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A Wedding Inspired by the Ocean

The inspiration behind this beautiful Californian wedding, sent over to me by Jerry Yoon Photography, was the ocean. The couple, who met through a mutual friend in Philadelphia and them moved to California, had visited The Monterey Bay Aquarium during their first year living together. “I loved it,” the bride told me ” the intense blues and greens when you looked down in the water, to the contrasting sand and beaten rocks. I love the ocean and anything relating to it. During that visit, I took a bunch of Polaroid photos at the museum and our walks around Monterey and Pacific Grove. Years later, when we were looking for a location for our wedding, I came across those original Polaroids of Lovers Point Park, and I instantly knew this is where we were getting married.”

The couple decided on a small intimate wedding with a guest list of just 50 people. “Although it sounds very small, it was a lot of work to hand make custom Save the Dates and invitations,” the bride continued. “It was definitely fun and keeping it intimate, we were able to give a lot of attention to each guest. We really didn’t have a conventional beach-y theme with shells, but more so a play of the colors. We held our ceremony under the large cypress tree at Lovers Point Park, and that too played into the theme of our wedding.”

The colours of the sand and ocean played a major role in the influence of the bride’s wedding dress and the groom’s suit. The bride’s dress was custom made by Wai Ching and the groom’s seersucker suit came from Black Fleece. “Inititally, I didn’t think the dress mattered all that much and ended up buying a cheap-o dress without much thought. Afterwards, I found a blog post featuring a dress by Wai Ching (Chrissy Leung). I immediately fell in love with the dress (and the hastily-purchased dress was promptly returned). I emailed her immediately and collaborated with her to create the true dress of my dreams. Everything was done via email: measurements, tons of photos for inspiration and descriptions. I finally flew up to Seattle for one final fitting, made some adjustments and it was a done deal. I love the dress. I still break it out every now and then and wear it around the house! It’s such a fun dress.”

“I assumed my husband wouldn’t care much about what he would wear for the wedding but he proved every every bit involved and wanted to look special. He had no idea what my dress looked like aside from some decidedly vague color descriptions by yours truly. After many stores, we finally found this suit at Black Fleece. After he tried it on, I turned to him and said, ‘We are going to look great!’ He had to take my word of course, as he wouldn’t see my dress until the day of our wedding.”

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“Under The Boardwalk” – Aimee & James’ DIY, 1950’s Carnival Wedding

Aimee & James were married on The Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, Ca. The day was a 1950′s inspired vintage one with a carnival vibe. The bride wore a custom made dress inspired by Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face and amazing blue shoes by Moda in Pelle. The couple were engaged in Paris. James proposed on new years and the stroke of midnight.

“We wanted to have a 1950’s vintage carnival theme wedding because we were having it at the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, Ca. Due to the rich history of the location, we were not short on ideas for how we would bring the nostalgia of the times through. We wanted to almost transport our guests back to a time when family values and marriage were really celebrated. For me the idea of marriage is an old-fashioned concept, but one that should be pursued if you find someone that makes your heart sing.”

“The entire wedding was DIY,” explained the bride. “Most notably were the carnival games. What would a 50’s carnival be without games? One of the groomsmen was very generous with his time and volunteered to make the carnival games as a gift to us. We had a hat toss, bottle toss, beanbag toss, ping-pong toss, and a photo wall. The beanbag toss and photo wall were probably the most involved games with regards to execution.”


“The photo wall was a freestanding wall with 3 holes of various sizes cut out and lined with frames. Photos from the bride and groom’s sibling’s, parent’s, and grandparent’s weddings were framed and placed on the wall. A photographer friend of ours took professional photos of our guests and let’s just says that it was a good thing this booth was set up next to the bar.”

“The flowers were a big deal for me. I did not understand why flowers could be $3000 – $5000,” she continued. “That would have been a 3rd of my budget. I was looking through my wedding porn and I came across an article in Martha Stewart Weddings, which is by far my favorite wedding magazine, where the bride’s flowers were made out of paper butterflies. I loved the idea! Butterflies didn’t make sense for me, but it opened my mind up to the idea of other possibilities. I liked the idea of paper flowers, so I started looking for different patterns. The ones I settled with were crepe paper roses and tissue paper flowers for the bridal bouquets. I used pipe cleaner for the stems and covered them in flower tape.”

“Then I had the idea to have the jewellery flowers when I was at the groom’s parents’ house. His mother makes handmade jewellery out of jewelry she finds in stores and cannibalizes it to make it unique. She has tons of left over pieces that are too large to use in her creations, so I got the idea to have her make flowers out of them. She really got creative by gluing them in tiers and adding crystal accents. We then took wire and glued them to the wire to make the stems and covered them with flower tape.”

“Our centerpieces were also different. They were handmade paper flower pomanders by the bride, groom, wedding party, and family.

We put them on top of acrylic candelabras lit with LEDs. We used one type of flower to make it easy (tissue paper flower) and made hundreds of them every day for 4 months. I am still finding slivers of red tissue paper in my living room. I had the idea for acrylic candelabras but could not afford them. Then it occurred to me that my friend works in plastics and I asked if he could do it, so he designed it for me to be in a baroque style with a slot for an LED tap light at the base to light it up.”

“The one thing we take from this whole experience was that the elements that really made it different were the most important to us and ultimately what we received the most nay-saying about leading up to the wedding were things we received the most complements on afterward,” Aimee concluded. “People would ask me about elements of the wedding like my shoes and I would tell them they were going to be a bright blue and people would kind of look at me with this odd stare and say, “huh”. Then when the photos went out the one thing that everyone commented on was how beautiful the shoes were.”

“When we started talking about paper flowers people didn’t really get it. I think a lot of people didn’t think we knew what we were doing. To be fair, we didn’t always know what we were doing, but we knew that it was going to be amazing and it was. We have been told that our wedding was the best wedding that some guests had ever been to and is a benchmark for all future weddings in our community of friends and family.”

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Carroll & Dan’s Detail-Heavy, Day of the Dead Plantation Wedding

Carroll & Dan were married in October at Walker’s Landing in the Amelia Island Plantation. The day was a celebration of their love for each other as well as their family and friends…and of course it goes without saying that the whole thing was styled to awesome perfection. Their day of the dead theme works SO WELL. I love it!

Bride Carroll told me all about their fabulous day “When we decided to get married, my husband and I knew it would be hard to plan a wedding that would be fun for all of the different types of people in our lives.  Our guests were amazingly diverse – many nationalities and ages – scientists, doctors, lawyers, military officers, government officials, corporate executives, athletes, bikers, artists, punk rockers, musicians, and construction workers.  It was important to try to make all our guests feel included by mixing traditional wedding elements with our own personal flair.  Although we wanted to have a wedding that was unique to us, we also wanted to have a wedding that respected the traditions and beliefs of both of our very different families.  We chose the Day of the Dead theme for a few reasons.  I was born in Mexico and, growing up, our house was filled with images of the holiday.  Also, we wanted to remember and honor our friends and family who have passed away.  For me, it was a particularly fitting way to pay homage to my father who passed away when I was young and to make sure that his memory was a significant part of our celebration.  Also, we got to put skulls on everything, which made us happy.”

“A lot of what we did was DIY and involved help from our friends.  A good friend did the artwork for our invitations.  I made most of the paper flowers with some help from another good friend and a bottle of wine.  My mom, some other dear friends and I also made the sugar skulls ourselves, which was a lot of fun.  We had temporary tattoos made to match the groom’s cake.  Also, my mom and step-dad bought some amazing Day of the Dead artwork in Santa Fe that we now have as decorations in our home.  In the reception area, there was a large fireplace that my mom and god-mother converted into a sort of shrine where we placed pictures of our loved ones who are no longer with us.  It was a beautiful way to include their memories in our wedding day.  They also helped put together the centerpieces.  My mom also hand-stamped the programs with a rubber stamp that she bought in Santa Fe.  Three of our friends volunteered to be the DJs, and with no experience at all, they did a fantastic job – way better than any professional could ever have done.   It was so important to us to have friends and family involved in each aspect of the wedding.”


“Even when we brought in outside help, we tried to keep things personal and unique to us.  Joi Mahon of Dress Forms Design Studio made the dress and bolero jacket.  I cannot say enough good things about her.  Although we never met in person, the dress fit perfectly and was everything that I had hoped for.  She listened to all of my wishes and made the dress of my dreams.  She is unbelievable and such a pleasure to work with.”

“We had Dottie at Chez Lezan Bakery make our cake.  We have been huge fans of hers for years and it was wonderful to have her involved in our wedding.  The cake was perfect. Brooke Raulerson of Artistic Florist did some unbelievable flower arrangements.  We pretty much gave her free reign and she exceeded all of our high hopes.  The flowers arrangements were totally breathtaking.  The bouquets were amazing too.

And, above all out photographers were AWESOME.  Ashley and Greg and Brooke Images were the best possible choice.   There were the perfect mix of fun a professional and I would recommend them to anyone! All in all, the day was perfect.  And so is my husband.  I couldn’t be happier with how things turned out.  It was worth all of the headaches and stress to have a day that made me feel so loved and grateful.”

Aww I love them! Be sure to also check out their super cute day after sesh!

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Kate & Jeff’s City Chic Circus Wedding

After attending a countless weddings over the years, Kate & Jeff knew that they wanted to do something different, something daring and something exciting for their wedding day – and different they did! I mean, how many weddings have you seen where aerialist and trapeze performers dangle over the reception!?

“We knew that we needed to do something a bit different so it felt like our day, rather than a version of someone else’s day,” began the couple. “We wanted a wedding with a chic city-feel, in the city that we both love. And we wanted to show Bristol in all its glory to our friends and family from the South-East… without reverting to cliché’s.”

“We knew the Old Council House would be a beautiful place to get married, especially on a Saturday afternoon with the hustle and bustle of the market as a backdrop. And when we found Circomedia for the reception, we both fell in love with it. Not only is it a spectacular building, but we knew we would have the freedom to put our stamp on it, which was really important because we didn’t want to have any details dictated to us by a venue – we wanted to work with local suppliers who would get our personalities and would each bring a special something to the day.”

“We wanted to celebrate the use of the venue as well as the beauty of it so we asked the Circomedia if we could have aerialist and trapeze performers and we decided that the circus would be a loose theme to base the fun around.”

The day was a very stylish and sharp affair, with all the guest turning up in their finest. The dress code was “sharp suits & flirty frocks” and the bride lead by example in a chic retro style dress, custom made for her in ‘oyster’ duchess Satin by Gilly Woo. Kate wanted a consistent palette throughout, but without things looking too regimented – so the bridesmaids all had individual outfits in the same colour scheme. The flowers were a variety of seasonal blooms in different combinations, the place names were hand printed and the vintage crockery was mismatched.

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Free Wedding Photography Contest Winners – Jamie & Neil’s DIY, Campfire Wedding

Oh I am EXCITED…like, seriously jump up and down and eat a big cream cake-excited about sharing Jamie & Neil’s wedding with you today. Why the extra enthusiasm you ask? Well Jamie & Neil were the lucky couple who won the contest for free wedding photography that I organised alongside the the fabulous Kat Braman back in January (you can see their entry here)

The couple got married in style on September 18th at the YMCA’s Camp Pendalouanin Holton, MI, a place that holds very special significance for the bride. “The whole wedding weekend from Rehearsal on Friday through Sunday morning took place at the Muskegon YMCA’s Camp Pendalouan,” Jamie explained to me. “Camp Pendalouan has a special place in my heart as I attended girl scout camp there as a child.  The ceremony took place at the scenic Boyden Chapel situated on Big Blue Lake and the reception was held in Nikana Lodge.  The evening was concluded by a roaring bonfire that could be “seen from space” at the Council Ring of the Great Bear fire circle.  The camp setting was just perfect for us since love outdoor adventures.  It also gave us extra time to spend with our guests that were able to spend the night in the bunks!”

The entire wedding was an DIY and group effort, and the love and attention to detail really really shows (I am so in love with the car moustache!) Jamie’s Mum grew all the flowers, friends and family members made the deserts, they had a friend officiate and the whole wedding party got involved in the ceremony – and that’s just for starters! (make sure you check out the full list of everyone involed after the ‘jump’) “Following our ceremony we armed all our guests with ribbon sticks, pinwheels, and kazoos and had a parade to the flagpole where we raised a flag bearing our family crest,” they told me. “TSY rounded out the parade playing the Jason Mraz version of “One Love.”

Jamie wore a vintage dress that she’d bought at a boutique Viavi (now closed) for just $15.  Some of Jamie’s colleagues helped her to modify the sleeves and the bodice of the sheath dress. With this she wore a Pixel & Hank (who I actually featured here) headpiece, Fossil tights and vintage oxford shoes from Tree & Kimball

Seriously, words can not express how excited I am that Kat (photographer) and I were able to give this couple the professional photography they deserved. How beautifully captured is it all?

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London Calling – Lindsey & Alex’s Quadrophenia Wedding

I’ve branded this the ‘Quadrophenia wedding’ because of all the fabulous retro British details. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside to be English doesn’t it?

The couple embarked in a lot of diy to make it all super personal and everything from the pub they held it in being called The Britannia to the pork pie ‘cake’; from the Vivienne Westwood shoes (a national treasure in my eyes!) to the red, white a blue throughout were put together to make their theme perfect. The bunting had a union jack vibe, the table plans were quintsentially British themed and the guests were even transported in a open top double decker routemaster red bus.

The day was rounded off by traditional English games including an egg and spoon race and a impromptu kick around with a rugby ball!

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