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Ready-to-Cook Recipes with Blue Apron + Get 2 Free Meals!

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A few weeks ago, asked me to try out their weekly service and I am happy to report it today! Having a little one at home is much like being a newlywed pre-kids. While trying to coordinate everyone’s schedule, Matt and I often find ourselves without the time to plan meals for the week. We tried freezer meals while I was pregnant, but once Luna was born and the meals were gone, the thought of spending the little free time we had cooking massive amounts of meals was a distant wishful thinking. wasn’t just extremely convenient and a huge time saver – it also allowed us to adventure out of the same meals we’ve been cooking for years and try out different flavors we’d never picked on our own. Thank you Adam & Sam for capturing our family and read on for more details on how to get the first two meals free!

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Photography:

Cmostr Photography

Photos by:

Adam & Sam

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Not only is this styled shoot from Shannon Rosan Photography, Molly Ryan Floral, and Jenifer Rodriguez an absolute feast for the eyes, it’s also entirely locally sourced and fantastic inspiration for couples looking to go green! Copper details, floral + greenery garlands, and a reconstructed vintage gown are just a few of our favorite little details here.

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From the creative director, Jenifer Rodriguez: Our styled shoot is called “Marsala Goddess,” inspired by Pantone’s 2015 color of the year “Marsala”. Our motto is breaking wedding rules! That’s right, we want to break all the rules (troublemakers). We love untraditional design. Our creative direction was eclectic, boho, and sustainable. Not only does this shoot combine rad wedding artists but, we are trying to promote love + awareness about sustainable weddings. We want all couples + wedding industry professionals to know that you don’t have to sacrifice style by going green. Sustainable weddings are just as beautiful + great for the environment + your local economy! Everyone who contributed in this collaborative styled shoot is a Chico wedding industry professional from the handmade upcycled dress to the handmade raw copper jewelry + momma moon wind chime! Our shoot was ZERO-WASTE. We composted, recycled, reused, + donated. Our advice to brides is GO LOCAL + SUSTAINABLE!!!

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Our details included glass place settings hovering over hellebore blooms, ranunculus heads, and delicate pansy petals which featured two quotes representative of the pairs love for each other. The invitation suite was also made of pressed petals between layers of glass with a streamlined welcome for guests. The bouquet was arranged with a wild, loose style that allowed the movement of each particular flower to shine. It was composed of marsala dahlias, pansies, ferns + other greens, flowering branches, camelias, ranunculus, + hanging amaranthus. The garland on the table featured dainty + personality-filled marsala pansies, homegrown ranunculus provided by Turkey Tail Farm, + other accents. Molly Ryan Florals also designed beautiful flower bracelets, anklets, + a garter.

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All our props were locally sourced from antique shops. Our sweetheart table was composed of eclectic + boho tabletop decor that featured copper, amber, marsala + gold rimmed glasses, hammered copper flatware, copper candle holders, + wood geometric napkin rings. Our swag bar cart also included lots of copper details with marsala + berry tone glassware + cloth napkins. We featured local wine + drink mixers. Not to mention a beautiful wood + copper wine rack! The beautiful gown that our bride wore was upcycled + designed by Crystena Hemingway of Rekindled Garments. The gown was originally a long sleeved dress from the 40s. The bodice was reconstructed with a vintage bustier + other heirloom laces placed in all the right places. All the jewelry was hand cut + hand hammered by Earth Momma Originals. Most of the jewelry was copper or brass + featured raw ruby stones, local quartz, flashy labradorite beads, + sapphire accent beads . Our momma moon wind chime was hand cut and made of copper with local quartz. Our bridesmaids wore local dresses from Syllabus, a local shop. Our groom was styled by himself, Independent Style Consultant at Gents which included locally sourced vintage gear. We ended our shoot with an intimate boudoir session that featured local lingerie designer, Siobhan Barrett (now based in Brooklyn, NY). She designed a beautiful Silver Blue Lace Lingerie Bodysuit. The bodysuit had deep side cut outs with a small elastic band stretching around the neck and around the back.

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From the bride, Katie: I’ve always loved the bright colors and graphic style of the early 60s. I kept looking around for color inspiration and found most weddings stuck to 2 colors. I couldn’t pick so I went with 4. Teal, Red-Orange, Mustard Yellow, and Chartreuse, but I didn’t want restrict myself so you’ll see others in there as well. I went a little DIY crazy. The succulent holders on the tables are candle sticks from Ikea. We taped the mid section and stray painted them yellow to make them look like they were dipped in paint. The record racks were worn and rusted. We cleaned them up and stray painted them gold (I swear a can of gold spray paint is the best thing a wedding planner can have). We bought clay pots and spray painted them teal for the succulents. All of the signage holders were spray painted gold. The table runners were made by me — I’m not a sewer so I just cut them to size and used iron on hemming tape. They ended up costing me $10 a pop instead of renting the venue’s cloths for $20+ per. The garland above the cake table was mine as well.

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Flower recipe: We told our florist to use whatever was available and interesting in yellow and red-orange, but the main ones were: Billy balls, blood orange ranunculus, green mini hydrangeas, white daisies, and succulents.

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I just crept around Lowes for more paint swatches then anyone would need, cut them into different size squares and rectangles and used Super 77 to glue them to fishing wire. The place cards: I found vintage 45 records and recreated them in Illustrator with a special song for each table and everyone’s names. Vintage 45s are super cheap on ebay and I bought CD labels from Uline. We stuck them on and cut out the center with exacto knives. All of the signage and menus were designed by me. I used Hipster Script and found inspiration in mid-century kitchen wares. The photo booth images were vintage wedding paper dolls. We found images of the retro postcards and I redesigned the back with our branding. Also worth mentioning, I didn’t rent anything because I found I could find it for a comparable price on ebay and Etsy. Vintage swizzle sticks, cake trays, milk glass vases, champagne glasses, suitcases, bowls, mid century plates were slowly collected.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t forget to think about the logistics. We made this obsessive timeline (at the advice of our amazing friend and wedding coordinator, Sarah) that outlined every minute detail and it was so helpful in the midst of the craziness that weekend. Do all the planning you possibly can so that a few days before, you can relax and let it all in. Also. Get a band. Like now.

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Wedding Music:
We had to go pretty traditional with our ceremony music since it was Catholic, but since “Turn, Turn, Turn” by the Byrds is a bible verse, the priest gave us the okay to use it as the recessional.
First Dance: “This Will Be Our Year,” The Zombies

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Christina Karst Photography

Florist:

Publix

Day-Of Coordination:

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Ceremony Venue:

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Reception Venue:

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Wedding Dress:

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Wedding Veil:

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Wedding Shoes:

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Pin:

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Bangle:

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Earrings:

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Ring:

Custom Made with a vintage stone by Grace Weller

Makeup and Nails:

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Hair:

Gwynne Mims Salon

Bridesmaid Dresses:

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Groom's Suit:

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Groom's Shirt:

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Tie, Pocket Square, and Tie Bar:

The Tie Bar

Wedding Rings:

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Catering:

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Wedding Cake:

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Music:

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Wedding Invitation Printing:

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