One Couple’s Rustic-Chic Wedding at Chapel Valley Farms in Alabama

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Jan 242014
 

Be careful what you tweet—you never know who might be paying attention! As the 2012 winter holidays approached, Savannah tweeted that "Everyone gets engaged on a holiday. I want mine to be on a random Tuesday," then promptly forgot about it. But her now-husband Wes's younger brother, Easton, didn't forget. And when Wes told his family that he was planning to propose on Valentine's Day, Easton talked him into proposing a few days earlier, on Tuesday, February 12th.

On what was, for Savannah, just a normal Tuesday, she and Wes were heading out for a casual early Valentine's dinner, as she had to work on the actual day. On their way, Wes got a call from his dad (and boss), saying that he needed to stop by a family friend's warehouse to check on the heating system. When they pulled up, Wes's dad met them with a flashlight, saying the power had been turned off because the building was for sale. As they made their way up the service elevator, Savannah saw the glow of candles and a table covered with roses. Wes walked to the table, picked up a box, and got down on one knee, asking Savannah to make him the happiest man in the world. As she nodded, he turned her around to reveal a sign saying "She said YES" and their family and friends appeared. They'd all come together to set up her perfect "random Tuesday" proposal!

The couple, who spent their first date on a horseback ride, were married on July 13th, 2013, at Chapel Valley Farms in Vinemont, Alabama. The barn and orchard gave their wedding the rustic, vintage feel they'd dreamed of, infusing their wedding with a sense of romance and nostalgia.

Savannah's Justin Alexander gown "complimented the vintage style of the wedding perfectly," she says. An alencon lace overlay flowed down to a dropped waist, while the skirt was all drama. To top it all off, a pair of cowboy boots with bright teal cut-outs peeked out from beneath her skirt. Inside her dress, she wore pins belonging to her great grandmother and great-great grandmother. "I loved having them close to me on my big day," she says.

The bride carried a soft bouquet of garden roses, mums, and dusty miller in ivory, peach, and light pink.

The groom's boutonniere featured a peach rose, wrapped in burlap and a pink ribbon.

Wes wore a three-piece tan tuxedo with a porcelain blue tie. And cowboy boots, of course!

The couple took advantage of Chapel Valley Farm's old buildings and beautiful scenery.

Savannah dressed her bridesmaids in blue chiffon dresses with a high-low hem to show off their boots. The groomsmen wore tuxedos to match Wes.

"We assembled all of the programs ourselves," says Savannah, who tied them with twine and attached key charms to the ends.

The ceremony took place in the farm's open-air barn. "My mother draped burlap and muslin to create the altar," says Savannah. A wreath and flowing arrangements of mums, roses, and vines gave the space a touch of color.

The couple had a traditional Methodist ceremony, officiated by Wes's childhood minister. "We literally tied the knot," says Savannah. "We love to fish together, so tying a fisherman's knot during the ceremony was the perfect fit for us."

Savannah was having a hard time choosing between two dresses until her consultant asked, "What dress do you want Wes to see you in on your wedding day?" She immediately knew that her lace and tulle gown was exactly what she should wear down the aisle.

"I stacked vintage hardcover books anywhere I possibly could," says Savannah.

The reception took place in an old barn arranged with long tables. The head table, draped with muslin and a burlap runner, was topped with candles, vines, and bud vases overflowing with baby's breath.

Guests' tables were decorated with vines, baby's breath, and pages from old books. Strings of lights cast a warm glow over the room.

Wes and Savannah treated guests to vintage sweets, like wax bottles, and asked them to sign a traditional guest book.

Wes's grandfather built corn hole boards, which the groom's mother customized with the couple's monogram. The bride and groom's grandmothers sewed beanbags to use for the game.

Savannah and Wes's wedding cake featured piped rosettes and was decorated with fresh flowers. And, says Savannah, the days since that first bite have been amazing. "I love sharing each day with my best friend."

Savannah and Wes were lucky to have so much help from their family and friends, but she's glad that they stuck to the traditions and ideas that really mattered to them. "Some of the things we chose were really unique to us," she says, "and we're so happy looking back, because the day turned out exactly how we wanted it to be."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Chapel Valley Farms || Bride's Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander, from The Something Blue Shoppe || Shoes: Preston's Western Wear || Hair & Makeup: Mandy Rowe of Salon 714, (256) 751-1225 || Groom & Groomsmen's Tuxedos: The Something Blue Shoppe || Wedding Bands: Bride - Billy Mitchell Jewelry, Groom - Goldmine Jewelry || Florist: Linda Graves of Buttercup Design || Music: Darrel Widman || Catering: JW Steakhouse || Cake: Creative Cakes of Cullman || Photography: Anna Pociask Photography

A Sophisticated Late Summer Wedding In the Mountains of Jackson Hole

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Jan 102014
 
Bride and Groom in Jackson Hole

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

Though this New York-based couple met as teenagers in boarding school and were friends for years, it wasn't until they reconnected in 2009 that their friendship evolved into the romance of a lifetime.

When it came time to plan their wedding, Catherine and Brian knew that her family's home in Jackson Hole would be the perfect place to celebrate their union. "It's not only a special place for my family, but also a retreat that Brian and I have loved throughout our relationship," says Cate. "The grand scale of Jackson Hole, combined with the intimacy of our family's 'Elk Camp', really demonstrated why this place is so special to us."

Brian and Catherine's goal? "To create the best dinner party we'd ever thrown," says the bride. For their wedding on August 25th, 2012, the couple juxtaposed the casual beauty of Jackson Hole with the modern sophistication of an event planned by self-proclaimed die-hard entertainers. But with only six months to plan, the bride and groom turned to Carrie Sartor of Lyndsey Hamilton Events to bring all the details together. "She kept our perspective focused on the right place: each other," says Catherine.

Modern Invitations and Welcome Bags

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

The couple's invitations were playful and modern, with an elegant twist. They used an elk's silhouette to decorate their guests' welcome bags, and carried the playful script throughout the printed materials.

Bride's Cameo and Blue Earrings

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

Catherine's something old was her great-grandmother's cameo. Her something blue? "Brian gave me a gorgeous pair of aquamarine and diamond earrings as my wedding gift," she says.

Soft Bridal Bouquet

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

The bride's bouquet was left in the hands of florist Matthew Robinson, who created something soft and unique for the mountain-top ceremony. Roses, flowering basil, scabiosa pods, and begonias gave the bouquet lush texture.

Bride in a Lace Vera Wang Gown

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

Catherine chose her Vera Wang gown for the fabric. "There are five different types of lace and fabric used for the gown, and it's so incredible to look at. I fell in love with the texture," she says. A beaded belt added another layer of ornate detail.

Wedding Party in Blush Gowns and Tuxedos

Car in Jackson Hole


Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio


The bridesmaids wore blush gowns from Amsale, and the groom and groomsmen were outfitted in classic tuxedos. Before the ceremony, the wedding party drove out to the top of a butte for photos that took advantage of the incredible views.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony in Jackson Hole

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony in Jackson Hole

Rose Petals at a Wedding Ceremony


Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio


The outdoor ceremony was incredibly simple, with two oversized arrangement of roses, hydrangeas, and greenery to anchor the altar. Guests were given soft pink rose petals to throw after the couple said "I Do."

Bride and Groom at an Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

"Brian and I have loved E.E. Cummings since boarding school, so we had to use 'i carry your heart' in the ceremony," says Catherine. They also included readings from the Dalai Lama and Rogers and Hart.

Escort Card Display with Fresh Herbs

Unique Escort Card Display


Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio


Catherine and Brian's florist used copper trays overflowing with fresh herbs as a unique, textural display for the escort cards.

Tented Wedding Reception in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Floral Wedding Centerpieces and Textured Linens


Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio


The reception took place on the property's front lawn. "We tried to give guests a tour of the property throughout the day, moving from the ceremony's mountain views to riverside cocktails to the reception by the creek and woods," says Catherine. Textured linens contrasted elegantly with assorted vintage silver vases, lush blooms, and gray taper candles.

Floral Wedding Centerpieces and Textured Linens

Personalized Wedding Menu


Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio


Dahlias, roses, hydrangeas, Andromeda, and fresh herbs like basil and oregano gave the centerpieces lots of visual interest and unique pops of color. Each guest's place featured a printed menu and sprigs of lavender.

White Wedding Cake with Sugar Flowers

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

The couple's wedding cake was "perfect for both of us," says Catherine. Layers of Tahitian vanilla cake, chocolate ganache, and raspberry jam were enrobed in Tahitian vanilla buttercream and topped with sugar flowers.

Tented Wedding Reception in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

"One of my favorite parts of the evening was just before the reception," says Catherine. "We snuck away and watched as our guests excitedly filed into the tent. It was so touching to see them all come together for us." An evening full of laughter, delicious food, and lots of dancing was the ideal way for Catherine and Brian to begin their life together.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Bride's Family Home in Jackson Hole, WY || Wedding Planner: Carrie Sartor of Lyndsey Hamilton Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti, Vera Wang || Hair & Makeup: Edvina Sarukhanyan of Fekkai Soho || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom's Tuxedo: Paul Stuart || Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. || Florist: Matthew Robbins Design || Invitations & Paper Goods: Mr. Boddington's Studio || Music: Cracked Ice || Catering: Bistro Catering || Cake: Jackson Cake Company || Rentals: Sperry Tents Seacoast, rEvolve, || Photography: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Rustic-Meets-Urban Wedding at The Green Building in Brooklyn, New York

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Dec 112013
 

New York may be a big city, but you never know who may be living next door or be stopping into your bar on a weekly basis. For Cara, that person was Fitz. As she was finishing her masters degree, she took a bartending job. Fitz had just begun working after graduating from the French Culinary Institute, and he and the other cooks used to stop into her bar throughout the week to chat. The duo discovered they were neighbors, and became close friends. Nearly three years into their friendship, Fitz worked up the courage to ask Cara out on a date, and they've been together ever since.

On Cara's birthday in 2008, the couple spent the day celebrating, going around the city to eat at their favorite places. After dinner, they got caught in the rain and were completely drenched by the time they arrived home at their Alphabet City apartment. Once inside, Fitz announced that it was time for him to give Cara her gift, and got down on one knee. "It was perfect," says Cara.

The New York City couple kept it local when planning their June 8th, 2013 wedding. The ceremony took place at Trinity Church on Wall Street, then headed out to the raw space of Brooklyn's The Green Building. "Our vision for the wedding was to throw the best party we could," Cara says.

Allen Edmonds and Christian Louboutin Shoes

It's all about the accessories. Fitz wore detailed derby shoes from Allen Edmonds, while Cara donned a pair of shimmering Christian Louboutin pumps. She chose an elegant diamond band to complement her engagement ring.

The couple sent out a blackboard-inspired Save The Date card, then followed up with simple invitations featuring a hand-tooled motif.

Bride and her Father at Trinity Church on Wall Street

Cara's father escorted her down the aisle of Trinity Church. "We actually picked Trinity Church by accident," says the bride. "There's another Trinity Church in the city, but through some loophole we managed to get onto the calendar at Trinity Church Wall Street. It's so beautiful, so we went with it!"

Cara wore a drop-waisted lace gown by Watters. "I thought lace would be too conventional for me, but my mother and mother-in-law pushed for me to try it on," she says. "Once it was on, I could see myself getting married in the dress. Everyone agreed, and I had my dress by the end of our first day of shopping!" Fitz wore a gray suit with a playful purple tie.

An oversized chalkboard directed guests to their tables at The Green Building. Because both the bride and groom work in the culinary industry, food and cocktails were a priority. Cara's specialty cocktail was a cucumber-lime gin fizz, while Fitz's was a Meyer lemon and Bulleit bourbon cocktail.

Wedding Reception at the Green Building in Brooklyn

Chandeliers lit the exposed brick walls at the reception. Cara's maid of honor did all of the calligraphy for the table numbers and escort cards. Guests dined on a wide variety of bites during cocktail hour, from deviled quail eggs to mini lobster rolls. The highlight of dinner, served family-style, was Fitz's personal fried chicken recipe.

Instead of a traditional cake, the couple served a huge variety of pies in all different shapes and sizes.

"I can't recommend a wedding planner enough," says Cara. "They can offer invaluable advice and really keep you on track with planning and budgeting. Our planner was so great at telling us when we had to let things go and make a final decision."

Ceremony Venue: Trinity Wall Street || Reception Venue: The Green Building || Wedding Planner: Michelle Newson of Onederland Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Watters, purchased at Lovely || Shoes: Christian LouboutinTiffany & Co. || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew || Groom's Suit: Family Britches || Bride's Wedding Band: Diamonds by Diana || Music: DJ Joe Ballance || Catering & Pies: Mary Giuliani Catering & Events || Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals || Transportation: New York Checker || Photography: Joshua Zuckerman Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Summer Wedding with DIY Details at Local Roots Farm in Washington

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Dec 102013
 

Etiquette advises against dating your boss so, even though Jesse was merely an older student working at Peri's college's calling center, it took the couple six years, two graduations and many ski trips to move from coworkers to friends to something more.

In July of 2011, Jesse was in Europe for work, so Peri hopped on a plane to visit him for a vacation in Provence. They rented a VW bus and drove around the region, tasting wine and enjoying the scenery. On their last day, they had a picnic lunch in a lavender field, where Jesse proposed. Unbeknownst to Peri, a few weeks earlier he had flown from Washington to San Diego and back (all in one day!) to pick up the engagement ring.

This Northwest couple took the farm theme a step further, planning a wedding on a real working farm near Seattle that belongs to Peri's sister. Their authentic, natural wedding on August 11th, 2012, featured local vendors, a late-night bonfire, and lots of help from family and friends.

The invitations featured hand-drawn plants and leaves found around the farm.

Peri dressed up her lace Pronovias gown with her diamond engagement ring and a sparkling floral necklace from J.Crew "to add some glamour to our rustic-chic wedding," she says.

Bridesmaids in Mismatched Coral Dresses

Both the bridesmaids and groomsmen were mismatched. The girls chose their own coral dresses, while the guys wore gray suits. "It looked more organic than having everyone in the exact same color," says Peri.

Peri and one of her bridesmaids hand-made the bouquets using white, pink and coral flowers like hydrangeas and cabbage roses. She wrapped them in pieces of tulle from her wedding gown. The groom and groomsmen's boutonnieres featured flowers and berries from around the farm. "Making the bouquets was fun, but in retrospect I'd rather have spent the day before the wedding at the spa!" Peri says. "I'd recommend doing as little as possible the day before your wedding so you can really kick back and enjoy the ride, rather than worrying about last-minute projects."

The ceremony took place beneath an old maple tree in the center of the farm. The couple had an open bar before the ceremony and were out greeting guests as they arrived. A few minutes before the ceremony, the coordinator had guests take a seat while the wedding party hid in Peri's sister's house. The entire group walked down the aisle together.

Peri and Jesse exchanged vows that they'd written together. "We started each line with 'Let's...', listing things like living in France and having a family," she says.

Blue Window Place Card Display

Jesse assembled a free-standing window and shutters, which were painted blue like the ones they'd seen in Provence when they got engaged. They used the shutters to display their guests' place cards. Strands of light and streamers decorated the open-air reception area.

White and Coral Reception Table

Vegetable Table Names at a Farm Wedding

The focus was really on the food, so table decorations were kept very simple. White linens were topped with brightly-hued bouquets of daisies. Table names were hand-made signs that the couple found laying around the farm. The menu incorporated one of the drawings used on Jesse and Peri's invitations.

Forgoing a traditional guest book, Jesse made a wooden jigsaw puzzle that Peri's mother painted. Guests were asked to leave messages for the bride and groom on the puzzle pieces, then put them in a box handmade by Jesse's father. On their first anniversary, the couple assembled the puzzle and read all of the messages their guests had left.

Almond and Stone Fruit Wedding Cake

The wedding cake was made by a friend of Peri's. Almond cake was layered with fresh stone fruits and créme fraîche. "Unfortunately I didn't take the time to stop and eat much of the cake that night, so I had Abby make us another one a month later for my husband's birthday," says Peri.

Strings of lighting hung from the barn roof, lighting the reception as the sun set.

Peri was so glad that she and Jesse were able to marry on her sister's farm. "We had full access to the venue for months leading up to the wedding. The whole family pitched in to help get the farm ready," she says. "And we could stay up partying as late as we wanted! Several of our friends camped out under the stars after it was all over."

The couple's advice is to really identify what is important to you, and stick with that. She also recommends hiring someone to help. "I think hiring a professional to assist with planning and logistics, as well as day-of coordination, is a good idea and would have been worth the money. But we did alright without one!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Local Roots Farm || Day-Of Coordinator: A Friend of the Family || Bride's Wedding Dress: Pronovias, from A Princess Bride || Jewelry: J.Crew, and Kate Spade || Hair: Tonic Salon || Groom's Suit: Indochino || Engagement Ring: Custom Design by Robbins Brothers || Wedding Bands: Bride: Beverley K., Groom: His Grandfather || Florist: Flowers from Marigold and Mint || Invitations & Paper Goods: DIY || Music: The Rolling Retreads || Catering: Foraged & Found || Cake: Abby's Hot Buns Bakery || Rentals: AA Party Rentals || Photography: O'Malley Photographers

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Charming Country Wedding at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri

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Dec 042013
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bridesmaids in Monique Lhuillier chiffon dresses.

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

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

Bride being escorted down the aisle by her fathers.

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

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

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

Western-inspired dcor at a wedding in the Ozarks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

—Jaimie Schoen

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An Intimate Wedding at the Ritz Carlton in Manhattan’s Battery Park Neighborhood

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Dec 032013
 

When Mark and Kevin first met at a club in Richmond, VA, "it was love at first sight," says Mark. He was looking for a place to sit and have a drink while his friend danced, and noticed Kevin sitting alone at a table near the bar. Mark asked if he could have a seat, and the two began talking. Their connection was instant, and from that evening on, they were inseparable.

On February 22nd, 2012, Kevin took Mark out for dinner for his birthday. A group of their closest friends was waiting for them at the restaurant. "I thought 'how nice!'" says Mark. At one point during dinner, Kevin got up from his chair, got down on one knee, and asked Mark to marry him. He was completely caught off guard, but immediately said yes! He was so happy to be able to share and enjoy the happiness and excitement of the moment with their friends.

The couple planned their city wedding in four months, with help from their close friend and wedding planner, Daevid Reed. On June 29th, 2012, they took to the 14th floor of the Ritz Carlton in Manhattan's Battery Park neighborhood, where panoramic views of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty provided the backdrop for a day that Mark and Kevin will never forget.

A boutonniere of scabiosa pods, Queen Anne's Lace, rosemary and liriope grass.

Both Kevin and Mark wore classic black tuxedos with Armani ties. Mark's was powder blue, while Kevin's was a sleek platinum color. Their boutonnieres, created by their wedding planner, featured shades of green in the form of scabiosa pods, fern curls, Queen Anne's Lace, rosemary, and liriope grass. They took advantage of the beautiful weather and had their portraits taken beneath the trees in Battery Park.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park.

The couple worked with New York-based 14 Stories to arrange their ceremony. They chose non-religious vows and added a personal touch. They played Celine Dion's "Have You Ever Been in Love" as they entered the hotel's sun-filled terrace, allowing the song to play for a few moments before walking down the aisle. Says Mark, "There were no dry eyes anywhere. I think it was the reality and joy of seeing two men who meant so much to each other finally get married."

Daevid came into New York a day and a half before the wedding to source all of the flowers. He wanted to pick only what was in-season and what inspired him in the moment. Light yellow garden roses, oncidium orchids, celosia, scabiosa pods, and Queen Anne's Lace came together into vibrant, fresh centerpieces that were beautiful in the simple reception room.

Printed menu at a wedding reception at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park in New York City.

At each place setting was a single green cymbidium orchid. The menu featured scallops, roasted chicken, beef, and salmon. Smaller arrangements of scabiosa pods and Queen Anne's Lace mimicked the couple's boutonnieres, while roses and orchids added a playful, cheery pop of yellow to the table.

The wedding cake was simply decorated and topped with two cymbidium orchids. Red velvet cake, topped with cream cheese frosting, was the perfect end to Kevin and Mark's intimate wedding celebration.

As the sun began to set, Mark and Kevin stepped back out on to the terrace for one last picture. A DJ played a mix of their favorites, from Whitney Houston to ABBA to Adele.

"The memories we hold dear are of being in New York with family and friends to celebrate our special day," says Mark. "Many who came had never been to New York before, and it was a real treat. It was also the first time our families got to meet." Their advice for couples is to hire a wedding planner–but only after interviewing several to find the one who best understands your vision. And then? "Surrender all the stress and focus on the bigger picture: Getting married to the love of your life," says Mark.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Ritz Carlton New York, Battery Park || Wedding Planner: Daevid Reed of Daevid's Flowers and Décor with Bernadette Coveney Smith of 14 Stories || Grooms' Attire: Hugo Boss || Grooms' Accessories: Armani || Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. || Music: Wendy Kidd Entertainment || Catering: Ritz Carlton New York, Battery Park || Cake: Empire Cake || Photography: Levi Stolove Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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An Intimate Wedding at the Ritz Carlton in Manhattan’s Battery Park Neighborhood

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Dec 032013
 

When Mark and Kevin first met at a club in Richmond, VA, "it was love at first sight," says Mark. He was looking for a place to sit and have a drink while his friend danced, and noticed Kevin sitting alone at a table near the bar. Mark asked if he could have a seat, and the two began talking. Their connection was instant, and from that evening on, they were inseparable.

On February 22nd, 2012, Kevin took Mark out for dinner for his birthday. A group of their closest friends was waiting for them at the restaurant. "I thought 'how nice!'" says Mark. At one point during dinner, Kevin got up from his chair, got down on one knee, and asked Mark to marry him. He was completely caught off guard, but immediately said yes! He was so happy to be able to share and enjoy the happiness and excitement of the moment with their friends.

The couple planned their city wedding in four months, with help from their close friend and wedding planner, Daevid Reed. On June 29th, 2012, they took to the 14th floor of the Ritz Carlton in Manhattan's Battery Park neighborhood, where panoramic views of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty provided the backdrop for a day that Mark and Kevin will never forget.

A boutonniere of scabiosa pods, Queen Anne's Lace, rosemary and liriope grass.

Both Kevin and Mark wore classic black tuxedos with Armani ties. Mark's was powder blue, while Kevin's was a sleek platinum color. Their boutonnieres, created by their wedding planner, featured shades of green in the form of scabiosa pods, fern curls, Queen Anne's Lace, rosemary, and liriope grass. They took advantage of the beautiful weather and had their portraits taken beneath the trees in Battery Park.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park.

The couple worked with New York-based 14 Stories to arrange their ceremony. They chose non-religious vows and added a personal touch. They played Celine Dion's "Have You Ever Been in Love" as they entered the hotel's sun-filled terrace, allowing the song to play for a few moments before walking down the aisle. Says Mark, "There were no dry eyes anywhere. I think it was the reality and joy of seeing two men who meant so much to each other finally get married."

Daevid came into New York a day and a half before the wedding to source all of the flowers. He wanted to pick only what was in-season and what inspired him in the moment. Light yellow garden roses, oncidium orchids, celosia, scabiosa pods, and Queen Anne's Lace came together into vibrant, fresh centerpieces that were beautiful in the simple reception room.

Printed menu at a wedding reception at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park in New York City.

At each place setting was a single green cymbidium orchid. The menu featured scallops, roasted chicken, beef, and salmon. Smaller arrangements of scabiosa pods and Queen Anne's Lace mimicked the couple's boutonnieres, while roses and orchids added a playful, cheery pop of yellow to the table.

The wedding cake was simply decorated and topped with two cymbidium orchids. Red velvet cake, topped with cream cheese frosting, was the perfect end to Kevin and Mark's intimate wedding celebration.

As the sun began to set, Mark and Kevin stepped back out on to the terrace for one last picture. A DJ played a mix of their favorites, from Whitney Houston to ABBA to Adele.

"The memories we hold dear are of being in New York with family and friends to celebrate our special day," says Mark. "Many who came had never been to New York before, and it was a real treat. It was also the first time our families got to meet." Their advice for couples is to hire a wedding planner–but only after interviewing several to find the one who best understands your vision. And then? "Surrender all the stress and focus on the bigger picture: Getting married to the love of your life," says Mark.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Ritz Carlton New York, Battery Park || Wedding Planner: Daevid Reed of Daevid's Flowers and Décor with Bernadette Coveney Smith of 14 Stories || Grooms' Attire: Hugo Boss || Grooms' Accessories: Armani || Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. || Music: Wendy Kidd Entertainment || Catering: Ritz Carlton New York, Battery Park || Cake: Empire Cake || Photography: Levi Stolove Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Rustic, Elegant Mountain Wedding in Telluride, Colorado

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Dec 022013
 
Bride

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

On June 8th, 2013, with the breathtaking view of Wilson Peak in the background, Lacey and Kevin wed at gorgeous mountaintop wedding that brought the lush beauty of an English garden to the peaks of Telluride. 14 months earlier, Kevin had proposed to Lacey with the same mountain view in the background, so it was only fitting that they choose a similar location to say "I Do."

The couple, who met while they were students at the University of Kansas, unexpectedly reconnected in 2009 when they both moved to Telluride. The beautiful mountain town was the perfect place to gather 350 family and friends for a comfortable, but incredibly elegant, celebration. Says Lacey, "The spectacular views took my breath away." The outdoor ceremony took place in the glow of the afternoon sun, and a huge tent was transformed into an enchanted venue with the help of candelabras, chandeliers, and incredible décor. A touch of rustic charm, vintage-style furniture, and lots and lots of flowers brought this couple's wedding vision to life.

An elegant mountaintop wedding ceremony in Telluride, CO.

Floral aisle dcor at a mountain wedding in Colorado.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

With a sweeping view of Wilson peak, it didn't take much to create an incredible ceremony venue for Lacey and Kevin's wedding. Urns overflowing with hydrangeas created an English garden vibe, while an altar draped in vines (and completed with a crystal chandelier) perfectly framed the view.

A bride in a Monique Lhuillier wedding dress and veil.

Bridal bouquet of orchids, stephanotis, gardenias, and roses. Groom's boutonniere of purple thistles.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

Lacey paired her lace Monique Lhuillier gown with a dramatic 14-foot train and soft curls. She carried a cascading bouquet of white orchids, stephanotis, gardenias, and roses. Kevin's thistle boutonniere was a rustic, colorful nod to the wedding's mountain location.

A mountaintop wedding ceremony in Telluride, Colorado.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

The traditional ceremony was full of sweet, poignant moments. One such moment occurred when the couple's flower girl stopped to hand a flower petal to each guest instead of tossing them as she made her way down the aisle. Though the aisle was bare, the memory makes up for it!

A bride in a lace trumpet Monique Lhuillier wedding gown and a groom in a classic tuxedo.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

The bride's lace trumpet Monique Lhuillier gown and the groom's classic tuxedo were perfect for their formal celebration on a mountaintop.

An elegant tented wedding reception lit with hanging chandeliers.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

A huge tent was built to accommodate the couple's 350 guests. Draped fabric and wrought iron chandeliers were hung above the tables, featuring three different designs. Candelabras and topiaries, mixed with votive candles and lower arrangements, transformed the tent into an exquisite wedding venue.

An elegant wedding reception with silver candelabras.

Wedding reception decorated with white orchids and fresh pears.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

Tables topped with white linens featured tall silver candelabras. Delicate greenery created the feel of a lush, overgrown garden. Square tables with darker linens were topped with topiaries of white orchids. Fresh green pears surrounded the base, adding a touch of color to the table.

Rustic wedding reception table decorated with fresh pears.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

Uncovered wooden tables added rustic charm to the room. Roses, gardenias, and pears, interspersed with votive candles, provided sweet and simple décor.

The bride and groom's chairs decorated with vines and flowers.

Wedding centerpiece of white hydrangeas and orchids.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

The bride and groom's chairs were decorated with wreaths of greenery. Centerpieces of hydrangeas and orchids topped a mirrored table runner, giving the head table an extra dose of drama.

Simple white wedding cake covered in fresh vines.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

The couple's simple, 7-tiered wedding lemon cake, topped with vanilla frosting, was wrapped with fresh greenery and flowers. "We wanted an organic but formal look," says Lacey.

The bride's advice for couples planning their weddings is to take their time. "I was thrilled we had a longer engagement," says Lacey. "That way, we could prepare and have the wedding we had always dreamed of!" And though the couple had a large guest list, they made it work and were thrilled with the results.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Gray Head Properties & Ranch || Wedding Planner: Wendy Jacobs Hampton of Soirée Telluride || Bride's Wedding Dress and Veil: Monique Lhuillier || Shoes: Grace Footwear and Toms || Jewelry: Kathy Logan Jewelry || Hair: YX Salon || Makeup: Carmen Wolcott || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom & Groomsmen's Tuxedos: http://www.menswearhouse.com/ || Wedding Bands: Bride: Markham Fine Jewelers, Groom: Tivol Jewelers || Florist: New Leaf Design || Invitations & Paper Goods: Preston Paper || Music: Atlanta Rhythm & Groove Band, from East Coast Entertainment || Catering & Cake: The Butcher & Baker Cafe || Rentals: Town & Country Rentals, Viking Rentals || Favors: Telluride Truffle || Photography: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Rustic, Elegant Mountain Wedding in Telluride, Colorado

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Nov 272013
 
Bride

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

On June 8th, 2013, with the breathtaking view of Wilson Peak in the background, Lacey and Kevin wed at gorgeous mountaintop wedding that brought the lush beauty of an English garden to the peaks of Telluride. 14 months earlier, Kevin had proposed to Lacey with the same mountain view in the background, so it was only fitting that they choose a similar location to say "I Do."

The couple, who met while they were students at the University of Kansas, unexpectedly reconnected in 2009 when they both moved to Telluride. The beautiful mountain town was the perfect place to gather 350 family and friends for a comfortable, but incredibly elegant, celebration. Says Lacey, "The spectacular views took my breath away." The outdoor ceremony took place in the glow of the afternoon sun, and a huge tent was transformed into an enchanted venue with the help of candelabras, chandeliers, and incredible décor. A touch of rustic charm, vintage-style furniture, and lots and lots of flowers brought this couple's wedding vision to life.

An elegant mountaintop wedding ceremony in Telluride, CO.

Floral aisle dcor at a mountain wedding in Colorado.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

With a sweeping view of Wilson peak, it didn't take much to create an incredible ceremony venue for Lacey and Kevin's wedding. Urns overflowing with hydrangeas created an English garden vibe, while an altar draped in vines (and completed with a crystal chandelier) perfectly framed the view.

A bride in a Monique Lhuillier wedding dress and veil.

Bridal bouquet of orchids, stephanotis, gardenias, and roses. Groom's boutonniere of purple thistles.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

Lacey paired her lace Monique Lhuillier gown with a dramatic 14-foot train and soft curls. She carried a cascading bouquet of white orchids, stephanotis, gardenias, and roses. Kevin's thistle boutonniere was a rustic, colorful nod to the wedding's mountain location.

A mountaintop wedding ceremony in Telluride, Colorado.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

The traditional ceremony was full of sweet, poignant moments. One such moment occurred when the couple's flower girl stopped to hand a flower petal to each guest instead of tossing them as she made her way down the aisle. Though the aisle was bare, the memory makes up for it!

A bride in a lace trumpet Monique Lhuillier wedding gown and a groom in a classic tuxedo.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

The bride's lace trumpet Monique Lhuillier gown and the groom's classic tuxedo were perfect for their formal celebration on a mountaintop.

An elegant tented wedding reception lit with hanging chandeliers.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

A huge tent was built to accommodate the couple's 350 guests. Draped fabric and wrought iron chandeliers were hung above the tables, featuring three different designs. Candelabras and topiaries, mixed with votive candles and lower arrangements, transformed the tent into an exquisite wedding venue.

An elegant wedding reception with silver candelabras.

Wedding reception decorated with white orchids and fresh pears.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

Tables topped with white linens featured tall silver candelabras. Delicate greenery created the feel of a lush, overgrown garden. Square tables with darker linens were topped with topiaries of white delphinium orchids. Fresh green pears surrounded the base, adding a touch of color to the table.

Rustic wedding reception table decorated with fresh pears.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

Uncovered wooden tables added rustic charm to the room. Roses, gardenias, and pears, interspersed with votive candles, provided sweet and simple décor.

The bride and groom's chairs decorated with vines and flowers.

Wedding centerpiece of white hydrangeas and orchids.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

The bride and groom's chairs were decorated with wreaths of greenery. Centerpieces of hydrangeas and orchids topped a mirrored table runner, giving the head table an extra dose of drama.

Simple white wedding cake covered in fresh vines.

Photo: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

The couple's simple, 7-tiered wedding lemon cake, topped with vanilla frosting, was wrapped with fresh greenery and flowers. "We wanted an organic but formal look," says Lacey.

The bride's advice for couples planning their weddings is to take their time. "I was thrilled we had a longer engagement," says Lacey. "That way, we could prepare and have the wedding we had always dreamed of!" And though the couple had a large guest list, they made it work and were thrilled with the results.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Gray Head Properties & Ranch || Wedding Planner: Wendy Jacobs Hampton of Soirée Telluride || Bride's Wedding Dress and Veil: Monique Lhuillier || Shoes: Grace Footwear and Toms || Jewelry: Kathy Logan Jewelry || Hair: YX Salon || Makeup: Carmen Wolcott || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom & Groomsmen's Tuxedos: http://www.menswearhouse.com/ || Wedding Bands: Bride: Markham Fine Jewelers, Groom: Tivol Jewelers || Florist: New Leaf Design || Invitations & Paper Goods: Preston Paper || Music: Atlanta Rhythm & Groove Band, from East Coast Entertainment || Catering & Cake: The Butcher & Baker Cafe || Rentals: Town & Country Rentals || Favors: Telluride Truffle || Photography: Randy Barnes of Alpine Wedding Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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An Elegant Garden Wedding at Vancouver’s Cecil Green Park House

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Nov 222013
 
Bride and groom at a garden wedding in Vancouver, Canada.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

Anne-Marie and Michael's relationship began with a single red rose. After meeting while studying for exams in dental school, the couple attended a Halloween party together, where they shared their first kiss. The next day, Michael convinced Anne-Marie, who had dressed as a rose garden, that she had left part of her costume at the party, and that he would happily return it to her. Though she was convinced that she hadn't lost anything the night before, Anne-Marie invited Mike to stop by her apartment and drop it off. To her surprise, she opened her door to find Mike holding a single red rose. The flowers have become a theme of their relationship.

When it came time to propose, Mike knew he couldn't do so without roses. He set up ten dozen roses and 50 candles in his apartment with hopes of surprising Anne-Marie when she came by later that day. But she threw him a curve ball, asking him to come pick her up instead of meeting him at his apartment. So Mike improvised, leaving his apartment with the candles lit! He met Anne-Marie at a store nearby, where she continued to browse slowly while Mike did his best to stay calm. He finally convinced Anne-Marie to return to his apartment, which thankfully had not caught on fire, and she said yes! And so a single rose became the inspiration for Anne-Marie and Mike's elegant garden wedding with a hint of 1920's glam.

Ring pillow with gold ribbon.

Lace Vera Wang wedding dress and silver Kate Spade shoes.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

Though Anne-Marie has a background in fashion design and wanted to make her own dress, Mike convinced her to choose between planning the wedding and designing her dress, and the wedding won. She'd originally purchased two vintage dresses to re-work, should her dream dress prove to be elusive, but finally found exactly what she was looking for: a v-neck lace Vera Wang gown that allowed her to add some personal touches without building a dress from scratch. Anne-Marie paired her dress with metallic Kate Spade pumps, tying into the glam aspect of the wedding's theme.

Bride in a vintage-style lace Vera Wang wedding gown.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

Anne-Marie purchased two belts to wear with her dress so she could change her look slightly as the evening progressed. The layered tulle skirt and lace overlay were perfect for a wedding in the garden.

Bride in a low-back Vera Wang wedding dress and an updo.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

One of the updates Anne-Marie made to her gown was a lower back, which created a slinky 1920's feel. Pearl and crystal hair combs shimmered in the bride's retro-inspired updo.

Bridal bouquet of pink roses, ranunculuses, anemones, scabiosa pods and brunia berries. Boutonniere of pink ranunculus with gold ribbon.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

Of course, Anne-Marie carried roses in her bouquet. Garden roses, ranunculuses, anemones, scabiosa pods and brunia berries in cream, light pink, fuchsia and silvery-green appeared to have been casually gathered from a rose garden. Michael's boutonniere was a fuchsia ranunculus and white anemone, wrapped with gold ribbon.

Groom with a moustache tiepin.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

On the night Michael and Anne-Marie started dating, he'd been dressed as a beer keg with a moustache. His moustache tiepin was a subtle nod to that very important evening. It was a playful addition to his classic navy blue suit.

Bride and groom outdoors at the Cecil Green Park House in Vancouver.

Bride and groom outdoors.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

The bride and groom chose the Cecil Green Park House for many reasons. It's situated on the university campus where they first met and has gorgeous grounds and gardens. It also is the same venue where Anne-Marie's sister was married 13 years earlier.

Bride in silver Kate Spade shoes.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

In addition to sharing a wedding venue, Anne-Marie and her sister both wore the same silver pumps to Anne-Marie and Michael's wedding.

Outdoor wedding ceremony in Vancouver.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

With such a beautiful setting, the couple chose to keep the ceremony simple. Classic white chairs flanked the aisle, while scattered rose petals and flower arrangements on white pillars marked the altar. Anne-Marie's cousin officiated the traditional ceremony.

Chalkboard wedding welcome sign.

Ring bearer with a navy blue bow tie.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

DIY projects included the invitations, programs, and signs. A silver rose motif tied it all together.

Two of Anne-Marie's nephews served as ring bearers, wearing navy blue pants and vests with Chuck Taylors and striped bow ties.

Outdoor wedding reception with pink and white flowers and mercury glass.

Outdoor wedding reception in Vancouver with pink and white flowers and mercury glass.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

Guests gathered for dinner at two long tables on the Cecil Green Park House's terrace. Pink and white flowers in mercury vases dressed up the simple white linens.

Bride and groom at an outdoor wedding reception in Vancouver.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

Anne-Marie, who'd added some extra beading around the neckline of her gown for a truly custom look, paired her dress with vintage-inspired jewelry.

Hand-made wedding photo booth props.

Outdoor wedding photo booth.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

Another one of Anne-Marie's DIY projects was the photo booth. She used card stock to create props like glasses, lips, crowns and moustaches, and built the structure out of PVC piping. A sheet of sequined fabric completed the backdrop. The photo booth was a hit with guests as they wandered the lawn during cocktail hour.

Green cake on a wedding dessert buffet.

Pink wedding cake on a dessert buffet.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

The bride and groom opted for a dessert buffet in order to offer guests a variety of sweet treats. Three small cakes were accompanied by cream puffs, macarons, and marshmallows.

Bride and groom at an outdoor wedding reception.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

The couple had their first dance to John Legend's "Stay With You." They shared their father-daughter and mother-son dance, choosing Louie Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World" for their spin around the dance floor with their parents.

Wedding at the Cecil Green Park House in Vancouver, Canada.

Photo: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

The venue's gardens, terrace and indoor space provided plenty of room for the couple's 105 guests.

After the wedding, the couple took a mini-moon to Rockwater Resort on Halfmoon Bay in British Columbia. Two weeks later, the headed to Indonesia for a close friend's wedding, then extended their stay into a romantic honeymoon in Bali.

Mike and Anne-Marie have great advice for couples whose weddings are fast approaching: "Don't stress over the small stuff. Know that not everything will go exactly as planned... and that's ok," says Anne-Marie. "Make sure you take a few moments throughout the wedding day together (try and sneak off by yourselves and have a moment)."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cecil Green Park House || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Shoes: Kate Spade || Jewelry: Catherine Popesco, Blue Ruby || Hair: Laine Majadillas || Makeup: Kylene Konkin || Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss || Wedding Bands: Hers - Maison Birks, His - Laura K. Jewitt || Florist: Celsia Florist || Invitations & Paper Goods: Hand-made || Music: Paolo of Audio Edge || Catering: Wescadia || Cake: Cakes By Meg || Photography: Lucy Farkasova of Blush & Whimsy

—Jaimie Schoen

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