Costa Rica Beach Wedding by Katherine Stinnett Photography

Be Warned! – This gorgeous beach wedding is likely to give you an unstoppable desire to jump on the first plane to Costa Rica. We’re seriously loving the natural and laid back vibe of this beautiful affair. The beautiful ceremony, the handsome bride and groom and the stunning fairylit reception right on the beach – just perfect. A destination wedding really doesn’t get any better than this. A big thank you to Katherine Stinnett Photography for capturing all the magical moments!

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From the photographer: Leah and Victor met and fell in love in Miami. When choosing a location for their wedding, they knew there was no place better for them than the beaches of Costa Rica. Victor was born and raised in Costa Rica, and the couple knew this would be the perfect place for their families to meet and celebrate together. After a sweet, intimate wedding the couple danced the night away under the stars on the beach with their closest friends and family. The couple even surprised their guests with a traditional Costa Rican comparsa band complete with dancers, drum circle, and stilt walkers to end the night.

 

Photography:  Katherine Stinnett Photography / Event Planner: Tropical Occasions & Mountian Occasions / Reception Venue: JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa / 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

 

Fancy more inspiration for a elegant casual affair? Check out these lovelies:

 

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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

Salsa Nights ~ Mexico Beach Wedding by Dreamtime Images

I’m going to whisk you all off right now to a beach in Mexico . . . Tulum, Mexico to be precise. It’s where this very cool, casual and fabulous wedding from Dreamtime Images takes place.  We’re really impressed with how unique and creative each aspect of this wedding is, which by the way, was all planned by the lovely bride herself. They started their romantically unique event with an intimate sunrise wedding ceremony and everyone wearing white. Next, they enjoyed a vibrant and fun reception with salsa dancing lessons thrown in for the guests. Then, to top it all off, this bride went and had a trash the dress session in a mesmerizing underwater cavern, known as a cenote. This is one terrific destination wedding which beautifully blended it’s theme with the local landscape and culture making it one awesome night to remember.Beach Wedding Bouquet OrchidsDestination Beach WeddingBeach Wedding CeremonySunrise Beach Wedding CeremonySunrise Beach WeddingBeach Wedding Dress Pearl DetailsBeach Wedding CeremonyWedding Tulum MexicoTulum Mexico Beach WeddingReal Weddings MexicoUnique WeddingSalsa DancersMexico Wedding ThemeWedding Salsa DancingTulum Mexico WeddingTrash The Dress CenoteCenote Trash The DressWhite Beach WeddingBeach Wedding

Photographer: Dreamtime Images / Event Planner:  Destination Scout / Floral Designer:  Julieta /Reception Venue:  Milamores / Trash the Dress Session:  Hidden Worlds Cenotes /Salsa Dance Instructor:  Leon Rommel /Officiant:  Charlie’s Pueblo – Officiant / 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

 

Vintage Inspired Wedding in Byron Bay

I always get excited when I see a home grown Australian wedding receiving adoration from an international leading wedding blog such as the wonderful Style Me Pretty. So when I saw this gorgeous vintage inspired Byron Bay Wedding featured on SMP’s Destination blog, I was over the moon. The whole gorgeous, casual and romantic affair is designed by the amazing team formerly known as Poppy Lane and captured by Justin at Bushturkey Studio. With so many beautiful vintage inspired details I’m struggling to name just a few. So in case you missed the SMP feature, I thought I would break down the details, along with a few extra pics from Bushturkey’s blog. Hope you enjoy.

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Byron Bay Vintage Inspired Wedding

First up, the location of Byron Bay is absolutely stunning. Just add a lovely bride in her gorgeous Johanna Johnson wedding dress and your well on your way to a wedding made in heaven . . .

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The outdoor cocktail gathering for guests featured truly personal and creative vintage details including a custom made oyster bar constructed from old country fence palings, monogrammed flagged toothpicks and an old vintage gate with vintage keys for the seating chart. The guests mingled around outdoor tables adorned with vintage doilies and crystal cut vases with pretty mixed blooms, played lawn games and quenched their thirst with refreshing punch.

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At dinnertime, guests were led to the romantic marquee reception along a walkway framed with shephard hooks and hanging mason jars filled with flowers.

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Each reception table featured a picture of the bride and groom in different poses displaying the table number. The pretty vintage centerpieces included vintage doily runners, a mix match of vases and bottles, and place settings displayed on scrabble tiles. After dinner, the old country hall became the dance venue, complete with fairy lights, floral flag bunting and a yummy dessert buffet.

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Don’t you just love all the amazing personalised details! Well, all the handmade goodness including the programs, dessert labels, menus, and place settings were beautifully crafted by Poppy Lane. You did a awesome job girls!

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Event Styling & Detail Photography: Poppy Lane

Wedding Photography: Justin Ealand of  Bushturkey Studio

Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson

Bridesmaid Dresses: Halston Heritage

Floral Design: Toogood Florist, Mermaid Beach, QLD Aust

Marquee: Byron Bay Wedding & Party Hire

Lighting: Byron Audio

Wedding Planning: Sonja Hans of Byron & Beyond Weddings

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