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Collaborative Pennsylvania Farm Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Photos by:

Justin Tearney

When bride and groom Heather and Scott started to take on endless DIY projects for their wedding day, they had no shortage of friends and family willing to lend a hand and help tackle the decor. The result is a day at Fox Hill Farm that’s a true collaborative effort, with beautiful thoughtful details everywhere you turn and a wedding photographed by Justin Tearney that will be remembered for years and years to come.

collaborative Pennsylvania farm wedding - photo by Justin Tearney http://ruffledblog.com/collaborative-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

From the bride, Heather: It was really important to us that our celebration reflected and honored our individuals stories and our history together. My grandmother was an artist and her hand painted silk scarves made beautiful runners for the dessert tables, cocktail tables and more. I even used one of her unpainted scarves as a sash. Scott, a photographer, brought his father’s 4×5 camera to be used in photographs. We had recently moved back North after living in Nashville for eight years, so we went with a Southern inspired menu including chicken and waffles, Mac and cheese, hush puppies and pork belly sliders. Scott’s father is known in our families for his pies, and we were excited to have him supplement the amazing desserts made by Allie’s Cupcakery and Cafe with some of our favorite pies he makes.

garden wedding invitations - photo by Justin Tearney http://ruffledblog.com/collaborative-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

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bridal party - photo by Justin Tearney http://ruffledblog.com/collaborative-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

bridesmaids in pastel pink - photo by Justin Tearney http://ruffledblog.com/collaborative-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

bridesmaid bouquets - photo by Justin Tearney http://ruffledblog.com/collaborative-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

colorful bouquet with burgundy dahlia - photo by Justin Tearney http://ruffledblog.com/collaborative-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

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bouquet with dahlias - photo by Justin Tearney http://ruffledblog.com/collaborative-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

My father is a woodworker and designer and crafted an amazing bar using antique doors, live edge details, and a copper top. It fit in so perfectly at the venue in their Civil War era barn and existing use of antique doors that it ended up staying for use by future couples. In addition he made a second bar section to hide the kegs, and two beautiful live edge tables, one for the photo booth and one for refreshments and programs at the entrance to the ceremony. He also made the wooden welcome sign Heather wrote on to mark the entrance of the venue.

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ceremony recessional - photo by Justin Tearney http://ruffledblog.com/collaborative-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

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One of our favorite parts of the whole experience was how collaborative it was. Perhaps our friends and families thought we were a little wacky for how many DIY projects we took on, but if they did they never let on, and pitched in enthusiastically to help us in any way they could. Heather and her sisters all worked together to dip dye over 100 napkins. Scott’s sister and her husband surprised us with an incredible performance of Closer to You by Brandi Carlile during the reception. Heather’s mother was the master organizer which is perhaps the most important part when you are planning a completely DIY wedding. The whole event ended up going off without a hitch and we have no doubt it is because of all of the help we had from family and friends in so many more ways than we could ever list here.

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Ruffled - photo by Justin Tearney http://ruffledblog.com/collaborative-pennsylvania-farm-wedding

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Wedding Vendors

Photography

Justin Tearney

Floral Design and Venue

Fox Hill Farm

Wedding Dress

Casablanca Bridal

Bridal Store

Three Graces Bridal

Brdesmaid Dresses

Ralph Lauren

Groomsmen Attire

J.Crew, Banana Republic

Catering

Peculiar Culinary Company

Dessert

Allie's Cupcakery and Cafe

Pies

Robert Metzger

Camera

Contax Rental

Film Lab

PhotoVision Prints

Intimate Colorful Wedding at Gruene Estate

Romantic Weddings

Horses, paper punch garlands, vibrant floral arrangements, a beautiful couple deeply in love — this wedding has it all. Natalia and Adam exchanged vows at the stunning Gruene Estate in the most adorable open-air chapel, following by a colorful reception with heaps of handmade touches. Jessica Scott Photography and Rosehip Flora‘s work shine in this wedding!

intimate colorful wedding at Gruene Estate - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

From the bride, Natalia: The idea for our wedding started with the venue, Gruene Estate–a little farm with an open-air chapel and reception hall. We wanted something fun, colorful, and not too stuffy to match the location. We also drew inspiration from our invitations. We are both designers so we teamed up to tell our story through pictures and this gave us an idea of what we wanted to do for decorations. With a lot of help from our friends and family, we made all of the decorations ourselves, even with everyone being scattered across different states. The circle backdrop was made by running the circles through the sewing machine and we hand-painted the cake toppers. Overall, it was definitely a labor of love and we are so happy how it turned out.

map wedding invitation - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

wedding rings - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

pink and orange bouquet - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

bride getting ready - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

bridesmaids in aqua dresses - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

bright bouquets with orange accents - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

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ceremony setup - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

ceremony benches - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

wedding ceremony - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

Our color scheme was pink, orange and a light green. We had laser cut place mats that our friends cut for us, we hand punched and sewed through our backdrop, we stamped our own favors which were little sketchbooks and also dipped the pencils in paint. My husband painted the cake toppers by hand.

farm wedding portrait - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

farm wedding - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

Ruffled - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

paper punch garlands - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

wedding stamps - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Be patient and thorough and know that in the end it will come together and look beautiful!

Ruffled - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

orange centerpiece - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

sweetheart table - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

paper fan chair back decor - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

Ruffled - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

spring wedding place setting - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

coral colored centerpiece - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

ombre wedding cake - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

cake table - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

paper punch garland - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

Ruffled - photo by Jessica Scott Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-colorful-wedding-at-gruene-estate

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Theme 1 (Waltz),” Andrew Bird; “Let It Be Me,” The Everly Brothers
Recessional: “It Only Takes A Moment” ending and instrumental version from Hello Dolly
First Dance: “Darling I Do,” Landon Pigg and Lucy Schwartz
We tried to play a mix of old and new for the reception. We wanted people to get up and dance!

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Jessica Scott Photography

Floral Design

Rosehip Flora

Venue

Gruene Estate

Wedding Dress and Bracelet

BHLDN

Wedding Shoes

Trotter

Earrings

Kate Spade

Hair and Makeup

Felger and Friends

Bridesmaid Dresses

David's Bridal

Groom's Attire

The Black Tux

Catering

Salt Lick

Wedding Cake and Cookies

2Tarts Bakery

DJ

DJ Mr. Thrill

Bishop Farm Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Today’s wedding comes to us thanks to the talents of Dreamlove Photography and By Emily B., who respectively captured and styled this impeccable Bishop Farm shindig. No detail was left unconsidered, from the wooden signs to the seafoam and pink place settings to the cheery floral arrangements.

Bishop Farm wedding - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

From the bride, Eliza: Our favorite memory of the day is how it all felt — throughout the day, we were completely overwhelmed by all the love, support, and laughter surrounding us. If we had to pick one moment that showed this, it was during the second to last song of the night. The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” was playing and although the groom and I started dancing with each other, everyone spontaneously worked themselves into a swaying circle to which we, ourselves, could not resist being a part of! By the end of the song, there wasn’t a guest sitting at their table or anyone standing outside the barn — every single person was swaying, together, in a huge circle on the dance floor. At some point, I remember looking at my now-husband and I knew we were thinking the same thing: We are seriously the luckiest people in the world to have so many wonderful people in our lives!

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Any advice for other couples planning their weddings now? Our advice would be to carefully pick and choose what is most important to you and what represents you and to not sweat the rest. To us, we saw our wedding as a community event, a celebration of not just us, but also of the love and support our dearest friends and families have given us. As such, we spent a lot of time working on things that would reflect this: From planning weekend events to maximizing time spent with everyone to writing fun, personalized notes for every guest on the back of their escort card, we wanted to thank all of our guests for joining in on the celebration and for being, well, awesome! That said, we also had the luxury of having an amazing set of vendors, each of whom we could entirely trust to take our general ideas to the next level, while ensuring that the specific details that we did choose to spend time on to be carried out flawlessly. Have fun with it and everyone else will too!

escort card display - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

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barn receptions - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

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barn wedding receptions - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

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reception sweetheart table - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

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Bishop Farm wedding - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding


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From the photographer, Dreamlove Photography: Eliza and Brent traveled all the way from San Francisco to host their eco-friendly wedding in the rural green hills of New Hampshire. Bishop Farm was the perfect venue for these two, with it’s rustic New England charm, and environmentally friendly amenities like solar-powered cabins! Our favorite details were the antique furniture, provided by the lovely By Emily B. design team, and the bright and artful flowers everywhere! Eliza’s bouquet had air plants that were actually blooming! Eliza had the genius idea of having guests use ball jars for their drinks during cocktail hour, and write their names on the glasses so they could keep using them all night! From the donut cake to the handwritten escort card messages to each guest, this wedding was overflowing with personal touches, making in an incredibly unique event.

Wedding Location: Lisbon, NH / Photographer: Dreamlove Photography / Event and Floral Design: By Emily B. / Venue: The Bishop Farm / Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone / Wedding Shoes: Corso Como / Wedding Veil: Marina Morrison Bridal Salon / Makeup: Fresh Salon & Day Spa / Jewelry: Lang Antique & Estate Jewelry and Tiffany & Co. / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Banana Republic / Groom’s Attire: J. Crew / Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Groom’s Tie: Forage Haberdashery / Caterer: Delicata Catering / Desserts: The Dessert Goddess and Lou’s Bakery / DJ: Aaron Denny / Guestbook: Our Wedding Invites / Wedding Invitations: Wayland Chew / Paper Props: By Emily B.

Byron Bay Farm Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Photos by:

Shane Shepherd

I don’t know that I’ve ever been so smitten so quickly when viewing a wedding as I was with this one. Tegan and Jordan’s wedding was the perfect embodiment of what we imagine Australian weddings to be – classic, elegant, full of rustic countryside charm and plenty of impeccable scenery to go around. Thanks to Shane Shepherd for the photography and Elise of Eylssium Blooms who absolutely nailed it with the floral design!

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From the bride, Tegan: We wanted to make the most of the day so we had the ceremony early in the afternoon so we could enjoy the afternoon with our guests on the farm drinking from Mr Jenkins and enjoying Eat Drinks mezze and canapés before heading off for photos. We wanted our wedding to be one guests would remember so we invited Hello Mr Jenkins along, compiled a killer playlist, and set up a dancefloor and fire pits under the stars. We made sure there was plenty of food and desert to go around too! If I were to sum up the theme, I’d say understated native Australian (Jordan wanted to have an Australiana themed wedding in the outback… needless to say, we compromised).

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Jordan’s sisters took care of the cake and hand sewed 75 napkins (brown napkins were impossible to find so we decided to make our own!), Jordan’s parents and grandparents made fig and chilli jam for all the guests (favours) and my brother and father built the arch we married under and the fire pits which kept our guests warm.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Leave room in your budget for a Cinematographer!

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Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “Love and Some Verses,” Iron and Wine
Signing of Registry: “All My Days,” Alexi Murdoch
First Dance: “Not Fire Not Ice,” Busby Marou

Wedding Location: Byron Bay, Australia / Photographer: Shane Shepherd / Flowers and Floral Crown: Elise of Eylssium Blooms / Venue: Byron View Farm / Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell / Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Wittner / Earrings: Samantha Wills / Hair and Makeup: Erin Gallienne / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ASOS / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: SABA checked shirts, Country Road pants / Groom’s Boots: RM Willams / Wedding Caterer: Eat Drink / Bar: Hello Mr. Jenkins / Wedding Cake: Homemade by Bonney (Groom’s sister) / Rentals: Little Gray Station / Celebrant: Dave Quak / Videographer: Joseph Willis / Wedding Invitations: Birds of a Feather

Rustic Upstate New York Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Photos by:

Jessica Oh

Almost every bit of this wedding from Jessica OH Photography was crafted with love by the bride, her mother, and the groom – and it shows through the truly personal and intimate nature of the wedding day. A little bit of rustic, some quirkiness, and full creativity make this wedding all that it is – perfection!

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From the bride, Tammy: After all the dust settled and it hit me that I had to start planning my wedding the choices were overwhelming, but at the core of it all I knew I wanted a wedding that was intimate, rustic, a little quirky, filled to the brim with fun creative details and added elements of surprises for my guests! I wanted it to be a memorable experience. As a child, every weekend my family and I would congregate at my grandmother’s house to feast at one long dinner table, so for me the idea of capturing the essence of that communal dining experience was a great inspiration for me. Everything all sort of transpired when I found my location! It was the raw space that would allow my creativity to run wild! Finding the barn at Rufflands Farm was like finding my perfect canvas.


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My color scheme was light grey, dusty pink, with natural undertones. I wanted everything to feel natural and organic, but romantic. DIY projects and small tokens of love were dotted throughout the event: Each guest received a personalized handwritten note tied to a handmade felt heart upon arrival. The canvas covered hay bale seats were made by everyone of our family members. The welcome program, menu cards, and all stationary were designed by the groom and I. The heart string table numbers were made by the groom and I, as well as our paper mache piggy bank! Oh…and, the little bunting initials used for each place seating were also handmade by the Bride, with the help my awesome new Brother-in-Law ;). Pretty much all the little details were handmade or found in thrift shops and flea markets.

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Favorite moment of the day: Leading up to the wedding is riddled with excitement, anxiety, the unknown as to whether or not you’re actually going to pull off the vision you’ve spent that past few months planning! There were so many details involved I couldn’t possibly list them all, but it was a lot of work! From the months of crafting leading up to the wedding to lugging bales of hay to the tables day of, the support from family and friends coming together to bring the vision to life is really so humbling! I just remember walking into the barn and everything was breathtaking! It was everything my hubby and I could have ever imagined! We’re just so grateful!

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Everyone always tells you to just enjoy the day, it’s going to fly by! And, they couldn’t be more on point! Honestly, there is so much more to the day, there are months of planning! It can definitely be super stressful and overwhelming, but seeing it all come together will be an amazeballz experience. If I could say one thing I would say to enjoy the process! For me I was inspired daily, coming up with new DIY concepts, more and more details to incorporate! Have fun with it and your guests will!

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles
First Dance: “Sweetpea,” Amos Lee
Father/Daughter Dance: “Stand By Me,” Ben E. King
Mother/Son Dance: “The Man You’ve Become,” Molly Pasutti

Wedding Location: Milan, NY / Photographer: Jessica OH Photography / Day-Of Coordinator: Sarah Weiss / Event Design: Bride / Event Planning: Bride and Rosanna Pascarella / Florist: April Aguayo of Flowers by April / Wedding Venue: Rufflands Farm / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Hair: Khris Wilson (khriswilson68 @ gmail.com) / Makeup: La Tua Bella Beauty Bar / Groom’s Attire: Celini Las Vegas / Wedding Caterer: Another Fork in the Road / Wedding Cake: iheartcakeart / Desserts: The Pastry Garden / Acoustic Guitarist: Frank Persico / DJ: Damien and Milton / Rentals: Rhinebeck Rentals / DIY Crafters: Bride, Groom, and Bride’s momma :)! We created everything from the welcome notes to the felt hearts to the piggy bank! / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Bride and Groom / Invitation Printing: Sky Orange Studio

The Wedding Pie: Lara + Steve

Budget Weddings

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Lara and Steve put together a gorgeous Minnesota Flower Farm wedding that we had featured earlier here. They were kind enough to share all of the details of their budget with us. It’s nice to see that they were able to have such a beautiful celebration with such a smart budget!

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Budget Breakdown:
Venue & Rentals: $5000
Florals: $1375
Food: $1875
Photographer: $2500
Drinks: $875
Stationery: $1250
Dress: $625

From the bride, Lara: I would recommend every vendor we used. We definitely splurged on our wedding site because we felt like it was the most perfect place to have our wedding and we were willing to spend less for other details. We did our own invitations and programs. We also did a buffet, picnic-style dinner that included compostable dinnerware. We also tapped people we knew to help out with details like the music and my hair. I would say a photographer is a priority because it’s one of the only things that lasts beyond your wedding day itself and a bad photographer can really feel like it puts a damper on your special day.

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Our “splurge”: Our wedding would have truly been a budget wedding had it not have been for our location. Our location, Camrose Hill Farm, was to be used for both the ceremony and reception, but having our wedding there meant we had to also rent the semi-permanent tent erected there, provide our own rentals (chairs, tables, speaker), and use the owner of the farm as our florist. These costs added considerably to our budget, but we feel it was money well spent.

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Cost cutting tips:
– Ordering food for ten less people with our final count for our caterer.
– Ask around for people you know that might have things you can use or borrow.
– We had 2 iPods we could switch between for the music which saved us money for the dance.
– Choose only 2 or 3 details that you want to add for a personal touch.

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Wedding Location: Stillwater, MN / Wedding Photographer: Jeff Loves Jessica Photography / Wedding Venue and Flowers: Camrose Hill / Wedding Dress: Sue Wong / Bride’s Hair: Samantha Palumbo / Bridesmaid’s Dress: BCBG / Groom’s Outfit: Reyn Spooner / Wedding Caterer: Divine Swine / Ice Cream Dessert: Sebastian Joe’s / Wedding Invitations: Mara Mi

Long Island NY Farm Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Photos by:

Kate Murphy

As soon as I read that bride Stephanie wanted her wedding day to be “equal parts magic and fun,” I thought, “This girl gets it.” Stephanie and Norman married under an old tree in upstate NY, surrounded by shades of mint and peach, and brought along Kate Murphy to capture all the gorgeous vintage details. We’re particularly fond of Stephanie’s vintage tea-length wedding gown, which she lucked upon online!

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From the bride, Stephanie: We wanted to have a relaxed, laid back party – a celebratory day that was equal parts magic and fun. We also wanted to get married under a big tree – old trees have a magnificent grace about them and create a magic that we wanted for our day. It was important for us to honor our loved ones and those who have brought us to where we are today – my bouquet was tied with a locket that had photos of her grandmothers and we had photos of our parents and grandparents on their respective wedding days on our welcome table. We also wanted to use our day to give back, as we felt like we had been blessed with so much. Our gift registry included a donation option to a school and children’s home we’ve partnered with in Kenya. We had my Kenyan home stay dad read Scripture, which we pre-recorded and played during our ceremony. We choose readings from Norman’s favorite books, the Chronicles of Narnia. We loved having every element of our wedding infused with meaning – we tried to steer away from doing things just because that was the way they were done, but thought carefully about what meaningful elements we wanted to include.


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I had a loose palette of muted colors in mind — muted corals, mints, purples and peaches to complement the natural beauty of the farm. We also incorporated a lot of wooden elements and Kraft browns. Norman and I are makers (him of the wood-working, handyman variety, myself of the craft and sew variety), so there was a LOT of DIY.

lace farm wedding

upstate NY farm wedding

lace farm wedding

lace farm wedding

I tried to steer away from “disposable” wedding items — things purchased new and used only for one day. We had our food trucks serve food on compostable bamboo plates and bowls, we used mason jars for our drinks (that we use now in our home for canning and for storing pantry items), we scoured thrift stores and flea markets for vintage dessert plates and cake servers to use on our dessert table. We also used a lot of things that I already owned to decorate the welcome table and photobooth table – vintage luggage, books, lunch box, typewriters and cameras. Norman’s parents found a huge bag of vintage table linens a month before the wedding and we used them to decorate the dessert and welcome tables.

lace farm wedding

upstate NY farm wedding

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upstate NY farm wedding

lace farm wedding

upstate NY farm wedding

lace farm wedding

upstate NY farm wedding

lace farm wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? It takes a village — we were so grateful for help provided by our talented friends and family. Don’t be afraid to reach out to others for help, most people are more than happy to pitch in. Also, your wedding is ONE day but your marriage is forever — details are important, but don’t get so mired in them that you lose sight of what your day is really about.

lace farm wedding

lace farm wedding

lace farm wedding

upstate NY farm wedding

lace farm wedding


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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Staralfur,” Sigur Ros
Recessional: “The Unknown,” Athlete
First Dance: Baby Soda played a rendition of Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon”

Wedding Location: East Setauket, NY / Photographer: Kate Murphy / Wedding Venue: Benner’s Farm / Wedding Dress: Vintage / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles “Password” / Hair and Makeup: Beauty by Jessica Lee / Bride’s Robe: Plum Pretty Sugar / Groom’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse / Wedding Music: Baby Soda / Photobooth: Classic Photobooth / Food Trucks: Morris Grilled Cheese, Korilla, Schnitzel & Things, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream / Drinks and Bartending: All Star Bartending / Desserts: Friends and family / Succulent Favors: Mountaincrest Gardens / Rentals: Westside Party Rental / Mustaches on Sticks: Something’s Hiding Here / Globe String Lights: Party Lights / Bamboo Boats: Eco Catering Supply / Bamboo Plates and Wooden Cutlery: Food Biz Supply / Wedding Invitations: Bride and groom

Hudson Valley Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Photos by:

Lev Kuperman

You may want to settle into your seats, because you’re in for a treat with today’s wedding from Lev Kuperman. With a West Coast groom and an East Coast bride, the results are about what you would expect — a relaxed but nonetheless chic wedding in the apple orchards of New York. We’re still going a little ga-ga over bride Claire’s beautiful Watters gown:

farm wedding portraits

From the bride, Claire: We were going for a “rustic chic” feel. I grew up in NY’s Hudson Valley which is very historic and filled with old barns and apple orchards. Tim grew up in Huntington Beach, CA, also known as “Surf City USA,” so I was worried we would have very different visions but we were almost on the same page. It was my dream to have a fall wedding in a barn near my hometown and Tim was on board, even if it meant that some of his family and friends wouldn’t be able to make the 2,900 mile journey. We wanted our wedding to be unique and something our guests hadn’t experienced before which I definitely feel we achieved.


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bride getting ready

farm wedding ideas

bride getting ready

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farm wedding ideas

My inspiration stemmed from a dusty color palette of greens, purples and greys. I wasn’t trying to achieve a vintage look per se, but I wanted everything to feel worn and antique. My mom turned her guest bedroom into a wedding factory and the DIY projects began. She made 14 pomander balls out of tissue paper, over 200 feet of bunting that involved her hand cutting 400+ flags, then starching and sewing each one, 30 clamp jar terrariums, an ombre backdrop, straw flags, burlap table runners -you name it – she made it. My 95 year old grandpa made 2 towers, 1 for cupcakes and the other for the maple syrups that we gave as favors. My sister designed the stationery, ceremony programs, gift/welcome tags, etc. My favorite DIY was the Fujifilm Instax 200 photo station with props, various sized frames and lots of extra film. Everyone left with photographic evidence of the fun they had and it was so inexpensive and easy to set up!


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indoor barn ceremonies

farm wedding ideas

indoor barn recessionals

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? If there is something that you can do yourself or with the help of your friends or family, it’s worth it to. The personal touches were what everyone noticed the most and they are what made it feel like OUR day. Put yourself in your guests shoes to make sure everyone has a great time. We made sure everyone had the details needed to plan their travel accordingly and provided them with Welcome Totes upon arrival that were filled with local goodies, interesting facts about the area and more to make them feel special. We tried our hardest to make everything convenient so they could relax and just have fun with us.


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farm wedding ideas

bride with dog

barn wedding portraits

farm wedding ideas

groom and groomsmen

Also, plan for weather. Once we saw the weather forecast was a little cooler than expected, we purchased 10 fleece blankets to help guests keep warm. We also purchased umbrellas and a few pairs of rain boots just in case so guests could make it to the restrooms outside safely and comfortably. It didn’t end up raining so we returned all of those items, but we felt a lot more at ease knowing we had them as backup. Be sure to look carefully at what you’re renting. Some items are cheaper to purchase yourself than to rent! We bought all of the mason jars and gave guests the option of taking them home, then my mom used the leftovers for canning, extra drinking glasses and even sold some at a yard sale. For me, being engaged was more stressful than fun but once you’re walking down the aisle, everything is out of your hands and you just need to let go and enjoy the moments because you can never relive that day.


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farm wedding ideas

barn wedding ideas

farm wedding ideas

barn wedding ideas

farm wedding ideas

gift table ideas

farm wedding ideas

barn wedding lighting


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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Pitseleh,” Elliott Smith
Bridal Processional: “Angeles,” Elliott Smith
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
First Dance: “Your Song,” Ellie Goulding

Wedding Location: Stone Ridge, NY / Wedding Photographer: Lev Kuperman / Second Shooter: Justin Lee / Wedding Coordinator: Hudson Valley Events / Wedding Flowers: Bride and Joanne of Adams Fairacre Farms / Wedding Venue: Tralee Farm / Wedding Dress: Watters “Sydney” via Lovely Bride / Wedding Shoes: Tory Burch “Eddie” / Hair: Dianna Ryan / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joie “Susina,” “Rory,” and “Portia” / Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire: J. Crew / Wedding Caterer: Terrapin Restaurant / Cupcakes: Moxie Cupcakes / DJ: Marquis and John of Superior Sounds / Wedding Invitation Design: Bride’s sister / Invitation Printing: Sugar Press Printing

Literature Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Megan Hayes

A little inspiration from Anne of Green Gables, raspberry petit fours, and heaps of lace add up to make this shoot from Megan Hayes and Tasteful Tatters a shining example of literary romance. We’re particularly keen on the idea of tracing your wedding vows onto plates as a cute backdrop for the reception — and we’re ecstatic to be sharing just how to do this later today!

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sharpie wedding chargers

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printed wedding napkins

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antique book wedding decor

hanging banners cake backdrop

moss cake topper

wedding menu placemat

literature wedding decor

lace wedding tables

raspberry wedding colors

lace wedding backdrop

chicken wire seating chart

vintage wedding invitations

sharpie wedding chargers

berry and peach wedding bouquet

lace ribbon backdrop

lace back wedding gown

From the photographer, Megan Hayes: I recently worked on a styled wedding shoot with Emilee of Tasteful Tatters where we pulled inspiration from Anne of Green Gables but put our own twist on things for the modern bride. We incorporated elements related to Anne of Green Gables like the feel of the location, invitation wording, bride’s red hair, vintage china, book quotes, raspberry petit fours, books and a small chalkboard slate.

Our goal was to give the shoot a simple, farm life and romantic feel with an emphasis on the marriage. We incorporated their vows by having custom stamps made and then stamping the vows on hankies for them to read to one another during the ceremony portion of the shoot.


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Shoot Location: Newhall, CA / Photographer: Megan Hayes Photographer / Wedding Flowers: Recycled Love Story / Shoot Venue: Placerita Canyon / Wedding Dress: La Soie Bridal / Hair: Lauren Jones / Makeup: Elegance by Alex / Wedding Cake: The Bake Boutique / Vintage Rentals: Tasteful Tatters and The Vintage Table Co. / Wedding Invitations: Details by Jamie Long / Videographer: Larry Chappell

Peach Bridal Luncheon Ideas

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Stacey Hedman

Today’s styled shoot shoot, conceptualized and created for Bliss Celebrations Guide and photographed brilliantly by Stacey Hedman, is a vision of Provençal perfection. Bliss Celebrations had a vision of putting together a “bon voyage luncheon” for a young traveler heading off to the French countryside — but we have to say that these ideas would translate just as beautifully into a luncheon for bridesmaids or a bridal shower!

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lavender peach farm weddings

outdoor farm wedding shoots

From the photographer, Stacey Hedman: I can’t help mention the atmosphere here on Cape Cod, and specifically this farm… because lavender farms and vineyards aren’t exactly common to have in this area. We’re a beautiful place, but sandy and salty. More pale tones and muted, compared to the vibrant, saturated colors of the south or the west coast (the florist for this did an awesome job adding color!). This particular farm is as tiny as the little building you see in the photos. Just a one-room shop with lavender goods, and trinkets, bird-houses and potted plants outside. An adorable older couple lives on the property with their three dogs, and their daughter still helps out each summer.


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lavender peach farm weddings

peach reception tables

lavender peach farm weddings

Open-air dining gives a romantic European feeling to any party and is not just reserved for picnics – bring your beautiful linens, china and stemware outside and pair them with pretty garden chairs for a formal fete minus the fuss. The lemonade cocktails include a lavender sugar rim for added sensory experience. Tiny lavender soaps and lavender sachets adorned with pretty vintage cameos made thoughtful and scent-filled gifts for guests to take home and enjoy. Easily create a patisserie-style dessert table by displaying a variety of tempting French-inspired goodies with stacks of vintage china cups and plates. Add wicker hamper to hold lacy napkins and silverware, and of course some pretty fresh flowers.


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lavender peach farm weddings

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lavender peach farm weddings

bridesmaids wearing white


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Shoot Location: Harwich, MA / Photographer: Stacey Hedman / Created for: Bliss Celebrations Guide / Event Coordination: The Perfect Plan / Event Styling: Claudia Seyffert / Floral Design: Patrice Milley Floral Designers / Event Venue: Cape Cod Lavender Farm / Catering: Root Catered Events / Cakes & Cookies: Sin / Macarons: Sweet Indulgence / Chairs & Dessert China: New England Country Rentals / Table & China rentals: Be Our Guest / Linens: Table Toppers / Calligrapher: Sharon Morgera

Organic Love Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

We’re slowly but surely inching towards spring, which means we’re delighted to start sharing some of our favorite bright and colorful wedding ideas! First up is this beauty of a shoot shot by Bryan N. Miller Photography and styled to perfection by Wedding Elegance by Nahid, with some eye-catching rentals from Pow Wow Vintage Rentals thrown in for good measure.

farm fresh wedding

bright yellow and burlap wedding

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From the stylist, Nahid of Wedding Elegance by Nahid: We were inspired by the romance and simplicity of having a wedding on a farm. We also love all things vintage, so we designed this inspiration shoot to marry the two ideas! The location we picked made it very easy for us to be inspired—from the live animals to the amazing retro truck on site. The colors were carefully chosen so that a fall or spring bride could use the same palette for their wedding. Being on a farm inspired the theme of “organic love” and so we incorporated many natural elements that you would find “organically” at a farm—fresh vegetables, fruits, and eggs.

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spring farm wedding
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spring farm wedding

Tuscan wedding cake
spring farm wedding

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spring farm wedding

pomegranate place cards

spring farm wedding
yellow gray place cards

spring farm wedding

sauce spread favors

spring farm wedding

bride with horse

spring farm wedding

spring farm wedding


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Shoot Location: Pala, CA / Photographer: Bryan N. Miller Photography / Event Design and Coordination: Wedding Elegance by Nahid / Event Venue: The Condor’s Nest Ranch / Wedding Flowers: Jennifer Cole Florals / Wedding Dress and Bridesmaids’ Dresses: The White Flower Bridal Boutique / Jewelry: Sophia & Chloe / Hair: Phanna Sim / Makeup: Souad Al-Rifai Makeup / Wedding Cake and Desserts: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company / Rentals: Pow Wow Vintage Rentals, Wedding Elegance by Nahid / Wedding Invitations: J Grace Design

Orcutt Ranch Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Photos by:

As cute as the floral headband bride Cori wears is, it suddenly became even cuter when we realized she made it herself! California photographer Laura Goldenberger sent along this beautiful wedding from West Hills with a darling mustache theme (you’ll see them in cookie form, on the place cards, in the boutonnieres…) and a fresh orange and green palette. We also love their idea of having not only a food truck, but also a coffee truck for guests!

Autumn wedding

wheat bouquet

fall wheat wedding

Autumn wedding

Autumn wedding

From the bride, Cori: All flowers were bought from the LA flower mart downtown and made into bouquets, arrangements, etc by hand by family members and bridesmaids the morning of the wedding. My aunt and I made the boutonnieres from dried wheat and flowers that we affixed to mustache pins that I bought on Etsy from Gelagu Accessories store. We ordered bulk rose petals from Fifty Flowers and sprinkled them down the aisle. I made a “boogie shoes for tired toes” basket from flip flops purchased from Old Navy wrapped with little size cards that I made to each and ribbon. I wrapped a macrame ring in twine and added silk flowers to make a large loop which we tied to the tree at our ceremony site. Then we draped several yards of peach lace fabric through the ring and fanned out each side to create our altar backdrop.

Autumn wedding

fall wheat wedding

Autumn wedding

Autumn wedding

Autumn wedding

Autumn wedding

fall wheat wedding

Autumn wedding

fall wheat wedding

Autumn wedding

fall wheat wedding

Autumn wedding

fall wheat wedding

Autumn wedding

Autumn wedding

Autumn wedding

fall wheat wedding

Autumn wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Use the amazing resources online like Ruffled! Also, if you’re doing a few things yourself, Dollar Tree, 99c stores, Ross, Save-on-crafts.com, etc are your friends. Try not to stress over the tiny last minute details because the guests won’t even know the difference.

fall wheat wedding

Autumn wedding

Autumn wedding

Autumn wedding


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Wedding Music:
These are the songs from our wedding CD:
1. The Golden Age – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
2. Stuck on You – Meiko
3. Click, Click, Click, Click – Bishop Allen
4. Sophie Roux – Lady Danville
5. Dumpster Diving – Castledoor
6. The Next Time Around – Little Joy
7. You Drove me Home – Revolver
8. January Wedding – The Avett Brothers
9. Sweet Louise – The Belle Brigade
10. We’re OK – The Rescues
11. I Don’t Mind – Honey Honey
12. Birds of a Feather – The Civil Wars
13. Love Song #1 – The White Buffalo
14. The Luckiest – Ben Folds
15. Loud Love – Good Old War

Wedding Location: West Hills, CA / Wedding Photographer: Laura Goldenberger / Second Shooter: Jen Simon / Wedding Venue: Orcutt Ranch / Videographer: Ryan Darst / Caterer: Green on Wheelz, Komodo Food and Java the Truck / Wedding dress and veil: White by Vera Wang / Day-of Coordinator: Claudia Casanova / Rentals: Town and Country / Shoes: Badgely Mishka / Makeup: Yana Beauty / Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom, Landa Designs / Bridesmen and Groomsmen: Gap, The Tie Bar. Macys and Banana Republic

Minnesota Flower Farm Wedding

Garden Weddings

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Not only is this wedding from Jeff Loves Jessica Photography itself completely gorgeous, but the story of Lara and Steve is even sweeter! After living together in Phuket, Thailand, the couple knew they wanted to infuse their wedding day with subtle homages to their time there. And, well, when you’re married in a flower farm, how could your wedding day be anything other than stunning?

bride and groom kissing

farm wedding

From the bride, Lara: One of the first things we did when we got engaged was to sit down and write out a list of words or phrases that we wanted to describe the feel of our wedding. I still remember sitting out on our patio on a warm summer day and coming up with things like “family style,” “city meets country,” and “a big ole party where, hey! we’re also getting married!” Ultimately we would also use words like simple, classic and most importantly “us.” We also realized how much our friends and family meant to us while being away from them, so we wanted our wedding to not only celebrate our love, but to honor and celebrate everyone around us who have helped us become who we are.


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ruffled wedding dress

bride and groom kissing

wedding bike with ribbons

white orchid boutonnieres

deep back wedding dress

We hoped (and in retrospect feel like we successfully achieved) that our wedding would look and feel “organic.” Although we do love our co-ops, what we really meant by that was that we wanted everything about our wedding day to organically unfold and feel relaxed and natural. Fortunately, that vision was also conducive to our attempt to be budget-friendly. We didn’t really have a theme or color scheme although everyone from our florist to our mothers tried to narrow one down for us based on what we were telling them. But, because of everyone’s efforts, not a theme or color scheme, it ended up being a beautiful day! For example, we wanted our flowers to be local and seasonal (as we are proud Minnesotans!) with a hint of the tropics (as homage to Steve’s lineage and our time in Phuket).


deep back wedding dress

bride and groom kissing

tented wedding ceremony

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? After becoming overwhelmed by options and details and yes, even wedding magazines and blogs, a recently married friend wisely advised me to choose 2 or 3 special touches to take on. We ultimately had to scale back a lot of the details I thought we needed because it was simply too much to coordinate from abroad, but we both walked away with our sanity and the few details we chose to keep were really enough to make it feel like us. So, that is advice I would pass on to any bride, even if you aren’t trying to plan a wedding from halfway around the world!


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newlyweds during ceremony

purple bridesmaid dresses

Also, we didn’t have a wedding planner, but I now understand why people do! If it’s an expense you have the budget for, go for it, but if you don’t, have someone in charge on the day of other than you or the groom! My friend Caitlin was my right-hand girl and she knew me and my vision enough so that anyone with last minute questions or crises could go to her and I was blissfully oblivious to any last minute drama!


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bride and groom kissing

ruffled wedding dress

outdoor lounge seating

flower farm wedding

Which leads to me my final bit of advice: no matter what happens, remember that at the end of the day you will be married! A light sprinkle started about an hour before our beautiful outdoor ceremony was to begin and Caitlin and I waited until 10 minutes before the start of the ceremony to decide to move it under the reception tent. Even though I had always envisioned our ceremony out in the middle of the beautiful garden, in that moment it was a no-brainer (and it helped that the tent was gorgeously decorated with twinkling lights and vines anyway!). And you know what, in retrospect, we think it worked out better than we had planned! Everyone sitting around their tables surrounding us felt so much more intimate than them sitting in rows with our backs to them! This was a good final lesson in letting go of the small stuff and truly having the day organically unfold itself!


flower farm wedding via Ruffled

hawaiian bride and groom


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Wedding Music:
Mothers’ Processional: “Whole Wide World,” Wreckless Eric
Bridal Processional: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
First Dance: “Good Life,” One Republic

Wedding Location: Stillwater, MN / Wedding Photographer: Jeff Loves Jessica Photography / Wedding Venue and Flowers: Camrose Hill / Wedding Dress: Sue Wong / Bride’s Hair: Samantha Palumbo / Bridesmaid’s Dress: BCBG / Groom’s Outfit: Reyn Spooner / Wedding Caterer: Divine Swine / Ice Cream Dessert: Sebastian Joe’s / Wedding Invitations: Mara Mi

Oregon Farm Wedding

DIY Weddings

This wedding sent over by Anna Jaye Photography shows how to expertly play with textures and colors to create a fun, relaxed, and memorable wedding day. Kelsey and Greg had a little over a year to plan their ceremony and reception, and the results show in what amounts to a truly romantic affair. With pinwheels, burlap, and lace, there are just enough handcrafted details to go around!

newlyweds in white

From the bride, Kelsey: When we set out to plan this wedding 15 months ago, I really wanted to create a style that was not only vintage chic, but created a very romantic environment with the colors and fabrics. I loved the mixture of textures, incorporating burlap and lace, because it’s very feminine while rough around the edges at the same time.


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portland map signs

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pink bridesmaids dresses

Some adjectives to describe the look we were going for are: romantic, vintage, and whimsical. Our colors palette was anything from peach to coral, khaki to the brown of our burlap table runners. We also tried to incorporate gold glitter wherever we could, because I’m a little obsessed with the color peach and gold glitter. Because we had 15 months to plan our wedding, there were many DIY projects involved. Greg created a Greg


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bride during ceremony

newlyweds first kiss

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sit sign seating charts

We created twine globes that hung above the area in which we were married. We created all of the programs (which were gold glitter fans), the seating assignment cards that hung on the vintage mattress spring, and my mom made half of the centerpieces which were succulents planted and arranged in vintage sewing boxes. My MOST favorite DIY item at the wedding was our cake backdrop which was created by myself and my best friend Alicea. Most everything we did at the wedding was DIY. With the help of Pinterest, Etsy, my best friend Alicea (whose wedding was 3 weeks before mine!), and my very patient now-husband we created the perfect wedding for us!


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hang drink tagsgold hang tags

state shaped cake toppers

ruffled wedding cakes

coral bridesmaids dresseswhite orange bouquets

orange menu signs

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Many brides can put together a beautiful ceremony in a short period of time, however, I felt so stress-free and had the luxury of planning every last detail with our wedding 15 months from when we got engaged. We were able to work with every one of our first choice vendors because we booked them so far in advance. We negotiated better contracts because we had more time. We planned every single detail, down to the napkins with 15 months. Don’t rush it – enjoy your engagement, and focus on the details, because that’s what makes it your day and not someone else’s!


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lolich farm signs

When I first started planning, I was a little bit of a control freak, but was able to delegate things to my friends and family little by little as time went on. One thing to remember is: people want to help! Weddings are a labor of love and friends love helping with crafts and planning, all you have to do is ask! I can’t tell you how many craft days we had leading up to the wedding day! I was reminded of how blessed I am by my amazing family and friends!


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newlyweds just married signs

bride and groom leaving

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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “The Luckiest,” Ben Folds
Processional: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Recessional: “You Make My Dreams Come True,” Hall & Oates
First Dance: “Let it Be Me,” Ray Lamontagne
Father/Daughter Dance: “Daughter,” Loudon Wainwright

Wedding Location: Beaverton, OR / Wedding Photographer: Anna Jaye Photography / Wedding Venue: Lolich’s Family Farm / Wedding Coordination: Champagne Weddings and Events / Wedding Flowers: Quince Flowers and Events / Bride’s Veil: Twigs and Honey / Bride’s SHoes: Ruche / Bride’s Makeup: Marjan Torabi Arsanjani / Bride’s Hair: Paige Wohlgemuth of The Stella Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Ruche / Groom’s Suit: Mr. Formal / DJ: NW Premier Mobile DJs / Wedding Caterer: Catering at Its Best / Wedding Cake: Le Cookie Monkey / Cupcakes: Sugar Krystles / Rentals: Marigold Vintage Rentals and Something Borrowed PDX / Transportation: EcoShuttle / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Wedding Vendors

Bohemian Summer Inspiration

Wedding Design

Photos by:

We’re supremely excited to share this particular inspiration shoot with you all! Inspired by a bohemian bride in a summer camp setting, Megan and her team of Events In The City crafted this lovely scene with the help of Holly Chapple‘s amazing flowers + props and Amelia Johnson‘s always incredible images. Prepare yourself to start swooning over their color palette of rich teals, reds, and yellows:

camp inspired weddings

hippie wedding bouquet

From the event stylist, Megan of Events In The City: Meet Seneca — she is your all American beauty with a love and respect for the memories of her childhood and path that led her to her soon to be husband! Seneca and Tristan met many Summers ago at camp. After their engagement had been announced there was no other place they could image taking their vows then the very place that had sparked their romance. Wanting to combine some of the more contemporary ideas with the character of camp they created a fun, whimsical, and enchanting evening.


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Their table design was filled with organic and home grown touches, from yarn spun napkin holders, locally grown wildflowers, and twig shaped flatware.


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What says camp out better then Acoustic guitar sing alongs, S’mores and Ice Cream! Each guest was encouraged to gather together to find heir seats by the gentle strums of familiar melodies. Individual s’mores parting gifts were disguised as bindles. A combination of Norman Rockwell’s The Runaway & Ice Cream Drips. These Americana treats are sure to provide each guest longing for the sweet smell of Summer as they leave.


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Shoot Location: Washington, DC / Event Design & Styling, Tassels, and Headbands: Events In The City / Venue: Weather Lea Farm / Wedding Photographer: Amelia Johnson / Paper Goods: Paper Zest / Wedding Flowers: Holly Chapple Flowers / Wedding Dress: Twinkle by Wenlan from Loehmann’s / Hair and Makeup: Claudine Fay / Rentals: DC Rental / Tee Pee: House in Habit / Bridesmaids Dresses, Throw Pillows, Bath Rug, and Table Items: Anthropologie / Vintage Sugar Sack, Berry Picker, Ice Cream Tub: The Cottage / Antique Handkerchief Favors: Studio DIY

Handmade Georgia Wedding

DIY Weddings

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There’s so very much to love in this Georgia wedding from Arizona photographers Arrow & Apple, but the main event might have to be the bride — we love a bride with spunk and personality, and Delores is no exception! Aside from photography costs, Dolores and Joey pulled together their wedding day for $3,000.

tattooed bride and groom

From the photographer, Sarah of Arrow & Apple: Joey + Delores’ wedding was the sweetest and most intimate wedding. Besides photography, they stuck to a budget of around $3000, with family and friends helping to pull everything together to give them the cutest backyard farm wedding ever. So much of the details in this wedding were hand made, including the mason jar chandelier, the dance floor, the sign posts, the favors, the bouquets, and so much more!

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bride with parasolspaper stick programs

rustic wedding ceremony

Because Joey is a crazy awesome graphic designer, all of the hand-lettering and design work was done by the groom himself. I loved their unique stamp that they put on their wedding with all of the details, but most importantly what made their wedding so amazing was watching Joey + Delores! They totally adore each other, they have fun, and their happiness was infectious. Their wedding was truly a joyful evening and we were so blessed to have been a part of it!

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Wedding Location: Tunnel Hill, GA / Wedding Photographer: Arrow & Apple (located in Phoenix, AZ) / Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Dress: Once Wed / Bride’s Fascinator: Nordstrom / Bride’s Necklace: Oooh La La / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth / Bolo Ties: Norwegian Wood / Wedding Bouquet: Bride’s sister / Wedding Caterer and Desserts: Terretta Brennan / Ceremony Musicians: Phil Thompson, Drew and Courtney Blackwell / Reception Band: Honey Boy and Boots / Wedding Invitations and Design: Joey Brennan (groom)

Naturalist Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

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We love the delicate romance of natural elements, and there are plenty to be found in this inspiration shoot sent over by Annie of Brumley & Wells. With a headband made of plants found from their own yard and a dress handmade by Annie herself, we’re pretty sure it’s impossible to not love this gorgeous shoot! Don’t miss all of the beauty found in this collaboration between Brumley & Wells and Colorado artist Wendy Francisco.

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From the photographer, Annie of Brumley & Wells: Jake and I both enjoy a broad palate of artistic mediums. Sometimes in the business of the wedding season, we crave to create art in different forms. This Naturalist styled shoot served as a great way to satisfy some of that desire.

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We were so excited to use Wendy Francisco’s land in Northern Colorado. Her ranch is a natural wonderland, filled with flowers, succulents, and what we call “Narnian” animals. Wendy is an outstanding artist, musician, writer, and a renaissance Jill-of-all-trades. She created this stunning bouquet for us using plants and flowers from her own land, and a few succulents from Creekside Garden Center.


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Eva Holbrook, of the band SHEL, is a world class vocalist, writer and mandolin player. She absolutely rocks the house, and you simply must go hear it. Jake and I designed and created the invitations together, in an attempt to blend classic naturalist print style with the latest spin on calligraphy. Jake created this beautiful, succulent-topped cake, and I handmade Eva’s dress. We made the jewelry from stones we found on the property, and handmade the ring from materials that we rummaged from the art studio on the land. We created the butterfly seating chart from butterflies that Wendy drew. I made the hairpiece from fresh plants found right in the front yard, and we were thrilled to feature some of the gorgeous animals that were following us around.


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Shoot Location: Fort Collins, CO / Shoot Venue: Heart Rock Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Brumley & Wells / Wedding Flowers, Vintage Furniture, and Hand Drawn Butterflies: Wendy Francisco / Wedding Dress, Cake, Jewelry, Hair Accessories, Calligraphy and Invitations: Brumley & Wells / Plants: Heart Rock Ranch and Creekside Gardens / Model: Eva Holbrook

Farm Inspired Bridal Shower

Wedding Design

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We love it when bridesmaids run wild with ideas for a bridal shower, so we were delighted when this styled shoot from Grit + Gold landed in our inbox! Lottie took the idea of “milk maids” and ran with it, creating a flavored milk station, a spread of gourmet cheeses and scones, and ice cream cartons. We’re also huge fans of the “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” handkerchiefs!

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From the event stylist, Lottie: I have been scheming up a sweet little shoot that is solely focused on bridesmaids just having fun. Finally, it has arrived. With the help of great friends, one sweet little house belonging to The Wooly Thistle and lots of farm critters, behold! This shoot is so southern, it’s breathtaking. Details include a flavored milk station, Blue Bell mini carton ice cream setup, one sweet and southern porch table setting, gourmet variety cheeses, pancakes, biscuits, farm fresh eggs, ahh! Everything sweet about the south, all in one shoot! Stationary details by Southern Fried Paper include custom “Will you be my Bridesmaid” vintage hankies, paper banners, place cards and cookie favor milk cartons.

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printed milk cartons

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gourmet cheese plattervintage milk bottles
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Shoot Location: Dallas, TX / Event Stylist: Grit + Gold / Wedding Photographer: Stephanie Rose Photography / Wedding Flowers: The Wooly Thistle / Wedding Stationery: Southern Fried Paper / Hair and Makeup: Queen of Crowns / Cookies: Cupcake Fabulous / Vintage Rentals: Rent My Dust / Rental Styling: Jen Rios Design

New Zealand Country Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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Today’s wedding brings us all the way to New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty, where Greta Kenyon of Vela Images captured this absolutely gorgeous couple and their rustic French-inspired wedding. Their reception table is everything we dream a Provencal family-style dinner would be, and then some. Read on for some great words of wisdom from the bride, Danielle!

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From the bride, Danielle: The inspiration for our wedding came from the season and size of our guest list. The rich depth of Autumn hues and an intimate guest list ensued into a warm, personal feel with no theme or conformity nor the formalities you’d expect on a wedding day.


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My most memorable moment was watching my husband do his best not to well up as my Father walked me down the path towards him, and for the Luke, “the seriously memorable great times had with our small gathering of guests, dancing barefoot on the deck, under the stars with the city lights in the distance.”


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My advice for other brides: Leave your gown until last. Do the research however don’t make the final decision until closer to D-Day. It’s imperative you feel a million dollars therefore don’t let anyone dilute how very important this small yet vital detail is for your beautiful moment. Don’t feel the pressure to conform or be uniform. It’s your day and there’s no right or wrong way to do this.

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rustic french country tablescapes

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Enjoy allowing your creative side run riot in expressing your personalities in the styling of the day; savor and enjoy the precious moments between just the two of you that go unnoticed by everyone else and have absolutely no regrets, as it all goes by so fast. Most of all, trust your instinct and plan what feels right for the two of you as often what the day is truly about, can get so lost amidst the sea of planning. It’s about the purpose of the day and not the performance.


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Wedding Location: Bay of Plenty, New Zealand / Wedding Photographer: Greta Kenyon of Vela Images / Wedding Venue and Flowers: French Country House / Wedding Dress and Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Robyn Pascoe / Bride’s Jewelry: Michal Negrin / Groom’s and Groomsmen Suits: Working Style / Makeup: Chrissy of Fairy Fingers / Hair: Natalia of Scotts (Mount Maunagnui) / Wedding Stationery: Ruby & Willow / Celebrant: Aaron Bloomfield

Prairie Farm Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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Brooke and Tony’s wedding, shot by the talented Kina Wicks, is the epitome of a backyard wedding — personal, relaxed, and handmade, right down to the rice krispie wedding cake made by the bride’s mother! We were delighted to see a few shots of Brooke taking her own spin on wedding day attire, tying a plaid shirt over her fluffy David’s Bridal confection. And those twin flower girls? Adorbs!

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From the photographer, Kina: This idyllic wedding was held at the Heritage Prairie Farm in Elburn, Illinois which in itself is pure rural elegance. The details of the day were completely DIY from the bouquets made from magazine papers and tulle, to the moss covered centerpieces, to the giant rice krispie treat wedding cake crafted by the bride’s mother! Because of the easy going nature of a rural, backyard wedding, I feel that the day was able to reflect the full joy of two people beginning their lives together with no distractions. Just a day full of sunshine, love, family and friends.


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Wedding Vendors (Elburn, IL):

Wedding Venue and Caterer: Heritage Prairie Farm / Wedding Photographer: Kina Wicks / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Wedding Flowers and Cake: DIY

Handmade Cape Town Wedding

DIY Weddings

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Give me a picturesque South African landscape and I will show you a gorgeous wedding. Shot by Catherine Mac, this Elgin Valley fete right outside of Cape Town has the perfect blend of rustic beauty and endearing handmade details made by the couple Kirsten and Gérhardt. I will let the bride herself take it from here:


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From the bride, Kirsten: We wanted an intimate wedding with a vintage family feast feel. We opted for a very rustic venue and incorporated various vintage elements into the decor.


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cape town south africa vintage wedding from catherine mac photography

I love vintage things, mixing and matching and anything with a pretty pattern, hence the bunting and my vintage-inspired wedding dress. Gérhardt has a passion for flying, so we decided to make our own paper jet confetti to incorporate that into our day. He also really loves Africa & I got him Lady Peculiar cufflinks in the shape of Africa with a heart on the southern tip. With regards to DIY projects – I designed the stationery, made the favours, folded paper jets for confetti with the boys, made our seating chart, crafted my own veil, did my own make-up, made fabric hearts, boutonnieres, photobooth props and the list goes on…


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cape town south africa vintage wedding from catherine mac photography

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I have a couple of pointers to share out of my experience:

-Don’t leave anything until the last minute
-Some things won’t go according to plan – BIG DEAL!
-Start planning well in advance, this well help you save on costs and be more organized
-Just relax!
-Don’t be afraid to delegate. I’m one of those people who wanted to do everything myself, but I had to learn to trust other people
-Remember that it’s your wedding and incorporate elements that are special to you as a couple
-Stick to your guns even if nobody understands your ideas
-Have loads of fun and savour every moment of your planning experience
-Make family members like your mother & mother-in-law part of the planning experience even if you don’t share the same ideas
-Invest in a professional photographer


cape town south africa vintage wedding from catherine mac photography

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cape town south africa vintage wedding from catherine mac photography


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From the photographer, Catherine: Early morning misty bridal portraits, 100 meters of pink and white bunting, a lake-side ceremony in a boat house, a long-sleeved lace gown, a couple so sweet they smelled like toffee apples! I loved it all from start to finish and it was an absolute TREAT to be there to document Kirsten and Gerhardt’s special day! Between you and me, Elgin is one of my favourite places to photograph weddings! There is something quite magical about it. Simple. Rockhaven was the perfect place for Kirsten and Gerhardt’s fun daytime wedding and I almost died of excitement when I realized the ceremony was taking place in a boat house that completely opens up onto the lake.

Wedding Vendors (Cape Town, South Africa):

Wedding Venue and Caterer: Rockhaven Farm (Elgin) / Wedding Photographer: Catherine Mac / Wedding Flowers: Oak Valley Flower Farm / Wedding Dress: Made by bride’s grandmother / Wedding Invitations: Made by bride

Wisconsin Farm Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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Melissa and Mike’s Wisconsin wedding shot by Melissa Schollaert incorporates some of our very favorite motifs — classic glamour, fresh florals, and the occasional horse. One of the sweetest details of the day? A thank you note to all guests: “You are our teachers, partners in crime, guides, and favorite people in the world.” Aww!


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From the photographer, Melissa Schollaert: Melissa and Mike’s wedding was held at a family farm in central Wisconsin. The location was beautiful and housed several old barns and fields for the horses. Melissa & Mike chose a vintage aesthetic using heirloom items throughout their day. First, guests were greeted in the main barn with cucumber water & pink, raspberry lemonade and antique cheese crate containers (we were in Wisconsin after all) holding programs.


Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding

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Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding

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Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding

The bride & groom also crafted a DIY display of old window frames & suitcases to hold cards & gifts, along with a display of vintage press print letters that spelled out “Bovee”, the groom’s last name. The guests were also treated to handmade candy in old glass containers, as well as a “thumbprint” tree in an old frame to sign for the bride & groom to hand on their wall in their home.


Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding

Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding

Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding

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Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding

The bride and groom crafted many other DIY items for the wedding including hand-making all of the custom napkins for the guests, crafting all of the table number signs made from old wine bottles, as well as crafting each centerpiece display in old vessels & bottles. The colors were green & tan, along with creams & whites. The florals in the brides bouquet & bridesmaids bouquets were ranunculus, olive branches/leaves, white garden roses, anemones & succulents.


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Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding

Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm WeddingMelissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding

Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding


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Wedding Vendors (Mosinee, WI):

Wedding Venue: Paulson’s Country Farm / Wedding Photographer: Melissa Schollaert / Event Coordinator: Jim Moore / Wedding Dress: Amelishan Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Bandolino / Bride’s Accessories: Untamed Petals / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groomsmen’s Ties: Cyberoptix Ties / Wedding Flowers: Evolutions in Design / Wedding Caterer: The Wright Place / Paper Goods: Leia Zeigler of Paper Reflections

Georgia Horse Farm Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Horses, barbecue, Elvis… could it get any more perfectly southern than this? Christian and Anna celebrated their wedding day at a Georgia Polo Farm with the amazing Laura Leslie tagging along for posterity, and pulled color inspiration from every wildflower under the sun. The result is a truly colorful authentic Georgian affair!


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From the bride, Anna: I love animals so to have our wedding surrounded by horses, dogs and pigs, was ideal. And we were married in front of a barn! Our wedding leaned a little more towards the non-traditional. However, I did have my daddy walk me down the isle and give me away. Christian and I also shared our first dance to the tune of Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Also, it wouldn’t be a southern wedding without serving some delicious BBQ at the reception!


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Polo Horse Farm Wedding, GA

Polo Horse Farm Wedding, GAPolo Horse Farm Wedding, GA

Polo Horse Farm Wedding, GA

I first saw my wedding dress online and adored it. It was simple and classic but still had a princess feel to it. I discovered it was from David’s Bridal and the very next day I went down there and tried it on. I knew immediately it was “the one.”


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Polo Horse Farm Wedding, GA

Polo Horse Farm Wedding, GAPolo Horse Farm Wedding, GA

Polo Horse Farm Wedding, GA

I wanted our wedding to have a very relaxed feel to it so I didn’t want the traditional wedding cake or rigid flower center pieces. Instead we decided on a variety of flavors of cupcakes instead of our cake. To add even more variation to the reception we searched antique store for old tin cans to arrange the flowers in. I think they really added a brightness and sense of fun to the whole event.


Polo Horse Farm Wedding, GA

Polo Horse Farm Wedding, GA

Polo Horse Farm Wedding, GA

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Polo Horse Farm Wedding, GA

Polo Horse Farm Wedding, GA

For me the most memorable moment for us was our first look photo shoot. We really liked the idea of seeing each other for the first time being a more intimate and special moment. Being able too see the look on Christian’s face and hug him and kiss was definitely the most memorable part of the day.


Polo Horse Farm Wedding, GA

Polo Horse Farm Wedding, GA

Polo Horse Farm Wedding, GA

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Polo Horse Farm Wedding, GA


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Wedding Vendors (Alpharetta, GA):

Wedding Venue: Chukkar Farm / Wedding Photographer: Laura Leslie Photography / Wedding Flowers and Bride’s Headband: Country Garden Florist / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Banana Republic / Groom and Groomsmen’s Clothing: J. Crew / Groom’s Tie and Pocket Square: The Hill-Side / Bride’s Hair: Beth Hardy / Wedding Caterer: Smoke Jack BBQ / Wedding Cake: Yummy Piece of Flour / Wedding Invitations: Bradley Huff

North Carolina Chinese New Year Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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After seeing this epic wedding shot by photographer Richard Israel, Stephanie and William decided to book him for their wedding as well. Viewing these images is akin to stepping into a different era. The wildflower bouquet and centerpieces, the vintage garb, and the darling flower girl all lend themselves to a nostalgic point in time, and we’re absolutely loving the aesthetic!


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From the bride, Stephanie: Our wedding was two days before the start of the Chinese New Year so we had a loose Chinese New Year theme. It started with our Chinese paper cut invitations, designed by Sarah Almond of Shed Letterpress. Dan was born in the year of the Tiger and I was born in the Year of the Pig. We found pig and tiger curios at an antique shop which we used as our wedding toppers. Our good friend and mural artist Molly T. Must did an artful paper lantern installation using second-hand fabric, paper lanterns, and LED lights. Also, in honor or the Chinese New Year we gave out tangerines as a favor, they are traditionally passed out freely during the new year as a symbol of good luck.


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Vintage wedding film photos by Richard Israel
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There were many DIY projects. My mother and I ordered a large roll of burlap and created 72″ square burlap overlays for the 18″ round tables which were clothed in white. I have been collecting vintage linen and cotton napkins of various sizes and hand-dyed the napkins in four different dye-baths to create mismatched napkins for silverware rollups at each place setting. We made the place cards from card stock stamped with a pig and tiger image designed and drawn by the maid of honor (sister) Kristina Costa. These place cards were strung across frames made from salvaged boards put together by friend Jeremy Maxwell-Parish. Our sister Kristina Costa (maid of honor) also designed and drew the programs.


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richard israel charlotte north carolina wedding photographer

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A local dressmaker refashioned my mothers wedding dress from 1981. I wanted something vintage and loved the idea of wearing my mothers dress but wanted to update it and make it more my style. It was perfect! Brooke cut the bottom of the gown to make a high-waisted skirt which went over a long sleeve mesh and lace top/slip. The lace for the top was taken off of the original dress as were the sleeves and the buttons. Brook also made a veil from my mothers original veil. One of the best parts of the dress was that I was able to take the skirted gown part of the dress off after the wedding and replace it with a white pencil skirt over the top/slip piece to create an after party wedding dress that I could wear out to the bar after the wedding. I did my own hair and didn’t wear make up. I made an impromptu headpiece to tie in my hair while getting ready for the wedding which included some red strands of yarn handed to me before the wedding by Dan’s Aunt and my grandfathers handkerchief. I wore white lace up fry boots (I replaced the laces with strips of fabric).


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Wedding Music:
Groom’s Processional: “The Chase,” Giorgio Moroder
Bride’s Processional: “Nimrod Enigma Variation No. 9,” Edward Elgar
Recessional: “Hunting Song,” Felix Mendelssohn
First Dance: “Blue Moon,” Beady Eye
Father/daughter Dance: “Kind and Generous,” Natalie Merchant

Wedding Vendors (Leicester, NC):

Wedding Venue: Yesterday Spaces / Wedding Photographer: Richard Israel / Day-Of Coordinator: Jennifer of Verge Events / Wedding Flowers: Anne Grier of Gaining Ground Farm / Wedding Dress Alterations: Brooke Priddy / Ceremony Music: Larry Crawford (859-333-7478) / DJ: Rob Castillo (215-760-7018) / Wedding Caterer: Kim Austin (kim.austin41@gmail.com) / Wedding Cake: Ashley Capps of Dovetail Cakery / Wedding Invitations: Sarah Almond of Shed Letterpress

Blue Hill Farm Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Eunhee and Joshua’s wedding was a long time in the making. When Hurricane Irene came along this past August, it put a kink in their wedding plans, to say the least. The two rescheduled their wedding for October, and looking at these photos from Brian Wright of The Brothers Wright, you’d never know the plans were ever any different. To make light of their change of plans they titled their wedding as “Hurricane? What Hurricane?” and incorporated the inside joke on their paper goods.

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From the bride, Eunhee: I started shopping for my dress 4 months before the wedding. I enjoy shopping when it’s for leisure, but when I have something specific to get, I procrastinate due to dread. Initially, I wanted a tee length baby blue dress, but my mother was not having that. She said “if you wear anything else but a long, white dress, I’m not coming.” I found my dress after only going to one other store. The consultant picked out all these typical dresses-strapless, mermaid style. Although all those styles are quite lovely and stunning, I just didn’t feel like me. I didn’t think it reflected my style or personality. I saw a dress at the corner of my eye, a high neck 1950s inspired gown, and said “I want to try this on” the sales lady looked and me and said “trust me, you don’t want to try that one. for one it’s a size 10, and secondly, that dress has been here for 5-6 years and not one soul has tried that on. it’s old fashioned, and you are too young for that.” I totally understood where she was coming from, but I do believe no one knows what you like and your style more than you. I tried it on, and fell in love immediately. I love details and for me, details are everything. I loved how when right amount of light hit the top of the dress, it looks like this beautiful necklace, and how the bottom was finished with a thick off white ribbon, keeping with the 1950s inspiration. It didn’t come with a black sash. I envisioned it with a thick, silk black sash to break up the dress, so it’s not just one long white thing. Also, the sash helps to keep a nice balance between the top and bottom textures.

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nyc stone barns wedding by brian wright

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We pretty much made everything other than the food. Joshua hand drew and painted the invitations. We folded over 1,000 cranes for good luck (but then Hurricane Irene came!); made the pendants and wrap for the mini honey favors; made the canisters and filled them with mini bubbles for the chairs; made bubble signs. We took a bunch of polaroids throughout our wedding planning and hold punched them and strung them on the branches along with other memorable photos, including photos of our family.

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nyc stone barns wedding by brian wright

Any advice for future brides? Pick a photographer that you can 100% trust and feel connected to. Brian and Brandon got us right away-our style, our desire for something with whimsy, depth and of course, a great eye for details. The Photos reflected Joshua and I perfectly. It was like “this is totally us. This is totally what we look like.” It was kind of creepy, but in the kindest way ;-) When our August 28th wedding was canceled, they were already in NYC, so they suggested a bridal/faux wedding shoot, where Joshua and I would wear our formal attire and take photos on the farm. Brian and Brandon were so generous in heart and spirit. We were able to walk the farm, enjoy the craziness of all that was happening. Because a hurricane was on its way, the sky was amazing! It was light pink, purple… I’m still left breathless when I think about that sky. But honestly, I really don’t think any other photographer could have taken their place. Everything about your wedding will fade including your own memories, which will get cloudy over time, but photos are these physical wonders that recreate those memories for us. Choosing the photographer that you feel the most comfortable with would be our number 1 thing, even more important than the venue, dress, etc.

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nyc stone barns wedding by brian wright

nyc stone barns wedding by brian wright

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Wedding vendors (Pocantico Hills, NY):

Wedding Venue: Blue Hill Farm / Wedding Photographer: The Brothers Wright / Wedding Dress: Vintage Novia D’art / Bride’s Black Sash: Mokumba / Bride’s Earrings: Museum of Modern Art / Bride’s Shoes: Butter / Beaded Purse: Lost and Found Vintage / Bride’s Hair: Cowlicks Japan / Bride’s Makeup: Space Salon / Groom’s Suit and Shirt: Bespoke by Brooklyn Tailors / Event Coordinator: Estelle Sibermann / Wedding Flowers: Sandy Clothier / Wedding Cake and Catering: Blue Hill Farm

Minnesota Farm Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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It’s always a treat to hear from Geneoh Photography, who always shoot the most beautiful and heartwarming weddings. Brittany’s groom, Adam, made her wedding dress by hand! That ladies, is a contender for groom of the year. See all images from their wedding in their gallery!

Minnesota Farm Wedding

It was important to us that the ceremony was the focus of the day- but we also wanted to throw a really great party. We have been together for eight years (I was 16 and had braces when we started dating!) and so we are blessed with a community of friends and family who know us well as a couple and are invested in our relationship. We envisioned a weekend celebration with all our loved ones coming from around the country to our hometown.
Minnesota Farm Wedding


Minnesota Farm Wedding
My wedding dress was definitely the biggest DIY project of the event. Adam is a tailor and from the beginning he wanted to design and make it. We started with lots of sketches and photos of things I liked, and he took it away from there! He bought with a book on 18th century corsets, and taught himself how to make one using my measurements. It was made of silk duppioni and silk chiffon, and then antique french lace on the back. The skirt was silk chiffon. He finished it 13 days before the wedding, and while it caused a bit of anxiety, it was worth it to marry him in something he had put so much time into!

Minnesota Farm Wedding

Minnesota Farm Wedding
Minnesota Farm Wedding

Minnesota Farm Wedding
Minnesota Farm Wedding

Minnesota Farm Wedding


Geneoh Photography, who always shoot the most beautiful and heartwarming weddings. Brittany’s groom, Adam, made her wedding dress by hand! That ladies, is a contender for groom of the year. View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Make sure you’re talking with your fiance about things other than the wedding! Adam and I would have wedding-free evenings, where we went to dinner or hung out with friends and there was no wedding talk allowed. Use your loved ones’ skills, because they want to help! At first I felt horrible asking for people’s time and energy (for free!), but then I realized how much people loved helping and contributing. Remember, your wedding is just one day of celebrating your marriage. It’s the marriage that’s forever.

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Eden Prairie, MN):

Venue: Riley Jacques Farmstead / Photographer: Geneoh Photography / Florist: bouquets made by the mother of the groom, centerpieces arranged by mother of the bride / Wedding Dress: made by the groom / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Judd Frost Clothiers / Ceremony Musician: Greta Bauer / Band: Farewell Milwaukee / Caterer: Kane’s Catering / Dessert: Maggie Hillery / Wedding invitations: Helen Stackhouse

Geneoh Photography is part of Blue Label, our local vendor guide.

Sweet & Sophisticated Farm Wedding

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Minnesota brides, we have yet another gorgeous wedding to share with you this week! This handcrafted affair shot by Jeff Loves Jessica has oodles of pin-worthy ideas that are just waiting to be stolen. Everything from the hay bales to the John Deere tractor getaway with corn cobs tied to it is sure sending us to dream farm wedding land. Oooh the gallery!

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From Jeff Loves Jessica: Every last detail of Bridget & Andrew’s fun & intimate wedding was completely inspiring to us! They brought some big city class to Andrew’s small hometown & farm in Rushford MN, and blended it with tons of local charm and DIY details. The ceremony took place in an open grassy field along a beautiful little creek on Andrew’s childhood farm. Before plopping down on hay bails at the ceremony, guests were greeted by piles of canvas goody bags, painted with cows & hearts, all nestled together in the scoop of a tractor. Later guests congregated at the Hoiland Mill for a fun photobooth and an amazing meal of local, organic food from the Blue Heron Cafe. Even the rhubarb Spring Valley soda they served was from a nearby fountain shop! The reception decorations were absolutely stunning–bright blooms in glass bottles of various heights were arranged on slabs of wood. Andrew & Bridget are a super adorable couple and we felt so honored to be asked to capture this amazing day of theirs!


Jeff Loves Jessica has oodles of pin-worthy ideas that are just waiting to be stolen. Everything from the hay bales to the John Deere tractor getaway with corn cobs tied to it is sure sending us to dream farm wedding land. See all images in the gallery

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Rushford, MN):

Ceremony Venue: Private Farm Near Rushford, MN / Reception Venue: Hoiland Mill / Photographer: Jeff Loves Jessica / Hair: Jennie at Spa Panache / Cake/Desserts: Mon Petit Cupcake / Caterer: Blue Heron Cafe / Music: Nathan Davidson & The Lost Faculty / Dress Designer: Bellissima Couture / Floral Design: Sara Nivala / Stationery: Thomas Vogel Design / Hair Accessories: The Loft Bridal

Handcrafted Southern Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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This bride’s North Carolina event is everything we love about farm weddings. Full of personal details, handmade charm and cheeky surprises along the way, it’s the kind of vision that makes you want to step out into the countryside for the weekend — or is that just me? The bride and groom planned their wedding date around Matt Miller of Our Labor of Love‘s availability, and I can’t say I blame them. There’s so very much beauty to behold, so run on over to the gallery when you can!

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From the bride, Stephanie: We wanted guests to feel as if they were in an outdoor version of our home as they arrived and enjoyed the evening. We hoped they would have little surprises as they walked around. Postcards on a vintage table to write a well wish beside a typewriter with a personal welcome note. A smile booth and tons of props to enjoy and share giggles. A candy table with huge glass jars full of licorice, sweet tarts and nerds to take home and enjoy. As well as little rosemary trees to take, plant and remember the love we all share. Most of all we wanted 28 and 78 year olds to enjoy laughs, tears and dancing together!

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We didn’t start out with a rigid color scheme or theme. Looking back I’m not sure we ended with any sort of theme either. Luckily I have some very crafty friends and family that helped make our DIY visions come to life. We had a ball collecting vintage tin cans, apothecary jars, milk glass and thread spools. And spent many crafty nights embroidering table numbers, making tissue paper flowers and fashioning little twisted metal loops to spools to use as escort card holders. It was so much fun to be together every weekend, weeks on end. I think the DIY wedding is the only way to go. Not only do you end up with something personal in the end but you grow in friendships and love the whole way through.

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Any advice for future brides? I would recommend picking your top 3 most important aspects of your wedding. This is where most of your budget will go. Ours was photographer, venue and music. We didn’t set a rigid budget which I’ll admit was nice but it can quickly get out of hand. I recommend brides write out a strict budget, broken down into each wedding requirement. It is a daunting task, I know, but you will be so happy to have it. There will be certain things towards the end you’ll want to “throw” your money at just to see go away, so start out smart from the beginning.

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vintage handcrafted southern wedding

vintage handcrafted southern wedding

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Wedding songs:
Bridesmaids’ procession: “All I Want Is You,” Barry Louis Polisar
Procession: “Scenic World,” Beirut
Recessional: “It’s Oh So Quiet,” Betty Hutton
First dance: “First Day of My Life,” Bright Eyes

Wedding Vendors (Charlotte, NC):

Wedding Venue: Carrigan Farms, Mooresville NC / Wedding Photographer: Matt Miller of Our Labor of Love / Wedding Coordinator: Maurisa Beaver of Momentous Events Charlotte / Wedding Flowers: Taylor of The Place for Flowers / Wedding Music: Adam Huffsteler / Officiant: Will Morgan / Wedding Caterer: Doug Carrigan of Carrigan Farms / Wedding Cake: Charlotte Wedding Cake / Wedding Dress and Veil: Justin Alexander / Wedding Shoes: Steve Madden / Wedding Hair: Sasha Taylor of Cirrus Salon / Makeup Artist: Elizabeth Tolley / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie and etsy / Wedding Invitations: Kevin Taylor

Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

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This soft but warm color palette is gorgeous for a fall wedding. I am particularly loving the use of orange, but it could be that I am slightly obsessed with poppies. When Alice Hu teamed up with Amanda of Fantasy Floral Designs, Cathy of Love at First Invite and by Erica of Erica O’brien Cake Design, I knew this shoot was going to be nothing short of beautiful.

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Everything from the lanterns to the centerpieces is simply perfection. The hand-stamped eggshell place card idea is beyond adorable.

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Photography: Alice Hu / Venue: Condor’s Nest Ranch / Flowers: Fantasy Floral Designs / Stationery: Love at First Invite / Cake: Erica O’brien Cake Design / Wedding Dress: Dolly Couture