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Classic New Orleans Wedding in the Rain

Julie and Nick met while attending Tulane Law School, and after being together for only a year and a half, Nick was diagnosed with cancer. After weathering that storm together, it’s only appropriate that the couple celebrated their spring wedding with some April showers, sure to bring good luck for this strong and loving couple’s life together. They chose to say “I Do” surrounding by their family, friends, and stunning Louisiana Oak trees at the stately Stella Plantation, Everyone embraced the spring sprinkles by donning umbrellas and wellies for the ceremony. Then, after a walk under the cover of the oak trees to the reception tent, they enjoyed a candlelight dinner and danced the night away to the tunes of Atlanta Rhythm and Groove. We absolutely adore the sophisticated blue and white color palette. Patterned linens from La Tavola are perfectly topped with a sea of candlelight and fluffy white hydrangea centerpieces designed by Kim Starr Wise. A rainy-day wedding is no easy feat to pull off, but Sapphire Events carried it out with aplomb. We are completely charmed by each beautiful image from Catherine Guidry!

Jimmy Choo Silver HeelsWedding Invitations with Blue Ink

Rainy New Orleans Wedding Catherine GuidryWhite Peony Bouquet

Bride in Hunter Boots

Bridesmaids in Wellies

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Rainy New Orleans Wedding Catherine Guidry

Rainy New Orleans Wedding Catherine GuidryRainy New Orleans Wedding Catherine Guidry

Wedding Party in Rain Boots

Hydrangea and Peony Wedding FlowersWhite Calligraphy Wedding Sign

Handwritten Seating ChartWhite and Blue Wedding Reception

White Hydrangea CenterpiecesBlue and White Patterned Tablecloths

Cake with White Flowers on TopBlue and White Wedding Reception

Photography – Catherine Guidry | Venue – Stella Plantation | Wedding Planning – Sapphire Events | Floral – Kim Starr Wise | Stationery – 5 by 7 Designs | Videography – Bauer Productions | Catering – Food Art | Bakery – Gambino’s | Rentals – Perrier Party Rentals | Linens – La Tavola | Ceremony Music – Harry Hardin | Band – Atlanta Rhythm and Groove | Transportation –  American Luxury | Hair and Makeup – Kiss and Makeup | Bridesmaids Dresses – Lula Kate | Gown – Liancarlo | Shoes – Jimmy Choo | Suits – J.Crew | Ties – Charles Tyrwhitt

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    Welcome To The Weekend

    Since there are only a few things that we love more than our vendor guide members, we thought it would be perfect to end the week by introducing you to the newest additions to the EAD family.  If you heart beautiful baubles as much as we do, then you must check out EarringsNation.  Brides planning their destination wedding will love Weddings in Tuscany by Chiara Sernes‘ creative design expertise, knowledgeable planning advice, and professional coordination services to produce exquisite, timeless weddings.  As a former wedding planner and stylist, Miranda Hattie Photography brings a unique approach to the art of photography and a complete understanding of the swift pace of a wedding day.  Whether you are dreaming of a lavish wedding or a laid-back summer dinner party, New Orleans-based floral designer Kim Starr Wise Floral Events‘s focus is to create memorable and breathtaking environments filled with exceptional beauty and detail.  Body meet Bride is the perfect match for the bride-to-be who wants to look and feel their absolute best on their wedding.  Finally, Summer Newman Events specializes in all types of events—whether you’re planning a small intimate party or a large over-the-top extravaganza!

    Beaded Lihi Hod Wedding DressColorful Central Park Elopement Lindsay Madden Photography

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    Chicago Art Deco Inspired Wedding

    Katie and Aaron were married on the same weekend that her parents said “I Do” 31 years prior. After a traditional ceremony at St. Joseph’s Church, the wedding party made their way to The Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, with its dramatic art deco ballroom. They fell in love with the magic of 1920’s inspired floral designs during their planning process, and the fabulous Kelly Marie from Fleur brought the vision to life with clematis blooms, peach cafe au lait dahlias, garden roses, ranunculus and hyrangea. The bridesmaids’ bouquets featured sparkly gold ribbons, which perfectly complemented their floor length navy gowns from Dessy. The couple sprinkled ersonal touches—such as their signature drinks named after their best man and maid of honor and family photo table—throughout the day to honor family and friends, and we love the fun of having bagpipers lead the guests into the ballroom after cocktails! Prepare to fall in love with each image from Sarah Postma Photography!

    Gold Sequin Ribbon on BouquetBride in Sottero and Midgley

    Clematis and Dahlia Bouquet

    Ballroom Wedding in Chicago Sarah PostmaNavy Bridesmaid Dress

    Navy Bridesmaids Dresses

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    Chicago Skyline Wedding Photo

    Bride with Pale Peach BouquetChicago Olive Park Wedding Photos

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    Green Hydrangea ArrangementFamily Photos at Wedding

    Hotel Ballroom Wedding

    Pink Dahlia CenterpieceTall Peach and Green Centerpiece

    Gold and Black Wedding

    Bagpipers at WeddingWedding Cake with Dahlias

    Bride and Groom on Dance Floor

    From the bride: Throwing a celebration that sincerely reflected our love with thoughtful touches that played homage to our relationship was important to Aaron and I as we planned our mid-September wedding. In a classic downtown setting, we wanted our wedding to feel warm, inviting and unique. It was important to us to incorporate to play up the art deco inspiration of our historical Chicago venue with touches that wouldn’t overwhelm but compliment the already ornate space. The best part of our wedding was taking in the events of the day together throughout the day- after our grand exit from the church (I wish I could bottle up that feeling! We floated down the steps and the joy between us was radiant. The photos captured the moment perfectly!), having a quiet moment to ourselves to reflect on how meaningful the ceremony was to us was an incredible way to start our lives as husband and wife.

    Photography – Sarah Postma Photography | Ceremony Venue – St. Joseph’s Church | Reception Venue – The Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel | Floral – Fleur | Day-of Coordination – Camille Victoria Weddings | Stationery – Minted | Bakery – Alliance Bakery | DJ – Toast & Jam | Hair and Makeup – Jean Ramos | Bridesmaids Dresses – Dessy | Gown – Sottero and Midgely from Bella Bianca | Jewelry – Givenchy and J.Crew | Bride’s Shoes – J. Renee | Suit – Tommy Hilfiger | Groom’s Shoes – Cole Haan | Groomsmen Suits – Men’s Wearhouse | Bridesmaids Jewelry – J.Crew | Bridesmaids Robes – Silk and More

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    Classic + Colorful Golf Club Wedding

    Laura and James were married on a lovely summer day at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, New Jersey. Rolling hills and trees were the perfect backdrop for the ceremony, held alongside the mansion overlooking the golf course, and the natural beauty of the upper lawn set the stage for the cocktail hour. The reception tent featured punchy florals from Jardiniere and cheerful details like the coasters from For Your Party and balloon guest book by Suzy Shoppe. Peach Donna Morgan bridesmaids dresses were the perfect complement to Laura’s gorgeous and airy Jim Hjelm gown. Peony Events made sure the day went off without a hitch, and guests partied throughout the evening to the sounds of Phase One. We are head over heels for these classic images from Charlie Juliet Photography!

    New Jersey Golf Club Wedding Charlie Juliet

    Jim Hjelm GownBride in Jim Hjelm

    Peach and Navy Wedding Invitations

    White Peony BouquetPale Peach Donna Morgan Dresses

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    Blue and White Hydrangea ArrangementNew Jersey Golf Club Wedding Charlie Juliet

    New Jersey Golf Club Wedding Charlie Juliet

    New Jersey Golf Club Wedding Charlie JulietNew Jersey Golf Club Wedding Charlie Juliet

    Colorful CenterpiecesFun Wedding Coasters

    Hot Pink and Orange CenterpieceCenterpiece with Fuchsia Peony

    Gold and Colorful ReceptionNavy and Peach Wedding Stationery

    Balloon Guest BookI Do Wire Cake Topper

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    From the bride: I couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful day for our wedding celebration. There was hardly a cloud in the light blue sky and everything came together perfectly with the help of Peony Events and was captured beautifully by Charlie-Juliet.

    The day began with the bridal party gathering in the Brady Estate to get ready. The upstairs guest rooms are decorated with floral and feminine details, which was perfect for primping with my mom and bridesmaids. The groomsmen had the more masculine downstairs library, bar, and sitting room to relax in before the day’s festivities commenced.

    For the ceremony, I loved how our guests were seated alongside the mansion overlooking the golf course while we exchanged our vows. During cocktail hour, they were able to take in the scenery on the upper lawn. The reception took place in a white draped tent and gold chandeliers and featured a large dance floor. The stately but simple tent was the perfect backdrop to the punchy floral arrangements from Jardiniere decorating each table.

    The main inspiration for the day was playing off the colors naturally present at Hamilton (green, white, gold), and tying in navy, light blue, and peach in the bridal party attire, flowers, and invitation suite/day of pieces from Mae Mae Co.

    I was immediately drawn to my dress because of the airy petals that adorned the ballroom style skirt. I designed our cake to match the ribbon on my dress belt, the white peonies in my bouquet, and the swiss dot pattern on our napkins and escort cards.

    I also wanted to fill the day with personal touches for guests who traveled from near and far to be with us. We packed our welcome bags with our favorite treats including salt water taffy from Shriver’s of Ocean City NJ, our favors were NY-made Momofuku Milk Bar cookies, we added “C” initialed match barrels to the tables since we collect matchbooks from places we have visited, and we created coasters to save our guests’ drinks so they could spent the night on the dance floor.

    One of my favorite takeaways from the day is the photo of all our guests on the mansions steps. It’s an all-encompassing reminder of everyone who shared the day with us. From start to finish, our wedding was a beautiful celebration filled with love, laughter, and fun with our closest friends and family. I wish we could do it again!

    Photography – Charlie Juliet Photography | Venue – Hamilton Farm Golf Club | Floral – Jardiniere | Day-of Coordination – Peony Events | Stationery – Mae Mae & Co. | Calligraphy – Calligraphy By Michele | Favors – Momofuku Milk Bar | Videography – Digital First | Bakery – The Fine Art of Cakes | Band – Phase One | Lighting and Ceremony Music – Craig Scott Entertainment | Makeup Artist – Jessa Blades | Bridesmaids Dresses – Donna Morgan | Gown – Jim Hjelm | Bridal Salon and Veil – Wedding Atelier | Jewelry – Ben Amun | Bride’s Shoes – Jimmy Choo | Suit – Alton Lane | Ties – Mercy Streams | Groomsmen Suits – Dante Zeller | Favor Tags – Chicfetti | Cake Topper – Homes and Weddings | Groomsmen Socks – Brooks Brothers | Matches – The Knot | Coasters – For Your Party | Bride and Bridesmaid Robes – The Fancy Pigeon | Guest Book – Suzy Shoppe | Garter – Journelle | Getaway Dress – Parker NY

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    Classic + Timeless DC Wedding

    There’s something utterly magical about DC during the cherry blossoms. It is the most romantic time of the year, and Liddy and Mark took full advantage of the gorgeous scenery during their April wedding. The couple met and fell in love while attending Georgetown Law School, so it was only natural that they hold their ceremony at Georgetown University’s St William Chapel. They fell in love with Daughters of the American Revolution, which overlooks the Washington Monument, for their reception. The classic DC feel was perfect for their cherry blossom arrangements created by Succulents and Saffron. From designing their own invitations to creating a German “beer garden” in honor of Liddy’s parents’ home in Berlin, the couple infused many unique and personal touches into their day. Every detail is perfect, right down to the cake from Buttercream Bakeshop. We adore each timeless image from Virgil Bunao!

    Jimmy Choo HeelsWashington DC Spring Wedding Virgil Bunao

    Bride with Flower Girl

    Letterpress StationeryBride with Vintage Jewelry

    Washington DC Spring Wedding Virgil BunaoBouquet with Peonies and Lily of the Valley

    Washington DC Spring Wedding Virgil Bunao

    Peach Bridesmaids DressesBridesmaids Under the Cherry Blossoms

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    Wedding Portraits Under the Cherry Blossoms

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    Daughters of the American Revolution Wedding Reception

    Wedding Cake with Chocolate DripsCenterpiece of Cherry Blossoms

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    From the bride: Mark and I wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us, but also acknowledge our families, both of whom have provided us with an unfathomable amount of love and support. Our wedding was in Washington, D.C. – where we met and fell in love – during cherry blossom season. For the ceremony, we chose a small chapel at Georgetown University, since we met at Georgetown Law School. For the reception, we fell in love with Daughters of the American Revolution, which overlooks the Washington Monument and looks and feels exactly like the Washington, D.C. we know and love. Most of our guests came from out of town, and we wanted the reception to feel like an elegant, special DC affair, but also fun, fresh and with many personal touches to make it our own. With our families’ help, it turned out to be the most special, beautiful, and happiest day of our lives.

    We did many things ourselves, with our families – including the website, save the dates, escort cards, table cards, invitations, welcome boxes, favors, and programs. I wore a vintage green diamond necklace and a diamond and sapphire bracelet that belonged to my husband’s great-grandmother. I learned calligraphy for the paper goods, which was challenging but fun. We used picnic tables to create a German “beer garden” at the reception in honor of my parent’s home in Berlin and Mark’s love of beer, which also included soft pretzels and authentic German mustard. We set up a special whiskey and wine bar showcasing specialties from the Pacific Northwest – where Mark’s family lives. We did this with the help of our families, who filled their suitcases with German mustard and chocolates, Dallas beer (my hometown), and specialty cocktail ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. It was truly a team effort between both our families! We named our tables after each of the 13 colonies and as favors we gave coffee from our favorite NYC coffee shop, stamped with our new monogram.

    My dad, who is a pastor, performed our ceremony, which made it so meaningful and special. My little niece, despite having a meltdown the night before at the rehearsal, stole the guests’ hearts as she walked down the aisle with a big smile on her face in her pretty dress (she looked like a ball of tulle!). We wrote our own vows, and Mark’s were so beautiful that he had most of the guests in tears. My favorite moment was right after we had finished our vows, Mark looked at me and whispered “you’re my wife.” I’ll never forget it.

    Photography – Virgil Bunao | Ceremony Venue – Georgetown University – St William Chapel | Reception Venue – Daughters of the American Revolution | Floral and Day-of Coordination – Succulents and Saffron | Stationery – Designed by the bride and printed by Boxcar Press | Videography – Cinema 843 | Catering and Linens – Main Event | Bakery – Buttercream Bakeshop | Rentals – Vintage Affairs | DJ and Lighting – DJ D-MAC | Transportation – Vintage Limos | Ceremony Musicians – Sage String Quartet | Hair Stylist – Janette Aldridge | Makeup Artist – Real Doll Makeup | Bridesmaids Dresses – Aidan Mattox | Bridesmaids Shoes – Jimmy Choo and Steve Madden | Gown – Monique Lhuillier from Carine’s Bridal Atelier | Veil – Carine’s Bridal Atelier | Bride’s Shoes – Jimmy Choo | Suit and Tie – Ralph Lauren Black Label | Groom’s Shoes – Antonio Maurizi | Groomsmen Attire – The Black Tux | Flower Girl Dress – Juliana Design | Bridesmaids Robes – SilkandMore

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