Married! A Dreamy Fairy Tale Wedding

Today we’ve got quite the stunning wedding to share. There’s something so rich and charming about autumn weddings, especially when they’re infused with such personal touches and timeless elements. Add a magical fairy tale castle nestled amongst ivy, complete with a moat and pumpkins and it’s this bride’s dream come true.From the bride: My dress was the dress of my dreams. It’s Sabelle by Maggie Sottero. The sleeves were custom-made and added. However, my wedding day attire was more than just my dress. I love the idea of a daughter wearing her mother’s wedding dress. This was not feasible for me but I still wanted to honor the tradition. With her permission, I took the lace trim from the train on her dress and sewed it onto the edge of my veil, so that I could, in a way, wear her dress down the aisle. In addition, I wanted to honor my grandmother who passed just a few months before the wedding. The jewelry pieces I used to decorate my shoes and the hankie I carried during the ceremony were all hers. Those shoes (my something blue) are one of my DIY projects, and I like to think of them as my modern day glass slippers. Our officiant is a close personal friend, who also happens to be a Captain. My husband worked as a First Mate in the boating industry for many years with him and it seemed only appropriate that he wear his uniform.We wanted our wedding to be beautiful, lush and romantic. We wanted to be transported, even if only for one day, away from the hustle and bustle of busy Southern California. Our first wedding decision, and by far the most difficult, was the ceremony venue. I found our venue by happenstance, browsing through a magazine in a waiting room. I hadn’t known exactly what I wanted and had spentweeks looking at venue after venue and magazine after magazine, with nothing really inspiring me. But the moment I saw the photo of Kimberly Crest, it was like the fog of indecision and blah-ness had been lifted. From that one photo, the style of our wedding just fell into place. The style of our wedding is definitely grown-up fairy tale romance. I wanted to keep the elements that made me love fairy tales as a little girl, but without straying into cheesy territory. The location of the ceremony lended all the grandeur needed, with its beautiful landscaped grounds and petit French chateau. We used the phrase “and they lived happily ever after” in a few places, like the aisle runner and a wooden sign that we hung at the entrance to the garden walkway. The bridesmaids carried pumpkins instead of bouquets, as a nod to Cinderella’s pumpkin coach.

My advice to other brides: Follow your heart. Choose things for your wedding that you are inspired by; don’t choose things just because it seems like everyone else is doing it. No one will ever know what you didn’t decide to do, only what you did. Your wedding is a reflection of who you and your spouse are, and your friends and family are your guests. Everyone is there to celebrate you, not wonder why you didn’t have a candy buffet or take-away mini doughnuts. Our ceremony music: Processional (Can’t Help Falling in Love – Vitamin String Quartet Version of the Elvis song); Bride Entrance (Hallelujah – Vitamin String Quartet version of the Leonard Cohen song); recessional (Somewhere, Beyond the Sea – Bobby Darin). Our reception was held in the Mitten Building, a separate venue nearby. For our reception, I wanted our guests to feel like they had entered another world, romantic and enchanting. To do this, we brought the beauty of nature indoors. The table centerpieces were designed to appear as though they were growing from the table itself. Several centerpieces had pieces that draped from the tabletop towards the floor, to create the illusion that a lush forest had begun to overtake the reception space. For lighting, we placed hundreds of votives and other points of light throughout the room, so that everyone and everything was bathed in soft golden light. Our first dance was “You are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne The dance party that followed was fabulous. One of our guiding principles in planning our wedding was to make sure our guests had a great time. My philosophy was that the ceremony was for us, but the reception was for our guests. We still receive comments from our friends and family that our wedding was one of, if not the best they have ever attended. Seeing everyone having such a good time and hearing about it again afterwards makes all the planning and hard work worthwhile.

Coordinator: Brenda Swann, Swann Soirees |  Venue (Ceremony): Kimberly Crest House and Gardens |  Venue (Reception): The Mitten Building |  Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Belsioe  | Bridal Hair: Fairytale Hair & Makeup |  Florals: Elaborate Floral Design |  Catering: Bon Appetit | Cake: Let em’ Eat Cake | Photo: A Beautiful Light |  Video: Godfather Films |  Carriage: G&F Carriages Aren’t the principals for this wedding awesome? We especially love the gold streamer exit and those stunning pumpkins the bridesmaids carried!

Spectacular, right? We particularly loved those whimsical pumpkins the bridesmaids carried and the gold streamer exit!

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