Red and Ivory Vintage Wedding Style

It’s another gorgeous week of wedding inspiration here at Love Wed Bliss with this elegant red and ivory vintage wedding style shoot by Jim Vetter Photography. It seems you can’t go wrong when you combine classic Audrey Hepburn style with vintage accessories and sophisticated tableware. Infuse a pop of red with a beautiful rose bouquet and you’ve got yourself one stunning vintage look.

Red and Ivory Vintage Wedding Style

Photographer Jim shares the inspiration: I love Amy-Jo Tatum’s classic designs which harken back to Audrey Hepburn days. These styles just seems so well suited to the deco feel of the Hotel Shattuck Plaza in Berkeley, California and it really turned out well with a great team of vendors. The ballroom set features the designs of Tamiko Garner of All Thing Simple and the lighting designs of DJ Jason Mitchell. They layered a contemporary finish onto the classic lines of the gorgeous Shattuck Ballroom. Laura Urbina and the rest of the Shattuck staff were a great pleasure to work with. The Bridal Suite settings were really driven by the beautiful interior designs of the suite provided by the Shattuck. If only every wedding day began in such a suite! The bedroom provided large windows and French doors by which to light our stunning bride. And of course the lavish king bed gave us the perfect way to complete the shoot.

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Photography: Jim Vetter Photography/Hair Stylist: Style by Lana /Event Planner:  All Things Simple /Floral Designer:  Grand Flowers / Reception Venue:  Hotel Shattuck Plaza / Dress Designer:  Amy-Jo Tatum Bridal Couture / Equipment Rentals: Hartmann Studios Rentals / Makeup Artist: Tracy Shelor- Makeup, Skin and Airbrush Artist / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Red & Pink Wedding in Thousand Oaks

We are going to add some blissfulness to your weekend with this fabulous modern wedding in Thousand Oaks California. Bright Bird Photography teamed up with a handful of breathtakingly talented vendors and the most gorgeous bride and groom to create this red and pink sparkling gem. Where will I start? There is pretty paper design from Bow and Arrow Designs, romantic vintage style pink and red florals to-die-for by Floral Crush Studio and a fabulously funny ‘Weddings for Dummies’ cake by Merengue Bakery just to name a few. Together, all of these marvellous embellishments make this outdoor soiree totally unforgettable.  

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Photographer:  Bright Bird Photography / Event Venue:  Sherwood Country Club / Floral Designer: Floral Crush Studio / Invitation Designer: Bow and Arrow Paper and Design Co. / Band: Rembrandt  / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Hugo Boss / Bakery: Merengue Bakery /Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Croquet Themed Spring Wedding Shoot

This vibrant inspiration shoot combines the colours of spring and summer with a fun croquet theme.  The bright colours of the croquet balls created the inspiration for the entire setup from the retro stationery suite and striped place cards, right though to the zesty fruit desserts. With a gorgeous outdoor tablescape, milk shooters, and wheat grass place cards, it’s filled with plenty of creative ideas for a pretty outdoor affair. Just imagine… treating your guests to a fun lawn game to play during the reception – bound to be a hit we say!

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Photographer:  Wes Roberts Photography / Event Designer:  LeRae Events+Design / Invitation Designer:  Whitlee Mullis / Event Venue:  Jasmine Hill and Gardens / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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We want to wish a blissfully happy and romantic Valentine’s Day to all our lovely readers!

Let this day remind you to cherish all those you love.

But most of all, let it be a reminder to cherish the wonderful being you are!

Hugs & kisses ♥

LWB

‘For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart.

It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.”

{Judy Garland}

Napa Valley Red and White Wedding by Cathy Stancil Photography

A wedding in the Napa Valley can’t help but be breathtaking. When you have an amazing backdrop of gorgeous vineyards, rolling hills and sweeping views, you already have the key ingredients for a captivating event! But when you add pops of bright red and some some serious style (like this delectable wedding did), then you’re talking all out fabulous my friends! Get ready to enjoy a little Napa Valley loveliness at the beautiful Russian Hill Estate courtesy of Cathy Stancil Photography. And if you’re wondering why the oysters take center stage – it’s because newly weds Vince and Cheryl got engaged whilst enjoying their favorite meal of oysters. Naturally, they decided to include oysters on the wedding menu and also featured them in their wedding ring shot too. Bon appetite!

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Photographer: Cathy Stancil Photography / Wedding Venue: Russian Hill Estate / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Indian Jewish Wedding from Bellalu Photography

Indian weddings really are quite magical don’t you think? Consider then, combining the mystic of India with the charms of  a Jewish ritual and you’ll discover something like this amazing Northern California fusion wedding. The couple are so adorable together and Bellalu Photography‘s images are so full of emotion, fun, and color, you almost can hear the music and feel the love bouncing off the screen. It’s a multicultural love-fest which is totally bewitching, so let’s just say you’ve been warned!

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What was the vision &/or theme for your wedding?

The driving force in planning our wedding was finding a beautiful place in Northern California where our guests could spend a weekend. Because the ceremony & reception would be held outdoors on a long summer day, we did not identify a theme but instead decided to maximize the outdoor natural beauty as much as possible and use it as our backdrop.  
 
Traditional Hindu wedding ceremonies take place around a fire; so when Seth & I wrote the ceremony, we decided to have our bridesmaids, groomsmen, and family members each carry a candle to the chupdap (combination of chuppah and mandap) and set it on a table. Our ceremony would then take place around a collection of flames built by our community. 
 

Tell us about your Wedding Style

Indian brides traditionally wear red for good luck and prosperity. My incredible aunt, who lives in Hong Kong, had the red sari designed and made in India. I paired the outfit with flat sandals (to comfortably walk in the grass and easily take off my shoes for the ceremony) and family jewelry (It was so special to wear my mother’s diamond bangles, and my late grandmother’s gold, diamond-studded safety pin.)  Seth wore a beautiful custom charcoal suit made by Duchess (based in Portland) with Vans shoes and black and red argyle socks (to complement my sari). Bouquets were put together by Blue House Farms using whatever flowers were fresh and beautiful at the time.  Instead of carrying flowers, our wedding party carried candles.

For the reception, Seth and I both changed our clothes. I changed into a WTOO by Watters gown (Zora) and incredibly comfortable and fun peep-toe pumps (made by Rockport & Adidas – I’m serious about my dancing!) I wore family jewelry, and at the reception, my beloved grandfather slipped on one of my late grandmother’s diamond bangles onto my wrist – another moment I’ll never forget. Seth changed into a traditional Indian kurta and kept his vans on. Just after my grandfather slipped the bangle onto my wrist, he adorned Seth with a gold necklace from the family.  
 
Because I was wearing red, I asked the bridesmaids to wear cream colored dresses. I had each bridesmaid choose their own dress so they could control the style, fit, and budget. It worked out well!  I loved how everyone’s personality and style came through. They each also incorporated a red dahlia into their hair. Our flower girl wore a red Indian dress to match me and carried a bouquet down the aisle.
 
The groomsmen all wore gray suits (of their own choosing) with suspenders, Vans sneakers, and a combination of green/blue/turquoise argyle socks. Their boutonnieres were made by Blue House Farms (I loved how they turned out – one of my favorite details. Thistles are the best weed out there!) 
 

Decorations & Flowers

Our color palette for printed materials was simple and natural – brown kraft paper with the occasionally green or turquoise accent (trees, ocean..). 

We wanted to keep the focus on the beautiful rolling hills, tree groves, and ocean that surrounded us; decorations were minimal with strings of outdoor lights and white linens on the tables accented by bright bouquets of colorful flowers from a local organic farm (Blue House Farm: http://bluehouseorganicfarm.com).

 

 

Wedding Cake & Favors

There’s a delicious strawberry farm just a few miles south of Costanoa (Swanton Berry Farm: http://www.swantonberryfarm.com) . When visiting the area, we often stopped for a few chocolate covered strawberries or piece of strawberry shortcake. We were so excited to order an oversized strawberry shortcake, collection of berry pies, and dozens of chocolate covered strawberries for our wedding day dessert.  

For wedding favors, we assembled welcome bags that our guests received upon arriving/checking in with snacks, drinks, information about the area, and flip flops.  At the reception, we put out brown to-go boxes that we decorated for guests to pack up extra dessert for later.

 

Did you include any DIY or personalized details?

We did a lot of DIY – it was fun and useful to keep our budget on track.  One detail that comes to mind is the ‘chupdap.’ In Judaism the couple marries under a Chupah, which symbolizes the home the couple will build together.  It has open sides to welcome all friends and family in.  In Hinduism, the couple marry in a Mandap, the four pillars of which represent the four parents of the couple, without whose support, love, and blessings, the marriage would not have come to take place.  We were so excited about this parallel and Seth built the structure with the help of his groomsmen.  

 

Was there anything that made your wedding unique?

Honestly, our community made our wedding unique & unforgettable.  In particular, our sisters, cousins, and bridesmaids got together to perform a medley of Bollywood dances, and the groomsmen performed a special rendition of “Just Dropped In” from The Big Lebowski – with custom lyrics, dance moves… everything. They looked amazing in their suspenders, shaking their groove thing. They each then presented me with special gifts to help me out as Seth’s wife (a combination of funny, sweet, sarcastic jokes about sweet Seth, and a really special moment between me and those amazing guys).  These details – the ones we had no idea about and could not plan for – made our wedding unique and memorable. We are so lucky to be surrounded by such incredible people.

What did you find challenging?

In the beginning, it was challenging to “turn off” the planning. We quickly learned to set a cut off time, and come 9 or 10 pm on weeknights after work, we simply wouldn’t talk wedding planning anymore. It was one of our best ideas.
 

What were your favorite moments?

Too many to count! The first time we saw each other before the ceremony in a sweet little reveal orchestrated by Lindsey & Nathan; pausing during the ceremony to turn around and look at our guests (a moment we had written into the ceremony that turned out to be so powerful for us and fun for our guests); watching Seth dance with his grandmother; dancing with my father to ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ (unrehearsed but just a perfect reenactment of Saturday mornings at home growing up); and all of the down time around Costanoa. We invited our guests to come spend the weekend with us, and those little moments by the fire, walking around the grounds, or bumping into someone on a trail were so special; it really gave our friends and family an opportunity to get to know each other.  Last but not least, Costanoa has a hot tub, and Seth and I were able to sneak away on both Friday and Saturday night for a quick dip – it was one more amazing way to unwind, relax, and take it all in, under the stars.

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

Be true to yourself, forget about the “supposed to’s,” and keep it simple. At the end of it all, you won’t really remember what exactly went into your welcome bags, or what color your blah-blah-blah was – you’ll remember how you felt.

 

Photography: Bellalu Photography / Reception Venue: Costanoa / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Vintage Glam Barn Wedding Inspiration

Ever since my initiation into the world of barn weddings I have become totally smitten with a gorgeous barn bash. It’s something about the country location, warm rustic features and oh-so-pretty and glamorous details, that gets me hook line and sinker!  And the same goes for this fabulous inspiration shoot sent over by Rachel McNamara Photography. With vintage glam style that includes a tea length wedding dress, patent red shoes and gorgeous diamante accessories. Elegant decor such as vintage glassware and candelabras, mixed with rustic touches, and a gorgeous couple (who by the way, are married!), you have the all the ideas you need to turn a country barn party into a stylish vintage inspired soiree!

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From the photographer:  From the red shoes, to the red lips, 3/4 length dress with white gloves, to the rustic charm of the table and place settings, this styled shoot, held at the Oaks Vineyard in Clovis, California, was everything we hoped it would be. Amy Jaye of Posh and Posy Events designed the look of the shoot, with red and pink florals mixed with succulents, rose glass candle holders, and brass candleabras. The table settings featured mixed vintage glassware with burlap table runners and a rustic wood table made by the owners of 3 oaks vineyard themselves! Our models were a real life married couple, who’s chemistry was unmistakable.

 

Photography: Rachel McNamara Photography / Event Planner:  Posh & Posy Events / Dress Store:  Premier Bride Central Valley / Linens and Coverings:  Linens and Coverings / Bakery:  Chiffonos Bakery / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Whimsical Winnipeg Wedding by Sugar & Soul Photography

I think offbeat handmade celebrations have reached an entirely new level with this whimsical Winnipeg wedding.  Not only is it bursting with a kaleidoscope of colours from beginning to end, but there is so much creativity and eclectic fun in each and every detail, it makes you feel like a kid in a candy store. With a breakfast buffet for dinner (yes indeed breakfast!), personalized table settings with cartoon caricatures of the couple, and oodles of paper decorations and glitter, it’s a carnival style affair which is fun, fun and more fun!  And don’t get me started on the incredible DIY heart bouquets or the mock ‘newspaper’ invites – they’re just so unique and friggin fabulous! All these amazing theatrics were captured in brilliant images by Sugar & Soul Photography – so skip to it my friends and soak up all the whimsy!

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Bride Nancy shares the details:

The Proposal

We are avid Vegas travellers, so on my 30th birthday, we met up with 10 other friends in Vegas to celebrate! On the night of my birthday, I noticed one of my friends crying! Whilst I was wondering what was wrong with her? (she already knew…), Dylan came up to me and said, “I’m sorry your gift I sent didn’t arrive yet,” (it was a pair of wicked platforms from my favourite designer Iron Fist) –  “But I wanted to give you something right now.” Dylan dropped to one knee and held up the bling! I couldn’t stop screaming “Are you serious?! Are you kidding me?!” over and over. I called my Mom at 5.30am Winnipeg time. She thought we had won the money jackpot!

Wedding Style

I’m very eclectic, so I didn’t really have a theme. Our wedding was based around the concept of the things we loved and that were important to us…magic, relationships, and just a plain ol’ wicked time!

Invitations

The wedding invitations were designed to look like an old newspaper (11”x14,” folded), complete with two articles – one about how we met and the other about our engagement. The ads featured information about places to stay, directions, ceremony information and the breakfast buffet. The RSVP’s were a tear off coupon that said “in order to reserve seats you had to fill in the blanks and send back before the contest closes on a certain date.” 

Bouquets

I didn’t want to spend a ton on flowers and then have to throw them out. My bouquet was made up of 12 heart stems (discovered at Dollarama around Valentine’s Day), which I combined with two giant red ostrich feathers, a couple of smaller feathers, and then wrapped it with teal ribbon to match my dress and added rhinestones. The bridesmaid bouquets also had heart stems but with baby blue sequin stems and champagne coloured ostrich feathers wrapped with champagne ribbon. Now, I have my bouquet in my studio that looks as fresh as it did on my wedding day!

Dress & Boutonnieres

My wedding dress was lovingly handmade by my Mom from a $9 vintage dress (with inspiration from the blog, A Beautiful Mess). The boy’s boutonnieres were made by my sister from my design. They featured feathers, glitter and beads.

Ceremony

The wedding was at a campground just out of the city and the scenery was awesome! We’re cabin people.. so this was just absolutely PERFECT! We got married beside a rushing river, under a giant tree, then moved the party just across the grass to a beautiful cabana with wooden beams, chandeliers, and shutters on two sides that opened up and let in the fresh air. There were some cute surprises during our ceremony including 2 secret ring bearers. The rings were randomly taped under 2 chairs and at the right time of the ceremony everyone had to flip their chairs over – it was such a great idea! We also had fans for our guest. These were displayed in a box with a sign saying “JOIN THE FAN CLUB”. The fans had “I’m a Fan of Nancy & Dylan” on the front, and all wedding party info on the back. •My nephews drew the “Here Comes the Bride” sign for my entrance – so cute.

Reception

The seating chart was SO FUN! Everyone had their own ticket which said their name and “Scratch until you find your table.”.  Each guest’s place setting had a placemat designed with our cartoon characters and included a crossword puzzle, word search, a maze, and the best quote about breakfast for dinner! We also had special ones made for the kids. The tables were covered in brown tablecloths with strips of kraft paper rolls so people could draw on them during the night! The centrepieces were vintage tins and glass jars/decanters with amazing glitter decorations and a single stem of white hydrangea, crayons and giant white diamonds. We even had a magician do some amazing table magic throughout the night!

Wedding Menu

We served a breakfast buffet for dinner (who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?! It’s a staple in our house!!), complete with waffles, eggs, bacon and omelette station. There was the most delicious mini sticky buns from a local baker, a chocolate fountain for mounds of fruit, and chocolate milk on tap! For dessert we had a buffet of some of our favourite treats – nanimo bars, gluten free brownies, Americana cookies, Fork Cookies, Nibs, Lemon Tarts, Banana Cream tarts, sour soothers, the best organic/vegan carrot cake and a spectacular banana/chocolate cake that was designed to look like a huge stack of pancakes! Later in the night we had pizza delivered and Dylan and I walked around the cabana and handed out boxes of pizza! This was one of the highlights! We also had a bonfire later on and had ingredients for s’mores. 

Favours

Hot chocolate cones, with chocolate chips, cinnamon hearts and mini marshmallows

Other DIY & Personalized Details
  • Donations were collected for the Winnipeg Humane Society if people wanted to see us kiss!
  • We hung a handmade glitter sign with “Nancy + Dylan =4 Eva” above the main wedding table. We also had a red glitter sign above the dessert table saying “Goodie Goodie Gumdrops” (my sister and I always said this when we got excited).
  • Guests were given mason jars as glasses. Each jar had a tag for the guest to sign their name and a cute poem with instructions. 
  • Signature drinks included a chick drink: Cranberry Splash, and a dude drink: Pucker up Sucker.
  • Our guestbook was custom designed and included questions for guests to answer rather then just signing their names.
  • Through the night, guests could help themselves to a popcorn machine and a gumball machine filled with jelly beans (pennies provided). 
  • Our campsite and camper was decorated amazingly by our friends!

 

Photos: Sugar & Soul Photography /Bakery: cake-ology /Event Venue:  Great Woods Park and Campground /Submitted via Two Bright Lights

More whimsical wedding inspiration for you to enjoy:

Snow White Inspired Wedding Shoot by Cathy Lee Photography

Kathryn and Michael were married in 2011, but unfortunately their wedding day was rained out. With a soggy venue and nowhere to take images, their photographer Cathy Lee offered to re-take their wedding images as a styled shoot. This lovely couple were very touched by Cathy’s gesture and quickly envisioned their ideal wedding shoot – a “Snow White” inspired theme. As you’ll see, Cathy Lee put together a wonderful team who magically created this fairytale fantasy for a most deserving pair!

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From the Event Planner: When we were told about this couple, we knew instantly they deserved a gorgeous wedding! The inspiration was a classic take on Snow White. We created a styled shoot that wasn’t literal to the story but more elements of the fairytale. In other words, we took Snow White out of the fairy tale book and into the real world. 

The castle was located in the Merrimack area on a quiet hill and was the ideal fantasy backdrop. In keeping with the couple’s request for a classic look which included elements of fun, we worked closely with Soiree (stationary) to create the concept of the fantasy stationery and added a splash of creative cakes and classic florals to the styled shoot. A romantic setting was created by setting the table against the castle and adding elegant red and white linens.

The second table setting allowed us to play with the idea of the woods, dwarfs and nature. Adding texture to the linen  would allow the viewers to see a more nature-like side of Snow White. All of these elements we brought to life to create the perfect storybook setting and a dream come true for this amazing couple.

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Photography: Cathy Lee Photography / Event Planner: JDee Designs / Invitation Designer:  Soiree, Andover / Florist: Flowers by Juliet / Cake Designer:  Wild Orchid Baking Company / Linens and Coverings:  Festejos / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

California Garden Wedding by Joleen Willis Photography

We’ve got a perfectly pretty, perfectly happy wedding to ease us into Tuesday here at LWB. Captured wonderfully by Joleen Willis Photography, this California garden wedding is filled with pastel pink and white blooms, a bevy of beautiful bridesmaids in a eye-catching ombre display of reds and pinks, and four of the sweetest flowergirls on the planet. With so many lovely details, it’s hard to pick a favourite. But I have no doubt all you wedding lovers will enjoy taking your time to choose!

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Photographer:  Joleen Willis Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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