Posts Tagged ‘intimate weddings’

Nov
24
Anna + Travis: Handmade Intimate Backyard Michigan Wedding by Dan and Melissa Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

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
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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Nov
11
Christina + Joe: Intimate Pastel Summer Beach Wedding by Dan and Melissa Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

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Photo by Dan and Melissa Photography; Gown: Monique LhuillierHair: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa; Groom’s Attire: Express; Shoes: Vera WangJeweler: Tiffany & Co.; Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew; Rentals: JG Rental Co.; Musician: Brian NolfCake: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa; Venue: Private Residence

Christina and Joe were married on the bride’s parents’ beach, with the reception following in their backyard in Traverse City, Mich. on June 27. The bride looked classic with a hint of vintage in an all-lace strapless fit ‘n flare gown accessorized with a jeweled belt and a birdcage veil. She wore her hair in a delicate updo and carried a bouquet of garden roses and lamb’s ear. Her ‘maids donned pale green short chiffon dresses with various necklines. The groom and his men opted for gray suits with matching ties. The couple tied the knot on the beach under a birch tree arch in front of just 40 guests who sat in wooden folding jars marked with floral mason jars. “We wanted to have a small, personal ceremony and reception with just a few close family and friends,” Joe said. An acoustic guitar player and violin player provided the music for the ceremony, as well as the reception, which followed under a tent. Guests dropped notes for the couple into a wish jar, played games such as cornhole and Jenga, and claimed their chalkboard tag escort cards which were clothespinned to a wired display board. “The weather for our wedding day was great – lots of sunshine,” Joe said. The reception featured a summer beverage station with iced tea and lemonade. Guests enjoyed a three tier white cake adorned with pink flowers along with an assortment of brightly-colored macaroons. The couple’s getaway transportation? A subaru decked out with “Just Married” bunting. “The night was capped by a send-off in which we walked out under the glow of sparklers held by our family and friends,” Joe said. What a magical exit! See the full board here.

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Nov
04
Samantha + Daniel: Intimate Navy Blue and Gold New Orleans-Inspired Wedding by Mark Eric Weddings
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photos: Mark Eric Weddings; Venue: Hermann-Grima House; Planner: Debbie Guidry of MICO Productions; Gown: Martina Liana from Bijou Bridal; Hair: Erica Kelly at Cuz N Company Salon; Makeup: Melissa from Ashley Sievert Beauty; Groom’s Attire: J.Crew “Ludlow” Tuxedo; Jewelry: Barry Jay Jewelers; Caterer: Joel Catering; Music: Jack Magic Entertainment; Cake: The Kupcake Factory; Live Painter: Alex Harvie Original Oils

Samantha and Daniel were married at the Hermann-Grima House in New Orleans, La. on October 27. Samantha looked radiant in a strapless drop waist gown with a ruffled skirt. Her hair was down in soft waves and she carried a gold metallic brooch bouquet. The groom looked handsome in a classic black tuxedo. “We were inspired for a destination wedding in New Orleans during a trip there,” Samantha explained. Samantha and Daniel tied the knot at the historic house in the french quarter, in front of just 50 guests. Following the ceremony, friends and family participated in a local tradition known as a second line parade. The march is a celebration of the bride and groom and includes a jazz band! Guests waved screen printed handkerchiefs, which were a gift from the newlyweds to their guests. “October is a beautiful time to visit New Orleans,” Samantha said. “Our wedding day was the classic example of that.” A reception followed in the courtyard of the historic home. Guests sat at long banquet tables which boasted gold and blue place settings and wine bottle table numbers. Dinner consisted of traditional Louisiana fare and featured shrimp and grits, beef short ribs, and redfish. The couple shared their first dance together and enjoyed a single-tier white cake adorned with gold dots and a personalized topper. Chocolate and vanilla cupcakes were also served. The couple was extremely pleased with their whole celebration. “We knew we wouldn’t want to hold our wedding anywhere else,” Samantha said. See the full board here.

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