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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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!

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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.

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Bouquet recipe: Persimmon, peonies, air plants, succulents, roses.

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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.

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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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Intimate Queensland Wedding

Oh Aussie dream teams, we love you so. That’s exactly what we have with this wedding from Jess Jackson Photographer, Elyssium Blooms, and The Events Lounge, who pooled their talents to create an intimate Queensland wedding full of fun and romantic touches for Kaitlyn and Callum. Make sure you keep an eye out for the incredible paper goods and signage throughout the day!

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Wedding Location: Mt Tamborine, Queensland, Australia / Photographer: Jess Jackson Photographer / Flowers: Elyssium Blooms / Event Planner and Stylist: The Events Lounge / Venue: The Old Church / Hair: Wedding Hair by Leah / Makeup: Rococo Make Up Artistry / Wedding Cake: Rebellyous Cake Co / Cake Topper: Love & Adore Stationery / Entertainment: Michael Eotvos / Decor Hire: Little Gray Station, Adorn Event Hire, and Lovestruck Weddings / Balloons and Tassels: Ruby Ju Events / Chalkboard Signs: Lilywillow Designs / Celebrant: Chiquita Mitchell / Videographer: Yellow Bull Media

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