A Desert Inspired Wedding: Valerie + Jonathan

ring bearer dog with billy ball collar

After spending a summer in the desert, this artistic couple left inspired and decided to style their wedding around the desert! Since Jonathan (the groom) is a furniture designer, they knew they wanted a comfortable outdoor space for guests to relax. Jonathan custom made a lot of the furniture for the wedding at the gorgeous Mercury Hall in Austin, Texas. I love that Valerie choose a dress from BHLDN that was nontraditional – and of course her amazing shoes are GORG (also from BHLDN)! The ring bearer was their dog Bogart who did a great job with his duties too. :) Thanks so much to Katherine O’Brien Photography for sending this one my way and congrats to Valerie + Jonathan!

nature invitation suite

teal polka dot bridal shoes

solitaire ring

yellow boutonniere with string wrapped

groomsmen and dog

succulent and billy ball bouquet

lace beige wedding dress with teal shoes

succulent bouquet

wedding invtation, yellow

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony big bridal party

outdoor ceremony bridesmaids in cowboy boots

lace tiered wedding dress

bridesmaids wearing black

succulents in steer skull, custom drink

succulent centerpieces

tree branch centerpiece

grooms pepper wedding cake

layered cake with succulents

wedding favor bags

bride and groom tent

Such a unique and personal day! Thanks so much for sharing it with us and congrats to Valerie + Jonathan!

photography: Katherine O’Brien Photography // reception venue: Mercury Hall // caterer: pink avocado catering // event planner: Cortney with BZ events // event designer: unexpected elements // dress: BHLDN //suit: Zara // florist: Articulture // invitation designer: The Creative Parasol // transportation: Enchanted Antique Limos // cake/cupcake bakery: Stardust Bakery (wedding cake), Envy Pastries (Grooms cake) // dj: Kit Groove Labs // band: Brave Combo and Mariachi Relampago // officiant: Tom Houck

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A Whimsical Warehouse Elopement

warehouse elopement

More and more couples are having elopements and looking for a way to put their own creative spin on the day. I just love the inspiration sent over for today for an elopement in a warehouse – love the mix of urban and pretty flowers. :) The team imagined a couple coming upon this vast, raw industrial warehouse and creating a perfect intimate dream world for their wedding by using the abandoned detritus that might be found within – an old box of doilies for a ceremony backdrop, long forgotten vintage musical instruments to serve as the dinner table centerpiece and dessert table accents, a dress form to stand in as the officiant, vintage cut crystal and silver for their place-settings.

The wedding is a quiet celebration. Each space – the ceremony, the reception, the dessert bar, the dance floor – is decorated only enough for each other and their furry witness, Pippi. The rest is left unfinished, beautifully empty. The color palette developed from the tones within the space. Greys, whites, terra cotta and natural wood tones are softened up with warm peachy tones. They further softened the spaces with their decorative accents of crochet doilies and blankets, crystal, feathers, gauze and chiffon. Such magical + dreamy inspiration! Big thanks to Leah Lee Photography and to GATHER Events and Occasions for the design + paper goods!

cut-out words invitation inspiration

cut-out words invitation inspiration

whimsical bouquet, boho weddding dress

bride getting ready, warehouse

bride getting ready, warehouse

bride getting ready, warehouse

warehouse elopement, flowers growing altar

warehouse elopement, flowers growing altar

lace doilies, flower patch altar

flower patch altar

warehouse elopement

warehouse elopement, dog

warehouse elopement

coral button up, suspenders


There is also an underlying musical note present throughout. Their book of vows, dinner place settings and dance floor decor are snippets of song lyrics that represent messages and love notes to one another. Their elaborate wedding dinner comes in the form of prettily-packaged gourmet takeout. Heirloom LA provided the incredible eats. Check out the cute cornish game hens and their famous lasagna cupcakes (which I can attest are so, so yummy!) All the amazing rental are from Archive Vintage Rentals and the stunning florals are by Krista Jon.

heiloom LA lasagna cupcakes

blush tablescape

gramophone, flowers

gramophone, doily tablescape

flowers in gramophone

whimsical flowers

bride and groom, warehouse

hanging words, clear balls


Gorgeous cake by Sweet and Saucy Shop.

blush and dusty blue weding cake

bride and groom, hanging words


Tower Films also provided a stunning visual display of both the behind-the-scenes action of the creative team and the stunning couple on their dream day.

Thanks so much to all these creative wedding artists for sharing their vision with us today!

photography: Leah Lee Photography // design + styling + paper goods: GATHER Events and Occasions // cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop // catering: Heirloom LA // florals + styling: Krista Jon // rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals // hair: Nicole Chew Beauty // makeup: Lauren Dunning // wedding dress: Stella Alberti Couture // bridal accessories: Lo Boheme // bow ties: Pocket Square Clothing // jewelry: Ariel Gordon // venue: Jesse St. // videography: Tower Films // models: Aurelia Scheppers + Jado Lee

 

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A Whimsical Wooded Backyard Wedding: Eden + Daniel

Nashville Indie Wedding

Eden + Daniel had a fairly short engagement at only four months, but since Eden has been photographing weddings for years, she already had quite a few ideas for their day. :) They wanted a whimsical, wooded backyard wedding with local food and their closest friends.

Eden + Daniel were determined to spend a fraction of the average American wedding, so they pooled their resources and realized that what they lacked they more than made up for in their friends willing to help. The perfect location was offered by a family friend who owns a beautiful piece of property in the country of Tennessee. They exchanged vows at sunset in a large open field for the ceremony followed by the reception in the woods with food, music, dancing and bonfires. Such a perfect day! Congrats to Eden + Daniel and thanks to Brandon Chesbro for the photos.

bride with pink lily bouquet

bride with lots flower girls

ring bearer and flower girl shoes

flower girl with arrows

flower girls with patchwork blanket

groom in a tweed suit with striped tie

wedding program

groomsmen in ties in woods

flower girls with arrows

Most memorable moment of your wedding day? Daniel is not a crier. I was certain I was going to be walking toward a calm and collective groom. As my father and I were approaching the ceremony, shedding tears, Daniel put his arm around his best man and lost it, the majority of our guests lost it watching him. We all cried as we walked down the aisle and didn’t really stop till the end of the ceremony. Sharing that moment with my two favorite men by my side, I couldn’t have imagined a more memorable moment.

bride walking down the aisle

tweed suit jacket

Our music:
Processional: “Be Here Now” by Mason Jennings (sung and played by Micah Tawlks, Johnathan Davis and Jesse Carr)
Recessional: “This Will Be Our Year” by The Zombies
First Dance: Since our reception was in the woods our friends surprised us with our first dance. “Love” by Nancy Adams played in Disney’s Robin Hood when Robin Hood and Maid Marian fell in love.

nashville wedding party

ceremony arch with twigs and flowers

bride and groom in field

wedding rings

groom and bride in field

The wooded area made for a whimsical setting and was dolled up beautifully with flowers, a family tree (literally) and decorations with emphasis on small details. After a long and leisurely dinner, the evening culminated on the dance floor where we spent the rest of the night cutting the rug with our friends and family.

wedding decor in woods

picnic tables in the woods

picnic tables in the woods

wedding in the woods

pie stand for wedding

Daniel and I both love bonfires, so we had two of them plus smores at the reception. We had gourmet cheesecakes for our wedding cake and Disney’s Robin Hood playing for the kids (and of course a few adults!) We wouldn’t have changed a thing.

nashville wedding

Any advice for those planning now? Absolutely. At the end of the day, you’re married. This is a joyous occasion, don’t let anything get in the way of just being with your friends and family. Nothing is more important than that.

photography: Brandon Chesbro // event planner: Melanie Smith // floral design: Melanie Smith at A Village of Flowers and Evelyn Farris Raines for the Herb arrangements // wedding dress: Local Honey // hairpieces: InVintage – Colleen Whitver // shoes: Minnetonka Moccasin // hair: Jessica Katina // makeup: Leah Elmquist // groom suit: J.Crew, Urban Outfitters // cinematography: A.J. Gibboney // invitations+ paper goods: Micah Jones // catering: Baja Burrito and Provence // cake: Crystal Thomas Morgan // music: Mike Boggs // rentals: vintage rentals by Vintage My Wedding

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