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A Sophisticated Late Summer Wedding In the Mountains of Jackson Hole

 Amsale, Casual, Elegant, Preppy, Real Weddings, Romantic, Rustic, Summer, Vera Wang, Wyoming  Comments Off on A Sophisticated Late Summer Wedding In the Mountains of Jackson Hole
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 Girly Bridal Shower and Intimate Formal Wedding in New York

 Elegant, Glamorous, Modern, New York, Real Weddings, Romantic, Spring, Summer  Comments Off on A Girly Bridal Shower and Intimate Formal Wedding in New York
Jan 062014

When you've already chosen a rock star planner and photographer for your wedding, why not use their expertise to turn your bridal shower into an event to remember, too? That's just what Rachel, 33, did to celebrate both her shower on May 5, 2013, and her wedding, with a ceremony on June 10th and a reception on June 13th.

"Instead of one big wedding day, I wanted a bunch of small intimate events so we could really enjoy them and spend time with the people there," says Rachel. "Every time an event was over, it was almost time for the next one!" By having both the bridal shower and the ceremony at her mother's home in Brooklyn Heights, planner Laura Remmert was able to help Rachel create an intimate, family-focused series of celebrations that captured the importance of the event to the couple.

From the playful and girly bridal shower to the intimate ceremony in her mother's dining room, to an Art Deco-inspired reception at the Bleecker Street Arts Club three days later, Rachel and her now-husband Anthony, 37, celebrated their marriage in as many ways as they possibly could.

"The shower was very girly and whimsical," says planner Laura. She mixed rented mix-and-match floral china with Rachel's grandmother's crystal to put an antique spin on the décor, while gold chairs and black and white cushions added a whimsical touch. A date in May meant there was an abundance of fresh, seasonal flowers in vibrant pink. Says Rachel, "Having Laura help with the shower meant we didn't have to worry about rentals or design, and that my mother and sister could enjoy themselves during the party."

The lush centerpieces featured peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, and sweet peas. A combination of gold and silver bud vases carried on the celebration's eclectic feel.

For such a playful event, there was no better choice for food than caterer Peter Callahan. Whimsical hors d'oeuvres, like bite-sized fish tacos served with mini margaritas, kept all the ladies satisfied. Another one of his signature passed treats? Pastry rings topped with caviar and a dollop of cream.

Instead of a traditional guest book, Rachel's friends and family left her messages on a bottle of wine.

There's nothing more fun than s'mores, and they're even better when they come in a one-bite package!

For both her ceremony and her reception, Rachel chose sleek, modern gowns designed by Inbal Dror. "I wanted something unique and different, and Inbal was really able to do that," she says.

The couple, who met 15 years ago, were engaged for almost a year and a half before they began planning their wedding. Once they started, bringing in a planner meant they could pull it all together in 8 months.

Anthony wore a classic tuxedo from Tom Ford. His rose gold Patek watch belonged to Rachel's late father.

In honor of her father, who passed away seven years ago, Rachel had her elegant white and green bouquet wrapped in one of his ties.

Her strapless Inbal Dror gown featured va-va-voom sheer nude lace on the back of the corset.

The ceremony was supposed to take place outside, however the threat of rain caused them to move it indoors. The chuppah, draped in orchids, roses, and hydrangeas in shades of white, was erected in Rachel's mother's dining room, which ended up being the perfect location for the cozy ceremony.

Three days later, on June 13th, 2013, Rachel and Anthony gathered 65 of their friends at Bleecker Street Arts Club for the reception. Rachel donned another Inbal Dror design, this one featuring modern beading and an a-line skirt.

Layered gold, silver, and champagne were accented with fresh white and green flowers. Patterned linens put a glam spin on the tables, which were topped with white peonies and tall candlesticks.

For the wedding reception, Rachel and Anthony turned to Mario by Mary, serving their guests a menu curated by Mario Batali and created by Mary Giuliani. They shared some of their favorite—and indulgent—foods, from blinis and caviar (served with chilled vodka shots) to burrata, tortello puzzone, and strip loin.

When they weren't dining or dancing, guests entertained themselves with a photo booth full of playful props. For dessert, a white-on-white wedding cake was topped with the couple's monogram.

And the party didn't end there! As a nod to their Anguillan engagement, Anthony and Rachel invited friends and family to Cap Juluca resort to celebrate with them yet again.

"I know everyone says this, but don't forget to enjoy your wedding day," says Rachel. "Don't stress over every little thing—just be in the moment." Whether it's your bridal shower or your wedding day, having a great team in place will keep the stress to a minimum, and the joy at an all-time high.

Bridal Shower & Ceremony Venue: The Bride's Mother's Home || Reception Venue: Bleecker Street Arts Club || Bridal Shower & Wedding Planner: Laura Remmert Events || Bride's Wedding Dresses: Inbal Dror || Shoes: Prada, Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin || Jewelry: Family Heirlooms || Hair & Makeup: Jessie Riley || Groom's Tuxedo: Tom Ford || Wedding Bands: Michael Herman || Florist: Lewis Miller Design || Invitations & Paper Goods: Regas || Music: Venus Ensembles || Bridal Shower Catering: Peter Callahan || Wedding Catering: Ceremony – KG Fare, Reception – Mario by Mary || Cake: Ceremony – Lady M Confections, Reception – Cheryl Kleinman Cakes || Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. || Favors: Molly's Cupcakes || Photography: Roey Yohai Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Timeless Seaside Wedding in Southampton, New York

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Dec 262013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Wine Country-Inspired Wedding at Vine Hill House in Sebastopol, California

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Dec 172013

Is there anything more gorgeous than the rolling hills of a vineyard in California's wine country? If there is, we can't think of it, and Jonathan and Renee agree. The couple took to Sebastopol, CA, for their August 17, 2012, wedding, where the venue's natural beauty was allowed to speak for itself.

Renee and Jonathan are proof that it never hurts to seek out the single bridesmaid or groomsman at a friend's wedding. That's just how they met—serving as members of the wedding party when their dear friends got married in 2010. They'd never met before, but began dating soon after their friends tied the knot. And the same friends that brought them together played a key role in Renee and Jonathan's engagement, too. "It was very unassuming," says Renee. "We were getting dinner with the friends who'd introduced us and, when dinner was over, Jonathan got down on one knee and proposed."

For their wedding, the couple sought out California's beautiful weather and endless rows of vines. With most of their guests flying in from the East Coast, this quasi-destination wedding embraced family traditions (as well as the couple's love of the kitchen) and let Vine Hill House's scenery shine through.

White and Orange Wedding Invitation Suite

Oversized calligraphy in a bright, punchy hue gives Renee and Jonathan's fairly traditional invitation suite a playful touch. The eye-catching orange envelope seals the deal.

Renee's vintage-style engagement ring is surrounded by an intricate hexagon setting.

Blush by Hayley Paige Wedding Dress

"I wanted something that didn't scream 'I'm a bride!' and was a little more unique than most bridal gowns," says Renee of her scoop-neck ball gown from Blush by Hayley Paige. The box-pleated skirt adds an extra touch of crisp volume. Bejeweled Badgley Mischka pumps peeked out from beneath the ivory silk.

Bride in Blush by Hayley Paige

A fabric flower accentuated the neckline of Renee's gown. She and her bridesmaids carried hand-tied bouquets in soft, sweet colors. Garden roses, dahlias, parrot tulips, hydrangeas, and pops of yellow from billy balls were ideal for the late-summer celebration.

The flower girl and junior bridesmaid are the couple's nieces, daughters of Jonathan's late brother. "We used diamonds from their father's wedding band to have earrings made for the girls, then used the remaining stones to make a necklace for Jonathan's mom," says Renee. The flower girl carried a flower wand decorated with billy balls, ribbon and tulle.

Groom with Custom Map Cufflinks

Jonathan's map cufflinks featured the locations of where the couple met, and where they were getting married.

The wedding party wore gray, a light sage green, and soft purple, tying into the natural, pastel hues of the wedding's décor. "Their suits were dressed up, but not stuffy or uncomfortable," Renee explains.

Vintage Frames with Escort Cards

Antique frames hanging from the property's oak tree displayed the guests' escort cards. Tiny clothespins held the cards to stretches of tulle ribbon. A chalkboard featured the evening's menu.

Pastel-hued mason jars and milk bottles appeared throughout the reception. Colorful paper straws were on-hand for the couple's signature white sangria, which was made using Jonathan's recipe.

Homemade Jam Wedding Favors
Homemade Wine Jam Wedding Favors

A vintage suitcase was the ideal receptacle for cards. "We both love being in the kitchen," says Renee, "so we decided to create something edible and homemade to share with our guests. We made Hot Pepper and Berry Wine Jellies, tying in to the vineyard venue." The guestbook was a unique take on the wine bottle guest book. Guests wrote notes to the couple and slipped them into empty bottles, which Renee and Jonathan will crack open so they can read the notes inside.

Outdoor California Wedding Reception

The simple, muted color scheme let Vine Hill House's landscape really shine. Neutral tables were arranged under large umbrellas, while heat-lamps were at the ready for when the sun set. Garden roses, dahlias, tulips, and hydrangeas in ivory, pink, peach, and yellow were used for the low centerpieces.

White Wedding Cake with Fresh Flowers

The three-tiered cake was decorated with fresh roses, dusty miller leaves, and hydrangeas to match the reception décor. In honor of the couple's grandmothers, who were "avid and wonderful pie makers," Renee and Jonathan served a selection of pies along with the cake.

Lights, strung from the branches, cast a whimsical glow over the reception.

Jonathan and Renee honeymooned in Maui three months after their wedding. "It was nice to have something to look forward to once the wedding was over," says Renee. But before the wedding has come and gone? "Don't procrastinate!" says the bride. "And don't be afraid to stay on top of your vendors. More than anything, though, enjoy every minute. Don't get caught up in the snafus that may happen. None of your guests will remember!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Vine Hill House || Day-Of Coordinator: Elsa Vera || Bride's Wedding Dress: Blush by Hayley Paige || Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Jewelry: Janene's Bridal Boutique || Hair & Makeup: It's a Date at the Powder Room || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew || Groom and Groomsmen's Suits: Perry Ellis from Men's Wearhouse || Wedding Bands: Seelenbacher Jewelers || Florist: PoppyStone Floral Design || Invitations & Paper Goods: New England Invitations || Music: Ceremony - Golden Gate Strings, Reception - Denon & Doyle || Catering: Park Avenue Catering || Cake: Fleur de Lisa || Photography: Janae Shields Photography

—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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Dec 062013
Bride and Groom in Philadelphia, PA

Photo: Marie Labbancz of Art of Love

When Elizabeth began throwing her annual Christmas cocktail party for her friends in New York, she had no idea that the event would become so popular, or that one day, three years later, her future husband would walk through her front door.

Ryan arrived at Elizabeth's apartment as a guest of their mutual friend, and immediately knew that he needed to ask her out on a date. With Elizabeth busy cooking, entertaining, and making sure they didn't bother the neighbors, there was barely a moment for them to speak, but she couldn't help but be distracted by the man who kept trying to talk to her. As the party came to an end, Ryan was too nervous to get Elizabeth's number, but instead gave her his email address as he headed out the door. She waited the appropriate two days before writing to him, and their plans to meet for a bike ride began what would become a whirlwind six-month romance.

In June of 2011, after a morning spent in Central Park and an afternoon with Ryan's family, the couple headed off alone to meet friends for a drink. As they rounded 86th street and 2nd avenue, the location of their first kiss, Ryan got down on one knee and asked Elizabeth to be his wife. 14 months later, on August 25th, 2012, the couple tied the knot at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

Monique Lhuillier Ball Gown and Green Badgley Mischka Peep-Toe Shoes

Wedding Bands and Bride's Hand-Embroidered Slip

Photo: Marie Labbancz of Art of Love

"Once we'd chosen a venue, I let my wedding dress dictate the formality of the wedding," says Elizabeth of her two-piece Monique Lhuillier ball gown. The top was covered in Alencon lace and had elegant cap sleeves. The silk gazar skirt had gorgeous pick-ups, and was finished with a satin ribbon sash. Beneath the gown, Elizabeth wore a pair of green Badgley Mischka pumps embellished with crystal brooches. Her mother hand-stitched and embroidered a slip for her to wear beneath her skirt.

Monogrammed Formal Wedding Invitation

Photo: Marie Labbancz of Art of Love

The couple's ornate monogram made many appearances throughout the wedding, from the invitations to the programs.

Groom's Dog Wearing a Floral Collar

Bride and Groom Outside the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia

Photo: Marie Labbancz of Art of Love

The couple's dog was dressed up in a floral collar for the occasion. Ryan wore a classic black tuxedo with a cumberbund and bow tie to complement Elizabeth's formal gown.

Bride in Monique Lhuillier with Yellow Balloons

Bouquets of Roses, Freesia, Hydrangeas and Lily of the Valley

Photo: Marie Labbancz of Art of Love

As her something blue, Elizabeth wore a pair of sapphire and diamond earrings that her groom gave her as a wedding present.

She and her bridesmaids carried hand-tied bouquets. Elizabeth's featured garden roses, freesia, Lily of the Valley and dusty miller leaves. Her bridesmaids' bouquets were yellow freesia, blue hydrangeas, garden roses and lamb's ear.

Rooftop Wedding Ceremony at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia

Blue and Yellow Floral Wedding Ceremony Decor

Rooftop Wedding Ceremony in Philadelphia

Photo: Marie Labbancz of Art of Love

The couple chose the Franklin Institute because it enabled them to have an outdoor ceremony with sweeping views of Philadelphia. The aisle was decorated with arrangements of light blue hydrangeas and yellow roses.

Reception in the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial in Philadelphia

Cream, Yellow and Blue Floral Centerpieces

Father-Daughter Dance at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia

Photo: Marie Labbancz of Art of Love

After guests wandered the Franklin Institute's exhibits during cocktail hour, they gathered in the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial for a formal reception under the watchful eye of Ben Franklin himself. Vintage inspired silver vessels overflowed with cream and yellow garden roses, lisianthus, and hydrangeas. The Memorial provided a memorable location for Elizabeth's dance with her father during dinner.

Three-Tier Wedding Cake with a Lace Pattern and Fresh Flowers

Photo: Marie Labbancz of Art of Love

The couple's three-tier wedding cake was a red velvet cake with chocolate ganache filling and white chocolate icing. It was piped with a lace deign and featured the monogram that was used on all of the wedding's printed materials. Fresh roses and hydrangeas provided an elegant finishing touch.

Sparkler Wedding Exit at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

Photo: Marie Labbancz of Art of Love

Ryan and Elizabeth exited the Franklin Institute in a shower of sparklers. Shortly thereafter, the duo found themselves dancing in the fountain out front with their friends!

Bride and Groom at a Wedding in Philadelphia

Photo: Marie Labbancz of Art of Love

Elizabeth and Ryan honeymooned in Spain, spending five days on the beach, then heading to the Pyrenees Mountains to spend a few days road biking - a nod to the bike ride that started it all.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Franklin Institute || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier, via The Bridal Garden || Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Hair & Makeup: Mackenzie Hughes of Mack Stylist || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung || Groom & Groomsmen's Tuxedos: Black Tie Formal Attire || Wedding Bands: Sackowitz Jewelers || Florist: Nancy Saam || Invitations & Paper Goods: Matthewy Kelsey, Printer || Music: Imagine, EBE Entertainment || Catering & Cake: Frog Commissary || Photography: Marie Labbancz of Art of Love

—Jaimie Schoen

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One Couple’s Colorful, Playful Wedding at the SLS Beverly Hills

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Nov 292013
Bride and groom at the SLS Beverly Hills Hotel

Photo: Allison Gable & Brian Callaway of Callaway Gable

We'd all been there as kids: You dream of an extravagant, fun-filled, over-the-top party with a budget your parents would never approve. Bright colors, crazy games, and lots of dancing. So when Joy and Jamie sat down to plan their wedding in early 2012, they knew exactly what they would do. They'd use their marriage as an opportunity to throw that party they'd always wanted, with a grown-up twist.

Jamie and Joy met in 2009 at a coffee shop (though, ironically, neither of them drinks coffee). Jamie asked Joy if anyone was using the seat next to her, and her response was "No, just you." The two quickly hit it off, and dated for two and a half years before Jamie proposed.

In January of 2012, they headed to the SLS Hotel for an impromptu date, including a couples' treatment at the hotel spa. Jamie booked them a room and had it filled with lilies, Joy's favorite flowers. He told Joy how frustrated he was that he hadn't been able to find the perfect diamond for her engagement ring, then pulled out an incredibly gaudy piece of costume jewelry and slipped it on her finger "as a placeholder," says Joy. When she told him no placeholder was needed, he removed the costume ring to reveal the engagement ring he'd designed hiding beneath it, already on her hand!

Bride in Allure Couture with a yellow Calla lily bouquet.

Photo: Allison Gable & Brian Callaway of Callaway Gable

For their wedding on November 3, 2012, Joy wore a drop-waisted ball gown with an embellished sweetheart neckline by Allure Couture. She chose the gown because, she says, "When I tried it on, I felt and looked the way my inner little girl had always thought I would look on my wedding day."

Groom's custom Nikes in black and turquoise.

The groom and his son getting ready for the wedding.

Photo: Allison Gable & Brian Callaway of Callaway Gable

Jamie and Joy had their Nikes custom-designed during a long weekend in New York City. Jamie's collection is pretty impressive, and he's gotten Joy in on the fun! They also had sneakers made for Jamie's children, Emmerson and Bailey. Bailey served as his dad's best man, getting ready with him before the ceremony.

The groom's children in customized sneakers.

Photo: Allison Gable & Brian Callaway of Callaway Gable

Emmerson, who was Joy's maid of honor, only agreed to wear a floor-length dress if Joy would let her wear sneakers underneath. She and her brother sported custom Nikes emblazoned with "Best Girl" and "Best Boy".

Outdoor wedding ceremony at the SLS Beverly Hills.

Outdoor wedding ceremony seating at the SLS Beverly Hills.

Outdoor chuppah decorated with yellow and orange flowers.

Photo: Allison Gable & Brian Callaway of Callaway Gable

The couple's ceremony took place on the hotel's terrace at sunset. A combination of benches and black and silver chairs, flanked by oversized mirrors, gave the space a modern spin. The focal point was the elegant chuppah, draped with billowing white fabric and topped with orange and yellow flowers. Turquoise fabric added a playful touch.

The bride and groom with their kids showing off their rings.

Photo: Allison Gable & Brian Callaway of Callaway Gable

Joy and Jamie let their officiant design the ceremony. He sent them each a questionnaire beforehand and used their answers to put it all together, which gave their wedding a personal, heartfelt touch.

A colorful wedding reception at the SLS Beverly Hills.

Scrabble wedding centerpieces with bright flowers.

Photo: Allison Gable & Brian Callaway of Callaway Gable

The reception was all about fun. Three different table setups each had a separate focus: Games (jacks, Rubik's cubes, and Scrabble), candy, and chalkboards and pinwheels. They displayed the table numbers on Lite-Brite boards. Shades of yellow, orange, pink, and turquoise popped against white backgrounds and tied the tables together.

Felt moustache and lips place cards and photo booth props.

Photo: Allison Gable & Brian Callaway of Callaway Gable

The escort cards also served as photo booth props. Women got hot pink lips, while men got playful moustaches. Guests loved using them for photos later in the evening!

A wedding cupcake tower display.

The bride and groom's father-daughter and mother-son dance with their kids.

Photo: Allison Gable & Brian Callaway of Callaway Gable

Instead of a cake, the couple served tiers of mini cupcakes in their favorite flavors. Tie-dye frosting in bright colors was a playful finishing touch. In addition to their choreographed tap performance, Joy and Jamie did a father-daughter and mother-son dance with Jamie's two children. Then, the real party began!

After throwing a fairly unconventional wedding, Joy and Jamie recommend that all couples make sure that the wedding is about them, and is the way they want it. "Compromise for each other, not those outside your partnership. And remember that this is the first day of the rest of your life together!" says Joy.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: SLS Beverly Hills || Wedding Planner: Allyson Joseph of Bob Gail Events || Bride's Wedding Dress & Veil: Allure Couture || Jewelry & Rings: KIV Karats || Shoes: PMK Custom Kicks and Nike ID || Florist: Bob Gail Events || Invitations: Urbanic Paper Boutique || Catering: The Bazaar || Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop || Photography: Allison Gable & Brian Callaway of Callaway Gable

—Jaimie Schoen

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

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

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

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

Diamond engagement ring.

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

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

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

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

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

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

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

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

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

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

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

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

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

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

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

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

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

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

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

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

Black and white funfetti wedding cake with pink peonies.

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

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

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

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

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

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

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Colorful, Rustic Wedding at the Carneros Inn in Napa Valley

 California, Classic, Garden, Outdoor, Peach, Pink, Preppy, Real Weddings, Romantic, Rustic, Summer  Comments Off on A Colorful, Rustic Wedding at the Carneros Inn in Napa Valley
Nov 132013

You never know when putting away your headphones and chatting with the person seated next to you on an airplane might change your life. That is exactly what happened to Mark and Bridget in 2009 on a flight from Burbank to Oakland. The duo talked for the entire flight and exchanged contact information just before landing. They became e-mail pen pals, developing a friendship that became something more when, six months later, Mark was in San Francisco for a business meeting and invited Bridget to dinner.

After three years of flying back and forth to visit one another, the couple took a last-minute trip to Orange County. Mark was antsy all day, but his nerves subsided when he finally took Bridget's hand and asked her to be his wife. On August 3rd, 2013, Mark and Bridget wed in Napa, California, proving that love may really be waiting for you anywhere–even on the other side of your airplane armrest.

Bridget's wedding-day accessories held a special place in the bride's heart. Her mother passed away a mere month before the wedding, so Bridget reached for her mother's emerald and diamond bracelet in order to keep a piece of her mom with her on such a special day. Though bittersweet, Bridget says that "wearing her bracelet made me feel connected to her, and I knew she was with me that entire day."

The bride's bracelet and engagement ring complemented her dress's pearl and crystal-embellished belt. She kept her accessories minimal to really let the dress shine.

While she was getting ready with her bridesmaids, Bridget received a sweet surprise from her husband-to-be in the form of a decadent chocolate cake.

Bride with purple makeup and a bouquet.

Bridget paired a simple, elegant up-do with a subtle purple smoky eye, adding a touch of glamour to her bridal look. Her bouquet featured white and off-white roses, peonies and dusty miller. A sparkling floral brooch was a playful finishing touch.

Bridget's wedding dress was "not at all what I had envisioned for myself," says the bride. The combination of lace and tulle in her a-line Blue by Enzoani dress was the fourth dress Bridget tried on, and she bought it on the spot.

Mark wore a gray suit and a blue polka-dotted tie. The single white rose and dusty miller leaves in his boutonniere complemented Bridget's bouquet.

Bridesmaids in blush chiffon dresses.

Bridget's four bridesmaids wore blush-hued strapless dresses. They carried soft bouquets of pink and white peonies and dusty green leaves.

The groomsmen matched Mark in gray suits and blue ties. Their soft pink shirts complemented the bridesmaids' chiffon dresses.

The bride's father escorts her down the aisle.

Bridget went traditional for her procession down the aisle. Her father escorted her as a string trio played Pachelbel's Canon in D.

Judge Guy Reece, a longtime friend of the groom, performed the ceremony. The couple kept it traditional, short and sweet. As the ceremony came to an end, Judge Reece read an Irish Blessing in honor of Bridget's mother, who truly loved her Irish heritage.

After a recessional to The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun," Mark and Bridget snuck away for portraits. The rolling hills of Napa provided a beautiful, natural backdrop.

Instead of tchotchkes that would get left in a drawer, Mark and Bridget chose to thank their guests for joining them with individual potted succulents. The plants were included in much of the reception's rustic-chic décor

Burlap runners and twine-wrapped votive holders were the finishing touch to the pretty, rustic reception. "Simplicity was key," says Bridget. "We wanted our guests to feel comfortable and not overwhelmed by decorations."

Wooden boxes overflowed with flowers in soft pink, white and green hues. Candles and mason jars surrounded arrangements of hydrangeas, roses, and succulents.

The four-tier wedding cake was topped with fresh pink peonies and a cascade of white fondant flower petals. The cake featured alternating layers of salted caramel chocolate cake and lemon-raspberry.

Mark and Bridget's one request to their DJ? Lots of dance-worthy songs–
particularly Michael Jackson!

After the wedding, the couple spent their relaxing honeymoon in Maui. Bridget's favorite thing about being married is never being lonely. "The first three years of our relationship were long-distance," she says, "and it is so nice to not have to fly home every weekend and leave Mark."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Carneros Inn || Planner: Brooke Baglietto of the Carneros Inn || Bride's Wedding Dress: Blue by Enzoani, from Bridal Project || Hair & Makeup: Carrie Aldous || Shoes: Sam Edelman || Jewelry: The Bride's Mother || Wedding Bands: Symbols Myrtle Beach || Groom and Groomsmen's Suits: Hugo Boss || Bridesmaids' Dresses: JLM Couture || Invitations: Minted || Florist: Themes and Flowers || Catering and Cake: The Carneros Inn || Music: Lawrence String Trio, Randy Kort of Extravaganza Productions || Photographer: Angie Silvy Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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