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Southern Simplicity Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

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Crystal Stokes

Really, how could we keep ourselves from falling in love with this styled shoot? It’s got heaps of natural elements, a jaw-dropping woodland setting, gorgeous pinks and reds, and not to mention one of the yummiest cakes we’ve seen in a long time. Crystal Stokes Photography, The Graceful Host, and Springvine Design were the ideal team to put this wedding inspiration together, and they knocked it high and far out of the park.

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From the event designer, Ashley of The Graceful Host: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci. It is this idea simplicity that inspired our team to craft an inspiration shoot that highlights the genuine beauty and ultimately, innate sophistication, of a wedding. I wanted to design a wedding that captured my idea “simplicity”, that is organically based, creative in style, and inspired by nature. I found a team that was equally as inspired by simplicity as I am. To all of us, nature exemplifies simplicity in every way, so you’ll see an emphasis on organic style through artistic expression. I started with a color palette inspired by nature – lush greens and earthy beige, with pops of color like rich burgundy and soft peach. And I’ve incorporated more natural elements into the design – raw leather to tie the flatware, linen napkins, an exposed wood table, and a driftwood ceremony arch.

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driftwood ceremony arch - photo by Crystal Stokes http://ruffledblog.com/sophisticated-simplicity-wedding-ideas

ceremony arches - photo by Crystal Stokes http://ruffledblog.com/sophisticated-simplicity-wedding-ideas

sophisticated simplicity wedding ideas - photo by Crystal Stokes http://ruffledblog.com/sophisticated-simplicity-wedding-ideas

sophisticated simplicity wedding ideas - photo by Crystal Stokes http://ruffledblog.com/sophisticated-simplicity-wedding-ideas

Floral designer Springvine Design captured the beauty of nature in the way she layered floral textures to maintain a simple yet interesting artistic design. The table centerpiece is a vignette of vintage green glass pedestal vases, which compliment the green and amber glassware. She even created a beautiful floral chandelier from grapevine, silver dollar eucalyptus, red roses, spray roses and hand dyed dupioni silk with votive candles, suspended from the trees, that hung near the delicious cake display. The chandelier was an easy DIY project and added a touch of elegance to our backdrop. The bridal bouquet included anemones, ranunculus, succulents, blue thistle, austwater garden roses, red piano garden roses, Queen Ann’s Lace, white veronica, spray roses, peppermint geranium, and jasmine wrapped in hand dyed dupioni silk.

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pink red bouquets - photo by Crystal Stokes http://ruffledblog.com/sophisticated-simplicity-wedding-ideas

Being that Charlotte is a Southern city, we had to include some elements that speak to southern hospitality! I included a potted succulent favor with the inspiration being “love blossoming.” I also designed a welcome basket that would greet guests upon arrival to the wedding weekend and included within it a mini bottle of champagne, natural soap, a Rewined candle, and a lavender sachet. I wanted to put together a welcome package with simple items that would greet the senses and give guests a feeling of relaxation, just as beautiful landscapes often do.

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sophisticated simplicity wedding ideas - photo by Crystal Stokes http://ruffledblog.com/sophisticated-simplicity-wedding-ideas

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sophisticated simplicity wedding ideas - photo by Crystal Stokes http://ruffledblog.com/sophisticated-simplicity-wedding-ideas

As I’m sure you’ve caught on, the details of the design were very important and deliberate in thought. But, the most important detail of all is that of beauty. Brides who want to celebrate beauty always inspire me! And, I wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate the beauty of nature, of simplicity, of creativity, and most importantly, of love. It was important to our team that this shoot be approachable to brides, and show elements that can inspire brides to embrace simplicity within their own weddings. We also wanted to incorporate ideas that brides could easily duplicated within their own wedding, which is why I’ve referenced a few easy DIY elements – the signature drink, floral chandelier, and the hand-dyed dupioni silk to name a few.

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sophisticated simplicity wedding ideas - photo by Crystal Stokes http://ruffledblog.com/sophisticated-simplicity-wedding-ideas

sophisticated simplicity wedding ideas - photo by Crystal Stokes http://ruffledblog.com/sophisticated-simplicity-wedding-ideas

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Shoot Location: Lincolnton, NC / Photographer: Crystal Stokes Photography / Event Design and Coordination: The Graceful Host / Floral Design: Springvine Design / Venue: The Laboratory Mill / Wedding Dress: Watters via J. Major’s Bridal Boutique / Earrings: Haute Bride / Hairpiece and Necklace: Whitney Alyssa / Hair: Lindsay Pizzuti of Mirror Bomb Studios / Makeup: Erin Ashley Makeup / Wedding Cake and Sweets: Sky’s The Limit! Custom Cakes & More / Flatware, Farm Table, Cake Table, and Chairs: Party Reflections / Glassware: Sleepy Poet Antique Mall / China and Napkins: Crate & Barrel / Paper Goods: Elisabeth Rose

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Bella Lily Bridal

Bella Lily Bridal….Redefining the Bridal Experience!

We are a specialty bridal boutique in Glendale, Arizona, where we strive to provide our brides with a genuine and unique, one-on-one experience.

In a relaxed and intimate setting, you will be surrounded by a full collection of high quality wedding dresses and a knowledgable staff of stylists to help bring your bridal fashion dreams to a reality.

From modern styles to timeless classics, our gowns are handpicked with our brides’ desires at the heart of it all. We understand shopping for a wedding dress is such a memorable occasion and we will make sure our brides not only enjoy themselves, but also walk away with the perfect dress and memories to last a life-time.

Located at 19420 N. 59th Ave. C-121, Glendale, AZ 85308

Phone: 623.825.4496

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Mexico Destination Wedding

Beach Weddings

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We don’t quite know how she does it, but whenever we see images from Alea Lovely, they look straight out of a dream. This day-after shoot from a destination wedding in Mexico is no exception — from the bride’s gauzy gown to the groom’s all-white attire, this couple popped straight out of our daydreams and into our inbox!


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From the bride, Lynette: We had a wedding for our families about one month before our wedding in Tulum, Mexico, and we wanted to make sure our Mexico wedding was just perfect and personal for us- everything we had pictured for our wedding day. So, this in itself was a bit of a unique situation, since for the last 6 months or so prior to mid September, we had been planning two weddings, one three day, 350 person multicultural wedding and one destination wedding. We figured that since our families got the wedding of their dreams, that we were fully entitled to the wedding of our dreams! Ever since Omar and I were engaged, we had envisioned an intimate wedding at a private estate situated on the beach with our closest friends. I wanted to find a location that was easy to access from the US (so that our friends would go) and actually made a list of descriptive adjectives we had in mind when we set out to find the perfect venue. We made a list entitiled “Vibe we are going for: beach, outdoors, romantic, floral, chic, spiritual, hippy, exotic, laid-back, fun, playful, party, Zen”.

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It was really important for me to choose a place that definitely had abundant natural beauty and spiritual energy, and then Tulum popped up in my online searches. It was the perfect location because we were getting married in 2012 (for those of you who know about Mayan Prophecy and the upcoming “shift in consciousness”). The name of the house we rented was Casa Chic. Loved the place because it was rustic and natural but modern and glam all at the same time.

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I found a reputable wedding planner in the area, Leanne Marie Weddings, who had a lovely local assistant, Maju, and a network of vendors and contacts in the Riviera Maya. We couldn’t have done without these ladies, the vendors and services they all brought together was outstanding! I was so concerned that the Tulum wedding would fall to the sidelines because we were so focused on the traditional family wedding, so I just had to trust that everything was going to come together. It was amazing to see it play out perfectly!

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My dress was flowy and light -a stark contrast to my stunning, albeit heavily beaded and just plain HEAVY dress from the family wedding. I had a lot of fun picking out statement accessories for a simple canvas. I felt lucky that I got to meet many great women at bridal stores with lots of style because they connected me with a lot of designers and ideas for inspiration. It felt special to top off my look with my mom’s diamond and pearl earrings. I just felt like a goddess that day, which is exactly how I wanted to feel on my wedding day! When Omar saw me for the first time in my gown and finished look he said, “This is exactly how I pictured you to look on our wedding day”.

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One of my favorite moments was a surprise guitar serenade to “Maps” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on the beach during Omar’s vows, accompanied by my dear friend Amanda McAllister, an opera singer in LA. There was also fire dancer and drum show and then we finished off our first dance with fireworks!

We were surrounded by 20 of our dearest friends, who have come into our lives over the last 10 years of our “dating” relationship, many of whom were special to us before we even met. It felt incredible to have everyone there, having a blast, dancing, eating amazing food, enjoying the stunning ocean, the sound of the waves, great music, celebrating our love, and enjoying the present moment. And Alea Lovely was there to capture it all!

In our busy adult lives its rare that large groups of friends get the space and opportunity to be able to share experiences like this with each other (weddings are the perfect time for this) it was the perfect week and the rest of my life with the one I love will always be a Honeymoon!

Wedding Location: Tulum, Mexico / Wedding Photographer: Alea Lovely / Ceremony Venue: Hechizo / Reception Venue: Casa Chic / Wedding Planning and Design: LM Weddings / Decor: Floreria Jardin & Artevelas / Wedding Dress: Saja / Hair Accessory: Claire Pettibone / Bride’s Belt: Ranjana Khan / Shoes: Paris by Debra Moreland / Hair and Makeup: MVP Hair and Makeup / Music: BOLE / DJ: Mood Events / Videographer: Cinematic Riveria Maya

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Engaging Affairs

Engaging Affairs is the D.C. area’s premier wedding planning company, creating the city’s most gracious and glamorous weddings since 1996. We’ve been ranked #1 in Washingtonian magazine ten times and have won multiple awards for our gorgeous weddings. We’ve designed weddings for movie stars, politicians and professional athletes. But what sets us apart (aside from our massive experience) is our passion for all things wedding.

Whether it’s a multi-day South Asian bash, an intimate same-sex ceremony, or a swanky museum affair, we thrive on being a part of a day devoted solely to celebrating love. Beyond getting our love fix, we are all about making our couples’ engagements the best time of their lives. Our clients are busy professionals who look to us to save them time and reduce stress so they can truly enjoy the planning process and the wedding day. We are all about streamlining and simplifying the often-overwhelming process. Most of all, we understand the years of dreaming that are entrusted to us to create one day of unforgettable moments!

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Quirky Lakefront Wedding

DIY Weddings, Whimsical Weddings

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When the ladies of Studio Nouveau told me they had a perfect wedding for Ruffled, I knew it was going to be a fun one! Lara says “We literally said to each other when we got there: “RUFFLED”, and she is oh so right. Amy and Sean live in Brooklyn, but chose to marry in Northern New Hampshire as the perfect backdrop for a New England wedding. More from Lara of Studio Nouveau: We just couldn’t get over her perfect 50’s dress and hair, and all her red, blue and yellow details. It was in the woods of NH at Rockywold Deephaven and Amy & Sean (from Brooklyn) were very true to the natural vibes there!

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Wedding Vendors (New Hampshire):

Venue: Rockywold Deephaven Camp / Photographer: Studio Nouveau / Wedding Planner and Flowers: Kate Parker Weddings / Rentals: Be Our Guest Party Rental / Caterer and Desserts: Marie Gerli (no website), Donna Love for desserts, (also no website) / Music: High Range through Cuzin Richard for ceremony and cocktail hour , DJ Ryan Parker for the reception / Paper Products: Friend of the bride and groom, Strong Studio / Wedding Dress: Lara Helene (Aurora style)

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Kara Anne Paper

Kara Anne Paper specializes in luxe, illustrated wedding invitation suites and custom calligraphy. Her one-of-a-kind designs are tailored to reflect her clients personality and wedding vision. Kara Anne provides a personable experience from the first introduction and throughout the entire wedding planning process! To see what is going on in the studio, visit www.karaannepaper.com and @karaanne_paper on instagram.

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