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“The height of sophistication is simplicity.” This quote from art critic Leonard Thiessen provided the inspiration Simple Beginnings, an editorial led by Et Voila Events. The team drew inspiration from the “getting ready” portion of day, the moments before the ceremony when a bride is surrounded by her nearest and dearest friends, sisters, and supporters. The distinguished 19th-Century The Covenant at Murray Mansion set the stage while refined details exuded elegance including white, feminine florals by Daffodil*Parker, calligraphy invitations by Emily Rose Ink and baked goods by Yield Bakehouse. See all the details in these beautiful, airy images captured by Hailey Amber Photography.

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Photography: Hailey Amber Photography // Event Styling: Et Voila Events // Florist: Daffodil*Parker // Calligraphy: Emily Rose Ink // Venue: The Covenant at Murray Mansion // Make-up Artist: Lustrous Beauty Studio // Hair Stylist: Hair by Lexi Lee // Bridal Accessories: Lindsay Marie Design // Bridesmaids Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids // Bridal Gown: Bucci’s Bridal // Rentals: Relics Vintage Rentals // Baked Goods: Yield Bakehouse // Film Lab: The FIND Lab

 

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Zanny and Noah’s “Glampin” wedding is a vibrant, rainbow-hued celebration of love and life, nature and art. The Washington state celebration planned by Simply by Tamara Nicole took place at the breathtaking Skokomish Park at Lake Cushman. From the waterfront ceremony, to the “hike-to-reception” in the forest, no detail was left unimagined. The art-loving couple hand-made almost all of the decor with textured papers, screen printing and fabrics. Paisley Petals created the glorious cutting-garden summer floral arrangements, arbor, spectacular bridal bouquet and a delightful “DIY bouquet” table for the bridal party while they were getting ready. There’s just so much summer-goodness to love about Zanny and Noah’s big day and Benj Haisch was on hand to capture it all in these beautiful images.

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from the planners: Noah and Zanny’s wedding was one full of love, and they had the most close knit tribe I have seen at a wedding. You can tell they are loved, and also love on their people hard! I don’t think you can find a more picturesque place to say I do than where they did, on the beach below the trees at Lake Cushman for their “Glampin” wedding.

They had SO many personal touches for their wedding, which doesn’t surprise me as they love art, and Noah is an artist in CA. They made almost all of the decor for their wedding. From all of the fun signs made with patterned paper and wood, to the table numbers, and pretty much everything. They were married by their close friend, and each had 11 bridespeople and groomspeople standing on each side (half of which were barefoot as well). Noah is known as “No Shoes Noah” so it only made sense that others joined in to the shoes optional wedding! As they were getting ready, Paisley Petals created a “DIY bouquet” station at the cabin where Zanny and her party were getting ready.

For the ceremony, we laid down some blue patterned fabric as the aisle runner, and flanking the aisle were wood benches from Seattle Farm Tables and bamboo chairs, and greenery placed by Paisley Petals. At the front of the aisle stood a birch arch adorned in colorful wild blooms, with the lake behind. They had their friends play a song with guitar and vocals, and of course had their pup there with them as well!

After the ceremony, the guests followed the party through the trails up the hill to an area surrounded in tall trees, with string lights strung above them, and craft cocktails made by Ravishing Radish for cocktail hour. They created their own escort cards and had them all strung like a clothesline from a ladder and it was so colorful!

In addition to their wedding cake by Corina Bakery, they had friends and family bake so many fun goodies to add to the dessert table (on a killer wagon from Vintage Ambiance!). They made the sign for this too, like all of the signs at the wedding. “Treat Yourself” in fun patterned colorful paper. They even made their own signs for the restrooms “Gender Neutral Restroom.” Also, as it was a wedding in the woods (bugs!) we created a cute little corner with bug spray and a fun sign they made “Be Smitten, Not Bitten!” For after the wedding, they had a campground after-party (because most people were camping at the site!) for which their sign read “Let the wild rumpus start! After Party”.

As guests entered the tent, they took their seats at the long farm tables and benches from Seattle Farm Tables, adorned with various bud vases and candles that Zanny and her family collected themselves. SO many candles and vases, and full of fun bright flowers from Paisley Petals :) Each guest had their name hand-stamped on fun patterned and colored paper by the couple themselves!

Instead of going right into dinner, they had a dance set first and EVERYONE was on the dance floor, it was packed! You could just feel the love and closeness as we had like 8 speeches scattered throughout the dinner (amazing food by Ravishing Radish!). Then they danced the night away under the stars, light and RAIN (outside the tent) to the rad music by Side One Band. They even had some friends that are musicians perform their music and it was SO GOOD. At the end of the night, guests stood in the rain with sparklers for the send off, and were sent with adorable smore’s kits made by the couple.

Photography: Benj Haisch // Planning: Simply by Tamara Nicole // Flowers: Paisley Petals // Venue: Skokomish Park at Lake Cushman // Cake: Corina Bakery // Hair and Makeup, Décor, Signs etc. Bride and Groom // Catering/Bar: Ravishing Radish // Rentals: Vintage Ambiance // Rentals: CORT Party Rental // Rentals: Seattle Farm Tables // Band: Side One Band

 

Arizona transplants, Kenica and Bryon, recently moved to Virginia and wanted to plan an epic destination wedding for all their west coast friends and family. The couple decided on the gorgeous Keswick Vineyards with blue skies, a fabulous courtyard and vineyard views. The location was the perfect backdrop to the couples vibrant wedding style which included details in every shade of blue and raspberry pinks. Planning and coordination was by  Kate Phillips Events with florals by Tourterelle Floral Design and it’s all captured in these lovely images by J&D Photo.

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Photography: J&D Photo // Planning + coordination: Kate Phillips Events // Florals: Tourterelle Floral Design // Venue: Keswick Vineyards // Wedding Dress Boutique: Urban Set Bride // Wedding Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero // Hair: Emerald DC // Makeup: Janasee Estep // Cake + Desserts: Kathy’s Favorite Cakes // Catering: Harvest Moon // Tent: Skyline Tent Company // Ceremony Musicians: Forest Hill Trio via East Coast Entertainment // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // DJ: TD Layman // Eclectic Rentals: Paisley & Jade // Additional Rentals: MS Events

 

Keestone Events’s Refined Summer Country Wedding editorial is casual yet refined and homey, yet elegant—perfect for those summer wedding vibes. It’s set at The Farmhouse Estate, a charming country venue in Pottsboro, Texas with views galore. The stationery suite by Sarah Ann Design was based on soft neutrals with hand drawn details like watercolor bird —a nod to the countryside where this farmhouse sits. Pops of peaches and corals in the summery florals by Anna Rayner are absolute perfection and the french-inspired dinnerware adds the final touch. Allen Tsai was behind the lens and captures all the dreamy, summer-y pretty in these film photographs.

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Concept + Planning: Keestone Events // Photographer: Allen Tsai // Florals: Anna Rayner // Stationery: Sarah Ann Design // Venue: The Farmhouse Estate // Hair and Makeup: Q the MUA // Dress: Lovely Bride // Designer: Sarah Seven // Suit: The Black Tux // Dessert: Tartalicious // Jewelry: The True Gem // Rentals: Big D Party Rentals // Bride: Elise // Groom: Carl

 

Creative couple, Jaimie and Daniel (she’s a theater producer and he’s a film producer), were married at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Befitting the couple, the celebration planned by Christine Janda provides drama abound. The moody florals and black and metallic reception details were were designed and created by HMR Designs with calligraphy by LBrown Design & Paperie and an artful cake by Alliance Bakery. Studio This Is made great use of all the art and graphic backdropsto create fabulous portraits of the couple and all the details of their day.

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

My grandparents were founding members of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, so I always knew that was where we would get married. I didn’t want a gown that felt bridal in any way, so looked high and low for something easy, effortless, elegant, timeless, and unique. I fell in love with  the entire Valentini line at a trunk show at Dimitra’s Bridal. It was important to me that I feel like myself, so I had my good friend Azeeza design the most incredible jumpsuit for dancing.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

I’m a theatre producer and my husband is a film producer, so it was really important to us that we created a different world for each portion of the wedding with a seamless flow. Daniel walked down the aisle to the Top Gun anthem, and I walked down to Janis Joplin’s Piece of my Heart. We wanted the dinner tent to feel like the coolest pop-up fine dining experience in an unexpected way. The chef did an amazing job with a tasting menu to truly make the dinner an experience, not just a meal. Having lived in several different cities, my friends and family are spread far and wide. Walking down the aisle and seeing all of the people I consider my chosen family in one place, and the man I now call my husband waiting for me under the chuppah, provided me with so much warmth and love. There was a certain ease to the entire day which made it that much more enjoyable for all!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Daniel’s brother was the chair of the board of a nonprofit I used to work for! We’d been friends for years before we started dating. Daniel plays ice hockey, and I was a competitive figure skater as a child, so we were both really excited to see I, TANYA as soon as it came out. As the lights were going down at the movie theatre, Daniel handed me a Chinese takeout box (a nod to my love for Asian food) filled with dark chocolate covered orange peels (my family’s official favorite candy). Under the first few orange peels was a green ring pop, because Daniel knew I had wanted an emerald engagement ring but am too clumsy to ever wear something that soft. Daniel also knew I wanted a hand in designing the ring from my favorite jeweler, so the ring pop was absolutely the right way to go! Daniel suggested we leave the movie to celebrate, and I insisted we stay, as I was so excited to see it. After the movie we walked home debating and discussing different aspects of the film, as two producers would. We were almost back at the apartment when we realized we should probably get some champagne to celebrate! It all felt so natural and so right.

Photography: Nancy Beale Studio This Is // Planner: Christine Janda // Design + Florals: HMR Designs // Stationery: LBrown Design & Paperie // Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art // Bride’s Gown Designer: Valentini // Bridal Boutique: Dimitra’s Bridal // Bride’s Reception Jumpsuit: Azeeza // Hair: Colleen Mortag-Krejczyk // Makeup: Mireille Hamon // Cake: Alliance Bakery // Lighting: Frost Chicago // Entertainment: Michael Lerich Band