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Revolution Hall Wedding

Photos By: Heidi Benjamin

What better way is there to celebrate your love than by filling your wedding day with nods to all the things you and your S.O. love? In Rachel and Jan’s case, a celebration filled with retro touches and nods to vinyl collecting was in order, with no shortage of other handcrafted details all captured by the lovely Heidi Benjamin.

Revolution Hall wedding - photo by Heidi Benjamin http://ruffledblog.com/revolution-hall-wedding

From the bride, Rachel: Like so many, we wanted it to be a reflection of us. Which means lots of fun, tons of color, great food and equally great music in a not-too-stuffy, throwback setting. Our wedding was fun, bright, eclectic, and personal with tons of vintage details. Our theme was loosely tied to the idea of a “True Love Tour” because we actually had two celebrations and wanted a clever way to tie them into the invitations. There was a more involved celebration where we grew up in New York, and then a smaller reception with our friends where we now live in Denver after our honeymoon. I work in the music industry and my husband and I are both big fans of live music (and vinyl collecting) so we liked the idea of making a musical element a cornerstone of the setting. That theme was reflected in the paper goods, table numbers and the music itself. My husband is a brewmaster, so our venue choice of a concert hall attached to a brewery in the city we met was an easy one. The color scheme was largely mint, peach, yellow and some metallic accents, which we blew over the top with the flower wall.

retro inspired invitations - photo by Heidi Benjamin http://ruffledblog.com/revolution-hall-wedding

groom getting ready - photo by Heidi Benjamin http://ruffledblog.com/revolution-hall-wedding

bridal hair accessories - photo by Heidi Benjamin http://ruffledblog.com/revolution-hall-wedding

brooch wedding bouquet - photo by Heidi Benjamin http://ruffledblog.com/revolution-hall-wedding
Flower recipe: My bouquet was DIY from vintage brooches, while my bridesmaids (and Jan’s brideslady) carried monochromatic white bouquets made of mostly peonies, hydrangeas, mini roses and carnations with some greenery and other brooch accents. All of the handheld arrangements were wrapped in chambray from one of my late grandfather’s old work shirts. Table arrangements were mostly carnation, mini roses, baby’s breath and alstroemeria.

industrial ceremony decorations - photo by Heidi Benjamin http://ruffledblog.com/revolution-hall-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Heidi Benjamin http://ruffledblog.com/revolution-hall-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Heidi Benjamin http://ruffledblog.com/revolution-hall-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Heidi Benjamin http://ruffledblog.com/revolution-hall-wedding

seating chart ideas - photo by Heidi Benjamin http://ruffledblog.com/revolution-hall-wedding

As far as DIY was concerned, the 8′ x 10′ flower wall was the largest, most collaborative DIY project. I ordered loads of tissue paper online and had my family and friends fold a bunch at my bridal shower in lieu of a game, which was way more fun! We spent the entire day before the wedding styling the wall. The brooch bouquet was the other time consuming project I had my heart set on. A lot of the brooches were provided by both sides of our family, which made it that much more special. It was well worth every broken nail! My hairpiece, the record-based/tiered dessert stands for donuts and the table numbers were also DIY, as were the flower arrangements. All of the flowers were in vintage glassware I collected at thrift stores and garage sales on trips home to New York, as well as while in Colorado; I carried a ton of glasses back with me for the wedding in my luggage.

wedding portrait ideas - photo by Heidi Benjamin http://ruffledblog.com/revolution-hall-wedding

wedding portrait ideas - photo by Heidi Benjamin http://ruffledblog.com/revolution-hall-wedding

paper flower decorations - photo by Heidi Benjamin http://ruffledblog.com/revolution-hall-wedding

wedding decor ideas - photo by Heidi Benjamin http://ruffledblog.com/revolution-hall-wedding

table number ideas - photo by Heidi Benjamin http://ruffledblog.com/revolution-hall-wedding

Revolution Hall wedding - photo by Heidi Benjamin http://ruffledblog.com/revolution-hall-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Oh man, I hope you’re remembering to have fun! Having realistic expectations about the day, working with people you trust, delegating tasks, asking for help, and not comparing yourself too much to what’s hot on Pinterest are all key points. Really, this is going to be the best day of your lives, so keep that in mind with every step and you will make decisions that are the best for you both.

unique table numbers - photo by Heidi Benjamin http://ruffledblog.com/revolution-hall-wedding

Revolution Hall wedding - photo by Heidi Benjamin http://ruffledblog.com/revolution-hall-wedding

dessert bars - photo by Heidi Benjamin http://ruffledblog.com/revolution-hall-wedding

dessert table ideas - photo by Heidi Benjamin http://ruffledblog.com/revolution-hall-wedding

Revolution Hall wedding - photo by Heidi Benjamin http://ruffledblog.com/revolution-hall-wedding


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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Silhouette,” Active Child Feat. Ellie Goulding
Recessional: “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” The Beach Boys
First Dance: “Nothing Can Change This Love,” Sam Cooke

Wedding Location: Troy, NY / Photographer: Heidi Benjamin / Florist: Grocery Store flowers, DIY arrangements / Venue: Revolution Hall / Wedding Dress: Etsy / Veil: Borrowed + DIY / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth, Vintage, Lilly Pulitzer / Groom’s Suit and Groomsmen’s Ties: Suitsupply / Donuts: Bella Napoli / Entertainment: Nick Karpovich of Conway Entertainment / Paper Products: Paper Mart and Devra / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: James Walker / Videographer: Scotto Films

Franschhoek Valley Wedding

South Africa, your beautiful weddings never cease to amaze me. This one, made possible thanks to the talents of Love Made Visible and Green Goddess Flower Studio, is bursting with gorgeous summer tones and endlessly beautiful floral arrangements. Honestly, just wait ’til you get a peek of these centerpieces!

wedding ceremony recessionals - photo by Love Made Visible http://ruffledblog.com/franschhoek-valley-wedding

From the bride, Julia: We wanted a look and feel that was refined and classy, but still relaxed and fun. The reception space was a garden and outdoor patio on a winery in the picturesque Franschhoek valley of the Western Cape (South Africa). The winery is one of the oldest in the region, it has lot of rustic old world charm that is still sophisticated, without being “fussy.” We wanted to make sure that our wedding style incorporated the incredible natural beauty of Franschhoek and the character of the venue, rather than competing with these elements. We wanted to steer clear of anything too shabby-chic, vintage country fair or barn wedding. It was sometimes difficult for us to articulate exactly what we wanted, because we hadn’t seen examples that were a perfect match for what we were envisioning. Our florists totally nailed it though. Coral and Chantell took a few key words and created something really special.

bride getting ready - photo by Love Made Visible http://ruffledblog.com/franschhoek-valley-wedding

cascading wedding bouquet - photo by Love Made Visible http://ruffledblog.com/franschhoek-valley-wedding

bridal looks - photo by Love Made Visible http://ruffledblog.com/franschhoek-valley-wedding

bridal portraits - photo by Love Made Visible http://ruffledblog.com/franschhoek-valley-wedding

Franschhoek Valley Wedding - photo by Love Made Visible http://ruffledblog.com/franschhoek-valley-wedding

Our color scheme was coral, peach and a silvery sage green, though we weren’t set on super specific colors and ended up with a lovely scheme that also incorporated some warm yellows and orangey-reds. It was tough, but we really tried to limit the DIY. Since we live overseas, the time that we do have with our friends and family is so rare and special, so we wanted to make sure that we could focus on spending time with our loved ones and not get distracted be last minute craft projects. I love little projects, so it was difficult to resist the urge to dive into all the fun crafty things I found on Pinterest. Our only project was the little gold safari animals. Our florists painted them gold, our friend Jenny designed and printed name tags for each guest, my mom picked each guest’s “spirit animal,” and my future sister-in-law helped assemble the animals and name tags so that they were beautiful and ready for the table… it was a team effort for sure. Our florists suggested this idea, and this little touch was one of the biggest hits of the night!

Franschhoek Valley wedding - photo by Love Made Visible http://ruffledblog.com/franschhoek-valley-wedding

coral bridesmaid dress - photo by Love Made Visible http://ruffledblog.com/franschhoek-valley-wedding

wedding flowers - photo by Love Made Visible http://ruffledblog.com/franschhoek-valley-wedding

coral wedding ideas - photo by Love Made Visible http://ruffledblog.com/franschhoek-valley-wedding
coral wedding ideas - photo by Love Made Visible http://ruffledblog.com/franschhoek-valley-wedding

centerpiece inspiration - photo by Love Made Visible http://ruffledblog.com/franschhoek-valley-wedding

pomegranate centerpieces - photo by Love Made Visible http://ruffledblog.com/franschhoek-valley-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Wrap up the heavy lifting portion of your planning and preparation at least a week before the wedding, so that you can have some time to relax and shift gears before the big day. When we were preparing to move from San Francisco to Cape Town, we had an endless to-do list. We were running errands and checking things off our to-do list up until the last minute (I think I was on the phone with my bank as we boarded the plane). When we the airplane door closed and we were on our way, we could finally relax, put the lists behind us and turn our focus to the amazing life changing adventure ahead. There were plenty of small things that we didn’t have time to do, but did it matter? Nope. It took being in a metal tube 30,000 feet above the earth for us to shift gears, but when we did, we were able to be present in the experience and enjoy it. When we started planning the wedding, we decided that we would pick a date 1-2 weeks before our wedding day and “get on the plane” together. We worked toward this, and were able to detach ourselves from the planning and have a couple of days to transition from planning mode into party mode (which was a lot more challenging that I thought!!). Were there little things we hadn’t finished? Of course. Did it matter at that point? Not at all. By the time our guests arrived, we were ready to enjoy the experience and celebrate with the people we love.

red wedding centerpieces - photo by Love Made Visible http://ruffledblog.com/franschhoek-valley-wedding

Franschhoek Valley wedding - photo by Love Made Visible http://ruffledblog.com/franschhoek-valley-wedding

pomegranate wedding decor - photo by Love Made Visible http://ruffledblog.com/franschhoek-valley-wedding

animal figurine decorations - photo by Love Made Visible http://ruffledblog.com/franschhoek-valley-wedding

simple wedding cakes - photo by Love Made Visible http://ruffledblog.com/franschhoek-valley-wedding

Franschhoek Valley wedding - photo by Love Made Visible http://ruffledblog.com/franschhoek-valley-wedding

wedding reception ideas - photo by Love Made Visible http://ruffledblog.com/franschhoek-valley-wedding

Franschhoek Valley wedding - photo by Love Made Visible http://ruffledblog.com/franschhoek-valley-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “In My Place,” Coldplay (Vitamin String Quartet cover)
Bride’s Processional: “Wonderful Tonight,” Eric Clapton (Vitamin String Quartet cover)
Recessional: “I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz (Vitamin String Quartet cover)
First Dance: “Hold You in My Arms,” Ray LaMontagne

Wedding Location: Cape Town, South Africa / Photographer: Love Made Visible / Event and Floral Design: Green Goddess Flower Studio / Ceremony Venue: NG Kerk Franschhoek / Reception Venue: Vrede en Lust / Wedding Dress: Reem Acra “Heavenly Lace” / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BCBG / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Caterer: Lust Bakery and Bistro (onsite restaurant at Vrede en Lust) / Desserts: Pastry Parlour / DJ: DJ Riaan of Cape DJs / Wedding Invitations: Our super talented friend, Jenny Ji, designed and printed them / Videographer: Desert Rose Productions / Transportation: Cape Town Shuttles and Classic Cats






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Pink Bridal Shower Inspiration

Is there any idea more fitting for a bridal shower than a fun and colorful mimosa bar? No, we think not. Showerbelle put together this inspired styled shoot and brought some serious talent on board – including Seriously Sabrina Photography, Event 29, and Pink Peony Events, just to name a few.

pink bridal shower inspiration - photo by Seriously Sabrina Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pink-bridal-shower-inspiration

From the coordinator, Gabrielle Green of Showerbelle: Bridal shower season is in full-swing, so we wanted to create a shoot that was both pretty, and inspiring. We think bridal showers have the potential to be about much more than unwrapping gifts; we think they should be truly fun parties that celebrate friendship among the closest of friends. That’s why we began with idea of ‘showering love,’ and worked on creating a bridal shower inspiration shoot that was both rich in color and a meaning.

pink bridal shower inspiration - photo by Seriously Sabrina Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pink-bridal-shower-inspiration

bridal shower inspiration - photo by Seriously Sabrina Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pink-bridal-shower-inspiration

mimosa bar ideas - photo by Seriously Sabrina Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pink-bridal-shower-inspiration

champagne bars - photo by Seriously Sabrina Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pink-bridal-shower-inspiration

bridal shower foods - photo by Seriously Sabrina Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pink-bridal-shower-inspiration

We choose a vibrant palette of corals, violets, and berry tones that was undoubtedly feminine, but not overly dainty. These saturated hues set the mood for a mid-summer mimosa brunch. The urban rooftop lounge provided a backdrop of exposed brick walls and warm, rustic wood planks that in contrast with our more delicate tablescape provided the perfect amount of balance between ladylike and strong. A balance we think often describes women as they support each other through various rites of passages during a stage in life that is filled with exciting transitions. Carried into the décor and wardrobe were the delicious berry tones of the mimosa bar. A concept much loved, both for its novelty, and because we simply cannot get enough champagne! The idea of creating an experience where guests can create their own drinks by mixing the flavorful fruits of summer with juices like passion fruit or mango is really appealing because it feels customized to each guest, and is ripe with the potential of making a brand new flavor. Even our models were bubbling with excitement over what they might create.

pink tablescapes - photo by Seriously Sabrina Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pink-bridal-shower-inspiration

reception drinks - photo by Seriously Sabrina Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pink-bridal-shower-inspiration

mimosa bar ideas - photo by Seriously Sabrina Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pink-bridal-shower-inspiration

champagne toasts - photo by Seriously Sabrina Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pink-bridal-shower-inspiration

pink bridal shower inspiration - photo by Seriously Sabrina Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pink-bridal-shower-inspiration

It was important that the bridal shower activity be an experience shared and valued among friends rather than something more passive. So, we had our floral designer teach a workshop on how to create the stunning centerpieces used on the guest and cocktail tables. The robust, full blooms of the pink peonies and free-spirited nature of the accenting sweet peas in the centerpieces reflected the mood of the shoot: graceful, but not overly fussy. We really had so much fun planning and shooting! Our goal was to design something that was beautiful, happy, and sent the message to shower love among friends.

pink bridal shower inspiration - photo by Seriously Sabrina Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pink-bridal-shower-inspiration

pink wedding inspiration - photo by Seriously Sabrina Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pink-bridal-shower-inspiration

party favor ideas - photo by Seriously Sabrina Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pink-bridal-shower-inspiration

bridal shower ideas - photo by Seriously Sabrina Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pink-bridal-shower-inspiration

cake tables - photo by Seriously Sabrina Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pink-bridal-shower-inspiration
cake tables - photo by Seriously Sabrina Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pink-bridal-shower-inspiration


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Shoot Location: Louisville, KY / Photographer: Seriously Sabrina Photography / Event Planning and Design: Showerbelle and Event 29 / Floral Design: Pink Peony Events / Venue and Caterer: Patrick O’Shea’s / Hair and Makeup: Louisville Makeover / Wine: ONEHope Wine / Tabletop Rentals: The Southern Soiree / Balloons: Build A Balloon / Wedding Invitations: Megan Wright Design Co.

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