Emily and Zack danced the night away with their closest family and friends at such a pretty venue. We love the ceremony site beneath the string lit trees and the rustic yet elegant reception. By the looks of it, this couple had one incredibly fun and unforgettable night. Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

Photographed by The Edges.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? Appreciate every moment of the wedding and engagement. The entire lead up to the wedding is an incredible and unique time too.

 

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Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  I wore my grandmother’s pearl bracelet to honor her memory.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Whenever the planning gets stressful, remember it’s only one day. With so much time and investment going toward the event, remember to put just as much in the relationships you’re celebrating. Helps put it all in perspective.

 

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The Ceremony

“Any time we had a decision to make, we would ask ourselves, “how can we make this the most fun?”. With that guiding light, even the planning itself was more fun. We had the benefit and challenge of being one of the first weddings in our world of family and friends. We were flying blind but were also able to make it all we wanted it to be, without any preconceived notions. We were incredibly lucky to have huge support from family every step of the way.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Joyful, classic, lighthearted

What was your ceremony music? 
Processional: Instrumental of “Riptide” (Vance Joy/Vitamin String Quartet)
Recessional: “Celeste” by Ezra Vine

 

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What were your ceremony readings? “The Master Speed” by Robert Frost and “Falling Stars” by Rainer Maria Rilke. We chose these poems to represent our hopes to be as present as possible throughout the ups and downs of life and in recognition of how lucky we are to have found each other.

What were your vows like? We wrote our vows together and decided to have them be the same. Zack shared them first and then I followed.

 

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Who was your officiant? How did you choose him/her? Zack and I met at the end of our freshman year in a class fatefully titled “The Meaning of Life.” At the kick off of the class, we were asked to share a fun fact, and when Zack introduced himself, he shared that he has a twin sister. I too have a twin sister and was thrilled to have something so meaningful in common. Eight years later we were engaged and so honored that the professor of the course we met in, Scotty McLennan, would be our officiant. Scotty was there the day we met and an inspiration to us both since.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? My favorite part of the ceremony was getting to stand across from Zack with all our family and friends there to support our commitment to each other. Having loved ones from every part of our lives meet each other and celebrate our relationship was a true gift. One of the most special moments of the ceremony was when my little sister, Dot, sang a song. We wanted to have a break in the middle of the ceremony to be able to reflect and take it all in. When Dot offered to sing a song for us, we couldn’t imagine a better addition to the ceremony.

 

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Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? After walking out, we circled back to the ceremony garden to have 10 minutes alone. We loved having the time together to check in, reflect on the ceremony, and share in our excitement for the rest of the day.

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? When we first got engaged, I went to dinner with two colleagues who had recently gotten married and managed everything brilliantly. They shared awesome advice and were amazing sources of inspiration . Some of their best advice: invite not only those who have been closest to you in the past but also those you want to play an important role in your life in the future and reserve a couple of hours every week to tackle some wedding thing with your partner (and don’t worry about it the rest of the week!).

 

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The Reception

“We knew the day we saw Barndiva that this was the perfect location for us. In meeting the Barndiva team, we got our hopes up as it was clear that they would be so fun to work with. Upon seeing the ceremony garden, we got really excited, feeling like it may be too good to be true. The rustic outdoor dinner venue couldn’t have been better. And finally, we saw the the art studio that is used for a dance space and it sealed the deal! We felt so lucky to have found a venue that encompassed everything we were looking for.”

 

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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently Figure out a way to slow down time :) I’m still torn about not having a video. Some days, I wish we could watch every moment. Other days, I’m glad we get to preserve the experience as it is in our pictures and memories.

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? I decided to hand write the ceremony programs (all 150, which, in retrospect, was silly). We also created the wedding favors by wrapping up mini succulents.

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? I decided to hand write the ceremony programs (all 150, which, in retrospect, was silly). We also created the wedding favors by wrapping up mini succulents.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve? White cake with flowers.

 

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What was your wedding menu? Beet Salad / Salmon / Steak / Bite Sized Desserts.

What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance? Zack and I danced to “Only Love” by Ben Howard. My dad and I danced to “Let’s go” by Matt and Kim.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Each speech was incredible. Everyone shared something so meaningful, and in their own way. The speeches made the night more special than we could have imagined.

Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. We we’re the last ones at the reception and took a walk around the venue to take it all in. As the DJ was packing up, he shared that he’s never seen a bride and groom dance straight through from the first to last song. We we’re so proud.

 

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Photography: The Edges Wedding Photography / Venue, Catering, Cake: Barndiva in Healdsburg, Califoria / Floral Design: Dragonfly Floral / Dress: Anna Maeir – Ulla-Maija / Shoes: Kate Spade / Suit: Burberry / Tie: Brooks Brothers / Stationery: Marie Chang Designs / Hair, Makeup: Eliza Desch /
Reception Music: DJ Stan Loh

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We can’t think of any other words to describe Danae and Wes’ Yosemite wedding except for completely stunning. With a gorgeous backdrop of mountains and trees high enough to touch the sky, there isn’t a lot that you need to do to gussy up the venue. Danae knew she wanted to leave it up to the natural beauty of the venue to let it speak for itself. We know you’re going to fall in love with this one!

Photography by Anna Delores.

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? To truly enjoy the day and take every moment in because everything goes by so quickly and you’ll wake up the next day and regret not letting go of the little things. It was SO true!

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Do it your way and don’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t worry about your families’ opinions and do what you both really want. However, at the same time, give them the respect of at least listening to their input. You never know who’s idea may be the little touch you really needed.

 

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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? No, I couldn’t have had a more beautiful and exhilarating day.

Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? I wore my grandmother’s pearl and diamond earrings with the matching ring, my grandfather’s handkerchief, and my mother’s garter from when she married my father.

 

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Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Don’t fool yourself into thinking you can do it all yourself and save a ton of money. That will only lead to you being overworked and burnt out by the big day. Plan on spending where it really counts and find a few things here or there you can DIY.

 

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The Ceremony

“I’ve always known since I was little that I wasn’t going to have the traditional church wedding. Coming from an adventurous family who loves the outdoors, I’d envisioned an organic ceremony that would utilize natural beauty as the backdrop for my dream venue. One of my favorite places has always been the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park. Both the history of the hotel and the breathtaking surroundings of Yosemite itself make it a truly magical place. Luckily, I found a southern boy who loved it as much as I do and when Wes proposed under Yosemite Falls we both knew we wanted to exchange our vows in the valley. Our wedding was a destination event for both sides of our family, his being from North Carolina and mine primarily from Los Angeles.”

 

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How did you go about planning your ceremony? Our ceremony was a team effort and we would weigh in on many opinions to make some decisions. But when it came down to the little details and more personal touches we gave more input. I really relied on my parents and wedding planner to keep everything moving forward and give inspiration when needed. It was important that our ceremony really reflect the two of us and they all helped bring it to life.

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Romantic, rustic, and unique.

What was your ceremony music?  “Horizons” by Genesis was played for the parents and bridal party processional. This was also the song for my mother and father’s first dance. “Canon D” by Johann Pachelbel was played when my father walked me down the aisle. “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers was played for the recessional.

 

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Who officiated your ceremony? How did you choose him/her? One of my father’s dearest friends from kindergarten, who is also my sister’s godfather. When we started discussing wedding details I knew Derrick was the perfect person to marry us because he has always been a loving and strong figure in my life. Wes agreed and we had the most special moment when I asked him with my dad present.

What were your vows like?  We chose not to write our own vows and asked that Derrick write whatever he wanted for the ceremony from his heart. He wrote down numerous questions about us both and asked us to respond. He took it from there but did include one quote I’ve always loved by E. E. Cummings from, “I Carry Your Heart.”

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Our ceremony was stunning and so intimate. My favorite moments are when my dad fought back tears when he heard my parent’s wedding song play as my mom was escorted down the aisle. Then a moment later looking into my soon-to-be husband’s eyes full of tears as he saw me. It was truly an overwhelmingly beautiful few minutes. Seeing my husband cry as I came across the lawn and down the aisle was so beautiful and brought up so many wonderful emotions—it absolutely has to be my favorite moment. There of course were so many more, but that one in particular was really intimate even though everyone was watching the two of us.

 

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Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? I wish we could go back a live it all over again!

 

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The Reception

“Our reception was stunning and everything we wanted and didn’t know we wanted. When you’re planning your wedding, you always have a vision in mind; whether it be something you’ve always wanted or something that starts to come alive as you go. What you can’t prepare for is how amazing it is to see it all come together. It was the perfect time of the evening where the sun was just setting and the grey linens with flowers in shades of blushes, greens and pops of purple really created the perfect atmosphere that blended perfectly with the venue.”

 

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Our vision was a rustic yet elegant evening that intertwined natural elements with the antiquity of the hotel itself. Our inspiration really came not only from our personal preferences but from our families creative input as well. I found it really special throughout the day that we had little details I knew that others had thought of and we loved.

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? Our wedding planner made all of our signage, table numbers and escort cards. She did the calligraphy on everything and it all came out perfect. It took her a lot of time to do but it made everything that much more personal.

Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. We had recently lost family members that were extremely close to us all so we thought it was important that they be represented in a special way. When guests came to sign the guest book we had their pictures in frames for all to see.

 

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What was your wedding menu? Our guests had the choice of: Roast Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus, Creamed Horseradish, and Garlic Mashed Potatoes // Mary’s Roasted French Cut Chicken Breast, Piccata, and Herb Risotto // Tagliatelle Pasta, Spinach, Tarragon, Tomato, and Lemon Brown Butter. All meals were served with Fresh Seasonal Vegetables and Ahwahnee Breads.

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We had a three tier semi-naked cake made by the Ahwahnee. The top tier was classic sponge cake with vanilla custard filling. The middle tier was classic sponge cake with lemon custard filling. The bottom tier was classic sponge cake with fresh strawberry & cream filling.

 

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What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance?
First dance: “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
Father/daughter dance: “Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon
Mother/son dance: “What a Wonderful World” by Louie Armstrong

 

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Photography: Anna Delores / Event Planning & Design, Calligraphy: Rae & Moore / Venue, Catering, Cake: Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park, California / Floral Design: Natalie Galasso Designs / Dress: Blue Collection by Enzoani / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN / Suit: Vera Wang / Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Hair, Makeup: M by Mickie / Rentals: JS Linens & Events, BBJ Linens / DJ: Spin City DJ / Videography: Ellen Wildhagen / Photo Booth: Little Gem Photo Booth

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Today’s wedding features a graceful bride, a picture perfect venue, and one pretty incredible bouquet. Bride Anna knew exactly what she wanted for her big day and planned every detail of her wedding—and by that she achieved a romantic and timeless wedding celebration she will remember forever!

Photographed by Laura Ivanova.

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The reception room itself. Every room in the mansion inspired our wedding decor – I wanted to make sure the venue and the decor complemented each other.

 

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Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Something new was my wedding gown. Something old were my vintage earrings. Something borrowed and something blue was my blue cocktail dress.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Enjoy your wedding day!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Focus on what is most important to you. Be fearless and chase after your dream wedding!

 

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The Ceremony

 

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Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  It was a convenient location for everyone, and the estate allows you to use most of their rooms and spaces. And it has such an elegant feel.

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Intimate, romantic, non-traditional.

What were your ceremony readings?  We asked our officiant to read a short poem before we said our vows. I got bits and pieces of it from readings I came across online.

 

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Who officiated your ceremony?  Our friend officiated our ceremony. Asking a friend to officiate was the best choice—nothing feels more intimate than having your friend marry you and then later joining you for the celebration!

 

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Ceremony music:
Processional and Recessional: “I Believe” piano instrumental from the Korean movie My Sassy Girl
Bridal Processional: “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The room itself. It was windy and chilly that day, but being in that beautiful glass room we were thankfully all able to enjoy the sun without the wind.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Sharing alone time with my husband after the ceremony was especially romantic because he surprised me with a letter he wrote. I read it in front of him and it was the sweetest part of the whole day.

 

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The Reception

 

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How would you describe your reception?  Elegant. Gold candlesticks and crystal vases really made the look.

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  We purchased a gold ornate mirror to use as the seating chart, and my mother-in-law wrote the entire guest list onto the mirror.

 

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Menu: First Course: Garden Salad / Butternut Squash Risotto with Duck Confit // Entree Selection: Seared Atlantic Salmon / Herb Broiled Leg of Lamb / Marinated Skirt Steak

Did you have a signature cocktail?  Yes, a Charleston Pink Lady.

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Our cake was buttercream dark chocolate with raspberry cream. We also had assorted French and Italian pastries, truffles and chocolate dipped strawberries.

 

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Photography: Laura Ivanova / Venue, Catering, Dessert: NYIT de Seversky Mansion in Old Westbury, New York / Floral Design: Nature’s Petal / Dress: Berta Bridal / Shoes: River Island / Jewelry: Susan Caplan / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny YooASOS / Suit, Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang Black Collection / Hair: Beauty with Grace / Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen / Music: BTL DJ’s / Dessert: A Simple Cake

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It’s really hard to go wrong with a barn wedding. They are full of so much charm and can be blended with so many different styles. Samantha and Robb’s wedding held at About Thyme Farm is the perfect mix of modern and rustic. And anytime the night ends with a spectacular fireworks show, you know it was one heck of a party!

Photographed by The McCartneys.

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? Not to stress about the little things the day of the wedding. Enjoy every minute- it goes way too fast.

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? I wish I could do it all over again! It’s the absolute best time of your life—it’s the only time in your life that both sides of both families will be together. It’s so special.

 

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The Ceremony

“We wanted to get married in a church because we are both Catholic and our faith is a big part of who we are and part of our families. Baileys Harbor was one of the few churches in Door County that fit our number of guests but still had a quaint feel to it! It overlooks the water which is beautiful.”

 

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Who officiated your ceremony? How did you choose him/her? Fr. Ruby—he officiated all the weddings in Door County.

How did you go about planning your ceremony? We met with Fr. Ruby a couple of times before the wedding and he helped us with the flow of the ceremony. Robb and I picked out our own readings and had our close friends and family members involved throughout the ceremony. Our readings and vows were the most important to us.

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Religious, sentimental, fun

What was your ceremony music? we had a string quartet play throughout our ceremony and Robb’s uncle mike sang a beautiful solo.

 

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What were your vows like? We both felt very strongly that we wanted to write our own—it made the ceremony very special!

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? It was a Catholic mass so all the traditional Catholic wedding things were included.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Definitely reading our wedding vows to each other. Also, the minute the back doors opened up and I got to see Robb and all the wedding guests was surreal. From the groom // seeing Samantha walk down the aisle was my favorite moment of the entire day.

 

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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? No—we truly loved every minute and every detail of the entire day!

 

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The Reception

Door county is truly such a special place for both of us. It was unreal to have all our friends and families from all over the counrty to come to little Door County for our wedding. We were worried having a reception in a barn would be too rustic, but Carrie at Door County Event Planners and Helene at Flora Flowers transformed the space to such an elegant space that it was exactly what we wanted!”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your reception? Since we were both from Chicago, we went back and forth for a couple of months whether or not we wanted to get married in Chicago or up in Door County. The minute we saw About Thyme Farm we knew that was where we wanted our wedding—it is such a unique place and very different from anything we had seen.

 

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How would you describe your reception? Rustic Chic is what we were going for! We had it in a barn so it was rustic but the tent added a touch of elegance—it was the perfect mix of the two.

Did you have a signature cocktail? Peared Sake (inspired by one of our favorite Chicago restaurants Sunda) and Cherry Bourbon Sweet Tea—a nod to Door County cherries!

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? We made cherry jam jars with our initials and date as the wedding favor and escort card. Door county is famous for cherries. Credit goes to my Mom because she was up until 3am Thursday night prepping these to be dropped off on Friday!

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted an entire weekend celebration—a lot of our family members live all over the county and we couldn’t imagine just having one night to celebrate with everyone. Door county was the perfect “getaway” for people to come celebrate our wedding and have a mini vacation as well. The memories I had from my family up in Door County and the memories Robb and I had from going up there many times throughout our relationship also provided much inspiration. There were a lot of unique Door County touches throughout the weekend festivities. As for the decor, I love pinterest and got a lot of inspiration from there.

What was your wedding menu? Filet Mignon, Salmon and Cherry Chicken from Mission Grille.

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Carrot Cake—both our favorite! We also had a dessert bar with a variety of desserts: chocolate covered Oreos, cupcakes, cannoli shooters, pie pops.

Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. One of our favorite details at our reception was our family tree hanging up in the barn. My mom put it together—it included every wedding photo from both our families. It was also both of our grandparents 60th anniversaries. We planned a special song for them to dance to in front of everyone. We also had a photo booth which provided great entertainment for everyone! Our band was incredible which what we loved most—people were dancing all night long!

 

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What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or Mother/son dance? “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrisson. Our Father/daughter dance was to “Child of Mine” by Carole King. The mother/song was to “I’ll be in your heart” by Phil Collins.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Halfway through the night Robb snuck me out of the reception area when everyone was dancing to go view the barn lit up at night. It was so fun to see the reception from afar with everyone dancing, the moon was shining—it was a beautiful Door County summer night! The firework show near the end of the night is something we will never forget. I think everyone was shocked!

 

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Photography: The McCartneys / Venue: About Thyme Farm in Door County, Wisconsin / Event Planning & Design: Door County Event Planners / Floral Design: Flora Flowershop / Dress: Ulla-Maija / Dress Shop, Veil: Ultimate Bride Chicago / Shoes: Kate Spade / Jewelry: Fey& Co / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy / Suit, Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux / Stationery, Calligraphy: Elizabeth Grace / Hair, Makeup: Kari Pudlo / Reception Music: North Coast Orchestra / Catering: Mission Grille / Cake, Dessert: FlourGirl Patissier / Videography: Copper Clover Films

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We just love a vineyard wedding, and this sweet wedding held at Lucchesi Vineyards is no exception. Rebecca and Joseph are the sweetest couple radiating love in every image. Her beautiful dress with delicate cap sleeves, the incredible green vineyards, and a reception full of meaningful DIY touches from family and friends are just some of the special details of their day.

Photographed by Amy Nicole.

 

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Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  This isn’t really a tradition but my sister and brother decided to put on the rehearsal dinner for Joseph and I. The night was absolutely magical. They held it in our family’s backyard. They set up a long table down the bocce ball court that sat about 70 people. My aunt and uncle helped to make all the food for the rehearsal dinner, my good friend since elementary school Max Fisher played guitar and sang. My aunt Miriam did all of the desserts for the rehearsal. She has her own cookie company and not only did her famous cookies but several other desserts. Several people gave toasts to Joseph and I—it was perfect.

 

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Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  I would say think about your three top priorities. Also, if parents are helping with the cost, make sure you ask them what their three top priorities are. For us, we wanted an outdoor venue, excellent photography, and good food. Our budget reflected these priorities.

 

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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?
I would have tried not to micromanage as much and not worry about how it would turn out. I think because there is so much pressure on the day, things become a bigger deal than they actually are. Keeping things in perspective would have helped me enjoy the process more.

 

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Why did you choose this location for your ceremony? We chose St. Patrick’s Catholic Church because it is the church that I (the bride) grew up attending. I went to the parochial school across the street for 1st-8th grade so much of my community and friends centered around the parish. For us, it was less about what the church looked like and more about the substance of it–the deeper meaning of our wedding. I wanted to be married–and in the Catholic faith it is a sacrament–in the same place I received all my other sacraments. I like the feeling of continuity, history, and rootedness.

 

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The Ceremony

“We met at a Benedictine University, where I was working, so we decided it was fitting to marry on July 11th, St. Benedict’s traditional feast day. Also, my husband is part Scottish and has always loved the bagpipes. We decided to surprise our guests and have bagpipes in our ceremony. I walked in to bagpipes, piped from above the congregation in the choir loft. Our good friend Terry Baxter was the piper. He also brewed all the beer for our Rehearsal Dinner, two different varietals and his graphic designer wife designed a custom label.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Intentional, beautiful, God-centered

What was your ceremony music?
Seating of the Mothers and grandmothers: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desire”
Bridal Party: “Highland Cathedral” on piano and violin
Bridal Procession: “Highland Cathedral” on piano, violin, and bagpipes
Exchange of Rings: “Take My Hand” from Les Miserables
Presentation of gifts: “Ave Verum Corpus”
Agnus Dei/Sanctus: “Missa de Angelis Setting”
Holy Communion: “Lord, I Need You”
Prayer of the Bride and Groom: “Ave Maria” by Arcadel. Sung by Naomi, Anna, and Macrina Hamilton.
Recessional: “O, God Beyond All Praising”

 

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Who officiated your ceremony? How did you choose him/her? Our parish priest, Father Sylvester Kwiatowski. He’s been very supportive of us throughout our engagement. He’s from Poland and has a very strong faith life. We wanted to have someone who we knew would continue to pray for us and think about us after our married life.

What were your vows like?  We used the traditional Catholic vows. They are simple, but encompass what we want to bring to our marriage: fortitude in good times and bad, nurturing in sickness and health, and faithful love until death. For us, marriage is all about a choice to love. We are choosing each other and sometimes it won’t be easy, sometimes it requires an act of the will—a conscious decision to love.

 

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What were your ceremony readings?
First Reading: Tobit 8:4b-8. “She stood up, and they began praying for protection, and this was how he began: You are blessed, O God of our fathers; blessed too is your name for ever and ever. Let the heavens bless you and all things you have made for evermore. You it was who created Adam, you who created Eve his wife to be his help and support; and from these two the human race was born. You it was who said, ‘It is not right that the man should be alone; let us make him a helper like him.’”
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 148 “Let all Praise the Name of the Lord”
Second Reading: Philippians 4:4-9
Gospel: The Beatitudes, Matthew 5 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth…blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

 

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How did you go about planning your ceremony?  A lot of the ceremony for a Catholic wedding is already planned out but my husband and I did have a wonderful time picking out the readings and designing certain parts of the ceremony. We wanted to do the traditional “dedication to Mary” after Communion. We laid a bouquet at the feet of Mary while Joseph’s three sister’s sang in three-part harmony “Ave Maria”. It was breathtakingly beautiful.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? I think my favorite thing was kneeling next to my new husband praying for our marriage while his three sisters sang Ave Maria. It was a beautiful moment. I also really liked watching my sister and Joe’s brother lead the “Prayers of the Faithful”.

 

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Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding? One of the moments I loved is riding with our wedding photographer to the reception venue. We had become friends with her and her husband after she took our engagement photos in San Francisco. As we were driving, Amy saw a great place for us to snap some pictures. It was just on the side of the road, up on a hill amongst these huge pine trees. We ran across the road and Joseph carried me up the hill to get some cool photos. I loved the spontaneity and the joy that we felt in that moment.

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? I would say not to get overwhelmed by Pinterest or other inspirations. Once you have picked the direction of your wedding, just stick with that. There are a million ways to have a beautiful, stylish, and meaningful wedding—don’t second-guess your decisions because you see something else along the way. Also, focus on how you want to feel and your guests to feel at your wedding—not on how it will look. At the end of the night, what really matters is how your guests felt and how you and your husband felt about the day. How the day looks is important but I think even more important is what your wedding communicates to people. We wanted ours to evoke warmth, fun, and a deep love for each other—rooted in God.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? I think some of the best advice I received was something I read; it said to try to include as many people as you can in your wedding. I learned that friends and family members want to be included. Bridesmaids want to be able to do more than just walk down the aisle; they want to help and be significant. We had our close family friends do the flowers for our wedding and they were just beautiful—so much love went into them. The Hamilton brothers helped set up the reception venue, and the sisters sang at our Mass.

 

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The Reception

“We toured several different sites for our reception. We knew we really wanted it to be outside to take advantage of the wonderful California summer evening weather. Joseph has always loved places with views. He proposed to me on the top of a mountain with a beautiful view. The moment we saw Lucchesi and its panoramic views, we were sold. We also really liked all the trees and plants around the site and the vineyards.”

 

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Please tell us about any special details or moments from your reception. Our tables were marked by library cards, with the names our favorite authors. We tried to sit people at tables where they had read the author or had some connection to the author. Continuing the literary theme, we had spineless books on several of the tables as part of our centerpiece.

 

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How would you describe your reception? Outdoors, al fresco, fun, laid-back elegance.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Fresh flowers, gardens, casual dinners with family and friends on my family’s deck. I wanted the reception to feel natural, not contrived. This is one of the reasons that we didn’t do a head table or a sweetheart table. We just did a long table with Joseph and I surrounded by our wedding party and friends. It was more natural to be able to just talk to people across the table from you. We will have plenty of time to have dinners just the two of us, but our wedding was such a unique time to have all our friends and family from all over the country gathered together. I was also inspired by weddings with lots of dancing and joviality.

 

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Menu: Mediterranean Charcuterie Plate with Assorted Cured Meats, Artisan Cheeses, Olives, Nuts, Tapenades, Crackers and Sourdough Bread // Garden Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Mushrooms // Grilled Summer Vegetables including Asparagus, Zucchini, Squash, Portabella Mushrooms, Corn and Sweet Red Peppers / Cajun Roasted Baby Red Tomatoes / Herbed Grilled Boneless Chicken Breast served with Mango, Papaya Kiwi Salsa / Chef Carved Tri-Tip with Creamy Horseradish and Chimichurri Sauce

Did you have a signature cocktail? We had two kinds of sangria—white and red, made by our Spanish caterer. Sangria is his specialty. We also had the winery’s wine, Lucchesi, and two types of beer.

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? We made bookmarks for favors. We hand-watercolored them. They were even more special because we used the exact same design as my parent’s wedding. We actually took one of their bookmark favors, changed the names and then copied them unto a new design. It was very special to have that link between weddings.

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We had a cutting cake. My grandmother made it for us—her famous sponge cake recipe with whipped cream frosting. For the rest of the guests, we wanted to do pies. We felt like it would be better for the summer evening to do fruit pies with ice cream. The pies were made by all of our family friends. My mom coordinated all of them and we had 20+ pies made by all those who love us.

 

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What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance?
First Dance: “Swept Away (sentimental version)” by The Avett Brothers
Father/daughter: “Daughters” by John Mayer; my dad took weeks to pick out the song and he loved that one.
Mother/son: “You are my sunshine” by Johnny Cash

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? My aunt has been collecting hats and accessories her entire life. These include New Orleans masks, wigs, silly hats, and fun glasses. Everyone had so much fun trying these on and dancing with them—it just elevated the entire party and brought out so many fun personalities amongst our friends and families. Also favorite moments are my dance with my dad and my first dance with my husband.

 

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Photography: Amy Nicole / Venue: Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California / Church: St. Patrick Catholic Church / Event Planning & Design: Storybook Wedding Design / Dress: Always Elegant Bridal / Earrings: Macy’s / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Suit, Tie, Shirt, Shoes: Nordstrom / Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A Bank / Stationery: Feel Good Invites / Hair: Hair by Jerusha / Makeup: Olga Pirmatova / Rentals: SRC Party Center / DJ: Mountain Events Productions / Catering: Antonio Ayestaran Catering

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