Goodness gracious, prepare yourselves for some serious scenery envy. Jane Iskra, Daria Inventazh, and Þórdís Z. created this beautiful inspiration shoot to share not only the picturesque land, but also the history of Icelandic ancestors. The couple is styled in traditional Icelandic attire, and despite the cloudy day, their love shines through like nothing else.
An art deco inspired affair, today’s styled shoot boasts an incredible transformation of an industrial warehouse into sleek + sophisticated wedding inspiration. Lemiga Events partnered with Akeem Clayton to ensure that the sharp color blocking and acrylic table numbers were softened by towering floral arrangements and plush lounge settings. With a flickering seating chart display, the room is brought to life, and the resulting images from Alexis June are pure magic!
From the event designers, Lemiga Events: We love working with unique venue spaces to create an unexpected event design. For our winter styled shoot we were inspired by the Atlanta Daylight Studio located in the creative Westside District of Atlanta. Originally a 1920s Shell Oil facility, Atlanta Daylight Studio is a beautifully restored warehouse with metal riveted walls, beams and high ceilings. With multiple rows of windows, it is completely daylight controlled with the click of a switch. The unique character of the space created a raw and industrial backdrop to our luxe design.
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If you ask me, today’s DIY project is the perfect touch for any boho inspired wedding or party. Who doesn’t love it when some feathers join in on the fun? Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate recently shared this creative + fun paper feather backdrop (with Emily Chidester Photography capturing it all on camera), and we especially adore the idea of it as a cake display accent!
I love a bold pop of color, and Callie and Daniel’s decision to use key pops of cobalt blue in their wedding couldn’t be more on-trend for 2015. The day was all about family, and the backyard of Callie’s childhood home provided the perfect backdrop for a day full of red flowers, rustic details, and a darling swing decorated in delicate flowers, all of which you’ll see thanks to the talents of L. Martin Wedding Photography and Signature Florals Distinctive Floral Design!
From the photographer, Lauren of L. Martin Wedding Photography: It was important to both Callie and Daniel to make their wedding all about family and incorporate them into their wedding. They transformed her parents’ backyard into the perfect intimate forest setting for their wedding. It’s the home she and her siblings grew up in, and is nestled on acres surrounded by tall trees in Cape Coral, Florida.
So many of the details they incorporated had sentimental value – the groom’s ring was his grandfathers, underneath the ceremony arch covered in vines are the monkey bars where the bride used to play on as a child, they placed their family’s wedding photos so beautifully on an antique dresser draped with greenery with wine colored blooms. Handmade touches included the boutonniere’s which the groom made out of fishing lure, the bride custom designed their invitations, they created a swing by the altar (which made for the most perfect photos!) and used old wine bottles spray painted in gold as candle holders which they previously lit so the wax would drip onto the bottles… it doesn’t get more romantic than that.
My favorite thing was all of the vintage decor from the “Love” lighted metal sign at the head of the sweetheart table to the antique dressers, couches and wooden family tables with benches. Guests were treated to mini board games on each cocktail table, along with horseshoe and corn toss games on the lawn, while also being able to enjoy cocktails in the lounge area. Market lights were strung over the entire reception area, even dangling string lights to look like icicles, which the groom climbed up into the trees himself to place. But the most magical moment by far was the wish lantern send off at the end of the night!
There’s no doubt that fall in California can be one of the most beautiful times around, and this styled shoot from Photography By Charise and Belle of the Ball Designs sets that fact in stone. Using an array of pinks and burgundy (with a pop of gold), these wedding ideas have us positively swooning and dreaming of an autumn romance.
From the photographer, Photography By Charise: We thought this would be a perfect time to coordinate a styled shoot to inspire those wonderful fall weddings. We decided on a fall, bohemian styled set up. Combining a gorgeous tablescape, an apple cider station and a fall inspired dessert bar mixed with beautiful florals in this outdoor setting was the perfect combination for our vision.
Shoot Location: Simi Valley, CA / Photographer: Photography By Charise / Floral Design: Belle of the Ball Designs / Venue: Private residence / Wedding Dress: Wisteria Bridal / Beauty: Beauty Pro On the Go / Wedding Cake: Sweet Art Bake Shop / Favors: Hartley Farms
We absolutely adore autumn, and nothing says ‘fall’ more than this styled wedding shoot from Juli Vaughn Designs, Six Hearts Photography, and Atlanta Event Studio. Greens, plum, fuchsia, browns, and copper all commingle in an inspiration shoot full of texture and cheeky unexpected details, like the groom’s feather boutonniere. Absolutely perfect.
From the photographers, Schellie and William Hogan of Six Hearts Photography: We went to the official open house for the Stables at Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club and couldn’t get over the place. Seriously, we were fan girl-ing the entire time. The beautiful pathways, the stunning ceilings, curtains, the dark floors, the choice in wall color, the lake, everything! And oh, the light! So elegant and dreamy. We had to shoot there right away!
Along with Juli Vaughn, we came up with a quirky but elegant fall feel – exactly what we had in mind! Juli started with the idea of using the shades of hay (since the venue used to actually be a stable) and our color palette turned into these Stable-inspired shades of Copper, mustard, beige, and plum. Still ooh-ing and ahh-ing over it all!
Shoot Location: Douglasville, GA / Photographer: Six Hearts Photography / Event Styling and Floral Design: Juli Vaughn Designs / Event Planning: Amanda Ready of Atlanta Event Studio / Venue: Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club / Wedding Dress: Fabulous Frocks / Jewelery: Signature Pieces / Hair and Makeup: Brushworx / Groom’s Attire: Modern Gent / Wedding Cake: Whole Foods / Rentals: Crush Event Rental / China: Vintage English Teacup / Napkins, Mugs, and Chargers: Pier One / Wedding Invitations: A&P Designs / Models: Hollie and Brandon Lytle
How can you top an amazingly hip couple with a classically bohemian wedding style? Oh yeah, you can’t. We’re lucky enough to have this wedding from Ellie Gillard (and with stunning floral arrangements from Rebecca Clarkson of Battersea Flower Station) and we’re ga-ga for all the details — like the dried flowers, the bride’s style, and the abundance of feathers and candles.
From the bride, Georgie: It was always going to be an East London wedding; it’s where we met and have lived together for the last 5 and a half years. We decided to play it safe, and opt for a winter wedding given how unpredictable British summertime can be. Keeping it personal was important, for example we took creative license when it came to traditions. So the church was a very old fashioned ceremony where we had to kneel, but we shunned other traditions like having a seating plan. Music was key. In fact, I think one of the first things we booked was the band (Fleetwood Bac – an amazing tribute band). They kind of became the inspiration for the look and feel of the wedding.
Overall I would describe the theme as wild gypsy, bohemian meets Gothic, medieval. We had loads of handmade hanging feathers, dried wild flowers, giant dream catchers, ribbon garlands and hundreds of candles (500 to be precise!). Our friend designed amazing bespoke wedding invites that were three personalised tarot cards representing our past, present and future. We set up an old school type writer as a guest book. Another friend made us a beautiful personalised card box from an old suitcase. And there was a washing line of photos of us from babies to now, including shots of us with all the guests at the wedding. There was no colour scheme per se; we just wanted to keep it all quite muted and washed out, with accents of punchier, bold shades like my black cherry lipstick.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Be all over the detail, especially if you don’t have a planner. I work in advertising, so treated it in the same way I would a big production. I had pre-production documents, timing plans and a contact sheet for the wedding party with responsibilities. It just meant that on the day I was so chilled, we had done everything we could and if something went wrong it wasn’t my problem! Get friends and family involved and draw on their skills. Our pals were incredible — my friend Gina did my hair and makeup, Ben did our wedding stationery, another friend DJed, my Dad and Stepmum are chefs so did the food, and we had a gang help us set it up the day before and break it down after. We were super lucky to be surrounded by such talented folk.
From the photographer, Ellie Gillard: Georgie and Andy are super stylish, and planned a urban bohemian wedding with a natural, elegant hippie flavour, in the blank canvas of London’s Tab Centre. Georgie had an amazing Charlotte Casadejus dress, and Andy chose to rock the teddy boy look with a suit from Sandro. The room was decorated with organic elements – corn, lemons and artichokes, as well as giant dreamcatchers, ivy and hundreds of candles.
Processional: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Signing of the Register: “Sea of Love,” Cat Power; “True Love Will Find You in the End,” Daniel Jonson (covered by our lovely friend Charlotte Hancock)
First Dance: “I Wanna Stay With You,” Gallagher and Lyle
Bouquet Toss: “All the Single Ladies,” Beyonce
Last Dance: “You Can Go Your Own Way,” Fleetwood Mac
I also made a number of playlists which I tried to compliment for the different moods for the day. For example modern string music for the church, beautiful folk-y tracks for straight after the ceremony, chilled 60/70s for the meal and some more uptempo 80s to see us into the night.
Wedding Location: London, England / Photographer: Ellie Gillard / Florist: Rebecca Clarkson of Battersea Flower Station / Ceremony Venue: St Leonard’s Church / Reception Venue: The Tab Venue / Wedding Dress: Charlotte Casadejus via Luella’s Boudoir / Headpiece: Pamela Love via Bona Drag / Wedding Shoes: Marni / Hair and Makeup: Gina Best (ginabest @ gmail.com) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Free People / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Fury / Groom’s Suit: Sandro / Groom’s Shoes: Prada / Caterer: The Good Eating Company / Band: Fleetwood Bac / DJ: David Russell / Dream Catchers: Sheriden Rochelle Walters / Lighting: LX Tricks Lighting / Wedding Invitations: Ben Edwards / Videographer: Mark Brown Films / Photobooth: LookLook
If you’ve been waiting to find a wedding that effortlessly blends bohemian, rustic, DIY, and eclectic style, then wait no further. Joleen Willis delivered this California wedding with a bride who knocked every bit of her wedding day out of the park while wearing an incredible lace Free People gown.
From the bride, Lindsay: We wanted our wedding to feel quirky, comfortable, and colorful. It was a destination wedding, so we wanted to create a special place for us all to escape and celebrate! Our wedding style inspiration evolved through our invitation. I drew and designed our invitations and realized we could not settle on a few colors, we knew we needed a kaleidoscope of hues to really celebrate who we are. So we decided to have the bridal party, florals, and linens neutral so that we could use colors freely throughout our spaces.
We collected bottles, yarn, vintage glass, rocks, and anything else that made us smile! We glittered bottles, feathers, and hand painted all of our signs. We hand made the floral arrangements, bouquets, and boutonnières out of dried flowers, pods, and feathers wrapped in vintage fabric and yarn. I hand painted the large gold photo- drop, and created the escort metal flowers out of recycled materials. Ultimately, we ended up with a very eclectic bohemian vibe — which was so us, and so fun.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Have fun planning your wedding! There is no such thing as traditional anymore! The only thing that really matters is that the bride and the groom agree on decisions! Also, vendors are extremely important. All of our vendors felt like family and they made our day seem flawless. I actually interviewed photographers with a series of questions: Like whats your favorite band/music, what are your hobbies, background etc. I ended up picking Joleen Willis photography because she sent me the the most passionate email, filled with answers that looked like I had written them. We hired her immediately and it was one of our best decisions!
Processional: “Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles
Recessional: “Fat Bottomed Girls,” Queen
First Dance: “Leather and Lace,” Don Henley and Stevie Nicks
Reception Entrance: “Thunderstruck,” AC/DC
Wedding Location: Sonora, CA / Photographer: Joleen Willis / Flowers: Bride / Wedding Venue: Union Hill Inn / Wedding Dress: Free People / Floral Crown: Bride / Jewelry: Anthropologie / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Free people, H&M, Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters / Groom’s Pants and Vest: Brooks Brothers / Groom’s Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Wedding Caterer: Lunch Lady Catering / Dessert Bar: A friend of the mother of the bride / Snow Cones: Torani / Cocktails: Austin Cocktails / Acoustic Musician: Jason Powers / DJ: DJ Just of Designer DJs / Videographer: Kurtela Video Productions / Wedding Invitations: Bride and family
As soon as a bride tells me she wanted her wedding to be fun more than anything else, I get a rush of excitement. Aubrey and Mitch threw a wedding in the Catskills with Jason and Anna Photography in tow, and incorporated yellow, grey, and a pop of some other vibrant colors to make for a perfect woodsy wedding with a touch of whimsy. You might even spot our DIY tequila favors!
From the bride, Aubrey: In a word, we wanted out wedding to be FUN. Of course every couple wants their wedding to be fun… but neither of us really wanted any part of what we called a “weddingy-wedding” and we approached all of our decision making with a sense of humor and whimsy. We bucked tradition at almost every turn, basically striking the term “supposed to” from our vocabulary. It was important to carve out a day that was unique to us because we’ve been to far too many weddings that you could swap out the bride and groom for any 2 people and no one would know the difference. We tried to treat things as if we were just throwing the biggest, (and for us, the “fanciest”) house party of our lives. We planned it to feel laid-back and casual with as little formality as possible so that our guests felt relaxed and loose and ready to party!
Since my husband and I are not “wedding people”, we went around and around on whether or not to have a “theme” and in the end, while we didn’t technically have one, I chose to anchor things around a single element that is really special to me (birds) to help ground everything with something of a common thread. There were tiny bird elements pulled through in our decor and my accessories. Even my hair and bouquet had authentic feathers incorporated in them!
From the start we knew we had a challenge of mixing the modern and retro finishes in a way that would complement our woodsy surroundings. Nature played a huge role in our styling, so we used a lot of natural wood and woodland animals in our details. We had handmade glittered jars with colored lids that featured different painted forest creatures on each to hold matchbooks at our tables. I handmade all of our wedding favors and tags, the escort signs, and signature drink banner, and tons of other odds and ends.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? The best advice I can give is that there really are no rules. If it feels right, go for it! There’s a difference between giving details their proper due and obsessing over them. When making decisions about style and decor, trust your gut and talk to each other about your ideas to create a truly combined feel. In the age of Pinterest and the myriad wedding blogs to drool over, try not to over think things. It’s so easy to look at all of these incredible weddings out there and get completely carried away! Just base your decisions on what really inspires you and reflects who you are as people. Even if things don’t match together perfectly, it will still tell a story of who you are as people, and that’s really what a wedding is all about!
Processional: “Glósóli,” Sigur Rós
Recessional: “Dog Days Are Over,” Florence and the Machine
First Dance: “God Only Knows,” Beach Boys
Wedding Location: Boiceville, NY / Photographer: Jason and Anna Photography / Event Design: Bride / Florist: Steven Bruce Design / Wedding Venue: Onteora Mountain House / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Wedding Veil: January Rose / Shoes: Anne Klein / Shoe Clips: The Headband Shoppe / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN / Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein / Caterer and Wedding Cake: Blue Mountain Bistro / Cake Topper: Better Off Wed / DJ: DJ Taro of Sugartown Industries / Wedding Invitations: Minted / Videographer: Marryokes
When it comes to adding personal touches to your wedding (or any awesome party, for that matter), there are few better routes to take than handmaking some special details. Love Janet Photography and Kimberly of The Dainty Lion joined together to create this lovely shoot full of ideas perfect for any intimate fête!
The Dainty Lion: I have always been inspired by nontraditional romance. For this photo-shoot in particular, I wanted to highlight how unique elements can add character and charm to not only love but our celebration of it. Of course no bash is complete without items handcrafted from the heart, which is why I created the lace hearts, ruffles, vintage bottle labels and feather backdrop to complete the design.
Event Location: Encinitas, CA / Photographer: Love Janet Photography / Event Design: The Dainty Lion / Shoes: Ampersand Collections / Hair: Melissa Lee of Style Me Pretty 2013 / Makeup: My Girls on Film Studios / Bakery: VG Donut and Bakery / Equipment Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals / Wedding Invitations: Simple Simon Design
Pun intended or not, the team at 24K Event Design put on their magic hats with this fun fete. Complete with carnival tickets and deep reds galore, this circus inspired wedding shot by Jenelle Kappe Photography is full of little things the couple loves – including the groom singing at the reception!
Peter and Erica could not be more perfect for each other. They live for one another. Working several jobs together they know their “better-half” like no other. And their elaborate gorgeously decorated circus-themed wedding is a direct reflection of their love and passion for their relationship.
Every detail was intimate and carefully thought out. Their wedding was about them. What they love and what they share with one another. From the hand-made bouquets by the bride, to the Ring Master ring-bearers, to a choreographed dance by the bride and groom.
What they put together and accomplished for their wedding can only be done by a couple that is more than madly in-love with each other, and willing to travel to the moon with one another.
Location: Chicago, IL / Photographer: Jenelle Kappe Photography / Event Designer: 24K Event Design / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo / Dress Designer: Marilyn Eason / Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang Chicago / Shoes: Liz Claiborne
For today’s shoot, event stylist Jill took two objects and ran with them — you guessed it, feathers and wood. With a bit of help from photographers The Willinghams and florist Bare Root Flora, she was able to get a great deal of mileage out of the theme, coming up with this fresh take on the rustic phenomenon.
From the stylist, Jill: This styled shoot was inspired by the current bohemian trends and rustic romance of Colorado. Dramatic elements of leather and feathers were brought into the bride and groom’s accessories as well as in the beautiful florals, cake, stationery, and table settings. The result is an earthy, elegant, and achievable vibe with many do it yourself details that brides will love to make their own.
When it came to florals, Bare Root Flora wanted something textural and lush. We went with a palette of deep eggplant purples, wines, blush pinks, and creamy whites as a soft, feminine foil to the earthier feel of the leather and feathers. Gorgeous ranunculus, king protea, anemone, roses, andromeda, parrot tulips, sweet peas and viburnum gave the pieces the rich look we wanted–not to mention a fragrance to die for!
White chocolate fondant cake wrapped with edible sugar belts that look like real leather with metal buckles. The belts were textured, then antiqued with edible food color. The top of the cake is adorned with a single sugar feather.
Shoot Location: Denver, CO / Photographer: The Willinghams / Flowers: Bare Root Flora / Wedding Dress: Winifred Bean / Fashion Styling: Common Couture / Hair: Graham Nation of Jua Salon / Makeup: Stephanie Klasse Makeup Artistry / Wedding Cake: Intricate Icings Cake Design / Rings and Cake Cutter: The Reno Bros. / Furniture Rentals: Chairished Vintage Rentals
Photographer Kaysha Weiner, whose gorgeous wedding we have featured recently here, is sharing with us this inspiration she captured designed by Pure Lavish Events. The regal whimsy mood is absolute bliss. You all know how much we love a good bouquet, and these florals by Florals by Jenny tie in the woodland inspiration perfectly.
As silly as it may sound, the inspiration of this shoot started with a single feather, a white feather dipped in a majestic gold. From there the idea evolved into a regal color scheme of eggplant, deep reds and pinks while accenting the pieces with gold. Think of a bride and groom running into the fields behind a magnificent castle and sitting down to a table-scape fit for royalty. From there we wanted a cake that stood out yet was still as pure as the gold dipped feather, and Sweet & Saucy Shop completely nailed our inspiration.
Since the landscape was lush and green surrounded by trees and fruits of the season the cake and florals were kept simple to focus attention on the gold dipped feathers. With lush textured Florals by Jenny, and the dark wood table from Town & Country, the contrasting gold really pulled the whole look together. Our bride looked stunning in a sand hued dresses with ethereal chiffon ruffles from Ruche and delicate gold jewelry from Stella & Dot. A loose side-swept braid, and a bold pink mauve colored lip completed her simple yet refined look.
Shoot Location: Orange County, CA / Photographer: Kaysha Weiner Photographer / Planning + Styling: Pure Lavish Events / Hair + Makeup: Serene Bridal Beauty / Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop / Flowers: Florals by Jenny / Rentals: Town & Country / Invite Design: Swell and Grand / Jewelry: Stella & Dot / Dress: Ruche / Models: Laura & Michael Stodolka
We’re still reeling from the beauty of today’s styled shoot from Natalie Spencer and Darling & Daisy — and I’m sure you are too! Luckily for both of us, Natalie’s back to share how she made those fantastic Cupid wings. Not only are these perfect for a bit of dress-up, but they make an eye-catching backdrop for a dessert table!
For this project, you will need:
-white feathers (we used 10 bags for these large wings)
-gold spray paint
-hot glue gun & glue sticks
-2 pieces of foam board
1. Draw out the shape you would like the wings to be on one piece of the foam board.
2. Using the utility knife, cut along the line, place on the other piece of foam board and trace. Save the scraps for later.
3. Glue feathers in rows, starting at the bottom and overlapping slightly. Turn over and cover the other side with feathers as well.
4. Repeat step 3 on the second wing.
5. With the left over foam board, cut out a large rectangle and score down the middle, just enough to fold easily.
6. Cut elastics long enough to go around shoulders and hot glue to the rectangle piece of foam board near where you scored it.
7. Hot glue the piece of foam board with attached elastics to the wings.
8. Spray paint and you’re done!
It’s T minus one day till Valentine’s Day, and this sweetness shot by Kay English and designed by Reverie at the The Ashford Estate in New Jersey is just the ticket. Poppies are always one of my favorite blooms, so needless to say this bouquet is a dream!
Valentine’s Day is mostly focused around couples, but why not celebrate it with your besties who will stand at your wedding? With a “Love Yourself First” theme, this inspiration styled by Belovely Inc and shot by Krista Leigh Hurst Photography was originally shot for teens, but the advice extends to life and relationships. Plus, what better way to thank your girls than with a pampering us-time evening?
From the stylists, Belovely Inc: This year we decided to take a fresh look at Valentine’s Day and really show off a strong self image with a styled shoot embodying the idea of loving one’s self first. The concept was having our host, Erin inviting her girlfriends over for a Valentine’s party where the girls spent time loving themselves – with fashion, magazines, photo shoots and sweets.
We feel like the best love in this world comes from when each individual loves themselves entirely. So instead of being bummed you don’t have a date, or perhaps you’re engaged or married – be sure to not only love your partner, but to love yourself!
Shoot Location: Ambler, PA / Style, Design, and Concept: Belovely Inc / Photographer: Krista Leigh Hurst Photography / Clothing and Accessories: Free Shop Ambler, stylist’s own / Wardrobe Styling: Brittany Bollard / Makeup: Yumi Kim / Baked Goods: Ambler Bake Shop
Have I mentioned lately how much I love non-traditional bridal wear? I could say it every day of the week and it still wouldn’t be enough, so it came as no surprise that I fell in love with Brooke’s wedding gown of choice — a green-y greige lace number from James Coviello for BHLDN. Add in a handsome groom, stunning images from Cluney Photo, and a bluegrass band, and you’ve got a wedding that has officially won us over!
From the bride, Brooke: When Scott and I got engaged, we knew that we wanted to get married in my Folks’ backyard in the Flathead Valley of Montana. Its bohemian charm was the perfect canvas for us to create a beautiful, relaxed atmosphere for us to share and celebrate with our friends and family.
In the months/weeks leading up to our wedding I collected vintage plates, tarnished silver platters and cut glass & metal goblets from every thrift store between Seattle and Montana; then proceeded to order muslin, burlap, jute, and lights. Family contributed 150 mason jars for glasses. My Dad collected 1 gallon jars that were used for the arranged flowers.
My Grandma and I tea stained the muslin and made it into tablecloths. My Grandpa built red barn wood boxes for the flower box centerpieces. Signs were made by my family using wood from my Dad’s wood pile. My Sister & her Partner cut tags from tea stained canvas, and assembled 150 mason jars with tags and jute for drinking glasses… She then cut 150 tags and wrote the names of our guests to be attached to the Flathead Cherry freezer jam I made for our favors.
Maximizing local resources was important to Scott and I. We picked 2 gallons of huckleberries which were incorporated into the wedding cakes I baked, and were also used for a sauce with the cheesecake. Other cheesecake sauces included: strawberry from our garden and raspberry from a friend’s garden. The cherries for the freezer jam I made for the Guest Favors were picked from a family cherry orchard on Flathead Lake. My friend incorporated our local distillery, Whistling Andy’s, Hibiscus Rum into Sangria she made for our “wine option”. And lastly we raised the pig ourselves that was enjoyed by all in the form of AMAZING carnitas.
Wedding Location: Flathead Valley, MT / Wedding Photographer: Cluney Photo / Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Flowers: Bride’s Grandmother / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss, Rag & Bone, Billy Reid / Groom’s Hat: Goorin Bros. / Wedding Caterer: The Cuisine Machine / Beverages: Bride’s Friend, Kristen Lee-Charlson / Wedding Desserts: Bride / Wedding Music: Mountain Moongrass / Rentals: Northwest Canopy & Party Rentals
A blush pink wedding gown, centerpieces and a bouquet with whole artichokes, a crazy adorable flower girl, and images by Christa Elyce — are you sold yet? Christa and stylist Lauren behind Ellanesque Weddings created this incredible wedding shoot around the idea of having everything be eco-friendly, naming their theme “gardening shed chic.” Keep an eye out for the cake-shaped cookies, which even have their own little succulent detailing!
From the photographer, Christa: Gardener’s Shed Chic became our approach for this eco-friendly styled wedding. Incorporating reusable, recycled, and compostable elements were key. Inspired by nature, the concept “grew”! Urban farming and home gardens has become a fascinating trend to many and it allowed us to create a styled wedding that brought together wedding fashions and gardening.
Shoot Location: Kingwood, TX / Photographer: Christa Elyce Photography / Event Stylist: Ellanesque Weddings / Shoot Venue: East End Park / Wedding Flowers: Something Special In Flowers / Accessories, Bridesmaid’s Dress, and Flower Girl Dress: Brickhouse Bridal / Makeup and Hair: Thalio Beckham and Jessica Garza of Thalio Beckham / Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse / Caterer: Lola Catering / Wedding Cake: Sugary + Chic Boutique / Paper Goods: My Urban Invites / Calligrapher: Pendance Calligraphy / Vintage Rentals: Recollection Vintage Rentals
We’ve got quite the treat for all you bohemian-inspired brides out there: lunaphoto and Alchemy Fine Events teamed up to design this stunning styled shoot full of gorgeous pottery, feathers, pops of chevron and touches of teal, all with floral touches by Isari Flower Studio. We’re positively head over heels about the ceremony aisle:
Location: San Diego, CA / Wedding Photographer: lunaphoto / Event Design and Bride Styling: Alchemy Fine Events / Wedding Flowers: Isari Flower Studio / Venue: Bandy Canyon Ranch / Table Decor: Casa de Perrin / Furniture Rentals: YEAH! rentals / Wedding Decor and Vases: West Elm / Dress: Allyson Simone of Provence Bride / Cake: Hey There Cupcake! / Bow Tie: Jill Courtenmache
Want to add a quick pop of color and frivolity to your wedding? Find a brightly colored boa and make a few poms to use anywhere and everywhere through out the day.
You will need:
1 1/2″ wood circles
hot glue gun
shoe clips, pins or other style of attachments
Plug in your glue gun and let it heat up. Be sure to place it over a piece of foil or glue mat to catch the drips. Trim the tie off of the boa so you are starting with feathers and not thread. Make a glue dot about the size of your pinky tip in the center of a wood circle. Pull back the feathers and press the end of the boa in the glue. We want to secure the boa to the circle, if you don’t push back the feather fluff, it won’t adhere properly.
Once set, add another arc from the center about 3/4″ long, pull feathers back and press boa into the glue. This will start to form a spiral from the center out. Pull the feathers towards you and press the center line of the boa into the glue as you work your way out. Add glue and repeat until you are on the outer edge of the circle. Trim the end and press into a final dot of glue on the edge. Once secure, but while still warm, press feathers over end dot to cover. Make as many as you need.
For shoe clips, as seen here, attach clips with hot glue on the back of the wood circles. Use a quarter size amount of glue and press. You want to secure the whole clip to the wood. If you are making favor box toppers, glue the finished poms to the top of boxes. For bag adornments, attache the wood clips to pins, you can find them in the jewelry section of the craft shop. How fun would these be for your bridesmaids hair too?
However you choose to incorporate them, I’m loving them with this cerulean blue shade. A single boa is really long and is available in almost any shade, a very budget friendly way to add a little pop to your party.
Images and Project: Jenny Batt of Hank and Hunt for Ruffled
We thought we’d leave you with bit more inspiration for your weekend, and this week’s color card is drenched in rich green hues. A whimsical forest fête by a lake is something I’d love to attend right at this moment. With a cocktail glass in one hand and a fabulous clutch on the other, feasting my eyes on fern and feathery details.
Colors: emerald, olive, lace and birch
In case you missed any of our features from this week…
A woodsy wedding with two high school sweethearts
This colorful Santa Margarita wedding
Vancouver wedding in Stanley Park
Wedding albums from our sponsor Muujee
An orange and teal travel-inspired shoot
Home decor and personal style goods from zhush.com
A wintry Alberta wedding
DIY tutorial on photo canvas art
A handmade plantation wedding
Love vs Design stationery feature and giveaway
Styled shoot based on The Owl and the Pussycat
An English countryside wedding from Joanna Brown
This week in Recycle Your Wedding…
Happy weekend, all!
Tinywater Photography teamed up with Coquette Events, on a shoot inspired by Fantasy Ballroom that is sure to make Marie Antoinette jealous. Gorgeous floral arrangements by Botanica Floral Designs, a delectable dessert table by Sugar & Spice, endless layers of frothy tulle, sparkly touches and a rich color palette pretty much sums up our dream winter wedding. Perfect timing to feast your eyes before the holidays and snatch up some ideas for your tables. Be sure to watch the video made by Lovespun below.
Photography: Tinywater Photography / Event Coordinator: Coquette Events / Flowers: Audrey Gardemeyer, Botanica Floral Designs / Dessert Bar: Sugar & Spice / Linens: Wildflower Linens / Tutus: The Little Pea / Masks: Tom Banwell / Models: Lauren and Alex from Exalt Model and Talent Agency, Kiera Shimamoto Tong / Wedding Dress: Miosa Couture / Shoes: Hey Lady Shoes by the Leung Twins / Cake Topper: Over the Top Studios by Amada Lebel / Silverware: Classic Party Rentals / Make-Up: Rona Basa, Luxe Image Premiere Hair & Make Up Artist / Video: Lovespun Handmade Films
Tinywater Photography is a member of our local vendor guide, Blue Label. Click here to view their portfolio.
This New York City wedding reads as an expert’s guide to how to properly integrate pops of color into your wedding day. The bride, Bethany, used a gorgeous and rich teal motif throughout all details of her big day, right down to her very own wedding gown! If you’re a big fan of peacock feathers (and even if you’re not!), be sure to check out all the images from Joyeuse Photography.
From the bride, Bethany: We love all things vintage & handmade, so we wanted our wedding to reflect that. (especially 1950s & 1960s era!) We love that both vintage & handmade goods are more sustainable than buying things new and it is one of our values to be as sustainable and socially responsible as possible in terms how we shop, or decorate our home, or plan our wedding. Plus, we love the aesthetic. We also have an incredibly talented & close knit community and we wanted our wedding to be a reflection of our community as well. Almost every detail of our wedding was covered in the fingerprints of our friends & family, and that made it feel so much more special.
I love the deep rich colors in peacock feathers so we decided to use a peacock feather as our color inspiration. In terms of DIY projects, we tried to hand make as many elements as we could. Jerod drew our cameos and used them to design our save the dates & programs. He and I also handmade our invitations from tiny glass bottles we collected on a magical beach in Brooklyn. (We also used bottles that we found there as the vessels for the flower arrangements at the reception). As everyone came into the church for the ceremony, they received a tiny flag to wave which had been stamped with “b & j” or “love”, which friends and I made using letters from an antique printing press and a mix of vintage fabrics and scrap fabrics in peacock colors. We used the same fabrics to make the bunting, strung throughout the reception space. The garlands of crocheted yarn, strung from the ceiling of the reception space, were made by my aunt, my brother-in-law, one of my bridesmaids, and me.
As one of my bridesmaid gifts, I made 12 different hair pieces for each of the girls to wear (with help from my mom!). For the guestbook, we had the ribbon on my grandma’s antique typewriter replaced, and the hand-typed notes that we came home with were so special! The incredible boutonnieres for the groomsmen were made by my dear friend, bridesmaid and crafter, Kylie Fife. It was truly a community affair, which made it such an emotional and incredible experience to walk into the reception site for the first time and see all the beauty.
Jerod and I designed the “message in a bottle” invitations and made them using 200 tiny antique bottles we scavenged on a Brooklyn beach. We printed the paper invitation component ourselves on quarter sheets of teal paper, and tied and bottle neck with twine. We attempted to hand deliver as many as we could, but the ones that were mailed even managed to make it to South Africa intact!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Accept help! Sometimes this can be difficult to ask for or accept, but once I began delegating and letting people help me, the load felt so much lighter, he the outcome so much more beautiful. Secondly, the wedding is so important, but ultimately, the wedding is a precursor to the marriage, so don’t lose sight of prioritizing that! Throughout our engagement, Jerod and I had at least 1 night a week in which we did not talk about the wedding planning at all, which was really refreshing and important for us.
And everyone says this, but try to really be present on the day of. So many people had told me that their wedding day felt like a blur and it was my desire to really be present, relish in it, and take it all in, especially because we had so many friends in from all over the world that we rarely get to see. After all, when again will you have all the people that you most treasure and love in the same room? I feel like we were really able to do this and it made the memories of the day so sweet and priceless.
Processional: “Sigh No More,” Mumford & Sons
Recessional: “Forever Young,” Bob Dylan
First dance: “When It Don’t Come Easy,” Patty Griffin
Wedding vendors (New York City, NY):
Ceremony venue: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn / Reception venue: 320 Studios / Wedding photographer: Tahni of Joyeuse Photography / Wedding flowers: Leeanne Rickey / Wedding dress: designed by bride, made by Heather Anderson / Makeup: Stephanie Wise / Wedding hair: Felicia Nelson / Groom’s suit: Calvin Klein / Wedding music: Jake Armerding, Gregory Essington, Laura Rogers, and Brian Miller / Wedding cake: Laura Huss / Wedding invitations: bride and groom
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
Peacocks, Art Deco, and some serious glam action — need I say more? Captured by our very own Blue Label member Katherine O’Brien, this wedding rocks the vintage glam aesthetic to the core, and just look at that wedding cake! There are loads more photos to be seen, and this is one gallery you won’t want to miss.
From the bride, Allison: I knew from the beginning that I wanted the wedding to be a different and glamorous event, and for the guests to have a great time. I am totally in love with the 1930’s and 40’s culture-movies, clothes, hair, the elegance of the Art Deco era. Since this was our very own big day, we wanted to try to recapture the feel of a fete of years past. Since the vintage trend seems very haute right now, I was able to get tons of inspiration from this and other wedding blogs which became my weekend and after work obsession.
We chose Austin, Texas as our location as Matt has some family there, and since all my family would be coming from out-of-state I figured Austin would be a nice place to visit for everyone. At a pool party one day, a friend mentioned that we should check out this place that was part of the Austin Museum of Art called Laguna Gloria. It was built in the early 1900’s and overlooks Lake Austin-a very old world feel. We had our ceremony and reception out on the lawns surrounding the villa.
Colors were inspired by simple elegance of black and white, with pops of peacock inspired colors-teal & copper. My mother and I did the programs as a DIY project. Since it was a Jewish wedding, and Matt’s side of the family is not Jewish, we used it to help describe some of the traditions and steps of the ceremony that were occuring. I also found a poem that my Father had written for me for my Bat Mitzvah over 16 years ago and put that on the last page for the program.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Have a clear vision of what type of feeling you want people to walk away with and keep that in mind during planning. Don’t try to do everything yourself — get help where you can. Try to have everything completely done the week before the wedding and delegate out day of activities so that you can relax and enjoy the time with your family and friends, and future husband. Take that time to reflect on this life changing experience that is happening, and revel in the love and good energy everyone is sending to you. The actual event will go by so quickly. Enjoy every minute of it!
Blue Label member Katherine O’Brien, this wedding rocks the vintage glam aesthetic to the core, and just look at that wedding cake! There are loads more photos to be seen, and this is one View more images from this wedding
Processional: The Barcarolle from the opera Tales of Hoffman by Offenbach
Recessional and first dance: “It Had to Be You”
Father/daughter and mother/son dance: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” combined with “What a Wonderful World”
Wedding vendors (Austin, TX):
Wedding venue: Laguna Gloria / Photographer: Katherine O’Brien / Event planner: Becky Brock of BZ Events / Wedding dress: Stephen Yearick / Bridesmaids’ dresses: chosen by bridesmaids / Wedding caterer: Primizie / Wedding flowers: Merveille / Wedding cake: Coco Paloma / Rentals: Premiere Party Rental / Officiant: Rabbi Monty Elisaov / Ceremony musician: Strings Attached / Reception music: Vintage 15 / Stationery: Anibella Ink & Paper / Lighting: FILO / Makeup: Nisa Nicole and Tricia Lee of BOB Salon / Videographer: Crescent Video / Transportation: R&R Transportation
I think I might just have found a new favorite wedding venue. The blank canvas of Pale and Interesting – The Venue is absolutely breathtaking in its simplicity — a true blank slate waiting to be painted. Hannah Gooch did a fantastic job of pulling together all-star vendors — including the endlessly-talented photographer Sarah Gawler — to create their dreamy vision. The muted, but crisp color palette combined with vintage elements is a foolproof recipe for a gorgeous wedding. Whatever you do, don’t miss the gallery!
From the designer, Hannah: Pale and Interesting – The Venue, a New England-style barn in the beautiful Kent countryside, was the setting for The Ebury Collection’s first shoot. Only 10 minutes from the beach, this beautiful private home is owned by stylist Atlanta Bartlet and husband Dave Coote. For those of you looking to for a stylish blank canvas as your wedding venue, you really can’t get much better than this.
The lovely Sarah Gawler and I got our heads together back in March and had a great time selecting gowns from Blackburn Bridal Couture for our three bridal looks. The first is a soft, boho style with a fabulous Claire Pettibone gown. I love Bethany’s lose plait and her floral headband. Lindsay from LK Lily created a loose and rustic bouquet featuring roses, sweet pea and trailing jasmine and used the same flowers to create her floral headdress.
Sarah Treble’s unique and elegant gown needs little more than a few peonies in the hair as the feathers are really the feature of this look. Accessorizing with a beautiful tight bunch of white peonies works perfectly. And finally, a simple gold jewelled headband and a little bunch of Lily of the Valley perfectly compliments Clinton Lotter’s breathtaking feather gown, with its gold belt.
We used a simple linen tablecloth with lots of glass candlesticks, votives and tealight holders to create the table setting. A large vase of white and green flowers coordinate perfectly with the pale grey pie-crust plates and the gorgeous ceramic pears and zinc place name tags.
Pale and Interesting – The Venue is absolutely breathtaking in its simplicity — a true blank slate waiting to be painted. Hannah Gooch did a fantastic job of pulling together all-star vendors — including the endlessly-talented photographer Sarah Gawler — to create their dreamy vision. The muted, but crisp color palette combined with vintage elements is a foolproof recipe for a gorgeous wedding. Whatever you do, don’t miss the View all photos from this shoot
Wedding vendors (Kent, England):
Wedding venue: Pale and Interesting – The Venue / Wedding photographer: Sarah Gawler / Stylist: Louisa Grey / Shoot Curator: Hannah Gooch / Flowers: LK Lily / Wedding dresses: Claire Pettibone, Clinton Lotter, and Sarah Treble / Gold headband: Flo and Percy / Gold ring and necklace: Alex Monroe / Hair and makeup: Daniel Palmer / Wedding cake: Zoe Clark Cakes / Ceramic fruits and name cards: Rowen and Wren / Gold shoes: Dune / Satin grey shoes: Hobbs / Lingerie: Love by Susie / Dinnerware: Anthropologie / Accessories: Pale and Interesting / Cupcakes and glass dome: The Ebury Collection / Model: Bethany from MOT Models
There’s so much to love in this wedding shot by Karen Hill, we hardly know where to begin. Her Vera Wang was completely knocked out of the park by bride Erinn, who may have also mastered the art of the birdcage veil. This blended family is so clearly full of love that you can’t help but to come away happy after viewing these images –including the rest in the gallery!
From the photographer, Karen: At Erinn and Randall’s wedding I let the day carry me away. I loved the details and every part of their beautiful wedding. The flowers, the stationery, the color palette, the bride’s dress, the location, the amazing late September light and all the personal touches they added to their day that made it their own – loving and beautiful with style. Erinn and Randall married each other and in doing so blended their families into one. They had their children, her daughter and his son and daughter, participate in the day by having them part of the candle lighting ceremony. It was very touching.
From the bride, Erinn: Warm, elegant, romantic, intimate describe our day. I created a look book of ideas including flowers, stationery, table settings, clothing, accessories and overall look and feel. I shared this with everyone on the team so they could help me create the look and feel I wanted. Water was an important element in our wedding so we chose the River Cafe as our venue. Our colors were the reflected colors of the Manhattan skyline, the necklace lights of the Brooklyn Bridge on the water. Our colors were teal blue, black and metallic copper. Our invitations were a designed by a friend and featured copper stamping on black stock. We featured the Brooklyn Bridge and designed a logo that was carried over to all the DIY menus, programs, napkins and matches. I worked with Rory Kotkin as a calligrapher to pen all the invites, seating cards and dessert table cards: copper ink on black stock. I also had ribbon printed and used it to make a copper foil cupcake stand for the dessert table. The look was very rich and unusual.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Make an inspiration folder or book. I used Powerpoint. Anytime I saw something I liked I put it in a folder. As I organized the information, it really helped me narrow down what was important. This helped save lots of time and got all the creative people excited about interpreting the vision. Also, get a day-of wedding coordinator! I work as a producer and am very detail-oriented, but on that day I was so happy to not have to think about the details. I just enjoyed my day. Finally, interview people in person! A phone call or email won’t give you a real picture of someone and whether they are right for you.
Karen Hill, we hardly know where to begin. Her Vera Wang was completely knocked out of the park by bride Erinn, who may have also mastered the art of the birdcage veil. This blended family is so clearly full of love that you can’t help but to come away happy after viewing these images –including the rest in the View more images from this wedding
Processional: Cat Stevens, “Moonshadow” and Tom Petty, “Here Comes My Girl”
Ceremony: Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
Recessional: Etta James, “At Last”
First Dance: Chris Botti, “Ever Since We Met”
Wedding vendors (Brooklyn, NY):
Wedding venue and catering: The River Cafe / Wedding Photographer: Karen Hill / Wedding flowers: The Green Vase / Wedding dress: Vera Wang / Wedding veil and hair jewels: Brideshead Revisited / Wedding shoes: Jimmy Choo / Wedding jewelry: Maurice Jewelers / Groom’s suit: Armani / Wedding cupcakes: Magnolia Bakery / Wedding favors: La Maison du Chocolat / Wedding stationery: Leah Morgan Design / Calligrapher: Rory Kotkin / Day-of wedding planner: Exquisite Events / Wedding musician: Vida from Scratch Weddings
This wedding brings together the best of both worlds: A+ vendors and DIY charm. The couple, Anna and Jeremy, brought their love of the outdoors to their wedding, utilizing lush moss, little birdies, and, of course, the plentiful trees surrounding their venue. Oh, and… they were married in a castle. Cool much? Top it all off, they used one of Carolynn of Two Brunettes’ downloads for their wedding paper goods. We will be adding an editable version of these darling free downloads this afternoon, so check back soon for the release. Thanks to Sophie Jacobson of Love Bucket Photo for sharing her photos with us!
From the bride, Anna: We really love nature and the outdoors, so we wanted to incorporate that in as many ways as we could. We used lots of moss, trees, and little birds. I took a lot of inspiration from wedding blogs and used things other people did, but adapted them to fit our color theme. I am also a really crafty person, so wanted to make as much as I could, which ended up being all of the decorations… I wanted the opportunity to get better at things like sewing, so I sewed a lot! In the end, the inspiration was ourselves! We wanted the wedding to really represent us.
After the ceremony Jeremy and I went up to the “bridal suite” and just took a few minutes together. We cried together about being married and how happy we were. I was nice to take that time away right after.
Anna’s advice for future brides: Make sure your dress is comfortable. Also, make sure you enjoy yourself and focus on the marriage. Since we put so much work into it, I was more concerned about everyone else having a good time, and it was hard for me to really relax until it was all over. Oh, also, you should LOVE your vendors. They are so involved in your day that you want them to feel invested in the wedding, and really a part of it.
The groom, Jeremy, describes his favorite memory of the wedding day: Sitting by myself after getting dressed and making a short video for my wife-to-be on my iPhone about how much I loved her and how I couldn’t wait to be her husband for the rest of my life. I sent it to her just before I walked down the aisle.
Jeremy, the groom, also includes his advice for brides and grooms alike: My advice would be to enjoy the experience as much as possible. It’s oftentimes easy to get wrapped up in the financial or planning aspects of a wedding, but when it all comes together on your wedding day and you finally see the fruits of your labor – it all becomes worth it.
Wedding vendors (Agoura Hills, California):
Reception venue: Lobo Castle / Wedding photographer: Sophie Jacobson of Love Bucket Photo / Event planner: Theresa Shlimanoff of Hustle & Bustle / Wedding cake designer: Gigi Bobb Bakery / Wedding dress: Monique Luo / Photobooth: Vintage Booth / Wedding music: Harry and the Hitmen / Wedding flowers: done by bride / Wedding paper goods: Designed by Two Brunettes, available for download here
Claudia and David knew exactly where to DIY and where to leave it in the capable hands of professionals. Having just battled breast cancer, the bride knew she wanted to wear her mother’s vintage wedding gown and her aunt graciously volunteered to make that dream happen. When you have these sentimental touches, you can leave the other details to vendors whom you trust and whose work you admire. This wedding is a reminder to focus on what really matters on your wedding day: family, traditions you cherish, and the beautiful love you share as a couple. Learn more about Claudia’s brave battle here.
From the bride, Claudia. We originally wanted a wedding downtown Toronto but we’re Italian and had a lot of guests, so it was hard to accommodate everyone. We ended up going super traditional and chose The Terrace, which was all Italian food. Plus, it was close to most of our guests so that made it a lot easier for everyone.
My dress was my mother’s wedding gown, my aunt transformed it for me. It originally had long sleeves and a high collar so we took those off, and added lots of tulle to the skirt. We redesigned it and she made the belt for me by hand! We wanted a classic, vintage wedding that was clean and simple. We stuck to a color scheme of whites, greens and yellows.
While planning the wedding, I was just finishing up treatments for breast cancer so I was fatigued and my health was most important, so our florists, Covers Couture, were very accomodating and took care of both the flowers and the decor for me. They basically saved my life!
From Vanessa, of Boyfriend/Girlfriend pictures. Claudia and I would occasionally chat about how she was doing during her chemotheraphy treatments and surgeries. I got a few different photographs of her adventurous hairstyles she tried before she lost her hair – from bleached blonde to mohawks. She always had her wits about her and a positive attitude that was beyond inspiring. When Jess and I got the news that they were going ahead with their day despite her health concerns, we could not have been happier. Claudia figured that her and Dave were in love and no matter what, they were in it together. It goes without saying that Jess and I are so honoured we could be part of their day and above all else are so grateful to have met such an amazing woman.
Huge thanks to Vanessa and Jess of Boyfriend/Girlfriend Pictures for sharing these images and to Claudia for sharing her amazing story with us!
Wedding Vendors (Toronto, Canada):
Reception location: The Terrace at Vaughn / Florist: Covers Couture / Photographer: Boyfriend/Girlfriend Pictures / Wedding Dress: Bride’s mother’s gown, reconstructed by Bride’s aunt / Makeup: Zoe Zaplatel / Hair: Stephen Cito / Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG, Svetlana Arpas, and Domenic Serio / Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss / Band: The Blackboard Blues Band / Caterer: The Terrace / Wedding Cake: Adjoa Duncan of Pretty Sweet / Wedding invitations: Linda Commisso and Tania Meschino of Pulpcuts and printed by Pronto Reporductions / Transportation: Majestique Limo
This indie-chic New Years Day wedding has all the personality you could ask for in an intimate winter wedding. The handcrafted pieces show such love, care and creativity. The wedding party looks fun, relaxed and straight-up-adorable with their mix-and-match styles and uber-creative boutonnieres and bouquets. You MUST check out the gallery for all the stunning portraits from the couple’s first look shot by the amazing Ulmer Studios. They make me woozy with romance!
From the bride, Bailey: We really just wanted the look to be US. We wanted to have things that represented our style, our likes, our personality. We love the earthy feeling.. we love antiques, vintage-everything! And everyone said when they walked in, the Mill just screamed Taylor and Bailey.
Those amazing bouquets are all made out of PAPER FLOWERS. Isn’t that incredible? And I’m absolutely ga-ga over the boutonnieres the couple handmade for the groom and his groomsmen. Made out of buttons, feathers and twigs, they really set the tone for the aesthetics of the whole wedding.
Because the bride is in pharmacy school, the couple chose to incorporate vintage apothecary jars into their centerpiece decor. What a great idea! They look lovely with all their different shapes and sizes. The couple also constructed the pennants from fabric and clothes from Goodwill and crafted all the paper pom poms.
Any advice for brides to be? See your future spouse BEFORE the ceremony. Get ready, go see them. This helps SO much in getting rid of weird butterflies, anxiety, etc… and this is the ONLY HOUR that you get to spend with that person ALONE. It is SO important!
Wedding Vendors (Chattanooga and Nashville, TN):
Wedding Venue: The Mill / Wedding planner and Event Designer: Kirsten Hawkins / Florist: DIY / Photographer: Ulmer Studios Photography/ Wedding Dress: Vineyard Drew by Priscilla of Boston / Shoes: Nina Paladin / Bridesmaid Dresses: Urban Outfitters / Groom’s suit: Vintage / Band: Concerning Lions / DJ: Eric Coomer / Caterer: Chef Penelope / Wedding Cake: Hermitage Bakery / Centerpiece pottery: Merideth Walter / Wedding invitations: Daniel Hall / Videographer: Bride and Groom passed around their camera and had everyone film the festivities (the couple are videographers and were able to edit their own wedding video!)