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Intimate Backyard Wedding

Garden Weddings

Get ready for one amazing wedding with one of our most dapper grooms yet this year! Because of course, it goes without saying how gorg this bride is. Sporting a checked shirt, green tie, and vest, we love that his bride bedecked herself in matching TOMS to support her honey and a great cause. Every stunning image from Vis Photography makes us wish we could have been a part of this sweet backyard affair!


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From the bride, Tory: My wedding inspiration started with my dress. I found a beautiful 1930s vintage dress at a place called The Way We Wore in Hollywood. Emory and I already wanted an intimate, casual, outdoor fall wedding, and the dress lent perfectly to the occasion. After stumbling upon a location (a beautiful backyard nestled in the middle of the mountain range behind Malibu), we designed our wedding as a perfect mixture between our tastes – it was filled with vintage and handmade elements for me, and some woodsy, natural elements for Emory.


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The setting was already so beautiful that we barely needed any added decoration. I collected green bottles, vintage cake stands, and vintage stamps for the invitations. Emory and I collected twigs on hikes for the table decorations, and I made a cake topper with thrift store fabric and some of our collected twigs. I made origami foxes to send out with the invitations, and made origami lotuses to scatter on the welcome table. For my ‘something borrowed’, I wrapped my grandmother’s vintage lavalier around the handle of my bouquet. Our guests wrote messages and wishes on slips of colored paper and slipped them into a wish wall I made out of a shot glass holder and balsa wood.


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I picked out a hodgepodge collection of flowers from the LA flower market the day before the wedding – not bothering to pay attention to specific colors. The only shoes Emory ever wears are TOMS, so of course he would wear them at our wedding… so I bought a pair of TOMS wedges to wear, and made flowers out of the hemmed material from my dress to pin on the front of the shoes. Since it was out of our budget range to hire a coordinator or planner, we planned the entire thing ourselves, and our friends and family stepped in on the day-of to help make everything run smoothly. We couldn’t have done it without them! It was a perfect day, and most importantly, it was the perfect start to the rest of our lives together!


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vis photography backyard california garden wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t start off by looking at a zillion wedding books and magazines! Make a list of what you KNOW you want for your wedding first! We had a low budget for our wedding, so when I went crazy looking at a bunch of wedding books when we first got engaged, I got overwhelmed by all the additional things we would have to add to the wedding. But really, you only need what YOU want, not what the wedding books say you should have. It IS possible to have a fun wedding without dancing and alcohol. I got stressed looking at sites that said weddings are no fun at all without either… but we didn’t have the budget for alcohol or the space for dancing. But we ended up having more time to chat with our guests, and then the whole party was over by sundown and we were on our way to our hotel!

Oh, and if you have to choose between spending money on the honeymoon and wedding, choose the honeymoon! Weddings can always be done beautiful and cheap, honeymoons need some money spent. :)


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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
My maid of honor and I walked down the aisle to ‘Babys’ by Bon Iver, and the recessional song was ‘Hoppipolla’ by Sigur Ros. Our mothers were walked down the aisle before the wedding started to ‘Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming’ covered by Sufjan Stevens. We didn’t have dancing at our wedding, but we did make an entrance after the ceremony (after signing our license and taking more photos) to ‘Black and White’ by Michael Jackson. For obvious reasons.

Wedding Vendors (Conejo Valley, CA):

Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Photographer: Leah and Rob of Vis Photography / Wedding Dress: Vintage 1930s dress from The Way We Wore (Hollywood) / Bride’s Veil: Handmade by bride’s mother / Dress Alterations: In Stitches / Bride’s Getaway Dress: Forever 21 / Bride and Groom’s Shoes: TOMS / Bridesmaid’s Dress: Banana Republic / Groom’s Shirt: Original Penguin / Bride’s Hair: Tiffanie at The Canyon Salon / Wedding Bouquets, Corsages, and Boutonnieres: Conejo Valley Florist / Flowers: Purchased at LA Flower Mart / Rentals: Conejo Rental Center / Sound System: SSR Sound / Wedding Caterer: / Desserts: Xtreme Desserts / Wedding Invitations: Bride’s friend, Kaycie (revelrie@gmail.com)

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Great Gatsby Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

Nothing shouts romance more than hearkening back to the classics, which is what the incredible Alea Lovely had in mind when she designed this wedding inspiration shoot — loosely based around the 1974 film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. You may remember Alea from this stunning fall inspiration shoot, complete with one of the most gorgeous gowns we’ve ever seen — and now she’s back with another stunner.


Great Gatsby Wedding Style

From the photographer, Alea: Taking a step back to the 70’s to put a modern spin on a great classic. The setting was at a personal estate creating an intimate wedding setting which is my favorite. The dress was a vintage light blue gown redesigned for a more modern look. The blue danube on the table scape was a major detail I wanted to incorporate that tied together the stationery, cake and floral design. Gave a classy vintage detail. The accessories like the wide head band adorned with crystals gave a bride a very distinct throwback feel.


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View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors (Kansas City, MO):

Venue: Family Estate / Wedding Photographer and Creative Director: Alea Lovely / Bride’s Dress: Vintage 1970s gown redesigned by Alea Bebenek / Groom’s Suit: Vintage 1970s Heirloom suit / Groom’s Bow Tie and Accessories: The Social Seam / Hair Accessory: Jennifer Behr / Wedding Belt: Ivy and Aster / Bride’s Bracelet: Francesca’s Collections / Bride’s Earrings: Erica Koesler / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Preston / Flower Girl Dresses: Target / Wedding Flowers: Victorian Gardens / Wedding Cake: Classic Cakes / Invitations and Stationery: Announce This Design / Hair: April McReynolds / Makeup: Jolie Artistry / Car Rental: Pech Limousine

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Weddings in Tuscany by Chiara Sernesi

In 2002, I started my own company, to offer foreigners the possibility to get married in this magical region. Over the years, I have made creating unique weddings my mission, using the finest vendors and most picturesque venues and locations. We have received praise from our clients and the press, and many of our outstanding weddings have been featured in the most prestigious international magazines. I am proud to say that I have contributed to making dreams come true for so many couples.

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Weekly Wrap Up + Winners!

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With just a few days into Spring, we’re already getting anxious for summer! The color palette above is the reason why

A few links from around the web…

Above on left, gorgeous Moroccan-inspired table via Camille Styles
Above on the right, DIY gold polka dot napkins via Design Mom
Love this thank you gift packaging for your bridesmaids via Corina Nielsen

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If you’re in New York, be sure to check out the Etsy Weddings event on April 28th!

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We’re delighted to announce the winner of the One World Designs giveaway, Jackie F. Congratulations, Jackie!

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In case you missed any features from this week…

A Ranch Rehearsal Dinner in Beaver Creek, CO
The follow-up Beaver Creek cabin wedding
This Mid-Century Modern Wedding Inspiration Shoot
A Seattle Sodo Park Barn Wedding
A (free) DIY hanging backdrop tutorial
A Patriotic DIY Canadian-American Wedding
Understanding Wedding Contracts
A fresh black tie San Francisco wedding
A Speakeasy tablescape with free printable downloads
This positively vintage wedding at Elvis Honeymoon Estate
A 1930s retro cruise ship inspiration shoot

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