Marie-Claire: What a tough question…. again there are too many that are my favorites to be able to just choose one. I love this because we loved our first dance so much. But there are so many from every part of the day that are favorites for the moment that they capture.

 

From Ed:  As we’ve just come out of the church and the photo shows a nice relaxed and happy feeling and we’re laughing at something. Really like how natural the shot is.

 

Photos by Tom Redman. See Marie-Claire and Ed’s full wedding feature right HERE.

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The baby apple tree in our yard is bending under the weight of all its apples, and they’re just getting ripe enough for us to enjoy. It’s that time of year! Apples are such a perfect seasonal motif for an autumn wedding, so here are ten of my favorite apple-themed wedding ideas…

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1. wedding cake  //  2. place cards  //  3. branch arrangement  //  4. mini candied apples  //  5. cider  //  6. postage stamps  //  7. save-the-date  //  8. pocket pies  //  9. basket centerpiece  //  10. chair garland

 

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Marie-Claire and Ed love the sea, and with a family connection to both Brownsea Island and Dorset Lake Shipyard, it only made sense to give their wedding a nautical motif. Details we love include: the bride’s heirloom veil made of French lace, the boat tour cocktail hour, and that they cut their cake with a boat propeller! Also, beautiful photos by Tom Redman.

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How about this unique wedding transportation? “I traveled to the church with my dad on a vintage wooden boat,” says the bride. “It was the original post boat that delivered mail to the island when it had many inhabitants pre-1920′s.”

 

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The Ceremony

“There had only been sixty-six weddings in the little Brownsea Island church since the 1850′s – we were the sixty-seventh!” says Marie-Claire. “You need to have a connection to the island to be able to marry there, and the island has been a special place for my family throughout the years. Ed and I share a love for the sea and enjoy spending time in the water – we love visiting the island and kayaking around it. The night that Ed proposed, we stayed in the Harbour Heights hotel overlooking Brownsea Island, and when we looked out across the harbor the next morning it just felt like the most perfect place for us to get married.”

 

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How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  We did this alongside the vicar, there was a set format but he was very happy for us to add in our own personal touches such as having our friend, Libby, singing while we signed the register. In terms of the service, it was the same as all weddings in the Church of England, part of the Book of Common Prayer.

 

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Do you have a favorite moment from the day to share?  There are too many to think of one! There is a highlight in every single part of the day right from waking up and swimming in the sea to breakfast in the hotel to getting ready to arriving at the island on the wooden boat and hearing the bells of the church ringing out across the water…all this before we were even married. The moment of walking down the aisle and seeing Ed for the first time is an amazing moment that could never be recreated. Totally magical. Saying our vows. Singing Jerusalem and looking out and seeing all our friends and family in one place…

Ceremony Music:
Processional:The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” by Handel
Recessional: “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles

 

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The Reception

“Following the ceremony we had our cocktail hour on a boat going around the islands in Poole Harbour which was perfect for us. The reception was at Dorset Lake Shipyard which we arrived at by boat with all of our guests. This has been a business in my family for 75 years – my grandfather and great grandfather started it in 1938, and my uncles now own it and I worked behind the bar for many years when i was 18. So it was the perfect place for our wedding as it was so personal with so much family history. My parents had their wedding reception there as well.”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The coast. We collected sea glass and driftwood to make the decorations for the wedding. I grew up in the countryside so there was a definite rustic country feel to the wedding as well. I was also inspired by Claire Pettibone‘s bohemian style. I knew I wanted a wedding dress that was a bit different and it took me a while to find it. I tried on some lovely dresses but they felt too formal and I could hardly move in some of the very structured ones. I knew as soon as I put on a Claire Pettibone dress that she was the designer for me – I just felt like me in it, just felt so right.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  So many traditions! I wore a veil that has been passed down through the family. It is made of Parisian lace, and my great aunt who turned 100 last year wore it first in the 1930′s. My grandmother then wore it and then my cousin.  //  The boat yard where we had the reception has been in the family for 75 years and is still in the family today, and my parents had their reception there in the 1970′s.  //  We cut our cake with a propeller of a boat that was polished and given as a gift to my grandparents on their wedding day to cut the cake, it has the words “Good Luck” engraved on it. My brother and sister-in-law used it to cut their cake in 2012 and we carried on the tradition using it in the boat yard where it was originally made.

 

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Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  It was a very homemade wedding. My mum hand made so many things, she is brilliant at calligraphy. She made the invitations, the order of services, the table cloths and napkins and paper pompoms and even her own dress! We did the reception flowers ourselves with help from Ed’s mum and family and friends with locally grown flowers and my godmother did the flowers at the church. I made driftwood sailing boats for table names, sea glass peppermints as favors, and I made our cake.

First Dance Song: “Bonfire Heart” by James Blunt

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Take a moment in every part of the day to just focus on that part without thinking about what is going to happen next. This really helped the day sink in for me and helped to stop it going by in a blur. I would take a breath and say to myself “Absorb…absorb.” My dad then said to me just before we entered the church, “Wait…what’s the word you’ve been saying?” so we could absorb the moment together. It definitely worked!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Keep calm and keep laughing. Keep in mind what is really important for the day and don’t worry about things you may have missed or forgotten. As my sister-in-law said to me, if you haven’t thought of it then it isn’t that important for you for your day.

 

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Photography: Tom Redman / Church: St. Mary’s Church, Brownsea Island in Poole, England / Reception Venue: Dorset Lake Ship Yard in Dorset, England / Dress: Midnight by Claire Pettibone / Shoes: Monsoon /  Suit: TM Lewin / Shoes: Ted Baker / Bridal Bouquet: Flower Power / Music: Craig Alexander, BB3 Evening Band / Catering: Lake Yard Club / Transportation: Greenslade Pleasure Boats
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  • Nautical Wedding by Tom Redman

    11 September 2014
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    From Jessica:  I love this series of pictures of us wandering under the vine and flower covered arches holding hands. It is so magical looking and really epitomizes the look and feel we were going for.

     

    From Matthew:  This moment is really the first time Jessica and I had been alone together in a (seemingly) long time. The ceremony passed by like a memory and here we were all dressed up in a magical place, mist coming off of the water in the twilight hour, just the two of us. This picture captures our joy, especially Jessica’s beautiful smile.

     

    Photos by Sara Hasstedt. See Jessica and Matthew’s full feature right HERE.

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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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    10 September 2014
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