Today’s real wedding gives a whole new meaning to “the great outdoors.” Oregon couple Meng and Max celebrated their marriage beneath a woodsy canopy that was heavenly to behold. Hazelwood Photo embraced every natural backdrop (yes, that includes towering waterfalls and lakeside cliffs!) and Floral Sunshine was there to spruce up the bridal party with flower crowns for all. We especially love the way Gather Event Planning & Consultation and Something Borrowed tied in details like the gold speckled cake and the oversized chalkboard in lieu of paper programs.
We can’t imagine anywhere better to transport ourselves on a Monday morning than Palm Springs. Today’s wedding from Flora + Fauna, The Events Department, and David Rohr takes us to the uniquely chic celebration of Emily and Nima, who brought together tradition and untraditional ideas for a day that was perfectly tailored to the couple.
From the bride, Emily: We wanted to create an atmosphere that felt very welcoming and uniquely ours. We chose the Cree Estate as it is a private home where we could plan the wedding exactly to our liking without any constraints as to which vendors we selected, where we set up the event, etc. It was truly a space to make our own! We aspired for a natural outdoor setting but added a touch of charm and romance with beautiful long wooden tables and overhead string lighting.
Hello Romance! This elegant photoshoot, captured by Kaysha Weiner Photographer, shows how glitz and glam fuse with elegance oh so perfectly. This combination of smoky blues, hues of pinks and metallic tones work for any season. Brilliantly designed by The Joy Parade and adorned with gorgeous florals by Rebelle Fleurs, every little detail has the perfect touch of glamour.
From the designer, The Joy Parade: This concept was pulled together after I began tossing around ideas for winter color palettes. Soft light pink with complementary neutral colors are really popular and they’re used all year around – but how can pink transition in a new way for winter? I liked the idea of pulling in the popular shades of pink and blush and ground those a bit more with greenery, and neutrals of smoky blue, brass, and gunmetal. The result is unexpected, romantic, clean, timeless, and a little bit moody.
Out of all the things we love about today’s styled shoot from Michelle Lea Photographie, Annie’s Room, and Rainbow’s End Floral, what we love the most has to be that it’s inspired by the photographer’s own grandmothers. Appropriately, the shoot brings in antique and vintage elements and gives them new life while simultaneously providing beautiful inspiration for couples planning their own events now!
From the photographer, Michelle Lea Photographie: This styled elopement was inspired by my two grandmothers. They both loved to sew and have tea parties. This styled shoot took place at The Millstone wedding venue located in Limestone, TN. This rustic venue was built in 1811. The mill served as a working mill until it was closed in 1994. In 2010 the mill was completely renovated to a beautiful unique venue. Every piece that was original to the mill is still there repurposed to beautiful works of art.
Any day is a good day for a Palm Springs wedding, like this one from Brian Evans Photography. With a never-ending assortment of colorful blooms and one of the most stylish couples we’ve ever seen (Petal and John Paul met while working at Louis Vuitton), you’re all but guaranteed to fall in love. Chic Productions and The Bloom of Time did beautiful work designing the event and floral decor for the day!
From the photographer, Brian Evans Photography: Petal and John Paul met when they were both working at Louis Vuitton. With a couple like that you know their wedding is going to be packed with style. Within a few minutes of meeting Petal and John Paul I knew they were going to be an amazing couple to work with. They chose to say “I do” at one of the most iconic properties in Palm Springs. From the floral covered antique wedding arch to the beautiful invitations and the couple’s impeccable attire, this wedding was packed full of gorgeous details.
Protea, roses, marigolds, persimmons, thistle, snowberry, coxcomb, orchids, eucalyptus, and early fall foliage withstood the heat, looking fresh, fun, and festive! The couple loved the color turquoise, which is woven throughout the details of the wedding. The bride honored her Persian tradition serving desserts and menu items inspired by her culture, but favoured the non-traditional in choosing fashionable flower halos for her maids instead of hand-held bouquets.
As much as I love seeing all the wonderful details, it’s the real moments that make a wedding special. This wedding was full of them. A secluded first look that took John Paul’s breath away. Petal walking down the aisle radiating with happiness. The wonderful words spoken about the couple. John Paul and his daughter sharing a dance that lit up the entire room. It may have been 110 degrees that day, but it could not have been a more perfect wedding.
Jewelry and Wedding Bands
Groom's Suit, Shirt, Tie, and Groomsmen Ties
DJ and Photo Booth
Wedding Arch Installations
From time to time I fall deeply in love with a wedding, and that’s what happened when I laid my eyes on this one from Cara Robbins Studio and Destinations by Design. Zoe and James’ wedding was thoughtful, deliberate, and fearless in its approach to forgoing traditional expectations in favor of what would make them happiest and most comfortable.
From the bride, Zoe: I knew from very early stages of planning that I wanted our wedding to be a celebration of love that honored the two of us and paid homage to my husband and I as individuals and reflected our sensibilities. We really wanted to lose every extraneous detail and focus on a minimal but extraordinarily beautiful event that would deliver our vision with precision. This meant that from the get-go we knew we wanted to skip some of the more traditional components of the classic wedding format that we felt were either antiquated, or didn’t feel substantive enough to be included in our ceremony.
Flower recipe: I carried an all-white bouquet of white roses, white peonies, white hydrangeas, ranunculus, and baby’s breath. The bridesmaids carried blue hydrangeas, white peonies, blue thistle, baby’s breath, and blue anemones. All the men wore thistle as their boutonnieres including my dog who was the ring bearer, and my nephews who were flower boys.
I wanted to create an environment that was timeless, non-traditional, romantic, beautiful, and earthy, but that didn’t necessarily fit into a specific category, ie. rustic. I wanted a bohemian feel for our ceremony, with touches of whimsy and a feeling of earnest romance in every detail. The whole event took place outdoors so I wanted everything to blend into the desert landscape where the ceremony took place. Our Chupah was draped with heavy blue cloth and then adorned with blue and cream flowers and moss. We had a beautiful Turkish rug on the podium that we borrowed from my husband’s aunt, and I wore a braided halo with wildflowers in the back that attached to a floor-length veil. We had a make-your-own-mac+cheese bar and a taco bar for dinner. We wanted our wedding to be our ultimate party and we said f*** everybody else’s idea of what a wedding should look like! Best move ever on our part.
Our color scheme was dusty blue with accents of muted red. Each name tag and place setting was attached to a little air succulent which paid homage to the desert-ranch we got married at. There were little pieces of lavender tucked into each person’s place setting. Words to describe the look of our wedding would be romantic, bohemian, non-traditional, Jewish, timeless, down-to-earth, and minimalist.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Let go of any allegiance to tradition for the sake of tradition if it doesn’t serve a purpose in the greater scheme of your vision. My husband and I kind of fought to shake some of the traditions that we found antiquated and gendered. We chose not to be announced and not to do the Hora (very controversial!). I didn’t throw a bouquet and both my parents walked me down the aisle. I hated the idea of being “given away” as it seemed so anti-feminist to me. Because we only did things we wanted to do our celebration was amazing! It was all about the ceremony and then amazing food and dancing. We kept the formalities to a minimum and I think it was appreciated all around.
Wedding Party Processional: “In My Life,” The Beatles
Bride’s Processional: “Heartbeats,” José Gonzalez
Recessional: “Sprawl II,” Arcade Fire
First Dance: “Video Games,” Lana Del Rey
Father/Daughter Dance: “Wildflowers,” Tom Petty
Mother/Son Dance: “Sweet Baby James,” James Taylor
From the photographer, Cara Robbins: A little back story on Zoe and James, I actually photographed their siblings’ wedding a couple years back (believe it or not her brother is married to his sister!). Zoe and Moria (James’ sister) met at summer camp years ago and sort of decided that they were going to marry each others brothers, and some how that actually happened!! You’ll have to get the full story from Zoe but can you believe that? Together the boys own Ventura Sprits, a small distillery in Venutra, CA and Zoe is a doula/birthing coach. Together they live in downtown LA in a beautiful loft where we actually did their engagement photos. They got married out at James’ aunt’s ranch just on the outskirts of Las Vegas. When they first approached me about this I wasn’t so sure about a Las Vegas wedding but boy was I wrong! This ranch was absolutely amazing and made for a perfect and very personal backdrop for their wedding (there was even a mini horse!). The property itself has so many great details and they just wanted to bring a really fresh and simple vibe to the decor. One of my favorite parts was that dinner was served on farmhouse tabled that were positioned between a mini orchard of fruit trees (just wait til you see this)! They had beautiful table decor and little gifts for each guest – air plants – as escort cards. Cocktail hour was hosted right next to this amazing oasis pool and guests got to drink cocktails made with the alcohol that James and Henry make! The wedding party was large and mixed, they really didn’t want to make it only brides maids and groomsmen so there were boys and girls on both of their sides and the girls got to wear mixed dresses that were stunning against the desert background. Zoe’s amazing ring was actually James’ mothers and the two of them are all about family (check out the super cute flower boys and their adorable flower crowns). Also at the end of the night James surprised Zoe by covering Can’t Feel My Face by the weekend and serenading her!
Event Design, Decor, Floral Design, Coordination, Audio/Visual, Transporation
When a baker gets married, rest assured the dessert table is going to be a whopper. Bride Toni owns her own bake shop with her sister, and the two went all out designing sweet treats for her wedding to groom Josh. The entire day was a creative fall wedding to remember, with the help of the talented Jessica Hendrix Photography and Pocket Full of Posies.
From the bride, Toni: Our wedding took place at Willow Creek Winery in cape may New Jersey. Kevin Celli was our guide and planner and did an amazing job with helping us out in any way possible! For my wedding I imagined a rustic but colorful and creative vibe. It was fall, but I wanted to incorporate peacock blue/green with bright reds and oranges. Some gold accents. I did a lot of my own crafting, like stained crates handmade seating arrangements signage, etc.. I handmade my invitations and save the dates, at each setting. There was a clementine with a leaf cutout with hand gold embossed names!
One of the biggest things I did for the day was the wedding cakes and all the desserts! I own my own shop in Haddonfield, New Jersey called Sweet T’s Bakeshop. My sister and own the shop together and made a ton of desserts for my day! Two cakes including three different flavors: blood Orange velvet, sweet potato with spiced pears, and baked apple cinnamon dolce! We also made individual apple pies in mason jars, French macaroons with hand painted gold spiders (it was Nov. 1) mini pumpkin cheesecakes with ginger snaps crust and ice cream cookie sandwiches with homemade oatmeal raisin cookies and Bassetts pumpkin ice cream. We also had an array of vintage glass bottle and jars scattered everywhere in tables.
I was in love with my floral arrangements by Pocket Full of Posies in Galloway NJ. Beth Ann did a fabulous job! When my flowers arrived at my hotel suit while we were getting ready I was so so so excited and blown away! I had some succulents, orchids, eucalyptus, deep purple Calla lilies, blue thisle, red berries, and some really pretty bright orange and red needle looking flowers!! In love! Oh yeah, I also had sunflowers with the petals picked off! My table arrangements had turquoise lanterns and white lanterns scattered with candle and some of the antique bottles had a flower or two. There were also some blue mason jars with flowers.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My advice for other couples is to try and make it special for yourselves. Don’t worry about what other people think. Put your love and every into little details and it will become something special!
Bride’s Processional: “January Rain,” David Gray
Recessional: “Wild Fire,” John Mayer
First Dance: “Sweet Pea,” Amos Lee
It’s the week of Thanksgiving, which means we’ve got lots of delicious tablescapes to look forward to. This shoot from Jonica Moore, Dawn Mauberret, and Sweet Thorn Flora explores the dramatic side of autumn weddings, and we think it works perfectly for a Friendsgiving event with the besties too. Be sure to keep an eye out for the incredible dip dyed veil!
From the shoot’s concept designer, Kerry Ann Stokes: The Moody Romantics styled shoot was inspired by dark fairytales and the beauty of nature found deep in the woods – maybe where you least expect it. Both décor and wardrobe are rich in texture-including furs, satin-faced chiffon, lace, quartz, lush florals, and taxidermy insects. This shoot is packed with detail, a love for the handmade, and vintage items. Dreamt up by accessories designer Kerry Ann Stokes and brought to life by a team of creatives, mobilized by Dawn Mauberret Events. This shoot sets the mood for a dreamy and romantic fall wedding—all beautifully captured by Jonica Moore Studio.
The color palette is rich and dark hued-highlighting deep reds, and Pantone’s color of the year, Marsala. For the wedding dresses we pulled a Rue De Seine dress with a delicate lace over a beige slip and one of Leanne Marshall’s creamy and silky dresses from Lovely Bride. We paired the first look (Rue De Seine) with a deep wine dip-dyed silk tulle veil and dark beaded crown from Kerry Ann Stokes. Sophie Hughes provided some killer jewelry for the shoot, including a custom Black Beauty Diamond Ring (we were all wide-eyed over it), black diamond bands, and fused metal pieces. For the second look (Leanne Marshall) we topped the dress with a fur shawl and a natural quartz headpiece. The bridesmaids wore maroon (Ash and Light) and black (Nordstrom) dresses, along with coordinating jewelry, leather flower hairpins, a beaded headpiece. Hair (by Stephanie Kauffman) and makeup (by MauberretFX) have a beautiful witchy vibe. Sweet Thorn Flora nailed it with the floral arrangements, which included deep toned florals mixed with lush greens and blush accents. Peonies, blackberries, thistle, ranunculus, and ferns were utilized and mixed with taxidermy insects (courtesy of Hoardaculture) and antlers-definitely making a dramatic statement.
The Grand was the perfect location for this shoot, and included a long wooden banquet table, rustic seating, exposed brick walls, a deep green pin-tuck cushion booth, and some in house taxidermy wall mounts. They cooked up a menu full of color for every course. Oysters for the cocktail hour with some fall inspired signature cocktails, a black kale salad to start, and braised ribs for the main-all served up on vintage plates and glassware from Eleven Thirty Six. For the dessert we decided to forego the traditional cake and have a table of pies and tarts instead. Deep colored berries and elaborate crust designs made for a beautiful sweets table thanks to Cutie Pies NYC. The maroon and rose-colored invites were designed by Of Note Stationers — who also supplied some stationery (Can’t Do This Without You, Dazzle, and It’s Your Day cards). Our signage was all hand painted by Kristin Texteria onto vintage mirrors, including the one large mirror in the venue. The escort cards are strung from butterflies and pinned inside vintage frames. Needless to say, a lot of talented vendors came together on this moody and romantic wedding inspiration shoot and the end result is truly inspiring!
Event Planning and Coordination
Bridesmaid Dress (dark red)
Bridesmaid Dress (black lace)
“Why don’t we have a wedding that feels like a family barbecue?” may be one of the best ideas we’ve ever heard — especially when that barbecue takes place at Leo Carrillo Ranch in California. Artistrie Co., wed (weddings.events.design.), and Moments in Bloom set to work photographing and designing Amanda and Wences’ wedding day, which was full of great things like over-sized “Love” beach balls floating in the pool, a variety of delicious cakes, and potted succulent favors for the guests.
From the bride, Amanda: We wanted our wedding to feel comfortable rather than formal. Being from Southern California family barbecues are a staple all year round for each of our families, they are weekend events where everyone gets together to catch up, eat good food, and enjoy each others’ company. So when it came to planning our wedding we thought, “Why don’t we have a wedding that feels like a family barbecue?”
Once we found Leo Carrillo Ranch we could immediately start seeing our wedding vision take shape. Since the site itself used to be actor Leo Carrillo’s home we are getting that literal feel of having a special event at a family member’s house. The site itself is everything that we love, from the hacienda style architecture to the canyon and natural wildlife that surrounds it. We knew that we did not need to do much to the site itself to make it beautiful, so it was going to be in the details that we chose that would make our wedding special and uniquely ours. Having oversized lawn games, a photo booth, and gourmet tacos are fun ways we thought could merge the backyard family barbecue feel into our wedding day.
Hair and Makeup
We always love the romantic nature of beach weddings, but this styled shoot photographed by Hazelwood Photo during the golden hour is just beyond. Amber Votel and Swoon Floral Design worked on the design and floral arrangements, and they used natural elements like thistle, stones, and wood to keep everything looking organic, relaxed, and positively timeless.
From the event designer, Amber Votel: This modern coastal styled shoot was conceived by event stylist Amber Votel and shot by Hazelwood Photo. We were inspired by the rich textures, natural elements and moods found at the sea shore – the breeze, the sand, the dunes, and the sunset at golden hour. We kept the color palette soft and minimal- sea glass blue, creamy white, dusty sage green and lots of earthy browns and grey. Shells, coral, stones and wood were combined with glass, linen and metal creating a textural modern bohemian mix. Brass lanterns and wood and glass vintage pieces seem to have been sourced from an old ship.
Lincoln City, Oregon was the perfect backdrop for the shoot. The beach was misty and windswept with a colorful golden sunset, soft grassy dunes and nature all around. We were also just paces away from Proposal Rock, a huge natural rock formation rising from the sea, renown as a romantic destination as the name suggests. The bride and groom had a laid-back modern bohemian look perfect for casual outdoor nuptials. Her long sleeve deep v-neck dress by Elizabeth Dye was styled with a simple green satin sash and bold brass and rough-cut gemstone jewelry. Her beauty look was fresh and simple- hair was a loose, windswept braid and makeup was soft and natural, reflecting the natural tones of the scene. Modern effortless elegance.
The bouquet combined classic white blooms with lots of textural greenery into a loose wild composition. The arrangements scattered on the tables resembled seaweed pearls, sea plants, and textured flowers or grasses that could have been plucked from the dunes. We collaborated with some amazing local vendors and artists who expertly translated the feel of the sea into a perfect wedding day look. The gorgeous dappled ombre cake by Artisan Cake Company featured an elegant swirl of candied sugar that spun around like a wave from the deep. Favors were earthy scented hand shaped soaps by Roots Soap Co. that appeared to be stones from the shore. The paint by number coastal wedding suite by Factory Made reflected the soft colors and textures of the scene. Swoon Floral Design created the amazing floral arrangements and Kirstie Wight Makeup conceived the beauty look. Rentals from Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals and hand made items from Forest Meets Sea and Farm Walk Road accentuated the table. Jewelry pieces were designed by Lumafina, By Angeline and Love Tatum.
Event Design and Styling
Hair and Makeup
Paint by Numbers Paper Suite
Today’s wedding is everything an intimate wedding should be — full of heart and personality, teeming with details that capture the spirit of the couple. Pam and Shane supplied a variety of treats for their guests, including fresh brewed coffee in sterling silver sets and slices of pie wrapped up in the prettiest to-go boxes! Allen Tsai Photography, Keestone Events, and we+you did some amazing work here, as always.
From the event designers, Keestone Events: Fort Worth, Texas residents Pam Roberts and Shane Ollerman really brought their unique taste and fun-loving personalities to life with their intimate, creative country wedding. Keestone Events was fortunate enough to work with this charming, laid back couple for almost a year to create their perfect day. The first step was to find the perfect venue to set the tone for the whole event. When Pam and Shane set foot on the Flying V Ranch nestled in the hill country near Denton, they knew this hidden gem was just right for them. Family owned and run, this spectacular spot offered just the right combination of character and charm.
Once the venue was secured, we set out to transform the rustic country space into an elegant, vintage dinner party atmosphere. Pam and Shane broke the mold at every turn- renting long tables to facilitate a most unique family style dinner and bringing in crisp white linens and bright colorful centerpieces to dress up the quaint metal reception hall. Throughout the year of prepping and planning, we schemed constantly to pull in more unique touches. The end result was a sweet, simple ceremony overlooking a stunning hillside view adorned in a custom made floral garland. Guests watched from church pews relocated to an open air pavilion and ushered the happy couple off with bright festive confetti. While Pam and Shane worked with mastermind photographer Allen Tsai to capture this special moment, guests enjoyed cocktails and tasty stuffed avocado hors d’oeuvre in the adjacent biergarten.
At the conclusion of cocktail hour guests made their way into the reception hall to find their seat. As they entered they took in the beautiful white tables covered in an eclectic mixture of glass bottles and wooden boxes adorned with bright coral, fuchsia and peach blooms. The eye-catching long tables slinked around the room in front of a sheer white backdrop creating the perfect-sized dance floor. Overhead twinkle lights, a striking crystal chandelier and dozens of tea lights cast a subtle light for the perfect dinner ambiance. Distinctive antique tables and cabinets around the perimeter of the room added the perfect vintage touch and housed essentials like fresh brewed coffee in a silver serving set.
After Pam and Shane’s grand entrance all enjoyed a delicious family style meal on mismatched vintage china. After dinner and a little dancing guests were delighted to discover that the standard wedding cake had been replaced by scrumptious pie served by the slice in small woven baskets. As nobody likes pie without ice cream, a charming ice cream truck was parked right outside to make for the perfect dessert. Stuffed to the brim, guests captured memories in the photo booth and danced the night away with close friends and family. All good things must come to an end though, and after prying themselves away from the dancing and cocktails, the crowd cheered Pam and Shane through the doors amidst a blur of sparklers to a handsome vintage getaway car. Exhausted and as happy as could be, the newly weds climbed into the car and were whisked away into the night.
Event Design and Planning
Ice Cream Truck
Drapery and Rentals
There’s something about using cobalt blue in wedding decor that makes us unbelievably cheery — it’s a bold choice that always seems to come across beautifully in images. Alexandra Wallace photographed the wedding of Rachel and Zach, a couple who wanted their day to be “artsy and a wee bit nerdy.” The two even did a choreographed dance at the end of the reception!
From the bride, Rachel: From the very beginning I knew I wanted vintage, artsy, and a wee bit nerdy. My husband happily agreed. I think our photographer Alexandra Wallace described it best with eclectic — I’d also use colorful, bright, and unique.
My dress was designed by me, inspired by a designer dress I saw on Pinterest. It was constructed by a family friend, Ruth Franklin, myself, and my mom, Victoria Humbles. My garters were made by my friend and bridesmaid, Bridget Huffer. My bridesmaids’ hairpieces were made by me, as were the groomsmen’s boutonnieres; table numbers were constructed by me, and my husband Zach came up with the phrases based on our relationship corresponding with each number. We both spray-painted little dinosaur figures silver. These sat upon vintage books that were all from my personal collection. I also hand-wrote and painted place cards for every guest. Zach and I painted and constructed the octahedron strands that hung from the gazebo. Zach constructed the giant paper flowers. I painted a “me and you” sign that was at the guest book table, the guest book being a print found on Etsy, adhered to a wooden frame, found at Michael’s Craft Store. There were also little chalkboards that I hand-wrote notes on to correspond with the types of beer we served, among others.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy EVERY minute. Make it fun, make it about YOU TWO! I read about a wedding where the bride said, don’t worry if something isn’t exactly right. That was huge for me! We did so much ourselves I wanted everything to be spit spot, but it wasn’t perfect. And honestly I think it turned out even better. Also, elope. ;)
Bridal Party Processional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Bride’s Processional: “Child,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Recessional: “Throne Room/End Title” from Star Wars
Reception Entrance: “Imperial March” from Star Wars
First Dance: “Out of My League,” Fitz and the Tantrums
Father/Daughter Dance: “Look What You Done for Me,” Al Green
Mother/Son Dance: “My Wish,” Rascal Flatts
Everything was played at the reception, from Flogging Molly to Frank Sinatra, from Freddie King to the Rolling Stones, not to mention Chuck Berry, James Brown, and The Gap Band.
From the photographer, Alexandra Wallace: Rachel and Zach are no cookie-cutter couple, and their wedding was no Pinterest copy-and-paste affair! The day started with Rachel putting on her completely custom-made dress; a project taken on by a family friend, her mother, and herself. As the final touches approached, Rachel’s mother presented her with a locket – inside, a note, and a piece of her own wedding dress from over thirty years ago. The wedding celebration took place at the historic Jack House in downtown San Luis Obispo. Rachel donned a flower crown hand-crafted by her cousin, and guests were led to the gazebo to watch Rachel and Zach exchange vows [in front of a custom hanging backdrop!], and then walk down the aisle as husband and wife to the end title theme from Star Wars. Reception decor was in grey, cobalt blue, with hints of mustard yellow. Decorations were a mix of vintage, geometric shapes, and a bit of woodland inspiration. As Rachel said, “The fact that we don’t have one theme per se is very much us. There’s a bit of classic charm and a bit of geek chic – I must admit Doctor Who was an inspiration for the colors!” Dinner was cooked by family, and the evening was spent with dancing – including a wonderfully non-traditional, choreographed first dance by the newlyweds! [Did I mention Rachel works in theater??] As a parting gift, guests were each given a small succulent plant, representing life and longevity in harsh conditions.
A couple who loves color ranks pretty highly on my list of favorite things, and this elegant Southern wedding was all the better for having them. Impeccable styling, plentiful reception lounge areas, and pops of bright spring colors everywhere you look all make up this beautiful day! Virgil Bunao and A Charleston Bride truly shine in this one, folks.
From the wedding planner, A Charleston Bride: Jenny and Ryan were the most amazing clients because they absolutely loved color and were open to any type of floral as long as we had an array of colors! Not to mention Jenny owns a boutique in Greenville, SC so she is has an amazing sense of style. She even provided some of her own pillows from her house! Buttercup yellow was one of Jenny’s favorite colors and I’m not surprised because she is so full of sunshine herself! So we used a mix of buttercup yellow, gold, burnt orange, and fuchsia as the general color palette.
The favors were treats from Dylan’s Candy Bar tied with colorful ribbon – so delish! Jenny’s bouquet had turquoise and orange trailing ribbon and their altar matched her bouquet. One thing important to the groom was his bacon bar! We had gold pigs on a tiered display with bacon mac and cheese, piggy pops, and other pork goodies – perfect for a late night crowd! Jenny and Ryan were whisked away in a golf cart with draping and floral tie backs. Perfect ending to a beautiful, beautiful night!
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Natural decor elements inspired by the sea are always right at home in beach weddings, but today’s team (including Ashley Williams Photography, Urban Shindigs, and Luxe Botanique) went in the opposite direction and placed them amidst the sand dunes of Southern California. Using sea glass and non-floral bouquet elements, this styled shoot blends the best of both beach-y and desert wedding inspiration for a look that’s keeping us deeply inspired.
From the event designer, Urban Shindigs: It all came to me in a “Blue” haze. Luxe Botanique was wanting to create something with simple natural elements like sand, grape wood, cotton, and air plants. Most minds would immediately go to the beach… but mine went to the blue skies over the majestic California Sand Dunes. I wanted to embrace the raw elements the dunes had to offer. I pulled some natural items from Witty Rentals. We used cowhide for the table linen, equipale leather chairs, and of course a collection of bone skulls.
For the fashion styling I wanted a slate blue look. It first started with the the slate blue Adrianna Papell gown from Bella Bridesmaids. The cap sleeves, beaded sharp lines, and glittering sequins combined to create the stunning look. To top off the brides look we pulled the natural metal/stone jewelery from Kim Egel Jewelry. The groom’s slate blue Allure Suit by Allure Men came from Friar Tux. Hair & Makeup was done by the amazing Erin Dunaway. To keep this shoot raw and natural we wanted a real honest couple. Ashley and Bryan were a perfect match! No flowers were used at all in the bouquet. Instead, Luxe Botanique used rustic textiles like cotton, dried mushroom, seed pods, blue thistle, foliage and an air plant to complete the look. Twinkle & Toast designed a blue water color handwritten invitation to go along, as well as custom sea glass escort cards. It paired perfectly with our stunning cake designed by Hey There, Cupcake. This shoot was all captured by the very talented Ashley Williams Photography & Audrey Alba Films.
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What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with an Irish inspired wedding in Nashville, Tennessee? Ginger and Zack made their wedding day completely unique to them as a couple, bringing together their love of travel (especially Ireland and Scotland), Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, and woodland creatures — and everything worked together perfectly thanks to a stellar team of vendors including Morgan Trinker, Spindle Photography, Kelly Dellinger Events, and Rosemary and Finch.
From the bride, Ginger: Zack loves rustic and handcrafted, and I love vintage and whimsical. It is a little difficult to summarize/label, because we basically just tried to roll all of our favorite things up into one brown paper package. However, the central thought that started it all was when we were wishing that money didn’t exist or that we could teleport our whole family to Ireland or Scotland to experience our favorite places and play tribute to our families’ heritage.
Since we couldn’t have everyone travel to those magical places, we first wanted to bring some of the adventure of a travel theme to our wedding. Then we wanted to incorporate our love for romance and epic stories (some personal favorites being Braveheart, Harry Potter, and Indiana Jones… yes, we are shameless nerds). Finally, we wanted to highlight the Lindsey Scottish crest, which is very important to us. When we were first dating, we noticed that the crest happens to feature a swan with a crown — and Swan is my maiden name. Zack gave me the crest on a kilt pin on the night he proposed, and it was a special symbol of our families coming together. We pictured colors like stone, emerald/moss, orange/copper, latte and ivory — which fit our love for all things woodland, rustic, and autumn. Basically, if you imagine a woodland elf marrying an adventurous hobbit in a moss-covered stone castle on a green, grassy hill in Ireland… then you get it.
Our first DIY project we did was creating our own save-the-dates using a vintage 1940s postcard of our wedding venue. Zack’s biggest undertaking was brewing two specialty beers for our reception to go with our catering menu. He brewed a Harvest Spiced Ale and a Dark Wolf Lager, which took many months preparation. I collected green bottles that were being thrown out or recycled during the year and saved them to be used for simple floral decor. Zack plays the bagpipes and nearly was a kilted groom, so to replace his kilt we incorporated the family tartan in other areas: groom pocket square and boutonniere, ring bearer suspenders, my DIY garter, etc. Our escort cards were miniature boarding passes which directed guests to their “destination” which were labeled by table numbers made with maps. We had handwritten dinner menus, ceremony programs, and maps to the reception modeled after the “Marauder’s Map” from Harry Potter. Zack made peanut butter (using peanuts from our garden) and beer bottle openers (from repurposed wood) for his groomsmen, and I sewed spirit animal tote bags for my bridal party.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Right after the wedding I wrote these down, because I didn’t want to forget how I felt immediately after the whirlwind was over. 1. Spending time on the personalized details makes it so much more meaningful, enjoyable, and memorable for everyone. Sometimes we were cursing our DIY ideas a few hours after we were already into them, but in the end you only get one wedding so why not just spend a little extra time? (That being said, don’t procrastinate any DIY ideas… better to just let those go. ha!) 2. Go ahead and start preparing yourself for the crazy, relative perspectives of time on your wedding day. The 10 minutes you are waiting to walk down the aisle is going to feel like more than an hour, and then the 4 hours of your reception is also going to feel like less than an hour! In both, just try to notice every little thing you can and take it all in. 3. No matter how much work you put in– especially if you happen to have crazy, big families like we do — you can’t control other people and their circumstances. Just communicate and communicate until you feel blue in the face… and then just let go, have fun, and “que sera sera!”
Processional: Acoustic version of “Blessed Assurance”, acoustic cover of Kate Rusby’s “Blooming Heather”
Bride’s Processional: “Gift of a Thistle / The Braveheart Theme” on uilleann pipes
Recessional: A special arrangement of “The Raider’s March” (Indiana Jones Theme)
First Dance: “La Vie en Rose,” Edith Piaf
Father/Daughter Dance: “You Put This Love in my Heart,” Keith Green
Mother/Son Dance: “Sweet Child of Mine,” Sheryl Crow
Cage Veil and Heirloom Belt
Guitar and Vocals
Wedding Invitation Design
Personalized Stationery Elements
This is one wedding that never fails to make us smile, no matter how many times we look at it. How can we resist, with the vibrant sunflowers, jewel tones, and handmade touches? A crew of amazing vendors including Gideon Photography, When Pigs Fly Events, and Layers of Lovely made Ashley and Brian’s dream day a reality, and you may just remember the darling bride from when we shared her cookie decorating bridal shower a while back!
From the bride, Ashley: The minute we entered the driveway to Quivira, we knew we had found “the one.” Like the moment I met Brian, like the moment I tried on my wedding dress, Quivira was the same “a-ha” moment. In my mind, I pictured myself getting married surrounded by sunflowers. I grew up on a farm with horses, chickens, and pigs. I also own a company called “Road Apples” where I makes organic treats for horses, dogs, and pigs. My design team, When Pigs Fly Events, really took the personal details of my life and transferred that to a cohesive wedding scheme. I wanted everything to feel inviting like you were ‘coming home to the ranch for a big family dinner.’ At every turn you were greeted by smiling sunflowers and ranch inspired details like the vintage horseshoes that were stuffed into floral pieces, large overturned crates of apples, and buckets of wheat.
My favorite part of the wedding day was dining in the vineyard with our friends and family. This was the truly magical moment of the day and when I felt like my vision of ‘a big family dinner’ came to life. We had a farm to table dinner under a gorgeous canopy of foliage and grapes – completely erected for our event. It actually looked and felt like it had been there forever. It was a magnificent setting and we loved the moment. Green and yellow were the dominant colors throughout the wedding. I asked all of my bridesmaids to choose a green dress that they loved. The sunflowers in our bouquets and the floral treatments provided that sunny pop of color that complemented the Quivira grounds and quaint yellow barn on the property so well. As an ode to the farm, we had a 5′ horse topiary made to welcome guests into the ceremony gardens. The cocktail hour had chickens and roosters in different areas including the “Get Yo’ Cocktail On” sign at the bar, on the custom made napkins, and the metal cork collectors.
Our after party at Barn Diva was an amazing way to end the night. As an entirely different venue, we wanted to change up the mood from the vineyard. We wanted some fantastical elements including unicorns and nods to the 80s. We had an ice luge in the shape of a unicorn from which guests took shots of martinis! And, the spiked milkshakes really hit the spot. I loved every moment of the day.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My biggest advice would be to make the day a reflection of you as a couple. Don’t be afraid to include some out-of-the-box ideas, inside jokes, and design elements. Make it about you. I wanted to give Brian a groom’s cake shaped like a steak because it’s a joke we share. He said that he decided to propose the night he did because “he just ate the best steak he had ever had and felt like the moment couldn’t be more perfect to ask me to be his wife.” I was also super excited to make my special homemade strawberry jam for my guests as a wedding favor! These are the details that you will remember forever. Beautiful can live in the same world as Unique. Also, let the day develop organically and don’t be afraid to throw control out the window and be surprised. You will be so inspired by the outpouring of love and thoughtfulness of the special people in your life if you encourage them to see the day as a platform for love.
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We wanted the day to include music from all kids of genres. The day at Quivira included a lot of classic rock, country, and indie music, while the after party at Barn Diva started out with a strong 80s set list and ended with top modern dance tracks.
Bridal Party Processional: “Gimme Three Steps,” Lynyrd Skynyrd
Bride’s Processional: “Daughter,” Loudon Wainwright III
First Dance: “I Will Wait,” Mumford and Sons
Event Design and Styling
Wedding Shoes, After Party Dress, and After Party Shoes
Wedding Invitations and Signage
As lovers of the outdoors and redwoods, a camp wedding was the perfect call for newlyweds Emily and Duncan. Their wedding day was a true labor of love, and the couple called on the talents of their loving friends and family to help put everything together – with some extra help from professionals Gather West, Simply Events Bay Area, and Crimson Horticultural Rarities, of course.
From the bride, Emily: Duncan and I are both illustrators, so naturally we were super excited about infusing our illustrations and artistic style into everything we could. All the aspects of the wedding were fun opportunities to create something uniquely us. The Save-the-Date was our first artistic collaboration and it made the planning process really special. We also have a sketchbook that we shared back and forth when we first started dating, so I printed out a bunch of the drawings to display on the tables to help illustrate our history together.
We are so lucky to have some extremely talented friends and family members who were all so generous in their contributions to the wedding. The love and support we received from everyone was overwhelming! I co-own a stationery company called The Nimbus Factory, and my partners Julia Kuo, Claire Konishi, and Phyllis Sa, were essential in creating the invitations and all the beautiful hand-lettered signage. My sister, owner of Marthette Vintage, was also a huge reason our wedding turned out so beautifully. The hairpiece she made me was more perfect than I could have imagined, and she nailed the boutonnieres! So many others helped out — Duncan’s mother added some embroidered touches, and I had friends volunteer to do my make-up and make sangria for the reception. We were also just floored at how many people traveled great distances in order to be with us on our wedding day. We’ve moved around a lot, so we have friends and family who came from Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Texas, Florida, and beyond. It was touching. I still can’t get over it.
Our inspiration for the day came from our shared love of the outdoors and the redwoods. We knew we wanted to be outside under the trees, and most of all, we wanted it to be a fun celebration of our love and friendship. When we stumbled upon Roaring Camp, we knew it was perfect. We tried to infuse the day with all the things we loved, including fish tacos, live music, redwoods, and chocolate chip cookies. Music has always been important to both of us so we spent a lot of time researching bands in order to find one that we loved. We hired a live band called The Rusty String Express, which turned out to be a perfect fit. For the ceremony, they played ‘I’ve Just Seen a Face’ by the Beatles, a song that was on a mix CD Duncan made for me on the first day we started dating. Listening to any of the songs from that mix still gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling.
We both agree that the most special moment was the ceremony. Our friend and colleague from American Greetings and supremely talented writer, Giao Buu, flew all the way from Cleveland in order to write and perform our ceremony. He was the most perfect officiant we could’ve asked for…he even wove in some LOST references because we’re huge fans of the show, along with some beautifully written sentiments about destiny and the cosmos (and then he hand-lettered it all in a journal he gave us after the wedding!). Having everyone we love surrounding us in the sunlit forest was more intimate and magical than I ever imagined, and sharing our own handwritten vows made it even more meaningful. The train ride up and back from the ceremony site also turned out to be one of my favorite moments because it let me relax and reflect on what was actually happening instead of rushing from one thing to the next. Plus, every time I hear a train whistle from now on, my heart will skip a beat.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I prioritized anything that would create the fun, rustic atmosphere we were going for and didn’t spend money on the things that wouldn’t help achieve that goal. If I had to give one piece of advice to brides planning now, it would be to think about how you want to feel on your wedding day, and make anything that helps create that atmosphere a priority!
Time and again we’re blown away by the beautiful images that come out of photography workshops, just like this one from film photographers extraordinaire Jess Barfield and Taylor Lord. Anne Brookshire Photography happily took part in the day, capturing moments of delicate and sophisticated beauty with some of the prettiest cool blues and grays we’ve seen yet, styled by Lindsey Zamora.
From the stylist, Lindsey Zamora: I was so honored to design and style the summer workshop series by Jess Barfield and Taylor Lord. I am loving the dusty-blue color palette at the moment and even more in love when it is combined with grays and creams. The overall feel for the shoot was soft and romantic, a feeling that would be translated into every element. I loved how the bride’s wrap caught the light so perfectly and the effortless flow of the gauzy linen across the worn table; it is this juxtaposition that I seek out in every design.
From the photographer, Anne Brookshire: This is the styled shoot from the August 4th Jess Barfield & Taylor Lord Workshop! The designer/stylist Lindsey is so talented. She was inspired by the color of slate with blue tints & built the concept from there! I love the mix of soft & modern elements, as well as all the floral pieces that Lindsey foraged from her own backyard.
Photographer: Anne Brookshire Photography / Workshop Hosts: Jess Barfield and Taylor Lord / Event Design, Styling, and Floral Design: Lindsey Zamora / Venue: 333 First Avenue / Wedding Dress: Nordstrom / Hair and Makeup: Beauty & the Blush / Rentals: Juniper Rentals / Paper Goods and Calligraphy: Rachel Carl & Co
Camping might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Chicago, but this styled shoot from Made to be Mine and Bittersweet Floral makes it clear that you can bring a bit of ‘glamping’ style into any surroundings. Also, we have to say that the bride’s floor-length sequin skirt is one we’d definitely like to see more of on wedding days!
From the photographer, Kristi of Made to be Mine: I grew up camping. It’s kind of the most peaceful and awesome thing ever. I know some people think it’s gross, difficult, maybe even pointless… but I think our collective minds are starting to appreciate nature more and what we share with it. This whole “glamping” trend started a while back but I’ve seen it more recently hitting feeds of all kinds. More specifically, I saw a pin about the Northern Lights… you can rent out IGLOOS to camp in and watch the lights in a comfy pile of linens. From there, my inspiration took off… the colors of the northern lights combined with the joys of camping. After a few weeks of planning it became clear that this is how my wedding will most likely go… as I said, my childhood was full of camping. It was almost as if I was planning my own wedding instead of a styled shoot. Needless to say, I’m holding onto all of these ideas for my special someday!
Now the table, that table is just one of my favorite things ever. My dad helped me build it out of pallet wood. The design is completely my own, I love the angles coming in and out of each other, and the clean lines combined with the rustic wood is just my favorite. I wish I would’ve kept it! I’ve been loving on concrete as well, and I was inspired by one of my favorite etsy shops (of which I included her pieces for this shoot), with the gold and concrete combination. So I got some cinder blocks and painted them for the base of the table. All in all this was a very easy DIY, both of those things I found for FREE btw! The brass candlesticks are just so beautiful against the wood… but I also wanted to tie in the blues of the NL as well… the combination of the two with the silver and white candles, I just drooled with every shot.
I found several lanterns and more concrete pieces as well for my floral designer to go crazy with, and she pulled it off flawlessly. I even took some of the pieces home to gaze over more until they dried up. There are small winks to camping with the lanterns, canteens, and binoculars. The invitations were designed from a single photograph of pine trees, with added camping icons, and fun nods to adventures in the woods, I loved how they turned out and looked with the rest of the shoot. Natural pieces like the wooden silverware, Jill’s necklace, and the wildflowers, kept the feel of the outdoors while being paired with very beautiful and modern pieces. One of my favorite aspects were the place cards; old camping badges from scouts that I found on etsy and through antique vendors, with the person’s name and table number attached, and old handkerchiefs to conceal the back of the badge. I love the idea of people pinning badges of all kinds to their person, or just having a fun little kitschy souvenir to take home. The place setting is just a dream to me; wooden silverware dipped in gold, something an eco-loving camper would adore for their wedding, fancy little woodland creatures adorn the plates, hand-dyed napkins, and copper mugs. OH, and you can’t have a campsite without s’mores and trail mix! The cake was inspired by the trail mix, with berries and nuts decorating the spread. Deconstructed s’mores were at a second dessert table, with graham cracker covered marshmallows from wondermade.com and little cups of caramel, nutella, and chocolate sauce for dipping. Along with an adorable s’mores pie, lit up with a tiny sparkler. My favorite piece of all were those amazing vintage postcards I found, easily diy-ed to be table numbers or a banner, all the images were of mountains and wooded areas all over the U.S… and they were REAL, what a fun treat to read the back and dive into someone’s past adventures! I am so grateful to Jill and Brad for their love, beauty, and willingness to participate, my amazing vendors for being perfect at what they do, and for the world around me that inspired this gorgeous, laid-back style. It all came together to reveal something unique and gorgeous, a wedding I wish was my own.
Shoot Location: Chicago, IL / Photographer: Made to be Mine / Floral Design: Bittersweet Floral / Long-sleeved Top: Fossil / Layered Tank Top: ASOS / Gold Skirt: Revolve / Druzy Necklace and Ring: DanaCastle / Hair and Makeup: Ali Onken of Bella’s Salon / Groom’s Attire: J. Crew / Tan Jacket: Zara / Grey Tie: Prada / Groom’s Shoes: Florsheim / Wedding Cakes: Jordan Sneath
If this Philadelphia wedding isn’t the height of intimate elegance, we don’t know what is. Emily and Edith hosted their beautiful nuptials at Cliveden, an estate overflowing with natural beauty and lush scenery. Thanks to The More We See for capturing all of the lovely details!
From the brides, Emily and Edith: We wanted the wedding to feel elegant and intimate. Having delicious food and great music were our top priorities. We also aimed to have a very locally sourced wedding and found wonderful Philadelphia area vendors to partner with. At the time of our wedding, same-sex marriage was not yet legal in Pennsylvania. We had a small legal ceremony on April 27 with our immediate family in New Jersey. What we called our “real wedding” was on May 17 with a larger but still intimate crowd where we exchanged vows and rings. It was important to us that we celebrated our love in front of our family and friends in the city where we met, fell in love and call home.
Flower recipe: Blue thistle, lavender lilac, blush spray rose (“Bombastic”), white astilbe, purple waxflower, snowball viburnum (green), salmon matsumoto aster, fresh lavender, ranunculus (range of colors from blush to salmon), blush/white peonies, Chablis spray roses, hosta leaves, and rhododendron.
The wedding color scheme was green. We were married in May so the trees at Cliveden were a lovely new-leaf green and we wanted to play off that color. We both love nature so we wanted the wedding to feel as outdoorsy as possible. The ceremony was outside, the cocktail hour in the grass and we had a clear topped tent so guests could even be among the trees at the reception. For the favors, Emily made Christmas Crackers for each guest to pop after the toasts. They were stuffed with paper crowns, salt caramels that Emily made and riddles that Edith put together representing the Balentine Ale caps of the beer her dad liked to drink. Emily’s dad and grandmother made Spirytus – a family tradition of polish vodka cut with honey. This was used instead of a champagne toast. Edith’s sister made a gluten free the cake, which was used for the cake cutting. Emily’s sister made props for the photoboth and her dad made lawn games. Edith’s college friend sang during the ceremony.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Stay organized from the beginning! We had multiple spreadsheets to track guests, payments and projects which helped us keep sane throughout the process. Pick vendors that you like and enjoy working with. We had a great team around us which made the planning a lot of fun and the wedding amazing. If you can, have your wedding close to home. We could have done the wedding in a state where it was legal but it was a huge benefit during the planning process to live a few miles away from most of our vendors and location.
Processional: Over the Rainbow
Ceremony: “Heavenly Day,” Patti Griffin (sung by our friend Carly Walker)
First Dance: “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” Otis Redding
Dad/Brother Dance: “The Way You Look Tonight,” Frank Sinatra
Cake Cutting: “Ice Cream,” Sarah McLachlan
Last Dance: “Feel So Close,” Calvin Harris
Sparkler Send-off: “Non, Je ne Regrette Rien,” Edith Piaf
Wedding Location: Philadelphia, PA / Photographer: The More We See / Florist: DIY by Emily’s mom, sourced through Falls Flowers / Event Planning and Catering: Birchtree Catering / Venue: Cliveden / Wedding Dresses: Maggie Sottero via Bijou Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Edith – Volume Hair Studio; Emily – Follicles Hair Design Center / Wedding Cake: Stocks Bakery and Edith’s sister / Ice Cream: Weckerly’s Ice Cream / DJ: No Macarena / Officiant: Bob Pileggi of Journeys of the Heart / Wedding Invitations: Our friend Chris Beck designed and produced the invitations / Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works
Sabrina and Hamad exchanged vows in picturesque St. Lucia, but they didn’t let that stop them from celebrating back in the states with their friends and family. Birmingham Botanical Gardens was the ideal location for their reception, where Mary Margaret Smith, Meghan Cease of M. Elizabeth Events, and Hothouse Design Studio brought their A-game to create a memorable celebration.
From the bride, Sabrina: Hamad and I really have a love for travel, so we decided on a private ceremony in St. Lucia and honeymoon while there. We were already legally married in the States as to avoid the hassle of their marriage laws. It was just the two of us saying our vows that we wrote on napkins the morning of the ceremony. It was important to us to be in the moment and capture our feelings of the day. Once we returned home, we had a small reception for only close friends and family to celebrate our marriage. We wanted to create a laid back atmosphere as if you were coming over to our house for dinner. The event was held in a small cafe at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens where guests were welcome to walk around, eat, and mingle. No schedules or itineraries, just fun!
Our style had a whimsical and eclectic flair which very much suits our own personality. I love the look of oil lamps, so the design team took this idea and ran with it. They were brilliant! Our colors were different shades of blue, peach, blush, and cream. A few DIY touches were added to the decor like the photo booth. My husband is very techie so he set up the photo booth while I made the fabric strips backdrop and photo booth props. I also made honey jar wedding favors filled with local Alabama honey, bride/groom signs, Mad Libs words of wisdom cards, and framed pictures of us throughout the venue of our ceremony in St. Lucia.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? If you are considering a destination wedding, find out the marriage laws of that particular country. Some are more strict than others and you will want to be prepared. As far as the reception planning, go with vendors that you feel the most comfortable and those who understand your vision. Then, trust them! It makes the planning process less stressful. I know the saying goes “the devil is in the detail,” and to an extent, it is. But there is so much online now days, you could spend hours and hours pouring over it. This can be a little overwhelming so don’t get swept away in it all. I recommend internet browsing just to get a general idea for your style, brainstorm with your design team, and then let your imagination take over!
We had background music inside the Cafe: a mix of Frank Sinatra, Nora Jones, Michael Buble, Louis Armstrong, and Nat King Cole. Our song is “Come Away with Me” by Nora Jones and was our feature song.
Wedding Location: Birmingham, AL / Photographer: Mary Margaret Smith / Planning and Coordination: Meghan Cease of M. Elizabeth Events / Floral Design: Hothouse Design Studio / Ceremony Location: Boucan by Hotel Chocolat, Saint Lucia / Reception Venue: Birmingham Botanical Gardens / Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau via Ivory and White / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair and Makeup: Melissa Moore Bogardus / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Groom’s Tie: Calvin Klein / Catering and Pies: Kathy G. and Company / Wedding Cake: Dreamcakes / Decor: Prophouse Birmingham / Rentals: Decor to Adore / Wedding Invitations: Sonia Davis
We just may have found a new favorite venue in Utah’s Sundance Resort – just take one look at these images from Blush Photography and you’ll know why. It was love at first sight for Erica and Jake too, who planned a “forest elegance experience” with the help of Petal Pixie. You knocked this one out of the park, ladies and gents!
From the bride, Erica: I’m from Utah, Jake is from Illinois and we are both New York transplants who seriously needed a break from the concrete jungle to go back to our more outdoorsy roots. We envisioned a rustic forest wedding surrounded by beautiful mountains, crisp, fresh air and most importantly our family and friends. Sundance is an inspiring place where we know our love will forever stay tucked in between all the mountains and trees. To kick off the weekend festivities at Sundance, we planned a lovely outdoor welcome brunch with just parents and siblings and followed it with a relaxed outdoor BBQ rehearsal dinner. Those two events really set the tone and gave everyone, including Jake and me, a chance to talk and relax before the big day.
Flower recipe: I remember telling our florist that I wanted the bouquets to look like we had all run into a field and picked fresh flowers. The bouquets stay true to the nude palette but each have some oranges and purples thrown in to brighten things up. Dahlias, roses, stock, anemone, thistle, succulents, protea, air plants, moss, artichokes, and ranunculus (in my bouquet and hairpiece).
Choosing vendors was a fun experience for me and when we saw Kim’s company, Petal Pixie, and her Hidden Forest shoot we didn’t have to look any further. After one conversation we knew that she would understand our vision of creating a rustic, forest elegant experience. The beauty in a forest is the unique details of every tree, flower, shrub and root and that’s the concept we wanted to create with the wedding. We chose to forgo the idea of “a wedding color” in favor of the mismatched approach. Every table had a different arrangement of flowers, succulents, lanterns, mosses and vases, all the groomsmen and bridesmaids had a different outfit based on a common idea and it all worked together beautifully!
Another key component of our wedding was the photography. We wanted a personal and artistic approach to preserving our wedding. Our wonderful photographer, Brooke Davis – Blush Photography, embodied this idea completely. During our engagement shoot she had us running through the woods so it came as no surprise that after the ceremony she took us up a mountain trail – high heels, dress, suit and all – we hiked up a dirt path through the pine trees to get the perfect shot and one of our favorite memories. For me, the bride, the planning experience was so enjoyable that I even opened up my own forest wedding decor shop on Etsy called Fir and Forest. Every time I make an item for someone’s wedding, I get to relive a little bit of our own perfect day.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t forget to have a moment of Zen along the way. It’s important to take a moment to breathe and remember that everything will all come together in the end. The most stressful part for us was the logistics. We had a lot of guests traveling, but also we were planning a Utah wedding from New York and even from out of the country for a few months – it’s quite a task planning a wedding from India – but in the end, it’s just all part of the adventure! We did a brainstorming session at the venue with our florist and coordinator, Kim, from Petal Pixie and we were immediately on the same page. Find vendors who understand your vision, will listen to what you do and don’t like and will take it to the next level and make it more unique and special than you ever thought. Have a blast with your photos and do something unexpected. One of my favorite parts of the entire weekend was running off to do our shots together right after the ceremony. We found a path in the forest where the sun was seeping through the trees and hiked all around (heels and all) while our photographer, Brooke, took some magical shots. We ran free until we were out of breath, got covered with dirt and pine needles and it… was…. fabulous. I’ll never forget it. Keep it real. We tried our hardest to plan from the perspective of our family and friends and think how each decision would effect them. We stayed true to ourselves, but always had everyone’s feelings on our mind and heart.
Processional: Vivaldi’s Spring
Recessional: “Sevilla,” Albeniz
Father/Daughter Dance: “I Got a Name,” Jim Croce
Mother/Son Dance: “You Will Be On Your Way,” The Young Presidents (Jake’s band – written by him and his bandmate/one of our handsome groomsmen)
First Dance: “True Love Ways,” Buddy Holly
Since we are both musicians and it was important to incorporate music into the wedding as much as we could. Jake sang a song he wrote for me called “Love You Forever” during the reception – It was just the two of us in the middle of the room on the dance floor. So romantic!
Wedding Location: Sundance, UT / Photographer: Blush Photography / Event Design, Planning, and Floral Design: Petal Pixie / Venue, Caterer, and Rentals: Sundance Resort / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Alterations: Pinpoint Bridal / Wedding Veil and Earrings: BHLDN / Hair: Kali Wengreen / Makeup: Jann Rupp / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie, BHLDN, Nordstrom, ASOS, Ruche / Groom’s Suit: Suit Supply / Ring: Family Heirloom (My great grandfather was a jeweler. He made this ring for my grandmother, passed to my parents lovingly who gave it to us) / Groom’s Ring: Pyxis Jewelry / Wedding Cake: Granite Bakery / Guitarist: Jon Yerby / Wedding Invitations: Bella Figura
“Geometric meets gemstones” is at the heart of this Texas wedding from Rachel Whyte. A focus on whimsy while still maintaining a classic sensibility is just what Leslie and Ryan were after, and it’s certainly what they found. We couldn’t help but fall in love with their style and every single detail in this wedding to remember!
From the bride, Leslie: The concept I had from the very beginning was “a classy confection.” My personality and personal style is very much a mixture of well put-together and “buttoned-up” with eclectic and free-spirited flair. You could call it a marriage of Anthropologie and J. Crew :) Also, I have always been a lover of rich color, but have recently fallen in love with the classy look of white and gold. I realized I didn’t want to sacrifice either of these concepts, so I decided to marry the two and create a look that made classy look vibrant and make eclectic look classy.
My colors were essentially a base of white and gold, with “all colors” mixed in. Specifically, some of the main colors I used were poppy red, cream/white, marigold, peach, plum, wine, and gold. The main DIY projects I did were: tissue paper poms [taken to the next level :)], tissue paper tassel garlands, handmade confetti, geronimo balloons, painted/dipped birch trunks & glass vases, rainbow quartz chunks.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Pick the top 3-5 things you most care about and put your time, money, and energy into those. I am a perfectionist, but it is okay for not every little detail to be perfect. Be confident that the choices you make are the rights ones. Pick the ideas that you truly love. It is your wedding, advice is great, but you want it to be a true reflection of you!
Processional: “Be Still,” Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger
Recessional: “Colorful,” Will Reagan & United Pursuit
First Dance: “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You,” Dean Martin
From the photographer, Rachel Whyte: This wedding was all inspired and dreamed up by the bride herself. (It was executed by her and her talented friends). Leslie is a personal friend of mine with incredible taste and a gift for making designs come to life. The florals, invitation suite/other paper goods, and bride’s hairpiece and rings were also all designed by local friends. The colorful, gemstone theme can be seen throughout the entire wedding: the invitation suite, wedding programs, escort cards, centerpieces and cake. Some details that I personally loved were the bride’s red shoes, the gemstone-like designs made out of string in some of the centerpieces,the flower girl attire, and the AMAZING handmade, paper flower backdrop.
Wedding Location: Waco, TX / Photographer: Rachel Whyte / Florist: Wolfe’s Wholesale Florist / Floral Design: Laura Stafford of Kindred Event Studio / Wedding Coordinator: Allison McBrayer / Ceremony Venue: First Baptist Church of Waco / Reception Venue: Carleen Bright Arboretum / Wedding Dress: Mockingbird Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Anthropologie / Headpiece: Summer Ellis Bijouterie / Bracelet: J. Crew / Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: designed by Summer Ellis / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie / Hair: Katie Crumley / Makeup: Charis Cochran of Allyah Cosmetology / Men’s Attire: H&M / Wedding Caterer and Cake: JD’s Catering / Vegan Cheesecakes: Vanilla Bean Bakery / Ceremony Flower Backdrop: Grae Apparel / Musician: Antioch Live / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Cedar Gandy / Painting: Alissa Mazzenga of Feast Calligraphy
At this point, it’s almost a set-in-stone fact — you can’t beat a wedding at Ace Hotel Palm Springs. Actually, you really can’t beat a wedding at The Ace with a team of vendors including The Melideos, Beau & Arrow Events, and Root75. Just wait until you see the seating chart, the floral arrangements, the crocheted details by the bride, and the general perfection of this wedding day!
From the bride, Rachel: We were going for a intimate dinner party with our closest family and friends. We loved the Ace Hotel’s vibe in Palm Springs and overall aesthetic, so it definitely helped make that vision come true in the Commune venue, set next to a pool with glass garage like doors, and the mountains hanging high above us. Although it ended up with a few more folks than we envisioned, just over 100, it definitely felt like an intimate dinner party in our backyard with family style serving, bistro lights, and an light breeze in the air. We worked closely with Beau and Arrow events from San Diego to come up with the perfect overall feel for the room. We landed on the perfect indigo/rust/desert natural color scheme, and decorated the room with vintage rentals from Yeah Rentals and other pieces we picked up at the Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea. To finish it off the lovely ladies from Root75 gave us the unique and perfectly curated arrangements for each table. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding to reflect my husband and I design aesthetic.
Desert oasis, all natural both in the decoration and ease in the night’s progression. We used a Moroccan color scheme – indigo, rust, and natural desert hues. I crocheted all the kippahs (for all the men at the wedding) for the ceremony as well as my husbands kippah, sewed all the napkins for the dinner so that we could give them out to friends/family and souvenirs with the thank you notes, made all the candle (sage scented soy wax) favors for the guests to take at the end of the night with personalized labels, Mexican mercado welcome bags with pellegrino, larabars, personalized matches, tangerines, and other snacks, and personalized a sign in book with our initials.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy the process and don’t think too much about the choices you make. Its all about the two of you and that’s all the matters. The best part in the night was thinking about how amazing it was to have all these people around us, and to feel the love that Joel and I have for each other radiate throughout the room.
First Dance: “Forget Me Not,” The Civil Wars
Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dance: “Forever Young,” Bob Dylan
Joel sang to me while his friend Jon played guitar – Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love”
Wedding Location: Palm Springs, CA / Photographer: Sweet Little Photographs / Event Design and Coordination: Beau & Arrow Events / Flowers: Root75 / Venue and Caterer: Ace Hotel / Wedding Dress: J. Crew / Wedding Shoes: Steven Alan / Hair and Makeup: Amy Clarke / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Bow Tie and Shoes: Flea market / DJ: The Flashdance / Furniture Rentals: Yeah Rentals / Lighting and Tables: Classic Party Rentals / Linens: La Tavola / Wedding Invitations and Graphic Design: Good South / Officiant: Micah Caplan
If you think there aren’t many places more stunning to marry in than Hawaii, then you’d be right – just ask the bride and groom from today’s wedding, shot by photographer Austin Gros. The beauty of the day was only heightened by bride Leah’s Ulla-Maija lace wedding gown and protea-filled floral design from Passion Roots.
From the bride, Leah: I wanted to get married on ‘Oahu where I grew up, outside under a big tree, but my husband wanted to get married where he was from in Lincoln, Nebraska in a Catholic church. We compromised and got married on ‘Oahu in a Catholic church and had the reception in a botanical garden. We had our reception at a botanical garden and set up long rows of tables and chairs under a big Monkeypod tree. Besides the lush botanicals, the venue features roaming peacocks, and even a natural waterfall at the end of the property where guests can swim in a postcard-perfect setting. All this fit with our idea of an old world, exotic, nature experience amongst our close family and friends.
With the wedding taking place in Hawai’i at a botanical garden, I pulled together the history of explorer Captain James Cook and our affinity for the natural sciences to create a scene that featured: nautical décor, a vintage globe, antique and aged wood accents, a cake decorated with black pearls, a garland made out of their oyster shells, and lush natural looking centerpieces. Together with the blush, nude, grey and gold color scheme, one’s imagination could’ve described the whole scene as a garden party, thrown by Captain Cook’s wife with things collected from the ship and garden. A real eclectic, whimsical mix that added to the botanical ambiance.
The surroundings and flower decorations were important to my husband and I, as I am a biologist and my husband an entomologist. Naturally, this part of the wedding planning was a big deal. When one works in the flower industry it is actually quite difficult to narrow down your favorites. All I could commit to was a King Protea in my bridal bouquet. The flower seemed to go with the large bloom featured in the lace in my dress. Plus, the protea held a special meaning – centered around a beetle pollination expedition to Cape Town, South Africa’s Kirstenboch Botanical Gardens with my bridesmaid, Cari.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? People will invite themselves. So, have a response prepared like, “We are still working on the guest list.” This lets them know not to be presumptuous in a polite way. Remember to say thank you to those who have helped you. On the day of your wedding, empty your mind of any expectations; of how things should look, etc. Just like clearing cache on a computer. The void of expectations will help you maintain joy throughout the day and not get bothered by the things that don’t work out the way you planned; all the while helping you to remember that this is a party you’ve planned and to focus on the fact that you will be spending your life together. Wait a week or two before you leave for your honeymoon, because you will be exhausted after your wedding is done. Waiting will help you enjoy it better and be more willing to explore the wherever you go, rather than staying in the hotel the whole time. Unless that’s all you want to do, in which case don’t go anywhere far or expensive – just spend it all on a super luxurious hotel room.
o We decided to make our own playlists for the Cocktail Hour, Dinner and Dancing portions of the evening and hooked up an iPod to rented speakers.
Bridal Party Processional: “Psalm,” M. Ward
Bridal Processional: “Ave Maria,” Franz Schubert
Recessional: “Oh Happy Day,” edited from the Sister Act 2 Soundtrack
First Dance: “Sweet Disposition,” The Temper Tramp
Wedding Location: Hale’iwa, Oahu, HI / Photographer: Austin Gros / Floral Design: Passion Roots / Ceremony Venue: Saint Joachim Catholic Mission Church, Punalu’u, HI / Reception Venue: Waimea Valley Botanical Garden and Arboretum, Hale’iwa, HI / Wedding Dress: Ulla-Maija/Anna Maier “Bianca,” purchased at Gabrielle’s Bridal Atelier / Shoes: Nina Shoes / Bracelet: Kate Spade / Engagement Ring: Memoire / Hair and Makeup: Amanda Gros / Groom’s Suit: Black Lapel / Groom’s Shoes: Bloomingdales / Caterer: Ke Nui Kitchen at Waimea Valley / Wedding Cake: The four tiered cake was made by me via Martha Stewart inspiration. It was only for display, and the actual cake was sheet cake cut up in the kitchen and served to guests on plates / Sheet Cake: Dee Lite Bakery / Tables and Chairs: Royal Party Rentals / Sound Equipment Rentals: Subsidiary of Waimea Valley Botanical Garden and Arboretum
We love this spin on the Shakespeare’s classic. The stylish Liz Cherkasova of Late Afternoon took the wheel styling the shoot and creating her vision of a midsummer daydream wedding inspiration. The light at sunset provides the most romantic atmosphere for images, as you’ll see in these shimmery gold-like photos from Katie Shuler Photography.
From the photographer, Katie: I was so excited to collaborate with Liz Cherkasova of Late Afternoon to create A Midsummer’s Day Dream. She styled an understated wedding soiree set amidst a stunning background. Accentuated by the setting sun, the whimsical details of the shoot came alive, making us all feel as though we had stepped into a dream.
Location: Hidden Valley, CA / Venue: Shadow Oaks Ranch / Photographer: Katie Shuler Photography / Event Styling, Decor, and Flowers: Late Afternoon / Dresses and Headpiece: BHLDN / Model: Raych Nguyen of That’s Chic
When I heard we had a shoot photographed by Glass Jar Photography located in the Scottish countryside, it took about .5 seconds before I jumped out of my seat. Add on the talents of Be Eventful to help style the whole thing, and you’ve got a stylish wedding shoot we’re just going ga-ga over:
Shoot Location: Stirling, Scotland, UK / Photographer: Glass Jar Photography / Event Concept, Styling and Coordination: Be Eventful / Flowers: Moss / Main Venue: Stirling Weddings / Second Location: Stirling Castle / Wedding Dress: RowanJoy / Jackets and Boots: Country Pursuits / Hair and Makeup: Sorelle Bridal / Jewelry: Euan McWhirter
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This California wedding from photographer Clayton Austin is one of those that just stops me right in my tracks — and I’m inclined to think it’ll do the same for you! Add together some blue thistle, sequins, and some tissue paper and metallic tassel garlands, and you have a surefire winner! Oh, and imagine our surprise when we took a closer look at the bridesmaids’ dresses and saw that the pattern was flamingos, for no other reason than the fact that Austin calls Sarah “his flamingo”!
From the bride, Sarah: Austin and I wanted to throw a party that was different than any wedding we’d been to. We just wanted everyone to have fun and feel relaxed. Austin has more rustic taste, while I like glitz and glam, so we wanted to mix both of our styles together. So we found a rustic setting, and finished it up with glam elements like sequin tablecloths and gold silverware.
Our color scheme was orange, pink and gold. This started because I asked Austin early on what colors we should do, and he said “if I had to pick one color that describes us as a couple, it would be… orange” because its out of the norm and different. Like us :)
We did the save the dates and invitations, my mom and sisters made the signs, my sisters and I made the gift boxes (photo strip holders), and I made the tulle poufs that went on top of the mini cupcakes.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Have fun! It’s easy to get stressed and sweat the small stuff, but at the end of the day, it’s about you and your husband starting your lives together. And it’s a celebration! Just enjoy, and have fun together during the engagement. Our wedding planner kept reminding us of that, and we had so much fun planning and just being engaged. Austin and I both have very hectic schedules, but we picked activities to do together that play on our strengths- for instance Austin and I made our save the dates and invitations. He has a graphic design background so it was fun for him!
Processional: “God Gave Me You” sung by Collin Elliott
Recessional: “Home Sweet Home,” Lady of the Sunshine, sung by Collin Elliott
Introduction: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
First Dance: “They Bring Me To You,” Joshua Radin sung by Collin Elliott
Father/Daughter Dance: “stealing Cinderella,” Chuck Wicks
Wedding Location: Valley Center, CA / Wedding Photographer: Clayton Austin / Wedding Venue: Keys Creek Lavender Farm / Event Design: Krysten Tien of Couture Events San Diego / Wedding Flowers: Blush Botanicals / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham “Cascade” / Wedding Veil: Bride’s mother’s / Wedding Shoes: Miu Miu via Nordstrom / Makeup: Chantall of Faces of California / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Paul and Joe / Groom’s Shirt: John Varvatos / Groom’s Pants: Vince / Wedding Music and DJ: Collin Elliott of Still Listening Productions / Wedding Caterer: Bare Back Grill / Desserts: Hey There, Cupcake! / Wedding Invitations: Bride and Groom / Videographer: Austin Hendrix Productions
Today’s bride has a special place in our hearts for her creativity: not only is she an amazing designer, but she also wasn’t afraid to look outside the box for her wedding ceremony. Jen, Matt, and their wedding guests all boarded a schooner and took a little sail around the Casco Bay while the newlyweds recited their wedding vows to each other. This wedding captured by Alexandra Roberts Photography is the perfect blend of New England hip.
From the bride, Jen of Pepper Sprout Designs: We wanted something that felt very “us,” but of course what couple doesn’t say that. We decided to have a very small wedding and wanted it to feel a little bit like Brooklyn-meets-Maine, after all that’s what we are, two transplants living up north. We wanted some DIY touches but wanted to keep everything pretty simple and have our guests feel right at home visiting Maine. We just wanted everyone to have a good time and get to know each other, we wanted it to just feel like a really awesome dinner party, with a wedding beforehand.
We wanted the raw loft space look and feel for the reception, but feel in love with the idea of getting married on a schooner. All of our guests were from out of town so wanted to make sure everyone had a good time. We loosely used the colors of purple, silver and peach throughout the decor and flowers, just little hints in things because our venue really spoke for itself with its raw woods and brick (and of course the casco bay). All in all in was a little rustic, a little DIY and lot of love. We planed everything ourselves.
I designed all of the paper goods, invitations, menus, signage. I illustrated the little drawings of Matt and I and had them lasercut for the cake toppers. Matt and I sewed our own table runners. I illustrated and stamped the cookie boxes. I illustrated and cut out the “sweet sign” from foam core. We used yarn and fibers from past knitting projects to decorate little wood spools that held the menus. We cut little linen squares for cocktail napkins. We dip painted all of the flatware (crazy). And had Oh, Little Rabbit screenprint napkins for our table which were a big hit!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? It’s okay to ask for help. Matt and I thought we could set up the reception space ourselves the day before the wedding (what were we thinking). Thank goodness my parents and sisters came and helped us or we might still be hanging bistro lights in the rafters. Make an inspiration board and live with it for a while before you start buying matching napkins and paper lanterns. My original idea all involved lime green and raspberry, then after living with it a bit I realized while I loved these colors, they meant nothing to us, and even clashed with the venue. Also have fun, keep a blog or a diary of the victories and the craft fails. It’s fun to look back on the whole process and laugh at yourself for getting worked up about the guest list or pantone swatches.
Wedding Location: Portland, ME / Wedding Photographer: Alexandra Roberts Photography / Ceremony Venue: Maine Sailing Adventures / Reception Venue: Portland Company Complex / Wedding Flowers: Emily Carter Floral Designs / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal / Hair: Aphrodite Salon / Makeup: Adore Rouge / Wedding Caterer and Cake: Aurora Provisions / Rentals: New England Country Rentals / Music: The Cozmik Zombies / Officiant: A Sweet Start / Paper Goods Design: Pepper Sprout Designs / Screenprinting: Mamas Sauce