Blush and Gold Vintage-Inspired Ipswitch Wedding at The Crane Estate

October 13, 2019 | brooke

Ashley and Tim are the quintessential elegant couple who wanted every detail of their wedding at The Crane Estate to emit those classy, vintage vibes! Along with the help of Katydyd Events, we think they totally pulled it off! We’re totally loving how Twig & Briar made Ashley’s vision come to life — creating garden-inspired, lush, and romantic florals in tones of blush, mauve, and taupe. The couple purchased all of the antique mirrors by themselves and adorned each with elegant gold calligraphy script from Letter and Kate. Their mirror table numbers were a DIY success! We can’t wait for you to swoon over every dreamy photo Anna Elizabeth Photography captured of this classic, vintage inspired day at The Crane Estate!

The Couple:

Ashley & Tim

The Wedding:

The Crane Estate, Ipswich, Massachusetts

About the bride’s favorite photos from their wedding: This is SO tough to answer because we love all of them! I think it would have to be one of our first look photos. There is one where you can see the complete shock and excitement on Tim’s face, and it just brings me back to that moment every time I see it.

We wanted to be able to look back on the day and feel classic and timeless. I always knew I wanted a long sleeve dress that was backless or had an illusion back. I used pins in my hair that my mother ordered for me, and earrings that I got from Olive & Piper that went really well together.

We were looking for a venue that had a vintage feel and was also by the ocean. We only looked at one other venue, and we knew right away The Crane Estate was the one for us. Having a place to get married that had such a beautiful ceremony spot was amazing. There really is no other way to go besides vintage with a venue like the one we chose. We wanted to feel classic and timeless. I know looking back even 50 years from now, we will look at these photos and still love everything about that day.

The bridesmaids outfits were something I really thought long and hard about. I don’t love the idea of traditional bridesmaids dresses. They are typically very expensive, don’t fit well, and are worn only one time. I wanted them to wear something they could potentially wear again, had a vintage feel, and that could look great on everyone. I LOVED the idea of a top and a skirt instead of a dress. One of my bridesmaids suggested a belt a few days before the wedding and it was the perfect addition that tied their outfits together.

Our wedding planner Katie made planning the wedding a breeze. We both agree that it was the most well spent money of our entire wedding. She completely understood our vision, and recommended vendors that she knew would be perfect for us. We felt almost zero stress during the planning process, and were really able to enjoy all aspects of the day knowing that she would make everything come together seamlessly.

We found some gold mirrors (Facebook marketplace score), and hired someone to do calligraphy on them. They could not have come out better. We also had custom place cards made (ordered off Etsy). We then ordered a custom wax seal and attached the place cards with gold wax to one of the mirrors. It was a joint project (Tim did the wax seals, and I attached everything to the mirror) that was quite time consuming, but we were so pleased with the way it came out!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Anna Elizabeth Photography
Event Planning – Katydyd Events
Wedding Venue – The Crane Estate
Floral Design – Twig & Briar
Catering – Fireside Catering
Cake – Cakes for Occassions
Live Music – Groove Authority
Calligraphy – Letter and Kate
Stationery – Minted
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Jessica Candage
Wedding Dress – Justin Alexander
Bridal Accessories – Olive + Piper
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Revelry, Morning Lavender
Groom’s Apparel – Generation Tux
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Generation Tux
Rings – Jivan Yeramian
Transportation – Ludwigs Limousine
Favors – Union Square Donuts


Congratulations Ashley and Tim, and so many thanks to Katydyd Events for sharing their absolutely stunning day at The Crane Estate with us at Junebug! Into the elegant, vintage vibe? We think you’ll love this authentically vintage Ace Hotel Portland wedding.

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A Lake is Officially Our Favorite First Look Location After Seeing This Oeschinen Lake Elopement Inspiration

October 12, 2019 | brooke

If the stunning backdrop of this Oeschinen Lake elopement wasn’t enough, we’re swooning over all the little details that make this the perfect elopement inspiration for adventurous romantics! We’re loving this Autumnal color palette photographer Meltem Salb and planner Avodah Living chose for the styled shoot. The warm hues compliment the cool tones of the environment just perfectly! If you’re eloping in a destination like this, we highly recommend a dress that will flow in the wind like this rose embellished, boho Rue de Seine gown Isabelle wore for this inspired photoshoot. If you’ve been searching for picturesque elopement ideas, this Oeschinen Lake elopement is the one for you!

The Talented Team:

Photography – Meltem Salb
Event Planning – Avodah Living
Venue – Oeschinen Lake
Floral Design – Avodah Living
Cake – Cuppin’s
Stationery – Meraki Créations Minimaliste
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Sinem Yavsaner
Wedding Dress – Rue de Seine


Many thanks to planner Avodah Living for sharing this Oeschinen Lake elopement with Junebug! If you’re loving all the lake elopement vibes, you have to see this waterfront wedding inspiration at Lake Crescent Lodge.

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This Earthy Eclectic Whidbey Island Wedding at Deception Pass State Park was Masterfully Curated

October 12, 2019 | brooke

Earthy tones met an eclectic sense of style in Mel and Lee’s Whidbey Island wedding at Deception Pass State Park. The Whidbey Party Girls helped the couple bring their dream wedding day to life with whimsical, gemstone-themed florals by Moon Bloom Floral, curated rentals from the couple’s very own company, Modern Nest Northwest, and the coolest little touches like Negronis served in tiny bottles at the ceremony! Mel brought all the boho bride vibes with her Sarah Seven dress and the most unique rings from Hello Ring. We’re swooning over every colorful, joyous, and romantic moment Jacquelyn Portolese Photography beautifully documented. From beginning to end, this Whidbey Island wedding was a total curated masterpiece that stole our hearts!

The Couple:

Mel & Lee

The Wedding:

Deception Pass State Park, Whidbey Island, Washington

Wedding planning advice from the couple: Start early, and give yourself at least a year. Hire a wedding planner, they are invaluable and worth every penny. The average couple has no idea how many moving parts go into a wedding, and trying to do it all by yourself can take away from one of the most special periods of your life. The day goes by in a flash and the memories are priceless. No one has ever regretted having too many photos. You only get to do this once, so it should be just the way you want it. Lastly, do what feels right and true to you as a couple, and remember through it all, you’re both on the same team.

I told my bridesmaids to choose any dress they wanted in the champagne and rose gold color range. I wanted them to feel comfortable and have their own personality shine through. They found some amazingly beautiful dresses that went together perfectly, and we hadn’t even seen all the dresses together till the morning of the wedding.



Lee knew from the beginning he wanted to be rocking Italian chic style in an all white linen suit. Turns out those are pretty hard to find! So he ended up having Mens Warehouse custom make his suit from scratch, and surprised me by having our wedding date embroidered on the lining.

I surprised Lee with my processional song, keeping it a secret till the moment it was time to walk down the aisle, which wasn’t easy timing wise! It was a song he had introduced me to in our first month of dating, and it instantly became “our song.” He broke down crying when he heard the first chords, it was such a special moment.

Whidbey Island was where we first had our first trip a few weeks into dating. We both grew up in the pacific northwest, so having an outdoorsy wedding was a no brainer. We both spent time on Whidbey as kids, so it has always held a very special place in our lives and in our families lives. We had a very specific vision for a venue, which ended up being split into two locations to accommodate our wishes. We wanted amazing views, outdoors all day, beach access, forest access, and maybe a garden too. It was a pretty tall order for our wedding planner. After touring countless venues, we walked out onto the beach at Deception Pass with its stunning backdrop of the bridge and Lighthouse Point, and we looked at each other and silently agreed, that was going to be the place we’d be getting married.

Lee is a bartender and loves making cocktails. We were engaged in Italy and pretty much lived off Negroni’s and Aperol Spritzes while we were there. We wanted to give our guests a taste of Italy as a little prefunk to our ceremony, so Lee batched 80+ miniature bottles of Negroni cocktails and set them out at the beach for guests to sip on before the main event. Mel decorated the bottles with tiny quartz crystal points and tags to personalize them. They were a big hit with our guests.

After our sunset portrait session underneath the Deception Pass Bridge, we walked back up to get on our shuttle and found the whole bridge had been closed to one lane of traffic for overnight construction. We were expecting the road crew to shoo us off the bridge with a stern warning, but instead they all wanted photos with us! They held off traffic for us to run across the bridge, entirely free of cars. Being that it’s a major highway, and the only road on and off Whidbey Island, it was an incredibly surreal once in a lifetime opportunity, and the perfect end to the day. Jaki and Kamra captured that moment beautifully, without any planning, all while running to catch up with us.

We wanted to include as much of “us” as possible. We started our business, Modern Nest Northwest, selling mid century and boho vintage furniture and housewares two years ago, so it was important that we bring that into our big day with pieces we already had in our house. We wanted it to feel like a relaxing vacation for ourselves and our guests, with a ton of personal touches and details to remind us what the day was all about. It also gave our friends and family a look into our business and our design aesthetic.

We didn’t want to focus so much on “matchy matchy” colors, but more of an eclectic blend of earth tones, monochrome and neutrals, and using natural elements where ever we could. We themed each table around a certain crystal to utilize Mel‘s large crystal collection. Each table had a different set of crystals on it (the head table had rose quartz, bridesmaid table had amethyst, etc.) and our amazing floral designer based her arrangements around the colors of the crystals. We pre-designed each table scape on our own kitchen table, then took photos of it and placed them in a box with the corresponding decor for our event planners to set up on the day of.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Jacquelyn Portolese Photography
Second Photographer – Kamra Fuller Photography
Event Planning – Whidbey Party Girls
Ceremony Venue – Deception Pass State Park
Reception Venue – The Bluff On Whidbey
Floral Design – Moon Bloom Floral
Catering – The Big W
Cake – CJ & Y Decadent Desserts
Confetti – Everland Favours
DJ – Lou Rawk
Stationery – Minted
Wedding Dress – Sarah Seven
Bridal Accessories – Amanda Deer Jewelry
Groom’s Apparel – Men’s Wearhouse
Rings – Hello Ring
Rentals – Modern Nest Northwest


Congratulations to Mel and Lee on their Whidbey Island wedding, and many thanks to photographer Jacquelyn Portolese Photography for sharing it all with Junebug! Love these eclectic, earthy vibes? We think you’ll enjoy seeing how this couple made their Big Jackfish Lake wedding feel intimate with earthy eclectic vibes.

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