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Intimate Destination Wedding

Beach Weddings

Photos by:

Mariel Hannah

Instead of choosing for either a traditional wedding or eloping, Bethany and Chase opted for a little bit of both. They invited their close friends and family to witness their ceremony, with friend Mariel Hannah capturing the day, and flew to Laguna Beach for a mini destination wedding.

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From the bride, Bethany: Matt and I are both beach people. We love the beach. Matt grew up Five minutes from the beach his whole life. From surfing to spear fishing he just cant get enough of the ocean. I myself grew up away from the beach, however my heart has always been at the ocean. When we were deciding where we wanted to get married it wasn’t really a hard question to answer. It was the beach. The only thing we needed to figure out was which beach in specific. So Matt and I looked for secluded beaches that reminded him of his years in Hawaii. As we searched, we wanted to find a place where we could do it ourselves, for free and that’s when I found Thousands Steps in Laguna Beach. It was perfect. So we planned a day trip to go scope it out. Immediately when Matt and I walked down the steep steps and then onto the sand we both realized this was it.

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From the photographer, Mariel Hannah: A beautiful intimate wedding on the shores of Laguna Beach.. with only their closest family and friends Bethany and Matt said their I do’s with the crashing waves and ocean breeze, a perfect destination for this beautiful couple. Bethany has been a close friend of mine for many many years. It is such an honor to capture this very special day, a day we used to day dream about together.

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Wedding Location: Laguna Beach, CA / Photographer and Bouquets: Mariel Hannah / Venue: Thousand Steps Beach

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Glen Venue Wedding

Garden Weddings

Photos by:

Flora + Fauna

Wedding portraits in an abandoned greenhouse – be still, my beating heart. After their portraits, Becky and Jose made their way to their ceremony site under the trees, where they exchanged vows before dancing the night away with friends and family. Flora + Fauna was on hand to document every moment, each detail prettier than the next!

glen venue wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

From the bride, Becky: Our vision was for our wedding to be a reflection of who we are. We wanted our wedding to be a comfortable and welcoming experience for all our guest. We envisioned a romantic wedding outside in the fresh air on a beautiful piece of property surrounded by our family and close friends. We were married on the property of The Glen Venue at the Linwood House. It was a beautiful house that dates back to the late 1800s, sitting on a huge piece of property with blooming camellias and an orange grove full of fruit. We were married under a row of gorgeous magnolia trees with white fabric swaying in the trees, while standing on a hand woven rug that Jose’s parents had purchased many years ago while in Turkey. We asked one of our closest friends to officiate our nuptials which made the ceremony feel very intimate and special for us.

eclectic wedding stationery - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

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bride getting ready - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

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first look - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

first looks - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

greenhouse wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

The flowers were one of the most important décor elements for me. I wanted free flowing and natural arrangements with dark burgundy, purples of all shades with accents of white and pink. The day before the wedding my dear friend and I went to a local farm (Down to Earth) to pick up the Zinnias that were used. The loropetalum came from my yard and the rest were from a wholesale florist in town. I splurged on flowers like garden and spray roses and saved money by using the loropetalum and other greenery like Silver Dollar Eucalyptus and Plumosa Fern.

greenhouse wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

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ceremony setup - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

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confetti recessional - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

confetti recessional - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

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We wanted to be involved in every little detail, hand crafted by us, our family and our friends. Everything at our wedding was DIY which made it so special and heartfelt. The six months leading to the wedding I hunted for containers for the flower arrangements and flatware to be used for our guest. The place settings at our sweetheart table were all things I had collected over the years. I refinished furniture that was used as our cake table and beverage bar. Jose and his brother built the bar out of pallets and reclaimed wood. Jose and I designed our invitations and paper goods. My mom crocheted all the hanging jars throughout the venue and made the shawl I wore. My close friends played a huge role in the setup of the day and making sure everything was beautiful. From the flowers to the day of coordinating, without them our wedding would not have been what we had envisioned. Our cakes and catering were even done by our friend’s parents. It was definitely a family affair! I worked closely with friends and family setting up the venue to the very moment I had to stop and get ready for the big day. I turned over the rest of my décor duties and trusted everything would turn out as beautiful as I imagined which it did. When Jose and I walked out of the house as they pronounced us husband and wife it was so much to take in, we are very grateful to everyone that helped and made our wedding dream come true.

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purple tablescapes - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My biggest piece of advice I would give any couple planning their wedding would be to enjoy the process. We were engaged for only 6 short months but those months leading to our big day were magical and so much fun. Our family and friends put together some really fun gatherings for us. There was so much excitement it the air and although there were some big decision still to be made, we tried our best to take full advantage of it. So as hard as it may be at times try to go with the flow and soak in every little moment.

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greenhouse wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Instrumental,” Jose Gonzalez
Bride’s Processional: “Heartbeats,” Jose Gonzalez
First Dance: “For You,” Angus & Julia Stone

Wedding Location: Glen St. Mary, FL / Photographer: Flora + Fauna / Furniture, Invitations, Paper Goods, Décor, Flowers: Bride, b-real happy / Venue: The Glen Venue / Wedding Dress: Bride’s grandmother’s, redesigned with the help of Martha Shump Designs / Veil: Martha Shump Designs / Wedding Shoes: Anthropologie / Necklace: Bride’s sister’s that her husband gave her on their wedding day / Bride’s Wedding Rings: Catbird / Purse: Anthropologie / Bridesmaids’ Dress: Dillards / Hair and Makeup: Sara Jane at Modern Classic Beauty / Groom’s Jacket: Express / Groom’s Pants: Banana Republic / Bow Tie: vintage / Caterer: Larry Balch / Wedding Cakes: Lee Harris / DJ: Kevin Snow / Musician: Goliath Flores

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Blue Ridge Mountain Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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During a wedding, it’s almost a guarantee that at least one thing will go not-quite-according-to-plan. Perhaps the candles aren’t lit, the ceremony music doesn’t begin on time, but can you imagine if your wedding day was met with a massive windstorm/thunderstorm combination? Newlyweds Kira and Tyler watched as a storm crept in during their rehearsal dinner and woke up to a wedding day with no power and roadways blocked by storm-ravaged trees. Tyler, his groomsmen, and friends and family rallied to restore the reception venue to its former glory, and thus resulted this beauty of a wedding shot by Elisa B Photography.


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From the bride, Kira: “Dressed Rustic” is the name our florist/decor artist Shawn (of Beehive Events) gave to our wedding. We envisioned simple, elegant, farm-inspired, warm, and welcoming. Our color palette and inspiration was French blue, violets, greens, yellows, creams + fresh herbs & seasonal blossoms.


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My mom, dad, sister, and I assembled the wedding programs (with help of Christ Church’s Parish Administrator and an Office Max Copy Center genius) cutting royal blue ribbon, burning the edges to prevent fraying, and tying a bow for about 160 programs. We also designed/made the escort cards, menus (which doubled as place markers), and welcome bags.


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During our rehearsal dinner a Derecho (a new word for me – not quite a tornado but way more than a thunderstorm) came through Virginia, knocking out power across the state, somehow missing the main street that our host restaurant was on, but ravaging the farm where our reception was to be held. Thankfully no one we knew was hurt, but I got a call at 7AM on Saturday morning from Ty that the reception might not be possible. Miraculously our tent stayed upright but the downed branches, trees, lack of electricity, block roadways, etc. seemed to pose an insurmountable obstacle to hosting a 150+ guest reception. Ty’s family rallied, calling in neighbors, every groomsmen, wedding guests, and with the hard work of nearly 50 people cleaned up the farm. I still have not seen pictures of the destruction beforehand (they forbade me from helping) but I know that without the help of all of those people (my dad included) it would not have been the same. The entire event ran off of 3 generators (just barely, but it worked). Oh, and Jackie from Bon Hair (my mom and grandmother’s hairdresser) came up to Charlottesville to do the bridal party’s hair… she too had to improvise, no electricity!


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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Ode to Joy,” Beethoven
Hymn: “Amazing Grace,” first verse sung a cappella by a dear friend
Communion: “The Swan,” Saint-Saëns, played by my maid of honor (sister & best friend) on the cello
Recessional: “Jesus Christ is Risen Today,” Lyra Davidira
First Dance: “Eyes on the Prize,” M. Ward, acoustic solo guitar played by groomsman Sam Bush of The Hill and Wood (http://cargocollective.com/thehillandwood/)

Wedding Location: Charlottesville, VA / Wedding Photographer: Elisa B Photography / Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Event Design and Flowers: Beehive Events / Wedding Dress: Marisa “825” / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ruth Hsia / Wedding Caterer: A Pimento Catering / Desserts: Cakes by Rachel / Wedding Music: Soul Expressions / Wedding Invitations: Bella Figura via Gus & Ruby Letters / Calligrapher: El’s Cards

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Credit for all images:
Photography by Lawrence Te
Model Christy Creson

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