Category Archives: Real Weddings

Love // Sarah & Robert

I have to admit — I’m a little bit of a sucker for a desert wedding, and Rob and Sarah’s destination wedding in Scottsdale, Arizona is no exception.

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Love // Victor & Pilar

I’m not always the biggest fan of “trash the dress,” but this session has me begging for more.  Miguel Varona took these gorgeous shots of Victor and Pilar the day after their wedding in Valencia, Spain.  They were shot entirely on film (be still my heart) on Malvarosa beach and in the surrounding area… and with such a beautiful place and such a beautiful couple, really, how can you go wrong?

Photographer: Miguel Varona

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{Real Weddings} Sondra & Jason’s Kentucky Classic

Sondra and Jason’s wedding — with its neutral palette, to-die-for location, and cutest kids ever — is one for the books.  The two were introduced three years ago by Jason’s sister and the rest, as they say, is history.

Photographer: Chris Cornwell Photographer


{Real Weddings} Shana & Nathan’s Scottish Estate

Okay.  You know those times when you’re really busy… and then you stop?

All of the sick you’ve been saving suddenly decides to pay you a visit.

The good news is that I think I’m starting to feel a little better… and I’ve had a little downtime to peruse all of the gorgeous submissions I’ve received lately… including this particularly stunning Scottish beauty!

Shona and Nathan met right here in Washington, DC.  After quickly falling in love, Nathan visited Shona in her hometown outside Edinburgh and proposed.  They returned to Scotland for their wedding at Alvie Estates — and it’s not at all hard to see why, thanks to these beautiful images by Rebekah J Murray.

Photography: Rebekah J Murray / Location: Alvie Estates / Bridal portrait location: Dirleton Castle / Gown: Lusan Mandongus, purchased at Teokath of London / Veil: David Fielden / Jewelry: Rosie Brown / Groom’s suit: Lingfield by Moss / Headpiece: designed by the bride and created by Bridget Webster / Shoes: custom by Freya Rose / Floral: Country Harvest / Lighting and tent: Highland Marquees / Band: Kilter / Stationery: White Blossom

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{Real Weddings} Rachael & Adam’s Stylish Soirée

When I first opened this gorgeous submission from Anne Nunn Photographers, I wondered if it was a styled shoot.  I mean, seriously, look at that gorgeous couple.

Turns out, Rachael and Adam are just that fabulous.

As a photographer herself, Rachael knew exactly how to get the most gorgeous shots imaginable on her day.  She gave her photogs complete freedom to go anywhere they liked, and a full two and a half hours to shoot… which now has me rethinking my planned hour and a half.  Enough, do you think?  Maybe not.

Photographer: Anne Nunn Photographers / Hair Stylist: Face it! / Floral Designer: Cherish Hill Florist / Cake Designer: Market of Choice / Jewelry: Hum Designs Jewelry / Event Venue: Downtown Athletic Club, New Song Fellowship

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{Real Weddings} Catherine & David’s Yellow Beach Beauty

The first real wedding of 2012 had to be special, and this one definitely fits the bill.

As gorgeous as it is, Catherine and David’s North Carolina stunner almost didn’t happen.  Just listen to this amazing story from their photographer, Charo

Every beach wedding has its share of calamities.  Usually it’s weather related, especially down here… especially in the spring.  There’s almost always the threat of cataclysmic weather… and the threat almost always subsides by the time the ceremony’s starting.  All the white-knuckled, crossed-fingers, glued-to-the-weather-channel waiting and hoping and praying… I’ve seen this more than a few times.

Such was the case on April 16th for Cat and David’s wedding.  On Friday, they were not only calling for rain; they were calling for tornadoes.  Hail.  45+ mph winds.  Destruction.  Devastation.  Armageddon.

It was looking pretty grim.  There wasn’t much of a Plan B in place, and every single plan they had was based on getting married ON THE BEACH.  So, what does any sane couple do?  Why, they call all their vendors and every last guest and tell them to show up early!

I honestly don’t know how they coordinated it so well.  They had to move mountains to make it happen – but it was well worth it.  This wedding was awesome.  The weather, the location, the details, the vendors – everything worked perfectly.

Incredible.  Stories like this one blow my mind, but they just go to show that no matter what, whatever is thrown at you, you can make it work — a pretty good lesson going into marriage.

Plus I’m a firm believer that rain equals good luck!

The wedding had tons of amazing details, including a full-on Avett Brothers soundtrack (ah-mazing) and a life size cake replica of the couple’s beloved dog Stuey… a totally awesome idea until you realize you have to cut into it.

Check out the hilarity that ensued when Catherine and David came upon this realization in the video below…

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HILARIOUS Cake Cutting…err..murder. from Matt Davis.

And be sure to check out their beautiful highlight reel here.  Thank you so much, Charo, for sharing all of these wonderful details!  I’m loving every one.

Photographer: Charo Photo / Caterer: Middle of the Island Catering Co. / Floral Designer: Moxie Floral Design Studio / Musicians: Ukulele Academy / Reception Venue: Lumina Hall / Cinema and Video: Life Stage Film / DJ: Brian Hood / Bakery: Imaginary Cakes

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{Real Weddings} Amos & Justine’s Vancouver Bash

I heart this wedding and this adorable couple.  From the colorful bridesmaids dresses and matching groomsmen’s socks to the gorgeous flowers and personal touches, Justine and Amos’ day looks like so much fun!

From the photographer:

Justine and Amos met when they both worked at the same law firm for a couple of years. Justine says, “Our firm had a Breakfast Club every Friday morning and Amos and I would often end up arriving before our co-workers. That is where I got to know him and his humour, good nature and blue eyes.” Amos said he is attracted to how sweetly outspoken Justine is, “she says what is on her mind and calls a spade a spade.” This is how you know you have found an amazing guy, Justine moved into Amos’s neighbourhood and before she got cable, Amos kindly invited her over to watch The Hills at his house so she wouldn’t have to miss any episodes. {Sorry ladies Amos is now married!!}

After a tricky week of on and off rain, the wedding day was here and so was the sunshine and almost summer like temperatures. It was a day that went so fast, Justine looked stunning and Amos looked so GQ. Their wedding party was FAN-TAS-TIC. I think one of the things I loved were the girls being able to choose their dresses and the colour of their dresses, then the guys matched their socks to the girls dresses. LOVE. Justine created a lot of the details at the reception herself which I love when a couple puts their own personal touch on their wedding. It truly was an amazing day.

Photographer: Daydream Weddings / Event Planner: Down the Aisle / Floral Designer: Celsia Florest / Dress Store: Frocks, J. Crew / Ceremony Location: Burnaby Village Museum / Jewelry: Twigs & Honey / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Harry Rosen / Restaurant: Boneta

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{Real Weddings} Brendan & Joanna’s Sunny Soirée

What a weekend… I’m still recovering!

Our trip was even better than expected, with great weather, amazing sunrises, fresh air, and views.  There is nothing better.  But I have to admit… all of that cold has me craving the heat, and this beautiful celebration is just the fix.

Brendan and Joanna’s intimate wedding is full of gorgeous vintage touches and plenty of sun — enough to warm even the coldest of days.

Not to mention one of the prettiest bouquets I’ve ever seen.

Photographer: Lauren Reynolds Photography / Caterer: Carbonara Catering / Floral Designer: Krista Jon / Planner and Stylist: Ki Ki Lee Herr / Cake Designer: Itty Bitty Sweets / DJ: Divel Entertainment / Equipment Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals, Classic Party Rentals / Event Venue: The Historic Cottage


{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


{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

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