There’s something so special about a tiny wedding. This couple were joined by just eight guests – and their dog, Bugsy! – for an intimate beach celebration. KT Merry captured it on film and shared these beautiful pics with us!
Dinner following the ceremony was held at the Blue Charlotte House in The Moorings Village, halfway between Miami and Key West. Wedding planner Eileen Morales brought the beach to the table with seashells, driftwood, air plants, and sea glass. Even the plates echoed the look of barnacles!
When we feature weddings, we love to highlight all the little details that help make the day special. What I love about these photos from Jenn and Josh’s wedding is that they really show off details that weren’t just about creating a pretty space, but that were all about creating a memorable experience for both the couple and their guests. Starting with the movie theater ceremony venue…
The couple’s favorite part of the day? “Our ceremony at the Monarch Theatre by far! We stuck to the theme and served popcorn and played a movie slideshow that my sister had made for us! This was the best, as both Josh and I had not watched the movie before then.”
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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We wanted to have something different – not your typical church wedding and hotel reception. As soon as we saw the venues in Medicine Hat, we knew right away that this was where we were going to have our big day. We loved that both of the venues were so unique! Once we learned about each of the locations they became even more perfect for our not-so-traditional wedding.
What was the best advice you received as a bride?Don’t stress over anything that might not go the way you wanted it to go; your guests will be none the wiser.
What advice do you have for other brides? Enjoy every moment of your day, it goes by so quickly!
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? The unique and vintage style of both venues made it easy to create an experience for our guests that they will always remember. Most importantly though it was a relaxed, fun and memorable day that we were able to share with family and friends and we will forever cherish!
Let’s make summer last just a little longer with this romantic botanical wedding from Love Me Do Photography. Seersucker suits, cascading vines, homemade limoncello, all in the country’s oldest botanical garden tucked away in the city of Philadelphia…
Centerpieces were a mix of bud vases and rustic wood planter boxes filled with white flowers, ivy, and other foliage. The flower boxes were one of the couple’s DIY projects, as were lace table runners and all of the stationery.
How’s this for a totally unique and super fun idea? At the end of the reception, guests danced with white parasols, echoing the Philadelphia tradition of the Mummers Parade.
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Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We picked Bartram’s Garden because of the rustic garden setting and its close proximity to Center City. We were also surprised and happy to discover that it is the oldest botanical garden in the country!
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We wanted a romantic rustic, country wedding tucked away in the city. Our colors were ivory, and greens and browns. I was inspired by lace, seersucker, twine, burlap, candlelight.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Hearing the wedding vows that we wrote for one another.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? It sounds simple, but enjoy the wedding day! Stop worrying about all the details and moving pieces, and cherish all the little moments.
What advice do you have for other brides? You can’t start planning soon enough, particularly if you want to have your first choice of venue and vendors!
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? If you start early enough in the process, certainly try to DIY as much as you can – though don’t leave too much to do towards the end, and make sure you don’t have any responsibilities on the wedding day itself.
This time of year, my husband starts missing Wisconsin. I think he always misses it, but the start of football season really makes him wish he was back home. And since I started Snippet & Ink six years ago today while I was living in my hubby’s home state, it seemed perfectly appropriate to feature a beautiful Wisconsin wedding at Sugarland from photographer Emily Steffen…
Says the bride on the colors chosen for the wedding: “For the color scheme and materials, I took cues from nature, especially the woods and rolling hills surrounding our venue, and opted for an understated palette of greens, creams, champagne, blush, and gray. I wanted our wedding to complement rather than compete with the natural beauty surrounding us. We did have one huge pop of bold color in the big red barn – that was just enough for me. I wanted the barn to speak for itself and for everything else to fall into place naturally around it.”
Friends and family contributed to the ceremony: The bride’s college roommate and her sister played violin and for the processional and recessional. Her sister and a good friend from college sang a duet during the ceremony. “And,” says Katie, “James’s eleven-year-old nephew (the officiant’s son) bravely stood before all the guests to read our chosen scripture passage.”
Instead of a unity candle, the couple planted an oak tree together. Explains the bride: “Since our wedding vows were said under the branches of a beautiful old oak tree, we found it only fitting to plant an oak sapling to signify our new beginning as husband and wife. James planted it in a galvanized bucket and I watered it as part of our wedding ceremony; it was later re-planted permanently at my family farm. Trees are a common symbol of flourishing life and growth, which we hope to accomplish in our marriage, and oak trees are also especially known for growing to an old age, which we hope to mimic by growing old together over many happy years of marriage.”
What inspired the couple’s wedding plans? “We both love the outdoors and the heritage of our home state. This led to our selections of a site near UW Madison, where we met and did our undergraduate studies, a caterer that uses many locally sourced ingredients and follows traditional farm-style recipes, and our incorporation of elements that say “Wisconsin” to us such as cheese, ice cream, and local brews, to name a few.”
The groom’s cake was actually three wheels of cheese – only fitting for a Wisconsin wedding! The wedding cake was actually three different flavors: RumChata cake with apricot filling, almond cake with tiramisu mousse, and chocolate Kahlua cake with cappuccino mousse. There were also two flavors of ice cream from University of Wisconsin’s Babcock Dairy.
SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR TONS MORE DETAILS FROM THIS RUSTIC WISCONSIN WEDDING.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding?We went through quite the process choosing our venue. If I recall correctly, we seriously considered four places, with at least one date reservation, and we browsed through dozens of others. It wasn’t that we were indecisive, but more that we had a very precise vision and it took some time to find a location that matched it. We wanted an outdoor ceremony and we wanted it to take place in Wisconsin, where both of us were born and raised and where we will always call home (in our hearts if not in mailing address). More specifically, my original vision for the day centered around a beautiful old barn, since both James and I come from families rooted in agriculture. So we set out to find a place that approximated the feel of a family farm while also providing the accommodations we needed. We eventually stumbled upon Sugarland, and though the barn was under construction, we could just imagine how absolutely perfect it would be when complete. Our wedding reception was the first ever held in newly renovated barn (they were literally still installing flooring Friday night), and we are excited to see how other couples utilize this amazing space in the future!
What was your favorite moment or part of the day?The moment that really sticks out in our minds came later in the day, while everyone was sitting down to dinner. Up until that point, the day had been such a blur, and finally it began to sink in that all our loved ones were here to celebrate us, as husband and wife, set to begin the rest of our lives together, and that everything had turned out perfectly. In that moment we looked right at each other and James said, “Whoa….we did it!” Not only had we pulled off a fun-filled and beautiful party, we were married! Sitting there together, the rest of the room kind of melted away and we were able to reflect on our commitment and on the day. That was very special and memorable.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? James’s Uncle Bob led everyone in the Johnny Appleseed Blessing before dinner, which is a tradition in James’s family. I also followed the Victorian tradition of something old (handkerchief passed down from Katie’s great-grandma “GG” through her Grandma Breitlow), new (lace and charmeuse bridal gown and accessories), borrowed (a vintage beaded clutch that belonged to my namesake, great-grandma Katie Godfrey, lent by her Granny Godfrey), and blue (a star sapphire ring given to her mother by her father while they were dating). Also, our ceremony followed most of the Christian religious customs and our vows were a variation of the commonly heard traditional version.
What was the best advice you received as a bride?Remember to not only plan a beautiful wedding, but also a beautiful marriage. As our baker, Betty Arp, told me, “Don’t sweat the small stuff; it only matters who you are meeting at the end of the aisle.” This was such crucial advice for me as a perfectionist and detail-oriented person because it was often hard for me to let go of some teeny element or last-minute project I’d imagined and to instead focus on the end goal: being married to my handsome groom! I won’t pretend I always followed this good advice – I probably slept on average three hours a night in the final days before our wedding because I was so bent on getting everything done perfectly. But I do think it saved me additional stress. It may be hard to hear at times (like when your shoes arrive in the wrong color), but don’t brush it off!
Do you have any budget tips for other brides?Focus on identifying early on which elements of the wedding are most important to you (photography, florals, dress, honeymoon) and other things you’re not so big on where you could potentially cut costs. Set an overall maximum you want to spend, and try to itemize it down from there to budget for each vendor proportionally. You can find budgeting tools online. After you’ve done that, make sure you re-check and update your budget worksheet each time a cost is defined, and if something ends up costing more than you estimated, look for somewhere else to make up the difference. It’s a balancing act. Also, approach everyone who will be contributing money soon after your engagement and ask them to tell you a dollar figure that they’re willing to chip in. This can be an uncomfortable topic to broach, but it’s a lot better than trying to plan without a clear idea of where the funds are coming from. Everyone will feel more secure in the long run knowing it’s been discussed.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?We can’t stress enough the importance of our family in supporting and helping us plan and pull off our wonderful wedding. Quite literally, the day would not have been possible without each and every person’s contribution; it was truly a team effort. As much as the physical work put in, the emotional value of having our parents, grandparents, and siblings working alongside us was immeasurable. Their actions spoke volumes about how much they love and care about us and want us to be happy. I can’t think of any better way to not just tell, but show, a couple that they have your blessing than sacrificing countless hours of your personal life preparing for their wedding without so much as one complaint. This dedication meant so much to me and James. It is so encouraging beginning our marriage knowing we are surrounded by such a strong support system. We know our family will be there for us whenever, just as they were in the weeks and months leading up to our big day.
Even though Labor Day weekend has come and gone, I imagine most of us aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to summer just yet. Good thing Meg Hamilton of Rodeo & Co. Photography sent over Meghan and Teddy’s beautiful lakeside wedding!
The bride describes a favorite part of the day: “Our favorite moment was when we arrived on the beautiful Miss Sunapee II, an antique Cris Craft boat, to the yacht club; all of our guests were waiting on the terrace. It was so special to look up at all their smiling happy faces and hear their cheers.”
The bride’s inspiration? “I love the preppy nautical look, so it was only fitting to incorporate that style into our lakeside wedding at the Lake Sunapee Yacht Club. I used lots of navy and white with pops of hot pink. The mercury glass canisters reminded me of the mirror-like quality of the lake in early morning, and the birch accents were a tribute to the beautiful trees surrounding our cottage.”
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Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Some of my favorite childhood memories took place at Lake Sunapee: making blanket forts in the living room of our family cottage, watching July 4th fireworks on the dock, jumping off the diving board at the yacht club, and fishing with my grandmother. I brought Teddy to visit in the summer of 2012 and he was excited to relax and go fishing. He surprised me by not only falling in love with the location, but by proposing on our dock under a sky of shooting stars on the eve of July 4th. It was the perfect place for us to start our lives together!
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Along with the traditional “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” I also carried two sixpence. One was from my mother in law and I wore it in my shoe, and my grandmother helped me make a last-minute rhinestone sash, and she surprised by sewing her sixpence into the fabric so I could always keep it close. And finally, one of my favorite small details of our wedding; on my bouquet were tiny charms for my grandfather and uncle who passed away. I knew they were with me all day.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? The best advice I received was to sit back and take it all in. The day goes by so fast, you have to relax and enjoy it. Teddy and I were lucky to be able to get around and talk to most of our guests at a barbecue the evening before, so that on our wedding day we could relax and have a drink, take in the view, and dance!
What advice do you have for other brides? My advice is that you can’t please everyone; do what feels right to you, choose things that reflect you and your love together.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? We rented out a big old bed and breakfast for our wedding party to stay together for the long weekend. It was so much fun to have everyone in one place, enjoying family-style breakfast each morning, and allowing our friends from all parts of our lives meet one another and form new friendships.