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WEDDING BLOG

Modern Bohemian Ozarks Wedding at Hazel Valley Ranch

Between the views of the Ozark Mountains, the hand-painted teepee in the reception area, and the DIY details created by the bride’s mother, Taylor and Lance’s wedding at Hazel Valley Ranch was a bohemian dream with a modern twist. The bride channeled her inner bohemian goddess with a champagne lined lace dress by Martina Liana, which set the mood for the entire vibe of this special day. For the decor, they focused on macrame details, Persian rugs and antique candlesticks, and an assortment of autumnal blooms from ZuZu’s Petals & Gifts and fresh eucalyptus from Bloomingful. For the food, they provided a BBQ and an assortment of pies to allow their guests to feel the comforts of home. In addition to the all beautiful details, the couple planned a special smudging ceremony performed by Lance’s father to honor both families’ Native American heritage. Freckled Fox Photography did a phenomenal job capturing every moment of this wildly romantic Arkansas wedding!

The Couple:

Taylor and Lance

The Wedding:

Hazel Valley Ranch, Fayetteville, Arkansas

My wedding planning goddess of a mother found all the vintage Persian rugs and antique brass candlesticks we used, found our wicker peacock chair, made the macrame centerpieces we placed on our sweetheart table, and DIY-ed so many other beautiful details that we incorporated into the wedding!

Lance‘s family are Lumbee Native Americans, and I have Shawnee Native American heritage in my family. So, we decided to incorporate Native American cultural tradition into our ceremony. Lance’s father performed a smudging during our ceremony with sage that he bundled himself and the feather he that had been passed down through the Cummings family, which we received as a gift after the wedding. The smudging ceremony was a quiet spiritual process. Through silence, our friends and family radiated positive thoughts as we are “cleansed” as a couple. The only words spoken were by Lance‘s father, who said beautiful affirmations to each of us during the cleansing.

I wanted a dress that was bohemian and simple but with a wow factor. The beautiful ivory lace over the champagne tulle created a bohemian vibe over a simple silhouette with a long cascading train that gathered beautifully when I turned. The lacework made it feel as if it was a vintage gown that had been passed down through generations. The cascading ivory lace and champagne tulle veil topped off the look perfectly as if it were made for the dress.

We started searching for venues in Northwest Arkansas shortly after we got engaged, but none of them fit our personalities. Just as frustration set in, I stumbled across Hazel Valley Ranch online. I called on a Sunday morning and Marty, the coordinator, graciously allowed us to visit the venue that same day. We were sold as soon as we drove up on the property! Hazel Valley Ranch is secluded and surrounded by the beautiful rolling Ozark Mountains, with buffalo grazing in the fields below the lodge and a beautiful hand-painted teepee in the reception area. We were in awe, and we felt as if the venue was made just for us!

If you are planning your wedding yourself — which is completely doable no matter what anyone says — make sure you have several helping hands for the day before and day-of the wedding. My mom planned our wedding, which is why it turned out to be everything and more than we ever dreamed of. I’m so thankful we had family and my best friend, Adrian, to set up that morning but I do wish we had planned for a larger wedding day team so that the setup hadn’t been so rushed.

We tried to source our menu and beverages for the reception from local vendors. Our menu included ribs, pulled pork, and classic barbecue sides provided by Hazel Valley Ranch. For dessert, we had handmade pies from Skylark Cafe. Our draft beers were from Core Brewing & Distilling Company.

Processional – “Like Real People Do” by Hozier
Recessional – “First Day Of My Life” by Bright Eyes
First Dance – “Sweet Creature” by Harry Styles

The most memorable part of the day was when Lance and I broke away from the reception and walked to our ceremony site in the moonlight. We got to truly soak up the moment and bask in the realization that we were husband and wife. People are not kidding when they say your wedding day goes by fast! It’s so important to take even a small moment away from everyone and enjoy all the incredibly euphoric feelings while simply looking into your partner’s eyes.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Freckled Fox Photography
Venue – Hazel Valley Ranch
Floral Design – ZuZu’s Petals & Gifts
Fresh Silver Dollar Eucalyptus – Bloomingful
Cake – Patticakes Bakery
Pies – Skylark Cafe
Stationery – VineWedding
Wedding Dress – Martina Liana via She Said Yes Bridal
Bridal Accessories – Truvelle
Groom’s Apparel – Ralph Lauren
Cuff Links – Vancrafted Studio
Rings – Kay Jewelers and Staghead Designs
Rentals – Pretty Old Stuff NWA
Macrame Wedding Arbor – WallKnot
Wooden Guest Book – Lorgie

 

Congratulations to Taylor and Lance, and a big thanks to Freckled Fox Photography for sharing this beautiful Hazel Valley Ranch wedding with Junebug! Looking for ways to add a modern twist to your bridal style? You have to see these 17 modern romantic half-up hairstyles for your wedding!

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Intimate Wayfarer’s Chapel Wedding Proves Eloping Can Be Totally Chic

Elizabeth and Ian’s intimate elopement at Wayfarer’s Chapel had the perfect mix of bohemian, vintage, and Art Deco styles! The natural elements and the modern design of California’s “Glass Chapel” made for a show-stopping backdrop for their ceremony, and the minimalist architecture of the reception space at Venue by Three Petals allowed their personalities to shine. Elizabeth’s Maggie Sottero gown and cascading bouquet created by Flower Allie were the epitome of boho chic, and her girls’ velvet green dresses from Unique Vintage added the vintage flair that tied in beautifully with the vibe of the day. SoCal Wedding Consultant worked their magic to keep the details simple but chic, and Kristen Soileau Portraits captured every moment with the grace and creativity this unique California wedding deserved!

The Couple:

Elizabeth and Ian

The Wedding:

Wayfarer’s Chapel and Venue by Three Petals, Los Angeles, California

Some of the most valuable wedding advice I would like to share is to start by hiring a wedding planner. You can have a great vision, but what you don’t realize is the number of decisions you’ll be making on a daily basis and just how overwhelming it all can be. The value they bring during the planning stages and on the big day is priceless. Also, if you are looking for ways to save money, get married on a weekday. Seriously, sounds crazy, but it was one of the best decisions we made! It significantly dropped the overall price of our wedding and I also learned that it is easier to get vendors for your date because their schedules are usually open.

My wedding day fashion is a mix of vintage and art deco. What I loved about my wedding dress were the beading and scalloped train. I also loved my earrings and my shoes. My make up was soft but dramatic. The bridesmaids wore velvet dresses and the groomsmen wore grey suits.

We personalized the ceremony by using nature and design as our inspiration. The history and organic architecture of the chapel mixed with the modern and sleek reception venue tied our love for the outdoors with beautiful design elements. When guests entered the reception, there was a typewriter requesting that each of them “leave us a love note” and to bring a touch of Louisiana with the design of our thank you cards.

The most memorable part of the day was entering the Wayfarers Chapel and seeing my future husband waiting for me at the end of the aisle. It was perfect. The sun was starting to set and the way the light came through the chapel was one of the most ethereal experiences I’ve had in my life.

We didn’t DIY much of our wedding because it was a destination wedding and it was easier to order online and have it shipped directly to California. Esty was my go-to!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Kristen Soileau Portraits
Event Planning – SoCal Wedding Consultant
Ceremony Venue – Wayfarer’s Chapel
Reception Venue – Venue by Three Petals
Floral Design – Flower Allie
Makeup Artist – Habitual She
Hair Styling – The Vanity Belle
Wedding Dress – Maggie Sottero
Bridal Accessories – Balanced Bead and Tassel
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Unique Vintage
Groom’s Apparel – Caravelli
Rings – Bodin Jewelers
Rentals – Provenance Rentals
Transportation – Reserve Limo

 

Congratulations to Elizabeth and Ian, and a big thanks to Kristen Soileau Portraits for sharing this beautiful elopement at Wayfarer’s Chapel with Junebug! Love Art Deco style? Then you have to see this stunning Art Deco-inspired Baltimore Estate wedding in North Carolina!

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After a Fire Affected Their Original Venue 48 Hours Before Their Day, This Couple Enjoyed a Blissfully PNW Wedding at Jenkins Estate

July 20, 2018 | juliette

Taylor and Nathan’s wedding at Jenkins Estate can be described in two words: heartfelt and magical. This sweet couple loves the Pacific Northwest and originally booked a venue on the lake that showed off the very best of that enchanting region. Two weeks before their wedding day, the Eagle Creek Fire devastated the region and forced them to find a new venue. Within just a few days, the team at Jenkins Estate helped the couple pull off the wedding of their dreams, complete with photo ops in the woods, a garden ceremony, yard games, a Kainos Coffee truck, and the first dance in a gazebo lined with twinkle lights. Taylor and Nathan even had a post-wedding shoot with Jordan Voth Photography on the beach the day after that was completely swoon-worthy. Even though their plans changed last-minute, this wedding was full of so many heartfelt moments that made it truly unforgettable.

The Couple:

Taylor and Nathan

The Wedding:

Jenkins Estate, Beaverton, Oregon

We met in high school and dated for 8 years before finally saying “I do.” We wanted a wedding that would represent us as a couple. We wanted to celebrate not just our wedding day, but our marriage. When we started planning out all the details, we first felt a lot of pressure to do something out of the box. Something worthy of being featured on photo blogs, that no one has ever seen before. As wedding planning moved forward, we realized that all of those details aren’t what truly matters to us – the story of our relationship that does. The new question now, was about how we can implement that into our wedding day. So, we thought about the things we love the most. We wanted to be surrounded by nature, and bring in as many natural elements as we could. We wanted to eat tacos and drink coffee. We wanted to hire photographers and videographers who would document our day beautifully so we can re-live our favorite moments over and over again. We shared the overall idea of what we wanted with our florist, but ultimately gave her creative control. We wanted our vendors to shine in what they know how to do best. The primary focus was on the vibe – not the decor.

Right before we started getting ready for our big day, we met for breakfast. It was such a beautiful moment, sharing a meal together, just the two of us. We both cried the entire time… our waitress probably thought something was wrong. (Oops! We probably should’ve let her know it was our wedding day.) We went our separate ways and got ready. Another favorite moment was our first look. It was a moment where it was literally just us (and our photo + video teams).

We live in Southern California but our hearts have always been in the Pacific Northwest. Our original venue was Bridal Veil Lakes. We loved the idea of having an open space full of nature to celebrate our love. With the devastation of the Eagle Creek Fire, we were displaced from BVL and found Jenkins Estate. I had less than 48 hours to walk through as many venues as I could, and the moment I walked through Jenkins with Mike, their sales manager, I felt so calm and at peace with having our wedding there. He was so patient with me as I was taking video and photo to show Nathan back at home. They were so accommodating, allowing us to bring in our outside food vendors that were already paid for, and they allowed us to use more spaces in the property than they usually allow so we could still have the wedding we dreamed of throughout our 2-year engagement. I walked through the venue twice with Mike within those 48 hours, and he reassured me that they were going to do everything they could to help our vision come to life. It was such a weight off knowing that they were going to take care of us — and they truly did!

I (Taylor) will never forget walking toward Nathan with his back turned to me, and I saw his hand go up to wipe away a tear. My heart melted and my anxiety literally faded away in that exact moment. When he turned to look at me, I had never felt so beautiful. This was the moment that made everything feel so real. We were finally going to become husband and wife!

We wanted our wedding to be about our marriage and our relationship, so we wrote our own personal vows. My (Taylor) vows ended up being approximately 9 minutes long (I know, crazy.) but it told the story of a backpacking trip we went on 3 years prior that went horribly wrong, yet was the moment we knew we were meant to be husband and wife. Only a few select family members and friends actually knew the whole story, and I felt it was really important to share, because it was such a monumental point in our lives and in our relationship. We also flew in our Pastor and his family from out of state. He knew us before we even knew each other, and it was really special to have him marry us. And rather than rushing to sign our marriage certificate later and in-between portraits, we thought it would be really special to sign our marriage license during our ceremony, and pray together before we were announced married. Because in that moment, we truly were.

We actually didn’t have any official “colors” for our wedding. We went with a more natural vibe with all of our decor, and I knew I would be in a blush skirt. We decided that our bridal party could wear all black, and as a last minute addition due to cold weather, we had the bridesmaids wear blanket scarves, but we had them all choose their own different colors. It was actually really fun to plan our wedding without thinking about a specific color scheme.

Another moment we will forever cherish, is our first dance. We cut out all the dancing in our wedding, but I couldn’t let go of our first dance. It’s been a dream of mine to dance with my husband on our wedding day. With our venue change, we actually got to use the gazebo on site. We decorated it with twinkle lights and asked Tyler, our singer/songwriter to play acoustically our first dance song in the gazebo with us. We soaked up every single second of this moment together while all of our family and friends surrounded us. When our dance ended, they created a grand exit line and threw rose petals over us as we ran to our car. It was so beautiful seeing how happy everyone was for us. Our hearts were so full.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Jordan Voth Photography
Event Planning – JenEvents
Venue – Jenkins Estate
Floral Design – Once Upon a Bloom
Catering – Koi Fusion
Coffee Cart – Kainos Coffee
Live Music – Tyler Stenson
Videography – Happy Camper Film & Photo
Stationery – Tying the Knots
Makeup Artist and Hair Styling – Vivid Chromatics
Wedding Dress – BHLDN
Bride and Bridesmaids’ Robes – BHLDN
Groom’s Apparel – Jos.A. Bank and Thursday Boot Company
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Hollywood Suits
Rings – Jewelers Touch
Photo Booth – Blue Bus Creatives

 

Our warmest congratulations to Taylor and Nathan, and a special thanks to Jordan Voth Photography for sharing this incredible wedding at Jenkins Estate with Junebug! Looking for a non-traditional spot for your wedding, perhaps in the Pacific Northwest? We’ve rounded up 9 of the prettiest U.S. National Parks for your wedding!

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