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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    With its vineyard views and rustic ruins, Kunde Winery was a breathtaking venue for Ashvi and Dan’s August wedding. We love all the gorgeous details, from the lush bridal bouquet to the fiery red and gold bridesmaid gowns, and we’re so inspired by the way the couple combined Jewish and Hindu traditions to create a ceremony that was meaningful for them.

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    Ashvi carried a lush bouquet that included hydrangea, ranunculus, anemones, orchids, and silver brunia.

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We’re both originally from the East Coast, but we thought it would be fun to have our wedding out West after a recent move to San Francisco. We chose Kunde because we knew it would be the type of place our friends and family would be thrilled to visit. The winery estate is vast and picturesque with endless charm. We immediately fell in love with the Dunfillan Winery Ruins and were blown away by Boot Hill’s dramatic views from the middle of a vineyard and wanted to share this taste of California Wine Country with our guests.

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Choose vendors you trust and let them work their magic.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Approach wedding planning as an adventure before marriage. Although stressful at times, it can also be a memorable and exciting journey!

     

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    Ashvi’s bridesmaids wore a mix of gold and vermilion dresses.

     

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    Says the bride, “We had floral garlands hanging at the Ruins’ entrance, which are common in Hindu tradition.”

     

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    The Ceremony

    We choose the Ruins for our ceremony because it provided a romantic backdrop with a little dose of the vineyard’s history.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Scenic, Playful, Musical.

    How did you go about planning your ceremony?  We researched the similarities between Hindu and Jewish wedding traditions and wove together a ceremony that included elements from both. We wanted our ceremony to highlight the likenesses between the two cultures.

     

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    Who officiated your ceremony?  Rabbi D’vorah Rose. She had experience officiating interfaith ceremonies, and was eager to help us craft a ceremony that reflected who we are as a couple—both culturally and personally.

    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  We were married under a wedding canopy, called a Huppah in Judaism and a Manavara in Sri Lankan Hindu tradition. We concluded our ceremony with the Jewish Sheva B’rachot (Seven Blessings) and the Hindu Saptapadi (Seven Steps).

     

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    What was your ceremony music?  We had a New Orleans style jazz band – it was really fun! Processional: Girl of My Dreams / Bridal Processional: La Vie en Rose / Recessional: Mahogany Hall Stomp

    What were your ceremony readings?  These I Can Promise by Mark Twain / I’ll Be There For You by Louise Cuddon

    What were your vows like?  Our vows are memorialized in our Ketubah (Jewish marriage contract) designed by Ketubahworks. Dan and I wrote the language together in the months leading up to our wedding and gathered a small group of family and friends to witness our Ketubah signing the day before our wedding.

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The location! We loved how the open-top, stone structure felt tucked away in a meadow. Getting married in the Ruins surrounded by huge oak trees felt majestic and, at moments, surreal.

     

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    The Reception

    “I’d describe our reception as an amazing party with all of our nearest and dearest!”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We both appreciate simple, elegant design with bold splashes of color and wanted our decor to complement the property’s expansive, breathtaking beauty. We chose Mediterranean cuisine to go with the venue’s breezy Mediterranean vibe, and we opted for a family-style dinner. We thought sharing food could be a great way for our guests to make new friends!

     

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    Please tell us about any special details from your reception.  Laurel Anderson at Esla Events and her team styled a couple of cabanas as additional seating areas for the guests. These were a lovely way to provide shade on a hot summer’s day in Sonoma Valley.

     

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    Menu:  Salad: Grilled Summer Peaches with red oak leaf lettuce, almond crusted goat cheese and sherry vinaigrette // Entrees: Orecchiette Pasta with sauce à la checca, heirloom tomatoes, garlic, basil, parmesan cheese / Grilled Angus Beef Top Sirloin with garlic and herb compound butter / Ocean Skewers with seared sea scallop, tiger prawn skewers and savory couscous // Side Dishes: Market Grilled Vegetables zucchini, eggplant, squash, colorful peppers, mushrooms, baby artichokes, with lemon and thyme marinade // Dessert: Harvey’s Donut Station / S’mores Station / Cutting Cake (Dulce de Leche Cake and Carrot Cake)

     

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    Are there any fun details you’d like to tell us about?  We worked with Laurel at Esla Events to create custom fill-in-the-blank cards for our guests as an alternative to a guestbook (think Mad Libs).

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  We’ll be going on our honeymoon nearly a year after our wedding. Looking back, it could have been nice to spend a couple days alone right after – a “mini-moon” if you will – to catch up on sleep and enjoy each other’s company.

     

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    Special dances: 
    First dance: Me Gustas Tu, Manu Chao (we danced salsa)
    Father/daughter: What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  How much fun everyone had! Nearly all the photos from the reception are of people smiling, dancing and having a blast. What more could we ask for?

     

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    Photography: Carlie Statsky / Venue: Kunde Family Winery / Event Planning & Design: Esla Events / Officiant: Rabbi D’vorah Rose / Dress: Jenny Packham / Shoes: Aerin Lauder / Clutch: Karen Millen /Earrings: Elizabeth Cole  / Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG, David Meister, Monique Lhuillier, Donna Karan / Suit, Shirt: Artful Gentleman / Tie: J. Crew / Shoes: Gucci / Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas with DIY Customization / Calligraphy: Janis Anzalone / Floral Design: Studio Choo / Hair: Sunshine Hair Art, Melisa Hall, Makeup: Melisa Hall / Rentals: Bright Event Rentals, Frances Lane, Hartmann, La Tavola Linen / Ceremony Music: SF Feetwarmers / Reception Music: Boutique DJs / Catering: Alex’s Catering / Cake, Dessert: A Spoonful of Sugar, Harvery’s DonutsAlex’s Catering

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  • Kunde Winery Wedding by Carlie Statsky

    17 August 2015
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    The last day of February proved to be a picture perfect day for Megan and Philip’s New Orleans wedding. From the bride’s timeless style to the second line send-off, it was a celebration full of both elegance and fun.

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    Megan wore a classic veil and carried a simple white and blush bouquet of garden roses.

     

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    Did you include any traditions in your wedding day?  I surprised Phil by using his late grandfather’s ring as his wedding band. He has always felt so connected to him, so it was a really emotional moment giving him the ring. I also included a piece of lace from my late grandmother’s 75 year-old wedding dress on the ribbon of my bouquet. My ten best friends/bridesmaids started a tradition of passing the same garter to each other when someone gets married. My last friend who got married, Emily, sewed my new initials into the garter and gave it to me on wedding day. Now I’ll get to do the same for whoever is next!

     

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    Megan’s gorgeous Monique Lhuillier dress featured soft tulle and several tiers of romantic lace.

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To do a first look. I was hesitant at first but we decided to go for it so that we could get pictures while the sun was still out. Having that moment alone with Phil before the ceremony ended up being such a blessing. Phil read the letter I wrote to him just before we saw each other and when he turned around to see me, it was such an emotional and beautiful moment. It also gave us the freedom to take all of our photos in one of our favorite places in the city, Audubon Park, which is just a couple of blocks away from our house. After the first look, we both felt so much more relaxed and could really enjoy every part of the ceremony and reception.

     

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    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  Our favor was a bag of koufeta, or sugar-coated almonds for each guest. Giving koufeta is a Greek tradition that wishes happiness, health, wealth, children, and a long life to the bride and groom! A week before the wedding, Phil’s mom gathered about a dozen women to assemble hundreds of favors. It was a beautiful picture of love and heritage.

     

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    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  My mom gave me the best advice when she told me to stop throughout the day and take snapshots of the small moments. The sounds, the smells, the expressions, all of it. Taking pauses to really look and notice what was going on made me feel so grounded and present in the moment.

     

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    Ribbon wands were a fun detail for guests to wave at the end of the night to send off the bride and groom.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “Even though we weren’t being married in a church, it was really important to us that our faith was at the forefront of our ceremony. My parents were invaluable and offered important advice and insight on choosing our readings and hymns. Because we knew that the ceremony was the most important part of the day, we focused on making it personal and meaningful for us a couple. The officiant has known Phil since he played in guitar chapel in third grade and the soloist is one my mom’s closest friend. We have never been surrounded by so much love.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Intimate, spiritual, warm.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  Father Michael Kuhn officiated the ceremony. Phil has known him since childhood as he was the chaplain at Phil’s elementary school. Father Michael set the tone of the ceremony as being serious, yet very warm. He is one of the kindest, most sincere men Phil and I have ever known and we were so honored to have him officiate.

     

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    What was your ceremony music?
    Seating of the Mothers and Grandmother: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” JS Bach
    Procession of the Attendants: “Canon in D Major” J. Pachelbel
    Entrance of the Bride: “Trumpet Voluntary” J. Clarke
    Soloist Hymn: “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
    Recessional: “Allegro Maestoso” (Water Music-Suite 2) G.F. Handel

    What were your ceremony readings?
    Genesis 1: 26-31
    Colossians 3: 12-17
    John 15: 1-17

    What were your vows like?  We used traditional vows and exchanged letters beforehand with our more personal feelings on the day.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  For both of us, it was the exchange of vows. Even in a room full of people, in that moment, we had never been more connected as we committed our lives to each other.

     

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    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  Right after the ceremony, our amazing wedding planner, Elyse Skansi, set us up to have some time alone for a glass of champagne and a bite to eat before we headed downstairs to the reception. It turned out that those fifteen minutes were some of our most memorable from the day. Having a minute alone to laugh, cry, and start to process what had just happened was so fun! We were filled with so much joy, excitement and relief in that moment, it was so special.

     

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    The Reception

    “Our relationship began long distance between New York City and New Orleans. Phil is from New Orleans and, like so many other natives to the city, he is incredibly rooted there. Visit after visit, I fell so in love with the city, the culture, the vibrancy, and the unique personality. I moved down to New Orleans and haven’t looked back since. There were lots of different places we thought about having our wedding, but ultimately, New Orleans is our home and where we fell in love, so we decided to do it there. Also, me being from Lexington, Kentucky and both of us having family and friends all over the country, we were excited to show off the city that we love so much to our guests. The guest experience played a major part in all of our decision making. When we went to look for venues, we fell in love with the Chicory at first sight! It has such a rustic elegance and we knew our guests would love the uniquely New Orleans feel of the space.”

     

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    How would you describe your reception?  Elegant, romantic in decor and celebratory in feel! Phil and I wanted the reception to reflect the things we love most: incredible music, dancing, and food. Music was the focus of the night, from our incredible Motown band, to an interlude of Greek music (Phil’s family’s heritage is Greek), to the finale of the second line band to close out the night. So many people traveled from so far away and we wanted them to enjoy a memorable New Orleans night together.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Neutrals and blush, candlelight, New Orleans, our wedding planner Elyse Skansi, and my mom of course!

    Did you have a signature cocktail?  Yes! We served a “champagne julep,” a drink combining Phil’s love of bourbon and my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky!

     

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    Menu:
    passed hors d’oeuvres: asparagus with phyllo / crabmeat ravigote on endive / sicilian meatballs / mesquite chicken quesadillas / fried catfish / Natchitoches meat pies / pulled pork sliders with asian slaw // buffet: fresh fruit presentation / imported cheeses / charcuterie and antipasto / crawfish and brie dip / roasted artichoke dip // stations: shrimp and grits / steamship roast carving / 5 cheese macaroni and cheese // late night passed snacks: chicken and waffles

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Denise St. Pierre, an amazing cake designer and close family friend, was beyond generous and gifted our cake to us as a wedding present. She is known for doing cakes with incredibly detailed sugar flowers that take three days for her to complete. I told her that I would love a cake with cascading flowers and suggested peonies because that was the flower I was using in my bouquet. Otherwise, I didn’t know what to expect on wedding day. Needless to say, I was completely stunned at how breathtaking the cake was. As soon as I saw her at the reception, we both started crying. It was such a gift of love and one that we could never repay.

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Phil’s family’s heritage is Greek so we were so excited to Greek dance at the wedding. I took lessons with Phil’s family before the wedding and they were beyond patient with me as I struggled through the moves! Fast forward to the reception. I’ll never forget the circle of family and friends from all over, my arms around my mom and my new husband, and everyone laughing and dancing like we all knew what we were doing (many of us didn’t ha!). After the group dance, Phil surprised me and told me he wanted to “dance for his bride.” He sat me in a chair in the middle of the reception and did a traditional dance for me. As he jumped through the air, showing off his moves, all I could do was laugh and smile from ear-to-ear.

    What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance?
    First dance: “Can’t Help Falling in Love” Elvis Presley
    Father/daughter: “In My Life” The Beatles (this is the same song that my brother danced to with my mom at his wedding!)
    Mother/son: “I Get a Kick Out of You” Frank Sinatra

     

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    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  During the second line send-off at the end of the night, I looked back and was so overwhelmed with love. Seeing all of our family and friends dancing and marching through the streets of New Orleans with the brass band playing was a feeling I will never forget. Strangers were coming out of neighboring bars and restaurants to join in on the celebration with all of us. Phil and I just looked at each other and laughed because it was the perfect New Orleans moment and the perfect ending to the most incredible weekend.

     

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    Photography: Greer Gattuso / Venue: The Gallery at the Chicory in New Orleans, Louisiana / Event Planning & Design: Elyse Skansi, Tying the Knot Wedding Coordination / Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Jewelry: Friend and Company / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Save-The-Date: Tupelo Honey Designs / Stationery: Scriptura / Calligraphy: Dellacarta Studio / Logo Design, Signage: Ebb and Flow Ink / Floral Design: Nola Flora / Hair: Hair by Ginger / Makeup: Melissa Vaccaro, Ashley Sievert Beauty / Rentals: Luminous Events and Event Rental / Ceremony Music: New Orleans Finest Musicians with White Oak Productions / Reception Music: Memphis Soul Revue / Catering: The Chicory / Cake: Denise St. Pierre / Groom’s Cake: Nikki’s Frosted Fantasies / Videography: Suzy Marks / Second Line Band: Kinfolk Brass Band

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  • New Orleans Wedding at The Chicory by Greer Gattuso

    21 July 2015
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