LOHO Bride // Real Bride: Caitlin + Will

We're head over heels for this lovely couple. From the feathers in her hair, to her stunning Daughters of Simone "Jude" two-piece gown - Caitlin truly embodies the spirit of a LOHO bride. Then we heard the story of how a lightning storm sent all of their wedding guests running inside to the house where the bride grew up and the bride and groom cut their cake on her family's kitchen table.  This is a story for the books. 

Can you tell us a little about yourself? It can literally be anything! We just want to know what gets you excited, even if it’s that you’re passionate about puppies.

Ocean swims, wearing feathers in my hair, coffee with my grandmother, girls’ night, doodles in my journal, day three of a music festival, stamps in my passport – those are a few of my favorite things. 

How did you and your partner meet?

Will and I were living in the same apartment building for almost a year during our junior year of college before we met.  I ended up ironing Will’s shirt within ten minutes of meeting him (though I haven’t done it many times in the eight years since then).

Were you channeling any style icons while dress shopping?

Mary Kate Olsen and Alice Temperley‘s summer solstice parties.  

What was the best part of your LOHO Bride experience?

The best part of my experience was that I left LOHO feeling inspired.  The combination of the lust-worthy décor, beautiful dresses, unique accessories, tunes, bubbly, and the lovely Christy – had me walking out of there with a renewed excitement about planning my big day – a process that had begun to overwhelm me.

How did you choose your dress and what was the most magical part about it?

Ultimately, I choose my dress (“Jude” by Daughters of Simone) because I felt authentic in it.  To me, the dress’s all over crochet lace was beautiful and classic.  Its two-piece cut was the perfect amount of unexpected “cool” and it had a relaxed simplicity about it that allowed me to make it mine with accessories! (I chose a simple cathedral-length tulle veil and abundant wildflowers for the ceremony, and a LitterSF chain veil, which Christy helped me customized, along with Grace Bijorix anklets with turquoise and gold beading, that doubled as my “something blue”.)

Describe your wedding. Where did it take place? What inspiration or themes were you drawn to when planning?

We were married on weekend of the summer solstice, in a small country church in Maryland.  The reception was down the road on the front lawn of my parents’ house, where I grew up.  The  theme, if I had to label it, was rustic-bohemian- but really it was simply “us”.

What made your wedding personal to you and your partner? 

Everything- which is my favorite thing about our wedding!  There were our wedding bands (that Will and I made ourselves), our beautiful invitations (handmade by my sister), and the most perfect vintage lace, wildflower centerpieces (created by my mom who collected the 20+ vintage table toppers for a year) just to name a few.  I will never forget how loved I felt the day before the wedding as I wandered around my parent’s house seeing every nook of it filled with people I love pitching in. 

Did you have a special moment or one thing that truly made it in a league of its own?

Just as my husband spun me around during our first dance – the skies opened up.  It started down pouring, seemingly out of nowhere, as we danced under the tent to the thrilled cheering and palpable child-like energy that is generated from being “out in the rain”.

Later, the rain turned to a lightning storm – so all 180 guests made a run from the tent to my parents’ house.  The band played acoustic using my parents baby grand piano, the bar tenders set up at the bar in my parents basement, and we ended up cutting our cake at the kitchen table my seven siblings and I grew up around.

Any parting wisdom for yet-to-wed LOHO Brides?

When your wedding week arrives, despite the unavoidable chaos and last minute “to-dos”, make a conscious effort to focus on what is really important!  When it got down to the week-of, I was not as organized as I thought I would be, I did not have the perfect bride-to-be complexion (thanks to my day-before-wedding zit- the likes of which I had not seen since puberty), and I did not have good weather – however, there was more joy, love, gratitude, and fun than I ever thought was possible to experience all in one day.  

Photography: Black & Hue Photography

Floral: Succulents & Saffron