Though they live in London, Steffi and Toby chose to tie the knot at the bride’s parents’ home in Sweden. And once you see these photos from their summer celebration, you’ll understand why – what a gorgeous, relaxed place for a wedding! We especially love that the guests arrived on a tour boat, friends of the couple performed all of the music, and the tent was decorated with tons of leafy branches. If you’re looking for inspiration for a sweet summer wedding your guests will love, look no further!

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“We live in East London but decided to get married in my family’s home in Sweden,” says Steffi. “The house is on an island outside of Vaxholm in the Stockholm Archipelago that looks out over the sea. It’s an absolutely stunning place and somewhere that means the world to my family. Toby and I have spent many lazy summer holidays there.”

Steffi wore a vintage Reiss dress that she purchased on eBay for just £50. “I had it altered by my friend Natalie who is a costume designer,” says the bride. “I had my fittings backstage at London’s Royal Opera House amongst piles of tutus and robes, which felt pretty special!”

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  It’s just one day!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Really think about what you want and what is important to you, rather than what is expected or conventional. It’s okay to question the traditions and how they really fit in or reflect your lives.

 

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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  We were so wrapped up in the planning and anticipation that we didn’t really think about the photography side very much, not least because I am much more used to being behind the camera than in front of it! Luckily our fantastic photographers, Nina and Wes, knew exactly what to do and really held our hands throughout the process as our gorgeous photos prove. If I was doing it again, though, I might have asked to do a few goofy photos, maybe even just with sun glasses on or something, but I didn’t really think of it at the time!

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Just how impressed we were that so many people traveled up to Stockholm from all over the world to be there with us – especially all our friends in London!

 

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“Our guests arrived by old fashioned steamer boat from Stockholm, which gave them a tour of the archipelago. There was a traditional fika (Swedish for the act of sitting down with coffee and something sweet) on board with cinnamon buns.”

 

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The Ceremony

“Getting married in Sweden meant that we could have a service outdoors, in our back garden, as the person who marries you comes with the license (not the case in the UK). We felt really lucky to be able to do this as it felt like there was nowhere more poignant that getting married on our back porch, surrounded by all our loved ones, drinks in hand. I also loved the idea of it being super casual, that I could just get ready, walk down the stairs and out into the garden and get married to my favorite person.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Joyful, Informal, Short.

How did you go about planning your ceremony?   We each wrote a letter to our officiant about each other and our relationship, which gave her something to use in her introduction. We knew we wanted some friends to sing and another friend (who actually introduced us to each other) to read a short poem. Our main focus was to keep it as relaxed as possible, we didn’t feel the need for the formality and gravitas of a lot of the weddings we’ve been to as we find that quite alienating and rather stiff. We wanted everyone to have a glass of fizz in their hands to make it feel fun, a real celebration. The ceremony also lasted all of about 10-15 minutes (after all, people were standing) – we don’t feel that long, drawn-out ceremonies are necessarily more meaningful, so we kept it short and sweet. It was perfect – a bit different, but very special.

Who officiated your ceremony?  Estrid Landmark, a local registrar. We got in touch with a few in the area and picked her because she was the only one who was available in the summer (a time when lots of people are on holiday in Sweden). She put us at ease, was kind and seemed to genuinely love what she does.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  None whatsoever. We had a completely blank slate to do whatever we wanted, which was great.

 

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What was your ceremony music?  As we got married on our back porch, there was no aisle or processing; we sort of just rocked up and got married – as I say, it was very casual! A group of very good friends of ours with lovely voices formed a mini choir and performed two songs. We gave them completely free reign to decide what they wanted to do and joked that they could even do an ABBA medley if they wanted (what with us all being in Sweden!). They learnt a traditional Swedish hymn (despite not speaking any Swedish!) and did, in fact, sing ABBA’s “I do, I do, I do” which made everyone chuckle.

What were your ceremony readings?  A poem called ‘Being Boring’ by Wendy Cope which is about being happy to settle down and be as dull as possible as long as it is with the person you love.

What were your vows like?  We had the standard Swedish vows, the long version (wich is only about 10 seconds longer than the short version). They are legally required but we really liked them as the words describe marriage as a partnership between two individuals who find strength in one another in their everyday lives. The words are perhaps a bit practical and unsentimental (perhaps a bit Swedish in that way!), but for us, having been together a long time and through a great deal, the words perfectly summed up our feelings about marriage.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  How informal and joyful it felt and looking out to see everyone’s grinning faces.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  There was plenty of laughter. Toby even cracked a joke mid-vow by pretending he hadn’t understood the Swedish (though everyone knows he has been taking lessons for years), which had everyone in hysterics. // We also had a large basket of toy instruments for everyone to ‘make some noise’ with when the ceremony ended – Toby is a musician and many of our friends sing or play instruments so they were all over that!

 

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The Reception

“Our reception was casual, leafy and nautical! We had the tent set up right by the water so everyone could wander around, laze about on the jetty with their drinks and canapes. In Stockholm during the summer, the sun doesn’t set until very late and the weather was gorgeous so we were able to stay outside during the whole reception. Even our band and dance floor was outdoors! We even brought some of the outdoors into the marquee with very green and leafy decor.”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We really started by thinking about what our ideal party would look like and went from there. We decided early on that we wanted the wedding to feel as relaxed as possible and for everyone to have the best time. The island location was also pretty inspiring – we let the surroundings do most of the talking!

 

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What was your wedding menu?  The food was particularly important to me, as a food stylist, but again we wanted a relaxed feel. So we skipped the starter and instead had lots of nibbles and canapés (many with a Swedish theme so a fair bit of herring!), which meant that everyone could walk around the garden and relax on the jetty. We had a BBQ themed main course with a choice of beef, chicken or salmon and lots of vegetable sides (including delicious Swedish new potatoes and asparagus) and sauces out on the table for everyone to help themselves.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Dessert was a pavlova with lots of Swedish summer berries including blackcurrant sorbet, wild strawberry mousse and raspberries. I knew there would be an expectation for me (as a trained chef) to make a cake, but as neither of us love wedding cakes, we decided to avoid this by skipping it all together. Instead we stacked up some cheeses from the local cheese maker on the island next door, served with my homemade chutneys and chili jam. We also made traditional English biscuits to reflect Toby’s heritage (chocolate bourbons, custard creams, jammy dodgers and party rings) to have with tea and coffee. Favors were traditional Swedish pick and mix candy for guests to help themselves to.

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  We did lots ourselves, and luckily we also had an army of friends and family to help, from aspects of the food (chutneys, gin, biscuits, cordial) to the decor. We did the calligraphy ourselves – it was messy and imperfect and that was fine! We made fans for guests to cool down with and table runners from burlap, painted all of the menus and signs ourselves using blackboard paint, cut massive branches and potted herbs to decorate the tent with – it was all really lush, green and beautiful!

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail?  For the ceremony we had a sparkling Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand with elderflower cordial made from the tree in our garden. We also had Dark and Stormy cocktails and, as another nod to all the Brits, a cucumber gin and tonic, made with my homemade cucumber gin. Oh, and we also hung mini Swedish snaps bottles from a tree with some scissors for guest to cut down and enjoy
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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  I loved the toasts! We had them dotted throughout the dinner which is typical in Sweden but also made things feel a bit more relaxed. They were all so thoughtful and funny. I also really loved that we had as many women speaking as men, which felt really important to me – at English weddings normally only men speak! Our wonderful band, made up of friends and Toby’s bandmates, were also amazing – they really managed to get everyone on the dance floor! I also really loved that everyone seemed to be relaxing and enjoying themselves so much – some of our guests even went for a dip in the sea!

What was your first dance song?  Our friends who are all in different bands formed our wedding band. Our first dance song was “Martha” by Tom Waits sung by our friend, Jim (Toby sang the first dance song at Jim’s wedding so he was returning the favor). After that, Toby and I got up on stage and joined the band by singing the chorus to “Do You Love Me” by the Contours – a bit of a surprise to our guests as we hadn’t told anyone we were going to be singing (apart from the band, of course)!

 

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Photography: Nina & Wes / Venue: private home in the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden / Event Planning & Design: JustGo Event Design / Floral Design: Berga Blommor / Dress: Vintage Reiss / Ceremony Shoes: Sergio Rossi via Far Fetch / Dancing Shoes: Dune / Earrings: Cadenza / Rings: Efva Attling, Serendipity Diamonds / Suit, Shirt, Socks: J. Crew / Shoes: Banana Republic / Stationery: Ruth Keating / Hair, Makeup: Andrea Nyström / Rentals: Tavet / Catering: Eriksberg Catering / Dessert: Local cheeses from Ostmakeriet

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Arati and Chandan’s wedding is such a beautiful blend of vibrant Indian wedding traditions and classic wine country ambience. From the bride’s fuchsia lengha, to the elegant cocktail seating area, to the mix of hanging metal lanterns over the bridal party table, this is one of those weddings that we just can’t take our eyes off of!

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“Before our engagement, we took a trip to Napa Valley together and discovered the charming town of Yountville. We observed a wedding taking place at the nearby Vintage Estate and thought to ourselves how wonderful it would be to get married in such a beautiful outdoor setting. Vintage Estate has a rustic-chic, vintage feel reminiscent of Tuscany, and Napa is renowned for its fine wine and culinary culture, for which we, as a couple, share a profound passion. About a year later we got engaged, and we knew that we wanted the week of festivities to take place in a setting that would offer natural and peaceful beauty and good food. California wine country was perfect for us, and we looked forward to sharing it with our loved ones and making memories with them in a place that already had such deep meaning for us as a couple.”

 

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Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Indian weddings are filled with pre-wedding rituals and celebrations that continue for several days. The day of our nuptials was preceded by a week of festivities that included mehndi (henna) application for all the ladies in the bridal party and an intimate outdoor mehndi party at the beautiful and picturesque Brix Restaurant & Gardens for all of my closest and dearest girlfriends. The vibrant colors of cocktail dresses combined with mehndi designs, colored glitter, and (after much vino) some fun Bollywood dance moves, made for some great photographs and memories. Our families also took part in the Haldi ritual, a fun and traditional gathering filled with music and chanting in which items such as turmeric and betel nuts are used to wish the couple good luck, prosperity, and beauty. This is meant to be a beautification process before the big day.

Tell us about your beautiful jewelry?  Something old: My mother-in-law gifted me with a family heirloom: a gold necklace and earring set that her mother-in-law had gifted her on her wedding day, which I will pass on in the family one day as well. // Something new: Wedding jewelry from my parents. A wedding band and a mangalsutra (black and gold beaded diamond necklace), tied around my neck by my husband at the end of the wedding ceremony. Chooda (green bangles) and silver toe rings, which hold special significance in Maharashtrian Indian weddings and represent marital status. // Something borrowed: Gold jewelry pieces to wear during the various wedding festivities of the week. // Something blue: The Carrie Bradshaw-inspired, satin blue, Cinderella-like Manolos, which I wore during one of the wedding festivities of the week.

 

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“The wedding ceremony was preceded by a traditional baraat (groom’s procession) – my groom looked like a true Mughal prince as he rode on a white horse (named Fabio), followed by his entourage dancing to the rhythm of the dhol (two-headed Indian drum) through the historic V Marketplace to the ceremonial mandap, where members of my family waited to greet and welcome them.”

 

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The Ceremony

“It was important for us to include a touch of our own style and individuality while still honoring our Indian heritage and traditional Hindu rituals. Thanks to the creative talents of our design vendors, we were able to transform Vintage Estate’s beautiful wedding arbor/gazebo into a picture-perfect Hindu mandap with simple white drapings, strands of white flowers and foliage, and vintage furniture pieces, complete with a fire pit, deities, and all other items required to perform a Hindu marriage ceremony.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Colorful, festive, heartfelt.

What was your ceremony music?  The processional included various musical segments. My nieces, the flower girls, were accompanied down the aisle by my brother-in-law while “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole) played. My sister and sister-in-law, the bridesmaids, walked down the aisle to the song “Tere Bina” (A.R. Rahman). My husband loves the sound of the bagpipe, so we decided to hire a professional to play Highland Cathedral as my father walked me down the aisle. Friends and family members hymned mangalashtakas or blessings during various parts of the wedding ceremony, and the wedding party danced to “Feel So Close” (Calvin Harris) at the recessional.

 

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Who officiated your ceremony?  A well-known Hindu Pandit in the northern California Maharashtrian Indian community officiated our marriage ceremony and led us through the symbolic customs and rituals.

 

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Tell us about some of your ceremony traditions.  The Pandit recited mantras to auspiciously solemnize the wedding. A holy fire, or Agni, was lit to symbolize purity and to serve as a divine witness to the vows that we recited in Sanskrit to express our expectations and aspirations for one another. As each vow was uttered, Akshata (rice grains/flower petals) representing the blessings of our parents and other well-wishers were showered upon us. This was followed by the Mangalphera ceremony (circling the holy fire), which symbolized our walk together in life on a path toward mutual goals, and seven symbolic steps that represented oaths of Strength and Courage, Prosperity, Happiness, Good Health and Longevity, Mutual Love and Affection, Progeny, and Everlasting Friendship and Companionship.

 

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Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  I wanted to honor the spiritual presence of my brother on this special day. My brother had the most amazing drawing skill. The cover of our program book was a sketch that he had created of Lord Ganesha, a god of beginnings who is typically honored at the start of rituals and ceremonies.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The days and hours leading up to the ceremony were filled with hectic activity and attention to last-minute details, but as my groom and I at last stood together under the mandap, the afternoon breeze from the valley brought with it a beautiful sense of calm and serenity. It was an incredible feeling to stand before our family and friends who had gathered on the beautiful green lawn to bear witness to one of the most important days in our lives.

 

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The Reception

“We wanted our wedding to be a true reflection of us as individuals and as a couple. We wanted to complement the natural and rustic charm of the grounds with details that were simple, elegant, and meaningful, with a touch of the far East.”

 

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How would you describe your reception?  Magical. Al fresco dining on the pavilion. The cocktail reception included vintage furniture pieces, hanging tea lights, mercury glass votives, and white floral arrangements. For dinner, long farm tables were left exposed and decorated with clusters of lanterns, hurricane vases, and votives in mixed metallics and mercury glass, as well as flowers submerged in small cylinders. Intricate lanterns added a far-East flair that melded seamlessly with the other elements. While our guests dined under the stars, the wedding party sat under an umbrella of suspended lanterns.

 

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“We, along with some members of our families and some guests, changed from Indian attire to western formalwear for the reception,” says Arati. “I chose a full-length, form-fitting, vintage-inspired wedding gown made of lace and crystals to complement the ambiance of the night. My groom looked dashing in his steel blue suit.”

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Hire a videographer to capture the details and relive the special moments of the day. Relax and enjoy every minute.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Don’t feel obligated to invite everyone. This is your day and it should be shared with the people who know you the best and are important to you in your life. Stick to your vision and focus on making it an unforgettable and memorable occasion.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  Absolutely not – we saw our vision come to life. It was a magical day for us that we will keep in our hearts and cherish for a lifetime. Our vision could never have been a reality without the support of our family and friends and the wonderful “dream team” of talented individuals that we were so grateful to have the opportunity to work with.

 

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What was your first dance song?  Our first dance song was “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green. We chose to coordinate the father/daughter and mother/son dance side-by-side, to “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.

What was your wedding menu?  Our guests received personalized menus in ivory and gold calligraphy. Each course offered a true California-Mediterranean culinary experience using the freshest local ingredients. Instead of a signature cocktail we offered beer and local wine.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We called it a night with a “perfect ending” complete with a Perfect Endings cake dressed with green ferns, foliage, and white flowers that complemented our wedding ceremony haars (garlands). The cake was made with rounds of café mocha, red velvet, and my absolute favorite, lemon poppy seed.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Making our grand entrance as husband and wife and hearing the heartfelt speeches given by our family members and close friends.

 

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Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  After dinner, we made our way to the Barrel Room. The entryway was lined with an assortment of lanterns and votives, while the inside of the Barrel Room was decorated with warm amber lighting, small votives, and lounges created from vintage furniture pieces. This is where we had our first dance and father/daughter and mother/son dances. We danced into the early hours of the morning to a mix of music from the 80s and 90s, popular Bollywood songs, and, of course, the groom’s all time favorite, Ska music. He had a great time “skanking” with his closest buddies when his uber-talented friend surprised everyone by rocking out his trumpet and coordinating a few famous Ska tracks with our DJ.

 

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Photography: Tanja Lippert / Venue: Vintage Estate in Yountville, California / Event Planning & Design: Soiree by Simone Lennon / Floral Design: Floral Theory / Officiant: Prabhakar Sathe / Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Chanel, Christian Louboutin / Suit: Tom Ford / Music: Fog City Entertainment / Bagpiper: Lynne Miller / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, One True Love Vintage Rentals / Stationery: Union Street Papery / Calligraphy: Barbara Callow / Cake: Perfect Endings / Hair, Makeup: Maria Chang / Videography: Andrew Hsu
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    Midwesterners Cassie and Jacob wanted a seaside destination wedding, and found their dream location on the sandy shores of Alys Beach, Florida. We’re loving the cool, desert vibe of their relaxed celebration, the chic coffee shop where they held the intimate reception, and the eclectic décor they spent years sourcing for the big day – and we know you will, too!

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    Cassie wore a vintage-inspired dress from BHLDN.

     

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    “We wanted our guests to feel like they were on vacation, so we chose a location that we hoped they would enjoy. For us, spending a week near a beach sounded heavenly, so we opted for a destination wedding at Alys Beach in Northern Florida. It was the perfect backdrop for our informal, laid-back wedding, and we were able to spend an entire week there celebrating with family and friends.”

     

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    The Ceremony

    “We wanted our vows to be a list of promises to each other, essentially our love contract, and we wrote them together. During the ceremony, we read them aloud to each other, each sealing the contract with our words.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Genuine, simple, and family.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  My husband’s mother was our officiant. We chose her because of her ability to write beautifully and speak to a crowd. She also shared our spiritual ideas, and it was a real gift to us when she accepted. Together, we built the ceremony and the readings to reflect our past and future.

    What was your ceremony music?  The maid of honor and the best man walked down the aisle to “Sea of Love” by Cat Power, and my father and I to “Blackbird” by The Beatles.

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The bride said, “My favorite moment of the ceremony was walking down the aisle with my father, observing all the guests and the beautiful scenery. There was so much love on that beach.”

    The groom said, “My favorite moment was seeing Cassie come down the aisle. Cliché, I know, but being on an open beach, I had to intentionally turn away as she approached. I heard my best man, Ben, whisper, “Wow,” and that was my cue to turn. I didn’t hear or see a single thing other than her in that moment. Time froze and I felt weightless.”

     

     

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Don’t worry about what you’ve heard weddings are “supposed” to be. This day is for you, your future husband, and your closest friends and family. If having a traditional wedding isn’t your style, do what comes naturally to you and your partner. Try to infuse as much of your personality as you can into the celebration – it’s a choice you can’t regret!

     

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    The Reception

    “Our biggest inspiration for our reception was the environment. We wanted our wedding to be easy, stress-free and fun, with a focus on enjoying the simple things in life. Our guests have traveled a long way, so we wanted them to feel like they were on a memorable vacation.”

     

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    How would you describe your reception?  An outdoor dinner party with our closest family and friends, surrounded by beautiful scenery, amazing music, and good food.

    Why did you choose this location for your reception?  We wanted an outdoor reception that would feel like a laid-back dinner party, so we rented out Fonville Press, a lovely coffee & ice cream shop with a large covered patio. The environment was romantic and relaxed – just what we’d hoped for!

     

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    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  My parents handcrafted almost all of the wood accents and lighting pieces, and the table settings, including glasses, plates, and décor, were collected during many antique shop hunts. It was probably 2 years in the making to collect & make everything at our reception!

    Please tell us about any special details or moments from your reception. We gifted our guests with small air plants to take a bit of the tropics home with them. We also installed a cozy pillow lounge near the DJ to create a laid-back atmosphere for dancing and chatting with friends and family.

     

     

    What was your wedding menu?  We served an Italian menu which included lots of pastas, soups, breads, and salads. The Italian appetizers served during cocktail hour were real crowd pleasers, too!

     

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    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We had a two-tier chocolate and vanilla cake, as well as individual mason jars filled with chocolate mousse made by my very talented sister-in-law, Roma.

     

     

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Dancing beneath the twinkle lights. I had no idea I had a family of dancers!

    What was your first dance song?  Our first dance was to “Come Away with Me” by Nora Jones. My dad and I danced to “Walk with You” by Edwin McCain, and Jacob danced with his mom and grandmother to “Over The Rainbow / Wonderful World” by Israël Kamakawiwo’ole.

     

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    Photography: Olivia Rae James / Ceremony: Grayton Beach / Reception Venue: Fonville Press in Alys Beach, Florida / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design: Fishers Flowers / Dress: BHLDN / Shoes: Steve Madden / Maid of Honor Dress: BHLDN / Jewelry: Anthropologie / Suit: J.Crew / Tie, Pocket Square: April Look / Shirt: Banana Republic / Watch: Seiko / Best Man Suit: Calvin Klein / Stationery: Bride / Calligraphy: Type & Title / Hair: Salon Twist on 30A /  Music: BBoy Productions / Catering: Caliza Restaurant / Cake: Sugar Art by Angela

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  • Laid-Back Alys Beach, Florida Wedding by Olivia Rae James

    5 May 2015
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    There are so many delightful things about Macy and Ben’s DIY winter wedding at Dallas Heritage Village. I mean what a venue! It’s a 20-acre museum made up of historical buildings from around Texas, and guests were able to wander around and explore during the reception. So fun! The couple opted for an afternoon reception with coffee and pie, there was a retro camper/photo booth, and the newlyweds’ entrance into the reception? Hilarious! If this playful wedding doesn’t brighten up your day, I don’t know what will.

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    “Ben and I leaned toward weddings with vintage, rustic, hipster vibes,” says Macy. “I think our wedding had lots of different style inspirations combined! We were also inspired by using decor and services that represented our loved ones’ unique talents. Most decorations, the food, drinks, flowers, and even attire were all things chosen because it would remind us of our loved ones. For example, most of our centerpieces incorporated my grandmother’s glassware and handkerchiefs. My mom made my veil. Our good friend Megan did all of the flowers. I could go on and on! We have so many talented loved ones who were willing to contribute in various ways to our day. We were really grateful to feel like our wedding was full of personal touches.”

     

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    Macy found her Allure Bridals dress at a trunk sale. She also wore her mother’s necklace and a floral crown made by a friend. She did her own makeup (“But I splurged for a fancy MAC lipstick,” she says), and her sister did her hair.

     

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    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Don’t feel obligated to go by budget templates online. I looked at the three “top priority” areas we wanted to spend money on (photography, my dress, and our venue) and broke down the rest of our budget afterwards. Since we had our wedding on a Sunday afternoon, we got a great price for the venue which helped a lot. We also didn’t serve a full meal and used a lot of our friends and family to help us make decorations (each little thing adds up – try to DIY if you’ve got a group of crafty bridesmaids). Our total budget was $11,000 and we came in just under that.

     

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    The Ceremony

    Dallas Heritage Village had so many gorgeous options for us to choose from for our ceremony, but we chose the Browder Springs building because we loved that it was a bright, open space. It also happened to be a smaller building that was the perfect size for our private ceremony!”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Personal, silly, heartfelt.

    How did you go about planning your ceremony?  Ben and I kept toying with the idea of an elopement because we really wanted our ceremony to feel like the most important part of our day. We didn’t want to get caught up in planning a traditional ceremony and reception that would just feel like we were going through the wedding motions, so to speak. But we also knew an elopement wouldn’t feel right for us either because we wanted our closest family and friends there to support us. So, we ended up concocting a faux elopement (“felopement,” if you will) with our immediate families and about 10 other friends, which made up our bridal party. Then immediately afterwards, we held a larger reception with about 80 more guests. It wasn’t a traditional wedding and certainly didn’t follow a template, but we loved it and had no regrets!

     

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    Who officiated your ceremony?  One of our best friends married us! He’s a friend from college who has seen us grow as a couple, and we’d wanted him to be our officiant for several years.

    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  We loosely followed some traditions of a typical ceremony. We had bridesmaids and groomsmen, but it was really important to me that we could look out during the ceremony and see our friends faces rather than have them stand behind each of us. So our bridal party sat down with our families in the “audience.” My dad walked me down the aisle, but instead of my dad giving me away, we had our officiant bring up both sets of parents and he read a really sweet statement asking each parent to support the marriage and to love their new daughter- or son-in-law as their own. Ben and I are both really close with our parents, and I think this was one of my favorite parts of our ceremony.

    What were your vows like?  We wrote our vows using bits and pieces of modern templates we searched through online. We picked parts that felt the most personal to our relationship.

     

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    What was your ceremony music?  You know how something goes wrong on everyone’s wedding day? Apparently our music didn’t work. I didn’t even realize that until later, but we were supposed to walk in to “Big Red Machine” by Justin Vernon & Aaron Dessner and walk out to “Deep Blue Sea” by Grizzly Bear.

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Having each of my closest family members and friends there – it was such a meaningful time spent with the people who helped us grow in our relationship together. Also, I loved my wedding backdrop. With the help of my mom, sisters, and friends, I made about a hundred paper flowers using food coloring and coffee filters. Then I ran into issues with how to make them into the backdrop I had in mind. After nearly giving up on the whole idea, my sweet brother-in-law built a frame to house all of them the exact way I wanted in just a few days. That backdrop and other DIY details made with family or friends were things that I loved being surrounded by all day!

     

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    Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  My something borrowed and something blue was a sapphire and diamond necklace that my dad gave to my mom before I was born. I had two something old’s wrapped around the stem of my bouquet: a lace trim of my Nana’s pinned with a gold brooch of my grandmother’s.

     

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    The Reception

    “Our reception was laid-back and full of goofy moments! We had a larger afternoon reception following the private ceremony in the Pavilion at Dallas Heritage Village. Our guests were given admission to explore the rest of the museum before the reception began, so I think that was a fun piece because it’s such a unique museum! We had the Photo Wagon come, we served fancy pie and coffee instead of a meal, we had a trail mix bar, we used an iPod and portable speaker for music, and a couple of our friends were brave enough to sing karaoke! It was relaxed and full of fun moments.”

     

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your reception?  We chose a a larger building of the museum to accommodate dancing and the large number of people.

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  At one point, “You’re the Voice” by John Farnham came on and the dance floor cleared as all of the groomsmen started circling around me and dancing/singing. It was pretty hilarious and typical of our friend group. I thought they had planned and choreographed it, but apparently it was completely impromptu!

    What was your wedding menu?  We had a trail mix bar and Cultivar Coffee and pies from Emporium Pies – another personal touch! Ben managed the two shops when we lived in Dallas. We chose to serve the chocolate silk pie, cranberry walnut pie, and bourbon pecan pie. DELISH.

     

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    What was your first dance song?  Ben and I danced to “I Will” by The Beatles, and we danced with my dad and his mom to “Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)” by Billy Joel.

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  When we were considering a private ceremony and being nervous about upsetting extended family and friends, I actually had a friend (who would not be part of the private ceremony) tell me to go for it. She basically said if it wasn’t going to hurt Ben’s feelings and it wasn’t going to hurt my feelings, then we should have the wedding day we actually want to have. I think that was really important – if something isn’t going to feel genuine for your wedding, don’t force it!

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Be mindful of taking the same amount of time to prepare for your marriage as you are preparing for your wedding day. Enjoy time with your fiancé by having a “no wedding talk” time set aside every single day!

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  I would have been nicer to my mom and sisters each time something stressful happened! Brides! Whatever it is, it is NOT important enough to snap at your family or friends! At the end of the day you’re going to be married, no matter what little thing goes wrong!

     

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    Photography: Jenny McCann / Venue: Dallas Heritage Village in Dallas, Texas / Dress: Allure Bridals / Shoes: DSW / Veil: Hancock Fabrics, made by my mom / White Coat: Macy’s / Rings: Go Rings! / Bridesmaid Dresses: Various stores / Jacket: Men’s Wearhouse / Pants, Shirt: Urban Outfitters / Tie: Target / Shoes: Clark’s / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Rentals: The Photo Wagon / Catering: Coffee by Cultivar Coffee / Pie: Emporium Pies

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  • Dallas Winter Wedding by Jenny McCann

    30 April 2015
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    Another beautiful wedding from photographer Bikini Birdie! And though we always prefer to have the couple share their story in their own words, we just couldn’t pass up Laura and Gonzolo’s incredibly romantic photos – and I think you’ll agree that they tell such a lovely story on their own…

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    Photography: Bikini Birdie / Venue: Finca Aldeallana in Segovia, Spain / Event Planning & Design: Isabel Lopez-Quesada / Dress: Basaldua / Hair, Makeup: Art Lab / Floral Design: La Tienda Rustica / Children’s Clothing: Teresa & Leticia / Suit: Brioni / Tie: Hackett / Catering: La Blonda / Music: Mickey Pavon / Rentals: Bosco Atntoñanzaz / Second Shooter: Paula G. Furio
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  • Romantic Spanish Wedding by Bikini Birdie

    29 April 2015
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