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Flower-Filled Bohemian Australian Wedding

Garden Weddings

Photos by:

I Love Wednesdays

If you love the “bohemian flower child” trend that’s been going around as much as we do, this wedding will be right up your alley. I Love Wednesdays and The Style Co, two of New South Wale’s best wedding vendors, brought together Anthea and Brad’s wedding day in a most brilliant way, with plenty of bright and fun details, graphic design ideas, and some of the most incredible flowers we’ve seen so far this year.

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From the photographer, Len of I Love Wednesdays: Anthea & Brad’s wedding was a cacophony of flowers and just a crazy celebration filled with love. I love that their families were so involved in their day and how wonderfully put together their whole day was. They had just a teeny bridal party of Brad’s best friend & Anthea’s sister. They really wanted their ceremony to be relaxed and for everyone to be able to enjoy having a sip of bubbly and eating some refreshing fruit in the heat at the beautiful Lindsey House. That mood also translated to their reception at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, with every little detail thought out, and a beautiful bold colour palette to bring the fun. The wonderful ladies at The Style Co handled all the styling for the day.

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Wedding Location: Watsons Bay, NSW, Australia / Photographer: I Love Wednesdays / Event Design, Styling, and Floral Design: The Style Co / Ceremony Venue: Lindesay House / Reception Venue: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel / Hair: Ardino Salon / Makeup: Alex Divanis / Wedding Cake: Black Star Pastry / Beverage Caterers: Black & White Caterers / Ceremony & PDD Musicians: The Yellow Canvas / Reception Band: Grover / MC: Friends of the couple / Celebrant: A Perfect Ceremony / Videographer: Chasing Summer / Transportation: Rolls Royce Hire, Luxury Wedding cars, and Bendy Bus Sydney

New England Vineyard Wedding

Modern Weddings

If there’s anyone who knows how to knock a wedding out of the park, it’s Lauren Wells Events. Just take one look at this wedding photographed by Lens CAP Productions and filled with flowers from Sayles Livingston Design – the bud vases and milk glass escort cards, the floral ceremony arch, the stylish reception lounge… There are too many good details to name here, so check them out for yourself!

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From the bride, Greta: Fall in New England is such a beautiful time and so when Billy and I got engaged in October of 2013, we knew a September wedding the following year would be perfect! That would give us just enough time to find a great venue and book all of our top choice vendors, but not too much time to obsess over details. In other words, we made quick decisions because we knew we had to. After visiting several barns, farms and other rustic venues, we fell in love at first sight with Sakonnet Vineyards. It’s a private, beautiful, wide open space and we’d have the freedom to create our own, unique special day. We had our venue and we had our date and so next was to put together a fabulous group of vendors. I’ve known Courtney from Lens CAP for the past few years. Not only is she a friend, but she’s also an uber talented photographer whose work I have always admired and been attracted to. We didn’t even have to think about it twice before asking her to shoot our day. Through Courtney I was introduced to Lauren of Lauren Wells Events. After taking a look at her blog and meeting her in person, (besides wanting to be her best friend!) I knew she would be able to execute and bring to life any vision that was living inside of my brain as well as bring a whole slew of new ideas to the table. I used both Courtney and Lauren’s wealth of wedding knowledge to find other great vendors and thus brought together a team of players I knew wouldn’t let us down.

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We did our best to enjoy the planning process, because as everyone had been telling us, your wedding day goes by in a flash, so try and enjoy EVERYTHING that goes into it. And so we had fun tasting cake, addressing envelopes, creating spreadsheets and practicing our first dance moves. And before we knew it, September had arrived! The two bits of advice that we were given and would definitely pass on would be: Once the ceremony is over and the party begins, grab your new husband/wife by the hand and don’t let go. We visited every table together and never lost sight of the other. The other was to step back throughout the night, have a look around and take mental snapshots of all of our friends and family in one place, at one time, celebrating US. It was amazing to do and it reminded us of why we spent eleven months planning for what would become the most special and memorable day of our lives. Relax, enjoy and take lots of deep breaths. And remember, no matter what little things are seeming to go wrong, all that matters is that you will be married to the one you love at the end of the day.

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Wedding Location: Tiverton, RI / Photographer: Lens CAP Productions / Event Design and Styling: Lauren Wells Events / Florist: Sayles Livingston Design / Venue: Sakonnet Vineyard / Caterer: Russell Morin / DJ: Beat Train Productions, Greg Lanzillotta / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Swiss Cottage Designs / Chalkboard Calligraphy: Fat Orange Cat Studio

Tuscany Inspired Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Starfish Studios

While a trip to Tuscany may not be in the budget right now, who says we can’t enjoy its effortless aesthetic by way of a charming styled shoot? Starfish Studios, Oscar Herrera Vintage Floral Design, and Unearthed Vintage of Florida recently collaborated on this sunny shoot heavy on Italian inspiration and gorgeous ideas for you to ooh and ahh over.

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From the photographer, Starfish Studios: Whenever I picture a dream destination wedding, the first picture that pops into my mind is Tuscany. Since a trip to Tuscany was not in the cards, we brought Tuscany to us in the Redlands in South Florida. The gorgeous venue, Estancia Culinaria has all of the elements of what you would find in Tuscany. The golden light, gorgeous trees and the fragrant air. Katie from Unearthed Vintage wanted to enhance that by adding a stylish homage like a gelato bar and other amazing vintage finds.

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Tuscany inspired wedding ideas - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

The flowers and color choice of rose and blush pinks from Oscar Herrera Floral Design worked perfectly alongside the woods, gold and rust that were featured throughout the shoot. Janderyn from Earth and Sugar encompassed the feeling of the inspirational shoot into a four tier cake with gold foil and beautiful sugar flowers. Our beautiful bride was dressed in a soft romantic gown from Sasha’s Bridal Boutique. The gorgeous light and the feeling of Tuscany was brought to life through the camera lens of Dan from Starfish Studios.

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Shoot Location: Redland, FL / Photographer: Starfish Studios / Floral Design: Oscar Herrera Vintage Floral Design / Vintage Rentals and Styling: Unearthed Vintage / Venue: Estancia Culinaria / Wedding Dress: Sasha’s Bridal Boutique / Hair: Kristen Russel (hairbykristen @ live.com) / Makeup: Ninfa Domenique Makeup Artist / Wedding Cake and Desserts: Earth and Sugar / Stationery, Menus, Art and Calligraphy: Shannon Kirsten

Outdoor Hunter Valley Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

And a Day

Newlyweds Niamh and Gary desired a day that both embraced the two of them as a couple and the beauty of the Australian countryside. With photographers Lisa and Pete of And a Day by their side, it’s no wonder their wedding day was captured as beautifully as it was! Keep reading for some wise wedding planning tips from our bride, Niamh:

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From the bride, Niamh: As we are not originally from Australia and had family and friends coming from overseas, we wanted a relaxed day that showcased both the beautiful countryside and said a lot about us as a couple — hence the complete blank canvas of a field, the great Australian BBQ for dinner, and a whole lot of eating, drinking, dancing and fun.

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Our wedding day was rustic, relaxed, outdoorsy, and fun, with a color scheme of natural and earthy tones — brown kraft, greens etc. Everyone got a mix CD of our favorite songs, and Gary took great pride in providing lots and lots of empty beer bottles for the flowers.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t leave everything to the last minute, but enjoy every minute of the planning and preparation together (and do whatever you want to do, not anybody else — if you like tradition, keep it; if you don’t, throw it out). Stay relaxed and enjoy the day no matter how much everyone tells you that you wont or cant. Get yourself a photographer that gets you as a couple as you will have the photos forever (we are super delighted with ours). Also, make sure you get some time out afterwards — we still haven’t had a honeymoon!

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Samskeyti,” Sigur Ros
Recessional: “Little Talks,” Of Monsters and Men
First Dance: “Hoppipolla,” Sigur Ros
Other artists played throughout the day included: James Vincent McMorrow, The XX, Bon Iver, BellX1, Glen Hansard, Ocean Colour Scene

Wedding Location: Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia / Photographer: And a Day / Planner, Styling and Flowers: Sara Cochlan of Niche Weddings / Wedding Venue: Wollombi Barnstay / Wedding Dress: Pronovias / Wedding Shoes: Cinderella Bella / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy / Groom’s Attire: Ben Sherman / Rings: Zoe Pook / Wedding Caterer: Drews Creek Catering / Cheese “Cake”: Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop / Wedding Invitations and Stationery: Annabelle of Paper Papel Papier

Savannah Destination Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Geoff Duncan

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

Melbourne Wedding at the Prince

Garden Weddings

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I’m all kinds of excited to share today’s wedding with you all! The phenomenally talented Washington-based Sergio Mottola traveled all the way over to Melbourne, Australia to capture the day of Gloria and Tom at The Prince Deck planned by Simply Georgeous Events. All I can say is this: if you think you know hotel weddings, prepare to have your socks completely blown off.

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From the bride, Gloria: We wanted something intimate, relaxed, fun and not at all fussy. A little bit rustic and very Melbourne. This made Circa the perfect space for our wedding and having it happen at dusk meant that we would be bathed in twilight as we walked down the aisle on the deck. We definitely didn’t want it to be a typical Chinese-style banquet wedding. We pictured about 90 of our closest friends and families coming together and having an amazing time – with great music, great food. It was as much about them as it was about us.


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We initially wanted to have the whole thing outdoors on a farm property with a marquee/barn for the reception. However, logistically and budget-wise, it just wasn’t going to happen. So we kept the same rustic, farm-style feel of it, cleaned it up a little and brought it all inside. The deck was perfect because it still allowed us to be in an open space with all that beautiful twilight.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? There is no right or wrong way to plan a wedding – do what feels right. For us, it was having our lovely friends at Georgeous do it all for us and they did an amazing job. We wanted to take the stress of planning away from our friends and just be able to throw a solid party. As for the lead up to the day, I think it’s important to be in the moment and enjoy the process together with your partner.


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Wedding Music:
Seating: “Married Life” from the Up soundtrack
Bridal Party Processional: “Please Let Me Get What I Want,” Vitamin String Quartet
Bridal Processional: “The Luckiest,” Ben Folds
Signing: “Sea of Love,” Cat Power
Recessional: “Here & Now,” Luther Vandross
First Dance: “The Weakness In Me,” Joan Armatrading / “Let It Be Me,” Ray LaMontagne [all other couples on the floor :)]

Wedding Location: Melbourne, Australia / Wedding Photographer: Sergio Mottola / Ceremony Venue: The Prince Deck / Reception Venue and Catering: Circa, The Prince / Event Design: Simply Georgeous Events / Wedding Flowers: Cecilia Fox via Georgeous / Weddign Dress: Lisa Ho / Veil and Headpiece: Twigs and Honey / Wedding Shoes: Something Old, Something Nude from Tony Bianco / Wedding Cake: Burch & Purchese / Wedding Invitations: Nineteen Design Studio

Handmade Oregon Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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Sara and Josh’s wedding shot by Anna Jaye Photography is just about the perfect blend of masculine and feminine elements — wooden details mixed with lush pink and orange floral arrangements from Lamb’s Palisades Floral. One of my personal favorite aspects of this wedding is that bride Sara allowed her personality to shine through in her reception dress, opting for a bright coral number to match her maids!

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From the bride, Sara: We envisioned a fun laid back event where our family and friends could celebrate with us on our big day!


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I really loved coral and wanted bright festive colors to go along with that color! It was too hard to narrow down to two colors so I had many colors including: red, yellow, orange, blue, and kraft brown. Some DIY projects included: poms, table runners, napkin rings, banners, and CRANES! We folded 1000 cranes to honor my Japanese heritage. The tradition states that it is good luck to fold 1000 cranes so Josh and I folded many and it was great how so many loved ones volunteered to help and brought together everyone to contribute a little something to our special day.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t lose perspective. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the hundreds of things on our “to do list” to prepare for the wedding that we forget why we are melting down over something as silly as napkin colors! At the end of the day, we are still marrying the love of our life so just enjoy it!


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From the photographer, Anna Jaye Photography: Sara and Josh’s wedding day was a wonderful reflection of the two of them; sweet, sincere and laid back. These two have an obvious and easy connection that’s a lot of fun to photograph. They created a beautiful celebration for their guests that centered on the special connection between the two of them. The playful details and beautiful location just added to the magic of this awesome day.

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
Bridal Processional: “Canon in D”
Marriage License Signing: “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go”
Recessional: “I’m Yours,” by Jason Mraz
First Dance: “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” by Ingrid Michaelson

Wedding Location: Canby, OR / Wedding Photographer: Anna Jaye Photography / Wedding Venue: Postlewait’s Farm / Wedding Flowers: Lamb’s Palisades Floral / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero “Ursula” via Bridal Exclusives / Bride’s Veil: Diamond Wedding Veil / Bride’s Shoes: Poetic License / Hair and Makeup: Aimee J’Adore / Groom’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse / Wedding Caterer: Famous Dave’s / Wedding Cake: Beaverton Bakery / Hangers: Whiskey and Wedding Bells / Wedding Music: John Ross / Photobooth: Happymatic / Wedding Invitations: Amy Heitman

Backyard Canadian Garden Wedding

Garden Weddings

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It was such a difficult feat to edit down these images from Shari + Mike Photographers! Genevieve and Joel were married in a glorious park setting, and had a backyard reception that was somehow even more gorgeous. Be sure to grab some tea or coffee as you scroll through this one, as it’s a real looker:


Genevieve + Joel's Canadian Backyard Wedding

From the bride, Genevieve: The inspiration for our wedding came from the simple saying “all things we are, all thing we love.” It was very important for us both to have our wedding reflect us and our easy going approach to life. I am a wedding photographer and Joel works in online marketing so we consider ourselves to be the creative type. We wanted to think outside the box as much as we could, so that our day would not be a cookie cutter wedding but rather a intimate event designed around who we are as a couple.


Genevieve + Joel's Canadian Backyard Wedding

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Genevieve + Joel's Canadian Backyard Wedding

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Genevieve + Joel's Canadian Backyard Wedding

We chose to design our invites with a poker feel while still keeping it classy. we then pulled the deck of cards theme into our reception with the seating chart, the kissing game, Vintage pinball machine and our thank-you’s. I made my own bouquet and flower arrangements to help keep cost down. we ordered babies breath from Safeway, did a massive Costco run and picked bushes of bachelor-buttons and strange flowers from several back alleys… yes, back alleys!


Genevieve + Joel's Canadian Backyard Wedding

Genevieve + Joel's Canadian Backyard Wedding

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Genevieve + Joel's Canadian Backyard Wedding

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Genevieve + Joel's Canadian Backyard Wedding

Our Ceremony took place under a large Elm tree. Due to Joel’s Jewish heritage we chose to have a messianic Jewish ceremony complete with chuppah hand made by Joel and his groomsmen. We chose to have our reception in my grandparents backyard because of it’s pure quaintness.. My dream had always been to have a small and intimate outdoor reception that went on into the night and this was the perfect place. We temporarily sodded over the vegetable garden to accommodate a lounge area, and built a small checkered dance floor to act as a stage.


Genevieve + Joel's Canadian Backyard Wedding

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Genevieve + Joel's Canadian Backyard Wedding

Genevieve + Joel's Canadian Backyard Wedding

Three 30′ tables were brought in to host our 70 guests, and strands of white lights were hung from the trees. The tables were set with white china, vintage books, family heirlooms and simple floral arrangements made by my bridesmaids and I. We rented chandeliers for the trees and let the sweet summer night work it’s magic. When the last toast was given we opened our cookies and ice cream bar.. This was a fun alternative to the wedding cake and a very much “us” dessert.


Genevieve + Joel's Canadian Backyard Wedding

Genevieve + Joel's Canadian Backyard Wedding


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Wedding Vendors (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada):

Wedding Ceremony: Kiwanis Picnic shelter, Henderson Park / Wedding Reception: Private Grounds / Wedding Photographer: Shari + Mike Photographers / Event Planner and Decor: Everything Beautiful Events / Wedding Dress: Casablanca “1914” / Wedding Shoes: Roberto Vianni / Bride’s Earrings: Anthropologie / Bride’s Necklace: Vintage / Bride’s Robe: Urban Outfitters / Bride’s Hair: done by bride / Bride’s Makeup: Leanne Wood / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Shirt: Harry Rosen / Groom’s Tie: Club Monaco / Groom’s Pocket Watch: Vintage / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Zara, ModCloth, H&M, Forever 21, Gap / Bridesmaids’ Necklaces: “Lovely Bird Locket” by Blue Tree Studio / Flower Girl Dresses: Handmade by bride / Seating Chart and Thank Yous: made by bride / Invitations and Programs: made by bride and groom / Flowers: Assembled by bride and bridesmaids / Pinball Machine: Vintage / Table and Chair Rentals: Wards Rentals / Catering: Coco Pazzo

Victorian Black and White Inspiration

Wedding Design

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I’m not sure what it is, but something about this Victorian-inspired gown keeps me coming back for more ogling! Brand-new Texas-based stylists Kirbi and Tina of A Style Collective rounded up some of the Lone Star state’s best wedding vendors to create this gorgeous black and white inspiration shoot expertly photographed by Chelsea Davis. There are endless more photos to pore through, so don’t miss the gallery and free downloads below!

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From the stylists, Kirbi and Tina: When we first met with photographer Chelsea Davis, we desired to capture a style that was not only beautiful, but was personal and adaptable. We decided to infuse a bit of rustic charm meets the beauty and timelessness of black & white. All the while, evoking some nostalgia through the use of vintage inspired props and wardrobe. Chelsea captured every little detail with talent and grace and effortlessly captured each of the beautiful elements we styled. Her photography tells a true story in this perfect evening sunlight of a charming, romantic outdoor soiree met with the coziness of a rustic, vintage celebration.

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victorian black and white vintage wedding inspiration

Lori Alexander, owner of 7 Closets Vintage, blew us out of the water with the addition of a breathtaking collection of vintage occasion and wedding gowns. With even more romance and lace reflected through the dress selections, the loveliness was only amplified. The addition of the bride’s black sash and satin bowed heels gives the perfect touch of black to the divine ivory gown. The groom sports a perfectly placed silver?gray and black bow tie with a classic black tux.

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Sara with Lulubean Designs took our inspiration for black and white vintage and created a wonderfully matched paper suite complete with silhouettes, the whimsical use of timeless fonts, the texture of kraft, and a Save the Date adorned with vintage book pages. Every little detail from the styled event coordinates perfectly with her paper designs.

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victorian black and white vintage wedding inspiration

We couldn’t have asked for more from the dessert goddesses at two bakeries, Cinderella Stories and Frosted Bakery, for their edible perfections. Drizzled in white chocolate, sprinkled with romance, offering punches of silver and golden hues, and the amazing silhouette cookies (Cinderella Stories), the petite sweets were scrumptiously executed. We adorned Cinderella Stories’ large tiered cake with coordinating black lace and flower. We used vintage books, linens, cake stands, and dome platters to arrange Frosted’s elegant cupcakes to create a table that truly says Love Is Sweet. Behind the vintage inspired dessert tables, we fashioned whimsical frames hung with black satin ribbon in the trees and adorned black shutters with a lace bow for a small backdrop.


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victorian black and white vintage wedding inspiration

The floral design by Lisa Cushing of Petals By Design was stunning and simple through the use of single cut stems and arrangements that combined vintage book pages and jute twine with lovely white hydrangeas, baby’s breath, roses, and ranunculus. With timeless white milk glass and mason jar props from A Style Collective, the floral was a subtle display of rustic charm. We also crafted do? it?yourself book page flowers to add to the bouquet and boutonnière to play up the use of these elements in the paper goods as well as the vintage books in the tablescape.

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A Style Collective rounded up some of the Lone Star state’s best wedding vendors to create this gorgeous black and white inspiration shoot expertly photographed by Chelsea Davis. There are endless more photos to pore through, so don’t miss the View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding vendors (Houston, TX):

Event designer: A Style Collective / Wedding photographer: Chelsea Davis Photography / Invitation designer: Lulubean Designs / Dress Store: 7 Closets Vintage / Wedding flowers: Lisa Cushing of Petals by Design / Cake and sweets: Sandee Moss of Cinderella Stories and Frosted Bakery / Hair: Beautique Hair Salon / Models: Nichole and Brett Jaggers

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DIY Seating Chart Garland

DIY Projects

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Oh Kraft + neon, I just can’t quit you two. Michaela and Lotta of Hey Look made an easy DIY seating chart garland using one of my favorite color combos. This project brings this color combo to a whole new level of adorableness when you tie the garland on a branch, similarly to this DIY lily branch curtain we shared last year. View all photos from this DIY project up and close in the gallery.

neon kraft paper branch wedding garland curtain
neon kraft paper branch wedding garland curtain

You’ll need:

– paper in the colors of your choice (we chose different recycled papers in neutral colors and some neon pink post-its)
– A circle hole punch or a few in different sizes
– String (package string works well with this technique)
– Paper glue

DIY circle garland seating

Instructions:
1. Punch out the amount of paper circles you want.
2. Dap little spots of paper glue straight onto the string
3. Stick on a paper circle
4. Repeat

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This technique is super-quick, even quicker if you work with your fiance(e) or friend – one holds the string tight, the other attaches the paper circles. Once you get rolling, you can whip up a serious amount of garlands within an hour. To make all the garlands in the pictures, it took us about 1.5 hours.

You can hang the garlands from large branches or pieces of wood and hang them over buffet and dessert tables or over dinner tables. You could also hang them from manzanita branches in vases.

Hang garlands down from the ceiling, write your guest names and table numbers onto extra circles and attach each of these to a circle of the garland with a mini cloth pin – you’ve got a super-quick and pretty escort card display!

Whimsical Colorado Wedding

Real Weddings, Whimsical Weddings

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Brace yourself because this wedding shot by Erik Clausen of Poser Image will knock your socks off. This is a gigantic feature, so I am going to let the bride, Abbey, take the stage:

From the bride, Abbey: Dan decided early on in the planning process that top hats were high on his list of “must haves.” A nod to his British heritage, this started the ball rolling. Having both grown up in theater (with mothers who are both costumers) we knew that drama (and DIY) would play a big part. More than aesthetics, however, we knew we wanted a wedding that was a uniquely “us” and so we set out to incorporate meaning into every detail so nothing was included unless it spoke to our lives, our families and our love.

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We rented a 1936 white touring coach from The Ambassador’s Rolls. The coach, which seated 14, was originally designed and used for touring national parks like Zion and Yosemite. My dad’s side of the family was heavily involved in the founding of national parks in the southwest, so we felt that this was an appropriate choice.

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Your wedding style? Whimsical, theatrical, traditional (with a twist).

I could not commit to a tight color palette, so I opted instead to keep most of our details black and white allowing our flowers to be a total explosion of color.

Almost everything about our wedding was DIY, from the 10 page booklet style invitations to the website designed with help from my new brother-in-law (http://www.abbeyanddan.com/) to the clay mustaches in our photobooth that we set up with crepe paper streamers, lighting kit, tripod and remote shutter release. We used the same remote shutter release to take our own engagement pictures in DC and had so much fun with it, we knew our guests would too.

We folded cootie catchers, designed and printed signs, made programs that doubled as fans and attractive mustaches and spent a year collecting the vintage globes, books, scrabble tiles, bells (to ring for a kiss), snow globes (from places we’d visited), sugars and creamers and random treasures that decorated the tables. We made arrangements out of wholesale flowers, created a dozen different guest books and assembled photos of every member of our extended family on their wedding day. Even my shoes were a DIY achievement, but more on that to come.

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Dan and I both grew up in Colorado, so deciding to host the wedding extravaganza in Denver was a no-brainer.

We were married in Our Lady of Loretto Chapel on the campus of Colorado Heights University (which most Denver-ites remeber as Loretto Heights). The church celebrates its 100th birthday this year. The art history geek in me loved the catholic church trappings, carved canopy over the altar, statues of Mary and Jesus and plenty of stained glass. The non-traditionalist in me loved that there was no resident congregation, and so we were free to choose the readings, music and officiant we wanted.

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Our dear friend and Boulder Fire Chief, Andrew Moschetti was ordained for the occasion and did us the honor of officiating. Friends gave readings that ranged from Madeline L’Engle to dinosaur stories.

We chose Mile High Station for our reception because we loved the industrial feel that was so reminiscent of our old warehouse loft that we lived in in Denver before moving to DC. From the polished concrete floors to the incredible chandeliers, the space is fantastic and requires no additional decoration.

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We designed, printed and assembled our 10-page booklet-style wedding invitations ourselves. The labels on the front were from Envelopper, Inc. The paper including linen cover stock, velvet interior stock and vellum were all from The Paper Mill Store. The kraft paper outer and RSVP envelopes were from Paper Presentation, and the booklets were bound with black and white twine from Divine Twine.

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My dress was custom-made for me by my college costume design professor, and incredibly talented friend, Ted Stark. It was exactly the ruffled-cream confection of my dreams and was all the more special in that it was made just for me.

My mom made my birdcage veil decorated with an antique rhinestone necklace from her mom.

My shoes were a near disaster – and one of my favorite DIY moments. After deliberating for weeks over which pair of shoes to buy (but knowing I wanted blue) I selected a white dye-able pair and brought them to the cobbler so I could choose the perfect hue. Just days before the wedding I received a nervous call; the shoes were somewhat tie-dyed, blotchy and runny, not at all what I had hoped for. My two teenage cousins and junior bridesmaids swung into action with a trip to the craft store, a handful of blue fabric markers and hundreds of clear crystals. Everyone took a shift at the kitchen counter affixing sparkles and the final product was made with so much love, they surpassed anything I could have purchased. They may have dyed my feet blue, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Another very talented friend, Jessica, coiffed my hair along with most of the bridal party’s. I did my makeup myself.

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Our moms entered to Simple Gifts; The bridal party to Trumpet Voluntary, and I walked down the aisle to the classic Bridal Chorus all played on the 100-year-old pipe organ.

As soon as we were pronounced husband and wife, a 20 person choir made up of musical friends from across the country erupted in Can’t Help Falling in Love of Elvis fame from the church’s balcony.

Dan and I danced to Ben Fold’s The Luckiest performed by on of our multi-talented groomsmen, Jordan Kenning and we twirled around the floor with my dad and his mom to La Vie en Rose – which it certainly was.

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 1920s inspired ruffled flapper wedding dress
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The bridesmaids’ bouquets, boutonnière for groom, groomsmen, ring bearer and dads, and corsages for our moms and grandmas were made by Megan at Happy Canyon Flowers. She did a fabulous job of incorporating all of my different ideas. My bouquet included favorite flowers for the women on my mom’s side of the family. The groomsmen wore craspedia, the dad’s; bachelor buttons and Dan; an incredible fuchsia dahlia. Our mom & grandma’s wrist corsages included vintage 50’s pins that said “Mom” and “Grandma” and our ring-bearer’s boutonnière, a lego man; his favorite.

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The groom and groomsmen all wore full morning suits (in keeping with our British styling). Dan’s was purchased and tailored just for him while the rest of the guys rented from Men’s Warehouse. We bought the vests online separately to avoid the shiny backless options at Men’s Warehouse and get something a little more authentic. Each groomsmen wore a different black and white cravat and a set of Chicago U token cuff-links – a gift from Dan to commemorate his bachelor weekend there. Dan finished his look with a purple cravat and grey and purple argyle socks. Our littlest bridal party member, ring-bearer Brandon opted for black Converse instead of dress shoes. The hats that set the whole party in motion were also ordered online.

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Catering by Design worked with me to create the family style feast we envisioned. A traditional British meat and potatoes meal featured roast beef and mashed potatoes with spicy mustard and basil mayo with plenty of roasted veggies on the side. Appetizers during cocktail hour focused on our different backgrounds with mini rellenos representing my southwestern roots.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings? Have fun, enjoy the ride, take time to incorporate meaning and let your personalities shine through and find meaningful ways to incorporate your family and friends into building your big day.

My favorite memories of the wedding were of the week before with all of my family huddled around the table, sculpting mustaches, bedazzling shoes and arranging flowers. By the time we got to the reception, they had as much ownership of the event as I did! It was their party too, and I loved that.

Check out Abbey and Dan’s DIY paper goods bonanza on Abbey’s Flickr!

Wedding Vendors (Denver, Colorado):

Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Loretto Chapel on the campus of Colorado Heights University / Reception Venue: Mile High Station / Photographer: Erik Clausen of Poser Image / Wedding Dress: custom made by a friend / Birdcage veil: handmade by the bride’s mom / Table arrangements: DIY, flowers from Fifty Flowers / Bouquets and Bouts: Happy Canyon Flowers / DJ: 8trac M.E / Caterer: Catering by Design / Wedding Cake: Das Meyer Pastry Chalet / Wedding Cake Topper: Melabo on Etsy / DIY Invitation resources: Envelopper Inc, The Paper Mill, Paper Presentation, Divine Twine / Transportation: The Ambassador’s Rolls