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Blush Pink Pennsylvania Farm Wedding

Rustic Weddings

This bride’s own words say it all: “We were intentional about having a meaningful, intimate ceremony surrounded by our closest friends and family followed by a super fun party.” Sarah and Ryan’s Pennsylvania wedding was utter perfection, with a focus on the guests and the couple’s love for each other. Big props to Brianna Wilbur Photography, Elizabeth Kate Events, and Petals with Style and all other vendors involved for a gorgeous day.

blush pink Pennsylvania farm wedding - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

From the bride, Sarah: Since our wedding was held outside in beautiful Lancaster, Pennsylvania, we wanted our wedding’s style to be organic and natural. We were intentional about having a meaningful, intimate ceremony surrounded by our closest friends and family followed by a super fun party. We truly believe we got the best of both worlds!

wedding dress - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

lace wedding gown - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

wedding invitation - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

craspedia boutonniere - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

first look - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

oversized bridal bouquet - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Lots of ranunculus, succulents, billy balls, garden roses, and more of which I don’t know the name.

bridesmaids bouquets - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

bridesmaid bouquet - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

Some adjectives that would describe the look of our wedding would be organic, ethereal, romantic, and fun. We didn’t have a concrete color scheme. I was all about natural, neutral colors with pops of color. The bouquets were filled with lots of greenery and bright flowers. The bridesmaids wore mismatched blush dresses and gold-toned jewelry and the groomsmen wore navy blue suits with gray striped ties. In terms of DIY, I designed the wedding programs, ring box, table assignment board, name cards, table “numbers” (which were actually places my husband and I had been to together and an accompanying photo of us in that location), and the chalkboard signs.

wedding ceremony decor - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

ceremony setup - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

ceremony recessional - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

oversized bouquet - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

wedding portrait - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

wedding party - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Make sure you fully trust in the vendors you select. I was entirely confident in every vendor we chose and it allowed me to relax and know that everything was covered. I just had to focus on getting married! Also, do as many of the DIY elements long before the wedding. I procrastinated and was super busy designing and crafting the week before the wedding.

seating chart - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

farm reception - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

greenery runner - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

wedding reception - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

barn wedding reception - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

wedding cake - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Brianna Wilbur Photography http://ruffledblog.com/blush-pink-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Lullaby + Exile,” M. Ward; “Ends of the Earth,” Lord Huron
Recessional: “Moth’s Wings,” Passion Pit
First Dance: “This Magic Moment,” The Drifters

From the photographer, Brianna Wilbur: I was shooting the reception, walking by a table of college boys when I heard one mumble, “Man, this wedding makes me want to settle down and have a wife,” in a rather serious tone. You know the wedding and couple is amazing when you hear that from a party driven college boy. I knew the bride before her wedding day but not close enough to call her a best friend of course. Now, I see a lot of brides slip on their white dresses. I usually get super excited, genuinely super happy. However, she was different. She literally took my breath away in that gown and I was truly teary behind my camera. I could see the excitement all over her face slipping into that perfect-fit lace dress & watched the realization wash over her that this is her day. She didn’t forget a single detail: the lush florals, various mismatched blush bridesmaid dresses that went together just so perfectly, her dainty green flower crown, the vintage decor, and more! His reaction when he saw her was so genuine and heartfelt (as you will see). These two have this palpable, deep love for one another with a very silly, lighthearted flare. Their vows were carefully crafted, every word picked with a purpose & meaning. The entire wedding felt like one big group of super fans that were 120% Sarah & Ryan. It was an honor to witness this marriage. It rained most of the day, it didn’t matter. This Lancaster, Pennsylvania farm wedding was a dream. The florals were fluffy, lush, and summery. The bridesmaids mismatched blush dresses complimented the rustic, elegant farm feel of Eagles Ridge. The bride is a wedding photographer herself and made every last detail beautiful. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Brianna Wilbur Photography

Wedding Planning

Elizabeth Kate Events

Florist

Petals with Style

Venue

Farm at Eagles Ridge

Wedding Dress

Stella York

Bridal Store

Taylored For You

Hair and Makeup

A Little Off the Top

Catering

Tasteful Occasions

Wedding Cake

The Flour Child

DJ

Penguin Productions

Rentals

Treasured Rentals

Wedding Invitations

Elli

Videography

Solo Koo

Wedding in the Prosecco Hills

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Nastja Kovacec

I’ve fallen completely in love with this wedding, dear readers, and it’s not just because it’s a destination wedding in one of my favorite spots in Europe. This beautiful wedding from Nastja Kovacec, My Italian Wedding Planner, and Il Profumo dei Fiori keeps the entire day simple but sweet, with a clear focus on love and laughter while also incorporating some seriously enviable decor ideas. We love the color palette of the flowers, especially — pinks, red, and yellows will always brighten up our day!

wedding in the Prosecco Hills - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

From the event planner, Stefania of My Italian Wedding Planner: Suzanne and Florian got married last July in Italy. They wanted a relaxed wedding in a authentic Italian location (they are both German) where they could have a relaxed party with good food and a unique atmosphere. The bride had Brazilian origins so we got inspired by bright colours to design the mood of their big day. Yellows, peach and red were the ones we went for which were reflected in the choice of flowers, satin ribbons and coloured candles.

craspedia boutonnieres - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

wedding bouquet - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

signs - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

garden rose and peony bouquet - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

wedding rings - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

wedding ceremony setup - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

ceremony decor - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

ceremony chairs - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

flower girl processional - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

wedding ceremony - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

wedding ceremony - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

ceremony kiss - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

wedding portrait - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

The symbolic ceremony took place under the secular oak tree which we decorated with fresh moss, peonies and craspedia. We also went for a little touch of gold to give a glam look at the long imperial table which was set up along the property vineyard. This was arranged in a stunning setting with a breathtaking view from the top of the hill overlooking the little villages laid in the Prosecco valley.

tablescape - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

family style reception tables - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

reception ideas - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

modern place setting - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

tablescape - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

wedding reception - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

tablescape - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

wedding lighting - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

wedding flowers - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

unique wedding cake - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

Ruffled - photo by Nastja Kovacec http://ruffledblog.com/wedding-in-the-prosecco-hills

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Romantic Wedding in the Berkshires

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

The Melideos

Today’s couple, Angela and Ryan, actually eloped late last year — but they still didn’t want to miss out on a good time with friends and family. The Melideos and Flower Blossom Farm were at the top of their list to help them celebrate in style, with a night that included everything from a cocktail hour to late-night pizza.

romantic wedding in the Berkshires - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires

From the bride, Angela: My husband and I actually eloped last September. We wanted a small and intimate ceremony but also wanted to be able to celebrate with family and friends at a future date. We didn’t have a ‘theme’ per se but we knew we wanted a casual vibe with no pressure for us or our guests. The Berkshires was a perfect location since we have roots spread between MA, MD and NY. We chose the Seven Hills Inn because it was the perfect mix of casual and elegant and it could accommodate almost all of our guests, most of whom came up for the whole weekend. Since there was no ceremony, the party kicked off with cocktail hour on the patio, followed by dinner, drinks, dancing, a slow-motion photo booth and late-night pizza.

wedding invitations - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires

wedding dress - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires

romantic wedding in the Berkshires - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires

wedding rings - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires

bright spring bouquet - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires
Bouquet recipe: Our florist used a beautiful mix of french tulips, garden roses (o’harea), hydrangeas, rice flowers, dusty miller, gerbera daisies, plumosa, peonies, delphinium, craspedia, veronica, stock. Just to name a few…

romantic wedding in the Berkshires - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires

dog flower crown - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires

romantic wedding in the Berkshires - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires

bouquet with green and orange - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires

flower girls - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires

bridal portrait - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires

We had yard games set up for Friday evening/ Saturday during the day. Custom corn hole boards, bocce, ladder golf, hanging lanterns, etc. One of my dear (and very crafty!) friends helped make a sign which read “This Is Everything” which was hung over a hammock and used for pictures.

wedding portraits - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires

wedding sign - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires

romantic wedding in the Berkshires - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires

wedding place setting - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires

embroidery hoop table number - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Try not to get lost in the details… Easier said than done but try to remember that the day is about celebrating LOVE and two people starting a life together, not the centerpieces and seating cards. Also, the day will go by faster than you could ever imagine – make sure you enjoy every single moment to the fullest!!!

romantic wedding in the Berkshires - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires

eclectic centerpieces - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires

reception centerpieces - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires

cakes with greenery decor - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires

macaron desserts - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires

romantic wedding in the Berkshires - photo by The Melideos http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-in-the-berkshires

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
First Dance: “Ends of the Earth,” Lord Huron
Mother/Son Dance: “Take the Long Way Home,” Supertramp
Father/Daughter Dance: “Wildflowers,” Tom Petty

Take a peek at the slow motion photo booth from Slow Motion Booth:

Wedding Vendors

Photography

The Melideos

Florist

Flower Blossom Farm

Venue

Seven Hills Inn

Wedding Dress

Tadashi Shoji

Wedding Shoes

Stuart Weitzman

Hair and Makeup

Brides to Be

Catering and Wedding Cake

Castle Street Cafe

DJ

Ron Ferrell

Wedding Invitations

Minted

Photo Booth

Slow Motion Booth

Transportation

Transport the People, Inc.

San Luis Obispo Eclectic DIY Wedding

DIY Weddings

Photos by:

Alexandra Wallace

There’s something about using cobalt blue in wedding decor that makes us unbelievably cheery — it’s a bold choice that always seems to come across beautifully in images. Alexandra Wallace photographed the wedding of Rachel and Zach, a couple who wanted their day to be “artsy and a wee bit nerdy.” The two even did a choreographed dance at the end of the reception!

San Luis Obispo eclectic DIY wedding - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

From the bride, Rachel: From the very beginning I knew I wanted vintage, artsy, and a wee bit nerdy. My husband happily agreed. I think our photographer Alexandra Wallace described it best with eclectic — I’d also use colorful, bright, and unique.

blue wedding shoes - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

bridal shoes - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

protea bouquet - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

San Luis Obispo eclectic DIY wedding - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

protea bouquet - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding
Bouquet recipe: King protea, Icelandic poppies, thistles, eucalyptus, queen Anne’s lace, craspedia, sweet pea, lisianthus, tiny white daisies, mixed greenery, a feather snuck in there…

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

bridesmaid shoes - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

My dress was designed by me, inspired by a designer dress I saw on Pinterest. It was constructed by a family friend, Ruth Franklin, myself, and my mom, Victoria Humbles. My garters were made by my friend and bridesmaid, Bridget Huffer. My bridesmaids’ hairpieces were made by me, as were the groomsmen’s boutonnieres; table numbers were constructed by me, and my husband Zach came up with the phrases based on our relationship corresponding with each number. We both spray-painted little dinosaur figures silver. These sat upon vintage books that were all from my personal collection. I also hand-wrote and painted place cards for every guest. Zach and I painted and constructed the octahedron strands that hung from the gazebo. Zach constructed the giant paper flowers. I painted a “me and you” sign that was at the guest book table, the guest book being a print found on Etsy, adhered to a wooden frame, found at Michael’s Craft Store. There were also little chalkboards that I hand-wrote notes on to correspond with the types of beer we served, among others.

San Luis Obispo eclectic DIY wedding - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

ceremony backdrop - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

bridesmaid arm bands - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

ceremony recessional - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

San Luis Obispo eclectic DIY wedding - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

vintage inspired table number - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

wedding decor - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

San Luis Obispo eclectic DIY wedding - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy EVERY minute. Make it fun, make it about YOU TWO! I read about a wedding where the bride said, don’t worry if something isn’t exactly right. That was huge for me! We did so much ourselves I wanted everything to be spit spot, but it wasn’t perfect. And honestly I think it turned out even better. Also, elope. ;)

San Luis Obispo eclectic DIY wedding - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

table number ideas - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

San Luis Obispo eclectic DIY wedding - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

wedding desserts - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

confetti sprinkle cake - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

San Luis Obispo eclectic DIY wedding - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

San Luis Obispo eclectic DIY wedding - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Bride’s Processional: “Child,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Recessional: “Throne Room/End Title” from Star Wars
Reception Entrance: “Imperial March” from Star Wars
First Dance: “Out of My League,” Fitz and the Tantrums
Father/Daughter Dance: “Look What You Done for Me,” Al Green
Mother/Son Dance: “My Wish,” Rascal Flatts
Everything was played at the reception, from Flogging Molly to Frank Sinatra, from Freddie King to the Rolling Stones, not to mention Chuck Berry, James Brown, and The Gap Band.

From the photographer, Alexandra Wallace: Rachel and Zach are no cookie-cutter couple, and their wedding was no Pinterest copy-and-paste affair! The day started with Rachel putting on her completely custom-made dress; a project taken on by a family friend, her mother, and herself. As the final touches approached, Rachel’s mother presented her with a locket – inside, a note, and a piece of her own wedding dress from over thirty years ago. The wedding celebration took place at the historic Jack House in downtown San Luis Obispo. Rachel donned a flower crown hand-crafted by her cousin, and guests were led to the gazebo to watch Rachel and Zach exchange vows [in front of a custom hanging backdrop!], and then walk down the aisle as husband and wife to the end title theme from Star Wars. Reception decor was in grey, cobalt blue, with hints of mustard yellow. Decorations were a mix of vintage, geometric shapes, and a bit of woodland inspiration. As Rachel said, “The fact that we don’t have one theme per se is very much us. There’s a bit of classic charm and a bit of geek chic – I must admit Doctor Who was an inspiration for the colors!” Dinner was cooked by family, and the evening was spent with dancing – including a wonderfully non-traditional, choreographed first dance by the newlyweds! [Did I mention Rachel works in theater??] As a parting gift, guests were each given a small succulent plant, representing life and longevity in harsh conditions.

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Alexandra Wallace

Venue

Jack House and Gardens

Wedding Dress

Custom made

Wedding Shoes

Chelsea Crew via ModCloth

Earrings

Urban Outfitters, Aerie

Wedding Invitations

Vista Print

DJ

AMS Entertainment

Oklahoma Garden Party Wedding

Garden Weddings

Garden party weddings are right up our alley, and all the better when they take place in the own bride’s family’s backyard. Kori and Jaron not only exchanged vows on family land, but they also had Kori’s sister, the gifted Danielle of Danielle Elizabeth Inc., behind the camera and handling the reins of wedding design and floral arrangements. Talk about talent!

Oklahoma garden party wedding - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

From the photographer and event planner, Danielle of Danielle Elizabeth Inc.: As a wedding planner, I have had the pleasure of working with many brides who are all very special and unique in their own way, however there was something EXTRA exciting when my sister got engaged and gave me full creative reign over wedding planning, event, and floral design. It was a short engagement of only 4 months, which meant a full-time labor of love planning this backyard wedding at our parent’s country estate.

garden spring bouquet - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Hydrangea, garden roses, spray roses, ranunculus, craspedia, hanging amaranthus, seeded eucalyptus.

bride and groom - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

bridal headband - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

Oklahoma garden party wedding - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

Held in our parent’s front yard, the ceremony was a beautiful celebration of love between my sister and her husband. We had the ceremony arbor constructed specifically for this wedding. Built out of rough cedar logs we topped it off with an oil-rubbed bronze chandelier which now hangs in the home of the bride and groom. The chairs were arranged in a semi-circle pattern to allow for maximum viewing of the ceremony from all angles. The ceremony chairs were adorned with ivory satin sashes and burlap bows. The burlap bows were a fun DIY project created by me and my sister for the wedding chairs. The bride walked out the front door of her parent’s country home and down the aisle where she met her husband-to-be.

backyard wedding ceremony setup - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

seating chart - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

escort cards - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

The reception began with the guests filing back toward the back yard where they found their escort cards (designed by Teresa Lang Design) attached to jute twine strung inside an old fireplace mantle, which I repainted and distressed for the wedding. That was a fun DIY project as well. The escort cards were a fun interactive way to get the guests excited about finding their seats. They were scratch off cards with their table number hiding beneath the scratch off sticker. From there the guests were led to their seats where they found their place card attached (via clothespin) to a small potted succulent. The place cards (also designed by Teresa Lang) were all a unique design to each guest, with care instructions for the succulents on the back of the place cards. The place settings were made up of eclectic vintage china which was collected by the mother of the groom over the course of the engagement.

Oklahoma garden party wedding - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

chalkboard wedding signs - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

wedding favors - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

Oklahoma garden party wedding - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

succulent favor place setting - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

paper goods - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

Oklahoma garden party wedding - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

The cake table was built around the center tree in the backyard which also anchored the string lights which hung above the tables at the reception in a wagon wheel pattern. We also hung mini chandeliers and lanterns in the cake table tree. The cakes were baked by Rosebeary’s Designs in Baking, and were decorated with succulents by a friend of the bride. The wooden hand carved sweetheart table was decorated with wooden letters spelling the last name of the bride and groom, as well as a flower arrangement in an antique silver pitcher. The bistro tables near the bar were decorated with various antique silver pieces collected by the mother of the groom. Overall, it was an insanely beautiful night. The weather was absolute perfection. Even the taper candles on the tables stayed lit all night long. All the guests danced well into the night and enjoyed the warmth of the fire pit along with the warmth of the love between my sister and her husband.

Oklahoma garden party wedding - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

wild floral centerpiece - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

Oklahoma garden party wedding - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

wedding cake with succulents - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

Oklahoma garden party wedding - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

Oklahoma garden party wedding - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

hanging wedding reception decor - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

first dance - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

Oklahoma garden party wedding - photo by Danielle Elizabeth Inc http://ruffledblog.com/oklahoma-garden-party-wedding

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Watch the sweet video by Velos Films:

Wedding Vendors

Photography, Event Planning, and Floral Design

Danielle Elizabeth Inc.

Venue

Private residence

Bridal Store

Bella Rose Bridal

Catering

Groom's father

Wedding Cake

Rosebeary's Designs

Wedding Invitations and Stationery

Teresa Lang Design

Videography

Velos Films

Retro 1960s Wedding in St. Augustine

Vintage Weddings

If I had to pick my favorite period for style in American culture, it would undoubtedly be the late 1950s/early 1960s. There’s something so appealing about the bright pop of mod colors, the shortened hemlines, and the the bold design elements — all of which you’ll find in today’s wedding from Christina Karst Photography.

retro 1960s wedding in St Augustine - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

From the bride, Katie: I’ve always loved the bright colors and graphic style of the early 60s. I kept looking around for color inspiration and found most weddings stuck to 2 colors. I couldn’t pick so I went with 4. Teal, Red-Orange, Mustard Yellow, and Chartreuse, but I didn’t want restrict myself so you’ll see others in there as well. I went a little DIY crazy. The succulent holders on the tables are candle sticks from Ikea. We taped the mid section and spray painted them yellow to make them look like they were dipped in paint. The record racks were worn and rusted. We cleaned them up and spray painted them gold (I swear a can of gold spray paint is the best thing a wedding planner can have). We bought clay pots and spray painted them teal for the succulents. All of the signage holders were spray painted gold. The table runners were made by me — I’m not a sewer so I just cut them to size and used iron on hemming tape. They ended up costing me $10 a pop instead of renting the venue’s cloths for $20+ per. The garland above the cake table was mine as well.

retro 1960s wedding in St Augustine - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1956s-wedding-in-st-augustine

mod bride - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

billy ball boutonnieres - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

billy ball bouquet - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

blue bridesmaids dresses - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

orange and yellow bouquet - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine
Flower recipe: We told our florist to use whatever was available and interesting in yellow and red-orange, but the main ones were: Billy balls, blood orange ranunculus, green mini hydrangeas, white daisies, and succulents.

wedding ceremony - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

ceremony recessional - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

retro 1950s wedding in St Augustine - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

retro 1950s wedding in St Augustine - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

midcentury inspired wedding - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

I just crept around Lowes for more paint swatches then anyone would need, cut them into different size squares and rectangles and used Super 77 to glue them to fishing wire. The place cards: I found vintage 45 records and recreated them in Illustrator with a special song for each table and everyone’s names. Vintage 45s are super cheap on ebay and I bought CD labels from Uline. We stuck them on and cut out the center with exacto knives. All of the signage and menus were designed by me. I used Hipster Script and found inspiration in mid-century kitchen wares. The photo booth images were vintage wedding paper dolls. We found images of the retro postcards and I redesigned the back with our branding. Also worth mentioning, I didn’t rent anything because I found I could find it for a comparable price on ebay and Etsy. Vintage swizzle sticks, cake trays, milk glass vases, champagne glasses, suitcases, bowls, mid century plates were slowly collected.

1960s inspired wedding - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

vinyl album centerpiece - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

retro 1950s wedding in St Augustine - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

red wedding ideas - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

retro inspired reception - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t forget to think about the logistics. We made this obsessive timeline (at the advice of our amazing friend and wedding coordinator, Sarah) that outlined every minute detail and it was so helpful in the midst of the craziness that weekend. Do all the planning you possibly can so that a few days before, you can relax and let it all in. Also. Get a band. Like now.

retro chair signs - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

succulent topped cake - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

cake table with garland - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

retro inspired wedding - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

wedding cake with flowers - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

dessert table - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

retro 1960s wedding in St Augustine - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

retro 1960s wedding in St Augustine - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
We had to go pretty traditional with our ceremony music since it was Catholic, but since “Turn, Turn, Turn” by the Byrds is a bible verse, the priest gave us the okay to use it as the recessional.
First Dance: “This Will Be Our Year,” The Zombies

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Christina Karst Photography

Florist

Publix

Day-Of Coordination

Sarah Collins

Ceremony Venue

Mission Nombre de Dios

Reception Venue

The White Room

Wedding Dress

Fancy Bridal

Wedding Veil

Andrea's Beau

Wedding Shoes

Bamboo via ModCloth

Pin

Vintage from eBay

Bangle

J.Crew

Earrings

Kate Spade

Ring

Custom Made with a vintage stone by Grace Weller

Makeup and Nails

Amanda Hopcraft Makeup Artist

Hair

Gwynne Mims Salon

Bridesmaid Dresses

Alfred Sung via Bella Bridesmaids

Bridesmaid Shoes

ModCloth

Groom's Suit

J.Crew

Groom's Shirt

Banana Republic

Tie, Pocket Square, and Tie Bar

The Tie Bar

Wedding Rings

Catbird

Catering

White Room

Wedding Cake

Sweet n' Flour

Music

Cloud 9

Wedding Invitation Printing

Smartpress

Adelaide Hills Wedding with Natural Materials

Elegant Weddings

Every time I look at this wedding from White Wall Photography, it just feels like a breath of fresh air. Katrina and Jason, both designers, wanted their day to be full of organic, natural materials, and to be as locally sourced as possible. Pair this with an autumnal palette of rich colors, and you’ll see why we keep coming back for more!

Adelaide Hills wedding with natural materials - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

From the bride, Katrina: Ours was an Australian winery wedding set in the humble Adelaide Hills. We wanted the wedding to feel local and relaxed, where we tried to meet a compromise between tradition and modern design elements. We used autumnal tones in our flowers, paper goods and small details of burnt orange, deep reds, bright yellows and olives. We incorporated natural textured fabrics and materials including kraft, calico, flax, linens, uncoated paper stock and deep timbers.

bride and bridesmaids - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

wild organic bouquet - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

wedding kiss - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

Adelaide Hills wedding with natural materials - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials
Wedding bouquet: Our flowers were a beautiful mess of dahlias, billy buttons, seasonal fruits and berries, eucalyptus… We were blown away by how perfectly our florist (Poppies Flowers) was able to take our shambles of a brief and turn it into magic.

Adelaide Hills wedding with natural materials - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

ceremony seating - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

Adelaide Hills wedding with natural materials - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

wedding ceremony - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

wedding ceremony - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

Jayse is a Designer and designed our paper goods that were letter-pressed by Mama’s Sauce. A very lovely (and very patient) friend of ours with great handwriting penned or place cards and seating chart. We sourced most of our decorations/props from flea markets, garage sales, the internet and my personal favourite, etsy. I made the roof himmelis and countless candles. Jayse’s dad is a super talented craftsman and knocked us together a myriad of pieces including our signing table, cake table and benches, planter boxes and the impressive arbor, which was then decorated by my mum and sister. He even painstakingly wallpapered our photo-booth! My mum baked our moreish Greek treats, which were no more by midnight. We are so chuffed to have such a supportive bunch of friends and family who could see through the madness and made it to the night before the big day to hang lights, arrange napkins and generally have fun with it!

Adelaide Hills wedding with natural materials - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

organic wedding reception - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

Adelaide Hills wedding with natural materials - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

unique wedding guestbook - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

Adelaide Hills wedding with natural materials - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t get caught up thinking about what a wedding should be. If the direction and choices you have made feel right, then it is. Slow down and remember that the wedding ends at midnight but the marriage lasts a lifetime.

wedding reception table - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

dahlia and rose centerpiece - photo by Whitewall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

family wedding portraits - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

Adelaide Hills wedding with natural materials - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

wedding photobooth - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

wedding cake with eucalyptus - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

Adelaide Hills wedding with natural materials - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

Adelaide Hills wedding with natural materials - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

Adelaide Hills wedding with natural materials - photo by White Wall Photography http://ruffledblog.com/adelaide-hills-wedding-with-natural-materials

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Love is All,” The Tallest Man on Earth
Recessional: “Wind and Walls,” The Tallest Man on Earth
First Dance: “Little Shadows,” Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Wedding Vendors

Photography

White Wall Photography

Florist

Poppies Flowers

Venue

Longview Vineyard

Wedding Dress

Betrothed

Wedding Shoes

Ancient Greek Sandals

Headpiece

Jannie Baltzer

Maid of Honor Dress

Nelli Uzun

Groom's Attire

Jack London

Pocket Squares

Fog Linen Work

Rings

Arbor

Wedding Cake

Rebecca's Cakes

Chair Rentals

Sash Events

Woodwork

Groom's father, friends, and family

Wedding Invitations

Jason Marc Wood (groom)

Fun and Colorful Wedding in Savannah

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

The Schultzes

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!

whimsical and colorful wedding in Savannah - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

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.

whimsical and colorful wedding in Savannah - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

birdcage veils - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

wedding paper goods - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

wedding shoes - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

colorful bright bouquet - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah
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.

bridesmaid bouquets - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

bright bridesmaid dresses - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

whimsical and colorful wedding in Savannah - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

whimsical and colorful wedding in Savannah - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

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.

colorful ribbon chair backs - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

wedding ceremony - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

wedding ceremony - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

confetti recessionals - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

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.

grooms bow tie - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

whimsical and colorful wedding in Savannah - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

whimsical and colorful wedding in Savannah - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

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.

peach wedding decor - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

whimsical reception decor - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

paper flower ceiling - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

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!

whimsical and colorful wedding in Savannah - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

orange wedding accents - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

banner flag table number - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

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.

confetti themed weddings - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

whimsical and colorful wedding in Savannah - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

embroidery hoop backdrops - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

whimsical and colorful wedding in Savannah - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
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 Vendors

Photography

The Schultzes

Event Planning

East Taylor Creative

Floral Design

Willow Event Design

Ceremony Venue

Chatham Square

Reception Venue

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

Wedding Dress

Maggie Sottero

Bridal Shop

Bijou Bridal

Wedding Veil

Bride's mother's veil altered by Jaclyn Jordan NYC

Wedding Shoes, Purse, Reception Necklace

Kate Spade

Hair

Hannah Minkowitz of Towne Salon

Makeup

Emily from Dollface by Jules

Bridesmaid Dresses

Dessy Group, Eliza J from Nordstrom, Kanali K

Confetti Girl Dresses

Vesper Clothing

Groom's Suit

J.Crew

Groom's Bow Tie

Down South Tie Co.

Groomsmen Attire

Macy's, J. Parker Ltd., The Tie Bar

Caterer

Zunzi's

Ice Cream Cart

Leopold's

Donuts

Baker's Pride

Cupcakes

Back in the Day Bakery, Mabel's Cupcake Emporium

DJ

James from All About You Entertainment

Rentals

Amazing Event Rentals

Guestbook

CLB Creative

Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods

East Taylor Creative

Transportation

Old Town Trolley

Videography

Two Cents Photo + Film

Pacific Northwest Wedding with Country Touches

Vintage Weddings

As far as beautiful handmade touches are concerned, this wedding from Nakalan McKay Photography and Botanica Floral Design has got it going on. From the antique doors at the beginning of the ceremony aisle to the hanging window backdrop at the altar, every bit was made with love and shines with a sweet simplicity that’s always elegant.

Pacific Northwest wedding with country touches - photo by Nakalan McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pacific-northwest-wedding-with-country-touches

From the bride, Becca: I wanted our wedding day to be focused on the life commitment we were making. I wanted the day to be personal, to show all of our guests how much we love each other and how we take our commitment seriously. The overall feel of the day I wanted to be whimsical and beautiful; a place guests felt welcomed and comfortable to have a great time.

Pacific Northwest wedding with country touches - photo by Nakalan McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pacific-northwest-wedding-with-country-touches

wedding dress and bouquet - photo by Nakalan McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pacific-northwest-wedding-with-country-touches

summer wedding bouquet - photo by Nakalan McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pacific-northwest-wedding-with-country-touches

wedding accessories - photo by Nakalan McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pacific-northwest-wedding-with-country-touches

brides with retro headbands - photo by Nakalan McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pacific-northwest-wedding-with-country-touches

bouquets and boutonniere - photo by Nakalan McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pacific-northwest-wedding-with-country-touches

Pacific Northwest wedding with country touches - photo by Nakalan McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pacific-northwest-wedding-with-country-touches

I absolutely loved everything about our day. From decorations to the flowers to our vows, it was perfect. My favorite pieces of our wedding were the altar and entrance doors built by my talented brother-in-law. The altar was exactly what I envisioned and it added the perfect backdrop for the most important day of our lives. Mason and I had a blast and we have so much fun reliving that very special day.

ceremony backdrops - photo by Nakalan McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pacific-northwest-wedding-with-country-touches

ceremony decor - photo by Nakalan McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pacific-northwest-wedding-with-country-touches

ceremony processionals - photo by Nakalan McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pacific-northwest-wedding-with-country-touches

wedding ceremony - photo by Nakalan McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pacific-northwest-wedding-with-country-touches

ceremony recessionals - photo by Nakalan McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pacific-northwest-wedding-with-country-touches

centerpiece with eucalyptus - photo by Nakalan McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pacific-northwest-wedding-with-country-touches

wedding tablescapes - photo by Nakalan McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pacific-northwest-wedding-with-country-touches

simple rustic place setting - photo by Nakalan McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pacific-northwest-wedding-with-country-touches

From the photographer, Nakalan McKay: This wedding was a big deal to me as Becca’s family are very close friends of mine. Knowing Mason and Becca and how badly they wanted to be married, made witnessing their beautiful vows all the more precious and sweet.

Pacific Northwest wedding with country touches - photo by Nakalan McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pacific-northwest-wedding-with-country-touches

bridal looks - photo by Nakalan McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pacific-northwest-wedding-with-country-touches

vintage letters as table numbers - photo by Nakalan McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pacific-northwest-wedding-with-country-touches

rustic wedding receptions - photo by Nakalan McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pacific-northwest-wedding-with-country-touches

Pacific Northwest wedding with country touches - photo by Nakalan McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pacific-northwest-wedding-with-country-touches

Pacific Northwest wedding with country touches - photo by Nakalan McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pacific-northwest-wedding-with-country-touches


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Location: Wilsonville, OR / Photographer: Nakalan McKay Photography / Floral Design: Botanica Floral Design / Day-Of Coordination: Claire Voisine / Venue: River Haven / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller via The English Department / Headpiece: Liv Hart / Wedding Shoes: Steve Madden / Jewelry: Nordstroms / Caterer: Dalton’s Northwest Catering / Wedding Cake: St. Honoré Boulangerie / Wooden Details and Props: Three Arrow Design & Build / Music: John Ross Productions / Photo Booth Equipment: Brian Zaro / Second Shooter: Joanna Traeger Photography / Videographer: Watertown Films

Winona Lake Elopement

Elopements

Photos by:

Colagrossi Studio

As we slowly shift gears to cozying up for Fall, this elopement from our very own Amy’s sister is the perfect way to kickstart our Fall weddings. When you come across an elopement this sweet, it can be pretty tempting to throw away all of your seating plans and spend your wedding day with just your honey like Chloe and Evan chose to do with their adorable baby. One of the few witnesses of their nuptials was Colagrossi Studio, who was there to record all of the day’s sweetness for posterity.

Winona Lake elopement - photo by Colagrossi Studios http://ruffledblog.com/winona-lake-elopement

From the bride, Chloe: I was interested in a vintage styled wedding with a rustic feel. It was important for me to keep things simple and elegant, yet fun. Some adjectives that describe the look of my wedding would be rustic, vintage, woodsy, bohemian, and elegant. There wasn’t necessarily a color scheme, but I did incorporate soft, blush pinks into both my flowers and high-heels. Most of the wedding was DIY, from my floral headband to the ceremonial arch decor. We made a bohemian-styled tent from multicolored blankets that draped over tree branches, along with several decorative paper projects.

pink wedding shoes - photo by Colagrossi Studios http://ruffledblog.com/winona-lake-elopement

bride getting ready - photo by Colagrossi Studios http://ruffledblog.com/winona-lake-elopement

groom looks - photo by Colagrossi Studios http://ruffledblog.com/winona-lake-elopement

balloon first looks - photo by Colagrossi Studios http://ruffledblog.com/winona-lake-elopement

first looks - photo by Colagrossi Studios http://ruffledblog.com/winona-lake-elopement

fall wedding bouquet - photo by Colagrossi Studios http://ruffledblog.com/winona-lake-elopement
Flower recipe: Spray roses, echinacea pods, billy balls, lisianthus, seeded eucalyptus, overtime babies breath, waxflower.

Winona Lake elopement - photo by Colagrossi Studios http://ruffledblog.com/winona-lake-elopement

elopement processional - photo by Colagrossi Studios http://ruffledblog.com/winona-lake-elopement

wedding ceremony - photo by Colagrossi Studios http://ruffledblog.com/winona-lake-elopement

wedding ceremony recessional - photo by Colagrossi Studios http://ruffledblog.com/winona-lake-elopement

Winona Lake elopement - photo by Colagrossi Studios http://ruffledblog.com/winona-lake-elopement

bridal cover ups - photo by Colagrossi Studios http://ruffledblog.com/winona-lake-elopement

Winona Lake elopement - photo by Colagrossi Studios http://ruffledblog.com/winona-lake-elopement

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? There are so many decisions to be made when planning your wedding, so remember to take a deep breath and slow down when you need to. The ultimate goal of your wedding should be to enjoy yourselves, each other’s company, and to celebrate the love that the two of you share.

Winona Lake elopement - photo by Colagrossi Studios http://ruffledblog.com/winona-lake-elopement

picnic wedding ideas - photo by Colagrossi Studios http://ruffledblog.com/winona-lake-elopement

Winona Lake elopement - photo by Colagrossi Studios http://ruffledblog.com/winona-lake-elopement

elopement inspiration - photo by Colagrossi Studios http://ruffledblog.com/winona-lake-elopement

Winona Lake elopement - photo by Colagrossi Studios http://ruffledblog.com/winona-lake-elopement

picnic wedding ideas - photo by Colagrossi Studios http://ruffledblog.com/winona-lake-elopement

newlyweds with cupcakes - photo by Colagrossi Studios http://ruffledblog.com/winona-lake-elopement

Winona Lake elopement - photo by Colagrossi Studios http://ruffledblog.com/winona-lake-elopement


View all images from this elopement in the gallery

Wedding Music:
“I Will Follow You into the Dark,” Bright Eyes
“First Day of My Life,” Bright Eye s(this was the song that we walked out into the field while played by Corey Drake on the guitar)
“Such Great Heights,” Postal Service
“You and I,” Wilco

Colagrossi Studios also made a video – take a quick minute or two to watch it:

Wedding Location: Winona Lake, IN / Photographer and Videographer: Colagrossi Studio / Florist: Stephanie Morris of Creative Floral Designs / Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini via David’s Bridal / Desserts: Betty’s Cake Shop / Musician: Corey Drake, guitar

Brookside Equestrian Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

bridesmaid bouquet - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

paper wedding programs - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

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

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

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

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

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

place setting ideas - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

backyard wedding ideas - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

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

backyard wedding receptions - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

rustic centerpieces - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

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

backyard wedding ideas - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

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

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

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

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

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


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

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

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

Modern Turbine Hall Wedding

Modern Weddings

Photos by:

Kikitography

Throughout the years, one of the color palettes we’ll continue to love is grey and yellow. Somehow this mix always seems to conjure up a modern aesthetic, and that’s certainly the case for Mariè-Louise and Brad’s wedding photographed by the lovely Kikitography. Khali Collins of The Wedding Specialist was on hand to bring the couple’s vision to life, including every type of yellow bloom for a fresh tablescape setting!

Modern Turbine Hall wedding - photo by Kikitography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-turbine-hall-wedding

From the bride, Mariè-Louise: When we began planning the many aspects of our special day, we looked to the internet for inspiration. We came across a lot of Vintage themed ideas, but didn’t fall in love with it. We decided to swap the trending country/vintage wedding for a JHB city center wedding with a lot of contrast Bright yellow tulips and soft candle light against the harsh but striking concrete and steel building where we had both the ceremony and reception. We wanted modern and fresh but more importantly, different! Daring, but it paid off in every way!

Modern Turbine Hall wedding - photo by Kikitography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-turbine-hall-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Kikitography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-turbine-hall-wedding

Bouquet recipe: Mix of yellow and white Tulips, Craspedia, Roses, Arum Lilies – you name it, we had it!

wedding ceremony decor - photo by Kikitography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-turbine-hall-wedding

ceremony decor setup - photo by Kikitography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-turbine-hall-wedding

modern wedding ceremony - photo by Kikitography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-turbine-hall-wedding

We did a JHB skyline theme throughout our stationery and decided to use famous JHB street names for table names in stead of numbers. Our color scheme was yellow and grey, ranging from charcoal to dove greys. Contrast was important to us and we wanted the day to truly reflect us – a city couple.

Modern Turbine Hall wedding - photo by Kikitography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-turbine-hall-wedding

grey yellow receptions - photo by Kikitography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-turbine-hall-wedding

wedding ceremony decor - photo by Kikitography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-turbine-hall-wedding

Modern Turbine Hall wedding - photo by Kikitography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-turbine-hall-wedding

grey yellow weddings - photo by Kikitography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-turbine-hall-wedding

Modern Turbine Hall wedding - photo by Kikitography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-turbine-hall-wedding

yellow grey receptions - photo by Kikitography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-turbine-hall-wedding

Modern Turbine Hall wedding - photo by Kikitography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-turbine-hall-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? There’s so much advise to give! Chief of which for us was to stay true to what we wanted. It is very easy to end up with someone else’s dream day, simply because suppliers don’t always listen to what the couple wants. There are so many ideas out there, going into a meeting with a planner not knowing what you want can sometimes lead to a couple walking out feeling completely overwhelmed and confused by it all. Make a list of things you are unwilling to compromise on, and another list that indicates what you are willing to be guided on in terms of different options available. It’s never an exact science, but it will help both parties if you have guidelines and pictures to work with. If you don’t like something, be honest. Don’t go along with it just because you feel you’ll be wasting someone’s time. You pay for it – you have to be happy with it! At the same time, accept that everything won’t be 100% on the day. Truth be told, it’s not about the ring, the dress, the flowers. It’s about your commitment to each other. No one will know if the cake should have been slightly to the left on the table, so don’t sweat the small stuff. Pick bridesmaids that you know won’t let you down. It’s important for you to feel you can leave things in their hands without having to check on them constantly. Sure, it’s nice to have all your friends up there with you, but my advice is to ditch the friends that you know have an unreliable streak. Leading up to the day you want to be able to delegate tasks that you just won’t have time for. Yes, you love your drama queen friend, but it’s your day – you don’t want to share the attention with anyone! This tactic saves money as well – less bridesmaids dresses to budget for!

modern place setting - photo by Kikitography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-turbine-hall-wedding

newlyweds dancing - photo by Kikitography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-turbine-hall-wedding

simple wedding cakes - photo by Kikitography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-turbine-hall-wedding

Modern Turbine Hall wedding - photo by Kikitography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-turbine-hall-wedding

ballroom wedding reception - photo by Kikitography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-turbine-hall-wedding

newlyweds dancing - photo by Kikitography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-turbine-hall-wedding

newlyweds dancing - photo by Kikitography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-turbine-hall-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Prelude: Café del Mar
Processional: “Promise,” Ben Howard
Recessional: “Strawberry Swing,” Coldplay
During Cocktails: We had the band “Flint, Meet Spark” play for our guests while we were taking photos. Choice of songs that were personal to us like “Quando quando quando”, “My girl”, “Secrets”, “I am Yours”, “Fly love”
reception Entrance: “You and Me Song,” The Wannadies
First Dance: “I’m Ready,” Bryan Adams
Father/Daughter Dance: “In the Summertime,” Mungo Jerry

Wedding Location: Johannesburg, South Africa / Photographer: Kikitography / Flowers and Decor: Khali Collins of The Wedding Specialist / Venue and Caterer: Turbine Hall / Wedding Dress: Still White / Alterations and Veil: GF Bridal Couture / Wedding Shoes: Forever New / Hair and Makeup: Erin Smylie Walsh / Hair Color: HAIR at Stacy & Co / Bridesmaids and MOB Dresses: Kluk CGDT / Men’s Suits: Edgars / Wedding Cake: Friend / DJ: Mark Walsh of DJ Pulse / Minister: Nigel Levings / Stationery: Tertia Nourse of Rockberry Stationery

Handcrafted Singapore Wedding

DIY Weddings

Photos by:

Jonathan Ong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

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

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

Los Angeles Rooftop Wedding

Modern Weddings

Here we are with another case of “where do we even begin?” Today’s wedding from Jenna Bechtholt Photography is just that good, with overflowing succulents and craspedia, and a bride who chose a crop top and long skirt over the traditional wedding dress. This is a good one, you guys, so pull up a chair!

Los Angeles rooftop wedding - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

From the bride, Robbielhyn: We wanted something different and fun, modern but simple. We went for taupe/neutrals with hints of yellow and blue. Mostly everything was DIY. The grooms uncle and cousins made the planter boxes for the centerpieces. My uncle actually grew all the succulents for me 6 months in advance. We put together our own centerpieces and I made all the bouquets just watching YouTube and adding fresh roses made carnations with dried billy buttons I bought from etsy. My uncle was the one that put the decorated our wedding arch with succulents and ribbon so it wouldn’t look so plain. I also made all the boutonnières, so we spent very little on florals. The cake/dessert was all baked by family as well.

yellow grey invitations - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

blue wedding suits - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

succulent bouquet - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Succulents, roses, white carnations, and dried billy buttons.

groomsmen socks - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

nude bridesmaids dresses - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

bridal hair ideas - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

My bridesmaids hand wrote all wedding signs, menu, his and her drinks, welcome signs on chalkboard frames that we got from a cousins previous wedding. We hand tied our candy apple favors in the bags bc it was cheaper to buy it in bulk unwrapped. I also did little things like buying cheaper wedding flutes and cake cutting sets and just dressing it up with twine so that it matched more with our look. I hand stamped our “RM” wax seals on our wedding invitations because my husband really liked how it looked when I showed him from Pinterest. It was a lot of work but we’ll worth it!!!

la weddings - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

rooftop wedding ceremony - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

wedding ceremony recessionals - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

wedding portraits - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

rock guest book - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

succulent centerpieces - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

wedding reception - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

modern wedding receptions - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

modern reception ideas - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

succulent centerpieces - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Shop around early, but not until you really know what you want. We went through so many decorations that we didn’t even use because it ended up not fitting in our motif. The details do really matter because they put everything together. Don’t stress, and do everything so that you won’t need to stress the day before and of the wedding. I totally messed up so I had a bunch of things to still finish the night before the wedding; transporting all the things to the hotel, making the rest of the bouquets and getting together all the bridesmaids gifts!!! I’m a really hands on person, but I needed to just delegate some things to others because it really stressed me out taking everything. Family and friends are always willing to help if you let them know!!! So say something :)

wedding signs - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

dessert tables - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

Los Angeles rooftop wedding - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

dessert tables - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

succulent topped wedding cake - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

Los Angeles rooftop wedding - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

Los Angeles rooftop wedding - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

cake cutting - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding

rooftop dances - photo by Jenna Bechtholt http://ruffledblog.com/los-angeles-rooftop-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “All of Me,” John Legend & Lindsey Stirling
Bride’s Processional: “To Build a Home,” Cinematic Orchesta
Recessional: “Happy,” Pharrell Williams
First Dance: “Grow Old With You,” Orto Pilot

Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Photographer: Jenna Bechtholt Photography / Wedding Coordination: Wedding & Events by elizaMade / Flowers: Bride and bride’s uncle / Venue: LoftSEVEN Penthouse / Crop Top: girlwithseriousdream / Skirt: custom made in the Philippines / Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Hairpiece: Amuse Accessories / Necklace: Made and bought in Cambodia as a gift / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Daintyard / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen’s Attire: Bar III / Caterer: Love at First Bite / Cake and Desserts: homemade / DJ: Gabe Cordeta / Wedding Invitations: Etsy shop Trendy Weddings (no longer on etsy) / Videographer: Scenemotion Films / Transportation: Uber

Fernbank Museum Wedding

Modern Weddings

Out of all the wedding venues I’ve seen throughout the years, this one has to be one of my favorites. Amy and Chris knew instantly that Atlanta’s Fernbank Museum of Natural History was the ideal spot for their wedding day, and with dinosaur bones and statues at every turn, how could we disagree? This wedding wouldn’t be complete without its dream team, which includes some incredible vendors like Jason Hales Photography, Juli Vaughn Designs, and Amanda Ready of Atlanta Event Studio.

Fernbank Museum wedding - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

From the bride, Amy: We knew the Fernbank Museum of Natural History was our wedding venue immediately. After Chris and I got done looking at the space–filled with natural light, earth tones, and dinosaurs–we walked out of the front of the building and looked at each other. The rest is history. Since we were getting married at a natural history museum, we wanted to mix earthy, neutral tones, with colorful, unique accents. We did not want our decor to be too modern or rustic, so we left the designing to our awesome stylist/designer who decided to use the neutrality of kraft paper for our ceremony backdrop and for our tables. We wanted everything to be elegant and beautiful without feeling stuffy or too formal — we are very playful people and I think that our venue and decor represented our personalities very well.

modern wedding invitations - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

silver wedding shoes - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

succulent boutonnieres - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

succulent boutonnieres - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

bridesmaid gifts - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

Fernbank Museum wedding - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

spring wedding bouquet - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Coral Charm Peonies, Juliet Garden Roses, Amsterdam Roses, Peach and Yellow Campanella Roses, Salmon Ranunculus, Billy Balls, Apricot Stock, Jasmine Vine.

bow tie groomsmen - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

pink wedding flowers - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

spring wedding flowers - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

Our wedding was very elegant in an alternative, shabby chic way. It is hard for me to find words to describe exactly the style of our wedding because I’ve honestly never seen anything like it before! Because the venue itself is filled with natural light and earth tones, I wanted a great neutral color for my bridesmaids that would make all of the color and florals pop. I knew our designer was planning on playing with colors–pinks, oranges, greens, and yellows–so I chose a navy dress with nude heels. The guys worse charcoal tuxes that complimented their simple, classic succulent boutineers. Since the great hall where we were married has very high ceilings, and is very earthy in tone, Chris suggested we do something fun for our napkins. We chose a dark gray table cloth so it would contrast with the museum surroundings, and then we chose a mint napkin that softened up the space.

ceremony backdrop ideas - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

groom during ceremony - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

wedding ceremony backdrops - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

wedding ceremony ideas - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

wedding recessionals - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

I love vintage pieces, but since a vintage theme did not really fit in with our venue, I was ecstatic to display my mother’s wedding dress from 1977 on a dress form near the cake table. Having her dress displayed was not only very special for me, but it also added a sense of vintage nostalgia to our reception. Chris and I were on a budget, and we’re pretty creative people, so we made our guest seating board that was displayed during cocktail hour. Chris was able to build a frame-like board out of some recycled pallet wood that we eventually painted a light gray. We printed out table numbers and guests names on some kraft paper and put them in old frames that we had laying around the house and were able to re-purpose. We just cut kraft paper in half and folded, then glued wooden numbers that we had painted in bright colors. Even though it was relatively small in the grand scheme of our day, it was really neat to know that we had contributed something that we had DIY to our wedding day.

seating chart ideas - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

Fernbank Museum wedding - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

wedding portraits - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

kraft paper details - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

table number inspiration - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

grey wedding receptions - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

Fernbank Museum wedding - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Start early and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. If you choose the right vendors, you will be able to trust that they know how to do their jobs better than you do. Details DO matter, so make sure you and your vendors pay attention to the small stuff! Don’t be scared to play around with different DIY ideas.

Fernbank Museum wedding - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

wedding reception ideas - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

Fernbank Museum wedding - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

pink reception flowers - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

wedding cake tables - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

cake flowers - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

wedding cakes - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

vintage wedding dress - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

stylish wedding receptions - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding

first dances - photo by Jason Hales http://ruffledblog.com/fernbank-museum-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Prelude: Vitamin String Quartet
Mother and Bridal Party Processional: “La Vie en Rose,” Louis Armstrong; “Come Away With Me,” Norah Jones
Bride’s Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: “You Make My Dreams Come True,” Hall & Oates
First Dance: “Into the Mystic,” Van Morrison
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Little Girl,” Tim McGraw
Mother/Son Dance: “Happy,” Pharrell

Wedding Location: Atlanta, GA / Photographer: Jason Hales Photography / Event Design and Flowers: Juli Vaughn Designs / Wedding Coordination: Amanda Ready of Atlanta Event Studio / Venue: Fernbank Museum of Natural History / Venue Coordinator: Britain Lamon of Fernbank Museum of Natural History / Wedding Dress: Lazaro via Bridals by Lori / Wedding Shoes: Audrey Brooke / Bracelet: Cache / Earrings: Golden Stella via America’s Mart / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff (Brides by Demetrios) / Tuxedos: Black Tie by Lori via Bridals by Lori / Wedding Caterer and Cake: A Legendary Event / Music: DJ Josh Whitlock / Transportation: Cooper-Global / Wedding Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations

San Clemente Summer Camp Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

Acqua Photo

You know that feeling you get when you read a love story so sweet you feel like you might burst with joy for the couple? In this job, we get our fair share of that feeling, but perhaps never so strongly as when we read the story of Erin and Casey. The couple met in 5th grade summer camp and were lucky enough to know they had found their “one,” and their wedding day was the perfect reflection of all the love they’ve shared over the years. Acqua Photo, Amorology Weddings, and Twigg Botanicals left no stone unturned for this one, folks.

San Clemente summer camp wedding - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

From the bride, Erin: As kids, Casey and I attended the same summer camp which we later both worked at during college. It was here where we met some of our best friends and experienced some of our fondest memories in the entire world. This made it easy to pick “Happy Campers” as the inspiration for our fall wedding. We shared some of our favorite camp stories and photographs with Heather and the incredible team at Amorology. They took these concepts and created a magical camp experience that we will never forget. Our wedding included rustic long wooden tables with a mixture of benches and chairs. Small woodland animals adorned the tables and our guests reported to the reception by first visiting the handmade backdrop with the words “My Thermos Runneth Over” featured prominently. Amorology and Peanut Press created adorable miniature pennants with each party’s name, which was then placed in an enamel mug and displayed on the backdrop. Surrounded by our family and closest friends in the world we had the most incredible day. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!

colorful boutonnieres - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

polka dot shoes - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

red bridesmaids dresses - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

wedding flowers - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

bright wedding bouquet - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Gerber Daisies, garden and spray roses, feverfew, berries, billy balls, anemones, and beautiful fall leaves.

camp wedding invitations - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

camp wedding inspiration - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

San Clemente summer camp wedding - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

Our colors included honey yellow, gray, peachy pink, blush, green, teal blue with poppy red and orange accents. Casey had a gorgeous red bell handcrafted to honor the location where he proposed. The talented teams at Amorology and Twigg Botanicals created the most incredible arbor to hang the bell from, which was placed at the front of the wedding ceremony for Casey and I to stand beneath while we exchanged vows. Our wedding readings came from poems and children’s books that spoke to my teaching background and our past experiences at the camp where we grew up. Each word captured the whimsy, fun and devotion that Casey and I try to approach each day with. Standing on the edge of a bluff as the sun fell into the ocean, surrounded by love and marrying the love of my life could not have been more perfect. At the end of the service our friend and minister rang the bell with joy as we kissed, another memory I will always cherish.

flower girl boutonniere - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

flower girls - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

grandmother flower girl - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

wedding altar ideas - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

red bridesmaids dresses - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

San Clemente summer camp wedding - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding
summer camp wedding photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

Having the incredibly talented Acqua Photo handle our photographs before the ceremony ensured that we were fresh and relaxed and most importantly did not miss a moment of the reception! Each place setting had a personalized Bingo card made by Peanut Press (in honor of a long-standing camp tradition) and the wedding party was provided with vintage Bingo cards as a surprise from Amorology. To kick off the reception we played a game of Bingo with a few winners receiving a special set of gifts selected to speak to our past, present and future. It was an unexpected surprise for our guests and ended up becoming wonderfully competitive! To help create a special camp feel, Casey and I made a set of friendship bracelets in our wedding colors for each of our guests. We spent hours making over three hundred bracelets which were then braided together to create unique napkin rings, which the guests took as a favor. In lieu of a traditional photo booth we created a “Summer Camp Memories” display. Throughout the evening people would stop by and look at the amazing times we had and Acqua snapped a number of awesome new pictures perfectly mixing our past with our future. By the end of the night the wedding party began taking their favorite pictures right off the wall as keepsakes. It turned out to be such a wonderful way to share the special memories that helped inspire our day.

wedding ideas - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

camp wedding ideas - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

smores bar - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

summer camp wedding photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

smores bar - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

summer camp escort cards - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

wedding ideas - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

Dinner was a very important aspect of our wedding day. Casey and I really wanted to have delicious food that was not your traditional wedding cuisine. Working with the amazingly talented Root Cellar Catering Co. we were able to create an amazing menu of fresh spring salads, tomato soup shooters with grilled cheese croutons, pulled pork sliders, and vegetarian chili with all the fixings. Guests also enjoyed local San Diego beers and “Bug Juice,” a deliciously refreshing fruit drink created by Root Cellar. In another nod to camp, guests were able to stop by the “S’more Love” bar and toast up their very own delicious treat. This was a huge hit with all our guests! The amazing Susie’s Cakes created a chocolate cake with vanilla frosting, which was topped with a custom wood topper and was pure simplistic perfection. Our DJ created a wonderful atmosphere keeping the dance floor packed all night long. Dancing, singing and laughing with our guests under a perfect California night sky was everything we had hoped for and more.

unique table numbers - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

San Clemente summer camp wedding - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

reception tables - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Hire a wedding planner! Hiring a professional truly makes a difference. Weddings are inherently stressful and can be overwhelming. Casey and I are always going in a million different directions so it was such a relief to know Heather and her team had everything under control and we did not need to worry about anything. Your wedding planner will also be able to steer you towards other professionals who truly care about your day and will go above and beyond to make it memorable. Figure out what is most important to you and let the rest go. We really wanted our favorite people in the world to relax, have fun, and feel the love we have for them and the excitement Casey and I felt for our marriage to begin. Once we focused on this, all the other decisions fell into place. Lastly, breathe and trust that at the end of the day the most important thing is that you will marry the love of your life. Everything else is great, but the two of you starting this new chapter is the most important thing. The week before our wedding there were five tropical storms sitting off the coast of San Clemente. Panic was definitely on the horizon but my husband and I just focused on the fact that we were going to have the most incredible day no matter the weather. The morning of our wedding we both woke up to see clear skies and the perfect weather held through the day and into the night, it couldn’t have been better.

San Clemente summer camp wedding - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

wedding reception ideas - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

San Clemente summer camp wedding - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

camp wedding reception - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding

summer camp cakes - photo by Acqua Photo http://ruffledblog.com/san-clemente-summer-camp-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

From the photographer, Jen of Acqua Photo: Erin and Casey met at Summer Camp when they were in 5th grade. They were each others’ first and only boyfriend/girlfriend and have been inseparable ever since. Many of their best friends were also from their camp, and so they thought incorporating that special time in their lives into the theme of the wedding would make it so much fun for everyone. A few of the many highlights of the day: The amazing escort wall complete with vintage lanterns, thermoses, and camp cups overflowing with marshmallows; place settings with friendship bracelets handmade by the bride and groom for every guest; vintage Bingo cards and the game at the reception; engraved wood table signs; bug juice and canteens; Erin’s fabulous red, polka dot shoes; custom Gage Family Bell; Grandma as the flower girl; and chili and s’mores for dinner!

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Here Comes the Sun,” Acoustic Guitar Classics
Recessional: “On Top of the World,” Imagine Dragons (So perfect! My favorite pick! I have yet to hear this song and not shed a tear or two)
First Dance: “Better Together,” Jack Johnson
Last Dance: “Wagon Wheel,” Old Crow Medicine Show (Everyone ended the wedding standing in a big circle hugging and crying; it’s a memory we will always cherish)

Wedding Location: San Clemente, CA / Photographer: Acqua Photo / Event Design and Coordination: Amorology Weddings / Floral Design: Twigg Botanicals / Venue: San Clemente Historic Cottage / Wedding Dress: Prevue Formal & Bridal / Wedding Veil: The lace on my mother’s veil matched my dress almost exactly. We had our seamstress remove the original headpiece and create a new veil / Wedding Shoes: Nordstrom / Hair and Makeup: Swell Beauty / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: A Better Deal Tuxedo / Wedding Caterer: Root Cellar Catering / Wedding Cake: SusieCakes / DJ: David Cutler / Tables, Benches, Vintage Lanterns, Thermoses: Folklore Vintage Rentals / Rentals: Pow Wow Vintage Rentals and Allie’s Party Rentals / Wedding Invitations: Peanut Press Creative

Texas Gemstone Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

Rachel Whyte

“Geometric meets gemstones” is at the heart of this Texas wedding from Rachel Whyte. A focus on whimsy while still maintaining a classic sensibility is just what Leslie and Ryan were after, and it’s certainly what they found. We couldn’t help but fall in love with their style and every single detail in this wedding to remember!

Texas gemstone wedding - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

From the bride, Leslie: The concept I had from the very beginning was “a classy confection.” My personality and personal style is very much a mixture of well put-together and “buttoned-up” with eclectic and free-spirited flair. You could call it a marriage of Anthropologie and J. Crew :) Also, I have always been a lover of rich color, but have recently fallen in love with the classy look of white and gold. I realized I didn’t want to sacrifice either of these concepts, so I decided to marry the two and create a look that made classy look vibrant and make eclectic look classy.

colorful wedding invitations - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

oversized paper flowers - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

red wedding shoes - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

yellow red boutonnieres - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

geometric themed invitations - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

colorful wedding bouquets - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

garden rose bouquet - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Garden roses, cabbage, dahlias, blue thistle, eucalyptus, dusty miller, billy balls, ranunculus, and lemon leaves.

flower girl outfits - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

wedding portraits - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

unique bridesmaid bouquet - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

My colors were essentially a base of white and gold, with “all colors” mixed in. Specifically, some of the main colors I used were poppy red, cream/white, marigold, peach, plum, wine, and gold. The main DIY projects I did were: tissue paper poms [taken to the next level :)], tissue paper tassel garlands, handmade confetti, geronimo balloons, painted/dipped birch trunks & glass vases, rainbow quartz chunks.

wedding ceremony - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

wedding ceremony backdrop - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

pom pom recessionals - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

tassel garland receptions - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

white gold centerpieces - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

geometric escort cards - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

white gold centerpieces - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

confetti place setting - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

geometric centerpieces - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

colorful wedding receptions - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

gold chair backs - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Pick the top 3-5 things you most care about and put your time, money, and energy into those. I am a perfectionist, but it is okay for not every little detail to be perfect. Be confident that the choices you make are the rights ones. Pick the ideas that you truly love. It is your wedding, advice is great, but you want it to be a true reflection of you!

tassel garland receptions - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

centerpiece ideas - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

geometric centerpieces - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

wedding reception ideas - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

confetti place settings - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

yellow wedding cakes - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

paper flower backdrops - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding

newlyweds kissing - photo by Rachel Whyte http://ruffledblog.com/texas-gemstone-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Be Still,” Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger
Recessional: “Colorful,” Will Reagan & United Pursuit
First Dance: “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You,” Dean Martin

From the photographer, Rachel Whyte: This wedding was all inspired and dreamed up by the bride herself. (It was executed by her and her talented friends). Leslie is a personal friend of mine with incredible taste and a gift for making designs come to life. The florals, invitation suite/other paper goods, and bride’s hairpiece and rings were also all designed by local friends. The colorful, gemstone theme can be seen throughout the entire wedding: the invitation suite, wedding programs, escort cards, centerpieces and cake. Some details that I personally loved were the bride’s red shoes, the gemstone-like designs made out of string in some of the centerpieces,the flower girl attire, and the AMAZING handmade, paper flower backdrop.

Wedding Location: Waco, TX / Photographer: Rachel Whyte / Florist: Wolfe’s Wholesale Florist / Floral Design: Laura Stafford of Kindred Event Studio / Wedding Coordinator: Allison McBrayer / Ceremony Venue: First Baptist Church of Waco / Reception Venue: Carleen Bright Arboretum / Wedding Dress: Mockingbird Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Anthropologie / Headpiece: Summer Ellis Bijouterie / Bracelet: J. Crew / Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: designed by Summer Ellis / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie / Hair: Katie Crumley / Makeup: Charis Cochran of Allyah Cosmetology / Men’s Attire: H&M / Wedding Caterer and Cake: JD’s Catering / Vegan Cheesecakes: Vanilla Bean Bakery / Ceremony Flower Backdrop: Grae Apparel / Musician: Antioch Live / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Cedar Gandy / Painting: Alissa Mazzenga of Feast Calligraphy

Australian Yacht Club Wedding

Modern Weddings

Photos by:

Brittany Esther

The second I heard “red lace wedding dress,” I was sold. Mike and Mel’s wedding day is one that doesn’t disappoint, from the flowers to the fashion to the styling by Owl + Pussycat Events. We have no doubt this wedding shot by Brittany Esther is one we’ll be returning to time after time for inspiration, so let’s dive right into the goodness:

Australian yacht club wedding - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

From the bride, Mel: We wanted something that reflected who we are and what we value, taking advantage of the wedding as an opportunity to share these with our most special people. We were very conscious from the beginning about choosing wedding traditions/customs that had meaning for us and ignoring those that didn’t. Having said this, there were some traditions that we weren’t fussed about that were very important to our immediate family, so where this importance was worth more than our aversion, we went with the former – for instance having a single wedding ceremony where we toyed with the idea of doing this on our own or having two (given our different countries of origin).

red wedding dress - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

red lace wedding dress - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

protea and craspedia yellow bouquets - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

red lace wedding dress - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

craspedia bouquet - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding
Flower recipe: All Australian natives. The yellow flowers in my bouquet are called Billy Buttons, with a few succulents thrown in too. All of the bridesladies/man and groomsladies held a King Protea. Table arrangements were a combinations of small versions of these and banksias.

stylish grooms - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

red wedding dress - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

bohemian wedding hair - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

yellow wedding bouquets - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

chalkboard wedding signs - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

wedding ceremony on a yacht - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

wedding ceremony on a yacht - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

wedding ceremony on a yacht - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

wedding ceremony on a yacht - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

wedding ceremony on a yacht - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

wedding ceremony on a yacht - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

red wedding veil - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

unique table number ideas - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

eclectic wedding receptions - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

In terms of aesthetic, we really wanted it to be colourful and fun, because this is how we try to keep our home and lives. A few throwbacks to cultures that have influenced us or been a big part of our journey thus far – Spanish/Mexican colour schemes, Indian food – snuck in there to reflect our story thus far. Mostly we wanted to honour the efforts of the guests whom – all bar five – travelled to Sydney for the wedding, many from Canada and the US. We wanted them to be comfortable, entertained and satiated by quality food, drinks, sights and music. Our colour scheme was originally inspired by a business card by a Mexican popsicle company in Perth called La Paleta – turquoise, yellow, red, orange, green. When discussing ideas with our stylists, Owl and Pussycat, they mentioned the idea of Mexican wedding flags, which we loved. Our dressmaker, Priera at Skankihoo Designs, also loved the Mexican idea and used this as inspiration for my dress design. In choosing colours of bridesmaids dresses we actually really liked the colour combination of a bunch of candles on our coffee table – that became the palette (for all bar the Bridesman’s watermelon shirt).

eclectic bridal party - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

oversized balloons - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

eclectic wedding receptions - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

simple wedding reception ideas - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

eclectic wedding receptions - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

eclectic wedding receptions - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

The only DIYs were our wedding favours – we screenprinted ‘Mike and Mel Got Married’ with the date and moose/koala logo that my friend Karen from When Adam Met Eve designed for our invitations. I decided to make my own wedding cake, which in the days before the wedding was very much a collaborative effort by some other members of the bridal party, my brother in law and brother’s girlfriend – I love to bake and it was lovely to have made this ourselves; the three days of baking trials in the month prior was also a sweet way to spend time baking and eating cake with friends for a justifiable purpose! Also my brothers played guitar/bass/trumpet for the processional… does that count as DIY?

eclectic wedding receptions - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

reception ideas - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

teal and orange bridal party - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

groom wearing purple shirt - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

mismatched casual bridal party - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

australian wedding reception - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

Australian Yacht Club wedding - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

wedding reception ideas - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

eclectic wedding receptions - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

simple place settings - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Get your invitations out early, especially if you have people travelling. Accommodation might feel like a nightmare, but having our bridal party all staying together in the same house made for such an awesome time before and after the wedding. Get ready together! We had a really special morning hanging out together, finishing the cake, writing vows and speeches, cooking breakfast and generally chilling. Somehow Brittany, our photographer, managed to capture the quiet and reflective moments of individuals on the day, because it seemed a lot busier and noisier than her photos suggest… she is SO amazing!

eclectic wedding receptions - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

simple wedding cakes - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

wedding shoe alternatives - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding

newlyweds dancing - photo by Brittany Esther http://ruffledblog.com/australian-yacht-club-wedding


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Wedding Music:
Our processional was “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” The Beatles, which my brothers played on acoustic guitar, acoustic bass and trumpet (with one brother singing). This is a song that my dad and I used to play together on the keyboard when I was a kid, so when Mike suggested that the processional be a song that was special for me and Dad rather than me and Mike, this was the automatic choice. It was so joyful and fun, and such a coincidence that the lyrics are about a couple meeting and getting married and such.
Recessional: “Do I Do,” Stevie Wonder
First Dance: “Pencil Full of Lead,” Paolo Nutini
We also had The Mimosa Duo play during our entrance to the reception centre and throughout the beginning of the reception including dinner. They are a gypsy jazz duo playing guitar and violin/fiddle. They were incredible and brought such life to the evening.

From the event designer, Jess of Owl + Pussycat Events: The Brief for Mike + Mel’s wedding was a warm, fun, colourful and ‘non-traditional’ wedding day. We first me with Mike who told us a little about the couple – Mike was Canadian with a South African Heritage, Mel was Australian with an Indian Heritage. They had lived in and travelled many parts of the world, they loved books and board games… The design for Mike + Mel was inspired by their connection to all corners of the globe. The colour palette was based around a bundle of candles that sat on their coffee table, and was reflected not only in the Bridal Party attire, but throughout Spanish inspired fabrics that we layered throughout the venue. Custom Mexican Wedding Flags were inspired from their time together in Mexico which greeted guests and transformed the venue from a boat club, to a place of celebration.

Wedding Location: Watsons Bay, NSW, Australia / Photographer: Brittany Esther / Event Design, Planning, and Floral Design: Owl + Pussycat Events / Ceremony Venue: Rosman Ferry in the harbor / Reception Venue: Vaucluse Yacht Club / Wedding Dress: Custom dress from Skankihoo Designs in Fremantle / Bride’s Ring: Novocentro Antique Jewellers, Barcelona, Spain / Hair and Makeup: Bella Vita in Sydney / Groom’s Shirt: Indochino / Groom’s Pants: Country Road / Caterer: Nigrilis Restaurant / Wedding Cake: Bride and decorated by friends, an Orange Semolina Cake recipe from ‘Jerusalem’ by Yotam Ottalenghi, citrus marscapone icing / Band: Mimosa Duo / Celebrant and Wedding Invitations: Karen Tai of When Adam Met Eve

Modern Ace Hotel Wedding

Modern Weddings

Photos by:

Jenavieve Belair

Oh, Ace Hotel, how we love thee. Is there any space more ideal for a retro-meets-modern wedding? Lauren and Derek’s day was just such a wedding, filled with no shortage of glamorous details! Jenavieve Belair and Billy Pruden of Carly Rae Design knocked this one way out of the park.

glam ace hotel wedding - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

From the bride, Lauren: Derek and I have a long history… starting with a 14-year friendship that quickly changed with a single kiss 7 years ago. We wanted a space to celebrate our adventure and our wedding weekend was just that. A weekend to celebrate our incredible circle of family and friends who have loved and nurtured us to the moon and back.

glitter wedding details - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

palm springs wedding - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

grey wedding invitations - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

glam ace hotel wedding - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

hydrangea tulip bouquets - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/
Bouquet recipe: Succulents, white tulips, yellow billy buttons, eucalyptus, baby’s breath, and white hydrangeas.

black bridesmaids dresses - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

glitter wedding details - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

photo guest book - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

wedding ceremony - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

flower girl outfits - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

wedding ceremony altar - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

ceremony recessional - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

glam ace hotel wedding - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

glam ace hotel wedding - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

We wanted a weekend that was playful, yet chic. Modern, yet classic. We wanted GOLD… and we got gold. From beach balls in the pool to gold flamingos surrounding our ceremony/cocktail hour space… Reggae cocktail hour to family style fried chicken and mac and cheese, we made it our day. Our theme was “desert chic” and our colors were black, white, nude, and gold (sequins and glitter). We made the signs and spray painted the flamingos gold. Billy of Carly Rae Design made our black and gold glittered aisle runner which rocked my world.

glam ace hotel wedding - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

striped table runners - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

written seating charts - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

striped table runners - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

black white reception - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

striped table runners - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

striped table runners - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

glam wedding reception - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? You’re celebrating a marriage, a life long party… not just planning a day. When you get in a tiff with your fiancé about costs (I promise it will happen), blurt out “I love you” right in the middle of a sentence. It will remind you what matters most. Don’t stop eating dessert in an attempt to slim down. These people love you in sweats with messy hair and happy equals gorgeous. Your wedding is about standing next to the person you’re crazy about, in front of your nearest and dearest, and promising to love each other forever. THAT is what makes the perfect wedding.

dessert table signs - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

naked wedding cakes - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

first dances - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

glam wedding reception - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/

glam wedding reception - photo by Jenavieve Belair http://ruffledblog.com/glam-ace-hotel-wedding/


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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “La Valse D’Amelie,” Yann Tiersen (from Amelie)
Bride’s Processional: “Comptine D’un Autre Ete,” Yann Tiersen (from Amelie)
Recessional: “Signed Sealed Delivered,” Stevie Wonder
Cocktail Hour: Reggae
First Dance: “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” Otis Redding
Father/Daughter Dance: “Ain’t That Love,” Ray Charles
Mother/Son Dance: “What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong

Wedding Location: Palm Springs, CA / Photographer: Jenavieve Belair / Wedding Planning and Event Design: Billy Pruden of Carly Rae Design / Flowers: Wendie Monroy (951.781.3106) / Venue and Caterer: Ace Hotel / Wedding Dress: La Sposa via The White Dress / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Piperlime / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / DJ: Trevor Haremaker of TREO (757.705.1779) / Wedding Invitations: Friend of bride

Colorful Italian Wedding

DIY Weddings

Photos by:

L&V Photography

How could anyone resist this lovingly handmade and whimsical wedding from L&V Photography? Bride Elena is actually a wedding blogger herself – helping to share beautiful Italian weddings and inspiration – so it’s only natural that her own wedding would be filled to the brim with beautiful details and stunning flowers from Il Profumo Dei Fiori.

colorful Italian wedding - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

From the bride, Elena: We wanted an outdoor and informal celebration, with a slight vintage feel, lots of color, big smiles and tears of happiness. The beautiful hills of Oltrepò Pavese were the perfect location and we were so lucky to have an outdoor ceremony with a stunning view. We had an intimate wedding with only 40 guests, just family and close friends. We were so happy to get married after 8 years together and we wanted our wedding to reflect our joy. It was a wonderful day and it felt very “us.”

astilbe wedding bouquet - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

Bouquet recipe: Hydrangeas, roses, dahlias, carnations, astilbe, chamomile, garden roses, berries and craspedia.

colorful wedding decor - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

diy paper confetti - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

post ceremony confetti - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

We wanted our wedding to be colorful and joyful with a late 50s-early 60s vibe. I chose a color scheme of red, light blue and pink with pops of yellow. We had several DIY projects for our wedding day. I’m a wedding blogger and Gabriele is a graphic designer so we wanted our wedding to feel as much personal as possible. We made over 100 paper pinwheels in different colors and size. I designed all the stationery, invitations, menu, table numbers, program fans and signs, with a little help from Gabriele. The music was a DIY project too, I spent the months leading to the wedding scouring the web for the most beautiful songs of the 50s and 60s to play during the reception. Gabriele made the oversized letters, we used them for our engagement session and then again on our wedding day as reception decor. Our family helped a lot, my grandmother made my 50s style wedding dress, my cousin did my hair and my bridesmaids were very supportive and helped us with the last details.

bride and groom - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

oversized letters - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

Italian wedding receptions - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

pinwheel escort cards - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

pink blue flowers - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

unique escort cards - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I would advise to delegate small tasks to family and friends who are willing to help. Also don’t skimp on wedding photography. Leti and Viola of L&V Photography made an amazing job capturing every detail and we couldn’t be happier with the results. We will cherish these photos forever.

colorful Italian wedding - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

Italian wedding receptions - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

whimsical reception decor - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

colorful Italian wedding - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

whimsical weddings - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding

red wedding accessories - photo by L&V Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-italian-wedding


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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Moon River,” Henry Mancini
Recessional: “All You Need Is Love,” The Beatles
First Dance: “These Arms Of Mine,” Otis Redding

Wedding Location: Fortunago, Italy / Photographer: L&V Photography / Floral Design: Il Profumo Dei Fiori / Wedding Venue: Cascina Casareggio / Wedding Dress: Bride’s grandmother / Bridal headpiece: Fancy BOWtique Bridal Couture / Hair: Bride’s cousin / Makeup: Letizia Girani Makeup Artist / Wedding Stationery, Paper Pinwheels: DIY

Spring Floral Inspiration

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Jordan Weiland

Bella Calla and Jordan Weiland Photography recently collaborated on a styled shoot to highlight some less-expected variations of spring bouquets and floral arrangements. Included in the list is a variety of blooms inspired by Pantone’s color of 2014, Radiant Orchid – and the beauty just keeps going from there!

From the florist, Lilli of Bella Calla: Bella Calla has created 3 look options for spring brides. We wanted to inspire spring brides to think outside the traditional box of white wedding flowers or pink mounds of hydrangea. The three looks we’ve come up with are inspired by very different ideas. The first, Pink Kumquat, is inspired by those first spring bulbs popping up through the ground. The second is inspired by Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid, is rich with varied shades of purples, minty silvery greens, full of texture, and very lush. The third, Lemons and Lace, is inspired by spring sunshine hitting wedding dresses in a window.


pink orange bouquet - photo by Jordan Weiland http://ruffledblog.com/spring-floral-inspiration

succulent boutonniere - photo by Jordan Weiland http://ruffledblog.com/spring-floral-inspiration

Pink Kumquat: This moment was inspired by those first spring flowers that pop their faces up in the garden. Ranunculus is the star here, supported by hyacinth, French heather, pincushions, poppies, anemones and paperwhites. The centerpiece is a growing wonderland of spring flowers in a ceramic container. The bouquet is a sweet mix of pinks, tart oranges, rich creams and pops of coral. Tiny yellow accents in the form of feverfew brighten the mix. The wrapping is raw silk in an antique gold. The boutonnieres are different, showing more than one option for brides who like to mix it up. The first, a succulent mixed with blushing bride protea and dusty miller, allows the guy to stay masculine while wearing the bout. The second, a soft, delicate ranunculus, matches the soft bouquet perfectly. The head piece, by Kitty Mae, matches the bouquet as well, mirroring the one perfect anemone.

pink spring flowers - photo by Jordan Weiland http://ruffledblog.com/spring-floral-inspiration

Easter wedding centerpiece - photo by Jordan Weiland http://ruffledblog.com/spring-floral-inspiration

pink orange flowers - photo by Jordan Weiland http://ruffledblog.com/spring-floral-inspiration

Wild Orchid: The colors are a variety of purples from lavender to lilac, royal to eggplant. With the ombre of shades and the rich texture of greens, the designs look elegant, playful, and spring-inspired all at once. The glassware that accompanies the floral is a silver mercury glass, which adds a slightly vintage, but elegant touch to the tablescape. The bouquet, filled with orchids, tulips, green trick, seeded eucalyptus, and stock, has fun, organic texture and is wrapped in a soft pewter silk ribbon. The boutonniere is a bit of purple sea-holly, with seeded eucalyptus. It is masculine and playful. The centerpiece is a lushly overflowing mercury glass bowl. It’s filled with rich purples, soft lavenders, and silvery greens. The accompanying headband, by Kitty Mae Millinery, a handmade birdcage metal headpiece, has soft lavender silk flowers, ostrich feathers, and is made from silver wire.

spring floral inspiration - photo by Jordan Weiland http://ruffledblog.com/spring-floral-inspiration
spring floral inspiration - photo by Jordan Weiland http://ruffledblog.com/spring-floral-inspiration

radiant orchid bouquet - photo by Jordan Weiland http://ruffledblog.com/spring-floral-inspiration
radiant orchid flowers - photo by Jordan Weiland http://ruffledblog.com/spring-floral-inspiration

lavender boutonniere - photo by Jordan Weiland http://ruffledblog.com/spring-floral-inspiration

radiant orchid flowers - photo by Jordan Weiland http://ruffledblog.com/spring-floral-inspiration

orchid floral design - photo by Jordan Weiland http://ruffledblog.com/spring-floral-inspiration

Lemons and Lace: Vintage milk glass pieces with sunny yellow daisies, asters, and lovely poppies are the focus of this look. The tablescape is a cluster of truly vintage milk glass, pretty ceramic birds, a vintage piece of lace from an old wedding dress, and gold accents. The floral includes poppies, billy balls, feverfew, roses, asters, daisies, and some lovely ornamental white and green kale. The kale and poppies add a touch of blush color to the whites, and the gerbera daisies add a happy lemony yellow to the rest of the buttercream palate. The spunky boutonniere has a creamy yellow matsumoto aster and some craspedia. The bouquet is kale, daisies, asters, and feverfew wrapped in gingham and pearls.

spring floral inspiration - photo by Jordan Weiland http://ruffledblog.com/spring-floral-inspiration

yellow floral arrangements - photo by Jordan Weiland http://ruffledblog.com/spring-floral-inspiration

yellow white flowers - photo by Jordan Weiland http://ruffledblog.com/spring-floral-inspiration

yellow wedding flowers - photo by Jordan Weiland http://ruffledblog.com/spring-floral-inspiration

yellow white flowers - photo by Jordan Weiland http://ruffledblog.com/spring-floral-inspiration

yellow wedding inspiration - photo by Jordan Weiland http://ruffledblog.com/spring-floral-inspiration


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Shoot Location: Denver, CO / Photographer: Jordan Weiland Photography / Florist: Bella Calla / Headpieces: Kitty Mae Millinery & Accessories

Backyard Carnival Themed Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

Brooke Beasley

As soon as I heard the description “festive backyard carnival wedding,” I was sold. How could you go wrong with such a happy theme? Brooke Beasley Photography photographed Elisa and Zack’s wedding, which was all expertly arranged by the bride and Erin Armstrong of Pine Street Events.


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From the bride, Elisa: Our style was Festive Backyard Carnival Wedding! We wanted our wedding day to be fun, semi-casual, and stress free yet still feel special and unique. Like most couples, we were on a budget. We cut corners where we could and dedicated a lot of our time — a trade off for saving some money. Although we still ended up going over (just a little bit) in the end, we had such overwhelming feelings of love and accomplishment, it was worth every penny.

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red wedding bouquets

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patterned bridesmaids gifts

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peach bridesmaids bouquets

Adjectives that best describe the look of our wedding: bright, fun, energetic, home grown, animated and serendipitous. The house was very eclectic which is why the carnival theme worked so well. Anything goes! There were a ton of DIY projects. Zack and I love projects. Luckily, our friends were sweet enough to help us indulge in most of our crazy wishlist. Some projects we tackled were: built benches for the ceremony (which was also later used for dinner seating and given away as thank you gifts), built cocktail tables out of wood pallets, built carnival games: coke bottle ring toss, balloon darts, and corn-hole, repurposed an old door into a chalk board welcome sign, guestbook thumbprint tree was drawn by one of the bridesmaids, wedding cake was ordered plain from a local bakery and then decorated by a friend.

blue bridesmaids dresses

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wedding paper goods

backyard carnival weddings

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Block out any negative vibes and go with what makes you guys happy. Prioritize what is most important and check those off the list first. Get a good wedding coordinator and enjoy your wedding!

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hanging paper lanterns

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carnival lounge areas

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wedding paper goods

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billy button accents


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Into the Mystic,” Van Morrison
Recessional: “Home,” Phillip Phillips
First Dance: “Nothing Can Change This Love,” Sam Cooke
Parents Dance: “You Never Can Tell,” Chuck Berry

Location: San Francisco, CA / Photographer: Brooke Beasley Photography / Second Shooter: Bluella Photography / Wedding Coordinator and Florist: Erin Armstrong of Pine Street Events / Wedding Dress: Galina via David’s Bridal / Wedding Shoes: TJ Maxx / Wedding Earrings, Necklace, Bracelet, Brooch: Family Heirlooms / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lulus and Missguided / Bridesmaid Purses: Bags By Jill / Flower Girl’s Dress: Gap / Men’s Attire: Amazon / Taco Cart: Leslie’s Catering (lesliescatering @ yahoo.com) / Wedding Cake: Isa Chu / Appetizers and Help Staff: The Party Helpers / Cocktail Band: Coffee Zombie Collective / Ceremony/Reception DJ: Joshua Chirinos / Photobooth: The Magnolia Booth Co. / Wedding Invitations: My Big Day Designs

Sweet Summer Florals by Janie Medley

Flower Guide

We always get a little giddy when Janie from JM Flora has a new flower arrangement to share with us. Today we’re all about summer florals, with 3 different style bouquets to choose from, all captured by Marta Locklear Photo. Take a look at our Flower Guide for more!




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Yellow bouquet:
Orange and Yellow Ranunculus
Yellow Parrot Tulips
Queen Anne’s Lace
Bupleurum
Berzelia Berries
Billy Balls


Summer Florals
Summer Florals

Burgundy bouquet:
Burgundy Ranunculus
Lilac Sweet Pea
White Veronica
Black Parrot Tulips
Waxflower

White bouquet:

Red and White Ranunculus
Red/White Parrot Tulips
Waxflower
Brunia


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How adorable are the floral crown and little flower ring below? Can you believe that the ring is made out of ranunculus, berzelia berries and a “leaf”. So simple, so sweet. I love it.


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Floral Designer: Janie Medley / Photographer: Marta Locklear Photo / Model: Marta Lockear’s daughter