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FAL-WIN 2016

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F a l l | W i n t e r B R I D E 2 7 Ages: She's 27; he's 26. Occupations: He's an attorney; she's a registered nurse. How they met: They sat next to each other in French class their sophomore year of high school. Engagement story: They were vacationing with friends on Captiva Island after Ben's graduation from law school. One evening, the two went for a walk on the beach and came across "WILL YOU MARRY ME" written in the sand with seashells Ben had secretly collected during the trip. Wedding guests: 150. Ceremony and reception: Tim Faulkner Gallery. Flowers: "We purchased wholesale fowers and incorporated protea, Peruvian pepper, and dusty miller to create a cascading, relaxed look that paired perfect with the multiple ribbons we used to tie the bouquet together." Personal touches: With the help of family and friends, the couple created: a large installation of streamers at the entryway; a pallet platform for the ceremony; spray-painted fallen tree branches for centerpieces; silver sputniks from zip-tied drinking straws that served as a cake topper and bar decor. "We even bought a roll of green AstroTurf and cut it into giant area rugs to use throughout the venue." They wrote their vows and handpicked readings and music for the ceremony. "It made for a short and sweet ceremony that was also very heartfelt." Entertainment: Soul Kitchen Band. First dance song: "I'm Glad You're Mine" by Al Green. The day in three words: "Vibrant, enchanting, harmonious." Favorite part of the day: "Immediately following the ceremony, we walked down the aisle and proceeded outside where our family quickly joined us. The energy in the air was pure bliss." One disagreement: "Ben originally wanted to wait until the ceremony to see me for the frst time on our wedding day. After some convincing, he agreed to have a frst look earlier in the day. In retrospect, he is glad we decided to do so because it calmed his nerves before the ceremony." Wish you would have: "We sometimes wish we had splurged on a videographer. However, we were so thrilled with our wedding photos that we hardly missed having a video to watch." Advice: "You must prioritize. Figure out what is going to be most important to you and your future spouse and make that your focus." Honeymoon: Florence, Italy. Photographer: Crystal Ludwick Photography Invitations: Julie Diamond Calligraphy & Invitations. "We wanted the invitation to really make a statement and set the tone for our non- traditional, fun-flled wedding." Desserts: Vanilla bean confetti cake with caramel flling and silver icing, made by Missy Vonderheide; Hi-Five Doughnuts food truck Rehearsal dinner: Cafe Fraiche catered the event, and the couple and their families dined al fresco underneath a large tree in Ben's parents' backyard. Caterer: Mayan Cafe (which also coordinated table and chair rentals) — slow roasted pork in achiote sauce, fried plantains, roasted seasonal vegetables, and an autumn salad with root vegetables, goat cheese, and sorghum vinaigrette Coordinator: Becca Voss Rentals: The Event Company hung the colored bistro lights in the reception and provided the Oriental rug aisle for the ceremony. Attire: Dress from Rebecca's Bridal; groom's suit from J. Crew; bridesmaid dresses from Natalie Deayala Hair and makeup: Hair by Lauren Prather (out of Lexington); makeup by Emily Wilson Transportation: Howard C Miller Registry: Macy's, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma

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