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Earthy Greenhouse Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

Hello, grass place mats! When this wedding made its way into our inbox, it was one we all immediately fell head over heels in love with. There was an overcast haze throughout this shoot, but it seems to have elevated these fantastic colors Ninth & Everett used in this Christy Wilson Photography shoot. The cool and crisp colors of the venue emphasized the overall neutral palette found on the handwritten Italian paper menus and the pink and white darling centerpieces by The Farmers Florist. This shoot is just a win all around.

earthy greenhouse wedding inspiration - photo by Christy Wilson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-greenhouse-wedding-inspiration

From the event planners and designers, Ninth & Everett: When we initially partnered with Christy Wilson of Christy Wilson photography, we discussed the idea of working with one of Nashville’s most beautiful new venues, Long Hollow Gardens & Nursery. We wanted to take a very natural environment and add a rich touch of luxury to create the perfect balance of earthy and elegance – A modern but timeless greenhouse wedding.

neutral wedding invitations - photo by Christy Wilson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/earthy-greenhouse-wedding-inspiration
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Parisian Botanical Garden Wedding

Garden Weddings

Goodness, we have so much love for this wedding. Thanks to its classic color palette and beautiful decor, it could easily have come out of any season of the year! Divine Light Photography captured the entire day, while Flowers & Flowers designed gorgeous bouquets and boutonnieres and the bride tackled all the reception flowers on her own.

Parisian botanical garden wedding - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

From the bride, Juliana: We wanted our wedding to be soft and romantic. We wanted guests to feel as if they stepped foot into an intimate secret garden party styled wedding. We wanted to have some soft tones like blush while still having some pops of color like raspberry and other berry tones; colors that you would typically find in a garden! We definitely wanted to stand out and be a little different.

ballet wedding shoes - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

unique groomsmen portraits - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

gold bridal hair accessory - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

first look - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

first look - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

wedding portrait - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

dahlia bouquet - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding
Flower recipe: The bouquet was done by a florist and I believe he used dahlias, astilbe, eucalyptus, spray roses and lisianthus. For our centerpieces we used dahlias, spray roses, garden roses, astilbe, eucalyptus, anemone, stock, dusty miller, and celosia to name a few.

bride and groom - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

bridal processional - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

ceremony recessional - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

There were quite a few DIY projects! The invitations were hand painted by my dad who is an incredible person! He is a French painter/artist who suffered a massive stroke. He lost his ability to speak but is still able to paint wonderful art. So he painted the invitations, table names (Places in Paris), the seating chart, ceremony sign, jelly jar signs, etc. He did the paintings and then John and I laid it out ourselves in Adobe Illustrator. We also collected milk glass vases and the pink French depression wine glasses, and we made our own mercury glass vases. The flowers were also DIY. We ordered and picked them up from a flower market in the South Bronx and had a close family friend help assemble them! I also painted our chair signs and our bike sign. John and I made the jellies with his aunt that we gave to guests as their gift. We also made a quilt sign and our Aunt will be sewing us our wedding quilt that everyone signed.

modern wedding reception - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

elegant garden reception - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

chair back signs - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

painted table names - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

wedding table - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t rush to pick vendors too quickly! We really did our research on each vendor and we were confident they would do a great job. Also, if you think you can do the flowers all on your own, you can’t. Make sure you have family and friends on deck to help assemble and transport to your venue! If you have a clear vision of what you want, make sure to express that with images. You can never be too detailed!

Ruffled - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

colorful wedding cake - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

wedding toast - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

wedding kiss - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/parisian-botanical-garden-wedding

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Only Time,” Enya
Bride’s Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: “Bittersweet Symphony,” The Verve; “Firework,” Katy Perry
First Dance: “You Are the Best Thing,” Ray Lamontagne
Father/Daughter Dance: “The Way You Look Tonight,” Frank Sinatra
Mother/Son Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles
Last Dance: “Closing Time,” Semisonic

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Divine Light Photography

Venue

The Garden House at The Keeler Tavern Museum

Bouquets and Boutonnieres

Flowers & Flowers

Wedding Dress and Veil

Kathryn Conover Couture

Wedding Shoes

Chloe

Hair Pin

Avigailadam

Earrings

Amazinite

Garter

Nestina

Hair and Makeup

Andrew Stefanou Spa

Bridesmaid Dresses

BHLDN, J.Crew

Groom's Attire

Suitsupply

Groomsmen Suits

The Black Tux

Catering

Diane Brown Catering

Wedding Cake

Beascakes Bakery

Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music

Art-Strings Ensembles

Reception Music

Aria Melody DJ

Rentals

Party Rentals Ltd

Bouquet Ribbons

Frou Frou Chic

Officiant

Kelly Lemons

Wedding Invitations

Wedding Paper Divas

Modern Barn Wedding in New Zealand

Rustic Weddings

We couldn’t be more in love with today’s wedding from Courtney Horwood Photography and Rosies Wildfower Co, which showcases an updated take on the classic barn wedding. Everything is so clean and airy, and the bride’s Karen Willis Holmes wedding dress is positively the icing on the cake.

modern barn wedding in New Zealand - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

From the bride, Connor: To be honest I got pretty carried away with my Pinteresting throughout the months leading up to the wedding and the “style” kept changing from one week to the next! I guess it ended up being a rustic/vintage theme. Lots of hessian, lace, jars, doilies, old suitcases and lots of flowers to fill them with.

wedding shoes - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

modern barn wedding in New Zealand - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

wedding flowers - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

ring bearer outfit - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

bridesmaid bouquet - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

modern barn wedding in New Zealand - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

The theme colour was blush and pastels. We did a lot of DIY — almost all of the decorations were hand made. I was lucky enough to have an amazing bunch of friends and family that helped bring our day to life.

wedding ceremony backdrop - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

ceremony setup - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

modern barn wedding in New Zealand - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

flower girl - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

ceremony kiss - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

ceremony recessional - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

modern barn wedding in New Zealand - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

modern barn wedding in New Zealand - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

modern barn wedding in New Zealand - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

burlap seating chart - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

reception details - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

modern barn wedding in New Zealand - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? It’s never too early! I left so many things till the last minute which was stressful. Looking back I definitely wish I had started making all my bits and bobs from the moment we set our date.

modern barn wedding in New Zealand - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

reception details - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

modern barn wedding in New Zealand - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

modern barn wedding in New Zealand - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

reception details - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

modern barn wedding in New Zealand - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

rustic wedding cake - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

modern barn wedding in New Zealand - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

modern barn wedding in New Zealand - photo by Courtney Horwood Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-barn-wedding-in-new-zealand

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Lovelier Than You,” B.O.B.
Recessional: “Special,” Six60
First Dance: “Wonderful Tonight,” Eric Clapton

From the photographer, Courtney Horwood: After being together for a couple of years and having 3 gorgeous kids Connor and Lex got married a couple of months ago. It was pretty special having the kids be a part of their wedding day too! Conveniently a beautiful new wedding venue had opened up just a few minutes down the road from their house! Nestled in amongst the trees Old Forest School is an Old School that has been renovated to because a beautiful new wedding venue in New Zealand. Connor styled most of the day herself, with the helps of family and friends and a very talented local florist. I love the little touches from the day, a bucket of flowers for girls to put in their hair. A cake she decorated herself, homemade jam for presents. Simple and elegant just like the bride herself.

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Courtney Horwood Photography

Florist

Rosies Wildflower Co.

Venue

Old Forest School

Wedding Dress

Karen Willis Holmes

Wedding Shoes

Steve Madden

Groom's Suit

Barkers

Ring Bearer's Attire

Rockies

Catering

Big Smoke BBQ

Wedding Invitations

Bride and Bride's Sister-in-Law

Transportation

Elite Limousines

Australian Wedding for Two World Travelers

Romantic Weddings

We’ve all heard about those random chance meetings due to what has to be fate, and today we’ve got the wedding of a couple who caught each other at just the right moment in time. Tara met Chris at a hostel in Romania, but only because he overslept and missed his train to leave town that morning. The two met later in the evening and agreed to go on a hike together, and the rest is history — save for their beautiful wedding from BlueSpark Photography, of course!

Australian wedding for two world travelers - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

From the bride, Tara: I met Chris while we were each backpacking independently through Europe. For several months, we vaguely traveled in the same direction, but never really stayed in the same place at the same time. However, our paths crossed in Sibiu, Romania–this beautiful, medieval town in the heart of Transylvania. On the day I arrived at our hostel, Chris had overslept and (luckily!) missed his train to leave town. We met that night and, over drinks with the hostel crowd, agreed to go on the hike he originally planned to take — a 3 day trek through the Carpathian Mountains with another travel friend. It was a grueling hike (as we were both terribly unfit), but we had the opportunity to learn a lot about one another over chats. Sparks flew and we quickly fell head over heels in love!

wedding shoes - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

rustic wedding bouquet - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

ceremony arch - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

wedding ceremony kiss - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

ceremony recessional - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

Australian wedding for two world travelers - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

wedding bouquet - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

Australian wedding for two world travelers - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

Australian wedding for two world travelers - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

From that point, we started traveling together through the rest of Eastern Europe and Turkey… realizing somewhere along the way that this was something really serious and life-changing. We continued to travel through Southeast Asia together for several more months before we moved to Chris’s hometown — Melbourne, Australia. Chris’s proposal was completely unexpected, and completely “us.” At the end of a wonderful night showing me around Melbourne, Chris took me to a beautiful rooftop bar. He took my hand as we were sitting at a table and told me how special our time had been together, that he had fallen completely in love with me, and how wonderful it could be if he could introduce me to everyone we meet as his fiancee. I think I burst into (happy) tears before I realized he had just proposed to me. In typical Chris fashion, he then proceeded to stand up on the nearest ledge and announce to everyone around us that we had just gotten engaged!

Australian wedding for two world travelers - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

rustic wedding reception - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

chalkboard signs - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

rustic table setting - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

rustic wedding reception - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

striped wedding straws - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

Australian wedding for two world travelers - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

rustic wedding reception - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

rustic wedding reception - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

Australian wedding for two world travelers - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

rustic wedding reception - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

first dance - photo by Bluespark Photography http://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

From the photographer, Diana of Bluespark Photography: It was early in the morning and I found myself creating flower arrangements in a barn on a farm half way around the world from home, and it hit me: I was always meant to be there. I believe everything happens for a reason, but sitting there and taking it all in was quite a powerful feeling. I was meant to see one of my friends get married to a man who loves and supports her, but not before I experienced firsthand how much love she had found in her new home, Australia, with a family whose values and immense care for one another show the wonderful people they are. This wedding was one hundred percent handmade. Friends and family came together before the celebration and with an open heart poured themselves into every little detail. There was always someone helping with landscaping, making seating arrangements, setting up decorations, cooking, putting up lights… The list goes on and on. These preparations took weeks to complete, but we made it happen. We made it happen because Tara and Chris deserve to begin their life together knowing that there’s a good amount of people who support their union and admire their love.The celebration of course was not your typical event: many of the guests traveled from far to witness Tara and Chris’ union and celebrate with them, one of the groomsmen caught the bridal bouquet and even though Smores are not a thing in Australia, Aussies delighted in the American treat.

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Bluespark Photography

Venue

Peppermint Ridge Farm

Wedding Dress

BHLDN

Hair + Makeup

Mobile Makeovers

Bridesmaid Dresses

J. Crew, H&M

Groomsmen Suits

Ferrari Formalwear and Bridal

Catering

Country Style Meats Garfield, Tim Horswill

Wedding Cake

Julie Weatherhead, Tom Horswill

Wedding Band

The White Tree

Dancefloor + Chair Rentals

Celebrate Party Hire

Celebrant

Rita Cohan Civil Celebrant

Mountaintop Wedding in New Zealand

Romantic Weddings

From head to toe, this wedding captures the fall season in New Zealand to perfection. Jesse Pafundi of Golden Hour Studios captured Jeni and James’ wedding atop the beautiful mountains of Wanaka, which provided endless amounts of picturesque views and portraits the couple will be sure to cherish for decades to come.

mountaintop wedding in New Zealand - photo by Golden Hour Studios http://ruffledblog.com/mountaintop-wedding-in-new-zealand

From the bride, Jeni: We wanted adventure, outdoors yet classical with bright fall colours and leaves blowing in the wind over bright green hills with beautiful lakes surrounding. Bright oranges, reds, yellows. The Groom’s mother made her own jams as the guest favours and the bride decorated each bottle with handmade stickers. I wanted it to look like I had walked through a garden and picked my own bouquet. We used Long Stems and Baby’s Breath wrapped in autumn leaves.

mountaintop wedding in New Zealand - photo by Golden Hour Studios http://ruffledblog.com/mountaintop-wedding-in-new-zealand

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Golden Hour Studios http://ruffledblog.com/mountaintop-wedding-in-new-zealand

wedding ceremony setup - photo by Golden Hour Studios http://ruffledblog.com/mountaintop-wedding-in-new-zealand

mountaintop wedding in New Zealand - photo by Golden Hour Studios http://ruffledblog.com/mountaintop-wedding-in-new-zealand

mountaintop wedding in New Zealand - photo by Golden Hour Studios http://ruffledblog.com/mountaintop-wedding-in-new-zealand

mountaintop wedding in New Zealand - photo by Golden Hour Studios http://ruffledblog.com/mountaintop-wedding-in-new-zealand

mountaintop wedding in New Zealand - photo by Golden Hour Studios http://ruffledblog.com/mountaintop-wedding-in-new-zealand

mountaintop wedding in New Zealand - photo by Golden Hour Studios http://ruffledblog.com/mountaintop-wedding-in-new-zealand

mountaintop wedding in New Zealand - photo by Golden Hour Studios http://ruffledblog.com/mountaintop-wedding-in-new-zealand

mountaintop wedding in New Zealand - photo by Golden Hour Studios http://ruffledblog.com/mountaintop-wedding-in-new-zealand

mountaintop wedding in New Zealand - photo by Golden Hour Studios http://ruffledblog.com/mountaintop-wedding-in-new-zealand

mountaintop wedding in New Zealand - photo by Golden Hour Studios http://ruffledblog.com/mountaintop-wedding-in-new-zealand

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Take your time to enjoy the process. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and all the little details matter as you look around on your wedding night to enjoy all of your hard work!

mountaintop wedding in New Zealand - photo by Golden Hour Studios http://ruffledblog.com/mountaintop-wedding-in-new-zealand

mountaintop wedding in New Zealand - photo by Golden Hour Studios http://ruffledblog.com/mountaintop-wedding-in-new-zealand

mountaintop wedding in New Zealand - photo by Golden Hour Studios http://ruffledblog.com/mountaintop-wedding-in-new-zealand

jam wedding favors - photo by Golden Hour Studios http://ruffledblog.com/mountaintop-wedding-in-new-zealand

naked chocolate wedding cake - photo by Golden Hour Studios http://ruffledblog.com/mountaintop-wedding-in-new-zealand

mountaintop wedding in New Zealand - photo by Golden Hour Studios http://ruffledblog.com/mountaintop-wedding-in-new-zealand

mountaintop wedding in New Zealand - photo by Golden Hour Studios http://ruffledblog.com/mountaintop-wedding-in-new-zealand

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
MOJO had the dance floor pumping from 9pm till the wee hours of the morning.
First Dance: “Happy,” Pharrell Williams (which we did a Cha Cha to)

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Golden Hour Studios – Artistic Photography

Wedding Planner + Event Designer

The Venue: Maxine

Floral Design

Flowers by Design

Ceremony Venue

Glendhu Station

Reception Venue + Catering

The Venue

Wedding Dress

Clare Pettibone style Kristene

Shoes

Jimmy Choo

Rings

Ryder Diamonds

Make Up

Gemma Make Up

Bridesmaid Dresses

Sass and Bide

Groom's Attire

Calibre

Wedding Cake + Desserts

Something Special Cakes

Ceremony Music + DJ

MOJO Band Queenstown

Transportation

Wanaka Helicopters

Handcrafted Wedding at Calamigos Ranch

Garden Weddings

Photos by:

Hazelwood Photo

Over the years we’ve accrued a pretty long list of favorite wedding venues, but Calamigos Ranch always seems to keep its place at the top of that roster, and this wedding from Hazelwood Photo, Jessica Foster Events, Mindy Events does a great job of explaining why. With a proposal during a vacation in Italy, Jessica and Chris’ wedding day had a lot to live up to in terms of romance. To everyone’s delight, the day did not disappoint in the slightest!

handcrafted wedding at Calamigos Ranch - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

From the bride, Jessica: Chris and I have a dream engagement story. I have to say – definitely one I like to brag about! We took our first big vacation together to Italy visiting Rome, Florence, and Capri. Our first night in Florence the stage was set and Chris took full opportunity! We took a sunset walk at the Piazzale Michaelangelo in and stopped off in the garden of a church. With the sunset over the city of Florence in the background, Chris proposed and I excitedly and in tears said yes!

wedding invitations - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

wedding shoes - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

mismatched bridesmaid dresses - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

romantic rustic bouquet - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

bridal party - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

romantic bridal hair - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

We decided on a long engagement but that didn’t stop me from jumping right into planning! I had been to Calamigos before but once I was there as a bride, I instantly knew this was the perfect setting for our wedding. The guest list was kept to close friends and family so we wanted to create a warm intimate setting that felt like home. I was inspired by the woodsy rustic elements of the venue and knew i didn’t want to go over board with decor. We wanted our guests to take in the natural beauty of the outdoor setting of big trees and fresh air.

wedding ceremony processional - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

wedding ceremony - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

wedding ceremony - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

wedding portrait - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

butterfly guest book - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

lace detail escort cards - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

romantic terrace reception - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

rustic wedding reception - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

handcrafted wedding at Calamigos Ranch - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

We were on a roll with DIY which was a family affair. A family friend made all of the burlap and lace runners for the tables. My devoted maid of honor and very busy PHD student worked late into the night addressing all of my invitations and doing any calligraphy that was needed from signs to escort cards. The wood boxes for the centerpieces came from a floral workshop I attended and the mason jars were recycled from a friends wedding. Framed wedding photos of 3 generations of both of our families were set at the gift table and later repurposed around the reception. In lieu of a traditional guest book, wedding guests signed a butterfly which we later displayed in frames to hang in our home. Chris’s mom is an award winning baker in Michigan and drove to California to bring all of her baking supplies. She spent a good part of the day before the wedding in my mom’s kitchen making the wedding cake and all of the pies. Everyone really came together to help make it all happen!

handcrafted wedding at Calamigos Ranch - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

wedding tables - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

wooden reception details - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

handcrafted wedding at Calamigos Ranch - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Fools Rush In,” Elvis Presley
Recessional: “Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles
First Dance: “Come Away with Me,” Norah Jones
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Girl,” The Temptations
Last Dance: “My Way,” Frank Sinatra (a tribute to my grandpa — our family is Italian and my grandpa and my uncle always sing it on holidays!)

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Hazelwood Photo

Wedding Coordination

Mindy Events

Wedding Planning

Jessica Foster Events

Florist

Exotic Green Garden

Venue

Calamigos Ranch

Hair

Wedlocks Bridal

Makeup

Crystal Huber Makeup

Ceremony Music

LaFolia Chamber Ensemble

DJ

DJ Extreme

Videography

SharpLa Photography

An Irish and Scottish Wedding in Barcelona

Rustic Weddings

How could you possibly go wrong with a destination wedding in Barcelona? This intimate celebration between an Irish bride and Scottish groom is everything we could hope for – a relaxed day full of pretty details thanks to Marry Me in Spain and Phlox, all captured by En Route Photography. One of our favorite deets is the sweet snapshot guestbook display — take a peek!

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From the event designers, Marry Me in Spain: Anna, the pretty Irish bride, and Darryl, the Scottish groom, wanted an intimate wedding but with lots of details for the guests and a special care for the decoration. They chose Masia Ribas as the perfect place to celebrate a wedding where nature and rustic come together; the views and the gardens of the Catalan villa make any event unique and beautiful, leaving anyone speechless. Because of the rain, we celebrated the wedding inside the house, but we still got the touch of a country and delicate wedding we were looking for, through all the details and the exquisite decoration. The color palette was white, green and pink, colors that were mixed perfectly into the rustic and elegant theme we wanted to reach. The ceremony was full of flowers, details and love. We kept the doors open to let the guests enjoy the view of nature. Even raining it was beautiful.

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The bride wore a romantic dress designed by Gwendolynne and a so lovely country bouquet made with mini daisies, astilbes, mini pale roses and senecio, walked down the aisle with the Moon River song, beautifully played by the Opera classic trio. For the cocktail hour, while the catering was serving tasty tapas like the show-cooking smoked salmon or the vichyssoise and gazpacho shots, the guests enjoyed taking pictures of themselves with the Polaroid camera in the beautiful backdrop of flowers. They could hang them later on a perfectly rustic ladder. The wheelbarrow full of ice and fresh beers, the DIY garland and the old barrels keep giving the rustic touch to the cocktail.

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For the dinner, a long table was decorated with some sweet and lovely centerpieces into white stripped trays full of baby’s breath, mini daisies and pale pink carnations, astilbes and dahlias. An olive twig tied with rope was used as the sitting. For the groom and bride’s chairs we wanted to make them special and we decorated them with green leaves and pink flowers. They had a big handmade rustic garland “JUST MARRIED” hanging just behind them decorated with more olive twigs. A sweet table full of tasty desserts was chaired by an unbelievable chocolate naked cake with fresh red fruits on the top. Each guest gave their advice to the bride and the groom in the rustic guestbook. Spanish Wine bottles “Sangre de Toro” wrapped in sackcloth were the perfect wedding favors to give the final touch of this precious, convivial and rustic celebration.

matching chair and table decorations - photo by En Route Photography http://ruffledblog.com/an-irish-and-scottish-wedding-in-barcelona

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Wedding Location: Barcelona, Spain / Photographer: En Route Photography / Event Design and Planning: Marry Me in Spain / Floral Design: Phlox / Venue: Masia Ribas / Wedding Dress: Gwendolynne / Hair and Makeup: Novia Perfecta / Caterer: Catering Sensacions / Wedding Cake: Sweet 180 Grados / Wedding Music: Opera Classic Trio / DJ: Kamal

Modern Tempe Wedding

Modern Weddings

What could be sweeter than exchanging vows in the same spot where you had your first date? Paige and Jordan were able to do just that, choosing Tempe’s Center of the Arts as the venue for their rustic-meets-modern-meets-whimsical wedding day. The talented Session Nine Photographers and Kathy Montgomery of Something Old, Something Older were close by to make it all a jaw-dropping vision, and we’re just wild about how it all turned out!

modern Tempe wedding - photo by Session Nine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-tempe-wedding

From the bride, Paige: We wanted to have an “adventure”-themed wedding with a fun, eclectic style. We envisioned woodsy and whimsical decor that gave a playful and romantic feel. The venue we got married at was actually a performing arts center where we had our first official date and shared countless other memories, so it was a special spot and we wanted our guests to feel that too.

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wedding ceremony processional - photo by Session Nine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-tempe-wedding

hang tag escort cards - photo by Session Nine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-tempe-wedding

The primary wedding colors were mint green and coral, although there were multiple colors tied into the details. Our bouquets were a mixture of fresh and silk flowers actually and were made by our wedding decorator. I’m not sure of the exact names of each flower, although I know there were peach/coral roses and sunflowers (my favorite flower) in the bride’s bouquet. I wanted a “wildflower” feel for all the flower arrangements so each one was a little different from the other.

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chalkboard wedding signs - photo by Session Nine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-tempe-wedding

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wedding desserts - photo by Session Nine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-tempe-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t stress over the small details. Remember the big picture, and what makes your wedding day the most beautiful and special are the people you’re celebrating with and the significance of what you’re celebrating… you’re marrying your best friend! Your guests won’t remember all the small details but they will remember the joy they shared with you so don’t try to make everything perfect. Also, on the big day, take moments throughout to stop, look around, and soak it all in. It can go so fast so truly enjoy and embrace every minute, even during the planning stage!

wood inspired cakes - photo by Session Nine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-tempe-wedding

newlyweds getaway - photo by Session Nine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-tempe-wedding


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Wedding Music:
Family Processional: “Clair De Lune,” DeBussy
Bridal Party Processional: “We Bought a Zoo,” Jonsi
Bridal Processoinal: “Welcome Home,” Radical Face
Recessional: “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love),” Natalie Cole
Newlywed Entrance: “Treasure,” Bruno Mars
First Dance: “What Can I Do,” Joy Williams
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Girl,” The Temptations
Mother/Son Dance: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” IZ

Wedding Location: Tempe, AZ / Photographer: Session Nine Photographers / Second Shooter: Ace & Whim / Event Design, Styling, and Flowers: Kathy Montgomery of Something Old, Something Older / Day-of Wedding Coordinator: Sarita Stuber of Inspired Events / Venue: Tempe Center of the Arts / Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini / Wedding Shoes: Kenneth Cole / Groom’s Suit: Nick’s Menswear / Caterer: Atlasta Catering / Wedding Desserts: Melinda’s Desserts / DJ: Jon Yee / Wedding Invitations: Bride / Videographer: Mason Gailfus / Transportation: Bride’s car

Texas Desert Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

Intimate, charming and totally glam, this wedding photographed by Kat Bevel Photography with event design by Beau Tied Events blended beautifully against its Texan backdrop. With a color scheme reflecting the desert sunset and DIY favors made with love, this bride and groom surely had some happy guests to share their special day with!


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From the bride: Being a wedding planner, planning my own wedding was no small feat. (I will tell you now, it is way harder to plan your own wedding.) Alex and I knew that we wanted to get married in Marfa, because we had fallen head over heels for its charm and breathtaking landscape. Knocking our guest list down to around 30 people, we set off for the desert.


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I decided on a color scheme that reflected the desert sunset. I knew that the colors would compliment the scenery. Prior to the event, I did a lot of DIY. I decided to test my sanity and cross stitch personalized favor bags for all of my guests with little jars of local honey.


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I also put a neurotic amount of thought into welcome bags. I knew how far people would be traveling and I really wanted to make it good. Alex, who happens to manage a cocktail bar, whipped me up a desert-inspired cocktail with añejo rum, champagne and lime juice. I put the ingredients into little jars and labeled them, along with a mini shaker and a weekend “survival” guide. I placed them all in a little tote bag and with an iron on transfer of a design I made. I added the “Bienvenidos” with a picture of Texas and a star where Marfa is located.


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I was a graphic designer for three years before I started wedding planning, so I designed the welcome guides myself. I also designed my invitation set and had them screen printed on the black paper, hand cut the enveloper to make it have a laced edge (an attempt to almost look like a handkerchief), and addressed the invitations myself.


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After dinner, we sat around a campfire, drank from a keg, and roasted s’mores by the water. A perfect end to an absolutely perfect day.


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Wedding Music:
Precessional: “These Days,” Neko Case
Bride’s Processional: “Beauty,” The Shivers
Recessional: “This Will Be Our Year,” The Zombies
First Dance: “La Vie En Rose,” Louis Armstrong

Location: Marfa, TX / Photographer: Kat Bevel Photography / Event Designer: Beau Tied Events / Day-Of-Coordinator: Leigh Fifelski / Videographer: Needle + Thread / Catering & Reception Venue: Cibolo Creek Ranch / Ceremony Venue & Hotel: Capri Lounge / Hair & Makeup: Americana Salon / Cake: Austin Street Cafe / Florist: Exquisite Petals / Officiant: Jon Cleveland (my dad) / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Veil: Brenda’s Bridal Veils / Jewelry: Earrings by Max & Chloe, Bracelet by Mayors / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaid dresses: (Each chose their own) / Groom’s suit: Zara / Groom’s shoes: Steve Madden / Stationery: Beau Tied Design / Bridesmaid robes: Silk and More / Screenprinting: Kong Screenprinting

Long Beach Museum Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Dave Richards

Within seconds of seeing this wedding from Dave Richards, I knew I had to share it with you all. Lorena and Richard’s Long Beach wedding is outdoor rustic in the absolute chicest of ways, with an ideal color scheme of teals, pinks, and oranges.

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From the bride, Lorena: We’ve always wanted an outdoor ceremony/reception. We didn’t want a typical, traditional wedding. I have always loved the rustic/antique look and knew right away that it was the feel we wanted for our wedding.

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Our wedding felt magical! We chose to go with an outdoor rustic theme. Our decorations consisted of blue mason jars, burlap, wooden tree trunks, and succulents. We wanted a color palette that would compliment both the bridesmaids and the groomsmen, something not too masculine yet not too feminine. We chose a very soft blue for the bridesmaids dresses and decided to compliment their dresses with blush tone bouquets. For the center pieces we thought the blue mason jars with the wooden tree trunks would look beautiful with a mix of coral, bright pink flowers, and succulents.

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Our many DIY projects included the wooden tree trunks for center pieces and cakes, burlap runners with lace, the Mr. & Mrs. sign/Montejano Wedding sign, the succulent favors, the table numbers, candle holders, our wooden ring box, banner for cake and bird cage.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Pinterest! The internet is a great resource for ideas if you know what look you want but have trouble piecing everything together. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, DIYs are a great way to personalize your wedding and make it your own. Our guest couldn’t stop talking about all our DIYs and how simple but great they looked. Don’t stress over the minor details and make sure you at least have a day of coordinator on your wedding day so you don’t have to stress over the little things. Most importantly, have fun planning your wedding!

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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Make You Feel My Love,” The O’Neill Brothers
Bride’s Processional: “I Won’t Give Up,” Jason Mraz
We had two songs in mind for our first dance and couldn’t decide on just one. So what we did was dance to his song, “Sweetest Love” by Robin Thicke for our first dance, and “Amazed” by Lonestar, which was my pick, for the last song.

Wedding Location: Long Beach, CA / Photographer: Dave Richards / Flowers: Bride and Bloom / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Long Beach Museum of Art / Day-of Coordinator: Debbie by Debbie Designs / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Kennedy Blue / Wedding Cake: Rossmoor Pastries / DJ: Ricardo V / Lighting: Just Dance Events / Wedding Invitations: Eberle Invitations

North Carolina Lovebird Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Photos by:

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

Utah Winter Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Lora Grady

It’s difficult for me to pinpoint exactly what I love most about this wedding, because it’s all so beautiful — but if I had to pick, I’d say it’s the fresh and modern vibe it exudes. That, of course, is achieved with the help of photographer Lora Grady, and heaps of fluffy floral arrangements from Tinge Floral. Jessica and Ryne’s wedding seamlessly brought a bit of spring to a winter wedding, and we adore the results!

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From the bride, Jessica: I wanted my wedding to be more modern and not super formal. My colors were coral, grey, and tan. With a little bit of mint green here and there :) We had a bunch of projects… We made a big giant wood frame. We printed some bridal pictures and engagement pictures onto mat boards and hung them from ribbon and put in the window frames of the wood frame that is about 7 feet tall and 6 feet wide.

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We wrapped yarn around bottles. We used golf double sided tape, and taped them onto to the bottles and wrapped the yarn really tight. Some websites say to do hot glue… but that is too messy and not as easy. Instead of a sign in book, I made cards out of my colors and just wrote on a chalk board to have the guests write down a piece of advice on them for the new married couple. It was so fun to read through those!

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I would advise you to get a list of every single thing that you need to get for the wedding and categorize when you need to get that done. Anything from decorations, to addresses, to food. I kinda just put it all together and overwhelmed myself by thinking I need to get this done pronto. But if you give yourself a deadline of each category, you won’t get as overwhelmed:)


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Wedding Music:
First Dance: “On My Mind,” Kalai
Father/Daughter Dance: “Angel,” Jack Johnson
Then everybody danced to Eli Young Band-Crazy Girl. Then after those three songs were done it busted out into a dance party just by songs that are popular up beat songs right now!

Wedding Location: South Jordan, UT / Wedding Photographer: Lora Grady Photography / Ceremony Venue: Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple / Reception Venue: Noah’s / Wedding Flowers: Tinge Floral / Wedding Dress: Bridal Expressions / Wedding Shoes: Zappos / DJ: Andrew Velasco (801-548-1991) / Wedding Invitations: Designed by bride, printed by Litho Flexo

Dinner Party Wedding at Marvimon

Vintage Weddings

Photos by:

Arrow & Apple

Holy cow, do I ever love this wedding. As soon as I heard bride Raechel pulled her inspiration from Old Hollywood, glitter, and using local resources, I was hooked! Sarah of Arrow & Apple photographed every bit of Raechel and Jack’s dream wedding day at Marvimon House, one of our perennial favorite wedding venues.

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From the bride, Raechel: Our wedding vision was greens, naturals, Old Hollywood and glitter. All though the combination might seem a bit odd together the outcome was amazing. It was also really important that we tried to use local sources as much as possible. We didn’t use any big companies to do anything and felt so proud that we could help keep our money going to local and small businesses (besides our photographer who is in a neighboring state!) We had a lot of DIY projects, partially to save money but also because that’s just who we are. We got some plywood, traced out names in a giant fun font, then cut it out with a jigsaw and glittered it with spray adhesive. It made for a great background in pictures and was an awesome accent on the brick walls of the venue.


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We liked the natural feel and look of burlap so we made placemats of burlap for everyone that we thought would look great against the gold chargers and the greenery in the middle. Placemats are something we haven’t really seen at weddings and we wanted to balance the formality of a wedding with an intimate, and casual feel. For the ceremony we wanted something really traditional so we had an actual tying of the knot ceremony which made for great photos and was something some people haven’t seen before (or in a very long time anyway). We hung the knot over the entrance of our doorway as a reminder daily of our wedding and the vows we made to each other! We also wanted something similar to a unity candle but less religious so we did a wishbone breaking ceremony! Everyone was given a plastic wishbones and asked to then break them with their neighbor and make a wish for our new marriage!


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My biggest piece of advice is to have a little extra money even if you’re strict with a budget. We reviewed our budget on a weekly basis and in the end things crept in that I completely forgot about – i.e. wine for our rehearsal dinner! Luckily, we had money coming back to us in the end from security deposits. My second biggest piece of advice which would easily rival with the first is to really write down what you want your wedding to be. Our wedding to us needed to involved only the people we could envision in our future. We absolutely adored our vendors and in the end everyone we worked with was very passionate about making our wedding what we wanted. My brother (bride) was our officiant. It made the ceremony that much more personal for us.


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My third piece of advice is to try to sleep. I only got a few hours of sleep the last week before the wedding each night and the moment we checked out on Monday morning from the hotel I was sick as a dog which included being sick on our three week trip to Europe. My fourth and last piece of advice, do not let anyone tell you what your wedding should be. We made our wedding exactly what we envisioned. In the end, everyone told us how personal and unique our wedding was because we stayed true to our own wedding vision.


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newlyweds first dance


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Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Wedding Photographer: Arrow & Apple / Wedding Venue: Marvimon House / Wedding Flowers: Holly Flora / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller / Wedding Shoes: Fergalicious / Bride’s Necklace: J. Crew / Bride’s Earrings: Bloomingdales / Hair: Dominique Moreau / Makeup: Kelly Carmichael / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nicole Miller / Groom’s Suit: Talia / Groom’s Bow Tie: Forage / Wedding Caterer: Field Kitchen / Decorations: Bride and Groom / Wishbones: Lucky Break / DJ: DJ Swon of Red Shoe / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Bride and Groom, Jack and Till / Invitation Printing: Sweet Water Press

Oregon Farm Wedding

DIY Weddings

This wedding sent over by Anna Jaye Photography shows how to expertly play with textures and colors to create a fun, relaxed, and memorable wedding day. Kelsey and Greg had a little over a year to plan their ceremony and reception, and the results show in what amounts to a truly romantic affair. With pinwheels, burlap, and lace, there are just enough handcrafted details to go around!

newlyweds in white

From the bride, Kelsey: When we set out to plan this wedding 15 months ago, I really wanted to create a style that was not only vintage chic, but created a very romantic environment with the colors and fabrics. I loved the mixture of textures, incorporating burlap and lace, because it’s very feminine while rough around the edges at the same time.


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gold wedding shoesjeweled hair accessories

pink bridesmaids dresses

Some adjectives to describe the look we were going for are: romantic, vintage, and whimsical. Our colors palette was anything from peach to coral, khaki to the brown of our burlap table runners. We also tried to incorporate gold glitter wherever we could, because I’m a little obsessed with the color peach and gold glitter. Because we had 15 months to plan our wedding, there were many DIY projects involved. Greg created a Greg


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newlyweds first kiss

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sit sign seating charts

We created twine globes that hung above the area in which we were married. We created all of the programs (which were gold glitter fans), the seating assignment cards that hung on the vintage mattress spring, and my mom made half of the centerpieces which were succulents planted and arranged in vintage sewing boxes. My MOST favorite DIY item at the wedding was our cake backdrop which was created by myself and my best friend Alicea. Most everything we did at the wedding was DIY. With the help of Pinterest, Etsy, my best friend Alicea (whose wedding was 3 weeks before mine!), and my very patient now-husband we created the perfect wedding for us!


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pinwheel cake tables

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state shaped cake toppers

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orange menu signs

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Many brides can put together a beautiful ceremony in a short period of time, however, I felt so stress-free and had the luxury of planning every last detail with our wedding 15 months from when we got engaged. We were able to work with every one of our first choice vendors because we booked them so far in advance. We negotiated better contracts because we had more time. We planned every single detail, down to the napkins with 15 months. Don’t rush it – enjoy your engagement, and focus on the details, because that’s what makes it your day and not someone else’s!


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chalkboard menu ideas

lolich farm signs

When I first started planning, I was a little bit of a control freak, but was able to delegate things to my friends and family little by little as time went on. One thing to remember is: people want to help! Weddings are a labor of love and friends love helping with crafts and planning, all you have to do is ask! I can’t tell you how many craft days we had leading up to the wedding day! I was reminded of how blessed I am by my amazing family and friends!


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card holder displays

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newlyweds just married signs

bride and groom leaving

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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “The Luckiest,” Ben Folds
Processional: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Recessional: “You Make My Dreams Come True,” Hall & Oates
First Dance: “Let it Be Me,” Ray Lamontagne
Father/Daughter Dance: “Daughter,” Loudon Wainwright

Wedding Location: Beaverton, OR / Wedding Photographer: Anna Jaye Photography / Wedding Venue: Lolich’s Family Farm / Wedding Coordination: Champagne Weddings and Events / Wedding Flowers: Quince Flowers and Events / Bride’s Veil: Twigs and Honey / Bride’s SHoes: Ruche / Bride’s Makeup: Marjan Torabi Arsanjani / Bride’s Hair: Paige Wohlgemuth of The Stella Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Ruche / Groom’s Suit: Mr. Formal / DJ: NW Premier Mobile DJs / Wedding Caterer: Catering at Its Best / Wedding Cake: Le Cookie Monkey / Cupcakes: Sugar Krystles / Rentals: Marigold Vintage Rentals and Something Borrowed PDX / Transportation: EcoShuttle / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Wedding Vendors

DIY Burlap Bag Ring Pillow

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We’re wild about this DIY tutorial made as a collaboration between Blue Label vendor BurlapFabric.com and etsy vendor Emily Zych of whichgoose — it’s a burlap ring pillow that’s both supremely easy to make AND super cute! Better yet, if you’re short on time or even burnt out on DIY projects, you can buy one of Emily’s ring pillows right here.

burlap bag ring pillow

For this project you will need:
-piece of burlap fabric or small burlap bag
-length of jute twine
-large plastic needle (big enough to string the twine)
-needle and thread
-pins
-iron
-scissors

Instructions:
1. Cut one large piece of burlap material about 9 x 13″ or a small burlap bag

2. Fold each edge over about 1/2″ and press with a iron (you can also pin into place if an iron is not handy)

DIY burlap ring pillow

3. Fold the entire piece in half long ways.

4. Sew along two of the open sides. Make sure to leave one side open.

5. Stuff your pillow with any sort of polyfill filling and sew remaining side closed.

6. String a piece of jute twine on a large needle.

DIY burlap ring pillow

7. Poke needle through middle of pillow, and back up again about 1″ apart.

8. Tie two ends together in a knot.

9. Finish up with a bow!

burlap bag ring pillow

Rock ‘n Roll Festival Inspired Wedding

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The theme for this wedding from Tiffany Arment is one of my absolute favorites — “rock n roll festival.” With a wedding playlist to envy and reception tables marked by vinyl albums from rock music history, this day is filled with details perfectly tailored to the couple.

newlyweds in the grass

From the bride, Jacki: We just wanted a wonderfully laid back, HAPPY day filled with our friends, family, natural rustic surroundings, great music, yummy food and a whole lotta LOVE. With my creative friends and family, I knew that the rest of it would come together beautifully.


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festival wedding invitations

lemonade drink containersfestival paper goods

The theme was ‘Rock ‘n Roll Festival’. We both love music so much — it is a huge part of our lives, and we really wanted our wedding to reflect that. Every song was hand-picked for each part of the day to create a specific nostalgic and happy feeling.

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mismatched bridesmaids dresses

vintage wedding gowns

lemonade drink containersfestival paper goods

bride and groom celebrating

We were getting married in a barn. I didn’t want to fight its natural beauty, so we went with a natural color scheme — cream, tan, brown, green and blue. Practically the whole wedding was DIY. I designed and made my own invitations, favors (jam jars and CDs), name cards and programs, the table ‘numbers’ came from our own vinyl collection, my Dad made our rings, one of my best friends made my gown, my best friend and maid of honor (who introduced us) got ordained to marry us and wrote our ceremony… it was truly a group effort!


red striped pinwheelschalkboard reception menus
mini jam jarsgreen napkin place settings

vintage dress detailsfestival pass escort cards

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Take it easy and have fun with it! Remember that it’s the marriage that matters most… this is just one day out of the rest of your married life. Things are going to go wrong, and other unexpected things are going to go sooooooooo right that they make up for it! Stop worrying so much because you can’t control it all! In the end, it is going to be the most wonderful day of your life… you got to MARRY him! How lucky are YOU?


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barn lightguitar guestbooks

nighttime wedding venues


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Wedding Music:
Family’s Processional: “Ooh Lala,” The Faces
Bridal Party Processional: “A Little Help From my Friends,” Joe Cocker
Recessional: “Not Fade Away,” The Rolling Stones
First Dance: “Into the Mystic,” Van Morrison
Father/Daughter Dance: “Teach Your Children,” Crosby Stills Nash and Yong
Mother/Son Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles

Wedding Location: Germantown, NY / Wedding Photographer: Tiffany Arment / Wedding Venue: Apple Barn Farm / Event Coordinators: Kerri & Mary Beth Boruta, at Apple Barn Farm / Bouquets: Rosery Flower Shop / Wedding Dress: handmade and designed specifically by best friend Sandra Usherov / Shoes: already owned / Jewelry: “something borrowed” / Makeup: DIY / Bridesmaid Dresses: bride asked to pick any black dress they wanted, from different sources / Groom’s suit: white shirts, black skinny ties, black pants and either a black vest or suspenders with converse all-stars, the best man wore red ones to match the MOH / Music: Patrick Bergeron of Metro Music / Caterer: Barbara Goldstein. She made BBQ with all organic, local ingredients, both traditional and vegan. Pulled pork, mac and cheese, brisket, the works! / Dessert: array of ‘rock n’ roll’ cupcakes, also by Barbara Goldstein / Wedding Invitations: Designed by bride, paper goods from Paper Presentation / Transportation: Old school buses, arranged by Apple Barn Farm

Cherry Valley Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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The bride from this wedding sent to us by the incredible Brent Van Auken has not one, but two amazingly talented aunts — one of which arranged all of the flowers for her niece’s wedding day, and the other made the bride’s wedding gown, her veil, and all of the bridesmaids dresses! The newlyweds were married under a 1,100-year-old tree in California, and had a reception filled with personal touches. They even made these DIY wooden slice coasters we shared a while ago!

newlyweds in sunlight

From the bride, Michelle: The style that I was envisioning for our wedding day was a romantic country night with candlelight and some adjectives that describe our wedding would be romantic, enchanting, and country. I had a theme of wood, burlap and lace with the colors of mauve and gray.

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brown bridesmaids boots

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rustic wedding walkway

wooden wedding signstree trunk carving

bridal first look
ceremony under tree
pink love sign

The whole wedding was a do it yourself project. We did everything on our own. All the decorations were put together by myself and my family. My sister, Nicole Amweg, was a huge help. We made all the signs (bar, love story, find your way, directions, dessert). All the centerpieces I put together myself. The gift table, the guestbook, the head table and the dessert table were a DIY collaboration.

flower girl ringbearers

wedding ceremony under tree

glass jar tagssuitcase with bunting

newlyweds under tree

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brown bridesmaids boots
hanging escort card tags

hanging tag decormenu paper goods

rustic vintage tablescapes

chalkboard wine listframes on ladders

hanging tag displays

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? The best advice I can give a bride is to be organized! If you don’t have a wedding planner, like myself, just be on top of it. Make detailed instructions for each person involved and a detailed schedule for the day of. I even took pictures for the decorations before hand and packaged them in boxes with labels, so the people setting up had a clear instruction of what I wanted everything to look like.

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outdoor wedding receptions

rustic dessert table

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wood slice coasters DIY
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wedding reception dessertslove bird signs
newlyweds in sunlight


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Wedding Music:
Processional: Pachelbel’s “Canon in D”
Recessional: “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO
First Dance: “Then,” Brad Paisley
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Little Girl,” Tim McGraw
Groom/Mother-in-Law Dance: “Mama’s Song,” Carrie Underwood

Wedding Location: Cherry Valley, CA / Wedding Venue, Caterer, and Linens: Highland Springs Resort / Wedding Photographer: Brent Van Auken Photography / Florist: Bride’s Aunt Brenda Struiksma / Wedding Dress, Veil, and Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Made by bride’s Aunt, Linda Struiksma / Bride’s Shoes: 1883 / Bride’s Earrings: Isis Bridal / Makeup: Sara Quiroz / Hair: Kimberly Lyon of Lux Salon / Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Jean Yves / DJ: Paul Pierce with Music Unlimited / Wedding Invitations: Beth Cote

DIY Plantation Wedding

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Where to begin with this handmade wedding sent from Ulmer Studios? The bride worked with event stylist Megan Byrd to execute every detail to perfection, from the incredible bouquets and boutonnieres right down to the library book centerpieces. For the favors, Carly even baked lemon poppy seed muffins for the guests to take home in sweet little paper bags!

bride and groom by wall

plantation historical sign

From the bride, Carly: I made all of the table squares, and collected the frames, vases, trays, silver sets and knick knacks from various antique and thrift shops and yard sales. Megan completely styled everything on the day of and made the burlap runner for the head table. The birdcage photo holder was also hers. She also did all the flowers, including the bridesmaids bouquets and boutonnieres. I collected vintage brooches for almost a year and used floral wire to make stems to put my bouquet together on top of silk hydrangeas. A few of the pieces were family heirlooms. My shoe clips were a pair of earrings I picked up at an antique shop. For the guest book, we chose to do the guest box, and used scrapbooking paper for guests to write little messages on. It’s still so neat to look back and see what people wrote to us.


rustic boutonnieres

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bride and bridesmaids

rings tied around bookleafy bridal bouquets

birdcage favor bags

I almost forgot the books! I am a school teacher so we wanted make it personal so we rented the books from the library! I think we had something close to 150. It was a hilarious process. We went up and down the aisles picking only pretty, vintage, books and ones with romantic titles. Megan picked the letters and used twine to hang them on the back of our chairs. The favor bags were regular brown paper sacks that I stamped with our wedding stamps and clipped with stamped clothes pins. My mom and I baked the lemon poppy seed muffins the day before the wedding. I made Andrew muffins every morning in high schools, so we thought they would be a perfect favor. Lemon poppy seed is his favorite. Our day-of coordinator was Gilda York. She’s very thorough. The day went so smoothly under her direction. The guys outfits were from her shop, Ambassadors Formal Wear. Kerry Luna was our music guy. He was so flexible and helpful when it came to picking songs for then different events and back ground music.


chalkboard wedding sign

first look outdoors

plantation wedding ceremony

bridesmaid holding bouquetantique book centerpieces

green decorated clothespins

As far as my favorite parts of the day, the first look is certainly at the top. Just the way Andrew looked at me and couldn’t even put together a full sentence was an amazing moment. I thought I was holding it together until his reaction got to me. I felt so blessed and full of gratitude. Those were surely the happiest tears I have ever cried. It was a truly priceless experience, just being able to revel in the emotion of being together and in love on the biggest, and most exciting day of our lives.


tin can centerpieces

bride and groom sunset

reserved signsimple pink centerpieces

owl cake toppers

Our first dance was pretty magical. We’d gone back and forth about which song to choose and what we wanted… Something new, something old, something R&B, something traditional… We literally changed the song the day of the wedding. We chose Stay With You by John Legend on a whim, and it was absolutely perfect. It was like one of those movie scenes. Everything else faded and we were the only people there. I still get chills when I hear it.


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reserved vintage centerpieces

The send off at the end of the night was a ton of fun! Our venue had a rule against open flames, so sparklers were not an option. I was trying to come up with something to go with the mason jar candles people would have to hold. (There was no light on the side of the house where we would be leaving from.) Then it hit me: Wedding bells! Just not the traditional kind. They were so festive and as silly as it sounds, running through all of your friends, congratulating you and ringing bells, is a super fun way to end your wedding night!


bride and groom dancing


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Wedding Vendors (Franklin, TN):

Wedding Venue: Carnton Plantation / Wedding Photographer: Ulmer Studios / Event Stylist: bride and Megan Byrd / Day-of Coordination: Gilda York / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Urban Outfitters / Wedding Cakes and Cupcakes: Publix / Cake Topper: Vintage / Rentals: Music City Tents / Music: Kerry Luna

DIY Woodsy Michigan Wedding

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This Michigan wedding is absolutely stuffed to the gills with handmade rustic decor, sure to inspire any bride out there! Seriously, how amazing is their floral chandeliers at reception? We love that it looks like it appeared out of nowhere in the middle of the woods! Shot by Lauren Gabrielle, this DIY wedding was truly a labor of love.


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From the bride, Karrie: When Joe and I were first engaged we had already mulled over what we wanted our day to look and feel like. As we were excitedly discussing our June nuptial plans with family and friends the one word we found leaping out of our mouths constantly was “cozy”! With “cozy” being the theme in mind, the only place we could picture exchanging vows at was my Aunt and Uncle’s home in the quaint town of Owosso, Michigan where I grew up.


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woodsy rustic diy handmade michigan wedding by lauren gabrielle

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woodsy rustic diy handmade michigan wedding by lauren gabrielle

woodsy rustic diy handmade michigan wedding by lauren gabrielle

When I started to dream up what the ceremony and reception would look like, I knew I wanted a lot of handmade details and vintage aspects and I knew I would need some help if I were to pull it all off! We have an incredibly talented set of family and friends that really made the process of planning fun and stress-free. We collected vases from local thrift shops for months, and made our table cloths and runners out of inexpensive painters tarps and burlap from a hardware store. We ordered our flowers from a wholesaler and my aunt and friends took on all of our floral design.


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woodsy rustic diy handmade michigan wedding by lauren gabrielle

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woodsy rustic diy handmade michigan wedding by lauren gabrielle


Our dear friend and wedding planner Sarah Starr created all of the decor for our reception site from estate sales, thrift shops, and family heirlooms. We had countless family members making our assembling, and hand burning our whimsical paper poofs made from coffee filters for months! My mother made the ring bearer pillow, the flower girl basket amongst many other things and I did my bridal parties make-up and up-dos. I loved that everything from the ceremony location, to the place cards, had a memory and significance attached to it. The end result was a whimsical, warm and dreamy celebration that everyone took personal pride in, and much to my husband’s and my delight the ambiance was undeniably communal and cozy.

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Wedding Vendors (Owosso, MI):

Reception Venue: Wrought Iron Grill / Wedding Photographer: Lauren Gabrielle / Event Coordinator: Sarah Starr / Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Jewelry: Local thrift shops

Backyard Chic Wedding

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This backyard wedding shot by the ladies of Vitalic Photo is all about rustic chic. Love all the texture – from the gorgeous lace wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier to the burlap runners, this wedding was handcrafted to the littlest details by the bride herself. View all images from this wedding in the gallery!







Vitalic Photo is all about rustic chic. Love all the texture – from the gorgeous lace wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier to the burlap runners, this wedding was handcrafted to the littlest details by the bride herself. View all images from this wedding in the gallery

From the photographer, Chrissy: Tanya + Tommy were married on a small lake in the backyard of a close family friend. Their tent reception was decorated with shades of white flowers in mismatched vases, so quaint and utterly adorable. Their s’mores station close to the firepit surrounded by hay bale benches and it was a huge hit. The clear tent allowed the couple and their guests to stargaze from the dance floor.

Also, check out their video here!

Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Private Residence / Photographer: Vitalic Photo / Cinematographer: Vitalic Photo / Event Decor: Bride & her family / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Cindy & Glenn Cakes (cindy.glenn@gmail.com) / Florist: Monti’s Flower Market Inc. / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Stationery: Peach Leaf Paperie

Right Now in Recycle Your Wedding…

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We were so delighted to stumble upon bride Jennifer’s listing in Recycle Your Wedding, we decided to make a full feature of it! For those of you not yet in-the-know, our Recycle Your Wedding section allows individuals to sell wedding items from across the board — from votives to china to dresses — so that other brides may scoop them up. Not only does this keep things eco-friendly by reusing items, but it adds that extra special touch of thrifty charm to your wedding day. No need to create an account… and did I mention this service is free? Adorable bride Jennifer is listing nearly all of the items from her wedding in RYW, and we hope you’ll take advantage of these great deals! All photos by Peacock Photography.

We especially love these handmade signs — how cute is hand drawn banner below?

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vintage wedding decor items

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Burlap table runners, wooden table numbers, wooden flower box crates — the possibilities are never-ending with these rustic chic decorations!

vintage wedding decor items

The bride will ship the items, or you can pick them up if you’re in the Austin, TX area!

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See the bride’s listing here and gawk over oodles of cute vintage ideas from her wedding in the gallery.

DIY Ceremony Chair Flowers

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Kelsey created a charming project to be hung from a chair during the ceremony (and reception afterwards) for her own wedding.

diy ceremony chair decor

What you’ll need:
– Mason jars (your choice of size, a variety can create a little whimsy)
– Fabric (I used burlap, but a colorful print can be fun as well)
– Lace
– Ribbon
– Wire
– Hot glue or fabric glue
– Pliers

diy ceremony chair decor
diy ceremony chair decor

Instructions:
Start with your desired size mason jar, any size will work and multiple sizes can add a fun ambiance to your event. Begin by cutting the fabric of your choice into a strip long enough to go all the way around the mason jar, leaving about a 1/4 of an inch extra to overlap slightly (It doesn’t have to be perfect, a little imperfection shows that it was handmade and special). Glue your base fabric to the outside of the mason jar. You can use either fabric glue or hot glue, I suggest using whichever you are more comfortable with. Only glue the end of each side of the strip, with one end directly onto the jar and the other end slightly overlapping the first end. Cut a strip of lace the length of the first piece of fabric, if lace isn’t your thing you can skip this step. Again, glue the lace only on the ends to give it a clean look and sightly overlap one end over the starting end of the lace. Once the lace is added you can add a piece of ribbon that goes with the theme of your wedding. Pull the ribbon very taunt and place a dab of glue underneath the knot that you tie. After this dries you can tie a bow to finish off the project.

diy ceremony chair lace burlap

If you want you can leave the mason jar vase as is and use it as a centerpiece with flowers, or fill it with candles to line a walkway.

If you prefer to have the mason jars hang as vases for an aisle way you can proceed with the last step which is adding a wire hanger. Pliers are necessary for this step and the wire can be found at any craft store; choose whatever thickness you prefer. If your look doesn’t work with wire, you can always use string, yarn, twine, or ribbon, just make sure that you fasten it with some glue to keep it secure enough to hang. The wire can be fastened by cutting one long piece and twisting loops into each end-having a round object such as a pencil or pen to keep a firm loop will help. Once the loop has been made on each side cut a second piece of wire to wrap around the top of the mason jar. A quarter of the way through wrapping the wire around the top of the jar, loop the first loop made on the hanging part of the wire through the wire and make a loop in the base wire to hold it in place. Continue wrapping the base wire around the jar until it’s across from the first loop and create a second loop with the hanging wire looped through. When you get to the start of your wire, use the pliers to twist the two ends together and tuck them neatly against the edge of the jar.

DIY Lavender Table Numbers

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We all love Julie Harmsen at Ruffled HQ…This time she created a lavender and burlap table number, which combines two of my favorite things.

 flower pot table number wedding centerpieces

 terra cotta flower pot wedding ideas

What you’ll need:
– ceramic pot
– burlap
– glue
– small tag
– tea bag and water
– lighter
– metal button
– ivory stones
– lavender

Instructions:
Step 1. Soak the small tag in the tea.

 tea stained wedding tags

Step 2. Cut a rectangle piece of burlap and glue it to the ceramic pot.

 burlap and terra cotta vases wedding project

 flower pot wedding vase

Step 3. Allow the tag to dry and burn the edges.

 vintage paper tag

Step 4. Write the table number on the tag

 flower pot burlap wedding table numbers

Step 5. Glue the metal button to the end of the tag and glue it to the burlap pot.
Step 6. Fill the pot with ivory stones.
Step 7. Insert several sprigs of lavender in the center. Ta-dah!

Rustic-Chic Carmel Wedding

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Michelle and Ari’s wedding at the beautiful Holman Ranch in Carmel, CA was chock-full of sweet rustic details! Their seating chart was out of this world. Love the burlap and silhouettes! Amazing details aside, how epic are the portraits from this wedding?! SO epic! Epic portraits and amazing detail shots are courtesy of JL Photografia. How gorgeous is her poofy veil? It was handmade by bride, using blush pink tulle dyed in black tea. Sewn and accented with vintage crystal pin (bought at Alameda Antiques Market). Michelle also made all the jewelry for the bridesmaids, as well as the ruffled sashes to go with their dresses.

 bride groom tree
Their seating chart was made out an old cork board covered in burlap screwed with c-hooks made by the bridesmaids, and all the paper goods were made by the bride.
 wildflowers bride groom portrait
seating chart burlap silhouette
Their ring pillow was a pin cushion made by groom when he was in Kindergarten…hands down, this IS the sweetest wedding idea ever.

 
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 clothespins rings
Instead of a traditional guestbook, the bride purchased three old shutters at a thrift store, screwed in some loop hooks and tied some twine to create mini clotheslines where she placed mini clothespins where guests could hang messages.
 
 bride groom black white veil

Wedding Vendors (Carmel, CA):

Venue: Holman Ranch / Photographer: JL Photograpfia / Florist: Bride,family and friends / Caterer: Paradise Catering / Desserts: Miette Patisserie and Mission Pie / Lighting: Unlimited Events Inc. / Cake Topper: Naked Peggies / Paper Parasols: Luna Bazaar / Hair Stylist: Jessica Langella / Makeup Artist: Ivan Rocca / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Lee from The Unique Bride / Bride’s Jewelry: Haute Bride / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Cowboy Boots: Sheplers / Photobooth Props: Smitten Sticks

DIY Virginia Wedding II

DIY Weddings, Real Weddings

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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

DIY Virginia Wedding

DIY Weddings, Real Weddings

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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

Burlap and Vintage Tablescapes

Design Inspiration

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I absolutely adore burlap and vintage elements combined on tablescapes. It’s not only easy to DIY, but it’s also extremely affordable – you can find burlap for $2 a yard or less and mason jars, vintage china and silverware can be found at any thrift store or flea market.

Vintage china silverware and and burlap table runners tablescape wedding centerpiece mason jars
Love the chalk place card and vintage patterned napkin over a white vintage plate…
Vintage china silverware and and burlap table runners tablescape wedding centerpiece mason jars
Linen napkins and vintage silverware and kraft paper menus on white china over burlap…
Vintage china silverware and and burlap table runners tablescape wedding centerpiece mason jars
Vintage china silverware and and burlap table runners tablescape wedding centerpiece mason jars
The couple from this wedding also used empty tequila bottles as vases and mismatched vintage dishes.
Vintage china silverware and and burlap table runners tablescape wedding centerpiece mason jars patron tequila vase

Source: Sunday Suppers, shot by Karen Moderchai; Ritzy Bee, shot by Open Air Photography; Karen Moderchai; Sabine Scherer; Snippet and Ink, shot by Ken Kienow