Pinch us, because even our dreams couldn’t imagine a scene as pretty as this inspiration shoot from Decorus Fine Art Photography, The Styled Soirée, and Bella Lu. Charming, formal, and happy all at once, this editorial serves up two stunning bridal gowns, dreamy paper goods, and reception and dessert tables ready for sweet celebration.
There’s nothing that’s more impressive than when vendors brainstorm to design a shoot that has us enthralled with the creativity and talent they have. Shelley K Photography and Haley Hueckman did just that and what came from their collaboration is quite amazing. One of the things that we’ve learned is that if there’s anywhere that a black wedding dress can work so well, this shoot has proved to us it’s in the desert, paired with the most eye-catching flowers by Bramble & Brass and those sultry jewel tones.
From the photographer, Shelley K Photography: This modern geometric wedding editorial took place in the high desert region of eastern Oregon. The shoot was styled with a love of geometry and equilateral shapes as well as deep jewel tones. The jewel tones paired beautiful with the neutral backdrop of the landscape and created great contrast. We also wanted to step outside the box with a black wedding dress. All florals were foraged locally in eastern Oregon.
Like brides, grooms are most certainly entitled to jazz up their wedding day threads. Classic tuxedo jacket styles in black or cream are always a winner, but picking out a navy blue, ruby red, or even emerald green tuxedo jacket will be sure to wow everyone. Mixing and matching different prints are another fun way to show your sartorial skills, like this groom who dressed up his casual linen blue jacket with a diamond-print bowtie. Quite snazzy to say the least!
Cutting open sweet-smelling citrus fruits like these and displaying them in and around your wedding tables are a fun way to dress up your tablescapes if they’re in need of more styling. They add brilliant pops of color and an even bigger plus is that they smell divine!
Let’s start off by saying this: how dreamy does Wisconsin look at the cusp of fall? It’s surreal and with all of the greenery and lush landscapes roaming everywhere, it’s no wonder that Cherry Blossom Events concocted this vibrant, bohemian shoot. Laurels & Stars Photography documenting of the day was sublime, and speaking of sublime, the whimsy that Floral by Jamae packed into those wild floral arrangements is pure bliss for us.
From the event designer and stylist, Cherry Blossom Events: This vibrant and lush backyard inspiration will make your inner bohemian sing and awaken. The ethereal mix of light and vibrancy of color feels almost tropical, when in reality this was shot in a backyard in Wisconsin in September — further proof that brides and planners can create just about anything using what they have. This stunning project was planned and styled by Laura of Laurels and Stars Photography along with the amazing creative genius of Andrea and Sarah of Cherry Blossom Events.
Along with the help of many talented vendors, we were able to create an editorial piece that is just really beautiful to look at. Using unique and personal details like my Grandmother’s old clock, Andrea & Sarah transformed a simple barn table into a gorgeous lush piece of artwork. Andrea & Sarah also added touches of DIY, you’d never know the escort board and chargers were stained to compliment the color scheme of the floral arrangements. Furthermore, the desserts and naked cakes add to the intimate and bohemian feeling of this inspiration. And finally, the escort cards and invitations complete the feeling of vibrant and lush bohemian. The watercolor blues and handmade vibe coupled with the coppery calligraphy really finish the look. We were so pleased with the way this styled shoot came together, our hope is that it provides inspiration to others in our industry.
Photography and Model Styling
Styled Shoot Design and Styling
Hair and Makeup
Wedding Cakes and Desserts
Linens, Flatware, Dinnerware, and Glassware
This editorial shot by Hayley Rae Photography hits all the marks for a pinning recipe. It’s whimsical, mid-century mod, it’s geometric and the color palette this Vancouver wedding team chose is just heavenly. Cahoots Creative Happenings took the vision and ran with it, with florals by The Flower Factory. We will leave it to event stylists from Spotlight Events to take it from here!
From the event planner and producer, Spotlight Events: This mid-century geometric-inspired wedding styled shoot was a fun, creative expression from a group of Vancouver, BC’s top wedding professional. The shoot incorporated an intimate ceremony set-up, tablescape, cake display, lounge and a beautiful real life bride and groom! The concept was to showcase the geometric trend in an energetic and classy style.
Paige Petriw of Spotlight Events (producer and visionary of the shoot) chose the geo theme and a colour pallet of mint, teal, white and gold, and happily gave free creative rein to each vendor involved to showcase their talents fabulously. Cahoots Creative Happenings (designer) built so many of the elements from scratch and brought the mid-century inspiration to the overall design. The ceremony backdrop and geo chandelier over the tablescape were all crafted out of paper by the Cahoots Creative team. The newly renovated Stanley Park Pavilion was the perfect venue to provide an elegant and clean backdrop for the design. The two-piece dress from Pure Magnolia with tulle ballgown skirt and sequin top was the perfect fun and bubbly attire for the bride, combined with the groom’s pop of colour bow tie from Beaux.
Jasmine Hoffman and her team provided hair and makeup for the bride creating a laid back glam look. The flowers by The Flower Factory were modern and classic at the same time. The three tiered cake created by The Cake and the Giraffe was stunning with a marble base and water colour painted teal on top. The hexagon detail in gold and teal brought in the energetic geo theme. The stationery was hand-crafted by Kait Creative to add the perfect final touch to the design. Rentals from A&B Partytime Rentals and Loungeworks brought style to the essential elements, including chairs and linens. Everything was captured beautifully by the talented Hayley Rae Photography (photography) and Premier Love (videography).
See the behind the scenes video of the shoot from Premier Love here:
Planning and Production
Decor and Design
Groom's Bow Tie
There’s nothing quite like the boho wedding trend lately. It’s got equal parts glamour, vintage, and modern all rolled into one very pretty wedding package. When you’re doing a shoot with this inspiration style in mind, it’s almost a must to host it in the desert. In this Jennifer Fujikawa Photography shoot, this concept came to life and just bloomed. Thanks to the lovely lace dresses and the wonderful tablescape, this shoot had its fair share of elegance while keeping with the earthy, desert vibe. Naturally, FlorUnique took to the surroundings as inspiration and brought in bouquets decorated with succulents, baby pink roses and peonies, protea, and accents like peach hypericum berries and blue thistle. No matter what your style is, this inspiration shoot is one to definitely check out!
From the photographer, Jennifer Fujikawa Photography: This is an elegant desert wedding inspiration shoot at Joshua Tree for the bride with a more elegant style that still wants to embrace the desert vibe and its natural surroundings. The dresses are lovely lace with a soft mint pastel for the bridesmaid and the table settings are elegant gold/white with blue crystal that echoes the colors of the desert.
When the weather is lovely outside, it’s natural to take wedding inspiration cues from the outdoors. In this shoot produced by Be Inspired PR with photos from Sanaz Photography, Deanna Nash Events, Foxtail Florals, and the awesome team of vendors that collaborated together reined in ideas from the cool blues and greens of the ocean and those lazy days spent by the water, soaking up the sun. That sounds so romantic, doesn’t it?
From the event planner, Deanna Nash Events: With summer fast approaching, our minds turn to warm breezes and the crystal blue and green waters of the summer seas. For this styled shoot, we wanted to recreate the feeling and romance of summer days spent on the water paired with our favorite wedding details. To add a twist of the unexpected, we joined the water-colored hues of the sea with an industrial background to create a fun wedding that could be re-imagined in any setting.
Hair and Makeup
Details and Favors
Welcome Gift and Bridesmaid Gift
Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods
Peach and gold is such a magic combination and no matter what style your wedding is, this color duo just works so beautifully together. Shelley K Photography and her group of creatives including Station ’62 and Hearts & Petals decided to venture out into their hometown of eastern Oregon to see what goodness they could create for a peach and gold spring wedding in the rural backdrop. I think “create” is a clear understatement with this shoot when you see the photos. They pulled in the most gorgeous peach flowers to create such stunning arrangements on a contrasting wooden table and the vibrant colors just popped out. Always a great complement, teal was brought in and you see hints of it in the florals and in my favorite element, the bird-printed napkins. Love small details like that!
From the photographer, Shelley K Photography: Fellow eastern Oregon creatives and myself put together an amazing gold and peach themed bohemian wedding inspiration captured on film. This project was put together by a group of women living in rural eastern Oregon. We wanted to inspire local brides and others planning weddings in rural communities to not be afraid to step outside the box a little bit. Our bride and groom models were so inspired that they decided to throw a surprise wedding following the shoot. They called and texted all their friends the morning of the shoot and had an amazing 75 person turn-out.
Jewelry, Dreamcatchers and Styling
What could be better than a wedding on the beach? One photographed by Cavin Elizabeth and designed by Couture Events! This tropical photo shoot pulls in chic elements while also giving the feel that you’re spending your days in a beautifully warm and picturesque place. Leaf it to Lexi combined the soft pinks and oranges with pineapple and coconut centerpieces. At the ceremony station and in the bride’s bouquet, monstera leaves are paired with other gorgeous greenery and more tropical-colored florals to round off the aesthetic. Simply stunning!
From the event designers, Couture Events: Couture Events, Southern California’s preeminent wedding styling and coordination studio owned by one of San Diego’s most sought-after wedding visionaries, Krystel Tien, is thrilled to create and execute this tropical pastel photo shoot. Couture Events recently hit ground in San Francisco, Orange County and Santa Barbara in January 2016, now offering services throughout California.
Event Coordination and Styling
Wedding Dress, Lingerie, and Accessories
Hair and Makeup
Today’s styled shoot — sent over by the talented Christa Taylor Photography and Designs by Hemingway — shows that you don’t have to be in a certain location to be inspired by it. This particular styled wedding uses Hawaii as an inspiration point, letting the breezy land influence relaxed style with heaps of organic influence.
From the event designer, Designs by Hemingway: With destination weddings on the rise, we wanted to capture the concept of bringing two worlds together in one artistic tableau. Artists separated by an ocean came together to form this “Portland meets Hawaii” wedding inspiration. Particularly designed for every destination bride who wants to bring some personal hometown flair to her tropical soiree.
Event Coordination, Floral Design, and Vintage Rentals
Hair and Makeup
You know you can’t go wrong on your wedding day when your theme is love. Ashton and Josh made their wedding day a true celebration of their love for each other, incorporating bits of their past and future together into the wedding decor. Terra Lange Photography did a lovely job capturing everything for the couple!
From the bride, Ashton: “We’re going to tell our kids we got married in a trailer park?” “Chyea! It’s totally us!” I said. “An extremely beautiful moment against an extremely funky backdrop.” This is the conversation I had with my husband when searching for a venue. A legitimate question he asked, but he quickly realized the potential. We looked at the obligatory vineyard and it just didn’t fit our style. Sou’wester was the perfect setting for our “South by Northwest Wedding”. I just made this theme up, but seriously… we had no particular theme. Love was our “theme”. I usually need to have a theme or a concept that drives the whole thing, but there were essentially just bits and pieces of our past, present, and future together.
I am from New Orleans so we had a lot of Mardi Gras in the mix. The party favors were Mardi Gras cups with beads, Tabasco sauce, and a praline (everything was actually sourced from New Orleans). The bridesmaids’ dress colors were deep hues of purple, green, and gold. Floral was very subtle pops of purple and gold accents amongst a plethora of rich green foliage. There were a few other Mardi Gras touches, but we also had a huge emphasis on food and beverage without going “southern”.
Josh and I love good food. We also love to eat good food with great people. We had our dinners and cake procured by past Genoa employees. Rehearsal dinner included, among many other amazing dishes, a vegetable-seafood terrine and a leg of lamb with polenta while the reception was a rendition of Broder’s menu; a smorgasbord if you will. We collected champagne and wine over the course of a year as we saw labels we loved on sale. ie: Cameron Winery. Our kegs were hand picked by a good friend who works in the restaurant industry. They were Veltins Pilsner, Double Mountain Kolsch, and Goodlife Sweet As! Pacific Ale. The planning was all Josh and myself. We hold positions in the food and design industry so we were pretty confident with the project management of our own wedding. I space planned the table layouts and coordinated with a number of vendors including floral. Josh made sure we had the right food paired with the right wine or beer. We came together on things such as rentals, lighting, and a number of other tasks. As I said our theme was “Love” showcasing our past, present, and future together. We were surround by our amazing family and friends that we have known for quite some time. We celebrated fantastic food, beverage, and floral specific to the season. Furthermore, we will forever reminisce about the amazing and unforgettable weekend we had with the friends and family we have and the friends and family we will make.
Processional: “Street Hassle,” Lou Reed (modified version)
Recessional: “Kyoto’s House,” Philip Glass
First Dance: “Strangers,” The Kinks
From the photographer, Terra Lange Photography: Ashton and Joshua chose the Sou’wester Lodge and Cabins in Seaview Washington as the location for their very eclectic wedding. It was selected due to It’s unique charm, which reflected the couple’s style and their relationship. The light hearted wedding theme was “South by Northwest” as Ashton is from New Orleans, and Joshua is from Idaho, but the two fell in love in the city where they currently live, Portland, Oregon.?The ceremony was held in a DIY tent of doily stings set under a few tall trees. Guests threw rose petals from constructed book-page cones as the newlyweds victory marched down the isle. The reception tables were all New Orleans style with Mardi Gras cups and beads, Leah’s original Louisiana hot sauce, and a praline. All the wine and champagne were hand picked over the course of a year by the bride and groom themselves, and the kegs were chosen on a recommendation of a good friend in the restaurant industry: Veltins Pilsner, Double Mountain Kolsch, and Goodlife Sweet As! Pacific Ale. The planning was entirely Ashton and Joshua and was very successful with career backgrounds in food and design. They wanted the strongest theme of the day to simply be “love”, showcasing their past, present, and future together.
A retro inspired photoshoot with a color palette of blues and reds is just what the doc ordered for today, so we’re thrilled to share this beauty from Vanessa Velez, Soco Alicea, Rodri Studio. Loosely inspired by The Notebook, this shoot explores the imagined wedding between Allie and Noah with a lovely ceremony vignette and vintage inspired details aplenty.
From the photographer, Vanessa Velez: As an avid reader and total romance addict Soco Alicea planned this wonderful shoot inspired by the epic Notebook novel. While I had seen many shoots done with this idea, we had yet to find one that actually got inspired to create their what if wedding. So we decided we wanted to take it upon ourselves to actually create the magical wedding that would have been in the Notebook if the main characters had gotten to the altar on screen.
When our designer Rodri came on board he simply created magic and with the inspiration of the bicycles and the color scheme we came up with he created a creative and fun ceremony setup. We wanted to really incorporate the idea of the vintage feel and the water so we really worked with having a lot of details and colorful set ups that had the story embedded in each vignette. It was all about creating stories inside the story we where conveying on the shoot.
nbarrett photography never disappoints, and this garden wedding at Dallas Arboretum just proves our point. Bride Elizabeth stuns in her Vera Wang wedding gown and veil, and her bouquet arranged by Bows and Arrows? Out of this universe. Throw in some centerpieces with a bit of cactus and you’ve got a seriously stylish garden affair with a bit of Mexican resort influence that we just can’t stop loving.
From the bride, Elizabeth: The venue set the tone for our outdoor Spring wedding. The DeGolyer Estate at the Dallas Arboretum is a Spanish Colonial-style home in the middle of lush, beautiful gardens overlooking White Rock Lake. We wanted our guests to feel like they were at a resort in Mexico. I chose nude-blush table linens and white napkins to be a neutral base for all of my floral arrangements that were a wild mix of vibrant reds, pinks, and oranges.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Think about your guests and do something that sets your wedding apart from others – we passed tequila shots in vintage shot glasses to start the night off. More than anything, we wanted our guests to have the best time.
Wedding Dress and Veil
Have we mentioned how much we love MyMoon? It’s the ultimate Brooklyn destination for a modern rooftop wedding, and we’ve never seen an event there that didn’t deliver the goods. Take today’s wedding from Khaki Bedford Photography, Sprout, and Dawn Mauberret, for example — geometric details, balloon table numbers, succulent floral arrangements, and ice cream sandwiches to top everything off at night. It doesn’t get much better than this!
From the bride, Tiffany: We wanted something that was playful, romantic and unique, with a bit of whimsy and lots of details. I made up the term “Urban Mediterranean Garden” to explain what I was thinking! I wanted succulent terrariums, pops of bold uplifting color, gold/bronze metallics and a mix of shapes – from diamond inspired geometrics to big round balloons. And some ampersands. Somehow it came together! It was important to remember that the venue already looked amazing without any decorations (which was why we booked there!), so less was more at times. I tried to make sure the stuff I was adding would complement the already unique look of the venue. The color scheme was inspired by succulents and the sea: shades of teals and greens, with a little pop of shimmery gold for festivity.
I wanted a bouquet that featured succulents with pops of color – Sprout Home did an amazing job by combining a unique combination of greenery and unique seasonal flowers. The terrarium centerpieces created by Sprout had a succulent base with some added flower buds and ferns to add pops of color and texture. The boutonnieres were handmade by the Mother of the Bride, Sheree McKee. We attached miniature Star Wars characters to them which my husband and I had been collecting from the local Brooklyn Flea. I loved the idea of showing off the towering ceiling and sky lights with the height of giant balloons. I also wanted to avoid placing numbers on the actual tables because they were pretty narrow. So, balloon table numbers it was! Numbers were (painstakingly) cut out of adhesive metallic paper, tassels were made from gold mylar party fringe and sheer ribbon, and metallic/black bakers twine was used as the main tie.
I was dead set against having traditional floral centerpieces. Instead, I wanted pieces guests could take away with them and plants that could live on. Solution: Terrariums! I hand-selected all the vessels and the miniatures that were displayed in each piece. Miniatures were purchased from various Hobby Shops online, Etsy, and Brooklyn Flea. There were about 40 different scenes in total ranging from beer drinkers relaxing on a beach, a dog riding a dinosaur, punk rockers, A BBQ party, tourists photographing gigantic dogs, footy players, kids flying kites, snow skiers, “classy” mooners, cow tippers and more. The 24 indoor terrariums were constructed by the talented folks at Sprout Home and our outdoor terrariums were constructed by family and friends days before the wedding. Our welcome/timeline sign was illustrated by a talented friend of mine – Emily Van Tassel – to match the invites I designed. My Mom initially used the giant frame to display photos at my Bridal Shower back in my home state of Michigan. She then painted it with chalkboard paint and drove it from Michigan to NYC where Emily used a variety of chalk pens to create an amazing keepsake sign for us (She rocked it!).
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Pick a venue that you already find aesthetically special. This way, if you don’t end up having time finish all the decor or add some finishing touches, the place will still look amazing and no one will notice. It will take some pressure off of you during those last couple weeks. We choose our venue specifically because A) It was beautiful B) the food was awesome and C) we didn’t need to rent anything at all! So, we were lazy. Lists. Big, giant, sticky note lists. Take a lot of deep breaths and try to keep the whole thing in perspective (it’s not always easy): while this event is the most important event you’ve ever planned, to all of your guests it’s just another (awesome) wedding. The key elements are simple: the 15-ish minutes it takes for the ceremony and then celebrating the ceremony with your VIPs. Since your guests already love you a shit ton, hopefully they will have fun celebrating regardless of what you do or don’t do. Keep it to your favorite humans. It’s nice for the party to be small enough so you can actually spend some QT with everyone there. We had around 80 people and I realized we still missed chatting with a few and I feel terrible about it. Read A Practical Wedding by Meg Keene – it helped calm me down.
The ceremony music performed live by NY Ceremony Music was amazing. Performed with a cello and acoustic guitar, the music was breathtaking.
Ring Warming: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (We did a ring warming, which was really special. Our rings were passed around to all of the guests who were asked to give them positive energy and well wishes)
Bridal Party Processional: “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” The Beatles
Bride’s Processional: “Crazy Little thing Called Love,” Queen
Recessional: “Don’t Stop Believing,” Journey
First Dance: “Alone,” Heart (acoustic)
Father/Daughter Dance: “Lovely Cruise,” Jimmy Buffet
Mother/Son Dance: “Romeo & Juliet,” Dire Straits
Hair and Makeup
Wedding Invitation Design
Wedding Invitation Printing
Southwestern style is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon, which is totally a-ok by us. Sarah Beth Photography, Alyssa Arlene Events, and Root Floral Design put together this creative styled shoot embracing bohemian and southwestern wedding inspiration, bringing in Aztec elements and handmade details for a truly stylish look. Personally, I’m wild about the handcrafted and dip-dyed macrame shawl!
From the photographer, Sarah Beth Photography: When trying to decide on the theme for this shoot, myself along with Sarah Beth Photography and Root Floral Design knew a couple of things for sure, we wanted a beautiful, bride with a unique look, a sweet flower girl instead of a groom and we wanted the entire shoot to be something completely different than the more traditional weddings we see in South Louisiana.
With Aztec prints taking over everything in the past year, we thought it would be a great idea to mix the vibrant colors of the Southwest with delicately vintage touches. To blend these two styles, we used vintage furniture and place settings from Purely Vintage. Root Floral Design used unique, brightly colored flowers, succulents, cacti and greenery to really tie in the Southwestern Aztec theme. Lily Mac Designs hand painted each of the pieces in the suite while Sky’s the Limit Cakes created a gorgeous two-tiered wedding cake utilizing traditional Southwestern turquoise and tan. Slow Down Productions hand made and hand dyed a macramé piece that was used through out the shoot.
When styling our bride and flower girl, we wanted the look to be effortless and Sposa Bella generously provided both dresses, which, along with natural hair and makeup, really completed the look. Each vendor was encouraged to use their imagination and explore what a vintage/Aztec theme meant to them and I believe that each component came together to beautifully execute the vision. We had a great time working on this shoot together and we are super excited to share the talents of so many amazing vendors!
As an avid lover of English literature, this next shoot is utterly irresistible for me. A talented team including Ilene Squires Photography, Party Task Force, and Valerie Jurado put together a wedding session inspired by Penguin paperback books, adding a bit of neon flair and modern wedding ideas to round everything out. What better time for a vintage book page backdrop?
From the event designer, Andrea of Party Task Force: Our styled shoot was inspired by the iconic Penguin paperback books. Based on the polychromatic Penguin books, I chose a color palette of bright jewel tones including orange, emerald green, and dark blue. And the graphic, triple-banded covers of the books inspired everything from the invitations, to the color-blocked bridesmaids’ dresses, to the inside and outside of the cake! The bright pops of orange in the chargers and napkins, and the beautiful liquor decanters in emerald green, dark topaz, and amber which lined the table along with stacks of colorful Penguin books brought in even more color. Plus, the napkins and place cards were designed to look like Penguin book covers underneath each guest’s glass plate, and the brass penguins, candlesticks, and cameras infused the table with some vintage soul.
Event Styling, Props + Rentals
Wedding Dress + Shoes
Bridesmaid Dresses + Shoes
La Jolla Cove has to be the perfect spot for beach wedding inspiration — we’re convinced of it after seeing this styled shoot from Hillary Muelleck Photography and Flowers by Hilary. The team kept things simple yet striking, with a color palette of pink, yellow, and teal popping out in all the right places.
From the photographer, Hillary Muelleck: Beach wedding inspirations almost always consist of sandy beaches, walking along the shoreline, and playing in the water. We wanted to inspire a new kind of beach wedding on the sunny bluffs of La Jolla, California. While taking inspiration from vintage fabrics, tropical elements, and a pastel color palette; we were able to put together a romantic and ethereal wedding design.
While brainstorming for this La Jolla shoot, Hilary Curtis from Flowers by Hilary wanted to create an asymmetrical bouquet with draping vintage ribbons along with a flower crown displaying vibrant tropical colors. She also incorporated a beautiful variety of flowers and tropical palms to add eye-catching detail to the shoot. In keeping with the simple vintage feel, we got brides dress from Gossamer Vintage. We loved the sheer silk that created the light and airy look we dreamed for our bride.
The details of the table setting were also very important to us and to the direct of the shoot. That’s why we collaborated with CC Vintage Rentals to bring in a couple stunning pieces from their warehouse. From the vintage furniture, assorted candlesticks, and gold utensils, our vision of a romantic and ethereal inspiration on the bluffs was coming together. For the final touch, we were happy to have Emmy from Hello Design Sugar create menus and an invitation suite using handwritten calligraphy and a soft pastel color palette. We loved the simplicity and airy feel that her designs brought in completing the look of this shoot.
If you haven’t heard of Texas’ The Plant at Kyle, now is definitely the time to familiarize yourself with this incredible venue. Its industrial design is the ideal backdrop for tons of whimsical decor, which is just what it got when Mindi and Jacob exchanged their vows here along with the help of Two Pair Photography and Pollen Floral Art.
From the bride, Mindi: The main things that made our wedding so special was the fact the the whole thing was conceptualized and created while I worked full time, was in my last semester of graduate school, and was able to keep the whole thing under $20k. Jacob and I met in 3rd grade when he popped my training bra… little did we know, that exactly 20 years later he would be popping the most important question of his life! Jacob is a jeweler by profession and made both my rings therefore, I knew I wanted an intimate handmade wedding as well.
Our wedding ceremony and reception was completely DIY… Between myself, mother in law, and her 2 best friends, the following was made completely from scratch: the paper flowers, the rosettes, pinwheels, signs, the photo wall, all of the paper lanterns, tissue balls, the garlands, the confetti balloons, the banners, and the kites. Due to student loans, we decided that we wanted to keep our wedding very small and intimate. We were able to stay within our $20k budget by keeping it DIY and asking our friends and family to help the day of.
There are a few reasons why I love summertime, but this styled shoot from Samantha McFarlen, Bloomed Out Floral Design, and Champagne Wedding Coordination does a better job of summing up those reasons than I ever could. With a darling popsicle truck, bright colors, and some watercolor details, this shoot is getting me ready for the days of warmer weather ahead!
From the photographer, Samantha McFarlen: Summer beauty is captured in every frame at this gorgeous Seattle waterfront wedding venue! With the splashes of watercolor, aztec hints, lush florals & greenery, and the summer heat, these vibes can surely make every heart smile. If the Café Vitta Latte or Blueberry Lemonade Ice-Pops didn’t hit the spot, then the Grapefruit Rosemary Moscow Mule was sure to do the trick! The real showstopper was the attire – the modern cut bridal dress featuring the high neckline gave the keyhole open back a more dramatic reaction. And how perfect were those matching ombre bridesmaid’s dresses?! No detail went unnoticed, and guests even got to take home mini succulents as wedding favors! Calling this day a win-win, friends. Be sure to check out all of the vendors involved in creating this boho-chic masterpiece.
Bride + Bridesmaid Dresses
Hair + Makeup
If I had to pick my favorite period for style in American culture, it would undoubtedly be the late 1950s/early 1960s. There’s something so appealing about the bright pop of mod colors, the shortened hemlines, and the the bold design elements — all of which you’ll find in today’s wedding from Christina Karst Photography.
From the bride, Katie: I’ve always loved the bright colors and graphic style of the early 60s. I kept looking around for color inspiration and found most weddings stuck to 2 colors. I couldn’t pick so I went with 4. Teal, Red-Orange, Mustard Yellow, and Chartreuse, but I didn’t want restrict myself so you’ll see others in there as well. I went a little DIY crazy. The succulent holders on the tables are candle sticks from Ikea. We taped the mid section and spray painted them yellow to make them look like they were dipped in paint. The record racks were worn and rusted. We cleaned them up and spray painted them gold (I swear a can of gold spray paint is the best thing a wedding planner can have). We bought clay pots and spray painted them teal for the succulents. All of the signage holders were spray painted gold. The table runners were made by me — I’m not a sewer so I just cut them to size and used iron on hemming tape. They ended up costing me $10 a pop instead of renting the venue’s cloths for $20+ per. The garland above the cake table was mine as well.
Flower recipe: We told our florist to use whatever was available and interesting in yellow and red-orange, but the main ones were: Billy balls, blood orange ranunculus, green mini hydrangeas, white daisies, and succulents.
I just crept around Lowes for more paint swatches then anyone would need, cut them into different size squares and rectangles and used Super 77 to glue them to fishing wire. The place cards: I found vintage 45 records and recreated them in Illustrator with a special song for each table and everyone’s names. Vintage 45s are super cheap on ebay and I bought CD labels from Uline. We stuck them on and cut out the center with exacto knives. All of the signage and menus were designed by me. I used Hipster Script and found inspiration in mid-century kitchen wares. The photo booth images were vintage wedding paper dolls. We found images of the retro postcards and I redesigned the back with our branding. Also worth mentioning, I didn’t rent anything because I found I could find it for a comparable price on ebay and Etsy. Vintage swizzle sticks, cake trays, milk glass vases, champagne glasses, suitcases, bowls, mid century plates were slowly collected.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t forget to think about the logistics. We made this obsessive timeline (at the advice of our amazing friend and wedding coordinator, Sarah) that outlined every minute detail and it was so helpful in the midst of the craziness that weekend. Do all the planning you possibly can so that a few days before, you can relax and let it all in. Also. Get a band. Like now.
We had to go pretty traditional with our ceremony music since it was Catholic, but since “Turn, Turn, Turn” by the Byrds is a bible verse, the priest gave us the okay to use it as the recessional.
First Dance: “This Will Be Our Year,” The Zombies
Makeup and Nails
Tie, Pocket Square, and Tie Bar
Wedding Invitation Printing
Of all the different love stories out there, it’s the ones that begin with chance meetings that warm my heart the most. Leah and Mark just happened to meet on a safari in South Africa’s Kreuger National Safari Park, so it seemed only natural their wedding day would be filled with nods to travel and, of course, the safari. Sarah Goss Photography, Loxodonta Events, and Pollen Floral Art was the dream team for this fun wedding!
From the bride, Leah: Mark and I both love a good adventure. So naturally, an adventure is what brought us together. We met, by chance, on a safari in Africa in early 2012. I was living in Cape Town, South Africa and he in the middle-of-nowhere, Angola. I was on a safari holiday with my family, and a mistaken reservation landed Mark at the same lodge as us – for just a day. Although my parents immediately befriended the nice young man traveling alone, I didn’t think much of him at the time. Just 24 hours after meeting, we parted ways, exchanging only emails… almost as an after thought.
A few weeks later, he reached out and we began chatting nonstop by email and text message. We decided we’d like to meet again, this time on a remote island off the coast of Kenya. After a magical weekend together, we knew this was it. Defying Africa’s slow internet, regular power outages, and rural work assignments, we spent the next 2 years living and working on separate continents (me: Africa, him: Australia), but meeting in faraway places all around the world and growing our relationship. Mark proposed just after we moved to Texas in mid-2014 to finally be together, and we quickly decided we’d like to host an intimate, colorful, and loving wedding in the beautiful Hill Country outside of Austin. We wanted our small wedding to reflect our deep happiness and adventurous love story, and to be a vibrant celebration of our dearest friends and family.
We got creative and used pieces of our love story throughout our wedding: safari blankets to keep our loved ones warm during the outdoor ceremony; each dining table was a country we’d visited, with our actual visa entry stamps displayed; a box full of postcards we’d mailed back and forth during our time apart; South Africa’s national protea flowers in my bouquet; small safari animals as place names… We had brilliant fun incorporating all these creative personal touches in to our amazing day. Mark and I wrote our own vows with the help of our incredible officiant, and the promises we made to each other that day to nurture, deepen, trust, listen, support, encourage, dream and explore were born out of how we grew together despite the physical distance between us. Our wedding was more magical than we ever dreamed possible. We both cried many happy tears, felt like we were floating all day and still can’t stop smiling knowing the rest of our lives will be an adventure… Together!
From the photographer, Sarah of Sarah Goss Photography:
When you pull up to the venue, you already know this wedding was meant to be an adventure. Tucked far away in the Hill Country, Leah and Mark found the perfect place to say I do. A new industrially inspired BnB, it served as the perfect location for an outdoor ceremony and a open air reception. Leah and Mark’s love story is one for the books. Chance brought these two together in Kreuger National Safari Park in South Africa. Only someone like Mark would Safari alone and Leah (well, Leah’s parents) adopted him one night over dinner and the rest was history.
The outdoor ceremony took place beneath a large Live Oak with elegant and colorful strips of ribbon and fabric hanging between the trunks. Beautiful wooden chairs sat side by side waiting for guests from around the world to occupy them. The back row of guest chairs were decorated with the same beautiful ribbons. When the breeze blew, the ribbons floated on the air. Guests signed postcards for the bride and groom as they arrived and found their dinner seats on a vintage map. The welcome table was decorated with whimsical travel details and hints of African Safari. Cozy blankets and fun safari themed tissues were available for the guests as they made their way to their seats. The ceremony was filled with emotion as guests from near and far joined in to help the couple begin their marriage. After the I Do’s, guests mingled together while delicious appetizers and drinks were passed around by Royal Fig Catering. The guests began making their way to the reception which was beautifully arranged, featuring Leah’s details and fabulous styling by Loxodonta Event Coordination. Each table was named after a country that the couple had visited together. On the back of each table name, the visas and tickets that the couple had while there. Wild blooms were the center of the tablescapes. Whimsical little gold animal figurines served as the name holders on the table. At each place setting, A menu along with a personal note written by the bride herself awaited each guest. Paper lanterns hung from the ceiling and Candles, votives, and patio lights provided a romantic and inviting ambiance. A live band, the Royal Dukes, serenaded guests through the ceremony, dinner and had everyone dancing into the night. Their family style dinner was provided by Royal Fig. Guests pass the meals amongst each other and enjoyed their time together. Desert was in the form of sweet cupcakes and cake pops. The meal and the decor truly reflected the couples style completely. Laid back, easy going and fun!
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Few things make us think of romance as much as the idea of eloping, so we’re especially thrilled to share today’s styled shoot from Sweetlife Photography and Heirbloom Floral. Some of Portland’s best wedding vendors teamed up to create a styled scene full of hot fuchsia, cool teal, pops of gold, and an amaranthus chandelier we’d love to try for ourselves!
From the event designer, Heirbloom Floral: Creative collaboration can truly make something beautiful, magical, and most importantly, inspiring. I had the pleasure of teaming up with Sweetlife Photography and several other Portland wedding vendors to represent some of the finest local talents. Together, we created our Boho-Bliss Winterland Elopement photo shoot and it was nothing short of perfection. A blanket of snow, vibrant florals, and gold-dipped feathers inspired this enchanting jewel-toned elopement inspiration. Our bride and groom represent beauty, love, spontaneity, and utter bliss, and Oregon’s Mount Hood was the most ideal location to conceive this wonderfully eclectic elopement. The snow covered evergreens, crisp air, and the nearby running river were invigorating and tied the story of our shoot together effortlessly.
Our beautiful bride has a very soft and feminine style. Face Body Beauty went with a neutral color palette for her face and eye makeup, and a lovely pop of rich color on her lips. Her loose, free-flowing curls captured the aesthetics of our bohemian bride and brought a confidence to her that shines in every photo. Her gorgeous gown was provided by The English Department, and was without a doubt the most perfect dress. The ‘Samantha’ dress, designed by Leanne Marshall (Season 5 Project Runway winner), has a beautiful ivory Alençon lace sculpted bustier bodice with a full-gathered silk chiffon skirt. Finding a dress that would organically “flow” was something Sweetlife Photography envisioned and this dress did not disappoint! The bridal accessories were also provided by The English Department to complete our bride’s look. Designer Mignonne Handmade created her unique floral headpiece, affectionately named the ‘Portland Rose’, and features brass flowers and leaves, glass rhinestones, and pearls. The English Department designed her sash—a double strand of gold cased rhinestones on an ivory silk grosgrain ribbon. Finally, to bring in some boldness and represent a little excitement and winter-spontaneity, we incorporated a peacock blue stole from Anthropologie to keep her warm on her special day.
Our handsome groom is styled with a paisley printed collared shirt, navy blue bow tie, and a maroon quilted blazer—all provided by Scotch & Soda. His quilted blazer works nicely in our winter setting, and gives him a cozy yet dapper look. My vision for our sweetheart table included a floral chandelier to display above, so we found a quiet spot that perfectly nestled-in our table, cake display, and beverage bar. Vintage Mingle provided the most complimentary props and décor for our shoot (my personal favorite being the vintage sled). Each piece used was meant to reflect the couple’s stylish personality. Vintage books, antique brass vases, fruits, nuts, and lavender vessels all played a part in our tablescape to create texture and add variance in color. The palette of vibrant magentas and purples, peacock blues and accents of sparkly gold, was just the right contrast to the glowing white snow in the background.
Our delectable cake with a gold stripe finish was provided by Palace Cakes, which was placed on top of a plum colored cake stand and finished off with magenta roses for the cake topper. Tribes ‘n Pines beautifully hand-lettered our invitation and menu card. Incorporating feathers and gold ink were subtle details that helped tell the story and style of our couple. Being able to design and provide the flowers was my favorite part of the shoot. My small business, Heirbloom Floral, aims to create unique, romantic and whimsical arrangements. In this shoot, I used bright magenta roses, violet lisianthus, silver brunia, fuchsia amaranthus, and loads of seeded eucalyptus. Our floral chandelier, cake topper roses, and small garland for our sled are fun ways I ignited creative interest for our shoot. Nothing excited me more than finding unique ways to incorporate our florals and enhance the beauty of the day!
While elopements are usually a spontaneous decision and quickly planned, our hope is to inspire couples to still make it their dream day. We wanted to capture the realism of an elopement, but bring in elements of playfulness, free spirits, and creativity. The day was full of excitement, unexpected details and lots of love! Sweetlife Photography truly captured the essence of our shoot and you can see how exceptional their work is in every photo produced. At the end of their special day, our couple bundled up with blankets, piled some firewood on their sled, and made a small fire while drinking cinnamon-cranberry mulled wine. I could not have created or styled this whole shoot without the help of our talented vendors. I hope this leaves others with a sense of excitement, inspiration, and of course, love.
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If you’re a longtime follower of the blog, you know we have a weak spot for Palm Springs weddings. If this is your first visit, let this wedding from Studio Castillero and CCL Weddings & Events be an introduction to the amazingness that is Palm Springs! Barbara and Akiva’s wedding was in no short supply of gorgeous fashion, jaw-dropping scenery, and thoughtful details like antique broach escort cards that make our hearts sing.
From the bride, Barbara: Akiva and I were living in Michigan in the middle of the polar vortex when we were planning our wedding and we were freezing. As a result, we knew we wanted to be somewhere warm, and we’d been to Palm Springs before and enjoyed it. I wanted the style to be vintage and romantic and I wanted it to feel relaxed/comfortable. Since Akiva is Jewish and his religious background is very important to him, we wanted to weave parts of his heritage into the ceremony as well.
My wedding planner asked me if there was a theme early in the process and I honestly didn’t realize weddings had themes, so my friends and I joked that the theme would be “goth precious moments,” like scary wide-eyed dolls — clearly this did not happen. Our color scheme was teal/greenish blue/turquoise and tan, but we didn’t always stick to it. I really love antique jewelry so I decided to find antique brooches at thrift stores in all the places that I’ve lived in my life–California, Iowa, Michigan, and New York–and attach them to the escort cards as party favors. My mom and some of her friends ended up helping me collect the brooches, and when I had collected enough, I tried to match the brooches with each guest’s personality.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My number one piece of advice is make sure you are absolutely present on your wedding day. Be selfish; don’t let people ask you questions about where things are supposed to go or who is charge of what — delegate any last minute duties to close friends or family members who will be happy to help. You are done planning your wedding, so all you need to do is focus on the fact you are getting married to someone you love and enjoy everything. Other advice is make sure you focus on things that mean a lot to you and put your money there. I really wanted healthy, delicious, local food because I’m a dietitian and I wanted to provide food that fit all my guests’ dietary restrictions and tasted amazing. Of all my amazing vendors, I really want to give a shout out to Dash and a Handful — my caterer who was so supportive of my food ideas and really produced absolutely delicious food.
I played the cello when I was growing up and it’s my favorite instrument, so I wanted a cellist to play music when we walked down the aisle. Our wedding planner recommended a cellist who really did a lovely job.
Bridal Party Processional: “Yumeji’s Theme” from the film In the Mood For Love
Bride’s Processional: “First Day of My Life,” Bright Eyes
First Dance: “Strangers,” The Kinks
Wedding Location: Palm Springs, CA / Photographer: Studio Castillero / Wedding Coordinator: CCL Weddings & Events / Florist: Three Bunch Palms Productions / Venue: Korakia Pensione / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Wedding Shoes: Givenchy / Hair and Makeup: Salon 119 / Groom’s Shirt: Kenneth Cole / Groom’s Pants: All Saints / Groom’s Tie: Hickoree’s / Groom’s Shoes: Fiorentini + Baker / Caterer: Dash and Handful Catering / Wedding Cake: Exquisite Desserts / Cellist: Yoshika Masuda / Rentals: Planks & Patina and Signature Rentals / After Party: Wang’s in the Desert
If there’s one thing beach weddings deserve, it’s a heavy dose of bright colors. That’s exactly what Laura and Jason did for their destination wedding in Tulum, Mexico, and they ended up with a vibrant and personalized day – exactly as they had envisioned. Ariel Renae Photography was the perfect choice to take control behind the camera, as these images will attest!
From the bride, Laura: We wanted a stress-free environment to enjoy the time with each other and all of our loved ones that had traveled so far to be with us. We wanted the wedding to feel personalized and vibrant – a true celebration of where we’ve been as a couple and a reflection on the way in which we chose to live our lives. We wanted everybody to mingle and spend real time getting to know one another, which is why we loved having multiple days with everybody who came down to Tulum.
The vibrant, bright colors of Mexico and the tropical waters of Tulum were a source of inspiration. We steered clear of stereotypical “tropical beach” colors like beige and pastels and embraced the fully saturated palette of Mexico. Purple, navy, bright pink, turquoise, and orange played a big part. The color palette was really defined first in our website, which we used as a place to establish a look and feel that we carried through the whole wedding. We stayed true to this look and feel this through our DIY projects and kept everything in mind as we made decisions on the necessary rentals, etc.
Doing a destination wedding can be challenging since you can often be so disconnected from the location and many of the people that are involved in making your wedding come together. Since we weren’t able to interact with the location or people involved on a regular basis, we wanted to find a way to control what we could in order to make sure the experience still felt very personalized and hand-touched. The DIY projects became a way that we could put our stamp on a wedding where so many things were just out of our control. It allowed us to focus on the things that we really enjoyed and not stress about the less-controllable elements, while creating an experience for us and our guests that felt very true to who we are and personalized in a really special way. We found, in the end, that no one commented on the chairs, napkins, or plates (rentals that we opted not to go overboard on) but instead we found people drawn to, and remembering, the small touches that we put in made by our hand. That was, and is still, really rewarding.
As for DIY, we brought rocks from the Brooklyn Bridge Park in our home borough, hand-painted numbers on them and used them as our table numbers, we designed, printed and hand-ripped the menus, we designed notecards on the Mexican loteria bingo cards for people to leave us words of wisdom/advice during the reception. We had Ahau Tulum make cornhole sets for our wedding. Cornhole is a game that we play in Indiana and played a lot at college, so knew that our friends and family would find this the perfect beach game. We had this out at our cocktail hour and into the evening on our wedding and were also able to use the cornhole set throughout our week on the beach with all of our friends and family following the wedding day. We also had a “bell”-shaped piñata made, which referenced our wedding tag “JLWeddingBell” and also my grandmother’s collection of bells given to her by grandchildren and family/friends over the years. They couldn’t make it to the wedding, so this was our nod to them.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? It’s very helpful to work with someone (a wedding planner) that understands your vision and that you trust to accomplish what you want without you having to hand-hold each little thing. This is especially true for a destination wedding where you just can’t be there to meet with people and plan things in a way you might be able to if you were married where you live. Allowing this person to handle the things that you can’t control or don’t enjoy doing as much will allow you to focus on the elements that you can control and enjoy doing and let the rest of it go. For us, this meant thinking a lot about the little hand-touched details and the things that made our guests feel truly welcomed and excited to experience this with us but also with each other. I think it’s also important to have the wedding be a reflection of you as a couple – taking into account the things that make each person tick. I was lucky because I have a creative and artistic husband who enjoys doing projects, so we were able to do a lot of things together. It’s also important to divide and conquer for certain things – for example, I let Jason choose much of the music because he really enjoys that, while I dealt with much of the budget and logistic elements. Weddings can be expensive so think about what really matters to you and make choices that prioritize those things. Don’t get carried away worrying about every little thing because it all adds up quickly.
Processional: “Going to California,” Led Zeppelin (played on flamenco guitar)
Recessional: “Never Going Back Again,” Fleetwood Mack (played on flamenco guitar)
First Dance: “Green Eyes,” Coldplay
Father/Daughter Dance: “In My Life,” Dave Matthews cover of The Beatles
Mother/Son Dance: “Tequila Sunrise,” The Eagles into “Nothing but a G Thing,” Dr. Dre
Wedding Location: Tulum, Mexico / Photographer: Ariel Renae Photography / Florist: Laura Corrales of Premium Flores (premiumflores @ gmx.es) / Venue and Caterer: Ahau / Wedding Planner: Nisia Wasilewicz (works in-house at hotel) / Wedding Dress: Ivy & Aster “Lumiere” via Lovely Bride / Sash: Ivy & Aster “Skinnie Minnie” via Lovely Bride / Earrings: Custom Pearl Earrings (gift from groom) made by our friend and jeweler, Austin Schultz / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew “Arabelle” in Strawberry / Bridesmaids’ Gifts: Mary MacGill Jewelry / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Groom’s Tie: John Varvatos / Groomsmen Suits: J.Crew / Wedding Ceremony and Cocktail Hour: Camilo Nu / DJ: Lucas Walters / Wedding Invitations: We designed our own save the date which was distributed via mailchimp (we used this to send out an email blast with the website as well) With Jason as a designer, it was hard to cut corners on printed invitations. It was either all or nothing for him. We ended up deciding to put that piece of the budget towards photography and sent out digital invites via paperless post. A wise decision in the end. We did end up making some hand-printed thank you cards to mail out after the wedding.
Today we’ve got a treat in the form of a true southern wedding. Newlyweds Samantha and Brent exchanged vows in the bride’s hometown, in the exact same church where her own parents married years ago. Courtney Dox Photography and The Southern Way worked to make the couple’s day a reality, complete with a reception full of elegant farm tables!
From the bride, Samantha: I always knew that I wanted to get married in my hometown of Florence, SC, in the same beautiful red-roof church that my parents were married in, and have a reception at home. My husband and I both agreed that we liked the idea of a Spring wedding with an elegant yet whimsical vibe. We pictured a large open tent with rows of farm tables, lounge areas for guests, and the incorporation of personal items and favorites of ours. This vision came to life with the help of family members, particularly my mom, who enlisted the help of a local craftsman to hand make us farm tables for the guests to dine at, benches from old bed headboards, a coffee table using a tobacco basket from my late maternal grandfather’s farming days, and a cake table from a stained-glass window that came out of our church many years ago.
I loved the idea of having all sorts of wildflowers as escort cards so we collected mini vases from local shops. Guests were also greeted at a cocktail hour with live steel drum players, a favorite of my husband and mine, and later listen to tunes from the oldies band. My father even surprised us with an airplane flyover dropping flower petals over the reception! Dinner was served family style and following, guests could munch on party favors of boiled peanuts or visit the carnival-style food truck which had an assortment of cotton candy and candy apples. Overall, I couldn’t have asked for better vendors who made our special day possible!
Wedding Location: Florence, SC / Photographer: Courtney Dox Photography / Day-Of Coordination and Catering: The Southern Way / Florist: A&B Florist / Venue: Private residence / Wedding Dress: J Major’s / Hair and Makeup: CarteAy / Wedding Cake: Buttercream Bakehouse / Band: Still Cruzin’ / Rentals: Party Reflections
As lovers of all things vintage, how could we possibly resist this styled shoot from From SF with Love and Lily Spruce? Every bit is inspired by the retro sensibilities of early rock ‘n’ roll, but updated with modern decor accents and a dedication to keeping everything fresh and local. The shoot is brimming with great party ideas anyone can achieve, so let’s take a look!
From the planner/stylist, Genevieve Roja of Lily Spruce and the photographer/stylist, Laurie Wilson of From SF with Love: For this photo shoot, we were inspired by Elvis and Priscilla Presley, since Geraldine and Johnny are musicians and love all things vintage. We wanted to make the shoot relatable to modern couples—both vintage and down-to-earth, and bring that era into the now with special touches and details that would feel organic in our Bay Area backyard. The venue, Shelldance Orchid Gardens, is in a sweet coastal town called Pacifica, just south of San Francisco along Highway 1.
We gathered some of our favorite vintage-inspired vendors in the San Francisco Bay Area who share a similar sense of style. It felt magical to work with these talented vendors, and our chemistry was apparent in the way things organically came together—including the polka dot and green tone themes that developed naturally. Staying true to our San Francisco roots, all of the vendors shared a value to keep things local—even the flowers and food ingredients were sourced locally.
Vintage elements were incorporated throughout the shoot, from the big things like the vintage BMW and classic Honda motorcycle, to the small details like the heirloom china and glassware, and the wedded lovebirds’ jewelry. For the love of music, we used a classic record player and made confetti out of vintage music sheets.
Shoot Location: San Francisco, CA / Photographer: From SF with Love / Event Design: Lily Spruce / Floral Design: Home Sweet Flowers / Venue: Shelldance Orchid Gardens / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Jewelry: Metier / Makeup: The Glamourist by Jane Kim / Men’s Attire: Artful Gentleman / Caterer: Chef Stephanie ~ Culinary Mistress / Desserts: A Spoonful of Sugar Cakes and Oakland Bakes / Favors and Gifts: Grand Lake Kitchen / Rentals: Pieces by Violet / Textiles: Textile Art Lace / Wedding Invitations: Rabbit Foot Fern
What’s a wedding without a bit of rain for good luck? Some late summer showers were in store for Lindsey and Cameron’s wedding day, but the pair didn’t let it dampen their excitement in the slightest. Of course, it likely helped that they had an amazing team of vendors by their side – including Teale Photography, Marilisa Schachinger with Chancey Charm, and Amy Osaba, who made this dream day something special to remember for always.
From the bride, Lindsey: When we began wedding planning I knew I wanted two things: I wanted tons of greens with vivid flowers and I wanted a wedding that showed God’s grace and faithfulness in Cam and my relationship. My flowers were my most important factor in my wedding budget. I knew I wanted to use Amy Osaba long before I was engaged. She is brilliant! I wanted to stay away from the blush tones that have been used so often lately. It is absolutely stunning, but I wanted something different, joyful, whimsical, romantic, and fun! Our wonderful planner, Marilisa Schachinger and Amy Osaba along with Tracy at Crush Rentals worked together to perfectly piece together my dream style!! The entire day felt like we were in a beautiful secret garden.
While I would never wish it to rain on someone’s wedding day, it makes for the most romantic, beautiful pictures! It poured on our wedding day up until our ceremony. It literally stopped raining as I began to walk down the aisle! I had always said I would not want it to rain on our wedding day, but if it did, I would not allow it to take away from the meaning of the day. I held to that the entire day, and I can honestly say it did not even phase me in the slightest. After all, it’s supposed to be a blessing to have rain on your wedding day right? I feel that the rain added to the secret garden feel that I LOVED for our wedding!!
Cam and I are high school sweethearts. We began dating the last day of school my freshman year of high school. We have learned so incredibly much from our relationship and grown together over the years. We have seen the Lord work in such amazing ways in our lives and in each others lives. God is faithful; God is good. These are the things we wanted displayed and remembered most about our wedding. We incorporated our beliefs by having worship music played, paying together (without Cam seeing me) before the wedding, have a moment of prayer during the ceremony with our closest family and friends, and receiving communion as the first thing we did as a married couple. One of my best friends, Allee, made our save the dates, invitations, programs, welcome signs, table numbers, decor signs, table and table assignment display. — needless to say she was a gem with all of her help!! We are so incredibly thankful for all she did for us!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy every second of planning! – it seriously is one of the most joyful times of life :) Don’t fret over the small details that no one will notice. Appreciate others’ advice but hold true to what you want; you only get this day once! Amidst all the chaos of planning and preparing for this special day, remember what marriage means to you!
Oh man, Paul Taylor Smith played our ceremony and cocktail hour music, and he totally set the mood of the wedding. He was beyond incredible and I would highly recommend him to anyone!
Prelude: “How He Loves,” David Crowder; “Marry Me,” Train; “Here’s My Heart,” David Crowder; “Holy Wedding Day,” City Harmonic
Bridal Party Processional: “A Place Only You Can Go,” Needtobreathe; “Hallelujah,” Jeff Buckley
Bride’s Processional: “Always Forever,” Phil Whikham
Recessional: “I Will Wait,” Mumford and Sons
First Dance: “Angel,” Jack Johnson
Wedding Location: Highlands, NC / Photographer: Teale Photography / Planner: Marilisa Schachinger with Chancey Charm (highly recommend, she was our greatest blessing throughout planning!!) / Florist: Amy Osaba / Venue and Caterer: Old Edwards Inn / Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige / Accessories: my Papaw gave me my Nana’s beautiful “party ring” as a wedding gift to wear on my wedding day / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo’s “Anabelle” from Kelly’s Closet in Atlanta / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Ralph Lauren / Wedding Cake: Artista Cakes / Band: The Park Band / Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Paul Taylor Smith / Rentals: Crush Event Rentals / Minister: Dr. Steve Gouge (my great uncle who also married my parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, and cousins) / Videographer: Limestone Film / Transportation: Bob Dunn and Old Edwards Inn / Afterparty: Ugly Dog Pub
A bride and groom with style for miles, a penchant for bright colors, and opted to visit a bowling alley for pre-ceremony celebrations? Sign us up pronto. Alli and Dan’s wedding day was more of a jovial celebration than traditional fanfare, bringing together the talents and offerings of Shannon Collins Photography, Natalie Diener, and Blooms by the Box to produce a true wedding for the books.
From the bride, Alli: When putting together our wedding, Dan and I contemplated for a while on what exactly we wanted our wedding to feel, look, sound, and taste like. We wanted the day to reflect what we loved the most: each other, our friends and family, delicious beer, yummy pizza, pretty things, and goofy dancing. We felt that it was important to make the event laid-back and approachable so the day could really be about the celebration. After sharing our lives together for over eleven years, we knew that the day would not only reflect us, but all the amazing, lovely community that we have shared our lives with over the years. We felt that the day should be an awesome party to share our gratitude to those that have watched us grow together and supported us through both the highs and lows. To extend the day even further, we had originally planned for a picnic in the park for fun games and mingling. The early rain that day had us move locations to North Bowl but it did not put a damper on our spirits. The community event turned out exactly how pictured.
Our wedding was playful, eclectic, warm, and colorful. We didn’t have a theme or a color scheme. We thought it would be fun to have the colors reflect the time of the year. We mixed patterns with colors, but stuck close to hues of pink with splashes of orange, teal, and gold. Given our budget and love for projects, we designed and produced most of the details of the day. My talented sister made the save the dates. We made teaser invites by hand and sent out goofy video invitations ourselves. We created the wedding programs on Paint and Word. We cut and sewed the strands for the backdrop and my sister helped build the structure for the backdrop. We have loved Dan’s mom’s famous Christmas cookies and were so thankful for the hundreds of cookies she provided for our wedding desserts. We painted and planted the succulents that we used for decor and later for guest favors. We created a DIY bar and Dan’s brother served as the bartender. Our Inner Circle that served as our wedding party came the day before the wedding to come set up chairs, tables, and decorations. After recycling vases from my sister’s wedding, we purchased flowers online and our talented friends arranged each of them. All of our friends were amazing in all of their support throughout the entire weekend.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Always keep in mind what is most important to you and your partner. Secondly, though, remember that this special day is a time shared with your lovely guests. That means, mix your music list up, keep your old Aunt Sue refreshed if it’s 99 degrees outside, and provide food for all your Vegan and Gluten Free friends. We spent months preparing the event nearly independently, but we knew that in order to truly enjoy the day, we needed to bring on some help. It was so great to have someone we trusted to take care of setting up the bar and lighting the candles so that we could kick back and relax with everyone.
Bridal Party Processional: “Marry You,” Bruno Mars
Couples’ Processional: “Tonight You Belong to Me,” Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters
Candle Lighting: “Married Life,” from Up
Recessional: “Crazy In Love,” Beyoncé
Wedding Location: Philadelphia, PA / Photographer: Shannon Collins Photography / Day-Of Coordination: Natalie Diener / Flowers: Blooms by the Box / Succulents: Succulents Galore / Venue: Maas Building / Bowling: North Bowl / Get Ready Location: Wyndham Hotel / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Floral Crown: Kate Farley Design / Wedding Shoes: Swedish Haasbeens / Earrings: Anthropologie / Hair: BLO/OUT Dry Bar / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie, Kohls, Urban Outfitters, Boden, BCBG / Shirts and Pants: Old Navy, J. Crew, Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters / Bow Ties: TangledTiesBowTies, JustBowties, HaydenHarlowPR, Infiniteabyss / Groom’s Shirt: Nordstrom / Groom’s Pants: Gap / Groom’s Belt: Old Navy / Groom’s Bow Tie: TangledTiesBowTies Groom’s Shoes: DSW / Hors D’Oeuvres: Whole Foods / Food Truck: Pitruco Pizza / Soft Pretzels: Philly Pretzel Factory / Drinks: BJs / Alcohol: Binny’s Beverage Depot and Frank’s Wines / Cookies: Groom’s Mom / DJ: Michael McElroy / Transportation: First Charter Bus
What’s a better fairytale than a couple who marries on the same dock where they first met? Bride Whitney set to work planning her dream wedding day, using her talents to craft the perfect floral arrangements, paper goods, and so much more to set the perfect scene for Love Me Do Photography to photograph.
From the bride, Whitney: Michael and I met nearly fifteen years ago at his family’s cottage on Skaneateles Lake in Upstate NY. My dad and I were out on our old wooden boat and we stopped by for a quick hello (our fathers worked together at the time). A handful of years later we met again, at a Christmas party, where Mike made me a promise: to go explore the world on my own and when I was ready, to come back to our small town and he would marry me. A handful of years went by but I eventually made it back to NY… and I held him to his promise this summer, where we had a beautiful wedding on the same dock we met at.
From the start, we wanted our day to feel like a fun, relaxed “day at the lake.” I was inspired by antique wooden boats (coincidentally, the annual antique wooden boat show was held in Skaneateles village the same weekend of our wedding!), refreshing dips in the lake, family heirlooms, Americana, and the soft textures and colors that often found in cozy east-coast cottages. As an artist, it was important to me that care was given to every detail…right down to the color of ribbon used to tie the invitations and book favors (when he was in the Army, Mike would tie his letters to home in a yellow ribbon). I spent many hours planing down, cutting, sanding, staining, and (eventually!) assembling the benches used for the ceremony, and a handful of our guests ended up bringing them home as a wedding souvenir. We did happen to snag one for our own patio! Everything was created with a true DIY fashion- the floral centerpieces, bouquet, cake décor, event styling, paper goods, hair, and makeup were all done by myself with the idea that our wedding was (as I believe all should be!) a true labor of love.
Our wedding day was wonderful in every sense of the word… it was exactly what we wanted from the start. Even the weather cooperated! For a month leading up to the wedding day, every single weather forecast I could find online predicted thunderstorms, high winds, and showers all day long. But when I woke up the morning of our wedding, it rained for a quick minute (long enough to satisfy the whole “good luck on your wedding day” omen) but the rest of the day was clear blue skies and warm, beautiful weather. Walking down to Michael was the most amazing part of the day. Seeing him standing on the dock waiting for me…it was such an intimate, tender, nerve-wracking, soul-shaking, I-can’t-believe-this-is-happening moment! During our ceremony, our rings (which were his parents’ rings, too) were passed along all the guests, who prayed over them for us. We had two wonderful singers, Chris Merkley & Jackie Columbo, play acoustic during the reception and their voices added such an earthy and soulful backdrop to the day. We served hor’douvres and desserts for our guests, which really gave it a picnic vibe…there was no pressure to stick to a dinner timeline… everyone came and went as they pleased. As a special send off, my dad took us out for a cruise on the same antique wooden boat we were on when Mike and I first met. We all released white lanterns from the shore and in true lake fashion, got into our swimsuits for an evening dip in the lake. It really was a big romantic blur (which is great!)- but we were lucky enough to have such wonderful photographers capture our day with still imagery and video (the video is so neat!!!). By having something tangible to remind us of our wedding… it gives us the chance to relive our favorite day, every day.
Bride’s Processional: “That’s My Kind of Woman,” George Strait; “Like Jesus Does,” Eric Church
First Dance: “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw
Wedding Location: Skaneateles Lake, NY / Photographer: Carina of Love Me Do Photography / Paper Goods, Floral Design, Styling, and Planning: Bride, Whitney Nichols / Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Dress: BHLDN “Tia” / Caterer: M&D Deli / Wedding Cake: Frosted Bakery / Music: Chris Merkley with Jackie Columbo / Tents: Hillside Tent Rental / Linens: Ames Linens / Officiant: Diane Ferri / Videographer: Danfredo Photography
No matter how many times we look over this Puck’s Farm wedding, we can’t escape the feeling we’re in the ultimate barn party dream. Holly and Kristjan’s wedding took a spectacular farm setting, jazzed it up with some whimsical touches and plenty of inspiring decor, and added in a few sweet farm animals as a bonus. Thank you to Sara Wilde Photography and My Luscious Backyard for working your magic here!
From the bride, Holly: When we first started to plan our wedding, we didn’t know that we wanted to have a kooky wedding on a real, functioning farm, but we knew what we did not want. We did not want something stuffy, impersonal, or overly formal. That just wasn’t us. Once we settled on Puck’s Farm as our venue, we really took our cues from the farm, and designed our wedding around it. We made our guests’ enjoyment our top priority. Since Kristjan is a professional musician, we have many talented musician friends who took the stage throughout the night. There was a different live musical act throughout each stage of the wedding, including the pre-ceremony, ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and dance party. In some ways it felt more like a musical festival, than a wedding!
Flower recipe: Our florist, Sarah, created the bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages with flowers that are grown seasonally and locally in her own backyard. Since we didn’t have a specific colour scheme in mind (“colourful” was our only criteria), she had free reign over the design, and they turned out beautifully. She also provided a loose mix of flowers, which my sister-in-law incorporated into our centrepieces. The rest of the flowers were picked from my mom’s garden.
We tried to keep everything casual, colourful, whimsical, and fun. The suggested dress code for our wedding was “Barnyard Chic”. It was fun to see how our guests interpreted this – there were a lot of really awesome outfits! Our main themes were a mish-mash of “Camping” “Farm Animals” “Music” and “Booze”. We used farm animals as our table numbers, which were placed in whiskey bottles from Kristjan’s prized collection. Our dinner menu was good old fashioned BBQ, and we gave out s’mores kits as our favours (to be roasted at the late night bonfire). Many of our guests camped out in the field over night. Everything about this wedding was DIY, from the centrepieces, decorations, favours, and desserts, to the planning, organizing, and execution. Luckily, we had a tremendous amount of help from our family and friends. Without them, we would not have been able to pull it off.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t be afraid to go against the grain and break tradition. We only included the elements of a traditional wedding that were meaningful to us, and scrapped the rest of the formalities. This made our wedding day feel more personal. It was a true representation of what we are all about as a couple. Also, if you are having a DIY wedding, do not be afraid to ask for help! And do not underestimate the amount of time it will take to execute your ideas. You will almost certainly need someone (or an entire crew) available to help with set up on the morning of your wedding, so you and the groom can focus on getting dolled up. You’ll find most people will be happy to help in whichever way they can.
Almost all of the music at our wedding was performed live by our talented friends. In addition to their original music and some great covers, Kristjan created the musical arrangements for all of the ceremonial songs.
Processional: “Old Dirt Hill,” Dave Matthews Band – performed by string trio and acoustic guitar*
Bride’s Processional: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Harold Arlen” – performed by string trio and ukelele*
Signing of the Registry: “Same Love,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – performed by string trio*
Recessional: “Wouldn’t it Be Nice,” The Beach Boys – performed by string trio and saxophone*
First Dance: “To Build A Home,” Cinematic Orchestra – performed by string trio, piano and vocals*
*(arrangement by Groom)
From the photographer, Sara Wilde Photography: Kristjan and Holly had been exhaustedly searching for the right venue, without much luck. They knew that they wanted something casual, outdoors, and fun, and it had to fit within their limited budget. They came across Puck’s Farm and it fit EVERY aspect of what they were looking for and for the theme they wanted: Barnyard Chic. Everyone (friends and family alike) came together to make their wedding dreams a reality – late night sewing of the pendants, floral arranging, to friends putting on non-stop live music for the entire night. The guests even got to stay overnight, pitching tents in the field and having an amazing bonfire (with s’more favours!) to end the celebration. I’d like to think the best part of the whole day, was when the farm lost power, and the band that was playing for that time (Saturday Night Jive) kept playing without missing a single beat, the guests held up their glowing cell phones and partied on!
Wedding Location: Schomberg, Ontario, Canada / Photographer: Sara Wilde Photography / Florist: My Luscious Backyard and bride’s sister-in-law Kate / Venue: Puck’s Farm / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller / Wedding Shoes: Miss L-Fire / Groom’s Bow Tie and Suspenders: bespoke by Antonacci Tailors / Caterer: BBQ Gourmet / Bartenders: Shaken or Stirred Bar Services / Wedding Cupcakes: Dlish Cupcakes and Bunners / Other Desserts: Homemade by friends and family / Musicians: Pre-ceremony: Dave McArthur and Mason Stoner; Ceremony: Rob Carli, Bridget Hunt, Amy Canzoneri, Marie Gelinas, Dave McArthur; Cocktails: Bridget Hunt, Amy Canzoneri, Marie Gelinas, Donavon LeNabat; Dinner/Reception: Bridget Hunt, Amy Canzoneri, Marie Gelinas, Joel Visentin, Francois Mulder, KETCH HARBOUR WOLVES (Jonathan Tyrrell, Scott Winter, Liam Brown, Brian Urbanik), DAVE MCARTHUR (Dave McArthur, Shafton Thomas, Josh Patrick), SATURDAY NIGHT JIVE (AJ Singh, Luca Caracciolo, Dusty Emer, Paul Theriault, Donavon LeNabat, Genevieve Marchesseau, Julie Title, Carson Freeman) / DJ: Johnny Beatz / Sound Equipment: PSI Sound / Party Rentals: Pat’s Party Rentals / Wedding Invitations: The bride
Where to begin with this wedding? I could start with the incredibly unique venue choice, a fruit packing shed in Australia, or the colorful handcrafted wedding signs, or even the bride’s eye-catching bejeweled wedding gown, just to name a few points. I think my favorite part of this wedding, though, has to be the couple’s first dance, where the guests wrapped the newlyweds in streamers – such a cute idea! Thanks for your lovely work, Love Katie + Sarah and The Style Co.
From the bride, Renee: We wanted a relaxed yet fun party atmosphere for our wedding. We had a vision that centered around family, food and fun. We believed that every guest that attended the wedding would leave with a smile on their face, a full belly and memories of an amazing celebration of love and family. Our colour theme was pink, white, green, grey and yellow. Basically lots of natural and raw backgrounds with pops of colour.
Our bonbonniere was tea infusers with a charm ‘let love brew’, a loose leaf tea and wedding cake. Quite a few hours with the family to attach the charms to the infusers, bag and label the tea and label the boxes made for a yummy treat to guests the enjoy the day after the wedding. My father (Mick) and some staff from the orchard picked two large pear trees in the rain the Wednesday before the wedding. They also managed to get them to stand in fruit bins for an amazing back drop for speeches and centrepiece for the main bar.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy the process it really is amazing being able to throw a huge party for all the people close to you in your life. Pick the suppliers that you connect with, that way you will have 100% faith in them and you wont be stressing about their services on the day.
Processional: “1000 Years,” Christina Perri
Recessional: “Walking on Sunshine,” Katrina & The Waves
First Dance: “Close Your Eyes,” Michael Buble
Father/Daughter Dance: “Walk with You,” Edwin McCain (Performed by the groom)
Wedding Location: Shepparton, Victoria, Australia / Photographer: Love Katie + Sarah / Event Design and Styling: The Style Co / Ceremony Venue: St Brenden’s Catholic Church Shepparton / Reception Venue: Family Packing Shed, Private Property / Wedding Dress and Veil: Baccini & Hill / Hairpiece: Percy Handmade / Wedding Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti / Rings: Purdey’s Jewellers / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Carl Kapp / Suits: Calibre / Caterer and Drinks: Tommy Collins / Wedding Cake: Oh Sugar Sugar Custom Cake Design / Ceremony Musicians: Sonita / Band: The Belletones / Videographer: Jason Hodge Films