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Intimate Brunch Wedding in Denver

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Julie Cate

I think photographer Julie Cate said it best when she summed up Caitlin and Simon’s wedding day: “It was a beautiful and simple affair filled with love.” There’s so much love to be seen in this wedding, it feels like it simply jumps out of the screen at times. The couple had an utterly serene ceremony in a park pavilion, surrounded by those who mean the most to them, followed by a restaurant reception with the yummiest food Denver had to provide!

intimate brunch wedding in Denver - photo by Julie Cate Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-brunch-wedding-in-denver

From the bride, Caitlin: When Simon and I first started planning our wedding, one thing we both felt strongly about was that we wanted it to feel private and personal. I come from a large, wonderful family, and while the idea of a huge raucous wedding is thrilling for some (and definitely fun to attend!), planning an event like that left us feeling drained and a little sad, which was not how we wanted to enter the next chapter of our lives together! After some wistful Google searching for “beautiful courthouses” to elope to, and a more serious follow-up conversation, we decided to scrap our plans to get married in South Florida where I’m from, and instead looked westward. Believe it or not, my internet search (and the resulting wedding photography) lead us to Cheesman Park in Denver, Colorado. We were struck by the classic yet ethereal pavilion and its beautiful park setting, and we just knew that a relaxed but intimate ceremony in such a picturesque public space would feel more like “us”. Having both spent plenty of time in Colorado in the past, and with an aunt and uncle living in Denver, it was a destination wedding that felt like home.

flowers in her hair - photo by Julie Cate Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-brunch-wedding-in-denver

boutonniere - photo by Julie Cate Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-brunch-wedding-in-denver

bouquet with coral charm peony - photo by Julie Cate Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-brunch-wedding-in-denver

ceremony seats - photo by Julie Cate Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-brunch-wedding-in-denver

ceremony chairs with flowers - photo by Julie Cate Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-brunch-wedding-in-denver

wedding ceremony - photo by Julie Cate Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-brunch-wedding-in-denver

ceremony recessional - photo by Julie Cate Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-brunch-wedding-in-denver

I sometimes hear people talk about weddings as an opportunity for the bride to be a “princess for the day”, but we didn’t want to feel like we were playing a part on such an important day. We wanted it to feel special, yes, but not fake. Simon and I are both pretty un-fancy, and I think our wedding reflects our more relaxed tastes. We love brunch, nature, and our wonderful family and friends, and those three things were pretty much our guiding principals for the big day! The pavilion at Cheesman is so lovely it doesn’t really require any decoration, but the twig-back chairs and fresh-from-the-garden looking flowers helped bring the outside in. A local musician, Frank Lynn, did an amazing job, and walking in to The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” on violin is a great memory. Most of all, it was the ceremony itself that made it such a fantastic day. Simon’s brother was his best man, and my sister was my matron of honor. My dad got ordained so he could marry us, and I couldn’t imagine him creating a more personal or touching ceremony. Two of our best friends did favorite readings from E.E. Cummings and Jonathan Safran Foer, and Simon and I exchanged vows we wrote together on my parents’ back patio. It couldn’t have been more lovely.

bride with bridesmaids - photo by Julie Cate Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-brunch-wedding-in-denver

bridesmaid flowers - photo by Julie Cate Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-brunch-wedding-in-denver

grooms suits - photo by Julie Cate Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-brunch-wedding-in-denver

restaurant reception - photo by Julie Cate Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-brunch-wedding-in-denver

wedding menu - photo by Julie Cate Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-brunch-wedding-in-denver

intimate brunch wedding in Denver - photo by Julie Cate Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-brunch-wedding-in-denver

reception tables - photo by Julie Cate Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-brunch-wedding-in-denver

centerpiece in mercury glass vase - photo by Julie Cate Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-brunch-wedding-in-denver

We followed up our ceremony with an amazing family-style brunch at The Kitchen in downtown Denver. Maybe I’m biased since we had our reception there, but I think they do phenomenal food, and their “community through food” philosophy is right up our alley. All together, 37 of our closest friends and family traveled from around the world to celebrate with us, with some of Simon’s family and friends coming all the way from England and New Zealand. With such a small group, we had plenty of time to enjoy our guests and really take in the day with them. All the great toasts, big laughs, beautiful flowers, delicious food… it was pretty much perfect, and definitely the celebration we had hoped for.

intimate brunch wedding in Denver - photo by Julie Cate Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-brunch-wedding-in-denver

cake table - photo by Julie Cate Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-brunch-wedding-in-denver

cake table - photo by Julie Cate Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-brunch-wedding-in-denver

dahlia floral arrangements - photo by Julie Cate Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-brunch-wedding-in-denver

paper bird cake topper - photo by Julie Cate Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-brunch-wedding-in-denver

wedding portraits - photo by Julie Cate Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-brunch-wedding-in-denver

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Julie Cate

Florist

The Perfect Petal

Ceremony Venue

Cheesman Park

Reception Venue and Catering

The Kitchen

Wedding Dress

BHLDN

Groom's Suit

Brooks Brothers

Wedding Cake

Happy Cakes

Ceremony Music

Frank Lynn from the Parkside Band

Film Lab

Little Film Lab

Intimate Garden Restaurant Wedding

Elegant Weddings

Katie and Connor’s wedding day is one for the books, you guys. Held in an intimate restaurant in the West Village of NYC, the reception was full of incredible flowers, rich greenery, and navy and gold polka dot table runners that have stolen our hearts. Redfield Photography and Designs by Ahn did some of their best work on this one!

intimate garden restaurant wedding - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

From the bride, Katie: Our first thought was actually to elope, but that quickly changed so we could share the day with our loved ones. However, we still wanted to it to be an intimate special day. So the guest list was very limited, we were able to do a first look in the park before the service that then took place at a church in our neighborhood. The reception location was a cozy restaurant in the West Village that felt like it could have been a friend’s home. In the end it turned out to be so us, I don’t think we would change a thing!

intimate garden restaurant wedding - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

intimate garden restaurant wedding - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

wedding details - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

groom pocket square - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

first look - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

first look - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

unique wedding dress lace - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

paper goods - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

pastel bouquet - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

wedding ceremony church - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

church wedding ceremony - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

ceremony recessional - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

bride wearing a blazer - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

Favorite memories of the day: The first look! It was a beautiful autumn morning in the park; it was a quiet moment with just the photographers, the wedding party, and us. It really was the perfect way to calm our nerves and start the day. The day went so fast, we were so thankful to have photographers who we trusted, and we ended up with photographs that will help us treasure the memories of that day forever! A great part about having an intimate wedding is that it is much easier to add custom DIY touches because you have such smaller quantities to produce. For our wedding this included painting gold dots on the table runners, spray painting unfinished wood candlestick holders, and making a sign for the cake table.

unique seating chart - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

unique seating chart - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

garden restaurant wedding - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

garden wedding tablescape - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

intimate garden restaurant wedding - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

place setting - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

garden wedding details - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

polka dot table runner - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

polka dot details - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

reception chair signs - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Spend your time working out the elements that mean the most to you. Also, I think it was surprising how some of the little things you worry about leading up to the wedding, seem so unimportant on that day.

pastel rose centerpieces - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

dessert bars - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

dessert table - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

intimate garden restaurant wedding - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

intimate garden restaurant wedding - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-garden-restaurant-wedding

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Redfield Photography

Florist

Designs by Ahn

Ceremony Venue

The Church of Our Lady of Peace

Reception Venue

Palma

Wedding Dress

Ivy & Aster "Lumiere"

Beaded Shawl

Ivy & Aster

Bridal Store

Lovely Bride

Wedding Shoes

Betsey Johnson

Groom's Suit and Shirt

Banana Republic

Groom's Pocket Square

J.Crew

Wedding Cake

Two Little Red Hens

Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods

Wedding Paper Divas

A Styled Wedding at Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Amber Gress

In terms of wedding venues, New York’s Wythe Hotel never disappoints – that’s just a fact. It’s the perfect home for modern events with just the right touch of vintage nostalgia, as you’ll see in this styled shoot from Events by Melissa McNeeley, Tom Borgese, and Amber Gress. How fantastic is the indigo and gold painted wedding cake?

A Styled Wedding at Brooklyn's Wythe Hotel - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

From the event designer, Melissa of Events by Melissa McNeeley: The idea for this styled shoot was to show that you can put have a small wedding (under 40 guests) in one of their private lofts (ceremony on the terrace, cocktails in the hotel room/loft, followed my dinner and dancing in the Wythe’s smaller private dining room) and still have all the special and luxe elements of a larger wedding – maybe more so since you can put more of your budget toward decor items and have really good food since you’re feeding less people!

jewel toned invitations - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

paper goods - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

rose wedding bouquet - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

bride and groom - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

rooftop wedding ceremony - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

ceremony recessionals - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

I was inspired by one of my favorite stores, The End of History, which carries tons of mid century glass and ceramics. I am amazed that this store exists and is full of so much beauty right in the middle of the west village. They were kind enough to loan me items for the bar and dinner and what I chose worked really nicely with my violet, navy and gold palette. We painted vintage poetry books as place cards, used vintage mid-century tea towels (from eBay) as napkins and vintage furniture from Patina. I felt that something “outer space-ish” fit in with the mid-century feel, especially with such and imaginary outer space print that I found on eBay. There is something sort of wholesome and fun and vintage yet totally modern about it and plus those colors are so flattering as a backdrop!

A Styled Wedding at Brooklyn's Wythe Hotel - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

painted wedding cakes - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

A Styled Wedding at Brooklyn's Wythe Hotel - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

cake cutting - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

A Styled Wedding at Brooklyn's Wythe Hotel - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

bud vase centerpieces - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

A Styled Wedding at Brooklyn's Wythe Hotel - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

gold wedding ideas - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

reception lounges - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

I wanted it to feel fun and alive so we had an amazing DJ and really wonderful Cellist for the ceremony and cocktail hour. My only complaint is that the day went too fast. We had such a great time shooting this and there was an endless supply of great music that I didn’t want it to end!

restaurant receptions - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

tablescape ideas - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

book place cards - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

gold wedding inspiration - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

tablescape ideas - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

painted wedding cakes - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

A Styled Wedding at Brooklyn's Wythe Hotel - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel

A Styled Wedding at Brooklyn's Wythe Hotel - photo by Amber Gress http://ruffledblog.com/a-styled-wedding-at-brooklyns-wythe-hotel


View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY / Photographer: Amber Gress / Event Design and Styling: Events by Melissa McNeeley / Florist: Tom Borgese / Venue: Wythe Hotel / Wedding Dress: The Lovely One by Lovely Bride / Makeup: Jessa Blades of Blades Natural Beauty / Groom and Best Man’s Suits and Accessories: Against Nature / Catering and Wedding Cake: Reynard (The Wythe’s caterer) / Vintage Furniture, Props and Television: Patina Rentals / Mid Century Glass and Ceramics for bar and dining tables: The End of History / Poetry Book Place Cards: painted by Tiny Victory Designs / DJ: TJ Ryan of Mister Saturday Night / Cellist: Andrew Carter (carter.sounds @ gmail.com) / Wedding Invitations and Change of Address Cards: Alix Sorrell / Models: Melissa McNeeley’s good looking friends

Downtown Chicago Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Photos by:

Pen Carlson

What could be a more perfect mix than a garden wedding ceremony followed by a chic downtown wedding at one of Chicago’s hippest spots? Pen Carlson recently captured the wedding of Sara and Martin, two lovelies who envisioned a wedding theme of “country picnic chic.” Thanks to Jayne Weddings & Events and Foxglove Studio, I’d say they certainly achieved it!

downtown Chicago wedding - photo by Pen Carlson http://ruffledblog.com/downtown-chicago-wedding

From the bride, Sara: Martin and I met working in a restaurant; we fell in love over drinks and food. We also share a strong love for entertaining. Martin is from Texas so we knew we wanted something that connected our guests with a few of our shared passions. We were kind of all over the place until we met Katie from Jayne weddings and she coined the “country picnic chic”. Our colors were based on florals that we loved. Lots of greens in all different tones, dusty pinks, bright coral and sage. The venue had rusted walls and lots of wood so we needed to fit in, not fight with the space.

gold wedding shoes - photo by Pen Carlson http://ruffledblog.com/downtown-chicago-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Pen Carlson http://ruffledblog.com/downtown-chicago-wedding

orange white bouquet - photo by Pen Carlson http://ruffledblog.com/downtown-chicago-wedding

groom and groomsman - photo by Pen Carlson http://ruffledblog.com/downtown-chicago-wedding

downtown Chicago wedding - photo by Pen Carlson http://ruffledblog.com/downtown-chicago-wedding

Our flowers were amazing. We didn’t realize until we had already started booking that we were getting married on Mother’s Day, no biggie right? Well we had a heck of a time finding a florist willing to work on the busiest retail holiday of the year. When we finally found Caitlin I knew that the the search was well worth it. We had long picnic tables and family style dinner so she came up with a plan. Tons of tiny bottles, colored glass, ferns and fluffy single stem flowers. She even threw in a few cacti for the Texan!

wedding processionals - photo by Pen Carlson http://ruffledblog.com/downtown-chicago-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Pen Carlson http://ruffledblog.com/downtown-chicago-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Pen Carlson http://ruffledblog.com/downtown-chicago-wedding

wedding recessionals - photo by Pen Carlson http://ruffledblog.com/downtown-chicago-wedding

downtown Chicago wedding - photo by Pen Carlson http://ruffledblog.com/downtown-chicago-wedding

nighttime receptions - photo by Pen Carlson http://ruffledblog.com/downtown-chicago-wedding

modern wedding tablescapes - photo by Pen Carlson http://ruffledblog.com/downtown-chicago-wedding

restaurant wedding receptions - photo by Pen Carlson http://ruffledblog.com/downtown-chicago-wedding

window pane seating charts - photo by Pen Carlson http://ruffledblog.com/downtown-chicago-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Relax. And don’t drag it out. We ended up pushing our wedding back a few months (we found out we were expecting a baby!) by the time the wedding came we were both so ready!

modern wedding tablescapes - photo by Pen Carlson http://ruffledblog.com/downtown-chicago-wedding

chicago weddings - photo by Pen Carlson http://ruffledblog.com/downtown-chicago-wedding

wedding favor ideas - photo by Pen Carlson http://ruffledblog.com/downtown-chicago-wedding

downtown Chicago wedding - photo by Pen Carlson http://ruffledblog.com/downtown-chicago-wedding

modern wedding ideas - photo by Pen Carlson http://ruffledblog.com/downtown-chicago-wedding

fruit topped cakes - photo by Pen Carlson http://ruffledblog.com/downtown-chicago-wedding

newlyweds dancing - photo by Pen Carlson http://ruffledblog.com/downtown-chicago-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Run to Me,” Cat Power
Recessional: “Somebody to Love,” Queen
First Dance: “Something,” George Harrison/The Beatles
At the end of the night we played Bohemian Rhapsody and literally every person there sang along. It was epic.

From the event designers, Jayne Weddings & Events: Sara and Martin are one of the sweetest, loving, dotting couples we have ever had the honor to work with. You’ll see it in these pictures, the way they look at each other gives me goosebumps! They came to Jayne Weddings and Events for full event design and coordination. Martin is from Texas and wanted his guest to feel comfortable in the windy city. The couple both work in the restaurant industry, and knew they wanted to host their wedding in a place surrounded by industry friends and family. They choose Green St. Smoked Meats because it was a bit of country with a downtown address. They also brought in foods from other restaurants they are involved with , oysters from Maudes, Coffee from La Columbe, this was a foodie wedding for sure! The dinner service was family style, so we had to go light on the flowers, but we added fun pops of color by choosing a colorful mix of vintage glassware from Nimblewell, 4 different patterns of napkins in the same blue, and used butcher paper for the table runners! There were (bride and groom made) pickle favors, cacti, and many cowboy boots and hats! Jayne Weddings & Events also worked closely with Aged Vintage Rentals and Foxglove Studio to create some lovely hand lettered vintage signage draped in gorg garlands! The couple chose an amazing band who taught guests a few line dances mixed into their typical retro country sets. We made a giant 8 foot gold fringe star to shine over the entire occasion. Although it rained for the reception (which was fine, as it made the venue look even more magical!) The ceremony was held outdoors at the Humbolt Formal Gardens. Martin, the groom even mowed the aisle the morning of, just to make sure everything was perfect for his bride!

Wedding Location: Chicago, IL / Photographer: Pen Carlson / Event Design and Full Service Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events / Florist: Foxglove Studio / Ceremony Venue: Humbolt Park Formal Gardens / Reception Venue: Green Street Smoked Meats / Wedding Dress and Sash: BHLDN / Hair: Debbie Petrielli / Makeup: Nika Vaughan / Sister’s Dress: Free People / Groom and Best Man Attire: Brooks Brothers / Wedding Cake: Luscious Layers / Cookies and homemade pickle favors: Bride’s mother / Glassware Rentals: Nimblewell / Vintage Rentals: Aged Vintage Rentals / Wedding Musicians: Golden Horse Ranch Band / Sound Checks and Speakers: Uncanned Music / Photo Booth: Traveling Photo Booth / Wedding Invitations: Spilled Ink Press

Intimate Irish Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Katie Purnell

Oh my goodness, do I ever envy the ingenuity of today’s bride. Not only did she gold-leaf her own wedding shoes once she couldn’t find the perfect pair in shops, but she actually assembled her own wedding gown from a mix of pieces from ASOS, Etsy, and Michaels. There are plenty of visual treats to behold in this one from the lovely Katie Purnell, so let’s get started:

intimate irish wedding - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

From the bride, Kristin: The style we hoped to achieve for our wedding was whimsical, magical, and warm. We were asking our guests to join us on another continent in the middle of the winter, so we wanted to be sure that the wedding felt like a big family gathering, complete with roaring fires and cozy warm socks. We hoped to make sure that the guests enjoyed the holiday atmosphere that Dingle, Ireland already offered, simply highlighted by our own details and touches. We focused on winter colors and textures to really bring this vision to life.


intimate irish wedding - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding
vintage love letters - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

unique wedding bouquet - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

unique wedding invitations - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

bride and bouquet - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

blue green bouquets - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

gold wedding shoes - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

green blue bouquets - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Ranunculus, grey berzillia berries, gold painted leaves, twigs, pine needs, pine cones, greenery.

lace tulle gowns - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

Our theme was the untamed Irish Countryside, and our colors were drawn from that inspiration. Our colors were navy, champagne, olive green, gold and ivory. We also incorporated other earth-tones, which really added to the warmth of the event. We did a ton of DIY putting this event together. Each gift bag, program, and piece of stationary was hand-stamped. I designed the programs and an itinerary for each guest. Joe and I hand wrote welcome letters to every individual guest. I also assembled my dress from various vendors from the internet–a handmade tulle skirt paired with a dress from ASOS and satin ribbon from Michael’s. I couldn’t find the perfect gold shoes so these are gold-leafed J. Crew flats. We worked closely with our planner Annie, who hand painted wine bottles and leaves to bring the gold elements to our reception. Finally, a great Etsy vendor hand-spun our woolie sheep ornaments for each guest, my favorite touch of the whole wedding!

wedding photo booths - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

indoor church ceremonies - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

newlyweds recessionals - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

woodsy bridal looks - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

twig and berry bouquet - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

place setting - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

intimate irish wedding - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Find a wing-man (or two!) who knows your wedding vision and who is relentless in making sure you stick to it. This is incredibly helpful as Pinterest and wedding blogs start to pull you in one million different directions. Make sure that you involve your groom, many of our best ideas were thanks to his brilliant taste. Also, one of the biggest saving graces for me was having one Pinterest board where things were pinned once I was SURE about them. Once something was pinned to this board I couldn’t revisit it and over analyze it ever again. This was incredibly helpful as we got to crunch time.

irish pub receptions - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

gold bottle centerpieces - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

sugar rimmed champagne - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

handmade wedding details - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

gold wedding details - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

gold reception details - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

gold dusted cakes - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

newlyweds cake cutting - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

first dance - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding

irish wedding ideas - photo by Katie Purnell - http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-irish-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Tabhair dom do lámh”
First Dance: “The Luckiest,” Ben Folds

Wedding Location: Dingle, Ireland / Photographer: Katie Purnell / Wedding Planner: Aislinn Events / Florist: Every Occasion / Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Dingle, Ireland / Toast Venue: Dick Mack’s Pub / Reception Venue: John Benny’s Pub / Dress: ASOS / Tulle Skirt: Fanfaronada / Wedding Band: Jane Pope Jewelry / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Cheeses: The Little Cheese Shop / Wedding Cake: Selina’s Cakes / Menus and Coasters: Monogram Shoppe / Stamp: Business Card Stamps / Church Music: Eoin Duignan / Gold Sugar for Champagnes: Dell Cove Spices / Sheep Ornaments: Whimsical Woolies

New South Wales Party Wedding

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Lara Hotz

This wedding from Lara Hotz Photography may not be busting at the seams with details or a large guest list, but it’s still topped the list of one of my favorite weddings from this year. Perhaps it’s the eclectic choice in reception venue – the newlyweds took their party to a private Elvis Presley themed room of Surry Hill’s The Winery. Whatever it is, I can pretty much guarantee you’ll fall in love with it too!

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From the bride, Michelle: When we started planning our wedding we both had no idea what to do. The basic vision was the best party ever and everything feel into place around that. We just wanted our close friends in a good environment where everyone could let loose and have fun. We also didn’t want to spend a fortune so that encouraged us to think outside the box and not do things super traditional. The planning process was a chaotic journey filled with a lot of snap decisions that we’re thankful worked out in the end. We’re both terrible planners, who had no clue. We kept it simple and made quick decisions based on how we felt. If we liked it and both felt good about it then we went with it. We also tried to get friends involved as much as possible because they know what you like and they understand what you’re trying to say when you ramble random wedding gibberish at them. They’re also great at telling you when you’ve lost the plot.

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The wedding day was a giant blur of amazing moments. It went so fast and was a lot of fun. The one thing that really struck me about the day was how much we all laughed and joked around. Everyone was just having fun and hanging out. We had morning tea at our place before the ceremony so everyone could get ready together and relax before the chaos began. My best friend made scones and homemade raspberry jam which was out of this world. We ended up falling behind schedule to leave for the ceremony so everyone was scoffing cake and scones while they tried to get dressed. We also realised we had no confetti so we madly pulled the petals off bouquets we’d received from friends and family in the lead up to the wedding. Everyone was running around like crazy getting ready, destroying flowers and stuffing their face. It made everything hilarious and all the laughing really banished any nerves or stress. The rest of the day was spent in random locations around the inner city taking photos as we went along. It was nice to be spontaneous and go where inspiration struck on the day. We’re very thankful to our wonderful driver and photographer for stopping anywhere along the way and turning that into an amazing moment. The wedding day was us to a T, a disorganised chaos that came together at the last moment to be an amazing experience.

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Any advice for other couples planning their weddings now? Make gut decisions and go with what you want. Listen to other peoples advice but keep the day true to you. It’s your day so when you’re planning be true to your vision to make it a day you’ll love. Get a good photographer that matches your style. Pick a photographer because they capture photos that amaze and inspire you not because they’re cheap! At the end of the day the photos are all you really have left and a great photographer makes the whole day so much easier. Relax! It’s one day. If something goes wrong or doesn’t work out it’s not the end of the world. Just take a breath and laugh about it. You’ll feel a lot better if you just roll with it. Don’t waste your day stressing because it will be over before you know it. Have fun! P.S Don’t decide to get your dress made from scratch when your heart is set on a fabric you saw two years ago that you now can’t find anywhere. It’s a headache worth avoiding unless you have divine sight and know beforehand that you will chance upon the exact fabric on Etsy!

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Wedding Music:
We didn’t have set songs for certain moments just a big party playlist and that suited the kind of wedding we wanted. Luke and I have very different taste in music so we had some friends help us to make a giant playlist full of all our favourites. We had a little bit of everything… Default – Django Django, Elephant – Tame Impala, Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield, Love is a Battlefield – Pat Benatar, Future Starts Slow – The Kills, I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston, Down in Mexico – The Coasters, Kickstart my Heart – Motley Crue and a smattering of Elvis since we were in the Gracelands Room at The Winery.
We didn’t have a first dance at the reception because Luke hates being the centre of attention. Instead we waited till the end of the night till it was just us in our living room with “I’m On Fire” by Bruce Springfield.

Wedding Location: New South Wales, Australia / Photographer: Lara Hotz Photography / Florist: Sami Sweeting / Venue: Gracelands Private Dining Room, The Winery / Wedding Dress Designer: Sandie Bizy / Wedding Shoes: Topshop / Jewellery and Accessories: vintage clutch, necklace borrowed from a friend, antique sapphire ring from my sister for something blue / Groom’s Attire: Montagio Custom Tailoring Sydney / Wedding Rings: Victoria & Albert Antiques / Celebrant: NSW Registry / Entertainment: spotify and an iPod / Wedding Invitations: Georgia Hill / Car Hire: Kombi Style

Elegant Toronto Wedding

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Celine Kim

I think we might just have a winner for wedding dress of the year. Katie’s Marchesa gown is a complete show-stopper with its delicate pleats and beaded detailing. With an incredible looking ceremony on a garden patio and a reception in a cozy restaurant, this wedding from Celine Kim is a definite favorite of ours.

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From the photographer, Celine: When Katie and Markus started planning their wedding, they just wanted to host a dinner with both of their families at their favourite neighbourhood restaurant – Local Kitchen. They have been loyal patrons of the restaurant since they moved into the neighbourhood. Since the restaurant is quite small, only their immediate family were in attendance. The festivities started at the Thompson Hotel, where they all got ready for dinner. A vintage Toronto streetcar picked up all the guests from the hotel and headed to Bar Salumi (Local Kitchen’s sister restaurant) for the ceremony in their beautiful back patio, made more beautiful with Coriander Girl’s floral arrangements.

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The chefs at Local Kitchen created a special menu for their night, as well as keeping some of Katie & Marcus’ favourites on the menu. There were no toasts or speeches and no first dances. Just both of their families together celebrating their marriage over a dinner in their favourite neighbourhood spot.

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Location: Parkdale, Toronto, ON, Canada / Photographer: Celine Kim / Florist: Coriander Girl / Ceremony Venue: Bar Salumi / Reception Venue: Local Kitchen & Wine Bar / Wedding Dress: Marchesa / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair: Gina Ricci of Civello / Makeup: Noelle Banting / Groom’s Suit: Burberry / Wedding Invitations: Paper and Poste / Videographer: Mitch Fillion

Woodsy Colorado Wedding

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We Are the Parsons

As soon as we heard that bride Becca was inspired to have her wedding dress designed after the very gown showcased in this shoot from Alea Lovely, we knew we had to share it with you all! With her own brother making up one half of the talented photography duo We Are the Parsons, it was a no-brainer who would capture her wedding day to groom Michael. Read on for some inspiring words and dazzling images:

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From the bride, Becca: Because we live in Colorado and had a winter wedding, we wanted to include a lot of elements from nature, but to bring those elements indoors due to the unpredictable weather. Both of us wanted the atmosphere to be as comfortable and down-to-earth as possible, while still being a most special and unique day in our lives.


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From day one, we insisted that our wedding day be very ‘us’. As a result, there were a lot of wedding traditions that we chose to forgo, simply because we didn’t want to include things that weren’t of genuine personal meaning to us; however, our goal was still to maintain a reverent, profound, and authentic event as we made this huge commitment to one another.


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I’d describe our wedding as whimsical, rustic, warm, natural, collaborative, and full of juxtapositions! (i.e. burlap meets lace, tulle ball-gown meets hiking trails/sticks/bushes/snowy fields, tulle ball-gown meets our Lab mix Gabe, nature meets indoor venue, etc.) Our color palette was full of earth tones, which included greens, browns, champagne, gold, and dusty pink. I liked the way things were soft and blended as opposed to appearing stark or frigid.


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Our budget was modest and our engagement was only four months long, so just about everything decorative was a DIY project. This includes the bouquets, which were assembled by bridesmaids and the boutonnieres that were made by Michaels mom and consisted of burlap, buttons, and feathers, all bought at a craft store. The ceremony backdrop frame was constructed from PVC pipe in my old living room with the ribbon and fabric strips each having casings sewn in by my mom and sister. I collected burlap, pinecones, log pieces, sticks, candles, and greenery over the course of our engagement for the table decorations, and the amazingly awesome programs were designed by my best friend and printed at home. We chose to add supplemental lighting for the ceremony from candles and paper lanterns and Christmas lights. All of these projects were spearheaded by us and our family and friends (who all are saints, by the way.) Some of the projects, particularly the gold-dipped, individually-tied feathers, were rather comically tedious to work on; but, in the end, everything meant a lot more to us because of how hard we worked to pull it all off! Our fingerprints were all over our wedding. Plus, it saved us a bunch of money in the long run.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? First and foremost, remember that the ultimate outcome of planning a wedding is that you get to marry your best friend and spend the rest of your life with that person, regardless of how the details of your wedding play out! But, in the meantime, have fun with each step of the way. Be respectful with ideas and suggestions that come from other people, but make the decisions that will ultimately mean the most to you. Try to keep a good sense of humor about things. Plans can and will go ‘wrong’, but most guests will never even know. And, when people offer to help you with projects, accept their help!


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Wedding Music:
Processional: “January Wedding” The Avett Brothers
Recessional: “Helicopter,” Branches
During the ceremony/cord tying: “You Won’t Relent,” Jesus Culture
First Dance: “Hazy,” Rosi Golan and William Fitzsimmons
Dad/Daughter Dance: “You’ll Be In My Heart,” Phil Collins
Mother/Son Dance: “Tears,” by Rush

Wedding Location: Greeley, CO / Photographer: We Are the Parsons / Wedding Venue: Zoe’s Café / Bouquets: Bride and friends / Wedding Dress and Veil: Janay Andrews / Hair and Makeup: Bride’s friends / Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire: H&M / Ceremony Musicians: Annie and Sarah Parsons, Travis Thompson, and Paul Beveridge of Paul Beveridge and Company / Wedding Caterer: Benny’s Kitchen / Desserts: Friends and Family / Wedding Invitations: Video invite by Bride and Groom

Romantic Wisconsin Wedding

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As a wedding blogger, I love hearing about how friends and family come together to plan a special day for their loved ones — much like how the mother of today’s bride, Dani, grew squash and sunflowers after hearing her daughter wanted them in her wedding. So sweet! Tory and Dani’s day was full of heart-warming details like these, and was captured to utter perfection by Emily Steffen.

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From the bride, Dani: We wanted something that felt like us. As artists and musicians, we wanted details that spoke to who we are. When people asked us our “theme” or our “colors” in our planning process, we were kind of at a loss! The best we could come us with was that it would be something eclectic, with a nod to vintage. We love thrifting and antiquing, so we just filled our wedding with the kinds of things we love and already had in our lives.


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It felt like we had a million DIY projects! The wedding was held on a portion of land owned by my mother in northern Wisconsin. And when Troy and I wanted sunflowers and squash for ceremony decor, my mother grew them for us! A good friend and neighbor let her use a part of his field (all of my mother’s land is wooded) and helped her keep it up over our very dry summer, and the result was amazing! We had so many extras we gave away boxes of squash, and our extremely talented florist incorporated the extra sunflowers into our reception flowers and each of the bouquets. One of my mother’s good friends sewed our favor bags to hold our locally-crafted chocolates, and my dad spent a few nights finishing them off with string. My dad also found all of the barn wood for our directional wedding and parking signs which he made and painted by hand.


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We were engaged over a year before our wedding, so we had plenty of time to collect! We collected dozens of vintage metal frames for table numbers and signs, which I painted by hand the day before the wedding. For reception flowers, we used our own vintage glassware and mason jar collections, which our florist worked into beautiful, eclectic arrangements. We also purchased over 100 vintage wooden folding chairs, and another 100 or so vintage metal folding chairs for our ceremony. We also collected a few dozen glass, ceramic and brass hand bells which we decorated with bows of floral fabric to match our favor bags for each table, so guest could ring them in lieu of clanking glasses with spoons.


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My favorite DIY project of all had to be my floral headpiece – I made it the morning of our wedding using vintage leaves and flowers, and silk ribbon from Tinsel Trading Company in New York. It felt good, as an artist, to make something on my wedding day! As gifts to my maids, I gave them custom monogrammed totes, and vintage handkerchiefs. Each of the men also had a vintage handkerchief to use as a pocket square, and our guests were provided with an assortment of handkerchiefs to choose from at the ceremony, all of which I collected from antique shops and eBay, and that my mother washed and pressed.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Accept all offers of help and don’t take on took much at one time. And be sure to get to work early! Our wedding ended up being a month or so after a large-scale move to another state, a job change and a few weeks Troy started his graduate program – none of which we expected when we set our wedding date! I feel like we had to put off a lot of the smaller details of until the last week, simply for lack of time in the months before, and some projects just didn’t happen. Our family and friends, and especially our parents, were an amazing help though – we couldn’t have done it without them, and they tried to help as much as they could since were a bit overwhelmed by life in those chaotic months!


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Wedding Music:
Processional: Bartok’s Violin Solo Sonata: Fuga and Bach’s Partita No. 3-Prelude
Ceremony: Original music by Spiral Joy Band
Vow Exchange: Couple’s rendition of “If Not For You,” George Harrison
First Dance: “Unchained Melody,” Righteous Brothers
Father/Daughter, Mother/Son Dance: “You Are the Sunshine of my Life,” Stevie Wonder

Wedding Location: Wausau, WI / Wedding Photographer: Emily Steffen / Ceremony Venue: Private Residence / Reception Venue and Caterer: El Tequila Salsa / Wedding Flowers: Evolutions in Design / Wedding Dress, Jacket, and Earrings: “Crashing Waves” by Va Et Vien via BHLDN / Reception Dress: Hoaglund New York via Bloomingdales / Wedding Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Hair: Lori of Salon Allure, Appleton, WI / Wedding Rings: Bill Fuhrman / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ann Taylor, J. Crew / Groom’s Attire: J. Crew / Pocket Squares: Vintage and Handmade / Wedding Cake: Sweet Nothings Cakes / Ceremony Music: Laura Schafer and Spiral Joy Band / Wedding Invitations: Dani Schafer / Transportation: Lamers

Woodsy Washington Wedding

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Today’s wedding from Julie Harmsen shows that you don’t need to have a “color scheme” or “wedding theme” to have a day full of gorgeous details and personal meaning. Kaley and Joel’s wedding day was full of sweet touches, reflection, a little bit of magic, and heaps of expert crafting by Kaley, who actually made the incredible ceremony backdrop herself!

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From the bride, Kaley: I didn’t have a distinct style in mind for our wedding. (I’m not a person with keen visualization skills.) When asked what my “colors” were I usually gave some sort of vague answer about a muted, natural palette. I just knew I wanted it to feel natural, magical, and a little bit like home. I also wanted to be thoughtful about what we were there to do. Which was to promise ourselves to one another and to celebrate that promise with our loved ones. So I wanted to make the ceremony a reflection of who we are and what we believe. I wanted it to be something that was entered into with purpose and reverence.


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There was definitely some DIY involved in our wedding. I did some of it, but I also had a lot of help from the amazing and generous people in my life. Like many couples, we wanted to keep our costs as low as possible, so the decor was mostly handmade and/or found in thrift shops. All the planters and urns we used on the tables were found at thrift shops and my aunt filled them with beautiful succulent arrangements. We spray painted twigs, made mobiles out of branches, ribbon and mirrors, crafted the ceremony backdrop and got a fair amount of hot glue burns. My mother-in-law and I made the wedding favors. Small jars of jam with locally sourced strawberries and individual loaves of banana bread with my mama’s recipe.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Go easy on yourself. You’ll probably have a lot of ideas and receive a lot of well intentioned advice. There is no way to absorb all this information. Instead, focus on the feeling you want the day to have and follow where that takes you. On the day of the wedding try to stop and take a deep breath every once in a while. Take in what is happening, feel the moment and try to commit it to memory. Everyone says it, but it really does go by so fast. Take a few minutes and enjoy the outcome of all the hard work you put in.


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Wedding Music:
Family & Wedding Party Processional: “Wash.” Bon Iver
Bridal Processional: “Real Love,” Beach House
Recessional: “Punk as F*ck,” The American Analog Set
First Dance: “Choir Vandals,” The American Analog Set

Wedding Location: Whidbey Island, WA / Wedding Photographer: Julie Harmsen / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Fireseed Catering / Wedding Flowers: Local Farmer’s Market / Wedding Dress: Cicada Bridal, “Natasha” / Wedding Shoes: BaliElf / Hair and Makeup: Bride’s Stepmother / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Cicada Bridal and Elbling / Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers / Wedding Cakes: Macrina Bakery, friends and family / Wedding Invitations: Frida Clements

Intimate South Yarra Wedding

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Intimate, small, perfect — this wedding from Ben Adams is all of the above. Erica and Zac joined the world of newlyweds with a sophisticated French provincial style, opting for personal interaction and authenticity over grandeur. I’m wild about the result, and especially Erica’s silver one-shouldered wedding gown!

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From the bride, Erica: The style we envisioned was French provincial, but with our own simple touch. Light blues and greys, simple, elegant with a bit of cute romantic feel to the wedding.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Choose a few key things that are important to you and get the best you can in that area! Then you can simplify the things that aren’t as meaningful/important. Also take the time to find the right dress!!


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Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “Heart of Life,” John Mayer
Certificate Signing: “Fly Me To the Moon,” Frank Sinatra
Recessional: “I’m a Believer,” The Monkees

Wedding Location: Melbourne, Australia / Wedding Photographer: Ben Adams / Wedding Venue and Caterer: The Millswyn / Wedding Planning and Design: Bride / Wedding Flowers: Domain Flowers / Wedding Dress: George Gross / Wedding Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo / Makeup: Mary of Sue Barnes Studio / Wedding Invitations: Bella Figura / Officiant: Rebecca Morrison

Park Chelsea Wedding

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The first thing to catch my eye about this New York wedding was Pat Furey‘s imagery. Then we fell in love with the bride’s amazing headdress, created by Polux Fleuriste. Doesn’t it bring such a transformation to the bride’s overall stylish look? Of course, we also have to give a huge gold star to the reception venue, The Park in NYC – such a relaxing pause amidst the city chaos.

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From the bride, Denise: Being old souls and fans of literature, we wanted our wedding to have a Prohibition/Great Gatsby garden party theme with a modern twist. After exploring amazing venues like The Bronx Zoo in NYC, we found a perfect venue in The Park in NYC due to its cosmopolitan vibe, modern tendencies, but nods to the past like the Red Room that looked like a Prohibition room with Shanghai/Chinoiserie influences complemented by an open space in their Garden room, complete with kitsch wooden deer, live birds, vintage lights, and garden seating.


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We wanted a vintage look, with a modern/eclectic feel, so of our 12 tables, about 7 had different vintage candelabras that we found at the antique malls in Duncan, Oklahoma (where my mom’s family is from) and we drove them cross-country. We wanted to give a vintage feel with modern/eclectic tendencies, so mixed those candelabras with modern black and gold lacquer vases, and white flowers to unify it all.


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We had plenty of DIY projects, frankly to save money where we could. Those included the escort cards, which were Chinese fans ordered online with beautiful colorful designs. We tied them together with gold elastic bows we bought online, and attached to the bows scalloped tags from Staples ($3/100) on which we printed our wedding monogram, names/tables. We also printed up our own menus on small paper purchased for $4/150 sheets which we cut in half to be more dainty, as well as our wedding programs.


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We also printed up pictures of our grandparents with wedding dates and framed each in vintage-looking frames from Michaels. In order to conserve money we also made our own bridesmaids bouquets out of white roses, eucalyptus, and apricot-colored ribbon, as well as making the church pew decorations with the same elements. All in all, that saved us a lot of money, and not where people would necessarily notice or focus on.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I would say that bridesmaids and bridesmaids dresses are a thing of the past. If you can get by with a maid of honor and best man, do it. Not only does it make your wedding more elegant, but it’s just more streamlined. If you want bridesmaids (like I did), let them pick your dresses. Give them a general color scheme like I did, and then leave it to them. The variation in style and color will make your wedding more appealing. Also, after having our DJ with some apprehension initially, I would recommend a DJ over a band. Rocking out to Nirvana and Pearl Jam as we did at our wedding cannot be recreated in my opinion…..


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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “All My Life,” The Beatles
Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: “America,” Simon and Garfunkel
First Dance: “Just Breathe,” Pearl Jam
Since we are huge Pearl Jam fans, our first dance could be to no other than Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe.” And because we’ve been to countless of their concerts, our last song could be no other than their “Yellow Ledbetter.” Those who knew us well got a huge kick of it as an inside joke :) And I’ll never forget to jumping up and down to “Smells Like Teenspirit” – one of my favorite Nirvana songs ever!

Wedding Location: Chelsea, NYC / Wedding Photographer: Pat Furey / Ceremony Venue: The Church of the Incarnation / Reception Venue and Caterer: The Park / Wedding Planners: Frances Stockton and Bonnie Goodrich of the Park / Wedding Flowers and Headdress: Polux Fleuriste / Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah “Church St.” via Lovely Bride / Alterations: Adrienne’s Bridal / Groomsmen’s Suits: Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse / DJ: Jason Blends / Wedding Invitations: Exclusively Weddings / Paper Good Design: Type Ten Paperie

San Francisco Courthouse Wedding

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Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t keep myself from crushing on today’s bride’s wedding style. Her adorable Jackie O style short wedding dress, her bright orange bouquet, her shortie bridal veil, I love it all! Event planner Morgan Gallo went all out styling Ruth and Vinny’s Courthouse wedding, complete with a reception full of games, carnival inspiration, and the groom’s love of Captain America.

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From the stylist, Morgan Gallo: Vinny and Ruth are such a genuine couple and wanted their wedding to really tell their guests who they were and what they loved as a couple and individuals. They wanted their wedding to be fun—a party. I remember meeting with them the first time to talk about the theme and Vinny was so excited to try to incorporate games in the reception because this was such a big part of his family time and Ruth wanted to have a carnival type theme because she loved the eclectic and colorful look so it couldn’t be any more perfect!


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We started with the invitations that looked like a Carnival sign and ticket—we then wanted to incorporate many shades and textures and did so by shopping for fabric to cover mason jars and making custom napkins to add a pop of color to the tables. If you won a game, you got a prize! They wanted to have both of their cultures incorporated in some fashion and so both supplied the dessert table with the most popular Vietnamese and Mexican candies that their guests could take home in their goodie bags.

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The cake topper is one of the cutest I have ever seen! The groom is a HUGE captain America fan and so they contacted a local etsy artist to do him ripping his military uniform off to reveal his Captain America insignia. We spent a LONG night up watching Grimm and making the adorable place card fan rounds. The bride got really crafty and made pinwheels and prop pieces (hats, glasses, mustaches, etc) to add height to the table and give guests an opportunity to really let their hair down and pose for the camera! Who needs a Photo Booth when you have the whole night to show off?!


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Wedding Location: San Francisco and Sacramento, CA / Ceremony Venue: San Francisco Courthouse / Reception Venue and Caterer: Ten 22 / Wedding Design, Coordination, Paper Goods, and Reception Flowers: Morgan Gallo Events / Wedding Photographer: Alicia Gines Photography / Bride’s Bouquet: Mandy Scott Design / Cupcakes: Esther’s Cupcakes

DIY Woodsy Michigan Wedding

DIY Weddings

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This Michigan wedding is absolutely stuffed to the gills with handmade rustic decor, sure to inspire any bride out there! Seriously, how amazing is their floral chandeliers at reception? We love that it looks like it appeared out of nowhere in the middle of the woods! Shot by Lauren Gabrielle, this DIY wedding was truly a labor of love.


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From the bride, Karrie: When Joe and I were first engaged we had already mulled over what we wanted our day to look and feel like. As we were excitedly discussing our June nuptial plans with family and friends the one word we found leaping out of our mouths constantly was “cozy”! With “cozy” being the theme in mind, the only place we could picture exchanging vows at was my Aunt and Uncle’s home in the quaint town of Owosso, Michigan where I grew up.


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woodsy rustic diy handmade michigan wedding by lauren gabrielle

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woodsy rustic diy handmade michigan wedding by lauren gabrielle

When I started to dream up what the ceremony and reception would look like, I knew I wanted a lot of handmade details and vintage aspects and I knew I would need some help if I were to pull it all off! We have an incredibly talented set of family and friends that really made the process of planning fun and stress-free. We collected vases from local thrift shops for months, and made our table cloths and runners out of inexpensive painters tarps and burlap from a hardware store. We ordered our flowers from a wholesaler and my aunt and friends took on all of our floral design.


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Our dear friend and wedding planner Sarah Starr created all of the decor for our reception site from estate sales, thrift shops, and family heirlooms. We had countless family members making our assembling, and hand burning our whimsical paper poofs made from coffee filters for months! My mother made the ring bearer pillow, the flower girl basket amongst many other things and I did my bridal parties make-up and up-dos. I loved that everything from the ceremony location, to the place cards, had a memory and significance attached to it. The end result was a whimsical, warm and dreamy celebration that everyone took personal pride in, and much to my husband’s and my delight the ambiance was undeniably communal and cozy.

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Wedding Vendors (Owosso, MI):

Reception Venue: Wrought Iron Grill / Wedding Photographer: Lauren Gabrielle / Event Coordinator: Sarah Starr / Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Jewelry: Local thrift shops

Bohemian Corona del Mar Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

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We absolutely love that bride Laurel pulled inspiration from bohemian poster child Stevie Nicks for her wedding day, captured by True Bliss Photography. Her gown paired with luscious florals by Pixie’s Petals with deep reds and feathers is perfection in our book. In an intimate celebration, the bride Laurel and groom Brad stayed true to who they are as a couple, and it paid off in spades!

Brad & Laurel's Bohemian Wedding

From the bride, Laurel: Brad and I have been together for 7 years and got engaged in December of 2010. I didn’t get deep into the process of planning until about April and when I started I knew I wanted to stay very true to who Brad and I are as people and as a couple. I wanted something very simple but with very obvious elements of our style. I had absolutely no idea where to start but I kept saying dark, rustic, romantic, bohemian, gypsy, Stevie Nicks in my head. I got hooked up very fast with the most amazing person and florist Leslie at Pixie’s Petals and we decided to use dark romantic flowers with moss accents on the tables and vintage vases.

Brad & Laurel's Bohemian Wedding
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Brad & Laurel's Bohemian Wedding
Brad & Laurel's Bohemian Wedding

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Brad & Laurel's Bohemian Wedding

I went through about 6 different dresses before I found “the one.” I really wanted elements of Stevie Nicks to be in the dress and it seems that bridal designers assume we all want to look like cupcakes on our wedding day so I was very discouraged when FINALLY I found my dress at the last minute on a website that I use to buy my every day clothes. Our ceremony was very small (35 people) and it was held in a small park overlooking Newport Coast. I walked to “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac played by an acoustic guitar and our arch was wrapped in lace and had hanging lanterns swaying above us. We dined and danced to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra in candlelight… I’ve been in the clouds ever since.

Brad & Laurel's Bohemian Wedding

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Wedding Vendors (Corona Del Mar, CA):

Reception Venue: The Bungalow / Wedding Photographer: True Bliss Photography / Floral Design: Pixie’s Petals / Wedding Cake: A Wish and a Whisk

MyMoon Brooklyn Wedding

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Just when I think Matt Miller couldn’t top himself, he does it again. This gorgeous Brooklyn wedding has all of my favorites things – it’s fun, laidback and handmade with lots of heartwarming touches. Just in case you want to see more, which I know you do, here’s a quick link to the full photo gallery.

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We envisioned a warm and simple environment with a coziness for our guests. We knew this would be our chance to be around all of our loved ones at once and we wanted to create a special feeling environment. It also reflected our personal aesthetic as well. The rope was a nod to our love of water and sailing.
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We used natural, wooden, and organic materials. Aside from the wood and rope we used touches of grey and coral. My fiance tied tons of monkey fists knots with rope and we used antique sugar molds, cheesecloth and airplants as the main decorations.My parents were a huge help collecting all the props. My maid of honor helped me make a garland of ribbon that hung in the entry. We used extra ribbon as accents on the aisle and the bride and grooms table. I asked friends and family set up decor for me and they literally read my mind and gave me my dream wedding. I am so lucky and very grateful!
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We decided that we would love to get married in the neighborhood we live in. Our loved ones are so spread out to it was important to have them all gather and get to know the place we call home, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. When we stumbled on MyMoon and it was perfect. Beautiful outdoor patio and old brick walls. The staff was perfect. They are experienced with weddings and took great care of us. Kenan is the wedding guy there and he is amazing.
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Matt Miller couldn’t top himself, he does it again. This gorgeous Brooklyn wedding has all of my favorites things – it’s fun, laidback and handmade with lots of heartwarming touches. Just in case you want to see more, which I know you do, here’s a quick link to the full View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now?

Just to not lose focus on the point of the celebration. You will have an endless stream of ideas and tiny details and you can easily become obsessed with the enormous to do lists. You have to sometimes be willing to prioritize and let some things go so you can stay focused on all the love. It will all come together in the end. I promise!

Wedding Songs:

Groom and Groomsmen: Horn – Nick Drake
Bridesmaids: That Dress Looks Good on You – Sufjan Stevens
Bride: Sea of Love – Cat Power
Recessional: Home – Edward Sharp
First Dance: That’s How Strong My Love Is – Otis Redding

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Brooklyn, NY):

Ceremony and reception venue: MyMoon / Florist: Denise Fasanello Did the bouquets and flowergirl wreath. We purchased the airplants from www.airplantsupplyco.com and our other table flowers from www.fiftyflowers.com / Photographer: Matt Miller / Wedding Dress: Ivy and Aster purchased at Lovely Bride / Wedding shoes and jewelry: J.Crew / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew dresses / Groom’s suit: J.Crew / Groomsmen: their own grey suits / Caterer: mymoon / Wedding Cake (or other dessert): We served pies from our favorite pie shop The Blue Stove. We live close by and I knew i wanted the pie as soon as we started planning / Wedding invitations: My fiance and I did. We designed them and then letterpressed them at a studio here in Brooklyn called The Arm