Colin and Sarah’s wedding is equal parts vintage and sweet. I’m loving Sarah’s 50’s wedding gown and the vintage door/window that they hung twine from for their escort cards. How cute is that? And the centerpieces are just too perfect! Of course the incredible photos by Love Me Do Photography are oh-so-fabulous as well! I can’t think of a more perfect Friday send off! Have a lovely weekend!
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Happy Monday! I hope you are all recovering from the season’s BEST weekend: July 4th. Every half hour, I’m slathering aloe vera gel on my pink shoulders in an attempt to recover from a weekend spent in the sun. I can only hope you are half as lucky.
I’m kicking the week off with Mindy and Nils’ gorgeous wedding shot by Max Wanger. (Max Wanger! Why are you so fabulous?) Regardless of the subject at hand, it seems Max has the ability to infuse his work with a unique sense of style that exudes ethereal and wistful romance. What more could one ask for in a wedding photographer? You may have already seen a few of these photos, but I just couldn’t resist! Is there anything better than a wedding in an open field? I think not.
Special thanks to Max for letting me share these with you!
Please forgive my lack of posts this week! I’ve been out of town in meetings and when I have had a chance to sit in front of the computer, my illusive internet connection was no where to be found.
But I’m making it up to you with this gorgeous wedding shot by the ever-fabulous Jonathan Canlas. This is an example of an incredibly simple wedding that is just so beautiful and wonderful! There are so many photos, so bear with me. I just couldn’t choose.
As the pendulum swings back from over-the-top, clutter-ific weddings (perhaps due to our oh-so-stable economy) I’m overjoyed everytime I see a return to thoughtful paired down affairs. So many brides got used to the idea of opulent ballroom weddings with laser shows and tuna tartare that the industry started churning out cookie cutter events; just insert new color (and couple, I suppose).
Not all of us are marrying Donald Trump though, so while we were aiming for something we saw in a magazine two years ago, ala Preston Bailey, we end up losing our personality as the charges pile up. Venues put everything into packages, collect our deposits and let us choose between roses or peonies and chicken, steak or fish. The reception has a three hour limit (timeline plotted to the exact minute) and after your obligatory dances and throwing of lingerie (WHY?), you have a chance to say hi to a few folks, eat some cake and shake your booty to Usher. Before you blink, the DJ (who is paid by the hour) is sending you away while the waitstaff hurriedly cleans up for tomorrow’s wedding. This is what you’ve spent THOUSANDS of dollars on? This is what you’ve dreamt of? I shudder to think. (I blame this of course on venues and packages rather than you creative brides!)
Now, I’m not knocking any wedding in particular…they are each special in their own right. However, it is thrilling to see brides move toward a simple and personal approach that I believe really gets at the heart of why we put so much effort into this whole wedding thing to begin with. We’re inviting our closest friends and family to join us in celebration. It is an intimate gathering to honor the most intimate of commitments. So although I do love a glamorous black tie wedding (as many of us would) I also love a return to simple, beautiful affairs that are neither rushed nor lacking in personality.
In honor of my love for these simple weddings (and so I can show you what I mean), I’m going to spend the week featuring weddings and ideas that are as beautiful as they are simple. We’re kicking it off with Meredith and Scott’s wedding shot by Jessamyn Harris. The couple chose to host the wedding at a private residence in Pengrove, California. Unexpected rain was no problem, as word spread to guests to bring wellies, scarves and umbrellas. A portable brick pizza oven was brought in for the day, and the pizza makers churned out endless varieties of pizza, which was hot, fresh and passed around for hours, says Jessamyn. Can you imagine anything more lovely than feasting on pizza and spirits for the entire day?
Now on to what you really care about: the images. Bear with me…they were all just too lovely…I had to include them all!
Scott and I and many of our friends worked hard to make a wedding that felt right for us. We were married at our friends’ house, out in their beautiful garden. We figured that we would be safe in May in a drought year, that there was no way it would rain. But the two days before our wedding, the morning of the wedding, and the day after brought record rain fall and we had no rain plan.
We borrowed tents from our friends and Scott and two of his friends devised a solution, and used visqueen and battens and rain proofed the two arbors that had our main tables and our bar area.
The flowers were all picked by me and my sister from my garden on the morning of the wedding and we arranged them in old milk glass vases. We used roses, mint, some sweet peas, poppies and calla lilies, and even some artichokes.
Our cake was a gift from a dear friend of Scott’s who is the cook at the Tea Room Cafe in Petaluma. We had day of coordination help from the brilliant event planner, Jess Flood. She helped set up the bar and the tables and made the most amazing crudites and appetizer buffet set up (that I think Jessamyn didn’t get a photo of). We had to move all of the appetizers inside because of the rain. Our appetizers were mostly potluck and they were extraordinarily delicious. Our main course was the brick oven pizza by Kashaya Adams, who has a mobile wood fired brick oven, and she kept the mouthwatering and creative pizzas coming for hours!
I could go on about it for a while! We were so happy with the way it turned out, it was fun and casual and although the weather was not ideal, our guests had a great time and we did too!
I received an email from photographer Lara of Lara Hanlon Photography, telling me that her bride, Jen, requested she send these images in to me. Are you serious? I about fell off my chair. What a compliment! This wedding (in Omaha) is full of personality and charming details that make the affair completely unique. Thank you to Lara and Jen for sharing this beautiful wedding with us.
Fun fact: Jen had major surgery for scoliosis recently, and when most guys would run far at the prospect of caring for someone after something like that, Chad proposed.
And these bouquets? My heart just stopped:
Want to know where you can score your own custom felt flowers? Princess Laserton is responsible for such fabulous perfection. You MUST check her out.
What are the wooden spoons for, you ask?
Why, singing, of course!
I saw just ONE picture of this wedding and knew it would be gorgeous. Boy was I right! Hannah Bryant Brown of HBB Photography kindly sent me these gorgeous images to share with you all. I hope you are inspired!
Well, you all must be wondering what cliff I’ve fallen off of. No posts for two whole days??? Friends, I’d like you to meet the new love of my life, my nephew, Hudson Ryan Collins:
So, I’m sure you can understand why I’ve been away for a few days! But we’re back up and running now, and I’ve got some gorgeous things in store for you. (Besides that baby’s precious little face!!! I just want to nibble on those toes!)
Today, I wanted to share with you a wedding shot by one of my absolute FAVORITE photographers, Trever Hoehne. His work is always to-die-for! I love Justine and Don’s wedding: it’s clean, sophisticated look is both fresh and elegant. Ahhhh! And, I LOVE black! I want to see more of it!!! So, let’s get into it…
LOVE when bridesmaids get to choose their own dress. And I think this shows how it can work. And black is just so lovely!!! Gorgeous!!!