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Simple Farm Wedding Absolutely Filled with Love

Our gorgeous weddings this week have something amazing in common: they are all about the love story, not the details. Our lovely bride Sara says “the whole day felt very intimate – due in no small part to the fact that some of our very talented friends helped put it all together. A childhood friend of mine was the DJ, another our officiant, and my officemate turned dear friend Dorothée Brand of Belathée was our photographer. Our friends Matt and Emily of The Corson Building curated a wonderful assortment of food and beverages, and the save the dates, invitations and menus were created by another friend, Danielle Bellert of BDR-studio. We are so lucky to be surrounded by such gifted and generous people.” It is seriously inspiring that this couple didn’t get caught up in ‘all things wedding’, but kept it totally authentic to them, and it really shows in every aspect of their day. Which reminds me – be sure to read on for what Sara says she would do differently if she had to do it all again – it is so honest and one of my all time favorites answers!

Sara tells us the sweet story of finding what she calls her “not-so-expensive-dress”: “I was visiting my parents at home in Anchorage, Alaska the winter before our wedding and my mom and I went to a small wedding dress shop which featured many consignment pieces. I was not expecting to find my wedding dress in Alaska, but ended up falling in love with a piece that had been handmade by a local woman. She had originally made it for her daughter. Because Anchorage is a small town I contacted her and we began corresponding with each other – we’ve since shared many cards and phone calls and my connection to her made the dress feel that much more special.”
Sara paired her beautiful gown with her great grandmother’s veil, which has also been worn by her mom, aunt and cousin!

If you had to do it all over again, is there anything you would do differently? Probably! Ha! It’s all kind of a blur now, but of course no process is perfect and there were a lot of growing pains during the planning. Honestly it was probably the most difficult year of our relationship and I’m sure wedding planning had something to do with that. I think it was important for us to forgo the illusion that the planning would be romantic and magical. And it is amazing how any quarrels leading up to the wedding didn’t really seem to matter on the big day or after.

One of them was definitely walking down the aisle with our families. We opted not to have a wedding party but had our parents and siblings walk us down the aisle instead.

We didn’t want anything overtly religious, and we knew we wanted to write our own vows. We wanted it to feel sentimental but also a little light hearted. And nothing too long! We took cues from a lot of friends’ and siblings’ weddings, but pretty much wrote the script on our own. We tried to combine many of our favorite features from past weddings into our day.

We wrote our own! We wanted it to be a surprise for each other. The only thing we agreed on beforehand was that we would keep our vows around one minute. Hearing each other’s vows in the moment was by far the most special part of our entire wedding.

The wedding budget is definitely a slippery slope and it’s really easy to get carried away. This isn’t revelatory advice, but I would just recommend picking the things that matter most to you and spending your money on those and not worrying about making everything “perfect”. For example, I chose not to spend a lot of money on a dress but really cared about having beautiful photographs and flowers. And think of the guests’ perspective – guests will notice if you run out of booze, but they won’t notice if you didn’t put hand carved name tags at each seat!


Classic Summer Wedding at Cherry Hills Country Club

We may be barely out of winter, but just looking at this wedding is like taking a sip from an icy Mint Julep on an August day… which just happens to be exactly what these newlyweds and their 160 guests did! With beautiful photos from Snippet & Ink Select vendor Danielle DeFiore, this is a classic country club wedding that feels so fresh!

My former figure skating coach, William Schneider, officiated. I grew up as a competitive figure skater, so my coach was a very big part of my life both on and off the ice. When Sam and I got engaged, it was Sam who asked Billy to officiate!

Bride Emily told us “it’s always a good idea to sleep on a big decision. Or a little decision! You don’t want to have to undo something later if you change your mind.” I can only guess she took her own advice, because it’s definitely hard to imagine she and Mad Men-esque groom Sam wanted to undo even a tiny part of this utterly gorgeous day!




A Modern At Home Wedding in Michigan

Trust me when I tell you this is the ultimate modern take on the traditional dream wedding in your parents’ backyard. The bride’s parents’ Michigan property really did come with everything – including a gorgeous getting ready space in her parents’ light-filled home, a lush green backyard for their Jewish ceremony (officiated by the same rabbi who married her parents!), and a front yard with enough space for their stylish green and white reception… oh, and did I mention the lake, oh-so-right for sunset shots? Plus, it was the ideal backdrop for the bride’s chic look, in a Pronovias short sleeved gown with keyhole back and a tiny, elegant train. And it has to be said, we like a bride who knows good shoes (you had us at ‘white and spiked’, Mr Louboutin!)

KENDRA STANLEY MILLS; grand rapids wedding; michigan wedding; at home wedding; modern wedding gown with cut out back; gown with keyhole back; couple hugging by lake; couple hugging at sunset;

We signed a traditional Jewish wedding contract, a ketubah, before the ceremony. I also did something old (my grandmother’s diamond bracelet), new (my wedding dress), borrowed (a ring borrowed from my mother-in-law), and blue (my best friend gave me a handkerchief with a sweet message and our wedding date.)

Bride Alyssa tells us “we served prosecco and meat and cheese appetizers before our ceremony. We wanted everyone to be happy waiting for the ceremony and there’s not better way to do than with food and booze!”

My husband and I knew we wanted to write our own vows; I also knew I wanted to be married by my childhood rabbi. Since my husband didn’t grow up Jewish we discussed what we both wanted in a ceremony and what we were comfortable with and then met with the rabbi to discuss what readings made sense.

We didn’t have a wedding cake – we had mini Dairy Queen blizzards! Matt and I had a love affair with Dairy Queen in college and many of our friends and family know it’s a personal favorite. We also had some baked goods for people if they didn’t want the blizzards.


A Rue De Seine Gown for a Modern Boho Bride and her Relaxed & Homemade Barn Wedding

Happy New Year.Think bold, modern design paired with a rustic, relaxed barn venue, dreamy sunset portraiture and soft greens. So are you ready? Mr and Mrs Edwards married in an outdoor civil ceremony and barn reception in the heart of Kent, at The Great Barn in Rolvenden near Cranbrook. Their wedding style was characterised by simple modern detailing with pretty touches of soft green and white, all against a natural, relaxed backdrop to allow their guests to chill out and relax.

Mrs Edwards and there are simply no words to describe how incredible she looks. Found at Leonie Claire, a bridal boutique that we support on our curated Little Book for Brides pages, the gown combines a delicate slip with a striking lace overlay – isn’t it wonderful? I especially like the deep V-back edged with lace and those long sleeves which come down over her wrists; incredibly elegant.

Paul’s photos his style of work. We knew he would capture our day exactly how we wanted, and he exceeded our expectations with what he captured for us. The photos are perfect and we are so glad we had him.”

The groom set the tone for the relaxed day with his choice of Noose & Monkey suit with a white shirt, fastened with a collar pin from Boohoo instead of the more formal tie.

The bride’s father drove the bride and her mum to the barn, then walked hand in hand with her down the aisle.

The sun was shining for the newly-weds, so after the ceremony they headed outside to relax in the gardens and enjoy more guitar music and delicious canapés from Home Gurr’own.

The wedding breakfast was served at long trestle tables in the barn, adorned with soft green eucalyptus garlands and simple glassware. I really love this combination of rustic charm and simple elegance.

They really have thought of everything and everyone in their creative planning. Their wedding cinema sounds epic and the orchard lit with hanging candles in glass jars and bottles looks magical.



Boho Romance at Avalon Legacy

Delicate lace on the Beau dress, composed of deep nude liner, corset and to slee sleeves.

The rustic ranch environment is converted into a bohemian style with pastel colors, exquisite flowers and attractive table design. An elegant affair in a rustic setting brings with it a unique opportunity to play. A blend of wine, modern and European elements makes the tabletop attractive. Bohemian style calls for characters and antiques and vintage inspired pieces to lend bohemian bride’s unique desire.

Even though it was a cold winter day, Elle Boone Photography felt the welcome of the tabletop, the clever cake color, and the pale bridal gown implied that the spring revival would soon win. Elle wants to capture the relaxed nature of the bride as she moves through each scene. Although the leaves have long been degraded, through this celebration there is life, emotion and thoughtfulness, which are required to be captured and their stories told.

Lush flowing, fluttering ribbons were added to the bridal bouquet to bring out a romantic, exquisite, light-as-air feel and when accompanied with a swing, how can one not be swept away.




Rustic pink and white Washington wedding

Lauren and Austin Celebrate Washington Day in Country Retro Style The day was full of personal details and decorative items borrowed from home. They exchanged oaths, jumped into the bride’s parents’ house for a night and found ways to create a perfect day to celebrate their love.

Pink and white palettes, including the most beautiful rose gold shine, we like the feminine touch of the bride’s work. You will have to catch all the details of her incredible work of sharing her and her family by turning her property into a gorgeous wedding venue for their special day. Enjoy the beauty and fun of this simple family affair shot by Courtney Bowlden Photography!

‘I always knew I wanted to get married at my parents’ home. This is a beautiful property, I really want to make it special and unique to me. I hope it is elegant, whimsical, eternal. Decorations are all we ourselves or handmade.’

Most of our friends are musicians, so we have a live band cocktail time and dinner. It really sets the tone of our day so that the atmosphere is so special. Music is something we all love to do together, so we know we want it to be epic.

Before the ceremony, my parents and I sat by the window in the bedroom, ignoring the ceremony, watching friends talk, taking photos, and then sitting down. I am very happy to spend a few minutes of quiet time with my parents.



Sri Lanka Beach Wedding

After deciding to do the destination wedding, we investigated several countries, but Sri Lanka ticked everything we needed.

Where we want to travel, affordable for our guests but still beautiful and exciting, Sri Lanka is all about it and more! From the amazing hospitality shown by everyone we meet to the world-class cuisine that every meal offers, everything goes beyond perfection beyond our expectations!

We came to this country with 115 guests, only one who once went to Sri Lanka and 115 will be back. We feel very fortunate to be able to share our wedding adventures with many in this amazing country and we will be back!



Throne wedding style shoot

Beautiful wedding dress and shiny shoes, amazing gorgeous redheads? That’s Daniel. Danyelle is surrounded by a highly talented professional event planner who surrounds the best suppliers and will be a unique wedding

There was a simple court wedding three years ago. But then he wanted to surprise her with an over-the-top wedding; one that was as beautiful as her … So, he was called Amanda (FFE), with plans starting in 2019. So it started … how? You can feel through photos.

Her intuitive grandmother, she and Daniels first date, she bought Danielle’s skirt, convinced that he is Danielle’s “only.” The old lady passed before seeing them married so the dress was a way to bring part of her grandmother’s love to the aisle when she could not get there personally.

Daniel creates and designs every element she considers to be a style shot. From her handcrafted shoulder straps and belts to the house symbol on the goblet, to the Dragon Egg Wishholder … this girl redesigned an oversized seat and created a ritual!




Persian Teana wedding

Today, Shervin held a wedding with Jeremy and married at the Omni Houston Galleria. Jeremy originally came from St. Louis, Missouri, and Shervin Taheran came from Houston, Texas. A major Catholic home, a mixed religion – Islamic and non-religious Iranian families.

They met at Southern Methodist University. Because they are both a political science and a double degree in Middle East Studies, this means that they share many lessons together. Over time, the relationship between Jeremy and Shelvin turned from classmate to best friend and eventually became a married couple. Tell us about their most important day.

In Washington, DC, Jeremy took out his ring a week ago and the jeweler told him that if he could come to the store before the storm, the ring was his. After rushing past DC to pick up the ring, he returned home looking for a cold in Shervin’s home!

With the help of our friends, we have re-created a huge moment before the snow and ice. Well done wedding

The food is from Omni’s menu and guests can choose from any one of the jalapeno marinade, chicken breast and citrus vinaigrette sauce. Side includes spinach orzo and grilled broccolini. The drinks offered are wines and beers, and beers are an option for St. Arnold, a local Houston brewery, and we all like it.

For Iranian ceremonies, the bishop is the same gentleman and the center of this wedding is Sofreh Aghd, whose history dates back to ancient Iranian traditions.

Favorite part of the day for the groom was finally seeing Shervin in her wedding dress and the amazing work that her family had done in arranging the sofreh.

Shervin’s favorite part was seeing everyone she knew from parts of hers and Jeremy’s life all coming together to celebrate our wedding.



An inspiring wedding

A high fashion wedding was designed at the Villa Wieger in Slovakia. For a couple who loves Italian fashion, food, wine and overall lifestyle, this is an ideal choice.

The La Dolce Vita movie is a great source of inspiration for our major graphic visual devices as well as for our apparel. We want to hold a wedding that is quite different from the traditional wedding around us.

In order to cater to the fashion design, we wear the wedding dress with truly incredible floral detail.

Gladly we found a location that resembles little bit the Italian countryside. The tough part about the venue was to push back its “too romantic and rustic” atmosphere and give it the high-fashion and modern vibe we wanted.