Mike + Mary had a sweet St. Louis wedding filled with personal touches. No over the top details, but everything they chose was well thought out and held a lot of meaning for the couple. Mary wore her Grandma’s dress, which was re-worked a bit to give it a slightly more modern look. The reception at one of their favorite local wine bars showcased Mike’s love of unique beers. True dog lovers, the favors were for the guests four legged friends, and to cap the night off, an ice cream truck swung by so everyone could enjoy a sweet treat. Big thanks to Mike + Mary’s awesome photographers, Hawes Photography, for sending this wedding over!
Photography: Hawes Photography
Church: St. Vincent de Paul
Reception Venue: Visitor’s Center at Forest Park
Catering: Catering St Louis
Ice cream Truck: The Fire & Ice Cream Truck
Bride’s Dress: Vintage redesigned by R&M designs
Hair: Kink Salon
I am over the moon, like literally floating around in outer space for Tamar + Rob’s wedding at the awesome Dana Powers House in Nipomo, CA. It is so, so, so beautiful- and speaking of beautiful, look at Tamar! Just glowing! (Sidenote: Tamar also happens to be a fantastic photographer who I featured a few years back, here + here.) By the way, last Friday marked Tamar + Rob’s 6 month anniversary, so let’s all wish a very happy belated anniversary to them:)
Here is a bit more about the big day from the bride, Tamar…
“When Rob and I started planning our wedding, we wanted to make sure it felt very intimate, special, personable, and fun. Our idea was that if a wedding was just about us, we would have just eloped. Since our friends and family were all spending time and money to join us, we wanted to make sure it was as fun as possible for our guests.
We decided to find a venue outside of Los Angeles, but within driving distance. We wanted to do this so our wedding would feel like a destination, and also because we were only planning on inviting our very close friends and family, so a smaller wedding would be more possible outside of Los Angeles. Through a mutual friend, we found the perfect venue in a small town called Nipomo, CA- The Dana Powers House. The Dana Powers House is a victorian-looking home which has the perfect garden for a casual shabby chic ceremony. There is also a barn in the back that would be used for our reception. Although we aren’t very rustic in our style sensibility, the chandeliers and antique decor added just the amount of personal style we were looking for. Another major perk of the Dana Powers House was the proximity to the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. It was a hotel we had wanted to stay in for ages, and this was the perfect time. We were thrilled to have almost every single guest stay with us at the Madonna Inn! Anyway, once we found the venue everything else fell in to place.”
“We designed tote bags to hand out at the Madonna Inn, which included things like Emergen-C, coconut water, our favorite candies, sake, Pop Chips, and finger monster puppets.”
“After trying on dress after dress, I wasn’t finding one that was unique or special enough. I did love the fit of a Vera Wang dress, but couldn’t justify spending so much money on one dress. I ended up finding the same dress online on Oncewed.com, used, for a fraction of the price. Then, I had my friend Tashina (an insanely amazing wedding dress maker and stylist who styles many of my photo shoots) use the frame of the dress and rework it to create something very unique. We decided to add victorian lace to the dress to go along with the antique, garden theme of the wedding. Tashina hand-painted lace in different shades of blue and sewed them to the bodice and the bottom of the skirt. She also made a beautiful long sash in dusty rose, to complement the colors of the flowers we had chosen. I found very simple iridescent Brian Atwood shoes to wear on my feet, since I was wearing SO much dress. I wore a necklace from my late grandmother on my mom’s side. I had found a wonderful custom jewelry designer to make earrings for me out of hummingbird skulls.”
“The invitations and Thank You notes were designed by Rob, who is a creative director. We found an old movie poster and he changed the actors faces to resemble us.”
“We wanted our ceremony to feel very personal, so I had my brother officiate, we wrote our own ceremony and vows, and we had our best friends speak during the ceremony. The ceremony was in the garden of the house and it was so beautiful. My friend Tashina, designed beautiful lace panels for the ceremony.”
“The reception was so pretty…The barn at the Dana Powers House is gorgeous. It already had a ton of lights and mirrors and vintage pieces, so we just added more of our own personality with the little trinkets and lace-covered vases, and skull bottles we had collected during the year. Tashina and our parents helped us with all the decor. As far as drinks went, we had wine, beer, and our own signature drinks. We had three different food buffets, each with a different type of cuisine: mediterranean, california, and asian.”
“To enhance the personal feel, we put indoor furniture outdoors, to make it look like there was a living room outside. We used garden flowers that were beautiful but not super polished. We used herbs and lavender to add a nostalgic smell of our childhoods. I was so happy with how everything came out!”
“We also had a s’mores set up with reese’s cups since they are Rob’s favorite candy.”
“The cake was absolutely insanely good, and we had little taxidermy mice dressed up as us for our topper. The entire wedding felt so casual and so very “us”. It couldn’t have gone more perfectly.”
Venue: Dana Powers House
Dress: Vera Wang + Miss Tashina
Wedding Styling: Miss Tashina
Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Band: Sista Monica Parker
Reception DJ: Kris Zaycher
Catering: Sea Shanty
Cake: Cake Cathedral
Bouquets: Lori Boe Floral
Photo Booth: Bluebird Photo Booth
Makeup: Erica Davidson
Hotel: Madonna Inn
Oooh, this wedding! I am crazy in love with this beautiful wedding, captured perfectly by Abi Q Photography! You may remember Josh + Katie from their engagement session, which has to be one of my favorites of all time. I’ve been looking forward to seeing their wedding ever since then, and it did not disappoint. It was simple, yet stunning with the most amazing bouquets, and Katie has to be one of the most gorgeous brides I’ve ever seen. Absolutely effortless and breathtaking!
I am absolutely, positively in L-O-V-E with Andrew + Holly’s stunning wedding, sent over by Laurette Quax from Shine Studios! I adore all different types of weddings, but the ones that always pull on my heartstrings the most are classic weddings with beautiful flowers and personal details. This one hit the nail on the head! And how amazing is the location? I need to get to New Zealand ASAP!
Here’s a little more from the lovely bride, Holly:
“Andrew and I met in a nightclub in Auckland NZ, it was strange how it happened I was always that girl that swore that you never meet nice guys in bars. My friend and I were out for her 25th birthday – I wasn’t drinking at the time as I worked for an airline and had a flight the following day, she on the other hand was very drunk and in a depressive mood as she thought 25 was old and she was over the hill -haha. A couple of guys started talking to us and she was so drunk that she started being inappropriately rude to them. I apologized on her behalf, the guy that was talking to me (Andrew) was undeterred by her and we continued our conversation. It got to a point where I felt I had better take her home, he asked for my number, my friend was struggling to navigate the stairs and he was such a gentleman taking her by the arm and helping her down even though she had been so rude that was definitely the clincher that made me realize that he was one of the rare ‘nice guys’. Our friend now laughs about that night. We had our first date in the following weeks at a local tapa’s bar, he picked me up from home, the conversation flowed easily – and still does even today 5 years later.”
“Finding my dress was really special, its not often that my mother and I have the opportunity to go shopping together especially joined by my grandma and sister. I was anxious but also excited, I knew once I found my dress that I would have trouble keeping it a secret from my fiancé as we share everything. It was so fun going through the racks of gorgeous gowns and I loved getting lost amongst the taffeta and lace. My wedding dress was a sweetheart ivory lace fit and flare. I ordered custom made earrings and hair slide from America. The shoes were ivory satin with a jeweled bow on the front.”
“We chose blush peonies and ‘something special’ roses. Peonies always seem to romantic to me and I loved the muted tones of them and the roses together. We also had our tables and the alter scattered with jars of varying heights with a mixture of wild flowers and roses.”
“We got married at The Tasting Shed in Kumeu, Aucklands wine region. Its not a traditional wedding venue but we loved the relaxed rustic elements. That kept with the feel that we wanted for our big day keeping in with our personal style. We connected so well with the owners Jo and Raj, they made our whole day flow incredibly well and were really attentive to the small touches that we wanted. We had just arrived back from Dubai and wanted our wedding to be a collection of the people that meant the most to us that kept our guest list and wedding to be an intimate affair with 35 of our closest friends and family. The tight knit group coupled with the bad weather, really formed an casual but intimate atmosphere.”
“Our cake was definitely on the untraditional side, it was a 3 tiered red velvet rosette cake in bright graduated colors. Our guests mentioned it was the best wedding cake they had ever had. The team at Bluebells Cakery in hillsborough were a pleasure to deal with.”
“The most memorable part of the day for me was when we had a break in the weather the sun had just set, and the lanterns that we had put up were turned on. We went outside and had our first dance on the dewey grass under the stars to Joshua Radin – You got what I need. It was every bit the romantic first dance that I had imagined.”
Some advice from Holly:
“Relax, dont let anything ruin your day, late guests, the weather or dress disasters (long lasting make up spilt on my dress right before I was due to get in the car) eye make up remover worked a treat. Its once in your life time – be present in every single second.”
Photographer: Lauretta Quax from Shine Studios
Venue: The Tasting Shed
Flowers: Emily from Blossom Wedding Flowers
Cake: Bluebells Cakery
Bride’s Dress: Astra Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Custom made in Dubai, altered by Vinnie at Sabe
Hair: Jo Plant at Exile Hair Design
Makeup: Amber Carroll
Rings: Groom’s ring custom made at Carats Auckland + Bride’s rings custom made in Dubai.
Today I have a sweet St. Louis wedding for you from Hawes Photography! Ben + Emma had an awesome wedding that was overflowing with cute personal details. My favorite has to be the little signs throughout the reception that had facts about the couple- especially the one about how they love cooking for one another. It lists each of their specialties and the dishes they enjoy cooking together. Adorable!
Chris and Brooke had a simple, yet sweet wedding that was pulled together at the last minute. The reason was Hurricane Sandy. They had their dream wedding planned, and when the hurricane hit and damaged their reception venue one week before their wedding date, they had to quickly change plans. They weren’t going to let a natural disaster get in the way of their love, so they found another venue, Raven & The Peach in Rumson, NJ and made it happen.
You all know how much I love good details, but it’s the story behind this wedding that really shined brightly to me. They pulled through a stressful time and still had the best day of their lives! Big thanks to Kira Cronin Photography for sending this wedding over.
Photography: Kira Cronin Photography
Church: St. Mary’s, New Monmouth, NJ
Reception Venue: Raven and the Peach, Rumson, NJ
DJ: Elite Entertainment (Marshall Moore)
Video: ECJC Productions
Transportation: Long Branch Trolley
Cupcakes: JM Bakery
Florist: Shannon Black Designs
Bride: Brooke Garofalo
There is officially one week left until Christmas, my very favorite day of the year! Hooray!!!! I spent the weekend with my husband and friends crafting snow globes and ornaments, making holiday sweet treats, and going to Disneyland. How have you been spending your holidays so far? I’d love to hear about it!
Now, on to today’s post- I have an awesome Orange County ranch wedding to share with you that was sent over by the wonderful Joe + Kathrina! Here is a bit more about the day:
“Sean+Melissa had been engaged for four years, they were thinking about rivaling the movie “Five Year Engagement” but instead decided to get into wedding planning mode. The constant set back had been Melissa’s dream wedding, a complete DIY wedding, that included cowboy boots and a whole lot of fun for their guests. Parker’s Ranch was the perfect set up for what they imagined–the venue is part of a ranch and you have free control of whatever you want to do there. And so the planning started. They included a popcorn bar, a dessert buffet, smores, food trucks, a mariachi band and shot glasses… Instead of the traditional champagne toasts, which they weren’t very keen on, they decided instead to do tequila shots. Afterwards guests were able to take home the shot glasses. It was the perfect touch! Days before their wedding Sean+Melissa were still scrambling to get everything done, the morning of the wedding glue was still wet on some diy projects and Melissa was running an hour late. But through it all they always knew everything would come together perfectly, because they had each other and that was all that mattered.”
Venue: Parker Ranch in Trabuco Canyon
Florist: Family Friend
DJ: Island Entertainment
Photobooth: Knockout Photo Booth
Food Trucks: Ranch A Go Go +Calbi
Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang