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Las Vegas Desert Wedding Shoot

Wedding Design

I don’t what it is about weddings and photoshoots in desert settings that get me giddy with excitement. This one by Brushfire Photography and Scheme Events is no exception. Fluffy, romantic pink flowers are mixed with succulents for the arrangements, with heaping dashes of oranges and teals throughout the tablescape. The color palette against the natural backdrop is just plain delicious.


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From the photographer, Brittany: We wanted the shoot to appeal to DIY brides and the destination crowd since it has many DIY elements and was put together at Valley of Fire State Park in Las Vegas, Nevada. We chose Seven Sisters at Valley of Fire State Park because it is such a unique landscape. It is about an hour drive off the Las Vegas Strip and the perfect location for a couple who wants to get away. When driving there, the road curves around the desert and towering rock formations without any red rock in sight. You know you have arrived when you get around the final curve and see bright red rocks hundreds of feet tall in the distance to create a huge valley of fire.


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Kelly and Shawn were not a real couple but they got along right away and we all had such a great time climbing the rocks and admiring the contrast of bright red rocks and blue mountains in the distance. Occasionally a car would drive by, but for the most part we had the gorgeous Seven Sisters all to ourselves. We decided to use a stitched theme for all the design elements. Milestone Paper Company did an amazing job with the paper designs and it was a perfect match to Scheme Events design. We wanted small hints of the desert represented and did that by including the small succulents and the cholla cactus skeleton. While I was stitching one of the paper elements I noticed the book title was Stone Dreams. We all immediately fell in love with the idea and found it was the perfect description of how we were feeling at The Valley of Fire.


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We love these yarn wrapped letters on yarn! We pinned this tutorial in one of our boards over at Pinterest.

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Wedding Vendors (Las Vegas, NV):

Venue: Fire State Park / Wedding Photographer: Brushfire Photography / Event Planner: Scheme Events / Wedding Flowers: Flowers of the Field / Wedding Dress: Couture Bride / Groom’s Attire: Tuxedo Junction / Hair Stylist: Natasha Chamberlin / Wedding Invitations: A Milestone Paper Co. / Heirlooms and Extras: Dirty Dishes / Linens and Coverings: La Tavola / Equipment Rentals: RSVP Party Rentals

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Sue Gallo Designs

We here at Sue Gallo Designs are big lovers of flowers! We live and breath in their beauty and all things pretty. As a fresh floral and event company in Hamilton, On., our passion is to create a beautiful celebrations of love. Our designs are the perfect pairing of garden chic and laid back elegance with a whole lot of fabulousness. We see flowers as a big component to any celebration. Together we collaborate the story of you and carefully craft components that are thoughtfully gathered and stunningly styled. Defining your vision for a singular day to beautifully mark that special moment in your lives to celebrate, relish and remember.

From intimate back yard celebrations to elaborate affairs our services are crafted with each of our couples personal style and unique vision in mind.

We’d love the chance to meet you to discuss this fabulous wedding you are planning and to tell you more about Sue Gallo Designs and how we can bring your vision to fruition.

We can’t wait to meet you and make your celebration remarkable!

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Massachusetts Local Wedding Guide

Local Guide

It’s time for another installment of our Local Wedding Guide! We’re selecting various locations to highlight the numerous resources available from our vendor guide members and their tried-and-true recommendations. So far we’ve tackled North Carolina and Texas, and next up on the list is Massachusetts. Most vendors love to travel, so don’t fret if you’re not in their immediate area!


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Above images by Massachusetts and Maine photographer Meredith Perdue. See engagement feature here.

What is your favorite tip for couples for being photographed on their wedding day?
Geneve Rege: I tell brides to be themselves and try to be as natural as possible. I give some direction for couples but for the most part I want the photos to look genuine and not posed. I also tell them to have fun, it’s my job to find the flattering angles!


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Above images by Massachusetts photographer Ruth Eileen

Tell us a little bit about you.
Geneve Rege: Wedding days can be a bit stressful so couples hire me because I am a laid back person and know my camera well so this allows me to be calm under pressure. I am unobtrusive on your wedding day, so I remain in the background as much as possible. Your wedding day is about enjoying the moments while its my job to capture those moments without interfering with those moments!
Ruth Eileen: I am a natural light photographer that will bring a personal touch and unique perspective to images you will cherish. I want to capture who you are as a couple and the love that brings you together!


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Above images by Massachusetts photographer Geneve Rege. See wedding feature here.

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Geneve Rege: I love all kinds of photo spots for engagement sessions from urban settings to country settings. I love shooting around the ICA museum in Boston but I also love when couples choose a more personal spot like a family farm. Being based in New England couples have a choice of seasons, I did an e-session in the middle of winter with the beautiful snow as a backdrop.
Meredith Perdue: While some of my favorite locations for engagement shoots are right in Boston (Boston Public Library, Beacon Hill, the Public Gardens, etc.), I love shooting outside of the city in slightly more natural environments. Plum Island & Maudslay State Park, located near Newburyport, are two of the most lovely settings for engagement shoots!



Boston, MA:

What is your favorite tip for couples for being photographed on their wedding day?
Lara Kimmerer: I highly suggest having a session with your photographer before your wedding. I include a shoot with every couple who books with me. Everyone is different – sometimes the most outgoing people become shy in front of a camera – and vice versa. When you do a shoot prior to the wedding with your photographer they have a chance to get to know you a bit more and learn the best way to get a natural look from you. You get to know them a bit more and see how they photograph. Ultimately, everyone becomes more comfortable and relaxed for the wedding day…and you’ll have fun too!
Rebecca Hansen: Relax! Don’t focus on the camera, just focus on your best friend.


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Above images by Boston photographer Lara Kimmerer

Tell us a little bit about you.
Lara Kimmerer: Getting to know my couples before their wedding day is very important to me. I’m interested in learning about who they are individually, and as a couple – and hearing stories about their family and friends too. When I’m at their wedding I take with me all of the things I’ve learned about them and the stories I’ve heard and use it all when photographing. Knowing the context of certain relationships with friends and family helps me to see moments that otherwise may go unnoticed. These moments happen so very quickly and it’s my job to grab them before they pass.
Rebecca Hansen: We are NOT cheesy wedding photographers. Making photographs that feel authentic and genuine makes us happy. I love that we’re creating family heirlooms, things you’re going to have for generations. The couples that book us are relaxed, down to earth, go with the flow kind of people.
Kor Floral: Kor Floral is a unique floral design service focused on changing what brides expect from floral design. Kor Floral takes pride in working selectively with brides, which allow us to work intensively on every event. Our brides feel like they have a partner in their wedding design process. Kor Floral collaborates with brides from the first consultation to the ‘big day’, ensuring that the bride’s personality and taste is expressed. A high level of customer support and collaboration, coupled with Kor Floral’s ability to produce artistic floral pieces set us apart from your typical florist. New England brides who are interested in getting a bit more from their florist should consider contacting us!

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Above images by Boston photographer Rebecca Hansen. See wedding feature here and inspiration shoot here.

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Lara Kimmerer: Any place the couple feels connected to really. I did a shoot at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookine, MA. The couple loves movies and they regularly hold movie showings at their home. Having their engagement session at an old art deco movie theatre was the perfect choice for them.
Rebecca Hansen: I don’t have any favorite spots, I try to go somewhere different every time, and somewhere that’s special and unique to each couple. Our goal is to tell our couple’s story and not just make “nice” pictures. We want them to mean something to our couples.

Any suggestions for transportation?
Lara Kimmerer: I’m a fan of interesting transportation – something beyond a limo. Renting a vintage vehicle (even an older boat if you’re on the water) makes for fantastic photos – and a fun ride to your wedding!



Cape Cod, MA:

Tell us a little bit about you and what you do.
From Desiree Spinner Events: We style weddings in Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and Maine! Desiree Spinner Events does everything from tables decor to wardrobe styling for the bride, groom and even wedding guests.
Lisa Raffael of Delicious Desserts: I create wedding cakes reflecting the personal style and “character” of clients and the event.

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
From Desiree Spinner Events: Bourne Farm in Bourne, MA, Beacon Hill, MA
Lisa Raffael of Delicious Desserts: Sooooo many on Cape Cod! Nobska Light, Sphorr Gardens – ANY part of the shore!


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Above images by Massachusetts photographer Megan Dandeles

Venues:
Storied Locations (view portfolio), New England
The Barn at Gibbet Hill (Groton)
Crane Estate (Ipswich)
Nauticus Marina (Osterville)
Chatham Bars Inn (Chatham)
Truro Vineyards (North Truro)
Great Harbor Yacht Club (Nantucket)
Willowbend (Mashpee)
Wychmere Harbor (Harwich Point)
New Seabury Country Club (Mashpee)
Overbrook House (Buzzard’s Bay)
Massachusetts Horticultural Society (Wellesley)
Chequessett Yacht and Country Club (Cape Cod)
The Academy of Arts and Sciences (Cambridge)


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Above images by Massachusetts photographer Tyra Bleek

Photographers:
Lara Kimmerer (view portfolio), Boston, Cape Cod + will travel worldwide
Meredith Perdue (view portfolio), throughout Massachusetts and Maine + will travel worldwide
Ruth Eileen (view portfolio), Boston + will travel worldwide
Sweet Monday Photography (view portfolio), LA, Boston + will travel worldwide
Megan Dandeles (view portfolio), Boston + will travel worldwide
Rebecca Hansen (view portfolio), Boston + will travel worldwide
Geneve Rege (view portfolio), Central Massachusetts + will travel worldwide
The Studio Nouveau (view portfolio), Boston + will travel worldwide
The Studio Nouveau Boudoir (view portfolio), Boston + will travel worldwide
Tyra Bleek (view portfolio), Boston + will travel worldwide
Kristin Korpos (view portfolio), New England + will travel worldwide

Event Design:
EFD Creative (view portfolio), Boston
Desiree Spinner Events (view portfolio), Nantucket + Martha’s Vineyard


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Above images by Massachusetts photographer The Studio Nouveau. See wedding feature here.

Calligraphers:
Lettering by Liz (Boston)

Makeup:
Katrina Hess (Boston)
Joanne McDonough (Dover, NH)

Florists:
Kor Florist (view portfolio), Boston
Patrice R. Milley (Chatham)
Petal Floral Design (New England)
Soiree Floral (Nantucket)
Shama Klee (Cape Cod, Nantucket)

Catering:
Casual Gourmet (Cape Cod)
Crazy Chefs (Boston)
Russell Morin Catering (Attleboro)
Jacqueline’s Catering (North Falmouth)
Treats Catering (Dennis)

Bakeries:
Delicious Desserts (view portfolio)
Konditor Meister (Braintree)

Rebecca Hansen is offering a 10% discount to weekday and winter weddings (M-TH, Dec-Mar).

Mention you found Geneve Rege on Ruffled Blog and receive 10% off any wedding package! Offer good until April 1, 2012.

Ruth Eileen Photography is offering $200 off any collection for the month of March!

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HSF always respects a couples budget, without reducing quality. We use locally grown stems and love that “just picked from the garden” whimsical touch. Let us make your wedding glow!

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Marvimon House Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Starting with the bride Jen’s vintage Chanel ring, all the way to their collected vintage silver centerpieces, this wedding shot by Brandon Kidd is a stunner from end to end. Jen and Moe wanted two opposite styles for their wedding: one wanted a vintage-inspired with a romantic feel; the other, a sleek urban theme. They blended both of their styles perfectly balancing feminine and masculine. Love!

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I wanted something slightly vintage, Moe wanted something modern, and we both wanted an urban city feel. So we tried to incorporate each of those things into a cohesive overall look and feel. Most importantly we wanted something fun and celebratory instead of formal and programmed. So we made sure that whatever we decided, in the end everyone would walk away feeling like they participated in the day and had the best time.

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The tarnished silver pieces that were used on the tables for our florals were our favorite detail. It took us a year to collect over 130 pieces that were used throughout the wedding. We had so much fun going to flea markets and antique stores to find them. It was a lot of work and many people thought we would give up, but we pushed through and collected them all. Now we have more then we will ever need but each piece means so much to us because it was something we did together.

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How did the two of you make the wedding day your own? It was really important to us that everything we choose to have in the wedding meant something to us. In regards to décor we searched for and found all of the tarnished silver centerpiece vessels, guest book table and table assignment props. We wanted to recognize both of our families so we framed and set out pictures of our parents and grandparents wedding photos – which we discovered there were no divorces in either family – so we wanted to recognize that. Since I am a Catering Manager at a hotel, we chose a real hotel register that we found on etsy as our Guest Book. All 300 pages were completely filled with guest names and room numbers from he years 1955-1957. Many of our family and friends have been affected by cancer, so we donated a small amount to the American Cancer Society in honor of each guests and printed the note on seed paper. Moe is Persian, so to incorporate his beliefs we had his family make a Sofreh Table for us.

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We definitely did not want a big cake and liked the idea of a fun dessert table. So we went with a simple and small two tiered cake to cut, with an assortment of small desserts for our guests that included cake pops, mini pies and tarts. My favorite part of the wedding cake was the cake topper that my mom hand made for us. She sewed the wedding dress and suit by hand and designed the entire top. She also sewed the “love sweet love” banner that hung at the dessert table.

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Any advice for those planning now? Do it the way that you want to, no matter how traditional or non-traditional. It is your day and no one else’s. You don’t need a huge budget to create a personal and enjoyable event. The most important thing is that you both have fun and make sure your enjoy the day, your guests, your food, your music and each other – and don’t worry about the little things.

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Come Away With Me,” Nora Jones

Wedding Vendors (Los Angeles, CA):

Wedding Venue: Marvimon House / Wedding Photographer: Brandon Kidd Photography / Day-of Coordination: Christine Patron / Event Management: Tact Event Management / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Veil: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Nordstrom BP Platinum / Bride’s Earrings: Nadri Jewelry / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Love Moschino / Bridesmaids’ Scarves: Love Quotes Scarves / Groom’s Suit: Zara / Groomsmen’s Suits: Alfani / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Converse / Hair and Makeup: Kelly Zhang / Wedding Flowers: Flower Allie / Caterer: Huntington Catering Company / Taco Cart: Jalisco’s Mobile Taco Grill / Wedding Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop / Wedding Invitations: Minted / DJ: Marc Marcelo and Julz Delapena from Mindz Alike / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Officiant: Officiant Eric

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