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Beautifully Boho Astrology Inspired Wedding

 

When Victoria and Michael thought about their wedding and what they wanted it to look like, they knew that astrology would play a big part. With that in mind, they set their sights on all of the details that would make up the astrology-inspired wedding of their dreams. 

With the help of Junebug planner Brehant Creations, that’s exactly what they had. From the crystal seating chart and the moon ukulele guestbook to the perfectly terracotta color palette for it all, these are gorgeously boho nuptials you won’t want to miss. And thanks to the gorgeous photos captured by Abigail Renee Photography, you won’t. So keep scrolling and get your Pinterest boards ready for lots of star sign inspiration.

The Couple:

Victoria and Michael

The Wedding:

The Lace Factory, Deep River, Connecticut, United States

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Astrology Inspired Wedding Vision

We spent a lot of time thinking about the smallest details to make our day special and really curate an entire vibe. We were so lucky that our vendors were so on board with this vision and just as excited about it as we were. My vision from day one was to have a seating chart using crystals for each guest. This was brought to life by our planner and calligrapher, who made the signs. I sourced all the crystals from Etsy and local shops. I specifically chose crystals within our color scheme. This display came out so cool, and the crystals were a really unique favor for guests. 

Special Zodiac Sign Details

With the help of Chrissy Marie Designs, we were also able to get zodiac sign necklaces and boutonniere charms for the whole bridal party. This was probably one of my favorite details. I also DIY’d the place cards, which included guest names and zodiac signs. This was such a fun detail for our guests, and it was fun for us to learn everyone’s signs.

Choosing The Lace Factory As Their Venue

We pretty much settled on The Lace Factory before we were even engaged. We went there one day for brunch and then rode the Essex Steam Train. It was a blast. The Lace Factory had the vibe we wanted and it was so cool that our guests could take the steam train to our wedding. We didn’t get to ride the train with our guests. But the train did come back after our ceremony to take some photos on it with our wedding party. Those ended up being some of our favorite photos so we’re so glad they were able to come back.

 

The Most Memorable Parts of the Day

There were so many memorable moments, but two definitely stick out for us. The first was the actual wedding ceremony. It was incredible to finally be there with all the people we love together in the same place. Our ceremony was officiated by a close family friend who took so much time to write a beautiful and personal ceremony. We had live music from our friends Rad and Kell, which also made the ceremony incredibly special. I walked down the aisle to “Crystal” by Fleetwood Mac, and our recessional song was “Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac. The other most memorable moment was seeing our reception space. After months of working on all the decor and design, it was awesome to see it all come to life. It was so breathtakingly beautiful and even more magical than we ever could have imagined.

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Their Wedding Planning Advice

If it’s within your budget, get a wedding planner! We hired our planner, Sarah Brehant of Brehant Creations, very early in the planning process. We had a very specific design vision that we knew we could not bring to life alone. Having Sarah kept us sane and on track with the wedding planning process. Wedding planners are especially helpful in those last few weeks leading up to the wedding when your head is spinning with all the final details. Also, having her and her team the day of the wedding allowed us to sit back and relax, knowing everything would go off without a hitch.

Personalizing This Astrological Ceremony

We had a close friend officiate our wedding, and she took the job very seriously. She sent us questions about things like our love story, our favorite things about each other, and where we see ourselves in the future. She also interviewed our family members and even contacted an astrologer that read our birth charts and the astrology of our wedding date to provide insight. Throughout her process, she met with us several times to go over the things we wanted to include, and she wrote rough drafts with different wording for us to choose from. We wanted the ceremony to be spiritual, meaningful, uplifting, and include a hand-fasting ceremony. She worked in everything for us. Before the ceremony, she even came early to cleanse the space with incense. Everything she did really made it such a beautiful sacred space and ceremony for us to share our vows. 

DIY Details For The Astrology Inspired Wedding

I’m an avid DIY-er, but for my own sanity, the number of DIY projects I took on for my own wedding was small. Knowing that I would have enough on my plate as the bride, I didn’t want to be overwhelmed with DIY projects. To keep it at a minimum I only did a few projects like DIY’ing the place cards using acrylic arches I got from Etsy. To do it I painted the backs, used my Cricut to add guest names and zodiac signs, and then fastened a tassel to each one. I also DIY’d the crystal cards for each guest. I made these on Adobe Illustrator and then printed and cut them with my Cricut. Then I sewed the handfasting cord we used during the ceremony using extra fabric from my wedding dress. For the card box, I bought a clear acrylic card box online, painted the inside, and then put our names on it using my Cricut. The last few things I DIY’d were our wedding weekend timeline and wedding welcome bags for the hotel guests. The majority of our guests were from out of town, so it was very important to us to have thoughtful welcome bags for them.

 

The Wedding Day Menu

Cloud 9 Catering served the most delicious meal. While we didn’t do anything special for the menu, the way it was served was very special. When we first toured The Lace Factory, we found out they did family-style meals as a catering option which we loved the idea of. However, once COVID hit, they stopped doing family-style meals. It wasn’t until our final walkthrough where we happened to ask that they told us that family-style dinners were back. We were so excited to have that option for our guests to try both entrees!

 

Especially Special Wedding Favors

We did give out wedding favors, but they were very non-traditional. We had an awesome crystal seating chart where each table was themed with a different crystal. There was a crystal with a card that said the crystal name and its properties at each place setting. This was a way for our guests to take a little magic home with them from our wedding. As an added bonus, they served as beautiful table decor and brought in good vibes.

Congratulations to Victoria and Michael on their beautiful boho astrology inspired wedding. Special thanks to Junebug planner Brehant Creations for sharing it with us. To see more of their incredible work, check out their portfolio in our directory of vendors from around the world.

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Abigail Renee Photography
Event Planning – Brehant Creations
Venue – The Lace Factory
Floral Design – Earth Blossoms Floral & Event Design
Catering – Cloud 9 Catering
Cake – For Goodness Cakes Desserts
Officiant – Teresa Regan
DJ – Signature Sounds DJ & Uplighting
Live Music – Rad and Kell
Videography – Earth + Sun Co.
Invitation Design – Summit & Sage Design Co.
Makeup Artist – Transcendent Makeup
Hair Styling – All Dolled Up
Wedding Dress – Everthine Bridal Boutique
Rings – Lauren B Jewelry
Rentals – Wylde Rose Events
Transportation – Essex Steam Train
Flower Girl Dresses & Place Cards – Sew Knotty Crafts Co.
Bride Jewelry + Hair charms, Bridesmaids Jewelry, + Groomsmen Boutonniere Charms – Chrissy Marie Designs
Mod installations – EMU Studio
Tabletop Rentals – Petals & Plates
Linen – BBJ Linen
Acrylic Signage – Kate’s Calligraphy
Guestbook & Vow Books – Luna Paper Company
Bridesmaids Velvet Robes – Hayden Harlow PR
Cheesecloth Table Runners – Snassy Crafter
Bride Heels – Forever Soles
Bride Hat – Lack of Color
Pocket Squares – ETON

 

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Pastel Boho Morocco Elopement Inspiration

May 2, 2020 | brooke

When Mexico City-based Maria Limon and UK-based Butler & White decided to create an inspirational shoot in the Sahara Desert, they wanted to challenge the typical Morocco elopement and imagined something unique and fun! Under their new collaboration label, “Style Led Creatives,” they put together an amazing team of international creatives, loaded up their jeeps, and headed to Merzouga with The Quirky Photography. We’re obsessed with pastel take on boho style — it gives the day a bit of a whimsical vibe versus traditional, muted bohemian color palettes. If you’re into non-traditional bride style, this day will have you swooning! We are loving this babe’s aqua and pink gown, as well as her outfit change into a playful two-piece dress for running around the desert. Get ready for the most perfect mix of Moroccan texture, desert vibes, and more from this talented team!

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JUNEBUG TIP: The best thing about elopements is you have more time for portraits in multiple locations. You can even change outfits, if you want!

 

The Talented Team:

Photography & Videography – The Quirky
Event Planning – Butler & White
Venue – Tarwarigit House
Floral Design – Maria Limon
Cake – Avant Guarde Cake Studio
Invitation Design – Acqua and Ink
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Louise Hill
Wedding Dress – Alicia Rueda
Bridal Accessories – Verde Agua
Sandels – Forever Soles
Groom’s Apparel – Colonel Moutard
Rings – Rhodes Wedding Co
Candles – Ester & Erik
Rentals – ButterFly Linens
Ceramics – Eva’s Sand

 

Many thanks to Butler & White for sharing this incredible Morocco elopement inspiration with Junebug! Loving these photos? Be sure to check out The Quirky’s page in our directory of the world’s best wedding photographers!

 

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From Spanish Castle to Cliffs, This Cortal Gran Wedding is Pure Beauty

If you’ve been looking for idyllic destination wedding inspiration, Tiffany and Ashley’s Cortal Gran wedding is everything you need to see today! The family-run venue near the coast of Spain allowed the couple to fully realize their bohemian and ethereal garden wedding dreams, complete with a ceremony under the canopy of green leafy trees, cocktail hour next to the greenhouse, and dinner amongst the palms. Their planner Silvia, of Fresh and Wood, used raw materials of bamboo, ceramics, wood, and tons of lush botanicals designed by Studio Floral to create a chill, summer party vibe that echoed the couple’s at-home style and made the entire wedding day feel like the best vacation get-away! From the garden ceremony to the newlywed portraits among ruins and on the waterfront, Dallas & Sabrina Photography didn’t miss a beat in capturing every moment of this dreamy Spanish wedding!

The Couple:

Tiffany and Ashley

The Wedding:

Cortal Gran, Costa Brava, Spain

Tiffany is Australian and Ashley is English, so we initially discussed locations somewhere between the two countries which would have the best odds at providing beautiful warm and sunny weather. The location came to us quite early on – L’Escala is a gorgeous historic beach town on the Costa Brava coast where Ashley’s mum has a little apartment. We’d celebrated Tiffany’s 30th birthday there a few weeks before Ashley proposed, so it already held special memories. 

Through researching photographers in the area and looking at the venues they’d shot, Ashley came across the breathtaking Cortal Gran, which was our secret garden dream — it couldn’t have been more perfect. Our vision was to host the entire day and night outside amongst nature. Cortal Gran had such a beautiful large space with different areas suited to hold the various parts of the day. We also loved that it is a family-run business. The fort has been in the family for 500 years, and Juan spent many years renovating the building and completing the landscape gardening. Now, Juan and his daughter Paula host weddings throughout the year. We even got to stay in the fort on the night of our wedding, which was brilliant!

Tiffany’s Auntie Sally is a celebrant in the UK, so we asked her to lead our ceremony — we thought it would be incredibly special to have a family member who knows us so well to be the person who helps us build the flow. Writing our vows together was also something we thought would bring a very personal element. We took it in turns to say the vows to each other, ending with a high five as a bit of fun and a reminder that we should always laugh together!

It was actually Sally’s idea to include handfasting, which is a ceremony with roots in ancient Celtic tradition. We had each of our immediate family members place a ribbon over our interlocked hands as the “binding” whilst Sally performed a reading and our guests enclosed us in one large circle. The final element is the literal tying of the knot where Sally brought all the cords and ribbons together, symbolizing our official and joint union.

We were after a bohemian and ethereal garden party, which stepped away from tradition in multiple senses. The aim was to create a relaxed environment where guests didn’t feel they had to stand on ceremony (mind the pun) and could mingle, explore, and feel like they were on a holiday.

As a couple, we feel strongly about using raw and natural materials (we love renovating old furniture) as well as botanical elements (our flat in London was becoming a greenhouse of its own with upwards of 12 plants). Our flat often played host to dinner parties where we’d bring coffee tables, wooden crates, and cushions together, so we envisaged our wedding vibe to emulate a bigger version of these gatherings complete with chill-out zones and summer party vibes. Silvia our planner understood our desired look and feel early on, and she did a brilliant job in sourcing (and making) decor from bamboo, ceramics, wood, linen, and botanicals. Rustic yet chic! Additionally, Silvia worked closely with our florist to style the magical settings of each part of the day — they were a dream team!

Our first piece of advice for other couples who are planning a wedding is to seriously consider a wedding planner, especially for a destination wedding. With full-time jobs and normal life admin tasks, our lives were already really busy. Add on wedding research in a country with a different time zone, different language and communication style and culture, it proved basically impossible and was often quite disheartening. We tried by ourselves for 5 months before bringing on our planner, and in that time only managed to find and book the venue and photographers. As soon as we started working with our planner, the change was immediate with the number of vendors who were now at our disposal. 

Second, have a set of negotiables and non-negotiables that you agree to as a couple before you set out to start your planning. If nothing else happens, what is really important to you to have? Conversely, what things would you ideally like, but would be willing to bend on? Don’t let anyone else (friends, family, planner) sway you on these as they will always bring you back to the core of you as a couple, even when you’re being swept up in all the options in front of you. For example, one of our non-negotiables was having a live band. We worked our budget around and made cuts to other areas to make the band happen.

Dallas & Sabrina Photography were an actual dream. Incredibly professional, excellent communicators, and also a lot of fun. Our post-ceremony private photo shoot was such a special time – they let us be ourselves doing adventurous things like climbing up onto ruins in the old town, down onto ocean-side rocks and through pine forests, and they just went along with it and we had a good laugh. Throughout the day they were present, gave direction if needed but, for the most part, just blended into the garden and let us and the guests have organic moments. We wanted the day captured in a documentary style, which is their specialty, but if there was anything specific that we wanted to be captured they made sure to follow through.

The moment memorable part of the day was after we returned from our private photoshoot. We boogied through the garden and into the open-air dining area to Ella Eyre’s “Came here for love” whilst all our guests stood waving their napkins above their heads like a helicopter blade as per the traditional Spanish wedding entry for the newly married couple. We felt like absolute rock stars!

Because the guests were (mostly) traveling with hand luggage, we didn’t want to spend time and money on creating favours that could easily be forgotten at the end of the night or left in hotel rooms because they couldn’t fit in travel bags. As a couple we enjoy experiences, normally choosing to go to the theatre or an event for birthdays/anniversaries rather than buying material gifts. So, the favour came in the form of an entertainment group known as The Three Waiters. They pose as catering staff throughout the earlier parts of the day, and during dinner perform a well-rehearsed sketch that combines comedy and opera — a fun and lively surprise that brought a wonderful energy to this part of the evening and really got people in the mood for the evening party!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Dallas & Sabrina Photography
Event Planning and Stationery – Fresh and Wood
Venue – Cortal Gran
Floral Design – Studio Floral
Catering – Art en Buff
DJ – Quim Clark Productions
Live Music – Paul K Lason
Hair and Makeup Artist – Estel Caminal
Wedding Dress – Limor Rosen
Bridal Accessories – Forever Soles and Stella & Dot
Wedding Suit – Next
Tailor – Sushi and Stitch
Rentals – Alquiler Hosteleria
Botanical Illustrations – Polarité Website
Lighting – Materia Impar
Wood Signs – Le Loup Barcelona
Reception Entertainment – The Three Waiters

 

Congratulations to Tiffany and Ashley, and our biggest thanks to Junebug members Dallas & Sabrina Photography for sharing this incredible Cortal Gran wedding! To see more from this talented photography duo, check out this positively idyllic Canary Islands wedding at El Escudero!

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7 Striking Emerald Wedding Color Palettes

February 13, 2019 | juliette

photo by Karra Leigh Photography

These emerald wedding palettes prove that green is still a showstopping color for weddings! Because emeralds have so many subtle tones, it’s a perfectly versatile color that can add a fresh, earthy feel or a glamorous, sophisticated vibe. Whether you pair it with neutrals, vibrant tones, or pastel hues, emerald green looks great as an accent or a primary color in nearly any palette.

EMERALD, PEACOCK, OLIVE, GINGER, COTTON

photos by Emily Star Poole, venue and event planning by The Living Desert, wedding dress by BHLDN, bridal accessories by Silver & Quill Jewelry, groom’s apparel by Indochino, and rentals by Folklore Rentals; see more from this wedding here!

EMERALD, TEAL, SAGE, PEARL, DUSTY PEACH

photos by Andrew Edwards Photography, venue: The Market at Grelen, floral design by Hedge Fine Blooms, stationery by Karl Neiswender, makeup by Gohar Makeup, hair styling by Brianna B Adams, wedding dress by Morilee, bridal accessories by Rose Avenue FloralBlue by Betsey Johnson, and Badgley Mischka, groom’s apparel by ASOS, and groomsmen’s apparel by StudioSuits; see more from this wedding here!

EMERALD, JUNIPER, PINK SAND, TAWNY, INDIGO

photos by Kristen Soileau Portraits, event planning by SoCal Wedding Consultant, floral design by Flower Allie, wedding dress by Maggie Sottero, bridal accessories by Balanced Bead and Tassel, bridesmaids’ apparel by Unique Vintage, groom’s apparel by Caravelli, and rings by Provenance Rentals; see more from this wedding here!

EMERALD, CERISE, BUMBLEBEE, AEGEAN SEA, CREPE

photo by Vein + Vessel Studios, venue: Camp Wyman, floral design by Anew Market Creations, stationery by Misty Manley, hair and makeup by Danielle Style, wedding dress by Sarah Seven, and groom’s apparel by ASOS; see more from this wedding here!

EMERALD, TURQUOISE, DESERT ROSE, RUST, STONE

photo by Karra Leigh Photography, event planning by Vanity Affair Event, venue: Castaway Portland, floral design by Vanessa Schmidt Co., stationery by Parkside Prints, makeup by Kiss & Makeup Artistry, hair styling by Swept Away PDX, wedding dress by Truvelle Bridal, bridal accessories by Anthropologie, and rentals by Something Borrowed Portland; see more from this wedding here!

EMERALD, BOUGAINVILLEA, PAMPAS GRASS, BRIGHT GOLD, GRASS GREEN

photos by Eden Strader Photography, event planning by Spell Bundle and  Tealight Events, floral design by Pink Pineapple Florals, bridesmaids apparel by For Love and Lemons and The Reformation, rentals by Signature Party Rentals and Spell Bundle; see more from this wedding here!

EMERALD, SANGRIA, MERIGOLD, BLUSH, CLAY

photos by Sanford Creative, event planning by The Foraged Fête, venue: The 1909, floral design by I DEW FLOWERS, stationery by By Invitation Only, makeup by Key Beauty, hair styling by DKW Styling, wedding dress by Rue De Seine, bridal accessories by Forever Soles, bridesmaids’ apparel by Free People and For Love and Lemons, groom’s apparel by Nordstrom, macrame by Everyday Macrame, rentals by Circa Vintage Rentals and Otis + Pearl Vintage Rentals, backdrop by The Creative Shift, and calligraphy by Creatively Spun; see more from this wedding here!

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Moody Moroccan Topanga Canyon Wedding at The 1909

If you think you’ve already seen the best of bohemian wedding decor, Angel and Brantly’s California wedding at The 1909 is going to blow your mind! Their Moroccan-inspired design included flowers galore, large macrame hangings, mini macrame plate decor created by Everyday Macrame, hand-painted tile name cards, antique lanterns, leather poufs, and just about every natural texture you could want for a cozy outdoor wedding. And that was just for their reception! Their ceremony backdrop, which featured a large mandala art piece created by The Creative Shift and pampas grass semicircle, was truly a sight to behold. As you can imagine, the wedding party style was also on point. Angel looked like a bohemian goddess in a cut-out lace Rue De Seine dress, messy braid, and Moroccan-inspired coin veil, and her girls brought vintage bohemia to life in emerald and rust-colored frocks from Free People and For Love and Lemons. Get ready to settle in with these photos captured by Sanford Creative for quite a while because, we guarantee, you’ll need to look twice to appreciate every dreamy detail.

The Couple:

Angel and Brantly

The Wedding:

The 1909, Topanga Canyon, California

The most important part of planning our wedding was making sure that everyone had fun, including ourselves. We had really fun brick oven specialty pizzas made, a cute 1970’s photo booth bus, and a character artist to draw the guests’ photos. Everyone loved it! We wanted to make sure the environment felt magical. Between the white drapery, majestic tall trees, and twinkling lights, I was sold!

When I asked my girls to be part of my wedding, I had an intimate Moroccan-style girls night in my backyard where we sat on the floor with a table decorated in lanterns and rattan fans under some twinkle lights. At that moment, I knew that was the style I wanted to go with. 

We wanted our ceremony to really stand out. We wanted a backdrop that hadn’t been done before in a wedding ceremony. I always loved the U-shape pampas surrounding us on the floor, which had been done before and decided to spruce it up and add a mandala backdrop to the mix.

“Give me all the pretty lace details!” Literally, that was in my head while on a mission looking for a dress and the Rue De Seine Avril gown was perfect! It was a dream! To add a Moroccan touch, I added the most beautiful coin veil. I also paired my white heels with Forever Soles jeweled anklet chains. For my hair, I was totally sold on a messy styled braid and it was styled with some amaranthus tucked in.

Advice from the bride: Flowers make all the difference! More flowers and less everything else is what I think really makes your day beautiful. Find a good florist to help make your vision come to life.

The most memorable part of the day was my 8-year-old son’s speech, which totally caught us off guard. He just casually got up picked up the mic and started speaking in front of 130 people. We were shocked! Not to mention the speech was a hit! He had everyone in tears, laughing and toasting everyone. We will never forget that perfect moment!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Sanford Creative
Event Planning – The Foraged Fête
Venue – The 1909
Floral Design – I DEW FLOWERS
Catering – The Topanga Table
Videography – Rora Film Co.
Stationery – By Invitation Only
Makeup Artist – Key Beauty
Hair Styling – DKW Styling
Wedding Dress – Rue De Seine
Bridal Accessories – Forever Soles
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Free People and For Love and Lemons
Groom’s Apparel – Nordstrom
Macrame – Everyday Macrame
Rentals – Circa Vintage Rentals and Otis + Pearl Vintage Rentals
Backdrop – The Creative Shift
Calligraphy – Creatively Spun

 

A huge thanks to Angel and Brantly for sharing their dreamy wedding at The 1909 with Junebug! Love the Moroccan vibes they used? Then you’ve got to see this Moroccan inspired Palm Springs wedding at Casa Cody!

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We’re Overwhelmed by This Wedding Ceremony Overlooking the North Cascades

August 30, 2016 | nicole

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Wanting to treat their out-of-town guests to the best of Washington’s beauty, Kim and Kevin held their ceremony overlooking the North Cascades. As if the epic landscape weren’t enough, the crafty pair took their wedding decor into their own hands (literally!) by DIYing some showstopping elements. Because no mountain wedding is complete without a little adventure, the newlyweds hiked into the sunset, Hartman Outdoor Photography capturing every romantic moment!

The Couple:

Kim and Kevin

The Wedding:

Sun Mountain Lodge Winthrop, Washington

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Most of our guests were coming from out of town, so we wanted to share a part of Washington we really loved with them. We also really wanted to find a location where we would be able to spend the weekend with our guests, instead of just the wedding! Sun Mountain was perfect because we rented out all the cabins by Patterson Lake. It made it so we had the whole area to ourselves with most of our guests. We hosted a BBQ there instead of a traditional rehearsal dinner, had a yoga instructor come teach yoga to about 50 of our guests the morning of the wedding, partied after the wedding and had brunch there the morning after!

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Kevin made the arbor for our ceremony out of birch poles. He cut, doweled and tied them together. We have it in our garden now!

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We agreed the most memorable part of the day was the ceremony. I stopped at the top of the steps before walking down the aisle with my Dad and just looked out towards the North Cascades, Kevin and our friends and family- all our favorite people gathered in one spot to celebrate with us! There was so much love! Kevin felt the same standing at the end of the aisle.

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Geof Childs, our officiant, has a beautiful ceremony about marriage being an adventure! It fit Kevin and I so well, we only modified it a little and then added our own readings.

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For the centerpieces, we used old climbing rope to tie monkey fist knots and then used those knots to hold wooden table names. We cut and stained wood for the table names, and painted the names of some of our favorite peaks we have climbed. Other DIY table decorations were photos of those climbs that we had printed on wood and cobalt blue vases that we gathered from Goodwill!

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Hartman Outdoor Photography
Venue – Sun Mountain Lodge
Floral Design – Fawn Meadow Designs
Cake – Ala Mode Pies
Officiant – Geoffrey Childs
Invitations – Ashley Worobec
Wedding Dress – Willowby
Bridal Accessories – Forever Soles, BHLDN
Groom’s Apparel – Hart Schaffner Marx
Rings – Green Lake Jewelry Works
Favors – Chukar Cherries, Kooziez.com

 

We’re absolutely overwhelmed by the North Cascades and Kim and Kevin’s Washington wedding thanks to Hartman Outdoor Photography! For more of their lovely images, be sure to check out Kate and Adam’s utterly glamorous 1920s inspired wedding at The Carolina Inn.

xoxoNicole

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Lush Bohemian Australian Wedding at Maleny Retreat

July 1, 2016 | gabby

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Lush textures, desert florals, and endless romance is the name of the game at this unforgettable Australia bohemian wedding! When planning their special day, Karla and Matt prioritized relaxation over typical wedding formalities, so they chose Maleny Retreat for its gorgeous, sprawling grounds and easygoing vibes. A traditional Nordic reception tent and fun texture details like Persian rugs and lace completed the couple’s desert wedding vision, and DIY projects like cushioned milk crate canapé seating kept things cool and personal. We love how photographer Ash & Stone captured Karla and Matt’s super chic wedding with such an amazing attention to detail and light.

The Couple:

Karla and Matt

The Wedding:

Maleny Retreat, Queensland, Australia

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I wanted bold makeup. I went so muted and plain with flowers and styling colours, I think something needed to stand out. I also always wanted just wavy effortless hair, so I think having my makeup as a bit more of a focal point suited everything else I chose. I had zero plans for my hair on the day and just planned on freestyling the morning of, my amazing hair stylist managed to whip up a beautiful half head flower crown out of flowers from the table styling. It really completed my look, she did a stunning job.

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Maleny Retreat has always been special to us, it’s beautiful and just has a great happy, fresh feeling up there. I think we always knew it was the perfect spot. After visiting Maleny Retreat and having the blank canvas to do it exactly how we wanted was perfect.

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I visited quite a few venues I’d had my eye on for years prior to getting engaged and they were very beautiful, formal, and elegant. After visiting them though I just felt they weren’t me and I started to be drawn more to the relaxed outdoor vibe. I guess I do care much more about how an event feels rather than looks.

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I loved pastel peach, mint, beige – I guess you would call them desert hues. I never had a colour theme, I just stayed neutral which left me pretty open to mix and match colours as I pleased.

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Having quite a lot of immediate family at the venue on the morning of the wedding (segregated from the bridal party of course) made prepping for a DIY outdoor wedding so much less stressful, all those things that go wrong the morning of were taken care of by everyone there and I didn’t have to lift a finger. Everyone chipped in and helped out in one way or another, it made them feel special doing their own little job and it made the day run flawlessly for us with minimal stress.

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Matt and I are from the country originally and we would love to move to the Hinterland Farm one day, so we placed two tree seeds in a glass vessel along with our vows, and on one of our anniversaries we will plant the trees side by side and be able to watch them grow with us.

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The most memorable moment for both of us it was walking back down the aisle as a married couple, the joy and love on our guests’ faces as well as our own made us feel truly blessed to be surrounded by so many loved ones.

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I initially wanted a really relaxed boho style dress but after trying on the “Mabel” skirt from KWH I fell in love, it was so flattering from every angle so I made it work and tried to dress it down with the lace “Tillie” crop from KWH also. It was an April wedding and in a cool location so I always wanted long sleeve just due to the climate there.

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Our photographer and I have exactly the same style so her ideas were always on point with what I wanted but with the added expertise that comes from being a seasoned wedding attendee. She does a huge amount of research so on the day she already knew the angles we preferred and the range of photographs she wanted.

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Processional – Ben Howard, “Old Pine”
Recessional – One Republic, “Feel Again”
Reception Entrance – Felix Jaehn, “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better) ft. Jasmine Thompson”

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Ash & Stone
Event Planning – Little Gray Station
Venue – Maleny Retreat
Floral Design – Stem Design
Catering – Noosa Catering
Officiant – Kari Celebrations
Invitations – Paper Birch DesignsFloralovely Modern CalligraphyBlushing Confetti
Makeup Artist – Embellished
Hair Styling – Evalyn Parsons Hair
Wedding Dress – Karen Willis Holmes
Bridal Accessories – Forever Soles
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Aje.Pony & Pressed
Groom’s Apparel – MyerH&MWindsor Smith
Groomsmen’s Apparel – H&MWindsor SmithASOSPony & Pressed
Rings – Stephen Dibb JewelleryMichael Hill
Sign Lettering – KB Lettering
Rentals – Katalane Nordic Event TentsHampton Event Hire
Favors – Chantilly & Coco

 

Congratulations to Karla and Matt, and a huge thanks to Ash & Stone for submitting this gorgeous wedding to Junebug! Want more boho wedding inspiration? Then you’ve got to see this Texas take on bohemian wedding style at Laguna Gloria!

xoxoGabby

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Ethereal Irish Elopement at Connor Pass

December 7, 2015 | nicole

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Barefoot and positively in love, Ariana said “I do” to Cody at Connor Pass in an intimate ceremony overlooking the cliff. Ariana wore a champagne BHLDN gown and a fresh floral crown by Sheehy’s Flowers & Gifts, and it’s clear Cody couldn’t take his eyes off of his beautiful bride! Epic doesn’t begin to describe the romantic moments and stellar views The Lous captured on Ariana and Cody’s day.

The Couple:

Ariana and Cody

The Wedding:

Connor Pass, County Kerry, Ireland

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As hard as it is to choose one moment from the whole amazing day as our favorite, we both agree one moment that stands out is the first look. The excitement of seeing each other was so strong and powerful, magnified by the gorgeous backdrop of the Dingle coastline. Seeing Cody standing by the cliff’s edge looking out into the ocean, I was excited and nervous all at once. In his anticipation and suspense, Cody describes each second of the time it took for me to reach him on the cliff’s edge as seemingly lasting hours. And when I did finally make it to him and reached out to him to turn him around, all of the nerves and anticipation vanished to be replaced with utter joy and excitement of beginning our celebration of our love together that day.

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We both love nature and all things natural, so the themes I had running through my head when thinking of our wedding were boho, ethereal, nature, and romance. I loved the idea of a flowing dress, flowers in my hair, and bare feet, and Cody‘s tweed vest fit in seamlessly with this style. An elopement was perfect for us. We love the intimacy and romance it provides in its very nature. You are completely focused on your love for one another. We also knew we wanted to celebrate outside. Although we had to perform the legal bits of the ceremony inside, we spent as much of the day outside as possible (vows, hand fasting, photos, picnic). In our opinion, there could be no more beautiful decor than that which nature provided with the mountains of Connor’s Pass or the cliff’s at Dunquin Pier.

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Our advice for newly engaged couples would be to make sure to put your love for each other as the main focus. This day is about the two of you and the love your have for one another. Also, make sure to follow your heart in deciding what you envision for the day. When we told people we were eloping, we got many different reactions, ranging from, “That sounds amazing!” to “Why?” or “Are you parents upset?” (Thankfully, our parents were very excited and supportive). People might not always understand why you are choosing a certain style of dress or venue, but if in your heart it’s what you want, do it! I’m grateful every day that we eloped. Running away to a far off land to get married. What’s more romantic than that?! Do what makes you happy!

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Working with The Lous was epic. They seemed as excited to shoot our wedding as we were, which makes you feel so special. They had picked out some extraordinary locations in Dingle for our wedding photos, and it was so much fun going from one location to another to create such a wide variety of amazing photographs from our elopement.

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – The Lous
Event Planning – Aislinn Events
Getting Ready Venue – Greenmount House
Ceremony Venue – The Blasket Centre
Reception Venue – The Chart House
Floral Design – Sheehy’s Flowers & Gifts
Cake – The Little Cheese Shop
Officiant – Mary T. O’Shea
Live Music – Eoin Duignan
Makeup Artist – Strands of Dingle
Hair Styling – Tricia O’Sullivan
Wedding Dress – BHLDN
Bridal Accessories – Forever Soles
Groom’s Apparel – ASOS
Rings – Brilliant Earth

 

Congrats to Ariana and Cody on their Connor Pass elopement! For more photography from The Lous, check out Shona and Fin’s sunflower wedding in Northern Ireland.

xoxoNicole

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Garden-Inspired New Orleans Wedding at The Columns Hotel

September 16, 2016 | gabby

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While Alexa and David were preparing their caps and gowns for their college graduation, they were also perfecting the fab bride and groom styles for their own wedding! The couple set out to have their dream garden party wedding at The Columns Hotel, which offered a beautiful balance of antique French style and lush garden vibes. Alexa and David’s soft color palette of blush, sage green, and gold foil was a delicate touch of color and texture that perfectly complemented their early Spring wedding. Wanting to treat their guests to their fave NOLA cuisine, the couple treated their guests to a unique dining experience of several courses and macaron favors from their favorite bakery, Sucre. Photographer Sharon Pye captured every detail of Alexa and David’s day beautifully, including an emotional first look!

The Couple:

Alexa and David

The Wedding:

The Columns Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Our wedding fell on the first day of spring so we chose to focus heavily on flowers, greenery, and soft tones. I wore a petal-embellished gown by BHLDN, my mother’s wedding earrings, gold shoes with soles painted by my sister, and a living-flower crown. My cousin, who happens to be a makeup artist and hair specialist, was my beautician for the day. Her, along with my mother and sisters as my bridesmaids made for a family affair!

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As students finishing our senior year of college, we were busy working on thesis projects, applying to graduate school, and preparing to move to a new city. Due to our hectic schedules, time and simplicity were incredibly important factors. New Orleans has a wide variety of venues but the desire for a stress-free wedding lead us to The Columns Hotel. It was a wedding one-stop-shop providing ceremony and reception locations, linens, chairs, food, alcohol, and more. The beauty of the wedding was not compromised by this simplicity but enhanced by making it stress free. Most importantly, we valued ease as our most desired outcome both while planning the wedding and enjoying our special day.

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Thinking about our wedding day sends us through a whole reel of moments and emotions. Each was unique in its own way, passing too quickly before you could truly take it in and the next began. However, the one moment when time seemed to slow down was our first look. It was as if all of our nerves and worries were forgotten by the deep comfort we felt in sharing a moment alone that we came so far to arrive in. We both often think of our wedding day and the amazing amount of happiness we felt. However, we think mostly of returning to that unique moment that was ours and special beyond belief.

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Again, we wanted simplicity so I encouraged my bridesmaids to chose their own gowns and accessories. This freedom was fun and provided an element of surprise. The best element of our wedding style was the gloomy weather which was the perfect contrast to our soft tones and floral accessories. While I was worried about rain, I had no idea my pictures would be enhanced by gray skies!

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Our advice: It may seem obvious to most, although, it clearly was not obvious to us–try not to plan a wedding during your senior year of college. On top of all our typical responsibilities, it was an incredible endeavor. In the end, we felt extremely accomplished, proud of our teamwork, and in awe by the event we planned together. Overall, learn to take challenges and obstacles as gifts. Not every flaw in the planning process has to be disappointing. Allow yourself a brief moment to be upset but move forward knowing something better may be in store for a reason. We learned this lesson ourselves when the hotel we blocked failed to block the entire hotel. We ended up staying in the most magical mansion, completely transforming the look and feel of our day that was forever captured in our beautiful photos.

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Our wedding was very much centered around food as we enjoyed a sit-down dinner with several courses in a city known for its unique culinary culture. We decided to continue the theme by sending our guests home with macaroon boxes from a New Orleans favorite, Sucre. Each box held two macaroons. One was the groom’s favorite and the other the bride’s. We often made late night trips to Sucre to treat ourselves to our favorite macaroons and felt it was a tradition we wanted to share with our guests. Needless to say, we made a point to order a few extra to enjoy on our own before the wedding.

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Sharon Pye
Event Planning, Venue, & Catering – The Columns Hotel
Floral Design – The Plant Gallery
Cake – Lady M Confections
Live Music – The Naughty Professor
Invitations – Heather Duffy
Wedding Dress – BHLDN
Bridal Accessories – The Scar Collection
Groom’s Apparel – Calvin Klein
Rings – Valobra Jewelry
Tableware – Elm Design
Favors – Sucre

 

Congratulations to Alexa and David, and a huge thanks to Sharon Pye for sharing this wedding with us. Want more NOLA wedding inspiration? Then you’ve got to see this vintage New Orleans wedding at Audubon Park!

xoxogabby

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Shabby Chic Pennsylvania Wedding

October 11, 2015 | jackie

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Gabrielle and Alexander’s breathtaking nature inspired wedding in Dushore, Pennsylvania was unique for many reasons. The couple explains, “our siblings are very important to both of us and having them give us away meant the world.” Gabrielle and Alexander also officiated their own wedding. We love how this couple changed traditional aspects of a wedding to create a uniquely beautiful day — even ending the night with a bonfire! Addison Jones Photography perfectly documented the special moments at this bright and sunny Pennsylvania wedding.

The Couple:

Gabrielle and Alexander

The Wedding:

Private Residence, Dushore, Pennsylvania

The Inspiration:

We knew where we wanted to get married before anything else: a place in the Pennsylvania mountains that has been in Alexander‘s family for generations. We wanted to highlight the beauty of the property and capture the sense of joy and freedom that it has offered to Alexander and his family for so long.

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The Moments:

We had a self-uniting wedding, and so got to create our ceremony from scratch. My brother walked me down the aisle and gave me away with a speech that brought me to tears. Alexander‘s sister also walked him down the aisle and teased him for ignoring her advice on courting me (although I think it worked out). Our siblings are very important to both of us and having them give us away meant the world.

The Couple Recommends:

Our photographer, Addison Jones, was absolutely phenomenal. For months, I couldn’t find a single photographer that I loved. When I finally came across Addison’s portfolio, I knew right away that I wanted to hire her. Addison doesn’t just document your wedding, she takes beautiful photographs that artistically capture the aesthetic narrative of your wedding day. We couldn’t be happier with the results. Our wedding planner, Elika Almeida, also went above and beyond. We went back and forth on putting down the extra money for a planner, but I’m so glad that we ultimately decided to. Having our wedding in the middle of nowhere made planning quite a logistical challenge, but Elika made every step of the process simple and stress-free. She was also extremely generous with her time and ended up acting as our florist, guest transportation, and more!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Addison Jones Photography
Event Planning – eaweddingplanner.com
Venue – Private Residence
Catering – 14 Acre Farm
Cake – Vegan Treats
Live Music – The Bell Blake Duo
Makeup Artist – The Glass Slipper Wedding
Wedding Dress – Pnina Tornai
Bridal Accessories – Forever Soles
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Clover Canyon
Rings – Tiffany & Co.
Vintage Rentals – Forget-Me-Not Vintage Rentals
Rentals – Rent E-Vent, Forget-Me-Not Vintage Rentals

Thank you to Addison Jones Photography for sharing Gabrielle and Alexander’s romantic Pennsylvania wedding! Love these vintage details? Check out Forget-Me-Not Vintage Rentals on our Best of the Best Hotlist! To see more outdoor wedding inspiration, head over to this casual outdoor wedding in White Salmon, Washington!

xoxoJackie

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