by: Lauren

With this being the last week of Fall, I decided that I wanted to feature all of the Fall wedding goodness that I could get my hands on! Today’s Fall wedding is rustic and takes place on a Utah ranch, and it comes to us from Pepper Nix Photography! From horseshoe decor elements and stunning hanging florals, to breathtaking mountain views and amazing details, this wedding has inspiration around every corner! The gorgeous bride, Kate, is here with us today to share about her wedding planning experience:

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

My family was so helpful in helping me plan for our wedding. My mom and my mother in law had so much fun wedding planning and they really made all my wedding dreams come true. My handsome groom was not very interested in all the little details so the moms, my sister to be, and I had a great time planning every last detail for the wedding. I also had so much fun with my bridal party and sharing the details of our wedding day and celebrating my shower and bachelorette with them made the whole year feel like a celebration.

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

We really wanted to enjoy planning so we picked people to work with that were fun to be around. Everyone that we encountered or heard about seemed like they were so talented and great at their work, so it just came down to working with people who we clicked with. I knew we had made a good choice with our photographer, Pepper Nix, when she invited us for a beer prior to our engagement photos. It was so great to know our details were in great hands, especially being so far from our venue.

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

When we found our venue, I knew immediately we were in the right spot and I wanted everything to be about the beautiful outdoors. We highlighted the beautiful scenery of the rustic ranch incorporated lace and delicate décor.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

My favorite thing about the wedding was definitely celebrating with family and friends. Even though we both knew how lucky we were to have such great friends and family before our wedding, we could not have imagined how special our wedding day would be. We were so touched and overwhelmed by how excited everyone was to celebrate with us and how much love we felt that day!

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

My advice would be to go with what makes you and your future husband feel good. It’s easy to over analyze and get caught up in the details, but everything will be perfect in its own way on your special day. We made the choice to get married half a country away from where we live, and I wouldn’t change a thing. Our friends and family were happy to see a place we loved and celebrate our love with us and that was the sweetest thing of all.

I love that Kate and her groom chose to have a destination wedding at a location that they held close to their hearts. It turned out quite gorgeous, don’t you think?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  Pepper Nix Photography//Shoes:Badgley Mishka//Dress Designer: jorge manuel//Cake Designer: Layers Cake Company//Transportation: Something Vintage Something Blue//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Vera Wang//Makeup Artist: Versa Artistry//Caterer: Culinary Crafts//Reception Venue:Red Cliff Ranch//Event Designer: Scenemakers//Floral Designer: Scenemakers//Ceremony Location: St. Mary of the Assumption



by: Lauren

A vineyard full of autumn’s golden hues is the perfect backdrop for Amanda and Joel’s stunning vintage Fall wedding. Planned by Antonia Christianson Events and captured by Apple Moon, this lovely feté is most certainly one that you don’t want to miss!

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From Antonia:

The wedding of Amanda and Joel was an amazing one to be part of. The vintage details were stunning against the Hammer Sky background. The turning leaves of fall were an awesome color pallet to play off of. Guests were greeted by an adorable welcome station filled with a vintage typewriter, calligraphied chalkboards and dried rose petals to shower our couple with after their “I do’s”. After a ceremony and cocktail hour on the grounds of Hammer Sky Vineyard the guests transitioned to the al fresco dining area where board games, family style dining and a romantic bistro light glow welcomed them. 

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There were a few unique details that we loved! First and foremost we adored the fact that all “groomsmen” (men and women) wore custom made suits. It was awesome that the groom truly picked his life long best friends to stand next to him no matter their gender. We also loved their sweetheart table that our staff and I had the pleasure of designing. We worked with “Embellish” to choose  the perfect vintage furniture to create an intimate table for two, complete with an adorable settee, flowers cascading out of the table drawers and a gorgeous leaf garland wreath dressed the back of their seating. Finally, the fall in Paso Robles can get a bit chilly, guests were welcomed around an adorable s’mores station with afghans to warm themselves on both the inside and out. 

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I just love how the decor blended in perfectly with the surroundings! Now THAT is what you call a perfect design!

Are any of you planning a wedding of your own that will match your venue’s surroundings? What are you going to be doing?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Apple Moon / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Antonia Christianson Events / Reception Venue: HammerSky Vineyards / Flowers & Decor: Twigss / Vintage Rentals: Embellish / Catering: Trumpet Vine / Rentals: All About Events / DJ: Joe LaBarbera


by: Lauren

This rustic take on a boho chic wedding from PSJ Photography is absolutely gorgeous! Combining rustic elements like antlers with a chic pattern and stunning florals creates a boho design that is pure perfection…

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I love the last photos with the sign! I’m definitely a proponent for using props in portrait photos- it’s fun, easy, and gives you a little extra something too. And adding rustic elements would be a perfect way to incorporate Fall into your boho chic wedding

So tell me- what do you think of this boho chic wedding inspiration? Will any of you be getting your inspiration from the boho style?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  PSJ Photography //Event Designer: Details Flowers & Photography



by: Carlee

What could be more lovely than a blushing bride on her wedding day? TWO lovely brides, of course! Add in a soft palette of pinks and corals, gorgeous details, and a stunning museum backdrop… and I’m just swooning from the beauty and romance of this Philadelphia wedding. Marissa Moss was there to capture all of the love and lucky for us, both brides, Tab and Alexandra, are here to share their planning insight:

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

Tab: Our wedding planner Christina Hill (Chill Weddings) by far helped the most. We both work intense jobs on the west coast and had very limited knowledge of the whole wedding process, so she connected us with most of our vendors, kept us on task and helped keep a really relaxed atmosphere. (Marissa not included, she is an old high school friend and a fabulously talented photographer so I snatched her up well in advance). 

Alexandra: Christina was amazing! I think the second we met her (over Skype!), we knew she’d be a good fit. She’s super level-headed, made great vendor suggestions and worked hard to make sure we were getting our money’s worth. I felt as if she understood implicitly what Tab and I were asking for, despite the fact that we did a relatively vague job articulating our vision to her (I think we threw a lot of contradictory ideas at her!). On the big day, Christina was a godsend. She and her team were great at dealing with surprises (like when I forgot the final check due to our venue!), managing the guests’ needs and making sure everything was running smoothly (if it didn’t, we certainly didn’t notice). On top of all that, she’s a blast.

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

Tab: We wanted to work with people who shared our vibe of maximizing fun, minimizing stress. It’s safe to say everyone who helped us was incredibly talented and dedicated to their work, but as important, they were low maintenance and very genuine.  

Alexandra: I think Tab knew she wanted Marissa as our photographer even before we got engaged!  She shot our engagement photos too, and I’m so glad she was willing to travel all the way across the country for us (twice!). She’s incredibly relaxed, has a fantastic eye and really captured all those small moments perfectly.

 Our other vendors were fantastic as well – Bill Schaffer from Schaffer Designs did an incredible job on our flowers. He came highly recommended by friends in the floral design business, and frankly, I can’t believe he agreed to work on something as small scale as our wedding (google him – he and his wife are rock stars!). I had originally wanted an outdoor wedding, and he managed to create something beautiful and relaxed in what could have been a really over-the-top and stuffy space. He had great design advice during the planning process, and the day of, accommodated some last minute requests for extras. I really hadn’t put much thought into the flowers (Tab was much more particular than me with respect to the arrangements, linens, etc.), but the day of, I was blown away by Bill and Kristin’s work.  I loved my bridal bouquet, and our guests couldn’t stop gushing about how much they loved it all.

 I also need to give props to our graphic designer, Carryn Golden (Golden Silhouette), and Tish Smith (Foam Floaterie), whose wedding cakes were the talk of the party. Carryn was incredibly patient and wildly talented; she did a fantastic job bringing our numerous ideas to life. We were lucky enough to get Tish right before she closed her popular South Philly ice cream shop and headed west, and she made us seven mini cakes in a variety of unique flavors (plum cardamom, lemon cornmeal, chocolate hazelnut). We didn’t want to do a traditional cake cutting, but we also didn’t want a generic cake – if you’re going to make room for dessert at a wedding, it should be worth it! Plus, it was a family imperative that we had good carrot cake. Needless to say, the guests loved it, and I know a few sneaky people managed to try every single flavor.   

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

Tab: If Alex had it her way we would have been married in a barn in rural Pennsylvania, but that wouldn’t have been very easy for our guests. We wanted everyone to enjoy Philly, and we both have childhood nostalgia for the Franklin Institute. We tried to keep a simple and naturally elegant aesthetic that still fit with the the museum. Clearly we love fun, bright colors. 

Alexandra: I was really worried that our reception space – this beautiful marble hall – would be far too formal, and wanted to soften it somehow. Our color palette and ideas were really more suggestive of something outdoorsy and relaxed, and luckily the people we worked with understood exactly how to translate that into the museum without making it seem cheesy or out of place.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

Tab: All our loved ones were together under the same roof. Family and friends came from near and far including California, Canada, Florida, India, Singapore, and Burning Man, all to witness and support our love (and drink and dance the night away). That feeling was incredible. 

Alexandra: My favorite thing? The outpouring of love and excitement and celebration from our family and friends. Close seconds: when the woman of my dreams surprised me by interrupting the ceremony to say very nice things about me in front of everyone we love. When we were (thankfully) bullied into playing the Hava Nagila, the whole reception ended up on their feet and Tab’s father completely disregarded her request for no chairs! When guests discovered that Tab had temporary tattoos of our faces AND our dog made for everyone. When we had our first dance and everyone joined in. When we finally ate dinner at 3 AM on our hotel room floor.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Tab: We’re no experts but if you want to enjoy the most of out of a very short and incredibly important moment in your life, surround yourself with positive people and never lose perspective – you get to marry the most awesome person ever, in front of everyone you love!

 Alexandra: I think the most awesome wife ever said it all.

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Awesome advice, ladies! I love all of the personal details from Tab and Alex, including the super awesome and incredibly creative temporary tattoos OF THEIR FACES! Genius.

How about y’all? Are you planning any fun surprises or gifts for your guests? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Happy Planning!
Carlee

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Marissa Moss Photography / Wedding Planner: Chill Weddings / Cake Baker: Foam Floaterie / Catering: Frog Commissary / Design & Decor: Schaffer Designs / Reception Venue: The Franklin Institute / Makeup Artist: Bella Angel / DJ: LoveSick, Inc.