Casual Elegance Southern Style

Morgan and Taylor were high school sweet hearts who met in show choir (yes, just like Glee). The celebrations unfolded over three gorgeous locations which included the bride’s preparation at Clay Hill Farm (a historic estate in Campbellsville, KY), the wedding ceremony at their local christian church, and a gorgeous outdoor marquee reception on a family farm where the family has gathered for Christmases over the decades. The fabulous palette of navy and apple green was a winning stand out inthis affair, as well as the stunning vintage-inspired gown worn by the bella bride. With loads of fun and surprise getaway fireworks it’s no wonder this wedding party wanted to celebrate through the night.

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Photography: Sur La Lune Photography  // Flowers/decor: Theresa Wolford // Catering: Shaffer’s Catering (Liberty, Ky.) // Cake: Jessica McDonald (Family Friend) // Band: Tyrone Dunn and the Kin Folk  // Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Music: GrassKats & AcoustiKats // Dress: Allure // Bridal Hair & Make-Up: Cindy Jaggers (Salon 121) // Guys’ Tuxes: Mitchell’s Mens Wear (Campbellsville, Ky) // Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung (Twirl Bridal, Lexington, Ky)

Beautiful Brunch Wedding by Jacqui Cole Photography

Grab a knife and fork, because this beautiful brunch wedding captured by Jacqui Cole Photography is delicious in every sense of the word. From the pretty pinks, corals and oranges in the color palette to the swoon-worthy florals and the yummy brunch spread.  And the Bride’s beaming smile – totally gorgeous!  All-in-all this casual affair in Chicago, Illinois is too beautiful and well worth going back for second helpings!

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From the photographer:

Stephanie and Randy’s beautiful brunch wedding couldn’t have been any more perfect! From her gorgeous flowers, to custom designed Barbara Bates dress I know it was exactly as Stephanie had described all those months ago on our very first phone call. We spoke for over an hour that day, having never shared 2 words before that point and just connected on what she wanted her wedding to be about. Her love for her wonderful partner Randy and each family and friend who joined them to celebrate. True love can really be found at any age, and it is so very clear that Stephanie and Randy have now found theirs.

 

Photographer:  Jacqui Cole Photography // Reception Venue: Cheney Mansion // Caterer: J & L Catering // Floral Designer: Tina and Dollie // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Casual Fall Fete by Jeremy & Kristin

Fall is quickly becoming one of my favorite seasons…. golden hues, rich coloured blooms, cool crisp air – what’s not to love? Combine that with a relaxed casual vibe and a hint of vintage and industrial style, like this wedding by Jeremy & Kristin, and then you really have my attention. But if you also happen to throw in a stunning Vera Wang gown, a hip industrial venue and the natural beauty of the great outdoors – well, I’m in serious danger of catching bad wedding envy!  Take your time to enjoy this one lovelies and cherish all the poised pretty!

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 Beautiful bride Sarah shares the details:

1. What was the vision & theme for your wedding?

I wanted to keep things simple and casual. I also wanted to incorporate the season because I love Fall. It helped me pick the colors and decor.

2. What was the size of your wedding?

Average. We had around 90 people at the ceremony and reception.

3. Tell us about the details

Venue

We chose an art gallery in Fort Worth called Artspace111 because we loved the outdoor space. It had everything we were looking for- a place for an outdoor ceremony and a separate space for the reception. It was the perfect mix of eclectic, industrial, and vintage. We had to move the reception inside because of weather worries but it still turned out beautifully because of the artwork on the walls.

Color Palette

Our colors were brown, orange and a light robin’s egg blue.

Decorations & Flowers

The ceremony decor was very minimal. Our wedding was held in one of the sculpture gardens at the gallery so I didn’t want to interfere with the natural setting. We hung fall themed wreaths on the doors into the ceremony space and placed DIY floral arrangements on either side of the bride and groom. We had some DIY signs painted with “dinner” and “dancing” with arrows pointing the way into the reception space.

The table centerpieces were made my bridesmaids and myself. We used a collection of bottles in different shapes and sizes and painted them on the inside with different shades of robins egg blue. Then, we filled them with wheat stalks in them instead of flowers.

Wedding Cake

Our cake was 3 tiers with 2 tiers of lemon cake and 1 tier of spice cake with a white buttercream frosting. The frosting was done as all white rosettes except for 3 orange rosettes- 1 on each tier. Texture was more important to me than color but Robert didn’t want an all white cake so he came up with the idea to do the 3 orange rosettes.

Favors

I wanted to incorporate Robert’s heritage in some way so we decided on Mexican hot chocolate favors. They also struck me as very fall appropriate wedding favors. It’s a hot chocolate mix that has ancho chile powder and cinnamon added to it. I bought small jars and one of my bridesmaids made the mix and put the jars together. I bought Kraft paper tags and some twine from the store, hand wrote the recipe on the back, stamped “gracias!” on the front, and assembled them a few days before the wedding.

4. Tell us about your Wedding style

Wedding Gown & Accessories

I found my perfect dress at David’s Bridal. It was all lace with some draping on the top that gave it a nice texture. The salesgirl was spot on to recommend a belt with the dress. It gave it a nice vintage feel. I didn’t want to wear white so my dress was ivory instead. Again, I wanted to keep it simple and most importantly, not poofy. I wore ivory Toms that were an engagement gift from a friend. I love the concept behind Toms (get one, give one to an in need child) and also couldn’t deny the comfort factor. I wore my mother’s pearl necklace (my borrowed), some earrings I already had (my old), and a sapphire and diamond ring my dad gave me as we were all getting ready that day (my new and blue).

Bouquets

The bouquets were orange gerber daisies (my favorite flower!) and sunflowers, with some cream colored roses mixed in. I loved how bright and happy they looked! The bridesmaid bouquets were wrapped in brown ribbon and the bridal bouquet in ivory ribbon.

Bridesmaids

The bridesmaids wore robin egg blue dresses from Alfred Sung. They each chose a style to fit them and their personality. I wanted each girl to be comfortable in what they wore. I also liked the eclectic look it provided. 

Groomsmen Attire

Robert wore a dark gray suit, an ivory dress shirt and an orange tie. His boutonnière was the same rose that was part of my bouquet with some coffee berry in there also. The groomsmen wore matching gray suits with either a blue or orange tie. Their boutonnières were made of mini sunflowers.

5. Did you include any DIY or personalized details?

A lot of the small details were do-it-yourself. I bought a basic guest book and added details to make it my own style. Other DIY details included the favors, reception centerpieces, a wedding wish tree I made, and some hand painted signs to direct guests from the ceremony to the reception. I loved being able to look around and think to myself “I love that because I made it.”

6. Was there anything that made your wedding unique?

I like to think my venue was a little unique and the overall feel to the wedding was a lot less formal than weddings I’ve been to. I had a lot of guests tell me later that they had a great time because of how relaxed everything was.

6. What did you find challenging?

Making decisions! I’m usually a fairly decisive Type A person but there were several moments throughout the planning process that I couldn’t make a decision to save my life! Another struggle was trying to balance wedding planning with my regular life – I ended up getting a little behind on other things because I was so focused on wedding planning.

7. What were your favorite moments?

My dad surprised me and the bridesmaids while we were getting ready at the gallery with a bottle of champagne and a beautiful ring he gave me. I also loved the moment right before I walked down the aisle because I was so excited to see Robert! Robert’s favorite moment was seeing my Dad walk me down the aisle. I’m usually not good at keeping secrets but I managed to not tell him anything about how I would look that day.

8. Any advice to Bride’s & Groom’s planning now?

Try to not sweat the small stuff. At first, I was really upset about having the reception inside the gallery instead of outside like we had originally planned. However, everything still turned out beautifully. We still got married, and everyone still had fun.

Also, do things little by little and don’t let it pile up. The more I procrastinated, the more stressed I felt. One last thing- find vendors that you love because it makes the wedding day much less stressful if you have full confidence that they will execute your vision.

 

Photography: Jeremy & Kristin / Hair Stylist: Magnolia Avenue Salon / Caterer: Euro Cater / Floral Designer: Blossom on the Bricks / Dress Store: Davids Bridal / Dress Designer: Vera Wang / DJ: DFW Tunes / Ceremony Location: Artspace111 / Equipment Rentals: Celebration Event Rental / Tuxedo & Mens Attire: Al’s Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

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Teal and Yellow Casual Affair at The Rose Room Boise Idaho

Can’t wait to share with you today this incredibly charming and elegantly casual teal and yellow wedding. This color palette combination has been a huge hit in the past, so I wanted to feature this little gem with the hopes you would find lots of steal-worthy ideas to use for your own big day. And if you’re on a tight budget (like this cute couple), you’re bound to be inspired by their incredible DIY (just check out the lovely handmade paper centerpieces!). The wedding took place at the The Rose Room in Boise, Idaho and was sent to us by Nack Photography who snapped a bunch of stylish pics that will stand the test of time. Totally relaxed, incredibly sweet and beautifully stylish – we just love that!
 
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Beautiful bride Stacy shares: 

What was the vision for your wedding?

Our vision was a fun, casual wedding where we could be ourselves and celebrate with our closest friends and relatives. 

What was the size & budget of your wedding?

We had around 90 guests and spent around $9,500. 
 

Cceremony & Reception

We had only two absolute requirements when it came to location: the ceremony and reception needed to be in the same space and we had to be able to party later than 10 p.m. The Rose Rose was our only viable option that wasn’t outrageously expensive. I could have done without ceilings painted a rosy pink, but having a smooth wedding is all about compromise. 
 

Your Bridal Style

I went with a simple chiffon dress with a sweetheart neckline. I found my dress (on sale!) at my first visit to David’s Bridal. The dress originally had a flowery strap that I chose to eliminate on a whim on my way to my first fitting. Go with your gut. Don’t overthink! I knew I wanted to wear flats (who wants to suffer on your wedding day?), so I went with hot pink crocheted Tom’s. I didn’t realize how much they would poke out from under my dress, but they were a fun touch. The only thing I regret is the feeling of elegance you get when you walk in high heels with a beautiful dress on. Oh well! My accessories were simple, my “something blue”/”something borrowed” was a blue-diamond ring of my sister’s that’s been in our family for generations and my earrings I got from Etsy. 
 

Bridesmaids & Flower Girl

My girls got their dresses from RentTheRunway.com – a great inexpensive option – and I let them pick out which style of dress they wanted to wear. Our flower girl (my niece) wore her favorite white dress and added a grey sash for a bit of flair. 
 

Groom’s Attire

Mike wanted to keep things casual so he ditched the formal tux and went with dress pants and a vest from Express Men. All the groomsmen wore matching grey chambray Vans. I handmade their ties in coordinating teal fabrics. 
 

Decorations

Mike and I handmade thousands of paper flowers for the centerpiece decorations. We also spent months gathering glass jars to be used as vases. Our goal was to be thrifty as well as “green”. After the wedding was over we had very little to throw away. Even the fabric-strip ceremony backdrop was re-purposed into a quilt!
 

Bouquets

My bridesmaids and I did carry real flowers — nothing compares! I asked my talented florist-friend for monochromatic bouquets without much fuss. Our style was more streamlined modern than soft and romantic. 
 

Wedding Cake

Mike’s step-grandma insisted on baking cakes for the big day. I believe we had 7 different cakes, all from family recipes. She even traveled to Boise from Chicago and had several undecorated cakes with her in her carry on! 
 

Favors

We kept things simple. No favors. Please don’t hate us! 
 

Did you include any DIY or personalized details?

Nearly every detail of our wedding we did ourselves — from the invitation design through the decorations. We did as much “in-house” as possible. 

Did you include anything unique? Tell us about the bridesmaids hockey playing?

To explain the hockey — Mike’s little brother is a serious AAA hockey player and his basement was custom-built for his training. The rehearsal dinner was at Mike’s parents house and our friends played several rowdy games of hockey down there. My bridesmaids somehow missed out on the fun the day before and couldn’t resist taking a quick trip to the basement to shoot some pucks before we left to take photos. 
 

Did you find anything challenging?

It was challenging to keep things simple. When you first start planning your wedding, Pinterest and wedding blogs are great sources of inspiration, but they can also overload you with things you feel you HAVE to have at your wedding. There was a point where I had to accept that my time and resources wouldn’t allow me to have a wedding like those I was seeing online. But the trick is that you still CAN have a “blog-worthy” wedding without all the bells and whistles. I found it better to set my top three priorities and do those things really well rather than struggle to hit my entire wish list. Your guests will notice what you do have at your wedding, not the things you don’t. So let go of what isn’t absolutely essential. 
 

Tell us about the stand-out moments?

After reading my vows, I desperately needed a tissue. I was a mess. I turned around mid-laugh/cry and accidentally snot rocketed behind me. Only the groomsmen could see what happened, which they found hilarious. Luckily no one else saw and it remains a moment that only we shared. And now you know. 
  • My sister gave an amazing speech that I’ll never forget. 
  • Dancing with my dad. He’s a better dancer than I am and I had a hard time keeping up! It was a very special moment for me. 
  • Dancing with our friends was the most fun — we had our venue until 2 a.m. and we carefully planned out our playlist to hear all of favorites. 

Your advice to Bride’s & Groom’s planning now?

Designate someone who will coordinate all final day-of details. Being a control-freak, I never gave up the role of ring-master on the day of the wedding and found myself unnecessarily stressed the morning of. Let someone else stress about your makeup artist showing up late, or wonder where the hell your officiant is just minutes before the start of the ceremony. Things will never go exactly according to plan, so improvise and be adaptable. 
 
Thank you Stacy & Mike for sharing all the lovely and congratulations on an amazing day!

 

Photograher: Nack Photography / Wedding Venue: The Rose Room Boise / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

An Artist’s Wedding in Oland Sweden

As far as unique weddings go this bohemian beauty from Oland Sweden is the ultimate. A smokin’ hot barefoot bride and groom, an intimate Artist’s studio cottage for the charming wedding venue, and some drop-dead outdoor imagery by Malin Björkholm. Easy, carefree details combined with a creative and artsy background make this small boho lovefest a total stunner.

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From the photographer: This was a very special wedding in Öland, an island in south east of Sweden. I wanted to capture the special landscape here. The couple was married in the groom’s and his father’ gallery – barefoot with sand on the floor, close, intimately. The lovely opera singer Thomas Pichler performed an Italian aria and music by Cat Stevens and I believe all of the guest wiped their eyes. The reception took place in the art studio, amongst brushes, paintings and stuffed birds. The groom’s father served an eight (!) course meal, cooked on the stove supervised by a dear! As the sun went down we went out to the Öland limestone in the magical light whilst the fog gathered around their naked feet.

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Photography: Photographer Malin Björkholm / Hair Stylist:  Din Frisör / Makeup Artist:  FACE Stockholm / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Rustic Backyard Wedding by Adria Peaden Photography

It is not every day a wedding makes me look twice but this backyard beauty succeeded easily. It’s a wonderful mix of of homemade wedding goodness and sweet, rustic details both so simple yet so effective. Adria Peaden Photography captured this gorgeous couple and their equally gorgeous big day, which has me dreaming of warm summer nights. The swing (yes, the fabulous, rustic love swing built for two!), the beautiful ceremony arch, the cowgirl boots, and the pretty fairy lights twinkling through the trees… yes, I’m loving it all. 

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Photography: Adria Peaden Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Bohemian Bride in New York City

We have a wonderfully unique wedding story to tell you today, which begins with a beautiful bohemian bride walking to her wedding through the streets of New York City. This eclectic event captured creatively by Samantha Gore is as original as it is beautiful. It’s a unique blend of  boho glam meets traditional multi-cultural wedding with a dash of  city chic . . . and we’re loving every aspect of it’s relaxed hypnotic charm.

Bohemian BrideBohemian Wedding IdeasPhotographer Samantha shares: This wedding was elegant and unique in its simplicity and modern feel mixed with timeless tradition. Kelley got ready at home with her parents and walked alone from her Manhattan loft (except for the photographer), to pick up flowers from the local bodega and then hailed a cab to the beautiful St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral at 2nd avenue and East 34th street.

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Thank you Samantha – we loved the original approach you took with this unique and casual wedding!

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Photography: Samantha Gore / Wedding Dress:  BHLDN / Ceremony:  St. Vartan’s Armenian Cathedral / Submitted via Two Bright Lights 

Simple Outdoor Wedding by Adam and Alli Photography

A sweet and simple outdoor wedding is like a breath of fresh air, a warm ray of sunshine or a soft melody to soothe your senses. It’s just the thing to bring you back down to earth when things get too hectic, remind you of the small and meaningful things in life and make you feel good to be alive. Filled with pretty plum and peach colours, lush greenery and dappled sunlight, this elegantly casual Mississippi wedding has that refreshing feeling that many of us need at the end of the day. I love the stylish simplicity of the reception tables all adorned with peach linens, peach and purple flowers in mixed glass bottles and twine wrapped votive candles. Then there’s the elegant single tier white cakes, each with it’s own type of bloom and the lovely bridesmaids in short summery plum coloured dresses looking sweet as can be. The moment I laid eyes on this pretty party, captured by Adam + Alli Photography I instantly felt rejuvenated, uplifted and totally in love. Just like this gorgeous couple. Take a meander through all the loveliness this light-filled wedding has to offer and breathe in all the love.Simple Outdoor Wedding DecorationsSimple Outdoor Wedding ReceptionSimple Outdoor Wedding DetailsPlum and Peach Wedding BouquetPlum Wedding ColoursShort Plum Bridesmaid DressesPlum and Peach Wedding ColoursSimple Outdoor Wedding CentrepieceSimple Outdoor Wedding FlowersSimple Outdoor Wedding CeremonySimple Outdoor Wedding TablesOutdoor Wedding VenueSimple Outdoor Wedding IdeasSimple Outdoor Wedding ColorsCasual Outdoor Wedding IdeasSimple Outdoor Wedding CakesSimple Outdoor WeddingCasual Outdoor Wedding

Photography: Adam + Alli / Caterer: Mangia Bene / Event Planner: Eventful / Reception Venue:  The Cedars / Wedding Dresses: The Bridal Path / Cake Designer: Cakes By Iris / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Shabby Chic Black, White & Yellow Farm Wedding by Jonathan Campbell Photography

Farm Wedding TennesseeI’m seriously doing a happy dance under my desk right now – because I love every last detail of this amazing Tennessee farm wedding. I also believe it happens to be one of the best styled rustic and casual weddings I’ve seen for awhile. Let’s start with the colour scheme – a classic black and white damask design highlighted with fabulous pops of sunshine yellow. Then there are gorgeous ‘rustic meets shabby chic’ details like the cookie buffet table with scrumptious homemade goodies with a blackboard sign in a white ornate frame, elegant damask invitations and a wedding cake to match. Cute monogram favors and tubs of soda pop and homemade lemondade to give the day a personalized touch. As well as elegant floral elements including a pretty bridal bouquet of lemon roses and huge yellow floral arrangements towering high in the gorgeous reception marquee. But without doubt the the star piece is the gorgeous timber ceremony alter designed and built by the bride’s father no less – totally stunning!  Beautifully photographed by Jonathon Campbell, this charming celebration is a little bit country, a little bit shabby chic and whole lot of sassy style – what more can a Tennessee bride ask for?Farm WeddingYellow White Cookie Buffet TableFarm Wedding MarqueeShabby Chic Farm WeddingShabby Chic Cookie BarShabby Chic Outdoor Farm WeddingBlack White Damask Yellow Rustic DetailsFarm Wedding Bouquet Yellow RosesFarm Wedding Soda PopRustic Monogram Wedding FavorsShabby Chic WeddingTennessee Farm WeddingShabby Chic Black White Yellow Wedding CakeFarm Wedding FireworksFrom the Photographer: Keesha and Ben were married on family land and their wedding day represented all that a wedding day should be. Uniting their friends and relatives was the most important thing for them. Keesha and Ben wanted to keep their wedding informal and stress free so they opted to have their wedding nearby practically in their own backyard. A cookie bar, outdoor ceremony in front of a wooden alter that Keesha’s own Dad and family friend made, good ole southern pulled beef sandwiches and potato salad keep the theme light and everyone enjoying a casual afternoon celebrating their wedding union.

Photography: Jonathan Campbell / Dress Store:  The White Room / Cake Designer:  Main Event Productions / Makeup Artist:  Amy Lynn Larwig / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

Fun Casual Wading River New York Wedding

There’s nothing like a fun soiree to help you get through the mid-week slump and this laid-back elegant New York wedding is just the event to do it. It’s brimming with vibrant colours, vintage lace details and plenty of festivity on the dance floor. So without further adieu I’ll hand you over to photographer Casey Fatchett to share with you the details of this fun-filled event.Multi Colored Pastel Wedding Parasols‘Kelly, the bride, went to high school with my wife on Long Island. I recall my wife saying, “She’s deadly with a rifle…” (apparently they were on the riflery team together). When Chris and Kelly moved back to New York after both getting their PhD’s in English Literature in Toronto, I was happy to meet with them about photographing their wedding. They have to be one of the most laid back, casual, calm couples I have ever dealt with. The wedding reflected this perfectly! A casual ceremony (with lots of obscure literary readings) and lots of playfulness with the bridesmaids parasols and fans (which were necessary as it was unbelievably warm). The reception featured Chris’s grandmother serenading the couple with a rousing rendition of “Stand By Your Man” and my personal favorite moment, The Flower. The groom and groomsmen surrounded the bride and well…created a dance ‘flower’ with her at the center. It really defies description.’Real Wedding New YorkMulti Colored Bridesmaids Paper FansCasual WeddingsVintage Lace Parasol BrideFlower Girl Vintage ParasolCasual Vintage Wedding New YorkNew York Wedding Vintage Lace ParasolCasual Elegant Wedding CakeCasual Outdoor New York WeddingCasual Elegant New York WeddingCasual Wedding Purple FavorsCasual Fun Wedding DancingWedding Reception SerenadeCasual Outdoor New York WeddingWading River Wedding

Photography: Casey Fatchett Photography / Floral Designer: With All My Heart / Reception Venue: East Wind Caterers, Inn & Spa / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Cake Designer: Rolling Pin Bakery / DJ: After Hours Music / Makeup Artist: The Glam Goddess / Bride’s Shoes: Enzo Angiolini / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Warehouse  / Officiant: Rev. Janine Burns / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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