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WEDDING BLOG

Parisian Burgundy Autumn Wedding at Cercle Suédois

November 26, 2020 | olivia

Trips to Paris are always a good idea. Any destination wedding as gorgeous as Piper and Tarek’s has us pulling out maps and packing bags to escape to faraway places. With the glowing Eiffel Tower as a backdrop and the dark burgundy color palette, this Parisian autumn wedding at Cercle Suédois will make you fall in love. 

Elodie at La Petite Agence brought the couple’s cultures and personalities together in this gorgeous ceremony from start to finish. Thankfully, Anais from Moonrise Photography captured all the details of this ceremony. Keep scrolling to see how magical this Paris wedding truly was. 

The Couple:
Piper and Tarek 

The Wedding:
Paris, France

Personalized Wedding

The most important thing to us was keeping the wedding very “us.” We didn’t want to follow too many rules, guidelines, or keep anything too traditional. Any opportunity to highlight our personalities—through decor, outfits, music, and details—we took. We even invited everyone to the dance floor after one minute of our first dance. What better way to celebrate our new union by inviting everyone we love to do the first dance with us? Our best friend, Jean, was the officiant and he read the ceremony and translated the vows in both English and Lebanese.

Two Cultures Came Together At Cercle Suédois

Since Tarek and I met in Paris, but are from opposite sides of the world, we really wanted to blend all of the cultures together. We blended French, Lebanese, and American ideas and traditions into the whole day. The most memorable part of the evening was seeing both sides of the family—who had just met—dancing together.  Seeing both sides of the family having a fantastic time with both American and Lebanese music was so much fun. Having guests from many corners of the Earth celebrate with us is something we will never forget.

Wedding Fashion In Paris Is A Must

Since it was almost winter, I wanted to wear a long-sleeved dress and I found the perfect one at Bridal Boutique in Lewisville, Texas. For my overall look, I wanted a slightly smokey makeup look and retro waves. The jewelry was a mix of old and new pieces. My earrings were a gift from Tarek years ago. The other pieces included an antique necklace from my grandmother, my mother’s garter, and my late father’s bow tie—which was wrapped around my bouquet. Tarek had a custom burgundy suit made at Massimo Dutti. He is very fashionable, so a regular black suit wouldn’t cut it. His outfit included a smoking jacket with black satin details and slim-cut pants. The groomsmen wore black suits with matching burgundy bow ties and pocket squares. My bridesmaids wore any full-length dress they liked, and they coordinated colors by pairs—two green, two black, and two burgundy.

Wedding Advice From The Bride

Definitely hire a planner for day-of coordination! Having a team handle the details of setting up and coordination really took the burden off of Tarek, me, and our family and friends. We could then enjoy every moment of the day at Cercle Suédois without worrying about if things were going as planned or not—we just had to make sure we were on time!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Moonrise Photography
Event Planning – Elodie at La Petite Agence
Ceremony Venue, Reception, & Catering – Cercle Suédois
Floral Design – Reflets Fleurs
Cake – Gabriel Pastry Art
DJ – DJ Antonin
Videography – Miryana Slivenska
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Modern Beauties
Wedding Dress – Maggie Sottero
Groom’s Apparel – Massimo Dutti

 

Congratulations again to Piper and Tarek on this beautiful Parisian wedding! A huge thank you to Moonrise Photography for both capturing and sharing this unforgettable ceremony with us. If you’re ready to plan your own Paris wedding, check out this Paris elopement and this dreamy Parisian countryside wedding.

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Earthy PNW-Inspired Wedding at Lake Creek Lodge

November 25, 2020 | riley

We’re all about sustainable weddings here at Junebug, and Alex and Wolf’s earthy PNW-inspired wedding at Lake Creek Lodge is no exception. The couple—who love everything outdoorsy—hired planner AE Creative to turn the historic cabins into a wildflower wonderland. Alex and Wolf planted flowers along the pathway to the ceremony while florist Summer Robbins filled the tented reception space with an abundance of greenery and sunflowers. Not to mention, hand-made and hand-delivered Alex’s intricate flower crown. 

Although we could go on forever about the natural and DIY touches the couple added to the day, we think Abby of AE Creative summed it up perfectly. 

Abby of AE Creative On The Day

The wedding was a wildflower woodland dream. Alex and Wolf are avid outdoors lovers and skilled climbers. The year leading up to their wedding, they lived in their converted van with their rescue dog, Dude. They spent the year traveling to national parks, climbing, and living life to the fullest. They try to tread a lighter footprint for their wedding day–literally by being barefoot the majority of the day–which also encouraged guests to kick off their shoes and enjoy the forest floor beneath their feet. 

We created camping mugs with a custom design of their van on the side that guests used to find their seats and toast to the couple. Every detail was thought through with nature in mind. All of the florals were locally grown, their food menu used local organic ingredients, and no single-use plastics were used. The venue has onsite cabins for about 60 people, so most of the guests were able to stay onsite together for a true wild Oregon wedding weekend!

Ready to frolic through the flower fields with us? Then keep scrolling to see the enchanting photos captured by Anna Caitlin.

The Couple:

Alex and Wolf

The Wedding:

Lake Creek Lodge, Camp Sherman, Oregon

Natural Wedding Day Vibes

We wanted an approachable and naturally beautiful wedding that welcomed our loved ones and brought them in to celebrate our love. Our lives are centered around the outdoors and the peace it can bring. Because of this, we wanted natural elements in every possible place. We even planted native wildflowers along the pathway guests walked to the ceremony site. The ceremony set the stage for the whole day, taking place in the forest along a stream. We stood under giant douglas fir and ponderosa pines with beautiful floral installations that appeared to have grown over our archway and along the aisles. We wanted everyone to feel comfortable while being surrounded by love and nature.

An Emotional Walk Down The Aisle

The most memorable part of the day was seeing my husband tear up at the ceremony as my Dad and I walked down the aisle. We both felt so relaxed. I was barefoot walking through the forest toward my partner on pine needles. It was unbelievably peaceful. I was so calm and happy from the inside out.

The Bride Emphasised The Importance of a Planner 

Try to find a wedding planner that really understands your dynamic and that values what you both think is important. Our wedding wasn’t large, but the opportunity to have a full planner—and her team—helping us made the whole experience less stressful and full of joy. A planner is more worth it than an expensive dress or cake, in my opinion.

Custom Wedding Favors

We gave camp mugs created by Abby at AE Creative that had a custom graphic of our Pro-master van we lived in. They were pure magic. I’ve seen guests using them to this day and they’ve even been used as basil planters. That connection to the earth makes us smile.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Anna Caitlin
Event Planning – AE Creative
Venue – Lake Creek Lodge
Floral Design – Summer Robbins
Catering – White Pepper
Cake – Foxtail Bakeshop
DJ – Flip Flop Sounds
Live Music – The Riverside Folk
Videography – Benjamin Edwards
Calligraphy – My Fair Letters
Makeup Artist – Stephenie Jayne Makeup Artistry
Hair Styling – Head Over Wheels Hair Co
Wedding Dress – Willowby by Watters
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – BLHDN
Groom’s Apparel – Nordstrom
Tent – West Coast Event Productions
Event Staff – The Broomsmen
Rentals – Archive Rentals
Bar – Crafted Life

 

Congratulations again to Alex and Wolf on their earthy PNW-inspired wedding at Lake Creek Lodge. We’re so thankful that Anna Caitlin was there to capture every magical detail and that AE Creative shared it with us! If you’re planning your own DIY nuptials, check out our DIY wedding guide: everything you need to know about planning your own!

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7 Wedding Signs You Definitely Need At Your Wedding

November 24, 2020 | riley

Image by Christy Cassano.

When you’re planning out your wedding decor, one of the last things that probably comes to mind is wedding signage. However, wedding signs are one of the first things your guests see when arriving, and although they may seem like a small detail, they play a key role in your wedding.

From welcoming guests to telling them where to set their gifts to introducing your signature drinks, signs can be used for almost everything–literally. If you’re unsure which ones you need to include and which ones you can skip, you’re in luck. Because we’re narrowing down which ones are must-haves and sharing some of our favorites so you can get inspired.

What Wedding Signs You Need

Welcome Signs

Welcome signs do exactly what they’re titled–welcome your guests! They help them know they are in the right place and will save your planner the trouble of having to reassure everyone that walks through the door that they are where they’re supposed to be. They typically include your name, the wedding date, and sometimes the venue.

Guest Book

Guest books serve as a scrapbook that you can look back on throughout the years. It’s important to have signs so that your guests can find your guest book and sign it. Wrangling hundreds of guests can be quite tricky, after all.

Ceremony Decor

Signage is one of the easiest ways to dress up your ceremony space. Break down your wedding timeline, let your guests know if you are having an unplugged ceremony, include your favorite love quotes or poems, and more. The wedding sign world is your oyster.

Directions

If you’re holding your wedding in a large space, you might want to consider a sign giving your guests directions. This is especially true if your ceremony and reception are in two different locations.

Bar Signs

Bar signs are extremely important if you’re going to have an open or cash bar. You want to let your guests know what drinks are available (ex. wine, liquor, beer, etc.). If you know you are going to be serving signature cocktails, signs are the best way to introduce the name of the cocktail as well as the ingredients.

Seating Chart

Seating charts are another extremely important addition to your wedding decor. You’ll want to let your guests know which table they are at, and who they will be sitting with.

Favors

Lastly, you will want a sign for your favors. You don’t want your guests to leave without their goodies. Placing a small sign next to your thank you gifts will help draw attention and let them know what you’re passing out.

Our Favorite Wedding Signs

Welcome Signs

Image by Gretchen Gause.

Image by Anna Caitlin.

Shop wedding welcome signs: Acrylic Wedding Sign ($63); Rustic Wood Wedding Welcome Sign ($87); Adella Minimalist Wedding Welcome Sign Template ($7.79); Reese Boho Welcome Sign ($8.67)

Ceremony Decor Wedding Signs

Shop ceremony decor signs: Unplugged Ceremony Acrylic Wedding Sign ($55.16); Pick A Seat Unplugged Ceremony Wedding Template ($6.92); Marlo Contemporary Unplugged Sign ($7.79)

Timeline Wedding Signs

Image by Joe + Kathrina.

Image by Agatha Rowland.

Image by Anna Caitlin.

Shop timeline wedding signs: Modern Wedding Timeline Sign ($12.19); Juliette Minimalist Wedding Timeline ($6.00); Wood Wedding Events Sign ($36); Order of Events Printable ($10.71)

Bar Wedding Signs

Image by Gretchen Gause.

 

Image by Lauren Scotti.

Shop bar signs: Painted Acrylic Bar Menu ($54); Calligraphy Bar Sign Template ($3.90); Custom Pet Drink Wedding Sign ($66.40); Printable Signature Cocktails Sign ($9.60)

Seating Chart Wedding Signs

Image by Los Ebano.

Image by Les Bandits.

Image by May Iosotaluno.

Image by Melissa Marshall.

Shop wedding seating charts: Adella Minimalist Wedding Seating Chart Template ($7.79); Black Acrylic Seating Chart ($77.69); Acrylic Seating Chart ($106); Half Arch Acrylic Seating Chart ($300)

Neon Wedding Signs

 

Image by LAYERS.

Shop neon wedding signs: Custom Neon Wedding Sign ($120); Better Together Neon Light ($180); Till Death Neon Sign ($150); Crazy in Love Warm White Neon Sign ($169.80); All You Need Is Love Neon Sign ($168)

 

Now that you’ve got your wedding signs figured out, it’s time to plan your reception decor! Check out our favorite 50+ budget-friendly reception decor items for your wedding!

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