When you’re exchanging vows under a 200-year-old pecan tree and partying the night away at a 19th century Victorian bed and breakfast, how can your wedding NOT be amazing? Wedding planner + bride Hailey of Two Roads Event Co. knows how to throw a seriously great fête, and chose to fill her day with beautiful deep blues and striking marsala for a fresh and moody soiree. Thank you to the great team of Lacie Hansen, Alluring Events & Design, and Botanica for your wonderful work here!
Maybe it’s the riveting feeling of escape from a quotidian world or maybe it’s the rich history that each cobblestone and brick exudes, but we’d be lost in a world without Savannah. In today’s styled shoot, Vitor Lindo captures the elegant tranquility of a city that boasts enough love stories to fill our history books. To give this elopement a European twist, Tristan Needham and Colonial House of Flowers combined buttercream blooms, rich hand lettering and a delicate china pattern that puts a twinkle in our eyes. The soft neutral palette of the tablescape is the perfect complement for the distinctive architecture in the background, and the lace detail trailing the bride’s gown is enchanting to say the least. Prepare to be mesmerized as you step into the wonderful world of Savannah.
From the photographer, Vitor Lindo: Savannah’s southern charm can sometimes be well, a bit too southern. In this styled shoot we aimed to create something more upscale and European. Something one would find in any old city in the world. The Harper Fowlkes House was this perfect venue. It exuded the “old world” feel in and gave this styled shoot a ‘je ne sais quoi’ and allowed us to shot Savannah in a different light.
This shoot featured romantic and timeless details to inspire a creative bride. The sugar flowers are handmade with care and symbolize the fleeting nature of our lives. The vow book allow a bride and groom to concentrate on each other before the wedding. Putting all their love thought into one promise, one moment which will unite them forever.
Hair and Makeup
The California redwoods are such impressive creations of nature, and in all of their majesty, it’s no wonder why so many couples choose to get hitched there. It’s gorgeous! Victoria Carlson Photography snapped Lindsay and Eugene’s romantic wedding day to our delight. For color choices, Lindsay wanted to keep the focal point on all of the organic elements around, so a clean neutral palette with hints of greys and blues were important. There’s nothing more timeless than a pairing of white and green florals and root & riot did a fantastic job creating such complementary pieces. We give this wedding an A-plus!
From the bride, Lindsay: Whenever my husband and I talked about getting married, we always knew we would say “I do” beneath the redwoods. My husband and I love being outdoors in nature, but one of our favorite places to be is amongst the trees. We wanted something simple, elegant, and timeless, yet also laid back and relaxed. My husband and I are not formal people by any means, so it was important for us to have an environment that was comfortable for our guests. Whenever people would ask me about the vibe of my wedding I would tell them, “it’s going to be a magical, romantic forest wedding!” I really feel like I accomplished this! But some more adjectives I used to describe the day were: ethereal and woodsy. Before I purchased ANYTHING I would make sure it stayed true to these descriptions.
Bouquet recipe: Mock-orange, white roses, white peonies, ferns… to name a few! My florists were amazing! I sent them a few inspiration photos that I found off Pinterest, and my task to them was to make me a beautiful, big, bouquet full of white flowers and ferns.
I chose a neutral color scheme and I feel like that perfectly complemented the gorgeous setting and the feel of the day. I knew I wanted my bridesmaids in different dresses and different colors, but was still somewhat particular on the dresses they chose. I ended up giving them 10-15 different dresses to choose from and everyone chose the dress that I wanted for them (without me saying a thing!). I thought they all looked beautiful! For the men, I think my groom looks so handsome in navy, so we found a gorgeous slate blue tux for him. He wanted to be in something different than his groomsmen, so we chose grey suits with navy ties for the rest of the guys!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Stay true to you. It sounds cliché, but it is so easy to lose sight of you and your partner during the craziness of wedding planning. Remember that this day is about the two of you and the celebration of your love and commitment to each other – that is all that matters. I loved my wedding day and it went perfect, despite all the things that actually “went wrong” (like it raining on wedding day for our outdoor wedding!) But what I loved the most and what I remember the most are all the amazing moments shared between my husband and me.
Don’t worry about making everyone else happy and just worry about making you and your groom as happy as you can be! Also, we highly encourage a first look. I know it’s not traditional, but aside from saying our vows during our ceremony, our first look was the most special moment. I can’t even explain in words how beautiful that moment was, and one of the only moments of the day where it was just the two of us.
Bridal Party Processional: “I Love You Because,” Johnny Cash
Bridal Processional: “A Thousand Years,” The Piano Guys
Recessional: “Forever and Ever, Amen,” Randy Travis (Eugene and I always send each other songs [and we did this a lot during the beginning of our relationship!]. One night, a few days before he told me he loved me, he sent me this song.)
First Dance: “Then,” Brad Paisley.
Father/Daughter Dance: “I Loved Her First,” Heartland
Mother/Son Dance: “Simple Man (acoustic version),” Shinedown
Laurel Leaf Earrings
Laurel Leaf Hair Comb
Hair and Makeup
Catering and Desserts
Dinner Menus, Programs, and Tented Place Cards
Victorian style is always full of flair and such creative inspiration, from the colors and the floral arrangements to the concepts. The ideas are endless and Emcee Studio Photographie captured such a stunning take on this always-breathtaking trend. Complete with a divine high-necked dress and a delicious naked wedding, Wood and Rose added to the mix with their centerpieces and a dreamy jewel-toned bouquet made of roses and greenery that looks freshly-plucked from an English garden.
From the photographer, Emcee Studio Photographie: This photo shoot is inspired by a deep vibrant color palette with golden undertone against a nostalgic backdrop that contain pieces carefully curated by Fox and Finch Vintage Rentals. This shoot is designed to have an ethereal texture, accentuated by Victorian style details such as the bridal gown and cocktail dress. Wood and Rose puts together a dazzling bridal bouquet that mesmerizes you with luscious roses on a wild, unruly yet stunning base made of peppermint willow, leucadendron, fern and eucalyptus. The stern but elegant thistles add daintiness to the arrangement, bringing delicacy to the bouquet without taking away the fullness of the more voluminous flowers.
Today’s styled shoot was inspired by the incredible lace gowns you’re about to see, and for good reason. They lend a bit of a bohemian air to the shoot, which the team of B. Jones Photography and Gather rounded out with tons of greenery, delicate treats, and of course plenty of romantic details.
from the photographer, B. Jones Photography: The inspiration for this shoot stems from the romantic French lace Yolan Cris made his gowns out of. From there, we meandered down a springtime French countryside path – a bright, open venue, mostly white florals with hints of soft blush and peach, lots of lush foliage and ferns, a romantic, hand-calligraphed invitation suite, feminine, organic rings, and a tablescape full of romance and whimsy.
Decor and Rentals
Etched Wood Decor
Spring will be here before we know it, and what better color to celebrate with than purple? Christa Rose is with us to share some tips behind her monochromatic arrangements using purple tulips, purple calla lilies, and maiden hair ferns. Thank you to Heather Shane Photography for capturing it all on camera!
It’s the week of Thanksgiving, which means we’ve got lots of delicious tablescapes to look forward to. This shoot from Jonica Moore, Dawn Mauberret, and Sweet Thorn Flora explores the dramatic side of autumn weddings, and we think it works perfectly for a Friendsgiving event with the besties too. Be sure to keep an eye out for the incredible dip dyed veil!
From the shoot’s concept designer, Kerry Ann Stokes: The Moody Romantics styled shoot was inspired by dark fairytales and the beauty of nature found deep in the woods – maybe where you least expect it. Both décor and wardrobe are rich in texture-including furs, satin-faced chiffon, lace, quartz, lush florals, and taxidermy insects. This shoot is packed with detail, a love for the handmade, and vintage items. Dreamt up by accessories designer Kerry Ann Stokes and brought to life by a team of creatives, mobilized by Dawn Mauberret Events. This shoot sets the mood for a dreamy and romantic fall wedding—all beautifully captured by Jonica Moore Studio.
The color palette is rich and dark hued-highlighting deep reds, and Pantone’s color of the year, Marsala. For the wedding dresses we pulled a Rue De Seine dress with a delicate lace over a beige slip and one of Leanne Marshall’s creamy and silky dresses from Lovely Bride. We paired the first look (Rue De Seine) with a deep wine dip-dyed silk tulle veil and dark beaded crown from Kerry Ann Stokes. Sophie Hughes provided some killer jewelry for the shoot, including a custom Black Beauty Diamond Ring (we were all wide-eyed over it), black diamond bands, and fused metal pieces. For the second look (Leanne Marshall) we topped the dress with a fur shawl and a natural quartz headpiece. The bridesmaids wore maroon (Ash and Light) and black (Nordstrom) dresses, along with coordinating jewelry, leather flower hairpins, a beaded headpiece. Hair (by Stephanie Kauffman) and makeup (by MauberretFX) have a beautiful witchy vibe. Sweet Thorn Flora nailed it with the floral arrangements, which included deep toned florals mixed with lush greens and blush accents. Peonies, blackberries, thistle, ranunculus, and ferns were utilized and mixed with taxidermy insects (courtesy of Hoardaculture) and antlers-definitely making a dramatic statement.
The Grand was the perfect location for this shoot, and included a long wooden banquet table, rustic seating, exposed brick walls, a deep green pin-tuck cushion booth, and some in house taxidermy wall mounts. They cooked up a menu full of color for every course. Oysters for the cocktail hour with some fall inspired signature cocktails, a black kale salad to start, and braised ribs for the main-all served up on vintage plates and glassware from Eleven Thirty Six. For the dessert we decided to forego the traditional cake and have a table of pies and tarts instead. Deep colored berries and elaborate crust designs made for a beautiful sweets table thanks to Cutie Pies NYC. The maroon and rose-colored invites were designed by Of Note Stationers — who also supplied some stationery (Can’t Do This Without You, Dazzle, and It’s Your Day cards). Our signage was all hand painted by Kristin Texteria onto vintage mirrors, including the one large mirror in the venue. The escort cards are strung from butterflies and pinned inside vintage frames. Needless to say, a lot of talented vendors came together on this moody and romantic wedding inspiration shoot and the end result is truly inspiring!
Event Planning and Coordination
Bridesmaid Dress (dark red)
Bridesmaid Dress (black lace)
Modern and organic are the buzzwords for today’s wedding from Mary Claire Photography, Sage & Stem Event Design, and Posies Floral. Bride Ashlynn took on a strategy of finding 5 wedding day elements she wouldn’t budge on, and went from there. As you can see, the result is a streamlined event that looks as carefree as it does inspiring!
From the bride, Ashlynn: Like many other brides, I quickly became overwhelmed by all the possibilities Pinterest had to offer (Stay off that site — that’ll be the end of everything). I felt like there was a little bit of everything that I wanted and it was easily the worst feeling. Ever. Finally, I decided I needed to narrow it down to 5 things I wouldn’t budge on. It was from those 5 things that we were able to create the perfect wedding (in my humble opinion). The 5 things were inspired by the view of my favorite spot in the world — a spot that my clever husband ended up using to propose to me. The view overlooks a valley full of trees, smells of various woods and saps, and arguably has the the best view for any sunrise and sunset. Those 5 things narrowed down to bold and natural lighting, clean & crisp linens, wood foundations, delicate glass, and green shrubbery anywhere we can throw it. Luckily, the venue was in an orchard so I was able to tie in a lot of these elements naturally but Sage & Stem Event Design and Posies Floral truly made it a botanical wonderland. The fact that we were able to create a wedding so unlike the natural Arizona Landscape was my biggest dream come true and to this day, picturing that night makes me cry from perfection.
Favorite moments: When the night fell and all the aged copper candlesticks lit up the orchard. Wax was dripping in a way that felt orchestrated. Cheesy, but so true. We loved the toasts! It was so beautiful to have all our family and friends there to celebrate our special day. Dancing. That was one element of the program I wanted sufficient time for. I was going to dance my way out of that place if it was the last thing I did. Is it weird that one my favorite moments was the ferns? Because when I picture all my favorite moments, I see ferns. Ah gosh they were so supple and beautiful. THE CAKE! First off, it might be wise to note, I hate cake. I opted for a small and simple cake for that fact that I didn’t plan on eating any of it! Lo & behold, this cake tasted like the clouds and I couldn’t get enough of it. Who knew wedding cake could taste AND look good? Dancing with my best friend. I knew I wanted him in my life forever when we met as 12 year olds and it such a surreal feeling to know I really did have him forever.
Lighting, Tables, and Chairs
We adore hearing photographers’ descriptions of their couples’ wedding days, and Cassie Lopez Photography related the wedding of Chloe and Caleb to that of a “DIY Marie Antoinette in the suburbs.” Merci Bouquet shone on floral detail, putting together a bouquet full of garden roses, ferns, kale, cotton, and even tomato vine as a nod to the bride’s grandfather.
From the bride, Chloe: I wanted a romantic southern vintage garden wedding. Caleb and I wanted our wedding to be intimate so we held the ceremony and reception in my parents backyard (the home where I grew up). Both my mother and grandmother were married in their homes so we thought that mom moms garden would be the perfect setting.
Flower recipe: The arrangements and bouquets featured English roses, cotton, ornamental kale, fern leaves, and gold dipped leaves. I had a piece of tomato vine added to my bouquet in memory of my grandfather who was an avid gardener. His hands always smelled like tomato vine and I wanted to carry a piece of him with me that day.
I’d describe our wedding as whimsical, romantic, and intimate. As far as a color theme/scheme we used a lot of navy, gold, ivory lace, and black & white stripes. The majority of color came from the garden flowers. I built the stained glass window display for our ceremony, hand made all of our save the dates/invitations, and guest favors. My mother and I planted and gardened all of the flowers throughout the yard and my father built the beautiful deck for our ceremony. I spent a lot of time searching for floral vintage plates and other antique fixtures. Most of these items were bought from peddlers malls and antique shops throughout Louisville.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Try not to get caught up in what other people want for you and your partner. Everyone has their own opinions but your wedding is truly a day to celebrate who you are as a couple. We are so happy that we kept our wedding personal and unique to who we are. I think that because of this you can really see our personality.
Processional: “Island in the Sun,” Weezer (Vitamin String Quartet tribute)
Recessional: “Sea of Love,” Phil Phillips
First Dance: “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,” Neutral Milk Hotel
Father/Daughter Dance: “Crimson and Clover,” Tommy James and the Shondells
From the photographer, Cassie Lopez: This wedding reminded me of a DIY Marie Antoinette in the suburbs. Chloe created a beautiful wedding on the deck in her parent’s garden in Louisville, Kentucky. White sheets and string lights draped in the trees and gold accents brought light to the table decorations. Chloe and Caleb are both eccentric and their wedding completely reflected that with vintage pieces, a striped aisle, an animal headed couple as a cake topper and “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” by Neutral Milk Hotel as their first dance song. Every detail was quirky, elegant, sentimental and fun.
Hair and Makeup
DJ and Officiant
Today’s styled shoot from Rebecca Hollis and Beargrass Gardens ignites the inner nature lover in me, and it’s sure to do the same for you as well! This creative team used a bounty of ferns and fruits to create a fresh take on the woodland wedding, topping everything off with a berry wedding cake that looks almost too good to eat.
From the event designer and florist, Darci of Beargrass Gardens: This inspiration shoot was inspired by the lush ferns that grow abundantly wild in the Montana forests and the fruit trees that grow along Flathead Lake’s shores. Rich and royal colors can be so enchanting and generally stir emotion. Adding fruit and berries will also heighten the senses and therefore, draw your guests in for a memorable and delightful event.
Looking at this sweet and romantic seaside wedding, you’d never know the couple had nearly 200 guests. Alana and Max wanted their big day to feel intimate and personal, and there’s no doubt the couple achieved their goal. Add some photography by Michelle Gardella Photography, with Thomas Gardella as lead photographer, and Victoria Schaefer as assistant, and floral design by the ever-talented MDS Floral Design, and you’re good to go!
From the bride, Alana: Even before we were engaged, I didn’t want to have my wedding in a traditional catering hall (not that there is anything wrong with it, it just wasn’t our style.) When we visited our venue, Bonnet Island Estate for the first time we absolutely fell in love with the grounds, the reception hall and most of all the boat house chapel. The way the floors creaked in certain spots, the breeze that came through the barn doors and the stone fireplace just felt like home. I knew our ceremony would feel intimate in the space even with 170+ guests. We wanted a “classically romantic” wedding filled with personal details and everything about Bonnet fit our vision. We knew that once the chapel was decorated; the fireplace was filled with candles, the mantel and archway decorated with greenery and soft, fluffy, pale colored flowers our vision would come to life. What made our ceremony even more special and intimate was that fact that Max’s father played the guitar and sang as we walked down the aisle, my aunt married us and the readings we chose were read by our family members. We lit a unity candle and Max broke the glass to blend both of our faiths and traditions.
Bouquet recipe: My bouquet was a wispy hand tied rounded style bouquet that included pale pink peonies, pale pink ranunculus, pale pink astilbe, blush stock, cream and pale pink garden roses, café latte Dahlia, wispy fern leaves, seeded eucalyptus and gray dusty miller.
There was no specific theme other than the fact that we knew we wanted our wedding to be about our love. We wanted to include as much family as possible to make it feel intimate, combine both faiths with traditions (my husband is Catholic and I was brought up both Jewish and Catholic), and we wanted to throw an amazing party for all of our guests. Our color scheme was blush and navy blue with touches of gold. Yes, there were some DIY projects involved! I made all of our table numbers, “The Adventure Beings” sign, stained and spray painted our card box, assembled the programs to make them into fans and make our signature drink sign. We also took my grandmothers old mirror and remove the mirror, replaced it with a foam board and hired a calligrapher to write our welcome sign.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? There are definitely a few things I would pass along as words of wisdom to future brides! 1. It sounds so cliché but, enjoy every step of the process because as everyone told me, it goes by so fast. You become so consumed with lists of things that have to get done and the anticipation of your big day that when you’re wedding week finally does arrive; it is such a surreal feeling. If you take your time to enjoy every step of the process you can think back after your wedding is over and truly appreciate everything that you put into it and really appreciate just how perfect it was. 2. You will hear this over and over from previous brides, but the day goes by so fast. Take a few moments during your wedding day; just you and your new husband to sit back and take everything in. All of the hard work that you put into your big day and all of the love that everyone in the room has for you. This may be the only time that all of your family and friends will be in one room, so you really need to have a “pinch me” moment and soak it all in. 3. Planning a wedding is like having a full time job that can be all consuming and can get very stressful at times. It was important to us to step away from the planning every once in a while and have a date night where wedding talk was off limits! It really helped put things back into perspective, because in the end it didn’t matter if the tables had an overlay, what color the flowers were going to be or what songs we would dance to. What mattered is that we were making the commitment to marrying each other. To being each other’s forever. Sometimes you have to take a step back to really see the big picture. 4. The week/days leading up to your wedding try to relax. Whatever didn’t get done by that point probably won’t and that’s OK because you will be the only one to notice. Accept the fact that something is bound to go wrong, little or big so if it does, you can acknowledge it without getting upset and continue to enjoy your wedding day, because it will be over in the blink of an eye. Everything will be perfect.
Bridal Party Processional: “Hummingbird,” written by groom’s father
Bride’s Processional: “Home,” Phillip Phillips
Recessional: “All You Need is Love,” The Beatles
First Dance: “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
Father/Daughter Dance: “The Way You Look Tonight,” Rod Stewart
And don’t miss the highlight film from Atlantica Pictures!
Hair and Makeup
First Dance Song
Today’s wedding is a camping lover’s dream, full of lush greenery, rustic wooden elements, and an intimate celebration that just about knocks our socks off. Kristen and Christian’s wedding is brimming over with so much love and joy that we’ve had just about the most difficult time ever narrowing down these images for you, due in no small part to the wonderful work of Braedon Photography.
From the bride, Kristen: We envisioned our wedding as a larger version of what we love to do most, which is camp along the coast with friends and family. That included an outdoor ceremony, dinner, dancing, and camping all in one place, and avoiding the curfew and late-night drive home that often occur at weddings. This seemed like a tall order at first, but pretty early in our venue search we discovered OVY Camp + Event Center which was pretty much the perfect spot for what we imagined! The camp has a redwood grove, outdoor amphitheater, main hall with a stone fireplace and exposed rafters, fire pits, and tiny log cabins.
Flower recipe: I left almost all the decision making to our super intuitive and tasteful florist, Lover Bee Botany. My few suggestions included eucalyptus, ranunculus and scabiosa, so those were all there, and she added lots of other green-and-white magic with green-centered anemones, ferns, and some wild grasses. She was a genius with the whole thing.
We also felt it was important to keep the whole thing true to who we are, so rather than outsource planning we did it ourselves, and recruited a bunch of our (very talented) friends for everything from bartending and DJ-ing to helping with decor, playing music, and being our day-of coordinator. It all ended up being that much more fun, and we wouldn’t trade that decision for anything else. Inspired by the landscape and campout, we created a woodsy feel using lots of greenery, raw-edged wood, white linens and candles, crocheted and plaid blankets, and baskets full of sparklers and s’mores sticks. We kept most things simple, including the color scheme (it was all neutrals and greens) and dishware, and put more energy into the lighting, amphitheater ceremony backdrop, and leafy florals.
One favorite element was our wedding-night camp setup: we found this awesome Sibley yurt tent, and our friends and family helped us do it up with bedding, lights, flowers, and even our own tiny bottle of Limoncello. I also enjoyed some of the smaller details: the leather sandals I made for myself, “Camp Morabito” sugar cookies our coordinator baked as a surprise, and the canoe cake topper we found on Etsy. For the reception, we made a botanical seating chart using a big wooden frame we made, tiny clothespins, and foraged rosemary sprigs, and made all the signage ourselves. I also made about a million of these paper clay barnacles with the help of my endlessly patient and helpful friends. They were clustered along the long dinner tables with glass tea lights, leafy table runners and simple painted wooden table numbers. My mom and her friends also made hand-knitted cowls for all my bridesmaids, Christian’s grandma and aunt did up the bathrooms with candles and sweet decorations, another grandmother made their family-recipe Limoncello to serve with dessert, and my sister infused all the alcohol that was served in the cocktails—all of which was incredibly special!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? We tried hard to keep the whole process fun and personal. Involving friends and family in so many ways definitely made that happen, and Christian reminded me at stressful moments that it should be fun! Also, while it’s great to have a vision, remember to sometimes be surprised by the way things often come together; unexpected moments can be the most memorable, and if something doesn’t perfectly it’s usually not important anyway. Focus on the fun and friendship!
Processional: “I Want You to be My Love,” Over the Rhine
Recessional: “Not Fire Not Ice,” Ben Harper
First Dance: “Painting by Chagall,” The Weepies
Setup and Design
Bridal Party Hairpieces and Flower Girl Crowns
Cocktail Hour Music
When it comes to knocking weddings out of the park, look no further than the team of Laura Murray Photography, Calluna Events, and Flora and Folly. Nicole and Alex’s wedding in the mountains of Colorado is romantic, elegant, and still relaxed — the perfect recipe for an unforgettable day.
From the bride, Nicole: We knew we wanted to be married in the mountains of Colorado. We wanted a location that would show off the beauty of Colorado, yet be convenient for the majority of the guests who were traveling from all over the US. This made choosing Devils Thumb Ranch a very easy decision. We could hold a ceremony outside overlooking the mountain range, a reception in a beautiful barn, and all of our guests could stay on the ranch and spend the entire weekend with us.
I wanted a romantic and soft color palette to soften up the rustic atmosphere. We also wanted there to be several different types of textures involved by using varying types of greenery. The color palette was white, coral, peach, pink, and varying shades of green. We also used touches of gold throughout.
Bouquet recipe: Mostly round in shape but neither tight nor wild. Flowers included garden roses, dahlias, astilbe, scabiosa, mint & maidenhair fern. The bouquet had a white backdrop with several pops of bright pink/coral tones. It was wrapped with blush and lace ribbons. The lace ribbon was made from my grandmother’s wedding dress. My husband Alex loves ferns, which is why we chose to incorporate them in my bouquet. The other flowers are favorites of mine.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Stay true to yourself and your style. It is impossible to please everyone. Talk to your fiancé about what is really important to each of you and make sure that you stay focused on that throughout the planning process. I felt guilty because many of my family members from Ohio were not able to fly to Colorado for the wedding and I felt that this disappointed my parents. I thought they might have been happier if we chose a location closer to home. However, now having lived through that amazing day, I can’t imagine doing it any other way. It was exactly what we wanted. Colorado is so special to Alex and me. We chose the location for a reason. We threw a celebration that was truly us and I am proud of that. Our families had a blast and really just wanted to make sure we had the best day. I recommend doing engagement photos with your wedding photographer before your big day, despite how awkward you fear they may be. It’s a great way to get to know your photographer and to get the awkwardness out of the way. It’s like a warm-up for the big day. Do a first look! It is so much fun and allows you to enjoy more of your wedding day. It was such a good decision. We did our maid of honor and best man toasts at the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding. We didn’t want them to be stressed the day of the wedding about having to make a speech in front of a large crowd of people. They were so thankful to be able to do it in a small intimate setting and to have it out of the way for the big day. It can be emotional and stressful for some people. We know how much they love us and didn’t feel the need to hear them say it in front of 100 people. Hire a day of coordinator if it is in your budget. This advice was given to us from our friends that were married. I am glad we listened to them.
We had a violinist at our ceremony and a 7 piece band for our reception.
Bridal Party Processional: Ave Maria (my mother’s favorite)
Bridal Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: “So Happy Together,” The Turtles
First Dance: “Crazy Love,” Van Morrison
Venue, Catering, and Wedding Cake
Wedding Veil and Sashes
Groomsmen Bow Ties
We hope you’re in the mood for a new DIY project, because this styled shoot from PhotoNotions Photography, The ALTARnative, and Petals Panache has one of our favorites. In my mind, Florida and citrus go hand in hand — so the dried orange slice backdrop is a fantastic way to show off the relationship! Let’s jump in to all the goodness this shoot has to offer, shall we?
From the photographer, Tracey-Ann Jarrett of PhotoNotions Photography: Revisiting the glorious old days when Florida was being explored and established… I have a love and passion for all things antique. I wondered what it would be like if a young woman was getting married in Florida’s early years when some of the cities we are familiar with now, were just being built. Then I brainstormed as to what a simple, yet refined family would make as a wedding party for that bride, their daughter. Since Florida is considered a part of the tropics, I imagined they would be thrilled by all things tropical which would be difficult to find in other parts of the country. Things such as tangerines, oranges, ferns, palm trees, coconuts, tropical flowers, etc. And considering how most weddings in olden days were home made, they would certainly incorporate these tropical findings into their decor. That is how the theme idea was born. I believe a bride today who “loves vintage” could gain inspiration from this styled shoot as it showcases a twist on the everyday vintage trend. This is our Tropical Delights Old Florida inspiration.
We were ecstatic that Angela Compton of The AltarNative Design found inspiration in our shoot concept. Her brilliant ideas and ability to think of new and interestingly lovely ways of working with the ordinary, makes her a pleasure to partner with. I was intrigued when Angela brought up the idea of incorporating alligators into the Old Florida theme. Sure, the alligator is totally Florida but could it add beauty and elegance to a wedding affair? Well, it worked out absolutely perfect. Gold gator makes this inspiration idea stand out from all others. It’s Old Florida, it’s stylish, and it is definitely elegant.
Our bride wore a wonderful Sottero & Midgley Couture gown from the remarkable Brides of Florida store, care of the gracious Macky Diaz. The fine foliage-like silver embroidery details in the gown complemented the theme. The stunning cap-veil was custom made to order in period style by the talented Sandra Isaacs of Accent You by S.I. Lovingheart. The lovely shoes from Angela Nuran Shoes adorned her feet in classic style and comfort. Her look was beautifully imagined and brought together by the ever brilliant Mia Hendrickson, hair and makeup artist at Mia Farah Beautique. The groom wore a grey Michael Kors suit with Calvin Klein shirt and navy blue tie with grey wingtip shoes. A little vintage love was added to his wardrobe in the form a gold pocket-watch.
The tablescape set for a charming evening dinner features classic china dinnerware, gold-rimmed crystal stemware and gold flatware from Atlas Party Rentals. Atlas’ bamboo chairs nicely complimented Mi Vintage’s farm table and candle stands. The Invitation Stand created fabric and branded wood menu cards, wood place cards and colorful table numbers made with vintage Florida postcards. The Cake created by Kristen at Cloud Nine Bakery featured a gold gator center tier and was displayed on a lovely vintage milk glass cake stand and dreamy peach table from Mi Vintage’s collection. The delightful citrus backdrop made by Angela Compton along with scrumptious florals peeping from the drawer and doors of the table make an exquisite display. The festive drink station designed around the handsome gold cart from Mi Vintage is full of charm and character. The word “gather” made in green mossy wire along with the taxidermy gator head serve to enhance the mood of the lounge area. Efferve beverages served in crystal glasses from Atlas Party Rental and fresh Florida Coconuts from the farm served with bamboo straws add tropical merriment to the set. Gretel Delgado of The Invitation Stand is an artist of distinction. She excels at working in a variety of mediums and creating excitingly unique invitations and paper goods for her clients. Gretel’s design suite for this inspiration shoot made use of fabric, a variety of papers, wood, metal and even live ferns. She created an original invitation suite as well as unique pieces for the reception table.
Veils + Headpieces
Hair and Makeup
If you love a garden wedding but the weather outside isn’t the best, or if you don’t want to worry about having a backup plan for rain, we wholly support the brilliant idea of bringing the garden inside for a botanical inspired reception. Michelle and Tremayne did just this after ten years of dating, and brought along Wesley Vorster Photography to capture the incredible flower-filled day. Get ready for some pretty!
From the bride, Michelle: Tremayne and I dated for 10 (TEN!!) years before we tied the knot in October last year, 8 of them being long distance. We wanted to do something eclectic, yet true to our personalities. Something close to nature, extremely romantic, but also a bit out of the ordinary and untamed! I’ve never been a follower of trends, and wanted to put my own stamp on our wedding. Since Tremayne is a winemaker, we felt that it was only fitting to be married in the Winelands, close to our home.
We had an intimate wedding of 68 people which included close friends and family. We had many family and friends who came from afar who we hadn’t seen in ages, so we chose to have a weekend affair and started the celebrations on Friday night. For the day, we wanted to relax with our loved ones, have plenty of food, wine and a massive party! A day to celebrate our relationship and the road we’d travelled. We didn’t really plan for a theme as such, but just styled our day according to what we loved.
I decided on the colour palette one day when I’d picked roses and olive branches from our garden at home, I loved the mix of peaches, creams, blush pinks, greens and the punches of red. I just loved how the colours complemented each other! The amazing Anli Wahl helped us bring our out-of-the-box vision to life and hung lush green kokkedamas (hanging plants) and terrariums filled with moss & ferns from the ceiling, to bring the ‘outside in’. As family is terribly important to both of us, I wanted to incorporate my late grandmother’s 50 year old olive green wallpaper as a runner on the tables as an ode to her, which we found in her home when we were clearing up her belongings after she’d passed. We combined it with gold tones, crystal vases and lots of flowing greenery, texture, garden roses in tones of peach, soft pink and a touch of red. My cascading, over-the-top, loose bouquet, floral headpiece, red lips (which I’m rarely seen without) and Tremayne’s check shirt brought everything together! Attached to my bouquet was my mom’s gold locket, with pictures of my late grandparents. On the mantelpiece, we placed candles which represented loved ones who had passed.
The day as a whole was emotional, joyous and full of love. Having a delicious breakfast with my bridesmaids and mom, our drive from Riebeek Kasteel to Roodezand, seeing our venue for the first time had me on the brink of tears, Tremayne sending me the most beautiful bouquet of roses with a bottle of champagne while we were getting ready. My mom putting my lace veil on for me. My Dad’s tearful face when I stepped out to meet my family before my Dad and I taking a long walk across the lawn while the Verve’s instrumental version of Bittersweet Symphony played. The moment I caught Tremayne’s eye from across the garden, walking towards him and knowing that we’d made it. Squeezing my mom’s hand before my Dad lifted my veil, to say goodbye. And of course, the speeches!
Venue, Coordination, and Catering
Groom and Groomsmen Attire
We love Alkesta and Curt’s wedding from Korie Lynn Photography because it fuses together many of our favorite things: nontraditional ideas, bohemian ease, a bit of Wes Anderson cheekiness, and intricate floral arrangements by The Moss & Rose. The bouquets alone had at least 20 different types of flowers and foliage in each arrangement – talk about botanical heaven!
From the florist, The Moss & Rose: Translating Wes Anderson’s style into flowers without going too bohemian or woodsy took a while to think through. What we finally settled on was an eclectic, bright, very detailed flower style, with a tiny bit of woodland feel against a very clean, modern backdrop of The Grove.
The bouquets were intense! There were upwards of 20 or more flower and foliage varieties in each bouquet! The bougainvillea in the bridesmaids bouquets was a fun locally sourced addition – they were bright, brought in the perfect melon tones, and provided a unique texture. The ferns added a fresh look and a bit of woodland, and the poppies helped give the electric, story book feel. We added in more poppies for Alkesta’s bouquet, some airy white astilbe, dripping peiris, and snow white nerine lily and some roses from my garden to add scent and a magical element.
The tables had white linen and white milk glass vases, which created the ideal backdrop for the bunches of brightly colored flowers. The high diversity of flowers types within each arrangement provided the more detailed look. The ferns and the wooden table numbers added the woodsy aspect. The American grown roses from Peterkort Roses really opened up to help give an bold, but whimsical look!
The flower wall was something we thought up as an unique piece to round out the reception decor. The aim was to create a living wall paper -something that had a cleaner feel than a traditional flower wall, while also allowing the details of each flower to be highlighted. It had hints of woodland and bohemian, while still holding to the themes of modern, bright, and eclectic.
How could we resist a wedding with so many cheery colors and details? Leah and Justin’s Seattle wedding is an absolute dream, thanks to Leah’s vision and the incredible work of Troy Grover Photographers, Chambers and Company, and Lola Floral. We absolutely love that the initial inspiration for their wedding day was the orange sapphire stone in the bride’s engagement ring, which lent the perfect cheeriness and truly set the tone for the day.
From the bride, Leah: We wanted a modern, urban wedding that was warm and welcoming and would set the scene for a kick-ass party! My engagement ring center stone is a true orange sapphire, so that was the starting point for our color palette. Because we didn’t have a traditional wedding party who needed to purchase dresses months in advance and didn’t care if our save-the-dates matched our decor (our save-the-date was a basic, non-blog worthy e-mail), we could work with our planner and florist to let the color palate unfold throughout the planning process. The warm oranges were complemented by the greenery and the blue napkins and accent table cloths were a last minute addition to further ground the hot hues.
Another element informed the whole feel of the event were the hanging kokedamas. When our florist, Emily, presented the idea, we were immediately drawn to their organic but modern look. Our florist hung them throughout to warm up the modern rooftop space. Because they are each handmade, she was able to incorporate orange flowers to draw the orange theme throughout.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Planning our wedding from across the country made it difficult to DIY, but we did ask Leah’s Seattle-based Dad and Grandma “Mutti” to contribute some personal touches. My Dad has a unique gift of making figurines with champagne cages and put his skill to use creating our pretty amazing, one-of-a-kind cake topper. Mutti (84 years old) baked over 100 of her classic chocolate chip cookies to include in the dessert buffet. Guests loved the cookies so much they were taking them into the photo booth for photo-ops and hoarding bunches to take back to their hotel rooms for a midnight snack.
Wedding Location: Seattle, WA / Photographer: Troy Grover Photographers / Event Design: Chambers and Company / Flower Design: Lola Floral / Venue: Olympic Pavillion at Hotel Ballard / Wedding Dress: Anne Barge / Hair and Makeup: Ashli of Erin Skipley / Jewelry: McTeigue & McClelland / Groom’s Tuxedo: Martin Greenfield / Wedding Cake: Flying Apron / DJ: Chris Graves / Wedding Invitations: Albertine Press
Whenever we have the chance to see an anniversary session from a couple we’ve featured in the past, I’m utterly beside myself. Taryn and Justin’s anniversary session was just as stylish as their own wedding, thanks to the help of Twinkle & Toast, Danielle Ehrlich of Francine Ribeau Events, Penny Blooms, and of course Melissa Biador Photography.
From the bride, Taryn of Twinkle & Toast: The inspiration for our anniversary shoot was the idea of “what a difference a year makes.” Like many couples, my husband and I have had our fair share of obstacles this past year. I loved the idea of seeing the same couple and the same wedding dress in a whole new light to reflect the challenges we’ve faced, but our love has gotten even stronger through it all.
Our wedding was full vibrant feminine colors and gold, an aesthetic I tend to gravitate toward. I wanted this shoot to be the opposite and play up darker colors and masculine details. Mister Brown’s allowed us to use their incredible barber shop, the new go-to place for grooms and groomsmen to get ready at in San Diego. The talented Melissa Biador captured this dark and dapper setting perfectly. Desiree from Penny Blooms created lush arrangements and garlands with flowing greenery and Witty Rentals completed the look with their fantastic mid-century style handmade furniture items and woodsy details.
Our team of vendors worked together to bring this vision to life and this shoot was truly so special to the two of us. I recommend all couples do a first anniversary session. I jumped at the chance to wear my beloved BHLDN dress again and it was an exciting opportunity to document how we’ve grown in just a year. One year down and looking forward to more memories and milestones with him!
From Melissa of Melissa Biador Photography: Anniversary shoots are my absolute favorite. Normally I would be photographing my clients for the third time (after the engagement session and wedding day) and seeing them again always makes me really excited. I have photographed anniversary sessions before, but photographing Taryn and Justin was completely new for me, as I’ve never photographed them before. The experience shooting a new couple in a new environment was humbling experience as a photographer. Anniversary sessions are more laid-back, stress free and the main focus is the love between the couple. Brides chose their dress for a reason and why not wear it again a year later? I love Taryn’s modern BHLDN dress and mixed it up with some combat boots. Just as Taryn and Justin did for their session, you can make everything completely different from what you had at your wedding. It is the opportunity to get creative, do the things you couldn’t really do (or get to do) during your wedding day. As their photographer, it was such a fun opportunity to work with a different team of talented vendors and to photograph a milestone for Taryn and Justin. I would highly recommend couples to have an anniversary session, whether it is a one-year or 5 year… it’s just another opportunity to have more memories captured for yourselves.
Shoot Location: San Diego, CA / Photographer: Melissa Biador Photography / Shoot Concept and Paper Goods: Twinkle & Toast / Event Styling: Danielle Ehrlich of Francine Ribeau Events / Floral Design: Penny Blooms / Venue: Mister Brown’s / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Hair: Brittney Ehler / Makeup: Kelsey Doonan / Rentals: Witty Rentals / Glassware and Flatware: Hostess Haven / Videographer: Honest Films
If vintage flair brings a smile to your face (like it does ours), then you’re in for a real treat. Zac Wolf and The Garden Party are here to share an intimate New Hampshire wedding teeming with just enough quirk and romance to make us fall completely in love. How awesome are the bridesmaids’ fascinators, by the way?
From the bride, Carrie: We really wanted our wedding to be an intimate affair with our closest friends and family. Most of our guests were spread throughout the country, so knowing they were all traveling great distances to be with us, we wanted to create a cozy atmosphere. We also wanted to add a little whimsy and fun to the day, which is why we decided on a 1920’s theme. We have always felt lucky to have a romantic love story, reminiscent of great literary works, and we wanted to carry that through to our wedding day. We encouraged all of our guests to dress to match the theme and have fun with it. We were blown away by how many people really embraced our vision and knew that it was “US.”
We both grew up in New England, so finding a venue that represented that, and felt familiar and warm to both of us was very important. We decided on The Mile Away Restaurant because of the beautiful gardens, the natural elements of the property and the warmth we felt from the staff. Needless to say, the gardens fit in perfectly with our 1920’s/Gatsby garden party idea. We originally wanted our colors to be romantic pinks and blues, but somewhere along the planning process we began to incorporate other soft pastel colors with contrasts of black, silver and gold. We really just gravitated toward what stood out to us.
Because we were focused on an intimate and welcoming party, all of the decisions we made had this idea in mind. Our best men actually officiated the ceremony. We had joked for years that they would perform the ceremony at our wedding because they had been there with us from the beginning. It made the day even more meaningful and special having the people closest to you make it official. We also incorporated a hand-fasting ceremony to symbolize the binding of our souls and lives for eternity. We asked our mothers to perform this binding of our hands to bring our families together. We DIYed our mirror seating charts by spray painting them gold and hand writing everyone’s names. We also spray painted a chalk board and I wrote out and designed a “program.” Brian hand sewed his bow tie and pocket square. We created a guest book from an old type-writer, to bring you back in time. We shopped around for inexpensive décor pieces that wouldn’t break the bank, but also evoked a timeless palette.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I think the most important piece of advice we can offer to couples that are going through the planning process is to stay true to your vision as a couple. It really is a representation of the two of you and you should be happy with the outcome. We really tried to stick to this while we were going through the process. And, on our wedding day, the best feeling was everyone’s comments about how they could see us individually and as a couple throughout the wedding.
Bridal Party Processional: “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You,” Ingrid Michaelson
Bride’s Processional: Instrumental version of Sweet Caroline
Recessional: “1,2,3,4,” Plain White Tees
First Dance: “My Love,” Justin Timberlake
Wedding Location: Milford, NH / Photographer: Zac Wolf / Florist: The Garden Party / Venue and Caterer: Mile Away Restaurant / Wedding Dress: Liv Harris via Vows / Veil and Headpiece: BHLDN / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Earrings and Bracelet: J. Crew / Necklace: Bride’s Grandmother / Makeup: Deanna Flanagan / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Sung / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Wedding Cake: Frederick’s Pastries / DJ: Ryan Durkin of White Label DJs / Photo Booth: The Danger Booth
One of my favorite color palettes for weddings has always been green and white. There’s something so organic and natural about the way the colors play off each other, and after seeing this wedding photographed by Sun and Life Photography you’ll know exactly what I mean. Thanks to Danielle Amato of The Box for her skilled coordinating and Chestnut and Vine for their absolutely amazing floral designs!
From the bride, Lindsay: Early in our relationship we worked as tour guides in San Francisco, developing a love of the city, it’s history, and each other. When we told the old tour company that we were getting married, a couple of our favorite tour bus drivers offered to take an open top double decker bus out as our transportation for the day. Wind swept hair be damned it was worth it! Picking a concept sucked! After crying about whether we were “book-y”, “forest-y”, or “vintage-y” enough to define a whole wedding around, we just said eff it and aimed at throwing a great party – rocking music, delicious drinks, a location with atmosphere, laughs, tears, great outfits; something unexpected.
The Victorian living room backdrop was inspired from the Victorian houses of San Francisco and from a picture wall “photo booth” the bride saw on Pinterest. Luckily the father of the bride is carpenter and had built sets for plays in the past, so he was able to bring it to life. He handmade the crown molding, sourced cloth as the wall paper, and collected family photos from both sides. It was an unexpected surprise when after the ceremony, the family went back up to the stage, went behind the wall and opened up the biggest pictures turning the backdrop into a photo booth.
Even while we constructed exactly what we wanted to experience, we tried to keep all our guests’ comfort in mind, young and old. Though remarkably we got away with everything, no one complained about a thing – string metal during the ceremony, Danzig as the mother’s dance, parking at the funeral home next door, burgers for dinner, circus bands at the after party, throwing a concert in the venue downstairs after the “official wedding” so all of our friends and acquaintances could crash. In the end, the families loved the weirdness. Go for it, your family will be more understanding than you’d think.
Processional: “Noae Kadae,” Judgement Day
Recessional: “Raining Blood,” Slayer (Cover by Judgement Day, Transcribed by Whitney George)
First Dance: “I Love How You Love Me,” Groom’s dad covering Jeff Mangum covering The Paris Sisters
Wedding Location: San Francisco, CA / Photographer: Sun and Life Photography / Event Coordination: Danielle Amato of The Box / Floral Design: Chestnut and Vine / Pre-Ceremony Portrait Venue: The Conservatory of Flowers / Venue: Swedish American Hall / Wedding Dress: Wtoo Brides by Watters via The Wedding Party / Headpiece: Mignonne Handmade / Makeup: Crystal Fitzgerald of Beauty and the Bay / Groom’s Attire: Jos. A Bank / Wedding Caterer: Cafe du Nord / Cake and Desserts: Ashley Burrow / Music: Judgement Day String Metal / Rentals: Abbey Party Rents SF / Wedding Invitations: Janette Mercede / Videographer: Greg Thomas
We have a rare treat for you all today, sweethearts. Over the years we’ve seen many a bride share her dream wedding with us, but today we’ve got a wedding put together by the groom and his mother as a surprise for the bride. We’ve got all the deets from the groom himself on how he was able to put it together with the help of Joseph + Jaime Photography and Coriander Girl, so let’s jump in!
From the groom, Mike: I’m a lucky guy. I married the girl next door. My parents moved to the small town of Baltimore, Ontario, about ten years ago. Not long after, the McFarlanes moved in across the street. Their daughter was a pretty blonde girl whom I met at my parents’ neighbourhood Halloween party in 2008. We hit it off and quickly became friends. Friendship grew into something more and I proposed to her at the historic inn at Wakefield, Quebec, in the fall of 2011. We both knew that the perfect place to get married was at my parents’ house — the place we met. Set atop a hill that overlooks Lake Ontario and the rolling hills of Northumberland County, the wedding had to reflect the beautiful natural scenery. We decided that the ceremony would be held in a clearing in the cedar woods adjacent to the house, and the dinner and dancing would take place in the property’s century-old barn — the exact location we met. Wanting to bring the inside outside, and the outside inside, the only way we could think to describe our vision was “woodland whimsy.”
After discovering the perfect wedding invitations, we set about using them as a template for our wedding’s look and style. Together with my mother, we began putting together our dream wedding. Although we always consulted Lauren on major issues, my mother and I decided that we wanted to design the look of the wedding in secret from Lauren. We wanted her to experience the joy and excitement of having the venue revealed to her on the big day, along with all the other guests. The first time she saw the ceremony site, decorated with simple ferns and vintage church windows, was when we both walked down the aisle together, hand in hand. With the expert design sense that she is known for, my mother helped to put together a wedding that existed only in our dreams. The dinner tables were covered in rich aubergine and gold brocade and set with elegant china. The woodland theme was tastefully reflected in all the details — from the table décor, to the handmade place settings, to the heart shaped moss garland on the wall. We also incorporated crystal, gold, pewter and rust-coloured animal figurines, candelabras and other décor elements. The barn was finished we antique furniture and props, including frames and mirrors to fill the walls, creating a warm and elegant setting for dinner and dancing. Lauren and I had our dream wedding. But in the end, the wedding is just a party. The best part is that I get to come home to Lauren every day. There is no one else who would be as a good a match for me as she is. She is a kind and loving person, who also happens to be my best friend. As I said, I’m a lucky guy.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? From the bride: Give yourselves lots of time to plan and execute your wedding, especially if you plan on doing a majority of the planning/DIY yourselves. Try to avoid stressing out (it’s hard!) and enjoy the process as much as possible. Ask your family and friends for help! Chances are they’re happy to help, and want to make the whole process as stress-free and enjoyable as possible for you. Decide what’s most important for you, what you’d like your wedding/reception to focus on, and put your efforts (and money) there. For us, we wanted amazing food, so we prioritized our budget to include the best caterers we could find. Whether it’s a live band, great food, or a Ferris Wheel, find a way to make it happen!
Remember to think of your guests. After all, you and your partner are their hosts. Are they warm/cool enough? Are they bored? If you choose to take photos between the ceremony and reception, arrange a cocktail hour for them or an activity (guestbook, mad libs, etc.). No one likes waiting around with nothing to do! Having a wedding at home was one of the best decisions we made: it was neither inexpensive nor easy, but well worth it, knowing we could wake up and get ready at home, and at the end of a crazy, exciting day, walk across the street and go to bed. If a home wedding fits your vibe, I definitely recommend it. The most important thing to remember is that in the end, a wedding is just a party. Take lots of time out of the planning process to just enjoy your relationship, and each other. It will help you refocus when you’re overwhelmed, and remind you why you’re getting married in the first place! :)
Processional: “In Your Arms,” Kina Grannis
Recessional: “Believe Me (If All Those Endearing Young Charms)”, played on the bagpipes by my uncle. This song is one of my Grandpa’s favourites – he used to play it for my Grandma.
First Dance: “Wild is the Wind,” Johnny Mathis
Wedding Location: Baltimore, Ontario, Canada / Photographer: Joseph + Jaime Photography / Flowers: Coriander Girl / Wedding Dress: Tracy Reese via BHLDN / Wedding Shoes: BHLDN / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Chosen by the bridesmaids (ModCloth & Pink Soda) / Hair and Makeup: Makeup In The City / Groom’s Suit: Dolce & Gabbana / Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds and Batman Converse / Wedding Caterer: Noble Culinary / Wedding Cake: The SweeterE / Wedding Invitations: A Printable Press
If Bird Dog Wedding is going to branch into floral styling, you can bet your bottom dollar they’re going to throw a killer shoot together to celebrate. Bird Dog Florals is coming into the world with a bang, as you can see from this amazing session shot by Amber Snow Photography! Don’t these images make you want to fill your entire home with fresh flowers?
From the event stylist, Emily of Bird Dog Wedding: At Bird Dog Wedding, we have always loved producing colorful and fun designs for our clients. We wanted to introduce floral services into the mix, as we feel flowers are the most beautiful and captivating part of the design aesthetic. Sarah and I dreamt up this shoot to promote our floral launch and introduce Bird Dog Floral to the world. We wanted to keep the shoot simple with one tablescape, one cake table, and one model to focus on the flowers. In this shoot we showcase the Bird Dog aesthetic, which is rich, playful, colorful, and full of texture and personality. The transition of the design moves from dark to light, with a moodier tablescape to a light and ethereal cake display. In the tradition of creating gorgeous installations, we built a living garland frame for the cake. We kept our bride’s hair simple and undone to show off her gold fern and strawflower crown, with striking makeup and a mod lace dress.
We teamed up with our wonderful vendor friends to put the icing on the cake, so to speak. Loot Vintage Rentals provided the gorgeous furniture for display. Polkadots made a sweet pink cake, which we adorned with a gold fern. Palm Door on Sabine provided the perfect setting, with its white walls and industrial fixtures. And Amber Snow Photography beautifully captured the shoot on film. Trophy Boutique and Maris Malone Calderon Makeup Artistry provided fashion styling and makeup for our model, Katy.
Shoot Location, Austin, TX / Photographer: Amber Snow Photography / Event Styling and Design: Bird Dog Wedding / Flowers: Bird Dog Florals / Venue: Palm Door on Sabine / Fashion Styling: Trophy Boutique / Makeup: Maris Malone Calderon Makeup Artistry / Wedding Cake: Polkadots / Rentals: Loot Vintage / Paper Goods: Beau Tied Designs
Personally, I’ve been so thrilled to see the recent reemergence of the fern. It’s always a bit of a “jackpot” moment when we come across something that’s low-cost and yet high-impact, and the fern absolutely fits that bill. Arina B Photography set to work styling some wedding inspiration filled to the brim with greenery and focusing on the wonders of nature – and we have to say it’s pretty much perfection.
From the photographer and stylist, Arina B Photography: Before there were any buildings, churches and venues, there was always never ending forests – forest became my inspiration for this styled shoot. When surrounded by so much greenery and nature not much decorating is needed — simplicity is the beauty. Moss and green plants for centerpiece came from local gardening store. All the glass items were collected over time from vintage stores. When planning a vintage wedding it’s always a great idea to start shopping early and attend garage sales and vintage markets often – this will save brides tons of money.
My bride wore summer dress from local store called Melrose in OC, I love how simple and relaxing it looked, I really think brides do need to look into the dresses that are not falling off or making them feeling uncomfortable. As a photographer I constantly get to deal with brides fixing their dresses during very pretty moments that could have been a beautiful photo. I really liked to think about our environment, there is why everything in this shoot was environment friendly materials – from recyclable wedding invites to string around bride’s bouquet. So even if something was left behind after the shoot it will do no harm to the nature. Save the planet for future generations.”
Shoot Location: Orange County, CA / Photography, Styling, and Invitations: Arina B Photography / Wedding Dress: Melrose in the OC / Hair: Sara Broussard of Salon Bleu / Makeup: Tiara Rupp of Salon Bleu / Wooden Sign: Fourthings By Cablue / Hand Made Candelas: allMontana
There is nothing better than having the people you care about most helping you prepare for your big day – and that is exactly how this wonderful Massachusetts backyard wedding came together. Levi Stolove Photography was kind enough to share the love and details he captured of this DIT (do-it-together) wedding. The whole day was truly a collaboration of the bride and groom’s closest family and friends, and they were all able to celebrate happily ever after – together!
From the bride: We wanted our wedding to be warm, homey, and beautiful. My husband loves ferns and they sort of developed into the theme of our wedding, without us planning it. We thought of the look as backyard elegance. I’m not crafty at all, so our DIY became DIT – do it together. My younger sister made my veil; embroidered the chuppah (wedding canopy), which was a family heirloom tablecloth; and hand lettered the signs. My mom, aunt, grandma, and mother’s friends fringed cloth by hand for the table runners and one of my best friends and bridesmaids designed the invites and save the dates. My husband’s best friend played the guitar for the ceremony and two of my childhood friends twirled fire during the reception. A friend of ours who is a rabbi officiated the ceremony.
The best advice I was given was to sit down with my fiance before starting to plan and come up with the three things that matter most to us about the wedding, to set our vision according to those things, and to make those our budget priorities. Doing this helped us to have priorities, know we were on the same page, and let go of the things we thought “should” matter to us but didn’t. Certain things, like flowers, didn’t matter to me, but they mattered a lot to my mom, so she designed the flowers without my input and they were gorgeous. The other best advice I was given is that families and friends are only more themselves during the process and not to expect anything from the people you love that you wouldn’t expect normally. The wedding feels huge and planning may feel like an enormous task, but at the end of the day, what matters is that you’re married and happy. And if you’re not totally happy with your wedding itself, that’s ok, too. Try to let go of what didn’t go right and remember the moments that bring you joy.
Processional: “Here, There, and Everywhere,” the Beatles
Recessional: “Two of Us,” the Beatles
First Dance: “I Will,” the Beatles
Last Dance: “This Will be Our Year,” The Zombies
Wedding location: Great Barrington, MA / Photographer: Levi Stolove Photography / Flowers & Decor: Gillooly Design / Catering & Coordination: Ginny Filkins of Sills and Co. / Bride’s dress: Alita Graham from Kleinfeld / Bridesmaids dresses: J Crew, Nordstrom, and Alfred Sung / Veil & Chuppah: bride’s sister / Groom’s suit: Men’s Wearhouse / Makeup: Makeup Artistry by Liz / Hair: Jenursa / Stationery: Hello Peachy (bridesmaid’s company) / DJ: Addam Bombb / Venue: family member’s home
A while back we shared a few baby’s breath wedding ideas and it’s still one of our favorite big-bang-for-your-buck flowers. So when the ladies of Hey Look sent over this next tutorial, I knew it was going to be a winner. These initial monograms are so simply beautiful, it stopped me in my tracks. Michaela used both this filler flower and ferns, but you can use any other leafy filler to match the mood of your wedding decor and can be used to hang on your + future other’s chairs or church doors.
From Hey Look: These monograms are inexpensive, easy to make and what’s best is that you can make them a few days before your wedding. In the fridge they will last a good 2 days. Baby’s breath especially is long-lasting and you can ask your local flower shop for ferns and greens that will survive without water for a few days.
For the baby’s breath monogram you will need:
- A bunch of baby’s breath or ferns
- Thicker metal wire for the base frame
- Thinner wire for attaching the baby’s breath
- Wire clippers or strong scissors
For the green monogram you need the same supplies; just replace the baby’s breath with ferns, leaves or other greens of your choice.
Start by shaping a frame for your monogram. Just bend thick wire into the shape of a letter. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, you can adjust it a little after you’ve added the florals or greens.
Take a little bunch of greens and tie them together with the thin wire. Then with the same wire attach the little bunch to the monogram frame. Don’t cut off the excess wire, just wrap it around the frame a few times, then continue tying little bunches to the frame with the same piece of wire. No need to cut it off until the end.
Make the baby’s breath monogram in the same way.
The every last bunch of baby’s breath should be attached to the frame in the opposite direction. Just try to make the gap for the last rounds of wire as small as possible. In the picture of the finished end piece, you can still see the hole for the wire. Once, the entire monogram is ready, just adjust the blooms (or greens) a little to cover holes.
We chose baby’s breath for the monogram, because it is easy to work with, inexpensive and long-lasting. You can also dry baby’s breath monograms after your wedding (or shower) as a lovely reminder of your big day. We added the fern monogram as a groom’s monogram, but of course you can only make one kind. If you’d like to use other plants or flowers, just as at your local flower shop for recommendations on long-lasting ones. You could also make this from paper flowers or leaves.
Our friend and floral design Janie Medley – who you may also know her for her blog, The Bride’s Cafe, is back with us today to share another stunning floral bouquet! Keep reading to learn more about the flowers and greenery used in arranging this gorgeous, fluffy flower arrangement. Photos by the amazing Amelia Johnson.
From Janie Medley: The best time to purchase ranunculus is now… January through May. This time of the year is when they are in abundance and you can find them in so many yummy and vibrant colors. You will not be able to get them during the hottest months of the summer and you will see certain colors slowly start coming to the market in the fall.
Tulips can be purchased year round, however, you can’t get all varieties during the year. As with
ranunculus, the best time to purchase them are now. There is an abundance of colors and varieties at the market.
Sweet peas are available from December through May. White Scabiosa – you can find this flower year round but all colors may not be available.
Maidenhair fern, seeded eucalyptus, Queen Anne’s lace are in season year round.
Last week we shared a glance of how amazing ferns and other foliage can look on tablescapes. Much to my delight, Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers is shining the light on these non-floral pretties. These large scale centerpieces are not only impressive, but can also be made on a budget. View more images from the branch and foliage centerpieces in the gallery.
From Sarah: It may seem funny to start talking about spring right now, but the fact of the matter is, there are plenty of brides right now who are sifting through fall inspiration boards while trying to plan their spring 2013 weddings. This is for you!
Spring weddings are such an indulgence. Everyone jumps at the chance to wear light airy and bright colors as soon as they can. Spring bulbs are bright and cheery, and I we want to use all of the pastel and bright colors that are finally available. In our haste to use all things spring I think color palettes sometimes get circus-y rather than showing how delicate the season is. So, today I have a subdued spring color palette that still evokes the light and airy qualities we love about spring. Spring is colorful, but I like the idea of indulging in the muddy colors that are surrounding you in the early spring. The wet leaves and moss that have been hiding under snow all winter show themselves, and that was the real inspiration for this arrangement- the putty colored greens, and the robin egg blue that has a hint of gray. Ferns (as demonstrated by Hey Look’s tablescape) may be enough for your entire tablescape. Here I mixed them with a few other spring flowers, bulbs, and different kinds of moss.
foliage can look on tablescapes. Much to my delight, Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers is shining the light on these non-floral pretties. These large scale centerpieces are not only impressive, but can also be made on a budget. View more images from the branch and foliage centerpieces in the View all images in the gallery
I kept these arrangements very simple. A lot of times earthy brides get scared when they hear the words “big arrangements” because they don’t want anything too complex or flowery. Sticking to things with natural textures like the branches or grasses will allow you to use scale to wow your guests while still keeping things natural and simple.
All photos by Sarah Winward.
Closing the week on a shiny high note, we’re excited to announce the newest addition to our team of contributors. Let me introduce you to Lotta and Michaela of Hey Look. If you haven’t checked out their blog yet, do not walk, run. As fast as you can. These fabulous ladies create jaw-dropping gorgeous designs – like the tablescape below. See more from this shoot on their blog.
A big shoutout to our latest Blue Label members…
Weddings In Italy
Tree of Life Films
Jillian McGrath Photography
One World Designs
Ruth Eileen Photography
Erica Rose Photography
Sarah Hays Photography
Kimberly Chau Photography
…and in case you missed this week:
Amazing handmade wedding in Melbourne
Emily and Meghan beautiful Portland wedding
Colorful + zen wedding in Santa Cruz
Chianti wedding ideas with a 1970s twist
Garden New Hampshire wedding with gorgeous flowers
Our current picks from Recycle Your Wedding
Turn of the century session in Germany
Ombre florals for Fall by Sarah Winward
Beautiful destination wedding in the French countryside