Colorful Art Museum Wedding: Shawn + Phil

Cleveland Ohio Wedding

It’s FRIDAY! And we thought we’d go ahead and end the week on a fashionably fun note. With a colorful handmade reception held at Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Shawn + Phil’s wedding packs a punch of modern neon + gold details that we’re seriously loving right now. These two went all out, creating a day that was imaginative + artful and – of course – reflective of their relationship. Modernists + fellow music devotees at heart, they were super excited about their ceremony tunes and had their string quartet perform modern versions of songs they love. How cool is that?! Let’s hear a little bit more about their inspiration + how they made their day their own…

The overall inspiration came from Kate Spade’s aesthetic. Her brand is formal yet fun, which is exactly how we wanted the day to feel! Tuxedos and cocktail dresses with loads of bold colors and textures.

A shout out to Mary Wyar Photography for the lovely images + big congrats to Shawn + Phil on an amazing day!

Vera Wang Wedding Dress

Shawn was so stylin’ on her big day! Here’s a quick list of all the fun elements that made up her bridal ensemble: the Kathleen Gown by Vera Wang (via Cincinnati Bridal and Formal) a BHLDN veil + garter,  earrings + clutch by Kate Spade + fun Badgley Mischka shoes!

mr and mrs license plate

bridesmaids and geo backdrop

modern kate spade inspired invitation

gold glitter rings

The big pop of confetti for our church exit! I also really loved the neon signs made by Marcus Conrad Poston, and the seating chart Aimee Paquin from Modernly Events constructed using the neon lights. I also really loved the "If I do say so myself" guest book alternative she constructed; turned out exactly as I envisioned!

confetti ceremony exit

dotted pocket square

Vera Wang dress

pink bridesmaids dresses

Cleveland Ohio Wedding

Cleveland Ohio Wedding

neon sign and clipboard seating chart

So many good, modern elements made up the reception decor! Our two faves are above + below: the neon marquee + clipboard seating chart + the mini envelope wish board! They each perfectly fit with the museum setting.

envelope advice cards

vintage pink typewriter

neon sign

gold mailbox

sparkly reception

black and gold reception

black and gold reception

gold glitter cube

neon sign pop fizz clink

Processional: Bridal Party: Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap; Bride: Flightless Bird – Iron & Wine

Recessional: Marry Me – Bruno Mars

First Dance: All of Me – John Legend

flamingo cake toppers

First and foremost, figure out what kind of vibe or style you want for the event. Then, choose your decor and vendors very carefully based on the style you have in mind. This is absolutely key, and will help you eliminate lots of ideas that just wont work for your big day.

photography: Mary Wyar Photography // ceremony: St. Colman Catholic Church Cleveland, Ohio // reception: MOCA Cleveland, Ohio // paper goods, swizzle sticks: Bride + printed by Irwin Engraving // coordination, linens, ghost chairs + florals: Elite Events Toledo // bride’s dress: Kathleen Gown by Vera Wang via Cincinnati Bridal and Formal // veil: BHLDN // earrings: Kate Spade // clutch: Kate Spade // garter: Florrie Mitton via BHLDN // shoes: Badgley Mischka // bridesmaids dresses: Alfred Sung via Cincinnati Bridal and Formal // makeup: Galvin Mason Makeup // getting ready robe: Girl With A Serious Dream // groom + groomsmen attire: The Black Tux // neon signs: Marcus Conrad Poston // wall gems: ModCloth // rentals: Ghost Chairs from Event Source, Gold “Sea Urchin” Starburst Decor from Modernly Events // table seating + guestbook Wall: Modernly Events // ceremony string quartet: Gig Masters // dj: Rock the House Entertainment // catering: Marigold // transportation: A1 Limo // cake: Michael Angelo’s // table numbers + flamingo cake topper: BHLDN

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Dark Ocean Winter Wedding Inspiration

Dark Ocean Inspiration

Photographer, Emily Delamater, the mastermind behind today’s ultra pretty shoot, took the ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em’ approach to this project you’re about to see. She spills, We shot this editorial here in Maine’s never-ending winter, and designed the shoot around a love and embrace of a long, dark winter season. Perhaps easiest to do now as it is is finally on its way out!

Emily teamed up with florist + stylist Carolyn Snell to create a setting that embodied an ocean-inspired feel, as apposed to nautical. Since so many weddings tend to err on the side of light and airy, they thought it might be really beautiful to indulge the other – darker – side of things. What they created is just so good + perfect for couples tying the knot in the winter. The palette of blues, black, silver and grey is not too feminine, but not too masculine, and the mood was as romantic as it was unique!

navy suit

sequin dress

Dark Ocean Inspiration

Dark Ocean Inspiration

Truvelle Bridal dress

Dark Ocean Inspiration

The bridal bouquet incorporated some of our winter faves: leafy greenery, eucalyptus, rosemary, succulents and feathers – a perfect contrast to the stark white and black anemones. Organic, hand-died ribbons in shades of grey + slate blue further executed a soft + moody feel.

winter anemone bouquet

Dark Ocean Inspiration

Dark Ocean invitation set

winter garland backdrop

winter garland backdrop

winter anemone bouquet

Sometimes all you really need is a simple garland to pretty up a space! And that gorge dress from Truvelle Bridal doesn’t hurt either!

winter garland backdrop

Dark Ocean Inspiration

Dark Ocean Inspiration

Dark Ocean Inspiration

Emily says, We really wanted to incorporate some graphic illustration and letter elements. We used tiny salt and pepper bowls with an elephant and whale from K Collette , press printed elements, Valérie Casado hand made small plates, black goblets and black and white candlesticks, mixed with pewter and silver elements, as well as old book pages for the place card. On the white linen table runner were the hand written vows of the couple (painted by the bride in blue-black ink) we wanted the shoot to have the feeling of a lost love letter.

Dark Ocean Inspiration

thistle bud vase

winter chair garland

silver pear plate setting

silver pear plate setting

Dark Ocean Inspiration

winter cocktails

winter rock ring

winter inspired desserts

While that sweet, two-tone cake by Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott is the star of this little vignette, the team used a mix of fresh + silver-painted blackberries and pears, powdered dark chocolates+ worn wood bowls to decorate the sweets table.

ocean inspired cake

A big thanks to the talented team below for sharing!

photography: Emily Delamater Photography // venue: Fort Andross Brunswick, Maine // florals: Carolyn Snell of Snell Family Farm // styling + event design: Emily Delamater + Carolyn Snell // dress: Truvelle Bridal Vancouver CA // cake: Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott // glassware, flatware + linens: K Collette // plates: Valérie Casado // jewelry: Abacus Gallery // hair: Aphrodite Salon // makeup: Leigh Passagio for Neman Marcus + Joanna Kagan Moynihan // vintage props + coral: Fort Andross

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Laid-Back DIY Alabama Wedding: Lauren + Trevor

Alabama river wedding

When Wesley + Emma of W&E Photographie, aka photographers behind today’s gorge wedding, described this couple’s day as ‘effortlessly cool’ + ‘stylishly detail oriented’ we we’re chomping at the bit to have a peek. Once we saw the photos (and recognized the friendly faces of Lauren + Trevor from their Rocky Mountain winter engagement session we featured!) we were 200% sold on sharing it all here with you!

If L + T knew one thing, it was that a traditional southern wedding just wasn’t for them. Instead, a DIY soirée filled with lots of fun details + a relaxed, carefree vibe was what they were after. They infused the setting with their personal style, creating a scene that was unique to them. Lauren tells us, There are so many places to pull inspiration from when it comes to a wedding celebration. For us, we just wanted to have the whole weekend reflect who we are as a couple and embody the laid back vibe we exude. When thinking about the grander vision of the wedding day, including decorations, flow, and feel, we just wanted it to be a culmination of what we love.

modern type invitation

deep red and white bouquet

wooden ring

bridesmaids in army green

wild river bouquets

We’re pretty on board with everything you see here. Bridesmaids in Zara shift dresses (paired with booties)? Yep. Super lovely woodland bouquets (with feathers!) by Marked? Mmmhmm. And Laura’s crazy-good bridal ensemble (a top from Revolve Clothing, paired with a skirt by Joanna August)? Absolutely!

bridesmaids in army green

groomsmen in blue

Trevor: The entire wedding ceremony. I felt like it was the perfect display of our love for one another, the faithfulness of God, and the support of our family and friends.

Lauren: The whole day (really the weekend) was incredibly memorable, but if I had to pick a particular moment I would have to say walking toward my man. Music is one of the most important things in our relationship (I am a musician and Trevor works as a concert promoter in the music industry), so choosing the perfect song to build up to me walking down to the river was a long process. In the end, Belmont alumna Dinah Smith's arrangement of Come Thou Fount and Bon Iver's Perth couldn't have been more fitting. As the song echoed through the forest we were surrounded by and my amazing dad steadied my hand, I walked toward my groom. The particular moment that will forever be firmly fixed into my mind is when I stepped onto the river's concrete slab and could finally see Trevor's eyes. They were not only brimming with tears, but they were filled with awe, adoration, and unwavering love for me. In that moment I knew that I had never loved anyone more than him, and I would spend the rest of my life learning how to love him well.

Alabama river wedding

Alabama river wedding

Processional: Groomsmen: We Will Make it There – Abby Gundersen; Bridesmaids + Bride: Perth/Come Thou Fount – Dinah Smith

Recessional: Stop Your Crying – Lake Street Dive

First Dance: I'll Be Your Man – The Black Keys

Alabama river wedding

Alabama river wedding

Alabama river wedding

boots with wedding dress

Loving everything about these two + their style!

Alabama river wedding

floral hair piece

Alabama river wedding

Alabama wedding

wooden calligraphy program

paper seating chart on wood

bistro lights

W&E Photographie shares, Lauren and her gals hand-made the amazing macrame hanging piece behind the head table, while her brother created the structure it would hang from and rigged the Edison bulb lights. Their reception was also spotted with a couple of campfires and a ton of falsa blankets. It was so cozy!

giant macrame backdrop

green garland runner

towel favor napkin

winter centerpiece

winter centerpiece

cake table

smoke bomb photos

I would encourage everyone to look at the planning process in the greater scheme of life. Your wedding day, although extremely important and irreplaceable, is just that - a day. When the process becomes overwhelming, remind yourself that at the end of it all you will be married to your best friend. What's better than that? I would also encourage people to consider investing more time in preparing their hearts for the huge life change that is marriage, rather than becoming consumed with color schemes and seating charts.

photography: W&E Photographie // venue: Swann Lake Stables Cahaba Heights, Alabama // event design + planning: Bride // day of coordinator: Abby Grace Brown // florals: Marked // wedding dress: Top from Revolve Clothing, Bottom from Joanna August // shoes: Nisolo // bridesmaid dresses: Zara // hair + makeup: Hannah Marie Clardy // groom’s suit: Billy Reid // videography: Back Down South Films // invitations: Daniel Petrino // paper + stone goods: Bride // catering: Tazikis // cake: Mary Deaton Heldman // rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited // officiant: Matt Francisco // music: Stephen Fryrear and Jules Huff

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