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Brookside Equestrian Wedding

Vintage Weddings

The second our eyes ran over these words, we knew we were in for a visual treat: “Our inspiration — think Notebook, meets Big Fish meets a summer carnival/fair.” So the bride describes her wedding day, and we have to say from looking through these images that she absolutely nailed her vision. Valentina Glidden Photography was on hand to capture all the goodness and details, so let’s jump in!

Brookside Equestrian wedding - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

From the bride, Lisa: We were determined to make our wedding stand out from any other wedding! We wanted it to be unique, fun and to not feel so “wedding-ish.” Our inspiration–think Notebook, meets Big Fish meets a summer carnival/fair. There’s just something so romantic about carnivals, and what we imagined one to be like in the 1940s era. The lights, the music, the care-free summer nights and of course, riding the ferris wheel with your sweet heart!

vintage inspired dresses - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

carnival wedding invitations - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

yellow white bouquets - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding
Flower recipe: My aunt, who is a florist created all of our floral looks. She did all of the arrangements, bouquets, embellishments and flower crowns for the flower girls. We wanted a charming wild flower look to keep with the summery country vibe. We used Feverfew (miniature daisies) Daisies, Craspedia, Baby’s Breath, Dusty Miller, Yarrow, Scabiosa Pods and Solidaster.

bride and groom - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

flower girls - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

ring bearer outfits - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

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wedding ceremony recessional - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

Being that our wedding was a vintage carnival, we wanted it feel light, airy and fun. We wanted it to have the perfect balance of a carnival yet feel romantic, rustic and whimsical. Our general colors were muted reds, blues and yellows but we weren’t big on having everything matchy, matchy . We pretty much hand crafted most everything ourselves. Jake is a graphic designer so we were able to custom design our save the dates, invitations, programs and favors. Most all of the detail and décor we did ourselves too–DIY projects and antique store finds. My mom and I sewed fabric bunting flags and ribbon streamers. My dad helped with the construction projects such as collecting old scrapped wood which we painted and drilled to make signs as well as light up marquee letters from metal. We built a kissing booth that I hand painted for our guests to take photos in. I also constructed our cake topper and even designed my own wedding dress and had it hand made! My mom made the flower girl’s dresses and an assortment of over 2,000 homemade cookies for our “sweet treats” table. You can definitely say our wedding screamed DIY! We also hired a caricaturist to create caricaturists for our guests as a fun souvenir. But our favorite part—the ferris wheel! We knew if we wanted our look to feel authentic, we needed to have a ferris wheel which we rented from a local event company. It tied everything together and the guests just loved it! The open space of the venue with the oak trees, old barn and charming character created the perfect setting for our event and pulled everything together.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I’d say first things first, decide on the look or theme you are going for and let it resonate. That was the best thing we did. We decided on our look right away and spent a lot of time exploring flea markets, antique shops and etsy for the perfect ideas and accents. The more time you have to think about it, the easier it will come together and the more time you will have to make it work. Plus it’s a lot less stressful! Also, don’t be afraid to take a risk! If you love something, find a way to incorporate it into your wedding. It will make it the planning fun as well as your day that much more special.

carnival wedding cake - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

wedding dessert tables - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

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Wedding Music:
Wedding Party Processional: “Married Life,” Michael Giacchiano (Up Soundtrack)
Bride’s Processional: “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” Ingrid Michaelson
Recessional: “Everybody,” Ingrid Michaelson
First Dance: “The Way I Am,” Ingrid Michaelson
Cocktail hour and dinner we played a lot of classic and folky hits from the 1940s – Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington to name a few.

Wedding Location: Walnut, CA / Photographer: Valentina Glidden Photography / Wedding Coordinator: Sandy McDermott and Aide Delgado of Rose Wade Events / Florist: Flowers by Sharen / Venue: Brookside Equestrian / Wedding Dress: Designed by Bride and constructed by Ann Seitz and Annette Constantino / Bride’s Headpiece and Shoes: ModCloth / Makeup and Hair: Foundation of You / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Jack Threads / Caterer: Rose Wade Events / Wedding Cakes: Beverly’s Best Bakery / DJ: FLY BY NIGHT Disc Jockeys / Ferris Wheel Rental: LA Party Works / Caricaturist: The Cartoon Lady / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: designed by Bride and Groom, printed by Coastal Finishing

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Spreading Lovely

Welcome to Spreading Lovely!  We’re a full service event planning & design company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving all of The Golden State and beyond and tailor all services to fit your specific event needs.  Plus, with every booking, we donate 10% to the charity of your choice because we believe in not only making a difference in our clients’ lives, but also in countless other lives we may never otherwise have the opportunity to reach.

Of course we love a great party, but more importantly we believe in love, we believe in a marriage after the wedding, and we love being a part of life’s major milestones and helping you navigate the (sometimes) mountains of details.  With our wealth of knowledge, creativity and experience we’ll illuminate and inspire your ideas to create a one-of-a-kind event that authentically reflects YOUnot us, or what anyone tells you it should be.

We know how to leverage small design details of texture, color and lighting to elevate an event and create the ambiance you desire. We love collaborating to create unique event concepts, after all – it’s your story that makes the best inspiration.  If lots of glitter and bright colors best reflects your fun loving nature, awesome, we’re in!  If an elopement on a mountain top is more your thing, fantastic, we’re in!  Our number one job is to be on your team and provide a voice of reason, guidance and experience to streamline the planning and execute your event more exceptional than you imagined.

We believe you should be fully present and live in the moment on your wedding day, not sweating the small stuff!  That’s why we’re here to make the road to your wedding more fun, more relaxed and more enjoyable by taking care of the planning, design and organization details so you can still make it to Sunday brunch and do more of what makes you happy while celebrating the path to this amazing commitment to each other!

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Handcrafted Alabama Wedding

DIY Weddings

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Morgan Trinker

One of our all-time favorite tips for saving room in the budget is to look for a wedding dress at nontraditional locations. Bride Kaitlin found her nothing-short-of stunning Aidan Mattox gown by way of Saks Fifth Avenue and saved a pretty penny without compromising on style — leaving more room to budget for an incredible photographer, Morgan Trinker. This wedding was put together with the aid of happy helpers and a whole lot of love that shines straight through!

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From the bride, Kaitlin: I went for a whimsical meets timeless kind of feel; a mixture of class and comfort. We wanted an Intimate, At-Home, Handmade Wedding. Oh, boy, did I have a lot of DIY projects. Where to start!

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black bridesmaids dresses - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

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The invites and all signage were all hand drawn or designed through Adobe InDesign, and the seating chart was done with a little ribbon, a few branches and some printed name cards. The “So Much Love For You Darling” banner was hand drawn on canvas, sewn, and decorated with ribbons. We had a faux Moroccan Blanket with hand sewn ribbons and added garland, flower toss cones done with detailed paper, flower toss table with cut holes for cones. Just spare wood, a few nails and a lot of stain, and paper straws with silver and metallic tape flags. The ceremony platform was built by my father-in-law and draped with the faux Moroccan blanket. The desserts were made by my husband, mother, mother-in-law and aunt. Marscapone cheesecake to macarons!

moroccan wedding blanket - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

outdoor wedding ceremony - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

wedding ceremony kiss - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

wedding ceremony recessional - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

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hanging escort cards - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

handcrafted alabama wedding - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t stress about the wedding. It’s the marriage that truly counts. And above all – respect. Before the wedding, at the wedding, after the wedding, always – respect.

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handcrafted alabama wedding - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding


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Wedding Music:
First Dance: “A Sunday Kind of Love,” Etta James
Father/Daughter Dance: “Promise Her the Moon,” Mr. Big
Mother/Son Dance: “My Cherie Amour,” Stevie Wonder
Best Friend Dance: “Displaced,” Azure Ray
Grandfather/Granddaughter Dance: “This Old Heart of Mine,” The Isley Brothers

Wedding Location: Dothan, AL / Photographer: Morgan Trinker / Flowers: Groom’s mother / Event Design: Bride / Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Dress: Aidan Mattox via Saks Fifth Avenue / Wedding Shoes: Anthropologie / Hair: Lorena Rowe / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth / Groom’s Suit: Black by Vera Wang / Wedding Caterer: Nektar Cafe & Wine Bar / Desserts: Bride, Groom, and family / Wedding Invitations: bride

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Little White Dress Bridal Shop

Little White Dress is the premier bridal salon in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. We offer unmatched service, and a beautiful selection of designer wedding gowns, accessories, and shoes in a wide variety of price ranges and styles. Little White Dress is proud to offer the very best bridal designers, all of which are unavailable elsewhere in Colorado. Get ready for one of the best parts of wedding planning – finding your gown at Little White Dress!

Gown designers: Anne Barge, Charlie Brear, Claire Pettibone, Enaura, Galia Lahav, Jenny Packham, Justin Alexander, Liancarlo, Lis Simon, Marchesa, Matthew Christopher, Naeem Khan, Reem Acra, Rivini, Robert Bullock Bride, Sassi Holford.

Located at 3420 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, CO 80211 in the Historic Highlands Neighborhood. Tel.: 303-814-8972

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Massachusetts Backyard Wedding

Blue Label

There is nothing better than having the people you care about most helping you prepare for your big day – and that is exactly how this wonderful Massachusetts backyard wedding came together. Levi Stolove Photography was kind enough to share the love and details he captured of this DIT (do-it-together) wedding. The whole day was truly a collaboration of the bride and groom’s closest family and friends, and they were all able to celebrate happily ever after – together!

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From the bride: We wanted our wedding to be warm, homey, and beautiful. My husband loves ferns and they sort of developed into the theme of our wedding, without us planning it. We thought of the look as backyard elegance. I’m not crafty at all, so our DIY became DIT – do it together. My younger sister made my veil; embroidered the chuppah (wedding canopy), which was a family heirloom tablecloth; and hand lettered the signs. My mom, aunt, grandma, and mother’s friends fringed cloth by hand for the table runners and one of my best friends and bridesmaids designed the invites and save the dates. My husband’s best friend played the guitar for the ceremony and two of my childhood friends twirled fire during the reception. A friend of ours who is a rabbi officiated the ceremony.

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The best advice I was given was to sit down with my fiance before starting to plan and come up with the three things that matter most to us about the wedding, to set our vision according to those things, and to make those our budget priorities. Doing this helped us to have priorities, know we were on the same page, and let go of the things we thought “should” matter to us but didn’t. Certain things, like flowers, didn’t matter to me, but they mattered a lot to my mom, so she designed the flowers without my input and they were gorgeous. The other best advice I was given is that families and friends are only more themselves during the process and not to expect anything from the people you love that you wouldn’t expect normally. The wedding feels huge and planning may feel like an enormous task, but at the end of the day, what matters is that you’re married and happy. And if you’re not totally happy with your wedding itself, that’s ok, too. Try to let go of what didn’t go right and remember the moments that bring you joy.

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Processional: “Here, There, and Everywhere,” the Beatles
Recessional: “Two of Us,” the Beatles
First Dance: “I Will,” the Beatles
Last Dance: “This Will be Our Year,” The Zombies

Wedding location: Great Barrington, MA / Photographer: Levi Stolove Photography / Flowers & Decor: Gillooly Design / Catering & Coordination: Ginny Filkins of Sills and Co. / Bride’s dress: Alita Graham from Kleinfeld / Bridesmaids dresses: J Crew, Nordstrom, and Alfred Sung / Veil & Chuppah: bride’s sister / Groom’s suit: Men’s Wearhouse / Makeup: Makeup Artistry by Liz / Hair: Jenursa / Stationery: Hello Peachy (bridesmaid’s company) / DJ: Addam Bombb / Venue: family member’s home

Intimate Backyard Wedding

Garden Weddings

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


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


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


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


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

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


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

Wedding Vendors (Conejo Valley, CA):

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

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Beacon Lane

From vintage-romantic to modern-elegant, we’ve got you covered! We are Beacon Lane, a small team who is passionate about perfecting the art of the invite. We design, print and hand craft wedding invitations, save the dates, bridal shower cards, corresponding day of stationery and baby shower/kids invites. Personalize almost everything during our unique ordering process. We would love to work with you, contact us to learn more!

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Virginia Backyard Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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After saving up to buy a house, Melissa and Chris decided to skip the traditional venue route to have their wedding reception in the backyard of their newly purchased 1950s home. Hence the inspiration for a retro backyard fete. Captured by Amy Otto Photography who kindly shared these images with us!


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From Amy: We started out with bridal preparations at the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, where the couple would spend their wedding night. After a first look in the hotel, we took a little time to get some images in Old Town Alexandria of the couple and their bridal party. Melissa and Chris are big fans of film and plastic toy cameras so, I was happy to shoot a bit of film and do some Holga panos. After Old Town, we were off to the couple’s house for the ceremony and reception, all hosted in their backyard. The ceremony featured readings from The Jerk & sharing of lemonade, which was so sweet. There were so many DIY elements to this wedding: The cake topper and ring pillow were knitted by the bride. She also made the paper chain decorations while Chris made their very own photo booth, complete with the ability to instantly upload the images to Facebook. Chris’s brother in law painted their guestbook, and Melissa’s family worked on the ceremony chair decorations and the getaway car. The couple designed and screen printed the invitations themselves, and Melissa and her bridesmaids put all the flowers together after ordering them from a wholesaler.

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Wedding Vendors + Venue (Old Town Alexandria, Virginia):

Reception Venue: Private Residence / Getting ready location: Hotel Monaco / Wedding Photographer: Amy Otto Photography / Caterer: Eat & Smile Catering / Dress Designer: Dolly Couture / Heirlooms and extras: Beach House Living / Calligrapher: Angelique, Ink / Jewelry: Macy’s / Bakery: Silva’s Patisserie

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Corkey Creations

Corkey Creations offers the largest selection of wine cork place card holders, including personalized and custom printing. We also offer whole corks for save the dates, guest book corks, magnets and key-chains and vinyl wine bottle decor for table numbers and/or centerpiece decorations.

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Vintage Chic Garden Wedding

Garden Weddings

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Mimi and Matt’s Washington wedding is beyond amazing. From the venue in which the couple prepared for the day to the sweet centerpieces — each one different from the next — this wedding is the stuff dreams are made of. Thanks to the brilliant Yvonne Wong for every perfectly captured moment! There’s much, much more to be seen in the gallery, so don’t miss it!

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Yvonne Wong for every perfectly captured moment! There’s much, much more to be seen in the View more images from this wedding

Wedding Vendors (Seattle, Washington):

Wedding photographer: Yvonne Wong / Wedding shoes: Caparros / Day of Coordinator: Amy Pak Weddings / Venue: Robinswood House, Bellevue WA / Catering: Landaus / Harpist: Alishia Joubert / Dove Release: White Dove Release / Officiant: Pastor John Chae / All Flowers: made by bridesmaids / Cup cakes: made their own from Sprinkles Cucake Mix

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Caterina Jewelry

Caterina Jewelry is a luxury designer and manufacturer of silver charm jewelry based in Beverly Hills, California. The company creates one-of-a-kind jewelry that beautifully complements any outfit no matter the time, mood, or occasion, promising unmatched elegance, timeless sophistication, and a fun vibe. Exquisite, delicate, and unapologetically feminine, Caterina Jewelry’s pieces are made from .925 sterling silver and lovingly adorned with stunning gemstones that make even the most casual ensemble look a little more polished

CJ Bridal Minimalista Collection has been designed to honor the long-standing tradition of the bride gifting her bridesmaids. A reflection of the current minimalist modernist trend, the collection features stunning, fashionable jewelry that will delight the bridesmaids, nicely accenting their outfits while offering an enduring gift to cherish for a long time. The ideal favor for your special ladies, our jewelry is versatile and can be worn on numerous other occasions!

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Ashley and Ryan’s Checkered Picnic Wedding

Garden Weddings

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This bright and beautiful September wedding has me thinking of warmer days and pining for some more sunshine! The details here are so put-together and refined, from the matching checkered linens to the fresh red and blue color palette. Those chalkboard place mats are absolutely adorable! Check out the gallery for all the amazing details shot by True Love Photo. Congratulations, Ashley and Ryan!

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Wedding Vendors: Sacramento, CA

Photographer: True Love Photo / Hair Stylist: Jessica Stadel, Brooke Roesser / Caterer: Bill’s Chuckwagon / Event Designer: Kate Miller Events / Floral Designer: Flourish / Reception Venue: Private Home / Cake Designer: Icing On The Cupcake / DJ: DJ Remmel / Equipment Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Makeup Artist: Makeup by LeiLani, Jenn Decarlo

Intimate Toronto Wedding

DIY Weddings

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I couldn’t think of a better way to close our real wedding features for 2010 than with a sweet and simple wedding that Nancy da Costa of Mango Studios sent our way. Kelly and Murray handmade most of their details, and I am slightly obsessed with Kelly’s polka dot tulle wedding dress!

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From the bride, Kelly: Murray and I love our city so it was important for us to have our wedding here in Toronto and to share a little piece of our lives with our family and friends. A ferry ride to Toronto Island seemed like the perfect adventure for our wedding guests. We wanted our wedding to be an intimate, fun, personal and sweet celebration. It was important to us that it was a sincere expression of our love and truly memorable for our guests. We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us – full of handmade goodness, laughter, happy tears and one of the best parties our guests have ever seen.

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Nearly every detail of our wedding was handmade and we used a colour palette based around shades of purples and teals. Among other projects, I sewed the bunting banners, the cake toppers and all of the ties worn by the groomsmen and family. A group of very kind and generous friends spent the night before the wedding helping us decorate the venue – hanging string lights, putting together flower arrangements and hanging vases from the trees.
intimate toronto wedding
intimate toronto wedding
intimate toronto wedding

We wanted every aspect of our wedding to feel as personal as possible and chose to work with all the creative people we know. Our wedding felt like one giant hug from all our friends and family because every element of our big day was created with our own hands or through the incredible love, talent and generosity of our friends and family.

intimate toronto wedding
intimate toronto wedding
Any advice for brides planning their wedding? The Internet is a wonderful thing! We found some incredible inspiration from other weddings through fantastic blogs like Ruffled. Start keeping a journal as soon as possible and a folder of inspirational images that you can revisit from time to time to keep you on track. Find a great photographer to capture the special moments of your day. We also invested in a Smilebooth, which provided so much entertainment for our guests and hilarious memories captured for a lifetime.

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We will be back tomorrow with our best of 2010!

Wedding Vendors (Toronto, Canada):

Ceremony and reception location: Artscape Gibraltar Point / Florist: Coriander Girl created the bridal bouquet, boutonnières and corsages friends and family made table arrangements/ Photographer: David and Tyler from Mango Studios / Wedding dress: Christos Bridal (Maribel) / Hairpiece: Emersonmade / Shoes: Missoni / Cocktail Hour Music: Kitgut Stringband / Caterer: Artscape Gibraltar Point / Fruit tarts and cakes: Luisa Milan at Artscape Gibraltar Point/ Wedding invitations: Ashley Coulson of Flakes Paperie

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Beacon Lane

From vintage-romantic to modern-elegant, we’ve got you covered! We are Beacon Lane, a small team who is passionate about perfecting the art of the invite. We design, print and hand craft wedding invitations, save the dates, bridal shower cards, corresponding day of stationery and baby shower/kids invites. Personalize almost everything during our unique ordering process. We would love to work with you, contact us to learn more!

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A Darling Handcrafted Wedding

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This backyard wedding shot by Goodnickels Photography is absolutely darling! The bride’s mother handcrafted many of the details, including Ali’s incredible bouquet. It is made out of ribbon and rickrack, and is so sweet and unique. What a special memento to treasure and pass down to future generations!

More from the bride, Ali:

When I was planning our wedding I envisioned a sweet, homemade, backyard wedding. I wanted to incorporate handmade things with my vintage favorites.

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My mom is so talented. She made my bouquet (out of rickrack and ribbon), the ring pillow, the flower girl dress, the favors (the owls and robots), the favor boxes, the cake topper, the boutonnieres, the antique game pieces, centerpieces, and the table runners.

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We looked at a few venues, but couldn’t find the right fit. A friend offered up his backyard and we thought, perfect!

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My sister was in charge of the flowers. That day she went to a local farmers market and purchased a variety of flowers. The mix of flowers looked great.

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My advice for planning a wedding is to stay organized. My sister made me a wedding planning book. I kept ideas, inspiration, websites, pictures, etc. in it. It kept me on track and organized. It made it easier to tie everything together and now I have a amazing scrapbook of my wedding memories.

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Wedding Vendors (Vista, CA):

Photographer: Goodnickels Photography / Venue: A friend’s backyard / Florist: The bride’s sister / Caterer: Crystal Catering / Cake: VG’s Donuts and Bakery / Lighting: Party Lights / Makeup Artist: Earth Salon and Spa / Hair Stylist: Dennise at Beautymark Hair Studio / Bride’s Dress: J.Crew / Bride’s Hair Piece: Jennypickle

DIY Virginia Wedding III

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Finally, it’s time for the reception! From Lindsay, the gorgeous bride:

I could have spent all of my time making things for this wedding. It was a really fun and personal experience. We spent a lot of time on details. However, the one little detail we did not spend much time planning for was the RAIN! Just as I was putting my dress on it started pouring and didn’t stop until the next morning! A lot of our details got wet or moved or forgotten about (even our beautiful ceremony site.) I started to have a bit of a freak out, but guess what? We were still pronounced man and wife and that is ALL that matters. If there is one piece of advice I could give to all the brides-to-be out there, it is to expect the unexpected. Oh yeah, and details are great, but LOVE is better! Happy wedding planning :)

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Wedding Vendors (Nokesville, Virginia):

Photographer: Heather España + Second Shooter Marta Locklear / Venue: Bride’s parents backyard / Tent: L & A Tent Rentals / Caterer: Thyme Savor / Bride’s Dress: Marisa / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Bill Levkoff / Flowergirl’s Attire: Miss Priss Tutus

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Amanda Day Rose

Amanda Day Rose is a full-service paperie offering timeless designs for one of the most memorable days of your life. From engagement announcements, save-the-dates, and wedding invitations; to beautifully styled place settings, programs, gifts for guests, and so much more, you are in the right place! I work with a multitude of printing methods including letterpress, foil stamping, and digital printing along with an endless variety of carefully sourced materials to create a final product that will add to the essence of your wedding day.

I consider every wedding a unique and memorable occasion – and that means meticulous attention to detail as I guide you through this experience, and create artistry and design that embodies your lives together as a couple. Whether you have a very clear vision of what you want, or you are not sure where to start, your one-of-a-kind experience will open up a world of creative possibilities. I work closely with you to capture the essence of your relationship by delivering an authentic experience created just for you.

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DIY Virginia Wedding II

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It’s time for a detail parade! Check out all the adorable details from Lindsay and Ben’s backyard wedding by Heather España.

From Lindsay:

I guess the vibe we were going for was elegant, antique, vintage with a touch of whimsy. I even wore my Grandmother’s old costume jewelry. We spent hours scouring thrift shops, used bookstores, and craft stores. I didn’t want anything to match too much. I’m not a matchy kind of person. So, from that came the mismatched china…for 165 people! That may have gone a little overboard. I have every kind of vase, jar, teapot, candle holder, and clock you can imagine. We wanted every table centerpiece to be different. I now have a house full of cool treasures. I highly recommend buying things you can use again. We also did lots of crafting projects. We made napkin rings from pvc pipe and vintage fabric. I sewed flowers on the little girls ballet flats to match their tutu’s. I made boutonniere’s out of buttons and feathers and instead of corsages we made broaches. We made chalkboards galore! The list goes on and on.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Part III is coming your way soon!

Wedding Vendors (Nokesville, Virginia):

Photographer: Heather España + Second Shooter Marta Locklear / Venue: Bride’s parents backyard / Tent: L & A Tent Rentals / Caterer: Thyme Savor / Bride’s Dress: Marisa / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Bill Levkoff / Flowergirl’s Attire: Miss Priss Tutus

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Basic Invite Wedding Invitations

Visit https://www.basicinvite.com to find over 200 fully customizable wedding invitation sets. At Basic Invite each and every invite has almost unlimited color options letting you create an invitation as unique are you are.

Pick your colors, and your text, and even upload your photo for an instant online preview of your invitation.

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DIY Virginia Wedding

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Our week at Ruffled couldn’t have started any better than sharing a real wedding from a reader, with lots of DIY ideas. The bride, Lindsay, also found her only vendor, the talented photographer Heather España via Ruffled. Need I say more?

Now, more from the bride, Lindsay:

When we got engaged, my mind started reeling. I was never the girl who had her wedding day completely planned out from the time I was little. In fact, I have a hard time planning anything! All of that changed the moment Ben slipped that ring on my finger. Luckily, my friends and family were ready for some good old fashioned hard work. Ben and I both knew we didn’t want to have a “cookie-cutter” wedding. We didn’t want to go to a random venue and have someone tell us what we could and couldn’t do on the biggest day of our life. We wanted to celebrate the way we wanted to celebrate. We decided to have the wedding in my parents backyard. The only person we actually hired was our amazing photographer, Heather Espana (I found her on Ruffled Blog!) Everyone else was either a friend or a family member.

 
 
 
 
 

The beautiful invitations and flowers were done by my oh-so-talented bridesmaid Raygan Ketterer. Our friend Cullen of L&A Tenting provided the spectacular tent. The delicious gourmet comfort food was done by my cousin Kim Graham of Thyme Savor Catering. Our delightful mini-cake was baked with love by my friend Alex Kalber. The rest of the desserts were made by family members. The rocking band that kept the dance floor packed all night was my younger brother Ramsey and friends Adam, Paul, and Sam.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Make sure to check back later today for part II and III of this wedding!

Wedding Vendors (Nokesville, Virginia):

Photographer: Heather España + Second Shooter Marta Locklear / Venue: Bride’s parents backyard / Tent: L & A Tent Rentals / Caterer: Thyme Savor / Bride’s Dress: Marisa / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Bill Levkoff / Flowergirl’s Attire: Miss Priss Tutus

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Concertina Press

Sailboats, waves, octopus and jellyfish are just a few of the amazing seaworthy designs featured in Concertina Press’s line of vintage inspired nautical wedding invitations and stationery.

“Ruth is an exceptional artist and artisan! She was very prompt to stay in communication with me throughout my ordering process. She worked with me to make sure that all my needs were met exactly. It was so comforting to work with her through the stressful process of ordering the perfect wedding invitations! I absolutely LOVE the way her products turned out, and cannot wait to send them to all my guests! Thank you SO MUCH Ruth, your kindness and professionalism have helped me more than you know!” ” – Emily D.

After living in the small town of Woods Hole on Cape Cod for nearly 11 years, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press, moved down to the sunny East coast of Florida to be closer to family. Her Cape Cod map save the date is still widely popular with couples getting married on the Cape, along with the matching wedding invitation. Since moving south she’s added more tropical designs including seahorses, sand dollars and waves.

Ruth takes pride in customer service, and making the online ordering process as easy as possible while still remaining personalized. You can purchase samples of any of her invitations online, or contact her directly with any questions or for a quote.

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Canadian Backyard Wedding

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This relaxed Ontario wedding is all about style. Matthew from This Moment Forever sent me this wedding and I knew at first glance this one was so Ruffled. Their intimate affair took place at Kristin’s parents’ backyard in Ontario, Canada. Favors and most of the decor were made by Kristin, another great point such lovely DIY, budget conscious wedding. The groom, Andrew, wore jeans – an idea that I am sure many grooms out there will consider after seeing this!

Kristin + Andrew's Backyard Ontario Wedding by This Moment Forever Photography
Kristin + Andrew's Backyard Ontario Wedding by This Moment Forever Photography
Kristin + Andrew's Backyard Ontario Wedding by This Moment Forever Photography
Kristin + Andrew's Backyard Ontario Wedding by This Moment Forever Photography
Kristin + Andrew's Backyard Ontario Wedding by This Moment Forever Photography
Kristin + Andrew's Backyard Ontario Wedding by This Moment Forever Photography
Kristin + Andrew's Backyard Ontario Wedding by This Moment Forever Photography
Kristin + Andrew's Backyard Ontario Wedding by This Moment Forever Photography
Kristin + Andrew's Backyard Ontario Wedding by This Moment Forever Photography
Kristin + Andrew's Backyard Ontario Wedding by This Moment Forever Photography
Kristin + Andrew's Backyard Ontario Wedding by This Moment Forever Photography
Kristin + Andrew's Backyard Ontario Wedding by This Moment Forever Photography

Gown: Bridal Couture by Carma (Port Credit, Mississauga, ON)
Caterer: Howard the Butcher (Caledon East, ON)
Tent: Party Magic (Bolton, ON)

A few words from Kristin’s mom about her daughter and son-in-law’s wedding day:

The entire wedding (preparation, ceremony, photo shoot, and reception) took place at Kristin’s parent’s house, located in the country north of Brampton, Ontario. The ceremony was simple; the seats were bails of straw draped in white sheets; Andrew (the groom) built a rustic fence for a backdrop; the music was performed by Kristin’s family and friends (she’s one of eleven children, and they’re all quite musical). The photo shoot took place a few meters away from the ceremony on a grassy hill, and a few more choice spots (like a crumbly old house and some broken down walls) were also on location.

The reception was in a tent at the bottom of the hill – again, just a few minutes walk from the ceremony. The tent was surrounded by game areas, so the guests could play things like horseshoes and croquet while they mingled during cocktail hour. The decorations and favours were done by Kristin and her family (like the homemade applesauce and strawberry jam) as well as all the treats on the dessert table.

Big thanks to Matt from This Moment Forever for sending this incredible wedding!

Maggie + Zac’s Handmade Fall Wedding, II

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Continuing with Maggie and Zac’s handmade wedding captured by the fabulous Erica Turner. Thanks to Maggie for sharing her wedding day with us and Erica for sending over the images!

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A little bit from the bride, Maggie:

We just over a 3 year engagement, which meant plently of time to consider different ideas and change our minds several times without feeling pressured or hurried. It also meant we were able to make nearly everything involved in our wedding. Making everything made our wedding feel so personal. We even set the reception up ourselves (with plently of help of course) which was a big deal for me. It made me feel like I recognized everything that was a part of our celebration, that it was ours and that we were creating our own celebration. The effort really resonated with our guests as well. We heard over and over again that the whole celebration was personal and unique.
Maggie + Zac Handcrafted DIY Fall Wedding by Erica Turner Galena Illinois
Maggie + Zac Handcrafted DIY Fall Wedding by Erica Turner Galena Illinois
Maggie + Zac Handcrafted DIY Fall Wedding by Erica Turner Galena Illinois
One key to our decorations was that we made a big effort to tie everything together. We picked two elements to do this – burlap and twine. From the invitations (which were tied up with twine) to the programs, centerpieces and cupcake table, everything featured a hint of twine, burlap or both! It went a long way in keeping us on track.
Maggie + Zac Handcrafted DIY Fall Wedding by Erica Turner Galena Illinois
Maggie + Zac Handcrafted DIY Fall Wedding by Erica Turner Galena Illinois
Maggie + Zac Handcrafted DIY Fall Wedding by Erica Turner Galena Illinois
Maggie + Zac Handcrafted DIY Fall Wedding by Erica Turner Galena Illinois
Maggie + Zac Handcrafted DIY Fall Wedding by Erica Turner Galena Illinois
Maggie + Zac Handcrafted DIY Fall Wedding by Erica Turner Galena Illinois
Maggie + Zac Handcrafted DIY Fall Wedding by Erica Turner Galena Illinois
Maggie + Zac Handcrafted DIY Fall Wedding by Erica Turner Galena Illinois

I ordered our flowers online (fiftyflowers.com and flowerbud.com). They arrived Wednesday and Thursday in perfect condition! From those I made all of our bouquets and centerpieces.

The wooden boxes used as centerpieces were handcrafted by my dad. As were the ‘clotheslines’ we used for our escort cards and the “Just Married” sign.

The maid-of-honor’s father made all of the wooden table numbers by hand.

My Aunt made the gorgeous wreath that was hung on the lecturn. She also made my garter, using parts of my mother’s wedding dress and a necklace of my grandmother’s.

Another Aunt made the ring bearer pillows which were created using crocheted quilt squares that my Grandmother hand made years ago.

The pew decorations and boutineers were hand made by my mom and I.

The programs took a full weekend to create. We printed all of the pages and covers. Hand punched and tied them and used spray glue to adhere the square of burlap and then stamp them with the leaf!

We carved all of the pumpkins and pumpkin lanters using hand tools and power drills just days before the wedding.

All of the mason jars were filled part way with sand and had candles added months ahead of time! Then they were used twice, to adorn the altar and then later to decorate the head table!

I made all of the signage and menus myself, adorning each with a monogram I created and of course, tieing them all with twine.

For our guest book I bought small notecards in several designs from a local scrapbook store and asked guests to leave notes on them. It worked great, we’ve loved reading them!

We also used a lot of thing we had around the house to decorate, which was a good sign that the wedding was in “our style.” All of the antique wooden crates that the cupcakes were displayed on were simply taken out of home! As were the lanters on the head table.

All of the haybales, pumpkins and mums went on to be reused as yard decor as well. The mums have all been planted to enjoy for years to come!

If I could offer any advice it would be this – take help when it is offered to you by family and friends, but make it meaningful. I never asked anyone to help stuff invitation envelopes, I can do that myself. When someone offered to help, I considered their talents (sewing? wood working? floral design?) and then offered them ideas of what we were after.

Also we made a big effort to keep everything local – since we made everything by hand we needed lots and lots of supplies. And with the exception of the flowers, not a single item was ordered online! Everything was bought from a store in our local communities and preferable from family owned businesses. So we like to think our wedding boosted the local economies : )

I don’t know if having a handmade wedding saved us any money. I know it did not save us any time! But the feeling of knowing our hard work and the talents of our friends and family went into making our celebration so perfect is priceless!

View part I of this DIY, super crafty wedding here.

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Fine Day Press

Fine Day Press is an Austin-based design + paper studio specializing in wedding invitations, custom designs & stationery with a modern, painterly feel. Our watercolor invitations are printed on luxe, cotton cardstock and can be mixed and matched with our envelope liners. Each design encompasses a full invitation suite, including Save the Dates, Directions & Information cards, and Day-of pieces.

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