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 Romantic Elopement at New York City’s Gramercy Park Hotel

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Sep 112013
 

Adam had grand plans when it came to proposing to Molly—and he abandoned each and every one of them the second he picked up her engagement ring. "He ran the mile and a half home from work, burst open the door and—sweating and out of breath—got down on one knee and proposed," Molly says.

The couple wed with the same enviable spontaneity, taking just 10 weeks to plan their August elopement at the iconic Gramercy Park Hotel. "The hotel is in our neighborhood, and has always been one of our favorite, local spots. It has a look and feel that we have always loved," Molly says.

"We wanted something very New York, but also something romantic and peaceful," Molly says. The couple's vision may seem at odds with their big city location—but with the help of their wedding planner, Tracy Taylor Ward of Tracy Taylor Ward Design, the couple and Ward created an event that was at once cosmopolitan and serene.

With no guests and their planner and photographer as their only witnesses, the couple exchanged vows at noon beneath the hotel's famous light bulb ceiling. The ceiling did the bulk of the decorating work, but the couple added a framed photo of their beloved dog to a mantle "because we wanted our ceremony to be peaceful and comfortable," Molly says.

Paper With Benefits designed folding wedding announcements complete with custom illustrations of the couple, their East Village neighborhood and their Colorado roots "in order to tell our story," the bride says.

Molly accessorized her embroidered lace Vera Wang gown with a beaded headband by the same designer. "I knew I wanted something classic so my pictures could be timeless," the bride explains. Silver Jimmy Choo heels completed her look.

Adam chose a J. Crew tuxedo, and kept his look classic with a Turnbull & Asser bow tie.

Clusters of dahlia, lisianthus, garden roses, blushing bride, dusty miller and silver brunia comprised the bride's soft white bouquet by Blossom And Branch. Pale blue ribbons fell from the stems, adding a pop of color to the couple's otherwise monochromatic color scheme. Adam's boutonniere was made from the same beautiful blooms, but was tied with a cream-colored ribbon.

"One of my favorite moments was when Adam surprised me with a vintage checker taxicab waiting outside the hotel," Molly says. Scrolled across the back of the Film Cars' cab were the words just married.

Adam and Molly took portraits in Gramercy Park before leaving for their honeymoon along Italy's Almafi Coast. "Although we didn't have a reception after the ceremony because we eloped, we did want to have a lot of romantic and fun photo-ops around the hotel and neighborhood," Molly says. The most-fun photo-op at the park? Perhaps "randomly helping [Devil Wears Prada actor] Adrian Grenier sneak in for some relaxation of his own!"

Wedding Planner: Tracy Taylor Ward Design || Ceremony Venue: Gramercy Park Hotel || Wedding Officiant: Rev. Jeddah Vailakis || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Groom's Tux: J. Crew || Hair and Makeup: SB Beauty || Florist: Blossom And Branch || Stationery: Paper With Benefits || Photography: Trent Bailey Photography || Vintage Taxi: Film Cars

—Jillian Kramer

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A Romantic Elopement at New York City’s Gramercy Park Hotel

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Aug 162013
 

Adam had grand plans when it came to proposing to Molly—and he abandoned each and every one of them the second he picked up her engagement ring. "He ran the mile and a half home from work, burst open the door and—sweating and out of breath—got down on one knee and proposed," Molly says.

The couple wed with the same enviable spontaneity, taking just 10 weeks to plan their August elopement at the iconic Gramercy Park Hotel. "The hotel is in our neighborhood, and has always been one of our favorite, local spots. It has a look and feel that we have always loved," Molly says.

"We wanted something very New York, but also something romantic and peaceful," Molly says. The couple's vision may seem at odds with their big city location—but with the help of their wedding planner, Tracy Taylor Ward of Tracy Taylor Ward Design, the couple and Ward created an event that was at once cosmopolitan and serene.

With no guests and their planner and photographer as their only witnesses, the couple exchanged vows at noon beneath the hotel's famous light bulb ceiling. The ceiling did the bulk of the decorating work, but the couple added a framed photo of their beloved dog to a mantle "because we wanted our ceremony to be peaceful and comfortable," Molly says.

Paper With Benefits designed folding wedding announcements complete with custom illustrations of the couple, their East Village neighborhood and their Colorado roots "in order to tell our story," the bride says.

Molly accessorized her embroidered lace Vera Wang gown with a beaded headband by the same designer. "I knew I wanted something classic so my pictures could be timeless," the bride explains. Silver Jimmy Choo heels completed her look.

Adam chose a J. Crew tuxedo, and kept his look classic with a Turnbull & Asser bow tie.

Clusters of dahlia, lisianthus, garden roses, blushing bride, dusty miller and silver brunia comprised the bride's soft white bouquet by Blossom And Branch. Pale blue ribbons fell from the stems, adding a pop of color to the couple's otherwise monochromatic color scheme. Adam's boutonniere was made from the same beautiful blooms, but was tied with a cream-colored ribbon.

"One of my favorite moments was when Adam surprised me with a vintage checker taxicab waiting outside the hotel," Molly says. Scrolled across the back of the Film Cars' cab were the words just married.

Adam and Molly took portraits in Gramercy Park before leaving for their honeymoon along Italy's Almafi Coast. "Although we didn't have a reception after the ceremony because we eloped, we did want to have a lot of romantic and fun photo-ops around the hotel and neighborhood," Molly says. The most-fun photo-op at the park? Perhaps "randomly helping [Devil Wears Prada actor] Adrian Grenier sneak in for some relaxation of his own!"

Wedding Planner: Tracy Taylor Ward Design || Ceremony Venue: Gramercy Park Hotel || Wedding Officiant: Rev. Jeddah Vailakis || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Groom's Tux: J. Crew || Hair and Makeup: SB Beauty || Florist: Blossom And Branch || Stationery: Paper With Benefits || Photography: Trent Bailey Photography || Vintage Taxi: Film Cars

—Jillian Kramer

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Aug 162013
 

Adam had grand plans when it came to proposing to Molly—and he abandoned each and every one of them the second he picked up her engagement ring. "He ran the mile and a half home from work, burst open the door and—sweating and out of breath—got down on one knee and proposed," Molly says.

The couple wed with the same enviable spontaneity, taking just 10 weeks to plan their August elopement at the iconic Gramercy Park Hotel. "The hotel is in our neighborhood, and has always been one of our favorite, local spots. It has a look and feel that we have always loved," Molly says.

"We wanted something very New York, but also something romantic and peaceful," Molly says. The couple's vision may seem at odds with their big city location—but with the help of their wedding planner, Tracy Taylor Ward of Tracy Taylor Ward Design, the couple and Ward created an event that was at once cosmopolitan and serene.

With no guests and their planner and photographer as their only witnesses, the couple exchanged vows at noon beneath the hotel's famous light bulb ceiling. The ceiling did the bulk of the decorating work, but the couple added a framed photo of their beloved dog to a mantle "because we wanted our ceremony to be peaceful and comfortable," Molly says.

Paper With Benefits designed folding wedding announcements complete with custom illustrations of the couple, their East Village neighborhood and their Colorado roots "in order to tell our story," the bride says.

Molly accessorized her embroidered lace Vera Wang gown with a beaded headband by the same designer. "I knew I wanted something classic so my pictures could be timeless," the bride explains. Silver Jimmy Choo heels completed her look.

Adam chose a J. Crew tuxedo, and kept his look classic with a Turnbull & Asser bow tie.

Clusters of dahlia, lisianthus, garden roses, blushing bride, dusty miller and silver brunia comprised the bride's soft white bouquet by Blossom And Branch. Pale blue ribbons fell from the stems, adding a pop of color to the couple's otherwise monochromatic color scheme. Adam's boutonniere was made from the same beautiful blooms, but was tied with a cream-colored ribbon.

"One of my favorite moments was when Adam surprised me with a vintage checker taxicab waiting outside the hotel," Molly says. Scrolled across the back of the Film Cars' cab were the words just married.

Adam and Molly took portraits in Gramercy Park before leaving for their honeymoon along Italy's Almafi Coast. "Although we didn't have a reception after the ceremony because we eloped, we did want to have a lot of romantic and fun photo-ops around the hotel and neighborhood," Molly says. The most-fun photo-op at the park? Perhaps "randomly helping [Devil Wears Prada actor] Adrian Grenier sneak in for some relaxation of his own!"

Wedding Planner: Tracy Taylor Ward Design || Ceremony Venue: Gramercy Park Hotel || Wedding Officiant: Rev. Jeddah Vailakis || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Groom's Tux: J. Crew || Hair and Makeup: SB Beauty || Florist: Blossom And Branch || Stationery: Paper With Benefits || Photography: Trent Bailey Photography || Vintage Taxi: Film Cars

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A Whimsical Wedding at Long Island City’s Metropolitan Building

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Aug 122013
 

When Will, a graphic artist with a penchant for photography, proposed to Rachel, he didn't just ask that all-important question—he spelled it out in images he captured of billboards and signs from the couple's travels. "He created a book," Rachel explains, "each page spelling out, 'Will you marry me, Rachel?'"

The couple planned their April wedding with the same creative zest, dividing wedding planning duties to design a fete at the Metropolitan Building that appears both effortless and organic.

After Rachel and Will discovered Long Island's Metropolitan Building, "it felt as if it was our space," the bride says. Its open—and even hidden—rooms, distressed wood floors, wall-to-ceiling bookshelves and ornate crystal chandeliers "created a grand and romantic space" for their wedding, Rachel says.

Before she slipped into her gown, Rachel swept her loosely-curled hair to the side, accenting the casual bun with two small, white blooms. The bride also wore a pair of diamond earrings her father brought from Singapore and a pearl bracelet purchased by her aunt. "Both were perfect," she says.

A textile designer by trade, the bride "decided to design the wedding dress, you know, being a designer and all," she says. Inspired by a piece of lace from her grandmother, Rachel created a layered gown with buttons that trailed down her back.

Rachel's bouquet overflowed with peachy-pink peonies, yellow tea roses and large tropical leaves.

Bridesmaids chose their own black dresses "so that they could wear them on another occasion," the bride says. "You can never have too many little black dresses."

Their bouquets mimicked the bride's, a mix of vibrant peonies, tea roses, ranunculus and greens.

Boutonnieres were made from single roses. Groomsmen also donned an engraved tie clip, a gift from the groom.

The bride describes their wedding ceremony, held in one of the Metropolitan Building's many rooms decorated with leafy garlands for the occasion, as "simple, personal and tranquil."

Will's brother, who served as the couple's best man, played the acoustic guitar during the ceremony. "We don't remember a moment where people weren't dancing or the atmosphere was not enhanced by the music playing," Rachel recalls.

The couple's reception decoration "centered around the space," the bride says. "Once we found that, it evolved."

Florist Poppies & Posies placed "large tropical foliage juxtaposed with soft, pastel ranunculus, peonies and tea roses" in antique containers to created an eclectic look with touches of vintage whimsy, Rachel says.

Scattered among the centerpieces were books, adding height to the small arrangements.

The couple offered a full bar alongside a dinner menu that included grilled flank steak, marinated chicken breast, pasta and vegetables. Dessert? A choice of lavender, red velvet or carrot cupcakes.

Rachel and Will's small, white lavender wedding cake was inspired by the groom's love of LEGOs.

In lieu of more traditional favors, the couple opted for a photo booth, where guests could pop in and snap silly photos of themselves. The booth gave two copies of each image, and Rachel and Will asked guests to leave one copy with them as an extra-special wedding keepsake.

Asked to choose her favorite wedding memory, Rachel couldn't. "They were all wonderful," she says.

—Jillian Kramer

Ceremony Venue: Metropolitan Building || Reception Venue: Metropolitan Building || Bride's Wedding Dress: Rachel Rose || Bride's Wedding Ring: Rebecka Froberg || Groom's Tux: J. Crew || Groom's Wedding Ring: Rebecka Froberg || Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Made by aunt of the bride || Florist: Poppies & Posies || Caterer: The Raging Skillet || Cake Baker: Pinisi Cafe & Bakery || Favors: Classic Photo Booth || Entertainment: Play Something Good || Photography: Shannen Norman Photography

A Whimsical Wedding at Long Island City’s Metropolitan Building

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Aug 122013
 

When Will, a graphic artist with a penchant for photography, proposed to Rachel, he didn't just ask that all-important question—he spelled it out in images he captured of billboards and signs from the couple's travels. "He created a book," Rachel explains, "each page spelling out, 'Will you marry me, Rachel?'"

The couple planned their April wedding with the same creative zest, dividing wedding planning duties to design a fete at the Metropolitan Building that appears both effortless and organic.

After Rachel and Will discovered Long Island's Metropolitan Building, "it felt as if it was our space," the bride says. Its open—and even hidden—rooms, distressed wood floors, wall-to-ceiling bookshelves and ornate crystal chandeliers "created a grand and romantic space" for their wedding, Rachel says.

Before she slipped into her gown, Rachel swept her loosely-curled hair to the side, accenting the casual bun with two small, white blooms. The bride also wore a pair of diamond earrings her father brought from Singapore and a pearl bracelet purchased by her aunt. "Both were perfect," she says.

A textile designer by trade, the bride "decided to design the wedding dress, you know, being a designer and all," she says. Inspired by a piece of lace from her grandmother, Rachel created a layered gown with buttons that trailed down her back.

Rachel's bouquet overflowed with peachy-pink peonies, yellow tea roses and large tropical leaves.

Bridesmaids chose their own black dresses "so that they could wear them on another occasion," the bride says. "You can never have too many little black dresses."

Their bouquets mimicked the bride's, a mix of vibrant peonies, tea roses, ranunculus and greens.

Boutonnieres were made from single roses. Groomsmen also donned an engraved tie clip, a gift from the groom.

The bride describes their wedding ceremony, held in one of the Metropolitan Building's many rooms decorated with leafy garlands for the occasion, as "simple, personal and tranquil."

Will's brother, who served as the couple's best man, played the acoustic guitar during the ceremony. "We don't remember a moment where people weren't dancing or the atmosphere was not enhanced by the music playing," Rachel recalls.

The couple's reception decoration "centered around the space," the bride says. "Once we found that, it evolved."

Florist Poppies & Posies placed "large tropical foliage juxtaposed with soft, pastel ranunculus, peonies and tea roses" in antique containers to created an eclectic look with touches of vintage whimsy, Rachel says.

Scattered among the centerpieces were books, adding height to the small arrangements.

The couple offered a full bar alongside a dinner menu that included grilled flank steak, marinated chicken breast, pasta and vegetables. Dessert? A choice of lavender, red velvet or carrot cupcakes.

Rachel and Will's small, white lavender wedding cake was inspired by the groom's love of LEGOs.

In lieu of more traditional favors, the couple opted for a photo booth, where guests could pop in and snap silly photos of themselves. The booth gave two copies of each image, and Rachel and Will asked guests to leave one copy with them as an extra-special wedding keepsake.

Asked to choose her favorite wedding memory, Rachel couldn't. "They were all wonderful," she says.

—Jillian Kramer

Ceremony Venue: Metropolitan Building || Reception Venue: Metropolitan Building || Bride's Wedding Dress: Rachel Rose || Bride's Wedding Ring: Rebecka Froberg || Groom's Tux: J. Crew || Groom's Wedding Ring: Rebecka Froberg || Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Made by aunt of the bride || Florist: Poppies & Posies || Caterer: The Raging Skillet || Cake Baker: Pinisi Cafe & Bakery || Favors: Classic Photo Booth || Entertainment: Play Something Good || Photography: Shannen Norman Photography

Watch: 1950s-Inspired Styled Wedding Shoot Captured on Video

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Jul 312013
 

Enjoy a few moments of pure inspiration with this artfully-created short film of a 1950s-inspired styled wedding shoot. Filmed by Vintage Cinema in collaboration with Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore who styled the shoot, the upbeat video brings to life all the details in this playful wedding sequence, from the sleek Airstream trailer to the vintage-inspired dresses by Ivy and Aster, Coren Moore and J. Crew. "We channeled Mad Men's Betty Draper," says Chapman, "and and conjured up playful attire that complemented the rustic setting. We hope this shoot inspires you to add a little bit of 1950's nostalgia to your wedding or welcome party!"

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A Summer Wedding Inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Jun 072013
 
Outdoor Georgia Wedding

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

For Macy and William, it was "love at first sight," the bride confesses. After their first date at the Georgia State Fair, the pair was inseparable. Yet William still managed to surprise Macy when he dropped to one knee inside an intimate cafe and asked her to be his wife.

Fifteen months of planning—"way too long," Macy laments—led to the couple's June wedding in Fort Valley, Georgia. A self-proclaimed "literature buff," the bride envisioned Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream when it came to planning the couple's big day. "I wanted natural wild flowers, lights every where that would look like fairies flying around, and just a dreamy feel all over," Macy says.

Rustic Lodge Wedding

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Pineola Farms "is literally the most beautiful outdoor venue I have ever seen," the bride gushes about 140-year-old farmland that stretches more than 12 acres in middle Georgia. "My dream was to get married outside in God's beautiful creation."

Traditional A-Line Bridal Gown

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Macy loved her lace a Da Vinci gown because "I truly felt like a Princess in it," she says, "and it was classic, classy and sassy."

Bridesmaids In Cowgirl Boots

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Bridesmaids wore lavender and kiwi-colored dresses by Alfred Angelo, pairing their choice of cowboy boots with the one-shoulder sheaths.

Lavender and Green Bouquet

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

A florist created Macy's green, purple and white bouquet using hydrangea and wild flowers. For her something blue, Macy donned a a sapphire and diamond bracelet.

Dried Lavender Bouquet

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Bridesmaids' bouquets were made from dried lavender and tied with white lace from the mother-of-the-bride's bridal gown.

Lavender Boutonniere

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

William wore a dried lavender boutonniere adorned with bright green blooms and tied with twine.

Ceremony Beneath Trees

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Held in Pineola Farms' pecan orchard, the couple's afternoon wedding ceremony was traditional, the bride says.

Mason Jar Flowers On Shepherds Hooks

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Wild flowers held in mason jars and hung from shepherd's hooks decorated the aisle.

Moss-Covered Flower Girl Basket

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

The couple's flower girl "stole the show with her sassy self," Macy recalls.

Flower Girl Ribbon Hair Wreath

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

The young girl tossed dried lavender as she descended the grass aisle.

Sand Ceremony Ideas

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

The couple combined black and white sand—granules scooped from the beaches of El Salvador and Mexico—during a ceremony sand service. "It was a symbolic mixture of our works together for Christ, and our also our pleasures together," Macy says.

Afternoon Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Macy's cousins belted out Brandon Heath's ballad Love Never Fails, while a childhood best friend read from Wilfred Peterson's The Art of Marriage.

Cross Ceremony Decor

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Macy's 2-year-old godson, William, served as the couple's ring bearer. As the officiant pronounced the couple man and wife and guests clapped with joy, the boy ran to Macy and William and shouted "yay!" the bride recalls.

Frame and Burlap Display

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Beneath a framed display of photos of the couple, guests could press their inked finger onto a picture of a tree. The artwork served as Macy and William's guestbook.

Rustic Barn Wedding Reception

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

To satisfy the bride's vision of A Midsummer Night's Dream, staff from Pineola Farms hung mason jars containing solar-powered tea lights from the reception venue's rafters. "When the sun went down, it looked as if fairies were flying around the trees," Macy says.

Bark Wedding Cake

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Lisa Mae Cakes designed the couple's wedding cake to look like a birch tree, "with the most realistic knot holes in it," Macy says. In the center of the four-tier confection, the baker carved the couple's initials.

Sparkler Exit At Night

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Macy and William left their reception through a tunnel of glittering sparklers.

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Elegant Event by Carolann || Ceremony Venue: Pineola Farms || Reception Venue: Pineola Farms || Bride's Wedding Dress: Da Vinci || Bride's Veil: Twigs & Honey || Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Bride's Accessories: Bashinski Fine Gems & Jewelry, Inc. || Bride's Wedding Ring: Bashinski Fine Gems & Jewelry, Inc. || Groom's Tux: Men's Wearhouse || Groom's Wedding Ring: Bashinski Fine Gems & Jewelry, Inc. || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Angelo || Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Dillard's || Flower Girl Dress: Etsy || Florist: Cindy Saul || Caterer: Celebrations by Alexa || Stationery: Set Apart Designs || Cake Baker: Lisa Mae Cakes || Favors: Totally Wedding Koozies || Entertainment: DJ Surname Helms || Photography: Jenny Evelyn

A Summer Wedding Inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 Badgley MIschka, Casual, Georgia, Real Weddings, Romantic, Rustic, Summer, Whimsical  Comments Off on A Summer Wedding Inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Jun 072013
 
Outdoor Georgia Wedding

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

For Macy and William, it was "love at first sight," the bride confesses. After their first date at the Georgia State Fair, the pair was inseparable. Yet William still managed to surprise Macy when he dropped to one knee inside an intimate cafe and asked her to be his wife.

Fifteen months of planning—"way too long," Macy laments—led to the couple's June wedding in Fort Valley, Georgia. A self-proclaimed "literature buff," the bride envisioned Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream when it came to planning the couple's big day. "I wanted natural wild flowers, lights every where that would look like fairies flying around, and just a dreamy feel all over," Macy says.

Rustic Lodge Wedding

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Pineola Farms "is literally the most beautiful outdoor venue I have ever seen," the bride gushes about 140-year-old farmland that stretches more than 12 acres in middle Georgia. "My dream was to get married outside in God's beautiful creation."

Traditional A-Line Bridal Gown

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Macy loved her lace a Da Vinci gown because "I truly felt like a Princess in it," she says, "and it was classic, classy and sassy."

Bridesmaids In Cowgirl Boots

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Bridesmaids wore lavender and kiwi-colored dresses by Alfred Angelo, pairing their choice of cowboy boots with the one-shoulder sheaths.

Lavender and Green Bouquet

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

A florist created Macy's green, purple and white bouquet using hydrangea and wild flowers. For her something blue, Macy donned a a sapphire and diamond bracelet.

Dried Lavender Bouquet

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Bridesmaids' bouquets were made from dried lavender and tied with white lace from the mother-of-the-bride's bridal gown.

Lavender Boutonniere

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

William wore a dried lavender boutonniere adorned with bright green blooms and tied with twine.

Ceremony Beneath Trees

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Held in Pineola Farms' pecan orchard, the couple's afternoon wedding ceremony was traditional, the bride says.

Mason Jar Flowers On Shepherds Hooks

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Wild flowers held in mason jars and hung from shepherd's hooks decorated the aisle.

Moss-Covered Flower Girl Basket

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

The couple's flower girl "stole the show with her sassy self," Macy recalls.

Flower Girl Ribbon Hair Wreath

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

The young girl tossed dried lavender as she descended the grass aisle.

Sand Ceremony Ideas

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

The couple combined black and white sand—granules scooped from the beaches of El Salvador and Mexico—during a ceremony sand service. "It was a symbolic mixture of our works together for Christ, and our also our pleasures together," Macy says.

Afternoon Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Macy's cousins belted out Brandon Heath's ballad Love Never Fails, while a childhood best friend read from Wilfred Peterson's The Art of Marriage.

Cross Ceremony Decor

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Macy's 2-year-old godson, William, served as the couple's ring bearer. As the officiant pronounced the couple man and wife and guests clapped with joy, the boy ran to Macy and William and shouted "yay!" the bride recalls.

Frame and Burlap Display

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Beneath a framed display of photos of the couple, guests could press their inked finger onto a picture of a tree. The artwork served as Macy and William's guestbook.

Rustic Barn Wedding Reception

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

To satisfy the bride's vision of A Midsummer Night's Dream, staff from Pineola Farms hung mason jars containing solar-powered tea lights from the reception venue's rafters. "When the sun went down, it looked as if fairies were flying around the trees," Macy says.

Bark Wedding Cake

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Lisa Mae Cakes designed the couple's wedding cake to look like a birch tree, "with the most realistic knot holes in it," Macy says. In the center of the four-tier confection, the baker carved the couple's initials.

Sparkler Exit At Night

Photo: Jenny Evelyn

Macy and William left their reception through a tunnel of glittering sparklers.

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Elegant Event by Carolann || Ceremony Venue: Pineola Farms || Reception Venue: Pineola Farms || Bride's Wedding Dress: Da Vinci || Bride's Veil: Twigs & Honey || Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Bride's Accessories: Bashinski Fine Gems & Jewelry, Inc. || Bride's Wedding Ring: Bashinski Fine Gems & Jewelry, Inc. || Groom's Tux: Men's Wearhouse || Groom's Wedding Ring: Bashinski Fine Gems & Jewelry, Inc. || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Angelo || Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Dillard's || Flower Girl Dress: Etsy || Florist: Cindy Saul || Caterer: Celebrations by Alexa || Stationery: Set Apart Designs || Cake Baker: Lisa Mae Cakes || Favors: Totally Wedding Koozies || Entertainment: DJ Surname Helms || Photography: Jenny Evelyn

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