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Navy Ontario Golf Club Wedding

I usually like to introduce a wedding with a little dose of wit, but when a bride shares words this beautiful and sincere, it only feels right to  begin otherwise, “It’s funny, through the entire planning process I stressed about the tiniest things – would we get our café au lait dahlias for our centerpieces? Would our speeches stay on schedule? At the end of the day, none of this stuff mattered. I was marrying the love of my life, surrounded by our absolute favorite people and nothing could bring me down.When He Found Her and Bright Sky Weddings captured each moment and it’s just a scroll away.

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From the planner Lisa Garofalo… Jennifer was a dream bride. She had a clear vision as to how she saw her wedding day unfold right from the start. It was a beautiful October day, until a rainstorm deterred our plans for an outdoor reveal. This did not stop Jen and Mike from getting some amazing photos, including those with a vintage car, a 1930 Packard, which her father had been saving just for her wedding day.

As guests arrived to Eagles Nest Golf Club, they were greeted with a glass of pink champagne to start the party. They took their places inside the Great Hall, adorned with a stunning green and ivory garland trailing down the aisle, ending at a draped birch arch. Jen was out of this world gorgeous in her Vera Wang gown and Mike wore his firefighter dress uniform. This was extra special as he had just been hired on the fire department a couple months earlier.

The best moment of the day for Jen and myself would be when Jen walked into the Great Hall to see the reception fully set-up, including her stunning head table filled with greenery, mercury hurricane candles and marquee lights that said LOVE. Instead of a plated dessert, guests were able to pick treats from a custom dessert station by the talented Nadia from Nadia & Co., while Barbara from The Lettering Studio created a chalkboard legend of all the desserts. Guests danced the night away to the Dave Murphy Band and Nth Degree entertainment, while they snacked on late night poutine, big mac sliders and sweets from the candy bar.

From The Bride… My husband, Mike always says that our love story is his very favorite. He tells everyone with such pride, knowing that we are so very lucky to have married into each other’s incredible families. Many people say their wedding was years in the making, but ours was, literally, years in the making. Our parents have been good friends for over 25 years, so Mike and I met for the first time when we were just toddlers. As fate would have it, four summers ago Mike was coming to Ontario for a wedding and his date cancelled on him last minute, so he invited me as his back up! My mom was beyond thrilled because I’m certain she knew this was my first date with my future husband. Mike kissed me the second he saw me (before even saying hello) and later told me that he knew at that very moment that we would be together forever. Shortly after our first date, I followed my love to Vancouver and 14 months later, brought him back home to Toronto with me to be near our families.

I have been dreaming of my wedding for what seems like my entire life, and so when Mike proposed to me, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted our wedding to look like. When we started planning, I was so determined to create a beautiful, over the top, magazine-worthy wedding. After several talks with Mike, my family and some fellow brides, my focus shifted and I realized above all else, this day was about celebrating our love with the people who mean the most to us. We wanted to make sure our guests had the most amazing time and felt taken care of from start to finish. We sat down and made a list of our priorities, and decided to focus our energy on the things we agreed were most important in a wedding: venue, food, music and photography.

Mike and I visited about 10 venues before we went to Eagles Nest Golf Club. The minute we walked in we knew it was the place we would get married. Our dream would have been to get married at my family cottage, but because of size, we knew it wasn’t possible. Eagles Nest was the closest thing we could find to a cottage – a beautiful balcony overlooking the golf course, neutral décor and floor to ceiling windows in the Great Hall. We also lucked out that the food at this venue was absolutely phenomenal. We chose the Dave Murphy Band as we had heard them play a couple times before and knew they would be perfect to entertain our guests. They absolutely surpassed every expectation we had of them. The 6 piece band played every genre of music you could think of – from the Beatles and Van Morrison, to Tupac and Robin Thicke, and everything in between. Our entire dance floor was packed right until the lights came on! We found our photographer, Reid of When He Found Her, through a friend who was getting married a couple months before us. Photography was number one on my list and Reid’s photos blew my mind. They were so natural and beautiful and from the first time I saw his work, I knew no one else could photograph the most important day of our lives. Reid has this ability to capture the pure, candid joy of a wedding day, and every time I look at our photos I am reminded of just how happy I was in each of these moments. Once we found a date that worked for the venue, band and photographer, we locked it down and began filling in the blanks for our dream fall wedding.

As soon as I met with Lisa, our planner, I knew we were in good hands. I had so many ideas as to what I wanted our wedding to look like and she was vital in bringing them to life. I wanted to keep our décor neutral with a palate of navy, grey, cream and the tiniest bit of blush. I let Lisa take creative lead on our head table and it was something out of a dream. I nearly burst into tears when I walked into the reception space to see the table lined with gorgeous garland, an abundance of candles and the marquee LOVE sign. I was so thrilled with how our stationary, signage, linens and florals all came together to create this beautiful, elegant garden party I had dreamt up in my head.

So many details contributed to making this day so special. I had always known my processional would be Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles, so to hear the string quartet play this as the doors opened into our ceremony was so surreal. I walked down the aisle with my mom and dad on either side of me, to my handsome groom in his firefighter dress uniform. Our gorgeous flower girl, Isla, is the daughter of our friends who got married four summers ago, on that weekend that Mike and I first met. I am a strong believer that everything happens for a reason, and our wedding day was a lovely testament to that.

Buying my dress was not an easy process. In the first month that we were engaged, I tried on over 65 dresses. I ended up buying one, but only out of desperation. It was beautiful, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that it wasn’t “the one”. Finally, 3 months before the wedding I went back to Vera Wang to try on a dress I had loved from the very beginning and couldn’t stop thinking about. The minute I put it back on, I knew this was the dress I had to get married in. Luckily, the wonderful ladies at Vera Wang were able to make this happen for me under our very tight time constraints!

It’s funny, through the entire planning process I stressed about the tiniest things – would we get our café au lait dahlias for our centerpieces? Would our speeches stay on schedule? Would we get married inside or outside? At the end of the day, none of this stuff mattered. I was marrying the love of my life, surrounded by our absolute favourite people and nothing could bring me down. Not the storm that blew in right before our first look or when my dress ripped right before I was about to walk down the aisle. You can’t predict exactly how your wedding day will unfold, but with a little perspective, you will realize that it doesn’t really matter. I can safely say that our wedding day was absolutely, the best, most beautiful day of my life.

Photography: When He Found Her, Reid Lambshead | Videographer: Bright Sky Weddings, Katherine Keene | Planner: Bliss, Lisa Garofalo | Florist: Berries & Blooms | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Nadia & Co. | Stationary: Paper & Poste | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Make-Up: Priya Nitu-Patel | Hair: Justin Rousseau | DJ: Nth Degree Entertinament, Tom Hall | Band: Dave Murphy Band | Officiant: Kettle Creek Weddings | Bridal Sash: Accessories By Talia | Linen: Linen Closet | Linen: Around The Table | Musicians: Alex Toskov | Signage: The Lettering Studio, Barbara Kua | Venue: Eagles Nest Golf Club

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Your First Dinner Party with JCPenney Registry

If you ask me, throwing that very first dinner party is one of the most exciting things about being a newlywed.  And, if you are registered with JCPenney Registry, one of the most well-planned, too.  If anything, it has prepared you for your new life together, with a carefully crafted list of amazing JCPenney products, from versatile entertaining pieces to gorgeous napkin rings to chic dinnerware.

Your JCPenney Registry isn’t just the easiest part of planning your wedding (think simple to use app + fabulous advice from wedding experts), it also happens to be overflowing with amazing products from great brands that will help you in every aspect of your life together as newlyweds.  Which means the dinner party you’re hosting in celebration of your new life together will go off without a single speed bump.  And your guests will totally appreciate every last moment, from the very first appetizer to the end of the night chit chat over your Keurig coffee.

Visit JCPenney now to start your amazing registry experience.  And don’t forget that your guests will have easy access with AND in over 1,000 stores nationwide, plus they’ll receive 20% off their registry purchase (with a complimentary announcement card) when they make an in-store purchase of $50 or more.

1. Royal Albert Polka Rose Vintage 2-Tier Cake Stand 2. Circulon Genesis 10-pc. Hard-Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set 3. Michelangelo Set of 4 Beverage Glasses 4. Corelle Square Pure White 16-pc. Dinnerware Set 5. Park B. Smith Quartz Set of 4 Napkin Rings 6. Oneida Countess 20-pc. Flatware Set 7. Honey-Can-Do Deluxe Folding Utility Cart 8. Keurig K550 2.0 Brewer


Urban Rustic Wedding in Los Angeles

Intimate and easy-going, this duo wanted their day to feel like a special family gathering. Their grand vision? A day filled with long Petals & Pop garlands, personalized calligraphy a la the Bride herself, and homemade jam favors. Every detail was seamlessly snapped up by onelove photography, and it’s all waiting right here!


From The Bride… We are both very private and quite shy at times. We wanted our wedding to feel intimate and easy-going to minimize our stress and to make our special day feel like a special family gathering. What was most important to us was sharing that time with the people we cared about, eating good food, and dancing the night away.

We were so excited about the long garlands that Petals & Pop designed for the event — they kept our tables simple and beautiful. I also took a calligraphy class with Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls at Poketo and practiced on our invites during the months leading up. I could still use much more practice, but I felt very proud of the name cards and that personal touch.

It is easy to become a perfectionist as you are planning a wedding. We were very specific (a.k.a. picky) about many of the details we wanted, down to the way we covered our homemade jam favors. Many of the things we had planned did not come together the way we expected that day, but it did not matter. Come up with a grand vision, but don’t spend too much time sweating the details!

Sarah’s favorite memory: I have two. One was dancing with Adam right before the music turned off for the night. During the months leading up to the wedding, we played the Beach House song “I’ll Take Care Of You” over and over again in anticipation of it. It was so exciting when we finally got to dance to it as husband and wife. And of course, the flash mob dance we planned with our friends to “Take On Me” — I never thought we could actually do it!

Adam’s favorite memory: The whole ceremony. We kept it short, but sweet. We had been nervous about having to deliver our vows in front of everyone (neither of us being natural public speakers), but once we were up there it came so easily and both of us avoided bawling our eyes out. Seeing Sarah come down the aisle was a dream come true and the feeling immediately after the recessional was so exciting (mixed with a sense of relief that it had actually come together after all the planning).

Photography: onelove photography | Coordination: Rose Forbes Of Two Tree Events | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Stationary: Saint John Street Press | Caterer: Brown Bag LA | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Ceremony And Reception: Huron Substation | Florals: Petals & Pop | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Shoe Designer: Swedish Hasbeens

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Pink & Gray Downtown Cincinnati Wedding

In my color palette book, pink + gray reign king. It’s the perfect combination of soft and sweet, and this Cincinnati bride brought that very vision to life. With the talents of Viva Bella Events by her side, she achieved a day that’s got “SMP” written all over it, and Clary Pfeiffer captured each and every bit. Head to the gallery and watch the entire shebang from Epic Motion below.

From Clary Pfeiffer… From day one, Kristen described her wedding vision as simple and elegant. A pearl among gemstones, she wanted a day inspired by classic beauty, foregoing flashy gimmicks for subtle, luxurious details. Kristen chose elements to compliment the nature of the day. Her love for Andrew, both sweet and mature in nature became a muse for the design of the wedding. Every detail exuded simple romance and fashionable sophistication.

The reception was held at The Center, in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. The room displayed large floor-to-ceiling windows at either end, giving the guests a taste of the city. Using the cityscape as a backdrop, Kristen’s vision took life in the matter of a few hours. The room was dressed in square tables with stone linens and large wooden farm tables with matching stone runners. The chairs put a twist on the traditional as gold chivari chairs sat before the square tables and ghost chairs sat at the wooden farm tables.

Emphasizing the warm tones in the grey linens and mimicking the gold chivari chairs, gold utensils and lined chargers sat at each place setting. Kristen chose a palette of pale pinks and champagnes tones to accent the stone neutrals. The flower arrangements, napkins, crystal votives, and the rose champagne poured in every guest’s glass gave the room a light and polished feel. Paired with the flickering of the votives, the ambiance created was truly romantic and undeniably lovely.

Kristen and Andrew’s first reaction to their reception was nothing but dazzling smiles. In awe of all their decisions coming together into one fantastic vision, the two were amazed and giddy in their post-ceremony excitement. This feeling spread through the room, as guests were welcomed in to the sounds of the Dan Rafferty band, brought in all the way from Detroit. As guests entered, they were greeted by the splendor of the overall décor, the simple three-tiered cake with charming pink flowers decorating the exterior, and of course the newly weds beaming with wedding pride.

It was definitely an infectious happiness that followed through each course of dinner and guests danced and celebrated with Andrew and Kristen as the sun set behind the city.

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer | Videography: Epic Motion | Event Design: Viva Bella Events | Event Planning: Viva Bella Events | Wedding Dress: JCrew | Cake: Maribelle Cakery | Invitations: Poeme | Reception Venue: The Center | Catering: Funky's Catering | Lighting: Goodwin Lighting Services | Band: Dan Rafferty | Linens: Wildflower Linens | Photography - Assistance: Jen And Jonah | Rentals: All Occasions Event Rentals | Rentals: Camargo Events | Wedding Venue: St. Ursula Chapel

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