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A Destination Wedding in Maryland

Ann and Nathan currently live in Hawaii and planned their entire wedding long-distance. They chose to get married in Maryland because this is where the majority of their family resided. Ann chose a marsala and lavender color palette which blended beautifully with the Catoctin Mountain backdrop.A Destination Wedding in Maryland

A Destination Wedding in Maryland

A Destination Wedding in Maryland

A Destination Wedding in Maryland

A Destination Wedding in Maryland

A Destination Wedding in Maryland

A Destination Wedding in Maryland

A Destination Wedding in Maryland

A Destination Wedding in Maryland

A Destination Wedding in Maryland

A Destination Wedding in Maryland

A Destination Wedding in Maryland

A Destination Wedding in Maryland

A Destination Wedding in Maryland

A Destination Wedding in Maryland

A Destination Wedding in Maryland

A Destination Wedding in Maryland

A Destination Wedding in Maryland

A Destination Wedding in Maryland

CREDITS: Photographer: Amanda Adams Photography  //  Floral Designer: Candlelight Floral Designs  //  Venue: Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery  //  Bakery: SugarBakers

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A Snowy Christmas Wedding in Utah

From the bride, Sarah: Daniel and I are both avid skiers. We knew we wanted to get married in the mountains, it’s our favorite place in the whole world. We wanted a luxurious après ski wedding with a warm holiday glow and our closest family plus a few friends who were crazy enough to make the trip.

A Snowy Christmas Wedding in Utah

A snowy Christmas wedding in Utah

THE DAY OF
We had a blizzard the day of our wedding. The most beautiful thick white snowy blanket that fell steadily for the whole day and into the night, it was magical!!  A Snowy Christmas Wedding in Utah A Snowy Christmas Wedding in Utah A Snowy Christmas Wedding in Utah A Snowy Christmas Wedding in Utah A Snowy Christmas Wedding in Utah A Snowy Christmas Wedding in Utah A Snowy Christmas Wedding in Utah

THE RECEPTION
Our reception was filled with gold glittery candles, red holly berries, brown pinecones on deep green pine boughs, and aspen tree accents. I felt like I was outside in the mountains—but inside of the coziest lodge glowing with the most lovely holiday sparkle!

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ADVICE
Be chill. It’s your one and only dream-come-true day to celebrate the love of your life and the beginning of the rest of your forever together. At a certain point you let it go and just go with it because the day is going to be as wonderful as you allow it to be. Our day was wonderful and I did my best to soak up every moment

A Snowy Christmas Wedding in Utah

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Photographer: Logan Walker Photography  //  Event Designer: Silver Summit Event Design  //   Floral Designer: artisan bloom  //  Venue: Stein Eriksen Lodge

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A Fun Destination Wedding in California

From the bride, Alexandra: The thing we wanted most was a fun, outdoor wedding with our closest friends and family. That’s why we opted to do a wedding weekend (Friday through Sunday) and why we chose a venue where people could also stay the night. We rented out the entire venue for three days and filled all 50 rooms and cabins with our wedding guests. A Fun Outdoor Destination Wedding A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE STYLE
We have a love for both the outdoors and international travel, so we wanted that to come across in our theme. Our theme was a mix of outdoorsy/rustic, boho, romantic, and travel. We knew right away that we wanted an outdoor, mountain wedding and chose a wonderful venue where the ceremony, reception, and entire wedding weekend could be carried out under the trees and stars.

A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE FLOWERS
I knew I wanted a lot of flowers and greenery to match the outdoor venue. I chose mostly peonies and other flowers that were more boho, and avoided the traditional roses. My bouquet and floral halo were a mix of pink, coral, and cream flowers.

A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaPERSONAL TOUCH
My mother, brother, and I were born in Japan. According to Japanese tradition, anyone who folds 1000 origami cranes will be granted a wish by the Gods. For the wedding, she folded 1000 origami cranes to wish Joel and me a happy marriage. We displayed the cranes at the ceremony and reception.
A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE CEREMONY
The ceremony took place in a rectangular clearing in the middle of the woods. The trees lined the space and were the perfect backdrop. The arch at the front of the ceremony was made of wood and adorned with large floral bouquets. We also strung some of the origami cranes from the archway. We lined the ceremony walkway with flower petals to give a romantic feel to the space. My brother officiated the wedding and told our love story. We both wrote our own vows. Because we aren’t very religious, our vows were the longest part of the ceremony and were the most meaningful for us.

A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE RECEPTION
Our reception was outdoors in a clearing right near the ceremony. Each table had lace doilies handmade by my great-grandmother and flowers matching the ones in the archways and bouquets. We also had a lot of green foliage on the tables. The tables themselves were dark wood.

A Fun Destination Wedding in California A Fun Destination Wedding in California A Fun Destination Wedding in California A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE TABLE NAMES & FAVORS
Joel and I have traveled to 18 countries together so far. For the names of the tables at the reception, we chose the names of some of our favorite international cities, like Paris where Joel and I got engaged. To find their table assignments, guests had to go to a table where we laid out golden compasses with the names of each guest on them. Once they found their compass, they had to open the compass to see what city they were “traveling” to. The compasses were also functional compasses and doubled as party favors.

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Photographer: Clane Gessel Photography  //  Event & Floral Design: Quality Event Design  //  Caterer: Great Thyme Catering  //  Invitations:  The Stylish Scribe  //  Venue: Chalet View Lodge   //  Video: Ben Ridpath Films

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