I’m sure you already know of my love for Jonathan Canlas‘ photography, and today’s feature is no exception. Courtney and Christian’s wedding was a beautiful, classic event at the bride’s childhood home. Says Courtney: “I always wanted to have my reception at home, in my backyard. I am from Maryland and I love the big, tall green trees in my backyard. Each of my four sisters also had their receptions at home, and I have grown up looking forward to mine. Another wonderful thing that I loved about our wedding is that we got married at 2:00pm. We had all morning to relax, and at 11:00am we went out for brunch with just our parents. It was so nice and peaceful. After that we went to the LDS temple to be married, and the rest of the day just flowed. The weather was perfect. Not a cloud in the sky, which is a miracle because it had literally rained for the two weeks before that day, and the two weeks after it.”

Venue: Potomac, Maryland Courtney and Christian’s May wedding took place at the bride’s childhood home.

Bride’s and bridesmaids’ dresses: Jessica May Bridal

Flowers: Shelley Black

Rentals: Sugar Plum Tent Company

Band: Fabulous Fantoms

Cake: Windows Catering The cake was, according to Courtney, the best cake ever! Each of the five layers was a different flavor: almond, lemon raspberry, milk chocolate, and vanilla blackberry.

Congratulations Courtney and Christian! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful day with us, and thank you to Jonathan Canlas for sharing these stunning photos. You can see even more from the wedding day on Jonathan’s blog, as well as the couple’s “bridals and groomals.”

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I’ve been following Ellie’s blog for awhile, ever since I first saw the beautiful invites and programs she designed for her own wedding. Now, lucky for the rest of us, Ellie is taking the leap into making wedding stationery design a full time gig with Hello Tenfold, and has opened an Etsy shop! I especially love the sense of whimsy in each and every piece – here are a few of my favorites…

Ellie hand-prints pieces with her Gocco, so they really have that extra something special. She also offers digital options for folks on a budget. Each of the designs in her Etsy shop are customizable, and she also does occasional custom projects. And it’s not just invitations! There are programs, table numbers, menus, even designs for out-of-town welcome packages! See even more eye candy in the Hello Tenfold Etsy shop, and don’t miss a thing by following Ellie’s blog, Mint.

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Mood: modern elegance, winter chic
Palette: dark evergreen, white orchid, kumquat orange

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I know it’s still the middle of autumn, but I was so inspired by this orchid and kumquat and couldn’t wait to create a chic winter wedding board with it in mind. Crisp white is the perfect backdrop for this unique winter palette of evergreen and orange. Though it’s not a minimalist look, the details are simple and not over done. It balances classic and modern, for a timeless yet updated look. If you wanted to add a holiday touch to this winter wedding, without being too obvious, unembellished white crackers would be a good choice.

Row 1:  centerpiece with orchids and kumquats and green wedding invitations both from Martha Stewart / modern orchid centerpieces from Wedding Style Guide / kumquat boutonniere photo by Blonde Tulip  //  Row 2:  white bridal headband from Brides / cascading orchid and vine bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings / floral gown by Reem Acra / escort cards with jasmine display from Michelle Rago  //  Row 3:  green and white ring pillow by Maihar Design / calligraphy favor box from Martha Stewart Weddings / kumquat arrangement and citrus desserts photo by Aya Brackett / Location 05 modern loft studios
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Anna wrote me the sweetest email, sharing her engagement photos with me, and now I get to share them with you! In Anna’s words: My wonderful friend Windy took engagement photos for us before we left California to move back to the East Coast. Tyler and I are high school sweethearts, been together 10 years… about time he popped the question!

I love the different places Anna and Tyler went for these photos, but the beach ones are my favorite…

Congratulations Anna and Tyler! It’s always so fun to see engagement photos that really show a couple’s personalities and absolute love for one another! You can see more from this shoot over on Windy Dougall’s blog

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