In response to the events of June 2020 and support of Black Lives Matter, Austin wedding planner Ashley Nicole Affair recruited more than 30 vendors to give away a free wedding to a well-deserving couple that has advocated for racial equality and education in the community. Because of their involvement in the fight for social justice, Cliff Styles, a retired army veteran, and Meme Styles, founder of the organization MEASURE, were awarded this perfectly pink, blue, and free wedding.
The couple was surrounded by family and friends as they exchanged their vows during their charming outdoor ceremony at The Union on Eighth. It was followed by a beautiful reception, a night of dancing, and delicious food. From the vintage glam wedding attire to the stunning decor and lavish feast—their vendors really went all out for their celebration.
It’s exciting and heartwarming to see a community of vendors support such an outstanding couple. Scroll through to get to know this couple’s incredible journey and see all of the gorgeous wedding details and unforgettable moments captured by Junebug photographer Alexandra White Photo!
I am so proud and grateful for the vendors and people that went out of their way to bless us with this free dream wedding. So many people and companies said they supported the Black Lives Matter movement, but these vendors actually committed their time and resources to give back. Ashley Nicole Affair was a real blessing for arranging such a great surprise for our family.
Symbolic Wedding Tradition
On the day of the wedding, two of my bridesmaids created the broom that we jumped over. In African-American culture, our ancestors used to jump over the broom to symbolize their marriage commitment. Using paper bags, ribbon, and flowers, those two ladies created a beautiful forever family heirloom that I now hope to pass on to my kids.
The Most Memorable Part Of The Day
The most memorable part of the day was our moments together during our photo and video session. Time stood still as we had those brief moments to just gaze into each other’s eyes and hold one another under the setting sun. We danced with each other and kissed and had so much joy during that photoshoot.
Meaningful Wedding Favors
Each morning Cliff and I enjoy coffee with honey for breakfast, so our wedding guests all received a jar of honey and a honeycomb. They also received a custom coaster.
Ashley Nicole Affair’s Thoughts On The Winners Of The Free Wedding Giveaway
Meme and Cliff were absolutely incredible to work with, and the entire day was so perfect. It was an honor to be part of a wedding where everyone was helping where needed, and we were all there for the same thing—to show thanks to Meme and Cliff for the difference they’ve made in the Austin community.
Cliff and Meme’s wedding is a beautiful reminder that when true love has a higher purpose, great things can happen—in this case, a fabulous free wedding surprise while shining a spotlight on the Black Lives Matter Movement. Let’s pay it forward and support these amazing vendors that work hard to make a difference!
Calling all romantics: Lauren and Edmond’s golden California wedding at Hummingbird Nest Ranch will have your wedding Pinterest board filled with so much inspiration! Encore Event Design helped the couple pull off their vision with stunning floral installations, modern touches, and decor that will leave you swooning. The floral arrangements Unique Floral Designs created for this day were an absolute dream—we’re obsessed with the flower wall ceremony backdrop, as well as Lauren’s long-stemmed bouquet with simple and elegant white roses. If chic bridal style is what you’re looking for, look no further than this crew. Lauren looked positively stunning in her long-sleeve Galia Lahav gown, and we love that her girls were also dressed in white! We’re feeling grateful the talented Jordan Voth was there to capture all of the magic and sweet, emotional moments.
Lauren & Edmond
Hummingbird Nest Ranch, California
I wore the “Bella” gown by Galia Lahav. It was a dress beyond my wildest dreams. I had tried on many other gowns by amazing designers, but none of them made me feel as beautiful as this one did. My bridesmaids wore Ivory dresses by Katie May Collection. I loved the concept of bridesmaids in Ivory, because it was bold and different. All the dresses were the same color, but different style. They each chose which style they wanted to wear which made it extra special.
We always knew wanted an outdoor venue. Hummingbird Nest Ranch checked all the boxes. It was such a beautiful property with plenty of greenery and beautiful architecture. The flow from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception made it effortless for guests. And while it had plenty of beauty on its own, it also was completely customizable. There were no major restrictions from a design perspective. We really had free range to bring in all our lighting, flowers, music and decor.
We read our vows to each other out loud during the ceremony. Both of us had written from the heart, but also mixed things up with some inside jokes. It made for a very entertaining moment, and one neither us nor our guests will forget.
We really wanted our wedding to feel magical. I turned to Pinterest and Instagram for all my wedding day dream inspo, and worked tirelessly with my vendors to bring my interpretation of them to life. Our wedding had a very elegant style but with personality. We stuck with neutral colors (light grey table cloths, ivory roses, and dark greenery).
With daytime weddings are becoming more and more popular, we decided to brainstorm a slew of brunch wedding ideas perfect for you early birds and breakfast lovers! Learn what to eat, what to wear, and how to personalize your brunch wedding ceremony in the most delicious ways!
Since brunch weddings typically take place earlier in the day, give a little nod to the bright sunshine with cheery song choices that mention the sun or morning time! Here are a few songs you might want to use:
Pre-Ceremony Pastries & Cocoa
Worried about rumbling tummies interrupting your vows? Before your guests take their seats, warm their hearts and their bellies with hot cocoa and assorted fresh pastries. We promise they’ll thank you later!
Coffee Pouring Unity Ceremony
I bet you didn’t think we could incorporate brunch right into your ceremony! Instead of the oft-seen sand-pouring or candle-lighting unity ceremony, we love the idea of making a perfect cup of coffee together at the altar during your wedding ceremony!
While we totally support going all out for your brunch wedding look, you may find that a wedding gown is a little much for your low-key day. Instead, try a Little White Dress with an extra something special like sparkles or fringe. If a maxi dress is more your style, look for something lightweight and bohemian for a more causal look.
Since a brunch wedding is on the more casual side, your groom doesn’t need to suit up in a full tux to say “I do.” For a day wedding, we recommend choosing a blazer and slacks in a lighter color – like tan, dusty blue, or even pink – and fabric – like a linen or cotton blend.
Instead of dressing your gals in traditional bridesmaids dresses, welcome them to choose a floral dress they’d wear to brunch! Chances are they already have something in their closet, but if not, they’ll love the excuse to add a new floral dress to their collection.
Instead of hiring a bartender for your reception, bring in an expert barista to make custom lattes, cappuccinos, and more for your guests! Bonus if your barista is a latte-art pro!
Make Your Own Mimosas
No brunch wedding is complete without mimosas! Having trouble choosing between orange juice, cranberry juice, mango juice, and grapefruit juice? We vote all of the above!
Bloody Mary Bar
The best part about drinking a Bloody Mary is the concoction of extras you can put in your drink. From olives to citrus fruits to bacon, help your guests create the Bloody Mary of their wildest dreams with an open bar of delicious add-ons.
The best part of waking up is free coffee in your cup! Give your guests a little pep in their step come Monday morning with a bag of your favorite coffee beans and a cute mug with your names on it.
Jars of Jam
Keep the brunch love going by gifting your guests jars of jam for a delicious breakfast on the go!
Complementary Sunglasses on Each Chair
Speaking of the sun, a morning wedding means it may be extra-bright out for your guests who want to be able to see you say “I do!” Help them shade their eyes in style with a cute pair of sunnies when they take their seats.
Olga and Chris’ Sauvie Island wedding was a lovely bohemian dream come to life! After a heart-warming first look, the couple exchanged vows in an intimate backyard ceremony where friends and family prayed over them to bless the start of their new life journey. You could see the couple’s style in every detail, from the macrame hangings to the custom wedding invitations to the bride’s gorgeous Dreamers and Lovers wedding dress. At the reception, they shared a feast of Thai food from The Lamb’s Table, then ended the day with dancing and singing in the middle of the woods. Photographer India Earl truly captured the magical energy of Olga and Chris’ special day!
Honestly, what I thought I would wear and what I wore couldn’t have been more different. I found some fun yellow velvet shoes first and thought I would find a fringy fun bohemian dress to wear. Once I went to dress shopping, I fell in love with how this dress looked on me and had to have it! I had to change the shoes and all the details after the dress was decided.
For our gifts to each other, we wrote letters that we read the morning of the wedding. Chris included a little locket with a photo of him from when we first met, and I included tickets to see Sigur Ros (the artist that sings the song we walked down the aisle to).
From the photographer: We drove out to the island for the first look, where we found Chris standing on the opposite side of the lake. They walked towards one another, and Chris dropped the flower he had picked for her because the tears started flowing.
Sauvie Island was always a very special place to us. We’re birding nerds, so we like to go watch birds out there. It’s very peaceful and full of magic. It’s one of the first places we hung out together as a couple, the place where he proposed, and the only place we wanted to get married. The venue we found was the only place we were allowed to hold a wedding on the island.
I wanted the wedding party to feel comfortable and like themselves. The girls all wore different dresses with brown booties and whatever accessories they wanted. The guys wore denim jackets, black pants, brown shoes, and a floral tie. They had a lot of freedom in how they wanted to style it.
Before the wedding ceremony, Chris and I took a moment together, and it was so special. I cried so much before the wedding. I couldn’t believe it was happening!
We had my brother marry us, which was very special to me. We also had all of the guests to come up and lay hands on us as we had a prayer of blessing prayed over us. It was important to us to have everyone at the wedding participate in our union.
Walking down the aisle was especially emotional for us because the song that was playing was a song we would only play when we had a new wonderful experience or saw a beautiful scene, and it held a lot of magic and emotion in it for us. We knew this would be the most magical moment of our lives!
Everything was DIY! We made macrame arches and tassels all week. We even DIYed the napkins. We also made our own wedding invitations. It was a pain in the butt, but I think I can say it was worth it!
It was really hard to stick to just one look/vibe. I just picked the things that I liked and hoped they worked together. Luckily, we had John Dunfee, Chris‘ best man, to help with the overall design of the day, so he filtered all my ideas to create a cohesive look.
Congratulations to Olga and Chris, and a special thanks to photographer India Earl for sharing these beautiful photos with Junebug! Looking for more bohemian backyard wedding inspiration? Take a peak at this bohemian garden wedding in Monteverdi Tuscany – we dare you not to fall in love!
Between its alpaca photo booth, personal vintage accents, and effortlessly free spirit, this Southern California wedding channels bohemian Wes Anderson in all the right ways! Lindsay and Christopher knew that they wanted every inch of their Hummingbird Nest Ranch wedding to truly reflect themselves and, judging from the smiles that photographer The Shalom Imaginative captured, they succeeded. Quirky boho brides take note: Lindsay’s ethereal Stevie Nicks-meets-Gold Rush gown and Civil War re-enactment boots are a must see!
Lindsay wanted to look like Stevie Nicks had gone to the Gold Rush and got mixed up with a band of fairies. The sisters (Kite and Butterfly) that designed her dress are absolutely magical and have an enchanted studio in the Hollywood Hills where they do their fittings. It was intimate and personal and made the dress so special. Lindsay‘s boots are from a company that makes Civil War re-enactment gear (!!!) and her best friend from elementary school made the flower crown.
We wanted the wedding to feeling like “us” — which sounds a little cliché, but to us meant having a certain degree of chaos, an alpaca, lots of 90’s hip hop, and inventing new traditions instead of abiding by the old. We wanted our dog to be everywhere and part of everything, so we made sure she had a buddy to keep an eye on her at all times.
The bridesmaids wore any maxi dress they wanted as long as it was in the neutral color palate and the groomsmen were asked to wear some sort of gray tux with a neutral tie. We wanted our friends to feel happy and comfortable in clothes THEY liked to wear.
We personalized our ceremony in so many wonderful, meaningful ways. Both Lindsay‘s parents walked her down the aisle, her godfather/uncle served as the officiant, our dog was in the Pup of Honor, we wrote our own vows that included jokes about butts, and the big “reading” was just a small passage by Carl Sagan about the connectedness of the universe. We kept it fast, funny, and sweet.
We each picked three things that really mattered to us and agreed to not care about the rest… that meant delegating stuff to friends and family or ignoring less important details completely. This saved us a ton of money and stress! Video, photography, and music are so important to your guests’ enjoyment of the night and your memories of it. Do not underestimate their power!
Our wedding video is one of the best things we could have done. Lindsay works in TV, so having a really well-done video was top priority. Thankfully, an incredibly talented co-worker and friend gifted us 13 minutes of video magic that captured all feelings and sounds and images of that day that we get to share with our friends over and over and over and…
Katy and Logan began their photo shoot at their home in Knoxville, Tennessee — the same place Logan proposed to Katy not too long ago. After posing for some adorable pictures on the porch, Katy and Logan ventured out to Seven Islands State Birding Park just before the sun began to set. Katy wore two red Free People dresses during the photo shoot as she held a bundle of eucalyptus and other greenery. Abby Weeden Photography & Design captured some great pictures of Katy and Logan as they watched the setting sun.
Metallic silver bridesmaid gowns, unique floral arrangements, and iconic palm trees all came together to create Lane and Travis’ glamorous wedding at Thunderbird Country Club in Palm Springs, California! Cocktail hour, filled with classic drinks and Frank Sinatra, brought a vintage glamor that perfectly fit this fun couple! The amazing Joel & Justyna photographed playful images of the couple at their beautiful, sunny wedding!
Our vision was simple: we wanted a big party to celebrate all of our favorite people being in one place. For us, that meant having a killer band, plenty of drinks and a big dance floor. We also wanted to cash in on the Palm Springs rat pack vibe so cocktail hour and dinner were packed with Frank Sinatra, cafe lights and Palm Springs spritzers (It helps that our band’s lead singer Aalsohas a Frank Sinatra tribute band so they totally killed it) Later they changed into rock clothes and played a full set of classic rock throwbacks and got EVERYONE dancing! (talk about versatile!) Our decor inspiration was eclectic glamour. We went with a palate of mixed metallics, eccentric vases of all different sizes and metals (copper, brass, mercury and milk glass) filled with lush, full faced flowers and whimsical greens contrasted with succulents and single bud vases for unique florals that complimented the outdoor surroundings. The desert in the spring is absolutely magical and we did not want to take away from any of that! Fresh flowers everywhere, bright green grass and the smell of citrus in the air- there is a reason we chose March in Palm Springs!
The best moments of the day were of course when we got to see each other for the first time walking down the isle- it’s hard to prepare for how special that moment is!! Also, we had about three free minutes when we were able to sneak away between pictures and our big entrance- we saw the reception area for the first time and were able to watch our bridal party being announced and trying to top each others dance moves and in that moment realized what an amazing celebration it really was and how special to have the people who mean the most in the world to us in one place. Thank you to everyone that was a part of our most treasured day!
If you’re planning a fall wedding, then you know the best way to add drama and coziness to your look is with seasonal florals. From moody to vibrant blooms balanced with neutral tones, these dreamy fall wedding bouquets that are as unique as they are stunning, and would be the perfect addition to any fall bridal look.
Are you in the midst of planning a 2018 wedding? Shake up your wedding design with the latest in wedding trends! The great thing about trends, whether in fashion, interior design, or wedding decor, is that you can pick and choose what resonates with you to add a modern touch to your overall look. From bridal fashion to what to do with your table decor (spoiler alert: it’s not what you might think!), these 2018 wedding trends have a little something for every upcoming wedding.
Couples are seeing stars in their wedding design for 2018 and we think that idea is out of this world! Whether you take design cues from literal space – the sun, moon, and stars – or space-adjacent ideas like astrology, there are so many unique and beautiful ways to add a celestial vibe to your wedding. We especially love the use of moon phases and constellations in the wedding decor below!
Geometry isn’t new to the wedding decor world, but 2018 is going to see a lot of geometric ceremony backdrops in particular! We love the triangular A-frame arch design and have been seeing more and more of the full-circle backdrops popping up in majorly on-trend ceremonies. Looking for something totally different? Get inspired by shapes and do something all your own!
Looking to add a bit of boho to your bridal look? Skip the leather jacket and opt instead for a dreamy kimono! Whether you choose velvet or fringe, patterned or white, a bridal kimono gives your style a sense of free-spirited romance.
We’re big fans of wedding decor that can be repurposed in your home and no statement piece makes a more seamless transition than a custom neon sign. Have one made with your last name, your favorite phrase, an inside joke, or a cheeky shape to add a little light and a lot of fun to your ceremony or reception decor.
If veils and flower crowns aren’t really your thing, you’re in luck because 2018 is all about the bridal tiara! Keep it simple with a thin gold or silver band of leaves or go bold with a crystal-embedded crown.
Are “natural” or “organic” words you’ve used to describe your 2018 wedding? Then this trend is for you! Pampas grass and wheat make for an eye-catching accent throughout your wedding design that’s both elegant and earthy. Add a stalk or two to your bouquet or incorporate it into your ceremony arch or centerpieces for an unexpected look.
Today’s post is all about what is arguably the sweetest part of your big day – your wedding cake! Whether you choose chocolate, vanilla, or hazelnut almond cream, your cake is going to look as good as it tastes with one of these 9 wedding cake trends for 2018! Which style is the best fit for your wedding?
Having trouble choosing a cake flavor? Sweeten the experience by choosing a flavor for the inside and the outside with a delicious drizzle over the top of your tiers! Drip cakes are especially beautiful when decorated with fresh fruits and berries.
With moodier wedding styles trending as of late, it’s no surprise that black wedding cakes will be all over 2018 dessert tables! Black pairs gorgeously with metallic accents, so add a gold drizzle or brush of paint to your cake.