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Charming PNW Wedding at Anderson Lodge

September 30, 2016 | gabby

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From their venue’s natural mountain backdrop to their fresh, ethereal décor, Kayla and Zach’s Anderson Lodge is full to the brim with cool Pacific Northwest vibes! Guests were treated to an emotional ceremony with some of the best views in Washington, then celebrated the newlyweds at a reception with s’mores favors, a hand-painted photo booth, and a fresh popcorn bar. Kayla wore a custom gown from Cocoon Silk with stunning crochet detail which lent her a perfectly boho bridal look. Photographer From The Daisies captured every moment of this couple’s day beautifully, including some killer couple portraits in the PNW woods!

The Couple:

Kayla and Zach

The Wedding:

Anderson Lodge, Ariel, Washington

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We chose our wedding vibe off of our personalities. We both were born and raised in the PNW so we wanted to embrace that and chose an outdoor venue surrounded by evergreen trees and views of the hills and mountains we grew up by. I even designed my own dress to match my personality. The whole day just felt like “us.”

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I had my grandpa drive me in his classic car up to the aisle and then had my dad open the door and walk me down the aisle. Also the groom didn’t see me that whole day until I walked down the aisle, so that moment was super special.

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Our photographers were to die for. Sweetest people to work with and beyond creative. They went above and beyond finding hidden locations to take pictures! They captured our day perfectly and now we get to keep these captured memories for the rest of our lives to look back on and relive that day over and over again.

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Our advice: start early and keep good communication with your vendors. Unfortunately friends and family are going to be upset about someone one way or another. So do what your heart tells you and don’t worry about others.

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – From The Daisies
Venue – Anderson Lodge
Floral Design – Giffords Weddings
Cake – Adrienne Madler
Officiant – Dennis Moore
Live Music – White Chameleon
Videography – Conrad Jacobsen
Makeup Artist – Julia Benville
Hair Styling – Tiffany Kaiser
Wedding Dress – Cocoon Silk

 

Congratulations to Kayla and Zach, and a very special thanks to From The Daisies for sharing this wedding with us. Love this wedding’s PNW vibes? Then you’ve got to see this elegant woodland wedding at The Robinswood House!

xoxogabby

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We’re Head Over Heels for These 22 Hanging Reception Decor Ideas

September 29, 2016 | nicole

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In a great venue, your reception décor can take on a life of its own, transforming the space from ceiling to floor with a design that embodies your love. Well-rounded reception designs really bring the wow factor by creating an atmosphere that guests can take in from every angle. While we’ve shared plenty of table décor and even signage inspiration lately, we’re kicking it up a notch with these hanging reception décor ideas to help you go beyond the bunting. Your guests are sure to be starstruck when they walk in and see these dangling beauties!

Reclaimed Wood with Suspended Florals

If DIY projects are your favorite weekend pastime, this suspended statement is for you! Stringing flowers or foliage through found lattices, wooden palettes, or even crates is a great way to create visual interest above your party while also making the ceiling look higher than it is!

naturally-glam-wedding-at-the-water-conservation-garden-21-of-31-600x900 photo by Let’s Frolic Together; see more from this wedding here!

mint-orange-vintage-florida-wedding-artisan-alley-garage-421-600x900 photo by Concept Photography, wedding design by An Affair to Remember, floral design by Sanford Flower Shop; see more from this wedding here!

this-toledo-couple-brings-woodland-romance-indoors-17-600x900 photo by Eastlyn Bright, floral design by La Boutique Nostalgie and The Flower Market; see more from this wedding here!

eclectic-industrial-inspired-wedding-by-thomas-bui-lifestyle-28 photo by Viera Photographics, wedding design by Thomas Bui Lifestyle, floral design by Adorations Botanical Artistry; see more from this wedding here!

romantic-blush-and-gold-inpsiration-shoot-from-vue-photography-16 photo by Vue Photography, wedding design by It Takes Two Events, floral design by Everything and More Events!; see more from this wedding inspiration shoot here!

Origami and Geometric Paper Shapes

Add a burst of color and a modern touch to your reception with folded or cut paper shapes hanging from the ceiling. There’s nothing more one-of-a-kind than something you make yourself, and this DIY décor shows off your personal style unlike any other. For beginner crafters, a mobile of cut paper is easy to achieve. For more advanced makers, try 3D geometric shapes!

if-you-love-bright-colors-this-heide-modern-art-gallery-wedding-is-for-you-39-600x899 photo by Madeline Druce Photography, wedding design by Sooti; see more from this wedding here!

whimsical-white-ojai-valley-wedding-10-600x900 photo by Hanna Photography; see more from this wedding here!

pink-blue-irish-wedding-13-600x400 photo by Moat Hill Photography; see more from this wedding here!

multicultural-inspired-wedding-at-the-captain-whidbey-inn-julia-kinnunen-photography-0052-600x900 photo by Julia Kinnunen Photography, wedding design by Lola Leigh Events; see more from this wedding here!

Floral Chandeliers and Halos of Greenery

If your venue has a lot of room to fill, both in depth and height, floral chandeliers and halos of greenery are a great way to make use of your space! The key to this design element is determining the best distance between structures: do you prefer one large piece over each table or several smaller clusters throughout the room?

a-folksy-ohio-wedding-at-grandma-and-grandpas-house-8-600x900 photo by Coley & Co Photography; see more from this wedding here!

forest-wedding-south-africa-kikitography-10-of-44-600x900 photo by Kikitography; see more from this wedding here!

quirky-classy-los-angeles-wedding-fig-house-22-600x400 photo by Let’s Frolic Together, wedding design by Sweet Emilia Jane, floral design by Shindig Chic; see more from this wedding here!

this-romanian-wedding-has-all-the-autumn-decor-inspiration-you-need-23-600x900 photo by Green Antlers Photography, wedding design by The Wedding House, floral design by Bloom Bloom Florist; see more from this wedding here!

Glass Globes with Candles or Air Plants

If suspended flowers and dangling colors would be overwhelming for your venue aesthetic, glass globes are the sophisticated answer to your hanging needs. Electric candles sparkle against the glass for an elegant look, while air plants are a modern choice with a natural touch.

mountaintop-helicopter-wedding-41-600x400 photo by Jim Pollard Goes Click, wedding design by Remarkable Weddings; see more from this wedding here!

destination-wedding-in-cabo-with-photos-by-chris-plus-lynn-photographers-24 photo by Chris + Lynn Photographers, wedding and floral design by Elena Damy; see more from this wedding here!

melissaergo_junebug-42-600x900 photo by Melissa Ergo; see more from this wedding here!

natural-green-yellow-wedding-at-yandida-station-australia-photo-by-studio-impressions-28 photo by Studio Impression, wedding design by The Main Event Weddings; see more from this wedding here!

natural-organic-outdoor-summer-wedding-at-holly-farm-photo-by-lisa-lefringhouse-photography-40 photo by Lisa Lefringhouse Photography; see more from this wedding here!

Epic Floral Installations

When it comes to these floral installations, you’ve got to go big or go home! Team up with your wedding planner and florist to design a major statement piece your guests won’t soon forget. Due to their size, placement is key for these epic installations. Utilize this hanging reception decor idea to draw attention to your sweetheart table, the dance floor, or a romantic lounge area to get your guests using the flow of the room.

romantic-tropical-wedding-brazil-duo-borgatto-8-of-33-600x900 photo by Duo Borgatto, wedding design by Produtora de Ideias, floral design by Congregabahia; see more from this wedding here!

lush-australian-wedding-37-600x400 photo by Natasja Kremers Photography, wedding design by Cathrin D’Entremont Weddings, floral design by Zinnia Floral Designs; see more from this wedding here!

youll-love-the-laid-back-glamour-of-this-noosa-north-shore-wedding-16-600x900 photo by Bonnie Jenkins, wedding design by Hope & Lace, floral design by Ginger Lily & Rose; see more from this wedding here!

traditional-romantic-ballroom-wedding-at-the-ritz-carlton-washington-dc-photos-by-ira-lippke-studios-19 photo by Ira Lippke Studios, wedding design by Creative Parties, Ltd., floral design by Amaryllis, Inc. Florial and Event Design; see more from this wedding here!

Which hanging reception decor idea fits your wedding the best? Looking for more wedding décor inspiration? Help your guests find their seats with these unique escort card ideas!

xoxonicole

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Cozy DIY North Arm Farm Wedding in Shades of Blue

September 29, 2016 | nicole

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With Mt. Currie in the background, Stephanie and Colin said “I do” at North Arm Farm in gorgeous fashion. The couple love the color blue almost as much as each other, and they filled their days with the loveliest shades of the hue throughout their wedding décor. Their first look is one of the sweetest we’ve seen, with Stephanie having to take a moment to compose herself as she walked up behind Colin for the surprise. You can feel his excitement upon seeing his bride in the images so beautifully captured by BAKEPHOTOGRAPHY. After an intimate ceremony, guests were sat at a farm table that seemed to go on forever with friends and family of the happy newlyweds.

The Couple:

Stephanie and Colin

The Wedding:

North Arm Farm, Pemberton, British Columbia

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We have so many wonderful memories of our wedding that it’s almost impossible to pick just one. If we had to pick just one, it would be our first look. We arranged with our photographer to have our first look take place at our wedding venue, in an open field with the stunning backdrop of Mt. Currie. This was our first chance to really be alone and share a special moment between us. Colin was standing out in the field waiting for me and as soon as I saw him, all of the emotions of the day hit me. Walking up to him, there were times that I had to stop and gather my composure. The smile on his face as he turned around is something that I will never forget.

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We came across our venue quite by accident. Since we were planning a summer wedding, we wanted to find a venue that would allow us to have our entire day take place outside. We had gone on a few different site visits but nothing had ‘wowed’ us yet. It was at this point that a wedding a friend of mine was a guest at popped up on my Facebook feed and I knew we had to make the trip up to see it in person. As soon as I walked through the barn at North Arm Farm, I knew that this was where I was going to be getting married, and thankfully Colin agreed! Big open spaces, beautiful mountains in the background and surrounded by all of the beauty mother nature had to offer. I was instantly inspired and knew that there would be no better venue for us — we had our wedding date booked within the hour.

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Besides the practical aspects like staying on budget, the most important thing for us was planning a wedding that stayed true to who we are and what we wanted our wedding to be. We knew that there were certain ‘traditional’ aspects to a wedding that we wanted to be a part of our day but there were also those that we didn’t want to include. We wrote down key words that we wanted our wedding to embody and did our best to make sure we brought those things to life.

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Our wedding colours were shades of blue (ranging from the navy of Colin’s suit to the periwinkle of the candles to the serenity blue of the men’s ties), natural greens, white and metallic accents of copper and gold. I knew I wanted Colin to wear a blue suit (and thankfully he agreed!) and then I started building our colour palette around that. What I found incredibly useful was going to our local Rona and pulling paint chips of the shades of blue that I was aiming for and having those on hand when I would meet with vendors.

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Simple. Romantic. Relaxed. Vintage. Natural. All of these words were key to planning our wedding vibe. Long table dinner in the field, lawn games to keep our guests entertained, delicious food, vintage furniture, signature cocktails, favourite literary quotes and signage on glass and a homemade dessert bar.

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Colin and I are fans of edible wedding favours. In addition to the treat bags that were available for our guests to pack some homemade desserts in, we also had tea and jellybeans in small mason jars. We ordered five different loose leaf teas and varying shades of blue jellybeans and assembled our favours. Once they were in the jars, we placed a square of lace ribbon over the top, put the lid on and then tied a blue ribbon around the lid. The jellybeans were originally meant for the kids but I saw a few adults sneaking off with them!

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – BAKEPHOTOGRAPHY
Event Planning – Flock Events
Venue – North Arm Farm
Floral Design – Flowers and Jules
Catering – The Collective Kitchen
Officiant – Tracy Kerr
DJ – Pete Cronin
Invitations – Minted
Hair & Makeup Styling – Denise Elliott Beauty Co.
Wedding Dress – Truvelle
Bridal Accessories – Truvelle
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – RW&Co. and Simons
Groom’s Apparel – The Bay
Groom & Groomsmens Bowties – Beaux
Rings – Minichiello Jewellers
Wedding Party Gifts – Old Joy Gift Boxes

 

Congrats to Stephanie and Colin on their DIY North Arm Farm wedding! For more British Columbia wedding inspiration from BAKEPHOTOGRAPHY, check out Carlene and Russell’s farmer’s market inspired organic wedding.

xoxonicole

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