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WEDDING BLOG

Botanical Wedding Inspiration at Prospect House

April 25, 2020 | brooke

If there’s one thing every Spring wedding needs: It’s blooms. We’re obsessed with this botanical wedding inspiration shoot at Prospect House brought to you by Nikk Nguyen and Big Time Creatives for the Southern Love Workshop. This set up was made even more incredible by the minimalist canvas the venue has — allowing for the dainty details to do all the talking! We also cannot get over this bride’s Marchesa Bridal dress that’s oh-so modern, fun and handpicked from Unbridaled in Austin, Texas. Lovers of organic details, simple color palettes, and spunky details, this one is for you!

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The Talented Team:

Photography – Nikk Nguyen Photo
Event Planning – Big Time Creatives
Workshop – Southern Love Workshop
Venue – Prospect House
Floral Design – Gypsy Floral
Catering – The Cake Plate
Stationery – The Creative Standard
Makeup Artist – LUSTREbella
Wedding Dress – Marchesa Bridal via Unbridaled
Groom’s Apparel – Bonobos
Plateware, Napkins + Napkin Ring – Table Manners
Furniture, Flatware, Pink Glasses – Bee Lavish Vintage Rentals
Models – Ana Peavy, Coleman Peavy

 

Many thanks to Nikk Nguyen for sharing this botanical wedding inspiration with us! If you love Nikk’s work, be sure to check out his page in our directory of the world’s best wedding photographers.

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Tropical Glam La Arboleda Beach Wedding in Costa Rica

Nicole and Cameron’s tropical glam beach La Arboleda wedding in Costa Rica brought all the feelings of happiness, relaxation, and a dang good time! The couple put their own spin on Pura Vida style with Nicole in a boho Willowby by Watters wedding dress and her girls looking effortlessly cool in a warm color palette of Free People dresses. We’re obsessed with every dreamy detail, including the palm leaves intertwined in every arrangement Ideas Producciones designed and even the table place settings! If free spirited beach vibes are your thing, get ready to fall for every photo the talented Adri Mendez captured of this sweet couple’s beach wedding day.

The Couple:

Nicole & Cameron

The Wedding:

Hotel Dreams Las Mareas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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We included a customized canvas tote bag with sunscreen, bug spray, mints, bubbles, chap stick and a schedule of planned events for the week.

SHOP SIMILAR STYLES: Women’s Notch Collar Palm Leaf Print Two-Piece Pajama Set ($24.99); Women’s Tropical Pajamas Short Sleeve Button Down and Pants Set ($26.99); Women’s Summer Palm Leaf Tropical Print Cami Pajama Set ($17.99); Womens Silky Satin Pajamas Set Short ($22.99); Women’s Notch Collar Long Sleeve Two Piece Pajama Set ($24.99); Silky Satin Blue Palms Pajamas Set ($22.99)

SHOP SIMILAR STYLES: Free People Paridiso Maxi Dress ($108); Free People Getaway Floral Maxi Dress ($168); Show Me Your Mumu Emily Evening Dress ($118); Free People Adella Maxi Slip Dress ($128)

Make sure to research hard and select a photographer who has a vibe and style that really aligns with yours. The photography team becomes such an important part of making the energy positive, staying on time and capturing every moment so you can relive it for years to come. We also booked our videographer last minute due to having regrets of not booking and we are SO glad we ended up with video. There are so many little moments and being able to rewatch everything after things settled was so special and emotional to us.

When planning our wedding we knew we wanted the flowers and energy to match that of the magical country of Costa Rica and the amazing Pura Vida lifestyle they all share. The flowers became the color pallet and because I was never able to settle on one color, I decided to celebrate my bridesmaids individuality by using different colored dresses. We wanted to stay true to the beach feel and went with dresses designed by Free People to match the boho style of my wedding gown. It was important that everyone had a good time and we prioritized entertainment value including a live trio for cocktail hour, saxophone player, fire dancer show and went out with a bang with a surprise firework show. I majority of our guests had never visited Costa Rica and we wanted to make sure they got to see why it was so special to us including the amazing landscapes, lush/vibrant flowers, talented musicians and caring people who did everything to make our big day so special.

We had raffia fans placed on everyones chairs with the schedule attached including the wedding party names and music. We selected to do a unity sand visual during our ceremony and had the glass engraved with our name and combined into a container including our last name “Moore”.

Adri (our photographer) and her team were ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! She kept me on time and was super organized. Adri brought the best energy and had everyone laughing and in great spirits. She made me feel so beautiful and made our couples shoot fun and romantic. Adri never let her energy change and kept high spirits the whole night completely embodying that Pura Vida vibe we wanted so bad!

Wedding colors were set by the color pallet of the natural exotic flowers of Costa Rica. We used a mix of coral, red, grey, peach and pink for the bridesmaid. At the reception we used coral napkins to help with the color pop at the table and accented with gold cutlery and name plates.

Our wedding planner Andrea Toledo with Dreams Las Mareas was outstanding! She brought my vision to life and made all my dreams happen. She made sure to provide us with all the best entertainers and kept us super organized on our BIG day!

Our big surprise was the fire work show ending. Everyone thought we were going to the beach to do a sparkler send off and after walking through the sparklers a bang went off and we were able to enjoy a private firework show on the beach with our guests! Everyone was surprised and blown away and it made for the memory of a lifetime! We definitely went out with a BANG!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Adri Mendez
Event Planning & Venue – Hotel Dreams Las Mareas
Floral Design – Ideas Producciones
Videography – Evergreen Weddings
Stationery – Minted
Wedding Dress – Willowby by Watters
Bridesmaids’ Bags – Pura Vida
Bridesmaids’ Earrings – Rory Ashton
Groom’s Apparel – Joseph Abboud Custom
Favors – AprilTwentyFive

 

Congratulations, Nicole and Cameron, and many thanks to Junebug member Adri Mendez for sharing their stunning wedding with us! For more of Adri’s work, be sure to check out her page in our directory of the world’s best wedding photographers.

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8 Tips for Productive Video Meetings with Your Wedding Vendors

April 23, 2020 | brooke


photo by Love, Anneliese Photography

It’s official! Video meetings with your wedding vendors is the next big thing. Well, at least until we’re all able to leave our homes again. We’ve been quite impressed with how quickly wedding vendors of all kinds—from florists to planners and even catering teams—have adapted to keep their couples’ afloat during this crazy time. If you’re new to video meetings, or just unsure where to start, we’ve come up with eight helpful tips to have you rocking video meetings with your wedding vendors!

Here are our eight tips for video meetings with your wedding vendors:

  • Create a vision board
  • Write down a list of questions, and send it beforehand
  • Test your video conference system
  • Ask for samples
  • Determine an appropriate time limit
  • Speak up about concerns or ask for more images after the call
  • Set post-isolation meeting goals
  • Trust your team

Be sure to scroll all the way through for explanations and additional advice!

Create a vision board.

We love vision boards! If you’ve been dreaming of all the little details for your day, now is the time to head over to Pinterest or Instagram and start grabbing all the inspo. Having a mood board will help you articulate your desires to your team and gives them something to “take away” after the call.

RECOMMENDED READING: 5 Steps for Making a Wedding Mood Board


photo by Adri Mendez

Write down a list of questions, and send it beforehand.

Take the time to write down questions you have for each of your vendors so you can stay on track. As a courtesy to them, it’s a great idea to send over your questions via email beforehand so they can prepare accordingly. If you don’t know what questions to ask, that’s OK! Most vendors will know the general things to go over with the two of you during the call. And, if nothing else, just get to know them and see if it’s a personality fit.

Here are a few common questions to ask that are related to COVID-19: 

  • Have you updated your contract to cover future pandemics or situations similar to COVID-19?
  • How are you currently handing rescheduled wedding dates?
  • Can we put a soft-hold on our date until more certainty comes surrounding recent events?

Test your video conference system.

Whether you’re using Zoom, FaceTime, or any other video conferencing system, it’s helpful to test it out beforehand so you can work out any kinks to the system! Make sure you’re in a room without too much background noise so you can hear each other clearly. Bonus tip: If you’re video chatting during the day time, face toward a window (so that the light is shining on your face versus behind it). That way, they can see your beautiful faces most clearly!

Ask for samples!

When it comes to vendors like catering, cake, and cocktails. Ask if your preferred vendors have any offerings for delivery. Then, set up a date-night table and get ready to video conference your tasting! Keep in mind that vendors may require a fee for this, but it’s a great way to support your wedding industry team (and get a totally amazing date night meal).


photo by Sean Money and Elizabeth Fay, cake by ABCD Cakes; see more from this wedding here!

Determine an appropriate a time limit.

It’s safe to say we’re all grasping for human contact these days, and it is easy to chat wedding planning for hours! To respect everyone’s boundaries, determine a time limit you all are comfortable with before the call. That will help you stick to the most important information and, hopefully, still leave a little time for some extra conversation!

Speak up about concerns or ask for more images after the call.

When it comes to meetings with your design teams (planner, rentals, florist, venue, etc.) make sure you speak up if you’re having a hard time viewing something on the video call. It’s totally OK to ask for more images of the examples when you’re finished with the video call.

Set post-isolation meeting goals.

Start planning on tentative in-person meetings with all of your vendors so that you can get things moving once stay-at-home orders are lifted. This will also help you have something to look forward to and know the big decisions you’ll need to make as soon as you can.


photo by Michelle Agurto Photography; event planning by Etica Events; see more of this wedding inspiration here!

Trust your team.

At the end of the day, we’re all in this together. Your wedding vendors are in this industry because they love to see your day become everything you dreamed of. When it comes to video meetings with your wedding vendors or any decisions that may follow, trust your gut and trust your team!

We hope you’re feeling confident as ever for video meetings with your wedding vendors! Looking for more COVID-19 related content? We’ve got you covered:

Wedding Planning During COVID-19: Advice for Couples

Change the Date Cards + Tips for Announcing Your Wedding Postponement

Bridal Loungewear for Comfy Wedding Planning at Home

 


photo by Love, Anneliese Photography

 

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