We are dreaming of warm weather and outdoor garden parties, and today’s wedding at The Corson Building in Seattle definitely leaves us wishing it was already summer. Anbrit and Jon’s romantic celebration had a focus on Scandinavian and Eastern European elements, as well as lush florals, delicious cocktails and most importantly, family. We especially love the use of fresh, seasonal fruit in the table decor, and the appearance of a very special guest…

Photography by O’Malley Photographers.

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  The Corson Building is a tiny former stonemason’s house from 1906 in an industrial area of Seattle. The gardens are wild all year round, and it has the patina and whimsy of a beautiful place that time has forgotten. We waited 18 months to get an August date, crossing our fingers that Seattle weather would be on our side. The chef, Emily Dann, makes some of the best food we’ve ever tasted. We knew that our wedding, like most people’s weddings, would bring together different groups of people who were important in different aspects of our lives—family, childhood, college, adulthood friends, family friends, etc.—and although many of them had never met, we wanted a place where everyone would feel relaxed and like they were part of an intimate and vibrant event. We used one side of the building for the ceremony, with a few folding chairs for family and elderly relatives with everyone else standing in the yard and under the fruit trees. The other side was for cocktails and socializing before dinner. Since we had invited three times the number of guests as the capacity of the dining room, we had planned to have dinner at a single long tented table in the alleyway. The long dinner table was such a powerful statement at the time of the wedding; both atheistically and symbolically, we couldn’t have been happier with that decision.

 

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Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  I wore the Swedish family wedding crown that my mother wore; wedding crowns traditionally belong to the church and are borrowed by the bride for the ceremony. This crown was a replica of the one from my family’s small town church in Sweden.

 

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The Ceremony

“Jenn, our officiant, got input from both of us, as well as from our families, which made the final ceremony a surprise. Many of the contributions fit together to build a ceremony based on traditional wedding themes; she spoke about joy, love, commitment, from the lens provided by our families. We were both astonished with how beautifully she had woven our words together, and created a ceremony that spoke deeply to our commitments. She was also able to weave in moments and recognition including a chemistry joke, and other reminiscences from the my deceased father.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Bohemian, family, lush

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  Our extraordinary wedding planners, Jamie and Steve, have worked with our officiant, Jenn, for years, and recommended her highly. We planned our wedding over Skype, as Jenn lives in a town a couple hours away from Seattle.

Event planning by Sinclair & Moore.

 

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What was your ceremony music? Processional: “Sommarsång from Frösöblomster” by Wilhelm Peterson-Berger. Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, the Swedish composer, once famously burst into tears at the sight of the beautiful northern countryside of Jämtland, Sweden, and lived there in his later years. I have family there, and some of our guests even journeyed from Jämtland.

We chose not to have our bridal party as part of the processional. The first group was three children carrying a green garland, and the second group was two six year olds bearing a monogrammed banner. The third group was my brother pulling a wagon with the 7 month flower girl (our daughter) and the ring bearer (my nephew). Jon and I chose to walk down the aisle together, hand in hand.

 

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Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? After getting engaged on the ski slopes in Tahoe in January, we opted to wait 18 months to secure an August date at The Corson Building. We interviewed three different levels of wedding planners: day of event executer, mid-involvement planner with floral, and designer/coordinator combination. We have thrown plenty of parties as a couple, and thought that we probably only needed day-of help to make our happy and wonderful wedding happen. However, the designer and coordinator impressed us so much, aesthetically matching our vision and giving really practical and realistic advice about our original idea of a waterfront home wedding, that we asked Steve and Jamie of Sinclair and Moore to be our wedding planners without any hesitation. This turned out to be the best decision we made about the entire wedding. Halfway to our wedding date, we welcomed a daughter into our lives. The months usually spent tidying up the details and making final decisions were instead devoted to our new family. Steve and Jamie took our original vision and made it even better and smoother process, executing flawlessly in a tiny and quirky location, with infants, children, thousands of flowers and a hundred perfectly ripe peaches. And they made it so much fun.

 

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“Pearl, the lamb, joined the wedding party during photos and pre-wedding preparations at the Corson building. She added a whimsical surprise element to our wild garden venue; she fit right in! She was four months old, and this was her first social event, so we didn’t include her in the procession. Instead, she happily stood with the admiring children and tried to steal nibbles of her blush rose collar.”

 

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The Reception

“Our reception was lush and happy and full of family. The Corson building on a hot August afternoon in Seattle feels timeless, with the air ripe and expectant.”

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? Guests wrote well-wishes and advice on a flat wooden rolodex that my grandfather had fashioned out of an apple tree that my mother played on as a child. The “indexing of advice” was a nod to my mother, a librarian.

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail?  We had three signature cocktails, with the idea that each would appeal to the different preferences of our guests—one traditional, one more directly inspired by the menu and season, and one that reflected what many of the younger crowd was comfortable drinking. “Family tradition:” Grandpa’s Martini—half gin and half vodka family standard with olives. // “Subtle, lush and visually stunning:” The white peach sangria was gorgeous in a glass jar, and complemented the colors and flavors of our afternoon August party. // “Familiar:” Maker’s Mark and ginger beer is a crowd pleaser and easy to drink on a warm August night without having the strength of a full cocktail.

 

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The tables were dressed in a beautiful shade of blue and topped with ripe peaches, fresh baked bread, and gorgeous floral arrangements filled with peonies, garden roses, and ranunculus, with blackberries tucked throughout. Place cards were tied to small burlap sacks which contained vintage silverware for guests to use at dinner.

Floral Design by Sinclair & Moore.

 

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Before dinner, Anbrit changed into a black lace dress – all the better for dancing in!

 

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“Hosting a wedding at a restaurant with an outstanding chef and staff has advantages. Cousins who ‘don’t eat fish’ were licking the family-style serving dishes of salmon. The wine was beautifully paired with the food, and the staff was clearly at their peak. The execution of the reception couldn’t have been more perfect.”

Catering by The Corson Building

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We served a dessert buffet of some of our favorites desserts with nods to our family heritage with Scandinavian and Eastern European elements. The very talented Judy Tallant made all the desserts gluten free, but I don’t think any of the guests had a clue. We served a princess torta with blue marzipan top, a peach pavlova, a three layer chocolate and hazelnut mousse, a kransekake (traditional Norwegian wedding cake), and towers of cookies and other nibbles. There was something for everyone.

Cake and dessert from Tallant House.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding? My family includes five different professional photographers, but it was important to us that none of our guests feel like they were working. We wanted to shoot in film, and that made a huge difference in the quality of our wedding photos. The sign of a great wedding planner is that they connect you with a great photographer, and the match was so beautifully intuitive. The O’Malleys were fun, easy, and incredibly discreet. The decision to shoot in film may have been our best decision of the entire wedding planning process. Our wedding photos are one of our most treasured possessions.

 

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Photography: O’Malley Photographers / Venue, Catering: The Corson Building in Seattle, Washington / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design: Sinclair & Moore / Dress: Lela Rose / Bride’s Shoes, Groom’s Shoes: Santoni / Ring: Tacori / Earrings: H. Stern / Suit: Burberry / Stationery, Calligraphy: La Happy / Hair, Makeup: Sorella Salon / Cake, Dessert: Tallant House / Videography: Cabfare

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Katherine and Illian would often pass the Corinthian Yacht Club while out sailing, and they thought it would make the perfect location for their bayside celebration. To make the day even more picturesque, they chose nearby Old Saint Hilary’s church, perched on a hillside overlooking the San Francisco Bay. This stunning location, the subtle nods to their love of sailing, and a strong focus on bringing their two cultures together, this wedding is full of elegant and modern details you’re sure to love!

Photography by Diana Marie.

 

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Is there anything that helps tell the story of your wedding?  My husband and I both sail and do so regularly in San Francisco – he even proposed on a sailing trip in the Whitsunday Islands in Australia. Sailing is a big part of our lives, hence the choice in venue, the sailing flag, and subtle nautical touches at the wedding, like the flag-shaped table numbers.  For us, our decorations could be minimal thanks to the beautiful reception venue and view of San Francisco Bay from the Corinthian Yacht Club!

Did you include any traditions in your wedding? My mom gave me a piece of her veil to pin inside my wedding dress. The women in both my family and my husband’s family spent the night before our wedding cooking the traditional Bulgarian bread we would break at our ceremony the next day.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Given how quickly the day goes and the myriad of distractions, a friend recommended that we each think of a few events or moments to be particularly present for so we will have distinct memories of that moment. It was great reminder during the ceremony and reception to take a breath and enjoy the day.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Communicate with each other and anyone else involved early and often about what is important to you. And, enjoy the time and the reasons wedding planning creates to spend with your loved ones.

 

Floral Design by La Fleuriste.

 

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The Ceremony

“We sail in San Francisco Bay and often pass the Corinthian Yacht Club while on the water. Both of us secretly thought it would be an ideal place for a wedding, so there was no question that we’d be in Tiburon for our wedding. Old St. Hilary’s Church was the perfect addition to the day. It’s beautiful and intimate.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Culture-rich, inclusive, and playful

How did you go about planning your ceremony? It was important to us that we include traditions from both our Bulgarian and Filipino families. I used my Filipino cousin’s wedding ceremony as a template as well as our friends’ wedding script to write our own. Our officiants added their own touches, too.

 

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What was your ceremony music? My aunt played the piano for our ceremony.  Processional was “Canon in D” by Pachelbel and Recessional was “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri.

 

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Who officiated your ceremony? Our two friends, who we named our Kum and Kuma.  In addition to being great friends of ours, they also set us up on our first date! With the exception of the bride and groom, the Kum and Kuma are traditionally the most important people at a Bulgarian wedding and play leading roles in the ceremonies and celebrations.  Historically, the Kum was the groom’s Godfather, but in modern weddings the Kum and Kuma are close friends of the couple and play key roles in their life together.

 

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Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  Yes, we included three Filipino wedding traditions—a unity candle, wedding coins, and wedding cord. Our secondary sponsors helped us with each. Secondary Sponsors are a Filipino wedding tradition. They are women and men whom the couple chooses to involve in their ceremony because of their affinity  or friendship with them. They are typically relatives or close friends who model strong relationships.

What were your vows like? We exchanged traditional wedding vows.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  In addition to the tradition, our ceremony was playful and fun! My husband’s friends and family cheered when he entered the church. And the whole church laughed together when I struggled to fit my husband’s ring on his finger as we exchanged vows.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  We loved how inclusive it was thanks to the Filipino tradition of Primary and Secondary Wedding Sponsors. It gave us an opportunity to acknowledge those most important to us and formally include them in our special day.

 

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Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Set a maximum budget and adjust individual items’ budgets to fit within that budget. A single splurge may not seem like it will break the bank, but those individual purchases do add up.

 

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The Reception

“Our reception included many Bulgarian traditions, like the breaking of bread, the groom’s mother feeding us honey and salt to prepare for the ups and downs in life, and our bridesmaids and groomsman competing in a dance battle with professional Bulgarian dancers to win food in our honor! All of our friends and family also snaked around the entire reception room as they danced the horo together holding hands. It was great fun and there was never a dull moment!”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Our inspirations included colors we love, like orange, and things we treasure, such as the sailing flag and logo my husband created as part of his proposal.  In particular, our florist did such a beautiful job making our vision for the day come to life.

Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  We designed our own programs and menus using the “logo” my husband designed as part of his proposal. It’s on the sailing flag he made for the proposal, which the Corinthian Yacht Club allowed us to fly on their flag pole the day of our wedding.

 

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Menu: Salad: Tender Baby Spinach, Ripe Peaches, Goat Cheese and Candied Cashews with Passion Fruit Vinaigrette // Entrées: Grilled Australian Double Lamb Chops, Potato and Goat Cheese Gratin, and Sautéed Fresh Spinach with a Pinot Noir-Cherry Reduction / Pan Roasted Sea Bass with Saffron Risotto and Crisp Snap Peas with an Orange-Tarragon Butter Sauce / Vegetarian Portobello Mushroom and Polenta Tower with Smoked Mozzarella and Tomato Coulis

Catering by Corinthian Yacht Club.

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Fresh banana cake with cream cheese icing.

Cake by Icing on the Cake.

 

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What was your first dance song?
First dance: “Don’t Wait” by Mapai (acoustic)
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw

Reception Music from Dion Decibels.

 

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Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. Our maid of honor and best man delivered the most amazing speeches. My husband is infamous for a prank he pulled in graduate school where he convinced an entire class that it is tradition to throw paper airplanes during an important speaker’s speech.  To commemorate this, his best man played the prank on us by having all of our guests throw paper airplanes at us at the end of his speech.

 

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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Amazingly, no! Our day really was a reflection of our relationship and what is important to both of us. We were so blessed to have family and friends from all over the world travel to California to celebrate with us!

 

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Photography: Diana Marie / Church: Old St. Hilary’s in Tiburon, California / Reception Venue: Corinthian Yacht Club / Floral Design: La Fleuriste / Dress: Mikaella via Haute Bride / Shoes: Betsey Johnson / Suit, Shirt: Alton Lane / Tie: Neiman Marcus / Shoes: Hugo Boss / Accessories: Bloomingdale’s / Stationery: Minted / Hair: Eva Sayre, Crystal Newton, Purcelli Salon / Makeup: Crystal Newton, Purcelli Salon / Ceremony Music:  Teresa Yoder / Reception Music: Dion Decibels / Cake, Dessert: Icing on the Cake

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Every so often, we get a wedding where it’s impossible to choose one favorite image of their day. We found ourselves getting lost in every picture of Dawn and Lee’s joyful and musical celebration in the woods of Alabama. The couple wanted a destination wedding weekend where friends and family could come together and celebrate their marriage, and they knew Camp Skyline was the perfect location to do just that. If the groom rocking out on stage during the reception is any indication, then this was one heck of a party!

Photography by Dixie Pixel.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? Let go of all of the details and the stress the weekend of the wedding and try to just be present. We made it a priority to plan a wedding that helped us do that. Having a whole weekend at the summer camp with family and friends made it easy to see everyone and actually spend quality time with all of the people we love most in the world. Because our rehearsal was on Friday and the wedding was on Sunday (the wedding was over Labor Day weekend), we had a very relaxed Saturday to just take it all in and spend time with everyone. This also meant I got to take advantage of the camp water slide and play kickball, which was a big stress reliever.

 

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Dawn’s incredible vintage wedding dress is a family heirloom, and her custom veil was made using the original gown’s train. Her romantic bouquet was filled with garden roses, dahlias, and ranunculus in shades of peach and pink, accented with dusty miller and a sweet cascading ribbon.

Alterations, modifications and veil were made by Rodica Lazarian at Couture Bridal Design in Atlanta, GA.

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Decide early what aspects of the planning you care most about, focus on those, and then, if you are fortunate enough to have help, pass off the other duties. This will also help you later on, if things aren’t quite working out. If it’s one of the things you really care about, then it’s worth the effort to make it work. If it’s not, you can let it go. Focus your efforts on what will matter most to you.

 

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The Ceremony

“We both grew up visiting the Mentone area with our families. Lee would often stay at DeSoto State Park with his Mimi and Grandaddy. Lee’s Mimi also visited the area when she was a girl, as she had family there, and would tell stories about riding to the top of the mountain in a horse-drawn buggy. Some of my earliest memories are of sitting with my great-grandfather on the front porch of the Mentone Springs Hotel, which was built in 1884, but sadly, burned down a few years ago. With its beautiful scenery, rich Alabama history and ties to both of our families, it seemed like the perfect place to get away and celebrate with everyone. Because the hotel I had originally envisioned was now gone, we had to get a little creative with finding a venue to accommodate not only the size of our wedding, but also one that reflected the charm of Mentone. We wanted the wedding, really the whole weekend, to feel magical. We wanted our guests to feel somewhat removed from the every day and immersed in natural beauty of their surroundings. We also wanted to spend as much time as possible with all of the friends and family that would be coming.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Intimate, relaxed, natural.

How did you go about planning your ceremony? We were very lucky to have an officiant who really understood us and how to make the ceremony reflect our relationship. He guided us through the planning and was such a wonderful presence. For the most part, we followed his template, adjusting it to reflect our vision of how we wanted the ceremony to go.

 

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What was your ceremony music? Because Lee is a musician, the music for the ceremony – and really the whole weekend – was important. The music we chose for the ceremony was mostly traditional hymns that were favorites of Lee’s maternal grandparents, both of whom sang in and led church choirs most of their lives. All the music was played on guitar by two of Lee’s best friends. I chose a favorite love song by the band Big Star to walk down the aisle.

Seating of the Mothers: “I’d Rather Have Jesus” by Rhea F. Miller
Wedding Party Processional: “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” words by Robert Robinson and music by John Wyeth
Bridal Processional: “Thirteen” by Chris Bell and Alex Chilton
Hymn: “Just As I Am” words by Charlotte Elliott and music by William B. Bradbury

 

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Who officiated your ceremony? Rev. Matt Nelson was the minister at the neighborhood church we attended. He and Lee had developed a close friendship soon after Lee moved to Atlanta. He was our first choice—we couldn’t imagine anyone else filling the role.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? We kept things pretty simple. My Uncle, my mom’s brother, gave me away. Both of our nieces and nephew were the flower girls and ring bearer. Lee’s father was his Best Man, as his Grandaddy was his father’s Best Man. I think most of the more personal touches of the ceremony were expressed through the decor and music.

 

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What were your ceremony readings? An excerpt from C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity and 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, 13.

What were your vows like? We both liked the pretty traditional Protestant service with a few minor changes to the language. There was something special about saying vows that are the same promises generations before you have made.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? I loved how intimate it felt. Even with 250 people, the arrangement of the outdoor chapel was such that everyone felt very close. I remember standing up there and looking out at the faces of all the people that love and support us. Also, because we were outside with music played by close friends on guitars, everything felt very sweet, very sincere, and without a lot of pomp.

 

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The Reception

“I’m an architect, therefore my main focus when looking at venues for the wedding and reception was the buildings. I wanted the venue to be simple and beautiful on its own and to reflect the history of the place. The summer camp we chose has been in operation since 1947, and some of the buildings date back even before that. The hall where we had the reception was in one of these. It was probably one of the reasons we chose this camp over another. With the rustic stonework on the front facade, high ceiling and heavy timber, it was exactly what I envisioned—rustic, historic and unique.”

 

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How would you describe your reception? Youthful, nostalgic…a raging party!
The reception felt really unique and was such a mashup of our personalities. It was in the open air gym where the summer camp has their square dances so there was an inherent feeling of youth. I loved that the building was open to the beautiful landscape and was built with rough-saw heavy timber from the surrounding area. With all the flowers and decor, it felt really whimsical and nostalgic. Also, we encouraged people to bring their children to the wedding and to stay at the summer camp. Therefore, we ended up with over 40 kids there. It was awesome to see all of the kids playing together and dancing. The band was made up of buddies of the groom, but with a slew of musical guests—friends, current band mates and former band mates of the groom—just about anyone who played, including the groom, ended up onstage at some point. It was a wild, rock-n-roll-summer-camp-shindig complete with stage diving.

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I was really inspired by the history of the area where we got married. In the 1930s and 1940s, people would vacation and have religious revivals there. Lee’s brother found some historic photographs from that time period, one of which we used as the envelope liner for our save the date. I loved the idea of our guests spending a weekend with us immersed in the place. It really brought our families together in a special way and created special memories for ourselves and our guests.

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? Yes! My sister, the matron of honor, went above and beyond! She and her husband built many of the focal pieces for the wedding including the chandelier in the reception, the flower backdrop behind the altar, and the doors to make the entrance to the ceremony space. She also arranged all the flowers and and greenery for the ceremony. Additionally, my niece and mom pulled together the family photos and chalkboard that told the story of my ceremony dress.

 

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Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? My Grandmother, my mom’s mother, is Slovenian and grew up in the upper peninsula of Michigan (The U.P.) in a small town that was largely Slovenian and Finnish emigrants immigrants. Polka music was what they played at all of their dances and still do. My family visits The U.P. every few years over 4th of July for the annual Polka dance in the town hall. So, I grew up polkaing, and that was the first dance I ever went to. And, probably what I compare every party to. It was really fun to do at the wedding and all of my mom’s family joined in. It was also pretty funny to see the confused faces of other guests.

Cake and dessert by Barb’s Cakes.

 

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What was your first dance song? Other special songs? We danced to “Bring it on Home” by Sam Cooke. Lee and his mother danced to the Bob Dylan song, “Times They Are A ‘Changin.” My mom and I polka danced to a traditional Polka song.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? All the dancing. There were some choice songs that Lee and I had a lot of fun dancing to, but watching all the kids on stage rocking out was really great. I think for some of the younger ones, this might have been their first rock show, which makes me proud.

 

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Dawn changed into a Maggie Sottero gown for the reception and pulled her hair back with a vintage, art deco hair comb.

Dress from Diane’s Formal Wear in Jasper, Alabama.

 

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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?
You can always think of something you wish was a little different, but my husband always holds me to how I answered that question the day after the wedding. “I think it was perfect. I can’t think of anything I would change, not a thing. . .”

 

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Photography: Dixie Pixel / Venue: Camp Skyline in Mentone, Alabama / Event Planning & Design, Stationery: Marieé Ami / Floral Design: Rosegolden Flowers / Ceremony Dress: Family Heirloom / Reception Dress: Maggie Sottero via Diane’s Formal Affair / Veil: Rodica Lazarian with lace from the heirloom gown’s train / Jewelry: Bride’s Mother’s Pearl Earrings / Suit, Shirt, Tie, Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew/ Letterpress Printing: Kempis Press / Calligraphy: Jaimie Kopf / Hair, Makeup: Abby Moorer / Ceremony Music: Bagby Hall & Daniel Simpson / Reception Music: Jody Nelson, Keelan Parrish, Heath Green and Jason Lucia / Catering: Shindigs Birmingham / Cake, Dessert: Barb’s Cakes

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Autumn in New York is always a good idea and the season was just getting started for Desiree and Mark’s late September wedding at the historical Basilica Hudson. The romantic celebration filled with deep reds florals, a fresh seasonal menu and wines, and the beautiful Catskill mountains as a stunning backdrop made this personal celebration extra special.

Photography by Casey Fatchett.

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Make sure you are both involved and that it reflects your relationship. It’s fun to throw a big party, and the more you make it about what makes you happy, the better it will be.

 

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The Ceremony

“The Hudson Valley has been an integral part of us since we began dating. We love the organic, locally focused atmosphere, all set against the beautiful Catskill mountains.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Organic, foliage, joyous

Tell us about your ceremony decor.  The venue was a raw industrial space, and we brought a Brooklyn florist who sourced local autumn flowers to build a flower wall as the ceremony backdrop.

 

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What was your ceremony music? 
Wedding party processional: “Canon in D”
Bride processional: “Bach Cello Suite 1”
Recessional: “Hornpipe Water Music”

 

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Who officiated your ceremony? Our family friend and pastor Scott Jones.

 

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What were your vows like? We wanted a traditional set of vows, with a blessing inspired by words from the Archbishop of Canterbury.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? The flower wall was a gorgeous backdrop for an intimate ceremony, and took our breath away. Having quartet perform live perfectly set the atmosphere as guests sipped Vinho Verde.

Floral Design by Ariel Dearie Flowers.

 

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Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? From the groom: Seeing each other for the very first time as Desiree walked down the aisle was spectacular. From the bride: The look on Mark’s face captured the pure emotion of the day.

 

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The Reception

“We wanted the reception to feel like a big dinner party. We set long wooden farm tables with local foliage and brass candlesticks. Family style appetizers were followed by plated local specialities. Alongside the wedding cake were pastries loaded with summer berries. A lighting designer helped us showcase the vines hanging from the chandelier over the dance floor, and rafters in the 19th century factory. The 10-piece band kept people on the dance floor from the minute the doors opened through the last cocktails.”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your reception ? We wanted a blank canvas to work with and a location without any curfew. It was the only venue we looked at, and knew as soon as we walked in.

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The bounty of the local region, with its farms, hills and rivers. We love the refined rustic character of the Hudson Valley, but also how accessible it was. Guests could come from the city without cars, and the whole town is walkable. With so many restaurants, inns, and stores, it was an easy place to spend a great weekend.

 

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What was your wedding menu? We worked with a local restaurant to design a menu around regional specialities and incorporate all the fresh berries and greens from the end of summer. It’s impossible to have a bad time with great food. After the ceremony we started with tuna tartare, lamb chops and beet fritters to pair with a Pimms Cup. The appetizers were kale salad and medley of local roasted vegetables. For the main course, guests had a choice of Hudson Valley duck or a local bluefish with a corn and chorizo salsa. The wine pairings were from the Loire Valley and Bordeaux.

Catering by Swoon Kitchenbar.

Did you have a signature cocktail? We had a Pimms Cup for the cocktail hour, and wine pairings for each course.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We had a lemon custard filled wedding cake with natural flower garnishes, alongside apple and strawberry tarts.

Wedding Cake by Cafe le Perche.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Sitting down at our table for the very first time was surreal. We looked across the overflowing brass vases and urns of flowers at our maid of honor and best man with a merry electricity of food and drink all around us. The candlesticks were flickering and a dull glow had set in just after sunset. We toasted and were able to share our favorite thing with so many family and friends.

 

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What was your first dance song? “These Are The Days” by Van Morrison

Reception music performed by Naked Soul.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? I wouldn’t stress about planning specific details far in advance. Good vendors know how to make everything fall into place together when the day arrives.

 

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Photographer: Casey Fatchett / Venue: Basilica Hudson in Hudson, New York / Wedding Coordinator: Elisabeth Sara Events / Wedding Dress: Marchesa / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Groom’s Attire: Armani / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Hair, Makeup: MG Hair and Makeup / Hair Accessories: Sara Gabriel / Rings: Brilliant Earth, Greenwich Jewelers / Stationery, Day of Signage: Katie Fischer Design / Calligraphy: Paperfinger / Floral Design: Ariel Dearie Flowers / Wedding Cake: Cafe le Perche / Catering: Swoon Kitchenbar / Wine: Hudson Wine Merchants / Band: Naked Soul / Lighting: Stortz Lighting / Rentals: Mahaiwe Tent

 

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Brian and Chad couldn’t wait to begin planning their big day the moment Prop 8 was overturned by the Supreme Court, and they celebrated their modern and masculine wedding at a private studio in Los Angeles. We especially love the deep red floral arrangements (a gorgeous accent to the sleek gray and white space), the unique acrylic escort cards and menus, and not to mention these two very stylish grooms.

Photos by Steve Steinhardt.

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Brian and Chad were the definition of dapper in their matching jackets.

Suits by Tom Ford.

 

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The ceremony and reception took place in the same location, making it easy for the newlyweds and their guests to continue the celebration without interruption.

 

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Escort cards were printed on clear acrylic and hung with fishing line. What a lovely and unexpected effect they have all hanging together!

 

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Guests sipped on beautiful cocktails, like this one garnished with a red chili pepper, created by Pharmacie LA.

 

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We love the modern transparent menus presented on the tables. Such an unexpected graphic detail.

Catering by Room Forty.

 

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The stunning white wedding cake was decorated with deep red dahlias. Guests were treated to a sweet surprise when the cake was cut: 6 rainbow-hued layers!

Cake by Charm City Cakes.

 

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Photography: Steve Steinhardt / Venue: private venue in Los Angeles, California / Event Planning & Design: Beth Helmstetter / Rentals: Town and Country, Classic Party Rentals / Lighting & Production: Barker Decor Services / Catering: Room Forty / Bar Service: Pharmacie LA / DJ: Freddie Bain / Cake: Charm City Cakes / Floral Design: Holly Flora / Jazz Band: Nick Amado / Linens: La Tavola / Suits: Tom Ford

Beth Helmstetter and La Tavola are Snippet & Ink Select vendors. 

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