Northern California’s wine country is such a wonderful place for a destination wedding, whether you go with a classic winery venue or something more quirky and fun like Brianne and Jay did with their choice of restaurant Barndiva. “We visited Healdsburg together a few years ago when Jay participated in the Vineman 70.3 triathlon in Sonoma County,” says Brianne. “We had such fond memories of Healdsburg and wanted to share it with our family and friends!”

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The Ceremony

“It was important to us to have an intimate outdoor ceremony, incorporating our family traditions and readings by our closest friends. Our officiant, Lukka Feldman at Barndiva, did a great job of conveying the intimate, relaxed tone that we wanted to capture for the ceremony.”

 

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How would you describe your ceremony?  A joyous fusion of traditions.

How did you choose your ceremony readings?  We chose readings that contained messages that were meaningful to us on love and marriage. (See which readings Brianne and Jay chose on their ceremony page right here.)

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  We included several South Indian Hindu traditions in the ceremony, and had that portion of the program narrated by a close friend. These included the lighting of a flame, the exchange of flower garlands, the presentation of a necklace to the bride, taking seven steps together around the flame, and the offering of blessings from the bride and groom’s parents. (Read more about the traditions in Brianne and Jay’s wedding right here.)

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Too many things to limit it to just one! The strings starting to play “Your Hand in Mine” (a favorite song of ours) as our parents walked down the aisle. Seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony (we’d stayed apart the whole day of the wedding). And looking into the garden and seeing so many loved ones from different phases of our life gathered together in a beautiful spot on a perfect day.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  We intentionally kept our wedding party small (the bridesmaids were Brianne’s two sisters, and Jay’s two good friends were groomsmen) but were able to include other close friends as readers.

SEE BRIANNE AND JAY’S COMPLETE WEDDING CEREMONY OUTLINE RIGHT HERE.

 

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The Reception

Barndiva is a fantastic venue – full of inspiration. We were thrilled that we were able to hold the ceremony in a beautiful garden, followed by dinner with our friends and family in a wonderful outdoor setting. It really came together perfectly – we had a fantastic weekend, from start to finish.”

 

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How would you describe your reception?  Fun! Great food, great wine, and incredible music!

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Our first dance together – Omega did an absolutely FANTASTIC job on the song, “Have a Little Faith in Me” by John Hiatt.

Father/daughter dance: “Something So Feminine About a Mandolin” by Jimmy Buffet
Mother/son dance:  “Kind and Generous” by Natalie Merchant

Menu: 
Cocktail Hour Hors d’Oeuvres:  Heirloom Tomato B.L.T. Sliders / Seared Ahi / Fresh Local Compressed Watermelon / Cheese & House-Made Tomato Jam Croquettes // First Course: Baby Greens with Strawberries, Walnuts, and Spanish Sherry Vinaigrette // Main Course: Filet Mignon / Salmon // Dessert: Vanille Genoise Wedding Cake with Orange Liqueur, Vanilla Cream and French Buttercream with Strawberries / Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies / Dark Chocolate Mousse Tulips / Mandarin Cheesecake / and Almond Financier with Blueberries

Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  We prepared gifts bags for our guests at the welcome reception, which included gifts from each of our home states (key lime cookies from Florida, chocolate from Delaware), a small wine bottle with a personalized label, and some other information about the area and the weekend’s activities. We stamped the bags with a custom crafted stamp. We also  gave our guests cookies in the shape of California, with our initials in icing, as they left the reception.

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Don’t sweat the small stuff – the wedding will be over faster than you can imagine, so savor the moment as best as you can! And be sure to take time for each other, even as you feel like there are deadlines approaching.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  Coordinating a destination wedding was challenging, and may have been easier had we hired a wedding planner, but we were ultimately happy to have worked on all the details together. It made the day more meaningful to us.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  We set up a 10K fun run for our friends the morning of the wedding, and also arranged a wine tour the day after the wedding, just so our guests had the chance to enjoy all that Sonoma County had to offer.

Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  Brianne: My parents’ 40th wedding anniversary was the day after Jay and I got married, so we asked the band to learn their first dance song (“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me”) as a special surprise to celebrate their 40 years together! // Jay: My nephew was invited onstage to join the band’s horn section for the last song of the night, and he rocked it!

 

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Photography: Christina McNeill / Venue, Catering, Cake: Barndiva in Healdsburg, California / Dress: Anna Maier / Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Suit: Armani / Groom’s Accessories: Neiman Marcus / Groomsmen Attire: Jos A Bank / Stationery: Rock Paper Scissors / Calligraphy: Simply Handwritten / Floral Design: Dragonfly Floral / Hair, Makeup: Brush Salon / Ceremony Music: Jeanne Geiger (Strings) / Reception Music: Omega Rae / Cookie Favors Angelica Made Me / Personalized Wine Bottles: Cornett at Vintage Estate Wines /  Hotel Accommodations, Rehearsal Dinner: Hotel Healdsburg / Bluegrass Band: The Cherry Pickers / Private Wine Tasting: Ann Tallman of Twomey, Silver Oak
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  • Barndiva Fusion Wedding from Christina McNeill

    11 November 2014
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    I love this line from Jess and Alan’s wedding write-up: “The most amazing thing about our wedding day was the thing we couldn’t have planned or predicted…the rain! The thing that had us worried it would ruin our plans for a beautiful garden wedding, actually made it an epic, memorable fairytale.” And as you’ll see it really was such a beautiful day, in spite of – or perhaps because of – the rain. Also, these two kindly shared their complete wedding ceremony with us, including the vows they wrote themselves. So romantic!

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    “We wanted a fairytale. We were looking for a place with stunning natural beauty and a sense of history. We also knew that we wanted to get married on the East Coast, near where Jess grew up. We looked a number of different places – everything from grand ballrooms to an old country mansion – but when walked through the garden walls at Greenville we got chills. Set atop a hill overlooking a beautiful valley, the property was built at the turn of the century as a summer estate for the DuPont family. The old brick walls, the slate roof, and the mature grounds gave it the perfect fairytale feel. After wandering happily for about an hour, Jess’ parents reminded us that she won the Delaware state tennis championship on the courts behind the house when she was thirteen. Just one more sign that it was the perfect place for us.”

     

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

    How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  Having a personal ceremony was really important to us, and we wanted to find an officiant that could give weight and significance to the ceremony without relying on religion. In our search we came across Journeys of the Heart and selected Bob Pileggi. We were able to collaborate with Bob via Skype and phone calls in the months leading up to the ceremony to come up with something that was uniquely our own. We felt strongly about including a few key themes: the idea of finding your soul mate, the importance of family, and the commitment to always put each other first. Bob helped find a number of passages that captured those themes, and he also helped guide us along the process of writing our own vows. After a few rounds of editing, trimming, and reworking, we landed on a ceremony that was perfect for us.

    What was your ceremony music?  Since our ceremony was in a garden, the idea of having string music was something we latched on to right away. We loved the idea of using classic instruments to play a few modern songs that meant a lot to us. Our grandparents walked down the aisle to “Here Comes the Sun,” which Jess listened to all the time with her family when she was growing up. The bridal party walked in to “Sweet Disposition” by Temper Trap, which was on a CD that Alan gave Jess when they first started dating. Then Jess walked down the aisle with her dad to “Fix You” by Coldplay – it’s one of Jess’ favorite songs, plus the way the strings build up in the song is so romantic! Then, once we were finally announced as husband and wife, we dashed down the aisle to “Home” by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros just as the rain started to come down.

     

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    What were your vows like?  We knew from the get go that we wanted to write our own. It went back to that idea that we wanted our ceremony to be uniquely ours, and we felt strongly that only our own words would be able to capture how we felt about our commitment to one another. While it was actually a pretty intimidating idea at the start, it ended up being one of the best parts of the whole day. We also didn’t practice them with each other in advance, so the first time we heard it was during the ceremony. It was really personal and romantic. (Read Jess and Alan’s personal vows along with their complete ceremony right here.)

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  One of our favorite things was that we each wrote our vows in a journal that was a part of a very special memory for us. When Alan proposed to Jess a year earlier in a tiny restaurant in NYC (where we had our first date), he hid the ring in a journal that was used to bring the bill at the end of the night. Typically, patrons will sign their name and date, write a little review etc. That night, when Jess opened the book to write a little something, she found a diamond ring tied with a bow in the pages that Alan had hollowed out to hide the surprise. There were a few pages left uncut in the front of the journal and this is where we each read our vows from on the big day.

    READ JESS AND ALAN’S FULL CEREMONY WITH PERSONAL VOWS RIGHT HERE.

     

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    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  The most amazing thing about our wedding day was the thing we couldn’t have planned or predicted…the rain! The thing that had us worried it would ruin our plans for a beautiful garden wedding, actually made it an epic, memorable fairytale. Despite ten days of absolutely perfect weather leading up to the wedding, we woke up that morning to a forecast of major storms. We knew that they would be a gamble, and spent the day watching the radar and waffling back and forth if we should take the risk or just plan to be inside.

    Thanks to some support and guidance from some amazing people (our awesome photographer, the manager of Greenville County Club, and our planner), all hands were on deck to take the risk and make it happen in the little window of time in between the storms. The chairs were dried off, the aisle set up and we went for it! Throughout the ceremony the skies darkened and faintly in the distance you could hear the rumbling of thunder. But someone was looking out for us and the rain held off! Just as we finished our vows and Alan had kissed his bride, the first few drops of rain started to fall as we dashed down the aisle. We made our way back to a little tea house in the back of the garden with our parents and our bridal party and the skies opened up! The energy was incredible! Everyone couldn’t believe that we had just snuck in the ceremony. A lot of laughter and a lot of happy tears – now it was time to party!

     

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    The Reception

    “We hoped to create a feel of effortless elegance in terms of decor and details, but more than anything wanted it to be intimate. It was the only time we would ever have all of the important people in our lives in one place, and we wanted to create an atmosphere where everyone felt connected to the day’s events. The tent attached to the back of the house was the perfect backdrop for tons of string lights and loose arrangements of garden flowers. Our favorite details were the amazingly illustrated and designed paper items that Jess’ sister created for the event. From the program to the beautiful menus, escort cards and place settings, it really tied everything together.”

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your reception?  We loved that we were able to make use of all the amazing spaces at Greenville for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. While we snuck off to enjoy our first few moments together as husband and wife, guest mingled around the bar in glass rotunda that looked out over the terrace. The escort cards were placed on a large wooden table in the foyer with a grand fireplace in the background where guests could relax and chat in cozy couches.

    First dance song:  A few years ago we saw Ray LaMontagne in concert, and he played an acoustic, un-recorded version of “You Are The Best Thing” that totally blew us away. We weren’t engaged yet, but Alan remembered thinking that was the exact song he wanted to dance with Jess to on our wedding day. We were later able to dig up a live recording of the song, and the band was able to learn it for us. It made that first dance even more special!

    Father/daughter dance: “Have I Told You Lately” by Rod Stewart
    Mother/son dance: “Connected” by Eric Bibb

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Something old: The diamond from Alan’s mother’s original engagement ring was turned into a pendant necklace for Jess to wear. // Something new: Dress, shoes, and veil! // Something borrowed: Jess’ mother’s tennis bracelet. // Something blue: A vintage hat pin held the ribbon on her bouquet.

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  We have so many! The toast from Jess’ dad was one of the most memorable and poignant moments of the reception. He told an incredible story that captured how he felt about the two of us together and how special it was to have such an incredible group of loving friends and family in one place. There was also the spontaneous dance circle that broke out on the last song of the night: Phil Phillip’s “Home.” Everyone at the wedding was linked arm-in-arm moving around us in a circle and singing along.

     

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    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We tasted a bunch of different flavors and all were amazing, so it was really hard to decide. We ended up picking two flavors: lemon poppyseed cake with lemon curd filling and butter cream frosting, and dark chocolate cake with raspberry filling and chocolate ganache frosting.

    Did you have a signature cocktail?  We had three! Jess picked a classic French 75, while Alan (a whiskey lover) went with a Manhattan. We also wanted to incorporate our puggle puppy, Velvet, in some way, so we added a third cocktail in honor of her: a sangria punch with late-summer fruit. Then Jess’ sister designed a really fun bar sign with each of our faces along with our signature drinks.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Embrace the unexpected! We spent so much time working through the tiniest details and timelines, but some of the most memorable moments came from things we couldn’t have planned for! It can definitely be a little scary when you have to deviate from the plan on the big day, but we’d encourage other couples to just embrace the opportunity to create something special out of every moment.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  The whole night was capped off when we got to race out through what felt like a tunnel of sparklers, cheered on by all our loved ones and friends. The mist from the rain was still hanging in the air, and we jumped into a vintage Rolls Royce limousine and whisked back to the hotel. That was our favorite moment.

     

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    Photography: Ash Imagery / Event Coordination: Afflair Events / Venue, Catering: Greenville Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware / Videography: Atlantica Pictures / Officiant: Bob Pileggi, Journeys of the Heart / Dress, Veil: Jenny Packham / Shoes: BHLDN / Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters / Suit, Groomsmen Attire: Sagets Formal Wear / Stationery: Paper Rock Scissors, Design by Julia Robinson / Floral Design: Flowers by Yukie / Hair, Makeup: Aleksandra Ambrozy / Rentals: JMW Lighting / Ceremony Music: Philadelphia String Quartet / Reception Music: Park Central CTO / Cake, Dessert: Crown Jewel Cakes
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  • Rainy Day Delaware Wedding by Ash Imagery

    11 November 2014
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    I’m such a fan of restaurant wedding receptions – especially when they follow such a lovely, intimate garden ceremony as with Valerie and Jeff’s New York City wedding. The pair aimed to create a warm, romantic feeling for their wedding, and from the looks of it, I’d say they succeeded. Some favorite details from their wedding are the lantern favors, calligraphy love quotes, and candlelit dinner.

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    The Ceremony

    “Reading our vows in an intimate garden directly in the middle of New York City was amazing,” says Valerie. “A true romantic oasis in the middle of the chaos!”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Romantic, Nostalgic, Spiritual

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  The ceremony was our favorite part of the day! The garden speaks for itself and is beautifully manicured with a variety of flowers and cobblestone walkways. Our floral and event designer created a handmade altar out of tree branches and covered it with fabrics and flowers. She also added green moss covered lanterns for an English garden-inspired feel. Our ceremony was definitely non­-traditional and we incorporated favorite poems and inspirational readings. We also prepared our own vows and shared them while being accompanied by a violin and guitar duo. The moment was insanely romantic.

     

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    Valerie shares why this is her favorite photo: “This photo was taken after the ceremony in the back of One if By Land, Two if By Sea. The restaurant has an intimate garden with brick walls and green vines growing up the wall. We were married, more relaxed, and could peek inside at our guests and see the beautiful reception space all set­up. Plus I love how he’s looking at me!”

     

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    The Reception

    “Our wedding was inspired by Nature and Poetry. We wanted to take our guests from an intimate garden setting on the busy streets of New York City to a classic venue where they would feel almost transported back in time, and we wanted our guests to feel like they were attending a dinner party versus a standard wedding reception.”

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We wanted to create a balance of soft colors, romantic lighting, garden scenery, and vintage details with a touch of history. We found the perfect location in the west village of New York City – Jefferson Market Garden for the ceremony and One if by Land, Two if by Sea for the reception. Both spaces tell an incredible story and we felt instantly connected to them.
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    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  Our vision was to bring a cozy, warm, and nostalgic feeling to the wedding reception, so we took a lot of time to plan decorations. Candlesticks, tea lights, and lanterns were spread throughout the venue to create a beautiful glow and add warmth to the space. We are both passionate about poetry and asked our calligrapher to prepare hand written quotes on parchment paper which were thoughtfully placed around the nooks and crannies of the old colonial. The tables were arranged with hand written quotes and a mix of vintage antique silver vases that included florals and greenery like garden roses, dusty miller, and eucalyptus. The cocktail hour space was also extremely meaningful to us and included portraits, family photos, heirlooms, and a painting handmade by the father of the bride.

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  A friend told me to stop all my planning a week before the wedding and just let go and have faith that everything will work out. Try to relax and enjoy this moment to the fullest, because it goes by so fast! Jeff and I also secretly promised to squeeze hands throughout the night to keep coming back to the present moment!
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    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Surround yourself with amazing and reliable vendors. Your vendors are a major part of your support system during the many months of wedding planning. Listen to your instincts and use vendors that you feel comfortable with, but also who you trust professionally to bring your vision to life.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  In the end, we were married and everyone was so happy to share the day with us. We created the intimate wedding of our dreams and topped it all off with the Wafel and Dinges Truck at the end of the evening!

     

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    Jeff shares why this is his favorite photo: “The entire day was memorable, but cutting our cake was the moment we finally could simply laugh out loud and be silly together. We laughed as if no one was watching!”

     

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    Photography: Christina Szczupak / Venue, Band: One if by Land, Two if by Sea in New York, New York / Event Planner: Accessory To The Bride / Floral Design: Raven Hollow Guild Inc. / Calligraphy: Molly Amoroso / Stationery Printing: Picture Perfect Printing / Dress: Demetrios / Suit: Hugo Boss / DJ: Hart to Hart Entertainment / Waffle Truck: Wafel and Dinges
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  • New York Restaurant Wedding by Christina Szczupak

    6 November 2014
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    Is it just me or are Portland weddings super fun? They seem to have some of the most playful and thoughtful details. Favorite moments from Anya and Casey’s wedding: the DIY ribbon curtain ceremony backdrop, the understated centerpieces, and the postcard guest book. Also, if you’re looking for inspiration for a non-religious, personalized wedding ceremony, check out Anya and Casey’s right here!

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    From the bride: “Rather than picking wedding colors or having an overall theme, we tried very hard to just focus on the things we liked and my own decorating instincts. And I’m so glad we did! We ended up with a wedding that was so “us.” We had such a great time gathering the small details and really making the day our own. We had amazing food, gorgeous flowers, colorful stationary, seersucker napkins, medicine bottles, an awesome dance party, personalized touches and so much more. While I did worry that my vision was going to be a little random, I trusted myself and it all came together in the end. It was absolutely perfect!”

     

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    The Ceremony

    “My favorite thing about the wedding ceremony was walking down the aisle and then looking out at all of our guests. There is no way to describe the love and joy I felt standing up there and seeing all of our friends and families look back at us with love and support. It was indescribable.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Thoughtful, Personal, Loving.

    Why did you choose this venue for your ceremony?  Our ceremony was in the same location as the reception. The venue was large enough to accommodate both and I loved the convenience of having the reception and ceremony at the same place.

    How did you go about planning your ceremony?  I wanted our ceremony to be meaningful but I also didn’t want it to be too long. I looked at several templates online and received a few additional templates from our officiant. The templates were good guides but they weren’t quite personal enough. I decided the best way for me to achieve the personal touches I was looking for was to write the ceremony myself. I decided to enlist help from our parents because they have both been married for over 40 years. We had them write a few “words of wisdom” and incorporated their words into our ceremony. It was a really lovely and personal touch and meant a lot to both Casey and me. We also picked two readings and had our sisters read them. We really wanted our family involved in the whole process, and it ended up being perfect. The vows we repeated at the ceremony were very traditional. I liked the history and significance behind the traditional vows.

     

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    Who officiated your wedding?  Casey and I thought a lot about who we wanted to marry us. We took the ceremony very seriously and wanted others to do the same. The officiant can really set the tone for the whole ceremony. We eventually decided that having a judge perform the ceremony was the perfect choice. Casey and I are both attorneys so having a judge made sense, but a judge also provided our ceremony the integrity we wanted.

    Ceremony Music:
    Processional #1: “Going to the Chapel” by The Dixie Cups
    Processional #2: “Love and Happiness” by Al Green
    Bride Processional: “Carries On” by Edward Sharpe
    Recessional: “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan

    READ ANYA AND CASEY’S FULL WEDDING CEREMONY RIGHT HERE.

     

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    The Reception

    “Casey and I spent a lot of time finding the perfect venue for our reception and ceremony,” says Anya. “We knew from the beginning that we wanted to celebrate our big day with all of our friends and family, which meant we would be planning a big wedding. While we knew we needed a large venue, we didn’t want to sacrifice the character we were looking for. We focused on what we liked and knew we wanted something, modern, urban and a bit industrial. So we searched for the perfect open warehouse-type space that we could make completely our own. It was also important to us that the space have large windows so we could showcase all the beauty Portland has to offer in the spring as well as provide the space with a lot of natural light.”

     

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    How would you describe your reception?  Our reception was overwhelmingly joyful and happy.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The venue was the first thing we planned for our wedding so it really set the stage for the rest of the wedding planning process. Because the space was so open, it was important to us that it did not feel cold or too impersonal. We still wanted it to feel romantic and welcoming. In order to achieve the vision we were looking for, we brought in a lot of lighting, including market lighting overhead and up-lighting on the beams. This made for the perfect atmosphere for our friends and family to dance the night away.

     

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    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  We had some very important DIY elements to our wedding. My mom is an amazing seamstress and decorator. She was instrumental in helping me bring all of my ideas to life in a cohesive manner. In addition to helping us plan the wedding, she also hand-made 225 seersucker napkins for the tables, and she was the inspiration and brilliance behind the gorgeous 12- foot ribbon backdrop for our ceremony. Also, Casey and I spent 9 months collecting over 150 vintage blue and green medicine bottles for the reception. We had a great time! And it was a fun way to add a our own personal touch to the wedding. While the flowers and lighting transformed the space, it was the personal details and touches of the handmade napkins, vintage medicine bottles, handmade ribbon backdrop, personalized favors and matches that really made the day perfect.

    What about your guest book?  The “guest book” is something we spent a lot of thought and time on. Casey and I collect old postcards from all of our travels and we wanted to somehow incorporate our travels and this tradition into our wedding day. Rather than choosing a traditional guestbook, we decided to put together a postcard guestbook where guests could pick a postcard and share a memory with us or give us a little advice on the back of the postcard. This was such a fun addition to the day! We focused on choosing postcards from where our guests would be traveling from or had once lived. As we expected, our guests chose their favorite state and shared many hilarious stories and memories with us. We now have so many postcards with written memories from our wedding day!

     

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    Tell us about your father/daughter dance.  The father/daughter dance was very important to me. Not long after Casey and I got engaged, my father had a heart attack and had to undergo emergency heart surgery. The road to recovery was tough and emotional. Only a couple of weeks prior to the wedding he was back in the hospital with some heart complications. I wanted a song that actually meant something to my dad and family. There is no one song that reminds me more of my childhood or my father than “Take Me Home Country Roads” by John Denver, and it’s my dad’s favorite song. I kept the song a surprise until we were out on the dance floor. When the song started playing, my dad’s face lit up. We both sang the words to the entire song and the crowd joined in clapping and singing along with us. It was a really amazing moment. It was the perfect song for us to dance to.

    Mother/Son Dance:  “Mama Tried” by Merle Haggard

    Menu:  salad: arugula and spinach salad with strawberries, gorgonzola cheese, toasted walnuts and shallot vinaigrette // first course: gemelli pasta salad with asparagus, feta, fresh peas, meyer lemon and olive oil // entrée: alder smoke-grilled salmon drizzled with fennel aioli, fresh dill and lemon slices / grilled flank steak with fresh citrus gremolata // sides: smashed red potatoes with crème fraiche / asparagus, green beans, shaved fennel, peas with dijon vinaigrette

    Signature Cocktail:  The end of May can be pretty warm and we wanted our guests to having something refreshing to drink, so in addition to beer and wine, we also served small glass bottles of lemon Pellegrino. We paired the bottles with colorful striped paper straws, so they were both delicious and fun table decorations.

     

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    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Don’t forget about the costs of the smaller details! It is easy to forget about all of the little things you have to spend on a wedding like menus, vases, personal touches, gifts for the wedding party, etc. But those costs can really add up.

    Are there any other special details we should know about?  The flowers were absolutely gorgeous! I wanted very natural looking flowers that would help bring out the beauty of the space while also adding height to the tables because the ceilings were so tall. Casey and I love succulents! My florist focused on adding elements of succulents throughout the space, the groomsmen’s boutonnières and my bouquet while my mother and aunts went to local flower growers and collected hundreds and hundreds of peonies, spirea, scabiosa cacausic, mock orange flowers and roses. The result was breathtaking!

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received as a bride was to relax and take the time to really enjoy the day. It’s easy to get caught up in making sure every detail is in the right place because of all the planning that has gone into the day.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  My advice to other couples in the midst of planning a wedding is to trust your own instincts and never lose sight of the most important part of the day: getting married!

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  If I had to do it over again, I would push back the start of the wedding by about an hour or so. We started the wedding at 5 and I wish we had started a little later. This would have allowed for a little more time for pictures before the wedding and to enjoy getting ready with my bridesmaids and mom.

    What was your favorite part of the day?  One of my favorite moments of the whole reception was when the DJ announced us as husband and wife and we rejoined our guests. We walked out to “Crazy In Love” by Jay Z and Beyonce. Everyone was cheering and clapping and giving us high-fives. It also set the tone for the amazing dance party that would occur later in the evening. It was one of those moments that is forever etched in my memory. Sheer joy is the best way to describe it.

     

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    Photography: Jamie Jones / Event Planning: Pearl & Roses / Venue: Sandbox Studio / Officiant: The Honorable Eric Bergstorm / Dress: Wtoo / Shoes: Kate Spade / Earrings, Groom’s Shoes: Nordstrom / Bracelet, Bridesmaid Dresses, Suit, Tie, Pocket Square: J. Crew / Veil: Bridal Exclusives / Stationery: Cheer Up Cherup / Table Numbers: Little Arrow Studio / Menu: The Green Kangaroo / Floral Design: By the Bunch, Kenyon Growers, Inc. / Hair: Au Salon / Makeup: Meghan Stoll / Rentals: Barclay Rentals, Hollywood Lighting / DJ: DJ Clint Kuper / Catering: The Lamb’s Table / Cake: Lamb’s Bakery /
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  • Playful Portland Wedding from Jamie Jones

    5 November 2014
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    Though they didn’t meet until they were both living in New York City after graduating college, Courtney and Oliver both attended University of Virginia as undergrads, so it made sense when they chose to tie the knot at Pippin Hill in Charlottesville. The day was timeless and elegant, with nods to their alma mater throughout.

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    The Ceremony

    “Seeing Oliver for the first time that day (since we adhered to the other tradition of not seeing each other until the ceremony), and exchanging our vows was the most amazing part of the day.” says Courtney. “It was completely surreal, since it had rained cats and dogs in the hours leading up to the ceremony, but the sky cleared up just 30 minutes before our ceremony had to start. Right when we began exchanging our vows, the clouds parted and the sun came out. Several of our guests described it as a pretty surreal moment as well, and one even described the sun coming out as God using a spotlight on us.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Modern, Idyllic, Energetic.

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  I grew up in Virginia so I knew I wanted to get married in my home state, but what made the decision a shoe-in from an early stage in our courtship was that both Oliver and I went to the University of Virginia as undergrads. We were three years apart so we didn’t actually meet until we were both living up in New York City, but our mutual love for UVA and the ‘hoos acted as an instant magnet. Throughout our dating years, we’d go back to Charlottesville for basketball and football games, so we just knew that Charlottesville was the place. The month before Oliver popped the question, we had gone down to Charlottesville to visit several vineyards around the area, so it made the decision that much easier once we were officially engaged! As soon as we saw Pippin Hill the first time, we just knew that was the place we wanted to get married. It takes your breath away.

     

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    Who officiated your ceremony?  Randy Singer officiated our wedding. He was my pastor at Trinity Church in Virginia Beach where my father was an Elder, but he’s also an author, a lawyer and a professor. I truly don’t know when the guy sleeps, but his accomplishments and overall character are truly humbling, and we were so honored to have him marry us.

    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  Randy gave a traditional homily, and we exchanged traditional vows as well.

    Ceremony music: (played by a string quartet)
    Prelude: Brandenburg Concerto by Bach
    Seating of the Mothers: Ave Maria by Schubert
    Processional, Bridal Party: Divertimento by Mozart
    Processional, Bride: Canon in D by Pachelbel
    Recessional: La Rejouissance by Handel

    Readings:  Psalm 36:5-9 and Colossians 3:12-15.

     

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    The Reception

    How would you describe your reception?  Modern farmhouse meets Southern hospitality.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Fortunately Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains are an idyllic backdrop as it is, so we didn’t have to do much décor-wise. We’re self-proclaimed foodies, so one of the most important elements (other than the scenery) was the food.

     

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    First dance song:  So Happy Together” by The Turtles

    Father/Daughter Dance:  God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys - I grew up going to Beach Boys concerts together with my dad and I feel like my entire childhood could be set against a Beach Boys album.

    Menu: 
    Passed Hors d’Oeuvres: Cantaloupe and Crispy speck / Wagyu Beef Coin / Spanish Pork Belly / Crispy Chesapeake Oyster / Yellowfin Tuna Medallion // First Course: Virginia Beef Carpaccio // Main Course: Chesapeake Bay Crab Cake with Fried Green Tomato and Radish and Silver Corn Salad / Dry Aged New York Strip Loin // Late-Night Snack: Hand-Cut French Fries with Shaved Parmesan and Herbs

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Kathy from Favorite Cakes is a true confectionary genius. Our main wedding cake had our monogram, and I had also asked her to make a cake celebrating that the UVA men’s basketball team won the ACC championship, so that was a little surprise for Oliver on the day of.

     

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    Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  We did the something old, something new bit, and I also had two sixpence in my shoes (one in each) as I’m told that’s good luck. I also had a blue garter that Oliver put around a football and threw to his groomsmen right after the ceremony, which provided some fun pictures!

    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  One of our close family friends made beautiful ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ signs with ribbons in our wedding colors that were draped over the backs of our seats at dinner. My dad handmade fans that we placed on each guest’s seat for the ceremony, since we knew June in Charlottesville could mean sweltering heat. Oliver collects matchboxes, so my mom also created and ordered custom matchboxes with our initials and wedding date in UVA colors (orange and navy blue). She also set up an extensive candy bar with all types of our favorite candies (we both have quite the sweet tooth) for guests to fill bags and take home with them.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The only thing that truly matters is that you’re marrying the love of your life, so don’t get caught up with the small stuff.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  I’m certainly a big planner and I don’t like surprises, so I’d say the more you can do upfront instead of waiting until the last minute is the way to go. Also, think about ways you can repurpose things over the course of the wedding weekend to cut down on costs, and this is especially true for flowers. We had our rehearsal dinner at Farmington Country Club and had two gorgeous flower arrangements that flanked the fireplace in the dining room. We ended up reusing the arrangements to flank both sides of the ceremony seating at Pippin Hill the next day.

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  I would have considered hiring a videographer.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  It’s difficult to pick just one, but I think we’d say listening to the heartfelt speeches. And the dance moves once the band fired up, of course.

     

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    Photography: Elisa Bricker / Venue: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard in Charlottesville, Virginia / Event Planning & Design, Coordination: Mallory Joyce / Officiant: Randy Singer / Dress: Enzoani / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale in ‘Bellini’ / Groom’s Suit, Groomsmen Attire: Beecroft and Bull / Bow Ties: Collared Greens / Floral Design: Southern Blooms / Hair: Lora Kelley / Makeup: Lisa Moore for Lora Kelley / Ceremony Music: Encore / Reception Music: The Adrian Duke Project / Cake, Dessert: Favorite Cakes
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  • Elegant Virginia Wedding from Elisa Bricker

    3 November 2014
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