26 Jan

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

We’re noticing a shorter engagement trend as of late. Last Friday’s boho desert wedding was planned in 3 months, today’s was planned in 3, and later we have a two-day wedding done in 4. Less time to plan often actually means less time to stress, and Kendra and her guy pulled off their dream wedding this way with the help of planner/designer Madeline Hovey of Sweet Ambience and a handful of dear friends. Thanks to Kendra’s brother + film photographer, Curtis Wiklund for the photos!

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

John is a Designer and Animator and Kendra is the decorations buyer at BHLDN (eee!). So as you can imagine, the two of them and their super talented designer friends worked on everything from the florals to the music (including John singing a few songs!) to the invitations. Oh, and a ton of pretty BHLDN bridal fashion, like the Peter Som number above.

(More inspo behind their woodland theme here.)

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Kendra found the white dress at a boutique and had her seamstress reconstruct it into this beauty!

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Our venue had the perfect amount of lush trees and natural light, a charming barn with a loft overlooking the dance floor, and cozy little nooks to catch up with old friends over a cider mill donuts and hot chocolate. There’s nothing quite like an autumn outdoor wedding in Michigan, and we were so grateful to be able to use a friend’s back yard to celebrate.

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

A community pie table including a gluten-free lavender apple pie by their friend Katharine of Wednesday Amelia.

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

Fall harvest Michigan wedding | Photo by Curtis Wiklund Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=85041

And some srsly good advice: Save your money for the Honeymoon! The wedding day is an exciting day but you will never forget the sweetest moments you have with your husband on your honeymoon. I am so glad we were frugal with our wedding so we could enjoy a beautiful honeymoon in Napa Valley and Big Sur.

Congratulations, K + J!

Photographer: Curtis Wiklund Photography / Videographer: Epic Motion / Ceremony Venue & Reception Venue: Private Residence in Oakland, Michigan / Event Planning & Design: Madeline Hovey of Sweet Ambience / Florist: Bride’s Friend, Katharine Lucas of Wednesday Amelia & Sweet Ambience / Hair: Andrea Kaczocha of Ruby and Clover / Invitations: Friend, Heather Rogers / Pie: Katharine of Wednesday Amelia / Program & Dinner Menus: Bride & Groom / Catering: Lafayette Market / Rentals: Colonial Event / White Dress: Boutique in Media, PA / Blush Dress: Peter Som for BHLDN / Shoes: Seychelles / Belt: Untamed Petals for BHLDN / Necklace: Ranjana Khan for BHLDN / Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane for BHLDN / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN / Groom’s Suit: Culwell & Sons / Shoes: Gravati / Ties: Sid Mashburn / Pocket Square & Tie Clip: The Tie / Groomsmen Suits & Shirts: Jos. A. Bank / Suspenders: Express

 
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23 Jan

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

Time spent engaged: 3 years; time spent planning: 3 months. Yep. See, when G + A got engaged in 2011, planning a 100-person wedding with guests from different states, on budget, with a location that repped them perfectly got quite stressful—even when they visited Joshua Tree and fell in love with 29 Palms Inn.

Fast forward to 2014, content with life in San Diego, when Geneva’s dad planned a trip from GA to CA. Since he can’t fly due to a medical condition, the timing was right to have the wedding then. Luckily photog Jamie of Rad + In Love was available and ended up being such a perfect fit that everyone thought she was an old family friend!

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

Remember this pic we previewed on Insta?! Their pup, Loki, is too cute for words.

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

Geneva says, I was originally planning to have the ceremony onsite at 29 Palms Inn, but my mom and sister convinced me that we should have it in the park, and I am so glad they did! The guests rode together to Indian Cove Amphitheater on an old (and booze filled) school bus. The amphitheater was so incredibly beautiful; it felt really magical to be there and made our ceremony so meaningful.

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

Andy’s fave moment was being lifted up on chairs during the Hora dance, while Geneva’s was when one of their flower girls, Clementine, chose to walk down the aisle with Andy. When it was G’s turn to say “I do”, Clementine yelled “I do!” before she got a chance! Presh.

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

One of each dress, please.

The bride’s sis hit up grocery stores for wild-looking flowers and Geneva, her ‘maids, and the moms, had a flower arranging party. They had a blast and it was a huge money saver, allowing them to do the whole wedding for $10,000.

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

A few of the helpers our bride + groom raved about…

Bridesmaid Kitty Reese (paper pieces)
Geneva’s sister (floral + table design)
Andy’s mom (dreamcatchers)
Geneva’s parents (crystals)
Friend Jeff (Officiant)
Andy’s brother (lighting)
Geneva’s friends (decorating)

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

Intimate 29 palms desert wedding | Photo by Rad And In Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84927

Congratulations on finally tying the knot… It sounds like there couldn’t have been a more perfect time!

Photographer: Jamie of Rad + In Love / Ceremony Venue: Indian Cove Amphitheater, Joshua Tree National Park / Reception Venue, Catering, Dessert: 29 Palms Inn, Irene’s Courtyard / Florist: Bride’s Sister / Invitations & Paper Feathers: Kitty Reese / Dreamcatchers: SteamAge Design (Groom’s Mother’s Company) / Rock & Gems by Oconee Minerals (Bride’s Parent’s Company) / Ceremony Music: Groom’s Brother Tyler of Earthy Babes / Bride’s Dress: Callahan / Kimono: Free People / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell for Free People / Headpiece: Flight of Fancy Designs / Band: Digby & Iona / Groom’s Suit & Shirt: J. Crew / Shoes: Clarks Desert Boot / Tie: J. Crew / Band: Kate Szabone Jewelry / Groomsmen Pants: J. Crew / Ties: Men’s Wearhouse / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: DV Dolce Vita, Jen’s Pirate Booty, Eternal Sunshine Creations, Spell and the Gypsy Collective / Flower Girl’s Dress: Jen’s Pirate Booty / Flower Boy’s Pants: Children of the Tribe

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23 Jan

Texas home engagement shoot | Photo by Jessica Garmon | 100 Layer Cake

Photog Jessica Garmon sent this sweet Texas e-sesh our way along with a note about Nima and Jessica C.. They’ve been together for 10 years and renovated a house together, filling it with collections from their travels, art, and modern décor. It’s no wonder they chose their home as the locale for their engagement shoot. Jessica G. says, They are some of the most gracious hosts I’ve ever had. The entire session was captured in film, with it’s grain and richness I felt it was the perfect medium to showcase the beautiful emotions displayed by this loving couple.

Texas home engagement shoot | Photo by Jessica Garmon | 100 Layer Cake

They have two adorable roomies too… Wild kitties that were born under the home outside that they took in.

Texas home engagement shoot | Photo by Jessica Garmon | 100 Layer Cake

Texas home engagement shoot | Photo by Jessica Garmon | 100 Layer Cake

Texas home engagement shoot | Photo by Jessica Garmon | 100 Layer Cake

Texas home engagement shoot | Photo by Jessica Garmon | 100 Layer Cake

Texas home engagement shoot | Photo by Jessica Garmon | 100 Layer Cake

Texas home engagement shoot | Photo by Jessica Garmon | 100 Layer Cake

Need a pair of these Madewell boots stat.

Texas home engagement shoot | Photo by Jessica Garmon | 100 Layer Cake

Texas home engagement shoot | Photo by Jessica Garmon | 100 Layer Cake

Their story:

Nima and I felt so fortunate to live and work together in the Oak Cliff cottage we spent a year renovating. The rooms of our house had been filled with competitive banter, our favorite tunes, collected curiosities, lots of affection, and the pitter-patter of paws from our two kittens.  We were completely satisfied with where we were and how we had arrived there. Soon enough, after over a decade together, we finally decided to get married. One Sunday afternoon in October, I was lying down for a nap, having just returned from a visit to Austin. Nima came home from having coffee with a friend, and when he woke me up he just started babbling. He stopped himself after a while and summed it up: “I think we should get married.” And that was that. No ring, no plans—but that suited us. We talked for a few months about eloping, but after some pressure (and wisdom) from our moms to see a celebration, we surrendered to something intimate in Dallas.

When I researched photographers, I felt at a loss. I wanted something different and a little gritty. The pictures should be beautiful but I didn’t want them to feel contrived.  The few leads I found online were booked, granted I was looking a little late in the game. A friend was asking around and someone told her about Jessica Garmon. After fanning through some of the pictures on her website, we felt we had really found something. She met with us at a coffee shop, and after talking a bit, Nima and I thought her approach was right on. She sort of tried us on for size too… We think it was an incredible match! Engagement photos were not a part of our plan, but Jessica includes them in her package because she feels it’s a great way for everyone to get to know each other and feel more comfortable in front of the camera. We threw out taking a few photos at our house and Jessica loved the idea. To us, no other place felt more natural and after all the work we had done, the place represented a huge labor of love. We could not have anticipated how inspired Jessica would be when she arrived…. and how special the photos would be. We will treasure them all the rest of our days!

Congrats guys!

Photographer: Jessica Garmon / Makeup Artist: Love Dose Beauty / Jessica’s Blouse & Jeans: Adriano Goldschmied blouse & jeans / Boots: Madewell Billie / Nima’s Shirt: Field Scout / Jeans: Imogene + Willie / Boots: Cobra Rock

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