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Eco-friendly Handmade Wedding

Rustic Weddings

This bride’s decision to utilize a rental home for her wedding venue is nothing short of sheer genius, not to mention wildly eco-friendly. Diana and Ramesh’s guests all stayed on the property grounds the night before the wedding and enjoyed some seriously fine porch action with a wonderful view to boot. Thank you to sweetheart Erin of EE Photography for sending these photos our way!

eco-friendly texas cabin wedding

From the bride, Diana: We originally envisioned a relaxed outdoor wedding with a touch of vintage. Ramesh and I loved water, so we wanted a lake, river, or ocean involved. I wanted something laid back but still fancy and beautiful, as a wedding should feel. My husband is very environmentally minded and wanted to keep waste at the bare minimum. We also wanted to support local businesses and used local, organic foods. And we loved the idea of a food cart!

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eco-friendly texas cabin wedding

eco-friendly texas cabin weddingeco-friendly texas cabin wedding

eco-friendly texas cabin wedding

Our wedding was completely handmade. Friends and family members all were in charge of different items. My wedding coordinator was a good friend, and my sister made half of the desserts the night before for our dessert bar. The flowers and bouquets were done by my bridesmaids, and I ordered at a local wholesaler. All the decor was the genius of my younger sister, and her and I worked for months finishing all our projects. We were on a small budget, so it was severely tight. My veil was made by my mom for $2 about 12 hours before the wedding from supplies at the local Wal-mart. All my friends and I collected mason jars and old wine bottles for an entire year.

eco-friendly texas cabin wedding

eco-friendly texas cabin weddingeco-friendly texas cabin wedding

eco-friendly texas cabin wedding

The earthy dessert bar consisted of an eclectic collection of tables, cabinets, lamps, and a barrel. Antique buttons and books propped up cookies and cupcakes. The wedding and groom’s cake rested on fallen tree slices, and marshmallow peeps kept an eye on all the goodies.

eco-friendly texas cabin wedding

eco-friendly texas cabin weddingeco-friendly texas cabin wedding

Any advice for future brides? I think the packaged weddings are very enticing because they’re stress-free, but I just love the weddings where you feel part of the family, and everything has a personal touch.

eco-friendly texas cabin wedding

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eco-friendly texas cabin wedding

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Wedding vendors (Austin, TX):

Ceremony and reception location: Rental home in Marble Falls, TX / Wedding photographer: EE Photography / Wedding planner: Sandi Nguyen, bride’s friend / Flower arrangements: Thao Pham and Rhonda Keneson / Wedding dress: Group USA in Grapevine, TX / Wedding veil: made by bride’s mother / Wedding shoes: Nordstrom BP / Wedding ring: Brilliant Earth / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Last Chance in Phoenix, AZ / Wedding music: Apex Productions / Wedding catering: Max Parfait / Dessert bar designer: Kim Tran / Desserts: Evan Baltazar from sweetebakes and bride’s sister / Wedding invitations: cocodot.com

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Redfield Photography

We are a husband and wife team. We live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with our beautiful and majestic cat; Ms. Beans. We met in art school and one of our favorite parts about wedding photography is using our artistic backgrounds to tell your story with a fine art perspective is what we love to do.

We love exploring new places, making new friends, and collaborating with you to tell your story. We take our job very seriously and we have just about the best time ever doing it.

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New York City Chic Wedding

Real Weddings

This wedding is one incredible example of city chic style. Millie and Joseph married at The Standard Hotel in New York City, and had a reception full of utterly sweet vintage details designed by none other than Hatch Creative Studio. Both bride and groom are filmmakers by trade, so we knew their wedding would be ridiculously creative. Big thanks to Clayton Austin for sharing this beautiful city wedding with us!

the standard hotel wedding

From the bride, Millie: Joe and I are visual people (filmmakers by trade); we felt the aesthetic of the wedding should reflect our love of both vintage and modern. We wanted as intimate and personal an experience as possible: our guest list was 60.
the standard hotel wedding

the standard hotel wedding

the standard hotel wedding

I handwrote notes to each of our guests, letting them know how much we appreciated their presence that day. Joe’s brother Mike helped me tie each note up with twine, a clothespin, and a Photoshopped image of Joe and me together as children. The notes were waiting for each guest at their place settings at the reception.

the standard hotel wedding

the standard hotel wedding

Joe and his sister Sarah put together a video piece in which he talked about our relationship and what I meant to him. Unbeknownst to me, he’d been working on this project for months while I was out of the apartment or asleep. I bawled when I saw it for the first time. We thought it might be fun to share it with our guests.

the standard hotel wedding

We also showed a compilation of clips from our favorite movies, and a funny video piece our friend Tim made about Joe. We connected my laptop to the projector and used Skype to call our friend Max into the storytelling hour of the reception. It was a great way to involve Max, who would have loved to be present in person but lives in Sydney, Australia. We were thrilled to book The Standard New York as our reception venue: in addition to its sharp and eye-catching design, it happens to overlook the High Line, the park in which Joe asked me to marry him.

the standard hotel wedding

the standard hotel wedding

the standard hotel wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t be overly concerned with convention. Your day can be whatever you want it to be.

the standard hotel wedding

the standard hotel wedding

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Wedding Vendors (NYC):

Ceremony Venue: Church of St. Ignatius Loyola / Reception Venue: The Standard Hotel NY / Photographer: Clayton Austin Love Stories / Wedding planner or event designer: Wedding planner: Gigi Dement / Event designer and Florist: Hatch Creative Studio / Wedding Dress, Veil, Shoes and other accessories: I bought my dress (from the WToo Collection: Marguerite) and accessories at Lovely Bridal / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair: Emma Heser @ Cutler 57 / Makeup: their own / Caterer: In-house catering at The Standard New York / Wedding Dessert: Assorted pies from Four & Twenty Blackbirds in Brooklyn, NY; cupcakes and banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery / Wedding invitations: Swiss Cottage Designs / Videographer: we asked some of our friends/guests (also filmmakers) to shoot the ceremony and reception on 4 different HD and Super 8 cameras.

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Amanda Day Rose

Amanda Day Rose is a full-service paperie offering timeless designs for one of the most memorable days of your life. From engagement announcements, save-the-dates, and wedding invitations; to beautifully styled place settings, programs, gifts for guests, and so much more, you are in the right place! I work with a multitude of printing methods including letterpress, foil stamping, and digital printing along with an endless variety of carefully sourced materials to create a final product that will add to the essence of your wedding day.

I consider every wedding a unique and memorable occasion – and that means meticulous attention to detail as I guide you through this experience, and create artistry and design that embodies your lives together as a couple. Whether you have a very clear vision of what you want, or you are not sure where to start, your one-of-a-kind experience will open up a world of creative possibilities. I work closely with you to capture the essence of your relationship by delivering an authentic experience created just for you.

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Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Ups

We’re taking off early today to work on a little something we will have for you on Monday. Until then, I wanted to highlight some of our talented Blue Label vendors – this week from Pennsylvania and vicinity. Be sure to check out the full monty here.

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ruffled blue label wedding vendors

ruffled blue label wedding vendors


Hi-Society Productions is offering 10% off of their packages when you book them + another Blue Vendor!

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In case you missed this week, we had lots of many creative weddings that are so worth visiting again (and again):

We kicked off the week with a fun handmade wedding in Long Beach with a yellow feathered birdcage veil
The bride from this Texas wedding found her vintage wedding dress for $50!
Black and white Washington wedding, and a stylish couple beyond words.
A charming, handcrafted southern wedding and an infamous tea-length wedding dress.
An authentic Brooklyn wedding filled to the brim with style.
This couple eloped in a secluded beach in Malibu with a super sweet ceremony, before heading to their dream honeymoon.

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Paloma’s Nest is throwing an opening party for their new Austin boutique and is offering an online coupon code to celebrate with our readers! Just enter CELEBRATE during checkout, now through June 30. It is good online only at Paloma’s Nest and is for $5 off any order of $50 or more!

BRIDES Magazine digital editions are now available via subscription! For 19.99/year you can read BRIDES every single month, right on your iPad. To celebrate, we are giving away 5 iTunes gift cards, each one good for a one year subscription to BRIDES on the iPad! Simply leave a comment below, and we will randomly pick 5 lucky brides. We will announce the lucky ladies next week!

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