A Beer Garden Wedding: Emily + Matt

Continuing with our theme of incorporating your fiance’s interests into the day also, we have a fun, whimsical wedding that is all about the couple’s German heritage – especially the beer! :) Emily + Matt were inspired by several things when planning their wedding, most of them stemming from their German heritage including delicious beer, folk patterns and ribbon. They also wanted to incorporate springtime and the outdoors and  a fun, whimsical, organic biergarten! Their wedding took place in Austin, Texas, so they were also greatly influenced by the relaxed and laid back Austin vibe. Luckily for them they had many talented vendors, friends, and family to help them carry out their vision! Congrats to Emily + Matt and thanks so much to Paige Newton Photography for sharing the photos!

peony bouquet

bridesmaids with bouquets

outdoor wedding ceremony

outdoor wedding ceremony

groomsmen in ties

bridal party with beer glasses

custom wedding beer glasses

wedding beer garden

beer wedding decor

beer wedding decor

colorful wedding bunting

beer wedding decor

she said yes

How cute are the Restroom signs above!? Each of the tables below had a story written by the bride and groom.

wedding colorful decorations

german inspired wedding cake

german inspired wedding cake

From Emily + Matt: “Mercury Hall provided the perfect backdrop for the ceremony and reception – we loaded the inside of the hall with pom garland and continued the festival theme outside with our ribbon altar, ribbon chandeliers, and biergarten tents. Aimee Villa of Lizze Belle Events was our coordinator and she worked like crazy to pull everything together, and she was so sweet and fun to work with. Our florist, Erin Knipp of Rosehip Flora, and I worked closely on keeping with the theme through our florals. She came up with so many creative, wonderful ideas including beer bottle cocktail-area arrangements, beer steins and reclaimed wood in the centerpieces, and billy ball wands for the flower girls. I also worked very closely with Lauren Cunningham of The Creative Parasol in the design of the paper goods. She designed tons of goodies for us incorporating folky graphics and fun, bold typography including save-the-date coasters, invitations, sign-in poster, programs, escort cards, pint glass design, bar and food menus, groom’s cupcake flags, and everything in between. We could not have pulled off our wedding without her incredible vision and attention to detail. Royal Fig Catering provided everyone with delicious appetizers and food. Everyone said it was some of the best food they ever had at a wedding! They also operated our wonderful bar tent, filled with six amazing beers and delicious wines and liquor. Coco Paloma Desserts made our cake and we could not have been happier. She incorporated all the fun German, folky elements we love and it all paid off – it was beautiful and tasted delicious.

Our Family and Friends. What would we have done without them? They helped us so much and were super supportive throughout the whole planning process. My mom cut all the poms from scratch from tissue in the wedding color palette. My mom, bridesmaids, family, and friends helped string and puff the garland for hours! It all paid off, the poms were a festive, beautiful focal point in the hall and bar tent. Matt’s mom baked endless amounts of German chocolate cupcakes for Matt’s groom’s cupcakes. Matt’s oma created the ribbon garland behind the cake. Matt’s uncle, an awesome carpenter, crafted our biergarten sign from centuries-old, reclaimed redwood found in an old home. He also created our cupcake stands from local timber. His friend created the cake stand from an abandoned log in Ingram, Texas. Matt’s aunt, who’s a talented quilter/seamstress, made the quilt we used in the photobooth background as well as the flower girl sashes (from vintage ribbon I found). Matt’s mom and brother also provided us with beer steins we used for our florals. Lauren’s step-mother crafted all the fabric ties and table runners. Families also provided us with photos we used in our “love photo” area. Matt’s dad, brother, and uncle all helped set up the sound and wiring! Our friends Kat Wilson and Jeremiah Ogden performed “Rose of my Heart” at the ceremony and it was beautiful. Brother-in-law and groomsman, Justin Peterson, read “Make You Feel my Love” by Bob Dylan at the ceremony. Our friend, Tim Klatt of Strangeland Brewery, brewed two of our beers for us – Meet Me at the Alt-ar Bier and Ball and Chain Porter!Two beers were brewed by a friend.”

Vendors:
Venue: Mercury Hall // Photographer: Paige Newton Photography // Coordinator: Aimee Villa of Lizze Belle Events // Florist: Rosehip Flora // Cake: Coco Paloma Desserts // Cupcakes: Matt’s mom Jayne // Videography: Scott Perry // Caterer: Royal Fig Catering // Paper Goods: The Creative Parasol // DJ:  DJ Casey Cuts // Lighting: ILIOS Lighting // Dress: Carrafina from Unbridaled // Bridesmaid dresses: Thread from Unbridaled // Bridesmaid hankies: Mutant Angel Etsy Shop // Flower girl dresses: Boutique Mia Etsy Shop // Suits – Men’s Wearhouse // Ties – vintage found on Etsy // Make up: Nisa Nicole // Hair – Shannon Briggs Hack at Path Salon // Wooden sign, tree slice cake stand, and tree slice cupcake stands -Matt’s uncle Fred // vintage ribbon – Les Bon Ribbon

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A Modern Glam Wedding Inspired by Tron

tron wedding ideas

I’ve received quite a few emails asking for help incorporating your fiance’s interests into your day – how can both your personalities be seen on your wedding day? Well, today + tomorrow is all about the groom! Pulling ideas from their favorite movies, drinks and hobbies – plus a huge feature on groom fashion, so I hope you all enjoy!

What if your fiance loves Tron and video games? Can you still have a glamourous wedding that incorporates some of his interests? Christina at simply modern weddings has found the perfect way to pull a few inspirations from the movie – mainly the dining room scene – to create an ultra glam wedding! This is modern + edgy infused with romantic lush floral – and a touch of futuristic fantasy meets artsy eclectic. I don’t get to share lots of really modern weddings, so I hope this helps inspire those of you dreaming of a modern wedding. :)

tron wedding sketch

A bit more about the shoot from Christina (including Larrissa’s sketch above), “Since I adore all things modern, the concept for our shoot was inspired by the dining scene in the movie Tron Legacy. I just loved the contrast of the harsh digital world with the home’s ultra luxe decor. In my mind I dreamed of what a wedding in this digital tron world would look like. Once I teamed up with Trista Lerit and Larrissa with Inviting Occasion, our creative minds went modern glam crazy!!

The floating silver disc digital curtains in the home décor became our inspiration with Tiselle Letterpress for the invitations. The stationery suite was made even more fantastical by tianyi letterpressing silver ink onto black buttery suede paper. Sweet and Saucy also played off this concept with her delicious dessert creations!

modern wedding invitations

wedding dress with black belt

wedding dress with black belt

bride and groom

Our bridal party fashion needed to be just as fabulously styled as the design. Our bride’s gown was a couture Elizabeth Fillmore that was a perfect hint of drama for the look of the shoot. We selected jewelry and textured party dresses from Rent the Runway for outfitting the bridesmaids, and our guys were sleekly suited with pieces from Express.

modern wedding party

tron wedding backdrop

The concept of “the grid” was made reality by Larrissa creating a 3 dimensional grid installation piece as the stunning ceremony backdrop. Believe it or not, it was made out of black and clear straws!! She incorporated silver cootie catchers and plastic bottle turned floral to give the design a whimsical touch. We played off the same grid idea for the lucite reception table, but used silver mesh placemats for a different texture and look. Once the lighting hit everything, it was magical!

w hotel wedding los angeles

modern glam wedding

modern luxe wedding

And of course we had to bring that mysterious blue elixir into the shoot as our bliss cocktails!

wedding cocktail

modern glam wedding reception

I’m a W Hotel fanatic, so i knew their newest property W Hollywood Hotel would be a perfect fit for this design. They have a magnificent ballroom space that can be completely transformed for your look. I was even inspired by their fabulous white croc hallways when selecting the white croc chairs for the shoot. Their property was a perfect fit for that hip, glam look we wanted!

modern glam wedding reception

w hotel wedding reception los angeles

w hotel wedding reception los angeles

modern glam wedding cake

bride and groom at w hotel

And maybe some Daft Punk for the reception music? :) Below is a fun behind the scenes video from the guys at Shadetree Films.

Thanks so much to all these amazing vendors for sharing their creative talents with us today and hopefully this helps inspire you that there are ways to incorporate both your personalities into the day without being cheesy at all! :)

vendors:
planning & design: simply modern weddings // photography: trista lerit photography // floral design: inviting occasion // venue: W Hollywood Hotel // wedding gown: the white dress // bridesmaid’s fashion & accessories: rent the runway // hair & makeup: flawless faces // hair accessories: petal and thorn // groom’s attire: express // stationery: tiselle letterpress // desserts: sweet and saucy // cinematography: shadetree films // chair rentals: hire elegance // lighting: aspect lighting // linens: la tavola linens // models: Ben, Bland, Flaviu, Amanda, Kerisa, Megan

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Friday Favors with Zooey Deschanel’s Wedding Invitations!

christina hendricks wedding bridal party

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you have a lovely weekend lined up. We are currently in Portland meeting with some awesome Portland vendors + checking out the city – which we are loving! I’ll be sharing our trip + all our fun finds on the site soon! Before we head into the weekend, some of my favorite wedding details from celebs…

• Although I really want to see just one wedding photo of this two cuties, I stumbled across Zooey Deschanel + Ben Gibbard’s wedding invitation (designed by Hum Creative) – kind of exactly what I pictured! Love it – and their silhouettes! How cute are they….

• Not celebrity inspired, but love this necklace for your wedding from our sponsor, Gorjana

• Pretty bouquet from Sister, Sister star Tamera Mowry’s wedding photographed by the talented Jose Villa

LOVE both these bridesmaids looks + they would be easy to incorporate into your wedding…

• Miranda Lambert’s bridesmaids each wore a custom designed dress from Priscilla of Boston with cowboy boots! Photo by Robert Evans (photo courtesy of Priscilla of Boston via Us Magazine). You could do this look with real vintage dresses (more affordable) and their own boots.

Christina Hendricks’ bridesmaids were styled by Mad Men stylist Allison. She dressed them each in vintage outfits which I absolutely adore!

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