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DEPARTMENTS Discoveries 18 You’re Invited 24 Wish List 30 Travel Diaries 36 COVER: Photographed by Black & Steil. Hair and makeup by PaulVenoit.com. Ball gown of platinum satin featuring hand-embellished threedimensional floral appliqués and grosgrain accents, $1,458 by Oleg Cassini; available at David’s Bridal and davidsbridal.com/olegcassini. “Swan” engagement ring in 18K white gold with round brilliant diamonds, starting at $3,730 (center stone not included) by Furrer Jacot; furrer-jacot.com. “My Twin” wedding ring in 18K white gold with emerald- and pearcut diamonds, $6,440 by Messika Paris. Silver crown detailed with Swarovski-crystal floating flowers ($1,250) and leaf-motif crown featuring both clear and opal Swarovski crystals ($1,250), both by Maria Elena Headpieces. Flowers by Saffron Brooklyn.
MORGAN OSBORNE & STEVEN SILVERMAN 76 September 17, 2016 Washington, DC Photographed by Jess + Nate Studios
CAROLYN WIESEMANN & ARON HYDE 92 December 17, 2016 Chicago, Illinois Photographed by Averyhouse KRISTIN CULP & JERED GRONER 98 November 19, 2016 Midland, Texas Photographed by Heather Rowland Photography & Thisbe Grace Photography ALEXANDRA WISE & ISSA AZAT 106 April 15, 2017 Rancho Santa Fe, California Photographed by Bryan Miller Photography LAUREN COHEN & SAM STURM 114 December 17, 2016 Brooklyn, New York Photographed by The Day by Ira Lippke AMY CRAWFORD & GERRIT COLE 124 November 12, 2016 Santa Barbara, California Photographed by Chard Photo BAHRIJA PJETROVIC & CHASE COOLEY 132 May 13, 2017 Dallas, Texas Photographed by Karlisch Photography SYDNEY KNAUT & ROY GALLOWAY 140 January 18, 2017 Maui, Hawaii Photographed by Wendy Laurel Photography BRITTANY METZ & TRAVIS VANITER 146 August 26, 2017 Kenwood, California Photographed by Joy Marie Photography CATHERINE BLAIR PATERSON & BARRY KESSLER 154 February 11, 2017 Houston, Texas Photographed by Chris Bailey Photography LAURENA TAMAYO & DARRELL BOLDEN 162 February 11, 2017 Newport Beach, California Photographed by Curtis Dahl Photography NICOLE NISSON & MICHAEL SEGRETTO 172 March 4, 2017 Chicago, Illinois Photographed by Carasco Photography BENTLEY PHELPS & DILLON LEE 182 February 18, 2017 Atlanta, Georgia Photographed by Harwell Photography
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SEASON OF LOVE The holiday season is a time for family, food, festivities… and engagements! For those of you who are recently engaged, congratulations! We’re so excited to be a part of the journey in planning your special day. While fl ipping through Inside Weddings with your beloved, you’ll start to select the design elements that will help inspire your event to stand out from the crowd. What better activity to enjoy while snuggling in front of the fi re? This issue includes 122 pages of gorgeous fêtes from across the country – Southern soirées, city celebrations, WestCoast weddings, and more. You’ll also fi nd the nuptials of Gerrit Cole, All-Star pitcher of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who married his college sweetheart in Santa Barbara, California, as well as actress Jillian Murray and her former co-star – singer/actor Dean Geyer – who tied the knot in nearby Santa Ynez Valley, and Brittany Daniel, actress and former teen star of Sweet Valley High, who exchanged vows with her beloved in Los Angeles. Or, jet off to a beautiful festivity in Hawaii and gain destination-wedding inspiration! Be inspired by the colorful and creative registry of a couple full of personality, and join a pair of newlyweds on a unique honeymoon to Argentina, where the bride had the opportunity to connect with her family roots. Get the inside scoop from industry experts, discover the latest trends from Bridal Fashion Week, and then fi nd the perfect accessories to tie your look together. Have the winter blues? Let stunning invitation suites in cool, pastel colors excite you for spring. Visit InsideWeddings.com for further advice from the nation’s top professionals. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest wedding ideas, need-to-know planning tips, and special bridal events right in your inbox. View more inspiration right at your fi ngertips by following Inside Weddings on Facebook, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Snapchat for daily updates! STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP, MANAGEMENT AND CIRCULATION. Publication Title: INSIDE WEDDINGS; Publication No.: 1552-4647; Filing Date: 9/26/17; Issue Frequency: Quarterly; Number of issues published annually: 4; Annual Subscription Price $16; Complete Mailing Address of Known Office of Publication and Headquarters: 7119 W. Sunset Boulevard, Suite 508, Los Angeles, CA 90046. The names and addresses of the Publisher, Editor and Managing Editor are: Publisher, Walt Shepard; Editor, Walt Shepard; all at Belle Media, 7119 W. Sunset Boulevard, #508, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Owner: BELLE MEDIA, Walt Shepard, and Art Scangas, 7119 W. Sunset Boulevard, #508, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Known bondholders, mortgagees and other security holders owning or holding 1 percent or more of total amount of bonds, mortgages or other securities are: None. Issue Date for Circulation Data Below: Fall 2017; Average No. Copies Each Issue During Preceding 12 Months: Total number of copies (net press run): 230,520; Paid Ciculation: Mailed Outside County Paid Subscriptions: 2,697; Sales Through Dealers and Carriers, Street Vendors, Counter Sales, and Other Paid Distribution outside USPS: 57,425; Paid distribution by Other Classes of Mail Through USPS: 67; Total Paid Distribution, 60,189; Free or Nominal Rate Distribution: Free or Nominal Rate Copies Mailed at Other Classes Through the USPS: 38; Free or Nominal Rate Distribution Outside the Mail: 3,650; Total Free or Nominal Rate Distribution: 3,688; Total Distribution: 63,877; Copies not Distributed, 166,643; Total: 230,520; Percent Paid: 94.23%. No. Copies of Single Issue Published Closest to Filing Date: Total number of copies (net press run): 224,000; Paid Ciculation: Mailed Outside County Paid Subscriptions: 2,802; Sales Through Dealers and Carriers, Street Vendors, Counter Sales, and Other Paid Distribution outside USPS: 59,921; Paid distribution by Other Classes of Mail Through USPS: 87; Total Paid Distribution, 62,810; Free or Nominal Rate Distribution: Free or Nominal Rate Copies Mailed at Other Classes Through the USPS: 43; Free or Nominal Rate Distribution Outside the Mail: 3,768; Total Free or Nominal Rate Distribution: 3,811; Total Distribution: 66,621; Copies not Distributed, 157,379; Total: 224,000; Percent Paid: 94.28%. I certify that all information furnished on this form is true and complete. WALT SHEPARD, Publisher
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LAURA WEATHERLY, ENGAGING AFFAIRS When planning your wedding, focus on your guests’ experience. Think of the day through the eye of a beloved friend who will be attending. Is parking easy to find or have you provided valet or transportation? Are there ramps or elevators for any handicapped guests? Does everyone involved in group photos know where to go and when? Have you provided welcome gifts in the hotels with information about all the festivities, as well as suggested restaurants/activities in case there is free time? If you think through all the steps of your wedding weekend from the perspective of how your guests will experience them you will often come up with ways to make the day even more smooth and memorable. The best weddings are the ones that are thoughtful and gracious! Photo: Lissa Ryan Photography Welcome Box: Marigold & Grey
1. Incorporate a sense of wonder at some point during the event. For instance, at a recent wedding at an opera house, guests were surprised that the celebration began with a cocktail party prior to the ceremony. Attendees enjoyed Champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and several food stations including sushi, risotto, and Peking duck. After an hour, they were led into the theater for the service. Photo: KingenSmith 2. Another element of surprise we’ve incorporated into a reception was a unique signature cocktail. During the father-of-the-bride’s speech, a parade of servers placed a custom drink – that had highresolution images of the couple atop the beverage – at each place setting. Guests could not stop talking about this! Photo: Kent Drake Photography 3. It’s always difficult when having a large amount of guests enter a room at the same time, while also trying to find their assigned tables. At a recent celebration, we dressed waitstaff in aprons embroidered with the corresponding table number. This made the digits very visible to attendees as they entered the room. Photo: Sylvie Gil
4. Neon signs are all the rage at weddings these days! Try signage arranged behind the dance floor, and even incorporating a quote or motif that was printed on your invitation to tie it all together nicely. Photo: Kent Drake Photography
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A SCENT TO RE M E M B ER Your wedding is a day to remember, which is why a new signature scent is always a great choice for the vow exchange. Each time you wear the fragrance after the big day, it will bring forth the memories and emotions from your nuptials. For appealing choices that suit both the bride and the groom, Cologne Absolue from Atelier Cologne offers over 36 unique parfums in six classifications to suit any taste: Joie de Vivre, Chic Absolu, Avant Garde, Haute Couture, Carte Blanche, and Bon Voyage. Each scent is handcrafted in France with an average 18% concentration of the highest-quality essential oils. Even the bottle and leather cap are sourced from Grasse in the South of France, and leather cases offer personally engraved options. Starting at $75; ateliercologne.com
Let the Good Times Roll To keep brides and bridesmaids pain free on the dance floor, Rollasole has teamed up with celebrity event planner Mindy Weiss for a new collection of foldable ballet flats. The Mindy Weiss Rollasole Collection features 12 pairs of champagne-hued shoes in varying sizes that can roll up to fit in each woman’s purse. Lined with sky-colored rose petals for a touch of “something blue,” the white magnetic box is printed with a special message: “For the Bride and Her Sole Sisters.” It’s the perfect surprise to present to your best gals at your bridal luncheon or even while getting ready the morning of the big day. $168; usa.rollasole.com
WEDDING WELLNESS So many brides and grooms decide to diet before their wedding so they look their best, but the methods they use aren’t always the most nutritious. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, consider trying Habit, the first at-home nutrition test kit. After analyzing your DNA, blood, and metabolism, your completely personalized nutrition results will help you know the right foods for you. Each kit also gives you access to one of Habit’s registered dieticians, providing the wellness guidance and support that can be so crucial during a weight-loss journey. Instead of crash diets and cleanses, you’ll be able to maintain healthy eating habits long after the honeymoon. $299; habit.com
Quality Keepsakes Though the wedding is only one day, brides will want the memories to last a lifetime. Photos are wonderful, but they’re not the only physical reminders of the celebration. Dried blossoms from the bouquet, the garter, a headpiece, and the cake topper are just a few tokens that you may want to safely store. The Wedding Edition Keepsake Box from Savor features acid-free drawers to hold your most-treasured mementos. There are also files to keep paper items, such as a copy of your invitation, save the date, menu, and ceremony program. The lovely fabric boxes, available in slate grey with taupe or periwinkle blue with blush, allow for your keepsakes to be displayed out in the open, so you can reminisce whenever the mood strikes without having to dig through boxes in the attic. For an extra bit of fun, there is a couple’s survey for you and your spouse to fill out and read on a future anniversary. $99.95; savor.us 20
Clockwise from top left: “Creme Brulee” by Chocomocacino, Ravenna, Italy. “Wheat Field” by Kristie Kern, Akron, OH. “Artful Oneness” by Moglea, Audubon, IA. “Lovely Beginning” by Oscar and Emma, Columbus, OH. “Lustrous” by Kaydi Bishop, Medford, NJ. “Eﬀervescent” by Kristie Kern, Akron, OH. Custom monogram for “Peony” by Cass Loh, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Initial Impression Make a statement on your wedding day with a new accessory from Stuart Weitzman. Embrace your new last name with Swarovski crystalencrusted single-letter shoe clips, available in jet black or classic clear crystals. The embellishments come exclusively with the purchase of three new holiday styles – “Muletown,” the smoking slipper-inspired mule; “Eventually,” a high-heeled mule with a pointed toe; or the “Square Nudist” sandal, which has a square toe and an angular, slanted heel. Each shoe is offered in a wide range of lush silk satin shades, for a classic or bold look. The letter clips can be worn on the side or front, and it is recommended to just wear one for a modern, asymmetrical style. $125; stuartweitzman.com
ELEGANT EDIBLES With recreational cannabis becoming legalized in more and more states, some couples are turning to the substance in lieu of or in addition to an open bar. That route doesn’t mean your big day has to be full of smoke, however. Medicated sweets allow guests to be in on the fun without damaging their lungs. To Whom It May creates handcrafted truffles comprised of THCinfused organic coconut oil in Southern California. They also have alcohol-infused bonbons, so you can create an opulent adults-only dessert table. The chocolate truffles are available in boxes of four, eight, or 24. $30-230; towhomitmaychocolates.com
What’s in a Name Finding the right gift for each of your bridesmaids can be tough. It should be of equal value, but still embrace their individuality. Enter “The Harper” clutch from Grateful Bags – a chic handbag available in cork, cranberry velvet, black velvet, snake, and leopard to suit any style. The clutch is adorned with a custom monogram block that can be swapped out should a color preference change or after taking a married name alters your initials. The laser-cut monograms come in script or block lettering using two or three letters, along with 17 different hues for a completely customized bag. Engraved and painted monogram blocks are also available for those who don’t love the laser-cut look. Study up on the favorite colors of your bridesmaids so the gift of your gratitude will actually be enjoyed. $98; gratefulbags.com 22
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INVITED Colorful invitation suites in cool tones to warm up your winter. From hometown affairs to destination weddings afar, this collection of pastel stationery prints are suitable for celebrations any time of year. The elegant suites range from artfully crafted acrylic options to sophisticated styles with hand-painted details, as well as plenty of new choices in foil printing. If you’re looking for a cure to your winter blues, take a look at these invitations to add whimsical inspiration to your upcoming fête.
“Cascading Corners” foil-pressed wedding invitation featuring a patterned back by Lori Wemple for Minted; minted.com
Invitation with hand-drawn florals from the Bouquet in Bloom Collection by Ceci New York; cecinewyork.com
“Roll Tide” invitation in Radiant Orchid by Carlson Craft; carlsoncraft.com
Acrylic invitation inspired by the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos by Ijorere featuring handwriting by Calligraphy by Cristine; ijorere.com
Double-sided, blue foil-stamped invitation sealed with wax and a satin ribbon, and envelope with custom liner by Oda Creative; odacreative.com
“Something Blue” laser-cut invitation featuring an intricate lace design and script typography by Cordially; cordiallyinvite.com
Custom chinoiserie-inspired invitation with white foil stamping, sealed with a classic interlocking monogram and satin ribbon, and corresponding lined envelope by Nico and Lala; nicoandlala.com
“Pratesi in Love” luxurious invitation and envelope with foil typography and ribbon border by Cheree Berry Paper; chereeberrypaper.com
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“Stacked Type” modern invitation with matching envelope (entire suite available) by Paper Culture; paperculture.com
“Magenta Wash” letterpress invitation with hand-painted detailing by Momental Designs; momentaldesigns.com
“Kaitlyn & Marc” luxe invitation with blue and pink foils, placed in a laser-cut pocket and folder individually bound by hand by Atelier Isabey; atelierisabey.com
“Sarah & Justin” custom letterpress invitation featuring Charleston calligraphy style and illustrated botanicals on luxe cotton stock by Lowcountry Paper Co.; lowcountrypaperco.com
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Waterford Lismore Pops toasting flutes $195 (set of 2); Bloomingdale’s
From top: Missoni “Zigzag” round platter ($250), dessert plate ($88), and bowl ($75); Bloomingdale’s
Jonathan Adler Bargello “Hazard” throw pillow, $175; Bloomingdale’s
REGISTRY TIPS FROM ALEX AND JORDAN Be well-informed. “Beware that returns and exchanges can be rather tricky, even just for registry completion. Understand retailers’ polices well and don’t take the flexible ones for granted.”
Alex Powers & Jordan Thompson
Agate coaster set, $125; Jonathan Adler
Have a range. “Make sure to have items available in every category, price range, and a fit for all different personalities.” Make it romantic. “Open gifts with a glass of Champagne. Have one person read the card while the other unwraps.”
Le Creuset cast-iron heart-shaped Dutch oven, $215; Williams-Sonoma
Avoid “box zoo.” “After you’ve written down what you received and from whom, put all gifts and boxes in one designated place in your house.”
Missoni “Giacomo” hand towels, $30/each; Bloomingdale’s
Kate Spade New York “Malmo” 5-piece place setting, $90; Bloomingdale’s
Alex Powers and Jordan Thompson were in the midst of planning their destination nuptials in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; the special event incorporated whimsical elements to highlight their personalities and the fun they had in their relationship leading up to the big day. When it came time for the couple to begin their registry journey, they figured they should include some of the same delightful details into their wish-list selections. “We had just moved into our beach bungalow, so there were a lot of shelves to fill and plenty of chipped plates and
incomplete glass sets to replace,” illustrates the bride of the products they sought for their list. “I really did the whole thing. Guilty!” laughs Alex, admitting she took charge of the entire process – first being sure to include Jordan’s short list of “musts” and later simply showing him their progress along the way. Although the bride had daydreamed of being part of a couple with scanners in hand, perusing store aisles, she reveals, “That’s so not us! I cannot stand spending excessive amounts of time in a physical store and found it easiest to shop online.” COUPLE PHOTO: SIMONE PHOTOGRAPHY
WISH LIST FAST FACTS Number of working registries (excluding Honeyfund): Four Estimated total value of combined registries: $12,574.22 Total number of items: 78 Estimated percentage of guests who gave registered gifts: 95%
“1948°” 5-piece set ($464), salad bowl ($148), and oval serving plate ($148); Jonathan Adler
Alex and Jordan also wanted to be sure they included items that fit a variety of budgets and personalities to make the process easy and enjoyable for guests. “However, we didn’t want to confuse people with 12 different retailers and websites,” Alex explains. As a solution, the couple decided to register with MyRegistry.com, a website and app that helps to combine and organize registries from multiple stores. “Honestly, it was a breeze,” the bride notes. To start, Alex knew she had to add designer Jonathan Adler to the list once a gold-splattered plate and “Mr. and Mrs.”
pillows caught her eye. “Jonathan Adler is my spirit animal,” she states with a smile. Other items included a purple-and-white striped “Glitter” canister, throw pillows in punchy shades, agate coasters, and a zebraprint flat-weave rug. For their “everything” site, Bloomingdale’s was the bride’s favorite. “I love the brands they carry and knew that exchanges would be easy,” she says. Here she selected stoneware and a skillet – both in a hibiscus hue, as well as brightly colored Waterford glassware, a shiny chrome Smeg kettle, copper pans, and beautiful Missoni “Zigzag” dinnerware.
“Pop Rocks” glasses, $14-18/each; Jonathan Adler Waterford Mixology double OldFashioned glasses, $175(set of 2); Bloomingdale’s
Favorite registered items: Waterford® Lismore Pops Champagne, martini, and rocks glasses, Bloomingdale’s; “1948°” gold-splattered dinnerware, Jonathan Adler; “Penguin” SodaStream, Williams-Sonoma Most expensive registered item: Zebra flat-weave rug of Peruvian llama, $1,195; Jonathan Adler Least expensive registered gift: Norpro 1363 5-inch olive stuffer, $7.84; Amazon.com
REGISTRIES AMAZON.COM amazon.com/wedding BLOOMINGDALE’S 800.777.0000, bloomingdales.com JONATHAN ADLER 800.963.0891, jonathanadler.com WILLIAMS-SONOMA 877.812.6235, williams-sonoma.com Bargello “Windmill” throw pillow, $175; Jonathan Adler
Missoni “Zigzag” salad bowl, $275; Bloomingdale’s
Waterford Mixology decanter, $375; Bloomingdale’s
Hexagon lacquer tray, $175; Jonathan Adler
“Raise a Glass” acrylic pitcher by Kate Spade New York, $52; Bloomingdale’s
Copper garlic press, $20; Williams-Sonoma
“We are thrilled with our registry choices... our home is so ‘us!’”
Vice Collection “Glitter” canister, $88; Jonathan Adler
“Bulb” vase, $118; Jonathan Adler
Copper measuring cups, $40 (set of 4); Williams-Sonoma
Copper 3 ½-qt. mixing bowl, $25; Williams-Sonoma
Smeg tea kettle, $130; Bloomingdale’s
Copper fry pan, $180; Williams-Sonoma
Copper saucepan, $180; Williams-Sonoma
Smeg 4-slice toaster, $200; Williams-Sonoma
iSi mini cream whipper, $70; Williams-Sonoma
She then opted for retailer Williams-Sonoma, a high-end kitchenware staple that Alex says “makes the worst cooks look like semi-pros – or at least fools them for a while.” However, the bride did feel that returns and exchanges were rather tricky and warns others to be well-informed of retailers’ policies. Next was online store Amazon.com for Jordan’s “stray picks” as Alex describes, which included a universal TV remote and an olive stuffer for martinis. “MyRegistry.com brought them all together in one easy-to-use page… I am very thankful for their organization,” affirms Alex. The couple was also excited to take their loved ones “along” on their Tahiti honeymoon adventure. They relied on Honeyfund.com to allow guests to purchase activities for them to complete while on the trip. “Honeyfund was both Jordan’s and my favorite. We personalized our site to make it fun and interactive with photos and used pun descriptions of each experience,” Alex explains. The newlyweds later sent photos of the activities with thank-you cards to respective giftgivers. “It was the best feeling to go scuba diving, sip Champagne, or eat local lobster knowing that one of your best friends made it happen!” the bride adds. At the end of it all, Alex and Jordan wound up with a mix of useful everyday items, fun and fancy gadgets, pops of color in sparkly crystal glassware, and Polynesian-vacation memories for a lifetime. “We are thrilled with our registry choices… our home is so ‘us!’” asserts the bride. Jordan, on the other hand, playfully confides that he’s still in shock at some of the things that were on their wish list: “My wife chose 16 crystal vases and 14 purple Champagne f lutes. However, I would do it again exactly the same.”
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DIARIES Discover travel and honeymoon tips from one recently married couple.
Two days after their elegant spring wedding in Chicago, Illinois (see more on page 172), Nicole (née Wrenée Nisson) and Michael Segretto set off on a 21day honeymoon in South America. Wanting to blend romance and adventure while also celebrating the bride’s heritage, the newlyweds enjoyed a dynamic and dreamy tour of Argentina.
Destinations: El Chaltén & El Calafate After a brief stop in Buenos Aires, which had a direct f light from Chicago, the newlyweds traveled to Patagonia – a fantasy destination for Michael. “It’s jaw dropping and one for the bucket list!” he exclaims. They began this leg of their journey with two nights at Aguas Arriba Lodge in El Chaltén, a village that has been named the “Trekking Capital of Argentina.” The property, which features only seven rooms, provided comfortable accommodations for the couple overlooking Mount Fitz Roy. “There’s something incredibly romantic about visiting a remote destination where you feel as though you two are the only people in the world,” says Nicole of the memory. The hotel helped the duo partake in two three-hour hikes while
“Visiting Patagonia was the most unique and exciting experience.” sharing mate – a traditional South American caffeine-infused drink – and came back to the lodge to enjoy decadent meals prepared by a private gourmet chef. “The owners, Pato and Ivor, truly create a home away from home,” affirms Nicole. Their next stop was EOLO Patagonia’s Spirit in El Calafate, where they stayed for two nights. “This luxury hotel recreates the hospitable and refined spirit of Patagonia. Its understated elegance was truly an oasis and one of our favorites,” muses Nicole. The highlight of their trip was taking a private luxury Leal Cruise across Lago Argentino to see glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park. The next day, they visited the must-see Perito Moreno Glacier. “Hearing its mass towers of ice exploding in midair was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” shares Nicole. HIGHLIGHTS Hiking local mountains. “The scenic views were incredible, from the ice landslides and waterfalls to spotting endangered local species, like the huemul deer.” Dining at EOLO. “The location could not be more perfect as dinners were spent looking out at uninterrupted views of Lago Argentino.” Cruising the lake. “We visited the gigantic Upsala Glacier and icebergs, as well as the Spegazzini Glacier, towering 440 feet above the water.”
PHOTOS COURTESY OF AGUAS ARRIBA LODGE; FLORIAN VON DER FECHT
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HIGHLIGHTS Relaxing in Bariloche. “We spent our time calming our minds through reading, yoga, and a healing massage.” Visiting Iguazú Falls. “It’s one of the new seven wonders of nature. Who wouldn’t want to visit the largest waterfall system on earth?” Sipping wine in the vineyards. “The high altitude and dryness of the Uco Valley region creates some of the best wines in the entire world.”
Destinations: Bariloche, Puerto Iguazú & Mendoza Traveling north to the Patagonian town of Bariloche, Nicole and Michael enjoyed two nights at Estancia Peuma Hue nestled within Nahuel Huapi National Park. The duo spent their time relaxing, reading, practicing yoga, and indulging in a healing massage on property. “The hotel itself was beautiful; however, if we ever have the chance to return, we would like to stay downtown to experience Bariloche’s people,” notes Nicole, who also revealed that her maternal grandmother and grandfather visited the city on their own honeymoon journey. Their next stop was Puerto Iguazú,
located at the tri-border of Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil, staying two nights at Loi Suites Iguazú Hotel, which is set up like a giant tree house with corridors connected by suspended wooden bridges. “This hotel really embodies the wilderness of Iguazú,” adds Michael. Wanting to visit Iguazú Falls, which are nearly twice as tall and three times as wide as Niagra Falls, the couple walked a trail into the jungle to various observation points – the greatest view being of Devil’s Throat, the tallest of the falls. “It’s amazing how small Mother Nature can make you feel,” says Michael. “Our tour guide, Cesar, was incredible in helping us connect with the rain forest.” Traveling west to the heart of wine country, Nicole and Michael spent two nights at Casa de Uco Vineyards & Wine Resort in Mendoza. “This hotel is like a dream,” says Nicole of the property, which is situated along the vines and surrounded by the Andes Mountains. The destination was of particular importance to the pair since they enjoy sipping malbec – a variety native to the region – together at home. “My favorite moment was drinking wine in the hot tub with my new wife while watching the sun slip behind the mountains,” smiles Michael. The duo also spent a day exploring two wineries: Cuvelier Los Andes and Bodega DiamAndes. “We enjoyed the wines so much that we brought two cases home!” notes Nicole. In fact, the couple shares that had they done anything differently, they would have spent more time in Mendoza.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF ESTANCIA PEUMA HUE; CASA DE UCO
Destination: Buenos Aires The final leg of the honeymooners’ journey came full circle to where they first landed: Buenos Aires, where Nicole’s maternal family is from. Before visiting Patagonia, they spent a day at La Bamba de Areco in San Antonio de Areco – one of the country’s oldest ranches and the birthplace of the gaucho tradition. “It was the perfect beginning to embracing the Argentinian culture!” confirms Nicole of their experience enjoying a traditional asado lunch followed by wine tasting and exploring the grounds on horseback. On their return trip to Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires, Nicole and Michael spent the day touring the city by bicycle visiting a number of famous parks and plazas. A private driver also took them to the past residence of Nicole’s mother and her family, as well as a Jewish cemetery where many of her family members are buried. “It was a dream to visit the birthplace of my mother,” she shares. They also visited Parque de la Memoria, a memorial to the victims of the state-sponsored violence in Argentina during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. “Sadly, Nicole’s mother’s cousin was one of those victims, and we felt incredibly honored to visit her plaque while on our honeymoon,” says Michael. The newlyweds were thrilled to have gorgeous weather while relaxing poolside and spent the rest of their time watching a traditional Argentine tango, shopping around town, and stopping at a café where they enjoyed sandwiches de miga – a snack Nicole grew up eating with her family. “It felt so special to explore my mother’s journey in Buenos Aires,” she expresses. “To experience that with my new husband was emotional and moving.” Nicole and Michael were overjoyed with their entire stay in the country. “We were welcomed with open arms and treated like family,” she adds. “It was so easy to fall in love with the people we encountered at every destination, which made it that much harder to say goodbye.”
TRAVEL TIPS FROM NICOLE & MICHAEL: “We used Big Five Tours & Expeditions and definitely recommend this company for your world adventures!” “Take a trip to [retailer] REI to ensure you have the right gear and layers of clothing for each destination.” “Together, dedicate a few months researching your honeymoon in the early stages of wedding planning! Share what you both want out of your destination and new experiences you’ve always wanted to try. Putting forth the effort as a couple will make you both appreciate your trip that much more!” “Visiting Argentina during our spring months ensured the perfect fall weather while we were there.”
HIGHLIGHTS Cycling through the city. “Some of our favorite destinations were Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo – a prominent horse-racing venue, La Recoleta Cemetery, and more!” Experiencing tradition. “We enjoyed a traditional tango performance and dinner at Rojo Tango. The show was full of passion and beauty.” Paying respect to family. “A private driver took us to one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in existence, where some of Nicole’s ancestors are buried.” PHOTOS COURTESY OF FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BUENOS AIRES; PETER VITALE; JUAN HITTERS
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BRIDAL ACCESSORIES Renee Pawele 949.337.2922
www.reneepawelebride.com Handmade in California, Renee Pawele designs exquisite headpieces, veils, and wedding-day accessories with the highestquality Austrian crystals, freshwater pearls, and vintage stones for couture bridal salons internationally. Custom services available.
BRIDAL SALONS Bella Bianca Bridal Couture
12 W. Maple Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 312.787.2377 17W527 Roosevelt Road, Oakbrook, IL 630.627.4027
www.bellabianca.com Bella Bianca Bridal Couture is the ultimate destination for brides-to-be. The Chicago salon features high-end designer collections and a chic private bridesmaid suite, while the Oakbrook salon showcases an expansive showroom and is home to an expert alteration team that ensures every gown is absolutely perfect.
The Boutique by B.Belle Events
602 Virginia Street East, Suite 101, Charleston, WV 304.400.4979
www.bbelleevents.com This chic boutique offers designer gowns, expert personal stylists, and an “As You Wish” service that invites brides worldwide to have an exclusive experience complete with a car service, private shopping, farm-to-table meal, hair and makeup, and more to make any vision a reality.
437 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 212.764.3040 80 Westbury Avenue, Carle Place, NY 516.742.7788 3 Broadway, Massapequa, NY 516.795.2222
www.bridalreflections.com For over 40 years, Bridal Reflections has assisted brides-to-be in finding their perfect gown with the help of professional bridal consultants and world-class seamstresses. The salon is filled with cutting-edge wedding dresses and evening wear from top designers.
Carine’s Bridal Atelier
1623 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 202.965.4696
www.carinesbridal.com Thousands of local and international brides have found their dream dresses at Carine’s Bridal Atelier. The elegant salon is home to stylish gowns from both legendary and emerging designers. The boutique is known for its professional team of stylists and in-house alteration services.
Dimitra’s Bridal Couture 1009 N. Rush Street, Chicago, IL 312.787.0920
www.dimitrasbridal.com The premier bridal salon combines expertise and exceptional service with grace and warmth. No matter a brides’ inspiration, they are sure to find their perfect gown amongst the curated selection of designers from across the globe.
110 West 20th Street, New York, NY 646.633.4300
www.kleinfeldbridal.com Brides have learned that the magic of Kleinfeld lies not in just their magnificent store, but in the hearts of their professional staff. The salon carries the largest selection of bridal gowns from top American and European designers.
Mark Ingram Atelier
110 E. 55th Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 212.319.6778
www.markingramatelier.com Since 2002, Mark Ingram Atelier has become the premier bridal salon for sophisticated brides from around the world. Mr. Ingram and his highly trained staff provide all women with the highest-quality experience from gown selection to the final fitting. By appointment only.
The White Dress
2853 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, CA 949.723.0121
www.thewhitedress.com The White Dress offers an expansive 3,000-square-foot location for Orange County brides looking for their dream designer wedding gown. Brides-to-be are paired with their own stylist in order to have a personal, attentive, and unique experience.
BRIDAL STYLISTS Dear Maradee Los Angeles, CA 310.770.4621
www.maradeewahl.com With more than 20 years of experience, bridal stylist Maradee Wahl provides every styling need from shopping for the perfect gown to attending to the bride on her wedding day.
CUSTOM DECOR & DETAILS The Original Runner Company 973.744.7070
www.originalrunners.com Creators of the first nonslip fabric aisle runners, The Original Runner Co. offers their own unique designs, as well as customization to match your colors, theme, or motif.
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Revelry Event Designers
The Hidden Garden
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www.hiddengardenflowers.com Having a true passion for floral design and creativity, The Hidden Garden utilizes nontraditional textures to create beautiful, abundant, and innovative designs that cater to the needs of each client.
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Pasadena, CA 626.872.6810
www.thatcanhappen.com DJ Herick and his team execute creative, cutting-edge productions. Happen offers event lighting and fabrication as well as DJ services to bring the best in luxury entertainment and music to your most important events.
FLORAL & EVENT DESIGN Amaryllis, Inc. Washington, DC 240.770.8600
www.amaryllisdesigns.com This premier floral and event production studio offers personal service, attention to detail, and custom designs that set them apart. They will completely transform your event with incredible floral creations and specialty furniture and décor.
Bella Flora of Dallas
118 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX 972.445.1200
www.bellafloraofdallas.com The innovative, full-service event décor and planning studio specializes in luxury weddings and social events. Their passion for flowers, colors, and unique design is what inspires them to create breathtaking environments.
Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle Los Angeles, CA 310.508.6126
www.eddiezaratsian.com Offering event-styling services from start to finish, the design house provides one-of-a-kind florals and rentals, such as linens, furnishings, and decorative props, including vintage glassware, to add the perfect finishing touch.
Flowers by Cina
Costa Mesa, CA & Garden Grove, CA 714.539.8939
www.flowersbycina.com Melissa McGowan and her team of designers have created innovative arrangements for all occasions. Consistently producing event décor using fresh, diverse, and beautiful flowers, the team will transform an ordinary space into something extraordinary.
Los Angeles, CA 310.575.6600
HMR Designs Chicago, IL 773.782.0800
www.hmrdesigns.com Known for unique designs and innovative thinking, HMR Designs works with couples from concept to creation to bring their vision to life. In addition to exquisite florals, the fullservice design firm features talents in master carpentry, custom art and graphics, and tailored fabric treatments. Artfully integrating exclusive luxe furniture, lighting elements, and décor pieces, the HMR team makes sure your event is everything but ordinary.
Jackson Durham Events Dallas, TX & Atlanta, GA 214.780.0257
www.jacksondurham.com The full-service floral and event-design company offers unparalleled customer service and attention to detail in order to ensure each event is breathtaking and unforgettable.
Joe Mineo Creative Canfield, OH 330.286.3024
www.joemineocreative.com Joe Mineo brings to his clientele over 30 years of award-winning experience. Every event includes expert floral design, customized details, and masterful timing executed through an unparalleled in-house team of exceptional event professionals. Each event is designed to tell the client’s story through evocative and personalized décor.
2716 N. Ashland Avenue, Suite 1, Chicago, IL 312.253.7318
www.keshdesignsinc.com Kesh Designs, INC is a premier design company known for creating timeless events. Their specialties include exquisite florals and luxury event décor for weddings and events in Chicago and worldwide. Akeshi Akinseye and her team take pride in a couture approach of crafting a semblance of beauty, romance, and grace for any occasion.
GIFT REGISTRIES Gearys
351 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 800.793.6670/310.273.4741
www.gearys.com Gearys offers a diverse range of high-quality products that make a perfect addition to any wedding registry. They pride themselves on superb customer service and offer great gift ideas, as well as same-day shipping.
GOWN PRESERVATION Effrey’s Custom Cleaners
8917 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 310.858.7400
Authorities in the field of gown preservation, the professionals at Effrey’s use expert techniques and special care cleaning your wedding dress.
INVITATIONS Ceci New York New York, NY 212.989.0695
www.cecinewyork.com Named “Invitation Trendsetter,” founder and creative director Ceci Johnson and her team push the envelope of what’s possible in invitation design to inspire clients around the world with original, custom works of art for their invitations, save the dates, and day-of branded wedding details. Design and shipping available worldwide.
Elizabeth Grace Chicago, IL 773.477.9830
www.elizabethgrace.com With a strong sense of style and a passion for pretty paper, Elizabeth Grace creates beautiful invitations for discerning brides. The premier paperie and custom stationery studio helps couples reflect their personal styles on paper.
Lehr and Black
8921 W. Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 310.278.8182
www.lehrandblack.com The go-to stationery company for Hollywood’s elite and beyond uses luxurious fabrics, fine details, and superior workmanship, revolutionizing custom invitations and décor.
Nico and Lala
Chicago, IL & Nashville, TN 312.867.7385
www.nicoandlala.com With studios in Chicago and Nashville, Nico and Lala specializes in custom designed wedding invitations, wedding monograms, and paper goods. With a passion for creativity and a “traditional with a twist” style, they work oneon-one with brides to brand each wedding from beginning to end.
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Oda Creative 832.878.4356
www.odacreative.com Give guests an incredible first impression with eye-catching and unique paper goods from Oda Creative – a full-service stationery and design studio with a passion for creating spectacular, tailor-made experiences for clients worldwide.
PHOTOGRAPHY Amy Anaiz Photography New York, NY email@example.com
www.amyanaiz.com Based in New York City, Amy Anaiz captures the emotion and personality of her clients while using beautiful, flattering light and paying close attention to detail to ensure each joyous and heartfelt image tells a story.
Bob & Dawn Davis Photography Chicago, IL 312.719.3577
Jay Lawrence Goldman Photography
Maya Myers Photography
www.jlgweddings.com Professional and personable, Jay possesses a unique ability to anticipate and capture the special moments of a wedding. Able to put people at ease, it’s no wonder he’s one of L.A.’s most sought-after wedding photographers.
www.mayamyers.com Specializing in wedding, lifestyle, and event photography, Maya Myers has the unique ability to capture the emotion and experience of her clients’ celebrations and translate them into dynamic images and a moving narrative that leaves a lasting and cherished impression.
6139 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 323.954.7436
John Cain Photography
4514 Travis Street, Suite 128, Dallas, TX 214.520.6771
www.johncainphotography.com John Cain Photography offers couples an experience that’s just as memorable as the images they create. A bride can expect intuitive service and attentive correspondence. With a kind presence, editorial style, and an appreciation for effortless portraiture, John’s relaxed demeanor is matched by an acute attention to detail.
Karlisch Photography Dallas, TX 214.224.9995
www.bobanddawndavis.com A husband-and-wife photography and design team, who believe in being authentic and downto-earth, helping them to execute memorable photos for their clients.
www.karlischstudio.com As one of the most established wedding photographers in the United States, Stephen Karlisch captures the energy, emotion, and elegance of some of the country’s greatest events to preserve and document them for future generations to enjoy.
Kesha Lambert Photography
www.carascophoto.com A sought-after husband-and-wife duo, known for luxury and celebrity weddings, who produce and preserve photographs in a distinctive documentary-meets-high-fashion format.
Christian Oth Studio New York, NY 212.634.7949
www.christianothstudio.com A full-service photography studio committed to telling love stories through editorial-style photos of the highest caliber. Their authentic, evocative approach to shooting a wedding has refined the discipline into an art form.
Christine Bentley Photography 949.521.4764
www.christinebentley.com Trusted by affluent and high-profile clients and celebrities, Christine Bentley surpasses her clients’ expectations and delivers timeless, stunning imagery.
The Day by Ira Lippke
Los Angeles, CA & New York, NY 212.620.3900
www.thedaycollective.com Ira and his carefully chosen studio photographers capture extraordinary weddings from all over the world. Their refined skills capture the exemplified beauty of each celebration in a fineart, documentary style.
547 North Avenue, Suite 195, New Rochelle, NY 914.400.0377
www.keshalambert.com Based in New York, Kesha’s boutique wedding and lifestyle portrait photography studio focuses on capturing images that reflect each couple’s originality. Taking time to connect with clients allows the team to capture their wedding days in an authentic way.
KingenSmith Chicago, IL 773.278.8401
www.kingensmith.com After photographing hundreds of sophisticated weddings, KingenSmith is a highly trusted and respected photography studio based in Chicago, known for consistently creating emotional, artful, and elegant images.
Laurie Bailey Photography Los Angeles, CA & Santa Barbara, CA 323.493.2292
www.lauriebailey.com Laurie has a deep love of storytelling and captures stunningly emotional moments in her images. Her work has been called “romantic, elegant, and timeless,” and has been featured in numerous publications, including Nikon World magazine.
Los Angeles, CA & New York, NY 310.963.2623
Paul Barnett Photographer
2150 W. Washington St., Suite 501, San Diego, CA 619.285.1207
www.barnettphoto.com Since opening his studio in 1989, Paul Barnett’s wedding photographs have been published regularly in bridal magazines. He consistently captures the poignant moments throughout the wedding ceremony and reception that create the perfect wedding album.
Roey Yohai Photography New York, NY 917.796.3822
www.roeyyohaiphotography.com Known for his fresh, elegant, documentary-style photos, Roey Yohai enjoys photographing the emotional moments of a wedding day. With over 10 years of experience in weddings, the awardwinning photojournalist delivers a visual diary of the day in all its magic, detail, and spirit.
Samuel Lippke Studios Los Angeles, CA 562.343.2676
www.samuellippke.com An artist and photographer with a passion for capturing magic on film in any environment, Samuel Lippke uses his highly trained eye to naturally create wedding images with a mix of fashion, fine art, and photojournalism.
Vue Photography 404.844.8568
www.vuephotographyonline.com Genya O’Neall’s love of photography sparked when she was a teenager and her passion for the art blossomed into an exciting career. She has covered hundreds of weddings and is always ready to capture the genuine emotional moments of each unique event.
RENTALS Luxe Linen
Southern California & Nationwide 310.548.5183
www.luxelinen.org Proudly providing door-to-door service in Southern California and nationwide shipping, Luxe Linen is a trusted leader in fine linen rental. Established in 2007, the company offers the highest quality linens, napkins, overlays, and accessories to bring style to every table. Since they manufacture their own linens using highquality fabrics, custom orders are available.
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Bob Gail Special Events
www.nuagedesigns.com For over a decade, Nüage Designs has provided event planners, celebrities, and luxury hotels with couture linen rentals. Offering unparalleled design aesthetics and expertise to provide the best selection in linens and accessories, Nüage Designs has been dressing the tables of some of the most prestigious events globally.
www.vibiana.com Originally the first archdiocese Catholic cathedral in Los Angeles, Vibiana has been transformed into a full-service event facility with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, a talented management staff, and an extensive dining program that will make your celebration one to remember.
www.bobgail.com Led by Allyson Levine Joseph and Katie Pincus, the coordination team at Bob Gail is known for producing custom environments filled with inventive design, seamless flow, and thoughtful details. Bob Gail Special Events is a full-service event planning, design, music, and production company with over 36 years of experience creating unique and personalized events.
Atlanta, GA, Miami, FL & New York, NY 305.573.7840
VENUES The Breakers
One South County Road, Palm Beach, FL 561.659.8415
www.weddingsbythebreakers.com A day like no other deserves a setting like no other. Be it an intimate seaside ceremony or a grand affair in a magnificent ballroom, The Breakers’ seasoned wedding specialists create events that are above and beyond in every way.
La Quinta Resort & Club
49499 Eisenhower Dr., La Quinta, CA 760.564.5773
214 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 213.626.1507
WEDDING PLANNERS & DESIGNERS Akeem Clayton Designs Norcross, GA 770.680.4648
www.akeemclayton.com With a background in interior design and the arts, Akeem Clayton produces incredible events around the world using his creatively chic approach. Relying on his keen eye for aesthetics, he brings couples’ visions to life with event design that tells a story.
Ann Whittington, Event Planner
By BrianGreen Atlanta, GA 404.585.5775
www.bybriangreen.com Specializing in crafting bespoke experiences, award-winning wedding and event planner Brian Green and his team create events with passion, innovation, flair, and professionalism. With a focused attention to detail, they help clients celebrate fabulously.
Callista & Company Seattle, WA 310.916.9739
www.callistaandco.com Offering worldwide coordination and design services for timeless events, Callista & Company provides the highest level of service, meticulous organization, and thoughtful direction to ensure every detail of your wedding is planned to perfection.
www.laquintaresort.com La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort is a premier desert destination. Since 1926, the luxurious property, located at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains, has provided couples with the perfect Palm Springs backdrop for their wedding days.
The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Birch Design Studio, Ltd.
829 Jefferson Street, Napa, CA 707.304.5921
www.lodgetorreypines.com Bordering the world-famous Torrey Pines Golf Course on the coastal bluffs of La Jolla, The Lodge at Torrey Pines offers an inspiring setting for an unforgettable wedding. Enjoy awardwinning service and the undivided attention of the staff and wedding planners as the only bride on property during your special day.
www.birchdesignstudio.com Birch Design Studio creates bespoke events on a local, national, and international scale, always delivering flawless results. Marina Birch and her talented team oversee every facet of each celebration to ensure the seamless design and execution of uniquely custom events that reflect their clients’ needs.
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Montage Kapalua Bay
11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 858.777.6720
One Bay Drive, Lahaina, HI 808.662.6600
www.montagehotels.com/kapaluabay Stunning Pacific views, a majestic sea setting, and pristine sand beaches lay the groundwork for your memorable Hawaiian wedding. Montage Kapalua Bay builds on natural beauty with lushly landscaped outdoor spaces, chic private dining spaces, and its private Cliff House venue perched over the ocean.
135 West Gate Drive, Huntington, NY 631.659.1400
www.oheka.com A historic mansion located on the Gold Coast of Long Island, Oheka Castle offers the ambience and sophistication inspired by the châteaux of France. Formal gardens, award-winning cuisine, and meticulous service make the estate an unforgettable setting for a luxurious wedding.
www.annevents.com Based in Texas, Ann provides event-planning services locally and nationally. Ann’s expertise along with her passion for celebrations is evident through her thoughtful expression of her clients’ personalities. Chicago, IL 312.280.6811
www.bluebellevents.com Owned by award-winning planner Charley Izabella King, Bluebell Events is an international event company that specializes in weddings and destination celebrations. Charley will personally lead you through the wedding-planning process to create your unique and special day.
Bobbi Rice Weddings New Orleans, LA 504.583.4033
www.bobbirice.com Known for her quintessential New Orleans weddings, Bobbi Rice is one of the most soughtafter wedding professionals. By providing attentive concierge-style planning, event design and production, and dramatic floral décor, she crafts lavish celebrations that welcome guests with Southern hospitality worldwide.
Cole Drake Events
www.coledrake.com Couples desiring to host their nuptials in wine country will fall in love with Cole Drake Events. With a collective twenty years of event experience, the fun-loving team offers impeccable design and planning services to deliver high-energy, luxury weddings and events in Napa and Sonoma. 214.505.9142
www.dfwevents.com Whether you’re dreaming of saying “I do” at an exotic destination or prefer a wedding on a private estate, their hand-selected team has the experience, creativity, and international design connections needed to convert your vision into an extraordinary celebration.
Diamond Affairs Weddings & Special Events, Inc. Dallas, TX 214.223.8000
www.diamondaffairs.com Specializing in elegant Southern weddings, Mary Wright Shah and the Diamond Affairs team custom design the elements that make dreams a reality. Each planning experience is rich in meaningful detail to achieve perfection on the wedding day.
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WEDDING PLANNERS & DESIGNERS continued Emily Clarke Events
500 Crescent Ct., Suite 100, Dallas, TX 214.754.5822
www.emilyclarkeevents.com Based in Dallas, Texas, Emily Clarke Events has produced one-of-a-kind artful weddings across the country and at destinations abroad. Guided by a keen eye for detail and creativity, each personalized celebration is tailored to the client’s vision. The talented team strives to create a fun and encouraging experience for couples throughout the planning process.
Engaging Affairs Washington, DC 703.313.7659
www.engagingaffairs.com For 20 years, Engaging Affairs has been orchestrating the Washington, DC area’s most gracious and glamorous weddings. Known for breathtaking ballroom events, gorgeous museum bashes, and spectacular South Asian celebrations, they create weddings that are as seamlessly planned as they are stunning.
EverAfter Events San Diego, CA 619.787.0978
Hope Weis Consulting Chicago, IL 847.940.1741
www.hopeweisconsulting.com With over 25 years in event management, Hope Weis believes that a seamless celebration is the result of a creative vision, combined with extensive planning and attention to detail. She personally guides couples through the entire process to create a wedding that illustrates their personal style that is truly their own.
Ilana Ashley Events Los Angeles, CA 818.963.8670
www.ilanaashleyevents.com With a background in accounting, Ilana Ashley leads her team by combining elegant artistry and sophisticated business acumen. The event production company works with a select group of clients to ensure that each receives abundant attention and feels a part of the IAE family.
International Event Company
9744 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 301, Beverly Hills, CA 310.271.1900
Levine Fox Events, Inc. 818.783.0273
www.levinefoxevents.com Alyson Fox, with over 18 years experience in event production, is committed to creating extraordinary events, personalized to her clients’ tastes. Given her warmth, professionalism, and dedication, she has gained wide respect throughout the industry for her creativity, attention to detail, and stunning productions!
Linda Howard Events 310.472.5848
www.lindahowardevents.com With 20 years of experience, Linda is nationally recognized as one of the best event designers in California. Combining her background in interior design with her organizational skills, Linda plans weddings to ensure her clients’ “dream weddings” exceed their expectations. Linda offers full-service planning & mentoring.
Mindy Weiss Party Consultants
232 S. Beverly Drive, Suite 200, Beverly Hills, CA 888.777.3414
www.internationaleventcompany.com Jonathan Reeves and his staff pride themselves on assembling an entire team of creative professionals to produce a memorable and unique experience on one of the most important days of your life. They will focus on every detail to design an event that flows effortlessly
www.mindyweiss.com Mindy is one of the most sought-after event planners and lifestyle experts. She and her team are best known for their creative and unique ideas, and exquisite attention to detail. These qualities, together with a respect for her clients’ privacy, make her the top event-planning choice for celebrities and high-profile clientele.
www.everafterevents.biz Acclaimed on TV, radio, and in numerous magazines and blogs, EverAfter Events has enjoyed over 13 years of wedding and eventplanning experience. The talented staff is passionate about listening to their clients and creating exquisite weddings that surpass their expectations. As experts on customized conceptualization, design, and coordination services, EverAfter Events focuses on the dreams and details of their clients, producing flawless, memorable weddings.
Jordan Payne Events
Nahid’s Global Events
www.jordanpayneevents.com Jordan Payne and her team believe that getting to know you and your vision is one of the best parts of the job. Offering destination-wedding planning anywhere in the world, Jordan uses her design experience to bring a couple’s vision to life – from the elegant to the avant-garde.
www.nahidglobal.com With offices in Northern and Southern California as well as affiliate locations worldwide, Nahid’s Global Events is a premiere wedding and event design firm that specializes in luxurious multicultural celebrations that provide couples and their loved ones with expertly tailored experiences across the globe.
Paulette Wolf Events
Washington, DC area 301.565.5949
2633 McKinney Avenue, #130, Suite 206, Dallas, TX 214.577.5880
New York, NY, Montreal, QC & Quebec City, QC 646.644.2156/514.907.1170/418.767.0160
www.evokedc.com Based in the Washington, DC area, EVOKE is a premier full-service event company specializing in event design, planning, and management for weddings and life events. They transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Experience and relationships are the foundation of a well-planned event, but passion is the driving force behind everything they do.
www.kamariage.com An international planning and design company with offices in New York, Montreal, and Quebec City, KA Mariage creates unforgettable experiences by orchestrating every detail of a wedding surrounded by luxury and love.
www.kellicorn.com Kelli Corn creates magical experiences and beautiful weddings for couples in pursuit of hosting the perfect party. Her full-service wedding design, event planning, and production company calls on the team’s intuition, experience, decisiveness, and grace to deliver extraordinary and elegant events, guaranteed to exceed clients’ expectations.
11301 W. Olympic Blvd., #496, Los Angeles, CA 310.479.9000
www.gellerevents.com Debbie Geller heads a boutique event-planning company that coordinates a limited number of weddings and special events throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Europe. Debbie limits the number of events she coordinates to ensure that each of her clients receives personalized attention.
Kelli Corn Weddings & Events Hilton Head Island, SC 843.368.2029
San Diego, CA & Destination Weddings 619.920.2976
Chicago, IL & Miami, FL 312.981.2600/305.414.5989
www.paulettewolfevents.com Based in both Chicago & Miami, Paulette Wolf and her team have planned beautiful upscale events for numerous celebrities, and provide the same attention to detail for every client.
Posh Parties Palm Beach, FL 561.302.0702
www.poshpartiesonline.com Based in South Florida, this luxury wedding planning company led by Heather Lowenthal creates stylish weddings from concept to completion. They pay special attention to all the little details to create events that are truly a representation of each couple’s dreams.
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SoCo Events Washington, DC 202.695.2025
www.socoevents.com SoCo Events is a full-service company focused on event production and design dedicated to creating beautiful weddings on the cutting edge of style. Founder Jennifer Stiebel executes each of her events with graceful passion and well-respected experience.
Très Chic Southern Weddings & Events Orlando, FL 407.496.6480 www.treschicsouthernweddings.com
This luxury wedding and event planning company curates beautiful celebrations across destinations worldwide. Each celebration is designed to be unique to the couple with unique details that will wow guests at every turn.
www.sqnevents.com Founded in 2009 and led by Beth Bernstein, SQN Events is considered one of the top event-planning companies in Chicago. Producing only a select number of events each year, SQN provides unparalleled service. Beth produces weddings of every scale and size, carefully curating each celebration to reflect her couples’ unique visions.
www.unveiledhawaii.com With a detail-oriented team, Unveiled Hawaii offers a unique hands-on approach to planning a destination wedding in the Hawaiian Islands and is committed to providing their couples with a seamless and worry-free journey sure to leave a lasting impression.
Chicago, IL & Destination Weddings 773.469.6095
Sterling Engagements Los Angeles, CA 323.845.9500
www.sterlingengagements.com Sterling Engagements is a premier Los Angelesbased, full-service event design and production firm. From the warm and intimate to the lavish and luxurious, they offer personal yet professional service. Consistently transforming visions into breathtaking realities, they push past limitations with cutting-edge design and unparalleled elegance.
Suzanne Reinhard Events
Lahaina, HI 877.814.0538
San Diego, CA 619.887.4915/619.435.1531
www.victoriawe.com After seven years of stellar success with Coronado Weddings, Victoria Schroeder launched sister company Victoria Weddings & Events to fill the demand for her services throughout Southern California and most recently New York City. Her events have earned rave reviews and continued referrals.
Viva Bella Events
3218 Madison Road, Studio C, Cincinnati, OH 513.871.0077
www.suzannereinhard.com Offering full planning services, Suzanne Reinhard and her team help couples treasure their wedding journey by creating stunningly beautiful, luxurious, and personalized events that the bride and groom, as well as their family and friends, will never forget.
Tessa Lyn Events
White Lilac Inc.
Santa Monica, CA 213.842.2788
www.tessa.com Tessa Lyn Events personalizes weddings to be as unique as the bride and groom. The Santa Monica-based company focuses on total organization so the couple can enjoy their entire engagement period.
Costa Mesa, CA 949.722.9322
www.whitelilacinc.com The comprehensive event-design firm is a think tank of multitalented individuals coming together to achieve inspired environments tailored to each discerning client, while ensuring flawless execution.
Thomas Bui Lifestyle 858.663.8516
www.thomasbuilifestyle.com Based in San Diego, California, Thomas Bui Lifestyle is a full-service wedding and eventdesign company that specializes in luxury weddings. Since 2000, Thomas Bui Lifestyle has crafted distinctive events that exude pure sophistication, beauty, and elegance for the most discerning couples.
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The Code Black actress and the Glee actor met seven years ago on the set of Never Back Down 2, where Jillian Murray and Dean Geyer admit to falling for each other within the first week of filming. “We contacted the casting director when we got engaged to thank her for introducing us,” the bride reveals with a smile. “She later sent us the video of the chemistryread audition… it’s pretty special to have video footage of our actual first meeting.” Even for celebrities, weddings can sometimes
exceed the spending limit very quickly. “It was surprising to see how fast it all snowballs and the budget more than triples!” admits Jillian, who worked with an event planner to create the fairy tale she envisioned for the day. The couple opted for an outdoor celebration in wine country – their favorite place to visit and relax. While scouting venues, Jillian walked onto the grounds of a recently opened private estate and instantly felt at ease, knowing it was the one. “It was a magical place,” she confirms.
Though the bride and groom had hired seasoned professionals, Jillian couldn’t help but be involved in the details. For example: “I called the National Weather Center – because I’m crazy – and made sure to find out the temperatures for our wedding date on an hourly basis for the last ten years,” she laughs. Despite Jillian working feverishly to prepare for weather changes on the special day, Mother Nature had its own plan. Hurricane Irma was headed to Florida, and the bride’s mother, sister, and a few other relatives were left wondering how they could ever make it in time for the festivities. “All flights were grounded,” Jillian explains. “I even tried hiring a private jet and helicopter to fly them to another state, all to no avail.” As any determined mother would do, Jillian’s mom put forth her full effort. She placed the family in the car, and drove for 18 hours, through four states, to make sure they didn’t miss one minute of the celebration. The beautiful tree-lined driveway offered a gorgeous space for the ceremony and a breathtaking arch of white florals complemented the lush green surroundings. “Everything tied together flawlessly,” illustrates Jillian. “It was exactly as I had dreamed.” 72
Lyric, Jillian’s Chinese crested dog, served as the adorable ring bearer, drawing grins from guests as he trotted down the aisle, preceding his best friend. A string quartet began to play “Tale As Old As Time” from Beauty and the Beast as the bride appeared in a stunning strapless custom gown with intricate beading and appliqués. She carried a romantic bouquet of alabaster roses, tulips, ranunculuses, freesia, and helleborus blooms. “I really wanted peonies, but they were impossible to get in September, so my florist was able to put my mind at ease and recreate the same look with different flowers,” admits Jillian. “I ended up loving [the arrangement] just as much!” A portrait of the bride’s late father was placed on a special chair in the front row. “He passed away over 10 years ago and having his photo next to me felt like he was sitting there with us,” Jillian confides. The service, infused with Christian traditions, was filled with tender moments and personalized vows. “It gave us a chance to really dig deep with our promises,” shares the groom. Family and friends watched in joy as the new Mr. & Mrs. exited to the uplifting song “Love on Top” by Beyoncé.
“Being able to look up at the stars while having dinner felt like I was in heaven.” For the reception, the bride was determined to create a space that felt elegant: “I used the phrase ‘nature meets glam,’” explains Jillian of the concept. “One difficult part of having a wedding in the middle of nowhere is that you have to bring in everything.” A huge, wooden tent-like structure was created and paired with stunning chandeliers suspended over each guest table for added glamour. Long garlands of greenery decorated tables, in addition to centerpieces of white hydrangeas, gardenias, and roses. Over 1,000 candles provided a romantic ambience while subtly releasing the couple’s signature scent. “Having a specific scent to connect a special memory is a great idea because you can revisit it every time you light the candle or smell that certain flower,” describes Jillian of the sense often overlooked. After a delectable dinner that included fresh local fare, the newlyweds offered slices of cake to attendees from three different confections. “We are sugar addicts,” confesses the bride. Butterscotch pudding, strawberry shortcake, brownie batter,
cookie dough, and s’mores were some of the delicious flavors. As favors, Jillian and Dean boxed their beloved chocolate chip cookies from a bakeshop in New York. “We wanted our guests to try some of our favorite snacks,” Jillian says. Though the location was naturally lovely but initially empty, the bride wouldn’t have had it any other way. “Being able to look up at the stars while having dinner felt like I was in heaven,” she remembers. “And during the speeches, it would get really quiet and we could hear the sounds of hundreds of crickets. It was such a blissful moment.” As the dance floor began to fill, Dean surprised his bride with a special serenade. “Being a musician, I feel especially vulnerable when performing, and hopefully she could see how much I meant every lyric,” he expresses. As the couple reflects on their big day, the groom confides: “Jill thought through everything in such depth… our wedding had so many great features. It was the best day of my life.” NICOLE PALACIOS
ALL IN THE DETAILS MO RGAN OSBO RN E & STEVEN SI LVER M AN September 17, 2016 Washington, DC
Morgan Osborne admits there is not a single thing she would do differently in the planning of her wedding to Steven. “Becoming Mrs. Silverman was extremely memorable for me,” she reveals. After six years of dating, the two knew they were destined for more love and laughter together and decided to enjoy their engagement, carefully planning their celebration over the next year. “I wanted the guest experience to be one-of-a-kind, so
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I added personal touches throughout,” asserts the bride of her vision. The couple hired the talented event planners at Engaging Affairs to help guide them and coordinate the details of the big day, beginning with securing an interactive museum with a spectacular view of the nation’s capital as the venue. “It was the perfect location for our out-of-town guests,” confirms Morgan of the unique site.
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As guests arrived for the ceremony, they were ushered to elevators – each with a cocktail bar inside – that would carry them to the space. A lovely sunset service was planned, centered on decorations in a muted color scheme of blush, white, and gold. “We wanted our wedding to look pretty, but didn’t want the décor to compete with the sweeping view,” explains the bride. A custom aisle runner – that matched the look of programs and menu cards – led to the altar. Guests rose from their translucent chairs to honor the bride as she made her grand entrance to the tune of “What a Wonderful World” on the arm of her father. Morgan was a vision in a champagneand-cream-colored gown. Her diamond necklace, designed by her mother, was made from her mom’s engagement ring. “I chose to carry white phalaenopsis orchids because they were clean and [understated],” says the bride of her timeless bouquet. Bridesmaids wore long blush evening gowns and held nosegays of black-and-white anemones, which offered a lovely contrast. “I loved the uniformity of a single type of flower and the modern look anemones have,” adds Morgan. Boutonnieres were formed from the same bloom and looked sharp against the men’s formal tuxedos.
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The reception mimicked the ceremony design, offering a perfect blend of sophistication and whimsy. Once each guest learned their table assignment, they were able to locate their seat by way of tuxedo-clad male models holding large numbered signs. “We wanted to incorporate fun elements throughout the entire wedding to surprise our guests and make it memorable for everyone,” says the bride. Lush gold linens covered dinner tables, which were bedecked
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with tall floral arrangements in crystal vases alongside collections of candles. Place settings were elegant and simple: crystal glassware, bullion-rimmed charger plates, and personalized menu cards. A green hedge wall boasted a timeline created from chalk illustrating the couple’s relationship, including each city they lived in, memorable trips, and other special events. Another grand verdure wall displayed large golden cutouts of the newylweds’ names, serving as the backdrop for the lively 10-piece band.
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“We wanted to incorporate fun elements throughout the entire wedding to surprise our guests and make it memorable for everyone.” Though a sit-down supper and generous slices of cake had initially fueled revelers, Morgan and Steven reenergized their guests with a coffee bar and donut wall covered in scrumptious choices in just about every flavor. The custom white dance floor was put to good use: “The music was rocking!” describes the groom of the late-night festivities. Morgan adds, “I danced all night, and we had so much fun!” The groom even surprised everyone when he got on stage and played guitar with the group. “Nothing was rehearsed or planned… the crowd loved it,” remembers Steven. The bride was delighted that her new husband loved her décor choices. “I had worked really hard planning the wedding day, so it was very rewarding seeing it all come to [fruition],” she confides. “There were many elements that came together so well, it would be difficult to pick only one favorite,” affirms Steven, who smiles and advises other grooms that brides know best – and in his case, no one other than the newly minted Mrs. Silverman. NICOLE PALACIOS
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July 29, 2017 Los Angeles, California
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MODERN NATURE CARO LIN E EVELO & SHAN E DAVIS
June 11, 2016 Cincinnati, Ohio
Actress Brittany Daniel was visiting a popular Santa Monica hangout spot at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows with girlfriends when she first saw Adam Touni, who was visiting from San Francisco and celebrating Fourth of July Weekend. “What Adam likes to tell of our ‘how we met story’ is that I approached and hit on him first,” shares Brittany, who told her future husband that he was very handsome. Adam remembers, “I was floored by her beauty and kindness.” A romance ensued, and it wasn’t long before Adam was ready to ask Brittany to marry him. “After spending Thanksgiving with Brittany’s family, I knew
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I wanted to make her family a part of mine,” beams Adam. He reached out to his beloved’s twin sister, Cynthia, to help him choose the perfect diamond. With just a week to craft the sparkler, Adam was able to pull off a surprise proposal with a custom engagement ring designed by a close friend of the family. On Christmas morning, after a four-mile hike, Adam parked his car so the duo could take in the picturesque views at the Marin Headlands, north of the Golden Gate Bridge. “He got down on one knee and pushed the ring on my finger before even asking the question!” laughs Brittany.
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Since their choice venue had an available date in just three months, the couple decided not to wait and enlisted the help of Charley Izabella King of Bluebell Events to coordinate the details. Along with their planner and the bride’s sister, Brittany and Adam set out to design a stylish fête at an urban-chic venue in Downtown Los Angeles. “We were pleasantly surprised by how well we worked together in producing a great wedding,” smiles Brittany, noting she was involved in the creative visuals while Adam took the reins on the menu and music.
â€œThe outpouring of love and support the day of the wedding was nothing I had experienced before. It was truly amazing!â€?
On the summer evening of the ceremony, 140 people joined the couple for the vow exchange in a warm space featuring brick walls and wood flooring. The bride was stunning in an off-the-shoulder, figure-hugging gown as she walked down the aisle carrying a bouquet of roses and dahlias tied together with blush velvet ribbon. “We asked our life coach, Jamie Greene, to be our officiant because he knows us personally and has guided us through our relationship,” affirms the bride. Other elements dear to the pair were also incorporated into the service, including Native American, Catholic, and Kabbalist traditions. “Our guests loved it and said it was one of the most spectacular wedding ceremonies they had experienced,” notes Brittany. Once the couple kissed and were then pronounced husband and wife – “I was a little excited, so I jumped the gun,” jokes Brittany – attendees transitioned to the reception, which featured long wooden farm tables surrounded by mismatched seating to feel inclusive and family-oriented. Geometric copper terrariums housing candles were suspended above tables, and low floral arrangements filled with soft blooms allowed guests to speak to one another with ease throughout the evening. “As Adam and I looked around the room, it was nothing I had experienced before. No Michelin-star restaurant could come close to the look and feel we had created because it was uniquely our own creation,” says Brittany. In fact, the bride cites one of her favorite moments of the day as spending time with loved ones savoring the fare: “The table was beautifully set, the room dimly lit, the food delicious, and we were surrounded by our closest family and friends. It was truly magical!”
Following the buffet-style dinner service, attendees celebrated with the newlyweds as a DJ spun lively tunes. “We wanted to make sure our guests had healthy, California cuisine to enjoy, so they would be light on their toes and ready for the dance floor,” confirms the groom. While dinner featured music selections from the decades of their lives – from the ‘70s to today – the dancing portion of the evening showcased hip-hop, R&B, and EDM to keep revelers energized. Slices from the couple’s charcoal-hued wedding cake adorned with a copper image inspired by Banksy’s Balloon Girl, a piece of art cherished by the couple, and a dessert table also kept friends and family on their feet. When looking back on their special day, both Brittany and Adam agree that every moment was incredible – they only wished the celebration would have lasted longer. “I loved looking around the room and seeing all of our closest family and friends gathered around enjoying the beautiful setting that we created together,” muses the bride. Her groom adds: “The outpouring of love and support the day of the wedding was nothing I had experienced before. It was truly amazing!” KELCY CHRISTY
LET IT SNOW CARO LYN WI ESEM ANN & ARO N HYD E December 17, 2016 Chicago, Illinois
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CARO LIN E EVELO & SHAN E DAVIS June 11, 2016 Cincinnati, Ohio
Intrigued by the handsome, English gentleman a friend set her up with, Carolyn Wiesemann knew right away that their backgrounds were worlds apart, but it was the differences that had her so smitten. “I knew Aron would challenge me and get me out of my comfort zone,” Carolyn admits. “Life has felt like an adventure ever since.” The bride had never considered a winter wedding, but Aron’s grueling work schedule as a professional soccer coach left few alternatives. “So December it was!” laughs Carolyn. The couple embraced the season with the notion that they wanted their
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nuptials to feel festive, but not holiday themed, with subtle nods to the time of year. “I wanted to create a feeling of warmth and romance,” describes the bride of her vision. Over 200 loved ones joined the couple for their celebration, beginning with a traditional Catholic mass. As guests were ushered into the sanctuary, musicians played popular Christmas hymns, which added to the cheerful ambience. Dotting the altar and aisleway were floral arrangements in deep marsala, champagne, and blush hues accented with lush greens and fragrant sprigs of juniper and rosemary.
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The procession began with the bridal party, who wore classic, long dresses in navy tulle complemented with velvet belts. Aron’s nephew stole the spotlight as he made his way down the aisle dressed dapperly in a black top hat and tails, per English wedding tradition. Finally, Carolyn appeared. She was angelic in a sparkling ivory gown with three-quarter-length sleeves befitting for the season. She carried a striking bouquet of peonies, dahlias, roses, amaryllis, ranunculuses, anemones, and sprigs of herbs and berries. “It was a lovely collection of blooms that was intentionally loosely hand tied,” illustrates Carolyn.
Aron had been squarely set against having a “first look” and admits he is glad to have waited to see his bride. “There was such a natural, excited buildup of anticipation,” he asserts. “Be supportive of your fiancée’s vision, but speak up on aspects important to you.” Once the service concluded and the newlyweds headed up the aisle, guests began to ring tiny bells they had been given. Before escaping the sweet sounds, Carolyn swiftly put on her grandmother’s vintage stole to stay warm. “We had an 18-degree wedding day!” exclaims the bride with a smile, reminding others newly engaged that you can’t control every part of the day.
“It was the romantic look I had hoped for.”
For the reception, the couple felt the luxe site didn’t require much decoration. Loved ones found their seats by way of glass tree ornaments with their names and table numbers written in bullion calligraphy. Guest tables were bedecked with beautiful floral centerpieces, alternating in height and surrounded by candlelight. “The arrangements were slightly asymmetrical with blooms cascading over the sides,” describes Carolyn. “It was the romantic look I had hoped for.” Attendees gleefully took part in the photo booth that Carolyn had arranged as a surprise for her beloved. “I realized halfway through our engagement that Aron and I never really considered having our wedding in England,” she explains. “I wanted to honor his home country.” With that in mind, the bride asked her planner, Beth Bernstein of SQN Events, to help her customize a full-size backdrop of classic red telephone booths. Handheld signs with popular phrases, such as “Lovely Jubbly,” were used as props. The groom confirms, “It was a massive hit with all the funny English sayings you could pose with!” Additionally, the couple offered guests Christmas crackers as favors, which are paper tubes filled with fun surprises. “It is an English Christmas tradition, and it was exciting to offer this to our American friends,” says Aron of the special treats. Though the couple agrees that their fête was filled with many wonderful moments, the bride reveals her absolute favorite memory of the day: “We escaped for some reflection midway through our reception and just as we exited, it began to snow. It was magical.” NICOLE PALACIOS
SMALL TOWN LOVE KRISTIN CU LP & J ERED GRON ER
November 19, 2016 Midland, Texas
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Though Kristin Culp and Jered Groner grew up together in the small town of Midland, Texas, it took two decades and a trip out of state for their friendship to blossom into love. A few years after they graduated from college, romance sparked between the pair while attending the Steamboat Music Festival in Colorado. “The second night of the festival forever changed
my life,” shares Jered. He was attending with his friends, while she was visiting with hers, and they immediately hit it off. The next week was spent skiing together, two-stepping to country music, and getting to know each other on a more personal level. Jered confesses, “Although a ways away, I was happy to go all the way to Steamboat, Colorado to find a Midland girl!”
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Seven months into their relationship, the groom was diagnosed with brain cancer for the second time. Though his treatment plan required him to move across the country to Maryland for six weeks while he received radiation therapy, his beloved visited on multiple occasions. “My mom said she always knew when Kristin was coming to see me because I would get such a lift before she was set to get in,” muses the groom. On her second trip, Jered knew she was the woman with whom he wanted to spend the rest of his life. “Throughout all of my trials with brain cancer, Kristin has been there with me every step of the way,” he remembers. “I can honestly say that because of cancer, we have grown closer to each other than I would have ever dreamed.” Upon his return, he asked her parents for their blessing, picked out a
ring the very next day, and proposed right before Christmas. With 11 months to plan, the couple decided early on how they desired their sophisticated hometown fête to be celebrated. “We wanted our wedding ceremony to be God-centered, and our reception to be full of life and dancing,” describes the bride. Enlisting the help of Jordan Payne Events allowed them to host the event of their dreams with 650 people in attendance. Upon a visit to their local country club, “Jordan had a vision that excited all of us,” shares Kristin of the idea to build their own tented venue in the parking lot. “It allowed us to accommodate all our family and friends, have freedom of design, and create something never before seen in Midland,” the bride exclaims.
After saying “I do” in front of a custom-made, five-foot cross adorned with foliage and fresh flowers at their church, the couple and their guests were transported to the gorgeous tented reception space. The overall design scheme showcased a watercolor sketch of beautiful roses, greenery, and ivy inspired by the blue-and-white Wedgwood antiques from the collection of the groom’s grandmother – the only items left after a devastating fire destroyed the family home. Thus, a palette of various shades of azure and vanilla was established and incorporated into the couple’s wedding crest and watercolor motif. “It was one of my favorite personal and multi-generational details,” admits the bride of the wedding element that was introduced in the invitation suite and later used on all of the paper goods, dance floor, wedding cake, and hand-painted macaron favors. 102
“It allowed us to accommodate all our family and friends, have freedom of design, and create something never before seen in Midland.” Two French doors adorned with greenery and ivory blossoms led guests inside the dramatic tent, which was decorated with glistening crystal chandeliers suspended overhead – along with a one-of-a-kind display of vanilla florals and verdure. Lush draping enveloped the opulent setting, which showcased round tables decorated with one of three centerpiece designs: a low, antique-gold vase filled with flowers in neutral hues; a tall, slender gilt vase with the same floral varieties; and a towering tree featuring cascading amaranth and bullion-painted trunks. Attendees found their seats atop translucent acrylic chairs, and each place setting featured cobalt glassware, gilt flatware, and a circular menu card featuring the delectable fare selections in golden lettering. “The attention to detail throughout the reception truly blew me away,” affirms Jered. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed the couple’s signature drink, the “Colorado Bulldog” – the same cocktail they had on their 104
first date in Steamboat. Later, slices were served from a towering seven-layer confection featuring the couple’s hand-painted motif in an ombré effect and cascading gold sugar roses, along with pizza wedges as a late-night snack. Midway through the celebration, the bride surprised everyone by changing into a custom-made, A-line short dress with an oversized bow in the back. She and her groom also emerged in LED light-up shoes, allowing them to dance the night away with loved ones who had been given flats as well as glowing glasses, necklaces, rings, and more. “We had people of all ages, from our friends to our grandparents and everyone in between, out on the dance floor for a full four hours,” illustrates the groom. The couple was absolutely thrilled with how the day turned out. “It was such a spectacular night that Jered and I were so proud to be a part of,” says Kristin. Notes the groom: “The entire day was by far KELCY CHRISTY the best one of my life up to this point.”
TOGETHER AS ONE ALEX AN D R A WISE & ISSA A Z AT April 15, 2017 Rancho Santa Fe, California
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“This wedding was a blending of two cultures that are at war. I am half-Israeli and Issa is halfPalestinian. The coming together of our families and cultures was such a beautiful thing.” After meeting at a friend of a friend’s birthday party, Alexandra Wise and Issa Azat were instantly smitten with each other, but they went their separate ways following the festivities. “Over the course of the next 10 years, we always seemed to find our way back to one another,” smiles Issa. “We had our own lives but never lost our connection.” Once they were together at last, Issa didn’t wait long before asking his beloved to marry him. “I knew I loved her and I didn’t want a life without her… What else was there to know?” he shares. After asking for her father’s blessing, Issa took Alexandra to her favorite Palm Springs hot spot and asked a nearby couple to take their photo by the fire pit. As she was fixing her hair, he was getting down on one knee, preparing to propose. “It was a complete surprise!” exclaims Alexandra. As a luxury floral and event designer, planning the celebration with the rest of her talented wedding team was a breeze for the bride. Striving to create a unique look that still felt timeless was of the utmost importance. Since she grew up competitive horseback riding at English riding stables, the bride-to-be chose to combine that component of her past with Issa’s masculine aesthetic as her design muse. “It was very much a perfect blending of ‘us’ and our style,” she notes. Prior to the ceremony, the pair had a “first look,” which the groom cites as one of his favorite parts of the day. “I don’t think I will ever forget that moment, nor would I want to,” he muses of the time he turned around to see his beautiful bride in her strapless lace gown featuring an A-line tulle skirt. The couple also took part in an uncommon ritual that they would recommend to other couples. “Issa and I decided to do our personalized vows privately prior to our ceremony instead of reciting them in front of guests. I love that we did this; it was so personal and special to have that moment to ourselves,” says the bride.
The couple’s 130 guests gathered for the nondenominational ceremony that allowed the duo to have freedom with their décor. “I wanted our ceremony space to be very ethereal,” affirms Alexandra of the textured, layered look. Since her groom made her promise to not have too many chandeliers, they settled on a custom ceiling installation featuring a crystal chandelier surrounded by a halo of florals. The structure featured cascading strands of vanilla orchids and Swarovski crystals. Following the heartfelt service officiated by the bride’s maid of honor, guests enjoyed an alfresco cocktail hour before making their way back into the original space, which had been transformed for the reception. Luxe taupe drapery enveloped the room, and the pièce de résistance of the celebration was now suspended over the dance floor. In keeping with the “masculine meets English countryside” motif, rich brown leathers and dark-stained wood, bronze, and textured finishes were paired with a palette of white, cream, and fresh green florals. “Being a florist, the flowers were obviously one of the most important elements of our day,” says Alexandra. She chose fragrant lilac blossoms, gardenias, and garden roses to be the focal blooms accented by ranunculus, clematis, and tulips. Blossoms spilled out of petite bronze vases, clustered along a mirror-and-stainedwood runner showcasing hand-placed bronze studs, and set atop towering glass vessels. “I’ve been to a fair number of weddings, and I’ve never seen anything like ours before in my life,” reveals the groom of the décor.
Since guests sat at long king’s tables amidst glowing candlelight, the reception was a time to celebrate the couple, mingle, and join together as a family. “This wedding was a blending of two cultures that are at war. I am halfIsraeli and Issa is half-Palestinian,” explains the bride. “The coming together of our families and cultures was such a beautiful thing.” Following the sitdown dinner service, loved ones enjoyed slices of two cakes – one featuring a spackled look and another partially naked cake accented with jasmine and clematis foliage. Dancing ensued into the night to tunes performed by a live band. “The music is the heartbeat of any celebration. If you’re going to spend money, spend it on the band,” suggests the groom. The couple also notes the importance of setting aside time to celebrate together as a pair. “Take a moment after the ceremony to be alone with one another to take in the magnitude of the day,” expresses the bride. Her groom adds, “Plan to take 15 minutes to be alone with your bride. Have a room set up with food, drinks, and just space away from the chaos that is going on KELCY CHRISTY outside. I promise it’s worth it.”
MODERN NATURE CARO LIN E EVELO & SHAN E DAVIS
June 11, 2016 Cincinnati, Ohio
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JOURNEY TO LOVE L AU REN CO H EN & SA M STU R M
December 17, 2016 Brooklyn, New York
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“Ours is a classic boy-meets-girl story,” jokes Sam Sturm of the first time he laid eyes on Lauren Cohen. In actuality, it took quite some time before they finally became a couple. They briefly met when Lauren went to Amherst College over spring break to visit her best friend, who just so happened to be pals with Sam – nothing happened. Years later, Sam’s father took advantage of celebrating Thanksgiving in the same city as old friends, and planned a family get-together, with none other than Lauren’s father, who had been his college roommate, bandmate, and teammate.
“After graduating college, we both found ourselves in New York; I taught for Teach for America, Lauren recruited for them,” Sam explains. As such, they frequently ran into each other at work events – still, nothing happened. Finally, Lauren and Sam were at a mutual friend’s dinner party and went separate ways for the evening… only to end up at the same bar for separate birthday parties. It was then that they at last decided to go out together. “Our first date came seven years after we first met, and even though I showed up late, she still went on a second,” smiles Sam.
After years of being both apart and together, long distance and a brief foray into sharing a studio apartment, Sam followed Lauren across the country to San Francisco. He soon was traveling for work in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda, when he was struck by the fact that he missed Lauren more than he ever had before. “And so, like most guys, I made the biggest decision of my life from a Best Western in Nairobi,” he laughs. Sam knew it was time to propose. Trying to keep everything a secret wasn’t an easy task. On a trip back to New York for Thanksgiving, Sam made plans for the couple to get together with their friends that Tuesday, before having a 9PM dinner with her parents. After he was late to pick up Lauren, she was feeling frustrated and let him know. “‘I just want to be looped in on these things,’ I told him. ‘It’s not that I need to know every detail of every plan. In fact,’ I said, ‘I love surprises.’” That was his cue, and he asked for her to marry him. “I put the ring on, and we both started laughing uncontrollably, no doubt confusing many of the people making their way down 9th Street,” shares the bride. Electing to hold the nuptials in their former home of New York, instead of their current residence of San Francisco, the couple relied heavily on their families when it came to organizing the big day. “Given that we were planning from 3,000 miles away, both my mother and sister did an incredible amount of work. They ensured that we stayed on track and that things were the way we envisioned them, visiting vendors after hours, on lunch breaks, and on weekends,” affirms Lauren.
â€œFrom the moment our guests walked in, we wanted the night to feel equal parts personal and jubilant.â€?
In some ways, the Jewish ceremony was traditional: the kiddush cup and tallit used had been in the bride’s family for generations. However, Lauren and Sam were sure to inject their personalities into the proceedings. They wrote their own vows and included a reading of the poem “Litany” by Billy Collins. Most notably, despite the religious affiliation of the vow exchange, a gospel choir provided the music, with songs carefully chosen by the couple. “We wanted the ceremony to feel inclusive, warm, and celebratory, and what better way to get all of those things than with a gospel choir?” notes the bride. For their winter wedding, Lauren and Sam aspired to embrace the festive spirit of the holidays without making the room feel cold. Birch branches, white orchids, silver foliage, and small LED lights were utilized to create this effect. Flocked branches, textured linens, and a creative lighting design all worked together to give the space the appearance of a snowy wonderland, while candles of varying heights helped to provide warmth. What mattered most to the lovebirds was making sure that their 285 guests felt welcomed and loved. They both worked hard to make sure everyone would have a great time, with Sam focusing on the music played at the reception. “From the moment our guests walked in, we wanted the night to feel equal parts personal and jubilant,” he confirms. “We knew that having the right soundtrack mattered.” Even if somehow the magical evening hadn’t been enjoyed by all, the newlyweds had the necessary perspective about what is truly important. “At the end of the day we got to marry each other and that was the best part,” Lauren reflects. Her husband adds, “When we look back on photos 30 years from now, we’ll talk not just about how much skinnier and younger we looked back then, but about the smiles on our faces at that moment and EMILY LASNIER the exultant, unbridled joy behind them.”
ALL-STAR LOVE A MY CR AWFO RD & GERRIT CO LE
November 12, 2016 Santa Barbara, California
For baseball fans, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game is a fun diversion and a chance to watch the best of the best compete. For Amy Crawford, the 2015 game was particularly special; her boyfriend – Gerrit Cole, pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates – and her brother – Brandon Crawford, shortstop for the San Francisco Giants – were both selected for the National League team and would get to play together for the first time. After the game,
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Amy and Gerrit drove to a luxury resort in order to enjoy the last two days of the break together. The next evening, they went on a leisurely walk around the property following dinner. Gerrit led Amy into a cabana filled with flowers and Champagne, and asked her to marry him. “It was our week to celebrate his huge accomplishment, yet he still managed to make it about me,” muses the bride. “That pretty much sums up Gerrit.”
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The college sweethearts met when they were athletes for UCLA baseball and softball, respectively. “I remember thinking she was the prettiest girl I had ever met and I wanted to get to know her,” the groom recalls. They became friends while sharing the weight room at 6AM, but it was a pair of kind gestures that led to their relationship. “I was moving into my new apartment and Gerrit drove an hour and a half after a wedding just to help me move. My mom was there with me and he showed up with a bouquet of flowers for her birthday,” reveals Amy. “That’s the day I decided to take him up on that first-date offer from the year prior.” Just days before Amy graduated, Gerrit was the number one overall pick in the MLB draft. Suddenly they were in a long-distance relationship, as Gerrit was playing baseball on the East Coast while Amy started her career in Los Angeles. Periodic visits led to an epiphany: “Life was a lot better when she was around, and I knew she was the one I wanted to spend my life with,” affirms the groom. With her family from the San Francisco Bay Area and his based in Orange County, the couple decided on a Santa Barbara resort as the perfect midpoint to host their nuptials. “We love the charming and understated beauty of Santa Barbara, and we always imagined our wedding being on the California coast,” notes Amy.
Flowers by Cina created a look full of greenery to match the garden theme envisioned by the bride. Urns overflowing with verdure and blossoms in shades of white, ivory, champagne, and blush marked the aisle leading towards the wooden archway adorned with unstructured vines and flowers. Following the processional of bridesmaids in navy dresses, the bride emerged, resplendent in a stunning, fitted gown featuring lace appliqués on the illusion back. The uncle of the groom presided over the ceremony. “We wanted our wedding to be personal and intimate,” Amy shares of the deatil. The reception space exuded romance, with white lace and sparkling rose-gold linens paired with gilt accents and a floral design that complemented that of the alfresco vow exchange. A combination of high and low arrangements with interspersed candles created a dreamy look. Underneath a draped canopy and an oval floral chandelier was the head table, which sat 24 people. The six-tier cake was a classic design that alluded to the details of the bride’s gown. A monogrammed wreath was placed in the center of the confection, which matched the design on the custom dance floor.
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“There’s a moment you reach on your wedding day when you are so ready to finally see your guests and shower them with love,” the bride describes. “I couldn’t wait to make my rounds at every table and thank everyone for coming.” However, after greeting the first table, the lace strap of her bridal gown ripped off! Luckily, her planner was able to quickly sew the dress back together and the strap withstood hours of dancing to the sounds of an energetic live band, which kept the party going until the very last song. “Most of our guests were on the dance floor a majority of the night and [the band] interacted with everyone all evening,” praises Gerrit. Amy advises couples to take a moment to look around and observe the fun had by everyone at the wedding. “I remember watching friends and family members from all different paths of our lives enjoying one another, laughing, singing, and tearing up the dance floor,” she illustrates. “I’ll never forget how special that was to take in.” EMILY LASNIER
HOMETOWN SWEETHEARTS BAH RI JA PJ ETROVI C & CHASE COO LEY May 13, 2017 Dallas, Texas
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Bahrija Bela Pjetrovic and Chase Cooley went to high school together, but they didnâ€™t hit it off until they met once again while Bela was working at a steakhouse as a grad student. After having dinner with his father at the restaurant, Chase asked Bela for her number and later called her to set up their first date to watch their home team in the NBA Finals. Two months into their relationship, 132
the groom knew he wanted to propose, but he waited until the time was right to ask her father for his blessing. When Bela surprised her beau by getting off work early one night so they could go to dinner, Chase decided to shock his beloved with a gorgeous ovalcut engagement ring at their favorite local Italian restaurant that would end up catering their rehearsal dinner one year later.
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After taking one month to enjoy the bliss of their engagement, the pair began planning a glamorous fête for 266 guests in their hometown at a luxury venue just miles from where they both grew up. “We love the ambience and décor, along with the amazing customer service, so it was the perfect fit for us,” Bela shares of the golf club, where the groom’s family has been members for years. The duo also hired a fantastic team of wedding professionals, including DFW Events, to turn their vision into reality. “I had a superstar wedding planner who has been in the industry for 20 years. She called in so many favors, which is something I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish by planning on my own,” says Bela. “Relationships in the industry are key to making things happen!” The day of the ceremony, guests gathered on the lawn of the property for the romantic alfresco proceedings as a string quartet performed songs from the La La Land soundtrack. “It is one of my favorite movies, and we loved the idea of incorporating new music into the ceremony so it wasn’t mundane,” notes the bride. She emerged in a gorgeous Monique Lhuillier strapless lace gown holding a bouquet of soft white, champagne, and blush-toned roses and hydrangeas as she joined her tuxedo-clad groom, handsome groomsmen, and bridesmaids in pale pink satin gowns beneath a striking floral arch. A brief ceremony was officiated by an elder at Chase’s church, who is also a judge.
Following the vow exchange, loved ones moved indoors for a special cocktail hour featuring “his” and “hers” areas. As an ode to the bride’s drink of choice, one side of the room showcased a rosé bar bedecked with blush blooms and a pink neon sign that read, “Stop and Smell the Rosé,” while the groom’s side of the space boasted a scotch bar adorned with an arch of succulents and a neon green “On the Rocks” sign. As they sipped their libations of choice, attendees found their seating assignments for the reception written on marble stationer cards, which were displayed on boxwood walls decorated with Venetian mirrors and another neon sign featuring the duo’s monogram.
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As loved ones entered the ballroom, they were welcomed with an ambient setting enveloped with blush drapery. “Seeing the reception area for the first time was spectacular,” remembers the groom. “I was speechless.” The room featured a mix of round tables covered with blush linens and mirrored rectangular varieties, all surrounded by gold- or clear-backed chairs. Round tables featured tall arrangements of lush blossoms, rectangular tables showcased more modern centerpieces, and the head table was an absolute work of art. “Bella Flora of Dallas and I custombuilt a stand to mimic floating flowers over the entire head table. It truly was the focal point of the whole wedding,” affirms Bela. In addition to the “floating” floral runner, orbs containing crystals and roses were suspended over place settings to create a magical feel throughout the celebration. Following a sit-down dinner service, guests mingled at comfortable lounge areas showcasing velvet tufted furniture and sequined pillows, which had a perfect view of the gold mirrored dance floor with an impeccable installation of cascading crystals overhead. Chase cites one of his favorite moments of the day as the first dance with his wife to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli. “I’m not much of a dancer, but I really loved the classics the orchestra played,” he adds. The couple hired two bands: one American group and Montenegrin performers that played traditional tunes to honor the bride’s heritage. “I wanted an atmosphere where people could experience the lovely Montenegrin culture, but not overtake the beauty of the wedding,” muses the bride. Overall, the couple was thrilled with how their nuptials turned out. “Besides getting married, I truly loved seeing all of our hard work pay off,” Bela smiles. “All of the custom details made a world KELCY CHRISTY of difference.”
HAWAIIAN DREAMS SYDN EY KNAUT & ROY GALLOWAY
January 18, 2017 Maui, Hawaii
Sydney Knaut had always been enamored with the Hawaiian Islands, as it was the destination of choice for annual family vacations since she was a young girl. Decades later, while Sydney walked along the sand of Maui’s Kaihalulu Beach with her longtime boyfriend Roy, he surprised her by dropping to one knee and asking for her hand in marriage. The couple’s daughter Leilani, along with Sydney’s parents, joyfully looked on, witnessing the loving moment. Without hesitation, the couple knew that Maui would be the location for their wedding due to its sentimental
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value. They were certain they wanted the celebration near the water, but were aware of decoration restrictions on public beaches. Sydney and Roy then considered a seaside hotel, but wanted to maintain a sense of privacy for their event and though lovely, they didn’t like that the public still had access to walk through the area in the midst of it all. Finally, with the help of their planner, Lorrie Betsill Nielson of Unveiled Hawaii, the couple found their ideal venue. “It was a private estate, which gave us the ability to get married near the water and provided the seclusion we desired,” describes Sydney.
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The bride soon realized two things: local vendor choices were slim – “It makes sense now, since Maui is a small island” – and that wedding planning was not Roy’s favorite thing. “He was somewhat helpful,” she jokes, adding that the groom was always willing to share his opinion when asked and generously helped with any tasks he was given. “My only job was to back up Sydney 100 percent in achieving her vision of the wedding day,” Roy lovingly explains. Though she had a wonderful planner, Sydney remained very hands-on during the
process and did much of the decision making alongside her mother. On a gorgeous afternoon in mid-January, 50 of Sydney and Roy’s loved ones arrived for the ceremony, where the area was intentionally minimally decorated so that guests could enjoy the natural beauty of the environment. The focal point of the space was the artfully designed floral arch in shades of amethyst, burgundy, and fuchsia. “I wanted it to be lush and eclectic,” illustrates the bride, who reveals she deliberately avoided a typical tropical theme.
“The weather was amazing and everything was exactly how I imagined.”
Sydney wore a gown with a deep V-neck and intricate embellishments at the bodice. She carried a bouquet of blooms in shades of deep red, purple, and blue whilst a floral crown in the same jewel-toned colors sat atop her head. The groom, dressed in a smart grey suit, elected to wear a traditional Hawaiian lei. Sydney’s godfather served as the officiant and members of the wedding party each read a quote from books by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which offered a personal touch. “The day was absolutely perfect,” Sydney confirms. “The weather was amazing and everything was exactly how I imagined.” Since the reception was at the same location, the transition was seamless as guests found their seats at hardwood farm tables for supper. Amethyst geodes designated table numbers, which were all handcrafted by the bride and her parents. “My mom and I also spent a lot of time visiting antique stores on the mainland to find tableware and glassware,” says Sydney. The time was well spent, as each place setting was bedecked in understated elegance. Floral arrangements in brass vases accented silk table runners, along with a variety of candles, making the space feel intimate and inviting. The rest of the evening was delightful, as revelers enjoyed a choice of three different cake flavors, danced to the tunes of chart toppers from past to present day, and took in the sights of the incredible starry night. Roy especially enjoyed the destination setting because it provided time with loved ones over a weeklong period: “We had people from all over the country attend and it really meant a lot to have them all NICOLE PALACIOS there to celebrate our love.”
A FAIRY TALE COME TRUE BRIT TANY M ETZ & TR AVIS VANITER August 26, 2017 Kenwood, California
Photographed by Joy Marie Photography
Out of all the women in the vast city of Chicago, Travis Vaniter chose Brittany Metz to both insult and woo all in a single weekend. “I told ‘Freckles’ [Brittany] she wore too much makeup, only to then tell her I loved her the next night,” admits Travis Vaniter, smiling, as he recalls his first encounter with his beloved. About a year later, Travis found himself asking Brittany’s father, grandfather, and uncle for their blessings to ask for her hand in marriage. He later surprised his sweetheart with her dream ring while celebrating her 31st birthday. “The way we fell in love is a fairy tale, how he proposed was a fairy tale, and then the wedding he gave me was just that,” shares the bride. The location for their destination wedding was inspired by their own love story. “Since our first date was on the West Coast at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and he proposed on the West Coast at TreeHouse Point in Woodenville, we felt it would be rather appropriate to be married [in the region] too,” Brittany explains. With respect to these milestones and their love for wine, the bride and groom elected to host their nuptials at a gorgeous family winery in Kenwood, California, near Sonoma.
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With the help of Stephanie Cole of Cole Drake Events, the alfresco soirée embodied romance, showcased rustic, elegant details, and incorporated the formal elements of a black-tie event – “with just a touch of fairy tale,” the bride adds with a grin. Brittany and Travis found the planning aspect exciting and enjoyed each stage. “It was something he and I wanted to do together,” she confirms. “He attended all of the appointments with me – he even went with me to my hair and makeup trials!” Two floral arrangements were placed at the entrance of the ceremony aisle, where attendees found their seats at cushioned benches. Towering trees framed the makeshift altar perfectly, while a handcrafted arbor of reclaimed wood, wild greenery, and sheer curtains marked the spot for the vow exchange. A string quartet began to play as bridesmaids processed, each wearing pewter-colored gowns, but in differing styles and silhouettes. Brittany and her father shared a few special moments together as they were chauffeured to the vineyard in a vintage convertible Packard.
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Brittany stunned onlookers as she stepped out of the vehicle in a sparkling gown with cutouts along the bodice, a silk-satin skirt, and an eye-catching Y-back. She held a timeless bouquet of cascading orchids and garden roses; a perfect combination to complement her sophisticated bridal style. Once she joined Travis, the reverend began to read stories of their courtship, which the bride and groom wrote, respectively, to be shared with their loved ones. “We did not share them with each other prior; however, it was quite remarkable the similar points that were made with each, though with our own personal twists!” she describes. In accordance with the destination theme, the couple created a 150
directional sign that incorporated meaningful locations along with pointed arrows guiding guests to the cocktail area, dinner, etc. “We made a travel-distance sign that gave the miles to all our favorite travel destinations. Coachella, where we got engaged, St. Maarten, which is where we spend holidays, our honeymoon locale, and so on,” the groom illustrates. “It was very personal.” The reception décor reflected that of the ceremony in an effort to create a nice flow for the day. Tablescapes were decorated with glass-encased succulents, bunches of florals, fruit dishes, lanterns, and antique books. Tables were marked by “Chapters,” as a nod to their fairy-tale story.
“Growing up, you picture this perfect wedding, with the perfect guy… [it] was better than anything I had ever envisioned.”
Brittany and Travis opted to forgo a traditional wedding cake and replaced it with a rhubarb pie to commemorate the groom’s grandmother, who passed away a few months prior to the celebration and was well-known for her pie baking. Additionally, a fire pit area with a picturesque view of the vineyard was dedicated to making gourmet s’mores. Loved ones enjoyed the overall ambience while drinking glasses of wine, lounging, and conversing. They also flooded the dance floor as a 10-piece band played a large variety of tunes. “It was epic!” Travis exclaims. Although the wedding is now a memory, Brittany is overjoyed that her special day and newlywed life are a dream come true. “Growing up, you picture this perfect wedding, with the perfect guy,” she muses. “And to be quite honest, who I have as a husband and the wedding we had was better than anything I had ever envisioned.” KEEANNA GARCIA
SWEET SOUTHERN CHARM CATH ERIN E BL AI R PATERSO N & BARRY KESSLER February 11, 2017 Houston, Texas
Photographed by Chris Bailey Photography
A Garth Brooks concert on the Fourth of July seems like the perfect place for a Texas couple to fall in love. Unfortunately, Catherine Blair Paterson – who goes by her middle name – and Barry Kessler don’t actually remember meeting each other there. Luckily, their mutual friends threw a party several months later, where sparks f lew naturally, and Blair and Barry were soon an amorous item. It wasn’t long until Barry was house hunting – ostensibly for him to live alone. He met with his beloved’s father to make his 154
intentions clear: he wanted to share the new home with Blair, and he was ready to marry her. Armed with a blessing and a ring, Barry planned his surprise proposal. He asked his sweetheart to come over to the new house to review the inspection report. “I was so excited that he finally had it under contract that I didn’t notice the backyard was arranged with flowers and lanterns,” Blair reveals. After he asked her to marry him and she excitedly accepted, the parents of both the bride and groom were waiting to celebrate with Champagne inside their new residence.
MODERN NATURE CARO LIN E EVELO & SHAN E DAVIS
June 11, 2016 Cincinnati, Ohio
Photographed by Kortnee Kate Photography
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With just six months to plan their Houston celebration, the couple elected to hire esteemed event planner Ann Whittington to help organize their nuptials. On the big day, Blair looked stunning as she walked down the aisle donning a Belgian heirloom cathedral veil – which she was the sixth in her family to wear – as well as an elegant wedding gown. “My face hurt from smiling so much,” the groom notes regarding the moment his bride reached him at the altar. Due to the ornate paintings and the deep blue ceiling of the church, the aisle was lined with simple white hydrangeas so as not to overpower the beauty of the sanctuary. Before the guests entered the room for dinner, the newlyweds
were seated at the sweetheart table, giving them a brief moment to reflect on their new married life. Soon, 324 attendees joined to see the lovely space filled with varied centerpiece designs. “I really envisioned a mixture – I didn’t want everything to look the same,” Blair explains. Six rectangular tables had floral runners with candles along the center, while the remaining round tables featured both high and low arrangements. “I wanted it to feel like winter, but also to include creams and blushes,” she illustrates. A large wreath appeared to float just below the ceiling, encircling the dance floor. A matching floral piece was suspended above the live band.
Though the big day was a dream otherwise, Blair does note there is one thing she would have done differently (which doubles as a useful piece of advice for future brides). “I would have practiced the bustle more,” she confirms. “It took about 30 minutes, which hindered us from visiting with our guests while they were seated.” Barry on the other hand, aside from revealing that he did not experience the pre-wedding jitters he heard so much about, has a simple suggestion for soon-to-be grooms: “Enjoy it and be EMILY LASNIER thankful!”
GOLD STANDARD L AU RENA TA M AYO & DARRELL BO LD EN
February 11, 2017 Newport Beach, California
Photographed by Curtis Dahl Photography
When Laurena Tamayo attended a party with her cousin, she didn’t expect to meet the love of her life; however, that’s exactly what happened when he introduced her to his friend, Darrell Bolden. “I lied to her and said I didn’t know how to salsa… I wanted her to dance with me and teach me – even though I knew how,” muses the groom. After that first night of dancing together, their romance blossomed and it wasn’t long before Darrell was ready to take the next step in their relationship. After asking her mother, two brothers, and grandparents for their blessings, the groom-to-be went ring shopping with the man who introduced the duo two years prior. Overlooking the city at midnight on Christmas, Darrell asked Laurena to spend the rest of her life with him. Spending over a year to simply relish and enjoy their engagement, Laurena and Darrell gave themselves just nine months to plan their celebration, enlisting the help of the expert event planners at International Event Company. On the day of the winter ceremony, over 200 guests gathered at a luxurious property in Newport Beach, California to witness the sunset vow exchange. Due to inclement weather, the pair’s ceremony space, which overlooked the Pacific Ocean, was covered with a translucent tent adorned with twinkling string lights that provided a romantic glow once the sun went down.
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“We wanted a ‘Gatsby-Deco’ feel to it,” describes the bride of the motif, so the décor showcased a black, gold, and ivory color palette with Art Deco-inspired patterns. Along the aisle, which featured a glittering custom runner created by The Original Runner Company, acrylic boxes filled with “floating” roses alternated with floral-embellished chandeliers next to guests’ seats. Modern tunes, including “All of Me” by John Legend and “Marry You” by Bruno Mars, were performed by a string ensemble as guests found their seats atop giltbacked chairs with velvet ebony cushions. Bridesmaids in champagne-hued gowns and groomsmen in dapper suits preceded the
bride down the aisle as they joined the groom – who wore an alabaster tuxedo jacket and black bow tie – at the altar, which was marked by a fountain embellished with creamy blooms. At last, Laurena emerged on the arm of her younger brother to the tune of “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. She wore a dazzling V-neck embroidered gown and carried a lush bouquet of phalaenopsis orchids. Since Darrell’s father had passed away when he was a child, a photo of him was displayed on a chair next to his mother. Following the couple’s heartfelt vows, Laurena and Darrell were pronounced husband and wife and walked up the aisle to “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve.
â€œEveryone will always have an opinion on how things should be done, but it is your wedding day and you have the ultimate say.â€? Following an alfresco cocktail hour complete with a Champagne tower, loved ones found their seating cards on a black-and-gold display adorned with flickering candle votives and trays filled with vanilla petals. As attendees entered the ballroom for the reception, they were mesmerized by the stylish space, which was enveloped in dramatic drapery and illuminated with candlelight and glistening chandeliers suspended overhead. A winding table in the center of the room displayed both high and low arrangements of calla lilies, tulips, roses, orchids, and anemones, while surrounding tables showcased mirrored tops and centerpieces featuring similar flowers. The coupleâ€™s sweetheart table was perhaps the most impressive, as it was decorated with ebony ostrich feathers and situated in front of a towering wall bedecked with hundreds of alabaster blossoms.
The couple was thrilled to celebrate with all of their loved ones, spending quality time with everyone on the obsidian dance floor festooned with an oversized gilt monogram. “The music was the highlight of the reception. We had a live band that had an amazing performance!” confirms the groom. The newlyweds’ family members also performed at the celebration, which added a sweet, personalized touch to their event. To honor the bride’s Native American heritage – Serrano and Cahuilla specifically – the men in her family sang traditional bird songs to celebrate their marriage. “Darrell’s older sister also sang an amazing song for us as a gift,” shares Laurena of the performance of Whitney Houston’s “I Love the Lord.” 168
Slices of the six-layer wedding cake featuring a hand-painted Art Deco design and cascading white sugar roses kept energy levels high, as did a candy buffet and cigar table. Planning their celebration in under one year, the bride and groom have some sound advice for future couples: “Take your time, work together, and hire a wedding planner,” urges Laurena. “Everyone will always have an opinion on how things should be done, but it is your day and you have the ultimate say.” Her beloved agrees and adds one final piece of wisdom: “Happy wife, happy life. Whatever she says goes,” smiles Darrell. “Trust me, it makes things go a lot KELCY CHRISTY smoother.”
MUSICAL MATRIMONY NI CO LE NISSO N & M I CHAEL SEGRET TO
March 4, 2017 Chicago, Illinois
Photographed by Carasco Photography
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Nicole Nisson did not expect her 28th birthday to be particularly notable, but her boyfriend, Michael Segretto, had other ideas. First, he made chocolate-chip pancakes while “Heroes” by David Bowie played in the background. “He is a super fan,” Nicole confirms. That evening, he took her to the restaurant where they had their first encounter – even ordering the same meal they shared three years ago. “Our conversation focused around David Bowie because days before, I asked him what his favorite Bowie song is and he wasn’t able to
answer,” Nicole explains. Michael said he had figured out his choice and began to recite the lyrics: “I, I will be king.” Recognizing the line from “Heroes,” Nicole had started to complete the verse when she realized her beloved had stood up and walked to her side of the table. As he got down on one knee, he finished the lyric – “And you, you will be queen” – and opened a box to reveal a halo engagement ring featuring a stunning oval diamond. Nicole exclaimed, “Of course!” as everyone in the restaurant clapped and cheered.
There was no doubt where the nuptials would be held – the same hotel ballroom where Nicole’s parents exchanged vows. “Since I was a little girl, I’ve always dreamed of walking down the same aisle as my mother did 32 years ago,” the bride muses. Instead of a traditional runner, amber lighting in a floral pattern created the pathway for Nicole to enter in her regal lace ball gown. Stunning arrangements of ivory florals led the way to the magnificent chuppah, all created by Kesh Designs. For the vow exchange, the rabbi read letters the bride and groom wrote to each other. Michael was overcome with emotion when he heard Nicole’s started with the words “Thank you,” as he had utilized the lyrics of the song “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin in his own letter. “I thought that was more than just coincidence, like many things in our relationship,” the groom confides. Affirms the bride, “We knew at that moment, it was the universe telling us we are meant to be.”
However, it was the ritual before the ceremony that was of the utmost importance: the signing of the ketubah. The grandfather and last-surviving grandparent of the groom being able to attend was a touching moment for the couple. “Being surrounded by my closest family and friends for the ketubah signing was all I needed,” admits Michael. “I could’ve skipped the rest of the night because it couldn’t get any more perfect than that.” The lush and decadent floral arrangements at the reception included white orchids, a significant detail for the bride because her parents’ wedding showcased the blooms. There were two styles of centerpieces: A tall, whimsical arrangement brimming with cream and sand roses, orchids, tulips, hydrangeas, and cascading green amaranth with glass globes encasing flower petals; the second design was a crystal candelabrum with blossoms wrapping through and around the stand down to the base. Ivory silk linens featuring an intricate gold textured overlay from Nüage Designs tied the aesthetic together.
“It’s an awesome feeling to know that your best friend is now your wife.”
“Our engagement brought us closer together, and we developed fond memories we can look back on.” Nicole and Michael wanted to satiate their epicurean palate, and thus had a five-hour tasting with their caterer instead of the more standard two hours. The four-course meal included an antipasto plate, a custom Cobb salad, four choices of entrée selections for guests – braised short rib, honey-roasted chicken breast, seared salmon, or sweet potato gnocchi, each with their own gourmet side dishes – and several options for dessert, which were brought out via tableside carts. Slices from the stunning five-tier, baroque-style wedding cake were boxed up as favors for the attendees, who could select lemon cake with raspberry buttercream or double-chocolate cake with both peanut butter and salted caramel buttercream. Naturally, the newlyweds chose “Heroes” by David Bowie for their first dance as husband and wife. Michael took the music 180
selections very seriously for the big day, making sure all of his favorites were included. The reception was followed by not one, but two lively after-parties. The first featured eclectic dance music in the same room as the ceremony. “Our second after-party was a reflection of Michael and his favorite musicians. It was a private party enjoyed by our closest friends and family,” notes the bride. Unlike many grooms, Michael was involved in the wedding planning and advises future grooms to do the same: “It means a lot to her that you care enough to share your opinion,” he asserts. Nicole did in fact appreciate the ability to bounce ideas off each other. She reveals, “Our engagement brought us closer together, and we developed fond memories we can look back on.” EMILY LASNIER
WHAT MATTERS MOST BENTLEY PH ELPS & D I LLO N LEE February 18, 2017 Atlanta, Georgia
“I knew I wanted to marry her before I even met her,” Dillon Lee admits regarding his first impression of Bentley Phelps. During his freshman year of college, he had heard a lot about Bentley from her older sister, and they finally met after a University of Alabama versus Mississippi State football game. The pair quickly hit it off. A few years later, Dillon surprised Bentley with a trip to New York, her favorite city, just days before Christmas.
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“He knew I had always wanted to experience snow around the holidays,” she muses. Bentley noticed her beau was acting a bit strange – most notably, not eating anything for lunch, which is unusual for a college football player. The reason was clear once they walked through Central Park and approached the Gapstow Bridge. “There were roses laying on the ground, and he asked me to marry him in front of everyone!” exclaims the bride.
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Bentley was surprised to find that planning a wedding for 400 guests was relatively easy – thanks to the help they received from Suzanne Reinhard Events. “My planner made it a breeze,” the bride reveals. “She is now a close friend and we still talk on a regular basis.” In order to make things as convenient as possible for both their local and traveling guests, the couple – who reside in Sugar Hill, Georgia – elected to host their nuptials in Atlanta. Though the reception would be held in the ballroom of a luxury hotel, it was always understood that the ceremony would take place in a house of worship. “It was important to my
family, especially my grandparents, and me for [the vow exchange] to be centered around God. We believe the foundation of a strong marriage starts in the church,” Bentley confides. The bride walked down the aisle in an exquisite lace fit-and-flare gown with pearl straps, her long blonde hair in soft, romantic waves. Bentley’s cascading bouquet featured a variety of white blooms, including gardenias, stephanotis blossoms, garden and spray roses, sweet peas, lilacs, and peonies. The dramatic high ceilings of the magnificent church made it unnecessary to decorate the space, save for a floral arrangement below the cross at the altar.
“I knew I wanted to marry her before I even met her.”
The reception, on the other hand, was absolutely filled with flowers, including a wall of blooms for the perfect photo op. Bentley and Dillon sat at a table adorned with a garland of ivory hydrangeas and varying types of roses that cascaded from the table down to the floor. Floating and votive candles were interspersed along the way to create a lovely glowing effect. “My mother also surprised me by using all of her antique linens on the long estate tables,” the bride shares of the sentimental touch.
Following a sit-down dinner, revelers were treated to the stylings of a live band performing classics from the 1980s to more modern hits. “There wasn’t one person who wasn’t dancing,” states the groom. Glow sticks were handed out to the crowd that partied until midnight. The tall, fourtier strawberry shortcake confection with cream roses between each layer helped give attendees the energy needed. Serving the decadent dessert wasn’t without its mishaps, however: “The knife got stuck and the cake almost fell over,” laughs Dillon. “It was hilarious.” Though favors are often an afterthought at weddings, Bentley took the opportunity to plan something very special. “My grandma is an unbelievable baker – she has the best pound cake recipe of anyone!” the bride affirms. Thus, she and her grandmother teamed up to bake and package miniature versions to give guests at the end of the night, with a sweet note Bentley wrote about her grandmother attached. “She really loves to cook, just like her grandmother, and it was a special memory for them to share during the process of baking together,” the groom notes. In the end, the bride feels everything flowed perfectly and wouldn’t change a thing. “Remember this day is about the love you share with your partner,” she advises. “Put your full attention on each other.” EMILY LASNIER
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erhaps the inspiration began with Father of Bride and that unforgettable reception. Remember those perfect string lights draped throughout the tent and the gorgeous garland framing the doorway? Many couples have ideas just like these in mind when hatching plans for their own at-home wedding. Before enlisting a professional event planner to help develop those dreams into a production schedule, however, there’s one more Father of the Bride scene worth mentioning. It’s a quick shot at the end of the film, and what it showcases – hardwood floors covered with uneaten cake slices, used napkins, and empty glasses – is very real. The good news: with a strong vendor team in place, building a site that’s custom-tailored to suit your tastes and preferences can be an extremely rewarding experience! Here are some things to keep in mind before moving forward with plans to create an event space from the ground up. Consider the Cost It’s a common misconception that hosting a backyard wedding is more budget friendly than booking a pre-existing venue. In reality, selecting any site that’s not already in use as an event facility will necessitate bringing in everything from butter knives to bathrooms. This also includes back-of-house catering rentals, a trucking service, and clean-up crews, just to name a few. You will also need to secure a tent in case of rain or extreme temperatures on your wedding day. Don’t let this scare you, though. A seasoned event planner is more than capable of managing the additional details and staffing needs that a custom build requires, ensuring the process is as enjoyable as the final production. Plan a Realistic Timeline Creating an event space is like building a home. Design renderings will be produced, foundations laid, support systems put in place, and so on. It also requires a great deal of time and energy. From
breaking ground to tearing down, you can expect a custom site build to take about three weeks to complete. While choosing your own home as a venue can be romantic and sentimental, keep in mind that the choice can also cut into your wedding week with a symphony of construction days before walking down the aisle. If an at-home wedding might not be for you, perhaps a family ranch or vacation home could work better – these sites pack the same sentimental punch without requiring an invasion of your actual living space. Think Big Picture If you’ve ever built a house, then you know how easy it is for add-ons and upgrades to begin to snowball. Granite becomes marble; a patio becomes a screened-in porch… You get the idea. Similarly, when constructing an event space – particularly on the grounds of a private residence – you may begin to notice other things (such as lighting fixtures or landscaping) that could be improved to complement your perfectly designed wedding day. By anticipating “big picture” details like these in advance, you’ll save yourself from a budget crisis further down the line. Dive Into Design Design and décor are the subjects most brides have in mind when considering a custom location. Do you envision a sparkling reception tent dripping with crystals? Or a pool covered with Plexiglas, so that it looks like you’re dancing on water? How about surprising the groom with a putting green? Starting from scratch gives you the opportunity to be as hands-on as possible with the layout of your event space, resulting in an environment that’s 100 percent unique to you. Whether you’ve been engaged for five months or five minutes, you’ve probably noticed that “turning dreams into reality” is one of the wedding industry’s most favored phrases. By electing to create your own celebration site and assembling a trustworthy vendor team to help execute your vision, we’re happy to share that your KARLEY KIKER FOR DFW EVENTS dreams really can become reality. PHOTOS: JERRY HAYES PHOTOGRAPHY
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The style bible for brides. Filled with 122 pages of amazing real weddings, including Dean Geyer & Jillian Murray, Sweet Valley High's Britt...
Published on Dec 26, 2017
The style bible for brides. Filled with 122 pages of amazing real weddings, including Dean Geyer & Jillian Murray, Sweet Valley High's Britt...