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Emily Fisher (of Fishee Designs Photo Booth) and Ali Cook (of the popular Bristol
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) are the masterminds behind this one-of-a-kind wedding fair.
Their vision was to create a completely unique wedding show that would meet the
needs of Bristol’s creative couples looking to get married this year.

Rustic Bright Autumn Wedding | Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

Rustic Bright Autumn Wedding


Happy Monday lovelies, I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to a week full of wedding inspiration here at WWW. This morning I have the nuptials of Cathryn and Daniel to share with you.

Cathryn and Daniel had a rustic Autumnal wedding full of bright colours and love.

They chose purple as their primary colour, with striking lighting and the bridesmaids in purple dresses with colour pop citrus bouquets. They had some super lovely touches, from the amazing blackboard backdrop to the log centrepieces and hessian table runners.

Cathryn wore a chic lace dress by Romantica of Devon while Daniel had a grey tweed suit and custom made shirt. Beautiful.

Thanks so much to the wonderful Lydia Stamps for sharing her images with us today.



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The Proposal… After having got together on 9th November 2011 we went away to a lovely village called Hemyock in Devon for our 1 year anniversary. After a little stop at Stourhead Gardens we arrived at our very cute cottage. Daniel had had the cottage decorated with a picnic pre-prepared for us. Unfortunately after making a little slip up Daniel had to postpone the proposal a little longer, meaning that we had to have a second dinner. After dinner Daniel popped upstairs to “get his phone”, he came back downstairs and put some cheesy music on, he then proceeded to unbutton his shirt to reveal a t-shirt with some writing on. 4 t-shirts later he was on one knee with a ring stretched out towards me. I said “go on then”.

The Vision for the Day… I had never really thought that much about my wedding day and so we literally were starting from scratch. We primarily used Pinterest to create a vision. I had my heart set on bright colours and we very quickly decided on purple as a main colour. Other than that we wanted it to be fairly rustic and autumnal.

The Planning Process… Unusually, Daniel planned a fair amount of the wedding, getting quotes, arranging payments and also designing our save the dates and invitations. As a team though we managed to pull everything together very well and we very much enjoyed the whole process, if a little stressful at times.

Budget… We really didn’t know what to expect and as we didn’t fully know what we wanted we ended up not really having a budget, we just knew that we wanted to keep the cost as low as possible.

We ended up pulling in as many favours as possible and along with finding deals and doing a lot of work ourselves we came in at around £11,500 (including honeymoon in the UK).

The Venue… For both the church and the venue we looked high and low. As the church that we attend regularly does not have its own building we had to find a local church. We found and booked a church, which was very beautiful, but unfortunately 6 months later they cancelled on us and we were very lucky to find another church at short notice. It was actually at this particular church where we originally met.

Originally we wanted a barn for our reception, but we soon learnt that this was not going to be very cost effective, and so after much hunting found a good sized village hall that we thought we might be able to decorate in the way we had wanted.

Finding the Dress… Being a very indecisive person it took me a long time to decide on my dress. I tried 4 or 5 different bridal shops and then went back to some of them a second time. On the second time of visiting Gems Bridalwear I tried on a dress that I hadn’t tried on at the first visit and just loved it, it was Virginia by Romantica of Devon. The shape was simple but I loved the lace detail all over the dress.

Not being a girly girl I struggled with accessories and just decided that I should stick to my own personality and keep it simple, and so I found bargain shoes in a high st shop and a veil from a small bridal shop. My dress was so beautiful that it did not really need anything else to enhance it.

Groom’s Attire… After searching for over 6 months for the right tweed suit Daniel started to look in to having a suit tailored, initially this was looking to become fairly expensive, however one lucky day he found Victor Valentine on the internet and it was as simple as that. Daniel had also won a competition earlier in the year for a tailored shirt from Regents Tailoring, which was incredible and worked perfectly with the suit.

The Readings + Music… Coming from a contemporary church we didn’t have the usual sort of service. Instead of hymns we had songs, such as ‘My Lighthouse’ – by Rend Collective. My mum read her self-written poem about Myself and Daniel and we had one of Daniel’s best friends Ben give a message about Marriage and Love. The whole service was exactly how we wanted it with a strong emphasis on God and celebration.

I walked down the aisle to Gabrielle Aplin’s ‘Home’ and we walked out to Hall & Oates’ ‘You Make My Dreams Come True’.

Beautiful Bridesmaids… Our theme was deep purple and so after much fabric and pattern hunting Daniel’s Mum made each of the bridesmaid dresses.

The Flowers… After visiting the Salisbury Racecourse Wedding show we met Leslie, who’s work we instantly fell in love with, she met us at our house and produced the most amazing flowers ever! She was a pleasure to work with, and totally understood our vision.

The Cake… We were adamant that we didn’t want to pay much for a wedding cake and so Daniel’s Mum and Sister offered to make one. We ended up having the cake for pudding and so, after many taste testing sessions, they made 12 large Chocolate Fudge Cakes, decorated beautifully, which went down a storm.

Your Photographer… I found Lydia through an extensive Google search, we had at this point already looked at what felt like hundreds of photographers and just couldn’t find the right one at the right price. Lydia seemed to instantly fall in love with the idea of our wedding and after much back and forth with emails we decided to say yes. Lydia was incredible from start to finish; we met up twice to talk about our plans and the day, which was very useful. The results are just breath taking and we couldn’t have asked for a better photographer. We were also very lucky to have Naomi, Lydia’s assistant along with her. We found them both very friendly and professional and we enjoyed every moment of the experience.

The Details + Decor… The pictures speak for themselves really, there were so many details, but here is some detail about a few.

I saw a chalkboard photo backdrop in a wedding magazine and wanted it as we had planned on doing our own photo booth. The difficult thing was making it, so we asked our friends to take on the job, who designed and created the most amazing backdrop from kitchen lino and chalk markers, probably my most favourite detail of the day.

We did all out own nametags with stamps, sharpies and parcel tags. To accompany these we gave everyone sunflower seed packets, which we designed and made ourselves.

Arranging the seating plan was as hard as we thought it would be. Daniel took a lead on this as he is the more decisive person in the relationship but we were very happy with the final plan. I designed and made the plan myself from a corkboard, hessian, ribbon and pegs.

We are very lucky to have friends at home, on the Isle of Wight, who are very musically talented. We asked them to create a band for the wedding, which they did and they were great! Putting a funky twist on current songs, they had everyone on the dance floor.

We wanted the flower arrangements on the table to be rustic. We had a friend cut up some logs and used jam jars as vases. Daniels mum and auntie are to thank for these lovely displays. We had a friend make the table number flags.

The Honeymoon… Daniel managed to keep the honeymoon a secret right up to the moment that we arrived. Following a night in The Grosvenor Hotel – Stockbridge, we spent a week in Salcombe, south Devon, in the most beautiful penthouse suite overlooking the estuary.

Memorable Moments… For me it was walking down the aisle, I thought I would be nervous and it would be a real struggle but as soon as the music started and I saw all my friends and family smiling back at me, the nerves disappeared, was a great feeling. Daniel’s moment is us giggling all the way through our vows, I think we were just so excited.

Advice for Other Couples… Pick 3 things that matter to you most about the wedding, focus on getting those right and compromise on everything else. We were given this advice and it really helps.

Delegate to family and friends, people are always happy to help at weddings, they love it!

Also just enjoy the day, don’t stress about the minor issues, enjoy being with all your favourite people and marrying the person you love. The day will fly by!

Credit Where Credit is Due

Pinterest Page

Bridal Shop | Gems Bridal Wear 

Dress | Romantica of Devon

Venue |Village Hall

Church | St Francis Church

Shoes | BHS

Veil |Tie The Knot

Florist | Flowers by Occasions

Caterer | Norma’s Pantry

Photographer | Lydia Stamps Photography

Suit | Victor Valentine

Shirt | Regent Tailoring 

Honeymoon| Pounds Farm


How lovely?!

Thanks so so much to Cathryn and Daniel for sharing their beautiful wedding with us here at WWW :-) XOXO Lou

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Alternative DIY Wedding Dress // Weird and Wonderful Wedding World

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Classic Pink + Blush Wedding – Style Me Pretty

Do you ever come across a wedding that is so perfect you feel like you might just need a little pinch to prove it? It’s layers of beautiful paper from Paperista upon layers of scrumptious details from Park Place Weddings & Events upon layers of love and happiness, and it’s beautifully captured by the talented Liz Banfield. There’s even a delish cake from Cocoa & Fig on top. In case you haven’t caught on, I’m talking about this perfect soiree.

From the photographer… Marion and David’s love story began during Marion’s first days as a freshman at Brown University. David, an upperclassman and the older brother of Marion’s best friend, gallantly offered to “show her around.” Soon a romance bloomed. The couple became engaged years later when David proposed at home by hanging a diamond engagement ring on their Christmas tree.

Marion and her planner Stephanie Johnson of Park Place Planning set out to create a day that would suit Marion’s classic and timeless style. Though the couple resides in Florida, Marion knew from the beginning that she wanted to her wedding to take place in her home state of Minnesota, with a reception at the picturesque Woodhill Country Club where she spent the carefree summers of her childhood. The club’s rolling hills provided an ideal backdrop for the cocktail hour as well as views from the upper deck during the dinner and dance.

Since Marion and David were going to have many out of town guests, they prioritized showing everyone all the best that Minnesota has to offer. Upon arriving at the hotel, each guest received a thoughtful, comprehensive welcome box created by Park Place Planning. The box included colorful wayfarer-style sunglasses, mini Chandon champagne bottles, custom stir sticks, a crucial “recovery kit,” along with trail mix snacks and bottled water. The entire weekend was filled with parties so that everyone had multiple opportunities visit with the bride and groom. Since the wedding was happening during the Fourth of July week, they started off the festivities with a welcome party boat cruise around Lake Minnetonka, dining on ribs and chicken while watching the holiday fireworks over the water. The next night, they hosted their guests at a groom’s dinner at the historic Minneapolis Club. And after the wedding reception, everyone was invited to keep the party going after hours.

The wedding day began at the spacious and elegant Minneapolis bridal salon, L’Atelier Bridal Couture. Taking advantage of their “White Glove Service,” Marion and her ladies enjoyed a luxurious morning of pampering at this picture-perfect “getting ready” location. They spent the morning in the sun-lit space having hair done by Jon Charles Salon and makeup by Jett Makeup. Marion gifted her bridal party with matching robes from Plum Pretty Sugar for that extra touch of stylish comfort. The girls sipped Veuve Cliquot mimosas and noshed on gourmet snacks while getting ready. Marion was dressed in her classically elegant Vera Wang Luxe “Esther” gown from L’Atelier Bridal Couture. Marion and the ladies were personally styled by the owner, Amanda Kautt, before they were all whisked away to the church.

Following a traditional service, the wedding guests were led out of the church by a traditional bagpiper (honoring Marion’s Scottish heritage) and lined the majestic front stairs of St. Mark’s Cathedral for a celebratory send off as the just-married couple made their way to the 1956 Bentley S-1. The formal service now over, Marion transformed her dress by removing the lace jacket overlay which gave her a simple strapless silhouette suitable for dozens of congratulatory hugs (and the 90+ degree July temps!).

When it came to wedding details, Marion and David wanted to combine traditional wedding elements with thoughtful, personal details. The couple worked with Paperista owner Antoinette Ramos who designed a classic engraved gold monogram that tied together all the paper goods. Each engraved invitation included this stunning monogram and was personalized with a hand-calligraphed die-cut card and wrapped with a silk dupioni ribbon. The place cards echoed this design, each hand-calligraphed place card wrapping around a menu with gold engraved lettering. For the desert, Marion and David worked closely with Cocoa & Fig’s owner Laurie Pyle to design a five-tier wedding cake adorned with a cascade of fresh flowers and accented with “lace” frosting detail inspired by Marion’s gown.

Guests signed in with a Velvet Raptor guest book decorated with the couple’s monogram. The dining tables were punctuated by lush, classically white and pale pink tone centerpieces created by Jackie Just of Just Bloomed. Low arrangements of garden roses, hydrangea, and luscious peonies were balanced against stunning high floral pieces anchored on a dramatic crystal candelabras.

Following dinner and toasts the couple literally danced the night away, treating guests to an unforgettable musical performance from the Utah band Party Crashers complete with a Michael Jackson impersonator. The dance floor was still
completely full when it was time to send off the newlyweds. Guests lined up with sparklers, fitting for the 4th of July holiday, to light the way as Marion and David hopped on transportation leading to their after party hosted at Graves 601 Cosmos bar.

The couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Italy, touring Positano, Ravello and Tuscany.

Photography: Liz Banfield | Videographer: John Hoel Of Vibrant Film | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Floral Design: Just Bloomed | Cake: Cocoa & Fig | Ceremony Location: St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral | Reception: Woodhill Country Club (private) | Shoes: Oscar De La Renta | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale | Event Planning: Park Place Planning And Events | Hair: Jon Charles Salon | Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers | After Party: Graves 601 Cosmos Bar | Bridal Salon & Styling: L’Atelier Couture Bridal | Catering For “White Glove Service”: France 44 | Classic Car, 1956 Bentley S-1: Gary’s Collector Cars | Flower Girl Dress: Suzanne Lively Designs | Getting Ready Location: L’Atelier Couture Bridal | Guest Book: Velvet Raptor | Invitations, Menus, Programs (ALL Papergoods): Paperista | Linens & Rentals: Linen Effects | Makeup: Jett Makeup | Reception Band: Party Crashers | Ring Bearer Outfit: Suzanne Lively | Wedding Guest Hotel: Graves 601 | Wedding Guest Hotel: Westin Minneapolis

The Caneel Bay Honeymoon Experience: Wonderful Wedding …

At Caneel Bay, we love to feature wedding details provided by our local wedding vendors, and some of our brides dream about including celebrity wedding details in their Big Day. I’ve always been in love with Wildflower Linens, specifically the pretty, fluttery perfection of their chair covers that can make your ceremony setting even more beautiful, and add luxurious flair to your cocktail party and reception here at the resort.

Here are just some of my favorite looks for your chair covers:

For more chair cover inspiration as you design your Caneel Bay Wedding, visit:

And contact our wedding design team at to explore the options we supply for your island ceremony and fabulous wedding reception.

Wedding Wednesday: Whimsically Wonderful – Ponte Winery Blog

Wedding photos can make the soul dream. These photos tug on the heart strings and depict such beautiful emotions that take you into a whimsical world of love. Take a moment to bask in the art of photography that can only be produced by a couple deeply and wonderfully in love.

Sunsets are one of nature’s most beautiful creations.  I was blown away by the serenity and splendor of this photo. It makes you stare in awe at the beautiful combination of love frozen in time amongst the most amazing natural backdrop. I’ve always considered a beach wedding for myself and this photo seals the deal.

As guests are enjoying the wedding, eating dinner and delighting in each other’s company, we get a candid look at a special moment between the bride and groom. While everyone is caught up in the joy of the festivities, the couple gets a moment to sit in silence together and watch a sunset that once again freezes time and creates a memory that will truly last a lifetime. Everything stops and it’s just the two of them and a beautiful life ahead.

The moment I saw this photo, I added it to my own list of wedding ideas. What a beautifully romantic idea; surrounded by flowers and lost in the love of their marriage. Photos from above always create a unique look.

As she runs in excitement to embrace her husband, this landscape sets the scene for a whimsically beautiful wedding photo. Not many venues offer this kind of scenery but Temecula does have amazing rolling hills and the spring time produces them in bright green.

Some couples would become discouraged from any sight of rain on their wedding day, but why not embrace it and use it to your benefit?  I love the reflection of the couple in the puddle and the sparkles of the rain drops all around.

–Special Events
–What did you love about your own wedding?  The photography?  The flowers? Let us know!

Trisha & Wei-Hwa's Cypress Hotel Wedding by Melissa Ann Bagley

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a wedding that was more perfectly matched to the couple and their guests than Trisha & Wei-Hwa’s. They both collect board games (current count – over 200), love to play games, and create games.

On their first date they played “Race for the Galaxy”. At that time their friend Tom Lehmann was still perfecting the game and Trisha had to learn the game with a regular deck of playing cards marked up to look like “Race for the Galaxy” cards.

In honor of that first date, Trisha & Wei-Hwa worked “Race to the Galaxy” throughout their wedding day at the Cypress Hotel in Cupertino. Cards from the game were added to the floral center pieces and each of the guests received their own custom deck of the game… featuring a guest appearance of Trisha as the Queen and Wei-Hwa as the King!


A few of the beautiful wedding details - Trisha's beautiful bouquet, the back of her dress, ribbon details on the bouquet and her sparkly shoes.

A few of the beautiful wedding details – Trisha’s beautiful bouquet, the back of her dress, ribbon details on the bouquet and her sparkly shoes.

The groom, Wei-Hwa.

The groom, Wei-Hwa.

The beautiful bride, Trisha.

The beautiful bride, Trisha.

Trisha & Wei-Hwa exchange vows and the recessional complete with bubbles!

Trisha & Wei-Hwa exchange vows and the recessional complete with bubbles!

Trisha & Wei-Hwa

Trisha & Wei-Hwa

Wei-Hwa & Trisha

Wei-Hwa & Trisha

The beautiful tables. You can see the custom deck of cards at each place setting.

The beautiful tables. You can see the custom deck of cards at each place setting.

Delicious mini-cakes bites and some of the centerpieces (you can see some of the game cards attached to the vase).

Delicious mini-cakes bites and some of the centerpieces (you can see some of the game cards attached to the vase).

Wei-Hwa high-fives friends as he and Trisha enter the reception.

Wei-Hwa high-fives friends as he and Trisha enter the reception.

Laughter during Dan's (the best man) toast.

Laughter during Dan’s (the best man) toast.

A quiet moment during the reception.

A quiet moment during the reception.

Keeping true to themselves, the couple had a “First Game” instead of a first dance. What game did they play? Race for the Galaxy of course! For the benefit of their guests the game was shown on a big screen and their friend Thomas narrated the game.

The first game!

The first game!

After the “First Game”, the couple had a surprise for their guests. Hidden behind a folding wall was a game lounge! It had couches to relax on, a popcorn maker, a candy table, a custom soda counter and a huge variety of games for the guests to choose from.

Guests enjoying popcorn and candy while playing one of the many board games.

Guests enjoying popcorn and candy while playing one of the many board games.

The game lounge full of guests enjoying themselves!

The game lounge full of guests enjoying themselves!

It was a pleasure to be a part of your wedding day Trisha & Wei-Hwa! Congratulations!


And a big thank you to all the wonderful people I worked with that day:

Jean Marks Weddings – Jean Marks, Tony White, and Elka Goldstien

Hair & Make-up – Melissa Hoffmann & Marc Ewing

The Cypress Hotel

Floral Arrangements – Susan Groves of In Full Bloom Florals

DJ – Cassie & Dan of Los Gatos DJ

Cakes – Satura Cakes

Furniture & Lighting Rentals – Hartmann Studios

And of course my assistant for the day, Andreja!


Aik + Michael – Adelaide Botanic Garden Wedding » Carla Micucci …

I met Aik and Michael last winter during their lunch break in the city. After an hour Michael had to return to work but Aik and I continued chatting away for a few hours… and well the rest is history.

I shot Aik and Michael’s engagement session late last year, you can view that shoot by clicking here.

In the lead up to their day, I had several catchups with Aik over coffee in my office, chatting all things wedding and general girly related things. I knew I had made a special friend… I remember some of our conversations discussing the possibility of having of it being a scorching hot day as a mid February wedding. We never expected the day before to be one of the wettest days in months! But alas, we scored a beautiful overcast day, albeit a little humid I think we were all pretty lucky!

Aik and Michael married at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens with their reception being held at the Adelaide Pavilion. Their bridal party were an absolute hoot – Frank I am sorry but I caught you holding flowers a few times, thanks for the giggles ;)

Aik and Michael, I honestly cannot thank you enough for trusting me to capture your special day. Getting to know you both has been so heart warming and fulfilling. I am so blessed to meet such wonderful clients and even more so to call them friends. I look forward to many more coffee dates and girly catch ups but for now, here are my favourite images from your beautiful wedding day…

Carla xx

Aik and Michael’s wedding suppliers

Photography: Carla Micucci Photography | Floral Design: Angelik Blossoms Florist | Ceremony + Reception Location: Adelaide Botanic Gardens and Adelaide Pavilion| Wedding Dress: Adelaide Bride and Bloom | Suits: Ferrari | Make-Up: The bride herself  ”faye lu” ;)  | Hair: Trish Holmes| Cars: Jaguars with Grace | Cake: How Sweet It Is | Celebrant: Christopher Steele | Event Stylist: Dream Wedding Decor | Photo Booth: Smilebooth | DJ: DStar Entertainment