30 Jun

July 4th party ideas

Seeing that tomorrow’s JULY 1st (how?!), it’s safe to say that most are gearing up for the big weekend ahead. Best of all, the 4th of July is on a Saturday this year, making planning much easier than in celebrations past! As you may know, we teamed up with Coca-Cola this summer to inspire your special events, starting with our groom’s gift box idea from earlier this month. (And yes, we’re still taking entries to the mega Share a Coke giveaway we shared last time too, more info below!) Next up is a collection of beachy 4th of July party ideas to get the juices flowing. We enlisted the talents at Beau & Arrow for the planning + design, and Branch & Cole snapped all the images.

July 4th party

July 4th VW van party

July 4th VW van party

First order of biz: A VW van. Duh.

July 4th party ideas with Coke

July 4th party ideas

VW van party

July 4th VW van party

These personalized Coca-Cola bottles are the ultimate All-American treat for an Independence Day get together, no? You can make your own at ShareaCoke.com to give and sip at your summer parties.

VW van party

July 4th party ideas with Coke

July 4th party ideas

July 4th party ideas with Coke

July 4th party food

Coke party ideas

July 4th party

July 4th party ideas with Coke

Beau & Arrow says it best, Inspired by the phrase summertime and the livin’ is easy, we strived to put together a gathering that was not only well-styled, but relaxed and easily achievable for all hostesses! Hinting at the 4th of July, we used the color palette of red, white, and blue but mixed in wooden + metallic accents, as well as lots of varied patterns for an eclectic look. Stars + stripes were also included, but in small details paired with gathered rugs + textiles. Unfussy wildflower flourishes here and there were the perfect accent to the van and intimate gathering. Delicious picnic food of corn on the cob, ribs, baked beans, sliders, and potato salad scream summer soiree. The personalized touch was the Coca-Cola bottle each friend received at their place-setting. A great surprise for an unsuspecting guest if you ask us!

July 4th party

July 4th party

July 4th party

July 4th party sliders

July 4th party ideas with Coke

Berry naked cake

Oh and is anyone whipping up any 4th of July treats this year? We’ll try our bestest to make something as pretty as the cake VG Bakery created for the occasion, but no promises!

July 4th VW van party

Win a free trip for 2 + $500!

In case you haven’t started your #ShareaCokeContest Pinterest board yet, there’s still time! You could win two vouchers for two round-trip flights on United Airlines to anywhere in the continental U.S., Caribbean, Mexico, Central America or Hawaii and a $500 Visa gift card. Yup. Just head to our original posting to enter before August 1st, 2015.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this shoot and happy Fourth of July!

Photography: Branch & Cole / Location: Torrey Pines Gliderport / Design & Planning: Beau & Arrow / Florals: Root 75 / Cake: VG Bakery / Food: Miho / Paper Elements: Ruminary Co / Table, Chairs, Rugs: Witty Rentals / Rolled Rugs, Table Runner, Blankets: Bricklane (Solana Beach) / Tabletop Rentals: Hostess Haven / Volkswagon Van: SD Photobus / Clothes: Aloha Sunday

 
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30 Jun

Backyard wedding portrait

Just FYI, you’ll probably want to take notes on all the romantic fashion appearing throughout this wedding. But first, a bit about Alex + Kimmy: They love the outdoors and made sure nature’s beauty was evident throughout their wedding design. Flowers were sprinkled throughout the family home. A DIY floral archway and rustic cake stand furthered the theme. Tons of greenery throughout the property didn’t hurt either (you’ll see what we mean). And what better to place against a lush landscape than boho attire and rustic furniture?

Thanks to Green Apple Photography for the photos:

Floral invitation

Beaded fringe wedding dress

Flower girl portrait

Cute! The flower girls were decked out in Zara.

Rose bridal bouquet

Bridemaids portrait

Bridal portrait

Can we talk about how amazing Kimmy’s custom dress is? Totally channels the “70s moody bohemian with a splash of 40s flapper” vibe she wanted. She worked with Michelle Golightly to create a top + skirt with fringe beading made up of clear, gold, and bronze beads strung along the neckline, trim, waistline, and down past the length of the dress.

Bridemaids portrait

Bridemaids portrait

Rose bridal bouquet

Backyard wedding portrait

The bouquet by Lizy’s Lilies: cafe au lait, chocolate dahlias, quicksand roses, pieris, and strawflower

Wedding ring

Rose bridal bouquet

Backyard wedding portrait

Favors tablescape

Flower seed favors

Florals

Backyard wedding tablescape

K + A designed everything themselves. Kimmy explains, I used deep reds, corals, dark purples, greens and nudes. The bohemian style has always been a favorite of mine. Ever since I was little I have loved fringe and flowy dresses. I wanted my wedding to look natural and easy. I love the beauty of nature and I wanted to incorporate nature as much as possible. There were A LOT of flowers. In my opinion, you can’t have enough flowers. I love them.

Escort cards

Summer backyard wedding reception

White wedding cake

The bride’s biggest hurdle in 4 months of planning: The dress. My dress was so unique it was hard to make the fabric fluid with all of the beading. Michelle Golightly was so patient with me and was able to create my vision.

The groom’s: The man bun. He’d played sports in college and never had the chance to grow out his hair like he wanted. Those are hard to grow, he says. Ha!

Congrats you two!

Photography: Green Apple Photography / Videography: Shane Rickard Films / Venue: Salt Lake City Temple & Private Residence / Coordinator: Bride & Groom / Florist: Lizy’s Lilies / Hair: Kimberly Call / Makeup: Lindsay West / Paper Goods: West End Girl / Catering: Magleby’s / Cake: Annie of Love Bee Cakes / Rentals: Diamond Rental / Band: Guy Golightly / Dress: Custom by Michelle Golightly with hand-beading by Kimberly & Mother / Shoes: Kenneth Cole / Jewelry: Hepp / Rings: Wilson Diamonds / Lipstick: Tarte ‘Fiery’ / Foundation: Clinique / Bronzer: BareMinerals / Blush: NARS ‘Orgasm’/ Brow Pencil: Anastasia / Mascara: BareMinerals / Groom’s Suit: Zara / Shoes: Kenneth Cole / Bridesmaids & Groomsmen’ Attire: Zara & H&M / Flower Girls: Zara

 
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29 Jun

Exciting news for all of you in planning mode (wedding, epic bash, etc. etc.): The Flashdance just let us know about their summer sale which means big discounts on wedding and event vendors in 2015. Book your Flashdance DJ now and get 20% off for any date the rest of this year. Or, have summer festivities already in the works? Rent Smilebooth for 15% off this month. There are four different deals to scoop up so you’ll want to see which fit with your shindig best. Music? Check. Photography? Check. Rentals, even. Here’s what you want to know about the services on the table:

Flashdance Summer wedding sale

Lots of great deals to be had from some of the best in the biz. A little bit about each service and what it entails for those of you who don’t already have them bookmarked!

The Flashdance: A wedding music collective that’s currently made up of 7 DJs who are pumped throw the best party you ever witnessed. Like we said, they’re offering 20% off when you book a DJ before August 1st. | view The Flashdance’s vendor profile

Smilebooth: A full service event photography + high tech photo booth in one. Basically, you’ll get professional photographs all within your event’s own mini-photo studio. And boy is it F-U-N for everyone involved. Rent the Smilebooth from now until August 31st and receive 15% off. | view Smilebooth’s vendor profile

YEAH! Rentals: Based in LA, SF, & Palm Springs, Yeah! Rentals has all the raddest furniture + props for all your mid-century modern + industrial events and more. (Hello, Palm Springs wedding!) Yeah! Rentals is also offering up 15% for your July & August events. | view YEAH! Rentals’ vendor profile

YEAH! Weddings: With Yeah! Weddings you get the whole package AKA photography, DJ, video, and Smilebooth, in one affordable deal. Basically, if you’re looking for all of the above, it’s a great time to snag this price: 3 services for $9,000 or 4 services for $10,000. By bundling up on these vendors, you’re getting a great summer rate. | View YEAH! Weddings’ vendor profile

Happy booking. xo

 
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29 Jun

Airstream elopement

Wedding editorials are always a touch sweeter with a real-life couple involved. Janelle Photography + the team were able to scoop up these cuties just in time for their first wedding anniversary to convey their darling Airstream elopement inspiration. With a vintage trailer and foraged details, this is one to bookmark for a charming camp-themed elopement or intimate wedding.

Outdoor bridal portrait

White mum boutique

Airstream elopement

Is this one of the prettiest places to elope or what?

Outdoor elopement with Airstream

Outdoor Airstream wedding

Yellow and white floral centerpiece

Outdoor brunch picnic

The main goal for the shoot was to feel like they could have pulled everything from their surroundings and inside their trailer, like the honey can vases, vintage tabletop wares, a rustic picnic table, to name a few. The flowers mimicked the natural flowers in the area too.

Floral napkin

Outdoor brunch picnic

Outdoor Airstream wedding

Outdoor elopement

Janelle tells us, We came across this amazing 60s airstream trailer on the property of a gorgeous upcoming wedding venue in Kelowna, BC, Caldwell Heritage Farm, and fell in love. We found a lovely nook on the property to put the trailer and Madison of Be Marry Events styled a beautiful and romantic setting for the ‘elopement’. Our couple was actually just married last year, and this was going to be the perfect anniversary shoot for them! As you can see, they are completely adorable and completely in love.

Lace wedding dress

White mum boutique

Outdoor elopement

Layered cake

Two words: crepe cake. Yesssss. (With a side of Canadian maple syrup of course.)

Outdoor elopement with Airstream

Sounds like a most perfect way to spend an anniversary. Thanks to Janelle Photography and the BC-based team below for sharing.

Photography: Janelle Photography / Location: Caldwell Heritage Farm in Kelowna, BC / Stylist: Madison Heglund of Be Marry Events / Florist: Crocus Floral Design / Hair: Sabrina Nunes / Makeup: Jenny McKinney / Cake: Sugar Sweet Cake Company / Dress: Madison James from Bliss Bridal Kelowna

 
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29 Jun

Modern Desert portrait

The desert never ceases to find new ways to impress. In this modern Mojave shoot, Kristen Joy Photography + Opal Floral wanted to balance a jewel-toned color palette with mid-century charm on a dusty windswept landscape. This whole scene shot in the outskirts of Las Vegas is refreshingly elegant, with sumptuous calligraphy and a slightly tropical twist.

Calligraphy invitation suite

Tropical bouquet

Mojave Desert wedding portrait

Amanda of Opal Floral says, Tropical flowers find a new home amidst local wild flowers, and silk ribbon flows in the breeze. Uniquely understated jewelry pairs perfectly with the bride’s natural makeup and loosely curled locks, also tying in gold and copper details throughout. Clean lines allow intricate details to shine, like in the pristine white cake with a cluster of coordinating flowers, and the hand-drawn calligraphy of the invitations and menus bringing elegance and sophistication to the party.

Place setting

Place card calligraphy

Menu Calligraphy

Orchid place setting

Mojave Desert bridal portrait

Place Setting

What did we say about the Open Ink Stand‘s calligraphy? Divine.

Tropical floral cake

Mojave Desert wedding portrait

Tropical floral bouquet

Tropical floral cake

A lovely Peridot Sweet wedding cake to juxtapose against the glowing desert backdrop.

Tropical floral cake

Great work everyone! Check out the vendors and designers below.

Photography: Kristen Joy Photography / Florist: Opal Floral / Makeup: Makeup in The 702 / Calligraphy: Open Ink Stand / Cake: Peridot Sweets / Film Lab: The Find Lab / Ribbon: Silk & Willow / Bride’s Dress: Oleg Cassini / Jewelry: Charming Charlies / Groom’s Suit: Kenneth Cole / Shoes: Kohl’s

 
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26 Jun

Let’s walk into the weekend feeling inspired, shall we? This studio tour + interview with Tricia of Fourteen-Forty oughta do the trick. Tricia is the owner of the Fourteen-Forty design studio, and the creative force behind the brand. Their NYC space is pretty spectacular, with white walls, inspiration boards, vintage touches, and just a hint of rustic-modernity. We’re so excited to get this peek into her + her team’s studio + biz, thanks to Brookelyn Photography of The Wedding Artists Collective. Here’s what she had to say…

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

What keeps you inspired in your business?

I get a lot of inspiration from vintage objects, especially old documents. I love handwritten letters and recently found a 1918 receipt from a dry goods store that was so well designed, with elegant type and the most beautiful handwriting—nothing like what you would get today from your grocery store!

What was the best decision you made that was the turning point in your business? And, how do you define success?

The best thing I’ve done for my business was finding a community. Creating a wedding takes a lot of collaboration with the many people involved; it’s truly a group effort! Connecting with other creatives has been such a wonderful thing! I always ask myself, “Do I love what I’m creating?”. I feel fortunate to be in a creative field, and it’s important that I’m proud of the work that is coming out of the studio. And of course the best feeling is when my couples are thrilled with the final product.

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Note to self: Your mood board should always be as big as your shelving.

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Favorite wedding/stationery trend of the moment? Trend you’d love to see disappear forever?

A lot of couples are realizing that stationery is more than what comes in the envelope. They’re asking us to get involved with how everything will look on the wedding day, from custom cocktail napkins, to coasters, to drink stirs to signage—and we love it! 

Emailing save the dates is one trend that’s becoming more common. While I totally get the rationale and convenience behind it, I’m still all for getting it printed. It’s the very first announcement of the wedding, which makes it so important! A beautifully printed save the date will set the tone and build excitement for the very special day coming up.

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Is there an artist/designer/generally creative person in a totally different field who inspires you?

I’m pretty obsessed these days with Ariele Alasko, who carves the most beautiful objects out of wood. I also love what Nicole Land of Soil & Stem is doing—her arrangements are works of art!

What is or has been your favorite wedding moment?

My favorite wedding moment is when the bride and groom write their own vows. It’s such an intimate and sweet moment, to hear it in their own words. We were lucky enough to calligraph one of our couple’s vows to hang in their home. We think it’s such a beautiful way to remember your wedding day!

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Necessities.

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

What’s on the horizon for your business?

We’ve been developing a line of unique stationery that includes materials outside of paper. We’re super excited about that!

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

If you weren’t a stationery designer, what would you be?

If I wasn’t a stationer, I think I would love to be an interior designer. We share a lot of the same passions—texture, color, form, and balance—and it would be so much fun to apply it to another field!

Thanks to Tricia for giving us a glimpse into the life of an incredible wedding stationer!

Photography: Brookelyn Photography of The Wedding Artists Collective / Studio: Fourteen-Forty Design Studio

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