You might’ve guessed already, buuut we’re all about that calligraphy. Those romantic loops and curls just sweeping from one letter to the next… what better way to send a letter or make an announcement? As it turns out, the art of calligraphy is not just for artists alone, anyone can give it a go (but a good teacher helps). Laura Hooper Calligraphy shares her talents with people all around the US and even in Toronto, and recently put on a lovely workshop just outside of Austin, designed by Katy of Without Wax, Katy.
Thanks to Shalyn Nelson of Love, The Nelsons for the photo recap:
Katy says, The Union on Eighthis a stunner all on its own—no question about it. But when it just so happens to be that time of year when both coral charm peonies and café au lait dahlias are in season, it makes for a wake-me-up-I-must-be-dreaming environment that you just have to see for yourself! 100% agreed!
Craving a to-die-for view and a few stunning details this morning? Sure ya are! And with a venue overlooking the peninsula in Palos Verdes, CA, you can’t beat a sweet scene like this. That’s why photographer Brian Tropiano + Two B Events vowed to compliment the setting, rather than try to complete it. The deets: For our Wayfarer’s Chapel shoot in beautiful Palos Verdes we wanted to create something simple yet elegant and whimsical that any bride could pull off.
Wayfarer’s Chapel, also known as The Glass Church, is a natural sanctuary among Redwoods, gardens, and native plants.
Totally digging this earthy, classic, combo for a groom.
The team used an existing bench as a sweetheart table to look over the cliffs and ocean below…. So romantic, right?
Such lush, dreamy surroundings…
All the earthy details were carried through to the jewelry, table settings, and florals.
Thanks to Brian and the team below for sharing this shoot with us!
Ah, those last few moments before the ceremony. So much going on at once… which is exactly we love how the team behind today’s wedding ideas slowed everything down a bit, reminding us of the sweetness of it all. Julien of Mymoon dreamed up a shoot based on a bride’s final moments before I do. She takes a few deep breaths and checks her makeup, all while in the company of a myriad of lilacs and the loveliest dessert table, where she finds a love note in watercolor. So. Sweet.
Julien says, Lilacs always remind me of the paintings of Monet. That is why we chose to involve some elements reminiscent of a Parisian artist’s studio: tubes of paint, brushes, painting knives, a pallet, very sweet stationery inspired by watercolors.
After seeing today’s inspiration shoot, we’re totally on the off-white dress train. With the striking style of those late 70s black onyx rings as their muse, Heather Cook Elliott Photography + Tailored Engagements whipped up a shoot that reimagines this season’s most unique bridal trends—from sequined tablescapes to floral wall hangings and a hippie-chic bridesmaid dress + big jewels.
Heather says, We wanted to style a shoot for the new vintage bride that loves the sheerness of lace but not lace itself, the shimmer of sequins but not bling exactly, the romance of a crown with out wearing a tiara, the detail of handmade items but not thrift stores, and her coffee with a little gold, or rather, honey.
Elegant, romantic calligraphy by Paper Envy… Looping calligraphy is carried through to the place cards that sit atop the hand-painted polka dot plates on gold chargers (that are just a tiny bit 80s) and all together they create a stack of layered loveliness. And layers are what this shoot is all about – like honey sweetened coffee layered with creamy milk and foam the details are all multi-faceted, a little surprising and always sweet.
My love… My life.
Honestly, why aren’t coffee bars in more weddings?!
You know how some people work better under a deadline? These two had a 5-month engagement, and the short timeframe meant putting an emphasis on the important things, like gathering their loved ones and creating an intimate space to say ‘I do’. Jessie says it was better that way because they had to focus on the bigger picture, and trust that the details would work out (they did).
The bride, on their 75-person nouveau romantic wedding…
It was incredibly intimate, and everything was designed with community in mind. We are very community-oriented, and that was reflected in our wedding We just wanted to celebrate this marriage with all of the people who have loved and supported us and our story. It was about getting everyone together in the same place for the first, and probably last, time. It was ideal – a joyful and intimate environment that fostered good conversation. We were full just watching everyone share a meal together. It was about those moments.
Flowers on flowers from Bricolage… Camellia, pink ranunculus, white veronica, cafe au lait dahlia, majolica spray rose, peach orchid, dark hellebores, antike garden rose, yellow garden rose, rex begonia, lady slipper orchid, eucalyptus, plumosa fern, rabbit foot fern, bay leaf, Italian ruscus, jasmine vine
The wedding was a group effort by J + T’s closest friends + fam—from their friends’ home as a venue and a family-style dinner.
Tommy’s mom whipped up two desserts, one being this traditional Norwegian cake.
Jessie says, Even the shortest engagement feels like ages when you’re ready to be married to your person. Less time takes away the possibility of indecisiveness and truly helps you to stay focused on what actually needs to be done and what you truly want. You don’t have time to stress about napkin rings or small details, but they still come together. Shorter engagements bring out an incredibly creative side of people.
Can you name one person that doesn’t love a Moroccan theme? Bold colors, complex patterns, intriguing design elements, elegant touches of gold… Srsly, what’s not to love?! With planning, design + florals by Hint of Chic and some impressive eats by Haute Catering, we’re not sure whether we want to switch out our own home décor or grab a bite to eat first…
Gold sequin details are a perfect match for these florals, don’t ya think?
Sogno del Fiore, a wine country wedding venue in the Santa Ynez Valley, provided such a lovely backdrop for the day.