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Desert Bloom Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

There’s nothing quite like the boho wedding trend lately. It’s got equal parts glamour, vintage, and modern all rolled into one very pretty wedding package. When you’re doing a shoot with this inspiration style in mind, it’s almost a must to host it in the desert. In this Jennifer Fujikawa Photography shoot, this concept came to life and just bloomed. Thanks to the lovely lace dresses and the wonderful tablescape, this shoot had its fair share of elegance while keeping with the earthy, desert vibe. Naturally, FlorUnique took to the surroundings as inspiration and brought in bouquets decorated with succulents, baby pink roses and peonies, protea, and accents like peach hypericum berries and blue thistle. No matter what your style is, this inspiration shoot is one to definitely check out!

Desert Bloom Wedding Inspiration - photo by Jennifer Fujikawa Photography http://ruffledblog.com/desert-bloom-wedding-inspiration

From the photographer, Jennifer Fujikawa Photography: This is an elegant desert wedding inspiration shoot at Joshua Tree for the bride with a more elegant style that still wants to embrace the desert vibe and its natural surroundings. The dresses are lovely lace with a soft mint pastel for the bridesmaid and the table settings are elegant gold/white with blue crystal that echoes the colors of the desert.
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Wedding Vendors

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Erin Pelicano, ltd

Erin Pelicano designs simple, elegant and timeless artisan jewelry meant to be cherished and worn for years. Each piece is individually handcrafted with love and artistry in sterling silver, 24K gold vermeil and genuine stones. These meaningful pieces allow you to keep your dreams, inspirations and feelings close to your heart or share them as memorable gifts with special significance. Treasured by all generations, these delicate creations can be worn alone or layered with other jewelry.

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Getting Ready Bridal Inspiration and a Wedding Brunch

Wedding Design

On a day as potentially stressful as your wedding, I can’t imagine a more perfectly relaxed way to prepare for the day than throwing a little “getting ready brunch.” That was the concept behind today’s shoot from Emily Millay Photography and A Charming Fête, who used calming pastel tones and forever-classic gold as the color palette. We’re all positively ga-ga for the bride’s vintage robe!

getting ready bridal inspiration and a wedding brunch - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/getting-ready-bridal-inspiration-and-a-wedding-brunch

From the event designer, Lisa of A Charming Fête: We wanted to capture those vulnerable moments of the bride getting ready for her big day as well as the beautiful details of a formal brunch delivered to her room. Her stunning bouquet, a blend of white peonies, cappuccino ranunculus and the palest lavender sweet pea against an heirloom gold trinket box, vintage clock collection and gorgeous jewels. The bride is clad in a gorgeous ecru lace dressing robe from the 1920s, lending the perfect peek of sexy in the most timeless fashion. This is a truly glamorous (and seriously pretty) way for the bride to begin her wedding day. There are some elegant boudoir shots included as well.

getting ready bridal inspiration and a wedding brunch - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/getting-ready-bridal-inspiration-and-a-wedding-brunch

getting ready bridal inspiration and a wedding brunch - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/getting-ready-bridal-inspiration-and-a-wedding-brunch

berry toned bouquet - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/getting-ready-bridal-inspiration-and-a-wedding-brunch

getting ready bridal inspiration and a wedding brunch - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/getting-ready-bridal-inspiration-and-a-wedding-brunch

getting ready bridal inspiration and a wedding brunch - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/getting-ready-bridal-inspiration-and-a-wedding-brunch

getting ready bridal inspiration and a wedding brunch - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/getting-ready-bridal-inspiration-and-a-wedding-brunch

getting ready bridal inspiration and a wedding brunch - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/getting-ready-bridal-inspiration-and-a-wedding-brunch

wedding brunch scene - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/getting-ready-bridal-inspiration-and-a-wedding-brunch

getting ready bridal inspiration and a wedding brunch - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/getting-ready-bridal-inspiration-and-a-wedding-brunch

getting ready bridal inspiration and a wedding brunch - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/getting-ready-bridal-inspiration-and-a-wedding-brunch

wedding flower ideas - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/getting-ready-bridal-inspiration-and-a-wedding-brunch

getting ready bridal inspiration and a wedding brunch - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/getting-ready-bridal-inspiration-and-a-wedding-brunch

getting ready bridal inspiration and a wedding brunch - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/getting-ready-bridal-inspiration-and-a-wedding-brunch

getting ready bridal inspiration and a wedding brunch - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/getting-ready-bridal-inspiration-and-a-wedding-brunch

getting ready bridal inspiration and a wedding brunch - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/getting-ready-bridal-inspiration-and-a-wedding-brunch

getting ready bridal inspiration and a wedding brunch - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/getting-ready-bridal-inspiration-and-a-wedding-brunch

getting ready bridal inspiration and a wedding brunch - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/getting-ready-bridal-inspiration-and-a-wedding-brunch

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Wedding Vendors

Photography

Emily Millay Photography

Event Design, Styling, and Flowers

A Charming Fête

Robe

Gossamer

Wedding Veil

The Mantilla Company

Wedding Shoes

Badgley Mischka

Necklace

J.Crew

Hair

Lather

Makeup

Maggie Kleinman

Ribbon

Silk and Willow

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Erin Pelicano, ltd

Erin Pelicano designs simple, elegant and timeless artisan jewelry meant to be cherished and worn for years. Each piece is individually handcrafted with love and artistry in sterling silver, 24K gold vermeil and genuine stones. These meaningful pieces allow you to keep your dreams, inspirations and feelings close to your heart or share them as memorable gifts with special significance. Treasured by all generations, these delicate creations can be worn alone or layered with other jewelry.

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Gold Hidden Vineyard Wedding in Michigan

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Heather Jowett

When Nicole and Drew started planning their wedding, they began to realize how contrasting their styles were from each other. Instead of letting the differences get to them, they chose to embrace the differences and incorporate both their styles into the big day. The result was purely magical and included the talents of Heather Jowett and A Splendid Occasion, and the couple topped it all off with some day-after portraits wearing a boho dress in a cornfield. Perfect.

gold hidden vineyard wedding in Michigan - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

From the bride, Nicole: Drew and I met five years before we started dating and dated for four years before getting engaged. We had a long engagement by Midwestern standards — just under two years. When we finally started planning our wedding we realized how different we really were and chose to embrace the differences rather than fight about them. As such, we created a wedding where almost every element had a perfectly matched foil. We styled a vintage barn with modern ghost chairs and lawn games. We didn’t play by the rules and had a flower girl, but no ring bearer. We opted for French macarons and homemade pie over cake. We had our first dance in private as the sun was setting and barefoot. We skipped the hokey wedding music and chose to start the day with an electric violinist playing everything from The Lumineers to Hotel Costes and ended with a local country rock band that got everyone on the dance floor. I danced and he didn’t. But we both joined at the end of the night to enjoy some good ‘ole fashioned McDonald’s cheeseburgers that were delivered about an hour before last call for all guests – and I even got him on the dance floor for a song or two!

rustic garden wedding invitations - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

wedding favor bags - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

wedding day jewelry - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

cat tie - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

succulent boutonnieres - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

blush pink bridesmaid dresses - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

summer wedding drinks - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

lace bridesmaid bouquet ribbons - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

Hosting our wedding in Michigan allowed us to splurge in so many other areas that we otherwise would not have. But most importantly we were able to host an entire weekend of events beginning with a casual welcome dinner on Thursday evening at the tiniest hole-in-the-wall burger joint on the outskirts of town. On Friday a few dozen of us went wine tasting and vetted off onto the back country roads in a trolley. Having that time with our closest friends set the tone for the remainder of the weekend. That evening my in-laws hosted an incredible welcome dinner for all wedding guests on the patio overlooking the harbor at the hotel. It was simple, cozy, and perfect (and yes, there were crazy DIY details for that party, too). The morning after the wedding we also hosted a farewell brunch (with more handmade details) – allowing us ample time to say goodbye to everyone before they began their lengthy travels back home. Following brunch we met our lovely photographer, Heather Jowett, by the cornfields to get my ever-so-dreamy day after shots. And that night when we drove back to Chicago we stopped at our favorite pizza spot, Homeslice (wedding day hair + bohemian day after gown and all) to grab a bite and a beer. The weekend could not have been more perfect.

gold hidden vineyard wedding in Michigan - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

wedding ceremony setup- photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

bridesmaids during ceremony - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

gold hidden vineyard wedding in Michigan - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

ceremony recessional - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

One of my favorite memories of the day was walking down the aisle to our electronic violinist playing Temper Trap’s Sweet Disposition. I had envisioned this day for so many months that by the time my Dad stood there waiting to walk me down the aisle, I just about lost it. It was the most surreal moment of the entire weekend. He started rambling about something completely unrelated to calm me down and before I knew it I was buried in the most meaningful hug of my life and then just like that he was giving me away.

gold hidden vineyard wedding in Michigan - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

bride and groom - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

gold figurine seating chart - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

wedding paper goods - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

rustic barn reception - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

Absolutely everything down to the last detail was tailored for our special day. My reception dress, ceremony dress, and the insanely gorgeous ostrich feather flower girl dress were all designed by friend and uber talented designer, AZEEZA. The men had cat (yes, cats!) ties that were custom made by Knotty Tie. And all of the tiny little paper goods – I DIY’d on for the entire year leading up to our wedding. The DIY route was a tedious one, but well worth it in the end because it made the day feel like it truly represented us as a couple. My mother-in-law and I worked for months on all of the crazy details from the gold straws, escort cards, menus, the penny ‘BAR’ sign, golden cats, and salt favors. Every detail had meaning well beyond the surface.

gold and black paper goods - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

gold hidden vineyard wedding in Michigan - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

modern wedding reception - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

barn reception - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

gold and black place setting - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

In planning your wedding try not to shoot for perfection. There are too many moving parts and too much to be grateful for to focus on all of the nitty gritty details. I’m a control freak so in true fashion I planned and prepped for everything that could go wrong, including rain. What I didn’t plan for – 57 degrees in mid-September resulting in the mad dash to find heaters the week of our wedding, my semi-blue lips in our wedding video, or shivering at the alter! It was, in a word, FREEZING! But the funny thing – no one around us seemed to care. They were all just so excited for what was yet to come, and what was happening, that they found a coat, huddled close, drank more and had a blast regardless. It’s frightening how easy it is to lose sight of the big picture and the real prize (getting married and spending the rest of your life with your best friend!) but months down the road when all has subsided, you’ll be grateful for such an incredible day with family and friends but even more so of the person you get to wake up to every morning.

gold hidden vineyard wedding in Michigan - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

place settings - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

first dance - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

gold hidden vineyard wedding in Michigan - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

day after portraits - photo by Heather Jowett http://ruffledblog.com/gold-hidden-vineyard-wedding-in-michigan

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Stubborn Love,” The Lumineers and “Bitter Sweet Symphony,” The Verve
Bride’s Processional: “Sweet Disposition,” Temper Trap
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
First Dance: “Lay Lady Lay,” Bob Dylan

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Heather Jowett

Floral Design + Day-of Coordinator

A Splendid Occasion

Venue

Hidden Vineyard Wedding Barn

Wedding Dress

AZEEZA

Hair + Makeup

Bridal Beauty Chicago

Bridal Shoes

Valentino

Veil

BHLDN

Bridesmaid Dresses

Revolve Clothing

Bridesmaid Store

Nordstrom

Groom + Groomsmen Ties

Knotty Ties

Flower Girl Dress (custom collaboration)

AZEEZA, Monica Royer

Catering

CK Catering

Pies

Crane's Pie Pantry

Macarons

Vanille Patisserie

Ceremony Music

Katarina Visnevska

Reception Music

Junior & The Igniters

Videographer

Emily Hard + Tim Musho

Transportation

B&W Charters

Decor + Wedding Stationery

Bride

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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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Handcrafted Wedding at Calamigos Ranch

Garden Weddings

Photos by:

Hazelwood Photo

Over the years we’ve accrued a pretty long list of favorite wedding venues, but Calamigos Ranch always seems to keep its place at the top of that roster, and this wedding from Hazelwood Photo, Jessica Foster Events, Mindy Events does a great job of explaining why. With a proposal during a vacation in Italy, Jessica and Chris’ wedding day had a lot to live up to in terms of romance. To everyone’s delight, the day did not disappoint in the slightest!

handcrafted wedding at Calamigos Ranch - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

From the bride, Jessica: Chris and I have a dream engagement story. I have to say – definitely one I like to brag about! We took our first big vacation together to Italy visiting Rome, Florence, and Capri. Our first night in Florence the stage was set and Chris took full opportunity! We took a sunset walk at the Piazzale Michaelangelo in and stopped off in the garden of a church. With the sunset over the city of Florence in the background, Chris proposed and I excitedly and in tears said yes!

wedding invitations - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

wedding shoes - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

mismatched bridesmaid dresses - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

romantic rustic bouquet - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

bridal party - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

romantic bridal hair - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

We decided on a long engagement but that didn’t stop me from jumping right into planning! I had been to Calamigos before but once I was there as a bride, I instantly knew this was the perfect setting for our wedding. The guest list was kept to close friends and family so we wanted to create a warm intimate setting that felt like home. I was inspired by the woodsy rustic elements of the venue and knew i didn’t want to go over board with decor. We wanted our guests to take in the natural beauty of the outdoor setting of big trees and fresh air.

wedding ceremony processional - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

wedding ceremony - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

wedding ceremony - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

wedding portrait - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

butterfly guest book - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

lace detail escort cards - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

romantic terrace reception - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

rustic wedding reception - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

handcrafted wedding at Calamigos Ranch - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

We were on a roll with DIY which was a family affair. A family friend made all of the burlap and lace runners for the tables. My devoted maid of honor and very busy PHD student worked late into the night addressing all of my invitations and doing any calligraphy that was needed from signs to escort cards. The wood boxes for the centerpieces came from a floral workshop I attended and the mason jars were recycled from a friends wedding. Framed wedding photos of 3 generations of both of our families were set at the gift table and later repurposed around the reception. In lieu of a traditional guest book, wedding guests signed a butterfly which we later displayed in frames to hang in our home. Chris’s mom is an award winning baker in Michigan and drove to California to bring all of her baking supplies. She spent a good part of the day before the wedding in my mom’s kitchen making the wedding cake and all of the pies. Everyone really came together to help make it all happen!

handcrafted wedding at Calamigos Ranch - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

wedding tables - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

wooden reception details - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

handcrafted wedding at Calamigos Ranch - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

first dance - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

handcrafted wedding at Calamigos Ranch - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-wedding-at-calamigos-ranch

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Fools Rush In,” Elvis Presley
Recessional: “Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles
First Dance: “Come Away with Me,” Norah Jones
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Girl,” The Temptations
Last Dance: “My Way,” Frank Sinatra (a tribute to my grandpa — our family is Italian and my grandpa and my uncle always sing it on holidays!)

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Hazelwood Photo

Wedding Coordination

Mindy Events

Wedding Planning

Jessica Foster Events

Florist

Exotic Green Garden

Venue

Calamigos Ranch

Hair

Wedlocks Bridal

Makeup

Crystal Huber Makeup

Ceremony Music

LaFolia Chamber Ensemble

DJ

DJ Extreme

Videography

SharpLa Photography

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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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Yucaipa Wedding with Craft Beer

Rustic Weddings

Few things make us happier than a crafty groom, and Katie’s beau Dustin was ready and willing to get to work designing the head table backdrop, the ceremony arbor, and the wedding invitations and paper goods. The couple also enlisted the talents of Brett & Tori Photographers, Willow Tree Weddings, and Ashley Lyons, all of whom helped to bring the couple’s vision of a chic craft beer themed wedding together perfectly!

Yucaipa wedding with craft beer - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

From the bride, Katie: Dustin and I met on a blind date. We knew in our hearts it was meant to be when we found out that every summer both of our families go house boating on Lake Powell the exact same week!! We’re both huge fans of craft beer. There were subtle hints of a craft beer theme throughout our wedding such as using growlers for centerpieces. We wanted our unique tastes and passions to be shown in all aspects of our wedding, including food, décor, and music selections.

Yucaipa wedding with craft beer - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

Yucaipa wedding with craft beer - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

rustic wedding bouquet - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

Yucaipa wedding with craft beer - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

rustic wedding bridal party - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

Our arbor and backdrop of the head table were both designed and built by my husband. Dustin has always been very creative and he displayed his talents beautifully at our wedding. Signage: We had a lot of hand-lettered signs arranged around our reception area. My favorite sign at our wedding was our beer selection sign. The beer sign was a collaboration of my husband’s craftsman skills and my cousin’s artistic abilities. My husband and I loved this sign so much that we have it hanging in his woodworking shop. Dustin and I wanted our two nieces to be our flower girls. One of our nieces is special needs, so we had to get creative on how to get them down the aisle. We decided to have them be pulled down the aisle in a wagon that was beautifully decorated with a garland my florist designed. It was so important for us to have both our nieces involved in our big day and the pictures of them coming down the aisle in a wagon are some of my favorites!

wedding ceremony setup - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

Yucaipa wedding with craft beer - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

wedding ceremony setup - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

wedding ceremony - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

ceremony recessional - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

Yucaipa wedding with craft beer - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

Yucaipa wedding with craft beer - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

My favorite memory of the day was walking down the aisle. Dustin and I decided not to do a first look so we could have that emotional moment of seeing each other for the first time in front of all our closest friends and family. The moment I saw my groom’s face I felt this overwhelming feeling of pure bliss. In that moment all I could think about was how blessed I was to be marrying the man of my dreams.

chalkboard seating chart - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

Yucaipa wedding with craft beer - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

wedding reception - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

beer bottle centerpieces - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

wedding ideas - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

Yucaipa wedding with craft beer - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

rustic wedding reception - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

drink bar signs - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

Yucaipa wedding with craft beer - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

wedding receptions - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Have fun planning! I know people say it all the time but don’t sweat the small stuff! And to help you not sweat the small stuff … hire a wedding coordinator! It was the best decision we made. My husband and I say all the time how we don’t know what we would’ve done without ours. She took care of every detail and reminded me about the things I had over looked. On the day of our wedding I was very relaxed because I knew our wedding coordinator was taking care of everything.

wedding reception toasts - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

first dances - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

naked wedding cake - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

wedding favors - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

wooden cake toppers - photo by Brett and Tori Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/yucaipa-wedding-with-craft-beer

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Wedding Vendors

Photography

Brett & Tori Photographers

Wedding Coordination

Willow Tree Weddings

Florist

Ashley Lyons

Venue

Private Residence

Wedding Dress

Maggie Sottero

Wedding Shoes

Seychelles

Bridal Belt

Millie Icaro

Bridesmaid Dresses

Ruche

Groom and Groomsmen Ties

The Tie Bar

Catering

Alfaro Catering Services

Wedding Cake

Just A Little Dessert Co.

DJ

SouthBound & Company

Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods

Dustin Campbell, Groom

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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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Backyard Florida Wedding with Cobalt Bridesmaid Dresses

Garden Weddings

I love a bold pop of color, and Callie and Daniel’s decision to use key pops of cobalt blue in their wedding couldn’t be more on-trend for 2015. The day was all about family, and the backyard of Callie’s childhood home provided the perfect backdrop for a day full of red flowers, rustic details, and a darling swing decorated in delicate flowers, all of which you’ll see thanks to the talents of L. Martin Wedding Photography and Signature Florals Distinctive Floral Design!

backyard Florida wedding with cobalt bridesmaid dresses - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

From the photographer, Lauren of L. Martin Wedding Photography: It was important to both Callie and Daniel to make their wedding all about family and incorporate them into their wedding. They transformed her parents’ backyard into the perfect intimate forest setting for their wedding. It’s the home she and her siblings grew up in, and is nestled on acres surrounded by tall trees in Cape Coral, Florida.

bright watercolor invitation - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

feather boutonnieres - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

cobalt bridesmaid dresses - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

bridesmaid bouquets - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

bouquet with red flowers - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

wedding ceremony backdrop - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

ceremony decor - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

backyard Florida wedding with cobalt bridesmaid dresses - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

flower girl and ring bearer - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

ceremony kiss - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

ceremony recessionals - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

So many of the details they incorporated had sentimental value – the groom’s ring was his grandfathers, underneath the ceremony arch covered in vines are the monkey bars where the bride used to play on as a child, they placed their family’s wedding photos so beautifully on an antique dresser draped with greenery with wine colored blooms. Handmade touches included the boutonniere’s which the groom made out of fishing lure, the bride custom designed their invitations, they created a swing by the altar (which made for the most perfect photos!) and used old wine bottles spray painted in gold as candle holders which they previously lit so the wax would drip onto the bottles… it doesn’t get more romantic than that.

backyard Florida wedding with cobalt bridesmaid dresses - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

seating charts - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

cobalt wedding details - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

backyard Florida wedding with cobalt bridesmaid dresses - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

modern wedding ideas - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

chair back signs - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

blue wedding inspiration - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

backyard Florida wedding with cobalt bridesmaid dresses - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

rustic wedding receptions - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

My favorite thing was all of the vintage decor from the “Love” lighted metal sign at the head of the sweetheart table to the antique dressers, couches and wooden family tables with benches. Guests were treated to mini board games on each cocktail table, along with horseshoe and corn toss games on the lawn, while also being able to enjoy cocktails in the lounge area. Market lights were strung over the entire reception area, even dangling string lights to look like icicles, which the groom climbed up into the trees himself to place. But the most magical moment by far was the wish lantern send off at the end of the night!

love marquee letters - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

paper lanterns - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

backyard Florida wedding with cobalt bridesmaid dresses - photo by L Martin Wedding Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-florida-wedding-with-cobalt-bridesmaid-dresses

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Wedding Vendors

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Moko & Company

At Moko and Company, we design welcome bags and offer locally inspired gifts to go in them. Our gift options include stately mementos, small batch snacks, locally-inspired gifts, and all around enjoyable treats for your guests. Customize welcome tote bags, labels, and stickers with your names, date, colors, designs, and more.

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Intimate Italian Wedding with Rustic Details

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Cinzia Bruschini

Any time we get to show you a wedding from a destination spot, our day just gets a little bit better. Today we’re bringing you to Italy, where Cinzia Bruschini, My Italian Wedding, and Il Profumo dei Fiori worked wedding magic with the help of the bride’s wonderful eye for design. A Prosecco tasting in the Prosecco hills, PLUS marrying the love of your life? It doesn’t get much better than this.

Intimate Italian Wedding with Rustic Details - photo by Cinzia Bruschini http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-italian-wedding-with-rustic-details

From the bride, Laura: We had a very intimate wedding, just 20 of our closest friends and family. We wanted it to be relaxed, very personal, eclectic and full of love – a big family celebration of marriage and happiness in a magical atmosphere all lit by candles. We always envisioned a laid-back evening of laughter and happy tears over an abundance of amazing food and wine served at one long table – no gimmicks, strict timelines or wedding traditions that didn’t feel like us. But lots of pretty! I love the little details and wanted it to be an unforgettable, one of a kind experience for everyone. Since the wedding was in Italy, it was also important to us to give our guests an authentic taste of Italy – we enjoyed 7 extravagant courses of handmade Italian cuisine for our wedding dinner, drank wine from the Locanda’s own vineyard, gave the guests favors of local organic honey and treated them to a prosecco tasting in the prosecco hills of Valdobbiadene.

rustic wedding invitations - photo by Cinzia Bruschini http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-italian-wedding-with-rustic-details

bride getting ready - photo by Cinzia Bruschini http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-italian-wedding-with-rustic-details

newlyweds first look - photo by Cinzia Bruschini http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-italian-wedding-with-rustic-details

white peach bouquets - photo by Cinzia Bruschini http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-italian-wedding-with-rustic-details

wedding favors - photo by Cinzia Bruschini http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-italian-wedding-with-rustic-details

Intimate Italian Wedding with Rustic Details - photo by Cinzia Bruschini http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-italian-wedding-with-rustic-details

I spent literally months searching for the right unique venue and we really hit the jackpot with ours for what we had envisioned stylewise. It’s eclectic, intimate, utterly romantic and timelessly bohemian which is exactly what we wanted our wedding to feel and look like. We hardly had to do anything in terms of decor! When you step inside the Locanda Rosa Rosae it’s like walking into another place and time altogether. It’s magic. For the long dinner table, which was the highlight of our reception, I wanted lots of texture, lushness and a kind of boho decadence that matches the venue’s signature style. The Locanda Rosa Rosae is such a treasure chest and all the vintage candelabras, mismatched tables and chairs, rugs and candlesticks that we used in the wedding were theirs. I loved planning the styling and having the right venue filled to the brim with beautiful objects and carefully thought out details made it easy. ShabbyScrap made little custom envelopes with name tags for each guest’s place setting. Inside those we hand-wrote a personal note for each one thanking them for making the effort to be there and letting them know they meant a lot to us. Our fantastic planner Stefania put together the local honey jar favors for our guests using rustic paper and custom favor tags that I ordered from ShabbyScrap and sent to her in advance.

ceremony decor - photo by Cinzia Bruschini http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-italian-wedding-with-rustic-details

wedding ceremony setup - photo by Cinzia Bruschini http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-italian-wedding-with-rustic-details

bridal processional - photo by Cinzia Bruschini http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-italian-wedding-with-rustic-details

wedding ceremony - photo by Cinzia Bruschini http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-italian-wedding-with-rustic-details

wedding ceremony - photo by Cinzia Bruschini http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-italian-wedding-with-rustic-details

wedding ceremony - photo by Cinzia Bruschini http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-italian-wedding-with-rustic-details

bride and groom - photo by Cinzia Bruschini http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-italian-wedding-with-rustic-details

Intimate Italian Wedding with Rustic Details - photo by Cinzia Bruschini http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-italian-wedding-with-rustic-details

Intimate Italian Wedding with Rustic Details - photo by Cinzia Bruschini http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-italian-wedding-with-rustic-details

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? It’s all about your love, but it isn’t just all about you. Especially when planning a destination wedding, be considerate and accommodating to your guests. Treat them. Acknowledge how much effort it takes them to be there and make sure they know you appreciate it – but own your decisions and remember you can’t always please everyone. If you’re able to, do whatever it takes to keep the planning fun and the focus on where it should be – love (!!!) and the incredible luck that you madly love someone who madly loves you back. Remember you don’t need all the stuff. You know what I mean! Hire a wedding planner or day-of coordinator to make sure things run smoothly and spend your wedding day on the important things, like being giddy and sipping prosecco. And kissing and saying “I love you”! Let the little things go, at the end of the day it’s been perfect if you’re married.

Intimate Italian Wedding with Rustic Details - photo by Cinzia Bruschini http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-italian-wedding-with-rustic-details

zinc place setting - photo by Cinzia Bruschini http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-italian-wedding-with-rustic-details

unique centerpiece ideas - photo by Cinzia Bruschini http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-italian-wedding-with-rustic-details

italian wedding decor - photo by Cinzia Bruschini http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-italian-wedding-with-rustic-details

Intimate Italian Wedding with Rustic Details - photo by Cinzia Bruschini http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-italian-wedding-with-rustic-details

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Intimate Italian Wedding with Rustic Details - photo by Cinzia Bruschini http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-italian-wedding-with-rustic-details


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Wedding Music:
We had a solo guitarist for before and during the ceremony, but decided against having live music at the reception to keep the feel of the evening casual and more true to ourselves. I wanted the music to be another personal touch and spent time compiling a hand-picked playlist of meaningful songs (mostly indie, folk and pop soul) that is so much fun to listen to and reminisce with now. Lots of upbeat, loved-up and just plain happy songs!
Processional: “Bella,” Angus & Julia Stone
Recessional: “Naked As We Came,” Iron & Wine
First Dance: “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” Ingrid Michaelson

Wedding Location: Breda di Piave, Italy / Photographer: Cinzia Bruschini / Wedding Planner: My Italian Wedding and Bride / Florist: Il Profumo dei Fiori / Venue: Locanda Rosa Rosae / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Wedding Shoes: Zara / Bracelet: Andres Gallardo for BHLDN / Bridesmaids’ Outfits: United Colors of Benetton / Getting Ready Robes: Love Ophelia / Groom’s Suit and Shoes: Zara / Bow Ties: Mrs. Bow Tie / Groomsmen Suits: Zara / Wedding Rings: custom by Olli Lindroos in Helsinki, Finland / Caterer: Locanda Rosa Rosae / Wedding Cake: Sara Scian, other desserts and cakes by Locanda Rosa Rosae / Cake Topper and Paper Fans: BHLDN / Ceremony Music: Solo guitarist Francesco Tizianel / Wedding Invitations: ShabbyScrap

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Moko & Company

At Moko and Company, we design welcome bags and offer locally inspired gifts to go in them. Our gift options include stately mementos, small batch snacks, locally-inspired gifts, and all around enjoyable treats for your guests. Customize welcome tote bags, labels, and stickers with your names, date, colors, designs, and more.

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Marianmade Farm Wedding

Garden Weddings

Photos by:

Emily Delamater

There are many reasons to love this Maine wedding, and perhaps the most compelling is the way it effortlessly blends bohemian, indie, rustic, and glam styles into a chic backyard affair. Emily Delamater, Diane York Events, and Marianmade Farm joined together to make wedding day magic – let’s take a look, shall we?

Marianmade Farm wedding - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding

From the bride, Marie: I wanted our wedding to have an indie feel with a lot of handmade elements. We picked yellow + gray for a color scheme, but I did not want that to limit us design wise. I love mixing textiles + patterns and shy away from themes. I work for a non-profit craft organization so supporting local artisans + vendors was important to me. Our wedding jewelry was purchased from local jewelers, one of which is a member of my organization.


bird nest ring pillow - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding

craspedia boutonnieres - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding

wedding bouquet - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding

Flower recipe: I told the florist I wanted succulents + lambs ear + billy buttons included – I also told her I wanted my flowers to be white. Other than that I let her take the creative lead.

diy ceremony canopy - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding

backyard wedding ceremony - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding

DIY paper cone backdrop - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding

yellow white bouquets - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding

I picked grey + yellows as a base color scheme but did not want to be limited by that. Most of the decorations were either purchased finds or made by myself + family. My husband + his brother-in-law built the arbor, the bells hanging from the arbor were made by my mother-in-law. The tissue flags were created by my sister-in-law (who also married us!). The big moss letters, menu sign, were created my mom, the wooden round signs were created by myself + my husband cut the rounds.

escort card ideas - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding

aqua wedding inspiration - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding

indoor wedding receptions - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding

chalkboard wedding signs - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding

barn wedding receptions - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Weddings are a very exciting + stressful time. It’s important to take a step back and remember that this is about the two of you and significant milestone in both of your lives. You will be getting lots of suggestions and opinions from family + friends which can be overwhelming, but just remember they love you and just want to support you. Stay true to yourselves and take what suggestions fit your ideas, and show appreciation for suggestions you don’t take.

Marianmade Farm wedding - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding

centerpiece inspiration - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding

rustic wedding inspiration - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding

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Marianmade Farm wedding - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding

teal yellow weddings - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding

Marianmade Farm wedding - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding

place setting ideas - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding

textured wedding cake - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding

Marianmade Farm wedding - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/marianmade-farm-wedding


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Wedding Music:
First Dance: “Crazy Love,” Van Morrison
Mother/Son Dance: “Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong
Father/Daughter Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles

Wedding Location: Wiscasset, ME / Photographer: Emily Delamater / Event Planning: Diane York Events / Venue and Floral Design: Marianmade Farm / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals / Wedding Shoes: Dolce Vita / Head Adornment: Twigs + Honey / Coverup: Free People / Hair and Makeup: Emily Bernier of Bei Capelli / Bride’s Ring and Band: Jen Burrall Designs / Groom’s Wedding Band: Maggie Bokor Jewelry / Groom’s Suit: Vera Wang / Caterer: Laura Cabot Catering / Wedding Cake: Sweet Cakes Bake Shop / Wedding Cake Topper: ReadyGo / Ceremony Musicians: Julia Eiten / DJ: On The Fly DJ Productions / Wedding Invitations: Minted / Transportation: BoMar Transportation

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Beacon Lane

From vintage-romantic to modern-elegant, we’ve got you covered! We are Beacon Lane, a small team who is passionate about perfecting the art of the invite. We design, print and hand craft wedding invitations, save the dates, bridal shower cards, corresponding day of stationery and baby shower/kids invites. Personalize almost everything during our unique ordering process. We would love to work with you, contact us to learn more!

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Sydney Polo Club Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

Lara Hotz

I hope you’re settled in and comfortable, because this next wedding is quite a doozy — as evidenced by the brides describing their inspiration as “vintage rustic, barn bohemian, random eclectic, Grandma’s legacy, inner child eccentric.” To bring this amazing mix of worlds together, the brides (who run their own creative business) brought together some of New South Wales’ most talented folk, including The Ideas Library, Ra Ra Kitty, and photographer Lara Hotz. Let’s hear it from the brides:

Sydney Polo Club wedding - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

From the brides, Nicole and Natalie: The style was “Nic-Nat Barn Eccentric.” We imagined a ‘non-eventish’ authentic style where rules don’t get in the way of abandon. We wanted the opposite of a soulless paint-by-numbers affair (chair bows, unexplained acts of frou-frou and weird science-gone-wrong lighting). We were dreaming of flaws – real and fuss-free. The barn itself was the hero, everything was conceived around her gorgeous bones. We envisioned something personal, celebrating love through humour and genuineness. We wanted a comfortable feel – not cut off from nature. We kept the barn doors open after the ceremony and had an open-sided marquee during dinner from where we watched the sunset over the river and could hear the goats and horses contributing their congratulations. The Garden Party between the ceremony and dinner was also outside with games (Giant Jenga, Giant Domino’s, Giant Pick-up Sticks, Croquet, Bochee), sangria and Pimms. The colour palette was based on our invitation design which we like to call “Colourdoscope.” We both enjoy the randomness of an open palette. The majority of colours inside the barn were neutral so as not to compete with the rustic canvas. Some adjectives that best describe the look of our wedding: Vintage Rustic, Barn Bohemian, Random Eclectic, Grandma’s legacy, Inner child eccentric.

Sydney Polo Club wedding - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

wedding floral crowns - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

wedding ring shots - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

brides jumping on bed - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

wedding day portraits - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

whimsical wedding portraits - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

Sydney Polo Club wedding - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

Sydney Polo Club wedding - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

We run a creative services business – ‘Pony and Bear’ – so for the wedding, we utilised our collective craftiness to create: Invitations (design and print); Menus (design and print); Personalised Name tags (design and print); Fans – hand-twined and painted handles with “We’re Your Biggest Fans” tags (design and print); Tambourines with “Shake What Your Mumma Gave You” tags (design and print), Family Lapel Brooches with Billy-Button and feathers; Wooden Rickshaw Sign reading “Mrs and Mrs” with oversized magazine heart-punches and cans; Brown paper confetti cones with magazine heart-punches filled with pom-poms and feathers; Handmade wooden fencepost signs for “The Lady Toot,” “Unisex Toot,” “Sangria,” “Pimm’s,” “Photobooth,” “Garden Games – Woot!”; Tea Ceremony with vintage milking stool, orange teapot/owl cosy, Nat’s Grandma’s teacup all on a doily base; Paper Doll-chain aisle runner; Rickshaw and driver’s hat; Handmade entrance photo garland with twine and wooden pegs; Glass jars with blackboard labels; Garden Games – Giant Jenga, Giant Dominos, Giant Pick-up Sticks, Croquet, Bocce.

whimsical wedding ceremony - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

wedding ceremony seating - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

whimsical ceremony decorations - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

ceremony decorations - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

hanging lanterns - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

whimsical wedding ceremony - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

chuppah wedding ceremony - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

Sydney Polo Club wedding - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

Sydney Polo Club wedding - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

wedding ceremony recessionals - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

wedding rickshaws - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

farm wedding portrait - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

farm wedding portraits - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

tented wedding receptions - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

unique wedding centerpieces - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? We had a lot going on in our lives in the year leading up to the wedding. Sometimes we managed to maintain our grace; sometimes we didn’t. Even though eggplant vs mushroom seems like a defining decision at the time – your loved ones will more likely remember the tragic interpretive dance you shared at 11.35pm over the mushroom deficit. What’s important is your relationship and your finesse under pressure. Don’t take yourselves too seriously. At the end of the day, all of the phone calls, late night crafting, list making, hauling and paper cuts were worth it because it’s all part of the bigger experience together. A couple that crafts together, lasts together! Every couple is different and I think our advice would be – don’t compare yourself or your wedding to other people’s because they’re not you. When all is said and done, it was sharing our love authentically that was the greatest gift to both ourselves and the people in our life. On the day, make it a priority to tell everyone how grateful you are to have them in your life, start a conga line, take a moment with your partner to make a mental bookmark, ditch the platitudes and speak from the heart, don’t not do anything, even if it terrifies you (public speaking!) and finally – eat something!

wedding day guestbooks - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

reception toasts - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

reception games - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

unique wedding centerpieces - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

colorful drink straws - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

unique wedding centerpieces - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

reception foods - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

unique wedding centerpieces - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

wedding reception food - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

Sydney Polo Club wedding - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

wedding day centerpieces - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

newlyweds first dance - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding

Sydney Polo Club wedding - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/sydney-polo-club-wedding


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Wedding Music:
Prelude: “Happy,” Pharrell Williams
Processional: “Rise,” Eddie Vedder
Natalie’s Song to Nicole: “Something in the Way She Moves,” James Taylor
The flashmob? Nat sings in a choir called ‘Soulfood.’ There was about 35 choir members sitting among the guests and at the end of the ceremony, our celebrant Monty (also a choir member) started beat boxing and slowly, each person stood up and started singing Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody.”
First Dance: “At Last,” Etta James
Our soundscape was Funk/Soul/Jazz Vinyl. We both love artists like Stevie Wonder, Angie Stone, Erikah Badou and Ella Fitzgerald… the list is eternal. This music is evocative, sexy, grounded, raw, cell-tickling and was very much part of our expression and story. One of our favourite moments was sitting down at a table opposite our parents, seeing the afternoon sun strike through the moody clouds making everything greener and biting into a fresh woodfired pizza while Laura Mvula’s version of “Little Girl Blue” was playing.

Wedding Location: Richmond, NSW, Australia / Photographer: Lara Hotz / Creative Direction: Pony and Bear / Event Planning: The Ideas Library / Event Styling: Ra Ra Kitty and Pony and Bear / Venue: Sunnybrook Barn, Sydney Polo Club / Natalie’s Wedding Gown: Lover / Nicole’s Wedding Gown: Shona / Natalie’s Wedding Shoes: Sachi / Nicole’s Wedding Shoes: Shoes of Prey / Hair and Makeup: Petr Vackar / Wedding Caterer and Drinks: Dan The Man / Wedding Cake: Sharon Holley / Musicians: Elisha Keen, John Gnanasekaran, Antony Mutch, Danny May / DJ: Taline Kalaidjian / Flashmob: Soulfood / Celebrant: Sumant Monty Badami / Invitations and Stationery: Pony and Bear / Videographer: Light Noise Films

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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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Bohemian London Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

Photos by:

Ellie Gillard

How can you top an amazingly hip couple with a classically bohemian wedding style? Oh yeah, you can’t. We’re lucky enough to have this wedding from Ellie Gillard (and with stunning floral arrangements from Rebecca Clarkson of Battersea Flower Station) and we’re ga-ga for all the details — like the dried flowers, the bride’s style, and the abundance of feathers and candles.

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From the bride, Georgie: It was always going to be an East London wedding; it’s where we met and have lived together for the last 5 and a half years. We decided to play it safe, and opt for a winter wedding given how unpredictable British summertime can be. Keeping it personal was important, for example we took creative license when it came to traditions. So the church was a very old fashioned ceremony where we had to kneel, but we shunned other traditions like having a seating plan. Music was key. In fact, I think one of the first things we booked was the band (Fleetwood Bac – an amazing tribute band). They kind of became the inspiration for the look and feel of the wedding.

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Bouquet recipe: David Austin roses, dried lavender, scabiosa, blush wax flower, wild forget me nots, dried wheat and cream spray roses.

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Overall I would describe the theme as wild gypsy, bohemian meets Gothic, medieval. We had loads of handmade hanging feathers, dried wild flowers, giant dream catchers, ribbon garlands and hundreds of candles (500 to be precise!). Our friend designed amazing bespoke wedding invites that were three personalised tarot cards representing our past, present and future. We set up an old school type writer as a guest book. Another friend made us a beautiful personalised card box from an old suitcase. And there was a washing line of photos of us from babies to now, including shots of us with all the guests at the wedding. There was no colour scheme per se; we just wanted to keep it all quite muted and washed out, with accents of punchier, bold shades like my black cherry lipstick.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Be all over the detail, especially if you don’t have a planner. I work in advertising, so treated it in the same way I would a big production. I had pre-production documents, timing plans and a contact sheet for the wedding party with responsibilities. It just meant that on the day I was so chilled, we had done everything we could and if something went wrong it wasn’t my problem! Get friends and family involved and draw on their skills. Our pals were incredible — my friend Gina did my hair and makeup, Ben did our wedding stationery, another friend DJed, my Dad and Stepmum are chefs so did the food, and we had a gang help us set it up the day before and break it down after. We were super lucky to be surrounded by such talented folk.

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From the photographer, Ellie Gillard: Georgie and Andy are super stylish, and planned a urban bohemian wedding with a natural, elegant hippie flavour, in the blank canvas of London’s Tab Centre. Georgie had an amazing Charlotte Casadejus dress, and Andy chose to rock the teddy boy look with a suit from Sandro. The room was decorated with organic elements – corn, lemons and artichokes, as well as giant dreamcatchers, ivy and hundreds of candles.

Wedding Music:
Processional: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Signing of the Register: “Sea of Love,” Cat Power; “True Love Will Find You in the End,” Daniel Jonson (covered by our lovely friend Charlotte Hancock)
First Dance: “I Wanna Stay With You,” Gallagher and Lyle
Bouquet Toss: “All the Single Ladies,” Beyonce
Last Dance: “You Can Go Your Own Way,” Fleetwood Mac
I also made a number of playlists which I tried to compliment for the different moods for the day. For example modern string music for the church, beautiful folk-y tracks for straight after the ceremony, chilled 60/70s for the meal and some more uptempo 80s to see us into the night.

Wedding Location: London, England / Photographer: Ellie Gillard / Florist: Rebecca Clarkson of Battersea Flower Station / Ceremony Venue: St Leonard’s Church / Reception Venue: The Tab Venue / Wedding Dress: Charlotte Casadejus via Luella’s Boudoir / Headpiece: Pamela Love via Bona Drag / Wedding Shoes: Marni / Hair and Makeup: Gina Best (ginabest @ gmail.com) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Free People / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Fury / Groom’s Suit: Sandro / Groom’s Shoes: Prada / Caterer: The Good Eating Company / Band: Fleetwood Bac / DJ: David Russell / Dream Catchers: Sheriden Rochelle Walters / Lighting: LX Tricks Lighting / Wedding Invitations: Ben Edwards / Videographer: Mark Brown Films / Photobooth: LookLook

Multicultural San Diego Wedding

Modern Weddings

One thing I absolutely adore about my job is getting the chance to hear brides gush so enthusiastically about their wedding days, and hearing Diana talk about her wedding day, you get the undeniable sense that it was the best day of her life. Diana, from Mexico, and Ian, from Scotland, met while in Spain and fell in love shortly thereafter. With this background, it’s no surprise that their wedding day was a fusion of culture and love, all captured perfectly by SetFour Photographers.

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From the bride, Diana: I went to Spain for an exchange program and met the most awesomest Scottish guy ever (named Ian) and after a 6 month love affair we decided that an ocean was not enough to keep us apart. So 4 years and a few trips back and forth I got to marry him, and I’m oh so very happy!

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Our wedding was on August 16th 2013, in San Diego, California at the Prado Restaurant in Balboa Park. We couldn’t resist the Spanish feel the venue had and decided it was perfect for our wedding since it reminded us of where we met. Our wedding was an explosion of love crafts and everything nice, a romantic evening and a merge of both our cultures while paying homage to where we met, all while keeping it small and intimate so everybody felt like an important part of it (because they were).

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t be afraid to say no to people, and don’t be afraid to ask for help of family and friends (especially if you know they are particularly good at building things or crafts). Also give them tasks you know they will be good at, but always know and be aware that they are putting their time and effort into helping you to make your dream wedding happen so be grateful for that. Have a clear idea of what you want and have fun with it! And enjoy every second of the planning because it goes by so fast and don’t stress too much at the end of the day even if everything goes wrong it’s still the happiest of days for the bride and groom (at least it was for me). Finally, do a LOT of research and have a realistic budget.

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Wedding Music:
Bridesmaids’ Processional: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Bride’s Processional: Wedding March
Recessional: “Love,” The Beatles
Couple’s Entrance: “Love,” Zoé
First Dance: “And I Love Her,” The Beatles

Wedding Location: San Diego, CA / Photographer: SetFour Photographers / Flowers: Cherry Blossom Floral Designs / Venue and Caterer: The Prado at Balboa Park / Wedding Dress: Pronovias via Here Comes the Bride / Second Dress: David’s Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Mojo Moxy via ModCloth / Veil: Il Lusió Accesorios / Cake and Cupcakes: Flour Power / DJ: Legacy Sound DJs / Stationery: Cards & Pockets / Videographer: Rustic Red Studio

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Erin Pelicano, ltd

Erin Pelicano designs simple, elegant and timeless artisan jewelry meant to be cherished and worn for years. Each piece is individually handcrafted with love and artistry in sterling silver, 24K gold vermeil and genuine stones. These meaningful pieces allow you to keep your dreams, inspirations and feelings close to your heart or share them as memorable gifts with special significance. Treasured by all generations, these delicate creations can be worn alone or layered with other jewelry.

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Elegant Oahu Wedding

Beach Weddings

Photos by:

Austin Gros

If you think there aren’t many places more stunning to marry in than Hawaii, then you’d be right – just ask the bride and groom from today’s wedding, shot by photographer Austin Gros. The beauty of the day was only heightened by bride Leah’s Ulla-Maija lace wedding gown and protea-filled floral design from Passion Roots.

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From the bride, Leah: I wanted to get married on ‘Oahu where I grew up, outside under a big tree, but my husband wanted to get married where he was from in Lincoln, Nebraska in a Catholic church. We compromised and got married on ‘Oahu in a Catholic church and had the reception in a botanical garden. We had our reception at a botanical garden and set up long rows of tables and chairs under a big Monkeypod tree. Besides the lush botanicals, the venue features roaming peacocks, and even a natural waterfall at the end of the property where guests can swim in a postcard-perfect setting. All this fit with our idea of an old world, exotic, nature experience amongst our close family and friends.

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Bouquet recipe: King Protea, Mink Protea, seeded Eucalyptus, Grevillea, Sea holly/Blue thistles, green Lotus pods, Tillandsia, and pink Jasmine, adorned with a gold Chrysina beetle.

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With the wedding taking place in Hawai’i at a botanical garden, I pulled together the history of explorer Captain James Cook and our affinity for the natural sciences to create a scene that featured: nautical décor, a vintage globe, antique and aged wood accents, a cake decorated with black pearls, a garland made out of their oyster shells, and lush natural looking centerpieces. Together with the blush, nude, grey and gold color scheme, one’s imagination could’ve described the whole scene as a garden party, thrown by Captain Cook’s wife with things collected from the ship and garden. A real eclectic, whimsical mix that added to the botanical ambiance.

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The surroundings and flower decorations were important to my husband and I, as I am a biologist and my husband an entomologist. Naturally, this part of the wedding planning was a big deal. When one works in the flower industry it is actually quite difficult to narrow down your favorites. All I could commit to was a King Protea in my bridal bouquet. The flower seemed to go with the large bloom featured in the lace in my dress. Plus, the protea held a special meaning – centered around a beetle pollination expedition to Cape Town, South Africa’s Kirstenboch Botanical Gardens with my bridesmaid, Cari.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? People will invite themselves. So, have a response prepared like, “We are still working on the guest list.” This lets them know not to be presumptuous in a polite way. Remember to say thank you to those who have helped you. On the day of your wedding, empty your mind of any expectations; of how things should look, etc. Just like clearing cache on a computer. The void of expectations will help you maintain joy throughout the day and not get bothered by the things that don’t work out the way you planned; all the while helping you to remember that this is a party you’ve planned and to focus on the fact that you will be spending your life together. Wait a week or two before you leave for your honeymoon, because you will be exhausted after your wedding is done. Waiting will help you enjoy it better and be more willing to explore the wherever you go, rather than staying in the hotel the whole time. Unless that’s all you want to do, in which case don’t go anywhere far or expensive – just spend it all on a super luxurious hotel room.

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Wedding Music:
o We decided to make our own playlists for the Cocktail Hour, Dinner and Dancing portions of the evening and hooked up an iPod to rented speakers.
Bridal Party Processional: “Psalm,” M. Ward
Bridal Processional: “Ave Maria,” Franz Schubert
Recessional: “Oh Happy Day,” edited from the Sister Act 2 Soundtrack
First Dance: “Sweet Disposition,” The Temper Tramp

Wedding Location: Hale’iwa, Oahu, HI / Photographer: Austin Gros / Floral Design: Passion Roots / Ceremony Venue: Saint Joachim Catholic Mission Church, Punalu’u, HI / Reception Venue: Waimea Valley Botanical Garden and Arboretum, Hale’iwa, HI / Wedding Dress: Ulla-Maija/Anna Maier “Bianca,” purchased at Gabrielle’s Bridal Atelier / Shoes: Nina Shoes / Bracelet: Kate Spade / Engagement Ring: Memoire / Hair and Makeup: Amanda Gros / Groom’s Suit: Black Lapel / Groom’s Shoes: Bloomingdales / Caterer: Ke Nui Kitchen at Waimea Valley / Wedding Cake: The four tiered cake was made by me via Martha Stewart inspiration. It was only for display, and the actual cake was sheet cake cut up in the kitchen and served to guests on plates / Sheet Cake: Dee Lite Bakery / Tables and Chairs: Royal Party Rentals / Sound Equipment Rentals: Subsidiary of Waimea Valley Botanical Garden and Arboretum

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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.

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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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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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Moko & Company

At Moko and Company, we design welcome bags and offer locally inspired gifts to go in them. Our gift options include stately mementos, small batch snacks, locally-inspired gifts, and all around enjoyable treats for your guests. Customize welcome tote bags, labels, and stickers with your names, date, colors, designs, and more.

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Vintage Romance Sonoma Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Mandy isn’t your average bride. She just so happens to be the brains behind Little Vintage Rentals, a New York City rental and event design company. As you could guess, her wedding (which was planned in a mere 3 months) is stuffed to the gills with vintage romance and chic details, all captured by Volatile Photography.

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From the bride, Mandy: George and I were engaged in March 2012. We decided on a destination wedding by July and secured Kunde Family Estate in August. We were married just 3 months later. Yes, we planned a wedding for 30 family members and friends 2,500 miles away from home in 90 days. I don’t recommend this to anyone who doesn’t have event planning experience or a fiance who is just as crazy OCD as you are! We did make it through, here is our story.

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By August my best friend and mother were on me about dress shopping. I was in some sort of denial and scared of the whole ‘perfect dress’ experience. One sticky New York City afternoon I was rescued at Fancy Bridal. My mother and best friend still reminisce of my parade in beautiful gowns while they sat on a dreamy powder blue settee with 1920s music wafting in from another room. It was nothing short of magical. Gregory Nato, owner and creative mind at Fancy Bridal is to thank. George and I shipped our personal collection from Little Vintage Rentals of vintage milk glass, turquoise mason jars, linen napkins and many other vintage favorites to the wedding. We arrived days early to organize daily deliveries of boxes, stuff tote bags for our guests and personally set up some of the decor with the help of our family. The time before the wedding we gave ourselves to settle in and work out kinks was the best gift ever. By the time we hosted our guests for welcome drinks we were calm and excited to drink good wine with our loved ones.

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I set a place for my grandmother who passed away many years ago just like she had joked about. I carried my great grandmother’s hankie and earrings in a white vintage beaded purse from my mother’s best friend. We were so thankful for the genuine and superior team of professionals we wrangled together from so many miles away. Having done our due diligence, we were delighted to see each vendor exceed our expectations and then some. Millita from Grant Avenue Florist found perfect cotton candy peonies in November, Wine Country Party & Events sewed linens in the fabric I’d been dreaming of to fit our over sized dinner tables and Kelly from Kelly & Co. Events made sure every last vintage napkin and napkin ring found it’s home from the imagined diagram only available in my head.

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Any advice for other couples planning their weddings now? If you’re planning a destination wedding, arrive a few days early to meet with vendors and iron out last minute details. It’ll make you a calmer bride on your wedding day!

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Wedding Music:
First Dance: “The Way You Look Tonight,” Frank Sinatra
Father/Daughter Dance: “The Wonder of You,” Elvis Presley
Son/Mother Dance: “It’s a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong
Tsamiko (Greek Group Dance led by Bride): Orea pou ine i nifi mas
Beside a healthy dose of top 40 dance hits some other favorites were from Dean Martin, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Prince, Donna Summer AND…. what wedding filled with New Yorkers in California would be complete without “New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel.

Wedding Location: Sonoma, CA / Photographer: Volatile Photography / Event Design and Vintage Accents: Little Vintage Rentals / Florist: Millita Walker for Grant Avenue Florists / Day-of Event Coordinator: Kelly & Company Events / Venue: Kunde Family Estate / Wedding Dress, Jacket and Veil: Fancy Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Pour La Victoire / Hair and Makeup: Jennifer Smallwood of It’s a Date at the Powder Room / Manicure: Priti NY / Groom’s Suit: Armani / Caterer: The Fairmont of Sonoma / Cake and Petit Fours: Patisserie Angelica / Live Music: Bella Rosa String Quartet / DJ: DJ Von Woo / Aisle Runner: Love, Burlap / Additional Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events / Officiant: Father Gerald Caprio of The White Robed Monks of Saint Benedict / Wedding Invitations: Invitations by Bonnie / Shuttle Service: Pure Luxury

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Corkey Creations

Corkey Creations offers the largest selection of wine cork place card holders, including personalized and custom printing. We also offer whole corks for save the dates, guest book corks, magnets and key-chains and vinyl wine bottle decor for table numbers and/or centerpiece decorations.

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Colorful Handmade Phoenix Wedding

DIY Weddings

Photos by:

Arrow & Apple

I’ll never cease to be amazed by the magic that results in so many of our DIY weddings. Laura and Felix had an intimate wedding in Phoenix surrounded by only 40 of their nearest and dearest, including Laura’s extra-precious son. Sarah Rhodes of Arrow & Apple captured the couple’s wedding day, which was in shortage of color and fun:

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From the bride, Laura: Felix and I were set on a small wedding using local vendors and DIY. Once we set a date, we booked a local bed & breakfast for our entire wedding weekend. My dress was handmade by Monique, owner of Cleo & Clementine (she’s also the genius behind OUMA Clothing on Etsy). My dress was one of 3 she made me, and I did not see it until it was complete – just days before the wedding. I did my own hair and makeup. We chose to not have a bridal party.

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My dad and 6-year-old son walked me down the aisle to a live acoustic version of “Such Great Heights.” A friend officiated and together we all wrote our 5 minute ceremony. For our first dance, my brother played and sang an acoustic version of “Every Thug Needs a Lady” by Alkaline Trio. The rest of the night, we used our Spotify playlist with our favorite songs. A local food truck rolled in and served a casual dinner. Other DIY projects included flowers, bouquet, sandwich boards, cake stands, drink tags, succulent favors, a lighted AZ marquee, banners, yarn art, cross-stitched hoop art, papel picado using our photos as patterns, lace ceremony backdrop, hundreds of pom poms, and guest board. The entire night we enjoyed the company of 40 or so of our closest friends and family.

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My advice to couples in the planning stages, is to not sweat the small stuff and trust your gut. Find like-minded people you enjoy working with! lastly, don’t conform! If there is something you don’t want to do… don’t do it! Do what feels right for your day.

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Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “Such Great Heights,” The Postal Service
First Dance: “Every Thug Needs a Lady,” Alkaline Trio

You can check out Laura and Felix’s wedding video here:

Wedding Location: Phoenix, AZ / Photographer: Arrow & Apple / Flowers: DIY / Day-of Coordination: Friend and DIY / Venue: Maricopa Manor / Wedding Dress: OUMA via Cleo & Clementine / Bride’s Headpiece: Mignonne Handmade / Groom’s Bow Tie: Dapper & Dash / Food Truck: Luncha Libre / Desserts: Urban Cookies / Macarons: Kick Ass Kakes / Candy: Sweeties Candy of Arizona / Ceremony Musician: Friend / Wedding Music: Spotify Playlist / Officiant: Friend / Wedding Invitations: Handmade DIY

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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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Red and White Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

There’s no end to my love of this shoot from Erin Forehand Photography, The Lady Jane, and Peppermint Pretty. Put together to showcase Peppermint Pretty’s new gowns – all of which are ideal for any vintage-inspired bride – this shoot brings on the best of retro. Hints of carnival and lots of red and white wedding ideas to be inspired by!

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Location: Staunton, VA / Photographer: Erin Forehand Photography / Event Styling and Vintage Goods: The Lady Jane / Floral Designer: Sparrow’s Floral Design and The Bridal Flower / Venue: The American Hotel / Dress Designer: Peppermint Pretty

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NotedOccasions

Notedoccasions offers unique custom wedding invitations, with designs for every type of wedding- rustic chic, country weddings, boho chic weddings, outdoor weddings and whimsical vintage weddings alike.

As a graphic designer, I believe that great graphic design is in the details {read: spending lots of time at the computer looking at pixels.} If you dont know what a pixel is- congratulations- because that’s why graphic designer types exist! {to save your eyesight} Really, though-design is more than matching colors and picking pretty fonts {but I do have major love for fonts} – it’s about conveying your message to the world with a swirl, a flourish, a dot, a pattern- whatever it takes to creatively encompass your clients vision and send that vision out into the world with impact.

That’s what I try to do. EMPHASIS on TRY. I adore designing and am currently the owner of NOTEDOCCASIONS.COM , an online site catering to everyone who loves having a party. And who doesn’t because as I see it, life’s a party!

Custom invitation design requests are always welcome – we welcome the opportunity to make your event absolutely perfect!

Sandy Buckley, NotedOccasions

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Romantic Natural Elopement

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Julie Cate

Elopements are beautiful in their own right. It’s when you get back to basics, focusing on just the two of you. Julie Cate was inspired by the beauty in natural simplicity and sent over these images that are the very definition of inspiration.


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From the photographer, Julie Cate: This is a simple take on an elopement, simple classic wedding. I love white and natural elements, so I grabbed white flowers from Fresh Market and pulled off greenery from the back yard :) My couple, Mar and Steve, who are already married, joined me in St Augustine, Florida. I love St Augustine, but I really wanted to avoid the typical painted doors and obvious tourist places. The brass candlesticks were my favorite. I really wanted to show readers that table decor and attire can be simple, easy and still beautiful.

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Shoot Location: St. Augustine, FL / Photographer: Julie Cate / Make-up: Maureen Riley / Flowers: Fresh Market / Dress: BHLDN / Calligraphy: Oil & Ink / Makeup: Maureen Riley / Earrings: Anthropologie / Film Developing: The Find Lab

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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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Rural Portuguese Wedding Shoot

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Piteira Photography

Oh, to be whisked away to Portugal where today’s styled shoot takes place. Piteira Photography and the stylists behind Something Borrowed crafted a lovely styled shoot full of Portuguese charm, wildflowers, and lace details, all adding up to some truly charming wedding inspiration.

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From Luis and Kerry of Piteira Photography: Because of the rural, low-key feeling we wanted to portray, and because the session was styled in the spring, we went with wild flowers from the surrounding countryside for the table decor and bouquet. We wanted to make the styling accessible to DIY and crafty brides while at the same time showcasing the natural beauty of the Portuguese countryside. We also wanted to keep things local and seasonal, reduce the carbon footprint and do our part, as small as it may be, to take care of our planet. Keeping this in mind we sourced the sweet treats and dessert table items (all typical Portuguese pastries) from a local “pastelaria” in the neighbouring town of Mafra. They are particularly well known for their Pasteis da Nata, a delicious vanilla custard tartlet in a crispy pastry shell… one of the most typical, and famous, Portuguese pastries.

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The cutlery and tableware was all sourced from a variety of grandmother’s cabinets combined with a few pieces from the local antiques market. We wanted every piece to be different and mismatched so everyone contributed to the tableware and the final result was pieced together with rustic charm by Teresa from Something Borrowed.

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Event Location: Mafra, Portugal / Photographer: Piteira Photography / Event Styling and Design: Something Borrowed / Event Venue: Aldeia da Mata Pequena / Wedding Cake: Little Upside Down Cake / Sweets: Polo Norte / Favors and Homemade Soaps: Soaportuguese

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Amanda Day Rose

Amanda Day Rose is a full-service paperie offering timeless designs for one of the most memorable days of your life. From engagement announcements, save-the-dates, and wedding invitations; to beautifully styled place settings, programs, gifts for guests, and so much more, you are in the right place! I work with a multitude of printing methods including letterpress, foil stamping, and digital printing along with an endless variety of carefully sourced materials to create a final product that will add to the essence of your wedding day.

I consider every wedding a unique and memorable occasion – and that means meticulous attention to detail as I guide you through this experience, and create artistry and design that embodies your lives together as a couple. Whether you have a very clear vision of what you want, or you are not sure where to start, your one-of-a-kind experience will open up a world of creative possibilities. I work closely with you to capture the essence of your relationship by delivering an authentic experience created just for you.

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Hudson Valley Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Photos by:

Lev Kuperman

You may want to settle into your seats, because you’re in for a treat with today’s wedding from Lev Kuperman. With a West Coast groom and an East Coast bride, the results are about what you would expect — a relaxed but nonetheless chic wedding in the apple orchards of New York. We’re still going a little ga-ga over bride Claire’s beautiful Watters gown:

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From the bride, Claire: We were going for a “rustic chic” feel. I grew up in NY’s Hudson Valley which is very historic and filled with old barns and apple orchards. Tim grew up in Huntington Beach, CA, also known as “Surf City USA,” so I was worried we would have very different visions but we were almost on the same page. It was my dream to have a fall wedding in a barn near my hometown and Tim was on board, even if it meant that some of his family and friends wouldn’t be able to make the 2,900 mile journey. We wanted our wedding to be unique and something our guests hadn’t experienced before which I definitely feel we achieved.


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My inspiration stemmed from a dusty color palette of greens, purples and greys. I wasn’t trying to achieve a vintage look per se, but I wanted everything to feel worn and antique. My mom turned her guest bedroom into a wedding factory and the DIY projects began. She made 14 pomander balls out of tissue paper, over 200 feet of bunting that involved her hand cutting 400+ flags, then starching and sewing each one, 30 clamp jar terrariums, an ombre backdrop, straw flags, burlap table runners -you name it – she made it. My 95 year old grandpa made 2 towers, 1 for cupcakes and the other for the maple syrups that we gave as favors. My sister designed the stationery, ceremony programs, gift/welcome tags, etc. My favorite DIY was the Fujifilm Instax 200 photo station with props, various sized frames and lots of extra film. Everyone left with photographic evidence of the fun they had and it was so inexpensive and easy to set up!


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? If there is something that you can do yourself or with the help of your friends or family, it’s worth it to. The personal touches were what everyone noticed the most and they are what made it feel like OUR day. Put yourself in your guests shoes to make sure everyone has a great time. We made sure everyone had the details needed to plan their travel accordingly and provided them with Welcome Totes upon arrival that were filled with local goodies, interesting facts about the area and more to make them feel special. We tried our hardest to make everything convenient so they could relax and just have fun with us.


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Also, plan for weather. Once we saw the weather forecast was a little cooler than expected, we purchased 10 fleece blankets to help guests keep warm. We also purchased umbrellas and a few pairs of rain boots just in case so guests could make it to the restrooms outside safely and comfortably. It didn’t end up raining so we returned all of those items, but we felt a lot more at ease knowing we had them as backup. Be sure to look carefully at what you’re renting. Some items are cheaper to purchase yourself than to rent! We bought all of the mason jars and gave guests the option of taking them home, then my mom used the leftovers for canning, extra drinking glasses and even sold some at a yard sale. For me, being engaged was more stressful than fun but once you’re walking down the aisle, everything is out of your hands and you just need to let go and enjoy the moments because you can never relive that day.


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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Pitseleh,” Elliott Smith
Bridal Processional: “Angeles,” Elliott Smith
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
First Dance: “Your Song,” Ellie Goulding

Wedding Location: Stone Ridge, NY / Wedding Photographer: Lev Kuperman / Second Shooter: Justin Lee / Wedding Coordinator: Hudson Valley Events / Wedding Flowers: Bride and Joanne of Adams Fairacre Farms / Wedding Venue: Tralee Farm / Wedding Dress: Watters “Sydney” via Lovely Bride / Wedding Shoes: Tory Burch “Eddie” / Hair: Dianna Ryan / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joie “Susina,” “Rory,” and “Portia” / Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire: J. Crew / Wedding Caterer: Terrapin Restaurant / Cupcakes: Moxie Cupcakes / DJ: Marquis and John of Superior Sounds / Wedding Invitation Design: Bride’s sister / Invitation Printing: Sugar Press Printing

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Kate Preftakes Photography

Kate Preftakes is a fine art wedding photographer in the New England region and available for travel worldwide. Her approach is soft and organic, and she shoots with a combination of editorial and fine art portraiture. Kate loves creating true photos that are filled with emotion and light. She uses a combination of film and digital, drawn to the soft look that it creates. She has her degree in fine art and uses that background to narrate stories in a beautiful way. The soft touch of a hand on a back, the look in her eye when she first sees him, the way her dress falls when he spins her around. These are the moments that make each wedding day special and inspire Kate to document in a timeless way. The details tell the story and Kate loves to capture them in the most romantic fashion. Kate is based out of New England and available for travel.

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Literature Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Megan Hayes

A little inspiration from Anne of Green Gables, raspberry petit fours, and heaps of lace add up to make this shoot from Megan Hayes and Tasteful Tatters a shining example of literary romance. We’re particularly keen on the idea of tracing your wedding vows onto plates as a cute backdrop for the reception — and we’re ecstatic to be sharing just how to do this later today!

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From the photographer, Megan Hayes: I recently worked on a styled wedding shoot with Emilee of Tasteful Tatters where we pulled inspiration from Anne of Green Gables but put our own twist on things for the modern bride. We incorporated elements related to Anne of Green Gables like the feel of the location, invitation wording, bride’s red hair, vintage china, book quotes, raspberry petit fours, books and a small chalkboard slate.

Our goal was to give the shoot a simple, farm life and romantic feel with an emphasis on the marriage. We incorporated their vows by having custom stamps made and then stamping the vows on hankies for them to read to one another during the ceremony portion of the shoot.


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Shoot Location: Newhall, CA / Photographer: Megan Hayes Photographer / Wedding Flowers: Recycled Love Story / Shoot Venue: Placerita Canyon / Wedding Dress: La Soie Bridal / Hair: Lauren Jones / Makeup: Elegance by Alex / Wedding Cake: The Bake Boutique / Vintage Rentals: Tasteful Tatters and The Vintage Table Co. / Wedding Invitations: Details by Jamie Long / Videographer: Larry Chappell

Chattanooga Vineyard Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Photos by:

Ali Harper

Most brides might be deterred by a broken arm a mere three months before this bride, but not Cathi: she simply enlisted the help of Veo Weddings & Events to round out her creative visions. Cathi and Anders are avid cyclists, and I just adore that the couple made a nod to this through the painted bike wheels hanging at their reception. Add photographer Ali Harper into the mix, and you’ve got a winning wedding day!

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From the bride, Cathi: We knew we wanted an outdoor venue since we both spend a ton of time outside running & cycling. DeBarge Vineyards was a short drive from our home in Chattanooga and provided picturesque views of the mountains we love to play on.


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I had high hopes of handcrafting many of our wedding decorations… until I broke my arm at a mountain bike race 3 months before our big day, forcing me to Plan B. Veronica and her staff at Veo Weddings & Events did an amazing job taking my ideas and transforming them into reality. I kept busy designing our event stationery (inspired by the diagonal beading on my dress) and spray-painting old bike wheels (we had to incorporate our favorite activity somehow!).


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Wedding Location: Chattanooga, TN / Photographer: Ali Harper Photography / Wedding Venue: DeBarge Vineyards / Wedding Planning, Design, and Flowers: Veo Weddings & Events / Wedding Dress: Mori Lee / Wedding Shoes: Banana Republic / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Xscape / Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire: Calvin Klein / Wedding Caterer: On the List Catering / Desserts: Chattanooga Cupcakes and On the List Catering / Entertainment: Joe Nabors Sound & Lighting / Invitations: bride

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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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The Artist and the Scientist

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Page Bertelsen

Who says opposites can’t attract? They certainly do in this styled shoot brought to us by Honey & Twine Weddings and Events and Page Bertelsen, which highlights the love between, you guessed it, an artist and a scientist. Picture pretty watercolors, test tube flower arrangements, and a stylish bride in a short lace gown that we’re absolutely nuts about!

science inspired wedding ideas

From the stylist, Honey & Twine Weddings and Events: We’ve been chilly in San Francisco, and eager for the first signs of spring. Our styled shoot, The Artist and the Scientist brings you some warmth, in the form of a story about blossoming love and the beautiful union of contrasting elements.


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watercolor wedding invitations

science inspired wedding ideas

Sometime in the 1960s, a very skinny, very quiet high school boy in suspenders was poked in the stomach at his bus stop by a pretty, playful girl two grades above him. The girl claimed not to remember, but the boy never forgot. When they met again years later, he pursuing science and she pursuing art, they stayed up talking all night and realized they had more in common than they ever imagined.


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science inspired wedding ideas

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science inspired wedding ideas

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science inspired wedding ideas

When designing our styled shoot, Tria wanted to pay homage to the two fields her parents brought together so harmoniously: Art & Science. By pairing beakers and atoms with petals and paintbrushes, we aim to combine the masculine and feminine, the orderly and unrestrained, the geometric and fluid. And since Tria’s mom, a watercolor artist, has since passed on, our angelic bride is patiently awaiting her groom in a heavenly (and artistic!) wedding location.


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science inspired wedding ideas

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science inspired wedding ideas

pink ranunculus centerpieces


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Photoshoot Location: San Francisco, CA / Event Styling: Honey & Twine Weddings and Events / Photography: Page Bertelsen / Florals: Church Street Flowers / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, SF / Hair and Makeup: WowPretty / Dresses: Novella Bridal Boutique / Model: Maria Fang / Venue: The Allied Arts Guild

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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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Waterfront Latvia Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Bret Cole

For today’s wedding, we’re heading over to Latvia thanks to photographer Bret Cole. Darja and Konstantin were married on perhaps the most heavenly wedding grounds I’ve ever seen, those of Rumene Manor. The day that followed was straight out of a storybook romance, with a ballroom reception out of every little girl’s dreams!

latvia wedding portraits
chic waterfront wedding by Bret Cole

From the bride, Darja: It was an exciting and touching moment! That day was significant as such, but it was even more special due to the fact that we married on the 5th anniversary of our relations. Everything was so beautiful, we were encircled by wonderful people, the day was full of emotions, impressions, but now full of fond memories!


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chic waterfront wedding by Bret Cole

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chic waterfront wedding by Bret Cole

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chic waterfront wedding by Bret Cole

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chic waterfront wedding by Bret Cole

outdoor wedding ceremonies

chic waterfront wedding by Bret Cole

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chic waterfront wedding by Bret Cole

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chic waterfront wedding by Bret Cole

chic waterfront wedding by Bret Cole

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chic waterfront wedding by Bret Cole

chic waterfront wedding by Bret Cole

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chic waterfront wedding by Bret Cole

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chic indoor receptions

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Wedding Location: Riga, Latvia / Wedding Photographer: Bret Cole / Event Design: Bride / Wedding Venue: Rumene Manor / Wedding Flowers: Oksana Solnceva / Wedding Dress: Emanuel Ungaro / Wedding Shoes: Miu Miu / Bride’s Jewelry: Amita / Hair Accessory: Soufflee / Hair and Makeup: Ed?te Supe and Svetlana Popadina / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Chanel / Groom’s Suit: Armani / Groom’s Shoes: Fabi / Wedding Cake: Sky / Wedding Music: Linda Leen / Wedding Invitations: Oksana Solnceva

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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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Heirloom and Lace Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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

indoor first dances

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


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


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outdoor wedding recessionals

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bride getting dressed
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bride getting dressed
bride getting dressed

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indoor reception decor

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


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flower petal recessional


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

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Corkey Creations

Corkey Creations offers the largest selection of wine cork place card holders, including personalized and custom printing. We also offer whole corks for save the dates, guest book corks, magnets and key-chains and vinyl wine bottle decor for table numbers and/or centerpiece decorations.

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Bohemian Nouveau Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

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Goodness gracious, what this wedding does to me. Chris and Erman had a bohemian outdoor wedding ceremony with a most amazing setup, and had their friends and photographer Abdi of Three Photographers capture their wedding day. Between the incredible wild bouquet and the jack-o-lantern table numbers, this wedding is one for the fall books!

bride and groom outdoors

From the bride, Chris: Our style was definitely bohemian, with a touch of nouveau. Lots of lace, crystals, silver and copper. We wanted the country feeling but with a bit of refinement. Romantic yet easy. We had the bridesmaids wear whatever they wanted, just told them creams, blushes and flowy or lacy. Brown shoes, boots or clogs. Backyard appropriate. The fellas were in dark jeans and mellow colors. My maids of honor (I had two, also the photographers) made the flowers from my yard. I made the boutonnières from feathers I collected.


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fall wedding bouquets

orange green boutonnieres

bride getting ready

mismatched chair rentals

netting ceremony altars

bridal processional with father

We strung the clothesline on the house for the seat cards. Burned each of them and used stamps for the numbers. Carved pumpkins for the tables. I purchased loose chandelier crystals from etsy and strung them together with Xmas ornament hooks. Then taped them on hangers and hung them from the trees. I purchased fall flowers (mums, grasses, vines and ground covers. We will be planting all of them so we an enjoy them every year on our anniversary). They were put in baskets we borrowed from our local farm stand.


newlyweds during ceremony

couple during ceremony

newlyweds first kiss

newlyweds during recessional

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wedding reception music

fall wedding flowers

bride and bridesmaids

My ring was my husband’s grandmother’s and his came from Pale Fish on etsy. We each got a band engraved with the date and our initials. Emailed our favorite restaurant in Brooklyn and asked them for the recipe for our favorite cocktail the rocchio at five leaves. We served this and an Old Fashioned.


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hanging escort card details

hanging escort cards

bride and groom walking

bride and groom portraits

indoor cake tables

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Details count! Try to get as much done as you can in advance so you can enjoy your friends and family! I ordered voodoo dolls as our “cake topper” a month in advance. The company sent them twice and I still didn’t get them in time. And let go. You can’t do everything your self!


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reception drink list

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newlyweds by river

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bride dancing

newlyweds cake tasting


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Wedding Location: Pallenville, NY / Wedding Photographer: Three Photographers / Ceremony Venue: Private Residence / Reception Venue: The Woodbine Inn / Wedding Flowers: Story Farms / Wedding Dress: ModCloth / Hair and Makeup: Antonia Troiano of The Beauty Collective / Wedding Music: Morgan O’Kane / Wedding Caterer: Woodstock Hidden Kitchen / Desserts: cobyhousepies@gmail.com / Wedding Invitations: Zazzle

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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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Cherry Valley Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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The bride from this wedding sent to us by the incredible Brent Van Auken has not one, but two amazingly talented aunts — one of which arranged all of the flowers for her niece’s wedding day, and the other made the bride’s wedding gown, her veil, and all of the bridesmaids dresses! The newlyweds were married under a 1,100-year-old tree in California, and had a reception filled with personal touches. They even made these DIY wooden slice coasters we shared a while ago!

newlyweds in sunlight

From the bride, Michelle: The style that I was envisioning for our wedding day was a romantic country night with candlelight and some adjectives that describe our wedding would be romantic, enchanting, and country. I had a theme of wood, burlap and lace with the colors of mauve and gray.

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bridal first look
ceremony under tree
pink love sign

The whole wedding was a do it yourself project. We did everything on our own. All the decorations were put together by myself and my family. My sister, Nicole Amweg, was a huge help. We made all the signs (bar, love story, find your way, directions, dessert). All the centerpieces I put together myself. The gift table, the guestbook, the head table and the dessert table were a DIY collaboration.

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newlyweds under tree

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? The best advice I can give a bride is to be organized! If you don’t have a wedding planner, like myself, just be on top of it. Make detailed instructions for each person involved and a detailed schedule for the day of. I even took pictures for the decorations before hand and packaged them in boxes with labels, so the people setting up had a clear instruction of what I wanted everything to look like.

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newlyweds in sunlight


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Wedding Music:
Processional: Pachelbel’s “Canon in D”
Recessional: “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO
First Dance: “Then,” Brad Paisley
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Little Girl,” Tim McGraw
Groom/Mother-in-Law Dance: “Mama’s Song,” Carrie Underwood

Wedding Location: Cherry Valley, CA / Wedding Venue, Caterer, and Linens: Highland Springs Resort / Wedding Photographer: Brent Van Auken Photography / Florist: Bride’s Aunt Brenda Struiksma / Wedding Dress, Veil, and Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Made by bride’s Aunt, Linda Struiksma / Bride’s Shoes: 1883 / Bride’s Earrings: Isis Bridal / Makeup: Sara Quiroz / Hair: Kimberly Lyon of Lux Salon / Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Jean Yves / DJ: Paul Pierce with Music Unlimited / Wedding Invitations: Beth Cote

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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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DIY Plantation Wedding

DIY Weddings

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Where to begin with this handmade wedding sent from Ulmer Studios? The bride worked with event stylist Megan Byrd to execute every detail to perfection, from the incredible bouquets and boutonnieres right down to the library book centerpieces. For the favors, Carly even baked lemon poppy seed muffins for the guests to take home in sweet little paper bags!

bride and groom by wall

plantation historical sign

From the bride, Carly: I made all of the table squares, and collected the frames, vases, trays, silver sets and knick knacks from various antique and thrift shops and yard sales. Megan completely styled everything on the day of and made the burlap runner for the head table. The birdcage photo holder was also hers. She also did all the flowers, including the bridesmaids bouquets and boutonnieres. I collected vintage brooches for almost a year and used floral wire to make stems to put my bouquet together on top of silk hydrangeas. A few of the pieces were family heirlooms. My shoe clips were a pair of earrings I picked up at an antique shop. For the guest book, we chose to do the guest box, and used scrapbooking paper for guests to write little messages on. It’s still so neat to look back and see what people wrote to us.


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bride and bridesmaids

rings tied around bookleafy bridal bouquets

birdcage favor bags

I almost forgot the books! I am a school teacher so we wanted make it personal so we rented the books from the library! I think we had something close to 150. It was a hilarious process. We went up and down the aisles picking only pretty, vintage, books and ones with romantic titles. Megan picked the letters and used twine to hang them on the back of our chairs. The favor bags were regular brown paper sacks that I stamped with our wedding stamps and clipped with stamped clothes pins. My mom and I baked the lemon poppy seed muffins the day before the wedding. I made Andrew muffins every morning in high schools, so we thought they would be a perfect favor. Lemon poppy seed is his favorite. Our day-of coordinator was Gilda York. She’s very thorough. The day went so smoothly under her direction. The guys outfits were from her shop, Ambassadors Formal Wear. Kerry Luna was our music guy. He was so flexible and helpful when it came to picking songs for then different events and back ground music.


chalkboard wedding sign

first look outdoors

plantation wedding ceremony

bridesmaid holding bouquetantique book centerpieces

green decorated clothespins

As far as my favorite parts of the day, the first look is certainly at the top. Just the way Andrew looked at me and couldn’t even put together a full sentence was an amazing moment. I thought I was holding it together until his reaction got to me. I felt so blessed and full of gratitude. Those were surely the happiest tears I have ever cried. It was a truly priceless experience, just being able to revel in the emotion of being together and in love on the biggest, and most exciting day of our lives.


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bride and groom sunset

reserved signsimple pink centerpieces

owl cake toppers

Our first dance was pretty magical. We’d gone back and forth about which song to choose and what we wanted… Something new, something old, something R&B, something traditional… We literally changed the song the day of the wedding. We chose Stay With You by John Legend on a whim, and it was absolutely perfect. It was like one of those movie scenes. Everything else faded and we were the only people there. I still get chills when I hear it.


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reserved vintage centerpieces

The send off at the end of the night was a ton of fun! Our venue had a rule against open flames, so sparklers were not an option. I was trying to come up with something to go with the mason jar candles people would have to hold. (There was no light on the side of the house where we would be leaving from.) Then it hit me: Wedding bells! Just not the traditional kind. They were so festive and as silly as it sounds, running through all of your friends, congratulating you and ringing bells, is a super fun way to end your wedding night!


bride and groom dancing


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Wedding Vendors (Franklin, TN):

Wedding Venue: Carnton Plantation / Wedding Photographer: Ulmer Studios / Event Stylist: bride and Megan Byrd / Day-of Coordination: Gilda York / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Urban Outfitters / Wedding Cakes and Cupcakes: Publix / Cake Topper: Vintage / Rentals: Music City Tents / Music: Kerry Luna

Nashville Inspired Wedding

DIY Weddings

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When this wedding from Alison Conklin landed in our inbox, we knew within seconds we wanted to feature it. Bride Amber filled the day with details (some taken from Ruffled!) that were personally meaningful for this non-traditional couple, right down to the wedding cake — which was made by the bride’s 15-year-old sister! Keep reading for some inspiration from this 1960s Nashville-inspired wedding:

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bride and groom against wall

From the bride, Amber: Our biggest goal while planning our wedding was to have it be both a reflection of us as individuals, and as a couple. We also wanted to blend both old & new, showing our guests that just because we’re non-traditional ourselves, didn’t mean that we wanted to disconnected ties with all traditions. Lastly – we wanted the whole process and day of to be a lot of fun.

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bride in black

Our starting point for a theme was 1950s/1960s Nashville. John and I have visited there a couple of times together and have just fallen in love with the music scene, southern hospitality and the food! Because we both love all things vintage, this naturally played a large role in the decor.

black bridesmaids dresses

vera wang wedding dressbridal beauty

There were a TON of DIY projects involved in this wedding. Here’s a list:
-Hand-painted burlap table runners
-Hand-dyed doily garland
-Groomsmens’ bowties made using vintage fabric
-Bridesmaids’ dress hangers and button rings
-AJ DIY Marquee sign
-Vintage style concert posters, I designed them in Photoshop and had them printed on Vistaprint
-Painted dessert stands
-Banners for around the reception
-45rpm record place cards
-Ruffled streamers
-Here comes the bride banner
-Doily poms at the end of pews
-Flags & lavender sachets for post-ceremony parade

vinyl place settings

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? If you’re doing a lot of projects yourself, it is NEVER too early to get started. Get as much done ahead of time as you can! Also – keep yourself as organized as possible. I swear by a wedding binder. It’s a great place to keep all of your contracts, to do lists, inspiration, etc.

bride and groom parade

bride and groom against wallpurple wedding cake

newlyweds first dance


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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: Four Seasons Spring Movement, Vivaldi
Bride’s Processional: Sonata in A Major, Op. 65, No. 3, Felix Mendelssohn-Barthody
Recessional: Symphonie No. 2, Op. 13, No. 2, Charles Marie Widor
First Dance: “Picture in a Frame,” Tom Waits
Father/Daughter Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles
Mother/Son Dance: “You’re the One,” The Black Keys

Wedding Vendors (Easton, PA):

Wedding Ceremony: Trinity Episcopal Church / Wedding Reception: Third Street Alliance / Wedding Photographer: Alison Conklin / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang for David’s Bridal / Wedding Veil: made by bride / Wedding Shoes: Discount Dance / Jewelry: Family heirlooms / Hair: Ashley’s Main Street Styles (Coopersburg, PA) / Groom’s Outfit: Express / Bow Tie: Countess Mara / DJ: Soundscape DJ Entertainment / Wedding Cake and Sweets: Bride’s Family / Wedding Invitations: Kevin Maloney / Cake Topper: Simply Silhouettes

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Spreading Lovely

Welcome to Spreading Lovely!  We’re a full service event planning & design company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving all of The Golden State and beyond and tailor all services to fit your specific event needs.  Plus, with every booking, we donate 10% to the charity of your choice because we believe in not only making a difference in our clients’ lives, but also in countless other lives we may never otherwise have the opportunity to reach.

Of course we love a great party, but more importantly we believe in love, we believe in a marriage after the wedding, and we love being a part of life’s major milestones and helping you navigate the (sometimes) mountains of details.  With our wealth of knowledge, creativity and experience we’ll illuminate and inspire your ideas to create a one-of-a-kind event that authentically reflects YOUnot us, or what anyone tells you it should be.

We know how to leverage small design details of texture, color and lighting to elevate an event and create the ambiance you desire. We love collaborating to create unique event concepts, after all – it’s your story that makes the best inspiration.  If lots of glitter and bright colors best reflects your fun loving nature, awesome, we’re in!  If an elopement on a mountain top is more your thing, fantastic, we’re in!  Our number one job is to be on your team and provide a voice of reason, guidance and experience to streamline the planning and execute your event more exceptional than you imagined.

We believe you should be fully present and live in the moment on your wedding day, not sweating the small stuff!  That’s why we’re here to make the road to your wedding more fun, more relaxed and more enjoyable by taking care of the planning, design and organization details so you can still make it to Sunday brunch and do more of what makes you happy while celebrating the path to this amazing commitment to each other!

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DIY Tennessee Wedding

DIY Weddings

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When we say this next wedding is handmade, we mean every.single.bit. Bride Rachel made her own wedding gown from lace curtains, made the bouquets and boutonnieres, and her sister made all the food for the day. Josh and Amber of Ulmer Studios captured the day magnificently, including a stroll to see some nearby baby horses! Keep an eye out for the getaway where the guests soared paper airplanes towards the newlyweds as they made their exit.

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From the bride, Rachel: I wanted our wedding to be different from the traditional wedding because traditional just does not represent my husband and me. Both of us are pretty laid back and we wanted a wedding that allowed us to be ourselves and our guests to be themselves. In order to do this, we incorporated many things that would represent who we are. We knew that we wanted our venue to be somewhere that people would feel comfortable, so we chose a barn in which the owner allowed us to decorate and setup how we wanted. One of the other ways we incorporated a laid back feel was in our and our wedding party’s attire. I chose to design my own dress so that it would fit my style better than a dress from a bridal boutique. I’m not a seamstress by any means, so with the help of my wonderful mother, who can sew, we were able to take a plain sweet heart dress, I purchased online, and turn it into a dress that I loved. We altered the dress so that it would be more form fitting and purchased lace to create the look that I wanted.

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The most unique part of my dress is that the lace is actually a curtain I purchased from K-Mart! We looked at several fabric stores, but were unable to find the pattern I wanted, so my mom began looking at lace curtains and found the exact pattern that I had in mind for my dress. I knew that I wanted to incorporate something of my grandmother’s, so I used one of her brooches and pinned it to a braided belt. For my shoes, I knew that I wanted something a little vintage-ish, so I had purchased a pair of cream oxford type heels from Modcloth which went perfectly with my dress. We also wanted my husband’s attire to match his personality, so in order to do that we actually just went through his closet and chose pieces that would match with the colors I had chosen for the wedding and to go along with a newly purchased pair of skinny jeans and tie.

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clock teal wedding decortulip reception centerpieces

lace wedding bouquets

As for the wedding party’s attire, I wanted a combination of the style of the wedding and each member’s style. In order to do this, we shopped for outfits that each member would want to wear after the wedding, but were in the color scheme of the wedding. As far as the decor goes, I wanted both a natural and a vintage feel. In order to do this, we interspersed lace and wood decor throughout the ceremony and reception.

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bride lace hair accessory

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For the ceremony, I made the bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages from lace, burlap, sticks, and wheat tops. I gathered sticks from my yard, and purchased the other items needed from Joann’s. My inspiration for this was wanting to be original. After looking at a lot of wedding websites, I knew that I wanted to create something that I hadn’t seen before. For the reception, in order to incorporate both the vintage and natural look, I used lace table cloths, a mixture of vintage serving platters along with vintage coffee mugs for our coffee/hot tea/hot chocolate bar and then slabs of wood that my dad cut and made into tiers for the display of the pies and our wedding cake. Our wedding cake was just a small cake since we served pies, cake pops, lemons bars, salted caramel chocolate bars, pumpkin donut holes, fruit, and trail mix to the guests. The cake topper was an estate sale find. My sister baked our cake, but we hadn’t been able to decide on a cake topper until my dad found these two little owls at an estate sale and I knew they had to be on top of our cake to represent my obsession of owl figurines, which just so happens to be a family obsession on both sides.

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Other things that we did to create a wedding that represented us was to make portions of the ceremony and reception that portrayed what was important to us,and what we liked. For the ceremony, we knew that we wanted God to be represented in it. He is everything to my husband and I and we wanted to represent that to our guests. In order to do this, we wanted the unity portion of our ceremony to show that He brought us together. At first, we had a hard time deciding how to do this until Alex researched unity ceremonies and found the unity braid. The braid has three strands representing God, Alex, and me. While we braided strips of lace, burlap and yarn we had one of Alex’s favorite worship songs (Divine Romace by Phil Wickham) playing and then once we braided the belt we asked the guests to join us for a moment of worship until the song ended.

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For the reception, we had family and friends perform songs for us to dance to. As a surprise to me, Alex, my brother-in-laws and sweet friend surprised me with a performance of “Kiss the Girl” from my favorite Disney movie “The Little Mermaid.” It was the best surprise ever and really made our reception represent us.

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Wedding Vendors (Lebanon, TN):

Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Photographer: Ulmer Studios / Wedding Dress: Made by Bride / Bride’s Shoes: ModCloth / Lace Bouquets and Boutonnieres: made by bride / Wedding Caterer: Kendra Uhl, sister of the bride / Officiant: James Ulmer, father of the bride

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Corkey Creations

Corkey Creations offers the largest selection of wine cork place card holders, including personalized and custom printing. We also offer whole corks for save the dates, guest book corks, magnets and key-chains and vinyl wine bottle decor for table numbers and/or centerpiece decorations.

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New Year’s Eve Wedding

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Every once in a while we hear a love story that appears to be straight out of a movie screenplay — Christina and Brandon’s story is definitely that, and it’s guaranteed to start your weekend off on a sweet note! The newlyweds planned this gorgeous wedding in a whopping two weeks, recruiting the help of Brooke from Blush Photography to capture the stunning day. You’ll want to take a few minutes to soak in this precious story:


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From the bride, Christina: So I have a rash romantic love story. We grew up in the same neighborhood. Our families were lifetime friends. His mom tricked him into asking me out and we had the best date of our lives – we laughed the entire time. He lived in Las Vegas, I lived in Salt Lake so, we just texted and talked every chance we got. A few weeks after our first date, I got this crazy idea to drive to Vegas at 11 o’clock at night and surprise him. While I was on the phone, driving (with my headset on) I crashed after hitting black ice, spinning off the road and into a ditch 30 feet below, my car completely totaled. As soon as he found out what had happened, he jumped in his car and drove 7 plus hours through the snow and ice to get to me. We he finally arrived, he told me me how crazy in love he was and that my near death experience made him realize that I couldn’t live without me. Without this lucid moment he never would have been able to tell me that he loved me. We both knew we we were meant to be.


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Two weeks later he proposed and though we thought initially we would get married in 5 or 6 months, we soon realized that was an absolutely ridiculous idea and instead decided to get married in a few weeks. We were so in love, there wasn’t any point in starting the new year without each other.

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Everything fell perfectly into place. We really didn’t have to do much planning because whenever there was a need, there was someone there to help. Like magic. We called La Caille and asked about New Years Eve. They had had a couple cancel for that date just an hour before we called. I found my dress in a half hour. Brandon found his suit just as quickly and it fit him perfectly- also the very last one in the store! Our photographer was available, the florist and the videographer. All were available on such short notice. I was really blown away by the beauty of it all. We were so blessed.

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From our first date to our wedding date was only 50 days. We planned every detail of our beautiful day in 2 weeks. We were and continue to be truly blessed in our love. We are so incredibly happy and so thankful for everyone that helped us on our special day. The florist, the photographer, the videographer and his team, etc were so amazing. All such wonderful people! We all have our “dream wedding” in mind, but mine surpassed everything I ever imagined.

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Wedding Vendors (Salt Lake City, UT):

Wedding Venue and Caterer: La Caille / Wedding Photographer: Blush Photography / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal, “8923” / Groom’s Suit: Alexander McQueen / Wedding Flowers: Karin Holt of The Perfect Petal / Videographer: Digital Memorys

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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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