Cooler temps have descended on all of us and we’re still falling in love with all of these weddings covered in the colors of the season. Kristen and Matthew’s Arizona big day has inspiration ten-fold and it starts with those beautiful colors. Burgundy, orange, and espresso take center stage in Charity Maurer Photography‘s photos, from the bridesmaids’ lovely, gauzy gowns to the blooming floral arrangements by Lux Florist. BTS Event Management worked wonders with Kristen’s vision and made it brightly come to life.
We love seeing the special days of actual wedding photographers — these are couples who have seen it all, and know exactly what works and what won’t. Luiz and Lo are two such wedding photographers who threw an amazing day to remember, thanks to the images of Jess Barfield. Take note of the incredible altar backdrop, put together by the bride herself!
From the bride, Lo: I didn’t really have a style in mind when laying out what the wedding would look like. I knew that I wanted it to reflect who Luiz & I were as much as possible. I wanted it to be a collection of all of our favorite things. My friend & bridesmaid Tricia said that the wedding reflected one of my personal outfits; that at the beginning she didn’t know what it was going to look like all put together but at the end it turned out perfect.
The theme was to have no theme. I am not a very matchy-matchy person, so I knew it would just be a cluster of wonderful things & color. The colors that I drift to often are fall colors or shades of blue. So, I decided to combine all of the ones that I love & each girl in my bridal party wore different colors.
I also love to craft. Only sometimes & then I want it to finish itself. But, I knew I wanted my hands in a lot of the details of the wedding. My husband & I are wedding photographers and so we’ve seen a lot of weddings. So, that means I knew what I wanted & didn’t want. I crafted the fabric & paper altarpiece, spray painted antlers & pumpkins gold for the center pieces, painted the table numbers on gold pumpkins, made a wrapped string piece of our initials, hand wrote our chalkboard signs, painted the cacti pots, put together the bouquets, designed the invitation set & programs (Luiz is a graphic designer), made the mix-CD that was the favor, assembled the chicken wire/gold doily seating chart & other small details here & there.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t forget to incorporate your man. This is just as much his day as it is yours. You might think that he doesn’t care, but I bet there are some things that he would love to share his thoughts on besides just the cake flavor.
Processional: “Old Pine,” Ben Howards
Recessional: “Sweet Disposition,” The Temper Trap
First Dance: “Something Beautiful,” NEEDTOBREATHE
We had a lot of Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers, 90’s R&B, Chris Brown & Beyonce at our wedding.
Wedding Location: Fort Worth, TX / Wedding Photographer: Jess Barfield / Wedding Venue: Weston Gardens / Wedding Flowers: 5th Avenue Greenhouse and Botanica Wholesale Florist / Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander via Bliss Bridal Salon / Wedding Shoes: Steve Madden / Bride’s Earrings: Anthropologie / DJ: Mathias Carthen of Randal Stout Entertainment / Wedding Caterer: Tonja of A Beautiful Beginning / Wedding Cakes: Stir Crazy Baked Goods / Wedding Invitations: Groom / Videographer: Samuel D. Ramsey
Goodness gracious, what this wedding does to me. Chris and Erman had a bohemian outdoor wedding ceremony with a most amazing setup, and had their friends and photographer Abdi of Three Photographers capture their wedding day. Between the incredible wild bouquet and the jack-o-lantern table numbers, this wedding is one for the fall books!
From the bride, Chris: Our style was definitely bohemian, with a touch of nouveau. Lots of lace, crystals, silver and copper. We wanted the country feeling but with a bit of refinement. Romantic yet easy. We had the bridesmaids wear whatever they wanted, just told them creams, blushes and flowy or lacy. Brown shoes, boots or clogs. Backyard appropriate. The fellas were in dark jeans and mellow colors. My maids of honor (I had two, also the photographers) made the flowers from my yard. I made the boutonnières from feathers I collected.
We strung the clothesline on the house for the seat cards. Burned each of them and used stamps for the numbers. Carved pumpkins for the tables. I purchased loose chandelier crystals from etsy and strung them together with Xmas ornament hooks. Then taped them on hangers and hung them from the trees. I purchased fall flowers (mums, grasses, vines and ground covers. We will be planting all of them so we an enjoy them every year on our anniversary). They were put in baskets we borrowed from our local farm stand.
My ring was my husband’s grandmother’s and his came from Pale Fish on etsy. We each got a band engraved with the date and our initials. Emailed our favorite restaurant in Brooklyn and asked them for the recipe for our favorite cocktail the rocchio at five leaves. We served this and an Old Fashioned.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Details count! Try to get as much done as you can in advance so you can enjoy your friends and family! I ordered voodoo dolls as our “cake topper” a month in advance. The company sent them twice and I still didn’t get them in time. And let go. You can’t do everything your self!
Wedding Location: Pallenville, NY / Wedding Photographer: Three Photographers / Ceremony Venue: Private Residence / Reception Venue: The Woodbine Inn / Wedding Flowers: Story Farms / Wedding Dress: ModCloth / Hair and Makeup: Antonia Troiano of The Beauty Collective / Wedding Music: Morgan O’Kane / Wedding Caterer: Woodstock Hidden Kitchen / Desserts: firstname.lastname@example.org / Wedding Invitations: Zazzle