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A Breakfast Wedding in Texas

Rustic Weddings

I love breakfast, I love weddings, and I love happy people, so this next wedding from Feather & Twine Photography was a no-brainer. Lauren and Chase styled their Texas wedding on their own, using items and decor found from their years spent thrifting together. This is such a great way to make sure your wedding day is full of personality, we couldn’t wait to share!

A Breakfast Wedding in Texas - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

From the bride, Lauren: There were a couple of things I knew for sure after getting engaged. First was that I wanted a morning wedding with breakfast. Second, I didn’t want it to be very traditional — or at least I wanted to discard the stuff I find uncomfortable at weddings. Location was a bit more difficult to decide on, until we accidentally stumbled upon Pecan Grove Pavilion in Driftwood, Texas. I knew the second I stepped on the property that I wanted to get married there. A creekside ceremony coupled with the indoor barn pavilion was just ideal, plus their in-house catering company designed a custom breakfast menu based on my suggestions. The menu was so good, featuring brisket and gravy stuffed Texas toast and fried chicken & sweet potato waffles, just to name a couple. For dessert we served donuts and pastries.

aqua wedding shoes - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

bride and bridesmaids getting ready - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

simple wedding bouquet - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

ceremony seating ideas - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

pale blue bridesmaid dresses - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

A Breakfast Wedding in Texas - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

Chase and I love thrifting so we decided to do most of the venue styling ourselves. We found fun vintage mugs and displayed them on a beautiful wood piece that Chase designed and his father constructed. We had a “living room” set up with furniture we thrifted to make the space feel a bit cozier. I wanted everything very simple for the tablescapes. We used these neat “sugar molds” (as the antique dealer called them) and cement planters filled with succulents for our centerpieces, along with old bottles and a few daisies. We planted 120 succulents ourselves a couple weekends before the wedding. I picked and put together all of the flowers myself. One of my favorite things we created was the living wall, which was an old rusted mattress spring that we turned into a living succulent garden. We had a team of people (including my groom and his groomsmen) working for only 2 short hours to get the venue set up early the morning of. His parents drove a trailer full of stuff from Dallas to make our reception area look like the magical vintage playground it turned out to be.

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

ceremony processional - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

wedding ceremony - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

wedding ceremony - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

wedding ceremony - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

ceremony recessional - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

unique wedding ideas - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

A Breakfast Wedding in Texas - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

A Breakfast Wedding in Texas - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

A Breakfast Wedding in Texas - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

The day of was perfect. Filled with so much joy. I wrote the majority of the ceremony and we both wrote our own vows. There was a coffee hour where the guests showcased their mug pick. And of course we had bocce, corn hole, croquet and washers under the pecan trees. There was dancing and speeches, but we stayed away from grand entrances, first dances, bouquet toss/garter and cake cutting. For the exit, we sped off in the same truck his parents left their wedding in. It was the best day ever. Relaxing, simple, joyful, and fun. It was exactly as we had imagined and more.

A Breakfast Wedding in Texas - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

A Breakfast Wedding in Texas - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

wedding favor ideas - photo by Feather and Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

A Breakfast Wedding in Texas - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

thrifted wedding decor - photo by Feather and Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

A Breakfast Wedding in Texas - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

A Breakfast Wedding in Texas - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

unique wedding decor ideas - photo by Feather and Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

first dances - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas

first dances - photo by Feather & Twine Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-breakfast-wedding-in-texas


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Location: Driftwood, TX / Photographer: Feather & Twine Photography / Venue and Catering: Pecan Grove Pavilion at Salt Lick / Wedding Dress: BCBGMAXAZRIA / Headpiece: Eleven Skies Studio / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Forever21 / Men’s Shirts: H&M / Men’s Pants: Gap / Custom Ties: Richmond Thread Lab / Donuts: Donut Taco Palace 3 / Pastries: Sweetish Hill Bakery / Videographer: 63 Films

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Caterina Jewelry

Caterina Jewelry is a luxury designer and manufacturer of silver charm jewelry based in Beverly Hills, California. The company creates one-of-a-kind jewelry that beautifully complements any outfit no matter the time, mood, or occasion, promising unmatched elegance, timeless sophistication, and a fun vibe. Exquisite, delicate, and unapologetically feminine, Caterina Jewelry’s pieces are made from .925 sterling silver and lovingly adorned with stunning gemstones that make even the most casual ensemble look a little more polished

CJ Bridal Minimalista Collection has been designed to honor the long-standing tradition of the bride gifting her bridesmaids. A reflection of the current minimalist modernist trend, the collection features stunning, fashionable jewelry that will delight the bridesmaids, nicely accenting their outfits while offering an enduring gift to cherish for a long time. The ideal favor for your special ladies, our jewelry is versatile and can be worn on numerous other occasions!

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Epping Forest Yacht Club Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

When you’ve got a bride who works in the fashion industry as a designer, you can bet your bottom dollar you’re about to see one stylish wedding. Bride Dana did not disappoint in a custom Inbal Dror gown, surrounded by wildflowers and dried arrangements from Foxy Posh Events, and captured by Christina Block Photography. Let’s learn more about this beautiful couple, shall we?

Epping Forest Yacht Club wedding - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

From the bride, Dana: We actually met 10 years ago when I was in college. I was 20 and he was 29. He grew up with my sister’s husband; they’ve actually been best friends since high school. We tried dating then but the age gap was a little too much. Fast-forward 10 years, my mom started asking my sister and brother-in-law, “Whatever happened to your friend Jason?” This went on for almost 9 months until my brother-in-law finally agreed to try and set us up one more time! We spoke for the first time that November and were married 8 months later. To us, marriage was a choice, a conscious choice that we were making to give each other our lives and no longer be one, but two. Neither of us needed each other; we wanted each other. To us, that meant sacrifice, commitment, a whole lot of love and friends forever. Our wedding took place at the duPont Mansion in Jacksonville, Florida at Epping Forest Yacht Club. The home was built in 1926 and has been preserved with all of its original architecture and furnishings inside and gardens kept behind the house. We were married in the gardens and held the reception inside the duPont’s original dining room space.

Epping Forest Yacht Club wedding - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

simple wedding invitations - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

unique wedding jewelry - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

greenery bouquet - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

Epping Forest Yacht Club wedding - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

grooms boutonnieres - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

dried flower bouquets - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

bohemian bridal inspiration - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

ceremony processional - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

wedding ceremony recessionals - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

waterside wedding portraits - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

Our theme for the wedding was simplicity at its best. We wanted all of the flowers, table decorations, even bridesmaid and grooms attire to be original and something that felt unique and effortless. Most of the flowers were picked from a garden or found in open fields, the tables were filled with old glass bottles that me and my mother and florist gathered. We used my great grandmothers journals to make paper cones that held the petals to throw as we were leaving. All of my bridesmaid dresses were original pieces I had collected over the years during my travels to London, Italy, Hong Kong and various parts of Asia. Each part of the wedding was simple but held special memories to both of us. Living in NYC, every day you are inspired by the city, the people, the energy, etc. I also work in the industry as a designer so there was almost too much inspiration! At some point, I had to stop myself and just go with the first decision I had made. Each of my bridesmaids received handbags I designed. Depending on the girl, I gave either totes or minaudieres. All of the groomsmen were gifted their ties for the wedding. We wanted to be sure the gifts were practical and would actually be used again. Wedding favors for guests were a pair of old school Ray-Ban shades. We figured since the wedding was outside, in Florida, in the month of July, the least we could do to help them keep cool was provide shades! We used a variety of raw materials including wooden chairs, overgrown vines to line the aisle and the gardens natural elements to create the space for the ceremony. The reception took place inside the duPont mansion where most of the original pieces of furniture were kept. These, combined with clusters of vintage glass bottles holding various wildflowers and candles, set the mood for the reception. We used my grandmother’s china from the 60’s with a vintage floral pattern as our flatware.

Epping Forest Yacht Club wedding - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

wildflower centerpieces - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

Epping Forest Yacht Club wedding - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

simple centerpieces - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

Epping Forest Yacht Club wedding - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

Epping Forest Yacht Club wedding - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Be present…. the day, the week of goes by so fast and all those small details you are worried about will not matter when its all over. Take each moment in and enjoy. It should one of the best days of your life.

Epping Forest Yacht Club wedding - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

sophisticated receptions - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

naked wedding cakes - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

cake cutting - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding

Epping Forest Yacht Club wedding - photo by Christina Block Photography http://ruffledblog.com/epping-forest-yacht-club-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “Close To You,” The Carpenters
Recessional: “You Wish,” Nightmares on Wax
First Dance: “Beautiful,” Musiq Soulchild

Wedding Location: Jacksonville, FL / Photographer: Christina Block Photography / Florist: Heidi Higginbotham at Foxy Posh Events / Venue: Epping Forest Yacht Club / Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror / Wedding Shoes: Pour la Victoire / Jewelry and Acessories: Vintage / Hair: Kimberly Wyma / Makeup: Sara Jane at Modern Clasic Beauty / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Vintage / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Zara / Flower Girl and Pageboy Attire: Zara / Groom’s Suit: Theory / Groom’s Shoes: Gucci / Groom’s Tie: Jill Sander / Bride’s Ring: John Manaejian of Ohanndes Jewlery / Groom’s Ring: Kristi Smith of GoldenSparrowDesign / Caterer and Wedding Cake: Epping Forest Yacht Club / Entertainment: DJ Kevin Snow, Black Kids / Celebrant: Brides Father, Danny Baggett / Wedding Invitations: Katie Nelms

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Weddings in Tuscany by Chiara Sernesi

In 2002, I started my own company, to offer foreigners the possibility to get married in this magical region. Over the years, I have made creating unique weddings my mission, using the finest vendors and most picturesque venues and locations. We have received praise from our clients and the press, and many of our outstanding weddings have been featured in the most prestigious international magazines. I am proud to say that I have contributed to making dreams come true for so many couples.

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Backyard Texas Wedding

Garden Weddings

Photos by:

Mike Olbinski

We’re always game for a good backyard wedding, and this one from Mike Olbinski certainly fits the bill. Even a rainy morning and 95% relative humidity couldn’t take away the smiles on the faces of Cori and John! This wedding is full of so much love and personal details, it’s too difficult for us to know where to begin:

backyard Texas wedding - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

From the bride, Cori: Our wedding day was literally a dream come true. I know that is cliche and what every bride says, but we were truly lucky and blessed. The day before our wedding, thunderstorms brewed up out of nowhere in Central Texas. Flash floods were everywhere and the bad weather diverted many of our wedding guests flights. As we were driving to rehearsal dinner an hour late and two thirds of our wedding party unable to attend due to weather, I looked over to John and said, “if it’s this bad now, there’s no way it can be worse tomorrow.” I stuck with that the rest of the weekend. I woke up the next morning to gray sky, low clouds and pouring rain again. My mom was ready to move the wedding from the perfect setting of our family ranch to the Holiday Inn. As I watched weather reports obsessively, I caught a glimpse of hope and told my parents I was taking the chance on our completely outdoor wedding. I am so glad we made that call because a couple of hours before the ceremony, the sun came out, the sky turned blue, and the grass all around was as green as could be thanks to the fresh drenching. The miracle in the weather set the tone for the guests and we had the happiest wedding I could ever imagine.

backyard Texas wedding - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

wildflower bouquet - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

yellow white bouquet - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Queen Anne’s Lace, yellow yarrow, white stock, baby’s breath, chamomile and yellow craspedia.


bridesmaids in wellies - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

bridesmaids in wellies - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

I am not much of a creative or a planner, so thankfully I was blessed with a mother and sister who are, as well as a father who is extremely patient and hardworking. Without them our wedding day might have turned out differently. There were a few things very important to John and I so I let my Mom run with those ideas and plan the event. I knew I wanted to host my friends and family at my family’s hill country ranch in Georgetown, Texas, which is just outside of Austin. It was the home I grew up in and is what shaped me into the entire person I am today. John and I also met on a flight to Austin, which gave the Texas location even more meaning for us. This setting would provide the perfect backdrop and inspiration for our ceremony and reception. Because it was my family’s home, we incorporated family heirlooms into just about every detail. My mom even created a canopy out of my great, great grandparents box spring mattress to hang over the drink station. My Dad handmade the wood benches we used for seating during the ceremony and they wrapped trees with white Christmas lights to illuminate the entire event.

ceremony seating - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

backyard Texas wedding - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

yellow groom accessories - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

backyard wedding ceremony - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

ceremony recessional - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

When planning the event, we looked at catering menu after catering menu only to feel uninspired by a traditional wedding choice of chicken, beef or fish. Additionally, the food being cooked onsite was important to us. Finally we came across the friendliest little business in Austin, Bola Pizza, that would bring out a wood-fired oven, fire up pizzas and make organic salads for our guests right on the property. This created a very casual and fun tone for the reception; they even provided to go pizza boxes for leftovers after the wedding. My parents have always loved a good surprise, so to kick off the dancing my parents surprised us with an over the top fireworks show that really revved up the guests and started the party for us.

backyard Texas wedding - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

backyard Texas wedding - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

rustic wedding ideas - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

chair back streamers - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

backyard Texas wedding - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

backyard Texas wedding - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

The music was another important decision for us, because John plays in a band and we couldn’t disappoint our friends who love to dance more than most I think. We went with Texas Pro DJs and we couldn’t have been happier with the DJ we picked, Andrew. He kept the dance floor full all night! At one point we even stopped the dancing to give out an award for sweatiest guest. Due to the rains, the 95% humidity made the dancing hot. To capture the day for us, we flew out Phoenix, Arizona wedding photographer, Mike Olbinski. Ironically he is also a weather photographer so if it kept pouring that day, our photos would have still turned out beautifully. We just would have been soaking wet! Even with the wedding day starting out frantic, I would relive the day over and over again and I wouldn’t do a thing differently. Someone told us that day, not that rain on your wedding day is good luck, but that rain on your wedding day washes away the past so you can start a cleansed life together.

vintage inspired portraits - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

backyard Texas wedding - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

wedding signs - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

rustic wedding centerpieces - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

backyard Texas wedding - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

rustic wedding ideas - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

chalkboard menus - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? On your wedding day, guests will look to you as the couple to set the tone, have fun, be yourselves, and cherish every little moment that day. Your wedding guests will follow suit and it really does fly by!

backyard Texas wedding - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

yellow wedding ideas - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

cake tables - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

flower topped wedding cakes - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

backyard Texas wedding - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding

after reception getaway - photo by Mike Olbinski http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-texas-wedding


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Wedding Music:
John is a musician, and plays in the band Black Carl, so we asked a few of his bandmates to sing for our ceremony. They did an absolutely beautiful job!
Processional: “I Can Tell We Are Going to Be Friends,” The White Stripes and “You Really Got A Hold On Me,” Smokey Robinson
Recessional: “I Feel Good,” James Brown
First Dance: “These Arms of Mine,” Otis Redding

Wedding Location: Georgetown, TX / Photographer: Mike Olbinski / Wedding Coordination and Planning: Nelda Hawthorne and Tammy Schneider / Flowers: Casa Linda Florals / Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Dress: Anne Barge / Wedding Shoes: Michael Kors / Accessories: Pearls given to me by my Dad / Hair: Jaime Voelz / Makeup: Michelle Weber / Groom’s Suit: Ben Sherman / Wedding Caterer: Pink Avocado and Bola Pizza / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Kathy / Musicians: Black Carl / DJ: DJ Andrew of Texas Pro DJ / Farm Tables: Sweet Sunday Events / Chairs: Marquee Rents / Restrooms: Royal Restrooms / Photobooth: Bash Photo Booth / Save the Date: illustrated by David Matteson / Wedding Invitations: Minted

Woodsy Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Linda Chaja

As soon as I saw this effortless blend of mid-century styling and late winter/early spring freshness, it was absolute adoration. How beautiful is the table runner made up of faux pine trees of varying heights? Thanks to the team of Linda Chaja, Wild Heart Events, and Tenley Erin Young for pulling out all the stops on this one!

late winter wedding ideas - photo by Linda Chaja http://ruffledblog.com/late-winter-wedding-ideas

From the event stylist, Jaime of Wild Heart Events: For this shoot, we wanted to capture the feel of those last days of Winter, where the sun shines through the tops of the trees as snow and ice melts away, yet the air is still crisp and clean. We incorporated natural elements like fur, leather and pine to really get that outdoorsy vibe while setting the table with more modern place settings to give it some elegance and a more contemporary feel. We intermixed ghost chairs adorned with furs, with teak and lucite stools to achieve an icy look, complete with laser cut acrylic name place cards. Tenley lined the center of the table with pine trees of various heights that Linda shot just as the sun was shining through, bringing us back to a place deep in the mountains on those last days of winter.

winter bridal looks - photo by Linda Chaja http://ruffledblog.com/late-winter-wedding-ideas

winter wedding ideas - photo by Linda Chaja http://ruffledblog.com/late-winter-wedding-ideas

late winter wedding ideas - photo by Linda Chaja http://ruffledblog.com/late-winter-wedding-ideas

winter wedding inspiration - photo by Linda Chaja http://ruffledblog.com/late-winter-wedding-ideas

late winter wedding ideas - photo by Linda Chaja http://ruffledblog.com/late-winter-wedding-ideas

green white weddings - photo by Linda Chaja http://ruffledblog.com/late-winter-wedding-ideas

late winter wedding ideas - photo by Linda Chaja http://ruffledblog.com/late-winter-wedding-ideas

wedding inspiration - photo by Linda Chaja http://ruffledblog.com/late-winter-wedding-ideas

late winter wedding ideas - photo by Linda Chaja http://ruffledblog.com/late-winter-wedding-ideas

late winter wedding ideas - photo by Linda Chaja http://ruffledblog.com/late-winter-wedding-ideas

late winter wedding ideas - photo by Linda Chaja http://ruffledblog.com/late-winter-wedding-ideas

woodsy wedding ideas - photo by Linda Chaja http://ruffledblog.com/late-winter-wedding-ideas

late winter wedding ideas - photo by Linda Chaja http://ruffledblog.com/late-winter-wedding-ideas

wedding inspiration - photo by Linda Chaja http://ruffledblog.com/late-winter-wedding-ideas

late winter wedding ideas - photo by Linda Chaja http://ruffledblog.com/late-winter-wedding-ideas


View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Shoot Location: Santa Barbara, CA / Photographer: Linda Chaja / Event Coordinator and Signs: Wild Heart Events / Floral Design: Tenley Erin Young / Venue: The Riveria Mansion / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Jewelry: Beth Baumer of Stella & Dot / Hair and Makeup: Dreamcatcher Artistry / Rentals: Town & Country and Elan Event Rentals / Linens: La Tavola Linens / Snow Machine: Bella Vista / Acrylic Names: runningwithscissorss / Models: Olesya Thyne and Yves Bettinger

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Coco Red Events

At Coco Red Events, we want to help create, facilitate and implement weddings that will make our client’s vision come to life. We also love to help clients imagine what their wedding can be, to collaborate creatively to enhance every experience of their guests. We work hard to maintain a high level of customer service throughout the whole planning process. We will be with you every step of the way. At the end of the day, a win for us is when our couple says, “today was the best day ever!”

We are a family-owned and operated company. Colette, or “Coco,” started our company almost 3 years ago. Since then, we’ve worked with many brides – budgets big and small. We love what we do and we love working together as a team to create exceptional weddings.

Although we are based in Atlanta, our team has executed events with excellence all over the country. Each person on our team has a specific strength–from environment design to logistics to building sets and crafting props–we will collaborate to make your wedding the one that every one talks about for years to come.

Thank you for considering us! We would be honored to work with you on your big day!!

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Jackson Meadow Wedding

Garden Weddings

Photos by:

Paper Antler

Today’s bride and groom have known each other since they were each 12 years old – talk about childhood sweethearts! It was only fitting that their wedding should be full of sweetness and homey details, like exchanging vows while standing on a rug gifted to them by the bride’s sister. Paper Antler and Alisun Abbott pulled all the stops on this Minnesota affair!

backyard weddings - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

From the bride, Ashlee: We have known each other since we were 12 years old, so planning came pretty easily! We pictured ourselves getting married outside in a meadow type setting surrounded by our closest friends and family. Our hope was something unique with lots of personal touches that felt like a celebration of us. We didn’t have a theme or colors in mind. The gorgeous meadow backdrop provided most of the decorating. My sister gifted us the amazing rug we were married on (which is now in our home), our friend made all of the personalized benches for our ceremony.

jackson meadow wedding - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

spring wedding bouquet - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

yellow boutonnieres - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

bridesmaids dresses - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

lace wedding dress - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

rustic wedding ceremony - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

just married signs - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

flower girls - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

As soon as I found my dress, the rest fell into place, each bridesmaid would wear a lace dress of her choice, my husband wanted a cool “old timey suit” We are incredibly lucky to have such talented and generous friends, almost everything from chalkboards, pies, flowers and decor was done by our wonderful family and friends. One of the biggest projects was making a path to the ceremony site in the meadow, my husband spent many weeks mowing, trimming and perfecting the beautiful winding path. My mom and I went to farmers market a few weeks before the wedding and chose our favorites. I wanted the flowers to look very natural, loose and wild. They turned out so beautiful! My sister created a bouquet for me using all creams and whites, I loved it. We ended up using flowers from the meadow and gardens to make boutonnieres and crowns.

wedding decorations - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

bridal veils - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

jackson meadow wedding - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

jackson meadow wedding - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

jackson meadow wedding - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

rustic wedding ideas - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

jackson meadow wedding - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Relax, look around and enjoy this special day! You get to celebrate with friends and family and marry your very best friend.

jackson meadow wedding - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

backyard weddings - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

bright centerpieces - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

jackson meadow wedding - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

backyard wedding ideas - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

jackson meadow wedding - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

farm wedding inspiration - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

dessert pies - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

jackson meadow wedding - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

backyard wedding reception - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

jackson meadow wedding - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding

wedding getaway - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/jackson-meadow-wedding


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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Retrograde,” Leo Koetkes
Ceremony: “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” Elvis (sung by groom’s father)
First Dance: “This Magic Moment,” The Drifters (sung by bride’s sister)

Wedding Location: Marine on St. Croix, MN / Photographer: Paper Antler / Event Decor and Styling: Alisun Abbott / Flowers: St. Paul Farmer’s Market / Venue: Groom’s family home, Jackson Meadow / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals / Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Ebony Davis of Bespoke Hair Artisans / Bridesmaids’ Hair and Makeup: Brian Graham Salon / Flower Girls’ Dresses: Zara / Groom’s Suit: Heimie’s Haberdashery / Wedding Caterer: Lancer / Pies: family friend / Ceremony Music: Joel Shapiro on guitar, groom’s father / Reception Music: Patty and the Buttons / Ceremony Benches: handmade by a friend of the couple / Table Arrangements and Decor: friends and family / Wedding Invitations: Minted / Videographer: LB Jeffries

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Caterina Jewelry

Caterina Jewelry is a luxury designer and manufacturer of silver charm jewelry based in Beverly Hills, California. The company creates one-of-a-kind jewelry that beautifully complements any outfit no matter the time, mood, or occasion, promising unmatched elegance, timeless sophistication, and a fun vibe. Exquisite, delicate, and unapologetically feminine, Caterina Jewelry’s pieces are made from .925 sterling silver and lovingly adorned with stunning gemstones that make even the most casual ensemble look a little more polished

CJ Bridal Minimalista Collection has been designed to honor the long-standing tradition of the bride gifting her bridesmaids. A reflection of the current minimalist modernist trend, the collection features stunning, fashionable jewelry that will delight the bridesmaids, nicely accenting their outfits while offering an enduring gift to cherish for a long time. The ideal favor for your special ladies, our jewelry is versatile and can be worn on numerous other occasions!

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Glen Venue Wedding

Garden Weddings

Photos by:

Flora + Fauna

Wedding portraits in an abandoned greenhouse – be still, my beating heart. After their portraits, Becky and Jose made their way to their ceremony site under the trees, where they exchanged vows before dancing the night away with friends and family. Flora + Fauna was on hand to document every moment, each detail prettier than the next!

glen venue wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

From the bride, Becky: Our vision was for our wedding to be a reflection of who we are. We wanted our wedding to be a comfortable and welcoming experience for all our guest. We envisioned a romantic wedding outside in the fresh air on a beautiful piece of property surrounded by our family and close friends. We were married on the property of The Glen Venue at the Linwood House. It was a beautiful house that dates back to the late 1800s, sitting on a huge piece of property with blooming camellias and an orange grove full of fruit. We were married under a row of gorgeous magnolia trees with white fabric swaying in the trees, while standing on a hand woven rug that Jose’s parents had purchased many years ago while in Turkey. We asked one of our closest friends to officiate our nuptials which made the ceremony feel very intimate and special for us.

eclectic wedding stationery - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

pink amaranthus bouquet - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

pink amaranthus bouquet - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

first look - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

first looks - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

greenhouse wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

The flowers were one of the most important décor elements for me. I wanted free flowing and natural arrangements with dark burgundy, purples of all shades with accents of white and pink. The day before the wedding my dear friend and I went to a local farm (Down to Earth) to pick up the Zinnias that were used. The loropetalum came from my yard and the rest were from a wholesale florist in town. I splurged on flowers like garden and spray roses and saved money by using the loropetalum and other greenery like Silver Dollar Eucalyptus and Plumosa Fern.

greenhouse wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

wedding shoes - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

ceremony setup - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

abandoned greenhouse wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

streamer wedding ceremony - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

confetti recessional - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

confetti recessional - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

wedding flowers - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

glen venue wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

We wanted to be involved in every little detail, hand crafted by us, our family and our friends. Everything at our wedding was DIY which made it so special and heartfelt. The six months leading to the wedding I hunted for containers for the flower arrangements and flatware to be used for our guest. The place settings at our sweetheart table were all things I had collected over the years. I refinished furniture that was used as our cake table and beverage bar. Jose and his brother built the bar out of pallets and reclaimed wood. Jose and I designed our invitations and paper goods. My mom crocheted all the hanging jars throughout the venue and made the shawl I wore. My close friends played a huge role in the setup of the day and making sure everything was beautiful. From the flowers to the day of coordinating, without them our wedding would not have been what we had envisioned. Our cakes and catering were even done by our friend’s parents. It was definitely a family affair! I worked closely with friends and family setting up the venue to the very moment I had to stop and get ready for the big day. I turned over the rest of my décor duties and trusted everything would turn out as beautiful as I imagined which it did. When Jose and I walked out of the house as they pronounced us husband and wife it was so much to take in, we are very grateful to everyone that helped and made our wedding dream come true.

simple tablescapes - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

purple tablescapes - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

abandoned greenhouse wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

bride portraits - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

greenhouse wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My biggest piece of advice I would give any couple planning their wedding would be to enjoy the process. We were engaged for only 6 short months but those months leading to our big day were magical and so much fun. Our family and friends put together some really fun gatherings for us. There was so much excitement it the air and although there were some big decision still to be made, we tried our best to take full advantage of it. So as hard as it may be at times try to go with the flow and soak in every little moment.

greenhouse wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

wedding ideas - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

greenhouse wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

outdoor place settings - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

text cake topper - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

red velvet cakes - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

glen venue wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

vintage inspired decor - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

greenhouse wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding

greenhouse wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/abandoned-greenhouse-wedding


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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Instrumental,” Jose Gonzalez
Bride’s Processional: “Heartbeats,” Jose Gonzalez
First Dance: “For You,” Angus & Julia Stone

Wedding Location: Glen St. Mary, FL / Photographer: Flora + Fauna / Furniture, Invitations, Paper Goods, Décor, Flowers: Bride, b-real happy / Venue: The Glen Venue / Wedding Dress: Bride’s grandmother’s, redesigned with the help of Martha Shump Designs / Veil: Martha Shump Designs / Wedding Shoes: Anthropologie / Necklace: Bride’s sister’s that her husband gave her on their wedding day / Bride’s Wedding Rings: Catbird / Purse: Anthropologie / Bridesmaids’ Dress: Dillards / Hair and Makeup: Sara Jane at Modern Classic Beauty / Groom’s Jacket: Express / Groom’s Pants: Banana Republic / Bow Tie: vintage / Caterer: Larry Balch / Wedding Cakes: Lee Harris / DJ: Kevin Snow / Musician: Goliath Flores

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Spreading Lovely

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

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

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

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

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Secluded Garden Estate Wedding

Garden Weddings

We love how easily Julie and Anthony were able to work their personalities and passions into their wedding day. For their caterer, the couple picked a food truck they frequent for weekly date nights, and ended the meal with ice cream from a shop down the street from their own home. Katrina Louise Photography and Candlelight Florist came together to round out their vision at the breathtaking Secluded Garden Estate.

secluded garden estate wedding - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

From the bride, Julie: Anthony and I felt very strongly that we wanted the wedding to be a reflection of our history and the two of us as a couple. This led to quite a few non-traditional elements and keeping everything local and personal. In following this vision, we actually had my dad marry us, which was one of our favorite parts of the wedding. The non-traditional elements also included a farm to table food truck that we used to eat at on weekly date nights for the food, homemade ice cream by a little ice cream shop down the street from our house for dessert, and a gold party dress to end the evening.

navy wedding invitations - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

wedding stamps - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

pink bridesmaids dresses - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

eucalyptus bouquet - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

dahlia wedding bouquet - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Dahlias, Eucalyptus, Garden Rose, and Hydrangea.

newlyweds with pets - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

pink bridesmaid dress - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

rustic wedding ceremony - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

bride during ceremony - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

newlyweds first kiss - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

newlyweds recessional - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

The non-traditional feel started with the invitation suite, which was taken to the next level by a graphic designer from my work. We were able to have the invitations printed at a local print shop here in San Diego, and then were able to use the custom crest throughout the wedding including on welcome bags for the hotel, menu’s, banners, and cigar sleeves. My girlfriend’s neighbor was taking down their fence so we scored a lot of great old wood that was used to make all of the signs, and the center piece planter boxes (and saved them a trip to the dump). I was looking for a striped linen napkin, and ran across dishtowels from Ikea that worked perfectly…and now never need to buy dishtowels ever again! My mom thrifted for an entire year to come up with an amazing assortment of vintage hats for the photo booth and we were able to use peg board from the local hardware store to display the vast assortment. The wedding turned out to be very DIY, and looking back now we realize it wouldn’t have been possible without at least half of our guest list. Lets just say we have a lot of favors to return!

groom and groomsmen - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

navy paper goods - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

metal seating charts - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

bow tie groom - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

eucalyptus centerpieces - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

bridal hair - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

raspberry wedding drinks - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? To the future bride: Do the first look!! Anthony and I loved having that moment to ourselves and it made the ceremony so much less intimidating. On a lighter note, I also suggest researching postage before creating your invitations. Never did I think my love for a square invitation would cost twice the price to mail!

secluded garden estate wedding - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

secluded garden estate wedding - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

drink menus - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

secluded garden estate wedding - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

reception decorations - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding

secluded garden estate wedding - photo by Katrina Louise http://ruffledblog.com/secluded-garden-estate-wedding


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Wedding Music:
Processional: “River Flow In You,” Sungha Jung
Recessional: “Make My Dreams Come True,” Hall & Oates
Newlywed Introduction: “Get Down on It,” Kool and the Gang
First Dance: Ben Howard: “Only Love,” Ben Howard
Father/Daughter Dance: “Have I Told You Lately,” Van Morrison
Anthony’s father had been battling cancer throughout our engagement, but passed away before the wedding. We felt that it was very important to celebrate and acknowledge his dad during the wedding, and did so at the beginning of the reception by opening up the dance floor and asking all the guests to dance with us to his favorite Rolling Stones song: “Miss You.” This tribute stands as one of my favorite moments.

Wedding Location: Pala, CA / Photographer: Katrina Louise Photography / Flowers: Lori Fay of Candlelight Florist / Venue: Secluded Garden Estate / Wedding Dress: Ivy & Aster / Wedding Shoes: Dolce Vita / Veil and Jewelry: Borrowed from friends / Makeup: Melissa Rae Makeup / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Victoria’s Secret / Groomsmen Bow Ties: The Tie Bar / Wedding Caterer: MIHO Gastro Truck / Wedding Dessert: Mariposa Ice Cream / Local Draft Beer System: Tap That Keg Now / DJ: Tim English / Wood Farm Tables: Rustic Urban Events / Wedding Invitation Design: Alissa Filoramo (DidaMarie @ gmail.com) / Videographer: Leslie Berry Productions / Shuttle Service: Sterling Rose

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Fine Day Press

Fine Day Press is an Austin-based design + paper studio specializing in wedding invitations, custom designs & stationery with a modern, painterly feel. Our watercolor invitations are printed on luxe, cotton cardstock and can be mixed and matched with our envelope liners. Each design encompasses a full invitation suite, including Save the Dates, Directions & Information cards, and Day-of pieces.

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Sweet Dreams Inspired Shoot

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Jackie Wonders

One of our all-time favorite wedding themes is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” There’s just something so positively romantic and whimsical about the play set in the woods that translates perfectly into wedding design. Absolutely Events, Rae Florae, and Jackie Wonders recently collaborated to bring together this stunning shoot, which includes not one but two flower girls dressed as fairies. Love!

sweet dreams inspired shoot photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

From the shoot stylist, Angie of Absolutely Events: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was the inspiration for our “Sweet Dreams” shoot, showcasing a newer property for Estate Weddings and Events. We wanted to create a look that wasn’t too “over the top” and would be realistic and relatable, while still including some of the fantasy and whimsy of Shakespeare’s great work. Our photographer, Jackie Wonders, did a fantastic job in capturing it all.

purple wedding invitations photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

groom in suspenders photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

purple wedding invitations photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

romantic wedding bouquets photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

wedding ceremony decor photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

hanging votives photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

fairy flower girls photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

orchid boutonnieres photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

My favorite area of the property was where we designed the ceremony space for this shoot. The trees that line the courtyard and provide a natural canopy, along with the urn at the head of the space lend to a lovely setting for an intimate ceremony. Our amazing florist, Rae Florae, was able to enhance the romance of this space and the existing foliage with gorgeous Dendrobium orchids, Spanish moss, and delicate hanging votive candles. Once completed, the space provided a subtle nod to the fairy lights and the fairy hollow that may be imagined from reading parts of Shakespeare’s play.

fairy flower girls photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

woodsy wedding ideas photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

romantic wedding ideas photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

flower girl ideas photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

flower girls with wings photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

Sugar and Scribe created whimsical treats to be highlighted in the dessert display. While all of the heart and fairy shaped truffles were fun, and while all of the sweets sparkled with “fairy dust,” I simply adored the candied fruit that the baker provided for the shoot; it was gorgeous and something truly unique. The tabletop display was set against the backdrop of a beautiful, expansive boxwood hedge wall on the property. Urns placed down the center of the estate’s gorgeous long wood tables housed a mix of roses, tulips, ferns, hydrangeas, and other vegetation. Charger plates at each place setting provided a base for a layering of mismatched china plates, napkins, and the charming place cards which had been nailed to thin wood slices.

outdoor wedding receptions photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

outdoor wedding ceremonies photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

rustic reception tables photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

woodland wedding desserts photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

gold place settings photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

outdoor wedding receptions photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

blue flower girls photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

The invitation suite, ceremony programs, and place cards all also featured details attributed to our inspiration. Moira Design Studio did an incredible job in incorporating so many elements of the play to the paper pieces; the little fairies, the silhouette of “Bottom” (the Craftsman with the head of a donkey), trees and flowers from the woods where the “dream” take place… the details and artwork put into all of the pieces were thoughtful and delightful. Our two sweet “fairy-girls” enjoyed frolicking and playing together across the expansive lawn of the property in their adorable tutus and wings. We were lucky to have such fun little girls take part in the shoot. I imagine that by the time we were wrapping-up our Sweet Dreams shoot our delightful little fairies were tucked in their beds, having their own sweet dreams.

outdoor wedding receptions photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

pink wedding flowers photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

rustic wedding cakes photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

wedding dessert ideas photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

reception place settings photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

rustic cake tables photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

sweet dreams inspired shoot photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot


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Shoot Location: San Diego, CA / Photographer: Jackie Wonders / Event Design, Coordination, and China: Absolutely Events / Floral Design: Rae Florae / Venue: Tuscan Del Mar property via Estate Weddings and Events / Wedding Dresses and Jewelry: Sparrow Bridal and Dahlia Bridal / Hair: Bethany Catalfamo of Lotus Den Hair Studio / Makeup: Ann DeNicolo Makeup Artist / Fairy-girl Tutus: Lilly James Co. / Wedding Cake and Sweets: Sugar and Scribe Bakery / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Plywood Bunting: Brad of Against the Grain, via Scoutmob / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Moira Design Studio / Models: Alex-Andra Nicholson, Jon Reid, Leighton Walker, and Lexie Melton

Bohemian Winter Glam Inspiration

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Danielle Poff

When Zest It Up get their hands on an event, they work magic – that’s just a fact. For this bohemian styled shoot with Danielle Poff, they envisioned a woodland elopement filled with deep pinky-reds, metallic, and a mix of greys that just so happened to result in a photo shoot that’s as inspired as it is beautiful to look at.

bohemian bride and groom - photo by Danielle Capito - http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-winter-glam-inspiration

From the stylists, Zest It Up: What is more magical than the sparkle of love and the promise of things to come found in the quiet beauty of winter. Caught in the moment just before the loud ruckus of Spring, our models, Jessica and Tyler, are romanced by the hushed tones of the forest. Danielle Capito Photography beautifully captured the spirit of this quiet moment stuck in the clash between the hush of earthy greys and the decibels of shimmering glitter. Danielle focused her lens and use of light in a manner that coaxed the intimate romance of this clandestine celebration.

bohemian wedding ideas - photo by Danielle Capito - http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-winter-glam-inspiration

woodland wedding - photo by Danielle Capito - http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-winter-glam-inspiration

organic shaped bouquets - photo by Danielle Capito - http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-winter-glam-inspiration

eclectic wedding accessories - photo by Danielle Capito - http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-winter-glam-inspiration

The details were set by the expert eyes of Zest it Up, a design and catering company located on the Central Coast. Creating a moment worthy of a spritely princess, Zest it Up set a lush table with a woven metal tablecloth from the street markets of Saudi Arabia. The gold chargers were set with mercury glass plates and gold geometric designs. The woodland environ was whispered into the design with feather details and a unique chandelier of grapevines, willow branches and crystal made by Samantha and Chanda of Zest it Up. With candlelight overhead, Jessica and Tyler were cozy with silvery faux mink throws to keep them warm as the minutes ticked by in this wintery woodland.

bohemian wedding accessories - photo by Danielle Capito - http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-winter-glam-inspiration

bohemian weddings - photo by Danielle Capito - http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-winter-glam-inspiration

bohemian winter glam inspiration - photo by Danielle Capito - http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-winter-glam-inspiration

boho tablescapes - photo by Danielle Capito - http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-winter-glam-inspiration

gold place settings - photo by Danielle Capito - http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-winter-glam-inspiration

Festive Designs heightened the romance and drama of the table with the subdued but dramatic colors of their floral arrangements. Highlighting the use of color with texture, they used feathers, seed pods and berries of various flora, wintery foliage, twigs, and deeply romantic roses mixed with astilbe and otherworldly pomegranates. Using mercury glass and lanterns with Moroccan overtones, Festive Designs coaxed even more ethereal beauty out of their designs.

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Zest it Up continued the spritely magic with a rope-suspended dessert table adorned with caramel encrusted croquembouche and a flambe cake. The glittering mesh stars and Spanish moss draping the tree canopy were sublime touches of enchantment. Donning threads from Urban Outfitters, Change of a Dress Consignment Boutique and Free People, Jessica felt extra glamorous with all the delicate beauties created by Baxter Moerman Jewelry. From stacking rings reminiscent of will o’ the wisp, to bolder statement pieces like a geometric necklace and grey pearls, Baxter Moerman Jewelry bedazzled our quiet moment in the oak forest.

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Shoot Location: San Luis Obispo, CA / Photographer: Danielle Poff / Event Design: Zest It Up / Floral Design: Festive Designs / Attire: Change of a Dress Consignment Boutique, Free People, Urban Outfitters / Jewelry: Baxter Moerman Jewelry

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Bella Lily Bridal

Bella Lily Bridal….Redefining the Bridal Experience!

We are a specialty bridal boutique in Glendale, Arizona, where we strive to provide our brides with a genuine and unique, one-on-one experience.

In a relaxed and intimate setting, you will be surrounded by a full collection of high quality wedding dresses and a knowledgable staff of stylists to help bring your bridal fashion dreams to a reality.

From modern styles to timeless classics, our gowns are handpicked with our brides’ desires at the heart of it all. We understand shopping for a wedding dress is such a memorable occasion and we will make sure our brides not only enjoy themselves, but also walk away with the perfect dress and memories to last a life-time.

Located at 19420 N. 59th Ave. C-121, Glendale, AZ 85308

Phone: 623.825.4496

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Garden Queensland Wedding

Romantic Weddings

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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wedding Music:
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

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The Blooming Bride

It’s your special day. And we want to make sure you are not only taken care of but most importantly…over-joyed with the most important day of your life!

From complete floral design and decor to day-of coordination, the gals at The Blooming Bride will make your dreams become a reality. If you are looking for the perfect modern urban loft or a romantic vineyard or even an impromptu beach soiree we are here to make sure your wedding day is one of a kind! Let us take care of YOU for a change!

Prices are tailored exactly to your needs. So please call (310) 804-5438 or email us below for customized quote.

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Backyard South African Wedding

Garden Weddings

Photos by:

Lad & Lass

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.

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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.

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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!


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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!

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Wedding Music:
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

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Fine Day Press

Fine Day Press is an Austin-based design + paper studio specializing in wedding invitations, custom designs & stationery with a modern, painterly feel. Our watercolor invitations are printed on luxe, cotton cardstock and can be mixed and matched with our envelope liners. Each design encompasses a full invitation suite, including Save the Dates, Directions & Information cards, and Day-of pieces.

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Portuguese Beach Wedding

Beach Weddings

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Piteira Photography

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.

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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).

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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!

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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

Florida Autumn Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

Darling Juliet

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!

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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

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Wedding Music:
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

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Coco Red Events

At Coco Red Events, we want to help create, facilitate and implement weddings that will make our client’s vision come to life. We also love to help clients imagine what their wedding can be, to collaborate creatively to enhance every experience of their guests. We work hard to maintain a high level of customer service throughout the whole planning process. We will be with you every step of the way. At the end of the day, a win for us is when our couple says, “today was the best day ever!”

We are a family-owned and operated company. Colette, or “Coco,” started our company almost 3 years ago. Since then, we’ve worked with many brides – budgets big and small. We love what we do and we love working together as a team to create exceptional weddings.

Although we are based in Atlanta, our team has executed events with excellence all over the country. Each person on our team has a specific strength–from environment design to logistics to building sets and crafting props–we will collaborate to make your wedding the one that every one talks about for years to come.

Thank you for considering us! We would be honored to work with you on your big day!!

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French Country Inspired Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Photos by:

Hom Photography

If it’s possible to tire of European countryside-inspired weddings, I must have totally missed that memo. This beaut from Hom Photography is heavy on the French rustic influence, an aesthetic borne from the bride’s love of French language and culture. (In the words of the photographer: “The first time Hanna told Scott she loved him, she was too scared to say it in English so she told him in French” — how adorable is that?) Mountain Laurel Florist brought the wedding full circle with floral arrangements dripping with romance.

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From the bride, Hanna: We wanted our wedding to to show the more natural and rustic side of French life. We wanted the wedding to feel very soft and simple, elegant, sweet, warm, loving. Our theme was French country. I lived in France for high school, and since then the culture has always been a huge part of my life. The color scheme was coral, cerulean blue, and white.

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We made lots of the wedding accessories ourselves. The bride made all the bridesmaids belts, the ring bearer boxes, the chalk board signs, the wedding signs. The grooms mothers made the picture wall and the programs. The bride’s father made the cocktail hour bar and a personal wine and label for the wedding. The bride’s aunts did all the flowers and made the silverware holdings.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I would say to not get caught up in the planning. Focus on your marriage and the life you will have together. Planning is fun, but don’t let it take over your day to day life. Take your time in planning if you are doing it mostly alone, but if you have a planner along your side they are SO HELPFUL and way worth the cost. Also, out of all your vendors, make sure you have a good DJ. Make sure that he has all the correct music you asked him to play, and even listen to it first to make sure it’s the correct version. It is smart to put out the pronunciation of bridal parties names for their entry so the DJ isn’t confused at the last second.

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Without Words,” Bethel Music
Bride’s Processional: “What Does it Sound Like,” Bethel Music
Recessional: “Recessional,” Josh Garels
First Dance: “Wanted,” Hunter Hayes (Rachel Dehaan and Alex Miller from our bridal party sang it live as a duet)

From the photographer, Lauren of Hom Photography: Hanna and Scott were married at the beautiful Hurst Ranch in Jamestown, CA. Loving the French language and culture, the two decided a French country theme would be the perfect aesthetic for their wedding. This manifested in gorgeous details such as floral arrangements by Mountain Laurel Florist that looked as if the flowers were freshly cut from the countryside, hay sofas, potted flowers in kraft paper bags with scalloped edges, and signage calligraphed in French. Their rustic reception tables were named for various wine regions in France and adorn with olive branches from the olive grove on site, natural burlap, large hurricane candles, and tea lights.

Hurst Ranch in Jamestown proved to be a characteristic and picturesque venue for Hanna and Scott. The owners’ warm hospitality allowed Hanna and the bridesmaids to get ready in their home, while Scott and the groomsmen got ready in the owners’ art studio. Also unique to the venue is a small train, which offered train rides to the guests after the ceremony. Hanna was nothing short of a selfless bride. She showered her bridesmaids with gifts, including homemade wine made specifically for the celebration of their wedding, handmade flower belts unique to each bridesmaid’s personality, and lavender sachets. Throughout the day she was always considering others before herself. Her and Scott’s gifts to each other surprisingly were very similar. Scott gave her a journal full of entries and prayers he kept throughout their relationship. Hanna made a little booklet summarizing their love for one another. Both drew the other to tears.

Wedding Location: Jamestown, CA / Photographer: Hom Photography / Wedding Coordinator: Sharon Gravesen (sgravesen @ astound.net) / Florist: Mountain Laurel Florist / Wedding Venue: Hurst Ranch / Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Steve Madden / Veil: Handmade / Head Piece: Debby Hoffman / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Banana Republic “Gathered Scoop-Neck Dress” / Hair and Makeup: Flawless Hair + Makeup / Groom’s Suit: Zara / Caterer: Molly’s Catering / Wedding Cake: Gold Street Bakery / DJ: Good Life Photo Booth and Sounds / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Wedding Invitations: Paper Daisies Stationery

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Erin Pelicano, ltd

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

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Handcrafted Oak Tree Manor Wedding

Rustic Weddings

If you’ve got a sharp eye, you may recall that we shared this couple’s engagement session on Ruffled earlier this year. Now The Bird & The Bear Photography & Films is back with us to share their just-as-precious wedding day with you all! Kaitlin and Seth’s wedding day is jam-packed with handmade details, so get ready to take in all the DIY goodness:

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From the photographers, Bryan and Caryn of The Bird & The Bear Photography & Films: She and her groom made so many of the details for the big day themselves. They covered themselves in glitter while painting the jars for the centerpieces, pieced together a large ribbon and lace background for their photo booth and cake display backgrounds. Also, these Disney lovers made an “Adventure Book” to feature in their vintage lounge seating area. It is full of pictures and notes about their life together so far. They made all the signage around the venue themselves, including the glittery “Mr.” and “Mrs.” signs for their chairs and their awesome Instragram hashtag sign.

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One adorable feature was the individual butterfly confetti bags the bride made to place on each chair during the ceremony, which the guests threw in celebration as they recessed after their first kiss. That goes with just how playful these two are, highlighted by Seth’s Donkey Kong groom’s cake. Kaitlin and Seth are super brave, too, because they had the awesome idea to climb the huge Oak Tree on the property, knowing it would be a great way to kick off their new adventure as a married couple (as well as make for some fun portraits)!

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Wedding Location: Spring, TX / Photographer and Videographer: The Bird & The Bear Photography & Films / Floral Design: Tamara Menges Design / Venue: Oak Tree Manor / Hair and Makeup: Your Beautiful Face / Vintage Rentals: Bourbon & Bloom

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Home Sweet Flowers

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

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Vancouver Wilderness Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

I think the only thing more romantic than a wedding in the woods has to be one surrounded by gorgeous waterfalls. Mathias Fast Photography scouted this area near his parents’ cabin, and knew right away it would be an ideal spot for a wedding shoot. He soon came back with memorymaker events, Meuse Boutique, and Garden Party Flowers in tow, who created pure magic.

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From the photographer, Mathias: Ever since I first explored the area around my parents’ cabin in the Nahatlach Valley I’ve planned to go back with models and vendors in tow for a styled shoot. The massive waterfall, stunning views down the valley and the smooth as glass lake make for an incredible setting. Local Vancouver vendors came together to add a touch of elegance to this rustic wilderness location.

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Shoot Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada / Photographer: Mathias Fast Photography / Shoot Coordinator: memorymaker events / Event Decor: Meuse Boutique / Wedding Flowers: Garden Party Flowers / Bridal Gowns: Pure Magnolia / Jewelery: Rebekah-Anne Jewellery / Wedding Cake: Berliosca Cake Boutique / Favours: Lulu Island Honey / Stationery: I’ll Know It When I See It

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Beacon Lane

From vintage-romantic to modern-elegant, we’ve got you covered! We are Beacon Lane, a small team who is passionate about perfecting the art of the invite. We design, print and hand craft wedding invitations, save the dates, bridal shower cards, corresponding day of stationery and baby shower/kids invites. Personalize almost everything during our unique ordering process. We would love to work with you, contact us to learn more!

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Romantic Pescadero Wedding

Garden Weddings

Photos by:

Delbarr Moradi

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Kate Preftakes Photography

Kate Preftakes is a fine art wedding photographer in the New England region and available for travel worldwide. Her approach is soft and organic, and she shoots with a combination of editorial and fine art portraiture. Kate loves creating true photos that are filled with emotion and light. She uses a combination of film and digital, drawn to the soft look that it creates. She has her degree in fine art and uses that background to narrate stories in a beautiful way. The soft touch of a hand on a back, the look in her eye when she first sees him, the way her dress falls when he spins her around. These are the moments that make each wedding day special and inspire Kate to document in a timeless way. The details tell the story and Kate loves to capture them in the most romantic fashion. Kate is based out of New England and available for travel.

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Colorful Handmade Phoenix Wedding

DIY Weddings

Photos by:

Arrow & Apple

I’ll never cease to be amazed by the magic that results in so many of our DIY weddings. Laura and Felix had an intimate wedding in Phoenix surrounded by only 40 of their nearest and dearest, including Laura’s extra-precious son. Sarah Rhodes of Arrow & Apple captured the couple’s wedding day, which was in shortage of color and fun:

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From the bride, Laura: Felix and I were set on a small wedding using local vendors and DIY. Once we set a date, we booked a local bed & breakfast for our entire wedding weekend. My dress was handmade by Monique, owner of Cleo & Clementine (she’s also the genius behind OUMA Clothing on Etsy). My dress was one of 3 she made me, and I did not see it until it was complete – just days before the wedding. I did my own hair and makeup. We chose to not have a bridal party.

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My dad and 6-year-old son walked me down the aisle to a live acoustic version of “Such Great Heights.” A friend officiated and together we all wrote our 5 minute ceremony. For our first dance, my brother played and sang an acoustic version of “Every Thug Needs a Lady” by Alkaline Trio. The rest of the night, we used our Spotify playlist with our favorite songs. A local food truck rolled in and served a casual dinner. Other DIY projects included flowers, bouquet, sandwich boards, cake stands, drink tags, succulent favors, a lighted AZ marquee, banners, yarn art, cross-stitched hoop art, papel picado using our photos as patterns, lace ceremony backdrop, hundreds of pom poms, and guest board. The entire night we enjoyed the company of 40 or so of our closest friends and family.

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My advice to couples in the planning stages, is to not sweat the small stuff and trust your gut. Find like-minded people you enjoy working with! lastly, don’t conform! If there is something you don’t want to do… don’t do it! Do what feels right for your day.

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Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “Such Great Heights,” The Postal Service
First Dance: “Every Thug Needs a Lady,” Alkaline Trio

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Wedding Location: Phoenix, AZ / Photographer: Arrow & Apple / Flowers: DIY / Day-of Coordination: Friend and DIY / Venue: Maricopa Manor / Wedding Dress: OUMA via Cleo & Clementine / Bride’s Headpiece: Mignonne Handmade / Groom’s Bow Tie: Dapper & Dash / Food Truck: Luncha Libre / Desserts: Urban Cookies / Macarons: Kick Ass Kakes / Candy: Sweeties Candy of Arizona / Ceremony Musician: Friend / Wedding Music: Spotify Playlist / Officiant: Friend / Wedding Invitations: Handmade DIY

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Aurora Cinema

Aurora Cinema is a filmmaking studio based in New York. After several years of shooting for some of the best in the wedding industry, I’ve decided to venture out and create something inspiring with beautiful imagery and powerful stories.
We are a team of creative professionals dedicated to mixing passion & art throughout the Adirondack Mountains, NYC, Boston, & Newport.
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Handcrafted Oregon Wedding

DIY Weddings

Just you wait until you set your eyes on Brittany and Calen’s ceremony site. With oversized paper flowers flanking the ceremony altar and decorating the reception as well, it’s the perfect touch of whimsy to make this Oregon wedding a dream come true. Thanks Tara Francis Photography for sharing your images with us!

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From the bride, Brittany: We wanted a wedding that was fairly laid back with our personal touches felt throughout the ceremony and reception. The style of the wedding was rustic with a touch of whimsy.

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Adjectives that best describe our wedding include whimsical, rustic, crafty, fun, and laid back. The color scheme included yellow, grey and white. My mom was a huge part of the artistic and hand-crafted nature of this wedding. She helped my vision come to reality with the large tissue paper flowers, lace details, programs and arbor. We had many DIY parties where family and friends would come over to help with these details.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My biggest piece of advice is that it is never too early to start preparing, especially if you want a hand-crafted wedding. Calen and I had two years to plan and it was great to start early because it was here before we knew it. My other piece of advice is to recruit help from people close to you. We have many talented friends and family members who helped with everything from the crafting to DJ’ing. It added a personal touch to our wedding and I could not thank everyone enough.

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From the photographer, Tara: Brittany and Calen got married on Calen’s family private property out in Rogue River, OR. During that time there were wild fires everywhere. Days before roads were closed and warnings to stay indoors due to the smoke. However, it turned out on the day of the wedding the roads were open and the air quality was not bad. In the distance you could see the smoke haze.

The wedding details were abundant. Huge paper flowers were everywhere. On the signs. On the grass and on the gorgeous twig arbor. Hand dyed quits covered the hay bales. A big canoe is where the guests put their gifts and the cards went into the suitcase which was also lined with hand dyed fabric. The invitation suite was designed by Brittany’s mother and even included Calen’s family dogs who were running around during the wedding and all three had yellow bandanas on. The colors were yellow, white and grey accents. The bride and maid of honor wore baby breath flower crowns. The food fit the theme and was cooked in huge cast iron pots. The desert table was a small cake, cupcakes from the Sassy Cupcake and different pies that family members had baked. Mismatched pie plates were stacked on the table. There were parasols and fans for the guests. The reception was strung with lights and the tables were decorated with wild yellow flowers in various glass jars with hand dyed doilies.There was a photo booth with various props to dress up in and yellow paper background. The guests drank their beers out of glass jars with the couples monograms dangling from the handles.

Wedding Music:
Processional: Untitled 3 (Samskeyti) by Sigur Ros and Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel.
Recessional: “This Must be the Place (Naive Melody),” Talking Heads
First Dance: “Bones,” Michael Kiwanuka
Mother’s Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles

Wedding Location: Rogue River, OR / Photographer: Tara Francis Photography / Wedding Planning and Flowers: Terrie Kaufman / Wedding Venue: Private property / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller via The English Dept / Wedding Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell / Hair: Jill Kipisz and Brooke Monks / Makeup: Tiffany Marquez / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Wedding Caterer: Silver Ridge Outfitters / Desserts: Silver Ridge Outfitters and The Sassy Cupcake / DJ: Berg Radin (friend)

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Home Sweet Flowers

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Colorful Sonoma Valley Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

Caroline Ghetes

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wedding Music:
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

Cincinnati Summer Wedding

Elegant Weddings

Photos by:

Braun Photography

How sweet is it that the father of the bride in today’s wedding from Braun Photography constructed a set of free-standing doors for the ceremony? Father and daughter walked through those very doors before Tiffanee exchanged vows with her new hubby, JT. I absolutely adore the use of scrabble tiles throughout the reception space – take a look!

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From the bride, Tiffanee: When we first started planning, I had a general vision of how I wanted our wedding to feel. We had been to a lot of weddings in the last year, so we wanted ours to be unique. I knew I wanted it to be elegant but not fussy, outdoors and be a reflection of who we are. Being an art teacher, it had to have a lot of handmade goodness!

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One of the things we knew we wanted was a campfire and s’mores, which was perfect for early May in Ohio. We are kind of game nerds, so we chose to use scrabble tiles as our table markers. My dad made the giant scrabble tiles for each table and each escort card had a corresponding game piece. We also used scrabble pieces to make little signs for things like the guest book. JT loves bourbon, so we collected empty bourbon bottles to hold water for each table and since we got married on derby day our signature cocktail was a Mint Julep. On a whim we decided to forgo a big cake in favor of homemade gourmet Rice Krispie Treats.

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Instead of a unity candle, we did a unity painting. I used a resistant material to write a scripture on a small canvas. We each had a jar of paint that we poured into a bowl and mixed to make a new color and painted the canvas. Once it was dry we rubbed away the resist, leaving the scripture in white. One of my favorite details was the freestanding double doors my dad constructed for me to walk through during our ceremony. Getting them to stand up was a labor of love, for sure!

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What advice would you offer to someone planning their wedding now? Make your wedding a celebration of you! Even when your mom looks at you at you and says “really, Rice Krispie treats?” or “you’re going to paint in your wedding dress?!” Those are things you will tell your kids about someday. And seriously, pick a great photographer! You won’t regret it!

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Wedding Location: Cincinnati, OH / Photographer: Braun Photography / Flowers: Petals-n-Glass Boutique / Day-of Coordinator: Shari Huidt / Wedding Dress: Yours Truly, Kelly / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff via Wendy’s Cincinnati Bride / Getting Ready Robes: Silk and More / Men’s Suits: Jos. A. Bank / Wedding Caterer: Raffle’s Catering / Wedding Cake: Katie Kakes / DJ: DJMG / Lighting: Revent Events / Tent: Agogo Rentals / Unity Canvas: Designed by the Bride / Wedding Invitations: Designed by the bride

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The Blooming Bride

It’s your special day. And we want to make sure you are not only taken care of but most importantly…over-joyed with the most important day of your life!

From complete floral design and decor to day-of coordination, the gals at The Blooming Bride will make your dreams become a reality. If you are looking for the perfect modern urban loft or a romantic vineyard or even an impromptu beach soiree we are here to make sure your wedding day is one of a kind! Let us take care of YOU for a change!

Prices are tailored exactly to your needs. So please call (310) 804-5438 or email us below for customized quote.

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Modern San Diego Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Jackie Wonders

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wedding Music:
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

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Concertina Press

Sailboats, waves, octopus and jellyfish are just a few of the amazing seaworthy designs featured in Concertina Press’s line of vintage inspired nautical wedding invitations and stationery.

“Ruth is an exceptional artist and artisan! She was very prompt to stay in communication with me throughout my ordering process. She worked with me to make sure that all my needs were met exactly. It was so comforting to work with her through the stressful process of ordering the perfect wedding invitations! I absolutely LOVE the way her products turned out, and cannot wait to send them to all my guests! Thank you SO MUCH Ruth, your kindness and professionalism have helped me more than you know!” ” – Emily D.

After living in the small town of Woods Hole on Cape Cod for nearly 11 years, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press, moved down to the sunny East coast of Florida to be closer to family. Her Cape Cod map save the date is still widely popular with couples getting married on the Cape, along with the matching wedding invitation. Since moving south she’s added more tropical designs including seahorses, sand dollars and waves.

Ruth takes pride in customer service, and making the online ordering process as easy as possible while still remaining personalized. You can purchase samples of any of her invitations online, or contact her directly with any questions or for a quote.

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Chicago Day of the Dead Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

Kate Romenesko

“Love” isn’t nearly enough to capture how I feel about this wedding from Kate Romenesko. It was planned entirely by the bride and her mother, and by the looks of it, you’d think they’ve had a lifetime of wedding planning experience. Every bit of this Day of the Dead-inspired affair is perfection, right down to the floral design from Pistil and Vine.

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From the bride, Marisa: Our theme for our wedding evolved over the planning process, one of the guiding images that shaped our style was a vintage postcard of a lovely lady picking oranges, this image’s mix of classic beauty and bright citrus tones captured my vision for the wedding. We started the design process by finding the perfect venue, Honky Tonk BBQ. The venue’s urban, rural, industrial mix perfectly fit our personalities and the staff there were so open to all of our ideas. It was like hosting an amazing party in a friend’s backyard. We were able to bring in all of our DIY projects and friends and family to help decorate and create the space.

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The theme for our wedding was loosely based on some of our vintage Mexican art objects that we have gathered over the years. I knew from the beginning that I wanted the wedding to be bright, we chose warm citrus tones as our color scheme. Each bridesmaid chose their own dress in the citrus color scheme. Our venue was Honky Tonk BBQ’s Secret Garden, which is a beautiful old church convent that has been transformed into an urban oasis tucked into an old Chicago neighborhood. One of the many focal points for the wedding space was the wall of papel picados, or Mexican paper flags. We commissioned an amazing Etsy artist to create a string of customized papel picados. We had a crafting gathering with friends to cut the rest of the papel picados, this was a great way to connect with old friends, and give them a chance to create an original flag that would be a part of the wedding. Just about all of the decor was DIY, which proved to be a great way to slow down and connect with family and friends in the crazy weeks and months before the wedding. For each project we invited over different people to help us cut, glue, and assemble the little objects that all came together on the day of the wedding. It was fun to have these personal touches surrounding us on the day of the wedding.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My advise for couples planning their wedding now is to make the arrangements for all the out of town guest early on, so the weeks and months before the big day are not filled with lodging logistics. That way you can spend more time before the wedding thinking about the fun design stuff, and making last minute DIY projects. Also, I recommend spending the time in the begging to find a venue that fits your wedding style, we found the perfect venue for our style, so we didn’t have to spend any time thinking about trying to turn a space into something that it was not. Our space was rustic and filled with beautiful old vintage furniture, so we did not have to think about ways to bring in vintage pieces on our own.

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “You Make Me Smile,” Aloe Blacc
First Dance: “Tupelo Honey,” Van Morrison
One of the best decisions we made for our wedding was hiring a live band to play. The band was The Weepin’ Willows, an amazing local Patsy Cline cover band. The band played a lovely mix of Patsy Cline standards and included a few choice songs that we requested (crowd favorites were “Jackson”, by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash and the Eagles’ “One of these Nights”).

From the photographer, Kate: This is by far the most colorful wedding I’ve ever shot and is full of creative, cultural decor that highlights the couple’s and their neighborhood’s Hispanic heritage. The wedding took place in the eclectic Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago in what they call “The Secret Garden,” a large open garden space enclosed by a vintage brick wall covered in vines with a small historic church which now serves as the indoor event space. It’s an absolutely fabulous event space and the couple decorated the space with some of the most creative, colorful, and unique items.

Wedding Location: Chicago, IL / Photographer: Kate Romenesko / Wedding Planner: Bride + mother / Florist: Pistil and Vine / Venue and Caterer: Honky Tonk BBQ’s Secret Garden / Wedding Dress: Vintage via Wedding Belles in Barrington, IL / Veil: family heirloom / Wedding Shoes: Modcloth / Wedding Dessert table: each pie, cake, cupcake was brought by family and friends – we prepared little flags for each dessert ahead of time for the bakers to label their dessert with / Band: The Weepin’ Willows / Papel Picado: Ay Mujer / Wedding Invitations: bride / Invitations Inserts: Minted

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Home Sweet Flowers

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

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

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Intimate Destination Wedding

Beach Weddings

Photos by:

Mariel Hannah

Instead of choosing for either a traditional wedding or eloping, Bethany and Chase opted for a little bit of both. They invited their close friends and family to witness their ceremony, with friend Mariel Hannah capturing the day, and flew to Laguna Beach for a mini destination wedding.

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From the bride, Bethany: Matt and I are both beach people. We love the beach. Matt grew up Five minutes from the beach his whole life. From surfing to spear fishing he just cant get enough of the ocean. I myself grew up away from the beach, however my heart has always been at the ocean. When we were deciding where we wanted to get married it wasn’t really a hard question to answer. It was the beach. The only thing we needed to figure out was which beach in specific. So Matt and I looked for secluded beaches that reminded him of his years in Hawaii. As we searched, we wanted to find a place where we could do it ourselves, for free and that’s when I found Thousands Steps in Laguna Beach. It was perfect. So we planned a day trip to go scope it out. Immediately when Matt and I walked down the steep steps and then onto the sand we both realized this was it.

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From the photographer, Mariel Hannah: A beautiful intimate wedding on the shores of Laguna Beach.. with only their closest family and friends Bethany and Matt said their I do’s with the crashing waves and ocean breeze, a perfect destination for this beautiful couple. Bethany has been a close friend of mine for many many years. It is such an honor to capture this very special day, a day we used to day dream about together.

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Wedding Location: Laguna Beach, CA / Photographer and Bouquets: Mariel Hannah / Venue: Thousand Steps Beach

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Wedding Fusions

Beautiful wedding stationery suites, alternative guest books, fingerprint trees, seating plans and personalised wedding/table decor.

Budget savvy brides receive a personalised file which can be printed at home or locally – professional design with huge cost savings! Wide selection available.

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Georgia Oak Tree Elopement

Elopements

Elopements are the perfect opportunity for us to get back to the basics of weddings. Joxie and Addison had a simple outdoor ceremony (decorated by the groom) and a single reception table where they could enjoy their blue and orange cakes. Glass Jar Photography was there to capture all the beauty for us to see today!

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From the bride, Joxie: Our wedding was in the barn, rustic and beautiful with a huge oak tree, tire swing. Main colors were orange and navy blue (you can see in our wedding cakes). We loved to involve lot of wood, very simple but elegant. Addison hung flowers by using twine on the oak tree – as where we read our vows. I decorated our ceremony table.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Simple is the best!

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Location: Cumming, GA / Photographer: Glass Jar Photography / Florist: The Flower Post

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Simply K Studios

Simply K Studios is a connecticut-based, award-winning photography company serving New England and worldwide destinations. These Connecticut wedding photographers photograph engagement sessions, boudoir sessions, and weddings.

We love lots of emotion – the laughs, the smiles, and the happy tears. Beautiful light, stunning details, and approaching every wedding differently so that we can create a unique set of images for each couple.

From the photographers:
It’s about you, and the way we see you. The way we see the two of you and everything you love.

Your style, your family, your friends, your personality, and your laughter.

It’s about the moment you first step into your gown.

The realization that it’s finally your wedding day.

The deep breath you take before you see each other. It’s about the promise you make.

It’s about your details. The celebration.

And we want to photograph it. We want to create a set of authentic, timeless, and modern photos. We want to create your heirloom album.

It’s about your love story.

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Sedona Elopement by Galaxie Andrews

Elopements

Photos by:

Galaxie Andrews

This elopement from Galaxie Andrews absolutely has to be our dreamiest yet. Genesis and Matt wanted a relaxed ceremony that focused on their deep love for one another and the outdoors, so they picked the West Fork Trail of Sedona, Arizona as their location. I love everything about this, and have a feeling you will too:

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From the bride, Genesis: Matt and I have been together for 5 1/2 years, and were engaged for the last 3 years. For us, getting married isn’t a “major-life-milestone’, rather, it’s more of a continuation of how we already felt. Neither of us care much for ceremony, un-meaningful traditions, or obligations, and neither of us are religious. As far as our families go, they’re spread out far and wide, and none of them have extra money to spend on plane tickets. We would have had to buy at least 6 plane tickets for travel from around the country. Additionally, we both wanted to be smart about our spending so that we wouldn’t end up regretting spending an unnecessary amount of money on things that weren’t very important to us (like catered chicken and DJ/dance floor). Not that those things aren’t great for others, they just aren’t our style.

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Overall, our desire was to take a vacation on which we could do everything we love together and get married while we were at it. We stayed at an amazing lodge with all the extra niceties that you want when pampering yourself, and we were able to bring our two large dogs with us. It was nestled down by a peaceful wooded creek – so tranquil and romantic. We are definitely foodies, so it was very important for us to be able to really savor some outstanding food and wine, which we did… in beautiful surroundings. We were also able to spend an entire day relaxing, getting multiple spa treatments and spending time in the sauna releasing tension and truly letting go of our normal daily stresses. Also, it was important for us to be able to enjoy the outdoors – we love to hike with our dogs. We hiked for hours and hours over miles of trail before heading home. We returned home feeling completely rejuvenated and ready to continue our life together in a mindful, peaceful union, fully receptive to what the present and future hold.

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We were also extremely lucky to find Galaxie. As soon as we met I knew we would be great friends. Having beautiful documentation of our day was very important; although we didn’t have any friends or family with us, we still want to be able to share the happiness we felt, and express ourselves through our photos.

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From the photographer, Galaxie: Genesis and Matt eloped in beautiful Sedona Arizona. They got ready together in their cabin by the creek, had their private ceremony in the middle of nature on an overgrown hiking trail and finished the night with a romantic gourmet dinner at L’Auberge de Sedona.

Wedding Location: Sedona, AZ / Photographer: Galaxie Andrews / Ceremony Venue: West Fork Trail / Dinner Venue: L’Auberge de Sedona / Wedding Dress: Candela NYC / Bride’s Shoes: Seychelles / Flower Crown: whichgoose / Groom’s Shirt: Ted Baker London / Groom’s Pants: Theory / Groom’s Shoes: Officine Creative / Groom’s Bow Tie: Dapper + Dash / Dog Bow Ties: American Apparel / Officiant: Susan Sackett

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Kate Preftakes Photography

Kate Preftakes is a fine art wedding photographer in the New England region and available for travel worldwide. Her approach is soft and organic, and she shoots with a combination of editorial and fine art portraiture. Kate loves creating true photos that are filled with emotion and light. She uses a combination of film and digital, drawn to the soft look that it creates. She has her degree in fine art and uses that background to narrate stories in a beautiful way. The soft touch of a hand on a back, the look in her eye when she first sees him, the way her dress falls when he spins her around. These are the moments that make each wedding day special and inspire Kate to document in a timeless way. The details tell the story and Kate loves to capture them in the most romantic fashion. Kate is based out of New England and available for travel.

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Intimate Minnesota Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Photos by:

Simply Rosie

I’m a total sucker for a good intimate wedding. As a wedding photographer herself, bride Elisabeth knew from past experience that she wanted to keep her wedding small. With a gorgeous family farm setting and images by Simply Rosie, we’re smitten with the results of her tireless DIY work!

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From the bride, Elisabeth: I always knew my wedding would be at the family farm where I grew up. Our farm is along the Red River in Minnesota with a beautiful barn and fields. With this landscape already, we didn’t need to do much else! We wanted a laid back country wedding feel with hayrides, campfire s’mores and a picnic dinner. Ribs, potatoes & beans were served. The guests sat on haybales during the ceremony as the sun set. The barn was decorated with a touch of gold and elegance with wildflowers from the fields nearby.

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Our stationery was hand painted by my mom. We cut out gold wrapping paper to make the bunting we hung with the lights in the barn. We hand dipped the root beer bottles into gold and pink paint and let them drip. I spray painted all the little farm animals gold for the name places. We made our own tables for the guests to eat on out of the barn wood that was always stored in our barns. Any of the extra decorations were from my own house — being a photographer, I have plenty of little props to style with! The gold paperclip fringe on the sweetheart table was made by my little sisters. Let’s just say that was a tedious and time-consuming job. I am so grateful to my family for all the help. And also our large friend network of creative, helpful DIY people — we couldn’t have done it without them. It was a fun wedding to plan!

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t be afraid to have a small wedding. As a wedding photographer, I looked back on my favorite weddings to shoot- one of them had 16 people in attendance. When considering a small private wedding, I had wives tell me to go for it and that they wished they would’ve done the same. While we kept ours to just family, it was still around 60 people. It really was perfect.

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Wedding Location: Red River, MN / Photographer: Simply Rosie / Wedding Dress: My own dress was from the first local dress shop we went into. I didn’t want anything too elegant as it was a barn wedding. Something simple and classic. A little secret – it was $100 ;) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ruche, H&M, Forever 21

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Weddings in Tuscany by Chiara Sernesi

In 2002, I started my own company, to offer foreigners the possibility to get married in this magical region. Over the years, I have made creating unique weddings my mission, using the finest vendors and most picturesque venues and locations. We have received praise from our clients and the press, and many of our outstanding weddings have been featured in the most prestigious international magazines. I am proud to say that I have contributed to making dreams come true for so many couples.

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Handmade San Diego Garden Wedding

Romantic Weddings

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Wedding Music:
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

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Simply K Studios

Simply K Studios is a connecticut-based, award-winning photography company serving New England and worldwide destinations. These Connecticut wedding photographers photograph engagement sessions, boudoir sessions, and weddings.

We love lots of emotion – the laughs, the smiles, and the happy tears. Beautiful light, stunning details, and approaching every wedding differently so that we can create a unique set of images for each couple.

From the photographers:
It’s about you, and the way we see you. The way we see the two of you and everything you love.

Your style, your family, your friends, your personality, and your laughter.

It’s about the moment you first step into your gown.

The realization that it’s finally your wedding day.

The deep breath you take before you see each other. It’s about the promise you make.

It’s about your details. The celebration.

And we want to photograph it. We want to create a set of authentic, timeless, and modern photos. We want to create your heirloom album.

It’s about your love story.

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Surprise Texas Wedding

Garden Weddings

Photos by:

The Nichols

An engagement party that turns out to be a surprise wedding? Sign me up. Partially through the planning process, Elizabeth and David switched gears and focused on planning a killer party with a surprise ceremony in the middle. The Nichols were there to capture all the beautiful details:

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From the bride, Elizabeth: When David and I first thought about what our wedding would be like, we both agreed that something “laid-back” was what we wanted. The reality of planning a wedding, though, is a far cry from easy-going. There’s so much to think about, to schedule, to coordinate. Then there’s the anticipation and the build up. Even the calmest of my friends, in preparation for their own nuptials, have ended up on the brink. We almost thought we might just elope, but somehow that wasn’t what we wanted either. It was important to us that we stand with nearest and dearest and declare our commitment to one another. That was what we wanted. Just minus the pomp, circumstance and hysteria that usually accompanies typical weddings. So, we started thinking, how do we make a day that really is about that fun, easy quality that the best kind of parties have? Could a wedding ever be like that?

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I can’t remember which one of us said it first, but both of us lit up when we came to the idea of a surprise wedding. Throw a great party, just put a moment in the middle for the kind of simple ceremony we knew we wanted, then continue with said great party. It was perfect. Fun. Unconventional. Light-hearted. But still with the parts of a wedding that were meaningful for us. What could be better?!

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Our favorite moment was probably when we announced to the crowd (most of whom had no idea it was going to be a wedding) that we were going to get married that night. The air was electric, and the cheer was raucous. The Nichols captured it perfectly in their photos. The ceremony itself was also pretty special for both of us. My brother officiated, and customized everything for David and I. He also included David’s sons, Joshua and Ephraim, into the ceremony, which was so special and important to us. All in all, we can both honestly say that we had a total blast at our wedding! We laughed, and danced and enjoyed the company of our friends and family.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Bear in mind, I am far, far from your typical bride. Non-traditional is kind of my (and my husband’s) thing. A surprise wedding isn’t for everyone, for certain, but the point of our doing it was to stay true to ourselves and the kind of event with which we wanted to make our union official. If I had any advice to give someone in the process of envisioning a wedding. It would be 1) don’t do it alone. Pick a team, a planner and recruit good friends and family you can lean on through the process. 2) Remember, brides, that it’s about BOTH of you. Listen to your partner. He might have some very wise things to say. 3) Deep breaths! Listen to people’s opinions (and random advice from a bride on a blog) with respect, but take everything with grains of salt. Your wedding is your own. It doesn’t have to be, look, or feel any way except for the way you would like it to feel. Make the day yours! Be creative! Get crafty! It really can all be a ton of fun. Even in the pouring rain.

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Wedding Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: The Nichols / Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Coordination and Event Design: Bird Dog Wedding / Floral Design: Posey Floral and Event Design / Wedding Caterer: Pink Avocado Catering / Cake Ball Pops: Sweet Pop Shop / Rentals: Marquee and Loot Vintage Rentals / Lighting: Filo Designs

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NotedOccasions

Notedoccasions offers unique custom wedding invitations, with designs for every type of wedding- rustic chic, country weddings, boho chic weddings, outdoor weddings and whimsical vintage weddings alike.

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

That’s what I try to do. EMPHASIS on TRY. I adore designing and am currently the owner of NOTEDOCCASIONS.COM , an online site catering to everyone who loves having a party. And who doesn’t because as I see it, life’s a party!

Custom invitation design requests are always welcome – we welcome the opportunity to make your event absolutely perfect!

Sandy Buckley, NotedOccasions

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Romantic Tuscan Wedding

Romantic Weddings

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Cinzia Bruschini

All I need to hear are the words “wedding in Tuscany” and you’ve got 100% of my attention. Cinzia Bruschini and Eva of Chic Weddings in Italy sent over the wedding of Roxane and Benjamin, which was a beautiful affair in the Italian hills surrounded by friends and family.

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From Eva of Chic Weddings in Italy: Roxane and Benjamin wanted to host a romantic low profile wedding in Italy, bringing over all their families from Belgium. The bride wanted a bucolic feeling and she was looking for a mood which would result in a natural look of the event, almost as if the flowers were caught by the near field in a natural way. La Rosa Canina and Chicweddingsinitaly helped her in this vision, creating for the bride and the groom a beautiful arch made of vine branches as background for the ceremony (after all we are in Tuscany!) and decorating the wedding table with bucolic flowers, colorful flowers and berries which helped the final result to be a success and much appreciated by Roxane and Benjamin.

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Romantic Tuscan Wedding bouquet

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outdoor bridal processional

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newlyweds holding hands

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garden wedding ceremonies

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bride groom recessional

outdoor garden banners

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chalkboard seating charts

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outdoor tuscan weddings

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outdoor garden photobooths
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outdoor wedding lighting

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Wedding Location: Monteriggioni, Italy / Photographer: Cinzia Bruschini / Wedding Planning and Design: Eva of Chic Weddings in Italy / Floral Design: La Rosa Canina Fioristi / Wedding Venue: Borgo di Stomennano / Wedding Shoes: Christian Dior / Catering: Guidi Lenci / Music and Equipment: Alma Project

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Casey Brodley, Photographer

I’m not a traditional wedding photographer. My background and training is steeped in photo journalism, so that’s how I approach a wedding. My goal is to document the day, not stage it. I let moments unfold naturally, with minimal prom posing and minimal “say cheese” interference.

As a photo journalist, I come prepared for anything. Every wedding is different. I have witnessed full-grown men weep more times than I can count. I have seen smiles so wide that I’m concerned someone may burst a blood vessel. I have climbed mountains with all my gear. And this one time a sprinkler system was triggered during a ceremony.

As a wedding photographer, I walk into every job with the guarantee that I will witness pure joy. But more importantly, I walk into every job with the probability that my day will end with cake. I like to keep my cake-to-work ratio balanced. For health reasons.

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