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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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This DIY Backyard Wedding in Nashville is Chock Full of Stylish Inspiration

October 24, 2019 | brooke

Calling all free-spirited, DIY babes! Jenna and Jansen’s boho DIY backyard wedding in Nashville, Tennessee is the one for you! We’re completely obsessed with how the couple pulled off such an inspirational day all by themselves — from the wax-sealed invitations to the teepee altar, absolutely everything from this day was handmade. Jenna looked stunning in her lace BHLDN gown, and check out how her groom and his men rocked Nike Air Force 1 sneakers. Get your Pinterest boards ready, babes, because you’re going to fall in love with every photo Hailey Pierce Photography captured from this DIY backyard wedding day!

The Couple:

Jenna & Jansen

The Wedding:

Private Residence, Nashville, Tennessee

One of my MOHs, Hayes, and I watercolored each invitation. I designed the artwork and ripped every edge to gold foil them each by hand and sealed with a wax “H”.

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If you don’t have a wedding planner, don’t be afraid to ask for help! We were SO lucky to have so many people willing to help. I asked my mother- in-law to just take care of the flowers, because I knew she’d be amazing at it, and she so graciously took care of it all!

My husband wrote a song for our wedding day and sang me down the aisle! Most magical moment ever. Our recessional was Love On Top by Beyonce. Our dads, who officiated, pulled confetti cannons out and we danced our way out.

When the party was over and we were leaving we had everyone lined up with sparklers in hand. We were both waiting to go down the sparkler aisle, and I decided to run to the bathroom. Well while I was in the bathroom, the sparklers were given the go-ahead to light. So as I walked out Jansen said “They just lit all of the sparklers, you missed it” My heart completely sunk, but LUCKILY my parents bought double the amount we needed, so there was plenty to do a do-over.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Hailey Pierce Photography
Catering – Wildberry Catering
Videography – Sam Bate
Stationery – The Jen Creative
Wedding Dress – BHLDN
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Free People
Groom’s Apparel – Zara
Groom’s Shoes – Nike Air Force 1

 

Congratulations Jenna and Jansen! We’re so thankful Hailey Pierce Photography shared all of the DIY backyard wedding goodness with Junebug! Into the DIY idea? You’ve got to check out how this fashion blogger’s Austin destination wedding at Prospect House combined DIY boho elements with Hollywood glamour.

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Organic Meets DIY in This South African Copper and Burgundy Wedding at The Grove

August 24, 2019 | juliette

Lauren and Fred’s copper and burgundy wedding at The Grove was a DIY masterpiece! The couple brought in organic textures, pretty blooms designed by Blooming Pretty, greenery installations, and all the rustic details. They even paid homage to the groom’s career as a plumber by using copper piping to create signage and table numbers! The bride’s Anna Georgina was truly a sight to behold, giving off majorly sophisticated vibes while still looking effortless combined with a messy braided updo. We love every part of this South African wedding and are so grateful VinylRae Photography was there to capture it all!

The Couple:

Lauren and Fred

The Wedding:

The Grove, Eastern Cape, South Africa

The Wedding Team:

Photography – VinylRae Photography
Venue – The Grove
Floral Design – Blooming Pretty
Cake – Sweet Caroline
DJ – Dynamic Sounds
Makeup Artist – Tristen Beard Makeup Artist
Hair Styling – Arne Erasmus Hairstylist
Wedding Dress – Anna Georgina
Rings – Mark Solomon Jewellers

 

Congratulations to Lauren and Fred, and a special thanks to VinylRae Photography for sharing this lovely burgundy wedding with Junebug! Love DIY weddings? This fashion blogger’s Austin destination wedding at Prospect House combined DIY boho elements with Hollywood glamour!

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This Fashion Blogger’s Austin Destination Wedding at Prospect House Combined DIY Boho Elements with Hollywood Glamour

August 12, 2019 | juliette

Prepare your hearts, y’all, because we’ve got an extra-special dose of magic from deep in the heart of Texas with this Austin destination wedding! Taylor and Derek brought boho glam to the iconic Prospect House. They also managed to showcase elements that showed both of their personalities while still looking totally cohesive. The bride, who runs the successful fashion blog Taylor Made Style, stunned in a Rue De Seine gown and Hollywood glam-inspired hair and makeup, and her girls brought the boho vibes in cream-colored Joanna August dresses. And the groom, an avid beer enthusiast, not only brewed beer for the wedding but also got hops vines integrated into the floral design by Studio Tersilla. The result was almost too perfect for words but was captured brilliantly in these images from Century Tree Productions!

The Couple:

Taylor and Derek

The Wedding:

Prospect House, Dripping Springs, Texas

The most important thing was having a well-honed vision that we could present to our vendors and immediately begin the collaborative process from a state of confidence. We felt that this allowed us to have detailed conversations with our vendors from the get-go, and that made a huge difference over the course of this journey.

As a fashion blogger, choosing my wedding dress was one part of the planning process I was super excited about, but I didn’t really have an exact idea of what I wanted. I only knew that I wanted long sleeves and it to be non-traditional. I tried on probably every style of dress before I landed on my Rue De Seine dress. It was unique, but still bridal, and was an absolute dream dress to own and wear! For beauty, I pulled inspiration from the ’60s and Hollywood glam. I wanted to add a touch of classiness to the boho gown so I opted for big curls, winged eyeliner, and a classic bold red lip. My bridesmaids all wore cream dresses by Joanna August, and they perfectly complemented my non-white dress!

Derek is a committed beer enthusiast, so one of his only design request was the integration of hops in the florals and decor. A friend of his in Washington grew hops and sent about a dozen vines to our florist, who did an excellent job integrating the cones on the altar platform, at place settings for the head table, and in the gentlemen’s boutonnieres. He also brewed a rye barrel-aged dessert stout with one of his groomsmen, which they aptly named, “Groom’s Cake.” It was a huge hit — the wedding nearly blew the entire keg of it, even at 11.5% ABV!

We knew early on we wanted to have a destination wedding in Austin. It’s a city we’ve visited together many times and we were so excited for our attendees to get to experience it! We both visited the venue on separate occasions and equally fell in love with it. Because Texas weather is famously unpredictable, we wanted a venue that had an outdoor ceremony space, an indoor reception space, and a solid weather contingency plan. The Prospect House really had it all!

Working with our photographer Shannon, of Century Tree Productions, was such an amazing experience. She made us feel comfortable, and we had fun! She allowed me to collaborate with her and share images leading up to the wedding and truly shared in my vision of what I wanted our wedding photos to look. In the end, she did an even better job than we could’ve imagined!

Be confident in your vision and what you want, but be prepared to display flexibility. Not everything will go exactly as planned — nothing this important ever does — so remember to take a couple of breaths, clear your head, and think about exactly how you want to deal with everything in those critical moments. It really will all be okay; we promise!

We went with more of a palette rather than specific colors to go along with our boho theme. We stuck to a palette of cream, blush, rust, and pops of burgundy. I wanted things to look organic and natural in a way rather than a few set colors.

Our most memorable part of the day was our private dance at the very end of the night. Our photographer suggested we do this, and we were SO happy we did! While everyone gathered outside for the sparkler exit, we had one final candlelit dance — just us. The day went by so quickly, and it was one of the only moments that we could just be alone together, savor the last few minutes of the night, and reflect on the best day of our lives.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Century Tree Productions
Event Planning – Epoch Co+
Venue – Prospect House
Floral Design – Studio Tersilla
Catering – Verde’s Mexican Parrilla
Cake – Sweet Treets Bakery
DJ – Century Tree Productions
Videography – Breanna Bruner
Stationery – Minted
Hair and Makeup Artist – LoLa Beauty
Wedding Dress – Rue De Seine
Bridal Accessories – Everlane
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Joanna August
Groom’s Apparel – Jos.A Bank
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Charles Tyrwhitt
Rings – Generations Jewelry and Staghead Designs
Transportation – R&R Limousine and Bus
Favors – Cornucopia

 

A special thanks to Taylor and Derek for sharing their incredible Austin destination wedding with Junebug! Want to see more of this gorgeous venue? The way this couple brought an Austrian forest to their Austin Prospect House wedding will blow your mind!

 

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This DIY Joshua Tree National Park Wedding Showed Off the Natural Beauty of Both the Desert and the Couple

August 3, 2019 | juliette

The desert was calling Gabby and Harry, and so they had the most perfect Joshua Tree National Park wedding! The intimate celebration, which began with a ceremony at Indian Cove Amphitheater and ended with a chic dinner party style reception at Colony Palms Hotel, was filled with DIY goodness from top to bottom. The couple didn’t add too much to either space, allowing the natural beauty of the desert to be a star of the day, second only to the bride’s incredible Grace Loves Lace gown, crystal headpiece, and white tassel earrings. Alyssa Marie Evans Photography and second shooter Cori Taylor Photography did a phenomenal job capturing every angle of this one-of-a-kind desert celebration!

The Couple:

Gabby and Harry

The Wedding:

Indian Cove Amphitheater and Colony Palms Hotel, Joshua Tree, California

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Alyssa Marie Evans Photography
Second Shooter – Cori Taylor Photography
Ceremony Venue – Indian Cove Amphitheater
Reception Venue – Colony Palms Hotel
Floral Design – Little Palm Springs
Cake – Swiss Donut
DJ – DJ Charlie
Live Music – Aaron Copenhaguen
Videography – Big Day Productions
Stationery – Honeyhue Paper Co.
Makeup Artist – Glammy Face by Sara
Hair Styling – Elle’s House of Glam
Wedding Dress – Grace Loves Lace
Bridal Accessories – Stella and Dot
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Vera Wang

 

Congratulations to Gabby and Harry, and a special thanks to Alyssa Marie Evans Photography for sharing this Joshua Tree National Park wedding! Want even more desert wedding magic? You have to see this intimate southwestern desert wedding at Moab Under Canvas!

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It Doesn’t Get More Thoughtful Than This Sentimental DIY Sandpoint Wedding

July 4, 2019 | juliette

Kelsey and Michael’s private home Sandpoint wedding was as romantic and joyful as they come! The couple enlisted the help of family and friends to hand-craft their special day, and the result was truly remarkable. From the florals that were all designed by a close friend to the ceremony arch made by the groom’s father using willow branches from his own backyard, there was so much care and love poured into every detail. The sentimental traditions they and their friends incorporated, including a ring-warming ceremony and a memorable dance at the reception, were just as sweet. We can hardly get enough of the charm in this Sandpoint wedding and the way that Whit McGuire Photography managed to capture the couple’s energy and essence in every image!

The Couple:

Kelsey and Michael

The Wedding:

Private Residence, Sandpoint, Idaho

In planning our wedding, hands down we knew we wanted to party all night. Finding a venue with no curfew to allow us to dance the night away was top on our list. We also wanted to be surrounded by all our closest friends and family; so finding a venue that could do both was our number one priority. Fortunately for us, we had an amazing family friend who offered us their gorgeous property by the mountains to host our entire wedding in Sandpoint, Idaho.

Our most memorable DIY was our wedding circle arch. The arch was made by hand by Michael‘s Dad who took branches from a willow tree in his backyard, stripped them of leaves, then carefully wove them into a wreath to let them dry and cure. For the final touches, a family friend who did all the flowers for our wedding decorated the arch with the most beautiful blooms and greenery. It simply took my breath away as I walked down the aisle.

During our ceremony, we had a ring warming. Our wedding bands, each tied to their own ribbon, were handed to our guests to hold for a moment, warm them with their love, and make a silent wish or blessing for the future we will share. When they were returned, the rings contained in them our guests’ love, hope, and pledge of support for our union.

As you plan your own wedding every detail will feel important. When reflecting on our day, the most important elements to us were moments with our guests and moments with each other one on one. Make time in your day for each other as husband and wife to reflect, even for only just a couple minutes. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, some of the biggest and most meaningful gifts that our friends and family gave us were their time, talents, and resources. Our wedding couldn’t have been what it was without the generosity of our close friends and family that helped us host an unforgettable event.

Being lifted on top of our friends’ shoulders as we all danced to and sang to the song Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show will be a memory we will never forget. This silly tradition started back with Michael and his guy friends in college; whenever they are together and the song Wagon Wheel comes on, they remove their shirts and sing together for the duration of the song, no matter the location. This has molded into an amazing wedding tradition shared with many of our friends.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Whit McGuire Photography
Catering – Mangia Catering
Cake – Pine Street Bakery
Videography – Becca Neblock
Stationery – Minted
Hair and Makeup Artist – Molly June II
Wedding Dress – Alexandra Grecco
Bridal Accessories – Gucci and Lana Jewelry
Groom’s Apparel – Ted Baker
Rings – Shane Co. and Bony Levy
Rentals – All About Weddings

 

Congratulations to Kelsey and Michael, and a special thanks to Whit McGuire Photography for sharing this Sandpoint wedding with Junebug! Looking for more DIY wedding inspiration? This vibrant Texas Wildlife Sanctuary wedding has all the DIY inspiration you need!

 

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This Vibrant Texas Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding has All the DIY Inspiration You Need

Lord of the Rings fans, rejoice!  Amelia and Luke’s wildlife sanctuary wedding has all the whimsical and non-traditional wedding inspiration you could ever want! The couple threw tradition to the wind and curated a day that was all about their love, their connection with nature, and their incredible friends and family who helped them pull off the entire event. Not only did they host their special day at their property but they created every piece of décor and the bride made her wedding dress! Every element was a celebration of nature, including the unity ceremony in which the couple planted a tree using soil from each of their childhood homes. We can hardly put into words how much this wedding warms our souls and how grateful we are Payton Marie Photography was there to capture every unbelievable moment!

The Couple:

Amelia and Luke

The Wedding:

Sanger, Texas

The biggest driving factor for all decision making was to make our day completely and authentically us. We scrapped many traditions to make our entire day sculpted to what would make us happy and feel genuine as we declared and celebrated our love for each other. 

Everything for our wedding was DIY, except our photographer. All of our decorations, tables, setup and even our venue was DIY. We got married in a wildlife sanctuary and earth shelter community where we live. We lightly landscaped the areas for the ceremony and reception. For our ceremony spot, we cleared and planted fresh ryegrass right before a big rain, and it was perfectly lush and dreamy for the day-of. We also made an altar from tree stumps and moss, as well as an arc of flowers under an old oak tree.

Groom Entrance – “Concerning Hobbits” from The Lord of the Rings soundtrack
Bride’s Entrance – “La Vie En Rose” by Laura & Anton
Recessional – “You Do Something to Me” by Ella Fitzgerald

The entire day was the best of our lives, but two moments in particular really stand out. First, we were advised not to hold back on our first kiss because it was a moment we would want to hold close for the rest of our lives. So, we took that advice to heart and did a full dip as all of our guests laughed and cheered! Second, after the recessional, we had a few moments to breathe and soak it all up. We looked into each other’s eyes and cried, hugged, and kissed because we couldn’t believe how happy we were. It was a moment filled with emotion, laughter, and pure bliss!

For our reception spot, we strung lights between the trees and got silent generators to light up the woods all around the tables and dance floor. We had sculptures, taper candles, and even wooden candle holders we made ourselves. The day ended up being colder than planned, so we also had fire pits, hot drinks, and a wheelbarrow full of blankets for our guests. It was a huge undertaking but, ultimately, an amazing adventure! 

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Payton Marie Photography
Floral Design – Haley Mulkey
Stationery – Amelia Clark

 

Our biggest congratulations to Amelia and Luke, and a special thanks to Junebug member Payton Marie Photography for sharing this unforgettable wildlife sanctuary wedding! Planning a forest wedding of your own? You have to see this green and gold forest wedding at Eagle Valley Retreat in the Squamish Mountains!

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Colorful DIY Fort Worth Warehouse Wedding at The 4 Eleven

Inspired by the jewel tones of South America, Jenna and Todd created the most beautiful and colorful wedding day at The 4 Eleven! Using tons of DIY and personally curated decor, the couple brought an eclectic vibe to the warehouse space and made it feel charming and uniquely personal. Vivienne & Vine then added florals in a mix of vibrant and jewel tones to match the bridesmaids’ gowns and complement the bohemian feel of the entire day. The couple carried that unique look into their attire, as well, with Jenna donning a gorgeous Grace Loves Lace gown and white booties and Todd choosing a modern, custom Indochino suit. With so many dreamy details and heart-warming moments, we are loving how Brandi Allyse Photo captured this remarkable wedding day!

The Couple:

Jenna and Todd

The Wedding:

The 4 Eleven, Fort Worth, Texas

From the bride: “I wanted a dress that was classy but sexy. Grace Loves Lace had exactly that. I fell in love with a backless lace dress with a beautiful train. It was comfortable and I wanted to be able to dance! As far as makeup and hair, I wanted to look like me and have natural tones. My emerald earrings added just a touch of color. My bridesmaids were all in different jewel tones. I wanted them to pick a dress they felt pretty in. I didn’t want to tell them what to wear and feel uncomfortable.” 

From the groom: “As someone not afraid to admit to being to fashion a little bit I wanted to make sure that my suit was custom fit and a unique color but did not want to overshadow the bride. I found a perfect suit at Indochino, which customizes everything down to buttonholes to lapels. I also wanted to differentiate from the norm of the guys renting outdated suits and spent a lot of time finding affordable suits, shoes, accessories that they could keep for much less than $200.”

From the bride: “I loved having my 13-year-old daughter by my side as my maid of honor. Being able to include her was so special. It felt right during such a special moment to glance at her next to me while Todd and I said our vows. I know this an important day of her life, as well.”

From the groom: “The most memorable part of my day was getting to see Jenna walk down the aisle with her older brother escorting her, after she had been on crutches for multiple weeks (and not supposed to be wearing shoes or putting pressure on her foot). I will never forget how happy (and sad) that moment was for me.” 

We had one of the groom’s closest friends officiate the wedding, wrote our own vows, and served coffee and hot chocolate at the entrance to our ceremony because of the cold weather. Jenna also hired one of her singer/songwriter friends to perform prior to and during the ceremony. She had performed the night of our first date, so it was very special! Also, we included our dog CoCo as one of the flower girls. It was absolutely adorable watching my 4-year-old nephew escort her in.

We did not want to have a rustic wedding and wanted more of a unique, eclectic feel. Jenna’s father was from Mexico and her mother is Peruvian. So, colorful and warm was a must!

We DIY’d pretty much everything! Jenna worked tirelessly accumulating everything over an 11-month span. Our garage looked like a storage unit when it was all said and done! I questioned her often about what all she kept buying but I must admit she turned her vision into a reality. It also made for a nice way to recoup a little bit of money being able to resell a lot of the items after the wedding.

Processional – “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran (performed live by Jackie Darlene)
Recessional – “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates
First Dance – “Keeper of the Stars” by Tracy Byrd

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Brandi Allyse Photo
Day-Of Coordination – Shae Brown
Venue – The 4 Eleven
Floral Design – Vivienne & Vine
Catering – Blue Mesa Grill
Cake – Cake Baby and Company
DJ – DQB Entertainment
Live Music – Jackie Darlene
Videography – A La Luna Weddings
Stationery – Minted
Hair and Makeup Artist – Love + Pout
Wedding Dress – Grace Loves Lace
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Winton & Waits
Groom’s Apparel – Indochino
Rings –Luxor Custom Jewelers

 

Congratulations to Jenna and Todd, and a big thanks to Brandi Allyse Photo for sharing this lovely wedding at The 4 Eleven! If you love these vibrant and jewel tones, then you have to see this colorful multicultural wedding at Château Grand Boise in the South of France!

 

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This Couple Personalized Their Lopez Island Wedding with Tons of DIY Details

Louisa and Sam’s main goal for their Lopez Island wedding was that it felt genuinely and authentically like them, and we think they knocked it out of the park! Nearly every detail of their day, from the floral arrangments to their cakes, were handmade by themselves and their family and friends. Then Wholehearted Events helped them create a cohesive design that spoke to their life and their love for the community. Their summery color palette looked gorgeous within natural space, and their casual, raw, and heartfelt approach to every part of their day made this wedding so much more than just a beautiful day. Malorie Kerouac Photography could not have captured their vibe and their love more perfectly!

The Couple:

Louisa and Sam

The Wedding:

Private Residence, Lopez Island, Washington

Sam and I were most concerned about making our wedding authentic to us. We had family and friends involved in almost every aspect of the day: Sam‘s godfather was our officiant, our friends from the band Fretland Band played guitar for the processional and our first dance, and my mom made 15-20 homemade cakes because I wanted to eat cake all night and the next morning (and for the days following but who is counting?). Personally, I wanted to have the most beautiful dress that would be timeless in photos, and I wanted natural photos that captured exactly how Sam and I felt together.

The most memorable part of our wedding day was reciting our vows. I went first and had practiced my vows aloud to a friend once, but the second I started talking I started to happy cry as I told him all the reasons I knew he was the one for me. During one of the breaks of me trying to hold in my tears, Sam leaned over and whispered into my ear a phrase that he uses whenever I do anything slightly embarrassing: “Get your shit together, or we’re leaving.” I completely laughed out loud, which our photographer caught on camera perfectly.

Our venue was the island home of Sam‘s bosses. Their house is a culmination of their impeccable taste, Northwest style, and outdoor beauty. Sam and I had dinner with them the summer before we got married and were enamored! Then and there, we both agreed we had to get married there. After getting engaged, the first thing we did was reach out to them asking if we could use their home for our wedding. It was incredibly generous of them to lend it to us and just added to how personal our wedding was to us!

Make your wedding day personal. The little things aren’t going to be what makes your day special; the moments with your new spouse, with your friends and family, and photos of you in a killer dress are what you will hold on to. Don’t feel pressure to have things that you don’t think are necessary, but don’t skimp on the things that matter the most to you. Finally, get a photographer who you trust to capture your day: photos are the only tangible thing to remind you of your wedding, so make sure that you will love them.

Almost everything was DIY! My mom, myself, and friends of ours baked over 20 cakes. My bridesmaid did my hair and makeup. We arranged the florals bouquets and tables ourselves. We also had our friends sing at our reception for our first dance. My mom hand-painted a wedding certificate for our home just like she and my dad have hanging in theirs. Doing all of these things on our own made it feel like our wedding was really ours — something that wouldn’t look like everyone else’s — and had a very “Sam and Louisa” vibe.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Malorie Kerouac Photography
Event Planning – Wholehearted Events
Flowers – Fifty Flowers
Catering – Asher & Olive
Cake – Holly B’s Bakery
DJ – Oliver Strasser
Live Music – Fretland Band
Wedding Dress – Rue De Seine
Rentals – San Juan Shindigs

 

Our biggest congratulations to Louisa and Sam, and a huge thanks to Malorie Kerouac Photography for sharing this Lopez Island wedding with Junebug! Love all of these DIY details and want to see more information? We’re in Pinterest heaver over this DIY farm wedding in Pennsylvania!

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Elegant Laid-Back McCormick Home Ranch Wedding with Pops of Blush and DIY Touches

April 3, 2019 | juliette

Using elegant colors, rustic handmade decor, and the sweetest florals, Madisen and Scott created the dreamiest wedding day at McCormick Home Ranch! The couple’s creativity and artistry shone through in every single element of this wedding and their fun-loving personalities were uncontainable in every photo captured by Jessie Schultz Photography and the film captured by Kelly Balch. Madisen and Scott danced, cuddled, laughed, cried, and sprinted their way from beginning to end, and their joy was absolutely contagious! We simply can’t get enough of this bride’s stunning Willoby Watters gown, which allowed her to twirl to her heart’s desire, and the combination of chic heels and pink sneakers she donned throughout the day. We guarantee this incredible California wedding will make your cheeks hurt from smiling!

The Couple:

Madisen and Scott

The Wedding:

McCormick Home Ranch, Camarillo, California

The most important thing to us in planning our wedding was staying in the moment and enjoying every step (even the stressful and not-so-fun steps). I had been told several times by family members and friends that it would go by so quickly, and it did because we were only engaged for 10 months. We wanted to cherish every second and not get stressed over the little things.

I love fashion and beauty and was so stoked to have my amazing colorist and stylist Laura Shields do my hair and the talented Trish Morgan for my makeup. (She’s been doing my makeup since high school prom days!) I basically decided how everything would look after picking my dress. My dress was A-line, flowy, and super comfortable. Being an off-white/gray color, it was still traditional with a modern twist. This led me to want clip-in extensions to create a mermaid/laid-back vibe. My makeup was very natural with a touch of lavender on my lids and a dark nude lip. 

Being an artist myself, my photographers were such an important choice for me. Jessie and Dylan were truly incredible! They got along seamlessly with our videographer, Kelly Balch. In fact, they had never met before and became buddies after our wedding! They are the ultimate dream team. Jessie had shot my sister’s wedding a few years back, and I was obsessed with her style and her confidence. She makes you feel so comfortable, she hypes you up, but most importantly, she allows you to be your true self. The candid photos of the wedding are the most amazing. Scott and I moved around so much, and she was able to capture our love and excitement through the photos. It’s truly an art and a gift that a lot of photographers do not have. I believe that!

Our biggest piece of advice would be to stay in the moment and enjoy every single step from the day you get engaged, to planning, to the very end of your wedding night. Do not get hung up on the little things because the truth is, not every single thing will go as planned. Your wedding is going to work like any other day in that you cannot plan or prepare for things that could go wrong. Try to be flexible and keep in mind that at the end of the day, no matter what happens, you’ll still get to marry your best friend!

We added so many personal DIY touches to our big day. It was a ton of work, but we are both super creative and wanted to showcase a little of that in our reception. My husband built and stained our sweetheart table and donut wall. His uncle built our wrap-around bar. I hand lettered all of the signage, and I wood burned a coaster for each one of our guests with their first + last name. This sat on their place setting when they entered the reception area. It also served as our wedding favor.

We had so many memorable parts of our day, but our first dance was super special. It felt like we were the only two people there, and we were so focused on each other. We were so in the moment!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Jessie Schultz Photography
Venue – McCormick Home Ranch
Floral Design – Stella Bloom Designs
Catering – Nana’s Kitchen
Cake – Sugar Lab Bake Shop
Donuts – Rolling Pin Donuts
DJ – DJ Oso Nice
Live Music – Murderland
Videography – Kelly Balch
Stationery – Simply to Impress
Makeup Artist – Trish Morgan
Hair Styling – Laura Shields
Wedding Dress – Willoby Watters
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – ASOS and Showpo
Groom’s Apparel – Al Weiss
Rings – Fox Fine Jewelry
Rentals – Red Door Rentals
Favors – Madisen van Dam
Table and Decor Stylist – Evamay Creative

 

Congratulations to Madisen and Scott, and a special thanks to Junebug member Jessie Schultz Photography for sharing this incredible McCormick Home Ranch wedding! Love this laid-back look? Then you have to see this laid-back and luxurious Villa La Cavalerie wedding in Provence, France!

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