Jen Philips Photography | Serendipity Beyond Design | Glitz & Love

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Jen Philips

wedding photographer

Jen, of Jen Philips Photography, is a wedding photographer, and she just loves them! Weddings are fun, romantic, thrilling, happy, emotional, intense, and beautiful, all in a single day’s package. She loves that her role as a photographer is to let the couple be in their moment while she is there to capture their story. Jen is located in Napa, and available for weddings in Napa, Sonoma, and worldwide. View all of her stunning photos here and don’t forget to take a peek at their Wedding Chicks vendor page.

Serendipity Beyond Design

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Save the dates and invitations from Serendipity Beyond Design are not your ordinary mail! Each item they create will go beyond anything you have seen before! They use our passion for design and those little details that ensure each invite is unique and unforgettable. They especially love working one-on-one with clients to create something completely different and never before seen….after all, life is too short to be ordinary! View all of their unique stationery designs here and don’t forget to take a peek at their Wedding Chicks vendor page.

Glitz & Love

Bridal Fashion

Glitz & Love is an exciting online boutique full of beautiful bridal jewelry and hair accessories. The collections include exquisite bridal hair combs, headbands, hair clips, barrettes, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, which are hand crafted with Swarovski crystals, Swarovski pearls, cubic zirconia, rhinestones, and more. If you love all things that sparkle like we do, then you will swoon over Glitz & Love! View all of their amazing accessories here and don’t forget to take a peek at their Wedding Chicks vendor page.

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Jasmine Lee Photography | Jekyll Island Club Hotel | Coveted Cakery

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Jasmine Lee Photography

wedding photographer

Jasmine Lee Photography, is a photographer specializing in weddings based in San Francisco, California, but Jasmine loves photographing everywhere! Her couples often describe her style as soft, romantic, creative, and candid. She loves photographing “in the moment” shots where couples can look and feel themselves. View all of her incredible photography here and don’t forget to take a peek at her Wedding Chicks vendor page.

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

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The Jekyll Island Club Hotel has been a cherished setting for generations of happy couples. Jekyll Island weddings are where a wondrous sense of history walks hand in hand with unforgettable celebrations. Intimate or grand, casual or formal, every event is presented by a team devoted to delighting the wedding party and their guests with thoughtful planning and brilliant execution amid the Hotel’s unrivaled multitude of romantic, inspiring venues for celebrations and ceremonies. View this unforgettable property here and don’t forget to take a peek at their Wedding Chicks vendor page.

Coveted Cakery

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Coveted Cakery is a gourmet, artisan cupcake and cookie company based in Santa Barbara, California that specializes in hand-crafted, delicious baked goods for you and your loved ones. With delicious flavors like Chocolate Salted Caramel, Vanilla Blackberry Syrah, and Pistachio Honey there is something for everyone and for any style. They use the finest ingredients available and take pride in producing an amazing array of flavors, all of which are delicately made from scratch. Every order is baked with meticulous detail as if it was for their own family and friends. View all of their tasty treats here and don’t forget to take a peek at their Wedding Chicks vendor page.

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Free Printable Father’s Day Card + Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Free Father's day Printable Card

free father's day card

Your Dad, husband, Grandpa, Father-in-Law, uncle, brother and every other great Father  you know at the very least deserves a card to let them know they are loved and appreciated. Slip in a photo of the kids or just write a sweet message.

To make this super easy on you, we have a two free Father’s day printable cards. All you will need to do is pick up any A2 (4.25 X 5.5) card stock or put in a piece of card stock in your printer and hit print.  You can download our I’m Awesome card here!  Be sure to write your name in the white banner box.

Now that you have you printed out your free Father’s Day card – here are a few fantastic gifts that any Father would love to receive. From a fold up bbq set to an essiental travel kit for the Dad that is on the go.

You can easily pass our Happy Father’s Day Card out to every Dad you know. Shown with a white card stock and a kraft colored envelope. Both can be bought at any place that carries envelopes or stationery.

Free Father's day Printable Card

free Father's day card

 

Categories: DIY Printable Wedding Templates, Things We Love

Fill Your Wedding With Beautiful Traditions

paper crane wedding ideas

Most weddings include one or two touching traditions but Jenny and Dave included so many more and it made for a beautiful day. They had a tribe, they jumped a broom, he washed her feet, she washed his hands and they even ‘cut the cheese’. It was such a uniquely crafted wedding filled with friends, family, infectious laughter, and 1001 paper cranes. This is the day their love took flight!

From their nontraditional traditions filled ceremony to their morning after, when they showered each other with vibrant colors and trashed the dress, there is a multitude of ideas that you’ll fall in love with. View them all in the full gallery here, wonderfully captured by Janet Moscarello Photography.

love takes flight chalkboard

secluded first look

green and orange wedding bouquet

from the bride

We researched wedding ceremonies across cultures, and identified ritual components that resonated for us symbolically. We wove all this in with our own theory that weddings are important because three things happen there: 1) families come together, and from their union a new family is made; 2) a community comes together to recognize and celebrate love and commitment; 3) a loving couple affirms their devotion to one another, and forever bind their lives together. These were the Three Acts to the somewhat theatrical-ized ceremony that we crafted. The ceremony we developed was truly transformative, for ourselves, our family, and our community.

paper crane ceremony backdrop

strings of paper cranes

hankies for your tears of joy

Since our marriage union came in a nontraditional format, it was important to preview the rituals that would be coming, and their significance. We were moved by the Quaker tradition, where all members of the community sign the marriage certificate. We had a beautiful certificate designed and printed, and all of our family and tribe signed in pledge to support us in our union.

The last step in what we considered the 2nd Act of our wedding was to Jump the Broom. We found the African American tradition of jumping the broom to be a beautiful symbol of transition from one chapter of life into the next, with the broom as a warm metaphor of the home we will build together. We worked together to create the broom out of straw and dried flowers that the Groom had given the Bride over the years.

the tribe signing the wedding certificate

jumping the broom

The last section of the ceremony was a series of very personal and transformative rituals between the Bride and Groom. First was a Cleansing Rite. The Evangelical Christian tradition of foot-washing carries a different symbolism for us than those who first started performing it at weddings. For us, it doubled as an opportunity to refresh and cleanse before the exchange of vows and rings, and an act of accepting each-others flaws and history.

It also alludes to marriage as an act of service to one another, which is lovely. The Exchange of Vows was a private exchange, without microphones and facing each other instead of the crowd. Most of the community in attendance found it moving to watch us make heartfelt commitments, without knowing what exactly we were saying. The last step in our transformation was an Exchange of Rings. After we put on the rings, we kissed—and at that moment, out of all of the various thresholds and rituals that made up our ceremony, we were wed.

ceremony washtub

traditional washing of hands and feet

ring exchange and private dance

Dave and I have been creative partners since we met, and together have developed and produced nearly a dozen plays, performance art pieces, and various artistic expressions. We approached our wedding as a capstone creative collaboration.

Part of this manifested in our DIY touches including 1001 paper cranes that decorated the alter and events grounds, the nomenclature we developed including dubbing our collective wedding party our “Tribe”, and the fact that we titled our wedding weekend (Love Takes Flight, or #lovetakesflight on social media!). We labored over our escort cards, hand-stamping and sewing little buttons or embellishments onto each one. We took the road-less-traveled in so many choices, such as opting for stacked wheels of cheese in lieu of a cake.

orange button escort cards

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glitter table numbers

seed packets double as table numbers

yarn wrapped mason jar floral centerpieces

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herb bouquets

wedding cake made out of cheese

wedding cheese cake

Love Takes Color:
We purchased environmentally friendly and hypo-allergenic Gulal powder (used in the Hindu religious festival, Holi, the festival of colors.) It’s a beautiful product—colorful powder that you throw in the air and onto each other. We went to the beach at sunrise the morning after our wedding to play with the powder, make some awesome photos, and destroy my dress. It was a fun way to spend our first morning as man and wife—supported by our die-hard friends and family who were dedicated enough to rouse at 6am after an all-night-party-of-the-century, and the artistic genius of our photographer who turned our half-baked idea into a visually arresting keepsake and memory for all time.

trash the dress after wedding

Venue: The Holly Farm
Flowers: Laughin' Gal Floral
Caterer: La Creme
Hair & Makeup: Kim Larson
Dress Designer: BHLDN
Groom’s Attire: Indochino
Dj: Soundshine Entertainment

Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: blue, green, orange
Styles: indie