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National Velvet Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

The 1944 film National Velvet is a cinematic tribute to brave women around the world, so it’s natural it would also serve as perfect inspiration for this wedding styled shoot from Rodeo & Co Photography, By Emily B., and Emily Herzig Floral Studio. Blues, greens, and burnt orange come together brilliantly in this equestrian inspired wedding day with heaps of details plucked right out of nature itself.

National Velvet wedding inspiration - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

From the photographers, Rodeo & Co Photography: When Meg (Rodeo & Co Photography) and Kristin (By Emily B.) first started working together, they bonded over a shared love of all things equine. Both ladies had grown up competing, riding, and caring for horses every single day of their lives, so needless to say, the four-legged beasts played a huge role in each of their adolescence. After they met and started working weddings together, it wasn’t long before they figured out that they also shared a favorite film: National Velvet. A 14-year-old Elizabeth Taylor shines in the role of Velvet Brown, a young girl living in Sussex, England who wins a spirited gelding, The Pie, in a raffle and decides to train him, alongside Mickey Rooney, for the Grand National steeplechase. When they can’t find a jockey, Velvet ends up secretly riding The Pie in the Grand National (an extremely tough and dangerous race) and wins! The film, based on Enid Bagnold’s 1935 novel, was selected by Library of Congress for National Film Registry preservation in 2003 because of its cultural and historical significance. It is a Technicolor tribute to brave women everywhere, which inspired us to create a wedding shoot in its honor.

velvet bow ties - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

wedding invitations - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

ring bearer - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

wedding ring - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

National Velvet inspired wedding - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

ceremony setup - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

chair greenery - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

wedding ceremony - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

bouquet with anemones and greenery - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

wedding portrait - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

Toad Hill Farm in the White Mountains provided the quintessential backdrop for our shoot. The barns and outbuildings felt like they were right out of the movie, like Mickey Rooney may be just inside grooming The Pie. And though the landscape is different, it offered similar drama with its fields, rolling hills, and rustic horse fencing. Gus & Ruby Letterpress designed an epic stationery suite, complete with a lots of velvet, a steeplechase-themed save-the-date, and little silver bridal bits wrapped around the menus. The bride, wearing Elizabeth Dye from True North Bridal, had a horse in tow, who wore a wreath (by Emily Herzig Floral Studio) fit for the winner’s circle. We worked particularly hard to have this shoot truly embody the essence of the film. The ring bearer even wore a glass bottle around his neck, like Velvet’s brother Donald, who collected bugs in the bottle he wore throughout the movie. We wanted every element in the shoot to have significance, even naming our faux groom Pierce, because it sounds similar to Pie. The navy blue cake sported an absolutely gorgeous “VP” monogram by Bentley’s Bakery, set against the faux boxwood panels that By Emily B. used throughout the design to represent the green of the steeplechase obstacles and the track they race on.

equestrian inspired wedding - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

vineyard wedding - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

tablescape - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

orange and blue place setting - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

rustic tablescape - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

From Kristin of By Emily B.: This shoot was a top moment for me in my design career. It felt as though our work had evolved in this new way. It was mature and sophisticated, yet truly born from a childhood passion. National Velvet was everything I dreamed of when I was young. Velvet’s tenacity and bravery inspired me throughout my adolescence in ways I can’t even describe. To bring a vision like this, so many years in the making, to life was such a gift. I believe Velvet would have been proud and would have even felt right at home if the wedding were actually hers.

Ruffled - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

vineyard rustic wedding - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

cake table display - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

blue and white wedding cake - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Rodeo and Co http://ruffledblog.com/national-velvet-wedding-inspiration

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Rodeo & Co

Event Design and Styling

By Emily B.

Floral Design

Emily Herzig Floral Studio

Venue

The Toad Hill Farm

Wedding Dress

Elizabeth Dye

Bridal Store

True North Bridal

Hair and Makeup

Kate Goldsborough Lifestyling

Bow Ties

Mrs. Bow Tie

Wedding Cake

Bentley’s Bakery & Café

Ring Box

The Mrs. Box

Wedding Stationery

Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Romantic Blue and Gold Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

The mix of colors in today’s styled shoot from Lindsay Hackney Photography and Apotheca Flower and Tea Shoppe is so fantastic, we think it pretty much has us hypnotized. Rich blues, crisp golds, soft lavender, and minty green — how can it get better than that? Of course, the bride’s Vera Wang gown is also stealing the show with endless layers of tulle that help make this shoot one of the most romantic we’ve seen in a while.

Romantic Blue and Gold Wedding Inspiration- photo by Lindsay Hackney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/autumn-styled-shoot-at-aldworth-manor

From the photographer, Lindsay Hackney Photography: Autumn in New Hampshire is known for its vivid reds, but for this shoot we were inspired to explorer a cooler fall palette. Moody Prussian blue, minty green and lavender made for exciting and unique foundational colors with bits of gold, peach, and orange keeping things classic.

tulle wedding dress - photo by Lindsay Hackney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/autumn-styled-shoot-at-aldworth-manor

watercolor handwritten invitations - photo by Lindsay Hackney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/autumn-styled-shoot-at-aldworth-manor

Ruffled - photo by Lindsay Hackney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/autumn-styled-shoot-at-aldworth-manor

lavender rose bouquet - photo by Lindsay Hackney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/autumn-styled-shoot-at-aldworth-manor

boutonniere - photo by Lindsay Hackney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/autumn-styled-shoot-at-aldworth-manor

stylish groom - photo by Lindsay Hackney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/autumn-styled-shoot-at-aldworth-manor

We were also totally inspired by our venue, the incredible Aldworth Manor. There is no place quite like it in all of New Hampshire, or even New England! The Tuscan-style estate had fallen into disrepair and is being lovingly restored to host weddings and events. The elegance of the Manor’s original features combined with the shabby-chic feel of its current state made for an exquisite backdrop. A gorgeous Vera Wang gown from Borrowing Magnolia and divine floral design from Apotheca Flower Shoppe finished pulled everything together to perfection!

handwritten watercolor menu - photo by Lindsay Hackney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/autumn-styled-shoot-at-aldworth-manor

glam wedding inspiration - photo by Lindsay Hackney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/autumn-styled-shoot-at-aldworth-manor

Aldworth Manor wedding - photo by Lindsay Hackney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/autumn-styled-shoot-at-aldworth-manor

mint and gold place setting - photo by Lindsay Hackney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/autumn-styled-shoot-at-aldworth-manor

Ruffled - photo by Lindsay Hackney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/autumn-styled-shoot-at-aldworth-manor

glam tablescape - photo by Lindsay Hackney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/autumn-styled-shoot-at-aldworth-manor

Ruffled - photo by Lindsay Hackney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/autumn-styled-shoot-at-aldworth-manor

wedding cake with pattern - photo by Lindsay Hackney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/autumn-styled-shoot-at-aldworth-manor

cake table - photo by Lindsay Hackney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/autumn-styled-shoot-at-aldworth-manor

wedding cake serving - photo by Lindsay Hackney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/autumn-styled-shoot-at-aldworth-manor

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Lindsay Hackney Photography

Floral Design

Apotheca Flower and Tea Shoppe

Venue

Aldworth Manor

Wedding Dress

Vera Wang

Bridal Store

Borrowing Magnolia

Wedding Cake

Renee Conner Cake Design

Props and Styling

Gretchen Gray and Laurel Devino

Place Mats and Candlesticks

Crate & Barrel

Geometric Lanterns

Anthropologie

Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods

Emily A. Howell Design

Daily Pick

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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Ice Castle Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

It isn’t often that we get to share an inspiration shoot that took place in an actual ice castle, but today is a very special day. Rodeo & Co. Photography and Emily Herzig Floral Studio worked together on this incredible shoot in New Hampshire in a beautiful creation by Ice Castles — talk about real life Frozen inspiration!

ice castle wedding inspiration - photo by Rodeo and Co Photography http://ruffledblog.com/ice-castle-wedding-inspiration

From Meg of Rodeo & Co. Photography: The Ice Castle was in Lincoln NH & I had heard about it on NPR- so I decided to bring my boys one day for fun…..Once I got there I was blown away by the beauty of the ice & immediately had a vision of doing a shoot with a bride in a blush pink gown. I called my dear friend Emily, of Emily Herzig Floral Studio & we reached out to vendors and it all came together.

wedding invitation - photo by Rodeo and Co Photography http://ruffledblog.com/ice-castle-wedding-inspiration

glass wedding invitation - photo by Rodeo and Co Photography http://ruffledblog.com/ice-castle-wedding-inspiration

ice castle wedding inspiration - photo by Rodeo and Co Photography http://ruffledblog.com/ice-castle-wedding-inspiration

pastel winter bouquet - photo by Rodeo and Co Photography http://ruffledblog.com/ice-castle-wedding-inspiration

ice castle wedding inspiration - photo by Rodeo and Co Photography http://ruffledblog.com/ice-castle-wedding-inspiration

ice castle wedding inspiration - photo by Rodeo and Co Photography http://ruffledblog.com/ice-castle-wedding-inspiration

ice castle wedding inspiration - photo by Rodeo and Co Photography http://ruffledblog.com/ice-castle-wedding-inspiration

colorful sushi - photo by Rodeo and Co Photography http://ruffledblog.com/ice-castle-wedding-inspiration

ice castle wedding inspiration - photo by Rodeo and Co Photography http://ruffledblog.com/ice-castle-wedding-inspiration

wedding ideas - photo by Rodeo and Co Photography http://ruffledblog.com/ice-castle-wedding-inspiration

winter wedding inspiration - photo by Rodeo and Co Photography http://ruffledblog.com/ice-castle-wedding-inspiration

winter wedding table - photo by Rodeo and Co Photography http://ruffledblog.com/ice-castle-wedding-inspiration

ice castle wedding inspiration - photo by Rodeo and Co Photography http://ruffledblog.com/ice-castle-wedding-inspiration

place setting - photo by Rodeo and Co Photography http://ruffledblog.com/ice-castle-wedding-inspiration

ice castle wedding inspiration - photo by Rodeo and Co Photography http://ruffledblog.com/ice-castle-wedding-inspiration

winter wedding inspiration - photo by Rodeo and Co Photography http://ruffledblog.com/ice-castle-wedding-inspiration

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Rodeo & Co. Photography

Florist

Emily Herzig Floral Studio

Venue

Loon Mountain

Wedding Dress

Vera Wang

Jewelry

Ari Handmade

Hair and Makeup

Fresh Salon & Day Spa

Ice Castle

Ice Castles

Rentals

Be Our Guest Rental

Catering and Food Styling

Chang Thai Cafe

Ice Cream

Jeni's

Wedding Invitations

Grapevine Paperie

Daily Pick

Little White Dress Bridal Shop

Little White Dress is the premier bridal salon in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. We offer unmatched service, and a beautiful selection of designer wedding gowns, accessories, and shoes in a wide variety of price ranges and styles. Little White Dress is proud to offer the very best bridal designers, all of which are unavailable elsewhere in Colorado. Get ready for one of the best parts of wedding planning – finding your gown at Little White Dress!

Gown designers: Anne Barge, Charlie Brear, Claire Pettibone, Enaura, Galia Lahav, Jenny Packham, Justin Alexander, Liancarlo, Lis Simon, Marchesa, Matthew Christopher, Naeem Khan, Reem Acra, Rivini, Robert Bullock Bride, Sassi Holford.

Located at 3420 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, CO 80211 in the Historic Highlands Neighborhood. Tel.: 303-814-8972

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Bishop Farm Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Today’s wedding comes to us thanks to the talents of Dreamlove Photography and By Emily B., who respectively captured and styled this impeccable Bishop Farm shindig. No detail was left unconsidered, from the wooden signs to the seafoam and pink place settings to the cheery floral arrangements.

Bishop Farm wedding - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

From the bride, Eliza: Our favorite memory of the day is how it all felt — throughout the day, we were completely overwhelmed by all the love, support, and laughter surrounding us. If we had to pick one moment that showed this, it was during the second to last song of the night. The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” was playing and although the groom and I started dancing with each other, everyone spontaneously worked themselves into a swaying circle to which we, ourselves, could not resist being a part of! By the end of the song, there wasn’t a guest sitting at their table or anyone standing outside the barn — every single person was swaying, together, in a huge circle on the dance floor. At some point, I remember looking at my now-husband and I knew we were thinking the same thing: We are seriously the luckiest people in the world to have so many wonderful people in our lives!

wedding invitations - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

wedding flower with updo - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

rustic wedding dress - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

purple wedding bouquet with long ribbon - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

groomsmen gift ideas - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

wedding ceremony decorations - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

vintage doors backdrop - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

wedding party outfit ideas - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

seating chart ideas - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

Any advice for other couples planning their weddings now? Our advice would be to carefully pick and choose what is most important to you and what represents you and to not sweat the rest. To us, we saw our wedding as a community event, a celebration of not just us, but also of the love and support our dearest friends and families have given us. As such, we spent a lot of time working on things that would reflect this: From planning weekend events to maximizing time spent with everyone to writing fun, personalized notes for every guest on the back of their escort card, we wanted to thank all of our guests for joining in on the celebration and for being, well, awesome! That said, we also had the luxury of having an amazing set of vendors, each of whom we could entirely trust to take our general ideas to the next level, while ensuring that the specific details that we did choose to spend time on to be carried out flawlessly. Have fun with it and everyone else will too!

escort card display - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

pink wedding decor - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

barn receptions - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

wedding signs - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

barn wedding receptions - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

rustic wedding decor - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

reception sweetheart table - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

wedding ideas - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

dessert bars - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding

Bishop Farm wedding - photo by Dreamlove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bishop-farm-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

From the photographer, Dreamlove Photography: Eliza and Brent traveled all the way from San Francisco to host their eco-friendly wedding in the rural green hills of New Hampshire. Bishop Farm was the perfect venue for these two, with it’s rustic New England charm, and environmentally friendly amenities like solar-powered cabins! Our favorite details were the antique furniture, provided by the lovely By Emily B. design team, and the bright and artful flowers everywhere! Eliza’s bouquet had air plants that were actually blooming! Eliza had the genius idea of having guests use ball jars for their drinks during cocktail hour, and write their names on the glasses so they could keep using them all night! From the donut cake to the handwritten escort card messages to each guest, this wedding was overflowing with personal touches, making in an incredibly unique event.

Wedding Location: Lisbon, NH / Photographer: Dreamlove Photography / Event and Floral Design: By Emily B. / Venue: The Bishop Farm / Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone / Wedding Shoes: Corso Como / Wedding Veil: Marina Morrison Bridal Salon / Makeup: Fresh Salon & Day Spa / Jewelry: Lang Antique & Estate Jewelry and Tiffany & Co. / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Banana Republic / Groom’s Attire: J. Crew / Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Groom’s Tie: Forage Haberdashery / Caterer: Delicata Catering / Desserts: The Dessert Goddess and Lou’s Bakery / DJ: Aaron Denny / Guestbook: Our Wedding Invites / Wedding Invitations: Wayland Chew / Paper Props: By Emily B.

Daily Pick

Corkey Creations

Corkey Creations offers the largest selection of wine cork place card holders, including personalized and custom printing. We also offer whole corks for save the dates, guest book corks, magnets and key-chains and vinyl wine bottle decor for table numbers and/or centerpiece decorations.

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Mile Away Restaurant Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Photos by:

Zac Wolf

If vintage flair brings a smile to your face (like it does ours), then you’re in for a real treat. Zac Wolf and The Garden Party are here to share an intimate New Hampshire wedding teeming with just enough quirk and romance to make us fall completely in love. How awesome are the bridesmaids’ fascinators, by the way?

Mile Away Restaurant wedding - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

From the bride, Carrie: We really wanted our wedding to be an intimate affair with our closest friends and family. Most of our guests were spread throughout the country, so knowing they were all traveling great distances to be with us, we wanted to create a cozy atmosphere. We also wanted to add a little whimsy and fun to the day, which is why we decided on a 1920’s theme. We have always felt lucky to have a romantic love story, reminiscent of great literary works, and we wanted to carry that through to our wedding day. We encouraged all of our guests to dress to match the theme and have fun with it. We were blown away by how many people really embraced our vision and knew that it was “US.”

Mile Away Restaurant wedding - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

mustached groom - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

peony wedding bouquet - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding
Bouquet recipe: pink peonies, sea star fern, sweetberry rose, pink lisianthus, green hydrangea.

Mile Away Restaurant wedding - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

pink bridesmaid dresses - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

bridesmaid fascinators - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

We both grew up in New England, so finding a venue that represented that, and felt familiar and warm to both of us was very important. We decided on The Mile Away Restaurant because of the beautiful gardens, the natural elements of the property and the warmth we felt from the staff. Needless to say, the gardens fit in perfectly with our 1920’s/Gatsby garden party idea. We originally wanted our colors to be romantic pinks and blues, but somewhere along the planning process we began to incorporate other soft pastel colors with contrasts of black, silver and gold. We really just gravitated toward what stood out to us.

Mile Away Restaurant wedding - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

chalkboard wedding signs - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

woodsy wedding portraits - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

ceremony first kiss - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

Because we were focused on an intimate and welcoming party, all of the decisions we made had this idea in mind. Our best men actually officiated the ceremony. We had joked for years that they would perform the ceremony at our wedding because they had been there with us from the beginning. It made the day even more meaningful and special having the people closest to you make it official. We also incorporated a hand-fasting ceremony to symbolize the binding of our souls and lives for eternity. We asked our mothers to perform this binding of our hands to bring our families together. We DIYed our mirror seating charts by spray painting them gold and hand writing everyone’s names. We also spray painted a chalk board and I wrote out and designed a “program.” Brian hand sewed his bow tie and pocket square. We created a guest book from an old type-writer, to bring you back in time. We shopped around for inexpensive décor pieces that wouldn’t break the bank, but also evoked a timeless palette.

Mile Away Restaurant wedding - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

Mile Away Restaurant wedding - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

pink wedding ideas - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

vintage wedding decor - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

Mile Away Restaurant wedding - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

art deco table numbers - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I think the most important piece of advice we can offer to couples that are going through the planning process is to stay true to your vision as a couple. It really is a representation of the two of you and you should be happy with the outcome. We really tried to stick to this while we were going through the process. And, on our wedding day, the best feeling was everyone’s comments about how they could see us individually and as a couple throughout the wedding.

Mile Away Restaurant wedding - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

tented receptions - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

vintage wedding details - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

wedding inspiration - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

Art Deco inspired cake - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

Mile Away Restaurant wedding - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

Mile Away Restaurant wedding - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding

Mile Away Restaurant wedding - photo by Zac Wolf http://ruffledblog.com/mile-away-restaurant-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You,” Ingrid Michaelson
Bride’s Processional: Instrumental version of Sweet Caroline
Recessional: “1,2,3,4,” Plain White Tees
First Dance: “My Love,” Justin Timberlake

Wedding Location: Milford, NH / Photographer: Zac Wolf / Florist: The Garden Party / Venue and Caterer: Mile Away Restaurant / Wedding Dress: Liv Harris via Vows / Veil and Headpiece: BHLDN / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Earrings and Bracelet: J. Crew / Necklace: Bride’s Grandmother / Makeup: Deanna Flanagan / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Sung / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Wedding Cake: Frederick’s Pastries / DJ: Ryan Durkin of White Label DJs / Photo Booth: The Danger Booth

Sweet New Hampshire Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Tin Sparrow Studio

Let me start off by saying that if you love pink, red, and gold half as much as we do, you’re going to lose it over this wedding. Jake and Julia’s wedding is busting at the seams with romantic hues, glittery accents, and wildly creative ideas, thanks to the bride, her friends, and her event designer, by emily b. Tin Sparrow Studio was the perfect choice to capture the wedding day, don’t you think?

romantic New Hampshire wedding - photo by Tin Sparrow Studio http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-new-hampshire-wedding

From the bride, Julia: When Jake and I first got engaged we knew immediately that we would be married in Portsmouth. We both love our seaside city and the creative community that exists here, and made the decision early-on to source most of our vendors locally. We are lucky to know so many talented individuals and wanted to involve as many of those people as we could in order to make our day feel as special and personal as possible. Our hope was to create an environment for our friends and family that allowed them to really be immersed in the love that we have for each other.

bride getting ready - photo by Tin Sparrow Studio http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-new-hampshire-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Tin Sparrow Studio http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-new-hampshire-wedding

silver wedding shoes - photo by Tin Sparrow Studio http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-new-hampshire-wedding

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Tin Sparrow Studio http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-new-hampshire-wedding

bridal looks - photo by Tin Sparrow Studio http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-new-hampshire-wedding

red wedding bouquet - photo by Tin Sparrow Studio http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-new-hampshire-wedding

bride with father - photo by Tin Sparrow Studio http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-new-hampshire-wedding

romantic wedding ceremony - photo by Tin Sparrow Studio http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-new-hampshire-wedding

wedding recessional - photo by Tin Sparrow Studio http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-new-hampshire-wedding

chalkboard wedding sign - photo by Tin Sparrow Studio http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-new-hampshire-wedding

reception decorations - photo by Tin Sparrow Studio http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-new-hampshire-wedding

romantic New Hampshire wedding - photo by Tin Sparrow Studio http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-new-hampshire-wedding

pink bridal party - photo by Tin Sparrow Studio http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-new-hampshire-wedding

pink bridal party - photo by Tin Sparrow Studio http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-new-hampshire-wedding

Being creative people by nature and business, Jake and I had a pretty specific visual aesthetic and knew that we would need an amazing event designer to help us realize our vision and an amazing photographer to capture it. We wanted our wedding to be memorable not just for how beautiful it looked but for how beautiful it felt for everyone involved. What we ended up with was a whimsical, romantic and completely one-of-a-kind celebration that was a perfect representation of our love. Our wedding was truly a dream come true.

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Wedding Location: Portsmouth, NH / Photographer: Tin Sparrow Studio / Event and Floral Design: by emily b. / Bridal Party Floral Design: Flowers By Leslie / Wedding Venue: Governor John Langdon House / Hair: Jessica Todd Salon / Makeup: Making Faces Weddings / Bridal Party Styling: Mehrmann Style Co. / Wedding Caterer: Brazo Restaurant / Cupcakes: Dubs Cupcakery / Music: DJ Rory Stark / Tent Rental and Lighting: Marshall Rental / Videographer: Ellipsis Entertainment

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Visit https://www.basicinvite.com to find over 200 fully customizable wedding invitation sets. At Basic Invite each and every invite has almost unlimited color options letting you create an invitation as unique are you are.

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Lakeside New Hampshire Wedding

Rustic Weddings

A bride who isn’t afraid to throw on a sequined shrug to beat the chilly weather? Color me thrilled! Newlyweds Jessie and Jessica traveled to New England for a lakeside ceremony and a reception full of rustic appeal, bits of glitter, and bridesmaids wearing their finest sequin and lace duds! Thanks to Dreamlove Photography for sharing this wedding with us.

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From the bride, Jessica: Jesse and I are both from Ohio but I spent most of my summers in New Hampshire and knew that fall in New England would be a perfect setting for our wedding. The Bluewater Lodge was the perfect mix of rustic, nature, and simplistic beauty. Designing the wedding was definitely one of the most fun things I had ever done… thank goodness for Pinterest to keep all of my thoughts organized and inspiration flowing! I knew I wanted the colors to be natural but with lots of textures and sparkle!


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One reason our wedding day felt so much like a fairy-tale like was that Jesse and I had not seen each other for eight weeks (I was in NH completing a clinical for school) so one of the best parts of that weekend was just being together again. Our written vows, our talented musicians, and the sun glistening over Mt. Kearsarge made the ceremony even more magical. Our reception was the best party we could have asked for. My 11-year-old brother stole the night with his gangnam style dance!


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My advice for future DIY brides is to: Hire someone to execute your design and be prepared for the chaotic energy that takes place the day of (and know that it’s normal!). Our wedding weekend was nothing without all the love and support we had from all our friends and family. Everyone pitched in one way or another to make our day so special and for that, we are so grateful. It was truly the most beautiful and enchanting day we could have ever asked for.


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Wedding Location: Andover, NH / Photographer: Dreamlove Photography / Wedding Flowers: My Flower Buyer and Boston Flower Market / Wedding Planner, Coordinator and Floral Designer: By EmilyB / Wedding Venue: Bluewater Lodge / Wedding Dress: Lindee Daniel / Wedding Shoes: Butter / Earrings: Anthropologie / Bracelet: J. Crew / Maid of Honor’s Dress: Anthropologie / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dillards / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Groom’s Tie: Vknit / Groom’s Wedding Band: Happygolicky / Wedding Caterer: Cornocopia / Wedding Cake: Bride’s Stepmother / Musician: Nick Zuber / Bar and Birch Candle Holders: Bride’s Father / Embroidered Handkerchiefs: Elegant Monogramming / Here Comes the Bride Sign: YourDivineAffair / Dog’s Bow Tie: BigpawCollars / Videographer: Rick and Louis Wisler / Wedding Invitations: Bride

Whimsical New Hampshire Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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A red feathered veil for the bride, a bridal party in bright assorted colors, and a jaw-dropping Carolina Herrera wedding gown — these are just a very few of the reasons why we love this wedding from We Are the Parsons so very much. Bride Erica picked six eye-catching colors — lime, papaya, lemon, poppy, fuchsia, violet — and asked her wedding party to put together their outfits around them, and we can’t get enough of the gorgeous effect!

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From the bride, Erica: We really wanted it to be not only about the two of us, but also about our friends and family. We focused a lot on the ceremony and involving several of our friends and family members, requesting that they each contribute something unique and original (a story, a song, a game, a performance etc). We wanted to recognize each person individually, which is one of the reasons why we integrated so much color, with each of our friends and family members wearing their own color of their choice.


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We chose to hold the ceremony and the reception at Erica’s family home because it’s such a special and unique place on the ocean off the coast of New Hampshire, it holds so many wonderful memories for both of us (as Ben and I have been together for 8 years and have spent a significant amount of time at my family home) and we wanted to share that with our friends and family. We also love to have fun and the costume/Polaroid photo guest book was a way for our friends and family to take part in the free-spirited nature of our relationship.


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The save-the-date card was a essentially a DIY project (excluding the printing). I had been envisioning the ceremony site with all of our colorful flowers and the water and jumping rocks in the background, and our beloved dog, Zora, of course. All of this was inspiration for the design of the save-the-date. The artwork for the invitation and the ceremony programs was also an original piece of my artwork, though something quite old (from high school) that I’ve always loved. There was no way I could choose just a few colors for our palette, which is what led to the rainbow affect.


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I also collect textiles from all around the world (working in international development) and was inspired to integrate colorful textiles and prints into our decor. Domestically, I have been drawn to Amy Butler fabrics for the past several years, which I have used to sew baby quilts for my girlfriends’ children. In the end it was the colorful, retro, yet tribal designs of Amy Butler that made it onto our table tops for added color and flair. I also used these fabrics for the name-card holder that we hung from my family’s cherry tree at the entrance to the reception area. One of the most exciting design elements was the inclusion of the star lanterns. I collected these from a number of websites (as well as from my travels around the world) and we created a drop-ceiling effect above the dance floor with tons of paper star lanterns that really added life to our evening.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My advice really depends on the kind of celebration each couple is looking for. First though, I really feel that any advice should not be targeted to only the bride, but also should include the groom. Weddings are about the couple and should be planned and carried out by both members of the couple to the fullest extent possible (despite the rolling of eyes and the clashing of ideas). While I may have done a bit more of the planning, our celebration was wonderful and special because Ben was involved in a great share of it. I’m also very detail oriented and like to be very involved in all elements of the planning, so my advice to couples like me is to give yourself plenty of time. I also think that our celebration was so much more meaningful for us and our family and friends because everything was tied so closely to us; our home, our neighborhood, our special places, special vendors, etc.


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Wedding Music:
Processional: “All Is Full of Love,” Bjork
Recessional: “Over the Hills and Far Away,” Led Zeppelin
My father and I took dance classes together for several months before the wedding. I asked him to choose the song for our dance, and being the classy man he is, he chose Frank Sinatra, “The Way you Look Tonight.” It was such a special dance for both of us, particularly because he really never dances and would ordinarily shy away from such a public display, but we absolutely rocked it!
Ben and his mother, on the other hand, danced to a more modern tune, which Ben’s mother also chose. Apparently Ben was (as a joke) really “into” this song by R. Kelly in high school, which his mother remembered well. When asked which song she wanted to dance to for the wedding, she chose this one, and it was a sight to be seen!

Wedding Location: New Castle, New Hampshire / Wedding Photographer: We Are the Parsons / Wedding Venue: Private residence / Wedding Planner: Blissful Beginnings / Wedding Flowers: The Flower Kiosk / Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera / Wedding Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Bride’s Earrings: L’elite / Bride’s Hair: Lena Hartford of Hair That Moves / Wedding Caterer: The White Apron / Wedding Cake: Gail Spivey / Ceremony Music: White Heat Swing Orchestra / DJ: Slam Patten / Wedding Invitations: Bride and groom and Gus and Ruby Letterpress / Transportation: Sea Coast Trolley

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Spreading Lovely

Welcome to Spreading Lovely!  We’re a full service event planning & design company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving all of The Golden State and beyond and tailor all services to fit your specific event needs.  Plus, with every booking, we donate 10% to the charity of your choice because we believe in not only making a difference in our clients’ lives, but also in countless other lives we may never otherwise have the opportunity to reach.

Of course we love a great party, but more importantly we believe in love, we believe in a marriage after the wedding, and we love being a part of life’s major milestones and helping you navigate the (sometimes) mountains of details.  With our wealth of knowledge, creativity and experience we’ll illuminate and inspire your ideas to create a one-of-a-kind event that authentically reflects YOUnot us, or what anyone tells you it should be.

We know how to leverage small design details of texture, color and lighting to elevate an event and create the ambiance you desire. We love collaborating to create unique event concepts, after all – it’s your story that makes the best inspiration.  If lots of glitter and bright colors best reflects your fun loving nature, awesome, we’re in!  If an elopement on a mountain top is more your thing, fantastic, we’re in!  Our number one job is to be on your team and provide a voice of reason, guidance and experience to streamline the planning and execute your event more exceptional than you imagined.

We believe you should be fully present and live in the moment on your wedding day, not sweating the small stuff!  That’s why we’re here to make the road to your wedding more fun, more relaxed and more enjoyable by taking care of the planning, design and organization details so you can still make it to Sunday brunch and do more of what makes you happy while celebrating the path to this amazing commitment to each other!

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New Hampshire Garden Wedding

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While I love vintage-inspired fetes with a heavy dose of quirk, I will always have a soft spot for traditional weddings. Be ready to feast your eyes on this beautiful, traditional garden wedding shot by Lisa Rigby. New England weddings put a capital B on Beautiful, and this is one for the books. View more from this gorgeous New Hampshire wedding in the gallery.

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Lisa Rigby. New England weddings put a capital B on Beautiful, and this is one for the books. View all images in the gallery

Wedding Vendors and Venue (North Hampton, NH):

Venue: Fuller Gardens / Photographer: Lisa Rigby / Wedding Coordination: Blissful Beginnings / Florist: Jardiniere Flowers / Wedding Gown: Alvina Valenta Via Country Weddings Bridal Boutique / Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss / Cake: Confection Art / Band: White Heat Swing Orchestra / Ceremony Music: Mathew Lister / Bride Shoes: Kate Spade / Tent/Rentals: Special Events of New England / Honey: Queen Bee Honey / Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

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Quirky Lakefront Wedding

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When the ladies of Studio Nouveau told me they had a perfect wedding for Ruffled, I knew it was going to be a fun one! Lara says “We literally said to each other when we got there: “RUFFLED”, and she is oh so right. Amy and Sean live in Brooklyn, but chose to marry in Northern New Hampshire as the perfect backdrop for a New England wedding. More from Lara of Studio Nouveau: We just couldn’t get over her perfect 50’s dress and hair, and all her red, blue and yellow details. It was in the woods of NH at Rockywold Deephaven and Amy & Sean (from Brooklyn) were very true to the natural vibes there!

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Wedding Vendors (New Hampshire):

Venue: Rockywold Deephaven Camp / Photographer: Studio Nouveau / Wedding Planner and Flowers: Kate Parker Weddings / Rentals: Be Our Guest Party Rental / Caterer and Desserts: Marie Gerli (no website), Donna Love for desserts, (also no website) / Music: High Range through Cuzin Richard for ceremony and cocktail hour , DJ Ryan Parker for the reception / Paper Products: Friend of the bride and groom, Strong Studio / Wedding Dress: Lara Helene (Aurora style)

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Aurora Cinema is a filmmaking studio based in New York. After several years of shooting for some of the best in the wedding industry, I’ve decided to venture out and create something inspiring with beautiful imagery and powerful stories.
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