To be perfectly honest, I spent many days in my childhood dreaming of getting married at castle ruins. Today’s styled shoot from Natalie Schutt, Cake & Punch Productions, and Anna Le Pley Taylor is like seeing those dreams come to life, with some misty weather added in for extra drama. How could anyone resist it?
A wedding on top of a mountain will always catch my eye, just as this styled shoot from Dehan Engelbrecht and Wildeflower does. Their amazing team of vendors made its way to the top of Lion’s Head Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, gaining an impeccable view to accentuate their stylish scene. Get ready for oodles of floral inspiration that will make your heart sing!
Spring, summer, and fall weddings are all amazing in their own way, but doesn’t there seem to be some sort of special charm specific to winter weddings? Just take a peep at the wedding of Dez and Josh, photographed by Live View Studios and planned in North Carolina by Southern Roots Events. We love that the couple threw in some nods to viking culture to tie in to the colder weather!
You might have caught on to this by now, but any time I see a sequined wedding gown, my heart skips a beat or two. This styled shoot from Rebecca Masters Photography, Allure with Decor, and Beyond the Garden Gate uses not one but two sparkly frocks, and pairs them with lush floral design and pomegranate accents for a look that’s more than perfect for chillier seasons.
From the photographer, Rebecca Masters Photography: Nestled in the beautiful Applegate Valley, Red Lily Vineyard’s “Stargazer Knoll” was the perfect location for our rustic yet elegant, autumn wedding shoot. With an abundance of towering oak trees, and the breathtaking Siskiyou mountains surrounding, what better to depict the little-known gem which is the Southern Oregon wine country.
Our focus was to show how simple and affordable it can be to create two equally beautiful looks for your wedding day. The sequin Badgley Mischka gown, which we rented from Rent the Runway, is a stunner no doubt but when paired with an airy tulle skirt from BHLDN, you have a dazzling and unique bridal look that will surely leave an impression.
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Today’s shoot from Tulle & Grace takes a simple formula — a darling couple in love, an eye-catching gown, and show-stopping scenery — and makes it absolutely shine. It’s an absolutely perfect anniversary shoot for fall, and we have no doubt it will inspire all you autumn brides out there planning your big day now. Of course, we have to mention the flowers from Forage & Fleur, because that wild bouquet is truly the stuff of dreams.
From the photographer, Whitney of Tulle & Grace: Inspired by the colors of fall, we helped our lovely couple celebrate their anniversary among the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains. Brass Town Bald is the highest point in Georgia and the views from the top are some of the most stunning around!
One of our favorite venue ideas for a wedding ceremony is the amphitheater — and Boulder’s Sunrise Amphitheater overlooks the city, making it the most perfectly romantic spot for Christine and Patrick to exchange their vows. They just celebrated their first anniversary, so we couldn’t think of a better time to share than today. Talented vendors Cyn Kain Photography, Calluna Events, and Cori Cook Floral Design collaborated to bring this duo’s vision to life for a day that included live music, breathtaking views, and a bit of boho glam flair.
From the bride, Christine: Patrick and I met in Boulder and this town has become a part of us and our story so it was an easy decision to decide to have our wedding in Boulder as well. Despite boasting 300 days of sunshine in Colorado, the weather can be fairly unpredictable. The infamous 500-year flood happened exactly one year before our wedding weekend, and we actually got a dusting of snow on the Friday before our wedding day, then magically… we woke up to a beautiful, sunny day to say our I do’s. And that’s the word I would use to describe our wedding day. Magical.
The weather could not have been more perfect for our ceremony at Sunrise Amphitheater overlooking the town of Boulder. A very good friend of ours and one of Patrick’s groomsmen added the the ultimate personal touch to our ceremony with an acoustic version of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love.” The ballroom at the St. Julien was exceptionally beautiful with an amazing wall of light that brought so much warmth to the room and complimented the florals so perfectly. The music was a major focal point of the day for Patrick and I. We share a love of live music and wanted to do something different in that regard. We hired This Must be The Band and danced the night away to the music of the Talking Heads with our closest friends and family. It was unforgettable.
Favorite moment: Patrick actually told me the day after our wedding that the most emotional moment of the day for him was, surprisingly, the confetti toss – which instantly made it my favorite moment. It was truly overwhelming to be welcomed into our cocktail hour for our first dance to the excited and supportive cheers from all of our friends and family. We could literally feel the love surrounding us.
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Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music
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When it comes to great desert wedding inspiration, we can always rely on Tyler Rye Photography to deliver. For today’s shoot, he brought along Middle Aisle Weddings and Wild Blooms to create a rugged scene filled with a rustic wooden table, crystals, taxidermy, and fresh flowers displayed around custom glass geo boxes.
From the photographer, Tyler Rye Photography: We were hoping to get away from the rustic look that happens so much in southern Utah, the burlap and mason jars look. But at the same time we wanted the shoot to reflect the rugged desert feel that draws people to the desert of Utah! I found inspiration from my dad as odd as that might seem. He is a hunter and loves all things outdoors. We incorporated taxidermy and a rough table to reflect the rough side of the desert and then brought in fresh flowers and custom glass boxes to show the natural beauty of craftsmanship found here in Utah.
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We always love a good elopement, and when it’s in the mountains of North Carolina, who can resist? Kayleigh and Bryson set out to exchange vows on top of a grassy, romantic, elevated location, and picked the exact site for their ceremony only the day before. We have to say it worked out pretty well though, especially thanks to the floral design from Philosophy Flowers and the wonderful images from Boonetown Story!
From the bride, Kayleigh: The more I began looking at wedding styles, the more I realized that I was drawn more towards soft, natural motifs, with bright colors. I always knew I wanted a lace dress, and that I did not want a strapless dress, so I was very excited to see all the beautiful dresses which featured sleeves. In a faux wedding spread I saw a bridal model wearing a gold belt instead of a silver one, and I was completely sold on the idea. I also realized early on that I did not want to wear heels for a mountain wedding. It was actually ridiculously easy to find the perfect pair of blue boots. It took me a full year of organizing my Etsy favorites to actually buy any of my accessories, but my belt (with the gold leaf pattern) and our vow books were one of my favorite buys. The dress that I did my makeup in we found, no lie or exaggeration, for 60% off just a few days before we left for North Carolina. It was so perfect! Finding Bryson’s suit was also really fun. He would tell me things like, “I don’t want to wear black” and I would say, “I agree, I see you in blue”. We had this really fun brainstorming moment, which I think could only happen because our sense of style is so similar. We were both excited to find the perfect tweed tie on Etsy, for texture. I really pushed for his shoes too–when he put them on he was like, “Okay, yes, these are it.”
When Bryson and I envisioned our wedding, all we saw were Bryson and I on top of a mountain, saying our vows. It was quiet, and personal, and meaningful. Everything else–the style of it, was just fun. I’m so happy that it turned out exactly how we planned! I think what really stands out to me about our wedding was that it was just personal. Everything we wore, every place we went, it was all hand picked and hard won. The day before the wedding we had no idea where the service would take place. It was pouring down rain, and so Bryson and I hauled on our hiking boots and our rain gear and set off to hike the mountain trails. It wasn’t until we reached the bottom of the mountain that we started laughing–the perfect spot was only about a minute from the parking lot. It was an expansive mountainscape that, until that day, had been covered in fog. We were soaking wet, muddy, cold, worried about rain and fog for the day of our wedding, but we were just laughing that we had found it. We kept hugging, and kissing, and laughing. That’s personal. We also wrote our vows the day before the wedding, and I actually wrote some of our wedding service. Pastor Ronald Ramsey is such a sweet man, and his wife is wonderful as well. It was understandably pretty hard to find an officiant that would do a secular wedding service in the Carolina Mountains, so I am so thankful to them. By the end we were all crying. Our I do’s were, “With this ring, I pledge to trust you, support you, and laugh with you forever”.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My advice would be just to stick to your gut. Bryson and I always knew we wanted to elope, but when we got some push back from our families, we tried to make it work at home (in Florida). It was a disaster! We went through so many wedding locations, so many ideas, and all we kept thinking was, “This isn’t the mountains, this can’t even compare”. Finally we settled on a small, formal party at home before we left, and then the elopement by ourselves. It came together so fluidly and kindly once we realized what we wanted. So be honest with yourselves. Make sure your budget is smaller than the money in your savings account. Don’t buy any accessories early because your mind will change a thousand times. Be gracious when accepting money from others, but don’t expect it to happen until it’s in your hand. Utilize organizing websites like pinterest, but don’t get caught up in the rat-race. Be patient with your spouse when they don’t want to talk about wedding planning; but be real when you need them to step up and listen. And above all, take time to step away from all that and realize that the only important part of this wedding is the two of you. The day after, I promise you, you’ll feel as if relief and calmness are flooding through every pore, and when you remember all the stress you put into this wedding, you’ll feel like you finally discovered the punch-line to the longest joke ever told.
We didn’t really have any music, but the day before our wedding we were in the cabin’s kitchen, cooking our wedding dinner (we made most of it early) and I told Bryson, “I have a song that makes me think of how much I love you, and it makes me cry”. We don’t share musical taste, but he laughed and said to put it on. I told him, “It’s called ‘The Devil’s Tears’,” and he laughed again and said, “What kind of love song is that?!” But as it played we started to dance, and as it played, tears streamed down both of our faces. It was a beautiful moment. We call that our First Dance.
“Some call love a curse, some call love a thief,
But she’s my home”
Wedding Location: Ferguson, NC / Photographer: Boonetown Story / Florist and Dinner Table Design: Philosophy Flowers / Venue: Leatherwood Mountains Resort / Cabin: Viewpoint Cabin, Unique Mountain Cabins / Wedding Dress and Veil: Anjolique A251 and Modern Bridal (Orlando, FL) / Bridal Belt: SomethingIvory / Boots: Steve Madden / Engagement Ring: salonpetite / Hair: Shear Shakti / Nail Salon: City Nails / Groom’s Suit: Express and sonofsoren / Groom’s Shoes: ALDO / Vow Books: HappyDappyBits / Secular Officiant: Pastor Ronald Ramsey
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
Today’s bride and groom brought a small handful of guests and flew halfway around the world to exchange vows amidst the magical scenery of Big Sur, California (and we’d say it’s totally worth it). Luckily they had the talents of Evynn LeValley Photography and Elegant Events at hand — two wedding professionals perfectly in tune with Big Sur and all it has to offer.
From the bride, Carrie: Bob first hatched the plan of getting married in Big Sur, California back in 2011 when we were on holiday there but he didn’t actually tell me about this until we got engaged in 2013. We live in Scotland so Big Sur is a very long way from home! I agreed instantly though as we had totally fallen in love with Big Sur when we were there and it seemed like such a romantic place to get married. We wanted a very small and intimate ceremony and celebration with just our immediate family, bridesmaid and best man. There was just 16 of us in total and we will be forever grateful to our loved ones for taking the time and effort to fly halfway round the world to be there with us on the day. We arrived in Big Sur a few days before the wedding so everyone really bonded and there was a lovely close, familial atmosphere on the day.
Our wedding planner Diane Allen from Big Sur Weddings was an absolute godsend! Despite being on opposite sides of the world and not able to meet until the wedding, I felt like she totally understood us, our relationship and what we were after. We could not have done it without her. From the moment that Diane first suggested Anderson Canyon as a potential venue, we knew the wedding had to be there. The beauty of the rugged natural landscape and the cool mid-century architecture of the house was a winning combination. I got goosebumps driving up to the estate on the morning of the wedding and when we got there, it was even more beautiful than the pictures had relayed. It was such a privilege to be able to get married there. We held the wedding dinner at Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant as we loved its rustic vibe and the relaxed family-style meal service was exactly what we wanted.
I am a fashion stylist and writer so I took charge of the aesthetics. I let the location lead the way and set out to create something rustic, bohemian and ethereal that would hopefully complement the venue. My main concern was that I didn’t want to over-complicate and over-style things so I tried to keep everything quite pared-back and simple. There wasn’t really a colour scheme as such but I was drawn to the natural colours and textures in Big Sur so there was lots of greenery, wood, white and neutral flowers. For the floral arrangements, I wanted them to be a little unstructured and wild – sort of untamed. Our florist Christine Cater interpreted this so well. It was important to us that we added personal elements to the ceremony so we worked with our officiant Colette Cuccia to draft the ceremony, wrote our own vows and had The Monterey String Quartet play songs and pieces of music that meant something to us. They learnt one of our favourite songs, Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie, so I could walk down the aisle to it and it was such a special moment.
For the table setting at the reception at Big Sur Bakery, we wanted it to look rustic and elegant so we opted for small assorted arrangements of flowers in various gold vases alongside gold candlesticks. I commissioned the Scottish lace company MYB Textiles, who have been making lace since 1900, to make a lace runner for the table as I thought it would be sweet to have something from home there. The focus was on the mix of textures between the beautiful wood of the redwood table, the delicate lace, the flowers and the metal of the vases and candlesticks. My mum is very creative so she wrote out our menu cards and place cards and wrapped our favours, which were American novels. She also created invitation boxes that we gave out to everyone attending before they flew out that included a copy of Kerouac’s Big Sur novel, a bottle of Anchor Steam and some American sweets. We hoped it would help get our guests excited about their trip. There were so many amazing moments on the day and we are so lucky that our photographer Evynn LeValley captured them so beautifully. From the emotional ceremony scenes, the creative detail shots and the portraits of us set against the stunning coastline, Evynn’s photos are ones that we will always treasure.
Wedding Location: Big Sur, CA / Photographer: Evynn LeValley Photography / Event Planner: Elegant Events / Floral Design: Christine Cater Wedding & Event Floral Design / Venue: Anderson Canyon / Wedding Dress: Rue de Seine / Wedding Shoes: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Topman and Cos / Caterer: Big Sur Bakery / Officiant: Colette Cuccia
What’s a wedding without a bit of rain for good luck? Some late summer showers were in store for Lindsey and Cameron’s wedding day, but the pair didn’t let it dampen their excitement in the slightest. Of course, it likely helped that they had an amazing team of vendors by their side – including Teale Photography, Marilisa Schachinger with Chancey Charm, and Amy Osaba, who made this dream day something special to remember for always.
From the bride, Lindsey: When we began wedding planning I knew I wanted two things: I wanted tons of greens with vivid flowers and I wanted a wedding that showed God’s grace and faithfulness in Cam and my relationship. My flowers were my most important factor in my wedding budget. I knew I wanted to use Amy Osaba long before I was engaged. She is brilliant! I wanted to stay away from the blush tones that have been used so often lately. It is absolutely stunning, but I wanted something different, joyful, whimsical, romantic, and fun! Our wonderful planner, Marilisa Schachinger and Amy Osaba along with Tracy at Crush Rentals worked together to perfectly piece together my dream style!! The entire day felt like we were in a beautiful secret garden.
While I would never wish it to rain on someone’s wedding day, it makes for the most romantic, beautiful pictures! It poured on our wedding day up until our ceremony. It literally stopped raining as I began to walk down the aisle! I had always said I would not want it to rain on our wedding day, but if it did, I would not allow it to take away from the meaning of the day. I held to that the entire day, and I can honestly say it did not even phase me in the slightest. After all, it’s supposed to be a blessing to have rain on your wedding day right? I feel that the rain added to the secret garden feel that I LOVED for our wedding!!
Cam and I are high school sweethearts. We began dating the last day of school my freshman year of high school. We have learned so incredibly much from our relationship and grown together over the years. We have seen the Lord work in such amazing ways in our lives and in each others lives. God is faithful; God is good. These are the things we wanted displayed and remembered most about our wedding. We incorporated our beliefs by having worship music played, paying together (without Cam seeing me) before the wedding, have a moment of prayer during the ceremony with our closest family and friends, and receiving communion as the first thing we did as a married couple. One of my best friends, Allee, made our save the dates, invitations, programs, welcome signs, table numbers, decor signs, table and table assignment display. — needless to say she was a gem with all of her help!! We are so incredibly thankful for all she did for us!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy every second of planning! – it seriously is one of the most joyful times of life :) Don’t fret over the small details that no one will notice. Appreciate others’ advice but hold true to what you want; you only get this day once! Amidst all the chaos of planning and preparing for this special day, remember what marriage means to you!
Oh man, Paul Taylor Smith played our ceremony and cocktail hour music, and he totally set the mood of the wedding. He was beyond incredible and I would highly recommend him to anyone!
Prelude: “How He Loves,” David Crowder; “Marry Me,” Train; “Here’s My Heart,” David Crowder; “Holy Wedding Day,” City Harmonic
Bridal Party Processional: “A Place Only You Can Go,” Needtobreathe; “Hallelujah,” Jeff Buckley
Bride’s Processional: “Always Forever,” Phil Whikham
Recessional: “I Will Wait,” Mumford and Sons
First Dance: “Angel,” Jack Johnson
Wedding Location: Highlands, NC / Photographer: Teale Photography / Planner: Marilisa Schachinger with Chancey Charm (highly recommend, she was our greatest blessing throughout planning!!) / Florist: Amy Osaba / Venue and Caterer: Old Edwards Inn / Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige / Accessories: my Papaw gave me my Nana’s beautiful “party ring” as a wedding gift to wear on my wedding day / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo’s “Anabelle” from Kelly’s Closet in Atlanta / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Ralph Lauren / Wedding Cake: Artista Cakes / Band: The Park Band / Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Paul Taylor Smith / Rentals: Crush Event Rentals / Minister: Dr. Steve Gouge (my great uncle who also married my parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, and cousins) / Videographer: Limestone Film / Transportation: Bob Dunn and Old Edwards Inn / Afterparty: Ugly Dog Pub
What could possibly be more perfect than an indoor/outdoor wedding in the mountains of North Carolina shot by the ever-wonderful married photography duo, The Schultzes? Susannah and Corey wed with a “lovebird” theme in mind, even handing out bird tree ornaments to their guests after a sweet outdoor ceremony and a rocking dance party. Read on to soak in all the details and hear some exceptional planning advice from the bride:
From the bride, Susannah: From the very beginning stages of my wedding planning process, my vision was very clear: rustic setting with soft pastels, burlap, lace, succulents and a vintage, romantic feel. I’ve always believed that I was born into the wrong decade. As a child, I was intrigued by the romance and magic of years past, and playtime was filled with old-fashioned make-believe in the likes of The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables and Little Women. What better way to live out my childhood fantasies than by creating my own fairy tale on my wedding day? My mom and I spent hours upon hours scouring antique shops for vintage birdcages, books, lace, crochet, frames, mirrored trays and mason jars. The chandelier (rented from Party Reflections) was the icing on the cake.
We decided on our “lovebirds” theme due to several factors: (1) Corey proposed on a Christmas tree farm in the mountains. After we got home, we found a bird’s nest in our Christmas tree. (2) We got married under a tree, and birds hang out in trees. (3) We are excited to grow our family tree. (4) We like to think of ourselves as lovebirds. (5) I really just like birds. A lot! I tied the theme together by incorporating birds, bird’s nests and birdcages into the decor, invitations and escort cards. I found a birdcage wall art piece at Francesca’s that I transformed into an escort card holder, and created “Wishes for the lovebirds” cards for our guests to fill out and drop into a birdcage.
I found darling lovebird Christmas ornaments from TheShabbyCreekShop on etsy that were perfect for wedding favors. I explained the significance of the ornaments with a sign that read, “On the side of a mountain, in the midst of hundreds of Christmas trees, Corey got down on one knee and asked Susannah to marry him. And so began forever & a thousand Christmases together. Please take an ornament home in honor of the lovebirds… and hang it on your next Christmas tree!” I also designed all of the table numbers, various signs and framed quotes myself, and printed them from home. (Side note: this inspired me to open my own etsy shop, which allows brides to save money on decor by purchasing digital files that they can print from home and frame themselves.)
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I dreaded stuffing and labeling 150 favor bags, which caused me unnecessary stress. When I finally asked my bridesmaids for help, they were more than happy to sit with me and knock everything out. Not only did it shave hours off the process, but I was able to indulge in a wine night and catch up with some of my bridesmaids.
Don’t be afraid to speak up. If you have reservations about anything, don’t hesitate to say so. I put down a deposit on linens, then regretted my decision for a week afterwards. When I finally spoke up and admitted that I wasn’t happy with my decision, we were able to make a change and find the lace linens that were more in line with what I envisioned. You only get married once (hopefully)… don’t allow yourself to look back on your day with regrets. Aim to have everything you possibly can have done at least a week before the wedding. Eliminate the need for last-minute scrambling, and allow yourself time to relax and spend time with your fiance and family before your big day.
Be sure to enjoy Susannah and Corey’s wedding video from Crown Alley Films:
Bridal Party Processional: “Hallelujah,” Leonard Cohen
Bridal Processional: “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis
Recessional: “This Will Be an Everlasting Love,” Natalie Cole
First Dance: “First Dance,” Corey Smith
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Little Girl,” Tim McGraw
Last Dance: “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing (my favorite movie!)
Wedding Location: Linville, NC / Wedding Photographer: The Schultzes / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Camp Yonahnoka at Eseeola Lodge / Wedding Planner: Anne Markey of Favor Me Events / Wedding Flowers: The Bloom Room / Wedding Dress and Veil: Modern Trousseau “Autumn” via Hayden Olivia / Wedding Shoes: Antonio Melani via Dillards / Bride’s Earrings: Nadri via Nordstrom / Hair and Makeup: Maria Josette Navarro of Anjolique Bridal / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groomsmen’s Attire: JC Penney / Wedding Cake: Wow Factor Cakes / Ceremony Strings: Summit Strings / Wedding Band: Momentum Party Band / DJ: Split Second Sound / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Party Reflections / Vintage Decor: Sleepy Poet / Videographer: Crown Alley Films / Wedding Invitations: Inspire Design Studio
Deep reds, woodsy details, a mountaintop setting — all of these come to mind when we think of our favorite winter wedding motifs. Photographer Catherine Marciniak and stylist Carla Esutache of Style Perfect Weddings and Events whipped up this styled shoot with all of these visions in mind, choosing the mountains of North Carolina as their backdrop. Everything was perfectly topped off by some lovely floral arrangements from From this Day Forward Wedding and Special Event Design.
Shoot Location: Chimney Rock, NC / Photographer: Catherine Marciniak / Shoot Venue: Chimney Rock State Park / Event Design and Styling: Style Perfect Weddings and Events / Wedding Flowers: From this Day Forward Wedding and Special Event Design / Wedding Dress: The Lily Rose / Jewelry: Aubre’s Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Suraj Spa | Salon / Desserts: Tiffany’s Baking Co / Linens: Wildflower Rentals / Rentals: Party Reflections / Chargers: BBJ Linens / Stationery: Three Little Birds / Models: Max DiNatale, Kelly Brooks
When we caught wind that Logan Cole Photography had a wedding with a bride who embraced a “Tangled” theme, we jumped right on board. Bride Rebeccah placed daisies in her braided hair, adorned her ceremony and reception with lanterns galore, and walked down the aisle to the theme song. With a budget of only $10,000 and a timeline of three months to plan their wedding day, we’d say the couple pulled out some of their very own miracles!
From the bride, Rebeccah: The biggest must for our wedding was to bring in the big loves in our lives, namely God. So we made sure to pray together before the ceremony (blindfolded), gave thanks to Jesus through partaking in first communion, and choosing a song for our first dance that would set God as the foundation for the rest of our marriage. As of late I have been obsessed with Disney’s Tangled, so I also wanted to subtly incorporate that into the day. This came through in our use of lanterns, my long braided hair, and playing the theme song for the movie as I walked down the aisle – my favorite touch of the whole day. Overall, we went for a more earthy, crafty, mountainous feel, but still keeping it sweet and simple.
Our colours were navy blue, moss green, and chocolate brown; with splashes of yellow. Some of the words that come to mind when I look back at our day are: nature inspired, creative, whimsical, and magical. Almost the whole wedding was a result of the craftiness of friends, family and myself. The fabric garlands around tables, the flower arrangements upon them, the moss covered cake stand, the signs, and the so much more were all DIY projects.
We didn’t have any say in the location. Both my fiance and the time and I were in Thailand. Because it was pressed for time (we planned our wedding in three months) we had to trust our parents to choose the place that was right for us. And they SO did! Green Mountain Ranch in Lytle Creek, CA was the perfect location for our outdoor ceremony and reception.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Take some time to stop. If you forget about the reason for the wedding, you might as well be planning just another event. Weddings are special, because they are a celebration of the most timeless union on this earth today. Out of all the changes that have happened throughout history, marriage still remains a center of our society. So take a step back and glean from the beauty of this occasion. And if you didn’t listen to anything I said, listen to this: don’t neglect your relationship in this time! It is so important to give your fiance some lovin’… because he is the reason behind this whole mess of stress.
From the photographer, Logan: Rebeccah and Spencer have a pretty cool story. They first met while serving at their local homeless shelter then a little bit later got engaged on the back of an elephant in Thailand while on a mission trip together. They had a few things about their wedding that were a little different. They didn’t want to do a first look but wanted to spend time together before the wedding praying so they did a non-first look first look… Spencer was blindfolded. Spencer’s gifts to his groomsmen were puppets for no apparent reason other than he thought it was funny. They kinda had a nature/Tangled theme going hints Rebeccah’s hair. They had all their guest sign rocks as they came in.
Wedding Location: Lytle Creek, CA / Wedding Photographer: Logan Cole Photography / Wedding Venue: Green Mountain Ranch / Wedding Flowers: AAA Florists and bride’s mother / Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang / Wedding Shoes: Off Broadway / Bride’s Earrings: Anthropologie / Brooch: Bride’s great-grandmother / Hair: Lady Dianna Hair / Makeup: Jodie Stone / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Forever 21 / Wedding Cake: Pila’s Pantry / Candy Table: Vanessa Tishburn / Wedding Music: Kenny Allien / Wedding Invitations: Groom
Ah the elopement, how we love you so. Newlyweds Britt and Alan wanted a relaxed, intimate wedding ceremony amidst the Sawtooth Mountain range of Idaho, with nearly all details made by the bride herself to match her specifications perfectly. Photographer Megan Robinson came along to capture the day’s nostalgic country details, including the groom’s Wyatt Earp-inspired attire.
From the bride, Britt: I’ve always loved vintage and thus my wedding was inspired by the feeling of nostalgia. It was also quite influenced by my country roots and my cowboy father so we knew it just had to be cowboy boots for our nuptial footwear. I feel that I had a little bit of everything I wanted that day – birds, flowers, a vintage style wardrobe, flower embroidered boots, handmade detail items and the love of my life. I chose to make several items because I just could not find what I wanted – no one was selling what I had in mind.
I made Alan’s tie after his request for “what Wyatt Earp would have worn” was voiced. I made my veil from materials acquired from a quaint local fabric store and some leftovers from both my dress and Alan’s tie. Then there were the flowers. I simply don’t trust anyone to put together flowers the way I would have done it. Also, a local florist was not exactly handy in the Sawtooths or feasible on our time frame. If only I could work with flowers every day! I crave the creative outlet and it was the most rewarding and fun project I’d done in a while. To have everyone compliment the bouquet and be able to say I had created it was a wonderful bonus!
When Alan and I discovered each other we lived 300 miles apart. We met online but the first time we ever saw one another was at Redfish Lake in Stanley, Idaho. Our first date lasted three days where we camped, cooked, hiked and talked around a campfire. It was only fitting to return to Redfish nearly 2 years later to say our “I do’s” in that beautiful setting. We loved that we had a similar small and intimate experience at our wedding with only a handful of our closest friends and a lovely photographer to capture it all.
Wedding Location: Sawtooths, ID / Wedding Photographer: Megan Robinson / Wedding Venue: Stanley Lake in the Sawtooth Mountains / Wedding Dress: Jacquelin Exclusive Dress / Bride’s Bolero: BHLDN / Bride’s Veil: Bride / Bride’s Shoes: Lane Boots / Wedding Flowers, Hair and Makeup: Bride / Groom’s Suit: Perry Ellis / Officiant: Family friend
We only need three words to describe this wedding from Carl Zoch: Drop. Dead. Gorgeous. From bride Monica Raymund’s Oscar de la Renta gown to the cake adorned with baby blue flower details to the incredible Colorado night sky, we’re head over heels for every aspect of this cabin fête. Get ready for some serious dress envy!
From the bride, Monica: I envisioned a rustic yet elegant wedding week end in the Colorado Rockies. I kept saying “Midsummer Night’s Dream….. with heels.”
We really let the Colorado mountains and Mother Nature inspire our feel for the wedding. No theme was necessary: the outdoors spoke for themselves and we really just wanted to highlight the beautiful landscape.
I stuck to cream/linen & sage green as my primary colors with a little dark brown to bring in the aspen trees and earthy tones of the outdoors. Even though I’m a pretty colorful person, I was surprised by my rather muted palate. Neil REALLY wanted to see some color at the wedding, so we designed our center pieces with Colorado summer flowers (we got married in June!) to add a pop of color.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? SPOIL YOURSELF! You work so hard to put this memorable day together that you deserve time alone, a spa day, a vacation, whatever you fancy! My husband and I try to treat each other like gold, as all partners should try to do in order to have a happy marriage. But I’m a big believer in treating yourself like gold too. Don’t be afraid to take care of YOU, because when the wedding day comes, you want to be as relaxed and happy as possible!
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For our ceremony, we asked our dear friend and World Master Cellist, Timothy Eddy, to play a variety of pieces that he chose for us. It was an honor because he is one of the most famous cellists in the world and he lent us his talent for that special day.
First Dance: David Garza’s “For Keeps.” He played all the music for cocktail hour and one set after dinner. Then Sergio Vargas took over for the rest of the evening and we danced merengue and salsa all night long!
Wedding Vendors (Beaver Creek, CO):
Ceremony Venue: Skier Bridge Lawn at The Ritz Carlton / Reception Venue: Beano’s Cabin (Bachelor’s Gulch) / Wedding Photographer: Carl Zoch / Wedding Dress and Veil: Oscar de la Renta / Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Bride’s Jewelry: Bride’s mother / Maids of Honor Outfits: Sage dress, Vintage Alexander McQueen suit, Bass shoes / Groom’s Suit: Dolce and Gabbana / Belt and Shoes: Ferragamo / Tie: Ralph Lauren / Wedding Flowers: Judy Stevenson of A Design Resource / Hair: Family Friend / Makeup: Carrie Stockert of CosBar / Wedding Music: David Garza and Sergio Vargas / Wedding Caterer: Chef Topple at Beano’s Cabin / Wedding Cake: Mountain Flour / Wedding Invitations: Marua Gauthier of The Paper Guppy / Videographer: Modern 8 Films / Transportation: Provided by Beaver Creek
Our hearts may have fluttered just a bit looking through these images from A Love Supreme, but how could they not? Bride Kathryn and her new husband Ryan furnished their own wedding by hand, and tackled project upon project for a truly unique and personal day. Our absolute favorite detail has to be the “kissing tree” — what a sweet addition to such a beautiful affair!
From the bride, Kathryn: We were so fortunate to have found such an amazing venue for our wedding. The rolling hills and enchanting farmhouse already provided a beautiful backdrop so we decided to keep things pretty simple. Instead of renting everything, we opted to purchase several items which helped to save money and give it a more unique feel. We wanted to play off the farmhouse’s vintage aesthetic so what decor we did use we had purchased with that in mind. We scoured thrift stores, Craigslist, and Etsy for various vintage goodies. Our biggest travail was our hunt for mismatched antique silverware and lace tablecloths, but in the end it was well worth it.
One of my favorite finds was a bright coral settee and matching chair which we lugged up to the venue and placed under a tree outside; the contrast against the rustic background really made them statement pieces. We designed our own invitations and had them screen printed onto linen fabric by Ike Fonesca of Rebel Rose Clothing in Portland, OR. Since some of our guests had to be shuttled up to the venue fairly early before the ceremony, we knew we had to keep them entertained. Not only did they have 150 acres of land to explore (complete with ostriches, goats, and a pond), we provided outdoor games such as bocce and horseshoes, and a kissing tree to boot.
Overall, our wedding was everything we had hoped it would be, but we wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of our friends and family. Many a friend and many a night was spent laboring over the invitations (narrowly escaping carpal tunnel after placing hundreds of grommets), spray-painting mason jars, and stenciling table numbers. Of course, on the actual wedding day nothing runs as smoothly as planned, but it was amazing to see everyone come together to create an absolutely memorable experience. Bottom line… DIY is a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of work!
Wedding Vendors (Los Olivos, CA):
Wedding Venue: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse / Wedding Photographer: A Love Supreme / Day-of Coordinator: Jenny Nanninga / Caterer: Seasons Catering / Cake and Desserts: Jeannine’s Bakery / Florist: DIY (wholesale from Fiftyflowers.com) / DJ: Erik Lohr / Wedding Dress: Jessica Ciarla / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Groom and Groomsmen’s outfits: J. Crew / Wedding Invitations: DIY (screen printing by Ike Fonseca at Rebel Rose Clothing) / Transportation: Roadrunner Shuttle
This wedding exhibits perfectly how to let the sheer beauty of your location shine through. Frances and Ben chose to have their wedding on the top of a mountain — need we say any more? Delbarr Moradi was there to capture the day, with Emily Read Bentley of the ever darling event design and planning company Enjoy Events Co. aiding with day-of coordination with invites by Printable Press — and gosh, we are so smitten!
From the bride, Frances: We let our locations do a lot of the work for us. Mt. Tamalpais, where we had the ceremony, is probably the most epic place in the Bay Area. The amphitheater was perfectly suited to a Zen ceremony. Jeffrey rang a bell as we walked in, which was haunting and beautiful in the mist of the forest-quiet. Our guests couldn’t believe how magical it was. The tiny, secret coastal village of Bolinas, where we had the reception, was also pretty memorable.
My very favorite part was the little gold animals we put on each guest’s plate. My awesome new sister-in-law spray painted about ten thousand plastic animals for me. My lovely husband used a laser cutter to carve escort cards out of wood for everyone. We love Lord of the Rings, so we used a hobbity font, and then he stained them all fuchsia. He also designed and made the table number cards, the programs, and the menus.
Some of our other DIY elements were: the ribbon curtain behind our table, which I made myself; all the brass animals and vases on the tables, which we collected from the flea market over the course of many months; and the table runners, which my awesome mom sewed for me. We go to estate sales and flea markets pretty much every weekend anyway, so I started picking up things I thought I could use for the wedding—vases, little objects for the centerpieces, fancy plates for the desserts.
One of my favorite memories of the whole weekend was actually setting up and decorating the hall the night before. All my wonderful Michigan family and some friends did a midwestern barn-raising. I just remember one of my aunts saying, “okay go!” and then within seconds 40 people were everywhere working, uncles were up on ladders hanging Christmas lights, little cousins were assembling foil stars, aunts were ironing tablecloths… it was like an instant beehive of totally focused activity.
Wedding Vendors (San Francisco Bay Area, CA):
Location: Mt. Tamalpais / Wedding Photographer: Delbarr Moradi Photography / Day-of Coordination: Emily Read Bentley of Enjoy Events Co. / Wedding Dress: Coan Couture / Bride’s Headband: Mignonne / Bride’s Earrings: Renna / Bride’s Velvet Bed Jacket: Lacis / Groom’s Suit: Maxwell’s Clothiers / Groom’s Shirt and Tie: Sean / Makeup: Paige Howie / Hair: Diane Beaver of Solid Gold Salon / Wedding Flowers: Ingrid Shoemaker of Blume Designs / Wedding Caterer: Sage Catering / Wedding Cake: SusieCakes / Stationery: Printable Press
Poring through these pictures was like stepping into every little girl’s dream — bridesmaids in shades of pink, breathtaking mountain scenery, and horses roaming freely. Add in a stunning couple shot by Rachael Grace Photography and you have Joseph and Stacey’s Colorado wedding. Keep an eye out for some incredible bouquets and a lace wedding cake!
From the bride, Stacey: Our theme was definitely mountain wedding. We had a outdoor/indoor cozy lodge wedding. It was vintage, romantic, casual, and intimate. There were tons of DIY projects involved. My self and the groom spent countless hours in antique stores picking out the books for the centerpieces, the vintage suit cases, and some of the old jars. We made all of the glass candles for the centerpieces that we wrapped some in lace and some in book pages. Each book page was something that was meaningful to us. Some had definitions of love, love poems and maps of places we have lived or traveled to, and some had our invitations wrapped around them. The brooches on the bouquets were all from my grandmother and great-grandmother.
The groom stained all of the mason jars that sat on the windowsills blue and tied twine around them. We borrowed the green glass vases from another bride who had used them for her weddings centerpieces. (She cut 150 green glass wine bottles into vases.) We made the mini chalk boards that had menu items on them. We went to our favorite local candy shop to get all of the candy for the dessert table. I made all of the favors from pretty boxes and ribbons that I ordered online and the paper straws were ordered in the same place. One of the bridesmaids, who is a graphic designer, designed and made all of our invitations and response cards. We also bought all of the pillows and blankets that covered the seating during the cocktail hour for a cozy feel.
The unity candle was the same candle that my sister used for her wedding 10 years ago and it is pink in honor of our mother who passed away from breast cancer. We also made welcome baskets for all of our guests, most of them were from out of town. They included all local Colorado themed items and little gift bags for any of the children that were at the wedding including little games and candies to keep them busy! We also spent a Saturday going out to a farm and picking up pumpkins, mums, and cider and other tasty treats that were used for ceremony decor and welcome baskets.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Something that I am sure every bride has heard numerous times but keep in mind what you and your soon to be spouse want. If you try to please everyone you will not be able to please yourself. It is your day and should be done your way. Ask for help if you need it. I had amazing support from all of my friends and family who went above and beyond and they really made everything that much more special for us. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! They will be happy to help and you will be less overwhelmed.
Bridal Party Processional: “All I Want Is You,” U2 cover by Vitamin String Quartets
Bride’s Processional: “Canon in D Major,” Pachelbel
Recessional: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Cake Cutting Song: “You and Me,” Dave Matthews Band
Wedding Vendors (Tabernash, Colorado):
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Rachael Grace Photography / Event Planner and Large Wedding Sign: Jazmine Polite of A Touch of Bliss / Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet “St. Barts” / Wedding Veil: Sara Gabriel “Rae” / Bridesmaids Dresses: Jasmine Belsoie / Wedding Flowers: Pretty Petal / Wedding Caterer: Devil’s Thumb Ranch / Wedding Cake: Teacup / Cake Pops: Starbucks / Linens: Linen Hero / Makeup Artist: Blush Artistry and Company / Wedding Invitations: Elizabeth Mitkish / Wood Signs: Made by groom
This next wedding’s scenic views have me positively swooning! Robb and Kendra married in the mountains of eastern Washington, and decorated their day with plenty of billy balls and rustic touches. As always, Brent van Auken did an amazing job capturing the day! Don’t miss any of the images in the photo gallery.
From the bride, Kendra: I love to mix and match. We were going for a fancy yet rustic feel — simple, vintage, and scenic best describe our wedding idea.
My husband and I share a common love of Winthrop… It is a beautiful and quirky little eastern Washington town. The lodge has the most majestic view. I personally think the entire place is pretty stylishly rustic.
Any advice for future brides? Put effort into a few key lovely details. For me, the less clutter the better!
Brent van Auken did an amazing job capturing the day! Don’t miss any of the images in the View all images from this wedding in the gallery
Bridal party processional: “Beautiful Day,” U2
Bride’s processional: “Canon in D,” Pachelbel
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
First dance: “She’s Everything,” Brad Paisley
Wedding Vendors (Winthrop, WA):
Ceremony and reception location: Sun Mountain Lodge / Photographer: Brent van Auken / Wedding planner: Mary Campbell of Sun Mountain Lodge / Wedding dress: Mikaella / Bride’s necklace: Anthropologie / Bride’s shoes: Dolce Vita / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Anthropologie / Groom and groomsmen’s clothing: Land’s End / Groom’s shoes: Cole Hahn / Grooms and groomsmen’s ties: The Belle and the Beau / DJ: DJ Noah / Desserts: Mazama Country Store / Wedding invitations: la Happy
Kirsten and Seth were married in a bohemian, cozy, laid back ceremony at a ski lodge this fall surrounded by family and friends. They handled ALL the details themselves and turned the Canyon Ski Lodge into a cozy, romantic venue where they (personally) served all of their guesst a hearty meal. I love Kirsten’s pretty and warm wedding day outfit- no frills or pomp, just some vintage, natural goodness and she looks stunning. The couple handmade all the details and all in just a two month engagement! Thanks to Stephanie Koo for sending over the amazing images.
From the gorgeous bride. I really wanted our wedding to represent who we we were. I wanted it to feel relaxed, genuine, heartfelt, a bit rustic and a little bohemian, while still feeling put together. And fun! Lots of fun.
I didn’t have a clear vision of what I wanted in a wedding dress. All I knew was I wanted lace. The stores in town didn’t have what I was looking for, and with not much time, I couldn’t order anything in. My aunt suggested a non-bridal store in Edmonton, called The Tattered Rose. Seth and I drove up that morning, tried one on, and it was perfect! No alterations or anything. The owner said it came over from the UK and was made around 1960.
We bought all our dishes, serving plates, old mason jars for candles, vases and photo frames at local thrift stores around Central Alberta, and our water glasses and wine glasses at Ikea. Doing so was much more time consuming but way cheaper. I made table runners out of old sheets in a vintage pattern from a thrift store.
I made and canned, all our apple butter for our favours, and Seth peeled all the apples. I cut from old scraps of fabric, sheets and whatever else i could find to make the covers on the tops of the jars.
Wedding Vendors (Red Deer, AB):
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Canyon Ski Lodge / Photographer: Stephanie Koo Photography / Florist: wholesale flowers arranged by bride / Accessories and scarf: Anthropologie / Wedding Dress: The Tattered Rose / Catering: Kalaboo Catering / Pies: Cutie Pies in Lacombe AB / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss
Michelle and Doug’s Oregon wedding was all about declaring their love in front of family and friends… and then making sure those family and friends had a great time! Set in the scenic Pacific Northwest mountains, the couple added endless homemade details made possible by loving family and talented friends. Thanks Mary and Joel of Blue Window Creative for sharing!
When Doug and I were planning our wedding we kept thinking “upscale barbeque.” The most important thing to us was that our family and friends would have fun, so we decided to have various activities available. The property of the Mount Hood Bed & Breakfast is spacious and spectacularly beautiful. It was so fun to watch people playing horseshoes, bean bag toss, and doing 3-legged sack races right up until dusk.
We used Mason jars instead of beer and wine glasses – each guest wrote their name on their jar and kept it with them all night. Seating assignments were done with simple gift tags and stamped numbers…Table numbers were simply tied to the flower centerpieces.
Instead of a guest book we had guests write a wish for us on “wish flags” that hung on a line with clothespins; our own Mt. Hood version of the Himalayan Prayer Flag. We liked the idea that the mountain winds would carry the wishes of our loved ones to us.
We didn’t have a formal wedding party. Instead, one of our favorite touches of the wedding was when my two nieces (age 13 and 4) pulled our 10-month old daughter down the aisle in a Radio Flyer wagon!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Borrow lots of ideas from wedding blogs! Don’t worry about anything on the day of the wedding, like weather or last minute details. At that point it’s out of your hands and all you can do is sit back and enjoy your day. It’s really true what people say – it goes by in the blink of an eye, so really savor every beautiful moment.
Wedding Vendors (Parkdale, OR):
Ceremony and reception location(s): Mount Hood Bed & Breakfast / Florist: Groom’s mother and aunt / Photographer: Mary and Joel of Blue Window Creative / Caterer: Blossoms Catering (at the Hood River Hotel) / Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo from The English Dept / Hairpiece: Twigs and Honey / Groom’s Suit: Adam Arnold / Wedding invitations: Mike Hirshon, illustrator
We have a full day of DIY projects ahead of us, but first I needed to share this gorgeous wedding shot by Nelwin Uy (who you may remember from these gorgeous weddings I’ve featured in the past). Jesy and Erron got married at the Alpadi Estate, a quaint resort nestled in the mountains of Antipolo, Phiilippines. Jesy’s amazing ruffled wedding dress was made by Cecilio Abad, a designer based in Manila. There are so many breathtaking details, I am going to let the images speak for themselves. Thanks Nelwin for sharing this wedding with us!
Rachel and Brian created a beautiful soiree set in the picturesque Montana mountains. Just about everything was handmade by the bride during a very short period – one month planning their wedding which even included making her own wedding dress. Captured by Rachel Nickel of Nickel Images who sent over this wedding. Brace yourself for an intensive DIY session!
From the bride, Rachel: Brian and I planned our wedding in a month! I don’t think anyone was too surprised because we are known for being sporadic and adventurous. Our vision for the wedding was to make it inspirational, meaningful and different. We love nature and are very outdoorsy so we wanted that to be a key element. We also wanted our friends and family to feel special and valued and incorporated that into our wedding. I’m a huge fan of all things vintage and Do It Yourself so I wanted that to be a key element as well.
We were vintage farm and nature inspired. Our colors were blue, peach, yellow, green and brown. Our DiY projects were almost everything. Decorations, food, invitations, flower girl dresses, bridesmaid bracelets, my wedding dress and flowers.
Advice for brides planning their wedding now: Stay true to what’s important. What was important to us was our friends and family celebrating our marriage everything else was less important. Since we planned a wedding in a month there were definitely times I was overwhelmed and stressed and times I thought things were less than perfect but then I realized all that stuff didn’t even matter. The day’s perfect even if everything else is imperfect because you are marrying the man of your dreams. What’s more perfect than that?
Wedding Vendors (Whitefish, Montana):
Ceremony and reception location(s): Private residence / Wedding planner or event designer: Rae Clausen / Florist: DIY by bride’s sister, purchased from Eldens Gardens Dahlias / Photographer: Nickel Images via Two Bright Lights / Wedding Dress, Veil, Shoes and other accessories: Vintage + upcycled / Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom / Caterer: DIY by family / Wedding Cake: Groom’s mother and aunt / Wedding invitations: DIY
This sweet Oregon wedding shot by Jessica Watson is virtually 100% DIY. Brittni and Morgan chose Mt Hood Organic Farms as their wedding venue, with a jaw dropping gorgeous backdrop overlooking the mountains. With a venue like that, you don’t need to worry too much about decorating. So Brittni and her mom handmade most of the details, including their amazing flower arrangements! Thank you Brittni for sharing your wedding with us. We wish you and Morgan a lifetime of happiness together!
From the bride, Brittni:
We each only had one attendant. My maid of honor is my close friend from 6th grade and Morgan’s best man is a close friend from grad school. My brother walked me down the aisle; his son/my nephew was our ring bearer. All decor, flowers, invites, printed materials, pies, and jam favors handmade by me, my mom and other family members. This was a quintessential DIY wedding! Inspiration: we kind of wanted a rustic chic look with lots of natural colors (chocolate, cream, khaki) and textures mixed with pops of orange – my favorite color!
Because so many guests came from out of town, even our “in-town” guests still had to travel 1 hr from our home in Portland, nearly every guest stayed in the neighboring town of Hood River for the weekend. To make it worth their while, we planned a long weekend of events starting with a welcome BBQ at a nearby park on the river, and then had a more intimate cocktail rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding at a private rental home that overlooked the entire river gorge. The night of the wedding, we provided school buses to pick everyone up at their hotels/rental homes so they could have a great time at the wedding without having to worry about drinking and driving. The day after the wedding we had a casual bagel + fruit brunch at a nearby park so we could say goodbye and thank you to everyone for making the trip and our day so special.
I had another good friend officiate the wedding. We actually met at her house over 5 years ago so it seemed only fitting she perform the ceremony. She is a talented and witty writer, so she made the ceremony and our vows extra special and unique for us.
Also at the entrance we had a table full of photographs of ourselves with our names spelled out in old wooden printing letters and other rustic knick knacks to try and set the mood for the day. Alongside the table was our custom made guest book which was an art piece I commissioned my good friend to make. She took one of Jessica’s photos of us from our engagement shoot and had it blown up. She then hand painted it and attached it to small hole-punched linoleum chips so the entire photo was spread over 150+ pieces. The pieces were all placed in a bag near a wooden board with nails attached. As guests drew a chip and filled it out with their names + wishes for us, they hung the pieces on the board. Over the evening the board took shape and presented the image of us. It is now hanging in our living room and a great piece of art!
We brought in hay bales from a nearby farm to spread around the dance floor so those that didn’t want to dance could still be part of the action. We provided orange flip flops and assorted shawls in baskets so people could either get down or get warm! After a while people took a break for pie, where we offered over 6 different fruit flavors all made by my sister-in-law and I.
Being both die-hard foodies, the food and drink we served was important to us. We could not have been happier with our caterer. She and I met numerous times and she was so patient with me as I knocked around idea after idea for the menu. We eventually landed on a family style menu that allowed guests to pass large platters of local and seasonal food at long communal tables. Many of the ingredients were sourced from nearby farmers in the Hood River area and the end result was scrumptious. While many brides admit to never eating on their wedding day, this was one meal I was not going to miss!
If I had to say what my 2 favorite details were: the home made pie toppers my mom painted ($3 in supplies) and my bouquet my mom also made with a small black and white photo of my dad who passed away 3 years ago tied to the handle.
Wedding Vendors (Mt. Hood, Oregon):
Venue: Mt Hood Organic Farms / Photographer: Jessica Watson/ Dress: Jenny Yoo design that was custom altered with embellishments from Elizabeth Dye of English Dept / Veil: handmade by my mom, with a floral embellishment made by Elizabeth Dye / Shoes: orange satin found on Zappos / Groom’s attire: suit by Banana Republic, custom adidas sneakers / Catering: Ginger Power of Orchard House Catering / Wedding Cake: none, opted for homemade pies instead, made with fresh fruit we picked at many fruit farms / Flowers: picked at local gardens/farms in Hood River, all bouquets and arrangements made by the mother of the bride / DJ: DJ Joel Skool (Joel Kleinberg) / Bus shuttle: Eco Shuttle / Rentals provided by: The Party Place and Your Rental Center