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
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

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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Nov
18
Natalie + Aaron: Green and Yellow Intimate Colorado Mountainside Wedding by James Moro Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

stitchPhotos: James Moro Photography; Venue: The Stanley HotelHair: Bella Capelli; Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse; Flowers: Brigette with Floral Design of Europe; Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal; DJ: DJ Matt Kays; Cake: Colorado Rose Cake Company

Natalie and Aaron were married at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo. on August 9. Natalie wore her mother’s v-neck lace gown with short sleeves. Her hair was down and wavy, and she accessorized with a crystal headband, classic dangling earrings, and a matching necklace. She carried a bouquet of yellow and ivory roses, ranunculus, and seeded eucalyptus. Her ‘maids donned strapless chiffon dresses in various shades of yellow, gray, and champagne. The groom and his men looked handsome in dark suits and pale yellow ties. The ceremony took place outside the hotel with the Colorado mountains serving as the backdrop. The couple exchanged vows in front of just 70 guests under a wrought iron arch with hanging florals. The ceremony included an adorable flower girl and ring bearer pair and personal vows. A reception followed inside the hotel in a room with sweeping mountain views. Guests sat at round tables with crisp white linens and movie-inspired centerpieces. “Since the wedding was at the Stanley Hotel which was the inspiration for the Stephen King novel ‘The Shining,’ we added subtle references to the book and movie adaptions,” Natalie said. “One example was our hedge animal centerpieces. The other parts of the décor were more in line with the old fashioned feel of the hotel.” The bride and groom had everyone join in and dance with them for their entrance, a unique twist on a wedding tradition! After dinner, guests indulged in a three tier white cake adorned with yellow flowers. Natalie’s advice for engaged couples planning their wedding? “Don’t try to hire friends to save a buck; you get what you pay for,” she said. “I spent more than I would have liked but in the end it was definitely worth it!” See the full board here.

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