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I just love Leo Evidente‘s photos of Becky and Michael’s wedding – it really feels like you were there! And I love what the bride says of the day:

“My husband and I were together for many years before we finally got married. We like to say that we did everything backwards. We bought a house, had a beautiful baby boy, bought and operate a business together, then decided to finally get married to top it all off. I think that our story and journey together is what made the day so special and memorable. Friends and family who attended still say how much they loved that day. I think it’s because there was just so much love surrounding the whole thing. It felt very easy and stress free, once all the planning was over and it was just time to celebrate our love. It was honestly the best day ever.”

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From the bride: “The entire ceremony was really so special. I figured this part would be great, but every moment of it was so perfect. My brother was our officiant and he did such a beautiful job, my husband’s old band played a gorgeous version of ‘All You Need Is Love’ as the processional that couldn’t have been more perfect. Without a doubt – the most special detail was definitely our (then) 5-month-old son, Jackson, going down the aisle in a wagon that said ‘Here Comes My Mom’ on the back just before I walked down the aisle. He looked so cute and the reaction that I heard from the crowd made me so excited to take that walk myself and go see his amazing daddy and my handsome groom who I had waited so many years to marry.”

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“We wanted the whole day to feel fun, relaxed and festive – so we started at the very beginning, with guests grabbing a beer/glass of wine and playing lawn games while they were serenaded by a barbershop quartet, even before the ceremony started. My grandfather who passed away a few years ago was in a barbershop quartet and having that element there made me feel like he was there in spirit. Plus it was just kind of a different and unexpected treat for our friends and family.”

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Glass goblets from the famous Madonna Inn added tons of color to the tables.

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“I really loved our mode of transportation,” says Becky. “There is no parking on the site at the venue so our guests parked at a nearby high school where vintage yellow school busses picked them up and drove them into the venue. The drive in is so gorgeous because you go through a huge eucalyptus grove then this big green space opens up in front of your eyes with a view of the dunes and lakes in the background. I’m glad my guests got to experience that without having to drive themselves. Plus the busses were so cute!”

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We were looking for an outdoor venue that felt like we had the place to ourselves. We had a few parts of Northern California in mind because we lived in San Francisco for about 10 years, but ultimately we wanted to have it somewhere that felt like home – so we started looking exclusively in San Luis County (we live in San Luis Obispo). After looking at an endless number of venues from barns to inns, we heard about Dune Lakes from a friend in the wedding industry. We heard that it was a private duck hunting club that primarily held photo shoots and was just branching into a wedding venue. We were excited because not many weddings had been held there and no one had really even heard of it. The moment we pulled off of Highway 1 and drove through a gorgeous and vast eucalyptus grove we stumbled upon the most amazing, romantic and etherial venue that we just could not say no to. It felt meadowy and coastal without being beachy – which was a great combination. There was no question or second guessing it. It felt right.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Classic, romantic, comfortable and full of love were the main thoughts I had while planning my wedding. I wanted it to feel like just the best day ever for everyone who attended.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  The whole day was so wonderful, it’s hard to pick a favorite part. I really loved the impromptu Pathetics concert that happened midway through the reception – it started with just a small group of us trying to get them all to play a song – and ended up with almost the entire group of wedding attendees watching and cheering as they played a small set. A back story on this is that my husband was in a band, The Pathetics, years before we were together. His bandmates sang “All You Need is Love” as I walked down the aisle, so they had all of their instruments and amplification all set up – it was so much fun and totally unplanned. Plus there is nothing better than the man you just married singing to you on your wedding day!

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Not really – other than the something old, new, borrowed, blue. We kind of went on our own path with things.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  Yellow is my favorite color and it was in every detail of the day. From the lemon place cards, to the vintage gold lace on the tables, to the flower girl’s dress – it was everywhere!

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  “Hold your groom’s hand.” A good friend told me this the night before at the rehearsal party. It sounds simple enough and maybe even silly, but it really stuck with me and I made sure to really soak up the time with him throughout the weekend. It really does fly by so quickly and after all of the planning and anticipation it is so easy to get swept up in the excitement, action, friends and family and completely forget to really enjoy and cherish the very short time that is your wedding.

What advice do you have for other brides?  If you’re planning your own wedding, try to have fun with it, but you HAVE to be way more organized than you initially think. Lists and deadlines. // Make the day exactly what YOU and your groom want – consider others’ feelings and wishes, but remember that this is the only day that can be just yours exactly how you want it – and the memory of it will last a life time. You don’t want a cake? Don’t have a cake! You don’t want to do the bouquet/garter toss because you want to dance all night long instead? That’s your decision! // Pick vendors you adore. Be picky about your vendors – they are such a huge part of the day! // Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner that day. Seriously. You might forget or not be hungry at all, but it’s crucial to your happiness and survival of a very long and amazing day! // Spend at least an hour alone to sit and think and just take in everything before all of the craziness happens. I took a couple hours to myself in my hotel room to relax, take a bath and re-read my vows so that I really heard them (when you’re saying them – you kind of have an out of body experience). For some reason – that time I took was really special that day. // Hold your groom’s hand. Kiss him all day and night. Take in the small moments together. They fly by.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Figure out your budget first and foremost. Money can be an awkward subject to bring up especially if parents are paying or helping pay for the wedding, but it is so crucial to figure out before you start planning anything. Plan your budget knowing that it will cost you more than you originally planned - don’t use up all of your money in the first steps of planning. It’s easy to get caught up in small details that all add up to put you far over budget. // Do not invite more people than you want to – hoping that a large percentage will RSVP no, because they might actually all say yes. This is what happened to us – which is great because everyone we loved was there, but we went WAY over budget because of it. // The best budget tip I read was to pick your splurges. We had a few. The biggest splurge was the venue – because that was so important to set the stage for us. It didn’t come with much but a beautiful setting, so we spent a lot on rentals, but it was worth every penny because that venue was our wedding. Pick your splurge and be as strict and crafty as you can on everything else.

Photography: Leo Evidente Photographers / Venue: Dunes Lake in Arroyo Grande, California / Bride’s Dress: J.Crew / Shoes: Steve Madden / Groom’s Suit, Shirt: J. Crew  / Tie Fabric: Liberty of London / Shoes: Rag & Bone Boots / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Stationery: Paper Sky / Floral Design: Noonan’s Wine Country Design / Rentals: Taylor Rentals, Got You Covered / Music: Malik Miko Thorne / Caterer: Simply Marvelous BBQ / Dessert: It Takes a Bakery / Goblets: Madonna Inn
  • Dunes Lake Wedding from Leo Evidente

    19 May 2014
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    One of my favorite things about autumn weddings is the incredible richness of color, and Isabel and James’s palette is a perfect example: aubergine, forest green, gold and ivory. Gorgeous! Photographer Sarah Jane Winter captured the rustic elegance of their wedding beautifully in these images…

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    From the bride: “Staunton is a beautiful part of central Virginia, and represents the state’s mountains and countryside perfectly. We both enjoy the rolling hills of Virginia and wanted a place that represented our love of the outdoors. The Inn at Old Virginia is a gorgeous estate nestled in an idyllic location; with such a picturesque backdrop of the vibrant green cedars, there was really nothing else needed to dress it up. The Inn itself was exactly what I was looking for: a location that could hold the wedding party and close family so that everyone could just sit back and relax for the entire event. The owners were also so special and made the weekend proceed seamlessly.”

    Isabel’s favorite part of the day? “James I had a moment just after the ceremony as we were waiting to be introduced where we had a few moments to reflect: wide-eyed, staring at each other, realizing that we were married! It was truly surreal – the actuality of finally being married and what that meant was overwhelming. The man who continues to inspire and pursue me was my husband! It was so special to be able to just hold each other before jumping back into the festivities for a minute.”

    The couple had a Quaker-inspired wedding certificate that was signed by each of their guests.

    “Having the event at one location for the weekend was perfect. Seeing friends and family come from all over to support and celebrate with us was exactly what made the event so memorable. The ceremony was in the evening, so from when I woke up to when I walked down the aisle I was around my dear girlfriends from all different times of my life. From middle school to present day, having those women was a huge blessing and I was so touched by them being there. “

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    The invitation suite and wedding day details featured calligraphy by the Left Handed Calligrapher.

    “Sitting at a community table and having the food served family style was molded after our new business, The Dog and Pig Show,” shares Isabel. “We love having people share memories over great food and good drinks, so we could not imagine a more appropriate time to incorporate that shared pastime than at the reception.”

    There were several cakes to choose from: Carrot Cake, Chocolate Raspberry Ganache Cake, Lemon Cake with Blackberry Filling and Vanilla Buttercream, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake. On the cake menu, each one was named after one of Isabel’s “house party” girls, as were the signature cocktails on the drink menu.



    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  There were a few images that I kept going back to for inspiration. As a bride, I wanted an aesthetic that reflected our taste and also created a magical evening for our guests. I went with aubergine, forest green, gold and ivory as accent colors. Combined with the outdoor events, those colors created a laid back elegance. I love the juxtaposition of certain elements. Outdoor simplicity with a glamorous tent, rough farm tables with lush and organic flower arrangements… those components along with the twinkle lights were the perfect backdrop for the evening.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Everyone told me that the day would fly by and to take in every moment. The day did go by fast, but the advice that I appreciated most was from my mom. After the ceremony she told me that James was a man who took things seriously – such as our marriage and his commitment to me. She reminded me how important it would be for me to truly value our marriage daily and never take each other for granted. My mother and father have been married for over 30 years, so her insight was treasured!

    What advice do you have for other brides?  The day of the ceremony can be daunting and emotionally overwhelming. I would advise taking time to really reflect and soak in the beauty of it all by yourself – if only for a moment – just to take in as much of the extraordinary as possible. So that I could remember everything, I wrote notes to myself throughout the day – things people said to me, how I felt getting into my dress, and other experiences I wanted to be sure to never forget.


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    Photography: Sarah Jane Winter / Venue: Inn at Old Virginia in Staunton, Virginia / Videography: Austin Briggs / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Tie: General Knot & Co. / Groom’s Shoes: Alden Wing Tips / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ghost UK, Weddington Way / Stationery: Andy Luce / Floral Design: Southern Blooms / Music: The Hunts / Catering: The Local / Cake: Favorite Cakes / Day of Paper Goods: Rock, Paper Scissors / Calligraphy: Left Handed Calligrapher / Makeup: Chris10 / Tent: Skyline Tents
  • Virginia Wedding from Sarah Jane Winter

    13 May 2014
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    I promised you a closer look at the invitations that Courtney from Swiss Cottage Designs created for her Brooklyn wedding, and here they are!

    From Courtney: Our invites were quite possibly the hardest thing I had to do for my wedding. Given the fact that I design wedding invitations for a living, there was a bit of “gentle ribbing” from friends and family about their expectations. And frankly, designing for yourself is very hard! We didn’t really have a theme going into our wedding but one thing that kept coming up was music and the colors black and white.

    I knew I wanted the invite to be focused around a hand drawn illustration since that is what I love to do. We got married in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn which has some pretty awesome views. There is one iconic street that showcases the Manhattan Bridge with the Empire State Building nestled below, and I chose to draw that as our main image. 

    My personal favorite detail was the envelope liner. My friend is a photographer and looking through her pictures, I saw one of a guy with knuckle tattoos. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to incorporate that same idea into our suite somehow. Once I realized that “BROOKLYN” fit on the knuckles, it was a done deal!

    One of the important things for me was to have the invite sound like how we both actually speak. We have a very dry sense of humor and we really wanted that to come out in our copy.

    I really had my heart set on black envelopes so I knew addressing them would be an issue. In came the ridiculously talented Jenna of Love, Jenna calligraphy. She created the perfect look for our suite complete with little details to match back to our design.

    I finished the suite off with a black + gold twine from the awesome Knot + Bow, and had a die cut tag created to hold everything together. I love little silhouettes and created one of our hair to use throughout. Overall, we wanted our invites to set the tone for our wedding, but most importantly to make our friends and family laugh.

    Courtney also designs some fun day-of details, like drink stirrers, button pins, souvenir mugs, and a canvas tote.

    I’d say this playful invitation suite definitely set the tone for a super fun party! But don’t take my word for it – check out our post on Courtney and Paul’s wedding!


    Photos by Courtney Jentzen, Swiss Cottage Designs.

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    Invitation Design: Swiss Cottage Designs / Calligraphy: Love, Jenna Calligraphy / Twine: Knot & Bow
  • Brooklyn Wedding from Weddings By Two

    12 May 2014
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    I always love to see how folks in the wedding industry think about their own weddings, especially when it’s one of our Select vendors! Courtney from Swiss Cottage Designs creates the most whimsical stationery suites, full of playful illustrations and thoughtful details, and she brought that vision to her own Brooklyn wedding last December.

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    A little glimpse of Courtney and Paul’s super fun wedding invitations. (Be sure to check back in a bit for a full post all about the invitation elements!)

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    “People like to tell you lots of stuff before you get married but the best advice we got was to enjoy one another that night. It’s so easy to get caught up with your friends and family that you forget about your new husband or wife! I made sure that Paul and I spent a lot of time together that night and really had fun together.”

    From the bride: “I walked down the aisle to Al Green’s version of ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand.’ It’s a great rendition that is full of soul which makes it hard to sit still. I think this got the guests going because as soon as I rounded the corner to walk down the aisle with my mom and dad, everyone started clapping and cheering for us! It was a pretty tight space so we had to push our way through the crowd to get to Paul at the front. I was smiling ear to ear and laughing hysterically! It was such a great way to kick off the evening and is a moment I’ll always remember.”

    Music was a recurring theme in Courtney and Paul’s wedding, starting with the RSVP cards designed to look like old records. Another musical detail? Set on the back of each chair at the ceremony, and placed around the restaurant, were little tent-folded cards with quotes from favorite love songs.

    Courtney designed and created tons of fun little details for the wedding day, like a large welcome sign with an itinerary of the evening’s events, temporary tattoos, souvenir mugs, and drink stirrers. I think my personal favorite is the mini button pins that said “Bride,” “Groom,” and “Neutral.”

    I asked if they included any traditions in their wedding: “We actually did the opposite and broke most traditions. We weren’t really trying to, but we felt that so many didn’t feel natural to us so we just decided to bypass them. However, we did do a first dance which was really special.”

    “For us, it was all about the music. We wanted to take our guests on a musical journey, if you will, from the 1950’s all the way through the 1990’s. Our DJ Ben Carlin the best 90’s mashup ever! I always disliked being at a wedding when you’re up and down because the DJ is all over the place with his choices. We wanted this night to be all about love and music and in the end, it was.”



    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We knew we wanted to have the wedding in Brooklyn since this is where we met, fell in love and currently live. With our hectic work lives, a restaurant venue made it really easy to not have to think about the nitty gritty details like rentals, catering, etc. We also loved that we could take a taxi to and from the venue the night of the wedding – it felt really local and easy which we loved. Plus, Dumbo is such a great neighborhood that we knew our out-of-town guests would love.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  To be honest, we were inspired most by the idea of one big party. Working in weddings, I’ve been privy to all tiers of wedding planning. I knew that for us, we wanted to have one big throw down where everyone, no matter how they knew us, would come in and have the best night. We set the tone by creating really lighthearted save-the-dates and invitations that conveyed our theme of fun and party. We interjected humor wherever we could, we wanted everyone to feel comfortable and happy, not stuffy and bored.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t get lost in the traditions, details or what your best friend did. Make it your own no matter what your friends and family say. At the end of the day, its your wedding and your moment to cherish. And usually, those critics come around and end up loving all your personal touches!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Pick your battles. If paper is important, make that a priority. If the cake is all you care about, spend the most on that. Unless you have a bottomless budget, you can’t have it all. It’s good to prioritize and find what matters most to you. Then do whatever you can to nail those items down and make them perfect, the rest will fall into place.

    Photographer: Weddings by Two / Stationery: Swiss Cottage Designs / Wedding Stylist: Ara Farnam of Rock, Paper, Scissors / Dress: Sass by Ivy & Aster / Shoes: Nine West / Suit, Shirt: Indochino / Tie: Top Shop / Floral Designer: Elizabeth London / Music: DJ Ben Carlin
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    The sweet color palette of pale pink with green and gold accents, a dramatic ballroom venue, garlands and candelabras – so much inspiration in Gina and Tim’s Chicago wedding! Kina Wicks captured the day in these beautiful photos…

    From the bride: “Far and away my favorite moment was my first look with Tim. We met in one of the gardens across the hotel in Grant Park and I will never forget the look on his face when we finally saw each other. All of my anxiety melted away and I was the most calm and happy during that private time together. It was also great to get our portraits before our ceremony so we could enjoy cocktail hour with our guests.”

    The signature cocktail was The George’s Grapefruit Gimlet: tequila, grapefruit, soda, and a spring of fresh thyme.

    Lush garlands and centerpieces of pink roses and dahlias gave the ballroom a touch of garden romance.



    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We always knew we wanted to get married in Chicago. It is where we met, fell in love, and where we are choosing to plant our roots. Logistically, it also made the most sense for our families and friends to have it in the city. We wanted to give our guests a classic Chicago feel, and the Renaissance Blackstone fit the bill. Situated directly across from beautiful Grant Park, it felt like it was in the center of all Chicago had to offer. I loved how the ballroom was primarily white and gold, a blank palette for my ideas. At first I thought I wanted an outdoor wedding, but when I saw how the windows of the ballroom open and you could see out to the treetops of the gardens across the street, it was the best of both worlds and we really brought the garden romance we wanted inside the ballroom. The food at Blackstone also blew us away and we were so lucky to be able to work with their chef to customize our menu, as we are very particular about what we like!

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Before I was even engaged, I had been in love with Happy Menocal‘s custom crests. They come off as both elegant and playful which echoed the tone we wanted to create for our celebration. We got in contact with Happy, and she spent some time getting to know us as a couple, what was important to us, and created the most beautiful custom crest that became a central element to our day. We used the crest on the invites, menus, ceremony programs, as well as individual flourishes on the escort cards such as shamrocks, arrows, and flowers. The crest felt like the perfect way to signify our new family, with our own traditions that we will create together.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  I was very lucky to borrow jewelry from my mom and stepmom. The crown my grandmother wore on her wedding day topped our cake. My grandmother’s Bible we had placed on our altar. My Pi Beta Phi badge was pinned to my bouquet. I also included my sorority’s Bible verse in our ceremony. Tim’s grandmother was a very special and important person in his life and to honor her, we handed out Oreo cookies and milk on the dance floor, a favorite memory that Tim shared with his Grandma. The women in my family also made hundreds upon hundreds of traditional Italian cookies that we gave as favors to our guests.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Build a few moments in your timeline where just you and your groom can be alone together on your wedding day. It is true that everything just flies by, and I was so thankful to have those moments during our first look, and again before we walked into cocktails to just talk, take it all in, and say “Can you believe it?!? We’re married!”

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Work with vendors you trust and admire. When meeting with potential vendors, bring them your inspiration photos and ideas but also be open to their suggestions and what they can creatively bring to the table. They are the professionals, after all. I was incredibly lucky to find vendors who were not only were organized, professional, and great to work with, but every meeting I felt their passion for what they did come across in everything. It is inspiring to work with people who love what the do and are in it for the right reasons. Since the wedding, I have remained friends with these inspiring women!

    Photography: Kina Wicks / Venue, Catering: Blackstone Renaissance in Chicago, Illinois / Event Planning & Design: Anne Book Signature Style / Dress, Veil: Vera Wang / Shoes: Burberry / Clutch: BHLDN / Robe: Girl With a Serious Dream / Suit, Shirt, Tie: Paul Stuart / Shoes: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Stationery: Magnificent Milestones / Stationery Artwork: Happy Menocal / Floral Design: Pistil & Vine / Rentals: Private Label Linens, Prestige / Music: Magnolia Strings Chicago, FIG DJ / Cake: Cake Chicago
  • Romantic Ballroom Wedding in Chicago

    6 May 2014
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