Kristen and Matt’s wedding, held at Condor’s Nest Ranch in Pala, CA is so creative it warms my soul! Kristen, an art director for a cosmetics company, created the entire event herself from start to finish, and the result, photographed by the talented and sweet Daisy Varley, was absolute perfection. Kristen chose a Mexican fiesta theme for the wedding, full of bright colors, family traditions, paper flowers, and fabulous details! Bridesmaids were asked to choose a Mexican peasant dress and hem it to their liking. The arbor was decorated with colorful and whimsical paper flowers and papel picado banners were strung from the trees. Lace topped the reception tables, and serape blankets added to the color and theme. Papel picado flags, lighting, paper lanterns, and venetian red candles galore completed the look! Pinback buttons were a bit hit for the guests – Kristen made over 500 pins, with photos that mirrored the Mexican fiesta theme, sayings like “I love nachos” and “I love margaritas”, or artwork by Kristen, such as the “M&K Forever” pin.
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Casual + Rustic Farm Wedding
Morgan and Matt’s outdoor wedding at Bella Luna Farms was as rustic and charming as it was pretty and timeless. The lovely images from one of Michele M. Waite Photography‘s favorite weddings of this year showcase bold blooms in arrangements and bouquets, as well as Morgan’s classic column-style gown. Sweet farm animals meandered around the grounds as guests enjoyed first a ceremony—where the couple took vows beneath a traditional chuppah festooned with a floral garland—and then a reception inside a barn strung with lights. We think Chambers and Company did a fabulous job with the design of this fun and fabulous affair!
Romantic + Multicultural Ballroom Wedding
Negar and Carl’s Vancouver wedding is full of love and togetherness! The first event of their wedding weekend was a night of culture, color and dance, followed by a classic, intimate and romantic wedding two days later. Carl proposed to Negar at the Pan Pacific Hotel, so it was only natural that they return for their wedding. Carl’s sister also happens to be Negar’s best friend and she along with Negar’s sister served as the maidens of honor. Art of the Party transformed the elegant ballroom with a mixture of luxurious linens, mercury glass candle holders, and a mix of high and low arrangements from Sunflower Florist. Perfectly Flawless made sure the day was—of course—perfectly flawless, and we absolutely adore these images from Melissa Gidney!
Elegant Rustic Sun Valley Wedding
These fun and beautiful images of DJ and Alan’s Sun Valley Idaho wedding from Hillary Maybery Photography make us wish we were kicking up our boots with them, too! Stunning outdoor surroundings frame this affair, with a rustic chapel setting the stage for a ceremony filled with cowboy hats and boots, plaid kilts, and spring florals in yellows and greens from Tara Bella Floral Design. DJ’s elegant lace Anne Barge gown is a gorgeous contrast to the earthy elements and her personalized boots from M.L. Leddy’s. We love the details that the team at Amanda Seaward’s Absolute Weddings wove in—including monogrammed plaid throws, distressed leather chairs, and antlers—to drive home the theme of DJ and Alan’s affair! See all of the elegant, rustic details in the gallery!
Colorful Backyard Fiesta Wedding
Danielle and Seth truly captured our hearts with this sweet backyard fiesta in Atascadero, California! Both elegant and inviting, this lakeside wedding was set in the backyard of Seth’s parents—the perfect backdrop for such a warm and intimate affair. Danielle and Seth incorporated a stunning mix of bright flowers by Lori Boe Floral Design and personal touches of styled candle jars and vases. We adore the classic monogramming on wine bottles, paired with fun table accents like maracas and flowing overhead streamers. Our favorite touch? The live mariachi band donned in pale turquoise serenading the guests throughout the evening! What an unforgettable detail for this lovely evening. Thank you to Cameron Ingalls for sharing these gorgeous photos!
Romantic + Vintage Wedding
Hannah and Eddy’s wedding in Pasadena, California was so soft and romantic, just as the bride envisioned it! As a florist, Hannah wanted flowers to be a central theme of the event, and she created the bouquets and boutonnieres from peonies, lily of the valley, garden roses, ranunculus, anemones, astilbe and berzillia berries, while entrusting a talented friend to create the reception florals. At the reception, guests were invited to wrap up bouquets of lush blooms to take home as favors. Bridesmaids wore soft blue dresses from BHLDN, and we love the adorable flower girls in tulle skirts handmade by Hannah! The day was captured beautifully by Christine Farah Photography, and we can’t stop staring!
Real Weddings: Amelia + Josh
Even before I read anything this adorable couple had to say about their wedding, I could tell it was a celebration created with a ton of love and care! Indeed, Amelia and Josh’s wedding took lots of teamwork to put together. The flowers, dishes, decor – almost every tiny detail can be attributed to the bride or one of her talented friends. I absolutely love all the different colorful bridesmaids dresses – so cute and fun! It’s a handmade and homemade Southern celebration (that also looks like it was an incredible party!) with photos that are just too cute for words by Dixie Pixel – the perfect way to end a spectacular 2011!
Real Weddings: Lauren + Ian
Lauren and Ian’s wedding was spread out over 3 days at Ian’s beautiful family home in Grove City, Pennsylvania. They wanted their wedding to feel like a backyard party, something very handmade and festive, and created a stunning overhead display in their reception tent with hundreds of colorful tissue poms. I’m in love with the bouquet and boutonniere by The Tinker’s Dam! The flowers are so pretty and stand out on their own without competing with the colors of the rest of the event. A gorgeous day with beautiful photos from Birchtree Photography!
Real Weddings: Meaghan + Kerry
Meaghan faced something that many brides face during wedding planning. Blogs, magazines, and everything else in this world about weddings, sometimes there can be too much inspiration. She had focused so much on creating an uber-hip and happening event until one day she remembered it was all about her husband-to-be, friends, and family. Certainly a good reminder for all of us! After that realization, she found her designing groove and Meaghan and Kerry’s wedding is just about as vintage-hip and personal as it gets with a touch of homey-warmth thrown in. Love these photos by Untamed Heart Photography!
DIY Valentine’s Day Wedding
There is just so. much. pretty. in Courtney and Nate’s whimsical and sweet Los Angeles wedding from Erin Hearts Court! I have always been a huge lover of a romantic pink, red, and white color palette and love the charming accents that Courtney and Nate used to bring it to life – baker’s twine, garden-style arrangements in beautiful milk glass vases created by The Little Branch, doilies, and paper hearts everywhere! Every little bit of this wedding is perfect, right down to Courtney’s pretty red polished toes!
Real Weddings: Jennefer + Rick
Rick & Jennefer were married on a beautiful April afternoon at Nashville’s Historic Cedarwood. I could not be more in love with the lovely handmade and shabby chic feel of their wedding! Every little detail was unique and personal to them, from the piece of Jennefer’s grandmother’s quilt sewn into her handmade gown, to the handkerchief favors and the decor from their personal collection of antiques. This wedding is just oozing with gorgeous details and amazing images by Kristyn Hogan!
Real Weddings: Christina + William
Christina and William’s wedding is chock-full of DIY cuteness! A true handmade wedding in every sense of the word, Christina created all of the fun decor and letterpressed her wedding invitations, and friends handmade her gown and pulled together all of the floral arrangements. I love the punchy red and blue color palette, and Sarah K. Chen‘s images are absolute perfection!
Real Weddings: Jeff + Lisa
Jeff, a UCLA alum, and Lisa, a Chicago transplant and Vanderbilt alum, created a quintessential southern garden wedding in Nashville at historic Cedarwood. They chose songs from the Beatles and Van Morrison for ceremony music, and an awesome replica of the UCLA stadium for the groom cake. Lisa created a lot of DIY details, including a vintage quilt photobooth and mad lib program.
Vintage Cape Cod Wedding
Holly and Billy’s vintage Cape Cod wedding is not only one of Max Wanger’s favorites from 2009, it’s also one of mine. I love the homespun feel… the attention to detail… the incredible way that Max captured the love between the couple. The wedding took place at the Overbrook House, a 20 acre organic farm in Buzzards Bay. Holly crafted each of the elements of the wedding. My favorite detail (and the most unique wedding ceremony program I have ever seen) – paper bags full of toss petals, with the order of ceremony printed on the back! Mismatched vintage china adorned the tables in the tent and guests enjoyed cakes by Ann Hammer.
Really NOW: Catherine and Mike!
Back in the summer of 2007, I had the honor of working with Cat and Mike on their oh-so-fun, personal, and well-planned big day. From their intimate tea ceremony, their backyard nuptials and their ballroom reception to her three dresses and stunning photography… it was SUCH a fun experience! So much, that I’m sharing it with you today. Lots of pictures in store, courtesy of Atrero Photography [one of the most artistic and creative photography teams that I’ve worked with to this day. I HEART them!].