by: Michelle

This navy and white wedding shot by Lane Baldwin Photography is filled with classic, preppy style, tons of fun, and the most adorable pups ever! From the bride’s striped wedding gown, to the couple’s three adorable dogs in the ceremony, every bit of this timeless Ohio wedding is just absolutely stunning…

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Now THIS is the way to incorporate your pets into your wedding! Heart. Melting. And I just can’t get enough of that dress! So fun!

So are any of you planning on including your pets in your wedding day? I’d love to hear about you will you be doing!


Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Lane Baldwin Photography / Flowers & Decor: English Rose Designs / Catering: Funky's Catering / Reception Venue: Pnecroft Mansion / Cake Baker: A Spoon Fulla Sugar / Bride’s Dress: Amanda's Hyde Park Bridal / Makeup Artist: BRIDEface / Band: The Chuck Taylors

by: Lauren

I think hiring your wedding vendors is one of the most important and exciting steps in wedding planning. It’s definitely a process to get to that point- you have to find potential vendors, inquire with them, compare and contrast, and THEN, once you’ve done all that, you can start hiring! But once you get to the point of hiring, there are a few things that you MUST know before you pull the trigger on any hiring…



Know and respect your budget, as well as what each vendor’s expected cost might be. Knowing all of this will help you avoid sticker shock, which if experienced, could result in the booking of a vendor who is definitely not right for you. (Only a little kidding there- because this totally happened to me.) But in all seriousness, remember that even if a wedding vendor’s pricing seems like a lot of money, you usually don’t have to pay it all up front and at once- unless you’re getting married very soon after booking. Payments spread out over the duration of your planning are a wonderful thing! 


Your wedding date is going to be one of the most important pieces of information you need when it comes to booking your vendors, and it’s highly recommended that you know this before doing any hiring. It is usually the determining factor of whether or not a vendor will be able to work your wedding or not. However, in a rare occasion, you don’t always have to have a date chosen to book a vendor or two (like a wedding planner, or the venue, which could help determine your date). In this case, it’s a good idea to have a few possible dates in mind or at least know which season you would like to wed. 


Decide on your wedding’s locale. Don’t feel as though you need to have already decided on your venue (you’re likely contacting venues at this point!), but at least knowing the city where you will host your ceremony and reception is tremendously important. 


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Envision your ideal wedding and what your expectations are. These expectations definitely don’t have to be set in stone, but it’s important to at least have an idea of the style or type of wedding you want- IE, a casual farm wedding, or an elegant ballroom wedding. I know you’ve gone on Pinterest, looked at magazines, or seen weddings on blogs (you’re here, after all). Keeping these expectations in mind can help guide your hiring decisions. Essentially, make sure to do your research firstOh, and never be afraid to ask a wedding professional for their advice! 


Keep in mind that even if you tell a vendor (verbally or written) that you want to book them, it is very likely that your date is not going to be officially reserved until you make a payment (usually referred to as a deposit). Now I’m not saying that you would have to pay right on the spot, but I have heard of several instances in which the reservation of a popular date was granted to the couple who sent their payment in first. 

Next up in this mini-series about finding & booking vendors, we’ll have some more info to walk you through the final step- hiring vendors!


Anyone have any other tidbits to add that might be helpful to know before hiring wedding vendors? We’d love to hear in the comments!


by: Lauren

Rustic details and a bit of chic and glamorous style were the perfect combination for Ciera and A.J.’s California ranch wedding. Wanting their wedding to reflect the sentiment of love and family, the couple kept things personal and simple. Olive branches used throughout the decor were reminiscent of the bride’s Italian heritage, while a beer truck from a favorite local brewery served up Ciera and A.J.’s favorites to guests. These personal details- plus a few more- are what made this day captured by Lindsey Gomes Photography absolutely spectacular, and Ciera is here today to share more about her personal and fabulous wedding!

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

Our family and friends were so loving and supportive through the entire process, none of it would be possible without them, especially my parents! Besides our amazing support system, what helped us the most in planning was staying organized while still being flexible in our plans. We booked the biggest things first and worked our way through the details more slowly, keeping in mind that some things might require a new a change of plans. Staying organized took the stress out of planning for us, and allowed us to enjoy all of the little things.

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

The most important thing to us when choosing vendors was meeting with them and trusting that they took the time to get to know us and understand our vision. We built relationships with each of our amazing vendors, and they completely understood our big picture – when the day finally came, I was in complete awe of the life they gave to our dreams.

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

The inspiration for our wedding was all about the sentiment of love and family, and we wanted to keep it personal. Growing up on a ranch, I dreamed of getting married in the hillsides and dancing in a barn, so the theme ‘Rustic Ranch Glamour’ was perfect – we wanted to capture the natural ruggedness of the land delicately balanced with romance and glam. More than just a theme, we wanted the day to exude a feeling of love, romance, and happiness nestled into a central idea of family comfort. Our details came from a place of sentiment, and we tried to work with our own family heritage to ensure the day was completely meaningful in every aspect. For example, my great-great grandparents emigrated here from Italy and planted an olive orchard on the family ranch. Because the trees are significant to my family and the history of the land, we asked our floral designer to incorporate olive branches into the wedding which ended up both beautiful and sentimental – I loved these types of details! Some of our other favorite details included the beer truck from our very favorite brewery, Central Coast Brewing, our wedding cake which was made by our best man’s Grandma as a gift, AJ’s uncle as our officiant, and our chance to escape to the hills for sunset photos which allowed us to reflect on the entire day and really take it all in. When it came down to it, all of these details made our day completely personal and meaningful to us, which was all we ever wanted.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

*Such a hard question!!* I absolutely loved every moment of our wedding day, it was so dreamy from beginning to end. Being surrounded by everyone we love while we committed our lives to each other was the greatest feeling – the world stopped during our vows and I loved being wrapped up in that. The toasts were hilarious and tear jerking, the food amazing, the dance party was so fun and the over all vibe was awesome, but I’d have to say my favorite part was breaking away for sunset pictures with our photographer. We drove up the hills overlooking the ranch, and looking down it hit us that all of the people we loved were down there celebrating. It was a touching moment for my husband and I, and we got to take some time to soak in the entire day, just the two of us – it was perfect.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

If I could offer any advice, it would be to focus on what’s most important to you (as a couple!) and choose vendors who take the time to get to know you. Lean on your family and friends for support when you need it, but don’t be consumed by trying to please them. And of course, don’t lose sight of what you are celebrating – a marriage, a commitment, love to last through all of the ages! Have fun and enjoy the entire process!

Wow, that is some AMAZING advice! I love everything about this wedding, especially how Ciera and A.J. focused on their family and their love. I’m not going to lie- reading Ciera’s description of what inspired them for their wedding design and details made me tear up!

So what are your thoughts on using your family heritage as a bit of inspiration for your wedding? Would you do it? If so, what would you do?


Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  lindsey gomes PHOTOGRAPHY//Caterer: Central Coast Brewing//Event Planner: Danae Grace Events//Equipment Rentals: Embellish Vintage Rentals//Floral Designer: Festive Designs//DJ: Kramer Events//Event Venue:La Cuesta Ranch//Linens and Coverings: La Tavola Fine Linen//Cake Designer:Madonna Inn//Caterer:Old San Luis BBQ Co.//Hair Stylist:Strawberry Blonde//Equipment Rentals: Unlimited Events Inc.

by: Lauren

When you combine an eclectic style with a little bit of rock and roll and some fabulous details, you get some pretty amazing rocker chic wedding ideas- as evidenced in today’s inspiration from Cat Pennenga Photography and Kelly Hancock Events! A gorgeous color palette of deep red with touches of kelly green are the perfect accents for the rustic industrial brewery location, all exuding the casual atmosphere of a backyard wedding but with a fun twist!

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From Kelly Hancock Events:

For this shoot, I wanted to create something really fun, colorful, and eclectic. I wanted a twist on the typical backyard wedding. I think we came up with something that was the perfect mix of relaxed and gorgeous all while infusing a whole mess of fun and personality! We chose a local brewery for the venue location and included unique elements such as a temporary tattoo bar, custom coasters, and hanging gold records.

I have a soft spot in my heart for breweries- especially when they’re in my old stomping grounds of St. Pete- so I’m of course loving this inspiration! I particularly love the personal, unique details- like the tattoo station, the unique feather ceremony backdrop, and the escort cards attached to glasses!

Such awesome ideas in this inspiration drawn from the brewery venue and an eclectic boho style! What kind of unique details will you be having for your own wedding? Where are you getting your inspiration from?


Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Cat Pennenga Photography / Coordination & Design: Kelly Hancock Event Planning / Floral Design: Carrollwood Florist / Reception Venue: GreenBench Brewing Company / Invitations & Stationery: The Creative Porcupine / Hair & Makeup: Lasting Luxe Hair & Makeup Artistry / Bridal Salon: Malindy Elene Bridal / Rental Furniture: The Reserve Vintage Rentals / Vintage Dishes & Glassware: Treasury Rentals / Signs/Calligraphy: McKenzie Fussel Calligraphy

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