by: Carly

From the moment I saw Kari and Nick’s stationery, I found myself unable to stop saying “this is amazing” as I looked through each and every photo from their eclectic wedding day. The pair met and live in Brooklyn; however, they are both from Florida. The Sunshine State quickly became their inspiration while planning, and Kari knew she wanted to return home when the two said, “I do”.

Doe Lake Campground served as K+N’s ceremony and reception venues, and they transformed the space into an eclectic, boho, and modern soiree filled with foliage, bright colors (think: neon pink and green!), and beautiful lighting. Nick’s mom is a florist, and she did an amazing job designing the bouquets and centerpieces. Plus, one of Kari’s friends is an event designer in Los Angeles while another works as a prop stylist in New York City. Talk about an incredibly talented team!

While planning, K+N’s biggest concern was working with a photographer whom they felt made them feel comfortable in front of the camera. As you look through the photos, you will quickly notice they made a wonderful choice by working with By the Robinsons! Y’all, I cannot wait for you to see Kari and Nick’s wedding day!

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

We are so lucky to be surrounded by creative geniuses and loving friends who were all willing to be a part of this process. Our closest friends and all of our family played a key role in helping to plan and execute the details. One of my closest friends happens to be a wedding designer out of LA (Christy Thiessen of Hello Gem Events), so she was hugely helpful along with my best friend since childhood who is a prop stylist here in New York (Amy Taylor Styling). Between the two of them and my super creative mom, sisters, and my mother-in-law who happens to be an incredibly skilled florist, we had a solid team…and a lot of fun!

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

That they had a sense of style and understood our vision. We didn’t want standard stiff-looking wedding photos, so the photographer was our biggest decision. We found a winner in By the Robinsons, who were not only fun to work with, but really knew the narrative, natural look we were going for. 

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

My husband and I met and live in Brooklyn, but are both from Florida, so we knew we wanted to get married there. The place itself became my inspiration, both the natural landscape, the foliage and definitely the kitsch.  

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding? 

Dancing with friends and family under the big tree dripping with lights. It’s been my vision since I first thought about getting married and it did not disappoint. I also LOVED our ceremony and remember every moment of it, which I did not expect. 

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides? 

Rely on the people around you when you can and try not to be too much of a control freak. I may have been guilty of that and caused myself more stress than I needed. Once I let go, I had a lot more fun. 

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photography: By the Robinsons // Venue: Doe Lake Campground, Ocala National Forest // Day of Coordination: Anna Christine Events // Rentals: A Chair Affair // Flowers and Plants: Bride’s mother-in-law// CateringFour Rivers Smokehouse // Cake: Publix Bakery // Bride’s Dress: Rue De Seine // Groom’s suit: JCrew // Late Night Food Truck: Go Go Stuff Yourself // Invitations: Hello Gem Events



by: Lauren

Childhood sweethearts Samantha and Justin were wed in a stunning Charlottesville wedding that was filled with tons of beauty and so much love. Taking place at Mount Ida Farm, a romantic style and rustic details combined to create a perfect wedding day for the two sweethearts and best friends to start their life together. Lush green and white florals with hints of blush, glowing lanterns, and subtle cherry details provided the finishing touches for this romantic wedding, and it was all captured beautifully by Aaron Watson Photography– we can’t wait for you to see!

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How amazing is Samantha’s dress?! And those florals are to-die-for don’t you agree?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  Aaron Watson Photography // Event Planner: Amore Events by Cody // Florals: Amore Events by Cody // Caterer: Harvest Moon Catering // Cake Designer: Maliha Creations // Event Venue: Mount Ida Farm // Hair Stylist: Moxie Hair and Body Lounge // Equipment Rentals: MS Events // Photo Booth Equipment: Photo Booth of Charlottesville



by: Lauren

Inspired by the romance of Santa Cruz’s Rancho don Bosco, these gorgeously organic wedding ideas are absolutely stunning! Shades of soft pastels in blush and white, soft, flowing fabric, and lush greenery make for the most romantic of designs, and adding in a bit of rustic sophistication is just icing on the cake. Speaking of cake… the simple, olive branch adorned cake is absolute beauty and perfection too. We can’t wait for you to see it all, captured by Laura Hernandez Photography and designed by A Sparkling Event!

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From Laura Hernandez Photography:

The fog hugged the Santa Cruz coast line as we ventured up the mountainside. We had nearly approached the peak, as the clouds slowly diminished, beams of sunlight began to emerge, piercing through the redwood trees. The sound of joyous laughter sailed through the air, and carried with it the fresh scent of the newly blossomed citrus trees. It was heavenly. To think this one day, had taken months of planning, days to prepare, and it was finally here. Rancho don Bosco is a hidden gem, tucked away in the Santa Cruz hills. It has an overflowing combination of European flare with a pinch of California glam. This session was flooded with soft pastel colors, delicate fabrics, and flowing greenery. This bridal session from mother-daughter photographers Laura & Rachel Hernandez, captures the elegant Justin Alexander bridal gown from Epiphany Boutique, stunning hair and makeup by Aime Gruber, and stylish floral creations of Connie J Moore Floral Designs. This upscale and sophisticated shoot was brought to life by the amazing Mandi Nack of A Sparking Event. When coming up with the idea for this shoot, I knew I wanted to combine organic beauty and simplicity, elegance, and romance. The day was pure perfection. The warm sun, rustic barn wood tables, peachy pastel flowers, and a gorgeous tiered olive branch cake mirrored what my mind had imagined.

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  Laura Hernandez Photography // Event Planner: A SPARKLING EVENT // Event Venue: Rancho Don Bosco Event Center // Equipment Rentals: Alexis Party Rental // Calligrapher: Ashley Bush // Floral Designer: Connie J Moore Floral Design // Dress Store: Epiphany Boutique // Hair Stylist: hAirgem // Signage: Jess Velarde // Cake Designer: Room for Dessert



by: Carly

As I peeked through each and every photo from Kayleen and Andrew’s Chicago wedding day, I couldn’t help but think that it’s one of the happiest I’ve ever seen. These two radiated joy from the moment they began getting ready – just wait until you see Kayleen reading a note from Andrew. But I also couldn’t help but smile when I saw Kayleen’s bright yellow bouquet designed by Ashland and Addison– each detail is so cheery, y’all!

Kayleen and Andrew adore Chicago (we do, too!), and they had their first look at the Adler Planetarium where Andrew proposed. Next, they hopped on a trolley to capture photos with their wedding party at the Wrigley Building just before they reached their destination – Salvage One. This industrial space served as the locale for both the ceremony and reception. The pair were married in a greenery filled courtyard before retreating inside with their guests for a Chicago themed fete. Escort cards by Rivoire Designs honored the city’s flag, tables were named after nearby streets, and a book about the history of Chicago served as the guestbook. Kayleen is joining us today to share her best wedding planning advice below, and we’re so thrilled for you to dive headfirst into all of the sweet photos captured by Natalie Probst Photography!

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

I was blessed that one of my bridesmaids, Claire Weller, is in the wedding planning business in Chicago. She was a essential part of the planning process and a total lifesaver.

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

Meeting all of our vendors and being comfortable with each one was the most important factor when deciding our vendors. All of our vendors worked seamlessly together. They all made the planning process enjoyable and day of go off without any problems.

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

My husband and I both wanted to avoid the typical pomp and circumstance that goes along with the big day. We wanted to throw a huge party that reflected the city where we fell in love and also had a loft/outdoor element.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

Besides saying I do to the love of my life, it would have to be our venue, Salvage One.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Soak it all in on your big day because it goes by so fast.

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  Natalie Probst Photography // Floral Designer: Ashland and Addison // Caterer: Limelight Catering // DJ: Monastero Entertainment // Makeup Artist: Nika Vaughn Bridal Artists // Invitation Designer: Rivoire Designs // Reception Venue: Salvage One // Dress Designer: Tara Keely