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Elegant Styled Anniversary Session

It’s been a year since Christian and Susie wed, and on a rainy Utah afternoon they gathered together with Mariel Hannah for a romantic anniversary shoot, creating beautiful memories to celebrate their first year together. Flower Afternoon created perfectly styled blooms for this magical set of images—we are swooning over the lush marigold, pale coral, crimson, and green bouquet. Kali Chris styled Susie with the most lovely sideswept updo and soft makeup. We’re so in love with the love these two share as captured by Mariel Hannah!

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Yellow and Peach Bouquet

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Anniversary Shoot Mariel Hannah

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Dark Yellow Red Peach BouquetRomantic Bride Makeup

Marigold and Green BouquetCoral and Fuchsia Flowers

Peach and Marigold BouquetHandtied Bouquet

Red and Peach Wedding FlowersSideswept Bride Updo

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How did you meet?

We met when my husbands friend started giving my roommate and I rides to campus. I had a huge crush on him but it didn’t help that a couple of his friends were actively pursuing me. After a few months of just being friends, he finally made the first move.

When did you know he/she was the “one”?

We took a road trip to Oregon with some friends to see a Sigur Ros concert. It was a long 12 hours in the car and I was shocked he still liked me afterwards because I tend to get cranky on long car rides. We stayed at a cabin and it was the first time we were together every minute of every day. Instead of getting sick of each other, we both realized that we couldn’t stand the idea of being apart from the other. 

Tell us about your wedding:

Our wedding was very low key. We had a morning ceremony, and then had the whole day to relax before the reception. The reception was at my aunt’s backyard in Midway, Utah. She has a beautiful yard and it was the perfect setting for a summer wedding. We kept the decorations to a minimum and let the backdrop of the mountains speak for themselves! The two things we were insistent on having were the photo booth and Dippin’ Dots for catering! We wanted our celebration to be laid back and fun for our guests.

As you look back on your wedding is there anything you would have done differently?

I would have relinquished some control and not have worried about all the little details! Everyone seems to say that and it’s true! We were so wrapped up in the love we had for each other that we hardly noticed how the tables were set up or what music the DJ played. I could have saved myself from a lot of unnecessary pre-wedding stress!

What has been your favorite experience during the first year of marriage?

Becoming our own little family! It has been so fun to live together and day dream about our future home, children and even pets. It’s best feeling to come home from work and know that someone will be waiting to greet me with a hug and a kiss. Really just everything about marriage is great, even with its ups and downs.

Photography – Mariel Hannah | Creative Direction and Florals – Flower Afternoon | Hair and Makeup – Kali Chris | Dress – Revolve Clothing

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10 Kraft Paper Wedding Ideas

Kraft Paper in WeddingsFrom styling the aisle to dressing up the tabletop, here are 10 ways to use kraft paper in your wedding!

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    Romantic Florida Ballroom Wedding

    We can almost feel the warm Florida sun beaming from these lovely images of Morgan and Brad’s wedding at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point! The couple, who met when they were 12 and 15, were long-distance sweethearts during Morgan’s time in college, and during their time apart, their love only grew stronger. Brad proposed on New Year’s Day on the beach in Naples, with their family hiding close by. After proposing, they were whisked away on a sunset cruise to celebrate with champagne! Morgan envisioned a wedding day full of rustic elegance, and enlisted At Last Wedding + Event Design and Isn’t She Lovely to bring it to life. Their outdoor ceremony was decorated with greenery to match the lush Florida landscape, and their ballroom reception brought the outdoors in with swaths of greenery festooning the tables along with a mix of high and low rose and candle centerpieces from Isn’t She Lovely. The pink and green color palette is punchy but classic, and was accented with the slightest touch of amber on the tables. Every detail is captured flawlessly in the images from Anastasiia Photography!

    Classic Summer BrideBride in Lace Gown

    Pale Mauve Bridesmaids Dresses

    Rustic Wedding Arch Decor

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    Blush Bridesmaids Dresses

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    Pink and Green Wedding Reception

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    Ivory and Pink Wedding Reception

    Green Pink and Amber Centerpiece

    Place Setting in Blush and GreenBlush Rose and Greenery Low Centerpiece

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    Photography – Anastasiia Photography | Venue – Hyatt Regency Coconut Point | Wedding Coordination – At Last Wedding + Event Design | Floral – Isn’t She Lovely | Stationery – Paradise Papers | Cinematography – Life and Love Studio | Rentals – All Things Vintage and Niche Event Rental | Hair – Dre Alikaj | Makeup – Duality Artistry | Bridesmaids Dresses – Watters | Shoes – Stuart Weitzman | Officiants – Johnny Pereira and Ted Sauter | Band and Lighting – Brett Foreman Productions

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    Welcome To The Weekend

    We are ending this week on a high note with the announcement of two new additions to the EAD family! Based in Los Angeles, the fabulous team at Esoteric Events creates one-of-a-kind events because they know their couples are one-of-a-kind. They believe that the most memorable events start when their dedication and your vision come together seamlessly. We are also thrilled to introduce you to Mill Crest Vintage! For the bride-to-be, who wants to find that one-of-a-kind vintage wedding dress, their bridal salon is filled with an exquisite mix of the classics in all shapes and styles from Edwardian to the 1980’s and every decade in between. With the exciting news announced, we thought it would be fun to wrap things up with what inspired us most this week!

    Romantic Lace Wedding Gown

    {Image photographed at the Erich McVey Workshop via Once Wed}

    A few of our favorites from the week:

    From gorgeous gowns to pretty accessories, check out our latest additions in the EAD Shop.

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    Brooklyn Warehouse Wedding

    There simply isn’t one single thing we don’t adore about Jen and Jesse’s modern Brooklyn wedding. Rather than a formal dinner, the couple chose to enjoy a progressive cocktail party with their guests, a perfect mix of formality and casualness. Liberty Warehouse set the perfect scene with its industrial aesthetic. The organic greenery from Violet and Verde highlighted the brick, wood, and metal throughout the venue. As if their locale couldn’t get more breathtaking, Jen’s father created a wooden altar from scratch that, paired with Violet and Verde‘s floral, made an exquisite and personal ceremony backdrop. Jen is a vision in her Blush by Hayley Paige dress from The White Gown and the bridesmaids’ dresses add just the right pop of color. Even their choice of wedding date is perfection—they were married on Loving Day, the anniversary of the overturning of the criminalization of interracial marriage in the US. We know that you’ll join with us in falling head over heels for every sweet moment as captured by Kat Harris Photography!

    Hayley Paige GownBridesmaids in Red and Blue

    Modern Wedding Stationery

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    Gold Wedding JewelryBlue and Red Floral Bridesmaids Dress

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    Red Bridesmaids Dress

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    Brooklyn Wedding Liberty Warehouse Kat HarrisTable Runner of Greenery

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    Modern Brooklyn Wedding

    From the bride: Our wedding was fun, relaxed, and filled with so much love and excitement! We were so lucky to be able to have the wedding we wanted, with a perfect mix of formality and casualness. Our officiants (our close friends) wrote the sweetest and funniest ceremony to celebrate our love for each other and our families, we had a progressive cocktail party (instead of formal dinner) which our venue executed without a hitch, and our band rocked the house all night starting with our first dance to Prince’s “Kiss.” Brooklyn and NYC was where I was born and raised, where Jesse spent many of his formative years, and where we made our home, and we wanted to show our guests what our beautiful borough had to offer. Liberty Warehouse was the perfect venue to to show off Brooklyn’s industrial charm, and have a great view of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan. We also got married on Loving Day, the anniversary of the overturning of the criminalization of interracial marriage in the U.S., and it was so meaningful to have that day be part of our story.

    I remember all the laughter and smiles throughout the ceremony, all the dancing and arms in the air during the reception, and the speech our moms’ wrote together, which was so sweet, touching, and funny. Our moms live on opposite coasts, and communicated over the phone and email to coordinate their speech to us. It was so touching.

    Photography – Kat Harris Photography | Venue – Liberty Warehouse | Floral – Violet and Verde | Save the Dates – Daydream Prints | Invitations – Paperless Post | Vow Books – BHLDN | Band – Kinky Spigot & The Welders | Lighting – ULS NYC | Hair Stylist – H2 Salon | Makeup Artist – Makeup by Heidi | Bridesmaids Dresses – J.Crew, Cynthia Rowley, and Donna Morgan | Gown – Blush by Hayley Paige from The White Gown | Earrings – Elizabeth and James | Bracelets – Vrai and Oro | Rings – Catbird NYC and Ken & Dana Design | Veil/Headpiece – M&J Bridal Salon | Bride’s Shoes – Loeffler Randall | Suit – J.Crew | Afterparty – New York Water Taxi

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