There are few things cuter than this intimate Monday afternoon wedding, and we’re here to show you why. Bride Brittany, lover of colorful things and personal details, set to work crafting the perfect celebration for her wedding to Pia — making sure their two darling children got to be a big part of the big day. Thank you to Erin Milnick and Farmgirl Flowers for your lovely images and bouquet work here!
Have you ever seen a backdrop more breathtaking than Zion National Park? When you’re surrounded by such gorgeous scenery, a bit of simplicity goes a long way. Mandolin and Nik didn’t let go of the opportunity to sport a bit of color, though — their Pantone ceremony backdrop also carried into the reception in brilliant ways. Thanks to AK Studio & Design for capturing this one!
From the bride, Mandolin: My husband and I love Zion National Park and wanted to share that love with our guests for our destination wedding, so we invited everyone to come stay with us for the entire week leading up to the wedding. Guests were coming from all over the world — India, Argentina, the Congo, Canada — so we wanted the wedding to be in a place that guests might not have visited otherwise. Since we were in such a gorgeous setting, I wanted the backdrop to do most of the “decorating” for us for the wedding. It was stunning to get married in such a beautiful place, and we arranged it so that guests had a 15-minute, breathtaking drive into the ceremony site inside the park to set the tune of the wedding and to instill a sense of awe at the beauty of the natural world.
We resisted having a color scheme, so we went the opposite route and embraced all colors (within reason). :) The flowers at the reception tables (ranunculus, my favorite) were multicolor in warm hues and placed in a progressive color pattern down the long, family style tables. In my work, I use the Pantone color scheme on a regular basis, so we used Pantone postcards as place settings and for the backdrop to the ceremony, which later decorated the reception site. I ordered the reception flowers from an online website and put them in mason jars myself (DIY). A friend did the hand-lettering on the place cards, and many other friends helped to make the backdrop. My father made the frame for the backdrop and was in charge of moving it from the ceremony to the reception site. My mother wrote and put on a short play, including making the costumes, for the entertainment of the guests. My sister-in-law taught everyone some Bollywood dance moves. I designed and letterpress printed the save the dates, wedding invitations, favors (a set of 10 letterpress printed coasters at each place setting), and the poem broadside we handed out at the ceremony to go along with the reading. Everyone pitched in to help, and most of the decorative elements were DIY.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? It’s only one day, and it will be wonderful no matter how the decorations look. Don’t get too caught up in the details, which no one will notice but you. Have fun, and make the day an expression of the two of you as a couple, not an expression of what the world says a wedding should be or should look like.
We had lots of soul, reggae, funk, world music — my husband loves music, and our dear friend Michael Olsen (Freedom Sounds) was our DJ. We gave him more or less complete control over the music at the reception. For the ceremony, my cousin played gypsy jazz on an acoustic guitar. There wasn’t really a particular song for the processional.
First Dance: “Blue Moon,” Elvis
Parent/Child Dance: “What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong
Wedding Location: Springdale, UT / Photographer: AK Studio & Design / Flowers: Bloomers Floral / Ceremony Venue: Zion National Park, South Campground Amphitheatre / Reception Venue: Clear Creek Ranch / Wedding Dress: Cocoon Silk / Wedding Veil and Bolero: Sarah Gahagan / Wedding Shoes: Nordstrom / Hair and Makeup: Julie Thomas (435-632-4824) / Groom’s Suit: custom made in India / Caterer: Brian Wollin of LVChefs / Wedding Cake: Sweet Cakes By Karen and Albertson’s / DJ: Michael Olsen of Freedom Sounds (503-258-7678) / Wedding Invitations: Bride
Full disclosure: we fell in love with this styled shoot within seconds of seeing the first image. We’re no strangers to geometric wedding inspiration, but this styled shoot from JBM Weddings and Tinsel & Twine ups the ante by incorporating bold colors, inspired paper goods, and housing it all in a Brooklyn whiskey distillery.
From the stylist, Erica of Tinsel & Twine: The Kings County Distillery set up their operations in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2010, making it New York City’s oldest (legal) distillery. The stately brick building, which was formerly the Paymaster’s Office, is now home base for nearly continuous whiskey and moonshine productions. With a location just adjacent to Dumbo and the Brooklyn Bridge Park, it wasn’t long before locals started inquiring about using the space for weddings and events. Over the last six months, our Tinsel & Twine team has partnered with the The Kings County Distillery to bring those bourbon-inspired events to life.
We were thrilled to team up with some of our favorite local talents to produce a beautifully styled photo shoot. The building’s raw, industrial facade inspired us to create a visual story that married quintessential “Brooklyn” edginess with traditionally romantic and femme elements. To contrast with the space’s varied wood surfaces and overall whiskey brown tone, we established a color palette rich with pops of orange, pink, turquoise, and mint accented by rich gold details. This is especially true of the vignettes set in the Barrel Room, with bride and groom posing amidst a sea of aging bourbon. Strong lines and geometric shapes provided a modern element as a foil to the building’s existing stately architecture.
This color scheme, along with key textural details, can be seen in our florals, as well as the stationery by Fourteen-Forty and signage by And Here We Are. Our bride’s slim column gowns, provided by Gabrielle Bridal, have strongly angled bias seams and are balanced by a vintage fur capelet. Her gilded flower headpiece and belt by Hushed Commotion also add a bit of old world feminine glamour. The ceremony backdrop and fringed table canopy by Michelle Bablo create a sense of whimsy and unexpected color, making use of the venue’s overhead space. We are look forward to raising a glass and hosting very special celebrations at the Kings County Distillery.
Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY / Photographer: JBM Weddings / Shoot Concept, Styling, and Floral Design: Tinsel & Twine / Venue: The Kings County Distillery / Gowns and Fur Cape: Gabriella Bridal New York / Bridal Crown and Belt Accessories: Hushed Commotion / Hair and Makeup: Ash Orzol with JBM Weddings / Desserts: Naturally Delicious / Hanging Installations: Michelle Bablo / Wedding Invitations: Fourteen-Forty / Scripted Signage Design: And Here We Are
If you’ve been waiting to find a wedding that effortlessly blends bohemian, rustic, DIY, and eclectic style, then wait no further. Joleen Willis delivered this California wedding with a bride who knocked every bit of her wedding day out of the park while wearing an incredible lace Free People gown.
From the bride, Lindsay: We wanted our wedding to feel quirky, comfortable, and colorful. It was a destination wedding, so we wanted to create a special place for us all to escape and celebrate! Our wedding style inspiration evolved through our invitation. I drew and designed our invitations and realized we could not settle on a few colors, we knew we needed a kaleidoscope of hues to really celebrate who we are. So we decided to have the bridal party, florals, and linens neutral so that we could use colors freely throughout our spaces.
We collected bottles, yarn, vintage glass, rocks, and anything else that made us smile! We glittered bottles, feathers, and hand painted all of our signs. We hand made the floral arrangements, bouquets, and boutonnières out of dried flowers, pods, and feathers wrapped in vintage fabric and yarn. I hand painted the large gold photo- drop, and created the escort metal flowers out of recycled materials. Ultimately, we ended up with a very eclectic bohemian vibe — which was so us, and so fun.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Have fun planning your wedding! There is no such thing as traditional anymore! The only thing that really matters is that the bride and the groom agree on decisions! Also, vendors are extremely important. All of our vendors felt like family and they made our day seem flawless. I actually interviewed photographers with a series of questions: Like whats your favorite band/music, what are your hobbies, background etc. I ended up picking Joleen Willis photography because she sent me the the most passionate email, filled with answers that looked like I had written them. We hired her immediately and it was one of our best decisions!
Processional: “Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles
Recessional: “Fat Bottomed Girls,” Queen
First Dance: “Leather and Lace,” Don Henley and Stevie Nicks
Reception Entrance: “Thunderstruck,” AC/DC
Wedding Location: Sonora, CA / Photographer: Joleen Willis / Flowers: Bride / Wedding Venue: Union Hill Inn / Wedding Dress: Free People / Floral Crown: Bride / Jewelry: Anthropologie / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Free people, H&M, Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters / Groom’s Pants and Vest: Brooks Brothers / Groom’s Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Wedding Caterer: Lunch Lady Catering / Dessert Bar: A friend of the mother of the bride / Snow Cones: Torani / Cocktails: Austin Cocktails / Acoustic Musician: Jason Powers / DJ: DJ Just of Designer DJs / Videographer: Kurtela Video Productions / Wedding Invitations: Bride and family
If I had to plan the perfect elopement, it would look pretty much exactly like Katlan and Taha’s. Helping each other get ready, picking up the marriage license, exchanging vows outdoors, and grabbing a drink together… perfection head to toe. Luckily, Angie and Matt of Sloan Photographers were there to capture everything for posterity!
From the bride, Katlan: We are both very low-key and wanted our day to just be the two of us. We were combining our wedding and honeymoon together and decided to elope (even though everyone knew about it!). My parents have been married for 38 years and they went to California and “eloped” as well, so they fully supported our idea! Plus we both have big families and knew how stressful big weddings could be, and we really just wanted to enjoy the day. We chose Santa Barbara because the courthouse is so beautiful and we felt that would make our ceremony even more special. I used Taha’s tie as an inspiration for my flowers and accessories – I loved the bright colors. Some adjectives I would use would be fun, colorful, vintage-inspired, happy.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I know eloping isn’t everyone’s thing, but we had the best time. It was so nice being able to spend time together and relax and not be stressed out about so many details. I would definitely recommend it to anyone!
Wedding Location: Santa Barbara, CA / Photographer: Sloan Photographers / Wedding Venue: Santa Barbara Courthouse / Hotel: The Canary Hotel / Bouquet: ThreeLittleBirds1222, etsy / Wedding Dress and Veil: BHLDN / Bride’s Shoes: DSW / Gloves and Purse: Vintage / Groom’s Suit: H&M / Groom’s Bow Tie: Gustys
Not only does The Goodness deliver awesome wedding images, they also provide the wedding invitation suite for many of their couples – including Ryan and Rene’s wedding. This big day is filled with bright and whimsical paper goods right down to the signs for the (many) dessert items.
From the bride, René: Our wedding style evolved quite a bit over the year we had to plan it. The only staples we started out with were fun, colorful, good food, a ton of desserts, and stay true to who we are. It just evolved from there. Quite a few people tried to deter us from color, and to stick to just one or two colors or else it would get “too busy.” And to that we said, “challenge accepted!” We never even considered a run-of-the-mill wedding. Anything we could do differently we shot for. The most difficult part was figuring out how to include all the ideas we had without it seeming like a garage sale. Our biggest issue was too many ideas. In the end we figured out a way to include travel, food, color, and a lot of humor. And it all started with a pop-up save the date card.
Our color scheme started as everything “I want the rainbow… without it looking like a rainbow.” From there my now-husband and Lisa from The Goodness had to reel me in. After many drafts of color palettes we all finally got to our color scheme. Which ended up being an array of tropical colors, which our wedding coordinator fondly referred to as a field of wild flowers. We ended with and offset rainbow in multiple shades of coral, orange, yellow, lime, teal, blue and orchid.
The biggest challenge was figuring out the centerpieces, which actually ended up helping us define our theme. I was really stuck on having something besides a bouquet as the centerpiece. We had been to nearly a dozen weddings in the last year at which candy bars were extremely popular. One thing we kept noticing was it would be nearly demolished by the time dinner started because people just couldn’t stay away from an entire table of delicious treats. Dessert tables turn every adult into a sugar crazed 5 year old. Then we had an epiphany, why not just put a plate of desserts at each table! That was a turning point that clearly made desserts a focal point of the wedding, in fact the centerpieces. That then turned into a travel theme with each table becoming a place we’d traveled, with a corresponding dessert for the centerpiece.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? If you decide to take on DIY project, start as early as possible if you have the space to store it. Otherwise you’ll stress yourself out more than necessary. When everyone tells you your wedding day will go by “so quickly”, it will. DO plan for even 30 minutes of quite time with just the two of you, you’ll need it, and appreciate that you did. Remember that this is YOUR wedding (however that doesn’t mean to become a bridezilla). While there might be parts you have to compromise because of budget or time, remember why you’re planning this. Everyone around you will be so excited, that they’ll want to help and just want to see you happy, don’t be afraid of that.
Pre-ceremony Seating: A mix of songs from the Vitamin String Quartet, specifically Michael Jackson, Cold Play, Muse and White Stripes
Bridal Party Processional: “All I Want Is You,” performed by Vitamin String Quartet
Bride’s Processional: “Thousand Years,” performed by Vitamin String Quartet
During cocktail hour we had a mix of Beatles, Brubeck, motown, and of course Richard Cheese. We really tried any way we could to sneak things in that would be comical, but you’d only catch if you were paying attention.
First Dance: “LOVE,” Nat King Cole
For our open dancing at the wedding we took all the requested songs from our mad-lib RSVP’s and had that added to our song list. That was mixed in with top 40’s. There were quite a bit of outlandish songs I had never heard of, but one was The Hokey Pokey, followed by Rydin’ Dirty. We had a fantastic DJ though that figured out a way to make it all transition smoothly.
Wedding Location: Foresthill, CA / Photographer, Videographer, and Paper Goods: The Goodness / Bouquet: Bride, Rene’s Fab Lab / Table Floral Arrangements: El Dorado Floral Design / Wedding Venue, Coordinator, Caterer, Cake, and Cupcakes: Forest House Lodge / Wedding Dress: Maggie Soterro via Enchanted Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Luxe Image / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Enchanted Bridal and J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: R. Douglas Designs / Groomsmen’s Suits: Crown Tailor / Desserts: Sweet Cakes by Rebecca / Caramels: Piece of Love Pie / Haupia, Cookies, Marshmallows: Bride’s family / Wedding Music: Hits Entertainment
Every now and again we get a wedding that reminds us of the ultimate dance party. Just one glance at these images from Sarah Maren Photographers, and you know you’re looking at a group who loves to have fun, and it’s no question that Summer and Greg brought buckets of that fun to their own wedding day.
From the bride, Summer: My vision for the wedding was something colorful, comfortable, and FUN! I’m not a terribly artistic or creative person, so my wedding planner took my general ideas, and created the wedding of my dreams! Something fun that we incorporated, which I first experienced at my brother’s Peruvian wedding, was the Hora Loca, a South American tradition. When the party feels like it’s winding down, out come balloons and all kinds of props for people to have fun with. It was a blast!
My wedding was soft, colorful, and personal. The color theme that we started with was a dark teal, mustard yellow, and a reddish-orange. Some accent colors were added along the way, as well. Almost the entire wedding was DIY! My mother and her best friend, my wedding planner, really put their heart and soul into creating my wedding from scratch, making nearly every detail by hand. The end result was something deeply personal and exactly us.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Pick your battles! Some things we ended up just letting go, while others we really had to stand our ground on. The day of the wedding, RELAX!! Enjoy your friends and family, and the whole process. If something goes wrong, chances are no one will even know what they’re missing! The guests won’t know if the flowers aren’t exactly what you wanted, or if the cake is the wrong flavor. Just go with it and enjoy your day.
Bridal Party Processional: “Only Fools Rush In,” Ingrid Michaelson
Bridal Processional: “Forever,” Ben Harper
Recessional: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” Stevie Wonder
First Dance: “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” Otis Redding
Father/Daughter Dance: “Forever and Ever, Amen,” George Strait
Mother/Son Dance: “Chico Avila,” Mae
Wedding Location: Nevada City, CA / Photographer: Sarah Maren Photographers / Wedding Planner and Florist: Donna Organ / Wedding Venue: Miners Foundry Cultural Center / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero via Trudy’s Brides / Wedding Shoes: TOMS / Makeup: Hello Glam / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan via Nordstrom / Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Shirts: Men’s Wearhouse / Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Pants: Dockers / Wedding Caterer: Emily’s Catering and Cakes / Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes / DJ: DJ Jazcat
We can hardly believe it ourselves, but Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner! One reason we love this holiday so much is because it always seems to come jam-packed with color, just like we see in this shoot put together by Grit+Gold, We + You Studios, and Nine Photography. And who doesn’t love a hardy dose of technicolor wedding ideas?
Shoot Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: Nine Photography / Event Design: Grit+Gold / Floral Design: We + You / Hair and Makeup: KOgirl by Tia Vang / Desserts: Esperanzas Breads/Cookies / Rentals: Rent My Dust / Papel Picado: Ay Mujer / Paper Goods: Caroline Creates / Transportation: Bowtie Vintage Classics
Looking at Cathy’s smile beaming with glee warms up my heart, but that’s one just of the many reasons I fell in love with this wedding. Charming, heartfelt and fun, Cathy and Brent’s wedding is the whole package. And when Jonathan Ong is the photographer, I had no doubt in my mind the images would tell the story better than anyone else could put into words. This wedding is dripping with inspiration, so let’s get started:
From the bride, Cathy: We wanted it to be relaxed, filled with music and colour, and to have a ‘festival’ feel. We wanted lots of colour, based around a teal, pink, yellow theme. Details in twine and paper, with paper aeroplanes used throughout the decorations and stationery. Everything was DIY – the stationary (Brent and I), decorations (my sister, mum and I), wooden benches (made by my step-dad), food (catered by my step-aunt), music (friends), desserts (friends), wedding cake (my bridesmaid). It took a LOT of love and time from our families to make it look so amazing on the day!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Start any DIY projects as soon as possible! All those ‘little’ details take longer than planned and add up to a lot of time when you try and finish them all in the days before the wedding. Also, relax! Everyone is going to have an amazing time because they love you and are just so pleased to be there to see you get married.
Bridal Processional: “Such Great Heights,” Iron and Wine (sung by a friend)
Processional: A bluegrass arrangement of Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend” (sung by my bridesmaids)
Ceremony: “With a Song in my Heart,” Ella Fitzgerald (performed by my sisters)
Recessional: “Something in the Water,” Brooke Fraser
Wedding Location: Gippland, Victoria, Australia / Wedding Photographer: Jonathan Ong / Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Event Design and Headpiece: A Home For Tandy / Wedding Flowers: Sugarbee Flowers / Wedding Dress: Annah Stretton “Didion Rose” / Wedding Shoes: Liebling / Bridesmaids’ Dress: Retrospec’d / Wedding Caterer: Bride’s Step-Aunt / Wedding Cake: Friends / Wedding Invitations: Bride and Groom
This California wedding from photographer Clayton Austin is one of those that just stops me right in my tracks — and I’m inclined to think it’ll do the same for you! Add together some blue thistle, sequins, and some tissue paper and metallic tassel garlands, and you have a surefire winner! Oh, and imagine our surprise when we took a closer look at the bridesmaids’ dresses and saw that the pattern was flamingos, for no other reason than the fact that Austin calls Sarah “his flamingo”!
From the bride, Sarah: Austin and I wanted to throw a party that was different than any wedding we’d been to. We just wanted everyone to have fun and feel relaxed. Austin has more rustic taste, while I like glitz and glam, so we wanted to mix both of our styles together. So we found a rustic setting, and finished it up with glam elements like sequin tablecloths and gold silverware.
Our color scheme was orange, pink and gold. This started because I asked Austin early on what colors we should do, and he said “if I had to pick one color that describes us as a couple, it would be… orange” because its out of the norm and different. Like us :)
We did the save the dates and invitations, my mom and sisters made the signs, my sisters and I made the gift boxes (photo strip holders), and I made the tulle poufs that went on top of the mini cupcakes.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Have fun! It’s easy to get stressed and sweat the small stuff, but at the end of the day, it’s about you and your husband starting your lives together. And it’s a celebration! Just enjoy, and have fun together during the engagement. Our wedding planner kept reminding us of that, and we had so much fun planning and just being engaged. Austin and I both have very hectic schedules, but we picked activities to do together that play on our strengths- for instance Austin and I made our save the dates and invitations. He has a graphic design background so it was fun for him!
Processional: “God Gave Me You” sung by Collin Elliott
Recessional: “Home Sweet Home,” Lady of the Sunshine, sung by Collin Elliott
Introduction: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
First Dance: “They Bring Me To You,” Joshua Radin sung by Collin Elliott
Father/Daughter Dance: “stealing Cinderella,” Chuck Wicks
Wedding Location: Valley Center, CA / Wedding Photographer: Clayton Austin / Wedding Venue: Keys Creek Lavender Farm / Event Design: Krysten Tien of Couture Events San Diego / Wedding Flowers: Blush Botanicals / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham “Cascade” / Wedding Veil: Bride’s mother’s / Wedding Shoes: Miu Miu via Nordstrom / Makeup: Chantall of Faces of California / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Paul and Joe / Groom’s Shirt: John Varvatos / Groom’s Pants: Vince / Wedding Music and DJ: Collin Elliott of Still Listening Productions / Wedding Caterer: Bare Back Grill / Desserts: Hey There, Cupcake! / Wedding Invitations: Bride and Groom / Videographer: Austin Hendrix Productions
We’re kicking this weekend off with the perfect injection of color, thanks to the fantastic Sloan Photographers and the glorious Marvimon House. A bit of glitter, a touch of fuchsia and orange, and one of the sweetest first looks you’ll see (we guarantee it), you’ll love this wedding as much as we do!
From the bride, Missy: I wanted our wedding to be colorful and fun. I wanted to use Bauer Pottery and the bright flowers that were in season. We wanted everyone to have a fun relaxed time. We had great food from Heirloom, and wine from SilverLake Wine.
I wanted it to be festive, fun colorful and personal. I did not want it to be too quirky, but wanted it to express our tastes and humor. We had our friend make a cut where you could put your face through it and get your picture taken. I wanted to use local vendors for everything. I had a tremendous help from friends. I was into using orange and bright fuchsia, and the colors of the Bauer pottery, which are bright and very California.
We have lived in LA a long time, and wanted an downtown wedding, but with the lovely outdoor Spring element that is also part of LA. Marvimon had both of those. They have the loveliest outdoor succulent garden and ceremony area. The reception was inside, so no one had to get in the car and drive to another site. They were super friendly and helpful the day of. We had a day-of coordinator, who we could not have done it without. He came from Marvimon, so was familiar with everything and we had several meetings before hand.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? There are a lot of things to juggle. If you need help, and can afford it, get a coordinator, at least day-of one. It is a lot, and you don’t want to worry on the wedding day if something goes wrong, and something will…. it always does.
My husband is a composer, so he wrote music for a cello duet that we walked in the processional and recessional. Our first dance was to a Bright Eyes song.
Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Wedding Photographer: Sloan Photographers / Wedding Venue: Marvimon House / Event Design: Bride / Wedding Bouquets, Boutonnieres and Dog Collars: Hollyflora / Table Arrangements: Bride / Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo / Wedding Shoes and Jewelry: Kate Spade / Wedding Veil: Sara Gabriel / Bridesmaids’ Dresses and Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Wedding Caterer: Heirloom LA / Wedding Cake: friend / Wedding Invitations: friend
When it comes to this styled shoot from Robin and Sarah of Gather Events, I’m just speechless in the VERY best possible way. The creative team designed a “Production Bruncheon” which quickly evolved into a party they lovingly dubbed “Paintapalooza.” Chock full of imaginative wedding ideas, you could easily design a bridal shower or crafting party around these inspired images. Check back soon as the ladies share some tutorials from the shoot!
Shoot Location: Los Angeles, CA / Concept, Event Design, Production, and Styling: Gather Events / Shoot Photographer: The Why We Love / Shoot Venue: Studio 1342 / Floral Design: Honey and Poppies / Hair and Makeup: Fiore Beauty / Cocktails: Michael Nemcik / Calligraphy: Jimin Bruen for Petite Pig Chocolates / Videographer: Tower Films
I love the Beatles — more than love, in fact. So when I saw these images from Jennifer Williams Photography celebrating the film version of Yellow Submarine, I got unbelievably excited! Jennifer teamed up with Therese of My Sorted Affair to put together this incredibly colorful and happy wedding shoot, complete with one amazing cake from Anamie’s Sweets.
From the photographer, Jennifer Williams: Therese of My Sorted Affair came to me with a vision for a Yellow Submarine inspired wedding. It also happened to be perfect timing because the newly remastered version of Yellow Submarine was just released. We wanted to create something vintage but unconventional, to go along with the film’s bright and colorful imagery. We took components of the movie and applied it to the details and styling of the shoot. The escort cards are displayed on green apples (as thrown by the blue meanies in Yellow Sub). The flowers were chosen for their bright pops of color, but also for their interesting textures and shapes. The Beatles message of LOVE pops up throughout.
An ombre heart cake was designed by Anamie’s Sweets in bright vivid colors. After styling the “wedding” we then needed a couple who would fit in this setting. Lucky for us, the models happened to be musicians and a real couple! A wedding gowns just didn’t seem to fit. I ended up stumbling upon the bride’s dress at Forever 21, and I thought it was perfect for our edgy musician bride! Curl Up and Dye Salon provided hair and makeup to finish off the model’s perfect mod look, circa 1968. The make-up artist, Alex Arias, wasn’t afraid to be over the top and edgy to show off our big ideas. The shoot took place at The Loft, a venue in an old department store, in the downtown area of our town. Now it’s a wedding venue on the third floor, with a vintage furniture store below. A lot of the original department store features are still in place. We also couldn’t help popping over to a mechanic shop for a few shots.
Shoot Location: Bakersfield, CA / Shoot Venue: The Loft at Timeless Furnishings / Event Design and Flowers: My Sorted Affair / Wedding Photographer: Jennifer Williams Photography / Bride’s Dress: Forever 21 / Hair and Makeup: Curl Up & Dye Salon / Wedding Cake: Anamie’s Sweets / Wedding Stationery: Willis Design Studios / Models: Jess Trevino and Jeff Ardray
This wedding shot by Natalie of nbarrett photography and planned by A Stylish Soiree is one of those that just makes you instantly happy. Maybe it’s the amazing ranch setting, or all the bright and cheery pops of color, or the clearly-madly-in-love newlyweds, maybe it’s all of it. If you’re looking to inject your wedding day full of color, look no further:
From the bride, Stephanie: When we were deciding where we were going to have our wedding, I wanted the location to reflect both of our tastes. I am an antique lover and Brian loves the outdoors. We wanted to combine both of those loves into the style and feel of our wedding.
Our day was a mix of shabby chic with modern day bright colors. Our color scheme was orange and teal from one end of the spectrum to the other. We didn’t want it to be matchy-matchy. There were many DIY projects involved. We made a “Love Story Chalkboard”, a fabric Thank You Banner, and hand sewn programs.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My advice to future brides is to take the planning one step at a time. I became overwhelmed many times during the planning process, and I neglected to focus on the fact that I was marrying my best friend.
Wedding Location: Graham, TX / Wedding Venue: Wildcatter Ranch / Wedding Photographer: nbarrett and Kelly Christine / Wedding Flowers and Event Design: Kerrie Smith of A Stylish Soiree / Wedding Dress: Circle Park Bridal (Addison, TX) / Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Stephanie Goldsmith of Haute Facade / DJ: Astounding Sound / Ceremony Musician: Jan Ryberg / Wedding Invitations: Southern Fried Paper
This California wedding at Spanish Oaks Ranch in California and shot by Abi Q Photography is just what we need to perk up our work week. How can you be glum looking at these bright colors and dahlia floral arrangements? The bride, Lisa (who is also the brains behind Marzee Social Events), and her groom picked their wedding colors around the shades of their aisle runner, which set the stage for one amazing wedding day:
From the bride, Lisa: The color scheme was based on the colors of the aisle runner. The main colors were coral, gold/orange, rust red, lipstick pink, and teal. I painted everything (the desk that the cakes were on, the birdcage, & the candle holders that went down the aisle. I made the table numbers with number wood blocks decorated with the fabric from the aisle runner, the gifts for our guests were mixed CDs with cutout fabric hearts on the CD pocket.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Just have fun with it and remember what is important…if you have a strict budget, try to narrow down what you don’t really care as much about and save money on those details. It is fun to plan your own wedding, especially for those of you who like to have control, but it is important to have a day of coordinator, so that you can relax and enjoy every part of that day. And of course try to take it all in and cherish every second of it because it goes by too fast!
Processional: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Israel Kamakawiwo’de; “Wild Horses,” The Sundays; “Angel Song,” Connie Wollenhupt; Pachebel’s Canon in D Minor
Recessional: “Just Like Heaven,” The Cure
First Dance: “Your Song,” Ellie Goulding
Cake Cutting: “New Slang,” The Shins
Bouquet Toss: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” Cindi Lauper
Wedding Vendors (Santa Margarita, CA):
Wedding Venue: Spanish Oaks Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Abi Q Photography / Wedding Planner: Marzee Social Events / Wedding Flowers: Kate Baker Florals / Wedding Dress: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner via A Heart’s Desire / Wedding Veil: Made by bride / Hair: Kelsey Tikker at Hive Natural Beauty Collective / Makeup: Kristina Buckley at Tigerlili Salon and Spa / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BCBG / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Rachel Roy / Cocktail Hour Musicians: Ben Hein and Britton Miller / DJ: AMS Entertainment / Wedding Caterer: Upper Crust Trattoria / Wedding Cake: Kristina Buckley / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
I will never tire of chic, yet laid back soirees at gorgeous rustic venues like this wedding shot by Cameron Ingalls. California will always hold the title for wedding setting envy, and how could we blame it? Jessica and Travis injected their wedding day with bright pops of color, from their papel picado flags to the colorful ribbon backdrop for their ceremony, all with the day-of help of Mark Padgett Event Design.
From the bride, Jessica: We wanted a Mexican inspired theme because we met on a Spring break trip to San Felipe Mexico. It was complete fate that we met, I loved the bright colors that we used, and it was fun to utilized those bright hues in such neutral, but beautiful venue. Overall, we wanted our guests to have a great time with amazing food. The DJ and our caterer were super important to us, there’s nothing worse than bad food and a club DJ making your day all about them.
DIY — those words definitely tested my patience. Just kidding! We had a lot of projects going on at once: re-purposing an estate buffet table to be used as our dessert table: sanded and painted. 150 jars of homemade strawberry jam were made with hand cut fabric covers that were stitched in fuchsia thread, adorned with hand cut labels. Hand stamped and hand written seating cards. And lastly my grandpa and I made vintage looking side tables from the ground up in his garage. I used these to frame where Trav and I stood at the ceremony site. We have since then moved these gems into our bedroom as night stands.
Processional: “You Are the Only One I Love,” Jaymay
Recessional: “Everybody,” Ingrid Michaelson
First Dance: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Wedding Vendors (Nipomo, CA):
Wedding Venue: The Dana-Powers House / Wedding Photographer: Cameron Ingalls / Event Designer: Mark Padgett Event Design / Wedding Flowers: Jessica Nichols of Flowers to You by Jessica / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal / Dress Alterations: Kate White of Scissor Clothing / Bride’s Shoes: Butter / Hair Accessories: Lo Boheme / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse / Wedding Caterer and Desserts: Two Cooks Catering / DJ: Goodbeat Productions / Makeup: Asha of The Queen’s Bees / DJ: DJ Malik Miko Thorne (805.801.7959) / Wedding Invitations: Minted
This wedding shot by Tin Sparrow Studio may just be the sweetest thing ever. Rachael and Pete married in their own New Jersey home only two days before Christmas, with just an officiant and two photographers in tow. The bride’s wedding gown was a vintage find and no more than $100!
From the bride, Rachael: Our wedding was exactly what we envisioned… simplistically perfect and selfishly private. We wanted to get married in our favorite establishment… our home; surrounded by all of our comforts, collections and treasures. We decided it was important to have that moment just for us… no audience, no distractions, just us. After our ceremony, we stopped by my favorite store, Parcel in Montclair, to capture the wondrous treasures that inspire me. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect way to celebrate our love. It truly was the best day ever. Hooray for love!
From the photographer, Anna: Rachael (a adorably obsessive crafter) and Pete got married in their home, just the 2 of them along with us (the photographers) as their witnesses. The details were all crafted by Rachael in sweet pastel colors, along with their home. After the ceremony we headed off to town to shoot in the store that inspired Rachaels theme, and after our goodbyes they went to have crepes together to celebrate (I LOVE this couple!).
Wedding Vendors (Montclair, NJ):
Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Photographer: Tin Sparrow Studio / Wedding Dress: Vintage / Wedding Shoes: J. Crew / Bride’s Necklaces: Family Heirlooms and J. Crew / Bride’s Sweaters: Anthropologie / Wedding Bouquet, Boutonnieres, and Hair Pins: Made by bride / Groom’s Suit: Bonobos / Groom’s Tie: Tux and Tulle / Groom’s Shoes: John Fluevog / Wedding Rings: Namu Studios Damascus Collection / Bride’s Stack Rings: Louisa Gallery / Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Magda Designs / Ceiling Garlands: Caramelos / Custom Chalkboard: Custom Chalk / Wedding Day Banner: ReadyGo / Unicorn Cake Topper: MelaboWed / “Hooray for Love” Banner and Fruit Ring Boxes: Parcel / Yo-Yo Bedspread: Vintage family heirloom / Vintage Remington Typewriter: Bride’s Grandfather
Where to start with Renee and Reece’s New Zealand wedding? How about Renee’s gorgeous cape, gorgeous bridesmaids’ dresses, or the gorgeous 100-year-old vineyard? Lavara Wedding Photography seriously knocked this wedding out of the park, so make sure you absorb every detail!
From the bride, Renee: We wanted our wedding day to be filled with colours that had a vintage-shabby chic-rustic feel. For people to feel relaxed and inspired but the DIY projects we chose to do but mostly to feel our personalities shine through in every aspect of our wedding. It made is easy to style the day with such a beautiful venue to work with. We always knew that when this day came we would get married at our friend’s family-owned Vineyard which has the most amazing brick work and a 100 year old vine that grows above the seating inside.
With the venue being so amazing it really did make the theme and colour scheme easy to pick. Rustic, vintage pastel colours with bright accents of different florals made for a relaxed, quirky but romantic atmosphere. The bunting that I made to hang above the tables was different floral patterns that would of clashed if side by side but were broken with sage green and blush pink, black and cream stripes and polka dots pieces. It was a soft and bold mixing of colours which was fun. The tables and chairs were black so it worked out well to have a black pattern. We always wanted the bridesmaids in a patterned floral fabric and the none of the groomsmen in black so it really opened the door for the use of colours in our bridal party having so many colours in the styling of the wedding, it made it so fun being able to use colour and not have just one or two colours.
The DIY was so much fun. Table runners made from Calico, homemade muesli put into old baby food Jars that myself and all my baby mumma friends collected over the 9 months before the wedding, ring cushion made with an old sack with a floral heart sewn on from the same fabric as the bunting, photo props from materials from the local art shop, place cards made out of old manilla folders and hand stamped with floral design, to my sons waistcoat to match his Dad’s suit were all made my amazing Mum, friends and of course myself. It really did feel good to get some arts and craft back into my life. It was so rewarding to see the finished product.
My advice to brides and couples getting married would be to stay true to who you are. Our guests really noticed that it was ‘Reece and Renee’s wedding,’ one guest saying that even if he turned up to the venue and didn’t know which one of his friends was getting married by just looking around he would have known it was ours! That was all achieved from keeping our invite worded exactly how we talk every day to our friends, to the background music, aisle song and keeping everything as relaxed as you can. We know that our guests truly did feel the relaxed, fun colourful spirit of the wedding. I believe that by being creative and growing that atmosphere allowed them to be apart of and see how we are as a couple to share and insight into our outlook on life as we start our journey as husband and wife. Friends and family love to help so ask them, you will be amazed at what you can pull off with the help of more hands and you will be surprised at how many people can dig up their creativeness, we all have it in us. Make sure you have a fantastic photographer, we really did. We have these photos for the rest of our lives for generations so see, I still look at my parents’ photo album and I am sure Jet (our son) will too. So make sure you find someone you trust and who listens to you and take care in helping you create photos that are special to you and your family. Lastly, trust that everything will come together on the day because it will and when it does, my golly gosh it’s amazing and you never want it to end…
Our songs were picked by me and Reece. Our aisle song was Estelle and John Legend ‘You Are’ the words are so meaningful and the tempo a bit more up beat than your usual aisle song. Once we were announced Husband and Wife we had a surprise for our guests as we had organised our friend Jacob to play the saxophone along with Nina Simone’s classic ‘My Baby Just Cares for Me’. It was such an amazing sound to echo around the vineyard and really make the moment more dramatic and personal to us. Such a great memory!
Wedding Vendors (Hamilton, New Zealand):
Wedding Venue: Vilagrads Estate / Wedding Photographer: Lavara Wedding Photography / Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven / Bride’s Cape: I Sew 4 U / Bride’s Ring Bracelet: daliadaliak / Bride’s Earrings: Tre Chic / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: bespoke / Groom’s Suit: Working Style Chancery Lane / Groomsmen’s Suits: Cambridge Suit Outlet / Boutonnieres: Mignonne Handmade / Wedding Flowers: Homewood Gardens / Celebrant: Kay Gregory / Wedding Cake: Lara at Cake Couture / Wedding Hair: Olivia Noble of Servilles Newmarket / Wedding Makeup: Tori Hart Makeup / Labels for Muesli: kawaiigoodies
This fall wedding is such a winner for all of its perfect little details, all carefully planned by Jubilee Events: the candy apple escort cards, the handmade drink stirrers, the apple slice wedding cake… we could go on and on. Raya Carlisle was on hand to capture Ramsey and Danielle’s (you may recognize her from Community, no?) wedding, which is the epitome of a chic autumnal soiree in Connecticut.
From the bride, Danielle: The theme — if there was one — was apples. It was a Fall wedding in Connecticut in September which is apple picking season. We wanted the apples to be the theme. We used them in many different capacities. We used caramel apple for the seating card and favor, we used apples all over the place for decor and in the center pieces. We also had two types of apple themed cocktails. Our invitations were handmade by a friend and had an apple tree on it. Pretty much the whole wedding was DIY. Some of the things my mother made were the cake toppers, we had a clothesline with many old pictures of our families from past weddings (our grandparents, and great grandparents, cousins, etc.), at the end of the night we had a homemade cookie table for people to much on after the wedding was over. We also had a beautiful vignette of old furniture set up in the barn. It added to the rustic and homey feeling.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My advice after going to so many weddings is there are certain things you should not skimp on, but other things that you can totally do yourself if you want to save money. Food and venue should always be good. The layout of a room is important and there should always be plenty of room to dance. Also music should be fantastic. After that- you really can improvise. What people mostly commented on at our wedding was the love between my husband and I and they couldn’t get over how “different” the venue was. So at the end of the day- it all comes together and your marriage is the most important thing.
From the Jubilee Events: Danielle and Ramsey were married at a gorgeous and intimate barn in Connecticut, surrounded by their closest family and friends. We had the fortune of being part of their wedding day as they planned their wedding from LA. Danielle is currently guest starring on one of our all time fave television shows — Community! One of my favorite parts of this wedding was that it wasn’t just a celebration of a new family unit, but it also honored their history. The couple was married on the lush lawn overlooking the river surrounded by their closest family and friends. Their ceremony was deeply personal as their parents and siblings stood by them underneath the Chuppah, which housed them with a family prayer shawl. Guests made their way up to the cocktail hour, where they were greeted by one of the most cheerful and entertaining A Capella groups, the LarKings. Guests were quick to find their seats as the sweet candy apple escort cards were too good not to touch!
Groom’s Processional: “Annie’s Song,” John Denver
Bride’s Processional: “Make You Feel My Love,” Bob Dylan
Recessional: “Whenever I See Your Smiling Face,” James Taylor
Wedding Vendors (Middletown, CT):
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Barns at Wesleyan Hills / Wedding Photographer: Raya Carlisle / Wedding Cinematography: Vantage Point Films / Event Planning: Diana and Candice of Jubilee Events / Wedding Flowers: Azalea Floral Design / Wedding Cake: Palmer’s Bakery / Wedding Dress: Marisa / Wedding Shoes: Anthropologie / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Bride’s Makeup and Hair: DD Nickel / Wedding Invitations and Event Design: Bride’s Mother / DJ: NSR / A Capella Group: The LarKings
We just totally love how many personal details bride Renee was able to inject into her big day. The couple’s cake topper was the same used by the groom’s parents, there were family inside jokes littered throughout the decor, and there were wedding portraits from various generations scattered throughout the reception venue. So sweet! Thank you to photographers Turn Loose the Art for the sharing these images!
From the bride, Renee: We wanted a rustic city chic wedding with personal elements incorporated throughout. We wanted to find a venue that incorporated our personality and where guest felt they were really part of the celebration. Elements like vintage seltzer bottles, wooden high ceilings and square tables made the venue feel unique and intimate. The color scheme reflected the colors you’d find in an Indian Summer sunset with elements of early Fall coming through. There was a mix of raw elements like the burlap table runners against the white linen table cloth and the beautiful flower arrangements in mason jars that gave the venue a polished yet accessible and intimate feel.
There was no specific theme, even though wine was a given direction. Some elements were very reflective of the venue we chose, like our invitations, menu cards and place card holders. But other details reflected the colors and elements that we wanted to include in our day. Some things I was very specific on, like having all the guys in grey tuxes. But for the girls, I wanted them to pick out their dresses so that each dress reflected their personality and style. They had to stay in a color range but other then that, had free range. Plus I got to go shopping with each of them and make a great day out of it. All the girls ended up getting one shoulder dresses, except for my maid of honor who was strapless. When you put the dresses together all the colors worked great.
We had lots of DIY! We hand tied the programs with ribbon to save on assembly costs. I bought vintage handkerchiefs online and put them in a basket with a sign that read “for your happy tears”. The place card holders were made from recycled wine corks that friends and family saved all year. The extra corks were used as accents on the tables. The wine labels were designed closely with our venue and their in house designer.. We named our homemade wine “curly tail red” which represents a family joke. Each wine was carefully selected for our cocktail hour wine tasting. The wine tasting also included a stand for our homemade wine four guests to sample along with the other wines showcased.
I searched forever for white small gourds that were placed on each table along with the flowers. The white gourds represented the September month but the white color still had a feeling of summer. We wanted to showcase our grandparents’ and parents’ wedding pictures and placed the frames in front of a window along with our guest book and framed wedding poster (a gift from my bridesmaids). I gave each parent a handkerchief with a special note along with the wedding date as a special keepsake. Our cake topper was actually my husband’s parents cake topper from their wedding 41 years ago. They said it would give us good luck… let’s hope so!
My husband’s dad sang us an Elvis love song that we danced to which was really special. He was such a hit that guests clapped him on for an encore song! We also had an Italian singer from Naples come in and perform classic Italian songs like “mama” that The groom and mom danced too along with fun dance songs we all danced too. Having those moments in our reception added to the uniqueness of the day.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Follow your gut! Everyone will have an opinion. When I told people my bridesmaids were wearing different colored dresses, I got strange looks. But don’t let someone else’s vision or opinion affect yours. It’s your day and that means you can do what you want, because whatever you do reflects you and your personality and that’s what matters. There is no right or wrong as long as you follow your heart and everything will come together perfectly in the end.
First Dance: “Something,” The Beatles
Father/daughter Dance: “Summer Wind,” Frank Sinatra
Wedding Vendors (New York City, New York):
Ceremony Venue: Regina Pacis Roman Catholic Church, Brooklyn / Wedding Venue: City Winery / Wedding Photographer: Turn Loose the Art / Wedding Dress: Ivy and Aster, “In Bloom” / Bride’s Sash: Untamed Petals / Bride’s Shoes: Ivanka Trump / Wedding Hair: Mark McAlpine / Wedding Makeup: Lynette Broom / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BCBG, Alice + Olivia, and Tadashi / Wedding Flowers: Jerome Florists / DJ: Scratch Weddings / Wedding Desserts: Momofuku Milk Bar / Videographer: Wellspun Weddings / Transportation: Settembre Limo
Sometimes we all need a little burst of color in our lives. While green is filling the pages today for St. Patrick’s, we’ll stick with fuchsias, blues, and purples, thank you! This next wedding has just that, and in the lushest of surroundings: Cuernavaca, Mexico. For me, at least, no amount of decorations can replace the splendid background nature provides; you only have to look at the gorgeous knotted tree here to recognize the beauty. The sweet-as-pie Ala of Love Ala Photography sent this wedding our way, so don’t forget to see all images in the gallery!
We were planning a destination wedding in a garden at an absolutely stunning centuries-old Hacienda in Mexico, so we felt that was already a great theme to build upon. We wanted the details to look pretty, but compliment and highlight the natural beauty of the venue. Basically we wanted to throw an amazing garden party in a beautiful environment where everyone still felt totally comfortable relaxing and having a great time – which they did!
Our details went with the Mexico theme: we gave out talavera (mexican pottery) tequila glasses and had talavera vases with floral arrangements. Our cake and cake table were decorated with papel picado, and we had mariachis during our cocktail hour.
We had been living in Mexico City and found it to be difficult planning in the US – and even settling upon a city, since we had met and lived in New York, and are from Los Angeles and Seattle. Anna had attended an amazing wedding in Mexico, and the possibilities associated with a Mexican fiesta started growing on us. A little encouragement from our Mexican and Mexico-based friends led us to start scouting mexico venues, and we focused on Cuernavaca since it was close to Mexico City but has an even nicer climate and has many beautiful gardens and wedding venues. The Hacienda de Cortes completely amazed us on our first visit, we could totally envision where we would have the ceremony and an amazing party. We pretty much knew it was the place.
Any advice for brides planning now? Get a wedding planner! You will NOT regret it. I thought I could do it all myself and had previously scoffed the idea of hiring someone to coordinate my wedding – but I really don’t know what I would have done without Valerya. Especially for a destination wedding – it’s stressful enough without having to think about finding, coordinating and paying a dozen or more vendors in another country.
I guess everyone says this (and it’s easier said than done), but try not to stress out so much over the details and potential drama / people dynamics. I was particularly worried that since we were basically forcing dozens of our friends and family travel to another country, it was my responsibility to make sure they were ok and having fun at all times. Well, they all had an amazing time (better than anyone had imagined!) but there was no reason for me to worry about it so much. Do what you both feel represents who you both are and the kind of party you envision, even if your family and friends don’t quite get it at first. On your day they will see you in your element and in love, and then they’ll get why you did it they way you did. They might even end up loving it!
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Processional: “The Sun it Rises” by Fleet Foxes
Bride entrance: “A Sunday Smile” by Beirut
Recessional: “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
Wedding vendors (Morelos, Mexico):
Wedding planner: Valerya Garcia of CREA Global / Flower arrangements: CREA Global / Wedding photography: Love Ala / Wedding dress: Alvina Valenta / Hair accessories: Made by bride / Bridemaids’ dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Groom’s attire: Theory / Wedding music: 2DJs / Catering: Hacienda de Cortes / Wedding cake and cupcakes: Moxy / Wedding Invitations: Manny Sevilla of One of a Sign, Los Angeles, CA
Today’s wedding has us absolutely tittering with excitement. It proves that a grand budget is by no means necessary for a drop-dead gorgeous, down-home celebration. The bride recruited her family and friends for an abundance of DIY projects, from bunting to flowers to the most adorable but simple wedding favor — grapes of every color in little brown bags! Every moment was delicately captured by the always superb Anna Rose Photography.
From the bride, Tiffany: Paul and I wanted our wedding to have an intimate, personal feel as well as being bright and casual. I would describe our wedding as happy, colourful, fun… with a bit of a country, garden fete feel. I didn’t want it to look too coordinated or formal so we steered clear of any particular colour scheme or theme.
We were on a very small budget but thankfully we both have incredibly talented, resourceful families and friends. Our whole wedding was pretty much DIY so there are too many projects to mention… a couple of the big stand-outs were the bunting, flowers, favours and cushions.
My Mum is a superstar at sourcing cheap fabric. For our bunting; she collected various pastel designs which my Aunty Trish, Mum, friend Pip and I all cut into triangles (30cm sides) with “zig-zag” scissors. This prevented fraying and meant we didn’t have to hem the sides. Mum then sewed 90m of triangles onto bias binding. You’re awesome Mum!
My sister planted 80 flower seedlings three months before the wedding. The day before, we transferred them into little aluminium pots from Ikea and scattered them around the garden for some extra colour.
For our favours, we bought small brown paper bags from ebay, stamped the front of the bags with a black “thank you” stamp (from etsy) and trimmed the tops with zig-zag scissors. We then lined them with clear plastic bags and filled with summer fruits. They were a big hit at the end of the night.
To create seating areas, we scattered throw rugs and cushions around the garden and over a low limestone wall. The cushions were made by a family friend using pastel coloured fabrics and buttons. The throw rugs were borrowed or from Ikea.
Processional: “The Wedding Song” by Peter, Paul and Mary (sung by my Uncles)
First Dance: “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Wedding Vendors (Perth, Western Australia):
Ceremony and reception location(s): Private Residence / Florist and wedding cake: Friend of the Bride’s Mother / Wedding Photographer: Anna Rose Photography / Wedding Dress: Alex Perry / Wedding Shoes: L.K. Bennett / Jewellery: Grandma’s bangle, earrings from Ecali / Hair: Marie Cain / Make-up: done by friend of the Bride / Caterer: South West Fresh Catering / Wedding Desserts: Lawley’s Bakery / Wedding invitations: illustrated by friend
Some weddings exude so much personality and love they just make my heart pitter-patter. Phoebe and Scott’s wedding does just that, with the most amazing quilt handmade by the bride, the sweetest invitations made by the groom, and perhaps my favorite bridal bouquet so far this year. For all of those who want to plan an outdoor celebration yet fear the uncertainty of the weather, this post proves that, rain or no rain, you can still have the wedding of your dreams. Be sure to check out every sweet image from amelia + dan photography in the gallery!
Phoebe Lewis and Scott Harrell married on Sullivan’s Island not once, but TWICE in one day! Both ceremonies were delightful, and it was such a pleasure to be a part of their wedding day. They decided to go ahead with the outdoor ceremony they envisioned before the skies unleashed the rain, and then had another ceremony indoors once all the guests arrived.
They are both SUPER talented artists. Phoebe made the most gorgeous quilt I have ever seen for the portrait backdrop, along with the smaller framed quilt. Scott designed their endearing invitations, which were incorporated in other aspects of the decor. All of the people involved made a double ceremony wedding seem par for the course, and Ooh! Events kept everyone happy and calm.
From the bride, Phoebe: I wanted our wedding to have a personal, handmade feel. We had originally been planning a private ceremony for just the two of us and a small reception to follow for our families but things spiraled (happily!) out of control and we ended up having a bit over a hundred guests.
Our colour scheme was aqua and red. My husband is a graphic designer and designed our save the date cards, invitations and sandwich boards that we put on the corner with our wedding ‘logo’ directing guests to the entrance to the wedding. I cross stitched a small piece that sat on the table with the guest book. The best handmade piece that we still use every day was a king sized quilt that I made as a backdrop for some of our wedding pictures. It went immediately on our bed the day after the wedding.
About the venue: I’ve known the couple that I work for since I was a teen – they’re sort of like parents to me – and when they heard that Scott and I were getting married, she started squealing. They have a gorgeous home on Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina that includes four houses with adjoining yards and they offered us the use of it for the ceremony and reception. A huge rainstorm started one minute before the wedding was planned. My most excellent wedding planner, Alison, was so on top of things that she suggested that we get married once in the garden as we had planned so that we could get the pictures that we wanted. Our families were already there so we gathered everyone quickly and had one small wedding in the garden at 5.15pm and another ceremony in the house at 6.30pm once all of the guests had arrived. Alison was able to move the entire wedding reception – all catering and bar setups – inside the house. It turned out beautifully. Our photographer ended up taking two sets of pictures – color ones for the ceremony in the garden and black and whites of the ceremony in the house. I couldn’t have asked for more from everyone involved and we have great stories to tell!
Wedding Vendors (Sullivan’s Island, SC):
Venue: private residence on Sullivan’s Island, SC / Wedding Photographer: Amelia + Dan Photography / Wedding Coordinator and Wedding Flowers: Ooh! Events / Wedding Dress: Lula Kate / Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic / Band: Jerry Beale / Caterer: Good Food Catering / Wedding Cake: Siblings Bakery / Hair and Makeup: Blair Mathis / Wedding Invitations: Designed by the groom
Combine an eco-friendly wedding with a floral 1950’s wedding dress and a super stylish groom and you get one laid-back, gorgeous, totally unique wedding. So is the case with Rebecca and Ross, whose wedding from the United Kingdom has all the right amounts of fun, color and vintage gorgeousness.
We wanted our wedding to be casual, fun, friendly and relaxed. We wanted it to feel like being at a garden party at home. We wanted it to be colourful and full of laughter. A bit like a festival, farmers market or a country fair. We threw in a bit of vintage clothing and styling (which we love) and we wanted the wedding to reflect our passions for locally sourced and seasonal food and drink as well as to be green as we could make it using recyclable and reusable products as much as possible. We wanted it to feel like us.
We never had a theme or colours but would describe our look and ethos as Retro, Rustic, Vintage, DIY, Eco-friendly, Colourful, Playful, Homely, and Eclectic. We DIY’ed our save the date and hosted it on You Tube, designed the image on our invitations which were e-vites and our wedding website. Ross’s Mum Val sewed all the gingham table cloths and Ross and the boys erected huge festival flags in a rainbow at the entrance to the barn. We arranged the flowers with Rebecca’s sister’s help. Rebecca sourced all the mason jars from the USA on etsy.com and the cake stands and vintage glass bottles from car boot sales with help from her Dad.
We always knew we wanted a civil ceremony as neither of us are remotely religious. We were so pleased that the civil ceremony in Kent, called a Kentish Ceremony, allows you to basically write your own ceremony, as long as you keep the legal declarations, so we were able to make it fun, personal, meaningful and community focused and it really reflected the commitment that we wanted to make to each other.
We decorated the barn with help from our families and Jane Kirk, the owner of the Barn, the day before the wedding. It is a complete blank canvas, literally everything you need, with the exception of tables and chairs, has to be brought in but that meant it was the perfect site to create exactly what we wanted. Our wonderful friends and families all made cakes and biscuits for the dessert buffet, our friends Suki and Anna sewed and knitted over 50 metres of bunting. Ross designed a poster in the style of a wordsearch that all our guests were meant to sign as witnesses – but we forgot to take a pen so it’ll just have to be framed and put up anyway!
We decorated with over a hundred photos, many that that we used for our save the date, that we printed out and pegged to string. Rebecca sewed pairs of lovebirds and different sized stuffed hearts out of Cath Kidston fabric. We bought the metal drinks coolers at Sainsburys and found the paper straws online. We found disposable plates made from leaves and non-plastic biodegradable cups.
Our friend Richard donated the plain white table cloths, champagne buckets and a stereo as well as all the wine at the bar. My sister and her best friend Jo chopped endless fruit for the Pimms and my Aunties baked sausage rolls and made my favourite cheesecakes.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Do your research first. Pick vendors whom you respect and trust; we were floored by how amazing everyone we worked with was, not just becuase of their talent and what they created, but how were just to discuss ideas with. We went with our gut and we saw only one caterer, one photographer and one florist and they were perfect so we went with them! Let people help you, you will be surprised at how much people will show they care about you and they will show you in so many small ways. Stick to your guns over what really matters but remember the day is not just about you. Be kind to each other. Enjoy it!
Wedding Vendors (Kent, England):
Ceremony and reception location: Ratsbury Barn/ Florist: The button holes, corsages and thank you bouquets as well as the bride’s and bridesmaid’s poseys were all designed and created by Jen and Bek of Blooming Green / Photographer: Emma Case/ Wedding Dress: Vintage from Fur Coat No Knickers/ Bride’s shoes: Dune/ Bride’s Jewelry: ‘Love’ necklace from Accessorize/ Hairpiece: Whichgoose/ Hair: Friend, Sarah Furlong/ Makeup: Friend, Jade Atkinson/ Groom’s suit: Hugo Morris Bespoke in Brighton/ Groom’s shoes: Herring Shoes of Northampton/ DJ: iPod playlist / Caterer: Deborah and John of Pumpkin Catering/ Dessert: provided by guests / Wedding invitations: Designed by the groom, view here/