San Francisco Anniversary Session: Heidi + Brad

San Francisco Anniversary

San Francisco is one of our personal fave photo backdrops. It’s kind of hard to beat that view, don’t you think?! Since Heidi + Brad just moved to San Francisco this year, they decided to take advantage of the scenery and plan their anniversary photos in some of the best locations San Francisco has to offer: the Marin Headlands + the Sutro Baths!

Their photographer, Chris Simons, sure knew how to expertly frame all the pretty photos you’re about to see! Peeks at the Golden Gate Bridge, foggy mountain caps, an the expansive sea are all present and each photo feels so quintessentially SF. For couples considering an anniversary session, we say go for it! What a beautiful way to memorialize the year and celebrate your love!

San Francisco Anniversary

San Francisco Anniversary

San Francisco Anniversary

San Francisco Anniversary

Steal Heidi’s perfectly laid back look with this polka dot button down paired with a long breezy skirt!

San Francisco Anniversary

San Francisco Anniversary

San Francisco Anniversary

San Francisco Anniversary

San Francisco Anniversary

Loving her sweet braid, too!

San Francisco Anniversary

San Francisco Anniversary

San Francisco Anniversary

San Francisco Anniversary

The trio drove across the bridge and went to the Sutro Baths to take some photos around sunset + the result is pretty out of this world! What truly gorgeous captures…

Sutro Baths SF

Sutro Baths SF

Sutro Baths SF

Big congrats to Heidi + Brad on one year!

photography: Chris Simons Photography // location: Marin Headlands + Sutro Baths in San Francisco, California

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Junk Bonanza + Vintage Weddings Lab in San Diego

Junk Bonanza Weddings Lab

If you’re a California dweller as serious about vintage as you are – well – just about anything, then the news we’re about to share will be totally calling your name! The Junk Bonanza, a must-shop market experience for vintage lovers, is coming to the Del Mar Fairgrounds March 20-22, choosing California as the site of its first show outside of Minnesota, where the event originated. The Bonanza is known for its curated selection + artful vignettes of vintage finds, antiques, architectural salvage and artisan-repurposed goods. And it’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon shopping with your vintage-loving friends!

For the upcoming San Diego show, in addition to a well-edited selection of amazing antiques, there will be a Weddings Lab installation, curated by California vintage expert Jeni Maus of Found Vintage Rentals and celebrity wedding and event designer, Jo Gartin of Love Luck and Angels. Jeni will visually inspire attendees on how they can incorporate vintage items into their decor for maximum charm. If you are DIYing your wedding design, we can’t stress enough how cool of an opportunity this would be, to learn from one of the industry’s best! And Jo will share ideas and anecdotes and take questions in appearances at noon and 2 pm Saturday, March 21! The Lab will also feature ideas for tabletop, cake and other decor, including goods from several local purveyors. Some of our other favorite vendors will be joining the lab including: Sweet and Saucy Shop, Dish Wish, Amigo Booth, Art with Nature Floral Design and Studio EMP Photography.

 

Junk Bonanza Weddings Lab

General admission is $10 per day, and you can purchase your tickets at the door (cash only). Early Bird tickets are available for $25 online + $30 at the door and are good for entry at 8 am Friday — two hours before shopping opens to general public! You can order your tickets in advance, online, right here!

So, SoCal friends, who’s coming?!! If you’re planning a vintage-inspired wedding, this is an event not to be missed! And if you can’t get enough vintage, but aren’t local to San Diego, The Bonanza’s Spring and Fall shows are April 16-18 + Sept. 24-26 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Oct. 9-11 in the Portland, Oregon area! Learn more on The Junk Bonanza website!

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Intimate Utah Mountain Wedding: Ashton + Jordan

Utah Mountain Wedding

What do you say we get a little cozy this Friday morning with Ashton + Jordan’s wedding weekend at a cabin in the mountains in Park City, Utah! The most important things to them when they were planning was the day 1) be intimate and 2) be in the mountains. From there, they decided to focus on what was important (like one another and the commitment they were making) and not get caught up in thousands of little details that wouldn’t matter much years from now.

Ashton says, Our relationship was built having adventures together in nature so we chose to get married in the middle of an Aspen grove up in the mountains that Jordan had passed one day after fishing. It was secluded, private and absolutely beautiful. We also knew we didn’t want to spend the day talking with 200 people but instead we wanted a weekend surrounded by people we are closest with. So we decided to simplify and only have our immediate families there (with the exception of Jordan’s childhood best friend who surprised him at our rehearsal dinner). There was a sense of serenity that was over me throughout the entire day because of it. Everything about our wedding was exactly what we envisioned: Simple. Natural. Intimate.

Thanks so much to the lovely Bethany Jeffery for these gorgeous images and big congrats to A + J!

Utah Mountain Wedding

Utah Mountain Wedding

Utah Mountain Wedding

Watters Wedding Dress

Just because you’re getting married in nature doesn’t mean you can’t wear a beautiful dress! Ashton’s gown by Watters was perfect; not too fussy, but with pretty pleating + details.

mountain inspired flower crown

Utah Mountain Wedding

Utah Mountain Wedding

mountain inspired flower crown

Utah Mountain Wedding

mountain inspired bouquet

Ashton’s sister owns a fair trade flower shop called Where Flowers Are Fair and brought gorgeous blooms in from Texas to use for Ashton’s flower crown and bouquet.

Watters Wedding Dress

Watters Wedding Dress

Utah Woodland Ceremony

Utah Woodland Ceremony

Utah Woodland Ceremony

The most memorable moment of our wedding day was hearing my husband read his vows. We wrote our vows and getting to hear him vow his life to me and mine to his, was one of the best moments in my life. I will never forget standing at the alter with him.

Utah Woodland Ceremony

Utah Woodland Ceremony

Looking for a sweet addition to your ceremony? We love that Ashton + Jordan put a special keepsakes inside a wooden box and nailed it shut during their ceremony. They then buried in the ground to dig up sometime in the far-off future!

Utah Woodland Ceremony

Utah Woodland Ceremony

For a wedding where just a few are present, we think a group shot is totally mandatory! :)

Utah Mountain Wedding

Utah Mountain Wedding

Utah Mountain Wedding

Utah Mountain Wedding

Utah Mountain Wedding

Utah Mountain Wedding

wood tablescape decor

dyed napkins

woodland inspired centerpiece

dyed napkins

love grows here cake topper

Want to see more?! Watch the film below by Adam Schreyer:

Most importantly, remember that you are planning for a marriage and secondly, a wedding. This will help keep perspective while planning. To start, the guest list may be the hardest part and as hard as it may be, do NOT get caught up in what everyone else wants for your wedding day. I would also say to have a quick engaged. It is not impossible to plan a wedding in three months. Lastly, choose what is most important to you and put your money there. I wanted a good photographer and videographer since that is what i will keep forever. I am so thankful I saved money other places and spent money there. The day is about you and your husband becoming one, it is not about seeing everyone else or about how cute your gift table can be. Try not to get caught up in the production and all the details that come along with it (It is only one day of your life and marriage is a lifetime, focus on your husband). Remember to relax and enjoy the day, let your helpers worry about the details.

photography: Bethany Jeffery Photography // venue: An aspen grove up in the mountains and reception at a cabin near Solitude Ski Resort, Utah // event design: Bride, Meagan Lissner (sister) and Paige McGuffey (Mother) // event planner: Bride // florals: Meagan Lissner and Paige McGuffey – Owners of Moss “Where Flowers Are Fair” in Tyler Texas // wedding dress: Watters // flower crown: Meagan Lissner // shoes: Target // hair + makeup: Kathleen Miller (Friend) // groom suit: J.Crew // videography: Adam Schreyer // paper goods: Paige and Patrick McGuffey – Owners of East Texas Business Printing, Tyler Texas // catering: Patrick McGuffey (my stepdad) // cake: Brianna Carter // music: Ipod

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