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    {Real Wedding} Katy & Doug: Rustic + Elegant Sonoma Winery Wedding

    Today’s wedding is a stunner, but I think I like the couple’s story even more!  Katy and Doug’s companies were partners, so the two had a working relationship over the phone for years, but had never met in person.  Finally, Doug invited Katy to his company holiday party, since it was being held close to the city where Katy lived at the time, and they finally met face-to-face.  Four months later Doug proposed, and 15 months later they were married!  I love stories like that.  So here’s some of that stunner of a wedding I mentioned earlier…napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin

    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    Everyone told me “It goes by so fast,” but I guess I thought my wedding would be the exception.  
    It was not.  So I have the same advice I received:  Enjoy every second.
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    Ours was a destination wedding which meant a lot of guests traveled quite a long distance to celebrate with us.  So we wanted to do something for our guests to show our appreciation for their support.  We thought a truly personal thank you gift would be a cookbook, which we made from recipes the guests were asked to submit when they received their invitations.  
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    napa winery wedding on oh lovely day | photos by rebecca gosselin
    While dating, my husband and I quickly learned that we loved good food and wine, and cooking together.  So we tried to incorporate these loves into our wedding celebration.
     
    Don’t these two have the coolest story?  And how much do you love this wedding?  I’m a bit obsessed with the florals (that bridal bouquet & button mum ring pillow – I DIE!)  Plus, the DIY details like the cookbook favors, the cork placecard holders, and the ice cream cone petal cones are such great touches.  Any favorite touches for you?
     
    {Vendors} Photographer: Rebecca Gosselin / Venue: Buena Vista Winery / Cake & Desserts: Michelle Marie’s Patisserie / Florist: Viola Floral Design / Catering:  Park Avenue Catering Co. / Bridal Gown: Judd Waddell from The White Room in Birmingham, AL / Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff from Bridesmaids Inc. in Birmingham, AL / Hair & Makeup: Lauthr Salon in Petaluma, CA / Thank You Burlap Banner: Etsy – Funky Shique / Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Eloquence Strings / DJ and Dinner Music: Premier Productions / Getaway Car (a 47 Packard): Classic Convertible Wine Tours
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    {Real Wedding} Sou Wah & Stephen: Mint + Pink Vintage Storybook Wedding


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    I swear I can’t believe the gorgeousness that I keep getting in my inbox.  This wedding is beyond.  Like, BEYOND beyond.  Mint bridesmaids dresses, a dreamy bridal gown, and feminine pink bouquets: there is so much pretty here!  Both the bride and groom are photographers (the bride is from England and the groom from the US, and they met in Spain) and you can totally see the creativity and style they put into their vision of a woodland storybook wedding.

    Mint and Pink Vintage Storybook Wedding on Oh Lovely Day | photos by Tauran Photography and LKC Studios
    Mint and Pink Vintage Storybook Wedding on Oh Lovely Day | photos by Tauran Photography and LKC Studios
    Mint and Pink Vintage Storybook Wedding on Oh Lovely Day | photos by Tauran Photography and LKC Studios
    We love trees and nature and I absolutely loved books and stories growing up, so when Stephen proposed, he proposed to me via a story book entitled Sunshine (his pet name for me) and he cut out a hole in the book for the ring to be and presented it to me before proposing. We tried to incorporate those things into our wedding.
    Mint and Pink Vintage Storybook Wedding on Oh Lovely Day | photos by Tauran Photography and LKC Studios
    Mint and Pink Vintage Storybook Wedding on Oh Lovely Day | photos by Tauran Photography and LKC Studios
    Mint and Pink Vintage Storybook Wedding on Oh Lovely Day | photos by Tauran Photography and LKC Studios
    Mint and Pink Vintage Storybook Wedding on Oh Lovely Day | photos by Tauran Photography and LKC Studios
    Mint & Pink Vintage Storybook Wedding on Oh Lovely Day | photos by Tauran Photography and LKC Studios
    Mint and Pink Vintage Storybook Wedding on Oh Lovely Day | photos by Tauran Photography and LKC Studios
    Mint and Pink Vintage Storybook Wedding on Oh Lovely Day | photos by Tauran Photography and LKC Studios
    We did have the English tea set included on our guest book table as a way to incorporate different British elements and personal touch of my heritage. Other details included serving English tea and scones as favors for guests, a Princess Di and Prince Charles tin and tea set as part of the décor along with a croquet set for guests to enjoy.
    Mint and Pink Vintage Storybook Wedding on Oh Lovely Day | photos by Tauran Photography and LKC Studios
    Mint and Pink Vintage Storybook Wedding on Oh Lovely Day | photos by Tauran Photography and LKC Studios
    Mint and Pink Vintage Storybook Wedding on Oh Lovely Day | photos by Tauran Photography and LKC Studios
    Mint and Pink Vintage Storybook Wedding on Oh Lovely Day | photos by Tauran Photography and LKC Studios
    We love all things vintage because they have such an elaborate story behind each piece and thought. Bringing them all together helped portray our storybook wedding.

    Don’t you love, like, every single photo?  First of all, the bride was so ahead of the mint trend, putting her bridesmaids in those gorgeous dresses!  The touches of vintage and girly glam, mixed with the woodland elements is perfection.  And I love the nods to the bride’s English heritage.  And did you spot her watch?  I never see brides wearing a watch, and on this bride I totally love it.  So tell me, which photo did you pin first?  Because I know you pinned at least 5 :)

    {Vendors} Wedding Photography: Tauran Photography and LKC Studios / Venue & Cake Designer: Wine and Roses, Lodi, CA / Floral Design and Vintage Rentals: Jackie’s Flowers / Cinematography: Mindcastle Studios / Bridal gown: La Sposa (Barcelona, Spain) / Wedding Stationery: Handmade by Bride / Rings: Shariff Jewellers / Bridesmaid dresses: Warehouse (UK) / Wedding Car: 1956 Mercedes 200SE / Accommodation: Wine and Roses

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    {Real Wedding} Suani & Luke: DIY-Meets-Art-Deco Lavender Wedding in New Zealand

    Are you sitting down?  Because this is one of those weddings where you really need to be sitting down to handle the gorgeousness that is going to be coming at your eyeballs.  The bride wore not one, but TWO fabulous gowns – and one is in the prettiest shade of lavender (or is it lilac?).  Either way, it is ridiculous.  And all of the pretty DIY that she did to make the wedding personal makes it very Oh Lovely Day.  I sort of want to live in this New Zealand wedding, post #4 of travel week.  And I love this little snippet from the bride about the proposal:

    Luke and I met in New Zealand five years ago. Whilst living in London, we took a trip to Sri Lanka where Luke proposed on the beach at the Mt Lavinia Hotel, where my parents had been married some 30 years before.  

    DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand

    DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand

    DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand
    In London, I started the hunt for my wedding dress. I found ‘the one’ at the Vintage Emporium in Brick Lane, a gorgeous silk satin 40s number that fit like a dream. Whilst there, I also fell in love with a romantic 30s lace gown that I decided to wear to the reception.  The dresses really influenced the vision for our wedding and I started thinking about an art deco theme.

    DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand

    lovely dahlia florals in this DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand

    lovely dahlia florals in this DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand

    the bride wore two gorgeous gowns in this DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand
    We wanted a small intimate event (so an art deco ballroom was out) and a location that would showcase the beauty of New Zealand for Luke’s family and friends, who would be making the long trip over from the UK. We found just what we were looking for in the Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant on idyllic Waiheke Island. The lavender bushes matched the lace gown to a tee and we loved the cosy Potager room with its beautiful surrounding kitchen gardens and stunning views out across the Hauraki Gulf. Something about the Potager room reminded me of an old French country estate and I liked the idea of combining slightly more rustic vintage elements with art deco glamour. We took pointers from the gardens and my gowns and chose lilac, lavender, ivory, green and blush pink as our colours.

    DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand

    DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand

    DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand

    DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand
    My favourite memories from the wedding included walking (skipping!) down the aisle to Billie Holiday’s ‘Come Rain or Come Shine’ and saying our vows in front of our closest friends and family; walking into the Potager room and seeing the room set up and all the DIY touches in place; and dancing all night with my handsome new husband.

    DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand

    DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand

    DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand

    DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand

    DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand

    DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand
    To achieve a really warm and personal feel, several aspects of the wedding were DIY – from the hand stamped save the dates, to the programs, the sugared almond favours, the fabric seating chart, embroidered table numbers, the cake topper and the metres of bunting I made to decorate the room – hard work at times, but so worth it in the end. I gleaned a lot of DIY inspiration from the blogosphere and would regularly search wedding magazines for inspiration and DIY instruction. In the lead up to the wedding we bought a lovely old sewing table, to sign our license on, a 30s Imperial typewriter for our guest book and a working gramophone along with selection of records our guests could play.

    gorgeous lavender second dress in this DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand

    DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand

    gorgeous lavender second dress in this DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand

    DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand

    DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand
    lots of DIY by the bride in this DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand
    DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand

    DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand

    DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand
    DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand
    DIY meets art deco wedding in New Zealand

    We were also lucky to find some amazing vendors. The customised wedding invitations were from Hello Tenfold (via Etsy). Vicki at Wildflower did an incredible job of decorating the Potager room and the ceremony area with sweet, nostalgic bunches of dahlias, lisainthus, tweedia, and garden roses, tea lights and vintage vases. We danced the night away to a live jazz band, and had a dessert table set up for guests where our delicious mango curd and vanilla wedding cake was served alongside other sweet treats on gorgeous vintage crockery. The whole day was perfectly captured by the lovely Jo Wickham, with her warm, light filled romantic reportage photography.

    I think you already know how obsessed I am with the gowns, but add the color palette and all that DIY, plus those fab florals (I just LOVE dahlias!) and this wedding is pretty close to perfect in my book.  Isn’t Suani the most beaming and beautiful bride?

    {Vendors}  Event Venue: Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant / Wedding Photographer: Joanna Wickham Photography / Wedding and reception dresses: The Vintage Emporium / Wedding shoes: Jimmy Choo/ Bride’s headpiece: Johanna Johnson / Makeup and Hair: Claudia Rodrigues / Grooms tuxedo: Working Style / Wedding Flowers: Wildflower Waiheke / Wedding Cake and sweets: The Caker / Vintage china: The Vintage Table / Wedding Invitations: Hello Tenfold / Musicians: Chocolate Fish / Transport: First Class Classics
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    {Real Wedding} Jordi & Andrew: Rustic + DIY Georgia Farm Wedding

    This farm wedding is pure DIY.  As in, everything you see.  And the bride did this from afar, as this was basically a destination wedding for the couple, as well as most of the guests.  Impressive, right?  
    rustic and DIY Georgia wedding

    rustic and DIY Georgia wedding

    rustic and DIY Georgia wedding
    I’m loving these simple bouquets DIY’d by the bridesmaids from flowers found on the venue property.

    rustic and DIY Georgia wedding

    rustic and DIY Georgia wedding
    And you KNOW I love the mismatched maids!

    rustic and DIY Georgia wedding

    rustic and DIY Georgia wedding

    rustic and DIY Georgia wedding
    How cute is this picture of the bride’s dad taking a picture with his phone!?

    rustic and DIY Georgia wedding

    rustic and DIY Georgia wedding

    rustic and DIY Georgia wedding

    rustic and DIY Georgia wedding

    rustic and DIY Georgia wedding
    The bride’s advice for planning couples?  Don’t ask for an opinion unless you really need one, because you’ll get more opinions than you could ever need.  Or want.  

    rustic and DIY Georgia wedding

    rustic and DIY Georgia wedding

    rustic and DIY Georgia wedding

    rustic and DIY Georgia wedding
    The bride’s favorite detail?   The venue itself.  There were just little details located throughout the property that make this venue unforgettable.

    rustic and DIY Georgia wedding

    rustic and DIY Georgia wedding

    rustic and DIY Georgia wedding
    How did you make your wedding YOU?
    Andrew and I knew that our wedding would be the biggest party we’d ever throw and because everyone was traveling from so far away, we wanted everyone to have the time of their lives … So we took all of our favorite activites and filled the weekend with all of them.

    Seriously, how adorable is that dad with the phone camera!?  Love that.  So, are you loving this rustic farm wedding?  Finding inspiration in the bride’s DIY details?  Share your thoughts!
    {Vendors} Photography:  SayBre  / Venue: The Farm Rome, GA / Caterer: Lou Cora’s Home Cooking / Flowers, Cake, Invitations & paper goods: DIY / Bride’s dress & veil: David’s Bridal
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    {Inspiration Board} Warm & Modern Summer Wedding

    {palette} tangerine, peach, jade, mint, butter yellow, and white
    {inspiration} pretty patterns paired with textured florals – think succulents and air plants- make this modern wedding a breath of fresh air.  You can still pair DIY elements like the stir sticks or escort card signs with this and still keep the modern feel.  Perfect for summer or fall weddings, don’t you think?

    {credits} stir sticks via Martha Stewart Living, cupcake from Paige Winn Photo via Oh Lovely Day, cake by Sweet Sensations via Once Wed, bouquet by Mi Belle via Style Me Pretty, bout from Dia Rao Photography, chevron place setting by Kickstand Events and Theo Milo Photography via Wedding Chicks, bride via latest hairstyles, tables & lanterns by Union Photography via Brides, tangerine escort cards by Fresh In Love Photography via Brides, sign by Kelly Hornberger Photography via Southern Weddings, colorful girls by Tory Burch

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