Though they live in London, Steffi and Toby chose to tie the knot at the bride’s parents’ home in Sweden. And once you see these photos from their summer celebration, you’ll understand why – what a gorgeous, relaxed place for a wedding! We especially love that the guests arrived on a tour boat, friends of the couple performed all of the music, and the tent was decorated with tons of leafy branches. If you’re looking for inspiration for a sweet summer wedding your guests will love, look no further!

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“We live in East London but decided to get married in my family’s home in Sweden,” says Steffi. “The house is on an island outside of Vaxholm in the Stockholm Archipelago that looks out over the sea. It’s an absolutely stunning place and somewhere that means the world to my family. Toby and I have spent many lazy summer holidays there.”

Steffi wore a vintage Reiss dress that she purchased on eBay for just £50. “I had it altered by my friend Natalie who is a costume designer,” says the bride. “I had my fittings backstage at London’s Royal Opera House amongst piles of tutus and robes, which felt pretty special!”

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  It’s just one day!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Really think about what you want and what is important to you, rather than what is expected or conventional. It’s okay to question the traditions and how they really fit in or reflect your lives.

 

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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  We were so wrapped up in the planning and anticipation that we didn’t really think about the photography side very much, not least because I am much more used to being behind the camera than in front of it! Luckily our fantastic photographers, Nina and Wes, knew exactly what to do and really held our hands throughout the process as our gorgeous photos prove. If I was doing it again, though, I might have asked to do a few goofy photos, maybe even just with sun glasses on or something, but I didn’t really think of it at the time!

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Just how impressed we were that so many people traveled up to Stockholm from all over the world to be there with us – especially all our friends in London!

 

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“Our guests arrived by old fashioned steamer boat from Stockholm, which gave them a tour of the archipelago. There was a traditional fika (Swedish for the act of sitting down with coffee and something sweet) on board with cinnamon buns.”

 

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The Ceremony

“Getting married in Sweden meant that we could have a service outdoors, in our back garden, as the person who marries you comes with the license (not the case in the UK). We felt really lucky to be able to do this as it felt like there was nowhere more poignant that getting married on our back porch, surrounded by all our loved ones, drinks in hand. I also loved the idea of it being super casual, that I could just get ready, walk down the stairs and out into the garden and get married to my favorite person.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Joyful, Informal, Short.

How did you go about planning your ceremony?   We each wrote a letter to our officiant about each other and our relationship, which gave her something to use in her introduction. We knew we wanted some friends to sing and another friend (who actually introduced us to each other) to read a short poem. Our main focus was to keep it as relaxed as possible, we didn’t feel the need for the formality and gravitas of a lot of the weddings we’ve been to as we find that quite alienating and rather stiff. We wanted everyone to have a glass of fizz in their hands to make it feel fun, a real celebration. The ceremony also lasted all of about 10-15 minutes (after all, people were standing) – we don’t feel that long, drawn-out ceremonies are necessarily more meaningful, so we kept it short and sweet. It was perfect – a bit different, but very special.

Who officiated your ceremony?  Estrid Landmark, a local registrar. We got in touch with a few in the area and picked her because she was the only one who was available in the summer (a time when lots of people are on holiday in Sweden). She put us at ease, was kind and seemed to genuinely love what she does.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  None whatsoever. We had a completely blank slate to do whatever we wanted, which was great.

 

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What was your ceremony music?  As we got married on our back porch, there was no aisle or processing; we sort of just rocked up and got married – as I say, it was very casual! A group of very good friends of ours with lovely voices formed a mini choir and performed two songs. We gave them completely free reign to decide what they wanted to do and joked that they could even do an ABBA medley if they wanted (what with us all being in Sweden!). They learnt a traditional Swedish hymn (despite not speaking any Swedish!) and did, in fact, sing ABBA’s “I do, I do, I do” which made everyone chuckle.

What were your ceremony readings?  A poem called ‘Being Boring’ by Wendy Cope which is about being happy to settle down and be as dull as possible as long as it is with the person you love.

What were your vows like?  We had the standard Swedish vows, the long version (wich is only about 10 seconds longer than the short version). They are legally required but we really liked them as the words describe marriage as a partnership between two individuals who find strength in one another in their everyday lives. The words are perhaps a bit practical and unsentimental (perhaps a bit Swedish in that way!), but for us, having been together a long time and through a great deal, the words perfectly summed up our feelings about marriage.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  How informal and joyful it felt and looking out to see everyone’s grinning faces.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  There was plenty of laughter. Toby even cracked a joke mid-vow by pretending he hadn’t understood the Swedish (though everyone knows he has been taking lessons for years), which had everyone in hysterics. // We also had a large basket of toy instruments for everyone to ‘make some noise’ with when the ceremony ended – Toby is a musician and many of our friends sing or play instruments so they were all over that!

 

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The Reception

“Our reception was casual, leafy and nautical! We had the tent set up right by the water so everyone could wander around, laze about on the jetty with their drinks and canapes. In Stockholm during the summer, the sun doesn’t set until very late and the weather was gorgeous so we were able to stay outside during the whole reception. Even our band and dance floor was outdoors! We even brought some of the outdoors into the marquee with very green and leafy decor.”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We really started by thinking about what our ideal party would look like and went from there. We decided early on that we wanted the wedding to feel as relaxed as possible and for everyone to have the best time. The island location was also pretty inspiring – we let the surroundings do most of the talking!

 

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What was your wedding menu?  The food was particularly important to me, as a food stylist, but again we wanted a relaxed feel. So we skipped the starter and instead had lots of nibbles and canapés (many with a Swedish theme so a fair bit of herring!), which meant that everyone could walk around the garden and relax on the jetty. We had a BBQ themed main course with a choice of beef, chicken or salmon and lots of vegetable sides (including delicious Swedish new potatoes and asparagus) and sauces out on the table for everyone to help themselves.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Dessert was a pavlova with lots of Swedish summer berries including blackcurrant sorbet, wild strawberry mousse and raspberries. I knew there would be an expectation for me (as a trained chef) to make a cake, but as neither of us love wedding cakes, we decided to avoid this by skipping it all together. Instead we stacked up some cheeses from the local cheese maker on the island next door, served with my homemade chutneys and chili jam. We also made traditional English biscuits to reflect Toby’s heritage (chocolate bourbons, custard creams, jammy dodgers and party rings) to have with tea and coffee. Favors were traditional Swedish pick and mix candy for guests to help themselves to.

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  We did lots ourselves, and luckily we also had an army of friends and family to help, from aspects of the food (chutneys, gin, biscuits, cordial) to the decor. We did the calligraphy ourselves – it was messy and imperfect and that was fine! We made fans for guests to cool down with and table runners from burlap, painted all of the menus and signs ourselves using blackboard paint, cut massive branches and potted herbs to decorate the tent with – it was all really lush, green and beautiful!

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail?  For the ceremony we had a sparkling Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand with elderflower cordial made from the tree in our garden. We also had Dark and Stormy cocktails and, as another nod to all the Brits, a cucumber gin and tonic, made with my homemade cucumber gin. Oh, and we also hung mini Swedish snaps bottles from a tree with some scissors for guest to cut down and enjoy
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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  I loved the toasts! We had them dotted throughout the dinner which is typical in Sweden but also made things feel a bit more relaxed. They were all so thoughtful and funny. I also really loved that we had as many women speaking as men, which felt really important to me – at English weddings normally only men speak! Our wonderful band, made up of friends and Toby’s bandmates, were also amazing – they really managed to get everyone on the dance floor! I also really loved that everyone seemed to be relaxing and enjoying themselves so much – some of our guests even went for a dip in the sea!

What was your first dance song?  Our friends who are all in different bands formed our wedding band. Our first dance song was “Martha” by Tom Waits sung by our friend, Jim (Toby sang the first dance song at Jim’s wedding so he was returning the favor). After that, Toby and I got up on stage and joined the band by singing the chorus to “Do You Love Me” by the Contours – a bit of a surprise to our guests as we hadn’t told anyone we were going to be singing (apart from the band, of course)!

 

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Photography: Nina & Wes / Venue: private home in the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden / Event Planning & Design: JustGo Event Design / Floral Design: Berga Blommor / Dress: Vintage Reiss / Ceremony Shoes: Sergio Rossi via Far Fetch / Dancing Shoes: Dune / Earrings: Cadenza / Rings: Efva Attling, Serendipity Diamonds / Suit, Shirt, Socks: J. Crew / Shoes: Banana Republic / Stationery: Ruth Keating / Hair, Makeup: Andrea Nyström / Rentals: Tavet / Catering: Eriksberg Catering / Dessert: Local cheeses from Ostmakeriet

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  • Summer Wedding in Sweden by Nina & Wes

    11 May 2015
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    There are so many delightful things about Macy and Ben’s DIY winter wedding at Dallas Heritage Village. I mean what a venue! It’s a 20-acre museum made up of historical buildings from around Texas, and guests were able to wander around and explore during the reception. So fun! The couple opted for an afternoon reception with coffee and pie, there was a retro camper/photo booth, and the newlyweds’ entrance into the reception? Hilarious! If this playful wedding doesn’t brighten up your day, I don’t know what will.

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    “Ben and I leaned toward weddings with vintage, rustic, hipster vibes,” says Macy. “I think our wedding had lots of different style inspirations combined! We were also inspired by using decor and services that represented our loved ones’ unique talents. Most decorations, the food, drinks, flowers, and even attire were all things chosen because it would remind us of our loved ones. For example, most of our centerpieces incorporated my grandmother’s glassware and handkerchiefs. My mom made my veil. Our good friend Megan did all of the flowers. I could go on and on! We have so many talented loved ones who were willing to contribute in various ways to our day. We were really grateful to feel like our wedding was full of personal touches.”

     

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    Macy found her Allure Bridals dress at a trunk sale. She also wore her mother’s necklace and a floral crown made by a friend. She did her own makeup (“But I splurged for a fancy MAC lipstick,” she says), and her sister did her hair.

     

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    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Don’t feel obligated to go by budget templates online. I looked at the three “top priority” areas we wanted to spend money on (photography, my dress, and our venue) and broke down the rest of our budget afterwards. Since we had our wedding on a Sunday afternoon, we got a great price for the venue which helped a lot. We also didn’t serve a full meal and used a lot of our friends and family to help us make decorations (each little thing adds up – try to DIY if you’ve got a group of crafty bridesmaids). Our total budget was $11,000 and we came in just under that.

     

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    The Ceremony

    Dallas Heritage Village had so many gorgeous options for us to choose from for our ceremony, but we chose the Browder Springs building because we loved that it was a bright, open space. It also happened to be a smaller building that was the perfect size for our private ceremony!”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Personal, silly, heartfelt.

    How did you go about planning your ceremony?  Ben and I kept toying with the idea of an elopement because we really wanted our ceremony to feel like the most important part of our day. We didn’t want to get caught up in planning a traditional ceremony and reception that would just feel like we were going through the wedding motions, so to speak. But we also knew an elopement wouldn’t feel right for us either because we wanted our closest family and friends there to support us. So, we ended up concocting a faux elopement (“felopement,” if you will) with our immediate families and about 10 other friends, which made up our bridal party. Then immediately afterwards, we held a larger reception with about 80 more guests. It wasn’t a traditional wedding and certainly didn’t follow a template, but we loved it and had no regrets!

     

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    Who officiated your ceremony?  One of our best friends married us! He’s a friend from college who has seen us grow as a couple, and we’d wanted him to be our officiant for several years.

    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  We loosely followed some traditions of a typical ceremony. We had bridesmaids and groomsmen, but it was really important to me that we could look out during the ceremony and see our friends faces rather than have them stand behind each of us. So our bridal party sat down with our families in the “audience.” My dad walked me down the aisle, but instead of my dad giving me away, we had our officiant bring up both sets of parents and he read a really sweet statement asking each parent to support the marriage and to love their new daughter- or son-in-law as their own. Ben and I are both really close with our parents, and I think this was one of my favorite parts of our ceremony.

    What were your vows like?  We wrote our vows using bits and pieces of modern templates we searched through online. We picked parts that felt the most personal to our relationship.

     

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    What was your ceremony music?  You know how something goes wrong on everyone’s wedding day? Apparently our music didn’t work. I didn’t even realize that until later, but we were supposed to walk in to “Big Red Machine” by Justin Vernon & Aaron Dessner and walk out to “Deep Blue Sea” by Grizzly Bear.

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Having each of my closest family members and friends there – it was such a meaningful time spent with the people who helped us grow in our relationship together. Also, I loved my wedding backdrop. With the help of my mom, sisters, and friends, I made about a hundred paper flowers using food coloring and coffee filters. Then I ran into issues with how to make them into the backdrop I had in mind. After nearly giving up on the whole idea, my sweet brother-in-law built a frame to house all of them the exact way I wanted in just a few days. That backdrop and other DIY details made with family or friends were things that I loved being surrounded by all day!

     

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    Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  My something borrowed and something blue was a sapphire and diamond necklace that my dad gave to my mom before I was born. I had two something old’s wrapped around the stem of my bouquet: a lace trim of my Nana’s pinned with a gold brooch of my grandmother’s.

     

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    The Reception

    “Our reception was laid-back and full of goofy moments! We had a larger afternoon reception following the private ceremony in the Pavilion at Dallas Heritage Village. Our guests were given admission to explore the rest of the museum before the reception began, so I think that was a fun piece because it’s such a unique museum! We had the Photo Wagon come, we served fancy pie and coffee instead of a meal, we had a trail mix bar, we used an iPod and portable speaker for music, and a couple of our friends were brave enough to sing karaoke! It was relaxed and full of fun moments.”

     

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your reception?  We chose a a larger building of the museum to accommodate dancing and the large number of people.

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  At one point, “You’re the Voice” by John Farnham came on and the dance floor cleared as all of the groomsmen started circling around me and dancing/singing. It was pretty hilarious and typical of our friend group. I thought they had planned and choreographed it, but apparently it was completely impromptu!

    What was your wedding menu?  We had a trail mix bar and Cultivar Coffee and pies from Emporium Pies – another personal touch! Ben managed the two shops when we lived in Dallas. We chose to serve the chocolate silk pie, cranberry walnut pie, and bourbon pecan pie. DELISH.

     

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    What was your first dance song?  Ben and I danced to “I Will” by The Beatles, and we danced with my dad and his mom to “Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)” by Billy Joel.

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  When we were considering a private ceremony and being nervous about upsetting extended family and friends, I actually had a friend (who would not be part of the private ceremony) tell me to go for it. She basically said if it wasn’t going to hurt Ben’s feelings and it wasn’t going to hurt my feelings, then we should have the wedding day we actually want to have. I think that was really important – if something isn’t going to feel genuine for your wedding, don’t force it!

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Be mindful of taking the same amount of time to prepare for your marriage as you are preparing for your wedding day. Enjoy time with your fiancé by having a “no wedding talk” time set aside every single day!

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  I would have been nicer to my mom and sisters each time something stressful happened! Brides! Whatever it is, it is NOT important enough to snap at your family or friends! At the end of the day you’re going to be married, no matter what little thing goes wrong!

     

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    Photography: Jenny McCann / Venue: Dallas Heritage Village in Dallas, Texas / Dress: Allure Bridals / Shoes: DSW / Veil: Hancock Fabrics, made by my mom / White Coat: Macy’s / Rings: Go Rings! / Bridesmaid Dresses: Various stores / Jacket: Men’s Wearhouse / Pants, Shirt: Urban Outfitters / Tie: Target / Shoes: Clark’s / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Rentals: The Photo Wagon / Catering: Coffee by Cultivar Coffee / Pie: Emporium Pies

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  • Dallas Winter Wedding by Jenny McCann

    30 April 2015
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    The Spanish island of Formentera has been called Ibiza’s more relaxed little sister, and sounds like a perfect place to throw a laid-back beachside celebration. Monica and Valerio asked their 60 guests, mostly Milanese, to join them for a wedding weekend set on the spectacular Mediterranean isle, and it’s a locale we haven’t been able to stop dreaming about since! We also adore the couple’s stylish wedding day duds and the sporty white dune buggy the couple tooled around the island in!

    PS – Be sure to stop by later for a second beautiful wedding from Bikini Birdie!

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    From the photographer, Bikini Birdie, “Monica & Valerio’s wedding, set on the Mediterranean island of Formentera, was a very bohemian and fashionable celebration. The church where they were married is classic Mediterranean, and the rooftop beach reception at 10.7 Formentera was chic and laid back. The couple works in fashion and design, so it was no surprise that their wedding was so stylish, and their guests embodied beachside chic!”

     

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    The Ceremony

    “Chiesa di Sant Francesc is romantic, simple and so white. Built in the 1700’s, we loved its authenticity and austerity.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Non-traditional, addictive, intimate.

     

     

    Who officiated your ceremony?  The priest at Sant Francesc is the only priest on the island, and we were so lucky to have him marry us! He’s a wonderful person.

     

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    What music did you include in your ceremony?  We chose “Ave Maria,” among other songs, to be played during our ceremony.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Our ceremony was in both Italian and in Spanish – and the music was our favorite part.

     

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    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  I own an interior design shop in Milan, and most of the details, decor and gifts were created there.

     

     

    The Reception

    10.7 Formentera in Formentera is one of the best locations on the island in every sense. The views are spectacular, the food is fantastic and it was the perfect atmosphere for our reception.”

     

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    How would you describe your reception?  Our reception was very fun, youthful and musically perfect. We spent a lot of time working on the musical backdrop for the reception.

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Love for Formentera Island!

    What was your wedding menu?  A modern Italian menu prepared by the chef at the Italian-owned 10.7 Formentera Beach Club.

     

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    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Make it thoughtful, and throw as big a party as you can! We had so much fun on our wedding day.

     

    Photography: Bikini Birdie / Venue, Catering, Cake: 10.7 Formentera in Formentera, Spain / Event Planning & Design: Yolanda of Blue Charm Weddings / Dress, Veil: Le Spose de Gio / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Suit, Shirt: Lorenzo Albrighi / Stationery: Moo’s Print / Decor: Madme Gioia Home Milano / Floral Design: Kentia Formentera / Hair, Makeup: Formentera Nails / Music: Hot Ice from Ibiza
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  • Chic Mediterranean Beachside Wedding by Bikini Birdie

    29 April 2015
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    Melissa and Rob’s Yountville wedding is a total dream. From the bride’s lacy peplum gown to the monogram on the neon cups for the after-party, every detail was carefully planned, and the results are a wine country wedding you simply won’t want to miss. Get ready to start pinning, because Melissa’s beautiful bouquet practically deserves its own board!

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    “We heard it from many people but this really rang true – your wedding is probably the only day in your life when everyone that matters to you is gathered in one place. It’s so important to take moments throughout the day to step back and really soak that in. It all goes by so quickly!”

     

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    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Hire great vendors. We prioritized people who were not only talented but also fun and easy to be around. The experience of waking up on my wedding day and not worrying about a single thing – seeing faces we recognized, knowing they were on top of the details and all working to realize our vision – was priceless. There was plenty of stress leading up to the wedding, but we were totally calm on the big day.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “We wanted an outdoor wedding and loved the idea of having our family and friends experience Napa Valley, a place that we love and where we have spent many weekends. Our ceremony and reception were at the same venue, which made for a seamless, easy evening.”

     

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    How did you go about planning your ceremony?  It was important to us to have a Christ-centered ceremony that was focused on the joy, commitment and blessing of marriage. We wrote the ceremony with help from a pastor at our church, who also officiated.

     

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    What was your ceremony music?  I walked down the aisle with my father to a string quartet playing “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” Rob and I walked back up the aisle together to an instrumental version of Jason Mraz “I’m Yours.”

     

     

    What were your ceremony readings?  Family members read Colossians 3:12-17 and an excerpt from Madeleine L’Engle’s The Irrational Season.

    What were your vows like?  We wrote our vows together and each used the same vows. It was important to us that we each made the same commitment to one another.

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  At the end of the ceremony, all of our guests joined the pastor in reading the Apache Blessing, which was a really special way to have everyone involved in the ceremony and made us feel tremendously loved.

     

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    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  It felt like it went by so fast! I cry easily, so I spent the whole time trying to keep it together. A few funny moments kept the mood light, such as when the microphone cut out just as Rob made his vow to be faithful, and when our little flower girl realized she had forgotten to throw her petals because she was so focused on just making it down the aisle.

     

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    The Reception

    “Our vision was for a natural but elegant wedding. We used a lot of white with gold accents, greenery and wood. We had beautiful white flowers everywhere and used magnolia leaves for place cards at the dinner tables. We also had a custom monogram that made an appearance on everything from programs and menus to cocktail napkins and neon cups for the late-night party.”

     

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    How would you describe your reception?  Our reception was a blast! We had cocktails outside with a string quartet playing contemporary music, dinner under string lights as the sun set, and dancing and cake in the venue’s Barrel Room with an amazing band.

     

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    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  I have always loved the tradition of displaying family wedding photos at a wedding and wanted to take it one step further. We tracked down wedding photos for all of our married wedding guests, in addition to old family ones, and created a display of over 50 photos with names, dates and wedding locations. It was quite an effort to acquire all the photos and frames, but it was an amazing surprise for our guests and a reflection of how much we take support and inspiration from each of them in our own marriage.

     

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    Did you have a signature cocktail?  We both love spicy food and drinks, so our signature cocktail was a Cucumber Jalapeño Cooler. It was such a hit that by the time we joined our cocktail hour, they were almost out of it! We also served “his” and “hers” choices – Manhattans and French 75s. Of course, being in Napa, there was plentiful wine flowing as well.

     

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    How did you arrange the seating at your reception?  Our guests were seated at large round tables, while Rob and I shared an intimate meal at our sweetheart table. I loved the idea of having a little time alone with my new husband during our reception!

     

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    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Have a backup plan for inclement weather. Rain in Napa in September is so unlikely that we didn’t even think about this. When a few raindrops started falling just as our guests had been served their dinners, we had a few minutes of panic and envisioned a disaster. Luckily, it was momentary and we all stayed dry!

     

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    What was your first dance song?  Whatever It Is,” by the Zac Brown Band.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  I made Rob take dance lessons with me before the wedding in the hopes we wouldn’t just sway back and forth awkwardly for three minutes. After all that money and effort, I got stage fright right before our first dance and refused to do it! So sway we did! Everyone assumed we were just really happy because we were laughing the whole time, though we were really laughing at how ridiculous the whole thing was.

     

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    Photography: Christina McNeill / Event Planning & Design: Stacy McCain Events / Venue, Catering: The Vintage Estate in Yountville, California / Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Rings: Allison Greenwell / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Suit: Hugo Boss / Stationery: A&P Design / Monogram: Allison R Banks / Calligraphy: BeeCurious Designs, Jilly Ink / Floral Design: Loop Flowers / Hair, Makeup: Meaganne McCandess / Rentals: Hartmann, Classic Party Rentals, La Tavola / Ceremony Music: Synchronicity Strings / Reception Music: The Cheeseballs / Cake: Fleur de Lisa Cakes / Videography: Shakewell Studios

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  • Timeless Wedding at The Vintage Estate by Christina McNeill

    28 April 2015
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    When Nayla and Nadim chose their venue, the rustic barn was only a back-up in case the July weather was uncooperative. Luckily for this couple and for us, this unexpected setting was beautiful for their rainy wedding day! Other details we’re loving include the hydrangea-filled barn where the ceremony was held and the bride’s incredible fashion-forward gown, which you won’t want to miss!

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    Tell us about your dress.  I chose a tea-length couture gown by Karoline Lang. I loved the low back and the complex lace pattern on the full skirt. The ice blue and pale pink dresses my bridesmaids wore were also by Karoline Lang.

    Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  I wore something old, new, borrowed and blue. My favorite piece was my grandmother’s vintage brooch, which I tucked into my hair!

     

     

    The Ceremony

    “We had originally planned for an outdoor ceremony and reception, but the weather had other plans for our wedding day. Though we were disappointed that things didn’t go as we’d expected, our amazing vendors expertly moved our celebration inside and it was such a joyful day!”

     

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    “The unexpected storm and all the mess that came with it was actually my favorite thing about our wedding day,” says Nayla. “We arrived really late to the ceremony because of the stormy weather and our guests were moved inside to a small and beautiful barn, but we loved it because it gave the wedding a spontaneous, cozy and memorable twist!”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Emotional, unpredictable, cozy.

    Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  We had planned to have an outdoor wedding in a green bucolic environment, but the rain changed our plans and we held the ceremony indoors. In order to bring the outdoors in, there were hay bales and mountains of blue, purple and white hydrangeas.

     

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    What was your ceremony music?  It was an orchestra version of the Star Wars theme song, the groom’s favorite. Then my 9 year old nephew came in with his guitar and played the wedding march.

     

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    Who officiated your wedding ceremony?  We had a civil ceremony a couple of days before, so the ceremony was a blessing officiated by a priest in French.

     

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    The Reception 

    “We surprised Nadim’s mother with Gayta musicians from Asturias in Northern Spain during our reception! The musicians were hidden and once the ceremony ended, they came out and started playing. Nadim’s mother was so thrilled!”

     

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    Please tell us about any special details or moments from your reception.  We had originally planned for our guests to discover various things in the gardens, but when rain moved the celebration indoors, we moved hats for the men, scarves for the women, buckets with Champagne, beer and lemonade, and even a bike for the kids inside!

    How would you describe your reception?  Fun, spontaneous and fresh.

     

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    What was most important to you on your wedding day?  I’ve worked in catering and food setup for seven years, so I had specific idea of what I wanted and Leire from 20 Eventos was the perfect person to make my ideas become reality.

     

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    What was your wedding menu?  Our wedding menu included local dishes like cherry gazpacho, foie gras rolls with mango, and locally-caught fish. We also had a server cutting slices of jamón ibérico, which our guests absolutely loved!

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We had a dessert cart with two naked wedding cakes decorated with apples and flowers, and a lot of candies! We also had a dessert table with small desserts including carrot cake, brownies, and Russian tea cake.

     

     

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Greenery, horses and the outdoors.

    Why did you choose this location for your reception?  Machoenïa, apart from being exactly what we needed, had an indoor option in case of rain. We’re so glad we chose this venue!

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Everyone dancing non-stop!

     

    Photography, Videography:  Instantanea y Toma Primera / Venue: Machoenïa in Urrugne, France / Event Planning & Design: 20eventos / Dress, Shoes, Bridesmaid Dresses: Karoline Lang / Suit: Armani / Floral Design: Villa Maria Luisa / Hair, Makeup: Soler Bmak / Rentals: Crimsons / Music: Bengoa DJ’s / Catering: Bokado / Cake: Sweet Lulu / Dessert Table: The Cake Boom
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  • French Wedding by 20Eventos & Instantanea y Toma Primera

    27 April 2015
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