Pros And Cons Of An Evening Wedding

rustic wedding couple

Kimberly and Philips’s wedding day was a lesson on going with the flow and being flexible. Due to unavoidable circumstances their big day started a few hours later then anticipated. How would you feel if this happened on your wedding day? Not sure how we would react, but from seeing Kimberly and Philips’s spectacular day we would have no problem with it.

Keep reading to hear advice from Kimberly on the pros and cons of an evening wedding! Bonus- read on to get heir full budget breakdown. Do not to see all the details up close in the full gallery created by Ooh! Events and beautifully captured by Brandon Lata in the full gallery here.

monochromatic white bouquet

blue bridesmaids and cute red headed flower girl

From the Bride

Don’t freak out! No matter how well you plan every detail, you can’t plan for everything. We had to deal with rain and a traffic accident that kept guests and some key wedding players from getting to our venue on time (it didn’t involve any guests!). We were running an hour behind waiting due to the traffic getting to our already small affair.

Our wedding planner and coordinator were godsends. They made all the right adjustments needed and and worked with our vendors quickly. After taking some deep breaths, we just rolled with it. We still had to get married without some of our family being there for the ceremony (including 2 flower girls) but luckily, we were able to keep it all in perspective. Just remember that no matter what happens, it all works out as long as you stay flexible! 

trolley transportation

barn ceremony venue

dapper groom and his men

bride and groom

I thought I was taking the hassle out of shopping for a wedding dress by buying my gown online. Although it was everything I wanted, I neglected to consider proper undergarments until the last-minute. Finding something that would work with the thin layers and cut of my dress was no picnic – and I still wish I had taken more care and time to find just the right fit. If you aren’t going to a bridal salon for your fittings – you may benefit from seeking some professional assistance!

seating chart mirror

cake scented candle wedding favor

gold pink and purple centerpieces

farm table with elegant table settings

We tried to include family as much as possible by having large, long tables for family as well as the wedding party. We also made a lot of our own photo booth props. In addition, we hand-poured soy candles and painted the jars to serve as wedding favors/place cards. We scented them to match our sea salt caramel wedding cake. They looked great with the décor and theme – and now, making candles for others has become our business! Everyone can Take the Cake! 

hanging initials and salted caramel cupcakes

chandeliere lit cake table

elegant white wedding cake

cutting the cake

Pros & Cons of an Evening Wedding

Do you love the romance of a candle lit wedding ceremony but worry that some of your guest might not be so keen on the idea of an evening wedding? Well here are some of the pros and cons of evening weddings to hopefully help you decide.

The romantic factor of a ceremony under the stars cannot be beat.
There is plenty of time to get ready for the I dos
Less of a need for a large wedding dinner, a light buffet would suit the occasion nicely.
It automatically feels like a formal event once the sun sets.
Less to spend on shade canopies.

A late start could make for a late end to the night, and cleaning up after would make it later.
Your reception might be even shorter due to the time and guests departing before you’d like.
Evening shots are tough for photographers to capture.
Evening events are popular and therefore could be more expensive.

evening barn wedding

saying i do

sparkler ceremony exit

Event designer & Coordinator: Ooh! Events

Photography: Brandon Lata
Venue: Boone Hall
Flowers: Out of the Garden
Cake: Wild Flour Pastry
Caterer: Cru Catering
Dress designer: BHLDN
Prop/furniture rentals: Ooh! Events
Officiant: Wedding Bell Rev
dishware: Polished!
specialty linens: Nuage Linens

Read on to see how much this rustic evening wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.


Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: blue, gold, pink
Styles: classic, rustic

Boys In The Urban Bayou Wedding

purple gold and black wedding stationery suite

This lovely shoot was inspired by quite the bayou. An unlikely  source to find wedding inspiration, but as you see it is one of tremendous beauty.

Created by the talented and creative event planner A Splendid Occasion. Who designed the day to perfection with an urban twist. There are so many exciting and unexpected details in this shoot that you may not know where to look! So let us lend a hand and point you to the full gallery here. You can see all of the gorgeousness this boys in the urban bayou wedding has to offer, wonderfully captured by Matushek Photography.

comfy cozy sitting area

black and purple bridesmaid attire

vibrant purple bouquet

words from the vendors

For this styled shoot, we partnered with a whole slew of mind-blowingly talented professionals. It features the most ab-fab real-life couple, Rob & Jay, and a group of their fun-loving friends. Our nugget of an idea came from Justin Boehme, owner of Da Levee, a delicious cajun joint in Columbus, OH. Amelia St. Studio came to me with this fabulous and one-of-a-kind idea and I instantly knew that we had a hit. I hit the ground running searching high and low for the most unique and creative vendors to make this dream a reality. Planning this shoot took several months because we wanted to get every single detail right, no exceptions.

ribbons and glass bottle backdrop

books and candles wedding decor

wedding ceremony

I knew that we couldn’t just bring any florist on board. This was such an unusual concept and I wanted someone who really knew how to handle such a different look. I immediately knew I needed to get the unbelievably creative Becca Blue Flowers on our team. A visionary. A lovely lady. And an outspoken creative who can manipulate cabbage leaves into wonderful pieces of art. Who knew?! Then came Matushek Photography – a pair of quiet masters in their craft. Their photos and their ability to work with a crowd of people, or even the smallest detail can’t be beat. Their photos are deliciously devour-able.

vintage gold drink stand

gold trimmed cloth banner

get your hands dirty and help yourself

custom wedding bibs

All of our rental items came from Vintage Place Settings, Marthette Vintage Rentals, and Prestige Wedding Decoration. Each of Marthette’s vintage pieces are one of a kind. Come on, how amazing is that couch! I couldn’t have asked for a better set up. Vintage Place Settings put together the most outstanding display on our dinner table, as well as our sweets table. Each piece of china was picked specifically for this shoot, and the layers of plates. Oh the layers!

ribbon and floral chandelier

black purple and green tablescape idea

purple and green tablescape ideas

cheers and a kiss

custom crab bibs

Caroline Magnuson put together an impeccable amount of custom sweets. Street sign cookies with the couples name, cake pops, macarons, homemade marshmallows, and last but not least that croquembouche! Each of our grooms were dressed to the nines in attire from Apartment Number 9. A trendy and classy shop located in one of Chicago’s hippest neighborhoods. Nika Vaughan and her team made sure that each of the guys were in tip top shape. She trimmed them up and even had time to complete a look for our bridesmaid too.

dont be shy stuff your face

colorful wedding treats

bon bon tower

Last but certainly not least were our special guests, our officiant Kate Miller and the entire Gussied Band clan. What a hoot! These guys really made the atmosphere of the day electric. They have such a beautiful and eclectic sound that really got the guys and their guests dancing. We were blown away by our other partners’ commitment, dedication, creativity and vision. Thank you to everyone that participated, you are all absolutely amazing!

gussied band

wedding dancing

See all of the smiles, love, and hard work that went into this incredible shoot play out below, filmed by Amelia St. Studio.

Planning, Coordination & Design: A Splendid Occasion

Photography: Matushek Photography
Flowers: Becca Blue Flowers
Cake: Caroline Magnuson Sweets
Hair & Makeup: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists
Groom’s Attire: Apartment Number 9
Prop/Furniture Rentals: Marthette Vintage Rentals
Concept, Design, Stationary & Video: Amelia St. Studio
Place Settings & Dessert Serving Ware: Vintage Place Settings
Chiavari Chairs: Prestige Wedding Decoration
Band: Gussied
Officiant: Kate Miller

Categories: Inspirational Shoots
Colors: black, gold, green, purple
Styles: modern, vintage

Orange And Pink Watercolor Wedding Ideas

short sleeve wedding dress

Hues of soft oranges, pinks, and watercolor wonderfulness can only mean one thing, gorgeousness! We promise you will swoon over every last detail. From the watercolor stationery to the ombre wedding cakes. There are simply great ideas throughout. Oh, and be sure to watch the film of all the details up close by Erica Marr Films before you leave.

Of course there are more orange and pink watercolor wedding ideas to see in the full gallery here, all captured by Tiffany Egbert Photography.

watercolor wedding invite

large rose blooms bouquet

bridal pastel prettiness

rose boutonniere

bride and groom wedding style

all about these watercolor wedding ideas

I am so excited to share this watercolor styled shoot I was able to be a part of! The shoot took place at a private property, Tremaine Ranch, which has such a rustic organic feel to it. The shoot was shot at sunrise, accompanied by the sounds of the property’s chickens “cock-a-doodle-dooing”. The gorgeous bride looked stunning in her authentic vintage 1940′s wedding dress. The hair accessories were done by Mignonne Handmade, which complimented the dress perfectly.

watercolor escort card display

romantic table for two

hanging florals backdrop

sweet romantic sweetheart table

light wash watercolor menu

The florals, by Boka Events, were absolutely breathtaking. The bouquet featured stunning garden roses, peonies, and lots of greens. The glass floral combs behind the sweetheart table just added the perfect touch. Now, the cakes and macarons took my breath away. The 3-tier cake featured a hand painted watercolor look that is so unique. The soft and subtle pink ombre buttercream cake also added just the right touch of elegance. Every detail from the escort cards to the place setting was an absolute dream to film.

water color cake table

pretty pink wedding treats

triple tier pastel wedding cake

See this beautiful shoot in action in the film below, breathtakingly captured by Erica Marr Films.

Photography: Tiffany Egbert Photography
Cinematography: Erica Marr Films
Flowers: Bokā Event Florals
Cake: Sweet Maison
Hair: The Office Salon
Makeup: Bourgeoise Belle
Dress shop: Kitten Paws Vintage
Veil or hair accessories: Mignonne Handmade
Venue & Prop/Furniture Rentals: Tremaine Ranch

Categories: Inspirational Shoots
Colors: orange, pink, white
Styles: garden