When travel-lovers Emily and Jessy decided to tie the knot at Rancho Las Lomas in California, they knew they wanted to be close to nature and have their wanderlust influence every element of the design. The result was an eclectic mix of organic textures, Moroccan accents, and an elegant color palette that highlighted and enhanced the European-meets-Mexican architecture of the venue! Using tons of lace, lanterns, and vintage furniture Crosby & Jon created a bohemian feel that was just as magical for the daytime ceremony as it was for the star-lit reception. Jordan Voth Photography melted our hearts with every image from this extra special California wedding!
We chose our wedding venue Rancho Las Lomas because it completely fit the wedding style we were going for, and it was handicap accessible for Jessy. We wanted a venue that was completely outside for the ceremony and reception, so we could exchange our vows under the sun, and dance the night away under the starlight. We also wanted a venue that was tucked away and peaceful, somewhere you couldn’t hear any cars honking or anything to take away from all the little moments. Our venue was also an animal sanctuary so we had Zebras in the background and all kinds of animals people could walk around and see.
Our wedding vibe took a long while to finally figure out. My wedding designers and I called it “traveling bohemian gypsy” when we finally figured it out! Jessy and I both love traveling so we knew we wanted to incorporate that into the vibe of our wedding. I personally loved bohemian and Moroccan styles, so we ended up doing an eclectic mix of everything!
My husband was rebuilding a bike for years that came out his birth year, a Honda 125. As the wedding was coming around the corner he had almost finished the bike and so we decided to put the bike up for display and he had plastic done for the bike with our wedding date (715) put on the bike with our wedding colors which turned out to be one of our favorite parts of the wedding.
We both think the most memorable part of the day was sitting down at our sweetheart table after saying our vows, with the sun going down and the string lights turning on underneath the palm trees and just looking around at everyone who came out for our special day and just feeling so loved and whole after such a whirlwind of a day.
Our best advice is to plan ahead and have fun with it! It’s so easy to feel stressed out when planning, so take your time, plan ahead, and don’t take things too seriously. At the end of the day, there will be so much going on and it will all fly by so quickly that there’s really no need to stress about the details.
Xiaoran and Hua gave us all the classic Victorian vibes in their New York wedding at James Burden Mansion! The bride had always dreamed of wearing an incredible gown on her wedding day so, when she fell in love with an organza, off-the-shoulder stunner from Galia Lahav, a regal vibe was the only natural fit for the rest of the day. BLB Events brought ornate vintage decor, luxurious textiles, and eye-catching florals designed by Devon & Pinkett into perfect harmony with the grand venue, and Nine Cakes created a show-stopping hand-painted wedding cake to match the sophisticated feel. No detail was left unattended, and Nicole Ashley Photography captured it with such creativity and artistry!
I believe a lot of girls dream of wearing the most beautiful wedding gown when they marry their man. So the very first thing I did was purchase my wedding dress! The gown was a Victorian style, so I made sure the rest of the wedding had a similar style.
When I was getting ready on the wedding day, I got a bouquet from my soon-to-be husband. I asked him later why he brought me a bouquet, knowing how many flowers we had throughout the decor. He told me all the flowers at the wedding were for our family and friends, but that bouquet was just for me!
The venue was very classic and perfectly matched my gown. There was a huge door facing an arch-shaped wall art, where my husband stood, waiting for me to walk down the aisle. Before I stepped into the room, the huge door was shut, which made the ceremony feel more formal.
Our ceremony was decorated with clouds of baby’s breath, which enhanced the venue perfectly without taking away from the ornate details of the mansion. I got the design idea from a Rodarte runway show!
I told our caterer that I wanted the food displayed to look like pieces of art, and they delivered! At the end of the evening, they had a server come out with a big candy cart, full of colorful candies for all of our guests.
When it comes to vintage charm, Brynn and Andrew’s Mill at Yellow River wedding takes the cake! Blush & Bashful Events helped give the couple’s love of vintage a modern twist that looked absolutely gorgeous inside the rustic-chic venue. JL Designs created floral arrangments in a mix of vibrant and warm oranges that added a touch of autumnal elegance to the entire look. We’re whole-heartedly obsessed with every detail of this wedding, especially the bride’s off-the-shoulder Theia Couture gown and handmade veil! From first look to the sparkler exit, photographer Katelyn Ortego truly captured the magic of this Georgia wedding!
Staying true to ourselves was the most important during planning! We didn’t want to do something just because it’s a thing people do! we wanted everything to be authentic, meaningful, and a celebration.
The most memorable part of our day was our first look before the ceremony! Spending time together alone was so special and magical we can’t imagine it any other way.
Our advice is to start planning early because the details can really start to pile up quickly. We only had 6 months to plan our wedding, and we really didn’t start until 2 months in…oops! Also, remind yourself that the little things like silverware don’t really matter. You will forget about it the next day when you’re on your honeymoon!
On the big day, let go of all planning stress, go with the natural flow, and enjoy every moment! (By that point, it’s out of your control anyway.) I dreamed of an outside ceremony and on the morning of I found out we had to have the ceremony inside because of the mud. I just went with it and it was still the most special day of our lives!
Lastly, do not be afraid to cut your guest list if you’re thinking about it. Small weddings are intimate and fun! We only had 115 guests and there were still a lot of people we didn’t get to say hi to.
I DIY-ed my veil! It was so much fun and it cost me $2 at JOANN! With Wendy has a great veil tutorial on youtube. I sewed it to a hair comb with tiny pleats and rounded the bottom half of the veil so that it was flowy when I walked and didn’t bunch together. I also DIY-ed a huge menu sign and welcome sign with wood from Home Depot. It was an easy way to make big statements!
Danae and Travis’ all-white wedding at Wolf Feather Honey Farm was total summer wedding goals! The couple took their guests out into the desert for a carefree day full of food, fun, and laughter. Their mix of bohemian textiles, rustic wooden accents, and vintage details were as whimsical as they were beautiful, and the all-white attire of everyone in attendance gave the entire event a desert chic vibe. The DeLauras were on hand to capture every moment of this unique and totally unforgettable summer wedding!
Planning weddings can be very stressful and put a lot of pressure on couples. So, we made a very conscious decision to not let planning our wedding take over our lives. We knew from the beginning we wanted the wedding to not only be about us but about all the people who are responsible for us having such a successful relationship!
The first look was so much more emotional and special then we expected. We had our whole bridal party watching and that moment when we got to see each other on the day we were committing our lives to one another was something I can’t put into words.
We loved the colors of all nature at the venue so instead of adding a lot of colors, we decided to have everyone wear all white (including all the guest). A lot of our guests were skeptical about wearing all white — especially because it was in the dirt. But, on the day of the wedding, everything looked amazing and everyone enjoyed it!
My biggest advice is to not care about the things that don’t matter. No one cares about the colors of the place cards or the font on the invitations. Don’t spend a lot of money on silly details just because Pinterest made them look easy. Pick the top 5 things that are important to the two of you and put more money and energy into those. For us, it was the venue, photographer, open bar, music and us looking good! We knew everything else would fall into place.
It’s hard to say what we loved most about Madison and Dylan’s Kansas wedding because, honestly, this special day was a total knockout! The couple’s outdoor ceremony was bursting with joy and heartfelt worship, and the natural setting at the bride’s parent’s home made it all the more beautiful. To complement the earthy feel of the space, the couple chose neutral hues — inspired by the bridesmaids’ mismatched dresses — and added deep red accents for a truly elegant and romantic look. For a slight bohemian feel, they also included antlers, wood table accents, and mismatched candle holders and vases. No detail was left unattended, and Monique Serra Photography did a fabulous job capturing every bit of this beautiful wedding!
Madison and Dylan
Private Residence, Hays, Kansas
I had been dreaming about my wedding day since I was a little girl, so it was exciting to be able to watch my vision come to life during planning. But the most important aspect for our wedding day to reflect was the love of God. My husband and I had an extremely hard breakup about two years before our wedding day, and I learned so much about what God’s faithfulness and love looked like, and I wanted to put that on display.
For our wedding vibe, I wanted everything to look and feel earthy but glam and eclectic all at the same time. One aspect that I really believe set the tone for my overall look was my mismatched bridesmaids’ gowns. I actually chose my bridesmaids’ gowns before I decided on colors or before I picked out my wedding dress. Their gowns gave me all my inspiration! I love deep reds and greenery, as well, and I wanted to tie that in.
The whole day was so memorable because I felt God’s presence everywhere and I felt so much peace and joy. But when I get asked about the most memorable part of my day, two images come to my mind. The first being the image of me waiting to walk down the aisle. The plan was for my dad and me to drive up to the ceremony in his vintage Ford pickup. Before we started driving though, my dad asked how I was feeling. Right at that moment, I felt God’s presence in the most tangible way, and I started to cry because I knew that my earthly father and Heavenly Father would walk me down the aisle to leave my old self and become one with my new husband.
The second most memorable moment was when I met my husband at the aisle and our live band began playing the worship song, “Good, Good Father.” We had asked our guests to sing praises to our Father and I remember the power of proclaiming that song while staring at my husband was the most amazing moment I’ve ever felt in my life. I was staring at the man of my dreams and I was in the midst of a marriage I never thought would happen, but His faithfulness prevailed. I was marrying a man who loves Jesus and who always puts my needs before his. A man who is one of the most selfless persons I know and, while I stared at him, I felt completely and utterly unworthy for all the blessings that had been poured over me.
The best planning advice I would give to someone is to focus on where the treasure is in your day. What does your heart most look forward to? Is it to marry the one you love? Or is it on all the tiny details? I loved picking out my colors and all the beautiful decor and getting to dress up in a beautiful white gown, but I learned that walking down the aisle and saying “yes” to all the promises of marriage was more important than stressing over everything else! Have a vision for your day, enjoy planning that vision, but don’t get caught up in things that don’t matter. Time flies the day of your wedding so try to live in the moment as much as possible!
Our photographer was and is one of my favorite human beings to this day! We first met on our engagement shoot and I felt like she went above and beyond to make us happy. Monique is so laid back but she knows what she’s doing and is extremely personable. She made my entire experience so fun and I consider her one of my friends! The day of it felt like she was a friend I had known forever and it’s really special to be able to work with someone that genuinely cares about every detail.
Having a large wedding that feels intimate might be no easy feat, but Jacinta and Kyle’s Jackfish Lake wedding proves that it can definitely be done in style! Using locally sourced goods and services, the couple created an eclectic mix of boho, rustic, edgy, and vintage that still allowed the natural beauty of their venue to shine. Their commitment to being as environmentally friendly as possible, while also creating an unforgettable event for themselves and their families, was truly inspiring. And Jacinta’s off-the-shoulder Rue De Seine gown and wildflower bouquet are what we like to call bridal goals! Kelly Redinger Photography knocked it out of the park with this one, capturing every intimate look, every incredible detail, and every little moment that made this lakefront wedding a total dream!
Jacinta and Kyle
Jackfish Lake, Albert, Canada
Both of us truly share the same moments as our favourite parts of our wedding day, with perhaps one to be slightly more memorable than the other. Kyle says he felt the most emotional during our first look. ”The best way to describe how I felt in that moment is extreme wonder and admiration. It was just the overwhelming feeling of how a person can see someone every day and still, in one particular moment, feel all these big emotions rush in at once. I just remember feeling extreme gratefulness and happiness.”
As the bride, I would say that the most memorable part of the day was our ceremony. Having my aunt and uncle play a personal part as co-officiants, sharing our personal explanations and stories behind what our marriage will mean to us, and incorporating all of who we are and some of our very special guests into our ceremony made the ceremony the most memorable part of the day. It was the moment where I could feel the most of us, where wedding day time properly took its course, and where we could really see each other and feel all of the love surrounding us. Nothing else much mattered in that moment.
When people say that planning a wedding is crazy and can easily become less about the couple, ours was definitely no exception! Both coming from large, strong families, we knew having a small and intimate wedding would be an unrealistic expectation. That being said, family is very important to us, which is why our wedding became as big as it did! Within our two families, family just becomes more family. And that, for us, is truly a beautiful thing. All craziness considered, Kyle and I decided early on that no matter how the days went, we would laugh as much as we could and remember the reason why we wanted this day: to be married and to best be happy together.
The best advice we could give when taking on the task of planning a big wedding yourself is to do what aligns with the two of you. Your wedding day can be about whatever you want it to be — whether you think of that as the two of you as a couple or the addition of family and friends. Think about the things you both want to have without thinking about anyone or anything else that will separate the focus of what you want your day to be about. Clearly define your needs, wants, and desires, and adjust these accordingly to create your priorities.
The inspiration for our wedding was based upon the idea of being outdoors and, therefore, being as “green” as we possibly could. We allowed the beauty of our location and the general atmosphere of a fun Ukrainian/Italian wedding to take lead on everything. From the invitations to decor to food, we sourced locally and were as thrifty and environmentally friendly as possible. With the help of family and friends, our wedding turned into a beautiful gathering with an atmosphere that literally could not keep people quiet. The best word to describe our vibe is eclectic.
Black, white, and cranberry might be our new favorite classic wedding color combo thanks to Sara and Joel’s gorgeous Estate on Second wedding! The look was understated while being totally elegant, and the vibe felt sophisticated yet somehow still carefree. All in the Detail Design helped the couple bring their vision to life with lots of cozy nooks, florals galore, and a mix of modern-vintage rentals that fit the entire look. There were so many beautiful details and romantic moments Lauren Cate Photography captured throughout this day, and we are forever grateful!
Vintage-inspired weddings continue to be all the rage, so these retro wedding color ideas are sure to be perfect for a long time to come! From wine-colored reds to muted pinks and blues to dusty yellows and greens, these color combinations are perfectly whimsical yet classic. Whether you’re planning a summer, spring, or even fall celebration, we guarantee one of these dreamy color palettes will complete you retro vibe!
Lauren and Robert’s desert wedding at The Ruin Venue was boho minimalism at its absolute finest! With the help of Heartthrob Weddings and Events, they brought their at-home style into the desert with vintage furniture, organic textiles, neutral florals from Holiday Celebrate, and tons of greenery. In keeping with the boho-chic vibe, Lauren chose a dramatic Rue De Seine gown and delicate flower crown, and her girls donned neutral Show Me Your Mumu that complemented her look beautifully! Between the bride arriving at the ceremony in a vintage car, the golden hour portraits, and the plate smashing at the reception, there were so many unforgettable moments that Sarah Linda Photography captured brilliantly!
When planning our wedding, the most important factor for us was finding a great venue that reflected who we are as a couple and giving our family and friends an experience they’d never had before.
The most memorable part of the day was seeing all our family and friends in one place together to celebrate our special day. We had guests from England, Canada, Hong Kong, Cayman Islands, and Australia, so being reunited with everybody was an unbelievable feeling.
We had always dreamed of a beach wedding but when it came time to planning, it just didn’t feel like “us”. We wanted something that was unique, had a stunning neutral backdrop and really spoke to the overall vibe that we were trying to achieve. After doing some additional research, Rob stumbled upon our venue and said: “I think I’ve found the perfect place”. We were living in Canada at the time, so during a work trip, he traveled to Yucca Valley to visit the site, and I trusted his instinct. We booked it on the spot. It wasn’t until we moved to California, that I had a chance to go up and view the venue. He was right; it was perfect!
Our wedding vibe was a reflection of our own style at home and everything we love. We’d almost describe it as “boho minimalism.” The backdrop gave us a beautiful neutral canvas that we then complimented with organic greens, vintage furniture, and Kilim patterns. We didn’t overdo it, as we wanted to backdrop to speak for itself.
Our wedding favors were Mexican Blankets. The desert gets cold at night, so we wanted something practical that guests could use during the night but also take home with them to remember the special event.
We cannot say enough about our beautiful photographer, Sarah! She is so talented. Rob and I are not natural in front of the camera, so were a little nervous that we’d look very posed and stiff. Sarah took us out for an engagement session to get us used to the camera but also to get to know her better as a person and her style of photography. That made all the difference! The day of the wedding, she came with her husband so they were able to photograph both parties and to capture every moment. She guided us through the whole process and made it so incredibly easy. We are beyond happy with the photographs and are also very glad we got to meet such a wonderful person. She fit into our wedding party so well, and it was meant to be!
From the event planner: Lauren and Robert wanted to combine their Greek heritage (so many plates to smash!) with their love of desert color palettes, white, and minimalism. Lauren is an interior designer and had some amazing ideas to work with the already gorgeous Joshua Tree landscape. Guests were treated to branded coconuts, and the bride came down the aisle in a vintage Speedster with her father!
Millie and Zacharias’ outdoor Windy Ridge Washington wedding was as intimate and charming as could be! The couple used rustic and vintage decor, earthy florals, and a neutral color palette to set the mood, and added nods to the groom’s Swedish-speaking Finnish roots in the signage, favors, and during the ceremony. The wide-open feel of the venue, the bride’s timeless Pronovias gown, and the eclectic mix of decor gave this wedding a distinctly folksy vibe that Dawn Photo captured brilliantly. As soon as you set eyes on these gorgeous photos and sneak peek film by Trousseau Films, we’re confident you’ll agree this Washington wedding is the definition of summer wedding goals!
Every detail in the planning was very important to me but the most important was that we would find a good photographer to capture all of the best moments of our special day, and we did. We love our photos!
My husband and his family are from a Swedish speaking area in Finland. So during the ceremony, my father-in-law said a prayer and a short personal message in Swedish. It meant a lot to us and to him that he could do that.