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A wedding mixed with cultural traditions

Happy Real Wedding Thursday!

We are pleased to introduce the marriage of Jennifer & Omeed from Pleasanton, CA

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What was your highlight of the day?
There were soooo many highlights and special moments throughout our very special day! We had a blended wedding that included American and Persian traditions. For the Persian ceremony Omeed's beautiful mom Shiva helped us make our Sofreh Aghd, which is a spread filled with lovely and symbolic items like fruit, honey, a mirror, decorative eggs, and nuts. Our ceremony was officiated by Lauren VanHam, an interfaith minister from Berkeley, CA. She delivered a very personal, thoughtful, lovely ceremony we couldn't have been happier with.

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the wedding rings
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solo photo of the bride

Do you have any advice to couples that are planning their upcoming wedding?
Throughout the entire wedding planning process we received so much love and support from our families. If I could offer any piece of advice to future brides and grooms it would be to allow your families to be part of the process. I believe it is selfish and short sighted to go through the wedding and marrying process with the commonly held belief that it is "the bride's day." A wedding can be so much more than just a day dedicated to one person. It is also important to be secure with the bride/groom's vision of their wedding day and to express it and stand by it throughout the planning process.

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guest table
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photo booth
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first dance
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In Bloom Invitation

Jennifer and Omeed used the In Bloom Invitation and RSVP for their wedding.

Wedding Location
Ceremony & Reception: Palm Event Center on the Historic Ruby Hill Vineyard

Photography by
Michael Reyes photography

Wedding on a Farm

Today’s Real Weddings features Colae and Kent who were married in New Hill, North Carolina.

Enjoy and have a Wonderful Thursday!

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father walks bride down the aisle

What was your highlight of the day?
My highlight of the day was when the barn doors opened and I was about to walk down the isle with my dad. It sounds so obvious, but it was incredible just taking it all in and looking for Kent at the end of the isle!

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husband and wife first kiss
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ceremony view
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dessert table

Do you have any advice to couples that are planning their upcoming wedding?
Hire a coordinator. Seriously I don't know what I would have done without her! Even though it was an added expense we weren't planning on originally, the truth is that the wedding day is just too short to be worried about details and if everything is going as planned. Timing the day of is everything, and it was so nice just having the coordinator taking the reigns and being able to truly relax. Remember, these people do this for a living and it is something you only do once. Things that stressed me out seemed so simple once I took it to the coordinator! To make it less expensive, you can hire a coordinator for just the day of like we did--I met with here three times leading up to the wedding where she took notes and it was that simple! She took care of seating and everything!

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wedding party
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officially mr and mrs
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victorian luxe invitation

Coale and Kent used the Victorian Luxe Invitation and RSVP for their wedding.


Wedding Location
Ceremony & Reception: Shady Wagon Farm, New Hill, North Carolina

Photography by
Elayna Ruth Photography

Garden wedding that lets love grown

Today’s Real Wedding features the union of Rob & Kristin on June 30th, 2012 in Monterey, CA. It was a beautiful summer day for them to remember for years to come!

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first glance
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the i dos
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wedding party laughter
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directions to reception
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succulent wedding favors
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sweetheart table

Rob and Kristin used the In Bloom Invitation and RSVP for their wedding.


What was your highlight of the day?
The highlight of the day was doing a "First Look," where Rob and I saw each other for the first time before the wedding. It was such an emotional, private time where we had the opportunity to really be there in the moment -- just the two of us -- and take it all in. The reception was also a big highlight because we could finally let out a big sigh of relief and really let loose (and dance our butts off).

Is there anything you would have liked to do differently?
I would have asked for more help initially in the planning process. I took on too much and it ended up stressing me out. Thankfully we decided to hire a day-of wedding coordinator, which was a HUGE stress (and sanity) reliever!

Do you have any advice to couples that are planning their upcoming wedding?
Don't get lost in all the small DIY details -- no one really notices them anyway. Do a "First Look" with your photographer so you can have that one moment where it's just the two of you. If your budget allows, hire a day-of wedding coordinator. The most important piece of advice is not to loose sight of what the day really is all about -- two people deeply in love, surrounded by a wealth of love -- joining together as one love. All the rest is just icing on the cake.


Wedding Location
The Old Whaling Station, Monterey, CA

Photography by
Mirelle Carmichael Photography

Festive wedding with Tamborines and Sunglasses

Happy November! We would like to kick off the month with the start of our Real Wedding Blog posts. Over the next few months we will be sharing the weddings we have been so lucky to be a part of and hope that there will be some helpful advise from the couples to all those out there planning their own weddings. We hope you enjoy it!

Today we would like to introduce you to Kelly and Andrew, married on September 15th in Atlanta Georgia. Their day was filled with surprises, dancing and most of all love!

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giftfromthegroom
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embracing
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danceparty
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tambourines
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sparkles
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Kelly and Andrew used the Back to Nature Invitation and RSVP for their wedding.

What was your highlight of the day?
Andrew had several surprises staged throughout the day. First was a blindfolded kiss before we walked down the aisle. It was Andrew's sneaky plan to steal a kiss before we said our I do's without us actually seeing each other. Second, was a gorgeous set of emerald earrings and diamond necklace, given to me as I was getting ready. Third was our band called me up onto the stage to open a present (again... clueless). Inside the box were personalized his and her tambourines to play with the whole night long, we had which was a blast!

Another favorite for both of us was a private dinner with just the two of us during cocktail hour at the reception. It gave us time to absorb and talk about how special this day was and how overwhelmed we felt that our favorite people in the world were all in one place together :) We could not stop smiling the entire evening!

Is there anything you would have liked to do differently?
Not one thing!

Do you have any advice to couples that are planning their upcoming wedding?

  • Plan ahead so you can enjoy and relax as soon as possible (my goal was to be done with all of my big projects by Wednesday the week of the wedding)
  • Having a day of coordinator is extremely helpful. Watermark Wedding in Atlanta truly made me feel like a guest at my own wedding. I enjoyed every single second and did not worry about ONE thing at our ceremony and reception. If something went wrong, I had no idea!
  • Share the work, communicate, help each other as much as possible, and remember to focus on the marriage not just the wedding!


Wedding Location
Ceremony: Cathedral of Christ the King
Reception: The Peachtree Club (both Atlanta, GA)

Photography by
Altmix Photography