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You guys, I had the hardest time deciding which images to share in this post, because there were SO MANY amazing photos and details to choose from! Do not miss the gallery on this one – so much more inspiration from this woodland wedding to see! The bride shared so many great details, and Caught the Light captured the day beautifully – it feels like stepping inside a fairy tale!

 

 

 

 

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Says the bride on the choice of venue: “Both James and I love being outdoors and going on walks, and I’ve always found it incredibly uplifting to be out amongst nature. Being a bit of a romantic, I think I’ve always had a thing for forests and woodlands – there’s a certain magic and wonder about them. The woodland we got married in also runs alongside our home, so this particular location held a lot of significance and personal meaning for us as well.”

(From the photographer: “Marina and James live beside the woodlands, and through the land registry they were able to find out who owns the woods and sought permission to use them for their ceremony.” What a special place to tie the knot!)

 

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The bride shares some of the thoughtful details from the day: “We created a ‘Family Tree’ which we adorned with pictures of our respective family members getting married through the generations through to the present day. It was a sweet reminder of all the different loves and marriages that had led to each of us arriving at the present day and our own marriage. We also hung up little animal masks for children to pick up as they entered the woodland, to add a bit of fun to their experience of the day.”

 

 

 

 

 

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“We wrote our own vows for the wedding and had a humanist celebrant officiate the event, who also wrote and read a lovely personal statement about us as a couple and our hopes for the marriage and our future together. Before exchanging rings, we also planted a tree in the wood, as a symbol of our marriage, and our family members gave readings before and after. We wanted our guests to feel very much a part of the event, so they all sang ‘Hey Jude’ together under the trees, which was fun.”

 

 

 

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Some DIY details: “My cousin’s wife created all of our wedding stationery, which really set the rustic and organic theme of the big day,” shares Marina. “I also got quite hands-on, creating a number of embroidery hoops which we strung up in the garden, along with hanging tea lights. For wedding favors, we gave our guests little saplings that we had grown from acorns after we got engaged. The guests then took these home & planted them in recognition of something that held meaning for them.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“For the wedding breakfast, we all sat together at long refectory tables, which made it feel like we were all eating together ‘family feast’ style. The name cards at the table settings also contained an unusual fact about each of the guests which was fun for starting conversations. Our florist dressed the tables in the most spectacular floral arrangements that brought the outdoors in and gave the illusion that we were all in amongst the trees.”

 

 

 

 

“Instead of a wedding cake, we came up with the idea of a ‘Brownie Mountain’ that everyone could take a slab of. I like that it was presented in a very informal style, with the sense that we were all feasting on a something home baked, out of the family kitchen.”

 

 

 

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I remember watching the woodland wedding scene from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves when I was young, and being completely taken by the visuals – being married amongst the trees and the natural beauty of it all. Thinking back, it probably was the starting inspiration for our own wedding day. Throughout the wedding planning process, I was also quite inspired by the idea of creating something very organic, handmade and personal that really reflected us as couple. So we did as much ourselves as possible and it ended up being quite a “crafty” project with lots of DIY touches.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Probably the point at which my bridesmaids and I walked through the woods to the ceremony itself. It was quite overwhelming to see our nearest and dearest gathered together in the clearing and James waiting beside this incredible floral arch. I was excited and nervous in equal measure, but also blown away by the visual impact of the setting, so it was a really emotional moment!

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  For my something blue, I had a piece of my Dad’s tie pinned to the inside of my wedding dress (he passed away 3 years earlier), so that was very meaningful.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To create a really thorough “on the day” plan, that you delegate to someone else to take charge of on the day, so you can really relax and enjoy the whole day’s experience as a carefree participant, rather than a project manager.

What advice do you have for other brides?  To enjoy the process as much as possible, and accept offers of help from friends & family. Not only does that mean you don’t carry the burden of preparation and organization single-handedly, but it’s actually the contributions of others that help make the whole day really personal!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  The best investment we made was on the photography – we’d definitely recommend getting a great photographer whose work you connect with, as the photos really do last a lifetime and have the power to evoke all the memories and spirit of the day over and over again afterwards.

Photography: Caught the Light / Venue: private residence in Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom / Bride’s Dress: Baroque by Suzanne Neville from Miss Bush Bridal / Shoes: LK Bennett / Groom’s Suit: Mark Marengo / Shirt: Richard James / Shoes: Grenson / Stationery: Eleen Craig, Gal & Fellow / Floral Design: Gayle Evans of Bloomingayles / Music: The Modern Way / Caterer: Sally Iddles, Fabulous Food / Hair and Makeup: Elbie van Eeden / Officiant: Anne Delaney
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  • Woodland Wedding from Caught the Light

    15 April 2014
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    Photography: Firm Anchor

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    I always say that if I’d gotten married during warmer months, I would have had a picnic wedding – they’re just so perfectly laid back and charming! Promise, once you see Jen and Jesse’s wedding you’ll start dreaming of a picnic celebration, too.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “Our marriage counselors helped a lot with outlining our ceremony and deciding what and who to include,” says Jen. “Jesse and I then spent hours writing the actual script of the ceremony including our own custom vows and declarations. We were inspired by the wedding ceremonies of family members and friends as well as the values and ideas we learned from the Bible through our counseling. It was important to us to have a simple ceremony: one that conveyed the seriousness of the promise being made, while still being filled with joy.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Relaxed. Thoughtful. Personal.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Jesse and I picked two readings from the Bible that represented our values when it comes to marriage. Our favorite part of the ceremony was having our moms do those readings. For a moment, it allowed us to relax and focus on something other than ourselves.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We finished the ceremony with a unity tree planting. We planted a tree together with soil from the home I grew up in and water from the house Jesse grew up in.

    Anything else?  Jesse’s brother played acoustic guitar for the ceremony music. // The backdrop to the wedding ceremony was magical. It was set inside of an ivy-covered cedar grove that was made even more green by the brief rain that fell just before the ceremony.

     

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    The Reception

    “As Jesse and I arrived at the Eliot Hotel in Boston on our wedding night, we could not think of a single thing we would change about the day. And a month later we still feel the same way. As we planned our tiny wedding over the span of nine months, we knew we wanted to stray away from a lot of wedding traditions that people seem to do simply because tradition compels them. We didn’t have a giant wedding party, dancing, a DJ, or a bar. Instead we modeled our wedding after our first date: a picnic with sandwiches, cheeses, fruit salad, lawn games, and chatting on a blanket for hours. We really did not discuss any other options when it came to the theme of our wedding; it was such an obvious decision for us. ”

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  From the time we got engaged, we had planned on having our wedding at Jesse’s family home. But 6 weeks before the wedding those plans fell through and we had to scramble to find a new venue. We were blessed to have Jesse’s family friends offer their beautiful property to us. We were able to pick up our wedding plans and move them to the King’s Cottage with almost no changes. Jesse and I always pictured having a backyard wedding and the King’s Cottage gave us just that: the backyard of all backyards. The result was even better than we’d planned.

    Tell us about your reception!  We invited our 60 guests to be adventurous and picnic with us. We all sat on blankets or picnic tables while munching on sandwiches from our favorite bakery, Flour. Afterwards we broke open a piñata and played lawn games together – Jesse and I have always enjoyed playing lawn games at events in the past, so we asked a few friends to bring their favorite games with them, like croquet, bocce, and kubb. The soundtrack of the day was a giant playlist created by Jesse and me with a lot of our favorite artists like Iron & Wine, Matt Pond PA, Fleet Foxes, and Elijah Wyman. For our guest book we set out an iPad and asked everyone the take videos of themselves for us, the end result was amazing and hilarious. As it got cooler later in the day, everyone was able to sit by the fire and roast marshmallows for s’mores, ending our wedding on a low-key note.

    Are there any other special details we should know about?  One of my favorite details from the wedding were the plants; the florals were one thing I knew I wanted to do myself. I planted tons of succulents in pots that my mother and I painted. I made the bouquets myself with flowers from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. // My other favorite detail was the weather — as New Englanders we were so thankful for 60/70 degree weather. There was a light drizzle just before I finished getting ready and it poured as we drove into Boston at the end of the day, but otherwise the weather was absolutely perfect.

    Menu:  Sandwiches (Herbed Tuna, Grilled Chicken, Hummus & Veggie) // Chips, Fruit Salad // Watermelon, Earl Grey Cookies, Almond Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Our favorite moment was getting to smash the piñata with the rest of our wedding party.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Some of the best advice that I received from my mom while planning (and feeling stressed) was that we are just planning a party, to celebrate love with people we love, and that no one is coming to our wedding to point out imperfections.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  I think something that we can’t mention too many times to couples planning a wedding is that it’s okay to take a break from planning. Have a date night where you don’t talk about the wedding. Jesse and I also recommend pre-marital counseling to any couple planning to get married. For us counseling brought us closer together and allowed us to talk about difficult topics in the right environment.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Use your skills and the skills and generosity of your family and friends. Some examples: Jesse’s brother played acoustic guitar for our ceremony music; our venue is the home of a family friend; our marriage counselor coordinated our reception; I did all of the florals and decorations myself; and Jesse did all of the music preparation and vendor coordinating. We felt that we should only pay for things that we couldn’t do ourselves or with the help of family and friends. Jesse and I spent countless hours designing, making and setting up everything, but it all came together with the help and support of our friends and family — I could write a novel about all of the people who helped with absolutely everything.

     

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    Photography: Firm Anchor / Venue: private residence in Providence, Rhode Island / Bride’s Dress: Beatriz, J.Crew / Shoes: Latigo via Anthropologie / Cuff: Alkemie / Earrings: Fossil / Headpiece: Whichgoose / Groom’s Suit: Proper Suit / Shirt: Proper Cloth / Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Calligraphy: Cindy Pendergast / Rentals: Sunshine Tent Rentals / Catering: Flour Bakery / Cake: Cake Monstah / Hair: Maddie Harkins, The Beauty Lounge at Magnolia
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  • DIY Picnic Wedding from Firm Anchor

    13 August 2014
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    Photography: The Nichols.

     

    This bride’s romantic style is absolutely breathtaking… the cowl-neck gown, the 20’s style Juliet cap veil, the ballet slippers… and it all fits so perfectly against the backdrop of Laguna Gloria, with delicious flowers by one of our Select vendors, STEMS.

     

     

    Kate’s inspiration? Simply, “Bay laurel and Cynthia Warren’s work.”

     

     

    We’ve heard of a few couples who choose to have a private meal before joining their guests – I love this idea! For Kate and David, it was the best part of the day: “David and I had a secret meal upstairs in the house after our pictures, before being presented. Meg (the amazing caterer) had a table set, with champagne and (very) full plates. I have never felt so excited or childish… I couldn’t even sit still for two seconds. I was scarfing my food standing up (it was all so insanely delicious) while running over to look out at our guests, and then back to sit with David, then champagne. We both needed good food badly, and more importantly, a little moment of privacy after such a significant ceremony, and that set us up to feel even better going into the rest of the night.”

     

     

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  It speaks for itself, really.  We knew we wanted to be married outside, and for the whole night to feel casual, comfortable, and classic, too, of course. We loved being near the water, and in so much lush greenery. The architecture of the house itself is so beautiful. David is from Houston and was actually born in Austin, while I am from Louisiana, originally. I had always imagined being married in Louisiana, so we went back and forth in deciding what state. Ultimately, Austin felt right in the end since this is really where we started our life together, and Laguna Gloria was hands down the only venue that made sense for our vibe.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  It was overall pretty traditional. We had a traditional Episcopal service, with traditional classical music played on strings. David and I didn’t see one another all day. I wore the whole ‘something old, something new something borrowed, something blue’. We were presented as a couple. I tossed the bouquet, and at the end of the night, David drove us off.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  So much good advice – none of which actually means anything until the weekend arrives. Like: Delegate! Your loved ones offer to help and truly mean it – so involving people to help you out is a good thing. You can’t do it all yourself (this was a hard one for me)!

    What advice do you have for other brides?  It of course will not be perfect because nothing is. There will be plenty of small things you care about that don’t look right, or even bigger things that aren’t what you had in mind, but it really doesn’t matter in the end. Everyone still has a blast. It’s such an amazing and surreal weekend of events – there will likely be no other time in your life when people come from all over to celebrate you and your partner. It’s an incredibly humbling and sacred time, so be full of gratitude and relish in it. As you will hear often: don’t sweat the small (or big) stuff. If you decide to have a big ceremony/reception and go forth with the whole kit and kaboodle, know there will be drama, no matter how chill of a person you are. The good news, is that there will be some tough but worthwhile growing pains in the process – you learn a lot about your own and your partner’s (and your families’) priorities, expectations and temperaments.

    Photography: The Nichols / Venue: Art Museum of Austin in Austin, Texas / Day-of Coordinator: Casey Dennis, DNA Events Austin / Floral Designer: STEMS Floral Design / Officiant: Reverend David Boyd / Bride’s Dress, Veil: Jenny Kim Couture / Shoes: Chloe / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Tie: Vaida / Letterpress: Carriage House Design Company  / Rentals: Marquee, Whim / Music: Figure Eight / Catering, Cake: Meg Schwarz of Spoon & Co / Calligrapher: Mia Carameros / Makeup: Avery Allen

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  • Garden Party Wedding at Laguna Gloria

    16 January 2014
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    We never tire of timeless weddings, especially when they’re held in such lovely venues as Julia and Tim’s. From the historic church (where the bride’s grandparents and sister were married) to the bay front dinner reception, from the gents’ navy suits to the vintage Rolls Royce, this wedding is full of simple elegance – a reminder that classic never goes out of style.

    Photography by Merari Teruel

     

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    The Ceremony

    “My grandparents got married at Plymouth Congregational Church many mango seasons ago, and more recently, my sister also got married there. We love the sanctuary’s coral rock walls and just the beauty of the space.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words. Religious, family-oriented, joyful.

    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? We lit a unity candle and the church has the tradition for each couple to ring the church bells after the ceremony.

    What were your vows like?  We decided to do the traditional vows and repeated them after the minister.

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Tim: watching Julia walk down the aisle and when it was all over! Julia: ringing the church bells after becoming man and wife.

     

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    The Reception

    “I would describe our reception as a personal, yet global affair. We had only 95 guests, so on the smallish side, but had friends in from all over, including a pair who, quite literally, took the longest flight in the world to get here from Australia.”

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your reception? We chose Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, for the wide, bay front lawn with ample space for croquet and cocktails under the twinkling lights. Also, Tim’s hobby is boating (he even came over to the U.S. on one before we first met in Miami).

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? All things English (even the groom!) like the bunting (made by the bride’s mom, I mean “mum”), tea for two personalized favors and Pimm’s Cup signature cocktail.

     

     

     

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    Any special details from your reception? Paperfinger created beautiful illustrations for our table names that were all locations special to us. We particularly loved the rendering for “Guernsey” which is an illustration of the groom’s childhood home, a 15th century farmhouse in Guernsey (an English channel island).

     

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    What type of cake did you have? A tiered cake with buttercream exterior and layers of chocolate hazelnut (Nutella) filling and vanilla buttercream filling.

    Any particularly memorable moments? We enjoyed a quick game of croquet on the vintage set before all the guests arrived and enjoyed having a quiet moment together.

     

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    Did you have a signature cocktail? Pimm’s Cup, an English signature cocktail in the spirit of the English groom and our many guests from over the Pond.

     

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    What was your first dance song? At Last by Etta James.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Our father-daughter dance was to Here, There and Everywhere by The Beatles, which was the recessional song from the my parents’ wedding and chosen because the day after our wedding was the their 40th wedding anniversary. Half way through the dance, Tim and his mother and both of our families joined us on the dance floor and it was a special moment to have everyone together out there.

     

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    Photography: Merari Photography / Ceremony Venue: Plymouth Congregational Church in Miami, Florida / Reception Venue: Biscayne Bay Yacht Club / Floral design: Hirni’s Wayside Garden / Wedding Dress: Reem Acra / Hair, Make Up: Art of Hair by Claudia / Paper Goods: Say it with Paper / Illustrator: Paperfinger / Rentals: Simple Rustic / DJ: Bay Kings Band / Catering: Eggwhites Special Event Catering

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    Color was second only to love on Megan and Evan’s wedding day! As the bride says, for her, color “exudes happiness” so there was plenty of it at their celebration. Bold colors, playful details (like paper airplane ceremony programs!), and a darling couple with mile-wide smiles make this charming wedding one you won’t want to miss.

    Photography by Christina McNeill

     

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    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  I wore my great grandmother’s diamond and sapphire bracelet – for something old and something blue. I also had small pieces of lace from my mom’s and mother-in-law’s wedding dresses sewn into the train of my gown as a silent tribute to both sets of parents.

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Dawn Ranch Lodge was the perfect venue to celebrate our love for one another while sharing the weekend with our family and friends in wine country. All wedding guest stayed in charming cabins on site throughout the weekend and were invited to attend the Friday night rehearsal dinner “I Do BBQ” – an evening topped off with burgers and s’mores around the fire pit for dessert. The bright rustic flowers, handmade bow ties and vibrant bridesmaid dresses were a tribute to our playful and authentic love for one another and my passion for color.

     

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    The ladies carried brightly colored bouquets of pink and yellow peonies, accented with orange dahlias, roses, ranunculus, blue nigella sativa, succulents, and foliage.

     

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    The Ceremony

     

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    Your ceremony in three four words. Rustic, colorful, authentic, playful.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  Neither of us are very religious, and felt that it wouldn’t be appropriate to ask an unfamiliar minister to officiate. Instead, we chose a very close family friend, for a non-religious ceremony. We chose Eric because he grew up with Megan, and their families shared many celebrations together throughout the years. It felt like a perfect fit. In addition, we felt his genuine personality and light heartedness was a perfect tribute to our relationship.

    Ceremony music: Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D // Recessional: Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

    Classical Guitar by Jean Paul Buongiorno.

     

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    What were your ceremony readings? “How Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog” by Taylor Mali, and a “Blessing of the Hands”.

    What were your vows like?  We chose to write our own vows with the feeling that it would be more personal. We wrote them down and have since kept them in a safe spot to re-visit together in the years ahead.

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The feeling that we were sharing the most intimate day of our lives with family and friends who have supported us both individually and as a couple throughout many stages in life. It was amazing to have the love and support from the most important people in our lives from all over the country together in one spot.

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  When each guest took their seat, they found a single river rock on their chair. We asked each guest to make a wish for our future together on the rock, and then collected the rocks at the end of the ceremony. They will eventually be used in the garden of our first home.

     

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    Ceremony programs were folded into paper airplanes to toss as the newlyweds walked back up the aisle – such a playful touch!

     

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    The Reception

     

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    How would you describe your reception?  Rustic and romantic.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  My love for color – to me it exudes happiness.

    Did you have a signature cocktail?  Moscow Mules – the wedding party received handmade hammered copper mugs as part of their gifts. Dawn Ranch staff collected all mugs prior to the ceremony, and had drinks poured and ready for the wedding party in the mugs immediately after. Our other guests were served Moscow Mules at the cocktail hour.

     

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    Family Style Dinner Menu: FIRST: Mixed Green Salad with Shaved Apples, Candied Pecans & Honey Champagne Vinaigrette // SECOND: Grilled Mary’s Organic Rosemary Chicken Breast served on top of Napa Cabbage, Sauteed Onion and Bacon Hash, Fingerling Potatoes, Cipollini Onion Sauce // SIDES: Sun-Dried Tomato, Kalamata Olive, and Scallion Couscous / Polenta Milanese / Seasonal Vegetables // SWEETS: Pocket Pies from Crisp Bake Shop in Blueberry Lemon, Rhubarb Cream Cheese, Apple Salted Caramel and Banana Nutella Pocket Pies

    Catering by Dawn Ranch Lodge. Pocket Pies by Crisp Bake Shop.

     

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    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  We worked with Beth, one of my Maids of Honor and best friends, to produce a majority of the paper goods, including Welcome Basket details like the itinerary. Evan’s mom made the napkins, as well as his bow tie!

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Megan: Marrying my best friend and dancing with my dad. He’s really the best. // Evan: The father/daughter and mother/son dances. Evan chose a song very sentimental to his mother, but kept it a surprise – it was a very heartfelt moment.

    Special dances:  First Dance: “Today” by Joshua Radin // Father/Daughter:“Over The Rainbow” by Israel ‘Iz’ Kamakawiwo’ole // Mother/Son: “You Are My Sunshine” by Elizabeth Mitchell

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Take a moment during the reception to be with your husband and reflect on the day. It was awesome to step away and watch our best friends and family tear it up on the dance floor in celebration of our day. All the hours of planning and preparation are gratified in this moment!

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Hire a planner! There are so many decisions to be made, vendors to align, and schedules to coordinate. Your day will come fast, and you’ll be so thankful to have someone else there to manage the details so you can enjoy the amazing weekend with loved ones.

     

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    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Trust me when I say that there will be unexpected costs throughout the process. Early on you will want to choose the best of the best for EVERYTHING – the further along you go the more you realize this is probably not possible. Don’t be afraid to prioritize early, and decide where you’re willing to sacrifice.

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  Not a thing. It’s a process and in the end, it all works out the way it should. Trust this.

     

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    Tell us about your cute cake!  In addition to the hand pies, we also had a cutting cake that was shared between us that evening and saved to eat on our first anniversary.

    Cake by Patisserie Angelica

     

    Megan & Evan | © Christina McNeill Megan & Evan | © Christina McNeill
    Photography: Christina McNeill / Venue, Catering: Dawn Ranch Lodge in Guerneville, California / Floral Fesign: Shotgun Floral Studio / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero / Birdcage Veil: Tessa Kim / Bride’s Shoes: TOMS Denim Wedges / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Hair, Makeup: Katie Nash // Groom’s Suit, Shoes: J.Crew / Invitations, Save the Dates, Welcome Baskets, Thank You Cards: Maid of Honor, Elizabeth Hummert / Programs, Menus, and Signage: Enjoy Events (closed) / Cake: Patisserie Angelica // Mini Pies: Crisp Bake Shop / DJ: DJ John Piazza / Classical Guitarist: Jean Paul Buongiorno

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