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Kathy and Christopher were married at Montecito Country Club in Santa Barbara, Calif. on December 29. “The Montecito Country Club was the first and only venue that we saw in person,” Kathy said. “With it’s rolling green hills, ocean views, and unique architecture, the country club was the ideal combination of charm and elegance. We knew right away that it was the perfect match for us.” The bride wore a sweetheart ruched ruffled wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled broach in her side updo, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a blush tie. “The one moment in our wedding day that I cannot stop thinking about is exchanging vows during the ceremony as the sun set behind us,” she said. “It was both meaningful and magical, and I remember wishing the moment would last forever.” The reception followed inside. Tables were decorated with garden rose, tulip, and hydrangea centerpieces, table names of places the couple had traveled together to, and homemade beer favors at each place setting. “Chris and I started working on those brews months before,” Kathy said. “It was a lot of work but definitely worth it.” Guests also danced the night away to a Beatles Tribute band and ate bread pudding cake. “We wanted to incorporate Chris’ Southern heritage into the wedding, and fortunately, our pastry chef had an amazing recipe,” she said.

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Photography:  Chelsea Elizabeth Photography | Venue: Montecito Country Club | Event Planner: Haber Event Group | Floral Designer: Grass Roots | Hair and Makeup Artist: LunaBella Makeup and Hair | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Cake: Christine Dahl Pastries | Beatles Tribute Band: Paperback Writer 

Blush Shabby Chic Backyard Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 02, 2014


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Amanda and Kyle were married in the backyard of family friends on September 28. “The fact that it was at a home made it that much more special,” Amanda said. “The location had a ‘ranch style’ feel, which went along with the theme for our wedding too.” She wore a Marilyn Monroe-inspired mermaid wedding gown by Oleg Cassini, accessorized with ALDO wedges, while bridesmaids wore long blush dresses. The moment Amanda walked down the aisle was like no other. “If my Dad wasn’t holding me up, I probably would have fallen down,” she said. “Seeing my handsome soon-to-be husband standing there waiting for me took my breath away and brought me to tears.” The outdoor reception was decorated with floral arrangements made by the bride’s mother and bridesmaids. Each place setting was a vintage glass plate. “I loved how no plate was the same but all were beautiful,” Amanda said. Guests found their seats via a french door seating arrangement and took Instagram pictures as long as they hashtagged #muirwedding2013. “All the chalkboard signs were made by my aunt, who is an art teacher,” she said. How unique! The three-tiered cake featured a layer resembling birch wood with a carving of “K + A” in it, and a candy bar doubled as favors.

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Photography: Michael Anthony Photography | Videography: Dennis Martinez of Rockwellian Films | Hair Stylist: Penelope Vaughn of Shannon Hair | DJ: Total Quality Music | Cake: Cake Goodness

Rustic Blush Summer Garden Wedding in Tennessee

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 24, 2013

Cara & Jeff 

July 12 

Franklin, Tennessee    


Q & A with the Bride:

1.  What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

I found CJ’s Off the Square through WeddingWire and fell in love online but didn’t think in a million years I would be able to hold my wedding there.  My fiancé and I were both from Nashville but living out of state.  The cute historic charm, the beautiful garden, and perfect touch of Nashville made it impossible to pass up, so we moved our wedding from Florida to back home.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

I don’t know if I could ever pick just three! I loved the moment that I walked in to see all of the details come together though!  The things that stood out the most were the amazing floral archway around the gazebo, the fun and fabulous photo prop section, and the girls beauty room to get ready in. 

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Our Maid of Honor speech by my sister was a rap about us to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air song, which I can’t stop singing so that should probably be at the top of my list, but the moment of walking down the aisle with my father, seeing all of the guest looking back, and seeing my husband a nervous wreck was worth every ounce of sweat and time put into the planning process.


Madeleine & Erin 

July 14 

New Hope, Pennsylvania   


Q & A with the Bride: 

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

HollyHedge Estate was the first and only wedding venue we visited. New Hope, Pa. is one of our favorite areas, so we were instantly intrigued. The second we arrived at HollyHedge, we knew.  It was the most beautiful, ethereal, rustic, fairytale place we had ever seen; too perfect.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Flowers – Mark Bryan and his team of experts did the most amazing job of translating what we asked for into the most amazingly beautiful floral arrangements!  They could not have been more perfect.

2. Table cards – Erin actually handmade our table cards himself.  They could not have been more darling and personal.  Just the right touch.  Our amazing wedding photographer, Rachel Pearlman took some amazing detail shots of the cards.

3. Toasts – Our families made such beautiful toasts to us during the reception.  In particular my mother, brothers and our bridal party.  So touching and sweet!

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

The first look.  I was led out to the fountain area in the front courtyard of HollyHedge Estate.  Erin was standing there with a pink ribbon tied as a blindfold across his eyes.  I was so excited and nervous at the same time as I walked towards him.  When I reached Erin, I took his hand in mine, and we told each other how much we loved one another.  He told me how he could not wait to spend the rest of his life with me, and I told him how lucky I felt to have such an amazing person in my life.  We turned to face each other,and I began to untie the ribbon.  As it fell away, I could see it in his eyes that were truly meant to be together.  We both felt so connected in that moment.  It was so special; like a real spark between two people.


Fairytale Blush Castle Destination Wedding in Ireland

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 04, 2013

Janice & Robert

August 11 

Limerick, Ireland


Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

Planning a destination wedding makes finding a venue so tricky because you can’t always see the places firsthand. However, we already had the idea of an Irish castle in mind — paying homage to Robert’s Irish ancestry and my fairy tale fantasy — so once we searched the web it was quite obvious which to choose. Adare Manor is rated as a 5-star hotel, and the grand stature was immediately appealing. I could easily tell just by looking at the website that this was the castle I had always imagined! I would say the appearance itself is what sold me on choosing Adare as my venue. 

2. Which four details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The Irish dancers were the perfect form of entertainment for my wedding. They were so captivating, and they had the whole crowd entranced. I’m beyond thrilled that we chose to hire them!

2. The ceremony site I chose was another of my favorite details, despite the fact that we were getting married at a castle, I wanted the ceremony site to be natural and understated, so the focus was on the beauty of the unity. We chose to get married beneath two oak trees, which are symbolic in Irish Culture for truth, stability, and longevity. I loved the way the florist strung ropes of roses from the branches of the oak trees. It was perfect. 

3. The centerpieces were beyond exquisite, and I can’t praise them enough. The florist alternated between tall glass vases and bird cages filled with blush and white flowers. The green amaranthus added the perfect touch of whimsical, which contributed to my enchanted forest theme, bringing the outdoors in. 

4. My wedding photographers were one of my favorite aspects because they captured every moment just as I remember it and even many moments I didn’t have the chance to see. I have a new addiction and it’s looking through my wedding album! Looks like I’m not the only one because I’ve caught Robert in his office entranced by the wedding pictures instead of working! Sure, you could say that any camera could have captured the day, but that would be far from the truth. The B. Mello team was creative, attentive and professional. I will cherish the images for the rest of my life.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about. 

Every aspect of my wedding was spectacular and picking just one moment is so hard! I think the greatest moment for me was walking outside with my bridesmaids anticipating the hotel shuttle being out front to take us to the ceremony site, and being totally surprised with a horse drawn carriage! This was the one detail that I didn’t plan and when my wedding planner presented me with the option, I declined to keep the budget in check. I didn’t even consult my groom about it. Robert has a hard time surprising me for one of two reasons: either I pester him until he tells me, or he gets way too excited and spills the beans prematurely. But he pulled this one off and it was so special, It brought me to tears. 


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