Nov
24
Anna + Travis: Handmade Intimate Backyard Michigan Wedding by Dan and Melissa Photography
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stitchPhotos: Dan and Melissa Photography; Gown: Alec Milano from The Wedding ShoppeHead Piece: Twigs and HoneyHair: Ellie at Basic Black SalonGroom’s Attire: Banana Republic, Gap, and The Tie BarFlowers: Lasting Expressions; Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew; Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A Bank,Gap, and The Tie BarFavors: Sanpedrocactus on Etsy; Caterer: The Fresh Palate; Chairs, Tables, and Linens Rental: JJ’s Rental; Venue: Private Residence; Reception Music: Lyle Tucker; Cake: Groom’s Grandmother, Rhonda Mundt

Anna and Travis were married in the bride’s parents’ backyard in Alpena, Mich. on July12. The bride looked radiant in a beaded cap sleeve gown with a side braid and a beaded crystal hairpiece. She carried a bouquet of ivory roses, two-tone chrysanthemums, waxflower, and bay leaves. Her ‘maids donned short sage green chiffon dresses with various necklines. The groom looked dapper in a dark suit and a navy blue tie, and his men looked handsome in gray vested suits with blue-checkered shirts and navy neck ties. “Getting married at my childhood home in northern Michigan was the most meaningful decision I made while planning this wedding,” Anna said. “I had had so many wonderful memories in my life with growing up in the woods, and this would be another one to add.” Anna and Travis’ ceremony was filled with sentimental homemade touches. The path leading to the ceremony was lined with wooden signs that denoted how close they were to the ceremony site, which was on the front lawn overlooking Thunder Bay River. When guests arrived they were encouraged to pick a seat, not a side by a framed chalkboard sign. They were given ceremony programs which served double-duty as fans. The 100 guests took their seats in white folding chairs, and watched as an adorable flower girl and ring bearer made their way down the aisle. Anna and Travis exchanged vows under a beautiful birch arbor that the groom and his father made together. “Standing on the river’s edge with the breeze blowing, the birds chirping, and even some canoes riding by while I stared into my husband’s eyes was probably my favorite part of the day,” Anna noted. After they officially tied the knot, guests were occupied by lawn games and cocktail hour as the bridal party went off to take pictures. Guests were given mason jars to fill up with mock mojitos, peach bellinis, or iced tea. At the reception, guests picked up succulent escort cards, and were given individual lunchboxes with a gourmet sandwich and other sides inside. They sat at round tables with white linens and burlap table runners. Each table featured a mercury glass vase with wildflowers and blue mason jars. “I had decided to make this amazing pinwheel backdrop for behind the head table at the reception…the end result became one of the most talked about pieces at our wedding. It was totally worth the effort,” Anna said. For dessert, the groom’s grandmother made three different flavored cakes including a carrot cake, adorned with a topper featuring the couple; a lemon-thyme cake, topped with lemon slices; and a naked cake, topped with berries. The night ended setting off fireworks and sparklers, an appropriate touch for the weekend right after July 4. Anna’s best planning advice? “Don’t over do it. Sometimes simple is better,” Anna said. See the full board here.

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Nov
21
Hunger Games Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot in California by Ed Carlo Garcia Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Styled Shoots

styled shootPhotos: Ed Carlo Garcia Photography (ECG Studios); Venue: Museum of Latin American Art; Planner & Florist: The Events Boutique; Stationery: Paper Crew; Linens: Designer Specialty Linens; Bridal Gown: The Ankary Boutique; Men’s Attire: Mattucci Tailors; Hair: Nicole Martin Hair; Makeup: Jaime Quennin; Rentals:Signature Party Rentals; Cake: Something Sweet & Lovely

In honor of the world premiere of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, we’re featuring a special couple, whose love for the movie influenced their nuptials, right down the the cocktail menu! Melissa and Ethan were married at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, Calif. on February 22. The bride stunned in a ruffled one-shoulder ball gown with a sweetheart neckline. She carried a bright bouquet of roses, ranunculus, mums, billy balls, lisianthus, and hydrangeas. She wore her red hair in a delicate updo with a french braid wrapped around the side. The groom looked handsome in a black suit with a polka-dot vest and pink neck tie. The pair tied the knot outside in front of a modern sculpture and an arch featuring white drapery. A reception followed where guests enjoyed signature drinks inspired by Hunger Games characters. The tables featured sparkly gold linens with a turquoise table runner and ghost chairs. Tables weren’t labeled by numbers, but by district instead. A mockingjay gobo light was projected onto the screen and miniature floral globe vases filled the venue. Guests indulged in a two tier colorful fondant cake with flower toppers and chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting. Photo booth props included a bow and arrow to recreate classic Hunger Games scenes. A sign was featured at the reception with the classic movie quote, “May the odds be ever in your favor.” See the full board here.

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Nov
20
Heather + Bryant: Outdoor Rustic Summer Vermont Wedding by Antonio Rocha Photography
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stitchPhotos: Antonio Rocha Photographyl; Venue: Three Stallion Inn;  Gown: Jasmine Bridal from Modern Bride; Groom’s Attire: JF J. Ferrar; Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo from Modern Bride;  Flowers: Janelle Booth; Hair: Meghan Mesic; Reception Music: Cody Rice

Heather and Bryant were married at Three Stallion Inn in Randolph, Vt. on June 14. Heather looked gorgeous in a strapless sweetheart asymmetrical mermaid gown accented with a crystal belt. She wore her hair in a curly partial updo, ditched the heels for cowgirl boots, and carried a bright bouquet of delphinium, millet, peonies, asters, gerber daisies, veronica, and hypericum berries. Her ‘maids donned short chiffon halter dresses, while the groom and his men looked dapper in gray three-piece suits complete with navy blue neck ties. The pair tied the knot outside under an arch made of branches, greenery, and white chiffon draping. Guests were greeted to the ceremony by wooden signs hand-painted by the bride’s father. A reception followed at the inn where the 130 guests sipped on lemonade and iced tea and dropped their well-wishes cards into a tin bucket accented with burlap. “Staff, friends, and family put together all of the decorations and the Inn looked more beautiful than I ever could have dreamed,” Heather said. Tables featured wildflowers in mason jars atop wood slices for a country feel. “My family, friends, and I made of the decorations and special touches to the wedding,” Heather explained. “It was lots of work but made the day even more beautiful and special.” Family and friends enjoyed dinner and dancing, followed by a four tier cake adorned with colorful flowers. Upon their departure, guests received maple syrup favors, a Vermont favorite. Heather encourages couples to keep their cool during wedding planning. “Stay calm and don’t stress,” she said. “The day will come together and it will be the best day of your life.” See the full board here.

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Nov
19
Melissa + Todd: Mint and Blush Spring Rustic Ranch Wedding by Julius Photography
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Photos: Julius PhotographyVenue: Cherry Creek Lodge;Gown: David’s BridalHair and Makeup: Kim Macchiaroli at KLM Artistry; Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse; Flowers: Rose Garden FloralShoes: Saba’s Western Wear; Favors: Julia Baker Confections; Band: Junction 87Cake: The Sweet Shoppe;  Planners: Holly Dickrell and Susan Jacobson

Melissa and Todd were married at Cherry Creek Ranch in Young, Ariz. on April 26. Melissa looked radiant in a v-neck gown with a ruffled back and romantic bow. She wore her hair in a side swept curly ponytail and carried a bouquet of blush roses, succulents, and Queen Anne’s lace. The groom looked handsome in a tan three-piece suit with a mint tie and a feather boutonniere. The pair tied the knot in front of just 50 guests in a barn on Cherry Creek Ranch. “We decided to get married there after doing one of their cattle drives and eating some of the most delicious prime rib we’d ever had,” Melissa said. Guests sat in white folding chairs as the pair exchanged vows in front of a hay wall and a rustic arch made of antlers, gauze, and flowers. The ceremony featured an adorable ring bearer in a khaki suit and a flower girl in a pink tulle dress.  The newlyweds rode off into the sunset on horses after they’d tied the knot. “At first, I thought jumping on a horse was a crazy thing to do in a wedding dress,” Melissa said. “But we were getting married on a ranch in the middle of nowhere and riding off into the sunset is how you say ‘and they lived happily ever after’ in the wild west.”A reception followed at the lodge where guests sat at long banquet tables decorated with white linens, antlers, and boxed floral centerpieces. A game of “I Spy” was placed at each setting for friends and family to play during the reception. They feasted on stuffed chicken and prime rib for dinner, then danced to music from an Arizona country band. A mini-cake and cupcakes sat on a rustic tree slice display adorned with antlers and roses, which the guests enjoyed for dessert. Melissa has three simple rules for couples doing their wedding planning. “Don’t overdo it, don’t sweat the small stuff, and know when to hire a professional.” See the full board here.

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