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WEDDING BLOG

Fall Utah Mountain Wedding at Log Haven

October 19, 2020 | riley

We’re living for autumn outdoor weddings now that temperatures are cooling down, and Sarah and Noah’s fall mountain wedding at Log Haven did not disappoint. The couple wanted nothing more than to create a cozy atmosphere where their guests could enjoy their favorite part of Utah. The outdoor ceremony featured sweeping mountain and forest views, a warm burgundy and navy color palette, and an over-the-top bridal bouquet put together by Living Creations. Oh, and a ring mishap that made for some pretty great photos.

The reception was complete with a romantic first dance under fairy lights, a minimalistic yet rustic cake from Cravings Alisha’s Cupcakes, and a whole lot of shots. That’s right—these two kept the party going all night long.

We’re totally in love with every autumnal aspect of this intimate affair, and we’re so glad that Junebug member Tressa Wixom Photography captured every well-thought-out detail.

The Couple:

Sarah and Noah

The Wedding:

Log Haven, Salt Lake City, Utah

Why Log Haven

When planning our wedding, we quickly got set on having a fall wedding up in the mountains. We found the perfect setting at Log Haven in September. We wanted our guests from out of state to really be able to experience our favorite part of Utah–the beautiful mountains! So we were really inspired by the mountains and nature.

A Ring Mishap

During the middle of the ceremony, my sister (maid of honor) dropped Noah’s ring in the grass. Our officiant stopped the ceremony for a couple of minutes while all my bridesmaids helped her find it. It was found, but all we could do was laugh during this unexpected part of our ceremony. The pictures of this still make me laugh–seeing my bridesmaids on the ground looking for the ring.

Wedding Advice From The Bride

I’d say planning early and giving yourself enough time to plan relieves a lot of stress. We got engaged in September 2018 and married in September 2019. Having a full year of planning was great for us. Planning a few things at a time helped us not feel so overwhelmed. The first thing we planned was our venue. I’d say that’s the best first plan to make, and getting that set with your date will be so helpful. You’ll feel like you’ve accomplished so much from just that!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Tressa Wixom Photography
Venue & Catering – Log Haven
Floral Design – Living Creations
Cake – Cravings Alisha’s Cupcakes
Officiant – Stephen Jeffrey Watson
DJ – DJ Matty Mo
Invitation Design – Minted
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Ashlee Raybould
Wedding Dress – Galia Lahav
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Azazie
Groom’s Apparel – Dillard’s
Groomsmen’s Apparel – The Black Tux
Rings – Brilliant Earth + Shane Co.

 

Congratulations again to Sarah and Noah on their fall Utah mountain wedding at Log Haven! Thank you to Junebug member Tressa Wixom Photography for capturing the details of the day and sharing them with Junebug. To see more of Tressa’s work, check out her profile in our directory of best wedding photographers in the world!

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Folksy Hudson Valley Backyard Wedding at Windrift Hall

October 17, 2020 | riley

We’re so glad that Katie and Todd opted for an autumn wedding at Windrift Hall rather than eloping–their original plan. One look at these photos had us cozying up with blankets and sipping pumpkin spice lattes. The couple pulled off a fresh fall backyard feel with minimal decor by letting the beauty of New York’s countryside do all of the talking.

Katie’s custom crochet gown from Reclamation paired perfectly with her wool hat from Will & Bear, and Todd dressed to the nines in his charcoal suit from Suit Supply. And we can’t get enough of Katie’s deep orange satin suit that she changed into for the reception.

If you’re looking to be transported to an autumnal fairytale, keep scrolling to see the lovely photos captured by Eastlyn & Joshua. Just be sure to have your apple cider close by!

The Couple:

Katie and Todd

The Wedding:

Windrift Hall, West Coxsackie, New York

Boho Wedding Style

Our style embodied natural, minimal, and stylish components with subtle boho elements. I wore a custom dress made of reclaimed crochet lace with leather mules. I accessorized with a wide brim hat and gold-capped quill earrings. My husband wore a charcoal jacket, a brown crimson tie, black pants, and loafers. We didn’t have a traditional bridal party. Instead, I encouraged my girlfriends to wear something they felt reflected their style best.

Personalizing The Ceremony With Family

It was always our goal to have our guests feel like a part of our ceremony. One thing we did was pass our rings around to each guest so that each person could hold, kiss, or whisper kind thoughts on our marriage and link each person there. It’s so much more meaningful knowing that we are wearing everyone’s blessings on our hands! We also wrote and shared vows with our families to express our gratitude and love for them. The love shared was remarkable.

Why Windrift Hall

Our goal was always to have an intimate, backyard wedding without having to host the weekend at one of our homes. Going through Airbnb gave us the at-home experience we wanted. It also gave us flexibility when choosing our vendors, and acted as a place for some of our guests to stay for the entire weekend.

Permanent Wedding Invites + Other DIY Touches

We designed our wedding invitations (and eventually got them tattooed!) We also made our wedding favors, dinner menus, and sourced our slate table serving trays from a family member.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Eastlyn & Joshua
Venue – Windrift Hall
Floral Design – 33 Munroe
Catering – Gracie’s Luncheonette
DJ – Beat Train Productions
Makeup Artist – Glam by Andria
Wedding Dress – Reclamation Design Company
Bridal Accessories – Will and Bear
Groom’s Apparel – Suit Supply
Rings – Rebekah Brooks
Rentals – Columbia Tent
Transportation – Coxsackie Transport

 

Congratulations again to Katie and Todd on their folksy backyard wedding at Windrift Hall! Thank you to Eastlyn & Joshua for capturing the day so beautifully and sharing it with us. If you love Katie’s suit as much as we do, check out some of our favorite bridal jumpsuits!

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Boldly Boho La Jolla Wedding at Calumet Park

October 16, 2020 | riley

Lauren and Erik’s boldly boho La Jolla wedding is proof that backyard weddings can be drop-dead gorgeous! As a wedding planner herself, Lauren took charge of the planning and made sure that their friends and family got to enjoy their wedding day since the couple had already been married for five years.

With bold floral arrangements from Layered Vintage, mismatched bridesmaid dresses, and a fashion-forward Rue de Seine gown, the day was a perfect combo of intimate and whimsical. And we can’t help but swoon over Lauren’s custom flower crown added to her Lack of Color hat, which perfectly matched the floral lace applique on her dress!

Keep scrolling to see a stunning beachside ceremony, adorable portraits with the couple’s son, and an impromptu photoshoot at a coffee shop–all beautifully captured by Gabriel Conover.

The Couple:

Lauren and Erik

The Wedding:

Calumet Park, La Jolla, California

Why A La Jolla Wedding

Originally I had planned to get married at a venue in Temecula, but God had a different plan.  We ended up downsizing the wedding. I’m so glad we did because making it intimate was so meaningful. We chose to have the ceremony on a cliff overlooking the ocean which I loved because the scenery was beautiful without being cheesy. Our reception was held at my brother’s house in Bird Rock, which I loved because it was really special to celebrate there, and it’s actually located across the street from where my sister in law grew up. Her parents still live there, so it just added to the whole romantic, nostalgic feel of the day.

The Bride’s Most Memorable Moment

The whole day was so memorable! We had waited five years after already being married to finally do this in front of our friends and family, so I just really appreciated every minute of the day. My girls were so excited for me to have my day finally. They made me an avocado toast bar in the morning, which was pretty epic. But I think the best, most powerful moment was realizing that I was still SO nervous (in the best way) to walk down the aisle! My hands were shaking, and I had the biggest butterflies. My heart just leapt with joy when I turned the corner and saw Erik at the end of the aisle. He’s not the type to cry, but he definitely used all his strength to hold it back, which I totally noticed, and it gave me the biggest cheesiest grin.

Boho West Coast Wedding Vibes

Ultimately, I wanted to create something intimate, nostalgic, and simply romantic. I have a very modern, boho, west coast kind of style because that’s where I grew up, and I wanted that to reflect in my design–from the deep-colored rugs and rattan furniture to the gorgeous organic style floral arrangements to the mixed bridesmaid dresses.  I wanted every detail not necessarily to match but flow.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Gabriel Conover
Event Planning – Bride (To Gather In Grace)
Venue – Calumet Park
Floral Design – Layered Vintage
Catering – Urbn Catering
DJ – Joe Diamond
Makeup Artist – Taylor Haupt
Hair Styling – Bethany Gonzalez
Wedding Dress – Rue De Seine
Bridal Accessories – Lack of Color
Rentals – Folklore

 

Congratulations again to Lauren and Erik on their romantic boho La Jolla wedding! We’re so glad Gabriel Conover was there to capture every whimsical moment. If you’re feeling inspired to get creative with your bridal party fashion, check out our favorite mismatched bridesmaid dress color palettes!

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Sophisticated Spanish Boho Wedding at Retiro Sambana

October 14, 2020 | riley

Does it get any better than a boho destination wedding? We don’t think so. We’re positively obsessed with Sarah and Ian’s sophisticated boho wedding at Retiro Sambana! The couple knew planning a destination wedding would be easier with the right team, so they hired oh-so-talented Open The Door Events to help them pull off the tailor-made day of their dreams. In fact, when asked about their day, Sarah said, “the evening flowed from one magical space to the next, and it was like unboxing gift after gift all night to see what Opi had come up with.” That’s wedding planning done right if you ask us.

The couple opted to embrace the Spanish culture and landscapes, so they kept the decor minimal. Instead, the focus was on incredible red, pink, and orange floral arrangements from Andaluflor. They also included a rich traditional Spanish menu from Canela y Clavo that served as an homage to the Andalusian region. Churros with chocolate for dessert? Sign us up!

If you’ve been dreaming of a bold boho destination wedding, we can’t wait for you to see the photos that Joy Zamora captured! Keep scrolling to see a photo shoot in the cotton fields, a whimsical outdoor ceremony, and a guest book made for doodling! 

The Couple:

Sarah and Ian

The Wedding:

Retiro Sambana, Jimena de la Frontera, Spain

A Memorable Welcome Dinner

One of our most memorable moments was actually the night before. We hosted a welcome reception in the main town. It was outdoors at a quirky boutique hotel that was straight out of Pinterest. We had an incredible pre-wedding photoshoot with our photographer early in the day, so we were dressed in our traditional cultural outfits. I wore a Korean hanbok, and Ian wore a Filipino barong. We were wrapping up an intimate rehearsal dinner with our families when our friends started trickling in and greeting us for the first time in Spain. It was incredibly emotional because it was in that very moment that it hit us–our amazing friends and family had flown halfway across the world to Spain to be with us, to celebrate us, and to witness and share our wedding journey.

Why Retiro Sambana

Retiro Sambana feels like a home. It is warm, cozy, stunning, and not pretentious. It has so much character–a burnt rose facade, quirky nooks, a bougainvillea laced courtyard, colorful hallways, an Instagram-worthy pool, an adorable house pup (Candela!), and best of all, the most wonderful hosts, Fenton and Franny.

The Bride’s Most Memorable Part Of The Day

My most memorable part of the day happened between cocktail hour and dinner. There was a short moment when we were alone–just the two of us–in the courtyard of the Cortijo (my favorite part of the venue). Our guests were already ushered down to dinner, and we were waiting to be introduced as Mr. and Mrs. The sun was just starting to set, and we had a quiet, intimate moment together as we simply held hands, still shaking a little, and looked at each other. We didn’t say anything, but we felt everything. It was electric, and the love we have for each other was so palpable at that moment. It was the most romantic “holy shit” moment ever!

Including The Family Pets

Our signature drinks were named after our two dogs Winston and Ollie. We had wooden drink stirrers made with their faces on them–hand-drawn and metallic foil-pressed. I also commissioned one of Ian’s favorite artists to do a portrait of us with our dogs. I was planning on surprising him with it in Spain, but he found it at home before we left!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Joy Zamora
Event Planning – Open the Door Events
Venue – Retiro Sambana
Floral Design – Andaluflor
Catering – Canela y Clavo
Cake – Martina Cakes
Videography – Monika Frías
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Hae Kyung Yoo
Wedding Dress – Blush Bridal Couture
Bridal Accessories – Kendra Scott
Groom’s Apparel – Suit Supply
Rings – Mark Broumand
Rentals – Eclectic Rentals, Be Lounge
Transportation – Autocares Lara

 

Congratulations again to Sarah and Ian on their sophisticated Spanish boho destination wedding at Retiro Sambana, and a big thank you to Joy Zamora for capturing and sharing their special day with us! If you’re planning your own destination wedding, check out our six destination wedding etiquette tips that every couple needs to know.

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This Louisiana L’eglise Wedding is Pure Rustic Boho Elegance

October 13, 2020 | riley

There’s nothing we love more than a non-traditional showstopping wedding that is personal to a couple. Catherine and Bobby’s Louisiana L’eglise wedding was exactly that and then some. Without the help of a planner, the couple created a rustic yet over-the-top day with a guest list of over 300! 

We can’t get enough of Catherine’s custom rose gold sequined gown that she paired with a custom Colby Herbert hat. And the mismatched bridesmaids and groomsmen match their boho theme perfectly. All of the wedding fashion paired beautifully with the greenery put together by Leona Sue’s Florist.

If you love non-traditional nuptials as much as we do, then you are going to love every photo captured by Junebug member Erin and Geoffrey. Keep scrolling and get those Pinterest boards ready. This one is totally pin-worthy. 

The Couple:

Catherine and Bobby

The Wedding:

L’eglise, Abbeville, Louisiana

Show-stopping Bridal Fashion

My wedding day look was a dream come true. I wanted to make sure I brought my true inner self out and didn’t play it safe because that’s what people expect you to do. Live your life and be who you are, I say! I knew I wanted to wear a hat, so that’s when my hat maker came into play. It was made from a light color nutria fur with antique white alligator skin wrapped around the base. My hat sat on top of my soft pastel lavender hair, which tied in with my customized metallic rose gold sequined dress. I added a pop of crystal blue with my earrings, which climbed up my ear for a bold show-stopping effect.

Why A L’eglise Wedding

We chose the venue we did because we were able to have free range, which was important for our wedding day vision. It had an indoor and outdoor option for us to choose from with an enchanted whimsical feel that pulled us in immediately. To top it off, it had lights hanging above us during the ceremony and then inside for the reception–who wouldn’t want that!

A Round of Rock, Paper, Scissors

Our ceremony started off with a talented artist singing acoustic the entire ceremony with hand-selected songs that are special to us. My older brother was our officiant, and I had my younger brother walk me halfway down the aisle and pass me off to my dad for the remainder. We wanted to write our own vows but wanted to add something funny to get them started because, again, we wanted our inner selves to be shown. So we decided on a game of rock, paper, scissors! We played three rounds, and my husband won, so he got to start us off.

Non-Traditional Invites

Rather than traditional wedding invites, we did text invites. Using an app that allows you to make hundreds of invites and hold everyone’s personal numbers and emails was AMAZING! We used this approach for all of our wedding events–it was customizable and so easy to do.

Homemade Wedding Favors

I would say our wedding favors were unique, but much needed for the good time that Louisianans like to have. We placed ourselves in the guest’s shoes and thought about what we would want after a long night of drinking and dancing with friends–a tasty snack for the ride home. My husband, Bobby, loves Mexican food, so we wanted to give guests a taste of something he enjoyed. We had homemade chicken, pork, beef, and jalapeno with cream cheese tamales along with homemade churros. Everyone took their to-go bags with smiles on their face.

 

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Erin and Geoffrey
Venue – L’eglise
Floral Design – Leona Sue’s Florist
Catering – Bon Temps Grill
Cake – Piece of Cake Lafayette
DJ – Jared Vance
Videography – Fleaux Media
Invitation Design – Punch Bowl
Makeup Artist – Courtney Fontenot
Hair Styling – Lindsey Bellelo
Bridal Accessories – Colby Herbert
Transportation – People Haulers 

 

Congratulations again to Catherine and Bobby on their Louisiana L’eglise wedding! We’re so glad that Junebug member Erin and Geoffrey were there to capture the special day. To see more of their work, check out their profile in our directory of best wedding photographers in the world!

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Purely Pacific Northwest Wedding at The Old Schoolhouse

October 10, 2020 | riley

What happens when it’s a wedding planner’s turn to plan her own special day? Pure magic. Having planned multiple weddings at The Old Schoolhouse, Lenna knew that she wanted to tie the knot with Patrick amongst the orchards. With the help of planner Olive + Rust—yes, even wedding planners need planners too—the couple created an autumnal celebration that featured Oregon’s natural beauty and changing seasons.

Thanks to the deep gem colored hues, large neutral floral arrangements put together by Brier + Ivy, and the large dining table set amid the trees, Lenna and Patrick’s special day was as cozy as it gets. Along with the whimsical touches, the pair also made sure they stayed true to who they were with bolo ties, giant shaved ice from Wailua Shaved Ice, and a wedding logo that acted as a tribute to Patrick’s career in MMA. Let this serve as a reminder to always include small details that are special to you and your partner–it makes your wedding more memorable.

We could go on about this harvest lovefest, but we’ll let the photos that Baylee Dennis Photography captured do all of the talking. Grab your hot cup of coffee and keep scrolling to be transported to a fall wonderland.

The Couple:

Lenna and Patrick

The Wedding:

The Old Schoolhouse, Newberg, Oregon

Seasonal Wedding Vibes

I wanted my wedding to be kind of a “farewell to summer/hello to fall” celebration—a nod to the change of seasons in the Pacific Northwest. For the tablescape and wedding color palette, I took cues from the natural surroundings of the Oregon wine country. We chose neutral decor with pops of marigold, forest green, and maroons–colors typical to a Pacific Northwest fall.

Why The Old Schoolhouse

I had coordinated weddings in the past at the Old Schoolhouse, and it didn’t take me long to fall in love with the space myself. In my years as a wedding planner, I hadn’t seen anything like it. There are so many layers to the venue, yet everything is in such close proximity. It was almost like being in three different spaces at once. I saw us committing our vows to one another inside the schoolhouse and then opening the side door to enjoy a cocktail on the vast garden lawn. Or we could walk out of the schoolhouse foyer to see a cozy farm table dinner in the orchards. The venue is both dynamic and simple.

An Emotional Moment 

There is a photo of Pat and me in the Schoolhouse foyer right after the recessional, at the end of our ceremony. I didn’t think anyone was around when my emotions got the best of me, and I melted right into him and started bawling right then and there. Of course, I should have known, our brilliant photographer, Baylee, caught it right before the guests flooded into the space. And I’m so happy she did! 

Wedding Day Advice From The Bride

Hire a team that resonates with you both as a couple and trust them! Whether that is just one photographer and an officiant or a 20+ vendor crew—I cannot express this enough. Of course, do your research and ensure that the vendors are legitimate and recommended by former brides, but I firmly believe having a solid vendor team was the primary reason I not only had the wedding of my dreams, but I had 0 stress or concerns leading up to the big day

Adding Personal Touches

As a wedding and event planner myself, it was only natural to draw inspiration from events I planned in the past. But when it came time to plan my own wedding, I found it incredibly important to keep Pat and I as a couple at the forefront of everything. I focused on what tugs at our heartstrings and represented us best as a couple. We fell in love in Hawaii, so I found it only fitting to have a shave ice bar, complete with a massive shave ice “wedding cake” instead of actual cake. A lot of our family is from Arizona, so Pat’s father worked with a Navajo Native American to create bolo ties out of gorgeous dark turquoise stone for Pat and his groomsmen. Our “wedding logo” used on our invites and favor tags had a bar-wire octagon caging that encircled our initials, which was a nod to Pat’s UFC fighting career in MMA.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Baylee Dennis Photography
Event Planning – Olive + Rust
Ceremony Venue – The Old Schoolhouse
Floral Design – Brier + Ivy
Catering – White Pepper
Dessert – Wailua Shave Ice
DJ & Live Music – Michael Blake
Videography – Mark Brown
Invitation Design & Signage – Katie Michelle Designs
Makeup Artist – NW Makeup + Hair
Hair Styling – Hair by Mish
Wedding Dress – Martina Liana Bridal
Groom’s Apparel – Men’s Wearhouse
Rentals – Classic Vintage Rentals
Favors – Farina Bakery

 

Congratulations again to Lenna and Patrick on their purely Pacific Northwest wedding at The Old Schoolhouse! We’re so glad that Baylee Dennis Photography was there to capture the beauty of the day. If you’re planning your own autumnal wedding, check out our favorite fall wedding dresses that are cool and cozy!

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Classic Tropical Destination Wedding in Costa Rica

October 9, 2020 | riley

Kara and Kevin wanted to embrace the beauty of Costa Rica in their tropical destination wedding. Boy, did they nail it! With the help of Junebug member and planner Mil Besos Costa Rica, the couple opted for a simple vibe with touches of boho accents to not interfere with Costa Rica’s natural charm.

They opted for a simple light pink color palette with small pops of orange, bouquets of tropical florals put together by Flores de Campo, and a reception complete with twinkle lights and bamboo seating. We’re so thankful photographer and Junebug member White Diamond was there to capture the essence of the day. Keep scrolling to see the epitome of a timeless wedding. 

The Couple:

Kara and Kevin

The Wedding:

Andaz Papagayo, Papagayo Peninsula, Costa Rica

Simple Tropical Wedding Vibes

I wanted to go for a beachy, classy, boho vibe. It was so beautiful. The ceremony was simple with just a circular, tropical, floral arrangement as the centerpiece. The tall trees and architecture of Andaz complimented the simplicity of it. The reception was everything I wanted and more. It was at the Andaz Beach House, so the guests were able to enjoy the low trees right by the water. It was lit with twinkling lights throughout the beach house with just the perfect type of boho decor.

A Tubular Guest Book

My husband is a surfer, so we got a custom-built surfboard for people to sign as our guestbook for our reception.

A Rainy Reception

The best part of the day was when it started to rain during the reception. We had 90’s R&B love songs playing, and there was a moment where my husband and I walked away to overlook everyone. It started to rain, but we noticed everyone stayed out on the dance floor. We joined them for the best rainfall of our lives.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – White Diamond
Event Planning – Mil Besos Costa Rica
Venue & Catering – Andaz Papagayo
Floral Design – Flores de Campos
Cake – Victoria Zoch
DJ – DJ Timour
Videography – Call It Captivation
Makeup Artist – Maravilla Makeup
Hair Styling – Famous Points Beauty
Rentals – Eventos Artesanos
Lighting & Rentals  – Los Primos

 

Congratulations again to Kara and Kevin on their Costa Rican tropical destination wedding! Big thank you to Junebug member Mil Besos Costa Rica for sharing it with us and another big thank you to Junebug member White Diamond for capturing it. 

Magic happens when two members come together to create a couple’s dream wedding! To see more of Mil Besos Costa Rica’s incredible planning, check out their profile in our directory of best wedding planners in the world!

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Culturally and Colorfully Vibrant Indian-Mexican Fusion Wedding at Hacienda Uayamon

October 8, 2020 | riley

Incredible wedding day fashion–we’re talking three different outfit changes—a jaw-dropping colorful Hindu ceremony, and a Day of the Dead themed reception. We’re a little bit obsessed with Juan Pablo and Manhar’s Indian-Mexican fusion wedding at Hacienda Uayamon. The couple hired planner Adda Solis–who studied Indian weddings just for the pair–to help their multicultural dreams come true.

The grooms looked dashing in their Sabyasachi and Tarun Tahiliani outfits, which matched the bright red, pink, and blue Hindu ceremony. Not to mention the colored smoke bomb portraits that Junebug member Carlos Elizondo captured oh-so-perfectly. 

This is truly one of the most imaginative weddings we have ever seen. Keep scrolling to see intricate Papel Picado banners, traditional Indian dancers, and Mexican-inspired face paint.

The Couple:

Juan Pablo and Manhar

The Wedding:

Hacienda Uayamon, Uayamon, Campeche, Mexico

A Multicultural Weekend at Hacienda Uayamon

We wanted our wedding to be a multicultural experience (we are a Mexican-Hindu couple), not just one day. A weekend full of celebrations in which our cultural roots were present in a very significant way, full of colors and emotions.

Why Finding The Right Wedding Planner Is Important

The most important thing for us was finding the right wedding planner. We both live in Asia, and planning a wedding in Mexico without the right help would have been impossible. When we met Adda, we knew we were in good hands. She stood there with us even in my worst bridezilla moments. She was passionate, creative, and a fast learner. It was her first Indian wedding and she got certified on Indian weddings so that she could bring more ideas to the table. Her team is outstanding and our wedding was such a success because of her. Our one piece of advice is to find the right wedding planner–the one that gives you peace and comfort.

A Day of The Dead Inspired Reception

We decided to incorporate elements from one of the most well-known traditions of Mexican culture–the Day of the Dead. The reception was full of those iconic elements–centerpieces with marigold flowers, Mexican sweets, confetti, and skulls adorned the magical night. We even hired a makeup artist to paint our guests’ faces like “Catrinas,” kind of like the “Coco” movie.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Carlos Elizondo
Event Planning – Adda Solis
Venue – Hacienda Uayamon
DJ – Rafa Lara
Videography – Hector Buenfil
Outfit #1 – Tarun Tahiliani
Outfit #2 – Sabyasachi

 

Congratulations again to Juan Pablo and Manhar on their Indian-Mexican fusion wedding at Hacienda Uayamon! Thank you to Junebug member Carlos Elizondo for capturing and sharing their special day with us. To see more of Carlos’ work, check out his profile in our directory of best wedding photographers in the world!

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Laid-Back Atlanta Alpaca Treehouse Wedding

October 7, 2020 | riley

Between the stellar bridal fashion—complete with star-covered boots—a ceremony in the thick of the forest, and live alpacas roaming the property, Ren and Ronnie’s laid-back Atlanta Alpaca Treehouse wedding was certainly one to remember. The cozy outdoor venue was the perfect spot for a non-traditional celebration full of love and laughs.

With the help of expert planner Harts and Petals, the couple created a day that spoke to their unique personalities. They kept decor and florals minimal, which allowed the magical treehouse to shine. While we could ramble on about how much we love these creative nuptials, we’ll let the photos taken by Junebug member Sophie Berard do all of the talking.

The Couple:

Ren and Ronnie

The Wedding:

Alpaca Treehouse, Atlanta, Georgia

Why an Atlanta Alpaca Treehouse Wedding

We wanted something memorable but cozy. The Atlanta Alpaca Treehouse was the first and only venue we toured. It was just unlike anything else on our list, and it felt really magical being there–as if we had been transported. It’s in the middle of the city but it feels secluded and private.

Wedding Day Advice From The Bride

The most important takeaway for us was that we were happy we gave ourselves permission to be selfish. Planning can be hard when you start to think about what others might want or be expecting. But if there’s one day in your life that revolves completely around you, it should be your wedding day.

An Unforgettable Wedding Favor From The Alpacas

The most memorable parts were probably the small speeches given by our friends and family before dinner, and maybe when one of the alpacas spit on Ren during photos. It was also supposed to rain all day–which we were dreading–but it didn’t actually start until we were safely in our treehouse for the night. We watched the storm from the skylight above our bed.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Sophie Lin Berard
Event Planning & Floral Design – Harts and Petals
Venue – Alpaca Treehouse
Catering – Sun In My Belly
Cake – Cakes by Carissa
Live Music – Casey Harper
Invitation Design – Minted
Makeup Artist – Beauty and Beyond by Bri
Hair Styling – Brittiana J
Wedding Dress – ASOS
Bridal Accessories – Modern Vice

 

Congratulations again to Ren and Ronnie on their Atlanta Alpaca Treehouse wedding! Thank you to Junebug member Sophie Berard for not only capturing the day but sharing it with us. To see more of Sophie’s work, check out her profile in our directory of best wedding photographers in the world!

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Effortlessly Elegant Yucatan Wedding at Hacienda Sac Chich

October 6, 2020 | riley

We’re holding on to every last bit of summer here at Junebug–which isn’t too hard with beautiful destination weddings like this one. Sarah and Florzell’s elegant Yucatan wedding at Hacienda Sac Chich had everything we love in destination weddings. The couple, with the help of planner  Joe Bolaños Alonzo, created a day that was complete with minimalistic touches that didn’t take away from the historic venue’s natural beauty. 

RAW Studio did an incredible job with the florals–focusing on keeping the colors muted, which perfectly contrasted with the lush jungle. And we can’t get enough of the romantic lights hanging amidst the palm trees during their low-key reception. We can’t wait for you to see how Junebug member MemoryBox Photography brilliantly captured every detail of the day. Keep scrolling to see some gorgeous mismatched bridesmaids, a fun first look with the groom and his mother, and a golden hour ceremony.

The Couple:

Sarah and Florzell

The Wedding:

Hacienda Sac Chic, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico

Why Hacienda Sac Chich

We’ve always been drawn to the juxtaposition of historic and modern architecture, and we wanted a venue where both of our families could stay for the entire wedding weekend. When I stumbled upon Hacienda Sac Chich through The Venue Report, I knew it was the one. We put a security deposit down after one meeting with the venue’s property manager.

Including Family In The Wedding

One of the things we were most pleased with was how personal our ceremony felt. We are both extremely close with our families, who played important roles in the ceremony. Our parents walked us down the aisle, my uncle officiated our ceremony–which we kicked off with a thank you to our parents, our moms led our unity candle ceremony, and my cousin read our scripture passage. We also felt super comfortable throughout the entire ceremony. Looking back at the photos, we were smiling and laughing the whole time even through the tear-filled moments.

Advice For Destination Weddings

If you’re planning a destination wedding, I highly recommend hiring a local wedding planner that has worked with your venue before. We relied heavily on our planner–Joe Bolaños–to connect us with local vendors and negotiate fair prices. If your wedding is in another country, inquire about the vendor payment process ahead of time. We had a learning curve trying to navigate vendor’s preferences (Paypal, Remitly, Xoom, wire transfer, etc.), and we ultimately ended up paying a lot more in fees than we wanted to.

A Traditional Yucatecan Menu 

We are big foodies and wanted our guests to experience local Yucatecan cuisine. We served sopa de lima, short rib sopes, shrimp enfrijoladas, and duck confit tacos. Even the cocktails incorporated local flavors like tamarind and guava. In place of a traditional wedding cake, we had a churro cart, making them fresh to order.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – MemoryBox Photography
Event Planning – Joe Bolaños Alonzo
Ceremony Venue – Hacienda Sac Chich
Floral Design – RAW studio
Catering – Paprika Catering
Dessert – Marquesitas Dudu
DJ – JAS Eventos
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling  – Ruby Red Makeup Studio
Wedding Dress – BHLDN
Bridal Accessories – Veiled Beauty
Groom’s Apparel – P. Johnson
Rings – Beloved by Lizzie Mandler
Rentals – Malvatelier Eventos

 

Congratulations again to Sarah and Florzell on their elegant Yucatan wedding at Hacienda Sac Chich! Thank you to Junebug member, MemoryBox Photography, for sharing their special day with Junebug. To see more of MemoryBox Photography’s work, check out their profile in our directory of best wedding photographers in the world!

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