Alli & Shon's wedding
August 13, 2008
This is probably the most excited I have ever been to share a blog post. Alli & Shon's wedding is one that is especially near and dear to my heart. The planning process was one that was so special to me- from the moment I received Alli's email that she was engaged, to the end of the wedding night hugging she and Shon goodbye. I felt incredibly honored to have their trust in my work and feel so grateful to call these two friends.
Alli would probably be the very first to admit that she has never been the overly sentimental, mushy bride type. She never dreamed of big flowing white gowns, tiered white cakes or lavish flower arrangements. She was never into bridal parties or bouquet tosses. But while she may not have given much thought to a ‘big day’ or dreamt ‘bridal dreams,’ she did always know exactly where she would someday be married.
The saying goes, “home is where the heart is” and Alli’s family home is just that.
It is a home so beautiful that upon entering you are taken by its elegance and grandeur but also immediately shrouded in a comfortable familiarity.
It is a family home.
One whose walls echo with family memories- a cherished space where all of life’s beautiful ups and downs have been shared together. It is the home where countless years of family photos adorn mantels and countertops. The home that still has a massive trampoline in the backyard.
And home was absolutely where the heart was on June 28th as Alli and Shon exchanged vows surrounded by their closest friends and family.
So it was only fitting that the feeling of “home” and family was what Alli & Shon’s day was all about. This was the most special inspiration with which to plan a wedding. The feeling of their day was of welcoming warmth and comfortable elegance. Alli and Shon wanted their guests to celebrate with great food, great drinks and great music- and to be relaxed and at home. We chose a fresh, natural palate of greens and whites to compliment what grows naturally around the house and in Alli’s mom’s beautiful gardens.
I could not have been more honored than to work with the beautiful Elizabeth Messina who captured the truly breathtaking images below. Elizabeth immerses herself completely into the weddings she shoots, and it shows in every ounce of her film. Elizabeth’s ability to soak in everything- the emotions, the incredible events, the details- as well as the seemingly insignificant- the details you may pass over as you experience them in person, but through her film works together to create the most beautiful story. She is an artist in every sense of the word.
I have decided to separate this post into several sections since there are SO many gorgeous photos and details that I am thrilled to share to let the story of their day unfold.
First a peek at the location- the inspiration for feeling of the day.
Rebecca, you and Elizabeth make a fantastic team. The wedding turned out gorgeous!!
Oh my - how much more gorgeous does it get than that!
wow, what a beautiful venue
You have just experienced one of the most incredible events of your life. The person who you love most in the world has popped the question and you have answered 'yes!' The whirlwind of the wedding planning world has now opened- questions and excitement from friends and family, your childhood wedding dreams re-visited, wedding magazines taunting you from the shelves of the check out lanes. You are finding yourself with a new language. A vocabulary full of words such as Fiancé, Chivari chairs, fondant--words you had no idea that you knew and now they seem to run off your tongue effortlessly.
I know how fast everything seems and how overwhelming it all can feel at first, so I created this blog to help answer questions, give advice and inspire new ideas.