If you ask us, today’s wedding almost runs more along the side of “amazing dance party” than it does any sort of traditional wedding, and we positively love it. Newlyweds Josh and Betsy even performed a choreographed first dance, arranged by an Emmy-nominated choreographer! Let’s take a peek at the bright + fun images from Mandee Johnson, with beautiful coordination and flowers from Magic Hour Marfa.
If ever there were an argument to fill your entire wedding day with color, it comes in the form of this incredible wedding photographed by Justine Milton Photography. Sirjana and Benjamin wed each other in a celebration lasting days, which just so happened to coincide with the Holi Festival. Naturally, powder-covered portraits were in order!
We always adore a good destination wedding, and today’s has us transported to Bali, Indonesia for the nuptials of Jodi and Marty. The couple injected their wedding day with oodles of color and fresh flowers, including a bouquet by Gloriosa Flowerhouse chock full of purple orchids. Of course, the reception designed by Hari Indah has stolen our hearts with a hanging display full of lush greenery, geo shapes, and pendant bulbs all captured by Imaj Gallery.
Wedding vendors from all across St. Louis came together to blend warm, tropical colors with our favorite summery details – think cacti, succulents, exotic birds and hand-painted tiles. The result was a delightfully modern fiesta, with a sophisticated twist. Some of our favorite vignettes from this event include the vibrant DIY ceremony backdrop inspired by Oh Happy Day with pedestals of tropical foliage to round out the space, the cake with blended watercolor brushstrokes and a metallic pineapple topper and the petal-adorned hoops with tassels suspended over the tables like a personal chandelier. Leave it to Big Fake Wedding to throw a fun event:
Photos above by Courtney Lee
Photo credits: 1. Mark Brooke Photography, 2. Studio DIY, 3. Brklyn View Photography, 4. Jessica Rice Photography, 5. Two Foxes Photography, 6. The Ruffly Rose + Jackie Cooper Photo, 7. MyCraftWork.com
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Day of Coordinator + Event Design: Tables 1, 5, 9
Floral + Event Design: Bouquets, Boutonnieres and Tables 3, 7, 11
Floral + Event Design: Ceremony Backdrop and Tables 4, 8, 12
Floral + Event Design: Head Table
Wedding Dress + Bridesmaid Dresses
Hair + Makeup
Invitations + Personal Stamps
Sponsored White Wine
This morning we’re excited to introduce you to a wedding book filled with fresh ideas inspired by color. Vane Broussard of Brooklyn Bride and Minhee Cho of Paper + Color Design have teamed up to create Weddings in Color, a candy-colored guide offering hundreds of uniquely modern style ideas published by Chronicle Books. It’s a book that provides you with modern styling inspiration in eight gorgeous color palettes, as well as interviews with industry experts where you can learn essential insider information about how to expertly style your own fete! Keep reading for your chance to win a copy below.
photos by brklyn view
If you are a bride-to-be with a love of color and an affinity for modern aesthetics, you will want to spend some time perusing this book. Weddings in Color shares great ideas about not only how to use and incorporate color into your wedding design, but also how to combine colors and textures to create a sophisticated and polished style. It offers tons of original content, plus super achievable DIY tutorials to help you bring fresh and beautiful, handmade details into your wedding.
Weddings in Color also makes for a great engagement or shower gift idea, for the modern, creative, design-driven bride in your life! Or if you happen to be the one throwing the shower, this book offers just as useful inspiration to throw a modern, colorful shower!
Whether you gravitate towards neutrals or are drawn to vibrant colors, this book will inspire you with creative ideas and help you determine which elements are essential to the design and styling of your big day. For your chance to win your very own copy of Weddings in Color + a wedding notebook, leave a comment below with a note about which colors you plan to use for your wedding. Winner will be announced tomorrow. Good luck!
Update: Congratulations, Tiffany, you are the winner! Will will be in touch with you shortly!
Who could resist a destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas? As the bride Madison says, “I wanted a very classy Mexican wedding that was as colorful and complementary to the Cabo surroundings as possible.” Thanks to these images from Ana and Jerome Photography and the skilled coordination of Yarai Peregrino, I’d say the couple nailed it!
From the bride, Madison: Most importantly, I wanted a traditional Mexican feel with personal touches throughout. I also was determined to keep it gender neutral so that my husband enjoyed the décor as well. Considering it was a destination wedding we weren’t able to incorporate many DIY projects. However, the “Shake at the Kiss” maracas were a DIY hit!
I wanted to do something that would enhance the existing beauty of Hacienda. I wanted a lot of color but nothing matchy-matchy. Throughout the planning process, a lot of people asked about my “colors” and “theme” and I would honestly tell them I didn’t have either. I wanted a very classy Mexican wedding that was as colorful and complementary to the Cabo surroundings as possible. Chris and I have been together 10 years and we are lucky to share a lot of the same friends so we wanted to make everything as personal as possible to show our appreciation for their love. The most important part about the wedding for us (from the beginning) was having our pastor (Jeremiah Morris from First Presbyterian Church of Houston) there. It was also really important to us to have a great band that would have everyone dancing and celebrating – they lived up to that expectation! My mom and I left a lot up to our wedding planner, Yarai Peregrino, who exceeded our expectations. She chose the majority of our vendors and could not have done a better job matching them with our personalities. We were thrilled with the way it all turned out. It was the best day of our lives.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My advice would be to let go and try to enjoy the process. Chris and I waited 10 years for our moment and we can honestly say it went perfectly. Neither of us could stop smiling the entire night. Your focus should be on one another and everything else will fall in to place.
First Dance: “Feelin’ Good Again,” Robert Earl Keen
We had a wonderful band and didn’t leave the dance floor! We requested (and they played) a ton of 80s rock music that everyone (from 10 year-olds to 80 year-olds) enjoyed. For the last hour we had a DJ play some of our favorite 90s hip hop songs – it was such a fun way to end the night!
Hair and Makeup
Groomsmen Bow Ties and Cummerbunds
Catering and Desserts
Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods
You might want to set some time aside, because we’ve got a doozy of a shoot for you all today! It includes not one, not two, but FIVE different looks to fall in love with. French Knot Studios and Izzy Hudgins Photography put together a variety of wedding scenes, each with its own theme, invitation suite from Wedding Paper Divas, and wedding cake. Let’s jump on in!
Look #1, Nature Romance: With the lacey laser cut pattern of these invites, the doily and spray paint trick was easily inspired. The archway of foraged branches and paper flowers brings the outdoors in. With classic bouquets of garden roses and dusty miller, the soft taupe of the bridesmaid dress is a lovely compliment. We also added a mother of the bride in steely blue with her own little posey of flowers. Sugar flowers adorn a classic white tiered cake.
Trend we love: romantic greenery, leafy swags and drippy vines. See DIY Paper Wisteria Backdrop to complete the look.
Look #2, Fresh Citrus: The invites modern take on floral print is great for spring or summer. We envisioned the whole affair to be outdoors and casual, so the kraft paper envelopes sets the tone. Our bride is decked in a pale aqua and gold brocade cocktail dress with a gauzy ball skirt over it. This gives her the option to lose the bulky skirt for the reception and even (dare I say it) wear the sweet aqua number again! We always love hair flowers and a wild, colorful bouquet. The rolling cooler adds to the easy, breezy feeling of this wedding inspiration. Signature cocktail: Petal Pusher. Mix equal parts french lemonade with rosé wine (we love Cote de Roses for the rose shaped bottle), then add a splash of Elderflower Cordial. Serve cold. Pastry chef, Natasha Gaskill of A Squad Bakeshop took the cutest pattern of fox faces and printed it on wafer paper using edible ink. She then topped it with a sugar peony.
Trend we love: citrus color palettes, floral and tribal patterns. See DIY Paper Punch Backdrop to complete the look.
Look #3, Watercolor Whimsy: Our bride’s blue and turquoise hair goes perfectly with the frilly look. Snow on the Mountain, parrot tulips, and luxe Free Spirit roses adorn the chairs and bouquet. We love bold make up at weddings, and grooms don’t need a suit to look great while still staying comfortable. Laser cut chair signs were treated with an ombré paint technique.
Trend we love: painterly, watercolor, oil painting inspired decor. See DIY Marbled Placemats to complete the look.
Look #4, Literary Glam : This is another take on a classic/traditional wedding with a deeper color palette for added drama, like our favorite romance novels. The drape of sheer navy fabric in the branches creates a soft backdrop for a ceremony or photobooth. Subtle book details pop up in the page lined envelopes and “book of love” photo booth props. The reception table could continue the theme with a runner of pages from a favorite love story. The navy bridesmaid dress and marsala accents in the bouquets make a beautiful palette for fall or winter weddings, or black tie evening affairs at anytime of year. Our brides pale fawn hued gown needs little accessory besides a gold birdcage veil and bold lip. The cake is wrapped with a cloisonné print.
Trend we love: dark hues and moody tones, Art Deco glam and metallics. See DIY Tassel Backdrop to complete the look.
Look #5, Modern Tropics: Our final look is lush, bold, and sleek. The striped gown is traditional in shape, but modern in pattern. For the backdrop, we simply hung a variety of tropical foliage from colorful embroidery floss. More leaves appear in our bouquet with parrot tulips, a bird of paradise, and exotic proteas. We wanted a bridesmaid in vivid pattern, though this can be tricky to pull off if you have a fleet of bridesmaids it make a great statement if you have only 1-3 gals. We wanted the reception table and chairs to disappear from our tropical palette, so naturally, ghost was the way to go. Miniature works of art by Beth Allen Art are great for escort or place cards.
Trend we love: tropical, fruits, bold flowers and leaves. See DIY Pipe Planter Favors to complete the look.
Event Design and Flowers
Hair and Makeup
We have a truly special treat for you all today — not only are we sharing the beautiful destination wedding of Juliana and Marty, but we’ve also got their rehearsal dinner to share as well! Geoff Duncan Photography took the reins behind the camera for both days, which were loaded with entertainment, good food, and breathtaking views.
From the bride, Juliana: We wanted to stick to the traditional Mexican theme. Lots of dancing with great food, drinks and music. I really wanted all those who I care about the most to have a wonderful time in a beautiful setting. I love these Mexican tablecloths so we decided we would use them for the dinner tables and coordinate all the colors involved… we used every color. Blue, green, red, orange, pink, yellow, purple. My mother already owned a bunch so we borrowed some of my aunt’s and she stain guarded all of them. She also DIYed the gift bags and water bottles. The gift bags were incredible. My mom went to the market in Mexico and bought the bags and then filled them with the wedding program, Texas Trash, the middle size Herradura tequila, two glass tequila glasses with the cactus in the middle and water bottles with our names on them.
So much fun, right? And now, onto the wedding!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? You know, we didn’t do this but I wish we did — since my wedding my friends have started a photo share on icloud or photocircle. I think it’s a great way to see your wedding from different perspectives and its fun to see how people enjoyed the day when it.s a destination wedding.
Bridal Party Processional: “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
Bridal Processional: Wagner’s Wedding March and Pacelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: “Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles
First Dance: “How Long Will I Love You,” Ellie Goulding
We combined our first dance with our father daughter dance and mother and groom dance. Marty and I dance for the first 45 seconds and then our parents cut in. I didn’t want this part to be very long so we tried to do it all in one song.
There’s something so very tropical about a color palette of coral, orange, yellow, and green, which of course makes us think of cheery summer days. A recent Propel workshop (presented by Caroline Tran) used this palette with the addition of a hand-painted wedding gown, and we’ve got these spectacular images from Shannon Duggan Photography to share for a sneak peek into this Spring editorial!
From the photographer, Shannon Duggan: I recently attended Caroline Tran’s Propel Workshop in LA this past October. Along with the amazing teaching going on, Caroline had Sonia Sharma work to create this absolutely gorgeous tablescape vision. It didn’t end there, as you can see with the hand painted dress created especially for this color scheme. I loved that this vision was totally different from what the market is trending towards right now. I couldn’t help but share my personal images to show the beauty and amazingness that Propel holds.
Event Design and Coordination
Accessories and Jewelry
Hair and Makeup
Wedding Cake and Desserts
Flatware and Glassware
It’s always a good day when we get to surround ourselves with so much color, as you’ll see in this styled shoot from Alexandra Wallace and Eden Floral. With some of the most incredible flowers Arroyo Grande has to offer, the duo painted a bohemian garden scene that has our hearts racing. No detail went unobserved, right down to the picture-perfect Sarah Janks gown and the show-stopped stained glass wedding cake from The Cake Cathedral.
From the event designer, Janet of Sandcastle Celebrations: The inspiration for our rustic, glam, boho shoot was a rich jewel tone wedding with glamorous elements. The stunning oaks that dot the property of The Casitas Estate provided the natural backdrop. Silk lanterns hung at various heights suggested the ambiance of an outdoor room. The gold sequin table runner and gold mosaic floral vessel added a touch of bling to the table. A rustic table with gold chiavari chairs and a velvet bench provided the seating.
A fabulous team of professionals worked to create this beautiful shoot. The styling was designed by Janet from Sandcastle Celebrations. Rachael, owner of Eden Floral, added a vibrant mix of conventionally grown and wildflowers to the cascading bridal bouquet and tablescape. Rachael is well known for her gorgeous floral crowns. Jenny, owner of The Cake Cathedral, is a true artist. She created a magnificent stained glass cake that echoed the theme. The very talented Alexandra Wallace captured all the stunning images. Every aspect of this inspiration shoot was designed and executed by an incredibly talented team.
Of all the things we love, weddings that are as much of a party as they are a celebration of love is right up at the top of the list. The Schultzes, Willow Event Design, and Joey McDermott put together some of their best work for Lindy and Jason’s wedding, which included incredible bursts of color and confetti at every turn for one heck of a beautiful day!
From the bride, Lindy: Creating from my heart, and celebrating love is at the heart of my core and what I love about being an artist and designer. Our wedding was a rare opportunity for me to bring our love to life and to give Jason, along with our friends and family, the gift of an experience to celebrate that love. We also wanted to invite our friends and family into our world here in Savannah and share with them pieces of the life we’ve built together. We wanted to celebrate our love, and the love of our family and friends. I always said – if there was a world created from our love, our wedding day would be a glimpse into what that world would look like – and that’s what we based every single decision on. We wanted the day to be fun and lighthearted.
Wedding bouquet: My bouquet included pink, white, and yellow ranunculus, hot pink and white anemones, billy balls, fuchsia peonies, blue delphenium, white feverfew, white scabiosa, and dark purple lisianthus.
We aren’t afraid of color and knew that it would play a big part in the look of our wedding. We chose white and grey as our core colors, with fuchsia, yellow, coral, kelly green, bright blue, and purple as our accent colors. We also mixed in silver and gold accents. We kept the décor simple for the ceremony, letting the beauty of Savannah shine. We set up the chairs to create a close knit semi-circle, and adorned the back rows with fabric streamers. We had a welcome table set up so guests could congregate, get a cool glass of water when they arrived, and be welcomed by us through a welcome sign/message. We also had large white balloons with fabric streamers around the square.
The confetti girls lined the aisle with multi-colored confetti for me to walk down and our guests showered us with confetti as we walked back down the aisle as husband and wife. They wore adorable, custom-designed dresses from Vesper Clothier who was wonderful to work with. After that, guests had two “to-go” drinks to choose from to have in hand as they walked to Ships of the Sea for the reception (thanks to Savannah’s brilliant open container law!). We also had pedi-cabs waiting for guests after the ceremony so they could get a ride from the square to Ships of the Sea. We wanted to continue with our colorful, fun and whimsical reception world full of love with the and this is really where it came to life.
The reception featured long, family style tables with a mix of glass, milk glass, and mason jars holding a mix of bright, colorful, and whimsical flowers. Gracing the tables, along with the mix of flowers, were peaches and bunches of cotton – a nod to our love of the South – along with some paper flowers. Each table had a grey and white table runner – a mix of stripes and polka dots – so each table was a little different. Each guest had their name card waiting for them with a little bundle of love, including a thank you note and the menu for the evening.
The biggest labor of love was the paper flower installation that hung over the dance floor. This was a creation straight from my heart and I couldn’t have made it happen without the help of Jason, my father, my mother, sister and a group of loving friends who help me create the 200 flowers that hung from it. I had a vision for this and I can’t thank everyone enough for helping it come to life. We wanted an explosion of color to hang above us as we celebrated the night away and it was magical!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Your wedding day is just that – yours. The two of you. We knew early on that we had a unique vision to celebrate our love and that was what guided each decision we made. We infused our story, personalities, and things we love in every detail of our day. We truly wanted our wedding day to be a glimpse into our love, the life we’ve built together, and the life we want to lead as a married couple. Our best piece of advice beyond that would be to enjoy and savor your engagement, the week leading up to the big day, and your wedding day as much as possible. Ask for help. In some cases, just because you can do it all doesn’t mean you should. We were truly blown away by the generosity of our friends and family. Having their help, incorporating their talents, and having them be such an integral part of making our wedding day happen made it that much more special to us. So many details are woven with family traditions and would not have been possible with the help of our family and friends. We would also advise couples to carefully select the partners and vendors you work with. You are placing so much trust in them to help pull off a day that means so much to you. Communication is key and trusting them to do their part is a huge leap of faith. Listen to your gut, and don’t be convinced you “need” this or that to make your day complete – the world of wedding planning can be extremely overwhelming and remembering that this day is about your marriage and starting your life together as husband and wife is key. As fun and beautiful as all the pretty little details are, there is nothing more important than the fact that the day is the beginning of your marriage.
Processional: “Mirrors,” Justin Timberlake (piano version)
Bride’s Processional: “Somebody to Love,” Queen (piano version)
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Father/Daughter Dance: “Sweet Caroline,” Neil Diamond
Mother/Son Dance: “Just the Way You Are,” Billy Joel
Wedding Shoes, Purse, Reception Necklace
Confetti Girl Dresses
Groom's Bow Tie
Ice Cream Cart
Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods
If there’s one thing beach weddings deserve, it’s a heavy dose of bright colors. That’s exactly what Laura and Jason did for their destination wedding in Tulum, Mexico, and they ended up with a vibrant and personalized day – exactly as they had envisioned. Ariel Renae Photography was the perfect choice to take control behind the camera, as these images will attest!
From the bride, Laura: We wanted a stress-free environment to enjoy the time with each other and all of our loved ones that had traveled so far to be with us. We wanted the wedding to feel personalized and vibrant – a true celebration of where we’ve been as a couple and a reflection on the way in which we chose to live our lives. We wanted everybody to mingle and spend real time getting to know one another, which is why we loved having multiple days with everybody who came down to Tulum.
The vibrant, bright colors of Mexico and the tropical waters of Tulum were a source of inspiration. We steered clear of stereotypical “tropical beach” colors like beige and pastels and embraced the fully saturated palette of Mexico. Purple, navy, bright pink, turquoise, and orange played a big part. The color palette was really defined first in our website, which we used as a place to establish a look and feel that we carried through the whole wedding. We stayed true to this look and feel this through our DIY projects and kept everything in mind as we made decisions on the necessary rentals, etc.
Doing a destination wedding can be challenging since you can often be so disconnected from the location and many of the people that are involved in making your wedding come together. Since we weren’t able to interact with the location or people involved on a regular basis, we wanted to find a way to control what we could in order to make sure the experience still felt very personalized and hand-touched. The DIY projects became a way that we could put our stamp on a wedding where so many things were just out of our control. It allowed us to focus on the things that we really enjoyed and not stress about the less-controllable elements, while creating an experience for us and our guests that felt very true to who we are and personalized in a really special way. We found, in the end, that no one commented on the chairs, napkins, or plates (rentals that we opted not to go overboard on) but instead we found people drawn to, and remembering, the small touches that we put in made by our hand. That was, and is still, really rewarding.
As for DIY, we brought rocks from the Brooklyn Bridge Park in our home borough, hand-painted numbers on them and used them as our table numbers, we designed, printed and hand-ripped the menus, we designed notecards on the Mexican loteria bingo cards for people to leave us words of wisdom/advice during the reception. We had Ahau Tulum make cornhole sets for our wedding. Cornhole is a game that we play in Indiana and played a lot at college, so knew that our friends and family would find this the perfect beach game. We had this out at our cocktail hour and into the evening on our wedding and were also able to use the cornhole set throughout our week on the beach with all of our friends and family following the wedding day. We also had a “bell”-shaped piñata made, which referenced our wedding tag “JLWeddingBell” and also my grandmother’s collection of bells given to her by grandchildren and family/friends over the years. They couldn’t make it to the wedding, so this was our nod to them.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? It’s very helpful to work with someone (a wedding planner) that understands your vision and that you trust to accomplish what you want without you having to hand-hold each little thing. This is especially true for a destination wedding where you just can’t be there to meet with people and plan things in a way you might be able to if you were married where you live. Allowing this person to handle the things that you can’t control or don’t enjoy doing as much will allow you to focus on the elements that you can control and enjoy doing and let the rest of it go. For us, this meant thinking a lot about the little hand-touched details and the things that made our guests feel truly welcomed and excited to experience this with us but also with each other. I think it’s also important to have the wedding be a reflection of you as a couple – taking into account the things that make each person tick. I was lucky because I have a creative and artistic husband who enjoys doing projects, so we were able to do a lot of things together. It’s also important to divide and conquer for certain things – for example, I let Jason choose much of the music because he really enjoys that, while I dealt with much of the budget and logistic elements. Weddings can be expensive so think about what really matters to you and make choices that prioritize those things. Don’t get carried away worrying about every little thing because it all adds up quickly.
Processional: “Going to California,” Led Zeppelin (played on flamenco guitar)
Recessional: “Never Going Back Again,” Fleetwood Mack (played on flamenco guitar)
First Dance: “Green Eyes,” Coldplay
Father/Daughter Dance: “In My Life,” Dave Matthews cover of The Beatles
Mother/Son Dance: “Tequila Sunrise,” The Eagles into “Nothing but a G Thing,” Dr. Dre
Wedding Location: Tulum, Mexico / Photographer: Ariel Renae Photography / Florist: Laura Corrales of Premium Flores (premiumflores @ gmx.es) / Venue and Caterer: Ahau / Wedding Planner: Nisia Wasilewicz (works in-house at hotel) / Wedding Dress: Ivy & Aster “Lumiere” via Lovely Bride / Sash: Ivy & Aster “Skinnie Minnie” via Lovely Bride / Earrings: Custom Pearl Earrings (gift from groom) made by our friend and jeweler, Austin Schultz / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew “Arabelle” in Strawberry / Bridesmaids’ Gifts: Mary MacGill Jewelry / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Groom’s Tie: John Varvatos / Groomsmen Suits: J.Crew / Wedding Ceremony and Cocktail Hour: Camilo Nu / DJ: Lucas Walters / Wedding Invitations: We designed our own save the date which was distributed via mailchimp (we used this to send out an email blast with the website as well) With Jason as a designer, it was hard to cut corners on printed invitations. It was either all or nothing for him. We ended up deciding to put that piece of the budget towards photography and sent out digital invites via paperless post. A wise decision in the end. We did end up making some hand-printed thank you cards to mail out after the wedding.
Bride Tammy wanted a wedding day that was colorful, bohemian, and glamorous, with a bit of nerdy thrown in for her husband-to-be — which came in the form of 75 glow-in-the-dark lightsabers for the post-ceremony dance party. Tammy and Nadav’s wedding day came together better than we could have ever imagined, thanks in no small part to the talented team of Orange Owl Photography, Coastyle Events, and Abby Barbrick of Sugar Rose Flowers.
From the bride, Tammy: Nadav and I knew that we wanted our wedding day to be a celebration of our love for each other, our family, and the people who matter the most. We tried to keep things simple, and wanted our guests to have a really great time. Our culture and religion are also really important to us, and we wanted to incorporate Jewish and Israeli traditions into our wedding wherever it was possible. Many of our guests were not Jewish, but I didn’t want them to feel left out, so I made programs from Wedding Paper Divas that explained each tradition we incorporated into our ceremony. Nadav and I always knew that we wanted an outdoor beach-y wedding. We fell in love on the beaches of La Jolla, and when we found the Martin Johnson House at the University of California San Diego we knew that it was perfect for us. Incredible ocean views, huge trees, slightly rustic, and exactly where we fell in love. It was also an almost blank palette and I loved that we could turn it into the bohemian-colorful-glam-unique-fun wedding I had always envisioned.
Our wedding could best be described with a few contradictions: traditional, but totally nontraditional at the same time. Bohemian, yet glam. Colorful, and simple. Hip, but nerdy. I guess it was a big kerfuffle, but it was so us, and that’s what made it perfect. Nadav is a big computer nerd, and it was really important to me that he didn’t get lost in the girly wedding shuffle. A few months before our wedding we were talking, and I asked him if there was anything he wanted at our wedding. He jokingly replied, “Oh you know, light sabers”. Well, that day I went online and ordered about 75 glow in the dark light sabers. You know what? those light sabers pretty much made our dance party amazing.
The month before our wedding Nadav and a few of his friends built our chuppah. In Jewish tradition, the chuppah is symbolic of the home that the bride and groom will build as they share their lives together. How cool is it that Nadav built our chuppah? Nadav and his friends also built an oversized Jenga for our guests to enjoy during cocktail hour. We still bring out the Jenga whenever we have friends over. Instead of traditional favors I ordered tambourines and had a hamsa printed on each one. Hamsas originate in the Middle East, and are said to keep away “the evil eye”. Well, I’m not sure if they actually keep away the evil eye, but I think they’re beautiful and hang them all over our house. My friends and I spent hours attaching colorful ribbons to each tambourine. They turned out beautifully and were the perfect dance floor prop.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Remember that this is about you and your soon to be spouse so don’t sweat the small stuff. In the end, the centerpieces will be really pretty but don’t matter, your mom’s opinion on the favors doesn’t matter, and whether or not you walked down the aisle with your parents too fast really doesn’t matter either. What does matter is that you’re marrying the love of your life, and starting a family together. It’s such an amazing thing, but it’s so easy to lose sight of that. Also, don’t feel like you have to follow any traditions. Do what feels right to you as a couple. Early in our engagement Nadav and I decided that we did not want to have a wedding party and instead had our immediate family stand at the chuppah with us. It was the best decision for us, and I would highly recommend it for anyone that does not want to deal with finding bridesmaid dresses. ;) Take your time and find a photographer and a videographer that you love. Not only will you spending the entire day with these professionals, but you’re trusting them with capturing the moments of what will be one of the best days of your entire life. It’s a big deal, and I think Orange Owl Photo and Jack & Hannah Photography and Videography stepped up to the plate. If you can afford a wedding planner, GET ONE. Ashley of Coastyle Events kept me sane, was organized when I was confused, and made our day absolutely amazing. It was truly the best day of our lives and I am so thankful.
Music was really important to us. We wanted to have an awesome dance party, while playing a mix of American and Israeli music at our wedding.
Processional: “Erev Shel Shoshanim,” The Dudiam
Recessional: “Happy Together,” The Turtles
Family Entrance: “Mi’aaa’makim,” Idan Raichel Project
Newlywed Entrance: “Let’s Raise Hands,” Eyal Twito
First Dance: “All Of Me,” John Legend
Father/Daughter Dance: “Od Lo Tamu,” Rami Kleinstein
Watch the video by Jack and Hannah Film & Photography below:
Wedding Location: La Jolla, CA / Photographer: Orange Owl Photography / Event Coordination: Ashley Noack of Coastyle Events / Floral Design: Abby Barbrick of Sugar Rose Flowers / Venue: Martin Johnson House / Wedding Dress, Veil, and Necklace: Nicole Miller / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles / Clutch: Anthropologie / Hair: Franco of Koda Salon / Makeup: Gustavo of Koda Salon / Groom’s Suit: Jos. A. Bank / Desserts: Sprinkles Cupcakes and Uncle Biff’s Killer Cookies / DJ: DJ Will of Dancing DJ Productions / Lounge Rentals: Pow Wow Vintage Rentals / Vintage China: Cheri’s Vintage Rentals / Tables, Chairs, Benches, and Lighting: Allie’s Party Rentals / Photo Booth: Pixster Photo Booth / Wedding Invitations: Coastyle Events / Wedding Programs, Menus, Personalized Napkins: Wedding Paper Divas / Videographer: Jack and Hannah Film & Photography
How could we resist a wedding with so many cheery colors and details? Leah and Justin’s Seattle wedding is an absolute dream, thanks to Leah’s vision and the incredible work of Troy Grover Photographers, Chambers and Company, and Lola Floral. We absolutely love that the initial inspiration for their wedding day was the orange sapphire stone in the bride’s engagement ring, which lent the perfect cheeriness and truly set the tone for the day.
From the bride, Leah: We wanted a modern, urban wedding that was warm and welcoming and would set the scene for a kick-ass party! My engagement ring center stone is a true orange sapphire, so that was the starting point for our color palette. Because we didn’t have a traditional wedding party who needed to purchase dresses months in advance and didn’t care if our save-the-dates matched our decor (our save-the-date was a basic, non-blog worthy e-mail), we could work with our planner and florist to let the color palate unfold throughout the planning process. The warm oranges were complemented by the greenery and the blue napkins and accent table cloths were a last minute addition to further ground the hot hues.
Another element informed the whole feel of the event were the hanging kokedamas. When our florist, Emily, presented the idea, we were immediately drawn to their organic but modern look. Our florist hung them throughout to warm up the modern rooftop space. Because they are each handmade, she was able to incorporate orange flowers to draw the orange theme throughout.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Planning our wedding from across the country made it difficult to DIY, but we did ask Leah’s Seattle-based Dad and Grandma “Mutti” to contribute some personal touches. My Dad has a unique gift of making figurines with champagne cages and put his skill to use creating our pretty amazing, one-of-a-kind cake topper. Mutti (84 years old) baked over 100 of her classic chocolate chip cookies to include in the dessert buffet. Guests loved the cookies so much they were taking them into the photo booth for photo-ops and hoarding bunches to take back to their hotel rooms for a midnight snack.
Wedding Location: Seattle, WA / Photographer: Troy Grover Photographers / Event Design: Chambers and Company / Flower Design: Lola Floral / Venue: Olympic Pavillion at Hotel Ballard / Wedding Dress: Anne Barge / Hair and Makeup: Ashli of Erin Skipley / Jewelry: McTeigue & McClelland / Groom’s Tuxedo: Martin Greenfield / Wedding Cake: Flying Apron / DJ: Chris Graves / Wedding Invitations: Albertine Press
Hopefully you’re ready to kick off your week with some color, because this Aussie wedding has got plenty of it. An absolutely all-star team of vendors including Kate Robinson Photography, Georgeous, and Cecilia Fox came together to make Bec and Will’s wedding day one of the most beautiful ones we’ve seen (and as an added fun fact, the groom is actually the brother of the event designer, Georgie of Georgeous!).
From the bride, Rebecca: From the first meeting with our wedding planner (who also happens to be the groom’s sister) we knew we wanted the day to be full of fun and colour. We are a pretty laid back, somewhat crazy couple so we wanted this reflected in the day but with absolutely no idea where to start (and not an ounce of DIY between us). The Georgeous team and our unbelievable florist were able to make sense of our confused mumblings and on the day this took the form of balloons in the pool and behind the bar, bright coloured tassels hanging from everywhere, an AstroTurf aisle runner and a custom printed backdrop where the ceremony took place. This also cleverly became the backdrop for our pictures. Georgie (Georgeous) was constantly thinking about styling for the day, sourcing Kate Spade coasters in our wedding colours and custom printed napkins only weeks prior. We had a guitarist swoon the guests as they arrived and also afterwards whilst they sipped on lychee martinis and mojitos. The table used for the signing of the register belongs to the groom’s grandmother, and had also been used for our sister in law Georgie’s wedding.
One of our bridesmaids was due to give birth a few weeks before the wedding and with all the bridesmaids living in different States, I wanted it to be easy for them to find a dress they loved so we went online and they each picked their favourite. I stumbled upon the Ted Baker flower girl dresses whilst shopping one day and knew they were just what I wanted… So much so that I bought the only sizes in stock and had them remade to fit. On the day, whilst the girls primped and prepped at home and had catering delivered, the groomsmen and fathers had a chef prepare them breakfast and Will gave them custom made wooden bottle openers and striped socks for the day. The bridesmaids and I had to make a mad dash in our Plum Pretty robes on the day between venues when traffic caused some unwanted delays. After dark we had mini burgers and boxes of fish and chips arrive to keep the guests going into the final hours.
Our ceremony and personalised vowels were our favourite part of the day. Our incredible celebrant helped us create the most beautiful ceremony which our guests said set the tone for the rest of the day, along with the fact it took two of us to get the groom’s ring on (that thing is never coming off). We only snuck away for 15 minutes for photos (our brother-in-law/driver may nearly have violated some traffic laws getting us there) but it was absolutely perfect as we managed to have some time on our own for the first time as Husband and Wife.
Wedding Location: Saint Kilda, Victoria, Australia / Photographer: Kate Robinson Photography / Event Design and Styling: Georgeous / Florist: Cecilia Fox / Venue: The Prince Deck / Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell / Hair: Allison Fairhurst / Makeup: Eloise Fox / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Flower Girl Dresses: Ted Baker / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Saba / Wedding Cake: Everything Cake / Celebrant: Kate Wallis / Wedding Invitations: Aimee Paints
No matter how many times we look over this Puck’s Farm wedding, we can’t escape the feeling we’re in the ultimate barn party dream. Holly and Kristjan’s wedding took a spectacular farm setting, jazzed it up with some whimsical touches and plenty of inspiring decor, and added in a few sweet farm animals as a bonus. Thank you to Sara Wilde Photography and My Luscious Backyard for working your magic here!
From the bride, Holly: When we first started to plan our wedding, we didn’t know that we wanted to have a kooky wedding on a real, functioning farm, but we knew what we did not want. We did not want something stuffy, impersonal, or overly formal. That just wasn’t us. Once we settled on Puck’s Farm as our venue, we really took our cues from the farm, and designed our wedding around it. We made our guests’ enjoyment our top priority. Since Kristjan is a professional musician, we have many talented musician friends who took the stage throughout the night. There was a different live musical act throughout each stage of the wedding, including the pre-ceremony, ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and dance party. In some ways it felt more like a musical festival, than a wedding!
Flower recipe: Our florist, Sarah, created the bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages with flowers that are grown seasonally and locally in her own backyard. Since we didn’t have a specific colour scheme in mind (“colourful” was our only criteria), she had free reign over the design, and they turned out beautifully. She also provided a loose mix of flowers, which my sister-in-law incorporated into our centrepieces. The rest of the flowers were picked from my mom’s garden.
We tried to keep everything casual, colourful, whimsical, and fun. The suggested dress code for our wedding was “Barnyard Chic”. It was fun to see how our guests interpreted this – there were a lot of really awesome outfits! Our main themes were a mish-mash of “Camping” “Farm Animals” “Music” and “Booze”. We used farm animals as our table numbers, which were placed in whiskey bottles from Kristjan’s prized collection. Our dinner menu was good old fashioned BBQ, and we gave out s’mores kits as our favours (to be roasted at the late night bonfire). Many of our guests camped out in the field over night. Everything about this wedding was DIY, from the centrepieces, decorations, favours, and desserts, to the planning, organizing, and execution. Luckily, we had a tremendous amount of help from our family and friends. Without them, we would not have been able to pull it off.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t be afraid to go against the grain and break tradition. We only included the elements of a traditional wedding that were meaningful to us, and scrapped the rest of the formalities. This made our wedding day feel more personal. It was a true representation of what we are all about as a couple. Also, if you are having a DIY wedding, do not be afraid to ask for help! And do not underestimate the amount of time it will take to execute your ideas. You will almost certainly need someone (or an entire crew) available to help with set up on the morning of your wedding, so you and the groom can focus on getting dolled up. You’ll find most people will be happy to help in whichever way they can.
Almost all of the music at our wedding was performed live by our talented friends. In addition to their original music and some great covers, Kristjan created the musical arrangements for all of the ceremonial songs.
Processional: “Old Dirt Hill,” Dave Matthews Band – performed by string trio and acoustic guitar*
Bride’s Processional: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Harold Arlen” – performed by string trio and ukelele*
Signing of the Registry: “Same Love,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – performed by string trio*
Recessional: “Wouldn’t it Be Nice,” The Beach Boys – performed by string trio and saxophone*
First Dance: “To Build A Home,” Cinematic Orchestra – performed by string trio, piano and vocals*
*(arrangement by Groom)
From the photographer, Sara Wilde Photography: Kristjan and Holly had been exhaustedly searching for the right venue, without much luck. They knew that they wanted something casual, outdoors, and fun, and it had to fit within their limited budget. They came across Puck’s Farm and it fit EVERY aspect of what they were looking for and for the theme they wanted: Barnyard Chic. Everyone (friends and family alike) came together to make their wedding dreams a reality – late night sewing of the pendants, floral arranging, to friends putting on non-stop live music for the entire night. The guests even got to stay overnight, pitching tents in the field and having an amazing bonfire (with s’more favours!) to end the celebration. I’d like to think the best part of the whole day, was when the farm lost power, and the band that was playing for that time (Saturday Night Jive) kept playing without missing a single beat, the guests held up their glowing cell phones and partied on!
Wedding Location: Schomberg, Ontario, Canada / Photographer: Sara Wilde Photography / Florist: My Luscious Backyard and bride’s sister-in-law Kate / Venue: Puck’s Farm / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller / Wedding Shoes: Miss L-Fire / Groom’s Bow Tie and Suspenders: bespoke by Antonacci Tailors / Caterer: BBQ Gourmet / Bartenders: Shaken or Stirred Bar Services / Wedding Cupcakes: Dlish Cupcakes and Bunners / Other Desserts: Homemade by friends and family / Musicians: Pre-ceremony: Dave McArthur and Mason Stoner; Ceremony: Rob Carli, Bridget Hunt, Amy Canzoneri, Marie Gelinas, Dave McArthur; Cocktails: Bridget Hunt, Amy Canzoneri, Marie Gelinas, Donavon LeNabat; Dinner/Reception: Bridget Hunt, Amy Canzoneri, Marie Gelinas, Joel Visentin, Francois Mulder, KETCH HARBOUR WOLVES (Jonathan Tyrrell, Scott Winter, Liam Brown, Brian Urbanik), DAVE MCARTHUR (Dave McArthur, Shafton Thomas, Josh Patrick), SATURDAY NIGHT JIVE (AJ Singh, Luca Caracciolo, Dusty Emer, Paul Theriault, Donavon LeNabat, Genevieve Marchesseau, Julie Title, Carson Freeman) / DJ: Johnny Beatz / Sound Equipment: PSI Sound / Party Rentals: Pat’s Party Rentals / Wedding Invitations: The bride
Have you ever seen a backdrop more breathtaking than Zion National Park? When you’re surrounded by such gorgeous scenery, a bit of simplicity goes a long way. Mandolin and Nik didn’t let go of the opportunity to sport a bit of color, though — their Pantone ceremony backdrop also carried into the reception in brilliant ways. Thanks to AK Studio & Design for capturing this one!
From the bride, Mandolin: My husband and I love Zion National Park and wanted to share that love with our guests for our destination wedding, so we invited everyone to come stay with us for the entire week leading up to the wedding. Guests were coming from all over the world — India, Argentina, the Congo, Canada — so we wanted the wedding to be in a place that guests might not have visited otherwise. Since we were in such a gorgeous setting, I wanted the backdrop to do most of the “decorating” for us for the wedding. It was stunning to get married in such a beautiful place, and we arranged it so that guests had a 15-minute, breathtaking drive into the ceremony site inside the park to set the tune of the wedding and to instill a sense of awe at the beauty of the natural world.
We resisted having a color scheme, so we went the opposite route and embraced all colors (within reason). :) The flowers at the reception tables (ranunculus, my favorite) were multicolor in warm hues and placed in a progressive color pattern down the long, family style tables. In my work, I use the Pantone color scheme on a regular basis, so we used Pantone postcards as place settings and for the backdrop to the ceremony, which later decorated the reception site. I ordered the reception flowers from an online website and put them in mason jars myself (DIY). A friend did the hand-lettering on the place cards, and many other friends helped to make the backdrop. My father made the frame for the backdrop and was in charge of moving it from the ceremony to the reception site. My mother wrote and put on a short play, including making the costumes, for the entertainment of the guests. My sister-in-law taught everyone some Bollywood dance moves. I designed and letterpress printed the save the dates, wedding invitations, favors (a set of 10 letterpress printed coasters at each place setting), and the poem broadside we handed out at the ceremony to go along with the reading. Everyone pitched in to help, and most of the decorative elements were DIY.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? It’s only one day, and it will be wonderful no matter how the decorations look. Don’t get too caught up in the details, which no one will notice but you. Have fun, and make the day an expression of the two of you as a couple, not an expression of what the world says a wedding should be or should look like.
We had lots of soul, reggae, funk, world music — my husband loves music, and our dear friend Michael Olsen (Freedom Sounds) was our DJ. We gave him more or less complete control over the music at the reception. For the ceremony, my cousin played gypsy jazz on an acoustic guitar. There wasn’t really a particular song for the processional.
First Dance: “Blue Moon,” Elvis
Parent/Child Dance: “What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong
Wedding Location: Springdale, UT / Photographer: AK Studio & Design / Flowers: Bloomers Floral / Ceremony Venue: Zion National Park, South Campground Amphitheatre / Reception Venue: Clear Creek Ranch / Wedding Dress: Cocoon Silk / Wedding Veil and Bolero: Sarah Gahagan / Wedding Shoes: Nordstrom / Hair and Makeup: Julie Thomas (435-632-4824) / Groom’s Suit: custom made in India / Caterer: Brian Wollin of LVChefs / Wedding Cake: Sweet Cakes By Karen and Albertson’s / DJ: Michael Olsen of Freedom Sounds (503-258-7678) / Wedding Invitations: Bride
I hope you’re ready for a big burst of color, because this styled inspiration shoot has it in spades — and what better location for some spring wedding ideas than sunny Florida? Best Photography and Freshly Picked outdid themselves with this fresh and hip styled session, mixing incredible stationery with an amazing dessert table and, of course, a dose of kumquats for a bit of whimsy.
From the photographer, Josh of Best Photography: What an incredible shoot! We all had such an incredible time putting this together. Even though we had to dodge the rain in and out, we made it happen! One of our favorite details was the bouquet. Everything included in the bride’s bouquet was hand picked out of our backyards! We couldn’t imagine a better way to show off the gorgeous fruits and florals that Florida had to offer! We also couldn’t help but swoon over the hand painted invitations… So beautiful!!! Of course our bride Emelly looked absolutely phenomenal, and top everything off we had to include a cute vintage bike!!! All in all, it was a great day, mixed with a great team to create a perfect styled shoot!
Shoot Location: Maitland, FL / Photographer: Best Photography / Floral Design: Freshly Picked / Venue: Maitland Art Center / Wedding Dress: Solutions Bridal Designer House / Makeup: Radiant Makeup Artistry / Wedding Cake: The Sugar Suite / Rentals: WISH Vintage Rentals and Dishie Rentals / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Shannon Kirsten Illustration / Videographer: Imprint Cinema
I hope you’re settled in and comfortable, because this next wedding is quite a doozy — as evidenced by the brides describing their inspiration as “vintage rustic, barn bohemian, random eclectic, Grandma’s legacy, inner child eccentric.” To bring this amazing mix of worlds together, the brides (who run their own creative business) brought together some of New South Wales’ most talented folk, including The Ideas Library, Ra Ra Kitty, and photographer Lara Hotz. Let’s hear it from the brides:
From the brides, Nicole and Natalie: The style was “Nic-Nat Barn Eccentric.” We imagined a ‘non-eventish’ authentic style where rules don’t get in the way of abandon. We wanted the opposite of a soulless paint-by-numbers affair (chair bows, unexplained acts of frou-frou and weird science-gone-wrong lighting). We were dreaming of flaws – real and fuss-free. The barn itself was the hero, everything was conceived around her gorgeous bones. We envisioned something personal, celebrating love through humour and genuineness. We wanted a comfortable feel – not cut off from nature. We kept the barn doors open after the ceremony and had an open-sided marquee during dinner from where we watched the sunset over the river and could hear the goats and horses contributing their congratulations. The Garden Party between the ceremony and dinner was also outside with games (Giant Jenga, Giant Domino’s, Giant Pick-up Sticks, Croquet, Bochee), sangria and Pimms. The colour palette was based on our invitation design which we like to call “Colourdoscope.” We both enjoy the randomness of an open palette. The majority of colours inside the barn were neutral so as not to compete with the rustic canvas. Some adjectives that best describe the look of our wedding: Vintage Rustic, Barn Bohemian, Random Eclectic, Grandma’s legacy, Inner child eccentric.
We run a creative services business – ‘Pony and Bear’ – so for the wedding, we utilised our collective craftiness to create: Invitations (design and print); Menus (design and print); Personalised Name tags (design and print); Fans – hand-twined and painted handles with “We’re Your Biggest Fans” tags (design and print); Tambourines with “Shake What Your Mumma Gave You” tags (design and print), Family Lapel Brooches with Billy-Button and feathers; Wooden Rickshaw Sign reading “Mrs and Mrs” with oversized magazine heart-punches and cans; Brown paper confetti cones with magazine heart-punches filled with pom-poms and feathers; Handmade wooden fencepost signs for “The Lady Toot,” “Unisex Toot,” “Sangria,” “Pimm’s,” “Photobooth,” “Garden Games – Woot!”; Tea Ceremony with vintage milking stool, orange teapot/owl cosy, Nat’s Grandma’s teacup all on a doily base; Paper Doll-chain aisle runner; Rickshaw and driver’s hat; Handmade entrance photo garland with twine and wooden pegs; Glass jars with blackboard labels; Garden Games – Giant Jenga, Giant Dominos, Giant Pick-up Sticks, Croquet, Bocce.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? We had a lot going on in our lives in the year leading up to the wedding. Sometimes we managed to maintain our grace; sometimes we didn’t. Even though eggplant vs mushroom seems like a defining decision at the time – your loved ones will more likely remember the tragic interpretive dance you shared at 11.35pm over the mushroom deficit. What’s important is your relationship and your finesse under pressure. Don’t take yourselves too seriously. At the end of the day, all of the phone calls, late night crafting, list making, hauling and paper cuts were worth it because it’s all part of the bigger experience together. A couple that crafts together, lasts together! Every couple is different and I think our advice would be – don’t compare yourself or your wedding to other people’s because they’re not you. When all is said and done, it was sharing our love authentically that was the greatest gift to both ourselves and the people in our life. On the day, make it a priority to tell everyone how grateful you are to have them in your life, start a conga line, take a moment with your partner to make a mental bookmark, ditch the platitudes and speak from the heart, don’t not do anything, even if it terrifies you (public speaking!) and finally – eat something!
Prelude: “Happy,” Pharrell Williams
Processional: “Rise,” Eddie Vedder
Natalie’s Song to Nicole: “Something in the Way She Moves,” James Taylor
The flashmob? Nat sings in a choir called ‘Soulfood.’ There was about 35 choir members sitting among the guests and at the end of the ceremony, our celebrant Monty (also a choir member) started beat boxing and slowly, each person stood up and started singing Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody.”
First Dance: “At Last,” Etta James
Our soundscape was Funk/Soul/Jazz Vinyl. We both love artists like Stevie Wonder, Angie Stone, Erikah Badou and Ella Fitzgerald… the list is eternal. This music is evocative, sexy, grounded, raw, cell-tickling and was very much part of our expression and story. One of our favourite moments was sitting down at a table opposite our parents, seeing the afternoon sun strike through the moody clouds making everything greener and biting into a fresh woodfired pizza while Laura Mvula’s version of “Little Girl Blue” was playing.
Wedding Location: Richmond, NSW, Australia / Photographer: Lara Hotz / Creative Direction: Pony and Bear / Event Planning: The Ideas Library / Event Styling: Ra Ra Kitty and Pony and Bear / Venue: Sunnybrook Barn, Sydney Polo Club / Natalie’s Wedding Gown: Lover / Nicole’s Wedding Gown: Shona / Natalie’s Wedding Shoes: Sachi / Nicole’s Wedding Shoes: Shoes of Prey / Hair and Makeup: Petr Vackar / Wedding Caterer and Drinks: Dan The Man / Wedding Cake: Sharon Holley / Musicians: Elisha Keen, John Gnanasekaran, Antony Mutch, Danny May / DJ: Taline Kalaidjian / Flashmob: Soulfood / Celebrant: Sumant Monty Badami / Invitations and Stationery: Pony and Bear / Videographer: Light Noise Films
As we all pretty much know by now, anything Bows + Arrows touches turns instantly to gold – or in this case, technicolor citrus tones that are only amplified by the beautiful photography of Ben Q. Photography. There are many parts of this shoot we love (and want to recreate for our next parties), but how particularly amazing is that streamer backdrop from The Color Condition?
Shoot Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: Ben Q. Photography / Floral Design: Bows + Arrows / Wedding Dress: La Marque Dallas / Hair and Makeup: Beauty and the Blush / Wedding Cake: Layered Bake Shop / Backdrop: The Color Condition / Rentals: Perch Decor / Stationery: Sweet Magnolia Paper
If you’ve been waiting to find a wedding that effortlessly blends bohemian, rustic, DIY, and eclectic style, then wait no further. Joleen Willis delivered this California wedding with a bride who knocked every bit of her wedding day out of the park while wearing an incredible lace Free People gown.
From the bride, Lindsay: We wanted our wedding to feel quirky, comfortable, and colorful. It was a destination wedding, so we wanted to create a special place for us all to escape and celebrate! Our wedding style inspiration evolved through our invitation. I drew and designed our invitations and realized we could not settle on a few colors, we knew we needed a kaleidoscope of hues to really celebrate who we are. So we decided to have the bridal party, florals, and linens neutral so that we could use colors freely throughout our spaces.
We collected bottles, yarn, vintage glass, rocks, and anything else that made us smile! We glittered bottles, feathers, and hand painted all of our signs. We hand made the floral arrangements, bouquets, and boutonnières out of dried flowers, pods, and feathers wrapped in vintage fabric and yarn. I hand painted the large gold photo- drop, and created the escort metal flowers out of recycled materials. Ultimately, we ended up with a very eclectic bohemian vibe — which was so us, and so fun.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Have fun planning your wedding! There is no such thing as traditional anymore! The only thing that really matters is that the bride and the groom agree on decisions! Also, vendors are extremely important. All of our vendors felt like family and they made our day seem flawless. I actually interviewed photographers with a series of questions: Like whats your favorite band/music, what are your hobbies, background etc. I ended up picking Joleen Willis photography because she sent me the the most passionate email, filled with answers that looked like I had written them. We hired her immediately and it was one of our best decisions!
Processional: “Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles
Recessional: “Fat Bottomed Girls,” Queen
First Dance: “Leather and Lace,” Don Henley and Stevie Nicks
Reception Entrance: “Thunderstruck,” AC/DC
Wedding Location: Sonora, CA / Photographer: Joleen Willis / Flowers: Bride / Wedding Venue: Union Hill Inn / Wedding Dress: Free People / Floral Crown: Bride / Jewelry: Anthropologie / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Free people, H&M, Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters / Groom’s Pants and Vest: Brooks Brothers / Groom’s Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Wedding Caterer: Lunch Lady Catering / Dessert Bar: A friend of the mother of the bride / Snow Cones: Torani / Cocktails: Austin Cocktails / Acoustic Musician: Jason Powers / DJ: DJ Just of Designer DJs / Videographer: Kurtela Video Productions / Wedding Invitations: Bride and family
There are a few things in this world I happen to love very much: whimsy, weddings that feel like parties, and lots of color. And this wedding from Jackie Wonders – I think you know where I’m going with this – has it all. Megan and Joey’s wedding at San Diego’s The New Children’s Museum is everything I could hope to see, and I’m supremely excited to share their wedding day with you all!
From the bride, Megan: Family, friends, fun. We knew that no matter what we decided to include in our wedding, it had to represent the love we have for our family, celebrate our amazing friends, and be a time for our party-goers to let loose and have fun! Also, we wanted to make sure that our wedding reflected the strong ties we have to our cultural traditions. Our color scheme was black and white, with a few pops of color. Our DIYs included Passion Fruit butter favors made by my mother, and I made the table runners.
Joseph is Mexican-Scottish, and I am Filipino-Irish, born and raised in Hawaii. It was with this in mind that we settled on the theme “culture-chic”, highlighting both of our cultural backgrounds in a classy yet playful way. Having a mariachi band and Day of the Dead cake toppers, as well as homemade passion fruit butter were just a few of the ways we tried to accomplish that. Overall, it was a magical day, one that we replay over and over in our heads. We will never forget the love we felt for each other and from all of the people that came and celebrated with us.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy this time! Don’t lose yourself in the details, and allow planning to consume you. Go on dates with each other and carve time out to talk about non-wedding related things. Remember that as long as the people you love are there, it will be an amazing day.
Bridal Party Processional: “How Beautiful”
Bride’s Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: “Ode to Joy”
First Dance: “Til Kingdom Come,” Coldplay
Father/Daughter Dance: “Happy Ever After In your Eyes,” Ben Harper
Mother/Son Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles
Wedding Location: San Diego, CA / Photographer: Jackie Wonders / Florist: Root 75 / Ceremony Venue: Founders Chapel, University of San Diego / Reception Venue: The New Children’s Museum / Wedding Dress: Tara Keely via Kleinfields / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Sung / Caterer: Continental Catering / Wedding Cake: Heaven Sent / Ceremony Musician: Casey McKinley (friend of the couple) / Reception Music: Mariachi and DJ Andrew / Wedding Invitations: Minted
The second I saw this bride’s wedding dress, my jaw hit the floor. A gigantic round of applause to a bride willing to wear such a fun print on her wedding day! Its pattern continued through their equally amazing wedding cake — don’t miss any of the day captured by W Scott Chester.
From the bride, Christine: Our wedding was held outdoors at my parent’s house in NJ. My mom is an avid gardener so her beautiful landscaping really set the tone for a lush garden theme w/ lots of natural wood elements. We injected our own personalities and style by contrasting the natural elements with modern and playful accents – rustic farm tables met neon orange stationary and exotic flowers, quirky gold animal figurines paired with gold traditional dining chairs, etc. The florist did an amazing job of juxtaposing really soft and feminine flowers with amazing and weird plants that looked straight out of Avatar.
We continued to play up contrast through a color scheme of soft pinks, peaches, grey and gold with pops of neon orange and bright coral. Neon orange isn’t a color often stocked by wedding vendors – so we ended up making a lot of the neon/bright accents ourselves. Post-its come in an array of super bright colors, so one of the first things I made was the post-it piñata that has been circulating the blogs lately. This was so fun and easy to make and the kids absolutely loved it!
The florist (Rebecca Shepherd) had this amazing piece of drift wood that we designed the escort table around. The table itself is made from an old glass pane door and plant stands that we found lying around the garage. We die cut little flags for the escort cards and stuck them in a field of moss that Rebecca built up on the table. For the guest book we used a slab of ginkgo wood that Matthew harvested with his dad from a tree that was struck by lighting in Providence, RI. Matthew also proposed to me while we were collecting ginkgo seeds from a tree at Frank Lloyd Wright’s home + studio outside of Chicago. During the ceremony we planted one of the seeds that we collected that day. This is especially significant to us because his father was a huge ginkgo enthusiast and sadly passed away a few years ago. It is also considered a symbol of peace, longevity and resilience.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? If you don’t have a wedding planner – definitely invest in a day-of coordinator [or week of coordinator if there is such a thing]. Also, take the time to choose vendors that compliment your style and personality because at some point you will have to step back and let them take the driver’s seat.
Prelude: Ave Maria
Bride’s Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: “Blackbird,” The Beatles
First Dance: Otis Redding “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” Otis Redding
Father/Daughter Dance: “Someone to Watch Over Me”
Wedding Location: New Jersey / Photographer: W Scott Chester / Flowers: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design / Wedding Venue: Private residence / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier, 2013 resort collection / Wedding Shoes: J. Crew / Hair and Makeup: DePascal Beauty / Groom’s Suit: Lanvin / Groom’s Tie: Gucci / Groom’s Shoes: Westin / Caterer: Emily’s Cafe / Wedding Cake: Lulu Cake Boutique / Cocktail Hour and Reception Music: Big Bang Big Band / Tent: Sperry Tents NJ / Wedding Invitations: Bella Figura / Transportation: Arrow Limousine
“Love” isn’t nearly enough to capture how I feel about this wedding from Kate Romenesko. It was planned entirely by the bride and her mother, and by the looks of it, you’d think they’ve had a lifetime of wedding planning experience. Every bit of this Day of the Dead-inspired affair is perfection, right down to the floral design from Pistil and Vine.
From the bride, Marisa: Our theme for our wedding evolved over the planning process, one of the guiding images that shaped our style was a vintage postcard of a lovely lady picking oranges, this image’s mix of classic beauty and bright citrus tones captured my vision for the wedding. We started the design process by finding the perfect venue, Honky Tonk BBQ. The venue’s urban, rural, industrial mix perfectly fit our personalities and the staff there were so open to all of our ideas. It was like hosting an amazing party in a friend’s backyard. We were able to bring in all of our DIY projects and friends and family to help decorate and create the space.
The theme for our wedding was loosely based on some of our vintage Mexican art objects that we have gathered over the years. I knew from the beginning that I wanted the wedding to be bright, we chose warm citrus tones as our color scheme. Each bridesmaid chose their own dress in the citrus color scheme. Our venue was Honky Tonk BBQ’s Secret Garden, which is a beautiful old church convent that has been transformed into an urban oasis tucked into an old Chicago neighborhood. One of the many focal points for the wedding space was the wall of papel picados, or Mexican paper flags. We commissioned an amazing Etsy artist to create a string of customized papel picados. We had a crafting gathering with friends to cut the rest of the papel picados, this was a great way to connect with old friends, and give them a chance to create an original flag that would be a part of the wedding. Just about all of the decor was DIY, which proved to be a great way to slow down and connect with family and friends in the crazy weeks and months before the wedding. For each project we invited over different people to help us cut, glue, and assemble the little objects that all came together on the day of the wedding. It was fun to have these personal touches surrounding us on the day of the wedding.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My advise for couples planning their wedding now is to make the arrangements for all the out of town guest early on, so the weeks and months before the big day are not filled with lodging logistics. That way you can spend more time before the wedding thinking about the fun design stuff, and making last minute DIY projects. Also, I recommend spending the time in the begging to find a venue that fits your wedding style, we found the perfect venue for our style, so we didn’t have to spend any time thinking about trying to turn a space into something that it was not. Our space was rustic and filled with beautiful old vintage furniture, so we did not have to think about ways to bring in vintage pieces on our own.
Processional: “You Make Me Smile,” Aloe Blacc
First Dance: “Tupelo Honey,” Van Morrison
One of the best decisions we made for our wedding was hiring a live band to play. The band was The Weepin’ Willows, an amazing local Patsy Cline cover band. The band played a lovely mix of Patsy Cline standards and included a few choice songs that we requested (crowd favorites were “Jackson”, by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash and the Eagles’ “One of these Nights”).
From the photographer, Kate: This is by far the most colorful wedding I’ve ever shot and is full of creative, cultural decor that highlights the couple’s and their neighborhood’s Hispanic heritage. The wedding took place in the eclectic Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago in what they call “The Secret Garden,” a large open garden space enclosed by a vintage brick wall covered in vines with a small historic church which now serves as the indoor event space. It’s an absolutely fabulous event space and the couple decorated the space with some of the most creative, colorful, and unique items.
Wedding Location: Chicago, IL / Photographer: Kate Romenesko / Wedding Planner: Bride + mother / Florist: Pistil and Vine / Venue and Caterer: Honky Tonk BBQ’s Secret Garden / Wedding Dress: Vintage via Wedding Belles in Barrington, IL / Veil: family heirloom / Wedding Shoes: Modcloth / Wedding Dessert table: each pie, cake, cupcake was brought by family and friends – we prepared little flags for each dessert ahead of time for the bakers to label their dessert with / Band: The Weepin’ Willows / Papel Picado: Ay Mujer / Wedding Invitations: bride / Invitations Inserts: Minted
Ready for an injection of color? Viviana and Michael wanted to show their guests coming all the way from Australia what a traditional Mexican fiesta would look like, complete with papel picado, a mariachi band, and ballet folklorico dancers. Ninfa’s Flowers set the floral tone for the day, and Adrienne Gunde did her usual spectacular job behind the camera!
From the bride, Viviana: As my new family (husband’s family) were from Australia, we had quite a few Australians flying to Los Angeles for our wedding so we decided to make it a Mexican fiesta-themed wedding to incorporate Mexican traditions into a modern wedding which most Aussies would not have normally experienced. A mariachi and margaritas were must-haves for us, as was Mexican food and we wanted it to be very colourful! We are both very laid back people so above all we wanted our day to be relaxed and fun for everyone, but we also wanted to keep the decor/ambience classy and I think it turned out just like that.
We sourced all of our Mexican fiesta-themed items ourselves from Downtown LA (e.g. the clay vases, clay cups, Mexican treats, papel picado) and my Dad had also had a recent trip to Mexico to visit my grandma, so he brought back the colourful maracas, colourful table runners, and ribbons from that trip. We weren’t sure how it was all going to come together until the day. My dad had the vision for where to hang the papel picado and I’d just hoped it wouldn’t look like a circus… which luckily in the end didn’t! We had so many compliments from the Mexican staff at the venue saying they’d never seen a wedding so beautiful! Loved the compliments.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I would say book all the big things (e.g. venue, ceremony, music..) that you care most about as early as you can, and then don’t stress too much about the other/minor things. Think about the things that matter the most to you, which in our case was… good food, good music, and a good celebrant… and spend time/money on those things that you want, but then try not to get caught up/stressed in the other details that are secondary to the things you care about. It’s easy to get caught up in the hoopla of wedding details but if it wasn’t important to you when you first started planning, don’t sweat it so much when the time comes.
Processional: “Stairway to Heaven,” Led Zeppelin (played by mariachi band)
First Dance: “Thank You,” Led Zeppelin
Wedding Location: Altadena, CA / Photographer: Adrienne Gunde / Flowers: Ninfa’s Flowers / Venue: Altadena Country Club / Wedding Dress: Bought in Bangkok, Thailand / Hair: Kelly Zhang / Makeup: Lori Leib of Bodyography / Wedding Cake: Merengue Bakery / Officiant: Great Officiants
If I had to plan the perfect elopement, it would look pretty much exactly like Katlan and Taha’s. Helping each other get ready, picking up the marriage license, exchanging vows outdoors, and grabbing a drink together… perfection head to toe. Luckily, Angie and Matt of Sloan Photographers were there to capture everything for posterity!
From the bride, Katlan: We are both very low-key and wanted our day to just be the two of us. We were combining our wedding and honeymoon together and decided to elope (even though everyone knew about it!). My parents have been married for 38 years and they went to California and “eloped” as well, so they fully supported our idea! Plus we both have big families and knew how stressful big weddings could be, and we really just wanted to enjoy the day. We chose Santa Barbara because the courthouse is so beautiful and we felt that would make our ceremony even more special. I used Taha’s tie as an inspiration for my flowers and accessories – I loved the bright colors. Some adjectives I would use would be fun, colorful, vintage-inspired, happy.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I know eloping isn’t everyone’s thing, but we had the best time. It was so nice being able to spend time together and relax and not be stressed out about so many details. I would definitely recommend it to anyone!
Wedding Location: Santa Barbara, CA / Photographer: Sloan Photographers / Wedding Venue: Santa Barbara Courthouse / Hotel: The Canary Hotel / Bouquet: ThreeLittleBirds1222, etsy / Wedding Dress and Veil: BHLDN / Bride’s Shoes: DSW / Gloves and Purse: Vintage / Groom’s Suit: H&M / Groom’s Bow Tie: Gustys
Newly engaged and looking for some amazing wedding inspiration? You’ve found a good place to start, because The NotWedding is back with a team of totally talented professionals bringing you endless creative ideas showcased in yet another fabulous faux wedding – this time in San Diego. Get comfy, your eyes are going to be glued to your flower-filled, colorful screen for a while!
Starting with the cute cupcake bridal portraits by Brianna Venzke Photography:
All of the fun before and during the ceremony captured by Lauren Alisse Photography:
Shoot location: San Diego, CA / Photography: Brianna Venzke Photography, Lauren Alisse Photography, Natalie Bray Photography / Overall event credit: The NotWedding / Venue: The New Children’s Museum / Coordination: Couture Events / Videography: Cloudless / Catering: Authentic Flavors, Culinary Concepts, Behind the Scenes / Floral & Event Design: Plenty of Petals (high tops and tables 1, 6, 8 and 10), Lazulie + Blithe (peacock tables and ceremony stage), Sweet Marie Designs (bouquets, boutonnieres, head table and tables 2 and 7) / Cupcakes: Heavenly Cupcake, Cups / Wedding Dress: M Bride / Vintage Rentals: Teal Green Design / Stationery: The Paper Suite (invites and menus), Wide Eyes Design (invites and programs) / Makeup: Makeup by Shelby Wilson / Hair: Unveiled Bridal Beauty / Photobooths: Shutter Booth, Mobile Photo Booth / DJ & Production: SOS Entertainment / Bridesmaid Dresses: Vee / Vintage Napkins: Dot & Army / Repurposed Keepsakes: Old New Borrowed Redo / Drinks: Ferrari, Bon Affair
Bright bow ties, colorful flowers and blue skies make this Sunshine Coast wedding a pretty awesome one. Sweet handmade details were scattered throughout and photographer Karen Buckle was sure to capture them all. It isn’t hard to see the fun and beauty that was shared that day. And how about that amazing view? I think I could stare at it all day!
Location: Maleny, Queensland, Australia / Photographer: Karen Buckle / Ceremony & Reception: Weddings at Tiffany’s / Hair: Hair by Nicola / Flowers: Wedding Flowers in Maleny / Accomodation: Blue Bell Cottage / Invitations & Order of Service: Berry & Peg
We love seeing the special days of actual wedding photographers — these are couples who have seen it all, and know exactly what works and what won’t. Luiz and Lo are two such wedding photographers who threw an amazing day to remember, thanks to the images of Jess Barfield. Take note of the incredible altar backdrop, put together by the bride herself!
From the bride, Lo: I didn’t really have a style in mind when laying out what the wedding would look like. I knew that I wanted it to reflect who Luiz & I were as much as possible. I wanted it to be a collection of all of our favorite things. My friend & bridesmaid Tricia said that the wedding reflected one of my personal outfits; that at the beginning she didn’t know what it was going to look like all put together but at the end it turned out perfect.
The theme was to have no theme. I am not a very matchy-matchy person, so I knew it would just be a cluster of wonderful things & color. The colors that I drift to often are fall colors or shades of blue. So, I decided to combine all of the ones that I love & each girl in my bridal party wore different colors.
I also love to craft. Only sometimes & then I want it to finish itself. But, I knew I wanted my hands in a lot of the details of the wedding. My husband & I are wedding photographers and so we’ve seen a lot of weddings. So, that means I knew what I wanted & didn’t want. I crafted the fabric & paper altarpiece, spray painted antlers & pumpkins gold for the center pieces, painted the table numbers on gold pumpkins, made a wrapped string piece of our initials, hand wrote our chalkboard signs, painted the cacti pots, put together the bouquets, designed the invitation set & programs (Luiz is a graphic designer), made the mix-CD that was the favor, assembled the chicken wire/gold doily seating chart & other small details here & there.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t forget to incorporate your man. This is just as much his day as it is yours. You might think that he doesn’t care, but I bet there are some things that he would love to share his thoughts on besides just the cake flavor.
Processional: “Old Pine,” Ben Howards
Recessional: “Sweet Disposition,” The Temper Trap
First Dance: “Something Beautiful,” NEEDTOBREATHE
We had a lot of Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers, 90’s R&B, Chris Brown & Beyonce at our wedding.
Wedding Location: Fort Worth, TX / Wedding Photographer: Jess Barfield / Wedding Venue: Weston Gardens / Wedding Flowers: 5th Avenue Greenhouse and Botanica Wholesale Florist / Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander via Bliss Bridal Salon / Wedding Shoes: Steve Madden / Bride’s Earrings: Anthropologie / DJ: Mathias Carthen of Randal Stout Entertainment / Wedding Caterer: Tonja of A Beautiful Beginning / Wedding Cakes: Stir Crazy Baked Goods / Wedding Invitations: Groom / Videographer: Samuel D. Ramsey
Pure art — that’s exactly what these images from One Love photo are. Newlyweds John and Desiree wanted a wedding full of color, lush gardens, and affection for their friends and family, and it seems pretty safe to say they achieved this tenfold. How absolutely incredible is Desiree’s floral crown from Ravenna Blooms?
From the bride, Desiree: John has always loved being in nature and beautiful gardens, so I knew we needed to have a lush scenery. I wanted lots of color to highlight the beauty of our lives together and the warmth we feel from our friends and family. I wanted everything to feel full of life. I also love the look of something weathered and worn juxtaposed with natural beauty.
I loved searching thrift stores, antique stores and eBay for handkerchiefs and tablecloths. It was so satisfying to look at different materials and not having any of them “match” yet seeing how they all tied in together. It was so great to make each “birdhouse” and selecting what bird would go in each jar. Also, putting together the idea, finding and painting the frames that hung as our backdrop- it turned out even more beautiful then I ever imagined.
The most memorable moment for me was walking down the isle with my son. He was so proud to have such an important role and as we walked I could feel his excitement- and then looking up and seeing John and my daughter and my family all waiting for me, made me feel so full of love I could barely contain myself. I will never forget looking at them and feeling so much pure happiness.
My advice for others is to find someone you completely trust to help you that day. Once you can let go of the reins and pass on duties to someone else it frees you up to enjoy your day. The day of your wedding you should wake up and just feel relaxed in knowing everything will work out- and that it will just be what it is- there is no “perfect” wedding, and if you let go of thinking that it needs perfection and that you need to cater to everyone else you will be happy and in the moment… and don’t forget to have some healthy snacks!
Wedding Location: Seattle, WA / Wedding Photographer: one love photo / Venue: Robinswood House / Wedding Flowers: Ravenna Blooms / Wedding Dress: Milly from Nordstrom Wedding Suite / Bride’s Shoes: Joan and David / Hair and Makeup: Off White / Hair Accessory: Bride’s mother / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nordstrom / Groom’s Apparel: Tux Shop / Wedding Caterer: 12 Baskets Catering / Cake and Desserts: The Sweet Side Cake and Pies Alamode / Music: Sonny Byers and Jazz Trio (friend of Bride) / Wedding Favors: JonBoy Caramels