Posts Tagged ‘unique’

{Part Two} Rustic Island Glamour by This Love of Yours… Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

As if Rana and Jay’s ceremony wasn’t gorgeous enough… we have a big spread of photos to share from their exquisite reception at RF 80 in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood.   The rustic island glamour theme continued with a variety of unique décor elements in shades of ivory, grey and sage.  Enjoy Part Two by  This Love of Yours…Photography.

The reception was a wonderland… a sight to behold.  Tables were dressed in shiny, crushed charcoal linens and topped with a dynamic blend of exotic and rustic florals.  It’s almost hard to find words to describe their unique and sophisticated style.  We’re simply in awe; these photos speak volumes for themselves. 

The evening was topped off with a shimmering, monochromatic candy bar and a heavenly cake with white chocolate mousse filling.  How utterly divine.   What a sweet, sweet and incredibly beautiful day it was.  We’re over the moon for Rana and Jay… be sure to peek at their video trailer by Lovespun Films.


Photos by This Love of Yours…Photography

Reception Venue: RF 80

Florals by Chestnut & Vine

Bridal Gown by Enzoani

Hair by Carrie L’Esperance; Makeup by Allen Conkle

Paper Goods by anna.michelle Cards

Reception Music by Spencer Sutherland 

Catering & Vendor Coordination by Carrie Dove Catering

Cake by Butterfly Cakes

Video by Lovespun Films


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Dramatic Sunflower-Theme Real Wedding by Nami Dadlani Photography and J Morgan Flowers
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

I have a flair for dramatics… and also for gorgeous things that are truly unique… you know, not the run-of-the-mill… so I was utterly delighted to lay eyes on Robyn and Ben’s beautiful wedding album.  I didn’t realize that sunflowers could be so fresh, warm and entirely exquisite.  Leave it up to J Morgan Flowers to design a stunning array of florals for this May wedding in Fort Lauderdale.  Here’s a peek, but you can see the full spread of photos by Nami Dadlani Photography over here.

Robyn is originally from Fort Lauderdale, and Ben from South Hampton, England. The pair met at a friend’s barbecue on Cinco de Mayo. Ben and a friend competed in a game of pool to determine which lucky fellow would get to talk to Robyn first! After he swept her off her feet with his accent and charm, they married six years to the day after they met.  The ceremony took place under a covered patio at the historic Stranahan House.  One of Robyn’s favorite moments was walking down the aisle with her ten-year-old daughter, Madison, and meeting her husband-to-be. At that moment, she felt as though everything was right in her world.

As day transitioned into evening, the navy and gold color palette deepened and an elegant party ensued.  The cake?  Oh the cake.  Ruffled perfection by Sugarsweet Dreams Cake Company.  I love the whole thing… the monogram, the sugar sunflower…

See and read more from Robyn and Ben’s day… 

We’re wishing Robyn and Ben decades and decades of happy Cinco de Mayos!

Photos by Nami Dadlani Photography

Florals by J Morgan Flowers

Day-Of Coordination by Sandy Espinosa of Twenty 7 Events

Bridal Gown by Casablanca Bridal

Bride’s Hair by Kelly Rucker; Bride’s Makeup by Gina Mariotti of Lifestream Wellness Spa

Ceremony Venue: Stranahan House Museum; Reception Venue: Maxwell Room

Paper Goods by Designs by Adj via Etsy

Cake by Sugarsweet Dreams Cake Company

Ring by Tara Rose of Ring Finger Studio

DJ: Eddie B & Company

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Lady in Red… {A Real Wedding Designed by Orange in Bloom}
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

First things first.  Big props to Dana for wearing this little red frock on her wedding day.  I love her retro look- from the glasses to the hair to the red lips.. perfectly photogenic!  From day one, Dana and Shane knew that their wedding was going to reflect them down to every last detail. The day was full of color, handcrafted details, outdoor fun, music, and good times with friends.  Inspired by her knack for planning her own wedding, Dana started a company called Orange in Bloom and plans weddings in the Chicago area. Have fun peeking thru their amazing photos by Hanle Productions!The couple and many of their guests made the short trek from Chicago to La Porte, Indiana to enjoy a rustic, lakeside experience at The Red Barn.  The ceremony was a quick one… outdoors, under the hot July sun, while the reception lasted long into the evening with fun and games like bags and croquet. 

Dana gives the full run down of her planning process just below…

All our best to Dana + Shane!

Planning a unique and creative wedding?  I was recently interviewed by REVEL blog about that very topic… {head over here} to read it!

Photos by Hanle Productions

Event Design by Orange in Bloom

Day Of Coordination: Get Hitched Weddings

Bride’s Dress by Anthropologie

Bride’s Hair & Makeup by Tigerlilie Salon

Venue: The Red Barn Experience in LaPorte, Indiana

Catering by Sweet Baby Ray’s Catering Company

Reception Entertainment: Style Matters DJs

From the Bride: Our wedding ended up being exactly what we had hoped it would be. A labor of love that we had put a lot of work into and a wonderful party that our guests enjoyed as much as we did. We spent months making the paper flower centerpieces. We also handmade our favors, which were family cookbooks with some of our favorite family recipes.

My mom made the table runners out of fabric that I had chosen and my lovely grandmother made hundreds of cupcakes. We had a “build your own cupcake” table with different toppings set out in mugs to sprinkle on top of each cupcake — chocolate chips, sprinkles, nuts, even gummy bears made an appearance. It was fun for the kids especially, but the adults loved it, too.

One of the greatest struggles we had in preparing for our wedding was the dreaded dance. Neither of us are dancers and at one point, we joked that instead of having a first dance we would have a “first game of bags.” We are both music lovers though and so we decided to suck it up and figure out a way to unleash our inner dancers. I suggested something that at first sounded crazy to us, but ended up giving us the direction we needed. We watched videos online, learned the Foxtrot and made it work with our first dance, which was to “Baby” by Devendra Banhart.

Our wedding ceremony was seven minutes long (we timed it) and included a Kurt Vonnegut quote (we have our wonderful officiant to thank for that). I know that the guests were grateful to only be out under the hot July sun for seven minutes. But, as the night progressed and the sun began to set, it was impossible for them to ignore the beautiful setting. The field was practically glowing and everyone was enamored of the stars.

We still get compliments from our guests who insist ours was the most enjoyable wedding they’ve ever been to. My advice to other couples is to be true to what you envision and go with your gut. Your guests will appreciate all those little details and see the love you put into it.


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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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