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Wonderful Wedding Blog Links

And so the waiting continues! My baby boy is due tomorrow, but doesn’t seem to be in any rush at all. I’m typing this while sitting {fatly} on my bed, as it alternates between snow and sunshine outside my window {what is it with this weather?}. At least the waiting means I’ve got plenty of time to write blog posts, and prepare. It really is the calm before the storm. My husband is going mad with impatience! I hope you’re having a lovely Easter weekend – enjoy these wedding blog links – there’s some fabulous wedding inspiration there for you!

{Photo Credit} Kristina Curtis Photography, more on Green Wedding Shoes

♥ An amazing Rob Ryan inspired wedding

♥ A perfectly styled Easter brunch, with plenty of wedding inspiration

♥ Take a look at the hundreds & thousands wedding cake

♥ The best bunny wedding shoot ever!

♥ DIY your own dip-dye watercolour place cards

This wedding is perfect in every way

♥ Loving the wedding colour inspiration from the new Toast collection

Stunning florals! Loving the straws.

This is SUCH a cool idea. Get a present every month!

Great Archive Before the Big Day Posts:
Wedding Confetti Alternatives
Incredible Costa Rica Destination Wedding

A Wonderful Westin Wedding ~ Emily & Kenny | We've Got the Keys

We have some FAB pics to share from a recent Westin Pier wedding!

Michigan’s very own fabulous couple, Emily and Kenny, were recently married at the Westin Resort & Marina in Key West.  You will see they the wonderful details that were put into this wedding.   Thanks to Senses at Play –  we have some great pics for you.

Lets start with the bursts of colors from this event…

Love in Bloom Florist‘s color palette here is so bright and bold, gorgeous!

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Did we mention details??  Love the Jones soda bottle!

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Just look at this stunning bride – Emily was all “glammed” up from the one and only Beauty Boutique!

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The weather was a tad chilly on their special day, but you wouldn’t know from this gorgeous shot!  What a scene!

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We hope you enjoyed these pics as much as we did!  Have a fabulous weekend!

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~CHEERS!~

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For more fun from this great event, check out the video – check out their Photo Booth!

 

 

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Los Angeles Wedding from Rad + In Love | Style Me Pretty

I don’t quite know how to describe this event without some major perusing of the images by Rad + In Love. They do it way more justice than any introduction that I could give. My description goes a little something like “bohemian, backyard awesomeness with a side of rad ring bearer jackets”. See, looking through the images is way, WAY better. Do so to your heart’s content right here.

From the Bride…We’re artists, parents, multi-ethnic and multi-national, and we wanted a ceremony that reflected all those aspects of who we are as a couple. What resulted was a bohemian ceremony at my sister’s house in LA (who was the matron of honor) followed by a party outdoors under the night sky. We were inspired by a December we spent in Paris, where it was freezing, yet the energy of the street was so alive with people bundled up drinking mulled wine and hot apple cider under christmas lights. That was the starting point for our cozy autumnal wedding in Los Angeles, with our friends and fam sipping warm drinks and soup and bundling under blankets to keep warm during the ceremony.

With the personal feeling we were going for, we had a lot of our friends and family pitch in with their talents. My mother has always loved flowers and she did all the arrangements. I asked a dear friend of mine who is like a brother to me to marry us, and he got his officiant’s license to do so! Catering was provided by another friend of ours, Chef Alisa Reynolds who is so energetic and ridiculously talented – she totally eased my anxiety in planning this and she is so easy and fun to work with. Her sister bakes and made the most amaaaaaaaazing strawberry cake that I’d tasted years and years ago – the cake came about by sheer mistake. I asked for “the accidental cake” to be our wedding cake, and Alisa said that she had never seen a wedding cake get eaten up so quickly in her career! I received so many texts about that cake days after the wedding, it was hilarious. It really was THAT good.

A dear girlfriend who is like family to me helped us execute our vision for the lighting which was major because I had no idea how we were possibly going to pull off what I was seeing in my head. She gifted her friend, Steven Gerstein, who came in to do the lighting and event design and just like that, another bundle of light came into our lives to make the process so much smoother and a lot more fun. It was exciting to see all of our ideas come to life so perfectly. The ceremony took place on a simple stage we had built above the backyard pool, surrounded with candles and string lights in the trees. The guests sat on couches and pillows facing the stage. We wanted the feeling to be dreamy and romantic, and it truly was.

Another friend of ours is an incredible composer/arranger and plays viola. He offered to gift us with his string quartet to play at our wedding, which would have been so beautiful. But we soon learned that his brother would be getting married on the same day at the same time! It was a bit of pressure figuring out what to do – being musicians, we definitely felt like we had to come up with an amazing alternative for the music. Our solution was to nix the live music plan, and simply play songs that what we liked and not take ourselves too seriously. We have sons from previous relationships, ages 6 and 10. They looked so handsome during the procession, of which they came out to Yusef Lateef’s “Love Theme from Spartacus” which is so so beautiful. As for me, I decided to come out to something TOTALLY different than originally planned: “Lovin’ You” by Johnny “Guitar” Watson.

I have a pretty huge family and incorporated nine of my ten sisters (other than the matron of honor) in the ceremony by having them enter the backyard, each opening a paper umbrella to hide their faces and obstruct me from view as they stepped into their positions on either side of the door. Once I stood in the doorway, my sisters raised their umbrellas to reveal the bride…quite dramatic but I loved the fanfare! It was also a subtle nod to the groom’s Japanese heritage. I wore a lace Marchesa gown and a veil that I tea-stained with a friend. Our boys wore jackets made by family friends, inspired by Jimi Hendrix and Hussar Dolman.

During the ceremony, Mark’s brother joined us onstage to light a paper lantern in honor of their father who just recently passed away. That was a beautiful moment, watching the lantern waft into the sky. After we exchanged our wedding rings, we really wanted to include our boys in this union and did so by inviting them up on stage to join us and presenting them with a pendant necklace to signify our new family unit that all four of us were marrying into. The necklaces were all from the same piece of gold cut into four, designed with our friend, jewelry designer, Suzanne Hollingshead. The pendant makes a circle when put together, with X.XX.XII engraved on each piece: the date of the ceremony. We had a case designed from rose quartz to house and charge our pendants when they aren’t being worn by a friend of Mark’s from New Zealand, stone cutter, Joe Sheehan.

Our ceremony was followed by a hearty “comfort-foods” dinner with reflections instead of a traditional toast. Our table was placed on the stage where we had just been married, and our friends lined up at the side of the stage, each of them visiting us to offer congrats.  Dinner and reflections quickly turned into a full-on dance party. With no shortage of DJ friends, we were so happy to have a few DJ the wedding. Mark proposed on New Years day, a day that has always been a favorite holiday of mine. With that in mind, we wanted to give the night a subtle New Years Eve feeling with loads of confetti throwing and sparklers to close out the night. We ended the night with the bouquet toss. Our best man arranged a limo for us, where I tossed the bouquet backwards through the top of the limo before we drove off, waving to our friends. The whole night felt like magic! Every bride deserves to feel as special as I felt that night.

Photography: Rad + In Love | Lighting Designer: Steven Gerstein | Rentals: Del Rey Party Rentals | Caterer: Chef Alisa Reynolds | DJs: DJ Spinna + DJ Jedi + Ge-ology | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Headpiece +  Shoes: Zara | Ostrich Coat + Jewelry + Purse: Vintage | Veil: Found downtown and dyed w/black tea with help from Via Davia Vinatage | Boys Jackets: Custom made with help from Via Davia Vintage | Groom’s Clothing: Zara | Hat: Goorin Brothers | Shoes: Barneys New York Family Pendant Necklace: Custom Made by Suzanne Hollingshead of Zanne Jewelry | Rose Quartz Pendant Case: Joe Sheehan,Custom

Backyard Racine, Wisconsin Wedding from Hitch and Sparrow …

Sometimes something as simple as a layer of paper cranes strung around a ceremony spot can make all the difference in the world. It takes this backyard affair from beautiful to seriously breathtaking upon first glimpse of those white wings. And the images from Hitch and Sparrow add a layer of beauty and emotion that brings this day full circle. See it all unfold right here.

From the Bride…Thomas and I were set up by two of our best friends. My college roommates and I had been spending the week cooking together and hanging out. That night, we were going to be making my friend’s favorite pasta recipe—Rachel Ray’s You Won’t Be Single for Long Vodka Cream Pasta. Sara and her husband were inviting a tall, dark, and handsome guy over for dinner. I scoffed a bit at the coincidence of the set up and the menu. Little did I know that a year later that man and I would be serving that very dish again … to our wedding guests!

After we got engaged, we knew that we wanted our wedding to be a way for us to share our story with our closest friends. Since we had been long distance, it would be the first time a lot of those dearest to us were all together. So, we wanted to make it an intimate celebration of 75 inspired by the day we met. We had 5 months to plan our wedding—we wanted it to be beautiful, unique, low-stress and … $10K! A tall order! But, everything came together.  We want to encourage other brides out there that you can have your dream wedding and not spend a fortune. The look of our wedding was very much styled around our story as a couple. I also chose some keywords for our aesthetic early on. This helped me make color and decor decisions and not get so bogged down by everything that COULD be done. We were able to avoid tradition-for-the-sake-of-tradition, save a lot of money, and end up with a wedding that told our story.

Here’re some of the ways we saved money/personalized our day: We had the ceremony and reception in my parents’ 3 acre yard in Racine, Wisconsin (just outside Milwaukee). I loved how personal it was hosting at my parents’ home (Thanks, Mom and Dad!) That said, there are a lot more details to cover when doing a home wedding, but we were so thankful for friends and family that helped fill in these gaps. We had our wedding over labor day weekend and so we had a little more time with our bridal party, who so generously helped us get everything together for the wedding. A HUGE thank you to our families and friends who worked so hard! Instead of using umbrellas to keep guests cool or renting a pricey tent, we planned the ceremony so it would be in the shade and had the reception at dusk when it wouldn’t be so hot. We also passed out hand fans that doubled as our wedding programs. People thought we were crazy for not renting a tent—but we loved dining under the stars and cafe lights. Thomas’ dad used lumber and cables to hang the lights.

We transformed my parents’ front yard into a cathedral feel by cascading 2,000 origami cranes from Etsy over the aisle and as the backdrop. We had a meal we love that was affordable. We’re both sentimental, and so we were delighted for our caterer to recreate the meal we had when we were set up—Rachel Ray’s magical recipe. Choosing pasta as the main dish really kept our costs down and enabled us to serve a dinner that was several courses long even on a tight budget. We skipped out on traditional favors. Instead, we used beautiful vintage canning jars as a token memento guests could keep if they liked. These also doubled as escort cards and water glasses, so that was a cost saver as well. We found inexpensive ways to quickly personalize our wedding. I’m a graphic designer so I made a wedding logo and, using brown kraft paper, put it on everything from our wine bottles to the recipe cards tucked in each guest’s napkin. This was an inexpensive way to add a touch of class.

We skipped buying a unity candle and instead our mothers added flowers to my bouquet when I walked down the aisle. I had my sash and veil handmade from a wonderful shop owner on Etsy who’s also a good friend of mine. She used my mom’s wedding gown lace on both. This helped me get more mileage out of my small dress budget. Our florist suggested in season flowers as similar alternatives to some fillers I had originally chosen. We kept the bridesmaid bouquets smaller and used that money we saved toward putting heaps of flowers on the king’s style reception tables. We didn’t have the budget for a DJ and instead hired a friend to make sure our Spotify premium music lists played for the reception and the best man announced the cake cutting and speeches. I designed our invitations, making our story as a couple a central part. Instead of using a calligrapher, Thomas did the lettering on the brown kraft envelopes using a white pen. Instead of having a cocktail hour, we saved the alcohol for dinner and had a milk and cookie hour with live music in between the ceremony and reception. We used the cookie recipe we had on the night we met. It was unique, fun and saved us a bunch! We resold as much of the materials as possible afterwards (linens, lighting, and decor especially.)

Photography: Hitch and Sparrow | Floral Design: Floral Creations by Eileen | Event Coordination: Sally Appenzel | Decor Coordination: Ellarye Boutique | Ceremony + Reception Location: Parent’s home Racine, Wisconsin | Invitations: Kathryn Duckett, printed by Uprinting | Paper goods: The Paper Source | Shoes: Lauren Conrad | Dress: David’s Bridal | Bridal Sash + Veil: Ellarye Boutique | Boutonnières: Ellarye Boutique | Caterer: Luanne Purdy | Cupcake Liners+ Straws + Bakers Twine: CakesAndKidsToo | Table Numbers: Hobby Lobby  | Wood Planter Boxes: Save-On-Crafts | Burlap Sacks: Blain’s Farm and Fleet | Sparklers: Sparklers Online | Tables + Chairs + Dinnerware: All Star Rentals | Vodka Sauce Recipe: Rachel Ray | Cupcakes + Cookies: Gifted by a Family Friend | Origami Paper Cranes: Little Sweet Cottage on Artfire | Handfans: Robyn Promotions

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Charlottesville Wedding from Jen Fariello Photography | Style Me …

Farm weddings are some of my absolute faves. Full of character and charm without any of the fuss, they’re the kind of weddings that marry elegance and ease to perfection. So when one such wedding happens to include design and florals by Beehive Events and Jen Fariello working her magic behind the camera, you can pretty much count on something special. There’s an entire gallery packed with pretties (including one ah-maz-ing flower wall), and you can see it all right here!

From the Bride…I had always imagined my wedding would take place during the fall season, and in my mind Charlottesville, VA, in the fall is about as close to perfection as you can get. Richard and I both went to the University of Virginia (me undergrad, he Law School) so Charlottesville is a special place for both of us. Because the area is so beautiful, we knew we wanted to have an outdoor ceremony to take full advantage of the season. We searched and searched until we found our perfect location – Fat Cat Farm outside of Charlottesville. As soon as we met the owner, Shawn Cossette of Beehive Events, and saw the farm with its numerous barns and gorgeous landscape, we knew we found our perfect place.

The farm provided an easy and elegant backdrop for our wedding. It’s beautiful views, gardens and barns were very easy to use as inspiration and incorporate into our wedding. We wanted our wedding to feel effortless, laid-back and natural, while  maintaining a graceful feel and highlighting the beauty of the farm. We also wanted simplicity – anything over-the-top just wouldn’t feel right in this type of setting (and also wasn’t us). The cocktail reception was in the garden and one of the barns was used as the backdrop for the ceremony. Fall served as the inspiration for the wedding colors – dark oranges, purples and pinks were dominant in the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets, and the graphite color of the bridesmaids’ dresses gave it a modern feel. We incorporated such things as sorghum, millet, apples, herbs and chinaberry into everything from the ceremony programs to the escort cards to the table decorations. Our goal was to make all the details tie into the farm setting, and the resulting feel was very natural. Our wedding planner/designer, Shawn, did an amazing job.

When guests arrived for the ceremony, we wanted them to immediately have a drink in their hands. We decided to serve them mason jars filled with Potter’s Craft Cider, a sparkling hard apple cider made by one of Richard’s friends who lives in nearby Crozet. We thought it was the perfect Virginia welcome for our guests as they arrived at the farm. My favorite part about the ceremony was the incredible ceremony backdrop Beehive created for us. The ceremony took place in front of one of the barns. There was a doorway located behind our “altar,” and my mom had the idea to fill the doorway from top to bottom with all types of flowers. Our pastor requested a cross to be placed somewhere, so Beehive made a beautiful, simple birch cross to place on the top of the doorway. The resulting backdrop took my breath away and was one of my favorite wedding details, because it was like nothing I had seen before.

Our guest book idea was borrowed from my sister who married 3 months prior to me. She lent me her Polaroid camera so guests could take pictures during the reception, then pin their pictures and notes of well wishes to the picture frame, which we made ourselves. We purchased the frame for $8 from an amazing DC salvage store called Community Forklift , painted it in our backyard, and then covered corkboard with fabric and glued it all together. The wedding favors were spice jars filled with herbs from The Spice Diva, a local vendor. Richard and I designed, printed, cut and applied the labels ourselves. Our friends continue to tell us how they use the herbs in their cooking. We LOVED our vendors. Each and every one could not have been more wonderful to work with.

One of my favorite moments was just prior to my dad and I walking down the aisle, when we had a brief moment of alone time. We could see the guests, but they couldn’t see us. He and I both took a deep breath and looked at each other as if to say “let’s do this!” It was a special moment between us. Another favorite memory is of the first dance and father/daughter dance. We purposefully picked songs that were unique – “La Vie En Rose” sung by Louis Armstrong for our first dance, and “When You Need Me” by Bruce Springsteen for the father/daughter dance. We had never heard either song at a wedding before, which made it feel like we could call them our own. I will always treasure the photographs of these dances.

Wedding Photography: Jen Fariello | Wedding Design + Floral Design: Beehive Events  | Venue: Fat Cat Farm | Invitations: Sprout and Bean Design | Caterering: Harvest Moon | Cake: Cakes By Rachel | Cider: Potters Craft Cider | Wedding Favors: The Spice Diva | | Ceremony Music: Plum Blossom | Reception Music: Neal Becton (DJ) | Hair + Makeup: Daphne Latham | Wedding Gown Designer: Alvina Valenta | Bride’s Necklace: Antique | Bride’s Earrings: A gift from Beijing | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Bridesmaid Necklaces: Queen Bee Designs

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Sweet Love: Oluwatosin Obasa & Abolade Kehinde Wed | Bella Naija

We are so happy and excited about the start of the new week on BellaNaija Weddings.
We kick off the festivities with Oluwatosin Obasa and Abolade Kehinde‘s bright and beautiful wedding! The story about how Tosin and Bolade met is definitely unique and we love the role a very special person played in getting this lovely couple together.
Read on to find out more and experience Oluwatosin and Abolade’s special day!
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Tosin Obasa Bolade Kehinde Pre-Wedding Shoot - March 2013 - BellaNaija003How Oluwatosin & Abolade Met
by Tosin
We met in September 2011 through Bolade’s mum whilst I was working at the bank.

His mum and I fell in love with each other from the first day we met and we had developed a mum and daughter relationship. Unknown to me, she had made her findings about me and wanted me to meet her son who just relocated back to the country that same year after being away for almost 30 years. She called me up one day and said “I want you to go open an account for a senior staff of ‘so so and so company’ and I have spoken highly of your bank. So, please go there today and the client will be waiting.

I got there a bit late and apologised for coming late. At this point, I had started calling his mum “mummy’ and I said to him, “I’m sorry I came late (liking him already lol), mum asked me to get here before 4pm” and he said, “You mean my mum?

I was shocked because she didn’t say anything of such to me! I am sure you might be wondering why I didn’t know from their last names….I mistook her last name for her first name and her first name for her last name; therefore it didn’t click! I called her immediately from his office and said, “Mummy, where did you send me to?” and she laughed at the other end of the phone saying, “Just finish, we will talk later

That was it!

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The Proposal
Tosin Obasa Bolade Kehinde Pre-Wedding Shoot - March 2013 - BellaNaija020It was during one of the long public holiday breaks and we were both stressed out from the previous week wahala at our different jobs. He called me and said “Let’s get away from the madness of Lagos, Let us go to La Campagne Tropicana (he had booked a chalet and prepared for our trip).

While we were there, we walked on the beach, played table tennis and did loads of fun stuff but I didn’t have a clue of what he was about to do!

While we were in our chalet, it was quite dark and he kept asking me “Tosin, can you help pass this…Tosin, can you help pass that…“. Obviously, I had to turn on the light each time I got up and I was getting frustrated. The final time he asked me again and I turned on the light.

I was so shocked when I saw the ring “staring” in my face! He had opened the ring box and left it on the table. The moment I saw it, I screamed and grabbed it. He asked me, “Will you marry me?” and my answer was YES! I can never forget that day – August 20 2012!

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Oluwatosin Obasa and Abolade Kehinde’s wedding journey started with a Valentine’s themed traditional engagement on the 14th of February 2013. The venue which was filled with everything “Valentine” was truly a delightful sight to behold.  Tosin and Bolade completed all their traditional engagement rites with their families and friends in attendance. With that important step completed, everyone congregated once again for Tosin and Bolade’s white wedding just a few days later.

Crystals and pearls adorned Tosin’s white lace wedding dress which she designed herself while the rest of her bridal look maintained the classic theme. Elegent diamond earrings, an all-white-rose bouquet and a lace-edged veil. Bolade’s black suit with satin lapels was accessorized with an ivory silk cravat and pocket square set. The final element of his groom look was an antique gold and pearl tie pin. Tosin and Bolade’s church blessing was monumental for the couple, as they committed their relationship to God. Tosin cried tears of joy as she said her vows while her groom encouraged her with a loving glance. In the end, it was all smiles as the couple, their bridal train, families and friends transitioned to the “Back to Eden” themed reception with bright shades of yellow, sunflowers and nature-inspired decor adorning the space.

It was time to enjoy the moment and have a great time! Each and everyone at Tosin and Bolade’s wedding did just that! Dancing, singing, mingling while enjoying an amazing array of food, drinks and desserts. It was a lovely day!

BN wishes Oluwatosin and Abolade a blessed and wonderful life together!

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~ Photography by Genesis Paparazzi

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White Wedding
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~ Photography: Temitope Valentine for Genesis Paparazzi – genesispaparazzi@gmail.com – 07039685623

Wedding Details

Wedding Dates
Traditional Engagement: 14th February 2013
White Wedding: 16th February 2013

Wedding Venues
Traditional Engagement: Coral Reef Hall, Ikoyi
White Wedding: Ruby Gardens, Lekki

Wedding Colours
Traditional Engagement: White & Red | White & Pink
White Wedding: White & Shades of Blue | Yellow & Ivory

Wedding Theme
Traditional Engagement: Valentine’s
White Wedding: Sunflower – Back to Eden

Wedding Attire
Wedding Dress: Designed by the Bride – Ebony Berry
Bride’s Makeup: Banke Meshida-Lawal for BM|Pro
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ebony Berry
Groom’s Suit: Oliver Benjamin Clothier
Aso Oke: Mrs Duro-Emmanuel – 08075747750

Vendor List
Wedding Planners: Mrs Dara Odubogun and Mrs Aderenle Kehinde
White Wedding & Traditional Engagement Cake: Delibakes Cake & Pastries – 08020550113
Decor – Traditional Engagement: Party Perfect
Decor – White Wedding: Floral Expression
Bouquet & Fresh Flowers: Florals and You
Food, Small Chops, Drinks & Dessert: Kemabom Catering | Kaffi Catering | Chief Cook Caterers | Jade Cuisine | Cyllaps | Adedaas | Princess Catering | Kravin Cakes and Desserts | Larry Spice | Coca-Cola | Gaterie Frozen Yoghurt | The Bakery Co
Programmes: Bubapps Printing International

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We wanted our wedding to be very us so we tried to add a special touch to every detail. From the apple roasting favors (Luke’s family is from Wisconsin and go apple picking in the fall) to making the table numbers and naming them after destinations that we have visited together (we met in the Colorado mountains and now live on the beach in Santa Monica- so goes the quote that was painted on signs and banners “from the mountains to the beach and happily ever after”). My mom made the beautiful rustic chandeliers, my cousins and aunts brought desserts from famous family recipes, we used my parents vintage cake topper, my dad and husband chopped wood logs for our table numbers and dessert platters, we collected lace, doilies and old silver from all of our family and friends helped me with all the decor. It was a labor of love from all our family/friends.


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Comments

  1. That bouquet is beyond gorgeous! Holy cow! So many amazing details in this wedding, I want to look at it again and again!


  2. What a gorgeous bride! Where did she get that lovely robe she’s wearing?


  3. Absolutely gorgeous wedding! Love everything about this wedding!


  4. I love the lighting hanging from the trees – so beautiful! And the sparklers – love it!


  5. We LOVED photographing this wedding and are so excited to see it here on Ruffled. <3

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