Ready for a bit of wedding inspiration taken from the waters of Ireland? The recent Big Fake Wedding event held in Virginia Beach used a beautiful color palette of soft blues, greens, and gold to create a breathtaking weddingscape that’s just as romantic as it is light and airy. Make sure you keep an eye out for the back of the bride’s gorgeous gown!
What’s a wedding without a bit of rain for good luck? Some late summer showers were in store for Lindsey and Cameron’s wedding day, but the pair didn’t let it dampen their excitement in the slightest. Of course, it likely helped that they had an amazing team of vendors by their side – including Teale Photography, Marilisa Schachinger with Chancey Charm, and Amy Osaba, who made this dream day something special to remember for always.
From the bride, Lindsey: When we began wedding planning I knew I wanted two things: I wanted tons of greens with vivid flowers and I wanted a wedding that showed God’s grace and faithfulness in Cam and my relationship. My flowers were my most important factor in my wedding budget. I knew I wanted to use Amy Osaba long before I was engaged. She is brilliant! I wanted to stay away from the blush tones that have been used so often lately. It is absolutely stunning, but I wanted something different, joyful, whimsical, romantic, and fun! Our wonderful planner, Marilisa Schachinger and Amy Osaba along with Tracy at Crush Rentals worked together to perfectly piece together my dream style!! The entire day felt like we were in a beautiful secret garden.
While I would never wish it to rain on someone’s wedding day, it makes for the most romantic, beautiful pictures! It poured on our wedding day up until our ceremony. It literally stopped raining as I began to walk down the aisle! I had always said I would not want it to rain on our wedding day, but if it did, I would not allow it to take away from the meaning of the day. I held to that the entire day, and I can honestly say it did not even phase me in the slightest. After all, it’s supposed to be a blessing to have rain on your wedding day right? I feel that the rain added to the secret garden feel that I LOVED for our wedding!!
Cam and I are high school sweethearts. We began dating the last day of school my freshman year of high school. We have learned so incredibly much from our relationship and grown together over the years. We have seen the Lord work in such amazing ways in our lives and in each others lives. God is faithful; God is good. These are the things we wanted displayed and remembered most about our wedding. We incorporated our beliefs by having worship music played, paying together (without Cam seeing me) before the wedding, have a moment of prayer during the ceremony with our closest family and friends, and receiving communion as the first thing we did as a married couple. One of my best friends, Allee, made our save the dates, invitations, programs, welcome signs, table numbers, decor signs, table and table assignment display. — needless to say she was a gem with all of her help!! We are so incredibly thankful for all she did for us!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy every second of planning! – it seriously is one of the most joyful times of life :) Don’t fret over the small details that no one will notice. Appreciate others’ advice but hold true to what you want; you only get this day once! Amidst all the chaos of planning and preparing for this special day, remember what marriage means to you!
Oh man, Paul Taylor Smith played our ceremony and cocktail hour music, and he totally set the mood of the wedding. He was beyond incredible and I would highly recommend him to anyone!
Prelude: “How He Loves,” David Crowder; “Marry Me,” Train; “Here’s My Heart,” David Crowder; “Holy Wedding Day,” City Harmonic
Bridal Party Processional: “A Place Only You Can Go,” Needtobreathe; “Hallelujah,” Jeff Buckley
Bride’s Processional: “Always Forever,” Phil Whikham
Recessional: “I Will Wait,” Mumford and Sons
First Dance: “Angel,” Jack Johnson
Wedding Location: Highlands, NC / Photographer: Teale Photography / Planner: Marilisa Schachinger with Chancey Charm (highly recommend, she was our greatest blessing throughout planning!!) / Florist: Amy Osaba / Venue and Caterer: Old Edwards Inn / Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige / Accessories: my Papaw gave me my Nana’s beautiful “party ring” as a wedding gift to wear on my wedding day / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo’s “Anabelle” from Kelly’s Closet in Atlanta / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Ralph Lauren / Wedding Cake: Artista Cakes / Band: The Park Band / Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Paul Taylor Smith / Rentals: Crush Event Rentals / Minister: Dr. Steve Gouge (my great uncle who also married my parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, and cousins) / Videographer: Limestone Film / Transportation: Bob Dunn and Old Edwards Inn / Afterparty: Ugly Dog Pub
While we mostly get the chance to hear from brides about planning their wedding day, it’s a refreshing breath of air to hear from a groom — especially one who’s a graphic designer and designed the majority of the wedding himself. Carina Skrobecki Photo was there to capture all the details:
From the groom, Caleb: Our style was a mix between whimsical beach and pure white. It was incredibly important not to come off cheesy when doing a beach/water theme while still expressing our love for the beach. Alderbrook Resort and Spa was the perfect venue for our vision.
We wanted our wedding to be stunning, whimsical, and elegant. I (the groom) am a graphic designer from Kirkland, Washington and always wanted to bring my passion for art and design to the big day. From the invitations to ALL the decorations, all were done by us with the help of friends and family.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Make a check list of everything you would hope for for your wedding, make goals that you can continually check off as you get closer to your day. Enjoy every step of the process, know when to let some things go in order to keep happiness number one in your relationship. Your wedding in many ways is a reflection of you both, be sure to truly think about that as you begin this fun process.
Wedding Location: Union, WA / Photographer: Carina Skrobecki Photo / Second Shooter: Amber Zbitnoff / Day-Of Coordinator: Stacia Haisch and Melanie Bjornethun / Florist: Colleen Hunter of Lynch Creek Floral / Venue: Alderbrook Resort and Spa / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero via I Do Bridal / Bride’s Ring: T. Anthony Jewelers / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bellevue Bridal Boutique / Groom’s Suit: Dolce & Gabbana / Men’s Attire: Nordstrom / Cake: Alderbrook Pastry Chef / Paper Goods and Stationery Designer: Caleb Swenson (groom)
It might be a bit early in the year to call it, but I’m tempted to say Julia and Chris’ cake table backdrop is already my favorite of 2013. The couple wanted a fall wedding without the overdone burnt warm colors, and instead opted for cool tones with a crisp pop of copper. Thanks so much to Summer Street Photography for capturing the newlyweds’ day to perfection and sharing it with us!
From the bride, Julia: My husband and I really wanted to have an autumn wedding that represented both the season and us without falling into the typical red and orange color palette. We felt that the navy and mossy green really played up the crispness of the season and the transition into winter, and the gold played up the warms colors in nature. Our thematic vision was a combination of natural elements with a vintage/eclectic flair. My main goal was to have people feel like it could only be our wedding.
Our colors were moss green, navy and gold. Adjectives that best described it are natural, eclectic, unique, personal elements, romantic. I had a ton of DIY projects! I made the invitations, flower wall, paper products, cake topper, runners, name cards and I think that is everything.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? A lot of people gave me a hard time for starting an inspiration book over a year before my wedding. It was important to me to pay attention to fall weddings during the year of my engagement so I would know what flowers were in season, what the temperature would be like and what details would be more readily available. I was able to get dresses for my bridesmaids for a great deal during the Dec prior because I knew exactly what I wanted rather then scrambling and paying high prices towards the end of summer. So start early and looks at lots of blogs and magazines! Get inspired and give yourself enough time to figure out what you love and what is you – sometimes they are the same, but not always.
From the photographers, Summer Street Photography: We loved photographing Julia and Chris’ wedding at The Linden Place in Bristol, Rhode Island. Julia and Chris are both extremely intelligent, creative and well spoken people whom we admire. Their wedding was such a beautiful representation of them as a couple as well as their friends and family coming together as one big happy group. Once the ceremony started Chris’ face lit up when he saw Julia for the first time and the two of them only had eyes for each other which made the rest of us swoon in their sweetness. After the ceremony we zipped down to the Bristol waterfront for a few photos of the newlyweds on the docks and on the streets. The evening continued with a warm and cozy reception by a *huge* fire and lots of dancing and desserts. I’m in love with the giant paper flower installation Julia “whipped together in an afternoon” (super bride?) and tried to convince Chris that they need it as their headboard now. The paper flowers and loving, energetic celebration were just two small manifestations of what a great job Julia and Chris did infusing their wedding day with their personalities.
Processional: “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” The Beatles
Recessional: “All You Need Is Love,” The Beatles
First Dance: “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You,” Ingred Michaelson
Wedding Location: Bristol, RI / Wedding Photographer: Summer Street Photography / Wedding Venue: The Linden Place / Wedding Flowers: Broadway Florist / Wedding Dress: Vows / Wedding Shoes: Off 5th / Hair: New Leaf Hair Studio / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Wedding Caterer and Cake: Simply Devine Catering / Wedding Invitations: Bride via Paper Source
For today’s wedding, we’re heading over to Latvia thanks to photographer Bret Cole. Darja and Konstantin were married on perhaps the most heavenly wedding grounds I’ve ever seen, those of Rumene Manor. The day that followed was straight out of a storybook romance, with a ballroom reception out of every little girl’s dreams!
From the bride, Darja: It was an exciting and touching moment! That day was significant as such, but it was even more special due to the fact that we married on the 5th anniversary of our relations. Everything was so beautiful, we were encircled by wonderful people, the day was full of emotions, impressions, but now full of fond memories!
Wedding Location: Riga, Latvia / Wedding Photographer: Bret Cole / Event Design: Bride / Wedding Venue: Rumene Manor / Wedding Flowers: Oksana Solnceva / Wedding Dress: Emanuel Ungaro / Wedding Shoes: Miu Miu / Bride’s Jewelry: Amita / Hair Accessory: Soufflee / Hair and Makeup: Ed?te Supe and Svetlana Popadina / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Chanel / Groom’s Suit: Armani / Groom’s Shoes: Fabi / Wedding Cake: Sky / Wedding Music: Linda Leen / Wedding Invitations: Oksana Solnceva
A red feathered veil for the bride, a bridal party in bright assorted colors, and a jaw-dropping Carolina Herrera wedding gown — these are just a very few of the reasons why we love this wedding from We Are the Parsons so very much. Bride Erica picked six eye-catching colors — lime, papaya, lemon, poppy, fuchsia, violet — and asked her wedding party to put together their outfits around them, and we can’t get enough of the gorgeous effect!
From the bride, Erica: We really wanted it to be not only about the two of us, but also about our friends and family. We focused a lot on the ceremony and involving several of our friends and family members, requesting that they each contribute something unique and original (a story, a song, a game, a performance etc). We wanted to recognize each person individually, which is one of the reasons why we integrated so much color, with each of our friends and family members wearing their own color of their choice.
We chose to hold the ceremony and the reception at Erica’s family home because it’s such a special and unique place on the ocean off the coast of New Hampshire, it holds so many wonderful memories for both of us (as Ben and I have been together for 8 years and have spent a significant amount of time at my family home) and we wanted to share that with our friends and family. We also love to have fun and the costume/Polaroid photo guest book was a way for our friends and family to take part in the free-spirited nature of our relationship.
The save-the-date card was a essentially a DIY project (excluding the printing). I had been envisioning the ceremony site with all of our colorful flowers and the water and jumping rocks in the background, and our beloved dog, Zora, of course. All of this was inspiration for the design of the save-the-date. The artwork for the invitation and the ceremony programs was also an original piece of my artwork, though something quite old (from high school) that I’ve always loved. There was no way I could choose just a few colors for our palette, which is what led to the rainbow affect.
I also collect textiles from all around the world (working in international development) and was inspired to integrate colorful textiles and prints into our decor. Domestically, I have been drawn to Amy Butler fabrics for the past several years, which I have used to sew baby quilts for my girlfriends’ children. In the end it was the colorful, retro, yet tribal designs of Amy Butler that made it onto our table tops for added color and flair. I also used these fabrics for the name-card holder that we hung from my family’s cherry tree at the entrance to the reception area. One of the most exciting design elements was the inclusion of the star lanterns. I collected these from a number of websites (as well as from my travels around the world) and we created a drop-ceiling effect above the dance floor with tons of paper star lanterns that really added life to our evening.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My advice really depends on the kind of celebration each couple is looking for. First though, I really feel that any advice should not be targeted to only the bride, but also should include the groom. Weddings are about the couple and should be planned and carried out by both members of the couple to the fullest extent possible (despite the rolling of eyes and the clashing of ideas). While I may have done a bit more of the planning, our celebration was wonderful and special because Ben was involved in a great share of it. I’m also very detail oriented and like to be very involved in all elements of the planning, so my advice to couples like me is to give yourself plenty of time. I also think that our celebration was so much more meaningful for us and our family and friends because everything was tied so closely to us; our home, our neighborhood, our special places, special vendors, etc.
Processional: “All Is Full of Love,” Bjork
Recessional: “Over the Hills and Far Away,” Led Zeppelin
My father and I took dance classes together for several months before the wedding. I asked him to choose the song for our dance, and being the classy man he is, he chose Frank Sinatra, “The Way you Look Tonight.” It was such a special dance for both of us, particularly because he really never dances and would ordinarily shy away from such a public display, but we absolutely rocked it!
Ben and his mother, on the other hand, danced to a more modern tune, which Ben’s mother also chose. Apparently Ben was (as a joke) really “into” this song by R. Kelly in high school, which his mother remembered well. When asked which song she wanted to dance to for the wedding, she chose this one, and it was a sight to be seen!
Wedding Location: New Castle, New Hampshire / Wedding Photographer: We Are the Parsons / Wedding Venue: Private residence / Wedding Planner: Blissful Beginnings / Wedding Flowers: The Flower Kiosk / Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera / Wedding Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Bride’s Earrings: L’elite / Bride’s Hair: Lena Hartford of Hair That Moves / Wedding Caterer: The White Apron / Wedding Cake: Gail Spivey / Ceremony Music: White Heat Swing Orchestra / DJ: Slam Patten / Wedding Invitations: Bride and groom and Gus and Ruby Letterpress / Transportation: Sea Coast Trolley
We always love a good bit of nautical inspiration, and all the more when it comes from the incredible Alea Lovely! Alea crafted this beautiful elopement shoot inspired by sea-faring details, featuring on gorgeous boat courtesy of Victorian Gardens, who also provided the floral arrangements.
From the photographer, Alea: How great would it be to get your closest friends and family together for a private romantic nautical elopement in a intimate location and sail off for a night on the water. We used the traditional navy and white to capture the nautical feel but instead of red softened it up with blushes and soft pink pastels to make it a more elegant affair.
With nautical details of rope, paddles, wood and stripes positioned seamlessly with elegant glassware, candles and lanterns we put together a perfect intimate affair for the creative bride to do something simple but gorgeous. We didn’t want to over do it with too many details to take away from the lovely boat that accented the end of the dock where are simple ceremony could take place. Hope you’re inspired!
Shoot Location: Kansas City, MO / Wedding Photographer and Creative Director: Alea Lovely / Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau / Wedding Flowers and Boat: Victorian Gardens / Wedding Cake: Classic Cakes / Hair: April McReynolds / Makeup: Jolie Artistry / Props: Victorian Gardens and Hickory Dickory