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Fred & Kameela: Elegant Perfection

A classically elegant wedding, perfectly executed and beautifully photographed

Great chefs create recipes that support, rather than overwhelm, the taste of fresh ingredients. Some of the best architects and interior designers create spaces that are purposefully simple, carefully designed to emphasize the people and activities within. (I promise, this is going somewhere!) Sometimes the best creative moments happen when you skip the bells and whistles and design something that emphasizes its own true nature. <!–more–>

Fred and Kameela’s wedding is a perfect example of this. It’s a wedding that doesn’t try to be anything more, and its stylish simplicity is the perfect backdrop to showcase the obvious warmth and joy of the day. The entire event is perfectly curated and simply stunning. It’s formal without being stuffy, detailed without being overdone, and every single gorgeous photo conveys a story about this beautiful couple and their friends and family.

The pitch-perfect pics were taken by Cesar and Tanya of Perez Photography. They’re one of my faves, and the exceptional photos on their blog are great for inspiration!

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This shot of Fred is one of most moving wedding pics I’ve ever seen. What a sweet groom!

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Kameela and Fred designed and made these wooden signs themselves.

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Not sure if this is a relative or a friend, but very sure that this guy knows how to dress for a party. One word: Dapper. I don’t get to use that word much, and I really appreciate this guy for giving me a reason to.

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The tables were named for things that were personally significant to the couple.

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Kate & Matt’s New England Fairy Tale Wedding

A Beautiful Boston affair overflowing with dramatic calla lilies

Kate and Matt’s Boston wedding was a picturesque, elegant event filled with understated touches of grand style. The traditional style was perfectly suited to the couple, who have known each other their entire lives. Their mothers have been great friends since college and got to see their children get married!  <!–more–> With a muted palette of ivory, yellow and green, and incredible views of the city and harbor from the gorgeous State Room, this classically beautiful wedding was like a fairy tale! And it was captured exquisitely by East Coast and international shutterbug Laura Parent of Relive Photography.

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Kate got a great deal on her incredible Carolina Herrera gown at Vows Bridal Outlet.

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Gorgeous calla lilies were *everywhere*! From the bridal bouquets to the chuppah to the cake, florist Michelle Bernard did a fabulous job incorporating chic, modern, pretty arrangements into all parts of the wedding.

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Bridesmaids dresses by Aria are dressed up with green sashes and vibrant bouquets of — what else? — calla lilies!

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Stunning views of the Boston harbor and city are an incredible ceremony backdrop.

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I love how Kate and Matt placed this elegant sign in front of the escort cards to let guests know that a donation was made in lieu of wedding favors. Kindness, elegance, and conservation — what could be better?

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These centerpieces are modern and elegant, and the vases can easily be reused or donated.

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The GORGEOUS wedding cake!

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Thanks again to Kate, Matt, and Relive Photography for sharing these fantastic images with Recycled Bride!

Carrie & Drew’s Backyard Spring Wedding

Carrie and Drew met on eHarmony, where after a slight miscommunication that led them to think they stood each other up, they fell madly in love! A short while later, they were married at her parent’s house, set against the beautiful backdrop of the Colorado mountains. With lots of help from Carrie’s family, and her father’s green thumb, this DIY wedding was everything the couple wanted. The festive tulips came from Sam’s Club and Carrie’s father grew the grass for their chic centerpieces.<!–more–>

As beautiful as the tulips that made her boquet, these photos captured by Sarah Christine Photography show it all!

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Pat & Ray’s 50th Anniversary Hoe-Down

These super-charming 50th wedding anniversary party pics came to us from Lauren Rae Photography, the proud granddaughter of the happy couple! Pat and Ray’s anniversary celebration was made special by Lauren Rae and her parents , who helped plan and design it like the wedding reception that the loving couple never had. As Pat and Ray are big fans of bluegrass music and culture, a “hoe-down”-themed party was a perfect fit for them. <!–more–>

Fresh flowers, vintage bottles, mason jars, and mismatched china made the table decor warm, welcoming and chic. A local caterer provided the yummy BBQ dinner, and a family friend made three beautiful cakes for the desert bar. The family danced the night away to the tunes of Elvis, Johnny Cash and music from the 1950s. Pat and Ray’s celebration proved that a DIY reception built with labor of love can become a very special memory for all!

Enjoy!

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Kate & Norm’s Elegant Ranch Wedding

Two firefighters marry on a romantic ranch!

Kate and Norm are usually dressed head-to-toe in firefighting gear. So when they both emerged looking elegant and stylish at their simple and chic ranch wedding, their guests were truly wowed! The couple entrusted the design of the wedding to the talented Kim Duncan at KD Events, who made great use of nature’s bounty with the rustic elegant details and decorations. Photographs are by the dream team of Katrina Wallace and Andrew Mejia from Sedona Bride. <!–more–>

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Ultramarine blue shoes to. die. for. And Kate’s gorgeous dress is an off-the-rack design from Nordstrom, proving once again that you don’t have to spend thousands at a bridal salon to look lik a million bucks.

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Kim from KD events styled this beautiful, chic tented dinner setting.

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This rustic wedding canopy is just perfection!

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I just adore the apple escort cards…what a perfectly elegant use of nature’s bounty for decoration!

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Thanks to photographer Katrina Wallace + Andrew Mejia from Sedona Bride for sending these pics, and to the lovely Kate and her Norm for sharing their inspiring wedding with us!

Joanna & David’s Simply Elegant Fall Wedding

A perfectly gorgeous affair that’s focused on family and fun

When Amber Gustafson of Amber Events talked to lovely bride Joanna about her wedding day vision, it quickly became clear that Joanna wanted to keep things simple. She didn’t want a guestbook, cake knife, toasting glasses, cake topper, favors, garter, or many other traditional wedding accoutrements, but instead wanted to focus on the experience of just being with her family and friends and creating a night to remember. <!–more–>  So Amber planned a celebration that was all about simple beauty, using elegant ivory and metallic details to set off the natural beauty of Autumn at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. The stunning photos are by Raya Carlisle of Raya Photography.

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Don’t you just love Joanna’s bold bridal accessories? They’re finds from Neiman Marcus. Her dress was custom made by Jose Flores, a Hollywood tailor famous for working with Monique Lhuillier and designing incredible one-of-a-kind gowns. Joanna worked with Jose to design the dress, and bought the buttons at M&J Trim in New York. Her veil was also custom made by Pol Atteu Couture in Beverly Hills. I just love when brides do something unique with their attire and support the local economy!

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David is one of the sweetest grooms ever! While watching a football game with his groomsmen before the wedding, he sent gifts to Joanna’s bridal suite, including a pair of diamond earrings and a Packer’s jersey with her new last name on it.

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The feather placecard accents and manzanita tree are so casually elegant.

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I just loooove this pretty cake! It’s by La Starr Cakes.

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Aside from a few toasts, the evening was free of the formalities that accompany most weddings. Joanna and David even quietly cut the cake in the corner with just their parents and photographers as they did not want to stop their 160 guests from dancing and enjoying themselves.

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Many many thanks to Raya Photography for sharing these incredible pics, and congrats to the beautiful bride Joanna and her wonderful groom David!

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Rob and Emily’s Minimalist Bird-Themed Wedding

A uniquely simple and sophisticated celebration of nature

Held at the Calistoga Ranch in Napa, California and photographed by the talented Sabine Scherer, Rob and Emily’s outdoor wedding ceremony and minimalist reception used simple and elegant green design principles.  Everything from their invitations to their table settings to Emily’s unique Carmen Marc Valvo wedding dress showcased an extraordinarily sophisticated and sustainable take on wedding style. Let’s crash the party and take a peek… <!–more–>

{*What’s Wedding Porn Wednesday?}

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The ceremony site was completely unadorned, letting nature step in as decorator.

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The Calistoga Ranch is known for its lush green open spaces, and the couple took full advantage of the gorgeous landscape to take these sweet photos. Emily DIY-ed most of the wedding’s decor, including the programs and signage below.

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Lit mostly by candlelight, the reception tables are fit for an elegant Roman banquet. This organic, cave-like space creates instant warmth and intimacy for guests. The wedding cake at the back of the room is the only decoration needed.

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Wedding Porn Wednesday Double Header – Part 2

Stephanie and Dave’s Gourmand’s Paradise

In Part 1 of our Wedding Porn Wednesday Double Header, you saw Katie and Josh’s Eco-Chic Wedding at Culver City’s Smog Shoppe. Today’s Part 2 features Stephanie and Dave, who turn the very same venue into a delicious and beautiful foodie’s paradise! <!–more–>

You can just tell from looking at these pics that this couple is super cool and joyful as can be. This is a party that I would have just loved to be invited to! Stephanie and Dave don’t take themselves too seriously, and approached their wedding by focusing on what matters to them — good food, good friends, and good times. There was no wedding party. They used fruits, vegetables, and seasonal flowers as decor. And the vibe was all-natural, organic fun!

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I just adore these prep pics, and Stephanie’s entire wedding day look. She epitomizes bridal beauty by being comfortable in her skin and full of joy. Plus, I always admire/envy women like Stephanie, who have porcelain skin, doll-like features, and the cojones to rock a funky short ‘do and look fabulous in it.

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While Stephanie was preparing for her walk down the aisle, very solemn preparations were taking place in the groom’s prep area.

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How cute are these two!?! You can really feel their love and warmth through these photos.

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This wedding is all about nature’s bounty. Even Stephanie’s bouquet has fresh herbs!

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The tablescapes are simple yet genius. They combine natural floral elements with fruits, vegetables and porcelain bowls and vases, for an effect that’s natural and chic.

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Stephanie and Dave opted for cream cheese frosting over fondant for their red velvet wedding cake, which creates a more organic, handmade look. It’s decorated with herbs and fresh fruit and was made by Stephanie’s friend Beth Creasey Griffiths of Whoa-Nelly events.

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All photos by the talented Annie McElwain.