As much as we love a spectacular venue or a cool historic building, we totally see why some brides prefer a more natural look – something that’s simple and organic, but really brings out the beauty of the day itself. Of course, it helps when you have a setting like the one in today’s shoot by The Nolans to build off of. Teaming up with Alee Willis, they gathered a few select props to simply enhance their enchanting little pocket of the forest in Arkansas.
The Nolans say, The one thing we really wanted to do while planning this gorgeous inspiration photo shoot was to reach out and grab the attention of brides who want to be different, brides who want simply want their day to be natural.
Doesn’t this spread look like it was torn straight from a storybook?
Alee Willis created these whimsical floral arrangements by pairing beautiful blooms with findings from the area.
Understated elegance… A simple braided hairstyle, a few eye-catching pieces of jewelry from the photog’s personal collection, and one pretty white dress.
We love when we get the chance to peek into the workspaces of some of our fave creatives – and what better day than a Friday to sit back and be inspired? The Wedding Artists Collective sent over these images from their studio visit with the gals behind Firefly Events, and we’d never miss an opportunity to share a little BTS action with you, too.
Founded 5 years ago in Teissia’s Los Feliz, CA studio apartment, Firefly is a completely full service planning and design company that aims to create beautiful, personal, and unique events and weddings. They’ve been based out of NY for the last few years, but Teissia brought on Alia long ago knowing that she’d soon reopen a California HQ… and guess what? They’re officially opening a downtown LA office in January 2015 (with Alia at the helm). Exciting!!
A perfectly styled shelf for your Pinterest boards…
Firefly Events is made up of founder Teissia, planner Alia, and their newest member Gabby, planning and design assistant, and multi-tasking master. Doesn’t their workspace just make you want to get creative?
Be realistic about your budget, time, and expectations for the big day. Answering these questions truthfully will provide a great framework for planning! If parents or other family members are going to be involved in the planning process, have a talk with them about these three points as well. The more clearly you can define everyone’s role, the better.
It’s important to hire vendors you trust and get along with, both personally and aesthetically. This goes doubly for your wedding planner! You’ll be spending a lot of time with them over the next year, so a good connection is key. Also, keep an open mind to new ideas or suggestions that they may have. We look at amazing weddings all year long, and we’re often able to spot (and create) new trends before anyone else.
Hire wedding professionals! These days there are so many amazing and diverse people working in the industry. These people will know the right questions to ask, and will have the right equipment to do the job.
Alia, on finding inspiration in unlikely places: We always look at the weddings and events we work on as an opportunity to create an inclusive atmosphere or environment. We recently worked with a couple who brought us a picture of an ivy covered wall in the backyard of a Brooklyn restaurant. They loved the feel of that picture and wanted their wedding to have the same vibe. We used this as a jumping off point and created suspended greenery installations all over their venue, which had tons of exposed brick. We also used candle light centerpieces on the majority of the tables to give everything a warm and welcoming glow. By the end of the planning and design process, we had created something completely unique and unexpected but also beautiful and festive. We loved this because it proves that inspiration can come from anywhere! Even a brick wall.
For their NY wedding, the bride and groom had a talented team of friends and loved ones to help in every way: with florals, coordination, a dress redesign, DIYs, (and more!) all by people they knew, everyone came together to create Michael and Francesca’s dream day. Teamwork makes the dream work, no?
As for a theme, Francesca says, We mixed rustic mountain elements with the antique and industrial beauty of the venue, and aimed to create a warm and inviting environment with winter white and green tones, metallic accents, and candlelight.Nicki Sebastian Photography, who the couple met years ago through work, captured it all beautifully below:
A perfectly executed redesign of the bride’s mother’s 70s gown:The original Piccione dress had long sleeves, a boat neck, and an empire waist. We converted it to cap sleeves, a v-neck, and A-line waist repurposing the material and lace from the long sleeves. My mother redesigned her veil for me. The original veil was very long and had a large lace beaded headpiece. We shortened it to extend just beyond the dress, removed the headpiece, and attached the tulle to a hair comb.
Their altar was comprised of 20 vintage suitcases as a tribute to their love of travel and time going long distance between NYC & London.
Francesca’s bouquet recipe, by Ashley Drago Botanicals: red anemone, ranunculus, Sahara roses, Italian ruscus, fern, gray dusty miller with scbiosa pods, quail feathers
For an intimate dinner party feel, they designed a candlelit dinner with three long tables adorned with collected antiques, birch from the bride’s parent’s Adirondack Mountain home, and romantic floral arrangements.
Right before dinner was served, we stood still together and watched everyone just seated to the tables. Drinks clinked, chatter and laughter rose over the music, candlelight flickered across the long tables. Everything that we planned with the help of many talented and generous family and friends had come together, and the most important people in our lives were in one room at the same time. It was an all encompassing, memorable moment.
The bride’s planning tips: 1) Be yourself. Try not to get caught up in what others or the industry says you should or shouldn’t do.. 2) Get backup. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Enlist the support of family and friends. 3) After the wedding, write down all the details that you and your partner can remember.