Photos By Andrew & Tianna Photography
By Lauren Kathryn on Oct 9, 2015 at 4:00 am in Simple/Minimalist
As today’s military duo proves, simplicity doesn’t have to come at the expense of elegance. The two eloped in pared-down style at The Founders Inn, a stately redbrick resort surrounded by English-style gardens and swept by the salty air of Virginia Beach. Nods to nautical details and naval blue were charmingly fitting, but love was the main ingredient. (Virginia is for lovers, after all!)
The intimate event was timelessly captured by husband-and-wife photography team Andrew & Tianna. “Throughout the day, I was reminded of a quote that is often recited by military wives: ‘Distance between two hearts is not an obstacle, rather a beautiful reminder of just how strong true love can be,’” Tianna says. “And, oh my, does this couple truly know the meaning of this! Despite long distance, school, work, and military duties, they have grown together, not apart, and that is an incredible thing.”
Photography > andrew & tianna photography / Location > the founders inn / Flowers > norfolk florist / Cake > jaime’s bakeshop / Bride’s Dress > all the rage / Hair > sumatra salon & spa / Makeup > sumatra salon & spa
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Photos By Wonderland Weddings
By Lauren Kathryn on Oct 5, 2015 at 8:00 am in Whimsical/Playful
Bubbling over with effervescent beauty and marked by an imaginatively playful aesthetic, today’s featured shoot fittingly took place at Costa Mesa’s Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a thoroughly modern event venue owned and operated by 24 Carrots, one of Orange County’s most sought-after caterers. The center also houses a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring artistic innovation and originality in the spirit of the celebrated American animator and cartoon artist after which it is named.
“I love the space’s industrial, blank-canvas feel,” says Aimee Takumi, the shoot’s orchestrator and the designer behind boutique event company Confetti Skies. “Enlivened with Chuck’s colorful cast of characters, the gallery walls are reminiscent of childhood.”
Aimee embraced the whimsy, fun, and movement of his artwork through her bubbly theme. “Nothing says celebration like champagne,” she says, “and anyone, young or old, can enjoy bubbles.”
Keeping with the bubble motif, floral design studio Beautiful Savage created floating rose orbs in lieu of a traditional arch.
Featuring roses, peonies, hydrangeas, eucalyptus leaves, and billy buttons for a bright pop of color, Beautiful Savage’s dramatically lush cascading floral runner formed the focal point of the dining table.
“The ‘Liza’ linens from La Tavola’s new 2015 collection were an absolute must for this shoot,” Aimee says. “I absolutely love the soft detail of the embroidery and the glimmers of light that the iridescent sequins collect.
For the chairs and tableware, Aimee went with Classic Party Rentals. “Their selection is superb, and they had exactly what I was looking for,” she says.
“I wanted to incorporate bubbles and champagne throughout the space in subtle ways to tie everything together,” Aimee says. “We used the bubble bud vases from Theoni, La Tavola’s new rental company, for a unique twist on escort cards.”
Bubbles blown from a bubble machine set a lighthearted tone on the dance floor. “They added that element of magic and whimsy,” Aimee says.
Aimee DIYed the glittered champagne bottles. “I actually began doing these when I started Confetti Skies, and I think of them as a signature offering for my clients,” she says. “Creating them is a calming process for me, and I love to do it. They are such fun favors for guests, and they can double as escort cards.”
“Simply Sweet Cakery took my dessert vision to a whole new level,” Aimee says. “Every element, including a cake pops board that resembled fizzing champagne, creatively reflected the theme.”
Photography > wonderland weddings / Concept > confetti skies / Creative Direction > confetti skies / Location > chuck jones center for creativity / Event Design and Planning > confetti skies / Flowers > beautiful savage / Cupcakes > simply sweet cakery / Cake > simply sweet cakery / Desserts > simply sweet cakery / Furniture Rentals > classic party rentals / Rentals > theoni collection / Bride’s Dress > Simply Bridal / Hair > fatima rosal (email@example.com) / Makeup > phyllis barba (firstname.lastname@example.org) / Groom’s Attire > friar tux shop / Stationery > suite paper / Invitations > suite paper / Favors > confetti skies / Other Vendors > la tavola fine linen / Model > don wesley / Models > laura meier
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Photos By Jewels Photography
By Lauren Kathryn on Oct 1, 2015 at 6:00 am in Bohemian
Set against the verdant greenery of the Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, this woodsy, eclectic shoot fulfilled a long-held vision of photographer Julie Crawford, who wanted to branch away from the classic wedding details that she is so accustomed to capturing. “In East Tennessee, bohemian-spirited weddings are a rarity,” she says. “I wanted to create a dreamy, non-traditional nuptial setting that reflected my own personal aesthetic.”
Blush blooms, mismatched floral china, and a subdued palette of muted gold, misty green, and heathery purple gave the scene a soft and feminine feel, while succulents, eucalyptus, and an array of raw, glinting crystals—culled from Julie’s childhood collection of rocks—imparted an enchanting earthiness.
Featuring a wispy watercolor feather and deckled edges for a natural look, the invitation suite was hand-painted by Jessica Marie Clinch. Whimsically lettered envelopes were finished off with a potpourri of vintage postage stamps from Verde Studio.
Designed by David Tutera for Mon Cheri, the bride’s gown featured a flouncy tulle skirt and a hand-beaded lace bodice. The dress was accessorized with hand-hammered baubles from artisan jeweler Roots and Wings. A delicate floral crown completed the look.
Designed by LB Floral, the leafily beautiful bridal bouquet consisted of seeded eucalyptus, succulents, lavender sprigs, and an assortment of baby-pink blooms.
A foliaceous table runner was studded with rough crystals, including amethyst, rose quartz, and fluorite.
Julie’s beloved pup made a welcome appearance, leaving his mark with lots of slobbery kisses.
Signature sips included lavender-infused wine, coconut-infused lemonade with a hint of lavender, and agua fresca with edible wildflowers.
Photography > jewels photography / Location > ijams nature center / Flowers > lb floral / Cake > sugarbuzz / Rentals > / Tabletop Rentals > Unique Settings / Bride’s Dress > david tutera for mon cheri / Bridal Boutique > the gilded gown / Hair > southern sirens / Makeup > southern sirens / Jewelry > roots and wings / Paper Goods > simply jessica marie / Calligraphy > simply jessica marie / Favors > custom love gifts & events
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Photos By E + E Photography
By Lauren Kathryn on Sep 30, 2015 at 5:00 am in Vintage and Rustic
Bryce Hoogland and Sydney Thomas, high school sweethearts and film students with a shared passion for the silent cinema of yesteryear, wanted to imbue their big day with a “vintage film feel.” Surrounded by fragrant lavender fields, enshrouded in decades-old greenery, and dotted with an eclectic array of found art, Sutherland’s Ranch offered the Idahoan couple a setting worthy of the old screen. A lunar motif gave the event a touch of stardust, with a handcrafted crescent moon evoking the popular portrait props of the early twentieth century.
The wedding was captured beautifully by Ethan and Emily Hensley of E + E Photography, whose photographic treatment was inflected with a sense of the past. “Bryce and Sydney put so much thought into every bygone detail,” Emily says. “Their nuptials encompassed everything that is beautiful about a summer wedding in Idaho.”
Cranberry-colored roses gave Sydney’s soft-looking bouquet of peonies and dusty miller foliage, arranged by The Florist at Edwards, a boldly romantic pop. Trailing amaranthus added visual interest.
From Jolly Edition, the couple’s garden-themed invitation suite featured charming hand illustrations by British artist Katie Harnett.
The rustic-chic décor was inspired by the couple’s love of all things farmhouse. “When we met with our wedding coordinator, Heidi Wight of Ira & Lucy, she immediately understood what we were going for,” Sydney recalls. “Rentals from her vintage furniture company, along with antiques that my mother-in-law had recently restored, really helped bring our vision to life.”
“For us, the ceremony was the best part of the day,” Sydney says. “We wrote our own vows, and saying them out loud before all of our loved ones really hit home. We started off the ceremony by presenting both of our mothers with bouquets and thanking them for making the day possible. We ended the ceremony by having our officiant explain to our guests why Bryce and I opted to take each other’s surnames, hyphenating them together to create a new name. We wanted to have the same last name, but we didn’t want to follow the patriarchal tradition of a bride abandoning her last name.”
The bride and her mother bonded over countless hours’ worth of DIY projects. This stellar sign was among the fruits of their labor.
Made by pastry chef Greg Marsh, the couple’s four-tiered naked cake was in keeping with the Arcadian theme. It sat on an amber glass pedestal, enwreathed in sugar-dusted berries and accented with tiny sprigs of baby’s breath.
Photography > E + E Photography / Ceremony Venue > sutherland’s ranch / Reception Venue > sutherland’s ranch / Event Design and Planning > ira & lucy / Flowers > the florists at edward’s / Catering > a lively chef / Cake > greg marsh designer cakes / Vintage rentals > ira & lucy / Invitations > jolly edition
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By Lauren Kathryn on Sep 16, 2015 at 4:00 am in
Baked-from-scratch may always trump boxed when it comes to cakes, but sometimes, to borrow the memetic words of Sweet Brown, “ain’t nobody got time for that.” Carlene Thomas of Healthfully Ever After shares how to transform a basic boxed cake mix into a tasty creation worthy of celebration with this fast and easy recipe. “You’d be surprised,” she says, “how much you can change up bland store-bought cake mix to let rich flavors shine!” The flavor star of this recipe is coconut, calling to mind tropical breezes and relaxing times.
This recipe was adapted from www.food.com.
♦ 1 (14-ounce) can of full-fat coconut milk
♦ 1 box (18 1/4 ounces) of super-moist white cake mix
♦ 1/4 cup of water
♦ 3 egg whites
♦ 1/2 cup of sweetened flaked coconut
♦ Option 1: your favorite frosting (homemade or from the store) with shredded coconut on top
♦ Option 2: a powdered sugar and coconut glaze with shredded coconut on top
Powdered sugar and coconut glaze
♦ 3/4 cup of powdered sugar
♦ 1/8 cup of coconut milk
♦ Shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray bottom of a round pan with baking spray that contains flour. In a large bowl, beat cake mix, 1 1/3 cup of the coconut milk (set the remainder aside for the frosting), water, and egg whites on low speed for 30 seconds. Increase to medium speed and beat another 2 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup of the shredded coconut until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for about 45 minutes. (Check for doneness by sticking a cake tester or toothpick into the cake. It should come out clean.) Remove cake from oven and let it cool completely, which takes about an hour.
To make glaze, whisk ingredients together to create a thick, gluelike consistency. Add more of either the coconut milk or powdered sugar to thicken or loosen. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Once the cake is cool, add the frosting to the cake and top with shredded coconut.
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Photos By Sarah Kimble Photography
By Lauren Kathryn on Sep 14, 2015 at 4:00 am in Modern and Bohemian
Using gold leaf, glass, geometric shapes, and gusts of imagination, Capital Society designer Shelli Martinez put a contemporary twist on woodland whimsy in this bewitchingly beautiful shoot, set in a Maryland forest and captured through photographer Sarah Kimble’s lens.
Inspiration was drawn from the modern bohemian style of the shoot’s models, real-life married couple Juliana and Tyler Grimsley. “The two described their relationship as ‘friendship set on fire,’” Shelli says. “This comment, along with their eclectic personal aesthetic, formed the starting point of our vision.”
Artfully arranged by floral design studio Highway to Hill, a bosky mix of blooms, herbs, foliage, and fruit—including anemones, thistles, rosemary sprigs, unripe blackberries, huckleberry greens, and chocolate Queen Anne’s lace—perfectly complemented the sylvan scene. Ethereal swaths of colored smoke lent a feeling of moody enchantment.
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