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Design-Forward DIY Kansas City Wedding at El Torreon

January 10, 2020 | Junebug Weddings

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 | Junebug Weddings

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 | Junebug Weddings

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 | Junebug Weddings

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 | Junebug Weddings

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 | Junebug Weddings

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 | Junebug Weddings

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 | Junebug Weddings

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 | Junebug Weddings

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 | Junebug Weddings

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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