My favorite type of weddings to share are ones that have that extra “something” that make them unique + memorable + unlike any wedding I’ve seen before. Weddings that are not “cookie cutter” and that are true to the bride and groom and who they are as a couple. Today’s wedding is the perfect example!
Jennifer and David created a lovely 1930s inspired vintage wedding with a “speakeasy” feel, along with their wedding planner Hannah Smith Events. The bride and groom said their vows at the Marston House in San Diego, California, surrounded by lush gardens and early 20th century charm. Afterwards, the newlyweds and all of their guests were taken back to the 19th century when they stepped on board the William D. Evans, a beautiful recreation of a steamboat from days past. Guests enjoyed an incredibly elegant and unforgettable reception!
Enjoy the gorgeous images captured by Josh and Ariel of Aniko London based out of San Diego, and read on to hear more about the details of this lovely affair.
When your ceremony takes place in such a naturally beautiful setting, you don’t need a ton of decor — I think these simple giant balloons add the perfect amount of whimsy to the lovely gardens where Jennifer and David said ‘I do.’
First look photos are always some of my fave. You just can’t beat that moment of pure bliss and joy when the bride and groom see each other for the first time on their wedding day!
I am absolutely in love with Jennifer’s vintage 1930s style dress, her hair, her makeup… not to mention David’s stylish suit, bow tie, and hair style. It’s all just vintage perfection, really!
I love this next picture… the bride and her father are being escorted to the ceremony in a vintage 1930s town car: “but first, let me take a selfie”
The bridesmaid dresses are also perfection, and I love how their bouquets are all white while the bride’s bouquet has pops of deep purple.
Now on to the reception… say hello to the William D. Evans! What an incredible location for a reception.
And even more stunning inside…
I don’t typically post many black and white photos if I have the choice, but this next shot is pure gold…
… and they danced the night away. :)
A huge thank you to Josh and Ariel of Anika London for sharing this gorgeous wedding with us!
Have a wonderful day and a fantastic Thanksgiving tomorrow!
The talented wedding pros who contributed to this wedding:
Photographer: Anika London // Floral Designer: Cherry Blossom Floral Designs // Event Planner: Hannah Smith Events // DJ: Injoy Entertainment // Design and Decor: Lucky Street Rentals // Ceremony Venue: The Marston House //Reception Venue: The William D. Evans
Today’s color palette was inspired by a little project I am currently working on with a fabulous local wedding photographer. I just love the glitzy, glam feel of the gold sequins paired with the stark white and the contrasting navy. It’s just perfection for a winter wedding!
Need more winter wedding ideas?
Check out these lovely winter wedding cakes, or get ideas for winter wedding favors here and here.
Gold Heels | Cake | Groom’s Suit | Invitation Suite | Mercury Glass Votive Holders | Bow Napkin
Have a wonderful Tuesday! Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving!?
One of the best things about being a wedding planner and running a wedding blog is having the opportunity to share the work of super talented people who I get to call colleagues + friends. Today’s gorgeous wedding, captured right here in the Willamette Valley by Gaby of Gabriela Ines Photography, is the perfect example.
Gaby and I first worked together on a lovely peach + gold styled shoot a couple of summers ago that was featured on Le Magnifique. I had a blast working with Gaby, she is such a sweetheart and she’s so talented at what she does. I always love seeing her photos pop up on my news feed, and I was super excited when she submitted Joey and Brinnan’s wedding to me!
Joey and Brinnan were married at the Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm in Pleasant Hill, Oregon on a perfect August day. Their wedding was filled with colorful flowers, lots of pretty light, and some incredible pink and gold cakes by Soft Peaks Cakery (and of course lots of love!).
LOVE this shot of the groomsmen repping their Oregon Duck socks!
I can’t get over all of those colorful flowers adorning the ceremony arbor… so lovely!
Those cakes I was talking about? Yea… they were definitely show stoppers! Shelly with Soft Peaks Cakery did an incredible job. I have worked with Shelly a couple of times and not only do her cakes look gorgeous, but they are soo tasty as well.
I almost wouldn’t have wanted to cut in to those cakes because they looked so beautiful!
A big thank you to Gaby for sharing this gorgeous wedding with us. Be sure to check out her blog to see more of her work!
Wedding Professionals who contributed to this beautiful day:
Way back in November of 2010 I created a post called 10 DIY Winter Wedding Favors, which to this day is still one of my most popular posts and gets a decent amount of traffic. So I figured, now that it is *ahem* 4 years later, we are well overdue for a new roundup of wedding favors! This time the focus is unique favors that you might not see at every (or any) wedding you attend this winter.
I am all about favors that guests will genuinely enjoy and actually use, not kitschy ones that will end up in the trash. These winter wedding favors will certainly make an impact on your guests and will give them a wonderful keepsake from your wedding that they will be able to enjoy for months, or even years to come.
Read on to see some of the ways that you can really “wow” your wedding guests this winter!
1. Craft them a special gift that will leave them feeling cozy all winter long:
These tea cup candles are adorable and also super easy to make. I’ve made them as Christmas gifts before and they were a huge hit. Elizabeth Ann Designs has a great tutorial for these. I also think it would be super fun to collect all of the unique, vintage tea cups.
If you’re akin to sewing (or have a friend or family member who is willing to help), these DIY hand warmers are a super fun + creative way to say thank you to your guests. Check out the tutorial here.
2. Give them a tasty treat in a keepsake mug:
Whether it’s a hot chocolate kit in a mug adorned with a knitted coffee cozy, or a personalized mug filled with chocolates, your guests will surely appreciate this tasty gesture. These also double as fabulous escort or place cards.
3. Keep them warm all winter long:
Gloves in your wedding colors are a unique and affordable option — I’ve seen these on sale at Target for $1/each around the holidays! Or what about a custom monogrammed fleece blanket to show guests your appreciation? You really can’t go wrong with either.
4. Help them decorate for the holidays:
If your wedding is taking place around Christmas, I love the idea of giving personalized ornaments to your guests. You could either double them up as escort cards and have the guests names on them or attached with a tag, or use your own monogram or names to customize them.
For a more rustic wedding, you could send your guests home with their own tiny Christmas tree (aka sapling) to remember your wedding by. These birch etched snowflake ornaments are a fantastic option as well! See the full tutorial here.
Lastly, I am just in love with these charming little wreaths that could be displayed in your guest’s homes after the wedding. See the tutorial for the berry wreaths here and the greenery wreaths here.
If you’re planning a winter wedding, what favor are you planning to send your guests home with? I’d love to hear some other ideas!
Have a fantastic Thursday!