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A Post-Elopement Reception at SmogShoppe

Elopements

We’ve shared quite a few elopements on Ruffled through the years, but it’s not often we get to take a peek at the celebrations that follow once you come home and spread the news to friends and family. Tatiana and William chose to elope in Georgia, but celebrated back in Los Angeles with Aaron Young Photography, Constance Curtis, and Holly Flora in tow creating endless magic for all to see.

a post-elopement reception at SmogShoppe

From the wedding planner, Constance Curtis Events: It was important to William (groom) and Tatiana (bride) to have a small intimate ceremony with only their immediate family. They did, however, still want to celebrate with all their extended family and friends. So as the wedding planning began, they decided to keep the intimate ceremony and the reception separate. The couple wed in Athens, Georgia and then celebrated their marriage at the SmogShoppe in Los Angeles, California, a few weeks later.

simple centerpiece

wedding lounge area

classic escort cards

indoor reception

simple centerpiece

greenery wall

bride and groom

William and Tatiana wanted to create a fun party for all their friends traveling near and far. Many of their friends had never visited Los Angeles so picking a venue centrally located was important to them. It allowed their guests to stay in the city and explore. Entertainment was one of the most important elements for them. The couple has a favorite DJ they follow in Georgia so they decided to fly him out for the celebration. The couple never left the dance floor!

industrial reception

centerpieces

fruit slices

whimsical modern wedding

wedding food

mauve wedding cake

wedding reception venue

bride and groom

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Aaron Young Photography

Event Planning and Design

Constance Curtis

Floral Design

Holly Flora

Venue

SmogShoppe

Hair and Makeup

Nicol Artistry

Catering and Desserts

Urban Palate

Wedding Cake

Sweet and Saucy Shop

Entertainment

James of DJ Sorted

Rentals

Classic Party Rentals, El Segundo

Photobooth

MVS Studio

Best of 2015: Wedding Receptions

Wedding Design

Photos by:

We’re continuing our recap of the Best of 2015 by touching on receptions today! This covers all sorts of reception decor, from table settings to centerpieces to wonderful venue spaces. We had some absolute creative stunners this year, so let’s jump right in:

wedding reception filled with flowers - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2015-wedding-reception
The flowers were exquisite in this wedding photographed by Love Katie + Sarah and styled by Dot Dot Dash.

macrame table runner - photo by Cluney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2015-wedding-receptions
Macrame was a great accent for the table in this shoot photographed by Cluney Photo and styled by Habitat Events

geometric centerpiece holder - photo by Laura Goldenberger http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2015-wedding-receptions
Geometric details were always a winner, as seen in this wedding photographed by Laura Goldenberger and designed by next saturday affairs.

fall wedding place setting - photo by Austin Gros http://rufflebdlog.com/best-of-2015-wedding-receptions
This place setting was an ideal pick for fall in this wedding photographed by Austin Gros and designed by Big Events Wedding.

cheers wedding table - photo by Ben Q Photography http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2015-wedding-receptions
We couldn’t help but obsess over this cheerful reception table from this shoot photographed by Ben Q Photography.

eucalyptus table runner decor - photo by Kai Heeringa Photography http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2015-wedding-receptions
We couldn’t get enough of eucalyptus table runners, and the one in this shoot photographed by Kai Heeringa Photography and designed by Ideal Events & Design was no exception.

glam elegant tablescape - photo by BoyfriendGirlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2015-wedding-receptions
The tablescapes in this wedding photographed by Boyfriend/Girlfriend and designed by Melissa Andre Events were over the top in the best way ever!

whimsical place setting with an air plant - photo by Sarah McKay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2015-wedding-receptions
We fell in love with the table setting from this shoot photographed by Sarah McKay Photography and designed by Belovely Floral + Event Design.

cool toned vineyard reception table - photo by Gideon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2015-wedding-receptions
Everyone went wild for this garden reception table from this wedding photographed by Gideon Photography and designed by When Pigs Fly Events!

stargazer tablescape - photo by Amanda Lenhardt Photography http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2015-wedding-receptions
Globes made a big splash in this Big Fake Wedding feature photographed by Amanda Lenhardt Photography and designed by The Treasury Event Rental Studio.

Best of 2015: Wedding Receptions - photo by Majesta Patterson http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2015-wedding-receptions
The backyard reception setup in this wedding photographed by Majesta Patterson was an ultimate crowd-pleaser.

Brooklyn Winery reception - photo by Ashley Caroline http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2015-wedding-receptions
Light and airy were the key notes for the reception in this wedding photographed by Ashley Caroline.

Vintage Inspired Ontario Wedding

Vintage Weddings

We have a rare treat for you all today, sweethearts. Over the years we’ve seen many a bride share her dream wedding with us, but today we’ve got a wedding put together by the groom and his mother as a surprise for the bride. We’ve got all the deets from the groom himself on how he was able to put it together with the help of Joseph + Jaime Photography and Coriander Girl, so let’s jump in!

vintage inspired Ontario wedding - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

From the groom, Mike: I’m a lucky guy. I married the girl next door. My parents moved to the small town of Baltimore, Ontario, about ten years ago. Not long after, the McFarlanes moved in across the street. Their daughter was a pretty blonde girl whom I met at my parents’ neighbourhood Halloween party in 2008. We hit it off and quickly became friends. Friendship grew into something more and I proposed to her at the historic inn at Wakefield, Quebec, in the fall of 2011. We both knew that the perfect place to get married was at my parents’ house — the place we met. Set atop a hill that overlooks Lake Ontario and the rolling hills of Northumberland County, the wedding had to reflect the beautiful natural scenery. We decided that the ceremony would be held in a clearing in the cedar woods adjacent to the house, and the dinner and dancing would take place in the property’s century-old barn — the exact location we met. Wanting to bring the inside outside, and the outside inside, the only way we could think to describe our vision was “woodland whimsy.”

green white boutonnieres - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

bridal accessories - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

wedding paper goods - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

leafy wedding bouquet - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

first look - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

first look - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

small bridesmaid bouquets - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

bridal party - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

After discovering the perfect wedding invitations, we set about using them as a template for our wedding’s look and style. Together with my mother, we began putting together our dream wedding. Although we always consulted Lauren on major issues, my mother and I decided that we wanted to design the look of the wedding in secret from Lauren. We wanted her to experience the joy and excitement of having the venue revealed to her on the big day, along with all the other guests. The first time she saw the ceremony site, decorated with simple ferns and vintage church windows, was when we both walked down the aisle together, hand in hand. With the expert design sense that she is known for, my mother helped to put together a wedding that existed only in our dreams. The dinner tables were covered in rich aubergine and gold brocade and set with elegant china. The woodland theme was tastefully reflected in all the details — from the table décor, to the handmade place settings, to the heart shaped moss garland on the wall. We also incorporated crystal, gold, pewter and rust-coloured animal figurines, candelabras and other décor elements. The barn was finished we antique furniture and props, including frames and mirrors to fill the walls, creating a warm and elegant setting for dinner and dancing. Lauren and I had our dream wedding. But in the end, the wedding is just a party. The best part is that I get to come home to Lauren every day. There is no one else who would be as a good a match for me as she is. She is a kind and loving person, who also happens to be my best friend. As I said, I’m a lucky guy.

woodland wedding ceremony - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

outdoor ceremony - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

vintage inspired weddings - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

rustic barn reception - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? From the bride: Give yourselves lots of time to plan and execute your wedding, especially if you plan on doing a majority of the planning/DIY yourselves. Try to avoid stressing out (it’s hard!) and enjoy the process as much as possible. Ask your family and friends for help! Chances are they’re happy to help, and want to make the whole process as stress-free and enjoyable as possible for you. Decide what’s most important for you, what you’d like your wedding/reception to focus on, and put your efforts (and money) there. For us, we wanted amazing food, so we prioritized our budget to include the best caterers we could find. Whether it’s a live band, great food, or a Ferris Wheel, find a way to make it happen!

rustic receptions - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

woodland receptions - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

moss garland - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

winter reception tablescapes - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

winter reception tablescapes - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

Remember to think of your guests. After all, you and your partner are their hosts. Are they warm/cool enough? Are they bored? If you choose to take photos between the ceremony and reception, arrange a cocktail hour for them or an activity (guestbook, mad libs, etc.). No one likes waiting around with nothing to do! Having a wedding at home was one of the best decisions we made: it was neither inexpensive nor easy, but well worth it, knowing we could wake up and get ready at home, and at the end of a crazy, exciting day, walk across the street and go to bed. If a home wedding fits your vibe, I definitely recommend it. The most important thing to remember is that in the end, a wedding is just a party. Take lots of time out of the planning process to just enjoy your relationship, and each other. It will help you refocus when you’re overwhelmed, and remind you why you’re getting married in the first place! :)

rustic dessert tables - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

woodland wedding reception - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

newlyweds cake cutting - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

vintage inspired centerpiece - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

woodland wedding cake - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

woodland wedding cakes - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding

barn reception - photo by Joseph and Jaime Photography http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-inspired-ontario-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “In Your Arms,” Kina Grannis
Recessional: “Believe Me (If All Those Endearing Young Charms)”, played on the bagpipes by my uncle. This song is one of my Grandpa’s favourites – he used to play it for my Grandma.
First Dance: “Wild is the Wind,” Johnny Mathis

Wedding Location: Baltimore, Ontario, Canada / Photographer: Joseph + Jaime Photography / Flowers: Coriander Girl / Wedding Dress: Tracy Reese via BHLDN / Wedding Shoes: BHLDN / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Chosen by the bridesmaids (ModCloth & Pink Soda) / Hair and Makeup: Makeup In The City / Groom’s Suit: Dolce & Gabbana / Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds and Batman Converse / Wedding Caterer: Noble Culinary / Wedding Cake: The SweeterE / Wedding Invitations: A Printable Press

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Wedding

Romantic Weddings

The second I saw Annaleigh in her blush pink wedding gown, I knew I was in for a treat. Then I saw the ceremony setup, the Colorado mountains, the rustic reception space, and the flowers, and I was completely in la-la land. Really, how could you not fall for this wedding shot by Laura Murray Photography and styled by Love This Day Events?

Devil's Thumb Ranch wedding - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

From the bride, Annaleigh: We wanted the wedding to feel vintage and rustic, but still classy and chic. An elegant vintage sensibility offset by the idyllic mountains of Colorado. Think Anne of Green Gables meets Mumford and Sons meets John Steinbeck. With help from my friend and graphic designer Nicolas Coburn, we designed the stationery. Invites were mailed in gray envelopes calligraphed by Heather Brock of Marcardin Calligraphy. Many of the paper elements for the big day I created by downloading my favorite fonts and illustrating elements myself. The program was painted on large wooden signs flanking the entrance to the ceremony area, which was adorned with a ribbon curtain made by me in my dressing room in NYC. Intertwined barbed-wire hearts were the finishing touch. There was burlap bunting made by my grandparents that hung at the ceremony site and all over the cocktail area.

calligraphy wedding invitations - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

bride and bridesmaid - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

groomsmen in vests - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

rainy day wedding - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

peony wedding bouquets - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Peonies, garden roses, astilbe, clematis, and protea.

groom boutonniere - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

Devil's Thumb Ranch wedding - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

pink wedding dress - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

A family friend made ribbon wands, which were given to guests along with vellum envelopes with sunglasses that read “Don’t get blinded by our love.” Kazoos for joining in as the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” played during the recessional were also supplied. With help from cast mates, I made stir sticks for the wedding and rehearsal dinner to garnish the cocktail glasses. The Ranch’s Broad Axe Barn was transformed for the reception, with a mix of long and round tables dressed up with brown apothecary bottles. Kara Delay of Love This Day Events hung a floral and bay leaf garland over the head table and marquee-style letters spelling “LOVE” in front of the fireplace. I also made madlibs and crossword puzzles for each place setting, which were labeled with calligraphed cards displayed in gold animal figurines crafted by a pal. Friends surprised us with custom favors for everyone—wood coasters carved with the invitation’s monogram and the wedding date. A costume rack with Western wear and 10 different wigs were set up next to the photo booth so people could get into the spirit for their snapshots.

rustic ceremony decor - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

rustic wedding details - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

rustic wedding ceremony - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

rustic outdoor ceremony - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

wedding processional - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

outdoor ceremony - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

Devil's Thumb Ranch wedding - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

bridal party - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

wedding party - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

photobooth signs - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

rustic wedding reception - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

rustic reception - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Always have a little extra money saved up because things come up out of no where! Pinterest is magic! If you can’t take a honeymoon, at least take a couple days to spend together – you will need a few days to recover!

rustic wedding reception - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

reception ideas - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

ivory wedding cake - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

place settings - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding

wedding toast - photo by Laura Murray http://ruffledblog.com/devils-thumb-ranch-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Celisse Henderson, a singer-songwriter friend of the mine, played “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” by Elton John on the ukulele as I walked down the aisle.
Recessional: “All Your Need is Love,” The Beatles

From the photographer, Laura Murray: Annaleigh and Joe planned the most perfect, rustic getaway for their guests. Annaleigh and Joe live in New York and work as actors. So, when planning their wedding they wanted a place that felt like an escape from the hectic-paced city life. Devil’s Thumb Ranch just outside of Winter Park, Colorado was the ideal fit. They chose a Monday for the wedding day — which I love! Who says that a wedding should only take place on a weekend! And Kara Delay with Love This Day Events designed a gorgeous space for both the reception and the ceremony. Their wedding day brought quite a bit of rain — but in between bursts of rain we were able to fit in an outdoor ceremony. However, near their vows their rain picked up quite a bit. It was so romantic to watch Annaleigh and Joe say their vows cuddled under an umbrella.

Wedding Location: Tabernash, CO / Photographer: Laura Murray Photography / Event Design and Flowers: Love This Day Events / Wedding Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Hair: Christina Trostel of The Parlour / Makeup: Craig Jessup / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Bow Ties: Tie the Knot / Pies: Costco / Ceremony Musician: Celisse Henderson / Music: Tip Top Entertainment / Wedding Invitations: Bride and Nicolas Coburn / Calligraphy: Marcardin Calligraphy / Photobooth: ear2ear Photobooths

Tribeca Rooftop Wedding

Modern Weddings

Photos by:

Kaysha Weiner

A wedding in New York City at Tribeca Rooftop – how does it get much better than that, you ask? Add on the creative talents of Hatch Creative Studio and Citron Event Planning and watch as they work their magic to create a dramatic, romantic, and sophisticated day to remember. Thank you to Kaysha Weiner for sharing your lovely images with us!

Tribeca rooftop wedding - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

From the bride, Elizabeth: Ever since the wedding ended, Sean and I have reminisced, “I wish every day could be that day.” We have lamented the absence of our wedding planner Shira Citron in our daily lives and delighted in the beautiful photography of Kaysha Weiner Photographer. Every detail, from our save-the-dates and invitations designed by my friend Samantha Allen to the early-September weather, was perfect.

Miu Miu wedding shoes - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

colorful boutonnieres - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

sophisticated wedding details - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

modern wedding invitations - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

fuchsia wedding flowers - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

fuchsia wedding bouquet - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

Brooklyn wedding - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

Tribeca rooftop wedding - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

Our wedding was held at Tribeca Rooftop in New York City. Guests entered from cobblestoned Desbrosses Street and rode the elevator to the twelfth floor, where they were greeted by champagne, a customized Lite-Brite display, and a beautiful view of the New York skyline. The traditional Jewish ceremony was held underneath the venue’s glass roof, flooding the room with late-summer sunlight. Our chuppah (wedding canopy) was made of Panamanian molas owned by Sean’s late mother, Barbara. Hatch Creative stitched together the chuppah and designed the rest of our wedding to reflect the warm, bright colors of the molas.

wedding chuppah - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

jewish wedding ceremony - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

fuchsia wedding details - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

jewish wedding ceremony - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

fuchsia wedding flowers - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

wedding recessionals - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

seating charts - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

geometric wedding details - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

To set the mood for the evening we used music — the bridal party entered to the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” and danced up the aisle to “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates after the ceremony. As we exited, we turned to see everyone dancing behind us. Sean and I joined everyone on the roof for cocktail hour after a brief, peaceful moment alone. The dusk light painted the city and river, making the photo ops almost as plentiful as the delicious food and drink. From my grandparents’ blessing over the challah before dinner to the final song our wedding was everything we could have hoped for.

unique wedding ideas - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

dramatic wedding reception - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

dramatic wedding receptions - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

wedding lighting ideas - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

jewel tone cakes - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

dramatic wedding details - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding

newlyweds first dance - photo by Kaysha Weiner http://ruffledblog.com/tribeca-rooftop-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Be My Baby,” The Ronettes
Recessional: “You Make My Dreams Come True,” Hall and Oates
Newlywed Entrance: “Love on Top,” Beyoncé
First Dance: “Found You,” Alabama Shakes

From the photographer, Kaysha Weiner: Inspiration for most of the design came from the hexagon shapes on Elizabeth’s wedding gown, they were represented on the wedding invitation, string art escort card display, table numbers, programs and wedding cake. Music was also a large part of their day, Elizabeth used to host “sock hops” in her room at college and her love for that music led her to chose “Be My Baby” for her procession.

Wedding Location: New York City, NY / Photographer: Kaysha Weiner / Event Design: Hatch Creative Studio / Event Planning: Citron Event Planning / Venue: Tribeca Rooftop / Groomsmen Getting Ready Hotel: The Greenwich Hotel / Wedding Dress: Gabriela New York / Hair: Huinch In / Makeup: Jules Waldkoetter / Bridesmaid Getting Ready Shirts: Monograms Off Madison / Music: Elan Artists – Rhythm Collective / Lighting: Robert Stark Lighting / Welcome Bags: Map Totes / In Welcome Bag: Boxed Water Is Better and Fat Witch / Dancing Shoes For Guests: Footzy Rolls / Officiant: Rabbi Herb Schwartz / Wedding Invitation Design: Samantha Allen printed by Alpine Creative Group / Videographer: Tweed Weddings

Sacramento Barn Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Looking at this incredible venue, you’d never guess that the groom himself actually built the barn from the ground up only 11 months before he married his bride, Katie. This allowed the couple to exchange vows in the venue of their dreams on the grounds of Steve’s parents’ home. Let’s jump into this beautiful wedding captured by Kris Holland Photography:

sacramento barn wedding - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

From the bride, Katie: We wanted to get married in a barn, but we were torn because we also wanted to get married at Steve’s parents’ home. Instead of settling we made all of the above happen. Steve built a barn on his parent’s property to host our wedding. With 3500 square feet of beautiful post-and-beam construction and 11 months of back breaking work we had a dream barn completed just in time for our big day. The barn was a beautiful symbol of the possibilities that love can create.

rustic wedding invitations - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

blush pink bouquets - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

rustic wedding ideas - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

pets at weddings - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

indoor processionals - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

indoor wedding ceremonies - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

indoor wedding recessionals - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

My mother sewed 150 napkins out of various mismatched fabrics. This made the table setting really fun and different. We then used the scraps of fabric from the napkins along with hundreds of different ribbons to create a huge “ribbon canopy” that suspended from the barn rafters. The canopy was accompanied with market lights to create a dramatic centerpiece overhead. With all of the different textures and colors haloing the event throughout the evening this element turned out to be one of the most memorable parts of our wedding.

barn wedding venues - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

wedding reception lighting - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

indoor reception decorations - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

pink bridesmaids dresses - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

barn wedding receptions - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

burlap table numbers - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

indoor weddings - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

wedding gift areas - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

chair back decorations - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

Our plans to have a beautiful outdoor ceremony followed by a barn reception had to quickly be changed as the rain clouds moved in. We moved everyone inside the barn for the ceremony. There was something so romantic about having our friends and family gather close together to witness our vows. The sound of the raindrops outside, the glow of the candles, and the cozy feel of 150 friends and family all under one roof (a roof that we built) created an incredibly intimate ambiance for our ceremony. We purchased market lights as opposed to renting them. Because we wanted to hang them so high up in the barn, this turned out to be a much less expensive option. When the wedding was over we gave some of our friends and family a strand of lights for them to keep. We love going to their homes and seeing the lights from our wedding hanging in their backyards.

indoor barn receptions - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

silver pitcher centerpieces - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

rustic place settings - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

vintage wedding rentals - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

teal pink cakes - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding

pets at weddings - photo by Kris Holland - http://ruffledblog.com/sacramento-barn-wedding


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Wedding Location: Sacramento, CA / Photographer: Kris Holland Photography / Event Planner: Stephanie Teague Events / Flowers: Botanica / Wedding Venue: Pritchard Barn (residence of the Groom’s Parents) / Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone / Wedding Shoes: Kate Spade / Hair and Makeup: Alexis Von Bergen of 3 Ways Beautiful / Wedding Caterer: Magpie Catering / Wedding Cake: Freeport Bakery / Band: Rockridge Bluegrass Band / DJ: Non-stop Music Entertainment / Reception Decor and Rentals: Forever Vintage Rentals / Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth / Videographer: Matthew David Cinema / Stationery: Hello Lucky

Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art Wedding

Modern Weddings

Photos by:

Ben Adams

I hope you’ve got some time carved out, because you’ll want at least a few extra minutes to savor each image from this Aussie wedding shot by Ben Adams. Edita and Greg spent the morning of their wedding roaming around Sydney taking relaxed (yet breathtaking) portraits with Ben, and then slipped into their finest to exchange vows on the rooftop and dance the night away at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

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From the bride, Edita: Throughout the whole process of planning the wedding, we wanted to create a day that was true to who we are. A traditional wedding wasn’t really our thing and we wanted to keep it fairly relaxed and just have a big, fun party that everyone could enjoy. Greg and I have mutual friends who introduced us (I knew them from primary school and were family friends, and Greg went to high school with all of them, hence the all male bridal party). At the end of the day, we couldn’t have imagined anyone else being a part of our big day.

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Books emerged as a subtle theme which worked itself into the wedding. We created books as invitations to share our story and give our guests a bit of information about our bridal party, families and our relationship. Coloured notebooks were also given out to the guests as the bonbonniere with a pencil that said ‘Better Together.’ There was also an artist on Etsy who created a stamp for us, which in turned became a bit of a logo. Style-wise I love gold and we liked the idea of filling the room with flowers to warm the room and to have a cigar lounge with vintage lounges where people could relax. Our florist/stylist Justine Rose was amazing and the floral arrangements were better than we had ever imagined, particularly the hanging flower sculptures above each of the tables.

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We had a cocktail hour between the ceremony and reception, so thought it would be important to create an icebreaker and get people chatting, and lighten the mood. We had created individual badges/buttons for each of our guests. Each were button was personalised with a little line about something we know/love about each guest. Greg and I love relaxing over a Hendricks and tonic so we collected several bottles, which our stylist had used as vases. We also liked the idea of having a cigar lounge so we had personalised cigars made with our logo, sourced a vintage lounge suite and bar and had an area where guests could relax away from the tables.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I think one of the best complements we have received from our wedding, was that our wedding was very ‘us’. We had considered each element pretty carefully and I love that it was like a big project that Greg and I worked on together. Everything from the invites, to the decorations, to our outfits and song choices, we had planed together so it was nice to finally see everything come together and share it all with our friends and family. We were pretty lucky because we have similar taste and were able to do some creative problem solving, not only to keep to budget but also to put it together exactly the way we wanted it. We don’t think a wedding is meant to be stressful, so just have fun with it and everything will work out the way it’s meant to. Our motto for the day was also to ‘roll with the punches’. There may be things that don’t turn out the way you expect them to (the zipper on my dress broke the day before the wedding!), but at the end of the day you’re getting married to your best friend, and that’s the main thing!

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
Recessional: “Tiny Dancer,” Elton John
First Dance: “Bohemian Like You,” The Dandy Warhols
Our musicians Aubrey and Purton were also a highlight. They are 2 men who play ukuleles and so many of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed them. We actually found them as they used to play at our local market and Greg and I would often go to see them. I remember one time we went down, Greg said “If I ever get married, I want them to play.” They were also so great to us, and learned a number of songs to play on the night. Their version of Bohemian Like You was the perfect rendition for our first dance.

Wedding Location: Sydney, Australia / Photographer: Ben Adams / Florist: Justine Rose / Wedding Venue: The Quayside Room, Museum of Contemporary Art / Wedding Dress: Rachel Gilbert / Day Dress: Diane von Furstenberg / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Groom’s Suit: Montagio Custom Tailoring / Bridal Party Suits: Topshop / Wedding Caterer: Fresh Catering / Wedding Cake: Planet Cake / Musician: Aubrey and Purton / Photobooth and DJ: Musiq Entertainment / Wedding Invitations and Save the Dates: Bride (Edita Knowler)

Romantic Brooklyn Winery Wedding

Romantic Weddings

I make little secret of my love for Brooklyn Winery, but after viewing these images from Clean Plate Pictures, can you really blame me? Not only does this romantic wedding have some stunning floral design and handmade escort cards, but it also boasts an anniversary cake for the bride’s parents!

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From the bride, Laura: We wanted our day to be very true to “us” — authentic to our everyday tastes. That meant keeping the overall vibe homey and comfortable, and the aesthetic an eclectic mix of vintage and modern touches. We wanted the interior to be warm and inviting with just an extra bit of sophistication for the big day. It also meant putting a huge emphasis on fun old-school music, amazing food, and plenty of wine!

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“Vintagey modern” and “sophisticated rustic” were terms we threw around and googled a lot. :) I didn’t want a set color scheme, but we stayed within the earthy tones inherent to the venue [lots of wood and greenery] with decor in a spectrum of pinks [light pink to hot pink to wine], plus gold and silver accents. The venue came with all vintage tableware that I loved, and I DIY’d all the place settings with vintage gold frames and silver trays unearthed in secondhand shops where my parents live in Florida. I also painted our escort cards with pink and purple water colors (thanks, Pinterest) and hand stamped our Save the Dates.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Set expectations up front! Make it clear who is responsible for doing what, and what you want help/input with. Also… be careful about asking for advice and opinions unless you really want them. People are happy to share, but you may find it is more stressful to open that door than just go with what feels right! Also, towards the end, take your families help and offload whatever you can — you’ll be glad you did.

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Wedding Music:
Parents’ Processional: “Love and Some Verses,” Iron and Wine
Bridesmaids’ Processional: “Forever,” Ben Harper
Bride’s Processional: “Overwhelmed,” Tim McMorris
First Dance: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” Frankie Valli

Wedding Location: Brooklyn, NY / Photographer: Clean Plate Pictures / Flowers: Sprout Home / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Brooklyn Winery / Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone “Kristene” / Wedding Shoes: Valentino / Earrings and Handbag: Vintage / Hair and Makeup: Sissi Chan / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Tuxedo: J. Crew “Ludlow” / Wedding Cake: Sugar Flower Cake Shop / Music: The Remixologists / Officiant: Joanna Fernandes / Wedding Invitation Design: Bride and Groom / Invitation Printing: Village Invites / Videographer: Crown Street Productions

Romantic Connecticut Wedding

Elegant Weddings

Photos by:

Katie Slater

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.

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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!

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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.


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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.”

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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

Romantic Lake Gregory Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Photos by:

Daniel Cruz

If you think a wedding beside both the water and mountains of California couldn’t be anything short of perfect, well then, you’re absolutely right. Bride Jaime wanted her wedding to be full of personal touches, so she and her fiancé set to work creating their dream day in the mountains with rustic accents. Of course, it didn’t hurt to have the talents of Daniel Cruz and Brier Rose Design available to make the day extraordinary.

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From the bride, Jaime: One thing we really love to see at other weddings is personal touch. I wanted our wedding to reflect us and our personalities and interests. We served apple pie because it was Michael’s favorite dessert, our cake topper was Minnie and Mickey Mouse because our favorite place to go is Disneyland. Our wedding was in the mountains because we got to know each other through hiking in the mountains. So when my mom found the San Moritz Lodge, in Crestline CA, we knew right away that this was the perfect place for our wedding.

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Since our wedding was in the mountains we felt that a rustic theme was best. Between my mom, my sister Jessica, our florist and good friend Collette Budd of Brier Rose Design and myself, there were many DIY projects. Everything thing was hand made, painted or put together by one of us. Even my husband was put to work cutting wood for the table numbers and painting our mason jars gold. This cut back on a lot of cost and added the personal touch we were looking for.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? For couples planning their weddings now I would advise them to plan ahead, work hard, and when your day finally arrives let go and remember what this was all about. If your center pieces don’t look exactly the way you planned, don’t let that ruin the fact that you are marrying your best friend.

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Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “The Day Before You,” Matthew West
First Dance: “Everything,” Michael Buble
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Little Girl,” Tim McGraw
Mother/Son Dance: “Morning Has Broken,” Steven Curtis Chapman

Wedding Location: Crestline, CA / Photographer: Daniel Cruz / Event Styling and Floral Design: Brier Rose Design / Wedding Planner: Maurine Hoffman / Venue: San Moritz Lodge / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Nordstom Rack / Hair: Brocale Griggs of Hot Heads Salon / Makeup: Jaqueline Beeson of Vine and Branches Co / Wedding Caterer: Buca Di Beppo / Wedding Cake and Pies: made by family and close friends / Videographer: Plaid and Bowtie / Wedding Invitations: LFG Printing

Emerald Olympic Valley Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Photos by:

Anita Martin

Bride Ashley planned her color scheme around her emerald engagement ring, a color which matched perfectly with the wedding’s Lake Tahoe setting. If emerald green is gorgeous as is on its own, when paired with aqua is pure perfection. This romantic Tahoe wedding shot by Anita Martin with beautiful flowers by Jiosia Designs is filled with details to pin!


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From the bride, Ashley: The one thing we knew for sure was that we wanted a beautiful, unique, intimate gathering which is what led us to a destination wedding (we have a very large social circle). Once we decided on Lake Tahoe, the style and ideas for decor and colors just came naturally! We also started with emerald green in our color palette due to the beautiful emerald engagement ring Josh designed for me. It also worked nicely with the rich landscape of the Aspens in Tahoe and the mountainous backdrop we were so fortunate to have.

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If I could sum up the style in 3 words, I’d say I was going for romantic, rustic and chic. We wanted to leverage the natural beauty that Tahoe offered, so we complemented with rich greens, fresh lavender and a million unique touches. I also really wanted an accent color and something unexpected, so we offset the deeper greens with vibrant mint greens. Oh my gosh, the ENTIRE wedding was DIY. Every single element of decor was hand done by my mother who spent an entire 8 months dedicated to it! We had hand designed ‘place mats’ at each seat that doubled as a place for guests to leave us well wishes that now live in a scrapbook we will have forever. Our name cards were made from vintage spools- we put paper straws in them and a tag with our guests name. Also, the letter flash cards we used to organize the name cards are vintage and my mom has had them for many many years. The silver candlesticks we used to line the head table were my grandmothers. My mom handmade ribbon wands that our guests waved when we were announced as husband and wife. We also used vintage style hankies in lieu of napkins that doubled as our wedding gift to our guests. I could go on forever, but absolutely everything was made unique with love by my mother.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Decide what’s most important about the day to the BOTH of you and make sure that you do your best to focus on the important things and just let the rest happen. Things will go wrong, stress will pop up, things will get expensive, but just get back to what is MOST important to you and focus your efforts there.

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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Marry Me,” Train
Bride’s Processional: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
Recessional: “Forever and Ever Amen,” Randy Travis
First Dance: “Wicked Game,” James Vincent McMorrow
Father/Daughter Dance: “Brown Eyed Girl,” Van Morrison

Wedding Location: Olympic Valley, CA / Photographer: Anita Martin / Floral Design and Wedding Coordinator: Amanda Drobnica of Jiosia Designs / Wedding Venue: PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn / Wedding Dress: Allure Couture / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: I gave them a color palette of emerald green dresses and mint green shoes / Hair: Laura Seegmiller of Salon Bella Vita / Makeup: Jennifer Ergut of Kiss & Make-up / Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Ties: The Tie Bar / Ceremony and Reception Music: Eric Dennis (family friend) / DJ: Derek Tarpey, Lake DJ / Officiant: Reverend Mark Frady

Intimate Park Wedding in Stockholm

Bohemian Weddings

The main reason I love park weddings is for their tangible intimacy, which is no more apparent than in Stephanie and Mikael’s wedding photographed by Therese Winberg Photography. Not only is Stephanie’s vintage gown and faux fur wrap a total winner, but how wonderful is her mermaid braid updo?


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From the bride, Stephanie: We knew we wanted a fall wedding. We also wanted the day to have a vintage feel, while also being homemade and relaxed.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Start on time. Surround yourself with people you trust when you plan. Try thinking creatively and come up with your own solutions. Have fun!

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From the photographer, Therese of Therese Winberg Photography: Stephanie and Mikael got married in a local park in Stockholm with some of their closest friends and families. Stephanie was glowing in her vintage dress, amazing hair done by her sister and with their first baby soon coming you could really feel the love all day. After the ceremony we went to Stephanie’s family home where a relaxed BBQ dinner with traditional games was held in the garage.

Wedding Location: Solna, Stockholm, Sweden / Photographer: Therese Winberg Photography / Florist: Blomsterpasagen Solna Centrum / Venue: Hagaparken Ekotemplet / Wedding Dress: Vintage / Jewelry: Bride’s own design / Hair: Louise Englund / Makeup: Bride / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Zara / Groom’s Suit: Oscar Jacobsen / Groom’s Shoes: Dr. Martens / Ceremony Musician: Jennifer Borge / Cake/Dessert: homemade / Officiant: Tobias Fredrixon / Stationery: Own design

1950s Inspired Scottish Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Photos by:

Christopher Currie

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.

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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.

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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!

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Wedding Music:
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

Whimsical Illinois Barn Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

If you’re as Pinterest-crazy as we are, you’re going to love this Illinois wedding. Filled with brass animal figurines and accents of teal and pink, there’s plenty to set your heart swooning. Thanks to photographer Kate Miller Photography and Adriana Amarei of Life Made Pretty for lending their talents on this one!

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From the bride, Niki: Our wedding day was a more artistic version of a DIY/Pinterest-y wedding, with tons of details, pops of coral, a bar in a silo, brass animal place settings, and a cocktail hour that was also a carnival. The venue was a gorgeous rehabbed barn complete with an little outdoor marketplace, duck pond and outdoor gazebo. There was some amazing floral and altar design by owner Adriana Amarei of Life Made Pretty including a wonderfully whimsical bouquet, florals in old gold and clear liquor bottles, and a fabulous floral-woven hutch to house the animal place settings.

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We used amazing rustic vintage rentals like old doors, food on barrels, carnival booths, and had an adorable bunting and buttercream cake (with a sneaky dog on the back). Bridesmaid gifts were vintage broached collected by the bride, each with an elaborate backstory to represent the very different personalities of each Maid. Groomsmen gifts were unique whimsical cufflinks tailored to each of the fellas interests and personalities.

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Wedding Location: Grayslake, IL / Photographer: Kate Miller Photography / Flowers: Adriana Amarei of Life Made Pretty / Wedding Venue: Byron Colby Barn / Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca / Groom’s Suit: Indochino / Wedding Cake: Luscious Layers Bakery / Cake Topper: Ladies & Gentleman Cake Toppers / Vintage Rentals: A La Crate Rentals

Denver Arts District Wedding

Elegant Weddings

Photos by:

Levi Tijerina

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:

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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.

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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.

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Wedding Music:
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

Elegant San Diego Wedding

Elegant Weddings

Photos by:

Caroline Tran

We’re so lucky to be able to share so much insight from brides about their wedding day and planning process, but it’s always a little extra special when we hear from the groom. We featured Jade and Susan’s engagement session earlier in the year, and Caroline Tran is back behind the camera capturing their equally-amazing wedding day!

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From the groom, Jade: After pure serendipity and 10 years in love with my best friend, I finally married my high school sweetheart on July 27, 2013 at the Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego, CA. With the help of our amazing wedding designer, planner, and coordinators from Amorology Weddings, we had a Marie Antoinette-themed wedding, accented with whimsical flowers, busts, books, vintage china, and of course, plenty of cake. Supported by the most amazing bundle of friends and family as our bridal party, we had a magical day in so many respects, with fun-filled surprises throughout.

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In the moments leading up to our American ceremony, we were both so anxious and excited to finally join hands at the altar we had been dreaming of for so long. Susan stuck with the tradition and was able to hide all details of the wedding dress from me, so the moment I saw her in her beautiful flowing champagne dress was truly unrehearsed and breathtaking. The reality of being on the brink of marrying the love of my life made it difficult to remember the words that were exchanged, but the feelings of overwhelming joy will never depart our hearts and minds. Through our vows, we were able to share so much of our history and love story with the world. Our Maid of Honor and Best Man also honored us by conducting the “tying of the knot.” We sealed our personal letters to one another (to be read on our anniversary) and retired our high school promise rings into a time capsule box.

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After our American wedding ceremony, we then immediately switched into our ethnic/traditional wear made of French and Indian silk and handmade flower garlands for our Thai/Laotian water ceremony. As a symbol of their blessings for our marriage, each guest was invited to pour water from a ceremonial conch onto our hands as they spoke their blessings and wishes of our marriage/love. While staying true to the traditional ethnic ceremony, we incorporated our own unique styles and personal touches as well by adopting a backdrop custom made by Amorology that highlighted the text, “You make my heart flutter.” Our ethnic wedding also featured gifts from Thailand, tagged with our caricatures custom-designed by a professional artist from Thailand – my cousin, Paikaeo!

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Our reception began with what we remember as a purely magical and fairytale-like moment – our first dance. Atop a custom-designed vinyl wrapped dance floor with the statement, “May I Have This Dance?,” we felt like we were on Cloud 9 and in a world of our own as we danced to “A Thousand Years” – an unexpected, yet truly fitting song given our story. We learned afterwards that our wedding party swayed and sang along with the music as well to further punctuate the enchanted moment. After a round of heartfelt speeches from our Best Man and Maid of Honor, I toasted to my wife and took down my first ever alcoholic beverage – what more fitting than the glass of champagne to honor my life partner?

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As we neared the conclusion of the dinner service, my groomsmen and I sat Susan down by the dance floor as we wooed her with a special surprise dance/skit/lip sync to the song “Everything” by Michael Buble. Susan had surprises of her own, as she followed with a special delivery of a cake custom-made by the incredible Stevi Auble of Hey There, Cupcake! – a multi-tiered Despicable Me and Ratatouille-themed cake, inspired by my love for cooking and two of my favorite Disney movies! As a tribute to the happiest day of our lives, “Perfect Day” by Holly Maher played as we made our first slice into our wedding cake as husband and wife – a moment we relive today and hold dear to our hearts. All our guests, from around, from afar, from childhood, from adulthood, danced the night away with us until the very last moment, where my groomsmen and I had one final surprise for Susan. Ushering all the guests out onto the hotel’s fountain terrace, we distributed 50 paper boats decorated with flowers and colorful LED lights, handmade by the groomsmen. The craft was a tribute to a Thai holiday, Loy Krathong, where the locals release boats into a river and make wishes for good luck, new beginnings, and positivity. These boats, coupled with bright sparklers, symbolized the wedding wishes of each of our guests and our final send-off for the evening. Though the evening came to a close, we were so excited to embark on our new beginning as a married couple.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? 1. Plan for the worst when it comes to the wedding venue, then hope for the best! Review all legal contracts in detail, even if it feels awkward. Think of all possible scenarios and make sure that the legal document is in your favor should anything occur (example: possible renovations without the client’s knowledge). 2. Re-purpose decorations between the ceremony and reception to save on costs (floral, backdrop, linens, candles etc). 3. Plan surprises! (The good kind.) ex: Loy Krathong, wedding gifts, involve your bridal party (flowers from the groomsmen to the bridesmaids), letters from the groomsmen to the bride, dances. 4. Even if you have a coordinator or wedding planner, pre-assign your bridal party to be your eyes and ears (especially the dinner service) to help make sure/remind the service is what you paid for. 5. Prioritize food, music, and parking (in that order) – 3 essential things your guests will likely remember most about your wedding.

Wedding Location: San Diego, CA / Photographer: Caroline Tran / Wedding Planner, Designer, and Props: Amorology Weddings / Floral Design: Blush Botanicals / Wedding Venue and Caterer: The Westgate Hotel / Wedding Dress: Kenneth Poole from Lovella Bridal / Wedding Veil: Maria Elena / Wedding Shoes: Valentino / Thai Wedding Dress: Phukaw, Hollywood, Aksarapak “Yaya” Bondu / Thai Flower Garlands: Sai’s Malai and Flowers / Hair and Makeup: Kelly Zhang / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ivy & Aster “Lierre” via Bella Bridesmaids / Bridesmaids’ Necklaces: Kate Spade “Take the Cake” Gold Chain in Pink / Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar / Parasols: Bella Umbrella / Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Suits: J. Crew “Ludlow” / Bow Ties: Fox & Brie / Groom’s Shoes: Gucci / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Hugo Boss “Chesterfield” / Rings: Robbins Brothers / Ring Pillow: Lo Boheme / Wedding Cake, Pink Bow Cake, Faux Cakes, Mini Cupcakes, and Cake Pops: Hey There, Cupcake! / Macarons and Dessert Shooters: Sweet and Saucy Shop / Cake Topper: Lil’ Cake Toppers / DJ, Emcee and Production: Riamu Entertainment / Cartoonist/Illustrator: Paikaeo Insawang, Bangkok, Thailand (paikaeo @ gmail.com) / Dance Floor: Platinum Pro / Linens, Napkins, and Cushions: La Tavola Linens / Vintage Plates: Vintage Table Co. / Officiant: JPR Weddings / Wedding Invitations and Paper Elements: Brightly Designed / Videographer: Rainbowfish Cinema

Handmade New Jersey Wedding

DIY Weddings

While this New Jersey wedding is sweet enough, it’s made even sweeter by the fact that the bride handmade so very many of the lovely details you see here. Love Me Do Photography captured the day, including the flowers provided and arranged by Love n Fresh Flowers and the bride. Get ready for some yellow + blue goodness:

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From the bride, Christine: In the very initial stages of planning our wedding, we decided to focus on what the day would feel like and not necessarily what it would look like. It was important to make it really feel like “us” which we achieved through all of the handmade elements and curated vintage pieces. Things I made included the cross-stitch table numbers, the fabric garlands that hung above the reception, the ribbon boutonnieres for groomsmen, the cement candle holders, the pinback buttons as part of the seating display, and the pom pom garland that framed us at the ceremony.

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Our family and friends all contributed to the wedding which we feel so grateful to have received. My Mom and Aunts helped make hundreds upon hundreds of pom poms. One of my bridesmaids is a graphic designer who designed our invitation suite and the imagery that later appeared on our pinback buttons and packaging for our honey jar favors. When it made sense to hire out for projects, we first looked to the handmade community and DIY businesses. After the wedding, one of the best compliments we continuously received was that when folks arrived at the wedding they instantly knew it was ours.

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From the groom, DJ: Music has always been a huge part of our lives. We both have backgrounds in college radio and journalism and we met while working for the same music marketing firm in Boston, so it was really important to us that we nailed the playlist. One selfish highlight was getting to play Madness, the Ramones, the Bouncing Souls, and Rancid in succession during the reception. Getting an entire dancefloor of friends and family shaking and smiling might go down as one of the greatest accomplishments of my life.

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Wedding Location: Clermont, NJ / Photographer: Love Me Do Photography / Flowers: Love n Fresh Flowers / Bridesmaids’ Flowers: Love n Fresh Flowers and Produce Junction in Northfield, NJ, arranged by bridal party / Wedding Venue, Caterer, and Day-of Coordination: Xenia Catering at The Abbie Holmes Estate / Wedding Dress and Veil: Mill Crest Vintage / Ceremony Shoes: Loeffler Randall / Reception Dress: BHLDN / Reception Shoes: vintage from eBay / Bride’s Jewelry: earrings from BHLDN, bracelets vintage from Etsy and gift from groom / Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: Bario-Neal / Hair: Artizan Salon / Makeup: Lauren Keenan / Groom’s Suit, Pocket Square, and Tie Clip: J. Crew / Groomsmen’s Shirts, Suspenders and Ties: The Grunion Run / Wedding Cake: The Bakeworks / Groom’s Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar / Honey Favors: Cape May Honey Farm / DJ: Dana McDonald / Save the Date Pennants: designed by Liz of Super Runaway / Fabric Printing: Spoonflower / Sewn by bride / Invitation Suite: designed by bridesmaid Monica Hargrove / Fabric Pockets sewn by bride

Colorful Manitoba Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Photos by:

Simply Rosie

We’re so delighted to have this wedding from Simply Rosie Photography to share, given that it’s full of colorful and whimsical inspiration for all you couples and planners out there. Amanda Douglas Events hit a home-run designing this Canadian wedding with enough touches of orange, coral, and teal to perk up the dreariest day!

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From the bride, Alyssa: We used our tag line a lot with “Better Together”, which is from our favourite Jack Johnson song. Our theme started with this because we both love having our independence (book club, volleyball, golf for me- he loves curling, hockey etc.) and we value this time apart, but we truly love doing things together and spending time with each other is better:)

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We wanted our wedding day to feel like a big family gathering. We were looking for something that was rustic and that felt like everyone could relax and have a good time. The instant we saw pictures of Danceland we were set on that as a venue. We wanted to do a Manitoba Destination Wedding so that it would be like a big family reunion. We really wanted everyone to come, relax, and enjoy this beautiful place (Clear Lake). We loved the big wooden beams in this venue and our favourite part is the wood floor that is made with horse hair in it. This old floor was made for dancing and it was literally bouncing the night of our wedding!

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Think of your wedding day as a relationship — pick your battles, enjoy the little things, and take in every minute of it! Try to choose your 2-3 things that are very important to you; whether it’s photography, decorations, music or whatever. Make those your priority and think of everything else as little details. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you get to marry the man of your dreams. Your commitment to each other in front of all your friends and family is truly the most important thing. Don’t get wrapped up in the “wrong purple” dilemma!

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “You and Me,” Dave Matthews Band
Bridesmaids’s Processional: “Ho Hey,” Maisy and Stella
Bride’s Processional: “Make You Feel My Love,” Adele
Recessional: bag pipe player
First Dance: “I Won’t Give Up,” Jason Mraz

Wedding Location: Wasagaming, Manitoba, Canada / Photographer: Simply Rosie Photography / Flowers: Bride’s aunt and friend / Event Coordinator: Amanda Douglas Events / Venues: Elkhorn Resort and Danceland / Bride’s Dress: Stella’s Bridal / Groom and Groomsmen’s suits: EPH Apparel / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Chose their own from various stores / Stationery: One Plus One Design / BagPiper: Colin Montgomery

Colorful Foresthill Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

The Goodness

Not only does The Goodness deliver awesome wedding images, they also provide the wedding invitation suite for many of their couples – including Ryan and Rene’s wedding. This big day is filled with bright and whimsical paper goods right down to the signs for the (many) dessert items.

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From the bride, René: Our wedding style evolved quite a bit over the year we had to plan it. The only staples we started out with were fun, colorful, good food, a ton of desserts, and stay true to who we are. It just evolved from there. Quite a few people tried to deter us from color, and to stick to just one or two colors or else it would get “too busy.” And to that we said, “challenge accepted!” We never even considered a run-of-the-mill wedding. Anything we could do differently we shot for. The most difficult part was figuring out how to include all the ideas we had without it seeming like a garage sale. Our biggest issue was too many ideas. In the end we figured out a way to include travel, food, color, and a lot of humor. And it all started with a pop-up save the date card.

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Our color scheme started as everything “I want the rainbow… without it looking like a rainbow.” From there my now-husband and Lisa from The Goodness had to reel me in. After many drafts of color palettes we all finally got to our color scheme. Which ended up being an array of tropical colors, which our wedding coordinator fondly referred to as a field of wild flowers. We ended with and offset rainbow in multiple shades of coral, orange, yellow, lime, teal, blue and orchid.

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The biggest challenge was figuring out the centerpieces, which actually ended up helping us define our theme. I was really stuck on having something besides a bouquet as the centerpiece. We had been to nearly a dozen weddings in the last year at which candy bars were extremely popular. One thing we kept noticing was it would be nearly demolished by the time dinner started because people just couldn’t stay away from an entire table of delicious treats. Dessert tables turn every adult into a sugar crazed 5 year old. Then we had an epiphany, why not just put a plate of desserts at each table! That was a turning point that clearly made desserts a focal point of the wedding, in fact the centerpieces. That then turned into a travel theme with each table becoming a place we’d traveled, with a corresponding dessert for the centerpiece.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? If you decide to take on DIY project, start as early as possible if you have the space to store it. Otherwise you’ll stress yourself out more than necessary. When everyone tells you your wedding day will go by “so quickly”, it will. DO plan for even 30 minutes of quite time with just the two of you, you’ll need it, and appreciate that you did. Remember that this is YOUR wedding (however that doesn’t mean to become a bridezilla). While there might be parts you have to compromise because of budget or time, remember why you’re planning this. Everyone around you will be so excited, that they’ll want to help and just want to see you happy, don’t be afraid of that.

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Wedding Music:
Pre-ceremony Seating: A mix of songs from the Vitamin String Quartet, specifically Michael Jackson, Cold Play, Muse and White Stripes
Bridal Party Processional: “All I Want Is You,” performed by Vitamin String Quartet
Bride’s Processional: “Thousand Years,” performed by Vitamin String Quartet
During cocktail hour we had a mix of Beatles, Brubeck, motown, and of course Richard Cheese. We really tried any way we could to sneak things in that would be comical, but you’d only catch if you were paying attention.
First Dance: “LOVE,” Nat King Cole
For our open dancing at the wedding we took all the requested songs from our mad-lib RSVP’s and had that added to our song list. That was mixed in with top 40’s. There were quite a bit of outlandish songs I had never heard of, but one was The Hokey Pokey, followed by Rydin’ Dirty. We had a fantastic DJ though that figured out a way to make it all transition smoothly.

Wedding Location: Foresthill, CA / Photographer, Videographer, and Paper Goods: The Goodness / Bouquet: Bride, Rene’s Fab Lab / Table Floral Arrangements: El Dorado Floral Design / Wedding Venue, Coordinator, Caterer, Cake, and Cupcakes: Forest House Lodge / Wedding Dress: Maggie Soterro via Enchanted Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Luxe Image / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Enchanted Bridal and J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: R. Douglas Designs / Groomsmen’s Suits: Crown Tailor / Desserts: Sweet Cakes by Rebecca / Caramels: Piece of Love Pie / Haupia, Cookies, Marshmallows: Bride’s family / Wedding Music: Hits Entertainment

Hickory Street Annex Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

Nine Photography

Stephanie and Glenn’s wedding is a Dallas dream come true: beautiful flower design, some rustic chic and naturally some plain old glamour thrown in. No detail was left out here thanks to the A-team talents of floral designers Bows & Arrows, stylists After Yes Weddings, and Nine Photography behind the camera. Make sure you don’t miss the show-stopping cake from Sugar Bee Sweets!

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From the bride, Stephanie: From the beginning, we knew we wanted our wedding to feel romantic and relaxed with a little glitz and glamour sprinkled in. Our families envisioned something traditional, and we wanted something a little more unique. We tried to create a day that really captured both aesthetics. Our venue, Hickory Street Annex, was a perfect location for our reception. It is a blank palette that can be transformed into everything you envisioned for your day. We used cafe lights and chandeliers to give the rustic venue, the soft, romantic feel we were going for. Ultimately, we wanted the day to feel like a big party celebrating the start of our lives together, and I think we accomplished just that.

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Since we had a spring wedding, I decided to go with a palette of pastels. Our official colors were mint, peach, rose and gold. I focused on Mint/Peach/Gold throughout our decor and used the flowers to bring in the rosy-pink color. After scouring Pinterest, wedding blogs, and magazines, I had a massive list of DIY projects I wanted to take on. I ended up editing it down to the hand full of projects I knew wouldn’t stress me out too much and that I could actually complete! Some of my DIY projects included: streamer curtain backdrops for the head table, cake table, and Instax photo guest book area; I designed/created chalkboard-inspired drink menus for each side of the bar; signs for the guest book table and the glow stick table; hanging sign behind the cake table; peach colored mason jars to hold the bouquets; biscotti favors with custom labels (with the help of my Grandma); hanging ribbon/sequin escort card display.

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One of my favorite memories from my wedding day was getting to sneak a few minutes alone with Glenn to eat dinner together. It was nice to just take a deep breath and be in the moment with each other. Another favorite would have to be all of the speeches. The best men were on point, my sister was sweet but also hilarious, and my dad’s speech was perfect. Last but not least, I loved being able to hang out with my mom, sister and friends at the hotel while we got ready for the wedding. The day couldn’t have been more perfect.

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What advice do you have, if any, for brides planning their wedding day now? I think if I could go back and give myself any advice, it would be to enjoy every moment of the process… even the stressful ones. The time will fly by, so be present in every moment. And when you get stressed, just concentrate on all of the exciting new adventures ahead of you and your guy… or the relaxing honeymoon you are about to take! :)

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newlyweds first dances

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light stick getaways


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Wedding Music:
Seating of Families: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” Johann Sebastian Bach
Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Bride’s Processional: “Prince of Denmark’s March,” Jeremiah Clarke
Recessional: Hornpipe from Water Music, George Frideric Handel
Newlywed Entrance: “Somebody to Love,” Queen
First Dance: “Where You Go,” Charlene Soraia
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Little Girl,” Tim McGraw
Mother/Son Dance: “My Wish,” Rascal Flatts
Secret Last Dance Alone before exit: “Sea of Love,” Cat Power

Wedding Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: Nine Photography / Event Design and Planning: After Yes Weddings / Flowers: Bows & Arrows / Ceremony Venue: Royal Lane Baptist Church / Reception Venue: Hickory Street Annex / Wedding Dress: Lazaro via Stardust Celebrations / Veil: Vera Wang / Wedding Shoes: ShoeMint / Earrings: Nadri / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN / Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Suit Supply / Men’s Ties: Solid Color Neckties / Wedding Caterer: Gil’s Elegant Catering / Desserts: Sugar Bee Sweets / DJ: Ryan Lee of Astounding Sounds / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Rebekah Disch Designs / Art Print on Invitation: Michelle Armas

Seattle Ballroom Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Andria Lindquist

Editing down the number of images for today’s wedding was no small task, let me tell you. Every single image from Andria Lindquist is such a beautiful sight to see! Blakeley and Matt married in Seattle’s The Arctic Club, which is a showstopper of a venue if I’ve ever seen one. Just wait until you see the ballroom for their reception space!

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From the bride, Blakely: My inspiration was from my love and appreciation of classy, regal, timeless elegance of the 1920’s. However, I wanted to spice it up with the excitement of glamorous sequins and beading, giving the regal theme some personality and fun.

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sequin bridesmaids dresses

My favorite moment of the entire day was peaking into the ceremony room with my future husband once it had been completely finished. We were both completely awe struck and overtook with tears. We couldn’t speak; we just looked at each other with our hearts full and soaking wet faces.

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black tie groomsmen

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black tie weddings

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bridesmaid prayer circles

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black tie weddings

Any advice to future brides planning their weddings now? Whenever a decision comes up, just go with your gut feeling and then stick with it and feel great about it. It’s not about how others would do it, or what other people think, it’s YOUR day and YOU should enjoy it. I believe most of the reason I enjoyed the process so much was because I was excited about each decision I made, and then I stuck with it so my stress level was usually low.

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black tie cake tables

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black tie getaways


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Wedding Location: Seattle, WA / Photographer: Andria Lindquist / Second Shooter: Phil Chester / Floral Design: Stacy Anderson / Event Coordinator: Stephanie Solomon Event Planning
/ Wedding Venue and Caterer: The Arctic Club / Wedding Dresses: Sarah Seven via The Dress Theory / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nordstrom / Groom’s Attire: Wall Street Custom Clothiers / Wedding Cakes: New Renaissance and Simply Desserts Seattle / DJ: YourSongDJ / Linen: La Tavola Linen

Colorado Springs Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Photos by:

Cassidy Brooke

A bride who decks out not only herself in a jacket, but her bridesmaids too? Color us smitten. Austin and Stephanie’s Colorado is one of the more intimate affairs we’ve seen, but it easily proves that having a small wedding doesn’t mean you should skimp on any details you truly love. Thank you to Cassidy Brooke for sharing your gorgeous images with us!

Colorado Springs Wedding

From the bride, Stephanie: When Austin and I would dream about our wedding two words always came to mind: intimate and romantic, and that’s just what we got. With just 25 of our closest friends and families to witness our special day we pulled off a dreamy woodsy wedding with pops of gold glitter… because who doesn’t love gold glitter?

Colorado Springs Wedding

Colorado Springs Wedding

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We wanted to let the gorgeous scenery around us speak for itself but add touches of us here and there. With the small budget we were on almost all of our wedding was DIY. From the handmade invites, flowers, and garlands to the 60 year old quilts, Greek cookies and lavender lemonade we had so many personal touches and help from our families we couldn’t have asked for anything more.

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bride wearing boots

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My advice for brides would be to slow down and to truly enjoy your special moment! Everyone told us that wedding days go by so fast and they do! So when you and your man get a chance stop and breathe it all in. We took lots of videos and pictures throughout our day so we could look at them that night together. Have a blast because all of the hard work you put into your day really truly pays off and turns out perfect!

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bridesmaids in jackets

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rustic wedding ideas

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gold heart cake toppers

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Watch the sweet video by JDJ Creation:

Wedding Music:
Processional and Recessional: “Your Hand in Mine,” Explosions in the Sky
First Dance: “Just the Way You Are,” Bruno Mars, sung by friend Raynard Chaney

Wedding Location: Colorado Springs, CO / Photographer: Cassidy Brooke / Ceremony Venue: Fox Run Regional Park / Reception Venue: Private Residence / Flowers: Whole Foods, arranged by groom’s mother / Wedding Dress: Galina Signature Collection via David’s Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Bakers / Headband: Anthropologie / Bride’s Necklace: Ruche / Hair: Brandi Anderson / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Express / Bridesmaids’ Jackets: Forever 21 / Groom and Groomsmen’s Pants: Banana Republic / Wedding Caterer: My Big Fat Greek Restaurant / Desserts: Whole Foods / Videographer: JDJ Creation

Savannah Destination Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Geoff Duncan

When it’s one of the biggest days of your life, what’s a little rain? Bride Megan didn’t let the bad weather forecast get to her, and was rewarded with parted skies as soon as she walked down the aisle to her new husband, David. Our thanks go out to Geoff Duncan, who photographed their wedding and shared these gorgeous images with us!

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From the bride, Megan: David proposed to me in Savannah last July. We are originally from Texas but our first duty station for the military was there, where we lived for two years. So Savannah holds a special place in our hearts, and couldn’t have been better suited for our wedding! With an original wedding date of Oct 2013 I felt like I had plenty of time to plan, until over Christmas we had to change our date (due to Uncle Sam) and moved it all the way up to February 16th! The day we returned from our small vacation my fiancé (at the time) left for training and was gone for over 3 weeks with zero contact. And yes, I mean zero contact. Wheeew! That’s how I was feeling. So the 6-week wedding planning process began!


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newlyweds first looks

When deciding colors I knew that I wanted to use succulents, so I immediately chose mint. I wanted to keep everything else pretty soft to go along with the environment, like the Spanish moss in Savannah, so I let the bridesmaids choose their own dress. They picked lacy combinations of creams and blushes. A few of them wore mint colored cardigans the day of to stay a little more warm. I love the mis-matched look anyways and it all worked together so well.


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I wanted the picnic style seating for dinner and over a couple weeks of trying to figure out a way to bring the ‘fancy’ down a notch, it finally came to me- kraft paper table tops! I played around at home with mock-up tables and decided that we would have the placemats chalked out for each seating. The china and glassware that we had collected would be set, and I ordered flour sack dish towels that had a green stripe to use as napkins for the guests. We love art and wanted our guests to be able to be creative so we provided oil pastels and chalk on the tables so guests could doodle during cocktail hour or at dinner, and by placing a name place stamp in the corner of each placemat they could write their name in so we know who each artist was! The coordinators rolled them up at the end of night, and we had so much fun checking out our guests artistic skills! It was probably my best idea yet!


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clothesline guest books

Any advice for brides planning their weddings? I planned my wedding in 6 weeks! -Don’t do that! Well, I had no choice however, just be organized, & pick your top three things you will NOT budge on for your big day and stick to it! My top 3 were photography, my gown, and my guest list. The make the budget cuts in the other areas. DIY might sound difficult, and its a lot of work but so rewarding! When you are able to stand back and look at all of your details that you specifically had a hand in, you appreciate it so much more and so will your guests! Have fun with it, because when the day comes it will pass so quickly!


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rainy wedding ideas

vintage wedding receptions

rainy wedding ideas

vintage dessert tables

My favorite memory of the wedding: It rained just about all morning- well, it drizzled if that sounds any better! The ceremony site was about 8 miles away and on the radar that area looked much worse & the more bad weather was moving in. While hanging out in anticipation at the ceremony site the wedding coordinator shot in and said we were getting going early because the rain (more rain) was on its way! The line up began, and everyone started being ushered out- very quickly. I should mention it was also about 20 degrees colder that day than anticipated! Needless to say guests were shivering and holding jackets over their heads to stay dry. Not ideal for your wedding day. The instrumentalists had packed up already, and as Dad and I began walking out under an umbrella, in the silence (it was a bit awkward!) as we moved closer to the aisle the rain began to slow down. Once I stepped into the aisle the rain stopped completely, the wind became calm and the violin began playing again. After my Dad gave me away, the moment I took David’s hand the sun broke through the clouds and shined right on us! It couldn’t have been more perfect. It was by no means a coincidence, all by purpose, that so many people were able to witness such a special moment for us. I know they say rain on your wedding day is good luck, but sheesh! But by far my favorite memory!


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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Entrance: “Let’s Get It Started,” Black Eyed Peas
First Dance: “Turning Page,” Asleep at Last
Father/Daughter Dance: “Wildflowers,” Tom Petty
Mother/Son Dance: “The Way You Look Tonight,” Frank Sinatra

Wedding Location: Savannah, GA / Wedding Photographer: Geoff Duncan / Ceremony Venue: Wormsloe Historic Site / Reception Venue: Brockington Hall / Week-of-Wedding Coordinator: Morgan Gallo Events / Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Kiwi Fleur / Ceremony Flowers: Hand made my bride and bridal party / Reception Flowers: Bulk from Sams Club / Wedding Gown: Leanne Marshall / Head Piece and Cuff: Johanna Johnson / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles / Cover- up and Earrings: BHLDN / Gold Sash: Handmade by bride / Hair and Makeup: Rebecca Wash / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Esther, BCBG, Urban Outfitters, and Modiva / Tuxedos: Vera Wang Black / Wedding Caterer: Paula Deen’s The Lady & Sons / Wedding Cake: Homemade by a friend’s mother / Wedding Cake Toppers: Bunting hand made by the bride, letterpress pieces collected at Savannah’s Paris Market / Cakes and Pies: Joe’s Homemade Cafe / DJ: Don of Rockjocks / Menus, Programs and Labels: Handmade by the bride and groom / Favors and Coffee Bar Goods: Tulle and Twig / Event Rentals: In Any Event / Table Decor, Centerpieces, China, and Glassware: Bride and groom / Other Paper Goods: vintage wood forks/straws- angieheartsjared / Name Stamp Kit: BHLDN / Transportation: Old Savannah Trolleys

Metropolitan Building NYC Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Over the years, there have been a few venues that have taken up residence in our hearts as favorite wedding locations — without question, one of them is New York City’s The Metropolitan Building. Add in images from Redfield Photography, styling by Green Apple Weddings and Events, and floral arrangements from Xylem & Phloem, and you’ve got one heck of a winner in our books — Jess and Carmen’s wedding!

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From the bride, Jess: We started designing our wedding with a theme in mind, but as time went on the idea evolved & the color palate expanded. We ended up with something that was so personal & unique to us. We began adding things that are reflections of our interests: books as centerpieces, wine bottles as vases & postcards as the guestbook. Every detail we chose seemed to mesh perfectly with the decor of the Metropolitan Building, which has such a beautiful shabby chic feel. It was also important to add a lot of DIY elements.


Brooklyn Metropolitan Building wedding

Brooklyn Metropolitan Building wedding

Brooklyn Metropolitan Building wedding

Brooklyn Metropolitan Building wedding

Brooklyn Metropolitan Building wedding

Brooklyn Metropolitan Building wedding

Brooklyn Metropolitan Building wedding

Brooklyn Metropolitan Building wedding

With some help from a lovely bridesmaid, I made the paper chains that lined the aisle & other garlands that covered the dance floor. I also hand stamped all the escort cards & hot glued the corks together for the stands. It all came together beautifully with the help of my ridiculously talented florist, day-of-coordinator & Metropolitan staff. When I walked into the room everything was exactly as I had envisioned it. It was overwhelming (& satisfying) to see a years worth of planning come to fruition & for the room to be filled with everyone that we love.


Brooklyn Metropolitan Building wedding

Brooklyn Metropolitan Building wedding

Brooklyn Metropolitan Building wedding

Brooklyn Metropolitan Building wedding

Brooklyn Metropolitan Building wedding

Favorite memories… when Carmen & I had our 1st look before the ceremony, walking up the aisle & seeing everyone that I have ever loved in my whole life smiling back at me and really being able to dance. There was no holding back on the dance floor from me or anyone else, it was amazing.


Brooklyn Metropolitan Building wedding

Brooklyn Metropolitan Building wedding

Brooklyn Metropolitan Building wedding

Brooklyn Metropolitan Building wedding

Brooklyn Metropolitan Building wedding

Brooklyn Metropolitan Building wedding

My advice to brides is definitely get a coordinator for the day of & when the stress of planning becomes slightly overwhelming remember that “it’s just a party” that was our mantra during the last few weeks before the wedding. It helped us to put it in perspective and not to get too wrapped up in the last minute stress.


Brooklyn Metropolitan Building wedding

Brooklyn Metropolitan Building wedding

Brooklyn Metropolitan Building wedding


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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Baby’s Arms,” Kurt Vile
Bridal Processional: “Song for Jesse,” Nick Cave, Warren Ellis
Recessional: “Born to Run,” Bruce Springsteen
First Dance: “If I Should Fall Behind,” Bruce Springsteen
Father/Daughter Dance: “Imagine a Jump,” Mighty Mike Van Halen/John Lennon mashup
Mother/Son Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles

Wedding Location: Long Island City, NY / Photographer: Redfield Photography / Event Planner: Green Apple Weddings and Events / Floral Designer: Xylem & Phloem / Venue: The Metropolitan Building / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham Bridal / Shoes: BCBG / Hair and Makeup: Jackie Schneider Beauty / Bridesmaid’s Dress: BHLDN / Caterer: Maia Pearl / Cake Designer: Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery / Invitation Designer: Rifle Paper Company

Art Deco-Meets-Handmade-Fete Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Photos by:

Adrian Tuazon

Last year, we shared Ali and Jake’s engagement session and today I get to share their wedding! I love seeing how couples’ styles translate into their weddings, and you will love theirs. Adrian Tuazon was once again at task capturing these gorgeous images:

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Art deco inspired wedding

From the bride, Ali (who is also a children’s clothing designer): Our wedding was Art Deco Elegance meets Town Hall fete with a bit of rustic woodland thrown in :) There were lots of vintage silver and gold with touches of olive green and peach. I collected all of the antique silverware for the centerpieces as well as making pretty much everything else. Hand screenprinted napkins with handmade paper flags for the guests. Hand painted signs and tablecloths. Mismatched vintage plates in gold and silver. Homemade bunting and chair wreaths.


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Art deco inspired wedding

Melbourne wedding

Art deco inspired wedding

Melbourne wedding

I really wanted to get married in a little old church, and Mentone Uniting Church was just darling. We are both Christians so getting married in a church was a must. It had a beautiful small congregation who were so accommodating to our day and the presence of the space was just perfect. It was quiet and rustic, without being too big or too small.


Melbourne wedding

Art deco inspired wedding

Melbourne wedding

Art deco inspired wedding

Melbourne wedding

Melbourne wedding

Art deco inspired wedding

Melbourne wedding

Art deco inspired wedding

Melbourne wedding

Oakleigh Town Hall has a perfect mix of old art deco style that has been refurbished for more modern uses. Verdant green doors and hardwood polished floors gave it an old style country hall feel and the exterior is just amazing with the carved mechanics institute signage. It had a great stage for the band and a great kitchen for the catering. Doing the wedding on a budget meant that city owned halls were just the perfect price for us also.


Melbourne wedding

Art deco inspired wedding

Melbourne wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Choose a style and stick with it :) Don’t be afraid to try an expensive idea DIY but leave plenty of time for mistakes.


Melbourne wedding

Art deco inspired wedding

Melbourne wedding

Melbourne wedding


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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Such Great Heights,” The Postal Service
Recessional: “Gobbledygook,” Sigur Ross
First Dance: “Have Love, Will Travel,” Richard Berry (The Sonics version)

Wedding Location: Melbourne, Australia / Photographer: Adrian Tuazon / Ceremony Venue: Mentone Uniting Church / Reception Venue: Oakleigh Town Hall / Caterer: MoreISH Catering Solutions / Florist: Flos Florum in Malvern did the reception flowers. Flower Girls in Mornington did the bouquets / Groom’s suit: Suits from Asos / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridesmaids dresses from Anthropologie, Modcloth and eBay / Birdcage Veil: Etsy / Wedding Cake: made by brdie’s mother with custom Totoro cake figures by The Petite Geek / Wedding Dress: Tadashi Shoji purchased off eBay (for just $300!) / Bride and bridesmaids makeup: Jessica Whitelock / Shoes: Seychelles, I Do Shoes / Hair: Telisha Delaney at Di Valore Salon / DJ: Benny and the Pheromones, groom’s funk and soul cover band / Wedding invitations: made by the bride Paper Squad for the card stock and had them printed by Curry Printing in Mornington / Videographer: Video shot by friend Harley Hamer, edited by groom Jacob

Industrial Glam Melbourne Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Photos by:

Louisa Bailey

I could easily build an entire feature around Catherine and Julian’s reception tables — they’re just that incredible — but the beauty in this wedding from Louisa Bailey doesn’t stop there. It continues with Catherine’s incredible gown and accessories from Johanna Johnson, Julian’s participation in the reception music, and the lush floral arrangements from Cecilia Fox. I promise you’re going to fall in love!

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From the bride, Catherine: We wanted our wedding to be fun and relaxed with a mix of glamour and elegance. There was no theme as such but when making decisions in regard to the type of wedding we wanted, we focused on things important to us such a wonderful food and great music. We both love to dance so it was critical everyone was up on the dance floor early in the evening!


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sophisticated australian weddings

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When it came to the actual décor and colour theme, we had had a fabulous florist in Cecilia Fox who used white creams and green winter blooms with accents of rich burgundy and violet. Julian’s Dad made the square wooden boxes used for our centerpieces which were filled and overflowing with winter blooms and foliage and berries.


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sophisticated australian weddings

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sophisticated australian weddings

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purple wedding reception ideas

sophisticated australian weddings

purple wedding reception ideas

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Ensure you take the time to choose a wedding photographer that you connect with and who has shot previous weddings that make you smile!


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purple wedding reception ideas

sophisticated australian weddings

purple wedding reception ideas

sophisticated australian weddings

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Wedding Music:
Julian’s Dad played a selection of bluegrass songs on Mandolin during the welcoming and ceremony. As for the first dance, one of my friends choreographed a routine that we attempted to perform to Icehouse’s Electric Blue. Julian plays saxophone, so halfway through the dance jumped up on stage and played the sax solo!

Wedding Location: Melbourne, Australia / Wedding Photographer: Louisa Bailey / Pre-ceremony Venue: Chrysalis Gallery / Wedding Venue: The Substation / Wedding Flowers: Cecilia Fox / Wedding Dress, Veil, and Headpiece: Johanna Johnson / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Makeup: Karen Burton / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nicolangela / Groom’s Suit: Harrolds Melbourne / Wedding Caterer: Artistic Catering / Wedding Cake: Chocolate Rose / Wedding Music: The Harpoons / DJ: Rainbow Connection / Wedding Invitations: printed by Taylor’d Press

Best of 2012: Reception

Design Inspiration

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As the year comes to a close in the next few days, we wanted to kick off this back-to-work week with some of our favorite receptions of 2012 — a mix of our personal faves and popular features that made this year beam with creativity. In no particular order, here are 10 wedding receptions and tablescapes of 2012:

This hippie inspired table designed by Enjoy Events Co. and captured by Tinywater Photography is such a keeper, you must view every single detail and you will understand why.
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All the way from New Zealand, this wedding by Vela Images is a stunner. The long tables really set the mood for a chic intimate dinner.
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The image below alone doesn’t even scratch the surface of how beyond amazing this wedding really is. Captured by n.barrett photography and designed by Bows and Arrows, this Dallas wedding is for sure to pin your little heart out.

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This Long Island wedding shot by Matt Miller of Our Labor of Love is summer nuptials perfection: pops of cheery hues under a tent by the shore.

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Just the right amount of whimsy in this Texan wedding captured by Sara & Rocky.

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Darling from end to end, this ombre wedding designed by Sweet Sunday Events and captured by Al Gawlik is still making the rounds on Pinterest:

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So much to love about this Santa Barbara wedding shot by Jen Rodriguez and designed by Adored Wedding Design:
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On Cloud 9 wedding inspiration created by Couture Events by Lottie and captured by nbarrett photography:

The couple from this wedding shot by The Life You Love went for an Heirloom and Lace inspiration, mixing what was meaningful to them with what they loved, vintage finds.

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This carnival inspired wedding by event designer Very Merry Events and shot by Alfred & Emma Photography is a beaut!

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Houston Station Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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You might say I have a little obsession with all things Nashville myself, so when I saw the wedding of newlyweds Jessie and Austin sent over by Jessie Holloway Photography, I did a little dance. Houston Station was the perfect setting for the couple’s reception, with its warm atmosphere and easy styling. And don’t miss the cake from The Bake Shoppe, a perfectly ruffled confection!

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From the bride, Jessie: We love all things Nashville, vintage, and are passionate about music. We wanted a slightly less formal event that showcased our personalities and made everyone feel at home. We wanted to spend the entire day surrounded by people we love and making great memories.


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Houston Station Nashville Wedding

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Houston Station Nashville Wedding

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Houston Station Nashville Wedding

bridesmaids in pink

Houston Station Nashville Wedding

Our floral/event designer best described our theme as “a little bit southern, and a little bit rock and roll.” We used soft peaches and pinks mixed with a “mason jar” blue to keep with the vintage southern theme. My grandmother and great aunt made homemade jams for the biscuit bar and then also to handout to guests as favors.


Houston Station Nashville Wedding

bride and groom

Houston Station Nashville Wedding

indoor reception decor

Houston Station Nashville Wedding

indoor reception decor

Houston Station Nashville Wedding

indoor reception decor

Houston Station Nashville Wedding

indoor reception decor

Houston Station Nashville Wedding

chair back streamers

Houston Station Nashville Wedding

indoor reception lights

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Hire a planner! It was the best decision I made. I would also suggest that brides stay true to themselves and incorporate their personality into the wedding. After all, it is your day.


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Houston Station Nashville Wedding

indoor cake tables

Houston Station Nashville Wedding

indoor first dances


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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Tupelo Honey,” Van Morrison
Bridal Processional: “Wonderful Tonight,” Eric Clapton
Recessional: “Bright Side of the Road,” Van Morrison
First Dance: “Hung the Moon,” Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

Wedding Location: Nashville, TN / Wedding Photographer: Jessie Holloway Photography / Ceremony Venue: Owen Chapel / Reception Venue: Houston Station / Event Planner: A Delightful Day Event Planning / Wedding Flowers: Brocade Nashville / Wedding Dress: Casablanca / Wedding Veil: Toni Federici / Wedding Shoes: Dillards / Hair and Makeup: Meagan Murrah of Tangles Salon, Hendersonville TN / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dillards / Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse / Ties: J. Crew / Wedding Caterer: Bacon and Caviar Catering / Wedding Cake: The Bake Shoppe / Ice Cream Sandwiches: The Sugar Wagon / DJ: High Tone Entertainment / Linens and Coverings: Southern Events Party Rental / Wedding Invitations: Brocade Nashville / Transportation: Grand Avenue

Heirloom and Lace Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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Haley and Jon wouldn’t let a little sprinkling of rain put a damper on their wedding day — far from it, in fact. Looking at these images from The Life You Love, you’d never even know there was a drop from the sky! Jessica of Something To Celebrate worked with the bride to create a truly intimate family affair, resulting in a gorgeous wedding day full of smiles, lace, and some seriously awesome details.

indoor first dances

From the coordinator, Jessica of Something To Celebrate: When I first met with Haley and her mom, Marla, they spoke fondly of their family farm, where they would have loved to host Haley and Jon’s wedding celebration. Our goal was to create that comfortable but intimate family farm feel, but at a location convenient to overnight accommodations, transportation, air travel, etc.


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groom and groomsmen

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burlap wrapped programs
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bridal processional

Drawing from the family farm appeal, we created an “heirloom and lace” theme for Haley and Jon’s wedding. The family wedding pictures, antique keys, and personalized items such as the bottle-stick aisle markers created by the groom, brought a familiar comfort to the atmosphere of this wedding, while the vintage floral vessels, handkerchief wedding invitations, and Marla’s collection of lace kept the wedding design light and delicate.


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outdoor wedding recessionals
outdoor wedding recessionals

bride and groom outdoors

groom with groomsmen

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bride getting dressed
bride getting dressed
bridesmaids in blush dresses
bride red lipstick
bride getting dressed
bride getting dressed

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indoor reception decor

Although rain sprinkled their wedding day, Haley and Jon were married outside, beneath a canopy of fresh babies breath, and joyfully recessed to Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” Wedding guests enjoyed celebrating with food, drinks, dancing, and a dessert display complete with a scoop of ice cream to top it off. The night ended as Haley and Jon were driven away in the groomsman’s vintage car.


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indoor wedding receptions

rustic wedding ideas

wedding reception cupcakes

outdoor wedding recessionals
indoor first dances

lace trim candles

burlap wedding signs

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Wedding Location: Austin, TX / Wedding Photographer: The Life You Love / Wedding Coordinator: Something To Celebrate / Wedding Venue: Vista West Ranch / Wedding Flowers: Petal Pushers / Hair and Makeup: Sari Seibert / Wedding Caterer: Pink Avocado / Beverages: Served Bartending / Pies: Tiny Pies / Cupcakes: Sugar Mama’s / Ceremony and Reception Music: Complete Music / Cocktail Hour Music: Little Elmore Reed Blues Band / Photobooth: Annie Ray / Officiant: James Bryan Smith James

Country Californian Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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This wedding has an amazing mix of opposites — indoor and outdoor, rustic and romantic, whimsical and practical — and we couldn’t be more sold on the results. The couple even recruited the help of a brass band who tops off the wedding aesthetic perfectly! Shannen Norman was there to capture the day absolutely perfectly.

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From the bride, Kathryn: I envisioned an effortless organic style. True to the location we embraced the lavender fields and natural inspiration that surrounded us by incorporating hints of beige and green into our wedding parties wardrobe. In keeping with an effortless theme (FYI not so effortless) we handcrafted everything from wedding signs, floral arrangements to paper flowers and cupcake towers.

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country californian wedding by shannen norman

country californian wedding by shannen norman

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? 1) Here is what I will say… “The dress DOES matter!” It doesn’t have to be an expensive dress but it does have to be the dress that you want. No one looks at or comments on anything more than you and your dress that day. 2) Do not be involved in setting things up the day of your wedding. 3) Allow ample amount of time to get ready and feel ready.

country californian wedding by shannen norman

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country californian wedding by shannen norman

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country californian wedding by shannen norman

country californian wedding by shannen norman

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Wedding Vendors (Cherry Valley, CA):

Wedding Venue: Highland Springs Resort / Wedding Photographer: Shannen Norman Photography / Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini / Wedding Shoes: 7 For All Mankind / Wedding Veil: David’s Bridal / Wedding Planner: Rachel Tetrow / Wedding Flowers: Robin with Infinity Bouquet / Bride’s Hair: Chelsea Neilson at Aveda (Redlands, CA) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: preowned by bridesmaids / Wedding Music: The Petrojvic Blasting Company / Cupcakes: Sprinkles / Wedding Invitations: Vista Print