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issue one SPRING 2014 american edition

the refinery T H E W E D D I N G L I F EST Y L E M AGA Z I N E


table of contents the AMERICAN edition

issue one

SPRING 2014

real engagements 8

allysar & drew

16

jesse & hayley

24

david & haely

kat & zach

32


real weddings 38 51

kelly & david andrea & ryan

A FLORAL OBSESSION

62

FRESH FLORALS

70

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CONTRIBUTORS PHOTOGRAPHY an drew aba jian c re a tive dylan d and sara photog raphy j ack i moore photog raphy j oel be dford photog raphy ka llima photog raphy laura g photog raphs t &s hug he s photog ra phy

FLORA L DESIGN good se e d f loral de sig n


a letter from the EDITORS...

To our lovely Refinery readers, It is time again for us to release a new issue, and this time it's a sneak peek to get you excited for our very first full-sized American issue, due out in May. We are so excited to be expanding, and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with our American couples and creatives of all kinds. We can't wait to share you what we've got in store for May! It has been an exciting year for us – we celebrated our 1 year mag-versary on Valentine’s Day and as you can see, we’ve put the wheels in motion to bring TRM to you, here in the United States! We are looking forward to building the US edition into the same kind of publication we publish regularly with our Canadian contributors. It has been a blast so far, so thank you to all of our American couples for sharing your love stories, and to our American vendors for welcoming us with such open arms! It’s going to be a blast! Within this issue we are so happy to be providing inspiration for your special day! With great floral inspiration, and some beautiful love stories, we are so excited to be able to share it with you. Enjoy! with love, xo Ainsley & Madison


Jesse & Hayley CAPTURED BY JOEL BEDFORD WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY


Allysar & Drew CAPTURED BY KALLIMA PHOTOGRAPHY


WHAT SHE SAID

WHAT HE SAID

I had been hearing about a boy named Drew Eales

I left a note on Allysar’s bed for her to wake up to

for months before I came home from college the

that read, "Today a new adventure starts of ours,

summer of 2011 – his reputation, had already far

but before you see me, you'll have an adventure of

preceded him in the best way possible. I have to

your own." I wanted this day to remind her of our

admit, I was pretty curious. Our two close friends

favorite things. I wanted it to show her how special

set us up over a game of Settlers of Catan – clearly,

she is to me in every different way. I wanted it to be

the perfect setting for two overly competitive people

a place traveled that she would unmistakably know

to begin their relationship. A couple months later,

how much our love has grown and depict how we've

we winded up sitting next to each other at a Gator

grown together. I had her best friend Shannon take

basketball game. I remember his contagious smile

her to five different places. The first place was the

and bony elbows that kept flirtatiously poking me

O'Connell Center where the Florida Gators host

as we pretended to pay attention to the game. A

their basketball games. It was the first place Allysar

few months later, that same man began righteously

and I hung out. I was totally enamored by her and

pursuing me and leading our relationship. In the

everything she was saying. I remember telling

beginning, we would cling to the things we had in

friends, “No girl has ever made me smile like that.”

common. And over the next two years of dating,

I left a note there and a piece of a map to the next

we would discover all the ways in which we were

place, which was Volta Coffee & Tea. From there

totally different. When Drew proposed, he led me

she received the second piece of the map, which

on a scavenger hunt where we relived some of the

took her down the street to Sakara, a cupcake shop,

most significant moments and places during our

where we’d hang out all afternoon playing board

relationship. And only by the complete grace and

games. The third note led her to a very special bench

love of God are we able to move toward becoming

in Haile Plantation where I told her that I loved her

one together in marriage – striving to uplift, serve

for the very first time. The final map led her to a

and encourage one another in both our strengths

farm field where she walked through an aisle lined

and weaknesses. I can't wait to do life, side-by-side,

with baby’s breath until she reached the bottom of

forever as his wife.

the hill where I was standing. From there, I led her to a small stool, a pitcher of water and a bowl where I washed her feet to symbolize how I want to serve her for the rest of our life together. And now, the rest of the story is yet to be written.


David & Haely CAPTURED BY ANDREW ABAJIAN CREATIVE


HOW WE MET Haely and Dave should have met long before they

Not sure if this was leftover from a sĂŠance or

did. In fact, they went to the same high school

Dave just being romantic, she paused. Dave

but never met until years after graduation. As

urged her to follow the directions: look up!

fate would have it, they were invited to the

She did, and turned around to find him on one

same New Year's Eve party years later. The two

knee. Haely squealed and the strangers around

locked eyes across the room (being the tallest

them applauded.

ones there), and didn't leave each other's side all night. After they parted ways that evening,

Next, they arrived at a lounge and were surprised

they never saw one another again. That is, until

by close friends and family. Haely freaked out;

7 years later.

the "ugly cry" now in full effect. Finally, Dave opened a present-shaped box to reveal a laptop.

Haely and Dave were both living in LA and she

On it via video were friends from around the

saw a Facebook message from a certain David

country waiting to hear the news.

Smalle. He stumbled across her Facebook via a mutual friend and started up a conversation.

"What makes you fall in love with

Eventually, he asked her out. On their first date,

each other every day?"

Haely wore her 6-inch stilettos as a potential husband height test. Looks like he passed.

Haely: His thoughtfulness and quick wit. It always hits me when I least expect it.

OUR ENGAGEMENT Dave told Haely to "keep Saturday night open

Dave: Her ability to connect with anyone at

for a 'mystery date' night." Not one to challenge

anytime, and skill at cracking me up on the

such brilliant thinking, she accepted.

spot, even when it's inappropriate.

They first stopped off at their favorite sushi

WEDDING DETAILS

spot-- the same place of their first date. Next,

We will be getting married in Hope Ranch,

Dave drove Haely to the Griffith Observatory.

Santa Barbara. Architect Reginald D. Johnson

After seeing the planetarium show and getting

(Biltmore Hotel) built the historic equestrian

their proper dose of space-geek-out time, Dave

estate in 1929. It's always been important to

ushered Haely to the rooftop. As they walked

write our own vows and create an event that's

out and saw the sparkling city below, Haely

custom fit for us. We’re also ditching cake so

noticed roses and a sign that said, "look up".

we can have what we really want: chocolate fondue!


Kat & Zach CAPTURED BY LAURA GOLDENBERGER PHOTOGRAPHY


HOW WE MET We met at the Kasteel Well in the

with farolitos. All the houses are decked

Netherlands, while we were studying

out in Christmas gear. It was snowing. We

abroad. It is a completely restored medieval

stopped at the historic downtown Plaza,

Dutch castle, where our dorms and classes

he made me sit on a bench (I had refused

were located. There was a moat... swans...

to walk 10-feet over to a stunning gazebo

Our first Valentine's Day together was on a

because it was too cold! haha!) and he got

mandatory class trip to Paris. It was a very

down on one knee and the rest is history!

dreamy beginning. OUR WEDDING DAY WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST

The details of the day had morphed to a

ABOUT EACH OTHER?

Old Hollywood glamour style wedding. We

Kat: What I love most about Zach is that he

had no idea what we wanted, going into it.

loves me for who I am, wholly: the good, the

We just knew we wanted it to be unique

bad, the ugly. He loves all of it!

and special to who were are as people. And the reason we live and love in Los Angeles

Zach: I have to pick just one thing?

is because of our deep passion for film. We also wanted our families to have an

OUR ENGAGEMENT STORY We were visiting his parents in Santa Fe, New Mexico for Christmas. Every Christmas Eve, downtown Santa Fe holds a sort of artwalk-type festivity, where all the galleries and shops and homes downtown are open to everyone, serving hot chocolate, pozolĂŠ, and other treats. The streets were lined

experience of a lifetime.


Kelly & David CAPTURED BY T&S HUGHES PHOTOGRAPHY


HOW WE MET

friends and family getting ready. David gifted

Although we both worked in advertising and

me a beautiful handmade card that morning

actually had a few friends in common, David

along with a lovely rose gold bracelet. And since

and I “met” each other the 21st century way -

he had made me a book for the proposal, it only

online. We met, in person, on a rainy Earth Day

felt appropriate to make him a book for the

at one of our favorite wine bars in the city.

wedding. I surprised him with “my version” of our scrapbook that morning, as well as a custom

THE PROPOSAL

handkerchief.

David and I were engaged on a hot summer day under the stars at Monroe Harbor. We had

Our first look was one of my favorite moments

dinner, drinks and listened to Jazz that evening.

from the day: laying my eyes on my husband-

After dinner, we walked to the harbor to watch

to-be for the first time and seeing his bright

the fireworks at Navy Pier. Shortly after that,

smile and overwhelming joy; it was truly such a

David presented me with the sweetest handmade

special moment.

scrapbook of our past two years together. The book ended with a photo of the ring that he had

That afternoon, we exchanged our vows amidst

personally designed. Before I knew it, he was

our closest friends and family. We departed the

down on one knee and I was saying “yes”! We

church hand in hand to a colorful confetti exit.

ended that night by heading back to that same

The celebration that followed was filled with

wine bar for a celebratory drink - where it all

too many wonderful moments to list here. We

had started.

listened to incredibly heartfelt speeches and swirled around the dance floor. We were in

OUR BIG DAY

awe of the beauty of the venue and how all the

When David and I first started planning the day,

details came together: the glow of the candles,

we knew that we wanted to stick with a day that

the beautiful floral details, the personal family

truly just felt like us. The reception venue, itself,

photos, the twinkle of the globe lights, and the

helped set the whimsical and vintage tone - since

yummy cake and sweets. The night was truly

it is a massive antique store. It was quirky and a

magical: filled with constant laughter and utter

bit eclectic and felt like us.

happiness. We just felt so lucky to share our day with so many special people who had come

And our day turned out better than we could

from near and far to be with us. We truly had the

have imagined. The late October day was brisk,

wedding of our dreams and we feel so lucky and

but sunny. The morning of the wedding was calm

blessed to have found each other.

and relaxing. We spent time with our closest


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