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One of my very favorite things about summer? Blueberries! Savannah photographer Ashley Seawell agrees, and drew inspiration from the juicy little berry for this beautiful photo shoot at Georgia’s Wormsloe Historic Site. Says Ashley: “We aspired to show the natural beauty of blueberries and their color while keeping most other aspects season-neutral. Hints of blue were used throughout and the Provençal linen with blue stripes anchored the table. We chose ivory gowns for the bride and bridesmaids, as we wanted the blueberries stems in the bouquets and blue ribbon to stand out.”

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“We created our dessert table to highlight various sweets that can be created with this fruit, including miniature trifles, tartlets, and of course a blueberry and buttercream wedding cake.”

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Photography: Ashley Seawell Photography / Floral Design: Cote Design / Stationery: Tessa Shane / Brides’s Dress Lena Medoyeff via Ivory + Beau / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ivana Krejci Collection via Ivory + Beau / Flower Girl Dress: Gap Kids / Hair, Makeup: Pastel Hair And Makeup / Cake: Savannah’s Hall Of Cakes / Rentals: Amazing Event RentalsLinen Me / Hair Piece: Vanilla Hue / Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab
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I love it when couples go outside the box when planning their weddings – who says the only way to do it is with a dinner-and-dancing reception? Not Megan and Andrew! From the early morning ceremony, to the afternoon filled with bicycling and wine tasting, I’d say it was less traditional and more inventive,” says the bride.The core traditional values and practices were there (vows, rings, family, friends, food, etc.), but our day was certainly unique.”

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After saying their vows in Sonoma’s historic plaza, guests enjoyed bag lunches while the bridal party took photos, followed by a wine tasting bike tour. The day ended with dinner at El Dorado Kitchen. What a fun way to celebrate! Our friend Silvana di Franco was there to capture these sweet photos of the day. (As Megan said, “A picture is worth a thousand words…Silvana captured each and every moment perfectly.”)

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Megan’s favorite part of the day? “Walking down the aisle – there is no better feeling.”

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After the ceremony, Megan changed into a short dress from ASOS for the winery bike tour.

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After wine tastings at two favorite Sonoma spots, Bartholomew Park Winery and Sebastiani, everyone came together at El Dorado Kitchen for dinner.

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Says the bride, “We saved a lot of money by creating our own bouquets, centerpieces, and aisle decor. We ordered flowers in bulk, and with the help of our bridal party, we assembled all of the arrangements the evening before the wedding. With borrowed wooden boxes and tin buckets, we only spent $400 on an enormous amount of flowers.”

Before dinner, Megan surprised her groom with a heartfelt letter.

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We took our very first vacation together to Northern California, and our favorite day of the trip was spent in Sonoma. We rented bicycles for the afternoon and rode from winery to winery enjoying wine tastings. We fell in love with the quaint little town of Sonoma and vowed that if we ever got married, we would do it here.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted to recreate our first trip out to Sonoma, but this time with our family and friends. A day filled with bicycles, wine, and loved ones.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  One of our favorite details was the brown bag lunches we provided for our guests. After the ceremony, our guests enjoyed a little picnic on the city square before hopping on their bicycles.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  I read an article right before our wedding about how every wedding is perfect in its own way. It’s so true. Every wedding is perfect – it’s perfect because it’s yours. Remember this before, during, and after your day. It will be perfect.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Wake up early and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea by yourself. It’s a great time for a little self reflection, meditation, or just peace and quiet before the BIG day begins.

Photography: Silvana di Franco / Ceremony: Sonoma City Hall / Reception Venue, Catering: El Dorado Kitchen in Sonoma, California / Officiant: Margaret Stimmler / Long Dress: Allure Bridals / Short Dress: ASOS / Shoes: Alfani / Hair, Makeup: Cheveux Salon / Bike Tour Wineries: Sebastiani, Bartholomew Park Winery
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    There’s something so classic and glamorous about a ballroom wedding – especially preceded by a rooftop ceremony…

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    Says the bride of the venue choice: “The Peninsula Chicago is a very memorable place for both of us. Before Jonathan moved to Chicago, he stayed here during every trip. Eventually, the staff recognized him and always went above and beyond to ensure that his visit was nothing short of spectacular. Naturally, we had our few first dates here, and the staff and bartenders made our dates very special and lighthearted. On one occasion the bartender jokingly sent Jonathan a glass of wine so full he couldn’t even lift it!”

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    “My favorite part of the day was walking down the aisle and seeing Jonathan for the first time. It was surreal. He literally was the only person I saw. As a young girl, I’d imagine walking down the aisle, but I never quite imagined who would be at the end. Jonathan was a picture perfect groom, better than anything my imagination could have conjured up!”

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    The escort card display was modern and understated, with cards standing in beds of moss.

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    “It has been two months and guests are still raving about the wedding. So while it was certainly a great wedding, it was an absolutely incredible party! From our guests, to the atmosphere, décor, and all the small details, it reflected our personalities and our style. It embodied all the things that we’ve come to share with those closest to us. Even if I hadn’t worn a wedding dress and Jonathan hadn’t worn a tux, it would have been an unforgettable night!”

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Our biggest inspiration came from one of our favorite restaurants, Fig and Olive in Beverly Hills. While all of their locations serve the same great menu, the decor at the Beverly Hills location is by far the most stunning. It is beautiful without feeling overdone. It is simple, romantic, and inviting. We also both really wanted to have an outdoor ceremony that still felt intimate and personal.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  During the planning process, Jonathan constantly said that it was “my” day, and I’d always answer by saying it was his day too. To help make it his day as much as it was mine and ours, I planned a few surprises. The first was the sign the flower girls carried in place of flower baskets. It said, “Uncle Johnny, Here Comes Your Bride.” It was a great way to start the ceremony. The second surprise was an homage to his favorite band, Green Day. In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, we had a cake parade. The cake that lead the parade had a cake topper in the shape of the iconic Green Day heart grenade. The third surprise was an a cappella song performed by my very talented and musically inclined family (including my mom and dad!). The song was “Time of Your Life” by Green Day.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice was to make sure we enjoyed the night because it really does end so quickly! I know so many couples who didn’t eat at their own wedding. We actually ate our dinner while it was warm!

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Hire or designate a planner. Even if it’s just for the month of the wedding, it’s totally worth it. It’s great to have a non-biased third party you can rely on!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Choose the things you’d like to splurge on and make sure you take care of those first – it will make your other decisions easier as long as you’re sticking to a budget. This is another thing that your planner can help you with. We hired Estera Events and they were amazing! On several occasions they provided us with alternatives that were not only less expensive, they were better options than what we originally had in mind. Finally, be honest with yourself and your partner about the budget during the entire planning process. There are so many details that can fall through the cracks, only to add up at the end.

    Photography: HUSAR Photography / Event Planning & Design: Estera Events / Venue, Catering: Peninsula Chicago in Chicago, Illinois / Dress: Vera Wang / Suit: Tom Ford / Bridesmaid Dresses: All Saints / Stationery: Sarah Drake Design / Floral Design: Kehoe Designs / Champagne Tower: Nimblewell / Music: Style Matters DJ’s
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  • Glam Chicago Wedding by Chad Husan

    28 July 2014
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    Sometimes you just need a break from wedding planning, and by Friday everyone is ready for a break anyway! So each week, we send you into the weekend with some of our favorite finds from around the web, from pretty products to tutorials to interesting articles, and whatever else strikes our fancy. We hope you enjoy, and of course have a happy, happy weekend!

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    How about this black and white bathroom makeover.

    Raspberry cheesecake ice cream sandwiches.

    Rethinking the word “foodie.”

    Seersucker napkins are perfect for summer.

    Look what happened to this lawn after a heavy rain!

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    Dried pineapple flowers for a tiki party cocktail.

     

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