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WEDDING BLOG

Unforgettable Costa Rica Destination Wedding at Dreams Las Mareas

October 20, 2020 | riley

Although summer has officially come to an end, we can’t get enough of Jessica and Kadia’s dreamy Costa Rica wedding at Dreams Las Mareas. The couple brought minimalistic elegance to life using a soft color palette, an abundance of florals and greenery, and a reception set under the stars. 

The couple kept many details simple, but they didn’t shy away from adding some glam to the day. The two both wore fitted beaded wedding dresses and some seriously cool bridal jumpsuits. And did we mention that Kadia surprised Jessica with fireworks during their first dance? Now that’s a surprise to remember.

Ready to see an opulent ceremony amongst the palm trees, a stunning beach photoshoot, and a romantic sparkler exit? Then keep scrolling! We have a feeling you’re going to love the photos captured by Junebug member Raw Shoots Photography

The Couple:

Jessica and Kadia

The Wedding:

Dreams Las Mareas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Picking Dreams Las Mareas in Costa Rica

We travel a lot and wanted to get married in one of the countries we first visited as a couple. Costa Rica was the country we fell in love with as we fell deeper in love with each other. We had three locations in mind for where we wanted to get married. A year before our big day, we planned to fly to Costa Rica to check these places out, but plans changed when Kadia had to fly to another country for work—where she would be for three months! We didn’t want to cancel the trip to CR so Jessica went on her own, documenting all of the places she went and video calling Kadia at all hours. Once we reviewed the locations, we sat internationally on Skype from Costa Rica and London to pick our top choice. We each wrote our top choice and after a countdown, we showed each other the location we’d picked. Eventually, we started screaming when we realized we had picked the same one.

Breaking Traditions For Their Ceremony

Before getting married, we’d always said we never wanted to walk down a traditional aisle. We wanted to meet each other halfway. So we walked down two beautiful stone staircases that were parallel to each other. And we saw one another at the same time before meeting at the altar. We had a live band that played an acoustic version of our favorite songs and didn’t have assigned seating. We picked out the style of our alter arch so that it was unique to us—not a circle or triangle. After exchanging vows, our walk down the traditional center aisle was together as a married couple.

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An Unforgettable First Dance And A Dip In The Pool

Our first dance and jumping in the pool are our beloved memories from our day. We danced to “You’re the Reason I Come Home,” by Ron Pope–a song that has been dear to us since we met. The song played as fireworks–a surprise from Kadia–lit the night sky above us. By the end of the night, almost all of our guests were in the pool! Then we jumped in, holding Jessica’s father’s hands. We now say, ‘whenever you get the chance to jump in the pool, take it.’

 

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Raw Shoots Photography
Venue – Dreams Las Mareas
DJ – DJ Ciro
Videography – Alunna Films
Invitation Design – Basic Invite
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Nadia Cambronero
Bridal Looks – Ines Di Santo, Maggie Sottero, Mika Inatome Custom Bridal, ASOS

 

Congratulations again to Jessica and Kadia on their unforgettable Costa Rica wedding at Dreams Las Mareas! We’re so glad Junebug member Raw Shoots Photography was there to capture the magic of the day. To see more of the talented work from Raw Shoots, check out their profile in our directory of best wedding photographers in the world!

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Chinoiserie Wedding Inspiration from the Big Fake Wedding

October 19, 2020 | morgan

There’s always something special about events put on by The Big Fake Wedding team. This BFW Dallas event is no exception. Their inspiration for this event was Chinoiserie Garden design, which represents European interpretations of Chinese styles. The colorful pastels, velvet, and gold used throughout the event bring the trees, birds, and flowers found in this style to life. It’s as if they bloomed from a garden and walked through the door to be part of this incredible Chinoiserie wedding inspiration shoot!

So, how exactly does Chinoiserie art translate into a wedding style? How did the Big Fake Wedding pull it off? Keep scrolling to find out through the photos expertly captured by Catie Ann Photography, Bailee Starr Photography, and Kendall Nicole Studios.

Want to get in touch with the incredible vendor team that made this all happen? Check them out in the vendor table at the bottom of the post to learn more.

Kendall Nicole Studios Chinoiserie

Kendall Nicole Studios BFW

Bailee Starr Photography

Bailee Starr Photography

Bailee Starr Photography

Bailee Starr Photography

Catie Ann Photography

Catie Ann Photography

Catie Ann Photography

Bailee Starr Photography

Kendall Nicole Studios

Bailee Starr Photography

Catie Ann Photography

Catie Ann Photography

Catie Ann Photography

Catie Ann Photography wedding inspiration

Bailee Starr Photography Chinoiserie inspiration

Bailee Starr Photography wedding dessert inspiration

Bailee Starr Photography Chinoiserie

Bailee Starr Photography

Bailee Starr Photography Chinoiserie wedding

Bailee Starr Photography

Catie Ann Photography Chinoiserie inspiration

Bailee Starr Photography

Catie Ann Photography Chinoiserie wedding inspiration

Kendall Nicole Studios Chinoiserie wedding inspiration

Kendall Nicole Studios Chinoiserie wedding inspiration

Kendall Nicole Studios

Kendall Nicole Studios Chinoiserie wedding inspiration

Kendall Nicole Studios

Bailee Starr Photography

Bailee Starr Photography Chinoiserie wedding inspiration

Bailee Starr Photography

Congratulations to Big Fake Wedding on this Chinoiserie Garden wedding inspiration! Looking for more wedding inspiration? Find upcoming events on their website. Even better—thanks to COVID—you can also attend their events virtually with digital passes. We’ll see you there!

In the meantime, check out the vendors who collaborated to create this beautiful wedding below.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Kendall Nicole Studios
Photography – Catie Ann Photography
Photography – Bailee Starr Photography
Balloon Installation – Balloons by CB
Bar & Bartending – Bar of Brew
Bridesmaid Attire – Brideside
Cake Backdrop & Wedding Gown Illustrations – ACA Event Designs
Catering – Vestals Catering
Ceremony Musician – Space City Brass
Day of Coordinator & Table Collaboration – CARLEIGH design + coordination
Dessert Bar – Lili’s Bespoke Sweets
DJ – Go DJ GO
Floral & Event Design & Table Collaboration & Bouquets – The Floral Eclectic
Floral & Event Design & Table Collaboration & Ceremony Backdrop – Southern Wild Rentals
Floral & Event Design & Table Collaboration – Kristen McCurdy Studio
Hair Styling and Makeup Artist – Tease to Please
Marquee Letters – GF Lit Marquee Letters
Mobile Wedding Chapel – Just Hitched Events
Photo Booth – Currently Events
Signage & Installations – Satin Pavement
Venue – Place at Tyler
Wedding Dress & Bridal Accessories – Vow’d Weddings
Wedding Cake – Cakes by Shekura
Favors – Armful Gifts

 

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Fall Utah Mountain Wedding at Log Haven

October 19, 2020 | riley

We’re living for autumn outdoor weddings now that temperatures are cooling down, and Sarah and Noah’s fall mountain wedding at Log Haven did not disappoint. The couple wanted nothing more than to create a cozy atmosphere where their guests could enjoy their favorite part of Utah. The outdoor ceremony featured sweeping mountain and forest views, a warm burgundy and navy color palette, and an over-the-top bridal bouquet put together by Living Creations. Oh, and a ring mishap that made for some pretty great photos.

The reception was complete with a romantic first dance under fairy lights, a minimalistic yet rustic cake from Cravings Alisha’s Cupcakes, and a whole lot of shots. That’s right—these two kept the party going all night long.

We’re totally in love with every autumnal aspect of this intimate affair, and we’re so glad that Junebug member Tressa Wixom Photography captured every well-thought-out detail.

The Couple:

Sarah and Noah

The Wedding:

Log Haven, Salt Lake City, Utah

Why Log Haven

When planning our wedding, we quickly got set on having a fall wedding up in the mountains. We found the perfect setting at Log Haven in September. We wanted our guests from out of state to really be able to experience our favorite part of Utah–the beautiful mountains! So we were really inspired by the mountains and nature.

A Ring Mishap

During the middle of the ceremony, my sister (maid of honor) dropped Noah’s ring in the grass. Our officiant stopped the ceremony for a couple of minutes while all my bridesmaids helped her find it. It was found, but all we could do was laugh during this unexpected part of our ceremony. The pictures of this still make me laugh–seeing my bridesmaids on the ground looking for the ring.

Wedding Advice From The Bride

I’d say planning early and giving yourself enough time to plan relieves a lot of stress. We got engaged in September 2018 and married in September 2019. Having a full year of planning was great for us. Planning a few things at a time helped us not feel so overwhelmed. The first thing we planned was our venue. I’d say that’s the best first plan to make, and getting that set with your date will be so helpful. You’ll feel like you’ve accomplished so much from just that!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Tressa Wixom Photography
Venue & Catering – Log Haven
Floral Design – Living Creations
Cake – Cravings Alisha’s Cupcakes
Officiant – Stephen Jeffrey Watson
DJ – DJ Matty Mo
Invitation Design – Minted
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Ashlee Raybould
Wedding Dress – Galia Lahav
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Azazie
Groom’s Apparel – Dillard’s
Groomsmen’s Apparel – The Black Tux
Rings – Brilliant Earth + Shane Co.

 

Congratulations again to Sarah and Noah on their fall Utah mountain wedding at Log Haven! Thank you to Junebug member Tressa Wixom Photography for capturing the details of the day and sharing them with Junebug. To see more of Tressa’s work, check out her profile in our directory of best wedding photographers in the world!

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