When I came across Sarah and Mike’s wedding photos, I immediately fell for their natural, organic style, their grounded approach to planning, and of course, Sarah’s darling gown by Ivy & Aster. Both Sarah and Mike are lovers of the outdoors, travel, good food and wine, and especially coastal B.C. They said I do on a pier in Pender Harbour this past June. Enjoy all the natural loveliness, captured by Aubrey Joy Photography. After a rainy morning of cozying up with her bridesmaids, Sarah dressed in the lovely Sweetpea gown, her long blond locks pinned back with a graceful Jennifer Behr hair flower. As if it was perfectly choreographed, the rain stopped just before the ceremony. Joy and laughter-filled nuptials ensued with hints of sunshine peeking thru the clouds and the serene Strait of Georgia as the backdrop. Afterwards, Sarah and Mike headed to a special, secluded spot for romantic, sweep-you-off-your-feet kind of portraits with Aubrey.
The reception was embellished with simple florals, driftwood adornments, and herbal favors. Sarah and Mike reported that the highlights of the evening were the heartfelt speeches and breathtaking view of the marina.
Sweet congratulations to the newlyweds…
Photos by Aubrey Joy Photography
Day-Of Coordination by Coastal Weddings & Events
Bridal Gown & Bridesmaids Dresses by Ivy & Aster
Robes by Plum Pretty Sugar
Bride’s Hair by Lauren of DO Studio; Makeup by Chantale Walker of MAC
Hair Flower by Jennifer Behr
Florals by Flower Factory
Venue & Catering by Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina
Rentals by Gibsons Party Rentals
The fabulous Chelsea Fuss made this darling, strawberry wedding cake… and she gave us the full how-to! Isn’t it so sweet and summery? Perfect for a rustic, farm wedding. See how she did it here.
Photo & Styling by Chelsea Fuss
By: Chelsea Fuss
This sweet, organic bouquet is filled with late spring and early summer wildflowers. It would look great with a flowing chiffon dress or a short little number and it’s easy to make yourself. Total cost was around $50!
Flower recipe: Supplies:
5 stems Alchemilla (also called Lady’s Mantle) Clippers
3 stems of Lupine Scissors
2 stems White Allium Twine
3 stems of Chervil (you can also use Queen Anne’s Lace) Bucket with Water
3 stems of blooming White Spirea
1 stem of Viburnum
Step One. Start by trimming up all your flowers. Remove most of the leaves and extra branches from the stems.
Step Two. Begin your bouquet by starting with 1 Lupine flower and adding the Alchemilla with it.
Step Three. Add the Viburnum to the back of the bouquet to support the arrangement.
Step Four. Try to create a triangular shape bouquet.
Step Five. Add the Chervil or Queen Anne’s Lace last, as they are fragile.
Step Six. Secure with twine.
Step Seven. Check the shape of the bouquet to make sure you like it. If you need to add or move things, do that and then secure again with twine.
Step Eight. Keep in a bucket of water in a cool place until ready for use.
Photos and Floral Styling by Chelsea Fuss
When I heard that Paper Antler was coming thru my hometown of Tucson, Arizona this winter (on tour for the Fifty Nifty) I snagged ‘em up for a photoshoot! Since they’re from the midwest, they really wanted to capture the essence of the desert…. they said… how about some cool fort? I was immediately inspired to make use of the amazing yurt in my backyard (of which- I always joke- I’m going to turn into a glamper). We teamed up with the hip and fabulous Misha West to bring the vision to life. During our creative process, our priorities were to design an organic tabletop with lots of gorgeous desert colors…. we also wanted to use the yurt for a ceremony location and reception lounge space. We rounded up the best florist in the state, Camelback Flowershop, to create fresh and modern florals. Our models, Brigette and Alexis, who we featured here, were a dream to work with. They’re newly engaged, totally in love, and currently planning their own wedding! (They enjoyed the practice run).
We put Brigette in a light and flowing gown by Katie Jean and earrings by Ayofemi. Phoenix-based beauty pros, Mariana Marie and Paige Ashcroft finished off her natural, tousled look flawlessly. Meanwhile, we brought on the extremely talented Kristy Rice from Momental Designs to design a paper suite to fit our mod-Southwest vision. Needless to say, when I got these in the mail, I was over the moon!
For the yurt setting, we kept the attire cool and casual. Our handsome groom, Alexis, was dressed by Tres Boutique. We moved inside to bring to life our quaint reception concept, really pulling thru the warm tones of the desert and featuring seasonal fruits. Of course, one of the highlights was the kumquat-embellished mini cakes by Sweet Creations!
As the evening winded down, we thought some cozy time in the glamper… (ahem, yurt) was due. We transformed the ceremony setting into a romantic lounge, complete with woven and vintage blankets, an antique trunk, pillows, cushions, florals and candlelight!
Whew! It was a full day of designing and shooting… As the sun sunk into the horizon, it was a wrap!
You can see more from the photoshoot here.
Thanks soooo much to all of the extraordinary wedding pros who helped to pull this off:
Photos by Paper Antler - Minneapolis & Nationwide
Styling & Design by Misha West (Phoenix & Seattle) and Katelin Gallagher
Florals by Camelback Flowershop -Phoenix
Bridal Gown by Katie Jean- Nationwide
Bride’s Jewelry by Ayofemi - Nationwide
Groom’s Wardrobe by Tres Boutique - Tucson & Online
Makeup by Mariana Marie - Phoenix
Hair by Paige Ashcroft -Phoenix
Cakes by Sweet Creations - Tucson
Woven Blanket and Mini Moravian Star Lanterns by Borderlands Trading Co.
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