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Friendsgiving Inspired Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Jonica Moore

It’s the week of Thanksgiving, which means we’ve got lots of delicious tablescapes to look forward to. This shoot from Jonica Moore, Dawn Mauberret, and Sweet Thorn Flora explores the dramatic side of autumn weddings, and we think it works perfectly for a Friendsgiving event with the besties too. Be sure to keep an eye out for the incredible dip dyed veil!

Friendsgiving inspired wedding ideas - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

From the shoot’s concept designer, Kerry Ann Stokes: The Moody Romantics styled shoot was inspired by dark fairytales and the beauty of nature found deep in the woods – maybe where you least expect it. Both décor and wardrobe are rich in texture-including furs, satin-faced chiffon, lace, quartz, lush florals, and taxidermy insects. This shoot is packed with detail, a love for the handmade, and vintage items. Dreamt up by accessories designer Kerry Ann Stokes and brought to life by a team of creatives, mobilized by Dawn Mauberret Events. This shoot sets the mood for a dreamy and romantic fall wedding—all beautifully captured by Jonica Moore Studio.

botanical wedding invitation - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

wedding accessories - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

winter bouquet - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

winter bouquet with fuchsia - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

Ruffled - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

dessert pies - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

The color palette is rich and dark hued-highlighting deep reds, and Pantone’s color of the year, Marsala. For the wedding dresses we pulled a Rue De Seine dress with a delicate lace over a beige slip and one of Leanne Marshall’s creamy and silky dresses from Lovely Bride. We paired the first look (Rue De Seine) with a deep wine dip-dyed silk tulle veil and dark beaded crown from Kerry Ann Stokes. Sophie Hughes provided some killer jewelry for the shoot, including a custom Black Beauty Diamond Ring (we were all wide-eyed over it), black diamond bands, and fused metal pieces. For the second look (Leanne Marshall) we topped the dress with a fur shawl and a natural quartz headpiece. The bridesmaids wore maroon (Ash and Light) and black (Nordstrom) dresses, along with coordinating jewelry, leather flower hairpins, a beaded headpiece. Hair (by Stephanie Kauffman) and makeup (by MauberretFX) have a beautiful witchy vibe. Sweet Thorn Flora nailed it with the floral arrangements, which included deep toned florals mixed with lush greens and blush accents. Peonies, blackberries, thistle, ranunculus, and ferns were utilized and mixed with taxidermy insects (courtesy of Hoardaculture) and antlers-definitely making a dramatic statement.

bohemian wedding decor - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

wedding cocktails - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

cocktails - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

winter tablescape - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

Ruffled - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

bell jar terrarium - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

Ruffled - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

printed table number - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

The Grand was the perfect location for this shoot, and included a long wooden banquet table, rustic seating, exposed brick walls, a deep green pin-tuck cushion booth, and some in house taxidermy wall mounts. They cooked up a menu full of color for every course. Oysters for the cocktail hour with some fall inspired signature cocktails, a black kale salad to start, and braised ribs for the main-all served up on vintage plates and glassware from Eleven Thirty Six. For the dessert we decided to forego the traditional cake and have a table of pies and tarts instead. Deep colored berries and elaborate crust designs made for a beautiful sweets table thanks to Cutie Pies NYC. The maroon and rose-colored invites were designed by Of Note Stationers — who also supplied some stationery (Can’t Do This Without You, Dazzle, and It’s Your Day cards). Our signage was all hand painted by Kristin Texteria onto vintage mirrors, including the one large mirror in the venue. The escort cards are strung from butterflies and pinned inside vintage frames. Needless to say, a lot of talented vendors came together on this moody and romantic wedding inspiration shoot and the end result is truly inspiring!

Friendsgiving tablescape - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

Ruffled - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

dip dyed veil - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

Ruffled - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

Ruffled - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

Ruffled - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

Ruffled - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

wedding toast - photo by Jonica Moore https://ruffledblog.com/friendsgiving-inspired-wedding-ideas

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Jonica Moore

Event Planning and Coordination

Dawn Mauberret

Florist

Sweet Thorn Flora

Venue

The Grand

Wedding Dress

Rue de Seine, Leanne Marshall

Bridal Store

Lovely Bride NYC

Accessories

Kerry Ann Stokes

Jewelry

Sophie Hughes

Hair

Stephanie Kauffman of The Karcher

Makeup

MauberretFX

Bridesmaid Dress (dark red)

Ash and Light

Bridesmaid Dress (black lace)

Nordstrom

Desserts

Cutie Pies

Rentals

Eleven Thirty Six

Hand-Painted Signs

Kristin Texteria

Taxidermy Butterflies

Hoardaculture

Wedding Invitations

Of Note Stationers

Models

Jaime Lee Newman, Alyssa Carroll and Jenny Moffitt

Galileo Inspired Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Dawn Photography

A little bit woodland nymph, a little bit astrological babe — this shoot from Dawn Photography and Good Seed Florals delves into these mindsets and brings forth one seriously stunning result. There are travel inspired details everywhere you look, and we love the photographer’s advice to decorate your wedding with things that carry special meaning in your own life. It’s the best way to ensure your day is both personal and memorable for your special guests and loved ones!

Galileo inspired wedding ideas - photo by Dawn Photography https://ruffledblog.com/galileo-inspired-wedding-ideas

From the photographer, Dawn Photography: When I began planning this Galileo Inspired Wedding, I was drawn to bring in organic, natural and nostalgic pieces. The vintage compasses and telescope, the deep blues, greens and golds that decorated the tables, the beautiful tree that completely draped over the entire wedding. The bouquet was created with such organic and natural pieces, including artichokes, air plants, and blackberries. The decor was collaborated by so many wonderful vendors to tie in this theme. The bride in the photos created the incredible backdrop, the painted compasses and the other signage.

astral wedding invitations - photo by Dawn Photography https://ruffledblog.com/galileo-inspired-wedding-ideas

green bouquet with a pop of red - photo by Dawn Photography https://ruffledblog.com/galileo-inspired-wedding-ideas

constellation bow tie - photo by Dawn Photography https://ruffledblog.com/galileo-inspired-wedding-ideas

telescope wedding - photo by Dawn Photography https://ruffledblog.com/galileo-inspired-wedding-ideas

Galileo inspired wedding ideas - photo by Dawn Photography https://ruffledblog.com/galileo-inspired-wedding-ideas

Galileo inspired wedding ideas - photo by Dawn Photography https://ruffledblog.com/galileo-inspired-wedding-ideas

All of the amazing vendors who got together for this Inspired Wedding were all wanting to show how Out of the Box weddings can be so beautiful, fun and personal. Brides, my advice to you is to decorate your wedding with things that have meaning in your life. Make it your own! It’ll be so much more amazing if it’s from the heart!

Galileo inspired wedding ideas - photo by Dawn Photography https://ruffledblog.com/galileo-inspired-wedding-ideas

Galileo inspired wedding ideas - photo by Dawn Photography https://ruffledblog.com/galileo-inspired-wedding-ideas

wedding backdrop detail - photo by Dawn Photography https://ruffledblog.com/galileo-inspired-wedding-ideas

Galileo inspired wedding ideas - photo by Dawn Photography https://ruffledblog.com/galileo-inspired-wedding-ideas

Galileo inspired wedding ideas - photo by Dawn Photography https://ruffledblog.com/galileo-inspired-wedding-ideas

travel inspired wedding - photo by Dawn Photography https://ruffledblog.com/galileo-inspired-wedding-ideas

Galileo inspired wedding ideas - photo by Dawn Photography https://ruffledblog.com/galileo-inspired-wedding-ideas

bride and groom - photo by Dawn Photography https://ruffledblog.com/galileo-inspired-wedding-ideas

Galileo inspired wedding ideas - photo by Dawn Photography https://ruffledblog.com/galileo-inspired-wedding-ideas

wedding signs - photo by Dawn Photography https://ruffledblog.com/galileo-inspired-wedding-ideas

Galileo inspired wedding ideas - photo by Dawn Photography https://ruffledblog.com/galileo-inspired-wedding-ideas

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Dawn Photography

Florist

Good Seed Florals

Styling

Stepping Stones Wedding Rentals

Wedding Dress

Blush Bridal Boutique

Makeup

Megan Renee Makeup

Bow Tie

No Sleep Boutique

Pastries

Marche Provisions

Signage, Painted Globes, and Backdrop

Clink & Kiss

Compass and Telescope

Authentic Models

Terrariums

Urban Outfitters

Wedding Invitations

Sunshine & Ravioli

Century House Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

Photos by:

Danielle Poff

Summer is finally starting to wind down a bit, which makes us appreciate relaxed, backyard celebrations like this one from Danielle Poff all the more. After some searching, Alexa and Eric were able to find the perfect venues for the backyard wedding feel they sought, topping the day off with impeccable floral arrangements from The Petal Co..

Century House wedding - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

From the bride, Alexa: We envisioned a backyard wedding feel for our big day but did not have an actual yard to use, so our venue locations were the closest to “backyard” that we could get! We also wanted it to be really relaxed and laid back, more of a party atmosphere. To keep with the summer wedding and light fresh feel we had an adorable lemonade stand as well!

chalk inspired invitations - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

Century House wedding - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

wedding paper goods - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

bohemian bridal looks - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

bohemian bridal party - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

wildflower wedding bouquet - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding
Flower recipe: For the bouquets the flowers used were gardenia branches, feverfew, garden roses, silver brunia and dusty miller. For the hanging macrame pots there were blackberry branches, seeded eucalyptus, garden roses, lemon leaf and mint. Centerpieces at the reception had feverfew, garden roses, mint, seeded eucalyptus, and dusty miller.

wedding party - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

Century House wedding - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

wedding ceremony decor - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

ceremony recessionals - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

We had a color scheme that was mainly used for the bridal party attire and in some of the linens and floral arrangements. Yellow and gray have always been two of my favorite colors so I wanted those to be present in our big day! I wanted my girls to be comfortable so I let them chose any gray dress that they felt the best in! For the guys we kept it casual as well with yellow gingham shirts with cuffed sleeves and loose ties. Summers in Pleasanton are hot so I wanted everyone to feel comfortable! As far as DIY projects go there was quite a few! All of the invitation pats were hand stamped by my husband and me. One of my friends designed the stamps for us and we hand stamped them all! She also designed the program which we turned into a stamp and added a Popsicle stick, and an engagement photo to make a cute fan for guests while they were at the ceremony. The chalkboards at the reception were all done by me and our lotto scratcher favors were in tiny envelopes designed by my friend also.

Century House wedding - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

groom boutonnieres - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

chalk wedding signs - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

lemonade stands - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

Century House wedding - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? It sounds cliche but go with your gut! If it’s something you and your fiance want then go for it! at the end of the day, you don’t want to have regrets about things you should have done! I got some flack for my very casual feel of the whole thing including my dress, open seating plan, and laid back approach. Once the wedding day was here though no ones opinions matter! all of our guest had a fabulous time and I couldn’t be more happy about our day! Some advice for the day of, again cliche, but don’t sweat the small stuff! Yes, little things will come up (for example we had flowers that were supposed to go around our cake tiers and the bakery just put them next to the cake) which could have been a problem I stressed about, but know one knew how it was supposed to be anyways and it still looked super cute! Another advice is DO A CAKE SMASH!! I have to say these are some of my favorite pics of our day. Since we did a First Look (also recommended) before the ceremony we already had so many nice and pretty pics so it was really fun to have the crazy pictures with cake on our face!

Century House wedding - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

firefighter weddings - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

wedding guest books - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

wedding reception ideas - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

illustrated cake toppers - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

reception wedding cakes - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding
cake smash - photo by Danielle Poff https://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Parents’ Processional: “What a Wonderful World”
Bridal Party Processional: “Heartbeats,” Jose Gonzales
Bridal Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: “I Do,” Colbie Caillat
First Dance: For our first dance we did something special. The best man had wrote an original song for us and him and the maid of honor (my sister) sang it to us live for our first song. Something I will treasure forever!
Father/Daughter Dance: “Isn’t She Lovely,” Stevie Wonder
Mother/Son Dance: “Over the Rainbow,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Wedding Location: Pleasanton, CA / Photographer: Danielle Poff / Florist: The Petal Co. / Ceremony Venue: The Century House / Reception Venue and Caterer: Handles Gastropub / Wedding Dress: For Love and Lemons / Wedding Shoes: Free People / Bangles: Styles For Less / Gift from Groom: Kate Spade Bangle / Hair and Makeup: Cambrie Littlefield / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Target, Forever 21, J. Crew, ModCloth, Revolve / Groom’s Outfit: Top- Banana Republic, Pants- H&M, Tie- Me & Matilda / Gift from Bride: Fossil Watch, Socks from Express / Wedding Cake: Noland’s Cake Shop / Cake Plates: Paula Lidberg (handmade by bride’s mother) with candy from Sweden to tie into her Swedish roots / Cake Topper: ThePixelette / Ceremony Guitarist: Thomas Baker / DJ: DJ Pete of Eastwood Entertainment / Wedding Invitations: Adriane Harcourt / Film Processing: Little Film Lab / Videographer: CH Productions / Transportation: Vintage Fire truck from Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department (father is a retired Firefighter)