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Old Mac Daddy Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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Dearheart Photos

South Africa has long been one of our favorite destinations, especially since it seems they churn out stylish wedding after stylish wedding. Dearheart Photos was in charge of capturing the beautiful day of Cornelia and Paul, a darling couple wanting an ice cream colored summer wedding. What they ended up with certainly fit the bill, right down to the peek of yellow tulle under the bride’s wedding gown!

Old Mac Daddy wedding - photo by Dearheart Photos

From the bride, Cornelia: We wanted an ice cream coloured, relaxed, summer wedding party. Our guests could enjoy the celebration with yummy food, good wine and amazing music. We also wanted to include friends and people that we knew in the event- a friend made my dress, another friend headed the jazz band, friends played the ceremony music and friends helped us in all the DYI jobs. From the start of our wedding planning, we wanted a relaxed wedding in a beautiful environment. We had a number of friends coming from overseas and family from far away for the wedding, so we wanted to stretch the celebration over a weekend, to make the most of their visits. Our venue, Old Mac Daddy, was the perfect option as it is set on a beautiful apple farm in the Elgin valley. It also offers the coolest Airstream caravans with interiors done by artists — so much fun and beauty!

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Dearheart Photos

groom getting ready - photo by Dearheart Photos

groomsmen fashion - photo by Dearheart Photos

succulent bouquets - photo by Dearheart Photos
Bouquet recipe: Milkwood bachelor’s balls, Brunia neglecta, Echeveria elegance, Chincherinchees, Senecio scaposus, airplants, etc.

aqua bridesmaids dresses - photo by Dearheart Photos

lawn games - photo by Dearheart Photos

bridesmaid paper flowers - photo by Dearheart Photos

wedding portraits - photo by Dearheart Photos

pinwheel wedding details - photo by Dearheart Photos

Our colours were shades of yellow, minty blues, misty grey and touches of bright blood orange. The wedding had a handmade, modern feel, with some fox inspired accents. My husband and I and a number of very good friends made all the paper flowers, pinwheels, origami foxes, confetti, place mats, invitations and many more items over the course of six months before the wedding. The making was loads of fun, but if it became too much hard work cutting out petals and the glue gun fumes became overpowering, we had champagne breaks. :)

groomsmen before ceremony - photo by Dearheart Photos

wedding ceremonies - photo by Dearheart Photos

wedding recessional - photo by Dearheart Photos

feather recessionals - photo by Dearheart Photos

whimsical wedding portraits - photo by Dearheart Photos

unique seating chart ideas - photo by Dearheart Photos

unique seating charts - photo by Dearheart Photos

indoor barn receptions - photo by Dearheart Photos

wedding reception ideas - photo by Dearheart Photos

wedding reception inspiration - photo by Dearheart Photos

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy the planning of the wedding, it is such a wonderful time to connect and spend time with family and friends. Include friends and family in the making of items- it’s fun and saves time. Our families were amazing, especially my Mom, to help source for accessories and various materials for all the handmade items. Try to stick to a proper budget- we had to update our excel spreadsheet continuously! We’d recommend staying over at the wedding venue, and getting ready at the venue, it is reduces the stress of travelling around. Also, never pay service providers 100% in advance! :(

paper flower centerpieces - photo by Dearheart Photos

wedding reception decorations - photo by Dearheart Photos

paper flower centerpieces - photo by Dearheart Photos

folded paper decorations - photo by Dearheart Photos

unique wedding receptions - photo by Dearheart Photos

geometric wedding cakes - photo by Dearheart Photos

Old Mac Daddy wedding - photo by Dearheart Photos

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Wedding Music:
Processional: L’autre Valse, Yann Tiersen
Recessional: La Valse de Vieux Os, Yann Tiersen
Our good friend, Pierre-Henri Wicomb and his jazz band played lovely jazz while our guests lazed around, playing croquet and table tennis.
First Dance: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

Wedding Location: Grabouw, South Africa / Photographer: Dearheart Photos / Venue, Caterer, and Coordinator: Old Mac Daddy / Bouquet Florist: Elma Erasmus / Wedding Dress and Veil: Saskia Wicomb (sasjakia @ / Wedding Shoes: Charles & Keith / Engagement Ring: Kirsten Goss / Wedding Band and Bracelet: Milame / Hair: Verushka Naiker / Makeup: Danielle Jacobs / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Forever New, YDE, Canal Walk boutique / Groom’s Suit: C Squared / Bespoke Bow Ties: Tied Up / Wedding Cake and Cupcakes: Nelle Cakes / DJ: Tommy Gun (thomasdemoyencourt @ / Post-Ceremony Jazz Band: Pierre-Henri Wicomb Jazz Trio (walbertyn @ / Ceremony Musician: Hugo de Kock and JP van Jaarsveld / Wedding Invitation Design: JP van Jaarsveld (jeanpierrevanjaarsveld @ / Lasercutting: Boyd Models

Handmade New York Wedding

DIY Weddings

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“I’ll eat you up, I love you so!” Who doesn’t immediately smile when remembering this line from Maurice Sendak’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are”? Jess and Greg used this line and the catchphrase “Love Wins” to guide their wedding planning process, which resulted in a day filled with color, whimsy, and, yes, love! Our thanks goes out to Kristin Rogers for beautifully capturing their wedding day.

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From the bride, Jess: We wanted the style to really reflect us as a couple. We wanted people to feel as if they had literally stepped into another world, our world. A world of whimsy color and vintage collections, earthy influence and of course where love is the center of everything.

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bride with tattoos

bridesmaids with bracelets

floral bridesmaids dresses

upstate NY wedding

groom in trees

We could describe our day with handmade, magic, whimsical, home, and LOVE WINS! Our wedding was one big DIY project. We made almost EVERYTHING, including: the invitations, hundreds (literally) of paper cranes we folded, Greg built our trellis, bar, and pie stands, our wedding favor was jam that we made and canned ourselves, we collected vintage linens, Greg built the cornhole boards and I sewed the bean bags, the buntings were all sewed by me, centerpieces, hand painted signs, painted the yellow door and handmade all the place cards, personally collected 150 settings of vintage Corelle, RIBBON STICKS:), programs, and our handmade guest book by my friend Lisa.

note from groom

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banjo wedding music

origami ceremony decor

upstate NY wedding

bride with tattoos

origami wedding ceremonies

upstate NY wedding

origami wedding ceremonies

upstate NY wedding

origami reception decor

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Never sacrifice who you are for others wants (even if they are your family). I know, I know its hard. The small details are easy to overlook in wedding stress but they are really the things that make the day reflect who you are as a couple. I think my family thought I was crazy for most of our wedding planning but they trusted us enough to never stomp on our creative weirdness:) Watching all our loved ones come together to pick flowers, tie ribbons, and make pies made me want to fall to tears. It takes a village to have a wedding, I am so thankful for mine.

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colorful reception decorations

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upstate NY wedding

handmade wedding signs

upstate NY wedding

wedding cup favors

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Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: Since I was 15 I wanted my brother to walk me down the aisle to “Hoppipolla,” Sigur Ros, and it was everything I always dreamed.
Brother/Bride Dance: “Free Falling,” Tom Petty
Mother/Son Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles
We danced to everything from Grouplove to Feist to The Beatles. Our music was basically the playlist of our lives. Buddy was fantastic.

Wedding Location: North Chili, NY / Wedding Photographer: Kristin Rogers / Wedding Location: Starr Barn / Wedding Flowers: Deb Mondy / Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Alicia Jacques and Tori Bowles / Jewelry: Marisa of Interstellar Love Craft / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Sohomode by Louise Hedley / Wedding Music: Buddy Budinski ( / Wedding Caterer: Forest Hill Catering / Coffee: Leaf and Bean / Desserts: Homemade pies by friends and family / Wedding Invitations: Bride and Groom

Handmade Oregon Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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Sara and Josh’s wedding shot by Anna Jaye Photography is just about the perfect blend of masculine and feminine elements — wooden details mixed with lush pink and orange floral arrangements from Lamb’s Palisades Floral. One of my personal favorite aspects of this wedding is that bride Sara allowed her personality to shine through in her reception dress, opting for a bright coral number to match her maids!

bride and groom

From the bride, Sara: We envisioned a fun laid back event where our family and friends could celebrate with us on our big day!

floral detail wedding gownbride looking out window

window farm shot

bride and groompink orange bouquets

peach bunting decor

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coral bridesmaids dresses

pink orange bouquets

I really loved coral and wanted bright festive colors to go along with that color! It was too hard to narrow down to two colors so I had many colors including: red, yellow, orange, blue, and kraft brown. Some DIY projects included: poms, table runners, napkin rings, banners, and CRANES! We folded 1000 cranes to honor my Japanese heritage. The tradition states that it is good luck to fold 1000 cranes so Josh and I folded many and it was great how so many loved ones volunteered to help and brought together everyone to contribute a little something to our special day.

origami ceremony backdrop

marriage certificate table

bride at altar
crane paper backdrop
origami first kiss

indoor rustic receptions
orange bridesmaid bouquets
peach purple centerpiecesred ruffled cakes

origami reception decor

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t lose perspective. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the hundreds of things on our “to do list” to prepare for the wedding that we forget why we are melting down over something as silly as napkin colors! At the end of the day, we are still marrying the love of our life so just enjoy it!

origami drink tables

indoor barn decorred and white straws

newlyweds at sunset

sweetheart table origami

indoor barn decororange white centerpieces

red dessert tables

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lighting reception sparklers

sparkler reception sendoff

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From the photographer, Anna Jaye Photography: Sara and Josh’s wedding day was a wonderful reflection of the two of them; sweet, sincere and laid back. These two have an obvious and easy connection that’s a lot of fun to photograph. They created a beautiful celebration for their guests that centered on the special connection between the two of them. The playful details and beautiful location just added to the magic of this awesome day.

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
Bridal Processional: “Canon in D”
Marriage License Signing: “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go”
Recessional: “I’m Yours,” by Jason Mraz
First Dance: “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” by Ingrid Michaelson

Wedding Location: Canby, OR / Wedding Photographer: Anna Jaye Photography / Wedding Venue: Postlewait’s Farm / Wedding Flowers: Lamb’s Palisades Floral / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero “Ursula” via Bridal Exclusives / Bride’s Veil: Diamond Wedding Veil / Bride’s Shoes: Poetic License / Hair and Makeup: Aimee J’Adore / Groom’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse / Wedding Caterer: Famous Dave’s / Wedding Cake: Beaverton Bakery / Hangers: Whiskey and Wedding Bells / Wedding Music: John Ross / Photobooth: Happymatic / Wedding Invitations: Amy Heitman

Utah Wedding Beneath the Trees

DIY Weddings

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This Utah wedding is chock-full of handmade details so sweet they’ll tug at your heart strings. The day was perfectly captured by photographer Jessica Janae, and sent by the gorgeous bride herself, Ashton. To celebrate her hubby’s Japanese heritage, they folded hundreds of paper cranes, which hung from a willow tree – making for the perfect ceremony backdrop.

Utah Wedding Beneath the Trees

From the bride: I always dreamed of having a simple late summer wedding. After seeing Forrest Gump when I was seven years old, I always wanted a wedding like Forrest and Jenny’s. Simple, yet beautiful. I wanted a very homemade, cozy, relaxed vibe at the wedding. We decided to fold 500 paper cranes to include my husband’s Japanese heritage in the celebration. We strung and attached them to an old curtain rod and hung them in the big willow tree we were married under. It was so special to have that symbol of love in front of us while we were saying our vows.

Utah Wedding Beneath the Trees

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Utah Wedding Beneath the Trees

For the reception we laid a bunch of quilts out underneath the trees and put games out for the kids to play. I wanted a really informal wedding so I thought a sort of picnic themed reception would be perfect. We had sandwiches, sun chips, veggies and hummus, fresh fruit, and fruit tarts. We also served old fashioned coke and root beer. I wanted a lot of little cakes instead of one big cake.

Utah Wedding Beneath the Trees

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Utah Wedding Beneath the Trees

For the favors we took two tulip bulbs and wrapped them in burlap and tied them with a string. I loved the fact that our guests could be reminded of our special day every spring. We did the flowers ourselves. My family and friends arranged them in old wine and whiskey bottles as the center pieces. I made my bouquet the morning of the wedding with flowers from my mom’s backyard.

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Utah Wedding Beneath the Trees

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Be sure to watch their video by Digital Memorys Video Productions:

Wedding music:
Wedding party processional: “In My Life,” the Beatles
Bride’s processional: “First Day of my Life,” Bright Eyes
Recessional: “My Sweet Lord,” George Harrison

Wedding vendors (South Jordan, UT):

Venue: The McMullin House / Wedding Photographer: Jessica Janae Photography / Makeup: Melissa Petty for Bobbi Brown / Flowers: Costco; arranged by bride / Officiant: Zoe Potts / Ceremony musician: Preston Ewell / Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang / Veil and Hair Accessory: bride’s grandmother / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Forever 21 / Groom’s suit: Zara / Videographer: Digital Memorys Video Productions