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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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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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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 pink 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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Watters Spring 2014 Bridal Collection: First Look

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Oct 122013
 
Watters floral lace wedding dress Photo: Brides

The models walking in Watters' Spring 2014 bridal runway show donned cohesive wedding looks complete with dramatic headpieces, the prettiest bouquets, and fashion-forward accessories. For their latest line, DID, Watters styled the classic wedding dresses with fresh flower crowns—one of this season's biggest trends.

One of our favorite looks was a classic sweetheart wedding gown accessorized with gold statement cuffs on each wrist! This is definitely a trend we'd love to see edgier brides rock on their wedding day!

See more snaps of the romantic looks below, and check out our slideshow to see the entire Spring 2014 collection!

closeup-gold-cuff-watters.jpg goldcuffs-brides-watters.jpg White mermaid Watters wedding dress Ruffled pink Watters wedding dress.jpg Champagne veil Watters wedding dress Watters ornate headpiece Photos: Brides

For more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week, follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google +.

—Donna Kim

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Aug 282013
 

Kim and Emil's love of sports shown almost as brightly as their love for each other when they wed on June 29, exchanging heartfelt vows then partying with 240 guests inside Washington Nationals Ballpark in Washington, D.C. "We are avid sports fans and love to celebrate life," says Kim. "We wanted our guests to have a completely unique experience and feel what it would be like to be in a Major League dugout and batting cage."

But the couple is quick to stress that baseball was merely the backdrop to their big day. "While we wanted to tie in the baseball theme, we did not want it to overwhelm our wedding," Kim says. Incorporating a rich color palette of eggplant and pewter lent formality to the event, while the couple's event planner struck the perfect balance between traditional decor and "baseball design elements," Kim says.

Kim and Emil also had "an overarching, guiding principle that truly directed our planning process," Kim says. "We said we were going to do two things that day: marry each other and have a big, fun party."

Kim knew exactly the kind of dress she wanted—until she fell for a Watters gown that was the complete opposite of everything she had envisioned. "There is something about the dress that is so me," she says. "While it has a lot of intricate detail in terms of the stitching, the detail and pearls, it's very understated. It's not flashy, yet it's tremendously elegant."

Kim's six bridesmaids helped her narrow down their attire to two options: A lavender gown with a purple sash, and an eggplant dress with pockets. In the end, the eggplant-hued Alfred Angelo prevailed. "We think it was the pockets!" Kim jokes.

Kim's hand-tied round bouquet was arranged with lavender roses, violet stock, and mini calla lilies and agapanthus in shades of purple. Dusty miller accented the vibrant blooms.

"The ceremony was absolutely special, beautiful and sacred," Kim says of the couple's traditional service at historic Asbury United Methodist Church, where the bride attended services as a child. A florist accented the church's altar area with two towering arrangements of purple-hued agapanthus, roses, stock and larkspur.

Though Kim's mother passed away years ago, "it was very important for her to be included throughout the wedding," the bride says. "In the lighting of the unity candle, I had three special participants: My mother's best friends come down the aisle together and lit the candle in my mother's honor."

Kim and Emil asked bridesmaids and groomsmen to recite readings at the ceremony, including Wilfred Arlan Peterson's The Art of Marriage and an anonymous version of The Blessing of the Hands.

"Emil literally swept me off my feet when the pastor pronounced 'you may now kiss your bride,'" Kim recalls. "He picked me up about two feet off the ground and kissed me."

Held in the field, where guests could explore the dugout and batting cages, the couple's cocktail hour featured "typical all-American baseball classic favorites presented in a modern way," Kim says. Guests nibbled on popcorn sprinkled with rosemary and Parmesan, ballpark peanuts and warm, soft pretzels at cabaret tables draped in eggplant-colored satin linens.

Minor League players pitched to guests and the bride and groom in between bites at the cocktail hour. "Guests had a blast and got in a workout!" Kim says.

Dinner was served inside the ballpark's PNC Diamond Club, "a hotel-like banquet hall with one glass wall that overlooks the field," Kim describes. Here, guests could nosh on chef-carved grilled sirloin, pan-seared wild salmon and white truffle and Parmesan risotto at tables topped with deep purple linens and pewter-colored napkins. "Selecting the food was very important to us," Kim says.

Submerged dendrobium orchids and calla lilies filled cylindrical vases topped with white floating candles that dotted the round tables at the reception. A custom-designed pennant, bearing the table's name, adorned each tabletop. Table names included Pitcher, Catcher, and Home Run. And favors? "Each guest received a miniature baseball gumball machine that said, 'We hit it off.'" Kim says.

The couple's square, ivory wedding cake was accented with purple-swirled piping. Its layers of almond and red velvet cake and cream cheese filling were "delicious," the bride says.

A DJ "had all 240 guests up and dancing all night," Kim says. "At the end of the wedding, our planner said, "Wow, I've never seen an entire wedding dance all night," Kim says. "This totally fulfilled our goals—we got married and had a big, fun party!"

Kim and Emil walked onto the dance floor to Phil Collins' In The Air Tonight, "right at the point where there's the big breakdown," Kim explains. "So we walked out calmly and then broke out into drumming motions."

When it was time to slow things down, the couple swayed to Let's Stay Together by Al Green.

The DJ also spun tunes "from Washington, DC's native go-go music, to line dances like the Cupid Shuffle," Kim says. "The guests were up and having fun."

"Throughout the evening, we would find some guests outside on the balcony looking into the ballpark," Kim says. "When we asked why they were outside, they would say they were taking it all in and enjoying having a major league baseball stadium all to themselves."

In the weeks since their wedding, Kim and Emil are "still both on Cloud 9," Kim says. "On some days, we will just look at each other and say, 'hi husband,' and 'hi wife.' Other times, we have the weird realization that we're actually married, the wedding has happened and now we're in the next phase of our journey. All in all it's just a wonderful time."

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Sparkling Events & Designs || Ceremony Venue: Asbury United Methodist Church || Reception Venue: Washington Nationals Park || Bride's Wedding Dress: Watters || Bride's Veil: Love Couture Bridal || Bride's Shoes: David's Bridal || Groom's Tux: Black by Vera Wang || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Angelo || Florist: Maryam Flowers || Caterer: Levy Restaurants || Cake Baker: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes || Favors: Wedding Star || Entertainment: DJ Oz || Photography: Connor Studios

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Watters Spring 2014 Wedding Dress

Photo: Thomas Iannaccone

This lace and tulle cap-sleeve wedding dress by Watters is as cute as they come. Whether you're eloping on a tropical island at sunset, or want a light-as-air dress for dancing the night away at your twilight reception, the free-flowing fabric and cinched waistline make this short shift ultra romantic. Pair it with sparkly wedding heels and a loosely waved 'do for an ethereal wedding day look.

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

—Lauren Frankfort

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