I’ve talked before about how rainy the northwest can be, and anyone who’s read Twilight can attest to how damp we are. However, in the middle of November on a cold crisp day, the sun came out for Megan and Matt’s wedding.
Location: Seattle, WA
Photography: La Luz Photography
Ceremony: Villa Academy
Reception: The Canal
Caterer: Jewel Hospitality
Bakery: NY Cupcakes
Dress: Wedding Bell
Makeup: OffWhite Makeup and Beauty
Goodness, I love a fabulous beach wedding. Sara and Hollman went the destination route for their outdoor nuptials, and I am digging the light and airy tropical vibe of the day they created. One of things I really enjoy about destination weddings are how intimate they are; it’s truly a celebration with your nearest and dearest. That comfort level elevates the party aspect a little bit because everyone already knows each other. Then again, a few maracas to shake after the ceremony don’t hurt either. Sara added personal touches by crafting decor details, menu cards, and favors as well.
Location: Baja California Sur, Mexico
Photography: Amy Bennett Photography
Venue: RIU Resort
Today’s featured wedding looks like it was one awesome party! Brittany is a nurse, Derrick is a motorcycle racer, and their personalities busted out in this wedding. All the details are modern, fresh, and funky, but with a fierce classic twist. I especially love the photos of them in the bright aqua car, which belongs to the bride’s father, and the Ring Security t-shirt the ringbearer was styling.
Location: Peoria, AZ
Photography: The R2 Studio
Venue and Caterer: Blackstone Country Club
Dress: Maggie Sottero from Brilliant Bridal
Hair: Tracy Peck
Makeup: Glamor Looks
DJ: SKM Entertainment
For today’s wedding, I contemplated just writing “Stripes. That is all.” This wedding is just . . . wow. The big, bold, black and white stripes with red accent, the spiky red heels, and the outdoor events with the big tents? I almost can’t handle all the wicked DIY creativity.
Photography: SherriJ Photography
I don’t know if it’s because summer is just around the corner, or if it’s because June and sunshine are finally upon us, but I’m all bubbly over this modern beachy wedding this morning. It’s just so fabulous. Dreama, the bride, has a graphic design background and applied it to creating her floral arrangements, ceremony and reception decor, and all the signage for the wedding. Her mother also got in on the DIY game by making jewelry for the entire bridal party. There’s so much to love, so enjoy the gorgeous gallery!
Location: Hampton, VA
Photography: Bit of Ivory Photography
Ceremony Venue: The Continental Gazebo Park
Reception Venue: Bay Breeze Community Center
Cupcakes: Carolina Cupcakery
Dress Store: Tiffany’s at Port Warwick
Mens Attire: Ames Tuxes
Ceremony Musicians: HICO String Quartet
DJ: ACME DJs of Virginia
Today’s wedding. . . just makes me smile so much. I adore the black, white, pink, and green color palette, love the vineyard location, and the couple just exudes the happiness that comes along with one of the biggest days of your life. So I’ve spent most of today smiling. The day was punctuated by the sweet DIY details created by the couple, and the wedding was one surrounded by love and warmth.
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Photographer: Kate’s Lens Photography
Ceremony: Pizzadili Winery
Tyler and Jenni were married in Dallas, Texas in a wedding that was yellow, grey, and full of modern and simple details. From the ceremony backdrop to the floral arrangements, understated tablescapes, twinkle lights, and sparkler exit, it is full of pretty and unexpected elements.
Location: Dallas, TX
Photographer: Jessica Barfield from Jess Graham Photography
Venue: Hickory Street Annex
Floral Designer: bows and arrows
Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets
Photographer Jennifer Brindley kindly shared this gorgeous DIY wedding of Danika and Ben. About the big day:
A bony and graceful white bird perched on the shore of Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee Art Museum designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava was the perfect canvas for Ben and Danika to add their own DIY artistic touches to their wedding day. It had long been Ben’s dream to grow his own wedding flowers, he just had to meet the girl! When wedding planning commenced Ben and his mother-in-law began planting marigolds and zinnias from seed, two hearty and colorful varieties of flower that would reach their peak for the mid-July wedding. These flowers were arranged by Ben and Danika’s moms, who added lush hosta leaves as greenery. Lucky guests took home the vases, also handmade by the couple. The ceramic vases were formed by pressing slabs of clay into cylindrical molds lined with wet paper towels to create a fractured, organic surface on the finished vase. The vases were stamped with the couple’s wedding date and glazed a milky white.
Letters by post were important in the couple’s courtship, so table favors consisted of colorful blank stationery adorned with fully-mailable, uncanceled vintage postage stamps the couple found on E-bay. Guests were encouraged to send this unique snail mail to friends or loved ones of their choice.
Details: Photographer: Jennifer Brindley of JBe Photography
Couple: Ben and Danika Brubaker
Date: July 16th, 2010
Location: Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Creative elements: This wedding was creative and unique in so many ways! Danika wore the necklace given to her by Ben’s grandmother. She told her that she’d been saving it her whole life for the right woman for Ben at their wedding, and that she knew it was going to the right woman. They had a close friend play the guitar for their processional and also a special song during the wedding. Their wedding colors were a vibrant orange, yellow and green to play off of the beauty of spring time, the clean white of the art museum, and the special flowers grown for the wedding. DIY projects: It had always been Ben’s dream to grow the flowers for his wedding. What a unique thing for a groom to say! So, Ben and Danika’s mother grew all the flowers for this wedding. They made the clay vases with Danika, and Ben’s mother arranged all the flowers, as well as made the boutonnières. They also had a very unique “favor.” They had been collecting vintage stamps, and made up an orange envelope for every guest with enough vintage stamps to mail a letter. They said the guests could use it to mail a letter to anyone, but they hoped they’d get letters from their guests. I thought this was a really creative alternative to a guest book! I also loved that Danika was a pregnant bride. They were adamant about having the wedding while she was pregnant, and featuring/showcasing her belly because it was a family event. They were happy and proud to have their unborn baby at the wedding. They did not opt to hire a DJ, but instead had a friend run an iPod. They created a very special mix of music that reflected their deep love for each other and the love for their friends and family.
As vintage and Anthropologie-inspired weddings continue to dominate the weddingsphere, it is delightfully refreshing to find a couple who embrace a more modern and minimalist touch. Don’t get me wrong – I love Anthro/vintage weddings – I’m just wanting to see some more diversity in what’s represented in the pool of wedding awesomeness.
What I love about Stephanie + Tsvetan’s wedding is their use of 2 bright colors (pink and orange) to liven up a sparse space. Their color choices – and the elements they chose to present (Stephanie made the flower chandelier that is hung above the head table, by the way!) – are vibrant, festive, and exciting. Doesn’t their wedding look fun?
Wedding Date: September 2009
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Caterer: froggys catering
Floral Designer: Pierce Florist
Reception Venue: Prairie Production
Additional information about this wedding: The bride wore her mother’s wedding dress! The wedding and ceremony were held at the Prairie Productions in downtown Chicago, which is a bare concrete studio space owned by a local fashion photographer. Everything in the wedding were hand selected by the bride herself!