Ever been on the fence about having your own boudoir session? Today’s lovely shoot might just convince you to lose all reservations! Soft, pink petals from Starflower marry vintage pastel lounge furniture to transform this space from bare to beautiful. Utterly femme, the bride wows in delicate lace ensembles captured by Hazelwood Photo and we are just loving the exquisite details on each piece. She is the definition of grace and charm. Boudoir sessions by nature are timeless, intimate and raw, and we are hopelessly in love with this concept. Need any more persuading now? We didn’t think so!
Today’s real wedding gives a whole new meaning to “the great outdoors.” Oregon couple Meng and Max celebrated their marriage beneath a woodsy canopy that was heavenly to behold. Hazelwood Photo embraced every natural backdrop (yes, that includes towering waterfalls and lakeside cliffs!) and Floral Sunshine was there to spruce up the bridal party with flower crowns for all. We especially love the way Gather Event Planning & Consultation and Something Borrowed tied in details like the gold speckled cake and the oversized chalkboard in lieu of paper programs.
Event Design, Styling, and Rentals
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Custom Illustrated Place Cards
Accomodations and Getting Ready
When summer turns to fall, we can’t think of a more beautiful place to exchange vows than the scenic Pacific Northwest. Seana and Brian married each other in Portland, Oregon, and infused their wedding day with nods to the 1920s via vintage furniture, mercury glass, and a vintage-inspired wedding gown. With Hazelwood Photo behind the camera, Pearl and Roses Wedding Planning tackling day-of coordination, and Swoon Floral in charge of floral design, this is one for the books!
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Today’s wedding is a definite case of “Where do we begin?”. Everything about Meghan and Bobby’s wedding — from the lush, organic floral arrangements done by Selva Floral Design to the boho-meets-industrial vibe — is worth falling head over heels in love with. Thank you to Sarah of Hazelwood Photo for capturing the day and Social Hour Events for taking care of all the coordination!
From the bride, Meghan: We had a kind of boho, industrialist vibe in mind, with some key Scottish influences! My husband and I met in Amsterdam in the Netherlands where we live, but he’s from Scotland. His family flew over from Glasgow for the wedding and we wanted our wedding to reflect who we are now, but also where we’ve come from! We were looking for a really raw, natural and open space whose natural beauty would be our main decoration. We really wanted an unadorned and natural aesthetic. We absolutely found that in the Yale Union, a former laundry factory built in the early 1900s. The wedding took place on the top floor which has wall to wall windows and many skylights which flood the space with natural light. From there, it was really about building a wedding aesthetic that built around that gorgeous space.
We wanted the raw, white, industrial elements of the venue to be the backdrop and Sarah’s florals and floral installation that she created as an altar made up the rest. This aesthetic really captures our personal style, but we also thought it best suited the venue which we wanted to be true to and at the same time, fussing too much over any one detail seemed like it would distract from the joy of the occasion. More than anything, we just really wanted to have a lot of fun! I mentioned it above, but having a few fun elements with reference to our past and our present life in Holland was something we tried to do here and there. Merit Badge handled our bar service and they were fantastic! We LOVED them! Our two signature drinks were the “Glasgow Mule” – a nod to my husband’s native Glasgow and the “The Old Dutch Bike” a reference to our life in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. While we worked with Anders Printing for all of our signage, the creative was actually designed and hand drawn by my husband Bobby. He’s been drawing funny little sketches since the day we met and they’re one of the many reasons he won my heart. They’re so charming and cheeky and sweet. Macklochrie was the moniker we used for all our signage and was our Instagram handle as well. It’s a combination of our last names – Mackendrick and Lochrie. Although Bobby is from Scotland, my last name is of Scottish origin, so somehow this funny combination of our names is still true to both of our Scottish roots (his being a lot more recent than mine!)
We were so, so lucky to have our first choice of vendors for literally every key element of the wedding. The first two vendor wins started with Sarah Blasi at Selva Floral Design and Sarah Morrison of Hazelwood Photo. Sarah at Hazelwood Photo was referred to me by my brother and his wife. She had done a beautiful job capturing the wedding of a friend of theirs (who also happened to get married at Yale Union) and I knew instantly when I saw her work that she would capture the day in the way that we would want – unscripted and natural. Sarah at Selva Floral Design was the first vendor to be hired and frankly, I credit Sarah with not just creating the most beautiful floral arrangements I have ever seen, but for making our wedding vision a reality. You’re starting to see a lot of work like hers on the Portland wedding scene, but Sarah is really the OG of this kind of beautiful, natural aesthetic. I can’t even really explain her work in a simple sentence. She doesn’t just create arrangements, she builds installations. She’s a creative powerhouse and we’re so lucky to have had the chance to work with her. She’s an artist.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Well, I would say that despite best efforts to stay calm and enjoy the process, you will find yourself at a few junctures where you’re just a bit stressed out of your mind! You’re pulling off a production! That said, focus on finding vendors to partner with that you can trust, who respect your vision and who are just good people! We worked with THE nicest people we have ever met and this is in addition to being really the best in the industry. Focus on finding the right space and good food and don’t worry about the rest! It’ll all come together! Try to keep it as unscripted as possible, but somehow organized and then you won’t have some kind of freakout moment if things don’t go to “plan” because there really isn’t one! It’s a beautiful party and should be a lot of fun for everyone- most of all the bride and groom! We had a blast at our wedding!
Bridal Party Processional: Bach’s G Major Suite Prelude
Boys and Flower Girl Processional: “Shebag Shemore” (Traditional Celtic piece)
Bride’s Processional: “Here Comes My Baby,” Cat Stevens (live instrumental cello)
Recessional: “We’re Going To Be Friends,” White Stripes (live instrumental cello)
First Dance: Loch Lomond
We didn’t do a traditional first dance, but we did a play on a Scottish tradition. Normally this song is played at the end of a wedding in Scotland, but Scottish weddings run LATE, so we brought it in earlier, so that no one would miss it. Basically, all the guests come together in a big circle and the bride and groom hold hands in the middle facing each other and everyone sings along and rushes in and out towards and away from us holding hands and stomping their feet. It’s honestly one of my all-time favorite moments at any Scottish wedding. It brings me to tears every time! It’s a sad song about two lovers who have to be separated, but will meet again on the banks of Loch Lomond in Scotland. It’s particularly special to us as my husband is from Glasgow and Loch Lomond is just outside the city, so is a much beloved local landmark.
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Flower Girl Attire
Cocktail Hour Music
Glasses and Tablewares
Wedding Invitation Design
Wedding Invitation Printing
We always love the romantic nature of beach weddings, but this styled shoot photographed by Hazelwood Photo during the golden hour is just beyond. Amber Votel and Swoon Floral Design worked on the design and floral arrangements, and they used natural elements like thistle, stones, and wood to keep everything looking organic, relaxed, and positively timeless.
From the event designer, Amber Votel: This modern coastal styled shoot was conceived by event stylist Amber Votel and shot by Hazelwood Photo. We were inspired by the rich textures, natural elements and moods found at the sea shore – the breeze, the sand, the dunes, and the sunset at golden hour. We kept the color palette soft and minimal- sea glass blue, creamy white, dusty sage green and lots of earthy browns and grey. Shells, coral, stones and wood were combined with glass, linen and metal creating a textural modern bohemian mix. Brass lanterns and wood and glass vintage pieces seem to have been sourced from an old ship.
Lincoln City, Oregon was the perfect backdrop for the shoot. The beach was misty and windswept with a colorful golden sunset, soft grassy dunes and nature all around. We were also just paces away from Proposal Rock, a huge natural rock formation rising from the sea, renown as a romantic destination as the name suggests. The bride and groom had a laid-back modern bohemian look perfect for casual outdoor nuptials. Her long sleeve deep v-neck dress by Elizabeth Dye was styled with a simple green satin sash and bold brass and rough-cut gemstone jewelry. Her beauty look was fresh and simple- hair was a loose, windswept braid and makeup was soft and natural, reflecting the natural tones of the scene. Modern effortless elegance.
The bouquet combined classic white blooms with lots of textural greenery into a loose wild composition. The arrangements scattered on the tables resembled seaweed pearls, sea plants, and textured flowers or grasses that could have been plucked from the dunes. We collaborated with some amazing local vendors and artists who expertly translated the feel of the sea into a perfect wedding day look. The gorgeous dappled ombre cake by Artisan Cake Company featured an elegant swirl of candied sugar that spun around like a wave from the deep. Favors were earthy scented hand shaped soaps by Roots Soap Co. that appeared to be stones from the shore. The paint by number coastal wedding suite by Factory Made reflected the soft colors and textures of the scene. Swoon Floral Design created the amazing floral arrangements and Kirstie Wight Makeup conceived the beauty look. Rentals from Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals and hand made items from Forest Meets Sea and Farm Walk Road accentuated the table. Jewelry pieces were designed by Lumafina, By Angeline and Love Tatum.
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Paint by Numbers Paper Suite
Photographer Sarah of Hazelwood Photo describes the aesthetic of this shoot as “classically romantic,” and we couldn’t agree more. Gather Event Planning and Starflower used a color palette of gold and lavender to create an utterly glam scene in one of Portland’s most stunning venues, The Sentinel Hotel.
From the photographer, Sarah of Hazelwood Photo: The Sentinel Hotel’s Renaissance Room was the inspiration for this photo shoot. The Renaissance Room takes your breath away as you soak up the rich plum tones, marbled walls, and gilded details. The talented vendors who collaborated on this shoot chose to create a classically romantic look with stunning elements to build inspiration, like the cake by award-winning cake designer Elizabeth Marek, owner of Artisan Cake Company and the luxurious La Tavola linens provided by Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals. The wedding dress was custom designed for the shoot by Holly Stalder, owner of The Diamond Sea. Hazelwood Photo did an amazing job capturing the beauty of it all! The Sentinel Hotel is housed in one of Portland’s most beautiful historic buildings in the heart of the city. Just weeks after our shoot, the hotel was used for President Barack Obama’s visit to Portland.
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Over the years we’ve accrued a pretty long list of favorite wedding venues, but Calamigos Ranch always seems to keep its place at the top of that roster, and this wedding from Hazelwood Photo, Jessica Foster Events, Mindy Events does a great job of explaining why. With a proposal during a vacation in Italy, Jessica and Chris’ wedding day had a lot to live up to in terms of romance. To everyone’s delight, the day did not disappoint in the slightest!
From the bride, Jessica: Chris and I have a dream engagement story. I have to say – definitely one I like to brag about! We took our first big vacation together to Italy visiting Rome, Florence, and Capri. Our first night in Florence the stage was set and Chris took full opportunity! We took a sunset walk at the Piazzale Michaelangelo in and stopped off in the garden of a church. With the sunset over the city of Florence in the background, Chris proposed and I excitedly and in tears said yes!
We decided on a long engagement but that didn’t stop me from jumping right into planning! I had been to Calamigos before but once I was there as a bride, I instantly knew this was the perfect setting for our wedding. The guest list was kept to close friends and family so we wanted to create a warm intimate setting that felt like home. I was inspired by the woodsy rustic elements of the venue and knew i didn’t want to go over board with decor. We wanted our guests to take in the natural beauty of the outdoor setting of big trees and fresh air.
We were on a roll with DIY which was a family affair. A family friend made all of the burlap and lace runners for the tables. My devoted maid of honor and very busy PHD student worked late into the night addressing all of my invitations and doing any calligraphy that was needed from signs to escort cards. The wood boxes for the centerpieces came from a floral workshop I attended and the mason jars were recycled from a friends wedding. Framed wedding photos of 3 generations of both of our families were set at the gift table and later repurposed around the reception. In lieu of a traditional guest book, wedding guests signed a butterfly which we later displayed in frames to hang in our home. Chris’s mom is an award winning baker in Michigan and drove to California to bring all of her baking supplies. She spent a good part of the day before the wedding in my mom’s kitchen making the wedding cake and all of the pies. Everyone really came together to help make it all happen!
Processional: “Fools Rush In,” Elvis Presley
Recessional: “Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles
First Dance: “Come Away with Me,” Norah Jones
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Girl,” The Temptations
Last Dance: “My Way,” Frank Sinatra (a tribute to my grandpa — our family is Italian and my grandpa and my uncle always sing it on holidays!)
If ever there’s a time for an abundance of gold and glitter, it’s New Year’s Eve. A team of all-star vendors in Portland including Hazelwood Photo, J29 Events, and Swoon Floral Design recently styled a shoot that’s sure to inspire and lead us into the new year with plenty of excitement.
From the planner, Nicole of J29 Events: When I think about New Years Eve, I think about the excitement, and the romance in the air. We say goodbye to what last year held, and excitedly look forward to the surprises of what lie ahead in the new year. The ambiance is very reminiscent of the eve of a wedding. While day-dreaming about that “feeling” I envisioned a bride and a groom… and the bride wore a black wedding dress.
With the help of a classic New Years Eve color palette of gold and black, we designed an exquisite black tie affair for the couple ready to start out the New Year committed to one another. Our goal, to inspire non-traditional couples by presenting a wedding that is both classic and elegant, while straying from the beaten path. Nothing shines as bright as a couple in-love, who is ready to marry their soul mate.
Shoot Location: Portland, OR / Photographer: Hazelwood Photo / Event Design and Styling: J29 Events / Floral Design: Swoon Floral Design / Venue: Brasserie Montmartre / Wedding Dress: Grace Mariee / Hair: Anthony Dallas of Gigi Aveda Salon / Makeup: Whitney Stassi / Men’s Attire: J.Crew / Wedding Cake: Rosycakes / Signature Cocktail: Mint and Mirth / Rentals: Barclay Event Rentals / Stationery: The City Hippy Studio / Videographer: Moving Pictures / Models Provided by: Ryan Artists
Could there ever be a more perfect pairing than two artists marrying in the woodsy setting of the Pacific Northwest? We think not. Amber and Chris, the aforementioned artists and now happy newlyweds, heeded some thoughtful advice from Amber’s mother to cherish and enjoy the entire planning process and keep the focus on their love, a strategy that helped their wedding day to be relaxed, full of personal touches, and absolutely gorgeous. Thank you Hazelwood Photo for taking control behind the camera!
From the bride, Amber: We love the outdoors and the Pacific Northwest. We wanted to create something that truly incorporated the seasonal tastes, textures and vibe of the wild side of Portland. We also wanted to add in our own aesthetic with lots of hand made details and elements created by ourselves and our friends and family. The style mixed raw natural elements (wood, twigs, herbs, wildflowers) with rustic elements like brass and glass and other vintage objects. We let the beautiful landscape of the location do most of the talking in the end. We also let the season dictate the menu and flowers so we left those undecided until the last minute. The bartenders and caterers helped us create the freshest offerings using what was at peak ripeness.
We had lots of DIY projects. My dad made the photo booth backdrop, our illustrator friend John Vance helped us design our invites, we made the favors using rosemary from our yard, and we also made the table settings using trees and branches from our yard. We designed all the logos, artwork, chalkboard signs, escort cards, etc, we worked with the Bartenders to create signature cocktails. I collected vintage vessels, bottles, candle holders and statues for the centerpieces. I volunteered at a local flower garden in exchange for most of the flowers. The rest were picked at my brother’s farm and our own garden. My cousin and I arranged all the flowers and made the boutonnieres and my bouquet. 3 of my girl friends made all the desserts from scratch, decorating them with flowers from our garden as well.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Although it felt overwhelming at times, I am so happy that I spent the time adding in personal touches for our wedding. I’ve been to a lot of cookie cutter weddings that looked beautiful but said little to nothing about the bride and groom. So many of our guests expressed that they were overwhelmed by the intimacy and creativity of our wedding. I credit that to the fact that we put a little of ourselves into every detail. It not only made our guests feel connected to us and our love, but we also made amazing memories for ourselves by doing this work. My mom gave me the greatest advice a few months before the wedding… “Your wedding will happen so quickly that you might not remember every moment. The part you will remember is the careful planning and preparation, so make sure to make that special.” We did, and it made all the difference.
We hired a killer guitarist for the ceremony. He played acoustic classics like Erik Satie Gymnopedie No 1. For the reception, we hired an amazing DJ duo called Natural Magic. They played everything from Stevie Wonder to Washed Out to Giorgio Moroder to Q Lazzarus. We wanted “anti-wedding” tunes, but things you could sing along to and dance to without feeling like a typical wedding playlist.
Wedding Location: Corbett, OR / Photographer: Hazelwood Photo / Flowers: Created by myself with friends and family. Flowers mostly came from Sunblossom Farm in Portland / Venue: Bridal Veil Lakes / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller via The English Department / Bracelet: Alkemie / Earrings: Better Late Than Never / Hair and Makeup: Kristie Wight / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Tie Pin: MankindByBella / Caterer: Crave Catering / Desserts: Abby Auch, Crystal Cullison, Stephanie Haas / Bartenders: Mint & Mirth / DJs: Natural Magic / Guitarist: Ryan Walsh / Vintage Furniture Rentals: Something Borrowed / Photo Booth: Aniko / Photo Booth Backdrop: John Votel / Wedding Invitations: John Vance / Custom Logo design (used on invites and glassware): Martin Schmetzer / Transportation: Ecoshuttle
When a couple loves music almost as much as they love each other, it seems natural that it would play a big part in their wedding day. So it went for Natalie and Eric, who made sure their wedding day was relaxed, fun, and – you guessed it – full of good music. Thank you to their amazing team, including Hazelwood Photo, Gather Event Planning and Consultation, and Solabee!
From the bride, Natalie: Personable and fun! All about relationships–ours and the people we wanted to celebrate with. Relaxed and energetic at the same time. Dancing! We wanted to dance and be in a space we loved and have shared many amazing memories–The Holocene. Music was and is important to us and was the centerpiece for much of what we did.
Our wedding was almost all DIY. :) Eric, the groom, designed everything from Save the Dates and Invitations, to table names, guest card Wedding Libs and the containers they are rested in. Colors were earthy and energetic–greens and yellows, with pops of white and brown.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Be true to yourself. Do what you want to do, not what you think other people want you to do or what the world and wedding industry says. We were clear on this from the beginning and had the best time planning it all. Enjoy everything! The nature of planning any event will bring moments of stress–aim to enjoy the chaos, details and whatever comes your way, because in the end it will always work out.
Recessional: “Ho Hey,” The Lumineers
First Dance: “Old Pine,” Ben Howard
Father/Daughter Dance: Katy Perry Mix (Teenage Dream, Last Friday Night, Roar, Firework)
Mother/Son Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles
Bride Flash Mob Mix: “I Need Your Love,” Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding; “Afterlife,” Arcade Fire; “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea
Wedding Location: Portland, OR / Photographer: Hazelwood Photo / Wedding Planner: Katie of Gather Event Planning and Consultation / Floral Design: Solabee / Venue: Holocene / Wedding Dress: Stephanie D. Couture / Hair and Makeup, Bridal Headpiece: Austie Eckley / Caterer: Tastebud / Desserts: Cupcake Jones / DJ: Mark from Thrive Entertainment
Goodness gracious, this wedding dress. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect fit for bride Amanda than this Tadashi Shoji stunner — the vintage-inspired lace, the tiered skirt, and the long sleeves work perfectly against the contrast of her dark hair with shocks of purple. Thank you to Sarah of Hazelwood Photo for her beautiful work here!
From the bride, Amanda: We wanted our wedding to be relaxed but still elegant. I had decided on a vintage theme, but we didn’t want it to go too far in any one direction, so we threw in some tarot card and crystal elements. We wanted our guests to feel taken care of, instead of feeling stiff or uncomfortable. I think the open bar + photobooth really helped everyone settle in!
We envisioned art deco vintage meets summer garden vintage, with a few vegan and art nouveau touches. We used a vintage-pastel color theme (pink/green/cream/white) for the flowers, added a little bit of gold & silver for deco-sparkle, and some black to ground the whole thing. Our invitations echoed the pink ceiling of the ballroom. The only thing we made ourselves was the seating chart, which only involved cutting up color copies of tarot cards and downloading a nice font.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Give yourself plenty of time so that A.) you aren’t restricted by a vendor’s availability, and B.) you can focus on each task individually. Browse vendor profiles and websites to narrow it down to a shortlist of businesses you’d actually like to meet up with. There’s always going to be one more thing you hadn’t thought of, so don’t sweat it if you suddenly have to add a new task onto your list. Be confident and don’t let tradition dictate something you don’t want.
Newlywed Entrance: “You Make My Dreams Come True,” Hall and Oates
First Dance: “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” Otis Redding
Wedding Location: Portland, OR / Photographer: Hazelwood Photo / Wedding Planner: Pearl and Roses Wedding Planning / Flowers: Swoon Floral Design / Ceremony Venue: Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden / Reception Venue: North Star Ballroom / Wedding Dress: Tadashi Shoji / Hair and Makeup: Jessica Belknap / Groom’s Suit: Ben Sherman / Caterer: Josh Raymond of The (Vegan) Caterer / Wedding Cake: Johannah Zuniga / DJ: Samir of Stumptown DJs / Vintage Rentals: Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals / Wedding Invitations: Elli
Laurel and Nader hoped for a wedding day that blended their cultural backgrounds and interests, which just so happen to be richly colorful and visually exciting. The day was highlighted by Sarah of Hazelwood Photography and the wedding venue, Korakia Pensione, which is rich in Moroccan architecture and brilliant design.
From the bride, Laurel: We envisioned the style and feel of our wedding as basically having a sort of gypsy bohemian 60s/70s rock n roll kind of vibe. We were very much inspired by our favorite music and places in the world. We wanted it to have kind of the look and feel of the famous trip to India that the Beatles took in the 1960’s to visit the Maharishi. I went to Marrakech several years ago, which is one of the most magical places I’ve ever visited and was also very much inspired by the gorgeous mix of Bedouin and French culture and Moorish architecture there, similar to that of Korakia Pensione, our venue. My husband is Persian so we also wanted to include some Zoroastrian elements and traditions as well. Essentially, I think we just wanted it to have the feel of traveling to a distant and exotic land and to be an eclectic mix of all of our favorite things.
I planned and designed the wedding myself so it was almost entirely DIY with the exception of our catering, furniture and florist. We are very fortunate to have an amazingly talented group of friends comprised of artists and designers who helped out with literally everything, with everyone bringing their own unique contributions to the table. For example, my amazing photographer and dear friend Sarah Morrison (Hazelwood Photo) has such an incredible eye that, in addition to taking our gorgeous photos, was also tremendous at bringing all of these beautiful elements together to truly visually capture the essence of our wedding. Another dear friend of mine, Michael Carbaugh, who is a professional art director with absolutely impeccable taste, was invaluable with sourcing and design throughout the entire process.
Rather than attendants I had four flower girls, each of whom had her own one of a kind traditional style Mexican sundress accessorized with huarache sandals and majolica rose flower crowns made by our florist. We even coordinated our looks with our officiant who wore a gorgeous white floor length Free People gown. Everyone wore white except me.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I highly recommend putting together a few Pinterest pages to use as your inspiration boards. I did one for the overall design/vibe of the wedding and one just for flowers.
We hired a traditional Indian band comprised of a sitar player, acoustic guitar player and drummer to do the music for our processional and during cocktail hour. I wanted them to play “Three King Fishers” by Donovan when I walked down the aisle, which they learned to play specifically for the ceremony and it was amazing. During cocktail hour they played a mix of traditional Indian sitar songs combined with some sitar songs from the 1960’s, such as Norwegian Wood by the Beatles. For the flower girls and for the recessional we played instrumental songs by a Persian guitarist, Behdad Mogadassi, that sound a bit like classical Spanish guitar music, yet with a distinctly Persian flair.
Wedding Location: Palm Springs, CA / Photographer: Hazelwood Photography / Event Design: Bride, Laurel Valencia (LaurelValencia @ yahoo.com) / Florist: Three Bunch Palms Productions / Wedding Venue: Korakia Pensione / Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka / Headpiece and Jewelry: Vintage / Wedding Shoes: Miu Miu / Wedding Caterer: Lulu Bistro / Wedding Musician: Aloke Dasgupta / Tables and Chairs: Planks and Patina
This little wedding sent over by Sarah of Hazelwood Photo makes our hearts sing with vintage joy — seriously, does it get any more stunning than this incredible bride? The bride and groom both collect vinyl records, so they not only used a DJ who spun vinyl but also used old records for their seating charts! There’s so much packed into these stunning California nuptials and some great advice from bride Victoria, so hop to it!
From the bride, Victoria: We never really came up with a solid theme to follow. Kieron just kept on saying “Don’t think about themes, think about aesthetics!” We basically tried to incorporate some of our favorite things so pretty much every detail in the wedding directly reflects something about us. The color scheme is just colors we like (ivory, gold, emeralds and metallics); the vintage dress (the first and only dress I tried on — it immediately felt right) because I love vintage clothes and most of my wardrobe is vintage; the venue is the house where I grew up and my favorite place in the world; we incorporated vinyl records because we both collect records; we used succulents because I love them and I make cactus dishes for a hobby (I made all the mini-terrarium favors with my awesome bridesmaid Aubrey); the mariachi band to pay homage to my Mexican heritage and a classic photochemical photobooth because we’ve always taken photobooth pictures since we first started dating (see our save-the-dates made with photobooth strips over the years). I could go on but I guess I’m just saying that instead of going for some kind of theme, we just allowed the stuff that we love to become the direct inspiration for how we wanted our wedding to feel. Overall, I think one of the most important details for me was to have family be a big part. That’s why we had displayed the photos of weddings in our families throughout the generations and we felt so blessed to be able to have Kieron’s grandfather officiate the ceremony (he’s been married for 65 years so that really is an inspiration).
Most memorable moment of the day? I would say it was when I was approaching Kieron for our first look. Of course Kieron had his back turned to me as I was walking towards him but I could tell that he was just as nervous and breathless as I was. It felt like everything that we had worked so hard on — all the planning, shopping, crafting and stressing — had lead up to this very moment. The shoot was next door so it was just Kieron and me (plus our wonderful photographer) and for the first time ever, that’s when I really FELT like his bride. Kieron turned around to see me and the expression was priceless. It was like nothing else in the world mattered and finally, we could just soak it up and enjoy each other.
Any advice you want to share with future brides-to-be? Be as involved as you possibly can in the planning process of your wedding. A few people told me how proud we should be of our wedding and that it had a really personal touch. We really do feel proud of our wedding day because we put so much of ourselves into it. Every detail deserves your special attention and every decision should be a thoughtful one. When in doubt, trust your instincts and follow your heart. Though it may be tough to see the forest for the trees in the planning stages, when it all comes together on your special day it will be well worth it!
Bridal Party Processional: “Cosmic Dancer,” T. Rex
Bridal Processional: “Waterloo Sunset,” The Kinks
Ceremony Music: “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder),” The Beach Boys
Newlywed Entrance: “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do),” Chris Clark
First Dance: “Knock Me a Kiss,” Louis Jordan
Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Wedding Photographer: Hazelwood Photo / Event Planner: Party and Be Married / Wedding Flowers: Thistle & Twig / Vintage wedding gown: The Paper Bag Princess / Reception gown: made custom by Revamp / Engagement Ring: family heirloom / Hair & Makeup: Makeup Mafia / Wedding Cake: Fantasy Frostings