What to do if you want an English garden wedding, but you don’t want to worry about the weather? Bring the garden indoors, of course! That’s what Rachel and Marc did for their Knoxville wedding, and the result was breathtaking…

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The Ceremony

“Marc and I felt it was important to have a traditional Roman Catholic wedding. After meeting with our priest several times, we decided to have a full mass with communion, readings, and music. The ceremony was in a gorgeous church built in 1908, filled with stain glass and intricate wood carvings.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Catholic, Sentimental, Traditional.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  My favorite part of the ceremony was walking down the aisle with my father and seeing my husband’s smile greeting me at the altar.

 

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Did you include any traditions?  I carried my great-grandmother’s handkerchief down the aisle, the same one my sister and cousin held in their weddings.

Ceremony Music:  We chose classical music and hymns that mirrored a traditional, Catholic wedding. A string trio, an organist, and an opera singer performed during the ceremony.

Prelude: Trumpet Voluntary by Purcell
Seating of grandparents and mothers: Sheep May Safely Graze by Bach
Processional: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach
Communion: “Be Thou My Vision” and “How Great Thou Art”
Recessional: Spring from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi

 

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The Reception

Cherokee Country Club was the perfect location for our reception because its ballroom was not only beautiful, it was also large enough to seat our guests,” says Rachel. “I love outdoor weddings, but I didn’t want to battle rain and heat on my wedding day. So my goal was to bring the beauty of the outdoors inside. With lots of help from my wedding planner, florists and lightning designer, we managed to create a romantic garden inside the ballroom.”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  English countryside weddings are quintessentially classic and timeless – attributes I wanted my wedding to embody. Creating an intimate space was also a priority. It was important to let our guests know how much we appreciated their love and support over the years. Above all else, we wanted our guests to have a fun and memorable night.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  I loved all the details from my wedding, but my favorite had to be the trees we used to decorate the ballroom. When paired with hundreds of candles that lit up the space, the trees made the evening feel magical and timeless.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  My sister gave me the best advice while I was planning the wedding. She told me things are going to go wrong, but don’t let it ruin your day. When your wedding arrives, just enjoy every moment because it’s the best party you’ll have in your life.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Every moment from my wedding was wonderful, but my favorite memory had to be the first look. It was really the only moment Marc and I had together alone that day. I’ll never forget how I felt or the look on his face when I turned around, and he told me I was beautiful.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  1) Early in the planning stages, my wedding planner and I set up a budget. It was helpful having a spreadsheet that outlined the costs. A few dollars here and there can really add up, and by recording all the costs, you can stay accountable to the budget you specified in the beginning. 2) If you have room in your budget, I would highly recommend getting a wedding planner. In the end, I avoided stress and saved time by hiring my wedding planner, Jennifer Laraia. She made the months of planning enjoyable, and most of all, she made sure the wedding day ran smoothly because every detail was in place.

 

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Photography: Natalie Watson, Dan Watson / Event Planning and Design: Jennifer Laraia / Venue, Catering: Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tennessee / Church: Holy Ghost Catholic Church / Dress: Casablanca / Groom’s Suit: Vera Wang / Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Warehouse / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Stationery: The Happy Envelope / Calligraphy: Kalligraphia / Hand Lettered Signage: Paperfinger / Floral Design: Whimsical Gatherings / Fabric Draping: Campbells Party Rentals / Band: A Town A List / Cake: Magpies / Videography: Milestone Pictures / Lighting, Cocktail Music: Special Notes / Trees: Saplings
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  • Knoxville Wedding from Natalie Watson and Watson Studios

    9 October 2014
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    You might recognize Bridget and Matt from their adorable wine country engagement session - such a treat to share their beautiful July wedding with you too! Some of my favorite details from their wedding: the beautiful wedding cake made by the bride, the olive branch garlands, and the advice “guest book.” Photos by Select vendor Christina McNeill.

    SEE THE GALLERY FOR EVEN MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS HOLMAN RANCH WEDDING BY CHRISTINA MCNEILL.

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    The Ceremony

    “The ceremony really is the most important part of the wedding although it’s often the part people try to rush through so they can get to the party. We chose a priest to officiate that had so much personality and warmth that he involved the whole crowd with questions and got them laughing, which made it enjoyable to everyone. He also provided some suggested readings that we could look through which helped to make our decisions a little easier. We did end up writing our own vows, but we didn’t end up reading them during the ceremony!”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Fun. Bliss. Love.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  My favorite part of the ceremony was walking down the aisle with my dad. It was so fun to stand on the sidelines watching the wedding unfold as we stood aside, hidden from the crowd, and the incredible love and spirituality you feel as you walk down the aisle toward the man that makes your heart melt. It’s also such a special time for a father and daughter – it is truly a unique and inseparable bond and having that moment with your dad to give you away and support you and your future with your husband in all that you do is heartwarming and unforgettable.

    Ceremony Music:
    Processional, wedding party: O mio babbino caro  (instrumental)
    Processional, bride: Canon in D by Pachelbel
    Ceremony Psalm: You Are Mine (sung by bride’s cousins)
    Recessional: You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oats

     

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    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  The one tradition that was important to us on both sides of our family was to be married in the Catholic Church. In order to have our dream of getting married outside overlooking the beautiful Carmel Valley and still keep our Catholic tradition, we actually got married the evening before (prior to the rehearsal) with only our parents and our best man and maid and matron of honor. It was the most intimate moment of our entire weekend and we were able to say our vows in the church then do the full wedding the next day in front of family and friends. // Another tradition that I loved was incorporating my mother’s wedding dress. I wore it the day before to our private ceremony in the church as well as for our rehearsal. It fit like a glove and it was touching to wear a gown that my mom was married in 35 years prior when she married my dad.

    Anything else about your ceremony?  I don’t think any wedding should be perfect because the funny mistakes or unplanned events sometimes make the best stories. One of our favorite mishaps of the day is when our priest got so caught up in the ceremony that he forgot we had written our own vows. Since we had adorable books that contained our heartfelt thoughts and both of us were so looking forward to hearing the other persons and sharing our love, we decided to read them at the end of dinner in front of our guests. It ended up being one of my favorite moments of the entire day and a great way to end a beautiful dinner and the speeches. So don’t worry if not everything is perfect because it’s the imperfections that make it unique and special (and tell a good story!). // Also, one of the little details we both liked was that the day of the wedding we decided (through texting that morning) that we wanted to do a unity glass of wine. Our priest suggested it the day before and we thought it would be a great addition to the ceremony. Halfway through on a very hot day, the cork popped right out making a loud “pop” and made for a fun tension breaker when everyone was getting choked up and emotional. It was perfect!

     

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    The Reception

    “From the moment Matt and I stepped foot at Holman Ranch we knew we landed on something special. I had always dreamt of a place that had it all – a rustic barn, different spaces to create a feel and atmosphere that suited everyone’s needs, and on top of it a beautiful setting that people wanted to travel to. Well, we found it at Holman Ranch and it was truly a perfect location to celebrate the weekend with all of our favorite people.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I envisioned a sort of rustic elegance, and was inspired by the look of the Tuscan countryside. We wanted to keep the color palette simple so not to take away from the beauty of the property and to create a romantic and soft feel for the day. The flowers and colors were creams, whites and a hint of peachy pink accented by olive branches. Once we knew the overall look, my mom created a beautiful logo and invitation suite that really led the rest of the planning. We used the logo in many aspects of the day from the menus to the corn hole board game and it tied everything together perfectly.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  We wanted to look around on our wedding day and for everything there to have meaning. A few examples: I created an advice box using my mom’s old suitcase that she used as a little girl, for people to put write their advice to us on note cards my mom created; my parents baked limoncello biscotti and had our family help package them up using the adorable tags my mom made; we both work in the wine industry so incorporated wood wine boxes as containers for items like programs. It was so fun seeing our vision come to life.

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  It’s a tough call between that moment when my father walked me down the aisle (and proceeded to chest bump my groom), and when Matt and I were sitting down to dinner at our sweetheart table, looking out at family and friends who traveled near and far to be with us on our day. We just kept looking at each other and saying “This is amazing.” To be surrounded by that much love was truly a remarkable experience.

     

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    Cake:  Buttermilk cake with raspberry puree and buttercream icing, made by the bride.

    Signature Drinks:  The Arizona Sunset (New Amsterdam Vodka, Grapefuit Juice, Lime Juice, Lemon-Lime Soda) and The Grand Canyon Margarita (Camarena Silver Tequila, Limeade Concentrate, Triple Sec), both created by the groom.

    First Dance Song:  Ain’t That a Kick In the Head by Dean Martin

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The worst advice I got turned out to be the best. It was to be prepared for the following on my wedding day: 1) You and your husband will not have a chance to eat dinner and you’ll barely touch a glass of wine. 2) You’ll be shaking hands for most of the night. 3) It will go by so quickly. // All of that forewarning seemed so daunting. For how much effort goes into planning, not to mention the sheer cost, I wanted to make sure none of the above happened because the opposite was so important to us. We had a kick-off event on Friday the 4th hosted by the groom’s parents so we could enjoy more time with everyone and not feel rushed to shake hands on Saturday at the wedding, and we made the time to really sit together for dinner and eat and drink. We felt like royalty at our own little sweetheart table and with all the dancing we did later in the night we certainly needed the energy from eating our dinners!

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Book vendors early. Once your vendors are set in place, you have less to worry about until the nitty gritty of the planning begins. If you are particular about the vendors you chose, do it as far in advance as possible because they will book up fast!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  My budget tip is to prioritize what you feel is important, whether it be a band or the most extravagant cake, make your list and start determining costs. Coming from corporate event planning, I can say that wedding costs are significantly higher than general event costs, so everything you want comes with a price tag. Go into it with a budget and don’t cough up money to do something that isn’t important to the two of you.

     

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    Photography: Christina McNeill / Day of Coordinator: Engaged & Inspired Events / Venue: Holman Ranch in Carmel, California / Floral Design: Willi Wildflower / Dress: Casablanca / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Earrings: BHLDN / Necklace: Family Heirloom from Schmitt Jewelers / Suits: Black Tux Rental / Longitude/Latitude Cufflinks: Chasing at Starlight / Tie: Nordstrom / Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Shirt: Brooks Brothers / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Stationery, Calligraphy: ThreeBlondesAZ / Videography: Frame44 / Music: DJ Andrew Rivas, Sound in Motion / Catering: Paradise Catering / Hair: Melissa Marie / Makeup: Sarah Nicole Makeup / Tassel Garland: StudioMucci / Father of the Bride Handkerchief: Napa Embroidery / Ring Bearer Suspenders, Bow Tie: Bear and Fox Designs / Flower Girl Dresses: Pink Princess / Vow Books: Jotters and Journals

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  • Holman Ranch Wedding by Christina McNeill

    7 October 2014
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    We’re kicking off the week with Jordan and Devin’s Salt Lake City wedding, full of romantic details like the bride’s veil and beaded dress, flowers by Tinge Floral, and hand-painted invitations by the bride’s mother…

    CLICK HERE TO SEE EVEN MORE IMAGES FROM THIS ROMANTIC TENTED WEDDING BY JILL THOMAS.

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    The Ceremony

    “The best advice I received as the bride was to stay focused on the marriage,” says Jordan. “The most important part was that we both showed up for the ceremony. Everything beyond that was just an added bonus to the best day of our lives.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words. Religious, Classic, Elegant.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We were sealed in the LDS Salt Lake Temple. It was a very traditional LDS wedding ceremony where we believe we are married for time and all eternity. It was a sacred experience shared with our family.

     

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    The Reception

    “We wanted to stay true to who we are as a couple and what we love. Our wedding was simple, organic, and effortless. Everything and everyone belonged there naturally, and that’s exactly what we had dreamed of.”

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  I visited the private residence for a dinner a year before our wedding, and immediately fell in love. The backyard reminded me of a secret garden, full of lush flowers and mature, tall trees. We both have large extended families, and we felt it would be the perfect place for our 300-person celebration. It was!

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  I wore my mom’s sapphire bracelet. // We had a gelato bar as an ode to my family’s travels to Italy every summer when I was a teenager. // My mom designed and painted our announcements and invites. I couldn’t have been more thrilled with how they turned out. I will cherish them for my whole life.

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  That is a really tough question! The entire day was beyond anything we could have ever imagined. Aside from the ceremony itself, the dance party was my favorite. We had the world’s greatest band, and we had the entire place out of their chairs dancing. My hair fell down, people were sweaty. It was such a great time.

    First Dance Song:  “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

     

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    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Take time to be with each other and make it a priority to continue to nurture your relationship. Don’t let wedding planning consume everything. The greatest relief during wedding planning was when we were able to get to the mountains and go hiking, or enjoy a dinner together amidst our very busy schedules.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Our wedding day was so full of love and joy. We feel truly fortunate to come from the families we come from, and are so happy we were able to combine them. It was incredibly overwhelming to have friends and family fly in from all parts of the globe to celebrate and dance the night away with us. We are forever grateful.

     

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    Photography: Jill Thomas / Floral Design: Tinge Floral / Church: LDS Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah / Dress: Maggie Sottero via The Perfect Dress / Shoes: Vince Camuto / Veil: The Perfect Dress / Jewelry: Nadri / Tuxedo: Tuxedos by Lee / Tie: The Tie Bar / Shoes: Gordon Rush / Cufflinks: T.M. Lewin / Watch: Hamilton / Stationery: Designed by bride’s mother, printed by Ridge Printing Company / Rentals: Diamond Rentals / Music: The Changing Lanes Experience / Catering: Lori Tolbert Catering / Makeup: Cami Talbot
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    6 October 2014
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    Erin from Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence sent me this incredibly sweet wedding video because she knew I would love it (oh boy did I love it!), and the lovely bride Mary Beth kindly agreed to let me share it with you. I’m just warning you – if you’re anything like me you’ll want to have a box of Kleenex handy.

     

    Absolutely beautiful work by The Film Poets.

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    My favorite detail from Lauren and Ken’s beautiful wedding? Their “air mail” guest book, with a sign that read: “Only 6 weeks after Lauren and Ken’s first date, Ken departed for the Marine Corps boot camp. With no access to cell phones or email, Lauren and Ken continued their courtship the old-fashioned way – with handwritten letters every day for the duration of Ken’s boot camp.” In lieu of a traditional guest book, loved ones wrote them letters – advice, words of encouragement, stories, etc. – which a friend mailed to the newlyweds throughout their first year of marriage.

    Of course, the rest of the wedding is incredibly sweet and beautiful, and you won’t want to miss the bride’s excellent budget-saving tips!

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    The Ceremony

    “Not only is St. Peter’s Church gorgeous, but it holds a special meaning for us as couple. We both attended St. Peter’s Catholic schools from K-12 (we are high school sweethearts!) and celebrated many special milestones and moments in St. Peter’s Church. It’s also meaningful for us because Ken’s parents were married at the same altar 45 years ago!”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Religious, Traditional, Emotional.

    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  Our ceremony was a traditional Catholic ceremony and incorporated many of the Catholic traditions, including our recitation of the traditional vows, placing roses in front of the Statue of Mary during the Ave Maria, and playing traditional Catholic music during the ceremony.

     

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    Guests waved simple ribbon wands as the newlyweds walked out of the church.

     

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    What was your favorite part of your ceremony?  Perhaps this is cliche, but my favorite moment was walking down the aisle at St. Peter’s and seeing Ken waiting at the end. We dated for 13 years before we got married and stayed together despite his military service, living overseas, living in different states and cities, going to separate colleges, and both growing up from teenagers into adults. It took great patience, trust, perseverance, good humor, love and faith in each other to get to our wedding day. Walking down the aisle after the long and winding road to that moment felt surreal.

    Anything else?  Aside from walking down the aisle and seeing Ken standing at the end, I loved saying our vows! I love hearing couples read vows they wrote themselves, but for us, I can’t imagine needing or wanting to say anything more than what the traditional vows promise. To love and honor someone through sickness and health, rich and poor, good times and bad times, for all the days of your life? How beautiful! How romantic! How perfect.

     

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    The Reception

    “We were so honored to have our garden reception at Kingwood Center,” says Lauren. “The mansion and surrounding gardens are stunning. When we started dating in high school, we spent many of our early dates walking the beautiful grounds, talking and getting to know each other. Ken joined the Marine Corps just six weeks after our first date, and whenever he was home on leave, we returned to the grounds to walk and enjoy the little bit of time we had with each other before he had to return to duty. When we were engaged we knew immediately we wanted to host our reception there as it holds amazing memories for us.”

     

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    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  We had a very conservative budget but we still managed to have a wedding that was meaningful and beautiful by being creative, being willing to do some of the leg work ourselves, and prioritizing the things that were important to us and finding inexpensive ways to handle the things that weren’t important. Here are some ways we cut costs:

    Think about what you and your guests will remember the most. Think about other weddings you have been to and recall what made them enjoyable for you as a guest? And think about what you want to remember about your day – what is important to you as a couple? Are you foodies but aren’t big music lovers? Skip the band and hire the good caterer! It’s better to have a few quality elements that are meaningful to you, than to overspend because you think you need to have the best of everything.

    Shop around! I wanted a long, silk veil and the bridal salon quoted me $700.00! I shopped on Etsy and had the same veil handmade for less than $90.00.

    We kept our bridal party small. My bridesmaids were my two sisters and Ken’s brother and best friend were his groomsmen. We invited our close friends and family to participate in the wedding in other ways.

    We bought all of our alcohol at a local box stores (Costco, Sam’s Club) so it was very inexpensive to buy in bulk, and we were able to return all the alcohol we didn’t open. We kept the selection to wine and beer, but we still had a very lively celebration!

    Instead of hiring a DJ or a band, we rented a sound system and asked a close friend to “emcee” the wedding by introducing the bridal party, guiding the guests through the cocktail hour, dinner, toasts, etc. Everyone commented on how personal it made the wedding feel. We made playlists for the cocktail hour, dinner and dancing, and many guests commented on how great the music was and how personal it felt without a DJ.

    Find a location that doesn’t need much decorating!

    Think about what you might be able to borrow from a friend or relative. Does someone in your family have a beautiful pair of earrings you can wear? Did a friend just get married wearing a beautiful cage veil? Ask your vendor if they can share the name of the couple getting married the week or two before you and get in touch to ask what they plan to do with all of their extra vases for their flowers. Ask if you can buy them for a small fee and offer to pick them up after their wedding. They will probably be happy to make a few bucks and not have to worry about them!

     

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    First Dance Song:  “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To take a moment to yourselves at some point during the day. Luckily, we had some time between the ceremony and reception when we were with our (amazing!) photographers and could take a few moments to enjoy just each other before we greeted our guests and the evening became a whirlwind. Also, my sister reminded me several times during the planning process that “no one cares about your wedding as much as you do.” She wasn’t being cruel; she was reminding me that our guests and friends and family would never notice or really care about 90% of the details of our wedding that I was tempted to stress over.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Give each other, your loved ones, your bridal party, and yourselves a break. Your wedding will be beautiful and perfectly imperfect. Something (many things!) will turn out different than you planned, but you will feel so euphoric and buoyed by love on your wedding day you won’t notice or care. One year after the wedding, you won’t even remember 99% of the details and things that seem important right now.

     

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    Photography: Lauren Kinsey / Church: St. Peter’s Catholic Church / Venue: Kingwood Center in Mansfield, Ohio / Dress: Romona Keveza / Shoes: David Tutera via Shoes / Suit: Men’s Warehouse / Stationery: Hello!Lucky / Floral Design: The Flowerman / Rentals: Prestige Rentals / Catering: Cafe on Main / Cake: Maria’s Cakes / Hair, Makeup: Lindsay Mikesell 
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  • Elegant Ohio Wedding by Lauren Kinsey

    30 September 2014
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