There are a few venues that I fall in love with every time I see them, and Serenbe is one of them, especially when it’s the backdrop for such a magical wedding. Designer Jessica Sloane did such an incredible job with all the details, photographer Jessica Lorren captured it beautifully… and I mean really, listen to this:

“A few months into dating, Daniel and I realized that his parents’ and my parents’ anniversaries were both in June,” says Melanie. “Okay, that’s pretty cool, we thought. But then we realized both anniversaries were on June 25th… Then we realized they were both married on June 25, 1988. Um…what?! Is that even possible? We knew if we ever got married, we would have to choose June 25th because, really, how could we not? After he proposed to me, we started planning our wedding for our parents’ 26th wedding anniversaries.”

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Tell us about your beautiful dress.  Being in the wedding industry, I see so many wedding details and so many dresses. I was very picky when it came to certain aspects of the wedding, one of which was my dress. I wanted something custom, but also something that wasn’t going to break the bank. I was referred to Miss Tashina by a friend and it was one of the best decisions I made. After going back and forth with pins and ideas and inspiration, I sketched out my final design and sent it to her. She brought my vision to life in a way that I could never have imagined. I threw in my idea for a custom veil super last minute, and once again, she worked her magic. Everything was absolutely perfect! A dream come true.

 

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Any special details?  Daniel wore his great great grandfather’s pocket watch. It was such a special heirloom to carry with him on such a special day! Also, the week before the wedding, while packing boxes for our long drive from south Florida to northern Georgia, my parents gave us their toasting glasses to use for our toast. It was so sweet and so special to use those glasses on their 26th anniversary!

 

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The Ceremony

“We chose our pastor for a very special reason,” says Melanie. “He had been my husband Daniel’s mentor and big brother figure for over 10 years, and it was so special to have him be such a big part of our day. When he introduced himself and explained his relationship to Daniel to our guests, he also took a second to describe Daniel’s character and choked up mid-way. I cried my eyes out. We let him have control of the order of the ceremony and what he wanted to say, but we knew we wanted him to share the gospel with our guests, the picture that marriage represents in the Bible, the deep and powerful meaning of love, and to pray over our marriage. It was the most beautiful ceremony I had ever heard. He did an absolutely perfect job!”

 

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Ceremony Music: We were so blessed to have my cousin Matthew play the music for our ceremony. All of the music was instrumental, played on acoustic guitar. Simple and beautiful.
Processional, bridal party: “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
Processional, bride: “Marry Me” by Train
Recessional: “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Romantic, Intimate, Heartfelt.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Melanie: My favorite part of our ceremony, and one of my favorite moments of the day, was our vows. we chose to write our own. To me, it was so much more intimate and heartfelt. Pouring out my heart to him. Listening to him pour his heart out to me. Our dearest friends and family there witnessing what we were promising to each other. I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a dry eye there. The two of us, our bridal party, our parents, our photographer, our guests… everyone was crying. But when you’re promising something that deep and that important, it’s hard for those words not to reach in and grab hold of your soul. When we finished our vows, my father-in-law uncontrollably let out a shout “I just love everyone!” // Daniel: My favorite moment of the day was the moment our officiant pronounced us man and wife, because at that moment, she was finally mine.

READ MELANIE AND DANIEL’S PERSONAL VOWS RIGHT HERE.

 

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The Reception

“We wanted a small, intimate wedding so that we could really focus on each other and be able to enjoy the day. We knew a destination wedding would be a great way to do that, but didn’t want the stress of coordinating a wedding in the typical destination wedding locations such as Europe or the Caribbean. Serenbe was such a quaint location with the perfect feel, and it was easy to incorporate our wedding inspiration.”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Our wedding was inspired by us! Our planner did a fantastic job of breaking down what our top five values were as a couple so that we could be sure that we made our wedding about us and our story. Our top values were: romantic, honest and heartfelt, simple and clean, organic, and elegant. She then took those values and helped me tie them into the vision I had for a French Provençal wedding, since Provence is one of our favorite places in the world!

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Melanie: I have so many favorite moments, but one of the ones that sticks with me the most was our first look. I was all dressed up, walking toward the person I would spend the rest of my life with, my very best friend in the entire world. With butterflies in my stomach, it was all I could do not to burst into tears and just run into his arms! The moment he turned around, he smiled, wrapped me in his arms and with tears in his eyes he whispered, “You look like a princess.” And the world just stopped. In that moment, it was just us, holding each other close. It was everything I dreamed it would be.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  Our wedding gifts to each other were special in their own ways. I had a family crest designed by our calligrapher, Signora e Mare, and then had it hand painted on a guitar pedal as a surprise to my musician husband-to-be. In his letter to me the morning of our wedding, he wrote that his gift to me wasn’t something I could unwrap and that I would have to wait until later to find out what it was! I love surprises, but the suspense almost killed me. In the busyness of the day, I had completely forgotten about it, but just after our toasts, I was asked to take a seat and the groomsmen were scurrying around the dance floor. I had no clue what was happening until the instruments came out and my husband started singing a song about our love story. The lyrics included our parents’ wedding day in 1988, the day he proposed to me, our wedding day finally being here, and the chorus “Love comes and takes away what we thought was a dream.” And he was right. It was our reality. The start of our new lives together.

 

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Dessert Buffet:  Lavender Shortbread Cookies / Salted Caramels / Espresso Madeleines / French Breakfast Puffs / Lavender Créme Brûlée / Mini Lavender Tarts / French Macarons / Mini Almond Croissants / Chocolate Wedding Cake with Vanilla Espresso Bean Buttercream

Signature Drinks:  Lavender Lemonade / Peach Basil Cooler / Blackberry Clove Spritzer / Rosemary Cardamon Sparkler

First Dance Song:  “What Can I Do” by Joy Williams. I still get tears in my eyes when I listen to the words of that song!

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  I received two crucial bits of advice before my wedding day. The first was that things won’t go perfectly, but at the end of the day you’re married to your best friend and that’s all that matters. We had so many crazy things happen to us… we had to change our venue just three days before the wedding, our coordinator woke up with the flu on the morning of our wedding, our flower girl had an eye infection, some of our rental items arrived late so everything ran behind, the sparklers never arrived, I had bugs in my dress, one of my bridesmaids tore her dress at the zipper… Everyone expected me to freak out, but I knew that at the end of the day, I was going to be married and that was all that mattered to me. Which brings me to my second bit of advice. Your attitude as a bride affects your guests attitudes. They feed off of you. If you’re upset because nothing is running smoothly, they will be upset. If you’re angry, they’ll be angry. If you act as if everything is perfect and you’re so, so happy because it’s your wedding day (!!!!!) they’ll be so, so happy for you. It’s important to remember this because it’s how your guests will remember your wedding day.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t skimp on your photography! Those precious images will be what you have to remember your wedding for years and years to come. What you hand down to your children and grandchildren years from now. It is such an important and essential part of the wedding day! I am so grateful for our photographer and the irreplaceable gift that she’s given us in those images.

 

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Photography: Jessica Lorren / Event Design, Styling, Bride’s Bouquet: Jessica Sloane / Venue: Serenbe Farms in Palmetto, Georgia / Floral Design: Amy Osaba / Dress, Veil: Miss Tashina / Shoes: Chloe flats, BHLDN heels / Crown: Carlee Sizemore / Earrings: BHLDN / Suit: Express / Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos, Macy’s, Nordstrom / Groomsmen Attire: H&M / Stationery, Calligraphy: Signora e Mare / Catering: Sun In My Belly / Desserts: Earth and Sugar / Bouquet Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic / Videography: T&C Photographie / Hair, Makeup: Amanda Agros / Rentals: Goodwin Events
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  • Romantic Serenbe Wedding from Jessica Lorren

    14 October 2014
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    We’re kicking off the week with an incredibly romantic wine country wedding at Chalk Hill Estate. The bride’s dress and veil, the white flowers and candlesticks… classic elegance at its best!

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    The Ceremony

    “Erin and I both wanted to have a destination wedding and thought wine country would be the perfect spot. Who doesn’t like wine!” says Kristin. “When we saw Chalk Hill we fell in love with it and knew that’s where we should do it. The beautiful chapel sealed the deal since we were having a religious ceremony.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words. Religious, Traditional, Musical.

    How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  We had a very traditional Catholic ceremony, so our priest Father Tom was very helpful with planning it. He gave us a book that we followed that gave us options for each part, and we picked from those. We decided not to write our own vows. To be honest I thought I would start crying and not be able to finish! The company we used for strings was really helpful too in our music selection. They gave me traditional and non-traditional options.

    Did you include any special details?  Since my grandmother is no longer with us I wanted her to still be a part of the day. Scott added my grandmother’s locket to my bridal bouquet which was really special to me.

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  My flower girls really stole the show. They were great! The unity candle was a special moment, as well as having my cousins do the readings.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  For me it was walking down the aisle and seeing my husband’s face. In general spending this amazing moment with our friends and family.

     

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    The Reception

    “I wanted our wedding to be very romantic,” says the bride. “Our wedding planner Scott Corridan helped make that come true and gave me a lot of great ideas. The food was absolutely amazing. The room looked like a dream. The whole dinner was candle lit. It was just really amazing. We still hear it was the most beautiful wedding people have been to.”

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Just enjoy the moment because it will be over before you know it!

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Listen to each other and compromise on the details. I know most of the time we think the guys don’t care about some of the details but they probably do more than you think. It’s not “my wedding” it’s “our wedding.”

     

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    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  To be honest I had a budget and went way over so I’m probably not the best person to ask.

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  It was a really beautiful day with amazing food, music and people. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Lucky for me I had an amazing photographer to capture every moment. I can relive it anytime I want!

     

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    Photography: Matt Edge / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design: Scott Corridan Design / Venue: Chalk Hill in Healdsburg, California / Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Suit: Giorgio Armani / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm / Stationery: AJ Bart & Sons / Music: Bay Area Entertainment / Cake: Fleur de Lisa 
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  • Elegant Chalk Hill Wedding by Matt Edge

    13 October 2014
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    What to do if you want an English garden wedding, but you don’t want to worry about the weather? Bring the garden indoors, of course! That’s what Rachel and Marc did for their Knoxville wedding, and the result was breathtaking…

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    The Ceremony

    “Marc and I felt it was important to have a traditional Roman Catholic wedding. After meeting with our priest several times, we decided to have a full mass with communion, readings, and music. The ceremony was in a gorgeous church built in 1908, filled with stain glass and intricate wood carvings.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Catholic, Sentimental, Traditional.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  My favorite part of the ceremony was walking down the aisle with my father and seeing my husband’s smile greeting me at the altar.

     

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    Did you include any traditions?  I carried my great-grandmother’s handkerchief down the aisle, the same one my sister and cousin held in their weddings.

    Ceremony Music:  We chose classical music and hymns that mirrored a traditional, Catholic wedding. A string trio, an organist, and an opera singer performed during the ceremony.

    Prelude: Trumpet Voluntary by Purcell
    Seating of grandparents and mothers: Sheep May Safely Graze by Bach
    Processional: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach
    Communion: “Be Thou My Vision” and “How Great Thou Art”
    Recessional: Spring from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi

     

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    The Reception

    Cherokee Country Club was the perfect location for our reception because its ballroom was not only beautiful, it was also large enough to seat our guests,” says Rachel. “I love outdoor weddings, but I didn’t want to battle rain and heat on my wedding day. So my goal was to bring the beauty of the outdoors inside. With lots of help from my wedding planner, florists and lightning designer, we managed to create a romantic garden inside the ballroom.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  English countryside weddings are quintessentially classic and timeless – attributes I wanted my wedding to embody. Creating an intimate space was also a priority. It was important to let our guests know how much we appreciated their love and support over the years. Above all else, we wanted our guests to have a fun and memorable night.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  I loved all the details from my wedding, but my favorite had to be the trees we used to decorate the ballroom. When paired with hundreds of candles that lit up the space, the trees made the evening feel magical and timeless.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  My sister gave me the best advice while I was planning the wedding. She told me things are going to go wrong, but don’t let it ruin your day. When your wedding arrives, just enjoy every moment because it’s the best party you’ll have in your life.

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Every moment from my wedding was wonderful, but my favorite memory had to be the first look. It was really the only moment Marc and I had together alone that day. I’ll never forget how I felt or the look on his face when I turned around, and he told me I was beautiful.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  1) Early in the planning stages, my wedding planner and I set up a budget. It was helpful having a spreadsheet that outlined the costs. A few dollars here and there can really add up, and by recording all the costs, you can stay accountable to the budget you specified in the beginning. 2) If you have room in your budget, I would highly recommend getting a wedding planner. In the end, I avoided stress and saved time by hiring my wedding planner, Jennifer Laraia. She made the months of planning enjoyable, and most of all, she made sure the wedding day ran smoothly because every detail was in place.

     

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    Photography: Natalie Watson, Dan Watson / Event Planning and Design: Jennifer Laraia / Venue, Catering: Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tennessee / Church: Holy Ghost Catholic Church / Dress: Casablanca / Groom’s Suit: Vera Wang / Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Warehouse / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Stationery: The Happy Envelope / Calligraphy: Kalligraphia / Hand Lettered Signage: Paperfinger / Floral Design: Whimsical Gatherings / Fabric Draping: Campbells Party Rentals / Band: A Town A List / Cake: Magpies / Videography: Milestone Pictures / Lighting, Cocktail Music: Special Notes / Trees: Saplings
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    You might recognize Bridget and Matt from their adorable wine country engagement session - such a treat to share their beautiful July wedding with you too! Some of my favorite details from their wedding: the beautiful wedding cake made by the bride, the olive branch garlands, and the advice “guest book.” Photos by Select vendor Christina McNeill.

    SEE THE GALLERY FOR EVEN MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS HOLMAN RANCH WEDDING BY CHRISTINA MCNEILL.

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    The Ceremony

    “The ceremony really is the most important part of the wedding although it’s often the part people try to rush through so they can get to the party. We chose a priest to officiate that had so much personality and warmth that he involved the whole crowd with questions and got them laughing, which made it enjoyable to everyone. He also provided some suggested readings that we could look through which helped to make our decisions a little easier. We did end up writing our own vows, but we didn’t end up reading them during the ceremony!”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Fun. Bliss. Love.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  My favorite part of the ceremony was walking down the aisle with my dad. It was so fun to stand on the sidelines watching the wedding unfold as we stood aside, hidden from the crowd, and the incredible love and spirituality you feel as you walk down the aisle toward the man that makes your heart melt. It’s also such a special time for a father and daughter – it is truly a unique and inseparable bond and having that moment with your dad to give you away and support you and your future with your husband in all that you do is heartwarming and unforgettable.

    Ceremony Music:
    Processional, wedding party: O mio babbino caro  (instrumental)
    Processional, bride: Canon in D by Pachelbel
    Ceremony Psalm: You Are Mine (sung by bride’s cousins)
    Recessional: You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oats

     

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    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  The one tradition that was important to us on both sides of our family was to be married in the Catholic Church. In order to have our dream of getting married outside overlooking the beautiful Carmel Valley and still keep our Catholic tradition, we actually got married the evening before (prior to the rehearsal) with only our parents and our best man and maid and matron of honor. It was the most intimate moment of our entire weekend and we were able to say our vows in the church then do the full wedding the next day in front of family and friends. // Another tradition that I loved was incorporating my mother’s wedding dress. I wore it the day before to our private ceremony in the church as well as for our rehearsal. It fit like a glove and it was touching to wear a gown that my mom was married in 35 years prior when she married my dad.

    Anything else about your ceremony?  I don’t think any wedding should be perfect because the funny mistakes or unplanned events sometimes make the best stories. One of our favorite mishaps of the day is when our priest got so caught up in the ceremony that he forgot we had written our own vows. Since we had adorable books that contained our heartfelt thoughts and both of us were so looking forward to hearing the other persons and sharing our love, we decided to read them at the end of dinner in front of our guests. It ended up being one of my favorite moments of the entire day and a great way to end a beautiful dinner and the speeches. So don’t worry if not everything is perfect because it’s the imperfections that make it unique and special (and tell a good story!). // Also, one of the little details we both liked was that the day of the wedding we decided (through texting that morning) that we wanted to do a unity glass of wine. Our priest suggested it the day before and we thought it would be a great addition to the ceremony. Halfway through on a very hot day, the cork popped right out making a loud “pop” and made for a fun tension breaker when everyone was getting choked up and emotional. It was perfect!

     

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    The Reception

    “From the moment Matt and I stepped foot at Holman Ranch we knew we landed on something special. I had always dreamt of a place that had it all – a rustic barn, different spaces to create a feel and atmosphere that suited everyone’s needs, and on top of it a beautiful setting that people wanted to travel to. Well, we found it at Holman Ranch and it was truly a perfect location to celebrate the weekend with all of our favorite people.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I envisioned a sort of rustic elegance, and was inspired by the look of the Tuscan countryside. We wanted to keep the color palette simple so not to take away from the beauty of the property and to create a romantic and soft feel for the day. The flowers and colors were creams, whites and a hint of peachy pink accented by olive branches. Once we knew the overall look, my mom created a beautiful logo and invitation suite that really led the rest of the planning. We used the logo in many aspects of the day from the menus to the corn hole board game and it tied everything together perfectly.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  We wanted to look around on our wedding day and for everything there to have meaning. A few examples: I created an advice box using my mom’s old suitcase that she used as a little girl, for people to put write their advice to us on note cards my mom created; my parents baked limoncello biscotti and had our family help package them up using the adorable tags my mom made; we both work in the wine industry so incorporated wood wine boxes as containers for items like programs. It was so fun seeing our vision come to life.

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  It’s a tough call between that moment when my father walked me down the aisle (and proceeded to chest bump my groom), and when Matt and I were sitting down to dinner at our sweetheart table, looking out at family and friends who traveled near and far to be with us on our day. We just kept looking at each other and saying “This is amazing.” To be surrounded by that much love was truly a remarkable experience.

     

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    Cake:  Buttermilk cake with raspberry puree and buttercream icing, made by the bride.

    Signature Drinks:  The Arizona Sunset (New Amsterdam Vodka, Grapefuit Juice, Lime Juice, Lemon-Lime Soda) and The Grand Canyon Margarita (Camarena Silver Tequila, Limeade Concentrate, Triple Sec), both created by the groom.

    First Dance Song:  Ain’t That a Kick In the Head by Dean Martin

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The worst advice I got turned out to be the best. It was to be prepared for the following on my wedding day: 1) You and your husband will not have a chance to eat dinner and you’ll barely touch a glass of wine. 2) You’ll be shaking hands for most of the night. 3) It will go by so quickly. // All of that forewarning seemed so daunting. For how much effort goes into planning, not to mention the sheer cost, I wanted to make sure none of the above happened because the opposite was so important to us. We had a kick-off event on Friday the 4th hosted by the groom’s parents so we could enjoy more time with everyone and not feel rushed to shake hands on Saturday at the wedding, and we made the time to really sit together for dinner and eat and drink. We felt like royalty at our own little sweetheart table and with all the dancing we did later in the night we certainly needed the energy from eating our dinners!

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Book vendors early. Once your vendors are set in place, you have less to worry about until the nitty gritty of the planning begins. If you are particular about the vendors you chose, do it as far in advance as possible because they will book up fast!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  My budget tip is to prioritize what you feel is important, whether it be a band or the most extravagant cake, make your list and start determining costs. Coming from corporate event planning, I can say that wedding costs are significantly higher than general event costs, so everything you want comes with a price tag. Go into it with a budget and don’t cough up money to do something that isn’t important to the two of you.

     

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    Photography: Christina McNeill / Day of Coordinator: Engaged & Inspired Events / Venue: Holman Ranch in Carmel, California / Floral Design: Willi Wildflower / Dress: Casablanca / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Earrings: BHLDN / Necklace: Family Heirloom from Schmitt Jewelers / Suits: Black Tux Rental / Longitude/Latitude Cufflinks: Chasing at Starlight / Tie: Nordstrom / Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Shirt: Brooks Brothers / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Stationery, Calligraphy: ThreeBlondesAZ / Videography: Frame44 / Music: DJ Andrew Rivas, Sound in Motion / Catering: Paradise Catering / Hair: Melissa Marie / Makeup: Sarah Nicole Makeup / Tassel Garland: StudioMucci / Father of the Bride Handkerchief: Napa Embroidery / Ring Bearer Suspenders, Bow Tie: Bear and Fox Designs / Flower Girl Dresses: Pink Princess / Vow Books: Jotters and Journals

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  • Holman Ranch Wedding by Christina McNeill

    7 October 2014
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    We’re kicking off the week with Jordan and Devin’s Salt Lake City wedding, full of romantic details like the bride’s veil and beaded dress, flowers by Tinge Floral, and hand-painted invitations by the bride’s mother…

    CLICK HERE TO SEE EVEN MORE IMAGES FROM THIS ROMANTIC TENTED WEDDING BY JILL THOMAS.

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    The Ceremony

    “The best advice I received as the bride was to stay focused on the marriage,” says Jordan. “The most important part was that we both showed up for the ceremony. Everything beyond that was just an added bonus to the best day of our lives.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words. Religious, Classic, Elegant.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We were sealed in the LDS Salt Lake Temple. It was a very traditional LDS wedding ceremony where we believe we are married for time and all eternity. It was a sacred experience shared with our family.

     

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    The Reception

    “We wanted to stay true to who we are as a couple and what we love. Our wedding was simple, organic, and effortless. Everything and everyone belonged there naturally, and that’s exactly what we had dreamed of.”

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  I visited the private residence for a dinner a year before our wedding, and immediately fell in love. The backyard reminded me of a secret garden, full of lush flowers and mature, tall trees. We both have large extended families, and we felt it would be the perfect place for our 300-person celebration. It was!

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  I wore my mom’s sapphire bracelet. // We had a gelato bar as an ode to my family’s travels to Italy every summer when I was a teenager. // My mom designed and painted our announcements and invites. I couldn’t have been more thrilled with how they turned out. I will cherish them for my whole life.

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  That is a really tough question! The entire day was beyond anything we could have ever imagined. Aside from the ceremony itself, the dance party was my favorite. We had the world’s greatest band, and we had the entire place out of their chairs dancing. My hair fell down, people were sweaty. It was such a great time.

    First Dance Song:  “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

     

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    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Take time to be with each other and make it a priority to continue to nurture your relationship. Don’t let wedding planning consume everything. The greatest relief during wedding planning was when we were able to get to the mountains and go hiking, or enjoy a dinner together amidst our very busy schedules.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Our wedding day was so full of love and joy. We feel truly fortunate to come from the families we come from, and are so happy we were able to combine them. It was incredibly overwhelming to have friends and family fly in from all parts of the globe to celebrate and dance the night away with us. We are forever grateful.

     

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    Photography: Jill Thomas / Floral Design: Tinge Floral / Church: LDS Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah / Dress: Maggie Sottero via The Perfect Dress / Shoes: Vince Camuto / Veil: The Perfect Dress / Jewelry: Nadri / Tuxedo: Tuxedos by Lee / Tie: The Tie Bar / Shoes: Gordon Rush / Cufflinks: T.M. Lewin / Watch: Hamilton / Stationery: Designed by bride’s mother, printed by Ridge Printing Company / Rentals: Diamond Rentals / Music: The Changing Lanes Experience / Catering: Lori Tolbert Catering / Makeup: Cami Talbot
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  • Tented Wedding in Salt Lake City by Jill Thomas

    6 October 2014
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