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An Elegant California Wedding at The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

 California, Classic, Formal, Monique Lhuillier, Real Weddings, Romantic, Romona Keveza, Spring, White  Comments Off on An Elegant California Wedding at The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa
Oct 282013
 
Bride and groom on bicycles in Ojai, California

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin, 32, an attorney and account, and Billy, 32, an attorney, had known each other since childhood, but didn't get together until their eyes met at a bar—while Karin was on a date with someone else! After an ultra-romantic surprise proposal in Karin's favorite garden, the couple searched for a secluded, naturally beautiful venue for their traditional wedding. The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, with its sweeping grounds and stunning Mediterranean architecture, captured the quiet elegance they were searching for.

With simple décor and an understated ivory and champagne palette, Karin and Billy let the beauty of their surroundings—and a tight-knit, hilarious family—speak up at the 170-person bash. In the couple's own words, "We wanted to combine Karin's dream of creating a Jane Austen ball at Netherfield Park with Billy's laid-back beach volleyball style. Ojai was an easy choice because it is relaxed yet elegant, at once comfortable and beautifully manicured, and it feels like it's worlds away from the city."

Wedding rings in Ojai, California

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Billy proposed on Karin's birthday in one of their favorite spots, the garden of the Getty Museum. As he dropped to one knee, he pointed across the garden, where Karin's friends and family waited with cameras and well-wishes. "It was a magical beginning to a fabulous engagement," Karin says.

Ojai, California wedding invitation

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The couple searched for a location close to Los Angeles that felt tucked away, and Ojai, California fit the bill. "When we found the Ojai Presbyterian Church, Karin felt chills," Billy said. "We had to get married in this quaint town."

Ojai, California wedding stationery suite

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

A friend designed Karin and Billy's invitations, welcome packages, menus, table numbers, escort cards, and all other paper goods, which included a customized monogram and black-and-gold detailing.

All-white wedding bouquets

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin and her bridesmaids carried all-white bouquets of peonies, roses and tulips, which matched their color palette of ivory, cream, and champagne.

Silk kimonos for bridesmaids

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin toasted the day with her bridesmaids in silk kimonos. Her 'maids later changed into short Monique Lhuillier dresses, chosen for their simple elegance.

Romona Keveza wedding dress

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin chose a Romona Keveza dress that made her feel like Cinderella. "It looked different from all angles," she says. "It was timeless and classic."

Royal blue Manolo Blahnik wedding shoes

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Royal blue, jeweled Manolo Blahnik pumps were the perfect "something blue". "They popped in every picture," Karin says.

Bride and groom first look

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The couple exchanged vows in the Ojai Presbyterian Church, in a traditional ceremony officiated by Billy's longtime family reverend.

Bridal party in Ojai, California

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

After the ceremony, guests moved to the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, a Mediterranean-style resort where Lake Bell tied the knot this year, for cocktails, dinner, and dancing. "We knew our guests would feel the palpable calm that comes over you as you enter the gate," Karin says.

Twin flower girls in Ojai, California

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin's twin flower girls were children of a friend, and reveled in their "princess moment" as they twirled down the aisle in matching tulle dresses.

Champagne-colored Monique Lhuillier bridesmaid dresses

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

One of Karin's bridesmaids helped her pick the knee-length, universally flattering champagne shifts.

White peony and ranunculus wedding bouquet

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin's romantic white peony and ranunculus bouquet complemented her sweeping, dramatic gown.

Green succulent wedding boutonniere

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Pale green succulents and foliage—a classic California combination—popped against Billy's neutral suit.

Tall white hydrangea wedding centerpieces

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The couple alternated long tables with round ones in the inn's Anascapa Ballroom, to avoid a corporate-event vibe. Long tables were scattered with tall arrangements of classic white hydrangeas.

Wedding menu with sage

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The menu included an avocado salad with lemon truffle vinaigrette, a prime rib roast, truffle mac and cheese, salmon, and vegetarian risotto.

Wedding sweetheart table in Ojai, California

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The newlyweds were regaled with toasts from Karin's dad, Billy's brother, and Karin's maid-of-honor. No one let Billy forget his reign as Cosmopolitan's California Bachelor of the Year in 2009!

Five white wedding cakes

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin and Billy served not just one wedding cake, but five, baked on-site at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. Flavors included vanilla with fresh fruit and vanilla cream, strawberry violet cake with cream cheese, and chocolate cake with fudge and mousse.

Bride and groom in Mr. and Mrs. chairs

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The couple spent the night cutting up the dance floor with guests before departing on a getaway to Hawaii. Karin's advice for brides-to-be? "Start early! It makes the day and the time leading up to it much more enjoyable."

Ceremony Venue: Ojai Presbyterian Church || Reception Venue: Ojai Valley Inn and Spa || Planner: All You Need Is Love Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza || Hair: Gayle Collings of Salon Farouk || Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy || Veil: The Bride's Mother || Shoes: Manolo Blahnik || Jewelry & Wedding Bands: Grady Taylor || Groom's Tuxedo: Jos. A. Bank || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier || Bridesmaids' Gifts: Comfy Clothing || Invitations & Paper Products: Alissa Bell Press || Florist: Rock Rose Floral Design || Catering and Cake: Ojai Valley Inn and Spa || Music: Bentley Foy || Rentals: Ventura Rental Center || Lighting: Bella Vista Designs || Linens: La Tavola || Photographer: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

—Amanda First

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An Elegant California Wedding at The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

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Oct 282013
 
Bride and groom on bicycles in Ojai, California

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin, 32, an attorney and account, and Billy, 32, an attorney, had known each other since childhood, but didn't get together until their eyes met at a bar—while Karin was on a date with someone else! After an ultra-romantic surprise proposal in Karin's favorite garden, the couple searched for a secluded, naturally beautiful venue for their traditional wedding. The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, with its sweeping grounds and stunning Mediterranean architecture, captured the quiet elegance they were searching for.

With simple décor and an understated ivory and champagne palette, Karin and Billy let the beauty of their surroundings—and a tight-knit, hilarious family—speak up at the 170-person bash. In the couple's own words, "We wanted to combine Karin's dream of creating a Jane Austen ball at Netherfield Park with Billy's laid-back beach volleyball style. Ojai was an easy choice because it is relaxed yet elegant, at once comfortable and beautifully manicured, and it feels like it's worlds away from the city."

Wedding rings in Ojai, California

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Billy proposed on Karin's birthday in one of their favorite spots, the garden of the Getty Museum. As he dropped to one knee, he pointed across the garden, where Karin's friends and family waited with cameras and well-wishes. "It was a magical beginning to a fabulous engagement," Karin says.

Ojai, California wedding invitation

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The couple searched for a location close to Los Angeles that felt tucked away, and Ojai, California fit the bill. "When we found the Ojai Presbyterian Church, Karin felt chills," Billy said. "We had to get married in this quaint town."

Ojai, California wedding stationery suite

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

A friend designed Karin and Billy's invitations, welcome packages, menus, table numbers, escort cards, and all other paper goods, which included a customized monogram and black-and-gold detailing.

All-white wedding bouquets

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin and her bridesmaids carried all-white bouquets of peonies, roses and tulips, which matched their color palette of ivory, cream, and champagne.

Silk kimonos for bridesmaids

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin toasted the day with her bridesmaids in silk kimonos. Her 'maids later changed into short Monique Lhuillier dresses, chosen for their simple elegance.

Romona Keveza wedding dress

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin chose a Romona Keveza dress that made her feel like Cinderella. "It looked different from all angles," she says. "It was timeless and classic."

Royal blue Manolo Blahnik wedding shoes

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Royal blue, jeweled Manolo Blahnik pumps were the perfect "something blue". "They popped in every picture," Karin says.

Bride and groom first look

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The couple exchanged vows in the Ojai Presbyterian Church, in a traditional ceremony officiated by Billy's longtime family reverend.

Bridal party in Ojai, California

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

After the ceremony, guests moved to the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, a Mediterranean-style resort where Lake Bell tied the knot this year, for cocktails, dinner, and dancing. "We knew our guests would feel the palpable calm that comes over you as you enter the gate," Karin says.

Twin flower girls in Ojai, California

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin's twin flower girls were children of a friend, and reveled in their "princess moment" as they twirled down the aisle in matching tulle dresses.

Champagne-colored Monique Lhuillier bridesmaid dresses

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

One of Karin's bridesmaids helped her pick the knee-length, universally flattering champagne shifts.

White peony and ranunculus wedding bouquet

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin's romantic white peony and ranunculus bouquet complemented her sweeping, dramatic gown.

Green succulent wedding boutonniere

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Pale green succulents and foliage—a classic California combination—popped against Billy's neutral suit.

Tall white hydrangea wedding centerpieces

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The couple alternated long tables with round ones in the inn's Anascapa Ballroom, to avoid a corporate-event vibe. Long tables were scattered with tall arrangements of classic white hydrangeas.

Wedding menu with sage

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The menu included an avocado salad with lemon truffle vinaigrette, a prime rib roast, truffle mac and cheese, salmon, and vegetarian risotto.

Wedding sweetheart table in Ojai, California

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The newlyweds were regaled with toasts from Karin's dad, Billy's brother, and Karin's maid-of-honor. No one let Billy forget his reign as Cosmopolitan's California Bachelor of the Year in 2009!

Five white wedding cakes

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

Karin and Billy served not just one wedding cake, but five, baked on-site at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. Flavors included vanilla with fresh fruit and vanilla cream, strawberry violet cake with cream cheese, and chocolate cake with fudge and mousse.

Bride and groom in Mr. and Mrs. chairs

Photo: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

The couple spent the night cutting up the dance floor with guests before departing on a getaway to Hawaii. Karin's advice for brides-to-be? "Start early! It makes the day and the time leading up to it much more enjoyable."

Ceremony Venue: Ojai Presbyterian Church || Reception Venue: Ojai Valley Inn and Spa || Planner: All You Need Is Love Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza || Hair: Gayle Collings of Salon Farouk || Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy || Veil: The Bride's Mother || Shoes: Manolo Blahnik || Jewelry & Wedding Bands: Grady Taylor || Groom's Tuxedo: Jos. A. Bank || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier || Bridesmaids' Gifts: Comfy Clothing || Invitations & Paper Products: Alissa Bell Press || Florist: Rock Rose Floral Design || Catering and Cake: Ojai Valley Inn and Spa || Music: Bentley Foy || Rentals: Ventura Rental Center || Lighting: Bella Vista Designs || Linens: La Tavola || Photographer: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

—Amanda First

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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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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 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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College sweethearts Mallorie and Daniel were inseparable from the start."We were also in the same major, so once we began dating we were able to schedule our classes together," the bride explains. But as entwined as they were in each others' lives, Dan took Mallorie by surprise the evening he proposed. "Coming home from work, I smelled candles burning in the hallway," she recalls. "I swung the door open and my apartment was completely dark—aglow in votive candles, and long stem roses and rose petals were everywhere. He was wearing a suit, and he got on one knee and told me he loved me from the moment he first saw me."

The couple later wed in a rich July affair dripping with elegant details—a "New York City beaux arts" wedding, if you will, the bride says.

The groom's David Yurman wedding band was engraved with their wedding date: July 7, 2012.

Calligraphy invitations by Sincerely Staci set the tone for the black tie affair, held at the Essex House New York. "The Essex House New York embodied the essence and sensibilities I wanted in my wedding—the grand old New York," Mallorie says.

Before slipping on her gown, Mallorie styled her hair in a high, ballerina-inspired bun.

Her Monique Lhuillier gown—the designer's Legacy style—featured feathery layers that cascaded from the bride's waist to her feet, and an embroidered bodice with delicate flower details. "I envisioned a dramatic, princess style dress because I knew I wanted my wedding to be a formal affair," Mallorie says. "You only get married once. I had a 'go big or go home' approach to the dress."

Mallorie paired her big-statement ball gown with Fontana Couture teardrop earrings and an heirloom bracelet.

Gold-studded, flesh-toned Valentino pumps peeked out from beneath the bride's gown, lending an edge to the bride's otherwise elegant look.

Mallorie's 10 bridesmaids wore floor-length, rosewater-hued TwoBirds dresses, which they wrapped in various ways, creating the illusion that each was wearing a different dress.

Belle Fleur wrapped Mallorie's white and blush bouquet in an antique-white satin ribbon that was corseted with an organza ribbon overlay.

Groomsmen wore classic tuxedos by Black by Vera Wang. Each man also wore black-and-white polka-dot socks, a gift from the groom.

Mallorie and Daniel's ceremony took place inside an Essex House New York ballroom lit by ornate crystal chandeliers and soft candlelight. "We wanted the ceremony to feel light and ethereal, with blush flowers, no greens and a billowy chuppah," Mallorie says of the ceremony décor.

Mallorie's mother and father escorted her down a white aisle dotted with rose petals. "I wanted a big entrance," the bride explains, so two white-washed Roman pedestals topped with floral arrangements flanked the end of the aisle.

The couple exchanged vows beneath a chuppah draped in sheer white fabric and dripping with white and blush-colored blooms, including roses, peonies and hydrangeas.

Mallorie describes their gold and white ceremony decor as "elegant, feminine and classic. When you have a mural ballroom with a 12 foot by 12 foot crystal chandelier, the room does the talking."

Guests found their seat assignment cards tied with gold ribbon to branches adorned with orchids.

Mallorie and Dan's reception was also held at Essex House New York, in a ballroom awash with pink and gold up-lighting. "I would have to say elegant was our go-to word," Mallorie says.

"The reception called for gold candelabras," the bride says of the centerpieces, which were topped with a white and blush mixture of roses and hydrangeas.

The couple sat at a sweetheart table covered in ribbon-laced linens. "I wanted the bride and the room to complement each other," Mallorie says.

Mallorie and Dan shared their first dance as husband and wife to Lady Antebellum's When You Got A Good Thing.

Their cake—a five-tier white dessert decorated with confectionery flowers and greens—featured the couple's married-name initials in gold script.

Mallorie changed out of her Monique Lhuillier and into a short Badgley Mischka sheath for the reception.

Hank Lane Music & Productions kept guests on the dance floor all night long. The couple also served guests a signature cocktail, a 7 & 7. "This was Dan's favorite drink in college, and he introduced it to me and my friends the first night we hung out," Mallorie explains. "It became our go-to drink the rest of our college years—and how fitting it was also our wedding date."

The couple traveled to Anguilla and St. Martin for their honeymoon.

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Jason Kwitner of J.W. Marriott Essex House New York || Ceremony Venue: J.W. Marriott Essex House New York || Reception Venue: J.W. Marriott Essex House New York || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Bride's Veil: Fontana Couture || Bride's Shoes: Valentino and Badgley Mischka|| Bride's Accessories: Fontana Couture || Bride's Wedding Ring: Wilson & Son || Groom's Tux: Dolce & Gabbana || Groom's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo || Groom's Wedding Ring: David Yurman || Bridesmaids' Dresses: TwoBirds || Bridesmaids' Accessories: Chloe + Isabel || Groomsmen Attire: Black by Vera Wang || Florist: Belle Fleur || Caterer: J.W. Marriott Essex House New York || Stationery: Sincerely Staci and The Wedding Company || Cake Baker: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes || Entertainment: Hank Lane Music & Productions || Photography: Alison Conklin Photography

Wedding Registry Inspiration: Modern Blue and White Table Settings

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Jul 172013
 
Registry Inspiration Blue and White Table Settings

Photo: Aaron Dyer

Registering for your wedding and having trouble deciding which direction to take your table top? Try a clean, crisp blue and white color palette—it's a timeless combo that always feels fresh. And the dishes above, with their bold, graphic indigo patterns, will even appease couples with a more modern aesthetic. Get these blue-hued registry picks, here:

1. Salad plate, $95, Marie Thurman available at Bergdorf Goodman; "Braid Cobalt" dinner plate, $58, Terrafirma Ceramics; "Ruffle Cobalt" charger, $70, Terrafirma Ceramics; "Mitra" stainless-steel flatware, $120 for a five-piece place setting, Georg Jensen;"Woodblock" napkin, $85 for a set of four, Oscar de la Renta

2. "Wunderkammer" creamer, $164, Sieger by Furstenberg available at Gump's San Francisco; "Echappee Belle" saucer, $81 (includes cup), Medard de Noblat;"Indigo Bloom" platter, $70, Mikasa available at Bed Bath and Beyond; tray, $35, Duro Olowu available at JCPenney

3. "Blue Sorrentino" teacup, $50 for a set of two cups and two saucers, Noritake; "Mediterraneo" soup plate, $56, ISI Collection available at Treillage LTD. NY; "Blue Fluted Mega" cake plate, $195, Royal Copenhagen

4. "Water's Edge" coupe glasses, $28 each, Anthropologie

5. "Perlee Bleu" espresso cup and saucer, $70, L'Objet

6. "Toile Tale" accent plate, $17, Scalamandré by Lenox; "Pavilion" dinner plate, $38, Oscar de la Renta; "Honeycomb Cobalt" charger, $70, Terrafirma Ceramics; "Jubilee" napkin, $77 for a set of four, Lulu DK for Matouk available at Matouk

7. "Somerset Island Floral" soup bowl, $70 for a four-piece place setting, Lauren Ralph Lauren Home available at Macy's; "Dot Cobalt" tray, $87, Terrafirma Ceramics

8. "Lismore Cobalt" glass, $295 for a set of two, Waterford

9. Salad plate, $95, Marie Thurman available at Bergdorf Goodman; "Somerset Island Woven" charger, $70 for a four-piece place setting, Lauren Ralph Lauren Home available at Macy's; Enamel flatware, $55 for a five-piece place setting, Billy Cotton; "Fleur" napkin, $80 for a set of four, Les Indiennes

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A Cascading White Wildflower Bouquet

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Jun 172013
 
white wedding bouquet with hydrangeas

Photo: Louisa Bailey

Botanical artisan Amy Wright, of Wunderplant in Melbourne, Australia, concocted this cascading style using Queen Anne's lace, white hydrangeas, flannel flowers, white bougainvillea, Australian wax flowers, and pussy-willow grass. "The teardrop bouquet shape has a vintage connotation that is currently extremely popular," says Wright.

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—Gillian Nigro

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Jun 122013
 
single bloom magnolia wedding bouquet

Photo: Jose Villa

This gorgeous extra-large magnolia looks fake (like a giant, immaculately crafted paper flower), but it's the real deal! It was plucked right out of a tree moments before the shot was taken, actually. While the bride was getting ready, she spotted some outside her window and sent her wedding photographer, Jose Villa, out to pick one for her portrait session. "Simple is always better," says Southern California-based Villa, who happily obliged.

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