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Floral-Filled Carondelet House Wedding

Romantic Weddings

No matter how many houses we see at Carondelet House, it never loses its appeal. It was a perfect fit for Rachel and David’s wedding captured by Valorie Darling Photography, which was a day full of some of the most striking hot pink flowers arranged by The Little Branch. Orange Blossom Special Events truly outdid themselves with the coordination on this one!

Floral-Filled Carondelet House Wedding - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

From the bride, Rachel: We got engaged 6/21/14. David planned an amazing surprise proposal at the Abbey (because it was where we had our first kiss). He tried to convince me we have to go for a friend’s birthday. When we got there he told me to keep walking toward the back and I finally came to a stand still when I got to an empty room with two huge cameras, roses and champagne. After, he surprised me with an engagement party (80 of our family/friends) at a friend’s store. We had the BEST night and left a few days later for Italy and Israel for two weeks to celebrate.

gold wedding invitation - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

wedding rings - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

fuchsia wedding bouquet - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

wedding dress - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

hot pink bouquet - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

bridesmaids in neutral colors - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

coral charm peony bouquet - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

wedding party - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

For our wedding, I tried to mix old Hollywood with a boho fairy tale, I wanted it to feel glamorous but a bit rustic.

wedding ceremony - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

floral chuppah - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

floral decor - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

ceremony processional - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

Jewish wedding ceremony - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

ceremony recessional - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

Carondelet House Wedding - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

Floral-Filled Carondelet House Wedding - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

bright and airy reception - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

Floral-Filled Carondelet House Wedding - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

coral charm peony centerpiece - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Plan quickly so you can relax and enjoy the process! Also remember that things really will go wrong (like a lot of things) so make sure you just go with the flow and enjoy your day.

dessert table - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

classic wedding cakes - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

cake cutting - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

Jewish wedding traditions - photo by Valorie Darling Photography http://ruffledblog.com/floral-filled-carondelet-house-wedding

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “At Last,” Etta James
First Dance: “Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me,” Mel Carter
Our cocktail hour was all Gipsy Kings! And the dancing was a fun mix of 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s and current music (think Madonna, Prince mixed with Don Omar and Haim)

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Valorie Darling Photography

Event Coordination

Orange Blossom Special Events

Floral Design

The Little Branch

Venue

Carondelet House

Wedding Dress

Anna Maier

Wedding Shoes

Jimmy Choo

Hair

Tami Jensen

Makeup

Dominique Lerma

Groom's Suit

Hugo Boss

Catering

Tres LA

Ceremony Quartet

Clover Strings

DJ

Dart DJ

Wedding Invitations

HandrawnDesigns

Heirloom Inspired Island Wedding

DIY Weddings

Oh how sweet is this wedding! We were instantly taken aback by all of the wonderful details and overall style of this cool wedding in Maryland. L. Hewitt Photography snapped the big day and Eventi by Diana allowed all of Bryn and Dylan’s concepts and ideas unfold. At the center was a very organic idea, incorporating wood elements, deep hues of red and plum, and neutral shades of beige. From this, ideas began to pop up and other additions started coming out of the woodwork. Before long, this seaside wedding had unique details like artichokes, brass tags, custom dresses, and heartfelt touches of family heirlooms laden into the whole wedding day. This wedding is an absolute wonder!

Heirloom Inspired Island Wedding - photo by L. Hewitt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/heirloom-inspired-island-wedding

From the wedding designer and floral designer, Diana of Eventi by Diana: Bryn and Dylan are one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Bryn came to me with an amazing concept and let me run with it. We were able to design every detail, from the bouquet brass tags down to the wood printed menus. We pitched the idea of artichokes to her and she and her mom fell in love with it. We used them in the envelope liners and then again at each reception place setting.
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Wedding Vendors

Photography

L. Hewitt Photography

Event Planner and Floral Designer

Eventi by Diana

Venue and Caterer

The Inn at Perry Cabin

Wedding Dress

Francesca Miranda

Wedding Shoes

Tory Burch

Hair and Makeup

Behind the Veil

Bridesmaids' Dresses

Jenny Yoo

Bridesmaids' Shoes

Jack Rogers

Flower Girl Dresses

Custom Made

Groom and Groomsmen's Suits

Jos. A. Bank

Groom and Groomsmen's Shoes

Nunn Bush

Groom and Groomsmen's Bowties

The Tie Bar

Band

The Rollex Band

Rentals

Party Rental Ltd.

Transportation

Reliable Limousine and Bus

Tent, Dance Floor, Lighting, and Band Stage

Sugar Plum Tents

Farm Tables

Something Vintage

Escort Card Display and Custom Bars

Revolution Events

Calligraphy

Poppy & Scooter

Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods

MLC Designs

Photo Booth

Pixilated

Videographer

Click Spark Films

Vermont Garden Wedding

Garden Weddings

Photos by:

Christina Bernales

Christina Bernales, you’ve sure got a winner here. Phoebe and Adrien’s wedding day was the perfect garden wedding — relaxed, intimate, and surrounded by the best that nature has to offer. We adore that the entire reception was filled with hanging light bulbs at every turn! Let’s Pretend Catering and In Full Bloom were brilliant as the coordinator and florist, respectively.

Vermont garden wedding - photo by Christina Bernales Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vermont-garden-wedding

From the bride, Phoebe: The style was rustic chic with bits of our personalities and things that were special to us as a couple sprinkled throughout. We wanted it to be laid back and fun, but when you stepped back you could see how romantic everything was. We had greys, blues, & beige as a base tone with pops of bright colors from the royal blue vases to the bright yellow sunflowers and splashes of red, green and white. We built our own giant sized Polaroid frame out of a dry erase board for people to take photos and write messages on. We also hand wrote out table place cards and table numbers on thick kraft paper which became part of an table seating display built in collaboration with our amazing florist.

Ruffled - photo by Christina Bernales Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vermont-garden-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Christina Bernales Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vermont-garden-wedding

ranunculus and rose bouquet - photo by Christina Bernales Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vermont-garden-wedding

wedding portrait - photo by Christina Bernales Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vermont-garden-wedding

blue grooms suit - photo by Christina Bernales Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vermont-garden-wedding

There were so many beautiful flowers used on the day. Not one arrangement on the table was alike, which, along with my lack of flower knowledge, makes it hard to remember what type of flower was in each! For my bouquet I really wanted that flowing look as apposed to a tight bouquet. There were ranunculus, poppies, and roses, just to name a few, with splashes of little yellow flowers with bright green leaves. The florist did an incredible job. It was perfect.

ceremony seating - photo by Christina Bernales Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vermont-garden-wedding

ceremony seating - photo by Christina Bernales Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vermont-garden-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Christina Bernales Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vermont-garden-wedding

ceremony recessional - photo by Christina Bernales Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vermont-garden-wedding

reception tent - photo by Christina Bernales Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vermont-garden-wedding

seating chart - photo by Christina Bernales Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vermont-garden-wedding

seating chart - photo by Christina Bernales Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vermont-garden-wedding

tented modern reception - photo by Christina Bernales Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vermont-garden-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? There will always be something to do, so the sooner you get stuff done, the sooner you can sit back and relish those moments like discovering your dress, instead of worrying about the next thing you have to do. Have fun, have a sense of humor, and when things get stressful have a margarita. This is a celebration if you caught up in all the minuet details you’ll forget that. Your day goes by fast, so don’t sweat the small stuff and you will never notice if the napkins were square instead of rectangular.

hanging light bulb wedding decor - photo by Christina Bernales Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vermont-garden-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Christina Bernales Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vermont-garden-wedding

first dance - photo by Christina Bernales Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vermont-garden-wedding

orange chair back decor - photo by Christina Bernales Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vermont-garden-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Christina Bernales Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vermont-garden-wedding

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bridesmaid Processional: “Little Wing,” Jimi Hendrix
Bride’s Processional: “Angel,” Jimi Hendrix
First Dance: “Harvest Moon,” Neil Young
Father/Daughter Dance: “It’s a Great Day to be Alive,” Travis Tritt
Mother/Son Dance: “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys,” Waylon Jennings

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Christina Bernales

Wedding Coordination and Catering

Let's Pretend Catering

Florist

In Full Bloom

Venue

Private residence

Wedding Dress

Nicole Miller

Wedding Shoes

LK Bennett

Hair and Makeup

Reflections Salon & Spa

Bridesmaid Dresses

Jenny Yoo

Groom's Suit

J.Crew

Wedding Cake

Bake Aria

Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music

Mike Martin and Trio Gusto

Reception Music

The Sultans

Rentals, Lighting, and Linens

Vermont Tent Company

Wedding Invitations and Stationery Design

TurkeyBag Designs (bride)

Beach Wedding Inspiration with Sequin Gowns

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Les Amis Photo

Have we ever mentioned how much we love the idea of non-traditional wedding gowns? Because we really, really do. Take this styled shoot from Les Amis Photo, Il Profumo dei Fiori, and Oliveta Design for example — not only is there a stunning white lace wedding gown, but also shown are two sequined gowns that would be perfect for bridesmaids and bride alike. That Tom Ford gown especially has us madly in love!

beach wedding inspiration with sequin gowns - photo by Les Amis Photo http://ruffledblog.com/beach-wedding-inspiration-with-sequin-gowns

From the photographers, Les Amis Photo: We wanted to create, in collaboration with Oliveta design, a romantic and twilight style at the same time and provide a setting that recalls a wedding and a gala. The flowers’ bucolic colors, from a wedding inspiration, are in contrast with the elegant and luxurious tones of evening dresses. The pinks and white palettes are therefore in contrast with black and pink sequin evening dresses, with plates and the elegant stationery. The melancholy spirit and the dreamy ocean atmosphere on a windy day are the theme of this shooting in all its phases.

sequin gown - photo by Les Amis Photo http://ruffledblog.com/beach-wedding-inspiration-with-sequin-gowns

beach wedding inspiration with sequin gowns - photo by Les Amis Photo http://ruffledblog.com/beach-wedding-inspiration-with-sequin-gowns

light pink rose bouquet - photo by Les Amis Photo http://ruffledblog.com/beach-wedding-inspiration-with-sequin-gowns

beach wedding inspiration with sequin gowns - photo by Les Amis Photo http://ruffledblog.com/beach-wedding-inspiration-with-sequin-gowns

wavy wedding hair - photo by Les Amis Photo http://ruffledblog.com/beach-wedding-inspiration-with-sequin-gowns

beach wedding inspiration with sequin gowns - photo by Les Amis Photo http://ruffledblog.com/beach-wedding-inspiration-with-sequin-gowns

romantic beach wedding - photo by Les Amis Photo http://ruffledblog.com/beach-wedding-inspiration-with-sequin-gowns

sequin wedding gown - photo by Les Amis Photo http://ruffledblog.com/beach-wedding-inspiration-with-sequin-gowns

beach wedding inspiration with sequin gowns - photo by Les Amis Photo http://ruffledblog.com/beach-wedding-inspiration-with-sequin-gowns

organic place setting - photo by Les Amis Photo http://ruffledblog.com/beach-wedding-inspiration-with-sequin-gowns

romantic beach tablescape - photo by Les Amis Photo http://ruffledblog.com/beach-wedding-inspiration-with-sequin-gowns

beach wedding inspiration with sequin gowns - photo by Les Amis Photo http://ruffledblog.com/beach-wedding-inspiration-with-sequin-gowns

beach wedding ideas - photo by Les Amis Photo http://ruffledblog.com/beach-wedding-inspiration-with-sequin-gowns

romantic place setting - photo by Les Amis Photo http://ruffledblog.com/beach-wedding-inspiration-with-sequin-gowns

beach wedding inspiration with sequin gowns - photo by Les Amis Photo http://ruffledblog.com/beach-wedding-inspiration-with-sequin-gowns

romantic wedding cake - photo by Les Amis Photo http://ruffledblog.com/beach-wedding-inspiration-with-sequin-gowns

sequin bridesmaids - photo by Les Amis Photo http://ruffledblog.com/beach-wedding-inspiration-with-sequin-gowns

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Les Amis Photo

Florist

Il Profumo dei Fiori

Wedding Dress

Couture Hayez

Party Dresses

Tom Ford, Givenchy

Place Settings and Decor

Oliveta Design

Handcrafted Singapore Wedding

DIY Weddings

Photos by:

Jonathan Ong

Sit tight lovelies, because we’ve got something special in store for you. Pam and Joel’s Singapore wedding was handcrafted from head to toe by the bride and her designers, In Merry Motion. Pam even designed her own wedding dress – which we adore, obvs. Thanks to Jonathan Ong for capturing this beautiful affair!

handcrafted Singapore wedding - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

From the bride, Pam: We wanted our wedding focus to be a thanksgiving celebration for our family and friends, and for it to be less about us, and more about the love and grace that we have received through our years of courtship! We have been very blessed with divine Providence in our lives, and hoped to share that with our guests. We envisioned a wedding that was intimate and authentic to us! We went for a natural, clean, and light style.

cute wedding invitations - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

cute wedding invitations - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

Our graphic designer friends Alex and Puiyee designed our invitations, along with the ampersand that included our initials, and all the illustrations used during wedding – including the adorable jam jars and the portraits of us. The portraits were also used for our engagement (Joel planned a scavenger hunt to propose to me, and Alex and Puiyee designed a series of cards for each station).

wedding paper goods - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

spring wedding bouquet - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Blush Matthiola, Cabbage Roses, Craspedia, Green Eucalyptus, Blue Lysimuchia.

bridal party signs - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

handmade wedding inspiration - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

wedding backdrop ideas - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

wedding favor ideas - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

Our friends from In Merry Motion designed the look of our wedding: nature-inspired with a handcrafted touch! Our colour scheme involved watercolour tones of powder blue, light wood, blush, and light green. All the decorations for the wedding were handmade by our friends Joyce & Weiyan – the designers from In Merry Motion. This included the feature backdrop inspired by the verse from Ecclesiastes: “He makes all things beautiful in His time”, with aged pages from wise books and hymnals; hand-cut autumn leaves in muted watercolour draped over our wedding reception dinner at the Food for Thought (at the National Museum of Singapore).

guest book ideas - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

wedding sign ideas - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

ceremony recessionals - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

handcrafted Singapore wedding - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

wedding favors - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

handcrafted Singapore wedding - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

wedding portraits - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

We designed our wedding bands, and had it made by the Saught artisans in Cambodia (his was pink gold, mine was yellow gold – both with a touch of artillery shells in it!) I designed my wedding dress, and had it handmade in Cambodia – using natural, handwoven silk! WIth the surplus lace from the wedding dress, I used it to DIY my headband for the wedding ceremony. We also had a DIY jewelry table for our wedding guests at the wedding receptions: they were words from the ‘fruits of the Spirit’ taken from the Bible – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, handstamped onto round pendants; and we provided an assortment of chains, cords and loops for our guests to get creative! The pendant charms were all handmade by Saught artisans in Cambodia.

wedding favor ideas - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

wedding reception decor - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

flower displays - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

wedding favor ideas - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

cute wedding receptions - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? We found that the best way to avoid getting too stressed out by the wedding preparation was to keep our focus on what our goal of the wedding was: for us, it was to honour our family, to honour Christ, and bless our friends. It was much easier to make decisions on venue, programme etc based on that; and to have a wedding that we knew was very much authentic and true to ourselves – which allowed us to create good, fun memories for our family and friends. We also made it a point to make sure that we didn’t get too caught up in the wedding preparations, and to carve out time to date (without doing wedding stuff), and prepare ourselves for a lifetime together! :)

handcrafted wedding details - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

wedding desserts - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

wedding pancakes - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

handcrafted Singapore wedding - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding

handcrafted Singapore wedding - photo by Jonathan Ong http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-singapore-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Our processional was “Morning has broken/Sing Hallelujah”; and our recessional was “Sing Hallelujah”. Our super talented friend who is a musical/theatre actress Ethel Yap sang this for us! We didn’t have a first dance… because we both have two left feet! I did plan a little surprise for Joel at our friends’ dinner with a few friends – and sang “Close to You” on a watermelon ukulele.

Wedding Location: Singapore / Photographer: Jonathan Ong / Event Design and Decor: In Merry Motion / Ceremony Venue: Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church / Reception Venue: Food for Thought at the National Museum of Singapore / Wedding Dress and Veil: Designed by the bride and handmade in Cambodia / Bride’s Headband: DIY / Wedding Bands: Saught / Hair and Makeup: Cleo Chang / Groom’s Suit: made in Shanghai / Bridesmaids’ Dove Rings and Groomsmen Wheat Lapel Pins: Saught / Music: Compass Entertainment / Wedding Invitations: Alex Kwan and Puiyee Cheung / Videographer: Rainer Chia

Malibu Calamigos Ranch wedding

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

She Wanders

We’ve seen our fair share of wedding venues over the years, but one that always brings a smile to our faces is Malibu’s Calamigos Ranch. Ooh La Love Events and Tenley Erin Young pulled out all the stops for Staci and Evan’s wedding day, skillfully mixing gorgeous floral design with romantic and bohemian elements all captured by She Wanders.

Malibu Calamigos Ranch wedding - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

From the bride, Staci: During the planning process, I wanted our wedding to reflect one thing and one thing only – us. Evan and I have a unique story. We were best friends for 8 years before ever dating, so our relationship still has that element intertwined. We wanted everyone to feel at home, and feel like family. We incorporated as many friends as possible into the ceremony, too. Our friend Alex officiated (she got ordained online!), the DJ was one of our closest friends from high school, and the ceremony took place at a location that was close to both of our hearts in our hometown. I’m a writer, so I wanted to incorporate elements of the things I love – quotes, books, vintage typewriters… all that fun stuff. Our florist, Tenley Erin Young did a great job of listening to my vision and making sure that everything made sense.

colorful boutonnieres - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

valentino wedding shoes - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

floral crown - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

black bridesmaid dresses - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

red boutonnieres - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

mixed flower bouquet - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

bohemian bridal looks - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

bridal party - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

Our florist is known for her unique aesthetic. Because our venue was so stunning, I didn’t want to take away from its natural beauty. Our flowers were the main source of color with lots of peonies, anemones, garden roses, lavender, and eucalyptus. Growing up, I always dreamed of wearing a big, beautiful floral crown, and Tenely made that happen for myself and my bridesmaids. Our overall color scheme was muted with lots of beige and gold. Blooms were in beautiful urns, brass containers, and wooden crates to add that vintage element. DIY projects included dipping 180 terra cotta pots into silver, gold, and white paint and planting succulents into each. I was able to finish those on a lazy Sunday afternoon with the help of my mom and some amazing girlfriends. Tenley also made the LOVE sign at our dessert bar – so impressive!

bride and bridesmaids - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

wedding paper goods - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

bridal processional - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

wedding ceremony recessionals - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

guestbook ideas - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

succulent escort cards - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

Malibu Calamigos Ranch wedding - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

floral reception decor - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

wedding chair signs - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Two words – be nice! It’s so hard to get caught up in the day (and month’s leading up to it). Evan and I are pretty laid back. I knew what I wanted, but I also wanted the people involved in my special day to feel like I appreciated them and everything they did for me. From the bridesmaids dresses (I chose Stone Cold Fox dresses that I knew they would wear more than once), to the thank you notes, and the little token gifts, I wanted my friends to know how much I loved them for being there for me. I made sure to keep my cool if something didn’t go my way, and just wanted everyone to have fun rather than feel like they were just there for the ride.

Malibu Calamigos Ranch wedding - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

Malibu Calamigos Ranch wedding - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

gold table numbers - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

swiss dot cakes - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

Malibu Calamigos Ranch wedding - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

pleated wedding cakes - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding

dessert table signs - photo by She Wanders http://ruffledblog.com/malibu-calamigos-ranch-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Landslide,” Fleetwood Mac; “Wonderwall,” Oasis
Bride’s Processional: “Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles
First Dance: “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You,” Ingrid Michealson

Wedding Location: Malibu, CA / Photographer: She Wanders / Wedding Planner: Ooh La Love Events / Florist: Tenley Erin Young / Venue and Caterer: Calamigos Ranch / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Wedding Shoes: Valentino / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Stone Cold Fox / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Accessories: Lanvin / Dessert Table: Vanilla Bake Shop / Ceremony Musician: Todd McCool / DJ: Jon Dadon / Wooden Signs: Sweet Carolina Collective / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Wedding Invitations: Hello Lucky / Paper Goods: Linda Russom / Videographer: Jeff Corrigan

North Carolina Lovebird Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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The Schultzes

What could possibly be more perfect than an indoor/outdoor wedding in the mountains of North Carolina shot by the ever-wonderful married photography duo, The Schultzes? Susannah and Corey wed with a “lovebird” theme in mind, even handing out bird tree ornaments to their guests after a sweet outdoor ceremony and a rocking dance party. Read on to soak in all the details and hear some exceptional planning advice from the bride:

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From the bride, Susannah: From the very beginning stages of my wedding planning process, my vision was very clear: rustic setting with soft pastels, burlap, lace, succulents and a vintage, romantic feel. I’ve always believed that I was born into the wrong decade. As a child, I was intrigued by the romance and magic of years past, and playtime was filled with old-fashioned make-believe in the likes of The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables and Little Women. What better way to live out my childhood fantasies than by creating my own fairy tale on my wedding day? My mom and I spent hours upon hours scouring antique shops for vintage birdcages, books, lace, crochet, frames, mirrored trays and mason jars. The chandelier (rented from Party Reflections) was the icing on the cake.


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We decided on our “lovebirds” theme due to several factors: (1) Corey proposed on a Christmas tree farm in the mountains. After we got home, we found a bird’s nest in our Christmas tree. (2) We got married under a tree, and birds hang out in trees. (3) We are excited to grow our family tree. (4) We like to think of ourselves as lovebirds. (5) I really just like birds. A lot! I tied the theme together by incorporating birds, bird’s nests and birdcages into the decor, invitations and escort cards. I found a birdcage wall art piece at Francesca’s that I transformed into an escort card holder, and created “Wishes for the lovebirds” cards for our guests to fill out and drop into a birdcage.


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I found darling lovebird Christmas ornaments from TheShabbyCreekShop on etsy that were perfect for wedding favors. I explained the significance of the ornaments with a sign that read, “On the side of a mountain, in the midst of hundreds of Christmas trees, Corey got down on one knee and asked Susannah to marry him. And so began forever & a thousand Christmases together. Please take an ornament home in honor of the lovebirds… and hang it on your next Christmas tree!” I also designed all of the table numbers, various signs and framed quotes myself, and printed them from home. (Side note: this inspired me to open my own etsy shop, which allows brides to save money on decor by purchasing digital files that they can print from home and frame themselves.)


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I dreaded stuffing and labeling 150 favor bags, which caused me unnecessary stress. When I finally asked my bridesmaids for help, they were more than happy to sit with me and knock everything out. Not only did it shave hours off the process, but I was able to indulge in a wine night and catch up with some of my bridesmaids.

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Don’t be afraid to speak up. If you have reservations about anything, don’t hesitate to say so. I put down a deposit on linens, then regretted my decision for a week afterwards. When I finally spoke up and admitted that I wasn’t happy with my decision, we were able to make a change and find the lace linens that were more in line with what I envisioned. You only get married once (hopefully)… don’t allow yourself to look back on your day with regrets. Aim to have everything you possibly can have done at least a week before the wedding. Eliminate the need for last-minute scrambling, and allow yourself time to relax and spend time with your fiance and family before your big day.


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Be sure to enjoy Susannah and Corey’s wedding video from Crown Alley Films:

Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Hallelujah,” Leonard Cohen
Bridal Processional: “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis
Recessional: “This Will Be an Everlasting Love,” Natalie Cole
First Dance: “First Dance,” Corey Smith
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Little Girl,” Tim McGraw
Last Dance: “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing (my favorite movie!)

Wedding Location: Linville, NC / Wedding Photographer: The Schultzes / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Camp Yonahnoka at Eseeola Lodge / Wedding Planner: Anne Markey of Favor Me Events / Wedding Flowers: The Bloom Room / Wedding Dress and Veil: Modern Trousseau “Autumn” via Hayden Olivia / Wedding Shoes: Antonio Melani via Dillards / Bride’s Earrings: Nadri via Nordstrom / Hair and Makeup: Maria Josette Navarro of Anjolique Bridal / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groomsmen’s Attire: JC Penney / Wedding Cake: Wow Factor Cakes / Ceremony Strings: Summit Strings / Wedding Band: Momentum Party Band / DJ: Split Second Sound / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Party Reflections / Vintage Decor: Sleepy Poet / Videographer: Crown Alley Films / Wedding Invitations: Inspire Design Studio

Industrial Chic Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Photos by:

Kate Harrison

Around our neck of the woods, it sometimes feels like we’ve seen it all — which makes it that much more exciting when something falls into our inbox that we haven’t seen before. That’s exactly what we found in this wedding from Kate Harrison, where newlyweds Melissa and Stephen married in an antique store, Big Daddy’s Antiques. With its phenomenal built-in decor and unique nature, we hope to see this trend sweeping the nation soon!

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From the bride, Melissa: Stephen and I wanted our wedding to feel like an intimate gathering, reflecting our culture and traditions, as well as our personalities and the city we call home. While we planned a traditional wedding ceremony, we wanted our reception to be playful and quirky. We wanted to mimic the feel of Big Sur, where we got engaged. We used natural wood tones, moss greens and ocean blues.


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Stephen’s mom went to the San Francisco Flower Mart to to pick out all the flowers. My mom and my two aunts helped her put simple, elegant bouquets together. My bouquet was tied with my grandmother’s rosary, so I had it with me during the whole ceremony, and my sister’s bouquet was made of tulips, her favorite flower. My aunt used the same types of flowers as the bouquets to make simple arrangements in mason jars for the reception. For the reception, Stephen spent the morning of the wedding hand-picking the rosemary for the tables from our yard. To tie in the feel of Big Sur, we also knew we wanted to have succulents. Over the course of months, my aunt collected teacups from around the city and planted cuttings from her own succulent garden in the cups. Those succulents served as place cards as well as favors for our guests.


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It was really important to us that we incorporate my culture into the wedding, as it was now part of Stephen’s culture, too. He and the groomsmen wore the Filipino barong Tagalog, which is a traditional white wedding shirt. It was really special for me to have Stephen honor that side of my heritage – not to mention I thought he looked so handsome in his barong!


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Delegate to people you trust, be it family and friends or a wedding planner. We enlisted family to help with the details that interested them, and trusted a day-of wedding coordinator to help us tie together all of the details seamlessly. In fact, we enjoyed working with our day-of coordinator so much that I’d recommend carving that cost out of your budget when you start planning, and DIY what you can to cut costs elsewhere. Also, always make sure one of you has the keys to your apartment! We got home with our last piece of cake and a bottle of champagne only to realize that neither of us had our keys. We weren’t going to bother our landlord, so we had to call my sister who had been out with the other bridesmaids. While in retrospect, waiting for my sister while wrapped in Stephen’s arms and looking out at the stars was a beautiful and memorable end to the evening, having our keys with us might have been smart!


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From the photographer, Kate Harrison: Melissa & Stephen were married in San Francisco with their reception at Big Daddy’s Antiques. Big Daddy’s is heavenly and full of well-edited pieces big & small. The reception took place among their found items– they even incorporated their amazing tables & chairs. I love this place. Melissa & Stephen each walked to the church for their ceremony & used Uber to get to their reception. Very SF. :)

Wedding Music:
First Dance: “Only Love,” Ben Howard
Father/Daughter Dance: “Isn’t She Lovely,” Stevie Wonder
Mother/Son Dance: “Days Like This,” Van Morrison

Wedding Location: San Francisco, CA / Wedding Photographer: Kate Harrison / Ceremony Venue: St. Philip the Apostle / Reception Venue: Big Daddy’s Antiques / Event Design: Downey Street Events / Wedding Flowers: San Francisco Flower Market and The Bud Stop / Wedding Dress: Saison Blanche “4098” via Paris Connection / Reception Dress: Adrianna Papell / Wedding Veil: Bridals & More, Jacksonville FL / Wedding Shoes: Miss Me? / Makeup: Meaganne McCandess / Groom and Groomsmen’s Shirts: Traditional Filipino barong Tagalog / Groom and Groomsmen’s Pants: Banana Republic / Groom and Groomsmen’s Shoes: Banana Republic / Wedding Caterer: Thomas John Events / Wedding Cake: Bride’s cousin / Wedding Cake Pops: Sweet Lauren Cakes / Donuts: Dynamo Donut / DJ: DJ Goyo / Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. / Wedding Invitation Design: Ashley Schofield / Invitation Printing: Babylon Burning Silkscreening

Art Deco Inspired Shoot

Wedding Design

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There’s really something to be said for the timelessness of the 1920s-era style, isn’t there? This shoot sent over to us from Michelle March designed by Peplum Events + Design, exhibits a sophisticated Art Deco aesthetic with a supremely stylish bride and groom, a Deco-inspired cake, and graphic paper goods with nostalgic decor touches here and there.

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Wedding Photographer: Michelle March / Event Stylist: Peplum Events + Design / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal / Hair Accessory: LIxCreations / Hair: Beth Aamodt, In Style Hair / Makeup: Lynet Martinez / Cake: Sweet Lola’s / Location: Orlando, FL

Dreamy Fall Inspiration Shoot

Design Inspiration

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This shoot from Alea Lovely is the perfect reminder of why we love fall so much — everything seems to take on such a naturally rustic but romantic feel! Alea whipped up this gorgeous gown herself to fit the photoshoot to a T. You’ll want to check out the photo gallery to soak in all the details for this one!

Alea Lovely is the perfect reminder of why we love fall so much — everything seems to take on such a naturally rustic but romantic feel! Alea whipped up this gorgeous gown herself to fit the photoshoot to a T. You’ll want to check out the Whimsy Rustic Fall Inspiration Shoot

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Whimsy Rustic Fall Inspiration Shoot

Alea Lovely is the perfect reminder of why we love fall so much — everything seems to take on such a naturally rustic but romantic feel! Alea whipped up this gorgeous gown herself to fit the photoshoot to a T. You’ll want to check out the View all images from this shoot in the gallery

From the photographer, Alea: We shot on Longview Mansion’s grounds that had a lot of rustic structures we could work with along with the great overgrown grass. With the vision I had to shoot it I just couldn’t find a dress that matched the feeling of what we were going for so I made the dress to capture the very whimsical direction we were headed for and used color in the dress inspired by the latest fashion trend of using color in bridal. The florist used her great-grandmother’s amazing pink antique depression glass as centerpieces and accents to the flowers and cake. The cake decorator used a brush-like texture on the buttercream to give it a nest-like look. The furniture rentals used were great rustic pieces like old wooden crates, old dress trunks, rusted keys and this great wide bottom over-sized chair that looks like it came straight from the set of Alice and Wonderland. The pergola was a great accent location in front of the water for something a little different.

Wedding Vendors (Lee’s Summit, MO):

Photography and direction: Alea Lovely Photo + Video / Florals and decor: Amy Cason of Victorian Gardens / Rentals and styling: My Pleasant Street Rentals / Cake: Classic Cakes / Hair: Love Your Bobby Pins / Makeup: Jolie Artistry / Dress and hair accessories: Alea of The Bridal Tree / Venue: Longview Mansion Grounds / Model: Amanda Morrow

Vintage State Park Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Nothing like a scrumptious vintage 1920s lace gown to get us all giddy of excitement. Fawn and Brian’s wedding, aside from throwing one amazing party, had lots of vintage and handmade touches that made us ooh and ah at every image. Vintage fabric prints, sweet little handmade birds and lawn games are just a few of the things that made us fall in love with this Pacific Palisades wedding from Sweet Monday Photography. Check out the invitations with the couple’s two precious kitties and an illustration of the bride’s wedding dress, all in the gallery waiting for you!

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From the bride, Fawn: Hi there Ruffled readers! I have to tell you as I was planning my wedding I was reading this gorgeous blog religiously, constantly being inspired by all the ways brides were able to make their days deeply personal and special for their guests. Brian and I knew we wanted a simple wedding that stayed true to our values and honored who we were as a couple. We incorporated a lot of vintage including my dress from the 1920’s, floral tablecloths, and tons of homemade crafty goodies. One of my favorite projects was the chalkboard table numbers with felt love-birds on top. The other project I loved was screen printing our own totes to give to guests with lyrics from one of our favorite songs, “Today was a good day” (Ice Cube). It was super fun and romantic.

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If I had to give advice to a bride I would say two things. First, work only with people who put a smile on your face. If anyone makes you nervous or is not so nice DON’T book them! I would like to send a shout out to Amy Harmon at M Café and April & Lindsey of Sweet Monday Photography! These ladies helped to make our day so smooth and carefree. I can’t thank them enough. Second, invest in memories! Splurge on a killer photographer and get someone to video your event. My mom went out and purchased a video camera (and my step father trained himself how to use it) for the day. Being able to watch ourselves exchange our vows was such a precious gift! I didn’t cry at the ceremony but balled watching it later!

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We were super lucky to be surrounded by amazing friends and family on our special day. My dear friend Amy single handedly made all the floral arrangements and used glass food jars we saved up for a year. Another good friend became ordained to marry us. We did not have to hire a wedding planner as our good friend Lauren happened to be amazing at organizing. At the end of the day Brian and I were beyond touched to have so many good friends participate and that really made the day just so much more special.
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Sweet Monday Photography. Check out the invitations with the couple’s two precious kitties and an illustration of the bride’s wedding dress, all in the View all images from this wedding in the gallery

From the photographer: Fawn & Brian not only adore all things vintage but they are super duper crafty and they put together an amazingly gorgeous, sweet and intimate wedding on a Sunday afternoon in one of the local Los Angeles area state parks. Bicycle rides en masse are very popular, especially on the east side of LA and Fawn & Brian happened to be riding next to each other one night & they’ve been inseparable ever since. For their wedding they spent months & months scouring Etsy, eBay and various other online outlets and local antique stores for the different elements of their wedding. Fawn’s dress was vintage from the 20s and she had a slip made by the woman who makes the costumes for the TV show “Pan Am.” They collected vintage table cloths & quilts, all of the bridesmaids dresses were vintage, Fawn made fabric buntings, chalkboard table numbers, felt birds (the fabric on the birds wings matched the fabric buttons on the escort cards), yarn wreaths, and she & Brian even took a screenprinting class when they had their tote bag party favors printed. They designed their own Save the Date and RSVP cards and had them printed by a local LA printer. And perhaps our personal favorite element was their custom invitation designed by Le French Circus which shows the two of them on their wedding day with their bicycles and their two kitties sitting in a tree. The quilts were laid out on the ground with various board & lawn games. Other than us, the only other “pro” vendor was a local vegan restaurant and otherwise all of the flowers, music, video, etc. that went into creating the mood of the day was provided by their talented & generous friends and family. The parasols and the escort card numbers were donated by a friend that had been married recently. So not only was the day adorably vintage but it was also incredibly eco-friendly!

Wedding vendors (Los Angeles, CA):

Venue: Temescal Gateway Park (Deer Meadow) / Photographer: Sweet Monday Photography / Wedding dress: Vintage / Bride’s slip: Revamp Vintage / Bridesmaids Dresses: Vintage from Shareens, Etsy and a flea market / Groom’s attire: J Crew suit, H&M shirt, Top Shop for Men tie, Barneys Co-Op shoes / Invitation Designer: Le French Circus / Printer for Invitations & RSVP cards: Indie Printing / Screenprinter for tote bag party favor & Save the Dates: Grow Your Own Media / Caterer: M Café