Hallie and Glenn’s wedding was the perfect blend of modern romance and timeless elegance, and we’re so glad photographer Erich McVey was there to capture it! Overflowing with gorgeous lush greenery, the venue gave the feeling of an intimate backyard celebration. From Hallie’s incredibly stylish gown to the special olive branch details throughout, this day was filled to the brim with classic beauty.

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“I had always imagined my wedding in my parents’ backyard so I knew we had to find a venue that would feel similar,” says Hallie. “We had stayed at the Clifton Inn in Charlottesville once or twice as a family and it was always in the back of my mind. The real deciding factor was that we would have the whole inn to ourselves for that special weekend: since most of Glenn’s family was coming from across the country, we knew this would be perfect. They were really able to be a part of everything, without having to go back and forth to a hotel between events. We had the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception at the Clifton and everything was flawless.”

 

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Hallie and Glenn’s invitation suite by Brown Linen Design featured botanical envelope liners, vintage stamps, and modern calligraphy.

 

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Hallie looked effortlessly chic wearing a bodice featuring geometric seaming paired with a fit and flare skirt with a dramatic draped train.

 

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The Ceremony

“After speaking to Rev. Bhavani Metro, we knew right away she was the perfect fit for our ceremony. Being an Interfaith Minister of Integral Yoga since 1980, it is very important to her to honor all traditions. After speaking with Rev. Bhavani for over an hour on the phone, and meeting her in person a few months later, she really got to know us as a couple. Even though we didn’t want any religious touches to the ceremony, she was really able to create service that reflected our personalities and values and connection as a couple. Rev. Bhavani turned our ceremony into something very significant and meaningful, even in such a short period of time!”

 

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Your ceremony in three words:  Laid-back, personal, intimate.

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  Glenn and I are not religious at all so we really wanted to ceremony to be universal and very ‘us.’ Rev. Bhavani sent us a ton of templates and options for the different parts of the ceremony and we kind of picked and chose what we liked for each. I would say it was traditional in terms of the language but also had a lot of our own touches. Very personal but short and sweet at the same time.

 

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What was your ceremony music?  I asked two of my cousins, Peter and Hannah, to play the music for our ceremony and it was perfect! Peter played some of his own stuff on the piano as the guests were being seated. As the girls came down the aisle in twos, he played “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. When I walked down with my dad, he and Hannah (violin) played Canon in D together, and as we walked out Peter closed with “Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog” and sang along too! It was such a fun touch!

What were your ceremony readings?  We had one reader in the ceremony, Beth Klineman, our close family friend who was also my Kindergarten teacher! She read a little piece from Charlotte’s web that I just love:

“Why did you do all this for me?” Wilbur asked. “I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.” “You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.”

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Our favorite part about the ceremony was feeling and seeing all of the love and support we had while standing up there. From our wedding party (most of whom we have known since we were about 2 years old) to all of our friends and family who traveled so far for us – it could not have been a better. Knowing that they were just as excited as we were about being married could not have felt more special.

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Be present! It sounds cliché but the whole night goes by so quickly – you won’t even feel like you were there.

 

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The Reception

“Every single second of our reception was my favorite. I never imagined it would all come together as perfectly as it did. Glenn and I both agree that the feeling we had that night will never be topped. Just the warmest feeling of love and support in the tent. But if I had to choose just one favorite moment, it would actually be a moment before the reception. After Glenn and I finished with pictures, the two of us and my mom hopped on a golf cart to go down and see the tent before anyone was in it. I think we all got chills. It was the most beautiful set up I have ever seen. And of course seeing the reaction from all of the guests was pretty special too!”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I have a very rustic and loose style – some may call it organic. For most people, flowers are the main focus, but I like a lot of bark, sticks, stones and greenery, and wanted the reception to have an earthy, rustic look, with nothing too perfect or pristine. An ‘enchanted forest’ theme kind of came into its own with the amazing greenery around the tent poles. Olive branches were another motif – not only do we love the look of them, but my parents have a very special Papillon at home named Olive who we all could not love more. We thought it would be a bit overwhelming for her to come to the wedding, so we figured she could be there in spirit.

 

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Family Style Menu:  Greens: Garden arugula with house made ricotta, pears & lemon shallot dressing // Veggies: Balsamic grilled seasonal vegetables / Roasted fingerling potatoes with olive oil, sea salt & thyme // Land & Sea: Braised beef short ribs with stone ground grits & roasted onions / Seared sea scallops with melted leeks, carrots and bacon // Sweet: Hallie’s specialty pound cake with buttercream frosting and cream cheese filling // Late Night Snack: Blue Ridge Pizza Co. wood-fired truck

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail?  Yes! This was a last minute addition but it was a hit. It was a vodka, cucumber and basil drink named “The 27” after the favorite number we both wore while playing lacrosse!

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  I have a little bit of an obsession with pink and black leopard print, and wanted some slights hints here and there without going too crazy. The outside of our cake was very unassuming and beautiful with a white buttercream frosting and some olive leaves and olives, but the Clifton Pastry Chef made an amazing pound cake that was pink and black leopard print on the inside – I have no idea how he did it! This was one of my favorite details.

 

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Special songs:
First Dance: “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
Father/daughter dance (Glenn and his mom came in halfway through my dance with my dad): “Cruisin’” by Smoky Robinson

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  Everything was perfect. I would maybe add about 3 hours to the ceremony…

 

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Photography: Erich McVey / Event Planning & design:  Simply Chic Events / Venue, Catering, Cake: The Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia / Officiant: Sacred Ground Ceremonies / Dress, Veil: Carol Hannah / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / EarringsErickson Beamon / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor / Suit, Shirt, Tie, Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Cufflinks: UPenn Cufflinks / Stationery, Calligraphy: Brown Linen Design /  Floral Design: Beehive Events / Hair: Hair by Shana Dee / Makeup: Nour Kazoun / Rentals: La Tavola, Skyline Tent, Party Rental Ltd. / Transportation: Ambassador Limo / Reception Music: The Source via Elan Artists / Late Night Snacks: Blue Ridge Pizza Co.

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With its vineyard views and rustic ruins, Kunde Winery was a breathtaking venue for Ashvi and Dan’s August wedding. We love all the gorgeous details, from the lush bridal bouquet to the fiery red and gold bridesmaid gowns, and we’re so inspired by the way the couple combined Jewish and Hindu traditions to create a ceremony that was meaningful for them.

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Ashvi carried a lush bouquet that included hydrangea, ranunculus, anemones, orchids, and silver brunia.

 

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We’re both originally from the East Coast, but we thought it would be fun to have our wedding out West after a recent move to San Francisco. We chose Kunde because we knew it would be the type of place our friends and family would be thrilled to visit. The winery estate is vast and picturesque with endless charm. We immediately fell in love with the Dunfillan Winery Ruins and were blown away by Boot Hill’s dramatic views from the middle of a vineyard and wanted to share this taste of California Wine Country with our guests.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Choose vendors you trust and let them work their magic.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Approach wedding planning as an adventure before marriage. Although stressful at times, it can also be a memorable and exciting journey!

 

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Ashvi’s bridesmaids wore a mix of gold and vermilion dresses.

 

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Says the bride, “We had floral garlands hanging at the Ruins’ entrance, which are common in Hindu tradition.”

 

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The Ceremony

We choose the Ruins for our ceremony because it provided a romantic backdrop with a little dose of the vineyard’s history.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Scenic, Playful, Musical.

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  We researched the similarities between Hindu and Jewish wedding traditions and wove together a ceremony that included elements from both. We wanted our ceremony to highlight the likenesses between the two cultures.

 

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Who officiated your ceremony?  Rabbi D’vorah Rose. She had experience officiating interfaith ceremonies, and was eager to help us craft a ceremony that reflected who we are as a couple—both culturally and personally.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  We were married under a wedding canopy, called a Huppah in Judaism and a Manavara in Sri Lankan Hindu tradition. We concluded our ceremony with the Jewish Sheva B’rachot (Seven Blessings) and the Hindu Saptapadi (Seven Steps).

 

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What was your ceremony music?  We had a New Orleans style jazz band – it was really fun! Processional: Girl of My Dreams / Bridal Processional: La Vie en Rose / Recessional: Mahogany Hall Stomp

What were your ceremony readings?  These I Can Promise by Mark Twain / I’ll Be There For You by Louise Cuddon

What were your vows like?  Our vows are memorialized in our Ketubah (Jewish marriage contract) designed by Ketubahworks. Dan and I wrote the language together in the months leading up to our wedding and gathered a small group of family and friends to witness our Ketubah signing the day before our wedding.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The location! We loved how the open-top, stone structure felt tucked away in a meadow. Getting married in the Ruins surrounded by huge oak trees felt majestic and, at moments, surreal.

 

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The Reception

“I’d describe our reception as an amazing party with all of our nearest and dearest!”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We both appreciate simple, elegant design with bold splashes of color and wanted our decor to complement the property’s expansive, breathtaking beauty. We chose Mediterranean cuisine to go with the venue’s breezy Mediterranean vibe, and we opted for a family-style dinner. We thought sharing food could be a great way for our guests to make new friends!

 

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Please tell us about any special details from your reception.  Laurel Anderson at Esla Events and her team styled a couple of cabanas as additional seating areas for the guests. These were a lovely way to provide shade on a hot summer’s day in Sonoma Valley.

 

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Menu:  Salad: Grilled Summer Peaches with red oak leaf lettuce, almond crusted goat cheese and sherry vinaigrette // Entrees: Orecchiette Pasta with sauce à la checca, heirloom tomatoes, garlic, basil, parmesan cheese / Grilled Angus Beef Top Sirloin with garlic and herb compound butter / Ocean Skewers with seared sea scallop, tiger prawn skewers and savory couscous // Side Dishes: Market Grilled Vegetables zucchini, eggplant, squash, colorful peppers, mushrooms, baby artichokes, with lemon and thyme marinade // Dessert: Harvey’s Donut Station / S’mores Station / Cutting Cake (Dulce de Leche Cake and Carrot Cake)

 

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Are there any fun details you’d like to tell us about?  We worked with Laurel at Esla Events to create custom fill-in-the-blank cards for our guests as an alternative to a guestbook (think Mad Libs).

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  We’ll be going on our honeymoon nearly a year after our wedding. Looking back, it could have been nice to spend a couple days alone right after – a “mini-moon” if you will – to catch up on sleep and enjoy each other’s company.

 

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Special dances: 
First dance: Me Gustas Tu, Manu Chao (we danced salsa)
Father/daughter: What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  How much fun everyone had! Nearly all the photos from the reception are of people smiling, dancing and having a blast. What more could we ask for?

 

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Photography: Carlie Statsky / Venue: Kunde Family Winery / Event Planning & Design: Esla Events / Officiant: Rabbi D’vorah Rose / Dress: Jenny Packham / Shoes: Aerin Lauder / Clutch: Karen Millen /Earrings: Elizabeth Cole  / Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG, David Meister, Monique Lhuillier, Donna Karan / Suit, Shirt: Artful Gentleman / Tie: J. Crew / Shoes: Gucci / Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas with DIY Customization / Calligraphy: Janis Anzalone / Floral Design: Studio Choo / Hair: Sunshine Hair Art, Melisa Hall, Makeup: Melisa Hall / Rentals: Bright Event Rentals, Frances Lane, Hartmann, La Tavola Linen / Ceremony Music: SF Feetwarmers / Reception Music: Boutique DJs / Catering: Alex’s Catering / Cake, Dessert: A Spoonful of Sugar, Harvery’s DonutsAlex’s Catering

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A much-needed escape from the modern distractions life throws our way can seem next to impossible at times; thankfully, Joan and Andrew’s incredible off-the-grid weekend festivities afforded their guests some quality time to unplug. From the incredible backdrop of green hills and misty beaches, to the sustainable autumn menu and the barnyard dance party, this cozy celebration is one we all wish we could of been a part of!

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“We fell in love with the Mendocino County and the North Coast years ago, as a getaway from the distractions of San Francisco. Just three-hours north is a different world. With no cell phone reception, we spend our days exploring the intense green hills, world-class wineries, breweries and rocky, misty beaches. We always knew it would be the perfect place to bring our friends and family together to get away from everything when we got married.”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  When we stumbled upon Oz Farm—an organic farm on a former commune with a thriving apple orchard—we immediately knew we’d found the venue that would serve as home base for the weekend’s festivities. Full of charm, natural beauty and practical space, Oz Farm might be off-the-grid, but we were optimistic that it could sustain an amazing time for our friends and family for an autumn weekend.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Our good friend Jordan had the best tip: know your top three priorities, don’t compromise on them and don’t get too stressed with everything else. Ours were: a venue we could gather at the whole weekend, a memorable dance party in a barn to hide out from the cool Mendocino air, and delicious food and wine.

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  There are endless ways you can plan, prepare and add your personal touch to the event, but in the end, your guests are there to celebrate you and your marriage. Don’t stress about a missing sign, an off-key guitarist or a DIY detail you didn’t have time for – just enjoy the moment! The hiccups are often the most memorable parts of the entire event. Plus, your guests probably won’t notice the program is missing an embossed logo.

 

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“Before the ceremony, we gathered in the farm’s library with close family and the wedding party to sign the ketubah, the Jewish marriage agreement. We treasured taking time to connect with family before the big party.”

 

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The Ceremony

“By weaving in the traditions we treasured the most, our ceremony felt personal and meaningful without any stuffiness. We molded Jewish and American wedding traditions to create a personal, unique ceremony: picking conventions that resonated with us and fit our aesthetic. While the ceremony took place in a hidden redwood grove on the farm, we kept it traditional by breaking the glass and raising a chuppah.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Personal, deep-rooted, brief.

Who officiated your ceremony?  Our dear friend Bill Hudak officiated. He’s seen our relationship blossom from the start—he was with us when we met. Andrew, an only child, considers him a mentor and a big brother figure.

 

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What was your ceremony music?  I walked down the aisle with my parents to Pachelbel’s, “Canon in D”—I couldn’t imagine any other song. Our classical guitarist played The Turtles’, “Happy Together” for the recessional.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  Throughout. For instance, the chuppah included family heirlooms from my Jewish family and Andrew’s Midwestern roots: my grandfather’s tallit and a family blanket handknit by Andrew’s grandmother. Once my parents gave me away, I walked around Andrew in the chuppah seven times – while my lace train swept up redwood needles like a Swiffer – we all laughed and enjoyed the moment.

 

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What were your ceremony readings?  My family took turns reading the traditional seven blessings of a Jewish wedding in Hebrew. The blessings were translated on the ceremony programs, so everyone could follow along.

What were your vows like?  We chose and recited traditional, simple vows. There’s something meaningful about saying, “For better or for worse.”

 

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The Reception

“Our good friend Jordan had the best tip: know your top three priorities, don’t compromise on them and don’t get too stressed with everything else. Ours were: a venue we could gather at the whole weekend, a memorable dance party in a barn to hide out from the cool Mendocino air, and delicious food and wine.”

 

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How would you describe your reception?  A raucous barn dance with fuel to keep us going all day and night!

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Oz Farm itself inspired our wedding. We added special touches throughout our wedding in honor of the farm and location. Our friend Aaron designed the invitations with vintage apples, a hand-drawn map of the area and a watercolor of Oz Farm on the save the date. Instead of toasting with sparkling wine, we opted for a special keg of hard apple cider, as a nod to Oz Farm’s apple harvest, which was in full season. All the wine and beer was made locally in Mendocino County – we’re lucky that it is among the most exceptional in California, and luckier that one of Drew’s friends is a winemaker in the area. Coastal Posies even harvested most of the flowers from the farm.

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  While Coastal Posies created the colorful bouquets and boutonnieres, we chose to arrange the flowers for the table arrangements ourselves. A group gathered in the barn the day before the wedding, using inspiration from our friend Lisa at Lovebud and colorful glass vases provided by Matt Rowland. The rustic arrangements felt natural on the farm, especially considering the flowers were grown onsite.

What was your wedding menu?  A fall feast; our guests enjoyed local lamb in a mint pesto, baked fish with fresh herb salsa, cheesy polenta and corn succotash served family style on long wooden king’s tables.

Did you have a signature cocktail?  We chose simple, traditional cocktails that required few components – a Moscow Mule, a Kentucky Mule and an Old Fashioned. With a few mixers and spirits, we also let our guests pick their drinks. My drink of choice was the sparking wine – a brut rose made within a few miles at Roederer Estate.

 

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Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Renting out a nontraditional venue for the long weekend allowed us to stretch our budget and offer our guests a more intimate experience. The vendor and food costs in Mendocino were 30-70 percent less than in San Francisco, Napa or Sonoma. We also could keep the music piping and drinks flowing all night long – which our 20 friends who stayed in cabins on the farm surely appreciated. So, we funneled some of the savings into making the venue and experience comfortable for our guests. We brought in heat lamps and portable bathrooms, contracted a shuttle to transport those guests not staying at the farm, plus made sure the venue could accommodate Joan’s grandfather, who is in a wheelchair.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  One of the most memorable moments of the night was during the speeches at dinner. As my sister read a poem she wrote, the backup generator died and the 100-person party was left in the dark, lit only by candlelight and the full moon. Zoe and the Oz farmhands quickly fixed it, but that five-minute interlude gave us a break to laugh, eat our dinner, and soak in the love of our family and friends. What was our biggest worry when we started the process, turned out to be so indicative of everything we love about getting married at a rustic farm.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Since we’re big fans of tasty sweets, we curated a creative dessert bar of cookies – chocolate chip potato chips were Andrew’s favorite – and had a traditional wedding cake. Franny made the most delicious gluten free carrot cake, topped with the Oz Farm flowers and the same cake topper used at Joan’s parents’ and grandparents’ weddings. And the cake was nearly as delicious after a year in the freezer!

 

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What was your first dance song?  We wanted a fun first dance, for us as well as our guests – after all, they have to watch us dance for five minutes! We chose “You’re All I Need to Get By” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. The Motown tune is a bit unexpected as a first dance, and we took dance lessons to ensure we gave our guests a good show.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Everyone wants to be a part of the magic, so don’t shy away from asking friends if they can help out. From designing invitations to painting chalkboards to hanging the ketubah, we received gracious support from our talented friends. While the marriage is about our love and commitment, the wedding was absolutely a celebration of the life we’ve built together and with our loved ones.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  No, but we’d love to do it again!

 

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Photography: Dobrin Weddings / Venue: Oz Farm in Point Arena, California / Day Of Coordinator: Zoe Braga / Dress: Augusta Jones / Shoes: Upper Street / Alterations, Belt: Fichu / Jewelry: Bella Boutique / Bracelet: Vintage from Lang Antiques / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Suit: Tom James / Stationery: Aaron Feiger / Personal Flowers: Coastal Posies / Table Flowers: Lovebud / Hair, Makeup: Bloom Skincare & Makeup / Rentals: Matt Rowland Events / Ceremony Music: Gary Digman / Reception Music: Dave Tutton / Catering: Karina’s Catering / Cake: Franny’s Cup and Saucer

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  • Mendocino Wedding at Oz Farm by Dobrin Weddings

    13 August 2015
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    There’s something completely enchanted about saying your vows in the lush, serene Tennessee forest. Katarina and Andrew’s ethereal wedding celebration was perfectly captured by Abigail Bobo, using mostly film. From the bride’s romantic gown, to the sweetest first look, to dinner and dancing in an elegant, rustic barn; this day was as close to a fairytale as you can get.

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  “Have a mimosa.” The entire week before the wedding, a few of my bridesmaids stayed with me and really took care of me. The morning of the wedding I was absolutely crazy, I just wanted to get down to the venue and do set up and arrange everything. My sweet friends Meg and Patty looked at me very sternly and told me that I needed to calm down and have a mimosa and let everyone else do their jobs. Calm down, have fun and trust in the people around you to take care of last minute things so that you can focus on you and your (soon-to-be) husband.

     

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    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Narrow down the things that are most important to you and book those first. For us, the photographer was the most important thing because we knew we needed someone we could trust, which is why we chose Abigail Bobo. You’ll feel best about your purchases if you prioritize and invest in the things you believe in.

     

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    Katarina was like a dream in her stunning gown with its floral-covered bodice, flowing tulle skirt, and sweeping train. She says that her something old, new, borrowed, and blue were “thrown together by my parents and bridesmaids moments minutes before the ceremony.”

     

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    The Ceremony

    “The Wren’s Nest is an elegant, rustic barn setting that was naturally lovely—we instantly fell in love. The lush, green woods gave a secluded, private ceremony and the restored barn served as a beautiful place for the reception. We tried very hard to make our wedding day very personal for us and the people that attended. We wanted to make sure that the ceremony really felt like and reflected us and we wanted each person who was present to know that, as we took the biggest step of our lives, we genuinely wanted them there as a witness.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Ethereal, natural, and intimate

    Who officiated your ceremony?  David Fredriksz officiated our ceremony. He is our spiritual mentor and premarital counselor and we met him while attending G42 Leadership Academy in Mijas, Spain. He is such a special person in our lives and we couldn’t picture anyone else joining us in the covenant of marriage.

     

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    What was your ceremony music?  Our ceremony music was a mix of traditional and modern. We had quartets, hymns, and some more recent acoustic tunes – we tried to give a very soft natural feel with the song choices. We finished the ceremony with the recessional song, “She Said Yes” by The Wedding Band because it is such a joyful, funny song. It made a perfect bridge from the soft, sweet ceremony to the party that was to follow.

     

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    What were your vows like?  We repeated traditional wedding vows after the officiant.

    What were your ceremony readings? We did not have any readings. We tried to stay away from the usual ceremony traditions in order to make time for the things that mattered most to us.

    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  We included communion with the guests during the start of wedding ceremony and a washing of each other’s feet after our vows. Our favorite part of the ceremony was the communion that we personally handed out to each of our guests. The time allowed for us to see, hug, and thank every person that was there.

     

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    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Be you. Don’t listen to everyone else’s opinions of what your day should be. Don’t get caught up in trying to get every single idea that you see to be a part of your wedding. Do what feels natural to you as a couple and when the day is over everyone will have had the best time because they love you … and if the ceremony shines like you do they will love that too.

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  I wouldn’t do anything differently, except be less stressed about the details.

     

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    The Reception

    “The Maple Barn at the Wren’s Nest served as a perfect location for our wedding reception. The top of the barn was where dinner was held and it was beautiful with very little extra décor needed. The bottom floor was an excellent place for dancing.”

     

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    How would you describe your reception?  A party that was full of life.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Pinterest, DIYs, and wedding blogs were a major inspiration for us in our planning. With so many resources out there, sometimes you can get lost in the details. We were very fortunate to attend many weddings the year before our wedding and it helped us figure out what mattered to us, instead of trying to do every beautiful and clever idea that we saw.

     

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    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  My mother planted each of the succulent plants herself and made some of the mercury glass planters. It was a very special addition and I still have the plants in my home.

     

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    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We served white almond wedding cake with buttercream icing, and a dark chocolate groom’s cake with dark chocolate icing.

     

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    What was your wedding menu?  Georgia chopped pork and roasted chicken. Garlic red skin mashed potatoes, fire-grilled veggies, and honey buttered corn bread muffins. We didn’t have a signature cocktail, but we served wine and craft beer, two of our favorites.

    Special songs:
    First dance: “Thinking Out Loud” Jasmine Thompson
    Father/daughter: “Sweat Pea” Amos Lee
    Mother/son: “Forever Young” Audra Mae & The Forest Rangers
    Mother/daughter: “Three Little Birds” Renee & Jeremy

     

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    Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  In addition to the traditional speeches, we opened the mic to our bridal party. It allowed for very kind words to be said over us and for a hilarious, impromptu speech given by the flower girl.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  The dancing was our favorite part of the reception! Kevin from Choice DJs knew exactly the kind of music people wanted to hear and he was very involved with the crowd without being overbearing. Everyone in the barn was dancing! I only requested one song and although he didn’t have it—because it was a very obscure song—he got it for me and played it. It meant so much and everyone who knew the song just went crazy for it.

     

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    Photography: Abigail Bobo / Venue: The Wren’s Nest in Murfreesboro, Tennessee / Event Planning & Design: Modern Vintage Events / Floral Design: GreenFinch Floral Design / Dress, Veil: Love Marley via Adore Bridal Boutique / Shoes: Bennie Ballet Flats, Esprit / Belt: Davie and Chiyo / Earrings, Bracelet: Anne Klein / Suit: Joseph Abboud / Shirt, Tie: Calvin Klein / Shoes: Florsheim / Watch: Fossil / Stationery: Invitations by Roberta, RLG Gifts LLC / Hair, Makeup: Libby B., Katie Russo Beauty / Rentals: Southern Events LLC / Officiant: David Fredriksz, G42 / DJ: Kevin Thompson, Choice DJ’s / Catering: Famous Dave’s / Cake: Dream Cakes

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  • Tennessee Wedding at The Wren's Nest by Abigail Bobo

    12 August 2015
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    From the bride’s lace gown to the oceanside ceremony to the simply beautiful lantern decorations, Raine and Aldo’s elegant island wedding is going to make you wish you were on your way to Jamaica – we certainly do!

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    Did you have something old, new, borrowed, and blue?  Yes! My aunts Giselle and Lisa wanted to contribute to my big day in a meaningful and intimate way, and before the ceremony we sat down together and they presented me with four beautifully wrapped little boxes, each carrying a special token of my family’s love. Something old: A gorgeous diamond pendant that was once my mother’s. It was sewn into my bustier close to my heart. // Something new: An antique pair of teardrop chandelier earrings given to me by my Aunt Giselle. // Something borrowed: A ruby bracelet worn by my grandmother Joanna. She passed two years before and it was important for me to include her in the ceremony. // Something blue: A fancy white lace garter threaded by a silk blue ribbon adorned with a gorgeous Swarovski crystal.

    From the groom:  A tradition was born when one of my groomsmen gave me the bow tie he wore for his own wedding. I was proud to sport his neckwear on my wedding day and even prouder to give it to another fellow groomsmen who will wear it to his wedding in two months in New York City.

     

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    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  I teamed up with my maid of honor to create a cache of locally themed hand picked goodies to welcome our wedding guests to Jamaica with a taste of island flavors. Our personalized wedding welcome boxes included Jamaican Jerk sauce, mini Tortuga Rum Cakes, Coconut Drops, an assortment of Caribbean candies and island themed post cards.

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The morning of our wedding, my husband and I enjoyed a peaceful breakfast on the veranda of our villa, and two of our closest married friends stopped by to share with us a few words of advice. They encouraged us to steal a few moments to ourselves throughout the day. At the reception that night, we took the advice of our friends and stepped away. For a moment we sat together, holding hands and quietly watched our family and friends laugh, dance and sing together. Looking back today, we are so thankful to have spent that brief quiet time soaking it all in.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Be kind to one another, laugh and enjoy being in love. The planning will not always be perfect but remember that there is beauty in the imperfections. Allow your character and personality to shine through. Believe the hype! It will be one of the most incredible times of your lives!

     

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    The Ceremony

    “Having grown up in Jamaica I had always envisioned having a classic Caribbean wedding. Having been to Jamaica many times in the past, Aldo was incredibly supportive. Round Hill had already been our first choice but when we walked out onto the picturesque spa lawn, framed by the 18th century Great House and the Caribbean sea, our minds were made up.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three (or four) words.  Elegant, Classic Caribbean, Warm, Loving.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  A charismatic and warm Jamaican officiant named Glenroy Clarke eloquently guided us through our marriage vows and ceremony.

     

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    What was your ceremony music?  We were fortunate to have an incredibly talented young violinist, Filip Pogady, fly in from Manhattan to play during our ceremony and cocktail hour. During our ceremony he played Pachelbel’s Canon in D for our prelude, “All of Me” by John Legend during the processional, “Ave Maria” for our wedding march and “This is Love” by Bob Marley during our recessional. Filip also took the time to learn and play the University of Notre Dame fight song during our cocktail hour. This was a special treat as we met at Notre Dame and many of the guests were alumni as well.

    What were your ceremony readings?  A favorite memory from our ceremony was hearing my aunt recite my mother’s favorite poem “The Marriage” By Rumi. It was a small detail that gave her the voice to pass on a message of support at that very special moment. Our other readings were Proverbs 3:1-6 and Philippians 4:4-9.

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Groom: The pure anticipation of seeing my wife in her wedding dress for the first time was one of the most exciting parts of the ceremony. She was absolutely stunning as she walked up the aisle. I knew we were embarking on a new and wonderful journey together. // Bride: I felt at ease standing in front of my husband under the warm Jamaican sun surrounded by an intimate gathering of our closest family and friends. We recited our vows over the sound of the waves as they crashed lightly against the shore behind us. I don’t think I have ever felt more joyful than at that very moment.

     

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    The Reception

    “Our reception took place on the historic Hanover Terrace that offers panoramic views of the entire Round Hill property. We dined under the Georgian Room’s architecturally exquisite vernacular ceilings. Then joined our guests for an all out dance party under the glowing lanterns hanging from the canopy of trees above us. The location emanated with a sense of old world luxury that left us feeling a little like the stars that had been there before us. The property is famous for being the place where John F. and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned and is rumored to be location where Oscar Hammerstein dreamt up the lyrics to ‘The Hills Are Alive’ for The Sound of Music.”

     

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    How would you describe your reception?  Elegant, light-hearted, picturesque.

    How did you go about planning your ceremony?  We knew that planning a destination wedding would be challenging. Luckily, we met Racquel Bernard, the catering and sales manager at Round Hill on a visit to the property (she made time for us on Jamaican Independence Day no less). Racquel went above and beyond to make our wedding everything we had envisioned. She was with us every step of the way and her knowledge and advice were invaluable.

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We had a coconut cake with a pineapple filling infused with coconut 
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    Did you have a signature cocktail?  No, but we had signature chocolates! We brought a little piece of San Francisco sweetness with us to Jamaica by having our favorite chocolate shop, Chocolatier Blue create 200 signature chocolates for our guests to enjoy at our wedding. Each chocolate was airbrushed in red, green and gold, homage to the vibrant irie colors of Jamaica. The delicious flavors included passion fruit caramel, piña colada, chili, sage honey, and sunflower and orange marmalade.

     

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

    Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  It was important for me to take a moment to honor my incredible mother who passed a few years ago. She had fallen in love with Jamaica as a young Canadian woman on vacation and after many visits decided to follow her heart and build a life on the island. I was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica a few years later. As a child, I remember her telling me that though she loved Jamaica for many reasons, it was the warm crystalline water and powdery sand beaches that had truly stolen her heart. It seemed only natural on my wedding day to invite our friends and loved ones to the edge of the water to participate in a floating lantern ceremony. Each guest came together in a collective moment of remembrance and reflection as they placed a lantern into the Caribbean Sea. Throughout the festivities of the night, I only had to look out to the ocean to watch as 100 (biodegradable) lanterns lit up the night with her presence.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Groom: It would not be a stretch of the imagination to say I have two left feet. Which is a bit challenging when you have a wife that loves to dance. Suffice it to say we did a few lessons rehearsing our first dance song in San Francisco. While our first dance was not perfect and my steps may not have been the smoothest, the laughs we had through the process and the joy we felt that night dancing made it a moment we will never forget. // Bride: Aldo’s best man performed a wildly hilarious poem that would rival any comedian and left the entire wedding laughing hysterically. My maid of honor followed and eloquently tore at our heartstrings. The rest of the night was filled with dancing and laughing on the Hanover Terrace under the canopy of tropical trees lit with glowing lanterns.

     

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    Photography: Jeremy Harwell / Venue, Catering, Cake: Round Hill in Montego Bay, Jamaica / Event Planning & Design: Racquel Barnard, Round Hill / Dress: Amy Kuschel / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Suit: Hugo Boss / Shirt: Eton / Shoes: Ferragamo / Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein / Stationery: Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence / Calligraphy: Rona Siegel / Floral Design: Tia Floral Services / Ceremony Music: Fillip Pogady / DJ: Kevan Stewart, JA Wedding DJ /

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  • Montego Bay Wedding at Round Hill by Jeremy Harwell

    11 August 2015
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