Elegant and Rustic Wedding at HammerSky Vineyard – Beverly and Banjo

July 12, 2012 | editorial team

Ooooohhhh! I love this one! Beverly and Banjo describe their nuptials at the spectacularly scenic HammerSky Vineyard as a rustic wedding, but it is just so much more! The sunny, soft shades of yellow mixed with the palest smoke grey was sophisticated. The gorgeous summery flowers were lush and romantic, and the sunset over the vineyard, captured by Mike Larson, perfectly ethereal. All of it combined? Elegant, natural, and oh-so-happy!

Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings

The Couple: Beverly and Banjo

The Wedding: 9.4.11 – HammerSky Vineyards – Paso Robles, CA

Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings


Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings


Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings


Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings


Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings

What three adjectives best describe your wedding day? Rustic, Memorable, Amazing

Was there a decor theme that ran through your wedding? What was the inspiration for that particular idea and how did it reflect you as a couple? We definitely wanted to go rustic and have a homey family backyard affair with a few romantic notes. The exposed long dark wooden tables set the tone for the whole theme and brought the look of the reception area together. We aspired for a relaxed affair with our closest family and friends.

Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings


Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings


Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings

What were some of the different ways you used decor elements to create the beautiful, cohesive event you were envisioning? We used the color palette of grey and yellow to create a fresh and lively garden event in the midst of the vibrant vineyard. We used dark wood, bright flowers with a lot of succulents, and billy balls! We also added a last minute accessory of chandeliers to our ceremony which created a romantic backdrop along with the amazing view of the HammerSky Vineyards. The long market string lights that went across the reception table gave it an intimate feel and much needed ambient lighting. Paired with the spotlights around the vineyard that lit up after sundown, they made it feel like an enchanting event.

Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings


Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings


Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings


Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings


Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings

Where did you choose to hold your wedding, and how did the location influence your decor decisions? We chose HammerSky Vineyards because it was such a relaxed, quaint, unpretentious, and rustic vineyard location. It is what a vineyard should be! A barn and the beautiful rolling hills with old oak trees as a backdrop was the catalyst for the décor. Of course, this was all highlighted by a perfect sunset that rested along the rolling hills.

Beverly is from Southern California and Banjo from Northern California so the area of Paso Robles, in the middle of the state, was perfect for our destination wedding. We made our wedding a weekend event for our friends and family. A day of wine tasting in the country side to relax was just the perfect prelude to our wedding day. Onsite at the vineyard is a century old farmhouse that we stayed in with some of our close friends for the wedding weekend.

Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings


Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings


Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings


Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings


Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings

Looking back, do you have a favorite project or successful decor idea from your wedding? Tell us what you loved about it! It was definitely a huge project finding our wedding team since this was a destination wedding, but in the end we found the best people in the area who made us so comfortable in our wedding choices. Because of our amazing team we had such great response from our guests. They haven’t stopped talking about how relaxed they were with the great company, beautiful vineyard, tasty eats, soulful music, awesome sunset, delicious wines and the all-around charming experience. Our photographer, Mike Larson, and his team along with videographer Joel Vanz, are the best in what they do. They captured our special day and the unforgettable moments leading up to it.

Our favorite project was the time spent together with Beverlys parents at Paso Robles early in the year on a rainy day to sample the cakes, taste the wine from different vineyards and pair them with Chef Charlies delicious creations. Food is our passion, and wine is our obsession, so it was a perfect day.

Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings


Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings


Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings


Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings


Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings


Elegant Yellow Wedding at HammerSky Vineyards - photos by Mike Larson | Junebug Weddings

The Wedding Team:

Photographer: Mike Larson
Event Planner: Allure Event Designs
Ceremony and Reception Venue: HammerSky Vineyards
Videographer/Film Maker: Joel Vanz
Officiant: Barbara Koenig
Invitation Designer: Umbrella Tree Design
Catering: Chef Charlie
Florist: Allure Event Designs
Cake: The Cakery
Wedding dress: Nina Lamanna
Bridesmaids apparel and accessories: BHLDN
Groom and groomsmen apparel and accessories: John Varvatos
Hair and make-up: Isabel Nunez
DJ: DJ King James
Live music: Tini Grey
Transportation: Ride On
Dance instruction: Stella Collins
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Lighting: Kramer Entertainment

Thanks for sharing your lovely wedding with us, Beverly and Banjo!

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Retro Music-Inspired Wedding at The Berkeley Church, Toronto – Dallas and Brian

May 2, 2012 | editorial team

Here at Junebug, one of the things that makes us fall head-over-heels for a wedding is great personality! We love to see a bride and groom’s personal style and interests incorporated into their wedding day celebration. For Dallas and Brian, this meant a wedding filled with retro-style, musical references, and to top it all off (literally) a little cameo by a T-Rex and a flamingo! Read on for bride Dallas’s description of their wonderful day!

Wedding at The Berkeley Church, Toronto - Photo by Lisa Mark Photography

The Couple: Dallas and Brian

The Wedding: 5.14.11 – The Berkeley Church – Toronto, Canada

Wedding at The Berkeley Church, Toronto - Photo by Lisa Mark Photography


Wedding at The Berkeley Church, Toronto - Photo by Lisa Mark Photography


Wedding at The Berkeley Church, Toronto - Photo by Lisa Mark Photography

The day after we got engaged, Brian and I were driving to our hometown for the weekend to share the great news with our families. During the six hour drive, we talked non-stop about what our wedding could be like. We started by thinking of all our shared interests and everything we collectively love. We are both photographers and writers, and love hosting parties. We’re also both musicians and big fans of music and movies, and the particular styles tied to the rise of Hollywood and popular music in North America. Technicolor films, rock and roll, classic cocktails, Motown – we love it all. We decided that the theme of our wedding would be inspired by the movies and music of the late 1950s and early 1960s. 

Wedding at The Berkeley Church, Toronto - Photo by Lisa Mark Photography


Wedding at The Berkeley Church, Toronto - Photo by Lisa Mark Photography


Wedding at The Berkeley Church, Toronto - Photo by Lisa Mark Photography

We held our big day in Toronto’s beautiful and historic Berkeley Church, which was wonderful for all our out-of-town guests as it allowed us to host the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception in three different rooms within one gorgeous building. We settled on a color palette of navy, grey, turquoise and yellow, bringing in as many vintage and technicolor-inspired elements as possible. We chose to keep the decor rather simple in order to let the beauty of the venue speak for itself. My parents visited auctions and antique stores to collect dozens of vases, which were filled with lovely, simple arrangements by our florist, Coriander Girl. They were set upon layers of lace doilies over navy linens. Our seating plan was displayed on vintage records, and our table numbers were marked on 45s (small records) dug up from my parents’ basement. The tables were illuminated by vintage jars wrapped in antique lace. 

Wedding at The Berkeley Church, Toronto - Photo by Lisa Mark Photography


Wedding at The Berkeley Church, Toronto - Photo by Lisa Mark Photography


Wedding at The Berkeley Church, Toronto - Photo by Lisa Mark Photography

My cousin Tara made our beautiful cake, which was adorned with a T-Rex and a flamingo, my husband’s and my favorite animals, respectively. Our invitations and welcome poster were designed by our best men (both artists) to look like a vintage movie poster, and was created with one of our engagement photos and some Photoshop wizardry. We couldn’t have chosen a better photographer; Lisa Mark did an absolutely stupendous job with our photos, and we will treasure her work forever. Our day was absolutely perfect. Highlights included laughing as one of our groomsmen serenaded our guests dressed as Elvis, and tossing my bouquet so hard that it smashed a bunch of candles and soaked my groom in hot wax! Mostly, it was wonderful to be with the love of my life, encircled by all the family and friends whom we treasure most.

Wedding at The Berkeley Church, Toronto - Photo by Lisa Mark Photography


Wedding at The Berkeley Church, Toronto - Photo by Lisa Mark Photography


Wedding at The Berkeley Church, Toronto - Photo by Lisa Mark Photography


Wedding at The Berkeley Church, Toronto - Photo by Lisa Mark Photography

For anyone planning a wedding now, I’d suggest you try your very best to enjoy every moment of the planning process. Incorporate as many things you both love as possible, so that your partner can enjoy and be equally invested in the process. Most importantly, don’t stress yourself out by thinking of your wedding as the “most important day of your life,” but rather as an awesome party with all your favorite people, and the beginning of an incredible new adventure.

Wedding at The Berkeley Church, Toronto - Photo by Lisa Mark Photography


Wedding at The Berkeley Church, Toronto - Photo by Lisa Mark Photography

The Wedding Team:

Photographer: Lisa Mark Photography
Wedding and Reception Venue: The Berkeley Church
Florist: Coriander Girl
Bride’s Dress: Betsey Johnson; Vintage gown from Ragtime in Ottawa
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo and Toms
Bride’s Necklace and engagement ring: Vintage
Wedding Rings: Lydia Lukidis
Veil: Jennifer Laoun Rubenstein
Decor: Leslie Curow
Groom’s Suit: Kenneth Cole 
Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan
Band: The Dave Murphy Band
Officiant: Mary McCandless
Invitations and Welcome Poster: Jordan Puoplo and Dan Cantelon
Wedding Cake: Tara Lloyd

Dallas and Brian, thank you so much for telling us about your wedding day! We love all of the personal touches and personality you infused the celebration with!

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Blush and Gray Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding at Maravilla Gardens, California – Cricket and Casey

September 9, 2011 | editorial team

blush pink, dove gray, black and white Great Gatsby and Coco Chanel inspired wedding at Maravilla Gardens, California, photos by Christine Farah Photography

Cricket and Casey, you’re making my day here with your Great Gatsby and Coco Chanel inspired wedding! Who wouldn’t adore attending an event with such an elegant vintage feel to it? From the pale pink florals to the sophisticated fashion, I’m absolutely loving it all in these photos from photographer Christine Farah!

blush pink, dove gray, black and white Great Gatsby and Coco Chanel inspired wedding at Maravilla Gardens, California, photos by Christine Farah Photography

The Goals: Cricket and Casey wanted a day filled with love, beauty and fun, and in their search for the perfect wedding venue, they were thrilled to find Maravilla Gardens. “We loved the outdoor venue for our ceremony and reception. The gardens were so lush, well manicured and so thoughtfully landscaped, it was perfect for our Gatsby inspired wedding.”

blush pink, dove gray, black and white Great Gatsby and Coco Chanel inspired wedding at Maravilla Gardens, California, photos by Christine Farah Photography

The Design: With the help of wedding planner Alexandra Rembac of Sterling Engagements and florist Susan Tom-Nellis of Peony and Plum Floral Design Cricket and Casey chose wedding colors of blush, dove gray, black and white to create their elegant, vintage, garden environment.

Their wedding invitations were simple but beautiful white card stock with black calligraphy, a black ribbon on the left side, and their C monogram in Tiffany blue. The three tiered wedding cake from Fantasy Frostings was beautiful of course, covered with fondant and decorated with black ribbon and a blush peony at the top. The cake’s bottom tier was funfetti with cream cheese frosting, the second tier was triple berry yellow cake, and the top layer was a black and white cake with a coconut creme.

Instead of traditional wedding favors, Cricket and Casey wanted to give back after all the natural disasters that had recently occurred, so they made a donation to the American Red Cross in honor of their guests.

And perhaps one of the most fun details of the day was the inclusion of Cricket and Casey’s beloved pups! “Casey and I are all about our dogs so we incorporated them in the wedding. Layla and Maggie were our flower girls along with our 2 year old goddaughter, Sydney. They wore handmade dove grey tutus with garden roses in their hair. Rocky, our male chihuahua, wore a black bow-tie and the handmade ring bearer pillow. We also incorporated them into our table numbers. Casey created silhouettes of our 3 chihuahuas along with the other doggies from our family.”

The Look: Cricket fell in love with not just one, but two wedding dresses – one by Tara Keely and one by Jim Hjelm. She pulled her hair up for the ceremony and then wore it loose with large barrel curls for the reception – so fun! For the wedding party, Cricket says, “I wanted them to look and feel GORGEOUS. I chose a soft palette for the girls and had them choose from a number of dresses, not repeating any style or color. My aim was to have them look like a runway collection and not a group of girls wearing the same dress. The guys looked sharp in their classic black tuxes with suspenders and dove grey ties.” Agreed.

blush pink, dove gray, black and white Great Gatsby and Coco Chanel inspired wedding at Maravilla Gardens, California, photos by Christine Farah Photography

The Moments: Because Cricket is Catholic and Casey is atheist they worked hard to make their non-denominational ceremony a perfect blend of their values and beliefs. “We thought a lot about what was going to be said at our ceremony because of our differences in religion. Every word meant so much to each of us and crafting what rang true to us and coming to a compromise was a great journey on its own. The whole ceremony for us both was out of this world. Hank, our pastor, was perfect, and declaring our love to our family and friends felt powerful and awesome.”

For the reception Cricket and Casey choose a formal dinner created by Command Performance Catering that started with a crepe brie and fig salad, then a choice of four different entrees with three amazing sides. They served two signature cocktails comprised of their favorite things; the Golden Groom included Crown Royal, Amaretto and a splash of sprite, and the Blushing Bride was a classic French martini. YUM!

Following all that incredible food, DJ Predakon, a good friend of Casey’s who flew in from NY for the event, spun tunes all night. “There was never a dull moment thanks to him. Jazz, Bossa Nova, Rock, Oldies and Top 40 kept everything well paced.

The Pros: To learn about all of the wedding professionals who helped create this wedding day please visit Cricket and Casey’s page in our Real Wedding Library.

blush pink, dove gray, black and white Great Gatsby and Coco Chanel inspired wedding at Maravilla Gardens, California, photos by Christine Farah Photography

Thank you Cricket and Casey! We’re so honored to get to share your wedding – what a day!

Readers, to plan your own Southern California or Seattle area wedding, check out our Plan Your Wedding Hotlists, and to find a dream wedding photographer for your wedding anywhere in the world, don’t miss our World’s Best Wedding Photographers Hotlist!

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Romantic Cream, Silver, White and Black Wedding at MolenVliet Estate in South Africa – Shelley and Nkululeko

February 5, 2010 | editorial team

real wedding in south africa, images by jean pierre uys photography

Today’s Real Wedding, shot by Jean-Pierre Uys Photography, will take your breath away with its style and elegance, not to mention the romantic and breathtaking South African scenery. On a perfectly warm and sunny day in October, Shelley and Nkululeko tied the knot at the MolenVliet Wine and Guest Estate in South Africa, surrounded by friends and family from across the globe. When asked what the most romantic moment of the joyful celebration was, Shelley couldn’t choose just one – “from the proposal in Spain, to going to bed with a new surname that night, and every moment in between, it was all romantic”.

real wedding in south africa, custom made Jimmy Choo wedding shoes, images by jean pierre uys photography

The bride chose a dramatic wedding gown from Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel Du Toit, and canary yellow dresses by the same designer for her bridesmaids. A few modern fairytale details that we can’t get enough of – for an extra bit of luck Shelley attached a 1965 six-pence to her gorgeous Jimmy Choo wedding shoes, and then rode to the ceremony in style in a 1958 Bentley. During the ceremony her incredible five-meter-long veil even got its own moment in the sun, taking full advantage of a brief and sudden gust of wind, to delight the guests and spread its wings!

real outdoor wedding ceremony in south africa, images by jean pierre uys photography

Shelley and Nkululeko’s goal for their wedding was to savor every single moment. They were calm and relaxed throughout their big day, enjoying every last detail as they committed their lives to each other, surrounded by their family and friends, in this gorgeous natural setting. Can’t you just feel their joy and ease in these stunning portraits by Jean-Pierre Uys as they took time to themselves to walk throughout the vineyards?

real wedding in south africa, vineyard couple's portraits, images by jean pierre uys photography

Using a wedding color palette of cream, gray-silver, off-white and black, Shelley and Nkululeko created an event that felt both sophisticated and relaxed. Mirrors, crystals and green foliage were used on the tabletops to accent the neutral colors, and there were plenty of candles and subdued sparkling lighting to set a romantic mood. The couple’s first dance was to Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together“, and from the looks of joy and love on their faces, we have no doubt in our minds that’s exactly what these two will do!

To learn more about this wedding and all of the businesses that contributed, be sure to visit our Real Weddings library!

wedding reception in south africa, cream, grey-silver, off-white and black wedding color palette, images by jean pierre uys photography

Thank you so much for sharing this incredible adventure with us Shelley and Nkululeko! It was so beautiful!

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Wedding Fashion Inspiration from the Versace Couture and Fall 08 Collections

August 20, 2008 | editorial team

Ooohh…couture! I was perusing the Versace fashion website after seeing this post on Fashionologie.com about the Atelier Versace couture collection, and I found all kinds of great wedding fashion inspiration. Donatella Versace’s sexy design sketches and the gorgeous gowns created from them are simply amazing. Seeing the creative process and imagination behind her artistry is such a treat. The fabric embellishments and rich colors in these dresses could easily inspire wonderful ideas for your bridal or wedding party style. I love the oversized fabric pleats and flowers, the one shoulder neckline, the silky charmeuse fabric in periwinkle, lavender and chartreuse and the layering of black, grey and navy together in one dress.
Altlier Versace couture dresses and design sketches by Donatella Versace

Versace’s recent fall 08 ready-to-wear runway show paired lots of brightly colored shoes with contrasting colored dresses, which I think is a fun and modern look for bridesmaids or for your engagement party, rehearsal dinner or bridal shower ensemble.
Versace fall 08 ready to wear collection, colorful shoes and dresses for weddings

Here are a few colorful real life possibilities for your wedding from Bluefly.com…

light blue, yellow and green bridesmaids dresses and shoes
Nicole Miller light blue ruched strapless dress
Charles Nolan bronze satin ‘Casey’ platform pumps
Jimmy Choo yellow satin ‘Legacy’ pumps
Stella McCartney sage velvet bow peep-toe pumps

black, red and pink bridesmaids dresses and shoes
A.B.S. black satin gored strapless dress
Dolce & Gabbana red satin peep toe sandals
Christian Louboutin nude satin ‘Caberet’ rhinestone t-strap pumps
Rene Caovilla bordeaux satin and crystal peep toe slingbacks

pink, blue and navy bridesmaids dresses and shoes
Amsale wisteria sateen strapless cocktail dress
Jimmy Choo sapphire crepe de chine ‘Damon’ slingbacks
Taryn by Taryn Rose indigo patent ‘Gallery’ wedge slides
Theory marine ‘Betty.Mirror Leather’ pumps

So pretty!

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This Ruby Lake Resort Wedding Was Inspired by the Colors of the Diwali Festival of Lights

Jodie and Nick had a special vision for their big day. They wanted to blend the charm of a garden cocktail party, the cozy vibes of a cottage core atmosphere, and the relaxation of a yoga retreat at their Ruby Lake Resort wedding. Jodie, who plans retreat weddings, wanted to prove that weddings can be more than just one day, so they stretched their celebration over several days. It was a hit! Their wedding was full of vibrant colors inspired by Diwali, with breathtaking floral arrangements and installations that truly wowed everyone.

Imagine a beautiful forest ceremony, an aisle lined with wildflowers, leading to a mossy tree altar adorned with blooms that appeared to grow from the tree itself. After exchanging heartfelt vows, the newlyweds exited under a shower of flowers, creating a magical moment. The tented reception was equally enchanting, with stunning tablescapes overflowing with colorful blooms and hanging potted flowers above. Meanwhile, the golden glow of candles and string lights set the perfect atmosphere.

While we could go on about this incredible event, we’ll let the amazing photos by Junebug member Sara Rogers speak for themselves. From the sweet first look to the forest portraits and all the beautiful moments in between, this weekend celebration is a must-see. 

The Couple:

Jodie and Nick

The Wedding:

Ruby Lake Resort, Madeira Park, British Columbia, Canada

Why They Chose to Have a Ruby Lake Resort Wedding

As a wedding planner specializing in retreat weddings, I aimed to make our special day reflect this unique style. Traditional weddings often feel rushed, leaving little room for genuine connections with guests. Retreat weddings provide a different experience, but they come with their own challenges, like local rules, where everyone stays, meal planning, and getting the right staff. This is why having a wedding planner is crucial. Our chosen venue, Ruby Lake Resort, had everything we needed: places to stay, beautiful spots, excellent catering, and the flexibility we wanted. It allowed us to give our guests something new, where they could spend quality time with us and create lasting friendships. The immersive and experiential aspects made our whole weekend unforgettable.

Prioritizing Comfort and Authenticity for the Bridal Look

When selecting my wedding dress, Nick had one specific request: he wanted to see my curves. So, I chose a dress that showcased my figure and embodied the whimsical and joyful spirit of our floral-themed wedding. To add a personal touch, I customized the dress with shoulder straps instead of a strapless top for comfort and authenticity. With help from my stylist, I also embraced my natural curls to ensure I felt like myself on the big day. My goal was to feel natural and true to who I am.

Incorporating Unique Colors and a Family Heirloom into the Groom’s Attire

Nick was passionate about wearing a suit that incorporated color but didn’t lean into the most common color palettes seen in men’s suits. So, he had a custom suit made through Cardero Clothing that allowed him to select each item. He did so with his gold nugget cufflinks in mind, as these were a family heirloom.

Using Gender-Neutral Language and an ASL Interpreter Made Their Ceremony Especially Meaningful

The ceremony felt deeply personal because someone dear to us officiated it. Making sure the script had no gender expectations and truly represented us was crucial. We worked closely on the script, choosing words and verses carefully. I’ve heard countless ceremonies. This was one of the trickiest parts of planning. I also surprised my sister with an ASL interpreter since she has difficulty hearing. It meant a lot to her because she could enjoy the ceremony without straining to read lips. Our interpreter was Contessa, one of my assistants at Thistle & Thorne.

Their Wedding Theme was Inspired by Their Passion for Gardening and Music Festivals

Our love for gardening, tropical plants, and intimate music festivals inspired our wedding design. We wanted to create a unique atmosphere blending a garden cocktail party, cottage core, and yoga retreat feel. Our florist played a big part in making this happen with her stunning arrangements. We told our vendors from the start that we wanted lots of different colors, taking inspiration from the lively Diwali Festival of Lights. So, our ceremony had warm and cool colors like purple, blue, tangerine, coral, and yellow, while the reception had warmer shades to add energy to our dinner celebration.

How Their Ruby Lake Resort Wedding Weekend Unfolded

Our wedding lasted several days, each with its own special moments. The first day was about the beach and a cozy barbecue dinner for about 40 guests gathered around a warm bonfire. The day before our wedding started with a peaceful yoga class on a floating dock and a delicious brunch. On the wedding day, colorful flowers were the star, and a  floral cannon showered us with colors as we walked down the aisle. The night ended with an exciting performance by a lively psychedelic cumbia and salsa 7-piece band. They played past the curfew, and even the venue staff joined in on the fun. 

How They Navigated Their Ruby Lake Resort Wedding Budget

I have experience creating budgets for retreat weddings for my clients. Retreat wedding budgets differ from typical ones on Pinterest. Mainly due to the unique spending priorities, especially when providing multiple meals for guests. Unexpectedly, we had to transport the decor to our remote venue, which was only accessible by ferry because there were no local decoration companies. This required renting a U-Haul, an unforeseen expense. Our initial budget was $50,000, but we spent around $65,000. Luckily, some vendor friends provided around $7,000 worth of services. We invested extra in the wedding dress for customization and photography to ensure we had a talented photographer covering both days of the wedding.

Adding a Personal Touch to Their Wedding Through Handmade Details

We created many DIY items out of necessity because finding rentals that matched our color palette was challenging. We crafted all the flower boxes for the reception by cutting wood sheets to the correct size, gluing them with carpenter’s glue, clamping them, and then painting them tangerine or coral. We also hand-painted the terracotta pots, and for the accommodation signs, we painted them by hand and added the lettering with a Cricut machine. Me and my sister-in-law worked together to make the place cards and menus, staying until 1 a.m. the night before heading to the venue. Additionally, we prepared all the ice cubes before the wedding. I grew the edible flowers and froze them into each cube.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Sara Rogers
Event Planning – Thistle & Thorne Weddings
Venue + Catering – Ruby Lake Resort
Floral Design – Wild Rabbit Flowers
Officiant – Leslie Canaday
Live Music – Empanadas Ilegales
Videography – FYA Media House
Invitation Design – Lauren Amy Design
Makeup Artist + Hair Styling – Beauty en Route
Nails – Nails by Kiki
Wedding Dress – Bisou Bridal
Groom’s Apparel – Cardero Clothing
Groom’s Accessories – MVMT
Rings – The Goldsmith Shoppe
Rentals – Beholden Event Design
Wedding Website – Riley & Grey
Natural Dyer and Textile Artist – Amacata
Dinnerware Rentals – Pedersen’s
Decor Rentals – Valley Weddings & Events
Bartending – Breathless Bartending
Embroidered Bridal Jacket – My Last Thread Embroidery
Flower Cannons – Belle & Beau Confetti Co.


One surefire way to make the most of your wedding is to turn it into an extended celebration. Congratulations to Jody and Nick for their unforgettable days-long Ruby Lake Resort wedding, brimming with exquisite details and cherished moments. Many thanks to Junebug member Sara Rogers for beautifully capturing every aspect of their big day. To discover more incredible weddings like this, check out her profile in our directory of the world’s best wedding photographers.

By selecting a gorgeous, secluded venue, infusing it with unique details, and crafting an enchanting atmosphere, you can create an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. To ensure that every element is expertly handled, assembling a team of professionals is crucial. These experts will work in harmony to seamlessly bring all the elements together and transform your vision into reality. If you and your partner are contemplating a weekend retreat similar to Jody and Nick’s, be sure to explore our guide and use our vendor directory to build your dream team.

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Boho Bridesmaid Dresses for Every Color Palette

January 5, 2023 | riley

Image by Simply Finn

From picking an eye-catching theme to finding the perfect wedding day attire, there are many moving parts that go into planning a wedding. For couples dreaming of a boho-style ceremony, you’ve come to the right place. The laid-back attitude, opportunities for personalization, and color palette options that make boho a popular trend won’t fade away anytime soon. 

Whether you’re looking to dress your bridesmaids in deep shades of burgundy, mismatched shades of green, or a mix of neutrals, we’ve compiled a list of gorgeous bridesmaid dresses that will compliment any boho wedding, no matter the color palette.

Blue and Gray Boho Bridesmaid Dresses

Heavenly Hues Maxi Dress; BHLDN Antonia Georgette Dress; BHLDN Cali Satin Charmeuse Midi Dress; Feel the Romance Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress; I’m All Yours Ruffled Maxi Dress; Loving Celebration Lace-Up Tiered Maxi Dress

Red and Pink Boho Bridesmaid Dresses

BHLDN Ruby Satin Charmeuse Dress; Birdy Grey Grace Convertible Chiffon Dress; BHLDN Leila Satin Charmeuse Dress; Birdy Grey Ash Cowl Neck Dress; MAJORELLE Tenleigh Midi Dress; Birdy Grey Lisa Satin Cowl Neck Midi Dress

Yellow and Gold Boho Bridesmaid Dresses

Black Boho Bridesmaid Dresses

Vivid Imagination Cutout Maxi Dress; Birdy Gret Benny Tie Back Dress; Molinetto Lace Ruffled Tiered Sleeveless Maxi Dress; Birdy Gery Jamie Satin Midi Dress; My Whole Heart Long Sleeve Wrap Dress; Here’s to Us Black High-Low Wrap Dress

Now that you’re ready to dress your wedding party up! If you’re loving these dresses and want the mismatched look but aren’t sure how to pull it off, check out these five tips for nailing the mismatched bridesmaid look. We also put together some mismatched bridesmaid color palettes to make your life even easier.

Image by Simply Finn

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Gorgeous Fall Bridesmaids Style Inspiration

September 16, 2021 | riley

Image by Brooke Taelor. See more of this real wedding here.

Cozy blankets, crunching leaves, and pumpkin spice everything—it’s finally autumn. While we’re sad to say goodbye to warmer weather, we can now say hello to all things fall—especially if you’re planning a fall wedding. Fall doesn’t only bring cooler temperatures. It also brings different textures, colors, and fun fall accessories.

If you’re including a bridal party on your big day, your bridesmaids’ style should be on your mind. Choosing the perfect bridesmaid look will help tie your whole fall wedding together. To help figure out what style you like best, we’ve rounded up fall bridesmaid style inspiration with everything from mismatched colors to mismatched dresses.  

Mismatched Fall Bridesmaid Dresses

Mismatched bridesmaid dresses have been popular in recent years and it comes as no surprise. Mixing dresses allow you to showcase all the different colors in your wedding seamlessly. When you think about fall, do you think of mustard yellow, dark reds, and burnt oranges? What about different shades of green? 

If your fall wedding color palette features a multitude of different colors, try dressing your bridesmaids in mismatched dresses based on your wedding colors. This will also blend well with your floral arrangements and decor.

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Autumn Tones of Red, Orange, and Yellow

Using mustard, red, and burnt orange colors doesn’t mean your bridal party needs to be plain! These three colors look great in both floral arrangements and bridesmaid dresses. Whether you keep the group in the same fabric texture or use different fabrics, these colors are sure to look good together. 

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Different Shades of Blue

Most people think that neutral fall colors are beige or grey, but blues are another great neutral color that makes other rich tones pop. Whether you prefer stormy blue colors or a rich navy blue, using shades of blue is an easy way to enhance your wedding palette. Plus, if your bridal party has different skin tones, you can pair each of them into shades that look best for each of them.

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Emerald Green Fall Bridesmaids

We’ve said it before, and we will say it again—don’t ever sleep on emerald green. This dark green not only pairs beautifully with so many other colors, but with the right combination, it embodies everything fall. Emerald green is sort of like a classic little black dress—it looks great on every skin tone and body type. Having all your bridesmaids in this shade of green will look cohesive and accentuate your wedding theme and color scheme.

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All White

Gone are the days that a bride has to be in white. If you plan on wearing a non-white wedding dress, like black or light pink, having your bridesmaids in all white will make your colorful dress pop. White bridesmaid dresses act as a blank canvas and when you add your fall-toned bouquets your whole wedding color palette pulls together. 

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Dark Red 

If fall makes you think of dark rich tones, having your bridesmaids in darker shades of red helps achieve that cozy fall vibe. Dark red shades like burgundy, wine, and berry pair well with dusty rose, gold, grey, and navy. If your partner or their wedding party is looking to wear any of these colors, dark red pairs beautifully. 

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We know that shopping for bridesmaid dresses can be difficult, especially during unprecedented times and living in different time zones. Thankfully, we put together a list of places to shop bridesmaid dresses online. These online shops will help you find everything you need whether they’re in these color schemes or another color palette of your dreams.

For more fall-wedding planning tips, check out these cozy fall wedding ideas and these fall wedding dresses that are both cool and cozy!

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8 Non-White Wedding Dresses

May 2, 2021 | olivia

Couples around the globe are opting for non-white wedding dresses and colorful suits as a way to better express themselves. While there is nothing wrong with a crisp white gown, it’s not an absolute must-have when you’re shopping for your dress. Whether it’s a subtle color choice like champagne, or a bold choice like black, wearing white is a tradition that you can totally skip

We scoured the internet in search of the best non-white wedding dresses that range in colors and styles. Get ready to find the colorful dress that speaks to you and your unique personality. Happy shopping! 

Non-White Wedding Dresses

When you want to add some color without fully sacrificing a white bridal look, there are a few things you can look for. Some brides opt for a mesh or chiffon overlay that includes color like floral embroidery or beads. You can also look for a slight print, or try bridal separates with a colorful skirt. 

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Try a Neutral Wedding Gown

If you’re looking to ease yourself into the colorful wedding dress trend, try switching from white to a neutral color. Think colors like champagne, taupe, or grey. These neutral colors still add color to your wedding without being so bold. Plus, these colors are perfect for outdoor weddings and elopements

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Pretty In Pink Wedding Dress

Ever dreamed of running in a pink Bridgerton-esque gown? Then use your wedding day to live out your dreams. With hues like blush or rose gold, you’ll feel pretty in pink while rocking a pink wedding dress. These dresses are perfect for spring or summer weddings at a castle, a beach, or even just in your backyard.

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The New Black Wedding Gown

A more popular color choice that brides are opting for is black. Surprisingly enough, black wedding gowns are perfect for fall and winter weddings—and the seasonal wedding boots. Whether you add a tulle black skirt, or go for a full black bridal gown, black is a color that exudes sophistication and elegance. So, if you’re planning a formal, black-tie wedding, opting for this non-white wedding dress might be the perfect choice for you. 

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Utilize The Gown As Something Blue

You may have heard of the saying “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.” Who’s to say your dress can’t be your something blue from this rhyme? If you don’t choose a blue wedding dress for this meaning, blues are also associated with calmness and purity. Lighter blues are so soft, feminine, and delicate that it would be perfect for spring and summer weddings

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Feel Bold In A Red Wedding Dress

Traditional for Chinese and Indian cultures, the bride wears a red dress to symbolize good fortune, fertility, and prosperity. But if you love the idea of walking down the aisle in a bold color, a red dress is your answer. While red is a dramatic, memorable, and unique color, it’s also associated with love and romance. Seems like a great option for the most romantic day of your life!

If red is your power color, go for it. Opt to wear the color of love. If wearing it down the aisle is too attention grabbing for you, you can always change into a red dress for the reception.

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Sparkle In Sequins For Your Wedding

When in doubt, adding sequins and sparkle is often the answer. A full sequin dress is an eye-catching, non-white showstopping dress option. If you’re not sure you can rock sparkles the whole wedding day, these are great outfit changes! Some brides switch to sequin dresses and jumpsuits for their reception or their wedding ceremony. It’s a glamorous look.

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Your Favorite Color 

If you didn’t see the color you were hoping for, don’t fret. When it comes to your day, it really is your day. Showing off your personality in whatever color you want makes it special. Whether you choose a wedding gown that’s yellow, orange, or even rainbow, we hope you find the color that makes you feel beautiful. 

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We love to see couples around the world skipping wedding traditions and choosing to celebrate in ways unique to their relationship. If you love the idea of having a colorful, non-white wedding dress, we’re excited for you. To learn about more ways to make your wedding unique, check out these nine ways to personalize your wedding and our guide to planning a unique wedding

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The Dreamy Unconventional Colorful Suit Roundup

March 24, 2021 | riley

There is a reason that many soon-to-be newlyweds opt for black, grey and navy suits. They’re neutral colors that pair with any color palette and theme. But more and more couples are opting to break tradition and opt for colorful pieces, allowing them to include more personality into their wedding day look. From bolder hues like burgundy and teal to lighter looks like light pink and yellow, there’s a suit for every single unique soon-to-be spouse.

Blue Colorful Suits

Navy suits have taken the world by storm, but why not lighten things up with a baby blue suit? Perfect for spring and summer weddings, this modern take on the 70s style pairs perfectly with sunshine and over-the-top florals.

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Ministry Of Supply offers moisture-wicking suits in a variety of blue hues that are perfect for anyone eloping—that’s right, anyone. They specialize in men’s and women’s suits. Don’t miss out on these gorgeous and flexible options!

Teal Colorful Suits

Jewel tone color palettes are some of our favorites for weddings, and they don’t have to apply to just bridesmaid dresses. If you want to be the star of the show in a crowd of black suits, consider a teal colored suit. We think this bride nailed it with her gold details and floral pocket square. Not to mention the color perfectly contrasts her significant other’s royal blue suit and bolo tie.

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Purple Colorful Suits

If you’re tying the knot in the fall and want to add color, but you’re not quite sure how, consider a purple suit. The deep eggplant color will pair beautifully with the oranges and reds of the season without being too bold. You can also find lilac colored suits if you want something a bit more casual and airy.

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Yellow Colorful Suits

One word: mustard. The deep golden color looks incredible on most skin-tones, pairs perfectly with more boho accessories such as bolo ties and boots, and can be worn year-round. If you want something brighter, go for something brighter, like a banana yellow.

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Orange Colorful Suits

Out of all of the suits on this list, orange is definitely the most unique. It’s not only the hardest to find–you may have to have something custom-made–but it’s also one of the hardest colors to match. But if you’ve seen our 2021 wedding trends, then you know eclectic colors are in, and terracotta is all the rage right now, so why not go big for one of the most memorable days of your life?

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Burgundy Colorful Suits

Wearing color doesn’t mean that you have to wear something overly vibrant. You can add color in a very understated, tasteful way by choosing a burgundy suit. The color is flattering on every skin tone, making it an ideal choice if you are looking to dress your wedding party in the same color.

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Light Pink Colorful Suits

There’s something incredibly romantic about light pink wedding attire, especially when paired with neutral decor and florals. Perfect for summer’s warm temps, light pink colored suits are a subtle way to add color to your special day.

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Now that you’re ready to rock some color on your wedding day get inspired by these real unique groom style ideas for well-dressed guys!

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