by: Lauren

With eclectic style and whimsical details, this garden wedding captured by Jen Disney Photography is full of color, fun, and so much happiness! From food trucks and smores, to “light sabers” in boutonnières, Stefanie and Will’s shared loves of Star Wars, food, and family were embodied perfectly all throughout their wedding day . Stefanie is here with us today, sharing her wedding planning insights and experience…

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

So many people helped during the planning process. My maid of honor helped me come up with a lot of the ideas and then she and other friends helped me pull them off. The day of the wedding the venue coordinator and day of coordinator worked together to pull off the wedding; they were invaluable.

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

I wanted people who were supportive, positive, fun, and knew their stuff. All of our vendors did a great job. Our photographer, Jen Disney, fit all those qualifications and more. Her energy, warmth and positivity made us feel like we were hanging out with a friend. Getting married felt surreal especially since we had spent months planning for the day. And Jen helped us feel at ease and have a wonderful time.

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

I was not the kind of girl who had dreamed of her wedding all her life, so I was a bit at a loss as to what I wanted. After I got engaged, I could only tell people that I wanted twinkly lights, which I ended up getting. The venue helped guide the inspiration as it was a beautiful, outdoor garden setting. Also, we wanted our wedding to be a time and place where our friends and family would have fun while supporting us. 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

My favorite thing? I can only pick one?!? If I had to narrow it down to one thing I would have to say it was feeling the love and support of everyone there. It was a beautiful and wonderful day, and it was so special to be surrounding by the people who love us.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Figure out what works for you. It is different for everyone and people will tell you that their way is the best. But you really have to figure out how you and your fiancé want to do things. Also, try to keep things in perspective and surround yourself with positive and supportive people. Wedding planning is stressful but you will make it!

Aw, I love Stefanie’s advice! And did you catch the adorable Star Wars details throughout the day? Like using glow sticks instead of sparklers for a reception exit… the closest thing to real life sabers, right? Oh, and can we please talk about how adorable these two are?!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Jen Disney Photography / Catering: 24 Carrots Catering and Events / Bride’s Dress: Blush Bridal Couture / DJ: Feet First / Flowers & Decor: Magnolia Design Florals / Groom’s Attire: Men's Wearhouse / Catering: The Burnt Truck / Reception Venue: The French Estate


by: Lauren

To close out this week’s “Best of 2013” features, I have 35 of the best weddings featured here on ELD this year! These weddings are all absolutely gorgeous, featuring fun color palettes, amazing details, and of course stunning photography. Be sure to click through to each wedding- you don’t want to miss any of the amazingness!

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Pink & Purple Modern Eclectic Chicago Wedding | Photographer: Kristin LaVoie Photography

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Pink Handcrafted Kentucky Farm Wedding | Photographer: Lizzie Loo Photography

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Handcrafted Mint and Peach California Wedding | Photographer: Paige + Blake Green

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Lavender & Rustic North Carolina Wedding | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Leigh Pearce Weddings / Photographer: Liz Grogan Photoraphy 

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DIY Rustic Southern Wedding | Photographer: Brett & Jessica

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California Fiesta Inspired Wedding | Planning & Design: Lindye Galloway Design / Photographer: Gabriel Ryan Photographers

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Elegant Purple & Orange Jacksonville Wedding | Photographer: Brooke Images

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Pink, Orange, & Aqua Florida Wedding | Photographer: pure7studios / Wedding Planner: The Eventful Planner

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Rustic Lavender Southern France Wedding | Photographer: Kat Braman Photography

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Eclectic Handmade Pink California Wedding | Photographer: Megan Ann Photography

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Southern Vintage Pink and Navy Wedding | Photographer: Jordan Weiland Photography

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Rustic Purple & Orange Virginia Wedding | Photographer: Laura Gordon Photography

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A Light Blue, Orange, & Red Southern Farm Wedding | Photographer: Kellie Kano

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Eclectic Yellow, Navy, and Orange Vineyard Wedding | Photographer: Jen Disney Photography

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A Modern, Elegant Pink and Gold Wedding | Photographer: Captured Photography by Jenny

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A Blue and Yellow Washington Backyard Wedding | Photographer: Saleina Marie Photography

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A Shuffleboard Club Vintage Eclectic Wedding | Photographer: Papered Heart Photography

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A Purple South Carolina Rustic Elegant Wedding | Photographer: Elizabeth Scott Photography

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A Prince Edward Island Rustic Pink and White Wedding | Photographer: Rachel Peters Photography

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Rustic Blush and White Virginia Wedding | Photographer: Elisa B Photography

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Timeless Garden-Inspired Aqua & Peach Wedding | Photographer: Reign 7 Photography

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Rustic Elegant Champagne & White Hawaii Wedding | Photographer: Tamiz Photography

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Colorful & Unique Rustic Michigan Wedding | Photographer: Mishelle Lamarand Photography

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Purple and Gray Boho Chic Beach Wedding | Photographer: Mad Love Weddings / Event Planner: Shelby Peaden Events / Floral Designer: Myrtie Blue

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A Romantic, Sparkly Blush and Gold Wedding | Photographer: pure7studios

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A Colorful Vintage Eclectic Winter Park Wedding | Photographer: Kt Crabb Photography

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A Fall Purple and Champagne Alabama Wedding | Photographer: j.woodbery photography

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A Fun Rustic Coral and Aqua Wedding | Photographer: Jennifer Baumann Photography

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A Romantic, Timeless Champagne and Blush Wedding | Photographer: Frenzel Studios

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A Romantic Glam Navy, Pink and Gold Wedding | Photographer: Sarah Kathleen

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Handmade Orange, Yellow and Blue Wedding | Photographer: Chaz Cruz Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Swann Soirees

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Eclectic Coral, Yellow and Green Florida Wedding | Photographer: pure7studios / Event Planner: Carillon Weddings / Floral Designer: Myrtie Blue

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Modern Elegant Emerald and Navy Wedding | Photographer: Trivium Studio / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Antonia Christianson Events

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A Yellow and Peach Minnesota Farm Wedding | Photographer: Concept Photography

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Florida Rustic Vintage Pastel Wedding | Photographer: Jenn Hopkins Photography

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It was so hard for me to choose out of all the gorgeous weddings featured here on ELD! Definitely be sure to check all of these out though- you don’t want to miss them!



by: Lauren

Happy Wednesday everyone! I think we could all use a bit of joy this week, don’t you? Well this eclectic vineyard wedding from Jen Disney Photography is full of bright colors and lots of fun elements, and it’s sure to lift your spirits!

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From the bride, Kendra:

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

When I first thought about planning, I didn’t know where to start.  I found that talking to a couple of my friends and colleagues who recently got married helped to point me in the right direction.  The venue we used, Wiens Family Cellars, was an ‘inclusive’ venue which meant that all food, tables & chairs, linens, and a ton of decor came with the site fee.  Additionally, they assign an event coordinator to work with you and make sure that all of your preferences for the day are taken care of.  For the day-of preparations, I was very careful to box up any decorations/favors that we were bringing with sketches or instructions on how and where to set-up. This allowed the venue staff to go ahead and get things set-up while we were getting ready.  I also provided a sketch/layout to the florist to show where I wanted to see certain pieces of our decor or extra shepard hooks & lanterns and things.

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

Communication and collaboration. I travel a lot for my job and needed vendors who were effective and responsive with email, so I made sure that method of communication would work.  Then it was just about finding people who we felt understood our needs and ideas for the atmosphere we wanted to create.  We were very open to hearing ideas from vendors that went along with our vision for our wedding.  I felt we had a great collaboration of ideas with all of my vendors. And because of this, I was able to really let go of things toward the last couple of weeks and especially on the day of the wedding because I trusted that they knew what we wanted and liked.  

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

I didn’t have a “dream wedding” so when we started planning I really hit Pinterest and loads of wedding blogs.  I just started to see what pieces I really identified with and what I could see working for Sean and I.  Both Sean and I are very laid back and we knew we wanted something more casual than formal, but still traditional.  

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

This is so tough because I really love the way our wedding came together.  I think my favorite thing about our wedding overall is the atmosphere we created for our friends and family, which was very warm and casual and comfortable.  Having said that, looking at our pictures my favorite part is definitely the flowers!  I LOVE the way the flowers came together and I remember not wanting to put my bouquet down ever.  They are so bright and cheerful, but still very classy.  And my veil, I also really love my veil which I found by chance at a shop near my office that I popped into during my lunch break!   :)

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Have fun and personalize.  The pieces of our wedding that keep getting brought up again are those that were really personal reflections of Sean and I, those are the things that make a wedding your own.  And one practical tip that a friend gave me was to provide the photographer with a list of ‘must take’ photos and Jenn was great about reminding us to get together with certain groups that were on our list.  Time goes really fast and you’re pulled in many directions throughout the night, so to have her keep track was great and I’m very grateful each time I look back at our photos.

Oh I just LOVE everything about this wedding! From the unique bridesmaid dresses and the pennant flag ceremony programs, to the fun color palette and guest “balloons”! And even better- Kendra’s advice about personalizing elements of your wedding!

So friends, tell me- what kind of details are you planning to have at your wedding that will reflect you and your fiance?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Jen Disney Photography / Reception Venue: Weins Family Cellars / Flowers & Decor: Suzanne M Smith Designs / Cake Baker: Cakes to Celebrate! / DJ: Unique Mobile Sounds / Hairstylist: Fuse Hair / Bridal Salon: The Dresser Bridal Couture / Bride’s Shoes: ModCloth / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor Loft / Ceremony Officiant: Christopher Tuttle


by: Lauren

I hope everyone has had a great weekend! I had a huge wedding and am still in “wedding hangover” mode… it’s crazy what 16 hours on your feet does to your body! Anyways, here are a few posts from “around the blogs” that you don’t want to miss!

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What’s something that every bride has to decide on when planning a wedding? Assigned seating. It’s really not as bad as you think, and this week’s Thursday Tips post tells you a thing or two about it!

 

Thanks, Jennifer Aniston, for inspiring poppy bridesmaid dresses for all. BRIDEfinds found some gorgeous styles. 

Find summer inspiration for your wedding with Simply Splendid Centerpieces at Ok, Now What Bride.

The love stories of yesterday, affect those of today, yours. bWed Exclusive takes a trip down memory lane to celebrate 57 Years of Love!

Come and get some outfit inspiration from Wedding Chicks. Engagement Outfit Ideas | Garden Party

Disney weddings, they’re not just for Cinderella-wannabees anymore! Check out The Broke-Ass Bride’s magical Disney Wedding experience!

Have a great new week everyone! :)