5 Brides Describe The Moment They Found The One—And We Don’t Mean The Groom

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Few moments in life are as special as when a bride finally finds The One. And no, we’re not talking about the groom—although that’s pretty great, too! Surrounded by family, champagne ready to be popped, these brides prove that finding The Onethe dress—is one of the happiest moments of all time.

Alexandra Wilson

“My mom suggested going to try on dresses to get a better idea of what I loved and wanted in a dress, rather than what I didn’t want. We picked out a total of seven dresses to try on during our first shopping trip, and with each dress, I had a better idea of what I was looking for: something with lace, a little sparkle, and a beautiful back. I remember trying on the sixth dress, and the moment I saw it on, I knew it was “the one.” We were so excited, but also couldn’t believe the first day of dress shopping we found it!”

Kerri Polanski

“The dress was not at all what I had in mind for my wedding day. I had been letting stylists, my mom, and my sister pick everything out for me, but I went for one last look myself. This one caught my eye because of the red grosgrain ribbon detail on the inside of the dress. Since I was getting married February 13th, I thought it was such a special piece of Valentine’s Day, and our love story, that no one would see but us.”

Elizabeth Black DuCharme

“I went dress shopping with my family at a boutique near Baltimore, Maryland, where my husband and I met and still live. It was my first time trying on gowns, and my sister picked out a particular one that she thought I would love. It was only the second dress I tried on, and I just knew it was the one. I tried on a few dresses after to be safe, but nothing compared. I was in love with it and the blush-colored belt we picked out to complete the look.”

Alexandra Dalton

“I found my dress on a trip to New York City. At the time I was living in Washington State, and I flew in so that I could look for the perfect dress with the people I love. When I arrived at Saks, my maid of honor surprised me—I had no idea she would be there, and I knew it was going to be the day I would find my dress. As soon as I put it on, I could picture myself walking down the aisle with my Dad, and I knew I had found the one.”

Ashley Pepe

“I had been in love with Sareh Nouri’s designs from the moment I got engaged, and I found out she was hosting a trunk show at a boutique that was somewhat local. When I saw the date was the one-year anniversary of my dad’s passing, I knew it was fate. I went with my entire family—there were 11 of us. “The dress” was the first dress I tried on. I knew it was the one, and once the veil was on my head, it was immediate tears and champagne!”

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Briana Charlotte is a freelance writer residing in Brooklyn, New York. When she isn’t writing about all things bridal, she can be found on the dance floor at a wedding or bachelorette party.

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The Cutest French Café Wedding Ever

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Dom and Amanda first met at a restaurant, so celebrating their wedding at Colette Grand Café felt like coming full circle. They wanted an intimate affair with only their closet friends and family, and the pros behind Lexington and Co. Events helped them achieve exactly that. Amanda stunned in an ethereal Carol Hannah skirt, which was graciously gifted by a fellow bride she met online! Read the full story below and don’t miss a single image from the incredible ARTIESE Studios.

From the bride, Amanda… Dom and I met in the summer of 2014, shortly after he moved to Toronto, at a busy downtown restaurant. Being the cheeky flirt that I am, I took off his baseball hat and put it on my head. He later told me that he fell in love in that moment. One drink turned into dinner, which turned into a second dinner at another restaurant down the street, and so began our shared love of good food, good wine, laughter, and being together. We have been inseparable ever since.

We wanted to create a special, intimate celebration with just close family and friends. As soon as we walked into Colette Grand Café, we fell in love with the space and booked it right away. The décor is classic French style: warm and elegant. The ceremony took place in the sunny white latticework pavilion outside, framed with hanging ivy pots and a floral backdrop.

We have such a talented group of artists in our family and circle of friends, and they added so much sparkle to the day. Family and friends played acoustic Edith Piaf and Beatles songs during the ceremony and classic love songs by Dean Martin during the cocktail reception. My mom read a beautiful indigenous poem that left not a dry eye in the room. My aunts did makeup and dress alterations, and my cousin made our vintage-inspired, delicious wedding cake. Exquisite details by my sister-in-law, who runs a DIY blog, tied everything together with a bow.

I would be remiss not to mention a very special person I met throughout this process. When we started planning the wedding, I came across the dress online. It was a skirt, actually. An ethereal, blush pink linen skirt worn by a beautiful bride named Katie who lives in Pennsylvania. I called a store in Toronto that carries the designer, Carol Hannah, told them I wanted to buy the skirt, and made a fitting appointment. My mom and I showed up on appointment day to take measurements, and when we got there, the owner of the shop told me that there had been a mixup, and that my dress wouldn’t arrive in time for the wedding. I was heartbroken. I called seamstresses to see if it could be recreated. It couldn’t. I called other boutiques across North America that sold the skirt. No one would sell me a sample. As a last resort, I emailed the photographer, who photographed Katie’s wedding, and explained the situation. The photographer promised me he would contact her. That night, I got an email from Katie. She said she wanted me to have the dress, and that she would put it in the mail the next day. Her only request was that I send her a picture of me in the dress, so that she could put it next to hers. I will never tire of telling this story. It’s an uplifting reminder of the good in people, and the kind of person I want to be.

Special thanks to our wedding planner Lexi for bringing our vision to life, and photographer Therese for capturing the most memorable day of our lives with such grace and professionalism. We ate dinner by candlelight, we laughed, and we cried. Just me, my best friend, and the people we love. It was the perfect way to start our life together.

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Photography: ARTIESE Studios | Wedding Planning: Lexington And Co Events | Floral Design: Timberlost Designs | Gown: Carol Hannah | Cake: For the Love of Sweets | Reception Venue: Colette Grand Cafe | Makeup: Teresa Bove | Hair: Tony Pham of LAC + CO | DJ: Andrew Kekewich | Favors: Buy Some Love | Groom’s Attire: Neil Barrett | Groomsmen’s Attire: Suitsupply | Officiant: Enduring Promises | Venue: Colette Grand Cafe | Alterations: Lori Barnes | Decor: Fish & Bull | Musicians: Matt Dawson, Arjun Lombardi-Singh, Jacob Gelcer, Jim Gelcer

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How to Infuse Your Wedding Day with All Out Romance

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If you’re on the hunt for ideas that will take your wedding day to next level romance, then this photo shoot has your number. Designed by Sara Weir Photography with soft pastel blooms at every turn by Lucca Floral Co. and the loveliest calligraphy stationery by Alley and Co., see what goes into the makings of a wedding day style as gorgeous as they come. It all starts with that floral appliqué dress and just gets better and better.

This shoot stemmed from a wish to create something absolutely romantic. From the soft drape of silk napkins, the full floral bouquet, to the delicate floral appliqué of her gown, I wanted every detail to be soft and communicate romance. I loved contrasting that softness with the wild of her natural surroundings and textured hair. It created a such a beautiful balance!

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Florals: Claire Zee | Gown: Gossamer | Hair and Makeup: Nicol Artistry | Calligraphy: Alley and Co. Calligraphy | Ceramics: Notary Ceramics | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photography and Styling: Sara Weir Photography | Silk Napkins and Ribbons: Poetry of Silk

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A Top Photographer Shares Ideas for Your Bridal Session

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Whenever I’m putting together a wedding gallery, I find myself drawn to the getting ready sequence time and time again. A beaming bride filled with anticipation before she walks down the aisle makes for incredible portraits, and luckily we’ve got photographers like Jen Huang to capture them. Jen is sharing ideas to pull off the artful, expressive bridal session you want with go-to poses for your big moment in front of the camera.

Use Hands to Frame the Face

Hands are one of those elements that can change a portrait entirely. We are deeply aware of hand gestures because we use them like words to communicate. Always make sure that hands are relaxed and soft. When we clench our muscles, it can convey tension and apprehension. When you’re placing hands around a face, make sure that there is a skin to skin connection and that both hands are at different heights. Placing them asymmetrically is more visually pleasing and can make your image more dynamic.

Find an Interesting Angle

In a busy getting ready space, it can be hard to move around or see things from a different perspective. Don’t forget to have your photographer shoot from different angles. From straight on but also from behind and from the side. It may seem simple, but these poses are often forgotten during a fast-paced day.

Remember the Close Up Details

Sometimes I like to zoom in on details that I think are unique or dynamic, a portrait doesn’t always have to include a face. Close ups can make a portrait feel more intimate. To help with these types of images, I use macro filters on my cameras so that I can shoot in close proximity. Photographers can also use their close-up filters on wedding details such as rings and invitations.

The Full-Length Look

In a small space, it can be difficult to shoot a full-length portrait without a wide lens. If your getting ready space is small, try to find a location outside or nearby that will give you a longer “runway” for the shot. Here I actually stood on a chair to give me a little bit of additional height to capture the full train of the bride’s dress.

Try a Double Exposure

A tip for photographers – double exposures are challenging but also fun! With film, you never quite know how your exposures will appear on top of each other, although with practice you can start to memorize where your shots will line up. If you’re just starting out with double exposures, try taking a portrait and layering in a pattern – for example, a close up of a bouquet or the lace on a bride’s dress. Using elements from the wedding can make the double exposure even more meaningful.

For more ideas on how to compose unique and evocative images that stand out in the wedding world, take a look at Jen’s new eBook series on natural and expressive portraiture. Psst: keep an eye on our Instagram for a chance to win a free copy!

 

 

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Photography: Jen Huang Photography | Hair + Makeup: Chiali Meng | Albums: Heirloom Bindery | Riviera Cottages: Riviera Cottages | Veil: Tomomi Okubo | Wedding Gowns: Claire Pettibone | eBook: Jen Huang Photography

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How Shades of Red Transformed This Vineyard Affair

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Infused with layers of red hues and views worthy of an Oscar, this celebration is upping the ante on classic vineyard weddings. From gorgeous couple to the gorgeous surroundings of Solage Calistoga, and the most elegant of details crafted by LUX Premiere Events + Ampersand SF, there is so much to love about this day. So go ahead and carve out some time to get lost in all the imagery captured by Your Dream Photo plus a film by Weddings on Film too.

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From the Photographer… For the wedding this adorable couple of Shar & Shane decided to go for a classy look – a stylish dress from Alvina Valenta for her and a classic suite with an adorable bowtie for him. Besides that black and white theme the main color palette of the wedding was chosen to be red with a touch of gold and green. The whole event was planned by LUX Premier Events so that there’s a mix of an amazing and sophisticated venue of Solage Calistoga and gorgeous endless vineyards around.

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Photography: YourDreamPhoto | Videography: Weddings on Film | Floral Design: Ampersand | Dress: Alvina Valenta | Ceremony Venue: Solage Calistoga | Reception Venue: Solage Calistoga | Make up: Be Be Carminito | Band: DJ Hector | Getting Ready: Indian Springs, Calistoga | Planning: LUX Premier Events

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30 Guests in Tuscany for a Dream Destination Wedding

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Hi SMP readers! Blogger Bride, Nicole here and I’m excited to reflect back on our wedding now that we have been married a few months. Even though I’m a wedding photographer, I have to admit that I underestimated just how much goes into planning (peek back at my entire journey!) We wanted our wedding to be elegant but unfussy, joyful and intentional.  And since we love to travel, no one was surprised when we chose to have a destination wedding.

And a look back at the entire wedding weekend!

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We welcomed our 30 guests to Villa Petrolo in Tuscany with the most Italian of welcome cocktails, an Aperol spritz, followed by an informal pizza and prosecco gathering. It was a fun, low-key kick off to wedding festivities and the perfect opportunity for old friends to reconnect and new friendships to begin. Our goal was to create a relaxed weekend in a beautiful setting and for the wedding to feel more like being hosted at an intimate and lively dinner party. We invited all of our guests to stay with us at the villa and surrounding farmhouses. The next day we all hopped on a shuttle bus to explore Pienza, a charming hill town in the Val d’Orcia known for its delicious pecorino cheese and Renaissance architecture. That evening we got on the shuttle again to Castello di Meleto in Chianti for our rehearsal dinner, with wine flowing and hilarious and sweet informal toasts from friends. Hosting our rehearsal dinner in a frescoed room of a medieval castle was one of the most memorable events of the weekend.

Our wedding day was even more emotional than I expected. The ceremony took place on the steps in front of the villa, led by our dear friend who crafted a beautiful testament to our understanding of love, culture, and marriage. Our chuppah was decorated with olive branches, and the top was graced by a tallit (prayer shawl) brought from Israel by Daniel’s grandfather, while beneath our feet was a Moroccan handira (marriage blanket) we had purchased while traveling in Marrakech. We stood under the chuppah and committed to choosing each other that day and every day forward. Short ceremonies have become more popular, but we were happy to have a 45 minute ceremony that included circling each other, the seven blessings read in Hebrew and a modernized English interpretation, long weepy personal vows, three poetry readings, and a slightly less conventional “science reading” (Daniel was a biology major in college after all).

At the end of the ceremony, Daniel stepped on a glass and together we jumped over a broom! There are many explanations for why the groom breaks a glass, traditionally to remember the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem or to acknowledge the fragility of life and brokenness in the world even on such a happy day. We embraced the idea of a symbol that connects one generation to another. Jumping the broom is an African-American wedding custom that dates back to slavery. Slave marriages were not legally recognized but this act granted dignity to seeking love and domesticity within the confines of bondage. Much like breaking the glass, this is both a joyful moment and a powerful reminder of cultural memory.

We tried to make decisions for details that reflected our aesthetic and our budget. One thing I was excited about was investing in decor that could also be used in our new home since we bought a house just before our trip to Italy! The copper candlesticks and Silk and Willow table runner are now on our dining table at home, for example. Instead of hiring a florist, we chose to use olive leaves as decor, with me and my bridesmaids carrying olive leaves gathered in bunches for bouquets tied together with Silk and Willow ribbon. Working on our invitations gave me the inspiration to finally study calligraphy in order to do the calligraphy design for our invite and hand calligraph the addresses on each envelope! I used handmade paper with its luxe organic feel and found a wonderful and affordable letterpress printer. One of my favorite moments during wedding planning was when I had a minor melt-down to Daniel, saying that I should have just hired someone because my calligraphy didn’t look professional, and he told me that it looked beautiful but more importantly, that it was more meaningful since it was created by me. Our invitation felt more like a handwritten letter.

I was certain I would choose a colorful untraditional dress before I went shopping, but I ended up choosing a white lace dress. The moment I put it on I felt like a bride, so in the end, I wasn’t quite as daring as I thought I would be! Thanks to Rent the Runway, I had fun gowns for the welcome reception and rehearsal dinner, and on our wedding day I slipped into a stylish reception dress just after cocktail hour. I wanted to invest in accessories that fit with my style and that I could continue wearing after the wedding, so I found simple brass earrings at an Oakland boutique, a brass bangle at Marisa Mason, and dusty pink heeled boots from Anthropologie.

We were so lucky that two of my dear wedding industry friends made the trip to Italy with us! The weekend would not have been the success that it was without Nira of Amber Events making everything happen and Kristina Adams behind the camera. I still don’t know how Nira managed everything she did, with friendly composure and grace throughout! Kristina documented the weekend so organically and made sure that taking photos didn’t take us away from the party for too long! Her luminous film style captured the moments of our wedding in a way that we will cherish for years to come.

The following day was warm and sunny and we had a leisurely post-wedding brunch in the courtyard where dinner was meant to be the night before. In the afternoon guests went on walks on the property amid olive groves and vineyard-covered hills, and Villa Petrolo hosted a wine tasting for us. On our final evening my sister, who is a private chef, cooked a delicious farewell dinner.

As a wedding photographer who has seen so many different kinds of weddings, I think it’s important to note that the most important tip about wedding planning is to be authentic to you and your relationship. Don’t feel you have to abide by every tradition or unsolicited opinion! Throw “must” and “should” out the window. At least that’s what guided me, and I already wish I could go back and do it all over again.

Happy Planning!

xo,

Nicole

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Photography: Kristina Adams Photography | Wedding Planning: Amber Events | Wedding Dress: Reformation | Wedding Bands: Cat Bird | Catering: Catering in Toscana | DJ: DJ Francis | Venue: Villa Petrolo | Bridal Jewelry : Marissa Mason | Bridal Shoes : Manolo Blahnik | Bridal Shoes : Anthropologie | Groom Suit: J.Crew | Grooms Shoes: Novocas | Letterpress Printer: Reb Peters Press | Rentals: Happy Days | Ribbon + Table Runner + Invitation Paper: Silk & Willow

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From Rehearsal Dinner to Big Day, this Celebration is One for the Books

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It’s always a special treat when you get not only a wildly gorgeous wedding but its equally as pretty rehearsal dinner. There’s a whole lot to inspire packed inside this Ojai Valley Inn & Spa celebration crafted by All You Need Is Love Events along with layers of all white blooms by JL Designs, stationery in the loveliest shades of blue by Copper Willow Paper Studio and Erich McVey’s beautiful imagery. Pore through the collection and don’t forget to hit play on the sweetest film by Hoo Films below.

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Now have a look at the prettiest of rehearsal dinners that kicked off this wedding weekend. With layers of peach and coral blooms and long al fresco tables, it’s just as pretty as they come.

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From the bride… My vision of my wedding prior to planning was pretty simple. I wanted it to be elegant but still casual and relaxed. We wanted the setting to be jaw-droppingly beautiful, but still make sure people felt comfortable in just a sun dress or button down shirt.

We went with neutrals, as I do with most things in my life! Our invitation suite (Copper Willow) and other paper items were a beautiful ash grey with gold pressed calligraphy. Our florals (JL Designs) were an elegant assortment of whites and greens, including natural accents like thistle and pampas grass. I wanted the style to be slightly undone: loose florals, draping greenery, mismatched bouquets, and a naked cake. We also included a lot of natural wood elements, like signage and seating, as well as rustic terra cotta and stone vessels.

We had some amazing natural wood signs created for our main menu board and I really wanted to mimic those and have signs for the welcome, guestbook, hashtag, etc. I purchased raw wood signs from the local craft store and stained them to match. Then my sister is law, who has beautiful hand writing, painted them! They turned out really well and it almost made me wish we had tried to do more DIY things!

Of course the entire day was packed with incredible moments, but one moment that stands out was being able to tell all our loved ones a big secret we had been keeping. My father passed away exactly six months before our wedding day. When we got engaged we already knew he probably wouldn’t make it to our wedding. So just a few weeks into our engagement we had a private ceremony in my childhood backyard, and he walked me down the aisle. We kept it a secret for almost a year and revealed it at the ceremony by sharing photos that were inside an envelope on everyone’s seat with “please wait to open” on the seal. It was a really special moment to share and a meaningful opportunity to remember and honor my dad.

I saw my Mira Zwillinger gown online and from that day forward no other dress stood a chance! The second I put it on I knew it would be the one. I did my due diligence an tried some others on but to me, nothing else came close. I found the dress online because before my first appointment I literally looked at the websites of every designer that boutique carried. I am so glad I did that because you can really focus once you get there and narrow down your choices to what you already know you like. Plus, it’s really hard to tell what the dresses look like on a hanger, so if you have seen them on models already it is really helpful!

My first piece of advice is, if budget allows, get a wedding planner! Trust me, I am the type of person that likes to be in control but having a planner doesn’t mean you have to relinquish that. It just makes it hundred times less stressful! My planners (All You Need Is Love Events) immediately understood my vision and provided me with a few great options for all our vendors. They were there to make every step of the process as easy as possible. They had also worked with many of vendors before which made planning, communication, and the big day all run extremely smoothly. There were a couple things that went wrong on the day, but I never knew of about any of them until it had already all been resolved!

My other piece of advice is to start a scrap book! There will be so many fun events leading up to your wedding and so much you will want to remember. From bachelorette parties to showers, your friends and family will put so much thought and effort into all the beautiful little details at your events. I saved things like invitations, menus, sashes, and cards and along with a couple photos from the event put it all in a scrapbook! I couldn’t stand the idea of all of it living in a box in the closet never to be seen again. I absolutely love showing it to people and it was so much fun to put together.

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Photography: Erich McVey Photography | Videography: Hoo Films | Event Planning: All You Need Is Love Events | Floral Design: JL Designs | Invitations: copper willow paper studio | Catering: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Hair & Makeup: 10.11 Makeup | Wedding Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Teahouse Company | Photo Booth: Bosco | Reception Music: Red Shoe LA | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Pretty Vintage Rentals

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A Dutch Castle Wedding So Pretty We Thought it was a Styled Shoot

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I’m not sure whether it was the castle scene, the Bride’s beyond gorgeous style or the quaint reception setting, but I could have sworn this slice of beauty was a styled shoot at first sight. That’s how incredibly pretty this Dutch wedding day is. Captured by Nastia Vesna & Maksim Gladky, it’ll transport you to another world, where a 20’s inspired style meets a secret garden.

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From Nastia Vesna & Maksim GladkyIt was Warm autumn day, a fairytale castle, beautiful guests, delicate décor in deep shades, noble style of the bride and groom, dim lights of candles, playing jazz on a background, and the air is full of love and warmth.

From the Bride… Our story began in Amsterdam where we first met as the students in 2010. What followed then was a colorful kaleidoscope of unforgettable moments in which we found ourselves immersed – late evening walks and bike rides across Amsterdam canals, weekend getaways all over Europe, Christmas markets in Germany, New Year Eve’s in French Alps, summer vacations in Spain and finally very romantic proposal in one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Florence.

Even though we both come from Moscow and are currently based in London, it did not take us long to decide that we want to get married in Amsterdam – the city to which we felt deeply attached and which changed our lives to the best.

Planning of the wedding started with falling in love with the dress – once I saw Jenny Packham designs, I realised that I will not walk down the aisle in any other gown but hers. It just felt so right and so “me”! The model I chose was actually not from the latest collection and luckily I still managed to find it at Bloomfeld Luxury Bridal. For the hairpiece I wanted something matching but modest not to overdo the total look. As for the shoes, one of my main criteria was being able to dance in them the whole night long, and Valentino’s Tango pumps definitely lived up to their name.

We managed to find the location rather quickly. I had already heard about Kasteel de Hooge Vuursche from few friends and liked the pictures. Once we got there we became sure that the place ticked all the boxes – beautiful and elegant, with amazing outside garden, large windows, plenty of natural light and cosy dining room. I believed that finding location should be the most difficult part of the wedding planning process. Since we coped with this task so easily, I decided not to hire a wedding planner and plan the wedding myself. Though challenging, it was great fun and experience I enjoyed a lot! Actually, I even decided to become a wedding planner myself and have recently joined Wedding Blues agency London team.

The vintage style of the dress set the tone for the wedding – “Among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars” (“The Great Gatsby”). I wanted just a hint of 20’s in the decoration and the atmosphere: jazz music, Art Deco font for the stationery, candle light. As for the colour palette, my personal preferences matched perfectly with the season: deep jewel stones and grape tones both for the flowers and the dress code for the guests.

Our main goal was to create intimate and cosy atmosphere so that the guests and ourselves can enjoy the day and relax. This is exactly how we look back at our wedding: exceptionally beautiful and warm autumn day both in terms of the weather and the vibe.

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Photography: Nastia Vesna&Maksim Gladky | Videography: OatStudio | Floral Design: Don Florito | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Shoes: Valentino | Groom’s Attire: Suitsupply | Castle: Kasteel De Hooge Vuursche | Film lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Hair piece: Valentino

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This Fashionista Bride Is Our New Girl Crush

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I think we can all agree Casandra is our new fashion idol. She geniusly paired a chic knee-length BCBG dress with a cathedral length veil for a nontraditional bridal look that stole the show. Big time. Her love Andy looked equally dapper as they wed in Panama City Beach, with Myrtie Blue behind every floral design moment. Pin your heart out in the photo gallery by Mi Amore Foto.

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From Mi Amore Foto Casandra and Andy live in Brooklyn, but decided they wanted a beach, destination wedding. While they wanted it to feel like their guests were at the beach, they also made sure it felt elegant and timeless. They chose Brian of Myrtie Blue to do the florals with soft, romantic colors.

The bride wasn’t traditional in any sense and knew that a long and formal dress wasn’t for her. She chose a knee length BCBG dress with a gorgeous cathedral length veil. Casandra got ready at one of the beautiful homes in Carillon Beach and the ceremony took place in The Meeting House. The reception was tented and on the lawn next to The Meeting House. The ceremony was so full that they had to put chairs outside and people were still pouring in.

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Photography: Mi Amore Foto | Wedding Planning: Peach & Pearl Events | Floral Design: Myrtie Blue | Wedding Dress: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Wedding Cake: Confections On The Coast | Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Venue: Meeting House | Shoes: Prada | Reception Catering: Townsend Catering | Hair + Makeup: Rachel Christine Of Dear Bride

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Modern + Chic Multicultural Indian Wedding

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“Cultural beauty” is a style term we like to throw around in wedding world, and this day photographed by When He Found Her captures that very sentiment. Mindful to incorporate the both of their backgrounds, the bride said, “When it came to planning our own wedding, it was important to Akshay and I to honor our cultural traditions while being true to ourselves.” Distinct Occasions helped bring that idea to life and the end result is something really special.

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From the Bride… Although our families are originally from India, we come from two unique religions and cultures; Akshay being Hindu and myself Zoroastrian. When it came to planning our own wedding, it was important to Akshay and I to honor our cultural traditions while being true to ourselves. Our ceremonies allowed for many family members to be involved in providing blessings, which was meaningful to us. The modern and clean cherry blossom Mandap created an idyllic scene in front of the Niagara Falls backdrop for both ceremonies. For the Hindu Ceremony, colorful and festive dress and motifs contrasted with the simple, clean white visuals of the Zoroastrian ceremony. I was truly smiling from ear to ear during both ceremonies feeling an overwhelming presence of love from our family and friends come over me.

Our shared passion for photography makes us appreciate natural landscapes and lighting. With this in mind, and given Akshay is from the Niagara region, having a tented winery wedding felt like the right fit. We focused on a classic and soft color palette of blushes, creams, and golds. This design flowed seamlessly from the morning ceremonies to the evening reception. Seeing our guests in their rich and vibrant Indian attire amidst the natural green vines created visual eye candy. With a love for soul, Motown and R&B, the St. Royal’s Band added excitement through the night. The vineyard set the scene for a gorgeous and comfortable space for our loved ones to mingle between courses.

Planning decisions were made with the intention to be genuine to who we are and make our guests feel honored. Our day was modern and timeless while ensuring threads of tradition ran through it. In the morning we had the live sounds of a traditional tablah (drum) player and Indian flute. Elephants were a common element from our stationary, to our dance floor and our cake. Bollywood sets intermittently played through the reception, beautifully bringing together both sides of the family on the dance floor. Our sweets table incorporated colorful Indian mithai (sweets). We readily found ways to integrate these cultural elements into our day in a way that was still true to who we are.

We were fortunate to have the talent of all of our incredible vendors to make our wedding day possible. We entrusted the talents of our outstanding wedding planner Crystal Adair Benning (Distinct Occasions) to help us refine and execute our vision. Our photographer Reid Lambshead (When He Found Her) made us feel wonderfully comfortable and at ease. We are grateful for him to him for capturing these moments so perfectly. Most importantly, we are incredibly thankful to our family and friends who continue to support us with love and good wishes throughout our relationship. Our day celebrated our true love for one another while bringing together the people who mean the most to us, which is all we could have dreamed of.

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Photography: When He Found Her | Cinematography: Elle & Be Wedding and Lifestyle Cinematography | Event Planning: Distinct Occasions | Cake: Sweet Celebrations Wedding Cakes | Stationery: Paper & Poste | Ceremony Venue: Fallsview Casino Resort | Reception Venue: Chateau Des Charmes | Reception Catering: Queens Landing Catering | Ceremony Catering: Fallsview Casino Resort | Chairs: Detailz Chair Couture | Doves: Wedding Doves | Floral Garland Hindu Wedding: Fancy Florist | Floral Garland Zoroastrian Wedding : PARAS EVENTS | Florals & Ceremony Mandap: Stemz | Florals Ceremony Lunch: The Watering Can | Groom’s Tuxedo: Garrison Bespoke | Hindu Ceremony Bride’s Clothing: Flaire Fashion | Hindu Ceremony Groom’s Clothing: Wellgroomed Designs Inc. | Indian Sweets: Himalaya | Make up/Hair Ceremony: Maria Delduca Hair And Makeup Artistry | Make up/Hair Reception: Amplified Soul Makeup+Hair Couture | Music – Ceremony: Sahil Khan/Dr. Khan | Music – Reception: St. Royal Entertainment | Reception Linens: Around The Table | Reception Outfit – Bride: Wellgroomed Designs Inc. | Reception Tent Draping: Simply Beautiful Decor | Sweet Table: The Sweet Bash Co.

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