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From the bride, Kristen:
“I’d be honoured if you’d be my brother-in-law”…. those are the words my brother said to his college roommate Asaph back before Asaph and I had even met. Asaph later told me that when we did meet he decide right then that “yeah… I’m going for this one.” It may have taken me 5 more years to get on board with his master plan, but when you have someone like Asaph pursuing you, your heart just won’t let you say no. Defying the odds of long distance love, the countless flights from LA to Toronto didn’t stop us from making it work. We eventually decided to meet in the middle, making Nashville our home.

When searching for on a venue, Asaph discovered a new boutique hotel that was opening in Nashville. The venue instantly gave us the feeling of being in a ballroom in Paris, or a European-style loft in NYC. I didn’t want to distract from the natural beauty of the room, but wanted to respect it’s character and tastefully enhance it. On our wedding day, the space came alive with romantically wild, foraged greenery and florals to contrast the rooms elegant and winsome allure. The floral arch that had been customized for the space took our breath away.

Planning your wedding thousands of miles from home was not easy. But seeing the pure elation of our guests as they experienced it with us made it worth the effort. All the details came together beautifully. Between the gown, venue, florals, food, and live string quartet, we managed to escape Nashville and be transported to Europe for the day. When you know you’ve chosen the right one to marry, all the details seem to fade as you stand next to the man that you know will always be there for you.

Photography Vasia Photography | Event Planning/Design As We Gather Events | Floral Design Vintage Florals | Dress Flora | Hair Hannah Farmer Creative | Makeup Kristen Graham | Venue Noelle | Videographer Juan & Angie | Chair Rental 12th Table | Donuts Conny & Jonny | Ceremony Musician Viva La Strings | Dress Boutique The Dress Theory Nashville | Groom’s Tux The Black Tux | Groom’s Ring Maison Margiela | Bride’s Ring Platinum Jewelers | Bride & Groom Kristen & Asaph

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From Christina, the photographer:
I’ve dreamt of visiting Havana for years. Every photo I’ve seen of the city painted the story of a colorful, charming place, full of character and rich in culture. After a particularly long and cold New England winter, I decided that I wanted to go somewhere warm – so Cuba it was!. I convinced a friend of mine who is a local wedding planner and designer to travel with me.

We arrived in Cuba with the hopes of creating a bridal inspiration shoot reflective of the romance and beauty we experienced during our time there. Although we had an idea of what we wanted from our shoot, all we brought with us was the screenshot of a brief conversation with our amazing model,  beautiful dress and cape, and a few select pieces of stunning jewelry. Our trip coincided with a particularly rainy season and we were admittedly a little worried about the various elements of the shoot coming together. After spending a few days getting to know the historic neighborhood of Old Havana – with its vibrant buildings, beautiful architecture, and friendly people – we decided to move forward.

Part of the beauty in choosing destinations so culturally and visually rich, is allowing the environment to tell much of its own story as it is documented. The morning of the shoot, we woke up to the most beautiful sunrise we had experienced since we’d arrived in Havana. From that moment on, the rest of the shoot seemed to fall into place effortlessly.

It was a trip of a lifetime. We had the fortune of meeting so many amazing people who have now become friends. Because of this, Cuba holds a special place in our hearts. Having been able to exercise our creative muscles in the process was just the cherry on top of an unforgettable week!

Photography Christina Bernales | Styling Et Cetera Event Co | Dress Alexandra Grecco | Venue Baratillo 53 | Jewelry Gosia Meyer | Model Karina Valero

From the photographers, Juan and Talia:
We love the La Purisima Mission for its colors, textures, and rich architecture and were inspired to shoot a love story with this iconic California Mission as the backdrop. The gallery, with its great pillars, the various rooms and nooks, the gardens. and the nearby rolling hills all provided a dreamy landscape for our vision of a romantic wedding day.

Working with married models Sophie and Isaac was a dream. Not only are they beautiful inside and out, but they also absolutely adore each other – their affection and intimacy shine! The couple “loves love” and even renewed their vows before the shoot. Sophie wore a gorgeous wedding dress from Aire Barcelona and paired it with a beloved heirloom pearl necklace from her mom, and natural makeup.

To fit the historical feel of the Mission, we used details to communicate a feeling of freshness, but still relate to the timeless look of this location. To do this, we designed a tabletop that was elegant, classic and clean; from the dishes and the whimsical bouquets, to the unique wedding cake design. All of the elements came together to create a sense of richness and beauty!

Photography Pinnel Photography | Hair and Makeup Lacey Maxwell at 805 Makeup | Wedding Dress Aire Barcelona | Flowers Blue Blossoms | Wedding Cake MJB Cakes | Invitations/Menus Prim & Pixie| Table Top Casa de Perrin | Linens La Tavola Linen | Bouquet Ribbon Frou Frou Chic | Venue La Purisima Mission | Film Scans PhotoVision | Models Sophie Ward Koren and Isaac Koren