When you turn the corner and see your loved one at the other end of the ceremony aisle, everything else is going to disappear. That’s just a fact. But it doesn’t mean you should neglect the chance to provide your guests with some serious eye candy while you say your vows to each other! Beautiful backdrops will always be in style, and we’re here to show you 17 of our current faves to get you inspired for your own walk down the aisle.
When it comes to wedding days, couples who are wedding photographers themselves always seem to get it right. Anne and Björn have seen many a wedding in their day, so they knew they wanted their wedding to be as stress-free and relaxed as possible. Of course, this doesn’t mean they skimped on style and heartwarming details! Thank you to Carmen and Ingo Photography and Ina Mühlhaus for your wonderful work on this one.
From the bride, Anne: We looked for a relaxed and cosy over-all-feeling with a kind of warm welcome feeling for our guests. No stress with just a rough scribble of the day in our heads. Because of our own profession as wedding photographers, we have seen many weddings and the only thing we wanted to leave behind us was the fear of “over-organizing” our own wedding.
Bouquet recipe: Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila).
We wanted to celebrate a very naturally and rustic wedding with a lot of little lovely self-made details. When we found the old barn, our feeling said – this is your place to get married. We got married on the meadow in front of the little hut and celebrated in the barn. We decorated with a lot of light-chains around the bars and beams, candles, flowers, old farm apple boxes which we used for a photo corner with old wedding-portraits from our family, pictures from the past, a self-made wooden BAR-sign, wooden sign-posts, and a few pompoms. We spread some straw-bales inside the barn for the look and having a basement for some of our signs. We also prepared a little shisha-lounge with old vintage furniture and our stand light from the flee marked. :) We also had a very old desk and chair where we placed our guestbook and a Polaroid camera. And yes, we had a color scheme – we fell in the love with the color mustard yellow…. :)
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Just enjoy your anticipation, don’t feel stressed if something won’t workout, just leave it behind you and concentrate on the really important things on your day: Your love to your partner. Have fun to create personal stuff – it’s the own details you will have a relation to. It is fun organize some evenings with friends and prepare stuff for the wedding and combining it with nice food’n’wine. It’s a lot about the people you invite to your wedding – they also will have a bigger relationship to your big day if they were involved from the beginning. Enjoy as much time as possible with family and friends in advance. During that (intimate) time they will get a feeling why you are making the next step in your life and will feel even more with you every second on your wedding day.
Processional: “Green Thumb,” Brett Winterford
Recessional: “Space Oddity,” Walter Mitty
First Dance: “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
Wedding Location: Mölln, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany / Photographer: Carmen and Ingo Photography / Styling: Ina Mühlhaus / Flowers: Anettes Flower Power, Mölln / Venue: Hotel Waldhof / Wedding Dress: Mark Schmidt via Des Kaisers neue Kleider / Wedding Shoes: Hallhuber / Scarf: made by the bride’s mother / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ASOS / Suit: Herr von Eden / Rings: Goldschmiede Arthur Müller / Singer, Cakes, and Candy Bar: Tortenschön / Ceremony: Imke Klie / Videographer: Kenny Bayne Films
The second I saw Annaleigh in her blush pink wedding gown, I knew I was in for a treat. Then I saw the ceremony setup, the Colorado mountains, the rustic reception space, and the flowers, and I was completely in la-la land. Really, how could you not fall for this wedding shot by Laura Murray Photography and styled by Love This Day Events?
From the bride, Annaleigh: We wanted the wedding to feel vintage and rustic, but still classy and chic. An elegant vintage sensibility offset by the idyllic mountains of Colorado. Think Anne of Green Gables meets Mumford and Sons meets John Steinbeck. With help from my friend and graphic designer Nicolas Coburn, we designed the stationery. Invites were mailed in gray envelopes calligraphed by Heather Brock of Marcardin Calligraphy. Many of the paper elements for the big day I created by downloading my favorite fonts and illustrating elements myself. The program was painted on large wooden signs flanking the entrance to the ceremony area, which was adorned with a ribbon curtain made by me in my dressing room in NYC. Intertwined barbed-wire hearts were the finishing touch. There was burlap bunting made by my grandparents that hung at the ceremony site and all over the cocktail area.
Bouquet recipe: Peonies, garden roses, astilbe, clematis, and protea.
A family friend made ribbon wands, which were given to guests along with vellum envelopes with sunglasses that read “Don’t get blinded by our love.” Kazoos for joining in as the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” played during the recessional were also supplied. With help from cast mates, I made stir sticks for the wedding and rehearsal dinner to garnish the cocktail glasses. The Ranch’s Broad Axe Barn was transformed for the reception, with a mix of long and round tables dressed up with brown apothecary bottles. Kara Delay of Love This Day Events hung a floral and bay leaf garland over the head table and marquee-style letters spelling “LOVE” in front of the fireplace. I also made madlibs and crossword puzzles for each place setting, which were labeled with calligraphed cards displayed in gold animal figurines crafted by a pal. Friends surprised us with custom favors for everyone—wood coasters carved with the invitation’s monogram and the wedding date. A costume rack with Western wear and 10 different wigs were set up next to the photo booth so people could get into the spirit for their snapshots.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Always have a little extra money saved up because things come up out of no where! Pinterest is magic! If you can’t take a honeymoon, at least take a couple days to spend together – you will need a few days to recover!
Celisse Henderson, a singer-songwriter friend of the mine, played “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” by Elton John on the ukulele as I walked down the aisle.
Recessional: “All Your Need is Love,” The Beatles
From the photographer, Laura Murray: Annaleigh and Joe planned the most perfect, rustic getaway for their guests. Annaleigh and Joe live in New York and work as actors. So, when planning their wedding they wanted a place that felt like an escape from the hectic-paced city life. Devil’s Thumb Ranch just outside of Winter Park, Colorado was the ideal fit. They chose a Monday for the wedding day — which I love! Who says that a wedding should only take place on a weekend! And Kara Delay with Love This Day Events designed a gorgeous space for both the reception and the ceremony. Their wedding day brought quite a bit of rain — but in between bursts of rain we were able to fit in an outdoor ceremony. However, near their vows their rain picked up quite a bit. It was so romantic to watch Annaleigh and Joe say their vows cuddled under an umbrella.
Wedding Location: Tabernash, CO / Photographer: Laura Murray Photography / Event Design and Flowers: Love This Day Events / Wedding Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Hair: Christina Trostel of The Parlour / Makeup: Craig Jessup / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Bow Ties: Tie the Knot / Pies: Costco / Ceremony Musician: Celisse Henderson / Music: Tip Top Entertainment / Wedding Invitations: Bride and Nicolas Coburn / Calligraphy: Marcardin Calligraphy / Photobooth: ear2ear Photobooths
It’s all but impossible to imagine a more idyllic location for an intimate wedding than Big Sur, California. Fondly Forever, Elegant Events, and Fleurs Du Soleil by Kim England came together to bring Jennifer and Brian’s dream wedding day to reality, although they couldn’t account for the best surprise of the day — a group of humpback whales who swam by during the ceremony!
From the bride, Jennifer: We had a very intimate destination wedding weekend (13 people) with our immediate family in Big Sur, CA. Big Sur represents and encompasses everything that we enjoy doing together as a couple… hiking, exploration, wild life and the coast. We really wanted to create a day that allowed us to focus and fully take-in this once in a lifetime experience with the people that have supported us throughout our relationship and who we love most. Since Big Sur is a place of magnificent natural beauty we kept our decor minimal and simple at our ceremony site. Our ceremony took place on a bluff side in Big Sur, called Paion. We were lucky enough to have dozens of humpback whales out in the water singing in the background throughout our ceremony. Our reception was held at Ventana Inn, set back on the bluffs of Big Sur. We set up one large table decorated with beautiful floral arrangements (succulents and wildflowers), driftwood, moss and candles. The same acoustic guitarist and violinist duet that performed during our ceremony sang throughout dinner and further created that intimate feeling we wished for.
Bouquet recipe: Wild flowers, Hydrangeas, Roses, Dahlias, Succulents, Moss and Birch.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? In planning a destination wedding, we found it extremely helpful to work with a seasoned planner from the Big Sur area who had great recommendations for reliable and trustworthy vendors. I would recommend choosing vendors who are flexible and able to get creative or negotiate in order to fit your budget needs. When budgeting, don’t forget about the tips/gratuity! Also, having a photographer follow you around to capture every moment can be intimidating and uncomfortable. We found a fun photographer that we connected with and set us at ease. We found it made for more natural pictures!
Bride’s Processional: “I Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis Presley
First Dance: “Beloved One,” Ben Harper
They played many of our favorite songs by artists such as Ben Harper, Ray Lamontagne, and Coldplay throughout the evening.
From the photographer, Jen of Fondly Forever: Big Sur is one of my favorite places and I was lucky enough to photograph a 13 person wedding there earlier this year. Jennifer and Brian live in Southern California but knew they had to bring their family and friends to Big Sur for their intimate celebration. The ceremony, which was officiated by Brian’s dad, took place on a cliff at a venue called Paion. Jennifer looked amazing in her Sarah Janks dress from Lovely Bridal and although it wasn’t whale season, a group of humpback whales happened to be traveling the coast and could be both seen and heard during the ceremony (SOOO cool!). After a champagne toast and some photos, everyone was treated to a dinner under the stars at the Ventana Inn. It was truly a magical day and I was so honored to be a part of it.
Wedding Location: Big Sur, CA / Photographer: Fondly Forever / Planner: Diane Allen of Elegant Events / Florist: Fleurs Du Soleil by Kim England / Ceremony Site: Paion Estate / Reception Venue and Caterer: Ventana Inn / Hotel: Lamp Lighter Inn in Carmel by the Sea, CA / Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks “Briana” via Lovely Bride / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles / Hair: Heidi’s Studio – Cherie Cricchio (cheriecricchio @ gmail.com) / Makeup: Makeup by Nancy Espanola (makeupbynancy @ comcast.net) / Groom’s Suit: Bar III / Groom’s Tie: Burberry / Groom’s Shoes: To Boot New York / Guitarist and Vocalist: Sandra Delores (sandradolores27 @ gmail.com) / Violinist and Vocalist: Joe Kye / Chair and Table Rentals: Unlimited Events, Inc. / Shuttle and Town Car Transportation: American International
You could say that today’s wedding was a long time in the making. Chelsea and Beau have known each other since primary school, gave birth to a beautiful daughter Arabella (who you’ll spy as a flower girl), and even had their primary school principal act as their Celebrant while they exchanged vows. Bek Grace did a phenomenal job of capturing all the day’s details, from the watercolor bridesmaids dresses to the pastel floral arrangements from B Sweet Flowers.
From the bride, Chelsea: I love the vintage look. I would call the style of the day a Romantic Vintage Garden Wedding! We wanted the day to be about love, the love we have for each and our little girl Arabella. Our primary school principal was our Celebrant so it made it so special as Beau and I had known each other a long time. It was an amazing day filled with love, laughter, happiness a lot of dancing and quite a few bubbles.
Our colour story was using pastels of Peach, Lilac and White. Romantic, Vintage, Effortless, Whimsical. We sourced things from all around the world to get our look. All the main things for our day were all locally sourced by local vendors this is important to us as I am a small business owner too. Some items were DIY by Picolo and Poppi and the rest were bought/hired by myself and handmaidens in Australia. We were married in front of the lace backdrop made by my Dad.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? We tried to be as casual about it all as possible, it made it easier if things needed to be changed or didn’t work out exactly as planned. We planned well in advance so the week before there were just a few minor details that needed to be finalised which was lovely.
Processional: “A Thousand Years” Instrumental
Recessional: “As Above”
First Dance: “Resolution,” Matt Corby
Wedding Location: Tallebudgera, Queensland, Australia / Photographer: Bek Grace / Floral Design: B Sweet Flowers / Wedding Planner: Bride (I had someone set up on the day for me, was done by Imbue Weddings) / Venue: Teavine House / Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Forever New / Flower Girls: Little Chiyo / Groom’s Suit: Mitchell Ogilvie / Wedding Cake: Design A Cupcake / Hire Items (Furniture): The One Day House and Grit and Glamour / Ceremony Musician: Dale Carmody / Wedding Invitations: Huetopia Design
If you think a wedding beside both the water and mountains of California couldn’t be anything short of perfect, well then, you’re absolutely right. Bride Jaime wanted her wedding to be full of personal touches, so she and her fiancé set to work creating their dream day in the mountains with rustic accents. Of course, it didn’t hurt to have the talents of Daniel Cruz and Brier Rose Design available to make the day extraordinary.
From the bride, Jaime: One thing we really love to see at other weddings is personal touch. I wanted our wedding to reflect us and our personalities and interests. We served apple pie because it was Michael’s favorite dessert, our cake topper was Minnie and Mickey Mouse because our favorite place to go is Disneyland. Our wedding was in the mountains because we got to know each other through hiking in the mountains. So when my mom found the San Moritz Lodge, in Crestline CA, we knew right away that this was the perfect place for our wedding.
Since our wedding was in the mountains we felt that a rustic theme was best. Between my mom, my sister Jessica, our florist and good friend Collette Budd of Brier Rose Design and myself, there were many DIY projects. Everything thing was hand made, painted or put together by one of us. Even my husband was put to work cutting wood for the table numbers and painting our mason jars gold. This cut back on a lot of cost and added the personal touch we were looking for.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? For couples planning their weddings now I would advise them to plan ahead, work hard, and when your day finally arrives let go and remember what this was all about. If your center pieces don’t look exactly the way you planned, don’t let that ruin the fact that you are marrying your best friend.
Bride’s Processional: “The Day Before You,” Matthew West
First Dance: “Everything,” Michael Buble
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Little Girl,” Tim McGraw
Mother/Son Dance: “Morning Has Broken,” Steven Curtis Chapman
Wedding Location: Crestline, CA / Photographer: Daniel Cruz / Event Styling and Floral Design: Brier Rose Design / Wedding Planner: Maurine Hoffman / Venue: San Moritz Lodge / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Nordstom Rack / Hair: Brocale Griggs of Hot Heads Salon / Makeup: Jaqueline Beeson of Vine and Branches Co / Wedding Caterer: Buca Di Beppo / Wedding Cake and Pies: made by family and close friends / Videographer: Plaid and Bowtie / Wedding Invitations: LFG Printing
Today’s wedding, sent over by the supremely talented Lad & Lass, has instant calming powers. Just looking through these images, I can feel how relaxed Nandi and Brett’s wedding day was, thanks in part to the expert styling of South Africa’s own A Vintage Affair. A dreamy, happy, and comfortable day – exactly what a wedding day should be.
From the bride, Nandi: We decided to get married at my parents home because we wanted to feel as relaxed and as comfortable as possible and we wanted our guests to feel the same. I envisioned the décor to look like it had come out of my parents’ home, the flowers to look like they had just been picked from the garden and the food to taste like an authentic Spanish seaside village. We dreamed of a day that felt effortless, endlessly happy, had eyes filled with tears of joy, feet dancing until the early hours of the next day, friends chatting, Champagne popping, family catching up and Brett and I smiling until our cheeks hurt. I think we achieved exactly that.
Our theme was home and our colours were muted pastels. We wanted the flowers to be the hero of the décor, the bridal party to feel relaxed and comfortable and for our guests to feel like they had stepped into a whimsical, laden with fairy lights, bursting with sweet peas, romantic wedding. I designed and made all of my invitations, made the traditional lace Chuppah that we were married under and made the confetti. That was overwhelming as it is, I’m glad I didn’t do anything else!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Relax, breathe and do your homework. Planning a wedding is the most incredible experience, take it all in, love every moment, don’t rush your decisions, be yourself, love your fiancé and try not to spend ALL of your father’s money!
Watch the video also created by Lad & Lass:
Processional: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Recessional: “Sweet Thing,” Van Morrison
First Dance: “You & I,” Crystal Fighters
Father/Daughter Dance: “Forever Young,” Bob Dylan
Wedding Location: Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa / Photographer: Lad & Lass / Event Design and Flowers: A Vintage Affair / Wedding Venue: Bride’s Parents’ Home / Wedding Dress: Abigail Betz / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Zara, ASOS, Topshop, Forever New / Paella, Gazpacho, and Spanish Pintxos: Gusto / Wedding Cakes: family and friends / Artisan Breads: Sugar Breads
Anyone who knows me is well aware that I’m a sucker for a good destination wedding, and any time Piteira Photography sends over a feature from their homeland of Portugal, I can’t help but do a little happy dance. Como Branco Wedding Concepts jumped on board to style Catarina and Rui’s wedding day on a Portuguese beach, which in no way disappointed.
From the bride, Catarina: It was the most amazing and exciting day of our lives. Well… the rain and the clouds started to threaten our plans of having an unforgettable wedding on the beach. Our hope that everything would be alright flew away with the wind… at some point the weather was so bad that we were hopeless and we finally accepted the idea of having a wet ceremony :) However, it turned out that the angels were with us. Everything went perfectly and the sun could not have been brighter. All the emotions were running high, from the moment I took my shoes off and walked side by side with my father on the sand, until the moment I saw my future husband with tears in his eyes waiting for me (it is a picture that I will remember for the rest of my days).
We finally got married around 4:30pm with the blessing of our beloved family and friends from around the world. Today, we feel very grateful for having the opportunity to share this moment with the most important people in our lives. We tried to bring part of us into our wedding. All the details were carefully considered – e.g. the beach and the ride on the Vespa which made our day special as it is how we go around the city in a sunny day. The reception was long and we partied hard… until 8am… in the end we were exhausted but beyond happy to be married and ready to live happily ever after!
Wedding Location: Carvalhal, Portugal / Photographer: Piteira Photography / Wedding Planners: Como Branco Wedding Concepts / Hotel: Troia Design Hotel / Wedding Dress: Pronovias / Wedding Shoes: LK Bennet / Hair: Marina Cruz Cabeleireiros / Makeup: Marta Makeup Artist / Groom’s Suit: Cafe Costume / Groom’s Shoes: Paraboot / Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co / Catering: Ilha do Arroz & Museu do Arroz / Favors: Macarons Lucette
When I say that today’s bride is a hands-on kind of girl, I mean it. Katie owns a vegan bakery, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she opted to make her own wedding cake; however, she didn’t stop there – she also took on the decor, styling, flowers, wedding dress, jewelry, accessories, flower girl dresses, catering, invitations and printed items. Now THAT’S dedication. Thanks to Darling Juliet for sharing these images with us!
From the bride, Katie: The style of the wedding was designed around the concept of both the Autumnal season, and the comfortable quality of being at home in our back yard. We wanted a wedding that was both beautiful, and fun; filled with sentimental moments, and little touches all around that let our guests know just how special they are to us. The feel of the wedding was inspired by the color palette that fall brings, but also about the coziness of being with people that you love, and in turn love you. Our DIY wedding was not just about our union as a couple, but about giving back to the same people that helped us grown into the people we are, and were willing to show us love and respect in the process. Our color scheme was based on the full autumnal color palette: we chose reds, sage green, oranges, yellows and golds, burgundy and brown, creams and pinks
Most of the wedding was DIY. I wanted to incorporate a lot of special touches and details to make our guests feel well taken care of. I made the invitations, save the dates, rehearsal dinner invitations, thank you cards; I wrote the programs and hand stitched each bound booklet; I wrote the entire non-traditional ceremony and found beautiful readings to incorporate into it; I made all the floral decor, the flower crowns, the bouquets, and the boutonnieres; I made all the bunting, the table decor and did all the hand lettering for the signs throughout the wedding; I hand made the favor baskets filled with delicious items to make at home (bread, jams, soups, honey from our apiary in Sandford, FL and selected teas that would compliment each of our guests personal tastes); finally I made all the flower girl dresses and my 1950’s inspired dress as well. Raphsodic Bakery is a vegan bakery in downtown Orlando, FL that Jonathan and I own (which we used to make all of the wedding desserts, wedding cakes, and groom’s cake), we also used the same space with a small team of friends to do all the catering for the wedding, which was 100% vegan and gluten free (because I am a celiac, and we had food-sensitive guests as well).
The groom’s favorite memory: Katie mentioned that she wanted to have something fun and unusual for the wedding, and I instantly thought of singing together and having karaoke at the wedding. Because of our mutual stubborn nature, Jon Prine’s “In Spite of Ourselves” stood out as the best song to sing together. She took singing lessons for a year and when the time came to perform did so beautifully. Singing with her made everything that much more amazing.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Take your time planning. This is supposed to be one of the most special and most memorable days of your life. Don’t attempt to fit a mold, because you both, as individuals and as a couple, are uniquely wonderful and should share that with the world. Enjoy the journey, because that is where the true marriage happens.
Groom’s Processional: “Oh Sherri,” Steve Perry
Flower Girl Processional: “Mahna Mahna,” Cake
Bridal Processional: “The Cascades,” Fleet Foxes
For the recessional, we walked down the aisle to “You are my Sunshine” because, Jonathan sang it to me, the first time he said “I love you” and that was such a special moment that we wanted to share it with everyone. There were so many songs played. Lauren, one of my dearest friends, and I spent hours upon hours creating a wonderful playlist, which she played at the wedding, as an honorary DJ for the night. We both love jazz music, mixed with lots of Louis Armstrong, Etta James, and Billie Holiday; while Jonathan loves 80s rock. Jonathan and I both love bluegrass, and thought that the combination of musical styles would make for a fun and eventful wedding. Lauren deftly played musical all night long, even incorporating some 90s Hip-Hop to make people dance!
Wedding Location: Orlando, FL / Photographer: Darling Juliet / Decor, Styling, Flowers, Wedding Dress, Jewelry, Accessories, Flower Girl Dresses, Catering, Invitations and Printed Items: Bride / Wedding Venue: Couple’s home / Hair and Makeup: Pure Inspirations by Lauren Markow / Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse / Wedding Cake and Dessert Bar: Raphsodic Bakery / Sound System: Sound Katz and Lauren Galant (DJish) / Tent, Linen, and Chair Rentals: Kirby Rentals
The main reason I love park weddings is for their tangible intimacy, which is no more apparent than in Stephanie and Mikael’s wedding photographed by Therese Winberg Photography. Not only is Stephanie’s vintage gown and faux fur wrap a total winner, but how wonderful is her mermaid braid updo?
From the bride, Stephanie: We knew we wanted a fall wedding. We also wanted the day to have a vintage feel, while also being homemade and relaxed.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Start on time. Surround yourself with people you trust when you plan. Try thinking creatively and come up with your own solutions. Have fun!
From the photographer, Therese of Therese Winberg Photography: Stephanie and Mikael got married in a local park in Stockholm with some of their closest friends and families. Stephanie was glowing in her vintage dress, amazing hair done by her sister and with their first baby soon coming you could really feel the love all day. After the ceremony we went to Stephanie’s family home where a relaxed BBQ dinner with traditional games was held in the garage.
Wedding Location: Solna, Stockholm, Sweden / Photographer: Therese Winberg Photography / Florist: Blomsterpasagen Solna Centrum / Venue: Hagaparken Ekotemplet / Wedding Dress: Vintage / Jewelry: Bride’s own design / Hair: Louise Englund / Makeup: Bride / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Zara / Groom’s Suit: Oscar Jacobsen / Groom’s Shoes: Dr. Martens / Ceremony Musician: Jennifer Borge / Cake/Dessert: homemade / Officiant: Tobias Fredrixon / Stationery: Own design
If you’re as Pinterest-crazy as we are, you’re going to love this Illinois wedding. Filled with brass animal figurines and accents of teal and pink, there’s plenty to set your heart swooning. Thanks to photographer Kate Miller Photography and Adriana Amarei of Life Made Pretty for lending their talents on this one!
From the bride, Niki: Our wedding day was a more artistic version of a DIY/Pinterest-y wedding, with tons of details, pops of coral, a bar in a silo, brass animal place settings, and a cocktail hour that was also a carnival. The venue was a gorgeous rehabbed barn complete with an little outdoor marketplace, duck pond and outdoor gazebo. There was some amazing floral and altar design by owner Adriana Amarei of Life Made Pretty including a wonderfully whimsical bouquet, florals in old gold and clear liquor bottles, and a fabulous floral-woven hutch to house the animal place settings.
We used amazing rustic vintage rentals like old doors, food on barrels, carnival booths, and had an adorable bunting and buttercream cake (with a sneaky dog on the back). Bridesmaid gifts were vintage broached collected by the bride, each with an elaborate backstory to represent the very different personalities of each Maid. Groomsmen gifts were unique whimsical cufflinks tailored to each of the fellas interests and personalities.
Wedding Location: Grayslake, IL / Photographer: Kate Miller Photography / Flowers: Adriana Amarei of Life Made Pretty / Wedding Venue: Byron Colby Barn / Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca / Groom’s Suit: Indochino / Wedding Cake: Luscious Layers Bakery / Cake Topper: Ladies & Gentleman Cake Toppers / Vintage Rentals: A La Crate Rentals
While this New Jersey wedding is sweet enough, it’s made even sweeter by the fact that the bride handmade so very many of the lovely details you see here. Love Me Do Photography captured the day, including the flowers provided and arranged by Love n Fresh Flowers and the bride. Get ready for some yellow + blue goodness:
From the bride, Christine: In the very initial stages of planning our wedding, we decided to focus on what the day would feel like and not necessarily what it would look like. It was important to make it really feel like “us” which we achieved through all of the handmade elements and curated vintage pieces. Things I made included the cross-stitch table numbers, the fabric garlands that hung above the reception, the ribbon boutonnieres for groomsmen, the cement candle holders, the pinback buttons as part of the seating display, and the pom pom garland that framed us at the ceremony.
Our family and friends all contributed to the wedding which we feel so grateful to have received. My Mom and Aunts helped make hundreds upon hundreds of pom poms. One of my bridesmaids is a graphic designer who designed our invitation suite and the imagery that later appeared on our pinback buttons and packaging for our honey jar favors. When it made sense to hire out for projects, we first looked to the handmade community and DIY businesses. After the wedding, one of the best compliments we continuously received was that when folks arrived at the wedding they instantly knew it was ours.
From the groom, DJ: Music has always been a huge part of our lives. We both have backgrounds in college radio and journalism and we met while working for the same music marketing firm in Boston, so it was really important to us that we nailed the playlist. One selfish highlight was getting to play Madness, the Ramones, the Bouncing Souls, and Rancid in succession during the reception. Getting an entire dancefloor of friends and family shaking and smiling might go down as one of the greatest accomplishments of my life.
Wedding Location: Clermont, NJ / Photographer: Love Me Do Photography / Flowers: Love n Fresh Flowers / Bridesmaids’ Flowers: Love n Fresh Flowers and Produce Junction in Northfield, NJ, arranged by bridal party / Wedding Venue, Caterer, and Day-of Coordination: Xenia Catering at The Abbie Holmes Estate / Wedding Dress and Veil: Mill Crest Vintage / Ceremony Shoes: Loeffler Randall / Reception Dress: BHLDN / Reception Shoes: vintage from eBay / Bride’s Jewelry: earrings from BHLDN, bracelets vintage from Etsy and gift from groom / Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: Bario-Neal / Hair: Artizan Salon / Makeup: Lauren Keenan / Groom’s Suit, Pocket Square, and Tie Clip: J. Crew / Groomsmen’s Shirts, Suspenders and Ties: The Grunion Run / Wedding Cake: The Bakeworks / Groom’s Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar / Honey Favors: Cape May Honey Farm / DJ: Dana McDonald / Save the Date Pennants: designed by Liz of Super Runaway / Fabric Printing: Spoonflower / Sewn by bride / Invitation Suite: designed by bridesmaid Monica Hargrove / Fabric Pockets sewn by bride
I can’t even properly describe how quickly my heart beats when I think about this wedding from Delbarr Moradi and Enjoy Events Co. When these two pair up, sheer magic ensues – and this wedding is proof incarnate! Enjoy Events’ very own Shotgun Floral Studio was in charge of all floral design, and we’re so smitten with their coral and succulent combo.
From Enjoy Events Co.: Not only did we love every design element that went into creating this beautiful day, we absolutely adored the sweet couple we created it all for! Anna + Tim (2 of our faves) tied the knot in the picturesque coastal town of Pescadero, California. Friends and family came from far and wide to celebrate this Brooklyn couple who skipped town for their nuptials. Adorned in a stunning soft grey dress, the lovely Anna and dapper Tim said “I do” under a gorgeous branch, eucalyptus and floral arch.
The prominent pops of orange-y red complemented the seascape and wild brush setting idyllically while the paper goods, designed by Happy Menocal, added a sweet touch to the design elements. Attached to each escort card was a hand dipped piece of drift wood and at each guests’ seat sat a box with a slice of Anna’s grandmother’s homemade bundt cake. The evening progressed with some photobooth action, a dessert table packed with salt water taffy, pies and root beer floats AND an adorable Tattly tattoo parlor.
Wedding Location: Pescadero, CA / Photographer: Delbarr Moradi / Event Planning, Design, and Paper Goods: Enjoy Events Co. / Floral Design: Shotgun Floral Studio / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Costanoa / Hair: Katie Nash Beauty / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Table and Chair Rentals: A+B Creative / Platter Rentals: Alexis Party Rentals / DJ: Santa Cruz DJ Company / Invitations and Paper Goods: Happy Menocal
I don’t know what it is about Sonoma Valley weddings, but they just do it for me. Damon and Tamara’s wedding is no different, driving me wild with its bright colors and impeccable scenery photographed by the impeccable Caroline Ghetes. Tack on the talents of Events of Distinction and Michael Daigian Designs and you’ve got a surefire winner!
From the bride, Tamara: We wanted a sophisticated, rustic wedding leveraging bright colors and the beautiful outdoor setting. Our wedding was colorful, bright, sophisticated, natural, unique, and personalized. Our theme was “signs of love.” Damon and I were together for 5.5 years before we tied the knot. Over the years we have come up with many of our own traditions that we bring to our relationship. For our wedding, we used these personalized traditions to set a theme for the wedding. Examples – we have a fake mistletoe that hangs in our home year round so we can kiss under it, so at the wedding we had mistletoe hanging for people to kiss under. We make a rhyming cheers every time we have an alcoholic beverage or an oyster, so we made sure to have an oyster and champagne bar for our guests to enjoy and to make a cheer at the wedding. We have had a tradition that every time we see a photo booth we take a picture in it (in fact we have an entire scrapbook dedicated to this) so we had a photo booth at the wedding.
We have a love of many colors – and so we couldn’t decide on just one color scheme. Instead, we decided to go with both warm colors, and cool colors. We used the warm colors for the wedding ceremony, and the cooler colors throughout the rest of the reception. Warm colors were Poppy red, peach, antique gold, and ivory; the cool colors were: Cobalt, aqua, antique gold, and ivory.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? If possible, a wedding planner really made everything so much easier for us. It allowed us to focus on the aspects on the wedding that are generally more fun – food tastings, picking the venue, determining colors, etc. We didn’t have to interface much with the vendors or stress on the wedding day itself because it was all in great hands of someone else that we trusted. On the wedding day itself – make sure to take 5 minutes to just step away from everything and absorb the day. Even if it’s just a couple minutes, it helps you appreciate and take in this amazing day that only happens once.
Processional: “Chasing Cars,” Snow Patrol; “What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong
Bride’s Processional: “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You,” Elvis Presley
Recessional: “I Melt With You,” Modern English; “Wonderwall,” Oasis; “Let’s Stay Together,” Al Green
First Dance: “Just In Time,” Dean martin
Wedding Location: Glen Ellen, CA / Photographer: Caroline Ghetes / Second Shooter: Levi Tijerina / Wedding Planning and Design Services: Events of Distinction / Floral Design: Michael Daigian Designs / Wedding Venue: Beltane Ranch / Wedding Dress: Jinza / Wedding Shoes: Chanel / Bridal Hairpiece: Jennifer Behr / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid / Groom’s Suit: Brooks Brothers / Groom’s Bow Tie and Shirt: Franco Uomo / Groom’s Shoes: Gucci / Groomsmen Suits: The Men’s Wearhouse / Catering: Park Avenue Catering / Desserts: Patisserie Angelica / Lighting: Twilight Designs / Furniture Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Blue Print Studios / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Wedding Invitations: Union Street Papery / Videographer: Veil & Tie
As soon as I saw this bride’s ruffled wedding gown, I knew this wedding was going to be a smash hit — and the floral design and styling from Adorations and Bellz & Whistlez absolutely did not disappoint. Jackie Wonders captured all the details, including the signage and paper goods which are a new favorite of mine!
From the bride, Christine: The one thing we were 100% sure about from the moment we started planning our wedding was that we wanted it to be an amazing experience for our guests and not just your typical wedding that they felt they could have attended before. So what better way than to have a destination wedding?! I have family in California and knew immediately that was where we should do it. Initially we planned on Palm Springs where my grandparents live, but while I was out there visiting different sites, Tropical Storm Irene hit the East Coast and my mom and I we’re ‘stranded’ in California for an extra couple of days. We decided to make the most of it and go up to San Diego and visit her sisters. While we were there they suggested we check out a few sites in SD and we stumbled upon the Andaz on the last day we were there. We walked up on that roof and I just knew this was it. It was a laid back atmosphere but at the same time felt upscale enough for a wedding. It was the perfect place for us to give our Connecticut friends and family a little dose of SoCal.
The vibe of the wedding was definitely California cool. The roof of the Andaz is beautiful and the downtown views speak for themselves so a lot of decor wasn’t necessary. Everything was black and white, which I picked up from our invitations (which I was, and still am obsessed with) except for the flower arrangements which were vibrant colors with succulents. We had a lot of DIY help with items at the wedding. The chevron runners were something I really wanted and my wedding planner Charmae did an amazing job custom making them. One of my bridesmaids also made all of the groomsmen’s chevron pocket squares. We knew we didn’t want to be wasteful with paper goods for the programs and menus so Rich’s best man Mark, who is a graphic designer and screen printer made the seating chart and program for us on large canvases that were displayed on easels. He also printed our dinner menu on each of the guests napkins and printed the table signs which were named after some of our favorite restaurants back home. My mother-in-law made the guest book on Shutterfly with pictures of Rich and I throughout our relationship which came out amazing.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Make it your own and don’t do anything you don’t feel comfortable doing because you’re told you should. This is your day and should be exactly how you want it. Doing things a little different than your “typical wedding” may throw off a few family members and even guests at first, but it’s actually going to be those details that they remember and admire about your day. Oh and if you can swing it, definitely get a videographer. Obviously wedding pictures are amazing and I treasure mine, but there is something about a video that captures the essence of the day like nothing else can.
Watch the video from Etch Films:
Processional: “Turning Page (instrumental),” Sleeping at Last
Recessional: “From Now On,” The Features
First Dance: “No One’s Gonna Love You,” Band of Horses
Wedding Location: San Diego, CA / Photographer: Jackie Wonders / Event Design: Bellz & Whistlez / Floral Design: Adorations / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Andaz Hotel / Wedding Dress: Coren Moore Bridal via The White Dress by the Shore, Clinton, CT / Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Hair and Makeup: Tiffany Monday / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Jhane Barnes / Desserts: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company / DJ: Austin Hendrix / Wedding Invitations: Elum / Videographer: Etch Films
Not only does The Goodness deliver awesome wedding images, they also provide the wedding invitation suite for many of their couples – including Ryan and Rene’s wedding. This big day is filled with bright and whimsical paper goods right down to the signs for the (many) dessert items.
From the bride, René: Our wedding style evolved quite a bit over the year we had to plan it. The only staples we started out with were fun, colorful, good food, a ton of desserts, and stay true to who we are. It just evolved from there. Quite a few people tried to deter us from color, and to stick to just one or two colors or else it would get “too busy.” And to that we said, “challenge accepted!” We never even considered a run-of-the-mill wedding. Anything we could do differently we shot for. The most difficult part was figuring out how to include all the ideas we had without it seeming like a garage sale. Our biggest issue was too many ideas. In the end we figured out a way to include travel, food, color, and a lot of humor. And it all started with a pop-up save the date card.
Our color scheme started as everything “I want the rainbow… without it looking like a rainbow.” From there my now-husband and Lisa from The Goodness had to reel me in. After many drafts of color palettes we all finally got to our color scheme. Which ended up being an array of tropical colors, which our wedding coordinator fondly referred to as a field of wild flowers. We ended with and offset rainbow in multiple shades of coral, orange, yellow, lime, teal, blue and orchid.
The biggest challenge was figuring out the centerpieces, which actually ended up helping us define our theme. I was really stuck on having something besides a bouquet as the centerpiece. We had been to nearly a dozen weddings in the last year at which candy bars were extremely popular. One thing we kept noticing was it would be nearly demolished by the time dinner started because people just couldn’t stay away from an entire table of delicious treats. Dessert tables turn every adult into a sugar crazed 5 year old. Then we had an epiphany, why not just put a plate of desserts at each table! That was a turning point that clearly made desserts a focal point of the wedding, in fact the centerpieces. That then turned into a travel theme with each table becoming a place we’d traveled, with a corresponding dessert for the centerpiece.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? If you decide to take on DIY project, start as early as possible if you have the space to store it. Otherwise you’ll stress yourself out more than necessary. When everyone tells you your wedding day will go by “so quickly”, it will. DO plan for even 30 minutes of quite time with just the two of you, you’ll need it, and appreciate that you did. Remember that this is YOUR wedding (however that doesn’t mean to become a bridezilla). While there might be parts you have to compromise because of budget or time, remember why you’re planning this. Everyone around you will be so excited, that they’ll want to help and just want to see you happy, don’t be afraid of that.
Pre-ceremony Seating: A mix of songs from the Vitamin String Quartet, specifically Michael Jackson, Cold Play, Muse and White Stripes
Bridal Party Processional: “All I Want Is You,” performed by Vitamin String Quartet
Bride’s Processional: “Thousand Years,” performed by Vitamin String Quartet
During cocktail hour we had a mix of Beatles, Brubeck, motown, and of course Richard Cheese. We really tried any way we could to sneak things in that would be comical, but you’d only catch if you were paying attention.
First Dance: “LOVE,” Nat King Cole
For our open dancing at the wedding we took all the requested songs from our mad-lib RSVP’s and had that added to our song list. That was mixed in with top 40’s. There were quite a bit of outlandish songs I had never heard of, but one was The Hokey Pokey, followed by Rydin’ Dirty. We had a fantastic DJ though that figured out a way to make it all transition smoothly.
Wedding Location: Foresthill, CA / Photographer, Videographer, and Paper Goods: The Goodness / Bouquet: Bride, Rene’s Fab Lab / Table Floral Arrangements: El Dorado Floral Design / Wedding Venue, Coordinator, Caterer, Cake, and Cupcakes: Forest House Lodge / Wedding Dress: Maggie Soterro via Enchanted Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Luxe Image / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Enchanted Bridal and J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: R. Douglas Designs / Groomsmen’s Suits: Crown Tailor / Desserts: Sweet Cakes by Rebecca / Caramels: Piece of Love Pie / Haupia, Cookies, Marshmallows: Bride’s family / Wedding Music: Hits Entertainment
This San Diego garden wedding doesn’t hold back when it comes to sweet, handcrafted details. From the darling gold and black wedding invitations to the streamers decorating the ceremony and reception to the necktie tied around the bouquet in honor of the bride’s father, this wedding from Mary Costa is teeming with emotion and beauty.
From the bride, Jess: I think it’s important to have a little backstory: We got engaged in November of 2011 (and have been together since 2004). We began planning for a big wedding, but then, last year, my dad passed away suddenly and very unexpectedly. Wedding planning got put on pause, of course, and the idea of picking it up again felt really overwhelming. Then, at the end of 2012, we looked at each other and said “let’s just do it.” We just wanted to be married! We considered eloping, but realized that neither of us could imagine getting married without our very closest family there with us. That’s how the idea for our wedding came about: intimate, meaningful, and personal. Rustic and comfortable, but still elegant. We had little touches, like a hanging collage of family photos, and I honored my dad by using one of his vintage ties instead of a ribbon around my bouquet.
There were SO many DIY projects involved! I took on nearly everything I could. Here’s a list: Invitations, centerpiece/flowers, table runner, backdrop, dessert banner, bouquet, boutonniere, hair, makeup, welcome bags, thank you notes, menus, confetti
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I love how our wedding turned out, but the morning of was STRESSFUL! I woke up at 5am with a migraine, realized that half of the flowers had died, and had so much to do. If you’re going to go the entirely-DIY route like I did, make sure you have someone who can help you out on the day. Also, if you choose to spend the night before with your fiancé, KICK THEM OUT in the morning! Also, some wonderful advice was given to us by a friend who has been happily married for many years: When you get up to the altar (whatever your altar may be), take a moment to breathe and look around you. See where you are, take in every face. The people you share your day with are the most important part.
Processional: “Falling Slowly,” Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Both performed on acoustic guitar by a friend of mine from middle school!
Wedding Location: San Diego, CA / Photographer: Mary Costa / Wedding Flowers: Bride / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Inn at Rancho Santa Fe / Wedding Dress: Custom via Ouma / Bride’s Necklace: Mother of the bride, Whispered Secrets / Hair and Makeup: Bride / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Groom’s Shirt: Hugh & Crye / Dog’s Bow Tie: Little Blue Feathers / Gluten Free Wedding Cake: Rising Hearts Bakery / Gluten Free Pie: 2Good2B / Other Pie & Cupcakes: Elizabethan Desserts / Macarons: Lette / Guitarist: Jon Sarna / Wedding Stationery: Bride
A bride who decks out not only herself in a jacket, but her bridesmaids too? Color us smitten. Austin and Stephanie’s Colorado is one of the more intimate affairs we’ve seen, but it easily proves that having a small wedding doesn’t mean you should skimp on any details you truly love. Thank you to Cassidy Brooke for sharing your gorgeous images with us!
From the bride, Stephanie: When Austin and I would dream about our wedding two words always came to mind: intimate and romantic, and that’s just what we got. With just 25 of our closest friends and families to witness our special day we pulled off a dreamy woodsy wedding with pops of gold glitter… because who doesn’t love gold glitter?
We wanted to let the gorgeous scenery around us speak for itself but add touches of us here and there. With the small budget we were on almost all of our wedding was DIY. From the handmade invites, flowers, and garlands to the 60 year old quilts, Greek cookies and lavender lemonade we had so many personal touches and help from our families we couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My advice for brides would be to slow down and to truly enjoy your special moment! Everyone told us that wedding days go by so fast and they do! So when you and your man get a chance stop and breathe it all in. We took lots of videos and pictures throughout our day so we could look at them that night together. Have a blast because all of the hard work you put into your day really truly pays off and turns out perfect!
Watch the sweet video by JDJ Creation:
Processional and Recessional: “Your Hand in Mine,” Explosions in the Sky
First Dance: “Just the Way You Are,” Bruno Mars, sung by friend Raynard Chaney
Wedding Location: Colorado Springs, CO / Photographer: Cassidy Brooke / Ceremony Venue: Fox Run Regional Park / Reception Venue: Private Residence / Flowers: Whole Foods, arranged by groom’s mother / Wedding Dress: Galina Signature Collection via David’s Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Bakers / Headband: Anthropologie / Bride’s Necklace: Ruche / Hair: Brandi Anderson / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Express / Bridesmaids’ Jackets: Forever 21 / Groom and Groomsmen’s Pants: Banana Republic / Wedding Caterer: My Big Fat Greek Restaurant / Desserts: Whole Foods / Videographer: JDJ Creation
When it’s one of the biggest days of your life, what’s a little rain? Bride Megan didn’t let the bad weather forecast get to her, and was rewarded with parted skies as soon as she walked down the aisle to her new husband, David. Our thanks go out to Geoff Duncan, who photographed their wedding and shared these gorgeous images with us!
From the bride, Megan: David proposed to me in Savannah last July. We are originally from Texas but our first duty station for the military was there, where we lived for two years. So Savannah holds a special place in our hearts, and couldn’t have been better suited for our wedding! With an original wedding date of Oct 2013 I felt like I had plenty of time to plan, until over Christmas we had to change our date (due to Uncle Sam) and moved it all the way up to February 16th! The day we returned from our small vacation my fiancé (at the time) left for training and was gone for over 3 weeks with zero contact. And yes, I mean zero contact. Wheeew! That’s how I was feeling. So the 6-week wedding planning process began!
When deciding colors I knew that I wanted to use succulents, so I immediately chose mint. I wanted to keep everything else pretty soft to go along with the environment, like the Spanish moss in Savannah, so I let the bridesmaids choose their own dress. They picked lacy combinations of creams and blushes. A few of them wore mint colored cardigans the day of to stay a little more warm. I love the mis-matched look anyways and it all worked together so well.
I wanted the picnic style seating for dinner and over a couple weeks of trying to figure out a way to bring the ‘fancy’ down a notch, it finally came to me- kraft paper table tops! I played around at home with mock-up tables and decided that we would have the placemats chalked out for each seating. The china and glassware that we had collected would be set, and I ordered flour sack dish towels that had a green stripe to use as napkins for the guests. We love art and wanted our guests to be able to be creative so we provided oil pastels and chalk on the tables so guests could doodle during cocktail hour or at dinner, and by placing a name place stamp in the corner of each placemat they could write their name in so we know who each artist was! The coordinators rolled them up at the end of night, and we had so much fun checking out our guests artistic skills! It was probably my best idea yet!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings? I planned my wedding in 6 weeks! -Don’t do that! Well, I had no choice however, just be organized, & pick your top three things you will NOT budge on for your big day and stick to it! My top 3 were photography, my gown, and my guest list. The make the budget cuts in the other areas. DIY might sound difficult, and its a lot of work but so rewarding! When you are able to stand back and look at all of your details that you specifically had a hand in, you appreciate it so much more and so will your guests! Have fun with it, because when the day comes it will pass so quickly!
My favorite memory of the wedding: It rained just about all morning- well, it drizzled if that sounds any better! The ceremony site was about 8 miles away and on the radar that area looked much worse & the more bad weather was moving in. While hanging out in anticipation at the ceremony site the wedding coordinator shot in and said we were getting going early because the rain (more rain) was on its way! The line up began, and everyone started being ushered out- very quickly. I should mention it was also about 20 degrees colder that day than anticipated! Needless to say guests were shivering and holding jackets over their heads to stay dry. Not ideal for your wedding day. The instrumentalists had packed up already, and as Dad and I began walking out under an umbrella, in the silence (it was a bit awkward!) as we moved closer to the aisle the rain began to slow down. Once I stepped into the aisle the rain stopped completely, the wind became calm and the violin began playing again. After my Dad gave me away, the moment I took David’s hand the sun broke through the clouds and shined right on us! It couldn’t have been more perfect. It was by no means a coincidence, all by purpose, that so many people were able to witness such a special moment for us. I know they say rain on your wedding day is good luck, but sheesh! But by far my favorite memory!
Bridal Party Entrance: “Let’s Get It Started,” Black Eyed Peas
First Dance: “Turning Page,” Asleep at Last
Father/Daughter Dance: “Wildflowers,” Tom Petty
Mother/Son Dance: “The Way You Look Tonight,” Frank Sinatra
Wedding Location: Savannah, GA / Wedding Photographer: Geoff Duncan / Ceremony Venue: Wormsloe Historic Site / Reception Venue: Brockington Hall / Week-of-Wedding Coordinator: Morgan Gallo Events / Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Kiwi Fleur / Ceremony Flowers: Hand made my bride and bridal party / Reception Flowers: Bulk from Sams Club / Wedding Gown: Leanne Marshall / Head Piece and Cuff: Johanna Johnson / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles / Cover- up and Earrings: BHLDN / Gold Sash: Handmade by bride / Hair and Makeup: Rebecca Wash / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Esther, BCBG, Urban Outfitters, and Modiva / Tuxedos: Vera Wang Black / Wedding Caterer: Paula Deen’s The Lady & Sons / Wedding Cake: Homemade by a friend’s mother / Wedding Cake Toppers: Bunting hand made by the bride, letterpress pieces collected at Savannah’s Paris Market / Cakes and Pies: Joe’s Homemade Cafe / DJ: Don of Rockjocks / Menus, Programs and Labels: Handmade by the bride and groom / Favors and Coffee Bar Goods: Tulle and Twig / Event Rentals: In Any Event / Table Decor, Centerpieces, China, and Glassware: Bride and groom / Other Paper Goods: vintage wood forks/straws- angieheartsjared / Name Stamp Kit: BHLDN / Transportation: Old Savannah Trolleys
What’s not to love about a wedding with cactus and succulents popping up here and there? Diana and Jeff’s wedding was the perfect meld of desert minimalism and romantic garden, right in the heart of Palm Springs, California. The always-incredible EPLove was on hand to capture every detail to a T:
From the bride, Diana: Initially we wanted a modern, desert-inspired wedding, but after finding our location – the lush Cree Estate in Palm Springs – we fell in love with its rustic, romantic gardens framed by contrasting desert mountains in the distance. The feel was intimate and sweet with plenty of space and sky.
We chose colors that reflected natural desert elements: sand, stone, dusty greens, with pops of magenta and yellow to reflect cactus flowers in bloom. We had many, MANY DIY projects, from invitations, website, ceremony decor including the silk magenta blossoms on the cacti and the cacti themselves (which we grew from seedlings!), to designing temporary tattoos, flower arranging, the guest seating list (a refinished old door with chalkboard panes), etc, etc.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? You may think that you need everything to be perfect the day of your wedding, but it’s much more important to ENJOY the day of your wedding! Be selective with your DIY projects rather than try to do everything yourself. This means accepting help from others and letting go of certain things.
Processional: “Skinny Love,” Bon Iver; “Wild Horses,” the Rolling Stones
Recessional: “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Guns N Roses
First Dance: “Ain’t No Sunshine (When She’s Gone),” Bill Withers
Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dance: “Still Crazy After All These Years,” Paul Simon
Wedding Location: Palm Springs, CA / Wedding Photographer: EPLove / Wedding Venue: The Cree Estate / Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta “AV9105” via Lili’s / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles “Harmony” / Bride’s Earrings: Nadri / Groom’s Suit: Theory / Groom’s Tie: Hugo Boss / Wedding Caterer: Chichen Itza / Desserts: Natas Cafe / Ice Cream Truck: Cool Haus / Wedding Invitations: Bride and Groom via Paper Source
One color palette we never seem to tire of is teal, green, and yellow. There’s something so tirelessly fresh about it! Pair these hues with the photography of Brett Heidebrecht, and you’ve got a match made in heaven. Bride Janelle had her bridesmaids carry vintage lanterns in lieu of flowers — both a great nontraditional alternative and a money saver!
From the bride, Janelle: So, planning a wedding in Dallas was terrifying to me! I wanted lush grass and romantic forests, and instead, found myself looking at a big urban concrete skyline. Anything that had trees was outside of my budget. A sweet friend sent me the link to Chandler’s Gardens and I fell in love with our first visit. The whole wedding began to take form in my head from that first sight of our venue! The “theme” I went with was “Let Love Grow,” and so everything was woodsy and organic. I wanted to be barefoot and feel like there could be little woodland animals helping me get ready. No, really. That’s what inspired it all! My incredible fiance (now, husband!) was so supportive during the whole thing- as I had many, MANY breakdowns in trying to get everything done. I know without him, and without my friends who were always there to roll programs or tie table settings together, I would have never made it down the aisle.
The biggest thing we wanted out of our wedding day was for the Gospel to be shared in a very real way. It is was what brought us together, and the only thing that will keep us together in the rough times that every couple faces. We had a time of corporate worship in the hour-long ceremony, as well as having our pastor give a short sermon on what loving each other in a Christ-honoring way looks like. We wanted to glorify Him from start to finish, and to keep the Gospel central to the wedding as it will be in our marriage. I mean, my wedding present from Him was a study Bible with my new name on it. Nerd alert.
The reception was just one big celebration! To continue with keeping Christ at the center, we had a table set up where our friends could learn about getting involved with two non-profits we really love. One is a local ministry called Jesus Said Loved that provides care-baskets and Bibles to strippers and night-club dancers, and the other was an international organization called Vision Nationals who does outreach to orphans and widows in India, as well as running a seminary. It was important to us to really share the love that Christ has given us. To get into party mode, we had a cornhole game set out, along with blankets and board games for those who didn’t feel like dancing. The playlist ranged from Louis Armstrong to the Avett Brothers to Willow Smith! I wanted everyone to have a chance to get up and dance.
My piece of advice to brides planning a wedding? Get OFF Pinterest. Yes. I’m serious. Get off. Allow yourself a week to browse it when you first begin to decide on a theme or colors. But keep in mind your limits- engagement time, budget, family members who will hate that dress, set-up time, etc. For me, I knew we’d have less than three hours to get everything set up- with no wedding planner, just a dear friend running around telling people what to do. That meant I had to cross off some of the beautiful but extravagant things I found on Pinterest, and the longer I stared at them, the more it hurt. So seriously, cut yourself a break. No one will know that you really wanted flowers hanging down from the ceiling behind the alter but couldn’t get it done in time. Spending too much time on Pinterest feeds the idea that your wedding has to be “more.” Do whatever YOU want for your wedding – not what is popular on Pinterest.
Favorite moment: Everything I read advising *against* the “first look” said that you would regret not getting that moment of awe as you walked down the aisle. But knowing how important photos are to me, and knowing I wanted to calm my nerves by seeing Travis before the wedding, we chose to do it. But even after the first look, as I walked down the aisle toward my “I-never-show-emotion” husband, he couldn’t stop crying. And we both cried our way through our vows that we wrote each other. I can still see the look in his eyes as I walked to the front to be his wife, and I will never forget it.
Bridal Party Processional: “All The Trees of the Field,” Sufjan Stevens
Processional: “Water of the Word,” Shane & Shane
Recessional: “Inni Mer,” Sigur Ros
First Dance: “You are the Best Thing,” Ray Lamontagne
Wedding Location: Celina, TX / Photographer: Brett Heidebrecht / Wedding Venue: Chandler’s Gardens / Bouquet and Boutonnieres: NHS Woods Creations / Decorative Flowers: Central Market bulk ordering, arranged by bridesmaids and family / Wedding Dress: WTOO “Vannessa” / Reception Dress: Urban Outfitters / Hair: Amy Krauss / Flower Crown: Three Little Birds / Bridal Jewelry: Forever 21 / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Modcloth and Macy’s / Bridesmaid’s Jewelry: Five Little Cranes / Wedding Caterer: Catering by David / Bride’s Cake: Patricia Price, college roommate – Homemade funfetti! / Groom’s Cake: A S’more bar / Invitation Design: Whitney Baker / Program Design: Meredith Cooper
Most brides might be deterred by a broken arm a mere three months before this bride, but not Cathi: she simply enlisted the help of Veo Weddings & Events to round out her creative visions. Cathi and Anders are avid cyclists, and I just adore that the couple made a nod to this through the painted bike wheels hanging at their reception. Add photographer Ali Harper into the mix, and you’ve got a winning wedding day!
From the bride, Cathi: We knew we wanted an outdoor venue since we both spend a ton of time outside running & cycling. DeBarge Vineyards was a short drive from our home in Chattanooga and provided picturesque views of the mountains we love to play on.
I had high hopes of handcrafting many of our wedding decorations… until I broke my arm at a mountain bike race 3 months before our big day, forcing me to Plan B. Veronica and her staff at Veo Weddings & Events did an amazing job taking my ideas and transforming them into reality. I kept busy designing our event stationery (inspired by the diagonal beading on my dress) and spray-painting old bike wheels (we had to incorporate our favorite activity somehow!).
Wedding Location: Chattanooga, TN / Photographer: Ali Harper Photography / Wedding Venue: DeBarge Vineyards / Wedding Planning, Design, and Flowers: Veo Weddings & Events / Wedding Dress: Mori Lee / Wedding Shoes: Banana Republic / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Xscape / Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire: Calvin Klein / Wedding Caterer: On the List Catering / Desserts: Chattanooga Cupcakes and On the List Catering / Entertainment: Joe Nabors Sound & Lighting / Invitations: bride
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Today’s wedding from Kayla Adams has us pining away for the warm, crisp days of summer! With a bright color palette of greens, yellows, and some grey for good measure, it’s difficult not to get a bit happier just looking at these images. Most adorable of all is the ring bearer and flower girl with their sweet parasol!
From the bride, Kelsie: We really wanted an outdoorsy feel to our wedding, so we decided that more of the rustic summer wedding was definitely the way to go for us!
I typically don’t go with brighter hues, but for the special occasion we decided to be a little different and go with a bright yellow, kelly green, and then to keep it a little within comfort, grey. We wanted to do as much as we could ourselves, so with my amazing bridesmaids and family we did all of the bouquets, centerpieces, and favors the day before.
We knew we wanted outdoorsy, and the freedom to do whatever we wanted, so that really narrowed down a lot of places for us. Some places make you use their table settings, their catered food, and occasionally their DJ. But even though we did not have a lot of options, I couldn’t have imagined a better place. We decided on Crestmore Manor in Riverside, CA that gave off the feeling of a southern plantation.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I would definitely tell people to not stress out about the day. It is obviously a special day and you are always going to remember it. But as much as possible let the little things go. You can plan and plan, but not everything will go as planned – and sometimes, those are the best memories.
Bridal Processional: Cello Suite BWV1007: Prelude, Johann Sebastian Bach
Bridal Recessional: “You Making my Dreams True,” Hall and Oates
First Dance: “I Won’t Give Up,” Jason Mraz
Wedding Location: Riverside, CA / Wedding Photographer: Kayla Adams / Wedding Venue: Crestmore Manor / Wedding Flowers: LA Flower Mart / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal / Birdcage Veil: Jinny’s Bridal / Wedding Shoes: J. Crew / Hair and Makeup: Bride’s sister / Wedding Caterer: Lucille’s BBQ / Wedding Invitations: groom / Wedding Musician: Brandon Collins / Videographer: Michael Kroh
Continuing with our Best Of 2012 weddings, we’ve got some stunning ceremonies that we just can’t get out of our heads! We’ve got an assortment of huge Pinterest hits and some of our personal favorites that have grown close to our hearts. Make sure to chime in on our comments sections with any you think we’ve left out!
Stay tuned as we reveal more of our 2012 favorites, from flowers to fashion to DIY projects, in the next few days!
As a wedding blogger, I love hearing about how friends and family come together to plan a special day for their loved ones — much like how the mother of today’s bride, Dani, grew squash and sunflowers after hearing her daughter wanted them in her wedding. So sweet! Tory and Dani’s day was full of heart-warming details like these, and was captured to utter perfection by Emily Steffen.
From the bride, Dani: We wanted something that felt like us. As artists and musicians, we wanted details that spoke to who we are. When people asked us our “theme” or our “colors” in our planning process, we were kind of at a loss! The best we could come us with was that it would be something eclectic, with a nod to vintage. We love thrifting and antiquing, so we just filled our wedding with the kinds of things we love and already had in our lives.
It felt like we had a million DIY projects! The wedding was held on a portion of land owned by my mother in northern Wisconsin. And when Troy and I wanted sunflowers and squash for ceremony decor, my mother grew them for us! A good friend and neighbor let her use a part of his field (all of my mother’s land is wooded) and helped her keep it up over our very dry summer, and the result was amazing! We had so many extras we gave away boxes of squash, and our extremely talented florist incorporated the extra sunflowers into our reception flowers and each of the bouquets. One of my mother’s good friends sewed our favor bags to hold our locally-crafted chocolates, and my dad spent a few nights finishing them off with string. My dad also found all of the barn wood for our directional wedding and parking signs which he made and painted by hand.
We were engaged over a year before our wedding, so we had plenty of time to collect! We collected dozens of vintage metal frames for table numbers and signs, which I painted by hand the day before the wedding. For reception flowers, we used our own vintage glassware and mason jar collections, which our florist worked into beautiful, eclectic arrangements. We also purchased over 100 vintage wooden folding chairs, and another 100 or so vintage metal folding chairs for our ceremony. We also collected a few dozen glass, ceramic and brass hand bells which we decorated with bows of floral fabric to match our favor bags for each table, so guest could ring them in lieu of clanking glasses with spoons.
My favorite DIY project of all had to be my floral headpiece – I made it the morning of our wedding using vintage leaves and flowers, and silk ribbon from Tinsel Trading Company in New York. It felt good, as an artist, to make something on my wedding day! As gifts to my maids, I gave them custom monogrammed totes, and vintage handkerchiefs. Each of the men also had a vintage handkerchief to use as a pocket square, and our guests were provided with an assortment of handkerchiefs to choose from at the ceremony, all of which I collected from antique shops and eBay, and that my mother washed and pressed.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Accept all offers of help and don’t take on took much at one time. And be sure to get to work early! Our wedding ended up being a month or so after a large-scale move to another state, a job change and a few weeks Troy started his graduate program – none of which we expected when we set our wedding date! I feel like we had to put off a lot of the smaller details of until the last week, simply for lack of time in the months before, and some projects just didn’t happen. Our family and friends, and especially our parents, were an amazing help though – we couldn’t have done it without them, and they tried to help as much as they could since were a bit overwhelmed by life in those chaotic months!
Processional: Bartok’s Violin Solo Sonata: Fuga and Bach’s Partita No. 3-Prelude
Ceremony: Original music by Spiral Joy Band
Vow Exchange: Couple’s rendition of “If Not For You,” George Harrison
First Dance: “Unchained Melody,” Righteous Brothers
Father/Daughter, Mother/Son Dance: “You Are the Sunshine of my Life,” Stevie Wonder
Wedding Location: Wausau, WI / Wedding Photographer: Emily Steffen / Ceremony Venue: Private Residence / Reception Venue and Caterer: El Tequila Salsa / Wedding Flowers: Evolutions in Design / Wedding Dress, Jacket, and Earrings: “Crashing Waves” by Va Et Vien via BHLDN / Reception Dress: Hoaglund New York via Bloomingdales / Wedding Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Hair: Lori of Salon Allure, Appleton, WI / Wedding Rings: Bill Fuhrman / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ann Taylor, J. Crew / Groom’s Attire: J. Crew / Pocket Squares: Vintage and Handmade / Wedding Cake: Sweet Nothings Cakes / Ceremony Music: Laura Schafer and Spiral Joy Band / Wedding Invitations: Dani Schafer / Transportation: Lamers
Give me a bride whose icon is Doris Day, and I’ll show you one happy blogger. Bride Chanmony styled her wedding aesthetic around Doris’ films from the 1940s and 50s, used colors that florist Megan of Honey and Poppies described as “1950s technicolor sherbet,” and danced her first dance with hubby Jeff to Doris Day’s “It All Depends On You.” He and She Photography was there to capture this blissful, color-filled day to utter perfection!
From the bride, Chanmony: The feel that we wanted was fun and us. Something that reflected our personality and what was important to us. Family, laughter and fun. Our big theme was Doris Day. She is my idol… like I get swept up talking about her. I love her and the feeling of her movies from the 40-50’s. Megan (our incredible florist from Honey and Poppies) helped guide us towards a direction for colors scheme, which were, as she puts it “50’s technicolor sherbet.” Adjectives: Fun, vibrant, cool, crazy, hilarious, humbling and sweet.
As for DIY projects, there were a ton. I started with making our save the dates and then making all the little details that we (Jeff and I) or some of our geeky friends will know. I made a lot of Doctor Who things, like the bride and groom Daleks. My vow book is a book from Doctor Who. My sister and I collaborated in making a sign for the flower wrapping station. She painted and I did the crafty stuff. I painted the door silhouettes.
The programs were actually kinda fun to make because of all the different covers we had and because I’m somewhat of a nerd and figured how to make the programs layout the way I wanted and also was able to explain our knot tying bit in our ceremony because that was something from the Cambodian culture that we wanted to incorporate. Also, the guestbook were madlibs sheets that were fun for the guest and we can bind them easily and have a book to look through because we had a bunch of guest that made great illustration.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My best advice is give yourself enough time to plan and make sure that the wedding is a reflection of you as a couple. Trust the people you hired; they are the professional and they make things so much easier. Saying that, hire vendors that match your style.
Bridal Party Processional: “I Got This Friend,” The Civil Wars
Bride’s Processional: “Falling In Love With You Again,” Imelda May
Recessional: “Life Is A Happy Song,” The Muppet Soundtrack
First Dance: “It All Depends on You,” Doris Day
Wedding Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA / Wedding Photographer: He and She Photography / Wedding Venue: Franciscan Gardens / Wedding Design: Libby Centeno of Dragonfly Events / Wedding Flowers: Honey and Poppies / Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander “8465” via Mon Amie Bridal / Wedding Veil: honeycombveils / Wedding Shoes: BHLDN “Spirit of the Moment” / Hair: Cheryl Snowden of Carlton Salons / Makeup: Makeup by Berit / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Torrid / Groom’s Suit: Macy’s / Groomsmen’s Suits: Men’s Warehouse / DJ: Elevated Pulse / Wedding Caterer: 24 Carrots / Wedding Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop / Wedding Invitations: LoftLifePress
Haley and Jon wouldn’t let a little sprinkling of rain put a damper on their wedding day — far from it, in fact. Looking at these images from The Life You Love, you’d never even know there was a drop from the sky! Jessica of Something To Celebrate worked with the bride to create a truly intimate family affair, resulting in a gorgeous wedding day full of smiles, lace, and some seriously awesome details.
From the coordinator, Jessica of Something To Celebrate: When I first met with Haley and her mom, Marla, they spoke fondly of their family farm, where they would have loved to host Haley and Jon’s wedding celebration. Our goal was to create that comfortable but intimate family farm feel, but at a location convenient to overnight accommodations, transportation, air travel, etc.
Drawing from the family farm appeal, we created an “heirloom and lace” theme for Haley and Jon’s wedding. The family wedding pictures, antique keys, and personalized items such as the bottle-stick aisle markers created by the groom, brought a familiar comfort to the atmosphere of this wedding, while the vintage floral vessels, handkerchief wedding invitations, and Marla’s collection of lace kept the wedding design light and delicate.
Although rain sprinkled their wedding day, Haley and Jon were married outside, beneath a canopy of fresh babies breath, and joyfully recessed to Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” Wedding guests enjoyed celebrating with food, drinks, dancing, and a dessert display complete with a scoop of ice cream to top it off. The night ended as Haley and Jon were driven away in the groomsman’s vintage car.
Wedding Location: Austin, TX / Wedding Photographer: The Life You Love / Wedding Coordinator: Something To Celebrate / Wedding Venue: Vista West Ranch / Wedding Flowers: Petal Pushers / Hair and Makeup: Sari Seibert / Wedding Caterer: Pink Avocado / Beverages: Served Bartending / Pies: Tiny Pies / Cupcakes: Sugar Mama’s / Ceremony and Reception Music: Complete Music / Cocktail Hour Music: Little Elmore Reed Blues Band / Photobooth: Annie Ray / Officiant: James Bryan Smith James
Whenever you have Richard Israel photographing your wedding day, you know your images aren’t just going to be pictures — they’ll be heirlooms. How else could you refer to these stunning shots from Erin and Adam’s Charleston wedding? Their big day was planned from across the globe and happened only 9 days after the bride returned from a two-year-long Peace Corps stint, which goes to show that in the world of weddings, no planning task is insurmountable!
From the bride, Erin: How in the world this relationship and wedding fell into place is beyond me. Let’s call it a miracle. Adam and I met many years ago at a party, laughed for hours, and then promptly disappeared from each others’ lives only to re-meet at a party several years later. Skip forward 3 months to when Adam finally asked me out on the same day that I found out I was leaving for two years to be a Peace Corps Volunteer across the globe. During the next 26 long months, we made many huge phone card and plane ticket purchases, but we made it! Nine days after my plane landed on American soil after I finished my Peace Corps stint (and I got a much needed haircut), we got married in a picture-perfect ceremony. It’s crazy, I know.
The planning of the wedding was a bit chaotic and messy. It was all done on the phone or by email since I was in a different country. At first, we were planning a 200-guest wedding to culminate with a bowling alley reception. Then our schedules changed, and we scrapped that idea (thankfully, as my only mental breakdown moment occurred when I thought of 200 people staring at me for hours… too much pressure!) to something more manageable – an invite list of 28 guests.
We combined professional bouquets and boutonnieres with grocery store bought flowers for the tables which were arranged by my sister, cousin and friend the morning of the wedding. Our save-the-dates and invitations were graciously designed and printed by Adam’s sister, Emily.I did my own hair and makeup and somehow didn’t end up looking like a hot mess by the end of the day. The cupcakes, on the other hand, did look a little like a hot mess. Don’t try to transport melting cupcakes in the heat of a Charleston summer!
I sent a picture of a table decoration that I loved to my mom, and she shopped for and planned everything with the help of my sister. My mom made my headpiece and belt based on a BHLDN one that wasn’t the right color. My mom also planned the menu and cooked everything for our guests (supplemented with a few sides from grocery stores). Without patient and helpful friends and family members, we could never have pulled off this wedding.
The wedding ceremony itself was a hilarious mess. Rings were forgotten (but sorted in the nick of time). No one told Adam, the officiant, and groomsmen that the wedding started, so they had to be fetched from the cabin by the photographer while the bridesmaids waited at the front of the ceremony. Adam put my ring on the wrong hand, but I was too nervous to notice. Our officiant was our friend Ben who made the ceremony so personal and funny. Our friend Jon played classical guitar during the ceremony (including music from The Princess Bride). Adam and I served communion to our guests during the ceremony, which I thought was a special thing to share with them. Afterward, we all enjoyed a homemade dinner together. After all the work planning this wedding from different countries, it somehow went off without a hitch. Adam and I ended our wedding day with grateful hearts to have spent the day celebrating with our closest family and friends.
Wedding Location: Charleston, SC / Wedding Photographer: Richard Israel / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Bride’s Shoes: Zara / Bride’s Headband and Belt: Made by Bride’s Mother / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie / Flowers: Charleston Flower Market / Venue: Toogoodoo Bluff Compound / Wedding Music: Jonathan Crissman / Wedding Invitations: Every Little Thing Studio
Looking at this wedding from T&C Photographie, you’d absolutely never guess that newlyweds Kindra and Taylor lost their venue a mere three weeks before their wedding. Luckily they stumbled across the incredible Indiana venue The Blanton House, which would soon house one of the prettiest weddings we’ve seen to date! We love the idea of lowering reception costs by hosting a post-ceremony brunch instead of dinner — not to mention more time for daylight pictures!
From the bride, Kindra: Three weeks before wedding our planner (Linda Cook) received some news; our venue was double booked! Calmly we called venues around the city. That day we went to visit the only venue still open. It was out in the country, I am not a country girl and I did not want a country wedding. I was certain it was going to feel like a step down from our current venue. I was so wrong. The Blanton House was perfect! Early 1900’s home with beautiful grounds and the most elegant white tent for the reception already in place!
Next we needed a caterer and rental company. Matt Mills, our caterer, fell into our lap with a brilliant brunch menu. We heard about the most amazing rental company Violet Vintage. They blew my mind! The warehouse was filled with unique lovely vintage items ranging from chairs to plates to old doors. We almost rented the entire place!
A week before the wedding we went to the floral warehouse. We hit another speed bump. We were told this crazy drought we were experiencing was going to inhibit any chance of getting the flowers I had always dreamed of having!
The week of the wedding my husband and I went to get our marriage license. When we got to the city we saw a huge weekly farmers market happening. I LOVE farmers markets so we had ourselves a look. We ran into a very cute woman selling beautiful garden flowers and it clicked. She was going to be the fix to my flower problem. The day before the wedding our day of planner Drew drove a total of 2 hours to get fresh back yard flowers from our new friend. Needless to say, they were stunning.
Our wedding day was a beautiful 80 degree day; which would make it the coldest day of the entire summer! My husband looked handsome and my maid of honor was beautiful! The ceremony site was stunning and the brunch was delicious! It was a perfect way to start a life with my best friend.
Wedding Location: Danville, IN / Wedding Photographer: T&C Photographie / Wedding Venue: The Blanton House / Event Designer: The bride, Kindra Keller / Wedding Planning: Linda Cook / Day-Of Coordination: Drew Hoopingarner / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Bride’s Veil: Made by bride / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Jewelry: Anthropologie / Bridesmaid’s Dress: Ruche / Groom’s Suit: Michael Kors / Wedding Flowers: Ronda Orebaugh and Alma Hamblin / Rentals: Violet Vintage / Wedding Invitations: Rachel May