Perry and Trey decided to tie the knot at Wyoming’s Snake River Ranch, and married the rustic setting with preppy details for a celebration you won’t be able to get enough of. Details we love include the bride’s pretty pink bouquet, the newlywed’s monogram stitched onto navy gingham napkins, and their fabulous dessert table – save a s’more for us!

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“My sisters and I have charm bracelets we’ve been adding to since we were kids. On my wedding day, my parents gave me the sweetest gold barn engraved with our initials. I will always cherish that charm, and it’s the most beautiful memento from our wedding.”

 

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The Ceremony

“Trey and I met in Jackson Hole in 2009, and it’s our favorite place on earth. It’s where we fell in love, made incredible friends, and the only place we could imagine ourselves getting married. Snake River Ranch, which backs up to the Tetons, was stunning and the perfect place for our wedding.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Loving, spiritual, traditional.

Who officiated your ceremony?  After the tragic loss of Trey’s sister to brain cancer in 2012, my in-laws grew very close with Ken Ruge of The Reformed Church of Bronxville, NY. Trey and I were so honored that he could come to Jackson Hole to marry us. After so much sadness, it was wonderful to celebrate a joyous occasion with him and both families.

 

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What were your vows like?  As so many before us, we exchanged traditional vows.

What were your ceremony readings?  We chose two readings that struck the perfect tone between casual and spiritual for our wedding day. We don’t consider ourselves to be religious people, but in those moments with the sun poking through, surrounded by our loved ones, it was a sacred moment.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Trey went in early for the kiss, and everybody got a big laugh out of it!

 

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Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  We had a small, family-only bridal party, which felt very special. The joining of two families was important to us and Trey wanted to have our siblings by our side. In honor of Elizabeth, Trey’s sister who passed, there was a small log next to me with a bouquet of flowers. We loved this tribute and she was definitely with us on that day.

 

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Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your wedding.  It hailed all day long, and while we were getting ready, we were anticipating a downpour during the ceremony. But just as we arrived, the sun came out and I felt Elizabeth’s presence so strongly. Trey and I couldn’t stop smiling because we were so happy to be married to one another and celebrating with our families.

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Put love and thought into your thank you notes. Those are the most important people in your life, and it’s an amazing opportunity to tell them how much they mean to you.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Our wedding planner would always sign off on her emails with “This is going to be fun!” It was the perfect way to keep planning light, and the best mantra for our wedding day.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  I found it helpful not to get attached to any single idea, and remain open minded throughout the planning process.

 

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The Reception

“I’m a blue and white girl all the way, and can always use a pop of pink, so my favorite colors were incorporated into our reception. I wanted our wedding to be comfortable for everyone, and for our guests to feel at home in the place where we’d fallen in love.”

 

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Your reception in three words. Rustic, playful, wild!

Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  My sister monogrammed our napkins at the head table – they were my favorite detail!

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail?  We served Margaritas and Wyoming Whiskey Manhattans – our favorite cocktails, and a nod to Trey’s New York roots.

What was your wedding menu?  We wanted our reception to be very casual, so instead of a formal dinner, we had slider, seafood and carving stations.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Persephone Bakery created the most amazing dessert table! The s’mores were out of this world and it went with our rustic feel. We had a small cake to cut as well, topped with a tiny monogrammed canoe I found on Etsy!

 

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What was your first dance song?  Our first dance was to “Home” by Edward Sharpe. Trey and his mom danced to an Otis Redding song, and my dad and I hit the dance floor with Louis Armstrong singing “What a Wonderful World.”

How would you describe the music at your reception?  We had the best band – the Jerry Barnett Orchestra flew up from Denver and they were incredible! I couldn’t believe that a band could have all 270 guests on their feet the entire evening, but ours definitely did!

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Our Father-Daughter dance! My Dad picked me up and twirled me out of nowhere – it was a surreal moment and everyone got such a kick out of it!

 

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Photography: Carrie Patterson / Venue: Snake River Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming / Event Planning & Design: In Any Event / Officiant: Ken Ruge of the Reformed Church, Bronxeville, NY / Dress: Lela Rose / Jewelry: Derco Fine Jewelers / Bridesmaid Dresses: Camilyn Beth / Suit: Bonobos Chinos / Shirt, Tie: Brooks Brothers / Stationery: XOWYO / Floral Design: Lily and Co. / Hair: Champu Jackson Hole / Makeup: Shayne Cosmetics / Rentals: Montana Party Rentals and Canvas Unlimited / Ceremony Music: Richard Brown Orchestra / Reception Music: Jerry Barnett Orchestra / Catering: Bistro Catering / Cake, Dessert: Persephone Bakery / Photo Booth: Silver Bullett Productions / Portable Bathrooms: Macys Services / Videography: Aprés Events

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  • Snake River Ranch Wedding by Carrie Patterson

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    Few brides wish for rain on their wedding day, but unexpected wet weather didn’t put a damper on Tally and Blake’s beautiful celebration at Middleton Place. We’re crazy about the lush setting (that Spanish moss!), the bride’s stunning garden rose and peony bouquet, and their incredible 6-foot wedding cake… but their grins beneath a big white umbrella at the ceremony are our very favorite part!

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    “We were inspired by the incredible historic surroundings of Middleton Place: camellia trees, manicured English gardens, giant azaleas, and lazy peacocks parading the grounds. We wanted our wedding to feel like a natural extension of Middleton, and tried to imagine the way they would have entertained there so long ago!”

     

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    Did you include any traditions at your wedding?  I carried a small Bible in my wedding bouquet that had been carried by all the women married before me in my family. Three generations of women have signed the Bible and have carried it down the aisle with them.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “Although I was stressed about the one thing I could not control, the rain made for beautiful pictures under white umbrellas!”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Spiritual, natural, musical.

    Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  We adore Charleston, South Carolina, and fell in love with Middleton Place at first sight! The grounds are a beautiful place to have a destination wedding, and we knew from the moment we saw the majestic Butterfly Lakes that it was the perfect setting for our ceremony.

     

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    How did you go about planning your ceremony?  I had help from the terrific team at Calder Clark. Calder is unbelievable, and her team took my vision and executed beyond my wildest dreams!

    Who officiated your ceremony?  A family friend and pastor married us.

     

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    What was your ceremony music?  A string quartet played “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, “The Lord’s Prayer,” and “The Way You Look Tonight.”

    What were your vows like?  I love the simplicity of traditional vows. The thought that so many before us have spoken those same words and spent 50 or 60 years together is so beautiful!

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  I think my favorite thing about our wedding ceremony was the scenery of the Butterfly Lakes at Middleton Place. It made for such a gorgeous backdrop, even though it was raining!

     

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    The Reception

    “Our reception was boisterous, lighthearted, and fun. We wanted everyone to dance and be merry, so we had small plates tasting stations instead of a seated dinner to keep the energy up and allow for great flow.”

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Planner Calder Clark had one thing to tell me before my wedding – take five minutes along with your new husband to see your reception and take it all in! Those are about the only five minutes I remember because the day was such a whirlwind, and I am so grateful we took those few moments to ourselves!

    What was your wedding menu?  Highlights included stone crab claw in a horseradish-black vinegar aioli, a seared strip steak with pomme frites, fried green tomatoes on chive biscuits with house-made pimento cheese and corn dogs with spicy yellow mustard. At the end of the night, we also served beignets with powdered sugar and a chipotle chocolate drizzle. 

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Joyful, nonstop, blissful

    Did you have a signature cocktail?  One of our favorite details was the two signature bars: the bourbon bar and the Champagne bar. There was something for everyone.

     

     

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  A spectacular 6-foot wedding cake in gold and pastels was the first thing you saw as you walked into the reception. We also had a marble slab bar that served Blue Bell ice cream!

    What was your first dance song?  We danced to “Everything” by Michael Buble.

    Please tell us about the music at your reception.  The Atlanta Party Band made our reception so much fun! Not only was I surrounded by my wonderful family and all my closest friends, I had the pleasure of spending the evening dancing to fabulous music.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  My sweet groom singing “L.O.V.E.” by Michael Buble to me!

     

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    Tell us about your big exit.  A local gospel choir sang “Oh, Happy Day” as we left the reception. It was an absolutely amazing way to end the day.

     

    Photography: Trent and Dara, Trent Bailey Photography / Ceremony: The Butterfly Lakes at Middleton Place  / Reception Venue: The Greensward at Middleton Place in Charleston, South Carolina / Event Planning & Design: Calder Clark / Floral Design and Production: Blossom Events / Cake: Minette Rushing Cakes / Dress: Oscar de la Renta / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy / Suit: Dumas / Necktie: Collard Greens / Rentals, Tent: Snyder Event Rentals / Videography: Life Stage Films / Linens: La Tavola / Ceremony Musicians: Archer Music String Quartet / Band: Atlanta Party Band

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  • Elegant Southern Wedding by Trent Bailey + Calder Clark

    7 April 2015
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    Intimate weddings are something special, and this celebration off the coast of Washington has absolutely enchanted us. Details we love include the modern and romantic apple cake, the lush flower arrangements, and the spectacular setting where Ashley and Christopher became husband and wife!

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    “When Chris proposed, we knew we wanted a small wedding and a short engagement. Our laid back approach made every step of planning enjoyable. After we decided on the San Juan Island, we found a cute hotel, and a lovely restaurant online. My parents and our dear friends made up our wedding party, and we were surrounded by people we love and who love us. We wouldn’t have had it any other way!”

     

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    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Make it your dream wedding by holding true to the best reflection of your relationship and love!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Our budget advice is simple: don’t figure out how much you can spend, but rather what you are comfortable spending.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “When we got engaged, we quickly decided that we wanted a small intimate affair and to wed on the coast. Planning the wedding in a month and a half from Salt Lake City did not leave time to visit the island prior to the wedding, so we arrived a few days early to find a ceremony location. Our first stop on our tour of the island was Cattle Point Lighthouse, and we fell for the location. It signified everything that we love about the Pacific Northwest – we were on a bluff above the Strait of Juan de Fuca where seal lions were playing and where orca pods frequent, and you can see other islands and the Olympic Mountains across the water.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Ashley: Intimate, beautiful, us. // Chris: Joyous, amazing, and gorgeous.

    What was your ceremony music?  Chris played my father’s guitar and sang the Neil Young song, “Dance, Dance, Dance.” When Chris asked me to marry him, I asked if he would play in our ceremony. We love Neil Young in our house, so I wasn’t surprised when he chose one of his songs to play. It was a perfect fit, as a rainbow appeared over the water just before our ceremony began.

    Chris, what was your favorite moment of the ceremony?  Ashley being escorted by her dad down to the spot we exchanged vows, no question. The natural beauty of the setting, the love from our friends and family, and the rainbow behind her made for the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen, and I was overwhelmed! It was just the perfect moment.

     

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    Ashley, what was your favorite moment during the ceremony?  There were so many beautiful moments. One of my favorites was walking towards Chris while he was singing and playing my father’s guitar. When my father and I reached him, Chris got choked up and couldn’t finish the song. I couldn’t help it – I had to give him a smooch before we could continue on! Then, just before my father pronounced us husband and wife, he got teared up. He was sharing his hopes and wishes for our marriage, and it was such a tender moment.

     

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    Who officiated your ceremony?  We asked my father to officiate our ceremony. My father and I are extremely close, and I could not imagine asking anyone else. Having my dad not only walk me towards my groom, but also preside over our ceremony was definitely one of the most special moments from our day.

     

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    What were your vows like?  We both loved the idea of using traditional vows, but as we started writing our ceremony, we decided it would be so special to write our own vows to each other. We each wrote our own, not following any templates, and keeping them a secret until our ceremony. They were so tender and loving, and I think we both felt as though we’d never been more loved in our whole lives than in that moment.

     

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    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  We chose to have cake and champagne at the lighthouse directly after the ceremony to celebrate! We knew we would be so excited afterwards, so why wait for dessert after dinner? It was so fun and sweet to have a cocktail hour of sorts at the lighthouse before heading off to a delicious dinner.

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Since Chris’ parents were unable to travel for the wedding, it was important to include a piece of Appalachia, where he is from, on our wedding day. When I first met his family, his father introduced me to a regional treat called an apple stack cake. Traditionally, Appalachian families would each bring a layer of the cake to an event, like a wedding, and the cake would slowly be complied. Knowing it would make my father-in-law smile, it meant so much to my groom and his family to carry that tradition with us!

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Our inspiration for our wedding was simple – we wanted it to be outdoors and to be a reflection of our love and relationship.

     

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    The Reception

    “We loved the idea of the ceremony on the beach, and then heading inland to a cabin in the woods for a delicious dinner. We were sold on Duck Soup Inn by reading about the owners story and the way they described the mission of their business.”

     

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    How would you describe your reception? Intimate and delicious!

    Chris, what was your favorite moment of the reception?  Sitting next to my wife, and looking around the table at our friends and family. It was a moment of completeness for me. I felt so privileged.

     

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    Ashley, what was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  When the wine arrived, Chris raised his glass and thanked everyone for being a part of our first dinner as a married couple. The joy on everyone’s face and the love we all felt was incredible.

     

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    Photography: S’Wonderful Photography / Venue: Cattle Point Lighthouse, San Juan Islands, Friday Harbor, Washington / Dress: Anthropologie / Necklace: Sarah Safavi via Mineral and Matter / Shoes: Frye Boots / Suit: J.Crew / Tie: Nordstrom / Boots: Steve Madden / Floral Design: Heirloom Design House / Catering: Duck Soup Inn / Cake: Cakes by Felicitations

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  • Intimate Washington Wedding by S'Wonderful Photography

    6 April 2015
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    Liz and Kyle said “I do” on a sunny Sonoma day that celebrated not only their love for one another, but for their family and friends. We adore the bride’s bouquet, the grape arbor hung with crystal chandeliers where they exchanged their wedding vows and the gilded details at the reception, but we think this couple’s thoughtful approach to wedding planning is the best part of this beautiful celebration.

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    “Many people told us to make our wedding day ALL ABOUT US. And luckily, we were able to plan our perfect day. But a wedding isn’t just for the couple – it is also for your family and friends, and lets them share in your special moment. So, we tried to be really conscious of the experience our guests would have the weekend of our wedding. We wanted it to feel like a little getaway celebration, which is why we chose Sonoma, half way between our families in Los Angeles and Portland, and just outside of our home in San Francisco. We thought a lot about our guests’ experience that weekend, and it made for the most wonderful celebration.”

     

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    Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  Kyle wore his grandfather’s Rolex watch and I wore my grandmother’s sapphire and diamond ring. It was special to have our family heirlooms on during our big day.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  What they say is true – after all that planning, you finally get to live out all the spreadsheets and timelines, but the day can fly by if you let it. Some lovely friends took us aside throughout the weekend, reminding us to breathe, savor, and enjoy.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  The weekend goes so fast, so we tried to spend every second with our guests and each other. We rented out the Inn above our venue so we could have some of our closest pals in the neighboring rooms, and we did a first look to give us quiet time together and allow us to enjoy cocktail hour with everyone. At the reception, we tried to stick together. It is so easy to get pulled apart into different conversations, so use the buddy system and just hold hands! // We also did first looks with our parents. We are both only children and our families of three are extremely close, so it felt important to spend private time together on the day of our wedding.

     

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    The Ceremony
    “We wanted a venue that could accommodate both our ceremony and reception, knowing that we would be dying to get the party started. Ramekins fit the bill perfectly in a picturesque setting. After we said “I do,” we were mere steps from delicious food, our first sips of champagne as a married couple, and the waiting arms of our friends and family.”

     

     

    Your ceremony in three words.  Heartfelt, personal, and brief!

    Did you do anything special for your guests at the ceremony?  We were having an outdoor ceremony in August, and the weather in Sonoma was quite warm. We provided parasols to shade guests from the sun, and set up lemonade, iced tea and cucumber water to make sure everyone stayed cool.

     

     

    What was your ceremony music?  Our processional was Jose Gonzalez’s “Heartbeats.” I walked down the aisle with my parents to Phoenix’s “Love Like a Sunset Part 2.” And Kyle and I walked back down the aisle to Bright Eyes’ “First Day of My Life,” which has the sweetest lyrics and is a college favorite from when we were falling in love.

     

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    How did you go about planning your ceremony?  We wrote our ceremony together with our officiant. We wanted to recognize our parents, have our friends take part through readings, and share a mix of personal and traditional vows. To write our personal vows, we agreed on a basic template ahead of time – we would recount qualities we loved in each other, three promises we would make to each other, and a wish for the future. We read them aloud a week before the wedding to get the jitters out.

     

     

    What were your ceremony readings?  Instructions for Life in the New Millennium by the 14th Dali Lama, an excerpt from The Alchemist, and a reading from 1 Corinthians.

     

     

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Your wedding is a rare opportunity to share your heart with your future spouse in front of your friends and family. It was so special to be able to read our personal vows with everyone we love as witnesses. Also, walking down the aisle was an incredible experience that we weren’t prepared for – it was like a dream. Having every face from every part of your life smiling at you all at once was pretty intense, in a good way. Not to mention, my vision was a little hazy at that moment – the veil, the sun and some serious eyelashes led to everything having a soft focus that was otherworldly.

     

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    The Reception

    “Our wedding reception was a magical, meaningful, gold-gilded, champagne-fueled, love-filled evening. From start to finish it was the best day of our lives. It was both the culmination of our relationship and beginning of our marriage tied into one.”

     

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    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  We wanted to thank our guests for what they had brought to our lives and relationship, so we wrote personalized notes to everyone and used them as place cards so they could be read before dinner was served. Our friends and family are truly amazing, supportive, and awesome people, and it was important to show gratitude and tell them how much they meant to us. // We also wanted to honor our lineage. Our parents have each been together for over 35 years. We asked both sides of our family to collect wedding photos from previous generations so we could display them during cocktail hour. It was really fun to see all the love and wedding day photos from years before – and all the fashion!

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? One of the benefits of getting married in a place like Sonoma is that you don’t have to do much. So we let the scenery at our venue shine through and just added a few special touches. That, plus some great food and an open bar, made for a wonderful evening!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  The budget is hard and can make planning very stressful. Do what you can to pick a few priorities and scale back on the rest. At the end of the day, it’s important that you have a meaningful, fun day filled with love, so just keep coming back to that goal.

     

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    What was your wedding menu?  Passed hors d’oeuvres included black Mission figs with crispy pancetta, barbecue pulled pork sliders and Ahi tun tostadas with lime crema. The main course was an heirloom tomato and watermelon salad and a choice of a grilled bistro filet or brined Petaluma chicken breast.

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We had a salted caramel cake from Crisp Bake Shop, as well as a dessert bar with salted brownie bites, chocolate dipped cheesecake pops, fruit tartlets and mini s’mores. When it comes to sweets, we think more is more!

    What was your first dance song?  Our first dance was to Ray LaMontagne’s “You are the Best Thing” – the title says it all! My father and I honored our family’s love for Frank Sinatra with “The Way You Look Tonight“, and Kyle and his mom danced to “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart.

    How did you create the décor for your reception?  I spent several weekends hand-painting candles for the tables and spray painting frames for the family photos and signs. Everything in our house got the Midas touch!

     

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    Tell us about your last dance.  The last dance was pretty epic. When “Wonderwall“, my lucky song, came on, everyone circled the dance floor and sang at the top of their lungs as we danced in the middle. By the last chorus, all our guests had come in for one huge group hug, with us and our parents in the center.

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  We were blown away by the outpouring of love we felt all weekend so it is tough to choose just one moment. The speeches Kyle’s best man, Liz’s maid of honor, and our parents gave were so thoughtful, and had hilarious visual aids! We didn’t hire a videographer, but one of Kyle’s friends was kind enough to capture the most important moments throughout the day, like our ceremony, toasts and our first dance, on video. A friend covered our bed with golden rose petals and made sure we had some dessert saved for the next morning with coffee. We had so many people who moved mountains to celebrate in person with us – several of our friends in medical residency planned their whole year’s vacation around our date and Kyle had a friend come from abroad. We got countless hugs, hand squeezes, kisses and words of love and support. But, if we had to choose one – it would be when we were introduced into dinner officially as husband and wife. Walking through the double doors to standing applause while M83’s “Midnight City” played made us feel pretty special.

     

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    Photography: Woodnote Photography / Venue: Ramekins in Sonoma, California / Day of Coordinator:  Courtney Cargile Events / Dress: Nicole Miller / Earrings: Elizabeth Cole / Suit: Hugo Boss / Hair, Makeup: It’s a Date / Floral Design: The Monkey Flower Group / Stationery, Paper Goods: Paperless Post / Celebrant: Minister Maggie / Music: AMS Entertainment / Favors: Logo Lenses / Cake: Crisp Bake Shop / Wedding Rings: XIV Karats

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  • Classic Wine Country Wedding by Woodnote Photography

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    Lauren and Michael love brunch (who doesn’t?!), and they decided to celebrate their marriage with a modern morning wedding, complete with a donut truck. Details we can’t wait to pin include the darling tassle backdrop for their ceremony, the bride’s chic gown with pockets, and the gorgeous greenery at the couple’s reception!

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    “My best advice for brides-to-be is to make the day about your marriage. Celebrate who you are as a couple and the exciting road ahead of you. As beautiful as it is, your wedding is only one day – the day after is even better, especially if you invest in it!”

     

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    Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  I carried my grandmother’s handkerchief down the aisle, the same one my cousin held in her wedding. And at the last minute, I borrowed a bracelet, my something blue, from my sister.

    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  For the ceremony, my maid of honor, my sister, my soon-to-be-husband and even my dad chipped in making tassels for our backdrop. I wanted something that wouldn’t take away from the venue or light, but that created a focal point for our ceremony. I was worried tassels had been overdone, but I love them, and they brought the color palette together and added impact on a very small budget.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “Our officiant told us to ‘do whatever you need to do to feel married.’ At first, the concept was so abstract I never thought we’d figure it out. But we chose readings that felt right, even though one was a quote, and we wrote our own vows. As an introvert, I wasn’t looking forward to being the center of attention, but the ceremony ended up being a highlight of the day.”

     

     

    Your ceremony in three words.  The bomb diggity – see also: modern, intimate, relaxed.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  Our ceremony was officiated by a childhood friend of Mike’s, and he did an amazing job. After an unexpected life event, Dan was essential in getting us back on our feet. Because of him, our ceremony was funny, heartfelt, and personal.

     

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    What was your ceremony music?  Our bridal party walked down the asile to “All You Need Is Love“, and my father and I were grinning as “Here Comes the Sun” played. Our recessional was “Love on Top” by Beyonce.

    What were your ceremony readings?  Our ceremony readings were, “I Love You Means…”, “Blessing for a Marriage” by James Freeman and an excerpt from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.

     

     

    What were your vows like?  We chose to write our own vows. Even though we talked about writing them months before, we ended up writing them a mere seven hours before we said ‘I do’. We wrote them sitting in bed together and, both teary-eyed, decided to share them alone with one another first. It may not have been by the book, but it is a moment we cherish.

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Just finally being married was pretty awesome; being surrounded by people we both love was icing on the cake!

     

     

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We knew we wanted to have an urban setting, and Room 1520 is a hidden treasure. It’s part of an industrial neighborhood, but you walk into this stunningly understated interior that is the perfect canvas to build your day upon.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  My very wise aunt noted that wedding planning was the first project we would ever work on as a married couple. She said the foundation we laid there, and the lessons we learned about each other, would be things we carried throughout our marriage. With that perspective in mind, we developed a solid understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses that we might not have known about for years.

     

     

    How did you manage the logistics have having your ceremony and reception in the same space?  We had a Donut Hour! We wanted to get a few photos on the roof while our space was being transformed for the reception, so we hired Beaver Donuts to bring their truck by with an assortment of mini donuts for our guests. We got to sneak the first batch and it made our donut loving hearts complete!

     

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    The Reception

    “Our favorite meal is brunch, and our Sunday morning wedding gave us the perfect opportunity to share it with our nearest and dearest. It was surreal to see all of our extended family and close friends under one roof, enjoying one of our favorite things!”

     

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    Tell us about your centerpieces.  Our venue was really simple, so I wanted a few visual statements while keeping everything else simple. The garland runners on each table were full of magnolia leaves, ferns and eucalyptus.

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Keeping things simple was pretty important to us. The goal was to have a really beautiful space to welcome our friends and family to, and I think we succeeded. I don’t have a particularly “bridal” aesthetic, so the fresh white space really lent itself to the vibe of the day.

     

     

    What was your wedding menu?  We served brioche french toast, vegetable frittatas, herbed scrambled eggs, roasted potatoes, cheese and charcuterie, fresh fruit and an assortment of breakfast breads. The buffet setup allowed guests the freedom to mingle, dance, and eat without worrying about a strict schedule.

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  A few sheet cakes from Whole Foods made sure everyone left appropriately sugar happy.

     

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    What was your first dance song?  Our first dance was to “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. Our father-daughter dance was to “I Wish You Love” by Dean Martin, and Michael and his mom danced to “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Hands down the speeches. Everything came across well to those who knew us and there was the right balance of intimacy and humor. We felt incredibly lucky to have such great people speak on our behalf.

     

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    Photography: Stacy Able / Venue: Room 1520 in Chicago, Illinois / Dress: Priscilla of Boston via Once Wed / Earrings: J. Crew / Shoes: Ferragamo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Pim + Larkin via Piperlime / Suit: Zara / Groomsmen Attire, Tie: J. Crew / Stationery: Minted / Envelope Liner: Striped Cat Studio / Floral Design: Anna Held / Hair: Paige Balach, Pin Me Up Chicago / Makeup: Amelia Ryczek / Catering: Cocina Fusion / Cake: Whole Foods Market / Donut Truck: Beaver’s Coffee + Donuts / Rings: Gemvara

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  • Modern Chicago Wedding at Room 1520 by Stacy Able

    1 April 2015
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