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Earthy Tunnel Mountain Reservoir Wedding

February 8, 2016 | nicole

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The view from the Tunnel Mountain Reservoir is positively breathtaking, but what really has us captivated is the connection between Michael and Philip on their wedding day. The two shared personal, emotional vows in a simple ceremony where they felt like time had stopped just for them. Heart & Sparrow Photography captured both the epic Banff views and Michael and Philip’s larger-than-life love that made this wedding one for the books.

The Couple:

Michael and Philip

The Wedding:

Tunnel Mountain Reservoir, Banff, Alberta

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We decided on no wedding colours. Instead, we went with a earthy and wood based theme. Since our wedding was to be simple, we wanted to make the theme simple. We had family and friends help make little extras for details. Mike did the invitations which were very personalized to us and included many pictures/images that tell our story.

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Our ceremony spot was incredible: the view, beauty, and feel. We had been searching many locations and were getting tired. It was the last on our list and as soon as we saw the location, we knew that was it. It felt right.

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The day was such a whirlwind but it was full of memories. Each part of the day provided different and unique feelings that helped enhance the memories. During the ceremony, the most memorable part was being in front of each other, holding hands, and looking into each others eyes while listening to the officiant. It didn’t matter that family was there or that we were in the middle of the mountains. Those items seemed to disappear and seemed so insignificant compared to that moment. It was also the second time that Mike has seen Phil break down in tears.

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Heart & Sparrow Photography
Ceremony Venue – Tunnel Mountain Reservoir
Reception Venue – Teatro Ristorante
Floral Design – Rhosyn Floral
Officiant – Weddings by Tamara
Groom’s Apparel – Brooks Brothers
Rings – Michael Hill

 

Congrats to Michael and Philip on their Tunnel Mountain Reservoir wedding! For more of Heart & Sparrow Photography, check out Jaimee and Landon’s Jamaica destination wedding at Rockhouse Hotel.

xoxoNicole

This Alternative Ohio Wedding Shoot Proves That Edgy Can Be Totally Pretty

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This amber-lit forest in Granville, Ohio might just be our new favorite spot for couples with an affinity for all things alternative to say “I do.” Photographers The Portos designed this alternative Ohio wedding inspiration shoot to prove that edgy can be totally pretty, and from the fresh bouquet by Village Flower Basket to the bride’s soft pink hair, we couldn’t agree more. If you’re seeking rock and roll bride and groom style inspiration for your own wedding celebration, you won’t need to look any further than this well-dressed couple!

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The Wedding Team:

Photography & Event Design – The Portos
Assistant Designer – Chad DiBlasio
Venue – Orchard House Bed & Breakfast
Floral Design – Village Flower Basket
Wedding Dress – Katie Willis Holmes via B. Loved Bridal Boutiue
Groom’s Apparel – H&M
Groom’s Accessories – EllaBing

 

A big thanks to The Portos for sharing this alternative Ohio wedding inspiration with Junebug! For more alternative wedding inspiration, check out Julia and Kirill’s offbeat Brooklyn Bridge Park wedding.

xoxoNicole

We’re Not Horsing Around, This Iowa Barn Wedding is a Rustic Bohemian Dream

February 8, 2016 | nicole

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Paige was the bohemian bride of Blake’s dreams on their wedding day at The Rustic Rose Barn in Iowa, wearing an elegant Stella York gown and sweet floral crown. After saying “I do,” the newlyweds enjoyed their first moments as husband and wife accompanied by a herd of horses, who we’re sure wished them a happily ever after! Photographer Amanda Basteen documented every detail around the farm wedding, including a delicious dessert bar, natural wood elements, and a lantern send-off into the dark night sky.

The Couple:

Paige and Blake

The Wedding:

The Rustic Rose Barn, Iowa

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Our wedding day fashion was more casual, but still elegant and pretty. I let my hair down, loose and curly with a flower crown instead of a veil. My dress was a blush color with ivory lace details and a beautiful train. I loved how different it was, but simple. It didn’t need a thousand sparkles or sash or anything, I just loved it right away. Since I was wearing a flower crown already, I just did little diamond earrings and a necklace that Blake gave me that day as a gift.

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We definitely chose our photographer first before planning anything really, because that was what was most important to us. We wanted someone different and unique. So many wedding photographers have similar styles and they look great, but we liked the more artistic style that Amanda Basteen uses. She really tells a story of the day, and captured the little intimate moments that were special. I think picking the right photographer is most important in planning your wedding because those are the things you can look back on years from now and remember.

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We chose to go with a mixture of boho and romantic style. I wanted the loose, natural, earthy feel of the Bohemian style juxtaposed with our romantic barn venue. We had cascading flowers, lighted trees, tree slab centerpieces, and lots of little things like that. Which made an amazing vibe when paired with romantic twinkle lights everywhere, candles, and of course a beautiful chandelier over the dance floor!

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For our favors we made painted rocks. They were super cute and fun to make; everyone loved them!

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There were so many, the day really does go by so fast! Our most memorable moment though was our first dance. Our cocktail hour was outside the barn; Being that it was October, nearly everyone was inside keeping warm though. So Blake and I just went with it! We had our first dance alone outside as the sun was setting. It was beautiful, magical, and by far the best, unexpected memory. Our singer, Zach Freedom, sang us our first song. He had written it for us, about how we met and fell in love, which made it even more special.

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Amanda Basteen Photography
Venue – The Rustic Rose Barn
Floral Design – The English Rose
Cake – Hummingbird Confections
Live Music – Zachary Freedom
Hair Styling – Andrea Waldorf
Wedding Dress – Stella York

 

Congrats to Paige and Blake on their Iowa wedding at The Rustic Rose Barn! For more from Amanda Basteen Photography, check out Morgan and Chris’ elegant farm wedding in Iowa.

xoxoNicole