Lauren and Robert had a charming, low key wedding at a family home, accented with lovely blue details – I especially love the darling blue bouquets and the groom’s chambray shirt, and it doesn’t hurt that the setting is breathtaking.

SEE THE GALLERY FOR EVEN MORE IMAGES FROM THIS SOMETHING BLUE WEDDING IN VIRGINIA.

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The Ceremony

“There was a nasty storm that dropped inches of rain right up to the moment of our ceremony,” says Lauren. “We thought we would have to get married under the tent, but the clouds broke and we were able to have the outdoor wedding that we wanted. The best part was the sun breaking through the clouds just as we took our vows. It was ridiculously surreal.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Short and sweet.

How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  I researched a variety of ceremony templates online and picked and chose elements from various traditions. What was important to us was to have a ceremony that reflected the beauty of the surroundings and that was under 15 minutes so our guests wouldn’t melt under the sun! While we did not write our own vows, we did include a poem by e.e. cummings that both of us liked.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The person who first introduced us was also the person who married us.

Ceremony Music: Here Comes Your Man by The Pixies

 

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The Reception

“My father and stepmother got married in the backyard of their house, and I knew that I would also get married there one day. Luckily, Rob thought it was just as unique and beautiful as I did! We wanted the natural beauty of the scenery to take center stage and to inform the rest of the décor, and we made sure to create a relaxed backyard atmosphere.”

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received was from a dear friend who saw how stressed out I was about two weeks from the big day. She told me to tell my parents, wedding planner, and Rob to give me a five day asylum from any wedding planning questions the week of the wedding. I took that advice and found myself able to see through to the big picture of getting married to the love of my life and how wonderful that was.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  If it’s not fun, either change what you are doing or stop what you are doing.

 

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In lieu of a traditional guest book, Rob and Lauren used a beautiful cookbook and had a sign that read, “Please sign your name or write a note next to a recipe that you would like us to make. Hopefully we can share it with you someday soon!”

 

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Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  Rob and I didn’t want a traditional wedding cake, so we had a variety of desserts including a few coconut cakes from Peninsula Grill shipped from Charleston. It is the best coconut cake you will ever eat!

First Dance:  Little Trip to Heaven [On the Wings of Your Love] by Tom Waits

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Expect the unexpected.

 

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Photography: A Muse Photography / Venue: Private Residence in Charlottesville, Virginia /  Event Planning, Floral Design: Amore Events by Cody / Bride’s Shoes, Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Suit: J.Crew / Shoes: Kenneth Cole / Stationery Material: Paper Source / Catering: Maya / Cake: Peninsula Grill / Macarons: Albemarle Baking Company /  Hair, Makeup: Moxie / Guitarist: Daniel McCarthy / Lighting, Rentals: MS Events / Tent: Gibson Tents
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Oh my… this Seattle garden wedding from McKenzie Powell and Belathée is beyond magical! There are so many inspiring details, but these are some of our favorites: the use of seasonal fruit in flower arrangements (like cherries in the bride’s bouquet!), the unique dessert buffet (the bride is a pastry chef), and the Swiss tradition of a loving cup.

SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR ALL THE IMAGES FROM THIS ROMANTIC GARDEN WEDDING BY BELATHEE.

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I am sure that every bride will tell you that their day was magical, but I swear ours was!” says Amy. “We had the most beautiful Seattle day on September 1st that stayed warm well into the night making it feel as though we were transported to the south of France that evening. The entire day was filled with laughter and joy and great food and family and friends. The vendors we found to create, run and capture our wedding made it spectacular and felt like an extension of our family. Justin and I still talk about our wedding as if we were two of the attendees because there were so many details that we were surprised and delighted by during the day, as well as when we look at the beautiful pictures and amazing video. We wish we could get married every year just so we could go back and relive the entire experience exactly how it was that day. We wouldn’t change a thing.”

Just some of what made their wedding so magical? “Guests arrived to the sounds of classical guitar and accordion playing in the garden, making it feel like a French summer night or maybe even a scene out of a Woody Allen movie,” shares Amy. “Justin walked down the aisle with our two dogs, Roux and Pepino. McKenzie Powell’s flowers and styling made the entire garden and Corson Building the most romantic lavender-filled secret garden in Seattle.”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We had gone to the Corson Building for my birthday the year prior to getting engaged and we both thought it was a completely magical place. We hadn’t discussed getting married but we both walked away from that night thinking what an amazing place it would be to have a dinner party with only your closest friends. When we got engaged, we knew we wanted to find somewhere intimate with a rustic, European feel where we could through a dinner party with our closest circle of friends and family and the Corson Building was it!

 

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Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Justin’s family has a wonderful tradition taken from his mother’s Swiss parents where the wedding couple drinks from the “loving cup,” which is a silver contraption made of two cups on a swivel. All of the married couples in Justin’s family have drank from this cup at their wedding and the trick is to work together in order for the bride and groom to drink from their respective cups at the same time.

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We both love Europe and wanted to find a place that had old charm and yet somehow felt like the Pacific Northwest as well. We wanted to keep it to a size where we could enjoy everyone in attendance and we both have a passion for great food, so a dinner party with amazing friends and food was our core inspiration. Other than food, our love of animals and laughter are core to our relationship so we wanted to incorporate our dogs and make sure we had fun.

 

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What advice do you have for other brides?  Choose vendors that have a great passion and share your aesthetic, hire them, and then let them go do what they do best. Finding people you trust to help create your wedding and letting them do their job without meddling will save your sanity and allow you to have surprises that will delight you throughout your wedding and beyond that day. Oh yeah, and get a day-of coordinator who knows the deal – they are worth every penny!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Prioritize the big components for your wedding (e.g. flowers, styling, dress, food) and put your budget towards the biggest impact/highest priority items. If you can’t have it all then make sure you have at least one thing that you and your husband really want. Be honest with yourself about what matters and don’t get caught up with small details that won’t matter in the long run.

 

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Menu
Our Bread with Charred Vegetable Spread and Japanese Frying Peppers / A Salad of Heirloom Tomatoes, Many Raw Vegetables, Herbs and Pistachios  //  Roasted King Salmon with Warm Cucumbers and Lobster Mushrooms / Braised Pork Shoulder and Roasted Loin with Chanterelles, Corn, Zucchini and Nectarines

 

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“Amy is a pastry chef and has a crazy sweet tooth so she wanted to make sure the desserts lived up to her fantasies,” share the couple. “We had over 25 desserts custom made including hand crafted Japanese wagashi, polvorones (Mexican wedding cookies), along with many other amazing French pastries, Theo’s chocolate caramels, and a beautiful wedding cake. There were also Amy’s favorite – gummy bears – put out for everyone to scoop up a small bag on their way out of the wedding.”

 

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First Dance: Once In Love with Amy by Frank Sinatra

“The people in attendance that night still tell us how much they loved our wedding and we couldn’t agree more. There was so much love there that night from everyone, not just us in our newlywed fog, and we truly felt lifted and embraced by the entire experience.”

 

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Photography: Belathée / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design: McKenzie Powell / Venue, Catering: Corson Building in Seattle, Washington / Dress: Vera Wang / Shoes: Valentino / Suit: Prada / Shirt: Eton / Tie: Isaia / Shoes: Di Bianco / Stationery Design: Churu Yun / Calligraphy: Caitlin Dundon / Stationery Printing: Pike Street Press / Rentals: AA Rentals / Classical Guitar, Accordian: Julian Crawford / DJ: Bruce Pavitt / Cake: Tallant House / Videography: Andy Fitts
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Today I’m heading up to Sonoma for my best friend’s wedding, and all I can think about is how excited I am that she found such an awesome guy to spend her life with, and how fun it’s going to be seeing friends who live far away, and dancing the night away with my hubby. Mariam, if you’re reading this (why are you reading this?! get off the internet!), these are my hopes for your wedding day: I hope you laugh and breathe and don’t forget to eat something. I hope you feel more beautiful than you’ve ever felt in your life. I hope you pause before you walk down the aisle and take it all in – the garden, the sun, the faces of the people there. I hope you feel the love bubble around you and Pete as you hold hands and meet eyes and vow forever. I hope your post-ceremony photos go by quickly, and that you take your heels off as soon as possible and get on the dance floor. I hope napkins and table runners never cross your mind. I hope your wedding day is magical, but I hope it’s nothing compared to what comes next. I love you! Now seriously, get off the internet.

The rest of you, stick around for weekend links!

Waen Geometric Terrarium Waen Geometric Terrarium

Lovely terrarium, no moss needed.

Oh my. This Art Nouveau-inspired headdress is incredible. (Actually, all of the images from Givenchy Haute Couture Spring 1997 are spectacular. Google it.)

Yogurt panna cotta is happening for breakfast.

Bill Murray drove a Bay Area taxi (this is pretty much the best thing I’ve read all week).

This sticker club was created with kids in mind, but I’m a child of the 80′s. All sticker clubs were really made for me. via Babyccino

Vietnamese-inspired coffee granita sounds real good.

Maybe my favorite reason for a traffic jam ever.

These beautiful things are power outlets!

This sort of thing really bums me out. Use a little common sense people! via Kottke.org

Can we please see more fancy Rice Krispy treat monograms?

Down with guilty pleasures!

Yesterday’s Pretty Pins post was all about apples, but somehow I missed these apple pie biscuits. YUM!

These perfectly minimalist coffee mugs want to come live with me.

In the market for some fun new flats. Maybe these (grown-up jellies!)? Or these?

Giant bow gift wrap (I’m looking at you, Kara).

 

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