Be still our hearts — this styled shoot inspired by the Baltic Sea is filling us with all kinds of good vibes today. Angela Zion Photography, Bespoken, and Statice Floral created this moody ocean-inspired shoot with shades of lavender, mauve, and greys, with some seriously beautiful tableware to tie it all together. Wait until you see the cake with the most incredible sugar oyster shells, which we for sure thought were the real thing!
Sprigs of wildflowers, soft pastels and a country chic ambiance – can you even imagine a better combination? Though set in the quaint Maryland countryside, Lauren and Bryce’s wedding was hardly provincial. Audra Wrisley draws us in with stunning photos that capture both the lightness and warmth of the day, while the delicate petals from Kate and Lily Flowers cause our hearts to grow all a-flutter. With lace runners, stacked book table numbers and twinkle lights glistening overhead, Crafted Events completely transformed the barn into an upscale and personalized celebration space that tied the whole day together! Let’s dive in, shall we?
From the photographer, Audra Wrisley: Lauren and Bryce’s Springfield Manor lavender wedding was one of those dreamy, warm days that make for the best wedding days! Set against the rolling hills of Maryland’s countryside, their ceremony was breathtaking, as Lauren and Bryce said their vows under a chuppah of eucalyptus and lavender accents. I loved their color palette of blush, gray, lavender and floral print used throughout the day (especially on those fabulous bridesmaid dresses!), and it was a perfect pop of color against the natural landscape. The evening continued with a few romantic sunset portraits in the fields, and dinner and dancing under the barn decorated with wildflowers and lace, echoing Lauren’s incredible Pronovias gown.
Anything beautiful is bound to always catch our eye and that happens quite often over here. Anything French-inspired and beautiful is, without a doubt, going to be something we fall for and as a clear example, this Ben Q Photography wedding editorial is it. It’s inundated with soft, gauzy colors reminiscent of the French countryside, a divine dress, and a personal favorite, those sweet loaves of French bread that are so simple yet so perfect. Kudos to The Southern Table and Events by Kristin for this spectacle. Take us to France already!
From the event and floral designer, The Southern Table: Inspired by the rolling lavender fields of Provence, we chose a soft, serene palette of pale purples, greys, with pops of peach. The Southern Table combined garden roses, sweet pea, trailing clematis with heuchera leaves, lavender, and bearded irises in organic cement pots for an earthy, yet elegant feel. They paired these loose, organic arrangements with gold trimmed scalloped dinnerware and sleek gold flatware to create this elevated garden look.
Have you spotted the “bread” trend in weddings? We love the idea of couples taking handheld loaves of bread like these French bread loaves or croissants and adding them at each guest’s place setting. It’s a cozy gesture and it’s a fun alternative to just handing them a roll of bread during dinner.
Clark Gardens is a true hidden gem in the North Texas Hill Country. A 50-acre public garden is tucked away down a country road between Weatherford and Mineral Wells.
Hair and Makeup
Wedding Cake and Desserts
Stationery and Paper Goods
Just like our weddings, we love beautiful wedding dresses and bridesmaids’ dresses to gawk at. We could stare at them for hours and hours and today’s shoot by Wesley Vorster Photography is going to tide us over for a while. Mon Amour Events pulled out all of the stops when it came to the inspiration for this, hauling in romance, lovely gowns, and sweetness all rolled into one neatly-tied package. Anli Wahl Floral Design‘s creations are impressive to say the least, from the ceiling arrangements to the handheld ones, these fleurs are beauties. This one is pin-worthy, for sure!
From the event designer, Mon Amour Events: This shoot is everything that makes a wedding beautiful – romantic, elegant, timeless and with a hint of playfulness. We wanted to bring forward an idea of what could be possible for future bridal couples, as with many styled shoots us as suppliers in the industry love to test boundaries, but this sometimes it doesn’t always make this practically possible for many brides. This shoot allows present brides to still keep trendy but keep themselves grounded to what they really love! In showing brides that it is possible to be adventurous such as possibly suspending a chandelier onto the table or even having lights within floral arrangements.
We wanted to keep to the classical “theme” by have beautiful soft pinks and whites complemented with lush greenery by the ever talented Anli Wahl Floral Design. We thought to add in extra sparkle by adding accents of gold through out the table to modernize the over all look. The touches of subtle pinks and nude colouring on the stationery created by She Is Visual, allowed us to play around with accents of gold on each place setting and really make it a focal point to the table. Uniqueness can be done! – that is what makes it so special, and should the bride not want so many florals we changed up the look by having just candles on the table, it is not only timeless but creates a warm atmosphere and whimsical feel.
Wedding Coordinating and Planning
Structures, Decor, and Lighting
We’ve got a treat for everyone today, literally and figuratively! It starts off with this beyond-beautiful bridal inspiration shoot from Audra Wrisley Photography with styling by Jean Hilpert of Magnolia Lane Creative and floral arrangements designed by Studio DBI. It features the color lavender in a gauzy, muted light matched up with cool-tone grays and a mix of neutral and warm greens. What’s most adorable here is that fun and whimsical tulle skirt separate that perfectly matches the hue of the easy-to-create lavender cocktail and what’s even better is that the recipe to this refreshing cocktail is below!
From the photographer, Audra Wrisley Photography: This botanical lavender inspiration shoot is filled to the brim with eco-friendly and chic wedding ideas. Inspired by the amazing hand-made backdrop by Jean Hilpert, our shoot revolves around a palette of purples, grays and greens to create a soothing yet imaginative space. Created by hand dying coffee filters, the ombré purple colors in the backdrop set the stage for this bridal inspiration shoot, and led the way to a world of majestic creativity. The wardrobe was selected with simple silhouettes and colors, so as not to compete with the backdrop. A custom gray tulle skirt was created for the occasion, and paired with a simple bralette top. Silver Betsey Johnson heels were the perfect glamorous accent!
Today’s styled shoot sprouted from a very distinct focal point: the wedding invitation suite. The mix of copper and lavender led the team of The Ganeys, Tickled Pink Brides, and Arrangements Floral Studio to dream up a romantic scene featuring bohemian details, geometric accents, and beautiful floating centerpieces that have us totally awestruck. What’s not to love?
From the photographer, Emily of The Ganeys: Many people often overlook the importance of the invitation suite. However, I think it is one of the most important parts of your wedding design. It sets the tone for your day. Not only does it provide your guests with useful information, it gives them direction about the vibe and feel of your wedding. For this session, the inspiration sprouted from a modern invitation suite from Wedding Paper Divas, and Kristi from Tickled Pink Brides made this vision come to life. The lavender invitation suite had copper foil geometric patterns that found their way into many details throughout the day. The pearlescent envelopes shone even more with Emily Grace Design’s calligraphy and vintage stamps from Treasure Fox.
Our bride, Aubree wore a stunning Hayley Paige gown from Calvet Couture. Complete with a tulle skirt and ornate beaded lace, it was truly remarkable. Her look was complete with soft, elegant makeup and a fabulous textured fishtail braid done by Brie & Brie. Her groom, Thomas (who also doubles as my second shooter – a jack of all trades!) wore a navy suit from Pronto Uomo and a bowtie with some fun purple accents. The ceremony took place inside the old school house on The Acre’s property. Complete with mismatched chairs – some of them being copper – and some gorgeous lilac florals – it was a beautiful event. The candlelight provided a warm glow to the room as the couple exchanged their vows. Guests found their seat with the help of dream-catcher place markers, created by the brain behind this operation herself – Kristi from Tickled Pink Brides.
Dinner was enjoyed in the modern, open-air, vine clad, white walled structure. The farm table was adorned with table top accessories from Emily Grace Design and Wish Vintage Rentals. The chargers, Moscow mule mugs, and napkin rings tied in the copper vibe. Add in a few votives and vintage amethyst goblets and the mood was set. A stunning centerpiece, half of which was floating above the table, was created by Arrangements Floral Design. Her talents blew me away!
Not only did Shauna from Arrangements create a stunning centerpiece, but can we talk about that bird cage that she dolled up from Wish Vintage Rentals? This vintage birdcage was overflowing with lush blooms that were flown straight from Holland. The geometric patterns from the invitation directly inspired the four tiered cake from The Sugar Suite. Beautiful petals made from sugar incorporated the florals and lavender from the wedding. And it smelled delicious! The lounge area was created to allow guests to relax and mingle in a comfortable area. Complete with The Acre’s vintage bus (check out that macrame curtain), it provided just that. Wish Vintage Rental’s fun green couch was covered in eclectic pillows. A rug strewn across the coffee table held an assortment of other goodies – including a copper orb. This was such a fun session to be a part of and I’m so grateful for all of the vendors that were involved. I love having the ability to connect with creatives all over the state and to be inspired by all of their creations. Working with this team was a dream. Be sure to check out the trailer created by Love and Lustre which adds a fun element to all of it!
Be sure to catch the film from Love & Lustre Weddings:
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When there’s a photography workshop led by the incomparable Jeremy Chou Photography, it’s a safe bet the result is going to be pretty magical. This photo session (styled by Gatherings by Stacie and with floral design by Floral Occasions) marries both romantic and dramatic looks, including delicate ivory gowns and not one but two stunning black lace pieces, all by Claire Pettibone.
Be sure to catch the behind-the-scenes video from Ning Wong Studio:
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Wedding Cake and Desserts
When your wedding date just so happens to be Halloween, you have two options — one, ignore the holiday altogether, or two, embrace it and pull out all the stops. Chelsey and Nathaniel chose option two, fusing Halloween spookiness with an enchanted forest theme for a result that’s both elegant and inspiring. Birke Photography and Valley Flower Company did excellent work here, especially the bride’s lavender rose bouquet!
From the bride, Chelsey: Nathaniel and I met in the 7th grade and have been good friends since spending a whole night talking in the 9th grade. At 24 years old and both in a time of change we decided to move to Mexico together and the adventure continues! The ceremony was held in the Milking Parlor of the Round Barn – a romantic and simple classic vibe, using lavender flowers to incorporate California (where we live), ocean song grey roses with grasses and some darker leaves to accent. The flowers were tied with black velvet.
For the evening reception in the hayloft of the round barn, to feel like you are outside in an enchanted forest we used tree branches, grasses, berries, some dark red roses and pumpkins. I wore my grandmothers pearl necklace as a hairpiece and 4 pins by our 4 grandmothers on my bouquet. The veil was my sister’s that she wore 3 years ago, and I also wore a gold bracelet that I made.
Today’s wedding just happens to be one of those that feels so relaxed, you just wish you had been there to share in such a special day. Kylie Martin Photography and Bliss in Bloom took the reins on Natalie and Dylane’s wedding day, capturing beautiful scenes in various shades of purple and lush arrangements filled to the brim with roses.
From the bride, Natalie: I really just wanted the wedding to feel elegant and whimsical, Hawaii is so beautiful it wasn’t hard to make that happen! Purple is my favorite color so it was pretty easy to pick the color scheme for the wedding. We went with lots of different shades of purples, some blues, and white accents. When I saw how all the colors came together I was beyond amazed at how well they complimented each other.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My advice to couples that are planning their wedding now is to remember to take in the experience. Always think about what truly matters, don’t sweat the small things, and over all just relax and how fun!
Processional: I produced a mix of “Intro” by US The Duo, and “Turning Pages” by Sleeping At Last
Recessional: “The Spark,” Afrojack
First Dance: “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran
Father/Daughter Dance: “Unforgettable,” Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
Few hues evoke modern and sleek design so quickly as silver, which you’ll find a fair amount of in this styled shoot from Amy & Jordan Photography, Andrea Leslie Weddings & Events LLC, and LUX Florist. When paired with hints of purple and burgundy, the result is a cool toned wonderland! We love the idea of having a tower of champagne drinks available for your guests, with a little sprig of lavender in each glass to boot.
From the event designer, Andrea Leslie Weddings & Events: When asked to design this styled shoot, I wanted to create something romantic that paired well with the contemporary look of the venue. The smoky quartz color and intricate lace influenced each piece of the design. The layered silver linens provided the perfect base for the centerpiece, which included various shades of purple. For the attire, we dressed the bride in a beautiful Enzoani dress accented with embroidered silver lace detailing and a soft lace and tulle trumpet skirt. The groom was outfitted in a slim fit navy tux with black lapel, carrying the colored tux trend from the runway right into the shoot.
For the paper products, I love the romantic look of calligraphy, but wanted each piece to have a uniquely modern place in the shoot. Rather than your traditional place card, we had guest names scripted on the back of each ghost chair. We also used acrylic menus and a table number, to bring the modern and romantic elements together. Lastly, I LOVE champagne towers, but wanted a modern take on the traditional tower. I utilized a stacked silver stand and accented each glass with a sprig of lavender to bring some softness to each glass.
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Photographer Sarah of Hazelwood Photo describes the aesthetic of this shoot as “classically romantic,” and we couldn’t agree more. Gather Event Planning and Starflower used a color palette of gold and lavender to create an utterly glam scene in one of Portland’s most stunning venues, The Sentinel Hotel.
From the photographer, Sarah of Hazelwood Photo: The Sentinel Hotel’s Renaissance Room was the inspiration for this photo shoot. The Renaissance Room takes your breath away as you soak up the rich plum tones, marbled walls, and gilded details. The talented vendors who collaborated on this shoot chose to create a classically romantic look with stunning elements to build inspiration, like the cake by award-winning cake designer Elizabeth Marek, owner of Artisan Cake Company and the luxurious La Tavola linens provided by Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals. The wedding dress was custom designed for the shoot by Holly Stalder, owner of The Diamond Sea. Hazelwood Photo did an amazing job capturing the beauty of it all! The Sentinel Hotel is housed in one of Portland’s most beautiful historic buildings in the heart of the city. Just weeks after our shoot, the hotel was used for President Barack Obama’s visit to Portland.
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Any time my eye latches onto a metallic gold wedding cake, you can rest assured I’m in dessert heaven. Greta and John’s wedding had one of the best metallic cakes we’ve seen yet, put together by the incredible Decadence Fine Cakes & Confections. The rest of the wedding was equally beautiful, as you’ll see from the fine work of vendors Linda Arredondo Photography, Percy Sales Events, and Your Image Floral Design, just to name a handful!
From the bride, Greta: From the very minute John got down on one knee and asked for my hand in marriage, I knew I wanted to create a day that represented the love we have for each other and for our friends and family. We wanted our wedding to truly embody the commitment, love, and passion we had for our lives together. Adjectives like amorous, timeless, and sentimental with a touch of vintage charm took hold in our hearts, and from the looks of our wedding, those ideas never left. I was inspired by the antique cameo pin that was my great grandmother’s and adorned my bouquet.
Growing up in Santa Barbara, I had seen my fair share of drop dead gorgeous weddings. I knew that if the dream wedding I had started to formulate in my mind were to ever come to life I had to enlist the services of Percy Sales at Percy Sales Events, an exceptional wedding planner. After only a few site visits, John and I were sold on Firestone Vineyards in Los Olivos, CA to serve as our venue. The sweeping vistas, incredible vineyard views, and breathtaking surroundings captured our interest, but hearing Percy’s vision of hosting our dinner in the winery’s Barrel Room sealed the deal.
Over the next ten months, I became completely entranced by the entire wedding planning process. Every spare moment was spent selecting and perfecting the details. Designing and printing our paper goods, scouring Etsy for the perfect ring bearer pillow and the vintage sterling silver flower girl basket, begging my friend to gift me her calligraphy skills for our wedding invitations, fawning over beautiful blooms that I hoped would be in season in August and crossing my fingers that the Bordeaux canopy love seat I fawned over for months from The Tent Merchant was available. Family and friends collected over 150 empty wine bottles that my mother hand painted metallic gold to serve as candle holders for our feasting table. Just as the old saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child,” same holds true for weddings!
When reflecting back on our wedding day, the only words that comes to mind to describe the experience is exquisite, eloquent, and awe inspiring. Everything from the calming of the breeze as I made my way down the aisle, the delicious meal served to our guests at the feasting table, to the perfectly placed floral arrangements, the metallic gold three-layer cake, and the dance floor that was jam packed all night, all fell perfectly into place coming together flawlessly. It was without a doubt, the most beautiful, memorable, and amazing day of our lives!
When I think of intimate, homey weddings, this one from Henry Photography is exactly what comes to mind. Sweet details here and there, a beautiful venue, but the focus is on the love of the couple above all else. Brittany and Mark’s big day shows that weekday weddings can be just as spectacular as weekend weddings, as these pictures will attest!
From the photographer, Ashley of Henry Photography: When I asked Brittany what style she was going for she said “very casual, laid-back, rustic chic… is that even a thing?” After photographing her wedding, it definitely was “a thing.” Their wedding was perfection. They wanted something intimate and casual and with their small guest list and it being on a Thursday, it was even more personal. Each detail was planned by the bride and her mom but Mark had his touch here and there. It truly was a beautiful wedding. He wore a navy suit and she wore a gorgeous gown from David’s Bridal. She accented the navy with lavender and little jars of honey were the favors; they were extra sweet!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? You can do a lot yourself if you want! It is important to have someone my your side each step of the way. My mom and I planned this wedding in 3 months and had an amazing time doing so. We were the wedding planners and hostesses and I would never trade that time with her for anything. Also, ENJOY THAT DAY! It goes by so so so fast and you have to cherish every moment you can.
First Dance: “Magic,” Coldplay
Father/Daughter Dance: “Butterfly Kisses,” Bob Carlisle
Mother/Son Dance: “Have I Told You Lately,” Rod Stewart
This is one wedding that never fails to make us smile, no matter how many times we look at it. How can we resist, with the vibrant sunflowers, jewel tones, and handmade touches? A crew of amazing vendors including Gideon Photography, When Pigs Fly Events, and Layers of Lovely made Ashley and Brian’s dream day a reality, and you may just remember the darling bride from when we shared her cookie decorating bridal shower a while back!
From the bride, Ashley: The minute we entered the driveway to Quivira, we knew we had found “the one.” Like the moment I met Brian, like the moment I tried on my wedding dress, Quivira was the same “a-ha” moment. In my mind, I pictured myself getting married surrounded by sunflowers. I grew up on a farm with horses, chickens, and pigs. I also own a company called “Road Apples” where I makes organic treats for horses, dogs, and pigs. My design team, When Pigs Fly Events, really took the personal details of my life and transferred that to a cohesive wedding scheme. I wanted everything to feel inviting like you were ‘coming home to the ranch for a big family dinner.’ At every turn you were greeted by smiling sunflowers and ranch inspired details like the vintage horseshoes that were stuffed into floral pieces, large overturned crates of apples, and buckets of wheat.
My favorite part of the wedding day was dining in the vineyard with our friends and family. This was the truly magical moment of the day and when I felt like my vision of ‘a big family dinner’ came to life. We had a farm to table dinner under a gorgeous canopy of foliage and grapes – completely erected for our event. It actually looked and felt like it had been there forever. It was a magnificent setting and we loved the moment. Green and yellow were the dominant colors throughout the wedding. I asked all of my bridesmaids to choose a green dress that they loved. The sunflowers in our bouquets and the floral treatments provided that sunny pop of color that complemented the Quivira grounds and quaint yellow barn on the property so well. As an ode to the farm, we had a 5′ horse topiary made to welcome guests into the ceremony gardens. The cocktail hour had chickens and roosters in different areas including the “Get Yo’ Cocktail On” sign at the bar, on the custom made napkins, and the metal cork collectors.
Our after party at Barn Diva was an amazing way to end the night. As an entirely different venue, we wanted to change up the mood from the vineyard. We wanted some fantastical elements including unicorns and nods to the 80s. We had an ice luge in the shape of a unicorn from which guests took shots of martinis! And, the spiked milkshakes really hit the spot. I loved every moment of the day.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My biggest advice would be to make the day a reflection of you as a couple. Don’t be afraid to include some out-of-the-box ideas, inside jokes, and design elements. Make it about you. I wanted to give Brian a groom’s cake shaped like a steak because it’s a joke we share. He said that he decided to propose the night he did because “he just ate the best steak he had ever had and felt like the moment couldn’t be more perfect to ask me to be his wife.” I was also super excited to make my special homemade strawberry jam for my guests as a wedding favor! These are the details that you will remember forever. Beautiful can live in the same world as Unique. Also, let the day develop organically and don’t be afraid to throw control out the window and be surprised. You will be so inspired by the outpouring of love and thoughtfulness of the special people in your life if you encourage them to see the day as a platform for love.
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We wanted the day to include music from all kids of genres. The day at Quivira included a lot of classic rock, country, and indie music, while the after party at Barn Diva started out with a strong 80s set list and ended with top modern dance tracks.
Bridal Party Processional: “Gimme Three Steps,” Lynyrd Skynyrd
Bride’s Processional: “Daughter,” Loudon Wainwright III
First Dance: “I Will Wait,” Mumford and Sons
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Wedding Shoes, After Party Dress, and After Party Shoes
Wedding Invitations and Signage
There are few things I can imagine more romantic than a wedding day in a field of flowers. This shoot’s photographer, CJK Visuals, scouted a sunflower field in Annapolis that blooms for only a few weeks each year and brought along an amazing team to create cheery wedding goodness, including lemon & lime event design and Flowers & Fancies. With plenty of sunflowers, succulents, and paper goods to go around, this one is sure to inspire!
From the photographer, Caitlin of CJK Visuals: When I had heard about this incredible sunflower field that blooms for a few weeks every year, I knew I needed to take advantage of it for an incredible styled shoot! These flowers made the perfect backdrop for a transition into fall. Lemon and Lime Event Design did an amazing job designing this “sunflower and succulents” themed shoot. They brought in b.Willow to create custom mini-terrariums that would later serve as guest cards and a DIY terrarium station. As a favor to the guests, what could be better for a sunflower field wedding than a homemade jar of chocolate covered sunflower seeds!
We kept the colors and decor very natural, with pops of gold and a little bit of crystal to contrast the muted colors of the succulents. Our model, former Miss Maryland, Kasey Staniszewski, was a modern day Pocahontas with her fishtailed braid done by Up Do’s For I Do’s. She couldn’t have looked more beautiful surrounded by all of those sunflowers while wearing her Watters wedding gown.
Shoot Location: Annapolis, MD / Photographer: CJK Visuals / Event Design, Styling, and Table Decor: lemon & lime event design / Floral Design: Flowers & Fancies / Wedding Dresses: Encore by Watters and Saja Wedding via Bella Bridesmaid Baltimore / Sash: Saja Wedding / Earrings: Nina via Bella Bridesmaid Baltimore / Hair and Makeup: Up Do’s for I Do’s / Groomswear: Kenneth Cole / Wedding Cake: La Cakerie / Furniture, Crates, and Trays: XOXO vintage / Succulents and Terrariums: b. willow / Paper Goods and Calligraphy: Poppy & Scooter
Such a good wedding, this one is. Not only is it a beach-side wedding done right, but the entire day is a touching homage to the bride’s grandmother who passed away shortly after bride Aileen met her husband-to-be. Thank you Vis Photography and A Good Affair for your beautiful work on this one!
From the bride, Aileen: Inspired by love and the mass beauty of the ocean. When we got engaged, I knew there was one person I wished could be at my wedding. My grandmother. She passed away shortly after I met Adam. The day she passed away, a hummingbird came to me, and ever since that moment, a hummingbird has been part of every important day in our lives. Because of this, I knew I needed to be married outside. That’s where my grandma lives. I knew she would find a way to be at my wedding.
We selected the Montage Laguna Beach because the moment we saw the space, we could feel a soft, calm energy about it. The ocean was at peace, completely overcome by life. It was perfect. Like most girls, I’ve dreamed of my wedding since I was five years old. I’d have strawberry shortcake as my wedding cake, and cookies for favors, and I’d marry the man of my dreams. I got all of the grown up versions of those things. I had a vision of monochromatic neutral colors, romantic white flowers, accented with moss, and raw lavender – to not take away from the natural beauty of the sea. I wanted something small and intimate, so as to only be surrounded by the people I love most in the world. Live music with my favorite songs. I wanted layers of interest, vintage charm, and a setting that exuded soft, elegant romance “al fresco.” Something timeless. Personal. Completely custom to our taste. Natalie Good and the team at A Good Affair Event and Productions designed and brought my vision to life, while incorporating a million personal details and finishing touches.
Vis Photography were my dream photographers. Their work is amazing and I knew their style and artistry could capture the essence of the most important day of our life. Every important day that followed, would only be because two people fell in love, got married and decided they’d be best friends forever. The pictures were the most important part of the wedding, as I am set on sharing them with our future grandchildren. No one ever says, “I wish I had less pictures of our wedding.” The pictures are perfect. The distinct beauty of the ocean, the creativity and design of Natalie Good, and the artistry of Vis Photography, made for the most magnificent Southern California day at the beach. And yes, my sweet hummingbird made her way to my wedding. She was present the entire day. My favorite was when she showed up moments before I walked down the aisle and just stood with me. My grandma found a way to be there. Leah Vis captured it.
Wedding Location: Laguna Beach, CA / Photographer: Vis Photography / Event Planning, Design, and Floral Design: A Good Affair / Venue, Caterer, and Wedding Cake: Montage Laguna Beach / Hair: Georgette Berry / Makeup: Victoria Patino / Live Musician: Denny White / Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals / Chair Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Vintage China: Sugarbaker & Toad / Favor Bags, Calligraphied Quotes, Lavender Satchels: A Good Affair / Cookie Favors: Parchment / Printed Menus and Signs: Darla Marie Designs / Thumbprint Guest Book: Bleu de Toi / Officiant: Rev. Bruce Danzara / Videographer: Tweed Video Productions
English countryside weddings, we love you so. Nina and Gareth are an Australian-English couple who traveled to the groom’s home town to exchange vows in front of their loved ones. Luckily for us, Laura McCluskey of LM Weddings was there to capture it all for us to admire!
From the bride, Nina: We wanted a relaxed day in the countryside that represented both of our upbringings despite coming from opposite sides of the world. An English countryside setting with plenty of Australian inspired details, food and drinks as a nod to my childhood. With many overseas guests, we wanted to take the opportunity to show off Gareth’s beautiful home town during the glorious British summertime. We took inspiration from summer wildflowers with lots of blues and greens and hints of red. We also incorporated elements of the countryside with lots of wood, natural light and maps.
The whole event was very DIY, and everyone’s contributions made it feel so special. There was such an overwhelming sense of excitement and love as we all set up the hall together the day before. One of my favourite memories is watching my father and my husband-to-be working together to saw the table number bases on the grass outside the hall. My cousin Arielle Gamble is an illustrator and we were incredibly lucky to have her involved with everything from the invites to the table numbers, seating chart and signage at our village hall reception. My mother and sister put together the dozens of flower centrepieces, which looked beautiful and made the hall smell amazing with all the fresh herbs. My mother lovingly collected all the linen napkins and Australiana tablecloths and brought them over with her. I made all the bunting from scraps of Liberty print fabric I had collected.
We worked with The Meadow Garden, a small flower farm based next door to the village hall. The flowers could not have been more local! They offered us a beautiful array of seasonal, sustainable English flowers and we chose a mix of summer wildflowers that included scabiosa, poppy heads, daisies, ammi, cornflowers, snapdragons, cream roses, salvia and herbs like oregano, catmint, lavender and rosemary. I wandered around the farm the day before the wedding helping them pick a few more sweet peas that had bloomed overnight, which was a dream come true.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Listen to your instincts and try not to get overwhelmed by the huge amount of inspiration available. Remember it’s your day and your budget and you should do what feels right for you and your partner even if it’s not traditional. Don’t be afraid to ask friends for help! We were so lucky to work with our talented friends and so many pitched in to help with djing, catering, flowers, invites etc. It was definitely a labour of love! If guests are travelling from abroad, try to organise a casual event the day after the wedding so you can make sure you spend enough time with them. The actual day will go so fast and you will be grateful for a little extra time to spend with the people that have made such an effort to be there for you even if it’s just a picnic in the park.
Processional: “England,” The National
Recessional: “Love Is Love,” Lungfish
First Dance: “This Will Be Our Year,” The Zombies
Late night singalongs: Saves The Day and Jimmy Eat World
Wedding Location: Braunston, Rutland, England / Photographer: Laura McCluskey of LM Weddings / Florist: The Meadow Garden / Ceremony Venue: Oakham Castle / Reception Venue: Braunston Village Hall / Wedding Dress: Vintage from Etsy / Reception Dress: Vintage from Etsy / Wedding Shoes: Office / Hair and Makeup: Lipstick & Curls / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Vintage / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Groom’s Shoes: Loake / Bow Tie: Liberty / Caterer: Magnus Reid and Laura Marten from Yolk Bakery / DJ: Bless (Tom Pinchard) / Wedding Invitations: Arielle Gamble
Could there ever be a more perfect pairing than two artists marrying in the woodsy setting of the Pacific Northwest? We think not. Amber and Chris, the aforementioned artists and now happy newlyweds, heeded some thoughtful advice from Amber’s mother to cherish and enjoy the entire planning process and keep the focus on their love, a strategy that helped their wedding day to be relaxed, full of personal touches, and absolutely gorgeous. Thank you Hazelwood Photo for taking control behind the camera!
From the bride, Amber: We love the outdoors and the Pacific Northwest. We wanted to create something that truly incorporated the seasonal tastes, textures and vibe of the wild side of Portland. We also wanted to add in our own aesthetic with lots of hand made details and elements created by ourselves and our friends and family. The style mixed raw natural elements (wood, twigs, herbs, wildflowers) with rustic elements like brass and glass and other vintage objects. We let the beautiful landscape of the location do most of the talking in the end. We also let the season dictate the menu and flowers so we left those undecided until the last minute. The bartenders and caterers helped us create the freshest offerings using what was at peak ripeness.
We had lots of DIY projects. My dad made the photo booth backdrop, our illustrator friend John Vance helped us design our invites, we made the favors using rosemary from our yard, and we also made the table settings using trees and branches from our yard. We designed all the logos, artwork, chalkboard signs, escort cards, etc, we worked with the Bartenders to create signature cocktails. I collected vintage vessels, bottles, candle holders and statues for the centerpieces. I volunteered at a local flower garden in exchange for most of the flowers. The rest were picked at my brother’s farm and our own garden. My cousin and I arranged all the flowers and made the boutonnieres and my bouquet. 3 of my girl friends made all the desserts from scratch, decorating them with flowers from our garden as well.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Although it felt overwhelming at times, I am so happy that I spent the time adding in personal touches for our wedding. I’ve been to a lot of cookie cutter weddings that looked beautiful but said little to nothing about the bride and groom. So many of our guests expressed that they were overwhelmed by the intimacy and creativity of our wedding. I credit that to the fact that we put a little of ourselves into every detail. It not only made our guests feel connected to us and our love, but we also made amazing memories for ourselves by doing this work. My mom gave me the greatest advice a few months before the wedding… “Your wedding will happen so quickly that you might not remember every moment. The part you will remember is the careful planning and preparation, so make sure to make that special.” We did, and it made all the difference.
We hired a killer guitarist for the ceremony. He played acoustic classics like Erik Satie Gymnopedie No 1. For the reception, we hired an amazing DJ duo called Natural Magic. They played everything from Stevie Wonder to Washed Out to Giorgio Moroder to Q Lazzarus. We wanted “anti-wedding” tunes, but things you could sing along to and dance to without feeling like a typical wedding playlist.
Wedding Location: Corbett, OR / Photographer: Hazelwood Photo / Flowers: Created by myself with friends and family. Flowers mostly came from Sunblossom Farm in Portland / Venue: Bridal Veil Lakes / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller via The English Department / Bracelet: Alkemie / Earrings: Better Late Than Never / Hair and Makeup: Kristie Wight / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Tie Pin: MankindByBella / Caterer: Crave Catering / Desserts: Abby Auch, Crystal Cullison, Stephanie Haas / Bartenders: Mint & Mirth / DJs: Natural Magic / Guitarist: Ryan Walsh / Vintage Furniture Rentals: Something Borrowed / Photo Booth: Aniko / Photo Booth Backdrop: John Votel / Wedding Invitations: John Vance / Custom Logo design (used on invites and glassware): Martin Schmetzer / Transportation: Ecoshuttle
We recently introduced you to a new favorite venue in Los Angeles, Elysian — and now we’re back to share another wedding in this stunning spot! Photographer Caleb John Hill and event stylist Megan Elise Events helped make Nicole and Caleb’s dream day a reality, and we can’t imagine a more beautiful result.
From the bride, Nicole: When Caleb and I started thinking about our wedding, we wanted to find a way to include our two main styles that encompass not only our taste but also our lifestyle. Caleb’s an electrical engineer with a love of the outdoors and I’m a graphic designer obsessed with flowers. We knew we had to combine these two and we came up with this mix of industrial and natural. We wanted to find a venue that was clean and modern on the inside juxtaposed with nature on the outside since we knew we wanted an outdoor/indoor wedding. We wanted every single aspect of our wedding to remind our guests of us, so we made sure everything was unique and a decision we made together.
The best way I can describe our wedding is industrial modern meets the great outdoors. We didn’t necessarily have a color scheme, although grey was always apart of our vision. We really wanted the natural aspect of the flowers and the plants of our venue to set the tone of the wedding and our colors complimented those nicely. Our colors ended up being grey, peach and muted purple. Once we picked The Elysian as our venue, we made all decisions based on imagining it all at our venue. Being a graphic designer, I designed our invitation suite as well as all of the signage, programs, and table decor. Our invitations had hand painted watercolor and hand-lettering with a sans-serif thicker font to give it a clean modern feel in the design while keeping the natural vibe through watercolor. I also included a geometric shape that we carried through the decor with handmade metal shapes hanging on the walls and for our photo booth backdrop and glass gold terrariums used on the cocktail and side tables. My father is a carpenter and contractor so he had the hand-lettering I used of our names for the invitations blown up and cut out of leaf patterned acrylic. We also had signs I hand-lettered for our coffee and ice cream stations and pointing to our photo booth. We added as many personal touches as we could. For instance, I also work at a cafe for a local coffee roaster and had them serve coffee at the wedding which made it so special to have my coworkers there! We also had signature bride and groom cocktails that we picked along with a full bar option.
Flower recipe: I’m obsessed with lavender and eucalyptus plants so those were a must in my bouquet. Like I said, I wanted every part of our wedding, including the flowers, to complement our venue and the overall vibe we were going for. When I met with my florist, I showed them multiple pictures with lavender and eucalyptus so they understood the look I wanted. From there on I let them make decisions since they’re the experts. My bouquet included peach garden roses that brought in a beautiful romantic feel along with queen anne’s lace, peony roses, rice flower, jasmine, spray roses and pulmosa greenery. The other arrangements had sonia roses, rosemary, and rice flower additions.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Although it’s been said many times, make your wedding what you want it to be! Caleb and I had a VERY specific vision for how we wanted our wedding to be and not only aesthetically. We had been to countless weddings and had critiqued what worked well and not so well and used that knowledge to make what we feel was the best combination of all things that worked well. We wanted our wedding to embody us, who we are now and who we want to be as a now married couple. We chose to keep some traditions and change others up, for instance, we switched where we stood during the ceremony so I could see my girls behind my about to be husband and he could see his guys behind me. That made the ceremony even more special! We had multiple people tell us after the wedding how much the wedding embodied who we were and how every detail was so personalized towards us. Even though it can be overwhelming, think through EVERYTHING. Hire a wedding planner, ours was the absolute best and she understood our vision. Photography and music were a huge pieces to our puzzle so we hired a photographer who we felt would capture our wedding the way we would’ve if we could! Our photographer Caleb had the perfect artistic and journalism eye we wanted. We hired the best DJ we could find who never allowed people to leave the dance floor once they started. Work together and make this day about you, because people want to celebrate the two of you!
We had a live band during the ceremony that one of my bridesmaids was a part of. We have been fans of them since their beginning and it made our day so special having my bridesmaid sing as I walked down the aisle.
Processional: “For the Widows in Paradise,” Sufjan Stevens (instrumental)
Bride’s Processional: “Come Thou Font,” Sufjan Stevens
Recessional: “Only Love,” Ben Howard
First Dance: “How Long Will I Love You,” Ellie Goulding
Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Photographer: Caleb John Hill / Wedding Coordination: Megan Elise Events / Florist: Fabulous Flowers / Venue: Elysian / Getting Ready Location: The Ace Hotel / Wedding Dress: Panache Bridal / Wedding Shoes: H&M / Earrings: Kate Spade / Bracelet: Nectar Clothing / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth / Groom’s Suit and Groomsmen Pants: J. Crew / Groomsmen Shirts: Target / Caterer: Anita Dillon Catering / Dessert: A La Minute / Coffee Cart: Augies Coffee House / Bartender: Liquid Catering / Band: Branches / DJ: Gary Ames from The Flash Dance / Rentals: La Pinata Rentals / Photobooth: Smilebooth / Wedding Invitations: Oh Lovely Paper Co. / Videographer: Chadwick Trentham
If I could ever live in a wedding, I think it might just have to be this one. From the aquamint bridesmaid dresses to the beaded BHLDN wedding gown to the stunning scenery of LA’s Elysian, this wedding from Kym Ventola Photography and Christine Tran had us on our toes right to the end. Let’s hop in!
From the bride, Jess: We wanted to have the wedding in Jessica’s hometown of Los Angeles, so that helped us narrow down a vision for the wedding. We wanted a summer sunset wedding in the city, in a unique space where we had a great canvas to create exactly what we wanted. We played on the local flora and flavors and used Los Angeles as our inspiration. We serves Mexican food, including elote, cactus salad, mole, fried potato tacos, and churros! The ceremony and reception space was located next to the Los Angeles River and had a beautiful bamboo and succulent garden, so kept with the simplicity of the industrial area but added in lush greens and succulents where we could.
Simple. Authentic. Magical. Simplicity was really important to us. We tried to keep the decor as minimal as possible, and let the natural beauty of the space really shine. It also helped to maintain a focus on the big picture. Authenticity was our guiding principal. We wanted everyone to feel as though they got a piece of us on the wedding day. Some examples: We wrote our own vows as well as the entire ceremony from scratch. Because we met each other in a book club, instead of table numbers we used our favorite authors and hand made “library cards” for the escort cards. Jessica makes pottery, and inspired by the fact that the venue was previously a porcelain mold factory, she made every wedding guest a small wheel thrown porcelain cup glazed in various shades of blues and greens. We also wanted an element of the magical. Jessica’s sister created a video installation for everyone to watch that depicted our crazy love, and we exited the wedding surrounded by sparklers. Jess’s best friend and family serenaded us with our favorite song during the ceremony. We used splashes of golds and silvers and made our own photo booth with an instant camera and handmade backdrop. Each detail had a bit of magic in it!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Be there for each other. Stay focused on your love–the thing that is bringing the whole wedding together. Lean into the mayhem and chaos that can ensue! There is an unavoidable amount of thought and work in creating a wedding. There are so many moving parts — especially the day of (!), so have a team supporting you, both in the DIY and event planning stuff as well as the difficult and emotional stuff that can come up. And take moments throughout the actual wedding day to take everything in together because it’s a once in a lifetime chance to have all those you love in your presence!
Prelude: “O I Long to Feel Your Arms Around Me,” Father John Misty
Groom’s Processional: “Dreams Come True Girl,” Cass McCombs
Bride’s Processional: “Sabians,” Shimmering Stars
Ceremony Performance: “Acrobat,” Angel Olsen
Recessional: “Baby, I Love You,” Aretha Franklin
Grand Entrance: “Thank You for Sending Me an Angel,” Talking Heads
First Dance: “Nothing Can Change This Love,” Otis Redding
Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Photographer: Kym Ventola Photography / Wedding Planner: Christine Tran / Florist: Ashley Novak and Josh Cooper / Venue: Elysian / Wedding Dress and Shoes: BHLDN / Wedding Bands and Jewelry: Lori McLean, Mociun, and Bittersweets NYC / Hair: Mackenzey Forrey / Makeup: Lana Fields / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew and Etsy / Caterer, Wedding Cake and Churros: El Cholo Catering / Rentals: Yeah! Rentals / Wedding Invitations: Union Press /’ Videographer: Elliott Geolat
Groomsmen in dashing blue suits, a stunning bride in a Spanish veil, and a reception that sends our hearts aflutter – how could we possibly resist? Brett and Brittany’s wedding day came together with the talents of David Guenther, D’elle Event & Design, and Tickled Floral, who all made this glamorous and relaxed day shine as bright as fireworks.
From the bride, Brittany: I wanted our wedding to be bright and fun, laid back, but glamorous. Garden Party, outdoors, but not backyard BBQ – even though our caterer did BBQ our food :) Our colors were mainly bright pink and purple, but with bright green accents. My husband and his friends made all of the wood tables and the wooden cross at the alter of our ceremony. All decorations were hand made – sewed the fabric that draped on the ceiling of the tent, made a cone back drop, reused extra invites to make paper fans for all guests for the ceremony.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Get a wedding planner, because you will go crazy without one! Don’t listen to what other people want for your wedding, do what you want and what makes you happy. Start planning early! (and saving too!) Don’t spend more than you can afford – it’s only one day of your life. Go on a honeymoon right after – you need a break!
We had a live guitar soloist, our good friend played for our ceremony and he just played whatever he wanted to! I don’t even remember what it sounded like :)
First Dance: “Never Going to Give You Up” (original song by Rick Astley) sung live by Ryan Hamilton and acoustic guitar by Ryan Jacobson.
From the photographer, David: Brett and Brittany are both super stylish, and they’re probably the coolest bride and groom I’ve ever had the pleasure of shooting. Brett hand-built every table at the reception, and the elegant style of the decor matched perfectly with his rustic craftsmanship. It’s rare to find a couple whose personal style matches so well with the style of the wedding day, but these two made it happen.
Wedding Location: Leduc, Alberta, Canada / Photographer: David Guenther / Wedding Planner: Jenni and Brianne of D’elle Event & Design / Floral Design: Tickled Floral / Venue: Leduc Stone Barn / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals “9000” / Wedding Veil: Claireworkshop / Wedding Shoes: Upper Street / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Club Monaco / Groom’s Suit: Le 31 from La Maison Simons / Caterer: Culina Catering / Desserts: Bride’s Mother and LauraBella Treats / Cake Pops: Starbucks / DJ: Daphutur / Musicians: Ryan Hamilton and Ryan Jacobson / Wedding Invitations: Design by D’elle Event & Design, printing by Regent Signs / Videographer: Don Hammond / Transportation: Legends Limousines of Edmonton
So many words come to mind when viewing this wedding – hip, relaxed, intimate, in tune with nature, and most of all – just plain cool. April and Clarke originally planned a lavish wedding with 500 guests before completely rerouting their vision to a 28-person semi-elopement on the beach. I’d have to say they made the right move, because the result is nothing short of breathtaking. Thank you to Shari + Mike Photographers and Celsia Floral for your beautiful work on this one!
From the bride, April: I always envisioned a more polished, glam version of an outdoor garden party. We knew we wanted to be near forest and the water as we are both outdoorsy. We didn’t want a huge production with neon lights, satin, crystals and ballrooms. We stuck to a neutral palette of creams, blush, peach, greens and brass/gold.
Flower recipe: I don’t know all of the actual flowers that went into my bouquet but I gave the very talented Tahnee of Celsia Flowers a list of flowers I wanted and that I wanted a wildflower-esque, organic/natural looking. Colour scheme of pinks, peaches, corals and greenery/foliage. Preferred blooms which could be available: peonies, ranunculus, anemones, garden roses, lavender, dusty miller, lily of the valley, foliage.
I created the dream catchers with willow branches from home (Yellowknife, NT, Canada) to which we ruggedly tied with yarn in the theme colours. I also had ordered these beautiful blush coloured feathers off Etsy and I sprinkled the tips with a fine rose gold glitter mix I made. We made two curtain backdrops for the wedding dinner, one was made of different sized gold paper disks we just glued back to back onto string – turned out very glamourous and added a polished element to the dark grey/dramatic surroundings of the Wine Cellar we were in. The second backdrop was made with a mixture of locally picked greenery, gold discs and the blush feathers. We hung a banner with our names in front of it by Rifle Paper Co.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Do what you want to do and don’t feel bad for doing it! We went from a local 500 person wedding to a very small destination, semi-elopement style beach/forest wedding of 28 people. Sure there were a few people who didn’t understand but at the end of the day, it’s YOUR day and YOU’RE going to need to look back at it in 20 years and you can either have regrets or beautiful, true-to-yourself memories. And delegate, delegate, delegate!
Well the original plan was for my brother in law (groomsman) to pull out the guitar from behind his back to play an instrumental Blackbird by the Beatles while I walked down the aisle. But since we ended up with our semi-elopement plan, we didn’t have any bridesmaids or groomsmen up with us and we had a completely natural ceremony with no music – just the sound of the ocean waves! In the hustle of the wedding day, we all forgot our iPods so we didn’t have a set playlist for the wedding dinner and we ended up listening to some Spanish guitar during dinner. We didn’t have a first dance as we wanted to keep the dinner very simple, like a big family dinner… albeit a very glamourous one! But if we were to have our first dance it would have been to “Holocene” by Bon Iver.
Wedding Location: Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada / Photographer: Shari + Mike Photographers / Flowers: Celsia Floral / Venue: Black Rock Resort / Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo and TOMS / Groom’s Suit: Armani / Groom’s Shoes: Harry Rosen / Wedding Cake and Guest Treat Bags: Zoe’s Bakery and Cafe / Wedding Invitations and Banner: Rifle Paper Co
If this Philadelphia wedding isn’t the height of intimate elegance, we don’t know what is. Emily and Edith hosted their beautiful nuptials at Cliveden, an estate overflowing with natural beauty and lush scenery. Thanks to The More We See for capturing all of the lovely details!
From the brides, Emily and Edith: We wanted the wedding to feel elegant and intimate. Having delicious food and great music were our top priorities. We also aimed to have a very locally sourced wedding and found wonderful Philadelphia area vendors to partner with. At the time of our wedding, same-sex marriage was not yet legal in Pennsylvania. We had a small legal ceremony on April 27 with our immediate family in New Jersey. What we called our “real wedding” was on May 17 with a larger but still intimate crowd where we exchanged vows and rings. It was important to us that we celebrated our love in front of our family and friends in the city where we met, fell in love and call home.
Flower recipe: Blue thistle, lavender lilac, blush spray rose (“Bombastic”), white astilbe, purple waxflower, snowball viburnum (green), salmon matsumoto aster, fresh lavender, ranunculus (range of colors from blush to salmon), blush/white peonies, Chablis spray roses, hosta leaves, and rhododendron.
The wedding color scheme was green. We were married in May so the trees at Cliveden were a lovely new-leaf green and we wanted to play off that color. We both love nature so we wanted the wedding to feel as outdoorsy as possible. The ceremony was outside, the cocktail hour in the grass and we had a clear topped tent so guests could even be among the trees at the reception. For the favors, Emily made Christmas Crackers for each guest to pop after the toasts. They were stuffed with paper crowns, salt caramels that Emily made and riddles that Edith put together representing the Balentine Ale caps of the beer her dad liked to drink. Emily’s dad and grandmother made Spirytus – a family tradition of polish vodka cut with honey. This was used instead of a champagne toast. Edith’s sister made a gluten free the cake, which was used for the cake cutting. Emily’s sister made props for the photoboth and her dad made lawn games. Edith’s college friend sang during the ceremony.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Stay organized from the beginning! We had multiple spreadsheets to track guests, payments and projects which helped us keep sane throughout the process. Pick vendors that you like and enjoy working with. We had a great team around us which made the planning a lot of fun and the wedding amazing. If you can, have your wedding close to home. We could have done the wedding in a state where it was legal but it was a huge benefit during the planning process to live a few miles away from most of our vendors and location.
Processional: Over the Rainbow
Ceremony: “Heavenly Day,” Patti Griffin (sung by our friend Carly Walker)
First Dance: “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” Otis Redding
Dad/Brother Dance: “The Way You Look Tonight,” Frank Sinatra
Cake Cutting: “Ice Cream,” Sarah McLachlan
Last Dance: “Feel So Close,” Calvin Harris
Sparkler Send-off: “Non, Je ne Regrette Rien,” Edith Piaf
Wedding Location: Philadelphia, PA / Photographer: The More We See / Florist: DIY by Emily’s mom, sourced through Falls Flowers / Event Planning and Catering: Birchtree Catering / Venue: Cliveden / Wedding Dresses: Maggie Sottero via Bijou Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Edith – Volume Hair Studio; Emily – Follicles Hair Design Center / Wedding Cake: Stocks Bakery and Edith’s sister / Ice Cream: Weckerly’s Ice Cream / DJ: No Macarena / Officiant: Bob Pileggi of Journeys of the Heart / Wedding Invitations: Our friend Chris Beck designed and produced the invitations / Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works
It never would have occurred to me before, but a beach wedding mixed with a dusty lavender color palette is pretty darn perfect. With some accents of mint green and incredible floral design from Blossoming Blessings, this New Haven wedding was a big winner — see the images from Daphne and Dean to judge for yourself!
From the bride, Rochelle: Our wedding day turned out to be more beautiful than how I envisioned it to be. I wanted my friends and family to experience our first day as husband and wife with so much joy, and most importantly, see how much love and FUN we truly have with one another through all of our little wedding details. We wanted everyone to fun, plain and simple.
90% of our wedding decor was created by both my husband and myself. It was the epitome of DIY. We did the save the dates, invitations, signs, favors, escort cards, sign in decor and the list goes on. One DIY I will always cherish is the carousel wedding logo he created for our invites and placed on our cotton candy bags. We truly are teammates and we honestly grew closer as we worked on all of these projects together. We made a lot of fun out of it and actually have a few of our wedding decor around our apartment! So, as you can see, our little wedding theme/hashtag was all about “Team Schultz.” We even choreographed/mixed all the songs to our first dance together, and practiced it once. That’s not even a joke.. it’s disgusting how are in-sync we are with one another.
For our centerpieces, I had a centerpiece making party where my bridesmaids, friends and family gathered to wrap twine and yarn around wine bottles all night long. Again, it’s important to make these DIY projects fun. Otherwise, it will be a big snowball of stress and no one wants to be around a stressed out bride. No one. My mother made my beautiful veil and sash. My grandfather made our cupcake display but cutting up a tree that fell in my backyard. All of these projects are so cherished and seeing everything put together, truly made our wedding so.. us. It was grand.
Processional: “Forever in Love,” Brighton
Communion: “Doxology” performed live by bride’s Aunt and Uncle – Jean and Amy Sandoval
Recessional: “I Do,” Colbie Caillat
First Dance: “I’ll Be There,” Brighton
Wedding Location: New Haven, CT / Photographer: Daphne and Dean / Floral Design: Blossoming Blessings / Venue: Lighthouse Point Park / Wedding Dress: Casablanca via Marie Antoinette Bridal / Wedding Veil and Sash: Bride’s Mother / Hair: Tricia Andolina Kiszka / Makeup: The Colour Amber Makeup Artistry / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Angelo / Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Charming Charlies / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Lulu Townsend / Groom’s Shoes: Steve Madden / Groomsmen Bow Ties: The Tie Bar / Groomsmen Pants: Pac Sun / Caterer: Carmela Marie Catering / Desserts: NoRA Cupcake Company / Tableware: Rent Vintage China / DJ: Colin Howard / Emcee: Michael Arroyo (also know as MikeAdamOnAir) / Videographers: Emperor Studios
We’ve seen our fair share of wedding venues over the years, but one that always brings a smile to our faces is Malibu’s Calamigos Ranch. Ooh La Love Events and Tenley Erin Young pulled out all the stops for Staci and Evan’s wedding day, skillfully mixing gorgeous floral design with romantic and bohemian elements all captured by She Wanders.
From the bride, Staci: During the planning process, I wanted our wedding to reflect one thing and one thing only – us. Evan and I have a unique story. We were best friends for 8 years before ever dating, so our relationship still has that element intertwined. We wanted everyone to feel at home, and feel like family. We incorporated as many friends as possible into the ceremony, too. Our friend Alex officiated (she got ordained online!), the DJ was one of our closest friends from high school, and the ceremony took place at a location that was close to both of our hearts in our hometown. I’m a writer, so I wanted to incorporate elements of the things I love – quotes, books, vintage typewriters… all that fun stuff. Our florist, Tenley Erin Young did a great job of listening to my vision and making sure that everything made sense.
Our florist is known for her unique aesthetic. Because our venue was so stunning, I didn’t want to take away from its natural beauty. Our flowers were the main source of color with lots of peonies, anemones, garden roses, lavender, and eucalyptus. Growing up, I always dreamed of wearing a big, beautiful floral crown, and Tenely made that happen for myself and my bridesmaids. Our overall color scheme was muted with lots of beige and gold. Blooms were in beautiful urns, brass containers, and wooden crates to add that vintage element. DIY projects included dipping 180 terra cotta pots into silver, gold, and white paint and planting succulents into each. I was able to finish those on a lazy Sunday afternoon with the help of my mom and some amazing girlfriends. Tenley also made the LOVE sign at our dessert bar – so impressive!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Two words – be nice! It’s so hard to get caught up in the day (and month’s leading up to it). Evan and I are pretty laid back. I knew what I wanted, but I also wanted the people involved in my special day to feel like I appreciated them and everything they did for me. From the bridesmaids dresses (I chose Stone Cold Fox dresses that I knew they would wear more than once), to the thank you notes, and the little token gifts, I wanted my friends to know how much I loved them for being there for me. I made sure to keep my cool if something didn’t go my way, and just wanted everyone to have fun rather than feel like they were just there for the ride.
Bridal Party Processional: “Landslide,” Fleetwood Mac; “Wonderwall,” Oasis
Bride’s Processional: “Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles
First Dance: “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You,” Ingrid Michealson
Wedding Location: Malibu, CA / Photographer: She Wanders / Wedding Planner: Ooh La Love Events / Florist: Tenley Erin Young / Venue and Caterer: Calamigos Ranch / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Wedding Shoes: Valentino / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Stone Cold Fox / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Accessories: Lanvin / Dessert Table: Vanilla Bake Shop / Ceremony Musician: Todd McCool / DJ: Jon Dadon / Wooden Signs: Sweet Carolina Collective / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Wedding Invitations: Hello Lucky / Paper Goods: Linda Russom / Videographer: Jeff Corrigan
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Words can’t possibly describe how I feel about this wedding photographed by J.Bird Photography. With a calming color palette of muted purples and blues and various other pastel shades, you can’t help but fall in love with every last bit of this wedding day, right down to the elegant cake made by Sweet Treets Bakery. We’ve got bride Kayla with us to share more about her beautiful day, so read on:
From the bride, Kayla: When we envisioned our garden wedding, it was romantic, classic but relaxed, with a touch of whimsy. I enjoy crafting and creating, so having several DIY projects naturally found its way into our vision for the wedding. Ryan and I knew that we wanted our wedding to be at Le San Michele immediately after touring the grounds. With the venue selected, the other inspiration and details flowed naturally. We put our love of vintage and literature on display with the centerpieces: vintage engineering books (a nod to Ryan’s studies) and other literary classics, a large variety of antique tea cups with several types of succulents planted, hand scripted table numbers, and vases with soft spring blooms. I included my love for watercolor into the design of the invitation suite and escort cards. The DIY seed bomb favors were a lovely complement to the garden setting, and they were really fun to put together! Overall, our wedding was true to us individually and as a new family. We had an all-star team that made our day memorable and flow smoothly. I wouldn’t change a thing… not even the wind, because it helped create beautiful photographs.
I would describe our wedding as romantic, classic but relaxed, whimsical, and intimate. Our color palette was soft, with lavender, blush and light pink, gray, and white; however, we love a pop of color – my bouquet, for example. We had several DIY projects going throughout our engagement that consumed both of our apartments. I collaborated with one of our friends for the invitation suite – she designed every piece and Ryan and I splashed on the watercolor assembly line style. I drew the table numbers and Ryan twisted the wire to hold them in the books. We went through a couple Etsy vendors for the seed bomb favor supplies and had another assembly line. I repurposed thrift store frames for the escort card chalkboard sign and display board. Our friends were fantastic and helped watercolor the escort cards and put together the frame that displayed them. We collected tea cups, old books, and bud vases from antique shops, thrift stores, family and friends, and even eBay for months. The tea cups were filled with various types of succulents. We brightened up the vases by spray painting them a glossy white. Ryan compiled our Engagement photos (also by J.Bird Photo) into a beautiful album and we displayed it at the reception with our family wedding photos and guest book.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Engagement and wedding planning made for a very busy season of life. We spent a lot of time preparing for the wedding and marriage. So go on dates, talk about things other than your wedding, and maybe read a book or two about this journey you’re about to take (This Momentary Marriage by John Piper is great!). We are grateful to have a great community of friends that helped us grow in our relationship and not get caught up in the craziness of wedding planning. As for planning, hire a wedding coordinator! Both of our families and majority of our wedding party flew in from out of state, so having someone as a central point of contact that knew the wedding industry, our timeline and vendors, and Austin was invaluable. Ellen was a gem and couldn’t imagine our wedding day without her. We would also encourage brides and grooms to find their most important vendor in the beginning. For us, that was photography. We immediately connected with Jessica and loved her work (swoon worthy gallery!) and she recommended most of our vendors!
Seating of the Families: “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” Piano Guys cover
Wedding Party Processional: “Just The Way You Are,” Piano Guys cover
Bridal Processional: “Ten Thousand Years,” Piano Guys cover
Recessional: “You Make My Dreams Come True,” Hall & Oates
First dance: “Dancing in the Minefields,” Andrew Peterson
Father/Daughter Dance: “Walk With You,” Edwin McCain
Mother/Son Dance: “You’ll Find Your Way,” Andrew Peterson
Bouquet Toss: “Wannabe,” Spice Girls
Garter Toss: “Danger Zone,” Kenny Loggins; “I’m The Man,” Aloe Blacc
Wedding Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: J.Bird Photography / Second Shooter: Jen Dillender / Wedding Coordinator: Westcott Weddings / Floral Design: Bristol Lane Florals / Venue: Le San Michele / Wedding Dress: Blue by Enzoani “Elim” via Blush Bridal Lounge / Seamstress: Olga Novosselova / Veil: Enzoani / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka “Aubrey” / Wedding Belt: Thomas Knoell / Jewelry: Ben-Amun / Hair: Laura Needham / Makeup: Kirsten Nielsen / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Love Lane Collection “Ella” / Flower Girl Dresses: BHLDN / Groom and Groomsmen Tuxedos: Black by Vera Wang / Caterer: Whole Foods Market / Wedding Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery / DJ: Byrne Rock Mobile DJ Service / Table Numbers, Escort Card Sign, Frame, Cards: Bride / Succulents: East Austin Succulents / Seed Bomb Favor Supplies: Plantables and Paper and Design Kandy / Wedding Invitations: Designed by Laine Coker, Painted by bride and groom / Videographer: Stringer Productions
Of all the wedding ideas we’ve seen over the years, this one might be the sweetest. As soon as the members Bret and Haley’s bridal party made their way to the altar, they each picked up an instrument and joined together to play Haley down the aisle to meet her groom. Sarah Beth Photography beautifully captured the sweet emotion of the day, and the lush flowers from Root Floral Design.
From the bride, Haley: We wanted our wedding to exemplify community. The wedding was at Parc San Souci, a park right in the middle of downtown Lafayette. There were no barricades or fences to block off strangers or “unwanted” guests. We wanted our wedding to make people feel welcomed into our lives. So, we put ourselves right down town, a place easily accessible to the public, to the invited, and to the homeless.
Bouquet recipe: Most of the flowers used were lavender, eucalyptus, hydrangeas, and wheat. There was a bit of rosemary spread around and there were quite a few roses in my bouquet.
The color scheme was lavender, sage, and off white. Mostly all of the decorations were DIY. There were embroidery hoops with different fabrics stretched in them hanging from the trees. I used the same fabric from the hoops to make little pouches of birdseed to be thrown at us in the send off. There where twin size flat sheets hung to create a wall so the groom couldn’t see me as I waited in line in the processional. We also used flat twin sheets as tablecloths on 6ft tables as well as on big wooden spools that we used as our tables for the potluck food. And we hung an array of thrift-store find coffee mugs on pallets to be taken as a wedding favor, as well as to be filled with Birdrock coffee catered by a local coffee shop, The Lab. My bouquet, his boutonniere, and the beautiful alter backdrop of flowers was done by a local florist, Root. But, all the other flowers were done by my mother. She put the arrangements in wine bottles and other neat looking thrift-find bottles.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t stress!! Of course there’s a ton to be done to make your dream a reality. But when it comes down to it, at the end of that day it will be beautiful because you’re married to the one you love, not because of all the work you did. Don’t get frustrated with one another over wedding planning, but focus on marriage planning together. And don’t be afraid to allow and ask your friends and family to help.
Processional: My friend Tray a while back wrote a song about the Biblical story about Hosea. It’s a story ultimately about God’s love for His people regardless of where they are and what they’re doing. He’s our groom and we’re His bride. We wanted our wedding to display the love of our God for His people. So, for the processional, as the bridal party walked out, my friend Esther played the instrumental of Tray’s song on violin. As each member got to the altar they grabbed their instrument and began to play with her. There were guitars, harmonicas, rain stick, accordion, and more. As each person played it rose in climax until I walked out with my father. The moment I stepped out they all sang the chorus, “You are the cloud to my sky//You are the tear in my eye//Can’t you see love in me// And I will swallow my pride// I’ll do what it takes till I have my bride// and you’ll see love in me.”
Recessional: “I’ll Fly Away”
First Dance: “Million Miles,” Josh Garrels
Wedding Location: Lafayette, LA / Photographer: Sarah Beth Photography / Flowers and Ceremony Backdrop: Root Floral Design / Venue: Parc San Souci / Hair and Headpieces: Laura Stiener / Coffee: The Lab / Music and Videographer: Shawn Johnson
Roses, Ranunculus and Dahlias oh my! Thanks to the wonderful talents of Violet and Verde, today’s flower guide is teeming with not one, but four flower arrangements. Charlie Juliet did a great job at capturing all of these beautiful blooms in a variety of hues!
From the floral designer, Bridget: I chose each to be a little different from each other. This time of year, dahlias are in season and a great, affordable option. They come in a variety of colors and I think they are a really fun flower. I used them in three of the arrangements in four different varieties.
For the lavender arrangement, I really wanted to create a soft, romantic look that was more monochromatic. I really love adding herbs to arrangements, so the flowering oregano was a lovely accent to the soft blooms.
Purple Florals in Milk Glass:
Earl Gray Roses
Lavender Spray roses
I loved the bi-color dahlia mixed with the solid purple dahlias in the bouquet. I wanted it to be a little untamed looking so the fern, jasmine, and ranunculus created a whimsical addition with their curled stems.
The Japanese anemone was my inspiration for the pink and yellow arrangement. It’s a petite pink flower with a yellow center similar to a daisy and I love how it just pops it’s head out of this arrangement. I used other pink and yellow blooms and several different foliage varieties to create more texture and compliment the anemone.
I think the black dahlia created a nice contrast to the soft hydrangea and the protea is just a fun, different flower often overlooked as it isn’t a traditional romantic flower, but it really works in this arrangement.
Getting married in a lavender field amidst your very closest family and friends — I can’t imagine any ceremony setting much better than that. Unless that lavender field was in Provence, which of course, this one is. Photographer Nadia Meli outdid herself capturing Nadine and Klaus’ beautifully intimate wedding day straight from France!
From the bride, Nadine: We dreamed of a very intimate and personal wedding day. The atmosphere we were going for was one of a garden party. We wanted everyone that was there to honestly be happy with us and enjoy the day with a lot of effortlessness.
The decoration and colors was definitely vintage-inspired, but also pretty simple and delicate in soft creme colors. With a lot of help from our family we did it all ourselves. There are so many beautiful memories!!!! One very intense moment for me was when I walked towards my husband and I saw the emotion in his face. That really touched me deeply.
What advice do you have, if any, for brides planning their wedding day now? It is YOUR day!!! Make it your way! Doesn’t matter how crazy your ideas sound to others, do it and enjoy it the way you like! And most of all, celebrate the day with people who really mean something to you and can honestly be happy with you!
Ceremony: Pachelbel’s Canon in D on harp
First Dance: “Feels Like Home,” Edwina Hayes
Wedding Location: Ardeche, France / Photographer: Nadia Meli / Ceremony Venue: Lavender Museum / Reception Venue: Mas et Jardin / Wedding Dress: Divina Sposa / Bride’s Jewelry and Hair Accessories: Bijou Brigitte / Shoes: Görtz Shoes / Groom’s Attire: H&M and Zara / Caterer: Auberge de la Table d’Aurèle