I’m always so excited to start off a new week–especially when it comes on the heels of having attended a wedding over the weekend. After lots of sentimental tears, slow dancing with my fella, chatting with the fam, and of course, sitting back and watching the bride and groom, I’m reminded what I love so much about weddings and how thankful I am to share in that passion with each of you! When it all comes down to it, how great is it to celebrate with a couple their commitment to love and to cherish?
Well, before I get carried away, let’s soak in Christian and Stacey’s wedding in the woods, which took place at Pine Rose Cabins in Twin Peaks, California. This venue is ridiculously gorgeous…one part rustic, two parts chic. It’s a perfect mix for the romantic woodsy types among you!
I’m also adoring the photography by Bethany Belle, whose style works perfectly for this wedding! I’m loving it all! Be sure to check out the bride’s story below! I love her tidbit of advice! (Oh…and you guys…they had cinnamon rolls instead of wedding cake. Ummm…totally my kind of wedding!)
From Stacey, the bride:
Inspiration and Details: The inspiration behind the day was us. We wanted classy, vintage, rustic as well as Spanish and Italian traditions tucked in there as well. One of our special DIY projects were my garters. They were handmade by me out of my grandmother’s wedding dress lace (over 50yrs old). She passed away six years ago and I wanted a way to include her. The garters were my something borrowed.
Favorite moments of the day: Everyone told me to stay in the moment. I didn’t cry all day until I saw a pic of Christian dressed up, waiting for me for our first look, then I cried. I would recommend a first look. Aside from getting amazing photos that we wouldn’t have had time for, it calmed our nerves. I got to see him and take him in- just the two of us. There weren’t 200 people looking to see our expressions, just us. One of my favorite moments was when we left. The night was over for us. We were married & our bridal party & family made a tunnel. They were cheering. How can you not feel loved after that?
Advice: LISTEN TO YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER. They aren’t making things up when they suggest different things. They are professionals and you hired them for that reason. We got the images we wanted because we headed advice. Pictures are so important, they outlast the whole wedding. They are the only things you have left in 50 years. You won’t rememer the details unless you give your photographer time to capture them. Time is everything.
Resources — Photography: Bethany Belle, Venue: Pine Rose Cabins in Twin Peaks, California, Cinematography: Windy Weather Films, Dress: Jim Hjelm, Shoes: Jimmy Choo, Jewelry: Forever 21, Bridesmaid Dresses: H&M, Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse, Cinnamon Rolls: The Cinnamon Roll Lady