17 Dec

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

First off, these two have a really cute love story (you’ll get to read it in a sec). Secondly, we love that they have given us a way of describing a wedding. They coined the term, “mountain cocktail”. Not to be confused with a woodland wedding since it took place in the mountains, plus it’s a little less formal than a cocktail wedding, it’s mountain cocktail! Lastly, the photographer behind Atlas Elia has a very inspiring giveaway for one lucky and community driven couple. Don’t miss it below!

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Best ceremony view ever? Possibly….

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Their cute love story goes a little something like this:

Mike is a Mountain Guide with International Mountain Guides on Mt. Rainier in Washington State. A week before my friends were going to climb the mountain, they had a spot open up on their team and they gave me a call to see if I was interested in climbing the mountain. Growing up in Seattle, you see Mt.Rainier any time it’s sunny–I had always wanted to climb it, but never made solid plans to do so. Their timing couldn’t have been more perfect. I almost didn’t go because I had concert tickets to see Lady Gaga, but I figured she could wait and Rainier was a once in a lifetime chance. Mike was one of our guides and we hit it off right away. I ended up on his rope team and was literally tied to Mike for 2 days. Turned out those knots last because three years later we got married.

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Bouquet recipe: Dahlia, Open Garden Rose, Freesia, Hypericum Berry, Fern, Hydrangea, with hints of Hops.

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Advice from Kim: If you can afford one, hire a wedding coordinator. Colleen made the day flow seamlessly–you didn’t even know she was there and all the vendors ended up in the right place at the right time! Also, hire a great photographer. Not one who just takes beautiful photos, but one you get along with because they will understand you and your partner’s personality. It makes all the difference. And she helps get you featured on a wedding blog! 

Now for the giveaway:
I’m so inspired when I hear where my couple’s devote their time! I am doubly-intrigued when they’re involved in some way in building a community! I realized that I just love working with couple’s who put a priority on investing in community. And I want to work with more people JUST LIKE THAT! This lead me to come up with a giveaway that I am crazy-excited about!

I am giving away 1 wedding in 2014 or 2015 anywhere in the world, to couple’s who are currently working on a project that invests in community. AND, I want to document that project through photography with them! The project could be about creating a sustainable, volunteer-run garden that feeds those in need, like one of my couple’s in California, or it could be working to make drinking-water safe for people in Kenya, like another of my couples!

How it works: You, or a friend/family member must nominate yourself to be chosen. If you are a couple (or one half of a couple), or know of someone who is: a) getting married in 2014/2015 (anywhere in the world) b) Has a project they are coordinating, or involved in that helps foster community (anywhere in the world), submit a nominating letter, including a photo of the couple.

You have until January 18, 2014 to enter, and  I will review all submissions and pick one winner! Click here to enter!

Photographer: Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia / Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Sleeping Lady Resort, Leavenworth, WA / Event Coordinator: Colleen Simpson / Invitation Designer: designed by Bride and Groom, printed by Paper Delights / Make up: Bride’s friend, Betsey Anderson / Hair: Casey Nikole / Day of styling: Bride’s friend, Laurel Jones / Florist: Au Natutrel, Patti Bosket / Small desserts & catering: Sleeping Lady / DJ: Issac Kaplan-Woolner / Wedding dress: Paloma Blanca from La Belle Elaines / Wedding shoes: Crown Vintage boots / Earrings: Anthropologie / Necklace: family heirloom / Rings: Green Lake Jewelry Works / Groom’s Suit: Vest and Shirt from Filson Pants AG Jeans from Nordstrom / Shoes: Nordstrom

 
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17 Dec

Colorful, multicultural wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

It can be a tricky thing to plan a wedding as a modern multicultural couple, trying to decide what traditions to keep, modify, or leave out entirely. But it’s bound to turn out beautiful as you marry them all together. Nisha + Brendan were able to celebrate their Indian, Japanese and American backgrounds in their own way, with the help of Michelle Edgemont. Rather than Indian music, Nisha walked out to Beach House. And their reception felt more like an intimate dinner party rather than a ballroom reception. We’ll let the gorgeous photography of Our Labor of Love do the rest of the storytelling…

Colorful, multicultural wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Colorful, multicultural wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Colorful, multicultural wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Colorful, multicultural wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Nisha’s bouquet recipe: Tillandsia xerographica, succulents, Echeveria, Solidago (commonly called Golden Rod), Craspedia (commonly called Billy Balls), Pin Cushion Protea and White Lilies.

Colorful, multicultural wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Colorful, multicultural wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Colorful, multicultural wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Colorful, multicultural wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Colorful, multicultural wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Colorful, multicultural wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Colorful, multicultural wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Colorful, multicultural wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Colorful, multicultural wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Colorful, multicultural wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Colorful, multicultural wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Colorful, multicultural wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Colorful, multicultural wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Brendan, his mother, and his uncle folded all the gold paper cranes, a Japanese tradition, that they used to decorate their cake table.

Colorful, multicultural wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Colorful, multicultural wedding | photo by Our Labor of Love | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Great advice from Nisha…

Don’t feel that you need a year to plan a wedding! Make a list of your personal priorities for the event, what is most meaningful to you as a couple, and spend the most time and energy on those rather than worrying about every single detail. There’s an overabundance of wedding inspiration available online now, but it’s important to stay true to what you as a couple want from the day. Everything will not go as planned, but it will be so wonderful to have everyone you love in one room celebrating your marriage! 

Congratulations Nisha + Brendan!

For more inspiration check out our Wedding Ideas section + Pinterest boards.

Photographer: Julia Robbs, Our Labor of Love / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Stone House at Stirling Ridge / Event Coordinator + Designer: The venue coordinated some of the day but the bride did the rest / Invitation Designer: Minted / Hair: Dolce Hair Design in Lyndhurst, NJ / Make-up: Make Me Lovely by Melissa / Designer + Florist: Michelle Edgemont / Cake: The Hudson Cakery / Catering: Tulsi / Wedding dress: Wedding Sari from Shagun in Edison, NJ / Reception dress: Topshop / Shoes: Kate Spade, Zara / Reception hairpiece: ban.do / Reception jewelry: borrowed from bride’s mother / Groom’s Indian outfit: Om the Origin in Edison, NJ / Reception suit & shoes: Zara

 
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16 Dec

Holiday gift wrap ideas | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Last week us girlies got together to wrap up our Christmas gifts over festive cocktails and spiked eggnog coffee, shiny ribbons, and pretty papers from Urbanic. It was seriously so much fun having the talented Paige Jones there capturing all of our pretty mess, and we hope to make it a new tradition from now on. Maybe next time we’ll invite more ladies + enjoy more cocktails. Take a peek at our pressies, get inspired, and then bookmark the tasty cocktail recipes we’ve included. They’re holiday party approved!

Gift wrap party | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Gift wrap party | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Gift wrap party | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Gift wrap party | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Holiday gift wrapping party | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Holiday cocktails | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Gift wrap party | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

We’re never ones to leave you hanging when it comes to cocktail recipes, so here recipes for the sips we enjoyed: Champagne Pomegranate Cocktail, Herbed Blackberry Cocktail, Cranberry Gingerly. They’ll be a for sure hit if you make them at your holiday party!

Gift wrap party | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Holiday gift wrap party | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Holiday gift wrap ideas | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Gift wrap party | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Gift wrap party | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Gift wrap party | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Holiday gift wrap ideas | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Gift wrap party | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Gift wrap party | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Gift wrap party | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

These papers are so pretty, aren’t they? You can find a few online at Urbanic’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop! Or get crafty and create some of these looks using gold foil dots, strands of shiny silver garland to wrap around the corners of your gifts, and layer gold string onto velvet ribbon. The combinations are endless.

Holiday gift wrap ideas | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Gift wrap party | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Holiday gift wrap ideas | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Gift wrap party | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Gift wrap party | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Holiday gift wrap ideas | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Gift wrap party | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

Holiday gift wrap | photo by Paige Jones | 100 Layer Cake

For even more gift wrapping ideas, check out our Pinterest board!

Photography: Paige Jones Photo / Shoot styling: 100 Layer Cake / Gift wrap: Urbanic / Glitter diamond gift tags: Anthropologie / Gold mega bow: Container Store / Silver oxford shoes: J.Crew / Bracelet: Nordstrom and J.Crew / Gold watch: Shopbop

 
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16 Dec

We found out firsthand that creating a wedding registry using Zola is as fun as writing out a Christmas list. Their beautifully designed profiles pulled us in right away, but it was also so easy to use. They’re a new kind of wedding registry with a mission to re-invent the online wedding registry experience for the modern couple. Want to see an example? Take a peek at Jillian’s must-haves registry here.

Zola wedding registry | 100 Layer Cake

Best part is, you can register for basically anything. You can go for the traditional gifts like kitchen tools, bed linens and flatware, or unexpected items like Jonathan Adler couches and accent furniture, chef-approved knives from Korin, and Martone Cycling bicycles (like we said, anything). OR in the case that you already have a home filled with everything you love, you can register for unique experiences like cooking classes, interior design services, museum memberships and more.

Here’s why Zola is different than all the others:

* All in one place: Zola is the only site that allows couples to register for products, experiences, services and cash funds, all in the one registry with a single checkout. In addition, couples can pull in products into their Zola registry from ANY other site online.

* Group gifting: Now couples can register for things they really want, and have friends and family contribute towards a group gift.

* Tell your story: Couples can truly customize their Zola registry to make their registry as beautiful as the rest of their wedding experience.

* Control over gifts: Couples can choose when they want to receive gifts, as they are purchased, and do virtual exchanges online before it is sent. No more lugging huge boxes to the store to return, no more box overload as gifts turn up at random times!

Special Offer for 100LayerCake Readers:
Cakies! Receive $35 in Zola credits when you set up you wedding registry on Zola. New registries must be started between December 16th – December 23rd.
Registry does not need to be published live until the couple is ready, and credits will be placed into the couple’s Zola account 4 weeks after a couple’s registry is Published live.

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Zola wedding registry | 100 Layer Cake

 
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16 Dec

Soft, romantic French inspired wedding inspiration | photo by Mint Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

A Paris state of mind is one we wouldn’t mind staying in permanently. The chateaus, the gardens, the antique French decor, and their exquisite pastries every day, yes please! It’s definitely one of our favorite places to turn to for romantic wedding inspiration, so we’re going to let Mint Photography and Vintage & Lace show us what they brewed up for ya!

Soft, romantic French inspired wedding inspiration | photo by Mint Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Soft, romantic French inspired wedding inspiration | photo by Mint Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Soft, romantic French inspired wedding inspiration | photo by Mint Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Soft, romantic French inspired wedding inspiration | photo by Mint Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Soft, romantic French inspired wedding inspiration | photo by Mint Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

We spy a cute table decor idea for Christmas…

Soft, romantic French inspired wedding inspiration | photo by Mint Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Soft, romantic French inspired wedding inspiration | photo by Mint Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Soft, romantic French inspired wedding inspiration | photo by Mint Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Soft, romantic French inspired wedding inspiration | photo by Mint Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Soft, romantic French inspired wedding inspiration | photo by Mint Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Soft, romantic French inspired wedding inspiration | photo by Mint Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Soft, romantic French inspired wedding inspiration | photo by Mint Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Soft, romantic French inspired wedding inspiration | photo by Mint Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Soft, romantic French inspired wedding inspiration | photo by Mint Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Soft, romantic French inspired wedding inspiration | photo by Mint Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Soft, romantic French inspired wedding inspiration | photo by Mint Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Stunning cake by 2Tarts Bakery! Don’t forget to pop into the gallery for more pretty details from this shoot.

Soft, romantic French inspired wedding inspiration | photo by Mint Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

For more inspiration check out our Wedding Ideas section + Pinterest boards.

Photographer: Mint Photography / Event Planner: Vintage & Lace / Floral Designer: Clementine Floral Design / Reception Venue: Villa Antonia / Dress Store: Blush Bridal Lounge / Cake Designer: 2Tarts Bakery / Equipment Rentals: Furbish Vintage Rentals / Equipment Rentals: Bee Lavish / Makeup Artist: Makenzi Laine – Professional Makeup Artist

 
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13 Dec

Handmade wedding dress | photo by Klem & Co Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Rounding out the week with this sweet, farm wedding from Klem & Co Photography, where just about every detail was handmade by Jessica, her mother, or a close friend. On top of that, her dress was made by hand, her veil sewn together using pieces from her mother’s veil… shall we just go down the list? The bouquets, the cakes, the table linens, and homemade vodka lemonade and sangria- all made by hand, with a whole lot of love.

Handmade wedding dress | photo by Klem & Co Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Handmade wedding dress | photo by Klem & Co Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Handmade wedding dress | photo by Klem & Co Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Intimate Canada farm wedding | photo by Klem & Co Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Intimate Canada farm wedding | photo by Klem & Co Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Intimate Canada farm wedding | photo by Klem & Co Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Intimate Canada farm wedding | photo by Klem & Co Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Intimate Canada farm wedding | photo by Klem & Co Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Intimate Canada farm wedding | photo by Klem & Co Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Intimate Canada farm wedding | photo by Klem & Co Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Intimate Canada farm wedding | photo by Klem & Co Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Intimate Canada farm wedding | photo by Klem & Co Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Intimate Canada farm wedding | photo by Klem & Co Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Intimate Canada farm wedding | photo by Klem & Co Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Intimate Canada farm wedding | photo by Klem & Co Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Jessica on her bouquet… We used tea roses in peach, ivory and pale pink, that had been left to open 3 days before the wedding. The kale heads, white freesia, woolly lambs ear were all from the garden.

Intimate Canada farm wedding | photo by Klem & Co Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Oh my, that sangria looks so good.

Intimate Canada farm wedding | photo by Klem & Co Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Intimate Canada farm wedding | photo by Klem & Co Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Intimate Canada farm wedding | photo by Klem & Co Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Intimate Canada farm wedding | photo by Klem & Co Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Stick with your ideas and go all the way with them. You will probably have people who don’t get it at first, but once everything is put together, they will understand and love it as much as you do. The key is to make your own and truly cherish the day as it goes to fast!

For more inspiration check out our Wedding Ideas section + Pinterest boards.

Photographer: Klem & Co Photography / Ceremony: Groom’s parent’s farm / Reception: Egge’s Barn in Fort Edmonton Park / Invitation Designer: Bride / Makeup: Amber Clark from Siren makeup and artistry / Hair: Maid of Honor, Danielle Wiebe / Florist: Mother of Bride / Cake: Two friends, Andrea Humphrey and Kelly Thompson / Catering: A Capella Catering / Rentals: ABC rentals / Wedding dress: made by mother of the bride / Shoes: ModCloth / Veil: made from mother of bride’s original veil / Groom’s suit: Zara / Shoes: Aldo / Bridesmaids: Convertible Wrap Dress

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