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Organic and Elegant Laurel Hall Wedding

Weddings like this make my heart happy. For these two triathletes their Big Day was an ode to nature, and naturally with April Foster Events behind the scenes it was extraordinary. Guests gathered for terrace cocktails and merriment underneath twinkling lights while the Bride donned a delicate J P Parker floral crown. Every moment captured by Megan W Photography is pure wedding bliss and we can relive it all right here.

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From The Bride…Mitch and I have a somewhat unique story of how we met. We were both at a triathlon (I signed up to compete last minute while I was home from school, and he was reminded the night before that he had agreed to cheer on a friend at this particular race). As fate would have it, he noticed me during the race, and I asked to meet him for coffee. Mitch and I have a shared love of exploring and adventuring, especially in the great outdoors, and when we began planning the wedding, our undeniable love of nature had to be in all our wedding details.

Every piece of this wedding was lovingly thought out. I found an artist on Etsy who helped me custom design our wedding invitations with watercolor. We chose to have the ceremony and reception at the breathtakingly beautiful Laurel Hall, a tree-covered property nestled right in the middle of Indianapolis, Indiana. I knew I had found my dress the minute I put it on – classic and timeless, with a hint of early 1960s glamour. Bridesmaid dresses were found on BHLDN, and perfectly complemented my gown. Friends helped create signage and programs, and streamers were hand-made to celebrate us down the aisle. And when it came to photographing our day, a lot of care was put into hiring an amazing photographer. We are so happy with Megan Wynn’s eye for beauty and her ability to capture our day.

Not long after we had booked the venue, Mitch and I made the decision to move to Portland, Oregon. Instantly, the mood of the wedding changed when we realized this was going to be more of a homecoming celebration. Our wedding was going to be the first opportunity in months to spend time with family and friends since our move across the country, and we wanted to have lots of liveliness, merriment, hugs, and stories to catch up on.

Mitch and I love the wilderness (much of the reason why we’ve always dreamed of ending up in the Pacific Northwest), and we knew we wanted to weave our love of forests and sunshine into the day. Details were left very natural – raw wood, greenery, mismatched crystal glasses, simple lights strung up on the terrace that were reminiscent of stars.

The ceremony was sweet and simple. Guests sat in mis-matched wood chairs, and sang our favorite hymns. Mitch’s dad married us (he also happened to make the weathered wood arbor), and I received the wedding ring worn by my great-grandmother. John Muir quotes were read, and we walked down the aisle as newly-weds to the sounds of a fiddle, guitar, and cello.

Dinner was held on Laurel Hall’s terrace, right before dusk. Guests enjoyed grown-up food stations (pasta, tacos, and sliders), local craft beer, as well as milk and homemade cookies from old family recipes. The evening continued with dancing to the sounds of an eight-piece band just inside from the star-lit backyard.

This was the most lovely day of my life; being married to my best friend has turned out to be even sweeter than the buttercream frosting layered between our unembellished wedding cake.

Photography: Megan W Photography | Wedding Planner: April Foster Events | Floral Design: J P Parker | Wedding Dress: Raimon Bundo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair: Terra Salon | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Decor: Violet Vintage | Makeup: The Makeup Studio By Danielle Wilson | Photography Assistant: Melody Carpenter | Venue: Laurel Hall

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30 Winter Bridal Essentials

Summer holds the reputation as “wedding season,” but we believe these winter months can also be the perfect backdrop for a cozy-chic soiree. With the help of our Look Book, we chose our favorite bridal essentials that’ll make all your winter wishes come true. From sparkly jewels to glamorous stoles, we’ve got you covered!

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Peony-Filled Spring Garden Wedding

Peony season may be months and months away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t indulge in a little wedding goodness filled with their pink, fluffy loveliness. It’s the epitome of springtime elegance and it has everything to do with Sugar Rush EventsPoppy StoneSweet On CakeOne True Love Vintage Rentals and the whole team of vendors behind this wildly romantic day. More from Christina McNeill right here!

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From Sugar Rush EventsWhen soft textured linens and florals meets hard elements and clean straight lines it’s a recipe for a beautiful wedding design. Our inspiration was modern elegance with just a touch of vintage details dabbled here and there. Michele and Benny loved modern and elegant details, but they craved that softness and romance that vintage brings to the table. We blended the two by using dark wood catalan tables and beautifully etched china and flatware on their guests tables and allowed the florals to the do vintage talking here. Beautiful burgundy, pink, peach, ivory flowers popped off the dark wood tables and brought life and richness to the design. In the barn we kept the design clean, and popped formal with the chandeliers and vintage lounge furniture; which were all highlighted with stunning lighting details. The couples fun personality could be seen in the custom dessert sequent backdrop and dog place card holder. From start to finish, this couples event brought their style, their love and their vision to life!

From The Bride…Our top priority was having our wedding be a relaxed party with family and friends. Benny is half-Thai and half-Chinese and his parents own a restaurant so needless to say, he was thinking about the food even before we were officially engaged. Sage did an amazing job of putting a modern twist on the 4-course Thai dinner (and the coconut pot de creme dessert, which our guests are still talking about!). Benny is not much of a dessert person and I love dessert so I happily took on cake tasting with my dessert-loving family. I kept hearing about Amber and her mother Heather and their amazing banana cake. Once I tasted that cake, I knew we had to have it since it reminded me so much of the banana bread my mom made while growing up.

Another one of our priorities was making sure all the details represented us. Our venue had everything we were looking for – an outdoor ceremony site, dinner under a tent and dancing in the barn. It had a rustic feel but was still elegant because of the tent. We love neutrals (our favorite color is grey) and added hints of gold/metallics, with pops of color that came through in the flowers. Since our French Bulldog, Peaty, couldn’t be there with us, we had to make sure he was there in spirit, so we made Frenchie escort cards so everyone could have a little bit of Peaty. One of our favorite ways to unwind is to catch up on our favorite TV shows while Benny enjoys a glass of scotch and I have a homemade cookie (or two) and we thought, what better way to share that with our guests than hand out “our favorite ways to end the night” (favor bags filled with his: a mini bottle of scotch and hers: a trio of fresh baked cookies).

It’s tough to narrow it down to just one moment but I can easily pick my favorite two. The anticipation leading up to seeing Benny, walking towards the tunnel where our first look was, seeing his smile and tears and having that moment alone with him. I’ll also never forget being under the dinner tent and seeing all the people we love all in one place, sharing in laughs and smiles.

There are so many wedding vendors out there so be sure to trust your gut. Although I’m very indecisive, once I met our photographer, Christina, and our florist, Claire, I knew it was fate. When I came home after meeting them, I told Benny, it was just like coming home from a first date, I just had this feeling and I knew they were the ones! From the moment we decided on Christina and Claire, I had my utmost trust in them…I didn’t have to tell them what I was envisioning, they just made everything happen and did what they do best.

From Poppy StoneThe Bride wanted designs that looked full and lush while still appearing natural but controlled. We brought in a metallic with gold mercury glass footed urns and candle holders to help elevate the look into a more elegant vibe for dinner.

Bride’s bouquet included the following…White Peony, Light Pink Garden Roses, Coral Pink Peony, White Parrot Tulips, Light Pink Ranunculus, Medium Pink Ranunculus, Fresh Green Small Leaf Geranium, Dusty Miller And Lambs Ear

Dining tables included…White Hydrangea, White Ranunculus, Light Pink Garden Roses, Coral Pink Peony, White Parrot Tulips, Light Pink Ranunculus, Pinky Coral Garden Rose, Medium Pink Peony, Medium Pink Ranunculus, Medium Pink Anemone, Light Pink Stock, Fresh Green Geranium, Dusty Miller, Seeded Eucalyptus, Dusty Green And Fresh Green Succulents, Bay Leaf And Lambs Ear.

Photography: Christina McNeill | Videography: N Compass Cinema | Floral Design: Poppy Stone | Wedding Gown: Vera Wang | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Stationery: JolieJolie Design | Ceremony Venue: Cornerstone Gardens | Reception Venue: Cornerstone Gardens | Brides Shoes: Alice And Olivia | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JS Collections | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alice And Olivia | Catering: Sage Catering | Hair & Makeup: Aimee Lam | Calligraphy: Lettered Life Shop | Lighting: Impact Lighting & Production | DJ: DJ Johnny Varsity | Groom's Shoes: Dunhill | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Suit: Tom Ford | Vintage Stamps: Treasure Island Stamps & Coins | Wedding Planning & Design: Sugar Rush Events

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Ann Taylor Weddings Spring Collection

I can’t help but love every collection Ann Taylor Weddings puts out, and this spring line is certainly no exception. Celebrating the femininity and uniqueness of a bride on her big day, these dresses are as lovely as can be. From modern silhouettes to feminine lace, this spring, Ann Taylor Weddings is all about pretty, pretty, pretty!

True to their clean, modern + classic look, Ann Taylor Weddings hits the mark with this collection of stunners which is focused around soft, flowing fabrics such as silk chiffon, drapey silky knit jersey, diaphanous tulle and feminine lace. Whether you’re drawn to a simple silhouette or a dress detailed with lace, there is something for every bride. And as a major plus for petite brides, most of the collection is offered in Petite sizes.

As always, Ann Taylor Weddings offers your ladies a classic + chic collection of bridesmaids dresses that they’ll wear over and over again. With a gorgeous palette ranging from soft pinks and greens to darker mauves and greys, there is a style, length and silhouette that will flatter all your girls. And the fabrics? Couldn’t be better. Offered in beautiful silk georgette and easy-to-wear knit jersey, these dresses are as pretty as they are comfortable. Who knows, you just may end up being your bridesmaid’s most favorite bride!

My dears, are you as smitten as I am? Head over here to take a look at the entire collection!

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