I’m not sure I could dream up a more romantic wedding than today’s cherry orchard wedding captured by Megan Hayes. Intimately set at the groom’s family orchard, the reception featured wooden farm tables handmade by the couple and their family where they dined with loved ones and danced under the stars.
The theme of our wedding was Rustic Bohemian DIY. Our colors were neutral with pops of burgundy and red. After getting engaged, Alex suggested we tie the knot in his family’s cherry orchard and I jumped at the opportunity. I really loved the idea of the relaxed cozy and intimate setting we could create outdoors.
I love rose gold and had no idea that my great grandmother owned a rose gold watch, or that had been handed down to my mom. I’m not one for tradition but it was really special that my mom gave me such an amazing “something old” to wear on my wedding day.
My favorite part of the day was our ceremony. It was short sweet and a perfect reflection of us as a couple. We had an amazing acoustic guitar player, one of our best friends was brave enough to get ordained and marry us and we exchanged handwritten vows that caused both of us to shed happy tears.
Alex and I purchased our first home after 8 years of dating in December of 2013, and fixing it up ourselves has been a labor of love that the two of us share. He proposed to me with breakfast and bubbly in a bed he built for the two of us. Our DIY house became our DIY wedding. We took on every project we could in 10 months. That was such an amazing experience I wouldn’t trade for the world. The one thing we never wanted to loose site of was that the day was about who we are as a couple and sharing that with our family and friends.
I had been to a bridal event where I saw a long wooden table with a garland down the middle and thought that would fit perfectly down one of the rows in the orchard. We had the best wedding coordinator, who knew Alex and I were on a budget, but also handy, and suggested we think about building the tables ourselves. My amazing husband, father, and brothers-in-law spent their evenings and weekends building, sanding, and staining seven twelve foot long tables for our big day and I couldn’t be more grateful. It felt perfect to break bread with our families and closest friends in a space we both loved and had put so much love into.
From building tables, a bar, corn hole games, and Giant Jenga to hanging cafe and twinkle lights and weed whacking we literally put blood sweat and happy tears into our wedding. What Alex and I didn’t realize was how much we would love the planning process and how it would provide such an amazingly creative way for us to collaborate and create a day that expressed who we are as a couple.
Photography | Megan Hayes Photography | Venue | Copeland’s Cherry Ranch | Planning | La Boheme Events | Catering | Pit Stop BBQ | Rentals | 24/7 Events | Invitation | Emma Louise XO | DJ | As You Like It Entertainment | Gown | Dreamers & Lovers | Floral Bridesmaid Dress | Show Me Your Mumu | Hair | Amanda Knapp | Makeup | Brooke Bouchez | Groomswear | The Created Gentleman
With Memorial Day this weekend, I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than sharing this sweet vintage styled Marine engagement session from Kathryn Ivy Photography. This couple has such a sweet story. They met in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba while Callie was visiting her father, a Naval Commander, who was stationed there along with David. They had an instant connection and saw each other every day while Callie was there, and then kept in touch long distance when she went back to the US. For the shoot, Kathryn captured this cute couple in Callie’s hometown of Statesville, NC. I love how the bride’s retro polka dot dress pairs perfectly with the groom’s Service Alpha uniform.
When you think of a Las Vegas wedding, you often think of a cheesy drive through chapel wedding (I know I did!) I never thought you could get elegance and old world charm in the City of Lights. That is, until I went to The Venetian with some fellow Aisle Society bloggers and it completely opened my eyes! If you want an Italian destination wedding feel, with impeccable service and out of this world dining experiences, without leaving the US, you have to go to The Venetian and her sister hotel, The Palazzo.
First of all, what sets The Venetian apart from anywhere else on the strip is that every room is a suite. So you get a luxurious bedroom plus a spacious living area, not to mention a giant bathroom (hello beautiful tub to soak in after a long day!) It’s the perfect space to get ready for your big day, with lots of room for you and your girls to hang out and relax before walking down the aisle.
Speaking of getting ready, The Venetian Las Vegas houses Canyon Ranch SpaClub, one of the largest spas in the world. With over 150 services and more than 90 treatment rooms (including a private bridal suite), you can be sure to feel relaxed and rejuvenated before your “I dos”. It also makes The Venetian the perfect bachelorette party destination, spending a relaxing day at the spa before dining at one of their award wining restaurants and heading out to a show on the strip.
Foodies will delight with the amazing dining options at The Venetian, almost making it too hard to choose! Lovers of vintage and that down home feel will fall for Buddy V’s. Renowned baker Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro has a new Italian restaurant inside Grand Canal Shoppes, featuring mouthwatering heirloom family recipes. The vintage baker in me was obsessed with the decor, with a wall of retro rolling pins and light fixtures made of wisks. And of course the food was exceptional! We ate family style, sharing various plates around the table to get a taste of all the delicious offerings. This is the perfect idea for a rehearsal dinner and gives you that family meal feel all the way in Vegas. Another favorite was db Brasserie, Chef Daniel Boulud’s new contemporary French restaurant. If you want fine dining with that chic Paris feel, this is the place to go. db Brasserie has two private dining rooms, making it the perfect reception space for something private with lots of character and a fresh and inspired menu.
That old world charm I was talking about? You really can’t get it anywhere else but at The Venetian Las Vegas, making it the place for a chic vintage wedding in Vegas. There are several unique ceremony locations throughout The Venetian that make it a coveted venue for your vows. For a romantic elopement like no other, I love their exclusive Signature White Wedding Gondola. You and your intended can say your “I dos” while gliding down the Grand Canal in the intimate ceremony of your dreams. I also loved the Wedding Bridge, where up to 20 guests can join you on the bridge over the Grand Canal amid the bustling St. Mark’s Square. In the atrium of the Grand Canal Shoppes, there is also the Palazzo Waterfall. This jaw dropping backdrop changes with the seasons for an unforgettable location for your guests.
For an outdoor ceremony there are the Venezia Courtyard and the Wedding Terrace. With lush gardens and fountains, they make for an elegant and picturesque venue. If you are looking for privacy, The Venetian’s Wedding Chapel is sophisticated glamour at it’s finest with views of the terrace and gardens.
We went to a few of the different hotels on the strip and coming back to The Venetian always felt like you were transported to another place. The unique charm and excellent service is unmatched. Stroll the beautiful shopping plaza at St. Mark’s Square while enjoying some gelato and take romantic gondola ride while being serenaded. It is a dream destination that will have you falling in love all over again!
*Perfect Proposal Alert* That romantic gondola ride? You can make it even more memorable by popping the question by having The Venetian ‘write’ “Will you marry me?” in the ‘sky’!