Tyler & Kristen were married at Camp Sky Ranch in Boone, NC. The inspiration for their day was a ‘bohemian family cookout’ with nods to the ‘flower power’ and ‘peace & love’ vibes of the 1960s. The barefoot bride wore a simple dress from Rosa Clara with vintage jewellery and a flower garland in her hair.
“I really wanted our wedding to evoke a feeling that our guests could sense as soon as they walked through the door”, explained Kristen. “I wanted them to know how much we loved each other and our beautiful son Jude, and how important this day was for us: we were finally taking the final step in solidifying our family. I think once I committed to conveying this and stopped worrying about what I thought I was supposed to do, I really had so much fun planning the wedding. The 1960s were a big part of my inspiration. I love the bright psychedelic colors, the vintage band posters, and of course the flower power hippies. I really tried to take this and give it a thrifty rustic twist.”
Filipino born Ariane & Jonathan now live in New Zealand, which is where they chose to have their May wedding. The 3pm ceremony was held at in the vineyard of the Ascension Wine Estate in Matakana. “We wanted to showcase how New Zealand is part paradise and part home with our wedding, Ariane told me. “Marrying in a vineyard in the dead of autumn, what could be more gorgeous than that? Ascension Wine Estate was the perfect backdrop for us. The theme was a mish-mash of our passion for travel, photography, literature and the French countryside. We didn’t really set something in stone, but in the end, the travel-bohemian theme dominated, with hints of shabby chic and vintage.”
For the ceremony space decor, the couple added personal touches such a flowers in beer bottles, twine and pinwheels. “In the vines where the ceremony was held, we tied beer bottles with twine and hung it around. We also made pinwheels out of colorful scrapbook papers in lieu of flowers to grace the aisle. We carried that over to the reception venue by having wine bottles adorned with lace and twine as centerpieces. We also had disposable cameras in French-country muffin trays on the tables. The colors of the pinwheels in the ceremony were carried over to the reception through a candy buffet where we served colored popcorn, gummy bears and red licorice.”
Linda & Tyler’s wedding makes me yearn for long lazy summer nights and scorching beaches. I could drink up this wedding and be satisfied for days…And with the event taking place at a venue called Paradise Gardens, is it any wonder?
“Our wedding day was a wonderful accumulation of memories that we will embrace forever,” Linda told me. “We’re beyond grateful for the love we have for one another and the natural way it shone through onthat day. I feel that every aspect of the wedding screamed us – from the lotus field, to the sounds of Devendra Banhart wailing, to the venue bathed in tea land gold! Our venue was amazing and we were ecstatic to have found this exotic little gem tucked away in the hills of Oceanside.”
“It took months to manifest every little detail in a way that I thought would encompass us. I envisioned the vibrant bottles, vintage books and unique demeanor of the day to emanate a bohemian vibe. I had this idea in my mind that the months and months worth of compiled details would reflect us as a couple and set our big day apart and perhaps they did, however it wasn’t the adorned venue that has nestled itself inside my mind, but rather the intimate moments that we shared as a couple. I gawked at gorgeous, DIY wedding blogs for months and had a blast delving deeper into the planning process but at the end of our day it was the happy tears that flowed as we opened one another’s sentimental gifts, as we attempted to hang onto the moment of our first look, as we spoke our vows and as we smiled the night away with dripping faces.”
“I wouldn’t change a thing about the way everything came together but it wasn’t until later that I fully realized that all of the details faded away and my thoughts clung to the emotions that were shared”, the bride continued. “I’ve relived the lingering moments in my mind many times already and as the trivial, little, pretty things disappear, the prettiest of all comes into perspective: the love we share.”
“The closer we got to the wedding, the more and more I began to let go of obsessing over the frivolous details. When it came down to it, the day flew by and there wasn’t even enough time to absorb every wonderful moment, let alone gawk at books, bottles and bouquets. My advice to future brides: make sure to revel in each moment because they sure do fly by. Now is the time for new adventures and new memories to be created!”
Oh I love Linda for writing this! Her story really came from the heart and doesn’t it show in these beautiful images too?