You know us — we’re defenseless against a good brunch wedding. A couple in love, delicious breakfast food, and remarkably beautiful scenery were just what we needed to see today, and we have a hunch you’ll feel the same way. Stephanie Brazzle Photography captured all the goodness on film, while Crystal Frasier Weddings
It seems like Valentine’s Day offers an unending supply of romantic wedding inspiration, which is precisely what we found in this styled shoot from Four Corners Photography and Amanda Jewel Floral Design. With a floral patterned ceremony backdrop, incredibly lush floral arrangements, and a table runner accented with love notes, this is the ultimate in inspiring wedding design.
From the photographer, Four Corners Photography: I have photographed quite a few backyard weddings as well as Valentine’s Day weddings and I really wanted to create something to inspire backyard brides everywhere that they can have something beautiful, romantic, and timeless. I also wanted to create something that inspires you to think outside the red that comes with Valentine’s Day. I still wanted to incorporate a few intentionally red pieces (ring, lips, a few florals) and heart motifs (shape of the dress, hearts on the cupcakes), but tried to keep those things minimal!
Host, Planning, Photography: Four Corners Photography
Floral Design: Amanda Jewel Floral Design
Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone
Wedding Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Hair and Makeup: Vigilante Cosmetics
Ring: Trumpet and Horn
Ring Box: The Mrs. Box
Wedding Cake: Ginger Spice Bakery
Baked Goods: The Dessert Table
Furniture: Four Inch Fold
Ceremony Backdrop: Ashley Woodson Bailey
China: Vintage English Teacup
Silks: Adorn Silks, Tono & Co
Vow Book: Wedding Story Writer
Paper Goods: Lairsey Paper Co.
Models: SALT Model
If you’re a couple who prefer the idea of a personal wedding that reflects your true nature and quirky sense of humor, Ali and Sam share their wonderful day which was made special by incorporating fun elements and down-home style. Beautifully captured by Bushturkey Studio, styled by Little Gray Station with florals designed by Elyssium Blooms see how they focused their desire for fun, food and love to create the perfect day to remember.
Whenever we hear a bride wanted her day to feel “dreamy and romantic,” it’s a safe bet we’re already on the same page. Looking through these images from Charity Maurer Photography, we can’t help but be reminded of the lushest secret gardens and overgrown charm. There’s no doubt about it, Kate and Company Events and Sarah’s Garden‘s work truly shines through here as event and floral designers, respectively!
“English garden wedding.” Do these three words give you the same heart pitter-patters they give us? Then you’re all but sure to love Ayla and Feti’s wedding in the Cotswolds. Knot & Pop planned the couple’s big day with citrus accents aplenty plus ample olive leaves and branches from Vervain, giving us serious Mediterranean vibes. Thank you to M&J Photography for capturing the newlyweds!
Ghost chairs, a seating chart arrangement with a unique neon sign, and one of the sweetest couples we’ve seen are some of the reasons why we love this Dallas affair photographed by Sarah Kate Photographer. With Stefanie Miles executing all of the details of the day, Rae and Kurt planned a modern wedding day with the most elegant color palette. To complement it, bows + arrows incorporated white and ivory blooms and heaps of botanical greens to add to the lovely minimalism of the day. What a stunner this fête was!
From the photographer, Sarah Kate Photographer: Rae and Kurt’s wedding was brimming with minimalist inspiration designed by Stefanie Miles and lush tropical inspired foliage by Bows & Arrows that added just the right amount of color and texture. The couple hosted a small family wedding ceremony in their own backyard and chose The Nasher Sculpture Garden to host a large reception the next day! Wolfgang Puck was there to serve up all kinds of fantastic dishes for the guests and The Grand Bevy bartended specialty beverages including edible cocktails. Guests dined and danced among the sculptures and Sarah Kate captured all the fun!
Rae and Kurt hosted an intimate wedding ceremony at a private residence for all of their nearest and dearest, and the next day, invited more guests to a stunning garden wedding reception. This is a great way to keep a ceremony small while also enjoying a larger celebration for your big day.
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Okay, you might need to brace yourself for this one. Samantha Jay Photography and A Garden Party sent over this incredibly stylish shoot that proves that you can have a garden wedding no matter the time of the year or the location. With how lush this entire shoot looks, it’s almost impossible to believe there was a snow storm outside just the day before!
From the photographer, Samantha Jay Photography: The magic that happens when several unbelievably talented vendors come together to make a styled shoot is undeniable in these romantic photos. What hoped to be a spring garden styled shoot was transformed into a breathtaking snowy adventure when southern NJ was hit with a huge snow storm the day prior. Loads of fresh greenery, yards of peach tulle and glistening gold accents make you forget about the snow on the ground and help to inspire what your romantic garden wedding could be like, in any season.
When Lillywhite Photography sent this wedding our way, we were delighted to read the background story. Not only is the bride in this wedding the photographer’s very own sister, but the siblings actually shared the same Pronovias wedding gown nearly two years apart! All Occasions Event Planning and Knot Just Flowers contributed their incredible eye for design and flowers for a day that’s truly relaxed and breathtaking at the same time.
From the bride, Jennifer: I wanted our wedding day to feel romantic and natural. I loved our venue and I wanted to take advantage of the natural scenery by focusing my details and decor to match the natural garden setting. We envisioned a romantic, whimsical, garden wedding; I mostly focused on shades of pink (specifically blush and coral), neutral tones, and greenery.
My husband and I made the favors (scented votive candles). I made the wedding invitations myself. My sister and I made the table seating cards, and the labels for the desserts and beverages using watercolor paint and calligraphy. My sister made the bride and groom signs for the sweetheart chairs, she also made the welcome chalkboard sign. I made the remaining various chalkboard decor signs.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Stay flexible throughout the process, tastes and styles change and if you have a long engagement yours are likely to shift a little as time passes. Find vendors who you enjoy working with early on, trust their judgment and you will find they do amazing things with the creative freedom you give them. Enjoy the process and the excitement that comes with being engaged.
Bridal Party Processional: “Forever Like That,” Ben Rector
Bride’s Processional: “House of God, Forever,” Jon Foreman
Recessional: “Multiplied,” NEEDTOBREATHE
First Dance: “You are Mine,” Spencer Combs ft. Holley Maher
Second Dance: “New York to California,” Matt Kearney (my husband is from NY and I am from CA so it is a meaningful song for our relationship)
From the photographer, Lillywhite Photography: I am a wedding photographer and had the honor of photographing my sister’s wedding :) Little did I know on my wedding day that my sister would be wearing the same wedding gown as I did almost exactly two years later. Dress shopping was pretty hard for me because I had such a strong vision of the dress I wanted. Something lacy, but a different type of lace. Something simple, but that would truly be one of a kind. When I tried on my dress from Pronovias at Pebbles Bridal Shop, I without a doubt KNEW it was the one. When I saw my groom for the first time, I knew that he KNEW it was the one too. I felt so me & absolutely stunning in my dress. When my sister got engaged, we kind of threw around the idea of her trying on my dress too. I knew her wedding would be so different and it didn’t bother me at all to share it. I thought it would be a great way to save money and I wanted to get more use out of a dress so pretty! When she went to Pebbles Bridal Store to try on dresses, we brought my dress along with us. She tried on a few & when she tried on mine, I knew it was the one. She was completely glowing and the dress took on a whole new feel with her in it. Seeing her in that dress on her wedding day was such a full expression of the love we have for each other. Along with sharing the wedding gown, we also shared in being each others’ maid of honor. I really felt our weddings were an example of the sisterly love we have for each other.
Annie and Ryan’s wedding day, aptly hosted at Colorado Springs’ Secret Garden venue, is bursting with romance and delicate details that have us absolutely smitten, from the intimate garden ceremony to the lush reception filled to the brim with greenery. Cassidy Brooke and VIE Boutique did a beautiful job here, as they always do!
From the photographer, Cassidy Brooke: Annie and Ryan are two of the sweetest most in love people I know, they are so gentle and sweet with each other. I loved their delicate garden wedding from this past June, Annie put so much into tiny details for the day and it was a joy to photograph!
The second my eyes ran across the words “Irish mansion wedding,” I knew I was in for a treat. Add to that the fact that some of Ireland’s most talented vendors participated in the day (Paula O’Hara, Alise Taggart, and The Informal Florist, just to name a few), and my giddiness was out the roof! Andy and Dermot’s wedding did not disappoint, with a reception that we’re sure to come back to time and time again for inspiration.
From the event stylist, Alise Taggart: Andy is originally from South Africa and is the editor of the very cool Huck Magazine, Dermot is from Ireland and works as a civil servant in London where they reside. When they initially started planning, they took into account how they wanted their wedding day to ‘feel’ – they wanted their day to be grounded in their Irish Catholic and South African Jewish roots, bringing together their families and closest friends for an intimate, rustic and welcoming day, but with a hint of art nouveau thrown in.
Bellinter House is a Palladian style Georgian mansion dating back to the 18th century set in the Irish countryside. Andy & Dermot decided to have their ceremony on the front lawn of the house under the ancient Weeping Beech Tree. On their way to the ceremony site, the guests filled handmade paper cones with natural confetti for tossing afterwards and we had mini San Pellegrino’s to keep them cool while they waited. The drinks reception was held in the main floor of the house where we had a photo booth set up and named the parlour after their beloved cat, “Pip”. For the dinner reception we used long tables instead of round with billowing tablecloths, hand dyed soft grey runners and tones of burgundies, scarlet and lavender intertwined with loads of candles. This really added to the intimate family style dinner that Andy and Dermot had envisioned.
Claire Ryan of the Informal Florist really created the most beautiful loose wildflower arrangements, walls of vines interlaced with fairy lights and a foraged branch hanging from the ceiling above the head table. The favours were my favourite as they were so meaningful. Andy had small ceramic bowls imprinted with a lace pattern taken from a piece of her Grandmother’s wedding dress made by a local artist in Capetown. We set a piece of Sally Williams nougat on top and tied them with a little note using velvet ribbon. After dinner, the tables were moved outside onto the patio to allow for dancing under strung globe lights in the reception room and the guests headed upstairs to the parlour for a beautiful cake spread by WildFlour Bakery and tumblers of Amarula and Jamison, another nod to their cultures. It was a gorgeous day had by all and documented perfectly by Paula O’Hara and Catch Cinematography.
Be sure to watch the wedding film from Catch:
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When you’ve got a photographer as talented as Ben Q Photography, a bride who’s an event designer herself with Embrace the Day Events, and cheerful floral design by Holly Viles Design, how could you possibly end up with anything less than sheer beauty? Tie everything together with a Kate Spade theme and lots of color, and you’ve certainly got one for the books.
From the bride, Amanda: As a wedding and event planner in Dallas, I’ve been given the opportunity to see a lot of different weddings – different colors, styles, themes, DIY projects, etc. When it came time to switch hats and be the bride, it was wildly overwhelming to narrow down the inspiration and decide on a style that fit my (then) fiancé’s and my personalities and depicted our love story well. And to be perfectly honest, I didn’t want to have a wedding, but my parents weren’t about to let me get away with that and I’m so thankful they didn’t.
It’s hard to beat the romance that garden weddings always have and the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden is by far one of my favorite venues in Dallas so we knew without question, that would be our venue. Soon after the venue was booked, I reached out to some of my favorite vendors and had them “save the date” (aka send contracts). Combining the look and feel of the Arboretum with my husband’s love of modern style and my love for Kate Spade and bright colors, we decided “Kate Spade Garden Party” was the look we wanted to accomplish and our vendors loved the idea. We created the look by using bright colored flowers, fuchsia napkins, black & white striped table runners and personalized gold accents like a cake topper, chair signs & a gold foil print with our vows.
Personal touches are my favorite, so I jumped on the opportunities of buying prints that added a little something extra and printing photos of us to place around the reception. Of course, we didn’t get away without doing some DIY projects. One of my favorites was our “guest globe” that we found in a local antique shop and I hand painted. I also made the place card tassels and the place card display. As many people know, April and May were brutally wet and stormy in North Texas. Alex & I got married on the only sunny, rain-free Saturday in April and the day couldn’t have been more perfect. I am a daddy’s girl and also very traditional when it comes to the first time the groom sees a bride so I opted to do a first look with my dad and save the first time my groom saw me for when I walked down the aisle. Both were special moments that I’ll cherish forever. Our reception was epic. It was the ultimate dance party, kicked off by a surprise choreographer father/daughter dance to Uptown Funk. Like all good things, it came to an end and my groom and I shared an emotional and love-filled private last dance.
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Today’s wedding from Carlie Statsky is an expert study in blending garden wedding style with a bit of rustic detailing. Jesse and Mason spent an absolutely beautiful day together exchanging vows, toasting each other, and sharing their love with their closest friends and family at the lovely Allied Arts Guild.
From the bride, Jesse: Our wedding day was an unforgettable celebration of love with our closest supporters, our family and friends. The Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, CA, a beautiful and historic garden oasis, lent an elegant and intimate setting for both the wedding ceremony and the reception, all meticulously brought to life by wedding planner, Bari Howard.
With a garden ceremony setting resonating with rustic simplicity and charm amid the beauties of nature, family, friends, and further accompanied by the soaring sounds of stringed instruments to a cocktail hour fueled by signature Moscow Mule copper mugs and delectable appetizers, the day was topped off beneath an arbor with a majestic dinner place setting, heartfelt speeches, and an array of dance moves with music provided by a DJ. The day couldn’t have been any more wonderful and picturesque, with lovely, yet creatively keen compositions captured by photographer Carlie Statsky. We are truly blessed to call this memory our wedding day.
Bridal Party Processional: “What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong
Bride’s Processional: “Marry Me,” Train (Performed by Daphna on strings)
Recessional: “True,” Spandau Ballet; “Lucky,” Jason Mraz (feat. Colbie Calliat) (Performed by Daphna on strings)
First Dance: “Angel,” Jack Johnson
Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dance: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Diana Ross
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Spring has certainly sprung, and there’s no better season to host a herb and garden inspired photo shoot. This beauty from Lauren Schwarz Photography and Savannah’s Garden Florist takes oodles of lush greenery, fresh white blooms, and nods to gardening to the next level by blending them seamlessly with wedding style and floral arrangements. Make sure you take a look at the bride’s incredible wedding hair — I’m sure I’ll try to copy it for myself soon!
From the photographer, Lauren Schwarz Photography: Our team was inspired by all things garden and herbs. We wanted to create something fancy and luxurious out of simple things like potted herbs, Pear Tree branches, and moss. Set in the fabulous Maggpie Vintage Rentals warehouse, we transformed a corner into a garden greenhouse reception scene. The bridal looks were vintage inspired our stylist used lace to create an amazing headpiece and veil and switched her from a more formal look to a more simple dress with custom belt detail. We hope you enjoy this gallery with many different looks for Spring or Summer.
There are few cities more romantic than Charleston, so native South Carolinians Cate and Tyler picked it as the perfect location for their springtime wedding. Next on the list was to find the perfect team of vendors, and that they did — Feather Love Events, YOJ Events, and Branch Design Studio, just to name a few! The day was full of inspiring floral design, beautiful fashion (like the bride’s Jenny Packham gown), and endless amounts of love.
From the bride, Cate: Tyler and I are both from South Carolina, and we decided early on that we wanted to get married in Charleston. We’ve lived in several different cities, and we knew our friends would be coming in from all over the country. Our wedding was the perfect opportunity to show them our roots and let them experience a little southern hospitality. We looked at several venues and fell in love with Magnolia Plantation & Gardens. The lush gardens were beautiful and inviting. The historic setting served as an inspiration for the rest of our wedding décor.
We currently live in San Francisco. Planning a southern wedding from the west coast wasn’t easy, so we enlisted the help of Katherine at YOJ events. I’m a graphic designer and wanted to create many of the elements myself. Additionally, my mom is an incredible artist. She designed and made many of the elements for our wedding, including the stained glass arch we were married under. We came to Katherine with lots of ideas. She provided us with great advice, kept us organized and helped bring our vision to life. One of our favorite elements was the cornhole boards. It’s a game we play every summer at the beach, so we wanted to incorporate it into the reception. The boards were hand painted by New Bohemia signs in San Francisco. They turned out better than we could have imagined and were a big hit with our guests.
Our biggest decision was finding the right photographer. Your wedding day goes by so quickly. The photos are what you’ll hold onto for years to come. Noa at Feather Love Photography was the perfect choice for us. Her images really tell the story of our wedding and capture the spirit of the day. It was important to us that our wedding feel like a big party. We wanted our guests to be able to relax and really enjoy themselves. Alicia at Duvall Events helped us plan our menu. A lot of thought went into the food, drinks and pacing of the reception to ensure our guests were always well fed and comfortable. The best part of our wedding was getting to celebrate with our friends and family, the people we love most.
Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass was always a source of inspiration for me, so I’m extra excited to bring you all today’s styled shoot from Jason Hales Photography, Bowman & Clark, and Alabaster & Ivory Events. Inspired by the wordsmith’s book of poetry, it brings together classic beauty and organic garden wedding ideas for a shoot that’s making us fall in love with the written word all over again.
From Allie Webber, Co-Owner of Bowman & Clark: We loved getting to design for this unique mixture of soft, garden inspired florals and more structured 19th century details. The arbor structure was covered in greenery and potted and hanging plants created a garden oasis. Wild arrangements, soft fabrics and pillows helped bring in the boho vibe. While the dark 19th century furniture and candlesticks brought depth and warmth into the space. The bride looked effortless in a gorgeous Winifred Bean gown, with her hair pulled back easily, and her makeup creating a natural glowing complexion. We loved the contrasting details and natural feel of this shoot and hope that it inspires a beautiful garden, boho, or 19th Century design.
When you combine the talents of Anna Delores Photography, Glitz Event Design Studio, and Knot Just flowers, the end result is absolutely magic. This styled shoot has the perfect amount of pink, burgundy, gold, and botanical wedding inspiration, and top it all off with an amazing Monique Lhuillier gown and we’ve fallen madly in love!
From the event designer, Glitz Event Design Studio: A romantic color palette, antique details, and a breathtakingly detailed blush bridal gown – these were just some of the elements behind our Garden Fairytale wedding inspiration. Hartley Botanica provided a beautiful setting that fully encompassed our vision, and was complete with arbor lined pathways, statuettes, and abundant greenery. The seriously pretty invitation set by Umama is the perfect opening to this whimsical soiree.
For the tablescape we wanted to showcase a dreamy and romantic look. We combined antique details and mixed soft patterns and textures with unique rentals from Pretty Vintage Table to create a fairytale-like scene. The ascot wood table and mix of tapestry and velvet chairs was softened by blush tone La Tavola Linens. For the table settings we paired blush depression glassware, gold flatware, mix-matched china, and crystal salt cellars at each setting. To draw further into the antique inspiration we incorporated vintage oil lanterns, gold taper candlesticks with blush candles and cloches with floral accents along either side of the centerpiece. The gold mirrored table set the stage for the noteworthy “Happily Ever After” cake provided by Frost it Cakery.
The chemistry between our real couple was undeniable. The bride looked stunning adorned in elegant BHLDN bridal accessories and a detailed blush Monique Lhuillier bridal gown provided by Nearly Newlywed. The enchanting look was completed with a braid inspired ponytail and ethereal makeup done by Crystal Huber Makeup. The groom wore a floral Grunion Run tie that paired handsomely with the boutonnière. The florals by Knot Just Flowers showcased a rich palette of reds, pink, and greens, with a feature of whimsical details.
Shoot Location: Somis, CA / Photographer: Anna Delores Photography / Event Design and Planning: Glitz Event Design Studio / Floral Design: Knot Just flowers / Venue: Hartley Botanica / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier via Nearly Newlywed / Jewelry: BHLDN / Makeup: Crystal Huber Makeup / Tuxedo and Men’s Attire: The Grunion Run Groomsmen Shop / Wedding Cake: Frost It Cupcakery / Rentals: Pretty Vintage Table / Linens and Coverings: La Tavola Linen / Wedding Invitations: umama
Flying halfway around the world for an unforgettable fairytale celebration? Uh yeah, sign us up right now. Alisha and Rob’s wedding was indeed a Hawaii fairytale come true, trading in the sandy beaches for an elegant, botanical garden event. The incredible team of Tamiz Photography, Mandy Grace Designs, and Haiku Mill worked true wonders here!
From the bride, Alisha: We decided on Hawaii because it made perfect geographical sense as it was half way between our friends and families in Canada and Australia. Neither of us were keen on beach weddings as we wanted a more formal affair that was romantic and elegant but also contemporary and unique. While searching online for wedding venues in Hawaii we stumbled across Haiku Mill in Maui and it was exactly what we were looking for. The majority of our guests were travelling very far distances and we wanted to find a venue where our guests could experience a fairytale celebration they would never forget.
Our colour scheme involved all soft colours – shades of pinks & grey, ivory & gold accents. We had 6 months to plan our wedding so we didn’t have a lot of time for DIY projects. One project we did do was create personalized escort cards. We bought envelopes that were used as escort cards and wrote individual hand written notes inside to all of our guests. This was a big hit as it showed our guests how much they all individually meant to us. Another resource we found really helpful was etsy. It allowed us to have hand crafted touches such as personalized luggage tags as place cards for our guests.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? If planning a destination wedding make sure you hire an event coordinator that knows the quality local vendors very well as you may not have a chance to meet with any of the vendors in person. Also, try your best to find a venue that can accommodate a wide range of guests as you often don’t know your final numbers until a month before. We thought we were going to have 25 guests but ended up with 90 in the end.
Bridal Party Processional: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” IZ
Bride’s Processional: “Better Together,” Jack Johnson
First Dance: “Let’s Stay Together,” Al Green
Wedding Location: Haiku, Maui, HI / Photographer: Tamiz Photography / Floral Design: Mandy Grace Designs / Venue and Coordination: Haiku Mill / Wedding Dress and Veil: Reem Acra / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair: Dan Sanchez / Makeup: Jessica Waite / Flower Girl Dress: frillyfairytales / Groom’s Suit: Tiger / Caterer: Maui Executive / Bar Rental and Cocktails: Garnish Events / Ukulele: Marvin Tevaga / Rentals: Island Rents / Chandeliers: Signature Events / Luggage Tags: lovetravelsfavors / Officiant: Keli’i Brown / Wedding Invitations: Paper & Poste / Calligraphy: Barbara Kua / Videographer: Cinemaui
You know those weddings where you can just sense that everything came together perfectly – so perfectly that the whole day seems like a dream? Well, that’s the feeling we get when we pore over this wedding from Amy Arrington (though we suspect her dreamy film images play a big part). Signature Weddings and The Perfect Poppy made Kimberly and David’s wedding a truly special one, with romantic touches and relaxed elegance for us all to admire.
From the bride, Kimberly: We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us and a true celebration of love, family, and friends. We focused on keeping everything fun and relaxed and making sure that our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We were inspired by our beautiful venue and the storybook feel that it had and included details that hinted at our personalities and interests. Our main goal was to create a day that was filled with love and laughter and all of our family and friends creating happy memories together.
Some words that kept coming up while planning our wedding were “fairytale adventure”. David and I met at Disney World and were long distance for almost four years, which led to many adventures. It seemed natural to theme our wedding to one of things that was involved in building our relationship. The colors we chose were pinks and greens, which are a combination of our favorite colors. We worked together on making the signs for the bar and the guestbook and favor table and on painting the gold giraffe and bear figurines. One of my favorite decorations were the little robots that we had placed on the cake & pie table. Our first date was on March 14th – aka Pi Day – so we have always had a little joke about us and pie/pi. David also loves robots (he built one in school!) so the figurines were an adorable addition to our day.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Relax and have fun! David and I made sure to not take anything too seriously and to just have fun with every bit of the process. Focus on choosing vendors who you feel you can trust to execute your wedding the way you envision it and take their advice. Stay open to new ideas and different possibilities.
I loved all of the music at our wedding, but my favorite has to be our first dance song. We surprised our guests with a choreographed waltz to The Sleeping Beauty Suite and it was such a great moment to hear everyone gasp when we did our first big move! It is definitely an experience that we will never forget.
Processional: “I Choose You,” The Piano Tribute Players
Bride’s Processional: “I See the Light,” from Disney’s Tangled (Piano Mix) by Joel Rosenberger
Recessional: “Best Day of My Life,” American Authors
First Dance: “The Sleeping Beauty Suite,” Weiner Philharmonic and James Levine
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Wish,” Rascal Flatts
Mother/Son Dance: “That’s Amore,” James Marsden (Enchanted Soundtrack)
Wedding Location: Newnan, GA / Photographer: Amy Arrington / Coordinator: Corrie Kirk of Signature Weddings / Florist: The Perfect Poppy / Venue: Dunaway Gardens / Wedding Dress: Bliss by Monique Lhuillier via Solutions Bridal in Orlando, FL / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: WToo and Love Lane from Bella Bridesmaid in Orlando, Fl / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Savvi Formalwear / Caterer: Mac the Cheese Food Truck & Catering / Wedding Cake: Bliss / DJ: DJ Chuck Walls / Wooden Robots: Painted Turtle Wooden Toys / Wedding Invitations: elli
How could you possibly go wrong with a macramé backdrop for your wedding ceremony? Kathryn and Nathan’s wedding was an ideal blend of vendor talent (Tart Event Co. and The Green Flamingo to name a few) and helping hands of family and friends. The blend resulted in a romantic, personal, yet sophisticated day, all captured by Jeffrey C. Gleason Photography.
From the event designers, Tart Event Co.: Kathryn and Nathan’s story began when they met in 8th grade. The following nine years were filled with memorable high school & college experiences together, but also times of great loss. Kathryn & Nathan found their love strengthening as they supported each other through the devastating loss of a grandfather, a best friend, a brother and a father. During their wedding planning process, it was important to them both that these loved ones were remembered. With the help of their family and friends, their ceremony and reception was a celebration of love and support, filled with handcrafted details and thoughtful moments of honor and remembrance.
Vendors and friends came together to create a magical ceremony set-up for Kathryn and Nathan. A foraged branch arch from a friend’s backyard was topped with a handmade macramé piece, both created by two of the couples’ dear friends, and finished off with a gorgeous flower piece from the Green Flamingo. The intimate space was accented with bright red rose petals placed in-between wooden mismatched chairs and benches from Paisley and Jade. All of these elements created the intimate & natural space that the couple envisioned to welcome their guests and host their vows to one another. There was not a dry eye when Nathan greeted his bride and her mother at the end of the aisle as Kathryn’s brother-in-law played an acoustic cover of Bright Eyes’ “First Day of My Life” on the guitar.
At the reception, a personal touch was integrated into every detail. The bridesmaids gathered the day before the wedding at a flower bruncheon to create the floral table arrangements. The cake was topped with more bright florals and a laser cut cake topper, which integrated the handlettering from the couple’s custom stationary. The table numbers were hand painted by the bride, and another friend created a custom brewed IPA beer (“Hoppily Ever After”) just for the occasion. Boka Kantina, whose food truck is a weekly visit for the bride and groom, provided a taco buffet, much to the delight of every guest. Continuing the Mexican food theme was a traditional sangria and a bucket of churros on the sweets table. The speeches by the bride’s two sisters and the groom’s brother were filled with touching words of support, endearment and an overwhelming show of love for a couple who have supported each other through the best of times and hardest of days. Like all good parties, there was much dancing and fun to end the evening.
Wedding Location: Henrico, VA / Photographer: Jeffrey C. Gleason Photography / Event Design, Planning, and Stationery: Tart Event Co. / Florist: The Green Flamingo / Venue: Dorey Park / Wedding Dress: Wtoo via Bella Rosa Bridal / Hair: Robin Swicker of KLS Studios / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo via Bella Bridesmaid Richmond / Groom’s Suit: Suitsupply / Food Truck: Boka Kantina / Wedding Cake: WPA Bakery / Furniture Rentals and Decor: Paisley and Jade / Linens: Glamour Linens / Glassware: Classic Party Rentals of VA
The second we laid eyes on this styled shoot from Amber Lynn Photography, we noticed two familiar smiling faces — Katie and Reilly from our recent Cambria Pines Lodge wedding feature! These beautiful newlyweds joined a couple of friends to show some serious garden wedding style, complete with endless flower gorgeousness from Candice Mineau of Petals Floral Design.
From the photographer, Amber Lynn: Knowing that our venue was going to be held at the Heritage Museums and Gardens in Arroyo Grande, California, the inspiration for this style shoot was easy. The venue speaks for itself, with their amazing gardens and surroundings of the historical town of the village. The theme was “Love Grows”, fitting for a lovely garden wedding. I wanted the shoot to have a garden feel with lovely flowers that were whimsical, romantic and vibrant. The feel that they were just picked from the pretties of gardens that Petals Floral Designs executed effortlessly.
What I love the most about style shoots is that I get to collaborate with so many talented people. So when planning our workshop I knew I couldn’t make it happen without so many incredible vendors. From the colorful floral arrangements, classy table setting, stationery, elegant headpieces, and so much more to make this shoot come to life, perfect for any backyard wedding – so romantic, so classy. “One does not fall into love; one grows into love, and love grows in him.”
Shoot Location: Long Beach, CA / Photographer: Amber Lynn Photography / Event Coordinator and Stylist: Amber Lynn Photography and OH So Pretty / Florist: Candice Mineau of Petals Floral Design / Venue: Heritage Museums and Gardens / Bridal Headpieces: Lacielle Roselle / Hair and Makeup: Tiffany Rose / Bow Ties: A Little Delight / Caterer: Catering by Crave / Wedding Cake and Pastries: Arroyo Grande Bakery / DJ: Brandon Cruz / Rentals: All About Events / Chalkboards: Chalkboards by Jessica / Invitation Suite: Huckleberry Paper
Weddings are always cause for celebration, but Ning and Alex’s wedding may have been one of the most jubilant weddings we’ve seen – due in no small part to the fact that the groom had a freak skiing accident and nearly lost his life a few months before the big day. Family and friends came together to celebrate life and love decked out to its finest by Steven Bruce Design, and Pat Furey was there to capture it all!
From the bride, Ning: My (now) husband and I wanted a fun, low-key wedding, with an aesthetic I like to call “rustic chic.” It really highlighted the venue’s beautiful juxtaposition between natural elements of the waterfall and use of wood with a modern touch from the cool fixtures and funky furniture. Neither of us wanted anything extravagant or over-the-top, but wanted our guests to feel warm and welcomed to our big day.
Our guests and we have used the words “warm,” “colorful,” “organic” to describe our wedding. We wanted to have a color palette for our wedding party that would highlight the flowers and other colorful elements that our florist provided. That being said, we chose gray for our wedding parties to wear–any shade and style to allow our wedding party to express their style and be comfortable in what they wore. We added touches of green to the color scheme because gray and green complement each other so well, plus my husband’s eyes are green. :) As for DIY projects, we ordered wildflower seed paper for our escort cards, printed and cut them out at home to be displayed on shepherd hooks in beautiful repurposed wine boxes that our florist had. We also had my cousin write the program, donation sign, and card basket in her beautiful handwriting on chalkboards. For the flowers, we emphasized whatever was in season, focusing on peonies. We also added a personal touch with little toy dinosaurs in the boutonnieres and hidden in the bridal bouquet.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy the planning process, as stressful as it may get. It’s all worth it in the end. Try to express who you are as a couple in your wedding, but don’t get too caught up in the details.
Processional and Recessional: “First Day of My Life,” Bright Eyes
Wedding Party Entrance: “Happy,” Pharell
First Dance: “I Will Follow You Into the Dark,” Death Cab for Cutie
Wedding Location: Beacon, NY / Photographer: Pat Furey / Florist: Steven Bruce Design / Venue, Caterer, and Wedding Cake: The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls / Wedding Dress and Veil: Vera Wang / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Jewelry: Tejani Jewelers and borrowed from family :) / Groom’s Suit: My Suit / Groom’s Cake: Lulu Cake Boutique / Music: The Silk Band of Time Machine Entertainment / Wedding Gift Bag Favors: Gourmetibles and Beacon Bath and Bubble / Wedding Invitations: Grey Snail Press / Transportation: JTR Transportation
Has there ever been a more gorgeous location for a wedding or event than San Diego Botanic Garden? One glance at this wedding from Allie Lindsey Photography and we’re hard-pressed to say no. Krystal and David’s wedding was relaxed, filled with incredible wildlife, and featured a taco feast – and we’re pretty sure it doesn’t get better than that!
From the bride, Krystal: We wanted our wedding to be romantic, simple and California casual. Although we live in San Diego, and love the beach, I knew I did not want to get married on the beach or have the beach be our backdrop. We wanted to be outside, and I envisioned having a big oak type tree to say our “I Do’s” under. After touring several beautiful ranch type venues that did not fit our needs, we finally stumbled upon the San Diego Botanic Gardens. It was perfect! The venue is so beautiful in itself that we knew that we would not have to fuss to much with actual décor, and it had a trees! We also wanted to have tacos for dinner, which ultimately inspired the theme of the dessert table and décor.
My secret pinterest board’s official name was “Romantic, Spanish, Garden Wedding”. I constantly fumbled when people would ask me, “What are your colors?” I usually answered with a “ummm, well, the groomsmen are wearing grey and the girls are wearing a pink type color.” I hated telling people my girls were going to wear pink. For me, the color pink conjures up a bubble gum/cotton candy type pink image, and it was not what I was going for. I usually told them it was a rosewater pink color, which ultimately got me confused looks. With that being said, I really focused on playing off the San Diego Botanic Gardens setting and wanted to make the reception have a modern, romantic Mexican style. As far as my invites, programs and information cards went – we used a floral print that brought in color and romance. We did as much DIY projects, as possible. My sister had a graphic designer friend that graciously helped us design the wedding invitations, ceremony programs, and reception cards. My bridesmaids made their own bouquets. The directional signs, the Mr. & Mrs. signs and the guest book sign were made by my step-mom, and dad. The whole desert table was done by a good friend, she even made the churros!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Everyone should have a really awesome big sister who plans events for a living! She really made my vision come to life and handled my a million and one questions, thoughts, pins and breakdowns. If you don’t have a big sister, you really need a day of coordinator and a detailed day of plan. My “day of” plan and day of coordinator saved my life! Everyone had a timeline, the bridal party, the photographer, the DJ, the venue, and the day of coordinator everyone! This made our big day really easy and stress free! PS. my day of coordinator was also my dessert table baker. Friends and family are so willing to help for this big day, and although it might be hard to relinquish control, let them help!
I am a music junky! I love making playlists, and picking our wedding music was one of the first things I started on, and while I tried to get David’s input, ultimately, I was the music decision maker.
Bridal Party: “Your Hand in Mine,” Explosions in the Sky
Bride’s Processional: “Hallelujah,” Jeff Buckley
Recessional: “You Are the Best Thing,” Ray LaMontagne
Newlywed Entrance: “Treasure,” Bruno Mars
First Dance: “Into the Mystic,” Van Morrison
Father/Daughter Dance: “Wildflower,” Tom Petty
Mother/Son Dance: “Words of Wisdom,” Jump Little Children
Last Song: “Lover of the Light,” Mumford and Sons
There were 2 must play songs on my list for the reception: 1. MMMBOP by Hanson, because I am a forever Hanson fan. I had a friend bring me “Hanson” beer all the way from OK to drink at my wedding. It is called MMMhops and made by the Hanson Brothers. 2. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. In college at UCSB, my friends and I had a tradition of singing this song at a local bar, and every wedding I have been to with a fellow Gaucho has played this song, and we all get in the middle of the dance floor and belt it out. It’s very nostalgic.
Wedding Location: San Diego, CA / Photographer: Allie Lindsey Photography / Wedding Planner: Amber Brown (AKA Best Sister Ever) / Florist: Franco’s Flowers Inc. / Venue: San Diego Botanic Garden / Wedding Dress: Eden Bridals via Ferndale’s Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mishka / Bridal Hairpiece: Eucca Floral Studio / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: The Radical Thread Co. / Groom’s Suit: Macy’s / Groomsmen’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse / Caterer: I Love Tacos Catering / Wedding Cake/Dessert Table: Jean Avner / DJ: San Diego Party Time DJs
I have to admit, I’m a bit of a sucker for international weddings – so when I saw this beautiful destination wedding in Turkey, it was clear I needed to share it with you all! Yeliz Atici and Aisha Wedding & Events worked wonders on Sedef and Utku’s wedding, adding stunning pops of color to an elegant garden affair. How wonderful is that ceremony altar?
From the bride, Sedef: We wanted a destination wedding. For us it was important to work with our guests to spend as much time as possible with them, so we made a whole wedding celebration weekend of it. It was such great fun, that in the end it did not even feel like a wedding, but rather a relaxed holiday with family and friends. We were initially looking at villa weddings in Spain but we thought it would be too difficult to plan and we didn’t really like the work of any of the wedding planners we were talking to there so we decided on a beach wedding in Turkey. Gocek is a beautiful and quiet beach town in south of Turkey known for its green and blue scenery. Utku and I did pretty much everything ourselves. Of course we got a lot of help from people we worked with but we didn’t outsource any imagining. It was exactly as we wanted it to be. I think the secret is not worrying about small details. In the end it is going to be an amazing night or weekend.
Our wedding was very romantic but also very emotional, thanks to the super fun party with our guests. I’ll never forget it as I suddenly felt like a thousand butterflies were in my stomach at the moment Utku squeezed my hand and we walked down the aisle. It was all just as we dreamed it to be. I think the secret is not to get angry over little things because at the end of the day, it’s already unforgettable beauty.
We had hired a professional DJ, but our friends began after midnight with his own DJing, which was so much better and super fun. Also, the fact that the wedding did not end until the next morning and we brought all our bathing suits to jump into the sea, was a unique moment. Weddings are a kind of new beginnings, so we gave each guest a small plant on the way home.
Processional: “Happy Together,” The Turtles
First Dance: “Je Veux,” Zaz
Wedding Location: Göcek, Turkey / Photographer: Yeliz Atici / Event Design and Flowers: Aisha Wedding & Events / Venue and Caterer: Hotel D-Resort Gocek / Wedding Dress: Lazaro via Kleinfeld New York / Wedding Shoes: Pabucci / Bride’s Earrings: Cem Lokmanhekim / Accessories: Lema / Groom’s Suit: La Misura / Groom’s Shoes: Tod’s / Watch: Baume et Mercier / Cufflinks: Bvlgari / Dessert: Strawberry mille-feuille with almond cream and orange caramel sauce / Videographer: Dugme Film
We love courthouse weddings for many reasons, but one of the most prominent is how much flexibility they afford couples on their wedding day. For example, bride Natalie was able to pull of a knee-length baby blue wedding dress with a birdcage veil, and she couldn’t look any more adorable. Lavender & Twine captured all of the ceremony and the reception at Santa Barbara’s chic Wine Cask restaurant!
From the bride, Natalie: We really wanted an intimate, casual and fun feel for our wedding. The dress really helped to set the feel for the wedding as it was such a modern, and whimsical and unique dress that I had made. We are also big fans of California and Santa Barbara in particular and after we picked the Santa Barbara Courthouse as our wedding venue the succulent theme naturally followed. I made all the succulent wine corks, the straw flags and the succulents vases and my bouquet!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? It’s all about Etsy!!! Keep it simple. The more over produced a wedding is the more pressure people feel. Leave some room for organic moments to happen.
We had a very untraditional wedding so no official first dance or processional. The first dance happened organically and we now have “our song”.
Wedding Location: Santa Barbara, CA / Photographer: Lavender & Twine / Flowers: I did all the succulent corks myself. The Wine Cask did the roses, I made the succulents that were added to the vases as well as my bouquet / Ceremony Venue: Santa Barbara Courthouse Garden / Reception Venue: Wine Cask / Wedding Dress: Kcoline / Hair and Makeup: La Rouge / Groom’s Suit: John Varvatos / Ukranian Wedding Bread: Groom’s family / DJ: Jon Riddell / Stationery: The Paper Fairie
What’s better than a little bridal inspiration with some bohemian flair? We were beyond thrilled to see this lovely styled shoot land in our inbox, especially given its all-star team of vendors — including Lindsey Stump Photography, Southern Social Events, The Quiet Rabbit, and Stems, just to name a few. This is one tablescape we’ll absolutely love for ages!
From the photographer, Lindsey Stump: Our tablescape design was inspired by the first colorful blooms of spring, that feeling of nostalgia for being barefoot amongst the wildflowers. With a touch of bohemian whimsy, we incorporated lots of colorful statement pieces from Anthropologie and kept the floral centerpiece wild and organic.
The maidenhair ferns planted in concrete pots add the perfect touch of neutral amongst the otherwise playful setup. Our chandelier installation mixes a monochromatic range of patterns and solids to tie in that carefree, color-centric vibe. Overall, the design focused less on tradition, playing more on the idea of a well-traveled woman with a love for found objects and color.
Shoot Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Lindsey Stump Photography / Event Stylists: Southern Social Events and The Quiet Rabbit / Floral Design: Stems / Venue: Stems / Hair: Mandy Hernandez / Makeup: Avery Allen / Wedding Cake: Simon Lee Bakery / China: Anthropologie / Furniture Rental: Sweet Sunday Events / Calligraphy: The Stationery Bakery
How could you make a wedding at Florida’s Flamingo Gardens even better? Add some styling from Katie of Unearthed Vintage, a surprise peacock or two, and capture it all with the help of Becca Borge, for starters. Carissa and Roy’s wedding was a relaxed affair with details for miles, so let’s jump on in!
From the bride, Carissa: We had originally envisioned a laid-back bohemian wedding with our toes in the sand on the beach. After falling in love with a lace, vintage-style wedding dress, we changed our setting to a quaint garden in Northern Miami. I am a wedding photographer in Western Pennsylvania and knew I wanted something different and unique than many of the weddings that I shoot. Hopefully my wedding can be an inspiration to other brides! We wanted a small, intimate wedding to celebrate with immediate family. We envisioned a laid-back and relaxed ceremony and reception outside, with a focus on detail. We will be celebrating with a pig roast back home with all of a large number of family and friends.
Our wedding was full of lace, vintage, laid-back and intimate details. Our color theme focused on soft-toned colors — primarily blush and light gray. I designed the flower piece on the back of our chairs at the sweetheart table with artificial flowers and lace. My sister and her husband are the owners of two Etsy shops and helped a great deal with our unique signs, menu-printed napkins and invitations. A friend also helped to make the bouquets and flowers on the tables.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Take a few deep breaths, everything is going to come together in the end!
Processional: “Us,” Vitamin String Quartet (Regina Spektor)
First Dance: “Hazy,” Rosi Golan ft. William Fitzsimmons
I created a playlist via Spotify of our favorite songs/concerts we have been to, which played during cocktail hour and dinner.
Wedding Location: Davie, FL / Photographer: Becca Borge / Event Design: Bride and Katie of Unearthed Vintage / Florist: Bride and Friend / Venue: Flamingo Gardens / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals Romance Collection / Wedding Shoes: ModCloth / Garter: Gift from sister / Hairpiece and Boutonnieres: Amber Steffe of The Sunflower Stand / Hair and Makeup: Amanda Lynn & Co. / Maid of Honor Dress: Watters Brides “Camellia” / Groom’s Suit: Indochino / Wedding Caterer: Tastebuds / Wedding Cake: Delliquez Custom Cakes N Catering / Wooden Decor and Menu-printed Napkins: Squeaky Bird Studios / Stationery and Invitations: Chelsi Lee Designs / Videography: Kevin Borge
A Valentine’s Day wedding – what could be sweeter? Lynne and Alex wanted their wedding to reflect the holiday without going overboard, focusing instead on their vision of an enchanted jungle wedding at midnight. Are you sold yet? Let’s jump into the pretty from By the Robinsons, Laura Helm of Ashton Events, and Shawna Carpenter of 2 Sisters Events & Design:
From the bride, Lynne: Alex and I met while we were living on the Big Island of Hawaii our first house together was a treehouse in the middle of the jungle. We envisioned an enchanted jungle at night, and because it was Valentine’s Day, we tried to add some flirty hearts and red and pink elements (without going overboard).
I think a theme for the wedding was “Midnight in the Garden.” Our color scheme was different blush pink shades with pops of poppy, aqua and marigold. We wanted our wedding to be fun, floral and full of sparkle and great lighting. The most important thing to us was that our guests danced and had a great time. Alex is a graphic designer and illustrator; all of our print materials and decorative signage were designed and executed by him. Our wedding planning, Laura Helm of Ashton Events was handcrafted many of the decorative/interactive elements, such as glitter hair-clips and heart-shaped tie clips so that guests could wear a flower when they entered the ceremony.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? For me, having a creative planner was key. I would definitely advise couples to let someone else share your stress and remove a few things from the to-do list. Even with a wedding planner, there are still a lot of decisions for the bride and groom to make. I would also advise couples that are planning a wedding to take one night off a week from wedding planning to go on a date and talk about other things. Keep the process as fun as possible.
Bridal Party Processional: “1, 2, 3, 4,” Feist
Bride’s Processional: “Cosmic Love,” Florence + the Machine
Recessional: “You and I,” Ingrid Michaelson
First Dance: “Heartbeats,” Jose Gonzalez
Cake Cutting: “Treasure,” Bruno Mars
Wedding Location: St. Petersburg, FL / Photographer: By the Robinsons / Event Planner: Laura Helm of Ashton Events / Florist: Shawna Carpenter of 2 Sisters Events & Design / Venue: Sunken Gardens / Wedding Dress: Pronovias “Alcanar” / Bridesmaid Dress: A one-of-a-kind gown by Camilyn Beth / Groom’s Suit: Black by Vera Wang / Wedding Caterer: Good Food Catering / Wedding Cake: Hands on Sweets / Musicians: Allyson Hurndon and Alafia String Quartet / DJ: Grant Hemond / Rentals: Wish Vintage Rentals / Wedding Invitations: Alex Foster and Lynne Klasko (I painted the flowers, Alex designed the invitation)
This wedding is oh-so-sweet and everything you’d expect in a beautiful garden party affair. Ooh La La Weddings & Special Events and Catherine Scott Flowers teamed up to make this backyard wedding a dream come true, and every bit of it was captured by the fantastic Blueberry Photography — including the vintage-inspired centerpieces!
From the bride, Jen: We wanted something small and outdoors. I love rustic so when my husband and I visited the Healdsburg Country Gardens property we knew it was the perfect location for our outdoor wedding. The venue soon became the inspiration for our special day.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? The best advice I was given was to get a day of wedding planner. I now recommend this for everyone getting married weather your wedding is big or small. All questions go to directly to the wedding planner taking the pressure off you on your special day. Worth every penny.
Wedding Location: Healdsburg, CA / Photographer: Blueberry Photography / Event Planning: Ooh La La Weddings & Special Events / Floral Design: Catherine Scott Flowers / Venue: Healdsburg Country Gardens / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Wedding Shoes: Anthropologie / Hair and Makeup: Belle of the Ball / Wedding Caterer: A la Heart Catering / Wedding Cake and Cupcakes: Moustache Baked Goods / Officiant: Nancy Turner of A Ceremony of Love / Wedding Invitations: Rachel Thompson Design
Between the two of them, Sarah of Sarah Park Events and Love By Serena have so much talent that we’re just a bit speechless. Who else could serve up this inspiration shoot filled with such breathtakingly gorgeous accents and details? Let’s jump into some serious pretty:
From the designer, Sarah of Sarah Park Events: With Spring just around the corner, our vision for this shoot was to use bright colors and bring the outdoors in. Having that vision in mind, the greenhouse at Oatlands Historic House & Gardens in Leesburg, VA was the best venue to bring our vision to life.
The history behind the greenhouse is just amazing and you can see that through the photos. The old exposed brick walls was one of our favorite spots to take bridal portraits, very romantic and filled with lots of character. Our color inspiration came from the greenhouse itself so we were able to use a lot of fun and bright colors. The great thing about having events at greenhouses is that the weather can be cold and snowy outside but the inside will always be warm and colorful. We had to brave an icy cold day that day but I am extremely happy with how everything turned out and I can’t thank my vendors enough!
Shoot Location: Leesburg, VA / Photographer: Love By Serena / Event Design: Sarah Park Events / Shoot Venue: Oatlands Historic House & Gardens / Floral Design, Ceremony Gown and Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Gossamer Vintage / Lace Reception Dress: Via Gypset Vintage / Hair and Makeup: Liz Wegrzyn / Chocolate Cake and Mini Donuts: Dudley’s Desserts / Plates and Cups: Anthropologie / Chairs: World Market / Stationery: Miss Wyolene / Models: Danielle De Souza and Flavia
We just couldn’t help ourselves from falling in love with this Napa wedding inspired by the relaxed elegance of the South. Matt Edge Wedding Photography and Mary Ellen Murphy of Off The Beaten Path Weddings are two consummate professionals who make pure magic when they work together, as you can see in the case of Steph and Jeremy’s wedding. Can you imagine a more blissfully romantic ceremony site than this one?
From the bride, Steph: Our relationship was a friendship-turned-romance which in hindsight was ideal for us because now we truly are best friends. Originally we were colleagues, totally wrapped up in our own personal lives but enjoyed hanging out with our mutual group of “orphan” friends (friends that, like us, didn’t have family in town). On one particular evening, at a baseball game, we connected on a deeper level which we now realize was officially the point of no return. Apprehensive to mess up a great friendship and to be sensitive to Jeremy’s (then) 3 year-old daughter, we both proceeded cautiously but it was an undeniable perfect match and inevitably headed for “forever.” Three years later, Jeremy proposed and the planning began…
Every detail of our wedding was a reflection of who we are as individuals and as a couple. We love wine country so when Jeremy proposed in the middle of a vineyard in Napa, it was obvious where we wanted to be married. So, our hunt began for the ideal location. I am confident that we looked at every possible location throughout Napa & Sonoma until we received a recommendation to check out Off The Beaten Path Weddings (by Mary Ellen Murphy). We immediately knew Mary Ellen and her team were the perfect fit for us. Everything from her rustic elegance styling to her philosophy on how weddings “should be” was exactly “us.” Steph’s priorities were excellent photography and having details galore and Jeremy’s were plenty of libations and just making sure everyone had a good time – our wedding was certainly not short on either. It was an event to remember but a word of caution to other brides – it goes by QUICK! One of the best pieces of advice I received was to from time to time intentionally force yourself to stop and take in the moment. It’s the only way to ensure you live in the moment and you’ll be glad you did!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? The magnitude of everything you need to do can be overwhelming so find a good check list, add your own “to-do’s” based on your individual preferences and just trust the timeline it provides to keep you on track. Pick your battles and let the little things go. Something inevitably won’t go as planned – the secret – nobody else will really notice so don’t stress it. :) Oh, and… hire a wedding coordinator! If nothing else, at least a “day-of” person. Worth every penny. I was lucky enough to be able to hire Mary Ellen Murphy from Off The Beaten Path Weddings who truly made the entire wedding planning experience enjoyable!
Parents’ and Grandparents’ Processional: “Marry Me,” Train
Bridal Party Processional: “Hey Pretty Girl,” Kip Moore (acoustic version) and “Angel,” Jack Johnson
Bride’s Processional: “Forever,” Ben Harper
Recessional: “I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz
First Dance: “This Kind of Love,” Sister Hazel
Father/Daughter Dance: “Father Daughter,” Paul Simon
Mother/Son Dance: “Days Like This,” Van Morrison
Wedding Location: Healdsburg, CA / Photographer: Matt Edge Wedding Photography / Floral and Event Design: Mary Ellen Murphy of Off The Beaten Path Weddings / Venue: Private Estate / Wedding Dress: Pronovias La Sposa / Shoes: Adrianna Papell / Veil: handmade by bride’s mother and grandmother / Jewelry: Banana Republic and Stella & Dot / Hair and Makeup: Veronica Passalacqua / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff / Flower Girl Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Indochino / Groomsmen Ties: The Tie Bar / Caterer and Wedding Cake: Off The Beaten Path Weddings / DJ: Walt Vega of Off The Beaten Path Weddings / Table and Chair Rentals: Wine Country Party And Events / Videographer: Dave Waldorf / Stationery: Rachel Thornton