New Orleans is by far one of the most romantic, whimsical, musical cities in the world, so it’s not really surprising that those are the same three words Ashlee and Kevin used to describe their wedding in the Crescent City. Ashlee says, “We chose to have our wedding in New Orleans because it is a city full of life, resilience and passion – all things that are important in marriage. Kevin and I have lived in New Orleans for four years, and we love its history, music, food, and laissez-fare. We wanted to share New Orleans with our loved ones – some of whom had never been to the city. We wanted to give them the richest NOLA experience possible in two days. We chose hotels in the French Quarter so everyone could walk to restaurants and enjoy the traditional New Orleans experience, and we chose our venues for their beauty and drama.”

SEE THE GALLERY FOR EVEN MORE IMAGES FROM THIS NEW ORLEANS WEDDING BY 509 PHOTO.

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Something old, new, borrowed, blue?  Something old: An antique beaded purse my sister gave me on my wedding day.  //  Something new: My dress!  //  Something borrowed: My necklace was the first piece of jewelry my father gave my mother in the spring of 1975. It’s a diamond in a glass frame that was a cheesy Mother’s Day special at the jewelry store, and though she wasn’t a mom yet, he bought it to remind her that their love comes first. That is something to live by. I’ve always wanted to wear it on my wedding day.  //  Something blue: My mother’s gorgeous sapphire ring. (Unfortunately, it was also something borrowed!)

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Planning advice, from my Mawmaw: “Now, don’t let yourself get so hyper.” Day-of Advice, from my bridesmaids: “Stop. Take a deep breathe. Take in all the love.”

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Stay true to what you want but know when to let it go. We were supposed to have our ceremony at a park by our house. It was the only thing I knew I wanted in the beginning. It was a huge headache and it eventually fell apart 3 months before our date. We found the church, fell in love, and never looked back. All that stress for nothing.

 

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Says Ashlee: “Kev and I have my parent’s original wedding rings they exchanged 34 years ago. (They have since gotten upgrades.) For wedding day gifts, I gave Kevin the watch that my mother gave my father on their wedding day, and Kevin gave me an out-of-print book I’ve been longing for since we were in college, Writings by Agnes Martin. His note said, I hope this inspires you to pursue your dreams. I love you.

 

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The Ceremony

“Our ceremony was at Saints Peter and Paul Church – a 166 year old church – that we chose for its haunting beauty,” says Ashlee. “The Church was desanctified by the diocese in 2001 and has since become a somewhat forgotten gem in a neighborhood called the Marigny. The Marigny is a beautiful historic neighborhood east of the French Quarter with laid-back shotgunned-lined streets, perfect for a second line.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Whimsical, Romantic, Musical.

How did you plan your ceremony?  My sister-in-law Beth officiated and helped us organize the ceremony. She sent us the script from her own wedding ceremony and we sat down face-to-face to talk through it. She picked a secular reading that made her think of us called “Union” by Robert Fulghum. We wrote our own vows and also said traditional vows (based on a Catholic ceremony). Kevin picked out our Bible scripture reading which was read by our friend Elizabeth. It was very important that we involve our wedding guests in the ceremony because we believe that their love guided us to marriage. Beth recommended that we involve everyone with a group blessing – it was very special.

How did you choose your ceremony music?  For our ceremony music, I started a Spotify playlist of our favorite songs as soon as we got engaged. It ended up being really helpful when picking songs for first dances, ceremony, and reception. It was also nice to have for showers and getting ready the day of. Harry Hardin coordinated our music. I told him what songs I wanted for the ceremony and he recommended and coordinated the right musicians for the job.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Our vows. We wrote our own vows and we meant every word. It was pure magic.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  We printed the lyrics to “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” by the Talking Heads on the back of the program so everyone could sing along as we recessed. //  The old church has the original bell and bell tower and we rang the bell after the ceremony.  //  We had watermelon lemonade served outside the church and a brass band playing while we quickly took family portraits.  //  After formal photos we busted out of the church, the brass band started walking – the second line started. Many of our guests did not know what a second line was but they caught on pretty quick. We danced around the Marigny until we got to the buses that took guests to the civic.

SEE ASHLEE AND KEVIN’S FULL CEREMONY TEXT RIGHT HERE.

 

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The Reception

“New Orleans was the inspiration for our wedding,” says Ashlee. “I was really in search of a certain mood that New Orleans brought out in us, which made it hard for me to explain myself to vendors at first. So, I tried to focus on the times I felt my New Orleans goosebumps and let that guide me. New Orleans has this grand feel of indulgence while still keeping a laid-back atmosphere – that is what we were trying to capture in our wedding.”

 

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Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Figure out what’s most important to you. For us, it was the art involved – music, photography, flowers. This is where we splurged and I am so glad we did. Also, let the pros guide you. Our wedding planner helped us manage priorities. He was great about saying, “It’s beautiful, but you won’t even notice if it’s not there,” or “This may be a big budget item, but it will make a big impact,” and he was right.

First Dance Song:Lovin’ in My Baby’s Eyes” by Taj Mahal. It is mostly blues guitar and harmonica with simple lyrics. We really wanted it played live and I knew the only person who could do it justice was Alvin Youngblood Hart, a grammy-award winning blues musician who shares our hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. I coordinated with Alvin’s girlfriend to surprise Kevin by having Alvin sing our first dance – he was so surprised and we were both blown away by Alvin’s performance. It was priceless.

Menu:  Passed: Crab Cakes with Jalapeño Aioli / Rare Ahi Tuna Wonton / Roasted Beet “Truffles” / Shrimp Remoulade on Fried Mirliton Coins // Stations: Beef Tenderloin with Arugula, Parmigiano, Yukon Potatoes / Shrimp and Cheese Grits / Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Assorted Toppings / Oyster Bar and Ceviche / Pulled Pork Cheese Biscuits / Smoked Duck Confit / Sushi Bar (by our favorite neighborhood folks at Sushi Kyoto) // Dessert: Vanilla and Almond Wedding Cake with Strawberry and Pistachio Buttercreams / Croquembouche Groom’s Cake with Vanilla Cream and Salted Caramel

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  We had an after party on a balcony on Bourbon Street. Kevin and I do not frequent Bourbon Street, but we knew first-timers to New Orleans would want to see what it was all about. A private balcony is the only way to do Bourbon Street, so we bought a bunch of beads and rented a balcony. Kevin and I made a quick appearance, tossed some beads, did the garter toss (off the balcony with the single men standing below) then snuck out! Everyone else hung around and spent some time with people they rarely see.

 

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Photography: 509 Photo / Venue: Civic Theatre in New Orleans, Louisiana / Event Planning: Kenneth Lacour, Grand Events / Dress, Veil: Inbal Dror / Shoes: Prada / Floral Design, Flower Crown: Dunn & Sonnier / Garter: Hanky Panky / Tuxedo: Hugo Boss / Tie: Nordstrom / Shoes: To Boot New York / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Bridesmaid Jewelry: Mara Gold / Groomsmen Attire: Mr. John’s Tuxedo / Stationery: Scriptura / Ceremony, Second Line Music: Harry Hardin / Wedding Band: Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes featuring Debbie Davis / Cake: Bittersweet Confections
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Photographer Jillian Mitchell does it again, capturing perfect moments perfectly from Beka and Matt’s destination wedding. From the papel picado garlands to the Mariachi recessional, this wedding is full of festive details you’re going to love!

SEE THE GALLERY FOR ALL THE IMAGES FROM THIS DESTINATION WEDDING IN MEXICO FROM JILLIAN MITCHELL.

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What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Definitely our first look! Before meeting our amazing photographer, I was a traditionalist and wanted to see each other for the first time at the ceremony. She recommended that we consider doing a first look because we could share our special moment with just the two of us, and also relieve some of the ceremony jitters. As an added bonus we were able to shorten our picture time after the ceremony and enjoy more of the cocktail hour with our guests. Some of our favorite moments and raw emotions were captured on film during this private session.

 

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The Ceremony

“Even though we wanted our wedding to creative, and even though we didn’t get married in a church, we wanted a traditional Episcopal service, which followed the ceremony in the Book of Common Prayer and included the Eucharist. Our officiant was an Episcopal priest from New York and a dear friend of mine. He helped us choose our readings, which are a selected group of Biblical passages, which we had read in either English or Spanish by various relatives from both of our families.”

 

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

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  At the end of our ceremony, we surprised our guests (even our bridal party!) with a Mariachi band that started playing as we kissed. I honestly can’t remember the name of the song but it was a popular Mariachi song. They led the guests up to our reception and played for our cocktail hour.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  We had one of my attendants translate our ceremony into Spanish so we could be sure to have our guests listen to our ceremony in their first language.

READ BEKA AND MATT’S WEDDING CEREMONY RIGHT HERE.

 

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The Reception

“We wanted our wedding to be a creative, laid-back, endeavor of love, something that reflected our personalities and would bring together our close family and friends. Beka’s extended family is from Mexico and since we know that Mexicans know how to have a good time, we wanted to celebrate by bringing Matt’s family from the U.S. for a weekend of festivities. Our friends and family who traveled from New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Boston jumped at the opportunity to escape the winter weather and enjoy a warm weekend by the beach.”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted to incorporate the rich artisan culture of Mexico and old-world Spain, but loosen it up with some vintage style. I was also inspired by the elaborate and often whimsical embroidery found in Mexican folk art and intricate Spanish lace. Sayulita is such a charming Mexican beach town and Villa Amor is gorgeous! We wanted our wedding to blend seamlessly with the location so we incorporated in-season, local flowers, shopped markets, and collaborated with a traditional ceramic artisan for personalized touches.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  We tried to incorporate as much authentic Mexican artisan craft as possible, most of which came from Jalisco and Oaxaca, two regions where my family is from. We commissioned teacups and saucers by a ceramic artisan and personalized them with our first names and wedding date on the bottom of each set. We also had a commemorative platter made for our priest who officiated our ceremony, which was used during communion, and we got tooled leather belts for the groomsmen and gold handmade earrings (arracadas) from Oaxaca for the bridesmaids.

Menu:
Signature Drink: Tamarind Margarita with Chile Salt Rim // First Course: Shrimp Gazpacho // Main Course: Corn Husk Wrapped Mahi-Mahi / Poblano Chayote Corn Tamale with Wild Rice and Mushrooms / Apple-Roquefort Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breas in White Tequila Sauce with Roasted Vegetables and Slivered Almonds // Dessert: Tres Leches Wedding Cake Filled with Vanilla Mousse, Peaches, and Banana Liquor Buttercream / Neapolitan Flan / Jericallas (vanilla-cinnamon infused custard traditional of Jalisco) / Assorted Mexican Candy

First Dance: “Prime Time” by Janelle Monet featuring Miguel

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  One of my friends, who was a recent bride herself, shared with me a great piece of advice: after a certain time you have to stop worrying about the details and just enjoy your big day. It might not turn out exactly the way you envisioned the details, but for us, the whole was much more than the sum of all the little parts.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Be yourself, be creative, and don’t be afraid to ditch traditions or make new ones!  //  Consider a destination wedding. We enjoyed hosting our family and friends for one of the best weekends of our lives! Although having our wedding in an exotic location over a holiday weekend made for a smaller wedding, we had a casual hometown reception a few weeks later where we were able to continue the celebration and share some snapshots from our big day.  //  If your budget allows, get the photographer of your dreams. Make sure you love their style and personality because they will help capture the moments that you will keep for the rest of your lives. We loved ours and are so grateful that she could seamlessly capture our personalities on camera and the beauty of day.  //  Finally, make sure to get your groom involved in the planning (even if they say they don’t care, they do!) – it’s his wedding too! Matt has great style and is super creative. I was so glad that he helped with planning because he has some great strengths (like his musical taste) that I definitely lack. What can I say, we make a great team.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  A huge thank you to my amazing family! My mother who had grown up in Mexico really drew from her childhood experiences for creative details and helped crafted a menu for the entire wedding weekend. Her sister, Tia Dona, tirelessly helped source everything from sipping chocolate from Oaxaca to coordinating with our ceramic artisan and being a liaison since I couldn’t physically be in Mexico for the majority of the planning. I also had other creative relatives in Mexico who expanded on my ideas and made things more incredible that I could have planned for myself. Our wedding was truly a collaborative labor of love that gave our American family and friends a small taste of the authentic Mexico that I have loved since my childhood.

 

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Photography: Jillian Mitchell / Venue: Villa Amor in Sayulita, Mexico / Event Planning: Sayulita Mexico Weddings by Karen Ruezga / Officiant: Milind Sojwal / Dress: Lazaro / Shoes: Farylrobin / Veil: Vera Wang / Blusher: BHLDN / Bronze Cuff: Samantha Grisdale / Engagement Ring: Lauren Wolf / Suit: Topman / Shirt: Charles Tyrwhit / Shoes: John Varvatos / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Bridesmaid Shoes: Dolce Vita / Stationery: Will & Kristen Gunderson with Bride’s illustrations / Floral Design: Flor Mimo / Rentals: MacEvents / Guitarist: Joe Spoelstra / Flutist: Rolando Gonzalez Heredia / Mariachi: Mariachis America / DJ: DJ PaperTiger via Doomtree / Catering: Chef Alejandro / Cake: Naef Cuisine / Hair, Makeup: Funky Hair Diva

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Today’s newlyweds were originally planning on a 120-person wedding in their home town, but decided to change their plans and have an intimate wedding up the coast with just 45 guests. The day was lovely, full of vintage inspiration, streaming sunlight, and good food. Some favorite details from Carla and James’s wedding at the Olema Druids Hall: the back of Carla’s dress, the charming illustration on the welcome bag tote (see more pics of it in the gallery), the parasol light shades, and their impromptu first dance.

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The Venue

“James and I had driven through Olema and Point Reyes Station the year before on our way up to Mendocino where we got engaged. We found this area of West Marin to be so peaceful and fell in love with the beautiful countryside and nearby coastline. When none of the venues back home seemed right, we knew we had to do it in Olema. As for our venue, we decided to have our wedding at the Olema Druids Hall at the very last minute without ever having stepped foot inside. It couldn’t have been more perfect.”

 

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The Ceremony

“Planning our ceremony was a challenge at first. We couldn’t quite agree on who we wanted to officiate. My husband wanted our ceremony to have a bit of weight to it. He had envisioned somewhat of a religious ceremony. However, neither of us attends church and I felt at the time it would be a bit hypocritical to have a religious ceremony. This was one of the first lessons in compromise as soon-to-be husband and wife. I knew he felt strongly about it and so in the end I agreed. James had stayed in touch with a friend of his who was a youth leader when he was in high school. He just so happened to now be the head pastor in our neighborhood’s church. Fortunately he was available to travel and officiate our ceremony. We met him four times for pre-marriage counseling which we thoroughly enjoyed. After the first meeting with our pastor, I was very happy we had chosen him to officiate and that he was available to preside over our nuptials. He was very helpful when it came time to plan the structure of our ceremony. He provided us with a template we lightly modified. We were able to chose three readings of scripture and write our own vows.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Definitely Musical! Traditional and Beautiful.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  One of my favorite moments from our ceremony was during our vows. James and I wrote our vows together, and there was a line James wrote that started with, “As imperfect as I may be,” that I always thought sounded a bit funny but chose to keep it anyway. During our ceremony after James said his vows, Pastor Lance began to recite my vows as I repeated after him. Well, he pulled a fast one on me and changed the line to, “as perfect as I may be,” which brought light and laughter to such a significant moment. Also, the fact that “gypsy music” from down the hill unexpectedly served as the soundtrack to our ceremony helped make it feel more lighthearted.

Ceremony Music:
Processional:Strawberry Swing,” Coldplay
Entrance of Bride:All You Need Is Love,” The Beatles
Recessional:We Have All The Time In The World,” John Barry

 

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The Reception

“My husband is especially grateful that we left our wedding weekend feeling as though our small group had become like family,” shares Carla. “He hadn’t met much of my side of the family. By scaling down the numbers to just 45 guests, we were able to become quite close in just three days. Everyone got together immediately and mixed in as if they were old friends.”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The picturesque landscape of Point Reyes inspired us, as well as the slow pace of the town. We really wanted to spend quality time with our guests who had all traveled so far to join us in this tiny town for our wedding. Also, West Marin rightfully prides itself on its fine food and wine, and the meal was very important to us as we wanted to avoid the standard wedding fare. We had a few long tables set up without any place cards, and everyone sat down where they wanted and enjoyed a family-style dinner. Above all, our lovely friends and family served as the biggest inspiration. We had planned everything with them in mind. We wanted the feeling of the day to feel a tad bit informal. After the Best Man and Maid of Honor speeches, it kind of became an open forum. My mother and uncle got up to say a few words as did my father-in-law. One of our good friends also gave a completely unexpected and beautifully heartfelt toast. It felt really special.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  My husband’s family is from England where it’s a little more customary to read telegrams aloud during the reception from guests who were unable to attend. We also made sure to include the names of close relatives during our ceremony who had passed away but were clearly with us in spirit. I suppose we also started a tradition of celebrating an anniversary as our wedding fell on a year-to-the date of our engagement. In the eight years we have been together we have never celebrated our anniversary. Neither of us were ever sure of the date!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Be honest with yourself and your partner. Plan within your means. A wise friend offered sage advice to not “put it on a credit card”. And really think of the guests you have to have attend that day. Friends should be understanding if you can’t invite everyone. We were originally planning to have our wedding locally with roughly 120 guests in mind. When we shifted gears and decided to make it 45 guests AND out of town, suddenly a weight had been lifted and we actually got really excited!

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  It’s so hard to chose one! I’d have to say my favorite moment was our impromptu first dance. Our guests pushed the tables aside and our song began to play. The room was filled with so much love and warmth. You could really feel it. I remember closing my eyes and embracing my husband while we danced. As I opened my eyes, some of our guests had picked up the candlelit votives from the tables and were swaying along. It was truly one of the most beautiful moments in my life.

First Dance Song: “Harvest Moon” Neil Young

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To try to enjoy every moment of the process. It will undoubtedly feel stressful at times and family drama will inevitably arise, but don’t allow any of that to take away from the excitement of planning. I look back at the week leading up to our wedding with such fondness. Since our wedding was out of town, we left a few days early. The moment we packed up the car and started making our way up north, we both looked at each other and let out a sigh of relief. The time had come to let everything go and just enjoy what was about to come. A night in Big Sur before your wedding is also highly-recommended if possible!

What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t get lost in the details. It’s really easy to lose sight of what you are actually planning. There is so much focus on the “little things” that you tend to forget about the bigger picture. It’s about you and the man you love making a lifelong commitment to each other in the presence of your loved ones. At the end of the day, the fact that your husband wore the shoes you begged him not to won’t matter.

 

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Photography: Nancy Neil / Event Planning: Molli Milner, Small Blue Planet / Venue: Olema Druids Hall in Olema, California / Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Veil: Erin Cole / Suit: J. Crew / Shirt: Nordstroms / Shoes: Banana Republic / Stationery: What KT Does / Catering: Rebecca Sterlin, Wild Onion Catering / Cake: Fat Angel Bakery / Hair, Makeup: Dionne Stevens / Music: Brilliant Strings
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  • Olema Druids Hall Wedding by Nancy Neil

    17 September 2014
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    Lauren and Robert had a charming, low key wedding at a family home, accented with lovely blue details – I especially love the darling blue bouquets and the groom’s chambray shirt, and it doesn’t hurt that the setting is breathtaking.

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    “There was a nasty storm that dropped inches of rain right up to the moment of our ceremony,” says Lauren. “We thought we would have to get married under the tent, but the clouds broke and we were able to have the outdoor wedding that we wanted. The best part was the sun breaking through the clouds just as we took our vows. It was ridiculously surreal.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Short and sweet.

    How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  I researched a variety of ceremony templates online and picked and chose elements from various traditions. What was important to us was to have a ceremony that reflected the beauty of the surroundings and that was under 15 minutes so our guests wouldn’t melt under the sun! While we did not write our own vows, we did include a poem by e.e. cummings that both of us liked.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The person who first introduced us was also the person who married us.

    Ceremony Music: Here Comes Your Man by The Pixies

     

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    The Reception

    “My father and stepmother got married in the backyard of their house, and I knew that I would also get married there one day. Luckily, Rob thought it was just as unique and beautiful as I did! We wanted the natural beauty of the scenery to take center stage and to inform the rest of the décor, and we made sure to create a relaxed backyard atmosphere.”

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received was from a dear friend who saw how stressed out I was about two weeks from the big day. She told me to tell my parents, wedding planner, and Rob to give me a five day asylum from any wedding planning questions the week of the wedding. I took that advice and found myself able to see through to the big picture of getting married to the love of my life and how wonderful that was.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  If it’s not fun, either change what you are doing or stop what you are doing.

     

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    In lieu of a traditional guest book, Rob and Lauren used a beautiful cookbook and had a sign that read, “Please sign your name or write a note next to a recipe that you would like us to make. Hopefully we can share it with you someday soon!”

     

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    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  Rob and I didn’t want a traditional wedding cake, so we had a variety of desserts including a few coconut cakes from Peninsula Grill shipped from Charleston. It is the best coconut cake you will ever eat!

    First Dance:  Little Trip to Heaven [On the Wings of Your Love] by Tom Waits

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Expect the unexpected.

     

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    Photography: A Muse Photography / Venue: Private Residence in Charlottesville, Virginia /  Event Planning, Floral Design: Amore Events by Cody / Dress: Consignment via Twice as Nice / Bride’s Shoes, Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Suit: J.Crew / Shoes: Kenneth Cole / Stationery Material: Paper Source / Catering: Maya / Cake: Peninsula Grill / Macarons: Albemarle Baking Company /  Hair, Makeup: Moxie / Guitarist: Daniel McCarthy / Lighting, Rentals: MS Events / Tent: Gibson Tents
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  • Backyard Virginia Wedding by A Muse Photography

    16 September 2014
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    Oh my… this Seattle garden wedding from McKenzie Powell and Belathée is beyond magical! There are so many inspiring details, but these are some of our favorites: the use of seasonal fruit in flower arrangements (like cherries in the bride’s bouquet!), the unique dessert buffet (the bride is a pastry chef), and the Swiss tradition of a loving cup.

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    I am sure that every bride will tell you that their day was magical, but I swear ours was!” says Amy. “We had the most beautiful Seattle day on September 1st that stayed warm well into the night making it feel as though we were transported to the south of France that evening. The entire day was filled with laughter and joy and great food and family and friends. The vendors we found to create, run and capture our wedding made it spectacular and felt like an extension of our family. Justin and I still talk about our wedding as if we were two of the attendees because there were so many details that we were surprised and delighted by during the day, as well as when we look at the beautiful pictures and amazing video. We wish we could get married every year just so we could go back and relive the entire experience exactly how it was that day. We wouldn’t change a thing.”

    Just some of what made their wedding so magical? “Guests arrived to the sounds of classical guitar and accordion playing in the garden, making it feel like a French summer night or maybe even a scene out of a Woody Allen movie,” shares Amy. “Justin walked down the aisle with our two dogs, Roux and Pepino. McKenzie Powell’s flowers and styling made the entire garden and Corson Building the most romantic lavender-filled secret garden in Seattle.”

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We had gone to the Corson Building for my birthday the year prior to getting engaged and we both thought it was a completely magical place. We hadn’t discussed getting married but we both walked away from that night thinking what an amazing place it would be to have a dinner party with only your closest friends. When we got engaged, we knew we wanted to find somewhere intimate with a rustic, European feel where we could through a dinner party with our closest circle of friends and family and the Corson Building was it!

     

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    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Justin’s family has a wonderful tradition taken from his mother’s Swiss parents where the wedding couple drinks from the “loving cup,” which is a silver contraption made of two cups on a swivel. All of the married couples in Justin’s family have drank from this cup at their wedding and the trick is to work together in order for the bride and groom to drink from their respective cups at the same time.

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We both love Europe and wanted to find a place that had old charm and yet somehow felt like the Pacific Northwest as well. We wanted to keep it to a size where we could enjoy everyone in attendance and we both have a passion for great food, so a dinner party with amazing friends and food was our core inspiration. Other than food, our love of animals and laughter are core to our relationship so we wanted to incorporate our dogs and make sure we had fun.

     

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    What advice do you have for other brides?  Choose vendors that have a great passion and share your aesthetic, hire them, and then let them go do what they do best. Finding people you trust to help create your wedding and letting them do their job without meddling will save your sanity and allow you to have surprises that will delight you throughout your wedding and beyond that day. Oh yeah, and get a day-of coordinator who knows the deal – they are worth every penny!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Prioritize the big components for your wedding (e.g. flowers, styling, dress, food) and put your budget towards the biggest impact/highest priority items. If you can’t have it all then make sure you have at least one thing that you and your husband really want. Be honest with yourself about what matters and don’t get caught up with small details that won’t matter in the long run.

     

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    Menu
    Our Bread with Charred Vegetable Spread and Japanese Frying Peppers / A Salad of Heirloom Tomatoes, Many Raw Vegetables, Herbs and Pistachios  //  Roasted King Salmon with Warm Cucumbers and Lobster Mushrooms / Braised Pork Shoulder and Roasted Loin with Chanterelles, Corn, Zucchini and Nectarines

     

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    “Amy is a pastry chef and has a crazy sweet tooth so she wanted to make sure the desserts lived up to her fantasies,” share the couple. “We had over 25 desserts custom made including hand crafted Japanese wagashi, polvorones (Mexican wedding cookies), along with many other amazing French pastries, Theo’s chocolate caramels, and a beautiful wedding cake. There were also Amy’s favorite – gummy bears – put out for everyone to scoop up a small bag on their way out of the wedding.”

     

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    First Dance: Once In Love with Amy by Frank Sinatra

    “The people in attendance that night still tell us how much they loved our wedding and we couldn’t agree more. There was so much love there that night from everyone, not just us in our newlywed fog, and we truly felt lifted and embraced by the entire experience.”

     

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    Photography: Belathée / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design: McKenzie Powell / Venue, Catering: Corson Building in Seattle, Washington / Dress: Vera Wang / Shoes: Valentino / Suit: Prada / Shirt: Eton / Tie: Isaia / Shoes: Di Bianco / Stationery Design: Churu Yun / Calligraphy: Caitlin Dundon / Stationery Printing: Pike Street Press / Rentals: AA Rentals / Classical Guitar, Accordian: Julian Crawford / DJ: Bruce Pavitt / Cake: Tallant House / Videography: Andy Fitts
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  • Seattle Wedding at the Corson Building from Belathée

    15 September 2014
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