I know I say this almost every time we feature a winter wedding, but I really do have such a special place in my heart for weddings held at that time of year. Kate and Alex tied the knot on December 15th, so they really brought the Christmas spirit into the day with carols, mistletoe, evergreens, and candlelight. Also, I have to say – Polly Alexandre‘s photos of the newlyweds are some of my very favorite wedding photos I’ve ever seen. You can really see how happy and in love they are! Frame-worthy for sure!

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We stayed at Ellenborough Park one weekend just after we got engaged and just fell in love with the Hotel. We thought it would make a perfect location for our winter wedding. We wanted to have a fantastic party with all our family and friends, and by holding the wedding at Ellenborough Park, all our guests could stay for the whole weekend. We had an informal dinner on Friday night, the wedding on Saturday and a brunch on Sunday.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Make sure you leave plenty of time to get ready. That way you can enjoy the process and not be rushed.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Enjoy it! A wedding doesn’t have to be too stressful if you are organized and delegate where possible! You will disagree on things at times but make sure you remember what is really important, and it is just a wedding at the end of the day. Your marriage is far more important.

 

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The Ceremony

“We chose a church close nearby in a quaint Cotswold town called Winchcombe for the ceremony, and we had help from the victor of the church in planning it. He gave us a template that he liked to work form. Choosing the hymns was important to us as we both like to sing. We chose Christmas carols to get into the Christmas spirit and so our guests knew the tunes.”

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The hymns, the readings and the beautiful Christmas feel of the church with lots of candles and lights.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  We served a shot of sloe gin as people entered the church to warm them up both from the cold and to get them singing.

 

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The Reception

“There were so many amazing moments throughout the day it is difficult to choose just one favorite. I would say the moment my father first saw me in my wedding dress, made it all feel real for the first time. Holding my new husband’s hand just after we had been officially married. Singing out Christmas carols in the church and just smiling. Capturing a moment alone before we went in to join our guests for dinner.”

 

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Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  My now husband and I were living in Tanzania whilst planning the wedding so we wanted to include an aspect of this life in our wedding. I commissioned a charity for women to create beaded African angels which worked as both favors for the guests and name cards for people to find their tables.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Focus your budget on the important things to you. Perhaps the dress or food, or whatever it is. You can always be creative with the rest. Our biggest expense was the look and feel of the tent. We wanted to have the real wow factor. Oh and my dress and shoes!

 

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Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Both our families are quite traditional so we kept to quite a few of the usual wedding traditions such as cutting the cake, the speeches, first dance etc.. Although I forgot to throw the bouquet which I think is a really fun one.

 

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Alex and Kate‘s wedding film by Gorgeous Films.

Photography: Polly Alexandre / Venue, Catering: Ellenborough Park in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom / Event Planning: Louise Burchfield from Ellenborough Park / Videography: Gorgeous Film / Dress, Veil: Le Spose di Gio / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Fur Coat: Harrods / Suit, Tie, Waistcoat: Favourbrook / Shoes: Russell and Bromley / Stationery: Letter Press / Floral Design: Copelands / Rentals: Mudway Workman / Music: Wired Band / Cake: Contemporary Cake Designs
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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a cozy winter wedding full of blush pink and cranberry red details! We especially love Danny and Craig’s fireside ceremony, the beautiful centerpieces, and the pre-wedding hockey game! Read on for all the details from this beautiful Canadian wedding…

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“We really wanted a fun winter activity filled weekend,” says Danny. “Craig plays hockey, as do a lot of our friends, so he planned a big game of shinny on the hotel rink. Most of our friends joined the game on the Saturday morning before the groom had to get ready for his day! It was a great way to get some fresh air and relax. Everyone was really into it too – we even had two fully padded goalies! So much fun!”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We fell in love with the JW Marriott, The Rousseau while touring Muskoka venues for our wedding. The high ceilings and fire blazing in the main floor as well as exposed wood, ontario granite and cabin furniture made us feel like we were up at a grand cottage. To top it off we could imagine just how beautiful the view of the frozen lake would be for our winter wedding. The resort offered endless winter activities for our guest to partake in during our wedding weekend. We wanted to share this with our family and friends as the location for our vows as the outdoors and nature is a big part of our lives and hobbies.

 

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The Ceremony

“We had a civil ceremony with traditional vows and exchanging of rings. We chose a prayer called ‘Blessing of the Hands’ that was very meaningful to us both. It was perfect and on cue for the day that the snow fell in the most enormous soft snowflakes during the ceremony!”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Beautiful, warm, unforgettable

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  Our officiant, Jack Birtch, was one we found through the resorts’ preferred list for wedding vendors. After speaking with him over the phone we could instantly feel his kindness and heartfelt approach to wedding ceremonies. We spoke with Jack a few times for him to get to know us and he offered us a number of options for the different pieces of the ceremony. He spent a great deal of time with us to help us create a meaningful and unforgettable ceremony.

Ceremony music: 
Processional: “You and I” by Ingrid Michealson
Recessional: “Lover of the Light” by Mumford and Sons

What were your vows like?  Our vows were a unique combination of examples Jack Birtch had sent to us. We changed some words and combined parts to come up with meaningful words to each other.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Craig: “Getting married! Also sharing it with our family and friends was really something special.” // Danny: “Also getting married! The room was just stunning with the fire and lit lanterns and flower arch. It was really special to say my vows to Craig with family and friends surrounding us.”

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  After our ceremony we went outdoors in the snow to take some amazing winter shots. It was snowing hard and after 10 or 15 minutes my hair was soaked and covered in snowflakes! I was so incredibly happy and on high from the ceremony that it didn’t phase me in the slightest. I slipped down to the hotel salon before heading to the cocktail hour and sat in a salon chair blow drying my hair! The photos from that outdoor session were incredible and some of my favorites! I loved it!

 

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The Reception

“Our reception was a mix of rustic and romantic. We wanted to keep the warm intimate cottage feel so with the long rectangular wood harvest tables, and endless candle light. The winter romance came with the cranberry and blush tones of the flowers. We also wanted to incorporate Craig’s Scottish heritage, so Crystal and Fiona added plaid to the printed items and band stage backdrop. It took our breath away when we walk into the room for our first peak (before the guests). Stunning!”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We tried to stay true to ourselves and focus on our family and friends, and our love of the outdoors. For guests, we wanted as many of our family and friends to join as possible which for us meant that if they wanted to bring their children that was just fine! We went with a winter cottage/après ski theme in the design aspects: our ceremony was held in front of the central fireplace; our welcome reception the night before featured s’mores; our welcome packages included maps of the resort grounds and hand warmers to promote outdoor fun, and s’more packages for people to use at any of the outdoor fire pits on site; the escort card display featured a wall of custom ski tags and vintage skis.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received was to stay close to my groom throughout the night. That this was our night and the more of it we experienced together, the better. It was great advice. We danced together all night and were rarely out of arms reach of each other for more than 5 minutes at a time. It was such a loving and special way to spend our wedding day.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Keep things simple where you can, and if at all possible I encourage a wedding planner to help with the details you might not think of – it took so much pressure off us which kept it fun and low-stress.

 

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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  I would take a honeymoon right after the wedding! We took four days off and stayed up at the resort, but I could have used a few more days! We are doing our honeymoon now, celebrated our one-year wedding anniversary on a plane ride to Argentina to do some hiking in Patagonia. It’s special now, but taking more time off after the wedding is something I would do if I could go back!

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We were introduced to The Caketress by our planner Crystal, and boy were we glad! She was so creative and excited to help us create our custom cake. We chose a pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing and dulce de leche filling. The cake featured a subtle white-on-white plaid pattern all over and was decorated with branches and sugar flowers of cranberry and blush tones.

Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  My best friend is Jewish and we always joked that I wanted a Hora at my wedding which she assured me she would make happen! I had completely forgotten about it but early in the night before I knew what was happening there were two chairs on the dance floor and we were hoisted up by all of our friends! The band played a Scottish tune for the dance and we were all laughing and having a great time!

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Craig: Our ultra high energy band began the party straight away with music between the dinner courses. It got people up and dancing from the get-go, which was just the fun party atmosphere we were hoping for! We got endless compliments on the band. They sounded incredible, from our Scottish Hora, our incognito first dance, and finally the night ending with our favorite song: Mumford and Sons’ “I Will Wait.” Loved every minute of the night! // Danny: I loved dancing the night away. The band was incredible and there wasn’t a song that night that the crowd wasn’t up dancing for! Our nephew’s 8th birthday was also the same day so after dinner we gave him a special birthday dessert with candles and all of our guests sang Happy Birthday. It was really nice!

Tell us about your special first dance.  We opted to do things a little differently for our first dance. As we wanted people up dancing earlier in the night we chose an extended package for music that had the band playing between meal courses. We also didn’t feel it necessary for everyone to watch us have a special dance, but rather chose a song that we knew was our song and the band played it mid-way through the dinner dancing. We smiled and thanked them – it was like our own secret first dance.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Craig and I are best friends and love and respect one another immensely. We had originally thought a traditional wedding wasn’t what we wanted, but as the planning developed and it became more and more our wedding, we started getting so excited for it all. It wasn’t just the wedding itself, but the whole weekend. It really was us.

 

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Photography: When He Found Her / Venue: JW Marriott, The Rousseau in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada / Event Planning & Design: Distinct Occasions / Officiant: Jack Birtch / Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Ugg Australia, Salvadore Ferragamo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Two Birds / Groom’s Suit: Garrison Bespoke / Stationery: Paper and Poste / Floral Design: Stemz / Hair: The Rousseau / Music: St. Royals / Cake, Dessert: The Caketress
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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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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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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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