Bride Julia knew she wanted the focal design point of her wedding day to be an oversized banner backdrop, so she set to work making it herself — and we love what she had to say about the end result: “It’s perfectly imperfect — just like our wedding.” Julia and Brian’s at-home wedding simply gets everything right, pouring love into every aspect of the day. Of course, props to Scarlet O’Neill, Laura Olsen Events, and Leaf and Bloom for bringing everything together so beautifully!
Today we’re taking a trip down south to the scenic city of Charleston, South Carolina, where Spanish Moss is a welcome sight everywhere you turn. Out of Hand Events and Out of the Garden did a beautiful job with Hannah and Andrew’s celebration, bringing in endless lush greenery to complement the rustic elements of the reception venue while A.J. Dunlap Photography captured everything with style. Congratulations to the newlyweds!
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!
If you’ve ever thought elegant design and beach weddings couldn’t possibly go together, this stunner of a wedding from Asia Pimentel Photography, Claire Duran Weddings & Events, and Amy Lauren Floral Design is about to prove you wrong. Kimberley and Marcelo traveled to the Dominican Republic from Maryland for a once-in-a-lifetime getaway that didn’t skimp on any chic details. We’re of course smitten with Kimberley’s bridal look, and every bit of the couple’s stylish and breezy wedding reception.
When you’re exchanging vows under a 200-year-old pecan tree and partying the night away at a 19th century Victorian bed and breakfast, how can your wedding NOT be amazing? Wedding planner + bride Hailey of Two Roads Event Co. knows how to throw a seriously great fête, and chose to fill her day with beautiful deep blues and striking marsala for a fresh and moody soiree. Thank you to the great team of Lacie Hansen, Alluring Events & Design, and Botanica for your wonderful work here!
Any party that starts off with an enchanted forest setting is going to be quite alright in my book. Sirini and Nesakan began dating 10 years ago, after Nesakan wrote messages on Sirini’s receipts whenever she came to the McDonald’s where he worked. As a nod to their love story, the groom read his vows to Sirini off of a McDonald’s receipt — how freaking precious is that? Thank you to Mango Studios and Sweet Woodruff for sharing your beautiful work here!
How can we resist a wedding that literally ends with a walk into the sunset? Molly and Sam are high school sweethearts who tied the knot with help from Dynamic Events by David Caruso and The Flower Garden, and the designs they whipped up have us feeling inspired. Just take a peek at the images from Paper Antler!
There’s nothing quite like a weekend-long wedding celebration in Austria, is there? Warm Photo captures the beautiful day for Eva and Michael, which took place at a Renaissance Castle in the middle of nowhere. Dreamy, huh? Then we’ve got the styling skills of A Very Beloved Wedding and A Very Beloved Bloom, who blew us away on floral duty.
Sun’s out, peonies out, guys. Summer is right around the corner and we are happy to see that it’s peony season again! Bright and bold colorful is the killer combo that makes this DIY summer bouquet such a visual treat. All you need is a small collection of your favorite blooms, Fiskars PowerGear2 pruners and pretty ribbon.
Truly, who doesn’t love a good high school sweethearts tale? From prom to their wedding day, Sylvia and Matthew’s wedding story comes straight out of storybooks. Purple Tree Photography, Bloom & Company, and Warehouse 84 conspired to create a dream day for the happy couple, and ended up with a wedding with no shortage of ideas for any garden-loving brides.
It’s difficult to imagine a scene dreamier than this one from Austin Gros, Chancey Charm Nashville, and FLWR Shop. Every detail was carefully attended to, from the bride’s beautiful updo to the moody stationery from The Paper Place and JLF Creative to the delicious cocktails. We’ll be spending the rest of the day obsessing over this one, tysm!
Today’s newlyweds made their way from Texas to Napa Valley for a truly romantic vineyard affair, complete with some of the prettiest garden roses you’ll ever see. The Edges Wedding Photography, Your Event by Erin, and Florali all worked to make this destination wedding an unforgettable one, and judging by these images and the smiles on all the faces, we’d say they did it.
I may be biased, because just about any wedding in Tuscany is going to be dreamy to me — but this wedding from Infraordinario Studio, Italyweddings, and Le Petit Jardin really sets the bar high. Colorful floral arrangements, a sweet ceremony with a show-stopping arch, and a wedding gown we absolutely cannot take our eyes off of all add up to total wedding magic here.
Today’s wedding makes us think of the best that summer has to offer — striking afternoon light, easy breezy color palettes, and warm smiles all around. Cameron Ingalls captured the celebration at California’s Dana-Powers House & Barn, which boasts a seriously beautiful barn you have to see to believe.
Peach and blue have never looked so good together; we’re sure of it. Today’s styled shoot comes from Erin Wilson Photography and Magnolia Belle Floral who kept the modern bride in mind who loves the juxtaposition of romantic decor against an industrial setting. We couldn’t be more in love with the result!
Floral lovers, prepare yourselves: not only is this incredibly romantic wedding covered top to bottom in incredible, lush flower arrangements, but it takes place in perhaps the most magical region in the world, Tuscany. Talk about hitting the jackpot! L&V Photography, Alessia Broccolini, and Il Giardino delle Fate all made Anne and Imran’s wedding day truly memorable, with no shortage of inspiring details for the rest of us.
Time and again we’re amazed by what a simple pop of color can do. Lacey and Talan wanted their wedding day to be simple and elegant, a goal they achieved with a muted color palette featuring just the right accent of deep reds. Melissa Jill Photography captured the day behind the camera, while Flowers by Jodi nailed the floral decor!
From the bride, Lacey: My biggest desire for my wedding was for it to be simple and elegant with a hint of vintage and rustic feel. I wanted a lighter colors with no overpowering colors—a more natural look and tones. I am an Arizona girl at heart so I did add a desert feel. I based my wedding around the idea of desert succulents. I absolutely love the look of succulents; they are very simple. I also love lace and wood, which is where the lace and wood were featured at my wedding. I wanted it to be simply beautiful without being overly elaborate. I love the simplicity of light and natural tones so my colors were: blush, ivory, gold, and champagne with the hint of the dusty miller color from the succulents. And I added a little pop of maroon as to not look too washed out and to give it a little fall feeling with a darker tone.
There were quite a few DIY projects. I have a very crafty family and my sister Brooke Soules made a variety of things for my wedding. She made every banner at my reception, wooden magnetic hearts, a wooden guestbook sign in plaque with my new last name on it, two wooden frames that hung polaroids taken throughout the day on it as well as baby photos, and the flower crown I wore. She has an etsy shop so it was very easy for her to produce all of the crafts for the wedding. There were also wooden palate backdrops that were at my wedding; they are homemade but we had them already from a previous event.
I live out of state with my husband. We live in Orem Utah. We are up here because we went to school at BYU and now we just work there. So, I planned my ENTIRE wedding from out of state. I am from Arizona so I wanted it to be close to my family. My husband is from Seattle, WA. I flew almost once a month to look at venues, take engagements, and take bridals photos. It only took me 3 months to plan my wedding. I had been planning since late July 2016 and was officially engaged in the middle of August 2016. People think it was crazy to plan it in such a small window, but I wanted a fall wedding in Arizona and I didn’t think it was necessary to wait a full year. My planning went very smoothly; I had the best wedding coordinator and sisters who met with all my vendors for me. I work full time, 9 hours a day. So my life was work during the day and wedding planning at night for three months straight. However, I had most of all the details worked out in 2 months and spent the last month relaxing and spending time with my fiancé. And it turned out absolutely amazing. My wedding went so smooth; not a single thing went wrong and I didn’t want the night to end! I wish I could live it again.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My advice for other couples is to not sweat the small stuff. Planning a wedding should be about celebrating a new life and a new journey with your love. So be happy and excited! Things will work out and turn out beautiful so don’t waste your energy stressing over planning the big event. Surround yourself with supportive friends and family and enjoy the process because your wedding day will stunning!
Reception Entrance: “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Justin Timberlake
First Dance: “Tenerife Sea,” Ed Sheeran
Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dance: “You are Gold,” The National Parks
Other songs/Artists: Justin Timberlake (for some dancing), Usher, Ingrid Michaelson, Luke Bryan, R Kelly The Worlds Greatest (one of my husband and I’s song), Billy Joel, Echosmith Bright, Budapest George Ezra, The Lumineers, Oh Wonder, Cheerleader Omi, The Paper Kites, Vance Joy, A Drop in the Ocean by Ron Pope, Taylor Swift, Mumford and Sons, etc. The music ranged from old classics to folksy to nostalgic dance tunes like “Yeah” by Usher. Overall the night went from relaxing, chill music to dance tunes that we rock on the dance floor; it was a party.
Photography: Melissa Jill Photography
Floral Design: Flowers by Jodi
Ceremony Venue: Phoenix Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Reception Venue and Catering: Trilogy at Vistancia
Wedding Dress: Madison James MJ203
Bridal Store: Mary’s Bridal
Earrings and Rings: Lauren Conrad
Hair and Makeup: Caitlin Foley
Wedding Cake: Kristen Smith
DJ: Curtis Whipple
Stationery: Claire Sorensen
Videographer: Nick Sorensen
Photo Booth: The Slow Motion Booth
Film Lab: Photovision
It would seem that Russian weddings are becoming anonymous with show-stopping event design, and we’ve got the proof right here. Konstantin Semenikhin, Run the Show, and Julia Shakirova joined together to capture and create a truly magical day for their newlyweds, which included what looks like hundreds (if not thousands) of paper flowers. Now, to make some of these for ourselves…
As soon as the weather starts to get chillier, we get more and more excited to see the broodier color palettes — and today’s real wedding features a stunning navy blue and berry tones, perfect for the crisp temperatures. Aubrey Marie Photography captured the wedding of Madison and Logan, who said their “I Do”s at home in Oklahoma surrounded by friends and family (and beautiful floral installations to boot!).
This editorial was most intriguing, not to mention so beautiful! Floral designers Sebesta Design, Kate Farley Design, and Cottage Flowers know how harrowing it can be when choosing the right person for the job to create the blooms for a wedding. To lend out a helping hand to couples in the process of selecting, these mavens of floral-making created a pretend set of criteria based on a faux couple’s color palette and style. From there, they let their imaginations run amok and the end results photographed by Redfield Photography turned into a dazzling editorial and the creations are nothing short of bliss!
Newlyweds Maryanne and Matt wanted a wedding that showcased the beauty of Southern California, and that’s precisely what they got with this woodland celebration put together by Sweet Emilia Jane and The Little Branch. The day kicked off with a tree-covered ceremony in the woods with sunlight peeking through, and culminated with a family-style dinner under bistro lights — all captured by Martina Micko Photography!
It has to be said that we are absolutely in awe of every real wedding we come across and this darling California wedding from the lens of Shoda Love has been added to that list. It’s full of lovely details (like adorable pets and fun song lyric signage!) and the planning and design cleverness of CCL Weddings & Events, paired with the floral stylings of Art With Nature. What we’re really mesmerized by is the escort card display. It’s so unique and definitely a wedding conversation piece!
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If feminine and romantic is your game, this incredible wedding in Spain has got your name.
Romance Weddings by Joseba Sandoval Photography and Boutique Weddings in Spain are the masterminds at work behind this elegant celebration, from putting together all the personal details to capturing it all on film. Casa la Siesta, the picturesque venue, not only provided the scenery, but also took control of the sweet floral arrangements for the ladies and the reception. Hats off to everyone, especially the happy newlyweds!
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We’re glitzing and glamming it up today with this eye-catching Ashley Slater Photography wedding. Chic & Pretty Events was at the helm for planning this lovely affair and we love the old Hollywood feel it has, with a delightful tropical surprise to be found at the reception. Posh Petals combined lush florals with tall banana leaves and we just love how much the two styles blend so effortlessly.
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The pure joy exuding from Ely Fair’s images of this Oklahoma City wedding simply jumps off the screen. This lovely couple opted to tie the knot at Plenty Mercantile, a versatile venue that hosted a rooftop ceremony and warehouse reception. Adorable, sweet and personal to the core, Leah and Brandon proved once and for all that sometimes the simplest details can make the biggest impact. Putting their own creative minds to work, these lovebirds collaborated with Tony Foss Flowers to incorporate both classic and exotic blooms into their big day. Garden roses, peonies, hydrangeas, ranunculus, astilbe, sweet peas and even peach stalk came to play in a bridal bouquet that knocked everyone off their feet. So, so much to love – see for yourselves!
This is one color palette that really sticks out at you and with just the right maneuvering, you could certainly pull it off for all four seasons. One July Photography showed us the beauty of a vibrant tangerine and blue wedding shoot designed by Elm Street Social and we haven’t been able to shake off the elegant glam vibes this inspiration is radiating. Wallflower Designs not only sought out the prettiest sunset-colored orange garden roses and delicate pale blue hydrangeas, but also added in lovely dashes of seasonal fruits like apricots, cherries, and even an aubergine-hued plum for some color depth. We love this editorial’s versatility!
From the photographer, One July Photography: We know everyone has seen the 2016 Pantone Colors of the year – but have you seen it with a healthy dose of TANGERINE? From the vintage corvette, to the masterful floral textures, and hand drawn stationery elements – the romantic color palette was echoed throughout the day. Some fun details included: a great DIY seating card project (all you need is a copper pen, marble backsplash tiles, and some gorgeous handwriting!), a fabulous short haired bridal hairstyle, and a fruit and floral filled tablescape paired with painted church pews. Marla from Wallflower Designs is the queen of floral texture. She created the perfect blend of vibrant seasonal fruit with an eclectic array of florals. The brides bouquet was an organically composed masterpiece! Ashley from Paper Love Club created a beautiful suite of products: invitation suite, menu, hand-drawn map, just married sign, and more. Each element incorporated fine paper, watercolor, copper leaf, and custom calligraphy.
Fun tip: Our stylist, Jen from Elm Street Social, purchased a set of hexagon marble tiles typically used in a backsplash. These backsplash tiles were transformed into escort/seating cards when Ashley added gorgeous hand lettering with a copper pen. The romantic dress was created by up-and-coming designer Ellyn Goodman. The illusion back is a showstopper. Carly Pribich created a fresh-faced look with makeup application and hair styling from Jen Spair added the perfect balance of soft feminine romance and modern appeal. Check out that hair for short-haired brides!
Heritage Prairie Farm is a farm-to-table venue nestled in the Chicago suburbs. This gorgeous location provided the perfect backdrop for a charming, romantic, and organic setting. Jen from Elm Street Social brought the vision together with her impeccable styling. She introduced perfectly paired tones, textures, and styling concepts that are fresh yet timeless. This real-life couple emoted so much JOY during this inspiration shoot. We are so blessed to capture this chapter in their love story!
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When your soon-to-be proposes to you in front of Cinderella’s castle at Disney World, it makes sense that you’d want to add some fairy tale elements into your wedding day in tribute. Laura Ivanova captured the wedding of Ashley and Jon, a couple who made sure their big day was totally infused with their personalities and loves. This included a heaping portion of pink blooms put together by Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling, ranging from roses to anemones to the all-time wedding favorite, peonies.
From the bride, Ashley: We wanted the entire day to be a reflection of our personalities and our relationship. Jon has always been traditional and a bit old-fashioned, whereas I tend to like things that are trendy and unique, so our wedding was a combination of our two styles. We also kept things fun and playful by adding in details that were special to us. Jon proposed in front of Cinderella’s Castle in Disney World, so we had fun creating a bit of a fairy tale theme to go along with that; my Hayley Paige gown (I called it my princess dress) and our ‘happily ever after’ cake topper were two places you can see that. Additionally, we had both lived our entire lives in Minnesota but knew that we would be moving to New Orleans shortly after the wedding, so we tried to throw in some very Minnesotan details where we could to celebrate the state we love so much! Our venues were situated in our favorite spot on the lakes in Minneapolis, just blocks from our apartment building. Taking pictures on the beach where we had walked so many times before felt special and almost surreal. Jon and I are huge hockey fans and one of our favorite things to do together is go to Wild hockey games so my parents surprised us by having the Wild mascot show up during our cocktail hour. Having him there was a huge hit with guests and the pictures that we got are priceless!
Pink has always been my favorite color so it was an easy choice for my flowers. My parents also had a pink wedding 30 years ago and their marriage means so much to me, so I wanted to give a nod to that. I am proud that even as a medical student, I managed to plan and execute a lot of the wedding details on my own! Two projects that I am really proud of are the Mr. and Mrs. signs for the back of our chairs at the reception and the table of photos displaying our parents’ and grandparents’ wedding photos.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Have fun with the planning! Try to throw in little details that are unique to YOU! I think it’s great to find inspiration from other weddings online and in magazines, but at the end of the day you should look at your wedding day and be able to say that no one else in the world could have a wedding exactly like yours. The personal details will be the ones that stand out when you think back on your day.
Bride’s Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D (I got tears in my eyes the minute that they started playing it. That piece is such a classic at weddings and the moment I heard it was when I had that “Oh my gosh I’m about to get married’ moment.)
Recessional: “All You Need is Love,” The Beatles
First Dance: “Sweet Pea,” Amos Lee
Be sure to catch the wedding film from Mike Cunningham:
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Look no further if you’re in need of some wedding day inspiration that combines the beautiful woodland outdoors, stunning photos by Amberlee for Jessica Cooper Photography, and picture-perfect blooms by Larkspur Botanicals. This wedding, tucked away in the trees, has got the right amount of whimsy and romance and those two things have always gone so well together.
From the bride, Amory: My fiancé and I wanted to have a very intimate backyard wedding. We were going for a rustic yet simple style. The backyard was so gorgeous with lots of trees and greenery so we really wanted that to be a big part of the style.
Our day was romantic, fun and rustic. I went with a gold/blush color scheme. We had lots of DIY projects such as creating our seating chart. My father in law built the big piece of wood and stained it for us. Once that was done, my sister in law wrote all of the table numbers and guests names on our sign. It was one of my favorite pieces of the wedding. She also made our drink menu, ceremony sign and an “unplugged sign”. The unplugged sign was an important part for both my fiancé and I. We wanted people to really be there with us and share this special moment rather than on their phones.
We then shared our professional photos with our family & friends when we received them, which they loved. I created little cones with flower petals to have thrown once my husband and I walked out of the ceremony. I also created the table numbers. I bought lots of gold & blush picture frames and we wrote the table numbers inside of them. They were adorable and very easy to make.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Planning your wedding is half the fun! It may get crazy and difficult but stay true to what you want. Everyone will be happy if you are happy. Some of my best memories besides the wedding, were planning it. Such as buying my dress with my mom, cake tasting etc.
Bridal Party Processional: “More than Words,” Extreme
Bridal Processional: “How Long Will I Love You,” Ellie Goulding
Recessional: “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Justin Timberlake
First Dance: “I’ll Be,” Edwin McCain (My husband had heard that song in the car when he was about 7 years old. He had told his nanny that would be his wedding song one day.)
We also played Endless Love by Lionel Richie which was my in-laws’ wedding song. It was their 20th anniversary so we played it for them and let them have a dance. It was a total surprise to them and such a great moment.
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Lizzie and Paul’s wedding is one of the most darling things we’ve seen today, and Brooke Borough captured all of it in its glory. This California fête in the springtime by Jill & Co Events is radiating in its whimsical flashes of pink with Anna le Pley Taylor‘s floral goodness ranging from the bride’s dainty bouquet to those creations lining the ceremony aisle. One thing we have to comment on: vintage barns can rock ceiling draping like no other.
From the event coordinator, Jill & Co Events: Lizzie & Paul tied the knot at a beautiful estate in Los Olivos, CA – Crossroads Estate, a Foley Family Wines property. Mid spring they said their “I Do’s” underneath an old oak tree at the base of rolling hills surrounded by 250 of their loved ones. The bride and her mother were meticulous with design details and strove to truly bring the outdoors into the vintage barn. Soft drapery on the poles of the barn with garlands flowing up and down drapes truly brought this outdoor feel alive.
The strewn market lights and chandelier over the dance floor softened up the barn and gave it elements of warm dimension. A trio played during cocktail hour al fresco, where guests gave heart felt speeches to the newlyweds. This couple chose a different direction than your typical sit down dinner, and offered numerous delicious food stations in a cocktail style meal, with guests mingling about, offering a unique guest experience. The night fluidly continued into hours of dancing with an incredible live band, compliments of the best friend of the groom and lead musician. Lizzie & Paul capped the night off with a bottle of champagne and jumped into a romantic vintage car before speeding off to their honeymoon and life as husband and wife!
An outdoor boho chic wedding doesn’t always have to be in an earthy setting as Sarah and Martin’s vibrant Germany wedding proves. Expertly photographed by Ashley Ludaescher Photography, hosting a bohemian-style fête on the grounds of an impressive estate like this one in the equally-impressive German countryside is just as perfect! Choosing a palette with moody reds as the foundation, Love Circus transformed Sarah and Martin’s wedding venue into a hip location with the right amount of elegance from Ulrike Buchheim‘s floral designs. All of the different elements and trends harmonizing so well together has us gleaming with delight!
From the photographer, Ashley Ludaescher Photography: This wedding beautifully styled by Love Circus, was so much fun to photograph. With a bohemian garden theme, guests enjoyed the beautiful summer weather in Northern Germany on the stunning grounds of Schloss Herzfelde. Guests escaped the city and spent the weekend celebrating Sarah & Martin tying the knot after a decade together. From the flower crown station for the guests to create their own flower crowns, to the bride’s gorgeous Mira Zwillinger dress, the weekend was filled with beautiful touches and details. Sarah works in fashion and her dress purchased from Brown’s Bride in London fit her perfectly and matched the relaxed sophisticated vibe of the wedding weekend.
Mixing and matching wedding style ideas can be nerve-wracking, especially if the two or more ideas are complete polar opposites of one another. Opt for having luscious florals if you’re seeking out an elegant wedding and toss your more modern ideas in during cocktail hour, as seen here in Sarah and Martin’s fun and bohemian wedding lounge area. A huge tip for pulling the ideas off: be sure to keep the color choices consistent throughout your big day!