We are starting the week off with this sweet West Virginia wedding from Lauren Love Photography. Filled with tons of handmade and DIY details, there is so much to love with this one. The bride and her family made the bouquets, even growing their own succulents over the summer.
We chose the fall for our wedding, because we both love the natural beauty of the season. Also, who doesn’t love the crisp fall air?! With that in mind, we wanted a venue that allowed the season to be enjoyed, so we chose an outdoor venue on a blueberry farm in the West Virginia countryside. We tried to stick with natural and earthy choices in color, decorations, and style. The feel we wanted to achieve was casual elegance. We wanted the day to be classy and beautiful, coinciding with the comfort and relaxation of a fall day on the farm.
We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of the two of us – who we are and what we enjoy in life. Thankfully, Seth and I are a lot alike so picking elements that represented us both came easily. We also wanted our wedding to reflect our faith, which was a key element of what brought our lives together and what we believe will sustain our marriage through all that lies ahead of us. We wanted God to be praised and honored by our day of celebration, so we tried to keep that in mind during planning, to give us direction on priorities and to help keep us away from stress as well!
Seth used his woodsman skills to make the arbor we stood under during the ceremony. My uncle, mom, and I spent an evening during the summer cutting down a tree, which we used to make wooden centerpieces for the tables at the reception. We wanted our wedding to feel intimate, which for us included putting our own touch on the details.
We attempted to do as much for the wedding as we could ourselves. Our moms helped out a lot where that was concerned. My mom made all the floral arrangements, bouquets, and boutonnieres for the wedding, which included a summer of us gardening and growing dozens of succulents and other various plants in preparation for the big day. My mom also made the wedding cakes ranging from classic almond cakes with buttercream frosting to pumpkin rolls and red velvet cakes. Seth’s mom made a great german chocolate cake for the wedding as well.
Obviously, the best part of our day was getting to unite our love and lives in marriage, but such a precious occasion was made so much sweeter by getting to share the day with family and friends who have helped mold our lives and lead us to where we were that day. Our best man and maids of honor speeches were a highlight of the day too. We really appreciated being supported, encouraged, and humored by our loved ones during that time!
Photography | Lauren Love Photography | Venue | Harot Hall Farms | Catering | Ridge View BBQ | Rentals | A to Z Rentals | Invitations | Minted | Programs | Amy Adams Printables | Gown | Maggie Sottero from Nandels | Bracelet | BHLDN | Earrings | Nordstrom | Shoes | Nordstrom | Makeup | Courtney at Sephora
Being a native Floridian, I am very familiar to beach weddings. They can very quickly become cheesy with overdone details. Not so with this gorgeous shoot from Amanda Hedgepeth. This romantic take on a beach wedding has everything you love about the seaside, but with an elegant and timeless feel.
There is something naturally enchanting and magical about the ocean, and we wanted to capture that in our Sea Mist Romance shoot. We were so excited to get to work on styling this beauty when Michelle of One Sweet Day in May approached us to put together a soft, ethereal and elegant look that could embody, as she put it, “a real life Little Mermaid wedding!” With touches of whimsy, lots of beach-combed details and nods to everyone’s favorite Disney movie, we created a palette of varying shades of misty and deep ocean blues, soft oyster grays and mixed metals and aimed to highlight the natural beauty of the beach.
Photography | Amanda Hedgepeth Photography | Designer | North Star Events | Florist | One Sweet Day in May | Cake | Buttercream Dreams | Rentals | Paisley and Jade | Rentals | Renee Landry Events | Invitation | Jess Creates | Calligraphy | Sincerely Amy Designs | Gown | Bridal Impressions | Hair | Bombshell’s Studio
It’s vintage glam at the beach with today’s New England art deco wedding from Robyn Blasi. This couple really stayed true to them and kept their wedding about the things they love. And I love that they used an heirloom cake topper from the bride’s parents’ wedding.
Our colors were emerald green and gold. We had beach themed ceremony on the private island I have grown up spending my summers on and my favorite place in the world. I have always dreamed about having my wedding here. We had to enlist the help of friends from the island to transport our guests back and forth. Our reception was a 1920’s themed party at the Branford House. It seems a little disjointed but it actually worked. I think because everyone knows us and with the 2 events being in different locations it kind of let people change gears.
As with most couples we decided to pick a few big things that were the most important to splurge on and then cut back on other things. The venue and the band were the most important to us. And they were amazing!
Besides the obvious our first kiss as a married couple (which a butterfly flew right in front of us when it happened) and dancing the night away together, we loved sharing the vows we wrote ourselves and sharing our special day not only with all our friends and family but also our dog Memphis. I loved hanging out with the girls in the colorful robes I had made for them from etsy as well as garter-belt flasks.
Half of our centerpieces and all of our decor were DIY. We had candles, bottles, peacock feathers, and old fashion cameras all around. We also had many family member wedding pictures that were a nice touch and guests really loved looking at them. We had a chalkboard my husband’s mother decorated and wrote our signature drinks on and we had a canvas with a tree for people to sign and put a finger print as a tree vs. a guest book. My sister made the flower girl dresses, flower girl baskets, and ring bearer pillow. My father made the arbor we were married under.
The day goes by so fast enjoy every moment! No matter what goes wrong, it all pales in comparison to everything that goes right. For example my dress strap that I had made snapped right as I hugged my mother at the altar. I threw it over my shoulder and pretended like it didn’t happen!
Photography | Robyn Blasi Photography | Venue | The Branford House | Planner | Accessory to the Bride | Florist | Kim’s Flower Shop | Caterer | Impressive Catering | Rentals | Taylor Rentals and CT Rental Center | Videography | Wonton Creations | Entertainment and Lighting | Young Love and the Thrills | Transportation | Professional Limo | Gown | D’Amour from Love Me Two Times | Veil | The White Dress by the Shore | Hair | Amanda from Posh Salon | Makeup | Shelly from Jennie Fresa