Sublime Outdoor Tent Wedding by Eternal Reflections Photography

This outdoor tent wedding is all about understated luxury. Catch-you-by-surprise, jaw-dropping luxury. Like the incredible private lakeside ceremony spot that imbues elegance… or the stunning vintage inspired decor with sweet baby’s breath blooms too lovely for words. And then there’s the tented reception glistening in crystals and chandeliers, with warm rustic touches and pretty muted tones. (Love ?)  Even better. . . Eternal Reflections Photography was on hand to capture every last magical memory for you to enjoy.

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Wedding Highlights

From the photographer: This beautiful wedding, the ceremony & reception took place at the bride’s families gorgeous private residence. They got married on a dock overlooking a small lake. Friends and family surrounded them as they exchanged their vows and said ‘i do’. The love that surrounded them was tangible. They reception was located in a beautiful white tent, with magnificent details! Including a s’mores guest favour complete with a personalized match box. The bride loves chocolate & the groom is a firefighter. Every detail reflected them as a couple and brought a relaxed, elegant mood to the event!

 

Photographer: Eternal Reflections Photography // Other: Eternal Reflections Photography // Caterer:Duchess Bake Shop // Dress Store: The Bridal House // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Tuscan Themed Winery Wedding by Natalie Hilliard Photography

It’s not often you get to escape to Tuscany on a Tuesday, but these lovely winery nuptials from Natalie Hilliard Photography is allowing us to do just that. Filled with beautiful rich tones, stunning florals and rustic Italian details, this tuscan themed wedding, held in an elegant tent, has us beaming from ear to ear and humming Ti Amo over and over to ourselves!

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Lovely bride Natalie shares with us the details:

1. What was the vision for your Tuscan themed wedding?

I envisioned a Tuscan villa with many simple, natural elements. And eggplant purple, celadon green, wood & iron for our color palette.

2. What was the size & budget of your wedding?

We ended up spending approximately $14,000.00.

3. Your florals were stunning! What flowers and decorations did you choose for your theme?

  • Ceremony Island Arrangements ~ Salmon Gladiolas, Purple Stock, Green Hypericum, Yellow, Solidago, Green Bells of Ireland, Terra Cotta Rose, Hanging Eucalyptus, Italian Ruscus, Sword Fern.
  • Rusty Iron Spheres ceremony aisle arrangements ~ Mini sunflowers, Purple Stock, Purple Sage, Rosemary, Green Hypericum, Terra Cotta Roses.
  •  Wooden Bowl Reception Centerpieces: Herb Foliage, Purple Lisianthus, Mini Sunflowers, Terra Cotta Roses, Green Hypericum, Physicocarpus.
  • We used antique wooden wine crates from Vintage Ambiance  to use for the dessert buffet tiering. Rustic farm tables (from seattle Farm Tables) were used for the head table, and dinner buffet tables (from Vintage Ambiance) for the guest tables. We also had wine barrels with glass tops for occasional cocktail tables.

4. What do you think made your wedding unique?

The venue itself is very unique! The ceremony site is situated around a pond with an island in the middle of it. The guest sits on one side of the pond and the wedding party stands on the island. Its absolutely beautiful and unlikely anything I have seen before! We did multiple different mini desserts rather than having a wedding cake and we also made all of the beer. We loved it and so did everyone else! Also we decided to hire Chopstix Roadshow for our reception entertainment which is a dueling piano show. The entire show is a live request show so the guests are able to choose what they want to hear. The most fun thing of the night was the photo booth with props that our photographer integrated into our reception. We got some absolutely hilarious and memorable pictures!!

5. Rather than a traditional wedding cake you chose mini desserts. Tell us about those?

We chose a 4 inch mini White-Chocolate raspberry cheesecake as the cutting cake. For guests we had a selection of desserts including mini Quadruple Chocolate and mini Lemon White Chocolate cheesecakes, mini Key Lime blackberry pies and mini classic Apple Pies, mini classic Vanilla and mini Spumoni cupcakes, Hazelnut gelato or Rice gelato.

5. Tell us about your Tuscan themed wedding favors?

We used mini terracotta pots filled with herb starts (ie; basil, tarragon, parsley).

6. Describe your Bridal style?

My dress was from Laineemeg Bridal (formerly From the Gown Up) – an off-white Satin fit and flair, with some lace and rhinestone detailing. My shoes were M by Marinelli with Sparkle silver with rhinestone detailing. I wore a birdcage veil with floral and rhinestone embellishments and carried a bridal bouquet filled with Cream Roses, Orange Dahlias, Cream Hypericum, Orange Calla Lily and Green Hanging Amaranthus. 

7. The bridal party look very smart. Tell us about their style. 

The bridesmaid dresses were from David’s Bridal Satin Dresses in Lapis. The wore Jessica Simpson Black Patent Pumps and their bouquets were filled with Purple callas, Orange Callas, and ornamental grasses. Tyler’s (groom) boutonniere featured a Sword Fern & Mini Purple Calla Lily and his groomsmen wore herb foliage. They wore Banks Charcoal Grey striped suits with white dress shirts from Jos. Tyler wore a white tie, whilst his groomsmen had patterned Lapis ties to match the bridesmaids.

8. Did you include any DIY or personalized details?

I created the monogrammed stickers we used on the candy bags used for our candy buffet. The wooden bowls used for the reception centerpiece were bought from a thrift store, sanded down, and re-stained. I created all of the table name cards (different grape varietal names) and escort cards display. I also designed the save the dates which were laser cut into cork, as well as all of our boxed invitations.

9. What did you find most challenging?

The most challenging part of our wedding planning was working with a caterer who was too busy to deal with me or my questions in a timely manner. I struggled through it and was able to get everything wrapped up, but it was by far my biggest cause of stress. I’m very detailed oriented so I completely enjoyed the planning of everything else right down to picking the different Italian flavor themed cupcakes and other desserts.

10. What were your favourite moments?

Getting ready was very fun… it’s not every day you get to be so pampered! Also, walking down the aisle and looking into the face of my soon-to-be husband is an unforgettable moment. The fact that we were able to share it with so many of our close friends and family made it that much more special!

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

Seek out multiple reviews on your vendors (particularly from outside their website or their given references). Also, I went into planning with the idea that if I hadn’t received some sort of response after a week of contacting a vendor for the first time, I would cross them off my potential list because communication obviously is not very important to them. I broke this rule with my caterer and ended up seriously regretting it!

 

Photographer: Natalie Hilliard Wedding & Portrait Photography / Event Venue: DeLillie Cellars / Floral Designer: Branching Inside Out /Cake Designers: The Confectional & The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company / Bakery: Gelatiamo & Sweet & Savory Pie / Dress Store: LaineeMeg Bridal / Musicians: Chopstix Piano Bar / Decor Rentals: Rented Elegance / Linens: BBJ Linen, Inc / Equipment Rentals: aa party rentals,Vintage AmbianceSeattle Farm Tables / Caterer:  Twelve Baskets Catering / Transportation: Seattle Limo & Butler Seattle Transportation / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

  

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Red Lodge Montana Wedding by Kat Skye Photography

In Montana, you’ll find a small mountain town called Red Lodge … known for its winter months of snowboarding and skiing. But as you’ll from these gorgeous pics, it really is the perfect location for a pretty rustic wedding!  We’re delighted to share with you this gorgeous DIY country affair by Kat Skye Photography … 

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From the photographer: The bride, Nikki is a Montana girl, so it goes without saying cowgirl boots are her staple accessory. She also took her lovely bridesmaids shopping for boots to pair with their blue mismatched dresses. There were plenty of handmade details including the groomsmen’s boutonnieres made from flowers and fishing wire; the reception tables decorated by the bride’s mum; plus the very delicious smoked ribs cooked by friends. Despite the rain, it was a beautiful ceremony and once the rain passed the afternoon lighting for the reception was perfect. It was a great down to earth rustic Montana wedding with lots of comforting food and beer to satisfy. Ultimately, a day of love and celebration of their new life as a married couple!

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From the bride: Barrett and I knew each other for a year before dating. One weekend after a tournament he got my number and started to text me (real sly). He asked me to coffee and 3 weeks later we were officially dating. We dated for 2.5 years before we got married and in those two years we quickly became best friends. We love being active and spending time with each other, and we don’t go a day with out laughing… rarely even an hour. Being married has bring its challenges and hard times, but nothing that will overshadow the joy that we bring to each other’s lives.

 

Photographer: Kat Skye Photography / Caterer:  Top Notch Catering / Dress Store:  Marcella’s BridalDJ:  Travis Kemp / Tuxedo and Men’s Attire:  Joseph A BanksEvent Venue:  Wildflower Gardens / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

Yellow and White Outdoor Summer Wedding by Kamila Harris Photography

Yellow is a colour which immediately says ‘happy’ and this is exactly how I felt when I laid eyes on this gorgeous Summer wedding by Kamila Harris Photography. Filled to the brim with darling yellow and white details, from the beautiful bouquets to the tall centerpieces to the tempting lemon-covered cocktail table, it’s the kind of soiree which puts a spring in your step. Add to that a vintage inspired bride with a gorgeous birdcage veil, a romantic outdoor tent in an amazing location surrounded by mist, and you have an enchanting atmosphere better than a Hollywood set could hope for.Yellow and White Summer WeddingSummer Wedding OutdoorsSummer Wedding Ceremony Ideas

Bride Lauren Shares  The Details:

Theme

I knew I wanted a warmer weather wedding. I love summer and couldn’t even imagine getting married when it was cold! When I thought about my wedding, the words I used were “classic, simple but elegant, clean lines, and fun.” So to me, white and yellow encompassed all those things. I had originally thought about adding orange, but in the end, the white and yellow kept it the most simple and made the biggest impact. 

Ceremony

Our ceremony was at St. Andrew’s Church in Newtown, PA. Unfortunately, my church I grew up in was under construction and wasn’t going to be ready in time. But a lot of my friends went to St. Andrew’s and it’s a beautiful church and was close to me so that’s why we went there.

Flowers

The flowers I chose were callas and lillies for the most part. They were so classic and frankly, looked beautiful in white and yellow. My bridal bouquet was all yellow callas and lillies, plus a few other things, and the bridesmaid bouquets were white and yellow. Our centerpieces were also yellow and white flowers with water and candles.

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Bridesmaids

I wanted the look to be classic and a little vintage. The girls dresses (from Priscilla of Boston) had cream lace at the top and yellow chiffon at the bottom with a black silk ribbon added to the waist to match the guys. They wore black satin peep toes to match the ribbons and pearl earrings (no necklaces). The guys wore black tuxes with bow ties and cummerbunds. They also had white callas boutonnieres and my husband had a yellow one.  For gifts, each bridesmaid received a purse they could use on the wedding day (2 girls got yellow, two got white, two got white crochet with flowers, and one got black), as well as a cream fabric ring with mini pearls in the middle which they all wore on the day as well. 

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Bride’s Style

I wanted to encompass a vintage feel to my look too. I had a bird cage veil and red satin shoes! (I thought about wearing red lipstick but decided it would be too much!). My dress was very simple and classic with a bow on the back to give it a modern touch.

DIY Details

I made our seating chart. I used a huge foam board and covered it in yellow and white patterned fabric which I bought from Mood. I hand wrote everyone’s names on the outside of mini envelopes and wrote their table numbers on the inside. Then, I got pins with yellow balls on them and, after painstakingly measuring the distance between each envelope, pinned them to the board alphabetically. I also did the favors myself. I bought the jars, filled them with yellow candy and glued little flowers on top. I also spray painted my B and G chair monograms. I didn’t have too much DIY – I’m not that creative!

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Reception

I knew I wanted to be outside (again, Summer girl!) and under a tent. So the reception took place at the Pearl S. Buck Estate which was beautiful and secluded with really really pretty grounds. It’s a huge almost farmland like property with green grass and big trees. Our tent was super nice too compared to many others. What also grabbed me was the cobblestone patio in the back of the house where our cocktail hour took place. Luckily, it didn’t rain during cocktail hour!  My favorite part of cocktail hour (and most of the guests) was the lemon martini bar. I think it was the only thing people drank for that whole hour!

Decor

After much debate, we decided to decorate the tent using draping on the ceiling and lights. It was so beautiful and elegant and made everything feel more romantic. We used all white linens with square plates (clean lines!) and for a pop color on the tables (besides the flowers), we displayed lemonheads in jars. It definitely added color to the table along with our menus which also had yellow on them. However, I tried not to put too much on the table because I didn’t want to to look busy. We also donated to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and put a note the bottom of our menu cards to let guests know. Oh! I also had square tables and I loved them. This way, I could have 8 people at a table, couldn’t squeeze in any more, and again, clean lines (haha). Lastly, I spray painted a white birdcage (it was a real one), which I bought and asked the florist to put flowers on it – this was my card holder. It was huge! Stand up!

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Biggest Challenge

I think was really the whole church thing was my biggest challenge. Not being able to get married in your childhood church was hard for me, and we didn’t make the decision until last minute! Also, our original guest list was about 320 people. So while I didn’t have control over it, we wanted to get it down! We ended up having 230 people.

Highlights

The absolute best part of my wedding was the band. They were amazing. Everyone was literally up dancing at the start of the salads until the very end. There was a noise ordinance where we were, so they had to stop playing at 10pm. Well, people wanted to keep dancing, and a “One More Song” chant came about ha ha. It was just so fun. They played upbeat, fun dance songs the whole time and were just amazing. And of COURSE marrying my best friend! He luckily is very easy going so he didn’t have too much opposition to the things I picked ha ha. I am one of 25 cousins and the first to get  married, so everybody was in a great mood and was just so excited and happy. It was truly one of the best days ever.

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Thank you Lauren for putting us right there with you on your special day and thanks to Kamila for the wonderful imagery! 

 

Photography: Kamila Harris Photography / Hair Stylist: Susan Matthew Salon & Spa / Caterer: Jamie Hollander Catering / Floral Designer: Petals Lane / Wedding Dress:  The Bridal Garden /Band:  The FM Band /Reception Venue: Pearl S Buck Estate /Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Modern Malibu Wedding by Vince and Carla

With it’s gorgeous mountain and ocean views and idyllic weather all year round, Malibu is up there when it comes to perfect wedding locations in the US. So when you team it with an event in the caliber of this modern Summer wedding you know it will be a party in paradise. With stunning photos from Vince and Carla, a vivacious bride in stunning Vera Wang dress, pretty purple aisle decor and a beyond beautiful fairy-lit marquee, it pretty much forces you to catch your breath. Add to that a wedding party that know how to have a ball, bridesmaids rockin’ sexy little cocktail dresses and a dessert buffet to die for, and you’ve got yourself one fabulous Malibu wedding!Summer Outdoor WeddingOutdoor Ceremony Decor IdeasPurple Wedding IdeasShort Black Bridesmaid DressesI-Do-Bridal-ShoesLove Notes Wedding DecorReal Bride in Vera WangModern WeddingWedding Dessert BuffetModern Malibu WeddingWhite Wedding DessertsBridesmaid Cocktail DressesMarquee WeddingVera Wang DressPurple Aisle DecorGroomsmen Carnival ThemeMarquee ReceptionModern Photo BoothSummer WeddingVera Wang Bride

Photographers: Wedding Photography by Vince and Carla / Reception Venue:  Calamigos Ranch in Malibu / Dress Designer:  Vera Wang / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Whimsical Washington Wedding by Abbey Hepner Photography

You know it’s going to be a great day when you start with a wonderful touch of whimsy just like this gorgeous whimsical wedding sent over by Abbey Hepner full of romance, butterflies and hypnotic charm. Autumn and Kyle’s elegant Washington soiree featured a playful enchanted forest theme which magically captured the essence of a ‘once-up-a-time.’ Mauve Enchanted Forest Wedding ThemeLovely bride Autumn, walked down the aisle in true fairy-tale style to the theme song from “Beauty and The Beast”  and there were fluttering butterflies every where you turned. The enchantment began with a stunning outdoor ceremony complete with a rose petal covered aisle and amazing gardens. Then as the day crept into a spectacular moonlit night the celebrations continued with a dreamy marquee reception bathed in soft hues of mauve. The romantic enchanted forest theme also came to life indoors with miniature trees strung with twinkling lights, towering floral centrepieces with pretty butterfly accents and glowing ceiling lanterns. As you’ll see this breathtaking Washington wedding has no shortage of happily ever after’s!Butterfly Wedding ThemeWhimsical Fairy Tale ThemeWhimsical Wedding WashingtonEnchanted Forest ThemeWashington Enchanted Forest WeddingWhimsical Washington WeddingFairy Tale Whimsical ThemeMauve Wedding ColoursMauve Whimsical WeddingEnchanted Forest Purple WeddingMauve Enchanted Forest WeddingReal WeddingsMauve Wedding Whimsical ThemeWhimsical Wedding ThemeEnchanted Forest Washington WeddingWashington Wedding PurpleWashington Wedding Ice Cream ReceptionReal Weddings Purple ColoursElegant Whimsical Wedding WashingtonEnchanted Forest WeddingMauve Whimsical Wedding ThemeReal Weddings WashingtonWhimsical Enchanted Forest Theme

Wedding Photography: Abbey Hepner Photography / Caterer:  RAM International Catering / Event Planner:  Brides on a Budget / Reception Venue:  Rock Creek Gardens / Ice-Cream Vendor:  Cold Stone Creamery / Courtesy of Two Bright Lights