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Richard Title_key Doug

Real Wedding
gallery Nov 28 2016
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A Rustic California Affair

How I met Rich wasn't particularly romantic. I'd been single for about a year and, though having dated a lot, I hadn't met anyone that I really connected with. I'd always been hesitant to try online dating, but after kissing too many frogs, I decided it was time to give it a try. So, I joined match.com, just to see what would happen. I was looking for someone down to earth who really cared about his family, not just said so; someone I could build a life and a family with.

One day as I was scrolling through profiles I received a private message. I pulled up the profile and it seemed like it was written just for me: family, travel, good food, etc., and he was cute, at least in the very fuzzy picture he'd posted. I replied to his message and after several exchanges and a couple of calls, we decided to meet for coffee.

The morning of our date rolled around. As I was walking up to the coffee shop, a very handsome guy pulled up who slightly resembled the photo Rich had posted. I remembering thinking it couldn't be him because why would a guy that handsome post that photo?! But, lucky me! We sat and chatted over coffee. We talked about our lives, our families, our travels and decided this was worth exploring further.

The first few months were fun, but a little rocky. I really liked this guy, but wasn't sure if he was really ready for a grown up relationship, so just before Halloween, I ended it. Ended it until he showed up Halloween night at a bar I was at with my friends, walked right up to the guy I was on a date with and promptly told him that things weren't going to workout because I was his boyfriend, or at least, was going to be. He told me that he'd made a mistake and wanted to give it another go. More than a little impressed by his gumption and vulnerability, I didn't hesitate and before I knew it, many months had passed and I was thinking about marrying this handsome globetrotting chef.

We'd planned a trip to Italy, our first overseas trip together. We'd scheduled it so that we'd leave the morning after his best friends wedding. Leading up to the trip we'd had some conversations about the future and marriage, so I decided I'd pop the question while we were on the Amalfi coast; could there be possibly be a more romantic place to do it? Well, Rich is a man who goes after what he wants. The night of his friends rehearsal dinner we ate and drank and laughed with his friends and drank some more. As we were pouring ourselves into bed at the hotel, he looked at me and said: "Are you going to ask me to marry you in Italy? What are you waiting for? Just ask me now." Long story short, after playing coy for a few minutes, I realized my plans were irrelevant. I was laying next to the guy I wanted to spend the rest of my life with, so why wait? So, I asked and my Prince Charming and he said yes. We spent the next two weeks eating too much pasta, drinking too much wine, and making plans for our future and the wedding.

As the days became weeks then months, the wedding plans slowly came together. I left most of the planning to him. He was in the 'industry' and has a far better eye for these things than I've ever had. Okay, I left all the planning to him. We both agreed that we wanted a wedding near our home, but wanted it to feel like a destination wedding for the many guests who would be coming from out of town. So, we planned four days of parties and brunches and opportunities for our families and friends to get to know each other. It was amazing. Our families clicked and the food and fun couldn't have been better.

The day of the wedding came and everything went off without a hitch; perfect weather, deer hopping across the yard minutes before we were to walk down the aisle, a surprise guitarist playing the most beautiful tunes (thanks, baby), and none of the typical wedding drama. Best of all, at the end of the night I was married to a man that always makes me laugh. In the months since, so many people have told us that it was the best wedding they'd ever been too. Whether true or not, I know that there couldn't possibly be another wedding that I could love more because at the end of it all I was starting the life I'd always dreamed of with a man I thought I'd never find.  

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Meg Title_key Stephanie

Real Wedding
gallery Sep 26 2016
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How did you meet?

Tinder. With my bad luck with app/online dating in the past, I tried so hard to avoid going on any more dates through apps. We were chatting back and forth on Tinder for about 2 weeks and then Steph offered me her number saying, “Well if you find yourself some time between work, studying, HBO and going to the gym you should text me ##.” I then responded with my phone number, knowing full well that with my prior crap luck, I would not be texting her. The next morning, at 7 AM, I received a text from a 917 number that was wishing me good luck on my midterm. What a first impression! We chatted back a forth for a few more weeks before we committed to finally meeting. It was March 1st after cycle for survival, with much convincing from my brother and Adam, we met at Khave coffee shop in Hells Kitchen. It had to be non-alcohol related throughout the whole dating process because I was training for my bodybuilding show.

Over 4 weeks, we had 3 dates on week nights. Finally, we booked a date on a Friday to watch March Madness games until 2 in the morning. We strolled up to Columbus Circle, where we had our first kiss. I thought Steph was never going to talk to me again, but we found ourselves hanging out that evening as well….and then next week, and the week after that. I knew I made the cut when Steph finally took me to meet Judy and the Pipsy and then the following week a Taco Night at Erica and Noah’s. I was finally meeting the FBC!

The Proposal

It was Meg's graduation, so I finally convinced her to come to eat at Per Se as a celebration. She didn't know what we were actually celebrating though. We fought all day because she wanted to go to the city for the whole day before the dinner. I had written will you marry me in a graduation card and tried to give it to her at the beginning of the meal. She kept saying "later," until I freaked out so she took it, begrudgingly. When she read the bottom, she said "Is this for real?" and started crying and then she said "yes!" We had the best meal of our lives.

From Meg

After about 2 months, I was riding the bus and talking to my mom on the phone asking her when is too soon to say “I love you." I was concerned. Steph was buying a place in Brooklyn and, to me, Brooklyn seemed so far away from my life in Manhattan and my family, so I was nervous to fall in love and commit. I soon realized that was both crazy and stupid.

We knew we wanted to get married in Brooklyn which has become our new home. We knew we didn't want anything over the top, just down to earth like us. Beer, booze, great food and an amazing dance party. Once we found the place and a great caterer, everything fell into place. However, trying to keep our vision while dealing with our families was certainly a challenge. Our DJ was very helpful with planning the flow of the events.

Advice

Make sure the couple takes time for them self.

The day is very overwhelming with a lot of family.

Make sure to eat enough before the party starts.

No matter what happens and no matter how things turn out, be on each other's side.

Pick a few things that are truly important to you both and focus on that.

Don't sweat the small stuff, in the end you will be married and the party will be a memory.

Our favorite part of our wedding day was the pie. Screw cake...eat pie.

Last note: take engagement photos even if you never use them it makes you comfortable with someone following you around with a camera. 

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Mer Title_key Brittni

Real Wedding
gallery Oct 12 2015
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New York City Sweethearts

Remember Mer & Brittni's Engagement Shoot?! We thought we had fallen hard then, but when this gorgeous, intimate wedding showed up in our inbox, we couldn't wait to share it! 

From the stunning blooms, to their chic ensembles, these brides wowed us every step of the way! There is some serious inspiration in this fête & we are loving it.

Click through the images for lots of lust-worthy details! 

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Alex Title_key Kaydee

Real Wedding
gallery Sep 7 2015
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Classic Chicago Ceremony

From Kaydee...

When Alex and I met, it was a strange coincidence. I was living near her parents in the suburbs, and she was living in the city near my sister. Soon enough, we were inseparable: visiting new restaurants, getting to know each others' families, and hanging out with both circles of friends.

Fast forward two years. We were standing on a median in the middle of Michigan Avenue, in front of the old water tower and Alex proposed.

When we started planning the festivities, we knew we wanted a classic feeling to the venue. Think Old Hollywood or Classic Chicago. Our styles have always been a blend of antique and modern looks, and the Warwick Allerton Hotel had just that. We saw several venues over the course of a few weeks and just didn't feel anything special. We walked into the Allerton and knew right then that this was the place; a beautiful view (aforementioned engagement median included), glamorous chandeliers, old Chicago history, delicious food, and room for our guests to dance the night away 23 stories above the city with panoramic views.

We really wanted to be able to sit with and talk to our bridal party and their dates at the table. The incredible events team accommodated our 21-person head table with a giant U-shaped setup.

Beau Buttacavoli, the event coordinator for the Allerton was a huge help for us. Beau helped to keep all of the women, two brides and two moms, in sync during the planning process. Beau brought together each one of our visions to pull off an incredible night. The entire team at the Allerton was well trained and on point during the entire event, from the rehearsal to the morning after the wedding. The team made our day really special and stress-free.

The Allerton works with BomBon for wedding cakes. We have very different and strong opinions when it comes to cake so BomBon let us pick 4 of our favorite flavors and made a mini cake for each guest to enjoy the night of. Each cake was expertly decorated like a small piece of art. We did have a big cake for cutting because, well, we both believe you can never have too much cake.

Our DJ, Josh Law, was incredible and helped to keep the night flowing according to our timetable. The decor was inspired by the Allerton's existing features, but enhanced to fit our vision by Raymond Joseph with RJ Designs. Raymond brought in hundreds of candles and red roses to make the space warm and romantic. One of our guests favorites was the photo-booth set up through Still & Motion Media, and they were more than willing to accommodate our last minute addition to the wedding. Still & Motion Media gave us copies of each of the photo strips which was so fun to go through the morning after. 

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Colleen Title_key Mary

Real Wedding
gallery Aug 17 2015
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Tell us your love story!

We met several years ago when we were in our 20's through Colleen’s sister Beth and my sister-in-law, Tara. Colleen was always involved and it wasn’t our time. We reconnected when we were 30, post Colleen’s breakup of several years. I knew that we would be together forever. Colleen wanted a wing man, but what she got was my heart.

Tell us about the proposal!

Mary popped the question on the street after a delicious meal at ABC Kitchen one December night. Then we stayed at the NOMAD hotel and met our family the next day.

When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?

A few dates in, it felt more serious and we both felt differently. We knew there was no turning back.

Tell us about your big day…

We married on 11/1/2013 at the Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Perfect day, perfect ceremony officiated by Kimberly Kirkley.

Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?

We knew that we did not want it to be traditional, that we wanted to write our own vows and that we wanted to get married in Brooklyn (Mary is from Brooklyn).

What surprised you during planning?

Picking the venue and band was easy. The Liberty Warehouse captured everything we wanted for our wedding day. Trying to manage the guest list to be small and intimate was the biggest challenge.

Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?

To keep it simple and go with your gut feeling.

Any advice for couples planning weddings now?

We wish we would have kept the guest list smaller. We loved having a band and would recommend it to everyone.

Anything thing else you would like to add?

Stick to your convictions and don’t let others influence any decisions, it is your day.

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

Walking down the aisle to meet Colleen and dancing to I Want To Dance With Somebody.    

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Ryan Title_key Cale

Styled Shoot
gallery Aug 12 2015
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The Perfect Blend

We all love coffee right? But who would have imagined a styled shoot based on "the perfect blend" at a coffeehouse?! Totally genius, right? We thought so. When this team of pros sent this shoot our way, we couldn't help but squeal! Can we talk about those paper goods by Avo Ink?! Brilliant!

From Sonja, the photographer...

A little bit about the shoot:

With the inspiration for our styled shoot being "Our Love is Brewing" we envisioned a morning ceremony with a brunch-time feel for the reception, bikes + pies, coffee + mimosas. We went a bit retro with the decor, incorporating pieces from Ryan and Cale's own home and meaningful items from their relationship in our shoot (hello, puffin!).

The books, the typewriter, the golden unicorn, the porcelain duck, a framed poem from their eighth anniversary - all things from their home brought to our shoot to give it life and meaning.  While planning this shoot we were looking for a couple to model, and we went with Ryan and Cale because they are friends of mine, they are stylish, and also because they are used to me following them around with a camera.

Ryan and I have been friends since high school, and I've known Cale since they were first dating, so when, a few days before the shoot, I received a text with a picture of them picking up their marriage license together I couldn't contain my excitement!!

This was actually going to be a celebration of their real marriage!  We went ahead with the styled shoot that we had been planning, but Ryan and Cale picked out their rings the day before, and had a private ceremony just the two of them earlier in the day.

The shoot was laid back and fun, reflecting the couple perfectly, and after we finished up we went out for drinks to celebrate the beautiful newlyweds!

A little bit about the couple:

Ryan and Cale met each other in Colorado after Cale moved here from Alaska in 2003. They have been in love for 12 years, inspiring everyone they meet with their generous hearts and warm personalities. They have moved all around the front range and recently settled in Old Town Fort Collins with their dog Melrose and cat Tiffani. Things Ryan loves: old-timey novels, small knick-knacks, puffins, and he loves 19th century women's poetry. Things Cale loves: baking, coffee, animals, and he has a passion for individuals with special needs. They are both heavily involved in the community, always giving of their time and talents, and are enjoying the excitement of being newly married! 

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Van Thomas Title_key Vaughan

Real Wedding
gallery Jan 5 2015
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A Detroit Institute of Arts Wedding

We're rarely left speechless, but Jeffrey Lewis Bennett Wedding Photography sure wowed us with this gorgeous wedding at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The venue is beyond stunning! It's the perfect space for modern nuptials. 

The grooms look so chic in their suits with matching Lanvin sneakers. We love the play on formal & casual combined. 

Their 80-foot tablescape was pristine with palm leaves, clean lines and navy blue everywhere! The opulence of the venue is perfectly matched by the exquisite design of this fête!

This is the perfect way to kick off a new year of weddings! 

And we adore the love story...

"Vaughan and Van Thomas met in 2005 at a conference in Miami. For the next seven years they lived in different parts of the country and built a friendship over the phone. When Vaughan moved to Hong Kong in 2010 they took the opportunity of increased inconvenience to see if their relationship could go to the next level. Two years later Van Thomas joined Vaughan in Hong Kong which they used as a base to travel throughout Asia. While on a trip to the Philippines the couple got engaged.

The first wedding €œ"brainstorming PDF" followed almost immediately. During a trip to Van Thomas'€™s hometown in Michigan, his sister recommended visiting the recently renovated Kresge Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Both Vaughan and Van Thomas fell in love with the venue's architecture, history, and impressive collection. Over the next six months they planned their wedding and relocated to New York. One week prior to their big day, the couple exchanged intimate yet casual vows and were legally wed in Manhattan.

July 19th started with a morning run along the Detroit waterfront promenade, light lunch, and a photo session with the incredible photographer Jeffrey Lewis Bennett. At six in the evening, guests arrived at the Museum greeted with cocktails, heavy hors d'€™oeuvres, and the Horizon String Quartet playing their favorite popular music selections. Once everyone mingled and relaxed the couple invited their four siblings to the top of the gothic staircase to share meaningful readings focused on love with their guests. 

Vaughan and Van Thomas then recited emotional vows to each other and toasted to their union. After guests toured the private museum they were sat. The five course candlelight meal was served on an eighty foot table designed by Jen House Design centered in the Great Hall surrounded by fresco ceilings, antique armor, and notably one of Diego Rivera'€™s greatest works. The evening ended with music, dancing, and an abundance of indulgent comfort food. "

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Inspiration Board
gallery Nov 26 2014
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Give Thanks

There is so much joy surrounding Thanksgiving, it is truly a holiday for everyone to partake in! We love all of the variations of this classic, American holiday! Looking for a few last minute decor ideas for your fall fête? Look no further than the palette that nature has provided us this season! We are looking to warm neutrals and pops of red, gold, and orange. We're aiming to imitate the simplicity and beauty of the autumnal beauty around us!

Want a little more? Check out our Crisp Pinterest board, with plenty of ideas for any sort of soirée!

As usual, Salt River Studios nailed it with the inspiration board!

All images found on Pinterest.

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Austin Title_key Ryan

Engagement Shoot
gallery Nov 5 2014
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A Kinzie Bridge Engagement Shoot

Urban engagement shoots at their finest, right here! We love the way the city of Chicago sets the perfect backdrop for these grooms-to-be! Their pup is an adorable addition to their super-sweet shoot, and, honestly, what is more romantic than a blazing sun setting behind two lovebirds? Nothing!  

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Leona Title_key Andrea

Real Wedding
gallery Oct 20 2014
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Urban Whimsy

We have died and gone to heaven. This wedding is the ultimate fête! The details are unreal. That dress! Those flowers in the brides hair! All of it is just to much to handle, we're suffering from an overload of beauty! 

As per usual, Chellise Michael absolutely nailed it! She has that dreamy style that makes you forget your supposed to be working, not just drooling over her photos! And, Nine Cakes?! Yes please! This cake is a work of art.

These super-cool babes have amazing style and we couldn't be more thrilled to share their big day with you!

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