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    {Real Wedding} Nathalie & JJ: Modern & Quirky DIY Wedding at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum

    modern natural history museum wedding | jennifer roper There is so much I love about today’s incredibly unique wedding.  It’s the perfect blend of quirky and elegant: the venue, the bride’s gorgeous emerald gown, the personality infused in every detail.  But what I love most are the bride’s own words about how the couple made their day THEM. Read More »


    {Styled Shoot} Modernly Chic Palm Springs Wedding from Something Events

    modern palm springs wedding

    Today’s shoot is perfectly timed with the launch of our new look. It is a breath of fresh air in styled shoots, with it’s funky modern style, chic color palette , and DIY inspiration. Plus, it totally matches the new Oh Lovely Day!  I love the pops of color, the quirky touches, and the chic style. The succulents, the chevron, the color…oh my!

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    modern palm springs wedding

    modern palm springs wedding

    Don’t you love this!? It is such lovely wedding inspiration, and could be so perfect for a bridal shower or baby shower too.  Such a lovely and simple shoot with lots of pretty details to inspire you. And how fun are those flamingo cake toppers? What’s your favorite detail? Be sure to check out the gallery for even more from this shoot!

    {vendors} Event planning, styling, & design (along with florals, cake, and all DIY) from Something Events / stationery by Renee Nicole Design / Photography by Jon Warren / cocktail table, cake stand, and cake toppers by Reclaimed


    {Real Wedding} Giliah & Erez: Quirky DIY Wedding in Jerusalem

    quirky and whimsical DIY wedding in Jerusalem
    Sometimes I get a submission from a bride who was an avid reader of Oh Lovely Day, and sometimes that bride’s wedding is an absolute perfect representation of what this blog is all about.  Today is one of those weddings.  When Giliah, the bride, sent me her wedding she also said something that made my whole week:  
    “I was really in love with your blog before I even got engaged and used to look at it and fantasize all day long. Once we got engaged it was so helpful in the planning process and it really warms my heart that our wedding is going to be a part of it.” Read More »
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    {Real Wedding} Cassie & Bennet: Intimate Backyard DIY Wedding + Carnival Reception (Part 2)

    colorful carnival-themed DIY wedding from jennie andrews photography
    Yesterday I shared Part 1 of this completely charming, absolutely fantastic, ridiculously good wedding (if you missed it, be sure to get your pinning finger ready and go be inspired).  Today, you get to see the whimsical, fun, fabulous carnival-themed reception.  Step right up!  Read More »

    {Real Wedding} Nicole & David: Modern DIY Portland Wedding from Stacey Kane

    modern DIY Portland Wedding by Stacey Kane
    It’s no secret that I’m a vintage-lover, but when vintage is done in a modern way with a DIY spin, then I’m just downright giddy.  Today’s wedding is a touch of whimsy, mixed with the hipness of Portland, weaved together with personal DIY touches.  And the photos by Stacey Kane are just too good for words.
    modern DIY Portland Wedding by Stacey Kane
    modern DIY Portland Wedding by Stacey Kane

    For our ceremony music, we had two young and very talented musicians playing the violin and the viola.  For the bridal party processional, they played the prelude of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G major.  I wanted to walk in to Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers,” so they created an amazing arrangement for that song.  The recessional piece was Mozart’s Duo in G.  And our first dance song was Bob Dylan’s “The Man in Me.”
    modern DIY Portland Wedding by Stacey Kane
    modern DIY Portland Wedding by Stacey Kane

    Our venue was right on the water, located in the same complex as a marina, and the space used to be a factory where ships were built, so we also had a boat theme going on; I made kraft paper boats that we used as luminaries along the venue’s walkway, and I outfitted one boat with small cushions inside to use as a ring pillow.

    modern DIY Portland Wedding by Stacey Kane

    My husband’s a writer, I love crafting things out of paper, and we love books, so much of the decor was created from old book pages.  A few highlights:  the escort cards were pinwheels made from illustrated children’s books, with a pencil for a stem; I made flower garlands out of muslin and book pages that draped over stacks of books for our centerpieces; and for the cocktail tables, we created book planters by carving a space right into the pages of an open book and planting succulents inside.  

    modern DIY Portland Wedding by Stacey Kane
    modern DIY Portland Wedding by Stacey Kane
    modern DIY Portland Wedding by Stacey Kane

    It was a labor of love to craft so much of the wedding decor ourselves, and in that way we put ourselves in every detail.  We had lots of help from family, friends, and Meghan our amazing wedding planner, so it felt like this big collaborative art project.  It was really important that David and I worked together and made decisions as a couple.  We were true partners in the planning, and I think that’s what made our wedding US.

    I love all of the personal touches and DIY, but I think the pinwheels are my favorite!  Oh, and I love the bride’s braided updo.  What’s your favorite detail?

    {vendors} Wedding Planner: Meghan Torrieri of b merry events / Photographer: Stacey Kane / Caterer: A Moveable Feast / Florist: Emily Carter Floral Designs / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Portland Company Complex / DJ: DJ Ryan Parker

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