Morning Brunch Wedding

not your usual wedding shoes

Rachael and Kevin’s wedding was completely unique, overflowing with personal touches, and happened to be a morning brunch wedding. They served up crepes amidst a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. You will definilty want to take note on how successful this morning brunch turned out, and keep in mind that having a brunch wedding is less expensive than having a dinner wedding.

Every detail was thought out, made, and personalized by the bride and the wedding party, from yellow tennis shoes to the cat suspenders. Many more intriguing and delightful details await you in the full gallery here, captured by Leslie Anne Photofinish.

pink and purple bridesmaids dresses

groomsmen attire cat suspenders

fun wedding party photos

wedding hair and flower clip

Redesign your grandma’s gown

We both had an idea of what we wanted – somewhere outdoors, but secluded, a place where our friends could stay on the property with us, lots of trees, in Southern California – but could only find venues that met some of our requirements. When we drove up the hill to Hidden Valley the first time, we both looked at each other and knew we had found our location. (There was even a double rainbow that day, which sadly we couldn’t book for the wedding.) Then we took the tour and discovered they had a peacock that decided it lived there, which sealed the deal for me, because it’s one of my favorite animals. I designed my own dress, though it was made from my grandmother’s wedding gown, which she wore in 1955. She passed away 10 years ago, but we were very close, so it meant a lot to me to be able to incorporate her into our day this way and also put my own spin on it as she would have encouraged.

wedding sign post idea

wedding lawn games

choose a seat not a side

vows banner

Leslie Anne Photofinish

Wizard of oz inspired details

The centerpieces were created by me as well, with some help from family and friends. The flowers were made of pages from the Wizard of Oz novels because my husband and I met at a Wizard of Oz costume party. The hot air balloon design and the flying monkey in the bird cage were nods to that as well. We were introduced at that party by a guy I was supposed to go on a date with the next day, but he saw how well we hit it off and canceled. We’re all still friends, so we had him officiate the wedding for us. Another friend who was instrumental in us meeting read a passage from Wizard of Oz during the ceremony.

eat drink and be married seating chart

sweet and simple reception

sparkling water favors

hot air balloon centerpieces

crepes wedding menu

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Venue: Hidden Valley Retreat
Caterer: Crepes Bonaparte
Hair: Karilyn Styles
Makeup: Lana Reiss
Dress Designer: A Stitch In Time
Shoe Designer: Onitsuka Tiger
Groom’s Attire: Express Men
Espresso Bar: EuroBar Coffee
Coordinator: LeeAnn Adams

Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: pink, purple
Styles: modern

We’re On A Boat Wedding Ideas

lovely bridal party in pink and gold

Glam it up girls! How fabulous does this bridal party look in their pink and gold mismatched dresses? We LOVE! And the awesome keeps on coming as this wedding steps off the land and onto to the high seas – well sort of. Keep on looking and you’ll see these two love boards get married on a boat!

These “We’re on a boat” wedding ideas are a perfectly chic way to celebrate your romantic river cruise wedding. Want to see more? Of course you do. Check out all of the amazing details, captured by Jaimee Morse, by visiting the full gallery here.

prewedding champagne

getting wedding ready

pink and sparkly bridesmaid dresses

romantic bridesmaid bouquet

pretty little floral accents

navy and yellow groomsmen

Fun Pre-Wedding Plans

From Jaimee Morse: Joe and Kirsten got married in the quaint town of Stillwater Minnesota, They and their closest friends got ready in one of Stillwater’s cute B&B’s, Lowell Inn. We all then jumped onto the Stillwater Trolley and drove around to different locations throughout the town. After our trolley ride was over, everyone jumped on board the St. Croix river boat.

wedding trolley

wedding ride

boat dock wedding party

Jaimee Morse Photography

river boat wedding

Keep Calm and Wear Comfy Shoes

From the Bride:
I wish I had brought a pair of comfortable shoes for the reception. My feet were killing me by the end of the night! The best piece of advice I received from other brides was to just try and live in the moment and cherish every minute of the day. Don’t let yourself get stressed out by the small details, it’s your day.

welcome sign

romantic paddle boat wedding

saying i do

wedding kiss

Sound System Panic

We tried to save money by not hiring a DJ. While I loved making our own playlist on Spotify, our friend forgot a component of their PA system at home, so there was a bit of a panic when we couldn’t get the music to work for the ceremony. Luckily we were able to use the venue’s sound system as a back up.

bar sign

assorted flower arrangement centerpieces

vintage romantic wedding details

simple and chic wedding cake

paddle boat reception

sunset boat ride

We're On A Boat Wedding Ideas

Event designer & Coordinator: Blush and Whim
Dress shop: The Wedding Shoppe

Photography: Jaimee Morse
Flowers: A Day In Provence
Cake: Buttercream
Caterer: St. Croix Boat And Packet
Hair: Aveda New ReflectionsDress designer: Mori Lee
Groom’s attire: Tommy Hilfiger
Jewelry: Swarovski

Read on to see how much these "We're on a boat" wedding ideas 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: gold, pink
Styles: classic, vintage

Lavender Paradise Wedding

Iris and Light photography

Our next bride, Kaitlin knows exactly what she wanted her big day to look like. Handmade details, soft and romantic colors, and of course lots of love! Besides know exactly what she wanted her big day to look like, she knew how to create it all herself!

Keep your eyes peeled for all of her DIY projects in this lavender paradise wedding, and then visit her blog, Miss Bizi B, to see if you missed anything. Wanting to see more of the fabulous images captured by Iris and Light? Check out the full gallery here.

cute getting ready wedding day jumper

hand painted groomsmen steins

grooms cold feet socks

Fairytale Venue

From the Bride: Hartley Botanica was the 3rd, and last location we visited. Immediately, we fell in love with the beautiful foliage, romantic feel, and secluded location. The aisle you walk down is completely lined with an archway of trees, they have a live aviary where you can hear the birds chirping, and the area for cocktail hour is complete with a waterfall and a small grotto for the guests to enjoy. It’s truly a magical place!

wedding welcome sign

cute Dr Seuss quote

cute little flower girls

fantasy style woodland venue

excited newlyweds

The Best Memories Captured By The Best

One recommendation I would make would be to find the BEST photographer and videographer you can find within your budget, and don’t skimp. Make them a priority when planning. Although there is absolutely nothing I would do differently in regards to my wedding, I would like to relive it over and over again. Thank goodness I can with all the pictures and footage I have for the years to come.

grey and lavendar wedding party

beautiful bohemian style bride

strapless lavendar bridesmaid dresses

white and lavender bouquet

adorable bride and groom

DIY Bride

How fabulous are all of the details at this wedding?! Would you believe a good portion of them are handmade? That’s right, this gorgeous bride is also an avid crafter, and she is here to help you DIY your way through your own wedding.

Curious about what details she made for her lavender paradise wedding? The gorgeous bohemian style floral crowns for herself and her flower girls, all of the paper flower place cards, the burlap and lace table runners and wine bottle table numbers, the chalkboard signs, and the programs and menus, just to name a few. You can learn just how she made these and more over at her crafting blog Miss Bizi B.

paper flower escort cards

romantic outdoor reception

twine wrapped bottle table numbers

Make Decisions Early and Stand By Them

My advise to other brides would be to decide early in the process who will be taking care of what, and what you are and are not willing to compromise on. Everyone will have their own ideas and opinions, and as long as expectations are set early, everything will go off without a hitch

first dance

lavendar rose petal cake

mr and mrs seat signs

cheers to the bride and groom

Get a closer look at this lavender paradise wedding by watching the fabulous film created by Light Up Video below.

Lavender Paradise Wedding

Photography: Iris and Light
Videographer: Light Up Video
Venue: Hartley Botanica
Stationery: Minted
Flowers: Yamaguchi Nursery
Cake: Skiffs Cakes
Caterer: Command Performance
Hair: Brittney McWethy
Dress designer: Katie May
Bridesmaid dresses: Indah
Bridesmaids gifts: Miss Bizi B
Groom’s attire: Proper Suit
Shoe designer: Badgley Mischka
Dj: Bruce Barrios

Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: grey, purple
Styles: diy, indie, rustic