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Multicultural Vineyard Wedding

Garden Weddings

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Show us a floral wedding dress, and you can pretty much guarantee we’re going to be captivated. Add in the fact that bride Radha made the bride herself, and we’re completely blown away! Radha and Lance’s supremely sweet day, photographed by Larissa Cleveland, is truly all we need to brighten up our day ASAP.

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From the bride, Radha: I used the silk sari that my mother wore in my parents 1973 hippie wedding to make the Chuppah for the ceremony. To incorporate our much-loved cat I added her face to the Tapatio bottles on the dining tables. I started sewing at age 5 and I always knew I would make my own dress, and it wouldn’t be white. I found a limited edition print from Liberty of London. I used a white and green color scheme with pops of coral around the venue to tie back to the dress. From the watercolor invitations drawn by a designer friend to the reclaimed wood boxes for the tables my fiancé built in our hallway, to the little signs I made for the dessert table from vintage ceramic letters this truly was a DIY wedding.

vintage pink floral garden wedding from larissa cleveland

vintage pink floral garden wedding from larissa clevelandvintage pink floral garden wedding from larissa cleveland

vintage pink floral garden wedding from larissa cleveland

vintage pink floral garden wedding from larissa clevelandvintage pink floral garden wedding from larissa cleveland

vintage pink floral garden wedding from larissa cleveland

vintage pink floral garden wedding from larissa clevelandvintage pink floral garden wedding from larissa cleveland

vintage pink floral garden wedding from larissa cleveland

My friends and family all helped out and my mom did all the flower arrangements using vintage glass bottles and milk glass classes I had collected at antique fairs around SF. Seating Map — each table was one of our favorite SF locations, from the Opera House to a Mission taqueria, Bi-Rite Ice cream shop, our favorite bookstore. Each escort card had an image of something you would find at that location so it was a game to figure out your table. Steel heart – I found a vintage steel heart that I used to display pictures of us, our friends and our cat Akira. Food: To go with the laid-back atmosphere we did a Mexican family style dinner with a taco bar, aguas frescas and summer blackberry margaritas.

vintage pink floral garden wedding from larissa cleveland

vintage pink floral garden wedding from larissa cleveland

vintage pink floral garden wedding from larissa clevelandvintage pink floral garden wedding from larissa cleveland

vintage pink floral garden wedding from larissa cleveland

Instead of cutting a cake we had a white heart piñata that we broke together filled with Mexican candy. The dessert buffet featured treats from some of our favorite SF bakeries and ice creameries. Music: My cousin who is an accomplished musician and composer played pieces from some of my favorite operas for the ceremony and then some favorite vintage rock/country songs (with an ironic spin on love) for after dinner. Also on the theme of ironic songs for a wedding my bridesmaid surprised me with a rendition of Diamonds are Forever.

vintage pink floral garden wedding from larissa cleveland

vintage pink floral garden wedding from larissa cleveland


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors (Sebastopol, California):

Reception Venue: Vine Hill House / Wedding Photographer and Cinematographer: Larissa Cleveland Photography / Wedding Dress: made by bride / Bridesmaids’ Dress: J. Crew / Bride’s Hair: Belle of the Ball / Wedding Caterer: A la Heart Catering / Bakery: Born and Bread / Wedding Cake: Miette Patisserie and Confiserie

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Bella Lily Bridal

Bella Lily Bridal….Redefining the Bridal Experience!

We are a specialty bridal boutique in Glendale, Arizona, where we strive to provide our brides with a genuine and unique, one-on-one experience.

In a relaxed and intimate setting, you will be surrounded by a full collection of high quality wedding dresses and a knowledgable staff of stylists to help bring your bridal fashion dreams to a reality.

From modern styles to timeless classics, our gowns are handpicked with our brides’ desires at the heart of it all. We understand shopping for a wedding dress is such a memorable occasion and we will make sure our brides not only enjoy themselves, but also walk away with the perfect dress and memories to last a life-time.

Located at 19420 N. 59th Ave. C-121, Glendale, AZ 85308

Phone: 623.825.4496

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Gourmet Foodie Wedding

DIY Weddings

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This wedding from Blue Window Creative is just… beyond words. It’s that wedding that as a guest, you wouldn’t want to miss. Bride and groom Shanti and Chris are foodies at heart, so having amazing food at their wedding was a no brainer. They had a 9 course meal. I know you too wish you would have been invited. They focused on what was most important to them, and handmade most of their decor themselves. They chose turquoise, pink and purple hues as their guide for color palette, and we’re just smitten with these day-of images!

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blue window creative wedding

[We wanted] something with that rustic cozy and vintage with a family focused feel- on a farm, with a huge emphasis on the food!
Through word of mouth we heard that our favorite local chef was living on a farm on Vashon Island and doing some private events. We contacted him, went to visit the place, and we were sold on it right away. We were blown away when we found out chef Matt Dillion & his crew agreed to cook for us! The communal dinner concept was an important requirement for us. We were truly ecstatic to have Matt create mind-blowing seasonal cuisine for our guest and us. The dinner was awe-inspiring!


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Shanti made their escort card wheels from one of our projects in our DIY gallery. Click here for instructions.


DIY pinwheel escort cards
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We made some critical decisions to plan an event that was just right for us, even though that may have offended some of our more traditional-minded family. I was not okay with the thought of public speaking. Its just not my style, to be on display in front of a large group, especially reading my quite personal vows! So, we decided to have only family at the ceremony and not to have a wedding party.

Chris and I decided to walk down the aisle together, which was perfect for us. To honor our parents, we had them participate in the ceremony in different ways. My father played his classic guitar for the processional. This meant the world to us, as he is not a big fan of public performances (like me!). Each of our mothers gave a reading of their choice during the ceremony. Also, my big brother was the officiant, and my dear cousin held the ring pillow, which she made! She included some vintage fabric that once belonged to our grandmother, who had been an amazing seamstress.


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We also spotted our alphabet bunting, which you can download here.

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alphabet bunting

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She used our free download for their cupcake pennants. Adorbs.

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blue window creative wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now?
I know this has been said before, but…: hire a wedding planner! I really thought I could plan it all myself, since I actually enjoy planning and organizing. We were budgeting to have a day-of-coordinator all along, but in the end I really needed someone to help me pull together all the details. I wanted everything to be well organized and ready to go before family started arriving (a week before the wedding!). Holly-Kate from Sweetpea Events was amazing. She stepped right in and made sure we were on track and helped me with the timeline and delegating jobs.

Have a very honest and open talk about wedding planning with your fiance. I thought (silly me) that Chris would get really involved, but it was not his cup of tea. If we had hired a planner in the beginning it would have saved us a lot of headache and stress.


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A note from the groom: “I lost interest quickly with items that I had no expertise with. If it wasn’t related to food or music, I lost focus. Bottom line: communicate with your partner on what help they need and also what end-result they’re expecting.”

Do things your own way, it’s so important. It would not mean the same to me if I had been forced into all the traditional elements of a wedding. I loved that Chris and I walked down the aisle together. I was perfectly happy without bridesmaids. It was so fun to put on rubber galoshes and visit the farm’s goats and chickens!

Even though our dearest friends did not get to attend the wedding ceremony, we really wanted them to have a great experience. So we did thoughtful things to make it special for every attendee. We had a welcome table with the sprigs of rosemary and had an accordion player performing gypsy classics while guests arrived, which set a festive mood with Slavic undertones. There was a farewell table with milk and cookies for guests to take on their way out. We had oodles of lawn games including: croquet, bocce, and horseshoes. Plus, there were goats, cows, and chickens to visit!


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View oodles more photos from their wedding here!

Wedding Songs:
Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon played on acoustic guitar by the bride’s father
Recessional: accordion music played by Steve Rice (no particular song)
First Dance: “Strangers” by The Kinks

Wedding Vendors (Washington):

Venue: Old Chaser Farm, Vashon Island / Wedding Photographer: Blue Window Creative / Table Number Holders: IKEA / Catering: The Corson Building / Wedding Planner: Holly-Kate from Sweetpea Events / Hair & Makeup: Lindsey Watkins / Flowers: Blooms & Things / Accordion player: Steve Rice / Wedding Dress: custom, by Trish Jens / Hair Accessories: ban.do / Earrings: Rebekah Brooks / Shoes: Annie Shoes Gable Flat / Finger print tree guestbook: bluedetoi / Papergoods/signage and jam placecards: Katrina Hess / Groom’s suit: All Saints / Groom’s Shoes: Fluevog, Socks from Paul Smith / Reception music: iPod playlists / Wedding Dessert: Instead of spending a bundle on one or two fancy cakes, we decided to order lots of deserts from some of our favorite bakeries in town. We also served a dessert cheese selection since Chris is a cheese nerd. Bakery Nouveau, local fruit tart and a croquembouche Kingfish Cafe – red velvet cake Dahlia bakery- coconut cream pie Flying Apron- vegan chocolate cake with raspberry filling Cameron Catering- whoopie pies (they also made the chocolate chip cookies for guest to take on their way out). Cheese selection consisting of Comte’, Etorki, Monte Enebro, Shropshire blue, Drunken Goat, and Vashon farm-produced Dinah’s Cheese; all sourced by DeLaurenti‘s in the Pike Pace Market / Wedding invitations: Designed by Eric Fisher (contact info available upon request), printed at local printer AlphaGraphics / Registry: Crate and Barrel, Amazon.com, and Honey Fund

In(dy)spire: The Independent Wedding Fair

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Calling all Minneapolis couples! If you are engaged or is about to be, you’re going to want to check out In(dy)spire, an independent wedding fair on February 11th, by our sponsor, The Independent Wedding Association. So ladies + gents, if you are overwhelmed by the planning process ahead and if huge bridal events aren’t your style, this alternative bridal fair brings together a community of passionate wedding professionals, who are excited to talk to, advise, and inspire you.

If you are in the market for solid wedding advice and resources, you can get expert tips for every aspect of the planning process and meet potential vendors in your own city. Workshops at In(dy)spire include: The Couture Wedding Dress Experience, Wedding Venue 101, Wedding Flowers Your Way, Ask your Photographer Panel, and Wedding Nuts & Bolts.


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Saturday, Feb 11, 2012
Hotel Ivy – Downtown Minneapolis
11am – 3pm

The Independent Wedding Association is offering a discount on tickets to Ruffled readers. For $5 off the purchase of two tickets, enter the code ruff5, at check-out.

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Concertina Press

Sailboats, waves, octopus and jellyfish are just a few of the amazing seaworthy designs featured in Concertina Press’s line of vintage inspired nautical wedding invitations and stationery.

“Ruth is an exceptional artist and artisan! She was very prompt to stay in communication with me throughout my ordering process. She worked with me to make sure that all my needs were met exactly. It was so comforting to work with her through the stressful process of ordering the perfect wedding invitations! I absolutely LOVE the way her products turned out, and cannot wait to send them to all my guests! Thank you SO MUCH Ruth, your kindness and professionalism have helped me more than you know!” ” – Emily D.

After living in the small town of Woods Hole on Cape Cod for nearly 11 years, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press, moved down to the sunny East coast of Florida to be closer to family. Her Cape Cod map save the date is still widely popular with couples getting married on the Cape, along with the matching wedding invitation. Since moving south she’s added more tropical designs including seahorses, sand dollars and waves.

Ruth takes pride in customer service, and making the online ordering process as easy as possible while still remaining personalized. You can purchase samples of any of her invitations online, or contact her directly with any questions or for a quote.

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