When you turn the corner and see your loved one at the other end of the ceremony aisle, everything else is going to disappear. That’s just a fact. But it doesn’t mean you should neglect the chance to provide your guests with some serious eye candy while you say your vows to each other! Beautiful backdrops will always be in style, and we’re here to show you 17 of our current faves to get you inspired for your own walk down the aisle.
Never in my years as a wedding blogger have I seen a wedding that so effortlessly blends bohemian style with pure elegance. Alex and Josh had a day full of design and decor inspired by Alex’s own Jenny Packham gown, and what better inspiration could there be? Mango Studios took control behind the camera, and Rhiannon of Hey Gorgeous Events is here to tell us all about the big day:
From the event stylist, Rhiannon of Hey Gorgeous Events: Alex and Josh are one of those couples who just radiate love from every pore in their bodies. The way they speak to one another and look at each other really allows to you to feel appreciative for even being witness to their true love. When the couple hired me to help partially plan their event and bring together a cohesive design, I knew it would be easy to create a look together with Alex and Josh that would be reflective of both their chic yet effortless style and very sweet romance. Alex’s Jenny Packham gown was a big source of inspiration behind the florals, textures and decor we went with. It’s a very textural gown with a soft and ethereal flow to it and we wanted the wedding decor to match. We also used the backdrop of their gorgeous church and reception venue, Liuna Gardens to steer our choices so that the atmosphere of the event would be stylish but scaled back to let the couples love take center stage that day. A color palette of dark greens with a touch of black and gold, were juxtaposed with soft peaches, blushes and ivories. We used a lot of textures with the linens, colors variance with the centerpieces and had over 125 pillar candles placed around the venue for a romantic vibe.
I also have to note that this event was one of those weddings were you really had to be there to ‘feel’ how special it all was. It was beautiful no doubt, but there were so many special moments throughout the day that had to be felt; the moment the church doors opened and Josh and his best man, his Dad, looked on to see Alex and her dad walking down the aisle arm in arm, the moment the couple took to the dance floor for their first dance, only to serenade one another like no one was watching, the surprise sparkler send off with all of the guests being led out to the lake only to lead into a spectacular fireworks show; it was all so wonderful and what a wedding should be. It was an honor to see it come together as it did.
Wedding Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada / Photographer: Mango Studios / Wedding Design, Coordination, and Flowers: Hey Gorgeous Events / Venue: Liuna Gardens / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham / Groom’s Suit: Harry Rosen / Wedding Cake: Sugarbelle Cakes / Videographer: Outside In Studio
Sometimes there’s just nothing like the calmness of a monochrome palette – and this wedding from Jason + Anna Photography proves that monochrome never has to equal boring in any way. Caitlin and Nic brought some glamour to their Arizona wedding with touches of beading and crystals, faux fur, and a touch of color in the paper goods.
From the designer, Rachel of Outstanding Occasions: From the very start, Caitlin and Nic knew they wanted their wedding day to be anything but ordinary, which is why they selected Scottsdale, Arizona for their destination wedding. The stunning Sanctuary Resort & Spa on Camelback Mountain set the stage for their modern romantic fete. To keep the wedding design modern and elegant, the couple choose a neutral color palette of white, ivory, and champagne with touches of color throughout their stationery.
To set the tone for their festive celebration, guests received hand illustrated wedding invitations along with a viewmaster featuring images of Caitlin and Nic throughout their courtship. The illustrated details carried over to the wedding day throughout their remaining stationery details. Their ceremony was initially planned for outdoors, but with the quick changing weather forecast it had to be moved inside, which resulted in a beautiful and intimate setting.
Once the ceremony had concluded, guests were welcomed to cocktail hour which stood atop Camelback Mountain and offered 180 degree views of the valley. Cocktail hour featured a more modern aesthetic with acrylic light up high boys and petite calla lilly arrangements. Once it was time for dinner, guests found their seating assignments by way of escort cards styled in the same fashion of viewmaster windows. The reception included a mix of round and long tables, dressed in luxe white linens with modern clear ghost chairs. The room was decorated with three different floral arrangements including tight white floral with dripping calla lilies, as well as two lounge vignettes featuring custom pillows with the bride and grooms initials. To tie the viewmaster invite in one last time, we had a custom designed photo booth backdrop with an illustrated Arizona desert landscape for guests to take photos in front of. At the end of the night, guests were sent home with a Cronut tucked inside a frosted white bag and closed with a custom sticker featuring the couples names and date.
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Wedding Location: Phoenix, AZ / Photographer: Jason + Anna Photography / Wedding Planning and Event Design: Outstanding Occasions / Florist: Lux Florist / Venue: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort / Hair: Ashley Nicole / Makeup: Erin Fink / Wedding Cake: Classic Cakes & Confections / Band: Tim Stop / Rentals: Cre8ive Event Rentals / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Photo Booth: The Hip Booth / Wedding Invitations, Programs, Menus, Escort Cards, Welcome Itinerary: MOK DUK by Anne Benjamin / Save the Dates, Photo Booth Backdrop, Departure Gifts Signage and Stickers: idieh design / Officiant: Mike Kennedy / Videographer: Serendipity Cinematography
This is one of those weddings where we just hardly know where to begin. We could start with the bride’s jaw-dropping Casablanca gown, or the beyond-gorg flowers from Agnew Florist, or even the incredible moment-capturing images from Katie Slater Photography. Probably our favorite detail, however, is how the couple displayed the lyrics to Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” at their reception as they were lucky enough to marry on September 21st.
From the bride, Nicole: We got engaged on a random Monday night after work. Joe had planned on doing it sooner, but our beloved rescue dog Riley had decided to eat a tennis ball a week before and had to go into emergency surgery where they found another tennis ball and squeaky toy in her stomach! Joe kept calling me and asking when I was going to be home from work, and not quite understanding the urgency, I was home later than usual. From there I walked in the door, poured myself a glass of wine and sat down on the couch. Joe, who was in our bedroom asked me to call Riley (said dog who ate the tennis ball) and when I did, she came wobbling out of our bedroom with a box attached to her collar. Next thing I knew he was down on one knee asking me to marry him!
We decided that we wanted to take a long engagement, really enjoy that time with each other and our friends and family, and not get stressed out by all the hoopla that comes with wedding planning. So that’s what we did and enjoyed a two year engagement, almost to the day! My inspiration for the day wasn’t necessarily a color or a season but rather the people we’d be spending the day with. From the beginning it was so important to me to keep our wedding as intimate as possible and truly share the day with the people we are closest to and who know Joe and I both as individuals as well as a couple. This “inspiration” also translated in the venue that we chose. After looking around Boston (where Joe and I currently live), I had such a hard time envisioning our wedding in a space that neither Joe or I had any connection to. That being said, we decided to have it somewhere which housed so many memories for myself, my family and of course Joe and I as a couple and had it in the backyard of my parents house. The perfect place to throw a big party for our closest friends and family and to continue to build memories.
A couple DIY touches include the table numbers. I used an Italian Water Bottle and ordered some beautiful grey number decals off of Etsy and attached them to the water bottles. Joe, an artist, created the stickers that were on each of the favors (cookies) with a drawing of Riley’s face and a donation to Big Fluffy Dog Rescue, where we got Riley 4 years ago. I wrote the chalkboard that had the lyrics from Earth, Wind and Fire’s song, “September”, as we were lucky enough to get married on September 21st, the last day of summer. Other touches included the place cards, guest book of the Riley pictures (yes we love our dog) and the vision around the centerpieces. My florist provided all of the beautiful flowers, and I collected all of the candles and arranged them as they were seen on the tables with the water bottle table numbers.”
Wedding Location: Watertown, CT / Photographer: Katie Slater Photography / Floral Design: Agnew Florist / Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal via The Wedding Embassy / Makeup: Dana Bartone Co. Boutique Salon and Spa / Caterer: Emily’s Catering Group / DJ: David Meister / Band: Bock and Blu Band / Equipment Rentals: The Big Top Rental Company
I think if I could marry a wedding, it would be this one from Christopher Currie. The bright and cheery color palette of pink, red and teal makes me happier than a bug in a rug, and bride Sara’s vintage-inspired gown from LouLou Bridal is the perfect hint of sweet with a bow at the waist.
From the newlyweds, Sara and Craig: We wanted a laid-back, informal feel to the day with a bright, colourful look and a hint of vintage style. Our color theme was red, pink and teal. Our DIY projects included mini champagne and ‘Nuts about You’ nibbles for the vintage bus journey, hand decorated jars for the table centerpieces, crochet hearts made by the bride’s grandmother, stationery and menus designed by the Mother of the Bride, paper flowers and homemade shortbread favours.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Stay true to your own style. Your wedding can be any format you want so don’t be afraid to break from the norm and to make decisions that other people don’t agree with. It is your wedding after all!
Processional: “Crazy Love,” Michael Bublé
Recessional: “Baby I Love You,” The Ronettes
First Dance: “You Are The Best Thing,” Ray LaMontagne
Wedding Location: Glasgow, Scotland / Photographer: Christopher Currie / Florist: I Heart Flowers / Ceremony Venue: Holmwood / Reception Venue: 29 Private Members Club / Wedding Dress: LouLou Bridal / Bride’s Fur Jacket: Biba, House of Fraser / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy / Groom’s Suit: Hackett / Wedding Cake: Three Sisters Bake / Band: Franco / Vintage Bus: Waterside Weddings / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Bride’s mother
This wedding, which was sent our way by Levi Tijerina, is everything we could hope to see in a feature. A beautiful reception with twinkle lights aplenty, an intimate ceremony, and a gorgeous couple both inside and out. Mimi and Le also celebrated their culture with a tea ceremony before exchanging vows and heading to their spectacular warehouse reception:
From the bride, Mimi: We wanted something a little offbeat and fun, with an understated class that would reflect both of our personalities while also leaving it open to incorporate several Vietnamese traditions that we valued. We would describe the look of our wedding as warm, romantic, simple, with undertones of quirkiness and lightheartedness. We tried to emphasize our vision and look with a color scheme of black, white, gold, and peach. The table numbers, centerpieces, garlands, and signage were all DIY projects.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Stay true to your vision but don’t stress over trying to make everything perfect. After all, the wedding is only a party and the important thing is your marriage. Things will not go exactly how you planned and it’s okay! Just have fun and soak up every moment you can because it will be over before you know you it. When I look back all I remember is how much fun I had celebrating with all of our friends and family.
Bridal Party Processional: “Obsession,” Animotion
Bridal Processional: “Closer,” Tegan and Sara
First Dance: “Crazy for You,” Madonna
From the photographer, Levi: The wedding took place all over Denver, Colorado, and is a Vietnamese wedding. It started with a Tea Ceremony at the bride’s home and then traversed to the Denver Basilica and from there to RiNo, which is the arts district of Denver. One of Denver’s best wedding planners (Hey! Party Collective) helped plan the reception, which took place at an awesome warehouse/event center in North Denver.
Wedding Location: Denver, CO / Photographer: Levi Tijerina / Second Shooter and Film Photography: Gene Pease of geneoh / Wedding Planners: Hey! Party Collective / Flowers: DIY and sister-in-law’s cousin did bouquets and boutonnières / Ceremony Venue: The Cathedral Basilica of Immaculate Conception / Reception Venue: EXDO Event Center / Wedding Dress: Blue Bridal / Alterations: Maggie Evans Designs / Wedding Veil: DIY / Wedding Shoes: Zara / Groom’s Suit: H&M / Wedding Cake Artists: Leaf & Crumb / DJ: Drake Dawson / Videographer: Films About Love
I love weddings, and I love brunch just as much – so a day that combines the two is a sure winner in my book. June Lion captured this oh-so-Portland wedding, complete with flowers and an enviable floral hair accessory from Punch Portland. Keep reading for some stellar advice from the bride for de-stressing before your wedding day arrives!
From the bride, Ana: We really wanted something laid-back and low maintenance. We arrived at a brunch wedding thinking that this would be the most easy breezy – and hey, we love brunch! As for the style we wanted to go with a vintage rustic feel.
Our venue just so happened to be out favorite music venue in town, Mississippi Studios which has a really vintage flair. Luckily our venue laid the groundwork down for us. We did have a color pallet. We originally had planned to marry in the fall and took on a heavy fall feeling with brunt oranges, greens, yellows, brown, and red. which ended up being out major accent color for a lot of our stuff. We moved the date into summer but decided that these colors were still something we loved – so we stuck with it. Our wedding does have a DIY feel to it but unfortunately for me I’m not the most crafty person. The bulk of that went to our decorator/florists at Punch Portland. They’re magic workers! The one DIY project that I took on was the party favors… but that was simple.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Make it about you! I didn’t have brides maids because I just didn’t want that extra layer of planning and potential stress – my friends are spread out around the country. My sister ordained by the powers of the internet so she could officiate the wedding. It was a fun way for her to be a special part of our big day. It’s so easy for me now to say “Don’t stress yourself out, it’s your day. Enjoy!” But I was a nervous wreck. When you’re in the thick of it just take a deep breath and try to remember that its about you and the love of your life, it’s fun! I also got really into Barre 3 classes 3 months before the wedding. It’s a mix of yoga, ballets and ballet. Did it help me look great in my wedding dress? You betcha. But the real benefit was that it helped me feel more balanced and grounded. Having that time set apart each day to get your mind-body connection can make such a difference when you have this extra stressor in your life. I cannot stress what a big help this was.
Groom and Bridal Party Processional: “Zebra,” Beach House
Bride’s Processional: “Hysteric (acoustic),” Yeah Yeah Yeahs, I still get chills!
Recessional: “What Is Life,” George Harrison
First Dance: “Everlasting Light,” Black Keys
Father Daughter: “You’ve Got a Friend,” James Taylor
Mother/Son Dance: “Child of Mine,” Carole King
Wedding Location: Portland, OR / Photographer: June Lion / Floral Design: Punch Portland / Day-Of Coordination: Heather Bryse-Harvey / Wedding Venue: Mississippi Studios / Getting Ready Hotel: Hotel Modera / Wedding Dress: Haunt / Wedding Shoes: Chie Mihara / Hair: Melissa Torres / Makeup: Caprice Hammon / Groom’s Suit: Collier / Wedding Caterer: Devil’s Food Catering / Desserts: The Sugar Cube
They say that rain on a wedding day is good luck, and I’d like to believe it’s true – if only because it adds such a romantic element to the couple’s photos. Annie and Andrew’s Houston wedding was threatened by a good bit of rain and thunderstorms, but they refused to let it get in the way of a good time with friends and family. Thanks to Tessa J for sharing these images with us!
From the bride, Annie: I imagined the wedding being very natural and organic but also laid back and personal. The reception was originally planned to take place in the backyard of the house I grew up in and even though it got moved to the park, I think we definitely stuck with that garden/home-y feel. To put it simply, I just wanted it to be pretty and fun! I wanted it to look very clean and natural so we chose all white flowers and lots of greenery. We used a lot of my mom’s tables and different cotton/linen table cloths we collected to create the home-y and comfortable feeling. The flowers were all in a series of glass bottles and cement and mango wood planters which definitely added to the organic look I was going for.
I did the invites, programs and chalkboards and while they were somewhat arduous projects, I loved working on them. Ashley Morris, the mother of the grumpy ring bearer (Finn, who is not grumpy in real life), and wife to the pastor who married us, made 500 feet of gold flags on her sewing machine for us for the tent. They were so beautiful! Paige Willingham, the mom of the other ring bearer and the twin flower girls, made the girls dresses with her own two hands (and sewing machine)! They are both very talented and I was so glad that their craft and sewing expertise could be involved in making our day so special.
Looking back, every memory is a favorite one, even the rain! It all felt like a dream and was so special for Andrew and I. Since there were severe thunderstorms all day, the whole night felt very dark and cozy and there were frequent lightning flashes. Despite the crazy weather and people loosing power all around us, all of our guests were so genuinely thrilled to be there and having a blast which I think is my favorite memory. Also, my sister had the drum line from the high school she teaches at come in and play for a birthday surprise, since our wedding day was also my birthday. That was amazing and unexpected, and the kids stayed and danced with us the rest of the night! The surprise barbie birthday cake was also hilarious–our mom always got those (much smaller versions) for my sister and I growing up.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I think my wedding is the perfect example of the fact that not everything can or will go as planned. Some parts of our day were straight out of wedding nightmares I probably actually had (i.e flooding and lightning, vendors not being able to show up, etc.) It’s way easier said than done, but you have to let go of trying to control every detail. I didn’t believe anyone when they said this to me beforehand, but in the end you really won’t notice or care that much about the things that don’t go exactly as you’d imagined, and often those mishaps will make it all the more memorable and special! It will be so meaningful and happy no matter what.
Processional: We had two of our close friends sing during the ceremony for the processional. They sung a hymn that was written recently to the tune of Auld Lang Syne. It’s so beautiful and was moving to hear them sing it together. We were actually supposed to have a gospel choir sing old hymns like Amazing Grace before the processional and Oh Happy Day for the recessional, but they couldn’t make it because of the storms. We improvised!
First Dance: “You Send Me,” Sam Cooke. We both have always liked it a lot and felt it fit-its a classic! Coincidentally, it was actually the first song on a CD that Andrew gave me the night he told me he loved me for the first time. I don’t think that’s why we picked it but is sweet, and dorky, to look back on.
Wedding Location: Houston, TX / Photographer: Tessa J / Second Shooter: Zach McNair / Wedding Coordinator: Nancy Cameron / Florist and Decor: Bergner & Johnson Design / Ceremony Venue: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church / Reception Venue: Hermann Park / Wedding Dress: Reem Acra / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Flower Girls’ Dresses: The Spotted Fawn / Wedding Caterer: Abuso Catering Co. / Cupcakes: Ooh La La / Food Trucks: Good Dog Food and Fork in the Road / Band: Klockwork / DJ: Latane Hughes / Videographer: Peter Hutcheson / Photobooth: Smilebooth / Wedding Invitations: Bride, anniebee design
When it comes to adding personal touches to your wedding (or any awesome party, for that matter), there are few better routes to take than handmaking some special details. Love Janet Photography and Kimberly of The Dainty Lion joined together to create this lovely shoot full of ideas perfect for any intimate fête!
The Dainty Lion: I have always been inspired by nontraditional romance. For this photo-shoot in particular, I wanted to highlight how unique elements can add character and charm to not only love but our celebration of it. Of course no bash is complete without items handcrafted from the heart, which is why I created the lace hearts, ruffles, vintage bottle labels and feather backdrop to complete the design.
Event Location: Encinitas, CA / Photographer: Love Janet Photography / Event Design: The Dainty Lion / Shoes: Ampersand Collections / Hair: Melissa Lee of Style Me Pretty 2013 / Makeup: My Girls on Film Studios / Bakery: VG Donut and Bakery / Equipment Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals / Wedding Invitations: Simple Simon Design
I have the utmost respect for today’s bride and her dedication to celebrating all things vintage and Old World-inspired. Not only was her wedding gown a true 1950s dress, but she also sourced each of her bridesmaids’ dresses to fit with the 1950s fashion look she envisioned. Joyeuse Photography was the perfect complement to realize her aesthetic of a vintage holiday wedding!
From the bride, Jaimie: I had always envisioned my wedding feeling like a Christmas Eve service. I wanted it to be a night wedding with lots of candles, creating an environment that was warm, intimate, ethereal, and holy.
I love the intricate and high quality craftsmanship of vintage clothing, furniture, and decorations so we started searching antique malls to find details that would create that old-world, romantic feel. We also decorated with antique pieces that belonged to both sides of our grandparents’. It was so special to use pieces connected to their daily lives and legacies of life-long marriages. We wanted to use light blushes for the bridesmaids to give some color but mostly we were decorating with antique lace and muted browns, golds, and cremes. To create more light in the space and to aid the whimsical feel, we found dead tree branches at our local recycling center, connected them with wire, and put them in tree stands. Then we spray painted them golds and browns and strung Christmas lights and other decorative pieces from crafts shops like Hobby Lobby and Michaels.
We found the archways at antique shops and decorated them with lace that was my grandmother’s, as well as decorative pieces and lights from craft shops. We used lace pieces dipped in modge podge on our candle holders so they would cast intricate patterns when they glowed and found glass medicine bottles in antique shops and decorated them with muslin, ribbons, and buttons for the flower vases on the reception tables. After the ceremony, the bridal party led a candle-lit processional to the reception site. The house party passed out branches with tiny brass bells that we had attached with wire and lace so everyone could make noise celebrating!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I think it is very important for Brides to find ways to make their wedding extremely personal and meaningful to them. In the years to come, what will be most important is that memories of your wedding remind you of the warmth in your relationship and that you can look back and say you made choices that were consistent with what is important to who you are as a couple. I would also suggest that couples allot time to nurture and grow the relationship outside of wedding planning.
Bridal Processional: “More Love to Thee,” Fernando Ortega
Communion: “The Lord’s Prayer,” Selah
Father/Daughter Dance: “You’ll Be in my Heart,” Phil Collins
Mother/Son Dance: “Sweet Pea,” Amos Lee
First Dance: “Thinking About Me,” The Light Parade
Wedding Location: Abilene, TX / Wedding Photographer: Joyeuse Photography / Wedding Planner: Bride and bride’s mother / Wedding Dress: Vintage Alfred Angelo designed by Edythe Vincent / Wedding Veil: Mia “068” via Violet Bells / Bride’s Headpiece: Jannie Baltzer “Jasmine” / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Vintage / Groom’s Suit: J Ferrar / Wedding Caterer: Tru-Blue Catering (trublucatering @ me.com) / Wedding Cake: McKay’s Bakery / Reception Music: The Light Parade / Wedding Invitation: Bride and bride’s mother
If you’re guilty of loving Project Runway like we are, you probably remember one of our favorite contestants and the winner of season 5, Leanne Marshall. She’s transitioned into making gorgeous bridal gowns, and we’re so happy to see today’s bride Katie shining in one of Leanne’s creations! Texas photographer Ryan Price was on hand to capture Katie and Chris’ ballroom wedding, full of handmade details from friends and family.
From the bride, Katie: The word that Chris and I came up with to mark our wedding day was “jovial”. We just wanted an environment in which our loved ones could truly celebrate. Ideally I would’ve loved to have an outdoor wedding, so a lot of the elements I chose had a very rustic, natural feel to them. I made the invitations, programs, and table signs out of kraft paper and muslin. I didn’t originally intend to have a lot of DIY projects, but I kept finding things online that I loved and decided I could save money by making them. My favorite DIY was something my brother helped me design. I wanted to bring natural wood into my centerpieces, and our good friends happened to have some fallen trees at their farm. They were generous enough to give us the wood. My brother cut them into varying heights, hollowed out a notch in the tops, and put a tea light in them. They were STUNNING!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My favorite moments in planning our wedding were when Chris and I would dream about the day together. My advice to brides would be to enjoy those moments with your fiance as you prepare to become his wife.
From the photographer, Ryan: The thing I loved the most about this wedding was Katie + Chris’ heart behind everything. They really wanted a wedding that promoted marriage, family, and community. One thing that I thought was really awesome and pretty unique was the way they structured their wedding party. Rather than asking a few guys and a few girls to stand with them, they simply asked all of the friends that had an impact in their life to join them. There were married friends (standing side-by-side as husband + wife) mixed with single friends… all spread across the alter as a united front of support for them. All of their attire was mixed and matched in a really awesome vintage-ish style. Their ceremony was a very sacred occasion with lots of emotion, followed by a full-on celebration with a live band that brought down the house with motown music and other dance grooves! Most of the details were either handmade by friends or were family heirlooms (such as the table linens). All in all, I love this wedding because I could not imagine a more genuine couple that really made their wedding day reflect their values.
Family Processional: “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
Bridal Party Processional: “Be Thou My Vision”
Bridal Processional: “Beautiful,” Phil Wickham
Recessional: “You and I,” Ingrid Michaelson
First Dance: “Sunday Kind of Love,” Etta James
Wedding Location: Galveston, TX / Photographer: Ryan Price / Wedding Coordination: Chandelier Productions / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Tremont House / Wedding Flowers: One Stop Party Shop / Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall “Beatrice” / Hair: Beth Torina / Wedding Cake: Peace of Cakes / Pies: House of Pies / Table Linens: family heirlooms / Wooden Centerpieces: Bride’s brother / Wedding Music: Fried Ice Cream Band / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Bride; monogram by Tracey King
I think I just might have fallen for this couple a bit when reading their story. Erin and Grant had a laissez-faire attitude when it came to planning their wedding, accepting that things may come together a little differently than their initial vision. Photographers A Couple of Night Owls were on hand, along with quite a few cans of silly string to keep the kiddies happy!
From the bride, Erin: When Grant asked me to marry him, I thought he was joking. Not because marriage is something that should be joked about (balls and chains are never a laughing matter), but because the proposal was so relaxed, understated and so him that I thought it was to get a laugh. Which sums us up in a nutshell: goobers. And we tried our best to bring that into our day in as many ways as possible.
Like a good bride, I started a Pinterest board, ordered a Topshop dress online that turned out to be too small in the butt region for me and used the wedding money to buy a house. All in the name of fun. I organised the big things like catering, a singing man, the celebrant, the ceremony venue and a scout marquee for the backyard and then took a break to move house and take a week’s holiday to Rarotonga that was booked before the rest of the crazy.
None of the details really turned out as what we thought they would look like. We had a vision, would start executing and as things wouldn’t work or were deemed to difficult, we’d change tact. Which was super fun, but we didn’t really know what everything would actually look like until it was done. We bought glasses, teaspoons and side plates from op shops, spray painted plastic animals and made clouds. We really wanted to create a chilled out vibe where everyone could relax and have a laugh so we had outdoor games after the ceremony and a pub quiz to kick off the reception. May I recommend cans of crazy string if you plan to have children at your wedding. It was a massive hit with the under 10’s.
My favourite part of the day was sitting down in the marquee and watching. Everyone was laughing and mingling and Grant and I had a wee chat about how many rad people we know. So many! We just about injured ourselves laughing on the dance floor. A wedding’s not a wedding without some sweet shape cutting and people didn’t hold back with their rad dance moves. Sharing’s caring.
To all the upcoming brides – try and make everything as simple as possible. There are so many thing’s going on that simple will save the day. And when in doubt, make clouds and watch the unfortunate dress scene in Bridesmaids on repeat with wine and chocolate. It puts everything in perspective.
Wedding Location: Hamilton, New Zealand / Wedding Photographer: A Couple of Night Owls / Ceremony Venue: Private Residence / Reception Venue: Glasshouse, Hamilton Gardens / Flowers, Hair, and Makeup: Melodie of Melodie M / Wedding Dress: Trelise Cooper / Reception Dress: Topshop / Wedding Shoes: Nude / Wedding Caterer: Spit Roast Catering Company / Cakes: The Cheesecake Shop / Macarons: Grace Cafe / Wedding Music: Edward Jackson
Continuing with our Best Of 2012 weddings, we’ve got some stunning ceremonies that we just can’t get out of our heads! We’ve got an assortment of huge Pinterest hits and some of our personal favorites that have grown close to our hearts. Make sure to chime in on our comments sections with any you think we’ve left out!
Stay tuned as we reveal more of our 2012 favorites, from flowers to fashion to DIY projects, in the next few days!
Though Jeni and Greg were married a year ago in a civil ceremony, the couple knew they wanted to exchange vows with the presence of their nearest and dearest loved ones, with Rachael Grace Photography along to capture the day’s events. Though the pair planned an outside ceremony, rain forced their ceremony indoors to their reception site — but honestly, looking through these images we would never know that wasn’t the original plan!
From the bride, Jeni: We had always envisioned our wedding to be outside, surrounded by family and friends and for the details to have a vintage feel. It honestly became more than we could have ever dreamed of.
Our wedding became an enchanted, secret garden indoors. It rained and we had to move the ceremony into where we were having the reception, but it was so beautiful and intimate. The flowers looked and smelled amazing and really all I needed was Greg standing by my side. Greg, my mom and our family friend Linda and I spent months treasure hunting through thrift stores for all the plates we used at the reception. All the mason jars we used were found in my parents’ garage and on eBay.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I think it helps to think about the big picture, what the day is actually about. Your love for each other, your love for your family and the celebration of those things. It’s hard not to get too detail-oriented, but having an amazing wedding planner helps! They will make your day run seamlessly and think of every little last thing. Our wedding planner is/was super awesome!
From the photographer, Rachael: It started with a civil ceremony a year ago, but Jeni and Greg knew that wasn’t enough. They wanted the big wedding to celebrate with all their loved ones. And it had to be in the mountains of CO. The place they dream about and hope to move back to some day. Jeni planned all the Anthropologie-inspired details pregnant and then while caring for an infant. Planning the details was her favorite part. Jeni and Greg are the couple that soaks up every moment. They don’t take anything and especially family for granted. They love without bounds, lucky little Judd.
Wedding Location: Larkspur, CO / Wedding Photographer: Rachael Grace Photography / Wedding Venue: Spruce Mountain Ranch / Event Planner: A Beautiful Memory / Wedding Flowers: Newberry Brothers / Wedding Dress: BHLDN, style 21327135 / Wedding Shoes: Anthropologie / Bride’s Headband: Talkies / Bride’s Hair: Erin Ferris / Makeup: Carissa Hollander / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic and J. Crew / Photobooth: The Traveling Photo Booth / DJ: DJ Manos / Wedding Caterer and Desserts: Epicurean Catering / Wedding Invitations: The Dapper Paper Company / Transportation: Blue River Events (720-979-6015)
Prepare yourselves, because this is one heck of a wedding. Newlyweds Annie and Gus both work in Los Angeles — Gus as a writer, and Annie works for Disney. As you could probably guess, their creative and fun spirits worked their way into their wedding day, which was brilliantly captured by Brett & Jessica. Keep your eyes peeled for some words from the most well-known Muppets and the amazing film from Inkspot Crow Films coming up in just a bit!
From the bride, Annie: Both my husband and I work in the entertainment industry in LA and so we really felt this need for storytelling in our own wedding. The journey of planning our wedding wasn’t guided by a color palette or a desire to impress but rather a celebration that “Love is Awesome”- the way my husband Gus and I felt about each other and truly about the amazing community of people around us.
From that standpoint, we hand-crafted our wedding with the utmost care and concern for our guests. It was important that they felt included, welcomed, loved, as much as we loved each other as we were taking an important step in our lives. We rethought every wedding decision because we didn’t want to do each tradition for the sake of doing them or because it’s what you do at weddings. Our wedding invitation was actually a handmade booklet that told the quirky story of how we met. We asked for creative replies our RSVP’s and surprised all of our guests by having all of their messages secretly printed on the fabric pinned beneath our chuppah. We even scoured Facebook for everyone’s photographs to create individual Polaroid magnets that doubled as escort cards.
Our wedding was without a doubt very us (we had Muppet wedding cakes, we entered the reception to Indiana Jones’ music complete with matching fedoras, etc.) but it was more-so a celebration of what makes us “us”- all of the amazing love and support that brought us to the moment of our marriage and that we know will keep us strong and happy in our lifetime together.
Wedding Location: Durham, NC / Wedding Photographer and Photobooth: Brett & Jessica / Wedding Venue: The Cotton Room / First Look Location: The Washington Duke Inn / Wedding Coordinator: Katie Dunn of La Fête / Wedding Flowers: Tre Bella / Hair and Makeup: Posh the Salon / Wedding Cake: Cinda’s Creative Cakes / Out of Town Box Treats: Carolina Popcorn Shoppe / Ceremony Musician: Laura Anzaldi and Chris Mike / DJ: DJ Frank Meldau of Joe Bunn Co. / Invitations, Paper Goods, Escort Magnets, and Calligraphy: the bride, Anniemade / Cinematographer: Inkspot Crow Films / Officiants: Father Michael Martin and Rabbi Andrew Ettin
This cutie of a wedding styled by Morgan Gallo Events brought newlyweds Erin and Justin’s love of books to all aspects of the wedding, right down to the cake itself. We’re particularly loving the signage cutout from an open book, below:
From the event designer, Morgan: Erin and Justin were married in the spring of this year at the Harper Fowlkes House. (One of our favorite venues!). However the weather wasn’t cooperating and because of the rain we had to move the ceremony indoors but that didn’t matter one bit! Nothing was going to damper the excitement and love that these two shared. Erin has fabulous taste and a keen eye for design. I mean look at that fabulous head piece, shoes and dress! She did an amazing job incorporating the most intricate and unique details that told the story of her and Justin and their love for one another.
The couple’s love of books was incorporated throughout the wedding in so many unique ways. From accenting the reception tables by helping elevate centerpieces and add dimension, napkin sashes made from pages of books, the wreaths are made of paper flowers and for the guest book. We just adore the pomander ball she had for the flower girl and wreaths for the garden doors made from pages of a book. The show-stopper had to be their wedding cake. If you look closely at the cake writing… it is their favorite poem about marriage written around the cake. Guest favors were plant your own seeds and they found their seats by old skeleton keys tagged with their names.
Wedding Location: Savannah, GA / Wedding Coordinator: Morgan Gallo Events / Wedding Photographer: Azelle Photography / Wedding Venue: Harper Fowlkes House / Wedding Flowers: A to Zinnias / Bride’s Hair and Makeup: B Street Salon / Wedding Caterer: Paul Kennedy Catering / Wedding Cake: Two Cakes / Ceremony Music: Dominique Geer / Reception Music: Moon River Productions