Handmade Picnic Wedding + Super 8 Film: Lara + Scottie

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Throughout the entire planning process, Scottie + Lara wanted to make sure that their day was truly a reflection of them + their love. They both love camping  + nature, so an outdoor wedding, amongst beautiful trees, was a given. Once they found Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange, CA, they were ready to begin crafting the handmade picnic wedding they had always wanted! More from Lara:

Scottie + I love thrifting together; all of our wedding decor was thrifted from all over California or from our personal stash. Everything from the music, to the giant oak trees, to the succulents in the floral arrangements, to the vintage sheets used as table cloths, to the carrot cake wedding cake my mom made, was all totally 100% us.

Thanks so much to The Why We Love for the beautiful photography and be sure to catch their sweet super 8 film at the end!

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The entire day, from start to finish, was really really amazing! For me, there were two very special moments. The first would be my Dad and my son, Kingston, walking me down the aisle. Kingston was so very proud to walk me down the aisle, it was incredibly sweet and a memory I will treasure forever. The second would be reading the vows we wrote to each other. Scottie and I were in tears, most of our guests were in tears, it was incredibly beautiful sharing our love for each other in front of our closest family and friends.

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picnic wedding ceremony

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Super in love with the vintage picnic baskets + mismatched blankets Lara + Scottie thrifted together. It’s all in the details, and these two did a great job bringing their picnic vision to life in a fun way!

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And their sweet Super 8 Film!

Throughout your wedding planning process, remember that this very special day is about you as a couple and is a celebration of your love. Plan the wedding together, make the details unique to you as a couple and don’t feel pressured by others to compromise the details of your dream wedding.

photography + videography: The Why We Love // venue: Santiago Oaks Regional Park Orange, California // event planner: Daniel Voight of Little Deevas // floral design: Natalee Schoettler // wedding dress: Maryam Jalali // shoes: ShoeMint // hair: Annie Avery // makeup: Lauren Feist // vintage finds: Beard N’ Locks

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Flowers for the Seasons

 

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Flowers are usually a huge focal point at weddings, and rightfully so! They can really help bring a vision together and create an inviting environment that reflects the look + feel you want your day to be. The focus of today’s styled shoot was to share floral inspiration for all four seasons. With an emphasis on bridal fashion + beauty, the team incorporated avant garde accessories, made entirely of real floral + natural elements, to compliment some gorgeous gowns and fun makeup + hair trends. This shoot is proof that bridal beauty can be bold, beautiful, organic + unexpected all at the same time!

First up is a gorgeous look for Spring. A soft, feminine feel, with a punch of color. Hot pink hair chalk was complimented with an oversized floral bib necklace and ranunculus ring // Ballgown Skirt – Poppy by WToo

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spring flower necklace

spring flower necklace

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spring flower necklace


Next up is Summer! This sun-kissed bride rocked lavender eyes, coral lips and wild, unruly hair that was beautifully tamed by a floral crown complete with a golden glistening branches, fresh mini oranges and vivid purple floral accents // Gown: Ejica by Rosa Clara

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summer flower crown

summer flower crown


For Fall, a birch + leather belt adorned with fall blooms accented this bride’s beautiful brocade gown. Paired with a matching birch headband this bride beckoned for attention with pale pink lips and dramatic eyes in shades of brown, gold, burgundy and deep, rich plum // Gown: Elke by Rosa Clara

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fall flowers

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And last but not least, a little inspiration for you Winter brides-to-be! This ice princess donned a vintage white cap with winter branch attached, over short sleek hair, and carried a winter muff made entirely of babies breath. Micro-crystal sequins glittered on her eyelids while a deep, icy purple lip made a major statement // Gown: Elda by Rosa Clara

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winter babys breath bouquet

winter babys breath bouquet

winter babys breath bouquet


I hope you all enjoyed this feature as much as we enjoyed sharing it! Big thanks to the following creatives for sharing this beautiful floral inspiration with us today!

photography: Ben Q Photography // concept + coordination: Jen Rios Design // floral design: Holly Viles Design // makeup, hair + styling: Beauty & the Blush // bridal gowns: White Gown Workroom // spring ballgown skirt: ‘Poppy’ by WToo // summer gown: ‘Ejica’ by Rosa Clara // fall gown: ‘Elke’ by Rosa Clara // winter gown: ‘Elda’ by Rosa Clara

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Idyllic Iceland Wedding: Brandy + Justin

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Today’s wedding takes place in one of the most romantic settings I’ve seen in a while (atop lava rocks in Iceland!), with an equally romantic story to match. I’m madly in love with the idyllic simplicity Brandy + Justin infused into their day + Brandy’s grey J.Crew dress is so perfect for the relaxed + rustic surroundings. Here’s a little backstory about the lovely couple:

Thirteen years ago I went to Paris with a friend, and when we got back his friend, Justin, saw a picture of me from the trip.  According to him, he fell in love with me from that photograph and declared he would marry me someday.  A year later Justin and I met, I (quite unexpectedly) fell in love with him at first sight, a few months later we got engaged and a few months after that, young and overwhelmed by the most intense love, we fell apart.  Time went by, we tried to move on, we both met, married and divorced other people, and twelve years later here we are back to where we should have always been.

I mean, how romantic of a story is that, right?! Huge thanks to Pat Furey for the absolutely gorgeous images and congratulations to Brandy + Justin!

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iceland wedding

gray wedding dress

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I wanted the day to be ours completely without getting caught up in details that would distract from what our wedding was truly about: a celebration of finally getting to marry the love of my life. We had initially planned to get married at city hall, but it just didn’t feel right to me. Many years ago Justin took me to Narragansett, Rhode Island, and since then I always imagined us getting married alone on the rocks by the sea. All these years later we finally did…on the other side of the Atlantic on lava rocks in Budir, Iceland, with only a few souls around for miles.

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iceland wedding

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Picking a favorite memory is tough because I remember every moment from the time I woke up (which was VERY early...sorry Pat and Claire!) to the time I went to sleep. The most memorable would have to be the feeling of calm after the ceremony was over, realizing we were finally married. A few other highlights include the look on my daughter's face when she saw me for the first time, the song that was playing when I went back into the empty dining room after dinner to just sit and marvel at how wonderful the day was and sitting by the fire at the end of the night drying my hiking shoes which were soaking wet from my late night hike to the beach after the wedding. I never wanted the day to end. Luckily the days are long during summer in Iceland so we were able to enjoy it for as long as possible!

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Planning a destination wedding/elopement forced me to not obsess over the details, which I'm prone to do. Almost nothing worked out as planned and because of that the day ended up being absolutely perfect. It was full of beautiful, unexpected moments and lots of laughter.

My only advice: it's your wedding so don't feel pressured to make it anything less than what you want. Most people don't get a do-over so if you give in to expectations you will most likely regret it.

photography: Pat Furey with Claire Hudson assisting // venue: Hótel Búðir Snaefellsnes, Iceland // floral design: Agnes Lind Heiðarsdóttir, florist for Hótel Búðir // wedding dress: J.Crew // hairpieces: Sherrie Lovely // shoes: Söfft // hair: Heiðrún Birna Rúnarsdóttir of Feima Hárstofa // makeup: Evu Hrönn // groom suit: Michael Kors // paper goods: bride + groom // catering: Hótel Búðir

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