Real wedding: Katie + Michael

I really dont know how to top a wedding with a buttercup yellow wedding dress!  This Vera Wang confection was absolute perfection, and the whole affair is one I would have loved to have seen in person!  Katie speaks more about it below…

The truth is, I really wanted to elope, but my husband-to-be wouldn’t let me! we started the process of compromise. The ceremony was most important to us, as we wanted to write our own vows, so we decided that an intimate guest count of 50 would feel right, and thought about a restaurant as a possible venue. Being totally devoted to all things food and wine, we instantly remembered our favorite New York meals being at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Having both grown up in Los Angeles, the idea of a beautiful farm setting was a bit foreign, but how could we resist the food and the incredible backdrop (cows!)

I have to admit, I got a bit carried away at the beginning with bridal magazines and a list of “must-dos”. But slowly, I organized my thoughts and priorities. I booked Di Bezi as our photographers right away!! Diana and Jeff shot my best friend’s wedding and I was obsessed with the pictures. I knew they would capture the day perfectly, and they did. We found an amazing man to marry us (recommended by Blue Hill) and started building our ceremony. After sitting in a Barnes and Nobles for an afternoon looking at “wedding” poetry, we decided to go with lots of fun readings from children’s books (my husband and I went to elementary school together) and song lyrics from our first dance (Talking Heads “This Must Be the Place”). I knew that Blue Hill would create a memorable and stellar menu, so I didn’t have to worry about the food or accompanying wines. I also used Blue Hill’s florist for our bouquets and center pieces. Other little fun details included using farm animals instead of table numbers and an adorable bride and groom pig cake topper I found on Etsy.

As for the dress…I knew from the beginning I didn’t want to wear white. A while ago I saw a pink dress in J. Crew’s bridal section and thought, Oh! What a good idea…After a trip to J. Crew, I realized that pink dress wasn’t for me, and though a tad discouraged, I did what all girls know is the answer. I called Vera Wang. When I got there, they were flustered to hear my wedding date was only 4 months away (we opted for a short engagement- why wait!?) I told them I was open to all dresses, white or otherwise, that they would have ready in time. And the lady helping me brought the yellow dress. I’ve never worn yellow, but I thought it’d be worth a shot. It was the first dress I tried. And it was my dress! It came with a russet brown sash that I toyed with wearing, but ultimately decided the simplicity of yellow was just what I wanted. I still felt entirely bridal and had so much fun in yellow.

Ultimately, after endless anxieties and a crazy roller coaster of emotions while planning the wedding (no one tells you about the roller coaster!), the day was perfect. My husband and I had all our hopes fulfilled. And I’m glad I didn’t elope…

more pictures after the jump!

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Real wedding: Regan + Anders

Chad and I had some of our pre-wedding pictures shot at powerHouse books in DUMBO so when I saw you could actually get married there, I totally jumped on this wedding!  I’m loving the urban 20’s feel to it!  More from Regan below…

Within a month of becoming engaged, Anders and I pledged to hold our wedding in the big beautiful borough of Brooklyn where we have lived together since 2002. Our wedding theme was loosely inspired by the 1920s, an era of progress, rebellion, glamour—a time for optimism and hope: a perfect way to begin a marriage. We designed the save the dates ourselves, Polaroid mug shots of us holding up boards that read: “Regan and Anders: For Life.”

We were married in the evening on August 15, 2009 at powerHouse Books, a huge loft-like space with amphitheater seating, in DUMBO. Anders’s second cousin, the Reverend Dr. John Michael (Jack) DiMatteo, presided over a ceremony that allowed us to literally be “surrounded” by our friends and family. Our close friend Jen Weiers sang “Marry Me” for the bridal processional, a sweet, playful song by Suburban Kids with Biblical Names and Ken Beasley accompanied on the guitar.

The cocktail hour and reception was held at powerHouse, too, and we hired as many Brooklyn vendors as possible. Our caterer was Naturally Delicious and Loren Michelle put together a delicious Mexican inspired menu (tamales, ceviche, tacos, and salsa bar) with margaritas, white sangria, and cava to round out the cocktail hour. Our friend Jessica Sagert made homemade chocolates for all the guests, and our chocolate and salted caramel wedding cake topper was customized by Goose Grease. Loren recommended a terrific DJ, Ray Jarrell, who didn’t miss a step all evening. Wedding guests stayed at the Nu Hotel on Smith Street.

Our good friend Gabrielle Cali styled the event with floral in white, blues, and light greens. In lieu of escort cards, two days before the wedding, I wrote out the seating assignments on a giant mirror. Karen Wong designed an awesome large-scale invitation inspired by a 20s movie poster and our wedding program that doubled as a fan.

Anders and I don’t believe in many wedding traditions – especially the one that says you can’t see your fiancée before the ceremony! Instead, we met up early at the New Museum on the Bowery where our fantastic photographer Elizabeth Bick shot portraits of us in the museum’s Sky Room and around SoHo. She also set up a terrific photo booth at the reception which our guests loved.

My dress was Jenny Packham and my sister, Jana, wore David’s Bridal. David Jones, from Salon de Quartier in DUMBO, styled our hair which held up surprisingly well through an epic night of dancing.

[images from kissmeido photography]

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Real wedding: Hayley + Jeff

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We really wanted a wedding that would feel vintage and romantic but with little pops of quirkiness. Jeff and I now live in Philadelphia, but since I’m from Florida, and we met there our freshmen year of college, we thought it would be an appropriate place to tie the knot. South Florida, even in January, can be pretty warm so the weather really threw us for a loop when it was suddenly 40 degrees and rainy. Everyone made-do though, and I was able to borrow my maid of honor’s grandmother’s vintage fur to keep the chill off.

My Grandfather married us at the Royal Poinciana Chapel, which is a very charming little church in Palm Beach. The church has a very quaint, almost cottage-like feel to it. The reception was held at the Flagler Museum, a perfectly preserved mansion built in 1902 by Henry Flagler. Guests had free reign of the museum during the cocktail hour, where we served a couple of our favorite cocktails and listened to a gypsy jazz duo. Flagler is known for building the railroad from the northeast, all the way down to the Florida Keys. His personal train car is held in the room where we had the reception making it feel as though you were actually in a beautiful old train station.

My dress was by Vera Wang and the bridesmaids wore Simple Silhouettes. In my hair I wore pieces by Twigs and Honey and Maria Elena. I designed the wedding stationary and had it printed by Studio on Fire. We really love good food, and our caterer, Chez Gourmet, did a great job of giving us all our favorites, from fried risotto balls and crab cakes to a gelato bar. One of my fabulously talented bridesmaids Lauren Alane, did us the honor of making our adorable cake topper. The amazing Annabel from Belathée was our photographer. I’ve admired Belathée’s work for a long time, so it was a dream to have Annabel capture the day.

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[images from Belathée Photography]

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Real wedding: Karinda + Pete

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Glen Allsop sent me this fabulous Australian wedding and the minute I saw her dress, I was sold!  You have to read to the bottom to hear the story…its totally fate.

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Our aim was to keep our wedding relaxed and casual to make sure that it was a true reflection of who we are and what we enjoy in life.

There are about a gazillion things to love about your wedding day…so many special moments all wrapped up into one very totally unforgettable event. BUT, there is no doubt that one very big and very pretty part of that day will be your wedding dress.
I was lucky to find my wedding dress soon after getting engaged while on a visit home in Melbourne. I didn’t know what I was looking for but I did know I wanted my dress to be something that I was able to wear again.  Walking down Chapel Street in Melbourne my girlfriend suggested we have a look in Collette Dinnigan.  After trying on your typical long, sleeveless wedding gown I decided that what I was looking for was going to be a far cry from your typical wedding dress. I was thinking short, lacey and fun! We came across this beautiful dress which was very 1920’s and I fell in love. Size Medium was the only one left so let’s just bite the bullet and lay by what would be my wedding dress. A BIG tick in the box so early on.

After 6 months of fortnightly payments towards my lay by I’m starting to get extremely excited about seeing my wedding dress.

One week before our wedding I call Collette Dinigian in Melbourne to make my final payment on my dress and was getting my bridesmaid to bring it up with her that week.  My final payment was processed and I’m not sure what made me ask but I did “Could you please check that the slip which goes with my dress is size small??” and the shop assistant went away for ten minutes to check only to come back and tell me that she couldn’t find my dress??

My heart sunk. This MUST be a mistake! I’ve been paying you money for 6 months how could this have possibly happened?

After 2 sleepless nights, different sample dresses sent in the mail for me to choose from I was finally sent via express post my Collette Dinnigian wedding dress. Sure enough they had sold my original dress very early on and they had no other option than to give me her FINAL sample dress of the same design – an archived dress. (This designer must archive one of every design which she makes). The dress fit like a hand in a glove and I felt beautiful!! Although it was extremely stressful and a test of who I am everything came together nicely.

Our wedding day was very much a true reflection of who we are and a very memorable night.

Photographer: Glen Allsop Photography

Ceremony/Reception site: Bilgola Surf Club N.S.W

Planning: Peter and Karinda Morgan

Bridal Party flowers: Ordered fresh from Terry Hills Flower Markets

Music: Rob “Millsy” Mills (LIVE) (Australian Idol finalist 2007)

Bridal Gown and shoes: Collette Dinnigan and Winton Shoes

Bridesmaids: Zimmerman

Groomsmen: Saba

[images from Glen Allsop Photography]

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Real wedding: Joanne + Ethan

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Yesterday you all had a chance to check out the awesome engagement shoot of Joanne + Ethan…well today you get to see the wedding! So many beautiful moments captured by JL Photografia, it was hard to pick which pictures to show!  Joanne talks about the day below…

With an impending cross-country move, Ethan and I did not want to deal with the fuss and expense that comes with a big wedding. We considered eloping to an exotic locale, but over the course of our engagement we realized how important it was for us to share our wedding day with our friends and family.  Towards the end of June 2009, we started planning for an intimate and relaxed wedding in California to follow our move back to the San Francisco Bay Area. We chose Carmel-by-the-Sea primarily for the Basilica at the Carmel Mission, an active Roman Catholic parish church that also serves as a lovely and historic museum. Serendipitously, the next available date the Mission had available was October 31 – the day we had met six years ago, and our favorite holiday to boot! We booked the date immediately and started looking on the Internet for a reception venue.Wanting to keep the reception as uncomplicated as possible, we chose to hold a lunch reception at Katy’s Place, an adorable little restaurant that is widely hailed as Carmel’s best breakfast joint. The tiny restaurant only seats about 50, so we reserved the whole restaurant and let our guests choose from their extensive menu (which features sixteen kinds of Eggs Benedict! Eight kinds of waffles!) It was perfect, laid-back, and delicious.

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Though we did away with anything we deemed unnecessary (décor for the Basilica was like bringing sand to the beach and driving our own cars was way simpler than booking limos) it was important for us to preserve our family and cultural traditions. In addition to the something old, something new, I walked down the aisle with a sixpence in my shoe as a nod to Ethan’s British heritage. Instead of changing into something short and flirty for the reception, Ethan and I both donned hanbok, traditional Korean attire that was a wedding gift from my parents. We worked in a little pyebaek ceremony on the deck of Katy’s Place. In the pyebaek, both sets of parents throw chestnuts and jujubes into the outstretched skirt of the hanbok to symbolize their wishes for grandchildren. We improvised with walnuts instead of jujubes, which our parents threw with an uncompromised gusto. As a finale to the reception, Ethan gave me a spirited piggyback ride through the restaurant. The piggyback ride is meant to symbolize the groom’s obligations to both his bride and the mothers, but both our moms declined the offer ;)

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