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Fourth of July Inspiration

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Photographer Shannon Mathis and Krysten Jaume of Mi Amore Foto, put together a styled shoot that celebrates American style in the chicest of manners. On a hot summer afternoon that July 4th always is, this shoot is just that. Pure Americana inspiration. With gorgeous goggles on to capture such femininity in the most beautiful way.

An American Affair

an american affair fourth of july wedding inspiration mi amore foto

From the photographer, Shannon Mathis of Mi Amore Foto: This shoot was photographed at my Grandfather’s cabin in Nashville Georgia. The cabin was built in the 1800s and is just a beauty! Some of the vendors, along with myself, are based out of Tallahassee, Florida. We wanted to do a 4th of July/All American styled shoot, without it being over the top themed. I am one lucky gal because I got some amazing pieces from some very talented people.


an american affair fourth of july wedding inspiration mi amore foto

An American Affair

an american affair fourth of july wedding inspiration mi amore foto

An American Affair

an american affair fourth of july wedding inspiration mi amore foto

This is a very special and dear shoot to me as my good friend Krysten Jaume and I are the ones that put everything together, style wise, and designed the whole shoot. I had never taken anything like this on before and while it was stressful, it was so rewarding in the end. The napkins, charger plates, goblets, some of the lingerie, etc. were from a local thrift store. The plates were Krysten’s. The table and chairs were mine. I just love the way it came together and as someone planning my own wedding, it’s so nice to see that you can use old elements to make it completely your own. You don’t have to go out and buy all new, expensive things. Ask Grandma or aunts if they have some beautiful old linens or dinnerware laying around. It is beautiful as well as special.


an american affair fourth of july wedding inspiration mi amore foto

An American Affair

an american affair fourth of july wedding inspiration mi amore foto


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Wedding Vendors (Tallahassee, FL):

Wedding Photographer: Shannon Mathis of Mi Amore Foto / Event Styling: Krysten Jaume and Shannon Mathis of Mi Amore Foto / Wedding Dresses: Upoppy and Vocelles Bridal / Wedding Veils and Hairpieces: Jurgita / Lingerie: Victoria’s Secret, Lalilouche, and The Collection at Southside / Makeup: Nikki Todd and Jo El Snyder / Hair: Nikki Todd / Wedding Flowers: Missy Gunnels / Cake and Sweets: Krysten Jaume / Models: Veronica Dame, Megan Henderson, and Carolyn Jernigan / Wedding Invitations: Shannon Kirsten Couch

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Nostalgic Woodsy Wedding

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This California wedding from Kate Harrison is like stepping into a woodland dream — moss and birch details, frilly flora, and of course, a knockout couple of newlyweds! Bride Whitney shines in a stunning Jenny Packham frock, which inspired much of the feel of her wedding. The couple’s inspiration also came from their incredible venue, Nestldown, and it’s easy to see why!


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woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

From the bride, Whitney: Our style was very much inspired by Nestldown, our venue, and for me, by the vintage-inspired dress that I had chosen. I was looking for elements that were rustic, vintage, and timeless. As we were planning, my biggest worry was that all our disparate elements wouldn’t come together as a whole, but it really did turn out wonderfully well. Everything was very fun and very personal. Both Ted and I felt that the entire day was a reflection of our personalities.


woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

We wanted everything to be classic, vintage, and rustic. We went with white and black for our main colors, with green as well to reflect the outdoor setting. Our florist did a great job making our centerpieces natural and non-traditional. A friend of ours had cut a tree down in his yard and we incorporated slices of that tree into our centerpieces.


woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

For our guestbook, we had an old-timey photo booth from Photo-matica, whom I can’t recommend enough — they are awesome. They printed out two photo strips, one for our guest book and the other for wedding favors for the guests. We had some wooden photo strip frames made through a vendor on Etsy.com and we painted them ourselves.


woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

We also had three bars during cocktail hour — one for wine, one for beer, and one for mixed drinks. We made our own signage for the bars using large picture frames that Ted and I got from a flea market / antiques fair and used chalkboard paint to make huge framed chalkboards. I did the writing on the signs myself.


woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Make sure you keep your wedding plans personal, and remember that weddings are a celebration — it’s all about having fun with the people you love! Also, the day goes by in a flash, so be sure to stop for a moment and savor it all.


woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography


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Wedding Music:
Pre-ceremony: J. S. Bach Goldberg Variations – Sally Christian, Piano
Processional: The Alchymist: Sarabande – Bouree by Handel
Bride’s Processional: The Alchymist: Prelude – Minuet by Handel
Recessional: Water Music Suite No. 3 in G Major – Presto followed by Water Music Suite No. 3 in G Major – Country Dance both by Handel
During cocktails and dinner we played songs by Benny Goodman and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
First Dance: Over the Rainbow and What a Wonderful World sung and played on the ukulele by one of our groomsmen

Wedding Vendors (Campbell, CA):

Wedding Venue: Nestldown / Wedding Photographer: Kate Harrison / Event Planner: Downey Street Events / Event Designer: Eventscapes / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham / Wedding Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Bride’s Veil: Sara Gabriel / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Makeup: Maria Lee Makeup / Groom’s Tuxedo: Gucci / Wedding Flowers: Isabella Sikaffy of Florabella Studios / Wedding Caterer: Thomas John Events / Wedding Cake: Studio Cake / Musicians: All-Star Jukebox / Photobooth: photo-matica / Invitation Printing: Dependable Letterpress / Transportation: Deep Limo and Corinthian Parking

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The Green Kangaroo

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Your wedding invitations are a foretaste of what’s to come on the big day, so it can be a tough choice to make! Choosing your stationery from The Green Kangaroo is a smart call because they have adorable unique designs, everything is completely customizable + interchangeable, and they have options to fit every budget. We picked our absolute faves, each for a different wedding theme:

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Although The Green Kangaroo already has tons of design options to choose from, they are constantly adding fresh ones! With their New Design Fridays, they debut a new 2012 design every Friday! You also may want to check out their ROOpons, which are one-day deals announced on their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Like them on Facebook to take advantage of these sweet one-day-only deals!

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Whether you are looking for something simple, or more “all inclusive” like their signature pocket wedding invitations, your options are endless! You can even add matching table signs, menus + programs, or a wedding website that corresponds to the design of your wedding invitations. So head on over to The Green Kangaroo and explore all the possibilities!

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