Madelyn & Chad | November 4th | Knoxville, TN
From the bride: When we set out to plan our wedding, Chad and I wanted each decision to be intentional and honest about who we are. This day is so special and every aspect is a reflection of our lives and the people we love. My best friend and maid of honor designed our invitation suite and read a piece by my favorite poet during the ceremony. My dream dress was a custom collaboration with my dear friend, mentor, and talented designer Kate McDonald. Our photographs were taken by the couple who introduced us, who also hosted our wedding at their beautiful home. Our flowers and decor were curated by the kind and so creative Allie King, with Sassafras Flowers.
The day of our wedding was an absolute dream. It was a warm and sunny 60+ degrees with the most amazing orange and purple sunset. As we were saying our vows, the sun dipped over the mountains and the sky began turning the most gorgeous pastel colors. We are so thankful to our family, friends, and everyone who was a part of the best day of our lives. We are so grateful to be surrounded by so much love and support and will never forget this day.
THE WEDDING TEAM
Photographer: JoPhoto // Venue: Gallaher Bend // Floral Designer: Sassafrass Flowers // Beauty: Whitney Evans Beauty // Caterer: Bradford Catered Events // Accommodations: Downtown 211 // Dress Designer: Kate McDonald Bridal
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Cara and Keith’s wedding at the Chateau Lake Louise was a chance to celebrate their New York City love story with the bride’s massive Albertan family and introduce the beautiful Rockies to the couple’s urban guests that had flown in mostly from NY, SF, London, and Hong Kong for the occasion. The couple wanted to create a warm and celebratory atmosphere that would both complement the beautifully lush mountain setting and reflect the understated modern elegance of the newly updated Victoria Ballroom where the reception was held. For the waterfront ceremony on Victoria Terrace, they let nature take center stage, enhancing the blue of the lake and skies with pops of blue in the fuschia, pink and peach bouquets.
For the reception, they were determined to have long feasting tables –the longer the better, to create a sense of togetherness and facilitate conversation amongst old friends and new. Lush grey-green garlands of Eucalyptus ran down the center of the tables, bringing the natural theme indoors and providing a muted backdrop to the roses that seemed to bloom from the garlands. The low florals ensured that revelers could see and hear each other clearly, and the ivory pillar candles dotting the length of the tables ensured everybody was cast in a romantic, flattering glow. The silvery napkins provided a modern contrast to the light gold linens. Rose gold sequined linens added a touch of glamour to the head table. The couple infused personal touches throughout, from handmade magnetic gold animal place-card holders to reflect their joint love of wildlife, to tables named after the 9 separate cities that they lived in until they met, to a dessert table laden with the couple’s favourite treats –mini cupcakes in creative flavor combinations, a towering croquembouche dusted in icing sugar like snow on a mountain top, macarons in rose, mango, and green tea, lemon meringue tartlets, and mini smore cookie sandwiches to tie back to the welcome bonfire-and-smore reception held the night before on the shores of the lake.
THE WEDDING TEAM
Photographer: Infused Studios // Event Planner: Evelyn Clark Weddings // Flowers: Flower Artistry // Venue: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise // Rentals: Special Event Rentals // Desserts (except croquembouche): Kake by Darci // DJ: Pez Productions // Hair: Hammerheadz Salon
From the bride: Three and a half years ago I met the love of my life, Josh, in a place I wouldn’t have expected – the gym! I was looking to amp up my exercise routine, so I joined a local fitness team that he happened to be a member of. At first, I felt a little intimidated and knew I could use some guidance. Josh was so welcoming and had this genuine kindness about him that seemed so rare in the fitness world, so of course, I asked him for help! It didn’t hurt that he happened to be really, really handsome! From the get-go, there was a crazy connection between us. It felt like we had known each other for so long like we had always been the best of friends. He was so easy to talk to, laugh about inappropriate things with and complain about working out too! We spent almost every day together just talking and getting to know each another on a really deep level. It didn’t take long for us to fall in love!
Josh and I knew we wanted our wedding to be low key, simple and romantic so eloping was perfect. With North Carolina being our first choice, Meghan Rolfe Photography suggested Max Patch and it was absolutely beautiful! We couldn’t have picked a better spot to share our vows and express our love for each other.
From the photographer: It all started with a dress. We were so inspired by this gown that we knew we had to use it in an innovative and refreshing way. We were dreaming of a perfectly pink, whimsical, refreshing spring garden inspiration shoot. We started showing “Lindsay” off to many of our vendor friends and we knew we wanted to work with people who were just as inspired as we were. Somehow, this pretty little number nestled it’s way into all of our hearts and created this rare form of magic. The magic grew and grew. Our shoot seemed to take on a life of it’s own and evolved right before our eyes. We started referring to it as our “Through the looking glass” shoot, as a little nod to “Alice In Wonderland.” Like Alice, it grew and evolved so much throughout the planning process. Before long, we had a cake that matched the print of the gown, Alice In Wonderland inspired treats, paper cranes, paper lanterns and collectible rabbits involved in the shoot. Everyone’s heart became intertwined in this day and it quickly became very personal for each and every one of us that there were. Now, there is something to be said about working with vendors that share the same vision as you. Since it was so near and dear to each of our hearts, the enthusiasm of the day was absolutely infectious.
THE STYLE TEAM
Photographer: C. Baron Photography | Heirlooms: Love Birds Vintage Rentals & Styling | Invitation Designer: My Urban Invites | Floral Designer: College Park Flowers | Event Designer: Sweet Tea and Linen | Wedding Dress: Renegade Bridal | Event Planner: A&E Weddings and Events | Venue: Oak Tree Manor | Bakery: Icing the Event | Makeup Artist: LP Makeup and Beauty | Cake Designer: Edible Moments
Sarah & Patrick | Breckenridge, Colorado
From the bride: We had a planned trip to visit Patrick’s family for Christmas in Colorado before moving overseas, and figured it would be the opertune time & place to get become husband and wife. Everything happened so fast for us. We were engaged in August, and we really wanted to be married December 21st, which left little time for planning and coordinating a wedding across the country. My husband loves winter and the mountains, and I loved the significance of the winter solstice, “after December 21st, every day becomes a little brighter than the last.
We were instantly drawn to Sapphire point for our elopement location for several reasons. Sapphire is the December birthstone, and Patrick got me the most beautiful sapphire engagement ring. We were also staying close by, in Breckenridge for Christmas, and while looking in the location for a potential elopement spot, we could not believe it’s incredible beauty.
Just Do it! I love how the day was truly just for us. However it was also important for me to feel like a “bride” . To be able to wear a beautiful wedding dress, and pick out a cake + bouquet. I feel by eloping we avoided all of the stress that comes with planning an actual wedding. For example, the bouquet we had selected from a florist did not arrive by our expected date as planned. Which meant I had to make my own very last minute (which was actually ended up incredibly fun) I don’t know how one would be able to handle an entire floral arrangement for a wedding party and ceremony not arriving on time. We could not imagine having gotten married any other way.
THE WEDDING TEAM
Photographer: We, The Light Photography | Hair + Make-up: First Impressions Salon & Spa | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Bride’s Shoes: Oxford Pumps By Ralph Lauren Purple Label | Groom’s Suit: Charles Trywitt | Bouquet + Hairpiece: hand made by the bride
Mendy & Bryan | Landrum, South Carolina
From the bride: We met in Atlanta GA, we were both coaching college softball at the time. I was looking for my rental car in the parking lot and he almost hit me with his car.
Bryan proposed at my families Beach house, over looking the inter coastal waterway. My family was there and was able to experience the special moment together. Now every time I go to the beach with my family it reminds me of our sweet engagement.
Chapel at the Cliffs, I knew I wanted to get married in a chapel and the chapel at the cliffs was the perfect spot to walk down the aisle. It is a very special and unique chapel.
My favorite part of the day was when the chapel doors opened and I saw my husband. You always dream of your wedding and what it would be like, but when those doors opened it was the best feeling in the whole world.
My favorite part of the day was kissing my bride for the first time. -Bryan
Looking back, our wedding was special because we were surrounded by our friends and family which was super important to us.
THE WEDDING TEAM
Photographer: Chris Isham Photography | Wedding Planner & Design: Meagan Warren Weddings | Bridal Boutique: The White Magnolia | Cake: Tessa Pinner | Ceremony: Glassy Chapel | Ceremony Musicians: EdgeWire Music | Film: Richard Photo Lab | Florals: Katelyn Pinner Studio | Reception: Glassy Clubhouse at The Cliffs | Rentals: Ultrapom
With a stunning floral bouquet and a breathtaking backdrop in the Cascade Mountains, these images have us dreaming of summer days. This shoot took place at the summit of Zopkios just outside Vancouver via the Coquihalla Highway. The area has a distinctive ridgeline that appears as if Mother Earth sliced through the rock revealing the granite slab leading up to the top. Although the original shoot location was relocated last-minute due to a grazing mama grizzly and her cub, the style team found a nearby wildflower meadow free of local wildlife. This talented group of wedding pros designed a simple and gorgeous shoot that truly showcases the unfathomable beauty and romanticism that is the Rocky Mountains.
THE STYLE TEAM
The big city met Rocky Mountain charm in the heart of Beaver Creek, Colorado at this mountain destination wedding. Rachael and Keegan were married on a warm early summer day at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. Their friends and family enjoyed fresh mountain air, lots of love, and with the help of their furry friend, R&K said their “I do’s”. The couple wanted to keep the design of their wedding very simple, yet elegant. Rachael’s classic dress was a stunning match with Keegan’s striking blue suit. Her bridesmaids all wore different gowns in neutral colors and patterns. Flowers were simple, yet formal – green and white with explosions of eucalyptus and hydrangea. Th reception flowers included a stunning installation of greenery and orbs over the tables while garlands adorned the elegant ballroom chandeliers. Guests flew in from all over the country and had a blast dancing the night away!
THE WEDDING TEAM
Planning and Design: Banks & Leaf | Photography: Jason-Gina | Floral Designer: Vail Vintage Magnolia | Stationery: Sweet Zion Paperie | Venue: Ritz-Carlton | Rentals and Decor: Pink Monkey Solutions | Musicians: Funkiphino | Makeup: Faces by Liz | Hair: Bisou Beauty