Vogue-Inspired Surprise Elopement

Italian Vogue Elopement

The total girlie-girl in us is ALL ABOUT this insanely romantic, total dream of an editorial created by Debbie Lourens Photography + Green Goddess Flower Studio in Cape Town, South Africa. Ladies, imagine your guy not only proposing to you (WEE!) but asking if you’d marry him in a secret elopement that very same afternoon! Well, that’s the premise of the super sweet story the ladies dreamt up + are sharing with us today. Let’s hear more about it from Coral of Green Goddess:

The couple are stylish Americans who were going out for lunch in the city of Cape Town, whilst on a visit to South Africa. The romantic groom has planned a secret elopement and hired a photographer to capture the scene. The ‘groom’ asks the ‘bride’ to dress up and they wander through the streets of Cape Town supposedly on their way to lunch. When they enter a square, he has arranged for a wedding planner to be waiting with some cards saying ‘will you marry me’. He lifts her up onto a stone plinth in the square, then she looks down at him as he shows her the cards asking her to marry him TODAY! There is a Yes and No option – she says Yes of course! Then he presents her with a gift box (decorated with flowers) and inside is a flower ring (allowing the stylish bride to choose her own ring later). They rush off to the church and get married – the planner has bouquets, bouts and stationery (saying they eloped) all ready for them including a selection of bouquets for the bride. Then the lunch turns out to be a small reception planned for them with a small dessert and cookie bar and martini tray. After lunch, they wander through the city some more looking at the amazing architecture and reveling in their special moments.

Italian bouquet

Italian elopement invitation

black tulle skirt

The team wanted the shoot to have the feel of a sexy 1950’s/1960’s Vogue magazine spread. So, nods to the fashion + details of the era are seen throughout the shoot and in the bride’s beautiful get-up by Gavin Rajah Couture.

Italian inspired cascading bouquet

Italian Vogue Elopement

ombrella with flowers

Italian Vogue Elopement Italian Vogue Elopement

Such pretty images + we LOVE that floral-adorned umbrella!

umbrella + initials

artist palette of flowers

boutonniere

Italian Vogue Elopement

ring box

will you marry me?

proposal

Girls, can you even imagine?!!

will you marry me?

proposal

Italian Vogue Elopement

Italian Vogue Elopement

We think Marnel Toerien Makeup Artist and Hairstylist channeled the look of vintage Vogue just perfectly for the bride.

gold globe candle holders

black laser cut charger

black laser cut charger

white bud vases

cocktail

cake and cookies

And don’t all of the cakes, petit fours + cupcakes by Pastry Parlour look almost too good to eat?! So pretty!

cake and cookies

Italian cakes

Italian Vogue Elopement

Debbie, Coral + the rest of the team wanted to create something non-vintage, non-lacey, and non-traditional, but still very beautiful + desirable. We think they pulled that off like the pros that they are! Pin away, friends! We definitely will be :)

photography: Debbie Lourens Photography // planning, design + florals: Green Goddess Flower Studio // venue: The Daddy Cool Bar at the Grand Daddy Hotel Cape Town, South Africa // hair + makeup: Marnel Toerien Makeup Artist and Hairstylist // stationery: Secret Diary Designs // bride’s outfits: Gavin Rajah Couture // groom’s outfit: Fabiani // jewelry: Kays Antiques // cakes, petit fours + cupcakes: Pastry Parlour // iced biscuits + macaroons: Sugar Doodle

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Handmade Ohio Barn Wedding: Ashley + Nick

Ohio Barn wedding

Today’s handmade barn wedding has a lot of unique details + a little Americana flair. Ashley + Nick tied the knot at a private property in Ohio and we love how their day had such a perfect laid-back, informal feel. There were lots of DIY projects, homemade pies + some suuuuper sweet-looking bridesmaid ensembles. Basically, this one represents all the reasons we love a good barn wedding! Let’s hear more from Ashely:

Since I am a wedding photographer, I have inspiration in my everyday life! I knew I wanted neutral/classic wedding colors. Our pop of gold was perfect and added just a hint of elegance. Nick and I have been together for 7 years, so much love and history, and it was SO important to us to make our day very…US. We served casual food, had a food truck, set up hay bale lounge areas in lieu of formal seating, incorporated Nick’s favorite drink (old fashioneds), we skipped the cake and went for pies, played music that has been the soundtrack to our relationship, had our best friend get ordained and marry us, and we danced and drank under the stars. It.Was.Perfect.

Thanks so much to Studio127 Photography for sending this one our way + big congrats to the happy couple on a beautiful day!

Ohio Barn wedding

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first look

Ohio Barn wedding

flower hair piece

Ohio Barn wedding

Ash wore Nicole Miller + carried a big greenery-filled bouquet by The Flowerman.

Nicole Miller wedding dress

Ohio Barn wedding

Ohio Barn wedding

Love these shots with the American flag! And Ashley’s green Hunter boots are totally perfect, too.

hunter boots

Ohio Barn wedding

Ohio Barn wedding

corn maze wedding

cotton boutonniere

corn maze wedding

chiffon skirts

chiffon skirts

The bridesmaids were dressed in separates from American Apparel. We can’t even express how much we love their look!

leafy bouquet

chiffon skirts

Ohio barn wedding

Ohio barn wedding

groomsmen

Ohio barn ceremony

reserved sign

yay sign

My absolute favorite part of the day was the Ceremony. It was personal and emotional and an absolute dream. We asked our best friend to officiate the ceremony, and that was the best decision we made in all the plans of our wedding. (Yes, you can totally get ordained on the internet, it’s legit!) This gave us the opportunity to incorporate so many amazing memories into our ceremony. Every single word from the ceremony was from the heart. We wrote our own vows… And that was truly the most defining moment in my life. To share that moment with all our friends and family, expressing our love and vowing to love one-another for all the years to come was the most powerful feelings we have both ever felt. Needless to say, our hearts were FULL.

Ohio barn ceremony

Ohio barn ceremony

Ohio barn ceremony

vintage truck getaway

Processional: Rest of my life – Holley Maher + The Winner Is from The Little Miss Sunshine Soundtrack

Recessional: You make my dreams come true – Hall and Oates

First Dance: Beautiful War – Kings of Leon

Ohio barn wedding

Ohio barn wedding

Ohio barn wedding

food truck wedding

old fashioned cocktail bar

wine

The reception details had a fun, rustic feel but the touches of gold lent just the right amount of elegance.

beer bar

haybale lounge

card box

arrow sign

coffee ground favors

Ohio Barn wedding

Ohio Barn wedding

Ohio Barn wedding

s'mores bar

pie bar

u & me sparklers

pie cutting

Ohio barn wedding

See more in their sweet wedding video by Little Tree Studios:

You can slave away on all the details all year long, stress about the little stuff, waste away on wedding blogs, pinterest, and your weather apps, but that day…. Let it all go. I cannot express to your how much those things do not matter! Be present in your day, squeeze your friends and family, and remember that at the end of the day you have your husband, forever… And that is all that matters. I am so glad I was able to let go of all the details that day and just be alive and in love. Truly made the day perfect.

photography: Studio127 Photography // venue: Lightening Tree Barn (Private Property) in Ohio // event design + planning: Bride // florals: The Flowerman //  wedding dress shop: La Jeune Mariee Bridal Boutique // wedding dress: Nicole Miller // shoes: Nine West, Hunter Boots // bridesmaid dresses: American Apparel //  makeup: Angela from Arc Artistry // hair: Rachael Weber (friend) // groom suit: Express // videography: Little Tree Studios // paper goods: Bride // catering: Two Caterers // food truck: Sweet Carrot Casual Cuisine // pies: Made by the owner of the barn // officiant: Amber Risen, our best friend and bridesmaid // dj: Rock on Columbus (Matt)

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Hair Tutorial: Romantic Side Fishtail Braid

romantic side fishtail bride

We are still obsessing over the photos from our gorgeous styling collaboration with Green Wedding Shoes + bridesmaid dress designer, Joanna August. If you remember our Glamorous + Modern Bridesmaid Look post, we styled model Erika with a fishtail braid + today we are sharing how to braid the same one! Thanks to the Symmetry Beauty ladies for sharing how to do this!

romantic side fishtail bride

Step 1: Start with messy, textured hair and a deep part.

Step 2: Separate hair into two sections.

Step 3: Take a little piece from the first section and bring over to the second section.

*Tip: grab your pieces from over the edge of the braid, and not the inside.

Step 4: Bring a piece from the second section to the first section.

romantic side fishtail bride

Step 5: Repeat until you have finished.

Step 6: Fluff the braid and pull apart to give more volume to the braid. And you’re done!

romantic side fishtail bride

romantic side fishtail bride

romantic side fishtail bride

Pretty easy, right?! We love the braid paired with the Elena Dress and a pretty bar necklace from Gorjana!

First and last two photos from Brandon Kidd, other DIY photos by Katie Pritchard. Pretty dress from Joanna August, hair + makeup by Symmetry Beauty, bouquet from The Little Branch and jewelry thanks to Gorjana

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