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Love Unites Wedding Inspiration

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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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Cappy Hotchkiss Photography

Cappy Hotchkiss is a New York-based photographer who has had the privilege of shooting weddings all over the world. Based in New York City and The Hudson Valley, she aims to capture the style and the mood that each couple has worked so hard to create. Her goal is more than simply taking beautiful images, her goal is to capture the emotion behind them. She achieves this using a variety of techniques, from classic to modern, and shoots with both film and digital cameras.

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Oregon Farm Wedding

DIY Weddings

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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!

newlyweds in white

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.

gold glitter bow shoes

portland map signs

gold wedding shoesjeweled hair accessories

pink bridesmaids dresses

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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sit sign seating charts

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!

minimal reception tables

bride and groomhanging chair signs

pinwheel cake tables

hang drink tagsgold hang tags

state shaped cake toppers

ruffled wedding cakes

coral bridesmaids dresseswhite orange bouquets

orange menu signs

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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lolich farm signs

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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newlyweds just married signs

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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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Hair and Makeup by Stylisted

Stylisted is an online platform that allows women to book on-location hair styling and makeup appointments from a network of vetted beauty professionals. Brides can browse stylist profiles, sort & filter by price & star rating, and book right through the site. Services include Wedding Trials, Wedding Day hair and makeup for the bride & her bridal party, and basic services for wedding guests!

Skip the salon, select the professional for your needs, and wait for beauty to knock at your door. It’s your wedding day, hair and makeup should come to you!

Need help selecting a stylist or planning out your beauty prep? Email for a seasoned bridal concierge to help make your day as seamless as possible!

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Fall Wedding Details by Bows ‘n Ties


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It’s no surprise that Fall is the sweetheart of weddings. With it comes a cornucopia of colors with an ever changing palette and texture aplenty, making wedding planning a feast with inspiration. Today we are selecting a few of our favorite fall wedding details, color palettes and matching ties from Bows-N-Ties. They currently carry over 4000 neckties, bow ties, and matching pocket squares that are sorted to match over 250 popular bridesmaids dress colors – including J.Crew, Alfred Angelo, Dessy and Davids Bridal bridesmaid dresses. Since we can’t talk about Fall without mentioning its rich hues, we also selected a few color palettes we love for the season:

fall wedding details

We love this wedding above from Cameron Ingalls, which pairs the fall details of dried wheat with rich tones of fig and plum bridesmaids dresses and matching ties for the groomsmen.

fall wedding details

Fall is also apple season! This means you can incorporate them in several different ways. Starting with apple orchards themselves, one of our favorite spots for an engagement session during this season. We also love incorporating apples in a wedding such as escort cards, having an apple cider bar, or candy apple favors like in this wedding we featured above, shot by Raya Carlisle.

plaid wedding details

Plaid instantly make us feel cozy. The gorgeous bride above shot by Kina Wicks is our inspiration for our next favorite detail. You can simply pick a plaid pattern you like and pull your wedding colors from there. We personally love this plaid tie. If you do choose to outfit your men in fantastic Bows-N-Ties neck ware, then you should certainly enter their Wedding Picture Contest for a chance to win $250! There is a new winner selected every month!

fall wedding details

Ultimately Autumn is a season of bold and unabashed color, like we find in this Chicago wedding we featured above from Olivia Leigh Photographie. Breaking away from muted tones we’re used to seeing, our picks for the groomsmen ties are vibrant with a fresh spin on the traditional fall colors. Head on over to Bows-N-Ties and take a gander at all color and pattern options and get 20% off your purchase with code Ruffled20. Discount expires 10/31.

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A.J. Dunlap Photography

Hi, we’re Kyle and A.J. Dunlap, a husband and wife wedding photography team. It’s nice to meet you! We are 30 and 32 years young, 10 years into the adventure that is our marriage, and proud parents to a beautiful baby girl named Adeline Pearl. She lights up our world with her bright blue eyes, contagious smile, and pigtails. Authentic is the word we use to describe our style and the experience we give our couples. We are passionate about capturing your true love story, so you can relive it through pictures for the rest of your lives!

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