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Whimsical Forest Inspired Wedding in Chicago

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Geneoh Photography

The chillier it gets outside, the more and more we fall in love with weddings like Tess and Kevin’s in Chicago. This modern take on an indoor forest party is just what we needed, with its color palette of baby blue, bright red, and various shades of gold. Thanks to Geneoh Photography, Erin Braun, and Revel Decor for their wonderful work on this wedding!

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From the event designer, Erin Braun: When I first met Tess she described her personal style as an eclectic mix of vintage, bohemian, modern, and whimsical. This aesthetic is translated through every aspect of her life from the interior design of her historic home to her sense of fashion, so it was only natural to have this be the starting inspiration for her wedding. There was so much thought, love, and personality poured into every detail of this enchanting event!

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red gold and blue wedding invitation - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-forest-inspired-wedding-in-chicago

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bride getting ready - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-forest-inspired-wedding-in-chicago

bride getting ready - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-forest-inspired-wedding-in-chicago

bridal accessories - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-forest-inspired-wedding-in-chicago

Tess and Kevin love the city of Chicago where they met and they also love traveling and adventures in nature. We brought an organic textural aesthetic into the historic Café Brauer in downtown Chicago in order to represent both aspects of their life. With hundreds of ferns, stumps, towering branches, blooms, and moss we transformed the venue into a breathtaking enchanted forest with countless thoughtful details.

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Ruffled - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-forest-inspired-wedding-in-chicago

red and white bouquet with blue ribbon - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-forest-inspired-wedding-in-chicago

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ceremony processional - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-forest-inspired-wedding-in-chicago

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wedding ceremony - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-forest-inspired-wedding-in-chicago

ceremony recessional - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-forest-inspired-wedding-in-chicago

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Ruffled - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-forest-inspired-wedding-in-chicago

We created a unique color palette of blush, red, rich burgundy, and deep green with touches of antique gold and sky blue. Whimsical touches were added throughout the event through the playful hand illustrated map in the invitations, sky blue icing on the five tiered red velvet cake, hand painted watercolor stationary, and blue feathers that the flower girls tossed down the aisle. Vintage containers passed down through their families were used for the centerpieces and I sourced vintage double faced velvet ribbons in the most perfect tones of blush and light blue for the bouquets. The bride and her mother hand made blue floating candles for the tablescapes and blue velvet acorns that embellished every place setting. Above all of the lovely details, the bride was an absolute vision and completely stole the show with her captivating sense of style. She wore a stunning custom blush organza voluminous skirt overtop a sleek and modern backless Vera Wang gown and accessorized with deep red Jimmy Choo shoes, her vintage engagement ring, and a fresh bohemian flower crown. The incredibly romantic ceremony took place right at sunset and the room began to glow with hundreds of candles. The moments of sheer joy and happy tears shed throughout the day made evident that Tess and Kevin’s wedding was truly magical!

seating chart - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-forest-inspired-wedding-in-chicago

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Ruffled - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-forest-inspired-wedding-in-chicago

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wedding favor bags - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-forest-inspired-wedding-in-chicago

first dance - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-forest-inspired-wedding-in-chicago

Ruffled - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-forest-inspired-wedding-in-chicago

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Wedding Vendors

Photography

Geneoh Photography

Event Deisgn, Planning, and Wedding Invitations

Erin Braun

Floral Design

Revel Decor

Venue

Café Brauer

Wedding Dress

Vera Wang

Custom Skirt

Roma Sposa

Wedding Shoes

Jimmy Choo

Hair and Makeup

Sonia Roselli

Catering

Limelight Catering

Wedding Cake

Elysia Root Cakes

Wedding Music

The Chicago Players

Daily Pick

Amanda Day Rose

Amanda Day Rose is a full-service paperie offering timeless designs for one of the most memorable days of your life. From engagement announcements, save-the-dates, and wedding invitations; to beautifully styled place settings, programs, gifts for guests, and so much more, you are in the right place! I work with a multitude of printing methods including letterpress, foil stamping, and digital printing along with an endless variety of carefully sourced materials to create a final product that will add to the essence of your wedding day.

I consider every wedding a unique and memorable occasion – and that means meticulous attention to detail as I guide you through this experience, and create artistry and design that embodies your lives together as a couple. Whether you have a very clear vision of what you want, or you are not sure where to start, your one-of-a-kind experience will open up a world of creative possibilities. I work closely with you to capture the essence of your relationship by delivering an authentic experience created just for you.

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Converted Train Station Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Geneoh Photography

A wedding with a bride in ballet shoes, centerpieces in sterling silver pitchers, and a jaw-dropping Free People installation over the sweetheart table is everything our little hearts could ask for. Rachel and Ryan’s wedding was nothing short of perfection (especially thanks to the endless talents of Geneoh Photography and Bloom Designs, and the bride’s own mother), and we guarantee you’ll walk away with tons of new ideas for your own wedding day!

converted train station wedding - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/converted-train-station-wedding

From the bride, Rachel: Our hope was for our guests to experience and love Northern Minnesota as much as we do. It truly is the most lovely place on earth. Simple and laid back was the feel we envisioned. I used lots of neutrals, dusty rose, and gold. Whatever I dreamt up, my Mom, Lori Murray, made happen. She helped me collect mismatch overstuffed chairs for my head table, antique silver pitchers for our centerpieces, vintage tea cups and china, old hankies, and lampshades she recovered, wired and hung throughout the space for up-lighting. A beautiful hand made Free People display was extracted from the Mall of America to hang over the head table. Thousands of pink and white sequence were wrapped on each hand glittered branch and stuffed with frosted globe lights. All things wood were the handy work of my Dad and Ryan.

bride getting ready - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/converted-train-station-wedding

bridal shoes - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/converted-train-station-wedding

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bride and bridesmaids - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/converted-train-station-wedding

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bridesmaids with babys breath - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/converted-train-station-wedding

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outdoor ceremony - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/converted-train-station-wedding

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Ruffled - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/converted-train-station-wedding

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ceremony recessional - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/converted-train-station-wedding

I love the simplicity and delicacy of baby’s breath so I had my bridesmaids carry that. I always dreamt of a solid Peony bouquet – and although I had missed prime Peony season, Amy Jobe and Kate Keupers surprised me with the most perfect soft pink peony bouquet. It had me smiling all day long.

chalkboard seating chart - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/converted-train-station-wedding

reception area - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/converted-train-station-wedding

sweetheart table sign - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/converted-train-station-wedding

elegant reception chairs - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/converted-train-station-wedding

vintage china - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/converted-train-station-wedding

unique reception chandelier - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/converted-train-station-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Set a wedding planning end time and stick to it. Ryan and I agreed that after the rehearsal we would let the chips fall. It forced us to enjoy our guests and each other and reminded us what the weekend was really about.

centerpiece in sterling silver - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/converted-train-station-wedding

elegant reception - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/converted-train-station-wedding

polaroid guest book - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/converted-train-station-wedding

wedding cake with roses - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/converted-train-station-wedding

cupcakes - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/converted-train-station-wedding

cake table - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/converted-train-station-wedding

wedding dance - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/converted-train-station-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Geneoh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/converted-train-station-wedding

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Wedding Music:
First Dance: “La Vie en Rose,” Daniela Andrade
“Love Shall Abide,” John Overland

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Geneoh Photography

Florist

Bloom Designs

Wedding Planning and Bride's Veil

Lori Murray

Venue

The NP Event Space

Bridal Store

Posh Bridal

Wedding Shoes

Ballet Beautiful

Hair and Makeup

Kelsey Proud

Groom's Suit

Judd Frost Clothier

Catering

The Blue Door Pub

Wedding Cake and Cupcakes

Brittany Barr

Ceremony Vocalists

Susan and Elizabeth Druck

DJ

Electrifying Dynamics

Wedding Invitations

Randi King Designs

Daily Pick

Corkey Creations

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

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Intimate Portland Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Geneoh

Any time a wedding from Gene Pease lands in our inbox, we know we’re in for quite the treat. Emma and Mike’s wedding is one of the sweetest we’ve seen so far — it was so touching to see all the surprises Emma had in store for Mike throughout the wedding day, like passing around his most loved dessert during the reception and walking down the aisle to his favorite song!

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From the bride, Emma: Overall, we just really wanted it to feel comfortable and relaxed. We stuck to things we naturally gravitated towards and things that reflected what we like–using antique books and scrabble tiles in our table settings, embracing non-traditional programs and choosing our (okay, my) favorite flowers. We wanted it to feel soft and romantic, but didn’t want to limit ourselves to only a few select colors. The main colors were gray and navy blue, accented with green, soft yellow, cream and soft pink.

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Intimate Portland wedding // photos by Geneoh

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One DIY project I took on was making confetti to put into little envelopes onto the back of our programs for people to toss as we walked down the aisle post-vows. I found the idea on Pinterest and went to Home Depot to get dozens of paint samples in a variety of colors I liked. I bought some hole punches in various sizes and then went to town! It was an easy project to do while watching TV. The other main DIY thing we did was work with my little brother who is an extremely talented graphic designer to create most of our wedding stationary. He did a fantastic job and was able to create exactly what we wanted! After he created the design files, we found this awesome site, Catprint.com that does quality printing very affordably! They also send you a physical proof before you submit your final print order, so you know exactly what it will look and feel like before making that massive print order!

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One of my favorite moments was right after we said our vows, we went off by ourselves for a few minutes before we took group pictures to just reflect on that fact that, hey, we just got married! This was advice from our dear friend and Mike’s long-time mentor Ryan Blanck who got ordained so he could marry us. I would share this advice with any and everyone! Most of the wedding my husband Mike and I planned together, but I wanted to save a few surprises for him on the wedding day. One of those had to do with our wedding cake. When he cut into our cake and saw that it was Funfetti (his favorite flavor) the look on his face was priceless! I also surprised him with a late night snack of warm chocolate chip cookies and mini glasses of milk for everyone–that’s his favorite dessert of all time!

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What advice do you have, if any, for brides planning their wedding day now? Remember what’s important! Weddings can make people go a special kind of crazy, so try to stay grounded and remember why you’re doing this: to share your love and commitment with all your friends and family. Your floral arrangements and the passed appetizers don’t mean a thing if you lose sight of that. Also, on a practical level, ask for help! When people offer to help you, they generally mean it. Being as prepared and relaxed as possible is so important when juggling all the responsibilities of being a bride leading up to the wedding, but when the big day comes, a Day-Of Coordinator will be the best money you spend–I promise! I am an organized, borderline-Type A person, and I was so grateful to leave any mishaps or questions to someone else for the day!

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Fix You,” Coldplay
First Dance: “When She Comes Around,” Ben Rector

Wedding Location: Portland, OR / Photographer: Geneoh / Wedding Venue: West End Theater / Floral Design and Candy Bar: Punch Floral / Wedding Dress: Dessy Destination / Veil and Alterations: Vicki Nelson / Hair: Perry Jackman / Make-up: Katie York / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff / Suits: Men’s Wearhouse / Caterer: Premiere Catering / Baker: Le Cookie Monkey / Day Of Coordination: Your Perfect Bridesmaid / Ceremony Music: Collage Trio / Save the Dates/Programs/Escort Cards: Jonathan Rush / Wedding Invitations: Minted / Videographer: Lance Watts

Weekly Wrap-Up + Lab Event Giveaway Winner!

Local Guide, Weekly Wrap Ups

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The winner of The Lab Event has been finally revealed, and we can’t wait to see the chosen board brought to life! Read on to find out if you’re the lucky winner. And continuing with our Midwest love today, we’re shining the spotlight on our next Local Wedding Guide: Minnesota! If you’re looking for even more inspiration, check out all of our Minnesota weddings.



Photos by
Amy Rae Photography



Photos by Amelia Ann Photography

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Photos by geneoh photography. Check out ALL of Geneoh’s wedding features HERE

Photographers:
Amelia Ann Photography
Amy Rae Photography
geneoh photography
Paul Vincent Photography

Rentals:
On Solid Ground Rentals

Videography:
Sky Focus Films

The winner of The Lab contest is Gretchen G with her gorgeous Poetic Whimsy board. The winner of the Wed & Wish giveaway is Elizabeth. Congrats, we will be in touch soon!

In case you missed any of our features from this week…

The Cream Event NYC Part I
The Cream Event NYC Part II
The Cream Event NYC Part III
Modern geometric wedding from Sarah Yates
Signature Drinks from Daily’s Cocktails
DIY gold leaf cement pots
Paper goods from Wedding Paper Divas
DIY Polka dot glass bottles
Handmade Oregon wedding from Anna Jaye
Rent-able bridesmaids dresses from Little Borrowed Dress
Bohemian chic wedding inspiration
DIY paint stick table runner
Blanton House brunch wedding

This week, in Recycle Your Wedding

Set of 50 brown favor boxes
Huge selection of candles
Jim Hjelm wedding gown
200 kraft mini-envelopes
Vintage china cake stands
Large mason jar stamp
150 bamboo plates

Daily Pick

Little White Dress Bridal Shop

Little White Dress is the premier bridal salon in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. We offer unmatched service, and a beautiful selection of designer wedding gowns, accessories, and shoes in a wide variety of price ranges and styles. Little White Dress is proud to offer the very best bridal designers, all of which are unavailable elsewhere in Colorado. Get ready for one of the best parts of wedding planning – finding your gown at Little White Dress!

Gown designers: Anne Barge, Charlie Brear, Claire Pettibone, Enaura, Galia Lahav, Jenny Packham, Justin Alexander, Liancarlo, Lis Simon, Marchesa, Matthew Christopher, Naeem Khan, Reem Acra, Rivini, Robert Bullock Bride, Sassi Holford.

Located at 3420 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, CO 80211 in the Historic Highlands Neighborhood. Tel.: 303-814-8972

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Minnesota Wedding by Geneoh

DIY Weddings

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Nothing like a good Midwest wedding shot by geneoh photography to lift our midweek spirits! Renee and Nathan handmade their own wedding touches that represented how they met and what they love, which are some of things we will never tire of sharing. The rest was left in great hands with Lizie Anne Weddings ensuring their wedding day went perfectly.


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From the bride, Renee:I would describe my style as a bit more classic, while Nathan is definitely country. We wanted our wedding to look and feel like a perfect blend of both our styles. When we found the Mayowood Stone Barn, it had that rustic feel yet was so classic and elegant. We knew it was a great canvas, so from there we brought in more elements that further displayed our style “marriage.”

Nathan and I love wine, so we made place card holders out of wine corks. Then instead of using the traditional numbers for the tables, we named them based on something significant to us as a couple. For example, one of the table names was Cribbage because Nathan and I play cribbage together every day :) Finally, you might see a photo of a kissing booth. Nathan and had one of our first kisses an got engaged in a kissing booth so we applied a fun twist to a photo booth and made it a kissing booth.

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We opted for soft, classic colors throughout. Primary colors were butter yellow, ivory, blush and light gray. We had one major DIY project in our programs. I decided I’d save money by tea staining and distressing our paper, printing ourselves, adding the doilies, lace, etc. The effort took multiple hours from many family members, and was much more work than anticipated. However, in the end, it was worth it to hear so many of our guests comment on how they had never seen anything like that at a wedding. In the back of our minds, with every decision we made, we were consistently challenging ourselves to create an experience that would be as unique as possible for our guests.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now?
Much of the wedding stress comes the month, weeks and days leading up to the wedding. Every bride wants to be excited during this time, but often it’s difficult because there are so many last minute details to iron out. I would tell brides to consider hiring a day-of wedding planner – someone who can stress about those details prior to and on the big day. Even if you don’t have a huge budget, the peace of mind and ability to actually enjoy the biggest day of your lives is priceless. My mom, who also didn’t have to stress as much thanks to our wedding planner, would agree :) Plus, we found that most planners offered a complete planning package and a day-of or month-prior package for a pretty low rate considering what you get.

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Wedding Songs:
We played a mix of my taste (pop, hip hop), Nathan’s taste (country) and a little bit of everything else including some funk. Our DJ was great at reading the crowd, so ended up playing a majority of pop/hip hop, which kept the crowd dancing most of the night! The bride processional was an acapella song by a singer we hired. His name is Lee Fuchs and he sang a modified version of Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah.” The recessional was Ray Lamontangue’s “You Are The Best Thing.” Our first dance was “The Shape of Us” by Ian Britt. The father/daughter dance was Tom Jones “Green Green Grass of Home.” This song holds a special place in our hearts, as it was the song my grandfather danced with each of his 9 daughters at their weddings. He is no longer with us today, but we know he was watching down as we danced to his song.

The Menu:

Omar’s Kitchen Catering makes the most delicious, homemade food / Salads: Tossed field greens with ranch or kiwi balsamic dressing, Sweet creamy coleslaw with pineapple & grapes, Ole’ fashion potato salad / Slider Bar: Meats – grilled burgers, grilled breast of chicken, pulled pork, sliced beef brisket Breads: cranberry wild rice, 11 grain, pumpernickel, crusty artisan rolls / Sauces: chipotle chile, Asian BBQ, red curry mango, traditional BBQ / Fixings: pickles, onions, jalapeños / Sides: Southern style baked beans simmered in brown sugar & bacon, Potatoes au gratin in rich three-cheese sauce / Dessert Homemade pie: mixed berry, strawberry rhubarb, pear

Wedding Location: Rochester, MN / Wedding Photographer: geneoh photography / Wedding Venue: Mayowood Stone Barn / Wedding Planner: Lizie Anne Weddings / Wedding Flowers: Munster Rose / Hair and Makeup: Blu Water Salon / Wedding Caterer and Dessert: Omar’s Kitchen Catering / Bartender: Apollo Liquor / DJ: Bellagala / Dance Floor Rental: Picnic Table Rental / Wedding Dress: Lazaro style 3004 / Shoes: Butter / Groom’s suit: The groom wore a suit from JCrew and the groomsmen wore vests and pants from JC Penney / Wedding invitations: I ordered printed cards from Pear Tree Greetings, then purchased the envelopes, lace and wax stamp on my own, and assembeled on my own / Transportation: We reserved blocks of rooms at the Hilton and Double Tree downtown Rochester. The hotel provided free transportation to and from the venue to the hotel.

Daily Pick

Sue Gallo Designs

We here at Sue Gallo Designs are big lovers of flowers! We live and breath in their beauty and all things pretty. As a fresh floral and event company in Hamilton, On., our passion is to create a beautiful celebrations of love. Our designs are the perfect pairing of garden chic and laid back elegance with a whole lot of fabulousness. We see flowers as a big component to any celebration. Together we collaborate the story of you and carefully craft components that are thoughtfully gathered and stunningly styled. Defining your vision for a singular day to beautifully mark that special moment in your lives to celebrate, relish and remember.

From intimate back yard celebrations to elaborate affairs our services are crafted with each of our couples personal style and unique vision in mind.

We’d love the chance to meet you to discuss this fabulous wedding you are planning and to tell you more about Sue Gallo Designs and how we can bring your vision to fruition.

We can’t wait to meet you and make your celebration remarkable!

Serving Niagara Wine Country, The Greater Hamilton Toronto Area, Muskoka, Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo Areas

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Minnesota Lodge Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Whenever Geneoh Photography is on board for a wedding, it’s all but a guarantee that we’re going to fall in love. Maggie and Brett wanted their wedding day to be laid-back with a bit of a vintage flair, and Maggie’s amazing Priscilla of Boston dress helped her achieve that. How much do you love her vintage red polka dot gloves?


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From the bride, Maggie: We wanted our wedding to feel completely “us” and embody everything we love about life and each other. We knew we wanted it to feel laid back but still sacred, quirky but still timeless, and above all else, completely us! We wanted all of our family and friends to feel comfortable since most all were coming from out of town. I think we were seeking to make it feel natural, bright, fun, and a little retro too :)


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I would describe our wedding as quirky, vintage inspired, retro, relaxed, local (if that makes sense). We didn’t have a color scheme (I could never pick!) but we did try to gravitate towards red, teal, navy and grey. As far as theme, we thought it would be fun to focus on the “Minnesotan” aspect of it! For DIY projects, those were my favorite parts! We did all the following ourselves: wild rice packet favors, boutonnieres, shoe clips, hand sewn bow ties, barn wood signs, photo booth background, invitation assembly and all the table decor!


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Have a cocktail and take a deep breath! I think I took the small things too seriously (first time I’ve ever admitted that) but it all felt crazy important at the time. Make sure you and your fiancé feel comfortable with all the decisions you’re making. Everyone’s got an opinion, and you want to honor those as best you can, but make sure you are having honest, candid conversations with your fiancé, parents and all other important parties. I had some hard conversations with a lot of people, but in the end it made the day of carefree and drama free. Lastly, have fun with it as best you can! It’s only one time (hopefully) in your life that you get to be someone’s fiance and to plan a wedding. Make sure you are making it fun and being thankful for the people who are making you feel so special as a bride :)


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stillwater minnesota wedding from geneoh photography

stillwater minnesota wedding from geneoh photography

stillwater minnesota wedding from geneoh photography

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Wedding Music:

Processional: “Hallelujah,” Leonard Cohen
Ceremony: It is Well With My Soul
Recessional: “All I Want Is You,” Barry Louise Polisar
Reception Entrance Song: “You’re My Best Friend,” Queen
First Dance: “You are the Best Thing,” Ray LaMontagne
Mother/Son Dance: “I’ll Be There,” Jackson 5
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Girl,” The Temptations

Wedding Vendors (Stillwater, MN):

Wedding Venue and Caterer: The Outing Lodge / Wedding Photographer: Geneoh Photography / Day-Of Coordinator: Jane Chronister / Wedding Flowers: Jackie of Just Bloomed / Bride’s Ceremony Gown: Blue by Enzoani / Bride’s Reception Dress: Priscilla of Boston, “Trish” / Bride’s Shoes: Poetic License / Bride’s Veil: Our Shop / Bride’s Gloves: Vintage / Bride’s Bracelet: Bride’s Grandmother / Hair and Makeup: Lacie and Julie of Japa Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Ben Sherman / Groom’s Bow Tie: Pierrepont Hicks / Groom’s Boots: Red Wing / Ceremony Music: Dan Rodriguez and Megan Gilbertson / DJ: Krista of Adagio DJs / Wedding Cake: Cocoa & Fig / Invitation Letterpressing: Little Doris Press / Videographer: Ken Chang

Woodsy Aspen, Colorado Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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Geneoh Photography strikes again, this time with a whimsical woodland wedding in Aspen, Colorado. Aside from throwing one heck of a party, Tori and Adam with the help of their friends, handmade most of the decor items — including their invitations and cd favors that were designed by Tori’s friend, Jennifer Woockman. If that wasn’t enough reason to love this wedding, Tori shared that their wedding cost around 10k. Proof that you can have a gorgeous wedding with any budget!

woodsy Colorado wedding
woodsy wedding in Aspen Colorado

Choosing a venue was actually one of the most difficult parts of the wedding planning process for us. We had two other sites in Colorado that we almost used before finding this gem! We knew we wanted an intimate wedding and we’ve always loved Colorado and the mountains, so it seemed only natural to take all our friends there to get hitched. We ended up choosing a nature center in Aspen (Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, or ACE’s). We loved this site for so many reasons. First of all, they don’t do very many weddings, so their prices were incredibly reasonable. We even ended up doing a bit a trading (they had an event the next day, so we gave them our centerpieces in exchange for the use of various kitchen accessories). We loved their core values and their organic garden :). Amazingly enough, I didn’t even see the site until the weekend of the wedding. We found it online after already visiting Colorado for the wedding planning. We weren’t entirely satisfied with our current venue so we decided to switch it only 3 months before the wedding! People thought we were crazy for taking such a risk, but it felt right and so we went with our gut ;).

woodsy wedding in Aspen Colorado
woodsy wedding in Aspen Colorado

We wanted our wedding to feel as intimate as possible. We invited only a small number of our closest friends and family and began our ceremony holding hands in a circle. We wrote cards to each of our guests and used these as the place settings. A destination wedding was perfect for us as we loved getting to spend quality time with our guests throughout the weekend leading up to the wedding.

woodsy Colorado wedding
woodsy wedding in Aspen Colorado

I wanted the wedding to have a vintage, woodsy, romantic, and bohemian vibe! We had a loose color scheme, including bronze, gold, and copper (mainly in the bridal party’s attire), robin’s egg blue, and muted jewel tones (in the flowers and table arrangements).

woodsy wedding in Aspen Colorado
woodsy wedding in Aspen Colorado

DIY projects: I was a nanny for the year leading up to the wedding so I collected all the baby food jars I used, along with jars from thrift stores and flea markets and used those as the base for the lanterns we hung in the trees. My friends and I twisted wire around them, filled them with sand from the Moab desert (where my husband and his groomsmen went camping for his bachelor party) and stuck LED tea lights inside them. We ended up making just under 200 of them! The centerpieces were composed of old bottles my uncle found as an underwater welder and tin cans I had collected, stripped, and spray painted gold, brown, and turquoise. The tablecloths were lace pieces I had collected from garage sales, flea markets, and thrift stores over the past year. My friends and I cut the burlap to use as table runners.

woodsy wedding in Aspen Colorado
woodsy Colorado wedding

I collected vintage and goofy costume items throughout the year to use as photo booth props, as well as chalkboards so our guests could write messages to us. I collected blankets and vintage crates to hold them so our guests could sit on the ground or use them to keep warm when the sun went down. We put together a cd of music that represented our story of us as our wedding favor. Our friends helped us design the cover and cd label and we all assembled them before leaving to Colorado. A friend of mine designed the programs and put twigs through the tops of them to keep with our woodsy/rustic theme.

woodsy wedding in Aspen Colorado
woodsy wedding in Aspen Colorado

As I mentioned earlier, we wrote cards for each of our guests to use as the place settings. A friend of ours did the calligraphy and we glued various tulle and decorative paper shapes to the front of the cards. We both love to read so I collected unique/vintage looking books to use for the table numbers. My sister and I bought wooden numbers and painted and glued them to the front of each book. We propped these up on each table.

Quite possibly the biggest DIY project was the ceremony itself. My husband and I really wanted to write our own ceremony from start to finish. We incorporated Jewish traditions (like writing our own Ketubah) and Quaker traditions (like self-solemnizing and allowing time for silent worship). We also collected our favorite quotes and poems to be shared throughout the ceremony.

woodsy Colorado wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I would say don’t be afraid to be different, or even to disappoint people, for the sake of staying true to who you are as a couple and sticking to your convictions. In having a non-traditional, small destination wedding, we didn’t always feel supported, but ultimately, we are so glad we stayed true to who we are. Don’t be afraid to question or throw out entirely any traditions you don’t jive with. Our favorite elements of the wedding were the most risky, those which were entirely different from anything we’d seen before. Everything we did that day had particular value to us and that made the day so much more rich and full of meaning!

I would also encourage brides to include their grooms in on the process. Some of my favorite ideas were ones my husband suggested and it meant so much more because we decided them together.

I’m convinced that weddings do not have to cost a fortune to be beautiful and unique! We did everything we could to not be duped by the wedding industry and are so glad we had our friends so intimately involved in the process.

Lastly, even if you are a micro-manager like myself, I encourage you to let go and let people bless you the day of your wedding. I loved being surprised by the beauty my friends created with my DIY projects when I chose to let go and trust!

Wedding Songs:

We did things a little differently for our processional (and well, for most of our wedding!). Instead of having an aisle, we decided to have Adam, my husband, lead everyone to the ceremony site where I was already waiting. This was really special for me! Because our wedding was at a nature center, we did very little with magnifying music. The only music at our ceremony was an a cappella rendition of Holy, Holy, Holy by two of our friends (Sufjan Stevens style). Our first dance was to our song, “The Book of Love” by Peter Gabriel. Paper Bird also played a rendition of “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes at the dance as we often sing that song to each other! As wedding favors, we gave each of our guests our “soundtrack,” the music that told the story of us. Our soundtrack included:

Us, Regina Spektor (Soviet Kitsch)
The Chain, Ingrid Michaelson (Everybody)
A Song for Christine, Anathallo (Sparrows – EP)
White Blank Page, Mumford & Sons (Sigh No More)
Saviour King, Hillsong United (All of the Above)
The Wolves (Act I & 2), Bon Iver (For Emma, Forever Ago)
Awake My Soul, Mumford & Sons (Sigh No More)
Ára Bátur, Sigur Rós (Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust)
Wide Eyes, Local Natives (Gorilla Manor)
The Cave, Mumford & Sons (Sigh No More)
Colorado, Paper Bird (When the River Took Flight)
Northern Lights, Bowerbirds (Upper Air)
Vesuvius, Sufjan Stevens (The Age Of Adz)
The Book of Love, Peter Gabriel
Can You Tell, Ra Ra Riot (The Rhumb Line)

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors (Aspen, CO + Minnesota):

Ceremony and reception locations: Aspen Center for Environmental Studies / Wedding planner: friend, Elisha DeGrave / Florist: We purchased our flowers from Mountain Flowers of Aspen, centerpieces and bouquets made by a friend / Photographer: Gene Pease, of Geneoh Photography / Wedding Dress: Allure, style #8634 purchased at Rush Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Aldo, and turquoise moccasins from H&M / Hairpiece: Brides of France / Jewelry: Target / Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie / Hairpieces: Rayna Jaye on Etsy / Groom’s cardigan: Banana Republic/ Band/Ceremony Musician: Paper Bird / Caterer: bride’s friend, Johanna Raymond, contact victory_m8@yahoo.com / Wedding Cake (or other dessert): My sister and I both have gluten allergies so we decided to have gluten free cupcakes for the wedding. We offered pomegranate margarita and champagne pear flavors from Happy Cakes and they were delicious! / Wedding invitations: Jennifer Woockman / Videographer: couple’s friend

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