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San Francisco Garden Wedding

Garden Weddings

Nothing like a pretty DIY wedding fresh off the presses to feast our eyes on. So this morning we’re going to San Francisco to relish these gorgeous images by Stephen Hughes Loewinsohn. Britta and Kyle’s handmade fete was perfectly in sync thanks to coordinator Vera Devera of Va De Vie Events. We’re loving the garden setting, the vintage mix and pops of color everywhere. View all images from this colorful DIY wedding in the gallery.

Stephen Hughes Loewinsohn. Britta and Kyle’s handmade fete was perfectly in sync thanks to coordinator Vera Devera of Va De Vie Events. We’re loving the garden setting, the vintage mix and pops of color everywhere. View all images from this colorful DIY wedding DIY British Columbia wedding

From Vera Devera of Va De Vie Events: Britta and Kyle had been together for 10 years before tying the knot; these Midwest “kids” met in Arizona, moved to Costa Rica for a bit of adventure and recently settled in Oakland, CA last year after getting engaged.

Details of the wedding included colors of jadite, saffron and coral popped with accents of charcoal. We did a lot of hands on work, including hand-dying muslin ribbons in those colors to hang above her head table, to creating invitations with designer Lilli Keinaenen, mason jar escort cards, and more. Pilar Zuniga created a whimsical bouquet that was literally buttoned up with vintage buttons and fashioned handmade flower boxes.
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Stephen Hughes Loewinsohn. Britta and Kyle’s handmade fete was perfectly in sync thanks to coordinator Vera Devera of Va De Vie Events. We’re loving the garden setting, the vintage mix and pops of color everywhere. View all images from this colorful DIY wedding View all images in the gallery

Notes from Britta:
The most memorable part of our wedding day was when Kyle and I exchanged our vows. We had written our vows independent of one another, following the same format, and asked our officiant, a close friend, to put them together. As it turns out our thoughts on love and marriage are identical. They were funny, personal, and heartfelt—an honest reflection on our 10 years together and our hopes for the future. Other memorable moments were the toasts, all unique and sincere, my dance with my dad which he had taken lessons to prepare for, and the photo booth picture of a friend kissing my grandma.

Advice for other brides:
1. Hire a wedding coordinator! The number of minute details that go into planning a wedding is mind-boggling. Find a great one that you can trust who will let you call the shots.
2. Do as much ahead of time as possible. Leave nothing to the last minute.
3. Keep things in perspective. Your wedding is about bringing together family and friends to witness and celebrate the start of a new life. Not the party.

Wedding Vendors and Venue (San Francisco, CA):

Venue: Floral Grubb Gardens / Wedding planner: Va de Vie Events / Photographer: Stephen Hughes Loewinsohn / Cake: Alison Okabayashi, Two for Two Cakes / Caterer Venue: Devoted Catering / DJ: Brett Smith (smith.brett.esq@gmail.com) / Guitar Player: Frederick Boette / Flowers: Pilar Zuniga, Gorgeous and Green / Lighting: Henry Perez, Event Magic / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Hair: Jenna Bates (jennabates@gmail.com) / Makeup: Vanessa Beckrum (rlyfree@yahoo.com) / Security: Vladimir V. Butenko / Transportation (Limo & Shuttle): Dyer Limos / Officiant: Paula Turner (friend) / Photo booth: Green Cheeze Photo Booth

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Small Michigan Backyard Wedding

Garden Weddings

You might remember photographer Heather Jowett from this gorgeous ballroom wedding we featured a few months ago. Today she is back to share the most beautiful, down to earth intimate wedding. Ali + Marc are doctors living in Kansas City, but decided to fly back to their hometown of Chelsea in Michigan to have a small celebration with the people that matter most to them. It’s what Heather perfectly titles as a “Backwards Elopement” – they flew back home to get wedded with their close friends and family!

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From Heather Jowett: Ali and Marc contacted me because they wanted to do something a little different with their wedding. They’re both doctors in Kansas City, but they had decided that for their marriage ceremony, they wanted to do something special, and intimate, with their closest family. Thus, the backwards elopement was born. The flew from Kansas City to Michigan to get married in the backyard of Ali’s childhood house. In attendance was only the bride and groom, each of their parents, the groom’s brother and his partner, the bride’s grandparents, and myself (well, Ali and Marc’s two adorable pooches were there as well, as is obvious in the pictures).

I’ve been photographing wedding for 6 years, and this was one of the most special things I’ve ever been asked to be a part of.

Most of the details were lovingly handmade by their families. Ali’s father agonized over the placement of the arbor he built for his daughter to get married under. The mothers baked delicious pastries and trimmed hydrangeas from Ali’s mom’s garden. They also conspired from Kansas City to Michigan on how to collect photos for a quilt they were going to surprise Ali and Marc with. Ali’s father even put together their super personalized cake topper, painting the dogs to match.

We all broke bread at the Common Grill in Chelsea, Mi, and while sitting at the table with them, their families made me feel like one of the gang, like I was meant to be there.

To me, what’s special about this wedding are the choices that lead up to it. The couple are both doctors. They could have afforded a lavish wedding in the grandest ballroom with 200 friends, family, and acquaintances in attendance. Instead, they chose to make it about themselves, their commitment, and their families, but at the same time, still make it beautiful.

Wedding Vendors (Chelsea, MI):

Venue: Bride’s Childhood home / Photographer: Heather Jowett / Caterer: The Common Grill in Chelsea, MI / Florist: The bride and groom’s mothers / Officiant: Groom’s father / Wedding Dress: BCBG / Shoes: Juicy Couture

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South African Seaside Wedding

Beach Weddings

Let’s travel all the way to South Africa for this fun beach wedding shot by Wesley Vorster. As if the beach destination of Plettenberg Bay wasn’t enough to make one go gaga for a dream beach wedding, the couple also chose fun quirky details right alongside scrumptious paper goods by Elsje Designs. Not to mention, of course, the bride’s little number by Abigail Betz , a talented designer also local to South Africa. Thank you Elsje and Wesley for sharing! Lots more to see in the photo gallery.

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Wesley Vorster. As if the beach destination of Plettenberg Bay wasn’t enough to make one go gaga for a dream beach wedding, the couple also chose fun quirky details right alongside scrumptious paper goods by Elsje Designs. Not to mention, of course, the bride’s little number by Abigail Betz , a talented designer also local to South Africa. Thank you Elsje and Wesley for sharing! Lots more to see in the View all images from this wedding in the gallery

From Elsje Designs : This lovely couple tied the knot in Plettenberg Bay earlier this year at the beautiful Old Timber Shed. After the ceremony they started the celebrations with a seaside shindig on the beach. Their opulent reception was held at Plettenberg Park Hotel, a boutique hotel situated on the cliffs of Plettenberg Bay with breathtaking views. The bride looked stunning in her Abigail Betz dress. We contributed to the magic with fun and unique stationery items – from the stitched brown paper bag menus and pop-up placemats to distressed foil paper rosettes. The trees outside the ceremony area was decorated with beautiful origami folded heart ceremony programs and paper lanterns.

Wedding Venue and Vendors (Plettenberg Bay and Johannesburg, South Africa):

Ceremony Venue: The Old Timber Shed / Reception Venue: Plettenberg Park Hotel & Spa / Photographer: Wesley Vorster / Stationery: Elsje Designs / Florist and Event Design: Pippa’s Flowers / Wedding Dress: Abigail Betz / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Black Coffee / Wedding Cake: Clare’s Cakes / Coordinator: The White House / Entertainment: Tigger Reunert / Catering: Nguni Restaurant

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