Another onelove photography beauty and it takes place all in the majesty of the great outdoors at California’s Demetria Estate. Genevieve and Clark’s wedding is just so elegant and what I love the most about it is that despite hosting their big day outdoors, they pull in lovely, soft pops of color that simply work well with the vineyard surroundings. From the gray in Clark’s dapper suit to the sweet pink hue of Genevieve’s bridesmaids’ dresses and the dahlias in the centerpieces by Connor Casavan, it was all compiled so effortlessly by Emily Bowser. Enjoy this classic garden fête!
A dinner party wedding in the bride’s mother’s backyard — it doesn’t get much better than this! Max and Morgan centered their theme around their Italian heritage, adding lots of greenery and herbs to their wedding day and focusing on a truly family style dinner. Julia Elizabeth Photography shone as the photographer, and Harwinton Florist designed the gorgeous floral arrangements.
From the couple, Max and Morgan: Our vision was to create a day that was all about friends and family. Getting married in my mother’s backyard, where I grew up exploring and day dreaming was so special to Max and I. We wanted to share my nostalgia with our guests. Make them feel like they were home. A day filled with hearty meals, lawn games, laughter and family, a backyard wedding but with a modern feel. Even though our wedding was on the larger size, we wanted it to feel intimate. Like a dinner party with family on a summer night. Max and I have so much fun in our relationship dancing and goofing around, we also wanted our guests to experience that with us! I remember Max telling the DJ to never stop the music, Keep the party going!! With full bellies, surrounded by close friends and family, the night was a total hit.
Our theme went around our Italian heritage, we kept it simple with light grey, and green. For flowers we stuck with herbs and greens (rosemary, and different breeds of eucalyptus). The main DIY projects involved in the wedding were the birch arbor we got married under my mothers friend donated a birch tree off her property for us to use, the “LOVE” marquee sign was made by my husband and his best man, the custom corn hole game and Jenga games were made by my father, and most of the decorations were made by the bride and bridesmaids. TEAM EFFORT!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Our advice would be to not stress! Its an important day, but its only one day in your life! Don’t forget why your getting married (it’s about a celebration about two people becoming one, not about the party itself!)
Music was centered around worship music as my husband is a worship pastor.
Processional: “Morning Song,” Steffany Gretzinger
First Dance: “Take the World,” Johnnyswim
Rose Gold Bracelet
Maids of Honor Dresses
Blues, greens, and ivory – such a classic color palette, yet it’s always a winner in our books. Parker and Chandler’s Florida wedding was relaxed elegance at its best, with the added bonus of a tropical setting twist (I mean really, those forest portraits? Come on). Thanks to the wonderful team behind their day, including Flora + Fauna, Bash, Please, and Rubys Red Floral & Garden!
From the bride, Chandler: We wanted to go with something that would complement our personalities. We are both very laid back and down to earth, so having any crazy colors or loud decorations just wasn’t us. We went with soft greens and a clean and simple set up to keep everything feeling ethereal and elegant. Some adjectives that would best describe our wedding would be organic, elegant, ethereal, soft, and romantic. Our color scheme was filled with velvety blues, all different sorts of greens, some ivory, and a touch of pink (in my bouquet!). We were able to hire Bash, Please to be our coordinators, so we did not do any DIY projects.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I am a wedding photographer and I can appreciate good wedding photos, but we didn’t really think we needed videography. I had known Flora + Fauna personally since we work in the industry together, and I knew that they offered videography. A the very last minute, Parker and I decided we should do a video of our wedding day. It was hands down the BEST decision we made from the whole wedding planning process. I remember being so stressed and overwhelmed leading up to the wedding and on the actual wedding day before our “I Do’s”, but looking back at our video, I can remember how happy I was and how beautifully everything turned out (it all becomes a blur on the day of)! It is so nice to have that documented not only for ourselves but for the generations to come too.
Bride’s Processional: “Promises,” Ben Howard
First Dance: “Ends of the Earth,” Lord Huron
Wedding Location: Orange Park, FL / Photographer and Videography: Flora + Fauna / Coordination and Wedding Invitations: Bash, Please / Floral Design: Rubys Red Floral & Garden / Venue: Winterbourne Inn / Wedding Dress: Vintage / Wedding Shoes: Steve Madden / Hair: Casey Does Hair / Bridesmaids’ Dresses and Men’s Ties: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit, Groom and Groomsmen Shoes: Banana Republic / Desserts: Sweet N’ Flour / DJ: Feedback Entertainment / Lighting: St. John’s Illuminations / Farm Tables and Furniture: Wish Vintage Rentals
If I could ever live in a wedding, I think it might just have to be this one. From the aquamint bridesmaid dresses to the beaded BHLDN wedding gown to the stunning scenery of LA’s Elysian, this wedding from Kym Ventola Photography and Christine Tran had us on our toes right to the end. Let’s hop in!
From the bride, Jess: We wanted to have the wedding in Jessica’s hometown of Los Angeles, so that helped us narrow down a vision for the wedding. We wanted a summer sunset wedding in the city, in a unique space where we had a great canvas to create exactly what we wanted. We played on the local flora and flavors and used Los Angeles as our inspiration. We serves Mexican food, including elote, cactus salad, mole, fried potato tacos, and churros! The ceremony and reception space was located next to the Los Angeles River and had a beautiful bamboo and succulent garden, so kept with the simplicity of the industrial area but added in lush greens and succulents where we could.
Simple. Authentic. Magical. Simplicity was really important to us. We tried to keep the decor as minimal as possible, and let the natural beauty of the space really shine. It also helped to maintain a focus on the big picture. Authenticity was our guiding principal. We wanted everyone to feel as though they got a piece of us on the wedding day. Some examples: We wrote our own vows as well as the entire ceremony from scratch. Because we met each other in a book club, instead of table numbers we used our favorite authors and hand made “library cards” for the escort cards. Jessica makes pottery, and inspired by the fact that the venue was previously a porcelain mold factory, she made every wedding guest a small wheel thrown porcelain cup glazed in various shades of blues and greens. We also wanted an element of the magical. Jessica’s sister created a video installation for everyone to watch that depicted our crazy love, and we exited the wedding surrounded by sparklers. Jess’s best friend and family serenaded us with our favorite song during the ceremony. We used splashes of golds and silvers and made our own photo booth with an instant camera and handmade backdrop. Each detail had a bit of magic in it!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Be there for each other. Stay focused on your love–the thing that is bringing the whole wedding together. Lean into the mayhem and chaos that can ensue! There is an unavoidable amount of thought and work in creating a wedding. There are so many moving parts — especially the day of (!), so have a team supporting you, both in the DIY and event planning stuff as well as the difficult and emotional stuff that can come up. And take moments throughout the actual wedding day to take everything in together because it’s a once in a lifetime chance to have all those you love in your presence!
Prelude: “O I Long to Feel Your Arms Around Me,” Father John Misty
Groom’s Processional: “Dreams Come True Girl,” Cass McCombs
Bride’s Processional: “Sabians,” Shimmering Stars
Ceremony Performance: “Acrobat,” Angel Olsen
Recessional: “Baby, I Love You,” Aretha Franklin
Grand Entrance: “Thank You for Sending Me an Angel,” Talking Heads
First Dance: “Nothing Can Change This Love,” Otis Redding
Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Photographer: Kym Ventola Photography / Wedding Planner: Christine Tran / Florist: Ashley Novak and Josh Cooper / Venue: Elysian / Wedding Dress and Shoes: BHLDN / Wedding Bands and Jewelry: Lori McLean, Mociun, and Bittersweets NYC / Hair: Mackenzey Forrey / Makeup: Lana Fields / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew and Etsy / Caterer, Wedding Cake and Churros: El Cholo Catering / Rentals: Yeah! Rentals / Wedding Invitations: Union Press /’ Videographer: Elliott Geolat
Oh, but this wedding. Photographer Heather Hester is never-failing in her ability to deliver the beautiful things in life, like this wedding. Haley and Alex met while working at Ralph Lauren, and wanted the designer’s classic aesthetic to inspire their nuptials. With its pastoral simplicity and easy elegance, I think it’s pretty safe to say the couple achieved their goal!
From the bride, Haley: When Alexander and I got engaged we were both working for Ralph Lauren in NYC. I grew up on an ancestral farm in Alabama and both our family are avid antique collectors. So we wanted an antique Ralph Lauren feel to our wedding with lots of DIY details. We loved all of the little details everyone helped put together for the wedding. We couldn’t have pulled it off without our families helping along the way, and all the last minute things that the bridesmaid’s and groomsmen did. It seems like everything was a DIY project; my wedding dress was made in part by a seamstress from Ralph Lauren, and part by a seamstress in my hometown.
The reception venue is a fabulous event barn on the family farm and it was decorated by our families. The centerpieces were fresh picked flowers off of the farm along with family antiques. All of the silverware, linens, and plates were mix-matched vintage pieces we collected. Our favors were little mason jars filled with apple butter, strawberry jam, and peach preserves–made by our wonderful mothers! All of the bouquets, wedding barn flowers, boutonnieres, and the floral crowns were made by a friend as well (she even picked the cotton herself!). We asked family and friends to make our favorite desserts with everything from toffee bars, to classic southern pound cake, and peanut butter cake! I sewed a cake topper and name tags for our table as well! Alexander proposed to me with a vintage ring from the late 1800s, so for wedding rings we designed our own family crest and had matching ones made by Heraldica in England. I designed and did the watercolors for our invitations as well. My sister also hand lettered the all of the chalkboards at the wedding. The theme of vintage event went so far as my dad wearing the suit he wore in his own wedding!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Pick what’s really important to you on the wedding day and get the best of the best for that thing. I am a photographer, so getting a great photographer (and one who used film) was at the top of my list. Involve your family and friends. Ours really helped share in the burden/blessing of planning and executing our dream wedding. Realize that not everything will go off without a hitch, but it will still be the best day of your life.
Processional: “Ada Plays,” Gabriel Yared
Recessional: “Decatur,” Sufjan Stevens
First Dance: “Did I Remember,” Billie Holiday
Wedding Location: Valley Head, AL / Photographer: Heather Hester / Ceremony Venue: Private Residence / Reception Venue: Sweet Season’s Farm / Flowers: Holly Owen and family members / Wedding Dress: made by Sabrielle Lezeau and Pat Shelton / Wedding Shoes: Marais USA / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Free People, Anthropologie, and other boutiques / Groom’s Suit: Rugby Ralph Lauren / Wedding Caterer: Carolyn Hale / Wedding Cake: Maty’s Bakery / Ceremony Music: Bennet Beckner / Wedding Invitations: Painted by myself, printed at Desoto Printing / Transportation: Get-A-Way car was a vintage toyota FJ cruiser owned by a friend
Sharing French Provincial inspiration by Alisa Lewis Event Design wouldn’t be complete without food and drinks! Preluding our cocktail recipe, we shared a terracotta herb favor project. Now we will share Citrus Rosemary Gin just in time for your weekend soirees.
- 3/4 lb sliced kumquats (or citrus of your choice)
- 1 bunch fresh rosemary
- Spritzer or Sprite for sweeter taste
- Slice kumquats very thinly. Muddle some kumquats with some rosemary. Add to shaker. Add ice. 1-1.5 ounces of gin. Mix gently.
- Pour into pretty glass and top with spritzer or sprite for a fizz!
- Add kumquat slices and a sprig of rosemary.
Photographer: Rebecca Hollis Photography / Art Direction, Styling, and Coordination: Alisa Lewis Event Design / Floral Design: Habitat Events / Dresses: Jenny Packham “Foxglove” and “Syrie” via The Dress Theory / Jewelry: Cloth & Crown / Hair: Boom Swagger Salon / Makeup: Skin Chic / Vintage Rentals and Styling Props: The Attic | A Vintage Rental Company / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Katie Linder Design
We love that today’s bride and groom took inspiration for their wedding decor from their favorite destination (and honeymoon spot!), France. This wedding is Old World French style meets relaxed California elegance, and has not only one stunning bride but also one of the most dapper grooms we’ve featured this year. Our thanks go out to Ashley Rose Photography for sharing this wedding with us!
From the bride, Rachel: Our inspirations for our day came from our love of “old world” character. We love antiques and try to go to flea markets as much as we can. It’s all about if it speaks to us and makes us smile, there’s just something about the history tied to old things that we can’t resist.. and I love old things mixed with florals and beauty.
From the playlist to the candle holders, we wanted everything to speak about us and our style. We took a lot of time to create things that spoke to us – I made all of the napkins for the tables (a labor of love) in all different patterns for each table. I think it brought more character to the dinner atmosphere than just having plain linens. Everything that we created had some sort of French influence to it too – but old world French style – think handmade lace, ornate props, old books… shabby chic mixed with rustic French.
We love old music and films, and a lot of our songs came from the 1920s-1940s era mixed but mixed with new songs as well. We both love France and Jared visited me there when I did a study abroad program. The culture and the beauty in all things around us really inspired our “french influence”, so much so we decided to go there on our honeymoon. My mom and friends helped by bringing in the French countryside as well by making peach jam for each guest to take home. We wanted all of this for our wedding – AND for everyone to feel relaxed and at home.
The most memorable moment of the day for me, was when Jared gave me a ring that was unexpected (I thought I was only going to have one ring, my “engagement ring”). I was so surprised and stunned – it is a moment that I will never forget. Our first look was beautiful too and it was so amazing to just take each other in, we really felt relieved to see each other and to just have a few precious moments alone before everything started. It was really a magical and joyous moment for us.
Wedding Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA / Wedding Photographer: Ashley Rose Photography / Wedding Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano / Event Design and Planning: Bride and bride’s family / Wedding Flowers: Krista Jon Floral Designs / Wedding Dress: Lazaro / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Lindsey Trowbridge / Bride’s Hairpiece: Lola M Bridal / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bari Jay / Groom’s Suit: ASOS / Flower Girl Dresses: Olive and Fern / Wedding Caterer: Iva Lee’s / Wedding Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop / Handkerchiefs: Cush / Wedding Music: Thomby & MC Paul Kim (friends from our church), My sister (Rebecca), Jared’s sister (Mearah), my cousin (Chelsea) and our very good family friend (Alan) provided music during the ceremony / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Hello! Lucky