Archive for June, 2014

Roz + Joe: A Rustic Fun-Filled Summer Washington Farm Wedding By June Lion
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photos: June LionDay-Of Coordinator: Magnifique BoutiqueVenue: Peterson Farms; Dress Designer: PronoviasMakeup Artist: Bobbi BrownGroom’s Attire: Kenneth ColeBridesmaid Dresses: Donna MorganCaterer: Two Girls CateringRentals: The Party PlacePeter Corvallis Productions and For the Love of Pete Event Rental & FloralCocktail Hour Musicianas: A Certain Something; Pies: Pacific Pie Co.DJ: DJ Patrick Turina

Roz and Joe were married at Peterson Farms in Woodland, Wash. on August 10. “I am a DIY-er at heart and approached much of the planning ready to get my hands dirty — and boy did I!” Roz said. “From assembling the save-the-dates, to designing and printing the own invitations, staining the centerpiece crates, tying tags on to each party favor, and painting a door for us to walk through at the ceremony, when the wedding day arrived, we felt like we’d earned it!” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with an long-sleeve overlay, while the groom wore a tan vest and pants, accessorized with a teal bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long peach chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of dahlias and daisies. Guests were greeted with a wooden sign post that directed them to the outdoor ceremony. “It went off without a hitch — our biggest gamble was asking my 4- and 2-year-old nephews to walk our dogs down the aisle and they did it perfectly,” she said. “My brothers officiated and did an amazing job mixing in humor and stories about us, as well as getting the ‘official’ parts done like they’d done it a million times!” Fun fact: The couple kept their vows a secret. Why did the newlyweds love their venue? “The barn is owned by a local family that had recently immaculately renovated their over 100-year-old milk barn for community events, and they’d only done a few weddings to date,” Roz said. “Right when we pulled into the property, we were sold. The grounds were immaculately groomed and flowers were blooming everywhere we looked . . .the exposed beams on the upper level of the barn were beyond my wildest dreams for a reception venue. We were sold and booked the date on the spot!” Tables were decorated with burlap and lace runners, vintage dinnerware and silverware, and blue mason jars to “fill with whatever tastes right.” Assorted pies and a popcorn bar were served as dessert alternatives AND a bonfire was lit outside to roast marshmallows. See the full board here.

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Editor’s Weekly Wrap-Up: Neutral Nail Polish Shades, DIY Mini Monogrammed Mirror Vases, Ring Bearer Pillow Alternatives, Ways to Decorate With Tassels, And Red, White, And Blue Decor
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Beauty, Ceremony, Do It Yourself, Flowers, Reception, Wedding Decor, Weekly Wrap-Up

It’s that time of week again! Here are some of our editor’s favorite boards and ideas that you may have missed:

14 Neutral Nail Polish Shades – Nudge yourself out of your color comfort zone with a cool new cream of the crop nail polish shade that’s taupe to the nth degree but also has some violet undertones to show off your glowing, sun-kissed skin.

Nail Polishes (from left to right): Sand Tropez Spring Collection 2011, Essie, $6 and Tulle Quintessential Collection, Jin Soon, $19

DIY Mini Monogrammed Mirror VasesUse heavy-duty, glass votives to create small peony and tulip flower arrangements with your own personal monogrammed stamp. Did we mention it’ll only set you back $1.50?

Photo: Brittni Mehlhoff 

Ring Bearer Pillow AlternativesGive your bands something special to rest on as they make their way down the aisle. Our favorites include: moss boxes, bird’s nests, seashells, books, and crocheted hearts.

Photos (from left to right): Yvette Roman and Judy Pak 

9 Ways to Decorate With Tassels –  Finally — this wedding trend has made it’s way back into the wedding world! The infamous ones on your high school and college graduation caps and curtain tie-backs in your bedroom.

Photo: Anneli Marinovich 

Red, White, And Blue DecorShow off your patriotism on the 4th of July with this preppy color scheme. And maybe end the night with a big bang like fireworks!

Photos (from left to right): Sarah Maren Photography and Nancy Ray Photography


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Lyndsay + Andrew: A Retro Music-Themed Spring California Country Club Wedding By Jeff + Amber
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photos: Jeff + AmberVenue: Aliso Viejo Country ClubDress Designer: Sarah Seven from Lovely BrideShoes: Betsey JohnsonHair Stylist: Mars Hair StudioMakeup Artist: Mandy Lepke; Groom and Groomsmen Attire: H&MFloral Designer: Michelle White Floral Design; Bridesmaid Dresses: Modcloth and BHLDNRentals: Creative CoveringsOfficiant:Jason Lunde; Cake: Stephanie Petry; DJ: Hiba Quadri

Lyndsay and Andrew were married at Aliso Viejo Country Club in Aliso Viejo, Calif. on March 29. “Andrew and I both love music and wanted our wedding to be centered around that,” Lyndsay said. “We had originally considered having a 50s-themed wedding but decided to tone it down a notch and incorporate vinyl records and other elements to give it a vintage feel.” The bride wore a blush a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of high heels accented with glitter hearts, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and green tricks. Guests were directed to the outdoor ceremony with a poster that said, “Keep Going!” “Our wedding turned out better than I could have imagined,” she said. “It’s kind of crazy to try and plan such a big event and just hope that it all turns out how you envisioned it.” The couple finally said, “I do” in front of 100 family and friends as their witnesses. Plus, they even helped decorate the indoor reception. “We were really lucky to have so many creatives and talents that did our flowers, invitations, hair, cake and desserts.” Notice the obsession with gold? Tables were decorated with rosette linens, antique vases and vessels, and favorite songs. The newlyweds performed their first dance to “Earth Angel” by Death Cab for Cutie and after dinner, dessert was served. A mini wedding cake plus macarons, cookies, pecan tarts, and more. Just wait until you see the getaway car! See the full board here.

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Taryn + Troy: A Glamorous Purple and Gold Fall Louisiana Ballroom Wedding By Arte De Vie
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photos: Arte De VieEvent Planner: Sapphire EventsVenue: Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans; Dress Designer: Lazaro from Kleinfeld BridalBridesmaid Dresses: Bill LevkoffHair and Makeup Artist: Wink Eyelash Bar & StudioJewelry: Harry C. Reid & SonInvitations: Papers of NoteFloral Designer: Kim Starr WiseGroom’s Attire: Oscar de la Renta from Camillo Tuxedo SpecialistShoes: Badgley MischkaCandles: Luminous EventsRentals: Perrier Party RentalsCeremony Musicians: Connie and Dwight Fitch

Taryn and Troy were married at Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans in New Orleans, La. on October 12. “The inspiration for my wedding really just came from my love of shiny things!” Taryn said. “A lot of our guests traveled from near and far for the wedding, so we wanted to make sure they got the true New Orleans experience. Seven months later, we are still hearing guests say how much they loved NOLA and how they plan to go back. I think having the wedding located in a centralized location like Bourbon Street was key.” The bride wore a sweetheart ball gown with a floral applique bodice, accessorized with a hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a a two-tone dark gray and black suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore long silk purple one-shoulder dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, and pincushions. The candlelit ceremony took place inside the ballroom with 175 of their closest family and friends. Fun fact: Troy’s uncle officiated! “The best thing I did was requesting to see my reception room before the doors were opened to guests,” she said. “I had such a vision in my head of what I wanted to be that I wanted to soak it in before it was touched by anyone. Let me tell you, my breathe was literally taken away! The doors opened and as I stood there . . . I couldn’t believe it was all right in front of me.” Reception tables were decorated with sequin linens, tall centerpieces, street names, and ghost chairs. “I thought my heart was going to be dead set on my favorite bakery in New Orleans, but to my surprise the hotel did a far better job of the presentation and flavor of the cake!” Taryn said. At the end of the night, the newlyweds enjoyed a Second Line parade complete with a brass band and parasols. See the full board here.

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