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{Real Weddings} Brittany & Casey’s Movie Theater Merriment

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

The NotWedding Inspiration Shoot

How sad am I that I don’t live in Atlanta, Orlando, or San Diego?  Right now, very.  Because if I did, I would definitely be attending The NotWedding.

The NotWedding is not your average bridal show.  Instead, NotWedding vendors perform their services just as they would at a real wedding, and you — the “wedding guests” — get to enjoy a fabulous night of great food and dancing.  The goal is that you might walk away thinking, “That was the best wedding ever! I want mine to be like that one!”  And, of course, “I have to have _____ be a part of my wedding!”

The event began when budding photographer Callie Murray thought to herself, “What better way to help brides discover amazing wedding opportunities and showcase my friends’ talents than to throw the ultimate wedding?!”

Today Callie was sweet enough to share a few shots, along with Tiffany of Rustic White Photography, from their Atlanta inspiration shoot.  And after seeing these, I don’t know how you could miss the event!

Act quickly, though.  Atlanta happens tomorrow!  And Orlando and San Diego take place later this month.  You can buy your tickets here.

Photography: Rustic White Photography / Coordination: Signature Weddings & Events / Vintage Rentals: Four Inch Fold / Hair/Make-Up: Raney O’Keefe

Floral Inspiration: Ranunculus

Native to Asia and celebrated for its bright beauty, the ranunculus is available in nearly every color, from white to pink, red, yellow, and orange.  Often considered as a cost-effective alternative to the rose and the peony, the lush, multipetaled bloom is actually a relative of the buttercup — that little flower you might have picked and held close to your chin as a child — and stands just as well on its own as it does as an accent.

Season: Late fall to early spring.

Meaning: You are radiant with charm, attractive.

Pros: The sturdy stem and hardy flower of the ranunculus make it a popular choice for wedding arrangements.  Once cut, ranunculus can last up to a week, making it an ideal pick for both bouquets and centerpieces.

Ranunculus comes in many colors, and is pretty in bouquets at all levels of openness, from a tight bloom to a fully open flower.

Cons: Because there is only one flower on each stem, and the flowers tend to be small, many stems will be needed in each bouquet.  Unless, that is, you use the ranunculus as an accent flower.

The ranunculus can be wire-wrapped, but prefers to be in water and may begin to droop by the end of the night without it.

Photo: Once Wed

A Little Inspiration: Cranberry Craving

Plaid / Upside Down Cakes / Table / Dress / Cake / Cranberries

Currently Obsessing Over

Fabulous Lighting / Cozy Blankets / Styled Shoots / Gorgeous Calligraphy / Perfectly Placed Rugs / Colorful Flowers

A Little Inspiration: Winter Warmth

Swing / Suitcase / Cakes / Turntable / Book / Coke / Bride / Reindeer / Table / Cabin / Tree

It’s been much too long since I posted an inspiration board, and since it doesn’t feel like winter here at all, I thought I’d try and create my own.

I love that despite the cold, this board still feels warm and cozy.  Right now I would like nothing more than to be curled up in that cabin, sipping hot cocoa and humming along to Christmas songs with my honey.  I can’t believe I’m saying it… but I’m kind of ready for some snow.

A Perfect Christmas Proposal

Lance and Kathryn have known each other since the fifth grade, so Lance had to be tricky to hide his plan from this girl who knows him so well.  He decided to talk her into a Christmas photo shoot (such a fun idea, even without the proposal) and, because she might suspect that something was up, wait until the very end to get down on one knee and propose.

The best part?  The whole thing was captured by the talented Melissa McCrotty who pulled of an unbelievably gorgeous Christmas shoot in the process.

From Melissa…

Lance and Kathryn had been talking about getting engaged for awhile, but because of a recent car accident, Lance was pretty confident he had her convinced it was going to be several more months until he would be able to actually purchase a ring. However, we knew the girl in her would have to wonder if this shoot might not be a good time and be on the lookout. So we decided to wait until the very end of the shoot. Lance came up the with idea, and it was precious…. One of the coolest features of our shoot location was a wishing well. When we were technically finished with the shoot, I started to say my goodbyes and thank them, then suddenly remembered “one more” shot I wanted to get….Hey, guys, this may be totally cheesy, but I had this one last idea…… would you both make a Christmas wish in the well….you know, to incorporate the cute wishing well?? I dug around in my camera bag for two pennies (which Lance had prepped me with) and stepped back to shoot the “wish”. After they tossed their coins, Lance casually asked Kathryn what she had wished for…..I was so caught up in the shoot, I forgot to even make a wish, she laughed. Lance, however, remembered to make a wish. He proceeded to pull his “wish” straight up out of the well…..and then dropped to one knee, ring in hand…… Kathryn said YES without a moments hesitation! It was such a cool ending to an already pretty amazing shoot!

Photographer: Melissa McCrotty Photography

{Real Weddings} Ben & Kellee’s Bright Bookish Bash

Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was as wonderful as ours. We spent the time getting ourselves a little more organized (I finally downloaded this app — amazing) and decorating for the holidays. We picked out the perfect tree, strung some lights, and listened to tons and tons of happy Christmas music. And with all the holiday cheer, I just can’t get red and white out of my head… so I really found it hard to resist today’s gorgeous red wedding.

Although, I’m pretty sure you’ll find it hard to resist too… whether you’re seeing red or not!

Ben and Kellee are writers, and they made sure that their personalities took center stage in this gorgeous DIY celebration. Their love of print was on hand with pages strung from the rafters and the couple’s favorite books on each table.

The beautiful, casual wedding featured a vintage typewriter, set out so that guests could leave their well wishes and advice, and paper cranes and fortune cookies… a cute nod to Kellee’s heritage.

The totally gorg reception venue, Performance Works (now a rehearsal and performance venue) was originally a machine shop dating back to the 1920’s… and they took full advantage of its many bright, colorful nooks and crannies for some seriously amazing shots.

And (maybe the best detail of all) the ceremony was held at Ron Basford Park, where Kellee’s brother played the ukalali while the rest of the bridal party sang as she came down the aisle.

Photographer: Teryn Lee Photography / Hair Stylist: Bangs Salon / Caterer: Savoury Chef / Floral Designer: Queensberry Flower Company / Invitation Designer: e.m. papers / Dress Store: Bisou Bridal / Mens Attire: Indochino / Event Venue: Performance Works

Laundry Day Inspiration Shoot

With the weather turning cold, it’s all I can do not to think about the long winter ahead… so this sunny, sexy inspiration shoot is a welcome distraction. The shoot was a total DIY by Chelsea McGowan of McGowan Images and Meagan Bechtel of MegBDesign… right down to the flowers from the local grocery store.

And as if that weren’t enough, I am just plain in love with Chelsea’s answer to the question below…

Whenever we post things like this, I always get someone who asks, “Why?” The answer is, and will probably always be, because I want to. It’s nice to shoot for ourselves. It keeps us creatively limber, and it’s fun. As a bonus, it encourages our brides to think outside the box for their own sessions and wedding decor. I hope we’ll always remember to set aside time a few days a year to shoot sessions like this, just because we want to create something beautiful.

Me too!! Thanks, Chelsea, for sharing this gorgeous shoot!

Photographer: McGowan Images / Event Designer: MegBDesign

{Real Weddings} Kelsey & Theron’s Hometown Heart

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.

Photographer: Jamie Zanotti Photography / Caterer: Black Market Gourmet / Dress Store: BHLDN / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: J. Crew