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Whimsical German Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

Lea Bremicker

A blush pink BHLDN wedding gown, German countryside, and a couple so darling they nearly make your cheeks sore from smiling — today’s wedding, captured by Lea Bremicker, has all of that and more. With flowers from Lilly Deluxe and a true labor of love DIY effort from the bride and groom, this wedding has tons to share – so let’s jump in!

whimsical german wedding - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

From the bride, Nina: We wanted our wedding to be a fun, relaxed and intimate vintage farmhouse wedding. We were happy for our wedding to be a little different, just as the location was. We found this beautiful little mill/farmhouse on the countryside close to the border of Germany and the Netherlands (I’m from Germany + Alex is from the Netherlands), which was absolutely unique and when we saw it we knew we had found the perfect place for our German-Dutch wedding.

bride getting ready - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

bride and groom - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

lush bridal bouquets - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

delicate wedding details - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

blush wedding gowns - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

floral bouquets - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

wedding ceremony decorations - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

For the decoration everything was colorful, handmade and mixed together. We wanted to incorporate vintage and unique elements and really wanted to do a lot of things by ourselves to express who we are and what we like. Also it was important for us not to cover the uniqueness of the farmhouse. The little hearts for our guests to find their seat, the garlands, the table decoration, everything was made by us. For months we collected a lot of mason jars to fill them with flowers or candles. We even designed and created our own invitations. It was fun doing this together and made us look forward to our special day.

groom during processional - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

wedding ceremonies - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

newlywed ring exchange - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

blue suit grooms - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

paper heart details - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

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cute seating charts - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

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wedding receptions - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

newlyweds during receptions - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

balloon releases - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? From the beginning, you have a certain idea of how everything should be. For us it always was important that the whole day feels like us. We wanted to spend a great day with our family and friends. During the preparation and at the end of the day you will notice that not everything will turn out as planned but for us it didn’t matter and everything came together even more beautifully than we have imagined it. Our advice is just to celebrate the day just as the two of you would want it to be, enjoy every moment as it is and have a lot of fun.

wedding receptions - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

rustic wedding receptions - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

cake topper bunting - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

paper tissue garlands - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

rustic wedding cakes - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

wedding reception desserts - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/

eclectic dessert tables - photo by Lea Bremicker http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-german-wedding/


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Wedding Music:
Groom’s Processional: “Hier kommt Alex,” die Toten Hosen
Bride’s Processional: “Floating Dance,” Alejandro de Pinedo
Recessional: “Hey Ho,” The Lumineers
First Dance: “Bis ans Ende der Welt,” Udo Lindenberg
Groom: The dance was so special and intimate to us, we danced to the song “Bis ans Ende der Welt” from Udo Lindenberg. This moment accomplished this very special day.

Wedding Location: Germany / Photographer: Lea Bremicker / Flowers: Lilly Deluxe / Venue: Old farmhouse / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Wedding Shoes: Menbur / Makeup: Catharina Ufer / Groom’s Suit: Thomas Baldwin / Groom’s Shoes: Floris van Bommel / Wedding Cake and Cupcakes: Dehly & deSander Pâtisserie

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[seven-degrees]

A new angle on the art of entertaining. [seven-degrees] is an award-winning & full-service events venue. At [seven-degrees] we provide a range of services which are layered together to create a complete wedding experience. Our property, winner of the Architecture Guild Award, is a 25,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor gallery noted for its modern design and elegant feel. Our [seven-degrees] Coordination team will assist you in implementing your unique vision for the space. We understand the intricacies of planning a distinct ceremony and reception and take pleasure in working with couples throughout each stage of the process. You’ll enjoy customizing your menu with our Executive Chef and meet with our Wedding Coordinators and Design Team to make choices regarding design and décor (including presentation, technology, lighting and floral arrangement).

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Intimate Irish Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Katie Purnell

Oh my goodness, do I ever envy the ingenuity of today’s bride. Not only did she gold-leaf her own wedding shoes once she couldn’t find the perfect pair in shops, but she actually assembled her own wedding gown from a mix of pieces from ASOS, Etsy, and Michaels. There are plenty of visual treats to behold in this one from the lovely Katie Purnell, so let’s get started:

intimate irish wedding - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

From the bride, Kristin: The style we hoped to achieve for our wedding was whimsical, magical, and warm. We were asking our guests to join us on another continent in the middle of the winter, so we wanted to be sure that the wedding felt like a big family gathering, complete with roaring fires and cozy warm socks. We hoped to make sure that the guests enjoyed the holiday atmosphere that Dingle, Ireland already offered, simply highlighted by our own details and touches. We focused on winter colors and textures to really bring this vision to life.


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unique wedding invitations - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

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blue green bouquets - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

gold wedding shoes - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

green blue bouquets - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Ranunculus, grey berzillia berries, gold painted leaves, twigs, pine needs, pine cones, greenery.

lace tulle gowns - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

Our theme was the untamed Irish Countryside, and our colors were drawn from that inspiration. Our colors were navy, champagne, olive green, gold and ivory. We also incorporated other earth-tones, which really added to the warmth of the event. We did a ton of DIY putting this event together. Each gift bag, program, and piece of stationary was hand-stamped. I designed the programs and an itinerary for each guest. Joe and I hand wrote welcome letters to every individual guest. I also assembled my dress from various vendors from the internet–a handmade tulle skirt paired with a dress from ASOS and satin ribbon from Michael’s. I couldn’t find the perfect gold shoes so these are gold-leafed J. Crew flats. We worked closely with our planner Annie, who hand painted wine bottles and leaves to bring the gold elements to our reception. Finally, a great Etsy vendor hand-spun our woolie sheep ornaments for each guest, my favorite touch of the whole wedding!

wedding photo booths - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

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newlyweds recessionals - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

woodsy bridal looks - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

twig and berry bouquet - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

place setting - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

intimate irish wedding - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Find a wing-man (or two!) who knows your wedding vision and who is relentless in making sure you stick to it. This is incredibly helpful as Pinterest and wedding blogs start to pull you in one million different directions. Make sure that you involve your groom, many of our best ideas were thanks to his brilliant taste. Also, one of the biggest saving graces for me was having one Pinterest board where things were pinned once I was SURE about them. Once something was pinned to this board I couldn’t revisit it and over analyze it ever again. This was incredibly helpful as we got to crunch time.

irish pub receptions - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

gold bottle centerpieces - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

sugar rimmed champagne - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

handmade wedding details - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

gold wedding details - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

gold reception details - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

gold dusted cakes - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

newlyweds cake cutting - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

first dance - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Tabhair dom do lámh”
First Dance: “The Luckiest,” Ben Folds

Wedding Location: Dingle, Ireland / Photographer: Katie Purnell / Wedding Planner: Aislinn Events / Florist: Every Occasion / Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Dingle, Ireland / Toast Venue: Dick Mack’s Pub / Reception Venue: John Benny’s Pub / Dress: ASOS / Tulle Skirt: Fanfaronada / Wedding Band: Jane Pope Jewelry / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Cheeses: The Little Cheese Shop / Wedding Cake: Selina’s Cakes / Menus and Coasters: Monogram Shoppe / Stamp: Business Card Stamps / Church Music: Eoin Duignan / Gold Sugar for Champagnes: Dell Cove Spices / Sheep Ornaments: Whimsical Woolies

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Aurora Cinema

Aurora Cinema is a filmmaking studio based in New York. After several years of shooting for some of the best in the wedding industry, I’ve decided to venture out and create something inspiring with beautiful imagery and powerful stories.
We are a team of creative professionals dedicated to mixing passion & art throughout the Adirondack Mountains, NYC, Boston, & Newport.
Get in touch with us to see what we can create for you!

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Intimate Big Sur Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Fondly Forever

It’s all but impossible to imagine a more idyllic location for an intimate wedding than Big Sur, California. Fondly Forever, Elegant Events, and Fleurs Du Soleil by Kim England came together to bring Jennifer and Brian’s dream wedding day to reality, although they couldn’t account for the best surprise of the day — a group of humpback whales who swam by during the ceremony!

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From the bride, Jennifer: We had a very intimate destination wedding weekend (13 people) with our immediate family in Big Sur, CA. Big Sur represents and encompasses everything that we enjoy doing together as a couple… hiking, exploration, wild life and the coast. We really wanted to create a day that allowed us to focus and fully take-in this once in a lifetime experience with the people that have supported us throughout our relationship and who we love most. Since Big Sur is a place of magnificent natural beauty we kept our decor minimal and simple at our ceremony site. Our ceremony took place on a bluff side in Big Sur, called Paion. We were lucky enough to have dozens of humpback whales out in the water singing in the background throughout our ceremony. Our reception was held at Ventana Inn, set back on the bluffs of Big Sur. We set up one large table decorated with beautiful floral arrangements (succulents and wildflowers), driftwood, moss and candles. The same acoustic guitarist and violinist duet that performed during our ceremony sang throughout dinner and further created that intimate feeling we wished for.

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Bouquet recipe: Wild flowers, Hydrangeas, Roses, Dahlias, Succulents, Moss and Birch.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? In planning a destination wedding, we found it extremely helpful to work with a seasoned planner from the Big Sur area who had great recommendations for reliable and trustworthy vendors. I would recommend choosing vendors who are flexible and able to get creative or negotiate in order to fit your budget needs. When budgeting, don’t forget about the tips/gratuity! Also, having a photographer follow you around to capture every moment can be intimidating and uncomfortable. We found a fun photographer that we connected with and set us at ease. We found it made for more natural pictures!

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Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “I Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis Presley
First Dance: “Beloved One,” Ben Harper
They played many of our favorite songs by artists such as Ben Harper, Ray Lamontagne, and Coldplay throughout the evening.

From the photographer, Jen of Fondly Forever: Big Sur is one of my favorite places and I was lucky enough to photograph a 13 person wedding there earlier this year. Jennifer and Brian live in Southern California but knew they had to bring their family and friends to Big Sur for their intimate celebration. The ceremony, which was officiated by Brian’s dad, took place on a cliff at a venue called Paion. Jennifer looked amazing in her Sarah Janks dress from Lovely Bridal and although it wasn’t whale season, a group of humpback whales happened to be traveling the coast and could be both seen and heard during the ceremony (SOOO cool!). After a champagne toast and some photos, everyone was treated to a dinner under the stars at the Ventana Inn. It was truly a magical day and I was so honored to be a part of it.

Wedding Location: Big Sur, CA / Photographer: Fondly Forever / Planner: Diane Allen of Elegant Events / Florist: Fleurs Du Soleil by Kim England / Ceremony Site: Paion Estate / Reception Venue and Caterer: Ventana Inn / Hotel: Lamp Lighter Inn in Carmel by the Sea, CA / Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks “Briana” via Lovely Bride / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles / Hair: Heidi’s Studio – Cherie Cricchio (cheriecricchio @ gmail.com) / Makeup: Makeup by Nancy Espanola (makeupbynancy @ comcast.net) / Groom’s Suit: Bar III / Groom’s Tie: Burberry / Groom’s Shoes: To Boot New York / Guitarist and Vocalist: Sandra Delores (sandradolores27 @ gmail.com) / Violinist and Vocalist: Joe Kye / Chair and Table Rentals: Unlimited Events, Inc. / Shuttle and Town Car Transportation: American International

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Simply K Studios

Simply K Studios is a connecticut-based, award-winning photography company serving New England and worldwide destinations. These Connecticut wedding photographers photograph engagement sessions, boudoir sessions, and weddings.

We love lots of emotion – the laughs, the smiles, and the happy tears. Beautiful light, stunning details, and approaching every wedding differently so that we can create a unique set of images for each couple.

From the photographers:
It’s about you, and the way we see you. The way we see the two of you and everything you love.

Your style, your family, your friends, your personality, and your laughter.

It’s about the moment you first step into your gown.

The realization that it’s finally your wedding day.

The deep breath you take before you see each other. It’s about the promise you make.

It’s about your details. The celebration.

And we want to photograph it. We want to create a set of authentic, timeless, and modern photos. We want to create your heirloom album.

It’s about your love story.

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San Diego Loft Wedding

DIY Weddings

Photos by:

Next to Me Studios

A loft wedding at one of our new favorite venues, San Diego’s Luce Loft. Incomparable styling and floral design from Le’ Marie Events and Flowers Annette Gomez at an industrial setting as captured by Next to Me Studios. This intimate + relaxed wedding captures the essence of what we dream a true San Diego wedding would be!

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From the bride, Lindsey: Johnny and I both have an aversion to the formalities of some weddings so we envisioned our day to feel more like one giant party. We insisted on good music, great food, and plenty to drink. Luce Loft became this perfect blank canvas for us where we had the freedom to choose vendors that would make our day feel intimate and unique. Everything we included in our wedding also had to be meaningful to both of us. From our save the dates to the signage at the bar, our friends + family could be felt throughout the day.


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kraft inspired invitations - photo by Next to Me Studios - ruffledblog.com/san-diego-loft-wedding/

ivory wedding gown - photo by Next to Me Studios - ruffledblog.com/san-diego-loft-wedding

unique engagement ring - photo by Next to Me Studios - ruffledblog.com/san-diego-loft-wedding/

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first look - photo by Next to Me Studios - ruffledblog.com/san-diego-loft-wedding

sweet first looks - photo by Next to Me Studios - ruffledblog.com/san-diego-loft-wedding/

flower girls - photo by Next to Me Studios - ruffledblog.com/san-diego-loft-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Hire a wedding coordinator. I really don’t know what I would have done without her. Don’t settle. Hire vendors that you absolutely love. I barely needed to approve anything because I had full trust that they were all going to create something amazing. Don’t get lazy. There are moments where you just don’t really care anymore, but force yourself to follow through. Looking back, there are a few things I really wish I had done but got too lazy/overwhelmed to finish them. Utilize your family and friends. Our ceremony musician, bartender, DJ, save the dates/invitations, officiant, desserts, and bar signage were some of the details provided by our family and friends. It added something extremely sentimental to an already awesome day.

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bride groom recessionals - photo by Next to Me Studios - ruffledblog.com/san-diego-loft-wedding/

From the wedding planner, Le’ Marie Events: Lindsey and Johnny wanted their guests to feel comfortable and ready to have a good time at their wedding and Luce Loft became this perfect blank canvas to do so. For the ceremony, they used mismatched antique wood chairs and benches for seating and commissioned a custom backdrop of flowy tulle and soft fabric that spilled onto the floor. And for an added touch, tons of tall candles resting on rice and encased in glass helped romanticize the space. For the reception, they turned the room and warmed up the urban space with vintage farm tables arranged family style and added tons of candle light. They added touches of antique brass and silver to add a bit of romance and chose large pale pink blooms to soften the wood and metal elements.

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I have never seen more smiles at a wedding! You could literally feel the love between not just Lindsey and Johnny but between both families and all of their friends. They insisted on good music, great food, and plenty to drink. There were clusters of guests enjoying their Guinness and telling stories throughout the night. They provided mason jars with flowery straws and added a piece of decorative tape so their guests could write their name and use their glass all night, as well as take it home as their favor. This wedding couldn’t have been more perfect for this couple. Oh, and there have never been sweeter flower girls!

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Wedding Location: San Diego, CA / Photographer: Next to Me Studios / Wedding Planner: Le’ Marie Events / Floral Design: Flowers Annette Gomez / Venue: Luce Loft / Wedding Dress: ASOS / Flower Girl Dresses: Zara Kids / Wedding Caterer: Wedding Caterer: MIHO Gastrotruck / Rentals: Pow Wow Vintage Rentals

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Concertina Press

Sailboats, waves, octopus and jellyfish are just a few of the amazing seaworthy designs featured in Concertina Press’s line of vintage inspired nautical wedding invitations and stationery.

“Ruth is an exceptional artist and artisan! She was very prompt to stay in communication with me throughout my ordering process. She worked with me to make sure that all my needs were met exactly. It was so comforting to work with her through the stressful process of ordering the perfect wedding invitations! I absolutely LOVE the way her products turned out, and cannot wait to send them to all my guests! Thank you SO MUCH Ruth, your kindness and professionalism have helped me more than you know!” ” – Emily D.

After living in the small town of Woods Hole on Cape Cod for nearly 11 years, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press, moved down to the sunny East coast of Florida to be closer to family. Her Cape Cod map save the date is still widely popular with couples getting married on the Cape, along with the matching wedding invitation. Since moving south she’s added more tropical designs including seahorses, sand dollars and waves.

Ruth takes pride in customer service, and making the online ordering process as easy as possible while still remaining personalized. You can purchase samples of any of her invitations online, or contact her directly with any questions or for a quote.

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Bohemian Santa Fe Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

Photos by:

Joni Bilderback

Today’s wedding by Bash, Please, captured by Joni Bilderback, is full of so much intimacy and sweetness that it’s hard to know where to begin. Take special note of bride Devin’s Free People lace wedding dress, and the wood incense given to guests in screen-printed muslin pouches!

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From Paige and Kelly of Bash, Please: Devin and Brock live on an intentional community outside of Taos called LAMA. They had all their community friends from LAMA gather for a picnic at the church to give blessings before service. They had a noon time mass with their dear friend who is a priest. Brock’s sister Paige was the best woman and Devin’s brother Ross was the man of honor. It was an intimate ceremony of about 40 people followed by dinner in the private dining room at the St. Francis Hotel in Santa Fe.

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They are a truly unique, bohemian couple who wanted to encapsulate the New Mexico state in their wedding decor. All pottery was sourced locally for the florals and cacti, and used raw linen napkins that we dip-dyed in an sunset color. They chose to give Palo Santo “holy stick” incense in muslin pouches that we screenprinted an illustrated agave plant onto. Devin wore a dress by Free People and they had an organic Mexican vanilla wedding cake. All the guests sipped mezcal cocktails and dined on short ribs. They danced the night away to their friends music.

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For this wedding, we dip dyed linen napkins, sourced all local pottery for the table florals/cactus, we created all the wild Georgia O’keefe inspired florals with foraged wildflowers and greenery, and custom illustrated the agave plant that we screenprinted on favor bags filled with Palo Santo. The guest book was quilt squares that Devin the bride is going to make into a quilt of love notes.

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Wedding Location: Santa Fe, NM / Photographer: Joni Bilderback / Florals Design, Planning, and Invitations: Bash, Please / Church: Immaculate Conception Church / Reception Venue: Hotel St. Francis / Wedding Caterer and Beverages: Tabla de los Santos / Cake: TreeHouse Bakery / Rentals: Classic ABQ / Music: Friends of bride and groom

New South Wales Party Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

Lara Hotz

This wedding from Lara Hotz Photography may not be busting at the seams with details or a large guest list, but it’s still topped the list of one of my favorite weddings from this year. Perhaps it’s the eclectic choice in reception venue – the newlyweds took their party to a private Elvis Presley themed room of Surry Hill’s The Winery. Whatever it is, I can pretty much guarantee you’ll fall in love with it too!

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From the bride, Michelle: When we started planning our wedding we both had no idea what to do. The basic vision was the best party ever and everything feel into place around that. We just wanted our close friends in a good environment where everyone could let loose and have fun. We also didn’t want to spend a fortune so that encouraged us to think outside the box and not do things super traditional. The planning process was a chaotic journey filled with a lot of snap decisions that we’re thankful worked out in the end. We’re both terrible planners, who had no clue. We kept it simple and made quick decisions based on how we felt. If we liked it and both felt good about it then we went with it. We also tried to get friends involved as much as possible because they know what you like and they understand what you’re trying to say when you ramble random wedding gibberish at them. They’re also great at telling you when you’ve lost the plot.

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The wedding day was a giant blur of amazing moments. It went so fast and was a lot of fun. The one thing that really struck me about the day was how much we all laughed and joked around. Everyone was just having fun and hanging out. We had morning tea at our place before the ceremony so everyone could get ready together and relax before the chaos began. My best friend made scones and homemade raspberry jam which was out of this world. We ended up falling behind schedule to leave for the ceremony so everyone was scoffing cake and scones while they tried to get dressed. We also realised we had no confetti so we madly pulled the petals off bouquets we’d received from friends and family in the lead up to the wedding. Everyone was running around like crazy getting ready, destroying flowers and stuffing their face. It made everything hilarious and all the laughing really banished any nerves or stress. The rest of the day was spent in random locations around the inner city taking photos as we went along. It was nice to be spontaneous and go where inspiration struck on the day. We’re very thankful to our wonderful driver and photographer for stopping anywhere along the way and turning that into an amazing moment. The wedding day was us to a T, a disorganised chaos that came together at the last moment to be an amazing experience.

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Any advice for other couples planning their weddings now? Make gut decisions and go with what you want. Listen to other peoples advice but keep the day true to you. It’s your day so when you’re planning be true to your vision to make it a day you’ll love. Get a good photographer that matches your style. Pick a photographer because they capture photos that amaze and inspire you not because they’re cheap! At the end of the day the photos are all you really have left and a great photographer makes the whole day so much easier. Relax! It’s one day. If something goes wrong or doesn’t work out it’s not the end of the world. Just take a breath and laugh about it. You’ll feel a lot better if you just roll with it. Don’t waste your day stressing because it will be over before you know it. Have fun! P.S Don’t decide to get your dress made from scratch when your heart is set on a fabric you saw two years ago that you now can’t find anywhere. It’s a headache worth avoiding unless you have divine sight and know beforehand that you will chance upon the exact fabric on Etsy!

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Wedding Music:
We didn’t have set songs for certain moments just a big party playlist and that suited the kind of wedding we wanted. Luke and I have very different taste in music so we had some friends help us to make a giant playlist full of all our favourites. We had a little bit of everything… Default – Django Django, Elephant – Tame Impala, Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield, Love is a Battlefield – Pat Benatar, Future Starts Slow – The Kills, I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston, Down in Mexico – The Coasters, Kickstart my Heart – Motley Crue and a smattering of Elvis since we were in the Gracelands Room at The Winery.
We didn’t have a first dance at the reception because Luke hates being the centre of attention. Instead we waited till the end of the night till it was just us in our living room with “I’m On Fire” by Bruce Springfield.

Wedding Location: New South Wales, Australia / Photographer: Lara Hotz Photography / Florist: Sami Sweeting / Venue: Gracelands Private Dining Room, The Winery / Wedding Dress Designer: Sandie Bizy / Wedding Shoes: Topshop / Jewellery and Accessories: vintage clutch, necklace borrowed from a friend, antique sapphire ring from my sister for something blue / Groom’s Attire: Montagio Custom Tailoring Sydney / Wedding Rings: Victoria & Albert Antiques / Celebrant: NSW Registry / Entertainment: spotify and an iPod / Wedding Invitations: Georgia Hill / Car Hire: Kombi Style

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Redfield Photography

We are a husband and wife team. We live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with our beautiful and majestic cat; Ms. Beans. We met in art school and one of our favorite parts about wedding photography is using our artistic backgrounds to tell your story with a fine art perspective is what we love to do.

We love exploring new places, making new friends, and collaborating with you to tell your story. We take our job very seriously and we have just about the best time ever doing it.

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Intimate South African Wedding

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Lad & Lass

Today’s wedding, sent over to us by Lad & Lass, is a perfect example of why we love South African weddings so. It’s got perfect handmade details in all the right places, but not so much as to overpower the wedding as a whole. It’s intimate, it’s organic, and it’s love at its finest.

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From the bride, Lucia: We wanted our wedding to be rustic Italian, whimsical, simple and relaxed. I didn’t have a colour scheme until I went to choose the flowers. They dictated the colours at the wedding.

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There were lots of DIY projects. I am an artist and Fanie is an Industrial Designer. My bridesmaids are also all creatives in their own rights. We all enjoyed coming up with creative solutions to our decor challenges. We made all the paper decorations, I made all the origami and we did a lot of the flowers ourselves. We also made all the stamps we used and the thank you gifts.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Do what YOU want to do. Don’t let other people sway your decision making this way and that. Don’t let it become a big wedding monster. The most important thing about your wedding is that it is the beginning of the rest of your life together!!! It’s just a day. It’s your day! Enjoy it!!

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Ho Hey,” The Lumineers
First dance: “Love You to Pieces,” Jeremy Messersmith

Wedding Location: Bedfordview, Johannesburg, South Africa / Photographer: Lad & Lass / Florist: Jason’s Flowers and DIY / Ceremony Venue: Melville Junction Church / Reception Venue: Bishop Bavin School / Wedding Dress: I redesigned my mom’s wedding dress which was homemade / Groom’s Suit: Maverick Suits / Wedding Caterer: Service Station, Melville, Johannesburg / Wedding Cake: Groom’s mother / DJ: Mel / Wedding Invitations: bride and groom / Transportation: 1958 Morris Minor

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Redfield Photography

We are a husband and wife team. We live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with our beautiful and majestic cat; Ms. Beans. We met in art school and one of our favorite parts about wedding photography is using our artistic backgrounds to tell your story with a fine art perspective is what we love to do.

We love exploring new places, making new friends, and collaborating with you to tell your story. We take our job very seriously and we have just about the best time ever doing it.

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Intimate Charleston Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

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Whenever you have Richard Israel photographing your wedding day, you know your images aren’t just going to be pictures — they’ll be heirlooms. How else could you refer to these stunning shots from Erin and Adam’s Charleston wedding? Their big day was planned from across the globe and happened only 9 days after the bride returned from a two-year-long Peace Corps stint, which goes to show that in the world of weddings, no planning task is insurmountable!

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From the bride, Erin: How in the world this relationship and wedding fell into place is beyond me. Let’s call it a miracle. Adam and I met many years ago at a party, laughed for hours, and then promptly disappeared from each others’ lives only to re-meet at a party several years later. Skip forward 3 months to when Adam finally asked me out on the same day that I found out I was leaving for two years to be a Peace Corps Volunteer across the globe. During the next 26 long months, we made many huge phone card and plane ticket purchases, but we made it! Nine days after my plane landed on American soil after I finished my Peace Corps stint (and I got a much needed haircut), we got married in a picture-perfect ceremony. It’s crazy, I know.


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The planning of the wedding was a bit chaotic and messy. It was all done on the phone or by email since I was in a different country. At first, we were planning a 200-guest wedding to culminate with a bowling alley reception. Then our schedules changed, and we scrapped that idea (thankfully, as my only mental breakdown moment occurred when I thought of 200 people staring at me for hours… too much pressure!) to something more manageable – an invite list of 28 guests.


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We combined professional bouquets and boutonnieres with grocery store bought flowers for the tables which were arranged by my sister, cousin and friend the morning of the wedding. Our save-the-dates and invitations were graciously designed and printed by Adam’s sister, Emily.I did my own hair and makeup and somehow didn’t end up looking like a hot mess by the end of the day. The cupcakes, on the other hand, did look a little like a hot mess. Don’t try to transport melting cupcakes in the heat of a Charleston summer!


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I sent a picture of a table decoration that I loved to my mom, and she shopped for and planned everything with the help of my sister. My mom made my headpiece and belt based on a BHLDN one that wasn’t the right color. My mom also planned the menu and cooked everything for our guests (supplemented with a few sides from grocery stores). Without patient and helpful friends and family members, we could never have pulled off this wedding.


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The wedding ceremony itself was a hilarious mess. Rings were forgotten (but sorted in the nick of time). No one told Adam, the officiant, and groomsmen that the wedding started, so they had to be fetched from the cabin by the photographer while the bridesmaids waited at the front of the ceremony. Adam put my ring on the wrong hand, but I was too nervous to notice. Our officiant was our friend Ben who made the ceremony so personal and funny. Our friend Jon played classical guitar during the ceremony (including music from The Princess Bride). Adam and I served communion to our guests during the ceremony, which I thought was a special thing to share with them. Afterward, we all enjoyed a homemade dinner together. After all the work planning this wedding from different countries, it somehow went off without a hitch. Adam and I ended our wedding day with grateful hearts to have spent the day celebrating with our closest family and friends.


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Wedding Location: Charleston, SC / Wedding Photographer: Richard Israel / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Bride’s Shoes: Zara / Bride’s Headband and Belt: Made by Bride’s Mother / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie / Flowers: Charleston Flower Market / Venue: Toogoodoo Bluff Compound / Wedding Music: Jonathan Crissman / Wedding Invitations: Every Little Thing Studio

Intimate Home Wedding

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This wedding shot by Tin Sparrow Studio may just be the sweetest thing ever. Rachael and Pete married in their own New Jersey home only two days before Christmas, with just an officiant and two photographers in tow. The bride’s wedding gown was a vintage find and no more than $100!


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From the bride, Rachael: Our wedding was exactly what we envisioned… simplistically perfect and selfishly private. We wanted to get married in our favorite establishment… our home; surrounded by all of our comforts, collections and treasures. We decided it was important to have that moment just for us… no audience, no distractions, just us. After our ceremony, we stopped by my favorite store, Parcel in Montclair, to capture the wondrous treasures that inspire me. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect way to celebrate our love. It truly was the best day ever. Hooray for love!

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From the photographer, Anna: Rachael (a adorably obsessive crafter) and Pete got married in their home, just the 2 of them along with us (the photographers) as their witnesses. The details were all crafted by Rachael in sweet pastel colors, along with their home. After the ceremony we headed off to town to shoot in the store that inspired Rachaels theme, and after our goodbyes they went to have crepes together to celebrate (I LOVE this couple!).


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Wedding Vendors (Montclair, NJ):

Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Photographer: Tin Sparrow Studio / Wedding Dress: Vintage / Wedding Shoes: J. Crew / Bride’s Necklaces: Family Heirlooms and J. Crew / Bride’s Sweaters: Anthropologie / Wedding Bouquet, Boutonnieres, and Hair Pins: Made by bride / Groom’s Suit: Bonobos / Groom’s Tie: Tux and Tulle / Groom’s Shoes: John Fluevog / Wedding Rings: Namu Studios Damascus Collection / Bride’s Stack Rings: Louisa Gallery / Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Magda Designs / Ceiling Garlands: Caramelos / Custom Chalkboard: Custom Chalk / Wedding Day Banner: ReadyGo / Unicorn Cake Topper: MelaboWed / “Hooray for Love” Banner and Fruit Ring Boxes: Parcel / Yo-Yo Bedspread: Vintage family heirloom / Vintage Remington Typewriter: Bride’s Grandfather

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Redfield Photography

We are a husband and wife team. We live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with our beautiful and majestic cat; Ms. Beans. We met in art school and one of our favorite parts about wedding photography is using our artistic backgrounds to tell your story with a fine art perspective is what we love to do.

We love exploring new places, making new friends, and collaborating with you to tell your story. We take our job very seriously and we have just about the best time ever doing it.

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Intimate San Francisco Wedding

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This wedding is proof that the most charming intimate weddings do come from San Francisco. Then pair great vendors such as Steep Street and Studio Choo you know you got a home-run of sweetness. The bride’s vintage brocade wedding dress and pearls look so fresh with her side swept hairdo! Thanks Kelty of Steep Street for sharing this wedding with us.

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From the bride, Jamie: Our wedding was the most wonderful combination of family, friends and the city we love that we ever could have hoped for. We wanted our guests to spend the day with us in a way that Nik and I spend our Saturdays all the time…half the day playing in a park and half the day eating great food! In the end, we all had a blast, and Nik and I were amazed that everyone in the world that we love was in the same place at the same time. That day will never be repeated!

Wedding vendors (San Francisco, CA):

Ceremony Location: Sutro Heights Park, San Francisco / Reception Location: White Victorian via Boutikia Vacation Rentals
Photography: Steep Street / Wedding dress: vintage / Florist: Studio Choo / Mariachi Band: Trio Sol de Mexico / Food: Pizza Politana & Maggie Spicer / Wedding Cakes: Tartine Bakery

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Caterina Jewelry

Caterina Jewelry is a luxury designer and manufacturer of silver charm jewelry based in Beverly Hills, California. The company creates one-of-a-kind jewelry that beautifully complements any outfit no matter the time, mood, or occasion, promising unmatched elegance, timeless sophistication, and a fun vibe. Exquisite, delicate, and unapologetically feminine, Caterina Jewelry’s pieces are made from .925 sterling silver and lovingly adorned with stunning gemstones that make even the most casual ensemble look a little more polished

CJ Bridal Minimalista Collection has been designed to honor the long-standing tradition of the bride gifting her bridesmaids. A reflection of the current minimalist modernist trend, the collection features stunning, fashionable jewelry that will delight the bridesmaids, nicely accenting their outfits while offering an enduring gift to cherish for a long time. The ideal favor for your special ladies, our jewelry is versatile and can be worn on numerous other occasions!

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Intimate Salt Lake City Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Bride Tracie described her vision for her wedding day as “vintage elegance.” All you need is one quick glance at these photos from Allison Cox, and it’s abundantly clear she achieved this vision — along with some key assistance from three sisters and a highly talented mother. We absolutely adore the simplicity of Tracie’s pink and yellow bouquet! Don’t miss the rest of the images in the gallery.

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From the bride, Tracie: I am a huge fan of all things vintage so I knew that is what I wanted our wedding day to feel like. Luckily I have three sisters and a mom who all have great taste, so it was easy to get good input. I wanted it to feel vintage, but also be very clean and elegant.

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Our wedding was very clean, charming, and of course, vintage! I stuck with ivory, black, grey and different hues of pink to get the overall feel we wanted. Not only do my mom and sisters have great input, but they are also very talented. My sister designed our invites from random floral images I liked. She also painted our cake toppers from a blank set of Russian dolls that I bought at Hobby Lobby. And my mom was sweet enough to make our wedding cake! I couldn’t have done it without them.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Start early! I was able to enjoy our day a lot more and I didn’t feel so rushed. I would also recommend having it catered. We didn’t have to worry about anything. It was so nice for my husband and I and our families to enjoy the whole day together. Plus they clean everything up!

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Allison Cox, and it’s abundantly clear she achieved this vision — along with some key assistance from three sisters and a highly talented mother. We absolutely adore the simplicity of Tracie’s pink and yellow bouquet! Don’t miss the rest of the images in the View more images from this wedding

Wedding Songs:
Truth is, Casey and I don’t dance! I am actually terrible. So we didn’t have a first dance. We just enjoyed some of our favorite songs throughout the reception.
Some of our favorites are,

“Lovers’ Carvings” By: Bibio
“Two Doors Down” By: Mystery Jets
“Wouldn’t it be nice” By: The Beach Boys
“September” By: Earth, Wind and Fire
“Flakes” By: Mystery Jets
“You Make My Dreams Come True” By: Hall & Oates

Wedding Vendors (Salt Lake City, UT):

Ceremony venue: Salt Lake Temple / Reception venue and catering: Eldredge Manor, Bountiful, Utah / Wedding photographer: Allison Cox / Wedding flowers: Willow and Wildflowers / Wedding dress and headband: The Perfect Dress / Wedding shoes: Anthropologie / Wedding invitations: done by bride’s sister

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Casey Brodley, Photographer

I’m not a traditional wedding photographer. My background and training is steeped in photo journalism, so that’s how I approach a wedding. My goal is to document the day, not stage it. I let moments unfold naturally, with minimal prom posing and minimal “say cheese” interference.

As a photo journalist, I come prepared for anything. Every wedding is different. I have witnessed full-grown men weep more times than I can count. I have seen smiles so wide that I’m concerned someone may burst a blood vessel. I have climbed mountains with all my gear. And this one time a sprinkler system was triggered during a ceremony.

As a wedding photographer, I walk into every job with the guarantee that I will witness pure joy. But more importantly, I walk into every job with the probability that my day will end with cake. I like to keep my cake-to-work ratio balanced. For health reasons.

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Laidback Maryland Wedding

Garden Weddings, Real Weddings

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This wedding was recently sent over by Brooke Courtney, and the story behind it is sweet – just like the pictures. Brooke explained: Tiffany made EVERYTHING herself… except for the food. She also did it all within a 6. week. period! Since Alex serves in the navy, their wedding was moved up from September 2010 to May 2010 – to follow his schedule. I am in awe that they were able to pull everything together so beautifully and in such a short time, and many thanks to Brooke for the wonderful shots!

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Brooke Courtney is located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania but will travel.

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Casey Brodley, Photographer

I’m not a traditional wedding photographer. My background and training is steeped in photo journalism, so that’s how I approach a wedding. My goal is to document the day, not stage it. I let moments unfold naturally, with minimal prom posing and minimal “say cheese” interference.

As a photo journalist, I come prepared for anything. Every wedding is different. I have witnessed full-grown men weep more times than I can count. I have seen smiles so wide that I’m concerned someone may burst a blood vessel. I have climbed mountains with all my gear. And this one time a sprinkler system was triggered during a ceremony.

As a wedding photographer, I walk into every job with the guarantee that I will witness pure joy. But more importantly, I walk into every job with the probability that my day will end with cake. I like to keep my cake-to-work ratio balanced. For health reasons.

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This week we are showcasing one of our fabulous sponsors, Project Wedding! Project Wedding features such exquisite inspiration for vintage-inspired weddings, like Holley and Jason’s rustic Real Wedding in Austin, TX.



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Home Sweet Flowers

Home Sweet Flowers is flowery hearted; there is no doubt that in every creation that is made the recipe consists of love & intuition. Flowers are not merely “pretty”, we believe each stem has the inevitable ability to enhance ones mood, daily life, & wedding day.

HSF always respects a couples budget, without reducing quality. We use locally grown stems and love that “just picked from the garden” whimsical touch. Let us make your wedding glow!

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Fun-filled English Countryside Wedding

Real Weddings, Whimsical Weddings

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When Esther (who you may remember from her gorgeous work on vintage china, posted a year ago) sent over her wedding, shot by Charlotte Broster,  I was immediately delighted! Esther and her husband Drew look so completely in love, which is something I love to see in wedding photos. I also love all the fun and quirky elements woven throughout  the day like Esther’s sneakers with bright yellow laces, and the funky ice cream truck that came to serve some sweets to their guests.

From the bride, Esther:

Ours was a wedding of two parts, Small personal ceremony and then a bit of a English country village knees up of a party! It was vintage in feel with our outfits having walked out of the 50’s with a full swing band, we had lots of DIY elements and tried to use independant or local suppliers where ever we could. We wanted to make choices we could look back on and be proud of, and we couldn’t do everything we would of wanted and the wedding day like marriage takes comprimises, but basically it was fabulous!

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My veil was handed down to me from Drew’s mothers wedding outfit. She has sadly passed away, so it was great to be able to include something of hers.

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We moved to Hampshire just over 2 years ago and as its between our two families and our friends in London it was great for our wedding also. We had been so welcomed by our local community since we moved here we couldn’t think of having it anywhere else!

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The very talented Georgina Worthington from High Tea of High Gate is a close friend and did the towers of cup cakes and cake.

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Some advice from Esther:

Start early, and don’t let people tease you about having a wedding folder (it was my life saver!!). Talk to your groom alot! and from the outset try and have things you are both responsible for, and at the end when it all goes to pot be kind to each other and those around you :) It will be special even with slight imperfections.

Wedding Vendors (Hampshire, England):

Ceremony Venue: Whitley Ridge Hotel / Reception Venue: The couple’s local village hall / Photographer: Charlotte Broster Photography / Band: Fat 45 / Cake: High Tea of Highgate / Bride’s Dress: From the Vintage Wedding Dress Company / Groom’s Suit: Social Suicide

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Redfield Photography

We are a husband and wife team. We live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with our beautiful and majestic cat; Ms. Beans. We met in art school and one of our favorite parts about wedding photography is using our artistic backgrounds to tell your story with a fine art perspective is what we love to do.

We love exploring new places, making new friends, and collaborating with you to tell your story. We take our job very seriously and we have just about the best time ever doing it.

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Beautiful Portland Wedding

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From sunny California to Portland, Oregon! Ryan of You Look Nice Today Photography sent over this beautiful intimate fete, complete with an adorable church and outstanding imagery. Monica’s darling vintage wedding dress belonged to her mother, who wore the dress 30 years ago when she married her father.

From the bride, Monica:

We knew we wanted a small wedding, one that felt very from the heart and personal. We wanted it to feel like a joyful celebration of life and love, and not just of each other, but of the people in our lives who we love and cherish. We wanted to be able to talk to and spend time with our guests, which was very possible with our small guest list of 35!

 
 

We were very inspired by our city, Portland, which is full of nature and is very classic, vintage and modern at the same time. Our wedding was inspired by spring, and very much by the pink WOW of the dogwood blossoms!

 
 

Our ceremony location, the Oaks Pioneer Church http://www.oakspioneerchurch.org/home.htm in Portland, we happened to check out on a whim when my parents were visiting, and the little white chapel (built in 1851!) was so perfect for the intimate ceremony we wanted. The warm wood paneled walls, stained glass and details like the organ and wood stove made it feel very cozy, warm, and inviting.

 
 

We spent a lot of time thinking and talking about our ceremony, reading passages and poems, and our loving ceremony officiant brought so many good suggestions to us. Our ceremony was really true to who we are, and included the people who attended our wedding. We really wanted it to feel like a threshold we were crossing, into a new commitment to each other in a marriage.

 
 

We were so in love with our flowers that we even brought some of them along on our honeymoon!

 
 

My wedding dress was vintage, last worn by my mother 30 years ago when she was 19 and married my Dad! The dress carried special sentiment and good luck, since my parents celebrated 30 years of marriage this year!

 
 

For our reception, we knew we wanted GOOD LOCAL FOOD!! We knew Wildwood Restaurant was amazing, and it clicked when we found out that they have private rooms that would accommodate the size party we had! The food was incredible, and Wildwood is a must eat if you are in Portland!

 
 

Some advice from Monica:

Enjoy the planning, and know that when the day comes it will be beautiful and euphoric!

Wedding Vendors (Portland, OR):

Photographer: You Look Nice Today Photography / Ceremony Venue: Oaks Pioneer Church / Reception Venue & Catering: Wildwood Restaurant / Florist: New Seasons Market / Vegan Cake: Sweet Pea Bakery / Invitations: Designed by couple with help from Lanz– Printed by Minuteman Press / Hair Stylist: Diane from Halo Salon / Bride’s Dress: Monica’s mother’s vintage wedding dress. Altered by Lindsay Pantano / Bride’s Hair Flower: Mignonne Handmade

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Fine Day Press

Fine Day Press is an Austin-based design + paper studio specializing in wedding invitations, custom designs & stationery with a modern, painterly feel. Our watercolor invitations are printed on luxe, cotton cardstock and can be mixed and matched with our envelope liners. Each design encompasses a full invitation suite, including Save the Dates, Directions & Information cards, and Day-of pieces.

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Organic Farm Wedding

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This wedding submitted by Sacramento based photographer Emily Heizer sums up pretty much everything I love about farm weddings. They are intimate, laidback and charming – which feel effortless above all. I am smitten by the “Chapel” sign above Erin and Matt’s ceremony arch!

From Erin:

We chose an old barn in the orchard where Erin grew up – her family has been growing nuts in the little town of Winters , California since 1944. We transformed the old barn into a fantastic party with the help of beautiful tents and lighting, farm tables and lounge furniture, and homegrown fresh fruit centerpieces using Erin’s grandmother’s wedding china to feature fresh picked (that morning!) apricots and cherries, which doubled as favors with the addition of hand stamped paper bags. The reception was beautiful but what really made our day unique was the private ceremony we had immediately before the reception in the middle of the orchard, surrounded by our immediate family, the best woman, and the maid of honor, under the walnut trees and a hand painted “chapel” sign.













Wedding Vendors (Sacramento, CA):
Photographer: Emily Heizer Photography / Venue: Family Orchard Farm / Tents, lighting, and tables: Zephyr Tents / DJ: Big Fun DJ / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Sacramento (lounge furniture, chairs, linens) / Caterer: Buckhorn Catering / Save the Date and Invitations: Lulu Paper / Flowers: Organic Flowers and Farmers Market

Intimate Wedding in Iceland

Bohemian Weddings

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Happy Friday! This week flew by – thanks to an extended 4th July weekend. I have two beautiful intimate weddings to share with you today, both with different but equally delightful styles. First up is Echo and Rich’s wedding. This Michigan couple decided to have a small ceremony with their closest family members in a charming chapel in Iceland. Talk about a gorgeous backdrop! Icelandic photographer Bragi Þór Jósefsson won several awards for a few of their portraits, including PDN’s Top Knot! Needless to say, I’m awe-struck to have Bragi share this gorgeous wedding with us.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Sweet Alabama Affair

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There is so much to love about Libby and Lee’s stylish wedding shot by Heidi Geldhauser from Our Labor of Love! The amazing bouquets made with love by Libby’s aunt, the fun plaid bowties on Lee and his groomsmen, and Libby’s chic Melissa Sweet gown with ruffle detailing just to name a few. By the way, how perfect is the ruffled gown detailing for Ruffled Blog?! A little cheesy, but I couldn’t help myself- I had to say it:)

More from Libby:

We wanted our wedding to be slightly vintage without being too themed, intimate, personal, and above all fun!



Me and my now husband live in Providence, RI, but originally I am from Mobile, AL. Since my family and friends are mostly in Alabama (or at least generally in the south)I wanted to have the wedding near my home town. Fairhope is a beautiful idealistic community overlooking the Mobile bay, and without question, I knew my wedding would be there. After some research we decided on The Fairhope Inn, a small restaurant and bed and breakfast near the downtown area. They had that perfect natural, southern, intimate atmosphere we wanted – not to mention AMAZING food.



Since I live in Rhode Island, but my wedding was in my home town area of Fairhope, AL, so I had to get a lot of help from my family. My aunt and mother are both very talented and have excellent taste, so i put them in charge of decorating. I told them what I liked, what type of flowers, and what I didn’t like, and they brought it all to life.






We originally decided on the color scheme of spring green and white. However, after a very short period of time, that plan dissolved, and I remembered how much I loved color. I decided that if I chose all things that I liked, that surely those things would all go together. Since we had a limited budget, I decided to covey color through the most obvious things… bridesmaid dresses, invitations, antique vases, and flowers.







Since flowers are so expensive, we decided to use vintage milk glass and hobnail vases to decorate the table and add color. My mother found those at a small antique shop in Mobile. My mother also cut burlap runners for the tables and found the ‘gourmet’ pretty birdseed for the bottom of the candle vases.



Since my husband’s family and friends are from the north. we also wanted to infuse some southern flare…. charming, inviting, and (by the end of the night) hopefully rowdy.



Some advice from Libby:

My advice to all brides it to have balance. It can be the most amazing experience or the worse, and it all depends on your perspective. The joy of the process comes from the experience and not the material things you are creating or buying.I loved every second of it. Even when I was sad or angry or stressed, deep down, I still really loved it. It is such an amazing way to express you and your future husband’s personalities and life together. It is such a unique opportunity to band together with family and friends to work towards a cause. As long as deep down, all along, you are loving it, then you are good. Do not let anything that goes wrong over ride the true joy of the experience. And if everything doesn’t go as planned, then who cares! Just dance.

Wedding Vendors (Fairhope, AL):

Venue: The Fairhope Inn / Photographer: Heidi Geldhauser from Our Labor of Love / Florist: The Bride’s Aunt / Caterer: The Fairhope Inn / Cake: Cakes by Judi White / Band: Peek / Hair Stylist: Jeffery at Shear Glamour / Bride’s Dress: Liliana by Melissa Sweet / Bride’s Veil: Veiled Beauty / Bride’s Shoes: Nine West from Piper Lime / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew

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Casey Brodley, Photographer

I’m not a traditional wedding photographer. My background and training is steeped in photo journalism, so that’s how I approach a wedding. My goal is to document the day, not stage it. I let moments unfold naturally, with minimal prom posing and minimal “say cheese” interference.

As a photo journalist, I come prepared for anything. Every wedding is different. I have witnessed full-grown men weep more times than I can count. I have seen smiles so wide that I’m concerned someone may burst a blood vessel. I have climbed mountains with all my gear. And this one time a sprinkler system was triggered during a ceremony.

As a wedding photographer, I walk into every job with the guarantee that I will witness pure joy. But more importantly, I walk into every job with the probability that my day will end with cake. I like to keep my cake-to-work ratio balanced. For health reasons.

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Budget Chic Australian Wedding

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The next wedding up today is another Australian gem by Anna Rose Photography! Erin and Jake’s wedding in Perth, Australia. This wedding is a perfect example of how to make the most of your budget, and get an expensive look with a limited amount of cash. I mean, just look at Erin’s dress! It’s glitzy, gorgeous, all around amazing, and cost under $1,000! Yes, you heard me correctly. Under $1K!! The epitome of chic on a budget.

From the bride, Erin:
Our wedding was quite large for an Australian wedding, with 135 guests. We got engaged on our 10th anniversary, and married a week before our 11th anniversary. We were married in the gardens at the University of Western Australia, where I am doing my PhD in history. The spot where we got married is where I use to do all my uni homework and readings. Our reception was at a local restaurant that my husband Jake and I go to a lot. We’ve been going to the restaurant since it opened, and loved the idea of supporting local family businesses.

Australian wedding silver wedding dress

I recommend using local companies, and getting friends and family involved. Our celebrant was my mum’s friend, a friend acted as our MC, another friend organized the music playlist (we had our first dance to the Twin Peaks theme song), and a friend’s brother and sister played violins at the ceremony.

Australian wedding on a budget

Try looking for a wedding dress outside the traditional bridal stores. My dress was an evening dress, not a wedding dress, so was quite a bit cheaper, costing me $AU650.

Australian wedding silver metallic wedding dress

I actually had to have two wedding dresses! It wasn’t funny at the time, but my first dress was taken up by a local seamstress, and was totally butchered. I only got it back a week before the wedding, and it was 15cm to short (in bare feet!), with a jagged hem, and the bodice had been altered beyond belief. I tried to find another copy of the same dress, but was struggling. I eventually found another copy of the same dress, and got it altered in two days.

Although it was quite stressful, I eventually got the wear the dress I loved, and it made me realize that the most important thing in the person you are marrying, not the dress/flowers/shoes.

Australian wedding silver wedding dress

I really recommend having a cocktail style reception. We had a lot of guests who came from overseas, so they loved the chance to move around and catch up with people, rather than being stuck at a table. Plus, it was a lot less expensive.

 western Australia wedding Perth

We set up a photo-booth using my camera, Mac Book, and a handheld remote. We set it up against a turquoise feature wall at the restaurant, and the photos looked great. It was really easy to set up – Jake did it on the way to the wedding ceremony. However, the remote eventually ran out of battery (at 11.30pm), so it might be an idea to have a back up remote and camera battery on hand. We also had two Fujifilm Instax cameras, which were a huge hit. We are going to put the photos from the booth, and scanned copies of the Fujifilm Instax instant photos, on a website for our guests to download and print.

My advice to brides would be to include their partners in the planning the wedding. It seems that a lot of grooms get left out of the planning, and it can be fun to share it, as well as more relaxing not having to do everything yourself.

Wedding Vendors (Perth, Western Australia):

Ceremony Venue: University of Western Australia / Reception Venue: Table 78 Restaurant / Photographer: Anna Rose Photography / Bride’s Dress: Rachel Gilbert/ Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Gown Gallery / Flowers: Code Bloom / Cake: Choux Cafe/Celebrant: Jenny Carkeek / Rentals: Perth Outdoor Ceremonies

Helena + Richard’s Intimate Wedding

Beach Weddings

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We don’t have one, but two beautiful intimate weddings to share with you today! First up is Helena and Richard’s beach wedding in Fremantle, Australia. Helena wore a simple white cocktail dress with a belt and birdcage veil, and orange shoes to match the wedding colors. Now that’s a beach bridal look I love! Shot by Anna Rose Photography.

From the bride, Helena:
We wanted our wedding day to be a charming and quiet affair with close friends and family. We picked a rustic limestone building, the Kidogo Arthouse Gallery to have our wedding ceremony and lunch reception. It’s perched right on the cliff, overlooking the ocean. We went with orange crush and blue for our summer wedding because it reminded us of some of our favourite ‘summer’ things like coral flowers, fresh salmon and an ocean sunset.

Orange crush and blue beach wedding in Perth Australia

We chose a surf and turf buffet lunch, and instead of a wedding cake, we asked our guests to bring a homemade dessert to help sweeten our day. We tried to incorporate as many handmade elements as possible by making our wedding invites, sewing the table runners and doing all the decorations ourselves. To make the summer day fun, we gave away orange paper fans and blue bubble bottles to our guests.

Short and modern wedding dress and birdcage veil hat

Richard’s best men were his two brothers while my bridesmaids were two of my closest girlfriends who flew over from Malaysia. I remembered telling them to pack along an orange dress! Much to my delight, some of the guests also came in dashes of orange and blue.

If I had to pass on any advice to brides planning their own handmade wedding, it would be to remain calm and steadfast with your budget. We were very clear from the start on what we could afford to spend. We didn’t bother with chair covers, satin ribbons, flower petals or limousines.

Beach vintage intimate wedding in Perth Australia Kidogo
Modern beach wedding Australia

The tea pouring ceremony was a nice experience for everyone. I think our friends enjoyed that immensely because it was something different for them. It also meant a lot to Richard and me that we were able to share my Chinese culture with the rest of his family and friends.

small beach wedding in australian kidogo arthouse gallery

I think what made our wedding work was keeping it minimal and simple and picking a charming location. We didn’t need to do too much decorating and when we did add all the small touches, it created a nice memorable impression.

modern orange and blue wedding

I can’t say enough praises about our photographer, Jen Regan. She really just captured everything as natural as possible. The orange door and blue walls were a pleasant surprise because we stumbled upon it while wandering around the beach. I remembered being so excited and giddy like I had won a big prize (other than a husband), it must have been fate!

Wedding Vendors (Perth, Western Australia):

Venue: Kidogo Arthouse Gallery / Photographer: Anna Rose Photography/ Makeup and Hair: Cindy Sutton / Dress: A white dress found in Cue and paired with a belt. / Shoes: Orange flats found in Nine West / Hair piece: Bridal Affair / Flowers: Karma Floral Design / Caterer: All Suburbs Catering

Cynthia + Rene’s Boston Wedding

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This intimate chic wedding shot by Boston photographer Lisa Rigby came in like a treat! Cynthia and Rene had their ceremony on the terrace of their bakery in Harvard Square, and Rene also baked the bread that was served during dinner. She wore her grandmother’s watch and Rene’s grandmother’s diamond ring, and a fresh gardenia on her hair. Oh and what about her silver cardigan and green scarf? Love her style!

Boston Wedding with Anemone bouquet and silver cardigan
Boston Wedding by Lisa Rigby Dogwood Cherry blossom branches ceremony decor
Baby's breath chic wedding decor New England wedding
White and Green Wedding in Boston New England

A quick note from Cynthia:

We planned our wedding in only 6 weeks. All during that intense time of our planning, I referred to your blog for inspiration on an almost daily basis. I even got the baby’s breath idea for my flower girl from this post: Baby’s Breath Wedding Ideas

Wedding Vendors (Boston, MA):

Ceremony Venue: Couple’s own bakery / Reception venue: Upstairs on the Square / Photographer: Lisa Rigby / Flowers: Hallies Flower Garden, Cambridge, MA / Hair: James Pruett, Studio 9 (Boston, MA)/ Makeup: Cindy Jensen, Studio 9 (Boston, MA)

See more photos from this beautiful wedding on Lisa’s blog!

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Simply K Studios

Simply K Studios is a connecticut-based, award-winning photography company serving New England and worldwide destinations. These Connecticut wedding photographers photograph engagement sessions, boudoir sessions, and weddings.

We love lots of emotion – the laughs, the smiles, and the happy tears. Beautiful light, stunning details, and approaching every wedding differently so that we can create a unique set of images for each couple.

From the photographers:
It’s about you, and the way we see you. The way we see the two of you and everything you love.

Your style, your family, your friends, your personality, and your laughter.

It’s about the moment you first step into your gown.

The realization that it’s finally your wedding day.

The deep breath you take before you see each other. It’s about the promise you make.

It’s about your details. The celebration.

And we want to photograph it. We want to create a set of authentic, timeless, and modern photos. We want to create your heirloom album.

It’s about your love story.

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An Intimate Southern Affair

Design Inspiration, Wedding Design

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Though this is a concept shoot, I still have to remind myself that it’s not a real wedding. It looks so genuine – thanks to the down to earth design and Sheila’s close friends who made it look so much fun. Both Hayley Green and Sheila Goode, the wonderful photographers behind the lens, are from Nashville. They wanted an intimate Southern feel that they saw frequently back home. I think they nailed it! I am specially loving the table decor, sans tablecloth and ribbons decorating the back of the chairs. Old rugs instead of a traditional dance floor is not only beautiful to look at, but comfortable to kick your heels off and dance the night away. The bridesmaid dresses were mismatched patterns of red and white, picking up from the red sash that the bride wore. I could go on and on.

From Sheila:
We all wanted to show brides that they can have a wonderful wedding with very little expense. All that is needed is some creative ideas, a field, a wonderful florist that will put together your vision with an organic feel. The feeling of intimacy, joy and beauty is want we wanted to convey.

An Indie Southern Wedding in Nashville
An Indie Southern Wedding in Nashville
an intimate Southern backyard Wedding
an intimate Southern backyard Wedding

Sheila and Hayley from GoodeGreen are based in Los Angeles, Nashville and Santa Rosa Beach but will travel. Check out their blog!

Wedding Vendors (Santa Rosa Beach, Florida):
Photography: Goode Green / Wedding Cakes: Queen Bee Cupcakes (Seaside, Florida) / Makeup: Shannon Wright (Nashville, TN) / Wedding Coordinator: Jaime Miller / Floral and Event Design: Melanie Jordan / Band: Waco Ramblers

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Coco Red Events

At Coco Red Events, we want to help create, facilitate and implement weddings that will make our client’s vision come to life. We also love to help clients imagine what their wedding can be, to collaborate creatively to enhance every experience of their guests. We work hard to maintain a high level of customer service throughout the whole planning process. We will be with you every step of the way. At the end of the day, a win for us is when our couple says, “today was the best day ever!”

We are a family-owned and operated company. Colette, or “Coco,” started our company almost 3 years ago. Since then, we’ve worked with many brides – budgets big and small. We love what we do and we love working together as a team to create exceptional weddings.

Although we are based in Atlanta, our team has executed events with excellence all over the country. Each person on our team has a specific strength–from environment design to logistics to building sets and crafting props–we will collaborate to make your wedding the one that every one talks about for years to come.

Thank you for considering us! We would be honored to work with you on your big day!!

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Jess + Mike's Intimate City Wedding, II

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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Jess and Mike got married at City Hall then headed to Hotel Chelsea, one of the most awesomest hotels in New York City. Their vintage designed rooms are divine. You can almost feel the vibe of the rock ‘n roll lifestyle the hotel became famous for. Enough with the chatting, let’s get back to their gorgeous wedding day shot by New York photographer Heather Waraksa:

Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
From the bride, Jessica:

The idea of putting our wedding together was very simple, we didn’t want something over constructed, I trusted us to make it beautiful on a limited budget and with less than a months notice. We are young and live in the city, I think you have to work with what you have. Having a great circle of creative, and generous friends is invaluable, our friends were astoundingly supportive and resourceful. Heather’s photographs are amazing, we’ve both been blown away by how well she captured not just the day but our combined aesthetic and made it feel effortless and candid.

Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding

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Casey Brodley, Photographer

I’m not a traditional wedding photographer. My background and training is steeped in photo journalism, so that’s how I approach a wedding. My goal is to document the day, not stage it. I let moments unfold naturally, with minimal prom posing and minimal “say cheese” interference.

As a photo journalist, I come prepared for anything. Every wedding is different. I have witnessed full-grown men weep more times than I can count. I have seen smiles so wide that I’m concerned someone may burst a blood vessel. I have climbed mountains with all my gear. And this one time a sprinkler system was triggered during a ceremony.

As a wedding photographer, I walk into every job with the guarantee that I will witness pure joy. But more importantly, I walk into every job with the probability that my day will end with cake. I like to keep my cake-to-work ratio balanced. For health reasons.

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Jess + Mike’s Intimate City Wedding, I

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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We’re kicking off this week with a sweet city wedding shot by photographer Heather Waraksa. I always get very excited to share NYC weddings, not only because it’s where I live, but its atmosphere emits such an amazing sense of style that it comes off effortlessly. Jess and Mike are no different. While on a modest budget, they had a meaningful and intimate wedding surrounded by close friends and family.

Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding

From the stylish bride, Jessica:
My dress was borrowed from a friend who was a stylist for many years, the coat was also borrowed from this friend, the gloves were vintage and a gift. My shoes are Dieppa Restrepo, unisex handmade shoes by two young Colombian/New Yorker designers. My bracelet is by Aesa (Randi Mates), a close friend and amazing jewelry designer, who also made us our rings. I bought the flowers for my bouquet at the flower market in Chelsea and two of my best friends put it together. The locations are my friend’s Randi and Gregory’s apartment in Brooklyn, City Hall and the Chelsea Hotel. Mike wore clothes found at various thrift stores, and Spanish handmade boots we’d bought this summer while in Andalucia.

Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Check back soon for their wedding!

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Aurora Cinema

Aurora Cinema is a filmmaking studio based in New York. After several years of shooting for some of the best in the wedding industry, I’ve decided to venture out and create something inspiring with beautiful imagery and powerful stories.
We are a team of creative professionals dedicated to mixing passion & art throughout the Adirondack Mountains, NYC, Boston, & Newport.
Get in touch with us to see what we can create for you!

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Sarah + Rick’s Backyard Chic Wedding, Part II

Garden Weddings, Real Weddings

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Continuing with Sarah and Rick’s intimate wedding shot by rockstar photographer Jessamyn Harris. There are so many DIY details – from planning to design, they did it all. The bold and bright color mix of orange, red and aqua and colorful paper lanterns in this outdoor setting made for a perfect summer wedding.

From the bride, Sarah:

“The idea for the favors originated when my mother lucked into a bunch of gold picture frames. With some help from friends and family, Rick and I created individual collages for every single guest at the wedding! The collages inside the picture frames then doubled as favors and place settings. The materials we used in the collages helped personalize the wedding. We used leftover red, turquoise and gold paper from our invitations, plus images from vintage Hungarian matchbook covers to reflect our time living in Budapest, and images from wedding-themed vintage jazz sheet music to reflect the love of early jazz that brought us together.”
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris

Catering: Neal Sheridan and Jessica Rampel (talented caterers, and Jessica is a best friend of Sarah’s from high school)
Florist: Rhonda Stoffel for Grace Street Flordal and Event Design
Photos: Jessamyn Harris Photography www.jessamynharrisweddings.com
Dress: Katie Irish, costumer (friend)
Invitations: handmade by a college friend
Venue: private location in Glen Ellen
Cupcakes: Love at First Bite Bakery

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Little White Dress Bridal Shop

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

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

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

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Sarah + Rick’s Intimate Backyard Chic Wedding, Part I

Garden Weddings, Real Weddings

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We have so much good stuff going on today! We will start with this beautiful backyard chic wedding, shot by Jessamyn Harris no less. She shares, “this was a college friend’s wedding. It took place in beautiful Glen Ellen, on the bride’s family friends’ estate (where she spent many summers and weekends). And it was beautiful, with oak trees, Sonoma County views, bright colors, lots of music, and family style dinner.”

Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris

From the bride, Sarah:

“My dad passed away when I was seventeen, and one of my keenest regrets is that he couldn’t walk me down the aisle. So instead my dad’s band played the processional. It was really special since they basically hadn’t played together since my dad passed away. They even had my father’s guitar on a stand, symbolizing him, with them while they played.

(The chuppah was) made by friends Judy and Don, made out of cloth that a friend brought back from India, and a Tibetan temple (to reflect Sarah’s mom’s Buddhist beliefs).”

Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
“One of the most important parts of the day to us was the ceremony, which we wrote entirely ourselves. We’re both writers, so we knew we had to rock our vows. I have to say, Rick’s vows had the whole place in tears. Our friend Garth acted as our officiant for the interfaith ceremony — and 12 hours later moved to Jerusalem to attend yeshiva! Our friends Neal and Jessica catered the whole event with wonderful local organic food, from local artisanal cheeses to heirloom tomatoes to pesto crusted chicken. It was the best day of my life, hand down. There was just so much love.”

Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris

Check back soon for wedding design detail overload and reception images!

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The Blooming Bride

It’s your special day. And we want to make sure you are not only taken care of but most importantly…over-joyed with the most important day of your life!

From complete floral design and decor to day-of coordination, the gals at The Blooming Bride will make your dreams become a reality. If you are looking for the perfect modern urban loft or a romantic vineyard or even an impromptu beach soiree we are here to make sure your wedding day is one of a kind! Let us take care of YOU for a change!

Prices are tailored exactly to your needs. So please call (310) 804-5438 or email us below for customized quote.

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Cori + EB’s Intimate Vintage Glam Wedding

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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Cori and EB’s style is a show stopper by itself, so just imagine when you combine their incredible sense of style with fantastic wedding planning. The result is sure to be mind blowing. The ridiculously talented photographer Jerry Yoon shot their intimate wedding at San Francisco City Hall. I am swooning over these images!

Vintage Glam Intimate Wedding San Francisco City Hall by Jerry Yoon
Vintage Glam Intimate Wedding San Francisco City Hall by Jerry Yoon
Vintage Glam Intimate Wedding San Francisco City Hall by Jerry Yoon
Vintage Glam Intimate Wedding San Francisco City Hall by Jerry Yoon
Vintage Glam Intimate Wedding San Francisco City Hall by Jerry Yoon
Vintage Glam Intimate Wedding San Francisco City Hall by Jerry Yoon
Vintage Glam Intimate Wedding San Francisco City Hall by Jerry Yoon
Vintage Glam Intimate Wedding San Francisco City Hall by Jerry Yoon
Vintage Glam Intimate Wedding San Francisco City Hall by Jerry Yoon

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Home Sweet Flowers

Home Sweet Flowers is flowery hearted; there is no doubt that in every creation that is made the recipe consists of love & intuition. Flowers are not merely “pretty”, we believe each stem has the inevitable ability to enhance ones mood, daily life, & wedding day.

HSF always respects a couples budget, without reducing quality. We use locally grown stems and love that “just picked from the garden” whimsical touch. Let us make your wedding glow!

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Amber + Sean’s Intimate Monday Wedding

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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Yes, you read the title right. Their wedding indeed took place on a Monday! What a lovely way to start the week with this lovely intimate vintage inspired wedding. Shot by the talented Ken Kienow, Amber and Sean chose Linn’s Farm Store in Cambria, California to celebrate their union with close friends and family.

Intimate vintage inspired wedding dress peacock weekday Monday Cambria California by Ken Kienow
Amber’s darling vintage inspired dress is from Unique Vintage.
Intimate vintage inspired wedding dress peacock weekday Monday Cambria California by Ken Kienow
A little bit from the bride, Amber:
Sean and I planned this wedding in only seven weeks. This alone made it necessary to keep the wedding small and intimate which was fine with Sean and I because that’s what we wanted. What started as just Sean, me, a witness, and our pastor grew to that plus parents and siblings and finally to an agreement that we would invite 25 people each…you’d think it was the bride who kept increasing the guest list…but it wasn’t, it was Sean :-) We ended up with 30 guests which was perfect given the small setting. We picked a Monday because we knew it was going to be outdoors and likely in a touristy area so we wanted to pick a day that was least likely to be busy. Also, we were on a very tight budget and everything is less expensive during the week (like booking places for our honeymoon!)

Love this session of photos of Sean waiting to see Amber for the first time as a bride:
Intimate vintage inspired wedding dress peacock weekday Monday Cambria California by Ken Kienow
Intimate vintage inspired wedding dress peacock weekday Monday Cambria California by Ken Kienow
Intimate vintage inspired wedding dress peacock weekday Monday California by Ken Kienow
Initially, we thought we’d have our wedding at the beach but we just weren’t feeling “it”. We drove around one day looking at different locations and as we were ending our tour, on a whim, I suggested we drive out there. It just clicked and we knew this had to be the spot. We immediately drove back into Cambria to Linn’s Restaurant and spoke with Aaron Linn. I told him our idea and he was excited because that is where he got married, his sister got married, and his best friend got married…those were the only 3 weddings that had been done there. He said he’d have to ask mom and dad and get back to me. The Linns said “yes” and the rest is history!
Intimate vintage inspired wedding dress peacock weekday Monday California by Ken Kienow
Intimate vintage inspired wedding dress peacock weekday Monday California by Ken Kienow
Intimate vintage inspired wedding dress peacock weekday Monday California by Ken Kienow
Intimate vintage inspired wedding dress peacock weekday Monday California by Ken Kienow
Intimate vintage inspired wedding dress peacock weekday Monday California by Ken Kienow
Intimate vintage inspired wedding dress peacock weekday Monday California by Ken Kienow

We knew we wanted to do something unique and vintage-y. As for the peacock, after we decided on our location, we went back out there for a visit and were pondering what our color scheme should be given the surroundings. There was a resident peacock and he was strolling around that day which gave me the inspiration. I just love the vibrant colors inspired from that beautiful bird! I asked Sean if he would wear a peacock inspired tie and he liked the idea. In the end, the tie we picked out didn’t work out but from there a theme was born and he ended up with that really cool turquoise print tie which totally worked out! The vintage feel was even more inspired by the location and the surroundings; the old broken down truck, the farmhouses, etc.

I will be announcing the lucky winner from Brilliant Earth’s giveaway today, so check back in a bit!

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Event Studio

Event Studio is a wedding floral design and decorating firm that offers beautiful and unique designs for your special day! We are over-the-moon excited to play with lush gorgeous flowers everyday, treating each wedding as the only one. We join each couple in their excitement and work to make your day the most beautiful day of your life!

We offer a full inventory that we include in your design agreement. In addition, we offer custom made signs and unique decorator items!

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Candace + Rodney's Intimate Reception

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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Candace and Rodney were married a couple weeks before and wanted to throw a big party to celebrate. The ridiculously talented Joey and Jessica Seawell took them out for a love session around Greensboro, North Carolina, near where the reception took place at Natty Greene’s. Candace’s bridal style is darling. Her short wedding dress and cardigan are so vintage chic!

Candace + Rodney's Rockabilly Indie Intimate Wedding Reception by Joey and Jessica Seawell Greensboro North Carolina
Candace + Rodney's Rockabilly Indie Intimate Wedding Reception by Joey and Jessica Seawell Greensboro North Carolina
Candace + Rodney's Rockabilly Indie Intimate Wedding Reception by Joey and Jessica Seawell Greensboro North Carolina
Candace + Rodney's Rockabilly Indie Intimate Wedding Reception by Joey and Jessica Seawell Greensboro North Carolina
Candace + Rodney's Rockabilly Indie Intimate Wedding Reception by Joey and Jessica Seawell Greensboro North Carolina
Candace + Rodney's Rockabilly Indie Intimate Wedding Reception by Joey and Jessica Seawell Greensboro North Carolina
Candace + Rodney's Rockabilly Indie Intimate Wedding Reception by Joey and Jessica Seawell Greensboro North Carolina
Candace + Rodney's Rockabilly Indie Intimate Wedding Reception by Joey and Jessica Seawell Greensboro North Carolina
Candace + Rodney's Rockabilly Indie Intimate Wedding Reception by Joey and Jessica Seawell Greensboro North Carolina
Candace + Rodney's Rockabilly Indie Intimate Wedding Reception by Joey and Jessica Seawell Greensboro North Carolina

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Bulles de Joie

Photographer of Happy People – I capture natural beauty and love in a candid way.

Lifestyle photography: make you feel at ease so you can show your true feelings that I transpose into joyful, candid, lightful shots.

Proposals, engagements, elopements, honeymoons, portraits.

Based in Paris, I capture your love everywhere in France and in Europe.

See you soon!
Stéphanie

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