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Summer Destination Wedding in Cape Town

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Debbie Lourens

Today’s couple decided to travel from their home in Texas to South Africa for a destination wedding to remember. Debbie Lourens Photography and A Little Thing Called helped Nicole and Jadeon bring their visions to life, which included a breezy garden style and a couple of extra special guests!

summer destination wedding in Cape Town - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

From the bride, Nicole: We had a summer wedding in the vineyards in a valley with mountain views. We were looking for a romantic garden wedding style that was not too over the top but still made a statement. Our colors were supposed to be soft pink, white, gold and burgundy, but the florist added her own style and a few extra colors which came out wonderfully.

summer destination wedding in Cape Town - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

boutonnieres - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

wedding fashion - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

wedding rings - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

lace wedding dress - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

summer destination wedding in Cape Town - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

bridesmaid portraits - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town
Flower recipe: I’m not quite sure on all the florals, but the florist used a lot of wildflowers like bougainvillea, tulips, snapdragons and eucalyptus.

wedding ceremony setup - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

wedding ceremony - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

wedding ceremony - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

garden wedding reception - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

wedding reception ideas - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

summer destination wedding in Cape Town - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

romantic floral displays - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

summer destination wedding in Cape Town - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

reception signs - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

escort card wreaths - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

summer destination wedding in Cape Town - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy the planning process whether it’s with your fiance, bridesmaids, mothers/mothers in law, if you think it will be too much stress for you to plan the wedding, hire an event planner that can help you out! I wish I would have especially for an overseas wedding.

brass wedding decor - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

reception details - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

summer destination wedding in Cape Town - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

chocolate wedding cake - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

chocolate wedding cake - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

summer destination wedding in Cape Town - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

romantic first dance lighting - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/summer-destination-wedding-in-cape-town

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
We played a variety of songs, lots of fun songs you can dance too, like Tina Turner, some Spanish influenced songs, Mathew Mole, Angus and Julia Stone, etc. My processional song was a french instrumental song by Yann Tiersen, “Comptine D’un Autre été L’après-midi.”

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Debbie Lourens

Florist

A Little Thing Called

Venue and Catering

Rhebokskloof

Wedding Dress

Watters Wtoo

Bridal Store

Brickhouse Bridal

Wedding Shoes

Nine West

Hair and Makeup

Marnel Toerien

Groom's Jacket

Calvin Klein

Chocolate Ganache Cake

Henno

DJ

DJ Archie Quevedo

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Aurora Cinema

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

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Sweet Wedding in the English Countryside

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

LM Weddings

English countryside weddings, we love you so. Nina and Gareth are an Australian-English couple who traveled to the groom’s home town to exchange vows in front of their loved ones. Luckily for us, Laura McCluskey of LM Weddings was there to capture it all for us to admire!

Sweet Wedding in the English Countryside - photo by LM Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-wedding-in-the-english-countryside

From the bride, Nina: We wanted a relaxed day in the countryside that represented both of our upbringings despite coming from opposite sides of the world. An English countryside setting with plenty of Australian inspired details, food and drinks as a nod to my childhood. With many overseas guests, we wanted to take the opportunity to show off Gareth’s beautiful home town during the glorious British summertime. We took inspiration from summer wildflowers with lots of blues and greens and hints of red. We also incorporated elements of the countryside with lots of wood, natural light and maps.

wedding ideas - photo by LM Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-wedding-in-the-english-countryside

bride getting ready - photo by LM Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-wedding-in-the-english-countryside

English bridesmaids - photo by LM Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-wedding-in-the-english-countryside

bridesmaid shoes - photo by LM Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-wedding-in-the-english-countryside

The whole event was very DIY, and everyone’s contributions made it feel so special. There was such an overwhelming sense of excitement and love as we all set up the hall together the day before. One of my favourite memories is watching my father and my husband-to-be working together to saw the table number bases on the grass outside the hall. My cousin Arielle Gamble is an illustrator and we were incredibly lucky to have her involved with everything from the invites to the table numbers, seating chart and signage at our village hall reception. My mother and sister put together the dozens of flower centrepieces, which looked beautiful and made the hall smell amazing with all the fresh herbs. My mother lovingly collected all the linen napkins and Australiana tablecloths and brought them over with her. I made all the bunting from scraps of Liberty print fabric I had collected.

ceremony processionals - photo by LM Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-wedding-in-the-english-countryside

ceremony processional - photo by LM Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-wedding-in-the-english-countryside
ceremony kiss - photo by LM Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-wedding-in-the-english-countryside
ceremony kiss - photo by LM Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-wedding-in-the-english-countryside

Sweet Wedding in the English Countryside - photo by LM Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-wedding-in-the-english-countryside

We worked with The Meadow Garden, a small flower farm based next door to the village hall. The flowers could not have been more local! They offered us a beautiful array of seasonal, sustainable English flowers and we chose a mix of summer wildflowers that included scabiosa, poppy heads, daisies, ammi, cornflowers, snapdragons, cream roses, salvia and herbs like oregano, catmint, lavender and rosemary. I wandered around the farm the day before the wedding helping them pick a few more sweet peas that had bloomed overnight, which was a dream come true.

Sweet Wedding in the English Countryside - photo by LM Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-wedding-in-the-english-countryside

wedding signs - photo by LM Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-wedding-in-the-english-countryside

wedding guests - photo by LM Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-wedding-in-the-english-countryside

wedding games - photo by LM Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-wedding-in-the-english-countryside

lace bridesmaid dresses - photo by LM Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-wedding-in-the-english-countryside

English country weddings - photo by LM Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-wedding-in-the-english-countryside

wedding receptions - photo by LM Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-wedding-in-the-english-countryside

English country weddings - photo by LM Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-wedding-in-the-english-countryside

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Listen to your instincts and try not to get overwhelmed by the huge amount of inspiration available. Remember it’s your day and your budget and you should do what feels right for you and your partner even if it’s not traditional. Don’t be afraid to ask friends for help! We were so lucky to work with our talented friends and so many pitched in to help with djing, catering, flowers, invites etc. It was definitely a labour of love! If guests are travelling from abroad, try to organise a casual event the day after the wedding so you can make sure you spend enough time with them. The actual day will go so fast and you will be grateful for a little extra time to spend with the people that have made such an effort to be there for you even if it’s just a picnic in the park.

simple place settings - photo by LM Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-wedding-in-the-english-countryside

English country wedding ideas - photo by LM Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-wedding-in-the-english-countryside

bunting cake toppers - photo by LM Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-wedding-in-the-english-countryside


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “England,” The National
Recessional: “Love Is Love,” Lungfish
First Dance: “This Will Be Our Year,” The Zombies
Late night singalongs: Saves The Day and Jimmy Eat World

Wedding Location: Braunston, Rutland, England / Photographer: Laura McCluskey of LM Weddings / Florist: The Meadow Garden / Ceremony Venue: Oakham Castle / Reception Venue: Braunston Village Hall / Wedding Dress: Vintage from Etsy / Reception Dress: Vintage from Etsy / Wedding Shoes: Office / Hair and Makeup: Lipstick & Curls / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Vintage / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Groom’s Shoes: Loake / Bow Tie: Liberty / Caterer: Magnus Reid and Laura Marten from Yolk Bakery / DJ: Bless (Tom Pinchard) / Wedding Invitations: Arielle Gamble

Lucile’s Old Market Wedding

Garden Weddings

Photos by:

Mullers Photography

Today’s bride and groom implemented what’s sure to be a new favorite activity into their wedding ceremony — potting their first plant as newlyweds. Bride Chelle is an organic gardener, so it makes sense that the couple’s wedding day would be full of warm tones, lush greenery, and beautiful flowers from I Bloom. Thanks to Mullers Photography for capturing the wedding day!

Lucile's Old Market wedding - photo by Mullers Photography http://ruffledblog.com/luciles-old-market-wedding

From the bride, Chelle: I love gardening and we love being out of doors, so we wanted to have a very organic bright feeling. My bouquet was at least half edible plant based (apples, chamomile, kale, berries, etc) by request, and I basically left the specific color choices up to I Bloom. I just said warm colors, and gave a few flower/plant suggestions. My mom painted the figures for the guest table and cake toppers from scratch, and we got a handmade guest book for people to do the Polaroids. The table name cards were Polaroid themed as well. The theme was mainly just making memories and having a very organic, warm, comfortable feel to the day. I always wanted to marry outside, preferably in a garden. Lucile’s was the first and only place I visited, and the courtyard garden, and elegant inside space, was perfect. I am an organic gardener, and wanted the ceremony to have that kind of warm, welcoming and bright feeling. I also wanted to have a “old” feeling to the event, not necessarily vintage but just a feeling that this was part of a long tradition. The cobblestone and ivy colored brick walls outside really embodied that tone.

Luciles Old Market wedding - photo by Mullers Photography http://ruffledblog.com/luciles-old-market-wedding

lace wedding dress - photo by Mullers Photography http://ruffledblog.com/luciles-old-market-wedding

lace wedding gown - photo by Mullers Photography http://ruffledblog.com/luciles-old-market-wedding

garden bouquet - photo by Mullers Photography http://ruffledblog.com/luciles-old-market-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Roses, Dahlias, Amaranth, Chamomile, Zinnias, Poppy pods, Poppies, Snapdragon, Pea pods, Allium, Raspberries, Apples, Nigella, Lacinato Kale.

guest book ideas - photo by Mullers Photography http://ruffledblog.com/luciles-old-market-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Mullers Photography http://ruffledblog.com/luciles-old-market-wedding

red groom ties - photo by Mullers Photography http://ruffledblog.com/luciles-old-market-wedding

I didn’t really have a traditional color scheme planned, it kind of just pieced itself together. I wanted warm colors for the bouquet, peaches, pinks, reds, purples. I knew that I wanted bright green napkins for the table to go with the stained glass, and also green’s my favorite color. The week before the wedding Jerrod decided he wanted a red tie, so we bought red bow ties as well for the boys. I know it sounds crazy, but I kind of went about all this organically as things came up! One thing that definitely was planned, was the guest book idea – to buy a polaroid and have people take photos of themselves along with the notes. They ended up taking a lot of other ones too, and we pasted those into the book – the perfect keepsake. Also, the wooden figurines for the guest table and the cake were painted by my mother.

wedding ceremony - photo by Mullers Photography http://ruffledblog.com/luciles-old-market-wedding

wedding ceremonies - photo by Mullers Photography http://ruffledblog.com/luciles-old-market-wedding

ceremony recessionals - photo by Mullers Photography http://ruffledblog.com/luciles-old-market-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Mullers Photography http://ruffledblog.com/luciles-old-market-wedding

place setting ideas - photo by Mullers Photography http://ruffledblog.com/luciles-old-market-wedding

elegant receptions - photo by Mullers Photography http://ruffledblog.com/luciles-old-market-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Keep an eye out for ideas, but take your time. I had almost zero stress because two big decisions were made well and early on – location and photographers. Focus on these two, and your florist and after that it’s really just about having fun. I planned a few key things for the event from the beginning, as I had them already in mind for some time, but other than that everything just unfolded gradually. Even things like Jerrod’s tie, and the boys’ bow ties, or the polaroid name cards were only planned a week out from the wedding date, and on an unrelated errand I ran over the weekend. So one example, is that I had no idea what to use for the place cards, and nothing had felt right so far. I was at Target and happened to see a set of polaroid blank cards on clearance for a few bucks. They were beautiful and perfect for our polaroid guest book theme! If you have an open mind, and aren’t too rigid about your requirements, there will be so many things that present themselves to you. Just trust your gut!

Luciles Old Market wedding - photo by Mullers Photography http://ruffledblog.com/luciles-old-market-wedding

green wedding reception - photo by Mullers Photography http://ruffledblog.com/luciles-old-market-wedding

wedding day figurines - photo by Mullers Photography http://ruffledblog.com/luciles-old-market-wedding

wedding cake - photo by Mullers Photography http://ruffledblog.com/luciles-old-market-wedding

Luciles Old Market wedding - photo by Mullers Photography http://ruffledblog.com/luciles-old-market-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: Debussey Arabesque No 1 in E Major
The recessional was cheering and flower petal throwing by our family… :D
First Dance: “What We Do,” Troubled Hubble
Father/Daughter Dance: “Sea of Love,” Cat Power
Mother/Son Dance: “Mother & Child Reunion,” Paul Simon

Wedding Location: Omaha, NE / Photographer: Mullers Photography / Flowers: I Bloom / Venue: Lucile’s Old Market / Wedding Dress and Veil: David’s Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Bloom / Dress Hanger: AntoArts / Hair: Lexi Lanka / Makeup: Ashley Gaa / Groom’s Suit: Indochino / Caterer: Hap Abraham Catering / Wedding Cake: Whole Foods

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Amanda Day Rose

Amanda Day Rose is a full-service paperie offering timeless designs for one of the most memorable days of your life. From engagement announcements, save-the-dates, and wedding invitations; to beautifully styled place settings, programs, gifts for guests, and so much more, you are in the right place! I work with a multitude of printing methods including letterpress, foil stamping, and digital printing along with an endless variety of carefully sourced materials to create a final product that will add to the essence of your wedding day.

I consider every wedding a unique and memorable occasion – and that means meticulous attention to detail as I guide you through this experience, and create artistry and design that embodies your lives together as a couple. Whether you have a very clear vision of what you want, or you are not sure where to start, your one-of-a-kind experience will open up a world of creative possibilities. I work closely with you to capture the essence of your relationship by delivering an authentic experience created just for you.

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Memphis Farmer’s Market Wedding

Rustic Weddings

You guys, no words can express how much I love when brides wear color on their wedding day. Ivory gowns are always a pleasure to see, but there’s something truly inspiring about a bride willing to step outside the box and go after the exact look she wants. Lena did exactly this with her baby blue and silver wedding gown, which fit in perfectly with her funky-chic, colorful barn wedding. Thanks to Kelly Ginn Photography for capturing this beauty!

Memphis Farmer's Market Wedding - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

From the bride, Lena: Ever since I was little I have always loved everything vintage, which grew into a love of everything shabby chic. I remember watching the Shabby Chic TV show when I was young with my mom on Saturday morning and swooning over all of the DIY and fun finds. This inspiration really led me to be a scavenger for all sorts of artifacts to use everywhere in my wedding. The Farmers Market Barn just played into the shabby chic romance I had envisioned for our wedding day. We scoured Memphis for weird and “very us” venues and, passing by one winter day, we found this barn, which could be rented out but was not a “standard venue.” It was truly love at first sight! After finding the farmers market barn and securing it, we decided to throw in lots of little touches to really evoke a feeling of having a shabby chic funky Jewish mess of a wedding at the farmers market. Oy, it was the best! The theme really leaned towards embracing the fact that our venue for half of the year is an actual farmers market. I also loved adding the vintage and shabby chic detailing to really make it our own. Whenever anyone asked me what my colors were, I should have lied and said something awful like olive green and magenta, but really I went in with a pastel palette and it just exploded into every color, so we’re gonna go with rainbow, because that sounds really horrible and not anything like it was ;)

kraft wedding invitations - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

blue wedding dress - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

wedding paper goods - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

colorful wedding ideas - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

white bouquet - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding
Bouquet recipes: White garden roses for the bride, and lots of stalky lovely flowery things like snapdragons and gladiolas for the bridesmaids.

long wedding bouquet - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

bridal party - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

groom with bow tie - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

groomsmen with bouquets - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

I could sit here and talk for days about all of the DIY projects that were done for our wedding. I made our dining room and dining table my studio, my art studio a storage room, and, well, the house looked like a wedding vomited in there for a good year. I did lots of small projects and lots of big projects. Creating my Save The Dates and Invitations were two of the more time consuming ones, but I loved every second of it; I even loved the long task of fancy addressing everything! I spent countless hours, countless. I made the wedding my full time job for over a year. It was so much fun!

first looks - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

first looks - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

wedding ceremony inspiration - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

wedding ceremony processional - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

wedding yarmulkes - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

I tied tulle for days to make the Chuppah under which we were married. I created our Jewish marriage license—the “Ketubah”—out of cut paper, and finished an entire season of a TV show in the process. (Thanks NETFLIX!) I fashioned countless chalkboards and scribbled out all the words on them. I sewed a gazillion buntings, and if I never see another bunting in my life I will be the happiest person. (JK they are hanging all over our new apartment in Chicago.) I know I made more things, but the day is a blur and I am sure I will see everything in pictures as I realize how much I have forgotten to mention. This wedding truly embodied a DIY wedding. My now-husband came up with the brilliant hashtag #jewityourself, and that became our motto. We had no wedding planner; I wore that hat as well. I went to all the meetings, booked all the vendors, and created the schedule. Our venue was so great in that it gave us the weekdays prior to the wedding to set up, and—I kid you not—we were there from 8am to midnight almost all of those nights. Thankfully we had some awesome friends and my (the brides) amazing mother to help us in those days prior to getting everything arranged. We seriously did everything but make the cake, serve the food, play the instruments, and of course take stunningly beautiful photographs of the entire day.

wedding reception inspiration - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

wedding reception inspiration - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

barn wedding reception - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

wedding reception inspiration - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

rustic wedding ideas - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

wedding favors - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Sit back and really enjoy this amazing and fun time you have together. I learned early on that Wedding Brain 24/7 isn’t as magical as it seems. You have to remember that the engagement is there for you to grow as a couple, not just to plan to most epic awesome day ever. Make time first for your relationship and then the planning of the wedding, because the first one is what this is all about!

Memphis Farmers Market Wedding - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

dessert tables - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

Memphis Farmers Market Wedding - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

garden wedding ideas - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

naked wedding cakes - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding

Memphis Farmer's Market Wedding - photo by Kelly Ginn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/memphis-farmers-market-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Long Black Veil,” Johnny Cash
Bridal Processional: “Sugar Mountain,” Neil Young
Recessional: “Ashamed,” Deer Tick
First Dance: “Carolina,” Ben Gibbard

From the photographer, Kelly of Kelly Ginn Photography: When I asked Lena and Sallis what their initial inspiration was for their wedding, my jaw dropped, I had tears in my eyes, and chills all over my body: “The Farmer’s Market offered ample opportunity for us to creatively construct a shabby chic wonderland lit by thousands of twinkling lights. We wanted our theme to be something fun and funky that harkened back to our southern roots and emphasized our love for a simpler time.” Lena and Sallis didn’t follow any common trends, they strayed away from typical traditions, and made their wedding the Lena and Sallis way. From the hand cut Ketubah that Lena did herself, to the dozen of wine/whisky bottles that were collected over the years from celebrations and date nights, and then hand painted on, to the thousands of twinkling lights that Lena and Sallis hung themselves, to the mix match pattern bunting that added the perfect amount of twang, to the linen strung chuppah stitched with the Star of David that Lena and Sallis snuck over and danced under when no one was looking, the day was made perfect because of all the time, and hard work that this couple put into their wedding. I asked Lena what her favorite memory from the day was, assuming she’d say “seeing Sallis for the first time,” or, “our first kiss.” No, not Lena, here’s the perfect answer she gave me: “The moment I walked into the barn when I was about to walk down the aisle. The orange colored glow of it all. I will never forget the lighting and the excitement of being steps away from being married.” I love that the artist inside of her most remembered the color of her day.

Wedding Location: Memphis, TN / Photographer: Kelly Ginn Photography / Florist: Lynn Doyle Flowers / Venue: The Agricenter Farmer’s Market / Wedding Dress: Barefoot Bride / Wedding Veil: The veil was my mother’s from her wedding day that I made into a birdcage / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie, Free People / Groom’s Suit: Jos A. Bank / Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Caterer: Central BBQ / Wedding Cake: Frost Bakeshop / Cookies: Semi Sweet Confections / Band: Earnestine and Hazel’s Band / Ceremony Musicians: Silas Armstrong (Banjo), Justin White (Guitar), Andrew Geraci (Upright Bass) / Officiant: Rabbi Micah Greenstein / Transportation: Yellow Cab of Memphis / Wedding Invitations: Bride

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Moko & Company

At Moko and Company, we design welcome bags and offer locally inspired gifts to go in them. Our gift options include stately mementos, small batch snacks, locally-inspired gifts, and all around enjoyable treats for your guests. Customize welcome tote bags, labels, and stickers with your names, date, colors, designs, and more.

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Rustic Texas Wedding

Rustic Weddings

When an incredibly talented bride and a team of top vendors collaborate, the result is sheer magic. Today’s bride, Emmahlyn of Pretty with Sprinkles, planned her wedding day with the help of Perfectly Planned, Something Special in Flowers, and Mustard Seed Photography, who all brought the day to a roaring success. We’re particularly fond of the flowing grey bridesmaids dresses!

rustic texas wedding - photo by Mustard Seed Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rustic-texas-wedding

From the bride, Emmahlyn: One thing that we both wanted was to have an intimate and romantic wedding outdoors. As a couple, we love being unique and creative in a very stylish way. With this in mind, we searched for the perfect location where we could showcase who we are as a couple and Oak Tree Manor was the place… the venue had beautiful greenery throughout and was vintage and rustic all in one. A Northern California Native Bride with a Rustic Groom from Texas… Perfect! With my love for beautiful florals and all things vintage, we knew that a bohemian garden wedding with lots of vintage inspiration was exactly the style we were wanted to move forward with. We pictured the attire to be casual chic with fun suits and flowy dresses. A dreamy romantic celebration!

gold wedding shoes - photo by Mustard Seed Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rustic-texas-wedding

rustic wedding invitations - photo by Mustard Seed Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rustic-texas-wedding

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Bouquet recipe: Peach roses, stock, dahlias, snapdragons, scabiosa, hydrangea, Queen Ann’s lace, eucalyptus leaves, and other greenery.

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The focus for the wedding theme was creating a bohemian garden look with elements of beautiful vintage decor. To help create the romantic feel, we decided to use soft white and ivories with blush, peach, gold and a hint of mint. The color scheme couldn’t have been any prettier. Since I own a paper décor shop on Etsy, I definitely wanted to be very hands on with our wedding. I wanted to use our wedding as inspiration to make something new and different, which was exactly what we did. The DIY projects ended up being all of our personal touches to the wedding and all our guests knew this was an Cliff & Emmahlyn wedding. Cliff and our little ones (Austin-Tyler & Eva-Madison) painted and made the wooden signs and I handmade all the many whimsical paper garlands that hung from the Oak Tree during our ceremony. The aisle had a bunting lace garland that I made using recycled lace pieces from Leann Marshall’s (Project Runway winner) bridal line. I took different styles of lace, hand cut each, and then sewed each on by hand. My daughter, the flower girl, wore a cute halo that I made as well, using vintage velvet flowers and I tied in the back with a beautiful metallic gold ribbon. The metallic ribbon was also the same ribbon I used to make the twine heart ring bearer holder that my son walked down the aisle with. It was a cute little way to link the two together.

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For the entrance to the reception, unique and thoughtfully made balloon tassels decorated the large balloons. I made each differently, incorporating our color scheme. Each had hints of lace, decorative gold and glittered ribbons, sequins, and/or heart garlands to bring that special touch to each balloon. The next project was the double-ended tassel garlands. I wanted to create a new idea from the popular fringe garlands. I decided to make paper fringe tassels, each attached to either side of metallic gold/cream twine, making them double-ended, and then hung them at varying lengths for a gorgeous dimensional look. Every tassel that was made, whether it was for the double-ended tassels or for the balloons, was secured to the twine using antique gold ribbons that I especially ordered for our wedding. So there was great detail to every handmade item of the wedding. Pom-poms, many glittered circles for scattering, the glittered ampersand sign, the hand written labels on the donut hole bags, and the gold fringe sweets table sign were also handmade to highlight the dessert table. Lastly was the photo booth back drop. I knew I wanted the backdrop to look spectacular, so layers of texture and dimension were used to create this romantic bohemian chic background. Layers of lace, satin ribbons, handmade glitter circle garlands, sequins, and cone fabric garlands were all used to make up this large 7′ x 8′ photo backdrop. Basically, if there was an opportunity to make something for the wedding, we wanted to do it. It was important to use to make this wedding our own and different from any other. All these projects took time, but were well worth it and were fun to make in the process.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Since we added a lot of personal touches to our wedding that really highlighted who are as a couple, we’d say to cater your wedding around your personalities and who you are as a couple. Your wedding is to celebrate your union and your love, so why not show it through all the details in your wedding. Make the décor, food, songs, and style of the wedding all your own. People will really love and appreciate all the things that represent you as a couple. It makes your wedding more unique, fun, and more heart-felt. We also would like to stress to enjoy the wedding planning process together. There are times where things will be a bit chaotic, especially in the last month, but we always thought about that special day… the day we had been waiting for all this time. We can easily be caught up in the planning process, but always remember that you want to remember that these times were one of the best in your lives.

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Wedding Music:
Groom and Groomsmen Processional: “Marry You,” Bruno Mars
Bridesmaids’ Processional: “Sleeping At Last,” Turning Page (instrumental)
Bride’s Processional: “Dream,” Priscilla Anh
First Dance: “All of Me,” John Legend and Lindsay Sterling

Wedding Location: The Woodlands, TX / Photographer: Mustard Seed Photography / Wedding Planner and Day Of Coordinator: Perfectly Planned / Florist: Something Special in Flowers / Decorations: Bride, Pretty with Sprinkles / Venue: Oak Tree Manor / Ceremony Dress: Claire La Faye “Bespoken” / Reception Dress: BHLDN / Veil: Tessa Kim / Halo Headpiece: BHLDN / Flowers for Hair during Reception: Twigs & Honey / Wedding Shoes: J. Crew / Jewelry: Junghwa by Amy Stewart and Twigs & Honey / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN and J. Crew / Flower Girl Dress: BHLDN / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Groomsmen’s and Ring Bearer Suits: Al’s Formal Wear / Gold Sequin Heart Boutonnieres: Ban.do / Caterer: Oak Tree Manor, Wedding Cake: Cakeology, Family Friend / Desserts: Crave Cupcakes and Petite Sweets / DJ: Elegante Entertainment / Vintage Furniture: Recollection Vintage Rentals / Photo Booth: Lucky Shots Photo Booths / Wedding Invitations: Paper Source

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

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Gold, Black & White Baby Shower

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A few months ago, I had my baby shower hosted by my in-laws while we were visiting Michigan for the holidays. Since it was the end of December, we went for a NYE inspired shower, with a color palette that would be perfect for a bridal shower or a wedding as well: black, white and gold. A gender neutral palette perfect for a coed shower.



We had a candy buffet table for favors, with all white M&Ms, Champagne Bubbles, Jordan Almonds and Pearl Dots from Temptation Candy. We used glassine bags and stickers from Minted for guests to take them home in. The candy jars and novelty milk bottles are from Koyal Wholesale.


1. Milk bottles 2. Starburst sign 3. Striped fabric for tablecloth 4. Jordan Almonds 5. Heart closure stickers 6. Apothecary jars 7. Treats table card / 8. Champagne bubbles

The flowers were one of my favorite things! Fifty Flowers sent us flowers a few days before the shower so the blooms could adapt and open. We got 5 bunches of seeded eucalyptus, one pack of Centerpiece with Height Combo and a small order of Polar Star White Rose. This was plenty for 10 tables so we had extras for a large arrangement for the cake table. If you’re DIYing your own flowers, open the boxes and place the flowers in buckets with water in a cool place out of the sun. We stored them in the basement for about 3 days till the morning of the shower, this was enough time to let the flower buds open. The morning before the shower, my mother-in-law and I started arranging them in these glasses from Ikea that mimicked our origami backdrop. Creating these centerpieces were so much fun! We randomly picked a mix of each flower and filler, and we ended up with a unique arrangement for each table.



The flowers in these arrangements are ranunculus, roses, snapdragons, white freesia and tulips, seeded eucalyptus, and bells of Ireland were used in the tall arrangement on the cake + sweets table.

Check back later this week for the tutorial on how to make the gold backdrop!

Resources: Candy: M&Ms, Champagne Bubbles, Jordan Almonds, and Pearl Dots from Temptation Candy / Apothecary jars, striped paper straws and glass milk bottles: Koyal Wholesale / Tablecloth: Fabric.com (Premier Prints) / Cake topper: DIY with tinsel / Cake: Chocolate Bar Cafe / Vases: Ikea glasses / Flowers: DIY with wholesale flowers / Invitations, signs and stickers: Minted

Dahlia and Snapdragon Floral Arrangements

Flower Guide

Snapdragons, dahlias, and ranunculus – flowers that make my heart beat a little faster whenever I see them. Kae + Ales and Linnea Paulina Photography brought these beauties to their full potential with this stunning styled shoot, perfect for late summer days.

snapdragon wedding bouquets

From the photographer, Linnea Paulina: For this shoot we were inspired by summer dahlias and snapdragons, and the rustic warmth of a garden at sunset. We wanted to create a simple place setting that would inspire Ruffled brides to carry over bright colors in their florals over to their place setting, and plates. Our color palette of bright corals, soft pinks, and orange hues contrasted with the weathered wooden table and made each detail pop. This shoot shows that an emphasis on simple details enhances focus and creates a beautiful experience.

snapdragon wedding bouquets

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snapdragon wedding bouquets

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ranunculus wedding bouquets

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dahlia floral arrangements


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Creative Direction, Styling, Floral Design, and Calligraphy: Kae + Ales / Photographer: Linnea Paulina Photography

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

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

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