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Romantic Big Island Hawaii Wedding

Beach Weddings

Is there a better way to kick off #WeddingWednesday than with a Hawaii wedding? We definitely don’t think so. Julie Harmsen Photography, Swept Away Events, and Ainahua Florals all did absolutely amazing jobs, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t give a special little shoutout to the incredible floral design. King Protea and coral charm peonies as far as the eye can see makes for a very good day, indeed.

romantic Big Island Hawaii wedding - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

From the bride, Emily: We knew immediately we would get married on the Big Island, where Brandon is from. I wanted the whole thing to feel as casual as possible. I wanted everyone to feel comfortable and included.

romantic Big Island Hawaii wedding - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

coral wedding flowers - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

bridesmaid bouquet - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

lace wedding dress - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

romantic Big Island Hawaii wedding - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

tropical inspired bouquet - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding
Flower recipe: Peonies, pincushions, some succulents. I wish I could tell you more but the florist did an AMAZING job. Three months later I still have people commenting on photos and saying “OH MY GOD THOSE FLOWERS.”

romantic Big Island Hawaii wedding - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

coral charm peony bouquet - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

groom and groomsmen - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

I love color and flowers so we wanted to make that the priority. You don’t need much else in a setting like the Big Island. I would say adjectives would be: bright, organic, casual. Brandon’s aunt and mom put together the party favors in these adorable bags. Inside was Hawaiian sea salt blend (made by a neighbor) and lilikoi jam (made by a friend whose son was in the hospital. What a saint).

romantic Big Island Hawaii wedding - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

ceremony altar decor with peonies - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

wedding favor bags - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

wedding favors - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

romantic reception table - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t take it too seriously. I didn’t really want a wedding but conceded eventually. My husband actually planned the whole thing. And once it was all over I was just so grateful for the experience. All of our friends and family together in one place. There is really nothing better than that. Don’t let the details get in the way of that big picture. No matter what it will be perfect.

romantic Big Island Hawaii wedding - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

coral charm peony centerpieces - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

coral charm peony centerpiece - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

romantic Big Island Hawaii wedding - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

wedding cake with flower topper - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

romantic Big Island Hawaii wedding - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

romantic Big Island Hawaii wedding - photo by Julie Harmsen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-big-island-hawaii-wedding

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Wedding Music:
Processional and Recessional: Hawaiian guitarist playing traditional music
First Dance: “I Will Follow You into the Dark,” Death Cab for Cutie
I narrowed down the list to about 30 songs for him to pick from. The day he picked that one I saw they were playing here in Atlanta the day before we left for our wedding. So I surprised him with tickets. During the encore to the show, they played it, dedicating it to their friends who got married that weekend. 6 hours later we were on a plane heading to our own wedding. Pretty serendipitous if you ask me.

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Julie Harmsen Photography

Wedding Planner

Swept Away Events

Florist

Ainahua Florals

Venue

Mauna Lani Bay

Wedding Dress

For Love and Lemons

Flower Crown

Stone Fox Bride

Earrings

T-Marie Designs

Rings

Anna Sheffield

Wedding Shoes

Toms Shoes

Hair and Makeup

Big Island Hair

Bridesmaid Dresses

Asos, Free People, Nordstrom, Lilly Pulitzer

Groom's Attire

H&M

Groom and Groomsmen Shirts

Sun Diego Boardshops

Groom's Shoes

Cole Haan

Catering and Wedding Cake

Mauna Lani Hotel

DJ and Lighting

Hawaii Sound and Vision

Videographer

Fitts Studios

Wedding Invitations

The Groom

Seattle Summer Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

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Julie Harmsen

Sound the alarms: we may have found a new favorite venue. Seattle’s Within Sodo is an ideal space for any wedding, but especially Krista and Krispijn’s summertime celebration. Julie Harmsen captured all the details, from the hanging dreamcatchers to the succulent accents to the couple’s incredible style.

seattle summer wedding // photo by Julie Harmsen via ruffledblog.com

From the bride, Krista: We wanted a hand-crafted, Northwest feel in an urban and modern setting. We really wanted to include vintage, found objects as decorations. I enlisted friends to help scour thrift and antique stores for vases, glass containers for potted succulents and tea light candle holders. We spent months collecting different types of liquor bottles to use as water bottles for the dinner tables.

gold studded heels // photo by Julie Harmsen via ruffledblog.com

summer wedding ideas // via ruffledblog.com

letterpress wedding cards // photo by Julie Harmsen via ruffledblog.com

bride getting ready // photo by Julie Harmsen via ruffledblog.com

summer wedding ideas // via ruffledblog.com

bride during ceremony // photo by Julie Harmsen via ruffledblog.com

summer wedding ideas // via ruffledblog.com

outdoor wedding recessionals // photo by Julie Harmsen via ruffledblog.com

bride and groom // photo by Julie Harmsen via ruffledblog.com

dreamcatcher wedding decorations // photo by Julie Harmsen via ruffledblog.com

As we thought about our wedding, the words “textural”, “hand-crafted”, “eclectic” and “urban” sprang to mind. Later, when our friends Matt and Tiffani asked us to describe the theme of our wedding, as they prepared to design our website, Krispijn jokingly said “rustic-modern/neo-hipster”. Looking back, we agree that was an apt description. We started with our logo that Krispijn designed, and we incorporated it throughout the wedding. We put together a color palette of kraft paper brown, light aquas, blues and navy. Some of our DIY projects included: cake topper, sandwich board sign, rocks covered in hand-crocheted lace, decorative punched paper and washi tape garlands for the ceremony backdrop, hand-sewn cloth napkins, dream catchers, beach wood airplant holders, a hand bound Polaroid guest book, tissue paper tassels, watercolor seating assignment tags, and a paper mâché fresh flower “K&K”.

summer wedding ideas // via ruffledblog.com

garden wedding ideas // photo by Julie Harmsen via ruffledblog.com

summer wedding ideas // via ruffledblog.com

indoor dessert tables // photo by Julie Harmsen via ruffledblog.com

summer wedding ideas // via ruffledblog.com

glitter cake toppers // photo by Julie Harmsen via ruffledblog.com

summer wedding ideas // via ruffledblog.com

wedding lantern decorations // photo by Julie Harmsen via ruffledblog.com

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? You have friends and family who love you and want to help. Rely on them. Ask them to share their gifts and talents with you. It will personalize your wedding, while creating excitement and a unique support system. This was vital for us and we felt the love and a sense of community leading up to “the day”. Enjoy the process. Simple advice but very necessary. Looking back, you’ll remember all the preparation and planning with (almost) as much fondness as your wedding day. Don’t get so caught up in the minutiae of the reception that you forget about the ceremony! My cousin officiated our ceremony and kept reminding me to give equal energy to the ceremony as I was everything else. We did this by 1) having the best officiant ever (seriously), and 2) writing our own vows. Both Krispijn and I agree that the ceremony was the favorite part of our wedding. The day flew by but time stood still for both of us during the ceremony.

newlyweds cake cutting // photo by Julie Harmsen via ruffledblog.com


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Wedding Music:
Processional: The Wedding March
Recessional: “Together at Last” from Annie
First Dance: “My Baby Just Cares For Me,” Nina Simone
Father/Daughter Dance: “What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong
Mother/Son Dance: “Circle Game,” Joni Mitchell

Wedding Location: Seattle, WA / Photographer and Videographer: Julie Harmsen / Wedding Venue: Within Sodo / Florist: Marigold & Mint / Reception Flowers: Pike Place Market flower stand / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller via The English Dept / Wedding Shoes: Zara / Bride’s Earrings: Julianne Blumlo / Makeup: Jenny Bowker Makeup / Groom’s Suit and Tie: J. Crew / Wedding Caterer: Madres Kitchen / Drinks: Standard Brewing / Wedding Cakes: Bride’s sister, Elaina Stackhouse / Ceremony Musicians: friend, Yuuki Matthews and groom’s cousin, Kevin Navarro / DJ: friend, Troy Nelson / Wedding Website: friends, Matt Brown and Tiffani Jones Brown / Ring Bag: Redesign Workshop / Wedding Invitations: florever / Videographer: Andy Fitts

Woodsy Washington Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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Today’s wedding from Julie Harmsen shows that you don’t need to have a “color scheme” or “wedding theme” to have a day full of gorgeous details and personal meaning. Kaley and Joel’s wedding day was full of sweet touches, reflection, a little bit of magic, and heaps of expert crafting by Kaley, who actually made the incredible ceremony backdrop herself!

outdoor bride and groom

From the bride, Kaley: I didn’t have a distinct style in mind for our wedding. (I’m not a person with keen visualization skills.) When asked what my “colors” were I usually gave some sort of vague answer about a muted, natural palette. I just knew I wanted it to feel natural, magical, and a little bit like home. I also wanted to be thoughtful about what we were there to do. Which was to promise ourselves to one another and to celebrate that promise with our loved ones. So I wanted to make the ceremony a reflection of who we are and what we believe. I wanted it to be something that was entered into with purpose and reverence.


vintage getaway cars

outdoor ceremony decor

woodsy wedding ideas

bride and groom first look

ceremony backdrop decor

woodsy wedding ideas

outdoor wedding ceremonies

rustic ceremony arch

woodsy wedding ideas

outdoor wedding decor

outdoor bride and groom

There was definitely some DIY involved in our wedding. I did some of it, but I also had a lot of help from the amazing and generous people in my life. Like many couples, we wanted to keep our costs as low as possible, so the decor was mostly handmade and/or found in thrift shops. All the planters and urns we used on the tables were found at thrift shops and my aunt filled them with beautiful succulent arrangements. We spray painted twigs, made mobiles out of branches, ribbon and mirrors, crafted the ceremony backdrop and got a fair amount of hot glue burns. My mother-in-law and I made the wedding favors. Small jars of jam with locally sourced strawberries and individual loaves of banana bread with my mama’s recipe.


typewriter guestbooks

woodsy wedding ideas

outdoor wedding decor

bride with tattoo

woodsy wedding ideas

vintage bridal parties

outdoor bride and groom

woodsy wedding ideas

outdoor bride and groom

woodsy wedding decor

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Go easy on yourself. You’ll probably have a lot of ideas and receive a lot of well intentioned advice. There is no way to absorb all this information. Instead, focus on the feeling you want the day to have and follow where that takes you. On the day of the wedding try to stop and take a deep breath every once in a while. Take in what is happening, feel the moment and try to commit it to memory. Everyone says it, but it really does go by so fast. Take a few minutes and enjoy the outcome of all the hard work you put in.


wildflower centerpieces

outdoor bride and groom

woodsy wedding ideas

succulent reception centerpieces

assorted dessert tables

woodsy wedding ideas

indoor cake cutting

traditional hawaiian dancer

traditional hawaiian dancing

vintage getaway cars


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Family & Wedding Party Processional: “Wash.” Bon Iver
Bridal Processional: “Real Love,” Beach House
Recessional: “Punk as F*ck,” The American Analog Set
First Dance: “Choir Vandals,” The American Analog Set

Wedding Location: Whidbey Island, WA / Wedding Photographer: Julie Harmsen / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Fireseed Catering / Wedding Flowers: Local Farmer’s Market / Wedding Dress: Cicada Bridal, “Natasha” / Wedding Shoes: BaliElf / Hair and Makeup: Bride’s Stepmother / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Cicada Bridal and Elbling / Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers / Wedding Cakes: Macrina Bakery, friends and family / Wedding Invitations: Frida Clements