Travel Theme Wedding At The Smog Shoppe

Jenn and Victor are known for their love of wanderlust. So it seemed only natural that their wedding theme would be “around the world”. They carefully displayed art and objects collected  from various countries and used a map for their seating chart. Be sure to take note of the map it is quite a piece of art itself. They also incorporated Jenn’s Chinese heritage and Vic’s Mexican heritage throughout their cocktail hour, making it truly personal.

Enjoy more of this travel theme wedding at The Smog Shoppe photographed by Sweet Monday Photography in the full gallery.

Each guests was given a paper flower before they sat down for the wedding ceremony. After Jenn and Victor became husband and wife guests were asked to toss the flowers. Such a fun and idea.

For their reception, they had amazing BBQ to pay homage to Victor’s Texas roots as well as their mutual love of the BBQ. We love how they infused both of their heritages into their wedding favors. Saying thank you in both their languages on the favor tags is super cute.

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Photographer: Sweet Monday Photography
Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop

Event Designer: Yoleine Dumarsais
Venue: Smog Shoppe
Makeup: Jeannie Tran
Hair: Billion Dollar Hair
Caterer: Baby Blues BBQ
Cinematography: Artisan Production
Coordinator: Yoleine Dumarsais
DJ: DJ Orbit
Dress Designer: Enzoani
Flowers: Kathy Burnham
Cocktail Hour Caterer: Heirloom LA

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Colors: blue, pink, white
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Rustic Wedding Ideas

This Fort Worth, Texas wedding combines the bride’s passion for all things rustic with her love of peacock feathers. How about those blue peacock wedding shoes? They would have fit in perfectly with our blue wedding shoe round up… don’t you think?

Courtney, the bride shares more details about her special day here. Of course we have to mention the whimsical backdrop, elegantly decorated with rustic lanterns and antique chandeliers. We are also loving the collection of vintage lanterns over-flowing with fresh flowers. Both are such great ideas.

All of this Texas wedding goodness captured by Ryan Ray Photography. See more rustic wedding ideas in the full wedding gallery.

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Photographer: Ryan Ray Photography
Venue: The Stonegate Mansion, Fort Worth, Texas
Hair: Dalton Salon
Cake/Desserts: Zen Baking Company
Caterer: H3 Ranch
Dress Designer: Enzoani
Floral Design: DIRT Design Studio
Groom’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Shoe Designer: Johnathan Kayne
Bridal Boutique: De Ma Fille

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50s Style Wedding Ideas

When you meet Nancy and Justin, you almost feel as though you have stepped back into the 50s. So, it seemed only natural that this quirky couple wanted to incorporate their 50s retro style into every detail of their intimate Montreal wedding.

This vintage inspired affair was held at the Gallery Gora, a contemporary art gallery. The perfect backdrop for this retro themed wedding. All of this playful wedding decor was thoughtfully put together by Azar Jazestani Events and perfectly captured by Monique Simone Photography.

To see more of this 50s Style Wedding Ideas be sure to visit the gallery.

Photographer: Monique Simone Photography
Event Design | Coordinator: Principal Planner Azar Jazestani Events
Venue | Catering: Gallery Gora, Montreal
Makeup | Hair: Sabrina
Cake | Desserts | Sweet Table: Sucre by Principal Planner Azar Jazestani Events
DJ: dj Ian
Dress Designer: Cabaret
Floral Design: Fleurs des Jardins
Jewelry: J.Crew
Shoe Designer: Pour La Victoire
Stationery: Justin Kok


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Classic Wedding Ideas

Adam and Ashley were together for over eight years, so needless to say, she has been dreaming about their wedding together for quite some time. She has changed her mind as often as the wedding trends have changed. So, when the time finally came to actually plan their dream wedding, they both agreed that they wanted a romantic, timeless classic wedding.

Read on to hear more from Ashley and to see more classic wedding ideas visit the full gallery. All of this prettiness was photographed by Austin Gros.

From Ashley:

We knew from the get go that our wedding was going to be on a budget and lots of DIY projects, but not a detail left out! The ceremony site was the first decision we made… Ault Park Rose Garden. The garden is so beautiful that no decor was needed and along with the beautiful music my brother William played, it made the perfect setting for our wedding. Then we found the location of the reception, The Carnegie Event Center. The Carnegie was an old library and had so much charm. It was just the perfect size for our 90 guests and I loved all the original historic detail it had to offer. I started going to local thrift stores and collecting glass vases and wood picture frames. The signs and menus I just made on my computer. We bought the flowers wholesale and two days before the wedding, with the help of my wonderful family and bridal party, we made all the flower arrangements, bouquets, boutonnieres and decorated. I wanted a very whimsical and romantic feel with the flowers and decor. Everything was ivory with gold or wood accents and lots of candles. Being from Texas, I wanted to bring a little of that to our Ohio wedding. The food had a Mexican flare to it and my dad had Dr. Pepper shipped up from the Dublin, TX factory where they still use pure sugar cane and package in glass bottles to give as our favors!! The reception was a blast and we danced the night away with our friends and family!

I found our amazing photographer Austin Gros after hours of searching wedding blogs, and was the searching ever worth it! Austin truly captured what a special day it was for us and we will always be able to remember the special moments of our wedding day looking through these photos for years to come.

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Photographer: Austin Gros
Venue: Ault Park
Hair: Monroe at Mi Salon
Cake: A Spoon Fulla Sugar
Caterer: Funky’s
Cinematography: Iconography Video Services
Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier
Flowers: The Secret Garden
Groom’s Attire: J Crew
DJ: Drew Bryant

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Colors: blue
Styles: classic

DIY Country Wedding

Vicki, the bride shared with us her real DIY country wedding, thoughtfully compiled of do-it-yourself touches, including some super cute tin can floral arrangements that look rustically chic.

Since the bride and groom are both a little bit country they took that into consideration when planning out the event. They married at a barn and the entire wedding party wore cowboy boots and hats and the ring bearers wore overalls. Everything about the day reflected their true personal style, which is always important. To see more of this DIY country wedding from Troy Grover Photographers be sure to click here.

A note from the bride:

Basically we had a super low budget so it was a huge DIY wedding. With a ton of help from my family, we rallied and made everything from the burlap table runners to the canopy to getting our flowers from the flower market the day before and making the arrangements to baking our own cake and glueing the program fans, everything! The one thing that I was happy we did and I will share with every bride is to stay true to what makes you happy. Make your wedding a part of you and your fiance to share with your guests. I think that is something that we did, we shared a part of us with them and it came across that way. Stay true to what you believe and love and you’ll have the most amazing day!

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Photographer: Troy Grover Photographers
Makeup & Hair : Christine Nelli
Caterer: Tacos Ochoa 2 & In N Out
Dress Designer: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids dresses: Anthropologie
DJ: DJ LaBowski
Venue: Chestnut Hill Farms

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Baja Mexico Beach Wedding Ideas

Here are some great Baja Mexico beach wedding ideas for any bride. The ideas are primarly aimed at brides aiming to have a Baja, Mexico Style – taco stand wedding on the East Coast. Here are some great tips on how your destination wedding can be right in your own backyard from Stacie Shea Events.

You can read more tips from Stacie by clicking here. Captured by  Natasha Montero Photography.

A definite steal worthy wedding idea is giving your guests some homemade salsa and chips as a wedding favor. Budget friendly and way cute. Here is one of our favorite salsa recipes below from The Food Network. All you will need for this easy wedding favor is small canning jars, yummy chips, clear wrapping, string and a cute tag. So easy and fun.

Delicious Tomato Salsa (Recipe for Canning)

14 cups chopped roma tomatoes (you can substitute ‘standard’ tomatoes, but they will be juicier)
3 cups onions, chopped
1/2 cup jalapeno pepper (chopped or minced)
1 cup green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup tomato sauce
3 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
5 tablespoons Clear Jel, that will not break down in high heat during processing. don’t substitute (Clear Jel is a
modified food starch (powdered form)
5 garlic, buds minced (optional)

1. After all veggies are chopped, place them into a saucepan.
2. Add remaining ingredients, mixing clear jell with water before adding slowly to veggies. Bring to a boil. Cold pack for 10 minutes.

Photographer: Natasha Montero Photography
Event Design: Stacie Shea Events
Cinematography: DMO Films
Coordinator: Stacie Shea Events

Venue: Bartaco in Port Chester/NY
Makeup and Hair: Emily Takis
Cake/Desserts: Dough Girl Baking Company
Dress Designer: Bella Bridesmaid NYC/ Amsale
Floral Design: True Florette
Stationery and Paper Products: Jessica Haley Ink – website still in development (sister company of MJ Paperie)
Surfboards: East Coast Surf Products
Vow Books: Deborah Nadel Design

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Styles: beach

Navy and Yellow Wedding

Remember the You’re Every Minute of My Everyday engagement shoot? Well… we have their wedding. Antonia Christianson Events not only helped them plan their engagement shoot, but this “fun themed” navy and yellow wedding as well.

This navy and yellow weddings is overflowing with tons of personal details. One of our favorites is how the groom calls his bride “Button” so Antonia, along with the florist Fluttering Flowers, created small details with buttons (the wrap of her bouquet, small buttons on the sweetheart table, and even the word button on the hanger that held Tori’s dress). Super cute…right? To read more details and see more photos from Trivium Studio be sure to click here.

A special thanks to Leila Khalil from Be Inspired PR for sharing this fun wedding with us.

Photographer: Trivium Studio
Event Design and Coordinator: Antonia Christianson Events
Wedding PR: Be Inspired Public Relations
Venue: Cypress Point Country Club
Makeup: Faces By Rebecca
Cake/Desserts: Patti Cakes, Inc
Floral Design: Fluttering Flowers
Stationery: RSVP Stationery
Wedding Flag: Joyful Joyful at Etsy
Pinwheels: Twirlie Whirlees at Etsy
Ceremony Music: Stephan Lazar

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Colors: blue, yellow
Styles: handmade

Navy And Pink Wedding Ideas

Glessner Photography and CHIC Nashville Weddings and Events brought us some clever, yet incredibly do-able navy and pink wedding ideas. Absolutely perfect for a backyard wedding.

How much do you love the seating chart? Made with a rectangular corkboard, some painting tape placed diagonally on the board, and a bottle of navy spray paint. The numbers are simply poster board, spray painted, and gift tags were labeled with a coral paint pen and hung using ribbons and thumbtacks. The name tags used for seating assignments also double as drink tags for guests to keep up with their favorite beverage, grapefruit or blackberry sparkling Izze drinks. See more ideas from this styled shoot by clicking here.

Greet your guests with a refreshing beverage like this delicious Blueberry Sangria Lemonade made for this back yard soiree. The recipe is below courtesy of  Sandra Lee.

1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
1 (12-ounce) can frozen concentrated pink lemonade
1 bottle (750ml) Chardonnay
3 cups lemon lime soda (recommended: Sprite)
1/2 cup Cognac

In a large pitcher, combine all ingredients and stir. Refrigerate for 1 hour to meld flavors.
Serve chilled in iced tea glasses.

Photographer: Glessner Photography
Event Design: CHIC Nashville Weddings and Events
Venue: Riverwood Mansion
Makeup and Hair: Ashley Rose Love
Cake/Desserts: Sweetface Cakes
Coordinator: CHIC Nashville Weddings and Events
Dress Designer: Olia Zavozina
Floral Design: Zia Art, Antiques, and Flowers
Groom’s Attire: Olia Zavozina Bridal and Menswear Boutique
Jewelry: Brentwood Jewelry
Shoe Designer: Nina
Stationery: anna.michelle Cards
Veil or Hair Accessories: Brenda’s Bridal Veils

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Styles: handmade

Austin, Texas Mansion Wedding

This is for all you Austin, Texas brides looking for an exquisite mansion wedding venue. Barr Mansion is close to downtown Austin but feels far away. A major bonus is the modern comfort food served all the while using local farmed produce. Imagine the yumminess that would be served up.

You can get a little snippet of this amazing venue by checking out this Austin, Texas Mansion Wedding from Nessa K Photography. Don’t miss the steal-worthy escort card idea. Guest’s names and table numbers are painted on river rocks. An incredibly clever idea that is not only eco-friendly, but also budget friendly. See more in the full wedding gallery.

Photographer: Nessa K Photography

Venue, Cake, & Caterer: Barr Mansion
Band: Kat Edmonson and Quintet
Makeup: Bobbi Brown

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Colors: blue
Styles: handmade

Alice In Wonderland Wedding Inspiration

It is incredibly easy to be inspired with a fairy tale classic like Alice in Wonderland. We have seen it a few times on The Wedding Chicks over here and over here. Each Alice In Wonderland Wedding Inspiration has had its own unique twist.

Just as this one does, photography and design by Nicole Benitez Photography and A Blissful Nest. Over exaggerated head pieces, brightly colored goodies and some good old fashion Disney inspiration. Be sure to swing over to the entire gallery to see more Alice In Wonderland Wedding Inspiration.

Here are a few colorful ways to apply a little Alice In Wonderland love to your wedding

An outdoor garden reception
Tea cups are a must. Found Vintage Rentals and Casa de Perrin has an array of vintage tea cups for you to use.
Used mixed matched stickers and ribbons for wedding favor boxes like the ones above from  A Blissful Nest
Alice in Wonderland Topsy Turvy cake
Have card games set up for guests
Mad Hatter props in the photo booth

The ideas are endless; share more with us if you can think of any.

Photographer: Nicole Benitez Photography
Event Design: A Blissful Nest
Makeup: Nicole Lennox
Hair: A Pretty You, Brooke Lee
Dress Designer: Bonny Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Kait Emerson Designs {ties}
Stationery: A Blissful Nest
Veil or Hair Accessories: La Couture Amore
Custom Paper Poms: Pom Flair at Etsy

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Brenham, Texas Wedding

Ryan Price Photography shared this Sweet Do-It-Yourself Brenham, Texas Wedding. Cale and Jessie are students and on a budget, so DIY and simplicity was their goal. Their wedding reception was held at the Giddings Stone Mansion. Jessie wanted a clean vintage look with a little hint of earthiness. She used white and floral fabrics and accented with twine and burlap.  Most of the decorations were either vintage finds at garage sales or handmade projects. Be sure to see more of this Brenham, Texas Wedding in the full-wedding gallery and read more diy tips from the bride.

Photography: Ryan Price Photography

Venue: Giddings Stone Mansion, Brenham, TX
Cake/Desserts: Cake Junkie
Caterer: Homes Haven Catering
Dress Designer: Pronovias
Floral Design: Nita’s Flowers
Groom’s Attire: Andrew Fezza

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Colors: blue, yellow
Styles: vintage

Vintage Wedding Ideas

Vintage Wedding Ideas

Sarah Ainsworth’s  shared with us some incredibly lovely vintage wedding ideas that can easily used for a wedding or a bridal session.

Sarah wanted to showcase how beautiful a vintage styled bridal session could be and to inspire brides to create something unique, yet elegant and timeless. Sarah said the shoot couldn’t have happened without all the amazing vendors braving the blazing Texas heat and making it all happen within a few short hours right before sunset. There are so many more photographs to view in they full gallery. See them here.

Vintage Wedding Ideas

Vintage Wedding Ideas

Vintage Wedding Ideas

Vintage Wedding Ideas

Vintage Wedding Ideas

Vintage Wedding Ideas

Vintage Wedding Ideas

Vintage Wedding Ideas

Photographer: Sarah Ainsworth Photography
Props & Design: Laurel White Design & Sunday Hatch
Makeup and Hair: Your Beautiful Face Co
Cake/Desserts: Sugar Blossom Treats
Dress Designer: Long dress – Jim Hjelm, Short dress – Forever 21
Floral Design: Amber O’Neil
Jewelry: Kendra Scott (except pearl necklace with brooch and rings)
Veil or Hair Accessories: Leah Nygren – Your Beautiful Face Co
Sweets sign: Darenda Leffel
Stump cake stands: Sunday Hatch at Etsy

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Colors: blue
Styles: vintage

South Carolina Beach Wedding

Ashley Hoskins Photography sent over this simple, yet incredibly stylish South Carolina beach wedding. With the spectacular Atlantic ocean as the backdrop and some sleek and chic details, this destination wedding turned out to be a stunner. Loving the groom’s dapper seersucker suit and the bridesmaid’s deep ocean blue dresses.

The wedding was held at the Citadel Beach House overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This South Carolina beach wedding venue has everything you need to make your wedding day possible. Pretty much an ideal location. To see more of this South Carolina beach wedding click here.

Photographer: Ashley Hoskins Photography

Venue: Citadel Beach House
Cake/Desserts: D’lish Desserts
Dress Designer: JCrew
Floral Design: Bride’s mom, Ladan Bayani
Groom’s Attire: Paul Fredrick
Jewelry: Diana Warner
Officiant: Scott Sherrod
Stationery: Dandy Lions
Stationary: Dedra Jenkins
Band: 17 South

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Colors: blue, yellow
Styles: beach

A Bicycle Wedding Theme

First off, how incredibly clever is that altar? Random vintage bicycles hanging everywhere make this altar one for the books.

From the altar you can tell that cycling plays a major role in Sarah and Jason’s day-to-day lives so it only made sense for them to have a bicycle wedding theme. The bicycle theme is carried throughout the wedding. One of our favorite elements of this wedding is that each guest was given a bike bell as a wedding favor. We adore a bicycle wedding theme so much that we have some free printable bicycle wedding invitations that you can download here.

Be sure to read more from the bride and see more bicycle wedding ideas from Emily Porter Photography by visiting the full gallery and clicking here.

Photographer: Emily and Bobby of Emily Porter Photography
Event Design: Peiter Bouterse Studio
Venue and Catering: Inn Walden
Cake/Desserts: West Side Bakery, Akron, OH
DJ: Mark Guthrie of Jerry Bruno Productions
Dress Designer: Vera Wang
Floral Design: Peiter Bouterse Studio
Groom’s Attire: J. Crew
Shoe Designer: Seychelles Footwear


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A Roman Wedding By Jonas Peterson Photography

All aboard for a Roman countryside wedding from the incredible Jonas Peterson Photography. Taking place at an old farmhouse venue that has been around since ancient Etruria, La Torracia di Sutri.

Read on to hear tid bits on the wedding from Jonas. Of course be sure to view the entire wedding in the full gallery.

From Jonas: The bride had to powder her nose on the way to the ceremony (They got ready in Rome) and the bridal party and I pulled in to this gas station. Being Italy, you can buy drinks everywhere, so the bride decided to order a round of champagne for everyone. Sounds perfect to us.

Yes, the bridesmaids are dancing. They are moving and a grooving to ABBA’s Dancing Queen.

You will notice one of the bridesmaids singing. She’s frantically afraid of public speaking and performing, but for her best friend’s wedding she decided to conquer her fear and sing a (Swedish) song to the bride.
At the end of the night the entire bridal party jumped into the pool. The mother of the groom was not impressed. We think it is a perfect ending to a magical night.

Photography: Jonas Peterson Photography

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Rustic Wedding Decorations

How incredibly cute are those hand-crafted wedding signs? This along with all the rustic wedding decorations were completely put together by the bride. A few ideas to get the wheels spinning for you up and coming farmhouse wedding. Photographed by Mad Chicken Studio, be sure to see more of this wedding be sure to peek in the gallery.

Photographer: Mad Chicken Studio

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Colors: blue, orange
Styles: rustic

Sophisticated Beach Wedding by KT Merry Photography

Barbie and Gordon tied the knot with timeless South Florida style – on the beach in Naples, Florida. The wine lovers incorporated a wine ceremony into their vows which involved pairing a wine to each others’ traits and personalities (so cute!). They left their ceremony in a one of a kind 1950’s Chrysler Woody convertible that drove them through the scenic streets of Naples before their waterfront reception at the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club. Be sure to see more beach wedding ideas in the full wedding gallery photographed by KT Merry.

KT Merry is one of our exclusive The Hand-Picked VendorsHand-Picked Vendors are at the top of their game and provide excellent services! Our picks were chosen because of their commitment to excellence, stylish and fresh ideas, and their overall fresh approach to weddings. To learn more about how our Hand-Picked vendors are chosen please click here.

Photographer: KT Merry
Venue: Naples Sailing & Yacht Club
DJ: Scratch Weddings
Floral Design: Rickie Portalatin
Harpist: Laura Lou Roth
Rentals: Party Time Rentals

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Rustic Southern Wedding by Gabe Aceves Photography

Let’s venture to the Virginia countryside where obviously lovers are from, for Kimmy and Chilly’s (Chad) countryside wedding. Simple and chic details makes this wedding a true southern charm captured by the oh-so-talented Gabe Aceves. Be sure to make note of the pinwheel table numbers. Yep, you have to have those. Be sure to see more exceptionally pretty pictures in the full wedding gallery. Seriously, how pretty is this wedding?

Photographer: Gabe Aceves
Venue & Caterer: River Bend Golf Club
Desserts: Fluffy Thoughts
DJ: Scratch Weddings
Dress Designer & Groom’s Attire: J. Crew
Shoe Designer: Antrhopologie
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung
Stationery: printed by Digital Lizard
Hair: Eclips Salon
Makeup: Jennifer Grillo Crisci
Hair Accessories: Etsy- Untamed Petals


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Colors: blue, red
Styles: rustic

Fun Texan Wedding by Julie Wilhite Photography

We hope you have a little more room for some more wedding inspiration. This time straight from Texas by Julie Wilhite Photography. Navy bridesmaid dresses with horse ribbons, and the cutest bird seed centerpieces, and of course the horses make this Texan wedding a ribbon winner. Be sure to see the entire wedding in the full wedding gallery. All photographed by Julie Wilhite Photography.

Photographer: Julie Wilhite Photography

Venue: Woodlawn Manor
Makeup: Kari Slansky of Violet Salon
Hair: Peggy Loakim of Violet Salon
Cake: Main Ingredient
Caterer: Washington Parties
Coordinator: Francesca Louis of Washington Parties
DJ: Gavin Holland
Dress Designer: Ramona Keveza
Floral Design: Waterbird Designs
Officiant: Amber King
Shoe Designer: Dan Post
Pies: Dangerously Delicious Pies
Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie

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Colors: blue
Styles: rustic

Vintage Travel Ideas Wedding From Rebecca Arthurs

A love for all things travel inspired our next couple’s wedding decor. In fact they meet while the bride was traveling through Morocco. How incredibly exotic. They took their globetrotting ways and designed a quaint and lovely reception along with some utterly fabulous paper goodies. In fact, the bride designed everything herself. How much do you love their invitations? There is really so much more to see in the full wedding gallery captured by Rebecca Arthurs.

Photographer: Rebecca Arthurs
Venue: Fort Adams
Hair & Makeup: Allison Barbera
Caterer: B&M Catering Company
Floral Design: Robin Hollow Farm
Ceremony Musician: Samantha Gillogly
Reception musicians: The Riverboat Stompers
Rentals: Rentals Unlimited

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Colors: blue, yellow
Styles: theme

Super Stylish Wedding Inspiration By Amanda Watson Photography

Amanda Watson Photography shared with us this inspirational gem. A huge dose of style with all the fixing including some giant balloons, an oh so stylish couple and a gorgeous table scape that is sure to inspire from Camden Chitwood. There are so many more photos for you to gaze at in the full wedding gallery.

Photographer: Amanda & Chris Watson of Amanda Watson Photography
Event & Floral Design: Camden Chitwood
Cake & Desserts: Madison’s On Main
Dress Designer: Allure Bridal from Moliere Bridal Salon
Groom’s Attire: Blue Seven
Stationery: The Paper Lion
Table: Mood Party Rentals
Hair & Makeup: Brooklyn Lane

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Colors: blue, peach
Styles: handmade

Rainy Sonoma Wedding By Zach Anderson Photography

Regardless of when your wedding is, you must always prepare for mother nature to surprise you. As you see with our next wedding, this wine country wedding actually turned out to be quite lovely even in not-so-perfect-weather. Rain or shine the wedding must go on. To see more of this Sonoma wedding from Zach Anderson Photography be sure to visit the entire wedding gallery.

On the hunt for a wedding venue in Sonoma? Be sure to take a peek at the Vine Hill House.

This lovely wine country estate is situated amidst world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards and heirloom organic apple orchards. Scenic views look over hundreds of acres of vineyards and stretch across the Santa Rosa Valley to Mount St. Helena and the Coastal Mountain Range. Looks incredibly beautiful to us.

Photographer: Zach Anderson Photography

Venue: Vine Hill House
Makeup: Audrey Crandell of Glowing Bridal
Hair: Stella Stevens Hair Design
Cake: Giorgi’s Wedding Cakes
Caterer: Park Avenue Catering
Coordinator: Dan O’Connell, owner of Vine Hill House
DJ: AMS Entertainment
Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier
Floral Design: Wine Country Flowers
Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss
Jewelry: Nadri
Officiant: The Reverend Thomas K. Trutner
Shoe Designer: Charly 1 Horse by Lucchese
Stationery: Ephemera Press, Inc

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Colors: blue
Styles: vineyard

Beyond Vintage Topanga Canyon Wedding

You may remember that we featured this snazzy couple’s engagement shoot in a cornfield. It is for a sure a must see. The wedding was equally as stylish. Inessa is truly a “vintage” bride. She loves anything vintage – so much in fact that vintage shops will ring her when items they know she won’t want to miss come in. Her bouquet was nothing short of vintage fabulous being made from 65 brooches and she owns each and every one of them.

All of this vintage goodness was photographed by Shannon Lee Images. To see more of this wedding click here.

Steal Worthy Idea:

Inessa had guest write on squares of fabric with vintage pens. Asking them to allot for 1/2″ of spacing so that she could sew together all their lovely sentiments. What a keepsake that they will treasure forever.

What a clever bride Inessa is. She figured out that our Vintage Monogram can also be printed on fabric to make an eye catching display like one you see below.

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Photographer: Shannon Lee Images
Cinematography: New Classic Films

Event Design: Miss Tashina + Bride + Inn of the Seventh Ray
Venue: Inn of the Seventh Ray
Makeup & Hair: Fairytale Hair and Makeup
Coordinator & Catering: Inn of the Seventh Ray
DJ: Good Times Entertainment
Dress Designer: Private Label by G
Floral Design: Inn of the Seventh Ray
Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss
Officiant: A Very Special Marriage
Bouquet was made by Fantasy Floral Designs

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Colors: blue, gray
Styles: vintage

A New Jersey Bunting Wedding

Words of the Bride: One of the big inspirations for our wedding was the Bunting Free Printable Wedding Invitation Templates by The Wedding Chicks. We slightly tweaked their DIY free template. We also hand typed all the envelopes on my grandmother’s typewriter that she got when she was in the 5th grade. The invitations directly impacted our reception details: the flag bunting in the same shades of blue, the vintage typewriter at the guest book table, even the candy bar! We also had used their Save the Date template, and used the same heart stamp for the invitations to tie the two together.

We found our videographers, FortyOneTwenty, thanks to The Wedding Chicks too! We couldn’t be more pleased with our choice in photographer and videographers!!

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Cinematography: FortyOneTwenty

Photographer: EE Photography
Venue: Crossed Keys Inn
Cake, Desserts & Caterer: Celsos Caterers
DJ: Extreme Excellence Entertainment
Dress Designer: WToo by Watters
Floral Design: Stanley’s Florist
Groom’s Attire: J. Crew
Jewelry: Roman Jewelers
Shoe Designer: Steve Madden
Stationery: The Wedding Chicks Bunting Suite
Hair Accessories: Corrine O’Neill on Etsy

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Colors: blue
Styles: vintage

Seductive And Glamorous Wedding Details

The Beverly Hills SLS Hotel is a landmark of sleek sophistication. Providing endless inspiration with an experience of a seductive and glamorous environment. A perfect backdrop for a stylish modern wedding.

Enjoy all of these glamorous wedding details captured by Jessica Claire and perfectly styled by Alicia Townsend of Details Details. Of course there are so many more glamorous wedding details to be seen in the full gallery.

Sunny of White Lilac Inc. truly outdid herself while creating a table top of style and luxury using her personal vintage jewelry collection and her colorful books of intellect. The tabletop was filled with gradations of yellow, orange, and cream floral with beautiful Dahlias, Billy Balls, Kattelaya Orchids, Mukara Orchids, Succulents, and Tree Peonies. Also, adding elements of white ceramic pieces and velvet ribbon napkin treatments were a luxuriously chic touch! It is pretty much off the hook spectacular.

The playful colored and patterned tile from the Garden Terrace provided the perfect creativity this amazing modern wedding stationery. The antler heads from the lobby of the hotel presented a style that provided a unique take on the table top while incorporating the antlers within the invitations, adorable cookies, and stylish chandeliers.

We love antlers and cannot get enough of the stylish wedding print material designed by Paper Made Design. How much do you love them?

How spectacular is this modern wedding cake? Designed by one of our Hand-Picked wedding vendors, Vanilla Bake Shop . They make beautiful and delicious desserts & cakes from scratch with high quality ingredients such as Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans and Belgium chocolate. We think they are pretty super delicious. See more of their over the top work by clicking here.

Cake/Desserts: Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop

Photographer: Jessica Claire
Event Design: Alicia Townsend of Details Details
Venue: SLS Hotel
Makeup & Hair: Beauty By Berit
Dress Designer: Atelier by Dawn
Floral Design: Sunny of White Lilac Inc.
Cake Pops and Cookies: Kayla’s Kakes
Chandeliers: Revelry
Stationery: PaperMade Design
Printing: Czar Press
Veil or Hair Accessories: Shae Z Couture
Jewelry & Shoes: Jeannie’s personal collection

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Colors: blue, orange
Styles: modern, theme

Proper English Wedding From Carla Ten Eyck Photography

Our next wedding took place at the Winthrop Estate in Lenox, MA. It was held on a rainy day in May and it was a cozy, intimate atmosphere.

Guests traveled from the UK to partake in the events under peach and pink umbrellas. The classic rooms had hanging lanterns, tea, and flowers in various soft pink tones. The bride walked into an original song by Darlingside, a rock string quartet. All exquisitely captured by Carla Ten Eyck. Be sure to see the entire wedding gallery by clicking here.

Photographer: Carla Ten Eyck

Venue: Winthrop Estate
Hair & Makeup: Christi of Peter Alvarez Salon
Coordinator: Jamie Berg of Winthrop Estate
Band: Darlingside
Dress Designer: Victoria Sdoukos
Floral Design: Crocus Hale
Officiant: Eva Sheridan
DJ: Bob Heck

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Styles: theme

Music Themed Wedding

Our next bride happens to be full time wedding photographer (Emily Porter Photo) and her wedding has some clever ideas that we know you are sure to enjoy. In fact she goes into full detail about the entire wedding here. From start to finish the theme it’s a music themed wedding. From the engagement all the way to the table decor, it was all about the tunes. Captured by Ken Kienow.

Emily had so many clever ideas for their wedding, but one we think that you will especially love is that the little eggs you see on the table are actually tea lights. Since the wedding is based around music, the idea was to have a song assigned to a table in order for them to hit the buffet. Pure Genius.

The desert table is pretty intense and there are so many more photos of it in the full gallery that you have to see. The reason why it is so intense is Emily lost over 100 pounds (amazing!) and sweets are her weakness so every time she had a craving she added it to the desert table. Another brilliant idea.

Photographer: Ken Kienow
Event Design: Every Last Detail
Venue: Woman’s Club of Charleston
Hair: Daniel Cummings
Desserts: Frutcake
Caterer: Tastefully Dun and Pies and Pints
Dress Designer: Legends by Romona Keveza
Floral Design: Purchased Fifty Flowers, arranged by Every Last Detail
Groom’s Attire: H&M, custom tie by Bacon Handmade Neckware
Shoe Designer: Kate Spades
Wedges: from Zappos, hand-painted by Figgie Shoes
Stationery: Minted. for save the dates
Dessert Table Design: by Chelsea | Events
Table Linens: BBJ Linens
Sash:  Portobello
Earrings: Maridesign
Custom Guestbook Album: The Handmade Boutique
Ceremony Rug & Photobooth Backdrop: Urban Outfitters
Makeup: Sarah Franklin
Hair Accessories: Velvet Owl


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Palm Springs Wedding Ideas + Win The Earrings From The Shoot

In honor of the summer heat we have some bright yellow desert inspiration for you from Cakes & Kisses Photography & Becca Rillo Photography.

Geometric patterns and hues of yellow were combined with white and royal blue tones to enhance the impression of casual beauty commonly found throughout popular Palm Springs hotels. To read more about the shoot and all the goodies used click here. Read on to see how you can win the gorgeous earrings used in this shoot.

5 Lucky readers will win the earrings you see featured in the shoot today from Prim & Pixie. Simply visit Prim & Pixie and share with us what your favorite pair of earrings are on the site. Winners will be announced next Friday. Enter as many times as you like.

Photographer: Cakes & Kisses Photography

Photographer: Becca Rillo Photography.
Event & Floral Design: Judy Molina of Enchanted Garden Floral Design
Makeup & Hair:  LMS Studio
Cake & Desserts: Cake Goodness
Dress Designer & Groom’s attire: Chantilly Bridal & Mr. Tux
Jewelry: Prim & Pixie
Stationery: Prim & Pixie
Event Rentals: A1 Event Rentals
Coordinator: Claudia of Elise Event Design

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Colors: blue, yellow
Styles: beach

Texas DIY Wedding

How incredibly lovely are Ashley and Max’s wedding invites? A vintage hankie for the invitation accompanied by mason jar response card. Hello cuteness. The two married at The Conservation Plaza in New Braunfels a quaint and charming wedding venue. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a true Texas style cocktail hour with fresh lemonade, sweet tea, Texas brewed beer, and homemade caramel corn. All photographed by Sarah McKenzie Photography.

For more DIY Wedding ideas see the entire wedding gallery.

Photographer: Sarah McKenzie Photography
Venue: The Conservation Plaza
Makeup: Felger & Friends
Cake/Desserts: Polkadots Cupcake Factory
Caterer: Heart’s Desire Catering
Dress Designer: David’s Bridal
Floral Design: Flowers by Jeni
Shoe Designer: Seychelles
Cake Toppers: Miss Aine Handmade Crafts
Photo booth: Magnolia Photo Booth
Bird House Gift card holder: Door County Woodworks
The Bride’s Designs: My Darling Clementines
Tent: Comal Rental
Second Shooter: Jenna of Cammi J. Photography
DJ: DJ Jonny Whutnot
Groom’s Attire:
Andrew Fezza
Veil or Hair Accessories: Southern Lady Veils

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Colors: blue, orange
Styles: handmade, vintage

Modern Georgia Wedding By Geneoh Photography

We love a great love story. Matt, the groom, who is a graphic designer, needed some vintage keys for a project and Nicole, the bride, just happened to have them. The rest is history and here is their Georgia wedding photographed ever-so-beautifully by Geneoh Photography.

There really are so many more beautiful wedding portraits of the bride and groom by Geneoh Photography that you just have to see by clicking here.

Photographer: Geneoh Photography

Venue: Agnes Scott

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Music Inspired Wedding From Shewanders Photography

We are enamored by our next wedding. The entire wedding is stunning including the gorgeous photographs from the artistic Shewanders Photography.

From start to finish the bride and groom stuck with the music themed wedding. From the concert ticket place cards and “set-list” wedding programs to the personalized guitar picks and their favorite bands as table names; the music theme kept the wedding planning exciting and entertaining. To read more from the bride click here.

To see the entire wedding gallery click here.

Photographer: Suzanne Hansen Shewanders Photography

Venue: The Darlington House
Makeup & Hair: Ray Thomas
Cake | Desserts: CAKE
Caterer: Culinary Concepts
Cinematography: Epic Affairs
Dress Designer: Priscilla of Boston
Floral Design: Blast Off Blooms
Shoe Designer: Winslet by Benjamin Adams

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Adorable San Clemente Wedding

Remember Casino San Clemente? Well, here is an actual wedding that took place at this southern California beachy venue. Photographed by Kali Lu Photo.

To see all the lovely details be sure to visit the wedding gallery.

Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals
Hair and Makeup: Nicole De Anne

Photographer: Kali Lu Photo
Venue: Casino San Clemente
Cake/Desserts: Cinderella Cakes
Coordinator: Stephanie Furlong
Floral Design: Allison
Stylist for Field and Beach Shoots: Stacey Sargent
Other Decor: Balloons
Guest hair pieces: Katie Speed

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Colors: blue, orange
Styles: vintage

Mexico City Wedding From Aaron Shintaku and a concert by Juan Gabriel

We have an over the top Mexico City wedding from two of our favorite Wedding Chicks members, Aaron Shintaku and Crafthouse Productions.

Musicouste Weddings coordinated this entire celebration that began at the historic Church of Santa Mari­a del Buen Suceso and then ended at  the family private estate. Their special guest, a famous recording artist, Juan Gabriel performed a private concert for all the guests. Juan Gabriel is one of Marcelino’s favorite artists and it was a total surprise for him.

Be sure to see all the full wedding gallery by clicking here.

Photographer: Aaron Shintaku
Cinematography: Crafthouse Productions

Coordinator: Musicouste Weddings
Venue: Private Estate
Hair & Makeup: Basilio Munoz

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Colors: blue, orange
Styles: beach

Yellow and Cobalt Blue Wedding From Corey Ann

What happens when an invitation designer designs her dream wedding? Well, of course it oozes with juicy paper details, fun accessories and of course tons of style. Captured beautifully by Ohio wedding photographer Corey Ann Photography. There are so many more yellow and cobalt blue wedding details to see. Click here to see them all.

Photographer: Corey Ann Photography
Coordinator: Emilie Duncan Event Planning

Photographer: Corey Ann Photography
Venue: The Loft at Smith Brothers
Makeup: Studio Forvero
Hair: Rafiel’s Salon
Cake/Desserts: Short North Piece of Cake
Caterer: The Loft at Smith Brothers
Coordinator: Emilie Duncan Event Planning
DJ: DJ Lou Schocken
Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero
Floral Design: Elegant Touch
Groom’s Attire: Tommy Hilfiger
Jewelry: Leo Alfred
Officiant: Richard A. Burnett
Shoe Designer: plvstudio
Stationery: Print Julep
Veil or Hair Accessories: Brenda’s Bridal Veils

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Colors: blue, yellow
Styles: classic

Rustic Wedding From First Comes Love Photography

Christine & Shehkar had been together 9 years after meeting in marching band at UC Berkeley. They got married at the beautiful Radonich Ranch in California, which just enough rustic to be casual and just enough lovely to be elegant. Filled to the brim with homemade fun and quirky details. There are so many more adorable images to see from First Comes Love Photography that you must see and insider tips from the bride.

Click here to see the entire wedding gallery.

Photographer: First Comes Love Photography
Venue: Radonich Ranch
Makeup: Shealley Gumiran
Hair: Shelly Ann Cross
Cake/Desserts: Joan Lee
Caterer: Radonich Ranch
DJ: Dave and the Diamonds (band)
Dress Designer: Vintage
Floral Design: homemade
Groom’s Attire: English Laundry (suit) & Penguin (tie)
Jewelry: homemade, heirlooms, Etsy
Shoe Designer: vintage
Stationery: homemade
Veil or Hair Accessories: homemade
Coordinator: Vignette Events

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Colors: blue
Styles: rustic

Temecula Orange and Teal Wedding Ideas

How are the weekend wedding plans going? Here are some orange and teal wedding ideas to hopefully give you a little weekend inspiration. Nini and Allan tied the knot at the Temecula Creek Inn, a fabulous San Diego wedding venue. Their adorable wedding all captured by Temecula wedding photographer, Fairytale Creations. Be sure to check out the entire wedding gallery for all the thoughtful wedding details by clicking here.

Photography: Fairytale Creations Photography

Event Coordinator: Suzanne Apodaca of DeMaeSu Events
Catering: Temecula Creek Inn
Hair & Makeup: I Do Makeovers Joni Keller
Bridal Makeup: Kristene Foley
Wedding Pastor: Charlie Thorn
Florist: MFG Floral Designs and Events
Musician/DJ: Brian Stodart

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Colors: blue, orange
Styles: rustic

Yellow Wedding Ideas

We wanted to make sure you did not miss this over the top wedding from Jesi Haack Weddings and Aaron Shintaku. So, we are coming back with a little more from these two power houses. You are going to go gaga over all the handmade wedding details. Kelly and Eric tied the knot in beautiful San Diego Point Loma Nazarene University and held the reception at The Thursday Club. Which happens to be super close to the university.

Jesi Haack Weddings decided to give each guest a hand crafted bow tie (guys) or a hand sewn hair bow (girls) as a favor and seat assignment tag. Jesi said it was amazing to see all of the guests wearing their favors throughout the night! From hand sewn pillows by the mother of the bride to homemade bow tie stir sticks by the bride herself, this was definitely a team effort!

You can actually learn how to make the homemade bow tie stir sticks over at Jesi’s blog by clicking here. Be sure to check out all the images of this bow tie wedding by clicking here.

Event Design & Planning: Jesi Haack Weddings is a Hand Picked Vendor of The Wedding Chicks. To see more of her delicious work. Click Here

Photography: Aaron Shintaku
Floral Design: JL Designs
Frozen Yogurt Bar: Fiji Yogurt
Birdcage Veil: Jesi Haack Weddings

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Ohio Handmade Wedding

We love a handmade wedding! Thanks to Chicago wedding photographer, Redwall Photo we have and incredible DIY wedding with a cozy lakefront cottage. Thao, the bride, basically made everything and below she goes into extreme detail on her DIY affair. One of our favorite elements are there cloth booklets, a nod to Thao former job in book design. Enjoy the rest of Thao and Dan’s Ohio wedding.

There are so many incredibly handmade details that you have to see. Check them out by clicking here.

From Thao on her DIY planning adventures.

We knew we wanted two things with our wedding: we wanted to have it in the summer, and we wanted to have it at Dan’s family lakeside cottage. It belonged to his Grandpa Jack and Grandma Bobbie, and has meant so much to the whole family over the years. On our first date, Dan told me that the cottage was his favorite place in the world, and that he hoped he’d have a chance to take me there someday. Three years later, we got married there!

The cottage is relatively small, so it dictated the size of our wedding. Neither of us ever imagined our wedding with a lot of fanfare, just intimate, homespun warmth. We kept the guest list to our immediate family and our best friends. The smaller guest list limited our vendors as well, since we didn’t want to have a lot of strangers milling around during our 36-person wedding. It became something of a DIY affair, but we had so much fun working on the details together.

I was most excited about designing my paper products. Our invitations were cloth booklets (a nod to my former job in book design), with ribbon spines that opened into a pocketfold with all of the invitation suite elements. I learned how to letterpress, and letterpressed our programs, sewing them into booklets with ribbon. We designed and printed our own save-the-dates and thank you notes too. Every paper element was slightly different, but fit into the feel of our cottage wedding.

Our colors were navy, yellow, and grey, which seemed both summery and nautical to me, but we didn’t stick too tightly to that color scheme. The week before the wedding, my bridesmaids and Dan’s groomsman came in to help, and we did all of the decorating ourselves. We made bunting to hang up, welcome signs, table runners, and tissue paper pomanders. We baked lemon shortbread cookies imprinted with our initials to distribute as favors. We also did all of the flowers ourselves, with a lot of help from my bridesmaid’s boyfriend, who happened to have worked in a florist shop. Our parents came to help with the clean-up and tear-down of the cottage. Everyone lent a hand to bring our wedding together, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out.

A shuttle brought guests from the hotel to the cottage, where they were welcomed with an open bar and fans for the summer heat. The ceremony took place on the deck overlooking the lake. My grandfather walked me down the aisle, which meant the world to me. When he was asked who supports the bride in her marriage, he said, “We all do”. After the ceremony, the wedding party hopped onto a boat, where we enjoyed drinks and cocktails. The food was amazing–our guests still talk about it. Then we came back to enjoy the reception. From the toasts, to the first dance, to the afterparty, every element was perfectly suited for us as a couple. We got quality time with every single person at our wedding, which made us feel so blessed. I wouldn’t have changed anything about our wedding.

Chicago Wedding Photographer Redwall Photography is proud sponsor and preferred vendor of The Wedding Chicks.

Caterer: Splendid Fare Catering
Coordinator: Simply Divine Events

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Colors: blue, yellow
Styles: handmade

Perry Mansion Texas Wedding Venue

Who is on the hunt for the perfect Texas Wedding Venue? Well, there is a splendid venue that you might want to check out called Perry Mansion in Austin, TX. A gorgeous venue with lush gardens and rustic Spanish decor.

Perry Mansion was the perfect setting for Christen and Brian’s wedding. Their wedding was filled to the brim with family heirlooms including original art that belonged to Christen’s family. Christen was beautiful in a tea length gown and Brian wore traditional military dress. Which tied in ever so nicely with their navy blue wedding decor.

Be sure to check out the entire wedding here you will not want to miss out on all the details.

Photography: Sherry Hammonds Photography

Floral Designer: Blake Sparks
Cakes: Michelle’s Patisserie
Tables: Austin Table and Chair Rental
Coffee Bar: Caffe Medici

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Styles: garden

1960s Mad Men Theme Wedding

Susie here — also known as The Wedding Chicks programmer. You might remember my Mad Men Save the Date from earlier this year (click here to get your own customized version). I can’t believe it, but the wedding came and went on Friday, October 1! I’m here to share the details with you! Please enjoy our Mad Men Theme Wedding.

All of the amazing photos were taken by the super sweet and oh-so-talented Seattle wedding photographer, Julie Harmsen.

When we got engaged we knew our wedding wouldn’t be traditional. We wanted something fun, comfortable, and focused on our love. To come up with the theme, I brainstormed with Jocey (one half of The Wedding Chicks!). Our original venue, which actually went out of operation before our wedding, was decked out in mid-century modern furniture. We loved this look, so we chose to match it with an early-to-mid 60s Mad Men theme. I started collecting ideas by going through vintage magazines from the 1960s, like Vogue, and photo galleries from the show.

To capture the Mad Men look, I had my dress custom designed by Andrea Pitter of Pantora. Working with Andrea was so easy! I explained my vision and she took my ideas and came up with her own creative spin. I finished the look with vintage-inspired jewelry by Mercury Jane Designs on Etsy. The birdcage veil and mini hat was custom designed by Eugenia of Petit Plume, who stepped in for me very last minute and designed something 100% original! Of course the look would not have been complete without the help of Renee and Emily of Two Fishes Artistry, who gave me a high, retro updo and beautiful makeup to match.

We had planned for our wedding to be held at a rooftop venue overlooking the Las Vegas strip. We wanted the reception to feel more like a cocktail party with dancing under the stars. Six weeks before the wedding, we discovered that our venue had gone “out of operation”. Our absolutely incredible wedding coordinator, Juliet Douglas of Green Orchid Events, really came through for us in hunting down a replacement venue on such short notice. She executed and coordinated the entire wedding flawlessly. Juliet and her team were our wedding heroes! Thanks to their hard work, we landed a perfect backup venue in The Platinum Hotel a few miles off the strip. The Misora Terrace at the hotel has a breathtaking view of the Strip as well as the mountains beyond, making it a beautiful spot for the ceremony as well as the perfect spot for a party-vibe reception after sunset.

We kept the ceremony simple, and sweet, and it was such a beautiful event for us! We only invited our immediate family members to the ceremony to keep it intimate. We placed benches for the guests around our four post altar with hanging orange and white blooms and crystals. Everyone had a great seat, and we were surrounded by a warm, loving energy. Our officiant Reverend Judy Irving wrote such a touching ceremony that all of our guests loved.

At the reception, we opted for an interactive dessert station rather than a traditional wedding cake. Our floral designer, Fleuretica, along with Picture Perfect Events, came up with the clever concept of a station divided in half, with one side representing feminine, and the other masculine, joined together by a common object: a window in the middle of a shared wall. This symbolism was so perfect for marriage, but also for the Mad Men theme in creating a retro kitchen for one side, and a sleek mid-century modern bar or office for the other. They filled each space with vintage furniture and props from the 1960s. I felt like we were on the Mad Men set! Sweet and Saucy Shop provided the delicious and lovely little desserts for each side, which included mini lattice top pies and delicate french macaroons in the kitchen, and rich chocolate mousse dessert shots and chocolate dipped pecan shortbread squares in the office.

Guests were encouraged to channel Mad Men in their attire. Fleuretica put together an amazing accessory bar for us, again using vintage pieces and tons of props throughout the display. The ladies could finish off their retro look with gloves, handbags, pearls, and scarves, while the men could grab a fedora, vintage tie, and vest, amongst other items. The station also had other great details, like an old shoe shine kit and perfume bottles. This was a huge hit with our guests! We let them capture their look in photos by setting up a photo booth area with a long couch right next to the accessory bar. Our amazing photographer, Julie Harmsen, created the setup for us and provided a remote control so guests could snap their own shots. We now have hundreds of hilarious, super fun photos that we will absolutely treasure forever.

In lieu of a traditional guestbook, an aqua, vintage typewriter (do any weddings *not* have a vintage typewriter these days?) directed guests to write a note and tack it to our “office bulletin board”, as Mad Men is set mostly in the office. I also purchased an orange suitcase from the 1960s on Etsy, and used it to hold the cookie favors. The favors were made by my uber talented sister-in-law, Brigi, who matched them to the invitations I designed (look for a customizable version of my invitation coming your way soon!). We also included four popular 1960s cocktails for guests to try at the bar.

DJ Smiles Davis of the infamously awesome The Flashdance kept the party going all night long. Smiles was our dream DJ! She played a great eclectic mix of songs and kept the party vibe right where we wanted it without ever treading anywhere near “traditional reception music”. Everything you have heard about The Flashdance is true — they are the best, there is no way around it.

Lighten Films was on hand to capture the event in live action on film. We’ll share a trailer from them in a few weeks so you can see what it was like, up close and personal!

I will be sharing more details and personal stories over in Brides in the coming weeks!

Photographer: Julie Harmsen Photography
Coordinator: Green Orchid Events
Flowers: Fleuretica
Desserts: My Sweet and Saucy
Officiant: Reverend Judy Irving
Filmmaker: Lighten Films

Cookie Favors: Brigi Schindler, sister-in-law of the bride
Dessert Station Design: Fleuretica and Picture Perfect Events
DJ: Smiles Davis from The Flashdance
Dress: Pantora by Andrea Pitter
Furniture rental: Somers Furniture
Hair & Makeup:  Two Fishes Artistry
Headpiece: Petit Plume
Invitation & Printed Materials: Zee Studio (the bride)
Jewelry: Mercury Jane Designs
Lighting: All Events DJ
Printer: Papeterie
Venue & Catering: The Platinum Hotel

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Colors: blue, orange
Styles: theme

Classic Malibu Wedding

Michelle & Barrett had a relaxed wedding at The Adamson House in Malibu. Michelle was inspired by a small vignette of succulents, shells and crystallized rock that they placed on their head table. They brought in the laid back and relaxed feeling of the beach with turquoise & purple accents, a lounge for guests to relax and flowing organic florals. Barrett & Michelle took on quite a bit on their own. Barrett handmade all of the beer at their home. Michelle handmade grapefruit liquor from the grapefruit tree at their newly purchased home. The labels, coordinating with the rest of the paper materials, fit the theme perfectly. As they are both from the east coast, they really wanted all of their out of town guests to feel comfortable. To have fun. To be able to relax. It was the perfect event for just that. Relaxed. Fun.

A special thanks to Hazelnut Photography for sharing this wonderful wedding with us. Be sure to check all the wonderful images in our gallery.

Cake – Erica O’Brien Cakes

Photographer: Hazelnut Photography
Hair & Make-up – The Art Form Studio
Coordinator – Cassandra Santor
Caterer –  Truly Yours
DJ – Hey Mr. DJ
Flowers – My Wedding Blooms
Rentals – Classic Party Rentals
Videography – American Marriage Documentary
Paper Goods – Flite Design

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Colors: blue, purple
Styles: classic

Nashville Chic & Artsy Wedding

Kayla was really looking for a fresh, chic & artsy wedding without breaking the bank. The inspiration first came from the craspedia flower and when she began collecting white milk glass vases and antique silver trays from various second hand shops around Nashville.

She used all Nashville & local vendors for her wedding, including B. Hughes for her dress. Bloom Nashville for all the flowers, arrangements & boutonnieres, Fruition Salon for hair & makeup (where she works) along with lots of other local vendors around town. Almost all the details from the day were hand made, from the cloth pom poms in the sanctuary, rolled napkins, petal curtain at the reception to the wedding invitations (screen printed by hand). The wedding was at she and Kyle’s home church here in Nashville (Church of the Redeemer) and the reception was out back in a tent under the property. Captured with elegance and charm from Nashville Photographer, Austin Gros Photography.

Photography: Austin Gros Photography
Dress: B Hughes (Alita Graham for Kleinfeld)
Flowers: Bloom Nashville
Hair/Make-Up: Keri Campbell, Fruition Salon
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dorothy Perkins
Jewelry: Anthropologie

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Colors: blue, yellow
Styles: handmade

Peacock Wedding Ideas

We know that you love a peacock themed wedding! Especially with a bold color palette of teal, aqua, lavender, and gold. This inspirational wedding shoot is bold and beautiful! There are for sure some steal worthy ideas in here for you from Alden Blair Events & Tyra Bleek Photography.

They used traditional elements in the stationery pattern as well as other items: formal invitations, individual menu cards, champagne favors, and dramatic centerpieces set the tone for a formal event. In order to add a touch of modern elegance they mixed in ghost chairs, stemware, chargers, and cigar favors which for sure adds that contemporary touch.

Photography: Tyra Bleek Photography
Event Coordinator: Alden Blair Events
Flowers: Blooms of Hope
Locations: Brookline, MA and Gondola Di Venezia – Boston, MA
Rentals: Rentals Unlimited

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Colors: blue, purple
Styles: classic

Crafty Yellow & Teal Long Beach Wedding

A blind date ended up being a match made in heaven for Ingrid and Tim. Soon followed by detailed filled yellow and teal wedding at Rancho Los Cerritos and the Virginia Country Club in Long Beach. Since Ingrid is an art teacher, the wedding was overflowing with clever details.

Ingrid hosted a craft day with her closest women family and friends prior to the wedding. They crafted for 8 hours together making handkerchief programs, toss cones, parasols, tissue poms, terrariums, escort cards and more. If it was not for the help of those crafty ladies, she would not have been able to pull off all the lovely details. If you love Ingrid and Tim’s bride and groom sign you can personalize yours for free by clicking here.

A special thanks to Sweet Monday Photography for sharing this delightful Long Beach Wedding with us.

From Ingrid on her wedding planning process:

We designed our wedding to reflect the unique mix of elements that come together in Long Beach. We wanted to incorporate the historic feel of the Rancho with vintage decorations, and although Long Beach is a large community it feels very small town in many ways. We wanted the wedding to have the personal touches that reflect who we are and our personalities. Below are a few Ingrid’s favorite memories of the wedding!

My brother-in-law played the guitar and sang a song during the ceremony that had special meaning to us
Tim’s father passed away during high school and to include his father in our day was important. Tim’s sister carried his father’s bible and read from it during the ceremony
The yellow dresser belonged to my father’s deceased grandparents; Tim and I repainted it and added new knobs. Tim and I enjoyed the time making crafts together and plan to use the dresser for our future children’s room
Tim and I also had a blast searching antique stores for vintage postcards of locations in Long Beach, and places we have traveled together in California

Bride’s Veil: Tessa Kim
Ring Bowl: Paloma’s Nest

Photography: Sweet Monday Photography
Flowers: Holli Do
Location Event Coordinators:  Julie A. Cameron and Jessica Laney
Dress: Melissa Sweet The White Dress in Corona Del Mar
Music: Ceremony: Art Deco Entertainment
Reception: Leonard Neil Productions
Photo Booth: Red Cheese
Groom’s Cufflinks: The Cuff Link Maker
Bride’s Garter: Florrie Mitton
Groom’s Ring: Jewelry by Johan
Tissue Poms: A Dash of Color
Custom Sticker’s & Candy Bar Sign: Nella Designs
Bridal Dress Hanger: Lila Frances
Wedding Signs: The Back Porch Shoppe
Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss
Groomsmen Suits: 3 Day Suit Broker
Cake: Bride’s Aunt Laura Willson

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Colors: blue, yellow
Styles: vintage

Shabby Chic DIY Iowa Wedding

We are suckers for a DIY bride and Tessa is no exception. She literally did everything herself. Tessa wanted a shabby chic theme, and she executed perfectly. The reception was located right in the countryside featuring acres rolling hills all around. Everything Tessa used for her wedding decor was vintage, even the plates were found at an old thrift store. She even thought to have the cake by a mirror and have it read always backwards so that it read correctly in the reflection.  They did not have a typical reception, no dancing or anything of the sorts, just hanging out and having fun! Enjoy this shabby chic wedding from Amanda Basteen Photography.

Photography: Amanda Basteen Photography
Bridesmaid Dress: The Dessy Group

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Colors: blue, gray
Styles: handmade

Afternoon Backyard Wedding Ideas

One of our Canadian wedding photographers, Tara Whittaker Photography sent us ideas for a backyard wedding. Not only do all of her wedding ideas ooze with simplicity and country charm but, they are easy to accomplish on your own with a little help of some friends.

In lieu of traditional napkins, Tara collected vintage handkerchiefs. They chose handkerchiefs that were embroidered, so they also added color and charm to the table. They can also easily double as a sweet wedding favor to remember the day.

If Lilacs happen to be in season when you are planning your wedding, here is a great tutorial that Tara used in order to make all these lovely Lilac wedding arrangements. To add that vintage element you can simply find a vintage hankie to tie around your wedding bouquet. Very easy but, simply elegant.

The Colorful pinwheels are made out of coordinating sheets of origami or lightweight paper. This easy DIY happens to be one of Martha Stewart’s Good things DIY projects. You can visit this pinwheel tutorial by clicking here.

Another great way to cut back on costs is to opt to have a table filled with homemade pies in lieu of the traditional wedding cake. Ask friends and family to bake their favorite pie and bring it to the wedding. Provide some creamy vanilla ice cream and you are sure to have some satisfied guests.

Absolutely love the idea of having several tables around the area with cool refreshing beverages. This way guest do not congregate to one area for drinks. Find an old table and place a doilie over the table to spruce it up. Etsy has a ton of doilies at great prices.

Instead of just having guests mingle, why not set up some fun backyard games. We love the idea of a classic game of horseshoes or a lovely game of croquet. This is also a great option for your bridal shower.


Canadian Wedding Photographer: Tara Whittaker Photography

Hair and Make-up: Tara Watts of Hue Hair Salon
Stylists: Tara Whittaker & Carol Whittaker
Vintage Dress: Cat’s Eye Vintage incidentally, the dress is   for sale – contact the photographer
Vintage Gloves: What’s in Store
Groom’s Attire: The Bay
Lemonade Dispenser: Canadian Tire
Locations: Private residence, The Calgary Imperial School of Ballet

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Colors: blue
Styles: handmade

San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Wedding

Monica and Patrick were married at The Argonaut Hotel in San Francisco. The original 1907 style architecture still embodies elements of the nautical history of San Francisco in its heyday, its plush, stylish decor nestles guests in an accommodating, stimulating environment that is both modern and comforting. Since Patrick went to the Maritime academy, it only made sense to update the style of the wedding to nautical theme with vintage flair.

Monica daunted a flirty tea length Melissa Sweet Dress along with a pair of satin navy blue peep toe pumps. Love the tea length gown it looks adorable on her don’t you think? Captured by Larissa Cleveland Photography.

Photographer: Larissa Cleveland Photography
Wedding Location: the luxury Argonaut Hotel, in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco
Bride’s Attire: Melissa Sweet
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Flowers: Natalini Flowers by Crispy
Cake: Montclair Baking
Hair: Karen Corbett and Rachel Bollinger from Images Hair Design
Makeup: Taryn Warren
Entertainment: Denon & Doyle Disc Jockey Company
Videographer: IQ Videography
Invitations: Kavamore Press

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Colors: blue, green
Styles: classic

DIY Lime Green & Navy Blue Wedding

Our next wedding took place in Washington at the historical Red Barn Farms. It has been in the Meyer family for over 100 years, but recently renovated into a rustic and elegant wedding venue. The 1903 timber-frame barn is the focal point and magical in the evening with the glow of soft light. An ideal spot for WA rustic barn yard wedding.

Betsy, the bride, did absolutely everything herself (with the help of her friends) or at least had the idea for those unique touches.  She made the groom’s ring, flower arrangements, bouquets, centerpieces, candy table, tulle ceiling adornment (which made tossing the bouquet a little difficult), photobooth (decorated with family photos). She dyed her own slip blue (something blue!), chose the boys’ socks, and after not being able to find a chandelier that matched what she wanted, she made that herself as well. Talk about a DIY bride and of course a special thanks to Matt Shumate Photography.

Photography: Matt Shumate Photography
Wedding Venue: Red Barn Farms in Colton, WA

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Colors: blue, green
Styles: rustic

Michigan Farm Style Wedding

Before we present this week’s Sweet Treats, we want to give you one last dose of wedding eye candy to get you through the weekend.

There is not a better way to kick off the weekend than a good old fashion farm wedding chalked full of funky fresh wedding details. Nicole Ladonne Photography captured this down home wedding that took place at Piccard Farm in Marne, MI.

Some fun wedding tid bits that we know you will enjoy are the tables were named after all the places the couple had traveled to together. The cake toppers were inspired by etsy but hand painted by the bride. The stamp banner on the cake were actually stamps from Kilimanjaro and Ecuador, and all places and mountains the couple has climbed. It really does not get more personal than that.

Photography- Nicole Ladonne Photography

The above MI Wedding vendor is a proud sponsor and preferred vendors of The Wedding Chicks. For more information on how to become a preferred of The Wedding Chicks click here.

Photography-Stevie T
Ceremony- Piccard Farm- Marne, MI
Reception- The B.O.B. – Grand Rapids, MI
Wedding DJ – DJames productions
Cake – French confection, Grand Blanc
Linen – Special Occassion, Grand Blanc
Afterparty dj’s – Maximal Music
Bride and Bridesmaid Necklaces: Etsy
Dress – jcrew
Groom’s suit- jcrew
Dave Menzo– Ceremony Musician

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Colors: blue, orange
Styles: rustic

Rancho Las Lomas Shabby Chic Wedding

It is official you are going to LOVE our next wedding from San Diego wedding photographers Anika London.

It is vintage, country and shabby chick all wrapped up in one cute package. Tina and David tied the knot at Rancho Las Lomas in Orange County California. Tina is daunting a gorgeous Melissa Sweet wedding dress and the bridesmaid each add their own eclectic mix to their wedding look. All in all this wedding is filled with steal worthy eye candy.

Tina and David actually took their portraits before the ceremony. We love to hear the opinions of brides that have experienced this so that you can make the best decision for your special day. Below is what Tina had to say on her choice.

“We’re so glad we took all of our pictures before the wedding. It gave us more time to hang out with our guests and we were able to enjoy every part of our wedding. The day goes by so fast so that extra time with our family and friends was really special. ”

We are quite positive that there are going to be a few images here that you are going to steal some inspiration from. Tina and David wanted a vintage, country, shabby chic style wedding. Tina really like that shabby chic cottage look and Dave really wanted a rustic country style, so combine the two and you have a rustic shabby chic extravaganza.

Take note of all the incredible love and detail that went into this wedding. How tasty do the white chocolate pretzels look? Carrie Goff pretty much did an amazing job of coordinating this detail filled wedding.

Rancho Las Lomas, Flawless Faces, Inc, and Vive Entertainment are all proud sponsors and preferred vendors of the Wedding Chicks.

Photography: Anika London
Wedding Coordinator: Carrie Goff
Venue: Rancho Las Lomas
Photographer: Anika London
Florist: Green Leaf Designs
Hair & Makeup: Flawless Faces, Inc
Candy Station Room: De-Lighted
Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet
Bridesmaid Dresses: Lazaro
Jr. Bridesmaid Dress: Watters
Shoes: Pura Lopez
Suits: J. Crew
DJ: Vive Entertainment
Acoustic Guitarist: Pete Goslow
Officiant: Don Johnson
Wedding Bands: Armen Designs, Newport Beach
Cake: Final Touch Bakery

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Colors: blue, pink
Styles: rustic

Oregon Backyard Wedding With Peacock Details

This wedding took place in Grant’s Pass, Oregon on a private property of a very close and dear friend of the bride. Ashley and Andrew met each other in New Zealand, where is is from. They have traveled back and forth over the last year between countries to spend time with each other. This was an ‘international’ wedding with all the visitors from out of town.

Ashleigh’s wedding theme was not only budget friendly, but it was all about peacocks and cowgirl boots. Thanks to Jessica Feely Photography for sharing this backyard beauty with us.

Photographer: Jessica Feely Photography
Dress: Davids Bridal
Bridesmaids dresses: Own finds.
Flowers: Put together by all the bridesmaids.
Venue: Family Friend’s Private Property in Grants Pass, Oregon.
Centerpieces: Peacock feathers and random dishes/glasses,
vintage bottles and vases.
Catering: Abu’s Oasis Deli (Lebanese & Greek Food)
Cake: Joetta Sharrard
Hair: Whitney Sharrard
Makeup: Candace Gotchall-Mcmillen

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Colors: blue
Styles: theme

Ranch Style Wedding Overflowing With Glamour

White Haute Photography is super hot! Be sure not miss all the super glamorous details from XOXO Bride.

So of course we had to share with you Scott and Kirsten’s ranch style wedding. Below is the wedding story from White Haute. Let us just say the population of the town where the wedding was held was a whopping 18.

My first pinch was on the drive to the wedding site, a town called Parkfield, population 18.  We drove for 15 miles on a one-lane road, passing horse pastures and thousands of cattle. The hand-painted wooden signs kept us on track, but when we reached the town itself, we blinked and missed it, heading another several miles past our destination. After a few dirt roads and some frantic phone calls with one half a bar of cell service, we realized our mistake and returned to the town. When you park, you look to your left and see one half of the town, the Parkfield Lodge. Turn to your right, and the other half greets you, the Parkfield Cafe.

Now this isn’t just any old town in the middle of nowhere, it happens to be the Earthquake Capital of the World, a town with more scientific equipment monitoring the ground than anywhere else on the planet. It was definitely a unique setting, but the details really made this wedding spectacular. The groom in his custom cowboy hat and boots, the handmade leather photo guest book the couple made themselves, the rustic feel of the celebration made us feel like part of a huge family, and it was amazing to witness. Thank you to the girls at XOXO Bride for putting on such a spectacular event.

Enjoy Scott and Kirsten’s ranch style wedding!

White Haute Photography and XOXO Bride are both preferred vendors and proud sponsors of The Wedding Chicks.

Photography:White Haute Photography
The host site and catering was the V6 Ranch
Coordinator was Sonia Hopkins with XOXO Bride
Flowers were done by Becky McCulloch

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Colors: blue, orange
Styles: rustic

Yellow & Blue Texas Wedding

Our next wedding is knee deep in wedding details. Prepare to take some serious notes on how sunshine yellow and navy are done right. Katelin and Blake were married in true Texas style at The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. Loving all the bright and colorful flowers especially the billy button boutonniere all designed and created by Texas Wedding Florist, Petal Pushers.

Beautifully captured by Texas Wedding Photographer Kathryn Krueger Photography.

Texas Wedding Photographer Kathryn Krueger Photography and Coordinator Lucie’s Events are proud sponsors and preferred vendor of The Wedding Chicks

Venue: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Coordinator: Lucie’s Events
Caterer: Circle C Catering
Cake: Michelle’s Pastisserie
Flowers: Petal Pushers
Band: Random Axis
Dress: Lee-Ann Belter (Lillian Lottie Couture – Scottsdale, AZ)
Shoes: Kate Spade
Bridesmaids Dresses: Ann Taylor
Invitations: Paper Joy (Scottsdale, AZ)
Hair: Jennifer Hernandez, Avant Salon
Make-Up: Nisa Nicole
All other paper & decor: DIY

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Colors: blue, yellow
Styles: garden

Baltimore Wedding With Cheeky Charm

We have an incredible treat for you today. We will be doing a double dip wedding. The wedding photographs along with the wedding video. This is something we have never done before so share with us if you like it.

Meredith and Tommy were married at the Sherwood Forest Clubhouse in Baltimore. Complete with a peach bow tie and and some cheeky details. It looks as if these two met in middle school, read the cute card below. You are going to fall in love with their wedding along with the video from Monachetti so, stay tuned. In the meantime enjoy their wedding photos from Kristen Marie Photography.

Kuddos to Kristen Marie Photography! There are so many more spectacular photos of Meredith and Tommy’s wedding that we know you would love to see. Click here to see the entire wedding.

Remember to stay tuned for Meredith and Tommy’s video. It is a must see.

Dress: Lex Bridal. Annapolis, MD. Sash, J.Crew
Jewelry: Earrings, JcPenny. Bracelet, a gift from deceased grandfather.
Shoes: J.Crew.Suits: Groom, Hugo Boss. Groomsmen, own finds.
Bridesmaids dresses: Own finds.
Flowers: Tommy’s mother and aunt
Venue: Sherwood Forest Clubhouse. Sherwood Forest, Maryland.
Centerpieces: Wooden flower boxes made by Meredith and her father. Tissue flowers,
real flowers, vintage bottles and vases.
Catering: Paul’s Homewood Cafe. Annapolis, MD.
Cake: Fiona’s Cakes. Severna Park, Maryland.
Videographer: Michael Eller of Monachetti.

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Colors: blue
Styles: classic

DIY Texas Wedding

Our next Texas wedding was dubbed the, “Macho,” wedding by the bride and groom. A combination of the bride and groom’s names, Tiffany Ma and Danny Cho. How cute is that? Basically everything you see here was hand made by the bride. Hours and hours of love and preparation went into making all the little wedding goodies. The cake topper took her 5 hours to hand paint. Another great idea that we thought you would love was their centerpieces. Each table had a small postcard with descriptions of their travel adventures together.

This DIY extravaganza was captured by Texas wedding photographer Love Lee Photography! We had the pleasure of meeting Margaret at our last Stylelab workshop. To see some of that nautical goodness you can click here.

Houston Wedding Photographer: Love Lee Photography
Houston Wedding Venue: The Alden Hotel
Houston Wedding Flowers: Wedding Flowers by Lisa
Tennis Racket Cake: Cakes by Gina

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Colors: blue, gray
Styles: classic

Manhattan Loft Style Wedding Ideas

Stuart & Welch catering & events shared this wonderful styled shoot styled by one of our favorites, Merci New York and Poppies and Posies, who designed these stunning florals.

Showcasing the collaborative work of a group of New York City wedding experts focusing on style and all things incredibly pretty. Loving the succulents and botanical wedding ideas. Everything is oh so pretty and looks oh so yummy. And was shoot by Shoot by the ultra fabulous Oh, Darling Photography!

New York Wedding Professionals featured in the above feature.

Photography: Oh, Darling Photography
Florals & Tablescape Designs: Poppies and Posies
Couture Gift & Table: Merci New York
Invitations and Stationary : Lela New York
Bridesmaid Dresses: 57 Grand & twobirds bridesmaid
Venue: The Xchange
Rental: Something Different Party Rental

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Styles: garden

Tropical Hawaiian Wedding

Did you know that one of Amy’s favorite places in the world is Hawaii? Just a fun Wedding Chick fact!

Callaway Gable shared with us Matt and Heather’s tropical love story.

Matt and Heather were married at a private beachfront home in Wailea on the island of Maui in Hawaii. They were originally going to be married at the Hoku Lani Estate next to the famous Keawalai Church (built in 1855 and made of 3 foot thick lava rock) but were forced to relocate venues just weeks before their wedding! Luckily, Matthew’s brother, Ryan, a Hollywood producer, pulled some strings and secured his friend’s beautiful beachfront home, just minutes from the Four Seasons, and on Makena Beach. How Lucky were they?

Heather converted to Matthew’s faith, Judaism. So, it was a traditional Jewish ceremony against a breathtaking back drop. We also want to make a special mention that the above paper goodies were handmade Coral Save The Dates, mailed to guests in box. A keepsake and wonderful idea.

Callaway Gable an LA, wedding photography studio is a preferred vendor and proud sponsor of The Wedding Chicks.

Event Planning: Tammy Ash Perkins of First Class Events
Dress: Monique Lhuillier

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Colors: blue, green
Styles: beach

A Real Central Coast DIY Garden Wedding

You are going to be thrilled at our next wedding. Mike Larson Inc, shared this garden delight with us. Filled to the brim with creative and lovely ideas.

Jake and Necia’s were married in Nipoma, California which is super close to San Luis Obispo.

It was a perfect DIY garden wedding. Both Jake and Necia are graphic designers so everything had that extra creative touch. Necia collected all the vintage plates and vases for the reception, and her sisters sewed all the personalized kid’s favor bags at the kids table that were full of crafting supplies.

We love the unique bridesmaid outfits a perfect ruffled shirt paired with a tailored skirt. Such a great look for all the girls.

Venue: Dana Powers House, Nipomo Wedding Venue
Floral: Panacea Flowers
Photographers: Mike Larson Inc,
Hair: Blue Bird Salon
Photobooths: The Booth Experience
Catering: Upper Crust
Party Rental: Got You Covered
DJ: Kramer DJs

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Colors: blue, peach
Styles: garden

Elegant Beach Wedding Ideas

Who is having a beach wedding?

Here are some elegant beach wedding ideas that Joy de Vivre Wedding Coordination in Santa Barbara shared with us. We love the incorporation of succulents and drift wood are ohh so gorgeous. Below are some inspirational tips that Joy shared with us so that you can incorporate these stylish ideas into your wedding decor.

From: Joy de Vivre Wedding

Nico, owner of Nico Designs and I wanted to put together a table that really highlighted the beauty of Santa Barbara. We were inspired by the beautiful coastline and the incredible views the area offers. Our color palate developed around our decision to use drift wood as the foundation for our centerpiece. Nico added succulents and moss to the driftwood, making it feel organic and natural. To keep the look clean and beachy, Nico used an all white floral palate with dried poppy pods. We added abalone shells, big pieces of white coral and blue sea glass in between the floral arrangements to glam it up.

We chose a light blue taffeta linen to mimic the ocean, paired with a steel blue silk napkin to capture the oceans darker tones. For glassware, we chose a set of complementary steel blue goblets, using a smaller wine glass for water to keep things pretty and fun. We used a mixture of gold glass and ornate silver chargers, over which we placed neat bubble glass plates that looked like water, and a gold banded bread plate. We sat the escort cards in a scallop shell bed of coral and sea glass, topping it all off with oversized orchids that Nico hand glued petal by petal!

We chose an ornate silver flatware to help keep the look sweet and romantic. We hung strings of white orchids and succulents from each corner of the natural wood chiavari chairs which we chose to mimic the driftwood. Our fabulous stationary designer, Tracy Lazaro of Lazaro Designs made the cutest favors, complete with urchin shell and pearl decorated boxes. The invitations, escort cards, and table numbers were all printed on blue paper that matched our table linen. To keep them elegant, yet beachy, Tracy used a ornate font and added beach shells and pearls by hand.

During the process of the shoot, we decided to try out two looks: one with a fabric canopy over the table and one without. Lani from LBPS Events created an amazing sheer fabric canopy over the table from which he hung an amazing sea shell chandelier that Nico handmade! Our awesome photographer Tim Halberg literally worked until the sun went down to get all these amazing shots. KariAnn, the owner of the Santa Barbara Beach Clubwas kind enough to allow us to shoot on her breathtaking property, which she frequently rents out as a vacation rental for weddings.

Photography: Tim Halberg is a preferred Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer and proud sponsor of The Wedding Chicks!

Design: Joy de Vivre Wedding Coordination and Nico Designs
Floral Design: Nico Designs
Invitations: Lazaro Designs
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Drapery construction: LBPS Events
Location: Santa Barbara Beach Club

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Tiburon California Summer Wedding Ideas

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We were super excited when Larissa Cleveland Photography shared this perfect summer wedding with us. Check out that view. If you are wondering how you can have your wedding here, so sorry to break the news that this actually Orlee, the brides’s family estate. Breath taking isn’t it? What a magnificent place to have a wedding.

The spectacular location, the perfect weather made this day exceptionally amazing. So many steal worthy ideas you are going to love.

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Dave loved the Art Nouveau style and with the help of Hello! Lucky graphic designers, the stunning invitations, programs and place cards were designed.

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All the letters that hung on the tree are actually letters. Orlee and David hung copies of all their letters that they wrote to each other during the 6 months after they met that January day in Marin.  How incredibly cute is that?

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The wedding actually took place on on Father’s Day, and they wanted to make sure that all the fathers in the house got a gift that made them look hip in front of their kids. Love that idea!

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There were 258 guests who witnessed a wonderful Jewish wedding ceremony under a Chuppah (Jewish wedding canopy hand made by the Groom’s mother, Mara). The guests then celebrated in the magnificent gardens surrounding the house (lovingly tended by the Bride’s mother, Varda), with food stations (arranged elegantly by Dan McCall Catering) and including sushi, Mediterranean and other fare.

They were serenaded by an actual fiddler on the roof (acclaimed jazz musician Carlos Reyes performed from the roof of the house high above the gathering).

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The festivities continued into the evening in a magnificent tent (built by Classic Party rentals) that was beautifully lit. The color scheme chosen by the bride were the indigenous earth tones of the wedding site – oranges, golds and shades of green.

They wanted the dinner tent to feel like the outdoor hillside that they were both so passionate about.  Hence the mix of dried grass & bright whimsical floral arrangements on each oval table and the added accent of the pashmina shawls placed on the back of the chiavari chairs. Every last detail was thought of by Lisa Feldman, an over the top amazing event coordinator.

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Hello! Lucky and Classic Party rentals are a preferred member and proud sponsor of The Wedding Chicks.

Photography: Larissa Cleveland
Event Coordinator: Lisa Feldman
Florals: Ariella Chezar Design
Catering: McCall Associates
Invitations: Hello! Lucky

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Peacock Wedding Ideas From Blooms By Martha

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Thinking about having a Peacock Themed Wedding?

Blooms By Martha sent over some Peacock Wedding Ideas to get your inspiration flowing.

From Martha:
The wedding took place at Le Rivage in Sacramento. The bride, Christa, wanted black, white with a pop of peacock feathers. I started with an all white aisle and arch accented with crystals and small pops of royal blue. The bouquets had peacock feathers and crystal dangling. The centerpiece of the tented reception was the chandelier, I covered it in greens, flowers and peacock feathers, then placed 2 peacocks to look over the dance floor. The centerpieces were done in black vases with peacock collars and twigs with orchids, crystals and hanging candles. We placed peacock feathers on the chair ties and added candles where ever we could.

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Blooms by Martha Andrews is a preferred member and proud sponsor of The Wedding Chicks.
tel: 916.300.5948

Photography: Xsight Photography.

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Dominican Republic Island Wedding

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As a child I spent some time on the island of St. Croix which is quite far from Punta Cana but, nonetheless I have a fondness for all things tropical. I instantly wanted to jump on a plane to sunshine, sandy beaches and crystal waters. So, if you are in a cold and snowy place in the middle of winter you will appreciate our next wedding that Lifework Images shared with us. They did an incredible job of capturing the love between David and Tyneka and that island spirit.

David and Tyneka actually were the lucky winners of a destination wedding giveaway that Lifework Images was running. How amazing is that?

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About The Wedding From Lifework Images:

From the second we received their invitation in the mail, we knew that we were in for a treat of gorgeous details for David & Tyneka’s wedding. The invitations had impeccable attention to detail and had multiple layers of sea-blue shimmer paper with a finish of delicate velum. Upon unraveling the raffia bow and removing the miniature starfish on top, one could see that the font matched their customized destination wedding website. Opening the contents further reviled more information for guests, a map of the Dominican Republic, and also the provision of two custom luggage tags to match the theme.

The Dominican Republic and the Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa provided amazing details in landscape and culture, more home made items such as programs which were also used as fans, beaded barefoot sandals, and David’s wonderful linen casual suit all complimented this beach themed wedding.

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Lifework Images is a preferred member and proud sponsor of The Wedding Chicks.
tel: 206.261.6300

Venue: Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa
Wedding & Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom Linen Suit: JC Penny

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Ponte Vedra Beach Florida Wedding

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Aside from the insanely great color combination of navy and green we love today’s lovely classic wedding that Forever By Kylene Photography shared with us.

Rick and Stacey were married in Ponte Vedra Beach at the The Marriott Hotel at Sawgrass. Everything always seems a bit sunnier and happier in Florida, doesn’t it?

Some favorite touches of the day were the green apples that Rick and Stacey incorporated into their look and feel along with insanely cute navy blue bridesmaid dresses. Who does not love a Palomas Nest wedding ring holder. I am more than confident these should be a mandatory staple at every wedding. Such a keep sake.

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Forever By Kylene is a preferred member and proud sponsor of The Wedding Chicks.

tel: 904.923.3977
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Ceremony & Reception: The Marriott Hotel at Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Flowers and all decor: the incredible Heather Ivy
Cake: Laura McCowan
Makeup artist: the amazing Jenny Knight (904)866-6063
Hair stylist: Justine at The Spa at Tre Salon
Disc Jockey: Joel from Progressive Entertainment

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Classic Atlanta Wedding

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Who is having a classic wedding?

Rebecca & Jason had a classic Atlanta Wedding complete with a pair of blue wedding shoes. A divine Rivini dress and a stunning floral hair piece to complete the look. Jeremy Harwell of Harwell Photography was so kind to share this spring wedding with us to inspire you.

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Photography- Harwell Photography
Venue- The Stately Glendalough Manor
Wedding design and Planners- Wedding Soiree
Flowers- Blueberry Spring
Dress- Bridals by Lori, Rivini dress
Rings- Tiffany & Co

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Colors: black

DIY Wedding With Lovely Parasols

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Hope everyone is having a Terrific Tuesday!

You know we love a DIY wedding! Speaking of which we have a seriously adorable DIY for you coming later today that you are going to do a one handed cartwheel for.

Before we get to that let’s focus on Eric and Kristina’s Orlando, Florida Wedding. The sha bang was held at Lake Nona Villagewalk and basically they crafted the entire wedding. From the boutonnieres, to the programs, to the details on the parasols. Thanks to the lovely Amanda McMahon of Florida for sharing this little number with us.

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Photographer: Amanda McMahon Photography
Cake: Publix Bakery
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A Mexico Destination Wedding From Barebonephoto

tropical wedding

We always love showcasing a wedding from barebonephoto, a definite alternative to traditional photography. Perfect if you are looking for a little something different.

Eldorado Royale Resort in Mexico was the perfect spot for Lisa and Adam’s destination wedding. Coming from Canada they wanted to go to a hot and sunny place for their wedding and found Eldorado Royale Resort.

The food was delicious, the location great. Guests could leave the resort and explore. Lisa loved the resort and would return over and over again. Another tip from Lisa was to splurge on the Casita Suite. Since it is snowing in Idaho right now this place looks like pure heaven.

Mexico Wedding

Emma Small Bone Photography

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Destination Wedding

Emma Smallbone

Emma Smallbone Photography

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JL Designs + Bella Weddings & Events = Classic Wedding

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Mollie and Jim where married at the Bel Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades., a venue describe as an exquisite blend of timeless Hollywood glamour and universally-recognized luxury. Which also sums up the look and feel for Mollie and Jim’s seaside wedding that JL Designs was so sweet to share with us.

If you where searching for some elegant black and white wedding ideas we have got them for you. Bella Weddings & Events designed a classic glamorous venue with a twist of fun. That twist of fun is a hot dog stand. How great is that? After a long night of dancing it is always nice to top it off with a hot dog.

black and white wedding ideas

I love reading Carissa’s descriptions of her designs. Bridal bouquet made up of white mini calas, white ranunculas, white japhette orchids and white tulips…adorned with a vintage inspired rhinestone brooch… Something about how she describes the flowers sounds so fancy.

These bridesmaid dresses are ohh so special. The ruching detail is incredibly flattering and adds that bit of flair that I feel bridesmaid are looking for these days.

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