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If Bella and Tom’s Oxfordshire private estate wedding is the quintessential English wedding, then we’re encouraging all you garden party brides to take note of the way the Brittish do nuptials. As photographer Inspired By Love notes, their location was “just picture perfect and not unlike a setting from a Jane Austen novel with its expansive lawns, a folly and white bridge over a gently flowing river.” Um—YES. And, of course, we love the floral-driven details pulled together by wedding stylist & coordinator London Bride. The illustrated stationery by Fin Fellowes is delightful and the florals by Foxgloves & Glory are prefect in a pastel palette. Lucy for us, Inspired By Love was behind the lense to capture all the dreamy, garden moments of Bella and Tom’s big day!

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from Inspired By Love: This couple wanted a quintessentially English wedding and were lucky enough to be able to hold their day on a private estate in Oxfordshire which was just picture perfect and not unlike a setting from a Jane Austen novel with its expansive lawns, a folly and white bridge over a gently flowing river. The setting echoed the couple’s style perfectly with the groom and groomsmen in traditional ’tails’ suits and the bride in an elegant, feminine gown with the most beautiful bouquet! There was definitely a gentle floral theme with the bridesmaids in delicate floral printed dresses and floral garlands.

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The couple held their ceremony at a local church that was just a few moments away from the where the reception was held. The quaint church was decorated simply and elegantly with foliage and candles. The couple exited the church to a walkway of cheers and confetti!

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After the ceremony guests mingled on the immaculate lawns while they drank local ales and sipped on Champagne. For the ladies we arranged with the talented florists Fox Glove & Glory a floral crown station so that guests could have a go (with a helping hand!) at making their own garland to enjoy for the rest of the celebrations. So many girls did and they were wearing them long into the night!

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Making the most of the beautiful scenery, the couple even hopped into a rowing boat with friends for a little ride down the river, a brave bride in her wedding dress but she managed to do so unscathed!

The delicious wedding breakfast by Eat Five Star and reception were held in a stunning and airy Sperry Tent; inside was styled elegantly and in keeping with the English setting.  The florists set the long tables with grey linen and pretty pastel floral arrangements with dahlias, roses, scented stocks and foxgloves and fern with seasonal fruits and scattered candles. The pretty stationery with bespoke monogram and crest complimented the color scheme with its hand illustration by Fin Fellows, and each guest found their seat from a hanging escort card arrangement with calligraphy by Judy Broad from the steps leading to the tent. As guests took their seats along the edges of the tent, as British tradition encourages, ladies hung up their hats and fascinators from pegs as guests wrapped up in blankets to escape the slight chill in the air.

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The couple had a close friend make the three tier cake which was again topped with fresh flowers to tie in with the scheme. The other side of a grand central bar was the dancing area with large light up letters from Doris Loves and casual seating for weary dancing feet! The bride slipped into a Self Portrait dress for the evening and guests continued to dance late into the night (the benefit of being in the middle of nowhere!) to a DJ with live saxophone duo.

Photography: Inspired By Love // Wedding Stylist & Coordinator: Charley at London Bride // Florist: Foxgloves & Glory // Stationery & Illustration: Fin Fellowes // Reception: Private Venue // Escort Cards: Calligraphy by Judy Broad // Sperry Tent: Papakata // Catering: Eat5Star // Cake: Friend of Bride // Light up Letters: Doris Loves

 

 

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Megan and Andrew both industry professionals—Andrew works in special event production and Megan is a co-founder of Wild Roots floral design—so and the bride says “we kind of had the perfect set of skills to make our wedding beautiful and unique!” We could not agree more and are having a hard time peeling ourselves away from these magical images by Hannah Beth Photo of a day filled with spectacular tropical florals and more monstera leaves than a girl could dream of! The Santa Barbara Historical Museum provided a lush backdrop and the rainy weather made it all the more magical. We know you’re going to love it!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Everything! Andrew works in special event production and I work in the wedding industry as a photographer, florist, and designer, so we kind of had the perfect set of skills to make our wedding beautiful and unique! More importantly, we had am amazing team of friends, family and professionals who were committed to helping bring our vision to life. The support and connectedness of everyone throughout our planning process is truly what made our wedding feel so right and special! Also, our wedding was entirely outdoors and a few days before the big day, the forecast said “RAIN.” We scrambled to get a tent in place for the reception, order ponchos for our guests for the ceremony, get more blankets and heaters, but everything came together! Andrew and I felt so loved, cared for and believed in throughout our entire wedding process, and for that we are so thankful!

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

I wanted a dress that was really elegant, but felt totally relaxed. I tried on about a million but the moment I slipped into my Johannah Johnson gown at Dress Theory, I knew it was the one. I felt completely like myself in it, and didn’t want to take it off! I paired it with a matching tulle skirt that I ditched just before the reception for an evening look. I also LOVED my veil by Sara Gabriel; it was a tulle cathedral veil that trailed behind me as I walked down the aisle. It also made for the most amazing intimate portrait shots!

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Our vision for our wedding was to create an event that really brought our people together and made them feel at home and totally able to enjoy the day. We incorporated our home states, FL & CA, in our guest book set-up by designing state-shaped cutouts for our guests to sign. We love food (who doesn’t?!) so we chose a lot of our favorites from our hometowns, like pulled pork sandwiches (for Florida) and a fresh guacamole bar (for Southern CA). Since I (Megan) am a florist, we really cared about our florals and wanted them to reflect our love for tropical, beachy culture and places. We chose tons of leafy, lush greens and exotic blooms to make our venue feel like a tropical garden, or maybe a jungle.

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 What was the most memorable part of the day?

Our first look is one of them: As I was walking over to surprise Andrew, I glanced down at my dress and noticed blood on the front of it.  Yeah, you’d better believe I panicked. I had cut my finger and not even noticed because it was so cold out! SO, our first look started out with me crying and Andrew spitting on my dress to get the crimson disaster off. Thankfully, it worked!
And then we laughed/cried it off and recreated the moment so that amazingly romantic first look pictures could still be a thing. This moment has stuck with me as such a sweet reminder that real life is actually really messy. Sometimes you get blood and spit on your Australian silk dress before you even get to walk down the aisle in it. And sometimes you fight when you’re *supposed* to be “honeymooning” still. But there is so much grace! Let’s allow ourselves and each other to be in the middle of it, working through the messy and learning how to receive extravagant help and radically big Love. It’s gonna all be worth it.

All of the little moments are especially memorable for us – taking a moment during the ceremony to just look at all of our guests, our family, best friends, all gathered to support us and love on us. Cocktail hour was amazing – we finished photos before the ceremony so we got to be with our guests during dusk. Some of our best friends gave toasts during this time and we will never forget the sense of togetherness, love and magic we felt in those moments!

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

I (Megan) am from Southern California. Andrew is from the east coast of Florida. I moved from the east side to the west side of Los Angeles on November 3, 2013. Andrew arrived in Redondo Beach from Florida one month later, on December 1, 2013. While Andrew surfed and began working for IMG, I worked at a coffee shop, took photographs, and worked on building my business, Wild Roots. On Easter Sunday, 2014, a mutual friend introduced us at our church, and I knew that this guy was special. Sounds crazy, but I knew the first time we spoke that I would marry him! We went on our first “date” the following Friday morning, before work. Our second date was later that same Friday, after work.

Over the next months, our love for each grew like crazy. Our friends became each others’ friends and so many new ones joined the crew, as well. We are so amazed at the kindness of Jesus towards us. He gives the best gifts and has been so faithful to place us in a community that loves each other intentionally and deeply. Andrew’s work caused him to be on the road for 100 days the first summer we were dating (and the second), but we believe that God nurtured our relationship immensely in that time, giving us courage, endurance, patience, and community to support us.

Our love grew as we spent time with our families together and learned about where one another came from. And it just kept growing as we played, camped, laughed, cried, fought, forgave and listened to Jesus together.

On May 26, 2015, Andrew was still supposed to be in New Orleans for work. Instead, he flew home a day early and surprised me by knocking on my front door! I was shocked and couldn’t stop smiling and laughing. We went to our favorite, regular happy hour spot on Santa Monica pier, played some air hockey in the arcade next door, then walked toward the ocean to watch the sunset over the water. About a minute after sitting down on a bench, Andrew turned toward me and I knew something serious was happening. He fought through the tears, got down on a knee, and asked me to marry him.

I couldn’t believe what was happening. I wasn’t expecting a proposal until much later this year and was caught completely off-guard! In the same moment, I felt so much peace and excitement, but also so much fear and confusion. The reality of what it means to say “yes” to one man for the rest of my life was so heavy and real in that moment of choosing for me. I was delighted to say yes to Andrew, but felt the grief that comes with major transitions and with saying no to many other potentials and pasts.

I scribbled this down in a blog post soon after we became engaged, and we both think it is so expressive of the way Andrew and I understand this amazing, exciting decision:

“Our choices are so powerful. On May 26, 2015, we chose to say yes. Yes to commitment, yes to teamwork, yes to partnership, yes to brave and honest love, and yes to sacrifice. This is going to be wild.”

Credits: Photography: Hannah Beth Photo // Coordination: SB Weddings by Holly // Floral Design: Wild Roots // Cinematography: Stillwater Cinematography // Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum // Makeup: Kasey Russell // Hair: Katie Lee // Catering: Woody’s BBQ // Officiant: Jason Lomelino // Dress: Johanna Johnson // Veil: Sara Gabriel // Cake: Beka Breneman // Cupcakes: Crushcakes // Production Assistant: Brittany Bagwell // Day-of Styling: Samantha Miller // Vintage Rentals: Circa Vintage // Rentals: Discount Party Rentals // Lighting: Bella Vista Designs // Chalkboard Art: Bre Young

 

Cozette and Chad, two Los Angeles creatives, celebrated their marriage with a chill, DIY ceremony and reception on a family ranch in Oklahoma—a beloved escape from their bus city life in LA. We’re using “DIY” loosely, because while, yes, the couple executed much of their own wedding details, the bride is an interior designer and the groom a custom woodworker and what they “did-themselves” is pretty, darn professional. The vibe was super chill, and Cozette designed the graphic-rustic florals and enlisted help in the form of family and friends to create string together an ombré of carnations for the ceremony backdrop. Chad made several serving boards from various wood species that were stamped with our custom C+C brand. We’re definitely loving the way Grey Collective member Anna Lee Media captured the relaxed summer mood of this wonderful backyard bash!

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

We wanted our wedding celebration to be intimate and simple. Our goal was to throw a great party for our family and friends with the added bonus that it was also our wedding ceremony.

We were very fortunate to be able use a family property for our venue that was both very private and personally significant; it’s a welcome respite we enjoy during every trip to Oklahoma and an escape from our city life in Los Angeles. The end result wasn’t overly extravagant, but it was beautiful, and personal, and everything we wanted. All was made even more special by the effort and great lengths that our friends and family went to helping us pull off our DIY soirée that we spent only four months planning.

We were also blessed with a brightly fantastic Super Moon.

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

For many years my wedding gown vision was inspired by a Dolce & Gabbana runway show that was endless flowing ruffle tulle skirts and chambray denim tops.

After a bit of searching, I fell in love with a tulle skirt from BHLDN’s separates collection, however it was from a past season and no longer in stores. I was lucky to find both the skirt and coordinating corset top available on the resale site Oncewed.. The discounted price fit our budget and I was able to have it let out to fit! In a nod to the D&G inspiration, I paired the skirt with a denim top during our pre-ceremony cocktail hour so that the whole outfit was revealed later.

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What were some touches added to make it personal? 

I love making floral arrangements and always knew I would style my own wedding. I enlisted my mother and a few friends to string together an ombré of carnations for our ceremony backdrop while I made my bridal bouquet. The colors I settled on were whites, pale peach and pinks, and subtle Aqua blue accents. Long Ruscus garlands were used as table runners and my favorite flower used was the peach Juliette Garden Roses; I wore one in my hair and put one atop our cake. Chad made several serving boards from various wood species that were stamped with our custom C+C brand. The contrast of those boards and the rustic farm tables against the vintage stemware and mercury glass votives was the perfect marriage of our two aesthetics.

We also brought a bit of coastal California to Oklahoma by serving freshly baked Olallieberry pies for dessert. A nostalgic nod to my (Cozette’s) hometown.

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What was the most memorable part of the day? 

It’s impossible to pick one moment or part of the day that stands out above the rest. Our ceremony was perfectly special and sentimental, but also the part of the day we planned for the least. Going in with no expectations or rehearsal made it fun and authentic. We had a Bride & Groom processional, walking together to Van Morrison’s Into the Mystic. The song was longer that we expected and we all had a good laugh, lightening the mood as we waited for the end of the song. We each wrote personal vows and our officiant was our dear friend John, who quoted lines from Prince’s Let’s Go Crazy, which was a perfect addition to our not-so-conventional approach.

By the end of the evening we had four generations dancing together to a playlist that we left entirely up to our DJ, Dakota, who is our close friend and also Chad’s business partner. He played songs that were forgotten favorites that brought back great memories of our seven years as a couple. We were the last two people left under the disco ball hanging in the trees at the end of the night.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We both work in the interior design industry in Los Angeles and met at a networking function for design professionals. (Cozette is an interior designer, Chad is a custom fabricator, woodworker, cabinetmaker). Our third date was a weekend trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea to ring in the New Year with Chad’s close friends. We returned home as an official couple.

Six years later we were looking for a bit of an escape and decide to return to Carmel for a “Carmel-iversary”.  We stopped for a supposed impromptu hike in Big Sur on our drive north and while relaxing on the trail, Chad surprised me by proposing in our camping hammock. The ring was disguised inside a handmade walnut box with messages stamped all over the outside, similar to a special wood cube he had made me for a past birthday.  This new box opened up with the words, “marry me” stamped inside. A teary red wine toast in paper cups followed and we got married the following fall.

Photographer: Anna Lee Media // Event Styling & Floral arrangements: Bride // Invitations: elli // Venue: Private Ranch, Mustang, Oklahoma // Bride’s Dress: BHLDN from OnceWed.com // Groom’s Clothing: Bonobos  // Hair & Makeup: Blo. // Farm Tables & Benches: Kahoy Studios // Vintage Stemware: Grassroots Vintage Event Rentals // Catering: Running Wild // Natural Light Labeled / Branded Fruit: CITRUSMARK // Olallieberry Pie Filling: Linns of Cambria, CA.

 

Dare we say it—summer’s end is in sight (sniffle) but it’s beautiful shoots like this one, planned and photographed by Anna Kardos Photography, that remind us to savor all the fleeting final days of the season. Filled to the brim with sunny elegance, the details shine at the manicured grounds of the Tuckahoe Plantation. Floral Designer,Love Blooms DC created the most elegant overgrown bouquet to fit the color scheme of clean and white with highlights of dusty blue and lavender and Jenn Heller Design Co. created timeless calligraphy and stationery pieces. Happily Ever Designed Event Planning & Rental styled the details to perfection and the resulting images are sure to delight!

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Photography & Planning: Anna Kardos Photography // Styling: Happily Ever Designed Event Planning & Rental // Floral Design: Love Blooms DC // Invitations/Menus/Calligraphy: Jenn Heller Design Co. // Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation // Second Shooter: Molly Lichten Photography // Cake: The Buttercream Bee // Bridal Boutique: Sealed with a Kiss Bridal, Richmond // Dress Designer: Casablanca Bridal // Model: Shasta Dooms // Hair/Makeup Artist: Transformations Artistry LLC // Ring & Earrings: Susie Saltzman // Ring Box: The Mrs Box // Shoes: Aldo // Event Rentals: Nathaniel’s Unique Events

 

Paige and Josh’s wedding day at The Estate on Second in Santa Ana, was a sweet and stylish celebration planned and designed by K. Sage Events. The bride, who “loves asymmetry” (and we totally love that Paige loves asymmetry) decided to incorporate her passion for the un-balanced into some delightful details—like a triangular menu laid atop dinner plates and a STUNNING pageant style bouquet by Floral Fete. The couple wanted to keep things family-oriented and paid homage to family by featuring their parents and grandparents cake-cutting images next to their own (gorgeous) cake. They brought on Mallory Dawn Photography to capture all the beautiful moments of the day and she definitely did!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The decorations were probably the most unique part of the wedding. Josh and I hand made the wooden signage used throughout the venue which was definitely unique to our wedding. I also love asymmetry so I decided to add some of that to the wedding. My bouquet was a presentation or pageant style bouquet which felt very special. I also decided to make our menu card triangular, which was something I hadn’t seen before.

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

Josh and I were on a time crunch so I had to purchase and have my dress fitted within four months! I went to Bellasposa in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. We were somewhat limited on what I could pick to have ready in time but I only ended up trying 5 dresses before I decided on the one I chose. I fell in love with the the beautiful beading, the back and train of my gown. They did a great job working with me so I didn’t have to settle on a dress!

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal

Two things really stand out to me as personal in our wedding. Next to our cake we had pictures of my parents cutting their wedding cake, my dads parents cutting their cake, and my moms parents cutting their cake. We really wanted our wedding to be family-oriented and as my dad says a legacy of love. This was shown perfectly with the generations cake cutting pictures. We also decided to donate to the Los Angeles Mission in lieu of wedding favors. This is personal for us since Josh often works with homeless in L.A. It can really be made personal for everyone depending on what charity you would like to donate toward from research for an illness to donating to the military.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The entire day had so many memorable moments: our vows, the speeches and the cake cutting. The thing I will absolutely never forget was our first dance. I was in the middle of Josh spinning me and my hair got stuck to his cuff link! Our bridal party had to come to the rescue to unattach us and when we finally could dance again our guests cheered. I don’t remember the last time we laughed so hard.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Josh and I met on Tinder! I was the first person Josh matched with on tinder. After a few weeks of texting we went on a date and the rest is history. Josh asked me to marry him in December; he knows Christmas is my favorite time of the year. We went to a family owned Christmas tree farm where he had hung handmade ornaments the night before that spelled out Marry Me?. He also managed to set up the GoPro perfectly without me knowing to get the whole thing on video. It was perfect and surprisingly private.

 

Josh & Paige | Highlight Film | Santa Ana, CA from Emma Lynn Cinema on Vimeo.

Photographer: Mallory Dawn Photography  // Planning & Design: K. Sage Events // Florist: Floral Fete // Venue: The Estate on Second  // Videography: Emma Lynn Cinema  // Caterer: Jay’s Catering