Dec 312013
 
Modern Couple Blue Shoes Chicago Wedding

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

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

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

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

Couple Chicago History Museum Wedding Engagement Ring on Modern Stripe Background

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

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

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Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

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

White Wedding Bouquet Tulips Roses Peonies Groom Boutonniere White Ranunculus

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

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

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

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Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

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

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Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

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

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Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

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

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

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

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

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

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



Bride Groom Chicago History Museum Wedding


Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio


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

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

—Amanda First

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A Formal Late Fall Wedding at the Berkeley Hotel on the Jersey Shore

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Dec 302013
 

When Joe, 32, proposed to Emily, 31, at their NYC apartment in 2011, he knew they were in for the event of a lifetime. Emily's the wedding and events manager of the New York Public Library, host to some of the city's most glamorous and elegant soirees—not to mention, of course, Carrie Bradshaw's would-be wedding in Sex and the City.

Emily's helped coordinate some of the most memorable weddings New York has ever seen, but she knew she wanted something a little different for her and Joe. The two were longtime friends from summers past at the Jersey Shore, and they chose to honor their time there together with a formal, modern reception at Asbury Park's breathtaking Berkeley Hotel. Family heirlooms, personalized details, and organic decor helped make the late fall (November 17, the same wedding date as Emily's parents!) bash feel warm and intimate.

One sunny day in October 2011, Emily's boss told her to take the afternoon off as a special treat. Psyched for a few blissful hours of shopping and pampering, Emily shrugged off Joe's insistence that he wasn't feeling well and needed her to hightail it home ASAP. She strolled in in the late afternoon, laden with shopping bags, to find Joel kneeling on the floor with a ring. "I had no way of knowing, but Joe had called my boss to tell her he was planning to propose and to have her send me home," she explains. "Knowing that he put all of that together for me—on his own—made it truly one of the best days of my life."

"The formality of the venue dictated a very traditional invitation with some modern changes, like custom envelope liners and a laser-cut shape," Emily says. She worked with Adrienne at the Village Invites to create a custom suite that felt both traditional and of-the-moment.

Emily knew right away that a traditional gown with sleeves would look just right in a formal church ceremony. "Finding something with sleeves in a sea of strapless gowns was easier said than done, but I ultimately fell in love with a long-sleeved, high-necked Alencon lace Augusta Jones gown," she says. With a cathedral-length veil, the look was elegant, timeless and breathtakingly beautiful. "I was so sad to take off the veil," Emily says. "The gown—amazing. But the veil was...magic."

Her mother's gown was also made of Alcenon lace, and Emily's seamstress cut out a small piece and sewed it into the lining of her gown, just above her heart. In her black velvet clutch, Emily carried old love letters her grandparents sent to each other—talk about something old!


Emily wanted an unconventional bouquet with lots of texture that spoke to the season. She chose a wintry, organic mix of white kale, artichokes, succulents, pepperberries, seeded eucalyptus and grey craspedia.

Emily's bridesmaids wore slate gray chiffon gowns from Bill Levkoff. Their gorgeous black fur stoles and smoky quartz jewelry were generous gifts from the bride!

Joe looked extra-dapper in a slim fit custom tuxedo from Calvin Klein.

Emily and Joe were married in St. Elizabeth's Church in Avon by the Sea, New Jersey, where they'd spent many summers together with their families. To add to the warm, inviting feel of the evening ceremony, they lined the stairs outside with candle-lit lanterns. The traditional Catholic ceremony was officiated by the Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen, a friend of Joe's parents.

Emily and Joe planned to have the wedding party arrive to the church via antique trolley, but engine trouble led to some unforeseen circumstances. "After the engine began sputtering and smoking, I still can't believe the boys drove the trolley to the church as it billowed exhaust and fumes and onlookers stared in horror!" Emily says. Her bridesmaids gamely piled in an SUV instead, and Emily made a dramatic entrance in a vintage Rolls Royce.

At their large, formal nighttime reception at the beaux arts Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park, the couple used organic elements like mercury glass, tall hurricanes, and sprays of white berries to match the height and elegance of the soaring, high-ceilinged ballroom. They incorporated both round and long tables to create a communal feel, even with the 242-person guest list, and added flickering candlelight, lanterns, and dark linens to make the room feel extra-inviting.

They collaborated with Kitschens Catering, a small Asbury Park-based caterer, to create a dream seasonal menu. After hors d'ouvres like mini lobster rolls, shrimp shooters, and cheese-stuffed olives, guests dug into sweet potato bisque, a petite filet, and homemade pasta with veggies.

In fitting with their classic wedding, Emily and Joe chose a traditional vanilla cake with raspberry filling. They had custom cake toppers created to look just like them, and they plan to break them out every year on their anniversary!

Joe plays the drums in a band, and the couple surprised their guests by having him jump on stage to jam out to "Boogie on Reggae Woman" as the evening wore down.

The wedding was held just two weeks after Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore, and though they feared for days the future of the town that meant so much to them, the couple's ceremony and reception venues remained unscathed. In lieu of favors, they made a donation to the Asbury Park conservancy in each guest's name, and a year later, they remember the devastation of those weeks and feel grateful for the perspective the storm offered.

"While the color of the flowers and the flavor of the cake may seem all-consuming, remember that in the end, it is just one day to celebrate a lifetime of love and friendship. It is the people around you and the fact that they may be coming from near and far to celebrate with you that really matters," Emily says.

Ceremony Venue: St. Elizabeth's Church, Avon by the Sea, NJ || Reception Venue: The Berkeley Hotel, Asbury Park, NJ || Day-Of Coordinator: Lisa Archambault and Andy Spray of Palm Productions, Stefani Hanson at the Berkeley Hotel || Bride's Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones || Veil: Kleinfeld Bridal || Hair: Jessica Gere of Simply GorJess Hair || Makeup: Josie Vega || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Lefkoff || Groom's and Groomsmen's Attire: Calvin Klein, Vera Wang at Men's Wearhouse || Wedding Bands: Custom || Florist: Bonnie Capuzzello of Petal Beach || Invitations & Paper Goods: The Village Invites || Music: The Smokin' Section || Catering: Kitschen's Catering || Cake: Roseanna Cobb || Rentals: Party Rental LTD || Photography: Jeri Houseworth Photography

—Amanda First

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One Couple’s Elegant, Natural Wedding at Cherokee Plantation in South Carolina

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Dec 242013
 

What do you get when you mix natural Southern beauty with the glitz and glam of the Gatsby era? You get the September 29, 2012 wedding of Gillian, 31, and John, 32, an airy, sophisticated celebration that brings North and South together in perfect harmony.

Gillian and John met through a mutual friend on Nantucket during the summer of 2009. Their romance eventually brought them to New York City, where John got down on one knee on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A year later, the couple invited 70 of their nearest and dearest to spend three days with them at Cherokee Plantation in Yemessee, South Carolina. "My family has been going there to celebrate holidays for over a decade, and we were so happy to be able to share it with everyone," says Gillian. The couple and their guests spent the weekend playing golf, shooting sporting clays, riding horses, being pampered with massages–and celebrating at a beautifully timeless wedding that balanced elegance with Southern charm.

Gillian wore a classic fitted Ines DiSanto gown with a delicate lace overlay. "The back was open with tiny pearl buttons. I felt amazing in it!" she says. John wore a super formal white tuxedo jacket, which he paired with a classic black bow tie.

The formal invitation was written in a lovely blue ink, a twist on the traditional.

Gillian chose pewter Manolo Blahnik peep-toe pumps, complete with crystal brooches, to wear under her gown. John paired his tux with customized needlepoint cufflinks that commemorated their wedding date.

The bride carried a bouquet of white and cream roses, ranunculus, sweet peas and lilacs. John's cream rose boutonniere was tied with a navy blue ribbon.

The couple wed in a traditional outdoor ceremony. Urns full of hydrangeas, roses and greenery flanked the aisle and marked the altar.

The skies opened up just after the ceremony, sending guests running for the tent. "My favorite photo from the day was the most unexpected, taken as we giddily hurried to the tent under an oversized umbrella," says Gillian. Thankfully, the rain stopped 30 minutes later and the rest of the evening was beautiful and clear.

Soft draping transformed the tented reception into an elegant affair, while chandeliers strung from the ceiling cast a glow over the tables. Guests were seated at a variety of round, square, and rectangular tables. Some of the wooden tables were left uncovered, a nod to Cherokee Plantation's history.

A mix of high and low arrangements featured tulips, hydrangeas, peonies, and roses in shades of white, cream, pink, and lavender. Low mercury vases added a touch of shine to the otherwise simple tables. Textured tablecloths were used for another layer of visual interest.

Each place was set with a classic gold-rimmed charger. The menu was printed on pale green paper and cut to fit the plate. "It featured an image of one of Cherokee's oak trees, draped in Spanish moss," says Gillian. "I've loved that tree forever, and was thrilled to have it on my wedding menu!"

The simple two-tiered cake featured a floral applique pattern reminiscent of the bride's dress. "It was delicious!" she gushes.

Lounge seating areas beckoned guests (when they weren't on the dance floor, of course!). As dusk fell, the couple surprised their family and friends with a firework display to mark the happy occasion.

The couple departed through a wave of sparklers. "You set the tone for your wedding," says Gillian. "They feed off your energy. So don't stress! Remember: everyone there loves you and is there to see you have a good time."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cherokee Plantation || Wedding Planner: Ellen Robinson of WED || Bride's Wedding Dress: Ines DiSanto || Shoes: Manolo Blahnik || Hair & Makeup: Stuart Laurence Salon || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo Collection || Groom's Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren Black Label || Florist: Sara York Grimshaw Designs || Invitations: Studio R || Music: Big Ray and the Kool Kats || Catering: Cru Catering || Cake: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal || Rentals: Snyder Rentals || Lighting: Technical Event Company || Videography: Siegel FIlms || Photography: Marni Rothschild Pictures

&mdash:Jaimie Schoen

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A Glamorous Winter Wedding at the San Francisco Design Center

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Dec 202013
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

—Jaimie Schoen

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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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A Classic Summer Wedding at New Jersey’s Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club

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Nov 262013
 
Bride and groom at a wedding in New Jersey.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Though Lindsey, 28, and Matt, 32, met in 2003, when she was a freshman and he was a senior at Bucknell, it wasn't until a Homecoming weekend after she'd graduated that their friendship (and her self-described "huge crush") turned into something more.

When Matt knew it was time to propose, he'd planned to pop the question on top of Table Mountain during the couple's trip to South Africa. However, concerns about bringing the ring through airport security (and thereby blowing the surprise) prompted him to propose before they left. So, after a broken-down car pushed his plan back yet another day, Matt got down on one knee in the couple's dining room and asked Lindsey to be his wife.

The couple, who'd originally wanted a backyard BBQ before Lindsey's father talked them into a country club reception, combined shades of white and green, burlap runners and lots of candlelight to bring the outdoors in. With help from family and friends–and a few DIY projects–on July 27th, 2012, they had the simple, sweet wedding they'd dreamed of, with an elegant twist.

Pnina Tornai lace wedding gown and corc Via Spiga pumps. Engagement ring and wedding bands with the couple's initials.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

A college friend of Lindsey's works at Kleinfeld's in New York City, so choosing a place to go dress shopping was a no-brainer. Lindsey's friend knew exactly what the bride wanted, entering the fitting room with a backless lace gown by Pnina Tornai. Cork peep-toe pumps gave her bridal ensemble a natural flair.

Bridal bouquet of baby's breath wrapped in lace.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Lindsey carried a simple bouquet of soft baby's breath. She wrapped the stems with a piece of fabric from her dress.

Groom and groomsmen wearing Vans sneakers.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Matt and his groomsmen all wore Vans sneakers. His were plain white, while his groomsmen were in the classic checkered pattern.

Bridesmaid in a taupe J.Crew dress with a bouquet of hydrangeas.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Lindsey's bridesmaids wore J.Crew dresses in a soft taupe hue. They carried bouquets of white and green hydrangeas, wrapped in twine.

Groom in a Black by Vera Wang tuxedo, bride in Pnina Tornai. Bride in a lace Pnina Tornai wedding dress with an open back.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

The simple silhouette of Lindsey's lace gown was accentuated by the dramatic keyhole back. Her loose up-do let the dress's details speak for themselves. Matt's Black by Vera Wang tuxedo was a classic, timeless choice, while his white Vans gave his outfit a dose of personality.

Wedding ceremony programs with unique typography. Two of the bride's friends served as

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Printed programs outlined all of the details for Lindsey and Matt's ceremony. Instead of flower girls, Lindsey's two best guy friends served as "flower boys." At 6'5" and 6', they were hard to miss as they tossed petals on their way down the aisle!

A classic Catholic wedding ceremony at Church of Christ the King in New Jersey. Classic Catholic wedding ceremony in New Jersey.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

The church's soft blue walls, vaulted ceiling and checkered tile floor created a light, airy backdrop for the couple's traditional Catholic ceremony. Buckets overflowing with baby's breath were the only things Matt and Lindsey added to the church's décor.

A vintage Rolls Royce getaway car with a

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

A vintage Rolls Royce with a burlap "just married" sign brought the bride and groom from the ceremony to the reception. Says Lindsey, "People beeped at us and waved our entire drive to the reception and I can whole heartedly say that that was our favorite moment of the night." She also loved that their private ride gave her a few minutes alone with her new husband.

Place cards in grass.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

In keeping with the fresh, vibrant color scheme, place cards were displayed in burlap-wrapped trays of fresh grass.

Burlap runners with baby's breath centerpieces at country club wedding.

1Wooden table numbers with white and green hydrangeas. Wedding reception decorated with burlap, daisies, hydrangeas, and candles.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Burlap runners, arrangements of baby's breath, votive candles and mason jars full of hydrangeas and daisies transformed the reception space, bringing touches of the outdoors in.

Bride and groom releasing a wish lantern.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

At the end of the evening, Lindsey and Matt released a wish lantern. "It was the best day of our lives. Words cannot describe how amazing that day was," says Lindsey. "It meant so much to be with my mom and mother-in-law, and to dance with my dad. It made Matt and me both realize that weddings are just as important to the family as they are to the couple."

Ceremony Venue: Church of Christ the King || Reception Venue: Fiddler's Elbow Country Club || Bride's Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai from Kleinfeld Bridal || Veil: Kleinfeld Bridal || Shoes: Via Spiga || Jewelry: BHLDN || Hair: Gail Ortuso || Makeup: House of Luciano || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew || Groom and Groomsmen's Tuxedos: Black by Vera Wang || Wedding Bands: Jared || Florist: Fiddler's Elbow Country Club || Invitations & Paper Goods: Papyrus, BHLDN || Music: Sounds to Go DJs || Catering: Fiddler's Elbow Country Club || Favors: Donation to Team for Kids || Photography: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

—Jaimie Schoen

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

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Oct 312013
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The groom and groomsmen were outfitted in classic black tuxedos.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Romantic Wedding at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis

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Oct 232013
 

"Once in a while...Right in the middle of an ordinary life...Love comes along and brings you a fairytale." From the proposal to the planning, ceremony to reception, Jennifer and Rob's Memphis, Tennessee wedding on April 27, 2013 was a fairytale, full of romantic and personal moments. Jennifer was completely surprised when Rob got down on one knee during a dinner celebrating her new job. The couple was surrounded by their friends and family as she said "yes!" and it was only natural that they said "I Do" in the same fashion.

Elegant romance was the vision, which Jennifer put together with help from her mother, her planner, and Pinterest. Blush, ivory, champagne, and a hint of pint created a dreamlike feel ideal for the evening celebration. And when the day finally came, Jennifer and Rob danced, ate and celebrated with the people they love most—especially one another.

For her 30th birthday, Rob took Jennifer to New York City and surprised her with a personal shopper for the day. She headed to Vera Wang, where she fell in love with a sleek strapless design with an intricate tulle skirt—a far cry from the embellished gown she'd pictured herself in.

Two lace garters, complete with pearl and crystal details, gave Jennifer's bridal ensemble a hidden touch of shine.

As Rob concluded his toast congratulating Jennifer on her new job, he looked at her and said "...and I want to take care of her for the rest of my life" and got down on one knee.

Crystal-embellished pumps shimmered beneath Jennifer's simple, elegant wedding gown.

For the formal church ceremony and elegant evening reception, Rob skipped the rental shop and purchased a suave custom tuxedo.

The silk ribbon on Jennifer's bouquet was fixed with a pearl brooch that belongs to her 100-year-old grandmother, as well as a tie bar from her late grandfather. Her grandmother wasn't able to attend, but the ceremony was streamed on Skype so that she could still be a part of the day.

White hydrangeas and peonies and blush garden roses matched the soft color scheme, while pink peonies added a pop of playful color.

The bridesmaids' bouquets featured blush garden roses and white hydrangeas, ranunculus and roses.

Jennifer's ten bridesmaids chose between strapless or one-shoulder chiffon gowns in blush. The simple shape flattered the clean, elegant design of Jennifer's gown.

The groomsmen wore tuxedos with bow ties, while Rob and the ring bearer wore straight ties for a slightly different look.

The couple's niece and goddaughter served as flower girls, while the bride's cousin's son was the ring bearer. The three were "so excited," performing beautifully even with such a long aisle in the church.

The fit-and-flare design of Jennifer's wedding dress beautifully flattered her curves. Waves of tulle on the skirt added visual interest and unique texture.

The ceremony took place at St. Peter Catholic Church in Memphis, but had both a Catholic priest and Methodist pastor perform the ceremony instead of having a full Catholic mass.

The church's ornate décor perfectly fit Jennifer and Rob's vision for a romantic fairytale wedding day.

Soft pink tulips and silver votive candles topped the tables, casting a warm glow over the room.

Tall silver candelabras, topped with tulips and peonies, were draped with crystals.

The wedding party's table was decorated with tall vases featuring submerged tulips and floating candles. Instead of favors, the couple offered their guests mint green cake pops and made a donation to the Humane Society in honor of their guests.

The ceiling was draped with soft tan fabric to create a romantic, intimate feel. Iron chandeliers covered in greenery were hung from the ceiling.

Each tier of Rob and Jennifer's wedding cake featured a different flavor, including raspberry, chocolate and strawberry. A delicate ivory lace pattern was piped on blush fondant, and the cake was topped with fresh pink peonies.

Guests were invited to leave notes and advice for the couple in an antique trunk.

The bride and groom left the ceremony in a shower of sparklers. Jennifer's advice for brides? "Just remember that, no matter what happens, this day is about you two. Make it special and don't worry about what everyone else thinks!"

Ceremony Venue: St. Peter Catholic Church, Memphis, TN || Reception Venue: National Ornamental Metal Museum || Planner: Amy Miller Weddings || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Hair: Tanzi Rene || Makeup: Seven Moore || Veil: Romona Keveza || Garter: Bridal By Vanessa || Shoes: Benjamin Adams || Jewelry: Attic of Treasures 2007 || Wedding Bands: Doron Jewelers, Cartier || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters || Groom's Tuxedo: Oak Hall || Invitations & Paper Goods: RSVP Stationers || Florist: Holliday Flowers || Catering and Cake: Ms. Muff'n || Ceremony Music: Jane Smedley and Mary Jo Hoffsommer || Reception Music: Barley Legal, Dingo Entertainment || Favors: Patti Cakes || Transportation: Tennessee Limousine Service || Photographer: Erica Beckman of Clean Plate Pictures

—Jaimie Schoen

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"Once in a while...Right in the middle of an ordinary life...Love comes along and brings you a fairytale." From the proposal to the planning, ceremony to reception, Jennifer and Rob's Memphis, Tennessee wedding on April 27, 2013 was a fairytale, full of romantic and personal moments. Jennifer was completely surprised when Rob got down on one knee during a dinner celebrating her new job. The couple was surrounded by their friends and family as she said "yes!" and it was only natural that they said "I Do" in the same fashion.

Elegant romance was the vision, which Jennifer put together with help from her mother, her planner, and Pinterest. Blush, ivory, champagne, and a hint of pint created a dreamlike feel ideal for the evening celebration. And when the day finally came, Jennifer and Rob danced, ate and celebrated with the people they love most—especially one another.

For her 30th birthday, Rob took Jennifer to New York City and surprised her with a personal shopper for the day. She headed to Vera Wang, where she fell in love with a sleek strapless design with an intricate tulle skirt—a far cry from the embellished gown she'd pictured herself in.

Two lace garters, complete with pearl and crystal details, gave Jennifer's bridal ensemble a hidden touch of shine.

As Rob concluded his toast congratulating Jennifer on her new job, he looked at her and said "...and I want to take care of her for the rest of my life" and got down on one knee.

Crystal-embellished pumps shimmered beneath Jennifer's simple, elegant wedding gown.

For the formal church ceremony and elegant evening reception, Rob skipped the rental shop and purchased a suave custom tuxedo.

The silk ribbon on Jennifer's bouquet was fixed with a pearl brooch that belongs to her 100-year-old grandmother, as well as a tie bar from her late grandfather. Her grandmother wasn't able to attend, but the ceremony was streamed on Skype so that she could still be a part of the day.

White hydrangeas and peonies and blush garden roses matched the soft color scheme, while pink peonies added a pop of playful color.

The bridesmaids' bouquets featured blush garden roses and white hydrangeas, ranunculus and roses.

Jennifer's ten bridesmaids chose between strapless or one-shoulder chiffon gowns in blush. The simple shape flattered the clean, elegant design of Jennifer's gown.

The groomsmen wore tuxedos with bow ties, while Rob and the ring bearer wore straight ties for a slightly different look.

The couple's niece and goddaughter served as flower girls, while the bride's cousin's son was the ring bearer. The three were "so excited," performing beautifully even with such a long aisle in the church.

The fit-and-flare design of Jennifer's wedding dress beautifully flattered her curves. Waves of tulle on the skirt added visual interest and unique texture.

The ceremony took place at St. Peter Catholic Church in Memphis, but had both a Catholic priest and Methodist pastor perform the ceremony instead of having a full Catholic mass.

The church's ornate décor perfectly fit Jennifer and Rob's vision for a romantic fairytale wedding day.

Soft pink tulips and silver votive candles topped the tables, casting a warm glow over the room.

Tall silver candelabras, topped with tulips and peonies, were draped with crystals.

The wedding party's table was decorated with tall vases featuring submerged tulips and floating candles. Instead of favors, the couple offered their guests mint green cake pops and made a donation to the Humane Society in honor of their guests.

The ceiling was draped with soft tan fabric to create a romantic, intimate feel. Iron chandeliers covered in greenery were hung from the ceiling.

Each tier of Rob and Jennifer's wedding cake featured a different flavor, including raspberry, chocolate and strawberry. A delicate ivory lace pattern was piped on blush fondant, and the cake was topped with fresh pink peonies.

Guests were invited to leave notes and advice for the couple in an antique trunk.

The bride and groom left the ceremony in a shower of sparklers. Jennifer's advice for brides? "Just remember that, no matter what happens, this day is about you two. Make it special and don't worry about what everyone else thinks!"

Ceremony Venue: St. Peter Catholic Church, Memphis, TN || Reception Venue: National Ornamental Metal Museum || Planner: Amy Miller Weddings || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Hair: Tanzi Rene || Makeup: Seven Moore || Veil: Romona Keveza || Garter: Bridal By Vanessa || Shoes: Benjamin Adams || Jewelry: Attic of Treasures 2007 || Wedding Bands: Doron Jewelers, Cartier || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters || Groom's Tuxedo: Oak Hall || Invitations & Paper Goods: RSVP Stationers || Florist: Holliday Flowers || Catering and Cake: Ms. Muff'n || Ceremony Music: Jane Smedley and Mary Jo Hoffsommer || Reception Music: Barley Legal, Dingo Entertainment || Favors: Patti Cakes || Transportation: Tennessee Limousine Service || Photographer: Erica Beckman of Clean Plate Pictures

—Jaimie Schoen

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"Once in a while...Right in the middle of an ordinary life...Love comes along and brings you a fairytale." From the proposal to the planning, ceremony to reception, Jennifer and Rob's Memphis, Tennessee wedding on April 27, 2013 was a fairytale, full of romantic and personal moments. Jennifer was completely surprised when Rob got down on one knee during a dinner celebrating her new job. The couple was surrounded by their friends and family as she said "yes!" and it was only natural that they said "I Do" in the same fashion.

Elegant romance was the vision, which Jennifer put together with help from her mother, her planner, and Pinterest. Blush, ivory, champagne, and a hint of pint created a dreamlike feel ideal for the evening celebration. And when the day finally came, Jennifer and Rob danced, ate and celebrated with the people they love most—especially one another.

For her 30th birthday, Rob took Jennifer to New York City and surprised her with a personal shopper for the day. She headed to Vera Wang, where she fell in love with a sleek strapless design with an intricate tulle skirt—a far cry from the embellished gown she'd pictured herself in.

Two lace garters, complete with pearl and crystal details, gave Jennifer's bridal ensemble a hidden touch of shine.

As Rob concluded his toast congratulating Jennifer on her new job, he looked at her and said "...and I want to take care of her for the rest of my life" and got down on one knee.

Crystal-embellished pumps shimmered beneath Jennifer's simple, elegant wedding gown.

For the formal church ceremony and elegant evening reception, Rob skipped the rental shop and purchased a suave custom tuxedo.

The silk ribbon on Jennifer's bouquet was fixed with a pearl brooch that belongs to her 100-year-old grandmother, as well as a tie bar from her late grandfather. Her grandmother wasn't able to attend, but the ceremony was streamed on Skype so that she could still be a part of the day.

White hydrangeas and peonies and blush garden roses matched the soft color scheme, while pink peonies added a pop of playful color.

The bridesmaids' bouquets featured blush garden roses and white hydrangeas, ranunculus and roses.

Jennifer's ten bridesmaids chose between strapless or one-shoulder chiffon gowns in blush. The simple shape flattered the clean, elegant design of Jennifer's gown.

The groomsmen wore tuxedos with bow ties, while Rob and the ring bearer wore straight ties for a slightly different look.

The couple's niece and goddaughter served as flower girls, while the bride's cousin's son was the ring bearer. The three were "so excited," performing beautifully even with such a long aisle in the church.

The fit-and-flare design of Jennifer's wedding dress beautifully flattered her curves. Waves of tulle on the skirt added visual interest and unique texture.

The ceremony took place at St. Peter Catholic Church in Memphis, but had both a Catholic priest and Methodist pastor perform the ceremony instead of having a full Catholic mass.

The church's ornate décor perfectly fit Jennifer and Rob's vision for a romantic fairytale wedding day.

Soft pink tulips and silver votive candles topped the tables, casting a warm glow over the room.

Tall silver candelabras, topped with tulips and peonies, were draped with crystals.

The wedding party's table was decorated with tall vases featuring submerged tulips and floating candles. Instead of favors, the couple offered their guests mint green cake pops and made a donation to the Humane Society in honor of their guests.

The ceiling was draped with soft tan fabric to create a romantic, intimate feel. Iron chandeliers covered in greenery were hung from the ceiling.

Each tier of Rob and Jennifer's wedding cake featured a different flavor, including raspberry, chocolate and strawberry. A delicate ivory lace pattern was piped on blush fondant, and the cake was topped with fresh pink peonies.

Guests were invited to leave notes and advice for the couple in an antique trunk.

The bride and groom left the ceremony in a shower of sparklers. Jennifer's advice for brides? "Just remember that, no matter what happens, this day is about you two. Make it special and don't worry about what everyone else thinks!"

Ceremony Venue: St. Peter Catholic Church, Memphis, TN || Reception Venue: National Ornamental Metal Museum || Planner: Amy Miller Weddings || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Hair: Tanzi Rene || Makeup: Seven Moore || Veil: Romona Keveza || Garter: Bridal By Vanessa || Shoes: Benjamin Adams || Jewelry: Attic of Treasures 2007 || Wedding Bands: Doron Jewelers, Cartier || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters || Groom's Tuxedo: Oak Hall || Invitations & Paper Goods: RSVP Stationers || Florist: Holliday Flowers || Catering and Cake: Ms. Muff'n || Ceremony Music: Jane Smedley and Mary Jo Hoffsommer || Reception Music: Barley Legal, Dingo Entertainment || Favors: Patti Cakes || Transportation: Tennessee Limousine Service || Photographer: Erica Beckman of Clean Plate Pictures

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