Jessica and Matthew were joined by 35 of their nearest and dearest at their intimate wedding, first for the garden ceremony, followed by a dinner reception at one of their favorite restaurants, and Sara Hasstedt captured it all so beautifully! Some of the things that we loved most about this wedding: the bride’s bold bouquet, the restaurant venue, and that the couple moved to a different table for each course during dinner!

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The Ceremony

“As I was getting ready before the ceremony, my sister brought me a note from Jessica,” says Matthew. “I hadn’t seen her all day and I had written her a letter that morning as well. It was a moment to reflect, read her words, and prepare my heart for the approaching hour. From that minute until I saw her come down the aisle, was the most exhilarating anticipation I have felt. I was overcome with joy when we finally joined hands in front of friends and family and the rest of the day was like a dream.”

“I was so anxious for the beginning part of the day,” says Jessica. “I am shy and I don’t like being the center of attention, so the thought of expressing something so intimate and personal in front of others was very nerve racking for me. But it was so wonderful that while Matthew and I were standing up there with his dad, everyone else melted away and it was just us. As if no one else was there. It was such a powerful feeling. Since I noticed nothing else, I also loved hearing from our guests what they saw while we were up there. Everyone said there were hummingbirds that were hovering over us for the entire ceremony, which just contributed to how magical the gardens felt that day.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Classic, Timeless, Romantic.

Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  Jessica: We really wanted a timeless, romantic, outdoor look that felt like it could be anywhere and didn’t feel tied to a specific location and time. The Denver Botanic Gardens was the perfect fit. It was magical there that day.  We could have been in any garden throughout the world.  //  Matthew: Our love for the outdoors and the beauty of nature drew us to an outdoor ceremony. The garden in particular was a sprawling, yet private setting with a timeless feel. From the tree-lined lawn and reflecting pool, to the courtyard and flower-canopied paths, it is an oasis in Denver’s unassuming capitol hill.

How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  We left the order of the ceremony up to Matthew’s dad. He had never officiated a wedding before, but he is very thoughtful and wise, so we knew we were in good hands and allowed him to plan the ceremony. It was his gift to us and we were open to the order and message he felt was best. It was also meaningful for Matthew’s siblings to honor us with a reading of their choice.

What was your favorite thing about the ceremony?  It was very meaningful to have Matthew’s dad officiate the wedding. It made it very special and personal to have just the three of us up there for the ceremony.

READ JESSICA AND MATTHEW’S WEDDING CEREMONY RIGHT HERE.

 

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The Reception

“Our main goal for the reception was to have the best dinner party ever with our very closest friends and family. This meant featuring the best food and beverages in a comfortable environment, so selecting one of our favorite restaurants over having a caterer was a no brainer for us. The Kitchen was an urban compliment to the natural, intimate ceremony, and a perfect setting for a dinner party and celebration, which fit our simple criteria: phenomenal food, drinks, and conversation. All were had in abundance.We also loved not having to select chairs, linens, place settings, etc. It allowed us to use our entire reception budget on the food and beverages. ”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Jessica: I am an interior designer, so I am very detailed oriented and really treated wedding planning like I would one of my design projects. So naturally I scoured Pinterest, wedding magazines, social media sites, and blogs to gather inspiration. But it is so easy to get bogged down in everything that is out there, so I handled this by just giving myself a month or more of just browsing and thinking, not necessarily making any decisions. This allowed me to see a pattern in my inspirations and then go from there.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. We had a very small wedding, only 35 guests, which to us was the perfect number. We were able to spend time with each and every person that was there. In order to further ensure that we could visit with everyone and that we were able to eat (we have always heard that most people don’t get to sit down or eat for their entire reception, so we were determined to make sure that didn’t happen to us!), we had four courses and four tables of guests. We had the restaurant set a place for both of us at each table and we changed tables with each course, so no one had to get up or miss out on their meal to talk to us, as they knew we would be at their table soon. This worked out perfectly and our guests really appreciated this.

Any other details we should know about?  We loved our guestbook. We had a blank album created by Blue Sky Papers and then had everyone take a selfie with an instant FujiFilm camera and place it in the book. This made its way from the ceremony over to the reception and everyone had a blast taking pictures and writing messages in the book all night long. By the end of the evening the pictures and sentiments devolved. It was awesome to see all these pictures and read through the book the next day.  //  My (Jessica’s) sister canned vegetables, jellies and sauces as the favors for everyone to take away and then we packaged them in drawstring linen pouches and used a custom date stamp to personalize them. It made the favors very personal and allowed my sister to showcase our Southern heritage.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The advice to be as present as possible on your wedding day can never be heard too many times. It all goes by so quickly. Everything you have been working on and looking forward to for months goes by in the blink of an eye, so I really tried to breathe deeply and think about where I was and what was going on around us. After the ceremony, Matthew and I wandered the gardens for a bit and sat under one of the gazebos in the garden and just sat there with each other, taking it all in before we headed over to the reception. It was so nice to be alone for the first time that day and enjoy the fact that we were now married.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Stay true to yourselves and your vision. If you are lucky, you only do this once, so focus on the ideas and details that will matter to you both in the end, and, if possible, don’t feel obligated to do something if it doesn’t match your expectations for the day. Others will all have their opinions about what and how you should do things; be patient and kind in listening, and then follow your own hearts.  //  Also, enjoy the planning and everything leading up to the wedding. It can be really stressful and overwhelming at times, but once it is over, you will wish you could do it all over again, so savor everything.  //  Lastly, at minimum, hire a day-of coordinator to handle the logistics of the day. This will allow you to be worry free and focus on the important things on your wedding day.

 

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Menu
Signature Drinks: “The Oral Dilemma” (Cucumber-Infused Cap Rock Gin, Lime Juice, Ginger Beer, Celery Bitters / “Brazilian” (Mell vodka, Limes, Simple Syrup) / “The Aztec” (Bourbon, Lemon, Simple Syrup, Chocolate Bitters, Splash of Soda / “Manhattan” (Bulleit Bourbon, Vya Sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters)  //  Cocktail Hour: Raw Bar (Oysters, Chilled Smoked Mussels, Littleneck Clams, King Crab Legs) / Artisanal Cheese Boards and Accoutrements / Slow Roasted Pork Sandwich Bites  //  First Course: Bruschetta with Fava Bean, Pea, Parmesan  //  Second Course: Escarole Salad, Bleu d’Auvergne, Almonds / Spring Risotto, Asparagus, Hen of the Woods, Broken Shovels Chèvre  //  Third Course: New York Beef Roast, Escarole, Roasted Potatoes, Mushroom Jus / White Sturgeon, Potato, Celery, Capers, Olives, Salsa Verde / Crego Farm Roasted Lamb, Braised Beans, Sautéed Greens, Anchoyade  //  Dessert: Sticky Toffee Pudding with Housemade Vanilla Gelato / Pavlova and Berries with Crème Fraîche Whipped Cream

 

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Photography: Sara Hasstedt / Ceremony Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens in Denver, Colorado / Reception Venue, Catering, Cake: The Kitchen Denver / Day of Coordinator: As You Wish, Allison Farrar / Dress: Justin Alexander via The Bridal Collection / Shoes: Emma Wedges by Nina / Veil: Twigs & Honey / Earrings: Nadri / Bride’s Ring: 1940’s Tiffany / Groom’s Ring: Jay Feder / Suit: Hugo Boss / Bride’s Person of Honor: Suit by Theory / Stationery: The Paper Guppy / Watercolor Illustration: Lana’s Shop / Calligraphy: Designsgirl / Floral Design: Cori Cook Floral Design / Music: Michaela Borth / Makeup: Makeup by Sameera /
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  • Denver Botanic Gardens Wedding by Sara Hasstedt

    10 September 2014
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    Chileno Valley Ranch is one of the most breathtaking places you’ll ever see – it really embodies the beauty of Northern California, and it’s no wonder why Jessica and JF chose it for their May wedding. Select vendors Esla Events and Skyla Arts were also on hand for this simply elegant wedding amid the rolling hills of Petaluma.

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    The Venue

    “We chose this location because Chileno Valley Ranch, and its owners, Sally and Mike Gale, tell a wonderful story of triumph and grace over adversity, amidst a setting of natural and human inspiration – the beauty of the rolling hills, the rich history of the Ranch, the Gales’ ongoing commitment to the land.”

     

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    The Ceremony

    “We combined German and Jewish traditions in our wedding. For Jewish traditions, we signed a Ketubah, had a Chuppah, blessed the wine, and had our friends and family participate in our own version of the 7 Blessings. For the German, our guests threw rice on us as we walked down the aisle after the ceremony, and then we sawed a log as our first task to complete together as a married couple.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Personal, Inclusive, Joyous.

    How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  Jessica’s sister, Beth, officiated. With Beth’s guidance, the three of us planned the entire ceremony together. Throughout the planning, we shared many phone calls, Facetime sessions, laughs, and tears. We wrote our own vows, and chose readings that we felt reflected our commitment to each other and our community, and the values we hold dear as we build our lives together. Beth asked each of us to answer a few questions without consulting each other, and incorporated our responses into the ceremony.

    What was your favorite thing about the ceremony?  That our closest friends and family were part of it, from the officiant and chuppah holders to readers, blessings, and a musical performance.

    Ceremony Music:
    Processional, wedding party: Winter from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi
    Processional, bride: Canon in D by Pachelbel
    Ceremony song (performed by bride’s cousins): Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
    Recessional: All You Need Is Love by The Beatles

     

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    The Reception

    “We wanted all of the details in our wedding to be considered, thoughtful, and deliberate. We didn’t want anything that felt unnecessary, but also wanted plenty of details that would surprise guests and help them feel more connected to us, each other, and our special day. For example, we had a sign greet our guests but instead of just having arrows pointing to the ceremony and reception areas, we added both of our hometowns (from where many of our guests had traveled) as well as the Pacific Ocean, to help our out-of-town guests get oriented.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Our friends and family coming from all corners of the earth to celebrate with us.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Our first dance and sawing the log together [a German tradition representing the first obstacle to overcome as a married couple].

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To have a glass of champagne with my girlfriends before the ceremony. And to take a moment to step away from the party and just take in all in, together.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Hire Laurel Anderson [from Esla Events].

     

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    Are there any other special details to share?  A sense of place was reflected in details like our menus, which were designed with the menu on one side, and a map of northern California on the back. We also wanted to make each and every one of our guests feel welcomed and connected. Our dinner table layout included two long tables, which helped create a great a sense of togetherness.

     

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    Menu:
    Signature Drink: “Der Anleger” (Sparkling Wine, St. Germain, Seltzer, Strawberries)  //  Salad: Arugula, Butter Lettuce, Golden Red and Yellow Beets, Walnuts, Citrus Dressing  //  Entrees: Miso Glazed Black Cod with Green Papaya Salad / Lemon Pepper Rubbed Tri-Tip with Housemade Tomato Jam and Peppered Syrah Sauce / Crisp Mascarpone Polenta Cake with Kalamata Olives, Thyme, Tomato Coulis  //  Sides: Grilled Farm-Fresh Vegetables / Saffron Risotto Cakes  //  Dessert: Chocolate Coupes with Coffee-Molasses Ganache / Mini Key Lime Pies with Meringue Lids / Mini Balsamic Strawberry Tarts with Fresh Strawberries / Chocolate Chip Cookies

    First Dance Song: Bring It On Home by Sam Cooke

     

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    Photography: Mary McHenry / Event Planning & Design: Esla Events / Venue: Chileno Valley Ranch in Petaluma, California / Hair, Makeup: Skyla Arts / Dress: Jenny Packham via Nouvelle Vague / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Earrings: Links of London / Suit: Andreas Gorges Tailoring / Ties, Pocket Squares: Tie Rack / Stationery: Minted / Floral Design: Flora Grubb / Rentals: Wine Country Party, Frances Lane, La Tavola / Music: Synchonicity, HIP Service / Catering: Park Avenue / Directions Sign: Birdhouse Boutique Art / Restrooms: Northbay Portables

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    Minted is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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  • Chileno Valley Ranch Wedding from Mary McHenry

    9 September 2014
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    Jen Huang has just launched a lovely new website, and she sent over Amanda and Phillip’s breezy destination wedding to celebrate! I can’t think of a better way to spend a Monday morning than by dipping my toes in the sand of a Caribbean beach…

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    The Ceremony

    “We had Phillip’s very best friend in the world officiate our ceremony,” says Amanda. “He knows us both so well and he also just might be the greatest public speaker I have ever witnessed. It was remarkable to have him standing with us during the ceremony and made it even more personal. We also chose to write our own vows. Phillip’s words were kind, moving and confirmed what I already knew – that he is my perfect partner and that we are dedicated to a life of being the best we can be for each other.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Ethereal, Intimate, Heartwarming.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  I loved our photographer’s suggestion to skip the First Look and wait for the aisle. Phillip and I both had so much to look forward to and it made the moment even more real for us. I am forever grateful to her for that gift. We will never forget seeing each other for the first time and recognizing the power of what we were doing. It was full of love and emotions – just a beautiful memory.  //  And that handsome husband of mine and how excited we both were. We couldn’t stop giggling! It was so surreal to have our family and friends join us in this idyllic place for such a momentous occasion.

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  I loved that the walk down the aisle wasn’t very long, so everyone felt comfortable with the time it took to get to the front.

    Ceremony Music:
    Pre-processional: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Air on G, Ave Maria, Only Time, Hallelujah.
    Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
    Recessional: How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) by James Taylor

     

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    The Venue

    “It all started with a New Year’s trip to the island of Anguilla with friends, before we were engaged. Our first stop was to Cap Juluca Resort’s Maunday’s Bay beach. The view was breathtaking, as was the contrast between the blue, crystal clear waters and the white Greco-Moorish architecture. It was my vision of heaven, and Phillip asked if we could get married there. At the time, he was joking and I teased that there was a very important question that he had to ask me first (and that I had to agree to!). When we started discussing where we would like to have the wedding, we couldn’t stop thinking about our first impression of that beautiful beach.

    “Also, the West Indies are my happy place. My grandparents first came to the island of Nevis, West Indies in 1963 and eventually moved there. I have spent time there every year of my life there, save a few due to blizzards or my work schedule. However, getting to Nevis is a bit difficult and we didn’t want to subject our guests to that level of travel. Anguilla was the perfect compromise to having that same welcoming island feel with more affordable flights and easier travel routes!”

     

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    The Reception

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  When we were deciding on colors, we looked to the setting and the venue for inspiration. The bright blue of the water, along with Cap Juluca’s appropriately named “Blue” Restaurant, inspired the color we chose for the men’s suits. The hot pink bougainvillea is a vibrant local flower that catches your eye all over the island. We decided it would be the perfect complement to the blue and also very much a part of the landscape. We wanted everything to be pure, lush and elegant. Cap Juluca is quite simply paradisal, so there was very little to do beyond finishing the fine details that made the evening special and unique to our love story.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  Phillip and I both decided to honor the memory of our grandparents by wearing something of theirs. I chose a simple pearl necklace from my grandmother and Phillip wore cuff links from his grandfather.  //  We found ways to incorporate the things we love the most into the reception, from a bonfire on the beach with s’mores to a tiered “cake” of cheeses to chocolate chip cookies and milk. We surrounded ourselves with the people we love the most and a few of our favorite things to have an evening we’ll never forget.  //  I also cannot get over the bridesmaids’ attire. Hayley Paige’s chiffon creation had a neckline that flattered everyone and made it contemporary and elegant. They looked like goddesses and the softness of the pink astilbe added to just how delicate they seemed. I designed and created the belts with the help of my Mother and Maid of Honor, which tied it all together.

    First Dance Song: One Love, Bob Marley

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To let the little things go. Part of my profession has been creating seamless special events for clients in New York City and I had to take a step back from that level of execution. At the end of the day, my best friend and I were celebrating the extraordinary moment of becoming family. That’s all that really mattered!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  I highly recommend paying for what you can in cash. Vendors appreciate it and will meet you in a better place during negotiations – just make sure you have a solid contract signed before handing over the cash! Also, I wish someone had told us that when dealing with a resort or restaurant, always go for the open bar negotiation. If your guests are a social group, you want to rest easy knowing exactly how much is going towards that number instead of having to tally up with the planner the next day. // I love beauty products and have had the pleasure of growing up with and working with Bobbi Brown. From a young age, she influenced my beauty regiment to focus on healthy living, happiness from the inside out, and accentuating your naturally striking features. I knew when it came to my wedding day that I wanted a subtle, glowing look that would just look like the best version of me on a Tuesday morning. I consulted my beauty guru and former colleague, the wonderful Rachel Adler, Beauty Director for StyleCaster Media Group. She has always been the person I turn to for any beauty emergencies, how-tos and favorites. Once she heard what I was looking for, she was kind enough to put me in touch with the gorgeous and talented Creative Director at e.l.f. Cosmetics, Achelle Dunaway, to come to my rescue. Achelle helped me create a beauty plan of attack for my wedding day – i.e. a lasting look with minimal touch ups that would withstand the Caribbean weather while not looking too “done up. She is a genius with products and colors, which saved the day. I ended up with a look that was easy to recreate, that I knew I would be happy with, and that didn’t require me flying down a team of specialists.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  I have an obsession with the moon when I am down in the islands and as the evening wore on, a huge yellow moon rose to watch over us. It was more than I could have asked for or planned on our wedding night. To have our feet in the sand and watch the moon rise over the ocean, while we ate and looked around at everyone in amazement – it was just spectacular.

     

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    Photography: Jen Huang / Venue, Catering, Cake: Cap Juluca Resort in Maundays Bay, Anguilla / Event Planning: Verna Rogers, Monica Bryan, Cap Juluca / Getting Ready Dress: Jenny Packham / Wedding Dress, Veil: Hayley Paige / Shoes: Oscar de la Renta / Suit: Délavé Italian Linen in Heather Indigo from J.Crew / Bridesmaid Dresses: Hayley Paige / Jewelry: Morrison Smith Jewelers / Stationery: Arzberger Stationers / Calligraphy: Stacey Shapiro Calligraphy / Band: Boss and the Horsepower Band / Wedding Registry:  Elizabeth Bruns
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  • Anguilla Destination Wedding from Jen Huang

    8 September 2014
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    A church fire, a dislocated kneecap, and 7+ inches of rain weren’t going to get in the way of Allison and Brad tying the knot and celebrating with friends and family! Their small town wedding was full of special moments and sweet details, and Allison kindly answered all of our questions about the day…

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    The Ceremony

    “My entire Dad’s side of the family is Catholic and all of us kids were raised Catholic, so it was important to me to be married in our church,” says Allison. “The church I grew up going to was large and old, with stained glass windows from Germany and an incredibly large organ that had been broken way before my time. The high, white ceiling with gold trim and long aisle are a bride’s dream! However, the 200+ year old church caught fire roughly eight months before our wedding. With our date set and everything arranged, there was not much we could do but wait and hope. I was told there was little chance of the church being ready, but being the hard headed and stubborn person I am, I refused to have a Plan B and went ahead planning our ceremony as if there had not been a fire. About two weeks before our wedding they welcomed people back for the first mass. The church was far from done, with lighting, sound system, painting, carpet, and much more to do, but people could at least be in it! It was heaven to us! The people who donated money, time, and talent were amazing. I think it made it even more special to us to have our wedding there.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Traditional, Simple, Beautiful.

    How did you go about planning your ceremony?  Because we were having a Catholic ceremony, we met with our priest several times leading up to the wedding. A Catholic ceremony is pretty traditional, but we decided not to have a full mass – we wanted to have a simple ceremony, with the focus on us and our desire to be married in front of God and our friends and family. Our priest gave us a template of how the ceremony would go and we got to choose the readings and music. He let us know what we had to include and what we could skip. Our Catholic church doesn’t allow your to write your own vows, which we were completely fine with - I know we would have both been blubbering messes! We didn’t choose readings that were directly about marriage, but more about what it means to be a good person and what God asks of us in daily life – readings that spoke to us.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  This is a hard one – can I say the entire thing? I loved walking down the aisle with my dad. I loved when we got to the front of the church and seeing Brad and him shaking my dad’s hand.  //  My nephew, Luke, was such a character during the ceremony. He took his job as ring bearer very seriously! He also decided to look doubly handsome and wore both a bow tie and a neck tie – the “bowtie tie” it became known that day! I think it will catch on.  //  Seeing Brad get emotional and talking to distract him was another favorite part. Everyone laughed because we chatted through the whole thing, but it was our way of handling being in the spotlight and the overwhelming sense of the importance of what we were doing.  //  Oh and the kiss! The priest forgot to say, “You may now kiss the bride!” and we were kind of left hanging, so there was a moment we looked at each like, “Now what?” Later my sister told me that my nephew, Luke thought it was his job to say, “You may now kiss your prize!” and was seconds from yelling it out. I wish he would have!  //  After we walked back down the aisle, we wanted a moment with just each other to really let it all sink in. We went upstairs to the balcony and shared a few minutes just talking and saying over and over, “We just got married!” I loved overlooking the balcony and seeing all of our guests – it was such a neat moment to see everyone we love all be there in one place and all for us.

    Tell us about any special details from your ceremony.  My favorite book is Emma by Jane Austen, and in the movie Emma they throw flower petals and wave wedding wands. So for our ceremony exit, my best friend made paper cones out of the pages of Emma that we filled with lilac, hydrangea, and rose petals, and we had wedding wands made with ribbon and bells and small flowers. They were perfect!  //  Brad’s stepdad, Roger, let us borrow his 1963 corvette, a car he holds very dear and one that Brad has never seen driven by anyone other than Roger. Brad was so nervous driving it!

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  The night of our rehearsal we had to wait for the painters and electricians to finish and leave the church. We laughed so hard at our luck and how wonderful everything was turning out to be. The church was so gorgeous that I didn’t think there was any need to decorate. Why clutter and complicate something that they worked so hard on!  //  I think I mentioned the entire thing already! A special moment for me was when we were getting ready to leave the convent where us girls were getting ready and everyone had gathered my dress and we were all ready to make a dash for it in the rain when out of nowhere it stops, and we walked the few steps to the church in sunshine… and then it started raining again!  //  Due to the church fire and wiring problems, there was a problem with the sound system that couldn’t be quickly fixed the night of our rehearsal. The musicians came to me and gently broke the news. We were not able to have the songs that we had chosen, and with no time to panic, I decided to just let the musicians choose the songs for the ceremony. I had known them for years from church, they knew me, and everything they sing is amazing, so I put my faith in them and it was completely wonderful. People still comment on how beautiful the music was and how perfectly it highlighted our ceremony.

     

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    The Reception

    “I couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else besides the center of my tiny town with everyone I know, so we chose to have our reception in my family’s backyard,” says the bride. “I am from a town of around 50 people in the middle of nowhere and everyone had a part in helping with it one way or another. I’ve always known it was a special place to grow up and be a part of, and that was definitely apparent on our wedding day – when it rained seven and a half inches that week and everyone was either barefoot or put on boots to party in the mud.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I was really influenced by Jane Austen and British country weddings. I wanted an English garden wedding with Italian simplicity. I brought all of our favorite things into our wedding, even if it didn’t match or fit, and made it about friends, family, food, and us. I also wanted it to be timeless, simple, and romantic, like it could have been a hundred years ago or yesterday.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  My entire family came from all over to attend the wedding, and many hadn’t been in Leonard since my grandmother died twelve years ago, so there were a lot of tears shed for everyone to be back. I had to take the opportunity to get a family photo on the front porch of my parents’ home where there was a photo taken every year when my grandmother was alive. I knew she was there with us that entire day.  //  The most special detail was Brad’s wedding gift to me. He built a walnut farmhouse table for us to sit at during the reception. He told me that it was where we would have our first meal as a married couple, and that it will be our family table for years to come, and he hoped that our children and lives would grow around that table. Knowing that he had worked on it for months and the thought he put into it is exactly why I married him.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  That’s such a hard question because there wasn’t a single moment I didn’t like, but I have to say dancing in the rain! I know they were photographing us but in that moment it almost felt like it was just us dancing in our kitchen.

     

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    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Our ceremony was very traditional, but our reception on the other hand was not traditional at all. We didn’t want to be announced, no garter toss, and no bouquet toss, which was probably for the best because my bouquet was so huge! It would have knocked someone out! Beautiful but huge!

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t stress about the weather or the details. You can’t do anything about the weather, and no one will notice tiny monograms or favors, but they will notice your attitude and joy, even if things aren’t going as planned. Think about the bigger picture, which is that you are marrying someone you love and leave it at.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  I have never heard of any wedding having as many obstacles as ours did – the church fire, over seven inches of rain that week, the groom dislocating his kneecap six days before the wedding. It was a true testament to our friends and family to brave the elements and kick off their shoes to celebrate our day in a foot of mud. Every disaster and obstacle we faced gave our wedding day so much character and life that I wouldn’t have changed it for anything in the world. God had a far better idea of how our wedding would go than we did and I thank him for giving us such a memorable and fun wedding – the little details were lost in the rain but the love for each other, our friends and family, and the fun we were all having together endured.

     

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    Photography: Alea Lovely / Venue: Private Residence in Leonard, Missouri / Dress: Sarah Seven / Shoes: The Loft / Veil: Sarah Gabriel / Halo: BHLDN / Earrings: Macy’s / Suit: Vera Wang Black via Mens Warehouse / Save The Date: Minted / Stationery: Copper Willow Paper Studio / Floral Design: Allen’s Flowers / Rentals: A1 Party Rental / / Catering: Table of 5 Catering / Cake: Connie Ray / Videography: Olive Media / Matches: The Knot / Vases: BHLDN
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  • Rainy Day Wedding from Alea Lovely

    3 September 2014
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    We’re back from the long weekend with a wedding full of vintage Hollywood glamour, garden elegance, and the always striking appearance of a groom in uniform. Read on for the details from Rachel and Caleb’s romantic Washington wedding!

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    The Ceremony

    “We had a traditional Christian wedding service, but I don’t actually remember most of the actual ceremony (readings, etc.),” laughs Rachel. “I was carried away in my husband’s eyes, too busy smiling like a goon to do anything other than remember the important parts.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words. Magical, Classic, Playful

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The vibrancy of everything, my Dad, my husband, my bridesmaids and groomsmen, all our family and friends, the place, it was all alive and full of joy!

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  It was nothing like I expected it to be. If that happens to another bride, just wait for it –  the unexpected is the most enjoyable.

     

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    The Reception

    “Our wedding was a crazy, time crunched event, but turned out to be a lot of fun for everyone, and a reunion with friends that my husband and I had not seen in years. We had a five-day wedding affair complete with white water rafting, a rehearsal dinner by the bay, a brewery visit, karaoke, and lots of family and friend arrivals. I had recently ended my active duty contract as a U.S. Marine and moved to Washington to be with family to plan the wedding. My soon-to-be husband was deployed overseas for the entire planning process, arriving on U.S. soil a month and some change before we were to wed. By the time the big day rolled around, we were ready to jumpstart our life together. It was a ludicrous wedding week and a magical day.”

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  The location was naturally beautiful! Like something right out of a dream. It had two fields, trees, a garden, pond and lodge, plenty of space for kids to roam and perfect photo opportunities. It was everything we could ever hope for in a wedding venue.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Classic Hollywood glamour style was the biggest inspiration. There is a richness in this particular style and it shaped the wedding: an outdoor ceremony with elegant bridal party looking like they were attending a classic garden party.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Even though my hairstylist and makeup artists were several hours late, getting to see my mother, mother-in-law, sisters and bridesmaids transformed into glamour covergirls was unforgettable. But my favorite moment was walking with my dad down the small, dirt pathway to the bridge with my handsome groom standing just on the other side.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. We had a lot of help with the details and decorations. My Aunt Mary made Mrs. and Mrs. plaques for our sweetheart table and gifted us a pair of forks from her wedding. My Grandma gifted a set of golden candlesticks from my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary (we got married on their 65th anniversary). My mother gifted me earrings and a necklace from my Granny who had passed away; the jewelry was put into my bouquet along with a gold broach from my Aunt Mary. We were very blessed to have so many wonderful details given to us that day.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Get married on a week day! Our costs were cut nearly in half by executing our wedding on a Thursday. Our DJ, the amazing Chris Graves, was $2000 instead of the $4000 he charges for a weekend. Our Venue, Beau Lodge, was upwards of $2000 for a weekend, and significantly less on Thursday.

    First Dance Song: “Come What May” from Moulin Rouge.

     

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  • Beau Lodge Wedding by Orange Photographie

    2 September 2014
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