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Woodsy Washington Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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Today’s wedding from Julie Harmsen shows that you don’t need to have a “color scheme” or “wedding theme” to have a day full of gorgeous details and personal meaning. Kaley and Joel’s wedding day was full of sweet touches, reflection, a little bit of magic, and heaps of expert crafting by Kaley, who actually made the incredible ceremony backdrop herself!

outdoor bride and groom

From the bride, Kaley: I didn’t have a distinct style in mind for our wedding. (I’m not a person with keen visualization skills.) When asked what my “colors” were I usually gave some sort of vague answer about a muted, natural palette. I just knew I wanted it to feel natural, magical, and a little bit like home. I also wanted to be thoughtful about what we were there to do. Which was to promise ourselves to one another and to celebrate that promise with our loved ones. So I wanted to make the ceremony a reflection of who we are and what we believe. I wanted it to be something that was entered into with purpose and reverence.


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outdoor bride and groom

There was definitely some DIY involved in our wedding. I did some of it, but I also had a lot of help from the amazing and generous people in my life. Like many couples, we wanted to keep our costs as low as possible, so the decor was mostly handmade and/or found in thrift shops. All the planters and urns we used on the tables were found at thrift shops and my aunt filled them with beautiful succulent arrangements. We spray painted twigs, made mobiles out of branches, ribbon and mirrors, crafted the ceremony backdrop and got a fair amount of hot glue burns. My mother-in-law and I made the wedding favors. Small jars of jam with locally sourced strawberries and individual loaves of banana bread with my mama’s recipe.


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bride with tattoo

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outdoor bride and groom

woodsy wedding ideas

outdoor bride and groom

woodsy wedding decor

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Go easy on yourself. You’ll probably have a lot of ideas and receive a lot of well intentioned advice. There is no way to absorb all this information. Instead, focus on the feeling you want the day to have and follow where that takes you. On the day of the wedding try to stop and take a deep breath every once in a while. Take in what is happening, feel the moment and try to commit it to memory. Everyone says it, but it really does go by so fast. Take a few minutes and enjoy the outcome of all the hard work you put in.


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succulent reception centerpieces

assorted dessert tables

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indoor cake cutting

traditional hawaiian dancer

traditional hawaiian dancing

vintage getaway cars


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Wedding Music:
Family & Wedding Party Processional: “Wash.” Bon Iver
Bridal Processional: “Real Love,” Beach House
Recessional: “Punk as F*ck,” The American Analog Set
First Dance: “Choir Vandals,” The American Analog Set

Wedding Location: Whidbey Island, WA / Wedding Photographer: Julie Harmsen / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Fireseed Catering / Wedding Flowers: Local Farmer’s Market / Wedding Dress: Cicada Bridal, “Natasha” / Wedding Shoes: BaliElf / Hair and Makeup: Bride’s Stepmother / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Cicada Bridal and Elbling / Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers / Wedding Cakes: Macrina Bakery, friends and family / Wedding Invitations: Frida Clements

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Bulles de Joie

Photographer of Happy People – I capture natural beauty and love in a candid way.

Lifestyle photography: make you feel at ease so you can show your true feelings that I transpose into joyful, candid, lightful shots.

Proposals, engagements, elopements, honeymoons, portraits.

Based in Paris, I capture your love everywhere in France and in Europe.

See you soon!
Stéphanie

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Houston Station Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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You might say I have a little obsession with all things Nashville myself, so when I saw the wedding of newlyweds Jessie and Austin sent over by Jessie Holloway Photography, I did a little dance. Houston Station was the perfect setting for the couple’s reception, with its warm atmosphere and easy styling. And don’t miss the cake from The Bake Shoppe, a perfectly ruffled confection!

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From the bride, Jessie: We love all things Nashville, vintage, and are passionate about music. We wanted a slightly less formal event that showcased our personalities and made everyone feel at home. We wanted to spend the entire day surrounded by people we love and making great memories.


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Houston Station Nashville Wedding

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Houston Station Nashville Wedding

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Houston Station Nashville Wedding

bridesmaids in pink

Houston Station Nashville Wedding

Our floral/event designer best described our theme as “a little bit southern, and a little bit rock and roll.” We used soft peaches and pinks mixed with a “mason jar” blue to keep with the vintage southern theme. My grandmother and great aunt made homemade jams for the biscuit bar and then also to handout to guests as favors.


Houston Station Nashville Wedding

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Houston Station Nashville Wedding

indoor reception decor

Houston Station Nashville Wedding

indoor reception decor

Houston Station Nashville Wedding

indoor reception decor

Houston Station Nashville Wedding

indoor reception decor

Houston Station Nashville Wedding

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Houston Station Nashville Wedding

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Hire a planner! It was the best decision I made. I would also suggest that brides stay true to themselves and incorporate their personality into the wedding. After all, it is your day.


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Houston Station Nashville Wedding

indoor cake tables

Houston Station Nashville Wedding

indoor first dances


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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Tupelo Honey,” Van Morrison
Bridal Processional: “Wonderful Tonight,” Eric Clapton
Recessional: “Bright Side of the Road,” Van Morrison
First Dance: “Hung the Moon,” Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

Wedding Location: Nashville, TN / Wedding Photographer: Jessie Holloway Photography / Ceremony Venue: Owen Chapel / Reception Venue: Houston Station / Event Planner: A Delightful Day Event Planning / Wedding Flowers: Brocade Nashville / Wedding Dress: Casablanca / Wedding Veil: Toni Federici / Wedding Shoes: Dillards / Hair and Makeup: Meagan Murrah of Tangles Salon, Hendersonville TN / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dillards / Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse / Ties: J. Crew / Wedding Caterer: Bacon and Caviar Catering / Wedding Cake: The Bake Shoppe / Ice Cream Sandwiches: The Sugar Wagon / DJ: High Tone Entertainment / Linens and Coverings: Southern Events Party Rental / Wedding Invitations: Brocade Nashville / Transportation: Grand Avenue

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Spreading Lovely

Welcome to Spreading Lovely!  We’re a full service event planning & design company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving all of The Golden State and beyond and tailor all services to fit your specific event needs.  Plus, with every booking, we donate 10% to the charity of your choice because we believe in not only making a difference in our clients’ lives, but also in countless other lives we may never otherwise have the opportunity to reach.

Of course we love a great party, but more importantly we believe in love, we believe in a marriage after the wedding, and we love being a part of life’s major milestones and helping you navigate the (sometimes) mountains of details.  With our wealth of knowledge, creativity and experience we’ll illuminate and inspire your ideas to create a one-of-a-kind event that authentically reflects YOUnot us, or what anyone tells you it should be.

We know how to leverage small design details of texture, color and lighting to elevate an event and create the ambiance you desire. We love collaborating to create unique event concepts, after all – it’s your story that makes the best inspiration.  If lots of glitter and bright colors best reflects your fun loving nature, awesome, we’re in!  If an elopement on a mountain top is more your thing, fantastic, we’re in!  Our number one job is to be on your team and provide a voice of reason, guidance and experience to streamline the planning and execute your event more exceptional than you imagined.

We believe you should be fully present and live in the moment on your wedding day, not sweating the small stuff!  That’s why we’re here to make the road to your wedding more fun, more relaxed and more enjoyable by taking care of the planning, design and organization details so you can still make it to Sunday brunch and do more of what makes you happy while celebrating the path to this amazing commitment to each other!

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Banff National Park Elopement

Elopements

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I mean… I’m not even sure where to begin with this elopement, sent over by the fantastic Brittany Esther. Ashley and Nick married atop the Canadian Rocky Mountains with only their photographer and the lodge receptionist as their witnesses. Not that you could miss it, but make sure you take a while to ogle over Ashley’s red wedding gown — we love her bold look to add some whimsy to the day!

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Banff National Park elopement

Red dress elopements

Banff National Park elopement

Red dress elopements

Would you guess that my dress is actually from the 1960s? :) ! I found it in a vintage dress shop in Alameda, California :) (http://junipertreevintage.tumblr.com) I had always wanted to wear a red wedding dress as it’s my favorite color. I also always wanted to bare foot and in trees for my wedding…beyond that I hadn’t planned anything else. I was never one of those girls that planned each detail of her wedding. Ultimately, it was too cold for bare feet but luckily I had warm boots. :)

Red dress elopements

Banff National Park elopement

Red dress elopements

Banff National Park elopement

Nick and I’s relationship can be defined by serving others, adventure and living spontaneously. We actually met in Scottsdale, AZ where I am from, he was visiting the area with some friends. Two weeks after we met, I flew to Houston, TX to visit him. Although it sounded crazy to fly to a big city where I didn’t know anyone to visit a guy who I had only known 2 weeks, it actually felt surprising natural. After dealing with the distance for 6 months, I moved to Houston on Oct 1, 2011. It was almost exactly a year after I moved that we were married at Storm Mountain Lodge on Oct 5, 2012.

Red dress elopements

Red dress elopements

Red dress elopements
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Banff National Park elopement

Red dress elopements

Banff National Park elopement

Nick proposed in Bali, Indonesia in May of this year, and we both agreed that we didn’t want a long engagement or a big wedding. We had seen so many brides and grooms so stressed out about the ceremony and reception that they couldn’t even enjoy their wedding day. We had visited Storm Mountain Lodge during a previous trip to Calgary in Nov. 2011. We were in Calgary for business and had a few hours before we flew home to go see the mountains. We stopped at Lake Louise, then at a souvenir shop to buy Christmas ornaments for our families. The lady working at the shop recommended we have lunch at Storm Mountain Lodge. The lunch was divine and so romantic sitting by the fireplace in the lodge. We had actually talked about how perfect that would be for a wedding.

Thus when we began our wedding planning we quickly realized we just wanted to run away and get married. It seemed like the perfect way for us to celebrate our love and commitment.

We both wanted to be outside in the trees so without hesitation we picked Storm Mountain Lodge. We asked Storm Mountain to provide references for wedding officials and photographers.

Red dress elopements

Banff National Park elopement

Red dress elopements


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Our advice to couples who are considering elopement is to follow your heart and do what you want. We think the wedding is about the couple, not about everyone else. We did have a small party in AZ a few weeks after the elopement for friends and family as we did want to celebrate with those we love. Another thought that was so helpful to us was to limit our expectations. We made the plans and then just enjoyed each moment rather than creating stress around expecting everything to be perfect. We also kept the budget within what we wanted to spend. It’s easy to get caught up in spending lots of money for this one day. We prioritized where we wanted to spend more and where we would cut back. For example, my dress was a used vintage dress that only cost $100 when I could have easily spent thousands on a dress.

I would also recommend finding a really fantastic photographer to document your elopement. That way everyone can share in your love even if they weren’t there. This was one the most important pieces to our wedding day. Brittany was a wonderful asset not only as a our photographer but was also a witness. We are so very pleased with her talent and artistry.

Wedding Location: Banff, Alberta, Canada / Wedding Photographer: Brittany Esther / Wedding Venue: Storm Mountain Lodge / Officiant: Banff Lake Louise Weddings

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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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