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Newport Beach Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Photos by:

Tracy Hill

Bride Carley envisioned a wedding full of antique and vintage finds, a perfectly bohemian mix of pieces and styles she’s grown to love over the years. We love that Carley didn’t limit herself to a couple of shades for her color scheme, choosing instead to embrace navy blue, mustard yellow, mint, orange, peach, AND gold! Every detail of this beautiful day was captured perfectly by Tracy Hill.

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From the bride, Carley: Over the past few years, my heart has been engaged in collecting vintage finds such as jars, books, door knobs, gold picture frames, etc. and that is what inevitably drove me to create the wedding of my dreams. I envisioned rustic jars everywhere filled with delicate flowers, books scattered throughout the grounds as well as hanging in trees, and little knick-knack antiques in every direction ones eyes laid upon. I knew the style was trendy but I wanted to create something that was my own. Something that screamed “me” as soon as the guests walked into Heritage Hill Historical Park. I wanted my dream to become a reality; and it did.

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I believe some adjectives for our wedding would be happy, warm, dainty or delicate, old-fashioned, vintage. The color scheme was navy blue, mustard yellow, with hints of mint, orange, peach, and gold. The DIY projects consisted of the hanging books, the painted colored jars, the book page flower balls, the burlap banners, all of the fabric displays such as entryway banner and hanging fabric, embroidery hoops, fabric petals, burlap tablecloths, wooden crates at dessert table display, doily mason jars, welcome sign, sign in guest table, and cake table. Oh & my wedding dress, bridesmaids skirts, flower girl skirts & mini groomsmen’s bow ties.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? As I look back at the wedding planning, I think that the best advice I would give couples would be to enjoy every moment and not to let the little things ruin your day. It is important to focus on a few key things that are important to you. For example, I really made decisions to focus on books, jars, certain flowers I knew I wanted and especially making sure that my dress was the way I designed it. I think it is also important to be organized and that way everything will fall into place (so we hope).

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Wedding Music:
Bouquet Toss: “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” Cyndi Lauper
Garter Toss: “No Diggity,” Blackstreet & Dr. Dre
First Dance: “Til Kingdom Come,” Coldplay
Father/Daughter Dance: “Something In the Way She Moves,” James Taylor
Cutting the Cake: “Can’t Help Falling In Love (Live Version),” Ingrid Michaelson

Wedding Location: Newport Beach, CA / Photographer: Tracy Hill / Ceremony Venue: Newport Beach California Temple / Reception Venue: Heritage Hill Historical Park / Event Design: Bride and her mother, Annelle Wells / Florist: Brenda Yuen / Wedding Dress: Design by bride, sewn by her mother, Annelle Wells / Wedding Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell / Bridesmaids’ Skirts: Annelle Wells / Groom’s Suit: H.M Cole / Wedding Caterer: Tacos Originales de Jalisco / Wedding Cake: Flour and Flower Designs / Table and Chair Rentals: Pacific Party Rentals / DJ: Uncle of Bride, Bill Bollard / Videographer: Rique Carroll / Wedding Invitations: Bride and bridesmaid Mandi Nelson

Utah Winter Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Lora Grady

It’s difficult for me to pinpoint exactly what I love most about this wedding, because it’s all so beautiful — but if I had to pick, I’d say it’s the fresh and modern vibe it exudes. That, of course, is achieved with the help of photographer Lora Grady, and heaps of fluffy floral arrangements from Tinge Floral. Jessica and Ryne’s wedding seamlessly brought a bit of spring to a winter wedding, and we adore the results!

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Salt Lake City winter wedding

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From the bride, Jessica: I wanted my wedding to be more modern and not super formal. My colors were coral, grey, and tan. With a little bit of mint green here and there :) We had a bunch of projects… We made a big giant wood frame. We printed some bridal pictures and engagement pictures onto mat boards and hung them from ribbon and put in the window frames of the wood frame that is about 7 feet tall and 6 feet wide.

Salt Lake City winter wedding

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Salt Lake City winter wedding

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We wrapped yarn around bottles. We used golf double sided tape, and taped them onto to the bottles and wrapped the yarn really tight. Some websites say to do hot glue… but that is too messy and not as easy. Instead of a sign in book, I made cards out of my colors and just wrote on a chalk board to have the guests write down a piece of advice on them for the new married couple. It was so fun to read through those!

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Salt Lake City winter wedding

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Salt Lake City winter wedding

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Salt Lake City winter wedding

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I would advise you to get a list of every single thing that you need to get for the wedding and categorize when you need to get that done. Anything from decorations, to addresses, to food. I kinda just put it all together and overwhelmed myself by thinking I need to get this done pronto. But if you give yourself a deadline of each category, you won’t get as overwhelmed:)


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Wedding Music:
First Dance: “On My Mind,” Kalai
Father/Daughter Dance: “Angel,” Jack Johnson
Then everybody danced to Eli Young Band-Crazy Girl. Then after those three songs were done it busted out into a dance party just by songs that are popular up beat songs right now!

Wedding Location: South Jordan, UT / Wedding Photographer: Lora Grady Photography / Ceremony Venue: Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple / Reception Venue: Noah’s / Wedding Flowers: Tinge Floral / Wedding Dress: Bridal Expressions / Wedding Shoes: Zappos / DJ: Andrew Velasco (801-548-1991) / Wedding Invitations: Designed by bride, printed by Litho Flexo

San Diego Backyard Wedding

Garden Weddings

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We couldn’t possibly be more excited to share today’s wedding from photographer Rachel Thurston and with florals by Twigg Botanicals, featuring a pair of newlyweds that is nothing short of completely gorgeous. You may recognize the reappearance of the envelope note card board from last year’s Las Vegas wedding, which is just as much of a hit this time around. There are gobs of ideas to adore in this wedding, which are as sweet as the bride and groom themselves.

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From the bride, Becca: I imagined a vintage feel. I love lace, and antique looking bottles. I also wanted a sorta comfortable feeling in my backyard with people I’m close to. I wanted a sort of magical feeling with the lights and mason jars lit which I got!! I love flowers too so I wanted a soft vintage look with those to bring everything together. I love Anthropologie too so a lot of their furniture inspired me and I created some of my own pieces in the backyard.


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I had a color scheme that helped me plan everything. Everything was centered around that. It was a seafoam green, some natural creams and taupes, shades of pink (terracotta, peach, rose, mauve).. very muted versions of all these colors. My flowers were a great reference to my color scheme. I wanted a vintage, antique feel. We purchased all of our decorations. We went to antique shops or just looked for antique looking things wherever we went. We also borrowed furniture, books, and other things from my grandparents home. I made my own paper bags for the candy. I had someone create silhouettes for us and then I ordered bags from Etsy and made all of them with ribbon and a scallop hole puncher. We made the chalkboards we used using old frames and chalkboard paint. I loved the overall soft feel that my wedding had with the colors we used.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Take a breath. Everything will get done. I planned my wedding in 3 months and everything got done and was perfect. It is possible. Just make sure you know what kind of wedding you’re wanting… big/small, etc. Also, decide what things are most important to you and what you’d like to spend more money on. Flowers were really important to me so I spent more on them. Also sometimes you have to call people or places a few times to get what you need done!


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Wedding Music:
First Dance: “Without You,” Keith Urban
Father/Daughter Dance: “Father and Daughter,” Paul Simon
Grandfather/Granddaughter Dance: “Beyond the Sea,” Bobby Darin
Bouquet Toss: “California Girls,” Katy Perry
Garter Toss: “Tonight is the Night,” Outasight

Wedding Location: San Diego, CA / Ceremony Venue: San Diego LDS Temple / Reception Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Photographer: Rachel Thurston / Wedding Flowers: Twigg Botanicals / Wedding Dress: Bespoke by Thanh Dao / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles / Bride’s Makeup: Bobbi Brown / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ASOS, Dillards, Nordstrom, Zara / Wedding Cake: Flour & Flower Designs / DJ: National Geographic / Wedding Invitations: Bride and Tanner Capua

Las Vegas Desert Elopement

Elopements

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Every once in a while, it’s nice to pull back from all the details, all the design, all the hubbubs that weddings can bring and focus on what they represent: the celebration of two people desperately in love. The elopement achieves exactly that, and it’s precisely what newlyweds Cami and Brady chose to do, hiring the talents of Sloan Photographers to capture them in their post-ceremony bliss. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share these amazing images shot in the desert of Nevada with you, and you’re soon to find out why:

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From the photographers, Matt and Angie of Sloan Photographers: This was a super low key elopement! Bride and Groom got married in a LDS Temple and didn’t have a reception. We just shot them in the middle of nowhere. It was really amazing. The bride wore a short and adorable dress and cute old boots and had some fun rugs from Urban Outfitters that we used as props.


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Shoot Location: Las Vegas, NV / Wedding Photographers: Sloan Photographers / Wedding Dress: Anthropologie / Bride’s Boots: Nordstrom Rack / Rugs: Urban Outfitters

Intimate Sundance Resort Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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I’m not sure there are enough words to express how much I love this woodsy wedding celebration captured by MegRuth Photo+Video. The invitations suit the day perfectly, and the bride and groom are totally sweet as pie in their matching reception shoes! Check out all of the images from this stunner in the gallery.

MegRuth Photo+Video. The invitations suit the day perfectly, and the bride and groom are totally sweet as pie in their matching reception shoes! Check out all of the images from this stunner in
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From the bride, Nicki: Ty and I both adore the mountains in the fall, so we couldn’t think of a more ideal setting for our wedding than mid October at the Sundance Resort in Utah. We actually had our first kiss on a night we went on a date at Sundance, and that is also where Ty proposed, so Sundance holds a special place in our relationship; it’s only fitting we had our wedding celebration there as well.

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We wanted our guests to feel cozy, comfortable and welcome at the event, so we focused on a relaxed rustic mountain feel that kept things from getting too stuffy. The groomsmen wore jeans, button-up shirts and vests. Bridesmaids wore a relaxed, long-sleeve printed dress to add to the rustic vibe. And our invitation encouraged classy casual dress for our guests. We also kept the decorations personal, minimal and rustic.

MegRuth Photo+Video. The invitations suit the day perfectly, and the bride and groom are totally sweet as pie in their matching reception shoes! Check out all of the images from this stunner in
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For vendors, we mostly used friends and relatives of friends. Ty and I really loved the idea of employing people we know and love for our wedding, rather than strangers, so we did so at every opportunity we could. As a graphic designer, I designed our invitations, then we had them printed by our good friend Leland Rowley at Rowley Press. My dear friend Julia Smith did all of our flowers. A bridesmaid, Anna Habben, made our simple mock-cake. Erin Rupp, a sister of a friend, made the macaroons we served as dessert. Our amazing photographer, MegRuth Stay, is a dear friend. Our rings were made by a jeweler friend of Ty’s. And both family and the wedding party pitched in to decorate the venue.

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If I were to offer advice to other brides out there, I would say start early and plan just a little bit at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed. And make everything simple so on the day-of you can just enjoy without having to stress over the details. As far as budget goes, use your money where it will have the most impact; minimal effort, maximum impact, that’s my motto!
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Wedding Vendors (Utah):

Ceremony Venue: Draper, UT LDS Temple / Reception and Catering: Sundance Resort / Wedding Photographer: MegRuth Photo+Video / Invitations: Designed by bride, printed by Rowley Press / Flowers: The Bloom Co. / Engagement Photographer: Clark Goldsberry / Wedding dress: Bespoke by Cheryl MacArthur / Groom’s Suit: Joseph Abboud / Groom’s and Bride’s (second pair) shoes: Allen Edmonds / Bridesmaid Dresses: Vero Moda from ASOS / Groomsmen’s vests: Forever 21 / Ring: Antoinette’s Antique Jewelry / Macaroons: Dolce Bella

Handmade Salt Lake City Wedding

DIY Weddings

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Is there anything sweeter than childhood romance? This wedding from Green Apple Photography makes me think not. Bride Ashley had the help of her four big sisters as she tackled innumerable DIY tasks, and the result is a perfect example of what loving family labor can accomplish! See all the details in the gallery.

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From the photographer, Lindsey: DIY weddings might just be my favorite. So much love and personality goes into all the banner making, lemonade mixing, cake stand gluing. It’s really touching to realize the hours and hours that go into creating such a creative and personal day. And creative is just what Ashley and Kevin did; all the way from the mustache photo booth, to her mom’s childhood bike. It was perfect. Funny thing was, leading up to it, a few little “minor” things went wrong. Two (or was it three?) cake designers cancelled on Ashley, the order form for Kevin’s ring went to a discontinued fax, the dress had some little (big) snafu’s that needed to be fixed last minute. I’m sure it was stressful, but you would have never known. It was kind of a joke that all of her sisters had inclement weather on their wedding days too, but we kept our fingers crossed, and it ended up being gorgeous and sunny and perfect. Just right for Ashley and Kevin, who are a little bit gorgeous and sunny and perfect themselves.

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Ashley knew she wanted a homemade, DIY feel to her day and her sisters (all 4 of them, plus a sister-in-law) are all very talented. They worked hard with Ashley to create her wedding. Ashley is the youngest sibling, so there was lots of love and support from older siblings and family. Also lots of fun little nieces and nephews running around. The candy table, lemonade, and photo booth were perfect for them! The reception was at an historic farmhouse, with an amazing yard that lent itself perfectly to the backyard, laid-back feel Ashley and Kevin wanted. I loved Ashley’s smile and laugh, and Kevin was so sweet with her. They grew up in the same neighborhood, but started dating after high school. They are a sweet and fun couple!

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Ashley and Kevin

Green Apple Photography makes me think not. Bride Ashley had the help of her four big sisters as she tackled innumerable DIY tasks, and the result is a perfect example of what loving family labor can accomplish! See all the details in the View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding vendors (Salt Lake City, UT):

Ceremony venue: Salt Lake Temple / Reception venue: The McMullin House / Wedding photographer: Green Apple Photography / Dress: Avonlea / Groom’s suit: Men’s Wearhouse / Groom’s tie: Nordstrom / Bridesmaids’ tops: The Loft / Bridesmaids’ skirts: Macy’s / Wedding cake: Bayshore Cakes / Flowers and vintage bottles: Flower Affair / Catering: State Street Food and Supply Caterers / Brownies: BYU Creamery

Handmade Temple Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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I’m utterly in love with this bride’s wedding dress, so imagine my surprise when I found out it was designed and made by — wait for it — her own mother! This wedding has just the right touch of pinks and purples to add a vintage flair and Provençal allure. Be sure to take a peek at the rest of the images in the gallery! Thank you Stacie and Geoff of Lang Photographers for sending this gem of a wedding our way.

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From the bride, Amber: It was crazy how it all came together. I hadn’t thought about what theme I’d want my wedding to be until right before Mark and I got engaged and all of a sudden I was stalking all the wedding blogs (Ruffled being my number one site to go). I knew for sure I wanted an outdoor reception and having it in the backyard of the house I grew up in was a no-brainer! My favorite store of all time is Anthropologie and having helped one store with its grand opening, I was inspired with all the do-it-yourself projects.

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vintage handmade lds wedding

vintage handmade lds wedding

I grew up doing crafts and sewing, all of which I learned from my mother dear. I just wanted it to be an experience for people when they came to celebrate with us. I wanted it to be magical and for them to think “Oh! That’s so “Amber”!” I didn’t want people to feel that it was so formal but that they could stay and hang out and eat some delectable sweets. I’m extremely opinionated and I’m pretty sure I thought about each tiny minuscule detail for hours! So, I would say the style was vintage with a twist.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I just did as much research as possible so I could make sure everything was what I wanted. When I’d find something I liked online, I would copy the picture and paste it into iPhoto. Then I organized the photos into folders: Bride, Groom, Bridesmaids, Children, Decorations, etc. Oh and before that, I had a wedding ring folder so I showed Mark my top choices and then he made the final decision. Then, once I decided on colors, I went and got paint cards at Lowes, a bunch of each color, and passed them out to family to keep with them and if they saw anything in those colors (fabric, dresses, ties, decorative things) to get them! I did have a few things that didn’t go my way and I worried about it for a while. So, I would suggest to try to let things go, big or small, and just have a blast on the actual day! Oh, and definitely treat yourself with massages, waxing, facials, and spray tans so you feel relaxed and beautiful for the wedding.

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Wedding Vendors (Mesa, AZ):

Ceremony venue: LDS Mesa Temple / Reception venue: private residence / Wedding photographer: Lang Photographers / Wedding coordinator: Sandy Hestand / Wedding flowers: Sandy Hestand / Wedding dress: made by bride’s mother / Wedding shoes: Steve Madden / Earrings: Anthropologie / Wedding veil: made by bride’s mother / Wedding makeup: Chelsee Hunt / Wedding music: Justin Nichols: Wedding catering: Sandy Hestand / Wedding invitations: Jenny Stott / Videographer: Lang Photography

Intimate Salt Lake City Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Bride Tracie described her vision for her wedding day as “vintage elegance.” All you need is one quick glance at these photos from Allison Cox, and it’s abundantly clear she achieved this vision — along with some key assistance from three sisters and a highly talented mother. We absolutely adore the simplicity of Tracie’s pink and yellow bouquet! Don’t miss the rest of the images in the gallery.

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From the bride, Tracie: I am a huge fan of all things vintage so I knew that is what I wanted our wedding day to feel like. Luckily I have three sisters and a mom who all have great taste, so it was easy to get good input. I wanted it to feel vintage, but also be very clean and elegant.

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Our wedding was very clean, charming, and of course, vintage! I stuck with ivory, black, grey and different hues of pink to get the overall feel we wanted. Not only do my mom and sisters have great input, but they are also very talented. My sister designed our invites from random floral images I liked. She also painted our cake toppers from a blank set of Russian dolls that I bought at Hobby Lobby. And my mom was sweet enough to make our wedding cake! I couldn’t have done it without them.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Start early! I was able to enjoy our day a lot more and I didn’t feel so rushed. I would also recommend having it catered. We didn’t have to worry about anything. It was so nice for my husband and I and our families to enjoy the whole day together. Plus they clean everything up!

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Allison Cox, and it’s abundantly clear she achieved this vision — along with some key assistance from three sisters and a highly talented mother. We absolutely adore the simplicity of Tracie’s pink and yellow bouquet! Don’t miss the rest of the images in the View more images from this wedding

Wedding Songs:
Truth is, Casey and I don’t dance! I am actually terrible. So we didn’t have a first dance. We just enjoyed some of our favorite songs throughout the reception.
Some of our favorites are,

“Lovers’ Carvings” By: Bibio
“Two Doors Down” By: Mystery Jets
“Wouldn’t it be nice” By: The Beach Boys
“September” By: Earth, Wind and Fire
“Flakes” By: Mystery Jets
“You Make My Dreams Come True” By: Hall & Oates

Wedding Vendors (Salt Lake City, UT):

Ceremony venue: Salt Lake Temple / Reception venue and catering: Eldredge Manor, Bountiful, Utah / Wedding photographer: Allison Cox / Wedding flowers: Willow and Wildflowers / Wedding dress and headband: The Perfect Dress / Wedding shoes: Anthropologie / Wedding invitations: done by bride’s sister

Fresh Las Vegas Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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This morning’s wedding from Meg Ruth Photography has me positively itching for bright, summery days. Newly minted spouses Kathleen and Regan are both graphic designers, and their creative energy leaked into every single element of their Las Vegas wedding. Not wanting the little kiddies to be left out of the excitement, the couple supplied copious outlets of creativity and entertainment in the hopes that younger guests would remain humored and happy; looks like a total success to me!

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Says the photographer, Meg: The gorgeous simplicity of the details to the beautiful love between this bride and groom made the day a joy to photograph. The bride’s Grecian looking gown was made by a friend and added to the overall whimsy of the day. Kate and Regan both come from large families with lots of nieces and nephews on both sides. Knowing this, they made sure none of the kids would ever be bored. From bubbles to pin wheels, hula-hoops and sidewalk chalk the kids had such a great time, which is not common for weddings! Pies were served for dessert and the wedding cake was the bride’s famous oatmeal cake made for the couple by her sister.

Adds the bride, Kate: We really just wanted to feel like we had all our most beloved friends and family together spending actual time with each other. We wanted it to feel easy and comfortable so people would stick around and have a good time celebrating with us. It was also important to us that all the kids had things to do so they’d have fun and let their parents enjoy themselves!

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Mormon Modern Las Vegas wedding

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We tried to keep things sort of easy breezy because neither of us are uptight or matchy-matchy type people. But obviously, we had to narrow it down. We were already in a concrete box basically, so we incorporated lots of other raw elements like wood and burlap so that the concrete could be an asset. After that we knew we wanted lots of color and plant life to soften those elements.

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We cut and painted all the wood blocks ourselves. We made all the succulent planters. My mom cut and sewed and hung the streamers. My sister made the wedding cake. Regan made the wooden/lightbulb signs with his dad. We designed and screenprinted our favor postcards together. Basically, it was all DIY! That’s just the way we like things.

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Any advice for future brides? I’d say stick to your guns on things you really care about and make sure they happen how you want them. BUT, realize this may mean compromising in other areas and at a certain point, you have to just let things go and enjoy your party.

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Wedding Songs:
We entered the luncheon to ‘About Today’ by the National.
Our first dance was ‘And I Love Her’ by the Beatles.
Then our families all danced to ‘Dreams Come True Girl’ by Cass McCombs.

Wedding Vendors (Las Vegas, Nevada):

Ceremony venue: Las Vegas LDS Temple / Wedding Photographer: Meg Ruth Photography / Florist: Jill Baugh / Wedding Dress: Hayley Barker / Wedding shoes: Steve Madden / Groom’s Suit: H&M / Groom’s shoes: Zara / Catering and pies: Glenda Nelson / Wedding invitations: designed by groom, printed by Mandate Press

Sharisa + Rex’s Modern Courthouse Wedding

Elopements

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Simple, unique weddings turn my insides into romantic mush and when the bride and groom are this indie-chic and gorgeous, well I’m just a puddle of love. Sharisa and Rex married in a simple ceremony at the Mesa LDS Temple this fall. They decided to skip the full reception and instead launched straight off to celebrate together on their honeymoon. How sweet! Luckily, they took the time to get some amazing portraits together, shot by the super-talented Lang Photographers, to document their sweet and stylish day. Oh, and that dress… that dress! There are no words. It makes the fashionista in me melt.

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Wedding Vendors (Mesa, AZ):

Photographers: Lang Photographers / Flowers: Ellen Fukumoto of The Wright House / Wedding dress: Custom-made by Suzanne Novak at Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique (Gilbert, AZ) / Necklace: Karen Doane of Vestige Jewelry / Hair: Kristi Allen of Habit Salon / Makeup: Molly Hutchins / Bride’s shoes: Aldo / Earrings: Anthropologie

DIY Wedding at the Smog Shoppe

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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Oh, do I have a pretty DIY wedding to show you. Aimee and Jerry blended their family history delightfully by incorporating vintage elements and heirlooms that decorated their reception at the Smog Shoppe. The gorgeous details don’t stop there. No. The flower arrangements, which were made by Aimee’s mom and aunts were little masterpieces of love. I can’t decide if am more obsessed about the flower ties on the back of the chairs, or about how gorgeous her vintage wedding dress was (it was her grandmother’s, no less!), but you might want to devour these stunning images for yourself. Many thanks to Jonas Peterson for sharing this beautiful wedding with us today!

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From the bride, Aimee: Our wedding was held in Los Angeles, which was a “destination wedding” for many of our family and friends, and it was held on a Thursday, so we knew we wanted to keep it fun and simple to maximize the time we had with our loved ones, and minimize stress levels. We just wanted everyone to have a great time celebrating life and love. One of my bridesmaids told me that you only get this many people together during weddings and funerals, so we really wanted to make it an enjoyable time for all.

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From the bride, Aimee: Most of our wedding was DIY. I really wanted to include modern and vintage pieces, and many of the decorations were family heirlooms. My great grandfather was a dairy farmer, so I used his old milk bottles and mason jars for the centerpieces. We used an old suitcase that came from my mom’s side of the family, and old lace that was hand crocheted by my great great grandmother. My color scheme was citrus inspired, with mint as an accent color. We used mostly pinks, corals, peaches, yellows and mint.

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I had a very difficult time finding a dress that I liked, so I ended up using my grandmother’s wedding dress. She had her 50th wedding anniversary within a few days of my wedding, and the dress was in perfect condition. I did not have it altered or cleaned, I only had a seamstress reinforce some of the buttons.

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Surprisingly I feel that our wedding turned out to be perfect, not that everything happened the way we had planned or intended, but we were able to let the little things go, and enjoy our day. I attribute this to my husband, who came to me a few weeks before the wedding, after a couple seemingly major “wedding debacles”, and suggested that we aim to have everything 70% perfect on our wedding day, and the rest, we would let go. This turned out to be the best advice I received.

Wedding Vendors (Los Angeles, CA):

Ceremony and reception location(s): LDS Temple, Smog Shoppe / Photographer: Jonas Peterson / Wedding Dress: Vintage (her grandmother’s) / Groom’s suit: Zenga. / Ties: Hermes / DJ/Band: SOS Entertainment / Florist: DIY, purchased at the LA Flower Market

Backyard Arizona Wedding II

Garden Weddings, Real Weddings

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Colors can be so emotional, and I’m pretty sure this wedding is proof of that – the colors are joyous, fun and summer-like! Dillon and Michelle got married at her parents’ house with lots of antiques and beauty surrounding them, and the result is stunning. Does the DIY photobooth wall look familar? It was a labor of love of Michelle and Dillon. These lovely images are from the wonderful Stacie and Geoff of Lang Photographers!

From the bride: For my wedding I envisioned a backyard wedding filled with old, vintage antiques. Nothing too fancy or formal in any way. A casual setting, that will allow family and friends to have a memory never forgotten.

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The little things and details that you think are so important, end up not mattering as much as you think they will in the end. Just enjoy being engaged! It’s not worth getting all worked up, because you will laugh that you were making such a big deal about it later.

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Wedding Vendors (Gilbert, AZ):

Wedding planner: Lettie Peterson / Florist: Emily Burton / Photographer: Lang Photographers/ Wedding Dress: Merrily Gibson / Flower crown & veil: Whichgoose / Shoes: Seychelles / Jewelry: Anthropologie / Hair: Suzanne Bell / Bridesmaid Blouses: Forever 21/ Bridesmaid’s accessories: Nordstrom / Groom’s suit: H&M

Backyard Arizona Wedding

Garden Weddings, Real Weddings

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Today I have a gorgeous DIY backyard wedding to share with you, starting with the wedding portraits. Matt and Angie of Sloan Photographers with the help of Josh Snyder shot gorgeous pre-ceremony photos of Michelle and Dillon. Love Michelle’s style — the halo, the chunky bracelet, those gorgeous yellow heels and of course, her darling tea length wedding dress work together like a charm!

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Here are some images captured by Josh:

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See more images shot by the Sloans here and by Josh Snyder here. We will be sharing their reception next – and you don’t want to miss it!

A French Garden Wedding

DIY Weddings, Real Weddings

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Jace and Alex’s wedding, captured by Darla Roze Photography, brought the outside in with gorgeous garden details. The florals were so lush and stunning. I’ve got total bouquet envy going on over here! In addition to the garden feel, there were tons of sweet details like a sundae bar fashioned after an old fashion ice cream parlour, a fun DIY photo booth, and a recurring silhouette motif.

More from the bride:

I had always wanted an outside wedding, but the weather is too hard to work around so we brought the outside inside with a outside/garden park feel.




I am in love with paper lanterns. We put lights and lanterns up in the room to give it an outside feel.



How adorable is her Ice Cream Parlour dessert table? You can download the templates courtesy of Amy from Eat Drink Chic blog!







I wanted a photo booth where the guests could put on some vintage props, use picture frames and capture a picture of them at our wedding. The DIY program we used was See Monkey. It was the perfect program to set up using a laptop, camera and tripod and printer. Guest snapped pictures, it printed two sets on a 4×6 sheet. One they left in the guest book with a note to us and the other they took home to remember the fun evening.


Relax and enjoy everything…you plan forever and then in one day its all over, so just enjoy it!

Wedding Vendors (Salt Lake City, UT):

Photographer: Darla Roze Photography / Ceremony Venue: Salt Lake City Temple / Reception Venue: Thanksgiving Point / Florist: Lora Bingham- Thanksgiving Point / Caterer: Thanksgiving Point / Cake: Marilyn Jenkins- 801-224-4086 / Photobooth: See Monkey / Bride’s Dress: The Perfect Dress / Silhouettes: Petit Debutant

Sweet Homespun Wedding

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This wedding is fresh out of the oven! This equally gorgeous DIY wedding shot by Lang Photographers makes my heart sing. You may recognize Roni’s vintage brooch bouquet from one of our posts about Fantasy Floral designs. Needless to say, I am loving our weddings today!

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Wedding Vendors (Mesa, AZ):

Venue:  Mesa LDS Temple / Photographer: Jeff and Stacie Lang / Videographer: Loren Brinton /
Flowers: Costco / Cake: Liberty Market / Dress: Suzanne’s Bridal / Accessories: White House Black Market / Shoes: Converse, Nine West / Hair: Habit Salon / Suit: Joseph Abboud / Groom’s accessories: Converse, Express /

Whimsical Garden Party Wedding

Garden Weddings, Real Weddings

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Jenna and Dustin are such a sweet and playful couple! I think that is made pretty obvious in these gorgeous wedding portraits by Sloan Photographers. If you ask me, they pretty much killed it! You want to know the best part? This is just the beginning. Later today, we will be posting Jenna and Dustin’s reception! I know, I know. It’s off the hook.