When we found out the Southern plantation style wedding venue for Angelina + Brook’s wedding belonged to her mother… wow. How amazing to live in a place like this, surrounded by rolling hills. Not only was the view unbelievable, but Angelina’s brother-in-law actually planted the grass on top of the hill where the ceremony was held. Lots of love went into this romantic wedding. The event designers at Lovelyfest weren’t just hired help for the day either, they’re Angelina’s cousins, so you can imagine how special it was for everyone involved.
We’re always amazed to hear when couples plan their weddings long distance, in a short amount of time, and with so many other things going on. Such was the case with Yvonne + Ruda. Their engagement was just five months long and for the first three of those months, Yvonne was in her final semester of nursing school finishing exit exams. All while trying to plan a California wedding from Virginia. But she looked at the bright side of things – when else do you have a reason to get hair & makeup trials, cake tastings, and bachelorette parties? And thanks to such great vendors, their elegant but still California laid back wedding came to be.
Um, how adorable is this photo?!
Get ready for some major pops of color. Morgan + Ryan wanted to have fun in Palm Springs with their friends & family, so they called up the always creative Bash, Please to do their thang and the talented EP Love to capture it all. After deciding on a Palm Springs wedding, the color scheme came to life… neon pink, yellow, and turquoise. From there it was used on everything from the save the date, wedding invitations, and welcome tote bags, to the florals and custom neon sign.
Their wedding songs… Processional: Steal My Heart Away by Van Morrison / Bride’s aisle song: Cant Help Falling In Love by Ingrid Michaelson / Recessional: Here Comes My Baby by Cat Stevens / First Dance: Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) by Michael Jackson.
We’re sure you’re seeing the trend this week. Lots of pretty 1920s inspired weddings, shoots and DIY’s have come our way just in time for The Great Gatsby movie release. We couldn’t love it more! Adding to all the pretty is Dixie + Shawna’s wedding, captured by Mustard Seed Organic Photography. They wanted to focus on an era that seemed so charming and lovely – where women dressed in styles from billowing to Art Deco, men wore tweed and hats, and cars started with a crank. Click here to jump over and view the whole gallery of images.
Dixie’s bridal bouquet recipe: cream lisianthis, white veronica, peach dahlias, dusty miller, succulents, cream spray roses, and peach stock.
When someone from the event design world gets married, we pour ourselves a fancy cocktail and prepare to have a little swooning session while going through every image and detail. Of course, when the photos are coming from Jose Villa, and the wedding belongs belongs to Cortnie, the talented planner & stylist behind Canvas and Canopy and very admired name around our office… well, you just know it’s going to be a stunner.
The wedding took place on the beaches of San Diego, but wasn’t your typical sunny San Diego beach wedding. In fact Courtnie even hoped for a foggy, overcast day to really create a unique and ethereal vibe. With a huge storm warning on its way, she got what she wanted and the shipwrecked vibe, a washed ashore, nautical, ethereal almost ghostly feel came to life with the help of good friend and coordinator, Carolyn Chen of The Special Day.
One of our personal touches that appeared on the invitations, menus, programs, and cakes were the silhouettes of bears. My nickname for both Donny & our dog Bubba are my bears. Even the ringBEARers wore lapel pins with bears on them, and my bouquet had a necklace that had a bear locket wrapped around it with photos of Donny and Bubba inside.
Ahh! Loving her Jimmy Choos.
Let’s talk about THE dress! Amaze, right? Cortnie wore a custom gown created by Joan Shum. From Cortnie… I basically just told her I wanted long sleeves, a gorgeous textured skirt and I wanted the color to be a mixture of blush + beige. A color I later decided to coin as ‘bleige’. I tried my wedding dress on for the very first time the week of the wedding and it was perfect. Joan came down on my wedding day and even dressed me! The gown matched the colors of foggy day and sand perfectly and could not have been more elegant.