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Our dear friend, and paper contributor, Megan, from MaeMae Paperie, recently put together a stationery suite for a “West Anderson in the desert wearing Missoni” wedding. We had to giggle at that description, but when we saw how the designs turned out–well, we’re not surprised it’s pretty spot on! We’ll let MaeMae take over with her images and tell you more of the story below!

Wedding Blog Wes Anderson Inspired Stationery

Wedding Blog Wes Anderson Inspired Stationery

Wedding Blog Wes Anderson Inspired Stationery

Wedding Blog Wes Anderson Inspired Stationery

Wedding Blog Wes Anderson Inspired Stationery

Wedding Blog Wes Anderson Inspired Stationery

from MaeMae:

The theme for B&B’s wedding was Wes Anderson in the Desert Wearing Missoni. I mean. Enough said. (Check instagram for Beau and Arrow’s hashtags on that…) Collaborating with Brianna, Buzz, and the fab Beau and Arrow ladies was such a treat. We started with the Maximus suite we created for Martha Stewart Weddings and then added in some personalized details. For the save the date we created a back to school vibe and then carried some of those illustrations into their suite. (see a full photo of the save the date in this post). All of the guest envelopes were addressed with a typewriter to keep it authentic throw back.

We also made these amazing hotel keys for escort cards in a variety of colors (see more colors here). All of the signage was displayed at the wedding in these amazing layered frames over marbled paper. All of the guests were treated in their hotel rooms to these custom wrapped Mast Bro chocolate bars. It was very difficult to make it through the wrapping process without digging into them… To stay cool at the Palm Springs celebration the programs were made into handy little fans.

Thank you, Buzz and Brianna, for being the coolest clients. Wishing you both lots of love!!

Wedding Blog Wes Anderson Inspired Stationery

Wedding Blog Wes Anderson Inspired Stationery

Wedding Blog Wes Anderson Inspired Stationery

 

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For their wedding, Erin and Rob wanted guests to experience the thrill of Chicago without all the hustle and bustle of traffic and tourists, so they chose their venue Prairie Production, where skyline views were available from the cocktail hour. With a completely blank modern loft space, Erin turned her initial feelings of intimidation into total freedom and creativity! With nothing but white space, she had nothing but possibility–and we love that she turned to total romance (including plenty of coral peonies and soft roses by Floral Del Monte) to fill up the modern room. The couple leaned on tradition and family to add a sense of history and personality to the big day! We’ll let the bride, Erin, tell you the rest of the story, while your eyes feast on images by Kina Wicks Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

What made the day most unique for us was being able to customize every aspect of our wedding to reflect our personal tastes and preferences. We wanted to show our guests a bit of who we are as a couple, rather than following standard protocol. My step-mother is a judge and she married us at the venue. We created the entire ceremony ourselves and recessed to a favorite reggae song. We opted to each have one person in our bridal party and asked close friends to help in other ways, like making a slideshow or helping with place cards. Guests sipped our favorite drinks during cocktail hour while listening to music performed by Rob’s long-time friend and fellow musician Hector Anchondo. For dinner, we served grilled shrimp and steak kebabs, which is what Rob made for me the night we got engaged (and also one of our favorite meals). We wanted to get the dance party started and opted for a sweets table instead of serving wedding cake to the guests at their tables. This allowed people to enjoy a variety of sweets when they felt ready and also helped people pack the dance floor.
We also wanted to have a Chicago wedding without all the chaos of a traditional downtown Chicago wedding (traffic, tourists, etc.). We chose our venue, Prairie Production, in the West Loop neighborhood because it provided our guests an urban feel in a more accessible area of Chicago. We were able to have cocktail hour outside and guests could catch a glimpse of the Chicago skyline without the screech of traffic.

Wedding Blog Rob and Erins Wedding at Prarie Production

Wedding Blog Rob and Erins Wedding at Prarie Production

Wedding Blog Rob and Erins Wedding at Prarie Production

Wedding Blog Rob and Erins Wedding at Prarie Production

Wedding Blog Rob and Erins Wedding at Prarie Production

Wedding Blog Rob and Erins Wedding at Prarie Production

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I knew I wanted a lace gown. My mother wore lace and I wanted to carry on in that tradition. Like the way I approach many other things in life, I had a vision of what I wanted in my head and the struggle was to find it out in the real world. I went to six different boutiques. I thought I had found “the one” and had an appointment to purchase what I thought was the gown. However, my future mother-in-law was coming in town for our engagement party and I wanted to take her dress shopping with me. Turns out she was good luck! The Alvina Valenta dress I tried on that day at Bella Bianca Bridal Couture ended up being my wedding gown. It was sweetheart lace with buttons all the way down the back. The belt it came with had a large raw silk flower, which was perfect for our garden party theme. I purchased a rhinestone “party” belt that I wore during the reception. I still love my wedding dress! Every time we look at our wedding photos, my husband laughs because that is the first thing I say. Through Pinterest, I was able to locate beautiful Badgley Mischka shoes that perfectly matched the gown.

I was lucky enough to borrow two incredible accessories from close friends. My veil was Vera Wang, borrowed from my good friend from graduate school. I loved it so much I joke with her that I am not giving it back. My college roommate let me borrow her gorgeous (and enormous) rhinestone and pearl hairpiece. She purchased it at the Monique L’Huillier boutique in Minnesota. I loved having a piece of my friends’ with me throughout the day.
If there is a wedding video, we would love to feature that as well!

Wedding Blog Rob and Erins Wedding at Prarie Production

What were some touches added to make it personal?

Our venue is a completely blank space. At first it was overwhelming to make the space our own, but in the end, the flexibility that the venue allowed is a huge part of what made our wedding personal. We loosely based the decorations on the idea of a formal garden party. My father constructed a large white trellis on which to hang the ombre watercolor place cards. The place cards were attached to satin coral ribbon (same type of ribbon that was used on the wedding invitations). My friends and I made the place cards and table numbers to match our Paper Source invitations. Our florist hung bud vases on the trellis and placed bunches of bud vases throughout the venue to carry on the floral theme. Peonies have always been a favorite of mine and I was thrilled we were able to make them a large part of the wedding decorations. I love how our wedding cake turned out – a small, delicately decorated white cake with a large coral charm peony on top. I even purchased a peony essence eau de parfum by L’Occitance to incorporate the fragrance of the flower into my attire.

Our families were also a big part of making the day more personal. My mother surprised us by having her wedding dress deconstructed and turned into a box in which to hold cards. There is a special lid that will allow this box to become our wedding keepsake box. Rob’s mother, Kim, is well-known for her delicious cookies. She made the wedding favors, which were coral spritz cookies (Rob’s favorite) and raspberry thumb press cookies (Erin’s favorite). Our sweetheart table was candlelit by handmade candle sticks that Rob’s grandfather, Robert, had made for his wife as a wedding present. We were each able to enjoy our favorite beverages with our His & Her signature cocktails (Buffalo Trace Old Fashioned for Him and Pomegranate Prosecco Cocktail for Her). We ate dinner at a sweetheart table and shared a bottle of 2009 Justin ISOCELES wine (Rob works for the company).

Wedding Blog Rob and Erins Wedding at Prarie Production

Wedding Blog Rob and Erins Wedding at Prarie Production

Wedding Blog Rob and Erins Wedding at Prarie Production

Wedding Blog Rob and Erins Wedding at Prarie Production

Wedding Blog Rob and Erins Wedding at Prarie Production

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Sitting at our sweetheart table together, enjoying the speeches of our bridal party and looking around at the people whom we love most who were there celebrating with us. Both of us were surprised at how much fun we had at the wedding! From getting ready to the encore performed by our band, it was truly the time of our life.

Wedding Blog Rob and Erins Wedding at Prarie Production

Wedding Blog Rob and Erins Wedding at Prarie Production

Wedding Blog Rob and Erins Wedding at Prarie Production

Wedding Blog Rob and Erins Wedding at Prarie Production


Tell us how you met and became engaged!

We met at a bar in Wicker Park in 2009 (we went back to the same bar in 2013 to take our engagement photos there!). I initially tried to set Rob up with one of my friends, but it did not work out. I kept in touch with Rob and we went on our first date a few weeks later. We’ve been together ever since.
Our condo has a rooftop deck that overlooks the skyline. It’s one of our favorite places to spend time together. In April 2013, Rob told me her was going to make dinner for us on the roof. I thought nothing of it, even when I got up there and there were candles lit and music playing. When he came up, he had a bottle of champagne and the sun was setting. I actually did not know that he was proposing until he got down on one knee! I was so shocked and deliriously happy that I remember little of what he said while proposing. He reincorporated his proposal speech into his wedding vows when we were married so I could hear what he originally said.

Wedding Blog Rob and Erins Wedding at Prarie Production

Vendors: Photography: Kina Wicks Photography // Bridal Gown: Alvina Valenta // Groom’s Clothing: Suit Supply // Catering: Honest Foods Catering // Custom Printing: Paper Source // Florals: Floral Del Monte // Hair & MU: Chicago Bridal Hair and Makeup // Band: Connexion Band // Venue: Prairie Production

Shannon and John were married at a brand new venue in SoCal: The Ranch at Laguna Beach. With their closest family and friends, the pair celebrated in an intimate non-fussy reception that included tons of personal details, plenty of help from family and friends, and a few DIYs. We are SO honored to share this sweet wedding with you, especially because our super fab friend, Josh Elliott Photography shot all of these gorgeous images. By the way…a sparkly pinata at the end of your wedding? I’m going to give that a big huge seal of approval!

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Wedding Blog The Ranch at Laguna Beach Wedding

Wedding Blog The Ranch at Laguna Beach Wedding

What made the wedding special and unique?

For both of us it was nice to have a small wedding with family and just a few close friends. It felt very intimate, not too busy, or hectic. The venue is a newest addition to a 9-hole golf course in town. We were the first wedding there, so it felt really special! It was outdoors, in a grove of eucalyptus trees in the back of a lush canyon – the perfect venue for us! The weather was perfect and the day was smooth from start to finish. It was also extra special creating the vision for the day, piecing together the special touches, AND being the bride!

Wedding Blog The Ranch at Laguna Beach Wedding

Tell us about the dress and where/how you found it!

Dress shopping was a little tough for me. Because we were engaged in January and planned our wedding for May, my dress shopping time was limited. I also kind of loved almost every dress I tried on, so it was tricky to decide. However, most of the dresses I wanted to order wouldn’t arrive in time because of our short engagement. But thankfully, I am sample size! I had a vision of what I thought my dress would look like, and always said that I would never wear lace or strapless. With about a month until our wedding I tried on a strapless lace dress with a train, and it just worked and they were happy to sell me the sample with my time crunch! I picked it up from alterations the day before the wedding, and was so happy that it fit on wedding day!

Wedding Blog The Ranch at Laguna Beach Wedding

Wedding Blog The Ranch at Laguna Beach Wedding

What were some touches added to make it personal?

Everything was personal! From John and I hand painting the bottles for flowers, to pieces of driftwood collected from our travels, John’s dad being the officiant, everyone came together to help in one way or another. One of my bridesmaids is an amazing florist, and she made all the bouquets and boutonnieres full of gorgeous white peonies, dahlias, and eucalyptus. Another bridesmaid is a chef, and she made the delicious cake and cupcakes topped with gold! on the morning of the wedding, my bridesmaids and I came early and setup the ceremony, tables, and floral arrangements.

Both my mom and my stepfather walked me down the aisle, we presented John’s daughter with special words and a beautiful necklace during the ceremony to represent us as a family, we hired the local trolley (an icon of Laguna Beach) to shuttle our guests to the back of the canyon, the pinata, the music, the food…all those details made everything feel really special and were a true reflection of us and our relationship. Above all that though, our ceremony was extra special. Although I was too shy to say my own vows, John’s dad did a great job of basically saying all that we could’ve wanted – there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd, everyone really felt the love!

Wedding Blog The Ranch at Laguna Beach Wedding

Wedding Blog The Ranch at Laguna Beach Wedding

Wedding Blog The Ranch at Laguna Beach Wedding

Do you have a wedding video you would like to share as well?

We don’t! And majorly regret not doing one!

Wedding Blog The Ranch at Laguna Beach Wedding

Wedding Blog The Ranch at Laguna Beach Wedding

What was the most memorable part of the day?

From Shannon:
Our first dance. We had requested that Francisco, an 89 year old man from a local Mexican restaurant come play for us the song he played for us on our first date. He planned to arrive after the ceremony and photos, but he was running late, so we decided to play the song we had planned for the father-daughter and mother-son dance. And figured we would select another song for the parents later on. We forgot to tell our parents that, so when we started dancing, our parents joined in, from both sides! It ended up being a big family dance!

From John:
Seeing Shannon for the first time! Seeing my daughter cry tears of joy after the ceremony, and when Francisco showed up and he played two very special songs for us to dance to. Basically everything!

Wedding Blog The Ranch at Laguna Beach Wedding

Wedding Blog The Ranch at Laguna Beach Wedding

Tell us how you met and became engaged!

We met in October of 2012. We both love music..and met seeing two mutual friends play together. He asked me to dance, we danced the whole evening, and then he asked me if he could take me out the following day. And the next. The rest is history.

Our proposal was actually pretty funny…John picked up the ring on New Years Eve. We had plans for a party at our house that night. He had the ring in his pocket the entire time but just didn’t find the moment to do it. The same happened for the next 4 days…ring in pocket and no proposal. Finally, on January 4th we had plans to visit Santa Barbara and Los Olivos for a wine tasting weekend getaway. He had the ring in his pocket during the drive up the coast, during lunch on the pier, walking around town, sunset, dinner, drinks…and finally, on the way back to the hotel John suggested we go to the beach. As every engagement story goes, I resisted saying it was too cold. He convinced me. We stood below the pier and he asked me there. I said, “Are you sure?!” and then tackled him in the sand. We laughed and cried and then called our families. It was perfect, and private, and just right for us.

Wedding Blog The Ranch at Laguna Beach Wedding

Wedding Blog The Ranch at Laguna Beach Wedding

 

Vendors: Photography: Josh Elliott Photography // Venue: Scout Camp, The Ranch at Laguna Beach // Catering: Chef Camron Woods // Planning/Design: Cargo Creative // Florist: Natasha Kolenko // Dress: Pronovias // 2nd dress: Adrianna Papell // Shoes: Dolce Vita // Pinata: Prospect Goods // Cake: Dominique Fletcher

A few months back, Bryan and I were invited by Katie from Ever After Honeymoons to experience Four Seasons Bora Bora and all it has to offer! So along we went with some of our dearest friends–who luckily happen to be some of the best in the wedding industry–Jose Villa, Joel Serrato, and Cortnie Purdy (of The Venue Report). Because we all came with our significant others, we were able to experience the resort as honeymooners, but because we came as a crazy fun group, we also had a taste of what it might be like to host a mini destination wedding here! All of which was out of this world! So are you ready for a few images by Jose Villa, a film by Joel Serrato, and a retelling of our trip? Because it’s comin’ at ya!

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The minute you arrive in Bora Bora, you understand that all the photos and everything you heard about the water just does not do it justice. I can’t begin to describe the beauty! Bora Bora is on of the few places in the world where over-water bungalows are viable, so it naturally feels like a dream walking out to your room over water!

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

While at the resort, we had a chance to try out several of their excursions. We loved that Four Seasons had so much to do–a perfect mix of relaxation and adventure! With several restaurants and pool/beach areas, there’s always more to discover! We had a chance to take a jet ski tour around the island and it is something I’ll never forget. At one point, we stopped in the middle of the ocean, jumped off our jet skis, and were standing waist deep in crystal clear aquamarine water. Did I mention that we were standing…in the middle of the ocean? Totally surreal!

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

While we were on site, we recruited a couple (that had decided to get married AND honeymoon at the resort–kind of the perfect place to do just that sort of thing) to do a mini photography session, because you needed to see just how dang romantic this place is!

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Did I mention the pool, the beach, the private kayak rides to the mini-island, and the service that comes with all of this? We were so well fed, you had to roll us back to the airport! One of the days, while enjoying this view, we were pulled away to enjoy a couple’s massage, which was absolute perfection and one of the only reasons it’s worth leaving this view.

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

The view from our private bungalows (with a sunken tub that opened out to your private deck) was pretty unbelievable. Sunsets? Magical. In room service? Felt like a 5 start restaurant. Indoor living room, outdoor dining room,

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Even the arrival to Four Seasons is next level. A boat picks you up from the airport and escorts you to the resort, where you are greeted with fresh juice smoothies. Golf carts escort you to your room, where your bags have magically arrived alongside treats that seem to magically appear throughout the trip, like fresh juices served in coconuts, fruit trays, chocolate assortments, flower petal turn down! Oh my! The surprises never seem to end!

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

We also got to go on the adventure of a lifetime. Four Seasons whisked us away on a speed boat with the greatest tour guide of all time (ukelele serenades came as a bonus!) to snorkel with fish and eels, then to swim with sting rays (scary but incredible) and then of course to dive with sharks. Literally–an absolute life changing experience! Oh and then of course lunch on a private island with picnic tables in the water–totally normal, right?

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

Wedding Blog Four Seasons Bora Bora Honeymoon

All in all, what we loved most about Four Seasons Bora Bora is the versatility. You can enjoy the resort with friends as much as you can with just your spouse. Want to get married? No problem–you can elope and keep it intimate, or invite a big group of friends (and we know this because we got to experience what Four Seasons actually does for a wedding reception–complete with decor, candles, live music, passed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a four course meal by an award winning chef). Planning a honeymoon or anniversary? If you want adventure–they can deliver. If you want privacy–no problem! Romance? Need you ask? Private dinners, massages, candlelit dinner on your private balcony over the water? Yep, that too. Four Seasons specializes in saying yes and making your requests possible.

Of course, we couldn’t share all the images, without adding a gorgeous video by Joel Serrato.

We can’t thank our gracious hosts at the Four Seasons Bora Bora enough for letting us experience their piece of paradise. We’ve been so excited to share this all with you! And if you are interested in booking a trip, email Katie Frederick of Ever After Honeymoons who can plan it all for you!

This past June,  Caravan Cinema Co. had the opportunity to film Maria and Jack’s beautiful, simple, and joy filled mountain wedding. The wedding was held at the amazing Mountain Golf and Lake Club in Cashiers, NC. Asheville Event Company and Blossoms at Biltmore Park did a fantastic job with all the details of Maria and Jack’s special day. As you can see from their film, Maria and Jack are a super fun couple! Maria & Jack | Cashiers, NC from Caravan on Vimeo. Vendor: Videography: Caravan Cinema Co.