This beautiful wedding in the Tennessee woods has us craving warm summer nights surrounded by friends, family and some delicious food. Megan and Ryan chose the perfect venue for their summertime nuptials to meet their top requirements for the day—number one being a restful retreat and reunion for their family and friends. We think they hit the nail on the head!

Photography by Clark Brewer.

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? The best advice I received was from my fiancé! He encouraged us to write down the top 5 things that mattered to us about our wedding. We constantly came back to that list during the planning process to ensure we were staying true to our initial vision. Our list included:

1. A restful retreat/reunion for our friends and family
2. A beautiful and inspiring setting
3. Day of wedding ease
4. Christ-centered in every way
5. A true reflection of our personalities—guests to walk away feeling like they know each of us better than they did before

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Figure out what you value in a wedding and to make sure that comes out in the planning process and the actual wedding. You can easily become sidetracked, and it’s good to keep a steady perspective throughout the process. Don’t get too caught up in the tiny little details—you won’t even remember half of them and you planned them!

It’s also important to remember that planning a wedding isn’t normal life. Although we continue to make budget decisions, how do we want to decorate our house discussions, and who will make our Christmas mailing list processes, ultimately these decisions feel as though they are on a much smaller level. Therefore, don’t project your wedding planning frustrations into your married life decisions.

 

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Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  Ryan and I each have six nieces and nephews. It was sweet to include each of them in a more traditional way. Our youngest nieces were flower girls and our youngest nephew was the ring bearer. Two of our nephews handed out programs and the other five nephews were ushers. My oldest nephew walked my mom down the aisle, and our two older nieces were Jr. bridesmaids. We love that they are all old enough to remember this special day!

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? We created a newspaper called “The Holt Herald”. Since our dating relationship was completely long distance, we wanted to create something that told our story. After doing some research, we ended up using The Newspaper Club. The site made it an incredibly easy process and a fun way for us to tell our story to our guests. We had several people say how much they appreciated the newspaper touch.

 

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Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding? One of our favorite memories from our wedding was the night of the rehearsal dinner. After the dinner, we had a Share Your Story time. It was a beautiful time where people sang, danced, and shared memories they had of Megan and I. We laughed and cried, and in the midst of it all, everyone was able to grasp a fuller picture of why and how we feel in love.

 

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Megan’s white and green bouquet was filled with garden roses, fern and a lush green foliage.

Floral Design by Lisa Foster Floral Design.

 

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We love how having your bridesmaids in mismatched dresses allows them to show their personality through their own style. The soft shades of cream and blues of the dresses stood out beautifully against the white and green palette.

 

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The Ceremony

“It was truly destiny that we found RT Lodge. I had accompanied Clark and Caroline Brewer—our photographer and stylist—to RT Lodge in April of 2013 to assist with Alex and Trevor Stockton’s wedding (RT Lodge’s wedding coordinator/designer and head chef). As I helped style their big day with Clark and Caroline, I fell head over heels for this unique venue. At that time, I had not even met Ryan, but I secretly hoped that we would return for my own wedding day. Fast forward 18 months and the time came for Ryan and I to choose a location! Maryville, Tennessee was the perfect middle ground for our geographically spread out guest list. Ultimately, we chose RT Lodge for a few key reasons— beauty, retreat, and ease. We wanted our guests to experience a restful weekend reuniting with friends and family. RT Lodge offers just that—an environment that caters to rest, good food, and a beautiful setting. Alex and her team take the burden off the bride and groom and create a truly exquisite experience for all parties involved.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Thoughtful, simple, and Christ-centered

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  We really started from square one! We discussed how we wanted to honor our family and friends that were most influential in shaping our lives. Once we figured out how we could honor these special people, we weaved tradition throughout the rest of the ceremony.

 

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What was your ceremony music? 
Processional: “Come Thou Fount, All Creatures of Our God and King”
Bride’s Processional: “Be Thou My Vision”
Lighting of the candle and family prayer: “Hallelujah, Lamb of God” written and performed by Josh Gabbard and Sidney Rudder.
Recessional: “If Not for You” by Bob Dylan

We had two musicians from my church in Nashville play at our wedding—Josh Gabbard and Sidney Rudder. They were joined by our talented friend Claire Nunn on cello.

 

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Who officiated your ceremony? We had the honor of having Marc de Jeu officiate our wedding. He is the head pastor of the church that Ryan attended for five years in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. He brought a personal touch to our ceremony since he journeyed with us through our entire dating relationship.

What were your ceremony readings? Colossians 3:12-17, Revelations 21: 1-5

 

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Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? We did a version of lighting the unity candle. I had nine bridesmaids and two junior bridesmaids. Ryan had six groomsmen. We had our bridesmaids and groomsmen walk down the aisle with their spouses and kids and light a candle at the alter. During the ceremony, Ryan and I lit the last candle on the table from the light of our dearest friends. We honored our family by having a time of prayer with our immediate family members. They encircled us as our middle sisters prayed over the covenant we were taking.

 

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What were your vows like?  We decided to go traditional.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? The setting. The setting felt intimate, secluded, and personal. Since we had access to the whole grounds at RT Lodge, we decided to get married in a beautiful wooded location. The ceremony site felt set apart—as if it were hollow ground just for our wedding.

 

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Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? Instead of having our wedding party stand up with us, we had the bridal party walk down the aisle before the ceremony and light a candle. Here is the write-up we included in our wedding programs describing this special moment:

Lighting of the Candles

As Megan and I discussed our wedding day, we frequently told stories- stories filled with incredible characters we proudly call our friends. In each season of life, these friends have laughed with us, cried with us, dared to dream with us, prayed with us, and encouraged us. The Unity Candle is a traditional wedding practice symbolizing the act of two individual lives becoming one: “On this account, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall be one flesh” (Mark 8:10). We stand here today recognizing that Megan and I are who we are because of the friends and family who have journeyed through life with us. The Lighting of the Candles is a symbolic act recognizing this life-altering impact others have had on our lives. Thanks for helping our lights burn brighter.

 

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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?
Overall—no! I’m sure there are small things we may have done differently, but we can’t even think of one which we will take as a win!

 

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Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  The budget conversation can be hard. Like most conversations, it is helpful if you start with expectations. Bringing all parties together and deciding an amount that you all are comfortable spending at the beginning can be very helpful.

 

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The Reception

“The natural greenery found in East Tennessee set the tone. We wanted every touch to feel elegant, but not fussy. We took our cue from the rustic elegance of RT Lodge and only looked to enhance its beauty, not fight it. An assortment of lush ferns and white flowers covered every element of our wedding. Megan is a visual designer. She spends her days bringing beauty into the world. I (Ryan) am an educational event planner. I spend my days creating experiences for individuals that help them get a fuller picture of life. At the heart, we wanted to bring those aspects of each other together. We wanted to create an intentional experience for our guests in a beautiful setting. We loved seeing our gifts come together to make such a memorable wedding weekend.”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your reception ? We had the reception under a Sperry tent at RT Lodge. Under the carnival strung lights, it was the perfect setting.

How would you describe your reception? A joy-filled, simple, elegant dinner party. We envisioned our reception as a time to celebrate with family and friends. We wanted everyone to taste and see the goodness and joy we had experienced in our love story. The elegant, simple design of the tables created a gorgeous backdrop to an energetic dance floor.

 

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What was your wedding menu? Assorted Breads / Mixed Greens Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette, Radish, Shallot, Herbs // Roasted Potatoes with Onion and Parsley / Buttermilk Cheddar Mac & Cheese with Herbed Sourdough Breadcrumbs / Country Style Green Beans with House Bacon / Heirloom Tomatoes with Basil and Shallot / Watermelon Salad with Chile-Lime, Mint, Coconut and Cashew // Farro and Pepper Salad with Anson Mills Farro, Roasted Peppers, Pickled Onions / Summer Bean Salad / Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Sourwood Honey / Hanger Steak with Ramp Butter

The food was highlight for most of our guests and the best meal of both of our lives. Trevor Stockton—the RT Lodge head chef—created a meal that people are still talking about! The food was so good we ate cold leftovers and wedding cake in bed the next morning!

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? My, Christa, made the cake. It was incredibly elegant and delicious. White cake with lemon curd filling and white buttercream icing.

 

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Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. Ryan has lived the last nine years in Western Pennsylvania. One wedding tradition in Western Pennsylvania that Ryan loved that he wanted to incorporate into our wedding is the cookie table. It is a fun tradition where friends and family members bring a plate of cookies. With each cookie plate, we also had recipe cards for each cookie. When the guests were waiting for us to arrive at the reception, they could get samples from the cookie table and grab recipe cards from their favorites. It was a fun addition, after all—who doesn’t like cookies?!

 

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What was your first dance song? We had our ceremony musicians sign a folksy version of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”. It was beautiful. My dad and Ryan’s mom cut in after the first chorus. We loved the idea of combining the first dance, father/daughter, and mother/son dance all into one!

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? We honestly didn’t leave the dance floor. Although we both love to dance, we always envisioned that we would spend most of the reception thanking our guests. However, once our band started playing- you couldn’t get us off the dance floor! It was so fun to see our nephews and nieces and friends and family all on the dance floor having a good time!

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Photography: Clark Brewer / Venue, Catering, Rentals: RT Lodge in Maryville, Tennessee / Floral Design: Lisa Foster Floral Design / Dress: Lazaro via Ivory Bridal Atelier / Shoes: David’s Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN, Anthropologie, ASOS / Suit: H&M / Tie, Shoes:ASOS  / Shirt: Calvin Klein / Stationery: Olive Juice Press / Calligraphy: Joya Rose Hand-Lettering and Illustration / Hair: Rachel Lawhead / Makeup: Sheila Davis / Reception Music: Band 24/7

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Today’s bride describes her elegant and family-focused Sonoma wedding as a “resplendent gathering of family and friends on a magical summer day in the Valley of the Moon.” With families coming from all over the world, the couple beautifully blended their two cultures, Greek and Swedish, to create a stunning, musical and magical Midsummer night wedding.

Photography by Alicia Swedenborg.

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Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  In the Greek tradition, on the day of the wedding, it is customary to give the bride a gold lira (coin) for prosperity and this was given to me by my father before I left for the church. Another special moment was when we (the bridal party) danced a traditional Greek dance before entering the limousine for the church. In the limousine, traditional wedding songs, both Swedish and Greek, were sung by my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law and by my stepmother and sister.

 

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The Ceremony

“My religious background is Greek Orthodox and my husband’s is Lutheran but we decided to marry in the Orthodox church. In the Orthodox faith, the marriage ceremony must be performed in a church. I loved the location of the Nativity of Christ Church in Novato because it is up on a hill with rolling views of Sonoma county in the distance. It has beautiful tall Mediterranean cypress trees as you enter and this reminded me of the Orthodox churches seen in Greece. It also has an impressive bell tower that is built in the tradition of the Catholic mission churches in California so the church represents a unique blend of architecture in the California wine country.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Intimate, musical, traditional

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  There was not much planning involved because the marriage ceremony in the Greek Orthodox Church has remained more or less unchanged through the centuries. It was important for us to have a small wedding party comprised of our siblings, our “koumbaroi”, and our flower girls, to have live music being played while guests waited for the ceremony to start, and to make an exit to greet our guests before heading to the reception.

 

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Who officiated your ceremony? Father Niko was our celebrant. I had met him briefly during the time I lived in San Francisco yet he had left an impression on me—he is kind, easy-going and accessible as a spiritual leader. It was important to us to have an individual of such character and purpose as the celebrant who would to guide us into a lifelong partnership and represent us as a couple.

What was your ceremony music?  While the guests mingled in the courtyard of the church and later as they entered the church from the courtyard, we had a string quartet playing classical compositions. With the help of our landlord in NYC, who had trained as a violinist at the Juilliard School, we selected songs that we enjoyed and that had meaning for us as a couple. These included a quartet by Dvořák called “Cypresses” which was a reflection of the Mediterranean Cypress trees in front of the church, a piece by Edvard Grieg, a Scandinavian composer, called “Wedding Day at Troldhaugen”, and a classical rendition of The Beatles “In My Life”, which is one my favorite songs from childhood.

The processional and recessional music were Orthodox hymns sung by the cantor of the church, Bonnie; this is a specific tradition of the Nativity of Christ Church.

 

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Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? The wedding ceremony in the Greek Orthodox Church in and of itself is a tradition that has been celebrated in its present form for centuries. It is abundant with symbolisms that reflect marriage: love, mutual respect, equality and sacrifice. It is comprised of two interrelated parts—The Service of the Betrothal and the Sacrament of Marriage.

One of the most unique parts of the Greek Orthodox service is the inclusion of “sponsors” or “koumbaroi” which is akin to the best man/maid of honor except that the koumbaroi continue to play a spiritual role in the couples’ lives. It was an honor to have Manos, one of my closest cousins, and his wife Maria, travel from Greece to take on that role for us.

 

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What were your vows like?  We did not have improvisational vows because the Orthodox rite presupposes the couple’s commitment. The exchange of rings at the beginning of the ceremony is a silent representation of this commitment. I really liked that the vows were implicit to the act of marriage; it felt more profound that way.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? The Crowning with the Greek Stefana or wedding crowns (ours were handmade in Greece) and the Ceremonial Walk in front of the altar with the crowns on our heads. The crowns are joined by a ribbon which symbolizes the unity of the couple and this part is the highlight of the wedding ceremony. We also loved the exit from the church where we were greeted by our guests with a showering of rose petals under clear blue skies as we walked under the bell tower. It made for great photos. And the best part of all was driving off to our reception in a Buick 1962 Electra convertible.

 

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The Reception 

“We wanted an intimate outdoor setting surrounded by the natural beauty and bounty of the Sonoma Valley and this was embodied in Annadel Estate Winery, which is a family-run estate that produces exceptional wine and flowers. We were also drawn to the original vineyard ruins on the property which are from the 1880s. Annadel turned out to be the perfect setting for our reception dinner with the backdrop of the Sonoma Mountains and the sun setting over the vineyards, and later the dancing in the old vineyard ruins under the moon and the stars.”

 

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How would you describe your reception? A resplendent gathering of family and friends on a magical summer day in the Valley of the Moon. It was a confluence of metaphors and cultures—Greek, Swedish, and Californian. We chose to have our wedding on Midsummer (the summer solstice), the longest day of the year. This is one of the oldest and most significant holidays in Sweden and is considered a magical night when family and friends gather to celebrate and welcome the summer. Since J. is Swedish and we had many Swedish guests, it was memorable to have our wedding at this time.

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail? We had two signature cocktails: a cucumber & basil gimlet that was inspired by a summer cocktail recipe from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson who is Swedish, and the Stockholm 75, which is a cocktail recipe from the Absinthe Brasserie & Bar in San Francisco—one of our favorite cocktail bars.

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I read wedding blogs from all over the world – USA, France, Sweden. I knew I wanted an elegant yet natural aesthetic that captured elements from our experiences and our multicultural lives and exposures. There were many details that had little hidden meanings for us from the music selected to the photos displayed to the postcards that the guests signed in lieu of a guest book.

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Try to plan for multiple days for time with family and friends because it is the only time in your life when so many special people will gather together to celebrate with you. It is a fleeting moment. Because we had so many guests from out of town (national and international), we planned for events leading up to and after the wedding and deferred our mini-moon to a few days later. It was the best thing we did because one or two days to soak it all in is not enough.

 

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What was your wedding menu? Artisan And Farmstead Cheese Board: Local Artisan Cheeses, Marcona Almonds & Citrus Marinated Olives With Baguettes, Rustic Crackers & Grissini // Passed Hors D’oeuvres: Gougeres (Savory Gruyere Gougeres, With Apple Smoked Bacon, Pickled Red Onions, & County Line Wild Arugula) / Tuna Tartare (Watermelon Radish, Cucumber, Citrus, Housemade Cracker) / Summer Peaches & Crescenza Cheese (Grilled Summer Peaches, Crescenza Cheese & Fresh Mint Atop Country Baguettes) / Pan Seared Prawns (Pan Seared Prawns With Lime, Chiles, Cilantro) // Salad: Sonoma Greens, Pink Chioggia Beets, Baby Fennel, Chèvre, Pine Nuts & Champagne-Citrus Vinaigrette // Entrées: Herb Crusted Grilled Lamb: Toybox Eggplant, Summer Squash, Marble Potatoes, Gypsy Peppers, Mediterranean Salsa Verde & Natural Jus / Pan Roasted Sea Bass: Rustic Italian Couscous, Wild Arugula, Baby Artichokes, Gypsey Peppers, Sweet Onions & Tomato Confit / Rainbow Chard & Fresh Ricotta Ravioli: Roasted Chanterelles, Browned Butter, Lemon & Shaved Grana

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Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  The speeches given at the reception dinner by each of our fathers and siblings were extraordinary and indelible. Our guests and even our vendors commented that these were some of the best speeches they had ever heard. We felt incredibly honored to be the recipients of this kind of love and attention.

I will never forget the importance of wearing my mother’s ring throughout our wedding day and having a part of her with me as I began a new phase of my life.

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We had a lemon wedding cake with fresh lemon curd and lemon cream from a wedding cake bakery in San Francisco. Also, we had traditional homemade Greek desserts: diples, kourabiedes, and amygdalota. These desserts were made in the days leading up to the wedding by my great aunt Athina, who had traveled by herself from Athens to the US to be a part of our wedding. She is meticulous in her cooking and her desserts were amazing. It was special to introduce the deliciousness of Greek wedding desserts to my other friends and family.

Cake by A Spoonful of Sugar.

 

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What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance? “Morning Has Broken” by Cat Stevens. My father picked the song as Cat Stevens was one of his favorite musicians. The song was originally a hymn of Scottish Gaelic origin. It began as a father/daughter dance and mother/son subsequently joined. Also, interestingly, Cat Stevens is half Greek, half Swedish.

Reception Music by AMS Entertainment.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Our favorite part of the reception was the dinner—it was the culmination of all of our planning and was one of the most intimate moments we will ever feel in our lives. As we sat outdoors at Annadel surrounded by our family and friends, in the golden hour of sunset, amidst the glowing flower arrangements, with the lightest breeze warming our skin, enjoying the unparalleled wine and food of the wine country, we knew that we were experiencing something unforgettably magical.

 

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Photography: Alicia Swedenborg / Event Planning & Design: Esla Events / Venue: Annadel Estate Winery in Santa Rosa, California / Church: Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church / Dress: Ines Di Santo / Shoes: Prada / Veil: Tia Mazza Bridal / Greek Wedding Crowns: Eleni Mavrogeni / Wedding Band: Ileana Makri / Earrings: KT Collection / Suit, Tie, Shirt: Hugo Boss / Shoes: Barney’s New York / Stationery: MaeMae Paperie / Calligraphy: Plurabelle Calligraphy / Floral Design: Chestnut & Vine / Hair, Makeup: Skyla Arts / Rentals: La Tavola, Wine Country Party & Events / Ceremony Music: Synchronicity Strings / DJ: AMS Entertainment / Catering: Sage Catering / Cake: A Spoonful of Sugar

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Lisa and Alex’s Destination Wedding at Khayangan Estate, Bali

When we close our eyes and daydream of a tropical paradise, Bali quickly comes to mind. Lisa and Alex planned their wedding celebration on this picturesque Indonesian island with a ceremony overlooking the Indian ocean and a reception overflowing with blush peonies. Everything about their big day screamed paradise—the palm trees, deep blue seas, and an endless amount of breathtaking scenery. We are so excited to share a little bit of paradise with you.

Photography by Steve Steinhardt.

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Lisa’s beautiful bouquet was filled with cream, blush and pink peonies. The sprigs of rosemary and lavender perfectly pop against the florals. We love the way the lavender and rosemary carried their way throughout the entire day.

 

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The gorgeous ceremony seating consisted of linen lined benches topped with soft cushions. The handmade baskets filled with fresh herbs are such a beautiful touch!

 

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Gold chiavari chairs, blush florals and linens and long rectangular tables were an inviting and stylish touch for the reception. A perfect blend of relaxed island life and elegance.

 

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A simple white cake topped with pink and white fondant flowers is understated and beautiful.

 

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Photography: Steve Steinhardt / Event Planning & Design, Welcome Bags: Beth Helmstetter / Venue: Khayangan Estate in Bvlgari, Bali / Floral Design: Gloriosa / Stationery: Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Entertainment: Bali Primavera / Catering: M&M Catering / Lighting: Vision One Bali

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Lauren & Josh’s Chic Wedding at Winterthur Museum, Delaware

Lauren and Josh’s incredibly romantic wedding celebration is about as stylish and chic as they come. Her stunning Stella McCartney wedding dress, the lush thousand acre gardens, and the rich and moody color tones of this wedding are so inspiring. If her long sweeping train is any indication, this one will take your breath away!

Photography: Meredith Heuer

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? Relax and have fun!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Do whatever you need to do before the wedding day to make it perfect, but when the day comes just let things happen as they will. There may be small hiccups, and there were in mine, but don’t sweat the small stuff and don’t let anything ruin your day!

 

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“We kept to the traditions that meant the most to us, hearing our close friends and family reflect on our relationship and lives during the speeches and exchanging our own vows in front of our guests was all the traditions we needed. My engagement ring is actually a family heirloom of Josh’s, which was give to him by his grandmother. It’s been in the family for almost ninety years. It feels modern and fresh but still timeless and classic—an engagement ring that stands the test of time.”

 

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Lauren carried the most romantic bouquet filled with dusty pink roses, black and white anemone, and soft green foliage such as sprouted eucalyptus. The delicate tones and sweeping florals are like something from a fairy-tale.

Floral Design: Petals and Moss

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? Given both of our professional experience, we felt confident in planning the wedding ourselves. The most rewarding part of the entire process was 100% the people we collaborated with. Some were people we knew personally, others we met along the way, but we had a creative connection to everyone we worked with, including the staff at Winterthur.

 

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“The styling was very much thought out. I went to a lot of different bridal spots in NYC, and couldn’t really find anything that fit my personal style—very clean and modern, yet classic and timeless. While waiting for my bridal appointment at Bergdorf’s I spotted a Stella McCartney gown I loved. I was with my mom and mother in law, and when I tried it on it felt like this is THE dress.”

 

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The Ceremony

“The ceremony setting was surrounded by 100 year old trees, overflowing florals, and lush gardens, where all of the guests were seated around and old reflecting pool in the gardens of the DuPont estate. I was escorted down a long cobble staircase at dusk by my father to meet josh and all of the guests at the start of the ceremony, while a single violinist played a few pieces from Bach symphonies.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Personal, family, intimate, old-world romanticism.

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  The most important part to us was to share a personal, intimate, moment between the two of us with our family friends. We decided not having a bridal party would give us the intimacy we wanted, and writing our own vows would make it feel personal and romantic.

 

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Who officiated your ceremony? A dear friend to us that we have known for several years while living in Brooklyn. She has previously done several weddings, so it was a no brainer asking her to officiate ours. Given her experience, she really helped us shape the ceremony into what felt personal and right for us.

What was your ceremony music? We loved the idea of a single violinist playing for the ceremony. My sister’s very close and talented friend played for us. She played classics like Winter’s Tale—not expected wedding processions. It was beautiful.

What were your ceremony readings? No readings. Our officiant shaped the ceremony through telling personal stories of us, along with speaking to our parents and sharing their thoughts and on our union.

What were your vows like? We wrote our own vows. It was important to us not to recite after the Officiate, and to speak on our own. We did however decide to keep some tradition by ending our vows with a traditional ring vow.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Honestly, everything! And the fact that Josh cried…A LOT.

 

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Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? When we were deciding on décor for the ceremony, Josh’s made the observation that white chairs would detract from the setting, and instead we should use black iron ones. He nailed that one! We were very careful to enhance where we needed to, while not taking away from the natural beauty of Winterthur.

 

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“Getting married at Winterthur, I wanted a nod to the DuPont era of the 1930’s—I knew I wanted a simple dress but wanted the drama to come from the veil and a cascading bouquet of flowers.  So I added and extra two feet of tulle for the exaggeration of the veil when I walked down the stair case. Taking Pictures before with an extra long veil was quite the challenge but ended up being some of our favorite pictures!”

 

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Why did you choose this venue for your wedding?  Originally we were drawn to the idea and aesthetic of getting married somewhere in the European countryside. But with busy work schedules, we decided it was best to do something close to home. We had previously visited Winterthur Museum while spending a holiday with my parents. The museum was formerly the childhood home Henry DuPont, and sits on a thousand acres encompassing rolling hills, streams, meadows, and forests. Through Mr. DuPont’s passion for American decorative arts and horticulture, he later opened the home to the public, founding Winterthur Museum and Garden. We chose Winterthur because it had the European influence and aesthetic we were looking for.

 

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The Reception

“We wanted our guests to explore the grounds of the thousand acre estate as we did when we first came to Winterthur.  So, having the reception and the cocktail hour at the reflecting pool, we then escorted the guests through the house to the front of the property where we designed a open tent concept covered with string lights that overlooked a stream of water called Clenney Run. We knew we wanted the dinner party to be all candle lit and keep it moody and romantic of course!”

 

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How would you describe your reception? SIMPLE. We wanted it to be two things: a great sit down dinner for our friends and family to enjoy, and of course a great dance party! We threw out the usual American traditions of first dances and entry announcements. We were more inspired and touched but our family and friends clever speeches through out the dinner portion. Our band, Kokolo, created a warm and unexpected environment—playing jazz with influences of afrobeat funk to shake things up a bit!

 

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Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. When deciding on the table setting and décor, Josh found an old image from the 1940’s of a grand feast using lots of fruits and cascading florals. We loved this idea of a feast! We decided to go with a deep, rich and moody palette of rich plums and burgundy with accents of soft pink and deep greens. Our amazing florist and good friend Nancy, from Petals and Moss, then layered in plums, figs, and concord grapes which all the guests snacked on in between courses.

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Accentuating the natural environment of Winterthur, engaging our guests in the celebration, and having our personal taste reflected in the décor and style.

Did you have a signature cocktail? No, but we did make sure to have specific alcohol we new guests enjoyed.

 

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Menu: Start: Amuse Bouche of Gingersnap Pumpkin Soup with Cranberry Reduction and Candied Pecan // Salad: Baby Spinach, Oak leaf, and Endive salad with Honey Toasted Pine Nuts and Crumbled Feta and Fig Vinaigrette // Main: Mediterranean Grouper with Roasted Peppers and Onions, Basil Pesto, and Mascarpone-Citrus Polenta / Hanger Steak with Fingerling Potatoes, and Grilled Vegetables // Main dish was followed by a Lemon and Lavender Sorbet.

Catering by Restaurant Associates.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Almond cake with buttercream filling and frosting. It was so yummy!

Cake by The Master’s Baker.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? The mini cakes! We had several small cakes for each table in lieu of one big wedding cake. Josh came up with the idea because we wanted to engage all of our guests in the cake cutting. It was a fun way to nominate some of our guests to cut the cake with us, and was one of the highlights of the entire night!

 

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“After the reception we hosted an afterparty back at the reflecting pool.  We surrounded the entire space with tons of candles and danced the night away to 70’s and 80’s classics! A friend of ours from New York, Jason DJ’d till the early hours of the morning. Since it was officially the dance party of the night, I changed into a simple white Club Monaco t-shirt and white Stella McCartney wide leg trouser.”

 

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“Music was a major part of the wedding.  Josh comes from a musical family and wanted to ensure we had a few surprises through the night.  We wanted to break away from the transitional jazz bands or wedding singers that don’t feel special theses days.  We wanted to give our guests a little taste of New York. So we brought in Kokolo, an afro-beat funk band from New York with a cult following from around the world. The five piece band played a nice up-beat mix through out the reception which had everyone on the dance floor.”

What was your first dance song? We didn’t do planned dances. After dinner everyone hit the dance floor, the circle naturally formed and we had our first dance along with the father/mother dances as the night flowed.

Reception Music Performed by Kokolo.

 

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Photography: Meredith Heuer / Venue: Winterthur Museum and Garden in Wilmington, Delaware / Dress: Stella McCartney / Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Veil: Bergdorf Goodman / Suit, Tie, Shirt, Shoes: Ralph Lauren / Stationery: Custom designed by Donald West, Senior Art Director of Club Monaco / Hair: Ryan Stone / Makeup: Mackenzie Day / Band: Kokolo / Catering: Restaurant Associates / Cake, Dessert: The Master’s Baker / Floral Design: Petals and Moss

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M’daya and Shawn’s Wedding at the Botanic Garden in San Diego.

There are times where we come across a couple who’s love is so big we can feel it filling up our hearts through the screen. M’daya and Shawn’s genuine love shines through these beautiful images from their bohemian wedding at the Botanic Garden in San Diego. We love the bright and cheerful colors, the traditional Hawaiian leis, and most of all the big smiles across the couple’s faces!

Photography by Rad + In Love.

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? Be present. These pearls of wisdom were especially useful for the day of the wedding. Whenever I caught myself getting stressed about details, I tried to ground myself with those words and just enjoy the moment. Also, be selfish and honor your vision as a couple.

 

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Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? We created a hodge-podge of our own traditions, but all were deeply meaningful. My mom gave me her wedding shoes to wear, which went wonderfully with my dress. My cousin, Hina, lei’d us with traditional Hawaiian leis that she brought with her (not to mention they smelled heavenly!). And a good friend from the east coast who couldn’t make it lent me the tote from her own wedding day. I felt so loved. Shawn and I exchanged gifts before the wedding to open alone as we got ready which was fun and exciting. He gifted me with my garter belt and I gave him a personalized hanky.

 

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The bride’s bright and cheerful bouquet was made up of a colorful mix of blooming peonies, garden roses, white Veronica, and eucalyptus.

Floral Design and Floral Crown by Plenty of Petals.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Savor every minute. Even if there is stress or drama (which there always seems to be), remember to refocus on what matters and what this wedding truly means to your couple. At one time I didn’t even think I would ever get married, so during difficult moments I reminded myself to be grateful to even be planning such a celebration. It really does go by in the blink of an eye and you don’t want to regret missing a minute of it. As for the day of, my husband would definitely advise taking a minute to yourselves to eat and reconnect amongst the chaos. And most importantly, have fun!

 

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The Ceremony

“When we first met, Shawn was living in Encinitas. Six months later he quit his job and moved to LA so that we could be together. But to this day, Encinitas pretty much remains his favorite place in the world! So it was a wonderful surprise when we stumbled upon the hidden treasure that is the San Diego Botanic Garden. It’s a magical place full of natural beauty and an overriding feeling of peacefulness. We knew immediately that it was perfect for us. Encinitas also served as an awesome destination for all of our guests, in particular my family and friends traveling from as far as Europe and the east coast. Everyone mellowed out in this chill surf town and we were able to really spread out the festivities over a few days and spend as much quality time as we could with everyone.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Intimate, unconventional, relaxed

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  We knew from the start that we didn’t want a traditional ceremony and that the most important thing to us was that it feel personal. We also knew that we wanted to involve our loved ones. One of the things that was wonderful about our officiant, Jason Nathan, was the large selection of ideas (ranging from vows to blessings) that he provided us with for inspiration. We integrated a few non-conventional ideas that came from him. He had also asked us to fill out individual questionnaires to get to know us better as a couple, which I of course didn’t realize he would be using for the ceremony. Let’s just say there were some hilarious and embarrassing moments when he read out loud some of our answers! Ironically, many of our guests commented on how much they loved how personal and unique this made our ceremony feel.

 

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“We included a shell blessing to incorporate all of our guests and highlight how important each of them is in our life. Our ring bearer, who is also my godson, handed out shells as guests were seated and towards the end of the ceremony, the officiant asked them for a moment of silence to bless their shell for our union. The shells were collected at the end of the ceremony and now sit in a pretty container in our living room as a lovely reminder of how much love surrounded us that day.”

 

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What was your ceremony music?  We were really excited to have my cousin (who is really like my little sister), Hina, and her boyfriend, Devon, serenade us for the ceremony. They are Hawaiian, so they definitely brought some island sunshine to the celebration. Hina sang “Sea of Love” while her boyfriend played the ukulele for the groom and flower girl procession. And as I walked down the aisle with my step-father, they performed “La vie en Rose” in French!! She practiced for months beforehand since she doesn’t speak French, which meant so much to me since I am originally from France. It was one of the best moments of the day, though it went by too fast.

 

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Who officiated your ceremony? Jason Nathan of Ceremonies by Bethel. We were looking for a non-traditional officiant and we knew from the moment we skyped with Jason that he was the right fit for us.

What were your ceremony readings? Pablo Neruda, Sonnet XVII, and in place of our second reading, Shawn’s mom, who is an incredible opera singer, sang “O Sole Mio”.

 

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Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? We wanted to honor our parents and so we included a parents blessing where we thanked them and lei’d them with fresh leis my cousin and her boyfriend brought us specially from Hawaii. Our parents were really surprised, but it was a very touching moment that allowed us to connect with them during our ceremony.

 

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What were your vows like? We came up with our own vows—short and sweet—to keep it personal.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? It was such a surreal experience. I thought I would be an emotional mess throughout it, but oddly I just felt ecstatic. My step-father walked me down the aisle and that was one of the moments I felt the closest and most grateful to him in my life. Then seeing the love in Shawn’s face and looking out at our parents, family and friends in a sea of emotion and love was an incredible feeling—just pure joy.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? I was in love with the hanging flower garlands our florist used to decorate the ceremony arch. She took my vision and elevated it with her talent. It added such a magical touch to the setting.

 

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The Reception

“The beauty of the San Diego Botanic Garden is that it has several locations throughout the venue that you can use, which allows for guests to really enjoy the incredible natural beauty of the gardens. From ceremony to cocktail hour to the reception, we used three different sites on location and guests were able to walk around the gardens and explore.”

 

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“Shawn created beautiful wooden signs for the venue. I even had my Italian cousin designing table signs while reeling from jet lag. My mom came a week early from Boston and was an incredible help in getting us through the last push—while we struggled with the table seating, she labeled all of the Morocan tea glasses we used as favors and hand wrote the escort cards.”

How would you describe your reception? Dreamy, magical, vibrant

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Most importantly we wanted it to be a big party! We both grew up with huge families and those moments spent together were the highlights of our childhoods, so we really wanted to recreate that feeling with delicious food, kids running around and everyone dancing to great music.
Our backgrounds are very diverse and we wanted our celebration to incorporate some of those cultural details, so I set out early on to imagine and create all of the decor with the help of Shawn, family and friends. The inspiration was a bit whimsical ranging from Algerian and Lebanese elements, to Oriental poppies, to poetry and all round bohemian dreaminess.

 

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“We made paper poppies as part of the wedding favors (never trust a Martha Stewart tutorial, she makes it look too easy!), petal cones, and hanging lace hamsas for the wishing tree. Everyone who volunteered to help had their work cut out for them!”

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  If you have the desire and the time, I would definitely recommend doing as many DIY details as you can—just be sure to start early! Also don’t be afraid to negotiate with vendors on ways to lower costs, most of the time they will try to meet you half way.

Did you have a signature cocktail? Shawn designed two signature cocktails with a wink to our love story. One we named the Mermaid’s Elixir—fresh Watermelon juice + lime + tequila. The other one named The Splendor of the Seven Seas—orange blossom + bourbon + fresh squeezed lemon. We also served prosecco and local artisan beer during the cocktail hour.

 

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Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. Poetry played a big role in the details of our celebration, since we began our long-distance courtship exchanging poems. Tables were named after our favorite poets and writers. My father, who is a writer and actor, came to California for the first time for our wedding all the way from France with my brother. I had asked him to write a poem for the occasion. As a toast, he read his poem dedicated to me in French and my brother translated. It was a powerful and touching moment that had me and many of the guests in tears.

 

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“I was definitely that crazy bride who started collecting jars from friends and family six months before the wedding. I hand painted them with Mehndi designs to use as candle votives during the reception and, to save money, I painted the largest recycled jars in turquoise for the florist to use for centerpieces. We shibori dyed table runners for the reception- luckily Shawn’s aunt saved the day by hemming all of them!”

 

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What was your wedding menu? The Wild Thyme Company helped us create a personalized Meditterenean inspired menu—they even managed to master a Lebanese salad I grew up eating. The food was out of this world.

Rosemary And Garlic Grilled Shrimp Skewer, Chicken Souvlaki Skewer, Mushroom Arancini, Fattoush Salad, Spiced Chicken Tagine, Rosemary & Garlic Lollipop Lamb Chops, Stuffed Peppers, Orzo Salad, Grilled Asparagus And Yellow Squash Platter, Kalamata Dinner Rolls, And Rustic Fig And Raspberry Mini Crostatas.

Catering by The Wild Thyme Company.

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? My aunt Vicky is my favorite pastry chef in the world. Her baking is to die for and she must really love us, because as our wedding gift she traveled from South Carolina with six chocolate ganache cakes in her suitcases for our wedding (which, incredibly, survived the trip!). She also made a plethora of her signature cookies to add to the traditional Lebanese baklava we had on the dessert bar. We also had a buttercream passion fruit cutting cake from a local bakery.

Passion Fruit Cake by Twiggs Bakery.

 

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What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance? We made our grand entrance to Bob Marley’s “Could this Be Love”which was the first song we danced to on the night we first met.
First dance song: “Loving You” by Charles Bradley
Mother/son dance: “Play Me” by Neil Diamond

Reception Music by DJ Glenn Red.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? The entire experience was magical, in fact it felt like everyone was on a “love high”. It was the first time our families were meeting and also the first time my entire family was reunited since everyone is dispersed all over the world. Friends also came from all over the country and were also meeting for the first time. But everyone blended together wonderfully; it was like a big United Nations party set to the amazing worldly beats of our awesome DJ Glenn Red. Everyone danced like crazy and the best moments were when we would catch glimpses of our parents just beaming ear to ear. Those moments were precious. Afterwards, we danced til the wee hours at the after party Shawn’s cousins threw for us at their house.

 

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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? It was perfect. We were incredibly grateful to have an amazing team of vendors who made it all come together.

 

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“The most fun part of the night was the garter toss. Shawn had perhaps been looking forward to that his entire life and really milked the moment in a risqué performance that had us all in hysterics.”

 

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Photography: Rad + In Love / Venue: San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, California / Day of Coordinator: First Pick Planning / Floral Design, Floral Crown: Plenty of Petals / Dress: Romona Keveza / Shoes: Vintage Bruno Magli / Rings:  Variance / Suit: Black Lapel / Tie, Shoes: ASOS / Shirt: TM Lewin / Accessories: Traditional Maile Lei from Hawaii / Stationery: B Wedding Invitations / Hair, Makeup: Rare Bird Brides / Rentals: Raphael’s Party Rentals / Officiant: Jason Nathan of Ceremonies by Bethel / Reception Music: DJ Glenn Red / Catering: The Wild Thyme Company / Passion Fruit Cake: Twiggs Bakery

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