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When Heather was planning her wedding to her now husband John, she wanted a day full of warmth and love. Surrounded by friends and family, she said “I do” in Paloma Blanca Style 4364.

We asked Heather to share more of her cozy winter wedding with us:

Where did you find your wedding dress?
I found my dress on my third shopping trip, and in a rather unconventional way. My first time trying on dresses was in Ottawa, where my grandparents live. I wanted my grandma to be part of the experience, and we almost settled on another dress, also by Paloma Blanca (4104) but I wanted something that hugged my figure a little more. My second trip was with a group of girlfriends on a weekend getaway. Nothing hit me as “the one.” Finally, I made an appointment at Bridal Beginnings, and struck out on my own. Yes, I shopped by myself – no mom, friends, or family. I did have the amazing assistance of Sam, my consultant. We blazed through about 10 dresses with no luck. Finally, I stepped out into the lobby for a break, turned around, and saw this amazing dress on a mannequin. I had to try it on. And after Sam zipped me into the dress, I told her “ok, I think we’re done shopping!” It was one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever made (second to saying “yes” to my husband, of course.)

How did John propose?
John and I love the outdoors. We take every opportunity to get out and explore, which is why on an unseasonably warm November Saturday, he asked if I wanted to go for a walk in Schenley Park, one of our favorite places to go. I had absolutely no clue what was about to happen – he acted so natural and didn’t let on what he had planned!

After about 30 minutes, we had made our way down to a creek that runs through the park. Spotting a little “island” in the middle, John pulled me onto it. There, surrounded by nothing but fallen leaves and slowly trickling water, he began saying so many wonderful things. And then, he was down on one knee, asking me to marry him.

My favorite part of the story is that, in order to prevent me from peeking had I found the box, John left the wrapping paper from Orr’s on. He pulled the box out of his pocket still wrapped, and my hands were shaking so badly that I couldn’t get the paper off! Of course, it eventually did, and he slid the most beautiful, custom, just-for-me ring on my finger. We spent the rest of the afternoon together, quietly celebrating (and staring at my left hand) before we called our family and friends. It was wonderful to have that time to ourselves before the whirl of wedding planning kicked in.

Tell us about your theme, what inspired it?
John and I were incredibly lucky to have met the absolute perfect wedding planner, Kate Lemos Brown. Honestly, we would not have been able to pull off anything without her. We wanted a winter wedding – cozy, intimate, and rich with texture and warm candlelight. We settled on creamy ivories, subtle gold and silver, and lush, deep red. We picked the Lincklaen House, a historic inn, and basically took over the whole place for the weekend! We really wanted great food, good wine, and only our closest friends and family. Everything had balance – natural materials like pine cones and branches to even out the metallics, and textures that complimented each other. The idea was to make guests feel like they were comfortable, surrounded by friends, and enjoying a cold winter night. Whistlestop Florist nailed the décor – overflowing mantles, flickering candles, and tall centerpieces that made you feel like you were looking up into the woods.

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Thank you, Heather, for sharing your wedding day with us!

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Credits // Photographer: Leo Timoshuk Photography / Floral: Whistlestop Florists / Venue: Lincklaen House / Bridal Accessories: Abigail Grace Bridal / Wedding Planning and Design: Lovewell Celebration Design

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