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A Year in Weddings

Design Inspiration

And what a year it’s been! 2010 saw Ruffled evolve and grow into something bigger and better. We started the year by relaunching our Recycle your Wedding. We had two rip-roaring amazing DIY contests, one in the spring and one in the fall. And Ruffled got a brand-spanking-new makeover, followed by the launch of our vendor guide, Blue Label. 2011 is the year of the big reveal of the shop. I can’t wrap my head around how excited I am about this. The Loop is also debuting in 2011. Double dose, my dears.

In weddings, we saw style that ran the gamut from quirky to romantic. You all amazed us with your unending fountain of inspirational weddings, DIY projects and photo sessions and we can’t wait to see what 2011 brings to our world of beautiful things and beautiful people!

Now, let’s recap some of our favorite Real Weddings from 2010, one from every month of the year! It was so much fun to review all the goodness we got to share this year and sooo hard to pick just one for each month. So enjoy our choices and let us know which weddings are your personal favorites. See you next year!


We started the year of with a big, colorful BANG with Tamar and Mike’s Pink and Green Wedding bursting with color and fun!


The color and creativity just kept coming in February when the winter blues were broken up by Jess and Mike and their Indie City Hall Wedding, in NYC no less.


We had shamrock green on the brain after this jaw-dropping Brazilian Orchard Wedding, featuring everything from a “pond” pool to absolutely stunning floral archways and tunnels. Gorgeous!


That dress! The decor! Those Chanel shoes! There was plenty to squeal about in Alyssa and Howard’s Vintage Wedding from April.


In May we shared Dayna and Ian’s eco-friendly wedding. Love everything about it, from her wedding dress to their table numbers.


I love me an indie couple and Jenna and Dustin’s sweet wedding portraits hit just the spot. Her headband is so cute and their love just emanates off the screen, don’t ya think? It just screams June sunshine.

We celebrated the Fourth of July with an adorable (and patriotic!) couple whose Backyard Barbecue Wedding felt so summery and sweet that it set off fireworks in my heart…

The wedding sign that lives on in infamy! The sweet sentiment was just one part of this August wedding that put it at the top of my list. The fun color pallette and handmade details from Christy and Chris’s Southern Affair really put it over the edge!


September brought us this Amazing 1920’s Vintage Wedding, brimming with period details and charm from the UK. The bride’s shrug and their adorable ceremony make it such a special soiree.


In October we posted Whimsical Colorado Wedding, chock full of vintage-inspired details.

When this Sensational UK Wedding landed in our laps this November, we were drooling over all the hundreds of details. Not only is it feminine and quirky and creative and awesomely unique but the reception was held in a teepee! How cool is that?


And last but not least: December’s chilly air leads us to this Cozy London Affair! Full of bright details and a super-cozy venue, our favorite piece of this wedding are of course all the amazing vintage dresses the bride and bridesmaids wore! They are just BEYOND. Vintage never goes out of style!

We’re wrapping up a few projects for next week that we are very excited about. Thank you all so much for your continued readership and support of Ruffled! You all are endlessly inspiring and I can’t wait to share another great year with you lovely Ruffled readers!

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Intimate Toronto Wedding

DIY Weddings

I couldn’t think of a better way to close our real wedding features for 2010 than with a sweet and simple wedding that Nancy da Costa of Mango Studios sent our way. Kelly and Murray handmade most of their details, and I am slightly obsessed with Kelly’s polka dot tulle wedding dress!

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From the bride, Kelly: Murray and I love our city so it was important for us to have our wedding here in Toronto and to share a little piece of our lives with our family and friends. A ferry ride to Toronto Island seemed like the perfect adventure for our wedding guests. We wanted our wedding to be an intimate, fun, personal and sweet celebration. It was important to us that it was a sincere expression of our love and truly memorable for our guests. We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us – full of handmade goodness, laughter, happy tears and one of the best parties our guests have ever seen.

intimate toronto wedding
intimate toronto wedding

Nearly every detail of our wedding was handmade and we used a colour palette based around shades of purples and teals. Among other projects, I sewed the bunting banners, the cake toppers and all of the ties worn by the groomsmen and family. A group of very kind and generous friends spent the night before the wedding helping us decorate the venue – hanging string lights, putting together flower arrangements and hanging vases from the trees.
intimate toronto wedding
intimate toronto wedding
intimate toronto wedding

We wanted every aspect of our wedding to feel as personal as possible and chose to work with all the creative people we know. Our wedding felt like one giant hug from all our friends and family because every element of our big day was created with our own hands or through the incredible love, talent and generosity of our friends and family.

intimate toronto wedding
intimate toronto wedding
Any advice for brides planning their wedding? The Internet is a wonderful thing! We found some incredible inspiration from other weddings through fantastic blogs like Ruffled. Start keeping a journal as soon as possible and a folder of inspirational images that you can revisit from time to time to keep you on track. Find a great photographer to capture the special moments of your day. We also invested in a Smilebooth, which provided so much entertainment for our guests and hilarious memories captured for a lifetime.

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We will be back tomorrow with our best of 2010!

Wedding Vendors (Toronto, Canada):

Ceremony and reception location: Artscape Gibraltar Point / Florist: Coriander Girl created the bridal bouquet, boutonnières and corsages friends and family made table arrangements/ Photographer: David and Tyler from Mango Studios / Wedding dress: Christos Bridal (Maribel) / Hairpiece: Emersonmade / Shoes: Missoni / Cocktail Hour Music: Kitgut Stringband / Caterer: Artscape Gibraltar Point / Fruit tarts and cakes: Luisa Milan at Artscape Gibraltar Point/ Wedding invitations: Ashley Coulson of Flakes Paperie

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Indie Chicago Winter Engagement

Engagement Sessions

Today we’re lucky to have a hybrid engagement session/stylized shoot in the lovely city of Chicago. Robert and Susan teamed up with a fantastic design team to produce not only their sweet, wintry engagement photos but also some winter table inspiration in the groom’s new boutique hotel. The outcome is sure to warm even the coldest of Chicago winter mornings, don’t you think? And I’m just swooning over those little arrangements from Fleur! Thanks for sending it over, Jessie!

chicago winter wedding ideas

chicago winter wedding ideas

chicago winter wedding ideas

chicago winter wedding ideas

chicago winter wedding ideas

chicago winter wedding ideas

chicago winter wedding ideas

chicago winter wedding ideas

chicago winter wedding ideas

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Vendors (Chicago, IL):
Venue: Longman and Eagle Inn / Photography: Simply Jessie / Florist: Fleur / Paper Goods: Sarah Drake Designs

Fleur is a member of Blue Label.

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