Tag Archives: Modern Weddings

Lemon Sunshine: Megan & Justin’s Yellow Wedding

A Newport Beach wedding filled with sunny joy and smiles

When I spotted Megan and Justin’s sweet and sunny wedding on OneWed, it instantly made me smile. Everything about this adorable young couple and their wedding just screams *fun*! From the bright and whimsical lemon blossom bouquets to the sunny textile prints of the tablecloths, this is a feel-good party with charm to spare. Talented up-and-coming photo Alicia Danielle captured every detail.

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Erin & Mark’s Glam-tastic Atlantic City Wedding

Welcome to Tradesy Weddings Wedding Porn Wednesday! I’m super excited to introduce this new feature, which will bring you  tantalizing, luscious, drool-worthy wedding images taken by some of the most talented wedding photogs in the world, right here every Wednesday. <!–more–>

“What’s wedding porn,” you ask? Wedding porn is photography that captures, in explicit, lingering detail, all of the spectacular visual beauty of a wedding. It’s not baum-chikka-wow-wow porn, though it’s been known to get certain brides-to-be all hot and bothered. Good wedding porn inspires, stimulates desire, quickens the heartbeat, and leaves you wanting more. Kind of like regular porn, but you can look at it at work, and even more like food porn, but not as fattening. (What?? You’ve never seen food porn? Oh my. Go to Food Porn Daily. I’ll wait here.)

Want to submit your photos for publication on Wedding Porn Wednesdays? Here’s how.

And now, without further ado, our first featured wedding, photographed by the super-talented Pat Furey, and first posted on The Wedding Chicks (with thanks to the gracious gals at Wedding Chicks for their republishing blessings).

Erin and Mark’s Glamtastic Atlantic City Wedding Adventure

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They got married at the Showboat Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. It’s all velvet walls and Persian rugs and faux-17th century sculptures. Watch Erin and Mark make it modern and cool.

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Erin made her bouquet, the guys boutonnieres, and the centerpieces from — get this — the pages of Homer’s The Odyssey. Just take a moment to soak that in. It kind of makes me want to marry her.

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This photo, the one right here below, is one of the most beautiful wedding pics I’ve ever seen. It is perfection. Be sure to check out photographer Pat Furey’s blog to see more of his work, which is more art than wedding photography. Thanks for sharing, Pat!

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EJ & Alex’s Eco-Chic DIY Wedding

EJ and Alex wanted their wedding to reflect their eco-conscious ideals, so they incorporated lots of sweet handmade and recycled details into the ceremony and reception. The couple collected and hand painted rocks for their seating charts and table numbers, which were displayed alongside small bunches of fresh lavender and wildflowers. <!–more–>

Family and friends gathered at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco for the celebration. The Center’s original cluster of nine historic, 1907-era military buildings featured beautiful vaulted ceilings, large windows and maple floors. They also grow and harvest their own organic food for catering such events like EJ & Alex’s wedding!

This simple and elegant green wedding was sent to us from Janet Moscarello + Lisa Lefringhouse of JL Photografia. Enjoy the beautiful photos!

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Carolyn & Paul’s Romantic Philadelphia Museum Wedding

It was pure magic when Carolyn and Paul met the day before starting law school together in Philadelphia. Their life together since has been one of laughter and good times and their modern, fall wedding was the perfect mixture of all their passions. <!–more–>

Carolyn had picked to have the wedding at the city’s local relic, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The museum provided a beautiful backdrop for photographer Cathie Berry-Green of BG Productions, plus it enabled the wedding to host guest in different areas throughout the day!

The ceremony took place in the beautiful cobblestone courtyard. Cocktail hour was enjoyed in the Warden Garden. Dinner was served in the high-ceiling Chinese Rotunda. And the night ended with drinks and dancing in the Upper Egypt Gallery. Floral design was provided by the talented Marybeth of Studio M Designs.

Staying true to incorporating their passions, the couple chose details that guests could thoroughly enjoy. The table “numbers” were local breweries and when guests sat down for dinner, they were enticed to a short history of each pub. The guests also received cookie cutters in the shape of leaves to carry on the fall theme. Groom Paul was pleasantly surprised to find he had his own cake with an image of Jim Morrison on it, as a tribute to his love for The Doors.

Share in the bliss of Carolyn and Paul’s wedding and enjoy the photos!

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Liviya and Colin’s Beautiful Bird-Themed Wedding

I’m so excited to share this absolutely beautiful wedding with you today! It was sent to us by Chad & Anastasia Photography, a married photog couple who met in India and take some of the most breathtaking, creative, artistic photos we’ve ever had the privilege of publishing. <!–more–>

Liviya and Colin are a super cool couple, and their wedding reflects their smart modern style. Colin writes about snowboarding for major magazines, and Liviya is a doctor. They got married at the historic Golden Gardens Bathhouse in Seattle, an amazing picturesque location with a serene forested hillside to the east, and a beautiful sandy beach to the west that looks over the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

Liviya’s stunning and unique dress is by Lena Medoyeff, a Portland Oregon business with a commitment to social and environmental responsibility. Lena dresses are locally made of fair trade silks from a family run mill at the foothills of the Himalayas.

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy these gorgeous pics!

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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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Christine and Jonathon’s Paris Circus Wedding

An intimate celebration in the City of Lights unites two fiery and unique performance artists

It’s not often that the job descriptions of our brides and grooms include “defying gravity”. But this Wedding Porn Wednesday is truly unique, featuring an extraordinary couple whose sweet Paris wedding was anything but conventional. <!–more–>

Christine and Jonathon decided on a destination wedding because they both love travel. Most days, you’ll find Jonathon in New York, DC, Boston, or on the Santa Monica Pier, teaching students to fly while running his famous trapeze school.

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And Christine, an accomplished arial artist, is usually doing something like this…

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…or this…

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It sure beats an office job, huh? Everything that these two do is an adventure, and their wedding was no different. They invited a small group of friends to meet them in Paris. Everyone was instructed to wear white, as they were all considered part of the wedding party. The day began with all of the women gathering to help Christine get ready, while the men hit the streets of Paris to buy food, flowers, and wine.

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Christine’s dress was designed for her by Jonathon, in collaboration with costumer Adele Satori, who creates unique wearable art for music videos, performances, fashion and film.

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Their wedding fell on a perfect sunny summer day in Paris. Jonathon eagerly waited in the hotel lobby for all of the guests and his bride, where they enjoyed champagne and fruit to start the festivities.

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Then the entire bridal party walked through the streets of Paris together to reach the ceremony site, a gazebo in a park that the couple had chosen for the occasion. With no permits or special plans, the bridal party had to convince park-goers to clear the area so they could begin!

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Christine and Jonathon both cried tears of joy as they recited their heartfelt vows to each other. They had no officiant, and the ceremony was non-denominational. Guests sat in a circle around them.

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Each of the guests was asked to bring a piece of ribbon with their wishes for the couple written on it. One by one, they tied the wrists of the bride and groom together with their prayers. Christine and Jonathon kept the ribbons as momentos.

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Finally, Jonathon sang a song that he had written for Christine.

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Some of the guests who knew the song chimed in at the chorus, surprising and delighting the bride.

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After the ceremony, the happily married couple and their bridal party moved to a grassy area of the park for a perfect Paris picnic, filled with food, wine and laughter.

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Congratulations and many thanks to Christine and Jonathon for sharing their very special and beautiful day with us! And if you’re in LA, New York, Boston, or DC, be sure to check out Jonathon’s Trapeze School New York for life’s second greatest adventure (after marriage)…flying!!

Whitney and John’s Eco-Chic Vegas Vows

A destination wedding at a Nevada nature preserve is full of sweet personal details

Whitney and John knew they wanted a destination wedding in Vegas that wouldn’t feel like a typical Vegas wedding at all. So they chose to have both ceremony and reception at the gorgeous Springs Preserve, a 180-acre cultural institution dedicated to sustainability and dotted with environmentally friendly LEED buildings. With a beautiful jewel-toned palette, sophisticated floral design, and tons of personalized details, the look of this wedding is modern, chic, and unforgettable. Talented photographer Chelsea Nicole captured every perfect moment. <!–more–>

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Whitney is wearing a Vera Wang wedding dress. For her something blue, she had her cobbler paint the soles of her Stewart Weitzman shoes. The deep cobalt color even matches the beautiful jewel tone palette of the rest of the wedding.

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All invitations and stationery are by the incomparable Bella Figura, an eco letterpress located in upstate New York that produces some of the most elegant and innovative sustainable wedding stationery in the world.

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The bride and groom were so excited for their honeymoon in Africa, which would include everything from Ugandan mountain gorillas to beach time in the Maldives, that they named their tables after different destinations on their itinerary.

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Flip-flops were given as a wedding favor to encourage guests to get up and dance.

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Whitney loved the different laces of her Vera Wang gown so much that she had them etched in icing on the wedding cake. Each layer of cake featured a different lace, recreated in buttercream.

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Thanks to Chelsea Nicole and the happy couple for sharing these beautiful photos with us!

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Carrie and Jon’s DIY Carnival Wedding

Cotton candy and carnival games make a stylish vintage amusement park event unforgettable. <!–more–>

Falling in love can make you feel like a kid again, so a wedding reception held in the bumper car pavillion at Glen Echo Park amusement park felt like the perfect way for fun-loving couple Carrie and Jon to kick off their life as a married couple. Their unique wedding, full of fun vintage and DIY details, was the result of a creative collaboration between the bride, her crafty matron of honor, and the brilliant Maryland-based event planner Janice Carnevale of Bellwether Events. Stephanie Ascari from Cleverly Candid took the beautiful photos.

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Carrie switched between her white satin bridal shoes, a comfortable pair of pumps for the reception, and cool cowboy boots for dancing. Her talented Matron of Honor made the paper flower bouquets, the ribbon boutonierres, and all of the wedding stationery.

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If only all matrons of honor were this crafty! Check out the gorgeous, intricate paper flower arrangement.

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In keeping with the amusement park theme, all the wedding stationery had a vintage ticket-booth look. Bright red and turquoise throughout created a festive feeling.

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Carrie purchased a lot of things online, including the vintage gumball machine and the clear drink buckets that were filled with colorful Jones sodas and used as table centerpieces. The details from this wedding prove that you can be fabulous on any budget. This smart couple avoided spending on flowers, and held their reception in the afternoon, which typically cuts the bar tab in half. Below, cupcakes are adorned with the couple’s wedding logo.

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Bags of cotton candy were customized with a cartoon rendering of the bride and groom, and served to guests on a cart with fresh popcorn and bags of peanuts.

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Instead of traditional table centerpieces, Carrie and Jon used buckets of Jones soda and jars filled with nostalgia-inspiring candy like Mary Janes, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Sugar Daddys and rock candy.

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A variety of carnival games provided entertainment for guests, including a peach basket toss, coke bottle ring toss, and ball roll.

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Carrie is an avid swing dancer, so she chose the Blue Sky Five to play swingin’ tunes, and everybody got a dance lesson after a barbecue lunch was served.

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For more fabulous weddings like this one, check out Bellwether Events. Thanks to Janice, the adorable couple (who recently welcomed a daughter!), and  Cleverly Candid photography for sharing these fun pics.