Archives for September 2011

A Whimsical Portugal Wedding: Juana + António

Today’s sweet couple live in Belgium, but are originally from Portugal so that is where they decided to get married this past August. Juana + António are also big fans of GWS which is always a treat to hear from our readers all around the world! Jason + I are actually in Belgium today, so I thought this wedding would be perfect to share in honor of our stay in Belgium (and thanks to J + A for the Belgium tips during our stay!)

Juana + António wanted a relaxed, laid back wedding with a bit of whimsy. They picked up inspiration from all over, taking ideas from weddings in other countries, blogs and the internet. All of this allowed them to translate their personality into every detail in the wedding. From Juana, ” We loved that we heard from so many of our friends and family that they could really see our personalities revealed in so many details of the wedding.” Juana + António are currently on a “one year trip around the world” for their honeymoon, so this was also an important theme in their wedding decor. Thanks so much to Brancoprata for the lovely photos!

wedding dress hanging in doorway

heart shoes

pink peony bouquet

pink peony bouquet

groom in tux

bride and groom first look

The most important thing for us about the wedding was making it an unforgettable day. With that in mind we looked for a beautiful place as well as a great catering service. Luckily we came upon a place that offered us both the beauty and a great, sophisticated menu. This place was Pousada de Estoi. After taking care of the ‘fundamentals of the wedding’ (venue + food), we could really start focusing on the DIY projects – the things that would make this wedding a unique and personalized celebration.

bride and groom in portugal

bride and groom in portugal

bride and groom

bride and groom in portugal

pink flower bridal hairpiece

bride and groom

bride and groom

portugal wedding

We had a musical entry to our ceremony in which we danced down the aisle with our friends to the song “Marry You” from the Glee series. Later, our first dance was a classical waltz mixed in with some Lady Gaga in the middle.

amor altar sign

We also made lots of hearts with felt + pins and they were given to each of the guests to wear, as well as the inspiration for our wedding cake.

bride and groom wearing heart-shaped sunglasses

bride and groom confetti exit

bridal party in sunglasses

world map escort cards

My favorite DIY project was the wedding cake toppers. The little wooden dolls were made by one of our friends’ father and I painted them matching our wedding clothes. The funny part is that we made four sets of cake toppers as in Portugal there is the tradition that the guests should ‘rob’ them after the cake is cut and give them back next year in the same date to the bride and groom during a surprise dinner.

heart wedding cake

doily banner

bunting table numbers

amor wedding sign

bride and groom wearing masks

During the one year and a half prior to the wedding, we started collecting all sorts of things we thought that could prove useful for putting together the decoration. For example, we got the doilies in Amsterdam and the letters spelling Love in the UK. We also asked our families to help us in this quest, so this way we got jars to put candles in. When planning a wedding with a couple of DIYs projects the formula for success is to involve your family and friends to assist you while having a great time together and bounding through the process.

Thanks so much to Juana + António for sharing your lovely Portugese wedding and we hope you are having an amazing time on your trip around the world!

photography: André Teixeira of Brancoprata // styling: Brancoprata and Pano pra Mangas // venue: Pousada de Estoi // floral design: Suzannahs Flowers // wedding dress: J.Crew // bride’s sash: Little White Dresser // bow shoe clips: Finkshop // hairpiece: Bethany Lorelle // shoes: Melissa // hair and makeup: Salao Marias // groom’s suit: Unifato // groom’s shoes: Ecco // paper goods: Wedding Chicks // photo booth props: Shutterfly via Oh Happy Day

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Desserts in a Dish

I know not everyone out there is a fan of cake – and there are no rules you have to have a cake at your wedding (pretty evident by all the weddings we’ve shared here where the couple had pie, donuts, ice cream or just a dessert table with lots of options!) There are so many ideas out there and you should pick what you as a couple love for dessert. :) A trend I’ve been loving at some of my favorite restaurants here in LA are desserts served in small jars. The perfect serving of something amazing – and so many ways to bring this trend into your day. Some of my favorites are below (and most link to the recipe) so you could make this ahead of time or share with your baker.


Top left is Caramel Budino with Salted Caramel Sauce (AMAZE!), Lemon Souffles with Blueberry Compote, Spiced Poached Pears with Warm Chocolate Sauce & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (this would be perfect for Fall), and perfect for Winter is Shortbread and Eggnog Pudding Trifles.

guinness dessert

Above left is Guinness Chocolate Pudding (love the touch with the bottle cap!), Blueberry Trifles with Mascarpone WhipCheesecake in a Jar, and Individual Peanut Butter Pies


Cherry Crisp in JarsTiramisu in shot glasses, Coconut + Lime Macaroons with Custard, and Mini Donuts with Hot Chocolate

Yum, right?! What will you be serving as your dessert for your wedding?

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A Romantic California Wedding: Carly + David

This wedding screams romance to me – and I just love it! Carly is a true romantic, so Amorology wanted Carly + David’s summer wedding to be very soft and reflect the love the couple share for one another. They framed sweet quotes that Carly + David say to each other (“I love you to the moon and back”), as well as favorite romantic lyrics (“Love Me Tender”), and placed them among the guests’ dining tables. They also incorporated some Carly-isms wherever they could! “Bless your heart” was used on the drink flags and “Goodness gracious” was on the pie table. This really helped set the vibe, as well as the soft floral arrangements Twigg Botanicals created. Carly also loves the eclectic look, so they rented a bunch of vintage chairs from Archive Vintage Rentals for the guests’s tables, so that each table had a different look. This look was also carried over to the lounge area, which had mismatched furniture and pillows. Thanks so much to Jessica Claire for the super lovely photos!

pink bouquet

bride getting ready

bow bracelet

bridesmaids in skirts

groomsmen with pink ties

church wedding

bride and groom

bridal party

bride and groom

bride and groom in field

LOVE that photo above. Timeless romance, right?!

wedding sign

bar of soap wedding favor

It was really important to Carly + David to have an aspect of the wedding be interactive for the guests, so Amorology found a great silhouette artist that cut silhouettes by hand for all of the guests. Each guest received two silhouettes, one that they took home, and another that they left behind for the couple. They displayed the silhouettes on a table through out the night and the guests had a blast trying to guess each other’s!

pastel centerpieces

vineyard wedding

From Amorology, As soon as Carly told us that her colors were oatmeal + blush, we began thinking up different ways we could weave the use of oatmeal through out the wedding – besides just the color palette! From floral centerpieces with oats at the bottom, to favors, to the oatmeal toss that showered the happy couple as they exited, we subtly incorporated oats wherever we could. Our favorite was indeed the oatmeal toss, where we handed guests tiny envelopes that read “Oat to Joy!” For the favors, the couple purchased oatmeal soaps that we wrapped in custom coordinating floral fabrics. These sat at each place-setting and greeted guests with a fun tag that read “Scrub a dub dub, thanks for showering us with your love!”

bar of soap wedding favor

wedding lounge area

dessert bar

dessert bar

wedding pie

ombre wedding favors

wedding reception dancing

bride and groom first dance

bride and groom exit

Love all the personal details that were so unique to Carly + David. Amorology always does such an amazing job with that! Every wedding of theirs is so unique. Congrats to Carly + David on your magical day!

photography: Jessica Claire // event design + planning: Amorology // ceremony: Newport LDS temple // reception venue: Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course, Mission Viejo, CA // music: Hit it music // floral design: Twigg Botanicals // rentals: Town & Country Event and Archive Vintage Rentals // lighting: Shine Lighting // wedding dress: custom made by Nancy Barrus at Avenia Bridal // hair + makeup: Swell Beauty // videographer: Benny Ek // Silhouette Artist: Nancie (714-771-8445) // paper elements: Brightly Designed // linens:la tavola

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