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Chattanooga Vineyard Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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Ali Harper

Most brides might be deterred by a broken arm a mere three months before this bride, but not Cathi: she simply enlisted the help of Veo Weddings & Events to round out her creative visions. Cathi and Anders are avid cyclists, and I just adore that the couple made a nod to this through the painted bike wheels hanging at their reception. Add photographer Ali Harper into the mix, and you’ve got a winning wedding day!

black lace bridesmaids dresses

From the bride, Cathi: We knew we wanted an outdoor venue since we both spend a ton of time outside running & cycling. DeBarge Vineyards was a short drive from our home in Chattanooga and provided picturesque views of the mountains we love to play on.


maroon wedding invitations

rustic chic wedding

rustic wedding bouquets

rustic chic wedding

outdoor rustic wedding ceremonies

rustic chic wedding

solitaire engagement rings

I had high hopes of handcrafting many of our wedding decorations… until I broke my arm at a mountain bike race 3 months before our big day, forcing me to Plan B. Veronica and her staff at Veo Weddings & Events did an amazing job taking my ideas and transforming them into reality. I kept busy designing our event stationery (inspired by the diagonal beading on my dress) and spray-painting old bike wheels (we had to incorporate our favorite activity somehow!).


bride and groom

rustic chic wedding

barn wedding portraits

rustic chic wedding

bike wheel wedding decor ideas

rustic chic wedding

outdoor barn weddings

rustic chic wedding


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Wedding Location: Chattanooga, TN / Photographer: Ali Harper Photography / Wedding Venue: DeBarge Vineyards / Wedding Planning, Design, and Flowers: Veo Weddings & Events / Wedding Dress: Mori Lee / Wedding Shoes: Banana Republic / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Xscape / Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire: Calvin Klein / Wedding Caterer: On the List Catering / Desserts: Chattanooga Cupcakes and On the List Catering / Entertainment: Joe Nabors Sound & Lighting / Invitations: bride

Bohemian Madrid Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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The city of Madrid is the peanut butter to bohemian weddings’ jelly. I can’t think of a more perfect destination than a quaint Spanish city for such wedding style. Event Designer Marta Machin at Marlett captured Bianca and Gonzalo’s personal style and infused their travels as part of their theme. We’re absolutely head over heels for the tent lounge area and the old family photos sprinkled throughout their wedding day.


madrid wedding gonzalo manera
madrid wedding gonzalo manera

From the designer, Marta Machin at Marlett: Bianca and Gonzalo are a very special couple, when I met them I immediately fell in love with their easy going, worldly traveled vibe. They wanted a wedding that was a garden party, to be surrounded with close family and friends, celebrate their love and dance ’til dawn. Their wedding was also a goodbye party, after the celebration they would start their two year honeymoon around the world. (Right now they are in China after having traveled to Africa, Australia, Borneo, the Philippines and Bali.)

pool wedding decor
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picture frame decor

animal figurine decor

They wanted a relaxed celebration, with just a cocktails and no formal dinner. Since helm oaks are very typical in this part of Spain we chose to use them as the anchor points for the different stages of the wedding, from the ceremony to the dance floor


pink wedding flowers

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The wedding was not a big wedding in Spain, but still 120 relatives and friends gathered together under helm oaks at dusk to see the couple get married in a heirloom bench, surrounded by old family portraits, and in front of a XVIII century desk (loaned by the groom’s mother) filled with flowers. The location of the ceremony was chosen because of its ideal surroundings, but also because the light at the time of the ceremony would be ideal.


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madrid wedding gonzalo manera
madrid wedding gonzalo manera
vintage reception bunting

The ceremony was very emotional, the groom gave a speech that spoke of traveling, his love of Bianca and their goodbyes to their family. It was sweet, personal and touching. I cried like when watching a good romantic movie, the air was filled with dense emotions and happiness.


madrid wedding gonzalo manera

madrid wedding gonzalo manera
madrid wedding gonzalo manera

The bride wore a dress designed by her sister (a fashion stylist) and a friend, with fabrics brought from Philippines (their mother is Filipino) The dress was beautiful beyond words, and suited her like a glove. (The fall, the movement of the gown was amazing, it was the perfect dress, vintage inspired but timeless) The groom wore a custom made suit with a bow tie and his best man, his brother, was also another example of sartorial excellence. She walked the aisle to “Heartbeats” from José González.


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portrait wedding decor

madrid wedding gonzalo manera
madrid wedding gonzalo manera
madrid wedding gonzalo manera

The rest of the wedding would not disappoint. The couple asked me to create chill out spots inspired by their love of traveling, but also kind of nostalgic of their childhood. I chose to recreate a fabric fort and an exotic bedroom with elements from all over the world. The decor graduated from a more romantic approach (the ceremony) to the more exotic and wild bedroom under the tree. Guests could pick up food and drinks and sit in these areas to chat and relax, later on, late at night, when everything was lit by candles and string lights, they would also enjoy sitting down after dancing and talking with their friends.


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madrid wedding gonzalo manera

hanging mason jars
madrid wedding gonzalo manera
madrid wedding gonzalo manera


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Wedding Vendors (Madrid, Spain):

Wedding Venue: Groom’s Parents’ Home / Photographer and Videographer: Gonzalo Manera / Wedding Design: Marta Machin at Marlett / Wedding Dress: bespoke / Wedding Flowers: Vinca per Vinca / Wedding Caterer: Pipiripao

Italian Autumn Inspiration

Design Inspiration

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Not that it takes much for me to dream of vacationing in Italy, but this styled shoot from Cinzia Bruschini has me daydreaming away. From the sweet vintage lace to the candy-covered apples, this al fresco dining shoot is the real deal. I will let the stylist take the stage: Getting married in autumn with the glorious burst of colours in the trees, the crisp crunch of dried leaves underfoot, the nip in the air and the abundance of choices you have with this season being one of the most dramatic symbols of endings and beginnings autumn stands for.


The magical time of Autumn

The magical time of AutumnThe magical time of Autumn

The magical time of Autumn

The magical time of AutumnThe magical time of Autumn


We have been inspired by the magical atmosphere of an ancient town called Moresco in the Marche region, Italy. Gold, red, dark chocolate and coffee — The typical seasonal colours have been used to give life to a very refined design on which the nature is the undisputed Queen.

The magical time of Autumn

The magical time of AutumnThe magical time of Autumn

Italy wedding destination ideas

The magical time of AutumnThe magical time of Autumn

The magical time of Autumn

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Wedding vendors (Marche Region, Italy):

Venue: Historical Centre of Moresco / Production and styling: Officina Stravagante (site coming soon!) / Photographer: Cinzia Bruschini and Paolo Manzi / Stationery: Ara Marvin from Caratterino / Bridal Dress: Alida Giordani Boutique / Bridal Shoes: Loriblu / Wedding Cake and Sweets: Monplaisir / Flowers: Amoa