BridalCheek

a journey toward non-traditional wedded bliss, with style

Local Love August 27, 2009

Remember the couple from A Picnic Wedding? Well the actual event occurred last weekend, and despite all sorts of near disasters (rain, cancellations, a visit to the emergency room) everything worked out in the end, and the whole event was absolutely beautiful.

I just love weddings where every detail is a clue to the couple’s personalities, and this one was one of the best examples I’ve seen. Both the bride and groom are very involved with their community, and are passionate about trying to live as green and locally as they can. Almost every detail was handmade, and every detail had meaning. In fact there were just so many moments that were tear-jerkingly sweet that I think I should rename this the Warm & Fuzzy wedding.

To summarize briefly: the ceremony was in a beautiful little church with a gospel choir, the whole wedding party travelled in petty cabs to the reception closeby, the food was all local and organic (including the best lavender iced tea ever!), the flowers were put together by the bride and friends that morning, and dancing was under the stars. Here are just a few of the many, many pictures we took!

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Young House Love Wedding July 29, 2009

One of my new favorite blogs is Young House Love – it’s full of awesome do it yourself design inspiration from a couple who turned a boring ranch rambler into a sleek and modern home. And, it just so happens that they applied their crafty and creative talents to their wedding as well. I don’t know which of the following is more impressive, that a) the bride bought her dress days before the wedding and dyed it to be worn again after b) they relandscaped their whole yard so that the entire wedding could be held at their home or c) that their entire budget was under $4,000. Amazing! Head over to their site to check out their wedding album!

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A Picnic Wedding March 5, 2009

This post is inspired by my fabulous friend Julie who recently got engaged, and who has already captured my imagination with her whirlwind planning (the wedding is scheduled for August, that’s barely 6 months away!). Julie and her fiance are committed to throwing a community centered, local inspired, eco and budget friendly wedding complete with picnic style reception in an outdoor amphitheatre. How cool is that? I’m sure I’ll coerce her to share some of her wedding details on the site, but until then here are some of the gorgeous images already floating through my mind. I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

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A Marriage of Primary Colors May 19, 2008

I love experimenting with different color schemes for weddings, which is somewhat ironic because my own wedding will be primarily black and white. However, I thought it would be cool to use primary colors as a motif for an inspiration board. Obviously this is somewhat of a challenge since yellow, red, and blue together usually reminds me of Legos, playgrounds, and generally everything kid-like. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but probably not the look most people want for their wedding.

I went with a bold red and more subtle yellows and blues for an outdoor picnic theme. I think the overall effect is quirky and sophisticated and I like that it doesn’t seem too “done” like when you go to a wedding a see literally only one or two colors on everything down to the tiniest detail. Even though my colors are basic my goal is to add interest with lots of different textures. This is just another way to go about it!

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