Tag Archives: White 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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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!

Jason & Kisha’s Travel Themed Wedding

Jason and Kisha wanted to share their love for travel with family and friends, so they decided to marry in Costa Rica. In keeping with the travel themed wedding, they set the ambience for guests with engraved compasses, suitcases, maps and postcards. <!–more–> They also added details that captured the essence of Costa Rica, which was very special to them because they had taken their first trip together there.

“One of my favorite authors is Ernst Hemingway and I thought, what better theme to express who we are than a travel theme?” says Kisha. This is where she came up with the idea for integrating Hemingway into the ceremony and reception. The couple’s passion for travel spilled over into their honeymoon as well!

They split up their honeymoon into several mini-honeymoons to make the experience last longer. The week before the wedding, they relaxed in Costa Rica at the beautiful Four Seasons and following the wedding they traveled to Napa Valley for the week to experience the best of California’s wine country. A few months later, they spent time together at the Four Seasons Nevis and Singita Lodge in South Africa!

Enjoy the travels and the gorgeous photos by El Velo Photography!

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Bethany & Bryan’s $2,500 Ultimate DIY Wedding

This chic outdoor wedding, sent from our friends at Sarah Christine Photography, shows how a wedding with a small budget can be beautiful in big ways. Bethany and Bryan designed their special day for just $2,500 with help from friends, family, some ingenuity, and Craigslist! The wedding was held at Hudson Gardens, the food came from Safeway, and the dress was passed down (we love that!) <!–more–>

See how this creative couple made their budget work, and get inspired!

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Bethany’s dress was handed down from a cousin, keeping it special in the family, and her jewelry was vintage chic.

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The couple chose a venue that was already very green and provided a great background for guests and photographs.

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Their arrangements featured a few eye catching flowers and made the most of lots of green foliage.

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All the flowers were provided by a local florist, Santa Fe Floweral, and cost only $150!

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Minimal designs and fonts kept things classic and low cost.

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The centerpieces were simple, but the use of white table cloths and chairs made things look bright and clean.

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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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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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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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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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Justine & Robert’s Rustic Beautiful Wedding

An Earth-friendly wedding mixes nature and glamour with stunning results

Everything about Justine and Robert’s wedding was fresh, stylish, and eco-chic. Held at the romantic Nestldown estate in the Santa Cruz mountains, this event perfectly pairs a rustic, natural backdrop with glamorous details like Justine’s sexy Melissa Sweet wedding dress, and lush floral bouquets to match the fresh orange, green and purple palette. It was all photographed by Gia Canali, whose fantastic blog is a must-read for in-the-know wedding folks. <!–more–>

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Vinny, the couple’s dog, was their ring bearer. He is SO handsome in his purple tie and ring pillow! And check out the fresh and stylish bridal party attire, which you can catch glimpses of behind Vinny.

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I love how the couple went with mostly orange adornments for their simple and beautiful outdoor ceremony.

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Potted herbs adorned the outdoor cocktail tables and buffet created by Back to Earth Catering, which specializes in Earth-friendly organic dishes made from locally grown ingredients.

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Table centerpieces incorporated dahlias, orchids, pitcher plants, fresh in-season fruit, leaves, succulents, etc., in unique still-life style arrangements.

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The bride and groom make their exit in her father’s classic Alfa Romeo…such a stylish car!

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The photographer brought along an antique Italian parasol she found at a flea market in Miami that she had been saving for years for the perfect couple and a wedding that matched. The love is in the details! Thanks again to Gia Canali for sharing these great pics with us.

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Colleen and Jason’s Green New York City Wedding

An eco-chic couple takes Brooklyn with a local and sustainable celebration

Sophisticated urban style? Check. Local artisanal food and vegan sweets? Check. Sustainable stationery and favors? Check check. Colleen and Jason’s celebration had all of the elements of a dream green wedding. <!–more–> But I wouldn’t expect anything less from Jason, the founder of one of my fave websites, MindBodyGreen.com. Mind Body Green is a great resource for everything from green celebrity news and interviews to beginner yoga tips to understanding your energy chakras. And his beautiful bride writes for the site, too!

Their wedding ceremony was held on a Friday, with just a few close family members. The next evening, a fun-filled reception for all of their friends featured a ceremony slideshow with artful photos by JP Wedding Photography. I love this wedding’s eco-chic appeal, and the fact that they were able to create a beautiful, sophisticated event without spending on lavish floral arrangements and fussy “extras”. This is true sustainable style!

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Colleen walked to the ceremony with her sister, who performed the ceremony, and her mom. In lieu of a bouquet, she carried a single bright fuschia flower that matches the one in her hair.

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After the intimate ceremony, Colleen and Jason strolled around the area and took pictures in Dumbo and Vinegar Hill.

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On Saturday night, it was time to party!! The reception was held at Smack Mellon, a gallery that supports women artists, just a few blocks away from their home in Dumbo. The industrial space looks so chic with delicate, minimalist white table settings.

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Since Colleen and Jason had doughnuts on their first date, they decided to serve them at their wedding! These yummy treats from the famous Doughnut Plant in NYC are vegan, too.

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The menu was designed on Etsy and printed on 100% recycled paper from GreenerPrinter.com, using the same design from their postcard invites. That’s right — there were no envelopes for their invites. Guests received a postcard and rsvpd via email, saving paper and postage!

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The couple went “Old School” and local on the beer and had a keg of Brooklyn Lager, whose brewery is just a few miles away in Williamsburg. Parting gifts were Jacques Torres artisanal chocolate bars, made just down the street from the reception venue.

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Colleen and Jason handed out tickets as their guests came in, for a surprise later on in the evening.

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The surprise for the tickets? An ice cream truck!

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A fancy limo or tricked out hotel suite to end the evening? Not for this couple. They walked home to their apartment hand in hand from the celebration, then caught a flight to Miami the next day for a mini-moon.

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Thanks to Jason and Colleen for sharing this special sustainable wedding with us, and don’t forget to check out Mind Body Green!