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Glittery Webb Barn Wedding

What better way to kick off the week than with a glittery and whimsical wedding at Webb Barn? We couldn’t contain our glee when we saw this wedding from Michelle Gardella, Petal Floral Design, and Heidi Chronister and Jen Strunk, which is packed to the gills with design inspiration and creative ideas for everyone.

Glittery Webb Barn wedding - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

From the bride, Erin: My husband and I are wedding photographers so we attend a lot of weddings every year. We knew when we started planning our own wedding that we didn’t want it to be like every one that we go to and see on the internet, and we didn’t want to do anything because we felt like it was something we HAD to do. We wanted our day to be fun, original, comfortable, and above all personal. We wanted our guests to walk in, feel at home and see both of us in all of our details and know that everything we brought in was thought out and had a reason for being there. I have a degree in art so the watercolor was very important to me, and Peter is a cyclist (he rode his bicycle across the country last summer!) so we tried to incorporate that as much as we could – thats why our family friend Dave made us the gorgeous bicycle wheel chandelier and we had bike details everywhere!! Style-wise we wanted it to be rustic (but not too rustic), elegant, relaxed and fun. We just wanted all of our guests to enjoy being there!

watercolor invitations - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

Glittery Webb Barn wedding - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

wedding signs - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

wild wedding bouquet - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

Glittery Webb Barn wedding - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

oversized peony bouquet - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

first looks - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

Our wedding was fun, comfortable, elegant, rustic – I changed my color scheme about a hundred times prior to the wedding but in the end it was mint green watercolor and gold glitter. Basically everything at the wedding was a DIY project! Everyone said it would be too much work but it was really important to us to have everything be personal and handmade. My sisters and mom and I worked so hard on everything to have it done in time! In addition to all of the handmade things, sentimental things were very important to us. All of the lace used belonged to our grandparents, the typewriter belongs to my grandmother, the table that the cakes were on belongs to my grandmother, the trunk used for cards was given to me by my grandmother, the glass bottles everywhere are from our grandparents houses and attics, the ladders that held our escort cards belonged to each of our grandfathers, the old books on the tables belonged to our grandparents, the watering can belonged to Peters grandfather.

unplugged wedding signs - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

bridal processionals - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

newlyweds first kiss - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

wedding ceremony kiss - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

newlywed recessionals - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

wedding decor ideas - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

barn receptions - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

glitter vases - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

reception entrance - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

first dances - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

whimsical wedding ideas - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

wedding centerpiece ideas - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

Glittery Webb Barn wedding - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

wedding menu signs - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

Glittery Webb Barn wedding - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? HAVE FUN! So many people get stressed out and worry about small, unimportant things. Your wedding is about you two as a couple and nothing else. If something is out of place or if a floral arrangement goes missing – chances are no one will even notice except for you! We are very laid back people and we made a conscious decision prior to the wedding to not worry about anything and so on our wedding day, we just relaxed and had fun. It was amazing! Also, don’t feel like you have to do anything you don’t want to do, just because it’s a ‘wedding’ and you feel like you should. We didn’t cut the cake, I didn’t throw my bouquet, and we didn’t introduce our bridal party at the reception – simply because we didn’t want to! It’s about you two and celebrating your love, and that’s all. Don’t worry about what anyone else will think!

Glittery Webb Barn wedding - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

glitter table numbers - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

wedding barn decor - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

cake tables - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

swiss dot cakes - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

Glittery Webb Barn wedding - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding

newlyweds dancing - photo by Michelle Gardella http://ruffledblog.com/glittery-webb-barn-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “A Thousand Years,” The Piano Guys
Communion: “Swans and the Swimming,” Iron and Wine
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
First Dance: “This I Promise You,” N’SYNC – I begged Peter to let us dance to NSYNC as our first dance for months and he kept refusing until the rehearsal dinner! Everyone was surprised and it was absolutely perfect for us – boy bands are our guilty pleasure!

Wedding Location: Wethersfield, CT / Photographer: Michelle Gardella / Flowers: Petal Floral Design / Day of Coordinator: Heidi Chronister and Jen Strunk / Venue: The Webb Barn / Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Dye via Everthine Bridal Boutique / Belt, Hair Flowers, and Bracelet: Untamed Petals by Amanda Judge / Earrings: BaubleBar / Hair: Angela Cimino / Makeup: Jennie Fresa / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Brooks Brothers / Ties: The Tie Bar / Caterer: Impressive Catering Services / Wedding Cakes: Bride’s sister / DJ: Rich Gumpert of Powerstations Events / Wedding Invitations: Bride / Videographer: Dustin & Rochelle Schultz of The Union Productions

Out of Africa Inspiration Shoot

As soon as I read Brooke Michaelson‘s description of this styled shoot – a whimsical, tropical paradise loosely based on Out of Africa,” I was pretty much obsessed already. Of course, the images didn’t disappoint — and neither did the styling and floral design by Girl Friday and DeBruyn Designs. Get ready for a burst of color to brighten up your Friday!

Out of Africa inspiration shoot - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

From the photographer, Brooke Michaelson: We called our shoot “Out of Africa,” since we loosely based the concept on the memoir. We tried to create a whimsically tropical paradise on farm land in the Minnesota River Valley. Here are a few more details from the shoot stylist: “Shot at the photographer’s private residence and farm on the Minnesota River bottoms in Eden Prairie, MN. We draped the tent in sheers to mimic mosquito netting. Ceiling installation: Spanish moss and grapevine were loosely woven to create a false ceiling. Brand new lanterns from Midway Party Rental are hung at varying heights over the table with braided decorative robes and tassels. The 5 ft floral arrangement on the table sits atop a moss runner layered over a raw, bleached linen runner from The Vintage Type Rentals.”

floral wedding invitations - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

ring shots - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

unique wedding dresses - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

bridesmaids getting ready - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

bridal inspiration - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

orange green boutonnieres - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

colorful wedding ideas - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

spring wedding bouquets - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

bright orange bouquets - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

bridal looks - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

Out of Africa inspiration shoot - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

“DeBruyn Designs combined African flowers with Minnesota native varieties while A Milestone Paper Co. printed the menu on exotic wood veneer. Debruyn Designs made the bridesmaid necklaces by combining strands of dates and beads with paper necklaces made by women in Rwanda as a fundraiser for Educate Rwanda. The beaded necklace that the bride is wearing was purchased by the photographer during her travels in Ecuador last summer. Girl Friday’s chalkboard art inside our “living frame” was photographed to create the invitation and envelope liners. Coordinating fabrics displayed in embroidery hoops behind the bride on the porch. The darling bathroom we used for the suit and boutonniere shots is the result of the HGTV show ‘Bath Crashers.’”

Out of Africa inspiration shoot - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

bridesmaid jewelry - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

African inspired weddings - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

Out of Africa inspiration shoot - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

African inspired weddings - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

faux wood menus - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

orange wedding ideas - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

cake tables - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

wedding cake - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

wedding ideas - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

Out of Africa inspiration shoot - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

Out of Africa inspiration shoot - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

red wedding inspiration - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot

Out of Africa inspiration shoot - photo by Brooke Michaelson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/out-of-africa-inspiration-shoot


View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Shoot Location: Eden Prairie, MN / Photographer: Brooke Michaelson Photography / Event Styling: Girl Friday / Florist: DeBruyn Designs / Dresses, Suit, and Veil: Mestad’s / Bride’s Necklace: from Otavalo Market, Ecuador / Bridesmaid Necklaces: Educate Rwanda / Hair and Makeup: Priscilla Bruce / Caterer: Premier Catering and Event Planning / Tent: Total Rental Center / Rentals: Midway Party Rentals / Vintage Rentals: The Vintage Type / Menu and Placecard: A Milestone Paper Co.






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Villa Paradiso Wedding

Photos By: Lad & Lass

From time to time, we fall deeply in love with a bride’s style; obviously that was the case with Anni. From her blunt bangs to her incredible lace and tulle wedding gown to her floral crown by Love & Grace, everything is just about as good as it gets. Lad & Lass did an incredible job as always behind the camera!

Villa Paradiso wedding - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

From the bride, Anni: We wanted the big day to represent our personalities and every day style. I wanted the guests to see and feel that they are special to us. We made the day very personal, by only inviting 80 of our closest friends and family. The venue helped us with creating a relaxed environment with a big mountain and Hartebeespoort dam in the background. Our family love to entertain and decorate. This was a big excuse for my mom and me to host a big party. We used a lot of grey, white and yellow flowers to create a clean, fun and modern look. We used all of our own vases and glass holders that we collected over the years, to hold the flowers. This helped to keep the decor personal. We wanted the day to be a big party for all of our guests with good food, a live band and attention to detail.

aqua wedding shoes - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

tulle wedding dress - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

wedding hair ideas - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

vintage inspired brides - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

vintage wedding details - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

yellow bouquets - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding
Flower recipe: yellow orchid stems, yellow and white roses, eucalyptus leaves, cockscomb and desert roses.

bridesmaids and bouquets - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

wedding programs - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

We decided on a grey, ivory and mustard yellow colour scheme. We wanted to keep the wedding modern, different, simplistic, informal, and a little bit quirky. I paid a lot of attention to small details (posing in my mother’s wedding dress, wearing vintage gloves, inviting Cooper the pug into the wedding party and framing old photos of my mom and her mom’s wedding pics to hang in the reception) — I knew all these small details would add up to create the feeling that we wanted. We involved our pug named Cooper into the big day. He walked down the isle together with my bridesmaids. Pugs were featured on our stationery (which my sister and I designed). The thank you gifts were cookies in the shape of a pug. My mom spent 2 whole days in her kitchen, just baking cookies. My mom and I made big fluffy balls out of tulle to hang from the ceilings in the church. My mom in law folded the old books into different shapes to hang around the venue. I spent a lot of time on Pinterest, getting ideas to experiment with. We folded paper flowers out of old sheet music. We made many meters of bunting to hang around the venue.

Villa Paradiso wedding - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

bridal processional - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

bridesmaids during ceremony - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

ceremony ideas - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

flower petal recessionals - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

bridal looks - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

tulle wedding dress - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

Villa Paradiso wedding - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

Villa Paradiso wedding - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

Villa Paradiso wedding - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

wine escort cards - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

yellow centerpieces - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

Villa Paradiso wedding - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

modern wedding inspiration - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

yellow grey receptions - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

yellow wedding centerpieces - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I think the most important elements were the venue, the photographers, and my dress. Once these things are sorted, the other details fell into place. When comparing venue prices, it is easy to get confused with all their hidden costs. Do a proper total cost analysis on each venue before deciding, as the venue and catering tends to take the biggest cut from your budget. Make an initial budget and update this budget monthly, it is very easy to over spend if you are not keeping track of all the costs involved. Make sure all of the big details are sorted 2 days before the wedding, so that you can enjoy the day before and of your wedding with the people close to you, instead of running around and creating stressful situations. Use suppliers that understand your style and look that you want to create.

reception entrances - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

yellow grey weddings - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

yellow grey receptions - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

wedding music - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding

newlyweds dancing - photo by Lad and Lass http://ruffledblog.com/villa-paradiso-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Somewhere Only We Know,” Keane
First Dance: “Hear You Me,” Jimmy Eat World

Wedding Location: Hartbeespoort, South Africa / Photographer: Lad & Lass / Flowers and Flower Crown: Hester from Love & Grace / Venue: Villa Paradiso / Wedding Dress: Catherine’s Collection / Wedding Shoes: Charles & Keith / Hair and Makeup: Erin Smylie Make up Artist / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Urban / Groom’s Suit: Hilton Weiner / Groom’s Shoes: Country Road / Wedding Cake: Groom’s Aunt / Band: S1

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