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You’ll Love Every Detail of This Tropical Eclectic Millwick Wedding

May 28, 2017 | juliette

Jessica and Vinny gave relaxed tropical vibes an eclectic, urban twist in their Millwick wedding in Los Angeles! Drawing inspiration from the vintage and tropical feel of the venue, as well as the groom’s Brazilian roots, the couple focused mainly on bold florals using protea, garden roses, and lemon leaf from Boulevard Florist. They also added creative personal touches, such as a pizza and donut menu and a music video compilation that was projected over the dance floor, to make their wedding feel like a true LA party! Carrie Baker Events did an incredible job tying every detail together into a cohesive theme, which photographer Katie Hoss brought to life with her artistic eye and attention to detail!

The Couple:

Jessica and Vinny

The Wedding:

Millwick, Los Angeles, California

Ever since I was a little girl, I knew a white wedding dress was not for me. Pink is always what I imagined for my special day. In contrast to the non-traditional color choice, I wanted a timeless and simple dress. I was inspired by the simplicity and beauty of Carolyn Bessette’s wedding dress when she married JFK, Jr. What made my wedding look even more special is I got to collaborate with my best friend and MOH, which made the whole experience even more special. She has a wonderful California brand called Cloud Hunter. They made my dress, the MOH dress, and the bridal robes.

We fell in love and moved in together in Downtown LA, so we wanted a DTLA venue. Millwick was the first venue, and really the only venue we considered. We loved the warehouse aesthetic mixed with the tropical eclectic theme and live plants. It was an easy choice! It looked liked our dream house basically!

Our close friend, and my best friend of over a decade, was our officiant. He opened up the ceremony with funny stories about the both of us to set the vibe and get people laughing before they cried when we exchanged our vows. It was an emotional rollercoaster of a ceremony!

Working with our photographer, Katie Hoss, was seamless. She had the perfect eye, and knew exactly how to create authentic, cool, and creative images.

We wanted our menu to feel like a real party! What were the best parties you attended as kids? Pizza and donuts, duh! We also had drinks named after us: spicy margarita (Jessarita) and an old fashioned (Vinny Fashion).

Vinny works in video and film, so he put together a super fun video compilation that played in the background on the dance floor on a huge projector screen. The video was all the greatest dance and comedy moments ranging from the ’70s to the early 2000s. Everything from Napolean Dynamite’s infamous dance scene to Soul Train hits to J. Lo’s “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” music video made a cameo. It was a hit! Our guests LOVED it, and it really made the dance floor light up!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Katie Hoss
Event Planning – Carrie Baker Events
Venue – Millwick
Floral Design – Boulevard Florist
Invitations, Menu, and Drink Poster – Studio BDR
Makeup Artist – Chanel Cross
Wedding Dress and Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Cloud Hunter

 

Congratulations to Jessica and Vinny, and a huge thanks to Katie Hoss for sharing these unique and artsy wedding photos with Junebug! Looking for more tropical wedding inspiration? You’re going to love the Hawaiian-meets-Texas feel of this tropical glam Austin wedding at Mercury Hall!

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Summery White Orchid at Oasis Wedding Along the Caloosahatchee River

May 28, 2017 | juliette

Piper and Wilbur’s airy and bright White Orchid at Oasis wedding was just the inspiration we needed to kick off summer wedding season! The bride, her mom, and all of their friends and family DIYed nearly every element of this beautiful wedding, from the flowers to the decorations to the dessert bar. You could really feel the couple’s laid-back personalities come through in every detail, including in the bride’s chic Rime Arodaky crop top and skirt ensemble. Catherine Coons Photography captured the natural beauty of this wedding perfectly, especially the light-hearted and playful couple portraits near the Caloosahatchee River.

The Couple:

Piper and Wilbur

The Wedding:

White Orchid at Oasis, Fort Meyers, Florida

I began the search for my wedding dress with an idea in my mind (and a Pinterest board full of ideas). Ultimately, I found the dress I loved when I let go of those ideas! I walked into LOHO Bride in LA and asked my stylist to pick her favorites. They have such a unique collection, I ended up in the complete opposite of what I had imagined, and loved every second of it! The dress, like our decor was simple yet commanded attention.

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Wil and I both grew up on the Caloosahatchee River, and loved the though of getting married there. He actually proposed on the river, so it definitely hold some significance for us. We love the White Orchid because it was a blank canvas, and afforded us the opportunity to be creative!

Our photographer, Catherine Coons, was absolutely incredible! We actually met for the first time on the day of our wedding, and I had no doubts. She is full of laughter and love, and was so encouraging throughout the day. I honestly wish I was getting married again just to work with her.

Wedding planning can be daunting, but remember what you’re there for. My mom and I ultimately planned the wedding from start to finish, and employed the help of many friends and family. (THANK YOU!) My mom planned everything from the flowers, the tables, and all of the auxiliary decor. We had a dessert bar with desserts made by 10 different family friends. The morning of the event, we were flooded with friends and family helping with everything from flower arrangements to literally building the doors we walked through for the ceremony. My godparents own a plant nursery, and filled the tent, house, and ceremony area with beautiful potted plants. The help was endless! We are so blessed!

Processional – “Storybook Love” by Mark Knopfler (from The Princess Bride)
Bride’s Processional – “Thunder Road” by Bruce Springsteen
First Dance – “Built to Last” by Tom Petty

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Catherine Coons Photography
Venue – White Orchid at Oasis
Catering – Jamie & Jacob Catering
DJ – DJ Malik
Videography – Orozco Film Co.
Wedding Dress – Rime Arodaky via LOHO Bride
Bridal Accessories – Daphne Newman
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Show Me Your Mumu
Groom’s Apparel – Suitsupply
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Men’s Wearhouse
Rings – Mark Loren Designs
Plant Rentals – Interior Plant Scapes
Tent – Sperry Tents

 

Our biggest congratulations to Piper and Wilbur, and a special thanks to Catherine Coons Photography for sharing this beautiful wedding with Junebug! Looking for more summertime wedding inspiration? Check out this stunning al fresco summer wedding in the Tanglebank Gardens!

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This Boho Wedding at The Cowshed Wowed with a Touch of Rock ‘N’ Roll

May 27, 2017 | juliette

Andrea and Garth nailed bohemian chic style in their wedding at The Cowshed! Using a color palette of dusty blue, cranberry, and rose gold, they combined the bohemian classics, including a DIY macrame ceremony backdrop and protea flower arrangements from Maliflora, with chic fashion and bold decor at the reception. The bride also gave her classic lace and chiffon White Lilly Bridal gown a boho twist lace gloves and a tasseled rose gold belt. Photographer Judith Belle captured every gorgeous detail of this wedding perfectly, including the couple’s epic first dance to a mash-up made by the groom!

The Couple:

Andrea and Garth

The Wedding:

The Cowshed, Lydenburg, South Africa

Garth‘s parents own a house on a game-farm in Hoedspruit, and we often pass through Lydenburg’s Badvontein Valley to get there. The thought of getting married in a piece of the world that fills us with so much joy whenever we pass through it sounded like heaven to us. The Cowshed was the third place we looked at, and we knew right away it was the one! It had a relaxed theme with all the boho charm but with none of the kitsch art that often accompanies that look. It was perfect! It also accommodated 41 people in a couple of different farm houses all over the property, which worked perfectly with our vision of having a wedding-weekend as opposed to a wedding day.

I wore my hair down in loose messy spiral-curls (which my sister braided up on the one side), paired with red lips, and a heavenly light lace dress with a silk chiffon overlay. I was happily in my comfort zone! We made a rose gold belt for the dress and actually bought a pair of beautiful tasseled earrings to add as a pendant to the end of the belt. Jace from White Lilly Bridal also made me some pretty lace gloves. Other than that, I wore my favorite day-to-day jewelry pieces, as well as a gold charm bracelet passed down from my grandmother, which her father made for her on her 21st birthday.

We never really chose a theme, but it organically evolved into a sort of bohemian vibe with a rock ‘n’ roll twist. I’m not a big “bling” girl and prefer natural textures and big beautiful flowers. Garth‘s a part-time musician in a rock band. We combined our styles without thinking about it too much.

During the ceremony, we had personalized vows, which we later dropped into a locked box along with some Polaroids of the day, a bottle of whiskey and some other bits and bobs saved over the last seven years of dating. We will probably open this again on our 10-year wedding anniversary. We were married under an exquisite tree in front of a beautiful macrame wedding arch draped in an abundance of our favorite flowers and married by a pastor who happened to drum in Garth‘s band many years prior and also happened to be my English teacher at a stage in high school. It was very special!

I made our macrame wedding arch with the help of my bridesmaids and an online tutorial or two after battling to find what I wanted online. It also served as our photobooth backdrop and was insanely beautiful draped in flowers.

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We focused on great food, warm lighting, hand-picked music from start to finish, and giving ourselves the opportunity to really celebrate with our friends and family in a way we would normally enjoy. We sat at a big table with our bridal party so that we did not feel too removed or unapproachable. It was great!

My dad carved out 100 small bread/cheese boards, which we laser engraved with a design hand-drawn by myself along with our wedding date and a thank you from the both of us. If we were going to bother with favors at all, we decided it needed to be personal and also useful. They were a hit!

For our first dance, Garth put his musical abilities to good use and created a mash-up soundtrack where we choreographed a slower, more romantic dance to to Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful,” and then broke out into a fast jam of Paramore’s “I’m Still Into You.”

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Judith Belle
Venue – The Cowshed
Floral Design – Maliflora
Catering – Markietie
Officiant – Pastor Ross Lester
Videography – Ambient Films
Invitations – Brad Blundell
Wedding Dress – White Lilly Bridal
Bride’s Shoes – Rainbow Club
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Hoiden
Rings – Mark Whitehorn
Table Runners – The Table Cloth Hiring Company
Favors – Laser Creations

 

Congratulations to Andrea and Garth, and a special thanks to Judith Belle for sharing this incredible wedding with Junebug! Looking for more bohemian wedding inspiration? Check out the free-spirited and and stylish flare in this beautifully bohemian Virginia Beach wedding!

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