Classic Outdoor Wedding at The Allen House Austin

Add a rich color palette like purple and white to a traditional day simply overflowing with gorgeous details and the results are a magical romantic celebration that can only be described as mesmerising. From the stunning flowers, to gorgeous mini wedding cake centerpieces to the fairy light outdoor reception it is a love-filled affair.

From the Photographer

I have memorized Corinthians 13:4-8, also known as “Love is Patient.” In fact, I have memorized many of the wedding prayers, poems, and sayings because of the number of weddings I’ve photographed. Never had a heard a more beautiful and meaningful reading than Kori and Filly’s wedding, when their ceremony was in Spanish. I minored in Spanish, and hearing the words to prayers and poems I’ve heard numerous times brought new meaning to the beautiful words. In many ways, Kori and Filly reflect the poem. They are patient and kind … and they know and understand the true meaning of family, friends, and most importantly, love.

Photographer:  Debra Gulbas Photography // Cake Designer:Austin Cake Lady // Caterer: Casa Chapala // Hair Stylist: DivineWeddings Hair & Makeup by Tammie // Reception Venue: The Allan House // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Magenta Wedding Theme by Visual Appeal Studios

This fun sweet couple planned a gorgeous wedding that fit their fun personalities to a tee. Deciding on the Pen Ryn Mansion with a sprawling lawn overlooking the water, their traditional affair was beautifully enhanced by romantic architecture, an abundance of natural light and inviting fireplaces. The rich magenta theme was highlighted throughout the celebration in the bold jewel tones, vibrant flowers, bold patterns and shimmering sparkle, whilst a hint of rustic details in the bouquets, centerpieces, escort cards and glowing lanterns, gave the whole day a ‘feel right at home‘ warmth. Thanks to Visual Appeal Studios we have it all here for you to enjoy!

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Wedding highlights:

Rain clouds were overhead as Tanisha & Brandon began getting ready for their big day. Luckily, the sky cleared just in time for their touching first look – Brandon’s face was priceless as he first glimpsed his beautiful bride. Soon after guests arrived Tanisha was escorted by her father down the long aisle that extended from the front doors down into the yard. It was a beautiful moment to start to their wedding ceremony.

Tanisha and Brandon shared vows and a few tears before heading off with their guests to celebrate! Pen Ryn Mansion’s ballroom was an exquisite venue for the couple’s reception. The Mansion had so much character and was beautifully decorated with details Brandon & Tanisha planned that certainly added to the feel of their day.

Guests were out of their seats on the dance floor or enjoying having their likeness created by the caricaturist. When the reception ended guests sent the newlyweds on their way with a sparkler send off!

 

 

Photographer: Visual Appeal Studios //Event Planner:Beautiful Beyond Dreams LLC // Reception Venue: Pen Ryn Mansion // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

New Jersey Garden Wedding by Off BEET Productions

Ever wonder what’s the best way to infuse the essence of you and your groom’s personality into your special day?  You do it by paying special attention to the sweet little details. This adorable couple created a beautiful garden affair which came to life with the venue… the Rutgers Gardens Log Cabin and Pavillion. Tucked away on the campus of Rutgers University lies a series of enchanting gardens, beautiful trees, flowers, and rolling lawns – and admittedly, the perfect place for a garden wedding. Off BEET productions were there to capture all the details from the the framed photos decorating the aisle to the monogrammed timber ring boxes, from the quirky lego cuff-links worn by the groom to the gorgeous rustic escort card display on a garland between two ladders. So many deets… so little time… best get scrolling y’all!

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Photographer:  Off BEET Productions / Event Venue: The Rutgers Garden Log Cabin & Pavillion / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Eclectic Boho Garden Wedding by Ria Mackenzie Photography

It’s no secret we adore backyard weddings at LWB. Not just for their beautiful intimacy, but also because they appear to effortlessly achieve a perfect balance of casual and elegance which is totally magnetic. Just take this darling eclectic wedding as an example – inspired by a Midsummers Night’s Dream, it combines bohemian vibes with rustic touches and vintage details – AND the whole mish-mash of pretty theming works a treat! Go ahead and savour every morsel of this garden affair by Ria Mackenzie Photography.

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From the bride:

Our wedding was a dream that came true. In some magical way, every piece came together to look and feel stunning, as I think happens when you have amazing vendors, loving family and dedicated friends surrounding your day.

Our vision for our wedding was an eclectic mix of all the captivating wedding themes popular right now with an over-arching theme of mid-summer’s night dream. We had some vintage, some rustic and some bohemian vibes. It was impossible for me to stick with just one theme, as I kept seeing things I loved all over the place.

A lot of my inspiration came from other weddings I saw online but also from every day life. In our home, we have mismatched plates, so I knew right away that I wanted to do that for the wedding to give it that homey feel.

The venue was this incredible bed and breakfast that had an alluring, natural space in their back yard that lent itself to feeling like you belonged there, contributing to the ‘at home’ feel. Our table numbers came from important dates in our lives and our tables were filled with the most stunning flowers I’ve ever seen that we had grown at a local farm. We had a ton of vintage vases combined with tree stumps, moss and a variety of candles to give the space that soft, romantic feel. It was awesome. Everyone got to take home a vase as their favor…something that we hope everyone will enjoy and use!

My dress was originally made in the 60’s and had this intricate and delicate lace that had faded to this breathtaking shade of antique cream. I had some alterations done to give it the flutter sleeves and the deep-V back and make it fit my perfect wedding dress vision. My sister-in-law has the prettiest handwriting and wrote out everyone’s name and table number on river rocks while my best friend made us our wood-burned advice box. We were very fortunate to have an entire bridal party of gifted and loving friends and family that made our wedding incredibly special.

The most important part of our wedding was also the most unique. Our ceremony started off with one our very talented friends and groomsmen playing the guitar while the bridal party and bride walked down the aisle. The bride’s best friend wrote and performed the most beautiful and meaningful ceremony while the groom’s aunt (a JOP) was able to step in at the end and marry us while we stood surrounded by all of our loved ones holding hands. We wrote our own personalized vows for one another that are words we now treasure and use against one another (sarcastically!) in every day life. The ceremony was full of depth, passion, love and joy and if I had the option to go back and change anything, I would leave it exactly the same.

My advice to any bride and/or groom reading this would be to make your wedding day meaningful, whatever that means to you and remember to be in the moment…the day goes quick and it’s back to being a dream.

 

 

Photographer: Ria Mackenzie Photography / Venue: The Connecticut River Valley Inn, Glastonbury, CT / Caterer: Zerio’s Old World Restaurant and Catering, Cromwell, CT / Table Flowers: Silverbrook Farm, Dartmouth, MA / Bouquets: Surroundings Floral, Broad Brook, CT

Yellow and Purple Wedding Theme in Redondo Beach California

If you’re having a surf looking for something fabulous today, you’ve just found it. It’s a brilliantly gorgeous summer wedding from William Innes Photography that will break out your biggest smile. It’s full of happy hues of sunshine yellow and lush purple, plus a bunch of succulents to boot. The best part is… a beautiful outdoor reception under Californian skies, with pretty fairy lights and chinese lanterns swinging from the palm trees. Proving that love + a lovely Summer affair really do go hand-in-hand!

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Evening Candlelight Wedding by Kimberly Photography LLC

Everything about this wedding is perfect. The romantic evening ceremony illuminated by candlelight, the elegant reception with decadent purple floral arrangements, and the stunning bride in her gorgeous backless gown – all sheer perfection. But if all that wasn’t fabulous enough, the whole glamorous evening captured by Kimberly Photography built to a crescendo with a ‘Happy New Year!’ on new years eve. 

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From the photographers: This wedding was one of the best weddings I’ve been to in my 10 year career. It was beautiful. The ceremony had candles everywhere, including in the guests hands. Since the ceremony was at night, Megan and Eric opted for a First Look experience and we completed all the formals before the ceremony. Timing was great and everything was kept in order thanks to the brilliant master-mind, Barb with Artistry Design Group. At midnight, Megan and Eric welcomed the New Year with their closest friends and family AND a balloon drop. It was picture perfect. Everyone danced the night away and had an amazing time.

 

Photographer: Kimberly Photography Llc / Venue: The Vinoy Hotel / Event Planner &  Floral Designer: Artistry Designs Group / Musicians:  Gig Masters / Reception Venue: Rennaissance Vinoy / Cinema and Video: Hearts Video / DJ: JAM Entertainment / Photo Booth Equipment: Foto Box / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Sophisticated Plum Wedding by Kamila Harris Photography

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There is something so romantic about today’s wedding by Kamila Harris Photography. The pretty plum and pink infused hues, the grand ballroom reception, the pretty gold and silver details. It all comes together in a way that is very sophisticated without being pretentious, ever-so-chic without being overdone. But more than anything, it’s the insanely beautiful bride and her head-over-heels adoring beau that really makes our hearts sing.

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From the photographer: Jenn and Andy first contacted me in early 2012, as they started planning their New Jersey wedding from their home in the UK. I had my first Skype client meeting with them, which was pretty funny since I am ridiculously awkward on camera – but it was very cool being able to speak to them, face to face, across the world! We met in person when they were here in New York a few months later finalizing some of their wedding plans. I was so excited about their wedding right from the start. I already loved The Estate at Florentine Gardens (especially in the fall), and I just couldn’t wait to see how this super cute couple’s day would turn out. And it turned out so awesome! Jenn was such a beautiful bride, Andy was a very handsome groom, and the whole wedding party was so much fun. I hope you enjoyed some of my favorite photos from their beautiful day!

 

Photographer: Kamila Harris Photography / Venue: The Estate at Florentine Gardens / Florist: Peonia / Hair & Makeup: Hairspray / DJ: DJ NME from Scratch / Videographer: Diana Diroy / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

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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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Norwegian Love Affair

We have Chalmers Photography to thank for this captivating wedding portrait today all the way from beautiful Norway. Although, captivating really only describes part of it. It also happens to be effortlessly natural, charmingly vintage, and perfectly romantic. Could a Norwegian summer setting be any more perfect for a couple of gorgeous newly weds? We think not. And it’s our good fortune that shared all the pretty with us!

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Photographer: Chalmers Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

Intimate Seattle Garden Wedding by Rennard Photography

A pretty garden, walking hand in hand, pops of colour and a long distance love affair . . . are some of the sweetest things in life that make us melt at the knees. And this Seattle wedding by Rennard Photography is something sweet indeed! Relaxed and intimate with an informal garden ceremony, followed by a cozy gathering at Poco Wine Room, this beautiful couple’s celebration was as natural as true love should be. Be sure to treat yourself to all the romance below…

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From the photographer: Boris the groom is Frenchie. He was born and raised in Normandy, France and came to America on a working Visa when he was 24 with an aerospace company where he works as a buying/purchasing engineer for airliner breaking systems. It was his first time in the US and to integrate himself into American culture he used the good ‘ol Craigslist to find a roommate in Capitol Hill. Brittany, the bride was raised a Midwest girl from southwest Michigan. She came to Seattle to go to UDUB. They met in her first year at The Art Institute for a BS in fashion marketing during a party in school in 2009. Since then they have had quite a few trials living apart due to Visa issues. Boris was transferred back to France (Paris) to work there in the summer of 2010. She was still in school and did not follow him until the following January of 2011. Boris then found out he was being transferred to Toronto, so in July of 2011 I left for the States once again. She found a job back in Seattle and ended up staying. Boris moved to Toronto last October. They made it work even being long distance and the silly governments keeping them apart (She said it’s sooo difficult to be an unmarried couple with different nationalities!!). So, Boris finally got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. The wedding was small with only a few of their close friends.

 

Photographer: Rennard Photography / Ceremony: Washington Park Arboretum / Wedding Dress Store: Nordstroms / Wedding Cake Designer: The SweetSide / Reception: Poco Wine Room / Submitted via Two Bright Lights