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A Whimsical Alice in Wonderland Wedding: Kristi & Ben

Our Labor of Love, Sharkpig, The Flashdance, Smilebooth.… oh boy did Kristi & Ben have the dream team behind their San Francisco wedding! With an Alice in Wonderland theme and a ceremony at the Golden Gate Park, they really did go all out to make their wedding day extra special. The reception was held at RF-80, a studio space in the city.

“Our inspiration was the eclectic city we live in combined with a love for all things imaginative”, began the bride. “We wanted a wedding that wasn’t cookie cutter and that reflected both of our personalities. There were a lot of DIY elements involved. I scoured wedding blogs for my ideas. I also got inspiration from magazines and store windows. I would recommend figuring out what is doable within your timeframe or it can all get overwhelming. Enlist your friends, buy or make some cake, pop open some champagne and get crafting. It saves you money and gives such a personal touch to your wedding. I’d also advise other no not listen to the masses, they will scowl at your ideas, mostly because they’ve either never seen anything like it before or can’t get the proper visual. It’s your day, do what you want.”

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Pin Wheels, Paper Flags, Tattoos & Love: Christina & Paul

I’ve been having a sordid love affair with Matt Miller’s photography for a few years now. I’ve tried to quit it but then he keeps luring me back with emails like “Heygirl, you’re gonna LOVE this wedding!” and then I’m right back again…all smitten and stuff.

That’s exactly what happened when I saw Christina & Paul’s epic wedding. I’ve died and gone to Rock n Roll wedding heaven.

“We don’t know any other way”, Christina told me when I asked her about why they had a Rock n Roll wedding. “We make all of our decisions based on the lives that we have formed for ourselves, and for better or for worse, we have spent that time trying to tow the line between ‘punk’ and ‘traditional.’ Sometimes one side wins and one side loses, luckily they came together to create a great amalgamation for our wedding to let both sides of our characters shine. We really wanted to center our wedding around just having a good old fashioned Rock n Roll time. The majority of our guests were friends, so that alone gave it a youthful (and heavily tattooed) vibe. We picked lots of oldies soul music to which guests of every single age range loved dancing to.”

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A Cancelled Wedding But a Perfect Marriage: Kiley & Nathan

Kiley & Nathan’s Seattle wedding is sooo my cup of tea its unreal! Not only are these two clearly bad ass in their personal styling but the simple wedding focuses on what’s really important – them, their wedding and their marriage. After an intimate ceremony on a beach, they planned their reception (pictured) for 6 months later. This wedding isn’t full of ‘details’ or the pretty things us wedding bloggers usually go gaga over…no, instead it’s full of the most important thing…the love! Ahhhh!

“We got married July 20th in a small ceremony at sunset on Ocean Beach in San Francisco, where my husband is from,” Kiley wrote. “It was amazing and perfect, very casual (I wore cut off shorts and vans!) and very us (Taco truck catered, bonfire and S’mores). But we also wanted to celebrate with all our friends and family and get a chance to dress up so  we planned our reception for January 20th 2012, our 6 month anniversary, in Seattle where I am from.”

However things didn’t really go as planned. “We originally planned for a formal but modern evening at a local art gallery with 200+ friends and family, unfortunately the weather had other plans. The week of the reception it started to snow the city essentially shut down and that combined with a family medical emergency we had to make the call the day before the reception to cancel.”

“After canceling we were luckily still able to have a smaller get-together and have amazing photos taken by Matt Miller of Our Labor of Love to document this crazy situation. It was not what had been planned but we did our best, with the help of amazing friends and awesome photographers, to make the most of a not so great situation.”

“With all the issues the week of our wedding our inspiration and theme became ‘everything happens for a reason, so deal with it!’ We couldn’t let ourselves get stuck on specific previous planned ideas, we had to deal with things as they happened and just go with the flow. The most important thing was that we were married and had good people around us.”

“We definitely learned from this situation. We had to let go of ideas and things we had been looking forward to for 6 months. In the end, all our family and friends were healthy and safe. That was the most important thing.”

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“A Perfect Summer’s Day” – A Californian Vineyard Wedding: Athena & Jonny

Athena & Jonny’s Californian vineyard wedding took place in July.

I don’t usually share the story of how a couple met in these posts but the way Jonny describes his relationship with Athena is so beautiful I couldn’t resist.

“I met Athena in an acting class at Pepperdine University,” he explained. “Well, that is not exactly true. The first time we really met was a year before said acting class, when Athena was dating my freshman year roommate, and they came to see me in the musical ‘West Side Story’ (Athena claims not to remember this first introduction, and I intend to forget it). But for all intents and purposes, we met in acting class, randomly paired by the professor, to my dismay.”

“See, Athena was by far the prettiest girl in the class, and that was bad for me because I had a deep-rooted fear of very pretty girls. And though I tried my hardest to avoid her, even with the added speed of my trusty Razor scooter, Athena cornered me and insisted we meet to pick a scene for class. So meet we did, and talk, and talk some more, and I realized that this very pretty girl might not be so scary, and maybe she realized that this dorky, theater nerd might be rather charming.”

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“And so what began as a reluctant pairing in a second year acting class has blossomed into a nine year romance filled with adventures too epic (some scandalous, some even criminal!) to detail here. But this story is different from the movies, because this boy fell for the girl, then the stars aligned and he got the girl… but the stars defied their orbits; they stayed locked in formation, forever to spin the universe together – the boy kept the girl, will always keep her, will love her for all time.”

Awww!

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The inspiration for the wedding was the summer, or “a perfect summer’s day” as Athena describes it. “As a child, I was able to travel a lot because of my Father’s job. I remember some summer twilights in Illinois where the day would not end and the temperature was perfect. Living in Los Angeles California, we don’t get that same country feeling, so we wanted to find a spot that would be a getaway, that was close to everyone but still felt like you were in a whole other world. We found that at HammerSky Vineyards.”

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“We also wanted an intimate wedding with only our closest friends and family, and we wanted a wedding that reflected us. Our ceremony was was conducted by my stepmom Alison (she became certified for a day to marry us) and we wrote our own vows. Jonny’s groom’s cake was a replica of his old race car. It was very hard for him to cut into that cake!”

Beautiful, simple and touching. I love these guys!

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Abandoned Prison Picnic Engagement Sesh.

It’s official, photographer Matt Miller of Our Labor of Love gets the coolest most Rock n Roll clients! Stephanie & Adam had a picnic at an abandoned prison for their engagement shoot shoot – not only a killer juxtapositionof themes, but maybe even a bit of a dig at the oh-so-often-seen ‘vintage picnic’ setting…it actually might not be but I kinda like the idea that it is!

“Adam and I set a date of May 14th 2011 shortly after getting engaged on June 5th” Stephanie told me. “We knew we would want our amazing photographer and good buddy Matt Miller at Our Labor of Love to shoot our engagement and wedding photos. We were stoked to hear he found a perfect location to shoot some photos of us in Atlanta. We, alongside our two road dogs Evan and Jenn, headed south to make it happen. The day was way more fun than we could have imagined. We shared laughs, a few bug bites and many jokes while exploring an abandoned prison, the boiler room and an amazing gorgeous field in-between the two. The juxtapose setting was a perfect place to show the love we have for each other.”

“Adam and I met 2 years ago after I moved here from Savannah, GA and became best friends, quickly connecting through a mutual interest in skateboarding, bicycling and music. Now we have found ourselves not only planning a wedding but also buying and reforming a clothing business called Niche Market. This next year will prove to be tons of fun and full of growthtogether. We can’t wait to celebrate with friends and family at Carrigan Farms in Mooresville, NC. Our ceremony will be held on a white sand beach overlooking a blue lagoon nestled in a rock quarry. The reception will be catered with fresh goodies straight from the farm crops. We hope to throw in a couple bride and groom Friday the 13th tattoos the day before just to make sure we keep it interesting.”

Arrrgh their wedding is going to be incredible! I can’t wait to see and (of course) share it.

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Pink, Bows, Music & Radical Wedding Love

So I was going to blog this next week but I literally can’t wait. I saw Annette & Brian’s totally gorgeous wedding on my friend Micheal Antonia’s (aka the dj extroidinate behind The Flashdance) blog and like the lightning bolt that I am (when I come across something that’s as awesome as this) I was straight in there with my request to feature it. So, alongside Micheal, the photographers Our Labor of Love and Annette & Brian themselves, I am more than ecstatic to share this way-too-rad wedding with you today.

“We really just wanted to make the wedding feel like us – yet still stick to the traditions that are so important to our families” the newlyweds told me. ” We really wanted a vintage and homemade, crafty feel to the wedding.  Crafting is a big part of our lives and we have our own crafting blog called Daily-Craft, so it was really important for us to make things.  Annette screen printed all the wedding invitations, while Brian lined each envelope with vintage sheet music. Annette is an avid quilter, so she put together a “sign our quilt” area, instead of the traditional guestbook.  Because of her librarian roots, we used tons of books for decor and a vintage card catalog for table setting cards.  Annette “cataloged” each guest to their assigned seat.  Music is really important to Brian (he’s in about 5 bands now?) and Annette (a Music Librarian, to be exact), so we used lots of vintage sheet music in the details of our wedding.  Besides using sheet music to line each envelope of our invitations, Brian also created all of our table number signs using a little construction paper and sheet music.  Brian also got to play dj during the cocktail hour, putting together a very special mix of music for our guests to enjoy as they sipped on cocktails and ate h’orderves.  Going back to the Armenian roots, cooking is very important in Annette’s family, so we decided to make homemade jam for each of our guests as favors.  Annette screen printed little tops with our silhouettes, making them a tiny bit more special.  Even though we had lots of little details in our wedding, we made sure to let go on our wedding day and just have fun… it was perfect!”

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