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Autumnal Chicago Wedding

Romantic Weddings

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Looking through these images from Olivia Leigh, I don’t think my smile ever left my face. There seriously isn’t a more beautiful place to get married in the fall than the Midwest! Meagan, a schoolteacher, and Drew are two of the most fun-loving people we’ve seen, and it shines through in every photograph. Prepare yourselves for some serious wedding dress envy from Lazaro (that corset is beyond, people):


Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher's Fall Wedding

From the bride, Meagan: Our goal was to keep the details tasteful and stylish with an element of playfulness. More than anything, Drew and I wanted to create a feeling of merriment throughout the whole weekend. We wanted our friends and family to be participants in our celebration rather than observant guests. To accomplish this we chose a band and caterer that would keep things fun, fresh and seamless. There was dancing between courses and we opted for an ice cream sundae bar instead of serving cake.


Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher's Fall Wedding

We didn’t choose a set theme or colors for our wedding; instead we drew inspiration from autumn colors and textures. We considered the groomsmen’s grey suits, the bridesmaids’ blue dresses and the chocolate brown linens as ‘neutrals,’ and let the flowers become the focus. The beautiful arrangements tied everything together with rich fall colors like cranberry, orange and goldenrod.


Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher's Fall Wedding

Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher's Fall Wedding

Though we opted not to have an overall theme, the personal banner Drew sketched for our website become a link between the little details. Drew is from the East coast and I’m from the Midwest; we met while living in NYC and now live in Chicago. In his sketch, the New York and Chicago skylines are united by a heart. We took the opportunity to compare Chicago to New York in small ways, like showcasing a Brooklyn Lager vs Chicago’s 312 at the bar and a New York-style hot dog vs a Chicago hot dog for the late-night snack. Our vendors were incredible, and we also had tons of fun designing DIY ‘extras’ to personalize our day. We made cootie catchers to lay at the bars, ‘worst wedding song’ lists to display in the bathrooms, and table numbers out of our favorite song lyrics.


Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher's Fall Wedding

Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher's Fall Wedding

Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher's Fall Wedding

Our families and friends helped us assemble wedding programs, menus, escort cards, Chicago-themed hotel guest bags and the animal crackers we gave away at the end of the night (our venue was next door to the zoo!). We also designed and assembled all of the church decor and florals. It was tons of work but a great way to spend time with everyone!


Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher's Fall Wedding

Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teachers Fall Wedding Olivia Leigh

Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher's Fall Wedding

Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher Fall Wedding Olivia Leigh

Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher's Fall Wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Our ultimate goal was to have a blast and feel relaxed on our wedding day. To do this we knew we needed to be organized and prepared. We did a lot of research and enlisted the help of our parents for advice and guidance. We educated ourselves with magazines and websites to figure out what we wanted, how to access it, how to budget for it, and how to achieve it. When decisions got a little stressful we’d ask ourselves: “On the day of our wedding, what will actually matter? What will we remember most?”


Meagan + Drew | Vintage Teacher's Fall Wedding


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From the photographer, Olivia: Meagan and Drew are two of the sweetest, most fun people I’ve ever worked with. Their day was beautiful and chic but throughout it all, it was their humour and happiness that shone most brightly! Meagan looked SO beautiful in her gorgeous whimsical tulle wedding dress. It was, of course, a very windy day in Chicago, and it was a riot throughout the day watching the dress do its own thing, eventually enveloping Meagan in a tunnel of tulle on Michigan avenue. Later into the night, they actually ended up cutting the dress with scissors on the dance floor to ensure maximum party capabilities. :) They decided to go back to Meagan’s hometown of Western Springs, Illinois, for a ceremony at the quaint church where her dad directs their incredible music program. A reception followed at the historic Cafe Brauer, a Prairie Style gem in the middle of Lincoln Park in Chicago. This building is just stunning and the perfect setting for a true Chicago wedding with its rich history and beautiful skyline views!

Wedding Vendors (Chicago, IL):

Ceremony Location: First Congregational Church of Western Springs / Reception Venue: Cafe Brauer / Wedding Photographer: Olivia Leigh Photographie / Wedding Flowers: Stems / Wedding Dress: Lazaro, “LZ3061” / Wedding Shoes: Caparros / Bride’s Hair: Eli Mancha / Makeup: Elana Darrus / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Attire: Jos A. Bank / Wedding Caterer and Cake: Jon Wool of Finesse Cuisine / Wedding Musicians: Bradley Young Orchestra / Wedding Invitations: Minted / Wedding Officiant: Rich Kirchherr / Transportation: Trolley Car & Bus Co. and Windy City Limos

Connecticut Farm Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Yep, this wedding is as close to perfect as it gets. A rustic barn ceremony meets a swinging 1920s reception complete with a band outfitted in Prohibition-era garb is enough to make me spend the day swooning over these photos sent by Dennis of Binaryflips Photography! Get ready to fall in love with Rick and Darren:


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From the photographer, Denis: We can’t express how much we love this wedding. Old farm house location, dash of vintage theme and details, and a band that perfectly fits the ambiance complete their story. Rick and Darren had waited forever for this day to come and it was our pleasure to be part of it.


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Connecticut same sex wedding

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darren and rick vintage 1920s connecticut wedding binaryflips

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darren and rick vintage 1920s connecticut wedding binaryflips

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darren and rick vintage 1920s connecticut wedding binaryflips

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darren and rick vintage 1920s connecticut wedding binaryflips

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Wedding Vendors (Salisbury, CT):

Ceremony Venue: Lion Rock Farm / Reception Venue: Ragamont House / Wedding Photographer: Binaryflips Photography / Design and Planning: Ambiance Luxe Wedding Designs / Live Band: Carte Blanche Vintage Wedding Flowers: Candi’s Floral Creations / Lighting: Correlation Productions / Rentals: Taylor Rental Party Plus

Boise Botanical Gardens Wedding

Garden Weddings

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This Idaho wedding shot by Andria Lindquist is that of a couple with two main priorities: comfort and fun. Isn’t that how it should always be? We love the mix of having a ceremony in a garden setting then moving to a reception in an industrial building!


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From the bride, Kristin: The majority of our relationship has evolved through shared experiences and memories of being outdoors; from camping trips into the Sawtooth Mountains of Central Idaho to a surprise proposal while hiking the Na’Pali coast of Kauai. In this light, we realized early on that an outdoor ceremony would be perfect for us. The Botanical Gardens stole our heart from the first visit. It offered an intimate, natural setting and had just the right mix of qualities we were looking for.


rustic outdoor ceremony wedding

rustic outdoor ceremony wedding
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rustic outdoor ceremony wedding

Together, we decided what was important to us and weren’t afraid to break away from tradition. We wanted every aspect of our wedding to be personal and a reflection of our relationship. During the planning process, we went through the details of the wedding ceremony together and tailored them around things that were significant about our relationship. It was more important for us to involve the people and things that have touched our lives than to conform to conventional standards. We dressed our Miniature Schnauzer, who we absolutely adore, in a bow tie and he accompanied the ring bearer and flower girl down the aisle. We had close friends perform the music for the ceremony, which included the bridal processional, an original acoustic composition of Coldplay’s “The Scientist” instead of the customary “Bridal March.” For an officiant, we had one of Blake’s friends from grade-school perform a ceremony that we all prepared together. The day was pulled together with the help and support of friends and family. Ultimately, it was very intimate and incredibly special to both of us. It was a perfect representation of who we are together and a reminder of how far we’ve come.


rustic outdoor ceremony wedding

rustic outdoor ceremony wedding

rustic outdoor ceremony wedding

Although the entire day was absolutely amazing, there is one particular moment that will hold an extra special place in our hearts forever. Shortly after the ceremony, we managed to sneak away with our photographer to capture a few more pictures as the sun started setting and the lighting was in its prime. As the photo session began to wrap up, my anxiety started to build. I knew we were headed strait to the reception, and shortly after we rejoined our guests we would have our first dance together. I was not only anxious about our performance, but also lacking confidence in the ability of my dress to cooperate with all the twisting and spinning. To calm my mind and ensure there would be no major wardrobe malfunction, Blake pulled out his iPhone and turned on our song. He grabbed my hand and we danced with each other on a cracked slab of concrete in front of an rustic old barn with the sun setting behind us. In that moment, everything slowed down. We looked around and there were no guests, no timeline, and no pressure. It was just the two of us, my new husband and I sharing a moment together that was sweet, improvised, intimate, and unforgettably perfect.


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rustic outdoor ceremony wedding

rustic outdoor ceremony wedding

Advice to future brides: Don’t rush the planning process and really take the time to truly enjoy each step. Take the opportunity to have fun, learn more about each other, and explore what it is that makes your relationship so special to each of you. Appreciate the little moments that occur as you work with each other to customize your big day. For me, some of my fondest memories were made while planning; going through all of our favorite songs together and choosing which one to dance to, coming to tears as we wrote our wedding vows, working together to find the right shade of pink for the ties, and stumbling through our first dance practice in the middle of the living room. Those little moments are now just as significant as the actual wedding day.


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rustic outdoor ceremony wedding

Boise Botanical Garden wedding
Boise Botanical Garden wedding

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Wedding Vendors (Boise, Idaho):

Ceremony Venue: Idaho Botanical Gardens / Reception Venue: The Linen Building / Wedding Photographer: Andria Lindquist / Wedding Dress: Jasmine Bridal Couture / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ann Taylor / Wedding Flowers: Hope Blooms, Eagle Idaho / Wedding Caterer: Open Table Catering / Wedding Cake: Pastry Perfection / DJ: Vince Cavanaugh, VCI Audio

Rustic Autumn Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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We love seeing the end result when not only the bride toils away at endless DIY projects, but the groom pitches in too! Such was the case with Alena and Ben’s Nebraska wedding, which perfectly encapsulates everything that fall is. View all of the images shot by the fantastic duo EPlove and read Alena and Ben’s story from the bride herself:

rustic autumn wedding in nebraska from eplove

From the bride, Alena: Literally EVERYTHING was handmade by myself, my darling husband, or my mom and best friend. Our house kind of resembled a sweatshop during the months before the wedding. Ben would be down in the basement sewing and handstamping each of the 150 flour sack napkins or woodburning our initials into the tree trunk circles my dad cut from a tree in our backyard, and my mom spent a week making 12 different frostings and 17 different bundt cakes from scratch, while cutting each section of fabric for all the reception tablecloths (idea found on folksy.com). I created and made each of the boutonnieres (my original inspiration was Green Wedding Shoes “Burlap and Feather Boutonniere Tutorial”), and all of the flower pins, as well as sewing and putting together my bridal bouquet. My maid of honor and I spent hours cutting pennants and clothes pinning them to twine to decorate the barn, and I spent at least one CSI marathon making the yarn letters for the ceremony. Shout out to my MOH for handmaking all of the incredible cream cheese mints and helping me create each unique centerpiece, and to my sister for filling 200 tiny bags with our “first date chai” for guests. I fell even more in love with my husband as he helped me thrift and paint and create.


rustic autumn wedding in nebraska from eplove

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rustic autumn wedding in nebraska from eplove

The door with the keys on it was an old door from my mom’s original house growing up, and some of the decorations on the barn wall were other things from my parent’s childhood (the peacocks, white chair, and window). All of the keys incorporated into the wedding were real vintage keys that my mom scored at an auction. At least 75% of the items used for centerpieces were from my childhood home (my mom is a genius at interior design), others were found at antique shops in downtown NE City. We thrifted most of the china used at the receptions, but also used personal pieces from many family members and close friends (we now have an beautifully mismatched set of dishes for our personal use). The rug we got married on has been in my family for years, and that magical vanity we used as an altar was found at a random goodwill for 25 bucks.


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rustic autumn wedding in nebraska from eplove

rustic autumn wedding in nebraska from eplove

Our first look pictures were taken on a small bridge in the middle of a million trees decked out in their fall leaves. Walking up to Ben on that bridge, with all the leaves and twigs trailing in my lace train and seeing his face for the first time that day- it’s indescribable. It was overwhelming in the most amazing and lovely way. During the lighting of our unity candle (kerosene lamp), two groomsmen performed a gorgeous rendition of “Come Thou Fount” – Mumford & Sons style, complete with banjo. It was so perfect for the moment and a beautiful memory. Also, as a cheap gift, I had myself professionally recorded singing an Ingrid Michaelson song to surprise Ben with during our first dance. We were supposed to have our first dance to a Ben Folds song, so at first he was pretty ticked at the DJ for messing it up- it was the sweetest moment when he figured out it was me singing.


rustic autumn wedding in nebraska from eplove

rustic autumn wedding in nebraska from eplove

rustic autumn wedding in nebraska from eplove

TONS of time was spent on wedding blogs loooong before I even knew my husband (ha- I can’t be the ONLY girl to do that… right?) My personal style as well as growing up in a home where almost everything was vintage, antique, handed down, or handmade also played a large part in our planning. Also, it was really important to Ben and I that even though people might not agree with or understand our vision of our wedding, we wanted our personalities and the loves of our life (music, design, humor) to be evident. Everywhere you looked was something that exuded “us”, and that’s exactly what we spent many late night hours dreaming up while sitting in dingy coffee shops. We wanted to incorporate all the things that make us weak in the knees, and the result was overwhelming. It was perfect. It was 100% Ben and Alena. A day that was so imperfect, crazy, but handmade with tons of love- with many elements we could keep and cherish for the rest of our life (as well as decorate our home with- ha!)


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rustic autumn wedding in nebraska from eplove

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How would you describe your wedding theme? Oooh, a colorful conglomerate of our favorite coffee shop, our closets, a folk music festival, a Mumford & Sons song, an antique shop, a backyard bbq, and your most wildest dreams. But seriously… if our love was an object outside of us instead of a feeling inside of us, it would be something cozy, mismatched, hilarious, imperfect, but lovely and warm — and that’s what I feel our wedding was. Is that a weird analogy? Oh well.


rustic autumn wedding in nebraska from eplove

Is there anything else you would like to recommend to other brides? Shop Etsy. The things we couldn’t make or didn’t have time to create, we found on Etsy. And put some effort and money into stellar photography and video. It’s what you get to keep after your day is over. You won’t ever regret it. And finally, our wedding would have been impossible without all the help and support from our friends and family. Even if they couldn’t see our “vision” right away, they were all so positive and helpful in making it happen. A labor of love from start to finish. You’re all rad. Xoxo.

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Wedding Vendors (Nebraska City, NE):

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Historic Morton Barns / Wedding Photographer and Videographer: EPlove / Wedding Dress: Enzoani / Bride’s Shoes: Clarks / Bride’s Hair Accessory: Brenda’s Bridal Veils / Bride’s Necklace: Tiffany / Bride’s Earrings: Urban Outfitters / Groom and Groomsmen’s Outfits: Urban Outfitters, Express / Groom and Groomsmen’s Ties: The Tie Bar / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Modcloth, Ruche, Urban Outfitters / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21 / Wedding Cake: mother of the bride / Wedding Flowers: bride / DJ: Complete Music / Bride’s Makeup: Amanda at Envy Studio, Lincoln, NE

Italian Autumn Inspiration

Design Inspiration

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Not that it takes much for me to dream of vacationing in Italy, but this styled shoot from Cinzia Bruschini has me daydreaming away. From the sweet vintage lace to the candy-covered apples, this al fresco dining shoot is the real deal. I will let the stylist take the stage: Getting married in autumn with the glorious burst of colours in the trees, the crisp crunch of dried leaves underfoot, the nip in the air and the abundance of choices you have with this season being one of the most dramatic symbols of endings and beginnings autumn stands for.


The magical time of Autumn

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The magical time of Autumn

The magical time of AutumnThe magical time of Autumn


We have been inspired by the magical atmosphere of an ancient town called Moresco in the Marche region, Italy. Gold, red, dark chocolate and coffee — The typical seasonal colours have been used to give life to a very refined design on which the nature is the undisputed Queen.

The magical time of Autumn

The magical time of AutumnThe magical time of Autumn

Italy wedding destination ideas

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The magical time of Autumn

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Wedding vendors (Marche Region, Italy):

Venue: Historical Centre of Moresco / Production and styling: Officina Stravagante (site coming soon!) / Photographer: Cinzia Bruschini and Paolo Manzi / Stationery: Ara Marvin from Caratterino / Bridal Dress: Alida Giordani Boutique / Bridal Shoes: Loriblu / Wedding Cake and Sweets: Monplaisir / Flowers: Amoa

New England Garden Wedding

Garden Weddings

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This ultra-cool couple married in mid-September at Mass Audubon, New England’s largest conservation organization. As you might imagine, this means their big day was full of lush surroundings, fluffy flower arrangements, and the sweetest botanical wedding favors I’ve seen to date! Thanks to the wonderful Kristin Korpos for sending these snaps our way, and don’t miss the rest in the gallery!

Krista & Joe at Mass Audubon

From the bride, Krista: We really just wanted our wedding to be fun and laid back–a celebration of the two of us and the things we love: family, friends, great food, great cocktails, and a great party. We wanted to include lots of little touches that spoke to who we are and the things we enjoy without it seeming like we were writing anything in flashing lights. Everything from the amazing charcuterie and pickle spread (by Vadim Akimenko) to our two kickass bartenders (Ben Sandrof and Misty Kalkofen) to the awesome raw bar to the homemade pies (by Cobrina Grieco) to the music and reading we chose for our ceremony to the herb pot favors to the purple and chartreuse florals to the after-party at The Independent (our neighborhood bar) was there for a reason–because in some way it represented something about who we are, what we care about, and what we enjoy together. And… I guess it worked! I can’t tell you how many people have come up to me saying things like, “Your wedding was so ‘Krista and Joe” or “so ‘you guys'”. No matter how many times I hear it, it always makes me happy. It really was (thanks our incredible friends and families) a pretty stellar party, if I do say so myself.

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Krista & Joe at Mass Audubon

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Krista & Joe at Mass Audubon offbeat new england wedding by kristin korpos

As far of the style of our wedding goes, we wanted it to be pretty and classy, but not fancy or stuffy in any way–just a lovely garden party with white linens and simple, but striking centerpieces that reflected the wild yet manicured (if that makes any sense) setting that we were in. We didn’t set out to have a vintage style wedding per se, but I think the style of our clothing (Really, that’s just how we like to dress when we get all fancied up!), and obviously the venue, which had a very Agatha Christie mystery/English garden vibe to it really gave the day a vintage feel.

Audubon wedding by Kristin Korpos

Krista & Joe at Mass Audubon

Krista & Joe at Mass Audubon

Kristin Korpos for sending these snaps our way, and don’t miss the rest in the View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding music:
Processional: “Crush,” Smashing Pumpkins
Recessional: “I Thank You,” Sam and Dave
First Dance: “Let’s Dance,” David Bowie

Wedding vendors (Belmont, MA):

Wedding venue: Mass Audubon / Wedding photographer: Kristin Korpos / Wedding coordinator: Amanda Connor at Hummingbird Bridal / Wedding caterers: Forklift / Ceremony musician: Fil Pacino / DJ: Elvis Collins Entertainment / Wedding dress: Dolly Couture / Makeup: Alison McAlear / Hair: Danielle McKenna / Wedding flowers: Julie Raymond at Bittersweet Gardens / Wedding invitations: Linley Dolby / Groom’s attire: Brooks Brothers / Groom’s shoes and belt: Allen Edmonds / Hair accessory: Sofisticata / Transportation: ETS International

Kristin Korpos is a member of our vendor guide, Blue Label

Budget Friendly Branch Arrangements

Wedding Design

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Being a wedding blogger, I can’t help but mentally collect oodles of dream wedding scenarios. In these picture perfect settings, florals of all shapes and sizes are present in every.single.one of them. Large floral arrangements are infamous for blowing budgets, but our floral expert Sarah of Honey of a Thousand Flowers is here to show you an utterly gorgeous floral arrangement that is as pretty as it is wallet-friendly. Thank you Jessica Peterson for the images.

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From Sarah: it seems that we are putting flowers in just about anything that will hold them these days. I have flowers at my house in everything from clay pots to coffee dispensers to doll heads at my house. In this movement of being inventive with our containers, it seems that we are using a lot of smaller containers for arrangements. I love small arrangements, they are delicate, and they look great in clusters. But! I am a sucker for big arrangements too. Big statements pieces are important to wedding décor. Even if all of your other arrangements are small, it is important to have at least one large scale arrangement on display to set the mood. Once you have created an environment for your wedding with the big pieces, any small pieces on tables will be icing on the cake. The problem for most brides is that these big arrangements are budget drains. But they don’t have to be!

Wild grasses, Crab apple branches, cherry branches, coleus foliage large centerpieces Honey of a Thousand Flowers

Branches or woody greens of some sort are usually used as the base for larger arrangements to begin with. But aren’t they pretty by themselves? Just about any branch will make a gorgeous large scale arrangement. Here I have used crab apples and cherries in one, and wild grass plumes in another. I think any arrangement looks best on a pedestal. Throw these pieces on a wooden pedestal and stick them on either side of you for your ceremony, or at the entrance to your venue and you are good to go!

I kept these arrangements very simple. A lot of times earthy brides get scared when they hear the words “big arrangements” because they don’t want anything too complex or flowery. Sticking to things with natural textures like the branches or grasses will allow you to use scale to wow your guests while still keeping things natural and simple.

Wild grasses, Crab apple branches, cherry branches, coleus foliage large centerpieces Honey of a Thousand Flowers

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In these arrangements: Wild grasses, Crab apple branches, cherry branches, coleus foliage.

Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a member of Blue Label and is available for weddings worldwide.

Autumnal Mackinac Island Wedding

DIY Weddings

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Coming back from a long weekend in Michigan this past weekend, I couldn’t be happier to share Lindsay and Cole’s wedding shot by Bryan & Mae in Mackinac Island. They incorporated lots of vintage touches throughout their day – from the vintage movie poster table numbers to their stationery. It’s true that we say that the weddings we share are always the sweetest, but Lindsay and Cole’s wedding is one for the books. Their emotions can be seen in the photos and felt through the screen, and we couldn’t help but get a bit teary looking at this photo of their ceremony.

Bryan & Mae in Mackinac Island. They incorporated lots of vintage touches throughout their day – from the vintage movie poster table numbers to their stationery. It’s true that we say that the weddings we share are always the sweetest, but Lindsay and Cole’s wedding is one for the books. Their emotions can be seen in the photos and felt through the screen, and we couldn’t help but get a bit teary looking at Mackinac Island Michigan US destination wedding

Mackinac Island Michigan US destination wedding

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I knew I wanted an autumn wedding – it’s always been my favorite season. Luckily, my husband felt the same way! I also knew I wanted a vintage feel, and once we chose our historic location and venue it all fell into place. We live in Los Angeles but are originally from Michigan, so we wanted to reflect both sides of our lives — the movie business and our Michigan roots. Somehow, we were able to incorporate all of these disparate elements and make it very “us”. Just as important, we wanted the feel of ceremony to be very personal. So, my brother officiated, and we included our bridal party and other friends/family to be part of it in various ways — my cousin sang, we had readings from our favorite books and films, and we passed our rings around for each person to give a “blessing”. It was really special.

Bryan & Mae in Mackinac Island. They incorporated lots of vintage touches throughout their day – from the vintage movie poster table numbers to their stationery. It’s true that we say that the weddings we share are always the sweetest, but Lindsay and Cole’s wedding is one for the books. Their emotions can be seen in the photos and felt through the screen, and we couldn’t help but get a bit teary looking at Mackinac Island Michigan US destination wedding

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Mackinac Island Michigan US destination wedding

Mackinac Island is one of my very favorite places in the world. Growing up, my family would take trips there, and I was always enchanted with the lovely historic island that doesn’t allow cars — you have to bike or horse buggy everywhere. It’s so timeless and romantic. I also love the movie ‘Somewhere in Time’, which is entirely set on the island. So when my husband, who also grew up in Michigan, proposed, it seemed like the perfect location for our wedding. When we toured Mission Point Resort, I fell in love with its elegant rustic charm. We chose to get married in a small hall on the resort grounds with a giant fireplace, to give us that intimate feeling we wanted for us and our guests. The reception was held in a beautiful room in the main hotel, with exposed wood beams and incredible views of the lake. All in all, it was exactly the right setting for us.

Bryan & Mae in Mackinac Island. They incorporated lots of vintage touches throughout their day – from the vintage movie poster table numbers to their stationery. It’s true that we say that the weddings we share are always the sweetest, but Lindsay and Cole’s wedding is one for the books. Their emotions can be seen in the photos and felt through the screen, and we couldn’t help but get a bit teary looking at Mackinac Island Michigan US destination wedding

I wanted to create an autumn-vintage-rustic-romantic look. We also wanted to incorporate our love of movies and books into the decor. I wasn’t so concerned with everything matching, only that it genuinely reflected who we are — THAT was our “theme”. So we used the tandem bike image on our invitations, welcome bags and menus to tie in the island’s bike culture, but then we designed movie ticket escort cards that went with classic movie table numbers. Our cake toppers include our favorite books.

Bryan & Mae in Mackinac Island. They incorporated lots of vintage touches throughout their day – from the vintage movie poster table numbers to their stationery. It’s true that we say that the weddings we share are always the sweetest, but Lindsay and Cole’s wedding is one for the books. Their emotions can be seen in the photos and felt through the screen, and we couldn’t help but get a bit teary looking at welcome guest bags oot

Mackinac Island Michigan US destination wedding

vintage yellow bike ceremony sign

I wanted colors that complimented the season, but nothing too traditional. I was inspired by the location, and decided to do a palette including yellows and oranges to highlight the changing leaves; cream and grays like the birch trees of Michigan; and then a touch of blue inspired by the beautiful lake. The result was soft, vintage and autumnal.

Bryan & Mae in Mackinac Island. They incorporated lots of vintage touches throughout their day – from the vintage movie poster table numbers to their stationery. It’s true that we say that the weddings we share are always the sweetest, but Lindsay and Cole’s wedding is one for the books. Their emotions can be seen in the photos and felt through the screen, and we couldn’t help but get a bit teary looking at Mackinac Island Michigan US destination wedding

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I really loved doing my DIY projects, which included: my hair piece; decoupaging vintage luggage for our “postcard table” guest book; the “sweet love” banner for the dessert table; the menus and the boutonnieres. My sister-in-law helped me design the programs, welcome bags, escort cards and other design elements. My father-in-law made the wood cake and cupcake stands. I loved that so much of the decor was personal and homemade. Everything else was Etsy and flea mart finds. I don’t know what I would do without Etsy!

Bryan & Mae in Mackinac Island. They incorporated lots of vintage touches throughout their day – from the vintage movie poster table numbers to their stationery. It’s true that we say that the weddings we share are always the sweetest, but Lindsay and Cole’s wedding is one for the books. Their emotions can be seen in the photos and felt through the screen, and we couldn’t help but get a bit teary looking at vintage movie poster table numbers

Mackinac Island Michigan US destination wedding

Bryan & Mae in Mackinac Island. They incorporated lots of vintage touches throughout their day – from the vintage movie poster table numbers to their stationery. It’s true that we say that the weddings we share are always the sweetest, but Lindsay and Cole’s wedding is one for the books. Their emotions can be seen in the photos and felt through the screen, and we couldn’t help but get a bit teary looking at Click to view all images in the gallery

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t be too concerned with the minutia of planning; it can get overwhelming and make you crazy! It doesn’t matter if everything is perfectly coordinated, as long as you feel it reflects your own unique style and personalities. This will ultimately make the experience more personal, and more beautiful. Also, take time during both the planning and the actual day to really BE with your groom and remember what it’s all about. We can get so distracted with all the fun and stressful details and forget that this is about two people starting an incredible journey together; the rest is frosting. And remember, when things go wrong (and they DO go wrong no matter how much you try to avoid it), take a breath and have a sense of humor about it. It was cold and rainy the day of our wedding and I was bummed — but then the sun came out and we had RAINBOWS! If that’s not a metaphor for life, I don’t know what is :)

Wedding Songs:

We wanted to incorporate our love for movies as much as possible, so all of our songs are movie-related. The guys walked to the “Throne Room March” from Star Wars: A New Hope; the bridesmaids walked to “Storybook Love” from Princess Bride; and I walked down the aisle to the theme from “Somewhere In Time.” Our first dance song was “Come What May” from Moulin Rouge, and my father and I danced to “Rainbow Connection” from the Muppet Movie.

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Mackinac Island, MI):

Ceremony and reception locations: Mission Point Resort / Photographer: Bryan & Mae / Wedding Dress: Lazaro (3962 in ivory), purchased at Mon Amie in Costa Mesa / Wedding Shoes: BHLDN / Hair and Makeup: 7th Heaven Salon at Mission Point Resort / Bridesmaid Dresses: various shades of gray from Jcrew, BHLDN and Priscilla of Boston / DJ: Patrick McManus of MICA Entertainment / Caterer: Mission Point Resort / Wedding Cake: two-tier birch tree cake with vanilla cake and chocolate buttercream frosting, and pumpkin cupcakes with vanilla cream cheese frosting, from Bella e Dolce Bakery; cookies were also served from Marc’s Double Oven / Wedding invitations: Stephanie at Sunshine & Ravioli / Transportation: Gough Carriages

Whimsical Ballroom Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

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Tinywater Photography teamed up with Coquette Events, on a shoot inspired by Fantasy Ballroom that is sure to make Marie Antoinette jealous. Gorgeous floral arrangements by Botanica Floral Designs, a delectable dessert table by Sugar & Spice, endless layers of frothy tulle, sparkly touches and a rich color palette pretty much sums up our dream winter wedding. Perfect timing to feast your eyes before the holidays and snatch up some ideas for your tables. Be sure to watch the video made by Lovespun below.

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Marie Antoinette wedding ideas
fantasy wedding ideas
Marie Antoinette wedding ideas
Marie Antoinette wedding ideas
fantasy wedding ideas
Marie Antoinette wedding ideas
fantasy wedding ideas
Marie Antoinette wedding ideas
fantasy wedding ideas
Marie Antoinette wedding ideas
fantasy wedding ideas
Marie Antoinette wedding ideas
Marie Antoinette wedding ideas

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Wedding Vendors:

Photography: Tinywater Photography / Event Coordinator: Coquette Events / Flowers: Audrey Gardemeyer, Botanica Floral Designs / Dessert Bar: Sugar & Spice / Linens: Wildflower Linens / Tutus: The Little Pea / Masks: Tom Banwell / Models: Lauren and Alex from Exalt Model and Talent Agency, Kiera Shimamoto Tong / Wedding Dress: Miosa Couture / Shoes: Hey Lady Shoes by the Leung Twins / Cake Topper: Over the Top Studios by Amada Lebel / Silverware: Classic Party Rentals / Make-Up: Rona Basa, Luxe Image Premiere Hair & Make Up Artist / Video: Lovespun Handmade Films

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

Minnesota Stone Barn Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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Is there a better time of the year for a rustic soiree than the Fall? I think not. This ultra chic barn wedding shot by Eric Lundgren Photography is the perfect example of rustic elegance. Love the little vintage touches blended with modern styling. Anna wore her mother’s veil, such a great way to “something borrowed” and to honor your mom or mom-in-law if you want to rock a brand new gown.

Chic DIY Minnesota Rochester wedding by Eric Lundgren
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Chic DIY Minnesota Rochester wedding by Eric Lundgren
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Chic DIY Minnesota Rochester wedding by Eric Lundgren
Chic DIY Minnesota Rochester wedding by Eric Lundgren
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Mad Libs wedding menu reception
Chic DIY Minnesota Rochester wedding by Eric Lundgren
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Chic DIY Minnesota Rochester wedding by Eric Lundgren


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From Eric Lundgren Photography: Anna and Dan hosted a classic wedding in southern Minnesota. They married under mature oak trees next to golden corn fields. The reception was held in a historic stone barn full of thoughtful DIY details. The couple chose a rustic harvest theme for decor, centerpieces of artichokes and apples over burlap runners complimented by the leaves gently falling during the ceremony.

As the groom is a stand-up comedian, the couple provided a homemade Mad Lib sheet at each place setting to entertain the guests before dinner.

The couple chose an apple crisp dessert so cardboard cakes were constructed and coated with a chalkboard finish, allowing children to decorate the cakes with colored chalk. The chalkboard theme was also used for the bar menu.

The venue itself was built in the early 1900s for the co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Charles Mayo. The charming interior of the stone barn was lit with strings of lights to create a warm and intimate atmosphere for dinner and dancing.

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Rochester, Minnesota):

Venue: Mayowood Stone Barn / Photographer: Eric Lundgren Photography / Event Coordinator: Fab.you.lous Event Design / Hair & Makeup: Smart and Chic Bride / Catering: Catering by Design / Florist: Intuitive Blooms / DJ: Midwest Sound / Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander from Bridal Accents Couture / Veil: vintage (mother’s) / Shoes: Seychelles / Stationery: Paper Rock Scissor

Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Ups

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We received a copy of the third annual Destination Weddings and Dream Honeymoons issue from Martha Stewart and we’re giddy to share a sneak peek of this wedding that took place in Somerset County, England. View the rest of this wedding online here or in the mag that hit the newsstands today! Love all the fall elements combine with an amazing backdrop…

England Fall wedding

England Fall wedding

England Fall wedding

Photos by Aaron Delesie.
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A big shoutout to our latest Blue Label members…

Melissa Brandman Photography
Unexpected Elements
Rebecca Rose Events
The Crimson Poppy
Indie Wedding DJ
The Hudson Cakery
Lillyput Lane Design Company
Rebecca Hansen Weddings
Kimberly Chau Photography
Luna Bazaar

Rustic Fall Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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For those of us here in the U.S, today marks the countdown for Thanksgiving weekend. From dried wheat and lavender bouquets to squash table numbers, Chelsea and Trevor’s wedding is the epitome of fall – and with a plethora of gorgeous details. Big thanks to Cameron Ingalls for sharing this wedding with us!

rustic fall wedding

 rustic fall wedding
 rustic fall wedding
 rustic fall wedding
 rustic fall wedding
 rustic fall wedding

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Wedding Vendors (Creston, CA):

Wedding Venue: The Loading Chute (6350 Webster Road,Creston) / Photography: Cameron Ingalls via Two Bright Lights / Hair Stylist: Salon Roux