English-Inspired Pennsylvania Camp Wedding: Jessica + Andrew

PA camp wedding

Jessica + Andrew threw a rustic camp wedding with an unexpected (yet delightful) twist. They tied the knot on the grounds of a sweet Pennsylvania Scout Reservation and by including a handful of whimsical English details (as a fun nod to Andrew’s heritage) they were able to craft a day that was truly unique and reflective of them! From her stunning dress, to the stylish paper goods, to the cozy lodge feel to their reception dinner, we’re not sure we could love their day more! Jessica shares how they pulled off this charming fusion of two very different styles with us below:

We decided on pale colors for the wedding to give a romantic softness to the day, so blush pinks, sage greens, pale blues, and soft greys were integrated into all the elements. I found my Victorian-style gown at a BHLDN sample sale, which really solidified the vision I had for the wedding. After the dress, all the design elements fell into place, from Andrew’s gorgeous chambray suit we found at J. Crew and his Liberty London pocket square, to finding all the flowers I wanted at grocery stores.

Big thanks to Brooke Courtney Photography for the pretty captures of J + A’s day and congratulations to the newlyweds!

calligraphy invitation

calligraphy invitation

babys breath bride

ceremony

Andrew: Most definitely getting to watch her walk down the aisle toward me. I lost track of what was going on around us and it felt like we were the only two people in the woods.

Jess: The ceremony couldn't have been more perfect. We were expecting rain, but hours before the ceremony the clouds broke, the sun shone, and birds sang as we said our vows. I felt like we'd stepped into a fairytale. We had our guests gather around us as some family members prayed for our new life together. Everything was just so special and precious.

outdoor wedding

outdoor wedding

outdoor wedding

outdoor wedding

outdoor wedding

outdoor wedding

outdoor wedding

outdoor wedding


Such a fun forest setting!

bride and groom

bride and groom

babies breath


To honor the British tradition, I wore horseshoe earrings as a symbol for good luck. 

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

blue belt


And we incorporated floral and herbal symbolism in the Victorian tradition, so I carried white peonies, symbolizing a long and happy marriage, and Andrew wore a white peony in his lapel. Rosemary, lavender, sage, mint, and lamb’s ears were worn by the wedding party and the parents/grandparents as symbols of love, longevity, fidelity, and happiness.

bride and groom

blue suit

bride and groom

bride and groom

camp wedding rings

wooden coaster

garland runner

napkin

goblets


Doesn’t this pancake cake look SO good?!

crepe cake

crepe cake

It is NEVER too soon to start designing the details of your wedding. The more you accomplish beforehand, the more you can relax and delegate as the day approaches. Don't forget to soak up every moment of your wedding day and remember that at the end of the day, whatever happens, getting to share this special time with your family and friends is what really counts!

photography: Brooke Courtney Photography // ceremony location: J. Edward Mack Scout Reservation in Newmanstown, Pennsylvania // florals: DIY // paper foods: Invitations designed by the bride, screenprinted by Jill Fawcett of Studio Mamas // shoes: Jessica Simpson for Nordstrom // dress: Peter Som for BHLDN // groom’s suit: J.Crew // pocket square: Liberty London

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Bohemian Fourth of July Engagement Session: Krysta + Eric

4th of July engagement

We love it when couples decide to go big with a fun theme for their engagement session. And Krysta + Eric’s whimsical styled engagement shoot, captured by Mirelle Carmichael Photography, felt like just the right way to end the week + gear up for the holiday weekend ahead!

A day embracing all things red, white, and blue was more than fitting for this fun couple who are both from California, but met in Hawaii. Two free spirits who really embrace life + all the adventure and beauty the US has to offer. When styling the setting, Kate from Noonan’s Wine Country Designs really ran with the Americana theme, taking the color palette to the next level with textured flowers and foliages, that felt representative of fireworks, gracing the table for two set up on ranch’s historic bridge. And, of course, it was a must for the shoot to end with this cute couple lounging on the front porch, sparklers in hand! Love it!

4th of July invitation

4th of July engagement

4th of July engagement

hanging orb

4th of July engagement


To really get that firework-like effect, Kate went with blooming artichokes, paired with red summer dahlias and pin cushion proteas. Icelandic poppies, white veronica and trailing foliages were used as accents to bring in a wild, overgrown feel.

bowl of cherries

4th of July engagement

4th of July engagement


There’s really nothing cuter than a pup in a floral collar!

pup with flowers

4th of July engagement

jeweled hair piece

4th of July engagement

4th naked cake

4th of July engagement

4th of July engagement

sparklers

4th of July engagement

4th of July engagement

4th of July engagement

red white and blue bouquet

4th of July engagement

4th of July engagement


Loving those sweet shots of K+ A above! And how great is that liberty crown Krysta is wearing in the next couple shots? It was crafted by Cheryl Tivar from vintage velvet ribbon and wheat! So awesome.

crown

star sparklers


Krysta + Eric have a super sweet story to share with us, but first we want to wish you all a happy Fourth of July! Have a safe + fun holiday and we’ll see you right back here on Monday with a super sweet camp wedding! :)

Eric is from Half Moon Bay in Northern California and had lived there most of his life. I am a Santa Barbara local and had lived there for most of my life as well. After awhile both Eric and I got hit with a little wanderlust, and still having not met, we both independently decided to take off from our homelands and transplant ourselves somewhere tropical…and what better place than Hawaii; a land of rainbows and waterfalls. We met in Hawaii through a mutual friend on the way to a BBQ. During that BBQ Eric was tenacious and persistent enough in his gentlemanly pursuit of me, that at midnight I agreed to take a walk to the beach with him to gaze at the full moon and take in the beauty of the tropical night. There must have been something special in the air that evening because we talked for hours and hours and had to be pulled away by our friends to all go home. The next morning I awoke to two texts from Eric on my phone. The first text read, “I love you”, and the second text read, “Wait, no someday I will”. I smiled.

During the next several months we worked, played, and moved in together in Hawaii and about a year later decided to move back home to California. There we met each other’s families and closest friends, went on road trips and hikes, and shared holiday gatherings.

Eric proposed on May 23, 2013, on a beautiful hiking trail in Montara where the views were breathtaking! The entire coastline stretched across for miles and the deep valleys lead to views of the city behind them. Being so high the temperature had dropped significantly! I turned and asked Eric for my jacket. He knelt down, unzipped the backpack and handed me the sweatshirt. I went back to embracing the view. Noticing he wasn’t standing there yet, I turned and saw him on one knee, with a little black box in his hand.

“I have been in love with you since the day I laid eyes on you…” I didn’t even let him finish I jumped on top of him and screamed, WHAT? OMG! Taken back. Eric said, ” Is that a yes?” To which I replied, “Yes, yes, yes! A BIG FAT YES!”

Congrats, Krysta + Eric, and best wishes for your upcoming wedding!

photography: Mirelle Carmichael Photography // venue: Flying Caballos Guest Ranch San Luis Obispo, California // florals: Noonan’s Wine Country Designs // liberty crown + diy flag bunting: Cheryl Tivar // bride’s attire: Pretty Dirty Hippie // bride’s headpiece: Lo Boheme // groom’s bowtie + necktie: Stag Handmade // invitations: Eva Sanders // venue coordination: Krysta Faulkner // hair + makeup: Jessi Skipton-Campbell // cake: Cake Couture

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Great Depression Era Wedding Inspiration

great depression inspiration

We love when wedding creatives send over a project inspired by something we’ve rarely or never seen. The team behind today’s editorial – that would be Booth Photographics + Canvas Weddings – decided to whip up a shoot influenced by the natural simplicity of the Great Depression era. And we were excited to see where they would take this concept! With a focus on incorporating repurposed household items – like an old ironing board for the cake table and a dish drainer displaying beautiful, mismatched china – they knew they were working with a time period when these common items might have been the only luxuries available to a couple. So they staged a setting that is oh-so-inspiring based on the notion that brides + grooms of the Great Depression generation could really only have an elaborate wedding by using their imagination. And the fun thing is, we can see today that so many DIY couples decide to go that very same route when it comes to their wedding design, even though they might not have to!

great depression inspiration

vintage picnic

great depression inspiration

apple picking


From Stephen + Stephanie of Booth PhotographicsSetting the wedding in an apple orchard lent an earthy but whimsical feel that perfectly tied together the overall aesthetic of our inspiration.

apple picking

proposal

hankie backdrop

red florals


We love that vintage handkerchief backdrop!

great depression inspiration

great depression inspiration

pink cape

bride

red lips


The super pretty florals were provided by Alluring Blooms.

great depression bouquet

great depression inspiration

great depression inspiration

bride

great depression inspiration

red centerpiece

vintage plates

striped tablecloth

naked cake

great depression inspiration

great depression inspiration


What a fun shoot! Big thanks to the talented folks below for sharing their work with us today!

photography: Booth Photographics // planning + design: Canvas Weddings // venue: Door Creek Orchard Madison, Wisconsin // florals: Alluring Blooms // gown designer: MoniRose Bespoke Gowns // cake: Bloom Bake Shop // stationery: Sugar Pear Design

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