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Palm Springs Garden Wedding

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I don’t know about you, but whenever I hear the words “Palm Springs” and “wedding” in the same sentence, my heart skips a beat. From trendy to traditional, Palm Springs soirees are always utterly and hopelessly chic. Kim and Jeff’s wedding shot by Paige Lowe is a blend of both with a dash of humor. Their menus featuring the phrase “Welcome to the Jeff and Kim’s Show.” set the tone for a down-to-earth gorgeous day. We love that they chose their venue as their main source of decor – read on to hear it from the bride, Kim:

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From the bride, Kim: We wanted to feel like we could be ourselves–natural, light, loving, and fun! We wanted it to have a comfortable and non traditional feel where people could relax and enjoy. No stuffy banquet rooms–no fluorescent lights!


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We wanted to have our wedding at a venue where we did NOT need decorations. The O’Donnell house was the main decorative piece. It was a simple, elegant, historic Spanish home. Because the house was my decorative piece, everything else was white. My flower bouquets had white roses and my flower arrangements were full of white hydrangea and white orchids. The flowers sat on a round mirror with a few votive candles to create a romantic ambiance. The table arrangements were also simple. The linens were pearl and the china was classic white. Aside from the flatware and napkins, we had a champagne, wine, and water glass at the table, no fuss.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? 1. Make sure you have a wedding coordinator. Not only do you need someone to facilitate on the day of your wedding, but you need someone with experience to help you organize the small stuff… trust me there are things you have not thought of! Make sure your coordinator is a go-getter who can manage the other vendors and ensure the day goes great! Trust me there are a zillion things that go on the last minute, and you don’t want to have to worry about them. 2. It’s your wedding! Don’t stress over your guests’ wants/needs. This is about you and your soon to be husband sharing your love for each other in a way that expresses who you are. 3. Less is More!


bride and groom getaway


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Wedding Songs:
Bridal Party Processional: “Where the Streets Have No Name,” U2
Bride’s Processional: “Life in Technicolor,” Coldplay
Recessional: “Got to Get You Into My Life,” The Beatles
First Dance: “Buona Sera,” Louis Prima

Wedding Location: Palm Springs, CA / Wedding Venue: The O’Donnell House / Wedding Photographer: Paige Lowe / Event Coordinator: Liz Gilbert / Wedding Flowers: In Flower / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm Blush, “1057” / Wedding Shoes: Toms / Wedding Hair: Shaylee of 901 Salon (Beverly Hills) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / DJ: Extreme DJ Service / Wedding Caterer: Renzo Macchiavello of Pro Catering Services / Wedding Cake: The Sugar Me Bakery / Wedding Invitations: Sugar Press

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ARTE DE VIE

Husband and wife wedding photographers based in New Orleans, Paris and destination locations. We love documenting emotion across the globe, family and best friends, yummy food and delicious wine!

As romantics at heart, we really strive to capture a romantic and timeless look in all of our photographs. We think when you look at your images now, or 20 years from now, they should evoke a sense of romance, real life, real love and who you are at this stage of your relationship. We also realize the details that go into making your wedding unique and reflective of your personalities are important too. You can rely on us to capture those details as story-telling elements on your wedding day. Our style can best be described as classically modern.

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Colorful San Antonio Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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When we hear two artists are marrying each other, we get a special kind of excited — it’s almost a guarantee their wedding is going to blow us out of the water. This San Antonio wedding from Bend the Light doesn’t disappoint. Every detail of this wedding is just about perfect, right down to the handcrafted ceramic place-cards-meet-bud-vases which doubled as favors and the brightly colored bunting everywhere!

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From the bride, Jennifer: We got married on the historic grounds of the Southwest School of Art and wanted the feeling of our wedding to match the old charm of the campus. We wanted a small, intimate gathering of close friends and family that was DIY, vintage, colorful and whimsical. We really tried to have everything have a personal touch.


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Everyone asked us about color schemes every time we talked wedding. We love color and pattern so much that we couldn’t just limit it to a two color scheme. We kept the eclectic, whimsical theme consistent with lots of patterned papers and fabrics.


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We are both ceramic artists and we hand made porcelain bowls as favors for each of our guest. Jennifer also made the chihuahua bride and groom wedding cake topper. We also made ditsy floral covered mason jars for table lighting. Friends and family helped with cutting fabric flags for the alter and love and aloha bunting. A major project for the wedding was the 1,001 origami paper cranes. It symbolized good luck and Ryan’s mom folded almost all of them herself! We had a party at our house and had friends and family string all of them. We used them to decorate the walls of the chapel.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? We really wanted to enjoy the wedding day and not worry about anything. Ryan and I did our research and found vendors (some were even friends!) that understood our style. We chose vendors and friends that we trusted to help make the day special. A friend married us, good friends were our videographers, our friend made our rings, we knew the band – it was important to have a personal connection to everyone at our wedding. We told them to do what they do best and after that left it up to them!


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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Green Eyes,” Coldplay
Recessional: “Friday I’m in Love,” The Cure
Bride and Groom Introduction: “This Magic Moment,” Jay and the Americans
First Dance: “Unknown Legend,” Neil Young

Wedding Location: San Antonio, TX / Wedding Venue: Southwest School of Art / Wedding Photographer: Bend the Light / Day-Of Coordination: Maggie of Country Sugar / Wholesale Flowers: Janal Wholesale Co. / Wedding Dress: Bespoke / Reception Top and Skirt: BHLDN / Reception Hair Accessories: Mignonne Handmade / Wedding Shoes: Anthropologie / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN, Urban Outfitters, Macy’s / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Bow Tie and Suspenders: Nordstrom Rack / Wedding Music: Cryin’ D.T. Buffkin and the Bad Breath / Wedding Caterer: Spice of Life Catering / Wedding Desserts: Green Vegan Bakers / Wedding Invitations: Made by bride and groom / Videographer: Walley Films

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ARTE DE VIE

Husband and wife wedding photographers based in New Orleans, Paris and destination locations. We love documenting emotion across the globe, family and best friends, yummy food and delicious wine!

As romantics at heart, we really strive to capture a romantic and timeless look in all of our photographs. We think when you look at your images now, or 20 years from now, they should evoke a sense of romance, real life, real love and who you are at this stage of your relationship. We also realize the details that go into making your wedding unique and reflective of your personalities are important too. You can rely on us to capture those details as story-telling elements on your wedding day. Our style can best be described as classically modern.

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New & Improved! Recycle Your Wedding

Budget Weddings

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After keeping you favorite items from your wedding and giving some to friends + family, it’s time to declutter your house post-wedding. It’s those dozens of vases and candles, handfuls of the same style chandelier and vintage hankies you used to decorate your wedding day. We just relaunched our Recycle Your Wedding, and it’s ready to be devoured. Hundreds of new listings added every day, by engaged couples + stylists just like you. In case you’re new here, it works like craigslist: it’s free to list and we don’t charge a commission, and you can now filter by area for local pickup. You can also post a Wanted listing if you can’t find what you’re looking for.


We’ve been offering this free service to everyone looking to pass on their wedding items to other couples since 2008 – back when I got married it was virtually impossible to sell/buy wedding decor I’d never use again from other brides. Since the fam could only take so many vases home, I had to sell the remaining wedding decor somehow. That’s when the idea came to life. Start listing your items here. Psst…you can also pre-sell some of your wedding decor, so all you need to do is to pack + ship them once you’re back from your honeymoon ;)

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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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