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North Carolina Courthouse Wedding

Elopements

If courthouse wedding elicits a vision of underplanned simplicity for you, prepare to have your mind utterly blown. In the midst of wedding planning, Chelsea and Nate had a change of heart and decided to elope to their local county courthouse, bringing along the awesome Kat Braman to photograph the results. Their day was just as beautiful as any other I’ve seen!

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From the photographer, Kat: Chelsea and Nate originally planned on getting married in Florida and decided to elope instead. Chelsea emailed me and asked me to pick their wedding date. They ended up inviting their closest family and friends to their elopement and created a beautiful wedding exactly like them: warm, intimate, fun and completely stylish. I was so honored to be there to document their unique date; My favorite moment was the elevator ride with 2 convicts in orange jumpsuits on the way to the ceremony. We weren’t sure what the Courthouse would say when 20+ people showed up to witness a wedding, but everything worked out exactly how Chelsea and Nate wanted it.

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From the bride, Chelsea: We decided early on that we weren’t interested in having a traditional wedding and since neither of us were keen on being the center of attention, a courthouse elopement seemed fitting. We wanted our day to feel spontaneous and intimate with a vintage feel to match the character of the 81 year old courthouse. From the borrowed jewelry, to the look of handpicked flowers, to the cupcake shop that we walked to after the ceremony –we wanted to create a day that felt effortless.

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I’d describe our wedding as simple and organic with some vintage flair. We started with neutrals and earth tones – whites, beiges, greens, and greys – and added pops of blue and red to match the beautiful painted ceilings of the courthouse. Initially I got a little DIY crazy (like all brides do) and eventually limited myself to 2 projects – the hair piece I wore and the magnets that we gave to our guests – with other mini projects sprinkled in.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Since I did all the planning myself it was really important for me to prioritize. Make a list of what’s most important and focus on those things. Also, find a photographer that shares your same vision. Those photos might last longer than your memories so make sure they’re going to capture your day the way you envision.

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Wedding vendors (Asheville, NC):

Ceremony venue: Buncombe County Courthouse / Reception venue: The Market Place / Wedding Photographer: Kat Braman Photography / Wedding dress: Calypso St. Barth / Bride’s sweater: Anthropologie / Bridesmaids’ dresses: chosen by bridesmaids / Bride’s shoes: Loeffler Randall / Groom’s suit: J. Crew / Wedding flowers: Blossoms at Biltmore Park / Wedding hair: Bliss Salon / Wedding invitations: e.m. papers / Wedding cupcakes: The Sisters McMullen Cupcake Corner / Hair accessories: made by bride

e.m. papers is a member of Blue Label.

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Art Deco Texas Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Peacocks, Art Deco, and some serious glam action — need I say more? Captured by our very own Blue Label member Katherine O’Brien, this wedding rocks the vintage glam aesthetic to the core, and just look at that wedding cake! There are loads more photos to be seen, and this is one gallery you won’t want to miss.

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From the bride, Allison: I knew from the beginning that I wanted the wedding to be a different and glamorous event, and for the guests to have a great time. I am totally in love with the 1930’s and 40’s culture-movies, clothes, hair, the elegance of the Art Deco era. Since this was our very own big day, we wanted to try to recapture the feel of a fete of years past. Since the vintage trend seems very haute right now, I was able to get tons of inspiration from this and other wedding blogs which became my weekend and after work obsession.

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We chose Austin, Texas as our location as Matt has some family there, and since all my family would be coming from out-of-state I figured Austin would be a nice place to visit for everyone. At a pool party one day, a friend mentioned that we should check out this place that was part of the Austin Museum of Art called Laguna Gloria. It was built in the early 1900’s and overlooks Lake Austin-a very old world feel. We had our ceremony and reception out on the lawns surrounding the villa.

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Colors were inspired by simple elegance of black and white, with pops of peacock inspired colors-teal & copper. My mother and I did the programs as a DIY project. Since it was a Jewish wedding, and Matt’s side of the family is not Jewish, we used it to help describe some of the traditions and steps of the ceremony that were occuring. I also found a poem that my Father had written for me for my Bat Mitzvah over 16 years ago and put that on the last page for the program.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Have a clear vision of what type of feeling you want people to walk away with and keep that in mind during planning. Don’t try to do everything yourself — get help where you can. Try to have everything completely done the week before the wedding and delegate out day of activities so that you can relax and enjoy the time with your family and friends, and future husband. Take that time to reflect on this life changing experience that is happening, and revel in the love and good energy everyone is sending to you. The actual event will go by so quickly. Enjoy every minute of it!

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Blue Label member Katherine O’Brien, this wedding rocks the vintage glam aesthetic to the core, and just look at that wedding cake! There are loads more photos to be seen, and this is one View more images from this wedding

Wedding Songs:
Processional: The Barcarolle from the opera Tales of Hoffman by Offenbach
Recessional and first dance: “It Had to Be You”
Father/daughter and mother/son dance: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” combined with “What a Wonderful World”

Wedding vendors (Austin, TX):

Wedding venue: Laguna Gloria / Photographer: Katherine O’Brien / Event planner: Becky Brock of BZ Events / Wedding dress: Stephen Yearick / Bridesmaids’ dresses: chosen by bridesmaids / Wedding caterer: Primizie / Wedding flowers: Merveille / Wedding cake: Coco Paloma / Rentals: Premiere Party Rental / Officiant: Rabbi Monty Elisaov / Ceremony musician: Strings Attached / Reception music: Vintage 15 / Stationery: Anibella Ink & Paper / Lighting: FILO / Makeup: Nisa Nicole and Tricia Lee of BOB Salon / Videographer: Crescent Video / Transportation: R&R Transportation

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Vintage Weddings

This wedding brings together the best of all words — one part rustic, one part vintage, and just enough femininity to set our hearts aflutter. How absolutely adorable is the bride’s setup of shoes for the day? There’s something to be said for preparedness! Don’t miss the gallery to check out more images from the fabulous Michele M. Waite!

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

From the bride, Carly: We wanted our wedding to feel cozy and warm, not too fancy, but still with a little luxury. The rustic charm and outdoorsy feeling of Willows Lodge is one of the reasons we chose it.

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Rustic, Vintage, Spring, Earthy, Lovely, and Sweet describe our day. Our color scheme was peach with pale blue and mint. We also used beige/champagne as a neutral. I also love patterns and fabrics, so I used a lot of those too.

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t be overly stressed about details, they may seem important now but they won’t be high on your priority list on the day of… and delegate tasks for the day of and allow yourself to enjoy your day!

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Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

Vintage Blush Pink Wedding

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Wedding music:
Processional: Michael Buble, “Everything”
Recessional: The Temptations, “My Girl”

Wedding vendors (Woodinville, WA):

Wedding venue: Willows Lodge / Wedding photographer: Michele M. Waite / Wedding flowers: Fleurt / Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander / Ceremony shoes: Bourne / Reception shoes: Daniblack / “Later on” shoes: Seychelles / Rain boots: Dav / Hair accessories and lace gloves: BHLDN / Earrings and right-hand ring: Anthropologie / Necklace: Terrain / Hair and makeup: Ola Salon / Bridesmaids’ dresses: chosen by bridesmaids / Groom’s suit: J. Crew / Ties: Tie Obsessed / Groom’s shoes: Santoni / Wedding musician: Joe Pereira / Wedding catering: The Barking Frog at Willows Lodge / Desserts: Top Pot / Cake topper: Lollipop Workshop / “Be Calm and Marry On” sign: And the Sign Says / Wedding invitations: designed by bride

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