Tag Archives: Unique Weddings

Alissa and Rich’s Rustic Elegant Wedding

A country affair with handcrafted old Hollywood glamour

This stunning wedding at Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse, a two hundred-year-old farmhouse on an ostrich farm, 9 miles up a winding hill in Los Olivos, California, features incredible paper details, a glamorous handcrafted bridal look, and a surprise performance by Alissa and Rich! Alissa and her friends created so many special handcrafted elements for the wedding that she was inspired afterwards to start her own wedding business! Read on for more about this unique bride and groom and their incredible wedding day… <!–more–>

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Lori & Justin’s Down-Home Chic Wildflower Wedding

A super stylish California wedding with cowboy flair
Nobody knows wedding style better than a wedding photographer. So when photog Lori Yohe got married on a private estate in Corona, California, she expertly combined sophisticated attire and decorations with homey, simple details to create a warm and unique celebration. <!–more–> Captured by one of our favorite wedding photographers, Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography, this wedding is charming, beautiful, down-home fun. 
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Lori was inspired by this wedding, which we featured a few months ago, and hired bride Alissa to create her headpiece and add colorful tulle and a bustle to her gown. Check out Alissa’s Modern Nostalgia for more cool bridal designs.

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Fun personalized details! Garters with the logos of the bride and groom’s favorite teams, and cowboy boots for the bride. How great would it be to throw those boots on with a pair of jeans and say, “I’m wearing my wedding shoes today”?

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A colorful and playful dessert table features cookies baked by the bride and groom’s moms, representing Nebraska and Penn State. The moms then had to eat each others’ rival team cookies. These guys are serious sports fans!

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Wildflowers in mason jars decorated the tables, and paper lanterns added a festive and chic touch. Both are perfect decorations for budget brides with miles of style.

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Many thanks to Lori and Justin, and to Los Angeles wedding photographer Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography for so generously sharing these images with us!

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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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Fun in the Sun Barn Wedding Inspiration!

In celebration of summer, we’re going to shake things up and share a real “fake” wedding this week! This photo shoot, set up by Christy Whitehead Photography in Jacksonville, Florida, captured the rustic charm of bandanas, boots and barn at a new wedding location, The Keeler Property. <!–more–>

Out in the pastures and down by the barn, the “Bride” and “Groom” had it all. The dress from Park Avenue Bridal, hair by Alison LeeAnn, and makeup by Ruthless Beauty. A Fantasy in Flowers designed the three different bouquets to play upon the rustic theme that were wrapped with bandanas, beads and rope.

Although this was a shoot, the Bride and Groom had a three tiered cake, designed in theme by Kakes by Katie, that provided for an all out cake trashing as a finale! Enjoy the photos and the fun…

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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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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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Caitlin & Justin’s DIY Owl-Themed Wedding

This super-creative wedding was sent to us by the incredibly talented photographer Jennifer Jasso, who’s a good friend of the bride and groom, Caitlin and Justin. Caitlin is a textile artist who constructed all of the unique details you see below, including the bride and groom owl dolls, candy centerpieces, invitations, photo props and cake topper. <!–more–>

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Even Caitlin’s rhinestone owl hair clip coordinated with the day’s theme and color scheme.

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The beautiful patterned fabric that decorated the outdoor ceremony area later doubled as the backdrop for a fun photo booth!

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Caitlin hand-decorated the centerpiece vases with peppermint candy and Twizzlers. So creative!

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DIY photo booth fun!

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An Alice in Wonderland Wedding

This inspiration Queen of Hearts photo shoot is pure romance and drama

Everything that Adrienne Gunde photographs turns out looking like pure magic, so we’ve come to expect great things from her. But when Adrienne shared this Alice in Wonderland-themed photo shoot with us, we were just blown away. The shoot was the result of a collaboration with Bunch Studio, a super creative Southern California floral studio, Zoie Events, and I Believe It’s Cake. and the result is an extravagantly gorgeous piece of art that’s sure to inspire creative brides everywhere. <!–more–>

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All of the bride’s beautiful attire was discovered at Shareen Vintage.

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The creative team used this poem for inspiration:

Our story is set in Wonderland.
The Queen is in love… her heart is full.
Together with her king-to-be, they are hosting a wedding party reception, her way.
Her elite guest list is limited to a special few.
Held at her private palace, in the gardens, it is nothing out of the ordinary for her majesty.
Just feathers and fluff. Opulent jewel tones. Rich satin and lush velvet.
Gold glitz and glam. Natural greens. Delectable dessert. Roses red.
Her way.

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The centerpieces are made of topiary and oversized chess pieces — genius!

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Have you ever seen such a breathtakingly lavish wedding cake??

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Many thanks to Adrienne Gunde for sharing these pics. You can see the original post here >>

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!!