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We love couples who aren’t afraid to be completely true to themselves while planning a wedding. Bride, Lori, says “Having met each other in a coffee shop in New York, we wanted an authentic ceremony. You can’t get more New York than getting married at City Hall.” Their intimate ceremony followed by an upbeat reception with panoramic views of the city was quintessentially New York, and we are so excited to share it with you.

Photography by Lord Ashbury.

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Official, genuine, animated

Who officiated your ceremony? A lovely city officiant with blue hair and cowboy boots was assigned to us.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? My engagement ring was the John’s grandmother’s ring. I decided to wear it as both the engagement and wedding ring, as putting a wedding band with it did less rather than add more.

 

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How did you go about planning your ceremony?  Other than getting the marriage license, there was no planning required for City Hall. You show up, grab a number, and get hitched! We did have a chance to say some personal, unplanned vows which made it extra special.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Having family present truly made City Hall such a special ceremony. Only our parents and siblings attended the ceremony, so it was a unique circle of the most important people in our lives witnessing us get married in one of the greatest cities on Earth.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? After the ceremony, we walked to the Brooklyn Bridge near City Hall. It was an incredible setting to celebrate the first minutes as husband and wife. Making history surrounded by history.

 

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We had a family-style Sunday Supper at the restaurant Root & Bone the night before our wedding. Both growing up in the south from Charleston and Baton Rouge, it was a southern feast to be proud of.”

 

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Is there anything that helps tell the story of your wedding? There was a major hurricane heading to New York City just in time for our wedding day! As if planning a wedding isn’t stressful enough, now we had to think about how Hurricane Joaquin may impact our wedding weekend. Luckily, the hurricane pushed out to shore at the last minute, and we avoided having Joaquin as an unexpected wedding guest!

What was the best advice you received as a bride? Follow your heart and don’t let social pressures, traditions or other influences dictate what matters to you as a couple.

 

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“Our wedding reception was focused on passed hors d’oeuvres with stations for heavier food. Created by Chef John Fraser at Narcissa, menu items included lobster rolls, baked oysters, tuna tartar, duck cigars, pork tenderloin, beets and fried artichokes. Open bar was also a must with their crew!”

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Nail down a few key things that are must-haves for your dream wedding then let the experts do the rest. That is why you hire them! Also, you can plan a magnificent wedding in a short time frame. We were engaged in June and married by October.

 

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The Reception

“Our reception was literally on top of the world! The Standard Hotel East Village penthouse has 360 skyline views of New York City. With food and drinks flowing, a rocking Cuban salsa band, and family and friends letting loose — it was so magical.”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your reception? We had visited the penthouse of The Standard Hotel East Village for a small concert one night and fell in love with the venue right away. Once we got engaged, it was our top choice for a venue as we knew it would take our guests’ breath away. In addition, we wanted to keep as much of the wedding and vendors local to our East Village neighborhood.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Our favorite moment of the reception is what our photographer called The Golden Hour. Right when the sun was setting over the Hudson River creating a stunning glow, we were having our first look as a couple and then later watched our guests’ mouths drop at the venue and views. After seeing everyone dressed to the nines with smiles ear to ear, we knew it was going to be a night to remember.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Focus the budget on your must-haves then be flexible with budget options on the rest. Think outside the box whether it is DIY or vendors that don’t typically service weddings.

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The amazing talent of people that support weddings was so inspiring, and how much they cared about making our day special was unforgettable. Whether it was meeting with Nicole Miller’s team in her showroom selecting the perfect wedding dress, planning out the ice sculpture design with frozen flowers and strawberries with Okamtoto Studio, or doing trial runs with our photographer, Lord Ashbury, and make-up artist, Eric Holt from NARS, everyone brought their best ideas and skills to make our wedding truly wonderful.

 

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Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? Since I’m from Louisiana, we had a Mardi Gras second line dance where guests paraded around the room waving napkins in the air to traditional New Orleans music. It’s always a crowd pleaser.

 

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What was your first dance song? Our first dance was to “La Vie en Rose” by Louis Armstrong. We got engaged in the Place des Vosges, the first planned park in Paris, so the French themed song was a gentle nod to that memorable day. The song puts you in such a good mood with a trumpeted build up towards the end which led John to give me a fancy, dramatic dip at the end!

Reception music performed by Cuban Salsa Band, Groupo Irek.

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? The wedding cake was an exposed strawberry-lemon layer cake from Momufuku Milk Bar. (We dream about it all the time.) We also had s’mores for guests to enjoy.

Cake by Milk Bar.

Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. One of the huge hits of the reception was the wedding favors. We hired an illustrator to capture each guest’s portrait in colored ink. Mara Cespon, the talented illustrator, is a friend of mine, and she created portraits each under four minutes with every last detail captured. Guests took home their illustrations — many of which have been framed. You can’t say that most wedding favors end up hanging on your guests walls!

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Not a single thing — it was perfection!

 

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Photography: Lord Ashbury / Venue: The Standard Hotel, East Village in New York, New York / Floral Design: Adore Floral / Dress: Nicole Miller / Jewelry: Dannijo / Alterations: Selene New York / Tuxedo: Bottega Veneta / Shoes: Calvin Klein / Stationery: Minted / Ice Sculptor: Okamoto Studio / Illustrator: Mara Cespon / Hair: Glamsquad / Makeup: Eric Holt – NARS / Cuban Salsa Band: Groupo Irek / Catering: Narcissa / Cake, Dessert: Milk Bar

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New Jersey Golf Course Wedding, Dark Red Dahlias and Pink Roses, Lindsay Madden, www.snippetandink.com New Jersey Golf Course Wedding, Dark Red Dahlias and Pink Roses, Lindsay Madden, www.snippetandink.com

 

Today’s wedding is full of so many gorgeous floral arrangements, it’s hard to choose one favorite. Bride Leslie, a healthy foodie, made sure to incorporate fresh and local produce throughout their entire day, including their centerpieces. Pink dahlias and garden roses were uniquely paired with citrus, grapes, and even tomatoes. We love the creativity and thinking outside of the box to display something so visually stunning!

Photography by Lindsay Madden.

 

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We love how the bride’s colorful floral heels from Dolce and Gabbana coordinated perfectly with the whimsical invitations.

 

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“We realized that our Save the Dates would set the tone for everything to come, and we wanted to create something out of the box. I have a healthy snack blog called Savvy Snacker and we are foodies, so we decided to design a dish towel that mapped out our story: from where we met, to our home, our favorite local spots and of course, our wedding information. Best of all: it didn’t get thrown away.”

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Insert your personality into your wedding. It doesn’t have to be in everything, but making it about you and your partner is so special.

 

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The Ceremony

“Bedminster is only an hour from New York City where most of our guests were traveling from, but it feels like a million miles away with sprawling horse farms, country stores and apple orchards.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Ethereal, romantic, pure

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  We were obligated to meet with our rabbi a handful of times leading up to our wedding. She gave us all of these little tests about how well we knew ourselves and each other. It was actually one of the things I looked forward to most. We had a lot of fun in those meetings and they helped to shape Adena’s sermon.

 

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What was your ceremony music?
Processional: “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison
My parents and me: “Turn Your Lights Down Low” by Bob Marley. We had our band perform The Voice’s Anita Antoinette’s rendition.
Recessional: “Real Love” by Mary J. Blige

 

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Who officiated your ceremony? Rabbi Adena Blum. She’s actually a distant relative, which made the ceremony feel that much more personal. Alex and I drank out of my Grandfather’s kiddush cup, which he was given as a child. His initials, inscribed into the silver cup are the same as mine (formerly, at least)!

 

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What were your ceremony readings? I love this text from our ketubah: “Through each other’s eyes we see the world anew: may we be better together.”

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? I remember walking out with my parents on each side. I whispered that the moment will go by in a flash so we should walk as slow as possible to relish every second. My dad, so proud, wholeheartedly agreed. As we turned to walk down the aisle, I locked eyes with Alex and we shared a moment so pure. Our musical choices during the ceremony were so important to us, but I don’t remember hearing anything at all; at that moment it was just Alex and me.

 

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The Reception

“We were inspired by the rural location, which dictated everything from the local food and produce, jewel toned flowers and ivy, invitations, welcome packages, giveaways and more.”

 

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What was your wedding menu? The food took months of planning and was sourced from local farms, whenever possible. We even had a chef hand rolling mozzarella to order, paired with fresh New Jersey tomatoes. We chose to have a plated first course of mushroom soup and salad followed by food stations consisting of rack of lamb, ribeye, wild salmon, roasted cauliflower toasted farro, crisp baby beet and rainbow chard risotto and more.

 

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How would you describe your reception? A legit dance party!

Did you have a signature cocktail? Oh, yes we did!
Becoming Berbit Bubbly: champagne with a blackberry shrub and thyme
Alexander the Great: spicy infused gin with muddled cucumber
So Long Steinberg Sangria: white wine and triple sec with locally sourced fruit

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We couldn’t choose just one wedding cake flavor so we had two! A chocolate cake with orange flower blossom cream and an almond walnut cake with dulce de leche cream. We also had butler passed desserts consisting of spiked milkshakes, mini doughnuts with coffee and the chef’s famous “Dragon’s Breath Popcorn”.

Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. Instead of table numbers we gave each table the name of seasonal produce, which Putnam & Putnam then incorporated into the corresponding centerpieces. Big hit!

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? We met at the infamous establishment, Cyril’s, in Montauk. You bet there were BBCs (Baileys Banana Colada) at the wedding, which meant we had some fun on recipe development!

Our giveaway at the end of the night brought everything full circle. We chose raw honey from a nearby beekeeper. Honey symbolizes the coming of a sweet new year — it represents abundance and has incredible healing properties. And last but not least, honey is maybe the only food that does not spoil!

 

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What was your first dance song? “Simple Things” by Miguel

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? If possible, turn planning mode off! It was tough for me to unwind and not think about logistics all the time.

 

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Photography: Lindsay Madden / Floral Design: Putnam & Putnam / Dress, Veil: Pnina Tournai / Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana / Suit: Ralph Lauren Black Label  / Tie: Louis Vuitton / Shirt: Burberry / Shoes: Christian Louboutin  / Stationery, Calligraphy: Oak + Dream / Hair: Alessandro Ferrari of Subway Salon / Rabbi: Rabbi Adena Blum / Music: Kim Sozzi and Creations Music / Cake: Cake Fiction

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Lace Long Sleeve Wedding Dress Lace Long Sleeve Wedding Dress

 

Italy embodies all things romantic and our wedding today is as sweet as they come. Marta and Stefano, from Italy, celebrated their wedding with a traditional Catholic ceremony followed by a simple yet gorgeous reception at a nearby villa. This wedding makes us want to pack our bags and travel to the beautiful Italian countryside.

Photography by Infraordinario.

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Find someone who takes all the workload, and enjoy your day with no stress.

 

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The simple stationery suite included a monogram, olive branch motif, and illustrations of the historic venue.

 

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There is something completely romantic and delicate about a long-sleeved lace dress that we love so much.

Dress by La Jolie Fille.

 

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The Ceremony

“We wanted a venue that was cozy, charming, and historical. The church we chose is a precious sample of Romanesque architecture from the 12th century, nestled in a picturesque medieval hamlet set on a cliff, in Ronciglione, a village of Northern Latium. Everything is built in tuff, a local volcanic rock.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Emotional, romantic, intimate.

How did you go about planning your ceremony? We were helped by our parish priest, who is a spiritual guide and an important point of reference for us.

 

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What was your ceremony music? Live classical music.

What were your ceremony readings? Readings from the Gospels.

Who officiated your ceremony? Our parish priest, Don Gianrico Ruzza, was the celebrant. He is the priest in my neighborhood, and was recommended by a friend of mine. We had our pre-wedding course with him.

 

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Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? It was a traditional catholic wedding, with exchange of rings.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? The church itself — very beautiful, small and cozy, which made it feel intimate. The music, the priest and his touching speech.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? I had trouble when I tried to untie the wedding ring from the cushion — a moment of panic and lots of laughs.

 

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The Reception

“Our reception was charming and a bit wild! The party, was characterized by a romantic and bucolic style, and an old-times atmosphere. It took place in a private villa close to Viterbo, in the countryside North of Rome.”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your reception? We wanted a morning wedding, outdoors, with our kids, and an open space. Our first choice was the church and luckily, we found this marvelous villa nearby.

Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. When our friend Rocco played and sang for us. The cake cutting and hugging our children. The slow walk from the aperitif to the lunch area, with all the guests following our steps.

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The beauty of the site, the natural setting, simplicity, romanticism and tradition.

 

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Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Lots of handmade details, including my dress which was tailored by an outstanding Italian fashion designer, and the needlework favors for the guests. The cake topper was the original wireframe work of a talented artist.

 

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What was your wedding menu? A rich aperitif with smorgasbords, and a three courses lunch. We are Italians: two of the courses were pasta, of course!

What was your first dance song? A song by the Italian artist Vinicio Capossela.

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? A little, very romantic, wedding cake.

Cake Topper by Le Bianche Margherite.

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? When I danced with my husband, barefoot on the grass.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Nothing different. I would do all the same, but I regret we didn’t make a video.

 

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Photography: Infraordinario / Event Planning & Design:  Viviana Tarantino of Bianco Antico / Venue:  Private Villa in Viterbo, Italy / Floral Design: I Fiori di Paola / Dress: La Jolie Fille / Shoes, Accessories: Roberto Spinelli / Suit: Sartoria Rossi / Shoes: Officine Creative / Groomsmen Attire: Letrecivettefattoamano / Stationery: Cut and Paste Lab / Hair, Makeup: Rita Colangeli / Reception Music: L’Orchestrina / Catering: Lincei / Cake Topper: Le Bianche Margherite
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Intimate South Carolina Wedding, Bride and Groom's First Look Intimate South Carolina Wedding, Bride and Groom’s First Look

 

We see some of the loveliest weddings from South Carolina, and this one is exceptionally sweet. Katrina and Kevin, who live in Connecticut, gathered their closest 55 friends and family together in the beautiful city for their intimate celebration. The pink garden roses, exposed brick walls at the Historic Rice Mill, and gold accents are some of the features we love in this wedding. Not to mention her incredible rose gold sequined wedding gown!

Photography by Kelly Sauer.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? The best advice I received was to take in each moment as it happens because the day goes by so quickly. I couldn’t believe when the night ended – I felt like it was only minutes ago I was getting my hair and makeup done.

 

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Katrina says, “I knew I didn’t want to wear a white dress, so I started looking online and found my dress on Saks. It was on sale and I pulled up the customer service chat box and explained that I was interested in purchasing my wedding dress and asked if they could provide me with a coupon code and they very generously did.”

Dress by Aidan Mattox.

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Try not to stress the small stuff, be kind to your vendors, have fun, and trust your gut! We had a few setbacks with something and we wished we would have trusted our gut from the beginning!

 

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The Ceremony

“We fell in love with Charleston the first time we visited — there was a magic in the air that was so amazing. After we got engaged, we started looking at venues in our home state of Connecticut, and nothing really spoke to us. We knew that we didn’t want a traditional wedding, and we toyed around with the idea of getting married in Charleston. We looked at some places online and we instantly loved the wood floors, exposed brick, and tin tiled ceilings of the Historic Rice Mill and knew it would lend itself perfectly to the type of wedding we wanted to have.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Relaxed, short, non-traditional

How did you go about planning your ceremony? The ceremony was actually so easy for us to plan! We knew from the beginning that we wanted our wedding to be very non-traditional and we didn’t want to have a ceremony in a church. We wanted the ceremony to be short and sweet — we were really excited about the reception and celebrating with our friends and family! Our officiant sent over some ceremonies to choose from and told us that we could change them in any way, which we really liked because we were able to build off of what she already had, but make it our own. It was important to us to keep the ceremony short, but not cut out what the purpose of the ceremony is — to state our love for each other.

 

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What was your ceremony music? I walked out to Queen’s “Killer Queen” and together we walked out to Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend” — I knew that I was going to walk out to “Killer Queen” from the minute we started planning the wedding, but I had no idea that Kevin had contacted the DJ about us walking back down the aisle to “You’re My Best Friend”. It was such an exciting surprise at the end of the ceremony.

Who officiated your ceremony? Penny Reynolds of Reynolds Treasures. We found her using Wedding Wire and once we contacted her and told her what we were interested in, she was great! She told us that she was willing to let us change the ceremony so that it fit who we are, and we knew that she was the perfect fit for us.

 

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Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? My brother walked our mom out to her seat, Kevin walked his mom out, and my brother walked me down the aisle. We also did a ring exchange, but that’s about as far as we went with traditions!

What were your vows like? Our vows were short and sweet, just like we wanted due to my fear of crying in front of everyone!

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? We agree that it’s a toss-up between having the most beautiful weather for a ceremony outside and on the water, walking down the aisle to “Killer Queen”, and celebrating our way back out to “You’re My Best Friend”.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? I knew that when my brother walked me down the aisle if he hugged or kissed me that I would cry — once I started there’s no way that was going to stop. We decided that instead of a hug or kiss, we’d do a “secret” handshake and it made everyone laugh, and showed what our relationship is like. It was great.

 

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Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Don’t be afraid of asking to negotiate and try to make things yourself! I hand painted and addressed our invitations and it saved us a lot of money. There are some really amazing tutorials online for making all types of invitations. I learned calligraphy using The Postman’s Knock’s, “learn calligraphy for a latte”.

 

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The Reception

“We wanted to put our focus more on the reception instead of the ceremony. We had friends and family come a long way to be with us, and we wanted them to have as much fun as possible! We stuck to our no-traditions theme during our reception, because we wanted everyone to relax and have fun.”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your reception? We loved the layout of the venue so that those who wanted to dance wouldn’t be in the way of anyone wanting to sit at their table. We also loved that it had an outdoor seating area. And of course, because the Historic Rice Mill is so beautiful.

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The thought of throwing the most fun party imaginable for our family and friends!

 

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What was your wedding menu? We were excited that the Historic Rice Mill offers such an extensive menu, and we were so pleased for our guests to eat some really great southern food! We opted for a buffet because we wanted everyone to be able to try whatever they wanted.

Hors d’oeuvres: Bacon Wrapped Scallops / Fried Green Tomatoes / Twice Baked Fingerling Potato Bites / She Crab Soup Shooter / Farmer’s Market Display with Cheese, Fruits and Crackers // Dinner Buffet: Salad / Pecan Encrusted Chicken with Mustard Beurre Blanc / Pan Seared Grouper with Tropical Salsa / Pulled Barbecue Pork / Sweet Potato Puree / Seasonal Grilled Vegetables / Macaroni and Cheese / Biscuits and Cornbread with Honey Butter

Catering by Historic Rice Mill.

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? I learned calligraphy to hand-address our envelopes, so anything with writing on it I did. I hand painted the globe and folded all of the paper plane escort cards (a nod to Kevin being in the Air Force) and stamped them with our guests names and table numbers. I used galvanized steel wire and bent them for our table numbers and Kevin spray painted those and the dinosaurs gold to match some of the other decor pieces. Our wedding was truly a labor or love — it was so amazing to see all the things I’d worked on and had kept stored in different bags and boxes finally out and on display

What type of cake or dessert did you serve? I’ve been following Sweet Lulu’s Bakery on Wheels since its inception and once we decided to have our wedding in Charleston we could not wait to book with Karen! We chose to do three types of cupcakes:
Great Grandma’s White Wedding Cake (white almond wedding cupcake with toasted almonds and amaretto cream cheese frosting – we have one of these in our freezer, we’re not sure if we can wait the whole year to eat it!), Red Velvet with cream cheese frosting, and Juan Valdez (a chocolate cupcake with locally roasted King Bean coffee and ganache).

 

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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?
There is nothing that we would have done differently! We were SO incredibly lucky to have amazing vendors and great friends and family. We knew that even if everything went wrong, it didn’t really matter because we had the most important people there with us to celebrate, and that’s all we wanted. We look back on our wedding day and can’t believe how perfect it was.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? We loved our reception in its entirety and every moment that we got to share with everyone, but a major highlight of our reception was dinner. We had a small table off to the side, and it was so moving for us to look over and see our family and friends who traveled from all over the country to be with us. It isn’t very often everyone is in the same place, so it’s a part of our reception that we really cherish.

 

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Photography: Kelly Sauer / Venue, Catering: Historic Rice Mill in Charleston, South Carolina / Day-of Coordinator: Charleston Weddings by Allison / Floral Design: Charleston Blooms / Dress: Aidan Mattox / Shoes: Kate Spade / Earrings, Rings: Valentine’s Diamond Center / Suit / Ted Baker / Shirt: Kenneth Cole Reaction / Shoes: Gordon Rush / Stationery, Calligraphy: DIY / Hair: Stephanie Siclari of Ricci’s Salon & Spa / Makeup: Dannon K. Collard / Rentals: Snyder Rentals / Officiant: Reynolds Treasures / Music: Island Sound / Cake, Dessert: Sweet Lulu’s Bakery on Wheels

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When we close our eyes and imagine a tropical paradise, Hawaii quickly comes to mind. It’s one of those rare places where beauty is in every direction as far as the eye can see. Jennifer was close to moving to Hawaii to be with Matt when they decided that Kauai was the perfect location for their garden wedding. The botanical gardens offered a backdrop of an endless forest. We love the simple yet elegant floral arrangements, the brides long sweeping veil, and the traditional Korean tea ceremony to bring their two families together.

Photography by Blenda Montoro.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? My husband told me to get a wedding planner! I was in the midst of studying for medical boards, finishing residence and moving to Kauai. I was so glad that I had professionals to put on my dream wedding — I didn’t have to worry about anything.

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Be sure to have a wedding planner to tie your vision together.

 

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The Ceremony

“We chose Na Aina Kai Botanical Garden on Kauai because it’s so beautiful. I was just a month away from moving to Kauai to be with Matt. We wanted to have our wedding in Hawaii because it’s so special to us. The gardens have many locations to hold a ceremony and we just fell in love with the forest. It was magical, quiet and gave us a moment of pause that was really enjoyable while our ceremony was happening. It was exactly what we wanted for our ceremony.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words: Heartfelt, intimate and lighthearted.

How did you go about planning your ceremony? We relied on our wedding planner to help direct and guide us. She did an amazing job of making sure that everything that was important to us was the focus of the day.

 

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Who officiated your ceremony? Kahu (the word for Hawaiian priest) Jade Battat was our officiant. She was recommended to us by a friend on the island and combined the Hawaiian culture with a traditional western ceremony.

 

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Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? We included a Hawaiian lei exchange where we both put lei’s on our mothers to express gratitude and thanks.

What were your vows like? We said traditional wedding vows.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Kissing my husband at the end of the ceremony!

 

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The Reception

“The Hawaiian islands are so beautiful. Kauai is the oldest island — it’s lush, overgrown, and has so much natural beauty.”

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail? Ruel Mule — A Moscow Mule with lilikoi.

 

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How would you describe your reception? Bohemian, island style, elegant, outdoorsy and simple.

 

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Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. Our wedding planner surprised me with dream catchers for the back of our bride and groom chairs. They were beautiful and made out of lace with sea glass, shells and wood beads.

 

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What was your wedding menu? Appetizers: Brie Cheese on Crostini with Pineapple Macadamia Nut Chutney / Spicy Ahi Poke Shooter with Ginger Scallion Guacamole and Wonton Spoons / Shrimp Corndogs with Wasabi Tomato Jam // Hawaiian Shave Ice Station: Made to order with assorted Tropical Syrups including Mango, Lychee, Lilikoi, and Coconut Topping // Dinner: Kailani Farms Organic Greens with a Sunrise Papaya Seed Vinaigrette / Fresh Sliced Seasonal Fruit Platter / Kauai Asparagus, Tomato and Red Onions with Sesame Soy Dressing / Steamed White Rice / Wok Fried Vegetables Medley / Grilled Kalbi Chicken with Kimchee Pineapple / Hoisin Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs with Baby Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushrooms / Sauteed Mahi Mahi with Macadamia Nut Lemon Butter Sauce

Catering by Contemporary Flavors.

 

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Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? We had a Korean tea ceremony in honor of my heritage. My mom lead this — it was special for us! Matt hadn’t met a ton of my Korean family and we got to expose our guests to a traditional ceremony. We loved it, they loved it — especially the part where Matt piggy-backed me and my mom around the whole wedding tent.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? The Speeches! Hearing from our loved was was really special and what I remember most about our reception. And then there was the dancing — we all danced the night away.

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We had a two-tier cake — Vanilla Buttercream Cake soaked in Grand Marnier Syrup layered with Lilikoi.

 

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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? I didn’t realize how busy we would be with everyone flying in for our wedding, so I would have made sure I had more time to spend with my husband before the wedding.

 

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Photographer: Blenda Montoro / Venue: Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens in Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii / Event Planning & Design: Moana Events / Dress: Watters Wtoo / Suit: J. Crew /  Hair, Makeup: Mia Moriguchi / Floral Design: Mr. Flowers / Ceremony Music: Random Generation / Reception Music: Kustom Sounds Hawaii / Catering: Contemporary Flavors
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