Escape the winter blues with this breezy summer wedding from Nordica Photography!

The groom designed all of the printed items, including invitations and ceremony program fans. The bride bought fabric at IKEA which she cut into ribbons to hang from the tree at their ceremony.

Instead of a photo booth, guests were encouraged to take snapshots with a Fuji Instax purchased by the bride and groom.

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Rikard proposed in Monet’s garden in Giverny, France so Monet’s garden was what we had in mind when we were looking for a wedding location. Plus we always dreamt about having the reception outside, so it made the choice very simple when we found the green house.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Nature and flowers. The inspiration for our stationary came from an old floral book called “Nordic flora.”

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  From Emma: The ceremony! Walking down the hill with my father, seeing Rikard and all our family and friends was an amazing feeling. We put a lot of effort into choosing the right music for the ceremony and having the band play really made the feeling extra special. From Rikard: When Emma said “I do,” when I got to lift her up in the greenhouse during dinner, when she came walking down the hill with her father, when we danced together all night long.. The whole day was like magic and I was forced to pinch my arm every now and then to make sure I was not dreaming!

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I got was to pick a comfortable dress that you’r actually able to walk in without three people lifting your skirt. And to wear flats all day! Also, dance, dance, dance! If you want your guests to dance, you have to be dancing!


See more of this outdoor Swedish summer wedding in the gallery!

Photographer: Nordica Photography / Venue: Backagården in Ystad, Sweden / Stylist: Therese Winberg / Bride’s Dress: Ida Sjöstedt Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Stylesnob / Groom’s Suit: Moss / Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos / Flowers: Blossom Blommor / Music: Anna and the Cat Combo / Catering: Mr Gourmet / Hair, Makeup: Sandra Elizah
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Don’t get me wrong – I love frosting. LOVE it. And I’m a sucker for a classic white wedding cake (see Exhibit A). But there’s something so fun about these unfrosted wedding cakes! I love getting to peek at all the layers of yummy-ness! And really, if the cake and filling are delicious enough, the rest is just, well, the icing on the cake.

Momofuku Milk Bar / BHLDN cake stand

via Always A Bridesmaid / via Wedding Chicks

Carried Away Cuisine via The Cake Blog

Yuma Couture Cakes / photo by Braedon Flynn

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Momofuku Milk Bar

Would you ever consider a “naked” wedding cake? Would you go funky like Momofuku Milk Bar? Or simple and sweet like Martha Stewart?

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Today’s chic black tie wedding comes to us from the lovely Laurie Arons (who planned my wedding!) and the talented Jose Villa. With black and white stripes, a unique wine country setting, blush pink roses and candlelight, Stephanie and Tyler’s wedding is a perfectly chic blend of preppy, rustic, romantic, and modern.

The black and white stripes at Durham Ranch inspired other details, like the gray and white stripes in some of the printed items, and the black and white photography that appeared in the invitation suite and in the photo booth at the reception. (The MVS Studio photo booth not only made for a fun keepsake, but the images were also immediately projected onto a big screen the served as a backdrop for the stage.)

Stephanie wore a peplum gown from Oscar de la Renta, and carried a romantic bouquet of pale pink and white.

Tyler’s mother made the flower girl dresses by hand. She also made a garter for Stephanie to wear, with one of the groom’s baby charms stitched into it.

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We fell in love with the fact that it was a home, and we didn’t have to shut down at 10:00PM like vineyards in the area. Also, the moss on the trees is such a beautiful thing – just stunning. That really set a romantic mood, almost like you’re in the movie The Notebook. We loved the barn, and I loved being able to get ready in the cottage and peek out the window to see what was going on.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We really wanted an intimate wedding. We’ve been to so many weddings with hundreds of guests – we just wanted to have our closest family and friends there with us. We wanted to be able to talk to everyone – really have a conversation, not just say hi and move on. For the design, I like everything really clean, white, soft pinks, romantic. We kept it clean and somewhat minimal – we had just the right things, nothing more. No favors on the tables that people would forget at the end of the night.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Holding Tyler’s hands and looking into his eyes at the ceremony – it was like no one else was there, and it was just us. That was very special. My uncle is a minister and he married us, so we automatically felt comfortable, and totally tuned into each other. There was a gust of wind and my veil blew off my head completely – I was so in the moment that I didn’t even notice or care.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  My dear dear friend told me that when you’re walking down the aisle, you want to look at everyone there, you want to smile and them, look at them, and acknowledge them since they’re there for you. But you also want to look directly at your husband, look him in the eye as you walk toward him – he’s why you’re there. That was great advice.


See all of Stephanie and Tyler’s romantic black tie wedding in the gallery.

And in case you missed it earlier today, see Stephanie and Tyler’s delicious rehearsal dinner right here.

Photographer: Jose Villa / Planner: Laurie Arons Special Events / Venue: Durham Ranch in St. Helena, California / Bride’s Gown: Oscar de la Renta / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Chandelier Earrings: Louis Newman / Groom’s Tuxedo: Jim Shay / Floral Design, Furniture Rentals: Kathleen Deery Design / Catering: Paula Le Duc Fine Catering / Lighting: Got Light? / Cake: SusieCakes / Band: Robert Vickers Orchestra / DJ: Alexander Koutsouannis / Photo Booth: MVS Studio / Late Night Taco Truck: Tacos San Buena / Printed Items, Escort Card Display: PS Paper / Calligraphy: Barbara Callow
  • Black Tie Wedding at Durham Ranch

    28 January 2013
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    Today I have a fun two-part feature for you! First up, Stephanie and Tyler’s yummy rehearsal dinner in the Napa Valley. Guests were served mini bottles of Ma(i)sonry wine as they arrived, and enjoyed other boutique wines, the bride and groom’s favorite Aperol spritz cocktails, and small plates of Italian dishes and charcuterie.

    Stop back in just a bit for this couple’s gorgeous black tie wedding!

    Photographer: Jose Villa / Planner: Laurie Arons Special Events / Venue: Ma(i)sonry in Yountville, California / Catering: Paula Le Duc Fine Catering
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