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February 5, 2013

Thinking about a handmade and extremely personalized-themed wedding? We have a special wedding feature today, Molly and Ozzie!

Molly and Ozzie held their wedding at a beautiful venue in downtown Wilmington, NC at Saint Thomas Preservation Hall. The place is a gorgeous historic building that was formerly a Catholic church, but over the years has been transformed into an event space. There were stunning stained-glass windows, exposed brick, and lots of space. Both their ceremony and reception were held there. 

There were close to about 160 guests; plenty of family and friends. Molly got her dress at David's Bridal. She found a gorgeous beaded lace tea-length dress, and knew immediately that it was hers! For shoes, Molly had ivory pumps with a teal heel, and a beautiful peacock feather painted on the sides.

All of Molly and Ozzie’s ceremony music was played on the organ by Molly’s Uncle Steve. She didn't want traditional wedding music, so instead she picked some of their favorite Beatles songs. They featured songs like “Let It Be,” "With a little help from my friends," "Here Comes the Sun," and of course, "All You Need is Love." The guests enjoyed hearing familiar music that they could sing along to.

Molly’s ceremony included a dedication to those who had passed: her maternal grandparents, her paternal grandparents’, her maternal grandfather, and her sister Emily. They set up a special alter of photos and candles. In memory of her sister, Molly had a special bouquet made for her, signifying her as an honorary bridesmaid.

Molly’s other bouquets and boutonnieres were very unique. She wanted to have something that would last forever, and that was fun and different and playful. She searched Etsy to find paper bouquets and boutonnieres, made from sheet music (courtesy of "Dana's Paper Flowers"). And not just any sheet music, but the music of "In My Life" by the Beatles, which also happens to be the couple’s song and the song that was played for their first dance.

Molly and Ozzie also wrote their own vows. Their wedding programs were specially created by Ozzie's mother. She is a talented stationery designer and wedding invitation specialist at a local shop. She also created their Save the Dates, invitations, and programs.

As for wedding themes, Molly wanted to center it around their names: Ozzie's real name is Chris, but she met him as Ozzie, a name used by close friends. Together they chose a celebrity couple name, "Mozzie," and it became a very "Mozzie" wedding! The two love the color purple and are both are proud graduates of UNC-Wilmington, who's main school color is teal. They decided to play off of those colors and stick with purple, teal, ivory, and burlap brown.

Molly’s mother played a huge part on the creative side of the wedding. She made hair clips for all of the bridesmaids and flower girls to wear; burlap, lace, and tool flowers glued to hair clips. She also made the ring bearer's pillow; a burlap pillow with lace sewed around it with ribbon and a flower. The table centerpieces were also hand done, mason jars with burlap, lace, raffia, and peacock feathers fastened around the jars. Her mother also made paper medallions to put into each jar. Each was unique and full of bright and beautiful colors to mimic a peacock feather. There were straw wreaths in a canvas fabric, and personalized to display the first letter of our the couple’s names to hang from the wreaths. Last but not least, Molly’s mother created adorable bird cake toppers and stamped Molly and Ozzie’s initials in it.

The wedding had a special guestbook; a fingerprint guestbook. It was hand painted with a tree and two little birds in the branches. All of the guests stamped their fingers and signed their names. There was plenty more decoration to the party: there were candy jars and favor bags, "MOZZIE" cocktail napkins, mason jar drinking glasses, striped paper straws, cupcakes and cake made by a dear friend, and to top it off the get-away truck was decorated by their dear friends!

A big congratulation to the happy couple!

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Molly and Ozzy on Tying the Knot
Molly and Ozzy on Tying the Knot
Molly and Ozzy on Tying the Knot
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Molly and Ozzy on Tying the Knot
Molly and Ozzy on Tying the Knot
Molly and Ozzy on Tying the Knot
Molly and Ozzy on Tying the Knot
Molly and Ozzy on Tying the Knot
Molly and Ozzy on Tying the Knot
Molly and Ozzy on Tying the Knot
Molly and Ozzy on Tying the Knot


If you would like to view more photos of this amazing wedding check out Manda's post about the wedding!

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posted by Laura at 12:53PM
October 16, 2012

Today we have a special Wedding Feature; Meet Lena and Anders, all the way from Norway!

Lena and Anders's wedding was held at Eidene GÂrd in Tj¯me, Vestfold in Norway. If you need to touch up on your geography, this particular location can be found on the south-east coast of Norway right by the sea! The Eidene GÂrd is a Red Cross center equipped with a restaurant that doubles as a party house. This beautiful location walked guests down a narrow pathway to a huge pier (1076 square feet!) which held all seventy guests for a private ceremony.

Now, unless you have a deep love for snow and ice, June through September are the best months to visit Norway, the Land of the Midnight Sun. But for Lena and Anders they held their wedding late May and were rewarded the warmest weekend of the year; 77 degrees and sun!

Lena bought her dress in a bridal store called "Dinn" in Oslo. Lena found herself a Cinderella-esque dress. Anders wore a traditional Norwegian folk costume, a red vest made by his mother.

Lena and Anders held a non-religious wedding arranged by the The Norwegian Humanist Association. This particular organization bases their ethics on human values, and can wed couples virtually anywhere - which is very difficult to do if you don't know someone from the church of Norway. Overall, the ceremony was simple and they let the beautiful seascape do all of the work. Lena's father walked her down the aisle to "Staralfur" by Sigur Roos, an Icelandic singer. Poems were read by Norwegian songwriters and songs were sang by Norwegian bands.

For the reception, Lena wanted to stick to comfortable and simple themes. She bought plenty of vintage vases for colorful flowers, bell jars to use as candle holders for the dinner tables, and customized garland that read "Lena <3 Anders" in red and black - all from Etsy and shipped from the USA! Instead of a guestbook, Lena and Anders opted for a guestbox where guests wrote greetings for the bride and groom. Polaroid pictures were taken, and guests rocked out on fun blow up instruments. There were red and white striped candy bags with confetti and wedding program designed by Creative Start Design. Their wedding cake was decorated with a hand-made crochet heart for a cake topping.

To complete their big day, Lena and Anders left the reception in style; rolling out in two little vintage Mini Morriss'; one bottle green and one beige!

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Wedding with a Water View
Wedding Programs in Popcorn Bags with Confetti
Traditional Norwegian Wedding
Traditional Norwegian Groom OutfitPrincess Bridal Gown
Bride Applying Makeup
Father of the BrideLena and Anders wedding on Tying the Knot
Flower Girls
Exchanging of Rings
The first kissWedding guests throw confetti
Lena and Anders wedding on Tying the Knot
Bridal bouquet, roses
champagne glasses, strawberries
wedding reception, appetizers
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Bride and Groom
Mustaches on a Stick
Best Man KissLips on a Stick, maid of honor
Chalkboard heart, initials
Bride, groom, mini morris
bride, groom, green mini morris
bride, groom, mini morris
Green mini morris

Photos By: Michal Tomaszewicz

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posted by Laura at 12:15AM
October 1, 2012

Karyn and Brandon had their marriage ceremony and small dinner reception in the old castle library of the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec Old City Canada. Their guest list was small and stress-free, only inviting their immediate family and a few close friends.

Karyn and Brandon maintained a strict budget for their wedding, spending no more than $5000 for the dress, meal, cake, hotel, flowers, programs, menu and favors. Karyn's gorgeous dress was from the Vera Wang White collection, one that is only carried in select David's Bridals. In memory of Karyn's grandfather, her flowers were Yellow Billy Balls, Queen Anne's Lace, and Peonies; the same ones that always grew at her grandfather's farm. Their photographer was a former student of Karyn's, Dustin Genereux, and it was his first wedding.

The ceremony was very personal; Karyn & Brandon both wrote their own vows, and family members read poems and messages that had everyone laughing and crying.

Karyn's love for art, design, and deer were prominent at the reception. She personally handmade and designed wooden place cards for her guests. Each card was printed with the names alongside an image of a deer; females received a doe and males received a buck. She even bought two handmade deer toppers for the cake. Karyn also designed the invites, menu, programs, and canvas tote bags which were filled with goodies for the ride home.

Karyn and Brandon's wedding invites carried a different theme from the overall wedding. Since they both loved music and many guests were travelling more than seven hours, they created CD album invites for the long car rides. Her chalk-typography design and the silk screened CD with a vinyl press varnish made it look and feel exactly like a record.

Karyn and Brandon had one more thing to add to their wedding to make it special: both got tattoos of Karyn's wedding logo.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Place Holder Cards Deer theme for Wedding
Wedding Deer Theme Matches
Wedding Menu for Karyn & Brandon's Wedding
Deer Theme Goodie Bag Tote for WeddingWedding Vows for Karyn & Brandon's Wedding
Wedding Rings for Karyn & Brandon's Wedding
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Beautiful Teal Wedding Shoes and Rings
Karyn's Bouquet of Beautiful Country FlowersWedding Deer themed Cuff Buttons
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
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Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Appetizers for Karyn & Brandon's Wedding
Wedding cake with custom Deer ToppersWedding cake with custom Deer Toppers
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the KnotKaryn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Wedding Couple under an Umbrella
Karyn & Brandon's Wedding Couch Portrait
Karyn & Brandon's matching Wedding Tattoos


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posted by Laura at 10:00AM
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August 21, 2012

Our good friends Beth and Eleanor were recently wed in Baltimore, Maryland and graciously allowed us to share some photos!

Their venue was at Chase Court. The Gothic former-Episcopal parish house was built in 1879 and is now privately owned. The place is known for its lovely leaded-glass windows, private Shade Garden, and Gothic ballroom.

Eleanor found her dress at a local venue in the DC area called Curvy Girls Bridal. However, Beth’s gown was custom made by her mother.

Beth and Eleanor had a small ceremony with approximately 60 guests. Their families gave them off to symbolize the merging of both themselves and the two families. The officiant was Beth’s best friend, Theresa.

They had a sand ceremony (the couple pours various colors of unity sand from separate containers into one special container, the unity vase, symbolizing their coming together as one), and traded wedding bands which were engraved with two lines cut out around the band to represent two separate lives running side by side forever.

Beth and Eleanor’s reception was not typical: choosing a casual cocktail hour allowed guests enjoy a table with family photos, RSVPs were mad libs that were filled out from the invitations, and a small bar. There were heavy appetizers and an abundance of delicious Italian food.

Instead of the usual stuffy seated service, guests were welcome to casual seat picking and grabbed custom name place cards made from scrabble tiles. Centerpieces were old books and lit lanterns to match the cozy reception hall. Beth and Eleanor’s colors were turquoise, magenta, and grey.

Wedding Headline Invitation
Creative Headpiece for BrideSmiling Bride
Applying Makeup to a BrideBride Smiles into a Mirror
Brides at their Ceremony
Brides conducting a Sand CeremonyBrides kissing for their ceremony
Close Up of a Bridal Ring
Creative Custom Name Place Card
Colorful RSVP Invites for Ceremony
Creative Scrabble Name Places
White Shoes and Teal Shoes for BridesAntique Table Decorations for Wedding
Beautiful Dinner Table for Wedding
Two Brides Eat CakeTwo Brides in Gothic Candlelight

Their wonderful photographer was Sergey Gogolev.

Congratulations and much happiness to the new married couple!


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