Chileno Valley Ranch is one of the most breathtaking places you’ll ever see – it really embodies the beauty of Northern California, and it’s no wonder why Jessica and JF chose it for their May wedding. Select vendors Esla Events and Skyla Arts were also on hand for this simply elegant wedding amid the rolling hills of Petaluma.

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The Venue

“We chose this location because Chileno Valley Ranch, and its owners, Sally and Mike Gale, tell a wonderful story of triumph and grace over adversity, amidst a setting of natural and human inspiration – the beauty of the rolling hills, the rich history of the Ranch, the Gales’ ongoing commitment to the land.”

 

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The Ceremony

“We combined German and Jewish traditions in our wedding. For Jewish traditions, we signed a Ketubah, had a Chuppah, blessed the wine, and had our friends and family participate in our own version of the 7 Blessings. For the German, our guests threw rice on us as we walked down the aisle after the ceremony, and then we sawed a log as our first task to complete together as a married couple.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Personal, Inclusive, Joyous.

How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  Jessica’s sister, Beth, officiated. With Beth’s guidance, the three of us planned the entire ceremony together. Throughout the planning, we shared many phone calls, Facetime sessions, laughs, and tears. We wrote our own vows, and chose readings that we felt reflected our commitment to each other and our community, and the values we hold dear as we build our lives together. Beth asked each of us to answer a few questions without consulting each other, and incorporated our responses into the ceremony.

What was your favorite thing about the ceremony?  That our closest friends and family were part of it, from the officiant and chuppah holders to readers, blessings, and a musical performance.

Ceremony Music:
Processional, wedding party: Winter from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi
Processional, bride: Canon in D by Pachelbel
Ceremony song (performed by bride’s cousins): Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
Recessional: All You Need Is Love by The Beatles

 

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The Reception

“We wanted all of the details in our wedding to be considered, thoughtful, and deliberate. We didn’t want anything that felt unnecessary, but also wanted plenty of details that would surprise guests and help them feel more connected to us, each other, and our special day. For example, we had a sign greet our guests but instead of just having arrows pointing to the ceremony and reception areas, we added both of our hometowns (from where many of our guests had traveled) as well as the Pacific Ocean, to help our out-of-town guests get oriented.”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Our friends and family coming from all corners of the earth to celebrate with us.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Our first dance and sawing the log together [a German tradition representing the first obstacle to overcome as a married couple].

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To have a glass of champagne with my girlfriends before the ceremony. And to take a moment to step away from the party and just take in all in, together.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Hire Laurel Anderson [from Esla Events].

 

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Are there any other special details to share?  A sense of place was reflected in details like our menus, which were designed with the menu on one side, and a map of northern California on the back. We also wanted to make each and every one of our guests feel welcomed and connected. Our dinner table layout included two long tables, which helped create a great a sense of togetherness.

 

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Menu:
Signature Drink: “Der Anleger” (Sparkling Wine, St. Germain, Seltzer, Strawberries)  //  Salad: Arugula, Butter Lettuce, Golden Red and Yellow Beets, Walnuts, Citrus Dressing  //  Entrees: Miso Glazed Black Cod with Green Papaya Salad / Lemon Pepper Rubbed Tri-Tip with Housemade Tomato Jam and Peppered Syrah Sauce / Crisp Mascarpone Polenta Cake with Kalamata Olives, Thyme, Tomato Coulis  //  Sides: Grilled Farm-Fresh Vegetables / Saffron Risotto Cakes  //  Dessert: Chocolate Coupes with Coffee-Molasses Ganache / Mini Key Lime Pies with Meringue Lids / Mini Balsamic Strawberry Tarts with Fresh Strawberries / Chocolate Chip Cookies

First Dance Song: Bring It On Home by Sam Cooke

 

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Photography: Mary McHenry / Event Planning & Design: Esla Events / Venue: Chileno Valley Ranch in Petaluma, California / Hair, Makeup: Skyla Arts / Dress: Jenny Packham via Nouvelle Vague / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Earrings: Links of London / Suit: Andreas Gorges Tailoring / Ties, Pocket Squares: Tie Rack / Stationery: Minted / Floral Design: Flora Grubb / Rentals: Wine Country Party, Frances Lane, La Tavola / Music: Synchonicity, HIP Service / Catering: Park Avenue / Directions Sign: Birdhouse Boutique Art / Restrooms: Northbay Portables

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  • Chileno Valley Ranch Wedding from Mary McHenry

    9 September 2014
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    A church fire, a dislocated kneecap, and 7+ inches of rain weren’t going to get in the way of Allison and Brad tying the knot and celebrating with friends and family! Their small town wedding was full of special moments and sweet details, and Allison kindly answered all of our questions about the day…

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    The Ceremony

    “My entire Dad’s side of the family is Catholic and all of us kids were raised Catholic, so it was important to me to be married in our church,” says Allison. “The church I grew up going to was large and old, with stained glass windows from Germany and an incredibly large organ that had been broken way before my time. The high, white ceiling with gold trim and long aisle are a bride’s dream! However, the 200+ year old church caught fire roughly eight months before our wedding. With our date set and everything arranged, there was not much we could do but wait and hope. I was told there was little chance of the church being ready, but being the hard headed and stubborn person I am, I refused to have a Plan B and went ahead planning our ceremony as if there had not been a fire. About two weeks before our wedding they welcomed people back for the first mass. The church was far from done, with lighting, sound system, painting, carpet, and much more to do, but people could at least be in it! It was heaven to us! The people who donated money, time, and talent were amazing. I think it made it even more special to us to have our wedding there.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Traditional, Simple, Beautiful.

    How did you go about planning your ceremony?  Because we were having a Catholic ceremony, we met with our priest several times leading up to the wedding. A Catholic ceremony is pretty traditional, but we decided not to have a full mass – we wanted to have a simple ceremony, with the focus on us and our desire to be married in front of God and our friends and family. Our priest gave us a template of how the ceremony would go and we got to choose the readings and music. He let us know what we had to include and what we could skip. Our Catholic church doesn’t allow your to write your own vows, which we were completely fine with - I know we would have both been blubbering messes! We didn’t choose readings that were directly about marriage, but more about what it means to be a good person and what God asks of us in daily life – readings that spoke to us.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  This is a hard one – can I say the entire thing? I loved walking down the aisle with my dad. I loved when we got to the front of the church and seeing Brad and him shaking my dad’s hand.  //  My nephew, Luke, was such a character during the ceremony. He took his job as ring bearer very seriously! He also decided to look doubly handsome and wore both a bow tie and a neck tie – the “bowtie tie” it became known that day! I think it will catch on.  //  Seeing Brad get emotional and talking to distract him was another favorite part. Everyone laughed because we chatted through the whole thing, but it was our way of handling being in the spotlight and the overwhelming sense of the importance of what we were doing.  //  Oh and the kiss! The priest forgot to say, “You may now kiss the bride!” and we were kind of left hanging, so there was a moment we looked at each like, “Now what?” Later my sister told me that my nephew, Luke thought it was his job to say, “You may now kiss your prize!” and was seconds from yelling it out. I wish he would have!  //  After we walked back down the aisle, we wanted a moment with just each other to really let it all sink in. We went upstairs to the balcony and shared a few minutes just talking and saying over and over, “We just got married!” I loved overlooking the balcony and seeing all of our guests – it was such a neat moment to see everyone we love all be there in one place and all for us.

    Tell us about any special details from your ceremony.  My favorite book is Emma by Jane Austen, and in the movie Emma they throw flower petals and wave wedding wands. So for our ceremony exit, my best friend made paper cones out of the pages of Emma that we filled with lilac, hydrangea, and rose petals, and we had wedding wands made with ribbon and bells and small flowers. They were perfect!  //  Brad’s stepdad, Roger, let us borrow his 1963 corvette, a car he holds very dear and one that Brad has never seen driven by anyone other than Roger. Brad was so nervous driving it!

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  The night of our rehearsal we had to wait for the painters and electricians to finish and leave the church. We laughed so hard at our luck and how wonderful everything was turning out to be. The church was so gorgeous that I didn’t think there was any need to decorate. Why clutter and complicate something that they worked so hard on!  //  I think I mentioned the entire thing already! A special moment for me was when we were getting ready to leave the convent where us girls were getting ready and everyone had gathered my dress and we were all ready to make a dash for it in the rain when out of nowhere it stops, and we walked the few steps to the church in sunshine… and then it started raining again!  //  Due to the church fire and wiring problems, there was a problem with the sound system that couldn’t be quickly fixed the night of our rehearsal. The musicians came to me and gently broke the news. We were not able to have the songs that we had chosen, and with no time to panic, I decided to just let the musicians choose the songs for the ceremony. I had known them for years from church, they knew me, and everything they sing is amazing, so I put my faith in them and it was completely wonderful. People still comment on how beautiful the music was and how perfectly it highlighted our ceremony.

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    The Reception

    “I couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else besides the center of my tiny town with everyone I know, so we chose to have our reception in my family’s backyard,” says the bride. “I am from a town of around 50 people in the middle of nowhere and everyone had a part in helping with it one way or another. I’ve always known it was a special place to grow up and be a part of, and that was definitely apparent on our wedding day – when it rained seven and a half inches that week and everyone was either barefoot or put on boots to party in the mud.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I was really influenced by Jane Austen and British country weddings. I wanted an English garden wedding with Italian simplicity. I brought all of our favorite things into our wedding, even if it didn’t match or fit, and made it about friends, family, food, and us. I also wanted it to be timeless, simple, and romantic, like it could have been a hundred years ago or yesterday.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  My entire family came from all over to attend the wedding, and many hadn’t been in Leonard since my grandmother died twelve years ago, so there were a lot of tears shed for everyone to be back. I had to take the opportunity to get a family photo on the front porch of my parents’ home where there was a photo taken every year when my grandmother was alive. I knew she was there with us that entire day.  //  The most special detail was Brad’s wedding gift to me. He built a walnut farmhouse table for us to sit at during the reception. He told me that it was where we would have our first meal as a married couple, and that it will be our family table for years to come, and he hoped that our children and lives would grow around that table. Knowing that he had worked on it for months and the thought he put into it is exactly why I married him.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  That’s such a hard question because there wasn’t a single moment I didn’t like, but I have to say dancing in the rain! I know they were photographing us but in that moment it almost felt like it was just us dancing in our kitchen.

     

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    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Our ceremony was very traditional, but our reception on the other hand was not traditional at all. We didn’t want to be announced, no garter toss, and no bouquet toss, which was probably for the best because my bouquet was so huge! It would have knocked someone out! Beautiful but huge!

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t stress about the weather or the details. You can’t do anything about the weather, and no one will notice tiny monograms or favors, but they will notice your attitude and joy, even if things aren’t going as planned. Think about the bigger picture, which is that you are marrying someone you love and leave it at.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  I have never heard of any wedding having as many obstacles as ours did – the church fire, over seven inches of rain that week, the groom dislocating his kneecap six days before the wedding. It was a true testament to our friends and family to brave the elements and kick off their shoes to celebrate our day in a foot of mud. Every disaster and obstacle we faced gave our wedding day so much character and life that I wouldn’t have changed it for anything in the world. God had a far better idea of how our wedding would go than we did and I thank him for giving us such a memorable and fun wedding – the little details were lost in the rain but the love for each other, our friends and family, and the fun we were all having together endured.

     

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  • Rainy Day Wedding from Alea Lovely

    3 September 2014
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    I cannot get over Trent Bailey‘s photos of Lauren and Jason’s wedding – autumn in New York never looked so romantic! The glow of candlelight, the bride’s jaw-dropping ensemble, the intimate interfaith ceremony… beautiful!

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    The Ceremony

    “Our ceremony was by far the best part of our day. It was so intimate – dimly lit, with only the warm glow of candles and the string light curtain. Our family and friends tell me that Jason shed tears (which is not like him at all!) when he first saw me walking down the aisle. There was a moment during our vows where I had to collect myself, too. It was a lot of raw emotion. The true love we have for one another was captured under our chuppah that day – it just felt magical. It’s hard to articulate just how special it was. I felt extremely present – like everyone melted away and it was just Jason and me promising the rest of our lives to one another. I hate to be such a sap, but like our love, the memories of our ceremony won’t ever fade.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Intimate, Natural, and True.

    How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  It was important to us to incorporate both Jewish and Catholic traditions. We had a difficult time finding officiants who would share the stage. The wedding was getting closer and closer and we felt we were going to have to go with a non-denominational ceremony, but we finally made a connection through a friend. We had coffee at a diner in Queens with Rabbi Berman, and after chatting for a couple of hours, we knew we had found what we were looking for. He’s conducted interfaith wedding ceremonies with his friend, Father Brennan, for years. They made our ceremony feel extremely special. Both Rabbi Berman and Father Brennan made suggestions of readings and overall order of ceremonies.

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  We also had a short ketubah/marriage certificate signing in the speakeasy prior to our ceremony. It was special because Jason’s 94-year-old grandmother signed our ketubuh, as well as Jason’s brother, and two of our best friends signed our marriage certificate. After the ceremony, we followed the Jewish tradition of yichud – spending time alone together in the speakeasy.

    Would you be willing to share the order of your wedding ceremony? 

    Processional: “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley, “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison
    Greeting
    Reading: 1 Corinthians 12.31 – 13.8
    Words of Encouragement
    Exchange of Vows
    Blessing of Rings
    Blessing over Wine
    Nuptial Blessing
    Words of Encouragement
    Three Fold Blessing
    Pronouncement
    Breaking of Glass
    Kiss of Love
    Recessional: “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green

     

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    The Reception

    “When we first started to think about venue options, I was drawn to the whole barn trend that was happening. I knew I wanted a blank slate, something different, and something undone. A friend of ours had walked by The Green Building – at the time it was barely a wedding venue at all – and suggested we check it out. It was the only venue we visited and we knew right away it was the place. The floor hadn’t even been painted yet and there was just an old leather couch in the speakeasy, but the owner painted his vision for us. We trusted him and over the next year and a half The Green Building blossomed into the fabulous space that it is today. There was something quite lovely about getting married in our own neighborhood. I stopped by The Green Building often throughout our engagement and got to know all of the familiar faces. The space and the wonderful people behind it played a pivotal role in making our wedding what it became.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I wanted to weave black and white throughout the event. Throughout the planning process, I realized that less really is always more. It was important that our wedding was simple, elegant, and cohesive.

    Did you incorporate and DIY elements?  We handmade around 500 glass magnets for favors. I originally saw the idea on Pinterest. Swiss Cottage Designs whipped us up four classic patterns in black and ivory. It was a lot of trial and error!

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To just let go and enjoy the experience with my husband. It becomes such a whirlwind and it’s hard to stick to that advice. I woke up the morning after our wedding thinking, Was so and so there? Did I talk to him? Did we do this? Did that happen the way it was supposed to? – and none of that is important. What’s important is letting go of all the planning and responsibilities and just basking in love of your new husband and all of your friends and family.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Spend the money on a talented stationer, a superb photographer, a great band, and delicious food. We felt those things were the most important! With that being said, there are ways to cut corners in any area of wedding planning. Some examples: you can do a split plate instead of having two options; don’t have music at the cocktail hour, because trust me, no one even hears it playing; buy your own candles for your florist; only print enough programs for every other guest; don’t letterpress your entire invitation suite; don’t spend extra on fancy napkins or linens – no one knows the difference; go with a small kraft bag or box for hotel room gift bags; go for a small cake to cut and do the rest like a dessert bar. The list of corners to cut is truly endless – get creative!

     

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  • Autumn NYC Wedding from Trent Bailey

    18 August 2014
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    Ellen and Patrick’s wedding was a beautiful blend of urban industrial and feminine romance, inspired by their unique venue, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. Also, you will never believe it but the bride’s gorgeous dress only cost $300! Read on for all the details from this gorgeous celebration.

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  The Market was a convenient location for both our ceremony and reception. We love the clean, industrial feel, not to mention we love to eat and shop at our local market so it was a perfect fit. We also liked the idea of an urban wedding. We were so inspired by our wedding planner, Rhiannon from Hey Gorgeous Events. She is so talented and she truly helped us find inspiration in the Market and brought our wedding dreams to life.

     

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    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Yes! We had a Scottish bagpiper play for our recessional. He played and walked us from the altar to the reception which is a tradition in Pat’s family.

     

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    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  There were so many special details, it’s hard to choose! But our guests really enjoyed the two signature drinks: mint infused non-alcoholic iced tea and rosemary infused lemonade with vodka. We also chose a Michigan-themed coffee table book as our guest book which was both meaningful and original.

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Our first dance! We danced to “Love on Top” by Beyonce and it was SO MUCH FUN! It marked the true beginning of our wedding celebration.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received was that as soon as the rehearsal dinner starts you are not allowed to stress or worry because the party has officially started.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Try bridesmaid dresses on that you like and see if they carry them in white/ivory. It may not sound very special but it’s a huge cost savings and there’s much more variety of dress styles and designs to choose from. // Hire a wedding planner. As a major stress reducer and a true quality-of-life boost, it’s well worth the price. Plus they can help you maximize your budget and alleviate a lot of the financial uncertainty.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  As a bride without a mother, I was very emotional about celebrating my wedding without her. I can honestly say it was the best day of my life and I know she would have wanted me to enjoy it. For those out there who are missing loved ones, know that you will survive and you must make the most of the situation. Have fun and enjoy every moment in honor of those you have lost.

     

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    Photography: Bradley James / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design: Hey Gorgeous Events / Venue: Grand Rapids Downtown Market in Grand Rapids, Michigan / Officiant: Gust Bassianotis / Dress: Badgley Mischka / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman via Zappos / Earrings: Kate Spade / Suits: Jos A Bank / Shirt: Kenneth Cole / Tie: Skinny Tie / Stationery: Val Marie Paper / Rentals: Cascade Rental Center, Refunction Junktion Vintage Rentals / Music: Adrian Butler / Catering, Cake: Amway Hotel
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  • Modern Michigan Wedding from Bradley James

    11 August 2014
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    Cara and Matt’s wedding epitomizes the impact of choosing a spectacular venue – what could possibly match the drama and beauty of dogwood tress in full bloom?! And of course it never hurts to hire a photographer like Marta Locklear, who can preserve those memories in beautiful images like these…

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    “My favorite part of the day,” says Cara, “was the moment when I was walking down the aisle with my Dad, I looked up and saw everyone that Matt and I love looking right back at me. All of the people who have shaped our lives for so many years had all gathered there on that day to celebrate us and our love for each other.”

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    “Matt and I focused a lot on the feeling and the content of the wedding ceremony. We wanted everyone there to feel love – for their spouses, their families, and the friends in their life. We hand picked readings, songs, and specific parts of the ceremony that meant something to us. I wanted all of our family members to play a role. Matt and I had our brothers escort our mothers during the ceremony and helped them to light the unity candles. The readings were done by my brother, sister, and Matt’s brother. My sister-in-law sang ‘All of Me’ and ‘Simple Gifts’ during the ceremony.”

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    “Matt rented a 1960 Rolls Royce to take us around town after the ceremony in order to get some pictures and just have a moment to ourselves. I have always loved classic cars and felt like royalty riding in it!”

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    “Our fathers used their handiwork to help with our wedding decor,” says Cara. Her father made table number posts, and Matt’s father made the large M & C initials.

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    Other DIY elements included table assignments painted on window frames, centerpiece doilies crocheted by the bride’s mother, and mason jars “punch glasses” decorated by the bride and her sister. The couple had two signature drinks: an Old Fashioned (Maker’s Mark Whiskey, bitters, orange zest, and a sugar cube) and “The Attention Seeker” (vodka, rosé, lemon juice, honey, rosemary sprigs).

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  The Virginia Center for Architecture is in a building also known as the Branch House. It is a beautiful mansion formerly owned by a prestigious couple in Richmond, turned into a museum in the heart of the Monument Avenue Historic District. We picked the venue because of the historic nature of it, along with the beautiful courtyard in the back lawn. The windows and hardwood floors inside just spoke of long-standing romance.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  I grew up in Western Pennsylvania where it was a tradition to have a cookie table for dessert and a take-home treat for your guests. Family members and friends of the bride and groom will get together and make a variety of cookies to bring to the wedding. It is a common occurrence to see guests heading to the cookie table before dinner is even served!

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  One of my favorite parts of the decor for the wedding was the family photo table. Matt and I gathered photos of our parents and grandparents from their weddings, put them in frames, and labeled them along with their anniversary dates. We chose the date of our wedding because it was Matt’s parents 38th wedding anniversary.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The night before the wedding, I received a note from my sister. Part of it said, “At some point during the wedding and reception, stop and take a minute for yourself. Just look around and take it all in. The music, the laughter, the room, and all of the people that are surrounding you guys on your first day of marriage. Enjoy your guests, but make sure that you and Matt steal little moments away and for each other during the evening.” This advice resonated with me, and I made sure that I did just that. Just stop, look around, and enjoy every minute of it.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Make your wedding day fit your personality. There are so many dresses, vendors, decorations out there to choose from. You can easily get lost in ideas and second guess your choices. Go with the first one that “fits” and that makes you smile. Be happy and confident about your decisions because they were inspired by you. Also, I have to say that the best money that I spent on the wedding day was for my day-of wedding coordinator. She allowed me to relax and just enjoy the day.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  The guest of honor at our wedding was our brand new niece, Joy. She was born exactly one week before the wedding! She was all dressed up in her satin pink dress and was on the dance floor all night long!

    Photography: Marta Locklear / Event Planning: Christine Rice, RSVP Consultants / Venue: Virginia Center for Architecture in Richmond, Virginia / Officiant: Carol Ogburn, Joseph Dalla Valle / Dress: Bella Rosa Bridal / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Veil: Sibo Designs / Brides Accessories: Tiffany / Shirt, Suit: Hugo Boss / Tie, Shoes: Franco’s Fine Clothier / Stationery: Minted / Floral Design: Green Flamingo / Rentals: The Prop Shop / Music: Rich Barry, Choice Entertainment / Catering: White House Catering / Cake: The Buttercream Bee / Hair: 1213 Salon

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  • Virginia Dogwood Wedding from Marta Locklear

    22 July 2014
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