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A Whimsical Wedding at Maravilla Gardens in Southern California

 California, Casual, DIY, Green, Outdoor, Real Wedding, Real Weddings, Romantic, Rustic, Yellow  Comments Off on A Whimsical Wedding at Maravilla Gardens in Southern California
Nov 182013
 

When Dipak, 27, a director of sales at a software company, first laid eyes on Alisha, also 27, a marketing assistant, he knew he'd marry her. It's an ultra-romantic way for anyone to meet, but for these two it's positively adorable—Alisha and Dipak were just junior-high tweens at the time. They started dating in high school (their first date was a three hour walk—aw!), and the rest is history.

To celebrate their love and history together, the couple threw a sunny, whimsical garden bash with a palette of yellow and green. After a personalized ceremony, guests moved to outdoor tables at California's lush Maravilla Gardens for dinner, mohitos, and lots and lots of dancing. The reception was filled with sunflowers to give the party an extra-playful, vibe. Add DIY details like homemade escort cards, a wooden bench made by a friend to replace a guestbook (guests wrote well-wishes right on the wood!) and a bouquet made of jeweled brooches, and you've got a completely unique—and beautiful—affair.

Dipak proposed at the Santa Barbara Zoo, one of Alisha's favorite places to visit during their college years at UCSB. He set up a "fishing" game, a nod to Go Fish, which Alisha loved as a child. Each box Alicia "fished" contained a love note from Dipak, and when she read the last one, she turned around and found him on one knee.

Alisha wore a strapless Chantilly lace dress by Augusta Jones with lace accents peeking out at the top and on the train. Her sleeves were added on from leftover lace cut during alterations! Antique earrings borrowed from her mother, and a silver Tiffany & Co. necklace gifted from Dipak moments before the ceremony, completed the look.

Alisha's flower girl was just two years old. "Her mom was so worried she wouldn't make it down the aisle," she says. "But as soon as she saw dad at the front of the aisle, she ran to him. Guests loved it!"

Each bridesmaid wore a sunny, knee-length yellow dress by Ralph Lauren. The 'maids picked their own shoes in shades of gray.

The groom wore a boutonniere made of a white dahlia in fitting with the couple's sunny yellow and green palette.

The couple chose Maravilla Gardens in Camarillo CA, because it offered a secluded spot for the ceremony. "It felt like Tuscany with its rolling hills, but still a quaint and hidden gem to both of us!" Alisha says.

Alisha and Dipak decorated their ceremony and reception primarily with sunflowers, to set a sunny mood and signify the cheerfulness of the day. Ceremony aisles were decorated with mini-bouquets in glass vases.

Alisha and Dipak chose to go non-traditional for their interfaith ceremony. Their officiant told the story of how they met, their first date, and their courtship. "Guests raved about the ceremony," Alisha says. "It was all about celebrating our love and giving everyone a piece into our history, so they'd want to celebrate it with us even more."

The couple also observed a unique unity ceremony—each wrote their vows and the values they hoped to uphold during marriage on a wooden plank meant to hold wine glasses. "We didn't want to put our vows in a box and to bring out during hard times," Alisha says. "We wanted our vows to sit on our kitchen countertop every day as a reminder of the commitment we made."

Alisha carried a bouquet of jeweled brooches, assembled by her mother. "When people heard we were collecting brooches, everyone started giving whatever they had," Alisha says. The bouquet included lace from Alisha's dress, and was strung with her grandmothers' lace locket. Talk about a family heirloom!

As they entered the reception, guests signed a wooden bench instead of a book, for a keepsake Alisha and Dipak can look at every day. The bench was hand-made by a friend of the family, and Alisha's mom decorated it with painted flowers.

The sunflower centerpieces were grouped with mason jars collected from friends and family and wrapped in lace. Each bridesmaid was responsible for wrapping over 50 jars!

The centerpieces themselves were held in giant cracker jars, the perfect complement to the variety of jars surrounding them.

During cocktail hour, guests munched on Thai chicken skewers, meatballs, sweet potato fries, and Alisha and Dipak's signature mojitos. Dinner was herb-roasted chicken breast in a tomato and fig sauce, served with green beans and potatoes.

"The dance floor was always full!" Alisha says. After the couple's first dance to Jason Mraz's "I Won't Give Up", the Best Man twirled the pregnant MOH to Justin Bieber's "Baby."

In the center of Alisha and Dipak's three-tier buttercream cake, a mini chalkboard spelled out their initials. "It was a creative (and less expensive) alternative to a cake topper," Alicia explains.

The two hardly got a chance to sit down all night. "Everyone was either at the bar, on the dance floor, or mugging for the photo booth," Alisha says.

After a fun-packed night, female guests took home pashmina scarves, and the under-12 set walked away with bags of candy.

A week after their American wedding, Alisha and Dipak threw a traditional Indian wedding with both their families. Next, it was off to Kawaii for the honeymoon! Alisha's most important advice? "Make your wedding your own."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Maravilla Gardens || Planner: None || Bride's Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones || Hair: Katie Lee || Makeup: Cynthia Lauran || Veil: None || Shoes: Nine West || Jewelry: Vintage; Tiffany and Co. || Wedding Band: Tungsten || Groom's Suit: Black by Vera Wang || Invitations: Paper Source || Florist: The English Garden || Catering: Command Performance Catering || Cake: Janna's Creative Cakes || Officiant: Dean Merrill || Music: DJ Michael McNeil of Ovation Entertainment || Photographer: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

—Amanda First


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A Sleek and Contemporary California Wedding at the Andaz San Diego

 Blue, California, Fall, Glamorous, Modern, Pink, Real Weddings, Romantic, White by Vera Wang, Yellow  Comments Off on A Sleek and Contemporary California Wedding at the Andaz San Diego
Nov 092013
 

What could be better than a romantic trip to the historic mansions of Newport, RI? How about a trip that ends with a surprise proposal on one of the mansions' sprawling lawn? This was just the moment that awaited Faye when she and Rich took a trip to visit his family in June of 2012. The couple spent the next 15 months planning a downtown San Diego wedding that brought friends and family from near and far to celebrate in contemporary style. With a muted but playful palette of yellow and gray, Rich and Faye's wedding on September 7, 2013, was fresh, fun, and everything they'd dreamed of.

Bride getting her makeup done at the Andaz San Diego.
Bride in an empire-waist ball gown from White by Vera Wang.

Says Faye of her empire-waisted ball gown from White by Vera Wang, "I fell in love with how the dress felt light yet it had the fullness that I was looking for." A bonus? The dress had pockets and an oversized bow at the waist.

A self-described minimalist, Faye paired her gown with a simple tulle veil. She wore her mother's earrings as her something borrowed, and Rich gifted her a bracelet for the perfect finishing touch.

Shimmering Enzo Angiolini pumps peeked out from beneath Faye's gown, adding a touch of shimmer to her classic bridal look.

Rich and his groomsmen all wore charcoal gray 3-piece tuxedos. Rich paired his with a light gray tie and gray argyle socks, while his groomsmen wore soft yellow ties and sunny socks to match.

Bride and groom at the Andaz San Diego.

Rich's gray tuxedo was the perfect match for Faye's beautiful ball gown. The Andaz San Diego was the ideal venue, allowing Faye and Rich to say I Do in modern San Diego style.

Faye's bridesmaids wore floor-length chiffon gowns in platinum from the Dessy Group. She had each woman pick out a style she loved, and tied their look together with bouquets of yellow peonies and roses.

The ceremony was held on the rooftop of the hotel. Simple white dcor was accented with oversized arrangements of white and yellow hydrangeas. The rooftop location gave the couple's guests, 80% of whom were from out of town, a great view of the city. Each guest received a packet of confetti to toss after Rich and Faye had said "I Do."

The ring bearer, wearing a gray suit and yellow tie to match the groomsmen, was escorted down the aisle by Faye's daughter Mailynn. Faye's goddaughter was their flower girl. During her walk down the aisle, she took her responsibilities a playful step further, tossing petals at the guests instead of on the aisle.

Bride, groom and bride's daughter braid a unity rope during the wedding ceremony.

As a symbol of their new family, Faye, Rich, and Mailynn braided a unity rope. The bride and groom wrote their own vows, allowing them to speak directly to one another as they became husband and wife.

Escort cards featured Faye and Rich's simple monogram and a pop of yellow.

Gray, white and yellow modern wedding cake.

The pièce de résistance was a gray square cake with white and yellow stripes, topped with white flowers. The flavor was a crowd-pleasing carrot cake with cream cheese buttercream. A candy bar, featuring gray, white, and yellow favorites like marshmallows and chocolate drops, served as both a sweet treat and favors for the guests.

For the first dance, Rich and Faye danced to Ingrid Michaelson's version of "Can't Help Falling In Love". Faye and her father shared their father-daughter dance with Rich and his new stepdaughter. They danced to "My Girl" by The Temptations, an upbeat way to celebrate the new family. Finally, Rich danced with his mom to Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World"–the two of them danced to the same song when his mother married Rich's stepfather.

So what's next for the happy couple? Rich and Faye are planning their honeymoon for the spring of 2014. In the mean time, they're getting used to calling one another "husband" and "wife".

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Andaz San Diego || Coordinator: Mel Montoya of Something Blue Wedding Coordination || Bride's Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang || Veil: David's Bridal || Shoes: Enzo Angiolini || Hair: Florence Pacho of Pikku Salon || Makeup: Lindsay Lloyd || Wedding Bands: Robbins Brothers || Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Dessy Group || Groom's Tuxedo: Black by Vera Wang || Invitations: MagnetStreet || Florist: Bloomeria Floral Design || Catering: Andaz San Diego || Cake: Crumb Fairy Bakery || Music: Eddie Palma || Photographer: Renee Clancy Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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Oct 172013
 
Bridal runway new Vera Wang wedding dresses

Photo: Getty Images

When Vera Wang, one of the most famous wedding dress designers in recent history, presents a Fall 2014 runway show consisting entirely of colored wedding dresses, one thing's for certain: White is slowly loosening its hold on a woman's wedding day getup. While this trend has been gaining more momentum recently, it's got a longer history than you'd think:

Pink

Gwen Stefani pink wedding dress

Photo: Getty Images

Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Reese Witherspoon, and Vera Wang's most recent collection confirmed it: Pink is having a bridal moment, and not just on the bridesmaids. Pink gowns may not be making anyone blush now, but way back in 2002, when perennial trendsetter Gwen Stefani stepped out in this dip-dyed stunner by pal John Galliano, it certainly made waves.

Yellow

Elizabeth Taylor yellow wedding dress

Photo: Getty Images

Amber Tamblyn wore a canary yellow dress as she arrived barefoot in a canoe to her wedding to David Cross last year. While Elizabeth Taylor would probably never have been caught doing that (unless it was for a movie role), it looks like Tamblyn took some inspiration from the Cleopatra actress' flower crown and gown at her 1964 wedding to Richard Burton.

Black

Marilyn Monroe wedding to Joe Dimaggio

Photo: Getty Images

Grandmothers across the nation were heard muttering "Marry in black, wish yourself back" (or was that just mine?) when Shenae Grimes and Avril Lavigne released photos of their noir gowns. Both women were rocking a pretty-punk vibe, but it was the queen of Hollywood glamour who wore one of the most famous black wedding getups—Marilyn Monroe in her 1954 wedding to Joe DiMaggio. What other fashion icon took a page out of Monroe's style book? Sarah Jessica Parker, who donned a black frock to her 1997 wedding to Matthew Broderick.

Even if you're not a celeb, colored gowns can work for you. All sorts of bright-hued dresses are popping up in collections, like a mint green number from Claire Pettibone, Watters' fluttery ballet-pink gown, and an Oscar De La Renta that's got your "something blue" all covered. Once you've got the perfect dress, it's just a matter of keeping the rest of your ensemble simple (here's where the ivory, taupe, and ecru work best—non-clashing shoes, accessories, and bridesmaids!) so that you and your gorgeous dress can shine!

—Caitlin Van Horn

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Oct 172013
 
Bridal runway new Vera Wang wedding dresses

Photo: Getty Images

When Vera Wang, one of the most famous wedding dress designers in recent history, presents a Fall 2014 runway show consisting entirely of colored wedding dresses, one thing's for certain: White is slowly loosening its hold on a woman's wedding day getup. While this trend has been gaining more momentum recently, it's got a longer history than you'd think:

Pink

Gwen Stefani pink wedding dress

Photo: Getty Images

Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Reese Witherspoon, and Vera Wang's most recent collection confirmed it: Pink is having a bridal moment, and not just on the bridesmaids. Pink gowns may not be making anyone blush now, but way back in 2002, when perennial trendsetter Gwen Stefani stepped out in this dip-dyed stunner by pal John Galliano, it certainly made waves.

Yellow

Elizabeth Taylor yellow wedding dress

Photo: Getty Images

Amber Tamblyn wore a canary yellow dress as she arrived barefoot in a canoe to her wedding to David Cross last year. While Elizabeth Taylor would probably never have been caught doing that (unless it was for a movie role), it looks like Tamblyn took some inspiration from the Cleopatra actress' flower crown and gown at her 1964 wedding to Richard Burton.

Black

Marilyn Monroe wedding to Joe Dimaggio

Photo: Getty Images

Grandmothers across the nation were heard muttering "Marry in black, wish yourself back" (or was that just mine?) when Shenae Grimes and Avril Lavigne released photos of their noir gowns. Both women were rocking a pretty-punk vibe, but it was the queen of Hollywood glamour who wore one of the most famous black wedding getups—Marilyn Monroe in her 1954 wedding to Joe DiMaggio. What other fashion icon took a page out of Monroe's style book? Sarah Jessica Parker, who donned a black frock to her 1997 wedding to Matthew Broderick.

Even if you're not a celeb, colored gowns can work for you. All sorts of bright-hued dresses are popping up in collections, like a mint green number from Claire Pettibone, Watters' fluttery ballet-pink gown, and an Oscar De La Renta that's got your "something blue" all covered. Once you've got the perfect dress, it's just a matter of keeping the rest of your ensemble simple (here's where the ivory, taupe, and ecru work best—non-clashing shoes, accessories, and bridesmaids!) so that you and your gorgeous dress can shine!

—Caitlin Van Horn

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A Lemon Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress by Ivy & Aster

 Bridesmaid Dresses, Bridesmaids, Ivy & Aster, Summer, Whimiscal, Yellow  Comments Off on A Lemon Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress by Ivy & Aster
Jun 252013
 
lemon bridesmaid dresses Ivy & Aster

Photo: Ivy & Aster

Throwing a sunny summer wedding? This bright lemon chiffon bridesmaid dress by Ivy & Aster will infuse your warm weather bash with a juicy pop of color. The weightless fabric and feminine sweetheart neckline only adds to this frock's fresh, flirty look. Not to mention, the sweet style and jubilant color will make your 'maids glow come the big day.

"Songbird" chiffon star-burst bodice bridesmaid dress with draped skirt, $270, Ivy & Aster

—Lauren Frankfort

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A Cheery Wedding with a Turquoise, Orange and Yellow Color Palette

 Blue, Casual, Connecticut, Melissa Sweet, Orange, Real Weddings, Romantic, Summer, Whimsical, Yellow  Comments Off on A Cheery Wedding with a Turquoise, Orange and Yellow Color Palette
May 202013
 

"Aaron asked me out in the most romantic way possible," Christina pretends to brag, then deadpans, "via text message." Yet despite a less-than-script-worthy start, the Connecticut couple took off and two years later, Aaron proposed.

Surrounded by friends and family at a surprise birthday party for the soon-to-be bride, Aaron dropped to one knee and presented Christina with a square-cut diamond ring. "Aaron and I had the tightest embrace ever," Christina recalls, until an excited Aaron attempted to slip the ring on her finger and instead accidentally tossed the diamond onto an outdoor patio, complete with cracks. "After a few seconds of panic, one of my girlfriends found the ring and I was finally able to wear it as an officially engaged woman," Christina laughs.

Working with wedding planner Ambiance Luxe Wedding Designs, Christina and Aaron crafted a quirky September affair held in rustic Deep River. With vibrant turquoise accents offsetting an otherwise neutral palette, the couple's wedding took on an atmosphere that Christina describes as "light, fun and lively."

Christina spotted her Melissa Sweet gown online—and was crushed when she discovered the dress had been discontinued. "It had caught my eye online, and I was dying to try it on. Unfortunately, the designer had stopped production of the dress and a single sample was the last of it's kind at The White Dress by the Shore. By some stroke of luck or fate, someone had actually purchased the gown but changed their mind and brought it back.. Once I put it on, it was love. We purchased it on the spot," Christina says. "It's so true when they say that it's just a feeling. When you know, you know."

Christina adored the gown's silk organza overlay, accented with delicate polka dots and tied with a matching sash. "I loved how it was so simple, yet had these amazing and fun details that made it so romantic," she says. Plus, "it hugged my curves in all the right places, but was comfortable at the same time. Comfort is key."

A champagne-colored faux floral hairpiece by Mignonne Handmade softened Christina's half-up-half-down hairstyle.

Kendra Scott's chunky turquoise necklace accentuated Christina's collarbone. "I tend to gravitate towards a statement piece here and there, so decided to go with a couple of accessories to make my overall look pop," Christina explains.

Aaron and his groomsmen donned slim-fit ties by Forage Haberdashery, which crafted the neckpieces from limited-edition blue and orange fabric.

Bridesmaids selected from two knee-length Ivy & Aster dresses in hues of rosemary and grey. "I loved the fun and flirty feel of these dresses," the bride says.

Florists wrapped bright orange ranunculus, white anemones, succulents and a few sprigs of leafy green filler with white lace to create Christina's bouquet. "Just For You Floral Design Studio translated our vision into exactly what we were looking for," the bride gushes.

Dusty miller, wide green leaves and Billy Bobs were mixed with berries and small bright flowers for the groom and groomsmen's boutonnieres. "We loved how non-traditional these were and how each one was different from the next," Christina says.

Boutonnieres were pinned to the lapels of light gray suits, which the men picked out at : Macy's.

Christina and Aaron exchanged vows on the grounds of Mount Saint John, a high school for at-risk boys set on 80 acres of rustic Connecticut real estate. "It had a wonderful vintage feeling," Christina says of the space, "with the actual school serving as a backdrop during the ceremony."

"Short, sweet and non-traditional," the bride says, Christina and Aaron's wedding ceremony included a reading from I Corinthians and humorous dialogue from their officiant—a cousin whom the couple convinced to become a justice of the peace especially for the occasion.

While the couple purposefully kept the ceremony space sparse, "the one thing we did splurge on were two large, beautiful arrangements that stood on each side of the front of the aisle," Christina says.

Trolleys transported guests from the school grounds and to The Lace Factory, where the couple would host their indoor dinner reception. "We were looking for something non-traditional, something that was an arms length away from the typical hotel ballroom," Christina says. Constructed in 1875, the former shipbuilding-yard-turned-event-center combined the historical character and modern amenities the couple craved. "We loved its exposed brick walls and beams, the large bright windows that extended across every wall, the vintage bar," Christina explains.

Christina and Aaron "loved the raw space of our reception venue," so they "tried to use details that would accentuate the space rather than cover what was already there," the bride says. The couple's color palette shown through in bright blue Chiavari chairs and vibrant orange flower arrangements—a nice "pop here and there," Christina describes.

Sheer white swag hung from the building's exposed beams, flanked by sparkling twinkle lights, "adding a touch of softness and elegance to the space," the bride says.

"My absolute favorite?" Christina says. "Two funky, ocean blue chandeliers were hung overhead just below the swags on each side of the room. Love, love, loved these."

A mixture of orange, coral and yellow blooms filled pedestal and bowl-shaped pots, creating a mish-mash of tablescapes across the entire dining room. "We loved how no two tables were alike," Christina says.

Lace overlays laid across champagne linens paid homage to The Lace Factory's name, Christina said. Blue and mercury glass candle holders were scattered across each tabletop.

Neutral-toned tented cards bore table names and numbers.

The couple left a heartfelt thank you to guests at each place setting. The blue-striped Chevron patterned cards were designed by Patti Murphy Designs.

Personalized pint glasses from online retailer Grandstand served as the couple's favors.

Dubbing him their "flower boy," the couple asked a young man to carry a turquoise wood sign that read Here Comes The Bride down the aisle. "As we exited, it turned around to say, 'Hooray!'" Christina says.

Because she wanted to "cut a rug," Christina slipped into a short-and-sassy Ivy & Aster dress during the reception. "I'm still waiting for an occasion where I can recycle this dress," Christina says. "I absolutely love it."

Christina's advice to other couples? "Forget the stress," she says. "Enjoy every second, and be kind along the way. And to remember to stop, take a breath and smell the roses. I found that everything went by much too quickly."

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Ambiance Luxe Wedding Designs || Ceremony Venue: Mount Saint John || Reception Venue: The Lace Factory || Bride's Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet from The White Dress By The Shore || Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden and Ashley Brooks Designs || Bride's Accessories: Kendra Scott and Mignonne Handmade || Bride's Wedding Ring: M.K. Winston Jewelers || Groom's Tux: Macy's || Groom's Wedding Ring: M.K. Winston Jewelers || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ivy & Aster from The White Dress By The Shore || Groomsmen Attire: Macy's || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Macy's || Florist: Just For You Floral Design Studio || Caterer: Cloud Nine Catering || Stationery: Patti Murphy Designs || Cake Baker: Cloud Nine Catering || Favors: Grandstand || Rentals: Ryan Designs and Rentals Unlimited || Entertainment: Power Station Events || Photography: Michelle Gardella

A Cheery Wedding with a Turquoise, Orange and Yellow Color Palette

 Blue, Casual, Connecticut, Handmade, Orange, Real Weddings, Romantic, Summer, Whimsical, Yellow  Comments Off on A Cheery Wedding with a Turquoise, Orange and Yellow Color Palette
May 202013
 

"Aaron asked me out in the most romantic way possible," Christina pretends to brag, then deadpans, "via text message." Yet despite a less-than-script-worthy start, the Connecticut couple took off and two years later, Aaron proposed.

Surrounded by friends and family at a surprise birthday party for the soon-to-be bride, Aaron dropped to one knee and presented Christina with a square-cut diamond ring. "Aaron and I had the tightest embrace ever," Christina recalls, until an excited Aaron attempted to slip the ring on her finger and instead accidentally tossed the diamond onto an outdoor patio, complete with cracks. "After a few seconds of panic, one of my girlfriends found the ring and I was finally able to wear it as an officially engaged woman," Christina laughs.

Working with wedding planner Ambiance Luxe Wedding Designs, Christina and Aaron crafted a quirky September affair held in rustic Deep River. With vibrant turquoise accents offsetting an otherwise neutral palette, the couple's wedding took on an atmosphere that Christina describes as "light, fun and lively."

Christina spotted her Melissa Sweet gown online—and was crushed when she discovered the dress had been discontinued. "It had caught my eye online, and I was dying to try it on. Unfortunately, the designer had stopped production of the dress and a single sample was the last of it's kind at The White Dress by the Shore. By some stroke of luck or fate, someone had actually purchased the gown but changed their mind and brought it back.. Once I put it on, it was love. We purchased it on the spot," Christina says. "It's so true when they say that it's just a feeling. When you know, you know."

Christina adored the gown's silk organza overlay, accented with delicate polka dots and tied with a matching sash. "I loved how it was so simple, yet had these amazing and fun details that made it so romantic," she says. Plus, "it hugged my curves in all the right places, but was comfortable at the same time. Comfort is key."

A champagne-colored faux floral hairpiece by Mignonne Handmade softened Christina's half-up-half-down hairstyle.

Kendra Scott's chunky turquoise necklace accentuated Christina's collarbone. "I tend to gravitate towards a statement piece here and there, so decided to go with a couple of accessories to make my overall look pop," Christina explains.

Aaron and his groomsmen donned slim-fit ties by Forage Haberdashery, which crafted the neckpieces from limited-edition blue and orange fabric.

Bridesmaids selected from two knee-length Ivy & Aster dresses in hues of rosemary and grey. "I loved the fun and flirty feel of these dresses," the bride says.

Florists wrapped bright orange ranunculus, white anemones, succulents and a few sprigs of leafy green filler with white lace to create Christina's bouquet. "Just For You Floral Design Studio translated our vision into exactly what we were looking for," the bride gushes.

Dusty miller, wide green leaves and Billy Bobs were mixed with berries and small bright flowers for the groom and groomsmen's boutonnieres. "We loved how non-traditional these were and how each one was different from the next," Christina says.

Boutonnieres were pinned to the lapels of light gray suits, which the men picked out at : Macy's.

Christina and Aaron exchanged vows on the grounds of Mount Saint John, a high school for at-risk boys set on 80 acres of rustic Connecticut real estate. "It had a wonderful vintage feeling," Christina says of the space, "with the actual school serving as a backdrop during the ceremony."

"Short, sweet and non-traditional," the bride says, Christina and Aaron's wedding ceremony included a reading from I Corinthians and humorous dialogue from their officiant—a cousin whom the couple convinced to become a justice of the peace especially for the occasion.

While the couple purposefully kept the ceremony space sparse, "the one thing we did splurge on were two large, beautiful arrangements that stood on each side of the front of the aisle," Christina says.

Trolleys transported guests from the school grounds and to The Lace Factory, where the couple would host their indoor dinner reception. "We were looking for something non-traditional, something that was an arms length away from the typical hotel ballroom," Christina says. Constructed in 1875, the former shipbuilding-yard-turned-event-center combined the historical character and modern amenities the couple craved. "We loved its exposed brick walls and beams, the large bright windows that extended across every wall, the vintage bar," Christina explains.

Christina and Aaron "loved the raw space of our reception venue," so they "tried to use details that would accentuate the space rather than cover what was already there," the bride says. The couple's color palette shown through in bright blue Chiavari chairs and vibrant orange flower arrangements—a nice "pop here and there," Christina describes.

Sheer white swag hung from the building's exposed beams, flanked by sparkling twinkle lights, "adding a touch of softness and elegance to the space," the bride says.

"My absolute favorite?" Christina says. "Two funky, ocean blue chandeliers were hung overhead just below the swags on each side of the room. Love, love, loved these."

A mixture of orange, coral and yellow blooms filled pedestal and bowl-shaped pots, creating a mish-mash of tablescapes across the entire dining room. "We loved how no two tables were alike," Christina says.

Lace overlays laid across champagne linens paid homage to The Lace Factory's name, Christina said. Blue and mercury glass candle holders were scattered across each tabletop.

Neutral-toned tented cards bore table names and numbers.

The couple left a heartfelt thank you to guests at each place setting. The blue-striped Chevron patterned cards were designed by Patti Murphy Designs.

Personalized pint glasses from online retailer Grandstand served as the couple's favors.

Dubbing him their "flower boy," the couple asked a young man to carry a turquoise wood sign that read Here Comes The Bride down the aisle. "As we exited, it turned around to say, 'Hooray!'" Christina says.

Because she wanted to "cut a rug," Christina slipped into a short-and-sassy Ivy & Aster dress during the reception. "I'm still waiting for an occasion where I can recycle this dress," Christina says. "I absolutely love it."

Christina's advice to other couples? "Forget the stress," she says. "Enjoy every second, and be kind along the way. And to remember to stop, take a breath and smell the roses. I found that everything went by much too quickly."

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Ambiance Luxe Wedding Designs || Ceremony Venue: Mount Saint John || Reception Venue: The Lace Factory || Bride's Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet from The White Dress By The Shore || Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden and Ashley Brooks Designs || Bride's Accessories: Kendra Scott and Mignonne Handmade || Bride's Wedding Ring: M.K. Winston Jewelers || Groom's Tux: Macy's || Groom's Wedding Ring: M.K. Winston Jewelers || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ivy & Aster from The White Dress By The Shore || Groomsmen Attire: Macy's || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Macy's || Florist: Just For You Floral Design Studio || Caterer: Cloud Nine Catering || Stationery: Patti Murphy Designs || Cake Baker: Cloud Nine Catering || Favors: Grandstand || Rentals: Ryan Designs and Rentals Unlimited || Entertainment: Power Station Events || Photography: Michelle Gardella

A Laid-Back Late-Summer Bouquet

 Bohemian, Flowers & Decor, Modern, Orange, Rustic, Summer, Wedding Flowers, Yellow  Comments Off on A Laid-Back Late-Summer Bouquet
May 152013
 
Rustic late summer bouquet by Cedarwood Events

Photo: Austin Gros Photography

This free-form bouquet was created by the folks at Nashville-based event-design company Cedarwood Weddings. (FYI: They have a fab barn on a 50-acre nature preserve, for those of you in the area.) What makes this a modern bouquet? For starters, the fact that they've blended what are considered to be more exotic flowers like mokara orchids with garden-variety flowers like zinnias and herbs, and that they've incorporated so many different blooms in a single arrangement. The 10 flowers used here (cream stock, wine dahlias, tulips, mokara orchids, freesia, ranunculus, roses, spray roses, zinnias, and craspedia) are in season in late summer. (Approximate cost, $175)

—Denise Penny Shepard

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Stony Brook University sweethearts Tara and Frank settled into an 11th floor apartment with views of the ocean after graduation. Tara doesn't offer this tidbit to induce jealousy—it's important to the couple's engagement story.

"It was an early, cold Saturday morning in February," she recalls, and Frank beckoned the soon-to-be bride to come outside "because he had something to show me. When I stepped out, written in huge letters in the sand below us was, 'Will you marry me?' I turned around and there was Frank, on one knee."

"We wanted to get married with our feet in the sand," Tara explains, "because that is how Frank proposed." Fourteen months after Frank popped the question, Jamaican resort Half Moon accommodated the couple's 80 guests and offered a sandy respite with "panoramic views of the ocean," Tara says.

Sea shells played a large part in the couple's wedding decor and complemented their chosen color palette of soft hues and bright whites. "We brought our own vases and candles from New York," Tara says.

Tara's nails were painted a pale pink for the big day. Her square-cut engagement ring was set in white gold.

Bride Getting Ready

Photos: M&A Photography

The bride bought her Badgley Mischka bridal gown at Kleinfeld, home of the popular reality TV series Say Yes To The Dress. The strapless dress featured a sweetheart neckline and ruffled bodice.

Tara chose gold open-toed Jimmy Choo strappy sandals to go with her gown.

Yellow and aqua accents throughout the couple's wedding—even in the bride's garter—brought out "the color of the beautiful water," Tara says.

Eight bridesmaids wore pale yellow dresses by Jim Hjelm that featured neckline ruffles and empire waists

Groomsmen wore yellow pocket squares tucked into their soft gray vests, and sported casual aqua-hued boating shoes.

The couple's nieces and nephew served as their flower girls and ring bearer. The girls' white dresses, from David's Bridal, mimicked the bride's own ruffled assemble.

White Calla Lily Bouquet All White Calla Lily Bouquet

Photos: M&A Photography

Tara carried an all-white, long-stemmed Calla lily bouquet.

The traditional bouquet came with a twist: It was tied with raffia and pinned with pearls.

Frank's white Calla lily boutonniere was also tied with raffia.

Tara and Frank exchanged vows beneath a bamboo arbor dripping with white flowers and nestled into the soft sand.

Palm leaves and ferns added a pop of color to the otherwise all-white arbor, which was draped in shear fabric.

The ring bearer descended the aisle just before the bride, carrying a soft burlap pillow and a heart-shaped wood sign that read Here Comes The Bride.

As Frank spotted his bride walk down the sand, a boyish grin stretched across his face.

With 60 years of marriage under their belts, the bride's grandparents offered wisdom for the newlyweds during the ceremony.

A steel drum band welcomed guests as they left the beach and headed to the resort's terrace for the couple's cocktail hour.

The couple "wanted a weathered, beachy, nautical feel" to their reception, Tara says. Escort cards were nestled in sand between tiny sea shells.

Atop each white and blue menu card sat a starfish, a perfect complement to the couple's surf-and-turf dinner.

"The entire week was so special, with many memories," the bride recalls. "That was one of the reasons we wanted a destination wedding. Close family and friends together for a week—what more could you ask for?"

—Jillian Kramer

Ceremony Venue: Half Moon || Reception Venue: Half Moon || Bride's Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka || Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Groom's Tux: J. Crew || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jim Hjelm || Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Nordstrom || Flower Girl Dress: David's Bridal || Caterer: Half Moon || Stationery: Purple Ink Press || Photography: M&A Photography

A Poppy and Anemone Bouquet

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May 012013
 
Poppy and Anemone bouquet by Bash, Please

Photo: Birds of a Feather

We love this super-bright contemporary bouquet by the ladies at California-based event-design company Bash, Please. "The bride for whom we designed it absolutely loved poppies, so we chose florals and greenery to accent their vibrant colors," explain designers Kelly Harris and Paige Appel. The balance of intense citrus hues with elegant whites and greens—here, achieved using anemones, veronicas, dusty millers, solidasters, and ranunculus—work equally well in a rustic outdoor setting or an indoor, urban environment. (Approximate cost, $225)

—Denise Penny Shepard

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