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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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The Floral Design Will Blow Your Mind in This Wedding Inspiration at The Modern

Our wildest wedding floral dreams were brought to life in this incredible wedding inspiration shoot at The Modern! Using a mix of red, pink, and purple blooms, along with loads of lush greenery, Little Hill Floral Designs covered nearly every surface with spectacular installations, garlands, table clusters, runners, bouquets, and even a whimsical bowtie for the groom! Weddings by Cortney Helaine outdid herself with the overall design, which featured two different table designs using a classic black, white, and gold color palette, and two fabulous geode wedding cakes from Great Dane Baking Company. We love how Jessie Schultz Photography captured this shoot from every angle, allowing us to discover new treasures every time we come back to these photos!

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The Talented Team:

Photography – Jessie Schultz Photography
Event Planning – Weddings by Cortney Helaine
Venue – The Modern
Floral Design – Little Hill Floral Designs
Cake – Great Dane Baking Company
Videography – Kyro Digital
Invitations – Elizabeth King Design
Makeup Artist and Hair Styling – Stacey Alyson Beauty
Wedding Dress – Mary Me Bridal
Groom’s Apparel – Friar Tux
Rentals – Signature Party Rentals

 

A huge thanks to Weddings by Cortney Helaine for sharing this incredible styled shoot inspiration with us! If you’ve got a soft spot for seriously impressive florals (like we do), then the sweetheart table installation in this moody fairy tale wedding in Southlake, Texas is going to make your heart smile!

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