Playful, whimsical, and charming, this Texas wedding has it all — and we couldn’t be more in love. Fun colors and nods to all things carnival were in order for Teresa and Marc’s big day, and thanks to the skills of Alba Rose Photography, Cloud Creative Events, and Lush Couture Floral, we’ve got some serious inspo for all you whimsy lovers out there. Just wait until you see Teresa’s amazing bouquet!
Today we’ve partnered with Avery to share colorful balloon ceiling inspiration that will simply make your heart POP! This vibrant color palette is the perfect transition from summer to fall, and we’re quite obsessed with the possibilities this project presents. Harking back to younger days, this balloon display brings an air of sophisticated fun to any event and is sure to delight your guests. I mean who doesn’t want a personalized name card with a party favor to boot? Not to mention the balloons automatically double as chair swag for the reception + light-hearted fun for the dance floor. Yes please!
Here we used this balloon ceiling chandelier to host a floating seating chart, though you can also customize these tags printables to be used in a bridal shower game, display small wedding favors with our thank you printable or as a fun cocktail hour conversation starter with quirky quotes.
We’ve created 3 different designs with botanical and fresh patterns to mix and match – you’ll find a bonus Thank You tag in there too! Avery’s Design & Print tool allows you to customize each tag with your own text, so it goes without saying these printables can be incredibly multipurpose!
What You’ll Need:
- these hang tags
- Download these free printables
- Baker’s Twine
- latex balloons
- helium tank
- balloon pump for balloons on the floor
How to print these Avery templates using Avery’s Design and Print Online:
- Go to avery.com/print to use Avery Design & Print Online
- Create a free account or click “My Computer” to upload your .avery files
- Customize it if you wish and print it yourself!
To print double sided, you will need to run each sheet of hang tags through the printer twice. Though as you print front and back, don’t feel obligated to marry polka dots with polka dots. We recommend mixing and matching these designs between individual tags and placement in the final display as well. This foolproof recipe will give your balloon ceiling the ultimate dynamic edge, and it took no time to style! What’s more, it’s a wonderful way to fill space and make an impact with little work. So if you’re looking for creative wedding details that will have jaws on the floor, head on over to Avery’s Design & Print tool to give this suspended project a go.
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We’re in the mood for some serious party inspo, and there’s none better than this colorful, ballon-filled event from Beck Rocchi and Lenzo. Lenzo created this incredibly stylish scene for the launch of Pandora’s newest campaign, and we’re sure you’re going to fall in love with the fun results. There’s a lot to ogle, so let’s jump on in!
Dia de los Muertos is an inspiring treat all year-round, as you’ll see in this shoot from the talented team of Tamiz Photography, Opihi Love Wedding and Event Design, and Dellables. Everything took place in Maui, Hawaii, adding an extra element of tropical flair to an already colorful and fun-filled shoot. We love the idea of mixing over-sized balloons with various patterns for a real eye-catching display!
From the event designers, Opihi Love Wedding and Event Design: This styled shoot was inspired by COLOR! We noticed we were seeing the same (beautiful) tones of blush and ivory and that we were craving something a bit more bold, edgy and vibrant. We combined our inspiration of color with inspiration of Dia de los Muertos and found the perfect setting at Joe’s Nuevo Latino with their skull inspired decor and colorful food art.
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Every day I’m amazed by what a powerful effect a bright, colorful, fun wedding can have on my spirit — especially when the couple is all smiles, like newlyweds Austin and Elizabeth. Kelly Maughan Photography perfectly captured a day bursting with love and happiness, and we’ve got the images to prove it. We particularly love the patterned table runners used as place mats!
From the photographer, Kelly Maughan: Growing up just five miles from one another, it is a wonder Austin and Elizabeth Sullivan did not actually meet and begin dating until they were in their late 20s. Their love grew quickly, and soon they were planning their “Best Day Ever”. By focusing on just a handful of elements rather than every aspect, the guests were drawn to the main attraction…. the bride and groom. Inspired by a picture of an amazing single bouquet, Austin and Elizabeth created their dream wedding that married classic and rustic into a fun, laid-back night neither will forget.
Guests were seated at white linen covered tables that were topped with beautiful cactus centerpieces, inspired by the night in Sedona, Arizona where Austin popped the question. Guests were wowed as their eyes were drawn to the head table boldly situated in the center of the room, beautifully draped in an ikat pattern in colors of that amazing bridal bouquet. The contrast of this exquisite head table and the surrounding white tables created quite a pop!
The groom, a graphic designer, provided the humorous wedding program and menu, keeping the night light-hearted for the guests! Food stations positioned throughout the venue allowed guests to float as they feasted on everything from sushi to fried chicken and waffles. Enjoying the sunset over the Columbus skyline, relaxing with friends at the scotch and cigar bar, and dancing under the stars created this magical night for Austin and Elizabeth.
Wedding Location: Columbus, OH / Photographer: Kelly Maughan Photography / Floral Design: Kate and Sarah Designs / Venue: Dock580 / Wedding Dress: Bridal and Formal / Makeup: Robbie Banks – Onsite Makeup Artistry / Groomsmen Attire: Jos A Banks / Wedding Cake: L & P Cake and Candy Shoppe / Balloons: Cook’s Balloonery and Helium / Videographer: Shared Vision Communications / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Groom
If there’s anyone who knows how to knock a wedding out of the park, it’s Lauren Wells Events. Just take one look at this wedding photographed by Lens CAP Productions and filled with flowers from Sayles Livingston Design – the bud vases and milk glass escort cards, the floral ceremony arch, the stylish reception lounge… There are too many good details to name here, so check them out for yourself!
From the bride, Greta: Fall in New England is such a beautiful time and so when Billy and I got engaged in October of 2013, we knew a September wedding the following year would be perfect! That would give us just enough time to find a great venue and book all of our top choice vendors, but not too much time to obsess over details. In other words, we made quick decisions because we knew we had to. After visiting several barns, farms and other rustic venues, we fell in love at first sight with Sakonnet Vineyards. It’s a private, beautiful, wide open space and we’d have the freedom to create our own, unique special day. We had our venue and we had our date and so next was to put together a fabulous group of vendors. I’ve known Courtney from Lens CAP for the past few years. Not only is she a friend, but she’s also an uber talented photographer whose work I have always admired and been attracted to. We didn’t even have to think about it twice before asking her to shoot our day. Through Courtney I was introduced to Lauren of Lauren Wells Events. After taking a look at her blog and meeting her in person, (besides wanting to be her best friend!) I knew she would be able to execute and bring to life any vision that was living inside of my brain as well as bring a whole slew of new ideas to the table. I used both Courtney and Lauren’s wealth of wedding knowledge to find other great vendors and thus brought together a team of players I knew wouldn’t let us down.
We did our best to enjoy the planning process, because as everyone had been telling us, your wedding day goes by in a flash, so try and enjoy EVERYTHING that goes into it. And so we had fun tasting cake, addressing envelopes, creating spreadsheets and practicing our first dance moves. And before we knew it, September had arrived! The two bits of advice that we were given and would definitely pass on would be: Once the ceremony is over and the party begins, grab your new husband/wife by the hand and don’t let go. We visited every table together and never lost sight of the other. The other was to step back throughout the night, have a look around and take mental snapshots of all of our friends and family in one place, at one time, celebrating US. It was amazing to do and it reminded us of why we spent eleven months planning for what would become the most special and memorable day of our lives. Relax, enjoy and take lots of deep breaths. And remember, no matter what little things are seeming to go wrong, all that matters is that you will be married to the one you love at the end of the day.
Wedding Location: Tiverton, RI / Photographer: Lens CAP Productions / Event Design and Styling: Lauren Wells Events / Florist: Sayles Livingston Design / Venue: Sakonnet Vineyard / Caterer: Russell Morin / DJ: Beat Train Productions, Greg Lanzillotta / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Swiss Cottage Designs / Chalkboard Calligraphy: Fat Orange Cat Studio
This wedding suits us just perfectly for spring, with its bright coral hues, fabric streamers, and beyond adorable kitty cat cake pops. We’re pretty keen on the couple’s “anniversary pinata” idea as a guestbook – be sure to check it out! Thanks to Hot Metal Studio and Elaine Pisarcik for doing such gorgeous work here.
From the bride, Haley: We met in middle school and wanted to go with a crafty paper homemade wedding, to symbolize simplicity and our childhood together! We tied in some school day themes with the brown paper lunch bags, and his hand written notes from middle school made an appearance. He loves to camp, so our flag tee pee and cake topper were very boy scout/summer camp looking haha :) We both loved the rustic feel to the barn and knew immediately that’s what we wanted when we walked in! For the floral design, we used lots of succulents and we were going with the wildflower mint and coral look. We wanted the flowers to be loose and flow-y and some even drape down the bouquet… our florist rocked!
Our colors were mint, coral, and sparkly gold! We crafted for months for the wedding! (Thanks mom!!) Here are some of the DIY projects: A light up LOVE marquee sign, spray painted gold, a tee pee arbor with blue and coral flags (Chad made!), wooden pallet bar (Chad made!), a ripped fabric banner for the bridal table, and my all time favorite… our light up frame that was hanging behind our seats at the bridal table… the frame was mint and we had the globe marquee lights outlining the frame. Inside of the frame were hearts, the hearts were all the notes that Chad had written me from middle school… some of them even saying “Someday you’ll be Mrs. Helbling.” How cute!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Take it SLOW! Everyone always says “Oh honey it goes by so fast” ..and even though I didn’t want to listen it totally flew by. Make sure you have a wonderful photographer (which we did) because they will capture every moment you may have missed while chatting with your man’s Aunt Susie.
Bridal Party Processional: “All I Want Is You,” Barry Louis Polisar
Bride’s Processional: “Ho Hey,” The Lumineers
Recessional: “She Said Yes,” Mumford and Sons
Bridal Party Entrance: “Countdown,” Beyonce
Newlywed Entrance: “XO,” Beyonce
First Dance: “You and I,” Ingrid Michaelson
Cake Cutting: “Sugar Sugar,” The Archies
Bouquet Toss: “Run the world (Girls),” Beyonce
Garter Toss: “Gz and Hustlahs,” Snoop Dogg
Wedding Location: Prospect, PA / Photographer: Hot Metal Studio / Flowers: Elaine Pisarcik / Venue: The White Barn / Wedding Dress: Maggie Soterro “Bernadette” / Hair: Alyssa Lippert / Makeup: Hallie Dunbar / Groom’s Suit: Jack Threads / Caterer and Cake: Medure’s / Cookie Table: Chad’s family’s sweet neighbor made all the cookies / Band: Adam and the Black Water River Band / DJ: b boy productions / Wedding Invitations: Spins and Grins
This vintage wedding photographed by Lisa Dolan has just the right balance of casual and glam. Pops of peach were mixed with black and gold to create a unique color palette throughout the ceremony and reception spaces. I must say, Converse and fur have never looked so good together!
From the bride: Sam and I had been together for almost six years and were more in love than ever when he proposed. Wedding planning commenced immediately, it was exciting, but it was definitely an exercise in decision making and editing, to say the least. I had just started Mint Design, my own wedding and event styling business, so our wedding was the perfect opportunity to showcase my ideas.
The guys wore a perfect vintage-but-not-too-vintage look that was still casual, thanks to their classic Converse Jack Purcell sneaks. The ladies all looked so soft and pretty in their ivory bridesmaid dresses and gold jewelry. It was absolutely freezing the day of the wedding, so their colorful cardigans contributed some bright and cheery pops of color.
Both Sam and I are interested in a variety of styles, so the aesthetic of our wedding was rather difficult to nail down. We were married at Quail Ridge Lodge, in the small town in which I grew up. It is a gorgeous A-frame log cabin with pine- clad walls, windows, and natural light.
We wanted our wedding to be a little bit of a mix – a little bit rustic, a little bit vintage. Our colors were ivory, black and gold, with pops of peach. Just about every aspect of the wedding was handmade by myself, Sam, and my wonderful friends and family.
I loved designing everything for the wedding – from the entire paper suite to the table runners, the backdrops, the boutonnieres, and so on. One of my favorite projects was designing a custom plaid pattern using some of the wedding colors and having a custom fabric printed by Spoonflower, then making the bow ties myself.
Our wedding day was perfect – it was a gorgeous day full of love, laughter, family, and friends. A few days later we left on our honeymoon to Thailand and the Philippines, where we spent a few weeks with Sam’s amazing family. My advice to brides who are planning their wedding is to get things done as early as you can.
Processional Song: “Hoppìpolla,” by Sigur Ròs
Recessional Song: “Home,” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
First Dance: “Forever and Ever Amen,” covered by The Avett Brothers
Father/Daughter Dance: “Daddy’s Hands,” by Holly Dunn
Location: O’Fallon, MO / Photographer: Lisa Dolan Photography / Wedding Planning, Invitations, and Fashion Accessories: Mint Wedding & Event Styling / Wedding Flowers: Troy Flower Shop / Wedding Dress and Veil: White Traditions Bridal House / Bride’s Shoes: ASOS / Bride’s Necklace: J. Crew / Bride’s Belt: BHLDN / Makeup: Adrienne Sandusky / Hair: Denise Saral / Groom and Groomsmen’s Outfits: Express / Wedding Cake: Susie G’s
It seems like yesterday we were ringing in the New Year, but St. Patrick’s Day is already right around the corner! What better way to celebrate than with a styled shoot stuffed to the brim with emerald green, gold glitter, and balloons? Jasmine Nicole Photography and Shannon Qualls of Parties and Potty Training partnered up to bring us heaps of wedding inspiration to bring out the Irish in all of us:
From the photographer, Jasmine Nicole: This styled shoot was definitely a labor of love! The concept and planning was done in a little under 2 weeks with an amazing team of 10 friends and vendors. As the photographer and concept creator, I love all things glitter and knew that St. Patty’s Day coming up was the perfect opportunity to create a styled shoot all about glam. We paid particular attention to every single detail and hope that you enjoy our hard work as much as we had fun in putting in all together!
Shoot Location: Albuquerque, NM / Photographer: Jasmine Nicole Photography / Event and Table Styling: Shannon Qualls of Parties and Potty Training / Flowers: Amy Balsters / Hair: Brittany Moreno / Makeup: Kata Baron of The Pretty Committee / Suit: H&M / Bow Tie: The Tie Bar / Models: Leslye Ragsdale and Jonathan Orner / Wedding Cake: Deanna Gonzalez / Donuts and Cookies: Brenna Schrimsher / Chair Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Paper Goods: Mariel Schmitt
It isn’t often that we share love shoots on Ruffled, but when we saw these images always-incredible Caroline Tran, we knew you’d love them just as much as we do! Susan and Jade set out for this amazing shoot right at sunset, which allowed for some jaw-dropping natural light shots. Susan embraced her inner girly-girl style with Prada flats, a J. Crew frock, and an Alice + Olivia sundress we’re now lusting after!
From the couple, Jade and Susan: We are so excited to share our engagement session photos with you and the world! We were so lucky to find an amazing serene photospot in Agoura Hills, CA and were able to smile for the camera just as the sun set over the horizon. These pictures were able to capture every detail of our personalities – Jade, a self-proclaimed nerdy engineer and Susan, a true dreamer and girly girl. We were even able to get some camera time for Little Bear, the first teddy bear we ever shared over 9 years ago.
Our luggage and our hands were always filled with elements that make up the foundation of our love such as our childhood love letters, photobooth pictures, and paper elements that described lyrics from our favorite love songs, inside jokes, and nicknames. Being high school sweethearts, we share a profound history together building our friendship, our love, and our home together. The luggage represents the many travels, journeys, and adventures we’ve been through together, so it seemed only natural to capture these images under the theme, “Home is where you are.”
Shoot Location: Orange County, CA / Photographer: Caroline Tran / Photo & Wardrobe Styling: Wilmarose Orlanes of Lovely Jubilee / Susan’s Attire: cobalt dress and pumps by J. Crew, flats by Prada, navy dress by Alice + Olivia / Jade’s Attire: Jeans by AG, cardigan and boots by J. Crew, bowtie by Pocket Square / Hair and Makeup: Linda of Studio K / Vintage Furniture Rentals: Found Rentals / Monogram mugs: Anthropologie / Paper Goods: Paper Source
Today’s wedding from Love Me Do Photography is the perfect breath of fresh air. Newlyweds Janelle and Dave planned much of their wedding around the elegance of their venue, the astoundingly gorgeous Cairnwood in Pennsylvania. Add a few Geronimo Balloons for a touch of whimsy, and you’ve got one winner of a wedding day!
From the bride, Janelle: Dave and I met at work, and we are both oncology nurses; therefore, we quickly realized the importance of love and family. Being together has been one of life’s greatest blessings, and we would love to share our wedding with you and other couples! Dave and I wanted our wedding to be timeless, romantic, and us! A lot of our inspiration was from other weddings featured on Ruffled! We both love vintage and romantic style weddings without the “typical” wedding cheese. Most of all, we wanted an intimate affair where we could openly and honestly celebrate our love.
We decided on Cairnwood because it had amazing flexibility. We were able to have gorgeous outdoor photos, outdoor ceremony and cocktail, intimate indoor dinner, and drinks and dancing in the library with an outdoor terrace! It is a beautiful wedding venue and most of our aesthetic was based on the vibe of the venue. In addition to the venue, many of our wedding vendors helped shape the aesthetic through their uniqueness and creativity. I adore all of our vendors, and they made the planning process easy and enjoyable!
For future brides, my advice is to follow your heart, stay true to yourselves as a couple, and do not listen to anyone’s negativity! Also, the week of the wedding forget all of the planning and relax with your soon to be husband! The week of the wedding and specifically, the rehearsal dinner and hours before the wedding, were the most special, serene, and memorable moments of our relationship. On the day of the wedding, relax and enjoy every special moment!
Bridal Party Processional: “Postcards from Italy,” Beirut
Bride’s Processional: “Hands Remember,” Seabear (performed by groom)
Recessional: “Vagabond,” Beirut
Wedding Location: Bryn Athyn, PA / Wedding Photographers: Love Me Do Photography / Wedding Venue: Cairnwood / Wedding Flowers: Peicha Chang of Falls Flowers / Wedding Dress: Christos “Irina” / Wedding Shoes: Etienne Aigner (flats), Bertie Hathaway / Reception Dress: Sarah Seven / Bride’s Veil: Sibo Designs “Touch of Love” / Hair Accessory and Garter: Twigs and Honey / Bride’s Clutch: Untamed Petals / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Makeup: Cheekadee / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Groomsmen’s Suits: Kenneth Cole / Wedding Caterer: Stephen Starr / Wedding Cake: Angela LaSelva / Cake Topper: Red Light Studio / DJ: No Macarena / Balloons: Geronimo Balloons / Rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rentals / Rosemary Sprigs: Secret Garden Herbs / Calligraphy: Mizbon Room / Transportation: Celebrations Limousine
This wedding from Blue Window Creative is just… beyond words. It’s that wedding that as a guest, you wouldn’t want to miss. Bride and groom Shanti and Chris are foodies at heart, so having amazing food at their wedding was a no brainer. They had a 9 course meal. I know you too wish you would have been invited. They focused on what was most important to them, and handmade most of their decor themselves. They chose turquoise, pink and purple hues as their guide for color palette, and we’re just smitten with these day-of images!
[We wanted] something with that rustic cozy and vintage with a family focused feel- on a farm, with a huge emphasis on the food!
Through word of mouth we heard that our favorite local chef was living on a farm on Vashon Island and doing some private events. We contacted him, went to visit the place, and we were sold on it right away. We were blown away when we found out chef Matt Dillion & his crew agreed to cook for us! The communal dinner concept was an important requirement for us. We were truly ecstatic to have Matt create mind-blowing seasonal cuisine for our guest and us. The dinner was awe-inspiring!
Shanti made their escort card wheels from one of our projects in our DIY gallery. Click here for instructions.
We made some critical decisions to plan an event that was just right for us, even though that may have offended some of our more traditional-minded family. I was not okay with the thought of public speaking. Its just not my style, to be on display in front of a large group, especially reading my quite personal vows! So, we decided to have only family at the ceremony and not to have a wedding party.
Chris and I decided to walk down the aisle together, which was perfect for us. To honor our parents, we had them participate in the ceremony in different ways. My father played his classic guitar for the processional. This meant the world to us, as he is not a big fan of public performances (like me!). Each of our mothers gave a reading of their choice during the ceremony. Also, my big brother was the officiant, and my dear cousin held the ring pillow, which she made! She included some vintage fabric that once belonged to our grandmother, who had been an amazing seamstress.
We also spotted our alphabet bunting, which you can download here.
She used our free download for their cupcake pennants. Adorbs.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now?
I know this has been said before, but…: hire a wedding planner! I really thought I could plan it all myself, since I actually enjoy planning and organizing. We were budgeting to have a day-of-coordinator all along, but in the end I really needed someone to help me pull together all the details. I wanted everything to be well organized and ready to go before family started arriving (a week before the wedding!). Holly-Kate from Sweetpea Events was amazing. She stepped right in and made sure we were on track and helped me with the timeline and delegating jobs.
Have a very honest and open talk about wedding planning with your fiance. I thought (silly me) that Chris would get really involved, but it was not his cup of tea. If we had hired a planner in the beginning it would have saved us a lot of headache and stress.
A note from the groom: “I lost interest quickly with items that I had no expertise with. If it wasn’t related to food or music, I lost focus. Bottom line: communicate with your partner on what help they need and also what end-result they’re expecting.”
Do things your own way, it’s so important. It would not mean the same to me if I had been forced into all the traditional elements of a wedding. I loved that Chris and I walked down the aisle together. I was perfectly happy without bridesmaids. It was so fun to put on rubber galoshes and visit the farm’s goats and chickens!
Even though our dearest friends did not get to attend the wedding ceremony, we really wanted them to have a great experience. So we did thoughtful things to make it special for every attendee. We had a welcome table with the sprigs of rosemary and had an accordion player performing gypsy classics while guests arrived, which set a festive mood with Slavic undertones. There was a farewell table with milk and cookies for guests to take on their way out. We had oodles of lawn games including: croquet, bocce, and horseshoes. Plus, there were goats, cows, and chickens to visit!
Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon played on acoustic guitar by the bride’s father
Recessional: accordion music played by Steve Rice (no particular song)
First Dance: “Strangers” by The Kinks
Wedding Vendors (Washington):
Venue: Old Chaser Farm, Vashon Island / Wedding Photographer: Blue Window Creative / Table Number Holders: IKEA / Catering: The Corson Building / Wedding Planner: Holly-Kate from Sweetpea Events / Hair & Makeup: Lindsey Watkins / Flowers: Blooms & Things / Accordion player: Steve Rice / Wedding Dress: custom, by Trish Jens / Hair Accessories: ban.do / Earrings: Rebekah Brooks / Shoes: Annie Shoes Gable Flat / Finger print tree guestbook: bluedetoi / Papergoods/signage and jam placecards: Katrina Hess / Groom’s suit: All Saints / Groom’s Shoes: Fluevog, Socks from Paul Smith / Reception music: iPod playlists / Wedding Dessert: Instead of spending a bundle on one or two fancy cakes, we decided to order lots of deserts from some of our favorite bakeries in town. We also served a dessert cheese selection since Chris is a cheese nerd. Bakery Nouveau, local fruit tart and a croquembouche Kingfish Cafe – red velvet cake Dahlia bakery- coconut cream pie Flying Apron- vegan chocolate cake with raspberry filling Cameron Catering- whoopie pies (they also made the chocolate chip cookies for guest to take on their way out). Cheese selection consisting of Comte’, Etorki, Monte Enebro, Shropshire blue, Drunken Goat, and Vashon farm-produced Dinah’s Cheese; all sourced by DeLaurenti‘s in the Pike Pace Market / Wedding invitations: Designed by Eric Fisher (contact info available upon request), printed at local printer AlphaGraphics / Registry: Crate and Barrel, Amazon.com, and Honey Fund
This wedding shot and filmed by Birke Photography captures the mood of a gorgeous Vermont destination wedding perfectly. Love how Joey and Kiki blended their roots at a completely different location while staying true to who they are — Joey is from Kentucky and Kiki is from New Hampshire, and I couldn’t think of a better place than Vermont for a chic New England barn wedding!
From the Bride: when Joey and I got engaged, I was so thrilled, but had no idea where or how to go about planning the wedding. As a designer, I of course had some pretty specific ideas of how I wanted it to look, but choosing a location was very difficult.
Joey was born and raised in Erlanger, KY. I am an army brat, and haven’t lived in any one place for more than three years. However, my extended family is in New Hampshire, where both my parents grew up. For a few months we could not decide, but then a trip to Vermont changed everything. I had researched barns in New England as possible venues, and came up with some great possibilities. Joey and I took a long weekend and visited several locations, but the Inn at Mountain View Farm took our breath away! Suddenly, it made perfect sense. This place had all the country charm of Joey’s native Kentucky, mixed with the casual elegance of my native New England. Also, it reminded me of the place my mother and her 9 siblings were born; on a dairy farm in Quebec that I visited as a child. I couldn’t imagine the wedding being anywhere else.
From the start, I knew that I wanted our wedding to be personal, intimate, and speak to who we are as a couple. I don’t like things to be overcomplicated or thematic at all. I wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, and for the choices I made to unfold naturally. We are pretty laid back- so it didn’t make sense for us to fuss over every detail. The reception was in the large Morgan barn. The old horse stalls sectioned off tables on either side of the wedding party, which was seated in the center of the barn at a long table. Randi Nonni of Silver Toad Floral Designs decorated all the tables. She made my vision come to life by using long moss runners down the center of the tables, topped with flowers in vintage ball jars, glass bottles, and tin watering cans that I bought at antique stores. She was so liberated when I said there was no color palette!
Wedding Vendors + Venue (East Burke, VT):
Venue: Inn at Mountain View Farm / Photography and Videography: Birke Photography / Caterer’s: Vermont Spice of Life / Florist: Silver Toad Floral Designs / DJ: Sound Rock Entertainment / Classical Guitarist: Buzz Hubbard / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Hair accessory: Handmade by Bride / Wedding Cake: Made by Aunt
We were so delighted when bride Jia sent us her wedding from last year. It isn’t often we get to feature weddings from such distant lands, so we’re extra-excited to share this gorgeous wedding from Singapore. Jia, an ardent lover of the 1950s and all things vintage, incorporated this love into her traditional-yet-whimsical reception. Thanks to photographers Joseph from BitterSweet, Fengzhi from This is It! & Charity from Charity Goh Photography for the wonderful images!
From the bride, Jia: The wedding theme reflects our personalities and it was a whimsical vintage one. I love vintage, especially the 1950s. The church ceremony was a solemn affair, which followed the traditional Chinese “gatecrashing” involving the groom and groomsmen trying to overcome “obstacles” prepared by the bridesmaids to enter the home of the bride. Dinner was held at a beautiful colonial house at the Botanic Gardens.
Inspiration was gathered from many many different sources, some of them from the movie “Up” and most of them using recycled items and handmedowns from my family.
The corsages on the groomsmen’s vests; bridesmaids’ lace hairclips, ushers’ badges were all handmade. I love buttons and cheery colours. :) We also made a picture gallery with cheap frames sandpapered to give them a rugged look, vintage lace cloth as a table runner complete with old photographs of our past to give our guests a peek into what life was like before we met. I do a little bit of copywriting at work, so I came up with the table names – associated with our love life, the little signs at the photobooth and desserts table etc.
Wedding Vendors (Singapore):
Ceremony Venue: Calvary Pandan Bible-Presbyterian Church / Reception Venue: Burkill Hall, Botanic Gardens / Photographers: Joseph from BitterSweet, Fengzhi from This is It! & Charity from Charity Goh Photography / Wedding Dresses & Veil: bespoke / Birdcage veil: custom made by Blessed Brides / Make-up & Hairstyling: Cleo Chang / Wedding Styling & Planning: Anna from Spellbound Weddings / Caterer: Kriston / Wedding Cakes: lovingly made by a friend / Wedding Stationery: lovingly designed by friends / Transportation: Vintage Wedding Car / Photobooth: Baicapture
We love pretty much anything photographer Emma Case sends our way and when she shoots weddings as cute and stylish as this one, well that’s just icing on the cake. Simple and heartfelt, this wedding really focused on the couple and their very closest friends and family, who spent the the whole weekend together near their venue. Alongside stunning Scottish vistas, the bride and groom kept the palette neutral and the design quirky, resulting in a perfectly chic celebration. Congratulations, Kiara and John!
From the bride, Kiara. We knew that we wanted a small, intimate and relaxed wedding with just our immediate family and friends so we could all have a blast all weekend. Style wise I wanted something clean and modern, ideally a loft would’ve been nice but they’re had to find in Scotland!! So I was delighted when I discovered Crear which has such a great gallery style space that was ours to decorate.
In the ceremony space, we used giant balloons tied to Hendrick’s gin bottles which my family kindly drank enough of throughout the year to line the aisle.
I tried to stick to quite a clean and simple colour palette with just white, neutral kraft paper and bits of green. Once we’d decided on the penguin books design for the invites, I wanted to keep the rest of the paper in a similar typographic style so we did everything in Gill Sans. We created the place cards using green candystriped bags, kraft paper and my trusty corner punch.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Accept those offers of help! One of the best parts of the weekend was seeing our parents hang up the fairy lights and people blowing up the giant balloons. And keep a note of where you saw the things you liked!! I used tumblr (http://wfiles.tumblr.com) to save my picture inspiration to with links and then organised them by subject to help manage all the millions of things I saw and loved.
Wedding Vendors (Argyll, Scotland):
Ceremony and reception location: Crear / Flowers: bought wholesale from L & H Flowers and arranged by bride’s mother / Photographer: Emma Case / Wedding Dress: Lisa Cochrane of Dragonfly Dress Design in Glasgow / Shoes: Vivienne Westwood Melissa shoes / Groom’s suit: Kenneth Cole / Ceremony Band: Archie McAllister / Caterer: Carole Fitzgerald / Wedding Cake: made by the groom’s mother / Wedding desserts: Carole Fitzgerald / Paper goods: designed by the bride and printed at Moo
Oh, this wedding is right up my alley! I love the combination of graphic patterns and the great use of typography. Dave and Mel were married in Brisbane, Australia this fall and they used their wedding to showcase their love of vintage, color and design. Thanks to Rachel Thurston, who traveled all the way from LA to Brisbane to shoot this fantastic wedding, for sending it our way!
Brace yourself for creativity overload of do-it-yourself ideas and gorgeous images in the gallery:
From the bride, Mel: We searched long and hard for a ceremony location that would be unique and special to us. Not one of the usual wedding spots around town. We eventually decided on a quiet, tucked away park down by the river in the suburb in which Dave grew up. He used to bring his family dog down to this park to have a swim in the river and run along the bank. When I moved back from the UK to be with Dave, we lived in his family’s house just around the corner and so this whole area reminds us of happy times when we were filled with excitement and hope about what lay ahead in our future.
We also searched long and hard for a reception location. Eventually we came across a venue that is owned by some of Dave’s most regular customers – they come in for pizza every Thursday night! The venue is a converted warehouse style room in which the owners have set up their own coffee roasting business. We felt so lucky and grateful that they were happy for us to use it for the night.
I was so lucky to have such great friends help me out with the decorations, which included handmade fabric poms, ‘romantic notions’ in collected vintage frames, and weaved fabric hearts. We had a couple of girly nights which involved hot glue guns, fabric and a bottle or two of wine!
We never really had a theme as such, except that we wanted everything about the day to represent us. So I guess our theme was ‘Us’? One of my super talented besties and bridesmaids Rachel did the design of our invite and we really tried to inject parts of Dave and I all throughout it, as well as include tidbits of information about the day to get people excited. We went to a lot of trouble to find décor which has a vintage feel to it (yes I collected 90 vintage dinner plates!) as we both love vintage style. We even collected furniture which my dad has helped us restore and another one of my talented besties is making new cushion covers for a couch we found!
This is one of those weddings that makes me miss warm sunny days and itch for a crafty weekend. Kelty of Steep Street Photography captured the relaxed vibe of Kendra and Chris’s wedding perfectly.
From the photographers. Kendra and Chris are high school sweethearts who got married at a ranch in the Santa Cruz mountains this summer. The decorations, setting, clothing, and events were fun and lighthearted with lots of bright colors. The bridesmaids chose their own dresses and colors, there were dahlias everywhere, and the checkered tablecloth and striped decor feel gave the wedding a cozy retro vibe.
They served brats and mustard for appetizers and planted small strawberry plants for each guest as a favor and seating card. The wedding party wore quirky nose/mustache glasses half of the evening and the main building itself made the wedding feel even more like a summer party on a farm or ranch. The bride wore a mermaid-y hoop skirt dress that not many other people could pull off! The evening ended with some raucous dancing in the barn by the pond.
From the bride, Kendra. Chris and I did a lot of projects for the wedding ourselves. It was a ton of fun brainstorming ideas together and seeing the final results on our wedding day. A few of the things we DIYed together include: our invitations and other paper products; sewing our napkins, table runners and yards of fabric bunting and our strawberry plant guest favors (which doubled as seating cards).
We built a photobooth which was a huge hit with our guests and gave us some hilarious pictures! Lastly, we had a cookie table for which we made all of the cookies and brownies for, freezing the dough a month before the wedding and then baking them all off the day before the wedding (with only moderate “quality control” testing along the way).
Wedding Vendors (Los Gatos, CA):
Venue: Radonich Ranch/ Photography: Steep Street Photography / Catering, Coordinating and Reception Flowers: Marky with Vignette Events / Bouquets and Bouts: Lina Floral Boutique / Wedding Dress: Suzanne Erman from Marina Morrison / Groom’s Suit: Express Men/ Cake: The Buttery / Cookies: Bride / Hair and Makeup: Tranquille Spa / Band: Full Tilt Band
Jessica and James’ downhome backyard wedding was an adorable affair filled with charming DIYs by Jessica, who is a Prop and Set Stylist by profession. Her attention to detail paid off with the beautiful floral choices, place settings and the giant balloons! Shot by David and Kendrick for Our Labor of Love. Peonies, balloons and riding boots. What’s not to love about this wedding?
From the bride, Jessica: After our engagement we made a list of words to describe what we wanted out of our wedding. The words that continued to come up were celebration and romance. Intimacy was also a big one. Stylistically, we both have a thorough appreciation of shape and color, and we both share a vintage style; however, we also wanted to incorporate Jessica’s Kansas roots into the theme so “rustic vintage, with pops of color” felt right.
I knew that I wanted to be in control of the wedding planning and that we would be doing the decor ourselves. My mother shopped and collected milk glass throughout our engagement for the table flowers. She also did a great job of getting dishes and cool vintage decor. We had acquired some beautiful vintage china from a dear friend. We used it and supplemented with other great vintage place settings so every place was different but they all had the same feel. I got an old radio from Grandma’s barn. A frame of my mother’s used to house Polaroids…I was really happy with the final look.
Jessica’s mother had the idea for the bunting used around their upstairs and lower decks. She found some great vintage music books. With the help of a friend they cut out the pennants and strung them together with twine. The movement in the wind made them a hit!
I cleaned and separated all of the flowers the Thursday before (when they were shipped to us) but the day of the wedding I wasn’t able to do all of the arrangements myself. I left to get my hair done with only a handful of the table arrangements completed. Thankfully, my mother and her friends jumped in and finished the job. Don’t be afraid to let people help! I think it makes it even more special when your closest friends help you pull off something so amazing.
Advice for other couples planning their weddings now: Instead of looking at the wedding as something we had to do we tried to look at it as a celebration of something bigger than ourselves. We wanted to get our closest friends and family in one place and celebrate what love can do and how it can bring us together.
Wedding Vendors (Wichita, KS):
Wedding location: Jessica’s parents house / Flowers: the bride, ordered from Cut Flower Wholesalers. / Photographers: Kendrick Brinson and David Walter Banks, Our Labor of Love / Wedding dress and veil: Purchased at Kelly’s Closet, the gown was by Amy Kuschel / Bride’s jewelry: Highland Row Antiques in Atlanta. / Sandals: Walmart / Makeup (eyelashes): Sarah Pennington / Hair and Makeup: Platinum Salon / Bridesmaids’ dresses: JCrew / Bridesmaids’ shoes: Target / Groom’s suit: Express / Groom’s Alterations: Ann at Avondale Expert Alterations (404) 299-0096 / DJ: Tim Utter, Loverly Brothers DJ 316-871-1628 / Caterer: Bella Luna / Wedding Cake: Tina Brooks at Cake Affairs / Invitations: Kirksey Wells Transportation: Prestige Bus Charters
If a big wedding is not for you, then you’re in for a sweet little treat. Vanessa and Atiq skipped the guest list drama -oh, you know, that one we all experience trying to invite the ones we love yet not inviting the entire town to the wedding – and decided to elope in style. Captured by Melissa of Fresh In Love Photography who kind to send this gorgeous elopement our way!
Atiq and I wanted everything to be simple and cozy. We wanted to enjoy our wedding day and not plan a day for other people. The only details I wanted to plan was what we could carry in our picnic basket and of course what would we be wearing. I picked Cheesman park for its beautiful and solemn columns and picturesque settings. I wanted the balloons for a bouquet because ever since I was a kid I wanted to be carried away into the sky with balloons. I felt it would be a charming scene to be in a white dress stepping out of a yellow city taxicab with a bunch of balloons in toe. From the moment I stepped out of the taxi it was going to be about us sharing our love and exchanging our vows. Melissa’s pictures showed it all. I was so happy that this moment was here and I was able to enjoy all of it with my husband. All the details came from our hearts we wrote our vows, I made our cake, and even sculpted the wedding cake topper. We topped it off with the most romantic and unforgettable carriage ride to our favorite restaurant, Luca D’italia, where we had our wedding dinner. We planned it to be our romance day, and it was.
Atiq and I met in Arvada at D-Note salsa dancing. We said we would be meet up for Tango classes. Four years later we still haven’t had a lesson! We even tried last week and got the date wrong. Poop. We will soon, though, our honeymoon is going to be in Argentina! We both moved here in Denver for work, Atiq is from Pakistan and I am from Utah originally. I am a flight attendant/ ceramicist and Atiq is a computer guy/ animal lover. We couldn’t be more opposite, but we are the better for it.
Her gorgeous ruffled sandals are Badgley Mischka Randee.
We have decided to marry ourselves by exchanging our own personal vows. I haven’t decided where would be most romantic, but I have in mind Cheeseman Park’s Roman columns. I use to live around there. Then I thought we could have a picnic with a mini-wedding cake and champagne. I do ceramics and I made the wedding cake topper!
From the couple: The reception was easy. We had been on a few really lovely day-trips to a fantastic little cafe at The Needlemakers in the gorgeous town of Lewes. The building, food and staff are all amazing there, and it was just big enough to turn the place into a sweaty little disco after the meal.
We all had a go as DJ as a lot of us know each other through the club night Stuart and his best man, Liam, ran together.
The cake, a tiered Victoria sponge with raspberries, was provided by the Needlemakers staff upon our request…lovely people.
Our advice is to spend money on the food and the photos, and make sure your wedding has meaning and personality.
Vintage Wedding Vendors (Lewes, UK):
Venues: Lewes Town Hall, Southover Grange Gardens, The Needlemakers / Photographer: Lisa Devlin / Wedding Dress: Hope and Harlequin / Shoes: Kurt Geiger / Headpiece: New Look / Ring: QuiltedPony / Bridesmaid dresses: all vintage / Groom’s suit: J. Lindenberg / DJ: Stuart and Liam, GOO / Caterer: The Needlemakers / Wedding Cake: The Needlemakers / Transportation: Sovereign Cars
Part II of Jeline and CJ’s wedding day, now just the two of them alone right after they said their I do’s. The yellow balloons and shoes are beyond darling. I can’t stop looking at these images! Photos by Adam LeSage Photography.