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A Tuscan-Inspired Real Wedding by Amanda Patrice
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Jon and Keri first met while studying abroad in Italy, but it wasn’t until years later, when they ran into each other at a mutual friend’s birthday party in California, that the sparks flew. Their wedding was both a fun celebration of their love, and a snapshot of gorgeous, Tuscan-inspired details.  In fact, I’m in awe of just how much these photos by Amanda Patrice take me straight to the dreamy, rustic Italian countryside…I just love the sophistication of black bridesmaid’s dresses…  The palette featured black, pewter, and hints of purple.  Cupid’s Arrow Floral Studio worked with heavy greenery in the bouquets and décor to create a balancing effect, a pairing of deep hues with organic accents.

The Mission Inn couldn’t have been a more perfect venue…with its amazing architecture and old world ambiance. Italian lights hung from above, while authentic postcards marked each table. 

A special thanks to Amanda Patrice for sharing these awe-inspiring photos!

Sending heartfelt wishes to this beautiful couple, Jon + Keri…

Photos by Amanda Patrice

Reception Venue: The Mission Inn

Event Design by HMC Event Solutions

Bridal Beauty by Dollhouse Hair & Makeup Design

Flowers by Cupid’s Arrow Floral Studio

Video by Godfather Films

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Rustic Southern Wedding by Michael Moss Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

The setting in this week’s Real Wedding of the Week is just incredible.  Without even seeing it in person, Vanessa and Scott chose The Inn at Palmetto Bluff to host their dream of a good old fashioned Southern wedding.  They couldn’t have chosen a more perfect locale.  The charming architecture and breathtaking landscape of Carolina Lowcountry provided an entirely unique backdrop for their day.  Enjoy the gorgeous photos by Michael MossTo complement the setting, Vanessa and Scott opted for a neutral palette of pewter, beige, white and green.  The invitations were a custom design by etsy vendor {B.} Designs.  Vanessa layered strips of burlap on the paper goods, for a rustic effect. 

See the full feature in our Real Wedding Gallery, and read more of Vanessa and Scott’s story down below.

Photographs by Michael Moss

Venue: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff

Day-Of Coordination: Weddings with Leah

Flowers by Garden on the Square

Invitations by {B.} Designs

Cake Topper by YourTops

Cake by Signe’s Bakery

From the Bride: Scott and I met at a wedding!  A good friend of mine, who also happened to be a good friend of Scott’s sister, was getting married in October of 2008.   Both Scott and I ended up going stag and happened to find ourselves on the same corner of the dance floor when the band started to play one of the night’s inevitable slow songs, “At Last” by Etta James.  Instead of retreating to the bar with other singles in the crowd, and inspired by Scott’s parents’ endless energy on the floor, I asked Scott to dance.  A year later we were in Hawaii celebrating our one year anniversary.

Scott’s family has vacationed in Point Au Baril, Ontario, Canada for years. A vacation getaway passed down from generation to generation, several weeks out of every summer, the entire family makes it a point to get away from the rest of the world to relax and lavish in the natural, serene beauty of Point Au Baril to focus on the most important thing in this life: family. In the summer of 2010 I was invited along.  Mid week I was sitting down on the dock, book in hand, oversized straw hat shielding my face from the afternoon sun, when Scott came down from the house and asked me if I would like to go out and see the lighthouse. I jumped at the chance to go exploring and we hopped aboard a tiny wooden boat. In no time we were speeding across the inlet when I realized I had forgotten to grab shoes, Scott said it didn’t matter. His family had known the lighthouse keeper for years and he had called ahead. As we approached the lighthouse I was taken aback by how perfect it seemed perched where the water met the land, its red and white hues standing boldly against a backdrop of bright blue sky. We docked the boat and headed in. We were greeted at the front door with giant hugs from the tiny lighthouse keeper and her husband. We made our way to the back of the house where I was ushered up a tall ladder to the very top of the light house, out a small hatch, and back into the sun. We stood at the top of the deck, hand in hand beside the brilliant lamp which would guide boats back to Point Au Baril once the sun went down. It was so beautiful and such a perfect day!  Much to my surprise, Scott turned to me and said, “You know. I brought you out here for a reason…”, then he dropped to one knee, and pulled out a beautiful wooden ring box. I immediately burst into tears, I was completely shocked, and had absolutely no idea that he was going to propose. The next few minutes were a total blur. We kissed, I cried, and he slipped his great grandmother’s wedding ring onto my finger after I finally managed to get out a “YES, of course I will marry you!!!” When we went back downstairs, the lighthouse keeper presented us with a bottle of champagne and two antique glasses.  We found a place to sit on the rocks, drinking our champagne, and taking it all in while celebrating our future.

We wanted a good old fashioned Southern wedding… and we found the perfect place during a random google search.  The minute we saw the Chapel at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff we knew that was it!  We called and found that October 8, 2011 was booked… so we booked the very next weekend sight unseen and its a good thing we did!  It ended up pouring rain on October 8th in Bluffton, but on our big day, October 15th, the sun was out and a nice cool breeze lazed across the lawn.  It could not have been more perfect!  We actually planned our entire wedding from San Diego, before moving to Indiana.  Quite a challenge!  But we pulled it off and I have to say it was pretty incredible pulling onto the property, having never seen it, feeling like we were coming home, and having it not only meet but exceed all expectations!

We picked a natural palette of colors to complement the absolutely stunning grounds and scenery of our venue. Our invitations were custom made from a designer on Etsy that helped me to create one of my favorite elements for our wedding.  We used dark grey and ivory papers with burlap bands and unique touches that made it “us”.  The florals featured oversized white dahlias and draping greenery reminiscent of the huge Spanish Oaks covered in moss that originally caught our eye and drew us to the locale.  The guys wore lightweight tan suits with grey tennis shoes that matched the bridesmaid’s dresses.  The palette reminded us of the color of sand and the color of water on the May River at twilight. My dress and jewelry had a very vintage feel with a soft, understated Southern elegance.  I did a lot of the décor myself, using burlap and twine.  I even made my own clutch from burlap and a vintage bridal headband I found at an antique store!  We had a trolley transport the wedding party to add a little Southern thrill.  Scott’s two best friends played acoustic guitars and my little sister sang me down the aisle to “Make You Feel My Love.”  We had about 100 guests in the tiny chapel, filling it to the brim.  Fishbowl vases were filled with an assortment of flowers and hung on the end of each pew.  Our cake was another one of our custom touches! Scott’s dad makes custom vintage wedding cake toppers and he made an intricately detailed replica for us- including details like Scott’s beard and tennis shoes, along with the exact details of my dress.  Our friends and family came from all over to join us in Bluffton and I think it was an experience that none of us will forget!

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Vintage Elegance in the Midwest
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Inspired by the idea of creating a new ‘story’ together, Sarah and Jeff had a storybook-themed wedding.  A day of sheer vintage elegance, we’re loving the antique blue and pewter palette and classic details.  Everything from Sarah’s Robert Bullock bridal gown, to the bridesmaid’s J. Crew dresses was in perfect style. The pair met while attending the University of Madison, but they currently live in Germany where Jeff is a pro hockey player and Sarah is getting her Master’s Degree in counseling. Notice the sweet storybook graphic on their sophisticated navy and white programs. The couple was overjoyed to be married at the same church that Sarah’s parents had been wed in, the historic Westminster Presbyterian in downtown Minneapolis.There was more classic beauty and elegant vintage styling at their Minikahda Club reception. 

There’s lots more to see from Sarah and Jeff’s beautiful day in our real wedding gallery!

Photographs by Paper Antler Boutique Photography

Bridal gown by Robert Bullock Bride

Bridesmaid’s Dresses by J. Crew

Ceremony: Westminster Presbyterian

Reception Venue: Minikahda Club

Day of Coordination by Sarah Bein of Landing Feet First

Flowers by Martha’s Gardens

Cake by Wuollet’s Bakery

And if you’re marrying in 2012… find out about Paper Antler‘s wedding photography tour around the country.  They are photographing fifty weddings in fifty states to raise $50,000 to fight human trafficking. (And they’re booking now)!

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Ultra Elegant Museum Wedding
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Abby and Jeff’s Philadelphia wedding was a day of total sophistication…  When we saw the photos, we just couldn’t get enough of the juxtaposition of pewter and deep pinks, the pristine planning that went into their day, and the mocha wedding cakes!  The bride is a veteran in the wedding industry, so once engaged, she couldn’t wait to dive into the planning process and put her personal touch on every last detail.
The ceremony and reception were both held at the Please Touch Museum, a beautiful and very grand Beaux Arts style building built in 1876 for the Centennial Exposition.  Two hundred guests were in attendance, including the couple’s very handsome dachshund : )

The couple made use of antique family heirlooms like silver platters, vessels, candlestick holders, and handsewn linens to make the chupah.  Max and Me Catering passed tapas style eats all night long. The guests also enjoyed two sushi bars and finished off the evening with mocha wedding cake (mmmmm)! and several flavors of cupcakes served with shots of Milk.  Along with their loved ones, the newlyweds danced the night away to a twelve piece band. Many congratulations to Abby and Jeff…

Photographs by Tatiana Breslow

Bridal Gown by Pronovias

Cakes by Whipped Bakeshop

Entertainment by A Sharp Productions

Flowers by Emily Haff

Venue: The Please Touch Museum

Catering by Max & Me

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