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Monday, May 23, 2016

Julianne & Andrew at The Reeds at Shelter Haven

Julianne and Andrew planned a mid- Autumn wedding that was elegant and coastal chic. Every detail about this wedding was on point and totally gorgeous. All images by Rachel Pearlman Photography.

The couple wanted a very classic and neutral palette of black and white with accents of metallics. The flower designs were elegant using the simple color palette and classic florals with lots of added greenery for a looser, natural feel to compliment the coastal feel of the venue.

Invitations by Shine Wedding Invitations were classic with elegant striped detail.

The bride and her maids prepared for the big day at The Reeds. Julianne's gown by Enzoani was an ivory lace, strapless, Mermaid style with delicate button detailing in the back.

The flowers were kept in a white and cream palette: Garden roses, ranunculus, astilbe, and ameones with black centers for accent. Lots of greenery was used to give a natural elegance to a cascade bouquet.

The traditional marriage ceremony took place in Sacred Heart Church in the couple's hometown.

The wedding party gathered bay side for some these stunning images. I truly cannot choose a favorite.
Julianne was such a lovely bride that emanated such style and grace-Andrew had quite his own style and charm. Together they make an amazing couple. I was honored to design for their special day.

I love this image on the steps of Springer's Ice Cream.

The Reeds is absolutely gorgeous at night with it's bay side views. The ballroom opens up to this wonderful deck that gives an outdoor air feel to the ballroom space.

Congratulations, Jules and Andrew! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness together!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Alicea & Grant's Oregon Lakeside Wedding

Alicea and Grant planned a simple outdoor wedding in the beginning of Autumn. Both outdoor enthusiasts, it was important to the couple to say their vows among family and friends in a peaceful outdoor setting. Bridal Veil Lakes in Corbett, Oregon was the perfect spot, overlooking the historic Columbia River Gorge. Not only does the area boast gorgeous scenery and hidden waterfalls, but also many rare plant species and old growth forests.

For those who don't know, Alicea is my daughter. We did long distance planning over months of phone conversations, texts, and email. I arrived early in the week to help with last minute tasks and designing. I arranged for a local flower farm, Raindrop Farms, to provide the flowers. I gave a palette of colors and wishes, but understood that I would use whatever was available upon my arrival. The weather was absolutely gorgeous that week and I was thrilled to received buckets of gorgeous flowers.

Grant's parent's home had a magnificent garden that they most generously allowed me to browse and cut to my hearts content. Garden roses do exceptionally well in the climate and I was giddy to see so many lining the driveway of their home.

Alicea and Grant valued the idea of handcrafted and personal touches. Their day was filled with so many of those touches. Grant canoed across the lake to his bride, who was slowly making her way to the waters edge.The couple wrote their own wedding vows that made us all shed tears. Their good friend officiated the ceremony and more local friends made all manners of pies for the dessert table. I arrived in Oregon with jars and jars of homemade jams made with our NJ local fruits for guest favors.

The couple decided on a simple ceremony that reflected only their love for one another without the accouterments of a wedding party, which would  have been more costly for east coast guests. A gathering of Alicea's good friends from college and even high school attended and were able to stay the weekend.

Alicea's bouquet of dahlias, garden roses, chantilly snapdragons, garden vines, and accent flowers was trimmed with naturally dyed silk ribbon. The bride chose red peep toe clogs and a simple side bun hairstyle. Alicea was absolutely stunning and completely glowing. Grant's boutonniere was made from apple mint tied with matching silk ribbon.

 The groom canoed off with his bride to arrive at the reception. The couple chose to have a buffet of  Mediterranean fare- there favorite dishes with lots of vegetarian options for their guests.

Love this image!

The day before the wedding, Alicea and I searched the local thrift store for vintage style containers to use for the centerpieces. We found some great ones that complemented the eggplant table linens and table setting.

The couple had a wine bar to complement the meal. Guests were asked to bring two bottles of wine in lieu of a wedding gift. An evening of dancing and merriment followed.

The photographer, Nakalan McKay truly evoked the couples casual and personal style in her art. I was so impressed by the engagement photos, that I knew to expect wonderful things from her. She did not disappoint. Thank you, Nakalan, for capturing our memories so beautifully.

It was such a beautiful day. The weather was fantastic. The atmosphere was joyous. The surroundings were incredible. I was sorry to see the night end, as I was to hop a plane early in the morning to begin my travels back home. I am so grateful to have such a wonderful Son-in-Law that treasures my daughter. I know in my heart that they were meant for one another. Blessings abound.

                                          Congratulations Alicea & Grant! Love Always!