An Elegant Rustic Missouri Campground Wedding: Amanda + Mike

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Lovelies, you’re going to adore Amanda + Mike’s playful Missouri campground wedding, which was the prettiest jumble of all of their favorite things! And while they were up against a bit of a battle when they realized most of their family members didn’t really “get” their rustic elegance theme, they were set on the idea + knew that if anyone could take a little campground in the middle of nowhere and turn it into the dreamiest place on earth, the girls from Bash, Please could! To help keep their day a streamlined representation of who they are together, and make the planning just a bit easier, Amanda + Mike booked the full YEAH! weddings package which included photography, dj, video, and a smilebooth. Such a great way to take some of the pressure off, don’t you think?!

When it comes to describing the meaning behind the day, Amanda says it best, so I’ll let her take it from here:

We knew we wanted our families’ stories to play a major part of the day and I’m a big on symbolism, so everything had meaning. Our invites were the ASL sign for “I love you,” something we always sign to each other in my family. We picked the campground because it’s where my brother and I grew up spending a lot of our time and it was our late grandfather’s pride and joy. I always knew I wanted to wear my mom’s dress, so I never even shopped for another. Luckily, it fit perfectly with almost no alterations, just some mending to the lace sleeves. Mike and I were both given lucky buckeyes by our grandparents when we were younger, so we knew we had to incorporate that. He was holding onto his the entire day. The penny in my shoe and the baby bonnet I tied around my bouquet were both from my great-grandmother, as gifts to my parents when I was born.

Thanks so much to Jenn Emerling of YEAH Weddings, and all of the talented creatives who make up the YEAH Weddings package, for sharing Amanda + Mike’s super fun day with us! And congrats, of course, to the newlyweds! :)

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I’m totally crazy about Amanda’s velvet Charlotte Olympia cat pumps, which she scored from from Net-A-Porter. So fun!

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And isn’t her gift to her dad just the sweetest?!

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Right as the ceremony started, I noticed all these bees flying around the eucalyptus overhead and around Mike's boutonniere, getting really close to his face. Both Mimi (our officiant) and Mike are deathly afraid of bees, so it was hard not to laugh at the two of them trying to keep it together. During the reception, Mike and I took a moment and stood outside the barn, looking in on all our family and friends, just soaking it all in. That's a pretty great memory. Oh, and the jump roping.

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Processional: Heartbeats – Jose Gonzalez

Recessional: Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

First Dance: The Girl – City and Colour

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Amanda’s pretty floral crown was crafted by Missouri-based floral designer, Flowers and Weeds.

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The design team created the most romantic reception space, complete with french lavender housed in vintage vessels + an abundance of antique lace textiles. Every detail seemed to be a perfect fit for the already storied, meaningful setting!

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And I love that they incorporated our DIY string heart into the design!

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For sure don’t miss Amanda + Mike’s lovely wedding film by Sharkpig!

1. Some practical advice I got from a coworker: Easy on the champagne before the photos, b/c it tends to soften your features. I don't know if it really makes a difference, and trust that I still had a little booze to calm the nerves, but I think keeping that advice in the back of my head helped me not go overboard.
2. Don't wait until the last minute to finish your groom's gift. I was definitely feeling the pressure while getting ready with my bridesmaids because I bit off a little more than I could chew and was putting the finishing touches on it right up until my brother came to give me my gift from Mike. It would've been so much better to just have that time to focus on my mom and girlfriends.
3. If you've given your bridesmaids free reign to choose dresses, help them out! Because even though you're trying to be accommodating to their tastes and figures, your besties are busy women, and all they want to do is make sure you're happy. So the more specific, the better. Send lots of links and photos. Go shopping with them if you can. My future sister-in-law who was my bridesmaid and who is planning now invited me to her Pinterest board just of bridesmaid dresses, which was kind of a forehead slap moment for me. So I would definitely recommend doing that.

photography Jenn Emerling of YEAH Weddings // venue: Koa Campgrounds Eureka, Missouri – Bride’s family property // planning + design: Lorena Molina of Bash, Please // music: Mike Cruz of Flashdance and YEAH Weddings // catering: Westwood Catering St. Louis // florals + flower crown: Flowers and Weeds // dish ware, benches + speciality rentals: Finch Vintage Rentals and Borough Vintage // wedding dress: Mother’s Wedding dress // shoes: Charlotte Olympia from Net-A-Porter // videography: Geoff Boothby of Sharkpig and YEAH Weddings // cake: Family Friend // ceremony music: Groom’s Cousins- Vocals + Guitar // bridesmaids dresses: Navy Dress was from Shareen Vintage in LA, Pink dress from Etsy, Gray dress from Blush Fashion on Etsy and Lavender dress from Urban Outfitters // groom’s suit: Black by Vera Wang Suits // hair + makeup: Stephanie Stewart from Westwood Catering
This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryThe Flashdance, Bash, Please, and Shark Pig are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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Vintage Botanical Garden Wedding Inspiration

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The talented team behind today’s gorgeous wedding inspiration wanted to style a setting where lush garden foliage + unique vintage elements could both feel at home. And since so many of you are in the process of planning a day that likely includes lots of pretty flowers and whimsical, vintage-inspired design elements, we thought this shoot would be a welcome distraction to your day + provide you with some great ideas to think about incorporating into your wedding!

The Cutting Garden at Flora Grubb Gardens truly outdid themselves with this one! From the verdant bouquet, to the inset succulent runner, to the charming sweetheart chair swags, we’re pretty much head over heels with it all. And Events by Satra did a beautiful job infusing the garden setting with thoughtfully styled vintage objects + Catie Coyle Photography captured the day perfectly. Lots to love + be inspired by!

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How cool is the old car filled to the brim with an abundance of greenery?!

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And the stationery by Sweet + Crafty stays on theme + helps tell the story of the celebration. So super lovely!

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A big thanks goes out to the creative wedding artists below for sharing their talents with us today!

photography: Catie Coyle Photography // planning + design: Events by Satra // florals: The Cutting Garden at Flora Grubb Gardens // stationery: Sweet + Crafty // vintage rentals: Seventh Heaven Vintage Rentals // cake: Pretty Please Bakeshop // hair + makeup: Cari Olocco at ASK Artistic Destination // bridal shop: Papers and Petals Bridal

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BHLDN Spring 2014 Wedding Dress Collection

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I know lots of you are bundled up today and trying to stay warm, so we have some pretty dresses to keep your mind off the cold! The Spring 2014 collection from BHLDN launched today and there are so many new pretties to pick from. BHLDN’s new collection is loosely inspired by the dreamy, sun-bleached seascapes of Greece. This season, gowns are very romantic with lots of sheer, airy elements and an easy feel to them. Gowns are enhanced by soft, tonal embellishments, like 3D embroidery and lace, or adorned with cool, soft sparkle and placed stonework.

One of my favorites is the Sian dress seen below designed by Catherine Deane – isn’t it stunning?!

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The beading on this snowflake gown (below) is so super pretty!

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And loving the lace details on the Rena Dress. Stunning! Oh, and it’s only $550! Major steal. You can see the entire collection (including new shoes, bridesmaids dresses + decor) over on BHLDN! I’d love to hear which is your favorite dress in the comments. :)

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