Let me just say… I am crazy for this shoot.
The beautiful organic details, the simplicity of that amazing location, those beautiful photographs… there are so many things to love.
Thank you to Jillian Michelle Photography for brightening my day by sending this over!
Brittany and Casey’s beautiful wedding is full of personal details and meaningful DIY touches. The bride even took the time to fold a thousand paper cranes for their ceremony backdrop (seriously, this girl is amazing).
Read on for all the lovely details from the bride herself…
We love seeing great movies together and loved the idea of getting married in a movie theater. It had a great feel with the art work and it was located in the Heights, where we first moved in together. We tried to play off the movie theme with the decorations and made this into a total DIY wedding! I bought and made my own flower jars for the tables. I made my bridal bouquet when I had found I couldn’t get the peonies I had ordered in time.
On etsy people sell bouquets made out of antique brooches. I decided to make one by going to forever 21 and buying bracelets and taking them apart, rings, pins,etc. I also found a cute fingerprint guestbooks on etsy. With the movie theme, I decided to go with the Up (movie) house with the fingers being the balloons. I bought a frame at Michael’s and I drew the house myself on paper with fine tip markers and got finger paint and picture holder stands from Michael’s.
The biggest project? I folded a thousand paper cranes for our ceremony backdrop. I had heard of the idea before and absolutely fell in love with it. I bought a huge stack of 12″ by 12″ paper from Michael’s and cut each page into four 6″ by 6″ squares and folded each into a crane, and then strung them together using beads, fishing string and a needle… It took several months! My awesome friends hung them on the alter before the wedding. The art inside this place was incredible and was a total compliment to our theme and creative personalities.
Thanks for sharing, Brittany!
Photographer: Mustard Seed Photography / Hair Stylist: Visible Changes / Caterer: Coode Co. BBQ / Floral Designer: Fannin Flowers / Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas / Dress Designer: Mori Lee / Cake Designer: Who Made the Cake / Shoes: Kenneth Cole / Transportation: Monarch Limousines / Jewelry: Tiffany & Co., Mikimoto / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Al’s Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal / Veils and headpieces: Nordstroms / Event Venue: Heights Theatre Venue & Art Gallery
Sondra and Jason’s wedding — with its neutral palette, to-die-for location, and cutest kids ever — is one for the books. The two were introduced three years ago by Jason’s sister and the rest, as they say, is history.
Photographer: Chris Cornwell Photographer
I love the holidays, but sometimes they can be hard. I make it home to Oregon at least once a year, but I rarely make it for the holidays and I miss my beautiful coast.
This wedding, though…
This wedding is the perfect one to cheer me up. I’m still in awe of the fact that, by total coincidence, it came across my desk… courtesy of the lovely Jamie Zanotti, who hails from my hometown! I was so excited to see Jamie’s gorgeous pictures and reminisce about Coos Bay. She is the sweetest, and Kelsey and Theron’s wedding could not be more perfect. I just love the beautiful simplicity of the day… and that view of the North Bend bridge? To die for.
Thank you so much for brightening my holidays, Jamie! What an absolutely gorgeous celebration.
Here’s a little more about the day, straight from Jamie herself:
Kelsey hails from North Bend, Oregon but now lives on the East Coast. She and Theron planned their wedding from afar, and it was to be a simple backyard affair… but Kelsey’s girlfriends wouldn’t hear of it. They rallied together and created an elegant event. When Kelsey’s plane came in, they took her down to the beach to collect sand and beach grass, which they paired with flowers from a gardener friend’s yard, and the results were gorgeous! The original venue fell through, and family friends generously offered their property so the wedding would not have to be delayed. Their home is nestled in the hills overlooking the historic North Bend Bridge (over Coos Bay), and matched with Kelsey’s girlfriends’ genius, the wedding was fabulous.
Megan and Cameron’s wedding is brimming with DIY details, all put together by Megan herself. The two lawyers were married at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton, Alberta with plenty of books, buttons, and birdcages… and four gorgeous mismatched bridesmaids in the prettiest shade of purple.
Photographer: Katya Nova Photography / Floral Designer: Holes Greenhouse / Musicians: Terry McDade / Reception Venue: Royal Mayfair Golf Club / Dress Store: Pure Bridal / Equipment Rentals: Special Events Rentals / Bakery: Bee Bell Bakery / Cinematographer: Hello Tomorrow Films
“There’s a time when a man needs to fight and a time when he needs to accept that his destiny’s lost, the ship has sailed and that only a fool will continue. The truth is I’ve always been a fool.”
Did you ever see Big Fish?
It’s one of my favorite movies ever, and particularly meaningful to Mark and I.
If you haven’t seen it, do it now. I’m serious. It might just change your life.
If you have, I promise I really do have a point… you know when Edward goes to Spectre (the first time?) and it’s so perfect. The shoes are hung on the power line, everyone is all smiles, and the lights in the middle of the town just sparkle like crazy? That is what Anita and Zachary’s wedding reminds me of.
A simpler, more beautiful time.
It stole my heart.
Here’s what their photographer had to say:
Anita and Zach had an outdoor wedding at the family pond, which has long been a location for family picnic’s and get-together’s. They managed to transform the pond from an everyday picnic location into a magical outdoor reception site, complete with candles hanging from willow trees and fireworks to finish off the night. While planning a wedding from out-of-state, Anita was sure to include special details that focused on their relationship as well as their families. Most of the details were either created by Anita herself, or by friends and family members, keeping the wedding as Do-It-Yourself as possible, while still being elegant and enchanting.
With so many options out there, I know how hard it can sometimes be to come up with the perfect theme. But occasionally, a couple can be so lucky that the theme comes to them.
This was definitely the case for Lindie and Nate, all they needed was the right venue…
From the start, we knew that we didn’t want the typical country club or hotel wedding. One visit to the the Botanical Center was all we needed to decide that it was the unique setting that we had been in search of. Before choosing a venue, we had a really hard time narrowing down a palette, graphics and other design elements for our wedding but the gardens provided direct inspiration for all of that and our wedding theme quickly grew…even the dress was chosen with the venue in mind. With a background in art & design, I was heavily invested in adding handmade personal touches…table runners, basket liners and a ring pillow from linen and silk dupioni, and invitations and programs with custom graphics. A lot of people didn’t understand why I was putting in so much time creating these items but to us it completely finished the look and added something totally special that spoke to who were are. We decided a station style reception worked best for the format of the Botanical Center. Colorful tapas plates were available throughout the gardens and we had a cupcake variety (banana nutella and chocolate peanut butter included – yum!) and strawberry shortcake instead of a typical cake. Our day was absolutely amazing…our families are a wild bunch but it still felt very relaxed; the ceremony went off without a hitch; and we got to share some incredible, intimate moments with the people we are closest with. We wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
If you haven’t entered this awesome giveaway… you’re in for a real treat. This December (entries are due by October 15th) Entwined 2012 will give one lucky couple the wedding of their dreams… and not just a few elements. The group — including Country Sugar Events and Anne Marie Photography, among many many others — will provide a venue, full planning and design services, a live band, and every other thing you could possibly imagine… for a value of over $75k.
They’ve put together an unreal list of vendors, and judging by this inspiration shoot (one of two, if you’re more into glam… check this out, you’ll love) the event will be nothing short of amazing.
Entries must be postmarked no later than October 15, 2011 (that’s this Saturday, in case you’re wondering) so hurry on over to their site and get your entry in today.
Photographer: Anne Marie Photography / Caterer: Sullivan Street Caterers / Event Designer: Country Sugar Events / Floral Designer: Statue of Design / Invitation Designer: Lilly & Louise / Event Venue: The Studio at Fischer