Independence Day Wedding Inspiration

independence day inspiration

The Fourth of July is mere days away, so let’s get into the Independence Day spirit with a fun editorial – captured by Starfish Studios – that’s perfect for inspiring couples who love red, white, and blue! Angela at The ALTARnative dreamt up this pretty wedding shoot which celebrates our nation’s birthday, but is also filled with a ton of unique design elements that could easily translate to an event of any kind. We love that they gave the traditional color palette a creative twist, with rich tones of indigos (and other various shades of blues), accented with burnt and muted reds, and touches of brass, ivory and cream. And since we’re admittedly still putting the last minute touches on our own 4th of July bbqs, this playful shoot is thankfully providing us with just the extra inspiration we needed to pull everything together!

A bit more from Angela, While planning for this inspirational shoot, we wanted to design a modern, bohemian, and slightly agrarian take on a classic piece of our American history. Our goal was to show how any bride can take this iconic holiday and turn it into an alternatively stylish event to remember. Because, honestly, what bride isn’t into a free fireworks show on her wedding day!

boutonniere

4th of july bouquet

red lips

independence day inspiration

vintage lounge

boot bride

bar


Such a cute bar design, with the big tissue flowers + the indigo-dyed bunting!

independence day inspiration

independence day inspiration

4th of july bar

snack bar

independence day inspiration

independence day inspiration


And this table contains just the right mix of eats + sweets! Total perfection for partytime snacking!

independence day inspiration

bride and groom


To give a well deserved nod to our Native American roots, we incorporated naturally shed deer antlers and winter kill skulls, touches of raw hide, and feathers to the florals.

braided hair

independence day inspiration

red white and blue

goblets


Loving that indigo napkin menu!

blue napkins

independence day inspiration

chair antlers

independence day inspiration

cakes 4th


Those cakes by Earth and Sugar look beautiful, but you can just tell by looking at them that they taste amazing, too!

red white and blue desserts

independence day inspiration

independence day inspiration

favors

vintage bottle

independence day inspiration


So fun, right?! Be sure to check back tomorrow because we are sharing another fun take on a Fourth of July styled event! Big thanks to the talented group of artists below for sharing their creativity with us today!

photographer: Dan Coya of Starfish Studios // concept, styling + design: Angela Compton of The ALTARnative // venue: Honey Ackerman of The Sonoma House Boca Raton, Florida // event design + florals: Helen Rodriguez of Ever After // vintage rentals + styling: Vicki Singer Coya of Refinery Vintage // cake + confections: Janderyn Makris of Earth and Sugar // hair + makeup: Tami Donaldson of Hey Gorgeous! // chalk art + stationery: Nikki Beatty of Sparrow and Grain // dress: Free People // vintage stamps: Verde Studio

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Old-Timey Western Santa Ynez Ranch Wedding: Amy + Galen

western wedding

Amy + Galen’s story is all kinds of amazing. He proposed in an unassuming little bar in Cambodia at what Amy describes as the perfect time – no gimmicks or parades, just us two. Their wedding planning began during a trip to New Orleans, where they found themselves deeply inspired by the time-honed tunes, French Creole grit, and old-world enchantment that the one-of-a-kind city has to offer. And it’s definitely safe to say A + G’s gorgeous wedding day lives up to their adventurous spirits! We love that they were able to beautifully execute a modern take on a historical time period, and create such a unique + incredible setting.

From Amy, Being people who live just as much in our imaginations as we do reality, we wanted to create a somewhat modern adaptability to a historic theme. We resurrected the wisecracking gamblers of the old west and the Parisian brothels of the Belle Époque for one blackstrap kind of evening. The whole effort was carried by an array of friends and family. We used flowers from a friend’s farm, my mother’s collection of antiques for décor, hay bales from the venue (as it was on an 80-acre working horse ranch), sound systems from a friend’s recording studio, local wine provided by one of the bridesmaids who also happens to be a sommelier, and the list goes on. Our caterer, Tracey Fleming (Stewart and Clark Catering) prepared an amazing barbecue with local ingredients and haute cuisine touch. For desert, we opted for S’mores (homemade marshmallows and graham crackers of course). Every bit of the wedding was result of family and friends from both sides of the family joining together to marry us!

Big thanks to the talented Jennifer + Rebecca (who just so happens to be Amy’s sister!) from Found Creative Studio for sharing these beautiful images of Amy + Galen’s day with us! And, of course, big congrats to the happy couple!

western wedding

western wedding

western wedding


Love that Amy wore victorian-inspired lace up boots!

bridal boots

back necklace

old timey western bride

old timey western bride

bridesmaids


And the bridesmaids each wore black Free People dresses! Such a unique + fun touch!

black dress bridesmaids

old timey western bride

western bouquet

western groomsmen

old timey western ceremony

old timey western ceremony

old timey western ceremony


Every bit of the wedding was result of family and friends from both sides of the family joining together to marry us. The groom’s grandfather performed his 11,451st wedding ceremony in sanctifying our marriage with all of his Welsh wit and sophistication.

old timey western ceremony

old timey western ceremony

old timey western ceremony

old timey western ceremony

fire

Processional: Down to the River to Pray – Alison Krauss

Recessional: Tender – Blur

First Dance: Silent Spring – Massive Attack

fire

old timey western ceremony

old timey western ceremony

old timey western ceremony

tunnel

wedding party

old timey western bride and groom

old timey western bride and groom

old timey western bride and groom

old timey western bride and groom

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escort cards

western guests

chalkboard

steer skull

vintage lantern

barn reception

Galen: Sitting at the head of the table with Amy, with all of our friends and family eating good food and drinking good wine. It was one of the few moments that didn’t rush by that day. I was able to reflect on how special our wedding was and how grateful I was to have a woman like Amy to share it with.

Amy: After the ceremony Galen and I went off into the field, away from everything. We sat for a good 30 minutes both in silent and vocal reflection. I loved having that time to digest, appreciate, and completely acknowledge all of the beauty that came with our day.

barn reception

sparklers

See your wedding planning as a blank canvas to produce the unique vision of you and your partner. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the art and imagination of your love. Make it weird, authentic, and original. Just know that it can be anything you want it to be.

photography: Found Creative Studio // planning + design: Teal Green Design // venue: Rio Ynez Ranch (Private Residence) an 80-acre working horse ranch in Santa Ynez Valley, California // event planner: Alana Guinn // florals: Ashley Rorke – Rorkeashley@gmail.com // wedding dress: Designed by Bride, Sewn by Paula at Just Lovely Fashion in Ventura, CA // hair: Anna Sherry // shoes: Free Bird Boots // bridesmaid dresses: Free People // hair + makeup: Dreamcatcher Artistry (Sahar) // videography: Jaime Gianopoulos Productions // paper goods: Minted // catering: Stewart and Clark (Tracey Fleming) // bride’s jewelry: Pyper Gray Design

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryMinted is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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Bohemian-Vintage Tea Party Wedding: Amity + Jesse

bridesmaids with parasols

Today’s wedding truly couldn’t be any sweeter. From the romantic palette of peach, blush, seafoam, and sage, to the handmade vintage-inspired design elements, to the intentional focus on “togetherness and warmth”, Amity + Jesse left no stone unturned in making sure their day was just right. With lots of help from Jaclyn of Two Little Birds Planning, these two were able to craft a celebration with a fun fusion of styles + a dynamic vibe. Pastels, seersucker suits, and charming found decor allowed them to execute their desired vintage tea party theme, while earthy elements helped to balance out the setting + bring in a playful, bohemian feel. Such a pretty juxtaposition, right? And aren’t we so glad that Emily Wren was there to perfectly capture it all!

boho flower crown bride

bridesmaids with parasols

flower crown girl parasol

groomsmen

first look


We know you’re wondering about Amity’s lovely dress! That beauty was snagged from Ting Bridal on Etsy. We love how it really incorporated her + Jesse’s color scheme!

settee

bridesmaids in green

flag branch arbor

wedding flag bunting


How much do you love that ceremony site?!

wedding flag bunting

wedding flags

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony


A bit about A + J’s ceremony from Jaclyn of Two Little Birds, Perhaps the most significant moment came at the end of the ceremony, when the guests were invited to wave prayer flags with custom blessings. Making them even more special, the prayer flags had been designed by one of Amity’s bridesmen and sewed and assembled by Amity and her parents. As family members read each of the seven prayers, Amity and Jesse took a step forward together under prayer flags that were strung across the aisle by birch poles.

waving flags

boho bride and groom

boho bride and groom

vintage spoon escort cards


A fun little DIY: Vintage spoon escort cards, which double as the perfect guest favor, too!

vintage spoon escort cards

cucumber lemonade

moss and teacup centerpiece

moss and teacup centerpiece

vintage books

moss and teacup centerpiece

moss and teacup centerpiece

peony tea cup


The tablescapes featured eclectic teacups, stacked and used in the centerpieces to hold petite arrangements of garden roses, peonies, dahlias, herbs, berries, and succulents. Glass cloches, antique books, vintage vases, antique lanterns, river rocks, moss, and mercury votives were seen not only on the guest tables, but scattered throughout the house topping mantles and decorating bookshelves.

glass dome flowers

glass dome flowers

ice cream cart

first dance

1) Don't sweat the small stuff. Remember that your goal is not to have a flawless wedding day, but to marry the one you love. (And no wedding is going to be flawless anyway, so you'll have to roll with it no matter what.)

2) Don't feel like a freak if you don't love every minute of wedding planning. No matter how excited you are to get married, there are bound to be parts of the process that feel like drudgery.

3) Don't be afraid to ask for help - the earlier the better - and then try not to micro-manage. Your loved ones may surprise you with their creativity and resourcefulness, and integrating their ideas can make the event an even more meaningful community affair.

4) Take some time to really be present with your new spouse and savor the moment, either after the ceremony or after the reception. The day will go by so fast! And don't worry if you feel a little let down when it's all over - just stay focused on the many more happy occasions yet to come!

5) If you can afford it, hire a great wedding planner!!!

photography: Emily Wren Photography // planning + design: Two Little Birds Planning // venue: The Manor at Prophecy Creek Ambler, Pennsylvania // florals: Robertson’s Flowers // invitations: Paperless Post designed by Jessica Hische // calligraphy: Elaine Reynolds // transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works // bride’s dress: Ting Bridal // alterations: Nicole Bridal // hair + makeup: Mack Stylist // men’s suits: J. Crew // bridesmaids dresses: Dessy CollectionLela Rose, and After Six (purchased at several different bridal shops) // celebrant: Alisa Tongg // ceremony chocolates: Moonstruck Chocolate Co. // prayer flag design: Geron Hoy // prayer flag printer: Spoonflower // tea sandwiches: A Taste of Britain // catering: Robert Fair Caterers // wedding cake: Bredenbeck’s // ice cream tricycle: Little Baby’s Ice Cream // music + entertainment (including photo booth, fortune teller, and giant chess): EBE // vintage rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rentals // getaway car: First Class Luxury Limos

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryThe Dessy Group is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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