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Lauren Fair Photography

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Lauren Fair Photography is a fabulous husband-and-wife team located in between Philadelphia and NYC. They believe photography should be full of light, emotion, creativity and spontaneity. They travel all over the US and beyond documenting love on film + digital and love being a part of creative, outside-the-box weddings. If their work speaks to you, they would love to talk with you about creating some magic together!

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Earthy Bohemian Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

Marsala has proven itself to be a stunning color pick for any season, just as we’ll see in this styled summer wedding shoot from April Maura Photography, Hytched Weddings, and Lighthouse Flower Shop. Bohemian details mix with geometric elements and an overwhelming appreciation of nature to form an absolutely inspired session we’re sure to love for years to come!

earthy bohemian wedding inspiration - photo by April Maura Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

From the event designer, Hytched Weddings: This shoot was inspired by a couple who has a passion for nature. This couple still desires a beautiful and unforgettable wedding, but wanted to incorporate many natural elements and make the event feel organic and free. There is a movement in weddings toward more of a rustic look, and in a sense it is authentic and true to who we are as human beings. We are wanderers, explorers, and ideally we are in tune with nature and the universe. I wanted this shoot to reflect those values

red wedding bouquet - photo by April Maura Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

earthy bohemian wedding inspiration - photo by April Maura Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

earthy bohemian wedding inspiration - photo by April Maura Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

earthy bohemian wedding inspiration - photo by April Maura Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

earthy bohemian wedding inspiration - photo by April Maura Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

There were many little details which made the shoot come together and reflect this bohemian vibe. Everything stems from the couple, who wanted to celebrate their union while celebrating their love of nature. The bride’s gown was a long-sleeved lace piece which was gorgeous but not over the top. She also wore a floral crown to tie in with that hippie vibe. The bride’s hair was styled in loose curls, and her lips complemented the deep red featured in the flowers. The groom wore tan suspenders, a white shirt and tan dress pants instead of the traditional suit. His boutonniere added a natural touch to his earth toned look. The flowers, in the same sense, were very flowy and organic. The colors used in the flowers were deep reds like maroon and burgundy, with lots of greenery. The bride’s bouquet had burgundy peonies, Peruvian lilies, carnations and coxcomb with a large variety of hanging greenery. The deep red colors were also tied in with the wine bar and charcuterie platters which were served out of an adorable local food truck. I tried to incorporate nature into as many details as possible; you’ll notice that the place cards were pinned onto red apples.

grooms bow tie - photo by April Maura Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

earthy bohemian wedding inspiration - photo by April Maura Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

food truck - photo by April Maura Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

apple escort cards - photo by April Maura Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

earthy bohemian wedding inspiration - photo by April Maura Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

earthy bohemian wedding inspiration - photo by April Maura Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

The venue was another key component of this shoot. Heritage Square is a historic venue, and a public area where people can visit for inspiration, or simply to learn about the past. Beyond the Rosson House Museum, which is a stunning fully restored 1895 Queen Anne Victorian house, there is an event pavilion, a quaint gift shop, and a gorgeous green area with an abundance of plants, which I lovingly referred to as the “enchanted jungle”. The cake was a deconstructed “naked cake”. Instead of opting for the traditional three tiered cake with many embellishments, the tiers each stood on their own with a very light buttercream coating. The tiers were displayed on wooden trunks placed atop gold cake stands.

earthy bohemian wedding inspiration - photo by April Maura Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

bohemian bride - photo by April Maura Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

earthy bohemian wedding inspiration - photo by April Maura Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

earthy bohemian wedding inspiration - photo by April Maura Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

earthy bohemian wedding inspiration - photo by April Maura Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

earthy bohemian wedding inspiration - photo by April Maura Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

The purpose of this photo shoot is to inspire a wedding with many natural, bohemian, and earthy elements. I love the fact that weddings today can really reflect the personalities of the couple who are planning it. I encourage people to think outside the box, and challenge your wedding planner to do so as well. Inspiration can come from so many different places. Pinterest and bridal blogs and magazines are great, but you may find inspiration while hiking or strolling around a museum. Take pictures of the things that inspire you and show them to your wedding planner. You may be surprised at how unique and unexpected elements can be beautifully incorporated into your day. This inspiration shoot is perfect for nature lovers because it allows them to incorporate that part of their personalities into one of the most important days of their lives.

earthy bohemian wedding inspiration - photo by April Maura Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

earthy bohemian wedding inspiration - photo by April Maura Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

wood slice cake stand - photo by April Maura Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

earthy bohemian wedding inspiration - photo by April Maura Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

April Maura Photography

Event Design:

Hytched Weddings

Florist:

Lighthouse Flower Shop

Venue:

Heritage Square

Bridal Store:

Brilliant Bridal

Hair:

All Done Up

Makeup:

Emily Huizar

Groom's Attire:

Celebrity Tux and Tails

Food Truck:

The Duke Truck

Food Plate:

Craft+Culture

Wedding Cake:

My Goodness Cakes

Rentals:

Prim Unique Rentals

Tabletop Decor:

World Market

Calligraphy:

Foil & Ink

Bride:

Shannon Kusmit

Groom:

Anthony Zasimovich

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Italian Villa Dinner Party Inspired Wedding

Romantic Weddings

LA’s Carondelet House is as popular a wedding venue as ever, and yet we never tire of seeing it. When it comes to creating effortless glamour, well, they’ve cornered the market. Jenn and Chris planned their wedding with the help of Joyeuse Photography, Fleuretica, and Joyce Kim Weddings, and we love their refreshing approach for decor — Jenn says she designed everything as if she were decorating her own home!

Italian villa dinner party inspired wedding - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

From the bride, Jennifer: Chris and I first met in SF at a singles Valentine’s Day dinner party thrown by a mutual friend, not one intended to introduce people to their “special someone” but more in the vein of “this holiday sucks. I’ll cook so if you’re not doing anything, come over.” We went on our first date several months later, and five years to the DAY since that first date, we got married in my hometown of LA.

Italian villa dinner party inspired wedding - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

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Our dream wedding was inspired by an Italian Villa dinner party and a gorgeous venue like Carondelet House really made it easy for that to become reality. I approached the entire wedding planning process as if I were decorating my home; I was far more focused on creating a certain ambiance over incorporating colors and schemes, although admittedly, I’ll always be partial to the color gold! If it felt “warm, romantic, and soft”, I was pretty much game.

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Starting with the outfit of this fabulous party host aka my wedding dress, I wore a classically Jenny Packham beaded sheath dress which matched the old-school glamour of Carondelet House perfectly. It was also important that I looked and felt comfortable, still in keeping with a glamorous Italian-Villa-owning-party-host! To go with my relaxed and romantic gown, I had a wildflower bouquet of loosely arranged seasonal blooms like dahlias & ranunculi added in with my personal favourite, astilbe. Similar blooms in a mixture of mini bud vases and mason jars, along with candles galore were scattered across the dinner tables. I wanted to keep flowers fairly minimal in keeping with the relaxed intimate dinner vibe, just enough to accent the natural beauty of Carondelet House (exposed brick, bright windows and dazzling chandeliers). Everything was set against a white backdrop with streaming lights and smilax vines which I felt really punctuated the entire room with romance!

Italian villa dinner party inspired wedding - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

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Italian villa dinner party inspired wedding - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

In addition to instilling a “warm and inviting” quality throughout the wedding, Chris and I also cared a lot about incorporating special touches that reflected who we were. So what exactly reflects us? If you were to ask that to our guests, they would unanimously answer “they love to eat”. So not surprisingly, we wanted to highlight our shared love of grub. For example, our table names were the names of our favourite restaurants which were calligraphed onto beautiful antique gold mirrors. We used French ivory paper lace doilies with guests’ names calligraphed in gold as place cards which looked so elegant when laid out onto the reclaimed wood tables . We had pictures in gold frames featuring photos of us from many of our most memorable meals, including one from our engagement which took place at of course, a restaurant (with the help from my favourite chef, Thomas Keller). We had our dinner menu assembled into cootie catchers and straw flags with food related trivia about us. Additionally, we featured this one project poster that listed every single restaurant Chris and I had ever dined in together during our 5 years of dating, along with who we dined with, obviously many of whom were our guests. This last detail was particularly rewarding as rarely does my my addiction to list-making/documenting benefit someone other than just myself.

lace sweetheart table - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

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Italian villa dinner party inspired wedding - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

Italian villa dinner party inspired wedding - photo by Joyeuse Photography http://ruffledblog.com/italian-villa-dinner-party-inspired-wedding

Our wedding was truly an unforgettable night, and although I was so happy that all my RuffledBlog inspirations came true, all that really mattered were the vows we made to love each other forever surrounded by all those we hold dear. Actually (sorry, humblebrag alert!), the owner of the villa somehow got a hold of this footage and asked if he could feature it on their website. Quoting him, “it was the most touching, endearing video I have ever seen created at Carondelet House. It truly captured the essence of a beautiful couple on a beautiful day.” Chris and I are very aware of the insane videoediting talent of Amari Productions, in addition to the glamorous wardrobe and makeup that helped us look our best that day. However, we still believe that essence he was referring to was also because of our deeply rooted love that just radiated through, especially as it multiplied from all the additional love we were showered from our family and friends. We were super flattered and needless to say, we continue to visit Carondelet House’s homepage from time to time!

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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

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Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Joyeuse Photography

Florist:

Fleuretica

Day-Of Coordination:

Joyce Kim Weddings

Venue:

Carondelet House

Wedding Dress:

Jenny Packham

Makeup:

Kelly Zhang Makeup Team

Catering:

TresLA

Rentals:

Etablir

Videography:

Amari Productions

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