Today’s wedding makes us think of the best that summer has to offer — striking afternoon light, easy breezy color palettes, and warm smiles all around. Cameron Ingalls captured the celebration at California’s Dana-Powers House & Barn, which boasts a seriously beautiful barn you have to see to believe.
Cassidy Brooke‘s weddings always seem to stop us in our tracks, and Katie and Chad’s big day is no exception. The couple relied on their own vision and the talents of Sarah Viera Events to create a backyard casual wedding with a hint of glam, using a color palette of gold, blush, and ivory to make everything as dreamy as possible.
From the bride, Katie: We wanted to create an environment that was a bit glamorous, a hint of backyard casual, welcoming and definitely unique! Even though we had a larger guest list, we wanted everyone to feel like they were at a party we were throwing – not a huge event. Our colors were gold, blush and ivory.
Flower recipe: The bridesmaids had white roses and baby’s breath, and mine was full of the perfect blush roses, baby’s breath and lambs ear! The pop of fuzzy soft green made all the difference! The groomsmen had succulents, and my husbands had a small blush rose along with the succulent to stand out just a bit.
I spent many hours cutting, sewing, painting and gluing! We DIYed gold glitter arrows that led guests down a path to the ceremony, fake sparklers since our venue wouldn’t allow for the real thing, our table markers that hung from the ceiling, which coordinated with the table markers attached to a glass bottle filled with amazing pink sparking water- which doubled as our favors! We DIYed our guest book, which was a large beach my father in law made, which we had everyone sign. He also built our amazing arbor out of trees that actually had been burned in the large forest fires we had in town a couple years ago.
We also found these amazing vintage 100 year old doors, that my father in law made into an amazing entrance for me! Since our ceremony was all outdoors, I still was able to hide and have a “all eyes on me” moment. We also chose to DIY our cakes! One of my favorite details about our wedding was the 12 cakes my mom made for our day, each of which we decorated a bit differently. That was a favorite project because my mom, grandmother and maid of honor all came together and iced the cakes. They were eaten so quickly my husband and I didn’t even taste any! We had a larger focus cake that was brushed with gold that we saved for the actual cake cutting – I’m so glad we did!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t take on too much, and don’t plan too far ahead! We had a year and a half to plan, which was great in the beginning, but I ended up having so much time that I kept thinking of all the great “easy” projects I could do- and that quickly turned into way too much to handle. And of course – communicate! Communicate your vision and what you see for that day together, and keep that in the front of your thoughts throughout everything your planning.
Processional: “Lovelier Than You,” B.O.B.
First Dance: “Free,” Zac Brown Band
We wanted our reception to get everyone on the dance floor (Spruce has a breathtaking outdoor dance floor). Chad and I talk fondly of our memories together in college on the dance floor so that was very important to us. We played mostly new music from the radio: pop, rap, country- as long as you could dance to it- we wanted it! We stayed away from the typical songs because it was important to us that the songs reflected what we like to dance to. We even had a 90s throwback hour – where the DJ played songs we had pre-picked from our middle school/high school memories!
Check out the wedding film from Kyle Koziol:
When it comes to great desert wedding inspiration, we can always rely on Tyler Rye Photography to deliver. For today’s shoot, he brought along Middle Aisle Weddings and Wild Blooms to create a rugged scene filled with a rustic wooden table, crystals, taxidermy, and fresh flowers displayed around custom glass geo boxes.
From the photographer, Tyler Rye Photography: We were hoping to get away from the rustic look that happens so much in southern Utah, the burlap and mason jars look. But at the same time we wanted the shoot to reflect the rugged desert feel that draws people to the desert of Utah! I found inspiration from my dad as odd as that might seem. He is a hunter and loves all things outdoors. We incorporated taxidermy and a rough table to reflect the rough side of the desert and then brought in fresh flowers and custom glass boxes to show the natural beauty of craftsmanship found here in Utah.
Don’t miss the film from Forevermore Films:
They say rain on your wedding day is good luck, and it’s a good thing because Gwen and Dan’s wedding had a surprise downpour right as the ceremony began. The couple took it all in stride, and it even made for lots of smiles and laughter all caught by the photographer, Pat Furey. Their plant-infused reception is full of incredible inspiration for any garden lover!
From the bride, Gwen: We envisioned the wedding to compliment the beautiful outdoor setting of Fernbrook Farms with plenty of personal touches that spoke to our style as a couple including antiques and our love of nature.
Bouquet recipe: Light Pink Blush Garden Roses (Keira and White Ohara), Bridal Akito Roses, White & Light Pink Majolica Spray Roses; Silver Brunia Balls; Scabiosa Pods & Light Peach Hypericum, Succulents, Lambs ear.
The colors were blush and dusty green. We had lots of DIY! We decided on planted flowers, herbs and greens for the centerpieces which the bride’s mother and sister planted. We made all of the programs, menus, escort cards/escort card display, favors and table numbers which all featured a floral paper I fell in love with from Rifle Paper Co that was a part of our wedding invitation.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Have fun with the planning and give yourself plenty of time for an engagement. We had just over a year of planning and I felt like it was the perfect amount of time to really enjoy the process. I had a timeline checklist I used on the knot which kept me on track of what I should be doing when. It also doesn’t hurt to marry a wonderful guy who is engaged enough where they give you an opinion, but not too involved to really just let you do your thing!
Check out the wedding film from Squareware Studios:
Bridal Party Processional: “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis
Bride’s Processional: “The Luckiest,” Ben Folds
Recessional: “Marry You,” Bruno Mars
First Dance: “Love Song,” Adele
Father/Daughter Dance: “Close to You,” Barenaked Ladies
Mother/Son Dance: “Stand by Me,” Ben E King
Wedding Dress and Earrings
Chandeliers and Dance Floor
If there’s any location that’s great for a weekend getaway wedding, it has to be Charleston, SC. This wedding from Troy Grover Photographers and Branch Design Studio features not only Charleston’s stunning scenery, but also tons of great ideas to scoop up and a dreamy color palette of pastel tones, gold, and just the right amount of sequins.
From the bride, Allison: We decided early on to have a destination wedding given how spread out all of our friends and family are across the country and overseas. We wanted a location that would feel like a fun and special weekend getaway, and Charleston fit that bill perfectly. The city has such personality and charm, it’s full of romance, celebrates hospitality, and of course has amazing food. We wanted our wedding to include all of these things!
Flower recipe: Our bouquets and table arrangements were made up of peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, coral amaryllis, white astilbe, peach lisianthus, dusty miller, jasmine vine, blush sweet peas, and lambs ear.
We wanted to incorporate color into the wedding, but still feel soft and true to the garden look of Magnolia, as well as the spring season – nothing too bold or loud. We used a sea foam watercolor look on all of our paper goods, and the bridesmaids wore varying shades of grey and mint. The flower arrangements were full of pinks and corals, and we incorporated touches of gold throughout to tie all of the details together. It was a little nerve wracking trying to envision all of the colors and textures together, but our vendors did such an amazing job and we could not have been more thrilled with how beautifully everything turned out!
Neither of us are huge fans of cake, so we knew we wanted to have a different dessert. When we realized our wedding fell on pi day (3.1415), serving pies seemed like a perfect way to celebrate the date, and it added to the southern feel of the wedding. We had five different flavors and they were all incredible. We named our tables after streets that Brendon and I have lived on throughout our lives, and tied the escort cards to vintage skeleton keys. Our graphic designer (also my best friend) created a skeleton key design that we used on our menus, programs, and guest book. Within the key, she incorporated our initials and a pi sign – it was such a special and unique tie-in to the theme.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Set a date to just stop the planning and start enjoying the wedding festivities. This was (fortunately) forced upon us since we had to travel out of town for the wedding. Once we left home, we were much more limited in what we could take care of last minute. Anything that wasn’t done or purchased at that point, we decided to just do without. It really allowed us to enjoy time with our friends and family in the days leading up to the wedding, rather than run around taking care of last minute details. I’m also a huge huge advocate for prioritizing wedding photography. Working with Troy & Aimee Grover was a dream, and they captured photos that we will have and cherish forever.
Bridal Party Processional: “Hold You in My Arms,” Ray LaMontagne
Bride’s Processional: “La Vie en Rose,” Daniela Andrade
Recessional: “Homegrown,” Zac Brown Band
First Dance: “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran
Father/Daughter Dance: “Forever Young,” Rod Stewart
Mother/Son Dance: “Dream Big,” Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband
Event Planning and Design
Wedding Veil and Hair Accessory
Hair and Makeup
As far as beautiful handmade touches are concerned, this wedding from Nakalan McKay Photography and Botanica Floral Design has got it going on. From the antique doors at the beginning of the ceremony aisle to the hanging window backdrop at the altar, every bit was made with love and shines with a sweet simplicity that’s always elegant.
From the bride, Becca: I wanted our wedding day to be focused on the life commitment we were making. I wanted the day to be personal, to show all of our guests how much we love each other and how we take our commitment seriously. The overall feel of the day I wanted to be whimsical and beautiful; a place guests felt welcomed and comfortable to have a great time.
I absolutely loved everything about our day. From decorations to the flowers to our vows, it was perfect. My favorite pieces of our wedding were the altar and entrance doors built by my talented brother-in-law. The altar was exactly what I envisioned and it added the perfect backdrop for the most important day of our lives. Mason and I had a blast and we have so much fun reliving that very special day.
From the photographer, Nakalan McKay: This wedding was a big deal to me as Becca’s family are very close friends of mine. Knowing Mason and Becca and how badly they wanted to be married, made witnessing their beautiful vows all the more precious and sweet.
Wedding Location: Wilsonville, OR / Photographer: Nakalan McKay Photography / Floral Design: Botanica Floral Design / Day-Of Coordination: Claire Voisine / Venue: River Haven / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller via The English Department / Headpiece: Liv Hart / Wedding Shoes: Steve Madden / Jewelry: Nordstroms / Caterer: Dalton’s Northwest Catering / Wedding Cake: St. Honoré Boulangerie / Wooden Details and Props: Three Arrow Design & Build / Music: John Ross Productions / Photo Booth Equipment: Brian Zaro / Second Shooter: Joanna Traeger Photography / Videographer: Watertown Films
What could be dreamier than marrying your love on the night of a supermoon? Bridgette and Hoyt did just that, bringing along the talented Sarah Rose Burns Photography, Feather & Twig, and Beet and Yarrow to make the day one to remember for ages to come. How wonderful is their paper doily ceremony backdrop?
From the bride, Bridgette: We envisioned a very romantic and rustic feel. We wanted it to be elegant and comfortable — charming, classic, collected. Our color scheme was sun bleached peach, pistachio, and champagne. DIY projects included hand-made doily and butcher twine garland, eclectic napkins, and the rustic lawn games.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Make your guest list intimate, don’t sweat the small stuff, and save-on-crafts.com.
From the photographer, Sarah Rose Burns Photography: This real wedding took place on the beautiful grounds of Lyons Farmette in Colorado this summer. The combination of vintage details designed by Feather & Twig, with the lush gardens and lively farmette, made for an incredibly enjoyable affair. Bridgette & Hoyt knew from the beginning that they wanted an intimate outdoor gathering, with stylish details and incredible food. Their team of vendors fulfilled all the requirements and the guests partied late into the night. Fun fact: it was the night of a “super-moon” so we also got some portraits in the moonlight.
Processional: “Strangers,” The Kinks, followed by “A New Life,” Jim James
Recessional: “All Is Love,” Karen O and The Kids
First Dance: “Singalong Junk,” Paul McCartney
Wedding Location: Lyons, CO / Photographer: Sarah Rose Burns Photography / Event Design and Coordination: Feather & Twig / Floral Design: Beet and Yarrow / Venue: Lyons Farmette / Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal via Blue Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Rebel Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Caterer: EAT / Desserts: Tee & Cakes / Bartender: 3 Chicks Bartending / Film Developed and Scanned: Reed Photographic
Never have ‘vintage’ and ‘rustic’ merged more beautifully than in this beauty of a wedding from Forged in the North (formerly Ryan & Heidi Studios). Delanie and Kayle chose a timeless color palette of greens, pinks, and silver to decorate their wedding day, and we think it worked perfectly against the barn backdrop to bring a bit more of a romantic touch to an equally romantic day.
From the bride, Delanie: We visited the wedding venue for the first time on a hot August evening and could just picture ourselves surrounded by family and friends having the best night ever… luckily what we envisioned and more came true. Kayle is a timber framer, so having a barn reception made complete sense and the venue comprising an old farm house allowed for the vintage inspiration. The barn space could have easily ended up too country for our tastes or “over decorated”, so we had to evaluate our decor carefully and stick to the vintage and rustic theme. All of the center pieces were old silver teapots and borrowed vintage glassware collected by Kayle’s mother. My mother helped to obtain and frame the wedding photos of great grand-parents to parents that we proudly displayed. I work for a museum and like to support handmade products and artists. We knew we wanted to stick to a handcrafted feel and not use lots of newly purchased products. For example, we used an arrow in our invitations and save the dates, so the arrows we used for the table numbers were made by Navajo artists from a vendor at the museum. Ultimately though, we wanted our guests to have a fantastic time. We hoped this plan would alleviate the rush of going from the ceremony to a reception and create an atmosphere with lots of dancing, music in the barn and drinks on the lawn. Luckily, the weather also cooperated for a perfect evening, we even had a full moon.
Flower recipe: I knew I wanted lots of flowers and greenery, so being able to get married in July was fortunate. Kayle’s mother orchestrated the arrangement of all our centerpieces and bouquets. We used white roses, pink roses, hydrangea, peonies, lambs ear, wild roses, tiger lilies, baby’s breath, smoke tree leaves and palms. If you are ambitious, creative and on a budget, take some floral arranging classes prior to the wedding with your friends and family, you may find you could do some of the arrangements yourself.
We did not want to be limited to a color palette that would be hard to execute so we decided to stick loosely to Greens, Pinks and Silver. Everything else really just coordinated to those choices. I wanted my MOH to choose the dresses for the bridesmaids, and since we found green dresses that became the primary color inspiration. Our biggest DIY project was the Timber Frame Arbor that Kayle built and designed. Kayle works for his father’s company, Settlement Post and Beam, and they handcrafted a beautiful backdrop for our ceremony. We ended up using silk flowers on the arbor due to the intensity of the sun at that time of year. Another fun DIY project was the BAR sign. We used signboard, plywood and patio lights to create one of our favorite decorations of the wedding.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t worry if your bridal party is uneven or mixed gender or too big or too small. Your bridal party encompass the people who will make your wedding weekend more fun and really put you at ease during the chaos, so do whatever you want. Decide on a theme and stick to it. It is easy to get distracted by other beautiful weddings on Pinterest and wedding blogs, if you don’t make a decision you will drive yourself crazy. Really consider hiring a wedding coordinator if your venue doesn’t provide one and spend ample amount of time on the schedule of events.
Processional: “All of My Days,” Alexi Murdoch (sung by Kayle’s cousin Dallas)
Recessional: “The Valley,” The Oh Hellos
First Dance: “Hold You in My Arms,” Ray LaMontagne
Second Dance: “At Last,” Etta James
From the photographers, Ryan and Heidi of Forged in the North : Kayle and Delanie met and fell in love at Penn State. It’s no surprise to why they were a perfect match. Both of them have huge heart, a passion for creating beautiful things and being surrounded by nature. Their wedding venue, Gratitude & Grace, is tucked away in the finger lakes. A unique private residence with a renovated 1870’s farm house and barn, basically a photographer’s playground. Kayle hand cut and assembled the beautiful arbor that him and his bride got married under. Delanie LOVES details, which was clear to see in all the creative decor elements that she and her family completely DIY’d. Even the floral centerpieces! Not to mention they homemade the most incredible pies for dessert. Everything from their day was absolute magic from Delanie’s BHLDN dress to the outdoor bar to the field of gold that we shot them in. They danced the night away with family and friends with fireflies flickering in the fields and a super moon overhead. A perfect summer affair.
Wedding Location: Ithaca, NY / Photographer: Forged in the North / Venue: Gratitude and Grace / Wedding Dress: BHLDN “Omelia” / Wedding Shoes: L’Amour Des Pieds “Irena” / Hair Accessory: H&M / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Eliza J via Nordstrom / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Desserts: Homemade pies / Ceremony Musician: Family Members / DJ: Bulldog Sounds / Copper Cooler: CopperBox / Wedding Invitations and Signage: Bride and groom
When you have a bride who’s a mastermind of wedding day paper goods, it should come as little shock that her own wedding day will be a truly shining event. When Liz of Liddabits started planning her wedding, she knew it would be full of bright color, curated design elements, and heaps of brilliant flowers and styling from Juli Vaughn Designs. Thanks to Tulle & Grace for capturing it all!
From the bride, Liz: We wanted casual and colorful. Southern backyard wedding, but in a big bright and funky way. I’m a graphic designer in the wedding paper goods industry, so we knew it would have a LOT of Liddabits paper touches. We also knew I wouldn’t be able to choose just one or two colors, and at the end of the day I narrowed it down to a color collection. As long as a piece fit into/coordinated with that range we approved it. Our florist/designer helped us pull it together by defining our wedding characteristics as milk glass, bright colors, wooden/rustic finishes, pops of gold and a little bit of a geometric/triangle motif.
Bouquet recipe: Yellow poppy, Coral Charm Peonies, Sarah Bernhardt Peonies, Juliet Garden Roses, Peach Campanella Garden Roses, Hot Pink Freesia, Ranunculus, Orange Pincushion Protea, Succulents, Parrot Tulips, Sage, Lamb’s Ear.
My creativity comes from my mom, and since we had the wedding in our backyard, we tackled as much of the event design as possible ourselves including: My husband, father and brother all built our dance floor out of 4×8 sheets of plywood with framing on the underside. We painted each board a different color and then shellac’d it. Beer Bottle Art Installation – I had this concept early enough in our engagement that it was able to be executed. My husband loves beer and I wanted at least one conversation piece / stunner that really incorporated both of us. We saved a few hundred beer bottles, added twine hooks to the top with hot glue, painted a few of them to add some pop, de-labeled the ones that weren’t as colorful or pretty, and then hung them from fishing line through eye hooks. It was exactly what I envisioned in my head, my favorite piece from the wedding, and we saved half of it and now have it hanging in my parents living room! Two tone tables – The property is also home to an old swimming hole (where my best friends grandparents met in the late 40s!) and as a result we were able to scrounge up some vintage farm tables and paint the bottoms of them. They were in rough shape, but since it was only for one day and not for our guests to sit at they worked perfectly. Confetti tossers – we cut, taped, stuffed and glued our own confetti tossers for our exit. They were an homage to our engagement pictures where Whitney came up with the original giant tissue paper triangle confetti idea, and we loved them so much that we heavily leaned on the concept for most of our wedding design theme!
Our ceremony yay flags were very significant to me… when I started my company I made banners and flags and a vendor told me about how she made them for her daughter’s wedding and they used them at the ceremony. I shared that same story with other vendors and got so excited about the idea of everyone you love, looking at you and waving a yay flag, but not making a peep! Talk about emotional (in a happy way)! When my dad and I were about to walk down the aisle we were “hiding” behind some grape vines. When we turned the corner we were a good 100 feet from the last row of chairs. Everyone was turned around, waving their flags at us walking down the aisle. Before that I had kind of forgotten about this special moment that I was so excited about in the past, and it totally made me break down into tears, in that I-have-been-so-exhausted-and-it’s-finally-here-and-it’s-perfect-and-I’m-so-happy, good kind of way. Luckily I had armed my dad with a code word in case I started crying (a code word that would make me laugh immediately – let’s just say another word for breaking wind). The code word worked and I cry-giggled my way down the aisle.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t be afraid to do something that’s you, even if it’s not traditional or your family thinks you’re crazy. The people there love you and they’ll embrace it! Also, everyone freaks out about something at some point, so don’t be surprised when it happens, just breath, and know that in a few days they will be over it. And finally, one of my planner friends gave me this advice about 10 days before our wedding. Something will go wrong, to be exact, three things will go wrong. So when the first thing happens, and you get a little frustrated, just say, okay that’s #1, now there are only two more! I did this and it kept me and my mom from losing it, and looking back they were SO insignificant to the overall day that they weren’t even missed/noticed. My husband’s answer when I asked him was “talk to each other” which I interpreted to mean tell your fiance what’s going on and what the plans are – he probably wants to be more involved than you think.
I am a control freak and wanted to be in the know about every detail of our wedding, but the one thing Danny insisted on (for three years before we were even engaged) was that our first dance song be a surprise that he picked out. I was completely ok with it… sort of (I had my mom and my VIP bridesmaid confirm that it was a decent selection), and up until the moment the song started I had no idea what it was. “Sleep Walk” by Santo & Johnny was a song we always danced to at weddings when we heard it, and both knew the tune of, but I never knew the name of it. It was a perfect, lovely song, with no words, and I’m so glad that we had a moment that was just Danny’s doing.
Father/Daughter Dance: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
Parents/Daughter Dance: “Happy,” Pharrell
Wedding Location: Aiken, SC / Photographer: Tulle & Grace / Event Design, Styling, Wedding Invitations, and Paper Goods: Bride, Liddabits / Floral Design and Styling: Juli Vaughn Designs / Day-Of Coordinator: Jenna Chancey of Signature Weddings & Events / Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang / Hair and Makeup: Power Cuts / Groomsmen’s Ties: Me and Matilda / Caterer: Berry’s Catering, Augusta GA / Wedding Cake: Heather Ulmer / Ceremony Musicians: Corelli String Quartet / Post Ceremony Musicians: Andy Fentem and Augusta Jones / DJ: Ed Girardeau
Striped tablecloths, lush floral arrangements, an Ines Di Santo gown that will knock your socks off — all of these are great reasons to fall in love with Cassidi and Taylor’s Pagosa Springs wedding. Of course, you don’t have to take my word for it, so we’ll let the incredible work of Kristen Soileau Portraits, Krii Black, and Blossom of Durango speak for itself!
From the bride, Cassidi: For our wedding day, I envisioned a very glamorous wedding.. Lot of lush flowers, rich colors and great texture in all of the fabric and details. I didn’t want to do anything that I had seen before. We also wanted to pull in the natural and the rustic of Colorado to give a complete contrast to the wedding decor and our attire.
We did not have a color scheme… I knew that I wanted black/white striped table cloths and gold flatware. I also knew that I would want lots of shades of pinks and blues… Pulling towards gemstone colors. The only DIY projects that we had were the place setting cards and all of the signs that were used… A Menu, Welcome to our Wedding sign, Pop Fizz Clink.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I advise all couples planning their wedding to do EXACTLY what they want. They only get 1 short period of time to celebrate this amazing event… Go big or go home! Have so much fun! Take risks. Enjoy the planning because it really does only last a short time! And celebrate BIG. Make sure you cover the last 5%… The details matter! (:
And don’t miss the film from Alec Fischer Photo and Video!
Processional: “I Will Be Here,” Stephen Curtis Chapman
Communion: “Resting Place,” The Vous
Recessional: “Happy,” Pharrell Williams
First Dance: “You and I,” John Legend + “Crash My Party,” Luke Bryan mix
My uncle is a music producer and an extremely talented pianist that travels with Stephen Curtis Chapman so he was able to provide the music for our ceremony and our good friend, BJ, was able to come to Colorado to sing our ceremony as well!
Wedding Location: Pagosa Springs, CO / Photographer: Kristen Soileau Portraits / Event Coordinator: Krii Black / Flowers: April Albert of Blossom of Durango / Venue: Keyah Grande Ranch / Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo / Veil: Bergdorf Goodman / Wedding Shoes: Anthropologie / Hair: Heather Chapman / Makeup: Monica Stark of Makeup Santa Fe / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Groom’s Attire: Angel Bespoke / Groomsmen: Suit Connection / Catering and Cake: Alley House / Music: Brian Green and BJ Fisher / Linens: Party Pro / Wedding Invitations: Gloria Joy Ink / Videographer: Alec Fischer Photo and Video
It’s just a fact, Ariel Renae and beautiful weddings just go together like peanut butter and jelly. Abby and Chris’ romantic wedding was hardly an exception, and took our breath away as soon as we saw Abby’s incredible long-sleeved Jenny Packham gown. Oh, and that peony and garden rose bouquet from Juli Vaughn Designs? Don’t even get me started.
From the bride, Abby: I wanted our wedding to be romantic and slightly whimsical with a few rustic touches. We were married under a pergola, so I knew I wanted a beautiful installation on it. We wanted the centerpieces at the reception to look collected and to be different on each table. Aside from the specific decorations, I just wanted the day to be happy and fun and to have beautiful weather (which we got!). We wanted our day to be romantic, whimsical, rustic, not-too-serious, and happy, with a palette of mint, peach, and gold.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? All the time, effort, and energy you put into wedding planning will be worth it! Although I eventually got so sick of all the planning, our wedding day was absolutely my favorite day ever, and I love how it turned out! However, it still would have been my favorite day even if things did not go as planned or something went wrong with the music/decorations/food/etc. because, at the end of the day, I married my favorite person! So, try not to stress about getting all the details perfect. While you will certainly appreciate how your wedding planning finally comes together on the big day, you will not look back and remember whether all the details were perfect; you will remember how happy you were and how fun the day was!
Bride’s Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: “I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz
Reception Entrance: “Good Time,” Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen
First Dance: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
We told our DJ that we wanted current pop/hip-hop music, tons of 60s and 70s songs, a little 80s music, and a handful of 90s boy band songs that brought me back to my middle school days. It was SO FUN! Everyone was a fan of all the oldies, so our dance floor was full the entire reception–and we had a dry wedding!
Wedding Location: Dahlonega, GA / Photographer: Ariel Renae / Floral and Event Design: Juli Vaughn Designs / Wedding Venue and Caterer: White Oaks Barn / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham via Kelly’s Closet / Hair: Bride’s sister, Kristy Ammons / Makeup: Aubrie Patrick / Groom’s Suit: Savvi Formalwear / Wedding Cakes: Memorable Creations Cake Shop / Ceremony Musician: The Armonico String Ensemble / Singer: Sarah Tollerson / DJ: Groomsman Entertainment / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Consider The Lilies Paper / Videographer: Artworks Wedding Cinema
I will give you two words to preface this wedding: Urbn headquarters. Kate and Brent are both in love with Philly and chose Urban Outfitters for their reception, styled by Table Art with artful paper flower installations. The mix of industrial and bright colors gave the perfect summer look with an airy feel to it! And none other than Carina and Amanda of Love Me Do Photography were these to capture their wedding.
Kate and Brent had one of the most amazing wedding’s I’ve seen. The wedding was a perfect mix of elegance and summer romance. They were married in one of Philadelphia’s beautiful historic churches, The Church of the Holy Trinity in Rittenhouse Square. From there they took a double decker bus from the Philadelphia Big Bus Tour company, which came with it’s very own historian tour guide.
The reception took place at the Urban Outfitters Home Office building 543 in the Navy Yard and was beautifully styled by Table Art. Everything was perfect down to the tiniest detail. The table names were each different Philadelphia landmarks and locations. Many of the menu items were adapted from Kate and Brent’s favorite menu items in Philadelphia.
We met, fell in love and live together in Philadelphia so it was really important for us to keep a urban vibe to our wedding day, but we wanted to contrast that with a summery romantic feel. We were calling it Urban vintage chic. The building at Urban Outfitters is so spectacular in its own right with the industrial warehouse feel, exposed brick and beams and huge windows so we wanted to soften that a bit with beautiful florals in summery colors, wooden farmhouse tables and muted gold accents. It was the perfect balance of our vibe as a couple.
What are some adjectives that best describe the look of your wedding? Romantic, summery, vintage, elegant, sophisticated, approachable. As I mentioned before, we really wanted the city of Philadelphia to play a large part in our wedding so all of the tables were named after locations in Philly that were special to us and guests wrote us notes on vintage Philadelphia postcards. The couple also got married in Philly’s gorgeous Rittenhouse Square. The bride also did all of the cocktail hour florals herself with beautiful hydrangeas, peonies, ranunculus, lambs ear, eucalyptus and garden roses in shades of pink, peach, coral and white. The bride and groom are avid skiers so a good friend of theirs who is starting his own ski company made them custom Kate & Brent skis that guests signed. The color scheme was shades of pink, peach, coral, blush, with pops of orange and gold.
The menu was also carefully picked taking into consideration the couple’s favorite foods. The bride’s favorite food was lamb chops, which was one of the options of the family style dinner. Also, sliders of the couples favorite sandwich in Philly was served during cocktail hour.
Our first dance song was “Stand By Me” and our cake cutting song was “That’s Amore” – which is a very special song for the groom and his family’s Italian heritage. Our processional was Trumpet Voluntary and Recessional was Hornpipe Water Music. The bride and groom also love the song “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne so that was the first song to kick off the dancing for the evening.
Venue: Urban Outfitters Headquarters / Photographer: Carina and Amanda of Love Me Do Photography / Planner/Stylist and Florals: Table Art / Wedding Dress and Accessories: Alyne by Rivini, Benjamin Adams Shoes, Crystal Rose Jewelry / Groom: Jos A Bank Suit / Bridesmaids: Ann Taylor dresses, Banana Republic Jewelry / Make up: Daneene Jensen / Invites: Miss Wyolene / Musicians: Dreamtime / Cake: Whipped / Videographer: Lucky Productions / Photobooth: Chariot Photobooths
Oh, but this wedding. Photographer Heather Hester is never-failing in her ability to deliver the beautiful things in life, like this wedding. Haley and Alex met while working at Ralph Lauren, and wanted the designer’s classic aesthetic to inspire their nuptials. With its pastoral simplicity and easy elegance, I think it’s pretty safe to say the couple achieved their goal!
From the bride, Haley: When Alexander and I got engaged we were both working for Ralph Lauren in NYC. I grew up on an ancestral farm in Alabama and both our family are avid antique collectors. So we wanted an antique Ralph Lauren feel to our wedding with lots of DIY details. We loved all of the little details everyone helped put together for the wedding. We couldn’t have pulled it off without our families helping along the way, and all the last minute things that the bridesmaid’s and groomsmen did. It seems like everything was a DIY project; my wedding dress was made in part by a seamstress from Ralph Lauren, and part by a seamstress in my hometown.
The reception venue is a fabulous event barn on the family farm and it was decorated by our families. The centerpieces were fresh picked flowers off of the farm along with family antiques. All of the silverware, linens, and plates were mix-matched vintage pieces we collected. Our favors were little mason jars filled with apple butter, strawberry jam, and peach preserves–made by our wonderful mothers! All of the bouquets, wedding barn flowers, boutonnieres, and the floral crowns were made by a friend as well (she even picked the cotton herself!). We asked family and friends to make our favorite desserts with everything from toffee bars, to classic southern pound cake, and peanut butter cake! I sewed a cake topper and name tags for our table as well! Alexander proposed to me with a vintage ring from the late 1800s, so for wedding rings we designed our own family crest and had matching ones made by Heraldica in England. I designed and did the watercolors for our invitations as well. My sister also hand lettered the all of the chalkboards at the wedding. The theme of vintage event went so far as my dad wearing the suit he wore in his own wedding!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Pick what’s really important to you on the wedding day and get the best of the best for that thing. I am a photographer, so getting a great photographer (and one who used film) was at the top of my list. Involve your family and friends. Ours really helped share in the burden/blessing of planning and executing our dream wedding. Realize that not everything will go off without a hitch, but it will still be the best day of your life.
Processional: “Ada Plays,” Gabriel Yared
Recessional: “Decatur,” Sufjan Stevens
First Dance: “Did I Remember,” Billie Holiday
Wedding Location: Valley Head, AL / Photographer: Heather Hester / Ceremony Venue: Private Residence / Reception Venue: Sweet Season’s Farm / Flowers: Holly Owen and family members / Wedding Dress: made by Sabrielle Lezeau and Pat Shelton / Wedding Shoes: Marais USA / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Free People, Anthropologie, and other boutiques / Groom’s Suit: Rugby Ralph Lauren / Wedding Caterer: Carolyn Hale / Wedding Cake: Maty’s Bakery / Ceremony Music: Bennet Beckner / Wedding Invitations: Painted by myself, printed at Desoto Printing / Transportation: Get-A-Way car was a vintage toyota FJ cruiser owned by a friend