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WEDDING BLOG

Black Love Matters – A Note From the Junebug Team

June 2, 2020 | nicole

Racism in the wedding industry is not a new issue, nor is it one we are blind to here at Junebug. From our photo contests to our Instagram feed to the weddings we share on our blog, we recognize that our efforts to represent ALL forms of love have fallen short. The wedding industry has been called out time and time again for highlighting a limited view of love by only showing white, heteronormative couples, for featuring venues historically used to oppress Black people, and for valuing the work of white wedding professionals above the talent and perspective of Black and POC artists. In light of the anti-racist conversations happening on social media and beyond, we are here to tell you that we take responsibility for our shortcomings, that we acknowledge the ways we have perpetuated racism in the wedding industry, and that we are committed to change. We unequivocally support the celebration and the safety of Black lives and Black love.

Our mission has always been to showcase a variety of ways to celebrate love to help couples around the world plan a wedding that reflects them. It is evident from looking at our feeds that we have a long way to go in achieving this mission. We hear you when you say there is not enough diversity in the couples we feature on our blog and social channels. We see that our vendor directory is severely lacking in talented Black artists around the world. The ways in which we’ve attempted a more inclusive representation of weddings have not been enough.

It is beyond time we step up to not only be the truly inclusive resource you and we both expect us to be, but to pursue the deeply necessary anti-racist education to help us achieve it. We are listening and we are learning new ways to acquire weddings for our blog that showcase Black love as well as weddings featuring members of other underrepresented communities. We acknowledge that a key element of dismantling racism is to redistribute wealth, which is why we are dedicated to taking extra care in promoting the businesses of Black wedding professionals now and in the future.

Our education and operational change will be ongoing, but right now we can promise you that we are committed to:

  • Listening to our followers and understanding what they need from us
  • Investing in anti-racist education by Black creators
  • Using our platform to educate our followers and promote equality + Black liberation
  • Sharing more Black love
  • Sharing more work from Black vendors

This conversation is far from over and we are open to hearing your feedback and ideas as we move forward.

Ready to join us? Here are some resources our team has been using and will continue to in the future:

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Isabel and Jacob Roloff’s Wedding at Roloff Farms was a Boho Dream

June 1, 2020 | brooke

All of our elopement and post-elopement party dreams are coming true! And while we could go on forever about how swoon-worthy Isabel and Jacob Roloff’s wedding was, their amazing photographer, Monique Serra Photography, said it quite perfectly:

Jacob Roloff grew up in a unique way, on television, in front of millions of viewers a week on TLCs Little People Big World. Upon adulthood, Jacob made the decision to pursue a more private lifestyle. His quiet, reserved, and empathetic personality pairs perfectly with that of his beautiful bride, Isabel, a woman who truly radiates light and joy and undeniable happiness in this world. He is soft and confident, she is brave and strong. They are a powerhouse couple, who, amidst their large audience, remain down to earth, genuine, and kind. When it was time to take that next step in to marriage, they knew they wanted to keep it intimate, private, and personal.

Isabel and Jacob decided to elope, along the Oregon coast, with only three of their family members. Days later, they gathered their closest friends and family to the Roloff farms, to celebrate their marriage. Half the guests knew of the secret elopement, and the other half found out at the “wedding!”

The Couple:

Isabel & Jacob

The Wedding:

Roloff Farms, Hug Point, Oregon

Make sure it feels like you, the entire time! Don’t let anyone else’s opinions dilute what you two want. Everything will come together and align once you two are on the same page and want the same things!

Monique made us feel so seen, and special. She captures us so effortlessly! My favorite photos were the intimate and romantic photos we took on the beach after our ceremony. They are so casual and yet so elegant at the same time.

Our wedding colors were maroon, brown, earth tones, rusty orange, forest green. We chose them because it was always our idea to have fall colors for our wedding colors.

The wedding style we were looking for was carefree yet also put together. I loved the lace on my wedding dress and how it felt to wear it. My wedding party wore dresses of varying colors, I picked them each different colors, and they all chose perfectly! From maroon, to rusty orange, to sage green, etc.

We did all of our own decorations! We used Pinterest for inspiration, and went thrifting to put together a lot of the decor. It was a lot of bits and pieces from various places we went seeking out quirky and rustic items. This felt so special, because we had a hand in everything. Also we ordered our flowers from a small flower vendor and that was a really smart decision, because we saved money but the flowers were so beautiful!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Monique Serra Photography
Reception Venue – Roloff Farms
Catering – Kam and Kam
Cake – Petunia’s Pies and Pastries
Videography – Good Co Studios
Invitation Design – Heck Ya Studio
Wedding Dress – Justin Alexander via Charlottes Weddings
Bridal Jacket Design – Kalen Rivers

 

Congratulations, Isabel and Jacob, and many thanks to Junebug member Monique Serra Photography for sharing their day with us! For more of Monique’s work, be sure to check out her page in our directory of the world’s best wedding photographers.

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Rich Toned Modern Indian Wedding at Valentine DTLA

May 31, 2020 | brooke

Stunning style, thoughtful reception details, a cake table that makes our mouths water…you could say we are a little obsessed with Kiran and Jesse’s modern Indian wedding at Valentine DTLA! This couple hired THREAD Events to help them make their wedding dreams come true at one of the most romantic venues in Los Angeles. We especially love how they brought elements of the ceremony backdrop decor into the reception design with vibrant orange flowers lining the tables. Both bride and groom looked positively stunning in their Sabyasachi outfits—we always swoon over the intricate detail this designer puts into his fashions. If you’ve been searching for the perfect modern, LA-cool-meets-tradition wedding inspiration, get ready to fall in love with everything about this day through the beautiful photos For Love & Light captured!

The Couple:

Kiran & Jesse

The Wedding:

Valentine DTLA, Los Angeles, California

The Wedding Team:

Photography – For Love & Light
Event Planning – THREAD Events
Wedding Venue – Valentine DTLA
Floral Design – MDs Florist
Catering – East Los Tacos
Cake – Sweet Laurel Bakery, The Little Sweet Place
DJ – Dhamaka Productions
Videography – Balerina Films
Makeup Artist – Angie Martinez
Hair Styling – Emily Lynn & Co
Wedding Dress – Sabyasachi
Groom’s Apparel – Sabyasachi
Rentals – La Pinata Party Rentals

 

Congratulations, Kiran & Jesse, and many thanks to Junebug member THREAD Events for sharing their modern Indian wedding day with us! For more of THREAD Events work, be sure to check out their page in our directory of the world’s best wedding planners.

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