A Retro Woodsy Michigan Wedding: Alissa + Dan

bride and groom

Alissa + Dan put a lot of love and creativity into making their wedding beautiful + one-of-a-kind. Without worrying too much about selecting a specific theme or style, they decided to incorporate a fun mix of their favorite things, like retro knick knacks + woodsy elements (fruit, moss, fern and sod) to help give the day a personal and eclectic feel. Alissa is an artist + painter and she beautifully illustrated their invitation + all the signage, and her own original works of art decorated the reception venue. Such a lovely way to incorporate your talents into your day + make it extra special! Here’s a bit more from the newlyweds:

We really wanted to make this day about the two of us by adding touches of things that have inspired us throughout our relationship and engagement. We didn’t want the wedding to feel overdone, but instead we wanted to bring in the beauty of imperfection and love for eclectic simplicity in a unique way and just enjoy the time we would be spending with our closest friends and family.

Thanks so much to T & S Hughes Photography for the gorgeous photography and congrats to Alissa + Dan on a beautiful day!

scenic invitation

bride getting ready

cascading bouquet


Isn’t Alissa’s cascading bouquet so pretty?!

electically simple bride

eclectically simple bridesmaids

bridesmaids

bride

groomsmen

first look


And the first look location was extra special to Alissa + Dan; it was the spot where they first decided to start dating! So, so sweet! :)

first look

bride and groom

One of the most memorable moments was slipping off into our own private space directly after the ceremony and just realizing that we were actually married! Spending those first few moments together as husband and wife alone was so special.

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

moss table centerpieces

reception

moss table centerpieces


I seriously can’t get over how much I love the fun table decor. All of their hand-picked elements really came together perfectly to give the centerpieces a playful, whimsical vibe!

moss table centerpieces

moss table centerpieces

paintings

paintings

paintings

jam favors

Processional: Comptine D' un Autre Ete – Yann Tiersen

Recessional: Antlers – Phil Elverum

First Dance: Dream a Little Dream of Me

first dance

Our advice would be to enjoy the wedding day because it will fly by! Also, don't be afraid to delegate tasks to people that are qualified to pull them off. It will take a huge load off of your shoulders if you're able to get a good team together to help with the details.

photography: T & S Hughes Photography // venue: Century Club Ballroom Muskegon, Michigan // event design + planning: Storybook Wedding Design // floral design: Eastern Floral Grand Haven, MI // wedding dress: I Do Designer Bridal Consignment Chicago, IL // shoes: Thrifted // bridesmaid dresses: Miss Selfridge // hair + makeup: Kelly Smith // groom suit: J.Crew // paper goods: Invitations and RSVP designed by bride. The front of the RSVP was a copy of an antique postcard of the location of our engagement that we bought while we were in Iceland. Text was by Kristen Dake and ordered paper through French Paper Co. // catering: Hearthstone // music: Jonathan Allen Guerra // dj: John Norman – john.n.music@gmail.com

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Autumn Amber Wedding Inspiration

hanging lanterns

Today’s wedding inspiration, gorgeously photographed by Love by Serena, comes to us from a talented group of Maryland-based wedding artists! Inspired by the transitory beauty that is inherent to the fall season, Jessica from Jessica Adams Design wanted to produce a styled shoot that would embrace the vibrancy of the warm, seasonal colors and utilize the great backdrop nature is already providing this time of year. The team incorporated a lovely neutral palette of brown + amber hues in each vignette; from the tabletops, to the yarn lanterns, and even into the invitation suite. And as you’ll soon see, the styling elements, wardrobe selections + gorgeous florals all feel decidedly + authentically fall, too! So much prettiness for all of you fall brides-to-be to love!

hanging lanterns

fur bridal coat

hanging lanterns

fall bridal


I love this bouquet by Stacy Bowen Flowers, which complements the shoot’s neutral palette, but adds a touch of femininity with pretty pops of ivory + blush!

love by serena fall bouquet

blue and brown suit

fall inspiration

fall inspiration


And I’m totally smitten with the bride’s cozy look – perfect inspiration for fall or winter brides-to-be! And that pretty fishtail braid by Alison Harper & Co is just so sweet!

fall inspiration

love by serena fall bride

invitation


Such a gorgeous idea for an escort card display – and so easy to recreate, too!

garland escort cards

burlap wrapped chairs


And majorly love the rust + amber design elements sprinkled throughout the tablescape + dessert buffet!

fall inspiration

fall desserts

chocolate croissant

waffle cake

amber glass

waffle cake

fall inspiration

fall inspiration


Thanks so much to the talented artists below for sharing this autumn amber wedding inspiration with us today!

photography: Love by Serena // design + styling: Jessica Adams Design // baked goods: La Cakerie // bridal boutique: Bella Bridesmaids // bridal gown: Saja // diy yarn lanterns: Jessica Adams Design // florals: Stacy Bowen Flowers // furniture rentals: Vintage Affairs // groom’s attire: H&M // hair + make-up: Alison Harper & Co // models: Lindsay + Tom // paper goods: Little Bit Heart // venue: Thorpewood

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryLove By Serena is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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Handmade California Ranch Wedding: Brittany + Anthony

romantic outdoor wedding

Brittany + Anthony’s romantic wedding, held at Walnut Grove in Moorpark, California, was the perfect balance of rustic elegance + vintage chic! The day was a total DIY affair, and Brittany + Anthony spent many early Saturday mornings together, hunting for eclectic treasures to incorporate into their day. In the end, literally every decor element + piece of furniture included was handpicked + fixed up by the two of them, making their wedding full of personality + a sweet reflection of their unique style. Here’s more about it from Brittany:

The inspiration came from really wanting it to be an extension of ourselves on such a memorable day. I love anything gold, floral or glass and finding an outdoor venue with gorgeous trees was a must. Both of us love simple but elegant- and we kept that vision throughout the planning process. From the very moment we got engaged, the yardsaling, thrift store shopping, designing and budgeting was all done together. I think that really built up the excitement of the day even more to see how it would all come together.

Brittany + Anthony, congratulations on a beautiful celebration + big thanks to Valentina Glidden Photography for sharing these beautiful images of their day with us!

bride

fabric bouquet

bride


To keep with the vintage vibe of the day, Brittany created all the floral arrangements + bouquets using Balsa wood stems purchased from Save on Crafts + paper flowers purchased from CinnamonWillows on Etsy. Love how it all turned out!

romantic pink bridesmaids

pink bridesmaids

bride and groom

groom

groomsmen in suspenders

vows sign

flower girl

I have so many moments I wish we could do it all again it was so much fun! We chose not to see each other before the ceremony and I can't even explain the emotion I felt when I saw Anthony at the end of the aisle – and then seeing my little girl off to the left waiting for me, knowing I would soon be his wife and we would unite as a family was amazing, such surreal moment. I really breathed it all in. Also the father daughter dance, I lost it, crying mess the whole time – but it was a moment for my dad and I to say a few words to each other and quickly reminisce (between tears)!

paper flowers

groom


Brittany has a six year old daughter named Jadyn and on the day of the wedding Anthony also became her dad. During the ceremony, Brittany + Anthony read their vows to each other, and then Anthony read his vows to Jadyn, promising to take care of her, and promising to be her daddy. He then put a ring on her little finger! The day wasn’t just about the fact that Brittany + Anthony were becoming husband + wife, but that Brittany, Anthony + Jadyn were becoming a family. So, so sweet!!

romantic outdoor ceremony

romantic outdoor ceremony

romantic outdoor ceremony

wedding party


Brittany wore a beautiful dried flower halo by The Sunflower Stand, which she paired with a Twigs & Honey veil for the ceremony. Such a pretty look!

corn field

wedding family

wedding family


These portraits of the brand new family seriously melt my heart!

wedding family

bride and groom

bride and groom

romantic flower crown bride

bride and groom


And as I’m sure you’ll agree, there were so many sweet details at this wedding, like these darling paper flower guest favors! The pretty signage was designed by Rifle Paper Co.

bottle favors

seating chart

dinner menu

instagram sign


Totally adore their family “sweetheart table”, too! :)

bride and groom table

custom chairs

bottle table centerpieces

calligraphy print

favors

hanging vases

vintage books

vintage dessert bar

first dance

ribbon wand exit

You don't need to spend a ton of money on every item. Pick what matters to you and splurge on that – in our case it was the venue and honeymoon and we worked our budget accordingly.

Not to care if you aren't being as traditional as others think you should be. I had some people ask why we weren't using real flowers or why we were making our own desserts. They don't have your vision nor do they need to – it's your wedding day, make it completely what you both want and enjoy the entire process. Ultimately it's not just a wedding – it's about the marriage and your commitment to each other long after the wedding is over. Keep all the planning in perspective, be organized, don't procrastinate and have a blast with it!

photography: Valentina Glidden Photography // venue: Walnut Grove Moorpark, California // day of coordinator: Michele Spring of Mia Bella Weddings // floral design: Balsa wood and CinnamonWillows // wedding dress: Nicole Miller // hairpieces: The Sunflower Stand // veil: Twigs & Honey // shoes: Vince Camuto // jewelry: Odette NY & Catbird // bridesmaid dresses: Forever 21 // make up: Done by the bride // hair: Jonathan Gognavec, Harlow Salon // groom suit: 3 Day Suit Broker // videography: Jason Shelton // paper goods: Rifle Paper Co. and BHLDN // catering: Command Performance // cake: diy by family and friends // music: DJ JKino // flower girl dress: Chasing Fireflies

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