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Brookside Equestrian Wedding

The second our eyes ran over these words, we knew we were in for a visual treat: “Our inspiration — think Notebook, meets Big Fish meets a summer carnival/fair.” So the bride describes her wedding day, and we have to say from looking through these images that she absolutely nailed her vision. Valentina Glidden Photography was on hand to capture all the goodness and details, so let’s jump in!

Brookside Equestrian wedding - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

From the bride, Lisa: We were determined to make our wedding stand out from any other wedding! We wanted it to be unique, fun and to not feel so “wedding-ish.” Our inspiration–think Notebook, meets Big Fish meets a summer carnival/fair. There’s just something so romantic about carnivals, and what we imagined one to be like in the 1940s era. The lights, the music, the care-free summer nights and of course, riding the ferris wheel with your sweet heart!

vintage inspired dresses - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

carnival wedding invitations - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

yellow white bouquets - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding
Flower recipe: My aunt, who is a florist created all of our floral looks. She did all of the arrangements, bouquets, embellishments and flower crowns for the flower girls. We wanted a charming wild flower look to keep with the summery country vibe. We used Feverfew (miniature daisies) Daisies, Craspedia, Baby’s Breath, Dusty Miller, Yarrow, Scabiosa Pods and Solidaster.

bride and groom - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

flower girls - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

ring bearer outfits - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

bridesmaid bouquet - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

paper wedding programs - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

carnival wedding themes - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

carnival wedding ideas - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

carnival wedding ceremony - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

wedding ceremony recessional - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

Being that our wedding was a vintage carnival, we wanted it feel light, airy and fun. We wanted it to have the perfect balance of a carnival yet feel romantic, rustic and whimsical. Our general colors were muted reds, blues and yellows but we weren’t big on having everything matchy, matchy . We pretty much hand crafted most everything ourselves. Jake is a graphic designer so we were able to custom design our save the dates, invitations, programs and favors. Most all of the detail and décor we did ourselves too–DIY projects and antique store finds. My mom and I sewed fabric bunting flags and ribbon streamers. My dad helped with the construction projects such as collecting old scrapped wood which we painted and drilled to make signs as well as light up marquee letters from metal. We built a kissing booth that I hand painted for our guests to take photos in. I also constructed our cake topper and even designed my own wedding dress and had it hand made! My mom made the flower girl’s dresses and an assortment of over 2,000 homemade cookies for our “sweet treats” table. You can definitely say our wedding screamed DIY! We also hired a caricaturist to create caricaturists for our guests as a fun souvenir. But our favorite part—the ferris wheel! We knew if we wanted our look to feel authentic, we needed to have a ferris wheel which we rented from a local event company. It tied everything together and the guests just loved it! The open space of the venue with the oak trees, old barn and charming character created the perfect setting for our event and pulled everything together.

place setting ideas - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

backyard wedding ideas - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

carnival wedding ideas - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

backyard wedding receptions - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

rustic centerpieces - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

cake tables - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

backyard wedding ideas - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I’d say first things first, decide on the look or theme you are going for and let it resonate. That was the best thing we did. We decided on our look right away and spent a lot of time exploring flea markets, antique shops and etsy for the perfect ideas and accents. The more time you have to think about it, the easier it will come together and the more time you will have to make it work. Plus it’s a lot less stressful! Also, don’t be afraid to take a risk! If you love something, find a way to incorporate it into your wedding. It will make it the planning fun as well as your day that much more special.

carnival wedding cake - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

wedding dessert tables - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

colorful cake tables - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

carnival wedding ideas - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding


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Wedding Music:
Wedding Party Processional: “Married Life,” Michael Giacchiano (Up Soundtrack)
Bride’s Processional: “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” Ingrid Michaelson
Recessional: “Everybody,” Ingrid Michaelson
First Dance: “The Way I Am,” Ingrid Michaelson
Cocktail hour and dinner we played a lot of classic and folky hits from the 1940s – Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington to name a few.

Wedding Location: Walnut, CA / Photographer: Valentina Glidden Photography / Wedding Coordinator: Sandy McDermott and Aide Delgado of Rose Wade Events / Florist: Flowers by Sharen / Venue: Brookside Equestrian / Wedding Dress: Designed by Bride and constructed by Ann Seitz and Annette Constantino / Bride’s Headpiece and Shoes: ModCloth / Makeup and Hair: Foundation of You / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Jack Threads / Caterer: Rose Wade Events / Wedding Cakes: Beverly’s Best Bakery / DJ: FLY BY NIGHT Disc Jockeys / Ferris Wheel Rental: LA Party Works / Caricaturist: The Cartoon Lady / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: designed by Bride and Groom, printed by Coastal Finishing

Black Rock Resort Wedding

So many words come to mind when viewing this wedding – hip, relaxed, intimate, in tune with nature, and most of all – just plain cool. April and Clarke originally planned a lavish wedding with 500 guests before completely rerouting their vision to a 28-person semi-elopement on the beach. I’d have to say they made the right move, because the result is nothing short of breathtaking. Thank you to Shari + Mike Photographers and Celsia Floral for your beautiful work on this one!

Black Rock Resort wedding - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

From the bride, April: I always envisioned a more polished, glam version of an outdoor garden party. We knew we wanted to be near forest and the water as we are both outdoorsy. We didn’t want a huge production with neon lights, satin, crystals and ballrooms. We stuck to a neutral palette of creams, blush, peach, greens and brass/gold.

wedding shoes - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

Black Rock Resort wedding - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

peach peony bouquet - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding
Flower recipe: I don’t know all of the actual flowers that went into my bouquet but I gave the very talented Tahnee of Celsia Flowers a list of flowers I wanted and that I wanted a wildflower-esque, organic/natural looking. Colour scheme of pinks, peaches, corals and greenery/foliage. Preferred blooms which could be available: peonies, ranunculus, anemones, garden roses, lavender, dusty miller, lily of the valley, foliage.

wedding ring ideas - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

pink bouquets - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

ceremony processional - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

bridesmaid dress - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

Black Rock Resort wedding - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

wedding portraits - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

I created the dream catchers with willow branches from home (Yellowknife, NT, Canada) to which we ruggedly tied with yarn in the theme colours. I also had ordered these beautiful blush coloured feathers off Etsy and I sprinkled the tips with a fine rose gold glitter mix I made. We made two curtain backdrops for the wedding dinner, one was made of different sized gold paper disks we just glued back to back onto string – turned out very glamourous and added a polished element to the dark grey/dramatic surroundings of the Wine Cellar we were in. The second backdrop was made with a mixture of locally picked greenery, gold discs and the blush feathers. We hung a banner with our names in front of it by Rifle Paper Co.

intimate wedding reception - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

bohemian wedding decor - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

wedding banners - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

Black Rock Resort wedding - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Do what you want to do and don’t feel bad for doing it! We went from a local 500 person wedding to a very small destination, semi-elopement style beach/forest wedding of 28 people. Sure there were a few people who didn’t understand but at the end of the day, it’s YOUR day and YOU’RE going to need to look back at it in 20 years and you can either have regrets or beautiful, true-to-yourself memories. And delegate, delegate, delegate!

Black Rock Resort wedding - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

Black Rock Resort wedding - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

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flower topped cakes - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

reception inspiration - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

cake tables - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding

Black Rock Resort wedding - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/black-rock-resort-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Well the original plan was for my brother in law (groomsman) to pull out the guitar from behind his back to play an instrumental Blackbird by the Beatles while I walked down the aisle. But since we ended up with our semi-elopement plan, we didn’t have any bridesmaids or groomsmen up with us and we had a completely natural ceremony with no music – just the sound of the ocean waves! In the hustle of the wedding day, we all forgot our iPods so we didn’t have a set playlist for the wedding dinner and we ended up listening to some Spanish guitar during dinner. We didn’t have a first dance as we wanted to keep the dinner very simple, like a big family dinner… albeit a very glamourous one! But if we were to have our first dance it would have been to “Holocene” by Bon Iver.

Wedding Location: Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada / Photographer: Shari + Mike Photographers / Flowers: Celsia Floral / Venue: Black Rock Resort / Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo and TOMS / Groom’s Suit: Armani / Groom’s Shoes: Harry Rosen / Wedding Cake and Guest Treat Bags: Zoe’s Bakery and Cafe / Wedding Invitations and Banner: Rifle Paper Co






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Riverdale Manor Wedding

Seeing a wedding from Lauren Fair Photography is always a treat, and we get even more excited when we see the talented Belovely Floral + Event Design on board! Crystal and Nick wanted a wedding that was a bit rustic, a bit elegant, and a bit whimsical. With the touches of glitter, chalkboard, and bright pops of coral, we’d say they certainly achieved their vision!

Riverdale Manor wedding - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

From the bride, Crystal: We wanted a warm, welcoming, fun atmosphere for our friends and family to enjoy. The style and feel that we envisioned was rustic refined with some fun whimsical details — rustic elegance down by the river. The theme for our day was “let love grow” – Nick and I added water and soil to a unity plant and had given our guest little glass vials of passion flower seeds as favors. We also played off of the day that we met, Thanksgiving day, by placing breakable wishbones on the guest chairs. We asked them to break them and make a wish after we said I do. We had a little quote that read: The day we met was our lucky day. Today might be yours. Please break and make a wish after the bride and groom say I do.

chevron wedding invitations - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

glitter wedding shoes - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

wedding paper goods - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

groom getting ready - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

groom looks - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

air plant bouquets - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

coral wedding dresses - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

peony air plant bouquet - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Persimmon, peonies, air plants, succulents, roses.

coral bridesmaid dresses - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

bridal shoes - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

wedding ceremony decor - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

first kiss - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

wedding recessionals - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Take time to enjoy the day. every married couple that we spoke to leading up to the wedding told us that the day would fly by, but we didn’t realize how FAST it would fly. I made a point to sneak away at one point to walk around and look at all of the details – to try to take it all in and just enjoy it. We put so much heart into planning this one single day, that I wanted to really appreciate all of the love and hard work that went into planning it. Another thing that I would recommend is for the bride/maids to give yourself plenty of time in the morning to get ready. Plan for the hair and make up first thing in the morning, don’t put it off until mid morning. I hate to feel rushed with anything I do. The morning flew by for us and we were rushing off to the venue to finish getting ready and start prepping for first look photos. I felt a bit frazzled right before Nick and I met each other for the first look. However, the minute I saw him, all of the angst quickly disappeared. Which brings me to another bit of advice, first look photos are so amazing. It gave me such a sense of calm and peace to be able to see him and speak to him before the ceremony. some people want the raw emotion from the first look during ceremony, which you still get but it helped us get through our vows without being a big ball of tears and nerves the whole time. It also gave us the opportunity to take some amazing portraits before our ceremony and in turn gave us time after the ceremony to enjoy our cocktail hour and mingle with friends and family.

succulent wedding bouquet - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding
vintage wedding portraits - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

reception place settings - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

chalkboard wedding signs - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

glitter table numbers - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

Riverdale Manor wedding - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

cluster centerpieces - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

glitter table numbers - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

pink wedding flowers - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

dotted wedding cakes - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

cake toppers - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

cake cutting - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

wedding cupcake desserts - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding

Riverdale Manor wedding - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/riverdale-manor-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “A Thousand Years” Instrumental, Piano Guys
Recessional: “Dog Days Are Over,” Florence + the Machine
Reception Entrance: “So Close,” Calvin Harris
First Dance: “I Will Wait,” Mumford and Sons

Wedding Location: Lancaster, PA / Photographer: Lauren Fair Photography / Flowers and Event Design: Belovely Floral + Event Design / Venue: Riverdale Manor / Wedding Dress: Pronovias / Wedding Shoes: Kate Spade / Hair and Makeup: Plum Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Caterer: Thyme & Seasons / Wedding Cake: Rosie’s Creative Cakes / DJ: Adam Moyer of Silver Sound / Wedding Invitations: Paper Source / Videographer: Willow Tree Films

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