If you are ready for fun in the sun, you will love today’s playful summer wedding captured by Tammy Swales. The bride is a designer and branded every inch of her wedding with cute details and paper goods. I love how they stayed true to themselves to really create an event that reflected them as a couple. From their pup joining in on the ceremony to the groom wearing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle boutonniere, they kept their day fun and relaxed.
Gregg and I met in high school, and we really wanted our wedding to capture our playful relationship, and the things that are important to us. We knew we wanted something outdoors, untraditional, delicious food, and to be surrounded by our favorite people.
Staying true to ourselves was so important. We valued everyone’s opinion, but wanted to make sure the day was a reflection of our relationship at the end of the day. Also SO important – HAVE FUN! This is such an exciting time, and it’s so important to remember what’s most important – your relationship!
My sister also made the jewelry that I wore, as well as her jewelry, and the jewelry both my Mother, and Mother-In-Law wore! While it isn’t quite handmade, our friends sang and played instruments at our ceremony, and it was incredible!
We created our save the dates (I even pulled those off the letterpress with my dear friend Amy of greengirlpress.com), invitations and programs. I hand lettered windows for our ceremony, and chalkboards for our reception with our menu and timeline on it. We even made our own photobooth for our reception – it was so fun to look at all the pictures after! I created all the signage for our day, and put them inside spray painted vintage frames. I had the most fun creating the welcome bags for the out of town guests to have waiting in their hotel rooms. We created a really fun “hangover helper” kit with a rubber stamp and kraft paper bag full of aspirin, sunblock, emercen-c and other essentials for a long weekend!
We loved having such wonderful people surrounding us to celebrate. It’s amazing how many people want to celebrate with you and travel from near and far just to be with you on your wedding day!
Photography | Tammy Swales | Ceremony | Mendon Ponds Park | Reception Venue | The Rabbit Room | Design | Sugar and Type | Florist | The Topiary | Caterer | The Rabbit Room | Rentals | Hank Parker | Paper Goods | Sugar and Type | Gown | One Enchanted Evening | Jewelry | Danielle Sara | Shoes | Anthropologie | Groom Attire | Mens Wearhouse | Hair and Makeup | Rock Paper Scissors
It is all about being authentic and fun in today’s retro styled LA engagement session from Evangeline Lane. The couple chose to do their session at one of their favorite spots, the Griffith Park Observatory, which is an amazing location. The bride found an adorable 1950’s summer dress and decided to style the shoot with a white theme around that. With the star balloons and bright California sun, it is hard not to have a smile after looking at these images.
When I say this winery wedding from Laura Ann Miller is beautiful, I’m not just talking about the details. Yes, the watercolored paper goods that the couple made together are gorgeous. And the bride’s gown is stunning. The most beautiful part of this wedding though is the couple’s love and the meaningful ways they let it shine on their day. The story with the gifts they gave each other seriously made me tear up a little it was so sweet (be sure to read the last paragraph).
We wanted a wedding that was meaningful and comfortable. One that would make friends and family feel at ease; like they were at a family backyard party. Being close to nature instead of in a stuffy ballroom was our number one priority when searching for a venue. The Barn has amazing views and surrounding, almost no need for extra decorations, and the food is the stuff dreams are made of! We went with soft, watercolor inspired colors with pops of gold to compliment the rustic charm of the Barn and surrounding beauty.
The most important thing for us was that everything in our wedding day have meaning to us and our relationship. We asked Daniel’s Aunt Jenny to be our officiant, and wrote our ceremony with her. We included a prayer for the family, as our one and only reading, from Daniel’s Grandfather’s prayer book in our ceremony. And it was actually the prayer his Grandfather was praying daily before he passed away. We wrote our own vows. We DIYed the majority of our decor and all of our paper goods together and with friends and family. Daniel walked our dog Penny down the aisle, who actually took the place of flower girls and ring bearers. The bride and her best friends spent weeks creating and taste testing signature cocktail recipes until they found the perfect one. Even our cookies, which we had instead of cake, were meaningful. They weren’t only our favorite cookie and dessert, but they came from the grocery store where we would buy and share cookies with each from the very beginning of our relationship 5 years ago.
Daniel and I watercolored hundreds of pieces of cardstock for all the invitation components, programs, table numbers, seating assignments, and bar menus. With the help of family and friends we printed and cut everything. We lined all the envelopes and assembled all the invitations together, along with glittering our menus. We personally designed all the paper goods, and my Maid of Honor Renee helped design our invitations. We spray painted hundreds of votive candle holders, and painted, glittered, and lettered our card crate. We glued together hundreds of wine corks for table number holders. The bride and her father stained wooden crates for the cookie jars to sit on, built, stained, and lettered the wooden welcome sign, and the wooden sign that sat behind the guestbook. The two also built, painted, and assembled the wine cork board; definitely way trickier than expected! Building a perfect frame is no easy task!
Our favorite memory was after the ceremony our photographer whisked us away to take more couple pictures. During this time I told Daniel there was a surprise in his ring. Engraved on the inside was “No, I love you more.” For years every night Daniel says “I love you more” with the hopes of hearing “No, I love you more.” But for years I wouldn’t say it, not even once. Having it engraved in his ring was the perfect way to finally say it, and say it forever. After seeing his little and total surprise Daniel pulled out his vows, because unbeknownst to me he had a hidden message in his vows just for me. His vows were broken down into four paragraphs, and each paragraph started with a very specific and bolded word. Looking down at the paper I realized his vows read vertically said I Love You More. So finally he said it and I responded.
Photography | Laura Ann Miller Photography | Venue | The Barn at Chaumette | Florist | Les Bouquets | Bakery | Schnucks Bakery | Caterer | Chaumette Winery | Gown | Liancarlo | Hair and Makeup | Style Me Beautiful | DJ | Rockstar DJs