We’re on a short break, but in the meantime, we’re posting some of our favorite spring and summer weddings from the archives…

 

Lavender fields, candy-colored palette, a ferris wheel… all captured on camera by the talented Lisa Lefkowitz! I can think of no better way to spend the morning than with this whimsical wedding at Bear Flag Farm.

This might be my favorite mismatched bridesmaid collection I’ve ever seen! The shades of blue and coral work so perfectly together, and with the rest of the wedding decor. The ladies carried bouquets of peonies, roses, irises, and other blooms in shades of pink and cream.

Says the bride: “For the details of our ceremony, we took inspiration from our history as a couple, from our families, and from aspects of recent weddings we had attended (take notes!).”

What inspired the bride and groom in their wedding planning? “The earliest inspirations for our celebration were the lavender fields of Provence, a nighttime carnival, and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Thanks to the farm’s natural beauty, it’s natural bounty, and Tina’s ingenuity, we were able to create a sort of romantic carnival in the French countryside feel, complete with lavender fields, a French quartet, a gourmet ice cream truck, a ferris wheel, and amazingly delicious food prepared with seasonal ingredients grown right on the farm. The farm itself was a source of constant inspiration. We were married among fruit trees under arches of flowers against a backdrop of greenery, enjoyed our cocktail hour under a dreamy star-filled tent, frolicked through the gorgeous lavender fields and rode the ferris wheel at sunset, and dined and danced the night away under hanging lanterns on a sunken lawn surrounded by sycamore trees.”

Raj Tents added an extra touch of magic to Anna and Matt’s celebration.

Guests found their table numbers on cards attached to the spokes of an old bicycle.

Dinner was held on a sunken lawn, surrounded by sycamore trees. Large white lanterns hung over the tables and dance floor. Low centerpieces of hot pink peonies in turquoise vases added pops of color to the tables.

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  After visiting several other potential venues, Bear Flag Farm just felt like “home.” We were enchanted by the serene and beautiful farm, whose lavender fields, orchards, vineyards, and sycamore trees are the stuff of paradise, and we were equally impressed by owner Tina Reikes, a wonder of a person who we would come to know as an all-around wedding-planning magician. We could see immediately that the farm would provide a spectacularly beautiful backdrop on which we would have the flexibility to bring to life our vision for our wedding day.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Toward the end of our celebration, the band performed a wonderful, French-English duet version of La Vie en Rose for our last dance. Part way through, we realized that our guests had begun to link arms and were slowly bobbing about us in a circle, creating an incredible moment in which the support of our family and friends was visually instantiated. Moments later, everyone treated us to a marvelously ridiculous kazoo send-off as we floated to our getaway car and made our escape together into the starry night.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  On a very practical note, more than one person suggested scuffing up the bottoms of my new shoes, which probably saved me from making an unintentionally grand entrance onto the dance floor.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Planning a wedding ourselves made us see other people’s weddings through an entirely new lens; attending other weddings is a wonderful way to identify things to incorporate (or avoid!) that might not otherwise come to mind. Also, as much as possible, surround yourself with vendors who know weddings inside and out; thanks to ours, we were able to simply enjoy our wedding day to the fullest – one of the best gifts we received!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Consider non-wedding-specific sources for bridesmaid dresses. Designers often require orders many months in advance and can be absurdly expensive, but we were pleasantly surprised that, with a bit of detective work, it was possible to find dresses we liked even better from other sources.

Photographer: Lisa Lefkowitz / Venue: Bear Flag Farm in Winters, California / Event Planning & Design, Floral Designer: Tina Reikes of Bear Flag Farm / Gown: Monique Lhuillier / Alterations: Michael Sommerfield, Miosa Couture / Shoes: Dessy / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff, WHBM, J. Crew / Hair, Makeup: Maria Chang / Tuxedo: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen Tuxedos: Black Tie Tuxedo and Formalwear / Officiant: Joshua Greene / Rentals: Hartmann Studio Rentals, Classic Party Rentals, La Tavola Linen / Tent: RAJ / Lighting: Got Light? / Videographer: Koda Pictures / Transportation: California Wine Tours / Getaway Car: Wine Valley Convertible  Catering: Paula Le Duc Fine Catering / Stationery: Hello!Lucky / Music: Baguette QuartetteFil Lorenz Orchestra / Ice Cream Truck: Twirl and Dip / Live Event Painter: Agnes Csiszar Russo / Wooden Flower Place Cards: CompanyFortyTwo

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  • Bear Flag Farm Wedding from Lisa Lefkowitz

    8 April 2014
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    We’re on a short break, but in the meantime, we’re posting some of our favorite spring and summer weddings from the archives…

     

    What is it about this garden wedding from Sarah Gawler?! From the whimsical venue, to the wildflower-inspired bouquets, to the bride’s gorgeous curls… everything about it has me feeling like I’m in a dream!

    Speaking of dreamy… the bridesmaids wore vintage nightgowns!

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    Says the bride: “My something old was the bridesmaid’s dresses which were all vintage; my something blue was the little flowers in the bouquet; my something borrowed was a beautiful little beaded purse my bridesmaids gave me on the day (which I haven’t actually given back – whoops!); my something new was my veil.”

    After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails (the signature drink was an Aperol Spritz) on the lawn before heading into the barn for dinner and dancing.

    In addition to the barn, Preston Court boasts a Georgian manor, numerous historic farm buildings, a wedding temple, ornamental lakes, and a carousel.

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We instantly fell in love with the barn. We knew we wanted the day to be centered around a big feast and the barn was the perfect setting.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I was inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite look of long flowing hair and flowers headpieces. It kind of worked with the gardens and lake at the venue.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Walking into the barn with Freddy and seeing the beautiful smiling faces of everyone we loved all there together.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Let others help you! It saves money and takes some of the stress off your plate. Freddy’s mother made the beautiful cake, friends helped with catering and supplies, other friends did the music, and everyone was there on the morning helping to dress the venue.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  I became utterly addicted to blogs, saving pictures and making mood boards for food, dresses, location dressing, hair, make up. It helps to define your vision and be clear with suppliers about what you want.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Choose the things that matter the most to you and spend the money on those things. The guests aren’t obsessing over every tiny detail like you are.

    Photographer: Sarah Gawler / Venue: Preston Court in Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom / Event Planning, Design: Renee Cecile / Dress, Accessories: John Zimmermann / Shoes: Jean-Michel Cazabat / Veil: Angelica Bridal / Groom’s Suit, Shirt: Acne / Shoes: John Simons / Floral Design: The Real Cut Flower Garden / Folk band: Patch & The Giant / Caterer: Stella Grove / Hair, Makeup: Michelle Marsh / Videography: Cinereportage
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  • Whimsical Garden Wedding at Preston Court

    19 February 2014
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    We’re on a short break, but in the meantime, we’re posting some of our favorite spring and summer weddings from the archives…

    Photography: Ciara Richardson

     

     

    We see so many dinner-and-dancing weddings that it’s easy to forget: there’s more than one way to celebrate a marriage! Sarah and Alex opted for a delicious brunch wedding in the backyard of the bride’s childhood home, and with such sweet details and stunning photos from Ciara Richardson, I have a feeling it might make you rethink your evening wedding plans…

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Tinge Floral created dramatic centerpieces in shades of red and peach, adding rich color to the backyard venue. The invitation design was hand-painted by the bride.

     

     

     

     

    Sarah’s parents made the tables from old barn wood. The bases of the tables (the legs and heavy-duty wheels) came from an old granite countertop company, that had gone out of business. “They were very industrial, beat up, and a perfect fit for the barn wood,” says Sarah.

     

     

     

     

    The brunch menu included tomato and pesto salad, sweet and savory crepes in a variety of flavors, omelets, fruit skewers and yogurt, as well as other breakfast favorites, and watermelon punch with mint.

     

     

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    For dessert there was a selection of “naked” cakes in strawberry champagne, white chocolate raspberry, triple chocolate, carrot cake, lemon soufflé, and cinnamon almond creme (the bride’s own creation).

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  I grew up in Northern California roaming the creeks and fields, my parents’ backyard has everything I ever dreamed of having for my wedding. It was full of stories and experiences, it was charming and “real,” a little bit rural but still could host a classy party, and it just fit us. Alex and I both loved the idea of an outdoor reception. // We chose to do a breakfast reception from 8:00 to 11:00AM rather than an evening dinner with lights and dancing, because it was so cheerful and beautiful in the mornings in my backyard. And it was different from other wedding receptions! We liked that uniqueness. We had a Crepe Bar, in addition to lots of cake, omelets, and other items on the menu that we just loved. Alex and I made crepes all the time when we were dating, we love them, so it was a bit of tradition for us. Something I hadn’t even considered until day of was that our photos would have that beautiful, California, morning light – that was perfect. It was great having the rest of the day to spend with our visiting friends and family, too. It was a continual party all day long! But, we didn’t get that “reception lag” you hear about so often. I think we could’ve done the reception day after day and never tired from it.

    What inspired you when you where planning your wedding?  I wanted our wedding to feel authentically us. I think authenticity is so important and I knew that if I tried to be anything but “us” it wouldn’t work. I searched the web, read through magazines, looked at art, and just gathered things that I loved. On choosing colors, I went to a craft store with my mom one night and got samples of fabrics that I loved, we picked strands of beads, string, ribbon, even crafting materials like copper sheets, put them all together in little boxes, and all the colors worked together somehow. They were just textures and colors that I loved. We even ended up sending those “color boxes” to Alex’s family in Hong Kong and Australia as well as to my family that lived far away so we could all coordinate colors.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  “Just enjoy your day.” You hear that everywhere and from everyone, but I really did choose to enjoy the day, and it was perfect. Honestly, I don’t have one thing bad to say about it. It made me realize that anything could happen, but as long as you’re married, that’s the only thing that matters. I really wanted the day of the temple ceremony to be the biggest focus, and it was exactly that.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  To other brides I would say, “choose your happiness.” Start day 1 of your marriage, your wedding day, happy. That is how it should be, and it’ll continue on and on. I guess I would say, too, to choose to be happy during the planning process – the day will be perfect even if every detail isn’t. I had bought my wedding dress 6 months in advance, but after a nightmare of this and that, 7 days prior to the wedding I didn’t have a dress! We scrambled and I ended up finding one at Avenia Bridal that really was even more perfect – I was thrilled with it! It was so different from my original dress, but it was ME. I was so comfortable and felt so classy. It was something that, when 7 days prior I realized I didn’t have a dress, I decided that after everything is said and done, maybe if I just wore a simple white dress from Nordstrom or somewhere, what was important was that I and my groom were happily married. Gratefully, however, I have wonderful parent’s who were so willing for me to go find another wedding dress, and it worked out beautifully.

    Do you have any budget tips for brides?  I would say, don’t be afraid of DIY, and don’t be afraid of “less is more.” I had a vision in my mind, that when my wedding day all came together, I wanted quality over quantity. There were a few things and ideas we had thought about for decorating, etc. but when it came to the final price – we could either get those things REALLY expensive, or REALLY cheap – typically we decided to opt out all together. I am so glad we did. It kept it simple, and it was lovely.

    Photographer: Ciara Richardson / Venue: private residence in Sacramento, California / Dress: Avenia Bridal / Shoes: Nordstrom / Bolero: Dress Barn / Shirt: Macy’s / Tie: J.Crew / Floral Designer: Ashley Byer, Tinge Floral / Catering: Cindy Medlar
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  • Brunch Wedding from Ciara Richardson

    25 March 2014
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    We’re on a short break, but in the meantime, we’re posting some of our favorite spring and summer weddings from the archives…

     

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    Cara and Matt’s wedding epitomizes the impact of choosing a spectacular venue – what could possibly match the drama and beauty of dogwood tress in full bloom?! And of course it never hurts to hire a photographer like Marta Locklear, who can preserve those memories in beautiful images like these…

     

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    “My favorite part of the day,” says Cara, “was the moment when I was walking down the aisle with my Dad, I looked up and saw everyone that Matt and I love looking right back at me. All of the people who have shaped our lives for so many years had all gathered there on that day to celebrate us and our love for each other.”

     

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    “Matt and I focused a lot on the feeling and the content of the wedding ceremony. We wanted everyone there to feel love – for their spouses, their families, and the friends in their life. We hand picked readings, songs, and specific parts of the ceremony that meant something to us. I wanted all of our family members to play a role. Matt and I had our brothers escort our mothers during the ceremony and helped them to light the unity candles. The readings were done by my brother, sister, and Matt’s brother. My sister-in-law sang ‘All of Me’ and ‘Simple Gifts’ during the ceremony.”

     

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    “Matt rented a 1960 Rolls Royce to take us around town after the ceremony in order to get some pictures and just have a moment to ourselves. I have always loved classic cars and felt like royalty riding in it!”

     

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    “Our fathers used their handiwork to help with our wedding decor,” says Cara. Her father made table number posts, and Matt’s father made the large M & C initials.

     

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    Other DIY elements included table assignments painted on window frames, centerpiece doilies crocheted by the bride’s mother, and mason jars “punch glasses” decorated by the bride and her sister. The couple had two signature drinks: an Old Fashioned (Maker’s Mark Whiskey, bitters, orange zest, and a sugar cube) and “The Attention Seeker” (vodka, rosé, lemon juice, honey, rosemary sprigs).

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  The Virginia Center for Architecture is in a building also known as the Branch House. It is a beautiful mansion formerly owned by a prestigious couple in Richmond, turned into a museum in the heart of the Monument Avenue Historic District. We picked the venue because of the historic nature of it, along with the beautiful courtyard in the back lawn. The windows and hardwood floors inside just spoke of long-standing romance.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  I grew up in Western Pennsylvania where it was a tradition to have a cookie table for dessert and a take-home treat for your guests. Family members and friends of the bride and groom will get together and make a variety of cookies to bring to the wedding. It is a common occurrence to see guests heading to the cookie table before dinner is even served!

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  One of my favorite parts of the decor for the wedding was the family photo table. Matt and I gathered photos of our parents and grandparents from their weddings, put them in frames, and labeled them along with their anniversary dates. We chose the date of our wedding because it was Matt’s parents 38th wedding anniversary.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The night before the wedding, I received a note from my sister. Part of it said, “At some point during the wedding and reception, stop and take a minute for yourself. Just look around and take it all in. The music, the laughter, the room, and all of the people that are surrounding you guys on your first day of marriage. Enjoy your guests, but make sure that you and Matt steal little moments away and for each other during the evening.” This advice resonated with me, and I made sure that I did just that. Just stop, look around, and enjoy every minute of it.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Make your wedding day fit your personality. There are so many dresses, vendors, decorations out there to choose from. You can easily get lost in ideas and second guess your choices. Go with the first one that “fits” and that makes you smile. Be happy and confident about your decisions because they were inspired by you. Also, I have to say that the best money that I spent on the wedding day was for my day-of wedding coordinator. She allowed me to relax and just enjoy the day.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  The guest of honor at our wedding was our brand new niece, Joy. She was born exactly one week before the wedding! She was all dressed up in her satin pink dress and was on the dance floor all night long!

    Photography: Marta Locklear / Event Planning: Christine Rice, RSVP Consultants / Venue: Virginia Center for Architecture in Richmond, Virginia / Officiant: Carol Ogburn, Joseph Dalla Valle / Dress: Bella Rosa Bridal / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Veil: Sibo Designs / Brides Accessories: Tiffany / Shirt, Suit: Hugo Boss / Tie, Shoes: Franco’s Fine Clothier / Stationery: Minted / Floral Design: Green Flamingo / Rentals: The Prop Shop / Music: Rich Barry, Choice Entertainment / Catering: White House Catering / Cake: The Buttercream Bee / Hair: 1213 Salon

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  • Virginia Dogwood Wedding from Marta Locklear

    22 July 2014
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