Taylor + Garry’s wedding wasn’t just an expression of their personalities, they actually went back in time and took inspiration from when they first began dating. Like say, how Garry first asked Taylor for her phone number at their university’s library. To honor that memory they scoured the local flea markets and antique shops for an authentic card catalog, vintage books, and amusing ways to display their drinks, hold their menu, and escort guests to their tables. They kept things classic, personal and simple and by no means took away from their already naturally beautiful Dune Lakes venue. And let’s not forget that the Cana Family captured the entire celebration. We absolutely love their work! Click here to jump over to the entire gallery of images!
That bouquet! That’s one massively gorgeous bunch of flowers!
And what’s in this pretty bunch? Ranunculus, peonies and roses.
How fun is that vintage ladder used to display their drinks?
Vintage tin cans seriously make some of the best vessels.
Gah, that view! And now for their beautiful video captured by one of our faves, the Cana Family. We’re such fans of everything they create!
Congratulations Taylor + Garry!
Photography + Videography: the Cana Family / Venue: Dune Lakes / Day of Coordinator: Taffy Gonzalez of All Traditions / Hair & Makeup: The Queen’s Bees / Florist: April Flowers / Cake: Two Little Birds Bakery / Catering: Mama’s Meatball / Invitation Designer: Seaside Press / Rentals: Got You Cover’D, Embellish Vintage Rentals / DJ: Malik Miko Thorne / Transportation: Central Coast Trolley Co. / Wood Signage: made by groom’s grandfather / Wine: came from family friend, Beth McCasland’s vineyard Penman Springs / Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall from Lovely Bride LA / Shoes: Seychelles / Veil: Tessa Kim from Lovely Bride LA / Ring: designed by the groom and made by Craig at Serengeti West / Groom’s Suit: Alfani Red / Shoes: Fossil / Bridesmaid Dresses: Love Lane Collection through Bella Bridesmaid / Groomsmen: Alfani Red, Tie Bar
Well Cakies, fall is here and it feels good. We love every season equally when it comes to weddings, but when it comes to throwing and hosting parties, we’ve got to say fall is high up there. Your house gets a little cozier, friends and family come over in their sweaters and stay through the night chatting with warm cocktails in their hands… ahh, it’s the best.
So to give you some time to prep in advance, we’ve packed a bunch of our fave wedding & party ideas for the season. Drinks, decor, flowers, munchies – we’ve got it all. Take a peek!
We love sharing DIY’s that are easy to recreate (with your bridesmaids & a few cocktails), fun and will add extra pretty to your next party. Remember this amaze DIY Bramble Workshop shared a while back for the gold sequin heart that was at Amanda’s wedding? Super gorge. We’ve got another one for you today. It has a few more steps than our usual tutorials, but as always feel free to customize colors, shapes, and add your own pizazz.
1. wax / 2. wreath form / 3. scissors + large threading needle / 4. leaf + butterfly paper tracing dies / 5. tissue paper
To make the waxed paper (shown above):
1. Melt a chunk of paraffin wax in a slow cooker.
2. Cover your work surface with a piece of non-corrugated cardboard or chipboard to protect the table from wax.
3. Lay down a piece of tissue paper and quickly brush wax across surface. Loose brush strokes are fine but make sure most of the tissue paper is covered. The wax will harden as you are working.
4. Place the second piece of tissue paper on top so the wax is sandwiched between the two layers.
5. Iron on top of the second piece of tissue paper. The hot iron will re-melt and spread the wax so that it saturates both pieces of tissue.
6. Quickly peel the paper off of the cardboard before the wax has completely hardened and allow to cool. The finished waxed paper should be stiff and translucent.
To make the leaves and butterflies:
1. Cut out leaves and butterflies to use as stencil.
2. Using a large dull needle (such as a tapestry needle) trace the shape onto the piece of waxed paper. Tracing with a needle instead of a pencil will give you a clean outline.
3. When the desired amount of leaves and butterflies have been traced, cut them out using a scissors.
4. Fold the butterflies and leaves in half to make them dimensional. Use a small drop of hot glue at one end of each leaf so that it holds its shape.
To make the wreaths:
1. If using a purchased wreath form, use a wire cutter to separate the two hoops (you’ll be able to make two wreaths from one wreath form).
2. Cut tissue paper into strips and wrap around the wreath gluing with a hot glue gun as you go. Cover the wreath with at least two layers of tissue paper strips.
3. Glue overlapping butterflies or leaves around the wreath.
4. Hang using a ribbon or thread.
Cute, right? Don’t just make one of these. A cluster of wreaths in varying sizes and colors can be hung together to create a lovely backdrop.
Photos by Scott Clark Photo
From Ontario, Canada to Nashville. That’s the journey these two took with their guests to have the intimate and dreamy wedding that they had. The details are uber romantic, from the ruffles in her Sue Wong dress, the floral garland used as their ceremony backdrop, to the elegantly set reclaimed dining table for 11. And the photos, by Ariel Renae, well those obviously tell their love story beautifully. Click here to jump over to the entire gallery of images!
The heartwarming story behind the photo tied to Heather’s bouquet…
My father passed away when my sister and I were children, leaving my mom to raise us on her own. She has been such an inspiration to us, and she was so elated that Ryan and I had decided to start our lives together. Upon arrival at Cedarwood on the day of the wedding, I surprised my mom by asking her to walk me down the aisle. She was so touched that it brought us both to tears. It was so important to us that my dad be present on this day, and so I had a beautiful custom photo brooch made with a photo of my dad and I, to be attached to my bouquet. That picture was my something old. I hadn’t told my mom about this detail, and as my mom and I were about to start our walk down the aisle together, I showed her the brooch and it brought her to tears again – which then brought me to tears!
Because we had all travelled from so far away, and our families live 7 hours apart back home in Canada, we decided that we wanted to take advantage of our time in Tennessee and make the remainder of our week a family vacation. Ryan and I split our time between our families during the holidays, and we cherish any time that our families can spend together. We rented a stunning 5000-square foot cabin from Stony Brook Cabins, perched high in the Smokey Mountains and spent the rest of the week relaxing and exploring Tennessee as one big family. It was an absolutely perfect way to wind down and reflect on our incredible day at Cedarwood.
Photographer: Ariel Renae Photography / Event design, styling and flowers: Cedarwood Weddings / Reception Venue: Cedarwood / Videography: Vivid Imagination Productions / Music: Bobby Cool Music / Hotel: Union Station / Limo: Signature Transportation Services / Officiant: Gary Voorhies / Rings: Kevin Endo (London, Ontario) / Bouquet Brooch: Jerseymaids (Etsy Shop) / Hand-lettered Invitations: Fancy Letters / Venue: Historic Cedarwood / Dress: Sue Wong / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic / Groom’s Boots: Steve Madden / Necklace: Brass Bohemé (Etsy Shop) / Guest Favors: Oil and Wax (Etsy Shop) / Hair & Makeup: Katie Russo Beauty / Nails: Posh Pedicure Lounge (London, ON)