of the Islands || Photography: Kimberly Chau Photography

A Glamorous Old Hollywood-Inspired Wedding Dress by Romona Keveza

 Bridal Runway, Formal, Glamorous, Romona Keveza, Spring 2014 Bridal Runway, Wedding Dresses  Comments Off on A Glamorous Old Hollywood-Inspired Wedding Dress by Romona Keveza
May 212013
 
Romona Keveza "RK527" Wedding Dress from Spring 2014

Photo: George Chinsee

If you are looking for the old Hollywood glam silhouette, Romona Keveza has you covered. The ruching on the bodice enhances curves for an hourglass figure (think Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor) while the sweetheart neckline makes a dramatic statement Pair it with a fun over the top necklace, to really put on the glitz for your big day! I also picture this amazing Chantilly lace gown with a birdcage veil and dropped earrings. Sparkly beading really kicks up the glam but in the most sophisticated and elegant way.

View the entire Romona Keveza Spring 2014 collection and other looks from Bridal Fashion Week.

—Casey Trudeau

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