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Romantic Forest Wedding

Romantic Weddings

There are few things that make me happier than an enchanted wedding in the forest. Today’s couple held their ceremony indoors and then made their way to a tree-filled reception with chandeliers, a variet of cakes, and the most beautiful color palette of purples, mauve, and greens. Thank you to Jessica Janae Photography, Rachael Ellen Events, and Soil and Stem for your work here!

Romantic Forest Wedding  - photo by Jessica Janae Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-forest-wedding

From the event designer, Rachael of Rachael Ellen Events: This wedding was the perfect mix of feminine romance and fun. The dinner was set in a romantic forest setting up Milcreek canyon in Salt Lake City, Utah. The guests enjoyed live music and season dinner while the bridal party toasted the high school sweetheart couple. The bride wore a blush gown complemented by shades of mauve, lavender and purple. Chandeliers hung from the trees to give the forest a magical romantic feel. This wedding is a wonderful example of an intimate outdoor gathering focused on a garden-forest inspired feel.

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Wedding Vendors

Photography

Jessica Janae Photography

Event Planning and Styling

Rachael Ellen Events

Floral Design

Soil and Stem

Venue and Catering

Mill Creek Inn

Hair and Makeup

Vivian Makeup Artist

Wedding Cake

Tess Comrie Cakery

Band

Foreign Figures

Wedding Invitations

Karli Noel Calligraphy

Videography

Jared Wortley Films

Botanical New York Wedding

Elegant Weddings

Photos by:

Tammy Swales

What could be dreamier than bringing an enchanted forest wedding indoors? Alexandra and Scott’s wedding was a bit Marie Antoinette, a bit The Secret Garden, and a whole lot of glam — as you can see here in the images from Tammy Swales Photography. Seriously, how incredible are the hanging branch centerpieces?


Botanical New York Wedding // photo by Tammy Swales

From the bride, Alexandra: We wanted our wedding style and feel to be a culmination of the two of us. I am a girly girl and Scott is a guy’s guy! In my head, I kept thinking of the scene from
Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette,” when they have a fancy dinner party outside… sort of Marie Antoinette fancy but when she gets into reading Rousseau… a bit more natural. Scott and I have always had the “I love you more” teasing argument, which included a love of the phrase, “I love you to the moon and back” and our own adaption “I love you line” (because it doesn’t end, get it?!). A lot of our decor and stationery revolved around the moon and stars, and an evening under the stars! We both have large families who we are very close with. We wanted to incorporate that too, and did so by highlighting all the past weddings in the cocktail tent! My grandmother was my honorary matron of honor, and it is her engagement ring that I wear!

bride getting ready
blue invitation suites
Botanical New York Wedding // photo by Tammy Swales
bride classic veil look // photo by Tammy Swales
Forest Chic Wedding // photo by Tammy Swales
Botanical New York Wedding
suspended centerpieces // photo by Tammy Swales

As far as our color scheme, we used a lot of pale blues, and tried to design the invitations as though you were looking at a night sky. In the reception tent, we wanted things to feel airy and ethereal, so we used lots of light colors, mixed with naturals, like beige and the green from all of the moss (we couldn’t get enough moss). There were tons of DIY projects! Not that we didn’t also have tons of help! Pretty much anything that was paper I designed and either printed from home or had professionally done. Our family and friends all joined in to tie ribbons, cut paper, and glues things together. Of course, we had help with assembly and organization from our wedding planner and her team as well! When it came to the big stuff, we left it to the professionals. For the crystals over the dance floor, the tablescapes, and the installment over the bar, I would draw detailed sketches and work with them to adapt what they could do with what we came up with. So much work went into everything, and we were lucky in that our very supportive family and friends were there to help us out with all the crazy projects we came up with. A special shout out to my mother, who deserves a great big medal for all of her hard work!

bride and groom
Forest Chic Wedding // photo by Tammy Swales

Botanical New York Wedding
Forest Chic Wedding // photo by Tammy Swales

water bottles customized
Forest Chic Wedding // photo by Tammy Swales
post ceremony kiss

Forest Chic Wedding // photo by Tammy Swales
suspended centerpieces // photo by Tammy Swales
Forest Chic Wedding // photo by Tammy Swales
blue wedding receptions

It’s hard to pick out favorite memories, as when I think about our wedding day, the whole thing quickly plays through my mind like a mini movie. Starting immediately after, I would make Scott sit there and replay things over and over from the beginning to end, because I was afraid of losing any of the details! It really truly was the best day of my life, and I think just waking up that morning and knowing it was a day I had been thinking about for years and years was a really cool experience. You plan the most specific details, and you daydream, but you don’t really know what its going to be like until it happens! That, for me, was extra exciting. And of course, seeing that handsome guy at the end of the aisle. A tux suits him well.


Botanical New York Wedding // photo by Tammy Swales
glitter wedding details
Forest Chic Wedding // photo by Tammy Swales

moss board escort cards

Forest Chic Wedding // photo by Tammy Swales

hanging wedding decorations

What advice do you have for brides planning their weddings? Write your thank you notes immediately after the wedding. We are still (shamefully) writing ours… Accept the fact that some things aren’t going to go as planned. I didn’t like hearing this… but it’s true! ABSORB EVERYTHING. Take moments when you can and take everything in! It goes by so quickly! EAT. One of my favorite things was our hors d’oeuvres, and we were still taking pictures during cocktail hour, then trying to make a few rounds. I asked to have a plate of my favorites set at the head table, and I couldn’t be more thankful. Lastly, Pick three things that you couldn’t live without on your wedding day (aside from the essentials like love, and your fiance, and family)… Our wedding planner had us do this and it really helped! For a while we were all over the place with figuring out the style, but focusing and narrowing down choices got the ball rolling. You can’t do EVERYTHING you see on pinterest… though it is tempting.

unique guestbook ideas

terrarium escort cards

blue wedding cakes

blue wedding cakes


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Wedding Music:
Pre-Ceremony: “Forever,” Ben Harper (My voice coach here transposed this one for us! It was our song from college, and we wanted to incorporate it somewhere)
Processional: “Seven Years,” Norah Jones
Bride’s Processional: “Moon River”
First Dance: “It Had to Be You”
Father/Daughter Dance: “You Never Can Tell,” Chuck Berry
Mother/Son Dance: “Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong

Wedding Location: Rochester, NY / Photographer: Tammy Swales Photography / Ceremony Venue: St. Louis Catholic Church / Reception Venue: Private Residence / Event Planner and Linens: Chantiza Stern of Table Toppers of Rochester / Floral Design: Wisteria Flowers and Gifts / Event Styling: Bride / Wedding Dress: Reem Acra / Wedding Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Earrings: Elizabeth Cole Jewelry / Garter: BHLDN / Hair: Sherry Brown of Shear Hair Etc. Design Studio / Makeup: Joan Lincoln / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm Occasions / Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire: Black by Vera Wang / Wedding Caterer: Joe Prattico / Wedding Cake: Premier Pastry / Pies: Monica’s Pies / Pastries: Cafe Caruso / Wedding Music: Nik and the Nice Guys / Party Rentals: Hank Parker Party and Tent Rentals / Vintage Dishes: Petunia Rose / Lighting: Ed Hufsmith of High Wire Lighting / House Lighting: Ken Estes with Estes Country Gardens & Design / Additional Landscaping: Blackwood Management / Videographer: Brian Swereda of Video Tech Productions / Wedding Invitations: Bride

Enchanted Forest Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Emily Steffen

“Enchanted forest” — whenever I hear those two words together, my heart starts beating a little bit faster. So naturally, when I saw this styled shoot from Johnny and Dottie and Emily Steffen Photography, I just knew I had to share it! How incredible is the idea of having your reception table (or even just a dessert table) covered in lush greenery?

bride and groom

enchanted forest weddings

forest wedding tables

From Lisa of Johnny and Dottie:Immediately I started to design the construction of the linen. I started with a base of chocolate satin linen. To keep with the design, I opted to use a loose weave burlap and individually pin plumosa fern layer by layer. By the time the linen was completely constructed, I had used over 300 stems of plumosa fern! I wanted the table to have texture and to really be the focal point of the tablescape. We accented this with vintage containers and chalices filled with spray roses, garden roses, ranunculus, freesia, and to add a dollop of colour I added blue hyacinth in silver mercury cylinder vases and accented all of this with mismatched glasses filled with candle votives. The simple dinnerware was wrapped in satin toffee coloured napkins and matched with vintage champagne glasses and gold flatware.


enchanted forest weddings

burgundy wedding invitations

enchanted forest weddings

babys breath arrangements

enchanted forest weddings

The cake table was designed with a very simple vintage pilsner glass filled with ginestra, which also accented the wedding cake made of buttercream. We also accented the table with hand stamped forks and cushioned hearts and darts (how can you not love that this time of year?!).


stamped wedding forks

enchanted forest weddings

tulle wedding dresses

enchanted forest weddings

forest wedding tables

Stationery suites were a labor of love from Dena Swenson Design. From the textured paper (hand antiqued by Dena!) to the crimson ribbon accent, no detail was missed in complementing the overall design concept. For the bridal, we wanted to create a very dreamy, yet deco feel to her look. Hair and makeup, while soft, gave clear definition to her strong features and the hair (omgoodness the hair!) rolled and coiffed was the perfect accent to the Anne Barge gown. The gown itself was a dream of tulle, lace, and one amazing satin sash. We dressed the Groom in wool pants, dapper suspenders, and a bow tie made by Emily Steffen herself (camera and textile skills that girl has!).


winter bride and groom

enchanted forest weddings

purple green bouquets

enchanted forest weddings

forest wedding tables

And… the bouquet. Almost a midsummer’s night dream by itself, it complimented not only the bride but the entire design itself. A mixture of burgundy ranunculus, antique spray roses, freesia, ivory garden roses, and subtle hints of green hydrangea in a pillow of plumosa fern… it all was so beautiful it truly did seem like a dream!


enchanted forest weddings

white wedding cakes


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Shoot Location: Minneapolis, MN / Photographer: Emily Steffen Photography / Planning and Design: Johnny and Dottie / Shoot Venue: Minneapolis Photo Center / Flowers: Johnny and Dottie / Dress: Anne Barge gown from Bridal Accents Couture / Hair: Aubrey from Swept Up / Makeup: Ashley from Unveil Lovelieness / Rentals: Linen Effects / Paper Goods: Dena Swenson

Best of 2012: Ceremonies

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Continuing with our Best Of 2012 weddings, we’ve got some stunning ceremonies that we just can’t get out of our heads! We’ve got an assortment of huge Pinterest hits and some of our personal favorites that have grown close to our hearts. Make sure to chime in on our comments sections with any you think we’ve left out!

This Canadian wedding ceremony with pink and white paper lanterns shot by Rowan Jane Photography continues to perk up our spirits to this very day:
paper lantern ceremony decorations

This Pennsylvania wedding from Alison Conklin easily wins for the dreamiest enchanted forest ceremony:
enchanted forest weddings

This Mexican beach wedding from Elizabeth Lloyd Photography had a ceremony full of all the right details, especially these unfinished ribbon chair ties and painted bottle aisle decorations:
beach wedding ceremonies

He and She Photography brought us this 1950s-inspired wedding full of color and personality:
retro ceremony ideas

This Seattle wedding ceremony from One Love Photo stole our hearts with its hanging vintage picture frame backdrop:
bohemian wedding ideas

The ceremony seating in this Melbourne wedding from Jonathan Ong was too perfect to pass up — what a great and easy way to inject some personality into your wedding day!
ceremony pew seating

This “Mint to Be” styled shoot was one of our biggest hits of the year, and it’s easy to see why! Images by Christa Elyce and styling by Ellanesque Weddings.
mint wedding ceremonies

The ceremony backdrop in this Palm Springs wedding from Dave Richards stole our breath and our hearts with its whimsy and endless streamers:
streamer ceremony backdrops

This Brooklyn winter wedding from Christina Szczupak at the Green Building had an industrial ceremony with string lights that positively warmed our hearts:
industrial wedding ceremonies

The decorations in the ceremony for Jane and Ryan’s San Diego wedding shot by Studio Castillero are the perfect hit of eclectic style:
indoor eclectic wedding ceremonies

Stay tuned as we reveal more of our 2012 favorites, from flowers to fashion to DIY projects, in the next few days!

Romantic Wisconsin Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Photos by:

As a wedding blogger, I love hearing about how friends and family come together to plan a special day for their loved ones — much like how the mother of today’s bride, Dani, grew squash and sunflowers after hearing her daughter wanted them in her wedding. So sweet! Tory and Dani’s day was full of heart-warming details like these, and was captured to utter perfection by Emily Steffen.

outdoor wisconsin weddings

From the bride, Dani: We wanted something that felt like us. As artists and musicians, we wanted details that spoke to who we are. When people asked us our “theme” or our “colors” in our planning process, we were kind of at a loss! The best we could come us with was that it would be something eclectic, with a nod to vintage. We love thrifting and antiquing, so we just filled our wedding with the kinds of things we love and already had in our lives.


rose gold rings

outdoor wisconsin weddings

aqua bridesmaids dresses

outdoor wisconsin weddings

wooden wedding signs

outdoor wisconsin weddings

It felt like we had a million DIY projects! The wedding was held on a portion of land owned by my mother in northern Wisconsin. And when Troy and I wanted sunflowers and squash for ceremony decor, my mother grew them for us! A good friend and neighbor let her use a part of his field (all of my mother’s land is wooded) and helped her keep it up over our very dry summer, and the result was amazing! We had so many extras we gave away boxes of squash, and our extremely talented florist incorporated the extra sunflowers into our reception flowers and each of the bouquets. One of my mother’s good friends sewed our favor bags to hold our locally-crafted chocolates, and my dad spent a few nights finishing them off with string. My dad also found all of the barn wood for our directional wedding and parking signs which he made and painted by hand.


outdoor wisconsin weddings

outdoor wedding ceremonies

outdoor wisconsin weddings

newlyweds singing ceremony

outdoor wisconsin weddings

champagne ceremony toasts

We were engaged over a year before our wedding, so we had plenty of time to collect! We collected dozens of vintage metal frames for table numbers and signs, which I painted by hand the day before the wedding. For reception flowers, we used our own vintage glassware and mason jar collections, which our florist worked into beautiful, eclectic arrangements. We also purchased over 100 vintage wooden folding chairs, and another 100 or so vintage metal folding chairs for our ceremony. We also collected a few dozen glass, ceramic and brass hand bells which we decorated with bows of floral fabric to match our favor bags for each table, so guest could ring them in lieu of clanking glasses with spoons.


outdoor groomsmen portraits

outdoor wisconsin weddings

paper confetti recessional

outdoor wisconsin weddings

outdoor bridal parties

romantic blue wedding

outdoor wisconsin weddings

My favorite DIY project of all had to be my floral headpiece – I made it the morning of our wedding using vintage leaves and flowers, and silk ribbon from Tinsel Trading Company in New York. It felt good, as an artist, to make something on my wedding day! As gifts to my maids, I gave them custom monogrammed totes, and vintage handkerchiefs. Each of the men also had a vintage handkerchief to use as a pocket square, and our guests were provided with an assortment of handkerchiefs to choose from at the ceremony, all of which I collected from antique shops and eBay, and that my mother washed and pressed.


outdoor wisconsin weddings

wedding ceremony details

outdoor wisconsin weddings

fabric wrapped favors

outdoor wisconsin weddings

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Accept all offers of help and don’t take on took much at one time. And be sure to get to work early! Our wedding ended up being a month or so after a large-scale move to another state, a job change and a few weeks Troy started his graduate program – none of which we expected when we set our wedding date! I feel like we had to put off a lot of the smaller details of until the last week, simply for lack of time in the months before, and some projects just didn’t happen. Our family and friends, and especially our parents, were an amazing help though – we couldn’t have done it without them, and they tried to help as much as they could since were a bit overwhelmed by life in those chaotic months!


eclectic wedding centerpieces

outdoor wisconsin wedding

outdoor bridal parties

outdoor wisconsin weddings

newlyweds during toasts


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Wedding Music:
Processional: Bartok’s Violin Solo Sonata: Fuga and Bach’s Partita No. 3-Prelude
Ceremony: Original music by Spiral Joy Band
Vow Exchange: Couple’s rendition of “If Not For You,” George Harrison
First Dance: “Unchained Melody,” Righteous Brothers
Father/Daughter, Mother/Son Dance: “You Are the Sunshine of my Life,” Stevie Wonder

Wedding Location: Wausau, WI / Wedding Photographer: Emily Steffen / Ceremony Venue: Private Residence / Reception Venue and Caterer: El Tequila Salsa / Wedding Flowers: Evolutions in Design / Wedding Dress, Jacket, and Earrings: “Crashing Waves” by Va Et Vien via BHLDN / Reception Dress: Hoaglund New York via Bloomingdales / Wedding Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Hair: Lori of Salon Allure, Appleton, WI / Wedding Rings: Bill Fuhrman / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ann Taylor, J. Crew / Groom’s Attire: J. Crew / Pocket Squares: Vintage and Handmade / Wedding Cake: Sweet Nothings Cakes / Ceremony Music: Laura Schafer and Spiral Joy Band / Wedding Invitations: Dani Schafer / Transportation: Lamers

Beauty and the Beast Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

Photos by:

The second we glanced upon this shoot from photographer Maria Lamb of Anthem Photography, it was love at first sight. There’s so very much beauty to behold, so imagine our delight when we realized that everything (yes, everything!) in the shoot was put together by the model herself? Continue on for some expert texture blending and incredible sunset portraits.

Beauty and the Beast wedding

beauty and the beast wedding

From the photographer, Maria of Anthem Photography: This engagement shoot was so wonderful. Brenna McGill (the “beauty” in all the pictures) stylized everything in the shoot. She made and put together everything from the cake to her dress that was made out of a bunch of tulle. She has wonderful talent and I feel so privileged that I was able to capture such an amazing themed day!


Beauty and the Beast wedding

beauty and the beast wedding

Beauty and the Beast wedding

beauty and the beast wedding

Beauty and the Beast wedding

beauty and the beast wedding

wedding lace up boots

beauty and the beast wedding

Beauty and the Beast wedding

beauty and the beast wedding

Beauty and the Beast wedding

sunflare wedding portrait

beauty and the beast wedding

Beauty and the Beast wedding

hay bale wedding backdrop

beauty and the beast wedding

Beauty and the Beast wedding


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Shoot Location: Oregon / Photography: Anthem Photography / Styling: Brenna McGill

Hidden Forest Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Who doesn’t love a beautiful forest inspiration? Petal Pixie threw together the flowers and styling for this incredible woodsy shoot with images from the always-great Alixann Loosle Photography. Don’t miss the behind-the-scenes film from Digital Memorys!

hidden forest tablescape

twine drink labelgold fruit basket

From the stylist, Petal Pixie: The inspiration from this shoot came from the woods and the magic that can come from within their depths. Avenia Bridal provided a beautiful feather tiered skirt designed by Liancarlo. Our male model sported a pant and shirt combo with suspenders, simple and natural. Nicole Cook and Kali Wengreen created an intricate side braid. Kali kept the makeup soft and simple. Alexis June Creative designed the stunning paper suite! I love the soft look of the gold and cream with the touches of navy.

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Petal Pixie tied everything together by combining a simple rustic romance with the styling and floral. The flowers where housed in bronzed containers as well as mercury glass. I wanted to use a nontraditional color palette that was rustic as well as soft and romantic. I chose white, soft pink, navy blue, and copper orange blooms. The flowers used were hydrangeas, ranunculus, orchids, roses, and tulips.

forest wildflower tablescape

wedding picnic basketforest wedding ideas

multicolored wildflower bouquets

hidden forest tablescape

RSVP Rentals provided us with the vineyard table along with the bronzed handled silverware and delicate glassware. The cake table was a combination of three stunning butter cream cakes designed by Cake-A-Licious and gourmet donuts provided by Gimme Sugar Catering. Alixann Loosli Photography captured the style and details of this shoot to perfection. Her use of light brought a romantic glow and created magic! She is a dream to work with and her images speak for themselves. Chris Koch with Digital Memorys Video Production was kind enough to be our male model and document our shoot in this stunning video below.

bride wearing necklace

blue grooms boutonnierespastries in clear dish

rustic cake table outdoors


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Wedding Vendors (Salt Lake City, UT):

Wedding Stylist and Flowers: Petal Pixie / Wedding Photographer: Alixann Loosle Photography / Wedding Dress: Liancarlo from Avenia Bridal / Wedding Hair: Nicole Cook / Makeup: Kali Wengreen / Wedding Caterer: Gimme Sugar Catering / Wedding Cake: Cake-A-Licious / Wedding Stationery: Alexis June Creative / Wedding Rentals: RSVP Rentals / Videographer: Digital Memorys

Dawn Ranch Enchanted Forest Wedding

Romantic Weddings

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There are no words to describe my healthy obsession for this wedding shot by none other than Tinywater Photography. It’s not everyday that we see an enchanted forest wedding done so beautifully, to the nines. It’s one of those themes that can go spooky rather than whimsical, and Jess Flood nailed it. The bride’s pooch was part of their day, so it was only fitting that it dressed up for the occasion sporting French cuffs and a bowtie. You must see Abbey and Josh’s photo gallery for up close images!

Tinywater Photography. It’s not everyday that we see an enchanted forest wedding done so beautifully, to the nines. It’s one of those themes that can go spooky rather than whimsical, and Jess Flood nailed it. The bride’s pooch was part of their day, so it was only fitting that it dressed up for the occasion sporting French cuffs and a bowtie. You must see Abbey and Josh’s
Dawn Ranch wedding enchanted forest theme
moss vintage furniture wedding decor lanterns path
Dawn Ranch wedding enchanted forest theme
moss vintage book ring holder
Dawn Ranch wedding enchanted forest theme
blush pink dusty miller corsage striped straws wedding
Dawn Ranch wedding enchanted forest theme
pug wedding pooch ring bearer wearing bowtie and cuffs
Dawn Ranch wedding enchanted forest theme
vintage couch outdoors wedding reception decor
Dawn Ranch wedding enchanted forest theme
Dawn Ranch wedding enchanted forest theme
Halloween Marie Antoinette wedding cake
Dawn Ranch wedding enchanted forest theme
Dawn Ranch wedding enchanted forest theme
fun wedding portrait couples kissing
Dawn Ranch wedding enchanted forest theme
Dawn Ranch wedding enchanted forest theme


Tinywater Photography. It’s not everyday that we see an enchanted forest wedding done so beautifully, to the nines. It’s one of those themes that can go spooky rather than whimsical, and Jess Flood nailed it. The bride’s pooch was part of their day, so it was only fitting that it dressed up for the occasion sporting French cuffs and a bowtie. You must see Abbey and Josh’s View all images from this wedding in the gallery

From Tinywater Photography: Josh and Abbey’s enchanted forest themed wedding took place at the gorgeous Dawn Ranch Lodge in Northern California’s wine country. Dawn Ranch is located just twenty minutes from the Pacific coast, along the Russian River, and nestled in 15 acres of towering redwood trees and lush riverbank.

They went all out on their enchanted forest theme with handfuls of pine cones, ferns, antlers, moss, and tiny twinkling candles laid out across tables among old weathered antique book pages marking each chapter of the day’s festivities. We truly felt like we had been transported into one big gorgeous daydream!

While rain moved in at the start of the day, the wedding party was prepared and embraced it with pink and polka dotted rain boots and bright purple umbrellas.

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Guerneville, CA):

Venue: Dawn Ranch Lodge / Photographer: Tinywater Photography / Event Designer and Florist: Jess Flood / Cake: Fleur de Lisa Cakes / Dress: Vera Wang

Tinywater Photography is a member of our local vendor guide, Blue Label. Click here to view their portfolio.