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1950s Technicolor Inspired Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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Give me a bride whose icon is Doris Day, and I’ll show you one happy blogger. Bride Chanmony styled her wedding aesthetic around Doris’ films from the 1940s and 50s, used colors that florist Megan of Honey and Poppies described as “1950s technicolor sherbet,” and danced her first dance with hubby Jeff to Doris Day’s “It All Depends On You.” He and She Photography was there to capture this blissful, color-filled day to utter perfection!

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From the bride, Chanmony: The feel that we wanted was fun and us. Something that reflected our personality and what was important to us. Family, laughter and fun. Our big theme was Doris Day. She is my idol… like I get swept up talking about her. I love her and the feeling of her movies from the 40-50’s. Megan (our incredible florist from Honey and Poppies) helped guide us towards a direction for colors scheme, which were, as she puts it “50’s technicolor sherbet.” Adjectives: Fun, vibrant, cool, crazy, hilarious, humbling and sweet.


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As for DIY projects, there were a ton. I started with making our save the dates and then making all the little details that we (Jeff and I) or some of our geeky friends will know. I made a lot of Doctor Who things, like the bride and groom Daleks. My vow book is a book from Doctor Who. My sister and I collaborated in making a sign for the flower wrapping station. She painted and I did the crafty stuff. I painted the door silhouettes.


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The programs were actually kinda fun to make because of all the different covers we had and because I’m somewhat of a nerd and figured how to make the programs layout the way I wanted and also was able to explain our knot tying bit in our ceremony because that was something from the Cambodian culture that we wanted to incorporate. Also, the guestbook were madlibs sheets that were fun for the guest and we can bind them easily and have a book to look through because we had a bunch of guest that made great illustration.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My best advice is give yourself enough time to plan and make sure that the wedding is a reflection of you as a couple. Trust the people you hired; they are the professional and they make things so much easier. Saying that, hire vendors that match your style.


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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “I Got This Friend,” The Civil Wars
Bride’s Processional: “Falling In Love With You Again,” Imelda May
Recessional: “Life Is A Happy Song,” The Muppet Soundtrack
First Dance: “It All Depends on You,” Doris Day

Wedding Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA / Wedding Photographer: He and She Photography / Wedding Venue: Franciscan Gardens / Wedding Design: Libby Centeno of Dragonfly Events / Wedding Flowers: Honey and Poppies / Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander “8465” via Mon Amie Bridal / Wedding Veil: honeycombveils / Wedding Shoes: BHLDN “Spirit of the Moment” / Hair: Cheryl Snowden of Carlton Salons / Makeup: Makeup by Berit / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Torrid / Groom’s Suit: Macy’s / Groomsmen’s Suits: Men’s Warehouse / DJ: Elevated Pulse / Wedding Caterer: 24 Carrots / Wedding Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop / Wedding Invitations: LoftLifePress

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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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Anniversary Wedding Shoot

Wedding Design

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I’m pretty sure I’d be repeating myself if I told you all how much I adore the work of designer/stylist Jesi Haack, but what the hey — she’s amazing. And when you pair her style with Jasmine Star‘s photography? Pure gold. We absolutely love this collaboration which brings together the first 10 wedding anniversaries and their respective gifts: paper, cotton, leather, etc. Read on to see how they incorporated each element!

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From the photographer, Jasmine Star: This historic origins of wedding anniversaries date back to the Roman Empire, when husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on their 25th anniversary and a gold wreath on their 50th. Since then, more anniversaries began being represented and now it’s commonly held that certain anniversaries are signified by different elements.


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The lovely Jesi Haack–uber wedding designer extraordinaire–styled a wedding to incorporate various yearly signifiers as a couple tied the knot. This shoot highlights elements from the first ten years of marriage and showcases how personal style and the desire to weave the future into the present can dwell in a single day.


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The first wedding anniversary is represented by paper and the second is represented by cotton… the wedding invitation sets the tone for the nuptials and represents what the future holds. A third wedding anniversary is represented by leather, so the menus were comprised of leather bands, as well as leather ties draped across each triangle plate. Multicolored leather chevrons were used as a runner across the table for a vibrant pop to compliment the table linens… and it just so happens the fourth wedding anniversary is represented by linen, too!


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The table numbers are a mix of nails and wood, which make a perfect mix to represent the fifth, sixth and seventh wedding anniversaries (wood, iron and copper) and the wedding guests are seated at a long wooden table. The dessert station is an homage to pottery and the ninth wedding anniversary. Mixing various pottery elements showcased the gorgeous wedding cake with geometric patterns, highlighted by the feathered backdrop. The ceremony decor embodies the 10th wedding anniversary by incorporating a tin cross, colorfully highlighted–of course–with a little bit of Jesi Haack flair.


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Shoot Location: Los Angeles, CA / Event Design: Jesi Haack / Photographer: Jasmine Star / Event Venue: Carondelet House / Wedding Flowers: Floral Kitchen / Hair and Makeup: 1011 Makeup / Hairpieces: Olivia Nelson / Wedding Cake: Sweet and Saucy / Paper Goods: Wiley Valentine / Bridal Stylist: Hope Stanley at Mary Me Bridal

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Mydolcefarniente – Weddings and Events in Italy

Dear beloved couples,

Thousand of kilometres divide us and you have to take a very important decision of choosing your destination wedding planner. Yes, i know it’s difficult to do without meeting the person. So, before we can have a Skype call to meet each other virtually, just a few lines about me. I’m a Tuscan soul since 2002, can’t stop thanking heavens for having “dropped” me in this marvellous land. Also for me the reason of moving to Italy was love :)
I’m completely in love with the wedding planning that I’m involved in since 2011. Your wedding is my wedding so if you choose Mydolcefarniente, you choose a highly professional team. I don’t apply the same fee for every event. I give the opportunity to the couple to choose the most appropriate solution for their dream wedding to come true. We work in a flexible way and offer different solutions unless we find the right option that satisfies your needs. We don’t have restrictions because the only things that counts is to make you happy.
Hear from you soon, Yuliya

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Australian Musical Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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We love a couple who not only embraces a theme for their wedding day, but can also encourage the guests to take part as well! Anita and Dominic asked their loved ones to come bedecked in vintage attire, which only heightened the surreality of their big day. Good friend Dan O’Day tagged along to take pictures, including bridesmaids wearing the most striking cobalt blue vintage dresses!

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From the bride, Anita: I would describe our day as “Musically Vintage.” Red, Blue and all things old! Majority was DIY, we also asked the guests to dress in vintage attire and glad we did; everyone looked amazing and felt part of our big day.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? DIY is rewarding but getting help is a must and make time for the little things, don’t compromise as you may be disappointed… I took the time to make and do everything I wanted to do and was happy with the result. I wasn’t going to make the paper music flowers for the pews, but with some help did and was glad I did in the end. Location weddings are great, but know the area, suppliers and include shipping in your budget! Decide what is important and spend money on it… food and drink was ours and glad it was…


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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Let’s Stay Together,” Al Green
Signing of the Register: “Signed Sealed Delivered,” Stevie Wonder
Recessional: “Feeling Good,” MUSE
A selection of Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Otis Reading, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, Issac Hayes, Richard Cheese, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett &KD Lang that Dom made a playlist on his iPod and played on shuffle.

Wedding Location: Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia / Wedding Photographer: Dan O’Day / Wedding Venue: St. Mary’s by the Sea / Wedding Flowers: Flowerama, Castle Hill, Sydney / Wedding Dress: Bad Girl Vintage / Wedding Shoes: ModCloth / Veil: made by bride / Hair and Makeup: Mermaids / Wedding Caterer: ZINC Restaurant / Wedding Cake: guest

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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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