Posts Tagged ‘eclectic’

Charming Hipster-Vintage Style Wedding by Lindsey Gomes Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Rylie, the beautiful bride in ringlet curls, was first inspired by all things nautical.  Then, her vintage side took over and she began collecting, collecting, collecting!  She and Jonathan married on a sunny day in Atascadero, California, in a vintage-inspired celebration that charmingly reminds me a little of nautical gone hipster. In a word, you could say, eclectic.  You’ll see what I mean.  These photos are worth thousands of words: all the handcrafted details are incredibly darling and the pair, cute-as-can-be.  I’m honored to share their sweet nuptials, captured by Lindsey Gomes Photography!  

Rylie’s maids wore navy blue frocks from Anthropologie and a little local boutique; they carried eclectic bouquets of tulips, mums and succulents.  The bride carried a dreamer of a bouquet in ivory blooms and soft peach garden roses with petals for days.  Wearing a sharp charcoal suit and plaid bowtie, Jonathan was one well-dressed groom in his handsome hipster look! 

A simple chandelier, and fabric strip backdrop set the stage for their ceremony under a magnificent oak tree at The Taft Ranch.  After an emotional walk down the aisle and heartfelt ‘I dos,’ the ceremony wrapped up with one heck-of-a-kiss.  I love those kind… with the head grab… makes me melt into a puddle.  The elated couple walked back up the aisle and headed over to the on-site barn for the reception.

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A Style Blogger + A Musician Get Married {Real Wedding by Katherine O’Brien Photography}
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

What do you get when two creative types tie the knot?  Something totally creative, utterly unique and very them of course!  That’s exactly what Jennifer, a life and style blogger, and Kyle, a bassist set out to do.  They had a sweet outdoor wedding in Kyle, Texas at the charming Winfield Inn. The day was documented by one of our favorite Austin photographers, Katherine O’Brien!Jennifer and Kyle aren’t traditional types… and they did their day a little ‘differently.’   The ceremony was all about friends and family, and their lively reception was all about fun.  Lucky for them, their parents encouraged them to not let traditions and family pressures shape their wedding plans.  With that advice, they went at it, creating an event all their own.  They incorporated Kyle’s love of music and Jennifer’s eclectic and vintage style.  Pops of reds and other bright colors came thru beautifully in the pics!

Read about the crazy way they met, and a bit about their planning process just below!  (We’ve got the bride lined up to share a bit of custom wedding fashion advice for ya’ll tomorrow too)!

Photographs by Katherine O’Brien Photography

Venue: Winfield Inn

Bridal Gown by Rachelle Briton

Bride’s Shoes by Kate Spade

Ceremony Music by Michael Kingcaid

Flowers by Laura Daly Designs

Makeup by Julie Odom

Reception Music by The Motts

From the Bride:  Kyle is a musician, bass player, and COO of a small start-up based in Austin, and I’m a life and style blogger, writer, and content marketing manager. We met in 2008 outside of a food trailer. Yes, a food trailer. They’re wildly popular here in Austin, and one of the most popular ones, called Flip Happy Crepes, happens to make delicious gourmet style crepes. At the time it was so popular that it was impossible to order, eat, and get out in less than 90 minutes. That’s just how it was! I remember it being a Saturday morning, early, and I dragged my friend out to try Flip Happy Crepes with me. We arrived and of course had a good 45 minute wait before we could even order. The place was packed! We were lucky enough to grab two seats at the one picnic table that was just less than full of people. Kyle and his then roommate happened to be sitting there too. After probably an hour of mingling and some good food we just sort of parted ways, but Kyle managed to give me his business card before he left. Kyle didn’t want to flat out ask for my number because he didn’t want to spoil the moment, but I had plans to email him later that weekend anyway. And I did! One week, several e-mails, and a phone call or two later, we went on our first date. Now we’re married, living a super happy life in Austin, loving our darling poodle named Simon.

Kyle and I took a slightly different approach to wedding planning. We wanted to have a ceremony with all of our friends and family and a fun and lively reception to follow. However, it was super, super important that the wedding felt like “us.” We wrote our own vows, handpicked all of our music for the ceremony and reception, and DIYed as much as we possibly could for the entire event. From the beginning, our parents told us that this day is all about us and we can’t let traditions and family pressures shape what our wedding should be. That’s exactly how we felt throughout the entire process.

As far as the actual inspiration for our wedding, we wanted the evening to feel very playful but classic at the same time. Classic in a romantic, two people fall in love, vintage kind of way. I was inspired by springtime (even though we got married in the fall!), mid-century vintage dresses, and beautiful linens that you’d expect a grandmother to collect for decades. I collected tons of vintage bottles and handkerchiefs for the centerpieces and cake plates for the dessert pies and cake. I also knew that I wanted to incorporate vintage sheet music somehow. I handmade all the boutonnieres for the groomsmen using the sheet music, and it was perfect because the all of them are musicians! And to keep things rather playful throughout the whole evening, I made “love streamers” for guests to wave throughout the ceremony and reception. My favorite piece of décor had to be the hanging paper cranes made out of old sheet music. One of the first things I ever gave Kyle after we started dating was a paper crane that I made. He still has it! So it felt very personal and sweet to have dozens of paper cranes hanging from the trees as we walked down the aisle. I think the very most important thing for us was making sure that everything, from the music to the food to the vintage postcards we collected for the centerpieces, reflected our style and personality. I truly believe that personal touches make weddings all that more special. And guests love it too!

The weather couldn’t have been lovelier. The ceremony was scheduled for the evening and the girls and I had all day to lounge around The Winfield Inn and get ready. I loved being able to see the whole day come together. And as the ceremony got closer, I got more and more excited to see Kyle for our first look! It was wildly romantic seeing him for the first time. I absolutely recommend a first look. It sort
of eases some of the nerves and you get to just relax together with the wedding party before the ceremony even starts! We had extra time to take photos beforehand so we could get straight down to partying after the ceremony.

I think the actual ceremony was my favorite part of the entire day. I immediately started bawling as soon as my father and I started down the aisle. I felt like a mess! I just couldn’t hold it in. But the actual ceremony was everything I thought it would be—me and Kyle confessing every ounce of love we had for each other in front of our favorite people. His vows were amazing.

The reception was wicked fun too. I think the live band really set the tone for the night. We had our friends’ cover band play really great tunes and guests were moving and shaking pretty much the entire night.

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Eclectic West Coast Wedding by Aubrey Joy Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

I’m sooo crazy about Elizabeth and Cristian’s eclectic style… and the gown, oh the gown.  Elizabeth wore a Monique Lhuillier stunner that is incredibly unique and sophisticated. Enjoy their story in photographs by Washington-based photographer, Aubrey Joy.The couple chose The Little Door Restaurant in Los Angeles because of its eclectic feel, knowing that traditional wedding décor was not going to work. Growing up in southern California, Elizabeth has always loved succulents and the desert greenery fit in perfectly with the vibe of the space. Items collected from thrift shops, flea markets and the Pasadena Rose Bowl Antique Fair were used as planters. To emphasize The Little Door theme, skeleton keys were tied to hand-calligraphed manila tags by NJW Calligraphy and displayed as escort cards. Guests were sent home with custom recipe books from the bride and groom, who both love to cook. With so many of their friends and family spread throughout the country, they don’t get the opportunity to share a meal nearly as often as they’d like, making the parting gift particularly sweet and meaningful.

Blissful Wishes to this gorgeous couple, Elizabeth + Cristian!

Photos by Aubrey Joy Photography

Bridal Gown by Monique Lhuillier via She by Cindy

Bride’s Hair by Chris McMillan Salon

Venue: The Little Door Restaurant

Calligraphy by NJW Calligraphy

Cake by Sweet Lady Jane

Band: The Get Down Boys

Event Design by the Bride + MOH, Alexis Eskenazi; Senior Event Producer at Colin Cowie Lifestyle


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Lush Botanical Real Wedding
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Right now, this is my fave.  I’m pretty much obsessed with these photographs from Cat and Jon’s cool Santa Barbara wedding. The lush and vibrant botanicals… the metallic glass accents… the STUNNING film photography.  It’s almost overwhelming.  Cat and Jon made their day a blend of eclectic styling and neutral tones paired with florals the colors of a California sunset.   Thanks to Braedon Photography for capturing this day so brilliantly, and then, of course, for sharing it with us…!

Photographs by Braedon Photography

Florals by Nico Cervantes

Bridal Gown: Blush by Jim Hjelm

Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Bride’s Makeup by Blush and Lashes

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Amsale

Groom’s Suit by Burberry

Event Coordination by True Blue Events

Ceremony at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Santa Barbara

Reception at Rockwood Woman’s Club

Cake by Jana’s Creative Cakes

See more of this gorgeousness in our real wedding gallery!

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