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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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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

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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

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Corkey Creations

Corkey Creations offers the largest selection of wine cork place card holders, including personalized and custom printing. We also offer whole corks for save the dates, guest book corks, magnets and key-chains and vinyl wine bottle decor for table numbers and/or centerpiece decorations.

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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.

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Erin Pelicano, ltd

Erin Pelicano designs simple, elegant and timeless artisan jewelry meant to be cherished and worn for years. Each piece is individually handcrafted with love and artistry in sterling silver, 24K gold vermeil and genuine stones. These meaningful pieces allow you to keep your dreams, inspirations and feelings close to your heart or share them as memorable gifts with special significance. Treasured by all generations, these delicate creations can be worn alone or layered with other jewelry.

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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

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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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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.

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Erin Pelicano, ltd

Erin Pelicano designs simple, elegant and timeless artisan jewelry meant to be cherished and worn for years. Each piece is individually handcrafted with love and artistry in sterling silver, 24K gold vermeil and genuine stones. These meaningful pieces allow you to keep your dreams, inspirations and feelings close to your heart or share them as memorable gifts with special significance. Treasured by all generations, these delicate creations can be worn alone or layered with other jewelry.

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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.

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Chic DIY Minnesota Rochester wedding by Eric Lundgren
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


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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

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Concertina Press

Sailboats, waves, octopus and jellyfish are just a few of the amazing seaworthy designs featured in Concertina Press’s line of vintage inspired nautical wedding invitations and stationery.

“Ruth is an exceptional artist and artisan! She was very prompt to stay in communication with me throughout my ordering process. She worked with me to make sure that all my needs were met exactly. It was so comforting to work with her through the stressful process of ordering the perfect wedding invitations! I absolutely LOVE the way her products turned out, and cannot wait to send them to all my guests! Thank you SO MUCH Ruth, your kindness and professionalism have helped me more than you know!” ” – Emily D.

After living in the small town of Woods Hole on Cape Cod for nearly 11 years, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press, moved down to the sunny East coast of Florida to be closer to family. Her Cape Cod map save the date is still widely popular with couples getting married on the Cape, along with the matching wedding invitation. Since moving south she’s added more tropical designs including seahorses, sand dollars and waves.

Ruth takes pride in customer service, and making the online ordering process as easy as possible while still remaining personalized. You can purchase samples of any of her invitations online, or contact her directly with any questions or for a quote.

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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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Spreading Lovely

Welcome to Spreading Lovely!  We’re a full service event planning & design company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving all of The Golden State and beyond and tailor all services to fit your specific event needs.  Plus, with every booking, we donate 10% to the charity of your choice because we believe in not only making a difference in our clients’ lives, but also in countless other lives we may never otherwise have the opportunity to reach.

Of course we love a great party, but more importantly we believe in love, we believe in a marriage after the wedding, and we love being a part of life’s major milestones and helping you navigate the (sometimes) mountains of details.  With our wealth of knowledge, creativity and experience we’ll illuminate and inspire your ideas to create a one-of-a-kind event that authentically reflects YOUnot us, or what anyone tells you it should be.

We know how to leverage small design details of texture, color and lighting to elevate an event and create the ambiance you desire. We love collaborating to create unique event concepts, after all – it’s your story that makes the best inspiration.  If lots of glitter and bright colors best reflects your fun loving nature, awesome, we’re in!  If an elopement on a mountain top is more your thing, fantastic, we’re in!  Our number one job is to be on your team and provide a voice of reason, guidance and experience to streamline the planning and execute your event more exceptional than you imagined.

We believe you should be fully present and live in the moment on your wedding day, not sweating the small stuff!  That’s why we’re here to make the road to your wedding more fun, more relaxed and more enjoyable by taking care of the planning, design and organization details so you can still make it to Sunday brunch and do more of what makes you happy while celebrating the path to this amazing commitment to each other!

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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!

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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

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Bulles de Joie

Photographer of Happy People – I capture natural beauty and love in a candid way.

Lifestyle photography: make you feel at ease so you can show your true feelings that I transpose into joyful, candid, lightful shots.

Proposals, engagements, elopements, honeymoons, portraits.

Based in Paris, I capture your love everywhere in France and in Europe.

See you soon!

Stéphanie

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