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Sweet Melbourne Wedding

Vintage Weddings

We’re pretty fond of this Australian wedding sent over by none other than the stellar Tim Coulson. Emma and James wanted their wedding day (after 8 long years!) to be a day of warmth and fun, and it seems pretty clear they achieved that goal. One idea we particularly love: handing off over-sized balloons to the flower girls in lieu of bouquets or baskets.

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From the bride, Emma: James and I met in an Irish pub while we were both living in Amsterdam. Eight years later on my birthday, James wrote me the most special birthday card ever. He asked me to marry him and of course I said yes! We both agreed that we didn’t want to wait too long for the big day, so we got straight to work and started planning, making, collecting and creating. We both loved the whole process. The main goal was to have a day that really reflected us as a couple and was a warm, fun celebration of our love and commitment to each other.

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We’ve been city people the whole of our relationship so far, so it felt right to have a city wedding. The Fitzroy Town Hall was the second venue we looked at and we both knew it was perfect. The history and the architecture drew us in and really set the theme for the day. I had my dress made in America by Stephanie James Couture. I was after a dress with a vintage feel, but also felt a bit like a party dress. I had to be able to dance in it! I also needed shoes that didn’t make me feel like a giant next to James, so I designed them myself on the Shoes of Prey website, which was so much fun. Anton’s was recommended to James and the shop was an experience in itself! He had so much fun choosing a suit that absolutely fit all his criteria, especially the one about it not being like his work suits!

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We were so excited to have so many special people travel to Melbourne for the big day. We decided it would be fun to all travel to the venue together and one of our clearest and favorite memories from the day was that bus trip. After a very relaxing girly morning with my family and flowergirls, I saw James for the first time. I’ll never forget the feeling as I walked towards James standing on the back of the old London double decker bus, with everyone watching out the windows. The atmosphere on the bus was buzzing with excitement and it’s definitely one of our favorite parts of the day!

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The decor was a collaborative effort. We wanted a colour to be a feature, rather than have a colour theme as such. The amazing Rebecca from Canary Jane’s Flowers was super excited about the colour theme and the flowers reflected that. The napkins were an idea I had. I thought it would be a fun project for Mum and I to do together. We got them cut out and realised it was a bigger job than we bargained for in the time we had, so we ended up getting them sewn locally. I’m so glad we did it though because everyone took them home as a keepsake. I’ve seen them in suit pockets and heard of them already being reused at friend’s houses! The candy buffet was a very popular spot on the night. A few times I realised there were more adults filling their lolly bags than there were standing at the bar!

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If I had one piece of advice to couples planning a wedding, it would be to really think about who you are as people and what’s important to you, bundle it all together and add the people you love. You can’t lose!

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Wedding Location: Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia / Wedding Photographer: Tim Coulson / Wedding Venue: Fitzroy Town Hall / Wedding Dress: Stephanie James Couture / Veil: Bettina Millinery / Wedding Shoes: Shoes of Prey / Hair and Makeup: Carmen Lyon / Flowergirl Dresses: Boden / Groom’s Suit and Shoes: Antons / Flowers: Canary Jane’s Flowers / Wedding Caterer + Event Organizers: Hudson’s Famous Catering / Wedding Cake: A Bunch of Cakes / Cake Topper: Better Off Wed / Candy Buffet: The Candy Buffet Company / Wedding Music: The Baker Boys / Table Stationery: Friend / Transportation: Dee Decker Tours

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Amanda Day Rose

Amanda Day Rose is a full-service paperie offering timeless designs for one of the most memorable days of your life. From engagement announcements, save-the-dates, and wedding invitations; to beautifully styled place settings, programs, gifts for guests, and so much more, you are in the right place! I work with a multitude of printing methods including letterpress, foil stamping, and digital printing along with an endless variety of carefully sourced materials to create a final product that will add to the essence of your wedding day.

I consider every wedding a unique and memorable occasion – and that means meticulous attention to detail as I guide you through this experience, and create artistry and design that embodies your lives together as a couple. Whether you have a very clear vision of what you want, or you are not sure where to start, your one-of-a-kind experience will open up a world of creative possibilities. I work closely with you to capture the essence of your relationship by delivering an authentic experience created just for you.

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Love Unites Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

With the first presidential debate coming up tomorrow, we thought this shoot is just the right dose of wedding inspiration. Focus Photography, along with stylists La Boheme Events and florist Shawna Yamamoto joined together to create a styled shoot with a simple, but to-the-point tag line: Love Unites.

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Shoot Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA / Photographer: Focus Photography, Inc. / Event Planner: La Boheme Events / Floral Design: Shawna Yamamoto Event Design / Event Venue: The Villa of San Juan Capistrano / Wedding Dress: Schone Design / Hair: Kali Williams / Makeup: Elysia Moon Makeup Artistry / Wedding Cake: Filigree Cakes / Rentals: A Rental Connection / Stationery: Prim & Pixie

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Oregon Farm Wedding

DIY Weddings

This wedding sent over by Anna Jaye Photography shows how to expertly play with textures and colors to create a fun, relaxed, and memorable wedding day. Kelsey and Greg had a little over a year to plan their ceremony and reception, and the results show in what amounts to a truly romantic affair. With pinwheels, burlap, and lace, there are just enough handcrafted details to go around!

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From the bride, Kelsey: When we set out to plan this wedding 15 months ago, I really wanted to create a style that was not only vintage chic, but created a very romantic environment with the colors and fabrics. I loved the mixture of textures, incorporating burlap and lace, because it’s very feminine while rough around the edges at the same time.

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Some adjectives to describe the look we were going for are: romantic, vintage, and whimsical. Our colors palette was anything from peach to coral, khaki to the brown of our burlap table runners. We also tried to incorporate gold glitter wherever we could, because I’m a little obsessed with the color peach and gold glitter. Because we had 15 months to plan our wedding, there were many DIY projects involved. Greg created a Greg

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We created twine globes that hung above the area in which we were married. We created all of the programs (which were gold glitter fans), the seating assignment cards that hung on the vintage mattress spring, and my mom made half of the centerpieces which were succulents planted and arranged in vintage sewing boxes. My MOST favorite DIY item at the wedding was our cake backdrop which was created by myself and my best friend Alicea. Most everything we did at the wedding was DIY. With the help of Pinterest, Etsy, my best friend Alicea (whose wedding was 3 weeks before mine!), and my very patient now-husband we created the perfect wedding for us!

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Many brides can put together a beautiful ceremony in a short period of time, however, I felt so stress-free and had the luxury of planning every last detail with our wedding 15 months from when we got engaged. We were able to work with every one of our first choice vendors because we booked them so far in advance. We negotiated better contracts because we had more time. We planned every single detail, down to the napkins with 15 months. Don’t rush it – enjoy your engagement, and focus on the details, because that’s what makes it your day and not someone else’s!

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When I first started planning, I was a little bit of a control freak, but was able to delegate things to my friends and family little by little as time went on. One thing to remember is: people want to help! Weddings are a labor of love and friends love helping with crafts and planning, all you have to do is ask! I can’t tell you how many craft days we had leading up to the wedding day! I was reminded of how blessed I am by my amazing family and friends!

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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “The Luckiest,” Ben Folds
Processional: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Recessional: “You Make My Dreams Come True,” Hall & Oates
First Dance: “Let it Be Me,” Ray Lamontagne
Father/Daughter Dance: “Daughter,” Loudon Wainwright

Wedding Location: Beaverton, OR / Wedding Photographer: Anna Jaye Photography / Wedding Venue: Lolich’s Family Farm / Wedding Coordination: Champagne Weddings and Events / Wedding Flowers: Quince Flowers and Events / Bride’s Veil: Twigs and Honey / Bride’s SHoes: Ruche / Bride’s Makeup: Marjan Torabi Arsanjani / Bride’s Hair: Paige Wohlgemuth of The Stella Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Ruche / Groom’s Suit: Mr. Formal / DJ: NW Premier Mobile DJs / Wedding Caterer: Catering at Its Best / Wedding Cake: Le Cookie Monkey / Cupcakes: Sugar Krystles / Rentals: Marigold Vintage Rentals and Something Borrowed PDX / Transportation: EcoShuttle / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

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