There’s nothing quite like a beach wedding in the middle of February! Cheryl and David opted to escape the winter cold with a destination wedding to Tulum, Mexico. Friends and family joined them for time on the beach, tequila tasting, and a churros cart. What a perfect way to celebrate tying the knot!

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“We knew we wanted a destination wedding so that we could spend time with our guests over a few days, instead of trying to pack it into one night. We visited a bunch of locations but both of us loved Tulum from the start.”

 

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The Ceremony

“We knew we wanted a destination wedding to make it more of an ‘event’ and be sure to have enough time to spend with out guests over a few days, instead of trying to pack it into one night. We visited a bunch of locations but both of us loved Tulum from the start. For our ceremony we wanted to include traditional elements, but not make it feel too rigid or processional. We didn’t follow a template, we just talked about it as a couple and kept things we both agreed on.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Relaxed. Brief. Genuine.

Who officiated your ceremony?  Our friend Rachel. She’s both a wise soul and a great friend, and we deeply appreciate her marriage and thought she was a great example to follow. She also helped introduce us!

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  We included “tradition-lite” – a stripped down tea ceremony and part of traditional Jewish weddings so that both our backgrounds would be represented.

 

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What was your ceremony music?  Dave chose all of our music, since he’s picky about that kind of thing.
Gathering Music: “Your Hand in Mine” by Explosions in the Sky,  “The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side” by Magnetic Fields, “I Need My Girl” by The National
Processional, groom and parents: “I Hear the Bells” by Mike Doughtry
Processional, bridesmaids: “First Day of my Life” by Bright Eyes
Processional, bride: “You Belong To Me” by Bob Dylan
Recessional: “Let my Love Open The Door” by Sondre Lerche

What were your ceremony readings?  A Blessing for a Journey: A Buddhist Prayer.

What were your vows like?  Our vows we intentionally kept traditional – to have and to hold, sickness and death – all that good stuff. There was something comforting in knowing that although this is our journey, we were also following countless people who have done this before.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  This is kind of cliche, but in all honesty it was being able to celebrate the moment with our friends and loved ones.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  Beaches are awesome places to get married.

 

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The Reception

“Wanted to create an experience that our friends and family could share together. We just looked at the favorite parts of weddings we’ve attended and tried to include as many of them as possible.”

 

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How would you describe your reception?  Intimate and romantic. Also, a whole lot of people got to leave the East Coast in the middle of a polar vortex and come drink with us in Mexico. They did not disappoint.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We had a small cake, a churro stand and a popsicle stand.

Did you have a signature cocktail?  We had a tequila tasting, and waiters on the dance floor pouring tequila into our guests mouths as they danced. That helped the party a lot.

First dance:  “My Love is Your Love” by Whitney Houston
Father/Daughter, Mother/Son:  “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Just remember that in the end people want to be there – they aren’t sweating all the little details and neither should you.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  I would be prepared with what your bottom line is before you choose your venue. It will put you into a stronger negotiating position.

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Dancing!

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  I think the pictures definitely capture the spirit and essence of it – it was the time of our lives!

 

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Photography: Jillian Mitchell / Venue, Catering: Jashita in Tulum, Mexico / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design, Rentals, Music: Destination Wedding Tulum / Dress: Lusan Mandagas / Shoes: Calypso / Earrings J.Crew / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Groom’s Suit: Custom Suit by Ramon / Stationery: Smock

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  • Destination Wedding in Tulum, Mexico by Jillian Mitchell

    27 January 2015
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    Snippet & Ink Select vendor Britt Chudleigh shared this laid back lakeside wedding with us, and I absolutely love what bride Ashley had to say about Britt’s photos: “When we received our pictures we relived the day through them – they somehow captured not only the feel of the event, but exactly how Chris and I felt that day. From the laughter and smiles at the ceremony, to adorable candids of our cousins, to sweet quiet moments with my grandmother, we love each and every one.”

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    Did you have “something old, new, borrowed, and blue”?  I wore blue shoes from Brian Atwood, an heirloom emerald and diamond ring that was my great-great-aunt’s (old and borrowed from my mom), and amazing earrings from my friend’s company Charm & Chain (new). Another “tradition” was having my friend Asya do my makeup – she always did all of our friends’ makeup in college and has now done all of ours for our weddings! It’s so special to have someone so close to you help you get ready and keep everyone calm and relaxed.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “The mountaintop is picturesque and took our breath away when we toured Cedar Lakes. We knew right away it was where we wanted to get married. It was important to us to have the ceremony and reception in one location for convenience of our guests and to make the day a seamless event.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Personalized, laid back, joyful.

    How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  Chris and I both grew up with religion in our lives, but wouldn’t say we actively practice anymore – Chris is Catholic and I am Lutheran, so we wanted to have a traditional feel without it being overly religious, and it was important to us to find an officiant that we felt really understood us as a couple, as we’ve been together nearly a decade. As soon as I contacted Reverend Lisa Zaro, I could tell she understood where we were coming from, and would make the ceremony personal to us. She took the reins from there, getting to know us, suggesting readings, and vetting her plans with us every step along the way. Our guests could not believe that Rev. Zaro wasn’t someone who we’d grown up knowing – she perfectly captured our personalities and our relationship and it resonated with all of our loved ones there. Choosing an officiant that you don’t have a background with can be daunting, and she far exceeded our expectations in every way!

     

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    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  Nothing in particular, but it followed a traditional format with my dad giving me away, some readings and declarations of support from family and friends before exchanging our vows.

    What was your ceremony music?  We chose songs that we connected with and were non-traditional. They were played by a keyboardist without vocals.
    Processional, bridal party: “American Honey” by Lady Antebellum
    Processional, bride: “Thank You” by Jennifer Nettles
    Recessional: “Bonfire Heart” by James Blunt

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Rev. Zaro really captured our relationship and shared stories and anecdotes that kept it light, funny and energized for both Chris and me and our guests. My face hurt by the end from smiling so much!

    Is there anything else you’d like to share about your ceremony?  For the ceremony, both Chris’s grandmother and my grandmother processed down the aisle ahead of our parents and the bridal party – we are extremely close with our families and wanted to honor the role they have played in our lives.

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your reception?  Chris and I originally wanted to get married in Jackson Hole, Wyoming because that is where we got engaged and go skiing nearly every winter. We love the outdoors and knew we wanted it to be somewhere that captured some of the scenery we love most. After talking with our families though, we realized it would likely exclude some family and close friends, since it’s not the easiest place to get to from the East Coast. Once we decided against a true destination wedding, we still wanted to create that ‘weekend away’ feel and invite our guests not to just celebrate with us for one day, but for the whole weekend.

     

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    The Reception

    “Cedar Lakes Estate had accommodations for all our guests to stay, and we had over 65 people join us for the whole weekend: blobbing, ziplining into the lake, athletic fields for a Crossfit morning workout, fire pits, etc. We loved every minute of the weekend, and by the time the wedding itself began, it just felt like a continuation of the party! The reception was held in their beautiful barn with its reclaimed wood interior and string lights. It was exactly the look we were going for – rustic and elegant.”

     

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    What did you serve at cocktail hour?  Passed hors d’ouevres of fresh ricotta toasts with local honey drizzle, mini franks in homemade buns, melted brie and fig grilled cheese (Beyond a hit! People were swarming the servers to be the first to the trays!) and sirloin sliders with smoked ketchup and sweet pickles.

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Rustic but elegant weddings that incorporated beautiful locations and a laid back feel. This is probably the right spot to bring up our designer, Meg Low from That Time Events. Words cannot express how talented she is! I always joke that I’m missing the creativity and artist genes, so finding someone who could make sense of the disparate ideas I threw her way was very impressive!

    First Dance: “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds
    Father/Daughter dance: “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
    Mother/Son dance: “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Chris and I are not big sweets people so we went back and forth on whether to do a traditional cake. We eventually decided against it and went with milkshakes and ice cream sundaes in our favorite flavors: peppermint, chocolate peanut butter, and vanilla. Cedar Lakes staff made them to order so you could mix in any of your favorite toppings and mix and match any flavors you wanted. To finish the night, we gave out favors of pre-made s’mores with homemade marshmallows from Cedar Lakes. Everyone walked with us out to the fire pit and kept the party going!

    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  As I mentioned, I am not the craftiest or most creative bride out there, however my sisters both are! We hand wrote the table cards using an embossing pen and gold embossing powder. It definitely wasn’t something I would have tackled on my own, but I loved how personal it came out. My sisters also put together toiletries baskets for the restrooms and for the guests who chose to stay in the more rustic camper cabins, stuffed the welcome bags, and made the s’mores favors with the homemade marshmallows.

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To make sure to take time as a couple to step back and reflect during the day. It really is such an amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have nearly all of your closest family and friends in one room, there to celebrate you and the life you are starting together. Chris and I chose to have a sweetheart table for that reason and we were so happy we did. It allowed us to talk with one another, to really watch things from the outside a few times and to soak in how special it was.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Remember what matters most and stay organized. Thankfully both Chris and I were pretty low key about the whole thing, but it’s an expensive endeavor and tensions will inevitably come up. Don’t let the little molehills turn into mountains, and put your effort into just a few elements that really matter to you both. For us that was a great band, amazing food, and creating a fun relaxed vibe for the weekend.

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Take my own advice (see above) when I initially got completely overwhelmed! Chris and I paid for the majority of the wedding ourselves and had initial sticker shock when pricing options. At the end of the day, we stepped back, decided what was really most important to us and that helped bring it all down to earth.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  How could I possibly choose just one?! Honestly, the entire night felt like a fairytale – like we were living in a dream state. I think my favorite memories though are of being on the dance floor. Every guest was out there almost the entire night! From my young cousins, to my grandma in her wheelchair, our band perfectly felt out our crowd and kept everyone up and dancing which was what we really wanted. To end the night, we asked the band to play “Africa” by Toto which was always the last song played at our favorite college bar – all of our Cornell friends (which was the vast majority of our friends there) went wild!

     

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    Photography: Chudleigh Weddings / Venue, Catering, Cake: Cedar Lakes Estate in Port Jervis, New York / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design: That Time Events / Officiant: Reverend Lisa Zaro / Dress: Jim Hjelm via Kleinfeld’s / Hairpiece : J.Crew / Shoes: Brian Atwood / Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane, Bounkit / Bracelet: Ben-Amun / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor, J.Crew , Herve Leger / Suit: Paul Stuart / Ties: Vineyard Vines / Shoes: Gucci / Cufflinks: Tiffany / Stationery: Minted / Hair: Karmela Lozina / Rentals: White Plains Linen / Keyboardist: Times Square Orchestra / Reception Music: eight-piece band, Times Square Orchestra / Devine Photo Booths / Golf Carts: Tri-State Golf Carts, / Transportation: Rolling V Transportation / Welcome Bags: CheapTotes.com / Bell Jars with handles: The Knot

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  • Lakeside Wedding at Cedar Lakes Resort by Britt Chudleigh

    22 January 2015
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    Do you love vintage inspiration? Or maybe you love all things modern? Why not both! Katie and Justin were able to bring their love of both vintage and modern design to their wedding in a way that worked beautifully. From the bride’s vintage style to the modern ceremony setting, the day was nothing but lovely.

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    Katie accented her dress with lace gloves from BHLDN and a crystal hair pin by Jennifer Behr, highlighting her vintage bridal look. She and her bridesmaids carried bouquets filled with pink peonies.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “My husband and I have a love for art. He is a full-time artist and I am a graphic designer. We choose to be married at the Holland Performing Arts Center. This venue was perfect for us. It offered crisp, urban modernism inside and out with large windows, glass stairs, unique lines, and grey interior. To tie in Justin’s profession, he hand-painted our aisle runner, detailed with classic, structured lines (grey, black, and white) alternating with the contrasting loose, free-form, abstract sections. The aisle was decorated with white stands holding clear-vase floral arrangements full of white flowers and greenery. We sealed our love in front of a gorgeous Jun Kaneko ‘Dango’ sculpture.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Love-filled, personal, unique.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  Our officiant was Chaplain Royal Bush. Before selecting him as our officiant, we met with him a few times and loved his easy going, heartfelt side. He wrote a story of love about us, which was comical yet captured the essence of our love in a magical light.

     

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    Ceremony music:  Processional: Air on the G String, J.S. Bach // Bridal Processional: Prelude from Cello Suite no. 1 in G Major, J.S. Bach // Recessional: Bourree 1 from cello suite no. 3 in c major, J.S. Bach

    Ceremony readings:  First Reading: Cherish Every Moment, by Leslie A. Neilson // Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

    What were your vows like?  I (Katie) wrote my own vows declaring Justin as my best friend, soul mate, husband forever. Always promising to share in his dreams and challenge him professional, emotionally, spiritually. Most importantly with Justin’s love I will be a better person tomorrow than I am today.

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Definitely the hand-painted aisle runner – well besides the groom, of course! Months later, we cut-up the runner and framed the pieces as gifts to the wedding party. It’s astonishing to think that everyone who was at our celebration walked on the runner.

     

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    The Reception

    “Our reception was also at the Holland Performing Arts Center in the Scott Recital Hall. We worked with Lovestru.ck Weddings and Events to execute and tailor our wedding to reflect our everyday life. We really wanted to highlight Justin’s painterly side as well as our love for all things vintage and eclectic. The room glowed with 245 candles. A variety of hand-painted hobnail jars, heirloom votives, and holder vases filled the room with a playful romance. Each place setting had a striped place card and a miniature paintbrush (the paintbrush handle specific colors representing food selection for plated meal). Mix and match black and white linens added texture to the room, as well as tall centerpieces full of white lilies and greenery.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  A mix of contemporary and vintage. We wanted to use a variety of colors and textures, yet everything looked like it belonged together. I showed Lovestru.ck images and ideas of what we liked (via Pinterest) and they ran with it!

    First Dance: “Home” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
    Father/Daughter Dance: “Isn’t She Lovely” Stevie Wonder

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Carrot Cakes, Lemon Cakes, and Chocolate Mousse Cakes. Each table had one cake on it as part of the centerpiece.

     

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    Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  Take my word for it, having a photo booth is essential! It captured all of our guests in the moment. I mean, even the conga line went through it! Shots the photographer just won’t get – super special!

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Have help! We hired Lovestru.ck Weddings and Events to help us make our dream a reality!

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Breathe and absorb. Take time to enjoy the planning process. It’s easy to invest a lot of time in your special day, and the day itself flies by in the most beautiful way.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  My favorite moment during the reception was our first dance. Justin and I first danced as husband and wife to “Home,” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Our moves were lively, versus the typical slow first dances. Our guest clapped, whistled, and sang along – positive energy filled the room. I truly was lost in the moment.

     

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    Photography: Megan Pomeroy Photography / Venue: Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha, Nebraska / Event Planning & Design: Lovestru.ck Weddings and Events / Officiant: The Inclusive Life / Dress: Catherine Dean Onyx from BHLDN / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Lace Gloves: Cornelia James Heritage from BHLDN / Hair Pin: Crystal Wing from Jennifer Behr / Earrings: Ben-Amun / Necklace: Swarvoski / Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN, Jenny Yoo / Suit: J. Crew / Stationery: Design by bride, Letterpress by Inclosed Studio / Floral Design: Hillis and Company / Hair, Makeup: Kontempo / Rentals: AAA Rentals / Ceremony Music: cellist April Faith-Slaker / Reception Music:  Pam and The Pearls / Catering:  Guckenheimer / Cake, Dessert:  Cupcake Island / Photo Booth: Justin Limoges
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  • Holland Performing Arts Center Wedding by Megan Pomeroy

    20 January 2015
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    I’m always such a sucker for weddings full of Gatsby-era details and inspiration, and Bettina and Daniel’s is a gorgeous example of just why I love them so much! From the Art Deco ceremony “arch” to the bride’s and bridesmaids’ flapper-inspired dresses, from the Art Nouveau invitation to the gold fan adorned wedding cake, you’ll find tons of inspiration for any Gatsby-inspired celebration.

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    “I was very much inspired by the film, Midnight in Paris. I’ve always been such a huge fan of The Lost Generation, Jazz Age, and the Art Deco and Art Nouveau periods, and I loved the film’s modern take on it, so I wanted to recreate that feeling in our wedding,” says Bettina. “Our décor was a reflection of this modern-yet-nostalgic glamour: the ceremony was conducted under a rectilinear arbor wrapped in fan-like foliage and calla lilies, and our reception tables had sequined chevron-patterned linens and crystal, rhinestone, and mirror votives. My florist did a fantastic job creating lush, decorative arrangements that featured huge blossoms with succulents and air plants​.​ My graphic-designer-bridesmaid-friend also illustrated an Erté-like modern flapper on our invitations, which were black with silver and gold foil.”

     

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    “I wore an ivory silk and tulle wedding dress, with delicate beading and rhinestones, that felt very Gatsby, although it was a contemporary design, and I selected silver-sequined dresses for my bridesmaids, made by a company that specializes in Jazz Age and flapper dress replicas.”

     

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    The Ceremony

    “As a person who considers herself the non-conformist, I didn’t think I would want a traditional wedding,” says Bettina, “but that wasn’t the case. I was surprised to find myself really appreciating wedding traditions, from creating and delivering wedding invitations to the traditional format of the wedding day​. I would say many of the elements of our wedding “traditional,” with a twist of individuality.​​​​”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Inspired, non-conformist, nostalgic.

    Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  We live in Manhattan, and we wanted to put some distance between our special day and the typical energy and high stress that defines the “City.” So we chose The Garrison, a venue in upstate New York (45 minutes from Manhattan) that was known for its gorgeous views in the spring and, very importantly to us, its fantastic food.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  ​A very good friend of mine from law school happens to also be an officiant, so that was a no-brainer choice for us. It was a family affair, actually, because his wife was a bridesmaid and their two children were my flower girls!​ ​ ​

    What was your ceremony music?  The processional was Jose Gonzalez’s version of “Heartbeats” (originally by The Knife). Daniel and I really love this song. The recessional was the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s song, “Hysteric.” We both are huge fans of the band and this song seemed very fitting.

    What were your vows like?  We wrote our vows together, and then we each wrote a short, personal message, which we chose not share with each other until our wedding day.

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  My favorite moment​ was when I shared my personal message with Daniel. His eyes welled with tears when I said aloud, “I have loved you for a very long time.” I had never seen him shed tears before, and it was such a beautiful moment – the sun was literally sparkling through the windows into our ceremony – that my voice broke and I had to pause before continuing. I don’t think our love has ever been more palpable.

    Is there anything else you’d like to share about your ceremony?  As an agnostic, I knew from the outset that I did not want a religious ceremony, which could have caused some issues with my in-laws, who are Christian. But they were such good sports about absolutely everything – including the fact that the ceremony would not be religious – that I wanted to give something in return: I asked my father-in-law to read aloud a blessing and prayer during our ceremony. I think it meant a lot to him, which in turn made me very happy. ​

     

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    The Reception

    “I really wanted to make sure every visual and sensorial element was carefully considered – that everything felt authentic to my husband and me – so I was hands on with all my vendors. But the most important thing was that at the end of the day, the only thing that mattered is that we had fun. There comes a point in time when you have to stop planning and nitpicking and just focus on the family and friends who show up especially for you!”

     

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    First dance song:  Our first dance song was “All I Want Is You” by U2, which my best friend, Ted, sang and played on his guitar. U2 was a childhood favorite for all three of us (Daniel, Ted, and me), and that particular song – especially the title – encapsulated how Daniel and I felt about each other pretty accurately!

    Father/daughter, mother/son dance:  My father’s favorite song is “Unchained Melody” – he used to make me play that piece on the piano thousands of times! Although the lyrics totally didn’t fit, I couldn’t think of a better song to share with him. D​aniel danced ​with his mother to “​​Forever Young” ​by Bob Dylan​, which is one of her favorite songs. ​

    Did you have a signature cocktail?  We did! All our guests received custom 5-spice Asian bitters as a favor,​ which could be added to alcohol or tea (you can even cook with it). The bar served the bitters in our signature cocktail, and guests got to keep a sample.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  As is traditional Chinese custom, I changed into a qi pao dress that I had custom-made for my wedding. While I was changing into my qi pao, my mother and aunts (her sisters) spent time adorning me with a ton of gold jewelry that is passed from generation to generation, which was a really beautiful moment.

    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  There was a lot of DIY! I was very hands-on with the whole process, from conceptualizing our motif and the illustration for the invitation, to working on our our wedding website, to creating wedding favors. And I had a lot of help: my friend and bridesmaid is a graphic designer and illustrator, so she helped me with the visuals and the invitations, menus, and signage; my cousin-in-law helped with the wedding favors.

     

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    What type of cake or dessert did you serve? ​ Our cake was so delicious. It was an angel food cake filled with strawberry ​preserves and ​​​white​ ​chocolate​ ​mousse.​ I found some inspiration online for an “art deco” cake design and asked our pastry chef to re-create that feeling.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Make sure to set aside time for you and your groom to eat. We served delicious food, but we neither Daniel nor I had much of a chance to eat!

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  I​ would have​ done a sound check before the wedding! The only issue I had with my wedding at all was that the speakers were way too loud for a portion of the ceremony and reception.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Our wedsite!

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  My favorite moment was actually when my husband and I had a chance to sneak away from the party. We spent so much time speaking with and thanking our guests that we didn’t have much time for each other. It was really lovely to step away for the moment, sit outside with our shoes off under the moonlight and stars, hand-in-hand, my head on his shoulder, and just ​enjoy the happy quiet.

     

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    Photography: Karen Kristian / Venue: The Garrison in Garrison, New York / Event Planning & Design: Bettina Chin / Rhinestone Headband: Jennifer Behr / Bridesmaid Dresses: The Chevron Tabard from LeLuxe Clothing / Suit, Tie: Burberry / Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent / Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang / Stationery: Naomi Otsu Illustration and Design / Floral Design: Lee Vasquez Floral Design / Hair: Aut Sivongxay / Ceremony Music: The Metropolitan Hot Club / DJ: Jason Scott Henderson / Cake: The Pastry Garden
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  • Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding by Karen Kristian

    19 January 2015
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    What better place to go on this mid-January day than to Maui! Amy and Matt made multiple trips to Hawaii every year of their relationship, so it only made sense that they tie the knot there. They stuck with a neutral palette to let the beauty of the location stand out, and they brought their sweet pup Olive with them. All in all it was a lovely island celebration.

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    “I love fancy stationery, so I had amazing Rifle Paper Co. invitations with custom painted portraits of us and our dog on them!” says the bride. “They made me so happy and set the tone for the event, but were a huge splurge! By cutting costs in other areas, we were able to indulge in special details!”

     

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    The Ceremony

    “Hawaii is a special destination for us: we have gone twice a year or more for our entire relationship. When we got engaged, a Hawaiian wedding was a no-brainer. We were looking for somewhere oceanfront, but most importantly, somewhere very private. And we love to eat well, so delicious food was important too!”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Hawaiian, Sweet, Funny.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  Laki Kaahumanu. We wanted a Hawaiian ceremony that felt spiritual and unique. He ended up being sweet and so funny and having us seal each and every promise with kisses all through the ceremony.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  I loved that Laki seemed so sincere and that he had all of us laughing.

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We both love the calm and cleanness of white, so we set the tone with a white, neutral color palette, and let the ocean, gorgeous flowers, and perfect pink sunset do the rest.

     

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    The Reception

    “We planned everything from California, and Dawn with Sugar Beach Events stepped in six weeks before to coordinate everything and create the perfect plan and executed everything the day of,” says Amy. “We felt the most important thing was that our wedding felt like ‘us.’ That meant not following any specific guidelines about what you are ‘supposed’ to do at a wedding. For starters, we didn’t have a wedding party: just Matt and I stood up at our ceremony together. We also nixed having a DJ and dance floor for our intimate group, and instead enjoyed a leisurely outdoor dinner party set to live traditional Hawaiian music, followed by a fire pit and cigar and scotch bar.”

     

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    How would you describe your reception?  Tropical sunset dinner party.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  My dad’s speech (the only speech). It was so heartfelt and so perfectly said, just such a special moment. I saw so many people wiping tears away!

    Did you have a signature cocktail?  Two! And they were our own recipes from home that the bartenders were kind enough to learn! A from-scratch jalapeno margarita and “POG and Stormy” (a take on a Dark and Stormy: Hawaiian dark rum, POG juice and lime).

    Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  Something old and borrowed: I borrowed my great grandmother’s ring from my grandma to wear, something new: my dress!, something blue: our initials inside a heart, stitched inside of my dress over my heart.

    Are there any special details you’d like to tell us about?  The beautiful menu and welcome sign were painted by Miss B Calligraphy, but I did all of the rest of the signs myself and brought them over! Our favors were leather luggage tags, with an anchor and our guests names stamped into them. They also served as the place cards. // Also, we went through some great lengths to bring our pug, Olive, to Maui with us for the occasion. She got to hang at the beach all week long with our group! Any dog lover will understand how fun and special it is to have your furry baby at your wedding with you.

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Stop in the middle of your reception, and take a quiet moment with your husband to look around and soak it all in. The day just flies by, so be sure to have that take-it-all-in moment.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  I kept telling myself the reception “is just a party,” meaning, don’t get hung up on every little detail. It’s easy to go “Pinterest-crazy” and obsess over everything being perfect. A blessing in disguise about a destination wedding was that you sort of have to cross your fingers that so many things will turn out how you hope, and it forces you to let go, and focus on what is import: the marriage and meaning behind the day.

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  Not be nervous! Haha! No! It was, in our eyes, the perfect day for us.

     

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    Photography: Wendy Laurel / Venue, Event Planning, Catering: Sugar Beach Events in Kihei, Hawaii / Officiant: Laki Kaahamanu / Dress: Watters Too / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Earrings: Gemlust / Suit: Suits by Antwerp / Shirt: Bonobos / Tie: Hugo Boss / Shoes: Oliver Sweeney / Stationery: Rifle Paper Co. / Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy / Floral Design: Dellables / Hair, Makeup: Meili Autumn Beauty / Rentals: Pacific Isle Rentals / Music: Joel Katz
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  • Hawaii Wedding at Sugar Beach Events by Wendy Laurel

    15 January 2015
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