Photos by:

Haley Sheffield

Buckle in, because we’re about to share the wedding of event and floral designer extraordinaire Juli Vaughn of Juli Vaughn Designs. With some planning expertise from Leah of Color Pop Events and the help of some of New York’s finest vendors, the wedding turned into a “color-filled, festive, whimsical event” in the bride’s own words. Thank you to Haley Sheffield for taking these wonderful images!

Bright + Modern NYC Wedding - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

From the bride, Juli: When Josh and I started planning our wedding, the first thing we realized was that we wanted all of our dearest friends present and involved and made to feel like our wedding was the most fun they’d ever had. It was the driving force in all of our details and all of our festivities. Because it was the second wedding for both of us, we chose to solely invite friends instead of family. We planned a weekend of events – Friday night tacos and karaoke instead of a rehearsal, morning yoga the day of the wedding to calm nerves and start the day off right, a double decker bus tour of NYC for the cocktail hour, and a pajama brunch at the hotel the day after the wedding.

modern wedding invitations - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

modern wedding invitations - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

modern wedding invitations - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

unique wedding shoes - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

wedding rings - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

unique wedding dress - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

modern bridal look - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

wedding photography - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

colorful pink bouquet - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

Flower recipe: I designed the bouquet and other flower arrangements in copper and rose gold containers with lots of colorful garden roses, ranunculus, Dutch carnations, zinnias, kumquats, pomegranates, and peonies – all my favorite flowers and fruits!

Bright + Modern NYC Wedding - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

Bright Modern NYC Wedding - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

pets at weddings - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

wedding ceremony arch - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

ceremony arch tassels - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

colorful wedding sign - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

colorful pink bouquet - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

We wanted to make sure that everyone also had lots of usable keepsakes from the weekend, so I hand dyed the welcome bags and filled them with things like “Take 2 Regret Nothing” Tylenol for after-drinking, peaches to represent our Georgia roots, and little custom gifts for each guest throughout the weekend. For something different, we provided our Instagram hashtag as a “tag” on the welcome bags so that the guests would have it for the entire weekend. We chose not to have seats at our ceremony so that our friends were surrounding our chuppah – symbolic of each of them being members of our wedding party. We made our chuppah together – figuring out and assembling each piece of copper pipe and tassel. I encourage creative couples to do a wedding project like this together – it’s a bit like assembling IKEA furniture – it proves you love each other and can work through “disagreements!” (Ha)

wedding singage - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

colorful modern wedding reception - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

Bright Modern NYC Wedding - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

modern wedding reception - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

agate place settings - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

hanging flowers - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

Our wedding “theme” was based on my favorite painting by Darren Waterston. It has watercolor-type agate shapes and tassels suspended in this super dreamy yet playful way. Much of his work also features shades of pink and coral which is how the color palette began. If you’ve seen any of my work, you know I just love color, so we spanned the hues out to be happy and bright. Being in the wedding industry has given me friends who are amazingly talented, so with the help of Leah from Color Pop Events the design exploded into a color-filled, festive, whimsical event. Our invitation suite (complete with an agate slice and New York Subway map!) was designed by Gubba Gumma. The agate slice had embossed gold lyrics from our processional song, “I Choose You” by Sara Barielles. The invitations were mailed inside personalized calligraphy boxes made by Ashley Buzzy McHugh – who also made our agate place cards and menus. My absolute favorite design element was the ceiling full of suspended ranunculus installed by Gina Paola Design. Josh absolutely loves cake and I absolutely love ice cream so we decided to have both! Our ice cream bar was from Luca and Bosco and our cakes were made by Nine Cakes. Josh is a video game designer so his was inspired by all of his favorite retro games and mine was covered in incredible sugar flowers and topped with a pink agate slice!

envelope guest book - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

Bright + Modern NYC Wedding - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

modern agate place setting - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

wedding signs - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

gold and purple wedding cake - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

Pacman cake - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

romantic wedding dress - photo by Haley Sheffield Photography event and floral design by Juli Vaughn Designs http://ruffledblog.com/bright-modern-NYC-wedding

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Groom’s Processional: “I Choose You,” Sara Barielles
Bride’s Processional: “How Long Will I Love You,” Ellie Goulding
Recessional: The theme song for Step by Step by Jesse Frederick
First Dance: “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Haley Sheffield

Event and Floral Design

Juli Vaughn Designs

Event Planning

Color Pop Events

Venue

Cata

Custom Wedding Dress

Carol Hannah Bridal

Wedding Shoes

Sophia Webster

Hair and Makeup

Andrea Carter Artistry

Custom Groom's Attire

Michael Andrews Bespoke

Wedding Cakes

Nine Cakes

Ice Cream Bar

Luca & Bosco Ice Cream

Trio

Ryo Sasaki

DJ

74 Events

Installation

Gina Paola Design

Rentals (Farm Table, Copper Barstools)

Patina Rentals

Rentals (Gold Chairs)

Taylor Creative

Rentals (Orange Chairs, Barware, Gold Silverware)

Octavia & Brown

Linens

Nuage Designs

Wedding Invitations

Gubba Gumma

Calligraphy and Menus

Ashley Buzzy Lettering and Press

Vintage Taxi

F I L M C A R S, NewYorkChecker

Double Decker Bus

Open Loop

4 comments
  • Charissa@WeddingColors

    Love, love, love this wedding! So many unique details, and the colors are dreamy.

  • Juli Vaughn

    Thanks Charissa@WeddingColors!

  • Heidi Rew

    Stunning & vibrantly creative! Adore it all!

  • IsabelatDiamondBridalGallery

    The heels she’s wearing are gorgeous! Love the color scheme for the reception!