Caroline and Will wanted a simple wedding, and were inspired by the colors and flowers of spring. Says the bride: “We knew we would have a smaller wedding and wanted an intimate, outdoor setting. We are confirming our vows in the Catholic Church at a later date. It was a perfect and beautiful day in May. I couldn’t ask for more.”
The menu included sweet potato fries, soft pretzel rolls served with honey butter, buffalo sliders, Gulf shrimp quesadillas, and more. Later in the evening, waiters passed around frozen White Russians and Bourbon pecan bars.
1. Start by creating two ponytails directly on the top of your head, one thicker and one thinner ponytail. You want the ponytails very close together and high on your head – closer to your forehead than to the nape of your neck. Spray with Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray to give texture and hold. 2. Fishtail each ponytail and tie off with a small elastic band. For a slightly different look, you can also braid them, if that’s easier. 3. Lay the first, thicker fishtail across the front of the hair. Wrap it around, pinning as you go, and tuck the elastic end under the side of the fishtail. 4. Take the second, smaller fishtail and wrap that around the base of the first section, pinning as you go. 5. Spray heavily with Frederic Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray, to keep the bun in place, but also allow it to look fresh and loose.
A pop of red for your Tuesday! Laurelyn Savannah shared this lovely Lake Geneva wedding with us, and it is sure to brighten your day…
Laurelyn Savannah | Snippet & Ink
Says the bride, “I’ve always loved early August: in southeastern Wisconsin, it’s when the flowers and gardens are at their peak. I always remember my mom’s garden being so vivid that time of year. I’ve also always loved nature and wanted to incorporate some rustic elements to my wedding while still feeling very sophisticated. While I wanted the palette to be mostly creams and greens, I needed a pop of color to bring in that feeling I love about August.”
Why this venue? “Bigfoot Country Club has been a part of my life ever since I can remember. In fact, my grandparents first joined Bigfoot nearly 60 years ago! My parents used to drag me there as a kid every summer for golf lessons (which I was not a fan of) but I loved the Shirley Temples and milkshakes the bartender at the club house would make me afterwards. Bigfoot has the most incredible gardens, streams, and ponds and is set in a forest location. The inside of the club house is beautiful – elegant and very chateau-like.”
Table decorations incorporated the vibrant, rustic look that Cameron wanted: burlap and a variety of red and white fabrics, green and poppy red flowers, tomatoes and artichokes, wood accents, and (as a shout out to the state of Wisconsin) little cow creamers collected by the bride’s mother.
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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I was inspired by early August in southeastern Wisconsin, when the flowers and gardens are the most vivid. I needed a pop of color to bring in that feeling I love about August. Red also happens to be my favorite color (and our school color – go Cornell!), and by opting for poppy, I was able to incorporate both red and green while avoiding a Christmas-y look. My florist was fantastic in helping me create a wild and textured vibrant look while still looking refined. Since so many of our guests were traveling from out-of-state, I also wanted Wisconsin and its countless farms to shine through, hence the touches of dairy cows here and there and tomatoes and artichokes in the centerpieces.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? My favorite moment was during the ceremony. This surprised me, because I was originally not at all thrilled about getting married in a church. Because of that, I put a lot of effort into making the ceremony personal and intimate. About halfway through the ceremony, I was sitting next to Rich, looking out at all our friends and family, and hearing one of my best friends and her husband sing “All Good Gifts” from the musical Godspell. This was the one moment of the day that I had to sit back, be moved by my friends’ incredible voices, and reflect on how incredibly lucky we are. It’s when I knew I was absolutely where I was supposed to be. It’s a moment and feeling I’ll never forget.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? I am one of three sisters and my mom is one of four. Whenever we get together and music and dancing are involved, “We Are Family” must be played, and so it was! I also have a special song with one of my sisters: Raspberry Beret by Prince. For some reason, a radio station would play it every morning as we’d drive to high school. I surprised my sisters and had the band play this song, and I supplied three raspberry berets which we totally rocked over our up-dos. That was probably my second favorite moment of the wedding.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Plan well in advance! Everyone tells you to enjoy the moment, take it all in, etc. But it’s easier to do that when you feel like you don’t have to stress the week of your wedding. I planned well in advance, and did my best to make sure everything was all set two weeks before the wedding so that I was able to enjoy the week of my wedding rather than run around like crazy.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?Both of our families had an incredibly challenging year, which made our engagement bittersweet. Rich’s mom’s cancer had come back for the third time, and my dad suffered a major stroke that left him relearning how to walk, talk, and find his place in life. The fact that all of our parents were there and able to celebrate with us was a true gift. We wanted the wedding not just to be about the two of us, but a true celebration of what our families have persevered through, and all the friends and relatives who’ve supported us through all of it.
The groom’s favorite moment from the day? “Instead of having a first look, as many couples do now, our (amazing) photographer Amy guided each one of us separately against the corner of the church before the ceremony, with our backs to one another. Not allowing any sneak peeks before the ceremony, we held hands, and got to exchange a few words beforehand. It was an incredibly emotional moment for us both, and Amy captured it all on camera. These were some of my favorite photographs she captured that day.”
Says the bride: “We wanted something simple yet elegant, something unfussy and focused more on the intimacy of the moment than anything else. It wasn’t about spending a fortune on unnecessary details; it was all about the celebration of our union. Weddings nowadays are so stressful and complicated and busy, and we didn’t want any of those things. Being true to ourselves made our wedding day truly unforgettable.”
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Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We chose Portland because we are in love with it! It is a beautiful city, and one that is very dear to us. It is a city we have visited many times over and holds many of our dearest memories. Being from Los Angeles, we wanted to have an easy destination wedding and we knew without a doubt Portland would be perfect. We knew about Oaks Pioneer Church and had biked past and always thought it was such a beautiful, intimate little church. The Ace Hotel was our first choice from the start. We stay there every time we visit Portland – it almost feels like a second home!
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? The most intense, special part of the day was saying our vows. We wrote our own, which for me, took a lot of courage, but it is a decision I am so happy to have made. It was an incredibly special moment and one I was able to share with our closest family and friends.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? The bride wore something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. We had a first dance of course, and a few other classic wedding traditions, but overall, we really made it our own. One thing that we did was to not have a big wedding party – the groom’s brother was the best man, and the bride’s sister was the maid-of-honor. We were very happy of this decision, which contributed to the overall intimacy of the day.
What advice do you have for other brides? Be true to yourself! Forget what this or that person did on their wedding and stop trying to recreate what someone else did. A beautiful wedding can be done on a budget, and it can be done in your own unique way.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Utilize any DIY activities that you can! There are so many great resources now that you really don’t have to spend a fortune on each thing. Just shop around until you find what fits your budget – it will be out there. I was determined to create a ‘chandelier’ made from eucalyptus to be the focal point of the room and I made it work, even if it took a few attempts to figure it out. Etsy provided an endless supply of ideas and products from some very talented artists. Also, utilize anyone who is willing to help you! We felt so lucky to have some great friends and family who were excited to give a helping hand. And lastly, know your budget! We always kept our budget in mind and were able to be realistic about what we could and couldn’t do – it was actually the perfect way to exclude the things that weren’t all that important to us anyhow!