To send you into the Valentine’s Day weekend, we have two gorgeous, snowy winter weddings to share with you today, starting with Pearl and Calvin’s celebration held against the dramatic glacial backdrop of Banff. And be sure to check back in a little bit for another winter wedding feature, in red and pink!

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Tell us about your unique wedding crown.  I looked for months for an antique wax crown to wear and came across the most beautiful crown on Gossamer. This was one of the things I cherished the most and hopefully will be able to pass it down!

 

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We chose to have our wedding in the town of Canmore, Alberta. I grew up in Calgary, and spent many summers and winters hiking and snowboarding in the mountains around the Canmore/Banff area, so we chose this cozy, friendly mountain town for our winter wedding. Many of our guests had never been to Canada so we wanted to give them the real Canadian experience! The Canmore Nordic Centre was one of the venues for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.  We loved how historic this place was and fell in love with the wooden beams and huge windows facing the mountains.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  My now husband always reminded me that we were preparing for a marriage, not for a wedding.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Remember that it’s about the commitment you are making to each other so if not all the details work out, don’t worry!  At the end of the day, you’ll still be marrying the one you love!

 

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The Ceremony

“We wanted our ceremony to be a celebration of the journey it took given that we had dated long distance for 5 and a half years. Family and friends were instrumental in supporting us through those tough years of long distance – reminding us of God’s faithfulness and provision for the two of us when we doubted if we would ever end up in the same city. We really wanted the ceremony to be a reflection of what marriage meant to us so the processional songs and the foot washing were elements that were important to us.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Christ-centered, intimate, rustic.

Who officiated your ceremony?  Our pastor from our home church flew all the way from Toronto to officiate our wedding. He and his wife have prayed for us and encouraged us during our relationship.

What was your ceremony music?  The ceremony music was very near and dear to our hearts. For our processional we played “Your Love is Strong” by Jon Foreman (lead singer for Switchfoot). It is the Lord’s Prayer with a few added lyrics. One of my favorite lines is “I walk to the meadow and stare at the flowers, better dressed than any girl on her wedding day.” I love how this reflects that the Creator of this Universe has so beautifully dressed even the flowers, reminding us of how much more He will provide for us! We chose two of our favorite hymns to sing and were so thankful to have 4 of our friends from the bridal party lead the worship portion of our ceremony. “Ho Hey” by the Lumineers was the song Calvin sang to me before he proposed, and we chose it for our recessional.

 

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What was your ceremony reading?  Ephesians 5:21-30

What were your vows like?  We wrote our own vows but decided the week before the ceremony that we wanted to say them privately to each after the wedding. It was such a nice, intimate moment that we got to share after the wedding – we would highly recommend this for other couples!

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  We didn’t do a first look prior to the ceremony so the most meaningful moment for me was when I walked down the aisle.  My eyes were filled with tears of joy that after the long journey of long distance, we were finally here at the altar. We played “O Come Let us Adore Him” by Shane & Shane, which has the simplest yet most meaningful lyrics. In the very last verse it says “We’ll Give Him All the Glory.” Our pastor started singing the words and we all followed suit and it brought us and many of our friends to tears.

 

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The Reception

“We wanted something simple and laid back because Calvin and I both get nervous when we are the center of attention! We had a lunch reception at Iron Goat Pub and Grill, located on a hilltop facing the Three Sisters mountains. It is such a beautiful space with high ceilings, wood beams, and large windows facing the mountains. It was such a beautiful restaurant that we didn’t have to decorate it at all. We had the entire place to ourselves so it was very intimate. We wanted to have a relaxed atmosphere where guests could mingle and come and go as they pleased.”

 

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What was your first dance song?  Our first dance song was Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” Two of our very gifted groomsmen sang and played this song for us. We danced the first verse and chorus and then danced with our parents and everyone joined at the end.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  My friend made our wedding cake, which was a vanilla mango curd cake with buttercream. This was the first wedding cake she has ever made and it was beautiful! My cousin also owns a macaron business so she made matcha green tea and earl grey vanilla macarons for us.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  Make sure you ask someone to save you a piece of your wedding cake/dessert! We were too busy to eat! All our guests were raving about the food and we hardly got to enjoy it – we had to go back to the restaurant on a date after our wedding!

 

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Photography: Nina and Wes / Venue: Day Lodge at Canmore Nordic Centre in Canmore, Alberta, Canada / Catering, Reception: Goat Pub and Grill / Officiant: Dan MacDonald / Dress: Reem Acra via PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com / Shoes: Kate Spade via Nordstrom Rack / Veil: Crowning Glory Designs / Wedding band, Gold Bangle: Studio 1098 / Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS, Ruche, H&M, Jacob, BHLDN / Suit: Hugo Boss / Bow Tie: J.Crew / Shoes: Nordstrom Rack / Cufflinks: Massimo Dutti / Groomsmen Bow Tie and Suspenders: H&M / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Hair: SimplyMe Canmore / Makeup: Joelle Chan / Antique Wax Crown: Gossamer
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  • Winter Wedding at Canmore Nordic Centre by Nina & Wes

    12 February 2015
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    I’m not sure what I love most about this Atlanta DIY wedding… the bride’s totally unique style, the three-tier naked cake (in three different flavors!), the staircase ceremony entrance… there’s just so much inspiration here! Read on for all the details…

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    The Ceremony

    “We had initially planned on having the ceremony outside, on a lawn in front of the house, however, when rain threatened, we moved the ceremony inside. At the time, I was a little disappointed, but it honestly worked out better – the wedding party walked down the staircase behind our seated friends and family. Waiting at the top of those stairs, with my dad and close friends – and hearing the start of the processional music: that was the first time it all felt real.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Bespoke, Intimate, Honest.

    How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  We took the ideas behind each of the elements of a traditional ceremony, but customized the details to our taste. We also need to publicly thank Google Docs and “Wedding Planning for Dummies” for making the process easy and effective.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  One of the first decisions that we made in this whole process was choosing our friend Lacey to be the officiant, and that really set the tone for the ceremony. She kept everything short and sweet, but in between the necessities, she read pieces from our favorite poets and spoke to our true natures. Allen and I both know her separately, but all three of us have grown close over the years. She read a poem from Rainer Marie Rilke during the ceremony.

    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  We kept the ceremony pretty short and sweet, but I wore my great grandmother’s handkerchief (the one she wore in her sleeve when she walked down the aisle) on my waist and Allen wore his grandfather’s pocket square.

    What was your ceremony music?  In keeping with the rhythm and the grandiosity of the wedding march, we walked to “Hengilas” by Jonsi (even now, after pulling it up on Spotify, it fills my chest with love). We were unable to procure young children for flower girl/ring bearer roles, so we asked two of our recently engaged friends, Walter and Leigh, to be our record bearers. They walked out first, Walter with the portable record player and Leigh with the processional and walk-out records. (We rolled up our hipster sleeves for this one). Immediately after the ceremony, we walked out to Three Dog Night’s “Joy To the World.” Everybody was cheering and clapping. It was joyous.

     

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    What were your vows like?  We each wrote our own. Allen wrote a beautiful dedication that brought everyone to cheery tears. I, frankly, winged it, and blustered my committed love – it warranted some teary chuckles.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  I was at the top of the stairs about to walk down on my dad’s arm – I had been running around all day (the curse of the DIY wedding), and I was thinking about this and that, and I mentally had just been going through the list, crossing things off, making sure everything was where it needed to be – and I finally just stopped. I heard those first few chords of the processional song, and I heard the chairs shuffle as our guests stood up. My heart was filled with love and excitement.

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  It was beautiful and perfect for us. Even the most stodgy and religiously strict distant relatives complimented the ceremony, claiming it was very ‘us.’ That was the highest of compliments.

     

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    Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  I wore my great grandmother’s handkerchief (the one she wore in her sleeve when she walked down the aisle) on my waist and Allen wore his grandfather’s pocket square. To honor my late grandmother and partaking in the Italian Pittsburgh tradition, we had a cookie table and invited our guests to bring a batch of their favorites.

     

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    The Reception

    “I’d describe our reception as an effortlessly elegant garden party which apparently took a turn towards A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It was my mom who said it best: it was a magical world that sprung up just for us and we were privileged to celebrate our marriage in such a beautiful space. Callanwolde is a beautiful, historic estate that now primarily serves as a community center. It’s also located right down the street from where we lived!”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The landscapes of Dutch garden designer Piet Odoulf. The history of the space – it had been a courtyard, but had been covered, and we wanted to bring the garden back in. Scandinavian modernism (simple geometries, untreated wood, found natural elements, organic textures and patterns). The wedding of blogger Diana Moss.

    What was your first dance song?  Our first dance was to “At Last” by Etta James and transitioned into “Wild Thing” by The Troggs, at which point our guests joined in.

    Did you have a signature cocktail?  We had two! Sunset Whiskey Punch (bourbon, dry vermouth, lemon juice, simple syrup, ginger beer) and Herb Garden G+T (a gin and tonic with lavender sage honey syrup).

     

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    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  We had lots of DIY details! To name just a few… Allen built the ceremony arbor out of red cedar, and we designed and made the garland backdrop together. I designed the invitation and save the dates, and worked with Ancesserie letterpress shop for printing and assembling. We made the table markers and seating board, and Allen planted the seedlings.

     

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    What did you serve for dessert?  Italian Pittsburghers will know that you must always have a cookie table at any celebration. Traditionally, everybody brings a batch of cookies to a wedding, funeral, party, birthday, etc. To honor the bride’s late grandmother, we continued the tradition of the cookie table at our wedding, as well as a beautiful cake from Sugar and Slate. Each layer of the cake was a different flavor: rosemary with buttercream icing, strawberry with lemon curd, and lavender with strawberry buttercream.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  We received a ton of advice, and honestly, we didn’t take a lot of it. Everybody has an idea of how it should be, and sometime it will align with your thoughts, but other times it won’t. Wisely pick and choose who and what you listen to.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Take everything with a grain of salt. Pick vendors that you trust, and then trust them to do their job! Be simple, be systematic – one or two good aesthetic guidelines early on can make decisions for you later on.

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  Include Frodo and Dino, our pup and cat.

     

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    Photography: Amber Fouts, Our Labor of Love / Venue: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia / Event Planning & Design, Catering: Sun In My Belly / Dress: “Kensington” by Carol Hannah via The Sentimentalist Atlanta / Shoes: Anthropologie / Earrings: Tiffany / Man of Honor Tie: The Hillside / Suit: J Crew / Shoes: Alden / Tie: Frank & Oak / Letterpress Printing: Ancesserie / Floral Design: Bride and family designed, purchased via Your Dekalb Farmers Market / Hair, Makeup: Jennifer Nieman / Rentals: Blue Eyed Yonder, Sun In My Belly  / Reception Music: Emerald Empire Band / Cake: Sugar + Slate / Photobooth: Robot Booth / Bride’s Ring: Praxis Jewelers / Groom’s Ring: Arketipo Jewelers / Engagement Ring: Erstwhile Jewelers
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    10 February 2015
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    You’d never know from the photos that this elegant Georgetown wedding took place on the hottest day of the year! Says bride, Ashley: “We planned a September wedding because September always has the perfect weather! Well, after a mild summer, the weather started to get a little crazy and we ended up getting married on the hottest day of the year. I think we broke records with 100+ degrees and insane humidity. By the time dancing came around, I was a little hot, and if I could redo one thing, I would have changed into a shorter dress for the late night dancing. But honestly, that’s it. Everything else was absolutely perfect.”

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received as a bride was to take a moment during the day and step aside with my new husband. Just us. No photographers or videographers. We loved that moment alone while we reflected on what just happened. We were finally married! // Another friend had recommended that Alejandro and I go on one last date the week before our wedding, but there were two rules. No phones. No wedding talk. We went on a brunch date to one of our favorite restaurants and it was absolutely perfect. I would definitely recommend all brides and grooms go on one last date as an engaged couple.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Alejandro and I had an 18-month engagement and I was super eager to get the majority of the planning done early. While there are definitely pros and cons to planning early, my hard work up front paid off because the last month before our wedding I had nothing on my plate. We were also very fortunate to have the lovely ladies of Simply Chic Events by our side every step of the way. So if I had any advice, I would say plan early so you can enjoy your last weeks of being engaged and if you are fortunate to allocate money from your budget towards a wedding planner, it was the best investment of our day!

     

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    Tell us about your welcome bags.  My “Mama” (grandma) made about 50 batches of her famous baked Chex mix, which was a huge hit! We also included mini bottles of San Pellegrino and mini peanut butter cups.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “We knew we wanted to have a Catholic ceremony, but we also wanted to have an intimate ceremony. We chose the Chapel of St. Ignatius because of its intimate size and timeless feel. Walking down the aisle in a large cathedral didn’t fit our vision of the day, however, standing in the middle of all our family and best friends in an 80-seat chapel as we confessed our love for each other felt perfect. It was perfect.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Genuine, intimate, loving.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  Growing up, Alejandro went to a Catholic school in D.C., and one of his classmates and friends became a priest. We knew immediately that we wanted Father Charlie to marry us! It was so special to have someone important to Alejandro and his family preside over our ceremony.

    What was your ceremony music?
    Wedding party processional: Arioso, J.S. Bach
    Bride processional: Canon in D, J. Pachelbel
    Hymn: Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
    Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, Give the Glory
    Recessional: Hornpipe, G.F. Handel

    What were your ceremony readings?  Our readings included one from the Old Testimate, Sirach 26: 1-4, 13-16, and one from the New Testimate, 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:8a. Our gospel reading was Mark 10:6-9.

    What were your vows like?  In a Catholic ceremony, there are specific guidelines on the structure of the ceremony, including the vows. However, to keep the personal details present during our ceremony, we included our own vows to each other in our program.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  My favorite thing about the wedding ceremony was standing in the middle of all of our guests. Unlike a traditional church, our chapel had the chairs set up in a u-shape with us directly in the middle. There is no way to describe the love and joy we felt seeing all of our friends and families surround us and look at us with so much love and support.

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  Our ceremony was unplugged. We encouraged our guests to put cell phones and cameras away. It was important to us to keep the ceremony timeless, so we didn’t want an iPhone 5 (already extinct) to show up in our photos that we want around for years to come. There are so few moments in our lives these days where we aren’t distracted by a text or social media, so it is kind of cool to know that for 45 minutes our nearest and dearest were focused on our love for each other. // We intentionally kept our wedding party small. The groomsmen were Alejandro’s brothers and the bridesmaids were my sister and best friends, as well as Alejandro’s two little sisters. We love that our wedding party was essentially our family. We included a few very close friends as readers and ushers.

     

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    The Reception

    “In the beginning our inspiration for the reception was ‘Rustic Pretty’ then ‘Parisian Garden’ – even ‘Tuscan Chic’ had been thrown around. But in the end, I don’t feel like our wedding had a theme; all of our details fell into place organically as a reflection of who we are as a couple and the things we love most. Our guests still comment on how they could see us reflected through each detail of the day. Some of our favorite details from the reception include the handmade walnut cheeseboards that my father made for the cheese course, a craft beer bar with handpicked beers from some of our favorite states, and a champagne greeting served on heirloom silver trays. One of our favorite moments from the reception was walking into cocktail hour in the garden and being surrounded by the 100 most important people in our lives. During the planning process I had visualized what the space would look like with our pretty linens, florals, and design details, however, I never could have imagined how perfect it would be when you added 100 wonderful people from the many different facets of our lives.”

     

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    Three Four words that describe your reception: Perfect, personal, timeless, heartfelt.

    Why did you choose this location for your reception?  We already knew we wanted to get married in the DC/Virginia area where Alejandro is from. After meeting with potential wedding planners, we drove by The Dumbarton House that one of the planners mentioned when I described my dream venue as an old, historic home with gardens. When we got out and walked through the garden, Alejandro’s eyes lit up. It was the first time I saw him really excited about the wedding details. We never looked at any other location – we were hooked. We love that we found our space in the historic, quaint neighborhood of Georgetown. It was a city wedding without the big city feeling.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Our relationship inspired us throughout the entire planning process. On our first date, we ordered a cheese board, so we knew we had to have a cheese course at the wedding. During our time together, we had both acquired a love for all things spicy (especially jalapeños), so we served Tipsy Jalapeños as one of our signature cocktails. We love, love ice cream, so it was important that we serve our favorite, Jeni’s Ice Cream. I guess we were inspired by food? We love food!

    What was your wedding menu?  Our menu was AMAZING! Actually, both Alejandro and I wish we could go back to our wedding as guests so we would have time to eat and enjoy the food.

    Passed Hors d’Oeuvres: Maryland Crab Cake with Avocado Salsa / Mediterranean Lamb Sliders / Chorizo Flatbread / Tomato Mozzarella Kabobs / and Roasted Peewee Potatoes // Cheese Course: Herbed Goat Cheese, Brie, Saint André, and Morbier served with Candied Walnuts, Red Grapes, Crackers, Tiptree Honey, and Rosemary // Main Course: Pan Roasted Diver Scallop with Lump Maryland Crab Cake / Petite Black Angus Filet

    Did you have a signature cocktail?  Our guests were greeted with glasses of champagne and during cocktail hour we served two signature cocktails, a greyhound & a tipsy jalapeno [served on heirloom silver trays]. We also had a craft beer bar with four handpicked beers from our favorite states: Fat Tire, Allagash White, Victory Prima, and Lagunitas IPA.

     

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    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We had a gorgeous Maggie Austin cake with two flavors, Pear Cake with Blackberry and White Chocolate Buttercream and Dutch Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream. Our cake was so yummy that we ate our anniversary tier the morning after our wedding. We both woke up hungry and we thought to ourselves, we have two options. One, we could take our anniversary cake home to live in our crappy NYC freezer for a year, or we could enjoy it fresh, right now. So that’s what we did and we don’t regret it at all. // We also served ice cream that we flew in from Jeni’s in Ohio (my home state and our favorite ice cream, ever). Mini cones of Salty Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Goat Cheese with Red Cherries, and Buckeye State ice cream were passed during dancing toward the end of the night.

    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  My dad handmade 100 walnut cheeseboards for the cheese course and branded each one with a custom monogram using a hand held branding iron. Each guest was able to take home his or her cheeseboard at the end of the night.

     

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    Any special songs?  Our first dance song was Kenny Chesney, “Me and You.” The lyrics were perfect for us. We had picked a song that we liked for a joint father/daughter and mother/son dance, but the week before the wedding my dad called me and told me about a song he heard that reminded him of me and asked if we could dance to it at the wedding. Since my dad hardly asks anything of me, I surprised him by changing the song last minute and playing his choice, “Child of Mine” by Anne Murray! He was so happy!

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  At the last minute, the best man (Alejandro’s older brother) could not be at our wedding; however, he recorded and sent in the most heartfelt, sincere wedding speech all the way from Australia. It was a huge surprise to us and moved every guest to tears (happy tears).

     

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    Photography: Kate Headley / Event Planning & Design: Jamie Sears and Kate Harlan at Simply Chic Events / Venue: The Dumbarton House in Washington, DC / Church: The Chapel at St. Ignatius at Holy Trinity / Officiant: Father Charlie Gallagher / Dress: Custom Carol Hannah Gown / Shoes: BHLDN / Jewelry: Ben Amun / Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna August Ceremony Collection / Suit, Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic Monogram Collection Suit / Tie: Burberry / Shoes: Ferragamo / Stationery: Holly Hollon / Calligraphy: Paper Tangent / Floral Design: Southern Blooms / Hair: Amanda Huff / Makeup: Leah Margosis / Linens: La Tavola Linens / Gold Flatware: Ultrapom / Rentals: Party Rentals LTD, DC Rentals / Tent: Sugarplum Tent Company / Reception Music: DJ Dan Goldman; Palm Strings / Catering: Windows Catering Company / Cake: Maggie Austin Cake / Transportation: MJ Valet, Regal Limousine / Videography: Toast Wedding Films / Bridal Suite: Martha Jefferson Suite at The Jefferson Hotel / Rehearsal Dinner: 1789

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    9 February 2015
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    1920’s style, hometown venue, rad retro getaway car… lots to love about this sweet and simple Ohio wedding!

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    “Shawn and I grew up together in Wapakoneta, Ohio. We dated through out high school and parted ways after I graduated. We both wound up moving to Columbus, Ohio and have been together ever since, and we returned home to Wapakoneta to tie the knot! My mother was my right hand man in planning – I couldn’t have done it without her. Every time I came home to visit, she’d have appointment after appointment set up.”

     

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    The Ceremony

    “Our ceremony was held at First United Methodist because of my family’s involvement there. My grandmother was the Choir Director for 30 years and my father still sings in the choir there. It meant a lot to me to say my vows in that church.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Short, sweet, and meaningful.

    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  Shawn and I were really passionate about keeping our ceremony simple, so we opted out of the unity candle and other traditions of that sort. We did have his mother sing some songs before the ceremony, which was very special, and that walk down the aisle with my father is one I’ll never forget.

    What was your ceremony music?  As lovers of show tunes, we chose “One Hand, One Heart” from West Side Story for the mothers’ processional.

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  My favorite thing about the ceremony was that feeling I had when I walked in the door. I looked around and saw nothing but faces – everyone was there to celebrate with Shawn and me. It was so moving and powerful.

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  Shawn was so nervous he was swaying back and forth the entire time. In junior high, he locked his knees during a choir concert and passed out; he later confessed he was terrified of that happening during our ceremony, hence the swaying.

     

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    Did you include any fun traditions in your wedding?  We took our first ride around the block as husband and wife the same way my parents did – in our family friend’s Model A. My dad and the owner got the car running the week before the wedding.

     

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    The Reception

    “We had a soft 1920s themed reception. Lots of feathers, pearls and beading everywhere. It was gorgeous! Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby came out around the time we became engaged, and the costuming, makeup and hair was definitely a huge inspiration when planning our wedding.”

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  My dad’s speech at the reception is something I will never forget. He fake-consumed half a bottle of whiskey (actually soda) to show the groomsmen how it was done. He basically fooled everybody in that room -months later, people still don’t believe me that it was just soda.

    What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance?  Shawn and I danced to Elvis’s “I Can’t Help Falling In Love” and my father and I danced to The Beatles rendition of “Take Good Care of My Baby.”

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received came from my friend Kari: She told me to stop often and look around me. It’s not often that you have that group of people together in a room to celebrate you!

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  DATE NIGHT! It can be so chaotic and easy to get lost in the madness. Take time to turn that off and focus on the two of you.

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  If you’d asked me during the planning of the wedding, I would have advised future brides to elope. But after everything, I’d do it all over again. It was worth all the preparation and stress.

     

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    Photography: Miss Alysse Wedding Photography / Venue: The Grand Plaza in Toledo, Ohio / Church: First United Methodist Church of Wapakoneta / Event Planning & Design: Deb Regula / Officiant: Kim Sieberling / Dress: Allure Bridals / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell / Headpiece: BHLDN / Bridesmaid Dresses: Pissaro Nights / Suit, Tie, Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein / Shoes: H&M  / Floral Design: Village Green Floral and Garden Center / Hair: Heather Krol / Makeup: Mary Moore / Soloist: Jody Coil / Pianist: Mrs. Schneider / DJ: Charles Erickson / Catering: Ann Ross Catering / Cake, Dessert: Beth Brookhart
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  • 1920s Inspired Wedding in Toledo, Ohio by Alysse Gafkjen

    5 February 2015
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    I adore Garden Pavilion, and Katie and Dave’s beautiful October wedding will show you exactly why… that beautiful house with a big front porch, the walk down the aisle and over a little bridge… add gorgeous florals and an incredibly thoughtful bride and groom, and you’ve got the makings of a spectacular wedding celebration.

    SEE THE GALLERY FOR MORE IMAGES FROM THIS ROMANTIC GARDEN PAVILION WEDDING FROM LYNETTE BOYLE.

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We are both from the East Coast but have lived in California for the past few years and felt that Sonoma would be a beautiful place for our friends and family to come out to in the fall. The Garden Pavilion was the first and only venue we visited! We had the entire wedding there, as well as the Sunday brunch. It feels like a secret garden and has all sorts of spaces filled with incredible old provencal decor and furniture. There are vineyards and palm trees, huge flowering stalks and flat lawns. There’s even a little pool! Having your wedding there gives you the full run of the place from Friday through Sunday, and some of our wedding party even stayed in the big house on the grounds. We extended our own stay from Thursday through Monday, and it was such a treat to settle in to this wonderful spot for so many days, almost like a pre-honeymoon.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “Dave is Jewish and I am Catholic and we wanted to include elements of both traditions but not be restricted by either. I am a writer and in hindsight I realize that my planning of the ceremony very much reflected the way I typically work on a story. There was research and rabbit holes and reading all 200 comments on every marginally relevant blog post… there was a long period in which I was paralyzed by choices and crippled with indecision… and there was the deadline-day clarity that came with waking up really early, finding a quiet spot with a pretty view, and putting together all the pieces that I’d been collecting along the way. Then celebrating with a glass of wine!”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Spirited, inclusive, bright.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  I’ll never forget my friend Andrew Krucoff’s face when I asked if he’d be willing to officiate our wedding — it was a look of complete terror. I thought there was no chance he’d agree to do it. But he had been the first person that came to mind for Dave and I when we talked about having a mutual friend officiate. Some of our favorite New York memories had taken place at Friday night Shabbat dinners at his apartment and we wanted that raucously inclusive spirit to be part of our wedding day. Eventually I pestered him about it enough, he relented, he fretted, and then he went and knocked it out of the park. (My personal favorite moment was his closing line: “Now smash the patriarchy and kiss the bride!”)

    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  It was important to my mom that we have a passage from the Bible in our ceremony, so we included an Old Testament reading. (It included the line “flowers appear on the earth / the time of singing has come” which suited our wedding well and were also part of a song that I remember singing at church.) We all loved the Jewish tradition of both the bride and groom walking down the aisle with both of their parents, so we incorporated that. The resulting memories and photos are some of my favorites. We also did the Jewish breaking of the glass, but more on that in a moment…

    What was your ceremony music?  We had a bluegrass duet who played Ashokan Farewell for most of the processional, Canon in D for my walk down the aisle, and Up on Cripple Creek at the end. They also played throughout the cocktail reception. But the absolute stars of the show were my gorgeous cousins Elizabeth and Meredith O’Leary, whose performance of “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” was stunning and meant so, so much to me and Dave.

     

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    What were your ceremony readings?  A reading from the book of Song of Songs, “Union” by Robert Fulghum, and a traditional Irish wedding blessing.

    What were your vows like?  I am a crier and knew I wouldn’t be able to handle reading vows of any significant length, so ours was short and sweet: “I promise to support and challenge you as we face every adventure together. I love you and you’re my best friend.” I found the book Into The Garden: A Wedding Anthology to be so useful in planning the ceremony. (I actually left it behind on a bookcase at the venue as a sort of gift offering to the wedding gods!)

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  It was the moment when our officiant read the words “as this glass shatters, so may your marriage never break” and my darling beloved looked at me, stricken, and mouthed: “…..I forgot the glass.” The officiant’s mic picked up my response: “Oh dear.” The next minute was a blur — all I really remember is a lot of laughter and seeing caterers scurry looking for something we could break. Dave ended up stomping on an enormous wine glass (not even champagne!) wrapped in a napkin as one of my worried bridesmaids blurted out “everyone shield your eyes!” It really couldn’t have gone any better.

     

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    The Reception

    “So much of our inspiration came from the venue itself — it’s just such a lush, floral setting in the middle of a beautiful region and I wanted to reinforce that. (When people asked me what my wedding colors were I was always like, “Um… is ‘lots of flowers’ a color?”) I love flowers almost as much as I love paper products and was so excited to learn out that my favorite stationer Rifle Paper Co. offered wedding invitations. At dinner I knew I wanted to use old colorful china as an extension of that theme. We had food from a caterer known for sourcing fresh wine country ingredients, wine from an old friend’s family winery (where we held a fabulous Thursday tasting event for early-arrivers) and perfect gorgeous flower arrangements from our old neighborhood florist in San Francisco. We also made sure to have lawn games.

    “If I had to sum up our wedding I’d call it an English garden wedding meets a wine country dinner followed by a high school dance party and a speakers-on-the-porch late night.”

     

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    What was your wedding menu?  We served dinner family style so that everyone could get a taste of all the dishes, and I can’t say enough about Grapevine catering. The first course was a salad of baby lettuce, strawberries, spicy almonds, blue cheese and Chardonnay vinaigrette. Dinner was cabernet-braised short ribs with tomatos and onion jus, paired with a syrah from Donelan Wines, and a porcini-dusted sea bass with poached figs, golden balsamic, and Cabernet sea salt with a chardonnay from the same winery. The sides were roasted vegetables and a summer corn and charred tomato risotto.

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Black pepper cake with strawberries, balsamic whipped cream, and a buttercream icing, and a gluten-free chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and candied coffee beans. We also served pecan pie and plum pie.

    Did you have a signature cocktail?  We had Old Fashioneds and Transfusions but in general the bar was mostly a free-for-all.

    Special songs: 
    First dance: “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen
    Father/Daughter dance: “New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel
    Mother/Son dance: “Anything You Want (You Got It)” by the Traveling Wilburys

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    Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  My nieces wearing their flower girl dresses and leopard-print cardigans and absolutely killing it on the dance floor for hours on end… Refusing to relinquish my bouquet at the cocktail hour, no matter how many people offered to take it off my hands … Passing around a handle of Maker’s Mark and giggling with some of my best friends, as if we were back in someone’s dorm room or basement… Taking Polaroid selfies… My mother in law passing out leis on the dance floor (“because you’re going to Hawaii on your honeymoon!” she kept saying)… Feeling so much love for my amazing maid of honor for basically the entire year leading up to my wedding… Watching people serve themselves seconds on food … Eating pulled pork sliders and dancing to “Hips Don’t Lie” off a terrible stereo at the late-night.

     

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    Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  Not really. We did have a table of wedding photos from our parents, grandparents, etc, which I always love seeing at other people’s weddings! Also, I don’t know if this counts as a tradition, but our florist was meaningful to us. Dave and I were long-distance between NYC and SF before I moved out west in 2011. When I arrived he had the most lovely flower arrangement waiting on our mantle from Verde SF florist down the street. Monica ultimately designed the flowers for our wedding and I can’t say enough about how happy they made me. We kept a number of the vases from the arrangements.

    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  I had so much fun buying vintage stamps on Etsy for the invitation envelopes.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Make sure to eat! If you can, ask your caterer to make a little plate-for-later for you. (I know everyone always says “take a moment to take it all in” here, but honestly, you can’t take a moment to do ANYTHING if you don’t eat.) More minor advice that I appreciated: numbering the RSVP cards lightly in pencil on the back to track responses can really help solve some handwriting mysteries.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  It will become apparent what sorts of things really matter to you and which things you’re more “whatever” about. These things may surprise you! But don’t be afraid to really indulge the former at the expense of the latter. Also, write thank you notes the second you receive a gift or you’ll live to regret it.

     

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    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  I wish I had a great video of my cousins singing at the ceremony. Also, we forgot to sign and send back the contract for the photo booth and didn’t realize our mistake until the wedding was half over and the guy wasn’t there. These are both problems I’m lucky to have!

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  We now have approximately 150 wedding-themed matchbooks, 400 napkins, and 100 bookmarks in our house that we completely forgot to set out as favors. Anyone need a light?

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  My favorite memory was when I took a moment to survey the venue well into the night and saw people scattered all over – some playing lawn games, some lounging on porch chairs drinking coffee and eating pie, and many dancing to late 90’s/early 00’s hits. I just felt such true contentment. The food was delicious, the wine was superb, “Return of the Mack” was playing, and just about all of my favorite people in the world were right there in one place. It was everything I had hoped would happen.

     

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    Photography: Lynette Boyle / Venue: Garden Pavilion in Sonoma, California / Event Planning & Design: Alyssa Griffith, Rose Gold Events for Lowe House Events / Dress: Sarah Janks / Bridal Shop: Lovely Bride / Shoes: J. Crew / Veil: Lee-Ann Belter / Jewelry: Roarke NYC /Rings: Long’s / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Suit, Tie, Shirt, Shoes, Groomsmen Attire: Brooks Brothers / Stationery: Rifle Paper Co. / Floral Design: Verde SF / Hair: Cirrus Blaafjell from Salon Alta / Makeup: Leah Gilmore / Rentals: Wine Country Party and Events / Ceremony Music: Bluegrass Duets / Reception Music: DJ: Boutique DJ’s / Catering: Grapevine Catering / Wine: Donelan Wines / Cake, Dessert: Oakland Bakes
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  • Garden Pavilion Sonoma Wedding by Lynette Boyle

    4 February 2015
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