Magical Midsummer Night's Dream Wedding

Now that the excitement of Eclipse 2017 has died down, we thought we’d share this sweet pick-me-up to get Tuesday kicked off right! Maria and Brian’s California wedding was inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of our own personal faves for creative ideas. Bride Maria set to work planning it all, bringing in The Little Branch to create lush floral arrangements and Mirelle Carmichael to photograph every detail and happy moment. Congratulations, newlyweds!
Magical Midsummer Night's Dream Wedding - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

From the bride, Maria: Our story is one of an English woman and an American filmmaker who fell in love. Given our creative backgrounds, it was important to have a wedding that truly represented us. I planned/designed the entire wedding from our home in London and DIYed everything from my own bridal crown, the invitations (using real walnut veneer and gold embossing powder!), building the seating chart from old pallets and painting/printing every sign and quote around the venue (including the menu and the calligraphy for all of the food labels!). The tables were named after different movie couples with facts about the relevant movie in small glass bottles on each table to act as ice breakers.
wedding invitations with wood elements - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
romantic Vera Wang wedding gowns - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
wooden wedding invitations - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
rustic wedding ring boxes - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
wedding first looks - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
romantic wedding portraits - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
simple white boutonnieres - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
groomsmen in blue suits - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
romantic garden wedding bouquets - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
bridal party portraits - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
light pink bridesmaid dresses - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
sweet flower girls - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
orchard wedding portraits - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
wedding sign ideas - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
wedding guest books - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
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pink bridesmaid dresses - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
wedding ceremony vows - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
garden wedding ceremony kisses - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
As the wedding took place on Easter, the groomsmen hid 100 colourful Easter eggs around the venue. Pictures were taken with smoke bombs, fairy berries adorned the trees and giant jumbo games featured during the reception. Together Brian and I designed our wedding cake which was based on the changing seasons (the bottom tier lush with florals represented Spring/Summer, the middle tier adorned with Autumn leaves and the a frosted top tier with no two snowflakes alike). Our custom cocktails (Pimms and the All American Mule) represented our home countries and further touches such as the hand engraved ring box with the quote “Across the Ocean” referenced our international love.
wedding toasts - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
wedding photography with smoke bombs - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
romantic wedding party portraits - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
framed seating charts - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
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movie themed weddings - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
garden wedding receptions - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
place settings with agate slices - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
romantic sweetheart table ideas - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
classic wedding tables - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
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agate slice place cards - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
sweetheart table kiss - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
wedding cake tables - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
multi patterned wedding cakes - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding
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Wedding Vendors
Photography: Mirelle Carmichael
Planning and DIY Elements: The Bride (Maria Firenzi)
Floral Design: The Little Branch
Venue: Hartley Botanica
Wedding Dress: Vera Wang
Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Hair: KC Williams, Mauro Hair Studio
Makeup: Kelly Zhang Studio
Bridesmaid Dresses: Hayley Paige and Dessy
Flower Girl Dresses: Dollcake Vintage
Wedding Cake and Desserts: M Cakes Sweets
DJ: Ryan Girgis, DJ Tempoe
Videography: Light Up Video

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