When I first got a glimpse of this wedding over on Unruly Things, I was just itching to see more pics and to know more about all of the great details! Matthew at Flowertoss Photography was kind enough to send over great photos of the day, and the bride, Alison, shared all about the DIY details and family and friends who helped to create this beautiful day…

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What Alison and Per-Lars wanted for their wedding: … a fun party, with an emphasis on love, family, good music, good food and good humor. We wanted a non-traditional, fun-loving, good time for all. We had an absolute blast at our wedding from beginning to end… the very late end. We stayed up dancing to 3am with a big group of our best friends and family members. The day was one non-stop love fest from beginning to end – we just didn’t want the night to end!
Per-Lars wore orange Converse. Alison wore Marc Jacobs Mary Janes in green satin with silver sequins.
Alison wore a dress from the 1950s that she found on Etsy and had altered and customized by a local seamstress, as well as jewelry from her own line, Katica Jewelry. The bride also designed all of the stationery, from the invitations to the programs.
The August wedding took place in the apple orchard at the groom’s childhood home, on Vashon Island – just a ferry ride from Seattle, and where both the bride and groom were born and raised. They wrote their ceremony together with the friend who officiated.




Per-Lars’ suit was a bargain found on eBay.

The couple made strings of paper flags to decorate the apple orchard, with fun photos clothes-pinned to them. They also made the cute silhouette buttons for guests to take home with them.
Flowers were purchased from a local gardener. The bride’s mother and family members made the bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces.
Alison shares a bit about the food: We got a lot of help with our food! A few family friends roasted a pig and some halibut (a gift that was caught by another friend), while another family friend roasted a lamb. Vashon caterer, Terri Calello, put together a beautiful spread of salads. A group of close friends and family members were asked to bring homemade desserts for a lovely buffet of sweets.
Okay, how cool is this… all of the plates, glasses and napkins were provided from a local organization called Sustainable Vashon, which has a program called “No-Trash Bash.” They loan out all the settings needed for large parties in order to reduce trash, in exchange for a donation of any size to help cover the cost of broken items and to keep the program going. I think every community should have such an amazing program!

Guests enjoyed a photobooth (see some of the pics at Alison and Per-Lars’ wedding website) and dancing to a combination of iPod playlists put together by the bride and groom and a live band – the Wolczko Brothers. And one of Alison’s favorite part of the day was when a bunch of friends and family gave some hilarious speeches, and performed original music and poetry.
How’s this for some golden advice from the bride: Don’t take it all so seriously. Laugh and have fun.

Congratulations Alison and Per-Lars – this is one of those weddings I wish I could have been a part of! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome day with us, and best wishes to you. And a big thank you to Flowertoss Photography and second-shooter Brookelyn Photo for sharing these beautiful images with us!

{photos 1-3, 15, 16 by Brookelyn Photography; photos 4-14, 17-19 by Flowertoss Photography)

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My honey’s parents are in town this weekend, so we’ll be doing our best to show them a good time here in Austin – which will of course involve lots of eating. It has finally cooled down to the point where we can turn off the AC and open up the doors and windows, so I hope it stays that way at least while they’re here. Any fun plans for you all this weekend? This is sort of a marathon list of links, so I hope you’ve got a little time…

by Bonnie Tsang


Meet Jack.

Loving this sweet new addition to my cookbook collection.

Giant white paper flowers.

Pretty little papers.

Illustrated pie.

Love myself a picnic wedding, part one and two.

And a DIY picnic bouquet.

How about a TOMS party, via Wishfulfillment.

Our almost-wedding venue.

The greatest pillow ever.

Leigh Wells’ inkwells! via Design*Sponge

Irresistible yellow flowers,

a fabulous yellow dress,

and sweet yellow invites.

Favorite new venue, via Always a Blogsmaid.

Marriage certificates are cool, via SeeSaw Designs.

Say yes to suspenders.

And streamers.

Go camping and get married!

Green and gray.

Somebody please buy this clutch.

And I totally forgot to share it yesterday, but don’t miss my newest color board over at The Bride’s Cafe!

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Gosh guys – so sorry for the late inspiration board post today! I’m the queen of working last minute, but for some reason it was especially tough to find good photos with just this shade of green. What would you call this? It’s not quite bottle glass green, not exactly emerald or jade. It’s a little dark to be called mint, but maybe that’s the best word for it? Anyway… Something I really enjoy doing is playing with the shades of colors in otherwise common palettes. Black and white with green is not exactly new, but this shade of green is unexpected, so I think it’s fresh and it works.

Mood: fresh art deco style
Palette: black, ivory, green

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Top row from left: inspiration board with black striped ribbon photo by Johnny Miller, black and white button escort cards from Martha Stewart Weddings, bride with black striped nylons photo by Missy Cochran, black and white anemone cake via Hip Hostess
Row 2: black and white anemone bouquet with striped ribbon by Janie Medley via The Bride’s Cafe (photo by Kate Headley), updo with white feathers from Brides, black and white silhouette invitation by Hammerpress via 100 Layer Cake, floating flower in green bowl photo by Cori Kindred
Row 3: green glass bottles with black and white tags via Lobster & Swan, deco party venue from Artfool, VanĂ©‘s bouquet photo by Belathee, getaway car photo by Drew B

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I know I’ve been mostly posting autumn inspiration boards lately since it’s, um, autumn. But for some reason I was feeling inspired by pansies and violets, and just had to make a sweet little wedding board with them as the focus. Cut pansies don’t last very long when they’re cut, and they wilt quickly when out of water, so potted pansies and violets are a good choice – and can double as favors for your guests. If you want to use them in your bouquet, keep it in water until the very last minute.

Mood: simple romantic whimsy
Palette: violet, lavender, green, gray

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Top row from left: photo with short ruffled dress and parasol by Jessica Kettle, purple gingham shirt with linen jacket and black bowtie photo by Tec Petaja, escort cards with potted violets by Ariella Chezar, gray floral headband photo by Stephanie Williams via Utterly Engaged
Row 2: violet and pansy nosegay by Artfool, photo with vintage Mustang by Erin Hearts Court, violet and gray notecard by Ice Cream Social, pansy place setting via Blomsterverkstad
Row 3: pinwheels from Hatch Creative Studio, galvanized metal lemonade dispenser via Wedding Chicks, potted pansy centerpiece photo by Meg Matyia, gray and white buttons designed by Passing Notes

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