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From the bride:
My fiancé (now husband) and I both like to dance, our life is very active, and is often accompanied by a rise in the pulse rate!  That’s how we came up with a name for our wedding: 240 beats per minute.  We felt it perfectly described that state when a couple is excited about their life together and deeply in love with each other.

There were two things that we knew we wanted for our wedding – to be surrounded by lots of beautiful flowers and to be in an outdoor location. Since the ceremony and reception were located in different parts of the venue, we decided to hire two different teams of decorators. Although located in different time zones, they worked together to create a ceremony and reception that felt cohesive while remaining unique to their individual visions.

Our wedding preparations took 9 months. 9 months full of worries, developing a concept, drawing sketches, and negotiations – and finally the day came. On that day we realized that it was all worth it – when we  all our relatives and friends had gathered to share this special occasion; when I had butterflies in my stomach during the ceremony; and when I cried all day with happiness.

We are so happy that our wedding turned out to be exactly as we had dreamt: surrounded by gorgeous fresh flowers, with a ceremony in a forest, and a reception outdoors. Despite a large number of guests, the event was very cozy and we are grateful to every vendor who put their heart and soul into creating our best day ever!

Photography Julia Kaptelova Photography | Stylist/Planner Wedding Classic | Floral Designer Reception Leka Nedvizh | Floral Designer Ceremony and Bouquet GreenMay | Dress Jesus Peiro | Hair and Makeup Anastasia Raevskaya | Venue Rodniki | Cake Andrey Shevlagin Cakes Couture | Stationary Rasmirin | Boudoir Dress Maria Vesssna | Jewelry Nch Wedding Jewelry


From the bride Breyna:
We did things a little differently than normal and made our rehearsal dinner more like our reception. We invited everyone over to Alexander’s parent’s home and celebrated outside under string lights as the sun went down.  Early the next morning, we were married in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where we first fell in love. Alexander’s dad married us while we were surrounded by our immediate family and breathtaking views.

Our favorite things to do in the Smokies are taking hikes and having picnics.  So that’s exactly what we did after our ceremony – we had a picnic reception. We had our favorite spread of snacks – cheeses, fruits, bread, honey, and of course, wedding cake. Won’t that attract bears, you say? Why yes… in fact it does!

Photography Rylee Hitchner | Floral Design Petaline Floral | Hair and Makeup Krystal McGrew | Venue Family Home and Cades Cove | Food/Dessert Knox Mason | Dress Inbal Dror | Ring Mociun | Groom’s Suit Billy Reid | Furniture Braden’s Lifestyles |Video Hearts Video | Papergoods The Bride | Table Runners Silk & Willow | Ribbon Frou Frou Chic.

Theoni Collection offers an artful selection of hand-sourced event decor and tabletop accessories that inspire creativity and elevate what’s possible. The collection is curated by founder Betsy Stone and influenced by her love of timeless traditions, old-world style and an unrelenting belief in quality. From votives to lanterns and candelabra, and napkin rings to farm tables and dining chairs—all of the collection is unique, timeless and demonstrative of fine craftsmanship.

In March Theoni revealed their brand new showroom and collections, and Once Wed was lucky enough to have been invited to attend the launch party and to see their wonderful offerings of china, flatware, glassware, chairs, tables, furniture, and more.  Their 22,000 square-foot design studio in Napa Valley, provides a hands-on, interactive space where curators can dream and play, and is open to event planners, entertainers and brides-to-be. It is a must see!

At Theoni, it’s always been their dream to have the space for planners and curators to experience their decor in the flesh—understanding true size, vibrancy of color, and the endless possibilities for pairings. This is why they’re excited to introduce their traveling showroom—a 39-foot Winnebago—lovingly named Winnie. A girl on the go, Winnie will occasionally be traveling to the Central Coast and Los Angeles to bring Theoni right to your doorstep. What’s not to love!

Launch Party Vendors: Florals and Tabletop Design Mindy Rice | Photography Justin Lee Photography | Food The Fremont Diner | Wine from Scribe Wine | Sparkling Wine Domaine Carneros | Beer Sonoma Springs Brewery | Ice Cream Cart Sweet Scoops | Sweets Crisp Bakeshop |  Lounge Furniture Vignette Urban Parlour by Kathleen Dreary | Music DJ Kiss     Carneros Styled Shoot Vendors: Carneros Resort | Photography Justin Lee Photography | Rentals Theoni Collection | Stationary LaHappy |Flowers Brown Paper Design


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