To really experience the best parts of any wedding, you have to be there. But if we’re lucky, brilliant photography (I’m looking at you Nirav Patel) and thoughtful write-ups from the couple (thank you Lacy and Drew) can help tell the story and make us feel like we were there. Or at least make us wish we were! This is one of those weddings that I just get the grins about every time I look at the bride’s face full of joy, or read what the groom wrote about how they found their venue.

And yes. These two totally went surfing together the morning of their wedding.

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The Location

“We searched the state, from Cayucos to Mendocino, before finding an incredible location nearby to San Francisco in Bolinas,” says Drew. “A coastal town had always been our first choice, and this place is an incredibly beautiful hamlet with natural beauty, beaches, surfing, hiking, and even an honor system farm stand. We surf in the area most summers, and on every trip we marvel at how beautiful it is and how much we’d love to move there! But after all those trips we hadn’t found a wedding venue, so after a few calls and emails we had basically given up. Then, on one of our surf trips, we stumbled into conversations that led us to the wonderful private estate that the two of us immediately decided was the perfect wedding venue.”

 

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Doesn’t Lacy has the greatest wedding day happy face of all time?! Her joy is absolutely contagious!

 

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The Ceremony

“We worked with our good friend Adam (who also officiated the ceremony) to write our wedding ceremony,” says the groom. “Adam has a knack with words and was so helpful in structuring a ceremony from scratch that worked really well. We tried to incorporate as many friends and family as possible so we could have a personal, intimate, yet approachable ceremony. We chose readings that channeled the unique setting of the ceremony and fit our personalities.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Playful, Intimate, Majestic.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We tried to incorporate traditions while making them our own. We wanted to break the glass but liked the idea of each of us stomping our own. We weren’t totally keen on a processional until we decided that each of us would enter the ceremony to our own piece of music. We had a first dance but cut it short, breaking into an impromptu choreographed dance routine with our families.

What was your favorite thing about your ceremony?  We enjoyed our take on the Seven Blessings, where we prompted different friends and family to interpret seven themes – generosity and gratitude, love, laughter, health, adventure and outdoor pursuits, curiosity and creativity, and finally, community, family and friends – into their own (mostly short!) blessings for us. We didn’t know what everyone would say or do until go time; the blessings were unique, beautiful, and a wonderful opportunity for Lacy and me to sit back and appreciate our closest loved ones.

 

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The Reception

“When we were planning our wedding, we knew we wanted the weekend to have a few focal points,” shares the groom. “For one, we wanted to highlight the California coast, which we absolutely love and where we spend almost every weekend surfing together. Also, we wanted our wedding to be more than an afternoon – we wanted to find a destination our friends and family would be excited to visit, far enough from San Francisco so we could draw people away from their busy lives and into a mellow weekend by the beach. Finally, we wanted our wedding to be focused on celebrating natural beauty, enjoying great food, dancing to good music and having everyone we love together in the same beautiful place.”

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  We both loved the moment we entered the barn to cheers from our guests; we paused a moment to take in the sounds and sights; and then we sat down at a beautifully decorated table full of our favorite people.

 

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Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  Looking back on the event, I think the details we really appreciate now are manifold – the custom watercolors on the escort cards by our friend Jon, and Drew’s mother’s calligraphy; Katie’s bountiful and delicious food; our insistence on surfing the morning of, even in the pouring rain (no one will forget the incredibly unusual September rain shower that cleared brilliantly an hour before the ceremony); Nirav and Fer’s willingness to hang with us all day (they’re the coolest); Svenja’s subtle, earthy, and creative touches; Rebecca’s reassuring calm and capability; the venue’s surreal ability to blend itself into the natural setting around it. But beyond the details, for the two of us and our families, just thinking about the wedding makes us smile, for which we’re so thankful.

 

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What was the best advice you received?  Your wedding doesn’t have to follow some kind of template – incorporate the traditions that feel meaningful to you, and make up the rest. That, and make sure to spend time with each other on the day of the wedding. It’s amazing how quickly it can all fly by.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  No matter how much or how little planning you do, your wedding will be tons of fun for you and your guests. The details you focus on should be the ones you personally enjoy. We spent more time thinking about and tasting food than probably anything else — and made searching for a wedding location into a series of weekend vacations! We recommend finding creative ways to keep the stress out of all the planning.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  One particularly unique aspect of our wedding was the housing situation – there are no hotels within 30 minutes of our venue, so everybody at the wedding was staying at one of an eclectic collection of beautiful coastal homes. Although facilitating this was stressful for us, it was wonderful to have everybody together in town all weekend, mostly within walking distance.

 

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Photography: Nirav Patel / Event Planning & Design: Be Hitched / Venue: Private Estate in Bolinas, California / Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang / Shoes: Steve Madden / Groom’s Suit: Crown Tailor / Escort Cards: Jonathan Fetter-Vorm / Surfboards: Jimmy Lewis / Catering: Katie Powers Catering / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Transportation: United Coach Tours / Dessert: Bovine Bakery / Floral Design, Hair Pieces: Chestnut & Vine / Band: The Floorshakers / Ceremony Music: The Joy Drops / Hair, Makeup: Rebecca Taff / Second Photographer: Fer Juaristi
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  • Rustic Bolinas Wedding from Nirav Patel

    24 September 2014
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    Today’s newlyweds were originally planning on a 120-person wedding in their home town, but decided to change their plans and have an intimate wedding up the coast with just 45 guests. The day was lovely, full of vintage inspiration, streaming sunlight, and good food. Some favorite details from Carla and James’s wedding at the Olema Druids Hall: the back of Carla’s dress, the charming illustration on the welcome bag tote (see more pics of it in the gallery), the parasol light shades, and their impromptu first dance.

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    The Venue

    “James and I had driven through Olema and Point Reyes Station the year before on our way up to Mendocino where we got engaged. We found this area of West Marin to be so peaceful and fell in love with the beautiful countryside and nearby coastline. When none of the venues back home seemed right, we knew we had to do it in Olema. As for our venue, we decided to have our wedding at the Olema Druids Hall at the very last minute without ever having stepped foot inside. It couldn’t have been more perfect.”

     

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    The Ceremony

    “Planning our ceremony was a challenge at first. We couldn’t quite agree on who we wanted to officiate. My husband wanted our ceremony to have a bit of weight to it. He had envisioned somewhat of a religious ceremony. However, neither of us attends church and I felt at the time it would be a bit hypocritical to have a religious ceremony. This was one of the first lessons in compromise as soon-to-be husband and wife. I knew he felt strongly about it and so in the end I agreed. James had stayed in touch with a friend of his who was a youth leader when he was in high school. He just so happened to now be the head pastor in our neighborhood’s church. Fortunately he was available to travel and officiate our ceremony. We met him four times for pre-marriage counseling which we thoroughly enjoyed. After the first meeting with our pastor, I was very happy we had chosen him to officiate and that he was available to preside over our nuptials. He was very helpful when it came time to plan the structure of our ceremony. He provided us with a template we lightly modified. We were able to chose three readings of scripture and write our own vows.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Definitely Musical! Traditional and Beautiful.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  One of my favorite moments from our ceremony was during our vows. James and I wrote our vows together, and there was a line James wrote that started with, “As imperfect as I may be,” that I always thought sounded a bit funny but chose to keep it anyway. During our ceremony after James said his vows, Pastor Lance began to recite my vows as I repeated after him. Well, he pulled a fast one on me and changed the line to, “as perfect as I may be,” which brought light and laughter to such a significant moment. Also, the fact that “gypsy music” from down the hill unexpectedly served as the soundtrack to our ceremony helped make it feel more lighthearted.

    Ceremony Music:
    Processional:Strawberry Swing,” Coldplay
    Entrance of Bride:All You Need Is Love,” The Beatles
    Recessional:We Have All The Time In The World,” John Barry

     

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    The Reception

    “My husband is especially grateful that we left our wedding weekend feeling as though our small group had become like family,” shares Carla. “He hadn’t met much of my side of the family. By scaling down the numbers to just 45 guests, we were able to become quite close in just three days. Everyone got together immediately and mixed in as if they were old friends.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The picturesque landscape of Point Reyes inspired us, as well as the slow pace of the town. We really wanted to spend quality time with our guests who had all traveled so far to join us in this tiny town for our wedding. Also, West Marin rightfully prides itself on its fine food and wine, and the meal was very important to us as we wanted to avoid the standard wedding fare. We had a few long tables set up without any place cards, and everyone sat down where they wanted and enjoyed a family-style dinner. Above all, our lovely friends and family served as the biggest inspiration. We had planned everything with them in mind. We wanted the feeling of the day to feel a tad bit informal. After the Best Man and Maid of Honor speeches, it kind of became an open forum. My mother and uncle got up to say a few words as did my father-in-law. One of our good friends also gave a completely unexpected and beautifully heartfelt toast. It felt really special.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  My husband’s family is from England where it’s a little more customary to read telegrams aloud during the reception from guests who were unable to attend. We also made sure to include the names of close relatives during our ceremony who had passed away but were clearly with us in spirit. I suppose we also started a tradition of celebrating an anniversary as our wedding fell on a year-to-the date of our engagement. In the eight years we have been together we have never celebrated our anniversary. Neither of us were ever sure of the date!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Be honest with yourself and your partner. Plan within your means. A wise friend offered sage advice to not “put it on a credit card”. And really think of the guests you have to have attend that day. Friends should be understanding if you can’t invite everyone. We were originally planning to have our wedding locally with roughly 120 guests in mind. When we shifted gears and decided to make it 45 guests AND out of town, suddenly a weight had been lifted and we actually got really excited!

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  It’s so hard to chose one! I’d have to say my favorite moment was our impromptu first dance. Our guests pushed the tables aside and our song began to play. The room was filled with so much love and warmth. You could really feel it. I remember closing my eyes and embracing my husband while we danced. As I opened my eyes, some of our guests had picked up the candlelit votives from the tables and were swaying along. It was truly one of the most beautiful moments in my life.

    First Dance Song: “Harvest Moon” Neil Young

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To try to enjoy every moment of the process. It will undoubtedly feel stressful at times and family drama will inevitably arise, but don’t allow any of that to take away from the excitement of planning. I look back at the week leading up to our wedding with such fondness. Since our wedding was out of town, we left a few days early. The moment we packed up the car and started making our way up north, we both looked at each other and let out a sigh of relief. The time had come to let everything go and just enjoy what was about to come. A night in Big Sur before your wedding is also highly-recommended if possible!

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t get lost in the details. It’s really easy to lose sight of what you are actually planning. There is so much focus on the “little things” that you tend to forget about the bigger picture. It’s about you and the man you love making a lifelong commitment to each other in the presence of your loved ones. At the end of the day, the fact that your husband wore the shoes you begged him not to won’t matter.

     

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    Photography: Nancy Neil / Event Planning: Molli Milner, Small Blue Planet / Venue: Olema Druids Hall in Olema, California / Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Veil: Erin Cole / Suit: J. Crew / Shirt: Nordstroms / Shoes: Banana Republic / Stationery: What KT Does / Catering: Rebecca Sterlin, Wild Onion Catering / Cake: Fat Angel Bakery / Hair, Makeup: Dionne Stevens / Music: Brilliant Strings
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  • Olema Druids Hall Wedding by Nancy Neil

    17 September 2014
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    Lauren and Robert had a charming, low key wedding at a family home, accented with lovely blue details – I especially love the darling blue bouquets and the groom’s chambray shirt, and it doesn’t hurt that the setting is breathtaking.

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    The Ceremony

    “There was a nasty storm that dropped inches of rain right up to the moment of our ceremony,” says Lauren. “We thought we would have to get married under the tent, but the clouds broke and we were able to have the outdoor wedding that we wanted. The best part was the sun breaking through the clouds just as we took our vows. It was ridiculously surreal.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Short and sweet.

    How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  I researched a variety of ceremony templates online and picked and chose elements from various traditions. What was important to us was to have a ceremony that reflected the beauty of the surroundings and that was under 15 minutes so our guests wouldn’t melt under the sun! While we did not write our own vows, we did include a poem by e.e. cummings that both of us liked.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The person who first introduced us was also the person who married us.

    Ceremony Music: Here Comes Your Man by The Pixies

     

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    The Reception

    “My father and stepmother got married in the backyard of their house, and I knew that I would also get married there one day. Luckily, Rob thought it was just as unique and beautiful as I did! We wanted the natural beauty of the scenery to take center stage and to inform the rest of the décor, and we made sure to create a relaxed backyard atmosphere.”

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received was from a dear friend who saw how stressed out I was about two weeks from the big day. She told me to tell my parents, wedding planner, and Rob to give me a five day asylum from any wedding planning questions the week of the wedding. I took that advice and found myself able to see through to the big picture of getting married to the love of my life and how wonderful that was.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  If it’s not fun, either change what you are doing or stop what you are doing.

     

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    In lieu of a traditional guest book, Rob and Lauren used a beautiful cookbook and had a sign that read, “Please sign your name or write a note next to a recipe that you would like us to make. Hopefully we can share it with you someday soon!”

     

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    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  Rob and I didn’t want a traditional wedding cake, so we had a variety of desserts including a few coconut cakes from Peninsula Grill shipped from Charleston. It is the best coconut cake you will ever eat!

    First Dance:  Little Trip to Heaven [On the Wings of Your Love] by Tom Waits

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Expect the unexpected.

     

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    Photography: A Muse Photography / Venue: Private Residence in Charlottesville, Virginia /  Event Planning, Floral Design: Amore Events by Cody / Dress: Consignment via Twice as Nice / Bride’s Shoes, Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Suit: J.Crew / Shoes: Kenneth Cole / Stationery Material: Paper Source / Catering: Maya / Cake: Peninsula Grill / Macarons: Albemarle Baking Company /  Hair, Makeup: Moxie / Guitarist: Daniel McCarthy / Lighting, Rentals: MS Events / Tent: Gibson Tents
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  • Backyard Virginia Wedding by A Muse Photography

    16 September 2014
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    Oh my… this Seattle garden wedding from McKenzie Powell and Belathée is beyond magical! There are so many inspiring details, but these are some of our favorites: the use of seasonal fruit in flower arrangements (like cherries in the bride’s bouquet!), the unique dessert buffet (the bride is a pastry chef), and the Swiss tradition of a loving cup.

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    I am sure that every bride will tell you that their day was magical, but I swear ours was!” says Amy. “We had the most beautiful Seattle day on September 1st that stayed warm well into the night making it feel as though we were transported to the south of France that evening. The entire day was filled with laughter and joy and great food and family and friends. The vendors we found to create, run and capture our wedding made it spectacular and felt like an extension of our family. Justin and I still talk about our wedding as if we were two of the attendees because there were so many details that we were surprised and delighted by during the day, as well as when we look at the beautiful pictures and amazing video. We wish we could get married every year just so we could go back and relive the entire experience exactly how it was that day. We wouldn’t change a thing.”

    Just some of what made their wedding so magical? “Guests arrived to the sounds of classical guitar and accordion playing in the garden, making it feel like a French summer night or maybe even a scene out of a Woody Allen movie,” shares Amy. “Justin walked down the aisle with our two dogs, Roux and Pepino. McKenzie Powell’s flowers and styling made the entire garden and Corson Building the most romantic lavender-filled secret garden in Seattle.”

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We had gone to the Corson Building for my birthday the year prior to getting engaged and we both thought it was a completely magical place. We hadn’t discussed getting married but we both walked away from that night thinking what an amazing place it would be to have a dinner party with only your closest friends. When we got engaged, we knew we wanted to find somewhere intimate with a rustic, European feel where we could through a dinner party with our closest circle of friends and family and the Corson Building was it!

     

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    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Justin’s family has a wonderful tradition taken from his mother’s Swiss parents where the wedding couple drinks from the “loving cup,” which is a silver contraption made of two cups on a swivel. All of the married couples in Justin’s family have drank from this cup at their wedding and the trick is to work together in order for the bride and groom to drink from their respective cups at the same time.

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We both love Europe and wanted to find a place that had old charm and yet somehow felt like the Pacific Northwest as well. We wanted to keep it to a size where we could enjoy everyone in attendance and we both have a passion for great food, so a dinner party with amazing friends and food was our core inspiration. Other than food, our love of animals and laughter are core to our relationship so we wanted to incorporate our dogs and make sure we had fun.

     

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    What advice do you have for other brides?  Choose vendors that have a great passion and share your aesthetic, hire them, and then let them go do what they do best. Finding people you trust to help create your wedding and letting them do their job without meddling will save your sanity and allow you to have surprises that will delight you throughout your wedding and beyond that day. Oh yeah, and get a day-of coordinator who knows the deal – they are worth every penny!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Prioritize the big components for your wedding (e.g. flowers, styling, dress, food) and put your budget towards the biggest impact/highest priority items. If you can’t have it all then make sure you have at least one thing that you and your husband really want. Be honest with yourself about what matters and don’t get caught up with small details that won’t matter in the long run.

     

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    Menu
    Our Bread with Charred Vegetable Spread and Japanese Frying Peppers / A Salad of Heirloom Tomatoes, Many Raw Vegetables, Herbs and Pistachios  //  Roasted King Salmon with Warm Cucumbers and Lobster Mushrooms / Braised Pork Shoulder and Roasted Loin with Chanterelles, Corn, Zucchini and Nectarines

     

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    “Amy is a pastry chef and has a crazy sweet tooth so she wanted to make sure the desserts lived up to her fantasies,” share the couple. “We had over 25 desserts custom made including hand crafted Japanese wagashi, polvorones (Mexican wedding cookies), along with many other amazing French pastries, Theo’s chocolate caramels, and a beautiful wedding cake. There were also Amy’s favorite – gummy bears – put out for everyone to scoop up a small bag on their way out of the wedding.”

     

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    First Dance: Once In Love with Amy by Frank Sinatra

    “The people in attendance that night still tell us how much they loved our wedding and we couldn’t agree more. There was so much love there that night from everyone, not just us in our newlywed fog, and we truly felt lifted and embraced by the entire experience.”

     

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    Photography: Belathée / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design: McKenzie Powell / Venue, Catering: Corson Building in Seattle, Washington / Dress: Vera Wang / Shoes: Valentino / Suit: Prada / Shirt: Eton / Tie: Isaia / Shoes: Di Bianco / Stationery Design: Churu Yun / Calligraphy: Caitlin Dundon / Stationery Printing: Pike Street Press / Rentals: AA Rentals / Classical Guitar, Accordian: Julian Crawford / DJ: Bruce Pavitt / Cake: Tallant House / Videography: Andy Fitts
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  • Seattle Wedding at the Corson Building from Belathée

    15 September 2014
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    Jessica and Matthew were joined by 35 of their nearest and dearest at their intimate wedding, first for the garden ceremony, followed by a dinner reception at one of their favorite restaurants, and Sara Hasstedt captured it all so beautifully! Some of the things that we loved most about this wedding: the bride’s bold bouquet, the restaurant venue, and that the couple moved to a different table for each course during dinner!

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    The Ceremony

    “As I was getting ready before the ceremony, my sister brought me a note from Jessica,” says Matthew. “I hadn’t seen her all day and I had written her a letter that morning as well. It was a moment to reflect, read her words, and prepare my heart for the approaching hour. From that minute until I saw her come down the aisle, was the most exhilarating anticipation I have felt. I was overcome with joy when we finally joined hands in front of friends and family and the rest of the day was like a dream.”

    “I was so anxious for the beginning part of the day,” says Jessica. “I am shy and I don’t like being the center of attention, so the thought of expressing something so intimate and personal in front of others was very nerve racking for me. But it was so wonderful that while Matthew and I were standing up there with his dad, everyone else melted away and it was just us. As if no one else was there. It was such a powerful feeling. Since I noticed nothing else, I also loved hearing from our guests what they saw while we were up there. Everyone said there were hummingbirds that were hovering over us for the entire ceremony, which just contributed to how magical the gardens felt that day.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Classic, Timeless, Romantic.

    Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  Jessica: We really wanted a timeless, romantic, outdoor look that felt like it could be anywhere and didn’t feel tied to a specific location and time. The Denver Botanic Gardens was the perfect fit. It was magical there that day.  We could have been in any garden throughout the world.  //  Matthew: Our love for the outdoors and the beauty of nature drew us to an outdoor ceremony. The garden in particular was a sprawling, yet private setting with a timeless feel. From the tree-lined lawn and reflecting pool, to the courtyard and flower-canopied paths, it is an oasis in Denver’s unassuming capitol hill.

    How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  We left the order of the ceremony up to Matthew’s dad. He had never officiated a wedding before, but he is very thoughtful and wise, so we knew we were in good hands and allowed him to plan the ceremony. It was his gift to us and we were open to the order and message he felt was best. It was also meaningful for Matthew’s siblings to honor us with a reading of their choice.

    What was your favorite thing about the ceremony?  It was very meaningful to have Matthew’s dad officiate the wedding. It made it very special and personal to have just the three of us up there for the ceremony.

    READ JESSICA AND MATTHEW’S WEDDING CEREMONY RIGHT HERE.

     

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    The Reception

    “Our main goal for the reception was to have the best dinner party ever with our very closest friends and family. This meant featuring the best food and beverages in a comfortable environment, so selecting one of our favorite restaurants over having a caterer was a no brainer for us. The Kitchen was an urban compliment to the natural, intimate ceremony, and a perfect setting for a dinner party and celebration, which fit our simple criteria: phenomenal food, drinks, and conversation. All were had in abundance.We also loved not having to select chairs, linens, place settings, etc. It allowed us to use our entire reception budget on the food and beverages. ”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Jessica: I am an interior designer, so I am very detailed oriented and really treated wedding planning like I would one of my design projects. So naturally I scoured Pinterest, wedding magazines, social media sites, and blogs to gather inspiration. But it is so easy to get bogged down in everything that is out there, so I handled this by just giving myself a month or more of just browsing and thinking, not necessarily making any decisions. This allowed me to see a pattern in my inspirations and then go from there.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. We had a very small wedding, only 35 guests, which to us was the perfect number. We were able to spend time with each and every person that was there. In order to further ensure that we could visit with everyone and that we were able to eat (we have always heard that most people don’t get to sit down or eat for their entire reception, so we were determined to make sure that didn’t happen to us!), we had four courses and four tables of guests. We had the restaurant set a place for both of us at each table and we changed tables with each course, so no one had to get up or miss out on their meal to talk to us, as they knew we would be at their table soon. This worked out perfectly and our guests really appreciated this.

    Any other details we should know about?  We loved our guestbook. We had a blank album created by Blue Sky Papers and then had everyone take a selfie with an instant FujiFilm camera and place it in the book. This made its way from the ceremony over to the reception and everyone had a blast taking pictures and writing messages in the book all night long. By the end of the evening the pictures and sentiments devolved. It was awesome to see all these pictures and read through the book the next day.  //  My (Jessica’s) sister canned vegetables, jellies and sauces as the favors for everyone to take away and then we packaged them in drawstring linen pouches and used a custom date stamp to personalize them. It made the favors very personal and allowed my sister to showcase our Southern heritage.

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The advice to be as present as possible on your wedding day can never be heard too many times. It all goes by so quickly. Everything you have been working on and looking forward to for months goes by in the blink of an eye, so I really tried to breathe deeply and think about where I was and what was going on around us. After the ceremony, Matthew and I wandered the gardens for a bit and sat under one of the gazebos in the garden and just sat there with each other, taking it all in before we headed over to the reception. It was so nice to be alone for the first time that day and enjoy the fact that we were now married.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Stay true to yourselves and your vision. If you are lucky, you only do this once, so focus on the ideas and details that will matter to you both in the end, and, if possible, don’t feel obligated to do something if it doesn’t match your expectations for the day. Others will all have their opinions about what and how you should do things; be patient and kind in listening, and then follow your own hearts.  //  Also, enjoy the planning and everything leading up to the wedding. It can be really stressful and overwhelming at times, but once it is over, you will wish you could do it all over again, so savor everything.  //  Lastly, at minimum, hire a day-of coordinator to handle the logistics of the day. This will allow you to be worry free and focus on the important things on your wedding day.

     

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    Menu
    Signature Drinks: “The Oral Dilemma” (Cucumber-Infused Cap Rock Gin, Lime Juice, Ginger Beer, Celery Bitters / “Brazilian” (Mell vodka, Limes, Simple Syrup) / “The Aztec” (Bourbon, Lemon, Simple Syrup, Chocolate Bitters, Splash of Soda / “Manhattan” (Bulleit Bourbon, Vya Sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters)  //  Cocktail Hour: Raw Bar (Oysters, Chilled Smoked Mussels, Littleneck Clams, King Crab Legs) / Artisanal Cheese Boards and Accoutrements / Slow Roasted Pork Sandwich Bites  //  First Course: Bruschetta with Fava Bean, Pea, Parmesan  //  Second Course: Escarole Salad, Bleu d’Auvergne, Almonds / Spring Risotto, Asparagus, Hen of the Woods, Broken Shovels Chèvre  //  Third Course: New York Beef Roast, Escarole, Roasted Potatoes, Mushroom Jus / White Sturgeon, Potato, Celery, Capers, Olives, Salsa Verde / Crego Farm Roasted Lamb, Braised Beans, Sautéed Greens, Anchoyade  //  Dessert: Sticky Toffee Pudding with Housemade Vanilla Gelato / Pavlova and Berries with Crème Fraîche Whipped Cream

     

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    Photography: Sara Hasstedt / Ceremony Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens in Denver, Colorado / Reception Venue, Catering, Cake: The Kitchen Denver / Day of Coordinator: As You Wish, Allison Farrar / Dress: Justin Alexander via The Bridal Collection / Shoes: Emma Wedges by Nina / Veil: Twigs & Honey / Earrings: Nadri / Bride’s Ring: 1940’s Tiffany / Groom’s Ring: Jay Feder / Suit: Hugo Boss / Bride’s Person of Honor: Suit by Theory / Stationery: The Paper Guppy / Watercolor Illustration: Lana’s Shop / Calligraphy: Designsgirl / Floral Design: Cori Cook Floral Design / Music: Michaela Borth / Makeup: Makeup by Sameera /
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  • Denver Botanic Gardens Wedding by Sara Hasstedt

    10 September 2014
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