Stunning Icelandic Anniversary Session: Julie + Shane

Iceland Day After

Julie + Shane are an adventure-loving couple who never stop exploring together. They got engaged while riding camels in the Sahara Desert in Morocco, so it was only natural to celebrate their anniversary in a pret-ty big way…and they decided on a day-after session in beautiful Iceland.

It was a given that they’d call up Lauren Fair Photography (who photographed their wedding last year) to have her document this incredible experience + occasion. They explored the stunning country over several days + were able to shoot on an abandoned plane crash on black sand beaches, in waterfalls, and ending at the stunning glacier lagoon at sunset…

We also had to share the exciting news that Lauren Fair Photography is currently running a elopement special of $2500 + travel expenses (as opposed to their regular $4200 starting rate) + they would love to connect with any rad couples planning intimate celebrations all around the world! Lauren says, With a focus on stunning scenery, romantic imagery + intimate connections, we would love to document these love stories in 2015 and 2016!

Iceland Day After

Iceland Day After

Iceland Day After

Julie is wearing one of our most fave ensembles – BHLDN’s Elsa Gown paired with the Elsa Tulle Skirt!

Iceland Day After

Iceland Waterfall Day After

Iceland Waterfall Day After

Iceland Waterfall Day After

Iceland Waterfall Day After

Iceland Waterfall Day After

Unreal, right?!

Iceland Waterfall Day After

Gerard Butler

And they even had a celeb run in with Gerard Butler! How totally random + fun, right?! :)

Abandoned Plane Iceland

Abandoned Plane Iceland

Abandoned Plane Iceland

BHLDN wedding dress

Abandoned Plane Iceland

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Abandoned Plane Iceland

Abandoned Plane Iceland

Abandoned Plane Iceland

Iceland Day After

Quite possibly the most amazing thing our eyes have seen. If you are tying the knot in this magical place, please be sure to tell us a bit about your plans in the comments below!

Iceland Day After

Iceland Day After

BHLDN wedding dress

Iceland Day After

Iceland Day After

Iceland Day After

Iceland Day After

Iceland Day After

See more from this ultra-sweet day in the film below by Willow Tree Films:

Congrats to these cuties on one amazing-sounding year! Here’s to many more :)

photography: Lauren Fair Photography // videography: Willow Tree Films // dress: Elsa Gown and Elsa Tulle Skirt by BHLDN

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California Apple Orchard Wedding: Jen + Jim

rustic bridesmaids

We can’t think of a better way to start this Wednesday than with Jen + Jim’s insanely cute apple orchard wedding designed by Heather + the team from Amorology. Since J + J met while working as managers for Trader Joe’s, Heather played up their story with lots of fun nods to love in a grocery store. Seriously, just wait ’til you see!

Aside from the playful TJ’s details, the florals, palette, and design plan were totally on point. Heather tells us, Blush, coral, and peach florals from Sweet Marie Designs set the tone with touches of red and hunter green. The couple was surrounded by ladders filled with blooms and apples ripe from the picking as they read their vows. Of course we couldn’t resist having as many apple-related items as possible, including a caramel apple martini specialty drink and mini Dutch apple pies in place of a traditional cake for guest favors and dessert. 

So, so cute, right? We’re pretty glad Brittany Dow Photography was there to beautifully capture this one!

apple orchard inspired invitation

pink bouquet

pink bridesmaids

rustic wedding party

ladder ceremony backdrop

ladder ceremony backdrop

Jen: My most memorable moment of our wedding when we were up in front saying our vows to each other. Marriage is very important to me and to make the promises Jim and I did to each other means the world to me. To hear his vows was such great moment for me because I know that he worked so hard on them to make sure they were perfect and he poured his heart into them. It was just another moment that I knew I was making a great choice in marrying him. At the time, though we had all 130 sets of eyes on us we were just there with each other and I will never forget how I felt during that moment. I am so lucky to be able to share the rest of my life with someone like him.

Jim: The first dance. It was our first dance as husband and wife and a moment for us to share with each other that was just us. It gave us time to reflect on everything that was happening around us and the all the hard work everyone had to put in to making our day the most memorable and best day we could have imagined.

ladder ceremony backdrop

outdoor ceremony

Processional: All of Me – John Legend

Recessional: Best Day of My Life – American Authors

First Dance: I don’t Dance – Lee Brice

love on aisle 4 wedding

love on aisle 4 wedding

check out stand

More from Heather, We incorporated the Trader Joe’s theme with paper bag invitations from Peanut Press and a sample bar of our own including caramel apples, mini pies, and the store’s famous Cookie Butter. Our escort display read “Check Out Here” and featured apple pie filling cans with each guest’s name and seating assignment. We encouraged guests to take “a walk down the aisle” to find their table numbers among the stacks of cans. Guests were favored with mini cutting boards that also doubled as place cards, and larger boards served as their table numbers.

custom food cans

vintage pieces

wedding banner

dahlia decor

check out stand

custom food cans

vintage lounge

vintage bar

apple martini

rustic apple farm reception

dahlia centerpiece

The florals by Sweet Marie Designs couldn’t have been any prettier!

wooden cutting boards

apple pie favors

juliet rose centerpiece

cutting board table numbers

lilly

table pies

Love those personalized cutting boards, too!

sample bar

wooden apple sign

sample bar

apple pie box favors

Planning a wedding is probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Trying to juggle what life throws at you to working full time and going to school was not an easy task. But remember that all the stress you felt and fights you will go through with your fiancée (you will have them whether you believe it or not) your wedding will be the best day of your life. It is a day that will remember forever. Even if certain things do not go the way you wanted them to you will make the best of it the day of to ensure you have a great time. Enjoy your new husband and all the amazing people that have joined you to celebrate your love.

photography: Brittany Dow Photography // planning + design: Amorology // venue: Private Residence in Julian, California // florals: Sweet Marie Designs // videography: Water Tree Events // catering: Personal Touch Dining // paper bag backdrop: Backup Backdrops // rentals: Abbey Party RentalsClassic Party Rentals // vintage rentals: Found Vintage Rentals // linens: La TavolaWildflower // dj: Waveform Events // pies + apples: Candied Apple Pastry // calligraphy: Twinkle & Toast // stationery: Peanut Press Creative // hair + makeup: Swell Beauty

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Romantic Valentine’s Day Wedding Inspiration

Valentines bouquet

Yesterday we shared some stunning wedding inspiration that would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day wedding with an industrial twist. Today’s beautiful editorial is more along the lines of traditional (but still so creative) with a pretty red + pink palette, stunning florals + the sweetest of love notes. The stylists at Tart Event Co. worked with Janie Medley Flora Design + photographer, Love by Serena to bring this lovely scene to life. While it couldn’t be better inspiration for a V-Day wedding, we’re also sure it would work beautifully for a romantic celebration for any time of the year!

Janie tells us, Our inspiration for the shoot came from the meticulously handwritten piece by Laura Hooper. The beautiful scroll held heartfelt wedding vows that would be shared on this bride-to-be’s wedding day. The scroll is placed on the wall and, as she begins to read it, she gently traces her finger along the lettering. She anticipates the moment; her moment when she stands alongside her soul mate in front of that scroll, filled with the vows that will be cherished for a lifetime.

calligraphy scroll backdrop

calligraphy scroll backdrop

We can see exactly why they were so inspired by that handwritten piece!

calligraphy scroll backdrop

Valentines backdrop inspiration

calligraphy scroll backdrop

Valentines bouquet

And we’re in love with the bouquet Janie Medley Flora Design put together for this shoot. Aren’t those just the prettiest red garden roses?!

Valentines inspired tablescape

ranunculus valentines centerpiece

black ribbon plate setting

ranunculus valentines centerpiece

This tablescape is such good inspiration for a sweetheart table with a little drama. We’re all about its lush feel + sweet details.

floral chair decor

red flower crown

Veronica Shaeffer wedding dress

naked cake table

Valentines bouquet

Veronica Shaeffer wedding dress

red Valentines flower crown

Loving that flower crown!

Valentines naked cake

Check out the film below by Josh Gooden to see even more:

Thank you so much to the following creatives…we absolutely love your take on a romantic Valentine’s Day wedding!

photography: Love by Serena // event design + styling: Tart Event Co. // videography: Josh Gooden // florals: Janie Medley Flora Design // calligraphy + scroll backdrop: Laura Hooper Calligraphy // venue: Blue Bee Cider Richmond, Virginia // table runner + bouquet ribbon: Silk and Willow // dresses: Veronica Shaeffer // garden roses + ranunculus: Flower Muse // rentals: Paisley & Jade, Classic Party Rentals of VA // model: Erykah St. Louis // make-up: Phawn Lane of Elle Style Studio

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