24 Jul

Floral crown | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

DIY brides, here’s one for ya. Dakota planned her incredible (and incredibly crafty) wedding with a relaxed boho vibe and their inspiring desert venue in mind. We love how laidback yet romantic these photos by Fondly Forever Photography feel, not to mention all the earthy details and handcrafted elements.

DIY bohemian desert wedding | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

DIY bohemian desert wedding | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

DIY bohemian desert wedding | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

DIY bohemian desert wedding | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

DIY bohemian desert wedding | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

DIY bohemian desert wedding | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

DIY bohemian desert wedding | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

DIY bohemian desert wedding | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

Floral crown | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

DIY bohemian desert wedding | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

DIY bohemian desert wedding | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

Dakota, on why they chose Le Haute Desert Aerie: The earth there had this innate spiritual presence that we both immediately felt. It really felt magical. I knew that here we could be fully present and just ourselves taking the biggest step in our lives so far! The venue is completely surrounded by nature, you can’t see a building or another structure, all there is are rocks and trees! We knew this would be a special place for all our guests to experience. Plus there is no cell phone service so there is no choice but to tune in and enjoy everyone you’re with! 

DIY bohemian desert wedding | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

DIY bohemian desert wedding | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

Dress deets: washed silk organza, strapless, sweetheart neckline, sweep train

DIY bohemian desert wedding | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

DIY bohemian desert wedding | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

DIY bohemian desert wedding | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

Floral crown | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

DIY bohemian desert wedding | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

DIY bohemian desert wedding | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

You guys know we love us a good DIY wedding. We think this miiight qualify… Painted signs, hand-dyed table runners, photo booth backdrop (by both bride + groom), dream catchers, tambourines for the ceremony seating, invitations + ceremony program, wood palette escort sign. Plus, Gordon’s mom painted the Ketubah.

DIY bohemian desert wedding | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

DIY bohemian desert wedding | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

DIY bohemian desert wedding | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

DIY bohemian desert wedding | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

DIY bohemian desert wedding | Photo by Fondly Forever Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75943

First dance song: Talking Heads’ This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) as covered by The Lumineers

Dakota says, I was so nervous about getting in front of everyone and dancing for 3 whole minutes that I almost didn’t want to do it. However, when our song came on and we started to dance, everyone melted away. We mouthed the words to each other and for the first time it hit me that we were now husband and wife. It was a powerful moment. 

Congrats, D + G!

Photographer: Fondly Forever Photography  / Videographer: Eric Nystrom / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Le Haute Desert Aerie / Event Planner & Invitation Designer: Bride / Florist: Cactus Flower / Hair & Makeup: Bride’s Sister, Haylie Johnston / Catering: El Dorado Supper Club / Cake: Over the Rainbow / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Brides’s Dress: Watters from Lovely Bride / Shoes: Anthropologie / Floral Crown: Bride / Bride’s Wedding Band: Enropy Jewelry / Engagement Ring + Groom’s Wedding Band: Stephan Hill Jewelry / Earrings: Anthropologie / Sash: Something Ivory / Groom’s Suit: Nordstrom / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Weddington Way / Flower Girl: H&M Kids

 
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23 Jul

There’s such a wealth of wedding info around the net that when we spot a chance to pull it all together in an easy + helpful way, we love to pass that info along to you guys. Shannon Paigah, founder of  Something Lovely Wedding Event does just that with an annual showcase of handpicked wedding resources. She personally selects wedding partners to inspire and inform brides- and grooms-to-be to make their wedding memorable and 100% their own.

Find out all about Something Lovely and how to snag your free tickets below

Something Lovely wedding event in Newport Beach

Held on August 3, 2014 at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach from 12-4, this highly-curated event of 30 wedding resources and tons of inspiration from vendors all over SoCal will leave you brimming with ideas for every detail of your big day.

Guests will hear from a panel of experts including the editors of Wedding Nouveau and Flutter Magazine, taste hors d’oeuvres and sweet treats, browse jewelry, sample scents, and be able to enter a raffle with prizes for brides like a 7-night honeymoon to Bora Bora & Mo’orea from the Travel Store. Some notable debuts include Portola Coffee Lab’s new coffee cart service, IJORERE’s west coast debut, Something Lovely Something Sweet’s candy and buffet service & more.

Something Lovely wedding event in Newport Beach

Something Lovely wedding event in Newport Beach

The Something Lovely Wedding Event is THE place for the fashion-forward modern bride. This year, see a bride + groom runway show with Mon Amie Bridal and Klein Epstein & Parker in front of a signature backdrop by Peachwood Events, enjoy makeup touch ups from Vanity Belle Boutique, and take home a flower crown from the flower crown pop-up shop.

Something Lovely wedding event in Newport Beach

From Shannon, My mission: to connect brides and grooms-to-be with both seasoned professionals and emerging talent that serve the luxury wedding market and present them ever so artfully with a touch of turquoise and a lot of lovely.

Something Lovely wedding event in Newport Beach

Lovely indeed.

Something Lovely wedding event in Newport Beach

Something Lovely wedding event in Newport Beach

Something Lovely wedding event in Newport Beach

Tickets for the event are $45/advance, $55/door, but the Something Lovely Wedding Event is offering 100 Layer Cake readers TWO COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS—just complete this registration link for each attendee and share the offer on your Facebook page!

Something Lovely Wedding Event is sponsored by the vendors below…

OCMA | Peachwood Events | Lark Creek Newport Beach | Vanilla Bake Shop | Jo Malone London | Mon Amie Bridal Salon | Something Lovely Something Sweet | Marianne Lozano Photography | Hoo Films | Surf & Sand Resort | Portola Coffee Lab | Travel Store | IJORERE | Gilt City LA | Flutter Magazine | Klein Epstein & Parker | Nouveau | Coast Magazine | Equinox

Photography: Samuel Lippke Studios

 
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23 Jul

Hawaiian rainbow inspired wedding ideas | Photo by Wendy Laurel Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75900

Photog Wendy Laurel dreamed up a pastel rainbow inspiration shoot to mirror all the bright and gorgeous colors of Hawaii. After collecting inspiring bits and pieces from around her own home, online here at the marketplace, and on Etsy, she had enough treasures for a softer take on that technicolor vibe she was feeling when she started. Lorrie + Jes of Maui’s Angels brought the vision to life beautifully. Let’s just say we’re kind of obsessed with rainbows now.

Hawaiian rainbow inspired wedding ideas | Photo by Wendy Laurel Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75900

Hawaiian rainbow inspired wedding ideas | Photo by Wendy Laurel Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75900

Hawaiian rainbow inspired wedding ideas | Photo by Wendy Laurel Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75900

Hawaiian rainbow inspired wedding ideas | Photo by Wendy Laurel Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75900

These watercolor invites + menus by Sproullie Designs on Etsy are just stunning.

Hawaiian rainbow inspired wedding ideas | Photo by Wendy Laurel Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75900

Hawaiian rainbow inspired wedding ideas | Photo by Wendy Laurel Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75900

Hawaiian rainbow inspired wedding ideas | Photo by Wendy Laurel Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75900

Hawaiian rainbow inspired wedding ideas | Photo by Wendy Laurel Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75900

Hawaiian rainbow inspired wedding ideas | Photo by Wendy Laurel Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75900

Hawaiian rainbow inspired wedding ideas | Photo by Wendy Laurel Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75900

Hawaiian rainbow inspired wedding ideas | Photo by Wendy Laurel Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75900

Wendy says, Every detail in this shoot is something I love and would have in my home… This shoot just makes me so happy; it’s the wedding I would design for myself. Amazing work, Wendy. We’re feeling pretty inspired by it ourselves!

Hawaiian rainbow inspired wedding ideas | Photo by Wendy Laurel Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75900

Hawaiian rainbow inspired wedding ideas | Photo by Wendy Laurel Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75900

Hawaiian rainbow inspired wedding ideas | Photo by Wendy Laurel Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75900

Ah, the lighting in these photos. Sigh.

Hawaiian rainbow inspired wedding ideas | Photo by Wendy Laurel Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75900

Hawaiian rainbow inspired wedding ideas | Photo by Wendy Laurel Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75900

Thanks to the team below for sharing this gem with us today…

Photography: Wendy Laurel / Styling: Jes from Maui’s Angels and Wendy Laurel / Planning: Lorrie of Maui’s Angels / Florals: Jes of Maui’s Angels / Hair & Makeup: i am U’i / Invitation Designer: Sproullie Designs / Cake: Heidi Cramer from Maui Sweet Cakes / Posters: Etsy / Cake Topper & Plate: The Knot Shop / Napkins: Anthropologie / Love Table & Ghost Chairs: Hawaiian Rents / Ribbon Backdrop: 100 Layer Cake then DIYed / Dress: Sarah Janks from CLD Style House / Veils: Hushed Commotion

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