Vineyard Wedding

A Gorgeous Vineyard Wedding Complete with a Tea Ceremony, Choreographed Bridal Party Dance, The Best Bridal Shoes Ever, and Lots of Fun!

Bridey, I can preach about how important lighting is for your wedding until I am blue in the face, but just looking at this photograph should "sell" you. Amazing, right? And the design on the dance floor that the chandelier is making? Fucking fantastic!! WOW! Anyway, I am going to give the floor (no pun, I swear!!) to Stephanie, our beautiful bride. She is going to share their seriously incredible proposal story with you throughout the post, and in between, I am going to share tid bits about the wedding! Enjoy!!

StephanieWell, being the know-it-all woman that I am, I was absolutely convinced Stephen would propose at one of two times: during our 5 week vacation to Europe or after finishing his residency/fellowship. Now I am definitely not one to snoop :), however, I am one to pay very close attention when “assessing” my surroundings. For months, as any one of my friends can tell you, I had been hoping Stephen would ask The Question. But there were absolutely no signs at all! He was not acting funny, he was not asking weird or obvious questions, there were no receipts, business cards, NADA! Still I had thoughts Stephen would propose in Europe, but each day gourmet dinners, romantic walks, gorgeous settings and “perfect times” came and went, with no question being asked. 

See what I mean?! BEST.BRIDAL.SHOES.EVER!

Stephanie: Needless to say, after returning home my belief that he was waiting to finish his training solidified.The day before we flew home for Christmas my sister came to visit because “she needed a break.” Uh huh. She wanted to get her nails done, get dressed up and go shopping so she could have an “adult day” without the kids. So here I am thinking I am doing something so great for my sister! Yeah, that wasn’t exactly reality. We spent the day out on town with our manicured nails and trendy outfits. 

Love this pic with Stephanie + her besties!!

StephanieWhen we got home I open my front door to find that Stephen and my best friend, Yuri, had spent the last 12 hours decorating the entire house in gorgeous Christmas decoration straight out of a magazine! Stephen and I had previously decided not to decorate for Christmas because we were only home for a few days before flying to Northern California for the holidays. But he knows me so much better than that! Christmas is quite literally my favorite time of year and I love me some glitter, sparkles and Christmas decor :).

A beautiful tea ceremony...

StephanieStephen then handed me a beautifully wrapped gift box stating this was my Christmas present. Just as a side note, Stephen and I also had previously decided that we were not going to spend more than $20 on each other for Christmas, and yeah, he broke a lot of rules! When I opened the box it was filled with several clear ornaments that open. Stephen stated that each year we will place a memorable keepsake in one of ornaments for that year. And there was one already on the tree for me this year! Yay! With my great “assessing” skills I quickly found this year’s ornament. I sat down to open the white box inside this year’s ornament with little expectations given the shocked state I was in. But what was inside I did not expect at all………NOTHING.Yep, nothing. 

Damn, girl! You look absolutely stunning!!! Bridey, know what's cool? Stephanie did TWO first looks! One with her bridesmaids... They hadn't seen her wedding dress. Only her mom, sister and her best friend were helping her get ready. Isn't that FAB?!!

STFU with the shoes!!!

StephanieAs I looked up from the empty box, a little confused, I saw the man of my dreams on one knee with the most beautiful piece of jewelry I have ever seen in his hands. I couldn’t breathe, talk (I know it seems impossible, but no I really couldn’t talk!) or move. As this amazing man continued to tell me how we should spend the rest of our lives together all I could think was, “I must be dreaming, there is no way Stephen could pull this off without me knowing!” But he did, and it was the best night of my life thus far.

The bouquet Stephen is holding? Made by her one of her bridesmaids!!!

Totally love that Stephen is checking out her backside!

StephanieAfter the proposal, Stephen continued to surprise me. Saying we had dinner reservations I followed him to where he had planned a surprise party with all of our friends and my sister. We celebrated all night, then left the next morning to continue the celebration with our families for the holidays, which has now become known as the Engagement Tour:) I am so very blessed and just want to say thank you Stephen, Candace, Yuri and all of our friends who helped make that night literally the best night of my life!

How beautiful is that ceremony space?! OMG!

Love this shot!!!

Um. WOW!!!! 

I cannot get enough of this décor! I am doing something similar with one of my brides, and I swear... Sequins speak to me!!

I seriously want to slide down that cupcake tree!

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STFU! Look at Stephanie's hair! So GORGE!

Yup! They had somebody painting the scenes at their wedding! So cool!

Stephanie’s father had a contract drawn up for Stephen to take over all of Stephanie’s debt... LOL! He shared this during his toast!

I really don't even have the words... No, seriously! How amazing is this!?

Best final photograph in a Bitchless Bride post ever! Can you imagine? I want to dive into that pic and have my way with that plate! Anyway... A GIANT thank you to Stephanie and Stephen for sharing their beautiful and fun wedding with BB!!

Industry Peeps:
Photographer: Kirstin Burrows Photography
Food Truck: Sweet & Mellow Truck 
Floral Designer: Bings Design
Cake Designer: Cake Creations by Bev 
Lighting: Enhanced Lighting
DJ: Fantasy Sound Event Services 
Hair Stylist: Hey Saylor Cosmetics
Event Planner: Kristina V Events
Event Painter: Nata's Fine Art
Reception Venue: The Palm Event Center
Band: Pop Fiction Live
DJ: Spintronix Entertainment, LLC

Real Wedding Wednesday ~ An Italian Vineyardy, Insanely Beautiful, Fourth of July Wedding...

Real Wedding Wednesday ~ An Italian Vineyardy, Insanely Beautiful, Fourth of July Wedding...

Okay, so obviously I know that Memorial Day is coming up, not the Fourth of July, but either way, I thought it was appropriate to rock a flag on Bitchless Bride leading up to the holiday. And, this wedding is totally going to make you cry with delight! Yes, I just wrote that, but it's true! You see, Kathleen really wanted to have a destination wedding in Italy at a beautiful vineyard, but knew the trip would be difficult for her guests. Sooooo, she and her hus, Daniel, brought Italy to their wedding. And, you know what? They did an A MAZ ING job capturing the essence of Italy. The décor is spot on, and so is the vibe.

Oh! Bridey, you know my love for anything cake, right? Well, just wait until you see the cakes that the B+G selected! Yes, CAKES!!! OMFG! Seriously, why don't I ever get invited to weddings with multiple cakes? Anyway... Enjoy this fabulously festive Fourth of July wedding! I'll let Kathleen fill you in on some of the deets!
Um... Could you bust?
The bridesmaids were Kathleen and Daniel's daughters... Sniff! Sniff!
Stunning!!! Damn, girl!
Hello, Italy... Welcome to Utah! LOVE how the chairs are arranged for the ceremony.
This one... ADORBS!
Kathleen: My Uncle John Lynch. When my dad passed and we got engaged I wasn't sure I wanted anyone to take my dads place. I decided I have been really close with my uncle my whole life, Uncle John loved my dad and held him with high regard and was honored to walk his niece down the aisle. He is also a retired Marine and a full time officer in the Sheriffs dept in Col. He is one of the few that gets asked to wear his Blues and march in NYC for the remembrance of 9/11. I remember coming down the stairs from my Bridal Suite and seeing him for the 1st time in his Blues, it was such a surprise and honor for me to walk with him as well. He looked very dapper; and it was perfect since it was July 4th.

Awwwwww.....
I mean... So beautiful!
HAHA! Love it!! Totally something I would do!
Kathleen: The décor was a mixture of Italian Vineyard and Vintage Romance. We had real grapes throughout all of our flowers. We used a collection of Cigar boxes we collected from all of Daniel's favorite cigars for our centerpiece flowers, along with garden vases and candle sticks, Wine Barrels, Chandeliers and twinkle lights in the trees to soften all the wood. We had King Ranch Wood tables with Cream lace runners on the adults tables- Fruitwood Chairs, Ivory with Satin Champagne overlays on the 4 Kids tables. Satin Champagne with Lace runners on all the High Boy Tables for the Cigar Lounge and Bar and also for the antipasti station. We had a brown leather loveseat and chairs with granite table in the cigar lounge on the deck with the bar and Italian Soda station...

 

Real Wedding Wednesday ~ Wedding + Australia + Kangaroos = AWESOME

What if I told you that today's real wedding had kangaroos? Would you believe me? Didn't think so! But, it totally does! No, really! It does! I mean... How awesome is that? Julie and Sam planned a destination wedding in Australia complete with kangaroos! Well, I doubt that they actually planned for the kangaroos, but either way, the pictures are insanely cool regardless!

Julie and Sam wanted a relaxed, fun-filled day to share with their family and friends. Not to mention great food and some tasty wine. Enter the Willow Tree Estate... As I always say, that if you want amazing wine at your wedding, then plan it at a winery... And while you're at it, book all the guest rooms at the estate so that your guests can enjoy the fabulous wine too.

From the photographer, Hilary Cam: "There is nothing quite as charming as a low-key Friday wedding in the Hunter Valley. Sam and Julie were so easy going and the outdoor celebration was an atmosphere of close-knit friends, heartfelt warmth and country simplicity. The photo opportunities flowed as naturally as the sun set."

So, brideys, I want you to really to enjoy this incredibly laid back and beautiful wedding. This wedding is proof that you CAN have the wedding you want (kangaroos and all), if you take a step back and focus on why you're getting married in the first place. Right?

Beaming with happiness... (And the garden is lovely too!)

This picture feels like it is out of a movie... Seriously, it's just so cool that I feel like M83 should be playing in the background, and the director is about to yell, "Cut!" Am I losing my marbles? Or can you see it too?