What’s more fitting for today than a styled shoot celebrating royal love? This editorial from Laura Ann Miller Photography, Mr & Mrs Wedding Events, and Snapdragon Studio is as luxurious as it gets, with lush velvet, flowers in rich tones, and some seriously stylish fashion for both the bride and groom. Let’s take a peek:
With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, we figured it’s time to share this ultra-chic wedding inspiration filled to the brim with romantic colors, fashion, and truly enviable centerpieces. Erin Stubblefield, Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Events, and An Affair to Remember left no detail unattended to as they get us ready for the Valentine’s spirit!
There’s something about adding watercolor to your wedding day that just instantly ups the romance factor, which is exactly what Michelle and Sam did for their own celebration. A supremely talented team of vendors, including Untamed Heart Photography, Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Events, and Poppie’s Design Studio, came together to create this stunning day and make all the couple’s dreams reality!
From the bride, Michelle: What a glorious day in May! Our ceremony and reception were both held at the 114 year old country club where Sam and his brothers grew up working. The setting was lush and green, with all of the unique charm the venue had to offer. Large chandeliers, black and white checkered flooring, and ornate details all came to life when tied in with the bright pops of floral and gold. We could not have asked for more!
Our vision for the wedding was one that was relaxed and comfortable… I even wore flats! All of the bridesmaids picked out their own dresses in light neutral shades, and the groomsmen dressed in navy with their own unique and fun ties. Sam and I wanted everyone’s individual personality to shine through. We had the best morning getting ready, listening to music and sipping champagne, while the men spent the morning on the beautiful golf course.
The wedding day was full of light spring rain showers, but right before the ceremony took place on the upper patio, the skies opened up, and the sun shone through for all of our guests. I had always wanted to get married outside, so I wasn’t going to let a little rain stop that. Our reception was full of fun dance parties, lovely toasts, yummy dessert treats, and loads of laughter. Looking back, we wouldn’t change a single thing.
There are oodles of reasons to love today’s styled shoot, but chief among them is the fact that it doubles as a stylish bridal luncheon and also a portrait session for the bride and groom. Allison Marie Photography, Weddings by Hannah, and Branches and Twigs pooled their talents to create a gorgeous event for the bride and her ‘maids, complete with incredible floral decor and all, then had the groom join the bride outside for some dreamy shots of the couple.
From the photographer, Allison Marie: Inspired by the beautiful architecture and grounds at Longview Mansion, the designers and I created a vision for this inspirational bridal luncheon. It would be an event the bride would host to celebrate the beautiful friendships she has with her bridesmaids, and would include toasts, decadent treats and gifts.
The details and attire for the shoot were inspired by feminine, earthy details. The bride wore a stunning floral necklace, and the bridesmaids were gifted with one-of-a-kind flower rings. After the bridal luncheon portion of the shoot, I was able to photograph the model bride and groom outside for photos. I am still amazed by how all the aspects of this shoot came together so perfectly, and it was an honor to work with such talented wedding vendors!!
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Every time we see a wedding from Steven Michael Photography, we’re constantly in awe of his incredible images. Susan and Brandt’s Kansas City loft wedding was full of classic touches of pink, green, and white, and effortlessly blended classic elegance in an industrial setting thanks to the talents of Eco-Posh Events and Shackelford Botanical Design.
From the bride, Susan: From the beginning, we knew that we wanted our wedding day to be relaxed, stress-free and a simple celebration of our love. It was important to us that we enjoy each and every moment and just have fun! That meant not having any aspect of the day be too formal and putting our focus into playing music reminiscent of our early relationship, dancing, delicious food that everyone could enjoy (we offered vegan, vegetarian and meat options to make all guests feel comfortable) and wine from some of our favorite California wineries. At the beginning, we did not have a theme in mind, but as we started making decisions on the venue, flowers, food and decor, everything fell into place. I couldn’t believe how it all came together in the end. Everyone told me that would happen, but it was hard to believe until I saw it for myself. The moment that I walked into our reception venue and saw all of the small pieces put together, I almost cried… it was perfect!
I loved the idea of using chalkboards for signage. We had a hard time finding chalkboards that were the size and look that we wanted so Brandt decided to make them. He used plywood, trim, stain and chalkboard paint all purchased at a home improvement store and built them within a matter of hours. It was exactly what we had in mind! We told Aimee Brodbeck (the signage designer) the theme for our day and she was able to come up with the seating chart, guest book sign, “bride” and “groom” chair signs and name/date sign designs. We loved the way everything turned out! She also made our place cards. The initial wreaths were handmade by the groom’s mother using wooden letters, ribbon and moss from a craft store. Very easy to make! We used clear, empty wine bottles with a slit in the cork (and backs of leftover invitations) for table numbers. We glued two invitations together and printed the numbers on the back. They actually came out better than expected.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? When we first got engaged, we got a lot of questions about what the theme of of our wedding would be. I could never answer that question because I didn’t know. Our advice is for couples is to decide on the venue (pick something that feels true to the relationship) and then start making small decisions one at a time. Even by picking a style of cake that you like, you can start to guide yourself in a style direction that is right for you. Also, once you make a decision, don’t second guess yourself. You will always see something different that you could have done, but go with your first instinct and then lock it in. If you keep changing style decisions, you may always be questioning what you could have done differently!
Reception Entrance: “California Love,” Tupac
First Dance: “Is this Love,” Bob Marley
Processional: “You and Me,” Lifetime (Instrumental version)
Mother/Son Dance: “Close to You,” The Carpenters
Father/Daughter Dance: “Love and Happiness,” Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris
Last Dance: “Time of My Life,” Dirty Dancing Soundtrack
Wedding Location: Kansas City, MO / Photographer: Steven Michael Photography / Day-Of Coordination: Erika Piquant of Eco-Posh Events / Florist: John Shackelford of Shackelford Botanical Design / Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church, Liberty, MO / Reception Venue: The Urban Event at The Historic Firestone Building / Wedding Dress: Watters “Chantelle” / Veil: Glamour Closet / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka “Lacie” / Earrings: Aqua for Bloomingdales / Bracelet: J. Crew / Hair: Angi Ouderkirk / Makeup: Jennifer Conroy / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Nordstrom / Caterer: Salt Catering Kansas City / Wedding Cake: Ace’s Cake Shop / DJ: DJ Johnnie Cross / Signage Design: Aimee Brodbeck / Wedding Invitations: Evie Davis / Videoographer: Nick Miller Films
I’m beyond excited to share this shoot with you all. Not only is it bursting with color, but it’s got endless amounts of floral beauty from Peacock Blooms Floral Design. Sweet Monday Photography was not only the photographer, but the genius behind the concept and creation.
From Lindsey and April of Sweet Monday Photography: We wanted to do something fun to celebrate the winding down of summer, and to show off the gorgeous colors in flowers and desserts that are in abundance this time of year. Many of the projects were DIY (the giant wire heart, the marshmallows, the flatware, etc.), and we thrifted a lot of the tablescape. The location was the super charming Heirloom Room, which is a new antique store and event space in St. Louis, MO. They have amazing vintage rentals available for their clients, and we wanted to bring a modern feel in with our flowers and decor to mix with the rustic lushness of the space.
Shoot Location: St. Louis, MO / Photographer: Sweet Monday Photography / Floral Design: Peacock Blooms Floral Design / Venue: The Heirloom Room / Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid and Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique / Wedding Cake: Sarah’s Cake Shop / Invitations and Paper Goods: Katie Kemp Design
This vintage wedding photographed by Lisa Dolan has just the right balance of casual and glam. Pops of peach were mixed with black and gold to create a unique color palette throughout the ceremony and reception spaces. I must say, Converse and fur have never looked so good together!
From the bride: Sam and I had been together for almost six years and were more in love than ever when he proposed. Wedding planning commenced immediately, it was exciting, but it was definitely an exercise in decision making and editing, to say the least. I had just started Mint Design, my own wedding and event styling business, so our wedding was the perfect opportunity to showcase my ideas.
The guys wore a perfect vintage-but-not-too-vintage look that was still casual, thanks to their classic Converse Jack Purcell sneaks. The ladies all looked so soft and pretty in their ivory bridesmaid dresses and gold jewelry. It was absolutely freezing the day of the wedding, so their colorful cardigans contributed some bright and cheery pops of color.
Both Sam and I are interested in a variety of styles, so the aesthetic of our wedding was rather difficult to nail down. We were married at Quail Ridge Lodge, in the small town in which I grew up. It is a gorgeous A-frame log cabin with pine- clad walls, windows, and natural light.
We wanted our wedding to be a little bit of a mix – a little bit rustic, a little bit vintage. Our colors were ivory, black and gold, with pops of peach. Just about every aspect of the wedding was handmade by myself, Sam, and my wonderful friends and family.
I loved designing everything for the wedding – from the entire paper suite to the table runners, the backdrops, the boutonnieres, and so on. One of my favorite projects was designing a custom plaid pattern using some of the wedding colors and having a custom fabric printed by Spoonflower, then making the bow ties myself.
Our wedding day was perfect – it was a gorgeous day full of love, laughter, family, and friends. A few days later we left on our honeymoon to Thailand and the Philippines, where we spent a few weeks with Sam’s amazing family. My advice to brides who are planning their wedding is to get things done as early as you can.
Processional Song: “Hoppìpolla,” by Sigur Ròs
Recessional Song: “Home,” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
First Dance: “Forever and Ever Amen,” covered by The Avett Brothers
Father/Daughter Dance: “Daddy’s Hands,” by Holly Dunn
Location: O’Fallon, MO / Photographer: Lisa Dolan Photography / Wedding Planning, Invitations, and Fashion Accessories: Mint Wedding & Event Styling / Wedding Flowers: Troy Flower Shop / Wedding Dress and Veil: White Traditions Bridal House / Bride’s Shoes: ASOS / Bride’s Necklace: J. Crew / Bride’s Belt: BHLDN / Makeup: Adrienne Sandusky / Hair: Denise Saral / Groom and Groomsmen’s Outfits: Express / Wedding Cake: Susie G’s
If you tell me there’s a wedding that ends the night with a panda piñata raffle, then don’t be surprised when I start fidgeting in my seat from anticipation. Today’s wedding from Steven Michael Photo and Hitched Weddings and Events blends stripes, navy, polka dots, and modern elements for a perfect marriage of nautical wedding inspiration.
From the bride, Emily: I don’t believe we ever had a specific “style” in mind when planning, but we definitely wanted it to feel like an extension of us – casual, a little quirky, and comfortable. We wanted to put a spin on traditional wedding elements, while keeping it classic. Since I work at the local art museum, I seemed to lean towards an aesthetic that was more modern, such as bold patterns, clean lines, no-fuss flowers, and unexpected elements like the Panda piñata. Above all things, we wanted an opportunity to share music and good food with our guests in a city we love, Kansas City.
We didn’t have a specific theme in mind, but navy, grey and pops of green dominated the color palette. I wanted it to feel clean and fresh. I honestly hadn’t settled on a theme or colors until I became obsessed with a pair of J.Crew navy and white striped shoes. I knew they would be perfect to wear for the wedding and they inspired me to include a striped ribbon on my bouquet. My husband’s bow tie (and socks, actually) also matched! I liked mix and matching patterns, so we incorporated stripes, pin-dots, even plaid, and grey chevron in subtle ways. I think patterns add visual interest and anew twist to traditional wedding elements.
My DIY projects were more “DIWF” (do it with friends). I sought help from my creative friends at the museum I work at, as well as other graphic designers in our friend group to help us with many of the details. I helped design the large name card stand, which also included an element for visitors to write notes on old library cards and put them in old book cover pockets, which were affixed on the stand. My only DIY moment was making ribbon wands with my bridesmaid. My husband actually helped us solve how to keep the ribbons on the dowel rod – cable ties!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? While blogs and Pinterest are exceptional for sharing ideas and for narrowing a wedding vision, it is incredibly easy for brides (I’m guilty) to become obsessed with every detail and feeling the need to incorporate every “trendy” thing they see online. Discuss with your fiancé his priorities for the wedding day and have a shared understanding of what is important as a couple, and you’ll be less likely to fuss about the small stuff.
Many brides told me to step back during the reception and observe all of the activity, and I never knew the value of being present in the moment until our wedding. It’s really easy to get caught in the whirlwind of saying hello to everyone, but pausing to take-in the ephemeral moments and details (how your fiancé smiles, what the air feels like, watching your dad talk to your friends, seeing people’s reactions to the food and dancing to music) this is what made our wedding so memorable.
Lastly, if your budget allows, I highly recommend hiring trustworthy coordinators who align with your style and personality. Jessica and Amy from Hitched Weddings & Events were amazing to work with. They were incredibly professional and made the wedding day go so smooth. We didn’t have to worry about a thing! Plus, their creative flowers and unexpected fresh designs made our wedding so pretty and fun.
Ceremonial music curated by Victoria Chamberlin, my incredibly talented friend and musician. She performed the oboe as an accompaniment to the organ. I didn’t want traditional wedding hymnals, so she helped me select some beautiful organ music not normally played at weddings.
Prelude: Sleepers, Awake!, J.S. Bach; Air from Water Music, G.F. Handel
Unity Candle: Concerto for oboe in d minor, Mvt 2, Tomaso Albinoni
Processional: Nimrod from Enigma Variations, Edward Elgar
Recessional: Hornpipe from Water Music, G.F. Handel
Dinner Music: Decemberists, Mates of State, Arcade Fire, Beach House, Band of Horses, Empire of the Sun, Chairlift, Grimes, Junior Senior
First Dance: “No One is Gonna Love You,” Band of Horses
Wedding Location: Kansas City, MO / Wedding Photographer: Steven Michael Photo / Wedding Flowers and Day-Of Coordination: Hitched Weddings and Events / Ceremony Venue: Country Club Christian Church / Reception Venue: Terrace on Grand / Wedding Dress: Pronovias La Sposa “Dibujo” via Bridal Extraordinaire / Wedding Shoes: J. Crew / Jewelry: Kate Spade / Hair: Jenny Mitchell of Hairpins Salon / Makeup: Meredith Ware of Ware Hair & Makeup / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ann Taylor / Bridesmaids’ Gloves: Greatlookz / Bridesmaids’ Shoe Clips: Up a Tree Cup a Tee Co. / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Tie: Tie Bar / Groom’s Socks: J. Crew / Wedding Caterer: TASTE Catering / Wedding Cake: chefshop / DJ: Craig Loftis of Elite Sounds Entertainment / Chevron Runners: Ultrapom / Wedding Invitations: Lisa Nichole Designs / Name Cards and Table Numbers: Kelsey Murietta, Flossy Stylish Designs / Guest Book Poster: Danielle Dragan / Transportation: Horizon Limousine
We always love a good bit of nautical inspiration, and all the more when it comes from the incredible Alea Lovely! Alea crafted this beautiful elopement shoot inspired by sea-faring details, featuring on gorgeous boat courtesy of Victorian Gardens, who also provided the floral arrangements.
From the photographer, Alea: How great would it be to get your closest friends and family together for a private romantic nautical elopement in a intimate location and sail off for a night on the water. We used the traditional navy and white to capture the nautical feel but instead of red softened it up with blushes and soft pink pastels to make it a more elegant affair.
With nautical details of rope, paddles, wood and stripes positioned seamlessly with elegant glassware, candles and lanterns we put together a perfect intimate affair for the creative bride to do something simple but gorgeous. We didn’t want to over do it with too many details to take away from the lovely boat that accented the end of the dock where are simple ceremony could take place. Hope you’re inspired!
Shoot Location: Kansas City, MO / Wedding Photographer and Creative Director: Alea Lovely / Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau / Wedding Flowers and Boat: Victorian Gardens / Wedding Cake: Classic Cakes / Hair: April McReynolds / Makeup: Jolie Artistry / Props: Victorian Gardens and Hickory Dickory
Nothing shouts romance more than hearkening back to the classics, which is what the incredible Alea Lovely had in mind when she designed this wedding inspiration shoot — loosely based around the 1974 film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. You may remember Alea from this stunning fall inspiration shoot, complete with one of the most gorgeous gowns we’ve ever seen — and now she’s back with another stunner.
From the photographer, Alea: Taking a step back to the 70’s to put a modern spin on a great classic. The setting was at a personal estate creating an intimate wedding setting which is my favorite. The dress was a vintage light blue gown redesigned for a more modern look. The blue danube on the table scape was a major detail I wanted to incorporate that tied together the stationery, cake and floral design. Gave a classy vintage detail. The accessories like the wide head band adorned with crystals gave a bride a very distinct throwback feel.
Wedding Vendors (Kansas City, MO):
Venue: Family Estate / Wedding Photographer and Creative Director: Alea Lovely / Bride’s Dress: Vintage 1970s gown redesigned by Alea Bebenek / Groom’s Suit: Vintage 1970s Heirloom suit / Groom’s Bow Tie and Accessories: The Social Seam / Hair Accessory: Jennifer Behr / Wedding Belt: Ivy and Aster / Bride’s Bracelet: Francesca’s Collections / Bride’s Earrings: Erica Koesler / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Preston / Flower Girl Dresses: Target / Wedding Flowers: Victorian Gardens / Wedding Cake: Classic Cakes / Invitations and Stationery: Announce This Design / Hair: April McReynolds / Makeup: Jolie Artistry / Car Rental: Pech Limousine
This shoot from Alea Lovely is the perfect reminder of why we love fall so much — everything seems to take on such a naturally rustic but romantic feel! Alea whipped up this gorgeous gown herself to fit the photoshoot to a T. You’ll want to check out the photo gallery to soak in all the details for this one!
Alea Lovely is the perfect reminder of why we love fall so much — everything seems to take on such a naturally rustic but romantic feel! Alea whipped up this gorgeous gown herself to fit the photoshoot to a T. You’ll want to check out the
Alea Lovely is the perfect reminder of why we love fall so much — everything seems to take on such a naturally rustic but romantic feel! Alea whipped up this gorgeous gown herself to fit the photoshoot to a T. You’ll want to check out the View all images from this shoot in the gallery
From the photographer, Alea: We shot on Longview Mansion’s grounds that had a lot of rustic structures we could work with along with the great overgrown grass. With the vision I had to shoot it I just couldn’t find a dress that matched the feeling of what we were going for so I made the dress to capture the very whimsical direction we were headed for and used color in the dress inspired by the latest fashion trend of using color in bridal. The florist used her great-grandmother’s amazing pink antique depression glass as centerpieces and accents to the flowers and cake. The cake decorator used a brush-like texture on the buttercream to give it a nest-like look. The furniture rentals used were great rustic pieces like old wooden crates, old dress trunks, rusted keys and this great wide bottom over-sized chair that looks like it came straight from the set of Alice and Wonderland. The pergola was a great accent location in front of the water for something a little different.
Wedding Vendors (Lee’s Summit, MO):
Photography and direction: Alea Lovely Photo + Video / Florals and decor: Amy Cason of Victorian Gardens / Rentals and styling: My Pleasant Street Rentals / Cake: Classic Cakes / Hair: Love Your Bobby Pins / Makeup: Jolie Artistry / Dress and hair accessories: Alea of The Bridal Tree / Venue: Longview Mansion Grounds / Model: Amanda Morrow
Deidre Lynn Photography always brings in the sweetest Midwest weddings for us to gush over. This one is no exception. This wedding was virtually 100% handmade, thanks to talented Etsy sellers. Many more images from this vineyard wedding in the gallery!
From the Bride: We were inspired by classic vintage details, our vineyard location, and a little bit of European goodness. Our wedding day REALLY could not have been more perfect from beginning to end. Hugh and I both have the same favorite moments (ironically the opening and closing of the day): the pure joy we felt when those Church doors opened and we first saw each other from opposite ends; and the cap to the night when family and friends encircled us and we all happily swayed and sang along to “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers, the last song at the reception. Of course, this special day would not have been even close to possible without the hard work of all of our generous family and friends. In addition, the vendors we selected all went above and beyond to make our day truly wonderful. Their work was not only excellent but also their kind and willing attitudes made wedding planning and day of coordination so much easier.
Deidre Lynn Photography always brings in the sweetest Midwest weddings for us to gush over. This one is no exception. This wedding was virtually 100% handmade, thanks to talented Etsy sellers. Many more images from this View all images from this wedding in the gallery
Wedding Vendors (St. Louis, Missouri):
Ceremony: St. Louis Cathedral Basilica / Reception: Chandler Hills Vineyard / Photographer: Deidre Lynn Photography / Florist: Thorn Studio / Wedding Dress: custom designed by Dagmar from Sash Couture (on Etsy) used all of these ideas to design and create my dream dress. (We never met in person once, as we are located very far apart. I found her on Etsy and she completely designed this from our phone and e-mail conversations – it’s possible!) / Bridesmaid dresses: Dagmar/Sash Couture / Veil: BHLDN / Bow hair piece: Mignonne Handmade (on Etsy) / Necklace and bridesmaid necklaces: Petitor (on Etsy) / Groomsmen jackets: Club Room / Groomsmen pants: Perry Ellis / Groomsmen ties: Tux and Tulle (on Etsy) / Cake topper: Figs & Ginger (etsy) / Thumbprint guest book: TearDrop Weddings
A lot of brides ask us to see how out of town couples plan their weddings from afar. Dottie and Ken are from Philadelphia, but managed to plan a beyond gorgeous wedding in St. Louis, Missouri where the bride is originally from. Thank you Clary Photo for sharing the images and Dottie for sharing your story with us today!
From the bride, Dottie: I was an out of town bride. Once we decided to get married in STL close to family, we booked a trip and set up appointments based on what we wanted out of both venues. Both had me at hello. This is a historic, STL favorite. I am a museum /garden exhibition designer, so I wanted whatever we chose to be unique. I loved the green pallet that the Japanese Garden provided to us. It was the perfect backdrop.
We both wanted a small-ish, intimate wedding with no more than a hundred of our closest family and friends. It started with my antique Art Deco sapphire engagement ring — we didn’t feel anything needed to be by the book. And by doing it that way the wedding really became something of our own. As a designer, I wanted it all to have creative, personal touches and fantastic subtle use of color and patterns. We like a bit of rustic meets pretty. We live in Philadelphia on the third floor of an old row home. We love feeling some of the history and character in where we live.
I liked the idea of using all colors harmoniously and I have to be honest, I couldn’t choose just one! I was inspired by happy yellow billy buttons, succulents and my favorite, peach roses. The garden location where we had the wedding was also an influence. My dress and ring inspired the patterns. My amazing Nicole Miller architectural beaded gown was simple, with a complex design. This lead to our invitations, cake…
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now?
Pick your photographer first. Look through their photos and use this as an approach to help you identify how you want to see your wedding on the big day and also remember it years from now. Ask your photographer and vendors to make recommendations. They always have the in on who and what is best. This will save you time — this is how I planned a wedding all by myself 1000 miles away from the location!
Wedding Vendors (St Louis, Missouri):
Venue: Missouri Botanical Garden / Wedding Photographer: Clary from Clary Photo / Catering: City Cottage on Chouteau by Catering St. Louis / Florist: Lisa Gallagher of Belli Fiori / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller, architectural beaded gown, purchased at Nicole Miller in Philadelphia / Wedding Veil: Handmade by mother-in-law /Shoes: Stewart Weitzman / Jewelry: droplet earrings – BHLDN; favorite bangles; borrowed aunt’s pearls / Makeup: Aurora & Charmane of p Artistry by A&C / Hair: Meggan of Pixies Hair Design / Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN grass twirled sweetheart dress / Groom’s suit: Groom- Brooks Brothers navy suit, others wore grey suits / DJ/Band/Ceremony Musician: Millennium Music / Wedding Cake: Sugaree Baking / Wedding invitations: Loveleigh Invitations / Videographer: Chad Ruthsatz
While we adore culling through a plethora of wedding pictures, there’s something so very special about a well-done wedding film that pictures just can’t fully capture. When Emily of Stereo Waltz Films sent over this simple and sweet wedding filmed by her husband, we were immediately delighted by the prospect of sharing both wedding photos and a wedding film! The bride, Natasha, is a shining example of the DIY bride, and we love her description of her ideal for the rehearsal — “comfortable romantic.” We have to say, after looking through all the images in the gallery it seems certain she achieved that and so much more.
From the bride, Natasha: I was going for a vintage feel for my wedding. I wanted it to look very clean and and romantic. I wanted the style to represent who Mason and I are as a couple.
The color theme was very natural. It was mostly all whites and off-whites with gold accent. I did most all of the design for the wedding myself – DIY. The beautiful jar lights in the tree I put together with some antique jars from a local antique mall and spray painted the cords gold. We collected the doilies and jars on the reception tables from friends and antique malls. The flowers we ordered online and I went with a wildflower look with very natural colors. I have always loved lavender so that was a special thing to have it at the wedding and in the bridal boquets.
The fabric boutonnieres were made by a friend and we added some of the extra flowers to make them pop just right. I went for a comfortable romantic vintage feel, especially for the reception. It felt like I had invited all these guest into my home which is what I wanted. My husband’s mother made all the food for the reception. We ordered a cake and cupcakes from our favorite local restaurant.
Any advice for future brides? I think I would tell a bride-to-be to get inspiration from blogs and friends and to really think about what they want and dream for their wedding. It’s amazing how much you can do yourself and bring the cost down while still going for what you would love. I would also tell her to get some help from a friend she trusts or wedding planner. It is so very helpful when you have another hand in all the planning :) It can be a bit overwhelming.
It took us a bit of time to decide where to have the wedding. A friend of ours actually had told us about some land that was behind their house where some weddings had been held before. We just walked up to the door and knocked and the couple was so kind to show us around their property and told us we could use it under one condition, “that you stay together for the rest of your lives.” Of course! So we fell in love with the trees and the space and decided it was perfect.
I thought I could plan the wedding myself, but about a month before the wedding I felt a little stressed out :) So I called some friends who had done a couple weddings before mine — “The wedding company.” The three of these lovely ladies had just started designing and organizing weddings together. I already had basically everything I needed, but they helped with the finishing touches and also with the day-of organization and schedule. It was so helpful to know that they would set up and tear down everything and nothing would be left forgotten.
Stereo Waltz Films sent over this simple and sweet wedding filmed by her husband, we were immediately delighted by the prospect of sharing both wedding photos and a wedding film! The bride, Natasha, is a shining example of the DIY bride, and we love her description of her ideal for the rehearsal — “comfortable romantic.” We have to say, after looking through all the images in the View all wedding photos here
Wedding vendors (Kansas City, Missouri):
Venue: Academy for Performing Arts, Grandview, MO / Decor Arrangements: The Wedding Company KC / Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo / Wedding Hair: Taryn Moore of The Wedding Company KC / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie / Musician: Brandon Hampton / Wedding photography: Steve Offut of Steven Michael Photo / Video: Stereo Waltz Films / Wedding Hair: Taryn Moore of The Wedding Company KC / Fabric Boutonnieres: Roni Brewster / Coffee: Broadway Cafe / Flower Arrangements: Nicole LeBouf of The Wedding Company KC / Finger Foods: Mother of Groom / Wedding Cake: 8 Layer Cake from Succotash / Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank / Wedding Invitations: Stephen Jordan
‘Tis the season to show your love in fun and creative ways! Or so is the case for Elsie and Jeremy, a too-cute couple who were recently snapped by photographer Sarah Rhodes for their engagement photos. This is a perfect example of using the engagement photos as an opportunity to showcase your personalities and, well, your gosh-darn adorableness. Elsie is the crafty maven behind Red Velvet and Jeremy is an amazing singer/songwriter in Springfield, Missouri. Enjoy!
You can tell that they had a total blast putting together this shoot. A big thanks to photographer Sarah Rhodes for sending these over! Congratulations, Elsie and Jeremy- can’t wait to see the wedding!
Today is the official kickoff for our DIY Contest, and there are so many entries to share! To warm you up for the DIY Festival, I’d like to share this wedding sent by Sharon of Sharon Taylor Designs. This Missouri wedding is the epitome of a DIY wedding done right. Hannah and Evan chose The Loft at Keith Farms in Ash Grove as the perfect backdrop for their vintage countryside wedding.
A little bit from Sharon, the designer behind it all: “This sweet countryside wedding could not have touched me more. I was fortunate to have worked closely with my cousin, Laura Key. We worked together through out this last year year and frequented many garage sales and even trash piles…(yes, we do that on occasion). She and her husband, Brett poured more love and labor into this wedding than I have ever seen before on such an event – Brett hauled their family piano all the way to Ash Grove for the ceremony so that their oldest daughter, Chloe, could play at Hanna’s wedding – her sister. A labor of love by all the family! It was SWEET. Made me cry, laugh, and dance with a happy heart. “
Wedding Vendors (Ash Grove, MO):
Venue: The Loft at Keith Farms / Wedding planner: Sharon Taylor Designs / Wedding coordination: Bringing it Together Events / Florist: Lonie Mae, Schaffitzel’s Flowers / Photographer: Chase Heilman Photography / Bridesmaid dresses: Anthropologie / Flower girl dresses: Polly Hawkins (Bride’s grandmother) / DJ: Nick Keith / Catering: DIY by bride’s family / Wedding Cake: Anna Cavvelin
It’s time for Part II of Krystal and Chris’s wedding by Katie Day. Their reception is overflowing with sweet rustic details. If you loved part one of their vintage barn wedding, you will love the second. Prepare to be charmed!
Wedding Vendors (Battlefield, Missouri):
Photographer: Katie Day / Venue: Peabody’s Farm / Wedding Coordinator: Bringing it Together Events / Florist: The Nest / Caterer: Whole Hog Cafe / Cake: Cake Creations by Darlene / Cookies: Beth’s Bake Shoppe / Stationer: Molly Fowler from Wig Wag Studios / Videographer: Reclaim Creative / DJ: Just One More Song / Hair Stylist: Jessica Hodge at Hairy’s Salon / Makeup Artist: Tabitha Headley / Bride’s Dress: Casablanca / Bride’s Hair Piece: Pishposhes / Bride’s Jewelry: Luxe Deluxe / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: ModCloth / Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire: Vest and Pants from Express and ties from Urban Outfitters
Remember this picnic engagement session teaser? Their photographer, Katie Day sent over their awesome farm wedding that took place in Missouri. The rustic and vintage touches throughout paired perfectly with the big red barn and the woodsy surroundings which served as a perfect ceremony backdrop.
From Krystal, the bride:
I knew I wanted a folksy rustic look with an ethereal feel(this part really came out in the music), but I also wanted to incorporate a field, handmade and vintage elements–and of course the books and typewriter because I am a writer. At one point I think I told someone I wanted my wedding to look like an Andrew Bird song sounds. So my vision was never exactly clear, it just came together as we went along.
My friend Molly read my mind and designed our invitation poster, cd, and program. I’m pretty sure my direction was “Let’s make it into a kind of folksy, whimsical poster with birds, banners, and a phonograph.” She took it from there and created exactly what I wanted. We rolled the invitations up and shipped them in cardboard mailing tubes…people loved it!
I didn’t chose a theme or a color scheme. I just did what I liked as I went along. I picked the bridesmaids’ dresses because I liked the color, and then about halfway through the wedding planning process I decided that yellow would be my main color. I was hoping the big red barn and the beautiful summer greenery would do the rest for me.
Some advice from Krystal:
It’s best not to over think things. There is no right or wrong choice, and your guests will never know that you decided to forego the IKEA cloth backdrop photo booth. Keep moving and do what you can in the time you have to plan your wedding.
Also, remember that it’s just a party. No one should be nervous or stressing or crying about a party that will go by faster than any other moment in your life.
Part II is coming up later today. Stay tuned!
Wedding Vendors (Battlefield, Missouri):
Photographer: Katie Day / Venue: Peabody’s Farm / Wedding Coordinator: Bringing it Together Events / Florist: The Nest / Caterer: Whole Hog Cafe / Cake: Cake Creations by Darlene / Cookies: Beth’s Bake Shoppe / Stationer: Molly Fowler from Wig Wag Studios / Videographer: Reclaim Creative / DJ: Just One More Song / Hair Stylist: Jessica Hodge at Hairy’s Salon / Makeup Artist: Tabitha Headley / Bride’s Dress: Casablanca / Bride’s Hair Piece: Pishposhes / Bride’s Jewelry: Luxe Deluxe / Bridesmaids Dresses: ModCloth / Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire: Vest and Pants from Express and ties from Urban Outfitters
Continuing with Kylie and Matt’s gorgeous wedding. Their handmade details are delightful…Thanks to The Parsons for sharing this wedding with me!
This wedding is chock full of gorgeous details. Love the “Anthropologie” feel to it! Shot by the crazy talented duo Ashley and Jeremy Parson from The Parsons, the ceremony and reception took place at Arts Incubator in Kansas City, Missouri. This sweet quote shot below is from a book called She. Now, onto the photos: