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Natalie & Patrick’s Napa Winery Wedding

One of the greatest wedding photographers today, Jose Villa, is known for capturing the essence of a couple and their wedding in a way that is timeless and stunning. He calls himself a “Fine Art Wedding Photographer” because he knows how to reveal the art within your most memorable details. Take a look at these photos from Natalie and Patrick’s vineyard wedding in Napa Valley. The wedding planner and designer Beth Helmstetter incorporated classic whites, blues and silhouette butterflies with simple and elegant flower centerpieces. <!–more–>

Enjoy the gracious work of Jose and you can see all the photos on his blog.

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Susan and Chris’s Cowboys ‘n Birds Wedding

You’ll get a Rocky Mountain High from this sweet & unique Colorado wedding

Last week’s Wedding Porn Wednesday by photographer Stone Crandall was so nice, we decided to feature him twice! Stone shot Chris and Susan’s super-charming wedding, held at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, with a reception at the YMCA of the Rockies, and boy did he ever capture some special moments. Susan and Chris put a fun personal twist on tons of standard wedding traditions. <!–more–>

For startes, instead of a typical bouquet and garter toss, they had a dance to see who of their guests had been married the longest. The DJ cued couples to begin stepping off the floor if they’d been married less than 5 years, less than 10 years, etc. Then the last couple standing won the bouquet and garter! They also had a University Fight Song throwdown for all of their loyal college sports fan friends. When the fight songs to the major Universities represented (CU, CSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas A&M, and Tulsa) were played, guests had to cheer as loud as they could. The school alums with the most spirit got an autographed football signed by Chris and Susan.

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Fresh wildflowers tied with hay make a perfectly elegant rustic bouquet.

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The cowboy boots aren’t just chic, they’re practical! Stiletto heels sinking into mud and grass are no fun for brides or their bridesmaids. Why not be cool and comfortable with boots like these that let you dance the night away?

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Lovely hand-drawn wedding programs with a message to guests add a warm, personal touch to the church ceremony.

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The stories of Susan’s bird theme and her veil are so beautiful! In her own words:

“I am wearing my mom’s veil. This was actually a last minute find. I didn’t even want to ear one, but my mom found hers buried in a box and it matched my dress PERFECTLY! God is in all the details. Also…I have a bit of a bird theme throughout the details of the ceremony and the reception. My grandma (mom’s mom) was killed in a car accident when I was young, but she always was pointing out birds to me. She had this saying with all my cousins that when you see a robin you have to do this little motion with your thumb for good luck. We all still do it and to this day, whenever I see a robin I have to stop what I am doing and do my thumb trick for good luck.”

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Chris and Susan have a passion for great food, so they made their table theme about all of the great restaurants they’ve visited, and handed out a homemade book of recipes as wedding favors.

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Instead of having a typical guestbook, the couple had everyone sign rocks (in the Rockies — get it!?) with messages to the bride and groom. Below, check out how Susan’s gorgeous convertible dress became a fun, short style when it came time to dance and show off her cowboy boots!

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Thanks again to Stone Crandall for sharing these fabulous images with us, and congrats to Chris and Susan on a beautiful wedding day and happily ever after!

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Jamie & Jason’s Love, Art & Music Wedding

Creativity reigns at a lively rock ‘n roll art gallery wedding

Jamie and Jason wanted a wedding that would be infused with elements of their creative lives and personalities, so they decided to skip many of the traditional wedding details in favor of fun, artistic elements. Their ceremony was mid-morning at the Walker Art Gallery in Denver, Colorado, followed by a brunch reception at the same venue. An artist did a live painting session while guests snacked from the delicious doughnut bar, and the couple passed out custom CDs with their favorite music as favors. These fantastic photos are by the talented Stone Crandall, whose blog is a must-see for in-the-know wedding addicts. <!–more–>

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The couple created these mix CDs for guests to take home as favors, filled with their all-time favorite tunes.

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The brunch feast included a doughnut bar, french toast, and yummy sandwiches.

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The gallery was featuring a show of rock n’ roll-themed artwork, a perfect backdrop for Jamie and Jason’s celebration.

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Artist Kamla Presswalla did a live painting in the gallery during the reception. Thanks so much to Stone Crandall for sharing these pics, and congrats to Jamie on Jason on their marriage!

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Kim & Adam’s Fabulous Multicultural Yacht Wedding

An extravagant affair at sea marries Vietnamese culture with Jewish tradition

The incredible photos below are by the uber-talented Table 4 weddings, and a few are by their second shooter, Kim Le of Kim Le Photography. And you absolutely must must must also watch this insanely creative video by Joe Simon of Joe Simon Productions. When the wedding video is elevated to art like this, it makes me terribly happy. <!–more–>

As the product of a multi-ethnic marriage, nothing warms my heart more than seeing a beautiful wedding that seamlessly blends and honors different cultural traditions — especially when it’s done in super-elegant style! For Adam and Kim of New York City, their dream wedding meant inviting 100 friends and family members to spend 3 days aboard the Seadream yacht, for a celebration that included a traditional tea ceremony, a ketubah (Jewish marriage contract) and a chuppah (Jewish wedding canopy), fireworks (!), lots of groovy tunes, great food, and FUN!

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Embarkation was followed by a casual, fun rehearsal dinner.

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The busy wedding weekend itinerary still left plenty of time for r&r…and champagne!

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Kim’s tea ceremony outfit is gorgeous!

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And finally, the big day arrives…

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The bride and groom each sign the ketubah before the wedding ceremony begins.

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The bride wore — what else? — a gorgeous Vera Wang.

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Cornflower blue and fuschia are bright and cheery against the ocean backdrop and elegant white of the Seadream.

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Oh-so-elegant reception table centerpieces use an assortment of glass vases to showcase single-variety bouquets. The cornflower blue and fuschia color scheme works as well indoors as out.

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Elegant food is presented with a flourish — check out the video above for the wait staff’s synchronized unveiling of the entrees!

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Many thanks to Table 4 and Kim Le for sharing these amazing photos!! We love your work and look forward to seeing more of it!

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Cher and Ian’s Beautiful Bold & Blue Wedding

An extraordinarily pretty weekend-long celebration with unique blue-hued details

A few weeks ago, the incredible wedding photographer Laura Grier and I were catching up over sushi and sake, and she told me all about today’s gorgeous wedding. Laura wasn’t just the photographer at this even, she was also doing double duty a bridesmaid — all while wearing a blue corset and tutu! Sound interesting? It gets better… <!–more–>

Cher, who happens to be a doctor of emergency medicine (only in Beverly Hills could an ER doc be such a total babe!), married her adorable marketing exec groom Ian, at the Shady Oaks Winery in Napa Valley, CA. The entire bridal party spent the weekend at the winery’s main estate, enjoying croquet tournaments, wine and cheese tastings, pool parties and more. The wedding was filled with amazing personalized and creative details, from Cher’s layered blue petticoats to plantable wildflower seed-infused paper programs to centerpieces made of books, apples and flowers. A million thanks to Laura and her Beautiful Day Photography for sharing the fun with us!

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Behold! Cher’s jaw-dropping Carolina Herrera wedding dress.

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Matching blue robes for the bridesmaids made getting ready fun, and the robes doubled as bridal party gifts.

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Yes, Cher is an actual ER doctor. I consider it a feat if I manage to get out the door wearing matching socks. Meanwhile, Cher is off saving lives while looking like this. Pretty darned impressive, no?

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A rare glimpse of Laura in front of the camera!

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The wedding’s butterfly theme honored Cher’s late mother, an accomplished artist and photographer.

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Seersucker suits looked super cool on even the littlest member of the bridal party.

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The most fun and flirty bridesmaids dresses ever.

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Bottles of fresh pressed olive oil were wedding favors.

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Casual Beauty – A WPW Double Header

Sean Flanigan’s pics of relaxed weddings are so nice, I blogged ‘em twice

Can a wedding can be fabulous without being fancy? Sure thing. And these photos by uber-talented wedding photog Sean Flanigan prove it. Sean attracts lots of clients who’ve planned laid-back wedding masterpieces, full of effortless beauty and whimsical touches. And he captures it all with an eye for the small, magical moments and details that truly make a wedding special.  <!–more–> You won’t find any 12-tiered cakes or cathedral trains at these affairs — just real people celebrating unforgettable moments with impeccable, casual style.

First, have a gander at Stephanie and Danny’s Seattle wedding. I’m so in love with these images that I’ve written about them before, for Groom’s Week on Dog ‘n Bird. Prepare to oooh and aaaah…

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Dana & Michael’s Bright & Beautiful Winery Wedding

Eco-friendly details and sunny simplicity at a romantic vineyard wedding

According to uber-talented photographer Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography, Dana and Michael were one of the most relaxed and happy couples she’s ever worked with. And their sunny, laid-back attitude is reflected in every pretty detail of their green wedding at Ponte Winery in Temecula, California. <!–more–>  This adorable duo worked in everything from eco-friendly florals to cool, non-matchy-matchy bridal party attire. The overall look is colorful, comfortable, and infused with the kind of joy and warmth that makes a wedding truly memorable.

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The biblical text on their programs reads, “I have found the one in whom my soul delights.” *Sigh*

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The color! The texture!! We don’t know who made Dana’s incredible wedding dress, but based on the lace and beadwork, I’m guessing that it’s vintage or antique. If anybody can provide a clue, please share in the comments below!

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The boys look like they’re having a blast getting ready. (It’s easy to drink beer and go swimming when there’s no hair and makeup to contend with!)

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Beautiful bride!! Dana’s smile is infectious. It makes me smile right back at her.

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Oh, the simple beauty of getting married at a vineyard! With luscious violet grapes and greenery like this, the ceremony site needs no extra embellishment. Elegant wooden chairs, a simple chuppah, and breathtaking scenery are sweet perfection. Also, you can bet that the wine was good…and plentiful.

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Boutonnieres are made of sustainable succulent plants, along with potted succulents with limes and a stunning bridesmaid’s bouquet of fuschia tulips. This green wedding uses a variety of blooms, and is a great example of how you can reduce your impact and incorporate whatever your “dream flowers” are by mixing them with more Earth-friendly options.

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Mix n’ match bridesmaids dresses in vibrant, rich colors are complemented by an array of monochrome bouquets. Below, buckets of parasols shield guests from the summer sun.

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These eco centerpieces incorporate sustainable orchid plants and succulents. Notice how they’re displayed right in their planters, ready to be taken home and cared for by the bride and groom or their guests. Perfection!

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The best part of a Jewish wedding is the chairs!! Even the most staid guests whoop and holler in delight as the bride, groom, and their families are lifted over the crowd. Such fun!

May thanks to Beautiful Day Photography, and to Dana and Michael, for sharing these vibrant, joyous photos with us!

Leslie & Sim’s Multi-Cultural Paradise Wedding(s)

One beautiful couple: Two international wedding celebrations. Welcome to paradise!

Prepare to be amazed by the biggest, baddest Wedding Porn Wednesday* we’ve ever featured. Leslie and Sim’s nuptials are a feast for the eyes, spanning the globe to incorporate an incredible variety of historical and cultural influences and details. <!–more–> First, their modern elegant California affair will make you oooh and aaah over incredible heirloom accessories passed down from Leslie’s great-grandmother and gorgous decor. Then, take a mini-vacay to check out their insanely colorful, four-day long Indian wedding on the lush beaches and rain forests of Bali.

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Leslie and Sim are such a gorgeous couple, it would be fun to look at photos of them hanging out in their sweats. Instead, we get the privilege of seeing them in a stunning variety of costumes against some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. It was all captured by renowned international wedding photographer Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography. Laura expertly photographed every detail, including the gorgeous flowers, the Balinese landscape, and…a surprise celebrity engagement!  That’s right — a famous couple got engaged at Leslie and Sim’s reception, inspiring their secret BWalinese elopement the very next day. And I might just tell you who they are at the very end of this post….

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Leslie’s wedding dress was a custom design by Lazaro. Two wedding invitations were sent to each guest — one for the California wedding, and another for the ceremony and celebration in Bali.

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Look how sweet Leslie is, wiping away tears as she puts on the 60-year-old Chantilly lace veil that her great-grandmother made for her grandmother’s wedding. Leslie’s own mother also wore the veil at her wedding. What a beautiful family tradition — and a gorgeous veil!

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Tiphany & Jamie’s Yellow Retro Hepcat Bash

A ’50s pinup spin on a chic Santa Barbara wedding

Vargas girls, you’re getting a run for your money. Because Tiphany has mastered the art of sexy pinup glamour, and she showed off some seriously hip retro style when she married her very own Daddy-O Jamie at the Four Seasons Biltmore in California wine country last September. <!–more–>

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This couple’s style is the eptiome of ’50s cool. They’re kind of like a modern-day Rizzo and Kenicke from Grease.

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Every detail of this remarkable wedding was captured by the incredible husband-and-wife photography team Matt and Angie Sloan of Sloan Photographers. They’re Continue reading