31 Jul

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

After Erick proposed to Mara on top of the ferris wheel at Coachella in 2013, they quickly decided a Palm Springs venue would be just right. Two Pinterest boards (here + here), 7 months, and a little rare Palm Springs rain later, they had this rad, artsy Ace Hotel wedding. Thanks to Nick Radford for the photos below.

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

The bride’s bright bouquet recipe: coral poppy, yellow + orange ranunculus, white roses, hookeri succulents.

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Mara totally didn’t think she’d end up with a bold, beaded gown, but she tried on the Jenny Packham ”Joy” dress in platinum at the request of Courtney from Joan Pillow and that was it!

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Mara dreamt of snagging a few gorgeous windmill shots, so they didn’t mind heading out there before the ceremony. Mara says, Once I had time with Erick and got those shots, I was much more relaxed for the ceremony. 

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Geometric mobiles custom made by Hello Bonjour Décor arrived in Palm Springs the day before the wedding!

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

All these fab laser-cut signs created by the bride inspired her to open up an Etsy shop this summer!

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Modern DIY Ace Hotel wedding | Photo by Nick Radford | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76365

Mara’s advice to those planning: Don’t worry about tradition. My family being from Texas had an idea of how a typical wedding should be. Erick and I went against a lot of those ideas: asking our friend to perform the ceremony, walking down the aisle to non-traditional songs, not wearing a veil, not tossing a bouquet, the list goes on. In the end, many of those items my parents gave me such a hard time on they later complimented. So go with your gut on what the two of you want. And one last thing: a day of coordinator is invaluable!

Cheers to Mara and Erick!

Photographer: Nick Radford / Venue & Catering: Ace Hotel & Swim Club / Coordinators: Ace Hotel / Day of Coordinator & Florist: Beverly McAdams of Le Grand Jour Inc / Hair & Makeup: Cassie with Ace Hotel & Swim Club Spa / Invitations & Paper Pieces: Bride, Mara McCumber / Poster Guestbook: Marshmallow Ink / Program Illustration: Friend, Ai Kawashima / Linens: Over the Top / Geometric Shapes: Hello Bonjour Décor / Cake Topper: DSMeeBee / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham from Joan Pillow / Shoes Loeffler Randall / Hair Pins: Erin Cole / Engagement Ring: Stuart Moore / Bracelet: Jenny Packham / Groom + Groomsmens’ Suits: Black by Vera Wang / Shoes: Men’s Wearhouse / Bowties for Groom + Groomsmen: Two Guys Bow Ties / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhullier

 
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30 Jul

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Veronica & Victor wanted a rustic, romantic wedding with pops of sparkly gold. Luckily, they had a pretty fab team of vendors to help them bring that vision to life: These two were the winners of last year’s Free Love wedding contest—all the gorgeousness you’ll see below = free!

Turned out to be quite the dreamy wedding, shot by Apryl Ann Photography

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

The dress: An Ivory slim trumpet silhouette gown with beaded cap sleeves that accented beaded lace trim, a scalloped hemline with a matching veil.

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

These vintage-y shots were extra special since Victor is a photog himself.

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

The sweetest. Ever.

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Pretty much perfect, no? Bows and Arrows sure knows their way around flowers.

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

So much sparkle…

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Can we get a piece o’ this? Dessert c/o Cakewalk Bake Shop.

Romantic texas | Apryl Ann Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75412

Congrats, Victor & Veronica!

Photographer: Apryl Ann Photography  / Videographer: I Do! Cinematics / Ceremony & Reception Venue: 333. First Ave / Event Coordinator: Emily Clarke Events / Florist: Bows and Arrows / Hair & Makeup: Beauty and the Blush, Something You / Invitations: Blue Eye Brown Eye / Catering: Wendy Krispin Catering / Cake: Cakewalk Bake Shop / Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals, Shag Carpet, Love Dove, Xquisite Events, Rent My Dust / Photo Booth: Hot Dog! Photo Booths / Bride’s Dress: Casablanca from Bridal Couture / Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti/ Creme de Luxe Rings: Megan Thorne Fine Jewelry / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss

 
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30 Jul

Paper flower bouquet | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284

There’s not a detail we don’t love in this one, guys… Not a one. Just look at those paper blooms! (Reminds us of this floral bouquet DIY.) Part wedding, part mega-reunion among friends + fam, Karlien + George opted for a weekend event at Nambigrens Guestfarm in Namibia, a space large enough to accommodate their 130 guests. The whole thing is nothing short of gorgeous.

Thanks to Dear Heart Photos for all the shots below…

 DIY Namibia campground wedding | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284

 DIY Namibia campground wedding | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284

 DIY Namibia campground wedding | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284

 DIY Namibia campground wedding | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284

DIYs for dayssss… handmade flowers, linens, wedding day stationery, wooden placemats created by George and gifted to guests, you get the idea. Karlien says, The whole weekend was a great team effort with all the guests jumping in to help with something.

 DIY Namibia campground wedding | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284

 DIY Namibia campground wedding | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284

 DIY Namibia campground wedding | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284

Everything was made to complement the gorg landscape.

 DIY Namibia campground wedding | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284 DIY Namibia campground wedding | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284

 DIY Namibia campground wedding | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284

 DIY Namibia campground wedding | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284

 DIY Namibia campground wedding | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284

 DIY Namibia campground wedding | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284

 DIY Namibia campground wedding | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284

 DIY Namibia campground wedding | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284

What a color palette… The bride’s gown is Cape Town designer Alana van Heerden.

 DIY Namibia campground wedding | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284

 DIY Namibia campground wedding | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284

 DIY Namibia campground wedding | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284

On the venue: We love the outdoors and camping and hiking, and wanted this to be core elements of our weekend wedding. The venue is situated in one of Namibia’s most scenic places, and we just fell in love with the view from the ceremony area and the beautiful surroundings. The venue also offered camping spots for all our guests and enough activities to keep everyone busy. 

Paper flowers | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284

Bouquets handmade with flowers from old books and dry grass from the area, by George’s brother and sister.

 DIY Namibia campground wedding | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284

Paper flowers | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284

 DIY Namibia campground wedding | Photo by Dear Heart Photos | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=76284

Karlien + George chose 3 elements (photographer, venue, food) and focused the budget on them, which totally worked out since DIY was such an important element for them anyway. The biggest hurdle was having to transport materials 200km from the nearest town to their venue. Soo worth it, no?

Congrats!

Photographer: Dear Heart Photos / Catering, Ceremony & Reception Venue: Namibgrens Guestfarm, Namibia / Event Coordinator: Bride / Flowers: Bride & Mother of Bride / Invitation designer: Grapevine Design / Hair: Peet Venter / Makeup: Endri Steenkamp / Cake: Maden / Rentals: PJ Services & Innovations / Bride’s Dress & Veil: Alana van Heerden (Made with Love) / Engagement Ring: Friend, Alet SnymanGroom’s Suit: Studio W @ Woolworths / Wedding Bands: Friend, Elze Designer Jeweller

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