A Bright And Sunny Gender Non-Conforming Micro-Wedding Weekend

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

Event planners and designers from Vibrant Visions Co. assembled a team of vendors in the DC area and dreamed up a vibrant micro-wedding weekend editorial to address the representation imbalances in the overwhelmingly traditional and cis-het world of wedding inspo.

“Looking at examples of queer and gender non-conforming wedding celebrations, we felt frustrated that things still seemed to fall into the binary,” says Abigail and Kayla from Vibrant Visions Co. “As we moved further from tradition, we got to see gender expression and individuality thrive. This shoot was created to celebrate vibrant queer love in a wedding weekend full of bold color and thoughtful details.”

Photographer Haley Day was part of their team along with a ton of talented vendors who transformed Rust Manor House in Leesburg, Virginia into the ideal setting for this colorful, queer-love-centered shoot!

Key to the design inspiration for it all? Poppies! This dream team used the reds, magentas, oranges, and yellows found in poppies to curate the editorial’s colors. Another key part of the idea was the ever-popular wedding weekend! This editorial was built to showcase an intimate, weekend-long version of tying the knot.

“It was a privilege to be able to show a variety of bodies, identities, and abilities that don’t always get to see themselves in the wedding industry,” Vibrant Visions Co. shared. We CANNOT get enough of this bright, inclusive celebration of gender non-conforming weddings! And all of the beautiful photos Haley took!

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

Simply Rosie Designs was behind the joyful, citrus-tone paper goods and invitations for the shoot.

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

The POPPIES on the envelope liner!

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

Dandelions Flower Stand created so many floral WOW moments for this shoot including this cascading yellow-and-orange lapel installation.

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

Real life married couple Braxton + Arlo modeled for the editorial in outfits sourced largely from super-cool clothing rental and resale marketplace Nuuly.

If you’re loving Braxton’s tiered blush ruffles like we are, check out the Chéri Ruffled Tulle Midi Skirt from Anthropologie.

A Sunny Ceremony On The Porch

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

Taylored Vows stepped in to lend some officiant authenticity to the shoot. (Even though Braxton + Arlo are already married!)

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

If you’re loving the idea of a micro-celebration, take a peek at our tips for planning an intimate wedding.

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

Care For A Cocktail?

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

Vintage Views Bar rolled up to create this retro cocktail hour vision.

Check out the 16 cutest mobile bars for your wedding!!

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

Kate Slayton Lettering made the baby pink calligraphy-adorned signature cocktail signage.

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

Here are some wedding cocktail hour do’s and don’ts to turn to while planning a your own post-ceremony sips!

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend
Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

Do not miss that fab fringe detail on Arlo’s jacket!!

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

Loving Braxton’s sheer puff sleeves!! Check out all of these puff sleeve wedding looks you’re gonna love.

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend
Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

J.Tan Artistry was the makeup genius who created this gorgeous couple’s complementary pink makeup looks.

A Rosy Reception

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

Obsessed with this flawless ombre seating chart.

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

(Pro tip: it’s made of paint sample cards!!) Looking for more creative seating chart ideas?

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

A simple, sunny sweetheart table!

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

Grab these blush ribbed champagne coupes from Z Gallery to recreate this dusty rose dream of a tablescape.

Onto Brunch!

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

The best part of a wedding weekend is that there’s still more celebrating to do AFTER the wedding itself!

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

Vintage Views is behind this adorable bar set up as well as the cocktail hour camper! This pink-and-white striped fringe umbrella is beyond cute.

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

Mrs. Macarons furnished the brunch portion of the editorial with these delicious bites.

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

These precious custom cocktail stirs came from The Sip Social Co.!

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

Something Vintage and Magothy Event Co. helped fill the editorial with picture-perfect details. We are so in love with this vibrant brunch table decor!! Recreate the look with these yellow Portuguese stoneware plates from Anthropologie.

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend
Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

“Finding attire for eight models was definitely the toughest challenge of this shoot,” says Vibrant Visions Co. of the brunch set up. “It was important to us to make sure that each model felt 100% comfortable in their outfit, and that it properly showcased their gender expression.”

Check out our list of brunch outfit ideas if you wish you had a style-whiz like Vibrant Visions Co. to help you find the right fit.

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

How glamorous is this one-shoulder feather mini dress Braxton is rocking?! Go check out this shimmery one from Revolve if you’re loving the look.

Pretty Poppies Micro Wedding Weekend

“We were so blown away by how this shoot came together, and how each and every one of our vendors went above and beyond to bring this vision to life,” says Vibrant Visions Co. “The unabashed vibrant color palette and models who could freely express themselves felt like the heartbeat to this shoot.”

We’re SO glad vendors like Abigail and Kayla and the rest of this editorial’s team are creating beautiful, inclusive wedding content that centers on gender non-conforming couples!!

photography: Haley Day Photography // venue name: Rust Manor House, Leesburg, Virginia, United States // event design: Vibrant Visions Co. // planning: Vibrant Visions Co. // florals: Dandelions Flower Stand // makeup artist: JTan Artistry // videography: Abidoodle Productions // paper goods: Simply Rosie Designs // calligraphy: Simply Rosie Designs // desserts: Mrs. Macarons // tabletop rentals: Something Vintage // furniture rentals: Magothy Event Co // officiant: Taylored Vows // models: Braxton Sparks (they/them) and Arlo Sparks (he/him) // cocktails: Vintage Views // signature drink signage: Kate Slayton Lettering // cookies: It's My Party! Cookies // drink charms: The Sip Social Co. // attire: Nuuly

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