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Golden California Wedding at Hummingbird Nest Ranch

March 20, 2020 | brooke

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.

The Couple:

Lauren & Edmond

The Wedding:

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).

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Jordan Voth
Event Planning – Encore Event Design
Wedding Venue – Hummingbird Nest Ranch
Floral Design – Unique Floral Designs
Catering – Contemporary Catering
Cake – Skiff’s Cakes
Videography – Rayne Films
Makeup Artist – Makeup by Hailey Hoff
Hair Styling – Carly Bethel
Wedding Dress – Galia Lahav
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Katie May
Groomsmen’s Apparel – The Black Tux
Rentals – A Rental Connection

 

Congratulations, Lauren and Edmund, and many thanks to Jordan Voth for sharing their day at Hummingbird Nest Ranch with Junebug! Searching for more romantic wedding inspiration?

RECOMMENDED READING: 9 Romantic Wedding Ideas Straight Out of a Fairy Tale

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Brunch Wedding Ideas for the Early Birds & Breakfast Lovers

February 22, 2018 | nicole

photo by Ben and Colleen

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!

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photo by Chelsea Abril Photography

Sunny Processional and Recessional Songs

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!

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photo by Madeline Kate Photography

The Bride

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.

 

The Groom

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.

 

The Bridesmaids

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.

 

Drinks

photo Stephanie Gregory Photography

Barista for Hire

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.

Food

photo by Vanilla Photography

Appetizers: French Toast & Syrup Dipper

In lieu of traditional wedding reception appetizers, surprise guests with the sweet treat of French toast and syrup dippers!

Main Dish: Build-a-Breakfast

Love pancakes and waffles? Omelettes? Breakfast tacos? Of course, you do! Let your guests create their own sweet or savory breakfast with a variety of toppings for the dish of your choice.

Dessert: Donut Tower

We’re all for eating cake for breakfast, but if you want to ditch the idea of a wedding cake, consider having a donut tower instead!

Favors

photo by AGPcollective

Mug + Coffee Beans

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.

 

Love the idea of a brunch wedding? Check out these 7 reasons why a brunch wedding might be right for you!

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This Free-Spirited Sauvie Island Wedding Will Steal Your Heart

February 17, 2017 | juliette

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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!

The Couple:

Olga and Chris

The Wedding:

Sauvie Island, Portland, Oregon

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Processional – “Why Not?” by Jonsi
Recessional – “As Long as I Live” by Neil Sedaka
First Dance – “Stitches” by Wild Child

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – India Earl
Event Planning – John Dunfee
Venue – Sauvie Island
Floral Design – Magnanimous Floral Co.
Catering – The Lamb’s Table
Cake – Anna Danichkina
Live Music – Jackalope Saints
Videography – Max Lopatin
Invitations – Sam Larson
Makeup Artist – Yana Yermachenko
Hair Styling – Anna Zhere
Wedding Dress – Dreamers and Lovers
Rings – Rand Jeweler
Rentals – Classic Vintage Rentals

 

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!

xo

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An Alpaca Almost Stole the Spotlight in This Hummingbird Nest Ranch Wedding

August 14, 2016 | gabby

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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!

The Couple:

Lindsay and Christopher

The Wedding:

The Hummingbird Nest Ranch, Simi Valley, California

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Processional: Alexandre Desplat – Mr. Fox in the Fields
Recessional: Cat Stevens – Ruby Love
First Dance: The New Basement Tapes – When I Get My Hands On You

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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…

The Wedding Team:

Photography – The Shalom Imaginative
Event Planning – Tricia Dahlgren Events
Venue – The Hummingbird Nest Ranch
Floral Design – Finch Floral
Catering – Peaches’ Truck
Cake – Cake Goodness
DJ – Red Shoe
Videography – Brian Rovanpera
Invitations – Irene Wang
Makeup & Hair Artist – Kelly Shew
Wedding Dress – Kite and Butterfly
Bridal Accessories – Oak Tree Farms
Groom’s Apparel – Reiss
Rentals – A Rental Connection, Hollywood Photo Booth, Reptacular Animals

 

Congratulations to Lindsay and Christopher, and a major thanks to The Shalom Imaginative for sharing this gorgeous wedding with us! Want more quirky Cali wedding inspiration? Then you’ve to see this quirky class Los Angeles wedding at The Fig House!

xoxoGabby

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These Two Free People Dresses are Engagement Photo Perfection

May 25, 2016 | editorial team

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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.

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Many thanks to Abby Weeden Photography & Design for sharing Katy and Logan’s engagement photos with Junebug. Love those Free People dresses Katy wore? Take a look at another Free People bridal look in this free-spirited Grandfather Mountain wedding.

xoxoSamantha

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Glam Palm Springs Wedding at Thunderbird Country Club

September 5, 2015 | jackie

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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!

The Couple:

Lane and Travis

The Wedding:

Thunderbird Country Club, Palm Springs, California

The Inspiration:

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!

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The Moments:

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!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Joel & Justyna
Event Planning – Aimee Jacobs
Venue – Thunderbird Country Club
Floral Design – Aimee JacobsRancho Mirage Florist (bridal bouquet)
Live Music – Tijuana Dogs
Videography – LA Wedding Films
Invitations – Where’s the Party
Makeup Artist – Makeup by Mercedes
Hair Styling – Makeup by Mercedes
Wedding Dress – Allure Bridals
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Dessy (bridesmaids), Adrianna Papell (maid of honors)
Groom’s Apparel – The Black Tux
Groomsmen’s Apparel – The Black Tux
Rings – William Harold and Sons
Rentals – Signature Party Rentals
Favors – Mago Hot Sauce

Thank you to Joel & Justyna for sharing Lane and Travis’ glamorous Palm Springs wedding at Thunderbird Country Club! Need more glamor inspiration? Check out this gold and blush styled shoot!

xoxoJackie

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41 Swoon-Worthy Fall Wedding Bouquets

October 1, 2018 | juliette

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.

photo by Grant Daniels Photography, floral design by Bella Flora; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Gabrielle Desmarchais, floral design by Astilbe; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Cody & Allison Photography; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Kaihla Tonai, floral design by Propagate Studio; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Zoë Alexandra Photography, floral design by Myrtle & Bracken; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Alicia Lucia Photography, floral design by Renegade Floral; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Alexandria Monette Photography, floral design by Rogue & Fox Floral Co.; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Kira Stein, floral design by Blütenreich Florist; see more from this wedding inspiration here!

photo by SambaJoy Photo & Art, floral design by Our Little Flower Company; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Juliana Aragon Photography, floral design by Thistle and Honey; see more from this wedding inspiration here!

photo by a sea of love, floral design by Ever Something; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Baylee Dennis Photography, floral design by Poppies & Paisley Floral; see more from this wedding inspiration here!

photo by Studio 29 Photography + Design, floral design by Splendor of Eden; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Melissa Marshall Photography, floral design by The Little Shop of Flowers; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Peyton Rainey Photography and Chelsea Denise Photography, floral design by Forever Cole Events; see more from this wedding inspiration here!

photo by Sean Money and Elizabeth Fay, floral design by Stephanie Gibbs Events; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Gaetz Photography, floral design by June Bloom Events; see more from this wedding inspiration here!

photo by Sarah Joy Photo, floral design by Gloriosa Design; see more from this wedding here!

photo by The Marions, floral design by Doniphan Flowers & Gifts; see more from this wedding inspiration here!

photo by Autumn Nicole Photography, floral design by Figli Dei Fiori; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Claire Thomson Photography; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Fox & Kin, floral design by The Flower Room; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Amy Galbraith Photography, floral design by Sweetly Hosted; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Brandi Toole Photography, floral design by Forget-Me-Not Flower Shop; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Chelsea Reece, floral design by Sartoria Florale; see more from this wedding inspiration here!

photo by Sarah Joy Photo, floral design by Shayna Chapman; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Nicole Mason, floral design by Brier + Ivy; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Chuy Photography, floral design by Sun Kissed Blooms; see more from this wedding inspiration here!

photo by Aly Barnett Photography, floral design by Flower Diva; see more from this wedding inspiration here!

photo by Cassandra Michelle Photography, floral design by Oak Grove Floral; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Alicia Lucia Photography, floral design by Renegade Floral; see more from this wedding inspiration here!

photo by John David Weddings, floral design by Remi + Gold; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Jenna Bechtholt Photography, floral design by Kaleb Norman James Design; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Brandi Sisson Photography, floral design by Amy Osaba Design; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Sanford Creative, floral design by I DEW FLOWERS; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Baylee Dennis Photography, floral design by Kate Duncan; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Cassie Rosch, Photographer, floral design by Lace and Lilies Flowers; see more from this anniversary session here!

photo by Free the Bird, floral design by I Heart Flowers; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Fox & Owl Studio, floral design by Little Wild Bloom, see more from this wedding inspiration here!

photo by September Company, floral design by Petals & Pots; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Cody & Allison Photography, floral design by Everbloom Design; see more from this wedding here!

Now that you’ve chosen your fall wedding bouquet design, it’s time to round out your overall design with one of these 5 unexpected fall wedding color ideas!

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2018 Wedding Trends You’ll Want to Use for Your Big Day

January 2, 2018 | nicole

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.

Celestial Themes

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!

photos by Addison Jones Photography, event planning by Auburn + Ivory; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch, event planning & stationery by Tom Gautier; see more from this wedding here!

photos by Maggie Grace Photography, event design by Emily Aitken Events, floral design by Just So. Event Floral, furniture by Blush Creek, brass moon decor by Simply Grove, brass eclipse decor by Mixed Greens

photo by Bek & Addison Photography, event planning by The Veil, photo booth by PhotoStreamKC; see more from this wedding here!

photos by Mathias Fast, stationery by Bright Room Studios; see more from this wedding here!

photos by Maggie Grace Photography, event design by Emily Aitken Events, floral design by Just So. Event Floral, furniture by Blush Creek, brass moon decor by Simply Grove, brass eclipse decor by Mixed Greens, macarons by Flour Child

photo by Dearheart Photos, rentals by 4every event; see more from this wedding here!

photos by Brandi Potter Photography, floral design by Fields in Bloom KY, rentals by Love Hunters, macramé hanging by The Living Wall

photos by Mathias Fast, event design by Top Knot Events, stationery by Bright Room Studios; see more from this wedding here!

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Bell-Sleeve Wedding Dresses

Long-sleeved wedding gowns aren’t anything new, but the 2018 version is all about the bell sleeves! Pairing romantic lace with ’70s vibes has never been prettier than this year’s biggest bridal trend.

photo by Chris and Ruth Photography, wedding dress by Rue de Seine via Hey Love; see more from this wedding inspiration shoot here!

photo by Sam Landreth Photography, wedding dress by Dreamers & Lovers; see more from this bridal collection here!

photo by Shannon Stent Images, wedding dress by Tuscany Bridal; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Free the Bird, wedding dress by Rue De Seine via The Bridal Atelier; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Local Embers & Co., wedding dress by a & bé bridal shop; see more from this wedding inspiration shoot here!

photo by Sarah Joy Photo, wedding dress by Rue de Seine; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Sam Landreth Photography, wedding dress by Dreamers & Lovers; see more from this bridal collection here!

photo by Jordan Voth,  wedding dress by Rue de Seine; see more from this wedding inspiration shoot here!

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Geometric Ceremony Backdrops

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!

photo by Immerse Photography, floral design by Naomi Rose Floral Design; see more from this wedding inspiration shoot here!

photo by Anni Graham Photography, floral design by Flora Organica Designs, rentals by Something Borrowed; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Mackensey Alexander Photography, event planning by Ivory & Beau; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Joseph West, floral design by Flower Vibes, rentals by Aztec Events and Tents; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Cassie Rosch, event planning by Calluna Events, floral design by Lace & Lilies, decor & rentals by Yonder Floral + Decor House

Kimonos

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.

photo by Olivia Strohm Photography; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Lalor Photographie, wedding dress by Ma Chérie Bleue; see more from this wedding inspiration shoot here!

photo by Olivia Strohm Photography; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Shari + Mike Photographers, kimono via True Value Vintage; see more from this wedding here!

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Neon Signs

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.

photo by Olguin Photography, floral design by The Grounds Florals by Silvia, neon sign by Neon Poodle; see more from this wedding here!

photos by Eden Strader Photography, event planning by Spell Bundle and  Tealight Weddings, floral design by Pink Pineapple Florals, rentals by Signature Party Rentals and Spell Bundle; see more from this wedding here!

photo by A Fist Full of Bolts, event planning by Zac Campbell; see more from this wedding here!

photo by a sea of love, see more from this wedding here!

photo by Emily Magers, event design by Ivy Weddings and Events

photo by Katie Hoss Photography, event coordination by Events With a Kick, neon sign by Echo Neon Studio

photo by Wild Souls Studio; see more from this wedding here!

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Bridal Tiaras

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.

photo by Sarah Joy Photo; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Rebel Rabbit Photography, hair styling by Torrey Duerr Hair, crown by a.b. Ellie; see more from this wedding inspiration shoot here!

photo by Amber Phinisee Photography, makeup by DaNina Nicole Makeup Artistry; see more from this wedding here!

photo by The Kitcheners; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Allie Appel Photography; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Kate Drennan, hair styling by Peggy Sue’s Parlour; see more from this wedding here!

photo by LAYERS, hair styling by Chelsey Margrave; see more from this wedding here!

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Hanging Table Decor

An amazing way to take your 2018 wedding decor to the next level is by raising the roof with it! Take a holistic approach to your reception design by decorating your space from floor to ceiling.

photos by Yeah Yeah Photography, event planning & floral design by Saffron Events; see more from this feature here!

photos by Dearheart Photos, event planning by Kraak, floral design by Liezl Kotze Floral Art, rentals by Baie Goeters; see more from this feature here!

photos by Chris and Ruth Photography, event planning by Alago Events

photos by Diktat Photography, event planning by Varawedding, floral design by Aisle Project; see more from this wedding here!

Wheat & Pampas Grass

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.

photo by SUEGRAPHY; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Immerse Photography, floral design by Naomi Rose Floral Design; see more from this wedding inspiration shoot here!

photos by Jeff Brummett Visuals, event design by Junebug Weddings, floral design by Bows and Arrows, rentals by Coral Lane TX; see more from this wedding inspiration shoot here!

photos by WonderFerris, floral design by Rosebud and Willow, rentals by Pretty Prop Shop; see more from this wedding inspiration shoot here!

photo by Anni Graham Photography, floral design by Flora Organica Designs, rentals by Something Borrowed; see more from this wedding here!

photos by Eden Strader Photography, floral design by Pink Pineapple Florals, rentals by Signature Party Rentals and Spell Bundle; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Lilly Red Creative, event design by Ema Giangreco Weddings, floral design by Fabio Zardi, macramé by My Macramania; see more from this wedding inspiration shoot here!

Which 2018 wedding trend is your favorite? For more inspiration, check out these sweet wedding cake trends for 2018!

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9 Sweetest Wedding Cake Trends for 2018

November 14, 2017 | nicole

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?

Drip Cakes

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.

photo by Melissa Marshall Photography, cake by The Roundhouse Bakery; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Emily Kirke Photography, cake by Erica OBrien Cake Design; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Jimmy Raper Photography, cake by Byron Bay Cake Boutique; see more from this wedding here!

Marble Cakes

We love seeing wedding ideas pulled from interior design inspiration and the marble cake couldn’t be a more perfect example! Elegant, clean, and modern, a marble wedding cake is a real eye catcher!

photo by Tomasz Kornas, cake by The Garden; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Eileen Meny, cake by Samantha Bakes Cakes; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Joelsview Photography, cake by Whisk Cake Company; see more from this wedding here!

Geode Cakes

What if the inside of your cake were just as pretty as the outside? With a geode wedding cake, you get the best of both worlds!

photo by Jessie Schultz Photography, cake by Great Dane Baking Company; see more from this wedding here!

photo by LAYERS, cake by Art is in Cakes; see more from this wedding here!

photo by LAYERS Photography, cake by Cake Gallery; see more from this wedding here!

Black Cakes

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.

photo by Wianda Bongen Photography, cake by Majesteit taart; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Eileen Meny, cake by Samantha Bakes Cakes; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Emily Nicole Photo, cake by Brown Egg Bakery; see more from this wedding here!

Hand-Painted Cakes

For couples wanting to infuse handmade elements into their wedding, a hand-painted cake is a one-of-a-kind touch.

photo by Lindsay Nickel, cake by Sugar by Tracy; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Braden Young Photo, cake by Nafoura Restaurant; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Tomasz Kornas Photography, cake by Cake Cuppery; see more from this wedding here!

3-D Textured Cakes

Creative and contemporary, 3-D textured cakes are like an art piece all their own! Complement the design of your cake with a unique topper that shows off your personality.

photo by Carrie J. Photography, cake by Le Dolci; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Autumn Harrison Photography, cake by Kindred Cake Company; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Hannah Martin Photography, cake by The Cake & The Giraffe; see more from this wedding here!

Nearly Naked Cakes

Naked cakes are nothing new, but we’re loving these “nearly” naked wedding cakes that meet right in the sweet spot between fully-iced and barely there.

photo by Sugarica, cake by Abby Roses Photography; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Amy Fanton Photography, cake by Juliet Sear; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Free the Bird, cake by Sweet Cakes of Mine; see more from this wedding here!

Geometric Cakes

Geometry is a huge wedding design theme in general, so don’t leave your cake out of the fun! We love the way clean lines contrast with round tiers of a wedding cake.

photo by Monique Serra Photography, cake by Flour & Flourish; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Emily Delamater Photography, cake by Autumn Nomad; see more from this wedding here!

photo by All Bliss Photography, cake by Biltmore Estate; see more from this wedding here!

Color-Blocked Cakes

photo by David Le; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Page & Holmes Photography, cake by T Loves Cakes; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Hazelnut Photography, cake by Over the Rainbow Desserts; see more from this wedding here!

Looking for more wedding cake inspiration? Check out these delicious cake ideas!

13 Beautifully Mouth-Watering Drip Cakes for Your Wedding

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The Best Etsy Wedding Cake Stands

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You’ll Love the Stylish Moody Color Palette in This Stones of the Yarra Valley Wedding

August 24, 2017 | colleen

Ashleigh and Darren’s moody Stones of the Yarra Valley wedding is giving us all the heart eyes. We can’t get enough of Ashleigh’s dreamy Suzanne Harward bridal gown, the jewel tone florals by I Heart Flowers, and the actual jewels Ashleigh is wearing by Stephanie Browne – hello statement earrings. These romantic details were the perfect addition to their stylish wedding. Free the Bird was there to capture these details and the love these two have for each other.

The Couple:

Ashleigh and Darren

The Wedding:

Stones of the Yarra Valley, Melbourne, Australia

Being a winter wedding in the Yarra Valley, warmth was a big factor. A long sleeve dress was always on the cards, but to find something as beautiful as the Bell gown by Susanne Harward was a dream. It was dramatic, elegant and so comfortable. Because it was quite a simple dress in fabrication, statement earrings were a must. These gold and ruby earrings from Stephanie Browne will be something we hold onto forever.

The most memorable moment for both of us, the first moment that we saw each other in the Chapel was a feeling that we cannot explain. People had told us about ‘that moment’ during the planning, but we didn’t expect it to be such an overwhelming moment.

We had an incredible celebrant, Lara, who guided us through this process. She had so many great examples of how to create a ceremony that is meaningful to you. It was important to us that rather than readings, we had words that were actually about us as a couple. Lara spent a lot of time getting to know us as a couple, and did a fantastic job of taking all of our loved ones through our ‘story’. In addition to that, we had our super talented brother in law Mark playing acoustic guitar during the procession and after the ceremony, and Darren‘s sister Brittany was terrific as our MC throughout the day. Having family involved with these special roles made it all feel so much more personal.

Jai from Free the Bird was an absolute dream to work with. We are both a bit awkward in front of the camera, but he was unobtrusive, so we just acted like ourselves while he worked his magic. A lot of our family commented on how great he was, never getting in the way of the day, but somehow capturing all the most magic and intimate moments. We have so many stunning photos, we don’t know how we will narrow it down for our album.

We both like quite dark, wintery colours, so when we chose a June wedding date, we very quickly went towards burgundies, charcoal and deep greens. Not only do they bring a warmth to the chill of winter, there is something very romantic and elegant about these tones to us.

Don’t get caught up in everything that you think you “should do”. Choose the things that are most important to you (for us it was food, wine, music) and focus on those. It is so easy to get caught up in long list of possibilities, but it made the whole process so much more stress free and enjoyable by not worrying about things that did not matter to us. We just wanted to make sure all of our guests had a great time, and we quickly realized that not many people notice all the small details so there was no point to get stressed by them.

Processional: Pachelbel – Canon in D (acoustic guitar version) – performed by Mark Cunningham
First Dance: Sam Smith – Latch (Daniela Andrade version) – performed by Baker Boys Band

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Free the Bird
Venue – Stones of the Yarra Valley
Floral Design – I Heart Flowers
Cake – Stones of the Yarra Valley
Officiant – Lara Williams
Invitations – Reuben Hannaford
Live Music – Mark Cunningham, Baker Boys Band
Makeup Artist – Jeannie Cho
Hair Styling – Alarah Studio
Wedding Dress – Suzanne Harward
Bridal Accessories – Stephanie Browne
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Camilla and Marc
Groom’s Apparel – Oscar Hunt
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Crane Brothers
Rings – Anna Sheffield
Transportation – Triple R Luxury Car Hire

 

Congratulations, Ashleigh and Darren, on your wedding day! For more moody wedding inspiration, check out this moody modern Nashville wedding and this moody vintage Malibu wedding.

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