A Garden Party | Bella Villa Rentals | Catherine Hall Studios

Wedding Chicks Vendor Guide

A Garden Party

A Garden Party is a floral design business run by sisters, Mary and Dawn. With access to flowers from down the road or across the world, they have the ability to bring to life any vision a bride can dream up. Inventive, resourceful, and creative, these sisters can help clients make the most of any budget. A Garden Party has a diverse range of clientele and has set up backyard weddings, rooftop receptions, and everything in between. View all of their out-of-this-world floral designs here and don’t forget to take a peek at their Wedding Chicks vendor page.

Bella Villa Rentals

Bella Villa’s 3,000 square foot shop offers a curated collection of vintage furnishings for rent and for sale. Their collection includes velvet sofas, upholstered chairs, old farmhouse and country store pieces, tables, crates, trunks, ornate mirrors, frames, chalkboards, chandeliers, a men’s den with vintage sporting goods, and SO much more. View all of their available goodness here and don’t forget to take a peek at their Wedding Chicks vendor page. Photo Credit: Jodi Miller Photography.

Catherine Hall Studios

By making a true connection, Catherine Hall Studios is able to produce timeless, honest images. Catherine can anticipate subtle moments and delicate interactions that might otherwise go unnoticed and document life changing images that no one will forget. Photography is her joy and she is honored to share her passion on your wedding day. View all of her exquisite work here and don’t forget to take a peek at her Wedding Chicks vendor page.

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Keep it Intimate With A Family Only Wedding

Jessica Simons Photography

Does the thought of standing in front of a large crowd make you break out in a nervous sweat? Then keep your nerves at bay by making your actual wedding ceremony a family and close friends only event. Jessica and Sterling split their wedding into two days and found the result to be fabulously relaxing. With a 12 person ceremony the first day, an evening reception the following day and plenty of time to enjoy each others company in between, how could you go wrong!?

Beautifully captured by Jessica Simons Photography you can see even more of this quiet little wedding in the full gallery. And keep scrolling for some fantastic little DIY projects created by the bride herself!

wedding invites designed by the bride

peep toe bootie wedding shoes

geometeric wedding accessories

getting wedding ready

From the Bride

I knew I wanted a simple and elegant dress that had geometric elements and found it while on a weekend trip with girlfriends at a shop called A & Be in Denver. I ended up finding the same dress online for half-off because it was a sample dress at a store in Pennsylvania. I bought my jewelry and wedding accessories from Etsy, did my own makeup, and had my friend do my hair.

We chose not to have bridesmaids and groomsmen but instead we had our closest friends participate through readings. However, we still gave gifts to those who would have been in our bridal party. In our spare time, Sterling is a potter and I’m a beader, so it seemed perfect to make handmade bridal party gifts.

fresh and clean wedding makeup

succulent and thistle bouquet

hand beaded bridesmaid gifts

tweed vest and tan pants groom look

neutral pallet bride and groom

Our wedding was on a Thursday evening with 12 immediate family members and our reception was 2 days later with 180 guests at Canyon Lake Park in Rapid City, SD. This schedule allowed us to have ample time to be in the moment with each other, and family and friends: hiking and an intimidate dinner the day of the wedding, an elegant brunch at a nearby ranch the next morning, and of course cold beer and camp chairs scattered throughout.

wildflower arrangement

green yellow and white floral aisle decor

Norwegian fiddle

small family sized wedding in rustic chapel


The reception consisted of a casual buffet, open bar, and 5-person swing band with a world-renown fiddle player. Most of the decorations were DIY including the 35mm keychain viewers, the wooden succulent and candleholders, washi tape tile runners, and the yarn balls. I also designed our own wedding invitations, thank you cards, and wedding website

diy yarn ball decorations

rustic natural wedding reception

wildflower reception decor

washi tape and tile runners

washi tape decorated cd holders

Steal Worthy Idea

How cool are those table runners that Jessica created with Washi tape and ceramic tiles! We love this idea so much we just had to share a few more great ways you can use Washi tape for decorating! Just click here.

Our wedding just all came together and felt so right and real. It even ended in a prairie thunderstorm that we love so much. After our reception, we sat in our lakeside cabin with friends at 1:00am and watched it light up the lake and echo through the cabin. It was the best few weeks of our lives.

delightful dessert table

keylime tarts and rosemary topped cake

coconut topped wedding cake

string lights and yarn ball decorations


Photography: Jessica Simons Photography
Venue: Canyon Lake Resort
Flowers: Bloomers
Cake: Tara's Cakes For All Occations
Dress designer: Nicole Miller
Shoe designer: BHLDN
Groom’s attire: The Edinburgh Woolen Mill
Jewelry: Lunhoo
Bridesmaids Gifts: Pigment Project

Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: diy, green, pink, red, rustic
Styles: diy, rustic

A Classic Wedding For All You Book Lovers

Jono and Laynie Photography

Is there any better love story then Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice? If you are a book lover then this alternative inspirational shoot is about to turn all of your preconceived ideas of Mr.Darcy and Elisabeth Bennet upside down.

Designed and created by the talented Dawn of  I Do’s by Dawn, and beautifully captured by Jono & Laynie. All this classic and lovely wedding inspiration will having you falling in love all over again! As always, be sure to stop by the full gallery to see every last detail up close.

vintage wedding dress from Shes so beautiful dress shop

classy lavender wedding invitations

Words from the Vendors

From I Do’s by Dawn:
The inspiration for this style shoot was Jane Austen and her epic love story of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy (In Pride and Prejudice) I went more offbeat with my approach by using models that were the opposite of your typical “Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy” and made sure to include plenty of subtle nods to the book nerds/lovers, all while still creating a very romantic overall look and feel. I wanted it to be intimate, romantic, and personalized. I had a clear vision of what I wanted and the amazing creatives who worked alongside me helped bring it to life.

The bride wore a stunning vintage dress with scalloped lace neckline, lace sleeves, and silk train with an additional attachable lace train.

garden wedding decor ideas

simple ceremony decor ideas

mix and matched wedding chairs and cute program fans

ceremony welcome table with lemonade and handkercheifs

flower petal confetti

The sweets table was a cute little white desk with a mirror and created a very unique view on the cake, which was a naked cake with lavender touches and a book page heart on top. The cupcakes had hand crafted flowers on top and looked too good to eat.

pretty glowing cake table

framed Jane Austin quote for the dessert table

yum cupcakes and purple and gold cake pops

lavender and book page heart topped naked cake

The stationery displayed quotes and cute phrases/words such as ‘Epic Love Story’, ‘Handkerchiefs: For Happy Tears’, ‘Confetti: For Happy Cheers’, ‘Book Lovers never go to bed alone’, ‘Yum!’ and Jane Austen famous quotes.

The flowers used were a perfect combination of classic & unique. The bouquets and centerpieces were made up of roses (blush, lavender, ivory), astible (pink, white), lavender and blue bell thistle. The breathtaking floral arch was made of heather and baby’s breath.

guestbook and escort card table

thank you bookmarks that double as escort cards

garden reception

folded heart book pages

vintage inspired floral centerpiece

Models Cody and Alisha are a real-life married couple. She’s a musician and he’s a tattoo artist so their naturally creative look added a special flare to our shoot. She wore a custom vintage headband and necklace with locket while he had custom cufflinks with a Jane Austen quote.

pride and prejudice wedding sign quote

book page sweethearts banner

pretty hair accessory and elegant wedding hair

Photography: Jono & Laynie

Coordinator: I Do's by Dawn
Stationery: The Grey Room Studio
Flowers: Pocket of posies
Cake: Sweet Avenue Cakery
Makeup: DamnItNanet
Dress shop: She's so Beautiful
Prop/furniture rentals: Warehouse 84
Jewelry: Alicia's Infinity
Handmade & Custom Products : Lieu Creations
Hair: Jessica Smith

Categories: Inspirational Shoots
Colors: gold, pink, purple
Styles: classic, garden, themed, vintage