Eco-Friendly California Wedding

This California wedding is right up our alley — creative centerpieces, gorgeous photography from Katrina Louise, and a happy couple that’s as cute as can be. Danielle and Shawn filled their wedding day with succulents (a perennial fave) contained in colanders and strainers pulled from secondhand shops and garage sales. We love this eco-friendly and low-cost approach to reception decor!


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From the bride, Danielle: I envisioned a simple/elegant/beautiful day filled with small unique details. I have always done things my own way and I wanted to have artist freedom. The best way to explain the process is to think of an oil painting, all the thousands of tiny strokes of color that eventually surfaced the most magical beautiful day we would ever experience. We wanted the whole day to feel like we felt when we listened to “Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.



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Our wedding was the most magical, romantic and simple vintage feel. We built it to our custom needs and created a whimsical week of love. We created and designed all most everything ourselves (fiance and I). We were on a year-and-a-half-long treasure hunt for items to be re-purposed for the wedding. We hit up second hand shops, garage sales, craigslist, some new items and friends donations to build the day.



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ringbearers holding signs


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vintage typewriter decor


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We cloned and grew most of the succulents that we used as centerpieces and planted in the old random items I scored. We created the cool dessert pedestals that were merely spray painted candlesticks that we siliconed to plates/trays. We trekked up to the garment district in LA and bought table linens/napkins cheaper than the cost of renting linens. How could I forget about the table names that my hubby sewed lace on the card stock name tags. We had all original wacky names that meant something to us.



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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My main advice is do not be scared to go against the grain and do what truly inspires you. Everyone will give you their opinion and strong suggestions of what you SHOULD do, follow your heart. My advice is to use craigslist and thrift stores to save a ton of money. Remember that the guests will not remember the silverware you used or other things you may think you need to pay too much money for. I would also advise people to take the help that your friends/family offer, there are so many details and it all helps. Create a funny line, or a “happy place” that you and your partner can think of when you want to pull your hair out. Too Blessed to be Stressed was our motto!



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Wedding Music:
Groomsmen’s Processional: “The Cave,” Mumford & Sons
Bridesmaids’ Processional: “Over the Rainbow,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Bridal Processional: “Buckets of Rain,” Bob Dylan
Recessional: “My Love is Your Love,” Terry Linen
First Dance: “Make Me Feel Your Love,” Adele

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DIY Easy Favor Box Ideas


Wedding favors aren’t usually considered as part of the decor, but when they’re packaged beautifully they definitely get noticed! Placed on the tables, they’re like a centerpiece for each place setting. Piled together, they create an eye-catching showpiece.


To show you how this can easily be done, Tulle Box Designs shared some affordable and totally easy diy favor box ideas. They took white truffle favor boxes and created 3 super easy, yet impressive, favor box packaging ideas. Dressed up the tables with gorgeous floral from Celsia Florist to create an awe inspiring set up.



To start, we have a favor box with the adorable gold bird made with candy wrappers (available in the baking aisle of craft stores) and a craft punch to resemble a delicate charm on a bracelet.
1. Truffle favor boxes | 2. bird craft punch (you can use any type of craft punch heart, butterfly) | 3. double sided craft tape | 4. gold candy wrappers | 5. gold elastic ribbon




Gold ribbon layers, mimicking a tuxedo cummerbund, create an elegant package. This one is incredibly easy and quick. Essentially, wrap ribbon around the favor box.


1. Truffle favor boxes | 2. double sided craft tape | 3. gold ribbon




A lush tissue paper floral topper is as pretty as it is simple. It was inspired from an elementary school craft project – in other words, easy peasy. To see more easy diy favor box ideas be sure to check out Tulle Box Designs here. They have more fantastic projects that we know you will love.


1. Truffle favor boxes | 3. double sided craft tape |3. tissue paper |4. pencil



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Vote & Get 15% Off Dessy Group Coupon


Before you head out for the weekend, could you do us a big favor? Simply check out our three palettes below, and vote for your favorite. Each person entering will automatically receive a 15% of coupon code from Dessy this Monday, January 21,2103


Don’t worry we will not share your information with anyone else, we’re? just trying to get an idea of your favorite? palette from the three below. We threw a few of our favorite Reem Acra dresses that we think are beyond gorgeous.



Palette 1
{perfect peach, gold, mint and emerald green}


Photographed by Heather Roth Fine Art Photography | Mint Cake Photographed by Birds of a Feather Photography | Gold Shoes from This is Glamorous? | Bouquet photographed by Jen Huang Photography and designed by Poppies And Posies Events




Palette 2
{grapefruit, soft coral, cream and dove gray}


Twigs & Honey Head piece |Cloud Cover Peep-Toes from BHLDN | Erica Obrien Cakes | Magnolia Rouge Magazine




Palette 3
{gold Shimmer, copper, silver shimmer and gold}


Tom Dixon Copper Shade Light | gold cupcakes from This is Glamorous? |Gold shoes photographed by Elisa B Photography | silver pot


Thank you so much for taking our poll.

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Whimsical Toronto Wedding


Who says you have to wear white and throw a traditional wedding? Nobody does–that’s who. You can do whatever you want and wear whatever you like. Our next wedding is a prime example that allowing yourself to do whatever you like can be just as magical as a traditional wedding.


Read on for more details on Danielle and Randy’s whimsical Toronto wedding, thoughtfully designed by Vantage Events & Wedding Coordination and captured by Erin Leydon Photography. As always you can view all the wedding photos in the full gallery here.






From the bride on her wedding day:
It was really important to me to plan a wedding that was a reflection of us as a couple, and not to worry about traditional wedding “rules”. I also really invested my time into creating a cohesive feel throughout all of the design and decorating decisions for the day. I put a lot of time into DIYs such as a painted canvas for our ceremony backdrop, pom-pom streamers, pillows and table numbers.


We got engaged in a Photo Booth, so it was a no-brainer to have one at the wedding as well, we chose to go with a vintage black & white film photo booth to keep with the vintage feel. At the end of the night, many of our guests told us that the wedding was so “us”, which was the very best thing to hear. For our first dance we danced to “Brightest” by Copeland, our favorite band.





Danielle and Randy’s whimsical Toronto wedding was charming and sophisticated, but also fun, and a little vintage inspired. They searched long and hard for that perfect location, looking for a venue that had warmth and set the right tone for their on-trend wedding decorations. They also wanted a space where they could hold both the ceremony and the reception, rather than two separate locations, so School – Toronto was the perfect place. It’s a new restaurant in an old building.








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Harrison DIY Wedding from Details Weddings & Events + Beaty …

Every day I get to take off to a new locale. Some days it’s a California beach. Sometimes it’s a loft in NYC. Other times I’m in a cozy Canadian cabin. The best part of my job is that I get to see all these fantastic locations through the eyes of a bride & groom, which makes it so special. And I can tell you first hand that Arkansas really is as special as this bride and groom, and Beaty Photography, see it. The wedding, planned and perfected by Details Weddings & Events and filled to the brim with sweet vintage touches and DIY goodness, takes full advantage of the natural beauty of The Natural State. The best news of all? I’ve booked you a seat on my afternoon vaca, right here in the gallery!












Joe and I met in college in Washington, DC and though we’ve made that city our home, at heart we’re both small-town people from states we love – he’s from Maine, and I’m from Arkansas. Since I knew my family would be helping a lot in making our DIY-wedding a success, it just made sense to have it in Arkansas, at my family’s home. Although having it at home was a lot of work, welcoming all of our friends and family to a place that is so dear to both of us made the day even more meaningful.


The ceremony was simple and beautiful. It was outside underneath two tall oak trees, with a view of the valley behind our home. The ceremony was also quite short (12 minutes!) and secular. I walked in with my parents to a recording of “O mio babbino caro”, from La Boheme, that my grandmother had recorded in 1948 when she was studying voice in college. Hearing her voice as I walked down the aisle was incredibly special. For the ceremony we chose two readings: an annotated version of “Friendship” by Henry David Thoreau and “The Master Speed” by Robert Frost. The natural beauty of the location worked perfectly with the poems, and our handwritten vows echoed the theme of two strong oak trees, just touching above, but with their roots intertwined beneath. I barely kept it together.


Having a receiving line after the ceremony ensured that Joe and I said hello to everyone before things got crazy; I would definitely recommend it. For the reception we went with a colorful, homemade look that incorporated things special to us and our families. The tablecloths were 1950s floral prints that my sisters and I collect, with vintage glassware for the flowers, which my sister arranged (she also did the bouquets and boutonnieres – she’s amazing). Wedding photos of our parents and grandparents decorated the cake table, and photos of Joe and I as kids were near the buffet so everyone could get a good laugh. Joe is a Civil War re-enactor in his free time, and as a surprise my sister made a precious cake topper of a Union soldier and his belle that she copied from a paper doll book. In the months before the wedding I made a mountain of paper chains to decorate the tent, along with escort cards, table numbers, and photo booth props, for a DIY photo booth we set up using my laptop, a printer, and the Sparkbooth program. For the food, we wanted to incorporate our local favorites, so there was fried catfish and barbecue for dinner and whoopie pies for the groom’s cake. Joe actually made the whoopie pies himself, because he is from Maine and he is awesome.


Planning and doing so much in advance made the day itself pretty effortless. I’ve never been happier. Towards the end of the night my brother set off some pretty spectacular fireworks as a surprise. Coming out of the tent after dancing all night to see them explode overhead was something I’ll never forget.

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Album 8.5 x 11

Album 8.5 x 11 ? Vivian Chung’s photo Blog HomeLatest PostsMe Vs. XXL, S and XXS/Categories PeopleBelly & BoudoirEngagement sessionNew Soul ~ Baby portraiturePre-wedding SessionWedding day coverageWedding Canadid Photo BoothPlace & ProductCommercial photographyevent photographyLensbabyPreset for LightroomColor improvementLucis Art LR PresetTinted and Color ManipulationsRate and PackageTutorial/GalleriesBoudoirCommercial~FashionNew SoulPre-Wedding/ContactpinteresttwitterFacebookVivian Chung's photo Blog logoVivian Chung’s photo Blog

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Feb252009 Album 8.5 x 11Posted in TutorialTags: “Album layout”, “bride and groom”, “Ikki and Erick Wedding”, “Photojournalism style”, 40d, Album, bible, bride, bridesmaids, ceremony, Chinese Canadian wedding, chr, event photography, Layout, PSD

I & E wedding Album-28, originally uploaded by Vivian Chung Photography (KJmeow).

I had just settle down to do an album for my friend Ikki and Erick, well, partly because I was ask to go to a bunch of client meeting with print work. Yes, I have been getting jobs solely base on website portfolio and referral. Anyhow, the meetings went great and the push for me to do a portfolio was so great that I am now thinking to do a book via flickr. I think I will get down to that after Michelle’s wedding but before Donny is born.

Anyway, back to the album. These are all on 8.5 x 11 since I printed these at home. For the church part, I did all layout in photoshop…then all of the reception one were done in lightroom Print module. Here are a few example:

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ShareGary N Helfrich – February 25, 2009 – 9:29 pm

Hi Vivian:
Some questions on your Album, you said you printed them at home. What printer do you use? What paper? How do you process your printed pages into an album?

Thanks
Gary

kjmeow – February 25, 2009 – 10:05 pm

Hi Gary,
I use a Canon IP6700D and use HP premium plus soft gloss photo paper for ink jet.
The HP paper is the best that I had encounter…it’s relatively cheap with a really heavy feel. I print either from lightroom or from photoshop.
I found a old style 12″ by 12″ photo album that use the sticky method….will take some photo of my portfolio and post it later.

Valentino – March 3, 2009 – 7:56 am

First blog I read after wakeup from sleep today!

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Wedding Websites From WeddingWoo


While there are plenty of options for wedding websites today, I’m excited to introduce our readers to WeddingWoo. It’s a refreshing and unique option for you to create a gorgeous and simple wedding website that will wow your guests.


WeddingWoo offers a fresh take on how you build your site. The modern design they provide focuses the attention on you and your fiancé. You won’t find any traditional “wedding templates” there. That’s because the numerous customization options for the layouts, fonts, and colors allow you to easily be creative and distinct. The possibilities are endless. Below are some examples to illustrate.



We love that?WeddingWoo is ridiculously easy to use and fast to get your wedding website up and running. Personalizing the design is made simple through live preview editing, so you instantly see what your changes look like. No fancy designer nor coding skills necessary. Through an elegant dashboard, publishing your wedding content on the site is a breeze. All of your photos, stories, registries, and wedding day information can be published effortlessly.


And, as you would expect, pricing for a website on?WeddingWoo is super simple. For a flat fee, get a hosted, fully-featured wedding website for 1 or 2 years. That’s it. No monthly fees. No surprises. No annoying upsells. You won’t be caught off guard to upgrade, ever. Head over to?WeddingWoo now and get started on creating your wedding website today!


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San Francisco DIY Wedding from Zoom Photography | Style Me Pretty

Jane Austen’s handwriting on the programs, well loved doilies on the tables, a ceremony written by the couple, and an Italian family vibe buzzing through the entire affair. If your hand is already reaching toward your mouse to get to this fabulous California affair, I won’t stop you – but let me just say one last thing before I send your off into the gallery and beyond… Zoom Photography captured the style, the emotion, and the sweet, sweet love in a way that only she could do. And the whole thing is magical. Now go!













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Joseph proposed with a diamond that has been in his family for over a hundred years. As I love antiques, so we went to the Chelsea Flea Market in NYC with the stone and our fingers crossed! Not only did we find a beautifully ornate handmade mounting, the jeweler who set it assumed it was the original! This act of serendipity set the tone for our wedding, honoring the traditions and stories of our families and creating something wholly ours.


From the start we wanted a warm, romantic affair, harvest time of November was perfect. And we are both Italian, so that entailed a feast! We wanted to celebrate our ancestry and our bi-coastal ties, and so, our theme became “Abbondanza e Amore” (abundance & love). Our logo was created by my brother, it celebrated the iconic bridges that reside in our two homes of San Francisco and Brooklyn. We married at North Beach, the Little Italy of San Francisco, where we shared our first date at a cafe six years ago and stood on the same altar at St. Peter and Paul where my parents married 42 years prior. Our reception venue, the rustic Log Cabin in the Presidio, is brilliantly perched atop a hillside overlooking the entire city with the Golden Gate in the background. Pairing those two venues was a supreme illustration of us, a reverence towards the past and a comfortable, candle-lit dinner served family-style.


To accomplish our vision we enlisted the talents of our friends & family. Joseph & I made everything paper together- silk-screening in our tiny Park Slope apartment, coffee-staining vellum to give an antique feel, wax sealing by candle light, and tying all the ribbons. It meant a lot to us that when our guest received our Save The Dates, invitations, and held our programs that the energy of our labors of love transferred to them! I was overjoyed to find Jane Austen’s handwriting as a font, and an old typewriter font that we used to unite everything together.


Joseph’s 87-year old Nonna knit shawls for all the bridesmaids and for me as it turned out to be a chilly November day. My mother embroidered the initial of every guest on vintage napkins that I had accumulated from flea markets and eBay, this served as the wedding favor. We had a dessert table where the women from both sides baked wedding cookies from all different regions of Italy. On the tables were linens and doilies from both sides of the family – some of them knit by great-aunts and great grandmothers and some from their own wedding gifts! We used tomato cans and vintage bottles as vessels for the rustic flower arrangements. I really wanted the arrangements to feel wild, unrestrained, and elegant. Our florist executed my vision perfectly!?On our sign-in table we strung pictures of all the marriages in our families going back generations to Italy. I found my 20s veil on eBay in France and then took it took a veil restoration expert who repaired it and added a full-length blusher. When I held my bouquet under the veil, I was transported to a tranquil lavender field.


Joseph and I planned the entire ceremony together picking all the readings and songs. Our dear friends sang “Ave Maria” from the choir loft – the most majestic moment of the day. My brother played “Ashokan Farewell” on the violin, the same song that he serenaded his wife and my bridesmaid at his own wedding 10 years prior. Joseph and I wrote our vows, borrowing a bit from Neruda and Shakespeare are two of our favorite wordsmiths!?


My wedding day was more than I could have imagined in every way. I am a weepy woman, but that day joy overtook me in a way I didn’t expect. I was pure happiness.

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Richmond Wedding ~ Adrian and Wendy

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Jun072010 Richmond Wedding ~ Adrian and WendyPosted in Tutorial, Wedding day coverageTags: “chinese couple”, “contemporary wedding portrait”, “Vancouver wedding photography”, “Vancouver wedding”, “vivian chung”, Adrian and Wendy, asian photographer in Canada, Chinese Canadian wedding, inlove, Richmond weddingAdrian and Wendy got married on a sunny yet warm fall day. They opted for a traditional Chinese wedding, that means we start at the crack of dawn and party till very late into the night. ??There were ??lots of emotion and love going on during the day; laughter from the games from picking up the bride, happy tears shred by..wait for it..the groom men(!) while the happy couple exchanged vows, the high and hyper energy display of the whole wedding party when we ask them to pretend they are at a Canuck game cheering on (some how Ricky and I??suspect??they are more cheering for the yummy MacDonald snack they were eating). Last but not least, during the receptions you can just feel the love every single one of the guests had toward the happy couple. My??favorite??time of the whole day, shooting the guests reactions when the childhood slideshow was playing. From my view finder through the 85mm lens, all I see was admiration and adoration; some with a smile, some with teary eyes; all was??concentrating as I bathed in the pure and lovely energy that fill the room.

Tags: “chinese couple”, “contemporary wedding portrait”, “Vancouver wedding photography”, “Vancouver wedding”, “vivian chung”, Adrian and Wendy, asian photographer in Canada, Chinese Canadian wedding, inlove, Richmond wedding? Diamonds…and other jewelry…are a girl’s best friendAll these because two people fell in love~ Wesley Jones ?

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Winery Wedding At The Clos LaChance


Lara and Anthony have been together for almost 10 years and have been planning their perfect?wedding for almost two years. They?went all out and viewed their wedding as one big creative project that they wanted to share with their friends and family.


With some serious shabby chic wedding décor set on the backdrop of the beautiful?Clos La Chance Winery in San Martin, California, Lara and Anthony’s winery wedding was amazingly gorgeous. You can see the entire gallery here, all beautifully captured by Carlie Statsky.










Clos La Chance Winery?looks like such a magical place to get married. A true winery experience—imagine a walk down the aisle, outdoors (June-October) on a lush green lawn, complete with spectacular views. One hundred acres of growing vineyards and golden hillsides dotted with majestic green oak trees provide a stunning backdrop for ceremonies of all faiths.


Their cocktail hour was held in the festive Mulberry Grove with guests mingling within an arm’s reach of the vines. Dinner and Clos La Chance Winery hand-crafted wines were served on the Terrace, surrounded by views and beautiful gardens. They concluded the evening with dancing in the elegant Grand Salon with family and friends.










In addition to all the small details, the flowers really helped set the tone for the wedding. We worked with Nicole Ha Designs who truly understood our vision for our big day. We bounced ideas off of her throughout the whole process and she gave us a ton of advice and suggestions.





Each centerpiece included various antique and thrift shop items that were collected throughout our engagement. Anytime my friends or I saw something like teapots, teacups, vintage books, or old mason jars, we purchased it for the wedding. My pride and joy was the vintage book that I spent hours folding the pages of to make into a heart shape. My friend, Vanessa Callanta, hand drew all of the table numbers and calligraphy throughout the wedding. Each table number sign had a different image that corresponded with their table “theme” (birds, teapots, etc.).





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