One thing we love so much about today’s wedding from Mackensey Alexander, Rhonda Martinez Weddings, and Moss and Magnolias is that the couple clearly made a point of prioritizing the elements of their wedding day that were most important to the two of them, and kept an easy-breezy attitude towards the rest. And when one of the things most important to the couple was having a Krispy Kreme cake instead of a traditional wedding cake, how could we not be smitten?
Classic styles and clean designs are the first words that come to mind with this Caroline Ro-photographed wedding in Charleston. With Sweetgrass Social working their coordinating and design magic, Blair and Jordin stuck to a very becoming color palette of white and green for their venue’s aesthetic. Branch Design Studio took charge of all the pretty florals, sticking close to the elegant setting of this southern affair.
Hello Romance! This elegant photoshoot, captured by Kaysha Weiner Photographer, shows how glitz and glam fuse with elegance oh so perfectly. This combination of smoky blues, hues of pinks and metallic tones work for any season. Brilliantly designed by The Joy Parade and adorned with gorgeous florals by Rebelle Fleurs, every little detail has the perfect touch of glamour.
From the designer, The Joy Parade: This concept was pulled together after I began tossing around ideas for winter color palettes. Soft light pink with complementary neutral colors are really popular and they’re used all year around – but how can pink transition in a new way for winter? I liked the idea of pulling in the popular shades of pink and blush and ground those a bit more with greenery, and neutrals of smoky blue, brass, and gunmetal. The result is unexpected, romantic, clean, timeless, and a little bit moody.
Goodness, we have so much love for this wedding. Thanks to its classic color palette and beautiful decor, it could easily have come out of any season of the year! Divine Light Photography captured the entire day, while Flowers & Flowers designed gorgeous bouquets and boutonnieres and the bride tackled all the reception flowers on her own.
From the bride, Juliana: We wanted our wedding to be soft and romantic. We wanted guests to feel as if they stepped foot into an intimate secret garden party styled wedding. We wanted to have some soft tones like blush while still having some pops of color like raspberry and other berry tones; colors that you would typically find in a garden! We definitely wanted to stand out and be a little different.
Flower recipe: The bouquet was done by a florist and I believe he used dahlias, astilbe, eucalyptus, spray roses and lisianthus. For our centerpieces we used dahlias, spray roses, garden roses, astilbe, eucalyptus, anemone, stock, dusty miller, and celosia to name a few.
There were quite a few DIY projects! The invitations were hand painted by my dad who is an incredible person! He is a French painter/artist who suffered a massive stroke. He lost his ability to speak but is still able to paint wonderful art. So he painted the invitations, table names (Places in Paris), the seating chart, ceremony sign, jelly jar signs, etc. He did the paintings and then John and I laid it out ourselves in Adobe Illustrator. We also collected milk glass vases and the pink French depression wine glasses, and we made our own mercury glass vases. The flowers were also DIY. We ordered and picked them up from a flower market in the South Bronx and had a close family friend help assemble them! I also painted our chair signs and our bike sign. John and I made the jellies with his aunt that we gave to guests as their gift. We also made a quilt sign and our Aunt will be sewing us our wedding quilt that everyone signed.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t rush to pick vendors too quickly! We really did our research on each vendor and we were confident they would do a great job. Also, if you think you can do the flowers all on your own, you can’t. Make sure you have family and friends on deck to help assemble and transport to your venue! If you have a clear vision of what you want, make sure to express that with images. You can never be too detailed!
Bridal Party Processional: “Only Time,” Enya
Bride’s Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: “Bittersweet Symphony,” The Verve; “Firework,” Katy Perry
First Dance: “You Are the Best Thing,” Ray Lamontagne
Father/Daughter Dance: “The Way You Look Tonight,” Frank Sinatra
Mother/Son Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles
Last Dance: “Closing Time,” Semisonic
Bouquets and Boutonnieres
Wedding Dress and Veil
Hair and Makeup
Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music
Taylor and Jake had a very simple vision for their wedding day: a delicious dinner with loved ones where everyone gets to dress up, dance, and eat cake. What could be more perfect than that? M2 Photography, Square Mile Events, and Designs by Ahn were all brought on board to help out on the big day, and they all worked wonders — though we have to give special credit to the incredible floral design that still has us reeling!
From the bride, Taylor: We originally wanted to get married upstate somewhere outdoors, but the travel for our guests felt unnecessary. Jake’s family was flying in from Australia and we wanted our guests to be able to relax once they go to New York and to enjoy the city we love so much. Brooklyn Winery checked off all of our boxes. It was rustic and immediately personal. Every staff member was genuinely excited for us, they felt like an extension of the guests. We wanted to hit that sweet spot of making it comfortable and approachable for us but formal enough that it felt like a wedding. The flowers really made that difference! It was like a great dinner with great food and all your friends and family got to dress up. Our friend Francis Lombardi played original music and covers during the cocktail hour. We are friends from college so to have him play at our wedding and bring everyone together was really sentimental. Then we go to just kick it and dance and laugh and eat cake. It was perfect!
Flower recipe: My bouquet was a mix of sweet pea, astilbe, lisianthus, tuberose, jasmine, passion vine and ranunculus, all in shades of white. The chuppah was made of birch and decorated in hydrangeas, lisianthus, passion vine, dahlia and green vines to coordinate with the winery. The table arrangements were a colorful mix of my bouquet plus dahlias, and the groomsmen wore yellow garden roses to pay respect to the groom’s grandfather who tended and grew garden roses at his home and wore one in his suit everyday.
We really wanted the guests to feel like they had walked into a big house out in the country, where we would be eating from the farm and decorating the space with flowers from the garden. It was full of nostalgia. Oak barrels and repurposed wood from a church was used on the walls to make the space more inviting. In the dining room there is a wall filled with plants to make you feel as though you are outside. It was very romantic and personal. The dance floor was right next to the bar to encourage the guests to mingle and get to know each other.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Wear what you want, eat what you want, play your favorite music. The day really does go by in a flash, so the more if feels authentic and comfortable then the more easy it will be to relax and enjoy it. And hire a good photographer and videographer! You can’t be everywhere at once on your wedding day and being able to look back and watch my father’s speech or see my best friends laughing and enjoying themselves, it really is a gift I’ll treasure for years.
Processional: “The Wedding Song,” Peter Paul and Mary
Recessional: “Pompeii,” Bastille
First Dance: “Latch,” Sam Smith (acoustic)
Music is so important to us. It is something that as a couple we bond over, going to shows, discovering new band, etc… Scratch actually told us that they’d never received so many song requests from a couple before…oopps. I love soul and 90’s hip hop and r&b, he loves alternative rock. We played everything from Kings of Leon, Bruce Springsteen, John Legend, Chaka Khan, NIN, Paramore, Rihanna and all that new fun music like Zedd and Kid Cudi. Then our DJ freestyled with some great club mixes and mashups for the last hour. Things got crazy in a good way! Bring on the dance circles!
From the photographer, Melissa of M2 Photography: Bride and groom both wanted more of a dinner party feel for their wedding, the “anti cookie-cutter wedding” if you will. Taylor is a pastry chef for the world-renowned chef Jean Georges and Jake is a self-described food snob so they knew their wedding had to incorporate an amazing menu and wanted a focus on the food and beverage. One challenge Jake and Taylor faced was figuring out a way to tastefully blend their inter-faith marriage. Taylor is Catholic and Jake is Jewish so they incorporated both a Priest and a Rabbi into their ceremony. Taylor also spent a few minutes privately with her twin sister and parents at their UWS church prior to heading to her wedding. When it came to choosing the location to host their wedding, Taylor wanted to make sure she had more of a hipster-vibe at her wedding in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Winery was the perfect location. Taylor was adamant about not having a wedding cake at all – until Jean George’s head baker offered to bake her a cake as a wedding gift. Jake’s gift to Taylor was a long weekend trip to Paris. Taylor’s career as a pastry chef has made Paris a dream vacation destination for them both. Flowers: Designs by Ahn used an assortment of orange dahlia and yellow ranunculus as well as Juliet garden roses. Taylor and Jake’s color palette was vibrant yellow and orange flowers as well as cream, blush and pale pink accents. They had a birch wood chuppah decorated with branches, hydrangea, stock, lisianthus passion vine and orange dahlias. Their wedding style aesthetic was fresh, modern and timeless.
Venue and Catering
Hair and Makeup
Cocktail Hour Music
There are a few things we know for sure — flowers will always be in fashion, love is by far the most important ingredient of a wedding day, and any combination of Elisa Bricker and Janie Medley Flora Design is going to knock our socks off. There’s just something about the combination of Elisa’s film images and Janie’s effortless blending of blooms that never ceases to take our breath away. Need some more convincing? Look no further than these images:
From the bride, Virginia: We were really excited to bring our loved ones back to where our story began in Charlottesville, Virginia eight years before Patrick proposed in New York City, and we fell in love with the beautiful views (and kind staff!) of Keswick Vineyards. We wanted to combine a traditional, formal wedding with personal and meaningful details in a way that would be enjoyable and memorable for our guests. We had an Episcopalian service in the oldest church in town, and a carillonneur tolled the bells as we exited to our vintage car. My gown had a rhinestone encrusted bodice and straps with a sparkly tulle skirt and bridesmaids wore long dresses. At the reception, we had a seated dinner with gold chargers and a cake topper dating back to Patrick’s grandparents’ wedding. However, we also held our rehearsal dinner and welcome party at a pub near UVA grounds, featured folksy guitar music and corn hole during cocktail hour, and enjoyed a late-night french fry bar at our reception before a departure through sparklers to the after party. I suppose our goal was a blend of fancy and fun!
A few adjectives that describe the look of our wedding are classic, whimsical, sentimental, fairytale, and personalized. I designed our website, save-the-dates, wedding invitations, menus, programs, cocktail napkins, favors, and hand-lettered escort cards, table numbers, various signs, etc. I am a calligrapher and illustrator, contributing designs to other weddings, so it was such a treat doing it for ours! Colors included ivory, black, a pale blush, pink, and gold.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings? I have 10 pieces of advice: 1. Truth be told, planning a wedding can feel stressful at times. We moved and I changed careers a few months before our wedding and it definitely felt like a juggling act, planning everything from a distance. My biggest advice is to always remind yourselves why you’re planning a wedding in the first place. If things are feeling overwhelming, put it all aside and go have a date night and don’t talk about the wedding. The wedding you’re planning will last one day – that’s it. The marriage you’re planning will hopefully last a lifetime. 2. Choose one design aspect to “obsess” over and don’t sweat the rest. For me, it was the paper goods. I allowed myself to spend way too much time on the design and decision process, splurging on letterpress printing methods and hand-lettering all envelopes and place cards. I completely geeked out about all of it! On the same note, I tried not to get bogged down by our other design decisions. I can see how easy it is for couples to change their mind on every detail a million times, but you’ll go crazy if you allow that! 3. If you can fit it into your budget, hire a videographer. The video content is something you’ll cherish for the rest of your lives. 4. Ladies, if your wedding shoes aren’t all that comfortable and your gown covers them, wear a different pair during the ceremony. It was the best decision I ever made. 5. When people tell you it goes by so fast, they aren’t lying. Take as many mental photographs as you can. One of my favorite mental snapshots will always be sneaking out of the rehearsal dinner to practice our first dance routine in a parking lot. 6. When guests start to arrive in town, turn your phone off and hide it in your suitcase. Others can answer questions, and you don’t need to be available to anything other than what’s going on in front of you. 7. Drink a ton of water the day of the wedding. Just do it, and thank me later. 8. Ask a relative or friend if they can save mementos that day — everything from a church program to a wine-stained cocktail napkin. You’ll be surprised what gets lost in the shuffle and it’s fun to have little pieces to hold onto. 9. If you have a small home (like we do!), register for activities once you’ve reached your max on kitchen supplies and home decor. We used Zola, and it was incredible to have a handful of date nights to look forward to after the wedding. 10. If your schedule permits, take a honeymoon directly after your wedding. I cannot fathom another time when a vacation is more needed and enjoyed!
Don’t miss the wedding film from Shaking Hands Productions!
Bridal Party Processional: Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Bride’s Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: Mendelssohn’s Wedding March
First Dances: “Bonfire Heart,” James Blunt / “A Wink And a Smile,: Harry Connick Jr. / “The Perfect Fan,” Backstreet Boys
Last Dance: “New York, New York,” Frank Sinatra
Hair and Makeup
Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods
Looking at this sweet and romantic seaside wedding, you’d never know the couple had nearly 200 guests. Alana and Max wanted their big day to feel intimate and personal, and there’s no doubt the couple achieved their goal. Add some photography by Michelle Gardella Photography, with Thomas Gardella as lead photographer, and Victoria Schaefer as assistant, and floral design by the ever-talented MDS Floral Design, and you’re good to go!
From the bride, Alana: Even before we were engaged, I didn’t want to have my wedding in a traditional catering hall (not that there is anything wrong with it, it just wasn’t our style.) When we visited our venue, Bonnet Island Estate for the first time we absolutely fell in love with the grounds, the reception hall and most of all the boat house chapel. The way the floors creaked in certain spots, the breeze that came through the barn doors and the stone fireplace just felt like home. I knew our ceremony would feel intimate in the space even with 170+ guests. We wanted a “classically romantic” wedding filled with personal details and everything about Bonnet fit our vision. We knew that once the chapel was decorated; the fireplace was filled with candles, the mantel and archway decorated with greenery and soft, fluffy, pale colored flowers our vision would come to life. What made our ceremony even more special and intimate was that fact that Max’s father played the guitar and sang as we walked down the aisle, my aunt married us and the readings we chose were read by our family members. We lit a unity candle and Max broke the glass to blend both of our faiths and traditions.
Bouquet recipe: My bouquet was a wispy hand tied rounded style bouquet that included pale pink peonies, pale pink ranunculus, pale pink astilbe, blush stock, cream and pale pink garden roses, café latte Dahlia, wispy fern leaves, seeded eucalyptus and gray dusty miller.
There was no specific theme other than the fact that we knew we wanted our wedding to be about our love. We wanted to include as much family as possible to make it feel intimate, combine both faiths with traditions (my husband is Catholic and I was brought up both Jewish and Catholic), and we wanted to throw an amazing party for all of our guests. Our color scheme was blush and navy blue with touches of gold. Yes, there were some DIY projects involved! I made all of our table numbers, “The Adventure Beings” sign, stained and spray painted our card box, assembled the programs to make them into fans and make our signature drink sign. We also took my grandmothers old mirror and remove the mirror, replaced it with a foam board and hired a calligrapher to write our welcome sign.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? There are definitely a few things I would pass along as words of wisdom to future brides! 1. It sounds so cliché but, enjoy every step of the process because as everyone told me, it goes by so fast. You become so consumed with lists of things that have to get done and the anticipation of your big day that when you’re wedding week finally does arrive; it is such a surreal feeling. If you take your time to enjoy every step of the process you can think back after your wedding is over and truly appreciate everything that you put into it and really appreciate just how perfect it was. 2. You will hear this over and over from previous brides, but the day goes by so fast. Take a few moments during your wedding day; just you and your new husband to sit back and take everything in. All of the hard work that you put into your big day and all of the love that everyone in the room has for you. This may be the only time that all of your family and friends will be in one room, so you really need to have a “pinch me” moment and soak it all in. 3. Planning a wedding is like having a full time job that can be all consuming and can get very stressful at times. It was important to us to step away from the planning every once in a while and have a date night where wedding talk was off limits! It really helped put things back into perspective, because in the end it didn’t matter if the tables had an overlay, what color the flowers were going to be or what songs we would dance to. What mattered is that we were making the commitment to marrying each other. To being each other’s forever. Sometimes you have to take a step back to really see the big picture. 4. The week/days leading up to your wedding try to relax. Whatever didn’t get done by that point probably won’t and that’s OK because you will be the only one to notice. Accept the fact that something is bound to go wrong, little or big so if it does, you can acknowledge it without getting upset and continue to enjoy your wedding day, because it will be over in the blink of an eye. Everything will be perfect.
Bridal Party Processional: “Hummingbird,” written by groom’s father
Bride’s Processional: “Home,” Phillip Phillips
Recessional: “All You Need is Love,” The Beatles
First Dance: “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
Father/Daughter Dance: “The Way You Look Tonight,” Rod Stewart
And don’t miss the highlight film from Atlantica Pictures!
Hair and Makeup
First Dance Song
When it comes to knocking weddings out of the park, look no further than the team of Laura Murray Photography, Calluna Events, and Flora and Folly. Nicole and Alex’s wedding in the mountains of Colorado is romantic, elegant, and still relaxed — the perfect recipe for an unforgettable day.
From the bride, Nicole: We knew we wanted to be married in the mountains of Colorado. We wanted a location that would show off the beauty of Colorado, yet be convenient for the majority of the guests who were traveling from all over the US. This made choosing Devils Thumb Ranch a very easy decision. We could hold a ceremony outside overlooking the mountain range, a reception in a beautiful barn, and all of our guests could stay on the ranch and spend the entire weekend with us.
I wanted a romantic and soft color palette to soften up the rustic atmosphere. We also wanted there to be several different types of textures involved by using varying types of greenery. The color palette was white, coral, peach, pink, and varying shades of green. We also used touches of gold throughout.
Bouquet recipe: Mostly round in shape but neither tight nor wild. Flowers included garden roses, dahlias, astilbe, scabiosa, mint & maidenhair fern. The bouquet had a white backdrop with several pops of bright pink/coral tones. It was wrapped with blush and lace ribbons. The lace ribbon was made from my grandmother’s wedding dress. My husband Alex loves ferns, which is why we chose to incorporate them in my bouquet. The other flowers are favorites of mine.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Stay true to yourself and your style. It is impossible to please everyone. Talk to your fiancé about what is really important to each of you and make sure that you stay focused on that throughout the planning process. I felt guilty because many of my family members from Ohio were not able to fly to Colorado for the wedding and I felt that this disappointed my parents. I thought they might have been happier if we chose a location closer to home. However, now having lived through that amazing day, I can’t imagine doing it any other way. It was exactly what we wanted. Colorado is so special to Alex and me. We chose the location for a reason. We threw a celebration that was truly us and I am proud of that. Our families had a blast and really just wanted to make sure we had the best day. I recommend doing engagement photos with your wedding photographer before your big day, despite how awkward you fear they may be. It’s a great way to get to know your photographer and to get the awkwardness out of the way. It’s like a warm-up for the big day. Do a first look! It is so much fun and allows you to enjoy more of your wedding day. It was such a good decision. We did our maid of honor and best man toasts at the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding. We didn’t want them to be stressed the day of the wedding about having to make a speech in front of a large crowd of people. They were so thankful to be able to do it in a small intimate setting and to have it out of the way for the big day. It can be emotional and stressful for some people. We know how much they love us and didn’t feel the need to hear them say it in front of 100 people. Hire a day of coordinator if it is in your budget. This advice was given to us from our friends that were married. I am glad we listened to them.
We had a violinist at our ceremony and a 7 piece band for our reception.
Bridal Party Processional: Ave Maria (my mother’s favorite)
Bridal Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: “So Happy Together,” The Turtles
First Dance: “Crazy Love,” Van Morrison
Venue, Catering, and Wedding Cake
Wedding Veil and Sashes
Groomsmen Bow Ties
We’re super excited to share today’s shoot with you, put together by the wonderful Amy Nicole Photography and Violet Floral Design. This duo dreamed up a few different bridesmaid looks in monochrome palettes — a pink, a purple, and a green — with makeup, hair, and flowers to complement each one. While these are great ideas for bridesmaids, we also love that they’d work perfectly for a bride who’s open to some fun color for her own wedding look!
From the photographer, Amy Nicole Photography: Tricia Egan of Violet Floral Design and I envisioned a monochromatic shoot with three different color families to inspire some different bridesmaid looks + styles + approaches. We chose the color families Green shades, Purple shades and Peach/Pink shades and then selected a bridesmaid dress, hair and makeup looks, fresh florals, and hand painted canvas backgrounds (by us!) that all kept within each color family. Each model has a different style; Boho, Preppy and Vintage. See below for the details from each color.
Bouquet Recipe: Peonies, Garden Roses, Poppies, Ranunculus.
Our Preppy Peach bridesmaid wore a Posy by Kirribilla gown in the style “Willa.” Her hair was done in a classic chic french twist with a fresh peony garnish, she wore Stella and Dot jewels, and she had fizzy peach cheeks, bright eye color and a light coral lip.
Bouquet Recipe: Hellebores, Poppies, Ranunculus, Victoria, Astilbe, Frilly Tulips.
Our Boho Green bridesmaid wore the Papercrown “Breanna” dress in Dusty Aqua crepe fabric. She wore a loose side braid with florals intertwined, and had a gray eyeshadow with a punch of blush and a Raspberry lip.
Bouquet Recipe: Lilac, Ranunculus, Sweet Pea, Triple Tulips.
The Vintage Purple bridesmaid wore Adrianna Papell’s “Beaded Art Nouveau Blouson” gown. Her hair was styled in finger waves pinned to the side, and she was done up with dramatic plum eyes, bronzed cheeks with a soft blush lip.
If there’s any location that’s great for a weekend getaway wedding, it has to be Charleston, SC. This wedding from Troy Grover Photographers and Branch Design Studio features not only Charleston’s stunning scenery, but also tons of great ideas to scoop up and a dreamy color palette of pastel tones, gold, and just the right amount of sequins.
From the bride, Allison: We decided early on to have a destination wedding given how spread out all of our friends and family are across the country and overseas. We wanted a location that would feel like a fun and special weekend getaway, and Charleston fit that bill perfectly. The city has such personality and charm, it’s full of romance, celebrates hospitality, and of course has amazing food. We wanted our wedding to include all of these things!
Flower recipe: Our bouquets and table arrangements were made up of peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, coral amaryllis, white astilbe, peach lisianthus, dusty miller, jasmine vine, blush sweet peas, and lambs ear.
We wanted to incorporate color into the wedding, but still feel soft and true to the garden look of Magnolia, as well as the spring season – nothing too bold or loud. We used a sea foam watercolor look on all of our paper goods, and the bridesmaids wore varying shades of grey and mint. The flower arrangements were full of pinks and corals, and we incorporated touches of gold throughout to tie all of the details together. It was a little nerve wracking trying to envision all of the colors and textures together, but our vendors did such an amazing job and we could not have been more thrilled with how beautifully everything turned out!
Neither of us are huge fans of cake, so we knew we wanted to have a different dessert. When we realized our wedding fell on pi day (3.1415), serving pies seemed like a perfect way to celebrate the date, and it added to the southern feel of the wedding. We had five different flavors and they were all incredible. We named our tables after streets that Brendon and I have lived on throughout our lives, and tied the escort cards to vintage skeleton keys. Our graphic designer (also my best friend) created a skeleton key design that we used on our menus, programs, and guest book. Within the key, she incorporated our initials and a pi sign – it was such a special and unique tie-in to the theme.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Set a date to just stop the planning and start enjoying the wedding festivities. This was (fortunately) forced upon us since we had to travel out of town for the wedding. Once we left home, we were much more limited in what we could take care of last minute. Anything that wasn’t done or purchased at that point, we decided to just do without. It really allowed us to enjoy time with our friends and family in the days leading up to the wedding, rather than run around taking care of last minute details. I’m also a huge huge advocate for prioritizing wedding photography. Working with Troy & Aimee Grover was a dream, and they captured photos that we will have and cherish forever.
Bridal Party Processional: “Hold You in My Arms,” Ray LaMontagne
Bride’s Processional: “La Vie en Rose,” Daniela Andrade
Recessional: “Homegrown,” Zac Brown Band
First Dance: “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran
Father/Daughter Dance: “Forever Young,” Rod Stewart
Mother/Son Dance: “Dream Big,” Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband
Event Planning and Design
Wedding Veil and Hair Accessory
Hair and Makeup
Kyle and Susan wanted a wedding that was timeless and classic, but also personalized to their own individual style — which is exactly what they were able to achieve! Grace Photography captured the day and the beautiful floral design of Hilltop Flowers, who chose soft and romantic blooms that will be as beautiful tomorrow as they will be 50 years from now.
From the bride, Susan: We planned our wedding in exactly six months and the style we envisioned was traditional with a vintage twist! We wanted it to be timeless and classic but also putting our own individual stamp on it. For example, Kyle had always liked the idea of tails but we teamed it with a tweed waistcoat and tie and brown brogues to make it more his own and something a little bit different.
Flower recipe: For the bridal bouquet, a combination of Sarah Bernhardt peonies with white veronica, pink and white astilbe, pink bouverdia, cream hydrangea, brunia, cinerea, edged with nephrolepis leaf. Flowers used for the rest of the day were lilac statice, pale pink hydrangea, pink and cream eustoma, cream antirrhinum, cinerea, pink and cream bouverdia, pink gyp, pink and cream astilbe, pink, cream and pale blue delphiniums, pink peonies (Sarah Bernhardt), variegated pittosporum and poppy heads. The buckets and crates outside contained large pink hydrangeas.
We always wanted the feel of our wedding day to be relaxed and personal and the importance of the day to be placed on the wedding ceremony more than anything else. That was the most important part of the day for us. My father had been the minister at the Cathedral for the last nine years and it is actually were Kyle and I met and were he proposed. It was a very special day for us. We had a lot of family and friends involved in the day. From my father actually walking me down the aisle and marrying us to my brother singing our first dance. We also used a lot of family photos throughout the day from photo hoops on the pew ends to sweetie jars named after our nieces and nephews and photos of our families around Ballymagravey Village. Ballymagarvey Village’s tag line is make ‘our house your home’ and that is why we chose it. As soon as saw it we knew it was the were our wedding would be – a home from home.
As some of our guests were traveling a distance to the ceremony venue we had elevenses before the service in the church hall. Myself and my bridesmaids as well as Father of the bride set this up the night before. I had made paper doily bunting with twine and paper straw flags for the lemonade in the glass milk bottles. I had also made vintage table runners made out of different Jane Austen books – we also used these for the table in Ballymagarvey Village. I had made photo embroidery hoops and lace embroidery hoops for the church pew ends as we were both the last of a generation in our families to get married we had photos from grandparent, parents and siblings weddings on each pew end. Kyle and I had painted and distressed a vintage wooden ladder and attached our seating plan to the ladder. For place settings we had doilies with each persons named stamped onto them. We also had our own personalised Sharpie markers (Kyle’s pen of choice!) wrapped in either blue or pink gingham tissue along with a little label attached with twine. We also used the book page table runners for each table.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? A few of our friends have recently got engaged and Kyle has been giving out advice as an expert in the field now!!! He told them to give away as many jobs on the day as possible and to enjoy it. We were told so many times by so many different people to make sure and to take the time to enjoy the day. Both of us didn’t really understand what that meant until the day arrived itself. It really is the best advice.
Processional: “Reverie,” Ludovico Einaudi
Recessional: Handel’s The Harmonious Blacksmith
First Dance: “Better,” Tom Baxter
Flower Girl Attire
Mini Usher's Attire
Groom and Groomsmen Attire
Wedding Cake Stand
We love Alkesta and Curt’s wedding from Korie Lynn Photography because it fuses together many of our favorite things: nontraditional ideas, bohemian ease, a bit of Wes Anderson cheekiness, and intricate floral arrangements by The Moss & Rose. The bouquets alone had at least 20 different types of flowers and foliage in each arrangement – talk about botanical heaven!
From the florist, The Moss & Rose: Translating Wes Anderson’s style into flowers without going too bohemian or woodsy took a while to think through. What we finally settled on was an eclectic, bright, very detailed flower style, with a tiny bit of woodland feel against a very clean, modern backdrop of The Grove.
The bouquets were intense! There were upwards of 20 or more flower and foliage varieties in each bouquet! The bougainvillea in the bridesmaids bouquets was a fun locally sourced addition – they were bright, brought in the perfect melon tones, and provided a unique texture. The ferns added a fresh look and a bit of woodland, and the poppies helped give the electric, story book feel. We added in more poppies for Alkesta’s bouquet, some airy white astilbe, dripping peiris, and snow white nerine lily and some roses from my garden to add scent and a magical element.
The tables had white linen and white milk glass vases, which created the ideal backdrop for the bunches of brightly colored flowers. The high diversity of flowers types within each arrangement provided the more detailed look. The ferns and the wooden table numbers added the woodsy aspect. The American grown roses from Peterkort Roses really opened up to help give an bold, but whimsical look!
The flower wall was something we thought up as an unique piece to round out the reception decor. The aim was to create a living wall paper -something that had a cleaner feel than a traditional flower wall, while also allowing the details of each flower to be highlighted. It had hints of woodland and bohemian, while still holding to the themes of modern, bright, and eclectic.
What could be dreamier than marrying your love on the night of a supermoon? Bridgette and Hoyt did just that, bringing along the talented Sarah Rose Burns Photography, Feather & Twig, and Beet and Yarrow to make the day one to remember for ages to come. How wonderful is their paper doily ceremony backdrop?
From the bride, Bridgette: We envisioned a very romantic and rustic feel. We wanted it to be elegant and comfortable — charming, classic, collected. Our color scheme was sun bleached peach, pistachio, and champagne. DIY projects included hand-made doily and butcher twine garland, eclectic napkins, and the rustic lawn games.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Make your guest list intimate, don’t sweat the small stuff, and save-on-crafts.com.
From the photographer, Sarah Rose Burns Photography: This real wedding took place on the beautiful grounds of Lyons Farmette in Colorado this summer. The combination of vintage details designed by Feather & Twig, with the lush gardens and lively farmette, made for an incredibly enjoyable affair. Bridgette & Hoyt knew from the beginning that they wanted an intimate outdoor gathering, with stylish details and incredible food. Their team of vendors fulfilled all the requirements and the guests partied late into the night. Fun fact: it was the night of a “super-moon” so we also got some portraits in the moonlight.
Processional: “Strangers,” The Kinks, followed by “A New Life,” Jim James
Recessional: “All Is Love,” Karen O and The Kids
First Dance: “Singalong Junk,” Paul McCartney
Wedding Location: Lyons, CO / Photographer: Sarah Rose Burns Photography / Event Design and Coordination: Feather & Twig / Floral Design: Beet and Yarrow / Venue: Lyons Farmette / Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal via Blue Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Rebel Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Caterer: EAT / Desserts: Tee & Cakes / Bartender: 3 Chicks Bartending / Film Developed and Scanned: Reed Photographic
If ever I could step inside a styled wedding shoot, I’d pick this one from Veronica Varos Photography. It’s the ultimate bohemian fairytale with enough flowers from Mt. Lebanon Floral to last a lifetime, and the perfect unique venue, Iron Eden, whose iron pieces provide a stark contrast to the soft beauty of the gowns and floral details. This here is true love.
From Ansley, owner at Bliss Events Ltd.: We “described the inspiration for the shoot as ‘Eclectic, Edgy & Bohemia.’ Iron Eden is the perfect description of our shoot as Eden means, ‘any place of complete delight, bliss and peace.’ Personally, I loved the fact that we all wanted to create a dream.”
Floral details: Lyra’s (brunette model) bouquet – Juliet garden roses, white poppies, pink astilbe, plum foliage, veronica, jasmine, succulents, blue thistle, eryngium; Aubrey’s (red head model) bouquet – White peonies, poppies, white clematis, sweet peas, pink astilbe, and jasmine.
From Carmel, owner at Mt. Lebanon Floral: I knew that head wreaths were going to play a part. I wanted that vibe to be represented, to be eclectic and loose and to illustrate that a wedding can be part fantasy and part reality; fantasy but not the princess look. I wanted to reach the bride who cannot be pigeon-holed. I visualized bold and textured and soft at the same time. That’s why so many different textures came through in the final product. Even the location supported this with a sort of ‘nest theme’, an iron nest. It shouts ‘one of a kind’, even the gold dress underlines that. Our teamwork was flawless. I think people want something new, more free form, more organic. To me, it’s fantasy. It’s for a girl who really, on that day, is living a little bit of a fantasy. It’s magical, almost Mid Summer Nights Dream like. It’s the day that you should absolutely be able to live a fantasy. If not then, when?
From Erin, owner of Glitter & Grit: For the shoot I chose gowns by Lindee Daniel, who is the epitome of eco luxury. Her designs evoke elegance with an edge by weaving together sustainable fabrics and endless details. Her gowns are created in Los Angeles, using exquisite and exclusive wild and peace (cruelty-free) silks, organic cottons, and other natural fabrics. Colors are either from the natural color of the fiber, or by a natural dyeing process. The sleek designs of Nicole Miller are a perfect fit for the no-fuss bride. Look for vintage-inspired pieces with lace, beading, and magnificent draping from Nicole Miller. Her gowns provide versatility for any bride while remaining effortlessly chic. The Nicole Miller Bridal Collection is handmade in New York and are made of the best quality fabrics.
Shoot Location: Pittsburgh, PA / Photographer: Veronica Varos Photography / Event and Floral Design: Mt. Lebanon Floral / Venue and Furniture Rentals: Iron Eden / Wedding Dress: Lindee Daniel and Nicole Miller via Glitter & Grit / Jewelry: Caesar’s Designs / Vintage Rentals: bVintage by Bliss Events Ltd. / Tableware Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental / Linens: Lendable Linens / Models: Aubrey Borowitz and Lyra Bennett / Floral Supplies: BW Wholesale Florist / Photo Assistant: Mandy Fierens
Every time we see a wedding from Steven Michael Photography, we’re constantly in awe of his incredible images. Susan and Brandt’s Kansas City loft wedding was full of classic touches of pink, green, and white, and effortlessly blended classic elegance in an industrial setting thanks to the talents of Eco-Posh Events and Shackelford Botanical Design.
From the bride, Susan: From the beginning, we knew that we wanted our wedding day to be relaxed, stress-free and a simple celebration of our love. It was important to us that we enjoy each and every moment and just have fun! That meant not having any aspect of the day be too formal and putting our focus into playing music reminiscent of our early relationship, dancing, delicious food that everyone could enjoy (we offered vegan, vegetarian and meat options to make all guests feel comfortable) and wine from some of our favorite California wineries. At the beginning, we did not have a theme in mind, but as we started making decisions on the venue, flowers, food and decor, everything fell into place. I couldn’t believe how it all came together in the end. Everyone told me that would happen, but it was hard to believe until I saw it for myself. The moment that I walked into our reception venue and saw all of the small pieces put together, I almost cried… it was perfect!
I loved the idea of using chalkboards for signage. We had a hard time finding chalkboards that were the size and look that we wanted so Brandt decided to make them. He used plywood, trim, stain and chalkboard paint all purchased at a home improvement store and built them within a matter of hours. It was exactly what we had in mind! We told Aimee Brodbeck (the signage designer) the theme for our day and she was able to come up with the seating chart, guest book sign, “bride” and “groom” chair signs and name/date sign designs. We loved the way everything turned out! She also made our place cards. The initial wreaths were handmade by the groom’s mother using wooden letters, ribbon and moss from a craft store. Very easy to make! We used clear, empty wine bottles with a slit in the cork (and backs of leftover invitations) for table numbers. We glued two invitations together and printed the numbers on the back. They actually came out better than expected.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? When we first got engaged, we got a lot of questions about what the theme of of our wedding would be. I could never answer that question because I didn’t know. Our advice is for couples is to decide on the venue (pick something that feels true to the relationship) and then start making small decisions one at a time. Even by picking a style of cake that you like, you can start to guide yourself in a style direction that is right for you. Also, once you make a decision, don’t second guess yourself. You will always see something different that you could have done, but go with your first instinct and then lock it in. If you keep changing style decisions, you may always be questioning what you could have done differently!
Reception Entrance: “California Love,” Tupac
First Dance: “Is this Love,” Bob Marley
Processional: “You and Me,” Lifetime (Instrumental version)
Mother/Son Dance: “Close to You,” The Carpenters
Father/Daughter Dance: “Love and Happiness,” Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris
Last Dance: “Time of My Life,” Dirty Dancing Soundtrack
Wedding Location: Kansas City, MO / Photographer: Steven Michael Photography / Day-Of Coordination: Erika Piquant of Eco-Posh Events / Florist: John Shackelford of Shackelford Botanical Design / Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church, Liberty, MO / Reception Venue: The Urban Event at The Historic Firestone Building / Wedding Dress: Watters “Chantelle” / Veil: Glamour Closet / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka “Lacie” / Earrings: Aqua for Bloomingdales / Bracelet: J. Crew / Hair: Angi Ouderkirk / Makeup: Jennifer Conroy / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Nordstrom / Caterer: Salt Catering Kansas City / Wedding Cake: Ace’s Cake Shop / DJ: DJ Johnnie Cross / Signage Design: Aimee Brodbeck / Wedding Invitations: Evie Davis / Videoographer: Nick Miller Films
If this Philadelphia wedding isn’t the height of intimate elegance, we don’t know what is. Emily and Edith hosted their beautiful nuptials at Cliveden, an estate overflowing with natural beauty and lush scenery. Thanks to The More We See for capturing all of the lovely details!
From the brides, Emily and Edith: We wanted the wedding to feel elegant and intimate. Having delicious food and great music were our top priorities. We also aimed to have a very locally sourced wedding and found wonderful Philadelphia area vendors to partner with. At the time of our wedding, same-sex marriage was not yet legal in Pennsylvania. We had a small legal ceremony on April 27 with our immediate family in New Jersey. What we called our “real wedding” was on May 17 with a larger but still intimate crowd where we exchanged vows and rings. It was important to us that we celebrated our love in front of our family and friends in the city where we met, fell in love and call home.
Flower recipe: Blue thistle, lavender lilac, blush spray rose (“Bombastic”), white astilbe, purple waxflower, snowball viburnum (green), salmon matsumoto aster, fresh lavender, ranunculus (range of colors from blush to salmon), blush/white peonies, Chablis spray roses, hosta leaves, and rhododendron.
The wedding color scheme was green. We were married in May so the trees at Cliveden were a lovely new-leaf green and we wanted to play off that color. We both love nature so we wanted the wedding to feel as outdoorsy as possible. The ceremony was outside, the cocktail hour in the grass and we had a clear topped tent so guests could even be among the trees at the reception. For the favors, Emily made Christmas Crackers for each guest to pop after the toasts. They were stuffed with paper crowns, salt caramels that Emily made and riddles that Edith put together representing the Balentine Ale caps of the beer her dad liked to drink. Emily’s dad and grandmother made Spirytus – a family tradition of polish vodka cut with honey. This was used instead of a champagne toast. Edith’s sister made a gluten free the cake, which was used for the cake cutting. Emily’s sister made props for the photoboth and her dad made lawn games. Edith’s college friend sang during the ceremony.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Stay organized from the beginning! We had multiple spreadsheets to track guests, payments and projects which helped us keep sane throughout the process. Pick vendors that you like and enjoy working with. We had a great team around us which made the planning a lot of fun and the wedding amazing. If you can, have your wedding close to home. We could have done the wedding in a state where it was legal but it was a huge benefit during the planning process to live a few miles away from most of our vendors and location.
Processional: Over the Rainbow
Ceremony: “Heavenly Day,” Patti Griffin (sung by our friend Carly Walker)
First Dance: “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” Otis Redding
Dad/Brother Dance: “The Way You Look Tonight,” Frank Sinatra
Cake Cutting: “Ice Cream,” Sarah McLachlan
Last Dance: “Feel So Close,” Calvin Harris
Sparkler Send-off: “Non, Je ne Regrette Rien,” Edith Piaf
Wedding Location: Philadelphia, PA / Photographer: The More We See / Florist: DIY by Emily’s mom, sourced through Falls Flowers / Event Planning and Catering: Birchtree Catering / Venue: Cliveden / Wedding Dresses: Maggie Sottero via Bijou Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Edith – Volume Hair Studio; Emily – Follicles Hair Design Center / Wedding Cake: Stocks Bakery and Edith’s sister / Ice Cream: Weckerly’s Ice Cream / DJ: No Macarena / Officiant: Bob Pileggi of Journeys of the Heart / Wedding Invitations: Our friend Chris Beck designed and produced the invitations / Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works
One of our favorite recent trends over the past few years is seeing non-traditional sites pop up as wedding venues. Jennifer and George latched onto this idea and chose Georgia’s Railroad Museum as the perfect location for their wedding reception. The couple effortlessly blended their styles for a chic wedding day, all captured and styled by Tory Williams and Morgan Gallo Events.
From the bride, Jennifer: George and I both have an appreciation for art and history, so we knew we wanted to incorporate these elements into the wedding. We chose Savannah for the location because we had both attended SCAD and because the laid-back vibe of the city mixed with with beautiful historic architecture gave the perfect feel. We loved the idea of mixing the soft colors and fluid designs of the art nouveau period (which I love) with turn of the century industrial feeling (which fits George’s aesthetic). We kept this mix in mind when we chose our locations.
Since both George and I are designers, we knew we wanted to incorporate as many personal details into the wedding as we could. One of the things we love to do together is to visit museums. In fact, George proposed to me at my favorite museum, the Met. To incorporate this we chose a work of art for each guest and printed special postcards which included the date and museum where we saw each piece. We used these for the RSVP cards as well as the escort cards. We also used the names of our favorite museums as the table names. George designed the table names to look like vintage subway signs, printed them out, and used a transfer technique to put them on wood panels. We also wanted to make sure our photo both had an artistic and original spin – we created our own props from some of our favorite paintings.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Keep a budget sheet that both of you have access to. Have an idea of what you would like, but be flexible.
Bridal Party Processional: “Imagine (remix),” Blendcrafters
Bridal Processional: “Maybe I’m Amazed,” Paul McCartney
Recessional: “Happy,” Pharrell Williams
First Dance: “I Will,” The Beatles
Father/Daughter Dance: “God Only Knows,” Beach Boys (my three older sisters and their husbands joined me on the dance floor)
Mother/Son Dance: “Just the Way You Are,” Billy Joel
Wedding Location: Savannah, GA / Photographer: Tory Williams / Event Planner: Morgan Gallo Events / Florist: Harvey Designs / Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Venue: Owens-Thomas House / Reception Venue: GA Railroad Museum / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Hair and Makeup: Beyond Beautiful by Heather / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew / Wedding Caterer: Nick Mueller Catering / China: Lillian’s China / Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals / DJ: First City Events
Bright colors, farm tables, rocking chairs, comfort food — all the fixin’s of a quality Southern wedding, and all can be seen in Emily and Max’s South Carolina wedding. A top-tier team of vendors came together to make this beauty happen, including Tim Willoughby, OOH Events, Branch Design Studio, and, of course, a guest appearance of the couple’s beloved pug, Winston.
From the bride, Emily: I envisioned my wedding to be if Kate Spade and Jonathan Adler had a love child and it came out speaking with a Southern twang. We wanted it to be Southern and laid back with bright colors, good food, and music that made everyone want to dance! To add to the Spanish moss and marsh scenery at the Creek Club, we had farm tables, mason jars, and comfort food (pulled pork sliders, ham biscuits, shrimp & grits) to bring in the southern vibe and open seating, food stations, rocking chairs, and a photo booth on the porch to create a laid back atmosphere for our guests. But most importantly we wanted it to represent us, so we wrote our own vows, our reading was an “Ode to Emily & Max” which Max’s sister wrote versus a traditional reading, and our pug Winston was in the wedding. I wanted people to come to our wedding and go ‘this is so Max & Emily.’
Our color scheme was mint & shades of coral. We wanted the colors to pop but also be subtle – like how my bridesmaid’s dresses were neutral champagne, but they all had mint necklaces and bright reds and corals in the bouquets. My mother found the perfect mint fabric and made custom runners for all of the farm tables and made pillows for the rocking chairs out of fabric that was the print from the back of our wedding invitations (which was a handpainted print by Lucky Pennie Paperie). My mother also made my veil. I wanted badly to wear something of hers on my wedding day and she had this gorgeous cap veil with an adorable bow on the top, but unfortunately the veil’s tulle and lace had yellowed over time. Being her crafty self, my mom used the bow from her veil, which was still a beautiful ivory color, and attached it to the veil she made for me.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Invest in a photographer. Our photos captured so many moments, embraces, and laughs that I will never want to forget. Tim Willoughby’s images evoke emotions and really transport you to that moment in time. Also make an effort into planning the day getting ready to be a relaxing and fun experience. I had my best friends, close family, and dog along with a spread of food, plenty of champagne, and 80s music playing. I was relaxed and happy.
Processional: “Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles
First Dance: “Crazy Love,” Van Morrison
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Girl,” The Temptations
For our ceremony music, I wanted a flamenco/Spanish guitar player. I envisioned this sort of Woody Allen movie scenario. Luckily Nikolai Shiviaz was the perfect musician. He played “Here Comes the Sun” for the processional and more upbeat sambas and Spanish jazz during the cocktail hour. Our band MVP was amazing. They played everything from Motown to Beyonce.
Wedding Location: Mount Pleasant, SC / Photographer: Tim Willoughby / Event Design, Decor and Coordination: OOH Events / Flowers: Branch Design Studio / Wedding Venue: Creek Club at I’on / Wedding Dress: J Majors, Charlotte NC / Wedding Veil: Made by bride’s mother / Makeup: Elina Mille of Bellelina / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan / Cake: D’Lish / Ceremony Music: Nikolai Svishev / Band: MVP with East Coast Entertainment / Wedding Invitations: Lucky Pennie Paperie
How could anyone resist this lovingly handmade and whimsical wedding from L&V Photography? Bride Elena is actually a wedding blogger herself – helping to share beautiful Italian weddings and inspiration – so it’s only natural that her own wedding would be filled to the brim with beautiful details and stunning flowers from Il Profumo Dei Fiori.
From the bride, Elena: We wanted an outdoor and informal celebration, with a slight vintage feel, lots of color, big smiles and tears of happiness. The beautiful hills of Oltrepò Pavese were the perfect location and we were so lucky to have an outdoor ceremony with a stunning view. We had an intimate wedding with only 40 guests, just family and close friends. We were so happy to get married after 8 years together and we wanted our wedding to reflect our joy. It was a wonderful day and it felt very “us.”
We wanted our wedding to be colorful and joyful with a late 50s-early 60s vibe. I chose a color scheme of red, light blue and pink with pops of yellow. We had several DIY projects for our wedding day. I’m a wedding blogger and Gabriele is a graphic designer so we wanted our wedding to feel as much personal as possible. We made over 100 paper pinwheels in different colors and size. I designed all the stationery, invitations, menu, table numbers, program fans and signs, with a little help from Gabriele. The music was a DIY project too, I spent the months leading to the wedding scouring the web for the most beautiful songs of the 50s and 60s to play during the reception. Gabriele made the oversized letters, we used them for our engagement session and then again on our wedding day as reception decor. Our family helped a lot, my grandmother made my 50s style wedding dress, my cousin did my hair and my bridesmaids were very supportive and helped us with the last details.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I would advise to delegate small tasks to family and friends who are willing to help. Also don’t skimp on wedding photography. Leti and Viola of L&V Photography made an amazing job capturing every detail and we couldn’t be happier with the results. We will cherish these photos forever.
Processional: “Moon River,” Henry Mancini
Recessional: “All You Need Is Love,” The Beatles
First Dance: “These Arms Of Mine,” Otis Redding
Wedding Location: Fortunago, Italy / Photographer: L&V Photography / Floral Design: Il Profumo Dei Fiori / Wedding Venue: Cascina Casareggio / Wedding Dress: Bride’s grandmother / Bridal headpiece: Fancy BOWtique Bridal Couture / Hair: Bride’s cousin / Makeup: Letizia Girani Makeup Artist / Wedding Stationery, Paper Pinwheels: DIY
Lush greens and pretty pink florals serve as one gorgeous setting for this quirky Camarillo wedding designed by Kori from La Boheme Events along with photographs from Wild Whim Photography. This adorable bride and groom definitely know how to have a good time, and they were sure to provide just that for all of their lucky guests!
From Kori, at La Boheme Events: We are so excited to present this amazing whimsical and quirky wedding! Carly and John have been labeled the “life of the party” by their friends and this wedding was no exception. From the flower curtain drapes to the oversize paper flowers (made by the bride), guests felt as though they were in a wonderland. Bubbles fell overhead as people entered the reception site and Michael Jackson music (the bride and groom LOVE him) played all night long.
Location: Camarillo, CA / Photographer: Wild Whim Photography / Event Designer/Coordinator: Kori from La Boheme Events / Venue: Hartley Bontanica / Cake/Dessert: Vanilla Bake Shop / Caterer: Command Performance / Rentals: A Rental Connection / Florist: Stella Bloom Design / Ceremony Musician: DJ Kyle Taylor / DJ/Band: DJ Kyle Taylor http://www.djkyletaylor.com / Stationery: DIY through Minted / Entertainment: About Faces Entertainment
A little bit beachy, a little bit feminine, this week’s color card also draws pretty hues for mother’s day this weekend. Love the use of astilbe flowers as centerpieces, inspired by coral. Watercolor invites and patterns would tie in the theme beautifully. Clear glasses to lend an airy mood. A flowy gown. I could go on for hours.
Colors: sunset + canvas white + coral
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In case you missed any of our features this week…
A boathouse wedding in Melbourne, Australia
Our Local Wedding Guide for Indiana + Illinois
A DIY wedding from a one-time Anthro display assistant
Spring forest wedding ideas
This handmade North Carolina wedding
An eighties-inspired wedding shoot
A garden wedding with peacocks
This secluded enchanted forest shoot
A romantic New Year’s Eve wedding
Flower arrangements inspired by Cinco de Mayo