Autumn Skeleton Key Wedding: Victoria + Josh

bride and groom

Today’s wedding is a perfect fall wedding: an outdoor ceremony among trees changing colors, lots of skeleton keys and even some skeleton cake toppers – perfect for Halloween today! :) Victoria + Josh wanted their wedding day to be filled with all the things they love, which includes anything with a vintage feel. They handmade most all of the decor for the day (along with Victoria’s mother) and I just adore the photos captured by Connection Photography. Big congrats to Victoria + Josh!

skeleton key invitation

rings

skeleton key boutonnieres

lace wedding dress

crochet garter

owl cuff link

groomsmen

groomsmen

bridesmaids

door writing board

Our ceremony. We created the script for the ceremony to reflect how we felt about the principles of marriage, and how we wanted our marriage to be. We also did a handfasting, and cried when we read our handwritten vows. Everything we said (or the officiant said) had meaning personal to us.

ceremony

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

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Processional: Game of Thrones Theme Song

Recessional: No One's Gonna Love You – Band Of Horses

First Dance: Bad Things – Jace Everett

pink heels

wedding party

wedding party

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bride and groom

bride and groom

skeleton table pieces

fabric napkins

twig wrapped napkins

quilt guestbook

skeleton cake toppers

It is your wedding day. Every decision you and your future spouse make should be about you want and how you feel about each other. We have a large combined family, and everyone told us what we should/could do, but it always came down to what we thought would be the best for us. Don't compromise your principles, it's your day! Also DIY early; we had so many projects in the last few weeks, we thought we would rip our hair out!

photography: Connection Photography (they are available for travel worldwide) // venue: the arbors events in Cleveland, North Carolina // wedding dress: New York Bride and Groom // hairpieces: handmade by mother of the bride, using vintage brooches and netting // bridesmaid dresses: Shop Ruche // hair + makeup: Alyssa Zayak // invitations + paper goods: Royal Steamline // catering: Visions Catering // cake: Brenda’s Cake Gallery, decorated by the groom // music: Anything Music DJs

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Backyard Circus Wedding: Heather + Mike

circus wedding ring master

Heather + Mike’s circus theme wedding was actually born out of a joke Mike made one night. Kind of love this story told by Heather…

One night we were talking about what we wanted our wedding to be like. I’m a wedding photographer myself, so obviously I was taking this conversation a little too seriously. My husband (then boyfriend) turns to me, and jokingly says “Yeah, and instead of ring bearers, we can make my nephews dress up in bear costumes.” To which I responded “I know you’re joking, but we’re doing that now.” So that set the tone for our circus affair. Even though Mike and I are definitely not acrobats (unless you count making it back from the fridge with an armful of diet coke and candy as a death defying stunt), we definitely like to have fun, which at the end of the day is what I think we wanted out wedding to be all about. We had about 10 or so kids there, and while we thought they would be the ones overly thrilled with the circus themes, it was really our older relative who loved it. There’s just something about the circus that makes you feel like a kid again, no matter how old you are.

I could not agree more Heather + Mike! Their wedding was a total DIY wedding and took place in their backyard in Michigan. Big thanks to Gabe Aceves for the photos and congrats to Heather + Mike for throwing such a fun wedding!

carnival wedding invitation

gold glitter shoes

bouquet

bridesmaids_hats


Each of the girls picked out their own dress in their designated color. In addition, they each portrayed an animal, through their shoes and hats (zebra, tiger, and peacock). My sister made the hats as well as my veil and reception piece.

striped bridal belt

first look

I think the most memorable moment for me (Heather) was the feeling in my stomach just before our first look. I'm a pretty confident person, so I don't experience butterflies that often, but they were there in full force. Our ceremony was also amazing, and really set the tone. It was awesome to watch all the kids actually wrapped up in what Grant, who married us, was doing. I'm glad we decided at the last minute to invite the kids down to blankets at the front. Their faces were priceless. Mikey says his most memorable moment was "Seeing you in your beautiful dress for the first time on our first look". Second most memorable moment would be watching my parents do a formal slow dance to "Freak Me" by "Silk".

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red tie

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

ribbons in trees

ring master

bride walking down aisle

circus wedding

circus wedding

bride and groom

bride and groom

Processional: Sleepwalk – Santo and Johnny

Recessional: Having a Party – Sam Cooke

First Dance: La La La Means I Love You – the Delfonics

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom


Really, the big thing that made the day special was how many people in our family put their hands on something for the wedding to make it special. My small army of cousins and siblings set up the chairs and hung the bunting. My dad, with help from my Uncle, made the frames for the lights. My Aunts made salad, and arranged for a popcorn machine for a little mid wedding snack. My sister made the hats. My brother made sure the music cues were set up. Mike’s Aunt made goodie bags for the kids (young and old, alike) including clown noses, stickers, and paddle balls. My brother-in-law married us, and really set the tone for the whole wedding with how awesome our ceremony was (complete with “conjoined twin” singers, disappearing rings, and magic tricks). Mike’s father and brother brewed the beer that the guests enjoyed. I could go on and on. It really was a wedding made by everyone, and for that reason, it was infinitely more special to us.

carnival wedding

popcorn floral centerpieces


I ordered my flowers at wholesale and arranged them myself 2 days before the wedding. The included ranunculus, anemones, thistle, carnations, and seeded eucalyptus. It was a big job. Each of the bridesmaids arranged their own bouquets. My bridal bouquet also included oriental poppy pods that my grandmother planted at our house when she was still alive. We collected containers (bottles and vases) for a few months, and snagged the adorable popcorn containers at Target. Corsages for the moms were handmade fabric pinwheels.

zoo animal table numbers

carnival wedding

vintage camera

clown nose

first dance

carnival cakes

carnival wedding


I’m not just saying this as a photographer, I’m saying this as a bride. Doing a first look was one of the best decisions we made about our wedding day. My husband is my person, if that makes sense, and really I needed him there with me to deal with the emotional roller coaster that is a wedding day. As soon as I saw him, I instantly felt I could do anything. The wedding seemed like a piece of cake from that moment on.

Little things really do slip through the cracks quite easily, so ask people what you might be forgetting. Also, I think the biggest thing is, don't feel pressured to have any type of wedding other than the one you want. Weddings so often get out of hand. At my job, I've seen couples forced to invite 30 people they don't know to their wedding by their parents, and brides pressured into doing a garter toss by their bridesmaids. So yeah, make sure everyone who is there is someone you love and on your wedding day, only include the traditions and things that matter to you. If you hate the garter toss, don't do it, and if you want to get married by a man dressed as an old school Circus Ringmaster, then do that, and if you only want to invite 20 people, go for it. It'll make the day feel that much more special. Also, kids at weddings are awesome. I don't know why they don't get invited more.

photographer: Gabe Aceves // venue: bride + rroom’s home // bride’s attire: A modified Eureka Dress by Amy Kuschel from the Gown Shop // shoes: Zara // veil: handmade by my sister // groom’s suit + shoes: Asos; Shirt: J. Crew; Tie: The Tie Bar // Catering: Pompeiis + homebrew beer // cakes: Made by a family friend, Becky Durik // hair: Ashley Hayes of BeJe Salon // makeup: Laura Allen // day of coordinator: Kaeli from Luna Soiree

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Gather Everyone’s Mailing Address with Postable

Postable for your mailing addresses

One of the most time consuming parts of planning our wedding was actually gathering everyone’s mailing addresses! I know, not something you think about at first, right? Since I didn’t typically mail letters, it was just something I didn’t have, plus most of my friends had moved a few times since college, so I needed to make sure I had their current address. What to do? Well, finally there is an easy way to get your guests’ mailing addresses thanks to Postable! Postable takes all the pain out of this extremely annoying process. Plus, it’s totally private, secure + free!

So easy to use!
1. Postable gives you a link (postable.com/YourName)
2. You send it out to your friends + family via email or facebook
3. They fill out a 10 second form + your address book magically fills with up-to-date info
4. You can then export everything to Excel, export it automatically formatted for your stationer, calligrapher or even print the labels yourself.

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Head over to Postable to see how easy it is to use – and did I mention it’s free to use? Love that!

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