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Skaneateles Lake Wedding

DIY Weddings

What’s a better fairytale than a couple who marries on the same dock where they first met? Bride Whitney set to work planning her dream wedding day, using her talents to craft the perfect floral arrangements, paper goods, and so much more to set the perfect scene for Love Me Do Photography to photograph.

Skaneateles Lake Wedding - photo by Love Me Do Photography

From the bride, Whitney: Michael and I met nearly fifteen years ago at his family’s cottage on Skaneateles Lake in Upstate NY. My dad and I were out on our old wooden boat and we stopped by for a quick hello (our fathers worked together at the time). A handful of years later we met again, at a Christmas party, where Mike made me a promise: to go explore the world on my own and when I was ready, to come back to our small town and he would marry me. A handful of years went by but I eventually made it back to NY… and I held him to his promise this summer, where we had a beautiful wedding on the same dock we met at.

rustic wedding invitations - photo by Love Me Do Photography

bride getting ready - photo by Love Me Do Photography

orange wedding bouquets - photo by Love Me Do Photography

guestbook tables - photo by Love Me Do Photography

orange ranunculus boutonniere - photo by Love Me Do Photography

unique seating charts - photo by Love Me Do Photography

unique escort cards - photo by Love Me Do Photography

From the start, we wanted our day to feel like a fun, relaxed “day at the lake.” I was inspired by antique wooden boats (coincidentally, the annual antique wooden boat show was held in Skaneateles village the same weekend of our wedding!), refreshing dips in the lake, family heirlooms, Americana, and the soft textures and colors that often found in cozy east-coast cottages. As an artist, it was important to me that care was given to every detail…right down to the color of ribbon used to tie the invitations and book favors (when he was in the Army, Mike would tie his letters to home in a yellow ribbon). I spent many hours planing down, cutting, sanding, staining, and (eventually!) assembling the benches used for the ceremony, and a handful of our guests ended up bringing them home as a wedding souvenir. We did happen to snag one for our own patio! Everything was created with a true DIY fashion- the floral centerpieces, bouquet, cake décor, event styling, paper goods, hair, and makeup were all done by myself with the idea that our wedding was (as I believe all should be!) a true labor of love.

wedding ceremony setup - photo by Love Me Do Photography

wedding invitations - photo by Love Me Do Photography

wedding ceremony recessionals - photo by Love Me Do Photography

guest book ideas - photo by Love Me Do Photography

Skaneateles Lake Wedding - photo by Love Me Do Photography

Skaneateles Lake Wedding - photo by Love Me Do Photography

teal red tablescapes - photo by Love Me Do Photography

teal place settings - photo by Love Me Do Photography

Our wedding day was wonderful in every sense of the word… it was exactly what we wanted from the start. Even the weather cooperated! For a month leading up to the wedding day, every single weather forecast I could find online predicted thunderstorms, high winds, and showers all day long. But when I woke up the morning of our wedding, it rained for a quick minute (long enough to satisfy the whole “good luck on your wedding day” omen) but the rest of the day was clear blue skies and warm, beautiful weather. Walking down to Michael was the most amazing part of the day. Seeing him standing on the dock waiting for me…it was such an intimate, tender, nerve-wracking, soul-shaking, I-can’t-believe-this-is-happening moment! During our ceremony, our rings (which were his parents’ rings, too) were passed along all the guests, who prayed over them for us. We had two wonderful singers, Chris Merkley & Jackie Columbo, play acoustic during the reception and their voices added such an earthy and soulful backdrop to the day. We served hor’douvres and desserts for our guests, which really gave it a picnic vibe…there was no pressure to stick to a dinner timeline… everyone came and went as they pleased. As a special send off, my dad took us out for a cruise on the same antique wooden boat we were on when Mike and I first met. We all released white lanterns from the shore and in true lake fashion, got into our swimsuits for an evening dip in the lake. It really was a big romantic blur (which is great!)- but we were lucky enough to have such wonderful photographers capture our day with still imagery and video (the video is so neat!!!). By having something tangible to remind us of our wedding… it gives us the chance to relive our favorite day, every day.

lakeside wedding receptions - photo by Love Me Do Photography

aqua red tablescapes - photo by Love Me Do Photography

tablescape inspiration - photo by Love Me Do Photography

cake tables - photo by Love Me Do Photography

wedding cakes - photo by Love Me Do Photography

wedding cake - photo by Love Me Do Photography

Skaneateles Lake Wedding - photo by Love Me Do Photography

Skaneateles Lake Wedding - photo by Love Me Do Photography

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Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “That’s My Kind of Woman,” George Strait; “Like Jesus Does,” Eric Church
First Dance: “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw

Wedding Location: Skaneateles Lake, NY / Photographer: Carina of Love Me Do Photography / Paper Goods, Floral Design, Styling, and Planning: Bride, Whitney Nichols / Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Dress: BHLDN “Tia” / Caterer: M&D Deli / Wedding Cake: Frosted Bakery / Music: Chris Merkley with Jackie Columbo / Tents: Hillside Tent Rental / Linens: Ames Linens / Officiant: Diane Ferri / Videographer: Danfredo Photography

Whimsical New Hampshire Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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A red feathered veil for the bride, a bridal party in bright assorted colors, and a jaw-dropping Carolina Herrera wedding gown — these are just a very few of the reasons why we love this wedding from We Are the Parsons so very much. Bride Erica picked six eye-catching colors — lime, papaya, lemon, poppy, fuchsia, violet — and asked her wedding party to put together their outfits around them, and we can’t get enough of the gorgeous effect!

waterside wedding portraits
bride with red veil

From the bride, Erica: We really wanted it to be not only about the two of us, but also about our friends and family. We focused a lot on the ceremony and involving several of our friends and family members, requesting that they each contribute something unique and original (a story, a song, a game, a performance etc). We wanted to recognize each person individually, which is one of the reasons why we integrated so much color, with each of our friends and family members wearing their own color of their choice.

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modern groom shoes

bride red birdcage veil

red lip bridal makeup

New Hampshire seaside weddingseaside first looks

We chose to hold the ceremony and the reception at Erica’s family home because it’s such a special and unique place on the ocean off the coast of New Hampshire, it holds so many wonderful memories for both of us (as Ben and I have been together for 8 years and have spent a significant amount of time at my family home) and we wanted to share that with our friends and family. We also love to have fun and the costume/Polaroid photo guest book was a way for our friends and family to take part in the free-spirited nature of our relationship.

newlyweds first look

seaside first looksseaside first looks

colorful bridal parties

The save-the-date card was a essentially a DIY project (excluding the printing). I had been envisioning the ceremony site with all of our colorful flowers and the water and jumping rocks in the background, and our beloved dog, Zora, of course. All of this was inspiration for the design of the save-the-date. The artwork for the invitation and the ceremony programs was also an original piece of my artwork, though something quite old (from high school) that I’ve always loved. There was no way I could choose just a few colors for our palette, which is what led to the rainbow affect.

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waterside wedding portraits
ceremony by a lake
waterside wedding portraits
colorful wedding ceremonies

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colorful wedding recessional
boat to ceremony

paper star decor

bride and groom entrance tent

I also collect textiles from all around the world (working in international development) and was inspired to integrate colorful textiles and prints into our decor. Domestically, I have been drawn to Amy Butler fabrics for the past several years, which I have used to sew baby quilts for my girlfriends’ children. In the end it was the colorful, retro, yet tribal designs of Amy Butler that made it onto our table tops for added color and flair. I also used these fabrics for the name-card holder that we hung from my family’s cherry tree at the entrance to the reception area. One of the most exciting design elements was the inclusion of the star lanterns. I collected these from a number of websites (as well as from my travels around the world) and we created a drop-ceiling effect above the dance floor with tons of paper star lanterns that really added life to our evening.

embellished wedding dresses

mother and bride

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My advice really depends on the kind of celebration each couple is looking for. First though, I really feel that any advice should not be targeted to only the bride, but also should include the groom. Weddings are about the couple and should be planned and carried out by both members of the couple to the fullest extent possible (despite the rolling of eyes and the clashing of ideas). While I may have done a bit more of the planning, our celebration was wonderful and special because Ben was involved in a great share of it. I’m also very detail oriented and like to be very involved in all elements of the planning, so my advice to couples like me is to give yourself plenty of time. I also think that our celebration was so much more meaningful for us and our family and friends because everything was tied so closely to us; our home, our neighborhood, our special places, special vendors, etc.

bride with red veil

bride with red veil

bride with red veil

newlyweds during ceremony

tented reception video
costume wedding reception
tented reception video

tented reception video
tented reception video

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “All Is Full of Love,” Bjork
Recessional: “Over the Hills and Far Away,” Led Zeppelin
My father and I took dance classes together for several months before the wedding. I asked him to choose the song for our dance, and being the classy man he is, he chose Frank Sinatra, “The Way you Look Tonight.” It was such a special dance for both of us, particularly because he really never dances and would ordinarily shy away from such a public display, but we absolutely rocked it!
Ben and his mother, on the other hand, danced to a more modern tune, which Ben’s mother also chose. Apparently Ben was (as a joke) really “into” this song by R. Kelly in high school, which his mother remembered well. When asked which song she wanted to dance to for the wedding, she chose this one, and it was a sight to be seen!

Wedding Location: New Castle, New Hampshire / Wedding Photographer: We Are the Parsons / Wedding Venue: Private residence / Wedding Planner: Blissful Beginnings / Wedding Flowers: The Flower Kiosk / Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera / Wedding Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Bride’s Earrings: L’elite / Bride’s Hair: Lena Hartford of Hair That Moves / Wedding Caterer: The White Apron / Wedding Cake: Gail Spivey / Ceremony Music: White Heat Swing Orchestra / DJ: Slam Patten / Wedding Invitations: Bride and groom and Gus and Ruby Letterpress / Transportation: Sea Coast Trolley

Mammoth Lakeside Wedding

Romantic Weddings

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Today’s wedding from Braedon Flynn is just… beyond. Beyond chic, beyond gorgeous, and beyond creative. Bride Alexandra Works began planning her wedding with fiancé Anthony, only to find “the wedding was starting to plan us instead of vice versa” — so they shifted their vision to something more befitting of their personalities, and ended up with the incredible wedding you see here. Don’t miss the end-of-day video from The Cana Family!

bride and groom by lake

From the bride, Alexandra: Finding the venue was the toughest decision for us, but thankfully we decided destination wedding was the way to go. We wanted our special day to be more of an experience for guests rather than a one day event. We originally started planning our LA wedding when we realized the wedding was starting to plan us instead of vice versa. I grew up vacationing in Mammoth Mountain and Anthony and I started going a few times a year whether it be during the winter to snowboard, cozy up next to a fire and play scrabble, or fish, hike or golf in the spring/summer months. We love being outdoors, escaping the hustle and bustle of our LA lifestyle and really appreciating what mother earth has to offer. Mammoth Lakes could not have been a better fit for us and our nature loving, outdoors-y crew. Some guests skied and snowboarded while others hiked by the lake or hung out poolside.

white bridal glovessilverware with inscriptions

mountain wedding invitations

something blue weddingdress hanging from tree

teal seychelles wedding shoes

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bride getting ready

bride placing garterbride getting dressed

Having studied visual communications and graphic design, I was fortunate enough to be able to print everything off my Epson printer – couldn’t live without it. I am a huge nerd for paper goods and hand crafts, and was so excited with how our invites really captured my style. From day one of planning, I knew I wanted to incorporate burlap, white tones and precious metals into our overall theme. I envisioned what one calls a ‘rustic chic’ vibe… natural yet glamorous. My mom so graciously sewed vintage lace onto the borders of the burlap table runners (these are for sale!).

bride and groom in mountains

bride lace gowngroom in suit

bride and bridal party

galvanized tin decorwhite green bouquets

flower girl processional
doily wedding ring pillow

It was important for me to provide guests with easy access to water (I drink a ton), so I made the table numbers into bottle labels. I loved how the vintage prayer cards turned out – I bought these cards at Michaels and put stickers on the back – super easy! One of the most fun DIY projects was picking out 200 different vintage hankies with girlfriends at a swap meet. Not to worry we had them dry cleaned! They turned out to be beautiful once pressed with our wedding monogram embroidered on each hankie. Guests were excited to receive a welcome/thank you crate with some snacks and goodies along with a weekend itinerary. We can’t tell you how many people were so grateful they had a snack on hand once arriving after long travel.

bride and groom canoeing

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chalkboard drink list

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green gold centerpieces

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black white escort cards

I still cannot believe it SNOWED! Mammoth weather is always unpredictable, but it was 80 degrees the week before in the high sierras. Waking up to snow falling on the big day was pretty spiritually moving, not to mention insanely gorgeous. It was majestic. It doesn’t get better than repeating our vows to one another in front of our closest friends, family and God. That moment will forever make my heart melt and knees go weak. Best decision hands down – hiring our talented photographer and videographers. They outdid themselves and we have the proof for life. Just thinking about the Cana Family’s wedding preview being played at the reception gives me the chills.

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white green bouquetspink reception drinks

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jenga block guestbooksjenga block guestbooks

vintage china place settings

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newlyweds kissing outdoors

We still get a kick out of our Jenga guest book (each guest wrote whatever their heart desired on a wooden block). Etsy! We’ve played almost every week since the wedding and it’s so fun to read guests’ hilarious creativity. I absolutely loved our cake! I knew I wanted something a little out of the box with more of a homemade feel – Sue Ebersold blew our guests away with yumminess! We loved our big wooden farm tables and benches with no linens. This made our burlap runners, garland, peonies and eclectic plates by to really come together beautifully. Our DJ Kacey Campbell really knows how to get a crowd going. Another great decision was to invite all guests to dance before dinner had begun. This got the entire party on their feet literally jumping with excitement. We are quite an intense dance crew, but we’d recommend kicking off your reception with a few top dance songs to get the mood flowing.

cake table with banners

vintage place settingsnaked wedding cakes

bride groom kiss among crowd

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Wedding Location: Mammoth, CA / Wedding Photographer: Braedon Flynn / Wedding Venue: Convict Lake Resort / Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza / Hair and Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy / Wedding Veil: Anthropologie / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles “All Dressed Up” / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier / Groom’s Suit: Tazio / Groom’s Shoes: Stacy Adams / Groom’s Tie: Antonio Ricci / Event Design: Bride, Alexandra Works / Event Planner: Katherine Webb and Meghan Schinderle of Intertwined Events, Sandra Di Domizio of Green Fox Events / Wedding Flowers: Patricia of Red Lily Floral Design / Wedding Caterer: Convict Lake Catering / Welcome Crates: Anything Goes Catering / Wedding Cake: Sue Ebersold of The Breakfast Club / DJ: Kacey Campbell of Vox Entertainment / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Bride, Alexandra Works / Videographers: The Cana Family and Nic Stauber

Lakeside Double Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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Today we have a first for Ruffled — a double wedding with two lovely sisters, Lauren and Dana. By combining their visions and creative resources, they were able to execute a stunning rustic wedding full of wooden details and touches of every shade of purple. Bryan Rupp Photography caught every one of these details, including the couples’ journey from ceremony to reception via canoes!

post ceremony canoe ride

From bride Lauren: We wanted our wedding to be personal, romantic, outdoors, and somewhere in the realm of elegant, yet relaxed. We didn’t want a stuffy wedding, and we wanted everyone to have fun!

outdoor lakeside wedding

carved wooden monograms

purple reception centerpieceschalkboard wedding menu

purple grooms boutonniere

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hanging picture decor

kraft paper stationery

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? 1) Relax! Think about what you want to remember 10 years from now and focus on that. 2) Get a wedding planner! If you can’t, recruit a friend’s mom who has already helped organize a wedding. 3) Set up a sample table with every detail. I would have changed a few things if I had seen what table legs look like and how the decor stacked up.

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gold wedding shoesbridal wedding veil

double wedding ceremony
double wedding portraits

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wooden sign chair backs

blonde wedding hair

purple flower arrangementsnewlyweds under tree

purple wedding bouquet

From the photographer, Bryan: These sisters got engaged and decided to share their wedding day! They did it beautifully, combining their special moments while maintaining their individuality as couples. Their grandfather made many of the decorations out of wood and the brides handmade most of the details. They took canoes from the ceremony to the reception site. It was a unique and gorgeous double wedding.

double wedding couple jumping

double wedding rings

chocolate wedding cakepurple flower arrangements

double wedding cake cutting

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Wedding Music:
Brides’ Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional to Canoes: “I’m a Believer,” Smashmouth; “Beautiful Day,” U2; “Would You Go With Me,” Josh Turner
Dana and Jonny’s First Dance: “Always Forever,” Phil Wickham
Lauren and Adam’s First Dance: “Marry Me,” Train

Wedding Vendors (Corbett, OR):

Wedding Venue: Bridal Veil Lakes / Wedding Photographer: Bryan Rupp Photography / Wedding Flowers: Francois Weeks and Pike’s Place Market / Wedding Dresses: Maggie Sottero / Lauren’s Shoes: DSW / Lauren’s Veil and Jewelry: Cynderellie’s Closet / Lauren’s Hair: Ashlee Harty / Dana’s Hair: Wendee Dineen / Lauren and Dana’s Makeup: Janelle Hayden of The Prettiest You / Grooms’ Suits: Men’s Wearhouse / Wedding Caterer and Dessert Bar: Eat Your Heart Out / Wedding Cake: Simply Sweets / Wedding Invitations: Magnet Street