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There needs to be a tradition for anniversary sessions – do I even need to highlight how sweet it would be to have a collection of these over the years? And maybe with kiddos? Let’s kickstart it this year so we can share more them with you all. This one from Jody Atkinson Photography is a chic first wedding anniversary with florals and style to make us dream of a whole wedding inspired by it.

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From photographer Jody Atkinson: I had the pleasure of capturing this beautiful anniversary session as an attendee of Amanda K Photography‘s on-on-one workshop “Capturing the Art of Love” that Rebekah of A & B Creative Styled. The shoot was set in Berkeley California at the Berkeley city club and a few other little spots around the city.

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I love photographing anniversary sessions. It is so much fun hearing how couples met and fell in love and such an honor to get to document their continuing story! I asked Hanna if she could tell me a little bit about how her her and Darrin met and fell in love and this is what she had to say: “So Darrin and I met at a gym :) He was the head trainer, and I was a member! He helped me train for my first half marathon, and we had a bunch of initial “sweet dates”. Like go for a trial run together, workout, etc! We instantly connected through our love for health and fitness. He knew he wanted to marry me and planned a secret engagement/proposal in Kauai Hawaii. A month after the engagement we decided to open a gym together called Organic Fitness, similar to CrossFit style classes. We got married in Dayton, Oregon and went back to Kauai for our honeymoon. A month after we got married we started our second business together, Organic Kitchen, a healthy prep meal and catering service. We are happily married and already a year and a half into our marriage! We also have a little shiba inu puppy together.”

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Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Jody Atkinson Photography

Event Design:

A and B Creative

Floral Design:

The Bloomery Co

Venue:

Berkeley City Club

Wedding Dress:

Kamperett

Headpiece:

Melinda Rose Design

Hair and Makeup:

Claudia Ponce

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Weddings in Tuscany by Chiara Sernesi

In 2002, I started my own company, to offer foreigners the possibility to get married in this magical region. Over the years, I have made creating unique weddings my mission, using the finest vendors and most picturesque venues and locations. We have received praise from our clients and the press, and many of our outstanding weddings have been featured in the most prestigious international magazines. I am proud to say that I have contributed to making dreams come true for so many couples.

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Whimsical Poconos Woodland Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

This eclectic woodland wedding, captured by Redfield Photography, definitely shows the bride and grooms personalities. Some couples steer away from taking every element of their wedding on but not Jane and Brandon. Just about every detail of their wedding was planned or created by their family and friends or themselves. Now that is some serious teamwork!

whimsical Poconos woodland wedding - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

From the bride, Jane: Brandon and I both come from creative stock (his mom’s a dancer, my parents are both classical musicians), so the little details and what they represented really mattered to us. We started out wanting to keep it simple, but ended up making pretty much everything and dragging our best friends and family into it, too. I learned to do a lot of things I didn’t know how to do before (Wood carving? No big deal!). A few days before the wedding, it basically became a craft fair in the woods – a few days of summer camp full of DIY, painting, tying, punctuated by karaoke and beer pong and family chats. It was a blast. It helped that the owners of the barn, Mia and Ralph, were awesome and game for making the day what we envisioned.

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Big wood initials – Brandon is an amateur furniture maker (he made all the furniture in our NYC apartment!). When I told him I wanted him to build something cool, he sawed and hammered in his parents’ garage, and when he was done, he had created two giant initials (J and B), painted them gold, and attached LED lights to the back so they would glow for the dance party. Pretty cool husband I’ve got.

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

colorful wild bouquet - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

single flower boutonniere - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Invitations – We designed our invitations based on old vintage Poconos postcards. As a keepsake, we burned little forest landscapes into small wooden rounds with our initials on the back, and tied everything together with baker’s twine.

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

wedding programs - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

flower girl - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Programs – We wrote every guest a little thank you note in our program, because we wanted to make sure everyone knew they were a part of our family. I dusted off the old Photoshop skills and cobbled the programs together myself. A illustrator friend from the tech startup I work for drew a caricature of us that we used for the front, and I literally got them printed from Office Depot two night before (whew). Flowers – I was convinced we didn’t need to spend a fortune on flowers. We found bloominous.com, which ships flowers to you – designed and bulk. One of their designers, Richard, and I plotted over the phone for weeks, and a day before the wedding, all the flowers came FedEx. Our lovely friend made my floral crown and all the bouquets (she’s never ever done it before and they turned out to be AMAZING) and my bridesmaid and family put all the table flowers in all sorts of vases to place on the tables.

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

ceremony seating - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

wedding ceremony kiss - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

ceremony recessional - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Wedding ceremony chapel – My parents disappeared for two hours, and when I found them, they had decorated the ceremony chapel with fresh garlands I ordered online (from Sam’s Club!) and added some color with flowers Mia had around the barn. So beautiful.

unique reception decor - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

outdoor reception - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

hanging terrariums - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Cake – Brandon’s groomsman Nick’s mom is basically his second mother. He’s been dreaming about a wedding cake baked by Daria for years – it’s half the reason I suspect he wanted to marry me. When I told her we were hoping for a “naked” cake, she pulled herself together, googled it, and made the most spectacular and delicious carrot cake I’ve ever seen.

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Tables – Well, this wasn’t DIY, but we found Forget-Me-Not Vintage rentals. I told Renee my vision for a family style dinner with jewel colored old-world goblets, eclectic china, and mismatched… everything, and she obliged. We set all the big farm tables out in the clearing in the woods – together it looked pretty magical.

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

mismatched reception decor - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

acrylic seating chart - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Favors – A friend of mine started Sriracha2Go which makes tiny, keychain versions of the hot sauce I (and every other Asian in the world) put on everything. He generously sent us a bunch of these to use as favors! I printed my mom’s Chinese chicken recipe and put them in little burlap sacks. Totally functional!! 

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Brandon and I really just wanted a big ol’ party in the woods with all the people we love, and as many of the things we like, as possible. When we found Tall Timber Barn in the Poconos amongst all the beautiful tall trees, next to an old abandoned resort rumored to be haunted, 15 minutes bus ride from a local casino for an afterparty, we were sold. We wanted a family dinner outside in the clearing with eclectic table settings, lots of flowers and vases, games, and sunshine, followed by a dance party in the barn with glowsticks and animal masks, lots of things to see and eat, and lots of laughter and bourbon. We wanted the day to feel romantic and slightly otherworldly. Our wedding party got to explore the haunted resort in the area with our photographers, Marisa and John, and videographer. Brandon and I wanted to honor our families’ journeys. Brandon’s family hails from Hawaii and my parents and I are from China, so we wanted to make sure we took pieces of our cultures we loved and brought them into our wedding. Both our families have gone through a lot to get to celebrate together and we felt so deeply grateful. We had a traditional Hawaiian lei ceremony officiated by Brandon’s uncle Juan, who came all the way from Honolulu to join us.

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

My parents are both musicians, and my brother and I were forced as children of musicians to learn (albeit rather poorly in my case). We brought the band back together for a big show, my parents and I on violin and my brother on piano. My dad also plays a host of Chinese folk instruments, and he busted out some mean solos on the Er Hu, a 2 stringed instrument traditionally used in Chinese theatre. Everyone started stomping the floor on the beat and hollering – it was awesome. We also brought Chinese street shiskabobs straight from the streets of Flushing, Queens. We basically went to Flushing one day and convinced our favorite street vendor to drive to the depth of Pennsylvania at night. What awesome guys for coming! These late night snacks were my favorite food growing up as a little girl in China, and they were a huge hit at the wedding. And finally, my dad’s speech. He’s not a verbose guy, and when he said, “This is everything your mother and I hoped for you,” it meant everything. He also hand carved a photorealistic picture of Brandon and I in wood as a gift for us – unreal.

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Go for everything you truly want and make sure you make your family and friends feel loved and special. I believe you should do all the things you dreamed of to make this one day yours – it’s a day that really represents who you and your fiancé are as people and as a couple. People kept telling me not to focus on the details, but I’m so glad we made it a fun, creative project we got to work on with the whole family. Details for me were all the fun!

naked wedding cake - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photographer:

Redfield Photography

Florist:

Bloominous

Venue:

Tall Timber Barn

Cinematography:

Mint Wedding Cinematography

Bridal Gown:

Sarah Seven

Reception Dress:

Badgley Mischka

Bridesmaid Dresses:

Badgley Mischka

Hair and Makeup:

True Beauty Marks

Caterer:

14 Acre Farm

DJ:

Joe O'Malley DJ

Rentals:

Forget-Me-Not Vintage

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Rich and Romantic Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

We’re reliving a little bit of Valentine’s Day charm with this styled shoot from Carolynn Seibert, Angela Marie Events, and The Plantation Florist. The team used the romantic holiday as a starting point for this lovely imagined wedding, using a color palette of red, fuchsia, blue, and gold to create a modern approach to classic decor.

rich and romantic wedding inspiration - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

From the event designer, Angela of Angela Marie Events: I love new ideas for couples wanting a fun and unique vibe to their wedding, yet keeping it super elegant and classy! Valentine events can be tricky and most time all the same. I feel like our inspiration has a beautiful vibe, adding blues and hints of plums!

floral wedding shoes - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

floral wedding invitations - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

wedding hair with a flower - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

hot pink and purple bouquet - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

wedding macarons - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

bridesmaids in blue - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

fuchsia and purple bouquets - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

twisted updo - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

romantic chair decor - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

romantic decor - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

garden wedding table - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

richly colored table setting - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

table setting - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

menu calligraphy - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

red candlesticks - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

personal champagnes - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

heart shaped wedding cake - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Carolynn Seibert http://ruffledblog.com/rich-and-romantic-wedding-inspiration

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Carolynn Seibert

Event Design and Planning:

Angela Marie Events

Floral Design:

The Plantation Florist

Venue:

Windrush Gardens

Bridal Store:

Blush Formal and Bridal Salon

Bridal Accessories:

BHLDN

Hair:

Alison Smith

Makeup:

Becca Harris

Bridesmaid Dresses:

Bella Bridesmaid

Wedding Cake and Macarons:

Gourmet Girls

Vintage Furniture:

Timeless Vintage Rentals

Rentals:

Event Rental

Calligraphy:

Anna Claire Calligraphy + Design

Photos by:

Carolynn Seibert

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