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Portland Wedding with Music Inspired Details

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

Hazelwood Photo

When a couple loves music almost as much as they love each other, it seems natural that it would play a big part in their wedding day. So it went for Natalie and Eric, who made sure their wedding day was relaxed, fun, and – you guessed it – full of good music. Thank you to their amazing team, including Hazelwood Photo, Gather Event Planning and Consultation, and Solabee!

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From the bride, Natalie: Personable and fun! All about relationships–ours and the people we wanted to celebrate with. Relaxed and energetic at the same time. Dancing! We wanted to dance and be in a space we loved and have shared many amazing memories–The Holocene. Music was and is important to us and was the centerpiece for much of what we did.

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Our wedding was almost all DIY. :) Eric, the groom, designed everything from Save the Dates and Invitations, to table names, guest card Wedding Libs and the containers they are rested in. Colors were earthy and energetic–greens and yellows, with pops of white and brown.

Music Themed Portland Wedding - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/music-themed-portland-wedding

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Be true to yourself. Do what you want to do, not what you think other people want you to do or what the world and wedding industry says. We were clear on this from the beginning and had the best time planning it all. Enjoy everything! The nature of planning any event will bring moments of stress–aim to enjoy the chaos, details and whatever comes your way, because in the end it will always work out.

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Wedding Music:
Recessional: “Ho Hey,” The Lumineers
First Dance: “Old Pine,” Ben Howard
Father/Daughter Dance: Katy Perry Mix (Teenage Dream, Last Friday Night, Roar, Firework)
Mother/Son Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles
Bride Flash Mob Mix: “I Need Your Love,” Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding; “Afterlife,” Arcade Fire; “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea

Wedding Location: Portland, OR / Photographer: Hazelwood Photo / Wedding Planner: Katie of Gather Event Planning and Consultation / Floral Design: Solabee / Venue: Holocene / Wedding Dress: Stephanie D. Couture / Hair and Makeup, Bridal Headpiece: Austie Eckley / Caterer: Tastebud / Desserts: Cupcake Jones / DJ: Mark from Thrive Entertainment

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Puck’s Farm Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

Sara Wilde

No matter how many times we look over this Puck’s Farm wedding, we can’t escape the feeling we’re in the ultimate barn party dream. Holly and Kristjan’s wedding took a spectacular farm setting, jazzed it up with some whimsical touches and plenty of inspiring decor, and added in a few sweet farm animals as a bonus. Thank you to Sara Wilde Photography and My Luscious Backyard for working your magic here!

Puck's Farm wedding - photo by Sara Wilde http://ruffledblog.com/pucks-farm-wedding

From the bride, Holly: When we first started to plan our wedding, we didn’t know that we wanted to have a kooky wedding on a real, functioning farm, but we knew what we did not want. We did not want something stuffy, impersonal, or overly formal. That just wasn’t us. Once we settled on Puck’s Farm as our venue, we really took our cues from the farm, and designed our wedding around it. We made our guests’ enjoyment our top priority. Since Kristjan is a professional musician, we have many talented musician friends who took the stage throughout the night. There was a different live musical act throughout each stage of the wedding, including the pre-ceremony, ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and dance party. In some ways it felt more like a musical festival, than a wedding!

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wildflower wedding bouquets - photo by Sara Wilde http://ruffledblog.com/pucks-farm-wedding
Flower recipe: Our florist, Sarah, created the bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages with flowers that are grown seasonally and locally in her own backyard. Since we didn’t have a specific colour scheme in mind (“colourful” was our only criteria), she had free reign over the design, and they turned out beautifully. She also provided a loose mix of flowers, which my sister-in-law incorporated into our centrepieces. The rest of the flowers were picked from my mom’s garden.

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We tried to keep everything casual, colourful, whimsical, and fun. The suggested dress code for our wedding was “Barnyard Chic”. It was fun to see how our guests interpreted this – there were a lot of really awesome outfits! Our main themes were a mish-mash of “Camping” “Farm Animals” “Music” and “Booze”. We used farm animals as our table numbers, which were placed in whiskey bottles from Kristjan’s prized collection. Our dinner menu was good old fashioned BBQ, and we gave out s’mores kits as our favours (to be roasted at the late night bonfire). Many of our guests camped out in the field over night. Everything about this wedding was DIY, from the centrepieces, decorations, favours, and desserts, to the planning, organizing, and execution. Luckily, we had a tremendous amount of help from our family and friends. Without them, we would not have been able to pull it off.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t be afraid to go against the grain and break tradition. We only included the elements of a traditional wedding that were meaningful to us, and scrapped the rest of the formalities. This made our wedding day feel more personal. It was a true representation of what we are all about as a couple. Also, if you are having a DIY wedding, do not be afraid to ask for help! And do not underestimate the amount of time it will take to execute your ideas. You will almost certainly need someone (or an entire crew) available to help with set up on the morning of your wedding, so you and the groom can focus on getting dolled up. You’ll find most people will be happy to help in whichever way they can.

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Wedding Music:
Almost all of the music at our wedding was performed live by our talented friends. In addition to their original music and some great covers, Kristjan created the musical arrangements for all of the ceremonial songs.
Processional: “Old Dirt Hill,” Dave Matthews Band – performed by string trio and acoustic guitar*
Bride’s Processional: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Harold Arlen” – performed by string trio and ukelele*
Signing of the Registry: “Same Love,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – performed by string trio*
Recessional: “Wouldn’t it Be Nice,” The Beach Boys – performed by string trio and saxophone*
First Dance: “To Build A Home,” Cinematic Orchestra – performed by string trio, piano and vocals*
*(arrangement by Groom)

From the photographer, Sara Wilde Photography: Kristjan and Holly had been exhaustedly searching for the right venue, without much luck. They knew that they wanted something casual, outdoors, and fun, and it had to fit within their limited budget. They came across Puck’s Farm and it fit EVERY aspect of what they were looking for and for the theme they wanted: Barnyard Chic. Everyone (friends and family alike) came together to make their wedding dreams a reality – late night sewing of the pendants, floral arranging, to friends putting on non-stop live music for the entire night. The guests even got to stay overnight, pitching tents in the field and having an amazing bonfire (with s’more favours!) to end the celebration. I’d like to think the best part of the whole day, was when the farm lost power, and the band that was playing for that time (Saturday Night Jive) kept playing without missing a single beat, the guests held up their glowing cell phones and partied on!

Wedding Location: Schomberg, Ontario, Canada / Photographer: Sara Wilde Photography / Florist: My Luscious Backyard and bride’s sister-in-law Kate / Venue: Puck’s Farm / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller / Wedding Shoes: Miss L-Fire / Groom’s Bow Tie and Suspenders: bespoke by Antonacci Tailors / Caterer: BBQ Gourmet / Bartenders: Shaken or Stirred Bar Services / Wedding Cupcakes: Dlish Cupcakes and Bunners / Other Desserts: Homemade by friends and family / Musicians: Pre-ceremony: Dave McArthur and Mason Stoner; Ceremony: Rob Carli, Bridget Hunt, Amy Canzoneri, Marie Gelinas, Dave McArthur; Cocktails: Bridget Hunt, Amy Canzoneri, Marie Gelinas, Donavon LeNabat; Dinner/Reception: Bridget Hunt, Amy Canzoneri, Marie Gelinas, Joel Visentin, Francois Mulder, KETCH HARBOUR WOLVES (Jonathan Tyrrell, Scott Winter, Liam Brown, Brian Urbanik), DAVE MCARTHUR (Dave McArthur, Shafton Thomas, Josh Patrick), SATURDAY NIGHT JIVE (AJ Singh, Luca Caracciolo, Dusty Emer, Paul Theriault, Donavon LeNabat, Genevieve Marchesseau, Julie Title, Carson Freeman) / DJ: Johnny Beatz / Sound Equipment: PSI Sound / Party Rentals: Pat’s Party Rentals / Wedding Invitations: The bride

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As a graphic designer, I believe that great graphic design is in the details {read: spending lots of time at the computer looking at pixels.} If you dont know what a pixel is- congratulations- because that’s why graphic designer types exist! {to save your eyesight} Really, though-design is more than matching colors and picking pretty fonts {but I do have major love for fonts} – it’s about conveying your message to the world with a swirl, a flourish, a dot, a pattern- whatever it takes to creatively encompass your clients vision and send that vision out into the world with impact.

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Victoria Art Gallery Wedding

Modern Weddings

Photos by:

Ameris Photography

If retro is your thing, you’re going to love this next wedding. Amy and Matt were able to turn retro inspiration into modern chic, thanks to their own talented hands and minds. Captured by Ameris Photography, who caught every detail (of which there are plenty). Make sure you keep an eye out for the time capsule coordinated by the bridal party for the bride and groom – such a great idea!

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From the bride, Amy: We wanted our wedding to feel intimate and representative of US – modern, downtown city feel with lots of DIY personal touches. Most of the wedding was DIY from the invitations to the favours. We did the graphic design for the save-the-dates, invites (inspired by Christian Robinson‘s work) and RSVPs and had them printed at a local print shop. I purchased the dress as a sample off the rack and completely rebuilt the skirt and added multiple layers of fabric. We made two panels for the backdrop that were collaged initials (A & M) made of black/white photos of each of us – A was all Amy photos and M was all Matt photos. The easels were made by my Dad. We designed the programs ourselves and just printed them out on a colour printer. We also put together the bells for guests by gluing bells to craft sticks and adding a ribbon.

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For the reception, all the table numbers, seating cards were made from old library book loan cards, vintage 2nd hand shot glasses, chargers were old vinyl records with our menu pasted on top of the inner circle. Table floral were billy buttons and grass from Flowers On Top (Victoria) mixed with curly willow from the bride’s mother’s garden, arranged in mixed glass vessels collected over months by the bride and groom. Mother of the bride and groom composed the arrangements on the day-of. The guest book was a vintage dictionary – guests found a word that made them think of us, and then signed their names and wrote their message on that word’s page. We had red and white wine made locally and labelled them with our own designed labels, printed locally.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Do what represents *you*, not what you think a wedding should look like.

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Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “Glasgow Love Theme,” Craig Armstrong
Recessional: “Summer,” Joe Hisaishi
First Dance: “Ho Hey,” The Lumineers
Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dance: “Wildflowers,” Tom Petty

Wedding Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada / Photographer: Ameris Photography / Bouquet Flowers: James Bay Community Market / Billy Button and Bear Grass: Flowers On Top / Ceremony Location: Legacy Art Gallery / Reception Venue and Caterer: Pizzeria Prima Strada / Wedding Dress: Blush Bridal Boutique, modified by bride / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lisa’s Bridal / Makeup: Melanie Baird Makeup Artist / Groomsmen Vests: Guess / Groomsmen Ties: Hudson Room / Groomsmen Socks: Happy Socks / Macarons: Bon Macaron / DJ: Ken Rask (krask @ telus.net) / Favours: Wine made at West Coast Brew Shop / Stationery Printing: Island Blue

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Intimate Louisiana Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

Of all the wedding ideas we’ve seen over the years, this one might be the sweetest. As soon as the members Bret and Haley’s bridal party made their way to the altar, they each picked up an instrument and joined together to play Haley down the aisle to meet her groom. Sarah Beth Photography beautifully captured the sweet emotion of the day, and the lush flowers from Root Floral Design.

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From the bride, Haley: We wanted our wedding to exemplify community. The wedding was at Parc San Souci, a park right in the middle of downtown Lafayette. There were no barricades or fences to block off strangers or “unwanted” guests. We wanted our wedding to make people feel welcomed into our lives. So, we put ourselves right down town, a place easily accessible to the public, to the invited, and to the homeless.

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Bouquet recipe: Most of the flowers used were lavender, eucalyptus, hydrangeas, and wheat. There was a bit of rosemary spread around and there were quite a few roses in my bouquet.

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The color scheme was lavender, sage, and off white. Mostly all of the decorations were DIY. There were embroidery hoops with different fabrics stretched in them hanging from the trees. I used the same fabric from the hoops to make little pouches of birdseed to be thrown at us in the send off. There where twin size flat sheets hung to create a wall so the groom couldn’t see me as I waited in line in the processional. We also used flat twin sheets as tablecloths on 6ft tables as well as on big wooden spools that we used as our tables for the potluck food. And we hung an array of thrift-store find coffee mugs on pallets to be taken as a wedding favor, as well as to be filled with Birdrock coffee catered by a local coffee shop, The Lab. My bouquet, his boutonniere, and the beautiful alter backdrop of flowers was done by a local florist, Root. But, all the other flowers were done by my mother. She put the arrangements in wine bottles and other neat looking thrift-find bottles.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t stress!! Of course there’s a ton to be done to make your dream a reality. But when it comes down to it, at the end of that day it will be beautiful because you’re married to the one you love, not because of all the work you did. Don’t get frustrated with one another over wedding planning, but focus on marriage planning together. And don’t be afraid to allow and ask your friends and family to help.

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Wedding Music:
Processional: My friend Tray a while back wrote a song about the Biblical story about Hosea. It’s a story ultimately about God’s love for His people regardless of where they are and what they’re doing. He’s our groom and we’re His bride. We wanted our wedding to display the love of our God for His people. So, for the processional, as the bridal party walked out, my friend Esther played the instrumental of Tray’s song on violin. As each member got to the altar they grabbed their instrument and began to play with her. There were guitars, harmonicas, rain stick, accordion, and more. As each person played it rose in climax until I walked out with my father. The moment I stepped out they all sang the chorus, “You are the cloud to my sky//You are the tear in my eye//Can’t you see love in me// And I will swallow my pride// I’ll do what it takes till I have my bride// and you’ll see love in me.”
Recessional: “I’ll Fly Away”
First Dance: “Million Miles,” Josh Garrels

Wedding Location: Lafayette, LA / Photographer: Sarah Beth Photography / Flowers and Ceremony Backdrop: Root Floral Design / Venue: Parc San Souci / Hair and Headpieces: Laura Stiener / Coffee: The Lab / Music and Videographer: Shawn Johnson

Music-Inspired Fairytale Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

Brandon Kidd

This wedding designed by Heather of Amorology Weddings describes fairytale to a T. The inspiration for a music-inspired fete came from the bride and groom’s professions: she is a singer; he is a musician. Incorporating their common passion and their other love of their lives – their children, Jenna and Graham’s wedding is a sweet representation of them. Captured by Brandon Kidd, full of vintage finds by Found Vintage Rentals.


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From the planner, Heather of Amorology Weddings: Music hits the core of their souls and is what keeps them going everyday. Graham is a professional organist and musician while Jenna is a beautiful singer. This now wed couple met in a most romantic way, while making music together. With each having children of their own this wedding was about bringing two families together to compose their own song and journey.

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When Jenna met Graham she felt as if she were living in a fairy tale and wanted to have pieces of that fairy tale show through on their special day. This wedding was a bit Renaissance inspired…alluding to a new birth of sorts within their newly formed family while also hinting to an era of enlightened art, music and culture. Beautiful paper elements were created by the always talented Cori at Brightly Designed letting guests know “today is a fairytale” and “our story begins…” Arched above them during their nuptials it read “and they lived happily ever after” along with an array of romantic garden roses, hydrangea and baby’s breath created by Twigg Botanicals.


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As the ceremony site was transformed into the reception area, guests sipped on a specialty drink appropriately named The Glass Slipper. Once they were ready to be seated they found their names connected with musical notes on an escort card wall we created to look like sheet music. The wall was symbolic of Jenna and Graham’s new life together creating a symphony of sorts! Extravagantly flowing centerpieces and crowns filled with soft colors popped atop tables with wintery highlights of deep blue and gold. Pretty wrapped packages sat at each seat and appropriately held cd’s of course, filled with all the couples favorites.

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Guests helped themselves to a tasty and decadent dessert table spread made by 24 carrots and styled by us here at Amorology. Their gorgeous cake was fit for a royal family and the darling edible gold music note and crown toppers on the cupcakes were just the perfect touch! Everyone made their way over after dinner to our custom photo booth filled with music and a playful vintage piano, gathering in duets and trios before the night was done.

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Wedding Location: San Diego, CA / Photographer: Brandon Kidd / Wedding Planner: Amorology Weddings / Wedding Venue: Rancho Las Lomas / Wedding Dress: Melissa Blackburn / Hair and Makeup: Swell Beauty / Wedding Caterer: 24 Carrots / Wedding Cake: Sweet Gems / Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals / Linens: La Tavola Linens / Wedding Invitations: Brightly Designed / Transportation: Rancho Las Lomas / Cinematography: Benny Ek Media

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Bulles de Joie

Photographer of Happy People – I capture natural beauty and love in a candid way.

Lifestyle photography: make you feel at ease so you can show your true feelings that I transpose into joyful, candid, lightful shots.

Proposals, engagements, elopements, honeymoons, portraits.

Based in Paris, I capture your love everywhere in France and in Europe.

See you soon!
Stéphanie

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Australian Musical Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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We love a couple who not only embraces a theme for their wedding day, but can also encourage the guests to take part as well! Anita and Dominic asked their loved ones to come bedecked in vintage attire, which only heightened the surreality of their big day. Good friend Dan O’Day tagged along to take pictures, including bridesmaids wearing the most striking cobalt blue vintage dresses!

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From the bride, Anita: I would describe our day as “Musically Vintage.” Red, Blue and all things old! Majority was DIY, we also asked the guests to dress in vintage attire and glad we did; everyone looked amazing and felt part of our big day.


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bride getting ready

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bride and father processional

bride and father processional
bride and father processional
bride and father processional

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bride and father processional
bride red lipstick

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bride wearing lace
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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? DIY is rewarding but getting help is a must and make time for the little things, don’t compromise as you may be disappointed… I took the time to make and do everything I wanted to do and was happy with the result. I wasn’t going to make the paper music flowers for the pews, but with some help did and was glad I did in the end. Location weddings are great, but know the area, suppliers and include shipping in your budget! Decide what is important and spend money on it… food and drink was ours and glad it was…


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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Let’s Stay Together,” Al Green
Signing of the Register: “Signed Sealed Delivered,” Stevie Wonder
Recessional: “Feeling Good,” MUSE
A selection of Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Otis Reading, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, Issac Hayes, Richard Cheese, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett &KD Lang that Dom made a playlist on his iPod and played on shuffle.

Wedding Location: Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia / Wedding Photographer: Dan O’Day / Wedding Venue: St. Mary’s by the Sea / Wedding Flowers: Flowerama, Castle Hill, Sydney / Wedding Dress: Bad Girl Vintage / Wedding Shoes: ModCloth / Veil: made by bride / Hair and Makeup: Mermaids / Wedding Caterer: ZINC Restaurant / Wedding Cake: guest

Rock ‘n Roll Festival Inspired Wedding

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The theme for this wedding from Tiffany Arment is one of my absolute favorites — “rock n roll festival.” With a wedding playlist to envy and reception tables marked by vinyl albums from rock music history, this day is filled with details perfectly tailored to the couple.

newlyweds in the grass

From the bride, Jacki: We just wanted a wonderfully laid back, HAPPY day filled with our friends, family, natural rustic surroundings, great music, yummy food and a whole lotta LOVE. With my creative friends and family, I knew that the rest of it would come together beautifully.


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lemonade drink containersfestival paper goods

The theme was ‘Rock ‘n Roll Festival’. We both love music so much — it is a huge part of our lives, and we really wanted our wedding to reflect that. Every song was hand-picked for each part of the day to create a specific nostalgic and happy feeling.

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vintage wedding gowns

lemonade drink containersfestival paper goods

bride and groom celebrating

We were getting married in a barn. I didn’t want to fight its natural beauty, so we went with a natural color scheme — cream, tan, brown, green and blue. Practically the whole wedding was DIY. I designed and made my own invitations, favors (jam jars and CDs), name cards and programs, the table ‘numbers’ came from our own vinyl collection, my Dad made our rings, one of my best friends made my gown, my best friend and maid of honor (who introduced us) got ordained to marry us and wrote our ceremony… it was truly a group effort!


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mini jam jarsgreen napkin place settings

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Take it easy and have fun with it! Remember that it’s the marriage that matters most… this is just one day out of the rest of your married life. Things are going to go wrong, and other unexpected things are going to go sooooooooo right that they make up for it! Stop worrying so much because you can’t control it all! In the end, it is going to be the most wonderful day of your life… you got to MARRY him! How lucky are YOU?


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barn lightguitar guestbooks

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Wedding Music:
Family’s Processional: “Ooh Lala,” The Faces
Bridal Party Processional: “A Little Help From my Friends,” Joe Cocker
Recessional: “Not Fade Away,” The Rolling Stones
First Dance: “Into the Mystic,” Van Morrison
Father/Daughter Dance: “Teach Your Children,” Crosby Stills Nash and Yong
Mother/Son Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles

Wedding Location: Germantown, NY / Wedding Photographer: Tiffany Arment / Wedding Venue: Apple Barn Farm / Event Coordinators: Kerri & Mary Beth Boruta, at Apple Barn Farm / Bouquets: Rosery Flower Shop / Wedding Dress: handmade and designed specifically by best friend Sandra Usherov / Shoes: already owned / Jewelry: “something borrowed” / Makeup: DIY / Bridesmaid Dresses: bride asked to pick any black dress they wanted, from different sources / Groom’s suit: white shirts, black skinny ties, black pants and either a black vest or suspenders with converse all-stars, the best man wore red ones to match the MOH / Music: Patrick Bergeron of Metro Music / Caterer: Barbara Goldstein. She made BBQ with all organic, local ingredients, both traditional and vegan. Pulled pork, mac and cheese, brisket, the works! / Dessert: array of ‘rock n’ roll’ cupcakes, also by Barbara Goldstein / Wedding Invitations: Designed by bride, paper goods from Paper Presentation / Transportation: Old school buses, arranged by Apple Barn Farm

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Sue Gallo Designs

We here at Sue Gallo Designs are big lovers of flowers! We live and breath in their beauty and all things pretty. As a fresh floral and event company in Hamilton, On., our passion is to create a beautiful celebrations of love. Our designs are the perfect pairing of garden chic and laid back elegance with a whole lot of fabulousness. We see flowers as a big component to any celebration. Together we collaborate the story of you and carefully craft components that are thoughtfully gathered and stunningly styled. Defining your vision for a singular day to beautifully mark that special moment in your lives to celebrate, relish and remember.

From intimate back yard celebrations to elaborate affairs our services are crafted with each of our couples personal style and unique vision in mind.

We’d love the chance to meet you to discuss this fabulous wedding you are planning and to tell you more about Sue Gallo Designs and how we can bring your vision to fruition.

We can’t wait to meet you and make your celebration remarkable!

Serving Niagara Wine Country, The Greater Hamilton Toronto Area, Muskoka, Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo Areas

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That’s a Wrap!

Weekly Wrap Ups

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The year is officially coming to a close, and we’re becoming a bit wistful over all of the amazing weddings we’ve featured this year! We hope you’ve enjoyed our round-ups of our favorite moments from this year as much as we have, but we’re not quite done yet — we thought we’d compile the most popular songs from the weddings we’ve featured in 2011. Some are everlasting favorites, while others are definitely newcomers to the scene. What songs did you play or will play at your wedding? We’d love to know!

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“That’s How Strong My Love Is” Otis Redding, view weddings.
“Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, song chosen by these couples.
“Dressed Up In Love,” Jennifer Hudson, first dance of Megan and Mike.
“You Are the Best Thing” Ray LaMontagne, chosen by these couples at their gorgeous weddings.
“The Good Life,” Kanye West, recessional song of Alana and Richard.
“My Girl,” The Temptations, played at these weddings.
“Love and Some Verses,” Iron and Wine, first song of Lindsay and Jason and played at these weddings
“Sea of Love,” Cat Power, played at this wedding.
“Crazy Love” by Van Morrison. View all weddings from couples who chose Van Morrison’s tunes.
“First Day of my Life” Bright Eyes. See all the weddings who played this song by clicking HERE.

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Speaking of our Best Ofs, here’s a recap of our highlighted weddings of the year and features of the week:

2011 Fashion
2011 Ceremonies
2011 Reception Details
2011 Bouquets
2011 DIY Projects
Festive Michigan Metropark Wedding
New bridesmaid dresses by Whitney Deal
Manhattan Winery Wedding
NYE party with 4 easy DIY projects

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Before we sign off for the year, we wanted to give a shout out to our advertisers who make Ruffled happen. Many of you who are RSS feed subscribers may not visit the site that often, so we wanted to highlight some of their work and services. Be sure to take a moment to check them out!

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Happy New Year!

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Erin Pelicano, ltd

Erin Pelicano designs simple, elegant and timeless artisan jewelry meant to be cherished and worn for years. Each piece is individually handcrafted with love and artistry in sterling silver, 24K gold vermeil and genuine stones. These meaningful pieces allow you to keep your dreams, inspirations and feelings close to your heart or share them as memorable gifts with special significance. Treasured by all generations, these delicate creations can be worn alone or layered with other jewelry.

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Wedding Songs Planner

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We’re enthused to share this easy and user-friendly resource for choosing and compiling your wedding music from our sponsor Wedding Songs Planner! Wedding Songs Planner created a hassle-free way to curate your wedding playlist with their simple iPhone app.

From Wedding Songs Planner: After a frustrating experience trying to find the best wedding music on the web, we at Wedding Songs Planner made an iPhone app that would make choosing your wedding music easier and more fun! We looked through several lists of wedding song suggestions on the web and found that with most wedding song sites you can’t sort by genre, there’s no way to preview a song, and it’s not easy to remember which songs are your favorites. How frustrating!

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Wedding Songs Planner has solved these problems by:
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For $1.99 you can make your wedding planning less stressful and have fun picking the perfect music for your special day! You can find Wedding Songs Planner in iTunes.

Wedding Songs Planner is giving away free downloads of the Wedding Songs Planner App to the first 5 readers to submit a comment below!

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Home Sweet Flowers

Home Sweet Flowers is flowery hearted; there is no doubt that in every creation that is made the recipe consists of love & intuition. Flowers are not merely “pretty”, we believe each stem has the inevitable ability to enhance ones mood, daily life, & wedding day.

HSF always respects a couples budget, without reducing quality. We use locally grown stems and love that “just picked from the garden” whimsical touch. Let us make your wedding glow!

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