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Weekly Wrap Up + Herman Miller Engagement Session

Weekly Wrap Ups

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We typically don’t share many engagements, but the combo of gorgeous photos and our obsession with mid century design lead us to this pretty set at the Herman Miller Design Center. The engaged couple also happens to be Justine, who writes Urban Scarlet and her fiance Brendon. Thank you both and Nick Radford for the images!


herman miller engagement session from nick radford photography

herman miller engagement session from nick radford photography

herman miller engagement session from nick radford photography

herman miller engagement session from nick radford photography

herman miller design center engagement session
herman miller design center engagement session


View all images from this session in the gallery

See more on Nick Radford‘s blog!

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A few links around the web:

Cute DIY camera straps via Design Love Fest. Pack one for your honeymoon!
Speaking of packing for the honeymoon, love these picks via Apartment #34
Fresh and easy centerpieces via Frolic!

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Last opportunity to enter Bella Figura’s Do Good in March Promotion, for the chance to win free letterpress invitations!

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In case you missed any of this week’s features…

Wedding inspiration pulled from The Great Gatsby
A handmade backyard wedding with TOMS
Our Florida Wedding Vendor Guide
A handmade Cuban-American fusion wedding
Spring wedding ideas with pops of gold and mint green
A chic feminine backyard Malibu wedding
Strawberries and Gingham wedding bouquet inspiration
This romantic backyard Perth wedding
An English garden bridal shower at Chateau Marianne
A bright and cheery whimsical Illinois wedding
Winter Wedding Inspiration at Historic Cedarwood

Daily Pick

Event Studio

Event Studio is a wedding floral design and decorating firm that offers beautiful and unique designs for your special day! We are over-the-moon excited to play with lush gorgeous flowers everyday, treating each wedding as the only one. We join each couple in their excitement and work to make your day the most beautiful day of your life!

We offer a full inventory that we include in your design agreement. In addition, we offer custom made signs and unique decorator items!

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Historic Cedarwood Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

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Karen of Historic Cedarwood and photographer Leslee Mitchell planned an entire styled shoot around Vera Wang’s “Harlow” gown, and it’s easy to see why — we could stare at it for days! Karen and Leslee brought in hints of white, green, and gray for this winter glam wedding shoot. We love the idea of providing a vodka bar for your guests, and offering hot cocoa as a yummy non-alcoholic option.


Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

From the stylists: Rustic can be glamorous. This barn wedding styled shoot by Leslee Mitchell and Cedarwood Weddings centers around the ballet-inspired Vera Wang gown, Harlow. Vera says, “The way a dancer can bring the crowd to its feet with a drawn-out, well-executed pirouette: that’s the excitement I wanted to capture with Harlow.” The bride’s bouquet is as dramatic as her wedding gown using white Anthuriums, Wax Flower and hanging Amaranthus.


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Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

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Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn WeddingRustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn WeddingRustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

Our barn-loving Texas bride studied ballet for twelve years and always dreamed of a barn wedding. Using Cedarwood’s wedding barn as her rustic venue, we piled on sophisticated styling with a blend of glam and rustic décor. Fur covered Chiavari chair backs, birch and candles add a warmth to the space along with a softly lit altar of torn fabric and white flowers. Hot cocoa, vodka and sushi bars pamper guests. Living tree saplings are offered as “love grows” legacy favors. A wedding cake birch tree stand, paper goods featuring a birch design, hanging birch pole ‘chandeliers’ and a DIY birch garland tie together the birch and barn styling.


Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn WeddingRustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding


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Wedding Vendors (Nashville, TN):

Wedding Venue: Historic Cedarwood / Wedding Photographer: Leslee Mitchell / Event Styling, Floral Design, and Decor: Historic Cedarwood / Wedding Dress: “Harlow” by Vera Wang, from Ivory and White / Fashion Styling Assistant: Opulent Couturier / Hair and Makeup: Studio BBC Salon / Catering: A Dream Come True / Wedding Cake: Patty Cakes / Invitations and Paper Goods: Designs in Paper / Lighting: Uplight Events / Model: Janika Laine

Historic Cedarwood is a member of our wedding vendor guide Blue Label.

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Spreading Lovely

Welcome to Spreading Lovely!  We’re a full service event planning & design company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving all of The Golden State and beyond and tailor all services to fit your specific event needs.  Plus, with every booking, we donate 10% to the charity of your choice because we believe in not only making a difference in our clients’ lives, but also in countless other lives we may never otherwise have the opportunity to reach.

Of course we love a great party, but more importantly we believe in love, we believe in a marriage after the wedding, and we love being a part of life’s major milestones and helping you navigate the (sometimes) mountains of details.  With our wealth of knowledge, creativity and experience we’ll illuminate and inspire your ideas to create a one-of-a-kind event that authentically reflects YOUnot us, or what anyone tells you it should be.

We know how to leverage small design details of texture, color and lighting to elevate an event and create the ambiance you desire. We love collaborating to create unique event concepts, after all – it’s your story that makes the best inspiration.  If lots of glitter and bright colors best reflects your fun loving nature, awesome, we’re in!  If an elopement on a mountain top is more your thing, fantastic, we’re in!  Our number one job is to be on your team and provide a voice of reason, guidance and experience to streamline the planning and execute your event more exceptional than you imagined.

We believe you should be fully present and live in the moment on your wedding day, not sweating the small stuff!  That’s why we’re here to make the road to your wedding more fun, more relaxed and more enjoyable by taking care of the planning, design and organization details so you can still make it to Sunday brunch and do more of what makes you happy while celebrating the path to this amazing commitment to each other!

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Whimsical Illinois Wedding

DIY Weddings

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Angie and Seth stretched their 10k budget for over 300 guests by making most of it themselves. With photography by Deidre Lynn, being one of their main priority slices (more wedding pie posts soon!) of their budget, we’re always delighted to emphasize it’s money well spent. We’re loving the bridesmaid wearing cardigans in different colors!

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography
Pretoria Illinois rustic wedding

From Angie: When we started planning our day, our biggest goal was to create an environment where our guests could relax, eat some yummy sweets, and just enjoy the day. Both of us have a sort of thrown together style, and I really wanted to weave that into our reception. We got engaged at Christmas, and our wedding was in early March, so we didn’t have a whole lot of time for inspiration! Thankfully I’ve been planning my wedding since I was born, so everything came together quickly.

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn PhotographySeth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn PhotographySeth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn PhotographySeth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

I just found myself picking random fabrics and colors that I liked. As for DIY projects, we worked with friends and family to create a ceiling canopy made from strips of thrifted bedsheets, and then placed pieces of the fabric throughout the hall. I also made our initials out of moss and cardboard, and created an ampersand with vintage fabric. My maid of honor, Amanda, glued laced pieces around mason jars for candles and flowers. My mother in law made cake plates out of vintage platters and candleholders. We borrowed a ton of furniture from my sister and from a local shop called Objects.

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn PhotographySeth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn PhotographySeth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? If you are going to DIY, ask people for help! Talk to people about the style you’re going for; you never know who may give you some inspiration or offer a great vendor. Draw on as many resources as you can. For us, Seth’s sister did all the baking, my sister arranged our flowers, and a local seamstress made my dress. Also, be flexible and don’t stress if things don’t go according to plan! The week of the wedding, some of our flowers were ruined during shipment. We just picked out some different flowers from the cooler and they looked amazing.

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography
Pretoria Illinois rustic wedding

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Wedding Vendors (Peoria, IL):

Ceremony and Reception: Peoria Apostolic Christian Church / Wedding Photographer: Deidre Lynn Photography / Wedding Flowers: Bride’s sister, ordered online from Bill Doran / Bride’s shoes and dress: Bride by Deanna / Veil: Twigs and Honey / Groomsmen’s ties: Tux and Tulle / Wedding Cake: Caleri’s Cafe