14 Mar

Floral crown | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

We’re here today to bust the myth that you can’t have a beautiful wedding on a budget. Like, a $4,000 budget. Because Stacy + Pace did just that! While these two made sure to spend their money where it counted (an amazing wedding singer), they turned to their generous and talented loved ones for everything else. Their venue: a friend’s backyard; the food: all made by their families; the dress: bought secondhand and sold back later. Even having Momoko Photography there to capture the day was a very generous gift. It’s a good reminder that you don’t have to splash the cash to have a wedding that is meaningful, memorable, and lovely.

DIY utah wedding | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

DIY utah wedding | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

Pace didn’t go out and buy a new suit or shoes for the wedding either, since he had perfectly good ones in his closet. But if we didn’t tell you these things, would you ever know the difference?

Floral crown | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

DIY utah wedding | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

DIY utah wedding | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

DIY utah wedding | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

DIY utah wedding | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

Stacey + Pace were going for a rustic/garden/vintage theme when they designed their reception. Since Stacy’s parents’ house is full of antiques and vintage glassware, they were able to use those elements in the décor.

DIY utah wedding | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

DIY utah wedding | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

Stacy says, For favors, we used these awesome old seed packets from the ‘50s that my mom had saved all these years. They had never been used and once we realized we could probably only sell them for $1 a piece anyway, we filled them up with wildflower seeds. Then we strung them from a ladder for guests to take as they left. I am hoping the world has more wildflowers come spring.

DIY utah wedding | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

DIY utah wedding | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

Stacy’s advice to other brides on a budget… My mom says she would have hired a caterer. Coordinating the food prep, refrigeration, arrival, and display was a little stressful I think.  I now can see the benefit of a wedding planner—it would be nice to have someone that is not family heading up the whole event so my mom could have relaxed a little more although she still had fun. 

Photographer: Momoko Photography / Videographer: Dana Blunk / Event Coordination & Design: The bride & her mother / Ceremony Venue: Salt Lake City LDS Temple / Reception Venue: A friend’s backyard in Holladay, Utah / Hair & Makeup: Bride’s friends Pam Wilcken, Jill Reese and Aubrey Nelson / Florist: Suzie Middleton from Floral-Essence / Invitation Designer: Bride & Jesse Bushnell / Letterpress: Rowley Press / Cake: Joan Parramore / Catering: The couple’s family / Rentals: Diamond Rental / Lighting: Moon Light / Flower Girl Skirts: Bride’s Mom

 
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14 Mar

Gosh, it’s been fun having all these giveaways for the past two weeks, hasn’t it? We kind of wish we could keep running giveaways everyday for, like, ever. But alas; today is the last day in our two-weeks-straight shot of freebies. But don’t worry, because it’s a real good one to end on.

Max Wanger is only like one of our favorite photographers ever. (He captured our very own Amanda’s wedding, after all!) All of his work is pure magic. So today we’re giving away a 45×30” print from the Max Wanger print shop. We gotta say, we’re a little jelly of whoever wins this one!

Max Wanger print shop giveaway | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69941

Enter to win a Max Wanger print below…

Good luck everyone!

And thanks again for celebrating our five-year anniversary with us!

*This giveaway ends on Monday, March 17th and is open to U.S. entrants only.

Congrats to our winner Meghan Caudill!
 
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13 Mar

Rustic California wedding | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

Alex + Spencer are California kids to the core. These two cuties grew up in the same CA hometown, and started dating when they were still in high school. (We love a good love story, don’t you?) So when it came time to make it official, Ashley Bryant of Mein Schatz helped them dream up a SoCal rustic soirée with a touch of easy glamour. Their venue was an obvious choice. From Alex: The Adamson House, truly embodied the relaxed California vibe we were after. From the crashing waves and surfers to the oak trees and historic story behind the landmark, we knew it was the perfect place to tie the knot. We’re so glad The Long Haul was there to capture their dreamy day…

Jim Hjelm wedding dress | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

Jim Hjelm wedding dress | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

P.S. If Alex looks familiar, that’s because she did a series of fashion + beauty guest blogs for us back when she was planning this gorgeous shindig! This former LaurenConrad.com editor now works for Who What Wear, which also explains her impeccable wedding day style.

Rustic California wedding | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

Alex’s rustic chic bouquet recipe: Cafe au lait dahlias, white scabiosa, seeded eucalyptus, white ranunculus, garden roses, lamb’s ear, scabiosa pods, chocolate cosmos, and peach carnations.

Rustic California wedding | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

Rustic California wedding | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

Rustic California wedding | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

Rustic California wedding | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

Rustic California wedding | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

We were the first wedding to flip-flop the standard designated ceremony and reception areas of the Adamson House. Instead of having the reception on the bluff overlooking the ocean and the ceremony under the big oak tree, we wanted to give it a most intimate feel by hosting our reception under the canopy of oak trees while our ceremony overlooked the endless vista of the Pacific Ocean… 

Rustic California wedding | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

Rustic California wedding | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

Jim Hjelm wedding dress | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

Rustic California wedding | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

Rustic California wedding | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

Rustic California wedding | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

Rustic California wedding | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

Rustic California wedding | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

Rustic California wedding | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

Rustic California wedding | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

Rustic California wedding | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

These guys decided to play off the venue’s gorgeous tiling by using terra cotta tiles as a décor element throughout the event.

Rustic California wedding | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

Rustic California wedding | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

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Rustic California wedding | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

Rustic California wedding | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

Naked wedding cake | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

Sometimes a perfectly pretty cake doesn’t need any fondant. We love how simple and elegant this one looks.

Rustic California wedding | Photo by The Long Haul | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69725

A sweet memory from the bride… After Spencer and I said “I do” we retreated to a private house on the south side of the property, where were had a few minutes alone together before making our entrance to the cocktail reception. It was the first time we had a quiet moment together to really soak it all in and revel in the fact that we were finally husband and wife. We enjoyed a few appetizers (the mini fried chicken and waffle appetizers from Whoa Nelly! were out of this world), popped a bottle of Dom Perignon, and laughed ourselves silly while showing off our new hardware to one another. It was the happiest moment of our lives.

Congrats you two!

Photographer: The Long Haul / Videographer: Red Carousel Films / Venue: The Adamson House / Event Coordination, Design & Florals: Mein Schatz / Hair & Makeup: Afton Williams / Letterpress: Just Vandy / Cake: Scootabaker / Catering: Whoa Nelly! / Rentals: Premiere Party Rents / Photobooth: Smilebooth / DJ: Michael Antonia from The Flash Dance / Bride’s Dress: Custom by Jim Hjelm from JLM Couture / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Groom’s Suit: Custom / Shoes: J.Crew

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