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

Hippie Bohemian Wedding Dresses for a Romantic Summer

These gorgeous hippie bohemian wedding dresses from FreePeople have us oohing and aahing like nobody’s business. Their soft, pretty and delicate lines create the perfect whimsical look for a romantic summer wedding. They’re a superb example of bohemian meets chic with beautiful detailing, breathtaking fabrics and soft flowing skirts.

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Each Summer dress is sold exclusively through Free People and tells a story of it’s own. They’re very affordable and make the perfect style statement for any type of Summer celebration. Whether you’re celebrating a beach or outdoor wedding, whimsical or garden soiree, any of these hippie wedding dresses would add a touch of relaxed elegance and bohemian chic to your day. You could even add a little rustic ruggedness to your style and tone them down with a pair of boots, leather jacket, or even converses! Any way you look at these bohemian wedding dresses, we know they’ll be the highlight of a romantic Summer!

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Dana’s Limited Edition Parachute Dress

Dana's Limited Edition Wedding DressI have to start with my personal favourite. This white Summer parachute dress with lace corset bodice is stunning. The bodice is boned along the sides and laces up at the back, giving it a romantic feel. It features a long flowing skirt with embroidered flower detailing and scalloped trim, as well as a soft billowing top layer creating a look of freedom and femininity meets modern boho. There are also crisscross elastic straps and hidden zip at the back,  making it a romantic and striking dress for any Summer occasion – divine!

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Valley Dress

Valley DressCapture the true essence of a bohemian bride in this sheer 100% polyester maxi dress with ruffle and texture detailing. The bottom of dress features ruffle hem trimming and the sheer full sleeves have gathered elastic cuffs creating an overall romantic whimsical look. A low deep v neckline and back, gives just the right amount of sexiness and the floaty fabric ensures this hippie beach wedding dress a sexy ‘surf friendly’ design.

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Tiered Lace Maxi Dress

Tiered Lace Maxi DressIf you like to keep your style cool and comfortable then this pretty tiered hippie dress with it’s lace layering is the perfect Summer bohemian wedding dress. It features a wrapped lace bodice with subtle floral appliqué, fully-lined silk body covered in eyelash-style tiers of lace and a hidden back zip with hook and eye closure. Delicate and feminine, you’ll feel like a princess waltzing around all day.

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Monique Lurex Chiffon Gown

Monique Lurex Chiffon GownThis strapless bohemian wedding dress showcases a gorgeous metallic design in silk chiffon. The strapless design includes boning in the bodice and stretchy mesh insert with zipper so not only do you look fabulous, but feel comfortable too. With a flattering bustline, flowing skirt and a dash of shimmer it is hippie meets glam perfection. 

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Jess’ Limited Edition Victorian Maxi

Jess' Limited Edition Victorian Maxi DressAnother fave of ours is the breathtaking Victorian bohemian lace wedding dress, “Jess.” With stunning metallic embroidered appliqué accents along the neckline and hips, sweet cap sleeves, and a feminine panelled hem it is the perfect boho lace wedding gown for the vintage bride.

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Check out the full range of romantic Hippie Bohemian Wedding Dresses from Free People here!

 

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Laid Back Beach Wedding in St Joseph Michigan

When you’re struggling to come up with the perfect wedding details, it is always simplicity that wins hands down, and this pretty little laid back beach wedding in St Joseph Michigan goes all out to prove that point. A barefoot ceremony on a beautiful beach, a relaxed and glowing bride in her casual short white dress and a groom who radiates love for his girl from every pore, make this seaside soiree touching and uniquely special. Thanks to McDonald Photography for putting us right there, up close and loving every intimate moment.

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Photographer Jennifer shares: The bride and groom have a unique story –  both of them crew sailing ships for a living, and hence met when working on board a ship in 2005.  When they decided to get married they wanted a beach wedding. On the information sheet, when asked if there was anything I should know about the groom’s fiancee, he said: “Yes! She is totally awesome.”

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Photographer: McDonald Photography / Cake Designer:  Dee’s Specialty Cakes / Wedding Venue:  Silver Beach County Park / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Snowy Engagement Session by Gypsy Tree Photography

Instead of the usual single love shoot feature this week, I’ve decided I’m going to ramp it up and share several gorgeous shoots with you. I have so many gorgeous e sessions waiting patiently to be featured on LWB – which proves just how many love birds recently got engaged. And, lucky for us, can’t wait to share their love stories online! I never need much of an excuse to feature more loving pics and beautiful images. So, if you’re a love-junkie like myself, join me whilst I jump head first into a week of romance!

First up, we’re rugging up for a snowy engagement session by the wonderful Gypsy Tree Photography. Cute couple Michelle and Dustin wanted their winter love shoot to be ‘out of the ordinary’ and went with an outdoor session at Michele’s farm in Pennsylvania. Looking relaxed and casual in their flannel shirts, denim jeans and boots, this gorgeous pair show us just how much they love winter, the countryside, and most importantly having fun in the snow together. 

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Barefoot Casual Beach Wedding in Forster NSW by Bella Photo Art

We love the laid back blissful vibe of this pretty barefoot beach wedding. Captured by Bella Photo Art on the shores of secluded beach in Forster NSW, it’s a lovely blend of casual chic and budget beautiful with a dash of beachy bohemian thrown in for good measure. How can you not love gorgeous bride Hayley who is natural stunner in front of the camera, the cheerful bridesmaids in their short yellow dresses and the oh-so-pretty beach bridal sandals. Then, don’t get me started about the amazing beach bouquets and floral arrangements all beautifully crafted with real sea shells. Yes, this little gem is pretty much a beach babe’s dream wedding and I’m sure if you browse long enough, you’ll start hearing the fresh ocean breezes and white tipped waves rolling along in the distance . . .  

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Bride Hayley Shares The Wedding Details

Wedding Theme:

Ever since I was young, I had always wanted to have a beach wedding. This was influenced by spending most weekends on the water or on my Dad’s boat. I wanted to find a beach not many people knew of, as well as one which wasn’t difficult for guests to access. I had spent a lot of time holidaying at Forster when growing up, so we went to Forster one weekend with my parents to stay at their holiday house and went looking for beaches. That’s when we found the beautiful Burgess Beach at Forster. It was the exact beach I had imagined I’d find. 

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I wanted all of the decorations to be suited to the beach theme which I started by sending invites as a message in a bottle. I chose yellow for the bridesmaids because it’s such a fresh happy summery colour. My sister is a very creative florist and we worked together with coming up with ideas for the bouquets. I love my bouquet and still have it now. As it is mostly made of shells I could probably keep it forever. We created all of the decoration ideas ourselves to ensure they fitted well with our beach theme.

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Wedding Style: 

I wanted  a wedding dress which wasn’t your typical a-line wedding dress which would drag in the sand. So, I had an old family friend make my dress based off of several different photos I found on the Internet. Rick (my husband) isn’t one to dress up in a suit and decided he wanted to wear shorts. This idea took me awhile to get used to, but after we found the right pair teamed with the right shirts, I was more than happy with how the boys outfits looked. I also think the boys outfits went well the girls and the “fancy free feet” we wore on the day.

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 Reception:

Rick and I have been together for 10 years, so we wanted to keep our wedding fairly relaxed and low key. We didn’t want to let small details stress us out (like I had seen other people do). We just wanted an enjoyable day. We also wanted to make our wedding different to every other wedding we had attended as guests. To keep with the relaxed theme we decided to have the reception at my parents holiday house, which my dad had spent a lot of time fixing up. My husband Rick finished rebuilding his silver Torana just before the wedding so we could use it as our wedding car. His apprentice who owns the white Torana in the pictures could not wait to use his Torana as a wedding car as well.

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Highlights: 

The day before the wedding the weather was some of the worst I had ever seen. The wind was howling and the rain was pelting down. Luckily, overnight the rain stopped, but we were still left with a very strong wind. Thankfully our little Burgess Beach was well protected by the surrounding hills and we only had the odd gust of wind to pick my veil up and wrap around my head (lol). The day was such a happy, fun day and everyone who attended said they had never been to such an enjoyable wedding. I think if anything the strong wind gusts made the day quite memorable (hehe). I am so happy with the way we did everything and I wouldn’t change a thing. It was definitely like they say “the best day of our lives!”  I was so lucky to have Bella as our photographer as well. I have known Bella since 1996 and would not of trusted anyone else to photograph and capture our wedding day the way she did.

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Thank you Hayley for sharing with us all your beautiful details and a special thanks to Bella Photo Art for sending us this gorgeous wedding.

Love all the pretty beach details in this wedding? Then you might like these beautiful beach theme decorations or beach favor ideas.

 

Photography:  Bella Photo Art – Photography by Bella / Flowers: Bride’s Sister / Hair Stylist:  Friends & Co Hair Design by Diana / Makeup Artist:  Forever Young / Officiant:  Megan Meadows / Submitted via Two Bright Lights