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Summer Wedding Inspiration

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When Vanessa Pleasants of Vintage Whites Weddings started her rental company, the The Vintage Whites Market, one of her first orders of business was, of course, to concoct a styled shoot with the photography of Jeremy and Alicia Brown to showcase her gorgeous goods! We absolutely adore all the milk glass, mismatched chairs, and the natural beauty of bride Taalyr.

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From the event stylist, Vanessa of Vintage Whites Weddings: When local photographer Alicia Brown heard that I was starting a vintage wedding rental company, she approached me with the idea of coordinating a wedding inspiration using items I have collected over the years. We decided on a simple theme based on a house in the country with a covered porch. The location we chose is the historic Gatiss Gardens in Creston, Montana.

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pink vintage doorsdelicate floral arrangements

yellow paper goods

teal wedding decorblue white bouquets

strawberry shortcake desserts

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natural bridal makeup

baby blue wedding shoesblue lace details

milk glass flower arrangements

The tablescape is very simple and uncluttered; mismatched china and vintage silver on a farm table made from an old door. Twine was used to hang old bottles filled with flowers from wire lamp shade frames over the table. Simple and clean, yet romantic and charming. Cara Finch of Mum’s Flowers created the soft, whimsical arrangements in hobnail glassware. The bouquets perfectly complemented our vintage props. Inspired by kites, we made some with vintage fabric and lace for backdrops. Jana Roach, my business partner (we have a monthly market each summer in Somers, Montana called The Vintage Whites Market), designed the menu and invitation. The cakes were made by Sandy Holf (my mother, and also a partner in The Vintage Whites Market) of Sweet Notions Old Fashioned Cakes and Confections. Taalyr and Spencer, the lovely bride and groom, are friends of mine.

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teal reception decor

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vintage place settings

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Shoot Location: Creston, MT / Wedding Photographer: Jeremy and Alicia Brown / Shoot Venue: Gatiss Gardens / Event Styling: Vanessa Pleasants of Vintage Whites Weddings / Wedding Flowers: Cara Finch of Mum’s Flowers / Wedding Cakes: Sandy Holf of Sweet Notions Old Fashioned Cakes and Confections / Drinks: Little Bird Soda / Stationery: Jana Roach / Rentals: The Vintage Whites Market / Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet

Gainey Ranch Spring Wedding

Garden Weddings

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When Victoria Canada Weddings and Events sent over this gorgeous wedding shot by photographer Stephanie Fay, we knew it would provide the perfect inspiration for this Easter weekend. The delicate color palette and the bird motif are all so perfectly reminiscent of spring. Animal lovers Angie and Garrett made sure to include their furry friends in the wedding ceremony, and we adored seeing them pop up around the reception as well!


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From the event designer, Victoria Canada Weddings and Events: Angie and Garrett’s wedding took place at the breathtaking Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. They were so many fun and unique elements to this one of kind wedding. Angie and Garrett are huge animal lovers and do volunteer work for animal organizations. At the wedding, guests were given cards to choose from three different charities for the couple to donate to.


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As anything can happen when animals are involved in a wedding, one of the dogs got loose and ran full speed down the aisle before ceremony. The dog on the loose ended up being scooped up by a wedding guest and watched happily as Angie and Garrett said their vows.

garden easter wedding from stephanie fay photography


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garden easter wedding from stephanie fay photography

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garden easter wedding from stephanie fay photography

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garden easter wedding from stephanie fay photography

Angie and Garrett’s 1-year-old flower girl sitting in a cloud of tulle in a wagon that we made and had a sign saying “here comes the bride”, simulating a Just Married “get away” car.


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garden easter wedding from stephanie fay photography

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Wedding Vendors (Scottsdale, AZ):

Wedding Venue, Caterer, and Wedding Cake: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Stephanie Fay / Event Designer: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events / Wedding Flowers: Camelback Flower Shop / Bride’s Makeup: Corinna Cooke / Ceremony Musicians: String Serenade / Reception Band: The Walkens / Wedding Invitations: Studio Grace / Wedding Officiant: Mike Kennedy / Linens: Wildflower Linens / Lounge Furniture: Kool Party Rentals / Dance Floor: Platinum Pro / Lighting: Sound Lighting F/X / Photobooth: Keith Pitts Live Photobooth / Videographer: Bright Bokeh

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Amanda Day Rose

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

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

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English Garden Wedding Ideas

Design Inspiration

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Let’s bask in sunny and luscious pastures for an editorial wedding shoot brought to you by event designers Kelly Oshiro and Tricia Fountaine. Amongst delectable antique jewelry and dreamy florals abound, we find ourselves swooning over these garden wedding ideas in a nursery. Beaux Arts Photographie was in charge of the gorgeous photos, which you can see more of here.

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From Kelly OshiroI’m a big fan of anything English and I wanted to do a tea time shoot for a long time. I was working a wedding at Rancho Dos Pueblos and they had just cleared out an old greenhouse for events. It was the perfect backdrop. I asked Tricia Fountaine (a talented florist and event designer and location manager at Rancho Dos Pueblos) to collaborate with me on the shoot. For photography, I knew I wanted to work again with the uber-talented Kirsten Ellis of Beaux Arts Photographie.

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Tricia Fountaine and I began by collaborating on the design by going through her massive collection of props. I pulled dresses from Monique Lhuillier, vintage costume jewelry from 33 Jewels, hats from Louise Green and casted the model. For additional props, Found Vintage Rentals lent us their amazing tufted couches, old garden chairs, and a number of architectural pieces.

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For the ceremony design, I found wisteria trees at a local nursery and loved the shape and scale for the ceremony design. We used that as the center point for the ceremony and then built the rest of the decor around that. I referenced the conservatory in Pollyanna for additional inspiration and we added lots of leather fern, fuchsia, lavender and hydrangea.

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For the reception table I used old fashioned ticking as a classic base for the table. Wicker chargers were so appropriate and I had custom lavender napkins made that had a slight menswear texture. Instead of a fabric runner we used leather leaf to create a lush “greenhouse” look down the table. Tricia created floral arrangements in lavender and peach for the flowers and blended in her collection of fine china, colored glass, vintage beads, old books and tarnished silver.

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Kelly Oshiro and Tricia Fountaine. Amongst delectable antique jewelry and dreamy florals abound, we find ourselves swooning over these garden wedding ideas in a nursery. Beaux Arts Photographie was in charge of the gorgeous photos, which you can see more of View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding vendors (Santa Barbara, CA):

Venue: Rancho Dos Pueblos / Wedding photographer: Beaux Arts Photographie / Event Designer: Kelly Oshiro and Tricia Fountaine / Hair and makeup: Chateau Belle / Flowers: Tricia Fountaine / Wedding dresses: Monique Lhuillier and vintage / Hats: Louise Green / Jewelry: 33 Jewels / Vintage Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals / Fine China, Misc Hand Props, Trunks: Tricia Fountaine / Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals / Linens: Custom Napkins and La Tavola / Model: Eva St. Denis

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Event Studio

Event Studio is a wedding floral design and decorating firm that offers beautiful and unique designs for your special day! We are over-the-moon excited to play with lush gorgeous flowers everyday, treating each wedding as the only one. We join each couple in their excitement and work to make your day the most beautiful day of your life!

We offer a full inventory that we include in your design agreement. In addition, we offer custom made signs and unique decorator items!

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Texas Garden Wedding

Garden Weddings

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I’ll admit it… I’m a sucker for proposal stories. No matter what, they almost always bring a little tear to my eye. Luckily for me, bride Rivkah was more than happy to share hers! She and fiancé Alex planned an intimate garden wedding in Austin, Texas from New York City, and everything came together absolutely breathtakingly — as shown by Heather Curiel and Ezra Gregg‘s images! Rivkah has a bevy of insightful advice and experience to share, so keep on reading (and don’t miss the tearjerker proposal story at the end!).

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From the bride, Rivkah: I love design and crafting, so when I got engaged I was very excited to get to work and make as much as possible. As I started researching all the inspiration out there, I became a little overwhelmed! At the time, we were still living in New York and planning a wedding in Austin. It was when I decided on a venue that everything started falling into place. The venue is so beautiful and specific, so my theme became clear: European Garden Party. Everything stayed relatively simple so that the beauty of the venue could be appreciated. My colors were based on a Texas sunset in the spring: Gold, Pink, Copper and Peach. I also wanted the wedding style to really represent my own personal style which is feminine and vintage.

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My next big decision was to buy a dress. I thought this would be a really amazing experience because I lived in New York City and had every shop at my fingertips. Then, after a day of trying on $2,000 dresses, I went with a few friends into a thrift store on the way home. In the back I saw a rack of wedding dresses and found the dress of my dreams for only $50! I took it home in a garbage bag. When I moved to Austin, I found a wonderful seamstress and we worked on the dress together for about 6 months. It was everything I had dreamed of and more… it was comfortable! It was paired with my husband’s grandmother’s earrings, a vintage bracelet from my father and a hankie passed down through the generations from my grandmother. I am a very sentimental person, but I truly felt all wrapped up (literally) in love and good vibes on my wedding day.

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I decided to make a lot myself. Knowing that, I tried to get as much done as early on as possible. For example, the boutonnieres and head pieces for the flower girls. I bought beautiful paper flowers and mixed them with dried babies breath, wrapped in a simple linen and tied with baker’s twine. I think when you decide to do an event in a vintage/DIY style, it’s important to keep a through line to everything you do. That way, all these mixed up elements look more polished and cohesive. For example, I used baker’s twine in my invitations and place settings as well. And for everything you can’t do (or don’t have time to do), there’s Etsy! I was going to hand sew all the napkins for the dinner, but then I got a reality check and realized I could have them made for about the same cost as renting. The result were beautiful vintage napkins that gave a pop of color and personality to the table setting. Also, they were a favor and the guys were wearing them as pocket squares by the end of the night.

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For my wedding cake, I bought a small cake at the local market and had my sister in-laws decorate it. I think it turned out beautifully! Also, all of my girlfriends brought homemade desserts and we set up a dessert buffet on vintage plates my sister-in-law had been collecting. It really added to the homemade/vintage aesthetic of the wedding, with a very personal touch.

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The most important lesson I learned about weddings (especially when they’re DIY) is to allow people to help you. I didn’t have a wedding planner, but my friends and family really came through. I put so much work into every piece of my wedding, yet they were the ones that made it all happen.

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My best advice would be to let things go on the actual day. It was incredibly windy the day of my wedding, so a lot of things I made weren’t able to be set out. However, I didn’t even notice! I was too busy having the best day of my life.

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Our proposal story: We walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain; a trek that takes you across the north of Spain. It’s all done on foot and you must carry everything you own in a backpack. Literally. It was an incredibly beautiful experience, but wasn’t the most romantic or glamorous vacation (sleeping in rooms with 10 other snoring people, bedbugs, blisters, etc.). The walk came to an end a month later in a tiny fishing town on the coast called Finisterre (“end of the Earth”). When we arrived, I was exhausted, but Alex was insistent on walking to the lighthouse where it was tradition to burn your walking shoes. I was very hesitant as it was foggy and getting dark. However, I agreed and we began the dismal walk to the lighthouse. A trip full of car dodging and cursing. Finally there, we sat on this big rock behind the lighthouse. Then, suddenly (and I swear this is all true) the clouds clear, a soft pink light appears, flocks of birds fly off in the distance, a trumpet begins to play and Alex pulls out a ring, which I don’t even notice because he says: “I walked to the end of the world with you and I’d like to keep going. Will you marry me?” Pure magic. We traveled to Morocco afterward and told no one of our engagement. It was just us. I hope our wedding was an 1/8th as romantic as that!

I’m so glad we wrote our own vows. It really helped me reconnect with my feelings towards marriage and my love for Alex. It brought me back to his proposal and why I said ‘Yes.’ Also, Alex has a way with words and he brought the house down — everyone was in tears! We now have our vows framed and they are one of our most precious possessions.

Wedding songs:
Processional: “Country,” Empire of the Sun
Recessional: “You Send Me,” Sam Cooke
First Dance: “God Blessed Our Love,” Al Green
Father-Daughter/Mother-Son: “Brown-Eyed Girl,” Van Morrison

Wedding vendors (Buda, TX):

Wedding venue: Le San Michele / Wedding photographer: Heather Curiel and Ezra Gregg / Wedding dress: vintage / Dress seamstress: Carter Creations / Groom’s suit: Zara / Wedding catering: Blue Trout Catering / Wedding cake: Central Market, Austin / Wedding desserts: made by friends / Cake topper: The Small Object / Handmade napkins: OnceAgain / Wedding flowers: arranged by sister of the bride and friend’s parents / Wedding music: Rumbullion / DJ: Soul Happening / Wedding hair and makeup: Alexis and Erin of Innu Salon / Transportation: Austin Charter Services / Small paper flowers: The Gilded Bee / Large paper flowers: Paper Source

Heather Curiel is a member of Blue Label

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Little White Dress Bridal Shop

Little White Dress is the premier bridal salon in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. We offer unmatched service, and a beautiful selection of designer wedding gowns, accessories, and shoes in a wide variety of price ranges and styles. Little White Dress is proud to offer the very best bridal designers, all of which are unavailable elsewhere in Colorado. Get ready for one of the best parts of wedding planning – finding your gown at Little White Dress!

Gown designers: Anne Barge, Charlie Brear, Claire Pettibone, Enaura, Galia Lahav, Jenny Packham, Justin Alexander, Liancarlo, Lis Simon, Marchesa, Matthew Christopher, Naeem Khan, Reem Acra, Rivini, Robert Bullock Bride, Sassi Holford.

Located at 3420 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, CO 80211 in the Historic Highlands Neighborhood. Tel.: 303-814-8972

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Greenhouse Garden Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

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If you saw yesterday’s Eco-friendly Virginia Wedding, you saw how well a “Plan B” can turn out. If you’re working on a garden themed wedding, we can’t imagine a better back-up plan for a rainy day than taking things inside the doors of a greenhouse! Warm, lush, and flowery, they seem to bring out the romantic in almost everyone. This inspiration shoot captured by Soul Mates Photo showcases the talent of Rosemary Stafford Floral Design, who brings together the worlds of pink and purple in a perfect way. There are plenty more photos in the gallery, so don’t miss it!

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Eco-friendly Virginia Wedding, you saw how well a “Plan B” can turn out. If you’re working on a garden themed wedding, we can’t imagine a better back-up plan for a rainy day than taking things inside the doors of a greenhouse! Warm, lush, and flowery, they seem to bring out the romantic in almost everyone. This inspiration shoot captured by Soul Mates Photo showcases the talent of Rosemary Stafford Floral Design, who brings together the worlds of pink and purple in a perfect way. There are plenty more photos in the View more images from this inspiration shoot

Wedding vendors (Salem, OR):

Venue: Aspinwall’s Farm and Fruitstand / Wedding photographer: Soul Mates Photo / Hair Stylist: AJ’s Hair Design & Makeup / Event Planner: Gather Event Planning & Consultation / Floral Designer: Rosemary Stafford Floral Design / Invitation Designer: Paper Bloom / Dress Store: AniA Collection / Wedding cake: One Divine Party / Rentals: Peter Corvallis Productions / Tuxedo: Collier

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Erin Pelicano, ltd

Erin Pelicano designs simple, elegant and timeless artisan jewelry meant to be cherished and worn for years. Each piece is individually handcrafted with love and artistry in sterling silver, 24K gold vermeil and genuine stones. These meaningful pieces allow you to keep your dreams, inspirations and feelings close to your heart or share them as memorable gifts with special significance. Treasured by all generations, these delicate creations can be worn alone or layered with other jewelry.

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Bohemian Tablescape Inspiration Shoot

Wedding Design

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This inspiration shoot is pure vintage floral heaven. Styled by Yelena of Stylish Soiree and shot by Meg Perotti, the shoot provides wonderful ideas for how to incorporate cool color palettes into your summer wedding. We adore the idea of muslin-wrapped swingtop bottles with flowered sprigs tucked inside! Be sure to visit the gallery for more images.

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From the photographer, Meg: Yelena and I created this entire summer themed shoot in the pouring rain! Props to our model, and my best friend, Aubrey for not only walking around in wet grass but for laying in it… while rain fell into her face, and for looking positively gorgeous while doing it!

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dreamy bohemian inspiration shoot

dreamy bohemian inspiration shoot

Stylish Soiree and shot by Meg Perotti, the shoot provides wonderful ideas for how to incorporate cool color palettes into your summer wedding. We adore the idea of muslin-wrapped swingtop bottles with flowered sprigs tucked inside! Be sure to visit the View more images from this shoot

Wedding vendors (San Francisco, CA):

Wedding stylist: Stylish Soiree / Wedding photographer: Meg Perotti

Stylish Soiree is a member of Blue Label.

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Bulles de Joie

Photographer of Happy People – I capture natural beauty and love in a candid way.

Lifestyle photography: make you feel at ease so you can show your true feelings that I transpose into joyful, candid, lightful shots.

Proposals, engagements, elopements, honeymoons, portraits.

Based in Paris, I capture your love everywhere in France and in Europe.

See you soon!

Stéphanie

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Vintage Chic Garden Wedding

Garden Weddings

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Mimi and Matt’s Washington wedding is beyond amazing. From the venue in which the couple prepared for the day to the sweet centerpieces — each one different from the next — this wedding is the stuff dreams are made of. Thanks to the brilliant Yvonne Wong for every perfectly captured moment! There’s much, much more to be seen in the gallery, so don’t miss it!

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Yvonne Wong for every perfectly captured moment! There’s much, much more to be seen in the View more images from this wedding

Wedding Vendors (Seattle, Washington):

Wedding photographer: Yvonne Wong / Wedding shoes: Caparros / Day of Coordinator: Amy Pak Weddings / Venue: Robinswood House, Bellevue WA / Catering: Landaus / Harpist: Alishia Joubert / Dove Release: White Dove Release / Officiant: Pastor John Chae / All Flowers: made by bridesmaids / Cup cakes: made their own from Sprinkles Cucake Mix

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Moko & Company

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

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Whimsical Castle Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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This wedding brings together the best of both worlds: A+ vendors and DIY charm. The couple, Anna and Jeremy, brought their love of the outdoors to their wedding, utilizing lush moss, little birdies, and, of course, the plentiful trees surrounding their venue. Oh, and… they were married in a castle. Cool much? Top it all off, they used one of Carolynn of Two Brunettes’ downloads for their wedding paper goods. We will be adding an editable version of these darling free downloads this afternoon, so check back soon for the release. Thanks to Sophie Jacobson of Love Bucket Photo for sharing her photos with us!

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From the bride, Anna: We really love nature and the outdoors, so we wanted to incorporate that in as many ways as we could. We used lots of moss, trees, and little birds. I took a lot of inspiration from wedding blogs and used things other people did, but adapted them to fit our color theme. I am also a really crafty person, so wanted to make as much as I could, which ended up being all of the decorations… I wanted the opportunity to get better at things like sewing, so I sewed a lot! In the end, the inspiration was ourselves! We wanted the wedding to really represent us.

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After the ceremony Jeremy and I went up to the “bridal suite” and just took a few minutes together. We cried together about being married and how happy we were. I was nice to take that time away right after.

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vintage outdoors diy wedding

Anna’s advice for future brides: Make sure your dress is comfortable. Also, make sure you enjoy yourself and focus on the marriage. Since we put so much work into it, I was more concerned about everyone else having a good time, and it was hard for me to really relax until it was all over. Oh, also, you should LOVE your vendors. They are so involved in your day that you want them to feel invested in the wedding, and really a part of it.

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The groom, Jeremy, describes his favorite memory of the wedding day: Sitting by myself after getting dressed and making a short video for my wife-to-be on my iPhone about how much I loved her and how I couldn’t wait to be her husband for the rest of my life. I sent it to her just before I walked down the aisle.

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Jeremy, the groom, also includes his advice for brides and grooms alike: My advice would be to enjoy the experience as much as possible. It’s oftentimes easy to get wrapped up in the financial or planning aspects of a wedding, but when it all comes together on your wedding day and you finally see the fruits of your labor – it all becomes worth it.

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Wedding vendors (Agoura Hills, California):

Reception venue: Lobo Castle / Wedding photographer: Sophie Jacobson of Love Bucket Photo / Event planner: Theresa Shlimanoff of Hustle & Bustle / Wedding cake designer: Gigi Bobb Bakery / Wedding dress: Monique Luo / Photobooth: Vintage Booth / Wedding music: Harry and the Hitmen / Wedding flowers: done by bride / Wedding paper goods: Designed by Two Brunettes, available for download here

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Casey Brodley, Photographer

I’m not a traditional wedding photographer. My background and training is steeped in photo journalism, so that’s how I approach a wedding. My goal is to document the day, not stage it. I let moments unfold naturally, with minimal prom posing and minimal “say cheese” interference.

As a photo journalist, I come prepared for anything. Every wedding is different. I have witnessed full-grown men weep more times than I can count. I have seen smiles so wide that I’m concerned someone may burst a blood vessel. I have climbed mountains with all my gear. And this one time a sprinkler system was triggered during a ceremony.

As a wedding photographer, I walk into every job with the guarantee that I will witness pure joy. But more importantly, I walk into every job with the probability that my day will end with cake. I like to keep my cake-to-work ratio balanced. For health reasons.

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English Garden Wedding Inspiration

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While this inspiration shoot was done in California, we can’t help but note the English garden charm oozing from every image. We love the vintage elements — from the vintage silver teapots, trophies and vases to the skeleton keys — mixed in with whimsical details, like the bronze bunny rabbits and the doily wedding invitations. A huge thanks goes out to Suzanne Hansen and Mike Ofeldt of She Wanders for sending this shoot our way; and to Jennifer Nesovic for designing; Katherine Farley for the amazing flowers…everyone who were a part of it. Especially to the little girl, who we think may have stolen the show!

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vintage english garden wedding inspiration

vintage english garden wedding inspiration

From Jennifer Nesovic, the event stylist: One of my favorite books as a girl was “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Of course, I was never satisfied with any of the made for TV movie remakes and wanted to imagine a wedding partially taken from my memories of the tale, but woven together with bits of other stories and smatterings of ideas. Skeleton keys, tea parties, and wallpaper roses first came to mind… but somehow meandered into garden creatures and pot bellied pigs… (perhaps a little dash of Charlotte’s Web?). But the little pig that we planned on using somehow had grown to be a big pig and our cute little pig dreams were dashed. Don’t worry, the pig and many other little garden creatures were represented along with dreamy flowers, gorgeous silver silk shantung linens, and handmade paper flowers.

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Wedding vendors (California):

Design and Concept: Jennifer Nesovic / Photography: Suzanne Hansen & Mike Ofeldt of She Wanders / Flowers: Katherine Farley / Wedding dress: Lea Ann Betler / Hair accessories: The White Flower / Hair and makeup: Audra Rene / Paper goods: Courtney Scowby / Linens: Concepts Event Design / Wedding cake: CAKE / Models: Shannon Rall & Ella Scowby

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Kate Preftakes Photography

Kate Preftakes is a fine art wedding photographer in the New England region and available for travel worldwide. Her approach is soft and organic, and she shoots with a combination of editorial and fine art portraiture. Kate loves creating true photos that are filled with emotion and light. She uses a combination of film and digital, drawn to the soft look that it creates. She has her degree in fine art and uses that background to narrate stories in a beautiful way. The soft touch of a hand on a back, the look in her eye when she first sees him, the way her dress falls when he spins her around. These are the moments that make each wedding day special and inspire Kate to document in a timeless way. The details tell the story and Kate loves to capture them in the most romantic fashion. Kate is based out of New England and available for travel.

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Brunch Florida Wedding

Garden Weddings

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We hoped you enjoyed Danielle and Luke’s wedding from The Conservatorie last week, because we’ve got yet another beauty from the floral and event designers. Channi and Pat are an absolutely precious couple who achieved the most wonderfully nonchalant and summery event we’ve seen so far this year. The couple had live entertainment for days, from musically inclined friends to caricature artists! Don’t miss all of the lively (and lovely!) images in the gallery.

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From Amy Fretto of The Conservatorie: Channi and Pat got married at a private residence located in the heart of downtown St. Augustine. They used St. Augustine Weddings to help organize all the details.

yellow florida wedding

yellow florida wedding

Their main goals were to have a relaxed brunch wedding with an old Florida feel. They provided parasols, lawn games and caricature artists to help pull that all together.

yellow florida wedding

yellow florida wedding

yellow florida wedding

The ceremony overlooked a beautiful marsh that flanks the property at the mansion. The reception was in a palm garden where stone lions and meandering sidewalks added to the overall charm.

yellow florida wedding

yellow florida wedding

They also had root beer floats and a smoothie bar to partner with their breakfast (for lunch) meal complete with a build-your-own omelet station.

yellow florida wedding

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Wedding vendors (St. Augustine, Florida):

Ceremony location: Private residence / Wedding flowers: The Conservatorie / Wedding planner: St. Augustine Weddings / Wedding Photography: Ben Sasso

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Fine Day Press

Fine Day Press is an Austin-based design + paper studio specializing in wedding invitations, custom designs & stationery with a modern, painterly feel. Our watercolor invitations are printed on luxe, cotton cardstock and can be mixed and matched with our envelope liners. Each design encompasses a full invitation suite, including Save the Dates, Directions & Information cards, and Day-of pieces.

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Fresh Garden Wedding

Garden Weddings

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For us, it was absolute love at first sight when we saw this wedding on The Conservatorie’s website. This celebration has all the markings of a true Southern affair — the Spanish moss-infused trees, the perfect warm climate, and the ultimate intimate celebration between old friends and family. We just love the addition of woodsy elements, such as the vases wrapped in bark and the tree trunk stands. Make sure you check out all images in the gallery!

garden florida wedding

garden florida wedding

From Amy of The Conservatorie: Danielle, a display coordinator for Anthropologie and her husband Luke, a graphic designer, wanted to put their own touches on many aspects of their wedding. Some ways included designing their own invitations, cooking the food, and using found objects and family heirlooms as key elements. Luke’s design company is called Dandy Hand. They were able to screen print their own invitations, response cards and recommended attire cards. The cuisine consisted of build your own sandwiches accompanied by Luke’s “famous” potato salad among other things. 

garden florida wedding

garden florida wedding

Danielle’s Grandmother is a collector of sorts, so Danielle was able to use some of her old wooden cheese boxes in the centerpieces (her great grandfather collected them when he worked for the Railroad). She also provided old hat pins to put in the bouquets and a necklace that Danielle wore with her J. Crew dress. All the girls were told to “buy something sweet” and “to not be afraid of pattern” and to also wear their favorite riding boots.

garden florida wedding

garden florida wedding

Danielle’s aunt made the frames you see hanging from the trees. Their ceremony was tucked underneath an umbrella of live oak trees (the prized beauties of the south). They bought the pews themselves to create a intimate area in the large space they had.

garden florida wedding

garden florida wedding

All in all they gave us, the florist, a ton of creative freedom, simply looking to mix rustic masculinity with dainty feminine items. We loved it!

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Wedding vendors (St. Augustine, Florida):

Wedding ceremony and reception venue: St. Augustine Rod and Gun Club / Wedding flowers: The Conservatorie Floral and Event Design / Wedding Photography: Ben Sasso / Wedding invitations: Dandy Hand / Wedding dress: J. Crew

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Amanda Day Rose

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

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

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Vintage Texan Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Continuing with the theme of vintage weddings from this morning’s post, we have a vintage Texas wedding at the oh-so-gorgeous Barr Mansion. The bride, Laura, and her husband Will allowed their love of all things wine and wineries to guide much of their wedding, and it’s reflected all over — from their wine cork and grape centerpieces to the implementation of the wine box ceremony. Thanks to Jackie of Jackie Ray Photography for sending this gem over!

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From the bride, Laura: We wanted our wedding to be a simply elegant, casual party with great wine. More than anything, we wanted everything about our wedding to be personalized and very “us”. If we didn’t like something, we didn’t include it in the wedding.

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Since we had an outdoor ceremony, I wanted to choose colors that would complement the greenery of the venue. We chose to go mostly with lilacs and “earthy tones.”

vintage Texan traditional wedding

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We love to visit local wineries, and enjoy learning about wine, so we wanted our hobby to be represented in our wedding. We included a wine box ceremony in the wedding, and a lot of our inspiration for the reception decor came from local Texas wineries.

vintage Texan traditional wedding

Any advice? Realize that your wedding will not be perfect, no matter how much you plan. Something will go wrong, something will be out of place, and someone will be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Enjoy your wedding day, and try not to stress out about the minor imperfections.

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vintage Texan traditional wedding

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Wedding Songs:
Music was a very important part of our wedding, and we spent a long time picking out these songs. We feel that music can really “set the mood” of a wedding, and we chose songs that we love, and that we felt represented the “feel” that we wanted our wedding to have.
Processional: Acoustic versions of “In my Life” by the Beatles, and “Stand by Me”, by Ben E. King. I walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis.
Recessional: “All you Need is Love,” by the Beatles.
First dance: “You are the Best Thing,” by Ray LaMontagne.

Wedding Vendors (Austin, TX):

Wedding Ceremony, Reception Venue and Wedding Planner: Barr Mansion / Florist: Abby Daigle of Stems Floral Design / Photographer: Jackie Ray Photography / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal / Hair accessories: Anthropologie / Hair and Makeup: April Cashion / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s suit: Brooks Brothers / Groom’s tie: Burberry / Musician: Original Recipe Band / Caterer, Wedding Cake: Barr Mansion / Wedding invitations: Lauren Chism of Palm Papers / Transportation: AusTex Limousine

Jackie Ray Photography is a member of Blue Label.

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Wedding Fusions

Beautiful wedding stationery suites, alternative guest books, fingerprint trees, seating plans and personalised wedding/table decor.

Budget savvy brides receive a personalised file which can be printed at home or locally – professional design with huge cost savings! Wide selection available.

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Australian Countryside Wedding

Garden Weddings

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Today’s wedding has us absolutely tittering with excitement. It proves that a grand budget is by no means necessary for a drop-dead gorgeous, down-home celebration. The bride recruited her family and friends for an abundance of DIY projects, from bunting to flowers to the most adorable but simple wedding favor — grapes of every color in little brown bags! Every moment was delicately captured by the always superb Anna Rose Photography.

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australian countryside wedding

From the bride, Tiffany: Paul and I wanted our wedding to have an intimate, personal feel as well as being bright and casual. I would describe our wedding as happy, colourful, fun… with a bit of a country, garden fete feel. I didn’t want it to look too coordinated or formal so we steered clear of any particular colour scheme or theme.

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australian countryside wedding

australian countryside wedding

We were on a very small budget but thankfully we both have incredibly talented, resourceful families and friends. Our whole wedding was pretty much DIY so there are too many projects to mention… a couple of the big stand-outs were the bunting, flowers, favours and cushions.

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My Mum is a superstar at sourcing cheap fabric. For our bunting; she collected various pastel designs which my Aunty Trish, Mum, friend Pip and I all cut into triangles (30cm sides) with “zig-zag” scissors. This prevented fraying and meant we didn’t have to hem the sides. Mum then sewed 90m of triangles onto bias binding. You’re awesome Mum!

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My sister planted 80 flower seedlings three months before the wedding. The day before, we transferred them into little aluminium pots from Ikea and scattered them around the garden for some extra colour.

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For our favours, we bought small brown paper bags from ebay, stamped the front of the bags with a black “thank you” stamp (from etsy) and trimmed the tops with zig-zag scissors. We then lined them with clear plastic bags and filled with summer fruits. They were a big hit at the end of the night.

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To create seating areas, we scattered throw rugs and cushions around the garden and over a low limestone wall. The cushions were made by a family friend using pastel coloured fabrics and buttons. The throw rugs were borrowed or from Ikea.

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Wedding Songs:
Processional: “The Wedding Song” by Peter, Paul and Mary (sung by my Uncles)
First Dance: “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Wedding Vendors (Perth, Western Australia):

Ceremony and reception location(s): Private Residence / Florist and wedding cake: Friend of the Bride’s Mother / Wedding Photographer: Anna Rose Photography / Wedding Dress: Alex Perry / Wedding Shoes: L.K. Bennett / Jewellery: Grandma’s bangle, earrings from Ecali / Hair: Marie Cain / Make-up: done by friend of the Bride / Caterer: South West Fresh Catering / Wedding Desserts: Lawley’s Bakery / Wedding invitations: illustrated by friend

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Erin Pelicano, ltd

Erin Pelicano designs simple, elegant and timeless artisan jewelry meant to be cherished and worn for years. Each piece is individually handcrafted with love and artistry in sterling silver, 24K gold vermeil and genuine stones. These meaningful pieces allow you to keep your dreams, inspirations and feelings close to your heart or share them as memorable gifts with special significance. Treasured by all generations, these delicate creations can be worn alone or layered with other jewelry.

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A French Garden Wedding

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Jace and Alex’s wedding, captured by Darla Roze Photography, brought the outside in with gorgeous garden details. The florals were so lush and stunning. I’ve got total bouquet envy going on over here! In addition to the garden feel, there were tons of sweet details like a sundae bar fashioned after an old fashion ice cream parlour, a fun DIY photo booth, and a recurring silhouette motif.

More from the bride:

I had always wanted an outside wedding, but the weather is too hard to work around so we brought the outside inside with a outside/garden park feel.




I am in love with paper lanterns. We put lights and lanterns up in the room to give it an outside feel.



How adorable is her Ice Cream Parlour dessert table? You can download the templates courtesy of Amy from Eat Drink Chic blog!







I wanted a photo booth where the guests could put on some vintage props, use picture frames and capture a picture of them at our wedding. The DIY program we used was See Monkey. It was the perfect program to set up using a laptop, camera and tripod and printer. Guest snapped pictures, it printed two sets on a 4×6 sheet. One they left in the guest book with a note to us and the other they took home to remember the fun evening.


Relax and enjoy everything…you plan forever and then in one day its all over, so just enjoy it!

Wedding Vendors (Salt Lake City, UT):

Photographer: Darla Roze Photography / Ceremony Venue: Salt Lake City Temple / Reception Venue: Thanksgiving Point / Florist: Lora Bingham- Thanksgiving Point / Caterer: Thanksgiving Point / Cake: Marilyn Jenkins- 801-224-4086 / Photobooth: See Monkey / Bride’s Dress: The Perfect Dress / Silhouettes: Petit Debutant

Whimsical Garden-Party Wedding II

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Jenna and Dustin had a whimsical garden-party theme which transported their guests into a wedding wonderland! Check out that antique door set-up! It was placed at the entrance to the reception, where guests passed through it underneath a swarm of fluttering paper butterflies. Lang Photographers were on hand to capture all the darling details.


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A little more info straight from the bride, Jenna:

We made all of the centerpieces for the tables from logs at my cabin from an old tree. My mom took a drill and put holes in the logs for the tables (so we could put flowers in the holes). She also put varnish down the holes so they would hold water for the flowers. She’s amazing!

pink and green wedding cake table

My sister made all of the butterflies (from music sheets) that hung from the old doors at the entrance of our reception.

Wedding chandelier and paper butterfly

The images below were sent by Jenna, shot by Jenna’s new sister-in-law, Anne Robert:




Some advice from Jenna:

Plan, plan, plan! But don’t overdo it, stay happy during your engagement. You’re only engaged once, and when you get stressed over planning, you’re most likely not happy. Sometimes you’ve got to let go of that small stuff. And on your wedding day, plan for not everything to go smoothly, but ignore it! It’s literally the most fun day ever!

Wedding Vendors (Mesa, AZ):

Photographer: Lang Photographers / Venue: Bride’s Backyard / Wedding Planner, Florist & Caterer: Sandy Hestand / Bride’s Dress: Melissa Blackburn / Bride’s Flower Crown: Whichgoose / Hair Stylist: Michelle Franklin / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: J. Crew

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Kate Preftakes Photography

Kate Preftakes is a fine art wedding photographer in the New England region and available for travel worldwide. Her approach is soft and organic, and she shoots with a combination of editorial and fine art portraiture. Kate loves creating true photos that are filled with emotion and light. She uses a combination of film and digital, drawn to the soft look that it creates. She has her degree in fine art and uses that background to narrate stories in a beautiful way. The soft touch of a hand on a back, the look in her eye when she first sees him, the way her dress falls when he spins her around. These are the moments that make each wedding day special and inspire Kate to document in a timeless way. The details tell the story and Kate loves to capture them in the most romantic fashion. Kate is based out of New England and available for travel.

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A Vintage Pennsylvania Wedding

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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Katie Slater of Carla Ten Eyck sent over the most creative, beautiful off/upbeat (you know what I mean, right?) vintage wedding that will blow your minds. If you live in the NY tristate area, keep your eyes peeled for their vendor list – though their wedding was in Milford, PA, they hired several vendors from Connecticut and New York. I squealed when I spotted her DIY tags made with one of our wedding templates!

From the bride, Leila:

We were fortunate to be allowed to get married at Grey Towers National Historic Landmark in Milford, PA (one of three weddings ever held on this amazing forest conservation estate). I spent my summers running around the grounds when I was a kid and the place holds a lot of significance to me on several levels.

 
 

For my attire, I wanted something unique, elegant and eye-catching. I found a vintage-styled dress at JCrew, where I also bought my shoes, and vamped up the theme with a 20th style finger weave hairstyle.

 
 

Matt’s suit…An interesting story. I think he asked me to marry him mainly to have an excuse to get a custom suit made by Manuel, (located in Nashville, TN). Matt pretty much just asked for suit with Joshua Trees, paying homage to Graham Parsons, and Manuel went to work. We were beyond happy with the result. I’m not a fan of tuxedos and really enjoyed seeing Matt wear something he loved and looked great in.

 
 

For décor, I wanted to choose a style that was timeless so as not to stand out from the 19th century architecture of the property, but with a slightly vintage garden theme, as my great-grandmother, who once lived at Grey Towers, and after whom I’m named, was an avid gardener.

 
 
 

For the seed packet favors, I bought yellow envelopes from PaperSource, onto which I typed using a typewriter, our information and the type of seed to be enclosed. The seed was from our garden, collected the previous fall.

 
 

Wedding Vendors (most vendors are based in CT, but the venue was in Milford, PA):

Photographer: Katie Slater of Carla Ten Eyck / Second Photographer: Sara Code- Kroll of Growing Tree Photography/ Venue: Grey Towers National Historic Landmark in Milford, PA / Florist: Cathy Ryle of Dingmans’s Flowers (570-828-9999) made the large ceremony arrangements, Pinchbeck’s Rose Farm in Guilford, CT is where they purchased the flowers for their centerpieces / Caterer: The River Rock Inn / Wedding Cake: Main cake from Flower Upon Flower in Bedford, NY, chocolate cake from Take the Cake in Guilford, CT and cannolis from Libby’s Italian Pastries in New Haven, CT / Wedding Dress and Shoes: J.Crew (Lyden dress style) / Veil: TessaKim on Etsy / Hair: Donna Helene in Milford, PA (570-296-7221) / Groom’s suit: custom made by Manuel in Nashville / DJ: The Wagon Riders, out of New Haven, CT (mattplayssteel@gmail.com)

Katie Slater of Carla Ten Eyke and Sara Code-Kroll of Growing Tree Photography are based in CT, but are available to travel.

Growing Tree Photography is a proud sponsor of Ruffled.

I have many more images to share, check back soon to see the rest!

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Redfield Photography

We are a husband and wife team. We live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with our beautiful and majestic cat; Ms. Beans. We met in art school and one of our favorite parts about wedding photography is using our artistic backgrounds to tell your story with a fine art perspective is what we love to do.

We love exploring new places, making new friends, and collaborating with you to tell your story. We take our job very seriously and we have just about the best time ever doing it.

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Sweet Garden Wedding

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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Amy and Warren’s wedding, captured by Amy’s dear friend Meg of Meg Ruth Photography, is the definition of DIY. Along with friends and family, they created almost every detail of their wedding. They put a focus on fun providing a photo booth with props like feather masks and moustache sticks, and lawn games like croquet for their guests. There was even an impromptu interpretive dance party to an REO Speedwagon song! Let the good times roll!

From the bride, Amy:

Warren and I are both graduate students so we had limited funds for our wedding—but we did not want to sacrifice style or fun. Our budget turned out to be a huge blessing: we began to think of our wedding as less of a Wedding, and more like a big costume party for everyone we loved. This meant that no one cared that the cakes were still on their plastic trays from Costco, or that the metal chairs did not match the white tablecloths, or that any number of aesthetic crimes (to my micro-manager’s eye) existed because Warren and I were in love, and everyone was there to celebrate this love.

We wanted a vintagey, whimsical, garden party that involved whales, our motto (“True Love Wins”), and cheerful colors–a mighty tall order. So we milked every connection we had. For instance, I designed the invitations myself and letterpressed them with a friend.

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Deciding upon our ceremony and reception locations was the simplest part of the planning. Warren and I met in Washington, D.C. a few years ago so most of our friends are there; it’s also a central place for family and out-of-towners to fly into. We were married in the LDS Washington, D.C. Temple and held our garden party reception on the lawns of the LDS Mount Vernon Chapel, which overlooked the Potomac River, a few miles away from Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Planning also became an exercise in self education. Instead of studying, I watched YouTube videos and learned how to arrange flowers; how to make bouquets, boutonnieres, and bunting; I even learned how to do my own makeup–quite the feat for a Lipgloss Only girl like me!

Warren’s grandmother (and several thrift stores) gave us a beautiful collection of antique vases to use as our centerpieces. We gussied up with burlap, lace, and ribbon.

I initially bought a lovely beaded flapper dress to wear at our reception, but then I hit serious wedding dress woe and upgraded it to The Wedding Dress. It cost two hundred bucks but—cheesy as this sounds—made me feel like a million. I paired it with shoes from the sale rack at Target, a little shrug, and a giant silk flower that I found beneath some scarves at Dillard’s.

Though I loved how my outfit came together, the most special part of it was my jewelry. My mother died when I was young, so my engagement ring is made from one of her settings—one that she used to wear everyday. It felt like my mother was holding my hand throughout the ordeal of planning an out of state wedding—and I love that she is always with me in such a special way. Warren’s mother and father gave me the gold pendant necklace, which is a traditional bridal gift in the Middle East, where they live. Warren and I bought my earrings when we were in Lisbon, Portugal last spring, a few days after he first told me that he loved me.I initially bought a lovely beaded flapper dress to wear at our reception, but then I hit serious wedding dress woe and upgraded it to The Wedding Dress. It cost two hundred bucks but—cheesy as this sounds—made me feel like a million. I paired it with shoes from the sale rack at Target, a little shrug, and a giant silk flower that I found beneath some scarves at Dillard’s.


I’ll be honest: planning a DIY wedding within our budget was a major headache—I had so many meltdowns, I stopped counting. To get everything done, we acquired a motto that served us well: Make a decision and stick with it. With so many gorgeous wedding blogs to look at, this was harder than it looked. But by the time it rolled around, I was not only on board with crazy projects like arranging all of the flowers, but pumped. If you’re going to plan something this big, you might as well come away with a few skills, right? But there were other parts that reminded me how much creativity and whimsy are a part of me, and my relationship with Warren. Having spent the last year in a long distance relationship, we learned just how important these traits, paired with patience and love, were. Plus, watching all of our hard work come together so beautifully, and spending a weekend with everyone we love, makes me wish that I could do it all over again…almost!

Meg Meg Ruth Photography is based out of Las Vegas, but is available to travel. To see more from this wedding, to check out her blog!

Wedding Vendors (Washington, D.C.):

Photographer: Meg Ruth Photography/ Ceremony Venue: Washington, D.C. LDS Temple/ Reception Venue: LDS Mount Vernon Chapel/ Flowers: By Bride and Maid of Honor, purchased from Safeway, Giant and Harris Teeter/ Invitations: By Bride and friend/ DJ: DIY with iTunes/ Caterer: Jaleo/Desserts: Costco and Safeway/ Beverages: Trader Joes/ Tent and Dancefloor: Royal Events Planning

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Basic Invite Wedding Invitations

Visit https://www.basicinvite.com to find over 200 fully customizable wedding invitation sets. At Basic Invite each and every invite has almost unlimited color options letting you create an invitation as unique are you are.

Pick your colors, and your text, and even upload your photo for an instant online preview of your invitation.

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Giveaways, Sponsored

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I stumbled upon Laura Dowling’s blog, and saw these French garden inspired wedding bouquets wrapped with braided leaves. I specially love the second bouquet on the right, with daisies and wildflowers.

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Orange wedding bouquet vintage garden leaf wrapped

The weekend is upon us, and I hope each and every one of you has an utterly fantastic one! Now, on to some lovely links for your weekend…

Love these Freewheelin’ inspired wedding invitations.

A vintage Cafe love shoot

A newlywed walk of shame? Sign me up!

An Intimate Australian wedding with pops of orange.

A budget chic wedding with an amazing dress!

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We have the winners of the Wedding Window giveaway! Even though the giveaway was originally for two 12-month hosting packages, Wedding Window loved your responses so much, they chose three winners!!!

Anna-Maria O’toole: Our splurge is definitely hiring our venue for 4 days but with immediate family coming from Ireland, England, Italy, Canada, the US and Pakistan. We didn’t want them to arrive say quick hellos and then be ushered out come 11.30pm. This way the guests can get to know each other, spend time with us and relax both before and after the wedding itself. The venue itself is an old monastery outside Rome on Lago Albano so if the sun shines it should be a fabulous holiday for everyone and with 4 days there can be no jetlag excuses to stop the party early. My personal spurge has been a pair off green sequin shoes from Kurt Geiger the only purchase for the whole wedding not from a sale rail!

Heather: My biggest splurge is budgeting to have 9 of my best friends as my bridesmaids – rather than a budget conscious choice of narrowing it down to my sister as my MOH. The more the merrier right!? I can’t wait to stand up there with those lovely ladies.

Bevin: My wedding splurge is my wedding dress. Costing a mere $400, I was able to find the dress of my dreams. My parents fell on hard times a few years ago, and I knew in the back of my mind that they would not be able to financially contribute anything to our wedding. So we have been engaged for 2 years now, saving up money, and are planning an October, 2011 wedding. Even though it will be small, I know that it will be full of love. And I can’t wait to wear my beautiful splurge of a wedding dress!

For those of you who didn’t win, Wedding Window still wants to offer you a little something! Through June 30th, Ruffled readers will receive $10 off any hosting term package of at least 6 months with the code Ruffled10.
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In other important news, Illegal Wedding Fair is going on this Sunday, June 6th in NYC! A group of super-talented wedding professionals will be joining together to support same-sex couples right to celebrate their love. Don’t miss out on some incredible food, cocktails, and live music at a gorgeous Manhattan townhouse. To learn more, head on over to the Illegal Wedding Fair Website. Eat, drink, & demand to be equally married!!!
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Last, but certainly not least, Oh So Beautiful Paper launched a new url and look this week. Everything looks absolutely adorable, so make sure you go check it out!

Photos by Katie Stoops

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Bella Lily Bridal

Bella Lily Bridal….Redefining the Bridal Experience!

We are a specialty bridal boutique in Glendale, Arizona, where we strive to provide our brides with a genuine and unique, one-on-one experience.

In a relaxed and intimate setting, you will be surrounded by a full collection of high quality wedding dresses and a knowledgable staff of stylists to help bring your bridal fashion dreams to a reality.

From modern styles to timeless classics, our gowns are handpicked with our brides’ desires at the heart of it all. We understand shopping for a wedding dress is such a memorable occasion and we will make sure our brides not only enjoy themselves, but also walk away with the perfect dress and memories to last a life-time.

Located at 19420 N. 59th Ave. C-121, Glendale, AZ 85308

Phone: 623.825.4496

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