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Handcrafted Alabama Wedding

Photos By: Morgan Trinker

One of our all-time favorite tips for saving room in the budget is to look for a wedding dress at nontraditional locations. Bride Kaitlin found her nothing-short-of stunning Aidan Mattox gown by way of Saks Fifth Avenue and saved a pretty penny without compromising on style — leaving more room to budget for an incredible photographer, Morgan Trinker. This wedding was put together with the aid of happy helpers and a whole lot of love that shines straight through!

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From the bride, Kaitlin: I went for a whimsical meets timeless kind of feel; a mixture of class and comfort. We wanted an Intimate, At-Home, Handmade Wedding. Oh, boy, did I have a lot of DIY projects. Where to start!

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The invites and all signage were all hand drawn or designed through Adobe InDesign, and the seating chart was done with a little ribbon, a few branches and some printed name cards. The “So Much Love For You Darling” banner was hand drawn on canvas, sewn, and decorated with ribbons. We had a faux Moroccan Blanket with hand sewn ribbons and added garland, flower toss cones done with detailed paper, flower toss table with cut holes for cones. Just spare wood, a few nails and a lot of stain, and paper straws with silver and metallic tape flags. The ceremony platform was built by my father-in-law and draped with the faux Moroccan blanket. The desserts were made by my husband, mother, mother-in-law and aunt. Marscapone cheesecake to macarons!

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outdoor wedding ceremony - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

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hanging escort cards - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

handcrafted alabama wedding - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t stress about the wedding. It’s the marriage that truly counts. And above all – respect. Before the wedding, at the wedding, after the wedding, always – respect.

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handcrafted alabama wedding - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding


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Wedding Music:
First Dance: “A Sunday Kind of Love,” Etta James
Father/Daughter Dance: “Promise Her the Moon,” Mr. Big
Mother/Son Dance: “My Cherie Amour,” Stevie Wonder
Best Friend Dance: “Displaced,” Azure Ray
Grandfather/Granddaughter Dance: “This Old Heart of Mine,” The Isley Brothers

Wedding Location: Dothan, AL / Photographer: Morgan Trinker / Flowers: Groom’s mother / Event Design: Bride / Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Dress: Aidan Mattox via Saks Fifth Avenue / Wedding Shoes: Anthropologie / Hair: Lorena Rowe / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth / Groom’s Suit: Black by Vera Wang / Wedding Caterer: Nektar Cafe & Wine Bar / Desserts: Bride, Groom, and family / Wedding Invitations: bride

Austin Botanical Inspired Shoot

Photos By: Amber Snow

If Bird Dog Wedding is going to branch into floral styling, you can bet your bottom dollar they’re going to throw a killer shoot together to celebrate. Bird Dog Florals is coming into the world with a bang, as you can see from this amazing session shot by Amber Snow Photography! Don’t these images make you want to fill your entire home with fresh flowers?

lush tablescapes - photo by Amber Snow http://ruffledblog.com/austin-botanical-inspired-shoot

From the event stylist, Emily of Bird Dog Wedding: At Bird Dog Wedding, we have always loved producing colorful and fun designs for our clients. We wanted to introduce floral services into the mix, as we feel flowers are the most beautiful and captivating part of the design aesthetic. Sarah and I dreamt up this shoot to promote our floral launch and introduce Bird Dog Floral to the world. We wanted to keep the shoot simple with one tablescape, one cake table, and one model to focus on the flowers. In this shoot we showcase the Bird Dog aesthetic, which is rich, playful, colorful, and full of texture and personality. The transition of the design moves from dark to light, with a moodier tablescape to a light and ethereal cake display. In the tradition of creating gorgeous installations, we built a living garland frame for the cake. We kept our bride’s hair simple and undone to show off her gold fern and strawflower crown, with striking makeup and a mod lace dress.

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austin botanical inspired shoot - photo by Amber Snow http://ruffledblog.com/austin-botanical-inspired-shoot

We teamed up with our wonderful vendor friends to put the icing on the cake, so to speak. Loot Vintage Rentals provided the gorgeous furniture for display. Polkadots made a sweet pink cake, which we adorned with a gold fern. Palm Door on Sabine provided the perfect setting, with its white walls and industrial fixtures. And Amber Snow Photography beautifully captured the shoot on film. Trophy Boutique and Maris Malone Calderon Makeup Artistry provided fashion styling and makeup for our model, Katy.

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austin botanical inspired shoot - photo by Amber Snow http://ruffledblog.com/austin-botanical-inspired-shoot


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Shoot Location, Austin, TX / Photographer: Amber Snow Photography / Event Styling and Design: Bird Dog Wedding / Flowers: Bird Dog Florals / Venue: Palm Door on Sabine / Fashion Styling: Trophy Boutique / Makeup: Maris Malone Calderon Makeup Artistry / Wedding Cake: Polkadots / Rentals: Loot Vintage / Paper Goods: Beau Tied Designs






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Jackson Meadow Wedding

Photos By: Paper Antler

Today’s bride and groom have known each other since they were each 12 years old – talk about childhood sweethearts! It was only fitting that their wedding should be full of sweetness and homey details, like exchanging vows while standing on a rug gifted to them by the bride’s sister. Paper Antler and Alisun Abbott pulled all the stops on this Minnesota affair!

backyard weddings - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

From the bride, Ashlee: We have known each other since we were 12 years old, so planning came pretty easily! We pictured ourselves getting married outside in a meadow type setting surrounded by our closest friends and family. Our hope was something unique with lots of personal touches that felt like a celebration of us. We didn’t have a theme or colors in mind. The gorgeous meadow backdrop provided most of the decorating. My sister gifted us the amazing rug we were married on (which is now in our home), our friend made all of the personalized benches for our ceremony.

jackson meadow wedding - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

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yellow boutonnieres - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

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just married signs - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

flower girls - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

As soon as I found my dress, the rest fell into place, each bridesmaid would wear a lace dress of her choice, my husband wanted a cool “old timey suit” We are incredibly lucky to have such talented and generous friends, almost everything from chalkboards, pies, flowers and decor was done by our wonderful family and friends. One of the biggest projects was making a path to the ceremony site in the meadow, my husband spent many weeks mowing, trimming and perfecting the beautiful winding path. My mom and I went to farmers market a few weeks before the wedding and chose our favorites. I wanted the flowers to look very natural, loose and wild. They turned out so beautiful! My sister created a bouquet for me using all creams and whites, I loved it. We ended up using flowers from the meadow and gardens to make boutonnieres and crowns.

wedding decorations - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

bridal veils - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

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jackson meadow wedding - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Relax, look around and enjoy this special day! You get to celebrate with friends and family and marry your very best friend.

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Retrograde,” Leo Koetkes
Ceremony: “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” Elvis (sung by groom’s father)
First Dance: “This Magic Moment,” The Drifters (sung by bride’s sister)

Wedding Location: Marine on St. Croix, MN / Photographer: Paper Antler / Event Decor and Styling: Alisun Abbott / Flowers: St. Paul Farmer’s Market / Venue: Groom’s family home, Jackson Meadow / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals / Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Ebony Davis of Bespoke Hair Artisans / Bridesmaids’ Hair and Makeup: Brian Graham Salon / Flower Girls’ Dresses: Zara / Groom’s Suit: Heimie’s Haberdashery / Wedding Caterer: Lancer / Pies: family friend / Ceremony Music: Joel Shapiro on guitar, groom’s father / Reception Music: Patty and the Buttons / Ceremony Benches: handmade by a friend of the couple / Table Arrangements and Decor: friends and family / Wedding Invitations: Minted / Videographer: LB Jeffries

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