11 Oct

Indie Portland wedding | photo by Wild Hearts Photography | 100 Layer Cake

With all the variety in styles of weddings we see come through our inbox, the go-to romantic, woodland, garden, etc terms sometimes don’t fit. Especially with this one from Wild Hearts. Lindsay & Alec used “industrial opulence” to describe theirs, and we thought it was perfect. Kinda grabs your attention and makes you curious to see what inspired them, doesn’t it? Lindsay told us they looked at 17th century Flemish still life paintings and adopted a moody, deep palette to give their wedding an old world mid-summer’s night look and feel.

Indie Portland wedding | photo by Wild Hearts Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Indie Portland wedding | photo by Wild Hearts Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Indie Portland wedding | photo by Wild Hearts Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Indie Portland wedding | photo by Wild Hearts Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Indie Portland wedding | photo by Wild Hearts Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Indie Portland wedding | photo by Wild Hearts Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Indie Portland wedding | photo by Wild Hearts Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Indie Portland wedding | photo by Wild Hearts Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Indie Portland wedding | photo by Wild Hearts Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Indie Portland wedding | photo by Wild Hearts Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Indie Portland wedding | photo by Wild Hearts Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Indie Portland wedding | photo by Wild Hearts Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Indie Portland wedding | photo by Wild Hearts Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Indie Portland wedding | photo by Wild Hearts Photography | 100 Layer Cake

These little dishes are gorgeous. Lindsay convinced her bridesmaid, Rachel, also her partner at Barrow, to make 150 small ceramic salt dishes as favors for each guest. Wow.

Indie Portland wedding | photo by Wild Hearts Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Indie Portland wedding | photo by Wild Hearts Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Indie Portland wedding | photo by Wild Hearts Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Indie Portland wedding | photo by Wild Hearts Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Indie Portland wedding | photo by Wild Hearts Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Some advice from Lindsay… The best advice we got was to spend the morning with one another, relaxing over breakfast before everything got too crazy. So we drank juice on our hammock in the backyard, it was a perfect moment that made us feel normal on a not-so-typical day. Keeping things purposeful was something that I learned during the planning process, and at some point, just had to say no to Pinterest! There are so many great ideas out there that will make you doubt your own choices. Less is more, was my motto. Trust yourself and your vendors about making the day beautiful and meaningful. 

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

Photographer: Wild Hearts Photography / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Union/Pine / Flowers + Styling: The Green Dandelion / Wedding Dress + Shoes: Lena Medoyeff Studio, Frye’s / Bracelet: Bario-Neal / Groom’s Suit and Shoes: Suit Supply, Camper / Caterer: Delilah’s Catering / Pies: Random Order / Ceramic Wedding Favors: Rachel Warkentin, Jesse O’Brien, and Bride / Invitations: made by Lindsay Jordan (bride) / Wedding Bands: Stephanie Jernstrom, Solder and Stitch / Hair: New Vintage Beauty Lounge

 
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10 Oct

Nicole Miller wedding dress | photo s by Andrey Mikityuk | 100 Layer Cake

We just want to hug Lisa. She was little Miss Super Woman when it came to coordinating, designing, and DIY’ing basically her entire wedding. She spent a lot of time perusing blogs for inspiration, used Evernote to organize ideas, and when it came to making decisions about how the day would be styled, she kept in mind that she was working with an urban venue and a classic wedding party wardrobe. The result, photographed by Andrey Mikityuk, as she says, “was a slightly amped-up/classier version of our real lives, and wasn’t over the top or unnatural”. That’s the perfect way to put it.

Union Station Nebraska wedding | photo s by Andrey Mikityuk | 100 Layer Cake

Union Station Nebraska wedding | photo s by Andrey Mikityuk | 100 Layer Cake

I designed and crafted all of our paper goods. With some help from my in-laws and a bottle of whiskey, I hand stamped, embossed, mounted, and addressed each component of our save-the-dates, invites, thank you’s, and programs.

Andre Assous wedding shoes | photo s by Andrey Mikityuk | 100 Layer Cake

Nicole Miller wedding dress | photo s by Andrey Mikityuk | 100 Layer Cake

Nicole Miller wedding dress | photo s by Andrey Mikityuk | 100 Layer Cake

Nicole Miller wedding dress | photo s by Andrey Mikityuk | 100 Layer Cake

Union Station Nebraska wedding | photo s by Andrey Mikityuk | 100 Layer Cake

Navy bridesmaid dresses | photo s by Andrey Mikityuk | 100 Layer Cake

Union Station Nebraska wedding | photo s by Andrey Mikityuk | 100 Layer Cake

Navy bridesmaid dresses | photo s by Andrey Mikityuk | 100 Layer Cake

Navy bridesmaid dresses | photo s by Andrey Mikityuk | 100 Layer Cake

How adorable is the above photo?

Navy bridesmaid dresses | photo s by Andrey Mikityuk | 100 Layer Cake

It’s kind of refreshing to see so much green in their bouquets isn’t it? Against those navy dresses, the green just pops.

Union Station Nebraska wedding | photo s by Andrey Mikityuk | 100 Layer Cake

anemone bridal bouquet | photo s by Andrey Mikityuk | 100 Layer Cake

Lisa’s bouquet recipe: white ranunculus, scabiosa pods, yellow Billy balls, yarrow, veronica,  succulents, queens Ann lace, dusty miller, kale, amaranth, anenmies, and buplerum.

Union Station Nebraska wedding | photo s by Andrey Mikityuk | 100 Layer Cake

Union Station Nebraska wedding | photo s by Andrey Mikityuk | 100 Layer Cake

Union Station Nebraska wedding | photo s by Andrey Mikityuk | 100 Layer Cake

Union Station Nebraska wedding | photo s by Andrey Mikityuk | 100 Layer Cake

Union Station Nebraska wedding | photo s by Andrey Mikityuk | 100 Layer Cake

So here’s a fun DIY to try out. Those plain glass votive candle holders that you can find at any craft store… Lisa dipped them into paint and let them drip dry.

Union Station Nebraska wedding | photo s by Andrey Mikityuk | 100 Layer Cake

Union Station Nebraska wedding | photo s by Andrey Mikityuk | 100 Layer Cake

For Jaron and I, our wedding day was incredibly relaxed and joyful. I had worked very hard in the months and weeks leading up to our wedding to organize and plan every. single. detail. of the weekend. (My family and friends still give me a hard time for the spreadsheets, timelines and lists I distributed). What I hoped would – and what in reality did – come as a result of my hyper-organziation and communication, is that I was able to let go, relax and be present the week of the wedding. I must, of course, give credit to our loving and hard-working families who executed my vision wonderfully on the day of the wedding.

In reflecting upon those days, Jaron and I realize that the beauty, joy and meaning contained in the celebration of our marriage was not a result of our planning and organization – although it was helpful – rather, it was the truly amazing people that surrounded and celebrated us that made our wedding extraordinary. So if I were to offer some wedding planning advice, it would be: secure yourself some good, quality friends and family. You can have the best vendors, spend a small fortune, and look amazing, but if you aren’t surrounded with wonderful people who understand and love you, your wedding day will be meaningless. In my opinion, a wedding isn’t about living out your Cinderella fantasy or trying to get featured on a blog, its about celebrating life in all its beauty and complexity, and honoring commitment, and the friends and family that flow from it.

Congratulations Jaron + Lisa!

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

Photographer: Andrey Mikityuk / Ceremony Venue: Swanson Gallery of the Durham Museum / Reception Venue: 1316 Jones / First Look Location: Magnolia Hotel / Invitations, Makeup, Wedding Coordination: Bride / Hair: Thomas Sena at T’eez Salon / Florist: All Season Floral / Cake: Bliss Bakery  / Catering: Hap Abraham Catering / Rentals: AAA Rents / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller / Wedding shoes: Andre Assous / Veil: Sara Gabriel / Earrings: Givenchy / Groom’s Suit: ASOS / Bridesmaid dresses: Shabby Apple / Bridesmaid’s hair pieces: Castle Memories via Etsy / Flower girl dress: Lilla Barn via Etsy / Flower girl head band: My Sweet Bee via Etsy

 
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10 Oct

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

Stefanie + Elliot’s wedding is a true example of how beautiful things can turn out when decisions are made based on the people you want at your wedding rather than stretching your budget to add an extra detail where it’s not really needed. Stefanie says, “The number one thing that we read would save us money was having a low head count and because that wasn’t an option, we saved where we could!“. Although the details were minimal- classic white tables, string Christmas lights, and simple floral arrangements, the look & feel was the perfect amount of elegant they were looking for, and Justin Michau captured it beautifully.

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

Stefanie’s bouquet recipe: ranunculus, spray roses, queen anne’s lace, wax flower, blue thistle, scabiosa pods, and seeded eucalyptus.

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

Stefanie’s father passed away earlier in the year, and she had never imagined him not being there to give her away when she finally met the guy she would marry. For the ceremony, she walked out from the woods by herself and Elliot met her halfway and escorted her the rest of the way. It was such a tender moment and you can actually see when Elliot met her and gently wiped her tears.

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

They saved money by purchasing the flowers at coast and assembling them themselves.

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

We’ve all seen those monogrammed mugs, yes? Individually they can be pretty pricey, so they saved here too by using ceramic pens to draw their own letters. Nice little tip!

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

By not getting a traditional wedding cake, and asking close friends to bake pies, they cut a big cost out.

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Fall New York wedding | photo by Justin Michau | 100 Layer Cake

And now for their adorable moving picture by Flora + Fauna

Great advice from Stefanie… There were a lot of details that were planned that we just didn’t have time for. I wasn’t able to hand out homemade jam to my friends who stood with me. Elliot and his best man hung lights in a big willow tree outside the barn and I wanted to get a couple photos underneath it and wasn’t able to. Even in the midst of all of the details that may not have worked out like we planned, we were married at the end of the day. There were things that I was expecting that didn’t happen, but the things that were able to happen were totally *us.* 

My advice is to embrace the day and to embrace what is happening in that moment. Some things will change, and other things won’t happen, but remember what is most important. The coloring of your flowers or the order of your music playlist doesn’t make a marriage. Truly *be* with your soon-to-be-spouse and give THAT person your full attention. Not the relative who doesn’t like your choice of entree. Looking at our photos, our photographer perfectly captured what was happening. We don’t have a ton of super posey pictures but rather a slice of the emotion in any given moment. I am glad Elliot and I were able to spend that time together in the woods before the busyness of the day swept us away. I especially appreciate that when I look back, I can view those tender moments.

Lastly, I know this might be obvious, but decide what is most important to you and do not let comparison steal your joy! I had to stop looking at blogs and websites because I kept comparing myself and the lack of cute details we had because of our budget. In the end, it came together beautifully and was more than I could have hoped for. 

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

Photographer: Justin Michau / Videographer: Derrek Sullivan of Flora + Fauna / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Fallbrook Barn and Lodge / Event Coordinator, Designer: Bride / Day of coordination: Rob Hagstrom (friend of bride) / Invitation Designer: Groom / Hair & Makeup: Megan Gill (friend of Bride) / Florist: bouquets & boutonnieres designed by Maida’s Floral Shop Inc / Table Displays: designed by friend of the Bride, Lenee Thornton (MOB’s garden, wildflowers, and bunches from Maida’s Floral Shop Inc) / Fruit Tart: Wegman’s Bakery (additional assorted pies made by friends and family) / Catering: SUNY Oswego Campus Catering / Wedding Dress: Mori Lee Style #6726 purchased at Monica’s Bridal  / Shoes: BCBGeneration / Hairpiece: fresh white wax flowers by Maida’s Floral Shop Inc / Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic, and tie from Bride’s thrift collection / Shoes: Cole Haan

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