After nearly nine years of blogging, we have some real gems in our archives, and it seemed a shame to think they might be buried by newer posts! So we’re dusting off our favorites and bringing them to you every Saturday – don’t miss it!

Photos by Christina McNeill.

 

You might remember Holden and Ryan from this fun engagement session last summer. Well they’re back with their wonderfully stylish wedding! From the bride’s mod-inspired Valentino dress to the intimate San Francisco reception, there’s lots to love here (also, tons of frame-worthy photos from Christina McNeill)…

 

 

 

 

All of Holden’s jewelry held special meaning, including the pendant she wore around her neck: “The pendant is a coin my maternal grandmother sewed into her clothing when she escaped Stalinist USSR,” says Holden. “Since she is ill and could not make it to the wedding, I wanted to honor her by wearing the pendant.”

 

 

 

Each invitation was hand-lettered and watercolored by hand by the bride, so no two were alike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Holden’s favorite part of the day? “Returning to the very place we met, Cafe de la Presse on Grant. I was there one morning years ago having cappuccino and a rather cool guy I’d been checking out asked if he could join me. To go back to the cafe right after our ceremony and have a little mini-celebration with cappuccinos on the sidewalk was pretty sweet. And the caffeine helped us through the rest of the day!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Says the bride, “We love and use The Cake Gallery for all cake occasions! They might have a bit of a silly reputation, but their cakes taste better than any I’ve had. Our wedding cake was vanilla with raspberry filling, and the groom’s cake was chocolate. My mother made the floral cake topper and used an San Francisco skyline paper cutout around the pedestal.”

There was no shortage of dancing at Holden and Ryan’s wedding! They hooked up an iPod to the hotel’s restaurant sound system and played mostly rock ‘n’ roll from the 1960s (their first dance was to “Never My Love” by The Association).

 

 

 

 

 

“Instead of a traditional guest book we left out self-addressed, stamped San Francisco post cards and colorful markers,” says Holden. “The best man mailed the cards while we were on our honeymoon so we came back to a mailbox full of good wishes. We kept getting them weeks after we returned! Now, I’ve stuck them all in a photo album for keeps.”

A little more info about the day from the bride:

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Having the ceremony at City Hall was something we barely discussed as it just seemed so natural. It’s a stunningly gorgeous historic building and we’re proud citizens of the city. There is a sense of gravitas and official-ness about the place. All that marble! We’ve each been San Franciscans for over ten years and feel at home here, so we wanted our out-of-town guests to feel the same sense of magic and history. Ryan, who has worked in the hotel industry, knew about Hotel Majestic, the oldest continually-operating hotel in the city. San Francisco is known for its boutique hotel charm and being able to share that in Hotel Majestic’s beautiful, deco styled all-white dining room was perfect for us.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I wouldn’t say we had any kind of theme but it’s natural for us to want to showcase the place where we live. Ryan is a musician and we like a rock ‘n’ roll edge. We love mid-century modern design and I’m inspired by vintage Vogue photography. I love fashion icons like Jackie O, Brigitte Bardot as well as newer ones like Kate Moss. We wanted something classic, timeless and maybe a little bit punk. Ours was a wedding of yet another guitarist to yet another (former) model and we can make fun of that and play with it a little. We have to be ourselves: music and fashion are important!

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We wanted to keep the ceremony short. My parents’ Ukrainian Orthodox ceremony was something like three hours long. Not our style. I’d say we had a modern take on a traditional wedding. We tweaked some old traditions to make them our own.

What advice do you have for other brides?  First: Make sure your maid-of-honor (and/or event planner) is one of those people who can just take care of things before you even hear of them. My sister is amazing at this – there were definitely hitches, but I didn’t know about them until after my honeymoon. To me and the guests, the entire event moved like butter. Second: Leave for your honeymoon immediately, and get your family to pack up and return things to your home. We flew to Bangkok the very next day. It felt wonderful to leave everything behind!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Keep your list short and think of weddings before our era. People don’t need tchotchkes or lots of extras to have a good time. Good food, music and company (okay, and liquor) will do the trick. Overall my budget tip is to be skeptical of anything a wedding vendor says you NEED. You don’t need a lot of stuff to have a beautiful and fun wedding. Like Jean Luc Goddard says, “All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.”

Photography: Christina McNeill / Ceremony Venue: San Francisco City Hall / Reception Venue, Catering: Hotel Majestic / Hair: DryBar / Makeup: Kristine Burget of Le’Burget Salon / Bride’s Dress: Valentino / White Patent Leather Pumps: Gucci / Veil: Ginger Wedding / Groom’s Suit: Burberry / Cufflinks: Molte Cose / Wedding rings: Kay Jewelers / Bridesmaid dresses: Halston Heritage, Tracy Reese / Stationery: K. Holden Pumphrey / Flowers: Flowers on Chestnut / Bag Piper: Fred Payne / Cake: The Cake Gallery
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  • Mod-Inspired City Wedding in San Francisco

    7 January 2013
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    After nearly nine years of blogging, we have some real gems in our archives, and it seemed a shame to think they might be buried by newer posts! So we’re dusting off our favorites and bringing them to you every Saturday – don’t miss it!

     

    Kristine and Matt’s rock-n-roll chic wedding is one of my favorites, and the sweet and talented Leah McCormick sent over some more great shots – nearly every single one would make for a perfect Sunday Edition. This is one stylish couple, and their wedding totally reflects their love of music and retro style.

     

     

    Says Kristine: People had a tendency to look at our wedding and try and figure out the theme, which I think comes from a need to simplify and categorize things. If anything, the theme of our wedding was “Wedding.” We obviously pulled in style elements and iconic images from different eras, but I think the outcome was relevant and current.

     

     

    Kristine had mod-inspired mini dresses made from lemon yellow silk for her bridesmaid

     

     

     

     

    Kristine and Matt married at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, California.

     

     

     

     

     

    Wedding guests tossed biodegradable confetti on the newlyweds as they exited the church.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After the ceremony, guests joined the couple at the Viceroy for a cocktail reception. Guests were invited to take home hot pink cans of Sofia Blanc de Blancs.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Kristine was sweet enough to send over some details about the day…

    The hair… Needless to say, Jeremy can basically make hair defy gravity. He is amazing, so it was easy to just trust him to do his thing for the wedding hair. It was important to me to have hair that I wouldn’t have to think about or mess with at all, which eliminated wearing it down, but I also didn’t want some terrible prom updo. I also knew I didn’t want it to look totally 60’s, or 40’s… just awesome. The crazy thing is, my hair is super long, so several people thought I actually cut it.

    The music… When choosing our music, I approached the wedding like a film director scoring a movie. Each song helped tell our story. I walked down the aisle to Bjork’s ‘Gerous Palmstroke,’ which lyrically really speaks about marriage to me. I felt that it captured everything I wanted to express that day about God, about the act of getting married, and about Matt. We decided that since I was choosing that song for him, he would choose the first dance song for me, which was “Downtown Train” by Tom Waits. We also had Matt’s mother and aunt lead an old Irish traditional hymn during the ceremony, “Be Thou My Vision.”

    The ceremony… We really wanted a reverent wedding. No matter someone’s faith, I feel that the wedding is a sacred venture, and Matt and I wanted to acknowledge that fact, and not make it light or silly. It seems like too often couples want to relieve the weightiness of the ceremony with some comedy, instead of saving that for the reception (where perhaps your gay best friend will give your mother a lap-dance…).

     

    See even more great shots from this wedding from Leah McCormick!

    Photography: Leah McCormick / Ceremony Venue: Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles / Reception venue: Viceroy Santa Monica in Santa Monica, California / Dress: Oscar de la Renta / Hair, makeup: Jeremy Taylor for Salon Gregorie’s / Suit: Zara / Flowers: Sarah Dethlesfsen from Floral Kitchen / Cake: Beverlywood Bakery / Music: DJ Greg Bowler of Acid Girls

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    When you hear Charlotte describe her family’s home in Chalvron, France, you instantly understand why she and Pete decided to celebrate their wedding there: “The house was the village forge and was bought in need of a lot of love and restoration. My whole family went out there to dig floors, knock walls down, build them back up, install hot water, plaster, paint, etc. and the result is now a much loved home. It is very small, very rural, very French and very a close community, all really important to us as a family. We are now well entwined into the village and all the goings on of various fetes and soirées! Set within a National Park, the distinctly rural French setting, with lots of fields and woodlands, is very pretty, and provided the backdrop for our wedding.”

    Also this couple wins the award for Best Wedding Day Transportation, hands down…

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    Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  Chalvron is a very small village in Burgundy and my family has a home here. We decided as a couple we wanted our wedding to be a representation of us both and our families. After sharing several very happy holidays at the house, soirees with neighbors and exploring the local area, we felt this was the perfect location for us.

     

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    “We are very lucky to have an incredibly supportive, pro-active and hands-on family,” says the bride. “Five parents, five siblings, godparents, Auntie, cousins and more. They all got involved with great imagination and enthusiasm. For much of the planning Pete was based in the US (where we now live), and I relied on the help and support of family and close friends, especially with planning a wedding in France as we had limited knowledge of the French legalities, customs, traditions and etiquette. Liaising with the maire (mayor), pastor, florist, etc. was difficult as we are not fluent in French – luckily several family members are!”

     

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    Now that is a true boutonniere!

     

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    The Ceremony

    “We planned the ceremony with the help of a wonderfully supportive friend in France, Lilly. By law, French weddings are civil ceremonies, and so have to take place in the local mayor’s office, so we married in our local mairie (city hall), with Maire Bruno Gardey de Soos. The local eglise, Saint-Aubin-des-Chaumes, is on the hill overlooking the village so we knew we wanted to have a blessing there as well. The church is not ‘active’, however with permission from the maire we were able to use it.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  British-French, rustic, relaxed.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  Our friend Lilly assisted and found us two pastors to officiate the blessing, and they were very supportive and exceptionally helpful sharing knowledge on the ceremony and French traditions.

     

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    What was your ceremony music?  For the civil ceremony, my Uncle Christopher, who is in the Coldstream Guards, played Trumpet Voluntary on his French horn. For the church ceremony my Uncle Alan played acoustic guitar.

    What were your ceremony readings?  Mixing French and British traditions and language was important for us and our wedding. A personal reading for us inspired by grandparents, Desiderata, was read by my sister in French and Pete’s mother in English. A Bible reading, Philippians 2:1-4, was read in French by the pastor and in English by Pete’s brother. And a letter from my mother that she read in English, and read in French by my stepmother.

     

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    What were your vows like?  Pete’s were unbelievably thoughtful and very personal. Mine were a little more haphazard and frank – I finished writing them on the morning of the wedding!

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Having no idea of what to expect! We are fortunately both quite relaxed and embraced the French eccentricities mixed with the British and just allowed the day to chart its own course. Rather than a rehearsal the night before, we spent the evening up in the church partaking in the French tradition that the bride and groom start ringing the church bell while family, friends, and the local community come by to wish the couple well. Together everyone keeps the bell ringing for as long as possible. A wonderful shared experience – at one point the bell collectively lifted me and my four siblings clear off the floor! We kept it ringing until past 11pm – a lot of fun and a very traditional French experience!

     

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    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  The wedding transport is a family tradition, that was given a French uplift. I arrived at the ceremony on the back of my father’s vintage motorbike, with the bridesmaids following on Mobylettes (peddle and pop motored bicycles). After the blessing in the eglise, we took part in another French tradition and led a procession of approximately 20 vehicles around the local area, with everyone beeping their horns and waving, and locals joining in. My father spent seven years restoring a 1920 Bugatti, and as the father to four daughters and one son, he decided that his girls should drive their new husbands in the car, so this family tradition started with my sister’s wedding in 2013.

     

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    The Reception

    “Our reception was held at my parents’ house in the village. I’d describe it as rustic French, with a vin d’honneur (Champagne reception) followed by a traditional French soiree.”

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your reception?  The house is typically French and typical of my family – something Pete has fully embraced and is a part of, very much part of.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  A visit to Grace Cathedral in San Francisco – Anne Patterson’s installation Graced With Light was the inspiration for the ribbon strung in the tent. We were also inspired by our family – their collective effort was a continuous source of inspiration, and was why we wanted the event to be so inclusive and relaxed.

     

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    What was your wedding menu?  Authentic rustic French. My father made a smoker for the salmon, and led by Lilly, the house transformed in to a hive of activity with flans, salads, fruit, bread, canapés, aperitifs – the enthusiasm of the French to contribute their local dishes and specialities was wonderful.

    Did you have a signature cocktail?  No. However being in Burgundy it was important to have some wine we loved. My sister and mother visited local vineyards and brought a selection with them to our engagement dinner, where the entire family chose the Crémant de Bourgogne to be served at the vin d’honneur.

     

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    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  Most of the wedding was DIY – we are very fortunate to have such a creative and hands-on family. We all arrived in France two weeks prior to the wedding and got to work: rebuilding a crumbling wall, clearing a path to link the vin d’honneur and main reception areas, setting up tents, tables made from wood from the local saw mill, sunflowers arranged in vessels collected by all, scarecrows made to represent the bride and groom (a French tradition), ribbon hand tied to the ceiling of the tent… our wedding was a collective effort of so many, bringing their talents and enthusiasm to create a very memorable and special experience.

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  The speeches – Pete’s brothers did a very amusing true or false questionnaire with Pete, trawling up some of his endeavors for the amusement of the audience. My father spoke in French, for what he lacks in French speaking he makes up for in gestures and support from our middle sister to translate back into English – they made a very entertaining duo!

    Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  There was an impromptu sing along by the French friends ending in a toast to us.

     

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    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Burgundy tradition is that the cake is in the shape of something that represents you as individuals. (Our friend Lilly and her husband had a chicken and a tree for their wedding cake.) In talking about it, we mentioned Kilimanjaro (we climbed it together in 2011), and decided that cats and monkeys would symbolize us (I love cats and Pete’s father used to call his three boys his three little monkeys). From that brief conversation we had no idea what to expect, but we were thrilled when the baker arrived with his masterpiece. It was supplemented by flans and cakes made by some of the women in the village.

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To accept help.

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  Not really. There were some unexpected twists and turns along the way, however this all made it our day and part of a wonderful, happy and memorable experience.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  While the wedding is the ‘big day’ in the week running up to it as we created the venue, there is no question it was hard work however with so much support from family and the local friends was a wonderful and extended wedding experience shared together. Throughout the week, in true French style, we always stopped for a lunch all together, and as the evening arrived we shared aperitifs and dinner.

     

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  • French Countryside Wedding by Nordica Photography

    26 August 2015
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    Today’s wedding took place at a gorgeous venue, with beautiful flowers, a chic bride, bold invitations, and a delicious cake… but the absolute best thing about today’s feature? The emotion in the bride and groom’s faces. And the dancing! These people are dancing machines! If you ever worry that your wedding won’t have enough little details to feel special, just take a look at Shannon and Nikil’s celebration and be reminded that it’s really all about the people and the energy and the love.

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    Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  We were looking for something unique, preferably outdoors, but within the city. We wanted to make it easy for guests to get there. We also wanted the ceremony to be in the same place as the reception. The less travel required the more time to party. Museums offered a variety of spaces that could accommodate a large wedding, and as soon as we realized that the Penn Museum was within our budget I knew it was the right choice. The front courtyard is a lovely – I used to eat lunch there sometimes as a grad student – and the interiors are stunning. Also, of course, the art!

     

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    Shannon carried a lush bouquet with a few white orchids, fiddlehead ferns, and a variety of foliage.

     

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    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  Nope. I’m very DIY in real life, but for the wedding I left things to the experts.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Drink like a guest. For real. It’s a party. It’s important to enjoy it!

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  My main advice is to focus on having a great time with the people you love. It’s easy to get hung up on the details beforehand. And no doubt the planning can be stressful. Nikil and I both had our moments. But really, as long as you have your friends and family, some food and drink and good music it’s bound to be a great time.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “The ceremony was the most difficult thing for us to plan, since we were starting from scratch. We wanted it to be lighthearted and funny, without being too flip. Our wedding planner, Chrissy, helped a lot by giving us a general template and guiding us through the traditional approach to secular ceremonies. We chose poems and pieces from some of our favorite writers for our brothers and sisters-in-law to read. It took us forever to find the right ones. We wanted readings that were about love and family without being overly sentimental. I asked my cousin Shawn, a pastor, to read a Bible passage and deliver a blessing. That made my mom happy! And then we handed off the really hard part of the job to Pete, Nikil’s brother, who we asked to officiate.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Personal, funny, and, um, literary? There were a lot of readings. My husband’s a writer – we met in book publishing.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  We asked Nikil’s older brother, Pete, to officiate. He was the first person I thought of. He’s a wonderful guy, with a great sense of humor – I knew he would kill it.

    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  Not really. We were kind of aiming for non-traditional, but we did the walking down the aisle and exchange of rings – the basic stuff. We had a traditional Hindu ceremony in Bangalore in June 2014 – most of Nikil’s family lives there and wouldn’t be able to travel to the states for a wedding. We printed and framed photos of the Indian wedding and put them at tables around the venue.

     

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    What was your ceremony music?  We had a great local bluegrass band, The Keystone Boys, play during the ceremony and at the cocktail hour. The processional was Ashokan Farewell, which my nerdier friends recognized as the main music used in Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary. The recessional was Cherokee Shuffle.

    Ceremony readings:
    A Vision of the Garden by James Merrill
    If Only I Could Force by Eugenio Montale
    An excerpt from the novel, Pitch Black by Renata Adler
    Some Trees by John Ashbery
    The Mutual Delight of the Bride and Bridegroom, Song of Solomon, Chapter Six

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Having all of our siblings participate.

     

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    What were your vows like?  Pete wrote them! Thank God for Pete, we totally saddled him with all the difficult stuff! They were fairly straightforward but included a clause about caring for one another in health and in hangovers.

     

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    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  Planning a ceremony yourself is hard! It was easily the most stressful aspect of our wedding and we put it off till the last second. But in the end it turned out beautifully and I’m so glad we did it the way we did.

     

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    The Reception

    “The Penn Museum is one of the most beautiful places in Philadelphia. I can’t believe we had it all to ourselves for the night! The building itself is really unique and the art and artifacts are just phenomenal. They didn’t have a lot of rules, either, which some museums and galleries have. And the event staff is a joy to work with. They made everything so easy.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The Penn Museum and its beautiful collection of Asian and Egyptian art was the main inspiration. Generally, we didn’t want to compete too much with the space. Thousand-year-old works of art speak for themselves – we figured everything else should just accent the museum’s collection. Our planner and my mom were great with the table settings. Because I really didn’t know a thing about that I just left it up to them. For flowers I was looking for simple and mostly green. Something lush but nothing showy. Nikil and my Dad handled music suggestions for the DJ. Everyone kind of pitched in to help with the aspects of the wedding they cared most about. It was a real family affair.

     

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    First dance, father/daughter dance:
    First dance: “Deborah” by Beck. The first dance was kind of wild. Nikil has a very distinct dancing style.
    Father/daughter dance: “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder

     

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    How would you describe your reception?  Non-stop dance party. Everyone was on the dance floor.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Dancing ’til they kicked us out.

     

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    Did you have a signature cocktail?  Budweiser. It’s my Dad’s signature drink. And I grew up in St. Louis. We passed around bottles for the toast.

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Vanilla Pound Cake– we’re not big cake people, so we also had a dessert station with a bunch of other options.

     

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    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  Eat the mini cheesesteaks we served at midnight. I totally missed them! People said they were really good.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Nikil and I put off getting engaged for years, and a big reason was we both dreaded the wedding planning. It’s a lot of time and a lot of money and we just didn’t want to deal. But in the end we both had such a great time. Even when the process was getting hectic we reminded ourselves that this is the only time in our lives we can throw a party and invite everyone we’d want to come – regardless of geography – and a lot of them will show up. I know circumstances are different for everybody and different couples want different things out of their wedding, but for us, this was perfect.

     

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    Photography: Love Me Do Photography / Venue: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology / Wedding Planner: Truly You Events / Floral Design: Falls Flowers / Dress: Houghton NYC / Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Veil: BHLDN / Earrings: Satomi / Suit & Shirt: Brooklyn Tailors / Tie: J.Crew / Stationery: Harwood Design / Hair & Makeup: Duette Hair & Makeup /  Linens: The Total Table / Ceremony Music: Keystone Mountain Boys / Reception Music: DJ Qlassick / Catering: Restaurant Associates / Cake, Dessert: Bredenbeck’s Bakery / Cake Topper: BHLDN / Video: Rosetree Films

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  • University of Pennsylvania Wedding by Love Me Do

    25 August 2015
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    Hallie and Glenn’s wedding was the perfect blend of modern romance and timeless elegance, and we’re so glad photographer Erich McVey was there to capture it! Overflowing with gorgeous lush greenery, the venue gave the feeling of an intimate backyard celebration. From Hallie’s incredibly stylish gown to the special olive branch details throughout, this day was filled to the brim with classic beauty.

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    “I had always imagined my wedding in my parents’ backyard so I knew we had to find a venue that would feel similar,” says Hallie. “We had stayed at the Clifton Inn in Charlottesville once or twice as a family and it was always in the back of my mind. The real deciding factor was that we would have the whole inn to ourselves for that special weekend: since most of Glenn’s family was coming from across the country, we knew this would be perfect. They were really able to be a part of everything, without having to go back and forth to a hotel between events. We had the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception at the Clifton and everything was flawless.”

     

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    Hallie and Glenn’s invitation suite by Brown Linen Design featured botanical envelope liners, vintage stamps, and modern calligraphy.

     

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    Hallie looked effortlessly chic wearing a bodice featuring geometric seaming paired with a fit and flare skirt with a dramatic draped train.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “After speaking to Rev. Bhavani Metro, we knew right away she was the perfect fit for our ceremony. Being an Interfaith Minister of Integral Yoga since 1980, it is very important to her to honor all traditions. After speaking with Rev. Bhavani for over an hour on the phone, and meeting her in person a few months later, she really got to know us as a couple. Even though we didn’t want any religious touches to the ceremony, she was really able to create service that reflected our personalities and values and connection as a couple. Rev. Bhavani turned our ceremony into something very significant and meaningful, even in such a short period of time!”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words:  Laid-back, personal, intimate.

    How did you go about planning your ceremony?  Glenn and I are not religious at all so we really wanted to ceremony to be universal and very ‘us.’ Rev. Bhavani sent us a ton of templates and options for the different parts of the ceremony and we kind of picked and chose what we liked for each. I would say it was traditional in terms of the language but also had a lot of our own touches. Very personal but short and sweet at the same time.

     

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    What was your ceremony music?  I asked two of my cousins, Peter and Hannah, to play the music for our ceremony and it was perfect! Peter played some of his own stuff on the piano as the guests were being seated. As the girls came down the aisle in twos, he played “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. When I walked down with my dad, he and Hannah (violin) played Canon in D together, and as we walked out Peter closed with “Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog” and sang along too! It was such a fun touch!

    What were your ceremony readings?  We had one reader in the ceremony, Beth Klineman, our close family friend who was also my Kindergarten teacher! She read a little piece from Charlotte’s web that I just love:

    “Why did you do all this for me?” Wilbur asked. “I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.” “You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.”

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Our favorite part about the ceremony was feeling and seeing all of the love and support we had while standing up there. From our wedding party (most of whom we have known since we were about 2 years old) to all of our friends and family who traveled so far for us – it could not have been a better. Knowing that they were just as excited as we were about being married could not have felt more special.

     

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    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Be present! It sounds cliché but the whole night goes by so quickly – you won’t even feel like you were there.

     

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    The Reception

    “Every single second of our reception was my favorite. I never imagined it would all come together as perfectly as it did. Glenn and I both agree that the feeling we had that night will never be topped. Just the warmest feeling of love and support in the tent. But if I had to choose just one favorite moment, it would actually be a moment before the reception. After Glenn and I finished with pictures, the two of us and my mom hopped on a golf cart to go down and see the tent before anyone was in it. I think we all got chills. It was the most beautiful set up I have ever seen. And of course seeing the reaction from all of the guests was pretty special too!”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I have a very rustic and loose style – some may call it organic. For most people, flowers are the main focus, but I like a lot of bark, sticks, stones and greenery, and wanted the reception to have an earthy, rustic look, with nothing too perfect or pristine. An ‘enchanted forest’ theme kind of came into its own with the amazing greenery around the tent poles. Olive branches were another motif – not only do we love the look of them, but my parents have a very special Papillon at home named Olive who we all could not love more. We thought it would be a bit overwhelming for her to come to the wedding, so we figured she could be there in spirit.

     

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    Family Style Menu:  Greens: Garden arugula with house made ricotta, pears & lemon shallot dressing // Veggies: Balsamic grilled seasonal vegetables / Roasted fingerling potatoes with olive oil, sea salt & thyme // Land & Sea: Braised beef short ribs with stone ground grits & roasted onions / Seared sea scallops with melted leeks, carrots and bacon // Sweet: Hallie’s specialty pound cake with buttercream frosting and cream cheese filling // Late Night Snack: Blue Ridge Pizza Co. wood-fired truck

     

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    Did you have a signature cocktail?  Yes! This was a last minute addition but it was a hit. It was a vodka, cucumber and basil drink named “The 27” after the favorite number we both wore while playing lacrosse!

     

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    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  I have a little bit of an obsession with pink and black leopard print, and wanted some slights hints here and there without going too crazy. The outside of our cake was very unassuming and beautiful with a white buttercream frosting and some olive leaves and olives, but the Clifton Pastry Chef made an amazing pound cake that was pink and black leopard print on the inside – I have no idea how he did it! This was one of my favorite details.

     

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    Special songs:
    First Dance: “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
    Father/daughter dance (Glenn and his mom came in halfway through my dance with my dad): “Cruisin’” by Smoky Robinson

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  Everything was perfect. I would maybe add about 3 hours to the ceremony…

     

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    Photography: Erich McVey / Event Planning & design:  Simply Chic Events / Venue, Catering, Cake: The Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia / Officiant: Sacred Ground Ceremonies / Dress, Veil: Carol Hannah / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / EarringsErickson Beamon / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor / Suit, Shirt, Tie, Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Cufflinks: UPenn Cufflinks / Stationery, Calligraphy: Brown Linen Design /  Floral Design: Beehive Events / Hair: Hair by Shana Dee / Makeup: Nour Kazoun / Rentals: La Tavola, Skyline Tent, Party Rental Ltd. / Transportation: Ambassador Limo / Reception Music: The Source via Elan Artists / Late Night Snacks: Blue Ridge Pizza Co.

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  • Virginia Wedding at The Clifton Inn by Erich McVey

    18 August 2015
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