Today’s bride and groom were inspired by their Vineyard setting, creating a beautifully boho-vintage wedding with a relaxed, carefree vibe that was anything but short on style. The result was flawless, showcasing a serene elegance with the refined decor and vivid florals striking against the dramatic Colorado backdrop…..
With a reception that included a stately lounge complete with cigars, whiskey flights, and delicious fare from a local food truck, bride and groom Emily and Chris truly celebrated the start of their marriage in style. Amidst the Canyon Wind Cellars vineyards, with Edison string lights hung above mismatched vintage tables and chairs, the live blue grass music kept friends and family dancing long into the night.
Before we head to the majestic Colorado Bookcliff Mountain and see their beautful day, a few words from photographer Elizabeth Wells“Chris and Emily invited us up to Western Colorado for their gorgeous and intimate wedding this summer. Their wedding was thoughtfully crafted and was beautiful in every way. Stonewood Vintage nailed the design and made this day so special for all of their closest family and friends.”
Before their wedding ceremony amongst the vines, the couple had the sweetest first look…. I do so love it when a groom gets weepy!
Their ceremony space couldn’t be more lovely, or more DIY friendly – vintage kilim rugs form the aisle leading to a log teepee adorned with greenery. It is perfection, especially with that backdrop!
Seriously swooning over Emily’s look, and especially her bridal bouquet with those bright pops of color. A mix of Peonies, David Austin Roses, succulents, lavender, blue thistle and eucalyptus; it is such an interesting array of blooms.
It is their reception space however that really stole my heart! A real collection of vintage and boho decor, with a red velvet sofa that would look fabulous in the lounge of my little cottage!! And how wonderful do those mismatched vintage tables and chairs look topped with macramé?
‘Stin iyá mas!’ is a Greek toast used when drinking, that means “cheers and good health!” – the perfect sign for a wedding bar, don’t you think?
Remembering all too well, even 6 years later, how much my head spun in our first (actually, in every) meeting with our wedding professionals, I have asked wedding cake designer extraordinaire Dalana of The Cake & The Giraffe to join us here on Chic Vintage Brides and help shed some light on things couples should know about choosing one of those beautiful iced confections. And so she is stopping by today with the truth about 5 ‘myths’ she often hears about wedding cakes…….
Dalana is a creative cake designer and pastry chef who has been baking since the age of 4. After graduating from high school she completed Culinary Arts, Pastry Arts, won a scholarship from Les Dames d’Escoffier, and attended the Bonnie Gordon School for Cake Design – this lady knows her stuff! So without further ado let me pass you over to her so she can share her expert insights….. oh and be sure to have your pinning finger ready because her wedding cakes are simply stunning!
“Ah cake – the sweetest part of the wedding! (other than your sweetheart sitting next to you, of course) When shopping for a wedding cake, there are a lot of myths (and money saving tricks) many couples bring with them to consultations, and I would love to clear some of those up! :)”
1. The “Budget-Friendly Side Slab” isn’t (always) as budget-friendly as you might think!
I get a lot of clients asking about having a big fake cake to have for show and a side slab to serve to guests.
This option can save a little money if the cake you are looking for is plain white with some fresh flowers… but the way to really think about it is double labour! When making a wedding cake, so much of the cost is in the labour to make it gorgeous! So when you want to purchase a fake cake and a side slab, you are really just buying two cakes. Depending on the design you choose, this can often end up being much more than just a big, beautiful, all edible cake!
It is easy to assume certain designs are simple, and many times they are. But often, the simplest, understated cake can take hours to create. I’ve had responses of, “It would really be that much for a simple cake like this?”, when in fact the cake is covered in hand made fondant ruffles or maybe it’s plain white but with a cascading trail of sugar flowers – sugar flowers can significantly increase the cost of the cake.
I LOVE outdoor weddings – I had one myself! But guess who doesn’t always like them…. Cakes! The ideal temperature for a cake is about 20˚c, which is at the low end of ideal for many outdoor weddings. (*I love the heat!)
Cakes, especially fondant covered ones, are pretty resilient but playing it safe is always a good idea! So, there is one situation I would suggest you consider ignoring myth number 1 and opt for the side slab! If you want a big, fancy cake and are hoping to get married in the middle of summer and you know it’s going to be at least 27˚c, then the fake cake might be the perfect fit for you!
4. We prefer not to ‘re-create’ that dream cake you found on Pinterest!
As a cake designer, I am also a cake artist. I respect the work other cake artists and therefore kind of think of recreating their work as ‘cake plagiarism’. I do love however when clients bring in inspiration photos that we can work with to create a unique cake just for them!
For couples planning their wedding during the peak wedding season (that’s June to September here in the US) I always recommend getting in touch at the end of the previous year – so that’s 6 to 9 months before your wedding date.
Whilst it may not take 6 months to bake and decorate a cake, most of us are booked up for the season by the end of March. Because depending on the size of the operation, many cake designers can only take on a limited amount of cakes per week to ensure the highest quality. If you are planning a wedding on any of the long holiday weekends, booking early is especially recommended!
As Spring has now well and truly sprung, I thought it was time we take a look at some perfect palettes for a wedding during this romantic season. There are so many reasons to love Spring weddings, the seasonal blooms, soft sun and longer days to name but a few. But colour is surely one of the best? For after a long grey Winter, the fresh hues of Spring guarantee a beautiful wedding – whatever your style, theme or budget. So, here’s 10 of the most delightful colour combinations for a celebration in the prettiest of seasons.…..
Nothing signals Spring quite like our own gardens and that is just what inspired this first color palette. Fresh, soft, and filled with feminine shades it would make for a whimsical and romantic wedding, perfect for a floral filled affair. And although most of these palettes are pretty versatile, suiting almost any venue or theme, I think this botanic beauty is best suited to a garden wedding (whether it be a backyard, vineyard or historic estate) where the lush greenery will provide the perfect backdrop, letting these delicate hues shine!
This palette just couldn’t be any prettier or more perfect for a Spring (or Summer!) wedding. The crisp powder blue is delicate and surprisingly feminine (with stock and blue thistle coming in the perfect shades), whilst the soft shades of peach adds contrast and warmth. Complete the look with plenty of greenery like Eucalyptus, lambs ear, and trailing jasmine to complete this floral flourish…..
But of course Spring isn’t just pretty pastels! Whilst this palette may be a little more vibrant than is typical for the season, it is also oh-so-romantic and, thanks to the muted tones and the golden antique yellow, has a sense of age that is perfect for a modern-vintage wedding.
This colour palette is the perfect mix of early Spring hues and romance. With a lingering Wintry dusk these soft shades of yellow, blue and grey somehow manage to be both stylishly masculine and beautifully feminine. It would prove as popular with the guys in your party, as it will the gals in terms of colours for their attire……
A stunning wedding palette inspired by the current greenery trend and so perfect for Spring! Soft shades of lush green, with splashes of warm yellow and nude couldn’t be more elegant or more romantic. And whilst it would most definitely suit a boho bride and garden setting, it would also look oh so chic for a sophisticated bride in a more formal venue. Just think sweeping staircases, opulent florals, candelabras, and chandeliers over stately tables….. very Downton Abbey!
Taken from an editorial celebrating the end of Winter, this palette is an unusual alternative to the more traditional Spring pastels! The blend of ethereal light shades contrast perfectly with the moodier, dark tones and signify the changing of the seasons. And I love the juxtaposition of the rustic wood with the lush bouquet, delicate lace and flowing tulle of the bride’s beautiful dress! I think a rustic barn setting would make a fabulous backdrop to this soft palette…
Whilst greyed peach may not be the first colour you think of, I wanted to show that this shade, especially when mixed with dusky blue and neutrals, can be a sophisticated choice for a Spring bride. It would be sure to look lovely in any venue, but I can’t help imagining an ethereal beach wedding with hand dyed silk, driftwood and shells…..*swoon*
It’s so easy to think these burnished shades of yellow and orange only work for a Fall wedding. But how wrong could you be?! Plus an unexpected palette for your wedding makes a stylish statement, and is guaranteed to wow your guests. A luxurious and warm colour scheme it would be perfect for a floral filled affair; and is surprisingly versatile, suiting a multitude of venues as well as seasons – don’t you think it would look just as lovely in Summer?
The bright blues and warm yellow of this color palette reminds me so much of the clearing Spring skies with their wisps of white cloud. Somehow managing to be both stylishly masculine and beautifully feminine, the pop of dazzling blue in this delicate colour combination gives a contemporary twist to the traditional Spring hues.……
Last but not least, whilst this delicate duo may have been replaced by greenery as Pantone’s color of the year, they are still a favourite of ours – especially for a Spring wedding. It is the perfect season in which to embrace your femininity with soft pastel shades, and this particular palette couldn’t be any prettier. Don’t be afraid to go all out, it looks surprisingly sweet used throughout your big day, just be sure to use the softest shades to avoid it looking like a gender reveal baby shower! (If you love this palette, you might want to take a peek at this inspiration board in the same shades)
What do you think? Are any of these tempting you with a Spring wedding? I know most couples dream of a sunny Summer celebration, but I think these show that those early days after Winter can be just as perfect for a wedding. Of course if you’re yet to decide on a date for your big day, then you might want to look at some of my favourite palettes for Summer, Fall and Winter
Or for more Spring wedding ideas, have a look at the 10 shades Pantone picked as their favourites for 2017 – here and here – there are some real beauties AND some real surprises!
Today’s wedding is the epitome of timeless romance thanks to the delightful style of the bride & groom, the soft pink and navy color palette, and the abundance of lush florals. From the bouquets to the ceremony decor and centerpieces, it is a floral fancy from start to finish and one you will most definitely want to pin aplenty!
Engaged for two years after a romantic candlelit proposal, Katelyn & Philip were determined to enjoy the process of planning their big day and went about it the right way by hiring seasoned professionals and accepting help from loved ones. Katelyn explains, “Starting the planning can be quite overwhelming. There are so many decisions you feel you have to make, but taking them one at a time, bit by bit, allows for the planning to be just as enjoyable as the actual wedding day.
Since we contracted such creative professionals to help us deliver our perfect wedding, we look back on the day with nothing but positive memories. Our day was filled with a lot of personal touches that made it uniquely our own, but we were also fortunate enough to have a team of friends and family that took some of the weight off our shoulders.”
“I looked at hundreds of dresses online, finding fault with each and every one, until I stumbled upon the absolutely gorgeous, chic, and stylish Jasmine Couture gown at a bridal show in London, England. I knew instantly it was the one. This gorgeous gown described me and my personality perfectly, and I was so excited to try it on. After locating it at a bridal shop back in Canada, I anxiously booked an appointment, fearing that once it was on, it may not live up to the hype I built around it. Fortunately, it remained love at first sight, and is the only wedding gown I have ever tried on. My wedding gown is timeless, and elegant, without being over-stated, and will remain my most treasured item of clothing for many years.”
“My shoes from Nina were equally fabulous. They mirrored the vintage design of my dress and my headpiece, with ombré-shaded crystals outlining a leaf-shaped strap.”
“Knowing so little about floral arrangements, we knew we needed Sue Gallo to take the lead. Sue delivered the most exquisite floral arrangements. My bouquet was a hand-tied work of art, consisting of blush and cream tones with textured greenery, roses, ranunculus, blushing bride, duty miller, cream pieris and jasmine vine florals.
In addition to mine and my bridesmaids’ gorgeous bouquets, Sue also created a flower wand for my 83-year old grandmother, who was our grand flower girl – our grand ring bearer was Philip’s 87-year-old grandfather.”
“My bridesmaids consisted of family and friends. As they were located in separate countries we were never able to meet up and try on dresses together. Instead, I was tasked with finding a dress that would suit all body types and require minimal alterations. Eventually we all decided on a simple blush pink chiffon dress. As a thank you for their massive role in our wedding, we gifted them with pearl necklaces, which complemented the simple dress beautifully and actually tied into the beading of both my gown and headpiece.”
“Philip and his groomsmen worn navy suits, with Phil wearing a three-piece. The navy was accented by a blush pink paisley tie and pocket square, along with brown dress shoes.”
“For my hair accessory I knew I needed to find something that would complement my gorgeous gown, without competing with its unique style, and so, when I saw the beautiful designs by Twigs & Honey I knew my vision was coming together. My headpiece was a handmade work of art; enamelled flowers, crystals, and finished with gold ribbon.”
“The first look was my favourite moment of the whole day. We were both extremely nervous before the ceremony, and having the opportunity to see each other helped tremendously. It also provided a private moment for us as well as a great opportunity to capture some photos.”
“We were married at the Ancaster Mill, inside the Millers Chapel. Choosing to get married here was easy, as this venue and its location holds ties to both my parents. Of course, the picturesque landscape, superior service and unmatched menu made this decision all the more simple.
We were lucky enough to be one of the first couples to wed in the Millers Chapel. It was the perfect location for us as it offered stunning architecture, elegant chandeliers and neutral décor, which we were able to personalize with our florals and colour theme.”
“Our reception was also located at Ancaster Mill, in the Governor’s Room. We loved this location for many reasons; it gave us the warmth we wanted from the dark wooden beams and dance floor, the gold chivalry chairs, and the stone fireplace, and it provided an intimate, rustic setting.”
“As candles were a major component of Philip’s proposal, we wanted to emulate that at our wedding reception. Sue Gallo set-up the most romantic atmosphere, adorning nearly every flat surface with candle & floral arrangements. Each table had its own textured arrangement in matching shades of taupe, cream and blush pink, which were surrounded by the glow from numerous pillar and floating candles.”
“Sue also surprised us with the antique lace tablecloths – an element we really wanted but couldn’t justify at the time of planning (everyone has a budget!). So when we walked into the reception room for the first time and saw them, we were incredibly surprised. They added a lovely finishing touch, and it really brought our entire vision to life.”
“We kept it really simple here. Our wedding cake was one-tiered, white chocolate with raspberry compote. It was deliciously understated and perfect for us. We complimented this with dozens of miniature cakes, ranging from the classic red velvet to a more adventurous raspberry almond pistachio mousse in order to ensure all of our guests’ taste buds were satisfied.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“”The day will fly by!” So many people warned us of this. The best bit of advice we received was to take a moment (or two) during the day and just look around the room. You will be surrounded by those that love you most in this world – appreciate that. Appreciate the time they took to celebrate this day with you, and live in the moment.
Do not sweat the small stuff. Your day will be unique and yours. No one will notice if something is out of place, or if the table numbers are not a work of art. If you feel stressed, it will be evident in the photos and video, which is not something you want to be reminded of each time you take a walk down memory lane.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“While looking at photos of our venue we found our photographer, Jenn Kavanagh Photography. Her style of work was exactly what we wanted, art in the moment, capturing true emotions – rather than staged and stiff smiles. After our venue, Jenn was the first person we booked, and she was great at discussing our vision while we still lived in England.
It is so important that you find a photographer that you get along with. They will be sharing one of the most special moments of your life, and its vital that they make you feel relaxed and that you have complete confidence in their capabilities. Jenn offered all of these qualities, and more. She never made us feel pressured or rushed and could immediately tell when Philip and I needed a moments break from everything. Her work is flawless.”
SO romantic – I am completely smitten with everything about Katelyn & Philip’s day! Many congratulations to them both, and of course a big thankyou for sharing their beautiful day with us. Special thanks also to their lovely photographer Jenn Kavanagh who did the most wonderful job of capturing it all so perfectly. If you love Jenn’s photography and want to see more of her work be sure to pop across to her website at www.jennkavanagh.com. And you can find and follow her on Facebook and Instagram for daily doses of loveliness!
Whilst Victoriana may be the big trend for 2017 (replacing the Art Deco trend we have all so loved the last few years) there is one thing that NEVER goes out of fashion and that is timeless elegance, which this shoot from Katie Grant Photography has in spades! From the lush bouquet, to the opulently gilded wedding cake, and the sartorial style of the bride & groom, it evokes the bygone era so eloquently…..
I will let Katie tell you a little more about it….. “Our shoot was inspired by the era of the 1920s…when elegance prevailed, before the glitz of the “Gatsby age”. Complete with an authentic REO speedwagon from the era, this shoot speaks of a timeless age that every bride can still look to for inspiration.
Our adoring couple are clad in a classic morning coat and a chic sheath gown. The bride’s vintage gloves and glamorous headpiece in her hair complete her authentic look from the 20s. Loose, lush florals wrapped in gold ribbon and a stunning gilded cake add a touch of elegance to the day.”
Isn’t it beautiful?? Every single stylish detail captures the elegance of the era gloriously; and the light, with that hint of pink as the sun sets, is just so romantic. I can’t thank the creative team behind this beauty (listed below) enough, especially Katie Grant Photography for photographing it so perfectly and for allowing me to share it on Chic Vintage Brides. If you love this shoot as much as I do, do pop over to Katie’s website www.katiegrantphoto.com to see more of her stunning fine art photography, and don’t forget to follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
I absolutely love the idea of embracing local and planning an organic farm-to-table wedding; and today’s inspiration shoot showcases just how lovely it could be. Drawing inspiration from their community garden venue, Savan Photography, The Blooming Bud and Just A Kiss Weddings And Events fashioned an intimate celebration mixing rustic and elegant styling with lush seasonal blooms. The stunning lace wedding dress and dapper groom’s attire lends a vintage air to the scene and perfectly completes this romantic Spring wedding. I can’t stop swooning over every image!
Before we dive into all the beautiful details, a few words from Savan Photography about the inspiration behind this organic vision… “I wanted to design something organic, something fresh with pastel colors, lush greens, and blooming buds, all of which represents the new beginning of Spring and sweet love. Our location and setting was perfect, a community garden in San Juan Capistrano filled with planter boxes overflowing with herbs and tender vegetables sprouts and a even a small green house.
Our goal is to always be creative and to make sure that it’s always cohesive. It’s to tell the whole complete story to the smallest of details. It was very important to me that we highlight not only the unique space, but to bring the elements of the “farm to table” concept to light. So we chose to use many of the plants, herbs, flowers and fruits throughout our styling from table settings to the bouquet.
My ultimate goal for this wedding inspiration was to have it a flow like a real wedding should, which includes a cheese board as appetizers, followed by the couple at the table, sneaking out to take some more portraits during the golden hour, followed by cake and then last, but not least her new husband hangs love notes for her among the amazing smells of thyme, rosemary and sage upside down bouquets which were also all picked from the garden.”
“I wanted our tablescape to be simple with in-season flowers like lilacs, pink home grown roses, lemon leaves and deep purple artichoke for that pop of color. Going with the timeless, fresh, and organic feel we used blush ceramic plates and white goblets to round out our table setting. For that modern touch and to bring it all together, we brought in metal chairs.”
“The cakes from Elise Cakes were absolutely stunning. She made “his, hers and ours” cakes. She made the first one smooth and simple, the second one included pretty ruffles with light shades of pastel greens to resemble watercolor and the third a three tier cake was the “ours” cake representing unity. And of course the two of three cakes where adorn with hand picked herbs and cherry blossoms. Too top it all she used vintage large pedestal candle holders as the cakes stand!”
“The green door of the greenhouse is what took this shoot from pretty to epic and super unique. That design and color of the door made these images come alive and stand out. My vision was not only the love between them, but I wanted a touch of fine art feel as well.”
What a beautiful and truly inspiring shoot! A huge thankyou to everyone involved in bringing this organic vision to life, and especially to the lovely Savan of Savan Photography for capturing every detail so perfectly. If you love this shoot and would like to see more of her incredible fine art photography, be sure to visiting her website www.savan-photography.com and follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Or if you want to see how a real bride and groom interpreted this farm-to-table concept to create a rustic celebration in Austrlia’s Hunter Valley, then pop and take a peek at Megan & Chris’s inviting and relaxed wedding.
I am utterly head over heels with today’s elegant garden affair! Abounding with timeless romance and vintage-inspired luxury, there are so many details to love, it is hard to know where to begin – I’m talking angelic flower girls, dreamy florals, a glamorous lounge with velvet chairs, and a vintage tea-party inspired reception complete with mismatched china place settings! Believe me when I say you will want your pinning finger ready for this beauty….
High school sweethearts Cheyenne & Raymond said I do on a gloriously sunny September day surrounded by friends and family at the beautiful Bella Fiori Gardens in Kennewick, Washington. Drawing inspiration from their venue the couple planned a sumptuous floral celebration with an intimate feel, sparing no expense when it came to creating a memorable experience for their loved ones.
“What was most important to us while planning was that we kept the small, personal wedding feel. We went for a big wedding budget and touches, but focused that more towards a guest experience. We also decided to splurge on, rather than skip, a videographer and I am so happy we did! We weren’t sure if it would be necessary but now it is one of our most cherished memories along with our photos.”
“We went for a classic and vintage look. My dress was my mother’s recreated and fitted to my body type. I kept the vintage look of it with the full lace and beading, but removed the 90’s sleeves and shoulder pads. I accessorized with a plain cathedral length veil and pearls which are classic and timeless.”
“Our biggest DIY project was our vintage palm fans. We ordered these plain and in bulk and tied each with fabric and glued dried lavender to them to give them a romantic touch. They were a big hit and many of our guests used them throughout the night and took them home.”
“The men wore simple black and white tuxedos and let the girls keep the attention. My bridesmaids wore a taupe multi-style dress. This way they matched with their color and fabric texture but were able to show their individual personalities by how they wrapped and wore the dress.”
“All of our flowers were pastel in color and kept with our light and airy theme. As a focal bloom we chose cafe au lait dahlias. I originally wanted peonies but as they were not in season, we found something just as large and beautiful. We incorporated spray roses, traditional roses, and a variety of locally grown flowers and greenery.”
“For the wedding I drew a lot of my inspiration from our venue. I loved the garden feel of our venue Bella Fiori and played off of that. Our colors were a very soft, romantic color palette – with blushes, nudes, and grey tones. We also incorporated a vintage, tea party theme to bring a little bit of glamour to the wedding. We wanted the wedding to be very romantic and glamorous while still keeping the personal, small wedding feel.”
“Rather than traditional favors we offered unlimited Photo Booth visits to our guest through out the night and they were able to keep their strips which were branded which our initials and date – a favor we hoped they would love and still remember our day while looking back on their memories.”
“Our cake was three tiers and was strawberry and cream flavored. I wanted a very simple design so we decided on plain white with small detail along the edge of each layer. We then incorporated the same flowers used in my bouquets and centerpieces on each layer, and topped it with a cake topper that read “amour” or love. We supplemented with plain vanilla and strawberry cream cupcakes.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Start early! Because I gave myself over a year to plan the wedding it really took away any stress and we were even able to get some early bird discounts because we booked so far in advance. This also gives you time to save for those things that you didn’t originally budget for but have found you will need once you have started putting it all together.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“Our photographers were great! They both made us feel so comfortable and captured every detail to relive our day. I wanted timeless and clean editing of the photos, which is exactly what they delivered. Also they were there to capture each important moment, but were never in the way or noticeable, something I really appreciated as it didn’t take away or distract from the moment. We are very happy with our choice.”
If the Pacific North West wasn’t on your list of must-visit places before, it certainly will be after seeing today’s beautiful elopement! The stunning setting takes centre stage and provides the perfect backdrop to a timelessly elegant affair. Showcasing delicate floral arrangements with a ‘just-picked’ feel, a beautifully styled sweetheart table (with one hell of a view), and a dapper bride and groom; everything about this styled shoot illustrates an elopement need not lack any of the romance or beauty of a wedding…..
Here’s the lady behind the lens, the lovely Renee of Eden Willow Photography to tell you all about it in her own words… “Living in the northwest of the United States, we are blessed with so many awe inspiring locations. It’s always a goal of mine to take what nature provides and let it be the foundation for every shoot. This wedding inspiration shoot was inspired by the rugged beauty of the Columbia Gorge with a goal of balancing the wilderness of the northwest with items that would be elegant, but not compete with the scenery.
The florals by Swoon Floral Design are perfectly whimsical and full of lush, seasonal blooms. The gorgeous tablescape set with a striking, rocky backdrop is perfect for a bride and groom celebrating a windswept intimate wedding or elopement. The striking lace BHLDN gown is absolutely perfect for capturing the wind that the Columbia Gorge is known for. And the groom looks completely fitting in a dapper three piece plaid suite by Duchess Clothier.”
Spring has truly sprung for many of you, and to celebrate I have an inspiration board that abounds with florals and hints at the long Summer days to come. A beautiful mix of soft golden yellow and delicate slate blues it exudes warmth, as well as romance and a sense of relaxed luxury – especially with the groom and groomsmen donning the dapper traditional tux!
Whilst I had Spring in mind when creating this inspiration board, the hint of gold and mustard in the yellow makes the palette just as perfect for a late Summer or early Autumn wedding – when the leaves start to turn and the sun sits lower in the sky, but the days are still long and warm. Whatever time of year you decide on though, think an outdoor celebration lush with seasonal blooms – roses, ranunculus and golden amaranth come in the perfect shade of yellow.
Choose somewhere like a vineyard or country estate and allow the natural beauty of your venue be your decor. Vintage pews for your ceremony seating and farmhouse style wooden tables for the reception would add to the sense of relaxed elegance. Add coloured glassware to your tablescape for a hint of luxury, and you can always embrace this year’s biggest trend to create some budget friendly opulence, by adding some lush greenery to your centerpieces and floral designs. And I absolutely love the idea of a signature cocktail infused with tangy citrus flavours for your guests to enjoy!
Today we’re off to the redwood forests of California for a beautiful celebration that is my idea of perfection! Rob & Adrienne combined vintage inspired glamour with rustic elegance, to create the most romantic woodland wedding with a hand fasting ceremony in a circle of towering trees and a reception under the moon-lit sky…..
After a surprise proposal on Marshall Beach, Adrienne and Robert spent 2 years planning their dream day – an intimate celebration with their nearest and dearest , somewhere in the Californian redwoods. They knew finding the perfect spot for their woodland wedding was key, but decided to enjoy the planning process rather than let it overwhelm them.
“Our wedding planning journey was very special. We wanted to really enjoy the process, and not just see it as something that we had to endure in order to get married. We also found that people love celebrating with you when you get engaged, so that was an added bonus. We started out by looking for a venue, and found this to be the most challenging part. We decided that it was equally important for us to have a beautiful place for our ceremony, as it was for our reception, so this took some time to find one place that offered both. Once we had our venue, everything else just started to fall into place. We did all of the planning ourselves, and although grooms get a bad rap for disappearing once the planning starts, Robert helped every step of the way. Having him totally involved and made it really feel like a shared journey.”
One of my best friends, and bridesmaids, was visiting me from Los Angeles. We were in Union Square, San Francisco, and while I hadn’t made any appointments to try on dresses, we were hoping to visit some showrooms. With no real agenda, we stood on a street corner and happened to look up, where a bridal salon, Jin Wang was four floors above us. She said “there’s one!” and in the window, I saw the most beautiful dress, that I knew would be it. The girls at Jin Wan were so accommodating and allowed us to come in and look around. I was immediately drawn to the gorgeous dress in the window. I made an appointment for the following week, and brought my mom. We both knew it was the one. The dress was from the Atelier line of Pronovias, the style Vicenta. I loved that it made me feel both elegant, and sexy. I knew that this was the dress that I wanted to marry Robert in.
“Finding the venue was a big adventure for us. We knew that we wanted to get married outdoors, in the California redwoods, and wanted something that felt intimate and unique, not another venue that hosted that same wedding every weekend . We searched the internet and took trips almost every weekend, looking for the perfect place. It was very important to us that the place where we said our ‘i do’s’ was special, not just the reception space. We saw so many beautiful places, but kept coming back to a photo of a wedding in Occidental, a tiny town in Sonoma County, tucked between the coast and wine country. This area was nostalgic for me, because growing up, I had spent many summers camping here with my family. We had some difficulty finding the venue that matched the photo, and finally realized that it was a private estate. The moment we saw it in person, we knew!”
“I had a medium sized bouquet. It was hand tied with pale pinks,greens and creams. Flowers included roses, dahlias, hydrangea, ranunculus and seeded eucalyptus. We found Petal Town Flowers online while doing a search for florists in the area of our venue. We met with the owner shortly after a few exchanges of emails, and knew we were in the right hands.”
“I had my two sisters as my maids of honor and my six best friends, including my now sister-in-law as bridesmaids. I wanted the dress to be as easy as possible for everybody, and I also wanted everybody to feel comfortable and beautiful, so I chose three different complementary styles from David’s Bridal, in the color portobello, and let everybody pick their own style. I asked that they wore beige heels, and gave them each a delicate gold necklace. They all chose their own hair and make-up look, and for those who wanted it done professionally, they also used Devotion Studio’s girls.”
“Robert chose his tuxedo, and the look for his groomsmen. He chose a slim black Hugo Boss tuxedo with a shawl collar, and a Hugo Boss bowtie. Robert asked his groomsmen to wear a two button black suit, white shirt, black dress shoes, and a matching slim black ties.”
“My favorite floral piece was the altar decoration. It was really beautiful and exceeded our expectations.”
“My mom walked me down the aisle and gave me away. The second we walked out of the door and into the view of our friends and family, I was hit with so much emotion. I had never been looked at with so much love and tenderness. It really floored me. I got choked up, but then when I looked at Rob, I had never felt more at peace and like I was exactly where I was supposed to be.”
“We decided to put a lot of thought into our ceremony. We felt like other weddings we had been to were all about the party, and don’t get me wrong, we really wanted to celebrate!! but we also wanted to have our moment, where we really basked in the commitment we were making.. While neither of us is religious, we wanted to find something that felt meaningful to us, and we chose to do a handfasting ceremony and used a beautiful gold silk ribbon for the handfasting. On it, we found a calligrapher to write some of the handfasting prayer on it. It was beautiful and unique to our wedding.”
“One thing that we loved about of venue was that we could host both the ceremony and reception in the same place. We wanted it to feel like an intimate party that we would host, with our closest friends and family. After the ceremony we started off with a cocktail hour, with fresh oysters, and other snacks, before our sit down dinner. Our reception flowers matched my bouquet. We had a bouquet on each table. “
“Robert and I both have a simple taste and when we started looking for cake inspiration it was no different. We had our cake made by a bakery in Napa, called Sweetie Pies. We had three tiers: the bottom tier was a silver white cake filled with vanilla pastry cream and mixed berries and the middle and top tier was a Chocolate cake filled with milk chocolate mousse and raspberries. Robert is a big ice cream lover so we also had Ben and Jerry’s mini-cups.”
“I wore both a veil and a Brides & Hairpins crystal embellished head garland. For shoes, I decided to wear something fun, so I went with gold Kate Spade “Charm” pumps. For my “something borrowed” I wore a my grandmother’s wedding ring, now worn by my mother. I added a blue ribbon to my all-white garter, and chose a delicate BHLDN gold and crystal bracelet for my something “new”.”
“We had a great band called The Class Band. We love oldies and a good dance party. I literally did not get off the dance floor once.
I just want the celebration to last longer. We were lucky to have a whole weekend, we hosted guests from Thursday to Sunday, but it just didn’t feel long enough! “
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Three things: Take a few minutes, even put it in your schedule, to have a moment to yourselves after your ceremony, with no photographers, or guests. We scheduled 5 minutes for ourselves after our ceremony and it was so special.
Secondly, the wedding is all about your family and friends. Most likely, this will be the only day that all of these loving people will ever exist in the same space, make the most of it and take it all in.
And, enjoy the engagement!”
“The family that owns the venue also has a bakery, where they make these huge and awesome cookies, so for favors we had a huge tray of assorted cookies for people to take with them. We also had mini bottles of Freixenet champagne. These were very special to us, because Robert’s grandfather, who passed a few years ago, always celebrated with this champagne.”
Oh now this is my type of wedding!! Don’t you just love Rob & Adrienne’s glamorous yet redwood forests of California for today’s beautiful celebrationlaid back style? A huge congratulations to them and a big thankyou to their photographer Elisabetta of Lilly Red Creative for letting me share their wedding with you. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of her beautiful work be sure to make your next stop her website www.lillyred.it. You can also find and follow her on Instagram and Facebook for daily doses of inspiration and romance.