If there’s one thing the pandemic proved we were better off with – it is elopements! We hope the popularity of elopements are here to stay and here’s proof of why!
Sierra Jessup Photography photographed this beautiful styled elopement of a real life married couple who wanted to do their vow renewal in their wedding clothing. She says “It was a super moody and beautiful day, where the lighting changed every few minutes from moody to intense sunlight peeking through the clouds.”
Columbia River Gorge is such an incredible area for wedding photography, what do you think?
Adam Hahn was the talk of the town. And Kacie was sure talking about him. In high school, Adam moved from Austin, TX. to Smithville, TX., so his parents could settle outside of the big city. As they found their footing in a new town, they joined a cute little Catholic church near the downtown square. As they walked into a normal Sunday service, Kacie was there with her own parents, and when she turned to see Adam walk in, she knew that was it. So they chose to have both a traditional wedding, and a catholic blessing in the church where they first met. This is the story of where it all began.
Stephanie and Dickson met all the way back in high school. With all of these years of being together, they knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. As both of their families are Chinese, they had a tea ceremony at each of their family homes in the morning before the wedding ceremony. Stephanie wore a traditional red Chinese qipao for the ceremonies and matching red shoes. It was cute that Dickson matched in a red tie and red socks! When we headed over to the Bayview Golf & Country Club, Stephanie changed into a stunning lace ballgown from Amanda-Lina’s Sposa Boutique which suited her tall elegant frame so nicely! With the help of Stephanie’s bridesmaids, she was dressed to perfection! La Belle Fleur had brought over some fresh blooms for the centrepieces and the bridal bouquets in an array of pastel pink and purples. They were so romantic and pretty! Right before the wedding ceremony, we captured Stephanie and Dickon’s first look in the gardens. It was so cute to see and capture their reactions! Stephanie and Dickson’s wedding ceremony took place out on the patio which overlooked the golf course down below. It was a pretty sight! The grounds of Bayview Golf Club was such a perfect setting for all their wedding portraits and bridal party photographs. Despite the fact that it was calling for thunderstorms all day – there was not a raindrop at all! It was very reminiscent of Stephanie and Dickson’s engagement session where there were dark clouds all around like a tornado! But instead, we got rainbows and a gorgeous magical sunset at the very end. So so lucky! It was at Stephanie and Dickon’s reception where we got to see their beautifully choreographed first dance which was just all too romantic!
From the couple:
The first time I saw Dickson was in our high school cafeteria when I was in Grade 11. He approached a couple of my friends and started talking to them as if they had all known each other for a while. I remember asking someone who he was because I had never seen him before and thought I knew everyone in my year and everyone my friends were friends with. At the time, I was told “he’s your future husband” and I laughed it off because it seemed impossible that I would get married to someone I didn’t know (and never planned on talking to).Maybe it was fate, but the following term we ended up in the same Grade 11 chemistry class. He sat by himself at the back of the class, while I sat at the front with my friends. I learned his name while the teacher was taking attendance and although I was curious about him (how did he know my friends and why haven’t I seen him before?), I was more focused on class than on making new friends.Back then, a couple of us used to chew gum before class and it was the most rebellious thing I had ever done! One day before chemistry class, we realized that none of us had any gum. I watched as they approached Dickson to ask him for some, but I was too afraid to do the same. The same thing happened in the following weeks and my friends encouraged me to go ask Dickson (I guess they were getting tired of sharing). Eventually and rather reluctantly, I went to ask. I was afraid he would say no, which would have been extremely embarrassing and even worse than not being able to chew gum. I was so surprised to find out I was wrong and that he had much better gum flavours than my friends did!From then, we would occasionally talk in class until he asked one of my friends (Rebecca) for my email. Knowing how hesitant I was about talking to new guys, Rebecca asked me if it was okay for her to give Dickson my email address. She told me it would be for homework help and I agreed. He added me on MSN a couple days later and he would message me while I did my homework or send me emails after I logged offline. We continued talking to each other over the summer and I found myself looking forward to school starting so that I could see him again.On a Thursday evening (September 21st, 2006 to be exact), he messaged me to say that there was something he wanted to ask me in person. Regardless of how much prodding, he refused to tell me over MSN. I waited until the next day and I saw him from afar during lunch, but he never came over to talk. I remember waiting for him after school, but he never showed up! I messaged him that night to ask, but he still insisted that it had to be done in person. I had a suspicion of what he might be asking and it ended up being a weekend full of anticipation for what Monday would have in store. On Monday, I made sure to look for him during lunch and approached him to demand that he tell me about this “important thing”. He told me that we needed to talk in the hallway, not inside the cafeteria, and we sat by the window in silence for a while. It was almost the end of lunch when he finally asked me to go out and I told him that I would have to think about it. Luckily for me, the bell rang and I had to rush off to class, so I didn’t have to see his reaction. That evening, he messaged me to ask and I told him exactly what he told me the last couple days – I couldn’t tell him over MSN and it had to be done in person! Although I had very strict parents and wasn’t allowed to date until I turned 18, I decided that I should take a chance and told him the next day. I still remember how he gave me a hug after I told him the news and proudly grabbed onto my hand when we walked into the cafeteria. I was surprised by how bold he was, but I decided to go with the flow. I was also still a little overwhelmed by the thought and feeling of how nice his hug felt and I’m glad that’s something that still hasn’t changed! We ended up spending a lot of time together that year. Dickson waited with me before my first class started, we saw each other during lunch, and we had a couple classes together. Sometimes he even walked me home after school even though he lived in the opposite direction! We were each other’s partners in group projects and were lucky enough to attend prom together (he didn’t want to go). However, the end of the summer came too soon. It was scary knowing that I would be starting university in a different city and wouldn’t be able to see Dickson every day.Little did I know, university wasn’t a huge difference from high school. We still talked to each other every day – constant MSN conversations (later we upgraded to Skype conversations) and late night phone calls became the new norm. I came home often on weekends to visit my family and tried to squeeze in a date with Dickson whenever I could. Things got slightly easier when I was home during my co-op terms, but working as an accountant involved longer hours than I thought – it wasn’t uncommon to be working late into the evenings and even on weekends. Dickson was always a good sport about it and never failed to lend an ear (or shoulder) whenever I needed it. I really couldn’t have done as well in school or gotten as far in my career without him. In May 2016, right around Mother’s Day, Dickson and I were at his house after dinner. After watching him play video games for a while, he suggested we go to his room to watch something before he drove me home. I walked into the room, he closed the door behind him and told me he wrote something that he wanted to show me. He asked if I wanted to read it off his phone or if he should email it to me. Thinking it was another job application, I told him slightly impatiently that he should email it to me. I was a little annoyed because he was acting funny and he should have known that I would always help him with job applications if he needed it. A couple minutes later, he told me that he sent me the email and continued standing. I thought that was odd, but didn’t mention anything until I saw the email. Before opening the email, I could read the preview and I got nervous. Instead of opening and reading the email, I looked at him. I could tell he was nervous, but I wasn’t sure why and it was making me feel nervous as well. He asked me why I was staring at him and I told him, “well, it says here that you’re sitting next to me, but you aren’t.” I knew I was being difficult, but if I had to read bad news I wanted to make sure he was next to me. After all, when the first line says, “I want you to read everything before making any comments”, what was I supposed to think? I truly thought he was going to break up with me. He had joked a couple times about proposing and having a ring, but I tried looking for it once and came up empty handed. We also talked about proposals before and I remember telling him it didn’t matter how it was done, as long as it was cute and meaningful. In my mind, I always thought it was going to happen after a special dinner and flowers, but with Dickson, you can never be too sure. I remember telling him that I wanted someone to capture my reaction when it happened and he told me that I’d know because he would be wearing a Go-Pro. As I was reading the email, I felt a lump slowly grow in my throat. It was such a sweet email and I wasn’t sure if what I thought was happening was actually occurring. When I reached the end, I was waiting for the image to load – I thought Dickson made me something with my favourite one of his designs. It was at this time he asked me where I was in the email and when I told him I was waiting for the picture to load, he freaked out. He asked me why I didn’t tell him I was done and why I didn’t say anything. I was very confused (the picture still hadn’t loaded yet) and I showed him my phone. Shortly after the picture finished loading, he proposed!—–Dickson’s Response:To be honest, I don’t exactly remember when I met Stephanie. I remember seeing her in Chemistry class and thought she was very pretty and I wanted to get to know her more. I remember asking a lot of my friends at the time who that person was, and if she was dating, and to introduce me. I was kinda shy back in high school, so it was definitely hard for me to just walk up to someone random and make small talk. During high school I used to carry a lot of gum because my mom used to bring back a lot of packs of gum from work. Over the course of the term, I used offering gum as a way to start talking to Stephanie. It definitely worked as we started talking a bit more and we would occasionally be lab partners, which I would screw up at as I was never really good with Chemistry. I don’t remember if Stephanie remembers that! Sometime after I finally got Stephanie’s MSN, I used the excuse of needing to get notes for something I missed. I remember the first time I messaged her, she replied so bluntly that it made me think if I did the wrong thing by messaging her! Luckily it didn’t end that way and I started talking to her more and more. During the that semester we didn’t have a lot of classes together, but I remember always going to Chemistry because I wanted to talk to Stephanie. I wasn’t a model student, I skipped a lot of classes but I would always try to not skip Chemistry! During the summer Stephanie wasn’t on MSN a lot so instead I used to send her a lot of e-mails (which I still have some to this day). I remember waiting for her e-mails because it made me very happy reading it. I would say how pretty she is in my e-mails and I would always get a “I’m lying” reply or something like that. Actually I still get those replies even today! Fast forward to beginning of Grade 12 (essentially I spent the whole summer chasing her!) I got the courage to ask Stephanie out. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a answer right away as she had to think about it. I remember going to my final class pretty sad, and when I got home I just took a nap because I didn’t feel like doing anything haha. The next day is when she agreed and we have been dating ever since! (Its been 11 years)After high school, Stephanie went to Waterloo and I stayed in Toronto taking a year off before going to school again. I never truly had a problem with the long distance as we always found ways to talk to each other either through the phone, MSN, Skype, or e-mails. It made the distance much shorter than it really was. I sometimes found ways to borrow the car and drive up to Waterloo but with both my parents working a lot it wasn’t a very common thing. Stephanie did come back to Toronto often to visit her parents, and me, so the distance wasn’t too bad. A lot of our friends always asked us why we weren’t bothered by the distance or friends would ask me if I was worried if Stephanie would find someone else closer and not tell me etc. Honestly, I never thought about any of that stuff, and I trust Stephanie fully, so I was never worried about stuff like that, and vice versa I know Stephanie trusted me to not do anything like that as well. So it went on like this for a few years, and when we graduated we both started working right away. Unfortunately, Stephanie’s career involved super long hours and my hours were too random sometimes to make anything work. It wasn’t too bad since we always found ways to go see each other, have dinner, go to the mall and shop, watch movies etc. Fast forward a year or two later, I started saving money to purchase a ring for Stephanie because I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. I kept that a secret from her for a good while, and Stephanie never saw it coming because about a year before I proposed, I bought a sports car, and Stephanie thought I was spending all my money on that, which was only partially true! Since I already had the ring and didn’t need to keep paying it off. I remember trying super hard to come up with a way to propose to Stephanie. I remember wondering if I should do a fancy one? Maybe make it super public? My friends told me that it should be something special between the both of us, and it should mean something as well. After thinking about long and hard, I decided to write a proposal through e-mail as it was something we constantly used when we were talking to each other during school and its how we really bonded in the beginning of our relationship. When I finished writing the e-mail, I attached a picture of the ring. I asked Stephanie to come over, and we hung out, and I asked her if she could read something for me. I told her I would send it through e-mail. I told her to read all of it first before saying anything. When she finished the e-mail and saw the ring, I pulled out the real ring, and asked her if she would marry me. Although there wasn’t a huge crowd, or tons of people taking pictures of the proposal, I feel this was the best way to continue our relationship as we started out like this as well. Random thought, I remember being extremely nervous when she was reading the e-mail, and I was super worried she was going to be upset because I didn’t do some fancy or extravagant proposal!
“A beautiful couple is walking up the steep trail at Enchanted Rock. He is in a perfectly fitted suit and she is in a gorgeous white wedding dress that’s flowing in the wind. If that sight doesn’t beg to be captured on camera, I don’t know what will! Princess and David dressed up in their full wedding attire for this newlywed shoot. This was a unique opportunity to take wedding photos in a spectacular location!
Princess and David booked me over a year ago, but due to special circumstances, they decided to get married privately instead. However, their love is still so worth capturing, so we decided to wait a while and do a shoot in their formal wear later on.
We met at Enchanted Rock for a day of hiking and taking photos. They were very nervous when we started, but they broke out of their shell quickly. Everything looked like a real-life fairytale. The bouquet, the flowing white fabric, the chivalrous gestures of David as he helped his bride along the way – and sometimes the other way around too. ???? I’ve walked this trail quite a few times, but never in formal attire, let alone a long wedding dress or heels! I have a whole new level of admiration for Princess and David!
The walk up to the summit was already quite picture-worthy, as they held hands and carried the picnic basket with them. At the top of the mountain, they opened the champagne bottle, had a little picnic and let me take more photos with a stunning view as the backdrop.
I haven’t had this much fun in a while! Because this wasn’t a traditional wedding shoot in the midst of a full day, I had way more time to play around with different lenses. I even got my film camera out! Princess and David are such a gift to each other, and I’m so glad they picked me to photograph them.”
“Alex and Madelaine had to cancel their big beautiful wedding due to the COVID. They had a small intimate backyard wedding in the bride’s parents house instead. All their guests as well as the groom’s family in Canada joined them virtually using Zoom.”
High school sweethearts seal the deal in a wedding at Merchant’s Hall venue located in the heart of historic downtown Charleston! Amy & Xouchee’s love story began in middle school!! How sweet is that!! They started out as locker buddies at the age of 11, became close friends around 15, and then fell in love at 17! Over the years, their love has endured long distance and a cross country move to South Carolina. The sweethearts have been together for a decade now and have built a wonderful life in Charleston. In fact, they just bought their first home together! Nowadays, they spend their time working on home improvement projects (so many trips to Lowe’s), beach walks, and Wednesday date nights.
Amy knew the moment her and Xouchee became friends that he was special. He always went above and beyond to make sure she felt loved and cared for, even before they officially started dating. The surprise proposal came right before they were about to go home to Wisconsin for Christmas last year. They had planned to have their own personal celebration before they started the craziness of holiday traveling. They went for a nice dinner downtown and afterwards decided to walk around and enjoy the Christmas lights. This is when Xouchee proposed under the glowing lights of the big Christmas tree in Marion Square. Amy was super impressed that Xouchee was able to surprise her! She absolutely adored the stunning ring he had picked out for her. Furthermore, the timing made for such a special holiday season home sharing the good news with their loved ones.
Before the big day, Amy met with me for a bridal portrait session. It’s a popular bridal tradition in the South. I just adore the one on one time I got to have with her! And what bride doesn’t want to wear her dress twice! It was also a perfect time for Amy’s hair and makeup trial. Amy was very smart and booked her venue as our portrait location. It was a good move as it was an overcast and rainy day too! If you haven’t visited Merchant’s Hall near the historic market in downtown Charleston you should. It’s a real show stopper with multiple crystal chandeliers, original wood columns, and exposed brick walls. When the rain took a break, we took to the street to get some bridal portraits with a historic downtown Charleston Wedding vibe as well.
Charleston Wedding Day
Merchant’s Hall was a perfect choice of wedding venue for giving out of town guests a little taste of historic downtown Charleston. Some other Charleston elements were sprinkled throughout the decor and food. For example, gilded oyster shells were used for the table place settings and sea shell tea light candles were wedding favors! The decor was simple but elegant with hues of blush, gold, ivory, and greenery. Guests were spoiled with donuts for dessert, a favorite of the groom who has a big sweet tooth! Overall, this highly anticipated union was a perfect fusion of two people from very different cultural/religious backgrounds coming together. Because of COVID their celebration was smaller than expected, looked different, but it was definitely all theirs!
Katie and Carter were married in Downtown Minneapolis at the Neu Neu. It was such a perfect fall day in MN! The couple opted to do a first look prior to their ceremony which is always one of my favorite moments to capture as a photographer! The colors in the floral and wedding party attire were beyond perfect and just a dream! During their ceremony Katie’s mom & Carter’s dad both read something special and the brothers of Carter performed a song. There was not a dry eye in the building! Following the ceremony guest enjoyed dinner, donuts and dancing!
Q1: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day? A1: Our inspiration was to keep everything authentic and simple. We went with traditional fall colors for our color palette – burgundy, sage green, mustard yellow, and burnt orange. The bridal party chose their own outfits in one of the colors. It was fun to have an array of outfits (dresses, skirts, jumpsuits) in different colors.
Q2: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY? A2: The space was so gorgeous that we didn’t need very much decoration! We had cafe lighting and hanging lights on the brick wall that was our backdrop for the ceremony which made the space feel pretty magical. Katie’s dad built a wooden arch and our florist added some floral pieces to it which was stunning. Our centerpieces for the tables were vases from thrift stores with flowers from Trader Joe’s and one of our friends made our table runners.
Q3: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding? A3: The flowers were one of our favorite parts of the day! We just told our florist what our color palette was and then let her do her magic. She created gorgeous and whimsical pieces for our bouquets, boutonnieres, and ceremony arch. She used dahlias, ranunculus, eucalyptus, roses, among other flowers and greenery, and beautiful hand-dyed silk ribbons in burnt orange and sage green for the bouquets. All of the flowers were absolutely perfect and were really a key part of our decor for the day.
Q4: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding? A4: We personalized our wedding by having our families involved. Our parents did readings and Carter’s brothers played guitar and sang during the ceremony. Our favorite part was probably the dancing. We didn’t have a DJ, and Carter spent months crafting the perfect playlist. We asked all of our guests for song recommendations, and it was so much fun to watch people when their song came on. All of our friends love to dance, so it was a blast.
Q5: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail. A5: Katie picked her wedding dress because it was comfortable. She liked that the color and pattern was different from anything she had seen. Her dress was a fit and flare with a tawny lining and ivory lace that had different embroidered motifs. It had sheer tulle on the back with buttons and a long train. She chose navy blue suede sandals with block heels, minimal jewelry, and opted to not wear a veil. Carter wore a navy blue suit with a white shirt, burgundy paisley tie, and brown shoes.
Q6: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal. A6: We met when we were both attending Luther College in Decorah, IA. Six years later, Carter proposed while we were camping at a state park in the fall. We were sitting around the campfire and then he got down on one knee with a ring. Katie can’t remember a single word of what he said, but she instantly ugly cried. And said yes, obviously!
Q7: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day? A7: Oh, definitely our first look. We did it in the bridal suite, and it was the sweetest, most tender moment. There were so many tears. Carter didn’t know anything about Katie’s dress so it was a big surprise.
Q8: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day? A8: Take it one step at a time. It can seem daunting, but breaking everything down helps make the planning process more manageable. Remember to stop and look at the big picture. It can be easy to get caught up in the details when they won’t matter in the long run. Accept offers of help from friends and family! It makes a big difference. And lastly, don’t be afraid to go to your vendors with any questions!
Wedding didn’t go to plan? We have a classic and glamorous wedding that we hope gives you inspiration and hope for your upcoming day! For Josephine and Jon, it had rained throughout their outdoor ceremony at the Kortright Centre in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada but they persisted and had an amazingly beautiful day anyway!
Josephine and Jon kept their wedding ceremony intimate and natural. A romantic wooden arbour covered with flowers was set up amongst the tall forest trees at . They even had their cute little doggy who they brought to be with them during their traditional ceremony. Although it was scheduled to thunderstorm that day – they persevered. Their guests held up umbrellas – pushing through the rain to witness this beautiful occasion.
Their wedding ceremony was very reminiscent of their proposal where Jon set up a picnic blanket amongst a forest. Jon had put together music, champagne and the beautiful forest scenery for that special moment. Since they love to sit outdoors together by the fire eating smores with their dogs, it only made sense that their wedding ceremony was also outdoors amongst the trees!
Even still, they kept their wedding style very classic and glamorous. Josephine wore a stunning bridal gown from and absolutely rocked it with the matching cathedral Spanish lace trim veil. She paired the look with white satin bow heels. Their gold-detailed wedding cake from was just spectacular. The entire room at was just so beautifully decorated with tall floral centrepieces and a cute little sweetheart table set up in the middle with a floral garland. As Josephine and Jon were announced into their wedding reception, the entire room cheered and surrounded them as they had their first dance as husband and wife.
Q1: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day? A1: Ceremony held at Kortright Centre outside at the Cathedral of Trees. The romantic setup included an asymmetrical floral arch and an aisle of floral arrangements including dahlias and silver dollar. Coming from a catholic background we decided to keep the tradition of Eucharist which is not often seen outside of the Catholic Church. We exchanged personal written vows right before exchanging rings. With all the hot weather it was bound to rain at some point! The clear umbrellas added a magical touch to the day. What was also special was that our dog had a large part in our day being one of the grooms men and sitting by our side during the ceremony. He was even dressed in a tuxedo!
Q2: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY? A2: classic glam, romantic Sleek design with romantic feels by Hidden Treasures Decor
Q3: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding? A3: romantic flowy
Q4: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding? A4: Antipasto served buffet with a seafood special and freshly sliced prosciutto. Seated Dinner was provided with Penne rigatoni and mushroom risotto to start and chicken served in a red wine reduction paired with baked potatoes and fresh vegetables. Reception: The Terrace HallWe had a DJ, BBBlanc, and a photo booth by Samantha Ong. WE did have a first dance surrounded by fog and our families. Our first dance is an hardly known song by the brides favorite band. The Script- Never seen anything quite like you. The couple wanted a up beat but not over played song to remember the day. A line in the song says ” I’ve stood there and all as your date to the prom” which is cute as the couple went to their respective proms together as well. Our top 3 wedding details:The dress by Pnina Tornai was mouth watering and exactly what I had imagined. It made me feel beautiful and sexy. The lace was unlike anything I have ever seen!The flowers were gorgeous and the head table piece was outstanding! It looked so magical and brought the whole room together. The cake looked just as amazing as it tasted! We are so looking forward to our first wedding anniversary to get into it again! – Nadia and Co.
Q5: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail. A5: Louboutons bridal shoes were not so comfy but oh so cute. The flower boy brought the ring down the aisle in a glass box filled with the dried petals of the corsages from both our proms where we went together!
Q6: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal. A6: We’ve been together since before high school lol! We’ve been each others firsts everything and each others only love. We’ve been together over 10 years. He proposed a year ago in April! We went for a walk in the forest at his moms house and he set up a picnic blanket with music and champagne and proposed with a beautiful scenery behind.
Q7: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day? A7: Our favourite 3 moments: Speeches! We loved hearing our best man and maid of honour shower us with praise and also make us laugh and cry as we reminisced on old memories. Our first dance was exactly what I wanted it to be; just the two of u! We felt like we were on another planet by the end of it and it was the first alone time we had since becoming husband and wife. It felt like how I wanted to spend the rest of eternity feeling like. Getting ready with my bridesmaids was really fun listening to music talking about the day and just having fun. Nothing like girl talk to talk down a nervous bride!
Q8: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day? A8: There were financial challenges as the brides taste is bigger then her bite! We definitely went over budget under estimating the costs of all the small things that add up to big things.PACK A CURLER!I forgot to pack a curler and due to the rain my hair went from curly to straight by the reception.I freaedk out it my suite and even cried but figured it all out. Definitely not worth the tears but better be safe then sorry. I highly suggest planning a day that you would be happy with and forget all other input including parents. They want the best for you but sometimes they do not know you as well as they think they do! Do what makes you both happy as in the end you are becoming husband and wife!
Dreaming of a destination European wedding? We have you! This incredibly gorgeous wedding that took place at Casale de Pasquinelli in Tuscany, Italy makes us all want to travel over there right now!
From the Bride Peri:
“Sean and I were best friends before falling madly in love one summer 5 years ago. We had grown up together as small children but lost touch as we got older and went our separate ways… off to different high schools and colleges. Surprisingly enough, both of our parents are high school sweethearts and the four of them have been friends since they were kids. So, Sean and I have always been in each other’s lives. You can imagine everyone’s excitement when we got engaged! It has been such an incredible journey made even more special by all the history our families share.
When it came to planning our wedding, we had no idea where to start! We both come from big, loud, crazy families and just wanted to create the most love-filled magical celebration we could ever imagine. We realized we wanted more than just one night, we wanted an experience that would allow us to make countless, lasting memories with the ones we love most.
I started googling “big estates you can get married on” when I stumbled upon Casale de’ Pasquinelli. We immediately fell in love with this stunning property located on the hills of Lucca in Tuscany, surrounded by oaks and olive trees. The apartments enjoy a spectacular view over the plain of Lucca, and its peaceful and rustic surroundings looked both natural and elegant. However, being from New Jersey, thought to ourselves “okay, this could never work it’s too crazy of an idea!”. Five minutes later we were looking at each other saying… “Is this really THAT crazy of an idea?”. Within the week we sent the deposit to reserve our date… at this point, we had never even been to Italy let alone seen our venue in person! Everyone thought we were crazy! It was a huge gamble but the absolute best decision we have ever made. We had the most incredible week of our lives with 100 of our closest friends and families that culminated with our breathtaking wedding day! We could never express how special it was to have all our friends and family fly to the beautiful country of Italy to celebrate with us. It was a day full of love and magic that we will truly never forget!”
We all have the travel itch right now. Hopefully we can satisfy your travel craving a little bit with this beautiful elopement in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Absolutely loving how elegant and romantic it is – after all, it is the city of love!
Linda and Gabriel’s romantic ceremony at Trocadero and wedding portraits in Paris.
Linda got it all planned out: two beautiful wedding dresses (each with unique style), pastel violet flowers, a May wedding…we’re totally in love, oh my! We cannot get enough of this sunrise Eiffel Tower view.
Trocadero is one of those places in Paris that you almost can’t believe is even real. Perfect for a small intimate celebration for two. Isn’t this location everything?
Linda styled the wedding herself and can we just talk about how unbelievably gorgeous both dresses are? Keep looking through all of the photos and you will see her beautiful style.