diamond
March 30, 2017
We're swooning over this STUNNING Greek styled shoot!
Such a stunning modern and elegant invitation suite!
Such a stunning modern and elegant invitation suite!
We're swooning over this STUNNING Greek styled shoot!
Such a stunning modern and elegant invitation suite!
We're swooning over this STUNNING Greek styled shoot!
We're swooning over this STUNNING Greek styled shoot!
We're swooning over this STUNNING Greek styled shoot!
We're swooning over this STUNNING Greek styled shoot!
We're swooning over this STUNNING Greek styled shoot!
How stunning is this mirrored table and metallic accents table scape?! LOVE!
How stunning is this mirrored table and metallic accents table scape?! LOVE!
How stunning is this mirrored table and metallic accents table scape?! LOVE!
How stunning is this mirrored table and metallic accents tablescape?! LOVE!
How stunning is this mirrored table and metallic accents table scape?! LOVE!
How stunning is this mirrored table and metallic accents table scape?! LOVE!
How stunning is this mirrored table and metallic accents table scape?! LOVE!
We're swooning over this STUNNING styled wedding in Greece!!
We're swooning over this STUNNING styled wedding in Greece!!
We're swooning over this STUNNING Greek styled shoot!
We're swooning over this STUNNING Greek styled shoot!
We're swooning over this STUNNING styled wedding in Greece!!
We're swooning over this STUNNING styled wedding in Greece!!
We're swooning over this STUNNING styled wedding in Greece!!
We're swooning over this STUNNING styled wedding in Greece!!
We're swooning over this STUNNING styled wedding in Greece!!
We're swooning over this STUNNING styled wedding in Greece!!
We're swooning over this STUNNING styled wedding in Greece!!
We're swooning over this STUNNING Greek styled shoot!
We're swooning over this STUNNING Greek styled shoot!
We're swooning over this STUNNING Greek styled shoot!
We're swooning over this STUNNING Greek styled shoot!
We're swooning over this STUNNING Greek styled shoot!
We're swooning over this STUNNING Greek styled shoot!

Event Credits:

Photographer: Dimitris Giouvris Photography // Venue: Grand Resort Lagonissi Resort // Event Planning: Eclectic Events Greece // Florist: Harmantas Flower Creations // Invitations: Just Invite by art and Vision // Event and Entertainment Productions: Party Mobile Sevices // Rentals: Zazoo Event Rentals // Bride's Attire: Kathy Heyndels Haute Couture // Bride's Shoes: Koko's // Hair and Make-up: Gemini Hair Artists // Groom's Attire: Giannetos Handmade



bride-groom
March 29, 2017

“What happens when two avid readers decide to say I do? A whimsical book-inspired wedding filled to the brim with artisan details, colorful accents and delightful moments – of course! Emily Rose and Johnny’s backyard wedding celebration was one of the most thoughtful events I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of. Let’s talk about some of these delightful handmade artisan details…The invitation suite – The tone of the book inspired theme was set from the moment guests received the invitation in the mail. The invitation itself was personally written with a novelist approach… the “Prologue” described the couple’s anticipation and appreciation for what lies ahead, while the epilogue invited them to the post-wedding brunch – how charming! Especially down to the details of the personalized library card! Handmade florals – Have you ever seen ceramic boutonnieres? Neither have I! Emily Rose, the bride, is a ceramic artist and hand made exquisite ceramic flowers. She then moved on to the centerpieces which were flowers made from the pages of books as a nod to their love of books and the theme for the day. And finally, the bride and bridesmaids carried simple and happy bouquets of sunflowers which were also sprinkled across the lawn. While the venue added to the countless personal touches! The celebration was held on the lawn of her sister’s beautiful home – which also happens to be next door to a horse farm!Guest favors – I couldn’t stop gushing over these “Blind Date with a Book” favors! Every guest was able to go home with a surprise book that they could select based on a short description on the attached card.There were so many other amazing handmade and personal details – over 30 homemade pies, streamer wands, a fire dancing hoop dancer, a thunderstorm followed by a rainbow, glow in the dark bocce ball, the list goes on…and at the end of the day, I looked around at the faces of everyone that surrounded this couple with warmth and joy. This was certainly a day to remember!” –One July Photography

We're crushing on this darling couple and their handmade backyard wedding filled with fun book details!
We're crushing on this darling couple and their handmade backyard wedding filled with fun book details!
OMG! We are in LOVE with this couple's darling library book themed save the dates!
OMG! We are in LOVE with this couple's darling library book themed save the dates!
OMG! We are in LOVE with this couple's darling book style invitations!
We LOVE this gorgeous book wall at this couple's handmade book themed wedding!
This Bride crafted SO many cute decorations with books! How darling is this heart banner?!
We're loving this Bride's dainty wedding day details and dress!
We're loving this Bride's dainty wedding day details and dress!
We're loving this Bride's dainty wedding day details and dress!
Check out this Bride's DIY'd wedding shoes! She added the pearls herself!!
The beautiful Bride getting ready before the ceremony!
The beautiful Bride getting ready before the ceremony!
The beautiful Bride and her sunflower bouquet before the ceremony!
The beautiful Bride and her sunflower bouquet before the ceremony!
The beautiful Bride and her sunflower bouquet before the ceremony!
The beautiful Bride and her sunflower bouquet before the ceremony!
How great is this ceramic boutonniere the bride crafted for her groom herself?! LOVE!
How great is this ceramic boutonniere the bride crafted for her groom herself?! LOVE!
The Groom getting ready for the big day!
We love this darling and delicate ring shot!
We're crushing on this darling couple and their handmade backyard wedding filled with fun book details!
We're crushing on this darling couple and their handmade backyard wedding filled with fun book details!
We're crushing on this darling couple and their handmade backyard wedding filled with fun book details!
We're crushing on this darling couple and their handmade backyard wedding filled with fun book details!
We're crushing on this darling couple and their handmade backyard wedding filled with fun book details!
We're crushing on this darling couple and their handmade backyard wedding filled with fun book details!
We're crushing on this darling couple and their handmade backyard wedding filled with fun book details!
We're crushing on this darling couple and their handmade backyard wedding filled with fun book details!
We're crushing on this darling couple and their handmade backyard wedding filled with fun book details!
We're crushing on this darling couple and their handmade backyard wedding filled with fun book details!
We're crushing on this darling couple and their handmade backyard wedding filled with fun book details!
We're crushing on this darling couple and their handmade backyard wedding filled with fun book details!
We're crushing on this darling couple and their handmade backyard wedding filled with fun book details!
We're crushing on this darling couple and their handmade backyard wedding filled with fun book details!
We're crushing on this darling couple and their handmade backyard wedding filled with fun book details!
Walking into their reception as Mr. and Mrs for the very first time!
We're crushing on this darling couple and their handmade backyard wedding filled with fun book details!
OMG! How darling is this dictionary guest book idea?! So cute and original!
OMG! How darling is this dictionary guest book idea?! So cute and original!
We're crushing on this darling couple and their handmade backyard wedding filled with fun book details!
We're crushing on this darling couple and their handmade backyard wedding filled with fun book details!
We're crushing on this darling couple and their handmade backyard wedding filled with fun book details!
This couple handmade pies for their pie dessert bar!
How cute is this Blind Date with a Book wedding favor idea?! LOVE!!
How cute is this Blind Date with a Book wedding favor idea?! LOVE!!
How cute is this Blind Date with a Book wedding favor idea?! LOVE!!
How cute is this Blind Date with a Book wedding favor idea?! LOVE!!

What is your favorite wedding day memory?

Marrying my best friend! After that, there are so many things. Seeing over a year of planning finally come into fruition, my sister’s Matron of Honor speech, my Dad’s and my father daughter dance and being surrounded by all the important people in our lives.

What did you DIY for your wedding?

Everything. No, seriously. The wedding was book themed, so we made our invitations as if they were excerpts from a book. The front of the invitations read like a story, while the back of them looked much like a typical invitation. Johnny and my sister, Gretchen, did the bulk of the writing, with my mom and I editing/tweaking them. The save-the-dates were library overdue notices, rehearsal was the foreword, the rehearsal dinner the prologue, the wedding invite chapter one and the day after brunch the epilogue.

The wedding itself was at my sister’s and my brother-in-law Tim’s house. So the summer before there was a lot of yard work, landscaping, painting and fixing up. Gretchen and Tim revamped their fire pit, which was a standard fire pit before and added the field stone around it to make it look fabulous. Johnny and Tim decorated the tent with lights, even going back after they had finished at about 11pm the night before the wedding to make them symmetrical. I was minutes from a total breakdown, and, if you haven’t figured out by now, I need things to be a certain way. Symmetrical is one of those things. Not all the tent ropes had the lights on them and I couldn’t handle it, but they went back and fixed them. Tim’s sister Tara, my Dad and my Uncle Marc all set the tables with mismatched china that we had collected from Craigslist, Freecycle, our basements, Salvation Army and Goodwill.

I made my hair pin from antique buttons from my paternal Grandmother, who passed before my parents even started dating. I spruced up my white reception shoes using cheap flats, half round fake pearls, glue and a lot of patience. While one of my best friends did my make-up.

My sister wrapped all the table gift “Blind Date with a Books” and she and I wrote the tags for the front of them. The plain kraft paper ones were for adults and the polka dotted ones were young adult and children’s books. Johnny and I hand wrote thank yous on a library return card and put them with a pocket sleeve on the inside cover of each book. Tim built the table for them to be displayed in.

I sewed Johnny and all the groomsmen ties with a fantastic fabric that was all text with beautiful phrases with a love-letter feel to them. The fabric happened to only come in black and teal, and teal was our color! Totally serendipitous! The ties were made specifically for each groomsman based on his height, and I embroidered everyone’s initials on the back of their tie. Using the same fabric, I made the bows for bow-ties for the ring bearers, and headbands for the flower girls – though Gretchen finished those by adding the elastic and headband parts.

I am a ceramicist, and made all of the vases used for decoration or centerpieces, and also the boutonnieres worn by all the men. I made them from clay and then wood fired everything. The boutonnieres I then added a pin and wire-wrapped.

My Dad, one of his best friends from childhood, Todd, and Todd’s wife Sharon arranged and tied the bridal party’s bouquets with ribbon. The sunflowers were from the farmer’s market, which my Mom and Dad had picked up that morning. The sunflowers that were around the yard were staked in PVC pipes my Dad cut and my Mom painted.

For the ribbon wands, Tim cut the dowel rods, I cut the ribbon, Johnny and his brother, David, tied them together.

My bridesmaids and I made the pinwheels using children’s book pages.

The paper flowers were also made from book pages and buttons, and let me tell you- they took FOREVER. It was a major group effort, from all of my bridesmaids and one of my friends. If they hadn’t looked so perfect, I wouldn’t have done them. I was almost sad that they did look so great- because they were so time consuming! I’m happy we went through with them, though, because now they decorate Johnny’s and my house!

Tim built the keg tapper with wood he just had in his garage! I was so impressed!

The bridesmaids and Tim’s mom and sister made all of the drinks, which we stored in coolers gallon jugs in the backyard so we could easily replenish the drink dispensers. Actually, my dad even built the coolers!

My Mom and Gretchen made all the appetizers; a spread of cheeses (they had help slicing them,) crackers, multiple hummus flavors, and many olive flavors. One of the goat cheeses had a cherry jam my sister made with cherries from my Grandpa’s trees spread over it.

The tables were each named after Johnny’s and my favorite authors, and each had a framed quote about love or life.

The guest book was a dictionary my grandparents gave to my parents when I was younger. We asked people to find a word they felt described us, and to sign next to it.

My bridesmaid, Alli, put together most of the props for the photo booth.

I made 33 pies from scratch for dessert. I had 11 flavors, and each flavor had a different crust design. The black raspberries in the raspberry pie I picked from Gretchen and Tim’s yard, the peaches came from my friend Roberta’s trees, and the rhubarb from Tim’s parent’s farm. I was so excited to make the pies myself, because my Mother-in-Law, Rena, makes the BEST PIES EVER. She gave me lessons for a birthday gift, and Johnny proposed to me that day. I made little tags on library return cards for each of the varieties of pie letting people know what kind, allergy information, and if there was anything local used.

My Mom made an all natural bug spray from essential oils.

We made a gourmet s’mores bar with multiple fancy spreads and marshmallows.

Gretchen and my Mom also made a bloody mary and mimosa bar and fireside pie iron omelettes for the day after brunch.

But for everything I did, my bridesmaids and Mom helped me do more. This day legitimately could not have happened, or at least not even close to as well as it did, without them. Even outside of all the physical labor and time they put in, they kept me sane and would rein me in when my ideas went a little crazy and I needed to be told to knock it off. I kid you not, queen sized bed sheets were purchased at one point because they were the perfect color and they were totally enough fabric to sew dresses from for the bridesmaids and where else could I find that much fabric for that cheap?! I wish I had pictures of my mom’s and sister’s faces when they saw that. So, needless to say, there were some ideas that I needed to be told no about, and I’m thankful they were there to do it.

And the final DIY for the wedding was the week after: all the dishes. Yikes!

Did you have a something old, new, borrowed and blue?

My something old and something blue were in my hair pin with buttons from my Grandmother and my antique engagement ring. My something new was my dress and the borrowed I messed up on! I realized the day of I never grabbed jewelry from my other Grandmother, who was in attendance. I did forget my lip stain at the hotel, so I had to borrow Gretchen’s. Let just say that was planned… No sixpence in my shoe, either.

Any advice for brides currently in the planning process?

If something isn’t working out, decide just how important it is that you make it instead of buy it. There is no shame in purchasing something, especially if the cost to make it is your sanity along with the people’s around you. We made and half-made plenty of things that no one saw, because finishing them was just going to take too much time we didn’t have. Don’t stress about it. Ultimately the whole point is the marriage, not the wedding. Enjoy your day! -Emily Rose, the Bride

Event Credits

Photography: One July Photography // Venue: Thed Homeback Farm // Catering: Taco Nano // DJ: Just Press Play Productions // Rentals: Murphy Tent Rental Inc. // Engagement Ring: Estate Jewelers // Bride's Attire: BHLDN // Bride's Veil: Jersey Bride // Hair: Lilly Farmer // Groom's Attire: Men's Warehouse // Groom's Socks: Express // Vases: Clay Ground Creations


bride-groom
March 29, 2017
We're crushing on this stunning DIY San Diego Military wedding!
Check out this Bride's gorgeous BHLDN dress!
We couldn't love this snap of the Bride's dress more! Swoon!
We're loving this Bride's stunning and delicate details!
The beautiful Bride getting ready for the big day!
We LOVE these sweet snaps of this stunning Bride before the ceremony!
We LOVE these sweet snaps of this stunning Bride before the ceremony!
We LOVE these sweet snaps of this stunning Bride before the ceremony!
Such a cute snap of the Bride and her Bridesmaids! We're LOVING these black Bridesmaid's dresses!!
Swooning over this Bride's stunning wedding day style!
Swooning over this Bride's stunning wedding day style!
Swooning over this Bride's stunning wedding day style!
Swooning over this Bride's stunning wedding day style!
Swooning over this Bride's stunning wedding day style!
Such a cute snap of the Bride and her Bridesmaids! We're LOVING these black Bridesmaid's dresses!!
Such a cute snap of the Bride and her Bridesmaids! We're LOVING these black Bridesmaid's dresses!!
The handsome Groom getting ready to see his Bride!
The handsome Groom + Groomsmen before the big day!
Swooning over this stunning ring shot!
We're LOVING this stunning San Diego ceremony!
We're loving these Bridesmaid's style with black dresses and greenery bouquet!
Super sweet snap of this Bride and Groom at their ceremony!
Super sweet snap of this Bride and Groom at their ceremony!
Super sweet snap of this Bride and Groom at their ceremony!
Super sweet snap of this Bride and Groom at their ceremony!
We LOVE this Bride's stunning handmade bouquet!
We're swooning over this stunning Mr. and Mrs. and their handmade day!
Stunning snap of this couple and their stunning bridal party!
Stunning snap of this couple and their stunning bridal party!
Stunning snap of this couple and their stunning bridal party!
Great shot of the new Mr. and Mrs. with the traditional Military snap!
We're swooning over this stunning Mr. and Mrs. and their handmade day!
We're swooning over this stunning Mr. and Mrs. and their handmade day!
We're swooning over this stunning Mr. and Mrs. and their handmade day!
We're swooning over this stunning Mr. and Mrs. and their handmade day!
We're swooning over this stunning Mr. and Mrs. and their handmade day!
We're swooning over this stunning Mr. and Mrs. and their handmade day!
We're swooning over this stunning Mr. and Mrs. and their handmade day!
We're swooning over this stunning Mr. and Mrs. and their handmade day!
We're swooning over this stunning Mr. and Mrs. and their handmade day!
We're swooning over this stunning Mr. and Mrs. and their handmade day!
We're swooning over this stunning Mr. and Mrs. and their handmade day!
We're swooning over this stunning Mr. and Mrs. and their handmade day!
We're swooning over this stunning Mr. and Mrs. and their handmade day!
We're swooning over this stunning Mr. and Mrs. and their handmade day!
We're swooning over this stunning Mr. and Mrs. and their handmade day!
We're swooning over this stunning Mr. and Mrs. and their handmade day!
We're swooning over this stunning Mr. and Mrs. and their handmade day!
Loving this eucalyptus ring shot! So delicate + gorgeous!
We love this reception with this delicate gold and greenery style!
We love this reception with this delicate gold and greenery style!
Check out these darling and easy table numbers the Bride DIY'd!
We love the gold and greenery filled centerpices at this stunning Spring wedding!
How cute are these placecards the Bride DIY'd?! We LOVE them!
We're in LOVE with this gorgeous modern white and eucalyptus wedding cake!
We're in LOVE with this gorgeous modern white and eucalyptus wedding cake!
We love this blush rose and ring shot!! Stunning!
We love this first dance shot of the new Mr. and Mrs!

What is your favorite wedding day memory?

My favorite wedding memory would have to be when my husband and I finally sat down to eat after the ceremony reception entrance. It was the moment when I think I finally realized that we were married and the people that we love most were all in one room. There was a moment when we looked at each other and I knew then that we were both experiencing the same thoughts and feelings. It was so surreal and magical, it’s a moment that I will never forget.

What did you DIY for your wedding?

I would have to say that pretty much everything that was considered decor was DIY at my wedding. First off, I saw these mirror signs online that I loved. I initially looked up what it would cost to buy them, and wow! I knew then that I had to make these myself. I went to Home Goods and Target over some time and purchased mirrors that I found on sale. There is a matte gold-ish spray paint that you can buy at Michaels, and I taped paper down to the actually mirror portion and spray painted the frame of the mirror. I bought some window markers, and wrote on the mirrors for different things.

IKEA was a great way to find decor on a budget! I purchased really inexpensive picture frames and spray painted those with the gold spray paint. I used the same window markers, wrote numbers on the plastic meant to hold the picture in the frame and just like that I had table numbers! Our card holder was a green house for plants that you could purchase at IKEA too. I wanted to make sure that the things that I used for the wedding were things that I could decorate our home with in the future. I chose my favorite greens and flowers at a local wholesale flower shop. My wonderful family did the bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces the night before. The centerpiece holders were from Michaels and those were painted to the color that we wanted too!

Our place cards were probably my favorite detail! I ordered them blank off of a website that also does wedding invitations. I wanted the lettering to look like a type writer, so I bought stamps and a pad of ink from Michaels and it turned out to be my favorite part. I think that the easiest and most beautiful details at our wedding, were the photographs that I had printed {at your local drug store for less than a dollar} and framed! Those photos added a personal touch and an intimacy to the wedding decor.

Did you have a something old, new, borrowed and blue?

My mother gave me a beautiful hair piece for my Something New. My earrings were my favorite earrings that we’re my Something Old. I had a delicate necklace on under my dress that was my Something Blue and Borrowed from my family in Japan.

Any advice for brides currently in the planning process?

While planning a wedding, brides encounter pressures and stressors from every direction. It’s very easy to loose your vision and get swept up in the stress of getting everything perfect. I think the best advice that I received and the advice that I now give to others is to not get swept away with the details. It was a process to figure out how to get what I wanted without going over budget, but it was worth it! If anything, I am really glad that I did it the way that I did. It made my wedding intimate and personal and everyone in my family loved the decor that I put together. I was on a strict budget for my wedding and while I originally planned on creating more details for my big day, what I had was more than enough. Remember that the most important thing is that you are marrying the love of your life! That is the only thing that matters at the end of the day! -Natsumi, the Bride

Event Credits

Photography: Pauline Conway Photography // Venue + Catering: Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club // Wedding Planner: A Hundred Hearts // Invitations: Vistaprint // DJ: Dancing DJ Productions // Bride's Attire: BHLDN // Custom Snapchat Filter: Jaxes Design // Custom Envelope Stamp: Design Kandy


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