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WEDDING BLOG

Tropical Chic Casino San Clemente Wedding

December 17, 2019 | brooke

Madeline and Simon dreamt of a day that combined both of their families, friends, and cultures in a sentimental way. They booked condos for all of their guests to stay in the week before their wedding, and it just so happened that a Casino San Clemente wedding would put the special event in perfect proximity to their guests lodging! Playing off the vibe of the venue and guidance from Fawn Events, the couple decided on a tropical bohemian theme — and we’re in love! Fun fact: Both Madeline and Simon’s mothers helped to design and assemble all of the vibrant florals on the day-of the wedding. We love when family helps to make the day extra special! Get ready for every moment Sydney Noelle Photography captured of laugher, tears, and expressions of American and German culture coming together under the beautiful California sun.

The Couple:

Madeline & Simon

The Wedding:

Casino San Clemente, San Clemente, CA

A few weeks before the wedding, I discovered that my dress had been altered too short leaving me scrambling for a new dress. At the last minute, I found an amazing gown at BHLDN that fit without any additional alterations needed.
I trusted some dear friends to do my makeup and hair, and splurged on some dainty gold accessories to complete the look.

The rest of my wedding party wore different styles of dresses from Azazie. To say thanks for standing by me on my big day, I gave each of my bridesmaids tropical rompers from a Bali-based clothing company called Piyama. It made for great photos beforehand.

Working with Sydney was a dream! Honestly, a good photographer is worth every penny. Sydney took the time to really get to know us. By the time our wedding came along, it felt natural to be in front of the camera.

Simon and I come from two very different parts of the world. He was born and raised in Germany while my family and friends are scattered around the United States. We decided early on that if our family and friends were going to come from all over the world (we literally had 9 countries represented), that the most important priority for us was spending time with our community and merging our families and friends together. We knew this couldn’t happen in a single day so we carved out a week before our wedding to bring everyone together in five different condos. This took up a big part of our wedding budget but ended up being the best decision of our whole wedding!

We were so blessed to have my mom do all of our flowers and calligraphy. On the day of, both of our moms tag teamed to adorn our entire venue with ravishing tropical florals.

With Simon ‘s whole family coming from Germany, we knew that we wanted to integrate German and American culture together. We ended up printing out lyrics to a Bavarian drinking song called “Ein Prosit”. After every toast, all the wedding guests sang it together. The guests loved it and it was a special way to bring our cultures together.

A year before we had our wedding, we actually eloped to Vegas. I believe this was one of the reasons that our actual wedding planning was pretty stress-free. Since we had already had our special moments together, we were more focused on creating sacred space for our communities to come together to celebrate with us.
Whether you elope or not, I recommend setting aside time before the wedding planning process starts to celebrate and honor your relationship just the two of you. Establish the values and intentions you have for the day and make sure that the areas you allocate the most money and time to feed into those values and intentions.

We did a romantic golden-hour session on the beach during cocktail hour. We were apprehensive to leave our friends and family but we’re so glad we did because the photos turned out amazing. Our photographer and videographer made our wedding so incredibly special. The videographer was one of my childhood friends and Sydney quickly became like a friend through it all. There were hidden cameras everywhere that captured angles we didn’t get to see. Reliving it through our wedding video and photos were so special.

We accidentally stumbled upon our venue when we were looking for accommodation that could fit our friends and family who were coming in from around the world. The condos we booked were in walking distance from two wedding venues. We fell in love with idea of a Casino San Clemente wedding right away!

Our toasts were beyond our wildest dreams. We had not one but two songs written about us. Two of Simon‘s friends even “borrowed” a flat screen tv from one of the condos we were staying and prepared a full powerpoint slideshow. There were tears and laughs all around. We’ll never forget it.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Sydney Noelle Photography
Event Planning – Fawn Events
Wedding Venue – Casino San Clemente
Catering – California Fresh Catering
DJ – Mac Leshabane, Vox DJs
Live Music – Elisabeth Gibbon
Videography – Britt Johnson
Wedding Dress – BHLDN
Bridal Accessories – Warrior by Naomi
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Azazie
Rings – Diamond Nexus

 

Congratulations, Madeline and Simon! A huge shout out to Sydney Noelle Photography for sharing their fabulous Casino San Clemente wedding with Junebug! Into these tropical vibes? You’re in luck! Check out these posts to get you well on your way to planning a tropical event of your own:

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Burgundy and Gold PNW Wedding at Cozy River Cabin At Mount Rainier

December 16, 2019 | brooke

When small and intimate feels the most like your love, you head to the Cozy River Cabin at Mount Rainier National Park to tie the knot in front of your closest family and friends! Ella and DJ didn’t let rain stop them from enjoying the day with their pups and sharing sentimental (and musical!) vows with each other. If simplicity is your thing, you’ll love how the decor—which was planned by Ella and DJ’s rad, creative mothers—was kept minimal with boho floral arrangements designed by Terra Bella Flowers and simple details to compliment the rustic vibe of the cabin. Get ready to be in all your PNW feels when you see how Henry Tieu Photography captured every emotion and detail of this sweet Cozy River Cabin at Mount Rainier National Park wedding!

The Couple:

Ella & DJ

The Wedding:

Cozy River Cabin at Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

The most important things when we planned our wedding was making sure that it was going to be a fun experience for the two of us. We didn’t want all the stress that comes to planning a bigger wedding. We love many, but small and intimate felt more like us. We wanted a day that was truly about us and our love and to share that with the closest people.

I (Ella) wanted everything simple. I wasn’t a very picky bride. I wanted my hair to be loose but pulled back. DJ’s best friend is a hair stylist and did an amazing job. I knew I wanted a fitted lace wedding dress and I think I pick d the perfect one. DJ, on the other hand, is boujie. She had a Hugo boss suit fitted to a t and Louis Vuitton shoes she HAD to have. We wanted people to wear a pop of burgundy, didn’t care where or what it was just something burgundy. It all ended up coming together beautiful.

We found our venue through HENRY!! We saw a beautiful a frame cabin on his website and said “we want that!” We asked him, and he told us he did an elopement there. It was in Packwood, Washington, and the dates Henry had available the cabin had those exact dates. It was a SIGN!!

Our vows to each other were the most impactful. It started to down pour as soon as we started our vows, and I thought it was so beautiful and raw. No one cared and just really focused on us in that moment. We really got to spend a lot of time with the people we love the most which was also really special.

We had a very close family friend who loves us both dearly marry us, which was truly an amazing experience to have someone so caring and loving do that for you. One of us (DJ) spent MONTHS making very untraditional vows. Being a former DJ inspired her to mix lyrics together of our favorite love songs to create the most unforgettable performance. Instead of reading vows, she lip synced letting the music vow her love to me.

Wedding planning advice from the couple: At the end of the day, don’t sweat the little things. No matter how much you plan, it will all play out perfectly. Don’t forget to stop and really take everything in.

Henry was beyond amazing. He captured that entire day in the most perfect way. He was able to make our pictures tell the most amazing story. He never made us feel out of our comfort zone he knew exactly how to make us feel comfortable. He is not scared of getting down and dirty!

Our wedding colors were ivory, champagne, a little bit of gold and a POP of burgundy. We wanted a warm rustic look.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Henry Tieu Photography
Wedding Venue – Cozy River Cabin at Mount Rainier National Park
Floral Design – Terra Bella Flowers
Catering – Table Catering Co
Cake – The Little Kitchen
Hair Styling – Justin Alexander Bass
Wedding Dress – Brides For A Cause
Wedding Suit – Hugo Boss

 

Cheers to Ella and DJ, and many thanks to Henry Tieu Photography for sharing their sweet day with Junebug! If you loved this wedding, we think you may find these posts helpful:

 

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Elegant English Manor Wedding at Elmore Court

December 15, 2019 | brooke

Alexa and Tim described their dream wedding vibe as “chilled out festival in the English countryside,” and we are feeling all the feels with how they pulled it off! Their elegant, yet fun, day was complete with games on the lawn at Elmore Court, acoustic music by Laura’s PaperHeart playing in the background, and the coolest gin bar. If you love grand florals, just wait until you see the masterpiece floral designer Amber Persia created to totally transform the tiny parish church ceremony space. Get ready to fall in love, because Steph Newton Photography documented this day so you truly feel like you’re in every moment!

The Couple:

Alexa & Tim

The Wedding:

Elmore Court, Gloucester, England

Wedding planning advice from the bride: Don’t follow tradition for the sake of it. Early on, you and your partner should sit down and think about what are the three things that you really care about and what are the three things that you don’t really care about. We did this, and it helped massively in terms of planning where we invested our time and our budget.
For us, the quality of the food and drink, the church setting, and the flowers were important—so we worked hard to find the perfect suppliers there.

We wrote our own vows. It was important for us to get married in the Church of England, and we did say the traditional vows which felt serious and helped lend weight to the commitment we made to each other. We complemented this with vows which we wrote ourselves. We wrote them separately only a few days before the wedding.

We heard each other’s vows for the first time in the ceremony, and it was a delight to hear and say our honest words of what we loved and valued about one another — we even told the same joke about our favorite kebab shop! We were laughing and crying, and so was the congregation. It was a truly special moment and sealed our commitment to one another. Lots of our friends and family have actually asked us afterwards to send them our handwritten vows — I wish I’d used neater handwriting!

When it came to planning our wedding it was important that it felt personal to us. We didn’t want to follow tradition for the sake of it and wanted to be involved in all of the key decisions. It was also important that we got to know our suppliers better — going for a pint with our videographer, in person visits to the venue, and long phone conversations with our florist. This helped us to understand their style and blend it with our own to create something unique on the day. I loved working with people who were passionate about their craft. It made the wedding planning process an absolute joy.

Although we organized most of it ourselves we were massively helped by our venue, Elmore Court, who were experts in bringing everything together while always seeking to understand specifically what we wanted rather than just defaulting to the standard.

My bridesmaids all wore different Jenny Yoo dresses in slightly different shades of blue. My priority was that they felt comfortable in their dresses so that they could also enjoy the day. Tim and his groomsmen wore beautifully cut Ted Baker suits. We like Ted because the tailoring is great but the style is quite modern. From a beauty perspective the brief was to look like our best selves — so a very natural look but enhanced with a touch of shimmer!

When it came to accessories my priority was to find real craftsman rather than buying something off the shelf. I visited AM Faulkner in her East London studio and was bowled over by her use of innovative fabrics and her ideas. She created for me a beautiful veil with an abstract leaf motif that brought my more traditional wedding dress up to date, without losing the timeless feel I was after.

Steph Newton was brilliant in the run up to the wedding, making sure we felt comfortable in front of the camera at our E-shoot, exploring the venue ahead of the day to find the perfect spots and listening closely to our needs.

She really came into her own on the day of the wedding. She wasn’t intrusive and took beautiful candid shots that caught people’s true expressions and happiness on the day. When it came to the more styled moments she took control but had a warm manner which put everyone at ease. She felt like one of the wedding party almost and you could tell how keen she was to capture the spirit of the day rather than an artificial style. The result is a beautiful showcase of the day, exactly how I remember it.

The brief we gave to suppliers was “chilled out festival in the English countryside.” Like with any festival, it relies on good logistics and organization — buses to take guests to and from the tiny parish church, experienced staff who gently guide guests from the drinks reception on the lawn to the wedding breakfast. But there were no strict timings, canapés were unfussy, and the afternoon entertainment was great acoustic music, a beautiful gin bar, and lawn games which you could partake in if you so desired.

I had always wanted fireworks at the wedding but the venue is very rural and they only allow ‘silent’ fireworks (I didn’t even realize that was a thing) because otherwise it upsets the local farm animals. So we ruled fireworks out quite early on. However, my mom persisted in trying to find a way to make it work. She eventually found a company that would do fireworks to music using silent disco headphones. It was a total surprise on the day and such a thrill to see how much all the guests, headphones on, bopping away to the music, their faces lit up by the beautiful fireworks. It was a real crescendo to an already incredible day.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Steph Newton Photography
Second Photographer – Emily Rose Photography
Ceremony Venue – St John the Baptist Church
Reception Venue – Elmore Court
Floral Design – Amber Persia
Cake – Bake My Cake
Cheesecake – Domaine 16
Ceremony Musicians – Laura’s PaperHeart
Live Music – The Moments (Rattle & Shake)
Videography – Moon and Back
Invitation Designer – Emily & Jo
Calligraphy – Megan Riera
Illustrations – de Winton Paper Co.
Makeup Artist – Kamila Roberts, Drasti Sompura
Hair Styling – Lips and Locks
Wedding Dress – Stephanie Allin
Bridal Veil & Headpiece – AM Faulkner
Bridal Accessories – Tocados le Touquet
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Jenny Yoo via Heart A Flutter Bridal
Groom’s Apparel – Ted Baker
Flags – Event Flag Hire
Rings – Hearts of London
Signage – Made by Wood & Wood
Transportation – John Dix Travel
Props & Rentals – Event Flag Hire

 

Congratulations, Alexa and Tim! We’re feeling thankful Steph Newton Photography shared their day at Elmore Court with Junebug! If you were inspired by this wedding day, this colorful villa wedding in the South of France is sure to make you smile.

 

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