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Cozy DIY Nashville Farmers’ Market Wedding

June 30, 2020 | brooke

Kaitlyn and Ben wanted their wedding day to feel like home, so a cozy, DIY Nashville Farmers’ Market wedding was the perfect choice! We could gush for days over these warm details and intimate wedding vibes, but we thought you might like to hear what photographer Taylor English Photography had to say:

The first ever at the Nashville Farmers’ Market wedding could not have been more Nashville through-and-through. The wedding couple are both musicians, from musical families with all friends and guests being musicians as well – there was no shortage of performances throughout the night, starting with live ceremony music and multiple renditions, straight through to a live band for the first half of the reception. Kaitlyn and Ben chose to DIY as much of their wedding decor as possible – writing out their own postcard name cards, taping up live-show-inspired flyers around the market, she even DIY’d her beautiful bouquet. One of the most unique and fun weddings ever! 

The Couple:

Kaitlyn & Ben

The Wedding:

Nashville Farmers Market, Nashville, Tennessee

My dress goal was simple: spend under $1000. I was able to do that thanks to BHLDN and their wonderful team. I wanted a unique, classic, and vintage feel to my gown and found it right away in their Ludlow dress. It was the one and only dress I tried on! My accessories were all family heirlooms: a necklace that my grandmother bought for all of her granddaughters to wear down the aisle and a pair of sapphire earrings that she left me in her will. Because of #feminism, I wasn’t really down with a traditional veil. Or a garter. I did come across a fabulous cape veil that I decided I needed because I wanted to feel like a super hero on my wedding day!

Set a time, between 24-48 hours before the wedding that you will start having fun. Literally, put it in your phone calendar and set an alarm. I put “START HAVING FUN” in my calendar. Alert all of the concerned parties in advance that you will no longer be taking questions/concerns/comments about the wedding after said time because you are going to enjoy your wedding!

Our wedding style came out of the advice I heard on an episode of the Bridechilla Podcast: Design a wedding that looks like the design inside your home. I took that idea and ran with it. Warm ambiance and tones, cluttered vases and knick-knacks, boho vibes, and personal touches made up every corner of our very DIYed day.

I wrote the ceremony script for the most part and made sure it really reflected what we value as a couple – our vows even had a Harry Potter reference in them (“Until the very end” instead of “Till death do us part”). We are musicians so having our friends perform during the ceremony was a must. We had music instead of readings.

If you are going the DIY route: decide what is worth DIYing and what is not. I was going to DIY our draping/string lights but that would have required me to go to the venue the night before the wedding AFTER the rehearsal dinner and take away from time with my family and friends. I decided that wasn’t worth it. Get creative with solutions: We asked someone who works at a draping company (so, an expert) to come and install the draping and lights we purchased – saving us around $800.

Our first dance was to Liz Longley’s “You’ve Got That Way” and we were so lucky to have her there to sing it in person.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Taylor English Photography
Event Planning – Gather and Heart Event Co.
Venue – Nashville Farmers Market
Catering – Bella Pizza, Bacon & Caviar, Farm City Coffee,
Ice Cream – Jeni’s Ice Cream
Live Music – Brennen Leigh, Noel McKay, Trent Freeman, Liz Longley, Rebecca and Matt Rolland Draping
Videography – Bastion Wedding Films
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Alexa Brooke Montgomery
Wedding Dress – BHLDN
Rings – Port-Manteau
Rentals – Liberty Party Rental
Lighting – Nashville Event Draping

 

Congratulations, Kaitlyn and Ben, and many thanks to Junebug member Taylor English Photography for sharing their day with us! For more of Taylor’s work, be sure to visit her page in our directory of the world’s best wedding photographers.

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You Have to See the DIY Dried Bouquets in This Stylish Madison Wedding

May 24, 2020 | brooke

If the thought of free-spirited style and DIY dried bouquets makes you melt, you’re going to love Allison and Beau’s sweet wedding day at Chorus Public House in Madison, Wisconsin. With Allison being a creative and designer, she had been dreaming of her wedding day—and all the little details—for years. We’re positively obsessed with the vibe she pulled off, and especially her bridesmaids’ DIY dried bouquets in hues of rust, blush, and pops of coral. These blooms perfectly paired with the ‘maids’ eclectic mix of dresses. Fun fact: After their ceremony, this couple snuck away to their favorite coffee shop to capture intimate photos with Erika Diaz. And we love everything about that idea! Get ready for all the inspiration a bohemian babe could ever need!

The Couple:

Allison & Beau

The Wedding:

Chorus Public House, Madison, Wisconsin

I knew that I wanted to wear Rue de Seine’s Avril before I was even engaged. The bold lace and dramatic back created such a statement perfectly accented by the dried floral hairpiece created by my florist. My bridesmaids carried my color palette with their mismatched long silky dresses and floral velvet hair scarves from Free People. The groom and groomsmen wore velvet and tweed to give off all the fall vibes.

Right after our ceremony Beau and I snuck off to one of our favorite coffee shops to take pictures and soak in our first moments together as husband and wife. It was so nice to have a little quiet time together before our reception and the photos are so intimate and full of love.

I went to school for textile and fashion design and have been dreaming of creating things for my wedding for as long as I can remember. My personal style is bohemian and eclectic. We added personal DIY touches to create a laid back, free-spirited vibe.

I created all of the bridesmaids’ bouquets as well as all of the venue decor and table centerpieces. We cut hydrangeas from our own yard as well as a few neighbors and dried the flowers ourselves and spray painted them gold. We also made our own walk-up bar for our guests by filling our boat with drinks and ice!

Chorus Public House has a natural vintage charm and is effortlessly beautiful. We loved the character that the 1800s building had and the large pillars and grand staircase were a perfect setting for our rustic bohemian style reception.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Erika Diaz
Ceremony Venue – Bethel Lutheran Church
Reception Venue – Chorus Public House
Floral Design – Daffodil Parker
Catering – Red Rock Madison
Cake – Greenbush Bakery
DJ – Isthmus DJ’s LLC
Makeup Artist – Alison Frances
Hair Styling – Tori Bates
Wedding Dress – Rue de Seine
Groom’s Apparel – Ralph Lauren

 

Congratulations, Allison and Beau, and many thanks to Junebug member Erika Diaz for sharing their day with us! For more of Erika’s work, be sure to check out her page in our directory of the world’s best wedding photographers.

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This Playful Colorblock Wedding at SmogShoppe is a DIYer’s Wonderland

February 26, 2020 | brooke

Calling all 2020 wedding trend followers! Daniela and Moe are showing us how it’s done with their vibrant colorblock wedding at SmogShoppe in Los Angeles. If you love all things DIY—which we do—you’re going to fall in love with the details this couple hand crafted for their celebration. It was only natural for these two to dream up some fun creations for their day since they met in architecture school and are both keen on design, and with the extra help from THREAD Events Co. they totally rocked it. Out of all the do-it-yourself elements, we especially love their colorful seating chart with lots of funky shapes! Get ready to be inspired, because Tida Svy graced us with lots of beautiful images of it all!

The Couple:

Daniela & Moe

The Wedding:

SmogShoppe, Los Angeles, CA

We came up with the idea to give out gift totes – tote bags with a whole bunch of goodies inside (chocolate bars, popcorn, kind bars, fruit bars, tide pens, Pedialyte, sunscreen, bandaids, Advil, and Pepto Bismol). But to personalize the totes, we came up with a design with the botanic shapes from our website/invitation design. We cut out foam stamps and block printed the shapes onto canvas totes and also made custom paper tags with our guest’s names to identify the totes.

Although we live in San Francisco (and we got married at San Francisco City Hall), we really wanted to have our wedding reception to celebrate with all our friends and family in LA. We lived in LA for a few years and fell in love with so many neighborhoods, but we were particularly fond of our neighborhood in Culver City. We happened upon SmogShoppe and loved the story of an old smog shoppe (something you see everywhere in LA) turning into this totally unexpected magical lush oasis! We love greenery and can’t get enough plants in our home, so the vibe at Smog Shoppe felt perfect. We also really liked the indoor/outdoor feature along with the industrial nature of the venue – it felt more casual and relaxed.

Since this was just our reception, the pressure was off (a little) in terms of expectations around the ceremony – meaning our main focus was on planning the celebration! We of course wanted it to be fun and memorable, but also represent us as a couple and what we love – which is good food, lots of dancing, and design! We went into the process with one main thing in mind – planning something that we would enjoy. While we wanted everyone to have a good time, we knew that was an impossible standard and so whenever there were decisions that felt hard or we started feeling outside pressure from family or anyone to do things a certain way, we always came back to the standard of making sure we would actually enjoy our reception!

We knew going in that the day was going to be a whirlwind, but we were surprised and so thankful to Ashley, our planner, for taking us aside during the cocktail hour (outside) to take a moment to walk through the venue (inside) to see how everything we had spent months working on and planning for had actually come together! It was such a special moment for us. We both cried with just the release of emotion knowing that we had actually pulled it off and it went beyond what we had ever dreamed.

We went a little crazy with the DIY… from the very beginning, we got it in our heads that we needed to make an amazing website (https://danielaandmoe.com/). Moe is a web designer and I’m an architect, so design is super important to us. We spent about 6 weeks designing the website! It was definitely a passion project but we knew it would set the tone for everything else – it was essentially a brand guideline for the wedding and was incredibly useful in communicating our vision with all the vendors. In the months leading up to the reception, we started dreaming up other things to DIY and ended up making our seating chart, table numbers, and photo booth props! We met in architecture school and are both makers at heart, so we really couldn’t resist.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Tida Svy
Event Planning – THREAD Events Co.
Ceremony Venue – San Francisco Court House
Reception Venue – SmogShoppe
Floral Design – Rawfinery
Catering – Fundamental LA
Cake – Susie Cakes
DJ – Red Shoe LA
Makeup Artist – Courtney Lauren Beauty
Hair Styling – Ana Morales
Groom’s Apparel – Maple Propeller
Linens – The Hostess Haven
Rentals – MTB Event Rentals
Custom Signage – Corey Wolford of See Wolf Design
Valet – Jeffrey Valet

 

Congratulations, Daniela and Moe, and many thanks to Junebug member THREAD Events Co. for sharing their day with us! If you love THREAD Events Co.’s work, be sure to check out their page in our directory of the world’s best wedding planners.

RECOMMENDED READING: 2020 Wedding Trends to Obsess Over This Year

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This Rustic Boho Long Hollow Ranch Wedding Has Amazing DIY Wood Details

February 14, 2020 | brooke

Calling all rustic, boho babes! Hannah and Christopher’s magical day at Long Hollow Ranch will have you dreaming all the free-spirited, DIY wedding dreams. If you get weak over sentimental moments, fair warning—Autumn captured all the sweet emotions between this bride and groom. We’re obsessing over the color palette Hannah chose for her babes to wear, and just wait until you see all the wooden details at their ceremony site and outdoor reception! Fun fact: The couple chose to arrange their ceremony seating in a circle for a more intimate experience, and we love that idea! Get ready to be inspired by every little detail of Hannah and Christopher’s wedding at Long Hollow Ranch!

The Couple:

Hannah & Christopher

The Wedding:

Long Hollow Ranch, Sisters, Oregon

SHOP SIMILAR STYLES: Geometric Dangle Earrings ($14.99); Bridal White Arch Shaped Earrings ($27.00); White Porcelain Geometric Earrings ($40.00); Gold Arch Earrings ($20.00); Minimalist Gold Arch Earrings ($36.83)

We decided to do a round seating set up, rather than the normal straight rows. It created a really intimate vibe for the ceremony, and for us, made it feel like each of the people there were an active part of our wedding. Everyone was close in proximity, but also in an emotional way and I really loved the closeness of it all.

SHOP SIMILAR STYLES: Priscilla Large Rattan Vase ($39.00); Bistro 12” Rattan Planter + Stand ($99.00); Rattan Lantern ($78.00); Skye Rattan Stool ($39.00)

SHOP SIMILAR STYLES: Unplugged Ceremony Sign Vinyl Decal ($24.00+); Wooden Unplugged Wedding Sign ($34.00+); Unplugged Ceremony Sign for Wedding ($49.95+); Vertical Wooden Wedding Sign ($31.45+); Vertical Rustic Wooden Wedding Sign ($49.00+)

The most memorable part of the day was the emotion and love felt by all, throughout every step of the entire experience. Our wedding was the union of us as a couple, but more importantly the union of us as a family of three, with my 3 year old son.
It is easy to see and feel the love through the photos of the ceremony, reception and every moment in between and I will never forget how all of that felt for the three of us.

Less is more and to focus on what is important to you. It’s so easy to get caught up in the million little things you are “supposed to” do. I realized quickly that it’s so much more important and worth the time and effort to emphasize the things that really matter to you and let the other details go.

I loved the simple, boho look and all the colors and accents I ended up with worked well with the colors of the natural, scenic background of the venue. Basically, give me all the rust colors, light neutrals and greenery. Our vision pieced together really well and I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome.

Autumn became a part of our family the day of our wedding. She was easy-going, genuine, flexible, and heart felt. We all felt so comfortable around her from the moment we met her, and felt like she was emotionally connected to us and our story. She was completely willing to let us take the lead, while also keeping things moving the way they needed to. It was so nice to not have to worry about when to be where and what needed to be done, because she was on it. We adore her and will cherish her and our photos forever.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Autumn Nicole Photography
Event Planning – Megan Lynn Design
Wedding Venue – Long Hollow Ranch
Floral Design – Hey You Flowers
Catering – Cody’s Country Catering
DJ – Bend Event Sound
Stationery – Kalen Rivers
Wedding Dress – Ania Bridal
Bride’s Earrings – Opal Milk

 

Congratulations, Hannah and Christopher, and many thanks to Autumn Nicole Photography for sharing their sweet wedding with Junebug! Loving these rustic boho vibes?

RECOMMENDED READING: Outdoorsy DIY Wedding at Double K Estate

 

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Outdoorsy DIY Wedding at Double K Estate

January 29, 2020 | brooke

High school sweethearts Alexus and Weston knew their wedding needed two things: To celebrate their family and friends and to truly reflect who they are as a couple. They embraced their outdoorsy hearts with a woodsy, boho day at Double K Estate! From antlers incorporated into the table decor, flower girls tossing dried flowers that were saved from bouquets Weston had given Alexus since prom, personalized vows, and a surprise appearance from Sparty — this day was filled with sentimental details planned with the help of Paper Hat Weddings. According to Alexus, they hired the best photographer for couples with dogs (and in general!), Autumn Nicole Photography. So, if you’re inspired by the outdoors, really into photos of adorable, fluffy pups, and Free People-esque style, this day is for you!

The Couple:

Alexus + Weston

The Wedding:

Double K Estate, Boyne Falls, Michigan

I enjoy hunting and being outdoors and wanted our look to reflect this. The guys were each gifted feather bowties and camo socks. We all wore jackets with a subtle black camo pattern and of course my favorite, Lululemon dress pants. I wanted to make sure we were both functional and fly.

Wow Hannah Elisabeth Beauty and her team can make beauty dreams come true. I met with Hannah prior for a trial and we discussed my overall wedding vibe and she made it come to life on our wedding day.

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I happened to fall in love with two dresses while dress shopping and Weston had mentioned that he would be up to doing a first look if there was something different about myself when I walked down the aisle. Two dresses it was, but Weston did not know! I did our first look in my “reception dress” then walked down the aisle in a completely different dress, my “ceremony dress”. I also knew I wanted to incorporate a hat during my wedding because I am typically always wearing one. 

The main planning advice we have is that this day is all about the bride and groom, so do not get caught up on what everyone expects you to do at a wedding. Instead, make a day that involves all your favorite and most important things in life. Let this reflect the vendors you choose too. By doing this we truly believe it will make the planning process so fun, you will work with awesome people and your day will be unforgettable.

It was so important to us that everyone felt special on our day and that nothing was planned without a story to tell.

Autumn Nicole has a way of making you feel so comfortable and have fun behind the camera. I truly love that every photo she takes tells a story, we continue to relive our day thanks to this. She is the sweetest person and after you meet Autumn, you will have a new forever friend. P.S BEST PHOTOGRAPHER WITH DOGS!

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We both attended Michigan State University for undergrad, and both come from families that are huge Spartan fans. So, prior to the wedding the bride had set up to have Sparty at the wedding. However, she did not tell anyone else about this. The bride and groom went for a walk after the ceremony along the river where Sparty surprised the groom! Then the bride, groom and Sparty all entered the cocktail hour to the MSU fight song and surprised all our family and friends. Everyone LOVED this surprise!

As for my girls we went for non-traditional dresses, I made a color palette and worked with each of them to find a dress at regular department stores. Also, my gift to all the girls when they walked into the reception was a personalized jean jacket on their chair to dance the night away in.

My parent’s (mother/father of the bride) started a wedding rental business, Eden Woods Rentals, after our wedding. Leading up to the wedding my family built all the reception/cocktail/dessert tables, bars, floral wall, and supplied all the chairs, church pews and many of the details that made our day so special. It was amazing to watch our families come together and work so hard to add that extra touch of unique to our day.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Autumn Nicole Photography
Event Planning – Paper Hat Weddings
Wedding Venue – Double K Estate
Floral Design – Bracken and Bloom
Catering – Pigs Eatin’ Ribs
Cake – Simply Sweet by Jessica
DJ – Tenn Starr Entertainment
Videography – The Brothers Martens
Stationery – Minted
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Hannah Elisabeth Beauty
Wedding Dress – Rue de Seine, Mikaella Bridal
Rentals – Eden Woods Wedding Rentals

 

Congratulations, Alexus and Weston, and many thanks to Autumn Nicole Photography for sharing their day with Junebug! If you love the outdoorsy vibe, we think you’ll feel inspired by this rustic chic South Carolina forest wedding.

 

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Design-Forward DIY Kansas City Wedding at El Torreon

January 10, 2020 | brooke

Calling all 2020 wedding trend followers! Check out how Megan and Aaron totally rocked the color-blocking trend for their backyard wedding and reception at El Torreon in Kansas City. Katie Carlson was there to capture every sweet moment — from the couple’s emotional ceremony to a special guitar serenade and adorable first dance! We’re positively obsessed with Megan’s wedding dress, which was custom made by her mother and thoughtfully embroidered with her wedding date on the sleeves. Just wait until you see the modern invitations by MegCo Creative (a.k.a the bride!), perfectly simple floral arrangements by Elizabeth Mckenzie Florals, and even more from Megan and Aaron’s El Torreon wedding day!

The Couple:

Megan & Aaron

The Wedding:

El Torreon, Kansas City, Missouri

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My dress was custom designed and sewn by my mom. It was inspired by an incredible wedding dress designer, Hermoine De Paula. We wanted something that was non-traditional, unique, elegant and true to my style. For the reception, I wore strappy nude sandals and dusty rose polymer clay shell earrings. My hair was simple with a beautiful hairpiece that matched my bouquet. For the reception, I changed into blue block heels and incredible iridescent earrings.

We were both very excited to get married but wanted the day to be simple, fun and nontraditional. As a graphic designer, I had a lot of fun designing the vision for the day. From the color palette to the invitations to the reception decorations, it was all consciously planned and curated.

Almost every aspect of the wedding was DIY. I designed and printed the invitations and signage. My mom custom made my dress. My mother in law dried the flowers that we used in the bud vases. We designed, cut and painted the oversized abstract shapes that were used for our ceremony backdrop and throughout the reception.

Wedding planning advice from the bride and groom: Try as hard as you can to enjoy it and do as much of it as you can as a team. The way you work together to make decisions and plan this day will set the tone for your relationship moving forward.

Our intimate ceremony in our backyard was beyond all of my expectations. When you spend so much time planning the catering menu, venue details, and what every person in your family is going to be doing at every moment of the weekend, you don’t even think about how overwhelming beautiful your ceremony will be. My best friend was the officiant and she did an incredible job capturing our relationship and making it so meaningful. We also wrote our own vows which were incredibly special and overwhelming.

After our backyard ceremony, we signed our marriage license and went back outside to thank and toast our friends and family for coming. Aaron picked up his guitar and surprised me with a serenade of one of our favorite songs, “When U Love Somebody” by the Fruit Bats. He changed the last long of the song to be personalized to us and our relationship. It was a perfect moment that I will never forget.

My mom helped me with every big decision AND made me the wedding dress of my dreams. My mom has been a seamstress my whole life, so there was no question that she would make my dress – what I didn’t realize is that it would be the most perfect item I’ve ever worn. The creative collaboration between my mom and me was such a special part of the entire experience. My favorite detail of the dress was the hand-embroidered details on the sleeves that read, “m + a” and “09.20.2019”

I truly loved everyone that was a part of our day. We really wanted to work with incredibly creative people who could help bring our vision to life. Katie Carlson was an amazing photographer. She quickly understood our style and created the most beautiful engagement photos that truly captured our relationship and our home that we have worked on so hard together. She was easy-going but assertive and it was incredible to see the images she got while we weren’t looking. I will cherish our wedding photos for the rest of my life.

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We chose El Torreon because it is in our neighborhood in Kansas City and we wanted everything to feel special and localized to our lives right now. It’s also a very historical building where some of the greatest musicians played in Kansas City.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Katie Carlson
Ceremony Venue – Private Residence
Reception Venue – El Torreon
Floral Design – Elizabeth Mckenzie Florals
Catering – The Bite
Coffee – Thou Mayest
Bartending – Two Chicks One Bar
DJ – DJ Thundercutz
Stationery – MegCo Creative
Makeup Artist – Ashlee Richardson
Hair Styling – Parlor KC
Wedding Dress – Karen Collins Original
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Reformation
Bride’s Earrings – TidyClutterings
Groom’s Apparel – Indochino
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Houndstooth KC
Bar Tables – Ultrapom
Benches – Platte Rental and Supply
Rings – Opal and Gold, GLDN

 

We’re so happy for you, Megan and Aaron! Shout out to Katie Carlson for sharing their day at El Torreon with Junebug! To for more 2020 wedding inspo, read about the six wedding themes that are trending in 2020!

 

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DIY Minimalist Toronto Loft Wedding at Five Brock

January 8, 2020 | brooke

Kejina and Jeremy wanted to create a wedding that felt like a dinner party they would have at home—a day that “felt like us”—so they chose Five Brock for it’s open-concept, loft design. Fun fact: The venue is right around the corner from where the couple shared their first date! We’re loving how Kejina DIY’d most of the decor, including the invitations, menus, table numbers, and seating chart. If you’re into fashion, you’re sure to love this couple’s modern, trendy style, with Kejina in a sleek Catherine Deane gown and Jeremy looking dapper in a white suit jacket and black pants from Suit Supply. We can’t wait for you to get inspired by these incredible photos by Nikki Mills!

The Couple:

Kejina & Jeremy

The Wedding:

Five Brock, Toronto, Canada

The most important thing was that we planned our wedding to feel like “us”. It was really important to have our wedding be an intimate gathering that felt like a dinner party we would host at home. We live in a different city from most of our friends and family and don’t get to have dinner parties with them often, so we really wanted the wedding to feel like that. We also wanted it to really represent us and our family unit, and have Jeremy‘s daughters be a part of the day.

Wedding planning advice from the bride and groom: Everyone has an opinion about what your wedding should be like. Just stick to what’s important to you as a couple and focus on the things that honor your relationship. There are thousands of ideas of what you can do, just focus on those things that add impact that your guests will remember and appreciate.

We wanted an open concept loft style venue that would allow us to have our ceremony and reception in the same place. The venue we chose ended up being right around the corner from our first date!

We chose our vibe to reflect who we are normally – modern and trendy, but not over the top. The overall feel was minimal chic, everything was simple but the elements that were designed were thought out very intentionally. I DIY’d our invites, menus, table numbers and seating chart. I love the look of clear table numbers, so I bought clear frames and used a Cricut to create the vinyl numbers. We also had personalized menus for each guest that reflected their meal choices.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Nikki Mills
Event Planning – Laura Olsen
Wedding Venue – Only One Gallery
Officiant – Ceremonies with Jaya
Floral Design – White Oak
Catering – Tempered Room
Makeup Artist – Michelle Silverstein
Hair Styling – Joujou Hair
Wedding Dress – Catherine Deane via Sash & Bustle
Bridal Accessories – The Loved One Accessories
Groom’s Apparel – Suit Supply
Rings – K&Co Bespoke

 

Congratulations, Kejina and Jeremy! We are lucky Junebug member Nikki Mills chose to share their wedding with us! For more of Nikki’s work, be sure to check out her page in our vendor directory.

 

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We’re in Awe of This DIY Butterfly-Inspired White Sparrow Barn Wedding

December 5, 2019 | brooke

We are totally in awe of Kyndall and Jake’s butterfly-inspired White Sparrow Barn wedding! Along with the help of rockstar planning team J. Scott Events, this couple went all-out with whimsical decor at every turn—from a DIY butterfly ceremony backdrop to a cake designed by Loft 22 Cakes and decorated with figurines of their pups! We can’t wait for you to see how Madison Katlin Photography captured Jake’s sweet reaction when Kyndall walked down the aisle and a killer fireworks exit. Get ready to Pin your hearts out babes, because this day is one for your inspo boards!

The Couple:

Kyndall & Jake

The Wedding:

The White Sparrow Barn, Quinlan, TX

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We created a DIY butterfly wall! It took us about 4-6 months to complete, and it was so very worth it. All of our families helped, and it was an important piece to us to have in the wedding. The wall was about 8 ft tall and 8 ft wide. It was massive! I spray painted each individual butterfly and it had about 150 of them on the wall!

My favorite photo was seeing Jake’s face when I was walking down the aisle. Capturing that moment and you just have a rush of feelings looking at it. I always said, “I hope you cry walking down the aisle!” And boy did he cry!!! That was our first time seeing each other in 24 hours. Seeing him for the first time and him crying — was just everything. I loved that we waited to see each other and chose not do a first look!

Our photographer was literally amazing! She did our engagements and we just fell in love with everything. She is a natural at her job and makes you feel super comfortable. She’s so easy to work with and literally the sweetest person!

Wedding planning advice from the bride: Stay organized! If your not an organized person then definitely get a planner who is on top of things! That’s what helped me the most! Plus I organized my Pinterest boards in different categories for each event of the wedding which was super helpful!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Madison Katlin Photography
Event Planning – J. Scott Events
Wedding Venue – The White Sparrow Barn
Floral Design – Kate McLeod Studio
Stationery & Signage – Brown Fox Creative
Catering – Vetals Catering
Cake – Loft 22 Cakes
Live Music – In10 City Band
Videography – DP Weddings
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – BA Beauty
Custom Cookies – Shane’s Cookie Corner
Rentals – Coral Lane Rentals; Posh Couture Rentals
Live Painting – By Brittany Branson

 

Congratulations Kyndall and Jake, and many thanks to Madison Katlin Photography for sharing their White Sparrow Barn wedding with Junebug! Loving these barn wedding vibes? You’ve got to check out this chic Tulsa barn wedding at Dream Point Ranch!

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Intimate DIY Dovecote Ranch Wedding in Los Alamos, CA

November 9, 2019 | brooke

Sarah and Hunter’s Dovecote Ranch wedding was bursting with color, personality, and just a little bit of Harry Potter fan-dom! We love how Sarah put her heart and soul into her DIY wedding by learning calligraphy, hand tying blue cloth napkins, and creating each wax-sealed seating card. For the non-DIY planning, the couple hired Desert Child Events to help them pull off their vision, including a ceremony that was anything but ordinary, featuring their “best-dog,” Whiskey, a mixture of Scottish and Filipino traditions, and sentimental words from I Do Santa Barbara. For the reception, the bride and groom snuck away for wardrobe changes—Hunter into his “party tie” and Sarah looking oh-so-glamourous in a fabulous BHLDN dress and shawl. We can’t wait for you to see how Nicole Henshaw captured every detail, including multi-colored glassware, jewel-toned rentals, and two vintage truck beds that housed the live band for the evening!

The Couple:

Sarah & Hunter

The Wedding:

Dovecote Ranch, Los Alamos, California

We decided to exchange our personal vows during our first look and that just made the whole day start off so magically. It was nice to say share our words one on one and have our own moment before continuing on with all the day’s events. It also took off the pressure of having to read our personal promises in front of everyone and it gave me the opportunity to be more spontaneous! As a huge Bachelor Nation fan, I had my Maid of Honor bring out a final rose for me to present to Hunter like in the Bachelorette. Spoiler: He accepted the rose!

We fell in love with Dovecote as soon as we drove up to it. One of the owners, Tamara, drove us around the property in an ATV and the scope of it’s beauty was astounding. It felt breathtaking, yet familiar and welcoming. It felt like it could be someone’s backyard wedding – or as Hunter would remind me -if your backyard was a gorgeous winery. Dovecote also has two rental properties, the larger of which served as a rehearsal dinner and day after brunch venue and the smaller as a bridal suite. It was wonderful to be able to have the whole weekend come together on the property.

Our officiant, Barbra, made our ceremony so personal and tailored to us as a couple. I was worried at one point that it wouldn’t feel as personal, because we were exchanging our personal vows at our first look, but the ceremony still conveyed so much of our words and feelings. Leading up to the wedding we did pre-marital counseling sessions with her that she offers along with officiating. Those sessions really gave her a chance to see us one on one and how our relationship built. She asked us to each write her separately about each other and hearing those pieces during the ceremony were so moving. She also incorporated the Filipino tradition of having wedding sponsors into our ceremony. Normally that is part of a Catholic Church ceremony, but we were able to have some close family and friends serve as candle, cord, and veil sponsors which was so meaningful to us.

I ended up DIYing many pieces for the wedding along with some help from my bridesmaids and now husband. The biggest commitment though was learning calligraphy. I fell in love with all the images on Pinterest of envelopes with beautiful writing and took an online course and bought all the tools to start dip pen calligraphy. I ended up addressing all of our invitation envelopes with calligraphy and then went on to make all our place cards for the seating chart and the Princess Bride quote sign with chalk markers. I truly enjoyed the process of learning and practicing calligraphy and have continued with the hobby after the wedding.

We couldn’t have pulled off the day without Desert Child. Bri was our person from the start and she made it so easy to work with her team. She took on the challenge of helping us with a venue and city that wasn’t local and made it an awesome event. We brought her on for month of coordination, but she was a great resource throughout the entire process. It wasn’t until she started putting the timeline together that I realized how many vendors we were bringing into the space and she made an organized symphony from what I thought was going to be a complicated web.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Nicole Henshaw
Event Planning – Desert Child Events
Wedding Venue – Dovecote Ranch
Floral Design – Festive Designs
Catering – JR’s Gourmet Catering
Cake – Tondi Gelato
Officiant – I Do Santa Barbara
Live Music – The Straytones
Videography – Spin the Dial Productions
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – To Have and to Hold Bridal Salon
Wedding Dress – Willowby Watters
Reception Dress & Shawl – BHLDN
Groom’s Apparel – Joe by Joseph Abboud
Rentals – Santa Ynez Valley Elite Events
Specialty Rentals – Affairs of the Heart Rentals

 

Congratulations Sarah and Hunter, and a special thanks to Junebug member Desert Child Events for sharing their incredible DIY Dovecote Ranch wedding with us! Loving what Desert Child Events pulled together? Be sure to check out their page in our vendor directory for even more wedding planning goodness!

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This DIY Quebec Farm Wedding is a Bohemian Dream

November 6, 2019 | brooke

Cassandra and Adrian’s Quebec farm wedding is something out of a magical, boho dream! With tons of Etsy finds, including a custom dress from Selfa Bridal and rad bolo tie from PandPF, these two created a day that was uniquely “them.” We love how planner Le Coeur Bohème helped pull together bohemian classics like the long, family-style reception tables, mismatched chairs, and vintage plates. If that sounds good, just wait until you see how floral designer Kyoto Fleurs created whimsical and beautifully simple florals to add a perfect touch to this inspiring day. From the couple’s emotional first look to the most romantic canoe photos on the lake and an entertaining reception, photographer Gabrielle Desmarchais documented this day to perfection — and we can’t wait for you to fall in love with this DIY Quebec farm wedding just like we did!

The Couple:

Cassandra & Adrian

The Wedding:

Fritz Farm, Quebec, Canada

The most important thing to us was that everything was authentically “us”. We wanted to do things our way, not how we thought a wedding should be, or how others thought our wedding should be, which included MANY non-traditional elements. We wanted everything we chose to be deliberate and meaningful. We wanted our guests to leave with the feeling that they experienced our unique love, story and relationship.

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Wedding planning advice from the couple: Do it your way! Don’t sacrifice your vision for your wedding for someone else’s. Also delegate! Asking for help is hard, but definitely you need to do it. Giving people jobs the day of will be important, and having good people in your corner to handle any unpredictable situations that arise (because they will!). We also tried to be very money/budget conscious, especially in the beginning, because once you get stressed you just start throwing money at problems. Also, as the wedding approaches, things become extra stressful, but it WILL all be worth it, trust us.

If we had to choose, the most memorable part of the day would be the ceremony. For Adrian is was when I walked down the aisle, and for me it was the vows we wrote for each other, as well as hearing all our friends and family participate so generously in our craziness

Our ceremony was very personal! To preface we met doing the musical Rocky Horror together, and Adrian proposed on closing night of the second year we did the show (in women’s lingerie!). We had our friend Kenny (who was in the show with us, and was a part of the proposal)officiate our wedding. During the ceremony our officiant asked people to yell “call-backs” throughout. This is part of the Rocky Horror show, so whenever someone said Adrian’s name they yelled “A$$ hole!” and whenever they yelled Cassandra they yelled “Basic!”. So not the most traditional! We also had our dogs part of our ceremony (one of them was the ring bearer) and wrote our own, very personal vows.

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Our photographers and videographers were so amazing to work with! They helped ease any stress, had amazing energy and made getting our pictures taken fun! We couldn’t have asked for better people to have during those intimate moments.

We did a lot of DIY! We made our own invitations (drew them by hand and finalized them on Photoshop), we made our own party favors which were drawings put onto pins. We made our own wine labels, and stickers for the confetti cones. We designed/wrote our order of the day on a large palette, we had another palette that had our bridal parties pictures and bios. We made our own table numbers, which were all important dates to us, along with a picture/map explaining the dates. And lastly we made our own vow books, we took old, used books and drew a design on the cover and wrote the vows inside.

 We had such a blast at our reception, which was like a show! We have many talented friends, so we had performances using songs that were meaningful to us.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Gabrielle Desmarchais
Event Planning – Le Coeur Bohème
Wedding Venue – Fritz Farm
Floral Design – Kyoto Fleurs
Catering – Robert Alexis
Cake – Bayard Gateaux
Live Music – The Feedbackers
Videography – Beau Vidéo
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Chelsea Dawn
Wedding Dress – Selfa Bridal
Bridal Accessories –Eugenie Bee
Calligraphy Jacket – Someday Art Co as a part of Via Calligraphy‘s Just Married Jacket Project
Groom’s Bolo – PandPF
Groom’s Apparel – Suitiblee
Rings – Atelier LAF
Rentals – Le Coeur Bohème

 

Congratulations Cassandra and Adrien — we’re in love with your day and super grateful Le Coeur Bohème shared it with us! If you’re into these unique Quebec farm wedding vibes, be sure to check out this gorgeous Twilight inspired wedding.

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