California Backyard Wedding: Matt + Paul

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For Matt + Paul, it was important that their day felt very personal – and more like an elegant party than a commitment ceremony. I love that they handed out flasks after the ceremony for the walk from the church to house – along with colorful parasols. How fun! And speaking of fun, just love their bow ties + converse sneakers! :) They also choose to skip the traditional first dance and cake cutting in favor of spending more time with their guests. Thanks so much to Caroline Tran for the photos, LVL Events for the lovely event design and congrats to Matt + Paul!

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Our pre-church music was a playlist created by us both that contained our favorite songs (suitable for such an event) and was timed to reach a crescendo as we entered the chapel. Our vows were a surprise to each other yet very specifically intimate – we knew we represented the other well by the laughs we each got at the joke lines (why do vows have to be JUST serious when we’re all combos of serious and silly in our day-to-day lives?). I (Paul) really wanted a retro recessional (and NOT the wedding march), so we opted for a portable turntable playing Love’s Theme. 

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Well, after the vows themselves, seeing the house transformed into such a lovely gathering space. Matt’s aunt has commented that, for her, the most memorable moment was when they were waiting in the church after family photos and it was pretty quiet and then, suddenly the back church doors opened and the sun streamed in and a parade of the colored parasols and folks in suits and dresses and bow ties and plaid shorts sauntered in with a palpable energy of excitement and merriment. Unfortunately, we missed seeing that.

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Start as early as possible, but don’t get tied down to your initial wants – it’ll all change up to the minute it's over.

photography: Caroline Tran // venue: Little Brown Church Studio City, California and The Ethel House // event design + planning: Courtney Caplin Cotter of LVL Events // rentals: LA Party Rentals and Classic Party Rentals // floral design: Meghan Fickling // shoes: Custom Converse sneakers, color coordinated to our suits // groom attire: Brooks Brothers (suits, bowties and shirts) // invitations + paper goods: Paper Source // catering: Elements, Onil Chibas // cake: Susie Cakes // music: Morganne Picard

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Runaway: A Pop Up Wedding

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Torn between having a lovingly hand-crafted dream wedding, and saving some cash and (and sanity!) by eloping with your sweetheart? Thanks to some of the raddest artists in the wedding world (including Sitting in a TreeRad + In LoveYeah! RentalsPitbulls and PosiesBloem HillA MIHO experience, and The Hostess Haven), you can now have both!

Here is how it works: A steller group of wedding artists are offering a pop up wedding venue in place of running away to vegas or city hall

They provide: a hand crafted and styled venue, celebratory cocktails and pre ceremony apps, a mini bouquet, photography coverage of your ceremony & a portrait session, a private wedding ceremony with officiant, live music, and downloadable announcements so you can tell everyone what it is you crazy kids have gone and done.

You bring: yourself and your fiance, a marriage license (vow renewals and same sex unions welcome!), up to 12 of your favorite witnesses, some killer style, and all the love you got.

Love the inspiration board below? Then this just might be for you! More info at Runaway: A Pop Up Wedding or ask them questions at hello@runawaypopup.com

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Bohemian Woodland Wedding: Julie + Bo

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Julie + Bo live in Brooklyn, but are both originally from the south so they wanted their wedding to have a country/southern feel to their day. After visiting A Private Estate in update New York, they fell in love with the location and everything they planned started to fall into place – which usually happens once you find your perfect venue! :) A bit more about the day from Julie…

It was important for our guests to have fun and feel relaxed so we incorporated elements that were fun little surprises for them. We had croquet and horseshoes on the lawn, a champagne surprise upon arrival and a photo booth set up in the woods. We’re both photographers and photo editors, so we just set up the studio to be ready to go for our guests. It was a big hit and a great way to get shots of everyone. The photos got more entertaining and guests were very creative with woodland props as the night went on!

Thanks so much to The Weaver House for the photos and congrats to Julie + Bo!

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Processional: Tangled Up in Blue

Recessional: These Days

First Dance: Si Tu Vois Ma Mere

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There are so many! When we walked down the aisle, and I first saw Bo it was such an incredible feeling. I am a crier, and I thought I would sob, but I laughed the entire way down the aisle. It was such a happy moment, and he looked so incredibly handsome. Seeing him standing there in his suit is a feeling I will never forget. All the details that I had thought about for months totally disappeared. His face was the only thing I saw, and it was a perfect moment between us.

Another memory I will never forget is when we first arrived on the property the Thursday before our wedding, we took a few friends up to the barn and turned on all the lights. All of a sudden, there were shooting stars all over the sky, one after another. It was magical and a perfect beginning to our wedding weekend!

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We tried to make our dinner feel homey with a Southern menu of fried chicken, black eyed pea cakes, pumpkin soup shots, sugar snap pea salad, grits, corn bread, watermelon and a lot of honey. We also made our signature cocktail one of Bo’s favorite drinks, a blood orange bourbon sour, which we called the ‘Mississippi Medicine.’ We used favorite family recipes for a few of the desserts as well.

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It seems like everyone tells you that it will fly by, and it sort of does. Between the engagement and planning, there are so many moments you will remember forever. It’s important to be present and savor every second. It’s such a special and fun time in your life together. Don’t focus on too many stressful details, just enjoy every second of the process. It is an incredible time, and on the day of your wedding, all those little details just sort of fade away, and all you can focus on is each other.

photography: The Weaver House // venue: A Private Estate Rhinecliff, New York // event planner: Danielle DeFreest of Every Little Detail // floral design + flower crowns: Sprout Home // wedding dress: Gina DeSilva // hair acessories: Adrienne’s Bridal NYC for veil // shoes: Jimmy Choo // bridesmaid dresses: Vintage, Asos, American Apparel, NeedSupply // hair + makeup: La Tua Bella // groom suit: Billy Reid // invitations + paper goods: And Here We Are // catering: New World Catering // cake: Flatiron Restaurant // ceremony music: Kristi Shade, harpist // reception band: Nu-Cullers

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