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New England Garden Wedding

Garden Weddings

This ultra-cool couple married in mid-September at Mass Audubon, New England’s largest conservation organization. As you might imagine, this means their big day was full of lush surroundings, fluffy flower arrangements, and the sweetest botanical wedding favors I’ve seen to date! Thanks to the wonderful Kristin Korpos for sending these snaps our way, and don’t miss the rest in the gallery!

Krista & Joe at Mass Audubon

From the bride, Krista: We really just wanted our wedding to be fun and laid back–a celebration of the two of us and the things we love: family, friends, great food, great cocktails, and a great party. We wanted to include lots of little touches that spoke to who we are and the things we enjoy without it seeming like we were writing anything in flashing lights. Everything from the amazing charcuterie and pickle spread (by Vadim Akimenko) to our two kickass bartenders (Ben Sandrof and Misty Kalkofen) to the awesome raw bar to the homemade pies (by Cobrina Grieco) to the music and reading we chose for our ceremony to the herb pot favors to the purple and chartreuse florals to the after-party at The Independent (our neighborhood bar) was there for a reason–because in some way it represented something about who we are, what we care about, and what we enjoy together. And… I guess it worked! I can’t tell you how many people have come up to me saying things like, “Your wedding was so ‘Krista and Joe” or “so ‘you guys'”. No matter how many times I hear it, it always makes me happy. It really was (thanks our incredible friends and families) a pretty stellar party, if I do say so myself.

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Krista & Joe at Mass Audubon

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Krista & Joe at Mass Audubon offbeat new england wedding by kristin korpos

As far of the style of our wedding goes, we wanted it to be pretty and classy, but not fancy or stuffy in any way–just a lovely garden party with white linens and simple, but striking centerpieces that reflected the wild yet manicured (if that makes any sense) setting that we were in. We didn’t set out to have a vintage style wedding per se, but I think the style of our clothing (Really, that’s just how we like to dress when we get all fancied up!), and obviously the venue, which had a very Agatha Christie mystery/English garden vibe to it really gave the day a vintage feel.

Audubon wedding by Kristin Korpos

Krista & Joe at Mass Audubon

Krista & Joe at Mass Audubon

Kristin Korpos for sending these snaps our way, and don’t miss the rest in the View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding music:
Processional: “Crush,” Smashing Pumpkins
Recessional: “I Thank You,” Sam and Dave
First Dance: “Let’s Dance,” David Bowie

Wedding vendors (Belmont, MA):

Wedding venue: Mass Audubon / Wedding photographer: Kristin Korpos / Wedding coordinator: Amanda Connor at Hummingbird Bridal / Wedding caterers: Forklift / Ceremony musician: Fil Pacino / DJ: Elvis Collins Entertainment / Wedding dress: Dolly Couture / Makeup: Alison McAlear / Hair: Danielle McKenna / Wedding flowers: Julie Raymond at Bittersweet Gardens / Wedding invitations: Linley Dolby / Groom’s attire: Brooks Brothers / Groom’s shoes and belt: Allen Edmonds / Hair accessory: Sofisticata / Transportation: ETS International

Kristin Korpos is a member of our vendor guide, Blue Label

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Spreading Lovely

Welcome to Spreading Lovely!  We’re a full service event planning & design company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving all of The Golden State and beyond and tailor all services to fit your specific event needs.  Plus, with every booking, we donate 10% to the charity of your choice because we believe in not only making a difference in our clients’ lives, but also in countless other lives we may never otherwise have the opportunity to reach.

Of course we love a great party, but more importantly we believe in love, we believe in a marriage after the wedding, and we love being a part of life’s major milestones and helping you navigate the (sometimes) mountains of details.  With our wealth of knowledge, creativity and experience we’ll illuminate and inspire your ideas to create a one-of-a-kind event that authentically reflects YOUnot us, or what anyone tells you it should be.

We know how to leverage small design details of texture, color and lighting to elevate an event and create the ambiance you desire. We love collaborating to create unique event concepts, after all – it’s your story that makes the best inspiration.  If lots of glitter and bright colors best reflects your fun loving nature, awesome, we’re in!  If an elopement on a mountain top is more your thing, fantastic, we’re in!  Our number one job is to be on your team and provide a voice of reason, guidance and experience to streamline the planning and execute your event more exceptional than you imagined.

We believe you should be fully present and live in the moment on your wedding day, not sweating the small stuff!  That’s why we’re here to make the road to your wedding more fun, more relaxed and more enjoyable by taking care of the planning, design and organization details so you can still make it to Sunday brunch and do more of what makes you happy while celebrating the path to this amazing commitment to each other!

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Washington Lodge Wedding

Rustic Weddings

This next wedding’s scenic views have me positively swooning! Robb and Kendra married in the mountains of eastern Washington, and decorated their day with plenty of billy balls and rustic touches. As always, Brent van Auken did an amazing job capturing the day! Don’t miss any of the images in the photo gallery.

washington lodge wedding by brent van auken

From the bride, Kendra: I love to mix and match. We were going for a fancy yet rustic feel — simple, vintage, and scenic best describe our wedding idea.

washington lodge wedding by brent van auken

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washington lodge wedding by brent van auken

My husband and I share a common love of Winthrop… It is a beautiful and quirky little eastern Washington town. The lodge has the most majestic view. I personally think the entire place is pretty stylishly rustic.

washington lodge wedding by brent van auken

washington lodge wedding by brent van auken

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washington lodge wedding by brent van auken

Any advice for future brides? Put effort into a few key lovely details. For me, the less clutter the better!

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washington lodge wedding by brent van auken

Brent van Auken did an amazing job capturing the day! Don’t miss any of the images in the View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding music:
Bridal party processional: “Beautiful Day,” U2
Bride’s processional: “Canon in D,” Pachelbel
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
First dance: “She’s Everything,” Brad Paisley

Wedding Vendors (Winthrop, WA):

Ceremony and reception location: Sun Mountain Lodge / Photographer: Brent van Auken / Wedding planner: Mary Campbell of Sun Mountain Lodge / Wedding dress: Mikaella / Bride’s necklace: Anthropologie / Bride’s shoes: Dolce Vita / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Anthropologie / Groom and groomsmen’s clothing: Land’s End / Groom’s shoes: Cole Hahn / Grooms and groomsmen’s ties: The Belle and the Beau / DJ: DJ Noah / Desserts: Mazama Country Store / Wedding invitations: la Happy

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Kate Preftakes Photography

Kate Preftakes is a fine art wedding photographer in the New England region and available for travel worldwide. Her approach is soft and organic, and she shoots with a combination of editorial and fine art portraiture. Kate loves creating true photos that are filled with emotion and light. She uses a combination of film and digital, drawn to the soft look that it creates. She has her degree in fine art and uses that background to narrate stories in a beautiful way. The soft touch of a hand on a back, the look in her eye when she first sees him, the way her dress falls when he spins her around. These are the moments that make each wedding day special and inspire Kate to document in a timeless way. The details tell the story and Kate loves to capture them in the most romantic fashion. Kate is based out of New England and available for travel.

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Music-Inspired Philadelphia Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

A wedding celebration with a parade to boot? Count me in. Newly-married couple Leaya and Chris prove that wedding inspiration can come from anywhere. They based their wedding design on their favorite music video, Elephant Gun by Beirut. Carina and Amanda of Love Me Do captured every colorful detail of this gorgeous Philly affair designed by Styled Creative and stationery by Loveleigh Invitations, so be sure to check them out in the gallery.

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Leaya and Chris

Leaya and Chris

Leaya and ChrisLeaya and Chris

From the bride, Leaya: We really wanted the wedding to reflect who we were as a couple. Our first piece of inspiration was actually the video for one of our favorite songs, Elephant Gun by Beirut. It has this eccentric, bohemian, circus-y style that we love. From there, we just tried to incorporate everything we liked, including my obsession with color, stripes, paper products, and Japanese toys (domo and labbits) and Chris’s love for superheros and UFOs.

Leaya and Chris

Leaya and Chris

Leaya and ChrisLeaya and Chris

Leaya and Chris

What are some adjectives that best describe the look of your wedding? Colorful, fun, quirky, vintage yet modern, and very personal. There was no overall theme except trying to incorporate everything we loved in all the details. Chris and I both love the DIY-look, but neither of us is very crafty, so etsy was a great resource. Kimberly Fink (our stylist/planner) was also an amazingly talented crafting genius who made all the awesome paper flowers and our striped ceremony backdrop, among other things, and really made all our wedding dreams come to life.

Leaya and Chris

Leaya and ChrisLeaya and Chris

We knew we wanted a city wedding and a venue that wasn’t a hotel or a ballroom. When we walked into PAFA, we just knew right away that it was special. Since it’s an art school and museum and has both a historic and a modern building, it was the perfect venue for us, style-wise – we used the historic building for the ceremony and the modern one for the reception

Leaya and Chris

Leaya and Chris

Leaya and ChrisLeaya and Chris

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Just to enjoy the planning process as much as possible and to stay true to who you are and not feel pressure to have things just because it’s tradition. We didn’t feel like we needed a wedding cake since we like other sweets better, so we had a dessert bar instead – things like that. And also to pick vendors whose work you admire. We really lucked out by having such talented vendors who were so easy to work with.

Leaya and Chris

Leaya and Chris

Love Me Do captured every colorful detail of this gorgeous Philly affair designed by Styled Creative and stationery by Loveleigh Invitations, so be sure to check them out in View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Songs:
Parents and groom’s processional: “Scenic World,” Beirut
Wedding party’s processional: “God Only Knows,” the Beach Boys
Bride’s processional: “Elephant Gun,” Beirut
Recessional: “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” Gipsy Kings
First dance: “The Book of Love,” the Magnetic Fields

Below is the music video that inspired them + the song that Leaya walked down the aisle to:

Wedding Vendors (Philadelphia, PA):

Ceremony and reception venue: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts / Event Designer: Kimberly Fink at Styled Creative / Florist: Margaux St. Ledger at Fleur De Lis Floral / Wedding photographer: Carina and Amanda of Love Me Do / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang “Evelyn” / Headpiece: Lo Boheme / Wedding shoes: BHLDN / Hair and Makeup: Claudia Seyler / Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss / DJ: DJ Prof from Roots and Groove / Caterer: Jimmy Duffy’s / Wedding Dessert: Felix’s Caketeria / Wedding Stationery: Loveleigh Invitations

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