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    Handmade Autumn Garden Wedding: Amanda & Eric

    autumn dreamy garden wedding by soda fountain photographyWhen I saw the photos of the flower girls in this wedding, I immediately thought of photos from Kate Moss’s wedding where she had lots of adorable little girls in white dresses and floral crowns. Then the rest of the photos showed a dreamy garden wedding, and I fell in love.  The flower girls, the bride’s braided-do, the gorgeous orange florals. All so swoon-worthy.  And pin-worthy. This one’s sure to inspire! Read More »

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    {Real Wedding} Elana & Will: Rustic Ranch Wedding in Santa Cruz

    ranch wedding in Santa Cruz | sun and sparrowCalifornia, you give so many lovely weddings!  Today’s Santa Cruz wedding is vibrant, unique, and personal.  And is just a reminder why I love this state so much.  I’m digging the bride’s choice in color palette – purple & yellow is such an unexpectedly pretty combo!  Also, branding lovers take note: this couple branded their wedding FABulously! Read More »

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    {Real Wedding} Christine & Andrew: Totally Handmade + Unique North Carolina Wedding

    couple at sunset in this handmade North Carolina weddingYou know how I always say “make it you?”  Well, this couple truly took that to heart while planning their own wedding.  After strongly resisting the urge to elope, this couple decided if they were going to have a wedding, they were going to do it their way and really tailor it to reflect who they were as a couple.  And while they infused it with all handmade details, fun elements, and other things they loved, they really put their ceremony at the forefront of their day (which seems to be less and less common these days).

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    What WE think made our wedding MOST unique, is that we really tried to make the CEREMONY the main event. Often times, the ceremony seems to be a quick 20 minute generic service, and the reception is where it’s at. Don’t get us wrong, our reception was fun, but we wanted to make sure that no one forgot the REAL reason we were all gathered… to make a covenant. We really wanted to use our wedding as a tool to witness to and involve our friends and family in our marriage… and we think, at least we hope, that was accomplished… it definitely impacted us, to say the least.

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    Our wedding was a mix of rustic (Andrew) and vintage (Christine) and if it wasn’t handmade by us, it was bought from a handmade shop on Etsy. The music was all hand picked from our iPod, with selections from All Sons and Daughters, Gungor, Rend Collective Experiment, JJ Heller, Phil Whickham, Andrew Peterson, etc. The ceremony and reception, both took place in an old Rock Quarry… we had a bonfire lit and our favors were S’mores kits… and we even jumped off a cliff, into the water, in our wedding clothes! (with life jackets too, of course). 

    I love that they put their emphasis on the ceremony, which is something my husband and I tried to do as well.  If you aren’t having a religious ceremony in a church or house of worship it is really up to the couple to build the ceremony they want.  This couple added their own ideas; my husband and I wrote our own ceremony that included a ringwarming to make ours personal.

    Plus, the handmade details, mustard yellow color palette, and gorgeous lace bridal gown are fabulous too :)  Congrats to this sweet couple!

    {Vendors} Photographer:  Nathan Abplanalp Photography / Venue:  Carrigan Farms / Invitation Designer:  Gartner Studios / Paper goods: ABandIG / DJ:  All The Right Grooves / Makeup Artist:  Who’s The Fairest? / Jewelry:  ArtCarved / Veils and headpieces:  Birdcage Veil Store 

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    {Real Wedding} Chelsea & Chris: Stunning Backyard DIY Wedding in British Columbia from Mikaela Ruth Photography

    stunning backyard DIY wedding in British Columbia by Mikaela Ruth

    Happy Monday, lovelies!  I hope you’re ready to start your week off with one fabulous wedding.  This is just the thing to wake you up and get you going – with the vibrant colors and stunning views, you won’t even need coffee.  Well, maybe just one cup.  But first… Read More »

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