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Safari Inspired Palm Springs Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

Annie McElwain

When bride Lisa didn’t know quite where to start in planning her wedding, she turned to the most natural of inspirations: her home shared with groom Lenny. The couple picked fabrics and colors that reminded them of some favorite motifs — wallpapers, upholstery, or a favorite t-shirt. Leave the rest to the dream team of Annie McElwain, Sitting in a Tree Events, and The Floral Lab for one beautiful wedding recipe!

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From the bride, Lisa: In the perfect world we would have had a backyard wedding, but unfortunately our backyard isn’t big enough. We chose the La Casa courtyard at La Quinta Resort for it’s backyard vibe and because we knew the resort would be a perfect place for our guests to spend a relaxing weekend. We set the date almost sixteen months before the wedding so we had plenty of time to figure out exactly what we wanted and make or find all of the personal touches. There were several sunrise trips to the Rose Bowl flea market to find vintage furniture and suitcases, hours spent on eBay finding vintage table coverings and blue mason jars and many late nights spent with the sewing machine or hand stamping place cards but it was so worth it.


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We didn’t have a color scheme or even a theme in mind but we knew that we wanted everything to have our personal touch on it. With this in mind, we chose a few fabrics that reminded us of things in our home (wallpaper, a chair covering, a favorite shirt) and we used them as a jumping off point for the rest of the design. Along with my mom and my bridesmaids, I sewed runners for every table, pennants to decorate the cocktail hour, and favor bags to be filled with my mother’s homemade salted pumpkin caramels. I used the same fabric as a backdrop for the “safari” table in the cocktail hour. As a big thank you to all of the guests that contributed to our honeymoon safari, I mounted papier maché animal heads in vintage picture frames (collected from Goodwill) and staged them with vintage suitcases and a homemade chalkboard sign thanking our guests. We continued the “safari” theme with hundreds of miniature animal figurines that we spray-painted gold all over the dining tables.


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We customized the family style dinner menu to serve things that we often make at home and served wine from a vineyard down the road from my parents’ house. We couldn’t decide on just one cake so we chose a lemon/rosemary olive oil cake and a salted-caramel chocolate cake. Everyone said the food was wonderful (we didn’t have time to eat!). We loved DJ Swon who kept everyone dancing for hours and I am so happy that we chose Magnolia for our photo booth- we have great photos of all of our guests. It was truly the best party that my husband and I have ever been to!


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Wedding Location: Palm Springs, CA / Venue: La Quinta Resort, Palm Springs / Photographer: Annie McElwain / Day of Coordination and Styling: Sitting in a Tree Events / Florist: The Floral Lab / Wedding Dress: Custom / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Makeup: Leah Riehl / Hair: Renee Adams / Groom’s Suit: Theory / Groom’s tie: Custom by Tux and Tulle / Wedding Cake: Juliette’s Bakery / DJ: DJ Swon of Red Shoe LA / Photobooth: Magnolia / Videographer: Aqua Vivus

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Concertina Press

Sailboats, waves, octopus and jellyfish are just a few of the amazing seaworthy designs featured in Concertina Press’s line of vintage inspired nautical wedding invitations and stationery.

“Ruth is an exceptional artist and artisan! She was very prompt to stay in communication with me throughout my ordering process. She worked with me to make sure that all my needs were met exactly. It was so comforting to work with her through the stressful process of ordering the perfect wedding invitations! I absolutely LOVE the way her products turned out, and cannot wait to send them to all my guests! Thank you SO MUCH Ruth, your kindness and professionalism have helped me more than you know!” ” – Emily D.

After living in the small town of Woods Hole on Cape Cod for nearly 11 years, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press, moved down to the sunny East coast of Florida to be closer to family. Her Cape Cod map save the date is still widely popular with couples getting married on the Cape, along with the matching wedding invitation. Since moving south she’s added more tropical designs including seahorses, sand dollars and waves.

Ruth takes pride in customer service, and making the online ordering process as easy as possible while still remaining personalized. You can purchase samples of any of her invitations online, or contact her directly with any questions or for a quote.

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Day After Lifestyle Session

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Vicky Starz

With today’s shoot from Sweet Woodruff and Vicky Starz Photography, we’re taking a bit of our detour from the normal styled session. This shoot is one part sweet, one part daring, and a heaping dose of ooh-la-la appeal thrown in for good measure. This no-frills approach to the day after the engagement is everything we love, all tied up in a pretty little package:

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From the stylist, Lisa Collins of Sweet Woodruff: The inspiration for this shoot was the cool couples we work with, couples that have a great sense of style and a fun sense of humour. We love hearing our couples’ stories: how they met, how they fell in love, how he proposed. So we wanted to capture that love and beauty in the simplicity of just being with each other and that warm feeling of being at home – the place that’s just for the two you.


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When I was styling the shoot, I envisioned how our couple would be spending the night of their engagement, how he would pop the question and they would celebrate, just the two of them, simply, over red wine and cake. But it was the “day after” that I really wanted to tell the story of. Because that’s when the couple really gets to revel in their engagement — spending the whole day at home, wrapped up in each other. I imagined our bride-to-be in sweet outfits she would wear around the house. I wanted her to be really sexy, but still playful. I wanted her to still feel like herself. Fortnight’s lingerie really allowed us to convey that, with their gorgeous, vintage inspired pieces that are so wearable. Emily Sara Pike really completed the look by creating day-after smoky eyes, and the perfect disheveled bed-head. (Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to look effortless.)


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I wanted the flowers to be really romantic and natural. I imagined our groom bringing them home as a sweet surprise, filling the house with her favourite blooms. The Bespoken Fine Quality Print cards we used for the shoot were perfectly in keeping with our sexy and playful, but down-to-earth theme. The stunning hand-printed cards are witty, simple and to the point. Perfect little love letters that punctuated our story. Vicky’s photography captured exactly the mood we were trying to set. Soft, simple and natural. We wanted to keep the look authentic, not “over-done” and Vicky managed to do just that.


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Shoot Location: Toronto, ON, Canada / Photographer: Vicky Starz Photography / Event Styling and Flowers: Lisa Collins of Sweet Woodruff / Food Styling: Joanna Aitcheson / Lingerie: Fortnight Lingerie / Hair and Makeup: Emily Sara Pike / Model: Hailey Merkt / Talent Agency: Peggi Lepage / Cards: Bespoken Letterpress

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LaurieLouis

Customized wedding invitation and welcome gifts company. My favorite designs are Rustic, Beach, Nautical, Vineyard and Industrial but with my LaurieLouisLetters brand of customized wedding invitations, I can help create that dream invitation that every bride is looking for. It’s not just about the invitation anymore, it’s about the brand.

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Minted Letterpress Wedding Invitations

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Minted is one of the preeminent names in the wedding industry and for good reason. Their designs are creative, fresh, and constantly expanding. Their newest announcement is that they are thrilled to now offer fully customizable letterpress wedding invitations as the newest choice in their range of luxurious paper and printing options. Their expert letterpress printing with a crisp, deep impression done by hand on vintage Heidelberg presses, can add sophistication and an heir of nostalgia to your wedding suite!


They’ve kicked off their letterpress collection with 30 designs that showcase the breadth of Minted’s designs, from modern to floral to hand-drawn to formal/classic. Each invitation suite is printed on thick, soft 100% cotton paper for a beautiful, tactile impression and has matching letterpress accessories: RSVPs, thank you cards, direction cards, reception cards. And of course, they allow you customize everything so you can choose from 25 fonts, over 30 handpicked colors, 2 paper types of the highest quality paper, and up to 3-color printing. Each couple receives unlimited design support from their dedicated Perfection Team until their invitations are perfect. As always they offers the freshest designs curated from a community of independent designers from all over the world, so your purchase supports the independent designer who created your design!

We’re pretty confident that you are now as smitten with Minted’s letterpress line as we are, so we’re happy to announce that they are offering Ruffled readers their own letterpress sample kit for FREE. Click here to order your our own sample kit and enjoy taking a gander through all of the beauty that Minted has to offer!

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Beacon Lane

From vintage-romantic to modern-elegant, we’ve got you covered! We are Beacon Lane, a small team who is passionate about perfecting the art of the invite. We design, print and hand craft wedding invitations, save the dates, bridal shower cards, corresponding day of stationery and baby shower/kids invites. Personalize almost everything during our unique ordering process. We would love to work with you, contact us to learn more!

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