We’re heading off for the weekend, but not before leaving you with some seriously pretty images from Charla Storey. A creative team including Lauren Field Design and Clementine Botanical Art made their way to Mission San Jose, using the inherent beauty of the architecture as a jumping off point for the design and vision. You’ll spot an airy blue wedding gown, an ethereal green gold skirt, and a tablescape so lovely it almost hurts. Don’t take our word for it, though — take a peek yourself!
When you love wine country as much as these two do, exchanging vows at a California vineyard is just a no-brainer — even if you have to make your way back across the country to do it! Maggie and Greg shared their love with their nearest and dearest at the beautiful Gainey Vineyard, bringing along Fondly Forever Photography, Amazing Day Events, and Chelsea Carter Events to fulfill their vision to a T.
If you’re loving the trend of pink everything like we are right now, then this shoot’s the one for you. This inspiration sesh took place at a nearly 100-year-old castle outside of Nashville, and it’s just about as beautiful as you’d imagine! The talented team of Christy Wilson Photography, Randi Events, and Lauren Atkinson Design captured ethereal romantic to a T, right down to the dreamy blush wedding gown.
I may be biased, because just about any wedding in Tuscany is going to be dreamy to me — but this wedding from Infraordinario Studio, Italyweddings, and Le Petit Jardin really sets the bar high. Colorful floral arrangements, a sweet ceremony with a show-stopping arch, and a wedding gown we absolutely cannot take our eyes off of all add up to total wedding magic here.
Today’s wedding inspiration shoot came from an appreciation of the venue’s Greek Revival architecture, which sounds like a fab place to start if you ask us. The talented team of vendors including Lauren Lee Photography, Auburn & Ivory Creative, and State & Arrow Design Co. worked up beautiful scenes full of romance and beautiful floral inspiration, right down to the beautiful ceremony backdrop that mixes a botanical arrangement with whimsical draping fabrics. We can’t think of a better note to leave on for the weekend!
This beach wedding right here is the stuff poems are made of. Caitlin and Zach made their way to Islamorada, a Florida island, for a destination beach wedding to rival all others. With Gianny Campos doing camera duty, Floral Fantasy arranging incredible floral designs, and Island Life Events making sure everything went off without a hitch, it’s no wonder this day turned out as beautiful as it did!
Poring through some gorgeous images on film is a great way to fill our day, and this styled shoot from Unique2Chic Photography, Honeybee Events, and Gold and Bloom does just the trick. An utterly romantic wedding gown from BHLDN’s spring 2016 line set the tone for the day, which was filled to the brim with floral decor in shades of red and white and one of the must stunning Southern venues we’ve ever seen.
From the event designer and photographer, Honeybee Events and Unique2Chic Photography: Today, we’re taking you to The Swan House in Atlanta, Georgia, with natural wedding inspiration, organic details and a flowy wedding gown. It was a typical spring afternoon in Atlanta, and we arrived at the swan house just as a storm was rolling in. It rained for about 10 minutes, and then there was a beautiful sunset over the marsh. The Swan house is a beautiful location for Atlanta wedding photos including the driveway in front of the mansion, front gate vintage cars, and more. BHLDN let us use one of their spring 2016 wedding dresses and it basically set the tone for the shoot.
Fuchsia is a top pick when it comes to our favorite colors, so we were pretty excited when we saw this wedding from Wildflowers Photography, All You Need is Love Events, Krista Jon, and Archive Rentals. Amber and Chris had a day full of romantic details, gorgeous floral design, and cheeky touches, like the Justin Timberlake masks that were passed around for guests to wear. This is a day we won’t soon forget.
From the event stylists, All You Need is Love Events: When you have a wedding where there are two people that are as in love as well as super-creative as Amber and Chris, it was always going to be nothing short of spectacular. The bride and groom have phenomenal style and it showed in every aspect we created with them.
Amber and Chris had a vision for their day that intertwined a little bit of modern, a little bit of vintage, and a lot of bit of fun! Cutouts of Justin Timberlake may or may not have been involved. Every detail big and small was taken care of and with an all star cast of vendors, the evening was truly a dream. From the metal menus on the table by Mae Mae Paperie, delectable everything by Auntie Em’s, stunning florals and furniture from Archive Rentals, all captured by the amazing peeps at Wildflower Photography, all set to the back drop of the stunning Smog Shoppe venue, you truly had an evening that was perfect in every way. Oh and just to make it that more amazing, the bride surprised the groom with an Acapella Choir singing a medley from the couples favorite movie “Pitch Perfect”. It was aca-awesome!
Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Photographer: Wildflowers Photography / Event Planning, and Coordination: All You Need is Love Events / Floral Design: Krista Jon / Venue: SmogShoppe / Hair: Kristin Thompson / Makeup: Kiss the Bride Makeup / Caterer: Auntie Em’s Kitchen Catering / Music: Live music by friends Katie and Angelo / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and Archive Rentals / Photo Booth: Photobox LA / Setup Assistance: Dovetail
What could ever be more classic than blush pink and gold? Kati Rosado Photography and Emily Grace Design recently brought this charming color palette to new sophisticated heights with their styled shoot on the Florida coast. Don’t you just love those macaron favors that double as escort cards?
From the stylist, Emily of Emily Grace Design: The inspiration behind this shoot was really to bring in the classics of romantic style and combine them with intimate personal touches and details that we love our brides to take pride in. We think personal details make a huge impact on the design of a wedding whether it be a unique pop of something unexpected on the tables or a touch of comfort and familiarity with your favorite blooms or specialty china. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to shoot at Up the Creek Farms and their new Boathouse venue as our backdrop. This stunning location was the perfect complement to the style we were going for.
We are just loving the blush and gold color palette that is popular right now, and we thought this would be a great way to showcase how to put your own unique twist on this classic look. One of my favorite details of the day was our escort card display that gives guests a sweet treat to enjoy while they find their seat. Not only were the macarons just absolutely delicious, but the shimmer of the sequined fabric made this set-up a gorgeous focal point for a wedding entry. We were thrilled with how everything came together, and just loved the mix of classic details with modern twists in patterns, textures, and design.
From the photographer, Kati Rosado Photography: I have always loved the romantic and feminine color scheme of pink and gold. Emily Grace Design did an amazing job of taking my initial idea and making every detail cohesive and beautiful. We are so pleased with how everything turned out and we hope that this shoot inspires brides to have a pretty and classy wedding! I am so honored to have been able to be a part of such a talented group of vendors.
Shoot Location: Valkaria, FL / Photographer and Shoot Concept: Kati Rosado Photography / Event Design and Styling: Emily Grace Design / Florist: Julie Miner Events / Venue: Up the Creek Farms / Wedding Dress: “Sydney” by Watters via L.A. Bridal / Shoes: J. Crew / Headpiece: Lysa Creation / Earrings: Petite Delights / Sequin Jacket: Calvin Klein / Hair: Jessica Schultz / Makeup: Patrick Starrr / Groom’s Attire: H&M / Wedding Cake: Creative Cakes & Candies / Macarons: Two Sweets Bake Shop / Gold Sequin Hanger: Oh Deer Creative / Rentals: Crystal and Crates / Chiavari Chairs: A Chair Affair / Models: Cassidy Roney of Willhelmina Models and Ethan Brewington / Stationery: Dogwood Blossom Stationery and Invitation Studio
One thing I absolutely adore about my job is getting the chance to hear brides gush so enthusiastically about their wedding days, and hearing Diana talk about her wedding day, you get the undeniable sense that it was the best day of her life. Diana, from Mexico, and Ian, from Scotland, met while in Spain and fell in love shortly thereafter. With this background, it’s no surprise that their wedding day was a fusion of culture and love, all captured perfectly by SetFour Photographers.
From the bride, Diana: I went to Spain for an exchange program and met the most awesomest Scottish guy ever (named Ian) and after a 6 month love affair we decided that an ocean was not enough to keep us apart. So 4 years and a few trips back and forth I got to marry him, and I’m oh so very happy!
Our wedding was on August 16th 2013, in San Diego, California at the Prado Restaurant in Balboa Park. We couldn’t resist the Spanish feel the venue had and decided it was perfect for our wedding since it reminded us of where we met. Our wedding was an explosion of love crafts and everything nice, a romantic evening and a merge of both our cultures while paying homage to where we met, all while keeping it small and intimate so everybody felt like an important part of it (because they were).
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t be afraid to say no to people, and don’t be afraid to ask for help of family and friends (especially if you know they are particularly good at building things or crafts). Also give them tasks you know they will be good at, but always know and be aware that they are putting their time and effort into helping you to make your dream wedding happen so be grateful for that. Have a clear idea of what you want and have fun with it! And enjoy every second of the planning because it goes by so fast and don’t stress too much at the end of the day even if everything goes wrong it’s still the happiest of days for the bride and groom (at least it was for me). Finally, do a LOT of research and have a realistic budget.
Bridesmaids’ Processional: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Bride’s Processional: Wedding March
Recessional: “Love,” The Beatles
Couple’s Entrance: “Love,” Zoé
First Dance: “And I Love Her,” The Beatles
Wedding Location: San Diego, CA / Photographer: SetFour Photographers / Flowers: Cherry Blossom Floral Designs / Venue and Caterer: The Prado at Balboa Park / Wedding Dress: Pronovias via Here Comes the Bride / Second Dress: David’s Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Mojo Moxy via ModCloth / Veil: Il Lusió Accesorios / Cake and Cupcakes: Flour Power / DJ: Legacy Sound DJs / Stationery: Cards & Pockets / Videographer: Rustic Red Studio
Get ready to see two of the prettiest brides you ever did see, thanks to these images from The Melideos. Brides Alanna and Felicity married in a backyard ceremony where their bridal party consisted of a “Brother of Honor” and “Sister of Honor” in lieu of the traditional groomsmen and bridesmaids. If you’re planning a wedding now, be sure to read the brides’ advice for maintaining your calm!
From bride Alanna: We envisioned a wedding weekend that would be classic, romantic, emotional, personal, and intimate. We began with the concept of an intimate ceremony, and family-style dinner at Felicity’s mom’s home, and went from there. The rest of the pieces for our vision just seemed to fall in to place. We had both our ceremony and reception in Felicity’s mom’s backyard. This was probably the easiest decision for us other than the food. We met in college in Ohio, but have built a life together in San Diego. We both have family and friends in Ohio and knew they’d have to travel, but we feel like this is our home, and having it all at Kerry’s made it even more special.
We didn’t have a traditional wedding party. Felicity had her only brother Reilly stand with her as her “Brother of Honor” and Aislinn, “Sister of Honor,” stood with Alanna. Aislinn wore an adorable black cocktail dress from Mia Bella Couture in Del Mar. Reilly wore a classic tuxedo from A Better Deal Tuxedo in Bird Rock.
What are some adjectives that best describe the look of your wedding? Timeless, elegant, warm, and magical. We didn’t have a specific color scheme, but did want to keep it clean and minimal, letting the colors of the landscape, flowers, and the house shine through. We worked with shades of white and neutral, with a little blush here and there. We joked that our colors were “blush and bashful,” so anyone who has watched Steel Magnolias will appreciate that. Home weddings are DIY for months leading up to the wedding day. The most visible DIY projects were the cones that held rose petals for guests to toss, the table seating on the wall, and welcome bags for out-of–town guests. We really incorporated a lot of personal touches throughout. We attached scottie dogs to the handle of the cones as a tribute to our sorority mascot, where we met. The wands that everyone waved when we entered cocktail hour had jingle bells on them as a tribute to Felicity’s aunt that passed away who always gave her a jingle bell on Christmas. There were a lot of those little details that were really meaningful.
What did you serve for dessert? We opted for Tiramisu (from Piatti’s) in lieu of traditional wedding cake. Since we weren’t doing the traditional cutting of the cake, we had the dessert delivered with sparklers to each table. That was fun! We also had a dessert table with pizzelles, biscotti, and Italian wedding cookies that Felicity’s mom and family friends pitched in to make – they vanished in no time.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Stay organized, be proactive, ask for help, and stick with your original plan and idea that you have from the beginning. Time flies by much faster than you would think. Do things as early as possible to avoid stress later. Whatever is most important to you, write it down in the very beginning, that way later during the planning process once all of the chaos has begun and ideas have grown more grandiose you can look back at your original vision for your wedding and remember what was most important to you. For us, photos were important so we found AMAZING photographers and had that settled 10 months in advance. We are both control-freaks so it was hard to let go, but people want to help and be involved… let them. The time you spend with family planning a wedding is really special, and keep in mind that it’s an important day for them, too. Once the wedding week begins, let it all go, and just enjoy it. Having all of your family and friends together to celebrate your love, it’s once in a lifetime.
Family Processional: “All You Need is Love,” Brandi Carlile
Bridal Processional: “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Brandi Carlile
Recessional: “September,” Earth, Wind & Fire
Reception Entrance: “Sunny Side of the Street,” Steve Tyrell
First Dance: “By Your Side,” Sade
Alanna’s Father/Daughter Dance: “I Hope You Dance,” Leanne Womack
Felicity’s Father/Daughter Dance: “Georgia,” Ray Charles
Location: San Diego, CA / Photographers: The Melideos / Event Planning: Eventity / Wedding Flowers: Sweet Pea Flower Company. The arrangements were beyond gorgeous. Michelle really worked magic, she is a true artist, understood our vision from the very first meeting. / Dresses and Veils purchased at Here Comes the Bride; Felicity: Paloma Blanca 4165; Shoes by Manolo Blahnik, Something Blue Satin Pump, Simple strand of pearls given to Felicity on her 18th birthday by her Mom (her something old); Alanna: Paloma Blanca 4105, Shoes by Christian Dior, Diamond necklace of Alanna’s grandmother’s given to Alanna by her Mom the night before the wedding (her something old) / Makeup: Nicole with Masked by Nicole Miller / Hair: Vicki Penalosa / DJ: Disc-Go-Round / Cocktail Hour and Dinner: MIHO Gastrotruck. The MIHO Gastrotruck is a farm-to-truck concept – local, sustainable, and responsibly sourced food that is delicious. It is, in a word, incredible. / Wedding Invitations: Bella Figura via Sweet Paper / Videography: Classic Filmworks / Transportation: There is a “Felicity” wedding trolley, so we couldn’t resist. We used 2 trolleys to transport guests to/from the hotels.
Few things make me gasp like this wedding captured by none other than Jen Huang Photography. It’s one of those weddings that will leave you swooning for days, just daydreaming of a modern day fairytale like this one. Bride Pamela took inspiration from Wes Anderson movies and blended her + her husband Brady’s utterly chic sense of style into a totally gorgeous wedding, planned to the nines by Dream a Little Dream Events.
From the bride, Pamela: When we set off to plan our wedding, the vision we had in mind was “Wes Anderson-movie-themed.” How to create that feeling was a challenge, how to translate that intangible idea into visual elements was quite interesting too. We like eclectic things, things that don’t match, but belong together when carefully selected. That’s how we describe our personalities, we couldn’t be more different, but complimentary and “better together,” which was the phrase we chose for our cake topper.
We didn’t want our floral arrangements to look uniform, we used vibrant colors against rustic ones, and we had them loosely arranged in different shape and size vases so they looked effortless and unstructured. We had terrariums during the cocktail hour to differ from the flower used for the reception, where plants were sealed inside transparent globes. The chairs, place settings, silverware and glasses were all different as well, set against a pattered tablecloth, striped napkins, and a stack of old books, giving the personal feel of what people would experience if they were having dinner in our home.
Wedding Location: San Francisco, CA / Wedding Photographer: Jen Huang Photography / Wedding Coordination: Dream a Little Dream Events / Wedding Venue: Palace of the Legion of Honor / Wedding Flowers: Hunt Littlefield / Hair and Makeup: Jess Wilcox / Wedding Caterer: Betty Zlatchin Catering / Lighting: Got Light / Rentals: Hartmann Studios and Blueprint Studios / Makeup and Hair: Jess Wilcox
Today’s wedding from Love Me Do Photography is the perfect breath of fresh air. Newlyweds Janelle and Dave planned much of their wedding around the elegance of their venue, the astoundingly gorgeous Cairnwood in Pennsylvania. Add a few Geronimo Balloons for a touch of whimsy, and you’ve got one winner of a wedding day!
From the bride, Janelle: Dave and I met at work, and we are both oncology nurses; therefore, we quickly realized the importance of love and family. Being together has been one of life’s greatest blessings, and we would love to share our wedding with you and other couples! Dave and I wanted our wedding to be timeless, romantic, and us! A lot of our inspiration was from other weddings featured on Ruffled! We both love vintage and romantic style weddings without the “typical” wedding cheese. Most of all, we wanted an intimate affair where we could openly and honestly celebrate our love.
We decided on Cairnwood because it had amazing flexibility. We were able to have gorgeous outdoor photos, outdoor ceremony and cocktail, intimate indoor dinner, and drinks and dancing in the library with an outdoor terrace! It is a beautiful wedding venue and most of our aesthetic was based on the vibe of the venue. In addition to the venue, many of our wedding vendors helped shape the aesthetic through their uniqueness and creativity. I adore all of our vendors, and they made the planning process easy and enjoyable!
For future brides, my advice is to follow your heart, stay true to yourselves as a couple, and do not listen to anyone’s negativity! Also, the week of the wedding forget all of the planning and relax with your soon to be husband! The week of the wedding and specifically, the rehearsal dinner and hours before the wedding, were the most special, serene, and memorable moments of our relationship. On the day of the wedding, relax and enjoy every special moment!
Bridal Party Processional: “Postcards from Italy,” Beirut
Bride’s Processional: “Hands Remember,” Seabear (performed by groom)
Recessional: “Vagabond,” Beirut
Wedding Location: Bryn Athyn, PA / Wedding Photographers: Love Me Do Photography / Wedding Venue: Cairnwood / Wedding Flowers: Peicha Chang of Falls Flowers / Wedding Dress: Christos “Irina” / Wedding Shoes: Etienne Aigner (flats), Bertie Hathaway / Reception Dress: Sarah Seven / Bride’s Veil: Sibo Designs “Touch of Love” / Hair Accessory and Garter: Twigs and Honey / Bride’s Clutch: Untamed Petals / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Makeup: Cheekadee / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Groomsmen’s Suits: Kenneth Cole / Wedding Caterer: Stephen Starr / Wedding Cake: Angela LaSelva / Cake Topper: Red Light Studio / DJ: No Macarena / Balloons: Geronimo Balloons / Rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rentals / Rosemary Sprigs: Secret Garden Herbs / Calligraphy: Mizbon Room / Transportation: Celebrations Limousine
One of our all-time favorite venues has to be Seattle’s Sodo Park, which seamlessly blends the best of barn style with a sophisticated, chic air. We adore what newlyweds Alyssa and Aaron were able to do with the space, dressing it up to fit their personalities while still maintaining the space’s great atmosphere. Our biggest thanks goes out to Kirk Mastin of Mastin Studio for sending this prettiness our way!
From the photographer, Kirk of Mastin Studio: Alyssa and Aaron, in welcoming their large families to Seattle from as far away as Norway, put a lot of time and energy into transforming Sodo Park into a home away from home with many special details dear to their hearts. Their city wedding combines rustic and classic elements such as exposed beams and chipping patina with large silk banners and gold chairs.
Wedding Location: Seattle, WA / Wedding Photographer: Mastin Studio / Wedding Venue: Sodo Park / Wedding Planner: New Creations Wedding Design & Coordination / Wedding Flowers: Flowers by Karen / Wedding Cake: Honey Crumb Cake Studio
This romantic wedding shot by Julie Mikos has a soft pink color palette done right — accompanied of lots of candlelight and stunning florals from Nicole Ha Designs. Newlyweds Michelle and David had their hearts set on a wedding in Napa Valley, and they stumbled upon the incredible Auberge du Soleil.
Bride Michelle said she and her husband David “wanted an intimate wedding for close friends and family in Napa. We wanted a romantic, English-garden inspired wedding.”
The couple captured their vision with hand-stamped the wedding wish cards and table numbers, a pastel palette and soft, fresh flowers that flooded their tables and aisle.
Wedding Vendors (Rutherford, CA):
Wedding Venue: Auberge Du Soleil / Wedding Photographer: Julie Mikos / Wedding Planner: Brittany Payton at Auberge Du Soleil / Wedding Dress: Rivini / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Bride’s Jewelry: Gift from bride’s mother / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bari Jay / Bride’s Makeup: Maria Lee / Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire: Calvin Klein / Wedding Flowers: Nicole Ha Designs / Stationery: Costco / Wedding Caterer: Auberge Du Soleil / Wedding Cake and Macaron Favors: Michelle Marie’s Patisserie / Wedding Music: AMS Entertainment
This venue has me just swooning. Cristina and Joseph chose it not just for its utter gorgeousness, but because Italy is part of both their past and their future: the bride has some Italian blood and it’s a place they’d both like to experience together someday. Stemming from the romantic venue, they chose soft and sweet colors to complement the grounds and stuck with super-feminine florals that add the perfect dash of drama to the tables. Don’t you want to dance away the night under that canopy of twinkly lights? And how much do you love Cristina’s short wedding dress? All the gorgeousness is happily captured by the talented duo behind Floataway Studios.
From the bride, Cristina. We wanted our wedding day to be about romance and simple elegance. I envisioned candles and flowers and warmth and a beautiful celebration that showed our love for each other and our families. Our wedding was romantic, sophisticated, with that old glamour feel but yet still modern. I wanted a color theme that would accent the venue and not take away from its natural beauty, so we stuck with tea rose, cream and gold.
We chose an Italian Villa nestled in the small community of Sierra Madre CA as our venue. I am Italian and our dream is to visit Italy..so we brought Italy to all our guests. The Villa is a replica of the Villa Collazzi in Florence, Italy. And my groom and I both grew up near Sierra Madre so we wanted to celebrate close to home. My husband loves architecture and design so this place was like to heaven to him because it had so much character.
My groom and I love coffee and we’ve been to a few weddings now that we knew what was a good giveaway and what fell short. So we decided coffee was it! I used ball jars and painted the tops with chalkboard paint, and hand wrote our names, the venue, and date and attached a simply thank you tag with ribbon and each guests’ name. It was a big hit! The coffee made the place smell terrific and our guests would be greeted with a gift that would help them recover in the morning.
Wedding Vendors (Sierra Madre, CA):
Ceremony and reception location(s): Villa Del Sol d’Oro / Florist: Ixora / Photographer: Floataway Studios / Short Wedding Dress: custom made by Beautiful Day Bridal Salon in Koreatown / Hairpiece: Jennifer Flores / Earrings: Kim Viramontes / Necklace: heirloom / Shoes: Badgley Mischkav / Makeup: Lynda Le / Hair: Alissa from Neil George Salon Beverly Hills / Bridesmaid Dresses: custom dresses by GadoGado Apparel / Groom’s suit: Friar Tux suits / Custom bow ties: TuxandTulle / DJ: Jose Lopez from JR Productions / Strings: Laurel McKenzie / Caterer: Santa Anita Gardens Catering / Cake, mini cupcakes, mini fruit tarts, mini cannolis: Merengue Bakery in Monrovia / French Macaroons: Europane Bakery in Pasadena / Cake pops: Just a Bite Cake Pops / Italian cookies: Claro’s Deli in Arcadia / Wedding Invitations: Bella Figura / Calligraphy: Bonnie Nelson / Videographer: Floataway Studios / Transportation: Elite Valet and Executive Transit
Oh my goodness, this next shoot from Carina and Nadine of Love Me Do Photography is so close to dreamy perfection that my heart hurts! It is pure vintage romance: soft vintage dresses, a stunning old building, and the softest, warmest light you ever did see. Styled by Veronika Placek, all of the details come together to create the perfect muted palette that is pure romance. The photographers describe the shoot, saying, “We wanted to build a narrative story not only around the props but also about the space we were in, the vintage atmosphere, and around the couple themselves.” And I’d say it was quite the success, wouldn’t you?
Wedding Vendors (Philadelphia, PA):
Photography: Carina and Nadine of Love Me Do Photography / Styling and Design: Veronika Placek / Hair and Makeup: Veronika Placek / Location: Private home / Bride’s dresses: vintage / Bride’s skirt: Urban Outfitters / “Eat Your Heart Out” plate: Folded Pigs
When two artistic people wed, the outcome is always something to ooh and ahh over. Combine that cunning artistic sensibility with an incredibly romantic venue, some dramatic florals and the photography of Oak Street Studio and you’ve got an event that’s sure to give you that ache of wedding romance in your chest. Dramatic and stylish, Jessica and Perrin’s New York wedding is the epitome of classic romance.
From the bride, Jessica. Perrin and I were engaged while on a walk in Fort Greene Park in our beloved Brooklyn neighborhood. We decided we wanted a fall wedding in New York City surrounded by our close friends; we wanted to host an event that felt inspired, personal and non-traditional but that paid homage to our old-world and classical aesthetics.
The Metropolitan Building in Long Island City, Queens, with its French chateau-inspired interior and eclectic antique furniture, turned out to be the perfect venue for us. The building is full of charming details that inspired the overall bohemian-chic aesthetic we wanted to create for the wedding.
Flanking the ceremony area were two large and urns blossoming with dahlias, olive branches, hydrangeas and roses, arranged within a soft tea-stained color palate. Floral artist Nicolette Camille created the larger arrangements, the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets, as well as the boutonnières.
I brought my own antique touches to the overall muted tones of the décor by draping creamy lace with hints of silver over the guest tables; the lace helped to pick up on the soft glows of the mercury glass votives. Candlelight, white pumpkins and small apothecary jars of flowers made an appearance all throughout the venue. I designed the guest and reception table flower arrangements myself; I ordered flowers from NYC’s flower markets, purchased the antiqued urns several weeks before the wedding and my family assembled the arrangements the day before the event.
Wedding Vendors (New York, NY):
Photography: Heather of Oak Street Studio / Venue: The Metropolitan Building / Catering and Rentals: The Cleaver Company / Cake and desserts: Cheryl Kleinman / Bride’s dress: Anne Barge / Bride’s earings: Anthropologie / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Light in the Box / Bridesmaids’ hairpieces: Belle Epoch / Bouquets, boutonnières and larger floral arrangements: Nicolette Camille / All other florals: DIY by the bride and family / Music: A Hawk and A Hacksaw / Invitations and Paper Goods: Groom, Perrin
Ok, brace yourself for some gorgeous wedding eye candy overload! Caroline Ghetes took so many amazing photos, we just had to dedicate a whole post to just the bride and groom. From dreamy portraits on the ranch to seriously glamorous nighttime city portraits, she captured it all.
More from Patricia:
My husband saw a Pronovias wedding dress online one day and tells me that it is the most beautiful dress he has ever seen. Shopping for a dress was difficult because it was nearing the end of the year and the 2010 collection had not yet been released. Therefore, all the dresses I had seen online were not available to the public. After trying on 30+ dresses, I came across the one my husband mentioned earlier. The moment I saw it on the hanger, I knew it was the one.
I made the veil using ivory Russian netting tulle and a peony flower with a diamond button I borrowed from my mother. The button served as ‘something borrowed’.
Part three of this spectacular will be coming your way soon. Stay tuned!
Wedding Vendors (Malibu, CA):
We got another J.R.R Tolkien’s bride fan! You may remember this sweet vintage-inspired wedding from last month, and now we have another beautiful wedding inspired by the writer’s work to share! The bride Anastasia was heavily inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s work, and just for good measure, she threw a dash of Jane Austen in as well. The result is a gorgeous affair with plentiful whimsy. Dana Grant was on hand to capture the day.
More from the bride Anastasia’s Mother:
It seemed like my daughter wanted to invite JRR Tolkien to LothLorien. The Forest setting with Tolkien era furnishings and romance inspired embellishments stunned the guests. Think Tolkien entering LothLorien, mixing his era with his imagination. Candles hanging from massive oaks, twinkling lights on the dance floor, outdoor candle lit iron chandeliers, billowy table linens, flower faeries, letterpress Invitations, silk, peonies, roses, silver, lace but a shocking lack of satin.
We really did visit 100 venues and my daughter pretty much had given up. On a whim, we stumbled on ‘The Ranch’ and her jaw dropped, eyes bulged with tears and I said… where do I sign.
For 17 months, I was out at 6am scouring the tri-county area for 1890-1930’s era antique settee’s, over-sized wing, trunks, chairs, etc. which we had re-upholstered in a wedding cream velvet.
Anastasia’s Grandma sewed the flower fairy dresses. The Jr. Bride’s Maid of Honor (A.K.A. lil’ sis) tirelessly designed and assembled the faeriesque wings.
Almost everything was DIY. I ordered 1,000 hex mason jars which the maid of honor and bridesmaid adorned with twine, labels and candles. My family, friends and I sewed custom the 3 layered draped table cloths and warm, custom embroidered wraps for the ladies. We scoured every Marshals for the silver pedestal, stained glass bowl centerpieces (each store only had 1 or 2 and we needed 35) and other stores for 80 iron bases for the side florals. We silver plate painted the bases and ironwork.
Don’t miss the video by Nick of Goofy Foot Films:
Wedding Vendors (Ventura, CA):
Wedding Venue: Wiggy Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Dana Grant / Coordinator: Viviana Savila of Bella Notte Events / Florist: Elegant Thorn / Bride’s Dress: Novia D’Art / Bride’s Veil: Eve of Milady / Bride’s Head Piece: Maria Elena / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / DJ: Atmosphere / Caterer: Contemporary Catering / Videographer: Goofyfoot Films
Lisa and Scott’s wedding, captured by Turner Creative Photography, was an absolute fairytale come to life! They were married in an old English castle filled with rich history, and the setting was nothing short of majestic. Adding to the fairytale factor was Lisa’s amazing pale blue dress. She looks like a princess plucked straight out of some whimsical story. I love it!
More from the bride, Lisa of Lisa Dawn Photography:
As Scott and I are wedding photographers ourselves we knew exactly what feel we wanted our wedding day to have. We really wanted the day to be personal and reflect us both. We took on the planning of the day ourselves and many of the details were made my us and our families.
I had quite a clear idea of the style we were going for, which I guess I would describe as relaxed, country, continental & vintage.
I made the flowers including buttonholes, bouquets and floral displays myself with help from my mum and sister the day before our wedding!
With our wedding plans the dress came first, one day on the way to catch a bus home from work I walked passed the window of Oxfam, which have a bridal suite and in the window saw a stunning dress, pale blue with beading on the bodice, I stopped in my track and want to take a closer look, I fell in love with it on the spot and asked if they could put it by for me to try on the next day….I tried it on and it fit perfectly so I think it was meant to be. It turned out to be by Sassi Holford a well known designer in the UK. It was a very lucky find and an x-catwalk dress so had only been worn once before! We hadn’t planned a date but had been engaged for a year so soon our plans fell into place and I needed a venue which would live up to the dress.
Then we found Old Wardour Castle, set in the peaceful Wiltshire countryside beside a lake, Old Wardour Castle, near Tisbury wast was built in the 14th century as a lightly fortified luxury residence for comfortable living and lavish entertainment.
Since the Civil War the badly damaged the castle, it became a fashionable romantic ruin! More recently it was featured in Hollywood blockbuster movie, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. We fell in love with the castle and booked the 13th June this year.
We often shoot weddings at a local 18th Century thatched Inn ‘The Langton Arms’ and have got to know the landlady and wedding co-ordinator and staff well! We trusted them and knew the food was going to be local and delicious-needless to say it was!
My advise to any brides and grooms to be is to make your day your own, invite those you want around you to celebrate your day (we had 50 and still didn’t get to talk to them all!) It’s good to get inspired from other weddings but it can be overwhelming so concentrate on your own ideas and choose suppliers that you trust and you will make your day your own and one to cherish.
Something that made their wedding extra special was the reading Lisa’s best friend did during the ceremony. I thought it was beautiful, so I wanted to include it in its entirety.
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
Louis de Bernieres
Love is a temporary madness,
it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.
And when it subsides you have to make a decision.
You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together
that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.
Because this is what love is.
Love is not breathlessness,
it is not excitement,
it is not the promulgation of eternal passion.
That is just being “in love” which any fool can do.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away,
and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
Those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground,
and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches,
they find that they are one tree and not two.
Wedding Vendors (England):
Ceremony Venue: Old Wardour Castle / Reception Venue: The Langton Arms / Photographer: Turner Creative Photography / Flowers: By the bride and family / Cake and Bunting: Pat a Cake of Wimborne / Harpist: Amanda Whiting / Gypsy Jazz Band: Jonny Hepbir Trio / Rentals: The Poundbury Florist / Confetti: Immati / Vintage Car: Premier Carriage / Hair Stylist: Emily Jirat / Bride’s Dress: Sassi Holford