Category Archives: Summer

Real Wedding: Erin and Ben

Erin and Ben’s wedding, shot by Unusually Fine Photography is full of bright fun details! My favorite things are Erin’s bouquet and those fabulous bright parasols. And I’ve got to say…bright red orange ties are fabulous.

Oh…and that gorgeous bouquet? It is by Carla of Events in Bloom. LOVE it!

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Real Wedding: Terra and Kevin

First off, this week we are counting down to our big launch on Friday! I can’t wait for you to see the new digs–I know you’re going to love the new look!

Today, I wanted to start off with Terra and Kevin’s wedding, shot by Jennifer of Ever Whim Photography. There are so many creative ideas, which you’ll get a feel for when you read Terra’s description below. My favorite idea that Terra shares: DIY Milk Glass! Check it out below!

I work full time as the Store Merchandise Manager at Urban Outfitters in Santa Cruz, CA and my husband Kevin is a self employed contractor. We have been together for 5 years, but our engagement was on the short side of seven months, and we had a tight budget of well under $10,000. We got married on Sunday April 25, 2010 at the same church my parents were married 40 years ago here in Santa Cruz, CA (Villa Maria del Mar-sits close to the beach cliffs). Our dogs are a huge focus in our lives and were with us the whole day, our French Bulldog Stanley was our Best Man, and our Pug Stella was our Maid of Honor. Since we had a tight budget we did a lot of DIY decorating elements. Our friends helped us put together the succulent arrangements for the tables at the reception and my bouquet. I believe we ended up spending a total of $60 for any flowers/succulents that were used–the rest friends and family donated.


I have always loved the idea of milk glass and found black milk glass that inspired me, however I didn’t love the cost. I ended up purchasing a variety of glass bowls and vases at local thrift stores and painted them black in order to get the similar effect I wanted. Our seating chart was compiled of all of our friends dogs and each table was named accordingly, the dogs pictures were in frames recycled from my aunts old fence. For our cigar smoking section, my husband hand carved ashtrays out of large river rocks from our front yard. I inherited a large collection of vintage brooches and other vintage jewelry with which I had a co-worker create for me my bridal necklace, other salvaged jewelry was added in as well.



Our friends mean everything to us and we were so thankful that they were so involved with us from the very beggining. The one thing that I learned from the whole experience is–never hesitate to ask for help. Everyone you love comes together to help you with any and all aspects to create everything you’ve imagined. We couldn’t be happier with how our day turned out, we are soo lucky to have such great friends and family who all came together to help us with the “inspiration” for our wedding day.

Vendors include:

Photography: Jennifer Hogan of Ever Whim Photography; Cake: Heathers Patisserie; Makeup: Anna Wu; Hair: Aurezu Kuhzarani; Ceremony: Villa Maria del Mar-Santa Cruz, CA; Reception held at Michaels On Main; Officiant: Gregory Ross (the Grooms best friends); Flowers: DIY; Ceremony Music: Steven Griswold (good friend of the bride & groom); Reception Music: Aaron Kushner (co-worker of the bride); Bride’s Necklace: inherited vintage jewelry & brooches-created by Theresa Vu (co-worker of the bride)

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Real Wedding: Meredith and David

This lovely wedding in the Catskills features lovely colors, wildflower centerpieces, farm animals and beautiful images by photographer Jami Saunders.

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Real Wedding: Chelsea and Adam

All the planning, DIY projects, coordinating, cake tastings, and swatch matching that goes into planning a wedding really can’t compare to what is taking place on that day. So, while I can’t EVER get enough of over-the-top details, centerpieces and decor, there is much to be said for the wedding intangibles–the emotions and moments that we rely on our photographers to capture.

So when Blue Window Creative sent this wedding over to me, my jaw dropped. While putting the post together, I felt so emotional looking at these images, I was almost brought to tears. This wedding is exactly what I imagine for myself one day, because each picture is a moment. Blue Window captured beautifully the emotion and celebration of the day and you can literally see the bonds–not just between Chelsea and Adam–but also between all of their family and friends. There is love here in every single one of these pictures: from the pre-wedding festivities, to the ceremony, to the family style meal, to the vineyard party after. I had a hard time choosing my favorite images!

Moral of the story: Consider choosing a photographer that is great at capturing moments. It’s harder than you think, and more important than you can imagine!

Venue – Willamette Valley Vineyards Salem, Oregon. Hair – Jamie Ellis, Makeup – Bethany Spohn, Cake – Myriad Cake Designs, Event Designer – SHE Designs & Events, Catering – Willaby’s Catering, Paper goods and favors – Clover and Feather, Flowers – Madison Avenue Flowers, Dress – Nicole Miller at Bleubelle Bridal (Savannah, GA), Shoes – Nina, Hair Piece – Untamed Petals, Groom’s Suit – H&M, Groom’s Shoes – Taka Hayashi for Vans.

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Rustic Barn Wedding

Kendel and Ben’s wedding, shot by Jenn Stark Photographers has really got me in the mood for fall! Their rustic diy wedding was completely handmade, from top to bottom, and you can really the see the love they poured into their special day. I really can’t get over those bouquets though…STUNNING!

Vendor Details: Photographers: Jenn & Dave Stark of JENN STARK PHOTOGRAPHERS | Flowers: Bella’s Floral Boutique | Reception Venue: Ball’s Falls Conservation Area, near Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada | Kendel’s Dress: Maggie Sottero, Camden Style Kendel’s accessories: Handmade by the bride | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Handmade by a friend | Cake: Made by a friend | All paper goods (invitations, save the dates, escort cards, etc.): Designed and handmade by the bride

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Real Wedding: Scott and Ingrid

This wedding shot by Kelly Boitano is simple and absolutely lovely. I love the pale colors, and especially the bridesmaid dresses. Groomsmen always look dashing in grey, don’t they? Check out below for more of their vendors!

Location: Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont, Ca. Coordinator: Becky Miller. Flowers: Victoria Briggs of Inspiring Details. Cupcakes: Emily Gillette. Musicians: Ivory Owl and Jaymes Reunion.

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Real Wedding: Aubrie and Aaron

Jeff Wallace sent over these images and I’m really loving all the muted brights! The country farm feel is also so welcoming and homey. It feels really personal, which I totally love! Hope you enjoy!

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