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Handmade Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

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We’re delighted to share this next shoot with you all, inspired by photographer Athena Pelton‘s love of all things etsy and handmade. Nearly everything from the photoshoot is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, right down to the bride’s wedding gown with touches of blush pink! Prepare yourself for some eye candy styled by the wonderful Nadia of A Fine Fete Events and some handmade greatness.

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From the photographer, Athena: I recently designed and shot an inspiration shoot styled around my vintage dressmaker sewing machine. As I was pulling inspiration for the shoot, I found myself on Etsy all. day. long. Looking for inspiration, and perusing the beautiful handmade goodness that abounds.

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Being a knitter, sewer, and all-around-craft-maven myself, I cherish handmade, and saw this as an amazing opportunity to celebrate the fantastic resources that Etsy provides and style a wedding shoot around vintage love – and handmade details. The design of the shoot itself isn’t groundbreaking, but the concept behind using as many handmade items as possible (including the one-of-a-kind blush gown!) is something that any bride can embrace.

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multicolored bunting decor

succulent floral arrangements

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groom and bride on the road

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Wedding Photographer: Athena Pelton / Event Styling: Nadia of A Fine Fete Events / Wedding Gown and Veil: Glory by Jeannie Lee / Bride’s Jewelry: ByJodi / Handbag: Luc Ends / Makeup: Brynn Andre / Wedding Flowers: Jennifer Frisbie-Link / Bunting: Starlit Nest Gifts / Reception Furnishings: Antique Door Vintage Rentals / Wedding Favors: Wood & Grain / Graphic Design and Paper Goods: Jeff Glynn Studios / Wedding Cake: Rachel Wille with Queen of Cakes / Macarons: The Whimsical Spoon

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My company, Crimson Letters creates unique hand painted wedding stationery, specialising in opulently painted, heavily illustrated design work, with calligraphy. All items are digitally printed from a master watercolour or acrylic artwork piece and individually and lovingly painted upon. Using only the finest papers and card stock sourced from London And Paris.

I’m a British designer with a degree in textile design, artist and a person with a passion for intricate creativity who’s inspired by all fine things, whether it’s food, interiors or architecture. I’m influenced heavily by my love of travelling, my rich heritage and travelling frequently through the Mediterranean where I have family in Portugal and Paris. I’m exhilarated and humbled by the beauty of this world. Bringing these ideas back to my design studio, each piece is fuelled from the cultures across the world.

I enjoy bringing a fresh decadent approach to wedding invitations, which are a timeless medium. I have always loved weddings and seeing the bride in her white dress has always been a magical moment for me. I feel completely over the moon to be able to create irreplaceable memoirs that the bride can look back on one day with a huge smile.

When I’m not busy in my design studio, I love exploring new parts of Europe, trying to improve my hopelessly basic French and Portuguese skiing, cross stitching, kissing my sons, watching period dramas and painting whilst drinking copious amounts of tea.

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Stone Oak Ranch Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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Let’s kick off the week with a good amount of wedding eye candy captured by Krystle Akin. The ceremony chapel from this Texas wedding at Stone Oak Ranch is just the sweetest site we ever did see. How could you not fall in love with the woodsy, cabin-like setting?

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From the bride, Ashley: We wanted a natural elegance for the ceremony and a light-hearted, jazzy, class for the reception. Peter and I love old music and movies from the 30’s and 40’s and we have a real appreciation for the simple amusement and innocence there was in the past. People were ladies and gents, but they sure knew how to have a good time! We wanted to enjoy that kind of atmosphere for our wedding day. We envisioned a peaceful and reverent ceremony and a reception that was more Fred Astaire and Glen Miller than “Drop it Like it’s Hot” and the “Macarena”.

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Natural, Pastel, vintage, classy, jazzy, quirky, modest. The color scheme was pastels (the kind you find on maps). We had a theme of vintage travel/distance because Peter and I have always lived in different states. We used vintage suitcases, telephones, maps, and old postcards. The guests threw paper airplanes at us as we entered the reception! Most of the décor was DIY except the TONS of wildflowers and vintage furniture and other creative items provided by Melanie from Prairie Sage.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t let yourself get caught up in trends and get pulled away from what really represents you. Look for the things that really make you feel like you, things that make your soul jump, remember things from your childhood, and let that be what you use to guide things. It’s a day to celebrate your life and your man’s life coming together as one life. Don’t waste time worrying about what’s trendy or what people will like best.

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Wedding Music:
Processional and Recessional: original songs from The Five Dragon Daughter
Bride’s Processional: “Be Thou My Vision”
First Dance: “Dancing Cheek to Cheek,” Fred Astaire

Wedding Location: Murchison, TX / Wedding Venue: Stone Oak Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Krystle Akin / Wedding Flowers: Pamela Castleberry / Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Jessica Simpson / Bride’s Hair: Chaz Bingham of Eye Candy Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Ceremony Musician: The Five Dragon Daughter / Wedding Caterer: Perfect Catering / Wedding Cake: Cherry Laurel Bakery / Groom’s Cake: Bride’s grandmother / Vintage Furniture and Decor: Melanie of Prairie Sage / Wedding Invitations: Kendra Payne Anderson of Kendra Michelle Photography / Wedding Videographer: Tye Jackson

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We believe all women are goddesses, and deserve elegant loungewear worthy of their beauty.

The PajamaSutra Bride’s getting-ready moments are graceful, glamorous, and radiant. We are so honored to be a part of a bride’s sweet moments before Mrs.

Lounge Like A Goddess.

Photo Credits: Nicole Goddard Photography, Tom Cisneros, Sachi Anand Photography, Alisha Crossley Photography

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Johannesburg Modern Chic Wedding

Garden Weddings

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It’s always exciting when couples refashion kitschy-like wedding references into a one heck of a gorgeous fete. This couple used solely red roses and petals throughout their day, including a massive of bed of heart-shaped scattered rose petals for their ceremony. Such a great budget-friendly idea! Gary and Jessica married in a backyard setting, with photographer Rensche Mari in tow to capture their wedding day. Their reception was held at La Cucina di Ciro, a beautiful outdoor space in Johannesburg.

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butterfly wedding decor
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candle lined walkways

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Wedding Location: Johannesburg, South Africa / Ceremony Venue: Private Residence / Reception Venue and Wedding Cake: La Cucina di Ciro / Wedding Photographer: Rensche Mari / Wedding Planner: Otto de Jager Events / Wedding Dress: Marietjie Oelofse / Wedding Shoes: Oriental Plaza / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bride & Co Rivonia / Hair: Dean of The Hair Academy

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Dart Collective

DJs • Bands • Party Down

Started as a California-based DJ collective in 2013, Dart has now grown to include numerous live musicians and performers, all with the same simple goal of offering a more customized and personal approach to music curation at weddings and special events.

At Dart, we are all working DJs and musicians. Music is our passion and we want to share it with you and your guests—whether that means digging through vinyl crates for that one song you have to have, or customizing a repertoire list for one of our bands to flawlessly execute, our main goal here is to elevate and personalize your event so that it uniquely represents you.

Despite our attention to detail, we are not elitists and we do not take ourselves too seriously. These events are supposed to be fun, inclusive experiences and we want to only enhance that feeling by playing the best music we can. Whether it’s getting down to LCD Soundsystem or setting the mood with Paul Simon, we want to offer something a little different that will still connect with you and your guests.

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