Having finally visited Lake Como for myself earlier this year, I can tell you it makes for a super dreamy destination wedding location. There’s no shortage of beautiful water or looming mountains, meaning you’ll always be looking at some stunning scenery, no matter where you turn. Today’s wedding from Irene Fucci, Benevent, and Cip Garden further proves how lovely the Italian destination spot is, with some seriously cute wedding ideas for you to bookmark for your own upcoming celebration.
We love hearing these words from a bride: “We wanted the land to be our decor and we added just a few personal touches to the natural beauty that surrounded us.” Newlyweds Ashley and Brian married at the breathtaking Lyons Farmette in Colorado, incorporating a few bohemian touches like a macrame ceremony backdrop and wildflower floral arrangements along the way. Thank you to Our Love is Loud for sharing your work!
From the bride, Ashley: I didn’t have a specific “style” in mind for our wedding but I knew I wanted it to be a collection of all of our favorite things. We love nature and feel very supported by the land which made it important for us to find a beautiful outdoor space that had trees, water, and a fire pit. We wanted the land to be our decor and we added just a few personal touches to the natural beauty that surrounded us.
I’d describe our day as natural, grounded, Earthy, fun! The women in the bridal party wore tones of blush, pink, and rose gold and the men wore gray suits with navy bow ties. The napkins were DIY. We purchased multiple fabrics and created the napkins for the tables, which added a nice touch. The alter was made from family members and we took lots of time and attention to bring photos and important items for our alter space and tables. One of my favorite parts of the wedding was walking through the Lyon’s Farmette garden and showing the florist, who works full time on the land, what colors and flowers I liked. She hand made the bouquets and floral arrangements the morning of our wedding and all the flowers came from the garden on site.
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Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music
This styled shoot from FreeHope Photography, Danielle Mitchell Events, and Floral Designs by Christa Rose has a bit of it all — a bohemian ceremony, an industrial reception, and serious romance tying everything together. Who knew a zinc table could look so incredibly chic?
From the photographer, FreeHope Photography: This collaboration was inspired by a rich autumn palette and a vision of eclectic vintage meets industrial, city life. We’ve incorporated a subtle elegant look of watercolor details, handmade touches in the large macrame backdrop, and indie flair with mismatched rugs lining the aisle. The simple glow of candles on the zinc top tables and against the red brick wall brought an effortless air of romance to the whole space.
Fall in Los Angeles doesn’t always lend the coolest weather, however we were lucky enough to have a cool day. The sun broke through the clouds at the perfect time for the couple to have an intimate moment on the rooftop, giving us incredible views of the LA skyline and even better photos.
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Everything about today’s feature wholeheartedly embraces the true spirit of a southern wedding. A family-style reception dinner, a choir singing “Oh Happy Day!,” and a classic bridal look are just some of the pieces that fit together to make Beth and Zack’s day a beautiful one to remember. Photos by Heart, Christina Sloan Events, and Studio Flower all worked together wonderfully here!
From the event designer and planner, Christina Sloan Events: A crisp, October evening and a gorgeous villa was the setting for Beth and Zack’s wedding. An intimate gathering of family and friends came together to celebrate the couple and was treated to an elegant, Southern-inspired family style meal and tons of gorgeous details, from the custom, hand-lettered mirror menu and place cards to the beautiful place settings.
Beth and Zack wanted an evening that treated their guests to Southern hospitality, full of elegant details and custom design, while still incorporating their fun personalities. As a surprise to her new groom and her guests, Beth arranged for the Birmingham Mass Community Choir to come out during the recessional with a cheerful rendition of “Oh, Happy Day.” From beginning to end, it was a day of love, celebration, good food, and gorgeous details.
A retro inspired photoshoot with a color palette of blues and reds is just what the doc ordered for today, so we’re thrilled to share this beauty from Vanessa Velez, Soco Alicea, Rodri Studio. Loosely inspired by The Notebook, this shoot explores the imagined wedding between Allie and Noah with a lovely ceremony vignette and vintage inspired details aplenty.
From the photographer, Vanessa Velez: As an avid reader and total romance addict Soco Alicea planned this wonderful shoot inspired by the epic Notebook novel. While I had seen many shoots done with this idea, we had yet to find one that actually got inspired to create their what if wedding. So we decided we wanted to take it upon ourselves to actually create the magical wedding that would have been in the Notebook if the main characters had gotten to the altar on screen.
When our designer Rodri came on board he simply created magic and with the inspiration of the bicycles and the color scheme we came up with he created a creative and fun ceremony setup. We wanted to really incorporate the idea of the vintage feel and the water so we really worked with having a lot of details and colorful set ups that had the story embedded in each vignette. It was all about creating stories inside the story we where conveying on the shoot.
Today’s wedding is the perfect depiction of a fairy tale wedding come true. Bride Alyssa wanted her wedding to be a reflection of every girl’s dream wedding growing up, but with a grownup approach — or, as she says, “like Cinderella’s Ball, but at the cottage instead of the castle.” Lora Grady Photography, Kaleb Norman James, and Dancing Fox Weddings and Events did exquisite work bringing this vision to life!
From the bride, Alyssa: From the very beginning stages of planning I knew I wanted our wedding to feel like a fairytale. I wanted it to be exactly how every little girl pictures her wedding when she grows up, but with the adult class and romance. I wanted the décor to represent an enchanted forest or garden. We had a lot of beautiful greenery throughout the venue and in the florals, and there were all shades of pink represented in the flowers which were mostly roses. I wanted the day to feel just magical, romantic, and warm, and like an escape from everyday life into a celebration of our love story in a picturesque setting. Although our venue, being a farm, feels rustic and most weddings held there go with the country feel, I wanted ours to bring elegance inside the barn walls. I told our florist “Like Cinderella’s Ball, but at the cottage instead of the castle.”
Our color scheme was multiple shades of pink, with accents of pale/sky blue and gold. The theme was cottage fairytale, I am a big Disney fan if you can’t tell already (Miguel proposed in front of the castle at Disneyland!) but I wanted to eliminate anything “cheesy” or childish and add elements that would portray that whole vibe but still be very elegant and timeless. I designed our logo and printed it on stickers for the top of the 2oz jars of honey butter for the favors. The groom is a former chef and made the honey butter from scratch and then him and my maid of honor spent a few hours tying bows around each jar while I worked on other projects! All of the calligraphy was done by myself, I learned calligraphy before sending out save the dates and hand lettered all the addresses on the save the dates and invitations. I also did the name cards and all of the signage you see was done in the late hours of the night wondering if I would ever finish! Haha. The animals attached to the name cards were hands down a favorite part of the décor! My MOH and I spray painted them all gold and then attached them to the cards with string. They were adorable, especially the dinosaurs! We spent way too much time assigning different animals to each guest thinking about which one might be their favorite. We also had a couple of birdcages that were spray painted and the programs were designed and printed and then we added the gold elements to them as well.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t procrastinate! Create a timeline and stick to it. Also, you can only pin on Pinterest so much before you have to sift through all of the ideas and narrow down what your big day will actually look like. I printed out my favorite pins and created a vision board to keep me on track of the ideas that I really loved and wanted to see come to life for my wedding. Also, just enjoy the day. It goes by SO fast! There is no time throughout the day where you aren’t busy doing photos, or talking with guests, or getting ready with the bridal party so remember to take as much of it in as possible and remember the little moments and the feelings and emotions that you experience as the day goes on.
Bridal Party Processional: “Lavender’s Blue,” Jim Brickman (from the new Cinderella movie)
Bride’s Processional: “Someday My Prince Will Come,” Jim Brickman
Recessional: “The Princess Bride – Storybook Love,” Vitamin String Quartet
First Dance: “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Little Girl,” Tim McGraw
Again, I wanted all of these princess-y elements to be subtle, for those who don’t know them they just sound like pretty instrumentals but for those who do know, had an “I see what she did there” moment.
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We hope you’re ready for a dose of glamour, because today’s shoot is pulling no punches. Gloria Mesa Photography, Christina Lauren, and Ilana Ashley Events all collaborated on this stylish wedding session at Maravilla Gardens, where fuchsia and purple come together in a beautiful symphony and there’s no shortage of mouth-watering desserts to choose from.
From the event designer, Christina Lauren: Tumbling roses, everblooming flowers, and lush greenery overwhelm the second you step into Maravilla Gardens. The original plan for this styled wedding was very natural: wild flowers, fresh California produce, exposed wood, and a splash of glamour. The creative process evolved into something much more romantic, and a bit rebellious. We chose three main stages to show event trends: bridal party table, cozy sitting lounge, and towering displays of dessert.
Peppered with flickering tea lights and bowls of California grown berries, a lacy-sequined blush runner slithered down the 9′ ebony table set for 12. Name card flags were placed in plums, a ridiculously charming, easy, DIY project. We chose to monogram linen napkins with guest’s initials. In lieu of cutesy favors, guests would take something home both practical and personal. We also weren’t afraid to mix metals: copper chargers, brass candlesticks, and gold flatware. The living room inspired sitting lounge, perched over California mountains, was set for those who prefer intimate conversations over the dance floor. Marsala taper candles provided the perfect ambient light, the kind that makes everyone look flawless. Lots of pillows and throws added a cozy element, while their colors reinforced the overall look of the wedding.
Dessert tables, rich with color and decadence, were draped with leafy greens, and roses plucked from Maravilla Gardens. The naked cake adorned with natural produce, seduced with its 9 stacking layers. The dessert bar, three levels high, boasted organic berries and citrus from local farm stands.
Bold and interesting details danced throughout the shoot. Overflowing arrangements dripping in Amaranthus boasted Coxcomb, hydrangea, and deep purple callas. The florals were partnered with veggies like artichoke and eggplant adding a level of abundance and masculinity. The bride’s bouquet was something more wild and simplified – a nod to her casual cool attitude. She wore a traditional lace two-piece gown puddling just enough to conceal her magenta Manolos. Her beau in a traditional tux, “I feel like Bruce Wayne” he boasted posing next to the 1958 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce. That was a moment of ‘aha’ for the team, because shouldn’t everyone feel like Batman on their ‘styled’ wedding?!
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Calling all bohemian brides, this one’s for you! This shoot from Canadian wedding vendors Sharon Litchfield Photography, Cocktails and Details, and Tickled Floral explores the boho side of wedding fashion, coupling it with incredible event styling and design and cheerful pink, purple, and yellow. Those coral charm peonies in the bouquet are especially calling my name!
From the photographer, Sharon Litchfield Photography: This shoot started as a project to tap into a part of my personality that I don’t get to explore often. To go outside my aesthetic and trying new angles, and exploring a new side of my photography. This shoot is bohemian inspired – the embroidered tent, hand picked style bouquet, macrame plant hangers, and dream catchers all played a part of making the shoot feel organic, whimsy, and gypsy like. We especially love the rug we dug out from the wedding planner’s garage to put under the wooden table. It adds to the eclectic vibe we were going for. For the bridal styling, we opt for minimal makeup and soft wavy hair for the natural look. We played with different hair pieces (using a veil as a bridal cap, a head chain, and then a floral crown) to create different looks.
Garden party weddings are right up our alley, and all the better when they take place in the own bride’s family’s backyard. Kori and Jaron not only exchanged vows on family land, but they also had Kori’s sister, the gifted Danielle of Danielle Elizabeth Inc., behind the camera and handling the reins of wedding design and floral arrangements. Talk about talent!
From the photographer and event planner, Danielle of Danielle Elizabeth Inc.: As a wedding planner, I have had the pleasure of working with many brides who are all very special and unique in their own way, however there was something EXTRA exciting when my sister got engaged and gave me full creative reign over wedding planning, event, and floral design. It was a short engagement of only 4 months, which meant a full-time labor of love planning this backyard wedding at our parent’s country estate.
Held in our parent’s front yard, the ceremony was a beautiful celebration of love between my sister and her husband. We had the ceremony arbor constructed specifically for this wedding. Built out of rough cedar logs we topped it off with an oil-rubbed bronze chandelier which now hangs in the home of the bride and groom. The chairs were arranged in a semi-circle pattern to allow for maximum viewing of the ceremony from all angles. The ceremony chairs were adorned with ivory satin sashes and burlap bows. The burlap bows were a fun DIY project created by me and my sister for the wedding chairs. The bride walked out the front door of her parent’s country home and down the aisle where she met her husband-to-be.
The reception began with the guests filing back toward the back yard where they found their escort cards (designed by Teresa Lang Design) attached to jute twine strung inside an old fireplace mantle, which I repainted and distressed for the wedding. That was a fun DIY project as well. The escort cards were a fun interactive way to get the guests excited about finding their seats. They were scratch off cards with their table number hiding beneath the scratch off sticker. From there the guests were led to their seats where they found their place card attached (via clothespin) to a small potted succulent. The place cards (also designed by Teresa Lang) were all a unique design to each guest, with care instructions for the succulents on the back of the place cards. The place settings were made up of eclectic vintage china which was collected by the mother of the groom over the course of the engagement.
The cake table was built around the center tree in the backyard which also anchored the string lights which hung above the tables at the reception in a wagon wheel pattern. We also hung mini chandeliers and lanterns in the cake table tree. The cakes were baked by Rosebeary’s Designs in Baking, and were decorated with succulents by a friend of the bride. The wooden hand carved sweetheart table was decorated with wooden letters spelling the last name of the bride and groom, as well as a flower arrangement in an antique silver pitcher. The bistro tables near the bar were decorated with various antique silver pieces collected by the mother of the groom. Overall, it was an insanely beautiful night. The weather was absolute perfection. Even the taper candles on the tables stayed lit all night long. All the guests danced well into the night and enjoyed the warmth of the fire pit along with the warmth of the love between my sister and her husband.
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The more we see amaranthus used in wedding decor, the quicker it becomes a favorite of ours. Coriander Girl masterfully draped the beautiful bloom for a hanging chandelier over the reception tables in Niveen and Rob’s winter garden wedding in Toronto, beautifully captured by Olive Photography. Get ready for a big dose of pretty!
From the bride, Niveen: We were actually hoping for a summer outdoor/garden wedding. But, life happened and we ended up buying a house. My family is traditional and preferred that I move in after we are married. So we planned the wedding in 6 months because we’d rather be together than wait for the summer sun! Luckily, it’s a less busy time and it was possible for us to find some fantastic artists, venue, and vendors on such short notice.
Other than taking photos in the cold, it was perfect! And I wouldn’t change the time even if I had the chance to. In the end I got the garden wedding I wanted, thanks to our brilliant Florist at Coriander Girl. We knew we wanted something lush and romantic and more colorful than a typical white winter wedding and she made it happen. We had all the lovely vintage touches through the fantastic Krista Jane and the awesomeness that is Archeo.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Just because it’s winter it doesn’t mean that it has to lack life or color! We ran in the opposite direction of silver and white, and went with gold, navy and deep pink and purple jewel tones. Another tip, no matter what your budget is, hire a day of coordinator! I didn’t want to think of a thing during that day besides having the time of my life. Last one, use your gut/instincts, I met with a few photographers, and florists, and something just clicked with who we ended up with. Everything felt natural, and honestly, and I couldn’t have met greater and more talented people!
From the photographer, Anastasia of Olive Photography: Niveen and Rob had a memorable reception with a jaw-dropping floral arrangement above their head table (along with seriously stunning florals throughout), super cool sweet table with chocolate-dipped oreos (their favourite cookie), baklava (a nod to Niveen’s culture) and doughnuts, and surprise entertainment in the form of dancers who impressively balanced candelabras on their heads! They also had a ‘love lock’ engraved with their initials and wedding date to secure to a wall amongst those of other lovebirds near their venue that they can visit and smile at for years to come. Niveen sported a super cute stole to keep her warm (can you believe it’s H&M?), an eye-catching headpiece, and blue velvet shoes as her ‘something blue’. Rob had a nifty and totally dapper tie clip along with a custom-tailored suit.
Few things make us think of romance as much as the idea of eloping, so we’re especially thrilled to share today’s styled shoot from Sweetlife Photography and Heirbloom Floral. Some of Portland’s best wedding vendors teamed up to create a styled scene full of hot fuchsia, cool teal, pops of gold, and an amaranthus chandelier we’d love to try for ourselves!
From the event designer, Heirbloom Floral: Creative collaboration can truly make something beautiful, magical, and most importantly, inspiring. I had the pleasure of teaming up with Sweetlife Photography and several other Portland wedding vendors to represent some of the finest local talents. Together, we created our Boho-Bliss Winterland Elopement photo shoot and it was nothing short of perfection. A blanket of snow, vibrant florals, and gold-dipped feathers inspired this enchanting jewel-toned elopement inspiration. Our bride and groom represent beauty, love, spontaneity, and utter bliss, and Oregon’s Mount Hood was the most ideal location to conceive this wonderfully eclectic elopement. The snow covered evergreens, crisp air, and the nearby running river were invigorating and tied the story of our shoot together effortlessly.
Our beautiful bride has a very soft and feminine style. Face Body Beauty went with a neutral color palette for her face and eye makeup, and a lovely pop of rich color on her lips. Her loose, free-flowing curls captured the aesthetics of our bohemian bride and brought a confidence to her that shines in every photo. Her gorgeous gown was provided by The English Department, and was without a doubt the most perfect dress. The ‘Samantha’ dress, designed by Leanne Marshall (Season 5 Project Runway winner), has a beautiful ivory Alençon lace sculpted bustier bodice with a full-gathered silk chiffon skirt. Finding a dress that would organically “flow” was something Sweetlife Photography envisioned and this dress did not disappoint! The bridal accessories were also provided by The English Department to complete our bride’s look. Designer Mignonne Handmade created her unique floral headpiece, affectionately named the ‘Portland Rose’, and features brass flowers and leaves, glass rhinestones, and pearls. The English Department designed her sash—a double strand of gold cased rhinestones on an ivory silk grosgrain ribbon. Finally, to bring in some boldness and represent a little excitement and winter-spontaneity, we incorporated a peacock blue stole from Anthropologie to keep her warm on her special day.
Our handsome groom is styled with a paisley printed collared shirt, navy blue bow tie, and a maroon quilted blazer—all provided by Scotch & Soda. His quilted blazer works nicely in our winter setting, and gives him a cozy yet dapper look. My vision for our sweetheart table included a floral chandelier to display above, so we found a quiet spot that perfectly nestled-in our table, cake display, and beverage bar. Vintage Mingle provided the most complimentary props and décor for our shoot (my personal favorite being the vintage sled). Each piece used was meant to reflect the couple’s stylish personality. Vintage books, antique brass vases, fruits, nuts, and lavender vessels all played a part in our tablescape to create texture and add variance in color. The palette of vibrant magentas and purples, peacock blues and accents of sparkly gold, was just the right contrast to the glowing white snow in the background.
Our delectable cake with a gold stripe finish was provided by Palace Cakes, which was placed on top of a plum colored cake stand and finished off with magenta roses for the cake topper. Tribes ‘n Pines beautifully hand-lettered our invitation and menu card. Incorporating feathers and gold ink were subtle details that helped tell the story and style of our couple. Being able to design and provide the flowers was my favorite part of the shoot. My small business, Heirbloom Floral, aims to create unique, romantic and whimsical arrangements. In this shoot, I used bright magenta roses, violet lisianthus, silver brunia, fuchsia amaranthus, and loads of seeded eucalyptus. Our floral chandelier, cake topper roses, and small garland for our sled are fun ways I ignited creative interest for our shoot. Nothing excited me more than finding unique ways to incorporate our florals and enhance the beauty of the day!
While elopements are usually a spontaneous decision and quickly planned, our hope is to inspire couples to still make it their dream day. We wanted to capture the realism of an elopement, but bring in elements of playfulness, free spirits, and creativity. The day was full of excitement, unexpected details and lots of love! Sweetlife Photography truly captured the essence of our shoot and you can see how exceptional their work is in every photo produced. At the end of their special day, our couple bundled up with blankets, piled some firewood on their sled, and made a small fire while drinking cinnamon-cranberry mulled wine. I could not have created or styled this whole shoot without the help of our talented vendors. I hope this leaves others with a sense of excitement, inspiration, and of course, love.
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If ever there were a wedding that perfectly encapsulated “elegant rustic,” it would be this beauty from Connection Photography. Fusing glam details with good old fashioned southern charm, Mary Margaret and Michael’s wedding was nothing short of memorable for their truly once-in-a-lifetime event.
From the bride, Mary Margaret: Fearrington Village absolutely exudes southern hospitality and rustic elegance. In choosing a style and feeling for our once in a lifetime event, my husband and I, both natives of North Carolina, envisioned a southern wedding as unique and exceptional as Fearrington Village itself. Above all, a truly memorable and fun celebration with our closest friends and families was at the top of our wish list.
Overall, our wedding could be described as rustic, elegant, bold, romantic, and whimsical. In combination with the charming and naturally graceful backdrop that Fearrington Village provided, our primary inspiration for the color scheme began with the bridesmaids dresses, fashioned from a luscious and bold floral brocade in shades of pink, purple, and red, with gold stitching throughout. This romantic botanical motif in rich berry hues, along with touches of sparkling gold, were incorporated in every aspect of the wedding, and provided an unexpected and refreshing divergence from the more prevalent colors of Fall in North Carolina. The undeniably talented owner/designer of the bespoke paper boutique, Indigo and Company (and one of my bridesmaids!), further translated this theme into custom invitations, ceremony programs, and dinner menus.
Another more subtle motif carried throughout the day was that of a moon and stars. This was illustrated in our ceremony recessional, “Starlight” by Muse, our first dance song, “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra, our cake topper, and a giant glittering gold half crescent moon made out of wood that guests could actually sit on for photo opportunities during the reception. In fact, the idea for the giant moon originated from a much-loved vintage image of my grandparents as young adults posing on such a moon, as was common in the first half of the 20th century. Displayed alongside the photo booth, the timeless image of my grandparents gave a nostalgic nod to the past, while the new moon allowed for the formation of fresh memories with family and friends.
Any advice for couples planning their wedding now? Plan ahead! When the official wedding date is first set, it may feel like a lifetime away, and that there is an endless amount of time to plan. This period of time is the most ideal in which to go ahead a start considering caterers, musicians, photographers, and any other big ticket vendors, as many of these folks become entirely booked a year or more in advance. Make the effort to do the research while there are still plenty of fish in the sea to choose from, then go ahead and pull the trigger! Chances are, you will still be thrilled with these decisions on the day of the wedding if you are staying true to yourself and your vision. Another piece of advice – be as flexible as warranted for any given situation that does not go exactly as planned (because nothing ever goes exactly as planned!), and always have a backup strategy up your sleeve. Make a valiant effort to remain calm and level-headed about circumstances that cannot be controlled, such as the weather. Our wedding day was undoubtedly gloomy and uncharacteristically chilly for the time of year. Because of the dreadful weather, however, we had the ability to serve hot apple cider and enjoy a real wood fire in the stone fireplace during the ceremony without fear of broiling our guests. Furthermore, use was actually made of the tonal pashminas provided to each guest in order to “have and to hold, and shelter them from the cold.” Sometimes, the silver lining to an undesirable situation turns out to be even more fabulous than if the original plan had gone off without a hitch.
Bridal Party Processional: Haydn’s Andante No. 7
Bride’s Processional: Bach’s Wachet Auf
Recessional: “Starlight,” Muse
First Dance: “Fly Me to the Moon,” Frank Sinatra
Wedding Location: Pittsboro, NC / Photographer: Connection Photography / Wedding Planner: Cheryl-Anne Kast of Fearrington Village / Florist: Mary Stevens of Fearrington Village / Venue: The Garden Terrace at Fearrington Village / Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hairpiece and Earrings: BHLDN / Hair and Makeup: Jennifer Ericksen Hair and Makeup / Bridesmaid’s Dress: Alice + Olivia / Bridesmaid’s Shoes and Pashmina: J.Crew / Earrings and Bracelet: Nadri / Groom and Groomsmen Suit and Shirt: Jos A. Bank / Groom and Groomsmen Tie: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan / Caterer and Wedding Cake: Fearrington Village / Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Corda Entertainment / Reception Music: Groovetown Band / Wedding Invitations: Indigo and Company / Transportation: Carolina Livery
Ever since this styled shoot loosely inspired by Frida Kahlo landed in our inbox, we haven’t been able to take our eyes off it. Every bit is styled impeccably – from the gold place setting, to the floral crown, to the groom’s dapper blue checked suit, to the lush burgundy bouquet. Milton Photography, Birds & Honey Events, and Akiko Floral Artistry absolutely outdid themselves with this one!
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.” -Frida Kahlo
From the event designer, Mona of Birds & Honey Events: Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón, better known as Frida Kahlo, has always been an inspiration to me. Frida, to me, was the epitome of a beautiful and “confident in all the right ways” kind of woman. Frida Kahlo was a “gem” in the truest and strongest sense of the word. Ever since I was a little girl I felt such a deep connection to her. Her eyes, her lips. I remember falling in love over and over again with her and her art. All those colours. All those colours and emotions she evoked. She was a revolutionary gal who liked to live in constant self-expression; I believe this is most evident in her art, the way she dressed, and the way she carried herself. She basically never gave a damn what anyone thought of her. I have always wanted to pay tribute to this beautiful woman and I soon began dreaming of how I could bring all of those beautiful colors and emotions to life as wedding inspiration for those brides who were wanting a wedding that was both soft and powerful all at the same time.
Shoot Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Photographer: Milton Photography / Creative Direction and Styling: Birds & Honey Events / Florist: Akiko Floral Artistry / Wedding Dresses: Alvina Valenta and Hayley Paige via Delica Bridal / Hair: Katie Belland / Makeup: Amy Robertson / Rentals: Special Event Rentals / Stationery and Calligraphy: Cass Deller Design / Models: Spencer B of Mode Models and Merran Elizabeth
We just adore the trend of pomegranates (or any fruit, really!) in wedding decor. Those pomegranates are the focus of this styled Christmas wedding from Tyler Rye Photography, Forevermore Events, and Bloomers Flowers & Decor, who take the traditional reds and greens of the holiday season and update them with a modern twist in a unique desert location.
From the photographer, Tyler Rye: We wanted to put a little twist on the traditional holiday Inspiration shoot. We added fun details like an old sled and a hand made table by Tyler Rye Photography. We wanted a shoot that would remind people of the beauty of the holidays with out being too traditional.
Shoot Location: St. George, UT / Photographer: Tyler Rye Photography / Event Design and Styling: Forevermore Events / Floral Design: Bloomers Flowers & Decor / Venue: Private residence / Hair: Sittin’ Pretty Studio Salon / Wedding Invitations: Alex Obering Design
Oh dear readers, just wait until you catch a glimpse of the incredible floral design by Whim Events in this New England wedding that Nicole Baas Photography captured. Bride Audrena gave her florist a few key words to describe her vision, including lush, moody, and texture (perfect for fall or winter, right?).
From the bride, Audrena: The love story of Tim and I started fifteen years ago when I was fourteen and Tim was seventeen and we were both working together at the small local bakery. We both had very large teenage crushes but it wouldn’t be until about 10 years later that we reconnected and discovered we were living right down the street from one another in Boston! Our friendship blossomed into something more one day when I was sick and Tim came over with tons of goodies to fast forward my recovery and I just knew in that moment that he would always be the person by my side to do whatever he could to take care of me. One of the most surreal moments of our wedding day was cutting our beautiful cake that was provided by the same bakery where it all began! For our wedding I envisioned a romantic and elegant yet intimate and wildly fun night with the people we love and cherish. I am a hopeless romantic and am so in love with love and wanted to share those feelings with our guests and make them all leave our wedding wanting to go home and make babies!
Flower recipe: Florals were an extremely important aspect of the wedding decor to me. The wonderful women of Whim Events knew the key words for florals were “lush” and “moody” and “texture.” Roses, hanging amaranthus, Dahlias, Coxcomb, Protea, and even Pomegranates were use to create the most gorgeous flower arrangements of my dreams! When my bouquet was unveiled to me I couldn’t help but burst into tears, it was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined and I am still dreaming of the gorgeous floral arrangements Whim created throughout our ceremony and reception. One of my favorite moments was swaying in the middle of the room with my new husband and him leaning down and gushing into my ear about how beautiful everything looked.
I wanted our guests to feel surrounded by warmth and love and to feel as if they were dropped right into a page of a story book romance. We used warm reds, rich golds, lush greens and moody pinks to create our own enchanted world. My now husband, Tim, mounted frames I found at Crompton collective, a local antique market place, onto cork boards and the ladies of Whim Events added the moss and they became our escort card holders. I spent months collecting the vintage books and love themed magazines and vintage trays that were used throughout our venue. I typed love poems for each table to really keep the feeling of romance flowing throughout the night. My mom graciously gifted us her brightly colored vintage vase collection which were used during our cocktail hour.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Make sure when hiring vendors you create a dream team for yourself. Go with your gut and hire the people who get who you are as a couple and what envision for your big day. Natalie and Moira of Whim Events took every last detail I had floating around in my whimsical mind and using items I spent months and months collecting, helped create the gorgeous, moody and lush surroundings we wanted. I hired a photographer I knew I could trust capture the moments I would want to look back on which helped us really be in the moment with each other and our friends and family the day of the wedding. We knew we didn’t want a stuffy, boring ceremony and I was lucky to meet our officiant Amanda Brown at a small wedding fair and I am very grateful for it. Amanda brought our friends and family right into our love story through her engaging storytelling and she created a very personalized and touching ceremony. There was hardly a dry eye in the house in-between bouts of laughter! After dinner our DJ and old friend, Jon Strader got everyone up and dancing and kept them on that dance floor until the very end of the night! we knew we wanted a killer dance party with friends and family and that we certainly had! It is very easy to get consumed by all the aspects of wedding planning but having faith in my vendors allowed me to take the breathers I needed, trust that everything would come together, and refocus on what was truly important- marrying the love of my life and having a hell of a dance party after!
Bridal Party Processional: “I’ll Stand By You,” Vitamin String Quartet
Bride’s Processional: “I Found a Reason,” Cat Power
Recessional: “Another One Bites the Dust,” Queen
Bridal Party Entrance: “Strangehold,” Ted Nugent
Newlywed Entrance: Bruins Goal Song (“Zombie Nation,” Kernkraft 400)
First Dance: “Waste,” Phish
Cake Cutting Song: “Love You Madly,” Cake
Couples’ Dance: “This Will be Our Year,” The Zombies
Parents’ Dance: “When You Need Me,” Bruce Springsteen
Last Dance: “It Was a Good Day,” Ice Cube
Wedding Location: Worcester, MA / Photographer: Nicole Baas Photography / Event and Floral Design: Whim Events / Venue and Caterer: Beechwood Hotel / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm via Vows / Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Dancing Shoes: Zara / Alterations and Veil: Alterations by Hranush / Earrings: BHLDN / Hairpiece: Twigs And Honey / Rings: Joseph Gann Jewelers / Garter: TheLittleWhiteDress / Hair: Shag Salon / Makeup: NKD Waxing, Lashes And Makeup / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Sue Wong / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Wedding Cake: Gerado’s Italian Bakery (it’s where we both worked together in high school!) / DJ: Jon Strader / Framed Program Mirror: Susan Dodge / Custom designed hash tag and welcome signs: Stephanie Love Design / Custom “Here comes your bride/Mr. and Mrs.” Sign: ArtsyQuotes / Sweetheart Table “Better Together” Sign: ZCreateDesign / Ribbon Wands: tiasdresses / Officiant: Amanda Brown / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Calligraphy: Yennygrams
Could there ever be a more perfect pairing than two artists marrying in the woodsy setting of the Pacific Northwest? We think not. Amber and Chris, the aforementioned artists and now happy newlyweds, heeded some thoughtful advice from Amber’s mother to cherish and enjoy the entire planning process and keep the focus on their love, a strategy that helped their wedding day to be relaxed, full of personal touches, and absolutely gorgeous. Thank you Hazelwood Photo for taking control behind the camera!
From the bride, Amber: We love the outdoors and the Pacific Northwest. We wanted to create something that truly incorporated the seasonal tastes, textures and vibe of the wild side of Portland. We also wanted to add in our own aesthetic with lots of hand made details and elements created by ourselves and our friends and family. The style mixed raw natural elements (wood, twigs, herbs, wildflowers) with rustic elements like brass and glass and other vintage objects. We let the beautiful landscape of the location do most of the talking in the end. We also let the season dictate the menu and flowers so we left those undecided until the last minute. The bartenders and caterers helped us create the freshest offerings using what was at peak ripeness.
We had lots of DIY projects. My dad made the photo booth backdrop, our illustrator friend John Vance helped us design our invites, we made the favors using rosemary from our yard, and we also made the table settings using trees and branches from our yard. We designed all the logos, artwork, chalkboard signs, escort cards, etc, we worked with the Bartenders to create signature cocktails. I collected vintage vessels, bottles, candle holders and statues for the centerpieces. I volunteered at a local flower garden in exchange for most of the flowers. The rest were picked at my brother’s farm and our own garden. My cousin and I arranged all the flowers and made the boutonnieres and my bouquet. 3 of my girl friends made all the desserts from scratch, decorating them with flowers from our garden as well.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Although it felt overwhelming at times, I am so happy that I spent the time adding in personal touches for our wedding. I’ve been to a lot of cookie cutter weddings that looked beautiful but said little to nothing about the bride and groom. So many of our guests expressed that they were overwhelmed by the intimacy and creativity of our wedding. I credit that to the fact that we put a little of ourselves into every detail. It not only made our guests feel connected to us and our love, but we also made amazing memories for ourselves by doing this work. My mom gave me the greatest advice a few months before the wedding… “Your wedding will happen so quickly that you might not remember every moment. The part you will remember is the careful planning and preparation, so make sure to make that special.” We did, and it made all the difference.
We hired a killer guitarist for the ceremony. He played acoustic classics like Erik Satie Gymnopedie No 1. For the reception, we hired an amazing DJ duo called Natural Magic. They played everything from Stevie Wonder to Washed Out to Giorgio Moroder to Q Lazzarus. We wanted “anti-wedding” tunes, but things you could sing along to and dance to without feeling like a typical wedding playlist.
Wedding Location: Corbett, OR / Photographer: Hazelwood Photo / Flowers: Created by myself with friends and family. Flowers mostly came from Sunblossom Farm in Portland / Venue: Bridal Veil Lakes / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller via The English Department / Bracelet: Alkemie / Earrings: Better Late Than Never / Hair and Makeup: Kristie Wight / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Tie Pin: MankindByBella / Caterer: Crave Catering / Desserts: Abby Auch, Crystal Cullison, Stephanie Haas / Bartenders: Mint & Mirth / DJs: Natural Magic / Guitarist: Ryan Walsh / Vintage Furniture Rentals: Something Borrowed / Photo Booth: Aniko / Photo Booth Backdrop: John Votel / Wedding Invitations: John Vance / Custom Logo design (used on invites and glassware): Martin Schmetzer / Transportation: Ecoshuttle
New Year’s might be a few months off, but we feel it’s never too soon to start poring over beautiful inspiration images full of sequins, glitter, and pizazz. So when we saw this shoot from the team of Lisa Mallory Photography, Lindsey Marie Events, and Flowers by Kim, we knew it would be worth sharing early. Do you love the sparkly bridesmaid dresses as much as we do?
From the designer, Lindsey of Lindsey Marie Events: Hello 2015! I don’t know what could be better than to ring in the New Year with a wedding. For this New Year’s Eve inspiration shoot, I wanted to shy away from the traditional black and gold to show that metallics with a pop of emerald green and orchid can be just as fancy! I definitely did not want to break the tradition of sequins, confetti, and champs, as New Year’s just wouldn’t be the same without some sparkle and bubbles! So romantic to see confetti falling from the sky as the bride and groom toast to new beginnings. So in Love!
Living in wine country, I thought it was only appropriate to host our shoot at Broken Earth Winery since New Year’s is all about the bubbly and some delicious wine! I was so lucky to have the ever so talented Lisa Mallory Photography to bring my vision to life. I had so much fun at Unlimited Events creating the most dreamy table scape. Rosey Calligraphy added to that by creating some astounding paper goods. The invitations were so fun and definitely got the party started. Cake Cathedral continued our sparkle theme with a 3 tiered sequin cake. Flowers by Kim made over the top cascading bouquets, which showed that even in winter Pantone orchid with a pale pink can be in style.
How gorgeous do the bride and bridesmaids look! Their glamourous looks could not have been done without the amazingly talented makeup artist Carrie Marie Artistry and stylish updos from Amy Castaniero. Top that off with a rhinestone bridal gown and mismatched sequin bridesmaid dresses make them truly steal the show! I had such an amazing time with this shoot and a BIG thank you to everyone that participated! Cheers to a New Year and New Beginnings. Happy 2015!
Shoot Location: Paso Robles, CA / Photographer: Lisa Mallory Photography / Event Design: Lindsey Marie Events / Floral Design: Flowers by Kim / Venue: Broken Earth Winery / Hair: Amy Castaniero / Makeup: Carrie Marie Artistry / Wedding Cake: Cake Cathedral / DJ: Epic Entertainment / Equipment Rentals: Unlimited Events Inc. / Calligraphy: ROSEY CALLIGRAPHY
Today’s bride and groom implemented what’s sure to be a new favorite activity into their wedding ceremony — potting their first plant as newlyweds. Bride Chelle is an organic gardener, so it makes sense that the couple’s wedding day would be full of warm tones, lush greenery, and beautiful flowers from I Bloom. Thanks to Mullers Photography for capturing the wedding day!
From the bride, Chelle: I love gardening and we love being out of doors, so we wanted to have a very organic bright feeling. My bouquet was at least half edible plant based (apples, chamomile, kale, berries, etc) by request, and I basically left the specific color choices up to I Bloom. I just said warm colors, and gave a few flower/plant suggestions. My mom painted the figures for the guest table and cake toppers from scratch, and we got a handmade guest book for people to do the Polaroids. The table name cards were Polaroid themed as well. The theme was mainly just making memories and having a very organic, warm, comfortable feel to the day. I always wanted to marry outside, preferably in a garden. Lucile’s was the first and only place I visited, and the courtyard garden, and elegant inside space, was perfect. I am an organic gardener, and wanted the ceremony to have that kind of warm, welcoming and bright feeling. I also wanted to have a “old” feeling to the event, not necessarily vintage but just a feeling that this was part of a long tradition. The cobblestone and ivy colored brick walls outside really embodied that tone.
I didn’t really have a traditional color scheme planned, it kind of just pieced itself together. I wanted warm colors for the bouquet, peaches, pinks, reds, purples. I knew that I wanted bright green napkins for the table to go with the stained glass, and also green’s my favorite color. The week before the wedding Jerrod decided he wanted a red tie, so we bought red bow ties as well for the boys. I know it sounds crazy, but I kind of went about all this organically as things came up! One thing that definitely was planned, was the guest book idea – to buy a polaroid and have people take photos of themselves along with the notes. They ended up taking a lot of other ones too, and we pasted those into the book – the perfect keepsake. Also, the wooden figurines for the guest table and the cake were painted by my mother.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Keep an eye out for ideas, but take your time. I had almost zero stress because two big decisions were made well and early on – location and photographers. Focus on these two, and your florist and after that it’s really just about having fun. I planned a few key things for the event from the beginning, as I had them already in mind for some time, but other than that everything just unfolded gradually. Even things like Jerrod’s tie, and the boys’ bow ties, or the polaroid name cards were only planned a week out from the wedding date, and on an unrelated errand I ran over the weekend. So one example, is that I had no idea what to use for the place cards, and nothing had felt right so far. I was at Target and happened to see a set of polaroid blank cards on clearance for a few bucks. They were beautiful and perfect for our polaroid guest book theme! If you have an open mind, and aren’t too rigid about your requirements, there will be so many things that present themselves to you. Just trust your gut!
Processional: Debussey Arabesque No 1 in E Major
The recessional was cheering and flower petal throwing by our family… :D
First Dance: “What We Do,” Troubled Hubble
Father/Daughter Dance: “Sea of Love,” Cat Power
Mother/Son Dance: “Mother & Child Reunion,” Paul Simon
Wedding Location: Omaha, NE / Photographer: Mullers Photography / Flowers: I Bloom / Venue: Lucile’s Old Market / Wedding Dress and Veil: David’s Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Bloom / Dress Hanger: AntoArts / Hair: Lexi Lanka / Makeup: Ashley Gaa / Groom’s Suit: Indochino / Caterer: Hap Abraham Catering / Wedding Cake: Whole Foods
It’s amazing how much of an impact a wedding day detail can have – like, say, the ring pillow. Creating a custom “pillow” filled with fresh flowers and moss is a surprisingly simple task with such an incredible wow-factor, that it was impossible for us not to fall for this DIY from Anthomanic and Rachel May Photography. Imagine all of the possible flower combinations!
For this project, you will need:
-4x5x2″ block OASIS floral foam (wet kind, soaked)
-a stem of each: brunia berries, orchids, hydrangea, silver dollar eucalyptus, hanging amaranthus
-bind wire (other string)
-3 yards double faced satin ribbon (2 for bow, 1 for rings)
1. Using the block of foam, hold pieces of moss to what will be the underside and sides of the ring pillow while securely wrapping with bind wire. Wrap it multiple times to secure the moss across the bottom and sides. Once this has been covered, secure the loose end of the wire.
2. As if wrapping a present, wrap the 2 yard long piece of ribbon over the top of the pillow and twist on the bottom, tying and knotting at the top – creating a bow.
3. Cut flowers to a 1″-2″ stem length and insert into the foam. Fill all space to create a squared pillow effect by placing flowers so their heads are at the same height on the top and sides. For a natural effect, leave some longer pieces of foliage or buds hanging off the sides or lower sections as I’ve done here!
4. Finish the design by looping the extra 1 yard long piece of ribbon through the existing bow and affixing the wedding bands.
This design is created to be lightweight and easy for a little one to carry! It can also double as an engagement ring presentation! Store in a fridge above 40 degrees to keep fresh overnight.
We love this spin on the Shakespeare’s classic. The stylish Liz Cherkasova of Late Afternoon took the wheel styling the shoot and creating her vision of a midsummer daydream wedding inspiration. The light at sunset provides the most romantic atmosphere for images, as you’ll see in these shimmery gold-like photos from Katie Shuler Photography.
From the photographer, Katie: I was so excited to collaborate with Liz Cherkasova of Late Afternoon to create A Midsummer’s Day Dream. She styled an understated wedding soiree set amidst a stunning background. Accentuated by the setting sun, the whimsical details of the shoot came alive, making us all feel as though we had stepped into a dream.
Location: Hidden Valley, CA / Venue: Shadow Oaks Ranch / Photographer: Katie Shuler Photography / Event Styling, Decor, and Flowers: Late Afternoon / Dresses and Headpiece: BHLDN / Model: Raych Nguyen of That’s Chic
We all know if there were a wedding glossary, pink flowers would be under an ultra romantic setting. Hot pinks, on the other hand, can instantly modernize a romantic wedding with a jolt of color. So if you needed proof to your respective soon-to-be other that pink flowers have a modern facet, take heed from Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers. She is not only showing a fresh floral arrangement with pink flowers, but she is also showing the same arrangement done in two ways can have completely different styles.
From Sarah Winward: Some flowers naturally look better in certain environments than others, some transform to different moods pretty well. This arrangement demonstrates how the same flowers could be set in a moody and romantic environment, and also a contrasting cheerful and bright wedding. If you see flowers that you love, but that are used in an environment different than the one you are planning for your wedding, consider switching up a few details like the vases and table setting to make it work for your event (paying respect to the season and flower availability, of course.)
Flowers used were: hanging amaranthus, peony, tulip, bush ivy, and festival bush.
This beachy San Diego wedding shot by Marissa Rodriguez was handcrafted by the bride and groom, and amongst the fun little details there were artichokes! They used them throughout their decor, mixing natural elements and vintage finds. They also used river rocks for guests to leave them a message; at the end of the day they had a fun guestbook to bring home! They also used wine bottles as part of their centerpieces. A long time ago I shared this DIY on a quick dripping candle effect that is worth a peek!
Wedding Vendors and Venue (La Jolla, CA):
Venue: Martin Johnson House at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography / Photographer: Marissa Rodriguez / Florist: Tarah Henderson