Today we’re being taken all the way to the city of Syros in Greece, with this oh-so-romantic wedding editorial set in a turn of the 20th century textile factory – a venue far more breathtaking than it sounds! Inspired by their location the creative team incorporated items from the factory; bobbins, spindles, needles, textile books, sewing machines, fabrics, and looms, to beautiful effect.Brimming with greenery, that compliments the neutral color palette so perfectly, you can’t be anything but completely captivated by it!
By way of a proper introduction, here are a few words about this shoot from the team….. “Threads, fabrics, lace were our basic elements. An embroidered stationery suite. Brown thread on off-white cotton cloth. Garlands with white roses and eucalyptus leaves draped elegantly over a wooden table added the element of nature missing from the factory. We gathered various old chairs. We created a long table with workbenches that we kept untouched to maintain the image of their aged and tired surfaces.
The 40’s porcelain dishes, painted with an oily color and golden designs were in keeping with the green garland. Embroidery threads from Dimitris’ collection and retro glasses and cutlery with golden details made the table setting unique. Rose Loukoumia, a traditional sweet of Syros, with its covering of powdered sugar was delicately placed in retro cut glass bowls. White candles added a warm touch to the room while the classic bistro lights made the setting like a fairytale.
We chose a Yolan Cris wedding dress. A mix of different French laces stitched on an A line that fell loosely and delicately to the floor. The bride’s bouquet consisted of various species of eucalyptus, as well as astilbe or ‘false goat’s beard’, lisianthus, and roses in a relaxed formation. The groom’s suit in a navy blue combined with a checkered waistcoat and a blue bow tie lent him the appearance of a classy gentleman.
The wedding cake also followed the colors of the space. White, gold and beige – with gray watercolor detailing. With the backdrop of exposed firebricks, their presence and strength proving the impossible possible.”
Isn’t it just lovely?? I am so in love with the muted palette, and who would have thought an old Cotton factory could make such a perfect wedding venue?! Huge and heartfelt thankyous as always, to all the wedding pros and creatives who lent their talents to create this inspiration for you. But especially to photographer Sotiris Tsakanikas who captured it all so flawlessly. If you love his Fine Art style of photography and would like to see more of Sotiris’s work do pop and take a peek at his website sotiristsakanikas.com, and be sure to find and follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Greenery may no longer be the color of the year but it’s destined to be a trend throughout 2018 (at least) – and always remain a favourite of mine! Especially when it comes to creating a chic color palette and a lush look, on a purse-friendly budget. Today’s inspiration board, and its restrained neutral tones, highlights just how lovely this look can be…. and why I hope it never goes out of fashion!
The key to this oh so chic look is simplicity, it is the ultimate sophistication after all! Keeping the palette to muted neutrals, silver and pops of green. Which makes this palette not only perfect for Spring but any season really! Whatever time of year you decide on though, give your celebration a garden vibe with lashings of seasonal greenery.
For a Spring, or Summer, wedding choose somewhere like a vineyard or country estate and allow the natural beauty of your venue’s grounds be your decor. An aisle arch and vintage pews for your ceremony, then rustic, wooden cross back chairs with farmhouse style tables for the reception – to add to the sense of relaxed elegance. Layer textures and add coloured glassware and silverware to your tablescape for a hint of vintage luxury, but keep the linens neutral and any florals in shades of white to maintain the understated color palette.
We’re off to the picturesque prairies of Alberta, Canada for today’s beautiful celebration; where, with the help of friends and family, Tyler & Alison combined vintage inspired elegance with rustic charm, to create the most romantic wedding with a ceremony nestled between waving wheat fields and a delightful barn reception…..
Drawing inspiration from their venue, the welcoming Willow Lane Barn, and the natural beauty of its surroundings, the couple styled their celebration with DIYed decor and details to give it a rustic and relaxed feel. An abundance of greenery and delicate florals in white and the palest pink softened the look, whilst vintage treasures were used to add some timeless elegance.
Following a romantic dinner at the restaurant where Tyler first asked Alison to be his girlfriend, he asked her to be his wife whilst eating ice cream in Edworthy Park. From that day the couple gave themselves just over a year to plan their wedding, and their journey all started with finding the perfect venue. Alison explains “I’ve always dreamt of having a large wedding, and it was important for all of my family to be there so I searched a million and one venues. I chose willow lane barn because we had such a large guest list it really limited our choices, but it was perfect for us! It was a little different than your average hotel conference room and provided its own charm.”
The ceremony setting couldn’t have been more simple. The couple let the backdrop of the Alberta plains shine, and against a blue sky it couldn’t have looked more stunning. There was more than a hint of good luck though when it came to the weather, “We were so lucky to have the weather we did because the night before had weather warnings about extreme tornado watch followed by a torrential downpour!”
Don’t you just love the color of Alison’s bridesmaids’ dresses, and those sweet floral adorned bodices!
And how dapper does Tyler & his groomsmen look in their navy blue suits?
“I was amazed at how well my flowers turned out – Calyx Floral Design was amazing to work with!”
The couples reception was held in the 7000 square foot barn, which fitted their large guest list perfectly, and provided just the backdrop for their DIYed rustic decor. “The wedding decorations were for the most part made by me, our friends or family. My dad made the tree cookies for our center pieces and table number holders.”
“We wanted the wedding to be stress free, which it was! My favorite part of the day was the speeches. It’s amazing to hear your story being told by people you love. It was the most incredible day, I wouldn’t have changed a thing! We were surrounded by all of our favorite people! I would do it all over again!”
“We also so incredibly impressed by our DJ, Local DJ. They were the last ones to leave and had the dance floor full all night long.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“Justine and Alan of Milton Photography were so much fun to work with. We can’t thank them enough for helping make our day so special!”
Oh now this is my type of wedding!! Don’t you just love Alison & Tyler’s laid back style? A huge congratulations to them and a big thankyou to their photographer Justine of Milton Photography for letting me share their wedding with you. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of her beautiful fine art photography be sure to take a peek at this gorgeous Spring greenery garden wedding inspiration, and then make your next stop head across to her website www.justinemilton.com. You can also find and follow her on Instagram, Pinterest & Google+ for daily doses of beauty.
We’re continuing the romantic theme today with this oh-so-lovely garden wedding inspiration. Set in the grounds of the Red Rock Country Club; with flowers in a palette of burgundy & blush, and plenty of greenery too, from Layers of Lovely, a stunning long sleeve gown and an enticing courtyard tablescape, all impeccably styled by Heather Benge Events; it is my idea of modern-vintage heaven! So, grab a cuppa, sit back and soak up every detail of this flawlessly captured creation…..
The lovely Kristen of Kristen Kay Photography shared these words about the shoot…. “The inspiration was to create a high end, backyard feel with romantic colors, loads of floral elements and hints of vintage, everywhere. The ceremony was set on the front lawn facing the mountains and pond. The archway of florals defined the space and the candles and vintage boxes brought in that eclectic, romantic feel.
The color palette was burgundy & blush, with gold and splashes of a deep blue. The floral elements, which include a beautiful floral archway, have pops of dark burgundy against white and blush tones as well as loads of greenery; whilst deep blue showed up in the details, the ribbons and the bridesmaid dresses. The invitation suite continued the floral theme and kept with the color scheme as well. The envelope with the deep blue in the inside as well as the deep red raspberries was my favorite added detail touch to tie it all together.
The cake was a dusty blue on the bottom and white with burgundy florals. The super tall and long backdrop for the cake was hand lettered by Liz with EG Letters. It was a gorgeous addition and really gave the cake cutting area it’s own defined space. As well as the perfect backdrop for the couple and cake cutting portraits.
Our bride’s dress was chosen for it’s gorgeous illusion neckline which played up the romantic feel. It had just the right amount of train for this backyard, outdoor ceremony and patio reception.
The table was set in an outdoor patio space surrounded by greenery. The table reflected the space with the use of greenery and the outdoor furniture chairs. The blush and burgundy florals gave the table a softer romantic feel while playing with the darker tones of fall. The gold chargers gave the table that high end feel.”
A huge thankyou to everyone who lent their talents to create this vision of a So Cal Winter wedding, but especially to Kristen Kay Photography who captured it all so perfectly and allowed me to share it with you here. If you love Kristen’s luminous photography and would like to see more of her work do pop and take a peek at her website www.kristenkayphotography.com, and of course be sure to find and follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest!
Happy Valentine’s Day lovelies! Today we’re celebrating the day of love with this vibrant editorial captured at the beautiful Felicity Church in New Orleans. It beautifully combines an historic venue, and all of its vintage decor, with contemporary details, in a palette that is nothing short of modern. Romance is added with the lush florals, in a rich shade of red (of course!), which includes a stunning floral choker!
From Amanda Lankford of Amanda Jewel Floral + Design talked me through the team’s vision for this Valentine celebration…. “One of our favorite vintage elements of this shoot was the venue itself! For 125+ years, Felicity Church has been a treasured gathering place for the NOLA community. But after Hurricane Katrina when the Gothic Revival structure faced severe damage, the church was sold. In 2011, new owners with a desire to bring back its historical beauty renovated and restored the building and Felicity Church is now a place that couples can celebrate their most special day for years to come!
With such a classic and neutral setting, we wanted to choose a bold accent color that would pop. Red was perfectly fitting, especially for Valentine’s Day! Other favorite aspects of this shoot included working with Distressed Rentals, a local vintage rental company who takes vintage finds and upgrades them to make them new. They’re all about bringing history to a space in an authentic way, using just the right vintage pieces to give wedding guests good vibes + make them want to linger a little longer. Finally, Kinfolk Brass Band, came out for “second line” inspiration! A second line is a New Orleans tradition that dates back many decades! The main line or first line is the main portion of a brass band parade. Those who follow along with the band just to continue enjoying the music are called the second line. It’s truly an amazing thing to watch, so being able to convey this in our shoot was a special treat.”
Isn’t it stunning? Now if you love that floral bridal necklace as much as I do, it would make the perfect DIY project and Amanda kindly shared how she created it….. “Statement blooms are so in right now, so why not create an actual real live floral choker to add an unforgettable touch to your bridal look? It’s a fun make ahead accessory (should last 2-3 days depending on the bloom) that adds that wow factor you’re looking for! We used ranunculus blooms because they hold up very well, but feel free to play around with various blooms that are fitting with your wedding florals.
I started with finding a really great base for the necklace and selected a velvet ribbon. Velvet is so in right now and it sits well with florals. Floral glue works best, but hot glue works well too (no, it doesn’t hurt the bloom). I snipped the blooms off at the very neck so no stems were showing and the ranunculus bloom would lay flat. For added texture, include a few little snippets of greenery and smaller blooms with glue tucked in between the bigger blooms. You can do a full choker and place the blooms all around, or accents so that the velvet ribbon shows off a little (a fun way to tie in a pop of color). Fasten it with a jewelry fastener to complete the whole look and make it look like an extension of your wedding day jewelry!”
Many thanks, as always, to all of the talented creatives (listed below) who brought this Valentines Day vision to life, but especially to the oh so sweet Natalie of Four Corners Photography who captured it all so perfectly and allowed me to share it with you here. If you love Natalie’s documentary style of photography and would like to see more of her work do pop and take a peek at her website www.4cornersphotography.com, and of course be sure to find and follow her on Instagram and Facebook!
Kirsty & Sam chose a breathtaking destination to celebrate their love. In an intimate ceremony the couple exchanged their vows surrounded by friends and family, on the clifftops of the Algarve in Portugal. Kirsty explains “We choose abroad to keep it small and intimate and less stressful. To be honest we were both very laid back. We loved Passionate our photographers so let them guide us and help with some decisions – and we’re glad we did, because they had great taste.”
A neutral color palette, with hints of pink and lashings of gold and greenery kept their celebration natural and complimented the lush gardens of their beautiful venue – Pine Cliffs. The sun shone throughout their wedding and Kirsty looked stunning in her strapless embellished gown by Sottero and Midgley with its romantic sweetheart neckline. Whilst Sam was super stylish and remained cool in a tan suit and a dapper blue bowtie.
“I found dress shopping a struggle. I ended up with the opposite to what I imagined. A gorgeous heavily beaded vintage Sottero and Midgley dress, which I paired with soft pink/nude shoes from L. K. Bennett.”
“Our flowers were gorgeous! (the pictures show them off perfectly) Tulips were my main flower to honour my late mother as these were her favourite. In a mix of pinks, natural colours and greenery.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride….
“Take it easy. The day will go smoothly it always does…… And don’t get caught up on the smaller details – life’s too short!”
“I loved the ceremony. But our favourite part of the day was after getting to spend time with all our guests and enjoying the intimate food setting. The sunset from the cliff tops was pretty special!”
“We didn’t have traditional favors, instead we donated to Cancer research in memory of my mum.”
“Our wedding cake was 3 tiers of pure yumminess. We went for a semi naked cake with fresh green florals…. It was perfect!”
Tell us a little about your photographers…..
“Simple.. It wouldn’t have been the same without them. I couldn’t recommend them more they were perfect.. Knew exactly what to do and the pictures prove that. We can’t thank them enough!”
You can’t beat a good destination wedding! And Kirsty & Sam’s wedding was perfection – many many congratulations to them both! Plus a big thankyou to them, and of course to their wonderful photographers from Passionate who captured the whole celebration so beautifully. If you love their photography and would like to see more of their work, take a peek at this enchanting woodland elopement before heading over to their website www.passionate.pt and be sure to follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
Today I want to share with you a very gentle and inspiring bridal shoot that is just perfect for the end of Winter, with its pastel Spring florals and beautiful fine art photography. All the way from Russia, it captures a timeless elegance and flawless romance in a dusky color palette guaranteed to capture your heart…..
A few words from the lovely lady behind the camera Anna Pavlova“In our bridal shoot cold grey and blue work in tandem with warm pastel tones, creating a feeling of tenderness and lightness.
I love redheads girls, their beauty has a special magic. So I happily agreed to take pictures of the charming Masha with her blue eyes, freckles and copper hair – what could be better?
We chose a silk vintage dress, decorated with crystal beads from Katerina Varaksina. The florals and decor from Alexandra Mehedova used the warm pastel palette, which created a beautiful contrast with the cool textured walls.
It was all styled to perfection by Tatyana Katina creating a shoot that was light, delicate and very beautiful – we hope you agree!”
Isn’t it exquisite?? I am so in love with that dress, and the bride’s beautiful updo – red hair rocks! A huge thankyou to the creative team, but especially to Anna Pavlova who captured every detail so perfectly. If you would like to see more of Anna’s work do pop and take a peek at her website fineartphotos.ru.
Jesse & Nicole were so excited to get engaged that they started planning their “dream wedding” the very next day – even booking their venue and photographer! Just a few weeks later however, Nicole’s Mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer. So they put planning the wedding on hold and decided to get married in Nicole’s parent’s backyard in San Diego, just 2 weeks later.
Nicole explains…. “To keep things simple, we decided to keep the guest list just to just a few relatives and a couple of my family’s closest friends. Even though many friends and family couldn’t be there, the evening was magical and couldn’t have been more meaningful. I’m grateful that my mom got to be there to see me marry the man of my dreams.”
Sadly Nicole’s mom passed away a couple of months later, and when a few months after that Nicole discovered she was pregnant she and Jesse felt that they wanted to involve all of their friends and family in a special celebration, so they got back to planning calling it “Wedding 2.0”.
“We spent a lot of time discussing what 3 things were most important to us about the wedding and that really helped us decide where we spent our money and put the most attention. It was essential for us that we have all of our friends and family there to celebrate, that we have gorgeous photos to help remember the day, and that we have tasty local food. Since we were already technically married, it was incredible to be free of all formality and pressure to do something just because it is part of a traditional wedding. We just did what felt comfortable and meaningful.”
“From the moment we got engaged, I knew that we wanted Rifle Paper Co. to do our invitations. We sent them pictures from our first wedding and had them customize an invitation to include a picture of the barn where we had the celebration and the train up to Bear Mountain.”
“We really wanted to take as many aspects from our first wedding and integrate them into Wedding 2.0 as possible, and the invitations showcased that connection. We also had a guitarist play the same songs when we were walking down the aisle “I Will Always Love You” from the Cure, did the same first dance song “Falling Slowly” from Once, integrated succulents into our flowers, and read the same (but slightly updated) vows.”
“Both of us are foodies and wanted to focus on showcasing the amazing produce and food that Santa Cruz and the greater Bay Area has to offer. Everything our guests were served, was as local as possible and in season. Also, we fell in love over many important food memories and experiences surrounding food. We included some of those memories (french macarons, pies from Gizdich Ranch, and horchata) into our drink and dessert table.”
“We decided to have our ceremony out in nature among a circle of huge redwood trees. One of the aspects that we love about the city of Santa Cruz, where we live, is the focus on being outdoors and enjoying the beautiful surroundings. We love walking and running around the town and spending time outdoors. Between beaches and redwood forests, Santa Cruz has natural beauty everywhere you look and our wedding venue really showcased that. The florist we chose also took our color palate, and love of nature and beautifully integrated that wherever possible. “
“I am kind of obsessed with confetti and wanted to have a very summery outdoor game vibe to our cocktail reception, so I bought a cornhole game on etsy, and decorated it with tons of confetti I had been collecting over the years. It was super fun to make and it was great seeing everyone playing with it.”
“Jesse and I loved my mom dearly and since she was such a huge part of my life and wasn’t able to be at “Wedding 2.0”, we wanted to find a tangible way to integrate her and her vivacious spirit into the day. We made a memory table full of pictures and remembrances of my mom’s life so that people could get to know her and understand how much of an influence she had on me. It was incredible to look through all of my old family photos and to see how much my parents were in love and how beautiful and full of life my mom was. We also wanted to share the experience of the first wedding with our guests, so we had a photo album out on display with pictures.”
“Simon (The Best Man) speech was one of the definite highlights. He had everyone rolling on the floor laughing and told a hilarious anecdote about he and Jesse getting lost on the way to a Spice Girls concert. The best.”
The design inspiration for today’s styled shoot was pulled from the snow covered fields of Scandinavia. Against a chic farmhouse setting a color story of greys reflects the overcast Winter skies, whilst a touch of sultry navy berry and lashings of lush pine greenery adds to the wintery feel and romance of the neutral pallet of this enchanting editorial…..
From photographer Hope Helmuth…. “Our bride and groom where inspired by old Hollywood glamour. We fell in love with the sleek traditional design by Kelly Faetanini. We paired this silver screen gown with a delicate lace ballerina top. We knew we would find exactly what we where looking for at Ashe B. & Co.‘s unique bridal boutique. The cathedral veil was truly brought to life as it danced through the wind, on this early winter day. Our handsome groom sported a vintage suit paired with stylish suspenders. Our bride and groom said their “I do’s” under an opulent jewel toned sky.
Allium Floral Design wanted to do something a little more unique than the typical winter arrangement. She played with the shapes and textures to create a bold and deeply romantic bouquet. And a rustic archway sat in a field tucked against the moody dark woods. Whilst our vintage farm table was draped in greenery with touches of flirty blush.
The Sugary crafted a heavenly white cake with a grey whimsical swirl. The elegant two-tier design was paired with a sweet floral detail.
House of Olga hand knitted the woven grey blanket in this shoot. We were excited to incorporate a handmade accessory that would bring a cozy intimate vibe to the scene. White Willow Home Decor provided the perfect finishing touch – custom winter signage that hung on the back of the couple’s vintage chairs.“
Isn’t it stunning?? The color palette is just perfection! A huge thankyou to everyone involved, but especially to Hope Helmuth who captured it all so beautifully. If you would like to see more of Hope’s work do pop and take a peek at her website hopehelmuthphotography.com, and of course be sure to find and follow her on Instagram!
It’s so easy to think Winter weddings always mean fir trees, roaring fires and a snowy backdrop, but today’s inspiration shoot is a beautiful reminder that not everywhere experiences the same plunging temperatures, and in certain places it is perfectly possible to plan a romantic outdoor celebration – even in some of the coolest months!
Renee of Poshitively Perfect Events shared….. “Most of the time, Winter in Southern California is absolutely beautiful. Cooler daytime temperatures give way to crisp evenings. Combine that with a warm candlelit ceremony, and it almost becomes the icing on the jaw-dropping blue marble cake!!!
To help set the wintery mood, we chose a color palette of cool icy blues and marbled alabaster tones. The warm pops of creamy delicate florals and copper balanced out this elegant backyard affair perfectly! Copper candlesticks supporting cream silk spun candles draw your eye to the beautiful tablescape. Tall, slender french blue tapers brought an unexpected richness to the look.
Flourish-shaped marble chargers, vintage china and glassware, as well as splendid hand-tied floral arrangements would entice any guest to sit, sip, and enjoy the beauty around them. Or perhaps you would delight in sitting under a dramatically rustic tin roof structure, which provided the organic backdrop for an exceptional scene. As you gaze at the rich blue velvet chair, it seems to invite cherished conversations.
The custom designed invitation suite and escort cards adorned with delicate calligraphy were just a few of the thoughtful details that put this collaboration over the top! Our amazing photographers and videographer perfectly captured the beauty of the day. So get ready to grab a glass of mulled wine (or coffee, or whatever else is your favorite!) and bask in this beautiful wedding inspiration.”
To see more of this beautiful editorial head to the gallery, or watch the equally lovely video by Akros Media – it is only just over a minute long and most definitely worth a watch!
A huge thankyou to everyone who lent their talents to create this vision of a So Cal Winter wedding, but especially to Dennis Roy Coronel who captured it all so perfectly and allowed me to share it with you here. If you love Dennis’s fine art style of photography and would like to see more of his work do pop and take a peek at his website www.dennisroycoronel.com, and of course be sure to find and follow him on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest!